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Personal notes and todo

  • I want to check the disks we have: badblocks, S.M.A.R.T. status, update the inventory etc.
  • Give Idea some upgrades if possible and install the OS from scratch
  • As we like GNU/Linux, I think it would be nice if we had a small disk on a computer (e.g. mammoth) with various GNU/Linux distributions on it. That way we can test other distributions without needing to format our own computers or boot from Live USBs, and more importantly we can show a curious guest their options if they are interested in trying out GNU/Linux.
  • Find an artwork solution for Boxes and write a better description 😛
  • Except from Mammoth, do we need to set up another PC on the tables for "everyday" usage? Like for presentations, or writing MoM.We bought a voctop from FOSDEM 2019.
  • Music with Idea. Pulseaudio? Mopidy?
  • Fix the 3D Printer; we often think of small projects that heavily depend on printing something and we never do them 🙁
  • Clean up the scrap hardware. Like for example, we have like 20+ motherboards and probably not even half of them work. We also have more scrap hardware inside the cases at the corner. Note: we also had a lot of (not very usable) scrap wood that took much space and we threw it away last year (2016); good job, us!
  • I like storage/disk setup stuff, what can I do to help τοLabάκι's local services? 🤔 Do people (especially from HWMN) need a NAS for offsite backups or everyday usage? Probably all usable disks will go to Idea as we need it to be "the" server for small stuff like this, but if we happen to have any other spare disks (especially IDE) we could use one of what seem to be NAS boxes at the scrap corner (wood/metal workbench) and have a dedicated machine for this. If "many" people need it and would want it to be something more stable, they could even chip in for new equipment and just set it up as τοLabάκι project and host it here, like a side project for anyone who needs it, likes setting it up and/or helps cover its expenses.
  • Presentations' setup: there was an idea that we could use Idea and a long VGA cable to use the projector that would sit on the table or something. Then whoever wanted to make a presentation would just stream their laptop screen to it. Is this the best solution we can think of? Would we prefer to just set up another PC on the tables? Would we hang the projector from the ceiling to save space, in which case we would probably need to use Idea anyway?
  • Subgroups/subprojects. ToLabaki doesn't focus on a specific subject but generally in the idea of DIY, exploring and learning stuff etc. Since not all subjects interest all members, it makes sense to create subgroups for different types of hacking:
    • Coffee-related hacking. Some sample projects to get an idea:
      • Coffee grinding. If you want to have freshly grinded coffee you could get a cheap grinder at home, but e.g. 5 members (of the subgroup) could chip in like €10 in order to get a good grinder that would be shared. (Maybe we could even build one ourselves?)
      • Testing varieties and flavors. Buying something for 1-2 people at home could go wasted if you didn't like what you bought, plus you can't store it for very long so you are kind of forced to use it all before buying another bag of a different variety (or it could go bad/lose its flavor). Buying them as a group gives everyone an opportunity to try different things, mix and match etc.
    • Projects related to Free Software (not just Open Source), privacy, community-driven projects etc. (Note that the subgroup doesn't focus on software in general but on promoting the mentioned ideals and on using or developing software that agrees with them). Sample projects:
      • Self hosting and providing public services. Software that allows you to take control of your data does exist (e.g. e-mail), but it makes more sense to set up a server that many people would use than for every user to set up a server of their own. This applies to users with the technical knowledge to do it, but especially to users without it. Since privacy is the focus here, factors like cost or ease of administration (e.g. using a ready, hosted e-mail service that only allows you to use your own domain) should be not affect the setup.
      • Volunteering as a group for projects with a sense of community (e.g. Mozilla): make related talks, workshops, hackathons.