Good news everyone! Makers Local 256 gets MONEY, and then tries to figure out what to do with it. Strages joins us for a couple comments, and Alii isn’t smoking cigars, but is making cigar box guitars.
All this and more on this week’s Hackerspace Digest!

This episode of Hackerspace Digest comes to you from a hotel room in Nashville! A bunch of us from Makers Local 256 attend the annual conference Phreaknic. JimShoe, Brimstone, Tuttle, Enabrintain, and myself attempt to stream live, and give some highlights of the event: hardware key-loggers, unsolved crypto puzzles, and bacon!

We cover technological advances in hackerspaces such as: a Lucky Charms sifter, bathroom window displays, lawyers as art, and pen-plotters made of hopes, dreams, and epoxy.

We may come off a little disorganized this episode, some of us MAY have had a drink or two…

As usual, the notes are on the wiki.


Many members of Makers Local 256 like to come up with crazy ideas. A few also like to write down those crazy ideas and keep track of progress on our wiki. An interesting fact about our wiki though: It predates us having a space, in fact, it predates us even having a name for our organization. (you can find discussion of possible names on our wiki.)[1]

Our wiki instance was installed on July 31 2006. It was originally instantiated to document one person’s projects, but was quickly opened up to friends to record their activities. Without knowing it, the shop was starting to follow the Design patterns [2] before actually forming.

Through out it’s current run, the wiki’s not strayed too far from it’s vanilla MediaWiki installation. We’ve added a handful of extensions to it over time[citation needed], to add in our mass collaboration. We’ve migrated from a real machine to a virtual machine, from vm host to vm host. We’ve constructed bots to report on changes, even devised a way of building an ICS compatible feed from content on each of the pages.

Our latest endeavor is to further build upon the Semantic MediaWiki Extensions[3]. We want to make adding and editing projects and events easier and more friendly for our less wiki-adept members.

Here’s to another 5 years!

Makers Local 256 show and tell is when we encourage members and guest to tell us about their current projects or neat new toy. We hope this will become a regular occurrence at our shop, and be a source of fun and inspiration.

This week, Phil added a heated bed to the makerbot. This greatly reduces the chance and the amount of curling in the first few layers of plastic, as it cools.

Tim recently finished designing a new circuit board that will become a two-factor authentication token. He’s using gEDA-PCB to create the board, with comes form schematics made by Matt. Tim also managed to spend some time showing off his new (and jailbroken) Kindle 3.

 Nathan explained his quest for finding the best remote backup solution.  First duplicity, then rdiff-backup with sshfs -> encfs, then rdiff-backup with sshfs->eCryptfs.  And restore rdiff-backup using archfs. The end goal is an off-site backup that is encrypted, but still manageable on a per-file level.

Wayne just finished up his Subject Delta costume. For those unfamiliar with “Subject Delta” It is a video game character from the game Bioshock 2. For those unfamiliar with Wayne, or 2storyprops, they achieve an insane amount of detail on all their props and costumes. seriously check out the photo link bellow.

Makerbot Heated BedTim's latest circuit boardSubject Delta