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by Martin
Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: Minutes
Topic: Action working group minutes - 11 November 2007
Replies: 4
Views: 4224

There is already some cat5 running into the room. I haven't traced where it goes, was somewhat preoccupied with the power first.
by Martin
Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:36 pm
Forum: Minutes
Topic: Action working group minutes - 11 November 2007
Replies: 4
Views: 4224

Just to clarify the electricity situation: There are sockets in the room which are wired up to each other in a ring. This ring is not connected to either the consumer unit in the ground floor hallway, or to the one in the Infoseed room. I cannot find any power cables coming out of the room that migh...
by Martin
Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Yasmin here! Daniel?
Replies: 21
Views: 16234

Perfect.
by Martin
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Yasmin here! Daniel?
Replies: 21
Views: 16234

I have two freshly shot rolls I'm getting developed today, and would be up for learning to print them this week. Unfortunately Tuesday I am busy running the Dorkbot electronics workshop, but I could do Wednesday?
by Martin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Christmas Films
Replies: 35
Views: 21006

Oh dear god. This list has reminded me how much I hate christmas films.

Humbug I say! Humbug!
by Martin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: The Building
Topic: Grill
Replies: 7
Views: 4998

I left it clipped up on the shelving just behind the computers.
by Martin
Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:43 pm
Forum: Website/Online
Topic: Internet down
Replies: 6
Views: 3655

It was loose wires. There are two troublesome cables. One is the crossover one that connects the hub to the wireless router. This doesn't seem to clip very reliably into the hub end, and it was this one causing the problem. The other is the normal one that connects the server to the hub. This is bad...
by Martin
Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:35 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: Grill
Replies: 7
Views: 4998

This is now fitted and working. The old one is hanging in the front window, warding off evil spirits. The delivery note is in the office if needed for accounting. For future reference, when working on the grill you should wear rubber gloves. The insulation inside is fibreglassy stuff that will make ...
by Martin
Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: Website/Online
Topic: Internet down
Replies: 6
Views: 3655

The server log shows DHCP traffic with 192.168.43.10 (the blue office computer) and 192.168.43.233 (probably the other office computer, I don't think that ever got assigned a fixed address). Some wiring must be loose up on the shelf somewhere I guess.
by Martin
Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:47 pm
Forum: Website/Online
Topic: Internet down
Replies: 6
Views: 3655

Just seen this.

I can log into the server from outside fine, and things seem to be working okay from there - could you be more specific what's wrong? Front room computers? Laptops on wireless?
by Martin
Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: A Proposal to Create a Recording Studio in the Forest Cafe
Replies: 43
Views: 29782

It's really just the bass that escapes to the other rooms - that's what makes it particularly annoying actually, as it usually doesn't sound that musical on its own...
by Martin
Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Facilities
Topic: blackout curtains?
Replies: 14
Views: 7402

Five kilos doesn't sound that bad really. Rails will have to be sturdy but we knew that already.
by Martin
Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Gamers at The Forest
Replies: 10
Views: 4922

Yeah the meeting room could work for this.
by Martin
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:58 am
Forum: Facilities
Topic: blackout curtains?
Replies: 14
Views: 7402

I would suspect the windows are the major route for heat loss in the hall, it could be worth getting these thermally lined - but then hall users have the choice of having it warm & dark or cold & bright...
by Martin
Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:29 am
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

I wasn't serious about the cheap ones. I was using them to illustrate how indestructible the metal one would have to be to be worth that much.
by Martin
Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: The People's Forum
Topic: Forest bikes - decisions needed
Replies: 6
Views: 3680

Maybe a week? Take it away at a workshop, bring it back at the next one.
by Martin
Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: the display fridge
Replies: 34
Views: 20114

I second the spikes. They don't need to be actually dangerously spikey, just something to get in the way of potential leaners. They could be ART, you know.

Or we put a horizontal bar across the top of the glass bit, that people can lean on safely. People like leaning at the bar.
by Martin
Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: the display fridge
Replies: 34
Views: 20114

Why not just replace it with a new one of the same model?

Surely if there was a better one for the same or less money, we would have got it in the first place...?
by Martin
Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Silent Films
Replies: 2
Views: 2927

I have a 16mm projector, if anyone can find some reels.
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

Actually I am tempted to buy these just to make a sculpture out of.
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

100 plastic keyboards for 99p each:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0165821829

How many nights a year does it rain? How many wet keyboards will start working again when they dry? How long will it take a 200 quid metal keyboard to get wrecked?
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: free energy audit
Replies: 12
Views: 7765

That said, would we say no to a four year interest-free loan?
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:38 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: cave reborn ...!?!
Replies: 49
Views: 36408

We wouldn't know if they're hackable by us until I've opened one up and poked. Tweaking the software may require documentation or tools we can't get. Happy to try it if we get one but I wouldn't lean on that as a selling point.
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: cave reborn ...!?!
Replies: 49
Views: 36408

<i>there is absolutely no way we will save money via this electronic key thing. absolutely not. a mortice lock new cost 20/25 squid. each key costs 2.30 squid.</i> mechanical: 20 quid for a lock + 2.30 each for 10 keys = 43 quid electronic: lock with 10 keys included = 57 quid So it's 14 quid more i...
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: cave reborn ...!?!
Replies: 49
Views: 36408

Okay, on the keyfob systems front: There are systems like this all over eBay from Hong Kong sellers for about 20 quid plus whatever customs fucks you for when you import it. Note that this does not include the lock mechanism itself, just the controller and key fobs. Here's one for example: m There i...
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

Metal trackballs might be less susceptible to that though.

This is the cheapest metal keyboard I can find though, 200 quid:

http://www.keyboardspecialist.co.uk/pro ... yboard.htm

For that price we could just use plastic ones and replace them every time they get wrecked for a very long time.
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

Actually I think the outdoor keyboard idea has some potential, if only because it'd be such an unexpected thing to find on the street that it would get people's attention and stop them just walking past. But it done it should be just one machine, so that it takes up the bare minimum of precious fron...
by Martin
Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

So where the hell are these "radge proof" keyboards? I don't believe it for a minute. Anyway, more seriously: The window and what goes in it is absolutely crucial. At the moment it is just a barrage of posters and flyers that doesn't even let you see through to the rest of the space. We ne...
by Martin
Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

I dug around in the office bunkroom and found the power adapters for the flatscreen monitors. I have tested them all and left them on the shelf with the monitors. There are three monitors, two matching white ones and a smaller grey one. I suggest we use the two white ones for the front room and save...
by Martin
Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

<i>there were cables missing [...] are there any leads as to their location?</i>

I do hope that horrific pun was unintentional.

What was/is missing? I may have spares.
by Martin
Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: cave reborn ...!?!
Replies: 49
Views: 36408

it's not technology, it's magic.
by Martin
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

That has to be a supporting wall, so it could be quite a job.
by Martin
Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

Well, if you want to really think outside the box, then I think ideally the kitchen would be in the front room. That would sure make the cafe more obvious from the street, and everyone would have to go past staff to get in, and all the rest of the seating and facilities would be in the back. Ain't g...
by Martin
Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: the gold room: future plans
Replies: 66
Views: 41385

Just to clarify, the mezzanine plan was to have comfy seating up there, with the free shop underneath. Well, actually when Matt & I first planned it the free shop was at the front of the room, but it's probably better at the back.
by Martin
Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 36
Views: 18413

Also I would still really love to do a raised level over where the free shop is.
by Martin
Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 36
Views: 18413

Under the sea would be cool, or maybe the same feel but a bit more abstract/surreal. Dark walls, blacklights, and strange floating glowing pulsating luminous objects everywhere. Dorkbot could help.
by Martin
Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:17 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: composting with the Cyrenians
Replies: 44
Views: 28997

That said they suggest we would save by reducing our overall trade waste output, which may be true... what do we currently pay for waste disposal?
by Martin
Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:15 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: composting with the Cyrenians
Replies: 44
Views: 28997

I like the idea of pickups to a central composting location, but the cost seems quite high, it comes out to 870 quid a year plus VAT.
by Martin
Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: cave reborn ...!?!
Replies: 49
Views: 36408

Yeah, one key is a problem. It will get "lost", a new one will have to be made or the lock changed, and then you will find out that it was actually in someone's pocket and is now in circulation along with umpteen copies, which are being used by people to get drunk and sleep and piss in the...
by Martin
Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:06 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Stage lighting
Replies: 10
Views: 5345

Maybe you could give it a clean out and see how that goes? If there's still problems after that, next Dorkbot is scheduled for 13th Nov, or I can just have a go at it myself at some point.
by Martin
Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 36
Views: 18413

The ginger one is clearly feeling left out of the threesome.
by Martin
Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: cave reborn ...!?!
Replies: 49
Views: 36408

At the relatively cheap end for card access are systems like this: m This uses proximity swipe cards, which seems to work out the same price or cheaper than the magnetic swipe type these days. Cards cost about a quid each. I doubt any system this cheap will log who's going in and out. That'd probabl...
by Martin
Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: The Building
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 36
Views: 18413

Nonetheless, I think the cafe is what brings a lot of people in initially. It might be nice to have the menu and some fake food or pictures thereof in the front window or something.
by Martin
Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Stage lighting
Replies: 10
Views: 5345

Okay, will do.
by Martin
Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Stage lighting
Replies: 10
Views: 5345

I can't remember which the grey ones are - does that mean channel 6 isn't working at all (it did for us) or just some of the sliders don't work? If the latter we may be able to fix it, possibly cannibalising some bits from the little one.
by Martin
Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Yasmin here! Daniel?
Replies: 21
Views: 16234

Dan, if you can fit me in at some point then I'd be happy to show some other people now and again. I have done some darkroom work before, just not for several years so I'd like to be shown through everything fresh.
by Martin
Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Yasmin here! Daniel?
Replies: 21
Views: 16234

I'd be interested in an induction too, but not till I've had a chance to shoot something new on 35mm to develop there. The only B&W negatives I have at the moment are medium format ones.
by Martin
Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:42 pm
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Stage lighting
Replies: 10
Views: 5345

James - yes, that should be possible as per the other one. It has big 30A cable on it though so it may be necessary to replace that with a fresh 13A cable to take the new plug. Laura - I'm keeping track of all the current levels and fuses here, don't worry. We'd be running each dimmer at under half ...
by Martin
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: Facilities
Topic: Stage lighting
Replies: 10
Views: 5345

Stage lighting

Hi, Last night on James' request, myself & some of the Dorkbot crew had a look at the lighting gear on the balconies. This is what we found out... don't know how much of this was known already. We have sorted out the working lights from the dead ones, there are eight working in total and these a...
by Martin
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:57 am
Forum: The Building
Topic: loft bed closet thing
Replies: 5
Views: 3950

This is fairly random, but Matt and I always wanted to build a cosy second-level seating area in the (then red) gold room, where the free shop now is. I wonder if it could be used to form the basis of something like that.