Culture Night 2015 @ TOG

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Last year was our first Culture Night opening, and was one of our busiest days of the year (possibly due in part to us being unknowingly featured in the Irish Times)

For 2015 we want to make it better again!

All our groups – electronics, lockpicking, coding, crafting and craft-beering have flourished over the last 12 months, and new groups such as CAD and art have taken off.

We have made loads of projects and aquired great new equipment that we are eager to show off.

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So please join us! For 5 mins or 5 hours :)

All welcome no matter what the weather, we will have all kinds of crazy technology and projects to show off, with tours, demos and tasters throughout the night.


And remember: we have the synchronous hackathon and pizza night the next day!

Stop over Saturday for a scrumptious open social :)


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OSM MapJam Saturday 12th Sept

OpenStreetMap (OSM) Ireland members will meet next Sat 12th in Dublin and do OSM mappy stuff on laptops in TOG. Like an indoor mapping party / hack day / social meet up / barcamp.
What is OpenStreetMap?
OpenStreetMap is a world wide, open content map. It’s often referred to as the Wikipedia of maps in reference to the fact that it is open to be edited by anyone.
If you’d like to learn more about OpenStreetMap, come along! Want to start mapping your local area, and want help? Come along! Want to find out how to use the low level OpenStreetMap data? Come along! This event is open to all.
If you’re already an OSM mapper and would like come, but not sure what to do, don’t worry we have loads of townlands to map and plenty of people who will give you a hand learning the details.
Where and When?
Tog Dublin Hackerspace
Saturday 12th Sept 12-6pm

Lockpicking @ Science Gallery SECRET Exhibition

Pin_tumbler_unlocked.svgJester here, I have been invited to run a 2 hour hands on lockpicking workshop in the Science Gallery as part of their SECRET Exhibition on the 10th and 15th of September 2015. The first date sold out quicker than I would get around to putting up a blog post, so allow me to tell you about the 2nd one.

The event description is on the Science Gallery website is HERE. In the 2 hour session I will include 30 minutes of presentation slides showing the inside of a lock, and how we manipulate the lock without the use of a key. I will also show examples of other types of locks that you might see on a regular basis, and the possible insecurities of these locks. This is followed by us giving lockpicking a go ourselves. The Science Gallery were kind enough to supply locks and lockpicks for the session, but I will also bring along some of TOG’s collection from the Ha’penny Bridge.

If you are interested, I have placed the booking form below, or please jump over to the Science Gallery booking page HERE and grab yourself a place

Board Game Night


As many of you may be aware, we’ve been thinking long and hard about running game nights in Tog for a while now. You may have even played a few games with us at one of our open socials, but finally the stars have aligned and we’re now running a regular Board Game Night on the first Friday of the month 6:30 to 10:30pm starting from THIS FRIDAY, 4th September.

The basic concept of Board Game Night is that once per month a game is selected as the main focus of the night, and we’ll try to get a few copies of the game (when possible) so that everyone that comes can play and enjoy that game. It wont always be possible to have multiple copies, so we will have other similarly themed games going on simultaneously when that’s not possible.

It’s free and open to everyone, so just come down and play some games!


For our first night, we’re kicking off with Splendor as our main game of choice. We will of course have others available including Small World, Ticket to Ride, Boss Monster and others should we get a big group enough together.

Splendor is a game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.” BoardGameGeek



Daggercon – Security Conference – 8th October 2015 – FREE

daggercon 2015 logoAs many of you are aware, security knowledge sharing is close to TOG’s heart, and with that we are always excited to see more security conferences happening in Dublin. Even better when it does not require a company credit card to attend. This is why I would like to tell you all about a free security conference taking part in Dublin in October this year. I ( jester ) am helping out with the planning and I will be running a lockpicking table during the event, so be sure to pop along and say hi. Bring your picks if you have them :)

Daggercon is a new and upcoming computer security conference, organized by the security community. Supporting security communities are involved in the creation of this conference so please show your support by spreading the word, and attending.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 09:30 to 16:30

Building 6, IBM Technology Campus, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 ( Google Maps ) ( Dublin Bus – 38 and 38a )

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Hard Disk Fun

hard disk speedHaving some fun with old hard disks…. by taking them apart of course :-) Pics here.

There’s some interesting parts inside. Some fantastically strong magnets and an air core coil are used to position the heads. Stepper motors are long gone from hard drives! Might try some wireless charging experiments with the coil.

The platters themselves are spun by a type of 3 phase motor. Connected this up to a spare speed controller (ESC) from a model aircraft. Was able to spin it right up to 15,000 rpm using the aircraft remote control. Checked the speed with the trusty laser tachometer. That’s 250 revs per second, or 1 rev every 4 milliseconds. Makes a great sound at full speed.

Now to figure out some use for such a tiny high speed motor. Gyroscopic effects are very evident at such high speeds too. Maybe make some self balancing widget!