“We need to start fixing stuff.”

Our own Jeffrey Roe was interviewed by Henry McKean for the Moncrieff show on Newstalk.

Irish consumers recycled a record number of electrical items last year, but WEEE, the country’s largest e-waste scheme, has warned that we need move to a more circular economy whereby we repair rather than recycle. But how easy is it to get a washing machine or toaster fixed? And is it worth your while? Henry McKean has been finding out.

Listen back to the interview on this podcast.

https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/highlights-from-moncrieff/we-need-to-start-fixing-stuff-henry-mckean

Project Showcase – August Live Stream

We missed you all in July but we had the big job of moving space. If you missed the news check out Tog 4.0. We are back now and have a project showcase live stream for you. We have just scheduled a night of great talks to let you all see what these makers have been up to over the last few months. We hope to welcome you on Tuesday the 31st of August from 7 pm streaming on our Youtube channel. We will have talks about making a pizza oven, a remote LED game and a large 3d printer. The talks will be followed by a live Q&A. Check out the talks below.

Link To Live Stream

Talks

Talk Title: Outdoor Pizza Oven & BBQ
Project Description: Design, construction and learnings from an outdoor pizza oven and BBQ build.
Speaker: Shane Phelan
Bio: Electronic engineer currently building agricultural robots for the poultry industry. Likes making, brewing, leather craft, renewable energy, sensors & wireless tech.
Links: Twitter

Talk Title:  Kill The Dots – Remote LED Game
Project Description: This talk will outline how this project came together. An Arduino/Raspberry Pi powered game that allows people to have fun remotely. Using the remo.tv platform, it allows people to take over and play the kill the dots games that is in Jeffrey’s living room. The game was build and showcased at Dublin Maker earlier in the summer.
Speaker: Jeffrey Roe
Bio:  Jeffrey is a software/hardware engineer. For the last number of years, he has been building hardware and coding for public transport systems from bike-share schemes, parking and port traffic access management systems. In his spare time, he likes to make crazy projects like bubble machines, bone conduction, IoT projects and anything with LEDs in it. A big fan of getting people making, he co-runs ‘Dublin Maker’ an annual maker showcase festival and is a director of our space. He is a member of Engineers Ireland and servers on their council and executive boards.
Links: Twitter

Talk Title: Building a large CoreXY 3D Printer
Talk Description: A talk about designing and building a custom CoreXY
style 3D printer. The project aimed to be simpler to assemble and
cheaper than other current CoreXY designs such as the printers from
VORON.
Speaker Name: Maja Stanislawska
Short Bio: Software Engineer and Consultant in Ennis. Runs the popular MakerShop.ie and former member of Tog. An avid model maker and creator of jewellery projects.
Link Website: https://makershop.ie
Link Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakerShop_ie
Link Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/people/majastanislawska/
Link Project Design:
https://cad.onshape.com/documents/cf780ce0c57173e212cdb46b/w/c0bd5f693971229a05745108/e/7f6d83902d7f9e224dd765f8

Be sure to put any questions you have for our speakers in the Youtube chat.

Hack Challenge Redo (part3)

We had a small break with our hacking challenges Redo. The format of the Meetup required a change, to accommodate for less experienced visitors. And as much as I love the SANS Institute Challenges, they tend to be quite a puzzle, especially later one. So for now, we are going to focus on couple other Hacking Challenges that are available online. And hopefully in December, when new 2022 SANS Hack Challenge starts, we will have a group ready to battle it together 🙂

Let’s start from Over the Wire. There are plenty games there, we will start with the Bandit, as most suitable to get used to the platform. Bandit offers 33 levels to play, it teaches Linux commands and tools. In each level your goal is identical, find a password to the next level, but let’s start from the beginning.

Over the Wire artwork

To play Bandit you will need to establish SSH connection to the Over the Wire lab server, all details of connection are given in Level 0.

So, what is SSH?

Secure Shell, sometimes referred to as Secure Socket Shell, is a protocol which allows you to connect securely to a remote computer or a server by using a text-based interface. When a secure SSH connection is established, a shell session will be started, and you will be able to manipulate the server by typing commands within the client on your local computer. System and network administrators use this protocol the most, as well as anyone who needs to manage a computer remotely in a highly secure manner.

How to use SSH on Windows?

Most common ways of using SSH on Windows is by using one of the clients. Most popular clients are: PuTTY, BitwiseSSH and OpenSSH. Windows 10 users have now the option to use build-in OpenSSH client. Just follow the installation details of your choose client.

How to use SSH on Mac?

Mac’s have build-in Terminal feature, that provides SSH client.

How do we do it on Linux?

That shouldn’t be a problem for any regular Linux users, but in case you are just starting with Linux. Go to your terminal and type:

ssh

This should list all ssh details and commands. If that’s not the case, just use the following command to install OpenSSH:

sudo apt-get install openssh-client

Full list of common SSH flags can be found here.

This should get everyone started and ready for this week challenge 🙂

One more thing, you may need to use Vim and couple Linux commands.

See you @ 5-7pm today @ our dedicated Discord channel.

June Live Stream

The summer is here and we have just scheduled a night of great talks to give you all sorts of inspiration. We hope to welcome you on Wednesday the 2nd of June from 7 pm streaming on our Youtube channel. We will have talks about CNC wood carver, the game of life on blockchain and the Irish Monopoly board to life on Wikipedia. The talks will be followed by a live Q&A. Check out the talks below.

Link To Live Stream

Talks

Talk Title: Building a portable Mostly-Printed CNC robotic wood carver
Project Description: Home-built CNC for Makerspace Workshops. I used the Prusa MK3S+ to print many of the parts for my new CNC machine. It has a usable carving volume of 470x300x60mm, and a 1.5kW water-cooled spindle. I am following the hackable design at V1Engineering.com called MPCNC – Primo.I have recently carved my first works of art with it and it exceeds my expectations with its speed and accuracy. I plan to bring it to makerspaces around Ireland to give CNC/CAD classes, as soon as it becomes feasible again.
Speaker: Prof. Steve M. Potter
Bio: Neuroengineer, teacher, writer, and maker. 
Links: Maker website: https://stevempotter.tech
Links: Research website: https://potterlab.gatech.edu
Links: https://twitter.com/stevempotter

Talk Title: The world’s most expensive version of Conway’s Game of Life
Project Description: An implementation of Conway’s Game of Life on the Ethereum Blockchain
Speaker: Niall Ó Cléirigh
Bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/niallocleirigh/ 
Links: https://github.com/nialloc/GameOfLife

Talk Title: Bringing the Irish Monopoly board to life on Wikipedia
Project Description: In collaboration with other Wikipedia editors, and inspired by a similar project on the London Monopoly board, I have been working on the articles relating to the streets and places mentioned on the original 1973 Irish edition Monopoly board. Not only has it been the perfect lockdown project, but a great way to learn more about Dublin.
Speaker: Rebecca O’Neill
Bio: I am a crafter and general magpie who is the Project Coordinator for Wikimedia Community Ireland, the local affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation. I also love museums, cats, books, architecture, art, and history – not necessarily in that order.
Links: www.wikimedia.ie
Links: https://twitter.com/restlesscurator
Links:  twitch.tv/Smirkybec
Link to the Monopoly board: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ritchie333/Irish_Monopoly

Our event will be hosted by our own CEO Jeffrey. On the team of festival makers for Dublin Maker, Council & Executive board member of Engineers Ireland.

Be sure to put any questions you have for our speakers in the Youtube chat.

Arduino Day – Saturday 27th of March

Arduino Day is a worldwide birthday celebration of Arduino – organized directly by the community, or by the Arduino team. It brings people together “online” to share their experiences and learn more about the open-source platform.

We are hosting a 2 hour live stream with a mix of demos, introduction lessons and contributions from our community.

We will kick things off at 11 am on Saturday the 27th of March on our Youtube channel. The event will be unconference style. We have the topics already (listed below) and would like to open the event to hear from you our community to talk about your projects. Drop us an email to present your project.

  • Arduino 101 – Getting started – Declan Meenagh
  • Lorawan – Lower Powered communication – Jeffrey Roe
  • Hot Things – monitoring temperatures – Gary Cooke
  • Tree’s Projects twitter knitter/fabric cadaver/cycling distance vest. TriploidTree
  • Giant arduino development kit – Robert Fitzsimons⁩

You can rewatch the event below.