[kwlug-disc] hackerspace communications

Bill Traynor wmat at naoi.ca
Fri Mar 20 11:12:17 EDT 2009


On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 11:07 AM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Someone was telling me not long ago that this is, or was, already being
> done somewhere in the K-W area. As best I remember, it was centered around
> carpenty, but could be a bit more. Likely oriented towards seniors. It may
> be closed down now. If I remember who it was, next time I see them I'll try
> to remember to ask.


It is  http://kwwcc.org/

I don't think it's really the same idea as a hackerspace though.  They do
have some cool tools.


>
> Rent may not be as big an issue as thought, if, for example, the space was
> donated by the city or region. Nor insurance, if you must be a 'member' -
> which probably really means signing a liability waiver.
>
> Years ago there were photography darkrooms available for rent by the hour.
> Nowadays that's been replaced by scanners and computers available for rent
> (by the minute?) at your local photocopy shop.
>
> With our population aging, presumably this sort of thing is likely to grow.
> Well ... maybe ... we all expected Linux to be a bigger deal than it has
> turned out to be.
>
> Mind you, a recent (Linux Journal?) article I read suggests that the best
> thing to happen to Linux (for penetration) has been Ubuntu / Shuttleworth.
> Not just for mind presence, but for packages - if everyone wants to get
> themselves into the Ubuntu repository, and Ubuntu is Debian based, any given
> package tends to get greater / more uniform presence than it did before
> (wherein it would have to have presence in many distro repositories in order
> to hit the eyes of as many people as Ubuntu delivers now.)
>
> Bill Traynor wrote, On 03/20/2009 9:35 AM:
>
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com<mailto:
>> richard at weait.com>> wrote:
>>
>>    On Fri, 2009-03-20 at 10:24 -0400, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
>>     > How does one go about getting space for that?  A grand or two a
>> month
>>     > for a bit of space seems like that'll be tough to get off the
>> ground.
>>
>>    Wait until you see the quote for insurance.  "And what exactly will
>> your
>>    business do in this space?"
>>
>>
>> I'm sure there will be hurdles to get over.  But nothing worthwhile doing
>> is ever easy.
>>
>> FWIW, hacklab.to <http://hacklab.to> uses state farm and pays $67/month
>> insurance.
>>
>>
>>
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