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Software Tool Club
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:36:43 PM »
Some of the 3d printer / cnc / RC guys are talking about starting a 'tool club' for expensive tools and tools they expect to be in working order when they get to the lab. They want to make it invite-only, or with some sort of initiation that involves gaining respect for the tools and understanding their procedures for reporting maintenance issues. I think they will also keep a list of tools and maintenance schedule. Or at least that makes sense to me.


I think this is a great idea, but I don't use physical tools that much, besides maybe the drill press and some screwdrivers, so I'm starting starting a Software Locker for hardware and software-storage of stuff we might use. We can decide on a Keeper of the Tools, keep maintenance logs, and plan for future tool purchases to keep FamiLAB on the leading edge of tech  :)  .


Things going in:
  • 3 kinects
  • a bunch of linux livecds
  • Unity software cd
  • Blender software cd
  • A couple arduinos
  • 1 Raspberry Pi
  • Android phones
  • Occulus HMD
  • Ouya console
  • metal drill bit set
  • USB cables
  • vga/hdmi/dvi monitor cables and connectors
  • 4g hotspot ($35/mo)
  • USB cell-phone charging batteries



(Note: the tools contributed to this locker do not not represent all tools of their type at the lab, we can have arduinos and rasppis outside of the locker for public use. these are kept under lock and key for Tool Club members, which anyone can request to be.)
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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2012, 01:42:39 PM »
Anybody else in?


Laptops would be convenient, as would some A/V equipment. I think any kind of hardware you would pair with Processing/OpenFrameworks/Cinder would be awesome.


I bought into that Occulus HMD Kickstarter, so I will keep that in the locker as well. Other gaming tools would be nice. I've used old xbox controllers for simple button inputs before.






I suppose I should mention that these contributed tools, since there will be a ledger, don't have to be donated to the lab, you can retain them as personal property and we will do our best to make sure they don't get damaged, and inform you if they do.
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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2012, 01:51:50 PM »
I'd like to join! Sure!

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2012, 01:52:52 PM »
Perhaps some best of breed open source software as well, like 3D modeling software, various IDEs, etc.

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2012, 02:17:40 PM »
I know it's 2012 and all, but I'd like some physical copies of software :)

We can also get a VM set up on the ESXI server for storage and services

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2012, 02:24:46 PM »
Not sure how I'd go about shared software or hardware that I have.
But training and best practices on this type of stuff I can contribute.

I know Blender is openSource and free but I can't stands it. I prefer
spending a few bucks towards a small studio that makes kick ass 3D
tools.

I've got a Unity Pro, I can prob get extend Unity Pro licenses for the
lab. Great for learning and hacking - but when you're ready to make
money from it you'll ether have to pay for the pro OR use the Free
Unity version. Yes, you can use the free version to make $$$, just
not the free Pro Trials that I'd be getting the lab.

I can make games for Mac OS X, Windows, Web, iPhone/iPad, Android
and now Linux. :)   Can't wait to make visuals for that KickStarter display!

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2012, 02:31:39 PM »
I know it's 2012 and all, but I'd like some physical copies of software :)

We can also get a VM set up on the ESXI server for storage and services.

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2012, 02:35:09 PM »
I have one of the Ouya consoles coming as well. Keep suggesting things to keep in the locker, I'll add to the list in the top post

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2012, 02:44:00 PM »
I've got a clear 4g hotspot that is usb/battery powered and can be set up to run at $5/day $10/week or $35/mo, if I remember correctly. Reception can suck depending on where you are but it might be good for mobile projects that need internet.


I've got a nice metal drill bit set, 15 or so bits ranging from 1/16 to about 1/2" I believe. Cost a lot, I'll loan them out here where we've got some accountability. I don't mind you breaking one, but I do mind you losing one.


I've got tons of misc. computer cables. Just ask, chances are good I have it.


Also access to a 12 ton shop press and tons of hand tools.

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2012, 02:52:28 PM »
12 ton shop press o_o

Cables are a good idea, what kind of cables do software people usually need on hand? I found it pretty entertaining that most of the Rasppi people are powering their pi's on usb cell phone charging batteries, where if it were an Arduino we would be strapping AA's to it.

I've got a box of cables as well, lots of USB A cables.

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2012, 02:57:14 PM »
Not sure I like the super-secret-tool-club thing. Maybe just having a few librarians who are responsible for checking out delicate, expensive, complicated things would make more sense. That way you get the accountability and tracking without the semblance of overbearing oversight. Does that make sense?

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2012, 03:09:09 PM »
Yes, it makes perfect sense, and a while ago I would have agreed with you.

This is essentially an extension of the 'Special Interest Group' idea we all liked a while back (and why I posted it in this forum), with the addition of secure storage. The idea of general librarians and lab-managers is a good idea, and we should implement it for publicly available tools.

The super-secret-tool-clubs, imho, and I dont speak for mack or chris on this, are less about secrecy as they are about restricting access to tools as a method of getting people to make a conscious choice to respect the tools and have a SIG group to maintain tools.

I don't plan on requiring any additional dues, and anyone can join as long as they have read through our SIG's manual on tool use (which i have to make now).

Until the FamiLAB can afford to purchase it's own equipment (not depend on members to donate expensive equipment) and hire someone to track and maintain it, I think these SIG tool clubs are a great idea :)
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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2012, 03:44:20 PM »
I could set up VMs for this :3
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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2012, 04:18:26 PM »
Honestly, I don't care who uses my tools, as long as I know if it comes back with something missing I can either choose not to loan it to you again or ask for reparation.


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnnEPO5dil6ZdGo4Z2ROUzE3M1doMlo0bzJsNWZzX0E We should probably use something like this for tracking

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Re: Software Tool Club
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2012, 04:38:18 PM »
To clarify, this thread is about:

1. bringing a cabinet into the lab
2. filling it with the stuff listed in the toppost
3. putting a lock on it
4. giving people keys after they have been trained in the proper use of the stuff in the cabinet

, and having the members, or an elected member, of this SIG responsible for giving out keys and keeping track of equipment.