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Contents

[edit] Structure

see organization

[edit] Security

  • We need a way to determine who has access to what (no system should be accessible to only a single administrator)
  • W also need a secure way to share login information
    • PGP/GPG is a popular option but OS X support is severely lacking
    • KeePass on a network share would be a good cross-platform option. Allows for 2-factor auth (key + password, for example)

[edit] Membership Benefits

  • local discounts
    • Goldcrest Electronics
  • 24x7 access to space
  • secret handshake
  • free or discounted admission to special events and classes
  • colo space (NOT for production sites)
  • very high speed internet
  • Google Apps account at interlockroc.org

[edit] Events

  • Weekly open house
  • Flash mobs
  • Computer repair clinic
  • LAN parties
  • Parts swap
  • Group partnerships
    • Rochester 2600
    • Rochester Hackers
    • Make Club
    • OWASP
  • Geeky art exhibitions and gallery
  • Bike rides
  • Trips to nearby hackerspaces
  • Rake leaves
  • Kids robotic group
  • Bike repair
  • Computer repair
  • We sponsor events
  • United Rochester Hackers Convention(Multi-group uber meeting with OWASP, SPARSA, Geek Rochester, Pythonistas, Rochester Hackers, Rochester 2600, Make Club)
  • Lightning talks - 5 minutes to talk on one subject and move on
  • Geek prom

[edit] Classes

  • Programming
    • Python
    • Perl
    • Ruby
    • JAVA
    • C++
  • Soldering
  • Arduino
  • Bookbinding? (Brian B. knows a bit about this)
  • 3d printing, CNC routing, Pen plotter tinkering
  • Screen Printing
  • Homebrewing (beer)?
  • Bike repair and modding (Spoke POV kits, DIY headlamps)
  • DIY Instruments (cigar box ukulele, diy piezo pickups, theremins)
  • Photography
    • controlling dSLRs via computers
    • writing scripts for CHDK
    • alternate firmware for many point and shoot digicams
  • Consumer router "hacking" (dd-wrt or tomato firmware flashing, how to optimize settings for your bittorrenting pleasure)
  • Programming in Processing, and interfacing with the Arduino
  • Welding
  • Amateur radio related topics
  • Network Security/Forensics
  • Visual Data Analysis Secviz.org
  • Linux (maybe partner with the Linux User Group of Rochester (LUGOR)
  • Learning about home renovation projects
  • Kids hardware classes (bristlebots)
  • Metasploit
  • VMware

[edit] Project Ideas

See: projects

[edit] Random Thoughts


[edit] Interlock as an ISP

There has been some debate about this, especially since we're doing the whole non-profit thing, but a non-profit *is* allowed to make money, as long as certain rules are followed.

Basically, any Internet connection worth getting is going to be mucho expensive, and rather than get 30 new members just to pay for the Internet, it would make a lot of sense to resell it. Based on how expensive RoadRunner is in this building (probably what most of our neighbors have), and how crappy the speed is, I think we could undercut their price and still make it worthwhile to do this. I really want to run a fiber line into our space... the Internet is pretty much at the core of a lot of what we're doing, and we don't want it to be the weak link. But the options are looking like a.) Get 30 more members b.) Resell our connection or c.) Settle for something that is a lot slower than what most of us have at home.

[edit] Flag Pole Stringing Robot

The flagpole in the parking lot is not strung.

Let's build a robot to restring the pole and fly the Interlock flag!

[edit] Comments

One objection raised for this was that we would be on the hook to provide 24x7 support for our "customers". Fortunately our customers are mostly business types that don't work in the middle of the night. We would still require some kind of rotating schedule to carry a notification device (used to be a pager) and be available for support calls. Luckily there would not be many calls.

The other big objection is liability. There are laws dictating how much we need to spy on our customers and liability issues if we spy too much. The legal aspects would require in depth investigation to make sure we are "safe". Someone thought dealing with court orders and subpoenas might be cumbersome but after having to deal with a couple they aren't that tedious or scary. What was scary was thinking one of my customers was into child porn. I don't think he really was but it makes you wonder.

All in all it might be reasonable way to subsidize our internet addiction. I don't expect we would get that many customers even if we offer more for less. Most people don't want to change unless there is a real problem with their current provider. And they would only consider us if they thought they could trust us. Personal contact is a big plus in that respect. A flyer in the hall or under the door won't convince anyone and pushing "sales" calls will turn people off. The best way to gain customers is to be a good neighbor and offering good unbiased advice and helpful suggestions. Free tech support is good too but you have to be careful to strictly limit it or you become their unpaid IT department. --Cws 22:16, 12 December 2009 (UTC)