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== Interlock as an ISP ==
== 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.
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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.
=== 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.

Revision as of 13:42, 12 December 2009


Ideas for projects

Hackerspace Security System

Also see Infrastructure#Physical Security

Description: The space will need a better way to keep track of who has access to come and go as they please. Keys are not an option. Key fob systems and other RFID technologies offer a way to control what a person has access to.

See: http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-RFID-Door-Lock/

Details: Construct a system that uses an RFID reader to grant access to the main door. The fob is also used to open other areas of the space depending on the member. OPTIONAL: build in a second factor authentication system. OPTIONAL: Construct a man trap so only one member can enter at a time.

  • RFID reader
  • fob
    • Yubikey could be used with an old laptop on the cheap
  • electronic locks
  • server to manage ACLS (LDAP server? See Infrastructure#Network)
  • second factor authentication system (biometrics, pin pad, TBD)


RFID tags sound great to me. A swipe card would be tolerable, but I don't think those are too robust (not that RFID are perfect). A man trap sounds like a space-hog to me, and a little bit overzealous for our purposes, especially if we're going to have open sessions and classes and such. Maybe all members should just flash their badges even if the door is already open? We could tie this into the irc bot so people could query who is at the space. That'd sortof incentivize proper "status updating" with the door. --Berticus 01:30, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

Reprap/Makerbot Build

Description: Berticus really wants to tinker with 3d printing, and thus desires access to either a Makerbot or the next generation Reprap Mendel.

Details: Makerbots can be purchased for $750 or $950. The higher price reflects some premium features, mainly pre-assembled electronics, a power supply, and some extra plastic filament. Bots are currently rather backordered. Mendel parts are impossible to find. There seem to be no kits out there for the non-extruded parts (threaded rod, etc.), so even if we can find somebody to print us the plastic bits, it'll still be a bit of a pain to get everything together. Right now a Makerbot is probably the way to go, and we can use that to print out the Mendel parts to make a second bot for experimentation (developing new print heads and such).


Ashley's Silly Web Projects

BedBugsHotels.com <- looking to collab with someone to build something like bedbugregistry.com but not as lame, using googlemaps. started the site in rails, but have not got very far with this. pretty sure there's traffic waiting for a well developed site along these lines, and it could be fun?

hotpinkwedding.com <- no one is going to be interested in this topic, per se. But I'm interested in using and learning about different techniques to boost serp via experimentation, if anyone is into that. 500-600 unique visitors a month currently.

simplerochester.com <- websites hosted on AWS. Looking to redevelop the business model in a unique way and mess around with marketing.

Electronics, parts, and keeping a bunch of stuff in stock

Everyone who can afford it should buy one of each of these two boxes, and donate its contents to the space... plus we'll learn a *lot* just from sorting through the contents!


Description: The windows at the temp space and the final space have double pane security glass. Light is diffused but one can imagine the possibilities


  • Treat each pane as a pixel for pong, tetris, animated gifs, etc
  • Spell INTERLOCK in the glass
  • Game of Life pattern


How many "pixels" do we have to work with? I seem to recall 3 high, maybe 12-16 long with a window interrupting four-ish blocks in the center. Letters are pretty tricky with just three vertical pixels. More abstract light patterns would be really cool though. --Berticus 20:47, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Problem: our windows are obscured by shrubbery. So unless we're lighting them up from the outside for our own enjoyment within the space, this idea may be DOA. --Berticus 19:42, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

Official Friends of Interlock trophy

Description: When we visit other hackerspaces or form partnerships with other organizations, it would be cool to give them something that came from the hackerspace. The idea being that it's hand made, geeky, and shows off the Interlock logo in some way.


  • That was easy button re-recorded to say a private message and repainted to have our logo
  • Robot of some kind (for Felix)
  • Draudio Pen


How about some sort of abstract object trophy, that's actually just a piece of a larger objects. The different hackerspaces that received them would have to get together to put the final "trophy" together. Or perhaps they'd all combine into Voltron or Captain Planet. Some such. Or, instead of getting physically together perhaps all the spaces would 3d scan their objects and combine them that way. There'd have to be something extra to thwart that... electronic contacts in each piece that "networked" the larger object perhaps. Ramble complete. --Berticus 20:52, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Interlock Dumpster Diving Crew

Description: A group of people willing and able to drive around looking for things to pick up on garbage day or legal dumpsters to dive into.


  • Brian
  • Mark
  • Josh
  • Jimmi


  • RIT Boneyard
  • RIT dumpsters all across campus after students move out (May of each year)

Interlock as an ISP

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