The vending machine now provides some more feedback after money is put in.
Source code associated with my contribution is here. I haven't documented
the other components of the vending machine.
Based on the implementation details, it appears to me that
the bill acceptor is in fact plugged into one board (Arduino Leonardo)
that is connected by serial to another board (Raspberry Pi). Why is
the former board used at all? That is, why is the bill acceptor not
plugged directly into the latter board?
As of tomorrow, sudo room will officially be 3 months overdue for Omni rent
($6K), with an additional $2K due September 25th for October rent.
I am transferring about $1K from our Paypal now, which will increase our
total money-in-the-bank to approximately $2900, enough to pay off one
month's back rent.
I want to give a shoutout to all who've stepped up to donate more and/or
sell some of our assets via eBay in recent months - Thank you for your
support! And please send an update on that progress!
I'm attaching a PDF of sudo room's history of pledges owed and payments
made in 2020, as well as 2018, 2019, and 2020's YTD Profit & Loss reports.
The following proposal up for consensus, which would put us meagerly back
in the black:
*Proposal to Omni Commons for sudo room consensus: *
Sudo Room is requesting a retroactive 50% reduction in rent for the months
of April-October (Pledge #s 2052, 2062, 2071, 2086, 2185, and 2195). This
is a six-month reduction in rent. Attached are sudo room's financial
reports from 2018 - 2020-to-date, reflecting ongoing inability to match
income to expenses (our only expenses being Omni rent and our web hosting
services). Sudo Room's donation from Sudo Mesh in 2018 of $10K was
predicted to create the necessary buffer for lack of sufficient income
through until mid-2020, and this prediction has unfortunately been correct.
We will be working actively to increase our income and report-back to the
Delegate's and Finance WG in October 2020.
*Nonprofit Bookkeeping and Technology Consulting*
315.292.4656 | jennyryan.net
There is a person who was wanting to see if someone could help with their
laptop which got hacked and a SD card if I understood them correctly.
I gave them Sudo info email and discuss list email.
Christie or Kirstie ? Not a member but planned to apply when COVID hit. No
one was in Sudo Room. Ghost Town Hackerspace.
Also, what are next steps as I want to join Sudo but not sure what is even
going on at this time with Sudo?
Probably need to have info for folks who visit who are not members but want
I am only in Omni to clean up the space, kick ass, and chew bubble gum (and
I'm all out of bubble gum.)
I will be running an air compressor for 12 hours straight in the sudo/CCL
area of Omni this coming Tuesday from around noon until midnight.
I am not sure exactly how loud it will be but the compressor is inside a
somewhat sound-dampened box so hopefully it won't be too bad. I don't see
anyone on the CCL pandemic access calendar scheduled for that period.
This is a so-called regeneration cycle for a CO2/humidity scrubber which is
needed to get it ready for use after it's been sitting unused for quite a
Let me know if anyone has a conflict and needs me to reschedule.
Dear Sudo Room,
Here's your invoice! We appreciate your prompt payment.
Thank you for stewarding the commons.
Love and solidarity,
------------------------ Pledge Summary --------------------------
Invoice # : 2219
Invoice Date: 10/01/2020
Due Date: 10/25/2020
Terms: Net 25
Amount Due: $8,000.00
The complete version has been provided as an attachment to this email.
I've got an old Leader LBO-325 scope, 60mhz, dual channel, nice and portable in a field case, with a 1x/10x probe.
I think it is from the 1990s. There are manuals online.
It works, though the focus doesn't, the trace is fuzzy. Probably needs a pot cleaned or maybe replaced.
Don't need it anymore, so if sudoroom or anyone wants it, let me know, it's yours.
I'm a one-man shop in the peninsula and I desperately need to use a
laser cutter for my work for a couple of hours. Like everybody, I'm in a
very tough spot.
I have been trained and I have used the Noisebridge laser cutter a few
times but it's offline for three months now (security + covid + move).
HackerDojo is offline too. I have been using laser cutters for 15 years
(early days of Techshop).
Is it possible to access and use the Sudo Room laser cutter - one time?
If you have any information regarding this request, you can reply to
this email or contact me privately. Thank you in advance,
Is there an open source tool or KiCad plugin that'll convert
a KiCad PCB file to whatever format Seeeed Fucion wants?
I found Osh Park super easy to work with as they have a nice
web gooey to do this and can accept KiCad PCB files.
Seeeed Fusion, however, has instructions on exporting Gerber
files manually, which I followed, but which their system
did not accept. It seems like the kind of conversion that
could be automated away with some software.
Googled around, didn't find anything.
If you know of something that does, this, I'd like to use it.
Greetings Sudo et al, I'm so sorry but I have to bring to your attention a
recent, very unfortunate, inappropriate, and violent encounter a friend of
mine, Deon Saunders, had with a guy named "Rob", who I don't think I know
personally, although I'm sure he's well known around Omni in general. I
don't believe he's a sudo member specifically, but I believe this incident
sort of came into Sudo territory when Marc became involved; I also really
respect and love what Sudo room provides to the community, and I know that
Sudo is a powerful force within the Omni; as such, I'm writing to you all
now because I believe this issue definitely needs to be dealt with, and not
ignored or brushed aside.
Basically, Deon is friends with Phat Beets and Food First, and has been
frequenting the Omni in order to do work and access the community resources
that are available. To my understanding, he often works in the Sudo room
space. Although this should not need to be said, I can personally vouch for
Deon as an upstanding and generous member of the Oakland community.
Deon was having trouble accessing the space the other day and rung the Omni
doorbell several times, at which point guy named Rob opened the door and
started cursing at him and being very aggressive. After Deon was able to
enter Omni, Rob then started following him around and harassing him, acting
like a cop. Although this is egregious in and of itself, and a terrible
counter-representation of the Omni's values, this all came to a head when
Rob accused Deon of not being "an actual, normal, human being". Whether or
not this was intentional, it evoked longstanding racist attitudes that
black folks have been subjected to, suggesting that Deon was less-than, or
sub-human. Deon was so offended that he promptly left the Omni and has not
been back since.
Besides this very loaded and hateful comment, this general kind of
treatment and attitude, overall, is the EXACT opposite of the way black
folks should be treated when interfacing with the Omni. Rob's actions are
not okay, at all, and I strongly feel that a serious accountability process
should be implemented for this incident. This is not a small matter. I've
spoken with Deon, and he has agreed to participate.
I've also heard that this type of incident has happened before at the Omni,
specifically involving Rob. Correct me if I'm wrong, but apparently, the
attitude that was expressed to Deon was that Rob is one of the main people
that operates (i.e. helps to reproduce and sustain,) the Omni, and as such,
people basically go along with what he says and does. If this is in fact
the case, then an accountability process is even more imperative. In no way
should labor, and by proxy, "power" derived from labor, enable a person to
act with racism against members of the Oakland community. I think it's in
the best interest of the Omni to address this issue immediately, for Deon,
for the Omni, and for the Omni's relationship with the greater community of
I believe Marc was present for part of this incident as well, and although
I know, Marc is so busy doing vital work for Sudo and Omni, it might
behoove him to also participate in this process, as a witness.
I am writing this email not because I am trying to "cancel" or ruin anyone,
but because I care about Deon, The Omni, Sudo, and the Oakland community at
large. This issue seems indicative of larger problems, and if addressed
with love and respect and accountability, could seriously benefit all
parties listed above, and improve the Omni and it's relationship with
I'm not sure where to take it from here, as I am personally extremely busy
with other community-based activities in Oakland right now, but a
mediator/facilitator should be sought out, ideally a black person, but at
the very least, a non-black poc, and probably someone that isn't personally
involved in the day-to-day operations at Omni, sudo etc. If i am able, I
could possibly be this mediator, but I hope other options are sought out
first, because a.) I'm a non-black, mixed race poc, and b.) I have very
little capacity at the moment.
But please keep me in the loop regarding an accountability process for Rob,
and I'll do whatever I can to help move this along and reach a fair and
Sorry to bring such difficult news to you all, but I could not stay silent.
With love and Solidarity,