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?
I've set up a jitsi terminal on the wall in Sudoroom!
It's a big TV made by Hitachi, and it has a feature where it can go into "power
saving" mode when the HDMI signal is lost. That means the screen can power
down when DPMS puts the monitor to "sleep". It has a webcam that's clearly
labeled, and on a hinge so it can easily be aimed down at the floor if people
are shy, and it has a Jabra USB speaker/microphone thing which should hopefully
provide good speakerphone functionality. I have the computer setup to start
firefox, and i have firefox set to open the jitsi page, where permissions are
already enabled for webcam/audio. The only remaining need is to automatically
wake the monitor from sleep (using "DISPLAY=:0 xset force dpms on") whenever
there is anyone else detected in the jitsi "room"
This feature is important so that people can see (on the screen) whenever
someone is in the screen/camera/microphone with them. For now the monitor is
either left on a lot, or blanks out due to a timeout.
I've determined that the most direct ways to make the monitor turn on when
anyone joins the jitsi channel are:
1. make an XMPP client in python or something, which connects to the server and
finds out how many people are in the room (and whether there's anyone other
than the telescreen in there) and sets the monitor on/off state accordingly
2. make a browser extension to find the element containing the number of
"Meeting participants" and copy the number to the window title, where it can be
observed from the shell with a command like wmctrl -l
<div class="jss52">Meeting participants (2)</div>
unfortunately the div class is not always jss52 but the innertext is always
Meeting Participans(#) so it should be able to be found.
The idea is that with this setup, people can go on jitsi and talk to whomever
is in sudoroom, as well as each other.
presently i'm using this link but that can change if we find something better:
note: the telescreen in sudoroom is not signed in right now, not sure why but
i'll fix it asap
I am working on these things!
Basically the projection mapping project has become my thing and it's the only thing I'm really focusing on at SudoRoom. I've learned that you do more by doing less! I've gotten off track in the past few weeks.
What are you working on? Or maybe work isn't the right word... having fun and being creative with?
It's Wednesday. According to the calendar, Wednesdays at 8 PM are weekly
meetings, and most Wednesdays I send out a meeting reminder. After a few
really productive meetings earlier in the year, momentum has fallen off.
I'd really like to see Sudoroom complete the proposed reopening. It seems
to me we're stuck at this liminal space: we've got a lot of awesome
creative members and a physical space many hackerspaces would be envious
of, but we are struggling to exit the covid posture and address
long-standing issues such as facilities upkeep and sufficient revenue
generation to avoid shutting down at the end of the year.
Does anyone have any suggestions for how to reestablish our momentum? I
think we should assemble a team of volunteers motivated to make a 4 week
blitz. I think with enough people making one big push we could kick
Sudoroom from first gear to second, after which we might be able to create
some self-sustaining acceleration in momentum.
*Andrew R Gross, (he/him)*
412.657.5332 - shrad.org <http://www.shrad.org>
Well in the light of current events, I guess it would be very cool to spearhead some more blatantly feminist and LBGT supportive groups.
I would prefer as little involvement in committees as possible! SudoRoom is a hacker's organization
LBGT and trans outreach
I'm still trying to brainstorm any trans outreach. It's looking bleak.
At the moment it is dangerous even for pregnant women to exist in most of the red states. People could die from ectopic pregnancies at any time. Therefore it is crucial to educate as many young women on how to get an IUD as possible. (Condoms are insufficient)
Displaced Homemakers API
I am continuing learning back end on helping displaced homemakers. I think this is pretty crucial considering ow many young women enter into marriages and become stay at home moms without understanding the psychological and financial consequences of their decision. It would be very cool for people to also help displaced homemakers as they frequently fall into poverty.
hi, does anyone know how to make it so that the wiki underlines all links?
It's nearly impossible to see links without that, unless you really expect
people to see the difference between black and dark blue which is ableist.
I opened this file but all the things i tried did not do anything to cause
links to be underlined. I think both internal and external links should be.