"Why is Sudo Room covered in QR codes?" you might ask.
Sudo Room is using the Labitrack inventory tracking software from the Copenhagen-based Labitat hackerspace. Labitrack allows simple 2D barcode labeling (QR codes) of individual items in the Sudo Room, and creates a wiki-based online inventory of those items. To look up what items are available at Sudo Room, you need to be connected to the Sudo Room LAN/wifi (called: sudo room). Then, simply type into your web-browser the address: http://space.local.
When you scan a 2D barcode, you will be taken to an item address, for example: http://o.sudoroom.org/1. The number at the end refers to the ID of the scanned item. This will immediately redirect you to http://sudoroom.org/wiki/O:1, where you can add information about the item. When you create a new item in the web app, a label will immediately be printed on the teeny tiny printer currently located on the main bookcase. A future goal is that the information you enter when you create the label will automatically be entered into the wiki page for the item. (updates, people?)
What's the point?
Here's the point:
- We want to document the tools, projects and people available in the Sudo Room.
- Wiki pages should provide info such as instructions for use, links to manuals, or a contact person.
- We want to help people keep the space organized.
- Wiki pages should include the item home (where it belongs). That way, even new people can help keep the space organized simply by scanning items and putting them back in their home location.
Technical stuff for Windows users
If you are running Windows, read this whole thing. You will be unable to use .local addresses, since Windows does not support the necessary "Zero Configuration Networking" ("zeroconf"). OS X does support zeroconf, though Apple calls it Bonjour. You should be able to enable zeroconf support for Windows by installing Apple's zeroconf for windows. The mysterious person who originally wrote this post can confirm that this works on Windows 7.