[HFOSS: Meetup] BrickHack 4

About a week ago I had the opportunity to attend BrickHack, one of the Major League Hacking hackathons. Ironically, I was attending this representing [email protected] as a sponsor despite this being my first hackathon. Meeting new people is always fun, and also I got to meet people I’ve seen around campus a lot but never interacted with. Explaining [email protected] can occasionally be a little awkward since we don’t have any particular big group projects, but are rather a community of people working on different things (and despite members having good projects (some of which they could get involved in), hearing that the group as a whole doesn’t work on any projects turns away some people – you can literally see them lose interest when they hear that). You also get those cringe-worthy moments when someone mistakes your group’s work, such as LibreCorps, an initiative which works with organizations like UNICEF, with LibreOffice, a piece of software (which is FOSS, but unrelated to the initiative). However, we were able to explain FOSS to a good number of people, mentioning how much of the software they use is FOSS, and how “free as in cost” is not the same as “free as in freedom.” We also were able to hand out most of the stickers that had been accumulated over time, which I know will make at least one person very happy.

The only regret I have is that we had a shift we were there for, and I would have liked to spend more time there. We didn’t know at the time, but when we were talking to one of the organizers after we found out that we could have. Next year I’m planning to attend again, but this time have it arranged for the [email protected] table to be a place for us to hack at just like the other ones, and also get some time to chat with the other sponsors and participants. Despite that, this was a good experience for me to learn about promoting a group’s work and running an event from this angle, which doesn’t participate in nor run the “main event,” but is still there actively interacting.

State of the Empire – 2017Nov

So it’s about time that I wrote a post here. Admittedly, this blog has been “live” but unlisted for several weeks, so it’s rather overdue. So, to get started, I’m going to overview what I’m up to and what you (hopefully) should be seeing soon.

  1. Over the summer I built 2 computers, one of which is a server. After a lot of pain getting them working for my ambitious plans, I’ve decided to redo the server. After that’s done I’ll be writing blog posts on the setup and also (maybe) a post on the history of the project.
  2. As part of (1), posts on more specific parts of the setup, notably pfSense.
  3. You may or may not have seen on my main site, but I’m a university student. School makes life busy, so this is mostly a side project excepting portfolio stuff…
  4. For club activities, I’m currently working on TigerOS – we’ve changed a lot of stuff and hope to have a release by the start of our Spring semester.