Minor Projects

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  • Remove the hunk of wall that is taking up space in the kitchen and put it in the bin.
  • Blue Cupboard facing isle to washroom on mezzanine level.

Because the cupboard faces the isle to the washroom, the cupboard need to be kept tidy in order so that it remains shut as I've seen several people jab themselves in the hip while walking bye."--Phillipbeynon 13:22, 10 December 2008 (PST)

    • Organize the cupboard so nothing sticks out.--Phillipbeynon 13:22, 6 December 2008 (PST)
    • Adjust hinges.--Phillipbeynon 13:22, 10 October 2008 (PST)
    • Plane and sand cupboard edges so they close without rubbing.--Phillipbeynon 16:33, 10 December 2008 (PST)
  • Dismantle the Onyx. See Frosty Penguin--Phillipbeynon 13:08, 10 December 2008 (PST)
  • Purchase and hang a Christmas wreath.--Phillipbeynon 16:19, 13 December 2008 (PST)
  • sound system for mezzanine, speakers, mpd jukebox, etc
  • hack memtest86+ so it can be driven with a numeric keypad


Feel free to remind/nag/ask/bribe me to make you signs! List them here, I'm watching this page. Or make 'em yourself :) Ifny 19:18, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Signs to do


"The green line was an excellent idea and has been of great help in directing people to different areas of the facility. It would be helpful to replace it to improve visabiliyty. I'm suggesting we create a highly colourful, high contrast "road" to run down the center of the pathway."--Phillipbeynon 16:46, 13 December 2008 (PST)

  • >2cm wide white line down the center.
  • >4cm Black line flanking white line on each side
  • Signs at each intersection, readable from eace direction, directing people to each location.
  • Ubuntu logos at random intervals bear the road.
  • Sign on exterior of rear door directing people to follorw the road.

Outside of building

  • Paint BIG FG signs ar front and rear (?? Sign your post please.)
    • Suggestion 2: 4 sheets 1/2" GOS plywood mounted 2 on each side of the gate. Paint FG on each so that one is always visible whether teh gate is open or closed.--Phillipbeynon 16:05, 10 December 2008 (PST)


  • Direct people to the store, the mezzanine, kitchen, and and the washroom.
  • Direct prople to the Mezzanine
    • Hanging sign at the top of the back stairs "/\ Pedal", "<-FreeGeek".
    • Hanging sign at end of corridor "Store->", "Mezzanine ->".


  • Hanging signs: "Phone Desk", "Sign In", "Hard Drives", "Laptop Dismantle", "Cards Sorting", "RAM", "Power Station", "Test Bench" "Build Bench" "Motherboards" "Public computers" "Incomming" "Printer Testing"--Anne 17:38, 13 December 2008 (PST)--Alyssa 17:46, 13 December 2008 (PST)


The museum section on top of the shelves needs to be well segregated from for sale the items below.

  • Hanging signs: 2 each "Museum <size="-3">Top shelf items are not for sale.</size>"
  • Tape along top shelf with one color above and another below to well distinguish the boundry between for sale and museum items


The free geek project code can be checked out with svn. Install subversion:

apt-get install subversion

Check out the code with:

svn co svn://shop.freegeekvancouver.org/code

If you're at the office, run:

svn co svn://hemlock/code

Deployed Projects

This is a list of projects and systems that are currently in place in some form or another. In addition to documentation, which is pretty much lacking throughout, specific things that are missing are listed under each item.




  • Local devices are not setup (usbkeys/cdrom/cdrw),
  • automated logins for public terminals,
  • automatic generation/regeneration of guest accounts
  • automatically powering down systems at night


  • Network administration (dhcp/firewall/dns/etc)
    The network is relatively simple, but it needs to be documented, and some redundancies put in place. A complete automated backup system is sorely lacking.
  • More hardware component testing
    Miscellaneous devices are currently either being tested in an ad hoc basis, or not at all. Work needs to be done in creating a set of structured automated tests that inexperienced users can operate for devices such as optical drives, video cards, network cards, switches/routers/hubs, etcetera.
  • Volunteer calendar needs some new functionality
    • Should we consider OSS projects as replacements? i.e. CiviCRM
    • This would be more feature-rich, and would take less than starting from scratch.
    • CiviCRM also integrates with Drupal (our existing FG CMS)
  • Offsite systems
    • Drupal FG Website (www.freegeekvancouver.org)
  • Bug tracking system (for software development)
    I mention this here because as we open up software project development, we will inevitably need a place for us and users to file bugs. This system could be the same as the issue tracking system above.
  • Inventory system/CMS/Point-of-sale
    An big dream, with little to no code behind it. Having a software system to gain better visibility into the equipment that we are handling, warehousing, receiving and selling would be a big win. We are using pen and paper for POS now. We can do better, but its a nontrivial problem.
  • Contact database
    Currently FGDB (see above) handles this. Something better maybe?
  • Groupware
    Buzzwordy item here thrown in as it may cover one or more of the above items.
  • Music system/jukebox
    You wouldn't believe given how much equipment we have at Free Geek how hard it is to make some music happen.