Exciting new events!

We have two very exciting events coming up!

Sunday , July 6, 2014, 2:30PM: Special Effects Make Up 101 RSVP on Meet-Up.

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 2:00PM: Hack the Space Day, Part Deux! Take Two. We tried a second Hack the Space day but it didn’t go as well as planned so we’re giving it another shot. This time it’s really important we get as many members involved as possible. RSVP on Meet Up.

Monday, July 14, 2014 All Day: GrillPFM Following hack the space day on 7/12, special guests at Denhac for Monday, 7/14.  Our tentative partner organization for the LPFM radio station – Open Media Foundation – will send a few of their representatives to meet with our interested board members to discuss our proposed partnership.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to discuss fundraising strategies together with Sabrina from Brown Paper Tickets, who will be in town for a radio conference that weekend.  Her organization sponsored the National Radio Day at Denhac about a year ago, and they promote community radio in Seattle and across the nation.

Burgers and drinks available for any members interested in catching up and listening in, or for anyone who happens to be working on projects while we’re there. :)

E14 News: Time of the Hardware Startup

Has anyone else noticed that there are more and more hardware startups being formed, and becoming successful? I’ve seen a significant change in the focus at many of the events I’ve attended in 2013 and am excited for what is on the way! My recent Element14 article shares exactly what I mean:

…..Given all of the challenges above, why the migration from hardware aversion to hardware appreciation, especially among sources of capital such as VC firms?  First, the feedback loop is getting shorter and shorter. Falling prices of decent rapid prototyping tools like 3D printing, PCB fab and assembly, and the rise of hardware development boards like those sold by chip manufacturers, adafruit, and sparkfun a startup can get a prototype working at very little cost.  Early prototypes can be designed for hackability, making hardware revisions a simple use of common tools such as wire, soldering irons, a drills, and a hobby knife.  Further speeding hardware development is the significant growth in digital hardware such as microcontrollers and FPGAs.  As digital chips swallow up more hardware functions, the development is shifted to into the realm of being able to change a design with a firmware update.  Finally, the uncertainty of market demand when preparing for manufacturing can be mitigated with preorders enabled by crowdfunding.  Fast following customers will still have to wait for the second production run, but manufacturing planning for early adopters gain the benefit of matching supply to demand on the first run……

Read The Full Article Here!

E14 Post: Learn The Art Of Giving An Interview

When people think of interviews, they often think of searching for a job.  But for every interview there are two sides of the table.  Giving an interview is one of the best things a young employee can do to learn more valuable skills, understand their company, and reflect on themselves.  My most recent Element14 article extolls why it’s such a great experience for everyone involved!

….Why is interviewing such an important skill to gain for one to attain early?  Simply put, those who will join your team will likely have daily interactions with you and can make or break your time at work.  After all, these are the people that will be next to you during the late nights that ensue as project deadlines approach.  Do you really want to put in extra hours for a month straight with a person that isn’t very good at their job or doesn’t get along with the team?  Interviewing others is also a great way to meditate on your own growth.  We recognize ourselves in others, so judging a fellow engineer on their resume, experience, and interview can be quite telling.  Do you exhibit the same strengths that you admire in the candidate?  Are you currently making the same mistakes that are now biting the candidate in their job search?  What did others say about the candidate that could also be said about you?….

Read The Full Article Here!

OpenStack Installation Scripts

There are a few OpenStack installation guides available on the internet. One of the guides I’ve seen used the most is mseknibilel’s guide, which is available here. I followed this guide and it took me about 8 hours to get my setup up and running. I found that too much time was spent on troubleshooting issues due to entering everything by hand. Because of this I have created a set of scripts that can be used to setup a multi-node OpenStack test environment. This can be used as a basis for a small production setup. However it does not setup SSL encryption for any of the communication traffic. I plan to write a script in the future that will add SSL to a base install. There is also no support for High Availability. If you are looking to deploy a medium to large scale cluster then I suggest looking into a bare metal provisioning tool such as crowbar.

The scripts are currently split into five sections, which are detailed on the github page. It is setup with three different network architectures in mind:

  • 1NIC – A single network that everything is run through
  • 2NIC – One network for public network access and one for management and data
  • 3NIC – One network for public network access, one for management, and one for data

You should also be able to have anything from a single machine running everything to separate machines running as a controller, quantum server, glance server, cinder server, and compute nodes. It took me less than two hours to get my 4 node cluster up and running.

You can find the scripts here: https://github.com/soleblaze/openstack