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Now that you are a member, here are some things you should do to improve your FamiLAB experience:
 
Now that you are a member, here are some things you should do to improve your FamiLAB experience:
  
* Show up on Tuesday nights - the 1st Tuesday is typically the [http://familab.org/blog/2011/09/open-house-familab/ Open House], the 3rd Tuesday is typically the Monthly Member Meeting (Decision time...) but check the calendar and the [http://familab.org/blog/public-classes-events/ Public Classes & Events Page]
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* Show up on Tuesday nights - the 1st Tuesday is typically the [http://familab.org/blog/2011/09/open-house-familab/ Open House], the 3rd Tuesday is typically the Monthly Member Meeting (Decision time...) but check the calendar and the [http://familab.org/blog/public-classes-events/ Public Classes & Events Page].  New members are confirmed at the Monthly Meeting.
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* Microcontroller Mondays are the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month - watch the calendar and the [http://familab.org/blog/public-classes-events/ Public Classes & Events Page]. This event has RSVP requested, the link is on the [http://familab.org/blog/public-classes-events/ Public Classes & Events Page].
 
* Use the calendar on the [http://www.familab.org FamiLAB website] to know about the major dates
 
* Use the calendar on the [http://www.familab.org FamiLAB website] to know about the major dates
 
* Join the [http://familab.org/mailman/listinfo mailing lists] - the discuss list is the most active
 
* Join the [http://familab.org/mailman/listinfo mailing lists] - the discuss list is the most active
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* Follow [https://twitter.com/#!/FamiLAB @FamiLAB on twitter] - this tends to be "offical announcement" type stuff for the public. Please retweet :)
 
* Follow [https://twitter.com/#!/FamiLAB @FamiLAB on twitter] - this tends to be "offical announcement" type stuff for the public. Please retweet :)
 
* Hang out on IRC - #familab on freenode with your favorite IRC client, or you can use [http://familab.org/blog/embedded-chat-2/ webchat]
 
* Hang out on IRC - #familab on freenode with your favorite IRC client, or you can use [http://familab.org/blog/embedded-chat-2/ webchat]
* Start connecting with other members on Google+ - this tends to be the real time thoughts & project updates
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* Start connecting with other members on [https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/100828404477153041391/ Google+] - this tends to be the real time thoughts & project updates
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* "Like" us on [https://www.facebook.com/FamiLAB Facebook]
 
* Start reading the wiki from the [[FamiLAB]] home page - there is a lot here. Email [[user:chorca| Chris (Chorca)]] with your desired username for a wiki account so that you can add more questions (and later...answers)  
 
* Start reading the wiki from the [[FamiLAB]] home page - there is a lot here. Email [[user:chorca| Chris (Chorca)]] with your desired username for a wiki account so that you can add more questions (and later...answers)  
 
* Add your Home & Work (APPROXIMATE LOCATION ONLY) to the [[Map of Important FamiLAB Locations]]
 
* Add your Home & Work (APPROXIMATE LOCATION ONLY) to the [[Map of Important FamiLAB Locations]]
* Get a key from [[user:F00bard| Mack (f00bard)]] or [[user:Digitalman2112| Ian (digitalman2112)]] - most new members come to a Tuesday night gathering. If you let us know you are coming in advance, we can make sure to have a key for you.
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* Once confirmed, get a key (RFID card) from [[user:mack| mack (f00bard)]].
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* Get a locker from [[user:mack| mack (f00bard)]] or [[user:Digitalman2112| Ian (digitalman2112)]] - locker space is a feature of the "Maker" and "Booster" Membership levels. We add lockers as we add members, so please be patient if we don't have one as soon as you join.
 
* Please ask questions :)
 
* Please ask questions :)
 
* Start coming to the lab, you can watch & learn, or make & learn, or teach & learn... at your own pace.
 
* Start coming to the lab, you can watch & learn, or make & learn, or teach & learn... at your own pace.
  
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== How do I... ==
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* '''...Get a key/access to the lab?''' The new space uses RFID cards for access.  Once you're confirmed as a member, contact [[user:mack| Mack (f00bard)]] to be issued a card.
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* '''...Get a wiki account?''' Email [[user:chorca| Chris (Chorca)]] or [[user:mack| Mack (f00bard)]] with your desired username for a wiki account
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* '''...Get a wordpress account?''' Contact [[user:Abyssknight| Bill (abyssknight)]] or [[user:mack| Mack (f00bard)]]
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* '''...Get a locker?''' Lockers are for the $50 per month level and above at this time. As we've added members, we've been adding lockers, please be patient if we don't have an empty one, ask around, someone will likely share with you until we get more. '''Update: We may be moving away from having lockers in favor of Personal Work Carts.'''
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* '''...Know what is going on, or when people will be at the lab?''' It's best to join the mailing lists or hang out on our IRC channel. Many great projects at the lab have been kicked off simply by someone asking who will be there on a given night.
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* '''...Use the RepRap / Makerbot?''' See the [[3D Printing]] page
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* '''...Use the laser cutter/etcher?''' See the following pages:
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** [[Laser_for_Newbies|Use the Laser]]
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** [[Laser_Cutter|Laser Cutting Info]]
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* '''...Borrow books or tools from the lab?''' See: [[Checking items out of the lab|Borrow books from the library]]
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* '''...Donate things to the lab?''' If you are a member simply post to the mailing list, bring up the donation at a meeting, or discuss it with a board member. If you are not yet a member please email one of our board members to let us know what you would like to donate.
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* '''...Hold a class/workshop?''' See: [[http://familab.org/wiki/index.php?title=How_to:_Classes,_Workshops_and_Events]]
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* '''...Attend a class?'''  Our calendar is updated regularly, but each event has different RSVP requirements.  We often use [http://familab.eventbrite.com Eventbrite] for RSVPs and to collect class fees.  See also: [http://familab.org/blog/public-classes-events/ Public Classes & Events Page]
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* '''...Bring guests?''' Members can always bring a guest... After all, many of our members found out about FamiLAB from friends or coworkers!  As a member, you are responsible for your guests.  We have dangerous tools in the lab, and the last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt.  If you are planning on bringing more than one or two guests we ask that you considerr having them come to an Open House event or scheduling an event on the calendar, so we can ensure members get priority access to space and equipment.
  
 
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== How do I? ==
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This section is new, and needs lots of answers...please help!
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Don't duplicate info here - it should mostly be links to other FamiLAB wiki or website pages...
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* Get a key
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* Get a wiki account - Email [[user:chorca| Chris (Chorca)]] with your desired username for a wiki account
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* Get a wordpress account - Contact [[user:Abyssknight| Bill (abyssknight)]] or [[user:F00bard| Mack (f00bard)]]
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* Get a locker - Lockers are for the $50 per month level and above at this time. As we've added members, we've been adding lockers, please be patient if we don't have an empty one, ask around, someone will likely share with you until we get more.
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* Know what is going on - or when people will be at the lab - best to join the mailing lists or hang out on IRC
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* Bring guests
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* Attend a class
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* Volunteer to work an event
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* Hold a class / workshop / Event
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** Schedule it at the lab or at Cloudspace or other location
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** Add it to EventBrite
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* Use the RepRap / Makerbot - See the [[3D Printing]] page
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* [[Laser_for_Newbies|Use the Laser]]
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* Get through the gate
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* [[Checking items out of the lab|Borrow books from the library]]
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* Get auto-op from IRC famibot
 
* Get auto-op from IRC famibot
* Donate things to the lab (and what things?)
 
 
* Know which things in the lab are ok to use for my projects?
 
* Know which things in the lab are ok to use for my projects?
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* Volunteer to work an event

Revision as of 16:52, 13 February 2012

Getting Started at FamiLAB

Now that you are a member, here are some things you should do to improve your FamiLAB experience:

  • Show up on Tuesday nights - the 1st Tuesday is typically the Open House, the 3rd Tuesday is typically the Monthly Member Meeting (Decision time...) but check the calendar and the Public Classes & Events Page. New members are confirmed at the Monthly Meeting.
  • Microcontroller Mondays are the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month - watch the calendar and the Public Classes & Events Page. This event has RSVP requested, the link is on the Public Classes & Events Page.
  • Use the calendar on the FamiLAB website to know about the major dates
  • Join the mailing lists - the discuss list is the most active
  • Read the blog often (and eventually provide content plz!)
  • Follow @FamiLAB on twitter - this tends to be "offical announcement" type stuff for the public. Please retweet :)
  • Hang out on IRC - #familab on freenode with your favorite IRC client, or you can use webchat
  • Start connecting with other members on Google+ - this tends to be the real time thoughts & project updates
  • "Like" us on Facebook
  • Start reading the wiki from the FamiLAB home page - there is a lot here. Email Chris (Chorca) with your desired username for a wiki account so that you can add more questions (and later...answers)
  • Add your Home & Work (APPROXIMATE LOCATION ONLY) to the Map of Important FamiLAB Locations
  • Once confirmed, get a key (RFID card) from mack (f00bard).
  • Get a locker from mack (f00bard) or Ian (digitalman2112) - locker space is a feature of the "Maker" and "Booster" Membership levels. We add lockers as we add members, so please be patient if we don't have one as soon as you join.
  • Please ask questions :)
  • Start coming to the lab, you can watch & learn, or make & learn, or teach & learn... at your own pace.

How do I...

  • ...Get a key/access to the lab? The new space uses RFID cards for access. Once you're confirmed as a member, contact Mack (f00bard) to be issued a card.
  • ...Get a wiki account? Email Chris (Chorca) or Mack (f00bard) with your desired username for a wiki account
  • ...Get a wordpress account? Contact Bill (abyssknight) or Mack (f00bard)
  • ...Get a locker? Lockers are for the $50 per month level and above at this time. As we've added members, we've been adding lockers, please be patient if we don't have an empty one, ask around, someone will likely share with you until we get more. Update: We may be moving away from having lockers in favor of Personal Work Carts.
  • ...Know what is going on, or when people will be at the lab? It's best to join the mailing lists or hang out on our IRC channel. Many great projects at the lab have been kicked off simply by someone asking who will be there on a given night.
  • ...Use the RepRap / Makerbot? See the 3D Printing page
  • ...Use the laser cutter/etcher? See the following pages:
  • ...Borrow books or tools from the lab? See: Borrow books from the library
  • ...Donate things to the lab? If you are a member simply post to the mailing list, bring up the donation at a meeting, or discuss it with a board member. If you are not yet a member please email one of our board members to let us know what you would like to donate.
  • ...Hold a class/workshop? See: [[1]]
  • ...Attend a class? Our calendar is updated regularly, but each event has different RSVP requirements. We often use Eventbrite for RSVPs and to collect class fees. See also: Public Classes & Events Page
  • ...Bring guests? Members can always bring a guest... After all, many of our members found out about FamiLAB from friends or coworkers! As a member, you are responsible for your guests. We have dangerous tools in the lab, and the last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt. If you are planning on bringing more than one or two guests we ask that you considerr having them come to an Open House event or scheduling an event on the calendar, so we can ensure members get priority access to space and equipment.

TODO:

  • Get auto-op from IRC famibot
  • Know which things in the lab are ok to use for my projects?
  • Volunteer to work an event