[hackerspaces] Hacker Dojo

Dave Null noid23 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 20:09:18 CET 2010

In a strange bit of coincidence, I had to fly to San Jose the day this
thread started. I decided to swing by the Hacker Dojo on my way to the
hotel and check them out. Overall, its a really cool space. They have
a lots of office space thats designed to be used for collaboration on
projects, a room set up for breaking things with tools, and they just
built a few private meeting rooms for folks working on things they
dont want public just yet (also useful for folks like myself who are
just plain loud). They have a loft area set up as well that's used for
parties. There was an Android Users Group meeting going on up there at
the time so I didnt get to explore as much as I wanted. All of the
folks I interacted with there were really cool people. There seemed to
be a healthy mix of ages and backgrounds there too.

Sadly, that was my last trip to the bay area for a while so I'm bummed
that I only now realized that they were there..


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On Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 9:23 AM, Deech <deech at ninjacow.net> wrote:
> Well, that was about as positive as you could have gotten.
> Very nice.
> -Deech
> On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 1:21 PM, Yves Quemener <quemener.yves at free.fr> wrote:
>> Steve Clement wrote:
>>> But is getting ANY media recognition good? I know at least a few reasons
>>>  why it is very tricky to get good coverage.
>> Fox News is watched by the kind of people who could have a lot of very
>> negative ideas about the word "hacker". Any coverage that present them on a
>> good light is to be encouraged IMHO. That the journalist can't make the
>> difference between an Arduino and an iPhone isn't the greatest importance
>> for this kind of report anyway.
>> When someone says something positive about you but that is utter technical
>> nonsense, it is often a good idea to stop trying to correct them and just
>> say "well technically it is a bit more complicated but this is the idea".
>> Both you and your interlocutor gets mutual support and everyone gets happy.
>>> As a rule of thumb:
>>> - Set the rules on WHAT will be talked about how the things will be shot
>>> etc..
>> It is good to prepare as much as you can, but these people tend to have an
>> overbooked agenda and will stumble upon you at the last moment. The most
>> essential piece of information, IMHO, is to understand the general tone the
>> article will have and to get some bio info on the journalist. If you think
>> this will be hostile, no preparation will save you from being quoted out of
>> context. In this case it is better to refuse completely the coverage.
>>> Preferably you want to know what will be their "voice-overs" in the
>>> actual piece.
>>> You kind of have to control them otherwise you will end-up with a Story
>>> about how the bad hackers try to steal your network etc..
>> From what I know, this is rarely possible. Journalists generally come into
>> a place with the objective of having pictures, interviews, material. when
>> they are in this stage they don't know yet what the final video product
>> will be and how the montage will be. You could be completely edited out, be
>> part of a 10 second extract or get a 5 minute interview. It is hard to tell.
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