I was warned on IRC that the activity would be rather low in the Warsaw Hackerspace Due to being Easter. So when I arrived in Warsaw I just monitored their member tracking site from time to time until it showed some people being present.
The entry to the space was a bit hard to find, because it's in the basement. But they later told me, that they will move their space to a different location next month anyway.
On arrival they showed me around their hackerspace. Of course they have a laser-cutter  and some 3D printers.
I was told, that the Warsaw Hackerspace has around 100 members consisting of a good mix of computer science, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and other people.
They also have equipment to produce their own PCBs, using a cheap UV nail curing lamp.
Also impressive was their retro computing collection! Amongst other devices they own a VT520 terminal which they use to print the messages posted on IRC.
When I asked for a beverage, they showed me there vending machine, which is broken and can't accept coins anymore. But stand back, they hacked it to hook up with their internal payment system! It's apparently as simple as hooking up a Raspberry Pi to the Multidrop bus to control the machine.
Later in the evening I had an awesome debugging session with one of their members who tried to intercept C library calls (This was part of an university assignment). Since I never looked into how dynamic linking works in Linux, this was very interesting for me! Maybe I'll write a separate blog post about that if I find time to dig a bit deeper into the topic.
I really enjoyed the time I spent with this awesome and very active hackerspace! My next stop will be Hackerspace Kraków!
|||We should really get a laser-cutter for coredump. This will be the first thing I will do when I return!|