in this thread post crazy "pie in the sky" stuff you want to do or see
others do in the finished space. don't worry if it's not likely to
succeed. the goal is to build a pool of ideas and to get others
excited about doing stuff.
i'll go first:
classes on all the stuff i don't know how to, or i am not very good at
doing. preferably taught by an enthusiast, professional, or other
expert in that field. think of a cinci2600 preso that lasts 6 weeks.
bulk ordering of stuff: coordinate the buying of parts and materials
among members to save on volume discounts and shipping (lots of 10
from ebay, etc.). how much money have you wasted on crap just to get
free shipping from amazon?
widows and orphans club: places to go and things to do for families of
members during regular events.
free/anonymous voicemail and voice conference server: the community
voice mail project says you need a full time employee and a budget of
$50k per year to provide 600 voicemail boxes in a local community
(http://cvm.org). since the telephreak project provides voicemail and
conferencing for free (http://www.telephreak.org) i'm calling
green data center: built from recycled materials and equipment and
with sustainable power and cooling.
weekly/monthly game nights/days: video games, board games, role
playing games, etc.
DIY studio: a soundproof room with mikes and PCs set up with open
source editing tools for music, podcasts, vodcasts, and the like.
electronic thrift store: old stuff is donated, cleaned/fixed up/
repaired, then sold or traded for stuff for the space.
geek library: technical, fiction, and howto books and comics for
members to check out.
community computer lab: like the public library, but with better
hours, no time limits, and few if any filters. powered by the linux
terminal server project (http://www.ltsp.org) and recycled equipment.
experimental computer lab: a collection of machines to load and test
software on. no more keeping machines at home for testing purposes.
great for studying for certifications. use easily removable sata
drives so you can take your configs with you.
router lab: a CCNP/CCIE class lab for study groups to prepare for
certification exams. no more flipping old CCNA labs on ebay, one lab
to rule them all!
cheap OEM server, like the ones google uses (switches too!)
alternate reality game using wifi hot spots. like a cross between
geocaching, a scavenger hunt and a wifi race.