We currently have two facebook groups because we have just renamed our event name from "General Hackers" to "Hackers and Painters", which is more reflective of the diversity of our speakers' background. The "General Hackers" group will be deprecated in a month's time when our existing community members move over and our currently scheduled sessions are also moved over to the "Hackers and Painters" group.
We are also looking for venue partners in Singapore and beyond who would like to provide their space for a short 1 - 1.5 hours during Friday lunch. This would allow people - hackers and painters :-) - who are working near their space to consistently share new skills and know-how.
Hackers and Painters skills sharing sessions are currently held at Plug-in (Level 2) just across the road from Fusionopolis/One-North MRT, always from 1 pm to 2 pm, every Friday (except for Public Holidays).
Paul Graham co-wrote the software for Viaweb, which was bought out by Yahoo for their successful build-it-yourself online stores kit. Hackers and Painters is his reflections on software design, eBusiness, open software, and capitalism today. You might be surprised by the resulting mix. It’s written in an engaging, grab-you-by-the-lapels style, and because he’s studied it, a lot of the argument is conducted via the metaphor of painting. Overall this works, because he is putting the case for craftsmanship, discipline, and originality. He makes an interesting defence of a hacker’s right to disregard copyright – on the grounds that we need to keep their anti-authoritarian attitudes alive to preserve civil liberties, defending a free, strong society.