House Rules

  1. Everyone is expected to abide by our Code of Conduct, whether they interact online or in-person.
  2. Content posted on Slack is private unless they're in #jobs or #please-retweet. Don't repost anything publicly unless you have permission. We operate Slack under Chatham House Rule:

Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

  1. Bathrooms are all-gender. (Dudes: please put the toilet seat down when you are finished.)
  2. Bring your used cups and dishes (and those of your guests) down to the FL2 dishwasher. If you use a dish from EA1’s dishrack on FL4, wash it when you’re done.
  3. Separate paper from plastic / glass / aluminum recycling.
  4. When something in the space breaks, report it in #155 so that others know what to avoid.
  5. Lock up if you’re the last one out. Instructions are here.
  6. Except for service dogs, Orbital is a pet-free space.
  7. Turn off the sound on your laptops, phones and devices.


Currently, the space is configured as such:


  • Event Space / Kitchen, available for use when it isn’t booked on the calendar.
  • If the weather’s nice, also consider the back patio: image alt text


  • General Workspace.


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Please note that sometimes Everybody at Once may be on a conference call in the front of FL4 in which case consider one of the (reservable) FL4 conference rooms.

Best Practices

Video/Phone Calls Book a conference room, use a phone booth room, or go to FL2 and use headphones
Meetings Book a conference room, use a phone booth room, or go to FL2
Standups Book a conference room, use a phone booth room, or go to FL2
Pair Programming Use the pairing station in the back of FL3 (or go down to FL2)
Side-by-Side Work Use the pairing station in the back of FL3 (or go down to FL2)
Quiet work space Headphones and Earplugs

Note: If a conversation turns into a meeting, please take it to a conference room or down to FL2.

Conference Rooms

We use Google Calendar to manage the conference room reservations.

Block out the conference rooms when you’re using them so that others don’t mistakenly assume they’re available.

If you are using one of the conference rooms, please block it out the calendar whenever you use it, so that folks know it is in use by you. Otherwise, you don’t mind getting kicked out. This way, folks don’t mistakenly try to reserve it when it’s currently in use by you.

The small conference rooms on FL3 are first-come, first-serve, and don’t require booking.

  1. How to Book a Room:

    1. To see what rooms are available

    2. Create an event and invite the email address corresponding to the desired room

FL2 Kitchen
FL2 Front Table
FL3 Conference Room
FL4 Conference Room
FL4 Back Long Room
FL4 Whiteboard Village

(pro-tip: add these rooms to your Contacts to enable auto-complete: Apple (.vcf) | Google Calendar | Outlook)

  1. Save your event—you’ll receive a notification if the room has been declined, in which case it will look like this:

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If it was accepted, it will look like so:

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Also, it should now appear in the embedded Google Calendar above.

  1. Please refrain from booking all-day events in any of the FL3 or FL4 conference rooms. If you'd like exclusive use of it for the day, you're welcome to rent it out.

  2. If you'd like to run a larger event at Orbital, please contact Gary to review logistics before reserving the space.

Printing & Scanning

The Printer is located on FL3 opposite the bathrooms and is on loan to us courtesy Ben Smyth.

How to Print

  • Mac Users:

    • Download Mac drivers for "Brother MFC-J6910DW" here.

    • Go to System Preference > Printers & Scanners > Add Printer (the ‘+’ icon)

    • Setup like this and you should be able to print and scan

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How to Scan

  • Put your document into the document feeder (it's the thing on top)

  • Mac Users:

    • Launch the Preview application

    • File -> Import from Brother MFC-J6910DW…

    • Ink Cartridge refills and extra paper is located in the drawers below the printer. (Additional paper is available on the metal shelves to the right of the printer.) If we run out, email


Orbital does not provide communal drinks or snacks, so please do not help yourself to drinks/snacks you find in the space, unless directed otherwise in Slack.

Label your food. Unlabeled food will occasionally be thrown out of the fridge.

Snacks on FL4 are for the Everybody at Once team, not for general members.

Please don’t leave food out in the open as it will attract pests. If you’ve put something out for people to share, please make sure you’ve disposed of it before you leave.


  • Heat is provided via a gas-powered blower in the back of the space. The unit is controlled via a wall switch, marked "heater".

  • To turn heat on: Flip switch up

    • It may take a minute or two for it to turn on. If it doesn’t come on, make sure that the thermostat on the other side of the door frame is turned up > 65 degrees.
  • To turn heat off: Flip switch down.

  • Please do not bring space heaters down to FL2 (electricity on FL2 costs us $$$$).


FL2 Circuit Breaker

The electrical on FL2 is somewhat temperamental. If you attempt to use the microwave in the Kitchen while the A/C in the side window is turned on, the circuit breaker will trip.

To remedy the situation, here's what you need to do:

  1. Locate the fuse box opposite the FL2 refrigerator.
  2. Look for the fuse labeled "E Wall + Microwave". It should be in a neutral state (neither on nor off).
  3. Flip it fully to the right (off) and then back to the left (on)

  1. Then, turn off the A/C on the side wall (closest to the Kitchen) before you activate the microwave.
  2. Proceed to Microwave your thing.
  3. Turn the A/C back on when you're done.


Over the years, I've figured out the optimal plunging technique and so I would like to share that with you all.

The key is to (a) get a good seal, and then (b) use short, rapid strokes until you feel a change in pressure.

Here's a video demonstrating:

Design Principles

Orbital is a tiny independent 1-person business, so as a result we don't have a lot of amenities or services, and we definitely can't throw money at problems.

In designing how Orbital the space operates:

  1. Everyone should feel safe and productive.
  2. Charge people as little as possible.
  3. Prevent contention from happening in the first place.
  4. Running Orbital shouldn't be a full-time job.
  5. Minimize buzzer usage.
Last Updated: 10/15/2019, 4:06:15 PM