Archive for February, 2011

Reverse Engineering 102, 2nd Semester

February 25th, 2011 2 comments

While feedback on the first run of the RE102 class comes in, I wanted to let people know that we will be offering a second run of the class.  Based on comments both on and off the site, it seems like we will have another full class.  I haven’t finalized on a date yet as I want to update the class a bit based on feedback from the first set of attendees; but the date will be decided and posted soon.  So here are some ways you can stay updated to catch the class announcement and register before it fills up:

  1. Follow @hive13 on Twitter
  2. Add the Hive13 RSS feed to your reader
  3. Use the Reload Every plugin and never take your eyes off the site (not recommended)

I can tentatively say that we are shooting for some time in March, but more details will come in the future.  Hope to see you there :)


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New Workbenches!

February 17th, 2011 2 comments

Sexy, Sexy work bench with the sexy Chris Davis.

Special thanks to Dave B, Jason, Chris Davis, and all of the other people who have been working hard to help construct additional workspaces for the hackerspace.

The workbench to the right of this post was built from plans purchased by Jason.  It has wheels that can be raised and lowered easily.  When the wheels are raised up the workbench provides a very stable surface to work on.

Dave B Workbench

One of our newer members Dave Blundell donated a workbench and Chris Davis assisted him in moving it to Hive13.  It is a very solid workbench with two shelves under it.  It has a vise mounted on it and pegboard behind it.  Since the picture was taken we have moved the drill press onto it and mounted a couple power strips on the wall behind it.

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Another Great Lock Workshop!

February 13th, 2011 Comments off

Schuyler Towne is coming back to Hive13!!  Last time when Schuyler came we had a fantastic class on lockpicking.  Schyler showed some great cut-aways on some very fancy locks and then gave the whole class locks to take apart and pick.  This time we are going to change it up a bit.  We are doing TWO topics!

Lock Forensics & The Great Lock Controversy of 1851

The Hive has been planning on kicking off a forensic workshop on lockpicking and what better way to do that than when Schuyler is in town :D  Lock forensics is dedicated to the science and study of forensic locksmithing:

  • Determine method of entry
  • Identify tool marks and techniques
  • Determine skill level of attacker(s)
  • Preserve, collect, and protect evidence
  • Maintain a clean forensic workspace
  • Organize and write investigative reports

We have all this AND the story of 1851.  You don’t want to miss this!

Date: Feb. 21st

Time: 6pm-10pm

Cost: Free and open to the public!

The schedule will probably be fairly relaxed.  At 6-ish we will start organizing for the forensic workshop and between 7-7:30 Schuyler will present The Great Lock Controversy of 1851.  Then we will hang out and geek out to locks.

UPDATE: Schuyler will also be stopping by Dayton Diode on Tuesday.  So if you live in Dayton or can’t make Mondays meeting at the Hive then head to the Dayton Diode space:

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SMT Hand soldering 101

February 10th, 2011 1 comment

We will be hosting a SMT Hand soldering class at the Hive on Wednesday March 2nd at 7pm.  Goal for the class is to cover simple, easy to do (with a steady hand) techniques and materials used for soldering common SMT packages WITH
LEADS.  NO BGA.  NO QFN.  (i.e. nothing with “blind” pads underneath the device that need soldered – can’t do that well without reflow IMHO)

resistors, capacitors down to 0402 (I’m not good enough to do 0201 by hand consistently)
connectors (mini USB, ethernet, etc.)

This covers 90% of the MCUs, transitors/FETs and passive components commonly used by enthusiasts.  We will most likely be building AMP kits that you will be able to take home after the class.  Seats are extremely limited for this class but if it sells out we plan on having this class again.

Date: 3/2/2011  Time: 7pm-9pm

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Open Workshop – Sumobots

February 8th, 2011 Comments off

Hi Everybody!

We are having an open workshop on February 16th from 7-9 (or later).  Open workshops are just times where somebody has decided to open the hive for open projects to be worked on.  Whoever hosts an open workshop gets to also set a theme.  You don’t have to work on a project with the theme but if you are interested in said theme, then feel free to come on down and participate!

This workshop is hosted by Craig Smith and the theme is the upcoming sumobot competition.  We will be working on all the agenda items for the event.  Things like: logistics, party planning, poster artwork, building sumo rings, building sumobots, kinect sumobot hacking, whatever you can think of.

There will be many other sumobot meetings.  This is just the kick off meeting for the event.

Mark you calendars: Feb 16th, 7-9pm

No sign-up or fee, just show up.

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