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cinci2600 Friday April 1st

March 30th, 2011 1 comment

cinic2600 is this friday, at its usual time and place: 7pm at hive13.

i’ll be giving a talk on some of the technical aspects of the NSA domestic surveillance program.

of all of the talks i have given, this one has broken my personal record for number internet memes included in a presentation, so come for the memes, stay for the memes.

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Hive13CNC progress

March 23rd, 2011 1 comment

A quick status update on the CNC / stepper board:

Following parts came together Voltron style after this evening’s meeting:
  • Stepper test rig, which has 3 stepper motors and 3 Hive13 driver boards mounted on it. [Jim, James]
  • Opto-isolated parallel port breakout board [Paul]
  • Various power supplies [Paul, me]
  • Desktop PC [Dave B]
  • Irresponsible lack of sleep [Dave M, me]
So, we now have a setup with a PC driving 3 stepper motors successfully!
Currently it is running EMC2 using the LinuxCNC distribution, but no worries Jim, the machine has an XP license so as soon as we have Windows install media handy it will dual boot to run Mach3.
This is about 90% of the electronics for a CNC. Missing is an ESTOP button, home / limit switches, and random wiring.



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Sumobot Competition Site

March 14th, 2011 No comments

The sumobot site for the April 16th competition is now up and running.  This is still considered alpha but it stable enough (hopefully) to have contenders start logging in and creating accounts for their hackerspace and sumobots.  Suggestions are welcome and the full source code to the website is available via github.

Please keep in mind there are still lots more features planned for the site and a lot of the style-sheet stuff is not done yet.  There is a flickr feed on the main page.  If you are working on anything sumobot releated for this competition please upload your pictures to a flickr account and tag it with “sumo13″.  They will then automatically appear on the home screen of the site.

Site: http://sumobots.hive13.org/

Issue tracker: https://github.com/Hive13/SumoTourney/issues

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Faux Bee-A’nt Fair: Circuit Bending Workshop

March 7th, 2011 2 comments

Saturday March 12
1:00-3:00pm CMKT 4 Workshop
A Circuit bending workshop will be hosted by the infamous CMKT 4! The Class is $20 which includes the price of a kit called “The Bending Buddy” that CMKT 4 will help you build http://www.facebook.com/cmkt4

3:00-6:00pm OPEN BENDING!
Experienced circuit benders will be on site with toys and the electronics components you need to create authentic circuit bends. Come join us in the process of circuit bending and discover the ability to create your own sonic universe.

Alex Deepa, founder of Getlofi.com will be selling many of his kits Such as>> The Atari Punk Console, 4017 Sequencer, the Doomsday kit, and the Lofi Fuzz kit! http://www.getlofi.com

After the workshops, join us for a night of circuit bent music and installations at the Mockbee 2660 Central Parkway. 8:00pm

SHOWS @ The Mockbee $5
Doors open at 8:00

8:00 Talking Computron
9:00 Reed Ghazala Film Screening & Odor Box Instllation
9:45 Hearts of Palm
10:30 Pelzwik & Dinger
11:00 Thriftsore Boratorium’s Drone Dome
11:30 Hardon Collider
12:00 CMKT4

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Sumobot Prizes

March 3rd, 2011 No comments

Our sumobot competition is scheduled for April 16th and the time is getting closer.  If you haven’t bought parts for your bot yet you should definitely stop slacking and get to it!  I would like to announce two prizes for the competition.  One is from parallax and is a complete sumobot kit.  It comes with two sumobots, a ring and a bunch of other great stuff!  Next we have a VIP ticket for Daycon Security Summit on Oct 7th & 8th.

Stay tuned for more updates.  We have a custom website where you will be able to register as a contender, submit your bot and also check the scores of the competition :D

For now, check the wiki for more information: http://wiki.hive13.org/Sumo_Competition

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