Is it better to be unprepared for the expected, or prepared for the unexpected? As cities around the world brace for the end of times, perhaps they should just be making plans. Urban survival is as much about knowing your terrain as it is knowing your enemy. Where will you run when hordes of the undead attack? How will you communicate when smart phones become as dead as your antagonist? More importantly, what IS Cincinnati chili made of exactly, and is it enough to help sustain life?
All of these questions and more will be address in Urban Survival: Zombie Outbreak Cincinnati, where we explore the design of a city with extreme prejudice.
When: Oct. 9th 7:30pm
Where: Hive13 (2929 SpringGrove Ave)
Speaker: Giacomo Ciminello
Do to yet another members recent issue with paypal we have enabled bitcoin payments. Now once you login to lazer.hive13.org you have an option to pay through Mt. Gox with bitcoin. This works similar to the paypal button but the prices are dynamically set to equal the $30/hr charge we use for paypal. After a payment it may take a while for the laser minutes to show up, at least until we can have the callbacks fully tested.
With paypal locking accounts and Dwolla’s new crazy terms of service, we would love to offer bitcoin for membership subscriptions as well but unfortunately I don’t believe there is any good way to do this without paying an escrow upfront. Until then we will use the laser site as our first official testbed.
We upgraded our electrical system in the hive now so we can run all of our tools without blowing a fuse! While we were at it we ran dedicated lines to each of the AC units… all 6 brand new AC Units!!! That’s right, this summer the Hive will actually be a nice area to work instead of a sweat box.
Our electrician was fantastic and if you are ever looking for a team to quickly do an amazing job and not gouge you, then please hit up our friend Marcus:
Causey Electric Co.INC:
Ohio License: #29092:
8964 Ebro Court
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231:
marcuscausey (at) fuse.net
On May 4th Hive13 together with 2600 will take part in International Day Against DRM. On May 4th you are encouraged to spread word about the harms of DRM. On Friday we will discuss how harmful DRM is as well as give demonstrations on how to liberate some of your digital goods from the DRM shackles. We plan to focus primarily on ebooks just to keep the demos reasonably small. If you have any experience with removing certain types of ebook protections please bring any tools or techniques with you for open discussion. At this time we already have some volunteers that will demonstrate the remove of DRM for Adobe’s DRM plus I personally have a collection of scripts for: Mobipocket (.prc/.mobi), Kindle Mobipocket (.azw), Kindle Topaz (.tpz/.azw1), Kindle Print Replica (.azw4), Adobe ePub (.epub), Adobe PDF (.pdf), B&N ePub (.epub), B&N/Fictionwise eReader (.pdb).
Cinci 2600 starts at 7pm on May 4th
Free and open to the public!
More info: Day against DRM
If you want to volunteer for demos you can use the mailing list or our g+ page.
Hot off the presses! Er, well, laser cutter! We bring you the new pinning tray. This tray is more portable than before. The other one was small but the square shape often made it hard to fit into some carrying cases with your other tools. This new design by Brian keeps the tray small but adds length to better go with the tools you normally carry.
And that’s not all! With this new design you can use the holes on the side and a lid to secure your pins for further storage. By placing a lid on top and using some small screws you can fasten the lid down and store the pins for later use. This is ideal if you are working on a progressive lock and need a place to store your the extra pins until you work your way up. It can also be used to keep some extra security pins grouped together or potentially for storing the pins from control locks used in lock forensics.
We are still testing out the design but once we finalize it we will have some available if anybody wants one.
We just transferred our Domain Names from GoDaddy to Gandi.net. This transfer was done because GoDaddy recently announced support for SOPA. SOPA is a current bill set to pass that would effectively censor the internet. There are many options and even special discounts if you too want to change your registrar. It’s a very easy process and here are some suggestions from reddit. We chose Gandi because of their no-bullshit stance and history for protecting its customers.
You can also sign the boycott pledge here: http://godaddyboycott.org/
If you are a hive13.org member you should not see any service outage but feel free to contact us if something does not appear to be working.
UPDATE: GoDaddy just announced they are no longer supporting SOPA ;)
Mass Game Console Repair/Reflow event
Hive13 recently grabbed a PS3 YLOD (Yellow Light of Death) Repair kit from ifixit.com and went to work on 3 broken PS3s. The teardown was a lot of fun and we were greatly excited when we were able to recover all three PlayStations! After some G+ postings we realized the need to do this kind of event for Xbox users and any PlayStation 3 Owners out there that have YLOD. So we will be hosting a FREE event on December 11th from Noon – 3pm. The kits to fix these units are fairly cheap but you may want to consider contributing $5 for supplies. Food is not provided so consider bringing a snack.
If you are interesting in attending please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah2z1tTz_EqndFBNd21jS055LWFGTDNqR1c4d1doNUE
If you had a console die on you and you have already replaced it. Please consider bringing in the console to fix or just donating it that day. We will take any unwanted repaired game consoles and donate them for kids for Christmas this year. If you just want to drop off a broken system please fill out the form just so we know how many supplies to purchase.
Event: Sun Dec 11th 12-3pm
Try to show up as close to Noon as possible. It can take a long time to dissemble and reassemble these units.
The Lock Forensic group at Hive13 is having a class to show you how to create your own high quality metal bogota style pick set. The study of locks and lock picking is fascinating. A bogota style lockpick has a backend that can also work like a tension wrench. We will be making 2 of these style picks in the class. The two stiles will be the half diamond and the hook. If time permits we will have templates to make some more advanced designs (such as the actual bogota). We will also have lots of test and progressive locks to test our your new lock picks on as well as a quick demo on how to picks locks if you haven’t yet.
Proceeds from the class will goto buying equipment for the lock forensics lab. Lock forensics is the science of analyzing a lock to determine if it has been picked, what tools were used and the skill of the attacker. Hive13 holds the only known public group doing this research and welcome anybody to participate on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
Example of the type of picks you will be creating:
Sign up for the class today!
Class: Thursday November 17th, 6:30-8:30pm
If you’ve wanted to make your own circuit boards and turning the schematic you have on paper or in your head into a finished board is the stumbling block, this course is for you. This Eagle PCB CAD Crash course is intended for those who already know what an electrical schematic is and vaguely how to construct one – the focus will be exclusively on Eagle software NOT general electronics knowledge. The course will be an introduction to the Eagle software available from http://www.cadsoftusa.com You should have Eagle installed on a laptop prior to coming to class – both the Linux and Windows versions are fine. Creating schematics, creating boards from schematics, basic manual layout chores, the relationship between schematic and board, making gerber files for board houses, finding libraries, making custom parts will be covered. If you have a schematic that you would like made into a PCB, please bring it with you as a “real” example will be much more useful than a contrived one. If there is time, creation of solderpaste masks using the laser cutter will be covered. I’m going to try to leave around a third of the class time for questions and individual assistance.
Length ~2 hours
money $20 / $10 hive members (See discount code in email)
Max people: 15
Deatils and Signup: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2277391740
Hive13 is offering another Arduino 101 class. This is a great intro class designed to get the student comfortable with using an arduino and how to build out their ideas. This class has been taught at UC in the design school and is targeted to teach from the ground up. You do not need to have any electronical or programming background to attend this class. This is a hands on class where you will build out cool blinking light projects and play digital music over a speaker all using a tiny microcontroller.
This class is always a lot of fun and will teach you the tools you need to build out any project on the arduino. You will become comfortable using the kit and troubleshooting problems. You will learn how to use the many wonderful arduino resources to expand your knowledge and learn how to use new components. This class will not use slide show presentation but is 100% hands on and you are encoraged to work in groups or with friends.
In this class you will use an Arduino, breadboard, wall wart, wires, LEDs and speaker. You should bring a laptop and a USB cable to program the ardiuno. These are the USB A to B cables (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/512) We will have some on hand but you will have to share. We are offering two types of tickets. One with the kit and components included and another ticket price to bring your own arduino. We will supply LEDs and speakers regardless of which ticket you purchase.
It is recommended you download and install the Arduino software ahead of time. Software and installtion instructions can be found here: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
The instructor for this class is Craig Smith (http://www.linkedin.com/in/agentcraig)