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Do you want some more Raspberry Pi?

February 16th, 2013 No comments

In case you were one of the many new folks that attended (or missed) last week’s Raspberry Pi presentation and did not see the the follow-up post on our (GoogleGroup MailingList) or are just hungry for more, come back to HIVE13 again this coming Tuesday night (Feb. 19) for another slice of Raspberry Pi.

In the one hour (6:30pm to 7:30pm) before the usual HIVE business meeting, we will have an informal follow-up on the Raspberry Pi.  Think of it as a “Birds-of-a-Feather”, or a “Special Interest Group” gathering where folks with a shared interest can compare and contrast experiences and get energized to to press on with their individual or collaborative learning efforts.  It might even become a regular weekly event.

OK, so here’s a challenge.  The HIVE would like to show three Raspberry Pi projects at the October Maker Faire.  If the magnificent glass block display can be made portable for the day and counts as one project, what will be the other two?  How about one dirt-simple project and one that is a bit more complex?  Bring your ideas and energy for the discussion.  We’ll launch a project page for the ideas that grow legs.  You learn by doing and gaining experience.  Sure you can do it all yourself in your basement, but it is better at the HIVE.  We even have pizza to go with that pie!

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Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013 at HIVE13 – Easy as Raspberry Pi a la mode!

January 20th, 2013 2 comments

The Raspberry Pi is an amazingly capable $39 credit-card sized computer.  In the time since it first went on sale last February, hardware hackers have turned this little guy into everything from a game console to a mini Linux laptop to a supercomputer.  Sales have also skyrocketed, with an estimated one million PC hobbyists snatching one up.

Join us at the HIVE on Feb. 12, 2013 when member Chris Hodapp will be the featured 2nd Tuesday speaker at the 7:30pm business meeting.  He will share his experiences using a Raspberry Pi to upgrade  the latest version of the HIVE’s glass block LED matrix display.  Other Pi-makers will also be present.  It will be an informal, informative Q&A session you can use as you consider to start your own Raspberry Pi project.

Members, guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to see and learn a new maker skill.  The HIVE is the place to be a maker and work on sweet collaborative projects.  (Find Us)

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January 2nd Tuesday – Connecting with Area Entrepreneurial Opportunities

December 31st, 2012 No comments

Get an update on the hot entrepreneurial initiatives in the Cincinnati area from Venture for America fellow, Roanne Lee, the 2nd Tuesday guest speaker at HIVE13 this coming January 8th, 2013 starting at 7:30pm.

Roanne is part of the core team at business-backed Cintrifuse, the regional innovation effort and startup accelerator located in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district.  It has three components: the Cintrifuse Hub, Cintrifuse Access and the Cintrifuse Fund. The Hub is the accelerator space.  The Access is for mentors, instructors, and established institutions.  The Fund is, well, a venture capital operation with commitments of more than $50 million in investments to launch the group’s first fund of funds.

Roanne and several HIVE members recently participated in the separate Startup Weekend held at the NKY METS Center over the Nov. 9-11 weekend.  Active and empowered entrepreneurs experienced the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures in workshops where they pitched  ideas and formed teams to start companies.

She will be joined by other members of the Cintrifuse Team and Venture for America Fellows.

Looking for a new job opportunity?  You always wanted to start your own company?  Here is your chance to become aware, learn, and begin to connect with others who are engaged in entrepreneurial opportunities in the Cincinnati area.

Members,  guests, and interested first-time-walk-ins are welcome to come to hear Roanne’s talk and the follow-up discussion.  First timers come early to meet and greet.  The meeting will start promptly at 7:30pm.  The HIVE is the place to be a maker and be connected with area goings-ons.   It is all about awareness and opportunity.  (Find Us)

 

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EnterTRAINment Junction building Coney Island replica

December 21st, 2012 No comments

Several HIVE members follow and appreciate the craftsmanship of Don Oeters’ team of volunteer makers at EnterTRAINment Junction, the amazing 25,000 sqare-foot model train display in West Chester.

This morning’s Enquirer carried a story saying they are adding a hand-built $100,000 working scale model of Cincinnati’s famous Coney Island amusement part (circa 1965) into their $11 million, 4-1/2 year model train display.  It is a fantastic area attraction and could be a good family excursion during the holiday season.  This place rocks.  News story link is here and their website (shameless plug) is here.

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2nd Tuesday in November – Lean Patent Protection for the Start-Up

November 9th, 2012 No comments

Congratulations, you’ve designed a better mousetrap!  Now how do you protect your new Intellectual Property as your start-up company takes your new product to the market?

Join us at the HIVE on Nov. 13, starting at 7:30pm, when local IP lawyer, Vance VanDrake of Ulmer & Berne LLP, will be the featured guest speaker at  our November 2nd Tuesday program.  Guests and first-time visitors are welcome to attend!

There has been a lot of (well deserved) attention given to the “lean start-up” model for early stage businesses.  This model encourages start-up companies to create a minimum viable product (MVP); then iterate as the technology develops and customer feedback is received.  At its core, this model recognizes the risks of trying to guess what the customer wants and where the technology will head.

Vance will present his “lean” patent model that emerging businesses should consider.  This patent strategy  introduces the Minimum Viable Patent (MVP), which mirrors the lean start-up model and shares the same benefits of flexibility, low initial cost, and optimization.

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Star Wars R2D2 droid replicators Chris Reiff and Daren Murrer speak at HIVE13 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

August 30th, 2012 3 comments

The galaxy’s most famous robot, R2-D2, will visit HIVE13 on 9/11 !

An incredible replica of R2 and other cool Star Wars props will be at the HIVE when serial R2 replicators Chris Reiff and Daren Murrer are the featured guest speakers at the Tuesday night meeting on September 11 at 7:30pm.

Daren Murrer is an inventor and lifelong entrepreneur.  Besides being the founder of five successful companies, he has been awarded multiple United States Patents for his innovations.  In his spare time Daren is active in the R2 Builders Club, an online group for people who are interested in building their own R2-D2.  The Club website is www.astromech.net. Daren completed his personal R2D2 in 2006.

Chris Reiff is a toy designer and illustrator who has been working on official Star Wars projects for over 15 years.  Some of his illustration work includes the Millennium Falcon Owners Workshop Manual from Haynes, Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids and two editions of Star Wars Blueprints from DK publishing, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas from DelRey, as well as becker&mayer!’s Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owners Guide, Darth Vader: A 3-D Surgical Log, Jedi Path, and Book of Sith.  He lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio with his dog named Dog and is currently building a full-size R2-D2 replica between illustration projects.

Get your free ticket here.  Hurry, as space is limited.

http://hive13secondtuesday20120911.eventbrite.com/

The event is open to both HIVE13 members and the general public.  HIVE13 is a member-supported, federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization and charitable donations are welcome.  Feed the HIVE!

 

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Bitcoin Lazer Payments

June 14th, 2012 2 comments

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.

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Transferred DNS Registrar

December 23rd, 2011 2 comments

STOP SOPAHello all,

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  ;)

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#lifeiscrime Hive13 Landmark

September 2nd, 2011 No comments

Recently at last weekends PAX event a new game called Life is Crime was announced.  It is a mobile game that takes your GPS location and uses that to build a virtual world overlaid on the real one.  Using this virtual world you then can go on crime sprees, have gangs, sell drugs, etc.  It’s kind of like Mafia wars meets foursquare.  You just need to ask yourself…while waiting in line would you rather ‘check-in’ or go on a crime spree?

I’ve been playing this game for less than a week but I can already tell you I’m addicted.  I realized I was addicted when I was robbing a bunch of local stores while my wife shopped and checked nearby activity. Down the road I saw somebody had taken over a UDF and a Bank.  When my wife got back in the car I told her I wanted to make a quick stop.  I then found this location, pulled in and preceded to take over the turf.  If you like GTA or any of the gangster style games you must check this game out.

After helping out on the forums a bit the super friendly people at Red Robot created Hive13 as a Cincinnati Landmark!  That’s right!  If you head over to the Hive right now you can deal contraband and rob tourists (In the game of course…hehe)  I love the idea of Hive13 being featured in a game!  So swing by sometimes, my R2 name is “zombie”

Game homepage: http://www.lifeiscrime.com/

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