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.
With the recent kickoff of the Cincinnati MeshNet project, I thought I would give a presentation on wireless mesh networks and some of the technologies behind them. If you have something that you would like to present, or a demo you would like to give, please feel free to come by.
We will be meeting at the Hive13 hacker space in Camp Washington, 2929 Spring Grove Ave at 7pm. Maps and other details about the location can be found here. See you there!
my speaker for this month fell thru, and i don’t have anything else
if someone wants to do a talk or demo, i’m all for it, if not i’m
going to hang out at hive13 tonight and move and re-wire the server
the hive will be open to the public while i’m there if you want to
come hang out.
We are starting to experiment more with Bitcoin at the space. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer digital currency system. The first step for us is to setup a public local bitcoin exchange. The purpose of a local exchange is to enable people to trade cash for bitcoins. During the Tuesday meetings you can find somebody who has bitcoins and make an offer. The idea for a local exchange is you can visible see the existence of the sellers bitcoins and there are no minimum amounts required to purchase/transaction fees. For an idea of the estimated price per bitcoin check the going rate at Mt. Gox.
Depending on the popularity of bitcoins, you can expect to trade for services and things at the Hive.
At the Hive we are really excited to announce new membership tiers! We are now offering $50 a month for FULL membership to new members. This is the same level of access as our old $100 tier, which gives you a door code, 24/7 access to the space, lockers, discounts on classes and the admiration of your peers!
We are having a membership drive to get 15 new members. This number is important because with 15 new members we can ensure that the overall membership to the space can be lowered to $50/mo for good and still pay our rent! There is also a little red meter under the subscribe button on the main page so everybody can follow along on the progress of the drive.
To become a full member goto the main page at www.hive13.org and click “Subscribe” on the right hand side.
A little lower down the the sidebar is another new tier called the Elite tier. This is a donation tier. If you can’t make it to the Hive but you still want to support us, then this is the tier for you! Members will also get discounts on upcoming classes at the hive! If you are a full time student then you can sign up for the Elite tier, fill out the student application (still to come) and you can be a full member as well!
Please spread this message around. We need to make this membership drive a success!
A shortage of speakers and presentations has caused a great many cinci2600 meetings to drift by, so tonight we are going to watch a movie instead. Come on by Friday, August 6th at 7PM and watch a hacker themed film. It has been suggested that we watch “Sneakers” but there are other films available as well as some defcon and HOPE presentations if you want the night to be more academic.
We are getting together again with Sam for more lock picking. It will be the same format as last time, a short presentation on a lockpick technique followed by hanging out and picking locks and ending with a competition of some sort.
If you missed last month, have no fear, someone can bring you up to speed. So, grab your picks and locks and come hang out. If you don’t have your own picks, there will be plenty present and we can show you how to make some picks of your own.
After you vote at the polls we will be having a vote for both CTO and COO positions. You must be physically present to take part in this vote.
Let’s introduce the Pirate Party in their own words:
The United States Pirate Party is a non-profit Political Action Committee, promoting reform of digital rights management, patent, and copyright laws; we also push for government transparency and the right to privacy. As we are strong proponents of open source software, creative commons, opencourseware, and the free flow of information, we believe there are concerns you have that the Pirate Party would love to hear.” -Bethany Jolly, Records Officer
From their web site:
The US Pirate Party Support Tour is a collection of volunteers that are actively preforming recruitment and support services to the National Pirate Party. Much of this work is done by traveling around and hitting conventions, conferences, and other social events. We hope to eventually be able to coordinate the support tours to preform support services for individual candidates and campaigns, wherever they are, in order to bolster local volunteers. The creation of state level parties, for example, require many thousands of signatures to get ballot access.. not to mention the labor required to actually get some votes. Dozens of assistants willing to come into a community and help with these kinds of tasks can be all the difference in the world.
Ryan, Bethany, and friends from the Pirate Party will be stopping by Hive13 tonight around 7pm to meet the group, see the space, and talk about issues you believe their PAC can and should address. You can read more about the Pirate Party movement on their web site, http://pirate-party.us/
After our regular weekly meeting last night, Dave Menninger mentioned on the way out the door an idea he’d been kicking around: wiring up LEDs in the 5×7 glass block window above the entrance to the hive. Enthusiasm was expressed, and several of us came back in put together some tests with a couple of LEDs.
This was deemed a great success, and the project brainstorming quickly escalated from a simple 8×7 array of single color LEDs to a full color display capable of video. The video part we will hold for phase 2.
So, this Friday, we will be building phase 1 of the Hive13 windowmatrix. How capable it will be depends on just what parts we are able to procure by Friday.
update: The rainbowduino LED controller board has arrived – thanks to Great customer service from NKC Electronics – http://www.nkcelectronics.com/ I can definitely vouch for that!