Cool new power

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

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:
Phone: 513-307-2523:

marcuscausey (at) fuse.net

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International Day Against DRM — May 4, 2012

April 27th, 2012 Comments off

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.

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New Pinning Tray

February 20th, 2012 Comments off

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.

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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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Bring out your Dead!

November 21st, 2011 2 comments

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

Cost: FREE

Try to show up as close to Noon as possible.  It can take a long time to dissemble and reassemble these units.

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