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.

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  ;)

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.

Create your own Lock Picks!

October 15th, 2011 1 comment

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!

Register for Create your own Lock Picks! in Cincinnati, OH  on Eventbrite

Class: Thursday November 17th, 6:30-8:30pm

Eagle PCB CAD Crash Course

October 2nd, 2011 Comments off

 

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.

Date 10/12/11
Time 7pm
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