Bitcoin Local Exchange

By zombiecraig on Under bitcoin

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.

Sumobot Competition Site

By zombiecraig on Under sumobot

The sumobot site for the April 16th competition is now up and running.  This is still considered alpha but it stable enough (hopefully) to have contenders start logging in and creating accounts for their hackerspace and sumobots.  Suggestions are welcome and the full source code to the website is available via github.

Please keep in mind there are still lots more features planned for the site and a lot of the style-sheet stuff is not done yet.  There is a flickr feed on the main page.  If you are working on anything sumobot releated for this competition please upload your pictures to a flickr account and tag it with “sumo13”.  They will then automatically appear on the home screen of the site.

Site: http://sumobots.hive13.org/

Issue tracker: https://github.com/Hive13/SumoTourney/issues

Sumobot Prizes

By zombiecraig on Under prizes, sumobot

Our sumobot competition is scheduled for April 16th and the time is getting closer.  If you haven’t bought parts for your bot yet you should definitely stop slacking and get to it!  I would like to announce two prizes for the competition.  One is from parallax and is a complete sumobot kit.  It comes with two sumobots, a ring and a bunch of other great stuff!  Next we have a VIP ticket for Daycon Security Summit on Oct 7th & 8th.

Stay tuned for more updates.  We have a custom website where you will be able to register as a contender, submit your bot and also check the scores of the competition 😀

For now, check the wiki for more information: http://wiki.hive13.org/Sumo_Competition

Another Great Lock Workshop!

By zombiecraig on Under lock forensics, lock picking

Schuyler Towne is coming back to Hive13!!  Last time when Schuyler came we had a fantastic class on lockpicking.  Schyler showed some great cut-aways on some very fancy locks and then gave the whole class locks to take apart and pick.  This time we are going to change it up a bit.  We are doing TWO topics!

Lock Forensics & The Great Lock Controversy of 1851

The Hive has been planning on kicking off a forensic workshop on lockpicking and what better way to do that than when Schuyler is in town 😀  Lock forensics is dedicated to the science and study of forensic locksmithing:

  • Determine method of entry
  • Identify tool marks and techniques
  • Determine skill level of attacker(s)
  • Preserve, collect, and protect evidence
  • Maintain a clean forensic workspace
  • Organize and write investigative reports

We have all this AND the story of 1851.  You don’t want to miss this!

Date: Feb. 21st

Time: 6pm-10pm

Cost: Free and open to the public!

The schedule will probably be fairly relaxed.  At 6-ish we will start organizing for the forensic workshop and between 7-7:30 Schuyler will present The Great Lock Controversy of 1851.  Then we will hang out and geek out to locks.

UPDATE: Schuyler will also be stopping by Dayton Diode on Tuesday.  So if you live in Dayton or can’t make Mondays meeting at the Hive then head to the Dayton Diode space: http://www.daytondiode.org/2011/02/lock-picking-101-workshop.html

SMT Hand soldering 101

By zombiecraig on Under Classes, soldering

We will be hosting a SMT Hand soldering class at the Hive on Wednesday March 2nd at 7pm.  Goal for the class is to cover simple, easy to do (with a steady hand) techniques and materials used for soldering common SMT packages WITH
LEADS.  NO BGA.  NO QFN.  (i.e. nothing with “blind” pads underneath the device that need soldered – can’t do that well without reflow IMHO)

Targets:
SOIC
TQFP
resistors, capacitors down to 0402 (I’m not good enough to do 0201 by hand consistently)
connectors (mini USB, ethernet, etc.)

This covers 90% of the MCUs, transitors/FETs and passive components commonly used by enthusiasts.  We will most likely be building AMP kits that you will be able to take home after the class.  Seats are extremely limited for this class but if it sells out we plan on having this class again.

Date: 3/2/2011  Time: 7pm-9pm

Register for SMT Hand soldering 101 in Cincinnati, OH  on Eventbrite

2701 Spring Grove Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45225

513.909.HIVE

(513.909.4483)

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