So, I know people over the years have posted plans on how to make a card reader for basically nothing. Which is really cool, and still is, but sometimes you just want to play around with other hardware to get familiar with it. So I found a very recent project done by the crew HackMiami documenting how to read 2 track Magstripe cards. (in a very sleek and sexy package I might add!) Even if it is on a breadboard))
In this project they show how you can use a Arduino coupled with a LCD and a magstripe reader to easily output the contents of your card. They even include the code and pretty easy to follow diagrams. How cool is that!
Our friends over at HacDC are at it again with flaunting themselves for the public good. They are hosting their public Microcontroller Mondays, open to the public to anyone who can make it. The first day of the new sessions starts today at 6:30 till 12am on the 12th and each monday until Marche 30th.
What can you expect from such a meetup? Well let me tell you!
*What are microcrontollers.
*What they can do for you and your projects.
*How to code for them. and realize you don’t need much more than cheap readily available hobby kits.
*Plus much much more!
Even if your a seasoned hardware head in using microcontrollers it definitely doesn’t hurt to stop and check it out even if you haven’t been there before. Plus you could inspre a few new people!
Not to out do themselves any day of the week, but more than likely to just cement in everyones minds how kickass their Underground Lab will be once it’s up and running. CCCKC has done a project near and dear to my heart that includes David Bowie, The WiiFit (not totally near and dear), and a labyrinth (not this labyrinth).
We look unto the world today in many lenses. Some rose colored, some
tinted sepia, others… quite gray.
The reason I bring this up is that I recently attended the annual Chaos Communication Congress also known this year as 25C3. Here you’ll find a large presence of people holding those lenses in their sharp minds as they go through the gamut of topics such as new attack vectors in Cisco IOS routers, how to create your own rogue Certificate Authority, utilizing arduinos in interesting ways, and of course, quadrocopters.
The topic I’d like to cover here though this year is the representation of hackerspaces.org. At this conference we ran the equivalent of a workshop/embassy that would discuss the ins and outs of a hackerspace what you should expect in costs/equipment/membership role and oh so much more.
There were several events that took place including speed soldering, speed coding, and hackerspace build out workshops. Each covering the basic elements of a hackerspace in a very fun and entertaining way.
A very special note: during the event, over 10 hackerspaces posted an entry in the hackerspaces.org site, and said “Hello World” to the rest of us, showing an interesting increase during the actual hackerspaces panel talk.
With all these wonderful little pieces coming together in a big way at 25C3 I’m happy to say I’m looking through the rose tinted glasses with the wonderful year we had, and can’t wait for HAR2009 where we are planning on having a hackerspace village.
If you missed any of the talks or more specifically to the point the hackerspace panel; I’ve included the links below.
After the jump you’ll find the complete audio/video recordings of the
congress in a few formats…
Were the words spoken by over two dozen people who made it to the Feuerwerkskörperkontrollkästchen Party for New Years at c-base. Where a salvo of fireworks just screeched up into the sky celebrating the new year to everyone and welcoming a new year of collaboration in hackerspaces everywhere!
Rewind back to less than 24 hours previously a metal box with buttons lay on a table with no innards. A very sad sight to see when a project has been left on the table. It was originally destined to set off a salvo of fireworks at the c-base reconstruction crew’s location in Berlin, but when push came to shove and a few hackers from two continents came together at two in the morning magic started happening, and who was to mess with destiny?
With soldering guns in hand and three members of different hackerspaces (Astera of Metalab.at, Ash of Hacdc.org, and Jeedi of c-base.org) leading the charge plans started to take shape. A double dead man switch, with a bank of 16 Ethernet ports broken down to two 8 port jacks with 5 blocked off for disuse and 1 for power allowing for 40 individual rockets to be fired. When wired correctly you could either kill a bank of Ethernet switch right quick or as for the intended purposes set off a salvo of fireworks.
Hackerspaces.org staffers have preliminary agreements to turn the Flashy-Ammunition-Ignition-Lighter-over-Ethernet (FAILoE) intellectual property over to a certain sillicon valley network hardware provider. All the proceeds will be donated to charities that benefit destitute arms manufacturers.