Have a blast with an MP3 Grenade!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.20 at 3:32 pm | Perma

Having a blast with your music takes on more than one connotation with Matts’ ( a member of NYC Resistor) MP3 Grenade.

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There was much fear and freak out. But cooler heads prevailed and a phone call was made. “Hey Matt, did you order metal objects of a dubious nature?” “Yes, yes I did.” There was a great deal of internal strife over this particular event as ordering munitions to the space is strictly forbidden. Upon review and discussion it was decided that while purchasing decommissioned training grenades was not in fact illegal in NYC (as far as we know), it was not something we would ever do again. That being said. I immediately set forth on a childhood dream project. I put an 1/8th inch jack into the pin hole for the grenade. It looked GOOD. Totally flush… very pretty. So I decided to run with it. I ran the cabling into the grenade… hacksawed it open. Inserted a Sansa 2 GB mp3 player. And then tried to SMD rework it. This ended poorly as the first sansa basically got burned by the rework station and died. The second I avoided using the rework station and instead recruited bre and his arms for a session of intense soldering onto very tiny solder points…

For the rest hit the jump.

If you want to make your own it’s not terribly hard, just acquire the requisite parts.

  • 1 Unique object
  • 1 MP3 player of choice that’s cheap
  • 1 Audio Jack
  • 1 Soldering Station
  • 1 Rework Station

Plus whichever tools you would need for the fabrication of your new dastardly MP3 Player.

-E.

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Notacon Ahoy!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.20 at 3:38 am | Perma

A highly interesting hacker conference that has been taking place for the last few years in Cleaveland, Ohio has been gaining traction since day one as one of the most talked about and need to be attended conference in and around the East side of the United States. Notacon, not like FooCamp or BarCamp is a con yes, but not in the way most know it. It’s a combination Art, Demoscene, Computer Security, Ham Radio fest to put it lightly.

At Notacon you very well might find people playing with model train sets working to pass nibbles of information in the Anything But Ethernet Competition.

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Or you may find a little friendly competition in a Hackerspace fight!

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And yes we can haz parties!

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But you need to know where to look. ;)

Look forward to Hackerspaces from all over having a presence this year in Cleaveland, Ohio at the dates of Arpil 16th – 19th

-E.

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