Synchronous Hackathons’ ARE GO!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.11.17 at 7:45 pm | Perma

Synchronous Hackathons’ ARE GO!

Every 3rd Weekend of the month starting NOW!

Now a quick history lesson. Back in August of this year a few members of Pumping Station: One decided to put on a event that was an all night project frenzy dubbed Hackathon, now it looks like a number of hackerspaces worldwide have joined into the fray.We are currently calling this the Synchronous Hackathon. Which has become a monthly event on the 3rd weekend of every month. Of the people and hackerspaces currently involved they are providing live video feeds into their spaces to show what is going on for the entire weekend also in a direct effort to cross collaborate on a number of projects.

Now for the longer history lesson. Pumping Station: One didn’t create the Hackathon nor did they start this fire, nor is it a new idea, nor is the wiki article I just linked definitive, but the sentiments are still the same. Come in for a period of time, with a project, and/or the intention to join a project and complete it.

Some projects of course are started can’t be completed in the allotted time but are given a great start which is also great because they are so large. Doesn’t matter though. The point is to DO IT!

What can you expect from the hackathon, I’ll list what we’re doing for the PS:One Hackathon: Feel The Noise Edition Our noisy Hackathon of the month.

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Oldie But A Goody!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.13 at 3:58 am | Perma

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))

Arduino Magstripe Reader

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!

Parts Code Diagrams

-E.