Saturday: Epic LAN Party ~ 12 Hours of Awesome

What: Another Epic LAN Party, coming to you for 12 hours, at Unallocated Space!
When: Saturday, August 29, noon – midnight
Provided: Food for Lunch and Dinner plus drinks (soda, beer, water, etc.) [We ask for a minimum $5 donation towards lunch / dinner]
Bring: Your gaming rig, whether laptop or desktop, any snacks you prefer or potluck you’d like to share.
What to do: Show up between noon and 2pm and we’ll feed you lunch and get you setup (files, network, minecraft, etc.) Then the gaming shall commence!!

 

Schedule
  12pm – 2pm Grilling, Eating, and Setup
  2pm – 4pm Minecraft Hunger Games Style Deathmatch
  4pm – 6pm L4D2 / UT2004 / Quake 2 / Descent / BL2 / Other
  6pm FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6pm ~ 7pm TBA Tournament During Dinner Break
  7pm– 12am Open Play

 

Games:
  •  Minecraft PvP – (Hunger Games Style Team Deathmatch) [You need a MC account to play]
  •  L4D2 – (4 player Co-op or 8 player 4v4 versus) [Steam Sale]
  •  TF2 – (TF2. You know what it is.) [FREE]
  •  Heroes of the Storm (MOBA-esque) [FREE]
  •  UT2004 – (Team Deathmatch FPS) [Steam Sale]
  •  Descent – (Retro Team Deathmatch OR Co-op, Vertigo) [FREE]
  •  Quake 2 – (Retro FPS Deathmatch) [Steam Sale]
  •  Evolve – (4v1 class game; monster vs hunters) [Steam Sale]
  •  Guns of Icarus Online – (Team-controlled Steampunk Airship Deathmatch) [Steam Sale]
  •  Castle Crashers – (4 player Co-op Sidescroller) [Steam Sale]
  •  Borderlands 2 – (4 player Co-op FPS) [Steam Sale]
We’ll be grilling burgers and dogs and whatnot for lunch (weather permitting) and ordering in for dinner. If you’d like to bring a potluck dish or snacks to share for lunch/dinner/in-between, that’s definitely welcomed, but there’s no obligation to do so. Although, the gamer gods will smile upon you if you do.

Please let us know if you have any additional game suggestions, questions, or comments. We’re really excited for this event and expect it to be an EPIC evening of fun and surprises!!

While all events at Unallocated Space are free to all, we do ask that you consider making a small donation to help us keep putting on events like this and others.

Please be sure to RSVP on Meetup so we know how much food we’ll need for lunch!!
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Two Weeks to Go!

There are just two weeks left in our campaign! We only need $3,000 more to reach our goal! It’s time for the final push through to $10,000. If you haven’t donated, then please consider doing so. We are so very close to our goal. Remember that your donations go to help Unallocated better serve the community with free classes, events, and assistance with technical activities. If you want to see what all cool events we are involved in, check out our community page at http://www.unallocatedspace.org/uas/outreach/.

The other thing to keep in mind is that we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This means that you could potentially write your donation off as a tax deduction. Please see your tax professional to ensure that you qualify for a deduction.

Keep an eye out for the final designs in the coming days. We’ve been working hard on making something interesting and think that you’re going to be quite pleased!

Please help us out by sharing the link to our campaign (http://igg.me/at/unallocatedspace) and using the #growUAS hashtag.  Share with all your friends. family, and followers.  The more people that see our campaign the better!

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Arduino Night – Reading Analog

Agenda:
Analog
Analog to digital
Interfacing to a 3 pin potentiometer
Now with only 2 pin2
AREF

:What you need to bring:
Yourself
A computer with the Arduino software installed on it
Arduino UNO v3 compatible board and USB cable
Breadboard

:Optional:
Breadboard wires if you have them
Any resistive sensor(s) you are interested in

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Over Halfway to Our Funding Goal!

We’re two weeks into our campaign and we’re already over half way to our $10,000 goal! With just $4,000 more, we will have enough to move into a larger and better space!  We still have 28 days left for our campaign. So, if you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so.

Don’t forget that your donation will help us provide even more awesome classes, events, and workshops to the community.  Add to that the fact that we can finally have multiple events at the same time and you will see that this will be a huge improvement for us and our community!

Remember, all donations should be tax deductible since Unallocated Space is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. However, we suggest you consult a tax professional regarding any deductions.

Please help us out by sharing the link to our campaign (http://igg.me/at/unallocatedspace) and using the #growUAS hashtag.  Share with all your friends. family, and followers.  The more people that see our campaign the better!

Thanks everyone for helping us #growUAS!

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New Event: Open Shop

We’re starting a new event that we plan to run the first Saturday of every month, starting this Saturday, August 1st. It’s called Open Shop.

Open Shop will be a time when we’re open for anyone to come by and work on whatever they want. Our space and our tools will be available for you to work on anything you like, be it electronics, software, 3D printing, woodworking, automotive work, crafts, hacking, or anything else you can imagine.

Groups and individuals are equally welcome. Tools and space are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be courteous and share if you’re using anything that is in-demand. If you want to use a piece of equipment for your first time, please reach out on our mailing list to find someone with experience that can help guide you so we can all be safe and keep our equipment in good shape for everyone.

This is also a great time for newcomers to the space to come check us out! Bring something to work on or just check out the projects our members are working on.

We’ll be open from 11:00AM-7:00PM so feel free to drop by at your leisure to work on something fun.

As with all of our events, this is free and open to the general public. Donations are greatly appreciated though and help us continue to serve the community.

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One Week In – 26% Funded!! Let’s Keep It Going!!

If you weren’t already aware, Unallocated Space is currently running an Indiegogo Campaign to fund its move into a bigger and better location.

We need more room so we can offer our community more amazing classes, workshops, and events; bigger project areas; more storage; a dedicated area for 3D printing; and so much more!

Right now, we’ve just entered the second week of our campaign, and we’re currently over a quarter of the way funded. That’s really fantastic and we want to thank everyone who’s already donated thus far!

Let’s make sure to keep it going by sharing the campaign link (http://igg.me/at/unallocatedspace) and using the #growUAS hashtag. Be sure to share with your friends, family, and followers. Let them know their donations are likely tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3), and together we can make this campaign a success!

We’ve added a new perk and an update to the campaign page, which you can check out here: https://goo.gl/CjHucE

Please consider making a donation if you haven’t already, and please keep re-tweeting and sharing on all the social media sites. We appreciate all of your help getting the word out.

Thanks everyone!

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Arduino Night Reboot – 31 July (7-10 PM)

Join Unallocated Space on Friday July 31st starting at 7:00pm for the hatching of our third reboot of Arduino Night.

Come out and learn how to care for and nurture this precious bundle of microcontroller and help it grow to take over the world!

:The Plan:
7:00 – 9:00
What is “Arduino”?
What is with all these different boards?
What is inside an Uno?
Okay, so how much stuff do I really need to get started?
Do we have a plan of attack for topics and interests?

:Serious Play Time:
9:00 – 10:00
Halp!
This thing hates me!
That’s not supposed to happen!

:What you should bring:
Yourself
An interested friend
A computer

If you already have an Arduino or compatible board(s) please bring it(them). You’ll get up and running in no time.

If you do not have one yet don’t worry. This class is the perfect starting point for you.

See you there,
Pyr0mann

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Help Fund Our Move!!

The hackerspace you know and love is looking to move into a larger space, and we need YOUR help to do it! Visit our Indiegogo campaign and donate towards Unallocated Space growing into a bigger and better location. We’ll hit you back with some awesome backer perks as a thank you!

You can also help us out by spreading the word! Hit up all your social media with a link to our campaign (http://igg.me/at/unallocatedspace) and the hashtag #growUAS

We’ll keep you posted on how this campaign progresses. Thank you for your support!

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Arduino Night (17 July, 7-10 PM)

This will be my last class for a while. But don’t fret, someone else has graciously volunteered to pick the class up! I’m sure it’ll be nice to have someone new 😀

Anywho, this class will focus on 4 wire resistive touch screens. These are attached to LCD screens from Garmin GPS units.

Python will be required for the last part of this class. Please ensure that you have Python with pygame and pyserial installed prior to class!! If you have issues installing either, please contact arduino@unallocatedspace.org.

Agenda:

  1. How do resistive touch screens work
  2. Wire the screens up
  3. Write code to determine position of stylus/finger
  4. Use Python (with pyserial and pygame) to render position information

If you cannot attend the class in person, E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org and ask to be added to the Google Hangout. The hangout will be started just before class (6:45-7:15 PM). If you have not gotten an invite by 7:15 PM, then please E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class.

Required Items:

  1. An Arduino board of some kind (Uno, Due, Mega, Boarduino, Duemilanove, etc)
  2. If your board does not have USB programming built in, you will need a programmer (AVRISP, Bus Pirate, Bus Blaster, AVR Dragon, another Arduino, etc)
  3. Breadboard (the long one if possible, though the small square-ish ones are okay for now)
  4. USB cable for your board and/or programmer
  5. Laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (Linux, Windows, or Mac)
  6. Python with pygame and pyserial installed

Provided Items:

  1. 4 wire resistive touch panel

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement, but it does help us keep the lights on! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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Arduino Night (19 June, 7-10 PM)

Continuing the trend of motor control and transistors, we will be driving unipolar steppers motors. The motors will be provided since having varying stepper motors can be troublesome.

It is suggested to bring a full sized bread board since this will take up a little bit of room!

Agenda:

  1. What is a stepper motor
  2. Uses of stepper motors
  3. How do stepper motors work
  4. Wire up using transistors
  5. Write code to spin one direction
  6. Modify the code to spin both directions
  7. Wire up using little driver boards

If you cannot attend the class in person, E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org and ask to be added to the Google Hangout. The hangout will be started just before class (6:45-7:15 PM). If you have not gotten an invite by 7:15 PM, then please E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class.

Required Items:

  1. An Arduino board of some kind (Uno, Due, Mega, Boarduino, Duemilanove, etc)
  2. If your board does not have USB programming built in, you will need a programmer (AVRISP, Bus Pirate, Bus Blaster, AVR Dragon, another Arduino, etc)
  3. Breadboard (the long one if possible, though the small square-ish ones are okay for now)
  4. USB cable for your board and/or programmer
  5. Laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (Linux, Windows, or Mac)
  6. Jumper wires for your breadboard (male-male and either female-female or female-male) (these are provided if needed)

Provided Items:

  1. 28BYJ-48 stepper motor
  2. Simple darlington driver board

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement, but it does help us keep the lights on! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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