What do you want to see at Unallocated Space?

Unallocated Space has been open almost 4.5 years at this point and we have done a huge variety of projects and had a presence out in the community at a variety of events. Check out some of them at our outreach page. We are the most unique space in the area as far as the diversity of events and classes we do as well as the willingness to do all these events for free.

Everyone has different ideas for what they want the space to offer. Feel free to share your idea even if you don’t know enough to teach it and/or time to organize a event around it.

For example, I just started a interest check on our google group/mailing list about a class on PLCs, RTUs and the systems that use them. What ideas do you want to see/learn about?

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Arduino Night (27 Feb, 7-10 PM)

We will be working with SPI based SRAM. The SRAM chip will be the 23LC512 (datasheet).

Agenda:

  1. What is SRAM
  2. Review datasheet
  3. Use SPI library to write to and read from the SRAM
  4. Write to and read from the SRAM by hand

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
  7. 16×2 LCD (E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org if you need one to use for class)
  8. Variable resistor (potentiometer) for setting the contrast

Provided Items:

  1. 23LC512 SRAM

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 (20 Feb, 7-10 PM)

We are getting back to LCDs this week. The last time we dealt with a 16×2 display, we used the LiquidCrystal library. This time we are going to ‘bit bang’ the LCD by hand. The idea is to learn how to control external devices for which you don’t have a library.

Agenda:

  1. Wiring up the 16×2 LCD
  2. Quick look at the datasheet
  3. Explain how the various commands work
  4. Create code to initialize the display and show a blinking cursor
  5. Create code to display ‘Hello World’
  6. Time permitting:
    • Moving the cursor
    • Adding custom characters

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
  7. 16×2 LCD (E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org if you need one to use for class)
  8. Variable resistor (potentiometer) for setting the contrast

Provided Items:

  1. 16×2 LCD if needed
  2. Variable resistor if needed

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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Space Improvement Day

Come out and show the space some love this SUNDAY!! <3

From 10am until 4pm, we’ll be cleaning, processing incoming donations and outgoing items. This will set us up to have a good set of items for the TechSwap at the end of the month.

We need YOUR help!

Tasks Include (in no particular order):
– Going through the inBox and sorting
– Processing items to Storage, Outpile, or TechSwap collection
– Sweeping floors
– Mopping floors
– Wiping down tables
– Organizing and tidying up these areas:
– Electronics Workbench
– Tools Workbenches / Area
– Ham Shack
– Storage & Networking
– Cleaning the bathrooms (top to bottom)
– Cleaning the microwave and kitchen area

There’s a lot to do. We’ll have coffee and bagels or doughnuts to get us started and around lunchtime, we’ll order pizza.

It’s the day after Valentine’s. So, treat the space nice and show her some love!! ;-D

Contact Usako@UnallocatedSpace.org for more details or to volunteer.

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Minicon This Saturday starting at 5pm!

Each time we run the Minicon, we are always impressed at the variety of presentations shared.

February 7th, 2015 Talks:

  • I’m here, now what? – (Lessons learned instructing and OSCP) – OakTree (~20 minutes)
  • Blender 3D Modeling/Animation – Eric S (~1 hour)
  • Running a remote development team – R00ster
  • Wifi PenTesting – Tools and Techniques – Raymond Gabler (Maybe)
  • Solar Power – Charlie – Maybe?
  • On-boarding new Security Tools: Lessons Learned – Forgotten

We are still looking for more speakers so if your interested in sharing, please contact Forgotten {at} unallocatedspace {dot} org

More presentations will likely be added shortly

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Movie Night!

There’s a tone of movies that we are dying to share with you. Everything from:

  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  • The Fifth Element (1997)
  • Labyrinth (1986)
  • Gremlins (1984)
  • *batteries not included (1987)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
  • Uncle Buck (1989)
  • The Wizard (1989)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

to cult classics

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • Clue (1985)
  • History of the World: Part I (1981)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Please join us for popcorn and a movie at 10pm. See you there!

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Intro to Digital Intimacy: a Privacy Project

At 7pm this Wednesday, Cindy will be speaking about the Digital Intimacy Project at Unallocated.

DIGITAL INTIMACY explores surveillance psychology of intimate personal data as marketplace currency. A multichannel installation merges realtime information from sensors surrounding viewers. Information gathered is video-mapped on 1950’s-style kitchen and living room furnishings. Audio channels include realtime spatialized musical sonifications of live stock tickers and computer-generated voices narrating text in personal social media accounts.

The following are the general categories of data gathering technologies we are looking at, and we’ve been interested in and we want to hear the thoughts of security-experienced people.

•Bluetooth
•RFID
•NFC
•Optical Character Recognition

See Project Trailer:

http://cindykonits.com

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LEGO Day Sunday, Feb 22nd

All LEGO enthusiast, their families and children (ages 4 & up) are welcome to join Unallocated Space for a fun filled evening of building and discovery! This fun event includes some of the following activities:

– Building with LEGOs!
– Discover with LEGOs!
– Swapping LEGOs!
– Drinks & Snacks @ 4pm
– Show Off Your Designs
– Discuss LEGO Events / Communities
– Donate LEGOs to Unallocated Space (for Future Events)

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Arduino Night (30 Jan, 7-10 PM)

We will be playing with 74HC595 8-bit shift registers. It’s okay if you don’t have one as there should be plenty to go around!

Agenda:

  1. What is a shift register and what can it do
  2. Reading datasheets
  3. How the 595 works
  4. Simple shifting with ShiftOut
  5. Latching a value
  6. Simple shifting by hand
  7. Latching a value by hand

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

Provided Items:

  1. 74HC595 8-bit shift register

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 (23 Jan, 7-10 PM)

We are back to the regularly scheduled time!

Sorry for the late notice. I put it off too long :(

We will be covering 16×2 LCD screens. Don’t worry if you don’t have one. I will be bringing plenty, and we have lots at the space too :) We will come back to LCDs at a later date. So if you miss this one it’s okay!

Agenda:

  1. Intro to 16×2 displays
  2. What are they useful for?
  3. How do you interface with them?
  4. Wiring the LCD up
  5. Hello World example
  6. Displaying multiple lines
  7. Overwriting/Updating text

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

Provided Items:

  1. Breadboard and jumpers (if you don’t have any of either)
  2. Potentiometer (if you don’t have one)
  3. 16×2 LCD

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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