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Workshop: Lighting With Arduino, Sunday, October 25th, Noon – 5 PM

Have you been interested in Arduino microcontrollers? Don’t know where to start? This workshop will teach you all the basics while you build a small project. At the end of this workshop you will go home with an Arduino controlling

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Do you like candy? I like candy.

Here’s a very brief overview of the thought process for building something to amuse and frighten your neighbours. I originally wrote this up on May 31st and posted it elsewhere, but I thought I’d give the VHS regulars time to

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Schlage BE365 deadbolt hacking

We have a keypad dead bolt on the front door that has been slated for adaption to rfid for ages.  About 6 months ago we dismantled the lock and tapped the wiring to the solenoid.  The solenoid is tiny, it

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SMD May – programming jig

  This week we’re building Logic Pirate open hardware logic analysers at VHS in our SMD workshops.  The ICSP header is 0.05″ pitch so I came up with a top and bottom programming jig to load the initial firmware.  Tickets

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Continue the tradition of the VHS’ X-mas Tree!

John C and Funvill set up the VHS XMas tree at VHS tonight. Come down and add some geeky ornaments to it, Or hack the tree its self. Pull requests welcome Read the Amazing poem about the tree from last

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When Surplus Electronics and Fashion Meet…

On Wednesday night the left and right brains hung out together for a while, assisted by beer, and created some highly non-functional pieces from wire and electronic parts. A variety of techniques was in evidence from the ubiquitous hot glue

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TV-B-Gone Build/Upgrade Night ! – Thursday 31st Jan, 2013

Hey everyone, What/When:  Just wanted to let you know that I’m planning to run a workshop on Thursday 31st Jan where you will be able to: Bring your own TV-B-Gone kit (if you got one for Christmas) and get help

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Contribute to VHS’ first X-mas Tree!

tl;dr: come help build VHS’ first christmas tree on Tuesday! Long version: ‘Twas a month before Christmas, when all through the space Not a hacker was stirring, not even to lase; The tools were left on the bench without care,

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Locks & Lockpicking workshop – March 29, 2012

  Lock picking is the art of unlocking a lock by analyzing and manipulating the components of the lock device, without the original key. Although lock picking can be associated with criminal intent, it is an essential skill for a

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EL night @ VHS

What: A short talk about using EL wire and how it works, and then we can play and make glow bikes and glow outfits! West Coast Kits (a kit company birthed by VHS members) just brought in lots of new

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