In our daily life we are connected with electronics and micro-controllers. You find them in (mobile)phones, remote controls, computers but also in less visible items like public transport access cards, mood-lamps and much more.
In the HITB Hard-Hack Village you will be able to play-around with electronics. Set up and run by the folks from Hackerspace Kuala Lumpur and Randomdata (Utrecht/Netherlands), the Hard Hack Village will help you to setup your own electronics and demonstrate how easy things work. One of the main electronic components which will be used is the Arduino micro-controller platform. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Various electronic kits will be available for sale like Arduino, TV-Bgone, spokepov’s and sim-card readers. You will have the chance to put your kit together in the hard-hack village. In addition, there will also be a “Jumpstart Arduino” lab session which will give you a quick start on how to get working with Arduino.
HITB LAB: Jumpstart Arduino (see HITB Conference Agenda for finalized timing)
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. This 2 hour lab session will give you an introduction to Arduino, what the hardware platform and extensions do, how you can work with the hardware and the interface.
Finally we will show you step by step, how we made one (may-be more) of our projects like Blinky (our LED board), the Garduino (for Garden automation) or our Hackerspace automation system. There will also be lots of hands on stuff to work on at the Hard-Hack Village.
The HITB Hard-Hack Village and Jumpstart Arduino Lab session will be assisted by a team of Tinkers who are able to guide you thru the Arduino GUI installation and hardware setup.
Barry ‘Fish_’ van Kampen’
Barry aka Fish_ is an enthusiast thinker and uses Arduino for his projects. He’s not the guru but he show’s how “easy to use” the platform is with results like the Garduino and Blinky. During his technologic journeys, he made a lot of international friends in the hacker(space) community. He’s also the chairman and one of the founders of Randomdata, a hackerspace in Utrecht. As a professional, he’s an IT security consultant working for ITQ with a great passion for technology. He deals with all kinds of interesting (security) situations. This year he was co-organizing the first-time-ever Hack in the Box Amsterdam event.
Kakeman (Hackerspace KL)
Kok Ming aka Kakeman is a typical hardware guy, getting excited with toys. He is also a member of Hackerspace Kuala Lumpur, having fun learning from his fellow peers. In weekdays he deals with home alarm and home automation system.
Marcus (Hackerspace KL / HiTB CTF Crew 2.0)
Marcus is a member of HackerspaceKL with profound interest in information security, RCE and is also part of the HiTB CTF Crew v2.0. He
is also an avid electronics hobbyist building one of the first Arduino S3V3 in HackerspaceKL.
Taken from http://conference.hackinthebox.org/hitbsecconf2010kul/?page_id=956
Please note that HITB – Hard Hack Village area is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so feel free to drop in say hello to HackerspaceKL and Randomdata and share on your Arduino experiences or just come and learn something new.
Hope to see you fellow Arduino enthusiasts there.
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New updates on events happening at HackerspaceKL Sept-Oct
First, on behalf of HackerspaceKL, I would like to wish all our readers, friends & supporters Selamat Hari Raya Eid Fitr.
After a long silence, it’s time to bring news on what’s going down with HackerspaceKL in the months to come. I humbly apologize for the lack of updates as it has been a hectic and tiring amount of days for myself personally as well a majority of the HackerspaceKL crew.
UNIX-g33ks Part Deux begins 09/19/2010
The UNIX-g33ks series continues with the Part Deux of the series, FreeBSD Essentials. The sessions are scheduled to start on the coming 19th of September 2010 at HackerspaceKL with our resident FreeBSD guru, Suresh Ramasamy, beginning at 1.30 pm till 3.30 pm.
These sessions are focused on FreeBSD content along with some tips and tricks on how to manage your FreeBSD setup efficiently. The breakdown of the sessions are as follows:-
- Understanding how the operating system internals work
- Installing FreeBSD
- System level configuration and customization
- Introduction to /usr/src tree
- Application management via PORTS
- Configuring custom freebsd kernel
- Linux compatibility stack
- FreeBSD System management and maintenance
Note: Some of these sessions maybe combined to run on the same date depending on the subject matter.
The cool part of FreeBSD essentials is that they can also be applied to managing your Mac OS X setups too. So if you’re a Mac OS X user
Software Freedom Day KL (SFD-KL) is on 09/19/2010
Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business — in short, everywhere! The non-profit organization Software Freedom International coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.
This year, for the first time, SFD is going to be held at HackerspaceKL, organized by our very own one-geek army Ng Swee Meng (@sweemeng on twitter). His efforts to make SFD-KL happen started from 2009 itself, but due to the nature of the clashing schedules, it didn’t happen last year.
SFD-KL will take place at HackerspaceKL on the same day as UNIX-g33ks Part Deux, 19th of September 2010. Check out the event page here.
More info about Software Freedom Day is available at http://softwarefreedomday.org/
HITB Hard Hack Village happening on 10/13 – 10/14/2010
A follow up from this post HackerspaceKL will be at the Hard Hack Village at HITBSecConf-Malaysia with Randomdata (Utrecht/Netherlands) help you to setup your own electronics and demonstrate how easy things work. One of the main electronic components which will be used is the Arduino micro-controller platform. rduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Various electronic kits will be available for sale like Arduino, TV-Bgone, spokepov’s and sim-card readers on those days, so don’t forget to bring your wallets. In addition, there will also be a “Jumpstart Arduino” lab session which will give you a quick start on how to get working with Arduino.
Hard Hack Village will be held at the Crowne Plaza Mutiara, KL on the 13th & 14th of October 2010.
Stay tuned for more surprises available at HITB Hard Hack Village brought to you by your one and only hackerspace community in Malaysia, HackerspaceKL.
More info on HITBSecConf2010-Malaysia is available here .
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As a not-for-profit organization, we are publishing our income and expenditure statement. The latest statement covering January till August 2010 is available here. We are pretty much in the red, and the number of paying members that we have up until August has not been able to cover the full operating cost of the space.
We have not been vigilant enough in getting members, or ‘forcing’ current paying members to pay – our strategy has always been a minimum of three months membership, and after that is up to the person whether he or she still want to remain as paying members. Basically, we don’t force or bind members longer than three months.
Other updates: we bought an aircond – so the hardware hacking room is pretty cool now. And we’ve a projector. Yay!
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FROM KL VIA PUTRA LRT
Board the Putra/Kelana Jaya Line LRT to Taman Bahagia LRT Station. Then take the T626 bus to Jalan 21/1. Your landmark would be York air conditioning offices. Disembark and the space is less than a minute walk from the bus stop. Entry staircase is next to a wood shop. Proceed to top floor.
Board the Putra/Kelana Jaya Line LRT to Kelana Jaya LRT station. Hop on a cab. Pretty much a straight line from there on.
WARNING this can be very costly. Someone mentioned that a one way trip costs RM15/=.
FROM KL SENTRAL VIA BUS
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HackerpaceKL Open Day, Monday, 29th March, 2010. 8-10pm. Meet the faces behind HackerspaceKL. Check out what we are up to.
This will be an opportunity for non-members to check out HackerspaceKL, meet the faces behind HackerspaceKL, see what we are up to, and hang out. There will be a few presentations – one would be regarding HackerspaceKL (the past, the present, and the future), and another one on Arduino. There will be toys to play with. You can try your hands at desoldering. Or you can check out RuFI0′s remote-controlled helicopter with a wireless camera attached to it. Event starts at 8pm.
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HackerspaceKL is barely two months old, but we’ve been quite active for the past 1 and 1/2 months. The month of December 2010 saw us finally securing a location in Damansara Uptown, and on January 1st 2010, we officially have the space. January has been spent on a few activities:
- We held an open day on 9th January 2010 for people to donate stuff. We also cleaned up the space. Photos: HackerspaceKL Preview, Dump Your Stash and Gotong Royong Day
- We bought tools for the space: HackerspaceKL Goodies
- We had our first meeting on the 17th January 2010: Meeting Minutes #1
- Our second meeting was held on the 30th of January 2010
In February, the space is officially open.
- We built 8 DIY tables, and 1 shelf on the 2nd Meeting
- We had our electronic workshops: Electronic Fridays : Basic Electronics
- We had a second electronic workshop! Electronic Friday #2 – The one where we built a Joule Thief
- We migrated the previous website which runs on Trac to Plone: HackerspaceKL’s Wiki Migrated to Plone
Our membership has been steadily growing as well. So far we have exactly 21 paying members (which includes 3 students). Out of 32 pledges (HackerspaceKL Pledge Page), 18 became official members. With the current number of paying members, we have enough to pay for rental and utilities, plus some money leftover to buy more tools for the space. However, we cannot afford to get air conditioners – this will happen in 6 months time after we are able to save more money, or someone donates, or we hit the original target of 30 members. We will be publishing our financial statements before Chinese New Year.
So what’s next in store? We will be continuing our workshops, that is for sure. We will also buy more tools, and start working on projects. The general feeling that I get is that all of the members (at the one that shows up) are eager to learn, share, teach and build projects. And this is a Good Thing(TM).
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First and foremost mad props to KageSenshi and sniffit for getting Plone up and running. The main HackerspaceKL website will be http://www.hackerspace.my, while https://wiki.hackerspace.my will be gradually decommissioned. The blog (https://blog.hackerspace.my) will also be decommissioned. Instead, blog posts, news and updates will be made available News section of this site.
If you’ve previously registered at the old wiki site, your login credentials have been migrated as well, provided that you’ve entered your email in the old wiki site. So, if you’ve registered with the previous site, but did not enter your email, you need to register again at http://www.hackerspace.my/createMember.
If you are an official paying member of HackerspaceKL, logging in into Plone will allow you to add Events. Once you’ve added your event, it will be posted pending review. Pre-scheduled events however, cannot be amended except by users that have manager role. This includes Hacking Tuesdays, Coding Thursdays and Electronics Fridays.
The new website will also be used to manage membership and track membership fees. There are still a few works that need to be done – you’ll be updated from time to time. If you have any suggestion on how to improve the site, come to any of our event, preferably Hacking Tuesday, and we’ll figure out how to make Plone work for us.