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Amazon Affiliate Link

For those of you that would like to help support us, but aren’t ready to join; please use our Amazon Affiliate link. All you need to do is CLICK HERE before you add items to your Amazon shopping cart. No extra charges, and it helps us out. :)

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SCII: Heart of the Swarm LAN party!

sciihotslanWho else here is ready for HotS? Grab your gear and head down!

$10 Registration includes drinks and entry into our raffle of a 500gb 2.5″ usb 3.0 Hard Disk.

More details and signup at:

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New Public Night: Learn a New Programming Language

Wharff Having a Good TimeFire up your laptops, grab your Mt.Dews, and prepare your IDEs and Debuggers: we will now be hosting another Free, Public event every 2nd Thursday of the month from 7pm -10pm. This will be our new series in which you will Learn a New Programming Language each month.

The plan is to have a presenter for the first 30-60 minutes explain the language, IDEs, history, etc. From there you will have a couple hours to play around with the language, ask questions, etc.

Though everyone of all ages are welcome, these classes assume that those attending already have some general programming knowledge in any language.

Our first event will be February 14th (valentines day, oops) and PYTHON will be the topic. Hope to see you there. Keep an eye on our front page and calendar for updates each month.

P.S. We are also looking for presenters for this series. ANY programming / scripting language is fair game. If you would like to be a presenter please email: programmingnight[at]

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Upcoming LAN Party!

lpJoin us Saturday, February 9th, 2013 for a night of LAN gaming. Games start at 3pm and go until 8am Sunday morning.

Those interested can register at
We are asking $5 to help cover Food / Snacks / Drinks / Heating / Electricity.

Don’t forget:

  • Computer or Laptop
  • Power Strip
  • Headphones
  • Up to date list of curse words
  • BYOB

We’ll Provide:

  • Special Decal or other TT LAN Swag
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Heating
  • Electricty
  • Game Servers (send us an email at least a couple days ahead of time for special requests)
    • TF2
    • Quake 3
    • UT3
    • UT2004
    • few others
  • Internet access
  • Tables / Seating (If you have a special chair you are welcome to bring your own


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February 2nd: Free, Public Classes in Orem! :)

coloringFree Class: Adult Coloring (Kids Welcome)
2013/02/02 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presenting: Parker the Magnificent

Learn how to use crayons. Stay within the lines.
Brought to you by Parker and Crayola (not really, but there’s a good chance we will have crayons)

We aren’t even sure what to expect, but if Parker is presenting it will be interesting. :)

mamecabinetFree Class: MAME: Software to Hardware
2013/02/02 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Presenting: d3c4f

This presentation will cover many high-level aspects of MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator), the popular gaming software. Software will cover what MAME is and isn’t; to installation, configuration, and
front-ends. The presentation will finish with an in-depth walk-through covering how to build a dedicated Arcade Machine of your own.

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Darlington Merging with SLC Transistor

cncDue to “slowness” and issues beyond our control, we are temporarily merging our Darlington Chapter with our SLC Chapter. The current Darlington location will no longer be accessible to members.

This does not mean that Darlington is not viable, (as both the SLC and Orem Chapters are experiencing record growth) and we hope at some point to re-open Darlington as a full stand-alone hackerspace with a full tool-shop. For those interested, keep an eye out here for news of this.

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Capture The Flag Registration Open

It’s time for another DC801 CTF! We’re doing something special this time: Thanks to Sobit and DC801, we’re bringing the CTF to Utah County.

Date: Saturday, December 8th 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Place: Orem Chapter

Join us for another titillating round of capture the flag goodness. Teams will square off in this attack/defense scenario with the goal of exploiting their opponents while protecting their team assets.

Laptops required, Backtrack is recommended as the attack platform but any open source tools will do.
The game play runs for four hours (ending at 10pm) with a tech briefing summarizing successes and failures at the end of the session.
You are free to organize your team as you see fit. We will accommodate up to 4 separate teams and we encourage team sizes of 5 or less.

1) Ask questions here: Freenode #DC801
2) Register here:
3) Form team here:

Ticket sales proceeds will be used to provide food and drink at the event as well as to help fund our hacker-space.

The slides from the 2nd half of the Intro to CTF presentation (the part where Metacortex covers Netcat and Metasploit basics) can be found here:

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New Years Eve Party!

Come one come all to The Transistor New Years Eve Party! (Held in Orem this year)

We will have pizza, soda, movies, and video games. We are asking $5 registration to help us cover costs. :)

Register via Eventbrite and we’ll see you there!

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November 14th Free, Public SLC Event

Free (SLC) Class: Lockpicking
2012/11/13 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Presenting: DC801
Come down and learn the age-old DEFCON tradition of lockpicking. Presented by DC801. You are welcome to bring your pick sets and locks if you have them.

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November 10th Free, Public SLC Event

Free (SLC) Event: DEFCON Talk Night
2012/11/10 @ 8:00 pm – 2:00 am
Presenting: DC801
Was there a talk at Defcon that you may have missed because you were passed out in the HHV? It happens to the best of us. Well, this is the night you can make up for that. There has been a poll up on for a little while asking you what Defcon talks you would like to see. Tonight is the night where we do that. Bring some beer, popcorn, and some cookies because this will be fun!

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SLC Transistor – Last call for founding members

Last call for founding members for this space. Those of you holding out waiting for exact details now have them. We have finally signed the lease and made the initial payments on our newest location. This time in downtown SLC. That isn’t to say you can’t join later, you just won’t get the bragging rights. (And possibly some other cool things that may or may not happen.)

And yes, we know, TWO new locations opening at the same time. We are VERY excited, and VERY swamped. :P

OPEN DATE: November 1, 2012. You have until Halloween to become a founding member.
ADDRESS: 440 SOUTH 700 EAST Unit #102 – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84102
LOCATION: “Great location on 7th East in SLC, 1/2 block from the 4th South TRAX station and the 7th East Whole Foods, just steps away from the new Trader Joe’s.”
SIZE / LAYOUT: 1000 sq. ft. Divided into 3 rooms. One large meeting / general purpose room and two smaller rooms.
BATHROOMS: Shared with the rest of the building.


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New Orem Location! Need more members.

Those of you that have been waiting, and those of you that just found out; we have a LOT more space available! If you are interested or know anyone else that is, PLEASE contact us.

We have finally signed the lease on a HUGE warehouse. 5000 sq.ft., and another 760 sq.ft. of loft space for a total of 5760 sq.ft. of usable space. To put that in perspective, our current location is about 1500 sq.ft. This new space will provide all the hacking needs for up to 60 members. The new location is amazing as well, just off University Parkway and Geneva Road in Orem. Easily within walking distance of Front Runner and UVU. There will be an open house around the first of the year.

The exact address is:
1187 s. 1480 w.
Orem, UT 84058

EDIT: This location will open November 1st, 2012.
Basic plans below, but here’s a quick list of what will be available at this new location:

Your very own dedicated desk space & Storage Space
Larger desk space / storage at an increased price (TBD, talk to us if you are interested)

Electronics workstations with good lighting
Nice soldering irons (and a bunch of crappy ones)
100Mhz Dual Channel Digital Oscilloscopes
Digital MultiMeters
*PCB Exposure / Etching Station
PCB Shear, Drills, etc
Fully stocked electronics components selection
Misc. parts

Internets! (Not sure on the provider yet, we are working on Fiber)
Full gigabit switches. Everyone will get a physical connection
Wireless access points
Large VM / Storage Servers
CTF / Hacking Server / Network
Misc Firewalls / Switches / Routers
VPN connections to our other locations

*Laser Cutter
*Vinyl Cutter
*RepRap Prusa 3d Printer
*Other small, clean CNC machines.

*MIG Welder
*Bosch Metal Chop Saw
Large Jet Drill Press
Misc. Metal working tools

*CNC Router (Fireball v90)
*Dewalt Miter Saw
Large Porter-Cable Band Saw
Hand Routers / Router Table
Small Table Saw
*Circular Saws
Jig Saw
Bosch Scroll Saw
Lots of Clamps
*Lots of misc. hand tools; cordless drills, dremels, etc

Vacuum Forming Table

Classroom Area
Public Event Area
LAN Party Area
CTF Area

Hacker Library
4 Player MAME Cabinet
Chillout Area w/Projectors, TV’s, Media Center PC, etc
SNES, NES, Atari, Sega, XBox 360, PS2, etc
Kitchen Area

2 Large ADA compliant bathrooms
Front Reception Area (not sure what to do with this yet)
Soda Vending Machine (try the Troll Soda, it’s great!)
OTHER MEMBERS (maybe the most important thing on this list!)
(and more!)

(* Please note that some equipment may require additional training / authorization to use.)
Members are welcome to request anything they would like. We have many pending upgrades/projects for the space.

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Transistor Halloween 2012

Come one come all to The Transistor Halloween Party / Fundraiser.

We will have delicious foods, candies, movies, and video games. We are asking $10 registration to help us cover costs and to raise money for our new hackerspace!

Register via Eventbrite and we’ll see you there!

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October 13th: Free, Public Classes in Provo

Free (Provo) Class: OpenVPN
2012/10/13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Presenting: Nemus

Come on down and learn the secrets behind OpenVPN.

This class will assume that you know how to access a linux server via ssh and run simple bash commands.

You are welcome to bring a laptop to follow along. If you would like to set up a VPN, you will need to either have access to an external Linux Box, or be prepared to spend $10 to order a VPS. Note: The VPS is NOT through The Transistor, you will need to bring a credit card.

The goal of this class is to have everyone leave with a VPN connection of their own.

Free (Provo) Class: NetHack
2012/10/13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Presenting: IntChanter

“NetHack is a single-player roguelike video game originally released in 1987.” Grab your laptops and get ready for a sweet “learning night” as we get a good in-depth instruction on how to use this valuable IT tool. ;)

Please bring a laptop to follow along if possible.

Free (Provo) Class: Dwarf Fortress
2012/10/13 @ 9:30 pm – ?
Presenting: Asiago

Done “learning” NetHack for a minute? Good, we have another valuable IT pastime. Dwarf Fortress. That’s right, bring your laptops down for a night of “valuable learning”.

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SLC Transistor – Founders Meeting Recap

As promised, here’s a quick recap of the Initial Interest Meeting. I know it’s a little later then I said, sorry guys and gals.

First off, thanks to everyone that came out to show interest and support. For those wondering: I think there were just under 20 people that attended.

From the meeting, it looks like we easily have the interest we need to found this new Chapter of TheTransistor. SLC Transistor “is a go”. Over the next couple weeks we will be collecting pledges and looking for suitable spaces in Salt Lake City. As planned, we will be looking for an open Office Space type of layout in “proper” Salt Lake City, close to public transportation and I15.

In order to determine the size of space we will need (likely 1000 – 5000 sq.ft) we need everyone interested to fill out the pledge form. We know there will be at least 10 founding members, and could easily be as many as 30. We absolutely need everyone interested to fill out the pledge form, the initial founding group will determine the size and quality of the space we will be leasing. Pledges will be collected when we have found a space and are ready to sign the lease.

This new Chapter will be focused on Information Security and Software Development. As such, you can expect a large variety of hardware, books, internet, and so on to be accessible from this hackerspace 24x7x356. You will also gain access to the other Transistor locations and the tools, people, and resources there. Core interests in the attending group included:

  • Security, Information and Physical (lockpicking, etc)
  • Routers, Switches, Firewalls, Servers, etc
  • Ruby, Javascript, C++, PHP, etc
  • Metaploit, Wireshark, Nessus, NMap, Netcat, and so on
  • Linux, BSD, Unix, (even windows), etc
  • Arduino, Pic, Arm, Propeller, etc
  • Automotive, Microbrewing, etc

In order to coordinate this effort, we have set up a public mailing list which we will use to discuss this space. As with all Transistor Chapters, these efforts are collaborative. This space will be whatever the members set up. I encourage everyone to sign up for the SLC Transistor Mailing List.

This effort to bring our community a new central hub is going to working directly with the local Salt Lake DEFCON Chapter, DC801. We are hoping to get this hackerspace more involved with the other local security and software groups in the valley.

This Chapter will also be holding public meetings. This will include theme nights, classes, CTF events, and other projects. These will be ran by the DC801 group. You can reach them on freenode at #DC801, or on reddit. I highly encourage everyone to attend the DC801 meetings. It’s a fun and very knowledgeable group.

CLOSED. Contact Us to set up a regular membership.

If you or your company would like to help us out please email contact[at]thetransistor[dot]com. For general questions / comments / etc, please direct them to the mailing list where they can be viewed and answered by everyone.

If you know people or groups that would be interested in this Transistor Chapter, please point them our way.

Thanks to everyone that has helped build the IT / Hackerspace / Makerspace community. And thanks to everyone that attended. We’re excited to see where this goes!

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