Category Archives: Orem Transistor

Black Friday LAN Party – Everyone is invited!

lpDon’t fight the crowds for terrible deals you can find online anyway. Grab your laptop (or desktop) and join us this Black Friday (Nov. 29th) for our final event in Orem. Games start at 2pm and go until we are done. Bring your friends, family, etc. Everyone is welcome. We have room for about 50. We’ll also be making a HotPot run around 6-7pm for those interested.
EDIT: Forgot some people might need an address:
1187 s 1480 w
Orem, UT 84058

Things you will want to bring:

  • Computer or Laptop
  • Power Strip
  • Headphones
  • Food, or money for food. (Bring $15 + tip for Hot Pot if you want to go).
  • Up to date list of curse words
  • BYOB(ooze)

We’ll Provide:

  • Heating
  • Electricty
  • Game Servers
    • TF2
    • Quake 3
    • UT3
    • Maybe a few others also
  • Internet access
  • Tables / Seating (If you have a special chair you are welcome to bring your own
  • Your mom jokes and admin-abuse
  • Good company


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Shutting Down

We are shutting down. At least for a while.

The SLC Location will become a new hackerspace; keep your eyes out here for updates if you are interested.

The Orem space will be closed entirely for at least 3-6 months if not longer. If we choose to re-open it will likely be a much smaller location and will probably be in the American Fork / Lehi Area; we’ll post updates here.

Thanks again to everyone that helped make the last 5 years a total blast! We’ll keep the IRC channels and member-VM(s) active, and we’ll see you after the break! :)


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Instructables Build “Night” with Lumi!

My daughter Abigail has been sick this week, so I’ve postponed our build night for one week. I’ll hold it Saturday, September 28 at 2:00 pm.

Anyone is free to come – just email me to let me know if you plan on attending (I need to make sure we’ll have enough Inkodye for everyone). My email is rachel dot faul at gmail (written out this way here to avoid spambots). So… what’s Lumi?
lumi screen shot
What to bring:

a cotton t-shirt or other article of clothing you’d like to “screen” print with Lumi paint

According to, Inkodye binds to any absorbent natural fiber such as cotton, linen, raw silk, jute, hemp, burlap, wool and even raw leather, suede, untreated wood and unglazed ceramics.

For photographic applications we recommend materials that can be rinsed and washed in hot water and textile detergent. This allows the light areas of the print to remain undeveloped.

Inkodye can also be used on cellulosic semi-synthetics such as modal, viscose or rayon. We do not recommend Inkodye for use on synthetic fibers such as polyester or nylon, however blends (e.g. 95% cotton and 5% polyester) may yield good results.

Inkodye will not work on materials that aren’t natural and also materials that can’t absorb the dye; ie. glass, metal, plexiglass, acrylic.

I’ll print out some cool art on the transparencies that came with our kit from Instructables. If you want a specific image, please let me know ahead of time so I can make sure to print the negative – otherwise, you won’t be able to make the image on your fabric.

The kit we received came with a large bottle of orange and a small bottle of red Inkodye. We’ll publish at least two instructables after our build night as part of the agreement (hence the free kit). Let me know if you’d like to help take pictures or type instructions for anything we do.

If you’re new to the transistor, please remember that there’s dangerous equipment for woodworking, metalworking, and other purposes in the building. It’s not a child safe environment, and guests may not use the equipment unless they’ve become members/signed a waiver/received training in the equipment for liability reasons. We won’t need to use any equipment for screen printing. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing a few of you on Saturday!

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Learn a new programming language night: Node.JS

Free Class: node.js
2013/09/12 @ 7:00 pm

Come join us for “Learn a New Programming Language Night”. This month AJ will be presenting node.js

Stop on by, bring a friend, and see why node.js is gaining such a rapid following.

“Node.js is a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.”

You are (highly) encouraged to bring a laptop to follow along. WiFi will be available.

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Lua : Public, Learn a new programming Language Night

Where: Orem Transistor
When: Thursday, June 13th 7:00pm-10:00pm
This Month: Lua
Presented By: Levi (and possible co-presenter)

“A hands-on introduction to the Lua language, and we’ll be using it in the context of writing a simple 2d graphical game. Although it’s the most common scripting language in the game industry, it’s also the scripting language of nmap, wireshark, and MANY more.”

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Etsy Craft Party at the Transistor!


The transistor is hosting an Etsy Craft Party!  Member Rachel Faul is organizing this event.

When:  Thursday, June 20, 2013 6pm-10pm

Where:  Orem Transistor

RSVP:  We need at least 25 RSVPs by May 30 if we want Etsy to send a free box of supplies for us to use at the party!  Space is limited to 50 attendees, so respond early!

What will we make?

*wool dryer balls

*flower finger puppets

*fairy egg in a glass vial pendant

*recycled construction toys


Project details from Rachel:

The dryer balls will be more than just that; I’d like to show how to select wool thrift store sweaters for various making purposes, how to unravel them into yarn, how to turn some of the yarn into roving with cheap wire slicker brushes ($4.50 at the grocery store, rather than $25-50 for a wool carder), and how to use felted wool, wool yarn, and wool roving to make a sturdy dryer ball that won’t unravel. Hopefully people will come away with a thorough knowledge of how to recycle a wool sweater for lots of different uses.

I’ll have to pre-cut and pre-drill the wood for the construction toys, but I’ll explain how people can make their own wood parts, and how to cut the plastic hangers and notch them with a simple, inexpensive coping saw to make the beams for the toys. Plastic hangers are notoriously difficult to recycle because of the different kind of plastic in them; they can release harmful chemicals when they’re melted down to be reused, and they take a lot of energy to be melted. It’s much more efficient to recycle a broken plastic hanger with a small saw and some sandpaper to smooth the edges.

If not enough are interested in the homemade tinker toys or if drilling that many wooden parts is problematic, we’ll probably switch to painting sets of wooden blocks. In that case, I’ll show a few color palettes for wooden blocks that evoke different moods in kids. I’ll have acrylic paint at the craft party for simplicity, but we’ll still talk about other non acrylic options for coloring/sealing wood using natural materials – plant based dyes, waxes, and oils, and nontoxic bug secretions (shellac).

If enough people are interested in other project options, there are lots we could do. Some I’m considering offering (depending on interest) are:

bent wood rings
homemade ipad stylus
LED jewelry, possibly with a lemon juice flower battery (depending on interest and time)
sensory toys for autistic kids (and other kids with sensory challenges), especially those made from recycled wool, cashmere, linen, and silk – if anyone wants, we can discuss weighted toys for proprioceptive reinforcement, pocket calming items, communication books/cards, etc.

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Woodshop update

Greetings all, just a quick exciting update: we’ve gotten enough of the drywall done to clear it out of the woodshop area (you all remember the Horror That Was), that the woodshop is now pretty functional.  We’ll be moving the major tools back in and organizing everything over the next few days.  But, it’s pretty usable as it is now!

There’s a couple of members in there now, as I’m writing this post: Jocafa is crafting a stylus out of redheart on his mini micro lathe for his wife, and SeaShadow is working on enclosures for a home theater audio system.

I’m excited to see what other projects you all have in store!


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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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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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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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Our first CTF

We had the opportunity to participate in our first CTF competition in Salt Lake this last Saturday. It was a lot of fun, we learned quite a bit about employing and defending against exploits through actual application.

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