Category Archives: Public Events

Planning meeting for new Hackerspace. :)

IMG_0045It’s time to start talking about getting our (Utah Co.) hackerspace running again. We need everyone that is interested to attend the meeting this Saturday. Details are below:



Location: UVU BRC (Thanks Victor!)
Date/Time: 2015/01/17 19:00 MT (GMT -7:00)

Topics up for discussion:
– Possible Locations
– Leadership Structure
– Other things directly relating to TheTransistor
BSidesSLC / OpenWest 2015
– Upcoming LAN Parties / Events / etc.

See you there!

P.S. Several of us will be going to Hot Pot afterwards, everyone that wishes to attend is invited. For those that haven’t been, it’s about $15/person (+Tip) and WELL worth it.

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Meetup this Saturday in Orem

IMG_0938_wIt’s a long overdue meetup with very little notice. (Did you expect any less?). :P

Join us for an awesome night of Projects and Presentations. This is a public event. Bring your friends, family, etc. We’ll bring down a couple Soldering Irons for people to use. You bring your project to work on (or just yourself if you want).

We will also be holding very short (5-10 minute) impromptu talks for anyone that has something hacker-related they would like to present on (InfoSec, *nix, Lock Picking, Electronics, Software Dev., etc). We’ll have power and internet available. Hot Pot run may also happen.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
5:00 PM to 12:00 AM

UVU Business Resource Center
815 West 1250 South, Orem, UT

See Also:

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LAN Party

lpWe still don’t have a dedicated hackerspace, but that won’t keep us from having some fun. This LAN party is open to anyone and everyone. Here are the details that we have so far:

Saturday, July 26th Noon-Midnight
We have a couple possible locations right now, as well as one possible confirmed. We’ll keep you posted, but wanted to get the word out first.
As always, it’s whatever you want to play, but we will try to have servers for TF2, Quake3, and UT3/2004.
BYOSnacks and some $$$ for food. We are talking about a possible Pizza Order or Hot Pot run.

Keep your eye here, or sign up on our mailing list for updates.

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DEFCON 22 Electronic Device / Party Entry

Ahhhh yissss! It’s FINALLY ready!

Time to purchase your DEFCON22 DC801/theTransistor “Party Badge”.

This year’s VIP device will be even cooler than before. Just as last year, the VIP device gets you immediate access into the party and express lane to the bar. Each purchase will also come with a +1 paper bracelet. We’ll have live music, lots of “31337” people to hang out with, a massive open bar, and more.

Most of the specifications for this years device are below in the graphic, and the purchase link is at the VERY bottom.

dc22 electronic device quick specs


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Thanks to Mindjuju, we have a meeting location in Orem! Here are the details:

Who: Anyone who is interested (public meeting)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 26th : 4pm-6pm
Place: UVU Business Resource Center
Address: 815 West 1250 South, Orem, UT 84057
Map: See

Topics: The future of theTransistor. Are we ready for a new physical location. What needs to be done, etc.
After 6pm: Dinner at Four Seasons Hot Pot in Provo for anyone that wants to come down. Cost is around $15 + tip.

Hope to see everyone there!

P.S. If you haven’t signed up for OpenWest conference yet, head over to and register! We’ll be there again this year with DC801 / 801Labs with some fun stuff to do.

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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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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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OpenWest CTF Results

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s CTF competition!
Thank you to all those who participated.

“Attack A Box” Results:
1st place – DoctorUnicorn (16 Flags)
2nd place – wlemmon (15 flags)
3rd place – bretep (14 flags)

“OpenCTF” Results:
1st place – DoctorUnicorn (4640 points)
2nd place – gr0undZ3r0 (1500 points)
3rd place – wlemmon (1000 points)

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OpenWest CTF Information

This post is here to provide some information on our CTF Games currently running at OpenWest conference. These are ran and organized by theTransistor and DC801.

You absolutely do NOT need to have previous experience to participate. Everyone starts somewhere, and these are great skills to learn.

We are running 2 games:
Attack-A-Box and OpenCTF
The Attack-A-Box is a live exploitable server environment, and the OpenCTF is a jeopardy-style challenge-based game board. We will be running BOTH of these games the entirety of the OpenWest conference; from Thursday through the end of Saturday.

1st Prize: Laser cut plaque, bragging rights, and One Month free membership at theTransistor.
2nd Prize: Laser cut plaque, bragging rights, and a gift card
3rd Prize: Laser cut plaque, and bragging rights
Prizes are PER game. (So there are 2 first-place winners, 2 second-place winners, and so on)

Attacking Environment
If you aren’t familiar with CTF, you may not have the tools that you need to participate. Don’t worry, we should have you covered. We have a stack of live-boot CDs with Kali Linux on them. Please ask us if you need one, or if you have any further questions on the CTF.

Registration and leader-boards
OpenCTF Registration is located at:
Attack-A-Box Registration is located at:

These will be the servers that you register on, submit flags to, and check the leader-boards on.

Flags and Scoring
To capture a flag (how you get points) you will need to find the flag on the servers that you exploit. There may also be flag hidden in other places of the game. We’ll leave that up to you to figure out what that means.

Each flag is a SHA1 hash or a PNG file containing a QR code. To capture a SHA1 hash flag, you simply copy the hash and paste it into the scoring server under your login (which you will create). To capture a QR type flag, you will need to first decode the flag (typically via cell phone or linux library), and then paste the result into the scoring server to claim.

Network Structure and Etiquette Scoring and Game Board: Do NOT attempt to hack this network. This is used by all players to register for the games, capture flags, and view the leaderboards. Your email is required only for us to get any potential prizes to you. Public Network: Do NOT attempt to hack this network please. This includes ARP spoofing / etc. This is the network that you will plug your machines into. This is also the network that all the other players connect on. Malicious Network: ATTACK! This is the network that contains the servers that you will be attacking for glory, prizes, and maybe even a pat on the back. See Instructions below for each games information:

OpenCTF Specific Information
Scoring, Gameboard, and Registration at:
The OpenCTF game is a jeopardy-style gameboard located at To play you will need to:
1) Register (email is ONLY so that we can contact you if you win a prize)
2) Visit the gameboard, and solve some challenges!
3) Once you solve a challenge, you will need to submit the answers to the questions.
4) ???
5) Profit.

Attack-A-Box Specific Information
Scoring, Leader-Boards, and Registration at:
The Attack-A-Box is a network of servers located on the network. The goal is to break into the servers (totally legal, we give you permission!), and find the flags. Flag are either SHA1 style keys in files, packets, etc or QR codes (as PNG files) that you will need to scan (or run through a QR decoder) and then submit the result to get your points. It usually goes something like this:
1) Boot into Kali Linux (we have live-boot DVDs, if you need one), or your choice of Security-Based OS.
2) Use NMAP to scan the network for servers with open ports.
2.1) Use Wireshark to capture data to and from your computer if you wish.
3) With your server / port list in hand you can now attempt to exploit services that may be vulnerable. Network share on a server? Connect to it and see what’s there. VNC port open? Try to connect with default settings. Maybe you have discovered a password somewhere. If you know metasploit, there may be an exploit you can run against it (or any other services).
4) Once you have found a flag, submit it!
5) Profit. Get in the top 3 on either (or both!) leader-boards to win cool stuff!

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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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