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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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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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tT:SLC Interest Meeting

We can’t seem to stop growing! (And we LOVE that.)
Recently, we have filled BOTH our Provo AND Midvale locations! And while we are looking into options to find larger spaces for both, we have decided to add ANOTHER expansion to our list!

There have been a couple people asking if this is a public meeting. This is a Public Meeting, please show up if you are interested. Please bring any friends, family, acquaintances, etc that are interested as well. :)

If you are interested in joining a downtown SLC hackerspace with focus on Information Security (InfoSec), computers, and electronics then you NEED to come to our PUBLIC meeting to gauge interest and start the hunt for a suitable location.

Here are the details on this upcoming meeting:
WHEN: Thursday, September 27th at 7:00pm
WHERE: Darlington Extension of theTransistor in Midvale

Some of the requirements and hopes for this space include:
Working directly with the Salt Lake DEFCON group DC801
24x7x365 Access
24x7x365 Access to our Provo Location, and all the tooling available there.
Good internet connection
Dedicated Rack for servers, network gear, etc.
Infosec Library (books, equipment)
Demo Equipment (servers, routers, switches, firewalls, etc)
Public Classes (with streaming capabilities)
CTF Games! (hosted and ran by DC801)
Office-Type Space (no warehouse) with an open layout.
Kitchen, Rest Room, Conference rooms
Close to the freeway. Easy, fast access.

Email: contact [at] thetransistor [dot] com
IRC: Freenode, #dc801 or #utahmakers

There are a lot of great ideas, and a lot of people involved in making this happen. (We estimate 10-30 founding members.)

If you are even remotely interested, come to this meeting and lets get this group off on the right foot. Don’t forget to bring any questions you might have. As with everything we do, this will be ruled by popular opinion.

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September 1st: Free, Public Classes

Free Class: Using and Customizing Vi (aka Vim or V-Improved)
2012/09/01 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us with the ever popular and technically awesome Josh as we all learn how to better use this awesome editor.

In this class we expect to cover:

- The basics of Vi
- Different Modes
- Customizing Vi for programming and advanced editing

Please bring a laptop with Vi installed to follow along if possible.

Free Class: Who left the WPA2 backdoor open!?
2012/09/01 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm

In a world where people always forget to secure their protocols, we find that nearly all home Wifi routers are vulnerable to a brute force attack agains the Wifi Protected Setup *feature*. This talk will discuss how WPS works and why its vulnerable. We will also walk through a demonstration of how to attack your neighbors for fun, no profit, and possibly jail time. Oh, and we’ll show you how to protect yourself, because that is whole point of this topic isn’t it?

**Bring your promiscuous wifi adapters and laptops**

Free Class: Bluetooth Sniffing, Very Possible and Cheap!
2012/09/01 @ 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm

Bluetooth packet sniffing is getting a makeover in the VERY near future. In the past, Bluetooth sniffing has never been an easy task for anyone who doesn’t have thousands of dollars to spend on equipment. However, these days, there is a project in the works that will likely put the power of bluetooth sniffing in the hands of those with just a couple hundred dollars.

It’s called the Ubertooth One. This presentation will discuss the current development of the Ubertooth One as well as how it can be used to sniff Bluetooth packets.

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Craft Lake City 2012

Hackers, Makers, Curious folk. Old, young and in-between. Craft Lake City is back again, and this year with a whole new category of presenters.

If you are interested in crafty / diy / electronics / robots / live music and more you should stop by Craft Lake City this year.

As a bonus, we will also be there in a booth that will probably be ignored. ;) For those not crippled with a fear of other human beings (or even if you are) ask us for a free decal. :)

August 11, 2012 (SOON!) 12pm-10pm at XMission’s Science and Technology Building
Admission is FREE, and there are over 200 Exhibitors this year!

Additional Details:

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August 4th: Free, Public Classes

Free Class: Introduction to *nix
2012/08/04 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Introduction to *nix.
Brought to you by d3c4f, yukaia, and a whole lot of caffeine.

In this class we will cover:

- Flavors
- The different *nix histories
- Basic file system structure
- What the f*** is a kernel?
- Basic commands
- What else can I do with *nix?
- Scripting?
- Compiling from source?
- We may also walk through the setting up a basic web server, time permitting.

You are welcome to bring a laptop to follow along. We will provide live-boot cd’s for people without linux installed.

Free Class: node.js
2012/08/04 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Come join as as Josh describes the Dark Art of 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 welcome to bring a laptop to follow along.

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July 7: Public, Free Classes

Free Class: Blender 101
2012/07/07 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a Free Class on Blender, taught by our very own Josh.

This will be a basics class covering (but not limited to the following):
- Using the Blender Interface
- Basic Mesh Modeling
- Materials
- Rendering

You are welcome to bring a laptop to follow along. Please have the latest version of Blender installed and make sure that you have a good mouse (you will have a bad time with your trackpad).

Free Class: Building your own Arduino Libraries
2012/07/07 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Ted will be teaching this Free Class on creating your own Libraries for the ever popular Arduino platform.

Join us and bask in his glory.

You are welcome to bring a laptop to follow along.

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Darlington Open House

Come join us as we celebrate the opening of our Midvale, Ut location! Festivities begin Saturday, June 16th 4:00pm-10:00pm.

Join us for Projects, Demonstrations, Hackerspace-made Root Beer (and possibly Liquid-Nitrogen Ice Cream) at our new Midvale location at the following address:
175 W. 7065 S.
Midvale, UT 84047

We’ll also have a few projects that we will be working on that the public is free to help out with, including a Fowkes Combat Wing from our very own Eric Fowkes. There will also be a number of past and current projects on display for everyone to view and ask the creators about, including:

- 3d Prusa Printer with the new Elefu control board!
- Large LED display
- Alex’s aluminum frame mini-CNC mill
- Other RC projects
- Misc. smaller projects

Come down to mingle and check out the new space. And don’t forget to bring a project to show off if you would like.

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CMKT 4 returns! Special classes open to the Public!

CMKT 4 returns to The Transistor, Provo’s Hackerspace Friday, May 25, 2012 7:00pm until 10:00pm!

Join the members of the circuit-bent rock band CMKT4 for a workshop on building your very own EconoMIC Bottle Cap Contact Microphone (from Creme DeMentia). CMKT4 will show you how to solder up a piezo-electric pickup and house it sturdily in a recycled bottle-cap housing of their own design! Stick around for a set from the band as the tool-handle dip on your freshly built contact microphone dries. Additional take-home kits and other surprises will be available, come build a mic and see and hear some of the circuit-bent instruments you’ve read about on up close. Bring your own instruments and objects to amplify!

Build an EconoMIC Bottle-Cap Contact Mic with CMKT 4 $15

Circuit-bending rock trio CMKT 4 will help students build a sturdy, working piezoelectric pickup using components and recycled materials. The band will help you learn to solder and ensure your success in building the kit. The comic book instructions will help guide you through their special process of soldering, drilling, gluing, zipping, and dipping – Voila! You are the proud owner and maker of your very own EconoMIC Bottle-Cap Contact Microphone (from Creme DeMentia). This simple transducer will create an audio signal from physical vibrations – like an electric stethoscope! Stick around for a performance from the band while the tool-handle dip dries!

Circuit-Bending 101: Build a Bending Buddy $15

Circuit-bending rock trio CMKT 4 never want you to bend circuits alone – that’s why they’ve developed The Bending Buddy. Want to learn the basics of circuit-bending but don’t know much about electronics? Building a Bending Buddy will introduce necessary skills for circuit-bending – soldering, reading a schematic, drilling, mounting components, wiring. Once you’ve built your Bending Buddy, you’ll be prepared to embark on a journey of discovery, using it to probe battery-operated circuits and divine new sounds. The comic book instructions and informational packet will help you understand broader concepts of circuit-bending – different types of bends, understanding components, building simple control circuits, bread-boarding and proto-boarding.

Build Mr. Mixer $25

Circuit-bending rock trio CMKT 4 want to introduce you to their new friend, Mr. Mixer. Mr. Mixer is a simple 4 channel passive mixer built from components and recycled materials. Students will build Mr. Mixer from comic instructions with help form the band. Mr. Mixer will allow students to mix together different audio sources to a single audio signal. The kit also introduces students to the magic of CdS or Photo Cells, which translate light into resistance. The Photocells will act as faders on the mixer, allowing students to duck sounds in and out, changing their volume with light!


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Public Events: April

We are pleased to announce the upcoming schedule for April’s Public Night.

All of the events and classes listed below are free to the public. Some classes may offer kits at a price. If you don’t wish to purchase a kit, you are still welcome to sit in on the class. Please see the our homepage for exact details.

Event: Meet the Makers
Sat, April 7, 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Free Class: Introduction to DipTrace. Hosted by Tim Anderson and Devin Hales.
Sat, April 7, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Free Class: Chip Amplifiers and Surface Exciters. Hosted by Alex and Zack.
Sat, April 7, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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Free Class: Chip Amplifiers and Surface Exciters

Hosted by Alex and Zack. For the amplifier part of the class we will be giving a brief overview of the different types of electronic amplifiers. We will discuss the basic functions of several types of circuits, along with their pros and cons.

For the surface exciter portion of the class we will be talking about surface exciters [also known as tactile transducers]. These amazing little devices can turn most any surface into a speaker. We will talk briefly about how they work and will offer a demonstration of how they can be used to turn different surfaces into speakers.

The rest of the time will be used for kits assembly. Participants can choose to buy kits and assemble their own small amp. They will also receive a pair of 2 watt surface exciters for them to experiment with.

Kits will be provided for $30 and will include:
1x stereo amplifier kit
1x 6 foot 3.5mm stereo cable to connect their amp and audio source
2x 2 watt 8 ohm surface exciters
Please email Alex [at] thetransistor [dot] com to reserve your kit

Participants will need to supply their own audio source and 12v DC power supply that can supply at least 500mA (.5A) of current. If you do not have a spare one lying around your house, you can usually find one at a local thrift store for relatively cheap. The circuit is designed around a 12v power source, but theoretically can use a supply as high as 25v.

Check out this youtube video of the test circuit:

*note the final circuit uses screw terminals instead of spring terminals.

This is a FREE, public class. We will start at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 7th. You are welcome to sit in on the class without purchasing a kit if you would like. Please email Alex [at] thetransistor [dot] com to reserve your kit

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Free Class: Introduction to DipTrace

Hosted by Tim Anderson and Devin Hales. This class will cover designing PCBs and Schematics in the Diptrace Software including importing and making new components and patterns,
setting up and enforcing design rules, considerations for manufacturing, gerber file generation and more. The class will cover
these topics through the design from the ground up of an FTDI breakout board.


P.S. Feel free to bring down a laptop (we will have WiFi and Power) to follow along.

This is a FREE, public class. We will start at 6:30pm on Saturday, April 7th and should run 1 hour.

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