We are hard at work, moving things to new sites. New locations, new futures!

Saturday and Sunday this week was spent cleaning and hauling stuff to a temporary storage. Much effort was spent, but it begins looking good up in the closing lab space at Utkanten.

On Tuesday, we will have a closing ceremony, a final Utkanten-based meetup. Same place, same time. We have a new home, and will continue our activity uninterrupted by the location swap.


I helgen var det HC-festival på Utkanten och nånstans där hittade några punkare vad de måste ha trott var en “punkdunk”. Såhär brukar nämligen punkarnas spritflaskor kunna se ut. T-blå är säkert vanligt groggvirke dessutom. Det är inte första gången det är punkspelning och någon försöker dricka av vår etsvätska men, snälla punkare, det är inte speciellt nyttigt att dricka natriumpersulfat. Dessutom är den använd och innehåller kopparsulfat.

Tyvärr förvarar vi ej längre drickbara lösningsmedel på forsken efter det tillslag länskriminalens samlade kompetens genomförde en novemberkväll 2009, då de lade rabarber på vår fina rom. Yarr! =(

Femton gastar på en död mans kista
Hej och hå å´ en flaska med rom!
Drick ty hin håle har sörjt för det sista
Hej och hå å´ en flaska med rom!

Det kanske bör tilläggas att flaskan förvarades i ett stängt skåp, luckan är trög dock antagligen inte låst, samt att utrymmet var off limits under festivalen.

Kugg and Olle3 were doing collaboration now there are some different technologies in GNU /Linux systems to share one screen on two remote computers Olle and Kugg tried some of them.

The not so neat thing with “screen” collaboration is that there is only one cursor. However local editing and pasting makes that endurable.

Mini howto (hosting party):

screen -S loldongs
C-a :multiuser on
C-a :acladd root

Howto screen (client):

sudo screen -r loldongs/

We discussed the possibility of using a “Posix pipe” (fifo) for shared editing. It worked one way.
Fifo filesharing howto (host)

mkfifo /tmp/loldongs
chmod o+r /tmp/loldongs
cat >> /tmp/loldongs
"lorem ipsum type type type

Fifo filesharing (client read only):

tail -f /tmp/loldongs

We also gave gobby a go but it turns out gobby no longer has a client in OS X.
Do you have a better idea on how to share a screen safely in a multiuser GNU-Posix environment? Please do comment below!

Flash to Android
jonasb and StG did more grunt-work on their Flash-to-Android solution. “It is a lot of work, but I want to concentrate on it, and finish it.”, jonasb said.
http://forskningsavd.se/wiki/index.php/Flash_SDK_for_Java/Android has the details

Faidros brings the stuff
phaidros brought a bag of ad-related hardware trinkets. The “vultures of trash” descended on the loot like iron filings to a magnet. “Let us build a SOMETHING-SOMETHING!” they exclaimed exuberantly. We shall see. Looks like this will turn out to a 3d speaker array.

Pinball refurbish
StG showed photos and told stories about his refurbishing a 1972 pinball table. “There was a list of Common Fixes circulating, things you should fix anyway, because they always break. I ignored it, and got me a schematics of the whole machine. Begun following the leads. Built and cleaned and repaired. Learnt a lot of things. Ordered stuff from all over the world. Spent like 200 EUR getting the machine, and some more in parts. My work was long, like three or four months. In the end the thing ran! Cross-checking the list that the old farts on the Net had published, it turned out I had only fixed Common Fixes.”

Inkscape tutorialism
olleolleolle learnt some more about Inkscape, and worked on hand-tracing vector images from photos. http://inkscape.org/ is Free software. Here is an image created that evening.

Variable Power supply
phrst built a variable power supply for a used device he’d bought as a present. He used a sound box to house it, which looked very professional. To be used with a tatooing machine.
How to mod a psu to make it variable: http://www.wikihow.com/Add-Variable-Voltage-to-Your-ATX-Based-Bench-Power-Supply

Xbox 360 fixing and re-heating

UNKNOWN(coolguy) did a miracle to the broken XBox 360, and made it one step less broken. A large blanket and some bravery was used it “free-soldering” the console’s boards in place. “I just watched some YouTube videos, read some forums. It’s not very difficult.” He certainly had the required bravado. The xbox360 had some broken soldering joints. Apparently on some known sensitive joints. The soldering joints had to be covered with additional metallics to make sure the specific sensitive components would heat up in the next stage. The entire Xbox was then tied up with a blanket and then turned on, this would heat up the entire device so much that the soldering joints would re-heat and connect again.

Funny thing was that this way of fixing devices is not exactly going by the book. It was certainly dismissed by electronical experts when the idea was introduced but is now defacto standard way of fixing broken Xbox360′s.

And you know what? It worked!

As usual, there were some found food (pasta pesto), found candy, and general socializing.

If you are into software or hardware experimenting, repairing, building, join us next Tuesday.

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