Category Archives: News

Fix for a Bleeding Heart (On Debian 7)

CVE-2014-0160 or as it’s popularly known (as of today) Bleeding Heart is a problem with versions of SSL between 1.0.1 up to 1.0.1f that revolves around the improper handling of Heartbeat Extension packets.  Long story short: someone could get their hands on your secure keys if it’s left exploitable.  Long story available at and So what to do!  If you’re on Debian update your repositories (generally “sudo apt-get update”) then update openssl with “apt-get install openssl”.  After that you may want to run Read More +

To Catch a Thief

Due to my car getting broken into 2 times in the past few weeks, I decided to use the opportunity to make a project out of it. One of our members had bought a Seeed Studio GPRS Arduino shield last year for a project but it was sitting around collecting dust so I asked him if i could borrow it. The device uses an unlocked SIM card to send out sms text messages. (Can also be used for voice and data too). I worked with Read More +

Fixing A Broken XBox360

One of our members, Cobey, had a XBox given to him that would boot up but wouldnt show any video. Most of the time you would the notorious red ring of death. This one didn’t have the ring though. He wanted to try to fix it anyhow. One of our other members Gary had brought in a hot air SMD chip remover, so after taking the systemboard out of the case, we injected some flux underneath the chip and slowly started heating up the GPU. Read More +

Build Your Own PIC Programmer

When: Monday, January 6, 2014 Time: 7:00pm Cost: $25 Per Person (10 Seats Available) Description: Learn to build your own PIC programming kit. Price includes your own ready-to-build an open source Microchip PIC programmer for the USB port that you will put together and solder. This DIY PIC programmer is a continuation of our PIC programming basics tutorial. By building and using this USB PIC programmer, you can program microchip PIC series of 10F, 12F, 16F, 18F, 24F, 30F. This is also an EEPROM programmer Read More +

Over Engineered Fishtank

So before our move into the new space, one of our old members had made a mineral oil based fish tank. When we were vandalized the fish tank was damaged, essential pushed off the desk onto the floor where it smashed the tank. While cleaning it up I checked the motherboard etc to see if they still worked. They fired up with no issue . So I decided that it needed a new home and brought in a 5 gallon tank from home that wasn’t Read More +