FAA Now Requires Model Aircraft Registration

Tarot FY650 Quad Photo credit woozie2010
Tarot FY650 Quad, Photo credit woozie2010

The FAA has mandated anyone operating model aircraft over 250 grams to register. It’s one registration number that’s used across your vehicles. This does apply to traditional fixed and rotary wing model aircraft. If you don’t want to pay the fee, it’s refundable for a period.

“The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).”

It’s not clear if your name and address will be added to a public database similar to FCC amateur licenses and conventional piloted aircraft. The minimum age to register is 13. This is a retroactive policy meaning you’ll need to register and mark existing aircraft prior to flight after Dec 21.

[ FAA Press Release  |  PDF of the Full Rules ]

Learn To Cut Your Electricity Bill!

WHEN: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WHERE: NESIT Learning Center, 290 Pratt Street, Meriden, CT

By now you’ve probably received your latest electricity bill and said “what the hell!”. The recent rate hikes are significant and will have you thinking twice about how you use electricity. Come and join us and find out how you can save money on your electricity bill.

We’ll start with the basics, explaining the concepts of volts, amps and watts and show you how electricity usage is measured. We’ll hook up an actual electric meter and watch it spin around as it measures the power usage of various appliances.

Supplier costs will also be examined and you’ll lean how to pick a supplier from the growing list without getting burned by “teaser rates”.
Money saving strategies for saving electricity through the use of energy efficient appliances and lighting will be explored. As will the use of solar electricity & net metering.

We’ll end by up exploring the concept of “gorilla solar” as a way to cut your electric usage without additional government involvement.

Class size is limited to 20 people and there is a $10 suggested donation to help cover our expenses of running these programs. Informational handouts will be provided as will light refreshments.

NESIT Learning Center

Meriden, CT
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3D Printed Poseable Robot

Saw a cool jointed robot featured on Thingiverse.com by Shira, and thought I’d try to print one out and assemble it. Shira’s a graphic designer by trade and a sculptor that likes create articulated dolls. Her design stuck out because it was cute and secondly designed for some of the parts (arms and neck) to be moveable with a single print run. The directions were pretty straight forward, although I had to use rafts and other tricks to get the pieces to print out ok on our Makerbot Replicator2. Once it was finally printed I needed to find some 2.5mm elastic string at a local craft store and then fish all the string through the body.

Once it was assembled i just added some white paint and black sharpie to make his eyes pop out. I had him hang from his fingers from some left over string attached to our Deltamaker 3D printer for some action shots.

iPhone 5 Engraving


With our new Epilog laser engraver laying around, I took it upon myself to find a way to use this asset. Thinking of projects that would otherwise be intricate and complex, I had one of those “ah-ha” moments: my iPhone 5. Within 30 minutes of google searching and photoshop tinkering, I had a professional layout of my company logo with my name and website. Gary loaded a test sample into the machine and it looked perfect. Holding my breath, for the fear the machine may go rough, we loaded the iPhone 5 and pressed Start. Within 45 seconds I was holding the results of the project. Check out the picture. Pretty impressive. For more information check out this youtube link on the detail and limits one can push this machine to: http://youtu.be/hAMpp1QFTeI .

BsidesCT Registration is open!

BSides Connecticut is an exciting day long information security conference hosted at Quinnipiac University’s beautiful York Hill campus. The campus sits adjacent to the picturesque peaks of Sleeping Giant Mountain in Hamden, Connecticut, which is just 90 minutes from New York City, two hours from Boston, and just eight miles north of New Haven. With this ideal venue for collaborative presentations, sharing of information and ideas, BSides Connecticut will help establish a much-needed link between information security professionals and the Connecticut technology community.

Date:       Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Time:      9am-5pm

Where:   Quinnipiac University – York Hill Campus / Rocky Top Student Center

              305 Sherman Ave, Hamden, CT 06518


HP Design Jet 5000 Plotter with Windows 8 – Peace at last


Within the last couple of months, a local business donated a HP Design Jet 5000 Plotter. Colorful and large, the printer is the perfect item for creating workspace signs for the Electronics, Woodshop and Data Center. The only problem was printing from Windows 8.

Luckily, after hours trying to figure out work-arounds, I found a solution that worked with my Windows 8 machine. Here’s the link:


Although the driver says for HP Design Jet 5500, it works just fine with the HP Design Jet 5000. Just download the driver and find the printer on your network. If you don’t know your printers IP go to the Menu->Utilities->Test prints->Service config. Print out the page and you will find the printers IP at the bottom of the page.



As for printing, you may have to setup a custom page type with 36 in or 42 in wide paper. I printed out this Raspberry Pi emblem as a test page. Pi

WIFI Cracking 101

When: Saturday 2/2/2012 2pm UPDATED TIME AND DATE

Where: 290 Pratt ST Meriden, CT
(Second Floor – enter via the east entrance/loading docks and follows signs)

What: WIFI Cracking class (see below)

As part of our on-going Whitehat Wednesdays we will be teaching a beginner’s class about wireless penetration testing.
Part 1: We’ll be exploring multiple ways and techniques to both penetrate, spoof, and own wireless networks from both the AP side and the client side. Using open source tools like Wifite, Reaver, aircrack, and more…
Part 2: We’ll talk about techniques to detect and mitigate the attacks from the first part.

What to bring:
Bring yourself, a laptop or desktop computer, A backtrack5 DVD/USB

We will provide: WIFI, Electricity, and seating, and a complete test environment for the workshop.

Cost: $50 – Includes an ALFA USB Wireless Network Adapter 1000mW High Power G Wifi (AWUS036H) which is yours to keep after the class.
$25 for NESIT members

To purchase a ticket: http://wifi101.eventbrite.com

facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/445475595507833

Thanks to ForeSite

We wanted to take a moment and thank our generous sponsor ForSite  for there support of Security Bsides Connecticut.

ForSite has been providing solutions for technology problems since 1997 through the IT division which provides everything from help desk, to network maintenance, projects and technology planning, and the Development division which focuses on designing and developing effective custom websites and applications.  ForSite strives to be a true technology partner to their clients, whether they are acting as their full IT Department or as a valuable supplemental resource for their internal IT staff.  ForSites clients are a mix of nonprofit and for profit organizations ranging from 5-10 person offices to Fortune 500 companies. learn more at http://www.foresitetech.com/