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February 05 2018

Social Stats Trackers with ESP8266

February 03 2018

MMPIS2 is up, at last, for now!

I’m a big fan of getting projects done. Not all of my projects get done. Sometimes a project being “done” is just about learning something. Like, all the ways things can go wrong. I did not keep detailed logs of the project known as MMPIS2 because it was meant to be a clone of MMPIS, and should have taken, at most, a few hours… not just shy of a year. But finally! MMPIS2 is working!

We originally had the idea before March 2017. Before that I had worked on using an HDMI to VGA converter to use a really old TV as a display. I think we got as far as hanging it on the wall but then I never got the hardware, and I also didn’t get around to producing low-resolution versions of the pages it would display. (It was one of those “We could do this!” moments without asking if we should do it.)

Eventually Tom brought in some better TVs, and then there was a swap and on went away, but we still had one, so we put it on the wall. Tony they jumped in to connect up the Pi and realized that the TV was locked (!?!?) and could only be unlocked with the remote control, which we did not have.

Oh, and somewhere along the way I had to find metric hardware. Looking for the correct length 6mm bolts at the space was a challenge, but with enough washers I found some that worked! (When I told this to Tom he said he’s bring in a pile of extra hardware from some old TV mounts.)

We gave up on the TV because no one wanted to order a remote (or thought about it) until later when Maks thought about doing it when I said we should smash the TV. (We didn’t. I think. Wait, maybe we did.)

Along the way there was also an issue with no Ethernet cable nearby, so I had to get a WiFi dongle and configure that. We also lacked a power cord that was long enough (had one at home) and an HDMI cable (had plenty at home) so yeah… fun times!

Then a member posted about a big TV he wanted to get rid of. It had no sound, which was fine with us! I picked it up from him and also got some audio stuff for the Dalek Asylum folks. Now we had a working TV, we just had to mount it. Wait, okay, holes are not the same. Time to cut a new piece of wood and attach it. I let Maks mark the holes to drill. It didn’t go well. I then showed him how to “elongate” holes with a drill. We also may have used a file. It eventually worked, taking 10 times longer than it should have…

Once the TV was up… it all worked! Hurray! And then… I came back a week later and the file system had gone corrupt. Sigh… start over. It took me a few weeks to remember to fix it, and when I finally did it worked again!

Also, the 3D printed plastic case was a little tight and the power cord didn’t fit right, so I used a cutter to nibble away some of the plastic. I cut too much and a piece broke. Tape fixed it well enough…

Since it was up and running, I tried to access MMPIS to copy the URLS to MMPIS2. No good. I checked the IP address Dan gave me, then I ran NMAP looking for things with port 8080 listening, and… nothing. Seems the software decided to stop running the web server or something. Dan SSH’d in and then we both worked on getting the data we needed from SQLite3 (more fun!) and then setting it up on MMPIS2. Also, two of the URLs he gave me didn’t work, seems he rewrote the code and the URLs changed… and then the server was unavailable. Of course it was.

So with this blog post, I declare MMPIS2 tentatively done! I still plan to swap out a few thing and make a backup. Totally. Backup this time.

Somewhere along the way I mentioned to Dan that this should have taken a few hours, not close to a year. He mentioned how I should probably go build one for work in the meantime, and I mentioned that I already did.

January 28 2018

Pizza Oven 3.0

Check out some pics of the latest rev of our pizza oven, which had it’s first run on Saturday at our Birthday party.

When we built our first pizza oven in Chancery Lane, it became a regular feature of our Open Socials and other events. Having our own dedicated yard in Chancery Lane, meant that we could build a permanent one outside.

Blackpitts is an amazing space for us, but we do not have our own dedicated yard. We have a shared car park. We’ve built the oven temporarily on special occasions, but we have to take it down the next day. It’s always been the plan to make a mobile one that we could push out as-required.

Over the last few months we built that mobile version and it had its first successful run on Saturday at our party. Drop in to our regular open socials to see it in operation.

January 27 2018

Using Lasers for Precision Marking

We recently had to replace the hinges on one of the laser cutters. There aren’t any hinges out there that seemed to have the right hole spacing, so I ordered some heavy duty hinges without pre-punched holes, thinking I could just drill them where needed. But how to layout the hole pattern and make sure […]

January 22 2018

Next 2 weeks at Tog

Hi everyone, Don’t forget to save the date for our ninth birthday this weekend on January 27th. Find out more details on our Birthday Bash post here

Monday January 22nd – Coding Group Night & Lockpicking Night start from 7PM
Wednesday January 24th – Craft Night starts up again from 7PM also. Come along to make some decorations for our Birthday Party!
Saturday January 27th – Our Birthday Party starts from 7PM.
Monday January 29th – Electronics, Microcontroller, and IOT evening begins this night at 7PM
Wednesday 31st January – our regular Wikipedia Editing Event has its first meeting of 2018. Ever wondered how to get started editing Wikipedia? Come along to find out!

02-03-2018 SMS as a Cryptocoin attack vector

SMS as a Cryptocoin attack vector This presentation will show how malicious actors are actively taking advantage of the use of SMS as second authentication factor to prove identity. These vulnerabilities enable malicious actors to obtain SMS messages then proceed to reset and take over all users accounts starting with email accounts with access to […]

January 20 2018

Midwinter Yarn Swap

January 19 2018

Maker Faire Milwaukee is Coming!

Good News, Everyone! Maker Faire Milwaukee returns for its fifth year! Milwaukee Makerspace is once again proud to be the co-host of the event along with the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. We’ll be at Wisconsin State Fair Park on the weekend of September 29th & 30th, 2018.

If you’re interested in learning more about the event, or being involved in some way (as a maker, a volunteer, etc.) consider joining us for the first planning meeting of the year. We’ll be holding the meeting at the new headquarters for Maker Faire Milwaukee, Brinn Labs, which is just a mile north of the space.

The Maker Faire Milwaukee Planning Meeting is set for February 8 at 6:30pm at 433 E Stewart St. in Bay View. We hope to see you there!

Fireflies: camera-based musical instruments

January 18 2018

OpenChaos am Donnerstag, 25. Januar: Why We Should Be Scared of Hardware Trojans

Spätestens seit den Snowden-Dokumenten ist weithin bekannt, dass es extrem gut ausgestattete Angreifer gibt, die enorme Anstrengungen unternehmen, um Sicherheitssysteme auszuhebeln. Besonders attraktiv für solche Angreiferklassen ist es, Kryptoverfahren zu schwächen, da sie oft das Rückgrat komplexer Sicherheitslösungen wie SSL/TLS aber auch elektronischer Ausweise bilden.
What should I do at craft night if I don’t have a project

January 17 2018

NYC Resistor has a public Slack channel

TOG 9th Birthday Party

This month it’s our 9th birthday. We’ll be celebrating in style on Saturday 27th January in Blackpitts from 7PM. It will be a double bash, because we will be combining our regular Open Social with our Birthday Party. So don’t miss it!

If you’ve never been to one of our events, you’ll find it a great alternative Saturday evening in town. Come in and look around. If you’ve never been in before, we’ll give you the grand tour of the space. Talk to members and visitors about projects or things you’d like to do. Ask about our plans for 2018. If you like what you see, ask about joining as a full member.

The space stays open until the last member is left……usually the small hours of Sunday morning. The evening is free to attend for members and visitors alike. No need to book…. just turn up. You can drop in for 10 minutes, or stay the whole night. We have parking available. Bring beer, food, gadgets! Our doors are open from 7PM. Hope to see you there. Expect mighty craic.

SVG Jigsaw Generation in Clojure

January 16 2018

Learn Arduino with Becky and Ranjit this Sunday 1/21

January 15 2018

Intro to 3D Printing and 3D Design Class on Jan 28th

January 14 2018

01-20-2018 Intro to Reversing

Intro to Reversing –  New vulnerabilities are being discovered at a rapid rate and can cause threat to the systems we are protecting. Reverse engineering helps us better understand our systems, software and the vulnerabilities that are discovered on a deeper level. This talk will go into the basics of reverse engineering x86 on Linux […]

January 13 2018

Machine Project Guide to Curating and Planning Events
Machine Project Guide to Workshops

January 12 2018

Machine Project Guide to Starting Your Own Art Space
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