GET LAMP

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Jun 022014
 

GET LAMP
Two weeks ago we salvaged two PDP-11/34 minicomputers, VT1xx terminals and assorted parts. Since then we’ve spent some quality time in the 1970s, cleaning Unibus contacts, reseating cards and replacing bad capacitors in the VT100 analog boards. Both of the CPUs start up fine and we’ve been able to read data from all of the RK05 and RL01 drive units. Still haven’t touched the tape drives, so no digitized monkey brains yet. Instead, here is a video of running Colossal Cave Adventure compiled from the original FORTRAN IV sources under RT-11v4 on our PDP-11/34:

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May 312014
 

laser-beer

Interactive Party – Homebrew Bar

So with the interactive party around the corner,  Travis Collins and I ( Matt Joyce ) have been working on the final touches for 3 homebrew beers that have been brewed at NYC Resistor.  I figured that I would take a moment to introduce you to each of them.

NYC Resistor is on the site of a former brewery that operated from 1850-1907, finishing it’s days as the Federal Brewing Co.  They used to brew German style bock beer to beer purity standards.    Things in the US have changed considerably since the hay day of Brooklyn’s brewing industry.  Among those changes is our complete departure not only from German style beers but from beer purity laws as well.  Much of what we drink in the US, isn’t even allowed to be called Beer in some parts of Europe.  We don’t care.  We left Europe and told those stick in the muds to shove off for a reason.  We love freedom, and exploration, and really wild new things.

So, for this party, I put together at least one new wild beer for your consumption, revulsion, or love.

Buy tickets here!

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 Posted by at 11:59 pm
May 302014
 

Come the NYC Resistor Interactive Show on June 7th and see Max Henstell’s “Beauty is in the Eye of the Bulb-Holder,” a 4-foot chandelier with 150 bulbs. All lights are individually addressed and programmed. You are invited to swing from it at our party! No you’re not.


The event usually sells out so BUY TICKETS while they last!

NYC Resistor Interactive Show
@NYC Resistor
Saturday June 7th @ 8:00
87 Third Avenue between Dean & Bergen in BROOKLYN!!!
$15 

May 152014
 

PDP-11/34 cabinets

We rescued two PDP-11/34 computers and their associated equipment from a storage unit in the Bronx and have been working on getting them running again. The computing system included multiple RK05 hard drives, two RL02 decpack drives, a TU11 tape drive and tons of media, including “digitized monkey brains“. Read on for more details and the exciting boot sequence.
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May 152014
 

ishowOh wow.  Check out our annual party and fundraiser that invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with beats and beers provided.
Join us for a blinkin’ good time!

The event usually sells out so BUY TICKETS while they last!

NYC Resistor Interactive Show

Saturday June 7th  @ 8:00

87 Third Avenue between Dean & Bergen in BROOKLYN!!!

Emma-Ohnoes

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May 072014
 
Emma Ohnoes

Emma-O judges your cloud infrastructure.

Every now and then, a particularly hard storm hits an undisclosed datacenter in Virginia where a huge chunk of The Cloud faces off with actual clouds to see which one can keep electricity running through it the longest. Sometimes the data center loses, causing DevOps teams and assorted other developers to get calls and tweets from literally everyone telling them their site is down.

Usually this sort of apocalypse is indicated with a tiny icon on a web dashboard, visible only to the people already panicking and frantically reading up on High Availability and Multi-AZ Deployments. A little red icon doesn’t quite convey the gravity of the sky falling, so I figured the best indicator of cloud infrastructure status would be the Buddhist king and judge of hell, Emma-O (aka Enma-O aka Yama). I happened to have a scan of an Emma-O wood sculpture from a previous project at the museum I work at (btw we’re hiring), so I scaled it up a bit and printed a copy in transparent blue-ish PLA. Continue reading »

May 052014
 

A quick word of warning for those coming to Laser Night tonight: our laser is having some power issues and is not operating at 100%. We’re working to fix the issue as quickly as we can, but we probably can’t cut anything thicker than a couple of millimeters at present. We’ll sing out once everything’s up and running again!

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May 052014
 

Please allow additional travel time.Companion Cube
Hexadeca scrollerDisorient Pyramid, mini version

A few months ago we introduced Octoscroller, NYC Resistor’s eight-sided RGB LED matrix display built with jumbtotron RGB LED matrix panels. The interface “cape” has been reworked twice and the LEDscape source code has been refined to handle various arrangements of panels, from rectangular displays to larger polygons to six-sided cubes and minature pyramids. We’ve also updated the code to receive from OPC and other transmitter formats, in addition to local drawing into a user-space framebuffer.

Jumbotron time!
The good news is that we finally have the supply of panels and control boards to offer a class on building your own mini-jumbotron or other shaped display! Included in the class fee are eight of the 32×16 RGB panels, a BeagleBone Black with the Octoscroller^2 cape (capable of driving up to 64 panels at 30-60Hz), a 10A power supply and the wiring to put it together.

You can print or lasercut your own brackets based on how you want to arrange your panels — OpenSCAD and STL files for the octagon, cube and flat brackets are in the source, and Misumi 15mm extrusion works great for larger structural pieces.

HandcraftedTrammell finishing his mini-Disorient pyramid display of LED matrices.
I’m Trammell Hudson, the primary author of the LEDscape code and the designer of the controller boards and I’ll be leading the three hour workshop at NYC Resistor on May 24th. In the class we’ll solder together the board, install the software on the BeagleBone Black, wire up the eight panels and write a simple program to draw on the panels. I’ll also walk through the PRU firmware that handles the real-time interfacing, although this programming experience isn’t required. Buy your tickets here!

Apr 212014
 

Interactive Show

Get that Club Mate cold and those soldering irons hot because it’s time for another Interactive Show! We’re putting out the call to hackers around the globe to come show your stuff at our annual party.

This year there’s no theme– it’s a free-for-all! Have something blinking and beautiful? Something that bleeps or bloops? Anything interactive goes!

This year’s show will be June 7th. If you’re interested in being part of a show, drop us a line at ishow@nycresistor.com! Try to get in touch by May 7th so we can make sure there’s space for your project. Hope to hear from you soon!

Props to Olivia Barr for our awesome gif flyer this year!

 Posted by at 5:41 pm
Apr 192014
 

 

te_card_reader-300x300Got a shiny new 3D printer, but not quite sure what to do with it? Interested in learning to make your projects move? Sign up for “Intro to Mechanisms” on May 10th and get a gentle introduction to making stuff spin, wobble and reciprocate using things like gears and cams. We’ll also explore more advanced control mechanisms like Geneva Drives and Jacquard-style Punch Card readers, so you can live out your steampunk fantasies and setup your own desktop Dickensian sweatshop!  Taught by Chris Fenton (chris on thingiverse).