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Amateur Digital Archeology at Def Con 25

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Aug 302017

Some of the craft night visitors may have noticed me infrequently show up at resistor to work on some strange looking laptops over the past year. These laptops were 2 space flight modified NASA PGSC units. These are GRiD Case model 1530 387 units that were configured custom for the Shuttle program in 1992. I recently gave a presentation these at Def Con 25. I have also compiled on a URI listed below, all of the information that I have so far uncovered relating to these systems and others like it.

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 Posted by at 11:15 am
Dec 162015

B-Sides is finally coming to NYC! What is B-Sides you ask? Well it’s a volunteer driven low cost Information Security conference that’s hosted around the country. It usually follows in the wake of big name conferences such as RSA or Black Hat. But, it’s become famous for being a smaller crowd of interested researchers rather than a commercial blitz or an all out party. It’s a great conference for first time presenters and seasoned veterans alike. And when I lived in SF, it was a welcomed event that usually left me very inspired not just by the quality and innovation in the presentations, but the people I met there and the conversations that ensued as well.

NYC has only just managed to get a B-Sides event off the ground. And a few folks pushed very hard to make this happen. So, having been in some of the email threads around this. I am super excited to see that this registration opening. This is cool people!

Some of the presenters include former NYC Resistor member Dino Dai Zovi and former L0pht hackerspace member Chris Wysopal. Both legends in the infosec community, and really cool down to earth people as well.

The event will be hosted at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. For those not in the know, John Jay is where most of the NYPD got their degrees. It’s also been a helpful academic liaison for the NYC infosec scene for years. So it’s kind of awesome to see this event being hosted there.

Register Here or don’t. That’s cool too. =D

 Posted by at 12:40 pm
Nov 102015

TLDR: This party is now no longer on Nov 14, or at NYC Resistor. Read on for details!

So you may have noticed there’s another much bigger hackers party the same weekend as the one we planned to have. Heh, great minds think alike. So, we’ve decided rather than force people to pick sides and make this some form of competition, we’d just make life easier on everyone and join forces with the other party. In part, this is because of recent upgrades to NYC Resistor’s machine room eating up a significant amount of our floor space. In part, it’s because we really wanted to check out the other party as well =P.

hacktheplanet party details

So we got in touch with the folks at and they were excited to team up with us as well. We’ll be bringing the nycresistor hackers party projects over there. We hope to see you there.

Details for the event:

WHERE: The Paper Box
WHEN: November 13th 2015
WHO: The best music you can possibly imagine
WHAT: Full cyber punk regalia

This Thursday the 12th you are also invited to our Open Hack Night at NYC Resistor to work on / complete your projects for the party. Get amped up. Show everyone you know stuff, and didn’t just get a puter for christmas. Be elite ya’ll.


 Posted by at 2:19 pm
Oct 012015

The year was 1995. The place, New York. NYC Resistor would not exist for another 13 years. But, for one precious moment, NYC was alive with the sound of awesome techno, and terrible tech euphemisms.

Now hold on to your jolt cola, because NYC Resistor is going to celebrate what may be the worst best hacker film ever. Hackers of the world unite! Mark your calendars, November 14, 2015 is going to be a day to remember. Yes we’re 2 months late to the actual release date anniversary, but who cares, RISC changed everything.

We expect you to show up dressed the part. Ready to act the part. Cereal Killer fought for your rights to not be trashed, trashing this invitation would be a mockery of everything good in this world. Bring your oversized orange secure systems books! Don your roller blades. Got a hud? You might need it. We’ll be sitting here looking pretty all day waiting for you to crash our party like fifteen hundred and seven systems.

I’ve brewed a beer, and we have a couple of custom projects forming up for this event. You got a month and a half to build something to show you didn’t just get a puter for christmas! But, as long as you can appreciate the beauty of the baud, we’re glad to have you.

 Posted by at 2:48 pm
Aug 052015

Update: the laser has been sold. Thanks for your interest!

Way back in like 2008 NYC Resistor was new and fresh. We were tearing it up on the internet blogs and building pneumatic stabbing robots. We also bought our most expensive tool to date ( at the time ). We pooled our meager wages and bought an epilog legend laser cutter ( 12×24 inch model ). This thing was THE BOMB. It made our projects better faster stronger as we listened to an endless loop of daft punk while building every bad idea that crossed our minds.

In fact, Makerbot was conceived upon it’s not so gently abused bed. The first of many prototypes leading to the cupcake 3d printer, and even the first few hundred production run cupcakes were cut out of wood on this laser cutter before Makerbot was thrown bodily from the space by angry hackers ( I joke sort of ). It is quite literally a piece of technology history. It harkens back to a dark time in our history in which every hackerspace was launching a 3d printing company. We apologize for that profusely.

We’ve got the rotation arm for it! Yours free of charge with purchase. It’s fully functional last it was turned on. Works with corel draw like a champ. Has hellaciously better drivers than any comparable chinese laser cutter / etcher. We have full documentation on laser settings for it. And we’ve replaced most of the components on it. We’ve also got some cool hackery docs on it here: Command Line Lasering

We upgraded to a bigger, strong, better, faster cutter this past winter. And now this laser cutter is just taking up space we don’t really have to spare. Also, it’s not being used. So we’d like for it to go to a good home who can make use of it. You’ll have to provide your own filtration system and other safety equipment. But otherwise this is a solid entry level laser cutter / etcher. And we’ve proven only a small part of it’s dazzling array of diverse capabilities.

Please reach out to contact at nycresistor dot com if you are interested in purchasing our laser.

 Posted by at 5:02 pm
Mar 222015

Chez Resistoir

We bottled our first ever wine at Resistor today. Two of our members and a couple of other folks in the community learned how to make basement wine from an honest to god bensonhurst italian.

We’ve only bottled the Monte Pulciano and the Merlot. Both came out great.


 Posted by at 9:45 pm
Mar 132015


gopher:// is now live!

For those of you aching to find out more about NYC Resistor while surfing the arpanet on your mosaic browsers, fret not. We’ve got you covered. Now with our newly launched gopher services you can keep in touch with the modern era from the comfort of your golden age of technology and grand self delusion. We aim to please!

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