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Submission + - Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro (

ptorrone writes: "Open-source hardware company Adafruit released a Linux Raspberry Pi distro for hardware hackers and teaching electronics. This distro comes with SPI, I2C, & OneWire WiFi. It also has some things to make overall hacking easier such sshd on startup (with key generation on first boot) andBonjour (so you can simply ssh raspberrypi.local from any computer on the local network. It's called Occidentalis v0.1. Rubus occidentalis(the black raspberry) derived fromRaspbian Wheezy and available for download here."

Submission + - _Are Google+ Hangouts the Next Hackerspaces? (

ptorrone writes: "MAKE Magazine is reporting on the current trends of makers and hackers adopting google+ faster than Facebook. MAKE goes on to show how hackerspaces and individual makers are using google+ hangout video, with up to 10 participants, to show and share their projects. The article also brings up features needed for the google+ hangout tool as well as how to stream the video sessions to services like Ustream so an audience can watch the hackerspace "show-and-tells" without hitting the 10 person limit."

Submission + - First jobs boards system for hardware hackers (

ptorrone writes: "Open source hardware company Adafruit Industries has launched the first ever jobs boards for hardware hackers. The job board has jobs for people in the world of embedded linux to programming Arduinos and teaching PCB production - anyone can use the jobs boards (but no recruiters and they approve each one). The whole system is built on the open source job board system "JobberBase"."

Submission + - New open source linux hardware hacking board (

ptorrone writes: "The Chumby Hacker Board is a cool single board Linux computer that has much of the same hardware as the famous Chumby One. It's great for people who are experienced with Linux and want to have the power of a microcomputer with audio and video output while at the same time getting all the peripherals of a microcontroller such as analog-to-digital conversion, PWM outputs, sensors, bit twiddling, and broken-out GPIOs!"

Submission + - Hardware hackers reveal Apple's charging secrets (

ptorrone writes: "In this 7 minute video we explore "The mysteries of Apple device charging". Usually device makers need to sign a confidentially agreement with Apple who want to say "works with iPhone / iPod" and never talk about how the insides work. If you don't put these secret resistors on the data lines to you get the dreaded "CHARGING IS NOT SUPPORTED WITH THIS ACCESSORY". We demonstrate how anyone can do this and make their own chargers that work with iPhone 4, 3Gs, etc."

Submission + - Make your own open source retro arcade syle clock (

ptorrone writes: "Hardware hacker "Ladyada" has released an open source retro arcade style table tennis for two clock called the MONOCHRON. According to MONCHRON project page they "wanted to make a clock that was ultra-hackable, from adding a separate battery-backed RTC to designing the enclosure so you could program the clock once its assembled." It includes a ATmega328 processor (with'Arduino' stk500 bootloader for easy hacking). It's completely open source hardware, all firmware, layout and CAD files are yours to mess with."

Submission + - Hardware hackers begin to open source Homeland Sec (

ptorrone writes: "Hardware hacker extraordinaires Ladyada (Adafruit Industries) and Phil Torrone (MAKE magazine) have just published an open source "Homeland Security" project, a non-lethal LED-Based Incapacitator: THE BEDAZZLER. After attending a conference where the $1million "sea-sick flashlight" (THE DAZZLER) was demoed by Homeland Security, the duo decided to created an under $250 version and just released the source code, schematics and PCB files. The team also released a 5 minute video describing the "official version" as well as how they created the "open source hardware" version."

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.