Android Quick Start Class

Hi everyone, Ross H. here. I’ll be teaching a class this upcoming September 24th (12pm – 2pm) on getting started with Android development. The class is free for paying SSD Members (though a donation equal to the course value would be¬†appreciated as the course fee is going towards rent for the space). The general public is welcome and the fee is 10$.


Here is the proposed schedule of what will be covered.

Android Overview
-Brief History
-The Android Stack
-Advantages of Android
-Quick overview of how Android “Java” is different from “Sun/Oracle” Java (Dalvik VM vs Java VM)
-Native Libraries in Android
Brief Overview – Main Building Blocks
-Content Provider
-Broadcast Receivers
-Application Context
Getting your hands dirty
Get Android SDK & Eclipse up and Running
-Install SDK
-Get Eclipse
-Get a virtual device up and running (or USB)
Hello World
-Quick and Dirty Hello World
-USB devices -> get it running

Sorry, no fancy flier ūüôā

Depending on interest I will be teaching an Android class once a month for the¬†foreseeable¬†future so if you don’t / can’t make it to this one no fear, plan on coming to another.

Happy Hacking,


College of Lockpicking workshop

You can pick your friends.
You can pick your beer.
But can you pick… a Lock?

Join us on Saturday, September 10th from 5-7pm, as we embark on an ancient mechanical adventure to explore the inner workings of a modern lock, first developed by the Mesopotamians and Egyptians over 4000 years ago. Led by lockpickers Eric Michaud and Jamie Schwettmann, this workshop will cover – soup to nuts – everything you need to know about how common locks work… and how to pick them open.

Whether you’re a complete novice curious to find out what pin-tumbler really means, a homeowner protecting your family’s treasures, or a veteran lockpicker with questions about advanced locks and techniques, this event is for you! With 2 solid hours of history, mechanical diagrams (“lock pr0n”), and hands-on lockpicking instruction… first we’ll open your minds, and then we’ll open some locks!

To properly learn this ancient art, you’ll need the proper tools. ¬†By registering for a ticket with a lockpick set this guarantees you a seat at the workshop, and reserves – all for you – a brand-new 10-piece custom lockpick set by Southern Specialties, hand-picked by Eric and Jamie to maximize utility for beginners and locksport enthusiasts alike, and offered for only $30.

If you already have some picks you’re itching to practice with, you can bring them along, and your workshop cost is only $20!

BONUS:¬† The first 15 people to register get $10 off a pick set!¬† Select the BONUS tickets when you register to claim this offer! If they’re Sold Out, you’re Too Late!

* Note: Due to high demand and limited supply, we aren’t likely to have any additional pick sets available at this workshop.¬† If you’d like to purchase an extra set, reserve it NOW before they’re gone!

Get your tickets and reserve picks at

See ya there!

– Eric.

P.S.¬† Don’t forget to Like our Facebook page ( ) and follow¬†@lockpickcollege¬†on Twitter, to get updates about this and future Lockpicking events across the country and around the world!