Boulder Hackerspace’s first ever video game tournament! (Super Smash Bros)

Last Weekend on November 15th 2014 the Boulder Hackerspace had its very first video game tournament. The games played were Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Project M and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. There were 5 events in total, Melee singles, Melee doubles, Project M singles, Project M doubles and Smash 3DS singles.   Here are some pictures of the tournament as it was happening.Overview

Melee Friendlies

One fun thing about this particular series of games is that they are often played on old heavy CRT TVs instead of modern HDTVs. This is because Super Smash Bros Melee is such an old game that HDTVs lag compared to CRT tvs. The lag is only fractions of a second, but is noticeable and distracting when playing a fast-paced fighting game.

Project M and Melee Pools

All of the big CRT TVs you see in these pictures were brought to the Boulder Hackerspace by the participants just for this tournament. And here’s a video of grand finals for Project M singles Project M Grand Finals – Ace (Ike, Captain Falcon) vs Slip-N-Slide (Luigi)

NoCo Mini Maker Faire 2013

The first ever Northern Colorado Mini Maker Faire was held Saturday October 5 in Loveland. Around 3,300 people attended and there were 120 maker/ demoer/ exhibiter booths. SSD had a table with a few of our projects, info about our space, and a revolving 2-4 members present and excited to tell passers-by about our space. We talked to many people and hope to see some of them at our meetings as time goes by. In addition to our SSD table, at least 4 of our members had their own tables / displays at the event as well.

This was the first annual NoCo Mini Maker Faire, and the organizers of the event plan to hold more like it in the future. See makerfairenoco.com to learn more about the organizers, to stay tuned and to see more photos from the event. Thanks to John Maushammer and John English for the photos below, and to all our members who spent time manning our table throughout the day at the event!

Bitmessage and Tahoe-LAFS at Crypto and MeshNet Meetup

Little MeshOn Wednesday, August 28, the Solid State Depot had crypto and meshnet meetup with lightning talks, general discussion, and installation for Bitmessage and Tahoe-LAFS.

Ben Burdette started off the meetup with a presentation on Bitmessage. Bitmessage is a P2P communicationns protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities. It uses strong authentication which means that the sender of a message cannot be spoofed, and it aims to hide “non-content” data, like the sender and receiver of messages, from passive eavesdroppers like those running warrantless wiretapping programs.

Zooko talked about Tahoe-LAFS.  Tahoe-LAFS is a free and open cloud storage system. It distributes your data across multiple servers. Even if some of the servers fail or are taken over by an attacker, the entire filesystem continues to function correctly, preserving your privacy and security.

Aspects of Tahoe-LAFS of interest at this meetup:

  • LAFS cryptography: Public/private keypairs are per-file, not per-user, digital signatures are everywhere, public-key encryption is not used, secure hashes and merkle trees are a beautiful data structure, akin to git.
  • The open source project: We have dozens of hackers from around the globe extending LAFS in different ways ; Want to contribute? We use a development process with complete unit test coverage and mandatory code review on all patches. We are nice. We have weekly meetings. Join in!
  • Usage: How to get the source, build it, deploy a grid of storage servers, share files and directories with your friends; who runs storage servers and gives you access to their storage server—friends sharing storage space with each other? Strangers meeting in the darknets? You can lease storage from my for-profit startup.

See more about this event on its Meetup.com page.