LED Hacking Night recap

Image credit: Jim Williams

We had a great time on Tuesday night hacking on the scrolling LED display that Jim brought.  It was a great exercise in figuring out how the design worked and trying to improve upon it. Thanks to all who came out and had fun with us!  We like having nights like this, so anyone out there who wants to do something similar with us, let us know!  (Email info@workshop88.com or leave comments here on the blog.)

Jim has already posted a much better summary of what we did on his blog.  Check it out!

Mastering the Linux Command Line (July 2011)

Linux gives us the power we need to crush those who oppose  us.  Learn how to being to use the hundreds of tiny utilities contained  in *nix systems to create simple solutions that you may think require writing a program, script, or complex system. Forget spending countless hours designing, writing ,and debugging code in the cloud. See the methods taught in this class to begin to understand how to quickly link Linux commands together to create quick solutions to what may seem like a complex task.  Spend more time on world domination and less time learning the sexy programming language of the day. What you will learn:

  • Learn to navigate the shell quickly saving keystrokes, sparing yourself from the scourge of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • What the hell do all those funky symbols mean? Amaze your significant other with the ability to read shell scripts like a Chinese newspaper.
  • Learn a few quick tips to automate your system administration and audit it for weaknesses.
  • Create a simple command to notify yourself of changes to your favorite web pages.  Never miss out on those Deltron 3030 tickets again!
  • Create parsers to crunch the data needed to map pig genomes.  Win the Nobel prize!!
  • Stand up a poor man’s web server to serve content in a pinch.

We’ll only touch the tip of the iceberg but you’ll walk away with the understanding and methodology to search the UNIX tool set to create your very own solutions to life’s problems. What you should know ahead of time: Basic Linux commands and how to navigate the file system: Are cd, rm, mv, cp man, and ~  Greek to you?  Learn this first at home: http://code.google.com/edu/tools101/linux/basics.html What you need to bring: A laptop running your favorite flavor of Linux or vm-ware player.  The utilities we will review are available on 90% of *nix flavor system.  You can also download Linux appliances, but please come to class with your system ready.

Printed Circuit Boards class (July 2011)

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt @flickr

Jim is going to be running our Printed Circuit Board class again. Last time this class was offered it was really well received by those in attendance. There will also be small W88 logo key fobs as a giveaway for attendees. If you have any small circuits for which a PCB would be appropriate, let Jim Williams know right away. We might be able to add your boards to the class!

Intermediate Arduino Class (July 2011)

Workshop 88 is offering a follow-up to the Introduction to the Arduino class featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with various sensors and learning to use communication protocols with the arduino.

If you already have an arduino, you have all the materials you’ll need for this class.  Otherwise, you can order a kit and we’ll have it for you when you come to the class.

Hello Nerdy – a podcast by a Workshop 88 member

Inveterate podcaster and long-time Workshop 88 member Fredo has a (relatively) new podcast called “Hello Nerdy“. The “Hello Nerdy” crew get together weekly to discuss the latest and greatest tech news, Apple news, Android news, and news of general nerd interest. Many (all?) of the episodes were recorded in the Workshop 88 media lab.  If you are a nerd looking for a great weekly podcast subscribe to “Hello Nerdy“.

The Physics of Music class (July 2011)

Harry manx playing his cigar box guitar

In this class we will explore some of the basic physics which governs the behavior of musical instruments. After exploring the science of resonance, pitch and timbre we will build some simple musical instruments out of common materials. By the end of the class you should come away with your own musical instrument and the ability to invent new musical instruments of your own design.