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nerd nite 19: masheeeens

Masheeeens, more commonly called 'machines', are widely used these
days, in everything from this to, well, that.

Our three speakers will amaze and enthrall on subjects related to
these remarkable man-made objects, on Monday November 18th, at the
Hotel Bristol, 6pm*.

As always, nerd nite is a FREE event (with 2 for 1 meal specials,
hooray!), so bring yourself, your loved ones and your nemeses.

See you there!

* Speakers start at 6:30pm, but beware trying to find a table/seating if you cut it too fine!

Note: speakers are not necessarily listed in order of appearance. Want
to print out a poster for your organisation/school/family/whatevs? Go

Sticky Buds And Bootsectors

Adam 'metlstorm' Boileau

Just over 25 years ago, the most successful DOS era-virus started its
rampage around the world's IBM PC XTs via 5.25" floppy disks. Stoned,
the classic boot-sector infector virus, went global; shipping from the
factory on Seagate hard disks as late as 2007, but from humble
beginnings - right here on the corner of Cuba and Manners. This is the
story of Stoned; perhaps Wellington's most successful tech startup.

Bio: Adam 'metlstorm' Boileau is a security consultant with Insomnia
Security, organiser of Kiwicon, and news pundit on award-winning
podcast In his spare time he owns and operates a unix


3d printing a 3d printer

Tim Rastall

3D Printing: You can print Guns (only a darwin award candidate would
use). You can Print busts of Master Yoda. What the hell else is it
good for? Well, it's pretty good if you like designing and building 3d

Tim Rastall is a Wellington based project manager, parent and
tinkerer, he's also got a bit of 3d printer obsession..... OK a lot of
a 3d printer obsession. A year an a half ago, for reasons that are now
quite vague, Tim embarked on a project to build a 3d printer. 6 months
later he had one. Sadly it wasn't quite as awesome as he expected, so
he started making some upgrades. A Year later, he's still making
changes to this ever evolving device that prints it's own upgrades.
What's more, along the way, Tim learned enough to start designing a
new printer, using the original to produce parts for it's successor.

Tim is going to bring one of his current printer projects in for a
show and tell, and will talk about the thriving international
community of makers contributing to the rapid evolution of open source
3d printing technology and provide some idle speculation on what the
likely developments in the field will be over the next few years.


The Art of Looping

Jacob Lister

Since the age of recorded music began there's been the possibility of
the loop - taking a slice of recorded sound and playing it back in
repetition alongside and in time with the current performance. Loops
can be built up layer upon layer to create a thick chorus of sound,
from either a single instrument, or one person playing multiple
different instruments.

The first modern loopers as we know them started appearing in the
1960s and 70s; magnetic tape recorders were modified to place record
and playback heads a distance apart, with recording tape then
literally 'looped' around reels. Nowadays the job is done with
electronics, in stomp-box effects sitting at a musician's feet, or
with software running on laptop computers.

Jacob has been looping for years, and while not writing software for a
livelihood, hacks away at his own software-based looper which runs on
the linux operating system, and strums, picks, thrashes and shreds
away on his various guitars. For nerd nite, he'll explain and
demonstrate the basics of looping in its various forms.

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  • Peter C.

    Worth going to although the talk on computer viruses slightly disappointed as Bhodi was left unmasked.

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone please flick me a reminder on the Monday during the day please ? Otherwise knowing me I'll forget .

    November 12, 2013

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