- IS ANYONE GOING TO OPEN THE FREAKING POD BAY DOORS?!
Well going on month *counts fingers* six?... of barracading myself indoors to hide from teeny tiny coughing death germs. It's easy to get a little stir crazy when none of your imaginary friends can come out and play anymore. I tried having beers with my cats, but their lack of thumbs makes picking up the bottle a challenge. So instead they just knock it over and watch it smash on the ground. I tried action figures, but they are too co-dependant. They need your help to do EVERYTHING. Seriously, you've gotta put the little 3D printed beer bottles you make them in their hands. Even before the beer, they can't stand up by themselves unless you can find some sticky-tack to put on their feet. Action figures are useless as a companion. Well, falling back to the old addage of "If you want it done right, make a YouTube video of you doing it, then read all the comments about how you screwed it up." With that in mind, I got some construction paper, glue, safety scissors, and glitter to set out and build my own friend! Seque...seque...seque... Bob and I are going to present on rolling your on virtual assistant. We'll go over what options there are. Why you'd want to go the DIY route instead one from a multi-billion dollar corportation. Plus Bob and I have picked a couple to try out so we'll cover our experiences with that. What it took to setup. What works and what doesn't. What says it works in the documentation but won't freaking compile. What's made us see red and grow obsessed with making the damn thing works, consuming your entire weekend resulting in you copping out on the description for a meetup post. *Takes a deep breath...* Anyway... Like I said at the start, viruses are still a thing. We are still going virtual for STL2600 + DC314 this month, so we'll be on Jitsi like the past months. Link: https://meet.jit.si/STL2600Aug
- Cyberton Or Bust
You never know when that day will come when you need your home to turn into a giant robot and fight of invaders from outer space. So better not to dilly dally when preparing for that date with destiny. Have you ever tried to convert a mid-century ranch into kaiju wrassling megazord? It's a little more than a weekend project. You need to make sure your junction box can handle the load when you active the interlocks. Connecting the dynotherms isn't quite as easy as splitting coax to install cable in the bedroom. Then you've got to retrofit the furnace to handle the higher infracell levels. MAYBE then, and only then, can you set your mega thrusters to go. And then what? You've got the slightly-house shaped robot flailing about like it just walked through a spider web it didn't see. You can't just turn your house into a giant robot and not have anything controlling it! What, Did you think you were going to be able to hook up your NES controller and pilot the damn thing? I don't care how good you think you are at Super Mario Bros, unless you are an eSports champion you can't Konami code your way through a giant robot fight. You gotta give your house brain first. Teach it a little self defense. Make it a "smart house", if you will. And that's where we are going to start. We've all probably had a lot of time on our hands in the recent months. And if you don't keep busy, you start having delusions of grandeur. And that's exactly what Bob and I have done. We've been having a lot of fun tinkering with Home Assistant, trying to build a secure self hosted home automation system. No I'm not going to say Home Assistant is the most awesomess piece of software ever. (It's no Windows Solitaire) But it is a lot more versatile than I though going into this project. It's not all just smart bulbs and thermostats. You can get pretty creative with it. You can set yourself a layer of network security with it, kind of like a makeshift IDS. Or just do some flat out weird shit, who knows? Home Assistant has become my canvas and I am a Home Assistant artiste! So join us Friday to see what we've come up with. We are still going virtual for STL2600 + DC314 this month, so we'll be on Jitsi like the past months. Link: https://meet.jit.si/STL2600July
- VPN's New Hotness!
Oops... Tomorrow is the first Friday of the month, isn't it? Well I guess we better decide on a topic to present on. *Spins the rotating disk of potential knowledge...* *click*click*click*click*click*click*click*click*...*click*...*click*...*click*...*click*...*click*......*click*......*click*............*click* And this months topic is... Wireguard: The New Hotness for VPN. Well according to this completely random spin of an imaginary game show wheel, it looks like Bob is going to talk about Wireguard for us. Including the advantages over traditional options like OpenVPN, and how to go about setting it up. Hmm... With a lot of people working remotely still, it seems pretty apt. If you hadn't just watched me spin this wheel, you might thing we have actually discussed and planned it before hand. Obviously not, since I'm just now remembering to post this post, but it's nice when we have happy Bob Ross-ian accidents like that. Isn't it? Anyway, since Arch Reactor still isn't fully open just yet, we are going to continue on with our virtual meetups on Jitsi. Hopefully I'll see you all there. Link: https://meet.jit.si/STL2600June
- Tempting the Demo Gods with a Virtual Meetup
Greetings. I hope everyone is still staying healthy and safe with the situation we are all in. It's important for our sanity while we are all bunkered down waiting for a biological patch to be released to protect our fleshmeats from this nasty piece of malicious wetware, to keep ourselves busy. And since last month our impromptu virtual hangout seemed to be pretty successful, we are going to do it again! And just to make things more complicated, we're going to try and hold a virtual talk this time around. If all goes well, Chris has agreed to present on Format String Exploits. (Hopefully something the conference software won't be vulnerable to) We'll be holding the event on Jitsi like last month and unless some jackass decides to squat on the URL after this post goes out, it should be at https://meet.jit.si/STL2600May Also, after having been through a few Jitsi conference, I've found the mobile app to be a lot more reliable than the web interface. Particularly when it comes to larger groups.
- STL2600 Invades Cyberspace!
Kamikaze Joe is inviting you to a meeting. Join the meeting: https://meet.jit.si/STL2600April To join by phone instead, tap this: [masked],,[masked]# Looking for a different dial-in number? See meeting dial-in numbers: https://meet.jit.si/static/dialInInfo.html?room=STL2600April If also dialing-in through a room phone, join without connecting to audio: https://meet.jit.si/STL2600April#config.startSilent=true
- Help! I'm trapped inside a CTF factory!
I know this post is last minute, but I don't have much time before she find me! Nik is in town and some of you already know she hijacked this months STL2600 + DC314 meetup. But not only that, she hijacked me, my cats, and my vintage animated GIF collection. We've been bound and blindfolded in her lair, but I did manage to overhear her monologueing her plans like a super villain. Fortunately I was able to sneak away without her noticing an there's pretty decent WiFi. So allow me to relay her evil plans while I have the chance. Seems she went insane with jealousy that we played some CTF games without her, and out of shear diabolical maliciousness she is insisting we do more. Specifically the Hack the Box CTF (https://www.hackthebox.eu/). If that wasn't bad enough, she's forcing us to have snacks and drinks like it's some kind of party! I never thought she could be so sick and deranged! Whatever you do, do not bring a laptop to work on! Do not bring your favorite hacker snack or drink to share with everyone! Doing any of that will only fuel her insanity and doom us all!