HackJam Highlights: 2013-04-24

HackJam 2013-04-24 was a great success.  The room was packed with people working on projects, demonstrating nearly finished projects, receiving products and visiting from overseas.  There wasn't an empty seat!     Makibox (in the form of Jon Buford) was in the house, delivering some freshly manufactured units to members who have been eagerly awaiting their units. …

Kicking off a new, recurring Free Software hackfest

Hackers know it: hacking is a lot of fun…but what to hack on exactly? Well, we are a group of people passionate about Free Software, and, starting May 1st, we will meet regularly to hack together on various projects. These recurring hackfests will take place every other Wednesday at the Dim Sum Labs, from 8pm to 10pm. So come and have fun with us!

Quick guide to DimSumLabs’ Github

I needed to upload my code for "Chef", the newly wall-mounted internet connected LED matrix scroller at DimSumLabs (see picture), so that other people can hack it. We have a github account. I'm not a professional or social coder, so I am unfamiliar with git. Here's what I did to get the code online, for …

The Freaks

Unbelievably, at yesterday's busy HackJam at DimSumLabs, a band was formed ("The Freaks") consisting of about half of us playing Ally Wong's Theremin and half on my laser harp. Our musical repertoire was average at best, mostly sounding like a random cat dying of MIDI guitar powerchord overload, but Led Zeppelin probably sounded like that …

Arcade machine project, Day 0

Here at DSL we all love good old fashioned Arcade games and because we want to run our frogger competitions in style we decided to build our very own arcade machine.  As you can see on the left, we are still at a very early designing state. In terms of software and hardware, we will be running …

Evil Mad Scientist Potion

This was made for the halloween party. Break open a highlighter pen and drop the ink fibre thing into water. Give it about an hour to let the ink diffuse out then stick it near a blacklight (the one pictured was procured from Apliu St for HK$130). Et viola, phosphorescence. For bonus points use the …