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Tech Talk: Introduction to Max/MSP (Paul Anderson)

MaxMSP

Join Hackforge on Thursday, August 21st for our next Tech Talk: Introduction to Max/MSP presented by Paul Anderson. The Tech Talk begins at 6PM at Hackforge, located in the front of the Windsor Public Library (850 Ouellette Ave).

Max/MSP is a function-block programming system used by many artists and hobbyists. While simple and easily managed even by those very new to programming, it is capable of very complex behaviour. Spend an evening with Hackforge regular Paul Anderson as he walks us through the basics of this fascinating software.

Paul Anderson is Hackforge’s resident polymath and facilities manager. He rarely finds a hobby he doesn’t like.

For more information and to see more upcoming Hackforge events, visit our Meetup.


Tech Talk: High Availability MySQL on a Low Budget (Terry Johnson)

Thursday, August 7th at 6PM, join Terry Johnson for a discussion on how to build a high-availability MySQL database using Linux clustering inside a virtual environment, and why hypervisor-based HA isn’t enough.

Terry Johnson is responsible for IT and R&D at Scribendi.com, an online English editing and proofreading company based in Chatham, Ontario. Terry has a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford.

This Tech Talk is part of the Hackforge series which takes place every other Thursday. Hackforge is located in the front of the Windsor Public Library Central branch (850 Ouellette Ave). To learn more, please consult our Meetup.


Magic Eye Colour Organ Comes Alive

Last Thursday, July 24th, Rob Caruso gave his Tech Talk on the Magic Eye Colour Organ to a full house at Hackforge. Going through the history of the technology, we also learned about how Rob designed and constructed the organ. The Tech Talk had a few demonstrations of the organ with sight and sound, complete with Pink Floyd.

Rob Caruso is an industrial automation designer and programmer, as well as a long-time electronics enthusiast and hobbyist who has written articles for Nuts & Volts and Servo.

Tech Talks are hosted every other Thursday at Hackforge.

Follow below for more photos of the event..

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Tech Talk: The Magic Eye Colour Organ Project

Tech Talk Magic Eye

What do you get when you wire vintage magic eye vacuum tubes to modern analog and digital electronics? A unique device that combines sound, light, and motion. Join us for a brief lesson in vacuum tubes, colour organs, and how Rob was able to marry the two.

Rob Caruso is an industrial automation designer and programmer, as well as a long-time electronics enthusiast and hobbyist who has written articles for Nuts & Volts and Servo

This free Hackforge Tech Talk takes place Thursday, July 24th at 6PM. Hackforge is located in the front of the Windsor Public Library (850 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON). Check out our Meetup page for more information.

Get a sneak preview of the project here:


Sights from Slide Rules

slide rules

Last night, July 10th, Hackforge hosted an encore presentation of Paul Anderson’s Tech Talk on slide rules. Paul demonstrated his collection of slide rules bringing the history of the almost-forgotten technology to life. This event was part of Hackforge’s Tech Talk series, hosted every other Thursday. Learn about cool stuff with a friendly, supportive group.

Follow below to see pictures from last night’s event. Big thanks to Terry McAlinden for the photos.

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