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This page will be used to compile all of our Hacker Convention projects. This way, those who are not able to

attend the Hacker Convention have a way to easily view all of the projects. Please add any pictures and/or

videos of your project and provide a brief summary. This is also a good place to discuss each other's projects.

Contents

Section A5

Group 1

Group 1 centered on making a Hackintosh, essentially installing Mac OSX on PC hardware. Group 1's means of communication and textual presentation was done primarily through the wordpress domain: [www.comosus.wordpress.com| www.comosus.wordpress.com]. The hacker trait of the project reveals itself in the unethical and illegal nature of installing software on hardware it was not intended for. Like many hackers, group 1 de-prioritized the law in light of the potential in a cheap and fast pseudo-macintosh. A few software modifications were required which came in the form of custom made and custom edited drivers by other hackers of hackintosh community. This project exemplifies the consumers right to utilize physical distributed products in any way or fashion like any other privately owned property regardless of its contents protection from intellectual property rights.

Group 3

Group 3 decided to make an android app for the class wiki. The original idea was to have the application log you in and allow you to edit the wiki. However, the amount of coding skills required for this was far to complex and thus the app ended up showing a mobile version of the website to make it easier for a person to read.

Group 5

Since no one in our group had an extensive amount of computer skills, we decided to use other pieces of technology for our own uses. We took a bunch of spare toys, tubes, wood, marbles, and various power tools and constructed a Rube Goldberg machine. This machine was designed to dial 911, and works.... some of the time. Regrettably, it failed to actually perform at the hacker convention. Overall, the we had a lot of fun with the project, and figured out 'easier' ways of building thing. If you watch the final project make sure to watch after the credits for some bloopers.

Class Themes: Group 5's project followed some important class themes. First, the ability to create something simply for the purpose of doing it. Another theme was using objects if ways other than their intended purpose, much like Rubin from The Winter Market. Lastly, the theme of technological determinism. Some of the technology that was attempted to be used in this project couldn't be used because the technology wouldn't allow for it. This shows that in many cases it is technology that determines how it is used rather than the people.

Section B6

Group 1

Discussion

Group 1 developed a file transfer device, the Nexus Node is a personal, open source filesharing server that was designed to push the discussion of piracy and what should be considered legal sharing. Also, it’s a cool way for us to sync files with our dorm mates, collaborating on class projects and sharing notes. Project wiki Project Blog

Group 2

Our group consisted of Melissa Guo, Ross Lucier, Slayton Gilmore, Coray Carlson, and Zane Evans.  We created a movie documenting the hack of stealing the T off Tech Tower.  We also created a trailer to go along with the movie.  The final project artifact was a series of commentaries from each member of the group that gave a "behind the scenes" view of the movie and some of themes that are addressed in it.  Our project blog can be found here http://dudewheresmyt.wordpress.com/

Discussion

Group 3

Discussion

This group developed a geo-spatial belt that will tell the user where the nearest bus stop is on campus with the help of NextBus's system and 3 vibrational devices. This can be a very useful piece of attire for all Tech students.

Group 4

Discussion

This group made a movie about hacking and the legitimacy of it.

Group 5

Discussion

This group tried to delve into the privacy settings on Facebook, but failed due to Facebook's loopholes. The idea, however, behind this project is very hacker-friendly. the original intention was to create an app that would show people just how much information facebook really holds on a person. When you click the "I give this app..." button that nobody actually reads, it lets the developer access all kinds of wonderful things about you and your friends-- but nobody really thinks about that. The project failed due to complications with implementing the facebook AI in a meaningful way-- the idea was sound, but getting it to work was too difficult.

Section J6

Group 1

This group tried to make a computer game that could relate to what we have discussed in class. During your journey through the game you will have to answer different questions that has to do with wheatear you will accept and trust your robot companion or not. Depending on what answers you are giving, the game will end in a different way.

Discussion

They also made a great website where they describe what they have done and how it relates to the class. After you have read the introduction and know what it is all about you can go ahead a play the flash game that is uploaded on the home page. If you are interested and want to try the game you can go to the website through this link: http://rewired1102.webs.com/ .

Group 2

Discussion

Group 3

Discussion

A Scribbler robot was transformed into a robotic dog as a connection to the themes of robots and programming evoking emotion. This was done by salvaging the internal components of the Scribbler robot and encasing them into a constructed dog body. For more information visit Scribbler Dog.

Group 4 

Discussion

Group 5

Discussion
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