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Member Since: February 12, 2011

Country: United States



Former CTN (Cryptologic Technician Networks) Malware reverse engineering One of the last to hold the microelectronic repair technician NEC in the Navy.



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x86 assembly, C, C++, Java, C#, MIPS assembly




Computer Security, Reverse Engineering

  • I can’t agree more. Bre Pettis talks up open hardware and software in public and then turns out to be a hypocrite when someone does what the very thing he spoke so strongly for when someone actually does it.

    Improvements don’t have to be about design or software. It can be as simple as being able to make it cheaper.

    The Arduino is a great example. It’s been copied countless times and is still going strong.

  • It’s a cool concept but considering you’d have to buy multiple sets to really do much with it, and there is no charger included for $160 I’ll pass.

  • Just have to insert the control rod a little bit further…

  • Use the same profile as Kester EP256, works perfectly. The non-metallic composition may be different but the melting point of the metals are the same.

  • If you’re using Hakko for production are you going to sell the T15 series tips? I normally order from Hakko but if you carry them I’ll give Sparkfun my money instead just because you guys rock.

  • Hands down one of the best irons you’ll ever use. You don’t need an FX-951 unless you need the ability to lock temperatures for production environments or just want the top of the line iron. The FX-888 is honestly overkill for hobby work. It’s an industrial iron so it’s going to last a long time.

  • Check here http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=C6986
    They have some other kits but make sure the tube used detects at least beta and even better if you can find an alpha/beta tube. They have a lot of gamma only tubes that won’t be as useful.

  • I spent about 3 years within a 150ft of a nuclear reactor. I was stationed on an SSN early in my navy career. My exposure underway was actually less than being in port unless I spent a lot of time aft where the diesel tank doesn’t provide additional shielding, but even then I was still nowhere close to my exposure limits.
    What I find amusing about this is people are buying up old cold war era civil defense meters and all but a couple of models only detect high energy gamma emissions that would be expected from a nuclear attack. I was trying to bid on one of those old units to gut and use as a project enclosure but even with the broken ones I was getting outbid rather quickly.
    The particles seen in the US will be primarily be alpha and beta anyway so those gamma units are pretty useless.