VCC Committee Report 06/2019

In our Meeting notes we highlight the items for June and July.

Major events

Several major events are going on the calendar in the next few days.

Project events

  • DIY MAME Cabinet -
    We’ll be making a full size cabinet to be hosted in the Interactive Computer Museum which runs RetroPI. Why have a full size cabinet in VCC’s ICM? Because after getting a donation of a vintage 19" server computer case that can support multiple motherboards. Rackie McRack will be hosting several retro boards, (some in customized cases, some in drop in configurations) and we’re able to install a kvm switch which the Mame Cab will interface with.

  • DIY Smart Mirrors
    As a group find out how to make an easy raspberry pi powered home smart mirror. It displays applications so that you can check the weather and local news while you are getting ready in the morning. It’s also modular, so you can easy move it around or hang it on the wall if you like and have it as your home assistant.

  • ANSI Art displays for the interactive computer museum
    As a committee we have been in contact with a few ANSI artists to display their work in the museum. As such we’ll be setting up a few large monitors on the wall to display the art.

  • Hack this payphone
    For a fun project we’ve been working on getting a payphone operational. The mounting bracket has came in and we’re needing to get this on the wall. Once mounted users will be able to bluebox/redbox the phone, dial out to other bbs’s and even make calls.

Classes / Hackathons / Workshops

Devops Leadership

  • Intro to docker
    During this workshop we’ll teach participants the basics of Docker and Software Containers. The provided content covers setting up Docker, running your first container, creating a basic web application with Python and Docker, and how to push the Docker Image to DockerHub.

  • Intro to CICD with travis-ci
    This workshop covers the fundamentals of continuous integration (CI), which is essentially the process of automatically building, testing and even deploying a codebase for every change that is made to it. The skills being taught apply to a variety of languages, tools and setups. But Gradle, Java, Git and Travis CI form the foundation of this workshop.

  • Intro to git and github
    In this workshop we will introduce you to the Github ecosystem and help you get you comfortable navigating basic Github workflows. We will make sure that you leave the workshop aware of the best practices for developing projects on Github (e.g. writing a good “readme” or posting and labeling issues) and an understanding of how Github can help make your projects more readable and accessible. We’ll also introduce working locally and some of the command line options so you’re ready to use these workflows in your day to day life!

Infosec Sig

  • Locksport -
    Learn how to pick locks, see demonstrations, and join the locksport community! The mission of the Open Organization Of Lockpickers is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lockpicking. By examining locks, safes, and other such hardware and by publicly discussing our findings we hope to strip away the mystery with which so many of these products are imbued.

  • Monthly CTF -
    Learn to win at Capture The Flag (CTF). These competitions distill major disciplines of professional computer security work into short, objectively measurable exercises. The focus areas that CTF competitions tend to measure are vulnerability discovery, exploit creation, toolkit creation, and operational tradecraft. Whether you want to succeed at CTF, or as a computer security professional, you’ll need to become an expert in at least one of these disciplines. Ideally in all of them.

Crypto SIG

Looking for presenters and talks. July is the next one and we’re scheduled for a roundtable with an intro to blockchain until we can get some lectures.


Barista Days

Come out and get a free cup of handcrafted fresh roasted coffee. Next event is the first Sunday of the month.

QuakeCon -

As a group we’re all invited to go visit QuakeCon

Retro PC Collection Crawl

Come join us as we visit Computer Reset to find some rare and cool PC toys and equipment.

North Texas Retro Computing -

It’s time to start planning for the summer retrocomputing meetup.

If you have something to bring for show and tell, please do! It can be something new, or something you already brought before. There will be tables and extension cords for exhibits. Or, just bring yourself!

The meeting is Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with 30 minutes before and after for setup and breakdown. We will be back to the usual location: The Interactive Classroom in the Dallas Makerspace. Because of the turnout of the recent meetups, we are also booking the Lecture Hall across the hallway.

The swap/sale/giveaway table was popular last time, so we will do this again.

As always, please RSVP so we know how much Pizza to bring.
More details on meetup

New Developments


The ctf has been offline while we worked on the BBS. One will be able to access bbs levels from the door menu on XM Core.

Both and XM Core will be officially used in the future. Several flags are also planned to be planted on XM Core’s website and


Teir1 access to the UUCP network is being setup thanks to dataforge. This will be used for the PDP-11 being hosted off Racky McRackface.

We also have an IRC server here and will be setting up two bots to on the community grid. One for the radio and the other as a bridge between XM Core and Discord.


Several updates and releases are going live this month:

Radio and YouTube

Two new shows are in production by volunteers at DMS. Once they have completed their initial submissions these will be going live on Youtube and DMS Radio.



  • Added classes and event links.


@Team_VCC be aware that all of our classes got cancelled without warning or reason.

Below is the updated classes:

Build an Arcade Cabinet class:

Midnight Hackers CTF:

Locksport 101

Same days, same times. Be there. We will!

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