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MEP EP#73: Joe Grand: The Origin Story

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Runtime: (57:30)

Parker Dillmann
Stephen Kraig

Joe Grand

Podcast Notes

  • Joe Grand
    • Also known as Kingpin
    • Computer engineer, hardware hacker, product designer, teacher, advisor, runner, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of legendary hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries
    • Proprietor of Grand Idea Studio.
    • Our first guest to have a Wikipedia page
    • Has been creating, exploring, and manipulating electronic systems since the 1980s.
  • Parker and Joe met each other at the unofficial propeller expo in Sacramento. This what right around the time MacroFab was starting in 2013.
    • Joe “flew” Ken’s brand new quadcopter
    • IRC channel #tymkrs on afternet
  • Joe first discovered the hacker world at 7 years old in 1982.
  • First online name was “black ninja” then went to fbi agent, astro zombie, autovon, the youth, before settling on Kingpin.
  • Joe’s first hardware hack he remembers was the Ring Busy Device – you can still use the phone, but if someone called, it would give a busy signal. Built with circuit board from Radio Shack kit. Came with switch so he could turn it on and off.
  • DEF CON badges – what’s the history?
    • Joe is friends with the Jeff Moss aka Dark Tangent for a long time through bulletin board systems
      • Joe had been giving talks for DEF CON for a long time and was approached by Jeff to make an electronics badge
    • Before e-badges they had Laser cut , acrylic badge, liquid filled badge
    • First electronic badge ran on a PIC10f202
    • Badge hacking contest – 20 people hacked the first time
    • DEF CON 14-18 were years that Joe tried to challenge and one up himself
    • DEF CON 14 Badge
    • DEF CON 15 Badge
    • DEF CON 16 Badge
    • DEF CON 17 Badge
    • DEF CON 18 Badge
  • Tooth tunes hack
  • The MacroFab Meetup in Houston is next week!

Figure 1: Joe Grand showing off some MacroFab swag in what looks like his electronics lab!
Figure 1: Joe Grand showing off some MacroFab swag in what looks like his electronics lab!

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!