CASSA End of Semester Party (25th November)

cassa_2016_eosJoin us for food, music and drinks at ECU’s Joondalup Tavern on Friday the 25th of November to celebrate and wind down after a long and hard semester!

We will have a live DJ, slushie machines, pool tables, Food and a bar tab! (which will be managed by the committee and distributed in Jugs)

Food will be nibblies and a bit of Pizza later in the night

Entry Fee: (Cash at the door) – STUDENTS ONLY

CASSA Members or Affiliates: $10
Non-Member ECU Students: $15
Extras (+1’s and the like): $15

(PRICE REDUCTION) Online reservations get five dollars off! Just click the link below or the tickets available tab above, enter your full name and student number and you will be on the list!


(You must be on the list and present your student ID at the door to recieve the reduction)

This years end of semester is going to be a tonne of fun so come on down and get rowdy!

Warcraft 3 LAN (Postponed)

Unfortunately due to unforeseen happenings, this event is being postponed to next week, Wednesday the 28th.

Hopefully this doesn’t put any of you out, and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Kind regards,


For the End of the World spell, press control, alt, delete.

Whether you’re Alliance or Horde, join us for a night playing Warcraft 3!
Is Warcraft 3 best game, or best game, in the Warcraft series? Discuss in comments. Answer is best game.

Edith Cowan University Joondalup campus, room 18.208.

Thursday, 22nd of September. Now Wednsday, 28th September. 
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dinner time is at 7:30 PM, and we’ll head down to the first floor to eat.

We’re offering some pizza meal deals on the night.
If you’re not feeling like pizza, BYO food is welcome.

Please note. No food or drink can be consumed in the labs. All food and drink must be consumed on the first floor.

Facebook Event Page!

See you there!


Free Windows 10

Windows may not be free as in freedom but it can be free like beer, at least if you are student at Edith Cowan University. All Edith Cowan University students are eligible for a copy of Windows 10 Education Edition available here. .

In addition to the onthehub key all students in the School of Science can access Dream Spark here for an additional Windows 10 key along with many other useful tools from Microsoft.

Even if you already have Windows 10 home or pro Educational edition gives you all the features of enterprise for free and the bonus of no cortana. So what are you waiting for get your free Microsoft software today!


Who is Bonzibuddy

If you are new to CASSA you might ask yourself, who is this BonziBUDDY chap they keep talking about.  Do not worry my friend we will get you up to speed.  BonziBUDDY is a discontinued personal assistant for Windows XP.  Think Siri or Cortana but a big purple monkey in 1999.  BonziBUDDY or as the cool kids all him the Bonz was way ahead of his time.   Unfortunately Bonzi was unfairly marked as spyware and adware!


Not only that  Bonzi Software the makers of BonziBUDDY where sued into oblivion because  of their deceptive advertising techniques and for violating an American law called COPPA.    We look back and feel this was a huge mistake, had bonziBUDDY been made a few years later or not been a purple monkey he would have revolutionized the industry and become the first data collecting personal assistant on the iPhone.


However years later bonzziBUDY made a glorious come back as the official sponsor of WAHCKon[‘3″} and was immortalized in a medallion and t-shirt, and sticker give to those who attended the event.

For those of you who wish the experience the wonder and excitement that is bonziBUDDY  please visit the internet archive.  For those not familiar with the internet archive it is a websites who’s soul purpose is the preservation on Bonzi so future generations can understand his greatness.


CASSA Website VII: A retrospective

How many sites has CASSA had, well the internet archive goes back to 2005.  I do not know of any  SCISSA sites that existed before then. So for the sake of it we will start with the first from 2005.

The first site, seen bellow was a simple WordPress website and that lasted the club from 2005 to 2008 when it was replaced with a new install of WordPress.  All previous post were lost in this event.


The second this website lasted from October of 2008 to October of 2009 shortly after SCISSA was dissolved and CASSA was born.


The third website, made use of vBulletin and it lasted from some time in 2010 to July 2011, unfortunately I can not get a good screenshot of this site from


The forth site brought CASSA back to WordPress and lasted from July 2011 until Early 2013.



The fifth Site lasted from 2013 until the start of 2015. This is when CASSA made the jump to Inivision Power Board, a non-free solution that you host yourself.  CASSA was paying a fee to use this software.  It is in September of 2014 I show up and became the tech Admin.  No one in CASSA showed any desire to post to the forums or use the website during my first year as Tech Admin.

I wanted to replace the site with something else, it was was going to be WordPress or Drupal,  I had used both in the past and was leaning more towards WordPress. But JamesT the web admin at the time went to Drupal Con.  James was was super excited for Drupal 8, and I thought it looked cool.  However it was not ready, so I decided to start playing with Drupal 7.  I was working on a replacement site using Drupal and LDAP that was due to be released in early 2015.  However a server malfunction and my desire to leave the locked down ECU infrastructure gave me the opportunity to host the new site on digital ocean.



The sixth site  was the one I setup running Drupal.  To be honest the Drupal site worked great for a while, we had signal sign on using Drupal and OpenLDAP.   Signal sign on was great, at the peak of its use it was linked to ZNC, Redmine and owncloud.

However it had one issue, Drupal is a pain to use and as the number of services increased maintenance became a worry as well.  Not only that I kept having to add more and more stuff to the Drupal install to make it usable for our needs.  For various reasons by early 2016 it was time to do something else.  I was no longer Tech admin the roll was handed off to Damion Brown.  However we worked together to try and figure out what would be best.

One solution involved using GIT , Jekyll and Markdown.  This is a great solution, however you need to know how to use GIT, Jekyll and Markdown.  It would prevent some our less skilled members from posting, and simply make it hard to post on the go.  This is when WordPress came back on the table, late one night at ECU around 4A.M. the crew and I started working on this site.

CASSA - Drupal


The seventh site is up now running WordPress and old posts from sites 1 through 6 are being restored.  So to all future tech admins, learn a lesson.  Work as a team and if you mess with the website you are going to have a bad time.


MegaLAN 2016.1 (Tickets Now Open!)

13483068_823904631077271_2120504870823964978_oCASSA presents MegaLAN 2016.1!
We’re back, baby.

Why not celebrate the end of another semester and the start of a new one with a solid weekend of gaming and socialising?
From the 23 of July to the 24th, join CASSA on JO campus for round one of 2016.

10:00 AM on the 23rd of July until 12:00 PM on the 24th of July

Edith Cowan University – Joondalup Campus
Building 9 room 207
The room on the rightmost side of building 9, beside the staff lounge and two doors down from the Tavern

—–Entry Fees:—–
$10 for online purchases
$15 for at door purchases

Ticket orders now open!

—–What Will Be There?—–
– People to play with and against
– People to socialise with
– Tournaments to compete in
– Consoles for local multiplayer
– Card games for old fashioned analog fun
– Movies for your viewing pleasure
– A range of cheap snacks and drinks for energy


We will be running three tournaments in the following games on the 23rd:

Unreal Tournament: Hectodeath, 1 PM
First to 100 kills claims title of Best at Murder for the semester. 2nd and 3rd place winners get the title: Almost the Best at Murder.

Halo: CE: My Team, My Death, 3 PM
A game of elimination. First, contestants will be split into Blue and Red teams to play Capture the Flag. The winning team will then be subject to a Slayer match where they must kill their friends for prizes.

Age of Empires: King of Kings, 5 PM
All contestants will be plunged into a game for the ages. One by one each player will be eliminated to reveal who is the Grand Regent. 2nd and 3rd will be crowned Prince/Princess and Duchess/Duke respectively. And also get prizes.

Each first place winner will be receiving a voucher for free VPN service generously given by VPNAUS.
You may as well secure your privacy on the internet for free, right?
We thank VPNAUS for their sponsorship of this semester’s MegaLAN tourneys.


—–What Can I Bring?—–
– Your lovely self
– Computer/laptop
– One monitor (NO CRTs or TV screens please)
– Cables (power, USB and Ethernet)
– Powerboards (no surge protected boards please)
– Headphones
– Any gaming accessories you wish to bring
– Money (for entry ticket and snacks and drinks)
– Deodorant
– Sleeping gear if desired

—-What about a feed?—–
Event organisers will be running a giant pizza run during the event. Talk to someone at the cashier’s desk with your order and money at any time before 7:00 PM Saturday the 23rd to have your pizza picked up for you.
CASSA is also running the usual tuck shop, with energy drinks, soft drink, water, chocolate and chips available for purchase.
If you don’t feel like doing the dew or having pizza, you’re also welcome to bring your own food and snacks.

—-Please Note—-
Due to space restrictions, CASSA can only allow one monitor per attendee.
Attendees cannot use televisions screens in the place of monitors.
Make sure your computer and games are updated.
If you are running Windows, please ensure Internet Connection Sharing is disabled as this feature interferes with the network setup.

26 hours not enough? Join us on Friday the 22nd of July to help us set up, and pregame!

For more details on MegaLAN 2016.1, visit our MegaLAN page on our website:

For updates on CASSA and MegaLAN, please keep a close eye on our group page:

Megalan Tickets are now avalible for purchase via PayPal.


CASSA Age of Empires 2 LAN

This time, you can’t blame it on your ISP.

Join us for a night of frustration, joy, defeat, victory and comradery. All the computers will be set up ready for you to reign supreme.
You’ll be able to find the event quite easily with all the yelling in…

Edith Cowan UniversityJoondalup campus, room 18.208.

Friday, May 6th
4:30 pm – 10:30 pm

All you need to bring is your lovely self! See you there!

Please note: No food and drinks are allowed to be consumed in the computer lab.


CASSA Red vs Blue – Halo CE LAN



You ever wonder why we’re here?

It’s one of life’s great mysteries, isn’t it? Why are we here? I mean, are we the product of social programming and parental expectation, or do we really have free will? And we’re here because we want to be? You know, so we get degrees and stuff. I don’t know man. But it keeps me up at night.

… What? …. Why are you here, on this page?


CASSA’s hosting a Halo: Combat Evolved LAN!
Red vs Blue, Left vs Right, Mano e lots of other Manos.

We’ll meet in room 18.204 to be briefed. Then pick your side and meet with your team mates in your barracks. During the night we’ll play a multitude of game modes within Halo CE to determine the better team: RED or BLUE

April 01, 4:30 to 10:30 PM

Edith Cowan University, Joondalup campus.
RED room: room 18.204
BLUE room: 18.208

Breifing session is at 4:30 in room 18.208

Also, free drinks!

Facebook Event here!


Locksport Workshop this Friday.

Pin-tumbler locks are the most common form of physical security that we encounter in of daily lives. Most of us lock our front doors without further thought to the security of our homes. CASSA aims to change the misplaced sense of safety and security that too many of us place in common door locks, because it is only by understanding a problem can we begin to find solutions.

Our Lock Sport Workshops are aimed at introducing students to the concept of lockpicking and teaching students how to open common tin-tumbler locks without a valid key and without damaging the lock. Learning to open a lock without the key is sure to change your perception of home security forever.

The workshop includes a brief presentation on the theory of how pin/tumbler locks work, basic vulnerabilities and how to exploit these vulnerabilities. The rest of the workshop will be practical and CASSA will be loaning out their lockpick sets for the duration of this event.

Where: JO 18.418

When: Friday 11th March 2016

Time: 4:30pm


Assistance Drop-in Class



This workshop is intended to help first year SOS students with any issues that they are having with their units.

These sessions are run by students who have acheived Distincions and High Distinctions in the first year couses. If you have any issues with your current assignments, or have any questions about your classes, feel free to come by.

Where: JO18.207.

When: Friday, 2:30 – 3:30