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.

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

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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 archive.org

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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

—–WHEN?—–
10:00 AM on the 23rd of July until 12:00 PM on the 24th of July

—–WHERE?—–
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

—–Tournaments—–

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.

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—–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: www.cassa.org.au/megalan

For updates on CASSA and MegaLAN, please keep a close eye on our group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cassaecu/

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…

WHERE?
Edith Cowan UniversityJoondalup campus, room 18.208.

WHEN?
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.

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CASSA Red vs Blue – Halo CE LAN

 

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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?

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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

WHEN?
April 01, 4:30 to 10:30 PM

WHERE?
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

 

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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

ECU Joondalup Building 18

Welcome to ECU in 2016 everybody, there has been some changes in what we are doing. Starting this year we have moved to the Joondalup campus with the School of Science. Since the start of 2016, the School of Compuer Science has been absorbed by the School of Science. This year we are hosting some well known events and some new events, some events starting this year are Lrn2Linux, Locksports Tutorial, and the CASSA Podcast. Like the years before, we will be hosting megaLAN at ECU, which we plan on hosting in the ECU Joondalup Library to accomidate more people, the dates of which would be added in the near future. Currently, the School of Computer Science has been alocated space in Building 18, where CASSA wants to recieve space for the new Clubroom.

Learn to use Linux Workshop

Proficiency with the Linux operating system is essential for any computer science student.

Therefore CASSA will be running weekly workshops on the Joondalup campus every friday 11:30am to 12:30pm in room 18.204. Bookings aren’t necissary just arrive at the workshop and we’ll get you started.

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Megalan 2015.2

Ticket sales now available!

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ECU SCSS Teams for the Cyber Challenge Australia 2015

Two teams from the Edith Cowan University School of Computer and Security Science entered the Cyber Challenge Australia (CySCA) ethical hacking competition this year. Our teams placed 9th and 10th nationally, and one of our teams won prizes for coming first in completion of the forensics category.

This could not have been possible without the help of a few awesome organisations:

The Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute

The Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute allowed us to use their state-of-the-art Cyber Security Laboratories throughout training and for the final competition, and also provided us with training given by their staff.

The School of Computer and Security Science

The School of Computer and Security Science provided us with snacks and drinks throughout the final competition and also provided us with training given by their staff.

Pickpals

Our friends at Pickpals shouted us dinner for the competition evening!

The ECU Student Guild and CASSA

These folks helped pay for food to keep us sustained in the weeks leading up to the competition.

We deeply thank you for all your support!!

Are you an organisation who wishes to sponsor our team for 2016? Are you an ECU student interested in participating in CySCA 2016? Send us an email!

ECU SCSS Teams for the Cyber Challenge Australia 2015