Welcome to Arcana Labs

The best puzzles are those not intended to be solved. – Unknown

Providing Security Utilities, Tooling, and other Amusements, Arcana Labs is a small, independant technology exploration and development concern operating out of Atlantic Canada. Our past work has focused on security and disaster recovery, with present work focusing on monitoring tooling and developing puzzles and challenges intended for entrants into the “hackish” fields. Our ultimate goal is to improve our own overall understanding of computing to as deep a level of understanding as practical. We’ve organized our projects into a few categories: hardware, software, and our Illuminated Arcana target virtual machines program.

Latest News

Melonskew, Twitter, and Public Fora

2022-04-25 16:30:00 -0500

I’m not going to pretend to be quite as old as the internet. For one thing, I have friends who are as old as the internet. For another thing, we’d have to define what I mean by internet at that point, and that’d be tedious. I am, however, Old Enough To Know Better, and in the spirit of manually regressing to my childhood habits, I’m about to spew some OpinionsTM on today’s news of a takeover of twitter by Elon Musk.

Shift Of Focus: Change to 'Lab Nights'

2022-04-17 09:30:00 -0500

Frequent fliers in the lab are likely familiar with the practice of “lab nights” here, where I was (nominally) regularly hosting a live-streamed work session on my twitch channel - so much so that one of the Illuminated Arcana flags is actually hidden in the most recent video on that channel. This practice has had its upsides and downsides.

State of the Lab - Spring 2022

2022-04-12 05:30:00 -0500

If you’ve noticed there haven’t been any lab notes in the last little while, you’d be right, and there’s a very simple reason for that - there’s not really been any Lab Activities since the last one. Well, okay, maybe one small thing.

Lab Notes: Inventing SPI Video Capture with a New Tool

2022-03-15 06:30:00 -0500

One of the great truisms of making things (the precise definitions of ‘making’ and ‘things’ being surprisingly flexible) is that there’s always room for a nice side project, and since the last update on PETI, that’s exactly what I’ve been working on. A short time ago I acquired a Saleae Logic 8 USB Logic Analyzer, and while it’s sort of pushing the envelope of what a logic analyzer is used for, I decided to take the opportunity to stretch its functionality into a sorely needed utility - video capture for PETI’s main display over USB.

Lab Notes: Yet Another PETI Display Refactor

2022-03-03 09:30:00 -0600

Was there a firmware update to PETI? I must have done a refactor of the Display driver code. It’s sort of a tradition at this point, but to be fair it’s not the totality of the 0.1.0 firmware update. Let’s see what’s new.