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

Concerning the PETI Development Kit

2022-01-16 15:00:00 -0600

Members of the #PETI channel on the Arcana Labs Discord Server may have already known this, but late last year I developed a plan to sell a small number of PETI Development Kits early. The plan was to have my prototype of the Rear Expansion Board milled, then either assemble or package them as kits together with the necessary components, TI Launchpad for MSP430FR5994, and other accessory boards. The idea was that if I sold the small number of extras I would have from that particular PCBWay order, it would help defray costs going into the last little streth of development.

A Repast to the Year!

2021-12-30 05:00:00 -0600

The categorization features of the site sort of discourage it, but I thought I might go ahead and put together a sort of year-end megapost and just recap everything. Everything. Because why not? Jump through the cut and we’ll take a stroll down past and future a bit here.

Lab Notes: Autumn Cleaning Edition

2021-12-01 05:00:00 -0600

What’s it been, the better part of a month? Three weeks? Time flies. A lot has happened around the lab in those three weeks: PETI got a new version, I broke some stuff, and I fixed some stuff. Hop in to see the full update.

PETI Update: Version 0.0.5 (The Menus Update)

2021-11-10 05:00:00 -0600

Considering I called this punch during the previous update, it should come as no real surprise to anyone that the most recent release of PETI code, v 0.0.5, is mostly about menus. Indeed, you could even go so far as to call it as the Menu Update. In this update, we’ve added the custom menu that displays the pet’s current status, as well as the all-important text menu generator, which will let us avoid making too many more special-purpose menus.

PETI Update: Version 0.0.4 (and next steps)

2021-10-31 09:00:00 -0500

Last Time Around, we talked a little bit about the hardware backplane and audio. Spoiler alert: that is now a solved problem. While PETI itself doesn’t use it, I’ve proofed the timing circuit and I’ll be ordering those boards eventually, which will be a good time to talk about that a bit more and implement it into the PETI software itself. Instead, I’ve been putting work into solving a problem with the main menu screen: drawing the icon-based main game menu, released as PETI firmware v 0.0.4.