Monthly Archive: February 2014

Setting up libcutter

On Ubuntu 12.04.

Downloaded from

It was hard to compile, requiring libsvg and several other libraries.
I added to the include directories:


include_directories(${PROJECT_SOURCE_DIR}/include/ ${PROJECT_SOURCE_DIR}/include/pub /usr/include/freetype2)

Download keys.h from:

#ifndef KEYS_H
#define KEYS_H
#define MOVE_KEY_0 1194338851ul
#define MOVE_KEY_1 1563510831ul
#define MOVE_KEY_2 992311905ul
#define MOVE_KEY_3 913389615ul

#define LINE_KEY_0 809461859ul
#define LINE_KEY_1 1902406960ul
#define LINE_KEY_2 1198081403ul
#define LINE_KEY_3 1832133993ul

#define CURVE_KEY_0 0x7D316E22ul
#define CURVE_KEY_1 0x4A4A7133ul
#define CURVE_KEY_2 0x5A3C5C5Ful
#define CURVE_KEY_3 0x78613A61ul

Full set of keys:

KEY0 - 0x272D6C37, 0x342A6173, 0x3663255B, 0x2B265A4D
KEY1 - 0x7D316E22, 0x4A4A7133, 0x5A3C5C5F, 0x78613A61
KEY2 - 0x47302A23, 0x5D31482F, 0x3B257A61, 0x3671382F
KEY3 - 0x303F6863, 0x71646D30, 0x4769457B, 0x6D342569
KEY4 - 0x45356650, 0x3A386D69, 0x575A7037, 0x335F357D
KEY5 - 0x343A2148, 0x614F3925, 0x753F6953, 0x47463626
KEY6 - 0x3F62626D, 0x7E555F44, 0x7E29425A, 0x52246268
KEY7 - 0x47302A23, 0x342A6173, 0x4769457B, 0x335F357D

Replaces include/pub/keys.h

./util/draw_svg ./util/svg_tests/Mini_DIY_circuit.svg /dev/ttyUSB0

Test run, worked!

Other options:
Freecut — Firmware replacement, haven’t tried.
Licut –Tried binaries and program compiled from source, did not work.

Cricut dissection, discusses the default blank cartridge.
ATX Hackerspace cricut page
Repair info
Build-to-spec Cricut Hacks Wiki (recovered from the Internet Archive)

Links for February 2014

Firefly’s 15 Best Chinese Curses (and How to Say Them)

If at First You Don’t Succeed: A short history of the Republicans’ 48 attempts to repeal Obamacare. By NEERA TANDEN
Origin of America the Beautiful
Syphilis: Then and Now. Researchers are zeroing in on the origin of syphilis and related diseases, which continue to plague the human population some 500 years after the first documented case. By Kristin N Harper, Molly K. Zuckerman, and George J. Armelagos
Misunderstanding Orange Juice as a Health Drink: Juice is, nutritionally, not much better than soda. How did U.S. consumers come to believe that oranges, in any form, were an important part of a healthy diet? by Adee Braun
The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks’ Most Devious Scam Yet By Matt Taibbi
From & Friends: Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From. by Rick Perlstein
Oxford Nanopore MinION early data review
Chicago food inspection reports are online
Ten Terrific Resources for Writing Space-Based Hard Science Fiction
Honey Badger
Recent history of political murder in Argentina: An Interview with Uki Goñi by Jessica Sequeira
Panda’s Thumb tears apart “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design Review”
DNA-encoded libraries for drug discovery
Coiled fishing line as muscle fiber
How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich: An Interview with Nicholas Shaxson
Boltzmann’s Anthropic Brain
The Deep State and its vulnerability