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In Soviet Russia Smartcard Hacks You
"The smart card stack is the piece of software on a computer system that interacts with smart cards (aka chip cards) when a card is inserted into a card reader. Imagine breaking into an IT-system by just inserting a manipulated card."
security  smartcard  hacks 
august 2018 by grahams
Download original files from the Plex web interface
"If you are using Plex, but you are not the owner of a server, the option to download a file is missing from the Plex web interface. This bookmarklet lets you download original files regardless if you are the server owner or not. It's like Direct Stream, but with a save button."
bookmarklets  plex  video  audio  movies  film  tv  hacks 
july 2018 by grahams
Getting Crashplan to work after failed upgrade to CP v4.8
"PC Load Letter's package for installing Crashplan has long been a staple for Synology users needing low-cost, high-volume backups. Annoyingly, CrashPlan have not really done much over the years to improve their Java-based backup application and this year they really messed things up for a lot of people since it now only works on Intel based devices (not ARM) - so much for Java being cross-platform!!

So, for what it is worth, here are my notes on how I got it to work again without having to destroy my settings. This meant I could just restart the existing backups."
synology  backup  crashplan  tips  hacks  howto 
july 2017 by grahams
The Red Special: Brian May’s Handmade Guitar
Guitarists are a special breed, and many of them have a close connection with the instruments they play. It might be a specific brand of guitar, or a certain setup required to achieve the sound they’re looking for. No one has a closer bond with an instrument than Brian May to his Red Special. The guitar he toured with and played through his career with Queen and beyond had very humble beginnings. It was built from scratch by Brian and his father Harold May.
music  queen  brianmay  guitars  hacks  make  instruments 
june 2017 by grahams
How a Lone Hacker Shredded the Myth of Crowdsourcing
"High-tech analysis of a 2011 DARPA Challenge shows why we can’t have nice things"
darpa  crowdsourcing  turk  awesome  hacks  lol  lulz 
february 2015 by grahams
On Hacking MicroSD Cards
Bunnie is the man....
Today at the Chaos Computer Congress (30C3), xobs and I disclosed a finding that some SD cards contain vulnerabilities that allow arbitrary code execution — on the memory card itself. On the dark side, code execution on the memory card enables a class of MITM (man-in-the-middle) attacks, where the card seems to be behaving one way, but in fact it does something else. On the light side, it also enables the possibility for hardware enthusiasts to gain access to a very cheap and ubiquitous source of microcontrollers.
hacks  hardware  memory  security  bunnie 
january 2014 by grahams
MIT Students Turn Statue Into Heisenberg Character From 'Breaking Bad'
MIT students turned the Alchemist statue on Massachusetts Avenue into a giant replica of Heisenberg from "Breaking Bad." The series ended Sunday.
tv  television  heisenberg  breakingbad  mit  hacks 
october 2013 by grahams
Chasing an active Social Engineering Fraud at Amazon Kindle - Scott Hanselman
I've just spent several hours chasing a socially engineered (not password compromised) stolen Kindle through a series of phone calls, chats, virtual shipping addresses, UPS tracking numbers and more. The irony is that my wasted time is the real loss.
amazon  hacks  socialengineering  kindle 
february 2013 by grahams
How software-defined radio could revolutionize wireless | Ars Technica
The Phi hopes to do for radio what Apple I did for computing—spark innovation.
radio  hacks  hacking  software  homebrew  open  spectrum  wireless 
july 2012 by grahams
I have ported XScreenSaver to the iPhone.
jwz is my favorite curmudgeon.
"We had to destroy the village to save it."

Their claim seems to be that glBegin/glVertex had to be removed from the API, because to do otherwise would impact the performance of the whole system, by, I don't know, forcing GPU manufacturers to add new features to their chips or something.

This is nonsense, and I have an existence proof.

Because I've implemented the OpenGL 1.3 API in terms of the OpenGL ES 1.1 API, and it works fine. I didn't have to install a new GPU in my iPhone to do it.

I did it all by myself, in about three days.

Not me and my team. Not ten years of committees working on hundred-page specifications. Just me. Just to prove a point.

So screw you guys.
hacks  code  opengl  programming  mobile  ios  jwz 
june 2012 by grahams
The Boy Who Stole Half-Life 2
At 6am on 7th May 2004, Axel Gembe awoke in the small German town of Schönau im Schwarzwald to find his bed surrounded by police officers. Automatic weapons were pointing at his head and the words "Get out of bed. Do not touch the keyboard" were ringing in his ears.
Games  half-life2  hacks  cracking  piracy 
february 2011 by grahams
Lost iPhone? Safe passwords! | Agile BlogAgile Blog
When the ‘net is abuzz with videos and headlines like Lost iPhone? – Lost passwords! and iPhone Attack Reveals Passwords in Six Minutes and iPhone passwords succumb to researchers’ attack and hundreds more like it, it is more than natural for users of 1Password for iPhone and for 1Password for iPad to be concerned about what happens when their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch falls into the hands of the bad guys.

As we reported earlier today, the bad guys get nothing from or about 1Password. We’ve had lots of queries, so I wanted to just write up a quick note at the time. But now I would like to take the time to discuss things in more detail.
1password  iphone  security  passwords  hacks 
february 2011 by grahams
HBGary Federal Hacked by Anonymous
More information on that Social Engineering hack I posted about previously:
A company that is helping the federal government track down cyberactivists who have been attacking business which refused to support Wikileaks has itself been hacked by the very same activists
socialengineering  hacks  funny  anonymous  unix 
february 2011 by grahams
A Better Way to Caramelize Onions | Serious Eats
All that slow caramelizing takes a good 30 to 45 minutes of constant pot babysitting. Let it go just a bit too long or step away for five minutes, and you've burnt your onions, making the final product too bitter to use.
As with exercise and marriage I often think about how great it'd be if there were a method that could deliver the exact same (or better!) results without the massive time commitment.
It took me a week of cooking and over 20 pounds of onions to figure it out how.
food  recipes  cooking  hacks 
january 2011 by grahams
Use Alfred to add tasks to OmniFocus « Tech Blog /via Dirt Don
The great thing about Alfred is that you can customize how and where it searches, allowing us the ability to integrate OmniFocus in to the utility. Another perk is that this method does not require OmniFocus to already be running to add a task. It is system wide and will wake up OmniFocus if necessary.
omnifocus  mac  alfred  hints  hacks  awesome  productivity 
january 2011 by grahams
Breaking GSM With a $15 Phone … Plus Smarts | Threat Level |
Whatever assurances have been given about the security of GSM cellphone calls, forget about them now.

Speaking at the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) Congress here Tuesday, a pair of researchers demonstrated a start-to-finish means of eavesdropping on encrypted GSM cellphone calls and text messages, using only four sub-$15 telephones as network “sniffers,” a laptop computer and a variety of open source software.
phones  cellphone  gsm  hacks  security  encryption 
december 2010 by grahams
Mac Forums - View Single Post - Make computer think Wifi is actually Ethernet?
there is a way to do this. To do it download Pdanet desktop for mac here:<br />
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After you download and install pdanet it will appear as an ethernet adapter in your system preferences. Reorder your connections so that the pdanet adapter is above your wifi and you should be good to go.<br />
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Sorry if that was at all confusing but thats the only way that i know of to do it.<br />
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This has worked quite well for me (you do need a fairly fast wifi connection of course). So you're welcome everyone.
onlive  gaming  mac  wifi  ethernet  networking  hacks  tricks  from delicious
august 2010 by grahams
research!rsc: Zip Files All The Way Down
It's zip files all the way down: each one contains another zip file under the name r/ (For the die-hard Unix fans, r.tar.gz is gzipped tar files all the way down.) Like the line of shopping carts, it never ends, because it loops back onto itself: the zip file contains itself! And it's probably less work to put together a self-reproducing zip file than to put together all those shopping carts, at least if you're the kind of person who would read this blog. This post explains how.
research  compression  zip  neat  hacks  recursion  code  programming  from delicious
march 2010 by grahams
U.S. Helps Frequent Fliers Make a Mint -
Enthusiasts of frequent-flier mileage have all kinds of crazy strategies for racking up credits, but few have been as quick and easy as turning coins into miles.

At least several hundred mile-junkies discovered that a free shipping offer on presidential and Native American $1 coins, sold at face value by the U.S. Mint, amounted to printing free frequent-flier miles. Mileage lovers ordered more than $1 million in coins until the Mint started identifying them and cutting them off.
gimmicks  free  money  funny  hacks  flying  travel  from delicious
december 2009 by grahams
Atari 2600 Composite Video Mod Rev 2
Recently I fixed up what I thought was a long-dead Atari 2600. I then decided to come up with a better composite video mod then the one I've been using for over 4 years. After a few hours of tinkering I did! It's similar to the normal mod (found on the site and in my book) but gives a cleaner signal with no interference from the audio and seems to be more compatible with more TV's. I tested it with A LOT of my games and compared it to emulated ROMS on my computer for higher accuracy overall.
todo  benheck  video  2600  atari  consoles  hacks  hardware  soldering  projects 
february 2009 by grahams
Hack to make 1password plugin work in Safari 4
A little plist tweak to coerce 1password into working with the Safari 4 beta.
safari  1password  plugins  hacks  tweaks  howto  guides 
february 2009 by grahams
Tweet = Twitter + Quicksilver | Archives | codablog | Coda Hale
I’ve also been spending some serious time getting geeky with Quicksilver, so I decided to hack together a script to make the two play nicely together.
quicksilver  twitter  applescript  hacks 
january 2009 by grahams
Set Mail’s sending account via keyboard shortcut | Mac OS X Hints | Macworld
Like many of you, I have more than one e-mail account set up in Mail. I’ve got my work account at Macworld, my work account at macosxhints, and then a few assorted personal addresses that I use for various things. When composing a new e-mail, I can pick any of these sending accounts using the From drop-down menu in the new message window. You control the default sending account for new messages using the Send New Mail From drop-down menu in the Composing tab of Mail’s preferences; I have mine set to “Account of last-viewed mailbox.
mail  apple  hacks  tips  keyboard  awesome 
november 2008 by grahams - 10.5: Safer sleep during networked Time Machine backups
The problem: You have Time Machine set up using a sparsebundle on a network drive, such as a Time Capsule or an AirPort Extreme-connected hard drive. Most of the time, everything works great. Consider this reproducible scenario, however:
timemachine  hacks  sleep 
november 2008 by grahams
YouTube - 5 Camera Tracked Head Gestures for First Person PC Games
Using a piece of head tracking software, several head based techniques are developed for interacting with first person PC games. These techniques include zooming, spinning, ironsighting and the window effect (commonly known as the Johnny Lee effect).
video  youtube  headtracking  hacks  software  ui  hci  facetracking 
november 2008 by grahams
Lego: 14-Pound Lego Safe Is Guarded by 305 Billion Codes
By definition, you would think that a Lego safe won't be very safe. But, right now, and looking at the photo and features of this 14-pound Lego Mindstorms NXT Safe, it looks like a much more secure place to guard my savings than any bank out there.
badass  lego  mindstorms  safety  banking  funny  projects  maker  hacks 
november 2008 by grahams
How to sync an iPhone with two (or more) Computers :: Shiny Things
In the instructions below I’ll show how to modify any iTunes Library so it can also be synced with your iPhone. You can then either manually manage your iPhone on a second computer, or sync different data on different machines
apple  computers  iphone  hacks  itunes  mac  sync 
july 2008 by grahams - Change the iPhone's conditional forwarding numbers
Using standard GSM codes, you can change the numbers for conditional forwarding, such as forward if no answer, forward if busy, forward if out of reach.
hacks  iphone  mail  voicemail  phone  osx  gsm  cellphone  voice 
july 2008 by grahams
Reversing Everything: kindle
Reverse Engineering the Amazon Kindle
amazon  drm  hacks  howto  linux  ebooks  kindle 
may 2008 by grahams
TidBITS Blog Post: Prune Your Time Machine Backups Selectively
Time Machine users, rejoice! Pierce T. Wetter III has provided a modified version of the GrandPerspective utility - a version that understands the use of file and folder hard links peculiar to a Time Machine backup.
timemachine  osx  mac  apple  tips  hacks  pigs 
may 2008 by grahams
"Reusable" 10% Best Buy Coupon
[..]the filename for the image is just the year followed by the month. In this case the 200804 represents April, 2008. As it turns out the URL of the image changes from month-to-month almost like clockwork
deals  coupons  bestbuy  discounts  hacks 
april 2008 by grahams
Boba - screen(1) nerd tip
Boba describes using screen's shared sessions as his default terminal environment
screen  unix  gnu  osx  macosx  neat  tips  hacks 
january 2008 by grahams
Terminal Commands for Hidden Settings in Leopard | Terminal | Mac OS X Tips
In general, these will only work with Leopard. I have slipped in a few that will work with Tiger, but you should check out the old list for commands that will definitely work.
10.5  apple  computer  hacks  leopard  mac  tips  info  tweaks 
november 2007 by grahams Fix Mac's Home and End keys
Coming from many years of using a PC I like my home and end keys to work like they do on a PC, not on the Mac. Not sure if you prefer the PC or Mac defaults for home and end, but here is how you change it.
apple  hacks  osx  mac  keyboard  switcher 
july 2007 by grahams
The Technocrat » Bluetooth Proximity Detection on OS X
"One thing that I’ve been playing with [..] is a small efficient little solution for handling basic Bluetooth proximity detection, specifically for being able to perform certain actions when a cell phone or other Bluetooth device is in range"
bluetooth  applescript  proximity  powerbook  apple  osx  hacks  cool  automation  security 
march 2007 by grahams
Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO » Three solid Gmail productivity tips
If you’re a techie person, email is essential but it’s hard to stay on top of all of it. If you use Gmail and Firefox, here’s a few tips to get email under control.
email  firefox  google  hacks  tutorial  gmail 
march 2007 by grahams
O'Reilly Radar > Amazon S3 is everywhere
Seems to me that everywhere I turn, I'm hearing about someone doing something cool with Amazon S3. Here's a collection of some of the things I've noticed.
amazon  s3  hosting  storage  web  web2.0  neat  hacks 
january 2007 by grahams Infrared Photography with a Digital Camera
It was more than thirty years ago when I last experimented with photography in infrared. Too much hassle: special film handling, black-and-white processing, inability to evaluate results until the whole roll was exposed... Now this has changed.
photography  ir  infrared  photo  hacks  technology 
december 2006 by grahams
Seed: Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?
Boston University's doctoral program in cognitive neuroscience prepares students for a career in brain modeling, robot design, or biomedical engineering—or for winning cash on the television quiz show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?.
mind  mindhacks  hacks  neat  games  gameshows  television  tv  articles 
november 2006 by grahams
Geek to Live: Top Firefox 2 config tweaks - Lifehacker
In honor of the Firefox 2.0 release yesterday, today we'll dive deep into the bowels of the fox's config with a handful of my favorite Firefox 2 (and older) tweaks.
firefox  hacks  config  tweak  mozilla 
october 2006 by grahams
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An ingenious poster, RomeoJGuy, over at has found a secret weapon within Half-Life 2: Episode 1 -- The black hole grenade.
games  half-life2  hacks  cheats  secrets 
august 2006 by grahams
Myths, Lies, and Truths about the Linux kernel
I'm going to discuss the a number of different lies that people always say about the kernel and try to debunk them; go over a few truths that aren't commonly known, and discuss some myths that I hear repeated a lot.
linux  presentation  ols  kernel  programming  hacks 
july 2006 by grahams
2006 Underhanded C Contest
This is the exact opposite of the Obfuscated C Code Contest: in this contest you must write code that is as readable, clear, innocent and straightforward as possible, and yet it must fail to perform at its apparent function. To be more specific, it should
code  programming  development  funny  geek  hack  hacking  hacks  humor 
april 2006 by grahams
Find-A-Human -- IVR Phone S... - Approved
Find-A-Human -- IVR Phone System Shortcuts (USA)
telephone  hacks 
september 2005 by grahams

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