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April 03, 2006

Multiregion hack for Philips PET710

The player is 'multi region capable' but doesn't play Region 1 discs out of the box. Here is the hack: MORE...


March 06, 2006

Hacker opens Skype's Intel DualCore-lock

People interested in hosting teleconferences with more than 5 participants using Skype were up to recently met with a message that an Intel DualCore processor was required: [...] MORE...


January 05, 2006

How to use the Playstation EyeToy on Windows

Need a cheapo webcam? Head to amazon.co.uk today and pick up the 'Eye Toy: Play 2 with Camera Platinum (PS2)' for 19.99 (free shipping!) and then you can even resell the game on ebay for a tenner... MORE...


October 20, 2005

Hooking the HomeChoice modem/device up with a wifi router

There is a lot of mixed messages online about this: HomeChoice support staff will only sell engineer-supported wifi installations and categorically do not answer questions about compatibility with third party (e.g. Linksys) wireless access points. Does anyone use HomeChoice at the moment, or have more conclusive evidence that my suggested solution (homeChoice box wired to a Linksys AccessPoint) will work? MORE...


October 12, 2005

Where can I find 'site anti-filter'?

I'm getting a lot of people searching for 'site anti filter', 'orkut proxy' and similar. Looks like a lot of users have been blocked out from sites they want to visit by their ISPs, proxies, employers etc. Here are some tips: [...] MORE...


June 07, 2005

Using the iPod on a PC without iTunes

Just as my ipod hit the bottom of the drawer after sinking slowly the last half year or so, someone goes out and writes a genius iPod plug-in for Winamp. MORE...


June 03, 2005

How to play a NTSC DVD in Europe? (and other DVD FAQs)

Can you play a Zone 2 PAL DVD on a US DVD player? Can you play a Zone 2 PAL DVD on a US DVD player? MORE...


April 22, 2005

Sharing a bit?

I have one of the omnipresent Linksys blue boxes beaming soon-to-be 1 Mbit/s ADSL goodness througout the flat and the neighbourhood, but I'm curious: could I share just a bit of it? MORE...


March 09, 2005

Home-burned DVDs - region coded?

A reader got in touch with me last night with a very interesting question: If burning home videos on to DVD, which region will those be coded for (and if they are region coded, where is that coding determined: Burner or software or both?). [Discuss] MORE...


February 07, 2005

What are region 0 DVDs?

Whereas most DVDs sold for home entertainment purposes are "region coded", region 0 DVDs are unrestricted and unencoded discs that are playable on (most) DVD players worldwide (however not all... MORE...


November 30, 2004

Visa/MasterCard scam warning

I'm not sure if it's an urban legend of for real, but worth passing around a warning anyway. This sort of scam would fall somewhere between social engineering and 'phishing' and can typically be carried out by people that have somehow gotten their hands on your card details (sifting through your garbage, insiders working at banks etc). MORE...


November 17, 2004

Will American DVDs play in a DVD player in England?

[...] No, by default your UK-bought DVD player will not play DVDs from outside your region (UK being in DVD Region 2 (sub code D1), US being Region 1). However, browsing the net a bit should reveal whether the player you own can be made region-free, or you can consider purchasing a player that will play all zones. [...] MORE...


October 12, 2004

GMail Filesystem for windows

... introducing the Gmail Drive shell extension for Windows - now you can get a Gmail Gigabyte 'hard drive' in your Windows Explorer! MORE...


April 30, 2004

Breaking iTunes copy protection

Jon Lech Johansen, aka DVD-Jon, has broken the copyprotection of iTunes musictracks. MORE...


March 15, 2004

SSH Port-knocking

''One of the key features of port knocking is it provides a stealthy method of authentication and information transfer to a networked machine that has no open ports. It is not possible to determine successfully whether the machine is listening for knock sequences by using port probes. '' MORE...


February 25, 2004

Annotating physical environments with 2D "Barcodes"

Chris Heathcote proposes a standard for ''warchalking'' physical locations using 2d barcodes (a machine-readable format) containing RDF. Here's why I don't think it will work... MORE...


The days of clever hacks are not gone

Here are instructions to turn a Duracell battery tester into a not-so-precise analog display to monitor the CPU load, controlled by a serial port. Cool. MORE...


February 23, 2004

RSA Security unveils RFID ''blocker''

''While an ordinary RFID tag is a simple, cheap (e.g. five-cent) passive device intended as an ''electronic bar-code'' for use in supply-chain management, a blocker tag is a cheap passive RFID device that can simulate many ordinary RFID tags simultaneously. When carried by a consumer, a blocker tag thus ''blocks'' RFID readers. [...]'' MORE...


February 18, 2004

Why hacking is good for technology development

[...] the more people you have hacking this cheap and accessible technology, the lesser the risk of technology abuse and the quicker we reach the stage where we interact with our objects in ways we wish. [...] MORE...


February 12, 2004

Weblogs-scanning robot at Deutche Boerse?

The last 8 days someone or something running from the IP address 193.29.77.220, disguising as a user of multiple browsers has been pulling down more than 80 Mb of data from my site in more than 5000 hits. The weird thing is they seem to be using 3 OSes and 6-7 different browsers within 10 second intervals. Not very likely. (please read full story for more details) MORE...


December 15, 2003

Free PCs in the UK!

UK residents can have free IBM PCs (but need to watch 1 min of ads every 20 min). Surely someone can do a bit of scripting [...] MORE...


December 02, 2003

Greyed out MS Outlook options?

Has your employer blocked your Outlook from accessing other email accounts? With a quick regedit, Outlook can again log on to Hotmail and any IMAP/POP accounts you need access to (depending on firewall restrictions though) MORE...


June 30, 2003

The TVBrick Revolution

Imagine you could buy a cheap set-top box that would instantly convert any TV signal to a streaming video transmission. Imagine your mate overseas ''beaming'' any TV channel you miss from home and that's unavailable via satellite. Imagine the ''Napster'' of TV Broadcasting. The future is here! MORE...


August 19, 2002

UNIX Cheatsheet

Just found this handy UNIX Cheatsheet from sloppycode.net. It has all the little things you always forget (if you're like me, only using vi a couple of times a year...... MORE...


July 30, 2002

Breaking the DMCA by hacking DVD players

Many DVD player manufacturers have software options for de-zoning your DVD player! MORE...


June 13, 2002

BBC: Hacker watches Nato spy pictures

BBC: Hacker watches Nato spy pictures -- ''Nato surveillance flights in the Balkans are beaming their pictures over an insecure satellite link - and anyone can tune in and watch their operations live.'' MORE...