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Fisher Price Popper for Hard Floors

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Easy fix for the Fisher Price Popcorn Popper on hard floors. I added a couple of rubber bands from Audrey’s favorite broccoli and presto. Enough traction to pop on the kitchen floor.

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Facetime as Remote Eyes

Everyone will remember at one time or another hearing the following when trying to find a fuse in the house.

“Is it off yet?”

“Nope!”

“How about now?”

“Nope!”

Sound familiar? I found that thanks to Facetime, I can setup my laptop, or my wife’s iPhone and call my iPhone and see the light go off. No more yelling, not hearing, or ridiculous back and forth. Worked great!

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Picked my First Lock

I picked my first lock today. I was able to open my friends overhead cabinet at her desk, she lost her key a while back. Now she has snacks.

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Worm that Transcodes Audio Files

This is the craziest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

“Kaspersky Labs has discovered malware that inserts links to malicious Web pages within ASF media files, posing a danger to Windows users who download music files from P2P networks. Infected files launch IE and load a page that asks the user to download a codec. The download, a Trojan horse, installs a proxy program to route other traffic through the PC. The malware also has worm-like qualities, according to Secure Computing. It searches for MP3s, transcodes them to WMA format, wraps them in an ASF container, and adds links to further copies of the malware, all without modifying the .MP3 extension.”

Source Infowrold

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XBox Mech Softmod

Ok. So, now that I have a new XBOX 360, I had an extra XBox laying around doing nothing. So I decided to Softmod it using an exploit found in Mechwarrior, an awesome game, which I have played many time and enjoyed. Using the information found at the Xbox-Linux project, I was able to successfully replace the XBox Live menu on my original XBox, with a Linux menu, that boots up a version of Xebian linux. Add to it a nice clean install of MythTV to allow playback of video recorded on my MythTV box and we have an XBox that still plays all my games, and plays back video that I’ve recorded, in perfect quality. Absolutely Brilliant!

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Hack your Motorola V3 Razr

I recently bought a Motorola V3 Razr. I have to say it is an awesome phone. Very slim, totally disappears in your pocket, and has a great feature set. Except for one missing feature, video recording. My old V551 had it, so why didn’t this one? They are practically the same phone.

Turns out it was a firmware problem. So, curiosity getting the better of me, and feeling slightly cheated, I went forth to the internet to resolve the issue. An excellent resource for information is MotoModders.net they have all the information you need to hack your phone to get it to do what ever your heart desires.

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Wine Glass Case

Staysea is taking a course called “Beverage Management” and she needed a way to get 6 wine glasses too and from school each week. Enter me and my handy hands, to build her a functional and elegant solution. Behold, the Super-Fantabulistic-Glass-Carrying-and-Display-Case-O-Matic.

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Guess the Google

GtgThis is awesome. Guess the google is an online game that displays 20 images searched using Google, and you guess what the search term was. It’s pretty addictive.

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Bringing new life to an old desk.

DSC02794.JPGStaysea has been using this desk for a while, with little success. It used to have a shelf spanning the entire width of the desk, where those 2 drawers are now. So, she was unable to pull her chair all the way up. But thanks to a little craftsmanship, I was able to cut out a span of the shelf. Build drawers, close in and face the drawers with the removed section, and give Staysea a brand new desk, complete with modern handles. Now she can sit at the window, get some sunlight, and actually pull her chair right up and under her desk.

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Enable MSN Message Searching in Google Desktop

I’ve been using Google Desktop searching for a while now, and find it invaluable for finding information on my computer. But I was always curious as to why you couldn’t search your MSN Messenger history, until today.

Today, I discovered that when you download the Google Desktop SDK, the examples section, has the code for an Messenger indexing plugin. I only downloaded the kit to try and write my own, but this is a much easier. Once I compiled it and registered, indexed Messenger history. Very nice.

Here is the compiled component for install, if you don’t have Developer tools.

Download file

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Hack A Day

You know how you’re browsing the web and find a really cool hack that someone has done and then later you can’t find it again? Well the solution is here. Hack A Day (www.hackaday.com) has recently launched in beta. It’s a depository for all those cool hacks that you’ve seen in a nice (stable?) environment where you can go back and take that second look. There are a nice variety, from using Google Desktop to building your own Batphone. Take a look.

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MatriXBox

DSC02600.JPGThanks to the good people at Decal Girl, I was able to give my XBox a sweet skin. I love it. I think it looks awsome!

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My XBox LIVES!

Yay, my moded XBox lives again. I had to replace the motherboard after it died suddenly back in February. And now, with the new motherboard installed, it lives again. Hurray!

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Google is too Funny

I found this on Kevin Rose’s Site. Type ‘bastards’ into Google and hit ‘I’m feeling Lucky’.

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Help Make Blogs More Visible!

There are by some estimates more than a million weblogs. But most of them get no visibility in search engines. Only a few “A-List” blogs get into the top search engine results for a given topic, while the majority of blogs just don’t get noticed. The reason is that the smaller blogs don’t have enough links pointing to them. But this posting could solve that. Let’s help the smaller blogs get more visibility!

This posting is GoMeme 4.0. It is part of an experiment to see if we can create a blog posting that helps 1000’s of blogs get higher rankings in Google. So far we have tried 3 earlier variations. Our first test, GoMeme 1.0, spread to nearly 740 blogs in 2.5 days. This new version 4.0 is shorter, simpler, and fits more easily into your blog.

Why are we doing this? We want to help thousands of blogs get more visibility in Google and other search engines. How does it work? Just follow the instructions below to re-post this meme in your blog and add your URL to the end of the Path List below. As the meme spreads onwards from your blog, so will your URL. Later, when your blog is indexed by search engines, they will see the links pointing to your blog from all the downstream blogs that got this via you, which will cause them to rank your blog higher in search results. Everyone in the Path List below benefits in a similar way as this meme spreads. Try it!

Instructions: Just copy this entire post and paste it into your blog. Then add your URL to the end of the path list below, and pass it on! (Make sure you add your URLs as live links or HTML code to the Path List below.)

Path List
1. Minding the Planet
2. Luke Hutteman’s public virtual MemoryStream
3. You’ve Been Haacked! and you like it.
4. Jason’s Life (Jason & Staysea)
5. (your URL goes here! But first, please copy this line and move it down to the next line for the next person).

(NOTE: Be sure you paste live links for the Path List or use HTML code.)

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Google’s Recruitment for Developers

Google put up billboards in the U.S. with the following equation on it.

{first 10-digit prime found in consecutive digits of e}.com

So you start grabbing groups of 10 digits from e and seeing if they divide by 2, 3 and all the numbers less than the square root of itself, and you eventually find 7427466391, which leads you to www.7427466391.com.

Here you find the following:
Congratulations. You’ve made it to level 2. Go to www.Linux.org and enter Bobsyouruncle as the login and the answer to this equation as the password.

f(1) = 7182818284
f(2) = 8182845904
f(3) = 8747135266
f(4) = 7427466391
f(5) = __________

If you take a close look at the first and second entity, they have repeating characters, go back to e, where we find that these are consecutive groups of 10 digits of e. They have something else in common too, each group of 10 add to 49. Find the 5th set that adds to 49, and you’ve got your password.

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Copying Television gets easier

I don’t know if this applies to the Canadian market or not, probably not, the CRTC seems bent on making a number of things difficult. But I thought it was pretty cool.

FCC Requires Firewire on All Cable Boxes:
“As of April 1st, cable companies are required to provide a Firewire-enabled cable box to anyone that asks, as per an FCC interpretation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. What this means to you is that easy ripping and recording of HDTV streams is just a phone call to your cable company”
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Slipstream your next XP install

If you are one of those people who likes to rebuild their system on a regular basis, then you’ll probably want to check Slipstreaming. Basically, you can roll in all the latest patches into your copy of XP so that when you’re done installing, everything is all patched up. This really works well if you’re hyper-paranoid about those pesky security holes being breached while you’re sitting on Windows Update waiting for everything to download.

Read the Microsoft Article

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No more timeouts in Safari

I know this is an older app, but I just recently rediscovered it, SafariNoTimeout. It removes the standard 60 second timeout in Safari and replaces it with 10 minutes (default) or any amount of time you set. I find it invaluable when rebuilding all my Blog entries.

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Xmas Lights of Death

My XBox started malfunctioning last night. It’s flashing red and green lights instead of happily serving up Grand Theft Auto. It was a very sad day.
Today there is new hope, in that a number of people have offered very seemingly good advice as to what may be the problem. I will investigate these issues further.
On the up side, I did do a backup of one crucial piece of information just the other day. I backed up the hard drive password. This at least, should allow me to put the drive in my PC and unlock it to recover my saved games and such. Hope does spring eternal that I can find a solution.
She’s not dead, just deaf, blind and dumb. I’ve seen worse. I hope for the best.

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Hackers

I’ve been reading through the Hackers listing on Discovery.com. It’s facinating. I’ve only read through the biographies so far, but none the less, it is interesting to see where the pioneers of computing are now and how they got there.
For instance Kevin Poulsen took over the phone system to ensure he was the 102 caller in a radio contest to win a Porsche 944 S2.
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John Draper aka Capt’n Crunch, he is famous for using a whistle that was being given away in boxes of Capt’n Crunch to trick payphones into thinking that he’d put in a quarter and making free phone calls.

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Theme your Mac or PC

Tired of the way your Mac or PC looks? Here are the two solutions to your problem.
For the Mac users out there, Unsanity has Shape Shifter. A fantastic app that I’ve been using for a while. There is a $20 registration fee, but I think it was worth it.
Themes for ShapeShifter can be downloaded from these sites:

For you Windows XP users out there, I’ve been using StyleXP from TGTSoft. Fairly easy to use and again is only $20 if you like it. There are a large number of themes available from ThemeXP.org.

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Tux n’ Tosh

I decided it was time for a change on my desktop, so this is what I came up with. Pretty much entirely thanks to Tux n’ Tosh. Mostly, it just makes me laugh.
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Battery Woes

My iBook battery has decided that it no longer wants to hold a charge, well not so much hold, but fill all the way up.
The culprit seems to be the capacity listed here:
({“Capacity”=1824,”Amperage”=1227,”Current”=1553,”Voltage”=11580,”Flags”=4})
That capacity used to be in the 3200 range. As far as I can tell it’s a direct relation to the run time, charge time and overall performance of the battery. I’ve scoured over the net have been unable to find a reasonable explanation for this strange drop in my capacity. Apple claims that by unplugging and removing my battery then pressing the reset button, the issue can be resolved. Not true. They also claim that draining the battery completely down and then recharging it will also fix this little conundrum. WRONG AGAIN! This has been very frustrating.
Then I found this comment on MacIntouch, by Rob Wyatt, he has the same iBook as me and did everything that I did as well, and offered the solution of entering into the Open Firmware by holding down (Command + Option + F + O) and typing “reset-nvram”, “set-defaults” and then “reset-all”. The last command will reboot and, success!
({“Capacity”=2029,”Amperage”=1127,”Current”=34,”Voltage”=11567,”Flags”=838860935})
Not great but a little better!

UPDATE: The battery needs to be in a very low battery state, in fact, I’d recommend draining it all the way down, leaving the machine in sleep until it doesn’t even have enough power to sleep. Then do the above procedure.

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Speed up your Panther 10.3.2 Boot

I can’t remember where I found this little tweak, but during boot up, there is a file missing from Panther’s path, typing this:
sudo cp /System/Library/Extensions/BootCache.kext/Contents/Resources/BootCacheControl /usr/sbin/
Will cut your boot time by ALOT. THis copies the BootCacheControl into the sbin directory so that it can be found during boot. What ends up happening is that the boot screen snaps from ‘Network Initialization’ to login in a second.
Sweet!

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Recovering your MovableType database from your HTML archives…

So, Perl is a wonderful scripting language, that can do magical things with text files. Like help me rebuild the database including all of the comments from everyone’s blogs. That’s close to a thousand entries and 400 comments.

Here is the magic that made it possible

#!/usr/bin/perl
use Date::Manip;
# mtfix.pl - parse HTML files to import into Movable Type
# usage: mtfix.pl *html > import.mt
# Note: you _will_ need to adjust the regex
while (<>) { # for each file on the command line
# read in entire file to $content, line feeds and all
# using slurp mode
{ local $/; $content = <>;}
# locate the fields we need using regex
# some matches may include newlines
($author) =($content =~ m|<div class="posted">\s+(.+?)\s+/|s);
($title) = ($content =~ m|<span class="title">(.+)</span>|);
($text) = ($content =~ m|<p>(.+)<a name="more">|s);
($more) = ($content =~ m|<a name="more">(.+)<span class="posted">|s);
($date) = ($content =~ m|<div class="date">(.+)</div>|);
($time) = ($content =~ m|Posted\sat\s(.+)<br />|);

# Read in all the comments as one big block of text
($comments) = ($content =~ m|</a>Comments</div>\n(.+)<div class="comments-head">|s);
# Break up each comment into it's own element in an array
@comm = split (/<\/div>\n/, $comments);

# convert the date to MM/DD/YYYY hh:mm:ss
$datetime = "$date $time";
$parsed = ParseDate($datetime);
$datetime = UnixDate($parsed,"%m/%d/%Y %H:%M:%S");

# Strip out the paragraph tags, MT will add them later anyways.
$text =~ s|\<p\>||g;
$text =~ s|\</p\>||g;
$more =~ s|\<p\>||g;
$more =~ s|\</p\>||g;

# printout the fields in the proper format
print "AUTHOR: $author\n";
print "TITLE: $title\n";
print "DATE: $datetime\n";
print "-----\n";
print "BODY:\n$text\n";
print "-----\n";
print "EXTENDED BODY:\n$more\n";

foreach (@comm) { # For every comment in our aray, printout the necessary formating.
if (length $_ > 7) { # this is here to ignore the last comment record.
($CText) = ($_ =~ m|<div class="comments-body">\n(.+)\n\<span|s);
($CDate) = ($_ =~ m|</a>\son\s(.+)</span>|);
($Ctemp) = ($_ =~ m|Posted\sby:\s(.+)\/a\>|);
($CAuthor) = ($Ctemp =~ m|\>(.+)\<|);
($CURL) = ($Ctemp =~ m|href=\"(.+)\"|);
$CText =~ s|\<p\>||g;
$CText =~ s|\</p\>||g;
$parsed = ParseDate($CDate);
$CDate = UnixDate($parsed,"%m/%d/%Y %H:%M:%S");

print "-----\n";
print "COMMENT:\n";
print "AUTHOR: $CAuthor\n";
print "URL: $CURL\n";
print "DATE: $CDate\n";
print "$CText\n\n";
}
}
print "--------\n";
}

Thanks to Papa Scott for getting me started.

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Bell Canada Gets Hacked

Came in this morning, not feeling very well. But this made me laugh and feel better. When running a trace route to bell.ca you get this as one of the servers along the path..

16 bells-network-has-lots-of-security-holes-to-exploit.bell-nexxia.net (206.108.98.170) 176.38 ms 73.544 ms 264.765 ms

Not good Bell.

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iDrives and Apache 2

So I have been fiddling around with this article I found about setting up your webserver to act like an iTools server.

This allows usage of Apple backup and the iDrive with virtually unlimited disk space.

UPDATE:
Apple backup is the crappiest backup program in the world and sucks. I’m going to write my own.

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Remove the Ads from MSN Messenger

I use MSN messenger on my windows machines, but I hate the ads. That little bar ticks me off. However you can download a patch utility to remove the ads. You can download it from Software Analysis.

To Patch:
1) Open MSN Messenger, click on Help About and look at the version number. You want to pay attention to the first number, either 5 or 6 and the last 4 numbers.
2) Download the correct version of the patcher and save it in the same folder as MSN Messenger. Usually it’s C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\
3) Quit MSN Messenger by right clicking on the icon in your task bar and choosing Exit
4) Run the patch file that you downloaded.
5) Start MSN Messenger from the Start menu and behold the beauty of no more ads (like you ever clicked on them in the first place)

Cheers!

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Enable Hide Others in Apple’s Terminal

I spend a good 30% of my time in Terminal, and I like to hide all the other windows, but I hate going to the menu. So I hacked the .nib to add the standard hotkey of Option+CMD+H. Note, you will need the OS X development tools from Apple installed. They where on the second CD that Jaguar shipped with.

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WHOO HOO!

Oh yeah baby!!!!!!

Sweet ass, moded Xbox with a nice shinny 120 Gig HD!!! NO SLEEP!!!!

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Still up.

I’m still up. This is my last try at burning for tonight. If it works, I’ll post again. If not.. I’ll be asleep.

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Woop! XBox Moding

After a long nap to clear up my headache, I started moding my Xbox. My X-Ecutor 2 Pro chip came in. I also picked up my new HD. 🙂 Turned out the 120 gig Maxtors where dirt cheap at Costco. Sweet!
So, the chip is installed, it boots to Evox (new hd install) which doesn’t quite help me, since I still have not installed the full Evox to the current HD yet. I’m in the process of burning the CD. My buddy leant me one, but it was just the New HD install. Not quite the install CD I was looking for, but I hope to resolve all that. Check back soon. (I may not sleep tonight)

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