Feb 21

Project Midnight (PT:3)

Came home from work and started in on the probe again

Got most of the parts I need off of the 93 (still gotta get the bumper itself and the interior but wanted to get the 95 started)

this is my 1995 ford probe the way I bought it… rough shape :S

Another shot… Someone spray bombed it red from its original purple color

The interior is mostly trashed there are some saveable parts that I will sell tho

Got it up on the stands and started removing the fenders

I ended up getting one of doors and fenders replaced before realizing that the quick connects for the door wires on the 95 were burnt where the previous owner shorted out something. So I am going to pull the dash on both cars and replace that whole section if its even possible.

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Feb 20

Project Midnight (PT:2)

Category: project midnight

Got the fenders off tonight… Next up taking the doors off

Pile of parts on and around the 93

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Feb 19

Rebuilding the probe… Project Midnight (PT:1)

Category: project midnight

Ok so my fiance has had a 93 probe for a while and I have put lots of time into fixing this car under the assumption that we would be able to get a rebuilt title for it. Low and behold we are not able to. So its time to buy another!

Tomorrow or friday I will be picking up my 95 5 speed 4cyl probe and fix it up!

My current probe is black with a black interior

The new one was purple then someone painted it red with cheap paint and I am going to sand it down clean it up and paint it black also.

Somewhere along the way the 95 also had the front and rear bumpers removed.

That is where my 93 comes in. I am removing the front and rear bumpers as well as the hood and front fenders and putting them on the 95 (god I hope it all fits right ) and then painting it all black.

Then I am going to swap out the grey interior on the 95 with the black from the 93 just because the 93 has a nicer interior and I like black

Anyone ready for the pictures of the 93 being taken down into pieces?

The 93 in the yard just collecting rust

In the garage about to be stripped

Hood off now for that pesky bumper!

Got the bumper off!

Now for the tail lights

Rear bumper cover?

Rear Bumper?

Hey look a pile of probe parts!

More pics to come when I pick up the 95

I still gotta remove the fenders also

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Jan 13

DIY Studio mic stand

Category: Gadgets,Podcast

Ok, so now that I’m pretty much settled into my house, I’ve gotten my desk almost all set out like I want, right? Until I realize I don’t have a proper mic stand for my 2 microphones. And you can’t do podcasts without a mic (well you can, but it’s not as fun!) That’s when I start thinking about a particular clamp on desk light I had purchased a while back. Loved the way it was able to move because it was a ‘elbow’ lamp, HATED the light that was on it! So, once it was found I started to plot out how I planned to pull this off. I cut off the power cord for lamp, unscrewed the base of lamp from the stand, then with MINOR adjustments the mic clip I have screwed into the joint where there was once a lamp! Then all I had to do was run the mic hook up wire where there was enough give to bend the mic everywhere it needed to be with ease. Then all I did was zip-tie the cord onto the stand, run the cord down to comp to hook in, and sit back and enjoy another of my contraptions :) Not a bad idea, considering all I was out was $3 if my idea failed (which rarely they do…I do NOT accept failure). Considering these mini boom microphone stands sell online for around $70 average, I can take the price of mine any day ;)

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Jan 9

Rii mini wireless keyboard/mouse (HTPC)

Ok, so we haven’t been having many updates lately. So starting with this, we will have a few back to back posts to curb your techno appetite :). Bet you’re wondering what in the world this little thing is…well for those of you that LOVE your controllers that are add-ons for your electronic gadgets like HDTVs, Xbox 360, ps3, Wii, or just a gaming PC, you may already know (or own one); this is a awesome, relatively cheap wireless keyboard/mouse combo to further enhance your PC enjoyment.

This is the features:

  • ·Wireless(RF 2.4G) connection, smart & portable size
  • · To enjoy PC Multi-media Entertainment at home
  • Convenient & efficient for Conference, Presentation & lecturing
  • To share large TV and projector screen
  • Large PAD for handwrite
  • Built-in lecture laser pointer
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Backlight function with a handheld keypad
  • Support Window 7 / Vista / XP / 2000, Linux (Debian-3.1, Redhat-9.0, Ubuntu-8.10, Fedora-7.0 tested or above)
  • Operation range: up to 30 meters
  • Dimension: 151 x 59 x 13mm (approx.)
  • Weight: 103g

With the Rii remote comes a USB cable, USB receiver, and of course the manual ;) This remote comes equipped with a lithium-ion battery that has a standby time of 500-700 hours! It charges quicker and works longer. If you want to run it dead, it will more likely than not last you about a month before needing a charge.  Also for those of you that either love teasing animals, or actually are looking to purchase a cool business one, this remote has a laser point on it!

I’m sure you’re wondering how much this sweet little box costs, right? Well, right now through Amazon it is ON SALE…was $65.00, and is now $35.00 USD. I own one, and have to admit it’s a pretty fun little gadget to have.

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Dec 5

Forums are open!

Category: News

After being closed for quite some time I have opened the forums back up! We are looking for moderators and also people to assist in posting stuff on the main blog if you are interested please email me using the contact us button on the site

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Nov 11

Social Hacking

Category: News

When we thinking of hacking we automatically think of some drifter sitting in his moms basement with a large collection of computers surrounding him. Or maybe not. In any event hacking can be done with out a computer.That is in the form of social engineering. Let me explain what I mean. Its kind of like what your mom use to do with the reverse psychology, make you do what she wants you to do while thinking your doing what you want to do. As a sales representative I use these tactics every day at work  selling cell phones. Someone THINKS they want a free basic phone but I make them think they need a super powered smart phone!

How can this be done?

Its really just simple word play. By making someone think something is better than what it really is then they (most of the time) want to go for the bigger and better object.

There are other ways to use social engineering to your advantage. For example there was a story a few years ago about a hacking group that convinced a large registrar of domains that they were a representative for comcast and was able to take control of most of comcasts domain names. By using very convincing arguments and strategic word play the registrar believed that the person was indeed a rep for comcast and handed over control.

Another example is western union phishers. They go from store to store saying they are expecting a money transfer. Well the customer service rep goes and looks on the computer and says that they see a transfer for John Smith. Well that person then goes to another location and says hes John Smith. This store then tells him the amount. From there he goes to yet another location and by then has gathered enough information to withdraw the funds from western union.

So how can you use this form of hacking to your advantage?

Really that is up to you but in my case I use it to up sell my product and make more money. Others use it to scam and some just use it to take down large business. In any event your always gonna rely on a calm and well played out use of words and wits.

Hopefully this has been atleast a somewhat interesting read for you and happy hacking!

-Tracker

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Sep 7

PS3 and Xbox 360 in a PC case? Check.

Category: News

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        So I have been kinda lazy lately, and by lazy I mean working two jobs and going to school full time instead of doing…well anything fun. Besides that I was trolling the SlashDot news feeds when I saw this. Now it wasn’t that I think this was a particularly hard mod to do its that I think it was done very well. So well that I think it needs to be posted on as many websites as possible! Now heres what I really like about this mod:

1) He didnt just use the original power supplies / bricks, he actually wired the two up to a computer power supply. I would have just added holes oh made a plastic holding for the two that already came with the console.

2) He didn’t use a super “rice-y” case. And by “rice-y” I mean that he didn’t throw LED’s at it and make it into a freaking god damn Christmas tree.

3) The temperature gauge is a VERY good idea that I wouldn’t have worried about, hah.

4) Im pretty sure he could easily get the stuff out of the case to do maintenance on it.

I wish I had more time and money to do fun lil’ projects like this, but hey bills don’t pay themselves!

OH! There are also a TON of pictures on this and you can get to the page by either clicking the image or by clicking the link below.

Check this guy out: http://timofiend.blogspot.com/2011/09/hi-there-my-names-timofiend-or-tim-as.html

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Jul 15

Nine reasions to leave netflix

Category: News

Ok so your pissed that netflix raised the price on you…. but what are you going to do about it?

cnet has a great post on 9 options for getting your movie and tv show fix with out using netflix

[CNET NINE NETFLIX ALTERNATIVES]

-Tracker

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Jul 9

Attempt to bring TMS back to its former glory!

Category: News

For the past year or so TMS has been going way down hill on its updates because of my personal life as well as Dark’s. Well I hope to change that starting today!

I am going to attempt to complete some projects as well as post on some of the best posts from around the web.

If there is anyone out there that would like to assist in this venture then feel free to email me using the contact us page or comment on this post.

I will also be looking to get mod ideas and hacking tips from anyone who  wants to share. If they are good they will get posted to the site along with a link to your site/twitter/facebook or what ever distinguishing identity you assume on the web. With that being said I am going off to the wonderful powers of google to scout my next project. Wish me luck

….Where is that damn soldering gun….

-Tracker

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