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 😉
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, all of which you can see on DotBeasts product reviews or 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.
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.
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Hopefully this has been atleast a somewhat interesting read for you and happy hacking!
PS3 and Xbox 360 in a PC case? Check.
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 few Island Plastics bridges 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
Nine reasions to leave netflix
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]
Attempt to bring TMS back to its former glory!
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….
Build a Hackintosh Mini on the cheap!
Ok so you want a mac… [if not then don’t even read the rest of this post] but you don’t have the extra funds laying around to buy a brand new shiny mac. Sure you can go get a used one but where is the fun in that?
Well I have the link you need…. LifeHacker posted a great informative post on how to build and configure a hackintosh from start to finish for under $600.00
Now the only trick for me is finding my hidden stash of money in the back yard…. where did I put that shovel…
Whats up internet! Have you heard about the OpenAppMrkt? No? Well you should go there RIGHT NOW!
Whats so awesome about this visually pleasing website? Well for starters its basically a app store, that works on android and iphone, but is not actually an app store. Instead its actually a HTML 5 site that has many neat apps and a great design. I personally have been playing around with the clock app and it runs great. I [DarkWarrior] have only tested this on my PC (Running FF4 Beta) and my iPhone (4.2.1 JailBroken) but as soon as Tracker checks it out with his Milestone we will have a great review going for you guys, but for now try some stuff out for yourself!
Motorola Miletone / Verizon Droid Review…
Over the years I have had many many phones ranging from the old Nextel brick shaped phones to palm iphone windows mobile and many others as well.
Recently my carrier had a promotion going on where I was able to get my hands on a Motorola Milestone [CDMA] and so I upgraded from my previous android device the HTC Hero.
Well its not a bad device and here is the pros and cons…
- Nice clear display
- decent battery life for a smart phone
- on screen and physical keyboard
- fast processor for a smart phone
- its android powered!
- Has a odd lip at the bottom
- no dedicated send / end buttons
- keys are one solid rubber piece would be nicer if separate
- buttons at bottom of screen are a bit to sensitive
Ok so overall I am pleased with this phone. It does have its minor issues but overall I would still recommend it over iPhone and Windows alternatives. Its ease of use and ability to be rooted in about 45 seconds using the universal root program and then you can use wifi tethering with the barnacle wifi tether app it is just a great device.
Ok so recently I have noticed more and more sites leeching our bandwidth by hotlinking our images and not giving credit. So from now on hotlinking has been blocked.