hacks

  • You Can Play Tetris On This Steampunk Bracelet

    You Can Play Tetris On This Steampunk Bracelet

    Keven Bates, the creator of the Arduboy programmable business card, has taken his upcoming project and stuffed it into the coolest bracelet you’ll see all week. The wearable, made of copper and exposed circuitry (do not get it wet, naturally) can play Tetris on a tiny LCD screen. You move the blocks by tapping the sides of the bracelet and it scrolls the falling parts across multiple… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Developers Learn To Simplify Under Pressure

    TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Developers Learn To Simplify Under Pressure

    Under the pressure that is the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, one team found itself stuck. The product was too complex to complete on time. The team members were tired and depressed and ready to give up until one member of the team, software engineer Alessandro Diogo Bruckheimer came up with an idea to simplify their goal and the app Should I Ride My Bike? was born. Read More

  • Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

    Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

    If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head. How does it work? Well the Plan B is a… Read More

  • Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    Knob-twiddlers take note: Wavepot is a cool new way to program some hot EDM beats in the privacy of your bedroom/techno cave. Designed to be a live, programmable digital audio workstation (at this point it’s more of a digital signal processor), the website lets you program music and sound the way you’d program a web page or simple app. You set up the parameters, add various… Read More

  • Booting A PDP-11

    Booting A PDP-11

    As we move swiftly into an era of ubiquitous computing, Internets of Things, and mind-machine connections via wetware, it’s important to step back and take a look at where we’ve been. That’s why this How-To by Trammell Hudson is so cool. It shows how to boot a PDP-11 so you can play Adventure on a monochrome screen and reminds us that old computer were as finicky as Model… Read More

  • Crooks Reanimate A Dead Botnet To Target High-Value Bank Accounts

    Crooks Reanimate A Dead Botnet To Target High-Value Bank Accounts

    In something that sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie, hackers have reanimated an apparently dead botnet called Gameover Zeus even as malware researchers dismantled the previous version of the network. The botnet, essentially a collection of zombie computers that can be activated to perform denial of service attacks on banks and other financial firms in order to hide thefts from… Read More

  • Security Researchers Uncover The Tools Governments Use To Spy On Our Phones

    Security Researchers Uncover The Tools Governments Use To Spy On Our Phones

    Edward Snowden, whistleblower of the decade, has made it consistently clear that he didn’t trust cellphones. While he never described the methods governments and other miscreants used to crack into our handsets, he maintained that eavesdroppers could hear us even if the phone seemed off and everything on our devices was open to a dedicated hacker. But he never said how it was done. Now… Read More

  • High School Students End The Scourge Of Watery Ketchup With 3D Printing

    High School Students End The Scourge Of Watery Ketchup With 3D Printing

    Kids these days! If they’re not wilding and smoking doobies, they’re using CAD/CAM software and a lot of engineering insight to build a ketchup bottle cap that ensures that you will never have to deal with the messy separated liquid that squirts out before the actual ketchup does. Read More

  • Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into A Computer From The 80s Using Commodore Pi

    Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into A Computer From The 80s Using Commodore Pi

    As a former user of the Atari 800XL, I find the Commodore line to be piffle at best but I’ll become a bit more catholic in my support of decades-old hardware and tell you a bit about the Commodore Pi, a wacky emulator that turns your Raspberry Pi into a real, multi-tasking Commodore. Read More

  • Heartbleed, The First Security Bug With A Cool Logo

    Heartbleed, The First Security Bug With A Cool Logo

    It’s been fascinating to watch news of heartbleed, the massive OpenSSL exploit, spread on the web. After years of quietly putting us at risk, the general web user became aware of the exploit only a few days ago, and probably via heartbleed.com. Read More

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