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hello readers! I hope you are all doing very well. The heat here in Philadelphia has just been absolutely killer. I think that if we’re doing any hacks, it should be a nice way to keep cool!

The next hackaday postcast will be out in June. I can let you guys know that much for sure.
And someone sent me the idea of a hackaday meetup. I like the idea. Leave a comment if you’re in Philadelphia/Near Philadelphia, tomorrow I’ll be asking about other cities of course.

Wake up with some coffee made from a popcorn maker. [mike]
Hated physics? Skip ahead. Like Physics? Read forward my friend. [arnold]
My kind of hack! Old Apple ADB ball mouse into a spankin new optical mouse! [joe]
Make a USB sega saturn pad from scratch. The best system ever too.
Public internet anonymity made easy. This one is really useful and creative. Nice work.

XXL shampoo. Now this is a first. [Simon]
PSP owner? Want to actually use that wi-fi? Make a wi-fi antenna for your psp.

I leave you guys with possibly the best hack ever. Remember Zoolander and how Derek had that tiny phone? Well…now you can make one yourself (MAGNUM!!!!)


  1. strider_mt2k says:

    I don’t know about that PSP antenna hack.

    2.4Ghz makes for a pretty short antenna, and he’s got a wire going to another antenna making this one long antenna for 2.4ghz.

    Might be pushing the radio SWR wise, but how do you check something like that on a network radio?

  2. ram says:

    hello from the art museum area – 19130.

  3. ragnar says:


  4. yuriks says:

    Hmmm, for the anonymous browsin thing, why not just use Portable Firefox?

  5. Sean says:

    Actually, the link to “anonymous” web surfing… That doesn’t completely work. It says to install firefox to a USB flash drive… There is a distro of firefox called Firefox Portable that is SPECIFICALLY designed to limit writing to the hard drive by the browser. Just use this and you’re in like flint.

  6. Brandon says:

    I’m 20 mins from philadelphia 19454 zip. Make a time during the week and im sure i could be there. I “work” on the weekends yeah but I’d be there. Are we going to have a live hack?

  7. Sean says:

    Dangnabit, I know that yuriks’ post wasn’t there when I posted. I know it!

  8. Kyle says:

    I’m in ridley, a few mmiles south of philly. 19094.

  9. Ben says:

    haha…I allready do the firefox thing with my usb pen drive, just to get past the school’s stupid filters

  10. Jeff stewart says:

    I think it would be great to have it somewhere in King of prussia: its a focal point between, philadelphia, mont co, chester, and delaware county. just a thought

  11. nate says:

    philly – 19104

  12. Nick says:

    I’m in the area. 18077. I’m about 50 miles north of philly, but I would be up for a good time spent with other geeks like me ;)

  13. bemdude says:


    for Portable Firefox. He also has portable Thunderbird as well. If you feel really brave, you can get Trillian Anyware (http://www.trilliananywhere.com/), and the circle of internet applications will be complete.

  14. jamima69 says:

    the psp antenna hack works just fine-i did it to mine (tho i did’nt hack such a nasty hole in the case as the guy who came up with it did) bout 3-4 months ago,when this hack first came out-i also submitted it to this site right after that,but of course,no response. ah well,everyone can’t be on the cutting edge it seems….

  15. Lordkaio says:

    I’m a few hours away from Philly (live about an hour from P-burgh), but if I have a reason, I’d be glad to make the trek. Although depending on the duration/time/etc, I may need to find a place to crash on that side of the state.

  16. Will says:

    Hey Ben, go to Google. Click “Translation Tools” (unsure of exact wording, you’ll see it). Type in the URL you want to visit in the URL box on the page. Translate it from Chineese (or Japanese) to English. Voila! Also try searching for the URL and then viewing the Google Cache.

  17. Rory says:

    Langhorne :)

  18. skab says:

    ~to Pat’s every Friday night! Fifteen minute drive when I’m drivin’! 08055

  19. Quaf says:

    I live in ridley too. I’d definately love to meet up with hackaday crew. i usually work from 7:00 – 2:30. Post a time and place

  20. dr. apocalypse says:

    hey i’m here in philly! this heat is insane. i’ve never been in such muggy weather. email me for contact info if you’re in town.

  21. goldfish says:


    Yoshi performs a similar PSP hack in the from the shadows box 3.0, obviously its not as comprehensive as the article but its good to see a hack in progress thru video. Plus they do some really cool war flying in the same episode, too :)

  22. bardicstorm says:

    Incidentally, if you use the rest of that “anonymous computer use” thing, the part where you copy out the temp folder and copy in your own.. then replace. Yeah, that’ll work to replace files that use the same name, but if your browsing creates new files, there’s nothing to overwrite them with, so they’ll stay.

    You’re much better off using the suggestions further up the comments.

    BTW: NYC here, but I might be willing to head to Philly.

  23. calcfreak says:

    well, i live near DC, wich is abt. 4 hours to philly

  24. chris says:

    I’ve forgotten to stick firefox onto my pendrive. I’ve wanted to use it at school see if i can round the filters as the google trick mention earlier does not work.

    Oh and also might be writing up a small project that i’m half working no, only small and dirty but inserting a pedometer into the side of a shoe and then reattaching the parts cut off.

  25. strider_mt2k says:

    South Jersey here, by Atco Dragstrip!

    I’m in. Where and when?
    I’ll bring some of my hacks.

  26. suntiger says:

    As to the anonymous browsing link: No. Not Firefox, not Portable Firefox, none of that. Whatever you use, there’s still a risk. If you REALLY want to be untraceable, use Damn Small Linux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/) off a pen drive or a CD, either from within Windows or with a reboot, and then when you’re done just walk away and vanish. *laughs maniacally* The perfect crime…

  27. Ariel says:

    19027 – elkins park (septa will easily get me anywhere around philly)… monday ant tuesday are jewish holidays so i wouldn’t make it unless it were afterwards. also, maybe if there’s a cooler day coming up-this heat is ridiculous

  28. Roy says:

    DSL inside Qemu is dastardly slow, but relatively effective. I don’t know offhand if a keyboard sniffer will intercept a Qemu session, so you still have client trust issues. As far as portable apps are concerned, there’s getting to be a whole subculture. See http://www.no-install.com/ for just one example.

  29. jared says:

    Okay, Florida hackers unite maybe?
    Lakeland, FL!!

    hackaday is coming back around.

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