hackaday links


hey there readers. it’s a beautiful saturday so let’s get these links done so we can eat em!

ooh, beforehand I have a request. a challenege even.

on monday, july 25th, david letterman (CBS) is having the all american rejects play on his show. i don’t have cable, or TiVO, or any way of capturing it. This makes me sad. So! If one of you guys can manage to get the show digitally, cut out the entire clip of their performance, and send it to me, then you’ll get hooked up with a hackaday prize pack. courtesy of out of my wallet too mind you.

I <3 you for it. Plus, try getting the show off your Tivo, and onto your computer. That’d be pretty cool wouldn’t it? Yeaaah. Just keep that in mind. You could win some prizes! In fact, it’s 2:30pm almost. Let me go  check my mail. Any envelopes that come today will get stickers!

Power hand washing! Nice idea! [trevor]
Floppy DIY motor. Amazing. I can’t believe it was done. [pat]
Build a cheapy CNC machine for doing projects with. [modul8]
A pretty awesome algorithm used for converting your phone number into words! [imanuel]
mobilize your WRT54g. drive that sucka. [yasha]
what hackaday looked like in the 1980s. we were stylin’. [zelot]

i saw the island last night. it was a great movie despite that the trailer makes it look horrible. go check it out. it’s like brave new world and THX 1138 combined sorta. also up, was the v for vendetta trailer…looks amazing. check it out right now.

2 more links.
#1. for a price, you can hang onto that WD-40 straw.
#2. even better phishing schemes are out now. watchout.


  1. DNordbak says:

    hey Vince, what happens if more than one person sends you a copy of it? Will the “prize” be on a first person to send it in sort of thing? or do you think anyone that gives it a valiant effort will get something?

  2. TJJohn12 says:

    I believe that the link for the phishing scam should be…

    The current one points to the thumbnail…

  3. rcb says:

    Can I claim the prize right now? Dibbs!
    I capture Letterman’s show daily so it wont be a big deal. What format do you want it in?

  4. Bird603568 says:

    so hackaday used to look like an error message?

  5. tyler says:

    wonder if someone could hack a webcam and turn it in to a web server cam? like the one that are 250$

  6. tyler says:

    wonder if someone could hack a webcam and turn it in to a web server cam? like the one that are 250$

  7. Bird603568 says:

    so hackaday used to look like an error message?

  8. CaptSnuffy says:


    do you mean one that you can control?

    like this one: http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/170/44/


  9. Drakonite says:

    I’d record it and send to you but I get the odd feeling a lot of others are already doing so?

  10. r2romcz says:

    hey vince i really want to get those hackaday goodies! but if every1 else is doing it then whos going to get it? how about i send u the captured video on vcd too? or something like that… me need hackaday stuff! hackaday good for me!

  11. andy says:
  12. DNordbak says:

    andy, i was thinking that too. But the problem is that not every single day is being shared, only certain ones

  13. robert says:

    That WiFi RC car is crazy, hardware hacks are always cool, I want to see it being controlled by a PSP then I’ll be happy.

    WD-40 straw? I don’t know about the US but here in the UK the lids have a groove in them so you can clip the straw onto it. I suppose someone out there will buy it.

  14. meltz says:

    i don’t get what the phishing link is all about.

  15. longtimereader says:

    no offense to your great hacking skills, but with all these lists of hack, thought you would be at least be able to pirate cable or something

  16. jv says:

    The floppy motor is interesting, but the r/c airplane and heli guys have been rewiring cd-rom motors to use as bushless motors for a couple of years now.

  17. eric jeffers says:

    Vince, my button came out of my envelope in the mail, so tuff shit for me, but, Would you want med to send you a DVD or something with the show on it. That prize pack would be cool.

  18. Chad cloman says:

    What the phishing link is all about:


  19. nullsmack says:

    Yeah right, pull the video off of a tivo? It can be done but who’s going to bother when mythtv is more than happy to give up the goods.

    I have a feeling wrt54g’s are going to be used in all kinds of crazy shit now. At $50 they’re a lot cheaper than homebrewing lots of wireless stuff.

  20. Chad cloman says:
  21. Davey says:

    @ meltz, former #14

    A phishing scam is when the attacker poses as a legitamate site and attempts to convince the victim to give up personal information.

    Several common methods include
    1) URL Spoofing Vulnrabilities
    2) XSS Exploits
    3) Domain names with similar names to the real one

    Err, since you don’t know what a Phishing scam, I’ll take the liberty of explaining what a XSS exploit is. You know that a lot of websites now a days are dynamically generated from mulitple sources. They name include time, a database, and most likely user input (such as clicking a button or filling out a form).

    A XSS exploit occurs when the dynamic webpage does not sufficently sanitise the input data. Thus, the attacker may choose to input data that will directly influence the output malicously.

    For instance, suppose there is a guest book on a website that also has a username/password system. Suppose that the guestbook makes the false assumption that submited entires are always safe. Then the attacker may submit an entry containing HTML (and probably some fun DHTML sutff) that will cause the resulting page to display a say… the login page but submits the information to the attackers site instead. For instance, if people can put any HTML they want in posts in forums, what is to prevent them from replying to a popular topic with the lastest IE exploit code that installs a trojan? That’s why forums have things like bbcode.

    An XSS exploit is very dangerous since the page obviously appears to come from the real site.

  22. Dustin fraze says:

    Where would you like it sent?

    Any preference on file format / bitrate / size (in pixels, not MB)?

  23. Mark Vaughn says:

    That link to the DIY CNC machine is neat, but… if you really want to build one for yourself then this site is what you need. http://www.cnczone.com

  24. Mark Vaughn says:

    Here’s a clickable link, I hope.


  25. Zach says:

    Although others have also offered, it’d be no problem at all for me to do the video for you… could even stream it live for you if you wanted.
    I wactually have the comcast dvr (with firewire) which with some drivers lets you capture video with VLC. It’s pretty cool actually. Just tell me if you want it streamed or as a file.

  26. r2romcz says:

    hey its me again… maybe the best and fastest solution for capturing the AAR on the Letterman show is if you had your own capture card… i guess i can buy u 1… i can find some good deals on those so yea… i really want that prize pack… later

  27. Semyazza says:

    Fastest way to capture for those of you with a Tivo series 2 is


  28. GRimo says:

    What wont you do to get something for free?

  29. rndmideas says:

    vince could you use orb to log on and watch it? if so then you can access my account and watch it live. or if you’d like i can tape it on orb and have it avalible when ever. just e-mail me

  30. jman153 says:

    i was wondering about hacking a tv in /capture card ? i was thinking to get all the hbo etc. any ideas? thx in advance :-)

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