hackaday lazy afternoons

Lazy Afternoons

let’s talk defcon.

first off, the t-shirts were “delivered” yesterday. except they either:

A. got stolen within a one hour window of no one being home in my mother’s town which has like no crime.
B. UPS screwed up hardcore. probably true.
C. I dunno.

So UPS says they got delivered, but they didn’t. This is a huge problem. So most of today I’ll spend remedying the situation. Second, will you be at Defcon? Let us know. Come by and say hi to us, meet up, talk with us, and all. It’ll be Me, Eliot, Jason Calacanis (Weblogs Inc. co-founder/CEO), Phillip Torrone (hackaday creator), and Jason Striegel will be there as well. We’ll have t-shirts, stickers, and a very limited number of pins to give out. Bring your hacks too! We wanna see em!

Also, my flight to Vegas is Thursday and I’ll be getting there SUPER early at 10:30am I believe. Would anyone from the area want to meet up? Show me around? Go to Defcon registration with me? Let me know. Eliot doesn’t get in until 10pm I believe.

So needless to say, don’t expect the usual links until next week. Instead, expect post after post about Defcon. Yes, we will be using color pictures too. Don’t cry. We’ll be throwing a few contests too so you can score a hackaday prize pack.

So as I spend the final 24 hours packing, etc., keep an eye out for us in Vegas. We’ll be 0wning it. Trust us. We’ll throw a poll up too probably.

5 last minute links for ya’ll!
#1. Google maps again. This time, find cellphone towers.
#2. Microsoft be checkin…for yo’ pirated copy a windows fool. Sucks for a lot of us I’m sure.
#3. Homemade headphones. Just like mom makes em. [cyanoacry]
#4. This wi-fi light is incredibly awesome. I mean just look at it.
#5. Actual flying star wars ship models. Insane.


  1. robot parker says:

    i’d say b is the more likely choice. i’ve had ups deliver my packages to the wrong house several times. try asking around.

  2. Pipercraven says:

    the windows thing i noticed a while ago but even though they dont let u download they still let u see the name of the file and then u can just google it

  3. gary says:
  4. weirdguy0101 says:

    you guys messed up and forgot to out my name next to the wi-fi light.

  5. Ben says:

    see you at defcon. i get in at about 10:30 am on thurs too. :)

  6. drk421 says:

    this is why i can’t stand ups or fedex. they are pretty irresponsible. i’ve had the best luck with usps. at work we ship very expensive audio equipment usps, and we’ve only once had something get damaged, because the customer didn’t pack it correctly.

  7. Muhzark says:

    you can pick up copies of windows at target for the same price as microsofts “discount”. i wish microsoft would just give up. the os sucks and so do they. get a better idea. to bad that will never happen thanx to contracts with dell and the uneducated majority.

  8. Sensesfail says:

    i heard there is a “manage add-ons” trick for ie that can get around the wga, but i cant find any info on it. anyone know anything about this??

  9. the move of microsoft was inevitable, some day it had to be done. i think this was quite a bad move in microsofts part, since now users with pirated copies of windows are forced to either buy windows (paying $) or switch to something else possibly a variety of linux. one more people start using linux they will get used to it, and the chance that they will stick to it also increases. they will also prefer to use linux at their workplaces where it might actually stop paying for windows now and using linux.

    watch windows share drop, linux/mac share grow.

  10. ry says:

    that wi-fi light is a cool idea.
    and ms copy protection fails again. figures. lol.

  11. carpespasm says:

    micro$oft and the plan they have, already circumvented (never takes long for their security schemes), they’re not even requireing a detected pirated copy be purchased, they’re basically using it as a scare tactic ad. same as a magazine sending you subscription renewals disguised as strongly worded bills. no teeth.

  12. freakshow says:

    omg…that wifi from a ligtbulb socket if freaking genius! i dont think i would have ever thought of drawing energy from a lighbulb socket to power an AP. Props to Rob Flickenger!

  13. Kno One says:

    to do the manage add-ons trick, open ie go to toolsinternet options and on the “programs” tab click “manage add-ons” then scroll down to the WGA activeX add-on and disable it, ok everything closed and vwahlah(however you spell that) no more pirate copy checks. well at least for now till m$ takes a dif route to block the dl’s.

  14. carpespasm says:

    the light bulb AP was cool, but they were pretty sketchy on the details of how they got the internet connection to the AP. i think they piped it in over the power line, but they didn’t mention how they did that. anyone care to elaborate on that part. cool hack though.

  15. weirdguy0101 says:

    I think the wi-fi light is just an extender.

  16. spam says:

    Where are you guys going to be located at DefCon. Are you going to have a table in the vendor area?

  17. doog says:

    Just a comment on the cell tower site, as a network engineer who works at a major wirless carrier I thought I’d check this out and compare it to our internal database/map tools… It turns out that site is missing a lot of towers, and that’s just from the carrier I work for. So I did some asking around internally, it turns out that carriers only have to report locations to the FCC because of FAA regulations, and as such the towers listed are only those above a certain height where they would need identification for aircraft. Any micro sites (like those on top of street lights or buildings) are not listed in the FCCs db, and this constitutes a large number of sites.

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