HOW-TO: SSH HTTP proxy setup

putty config

We’ve been linking to a couple proxy options in the links posts recently and [tom] thought it would be a good idea to write up how to use Privoxy. In [tom]‘s case he wanted to route all of his internet surfing at work through an encrypted tunnel to his home machine. The guide is Windows based, but it won’t be to hard to translate to your OS of choice. It starts by setting up an OpenSSH server and new user on the home machine. Then Privoxy is installed. Next PuTTY is used to establish the secure tunnel from the work machine. The last step is to configure the browser to use the proxy. You can use this for IM too. You may not need this at work or school, but it should offer you some decent protection if you’re out using open access points.

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BlogDay 2005

I guess today is BlogDay. No, I wasn’t holding my breath for this either. It seems like a good idea though: introducing your readers to other blogs you read, that aren’t necessarily related to yours. So here are five of my favorites that really have nothing to do with hacking.

The Kneeslider is a great motorcycle blog. Paul does a really good job covering the latest news and interesting topics like alternative engine designs.

Preshrunk is a t-shirt blog. This is the place I go to find non-black t-shirts to wear to hacker conventions. They’re also good about pointing out Threadless sales.

Drawn! is dedicated to illustration, art, cartooning and drawing. I read a ton of webcomics so this blog was pretty much a given in my eyes.

The Drunken Lagomorph is the only personal blog I read where I don’t know the author personally. It is written by a former EMT turned RN and is consistently hilarious

Pneumatic antenna launcher

antenna launcher

I’ve always wondered if HAM radio would be an interesting hobby. Well if I got to design as many antenna launching devices as these guys it would be worth it. The pneumatic gun fires a tennis ball that trails a fishing line. Once the line is in the tree it can be used hoist the actual antenna. The site has plans for a large number of devices with different triggering mechanisms and sizes. Some are even small enough to fit in a ten gallon tub.

[thanks wasted_druid]

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How-To Control Csound with a Custom Midi Controller: Hardware (2 of 2)

In last week’s installment, we showed how to get started with Csound.  This week we take it to the next step by constructing a homemade MIDI controller circuit and use the new device to control Csound in real time.

What you will need:
a computer on which you have Csound up and running
a MIDI adapter for your computer (usb to midi adapters are the norm here)
a microcontroller / breadboard / microcontroller programmer (in this example we will show some BX24 sample code)
a MIDI female connector (either a cable or circuit board mount type, also known as 5 pin din)
a 2N2222 NPN transistor
some resistors (10Kohm and 220ohm)
some sort of sensor or button or potentiometer or any combination of the above

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Hackaday links late night

Never forget your power supply when you’ve got a 60 mile round trip to go get it.

It was grilled cheese day all day over at Slashfood. I tried googling for a hacker method, but I didn’t find what I wanted. The closest I came was cooking grilled cheese with an iron. I recommend wrapping it in tinfoil so you don’t have to decheese your iron.

Following Xeni’s lead, you can add me as a friend on Facebook.

[pete] sent in the wooden case he built. If you missed it in the comments [zapwizard] pointed out Mr.Red’s 2nd generation wooden laptop.

There is a generic OSX86 generic install DVD patcher in the wild. READ_ME_FIRST [Jim] said it worked fine for him.

[Patrick] decided to make his 4GB PSP adapter a little more secure.

Wayfar hacks NES cartridges so that you can take full control of the sound chip with a midi device, it does visualization based on the input too. [ceedub]

We’ve linked to starting fire with an ice lens before, but you can also pull it off with a bag of water.

[C-S-B] sent in his buddy’s carputer over at mp3car.

Thanks for the love.

UPDATE: Facebook link should be fixed

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Build your own longboard

toothless

After seeing last Monday’s snowboard build, [mike] thought it would be cool if we covered longboards too. Toothless Longboards has a ton of information on building these things. It covers everything from alternative deck shaping techniques to different press methods like vacuum bagging. There is some street luge building info too. All around a good site

Laptop cooler

laptop cooler

[Nick] built this laptop cooler to bring down the temperature of his processor. As a fellow Dell owner I know how hot these things can get. His simple stand plus fan dropped the temperature from 105degF to 89degF. No need to buy something that you can build yourself.

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