Hack-A-Day Extra

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From the comments it sounds like people actually were reading the links posts. Well, the story is: We’re taking Hack-A-Day back to its original purpose, one hack a day. By popular demand though it looks like I’ll be putting up some random links posts from time to time.

If you are getting bored you can check out the Team Hack-A-Day Folding@HOME team forum which now has a memorable web address: http://teamhackaday.com The team should be hitting 3 million points this weekend. You could also hang out on our long standing IRC channel: #hackaday on EFnet.

Did you see Fabienne’s post on Engadget yesterday? There are only two comments so I’m guessing no.

Jason has posted a video from his ROV, lots of mud and a few fish.

We weren’t posting links last week so we missed out on the Sony DRM scandal. I hope you read the original post on Sysinternals since the technical details are really interesting. The story has been pretty well covered except no one can seem to report it without putting the word rootkit in quotation marks. It should be in the lexicon right next to worm and virus


  1. Chris says:

    The links posts were my favorite part of the site. I have been visiting less since they have been gone.

  2. weirdguy0101 says:


  3. grayskies says:

    Perhaps you should give someone a “job” collecting hackaday links. Just volunteering myself.

  4. Koko says:

    Ironicly, Red Hot Chili Peppers-Tear was playing in the background… weird.

  5. mojofreem says:

    Please keep the links posts! I’m a creature of habit, and everyday I check hack-a-day for the daily hack, then check again in the afternoon for the miscellaneous links. There’s lots of good stuff here! Keep it coming!

  6. tj says:

    No not the links, i love the links!!

  7. ez says:

    Well if your taking away the links then I’d stongly suggest that you add something else like hacking contests or something.
    Most hacks lately have been way to advanced for me and some I just haven’t found interesting.
    So PLEASE add something more.

  8. Digitalunicorn says:

    the links were one of the reasons i loved hack-a-day so much. it added variety and something to look forward to when the hack was above my head/skill level. though i try to make it a point of comprehending as much as i can find from this site, the links were good distractions when i didn’t.

  9. CYRIX says:

    Has anyone thought of making a forum so the users can just post hacks?

  10. Satcomsoldier says:

    I agree with the above posts. I found my self checking hackaday three or four times a day to check on the most recent hacks and escpecially the links. I can understand the decision not to continue the links…but I do not have to like it. Other than that, keep up the good work

  11. bird603568 says:

    Finally irc gets some respect. Icwiener if you are reading this come back

  12. Satcomsoldier says:

    I agree with the above posts. I found my self checking hackaday three or four times a day to check on the most recent hacks and escpecially the links. I can understand the decision not to continue the links…but I do not have to like it. Other than that, keep up the good work

  13. ArthurBrazil says:

    Please dont loose the links i luv them o so much

  14. chris says:

    Another great link post there

  15. JEANPHE says:

    whatever the changes, h-a-d’s still the first thing i check in the morning. keep up the good work!

  16. phycon says:

    WHAT!!! discontinuing hacks, that was what kept me going thru life, knowing that there was someone out there that put up links just for readers like me, ive been checkin every afternoon and around 9 cst but no links, i am also very depressed and on the verge of an important descion, hackaday links are like drugs man, im addicted!!!!!

  17. AGF says:

    I’m beginning to lose faith in you, Elliot.

  18. David says:

    I was just thinking to myself today that Hackaday hasn’t had any link posts in a while. But I hardly call one hack a day enough, if thats how its gonna be then I guess I gotta find a new blog to check when I get to comp class. :(

  19. william says:

    onward ho with the hacky links! I, like the previous commenters, check hackaday like 4 times a day or more for a hack in the mornin an links in the afternoon, even if u guys take out links, i’ll still be a dedicated reader! rock on hackaday!

  20. gumnos says:

    Browsing through one of those free “be a better parent” rags they offer for free (at various locations like grocery stores & libraries in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex), I had to do a doubletake. There was an add for a private girls’ school called “Hockaday”.


    of all things. Are you being ripped off? Have you started a private girls’ school down the road from me, and not told anybody? :)


  21. darkbluedrew says:

    I have a DirecTV dish and three receiver boxes sitting around, but I can only get about $40us total for them on ebay. Any suggestions for good projects?

  22. phycon says:

    Russian Sattalite Scramblers?

  23. pete says:

    i love these random links, keep it up!

  24. tired2 says:

    anyone who wants forums, check out the folding forums that are up at http://www.teamhackaday.com
    there is a general section you can post your hacks in, or links, anything of the sort.

  25. Kenny says:

    Tu madre is muy buena en cama.

    Seriously though, I love the links. It’s what keeps me going. Please don’t stop them. /Rant

  26. Jason says:

    I have only a few sites I hit every day, 4hv,fark,slashdot,fazed,hackaday,theregister,rotten, engadget,makezine,pennyarcade,netflix. I like to go there at lunch and when I get home. I like updates. BTW thanks for the support on my railgun and ROV project.

  27. tom says:

    i have a hack a day wall paper on my cell phone well be because you inspirered me to hack my cell phone so its the least i can do =] thank you hack-a-day

  28. anthony says:

    i started reading hackaday religiously BECAUSE of the big posts with lots of links. please keep ‘em up.

  29. Blacktone says:

    This is my first post but I’m always checking this site, don’t stop! You have such a large userbase I remember a time some guy had to upgrade his webserver to take the traffic. I just had to say something when my fav daily site is in danger. I love this site and it would bring real tears to my eyes for it to die.

  30. Ecampbell says:

    Please keep the links posts, Hackaday wouldmn’t be the same without them.

  31. Oni says:

    Agreed, I came for the hacks, but stayed for the links. Keep em.


  32. william says:

    a good friend of mine goes to that school, hockaday. The principal of my school when there when she was a kid

    rock on hackaday!!

  33. foebea says:

    You asked for it, I found it!
    Here is a oneline command to convert video for iPod use. Taken from http://ipodlinux.org/Video_Player

    I have not tested it as I do not have an ipod, so let us know how it goes. Looks like there is a windows and linux version of this program. i imagine the linux version will compile fine on a mac.

    mencoder -ovc raw -ofps 15 -oac pcm -vf scale=220:-2,expand=220:176,format=bgr16 in.avi -o out.avi

  34. bodiby says:

    i like links, please don’t stop. the last week has been so difficult without them. :(

  35. foebea says:

    Oops. Just noticed something. This is not code to convert video to play on the ipod video. this is to convert video to play on almost ANY ipod. mini, 1g – 5g, photo, grayscale or color.

    Do I get extra credit on the homework for this?
    With a little tweaking of the options im sure it will convert video optimised for the ipod video, just get the screen res, fps, etc and should be good.
    Have fun!

  36. Mr Dan says:

    The links were great and covered a nice wide skill set and area, from simple to advanced, from DJ equipment to Linux based balloons! I suspect you will loose a lot of your not-so-tech-savy readers if you loose the links.

  37. digitalmaddog says:

    i want info on the pic that is used at the top of the links for today the dish and computer where can i read the artical of info in that pic

    also keep the links comming i have missed them i check 2-3 times a day!!


  38. mr dan says:

    Why do the comment emails still come from Weblogs, Inc. ??

  39. The WiFi dish will probably be on Engadget next week.

  40. digitalmaddog says:

    i found lots of info on the biquad dish set up like the pic shows really only one person did it and all info was related back to him

    cool read ups


  41. dr. b says:

    One more voice in favor of the links… Came for the hacks, stayed for the links. Haven’t been visiting as much without ‘em.

  42. F says:

    I miss the links… Something is definitely missing on this site. I even forget to visit h-a-d everyday now.

  43. Rockasoo says:

    I agree the links were a major thing for me as well. Please bring em back.

  44. roberto says:

    keep the links…please

  45. robert bevly says:

    wow, i will miss the links as will everybody else. it looks like we all like the links, this is sad :(

  46. Daniel says:

    your going back to the old way…with just hacks, 1 a day… and about 1/100000 the readeres now…. and thatss a good thing? keep the links, hear the people, the links are the thing that mde me read hackaday relligiously, what kept me rootin. ssave th links!!!

  47. ez says:

    Yeah, please COME ON DON’T GET RID OF THEM.

  48. tavor says:

    /me votes for more links. Volunteers for link-wrastling duties as well, if necessary.

  49. Larry Gon says:

    This guy started his blog due to the fact of the waning links.


    Help him out and send him some good stuff.
    I am sure his blog owner will appreciate the traffic and eyeballs on their propaganda!

  50. Mark question says:

    Hey, I’ll take what I can get. Thanks.

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