We’re a Top 100 Folding@HOME team! Take that Tom’s Hardware Community! No, seriously, we are that freakin‘ huge now. I celebrated by buying some more hardware to fold with. You can find out more at the Team Hack-A-Day Forum. If you don’t know what this folding thing is all about, check the team wiki. You could always drop by our long standing IRC channel, #hackaday on EFnet.
On the topic of distributed projects. Did you see that someone was suggesting we could get hacked by aliens through SETI@HOME? Sure, first SETI would have to actually find something and by that point someone would have hacked it locally. Aliens’ computers are unfortunately very similar to ours though.
I wrote up How-To: Stream almost anything using VLC for Engadget. I know I used the most basic method for streaming, but a lot of people really enjoyed it. Anybody else in love with this program? [Brent Norris] has some Linux related VLC info.
Slashdot (and others) picked up our XBox 360 post. I had begun to think they had forgotten about us.
bunnie is going to wait till 360s are easily available before buying one, but if you’ve got one that’s broken and not covered by warranty he’ll buy it from you.
Painting tip, clean with alcohol before painting plastic. There are other sensitizers but alcohol works fine and is cheap and readily available. Disassemble everything completely, this means cutting plastic in some cases like the little doors on the face.
Podtropolis HAS RSS feeds. Maybe they’ve been there all along and I just missed it the first time around. [yuro]
Prince Rupert’s Drop is created by dripping molten glass into water. The rapid cooling of the outside of the drop sets an enormous tensile stress in in the droplet. Hit the droplet with a hammer and it won’t break, but if you break a little bit of the tail the droplet will explode. Here’s a video of Prince Rupert’s Drops. [Frogz]
[Underwater Spiderman] noticed some weirdness while playing with magnets around his Sony Ericsson Z600.
Another Christmas light controller. Unfortunately lacking plans. [sabre]
[Sean Shrum] upgraded the drive in Iomega‘s cheap NAS-100d.
Tis’ the season to harvest cheap LEDs from Christmas lights. [nate]
The engine used by Lucasart‘s adventure games has been ported for the DS: ScummVM DS. [elg0nz]
Robosapien V2 mods [Manion]
Simple Skype VoIP adapter [lordofheat]
Disassembly of a Dell DJ Ditty [Auger Duval]
Office gun built from binder clips [tutejszy]
Adding rubber grips to a Treo 650 [anonyomouse]
It’s the time of year to give and [Matt Westervelt] told us about SeattleWireless.net’s Towertop Node fundraiser. They are off to a great start. I am personally going to be donating to the EFF this year.