Hack-A-Day Extra


From the photo above you can see the holidays have been treating me pretty well. [bugloaf] brought a bottle of pisco back from Peru for me. My parents mounted the laser-cut logo that [smouldering-dog] had sent me. They also gave me a copy of The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor. I should have it finished by Shmoocon, so if you see me there and ask for it, I’ll gladly give it up (since I don’t have any swag right now).

Team Hack-A-Day is still cranking away; turning in over 8 million points in 3.5 months. If you’re tired of your family you can always come idle in the #hackaday channel on Efnet.

More links after the jump.

Mikey Sklar will be presenting his latest project at Dorkbot in NYC Jan. 4th: Implanting an RFID chip in his hand. I should have seen this coming when he sent me his last project: Making RFID proof pants pockets. BoingBoing has been compiling related links (I had said the pants were for Dorkbot, but was mistaken, they were for Swap-O-Rama-Rama). I’m torn between the futurism of this and the reality that I’d have security weaker than a garage door opener.

The second part of my Xbox 360 iPod dock how-to was posted this week on Engadget. I’m still reviewing the writer applications.

It seems Microsoft pushed their Xbox 360 kiosks out the door so quickly that they didn’t lock down the media disk. You can’t mess around with the executable code, but you can replace other files. If you download the kiosk ISO you can unpack it and build your own discs that work on the 360. You can replace the videos with your own and there is a group working on porting flash games since the Live Arcade games are flash based. If you strip enough files out you can make the ISO small enough to be burned on a CDR and it will still work. Xbox-Scene has been keeping up with the developments.

The latest version of TwonkyVision MediaServer will let you stream music and photos to your Xbox 360 using a Mac, Linux or other system. It worked on my Gentoo box, but is unfortunately commercial software. I did get a chuckle seeing the Xbox display “Connecting to Windows PC


  1. Orwell84 says:

    Ah, That zen micro fix was a week or two late. My friend just sent her’s back…oh well

  2. cliff miller says:

    Last time I checked, you can google up David Hahn’s story using “the radioactive boy scout.” There’s just enough info to understand what materials and methods he used – some of which might be a little difficult to come by – several dozen smoke detectors, a bottle of antique radium paint.
    I hope you enjoy the book – the story is very much in the spirit of your website.

  3. Amal says:

    Hey there… glad I caught this hack-a-day extra. I plan on attending Mikey’s talk at dork-bot… sounds like it’ll be a great time!


  4. hex4def6 says:

    That capacitor trick is really cool. My question is as to whether the PIC can be damaged by switching the caps like that when you get the cap discharging through the pic? Is there any limit on the cap value?

    Apart from that, this seems like one of those ‘woah…’ ideas. Good job!

  5. $33$03>seesoe says:

    whats up with the hack a day form to fill out to tell hack a day about a site i kept giveing me an error

  6. tired2 says:

    Thanks for ‘pimpin’ our irc channel, we’ve got some good peeps in there and we make for an interesting time here and there.
    keep up the goods.


  7. pixelgod says:

    Thanks for the add on the coil gun. it a easy fun project! parts are easy to obtain also!!

  8. pcfascist says:

    Can anyone find 13.56 MHz read/write tags are are in the glass? I have had no luck. I would love to get around work without that damn badge.

  9. CHRIS says:

    Where can you download the demo disc anyway?

  10. Qick Silver says:

    I found out something so i decided to post it here, it is not like a hack or anything just something cool.

    I was looking for firefox extensions when i found one for del.icio.us and i decided to reopen my account, after reopening it i checked out the hackaday link and it said 3233 other people with the link, that’s like at least 50th place or above so great job HAD, you have taken over yet another place.

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