Hackit: What did you get?


It’s the season of gift giving. Did you get anything interesting/hackable? What will you work on next?

We gave ourselves an Android Dev Phone 1 (ADP1). We hadn’t really considered getting a G1 until the ADP1 was announced… It’s actually a lot of fun to use as our primary phone. Our favorite app so far is connectbot, the SSH client. The interface is really smart, way better than all of the iPhone clients.

What did you get?


  1. kd5uzz says:

    Dell Mini 9 :-)

    I’m not too sure I’ll be doing any hacks to it; although I’d love to add a WAN card.

  2. Mick says:

    I got an Arduino Duemilanove! It’s so sweet. I read a LOT about them here on Hackaday, so I figured it was nigh time I broke into embedded development, and I have to say, this makes it incredibly fun and easy!

    I’d recommend them to anyone!

  3. seb says:

    i got a dell mini 9 as well! not going to mod it yet – still working on the eeepc. but i must say, dell messed up xp on it. its all… broken. oh well, re-install time…

  4. Xeracy says:

    i got a new collapsable work bench! No more 18×18 rolling side table!

  5. Christian says:

    I got a BlinkM MaxM and an issue of Make with a years subscription. As well as an iTunes gift card for some apps.

  6. aonomus says:

    I built myself a variable frequency source + zero crossing detector to audio modulate a tesla coil. Wish I got something hackable though.

  7. Cjflashman says:

    Aspire One!
    Seems like a lot of people got netbooks this year.
    Tisk, I wish a Mini-9 was mine.

  8. Eric says:

    I got a toptoy card for my DS. Not so much hackable as it is a tool for doing so. Oh, and some trigram screwdrivers.

  9. Patrick says:

    A Roomba, though it was kind of a self-bought thing, as it was a two-pack and only one of them had a home, so I kept it. Can’t wait to make it spit fireballs and defend my home.

  10. s133p says:

    Arduino Duemilanove, along with a battery pack and a touch screen. im planning on making a quad-copter with it

  11. Clay says:

    I got a TomTom one, I’d love to see some hacks where I could update it and then dump the memory to update my brothers.

  12. Nold says:

    I got a digital-cam.. pretty uninteresting

    but i even get a little osram “dot-it”…
    I would like to build a little led strobe out of it, but it’s glued together <.<
    maybe i can cut it open…

    need to try out my new soldering iron :D

  13. paul says:

    I got a cheap RC car. Odyssey Elite Twister Car. No proportional steering. Just 4 way fwd/rev right/left. The front of the car doesn’t turn, it rotates. Lots of flashing LEDs. It’s underpowered. Most of the time, it won’t flip. So, I’m already thinking about opening it up. Maybe add separate power for fwd/rev and right/left. Or, just rip out the RC and control board. I did a quick Google, and I didn’t see any hacks for this already.

    I also got a cheap RC helo. The forums on Woot say it’s hard to fly, it breaks easily, and you can’t find parts for it. So, I’ll have to make it’s one and only flight a good one.

  14. Harry says:

    Hackable you say? I too got a little remote control car…New Samsung 19″ HD ready tv? Pah no ways am I hacking that.OOh new graphics card?

  15. jeff says:

    someone in the household got a Penguin Racer toy without batteries…. we used an old mobile phone charger to supercharge the motor. now 4 times the power and 4 times the fun!

  16. strider_mt2k says:

    Atom-based 2tb home file server running from a compact flash card. (…with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells the time…)

    Samsung Omnia i910.

    both from myself, but I was a good boy this year and it’s not like anyone else has a clue what I want at any given time. :)

    My wife gave me a great comfy jacket too. -she’s always dead on with that stuff.

    We won’t be doing our major “Christmas” until Sunday when we drive up to the wife’s parents place.
    _then_ we’ll see what’s in that stocking…

    (It’s our way.)

    Hope everyone still has a corner under the tree drenched in new electronocs smell this year!

    happy happy!
    joy joy!

  17. Nemo says:

    I got an Arduino Duemilanove as well. Already been using arduino for a while, but I only have had one. Now i have a new one to play with and a pocket piano synthesizer shield to make some nice music using the old one. Also got the 5×5 rubik’s cube, but that isn’t really hackable.

  18. icefox says:

    $650 towards a new laptop.

  19. tony says:

    Didn’t get it yet, but the STK500 AVR board is on its about to be ordered, along with some custom PCBs.

  20. X says:

    An Ipod. Yuck.
    I’m trading it in today to get a way more hackable psp phat.

  21. syale says:

    HP2133-2GB Ram-1.6GHZ-120GB HDD
    First thing I did was take Vista off. Installing Ubuntu and XP dual boot and will change the broadcom to atheros wirelss chip and run BT3 on it :-)

  22. josh cabico says:

    i got a Zen.

    i don’t plan on doing any physical hacking just firmware hacks

  23. Michael Witt says:

    I got a Nikon D60 SLR. Maybe doing a few firmware hacks. Probably not, because I see minimal room for improvement (to be truthful, I don’t see _any_ problems with the camera, but I’ve only had it for a day now)

  24. A Kindle and an Arduino Duemilanove (and associated Make book)! Yeah, just what I wanted!

  25. Alex P says:

    Beleive this or not, I got a……mini USB hoover, to suck up all the dust in your computer area.

    Works really great on keyboards!

    Hack wise I think it could have more juice supplied to it, a little more suck!

  26. Brainiac27 says:

    Got about $230 worth of Arduino stuff and kits from Adafruit. Hooray LadyAda!

  27. d1nk3r says:

    i got a jasper xbox 360… lol fun times ahead…

  28. Erik says:

    I got a 80Gb PS3 and a couple games for it. Now just have to wait for my TV to get in. Then I can start trying to get some things running on it with Linux.

  29. njakol says:

    I got 2 wireless gamepads for pc, the best present will be the pandora I preordered, but I will have to wait for that one, hopefully I will get it sometime during january, damn economical crisis.

  30. Hacker says:

    I got a SeV jacket which was pretty sweet… I passed out arduinos for christmas myself

  31. yoman82 says:

    22 inch monitor, new video card. High def FTW!

  32. LexicalConverter says:

    500gb external drive and a Canon 350D. Parents rock!

  33. marks256 says:

    Well, i got 2 drawer cabinet things (for components), an electronics “repair” kit, a few shirts from thinkgeek, and money to purchase a SMD Rework Station! :D

    Then i bought myself 2 17″ monitors (lcd) for my workbench (ebay), and if i have any money left over after the rework station and monitors, i plan on buying a 0-30v 5A power supply.

  34. Jules says:

    I got a dell mini 9 too ( seems like every geek get one today )

    will just try to make some change to the interface install linux ( instead of this crappy windows ) and check some more to let it run aircrack suite



  35. bear24rw says:

    I got a MSI Wind PC, plan on making a media/drop box server to share and rsync stuff with

  36. Scott says:

    Amazon Kindle.. LOVE IT! It is apparently quite hackable but I have yet to perform any shenanigans with that. The WhisperNet service is surprisingly fast.

  37. Pip says:

    ……….. brace for it… Pong! makers kit, haha, get out the soldering iron and off i go, i know i know, but hay, will make me smile…. lots

  38. Apollo says:

    PSP-3000 :( No firmware hacks out yet, on a plus side googling today, i did find a 16gb memory stick duo flash card for it.

    btw as to all the confusion on the screen, it looks fine. I dont notice any problems.

  39. frigolit says:

    I got a ATmega128 development board (dev-00037 on sparkfun) so I can finally get started with microcontrollers :)

  40. dirk says:

    I gots me a new soldering station. Hakko 928. It’s a dual iron dealamubub. I’m pretty pumped about it, my iron broke a while back.

  41. kaelb says:

    didn’t get a new arduino, still have the NG with an atmega8. who needs more than 8kb of memory? :D but i did get a bunch of those shiftbright LEDs. Right now all they do is fade through the rainbow of colors. OOH PRETTY LIGHTS!

  42. D4rK n19H7 says:

    nokia n810 (thinking about hacking it into a robot or some way to control the rovio with.) and a arduino pro mini for my night rider prototype for my rc semi.

  43. jsn says:

    eeepc 900a. possting from it right now.

    its pretty spartan, which just means i haave less to remove when i put the stuff i want in. [gps, amplified wifi antenna, more storage, etc.]

    the downside: the new budget ssd is just as slow as everyone dreaded, and this bloated, clunky xandros distro has to go. oh well, you know what they say about beggars and choosers…

  44. emockler says:

    Black and decker power monitor, I want to figure out the reciever side and make a pc that dumps the data into excel. or use a digicam against the display and record from there….

  45. matt joyce says:

    I got a 1950s cast steel geiger counter from my brother… trying to decide whether to fix it or hack it..

  46. Robotguy says:

    Meggy Jr. from evilmadscience.com and a Garmin Vista HCx.

  47. TJ says:

    i got a canon digital camera and it already has CHDK and i shot all the pictures yesterday in RAW format while viewing a live histogram! haha

  48. hedg12 says:

    Got a sweet little Inspiron 13 laptop, which my father-in-law promptly knocked off the table and broke. Never even got to boot it :( (But hey, it was an accident. Can’t get too mad at Christmas.)

  49. J says:

    Aspire One.
    gonna use it to learn linux.

  50. chr0n1c says:

    i got the cutest puppy in the world for xmas… anyone know any puppy hacks? (jk)

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