9 most popular of 2009

Happy New Year and happy hacking to all. We had a great time last year exploring the creativity in the hacks that make the Internet a better place. Below you’ll find the nine most popular posts of the year here at Hackaday. Now’s the time to get working on that great project you’ve had in mind. Let us know once you’ve pulled it off and maybe you’ll be on this list next year!

  1. Simple Xbox 360 rapid fire mod
  2. BackTrack 4 Beta released
  3. PSP 3000 firmware 5.03 hacked
  4. Black Hat 2009: Parking meter hacking
  5. How-to: USB remote control receiver
  6. PSP 3000 hacked
  7. Pandora’s battery (unbrick your PSP)
  8. Nintendo DS homebrew guide
  9. SheevaPlug, tiny linux server


  1. Lycanthrophy says:


    Are you guys even researched that? It’s a fake from datel, it’s basicaly a pandora AND IT DOES NOT HACK THE PSP3000 IN ANY WAY. Rather post the gripshift exploit and the spartaaaa exploit. Seems there are alot of new editors who are truely IDIOTIC. Yeah we miss elliot, but you sir are made of FAIL!

  2. Scott says:

    Well said Lycan. I don’t see why the PSP exploits were so popular, the PSP isn’t exactly the most powerful device. All the same, interesting to see the creme de le creme of Hacks for 2009.

  3. Pedro says:

    PSP 3000 hacked
    posted Nov 19th 2008 7:30pm by Eliot Phillips

    Yeah, 2008…

  4. M4CGYV3R says:

    Been reading HAD for years and the only things worth a damn on that list are the 360 rapid fire mod, the parking meter hacking, and the ds homebrew guide.

    You should go more into where the hits on those pages came from, not just from the number of hits. Clearly a lot of those are just random noobs on Google “How do I hack my PSP?” and not readers or people who really appreciate the articles.

  5. damntech says:

    4 out of 9 of the most popular hacks of ’09 are for video games? I know I don’t know every PSP and DS owner but of the people that own PSPs and DSs I do know (I don’t own either) I only know one person with one hacked DS.

    I figured there should have been one or two microcontroller projects after all the arduino stuff. Or maybe some mechanical hacks, there have been some pretty neat ones mentioned here in ’09.

  6. therian says:

    LOL look at the names they all are popular google searching words, fail

  7. Savvy says:

    no 8bit microcontoller interfacing with lcd controller?


  8. Lycanthrophy says:

    HAD sucks with these editors. BOO!

  9. Kris says:

    And he we have it folks. The least popular post of 2010!

  10. Kris says:

    he = here I am fail too apparently.

  11. Noobius says:

    As someone above said: where is that uC with LCD and touchscreen?

  12. therian says:

    The Mike is like a “Plan 9 from Outer Space”, unintentional comedy.
    This is so bad its good, there was no more space to go so its flip over

  13. supershwa says:

    Wow…if Mike’s putting crap hacks up as the “best of ’09”, I vote for the cell phone shoe that ol’ Krafty Caleb posted a while back. It still cracks me up…


    What the hell happened to this site…

  14. jimmyjohns says:

    WOW IR OVERKILLDUINO. Who has serial ports? Everyone that doesn’t own a netbook r-tard. I am staring at eight of my own computers and every single one of them has a serial port. There are plenty of ways to get IR into a pc without this garbage. Beyond that most laptops have IR built in as legacy that no one ever used like they thought they would. Don’t listen to this Arduidiot. I say we kill HaD again.
    BTW I agree with above: the 360 r/f hack is the only keeper, the rest is pure poop. Let’s hope 2010 starts to shape up better.

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