The Hungry Hacker's Explanation of Everything

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[20 Jul 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

I’d been toying with this idea for a while, and never really got around to doing it. Windows Vista includes a widget that gets the weather for a given location, but what if you wanted to make your own? What if you wanted to do it using a stone-age tool such as Visual Basic 6? Not to worry, it can be done.
You will need:

Visual Basic 6 (there’s probably better ways to do this in newer versions)
Microsoft XML (I used v6, who knows what they’re up …

Operating Systems, Security, Software »

[19 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

OpenBSD’s spamd – A lightweight spam-deferral daemon. Spamd works directly with SMTP connections, and supports features such as gray-listing. It minimizes false positives compared to a system that does full-body analysis. It is not a replacement for spam-filters, but an elegant method of segregating the spammers.
This HOWTO is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. ©2008 Strykar
The lowdown
I hate spammers; I mean …

Telephony »

[19 Aug 2007 | No Comment | ]
Interesting Telephone Equpiment

Over the years, I (fwaggle) have found myself getting interested in many different fields. This interest is usually bordering on the point of obsession, but quickly subsides sometimes after a matter of hours. In the summer of 2007, I found myself interested in vintage telephone equipment after picking some up at a yard sale for next to nothing. Given that I’ll most likely either box these up in storage, or sell them, I decided to catalog them online along with all the information …

Featured, Hardware »

[5 Aug 2007 | No Comment | ]
Howto: JTAG interface on a Dish 3700 Receiver

I picked up this receiver in a box of stuff at a yard sale for $2. We have DirecTV service here, so I was left wondering what the hell I could do with such an archaic device. A quick search shows up that apparently I can’t get the card activated any more. From dabbling with various embedded environments, I was familiar with a JTAG interface and I learned that this box indeed has one.
So what can we do with this? I’m led to believe that …

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[4 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]
Fixing a broken USB Graphics Tablet

I picked up my Jam Studio graphics tablet a good few years back for the price of $10. Make no mistake about it, these are a low-priced budget tablet, and they perform about that too. Anyway, a while ago our pet rats got a hold of the cord, and chewed it in two pieces. I threw away the end, but I tossed the tablet into a box and kept it for a few years and I finally dug it out yesterday.
I tore it apart, …