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[7 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
S/PDIF Output on Asus K8S-LA “Salmon”

Ever since I got a PlayStation 2 and found the joy of games that support Pro Logic II, I’ve had a thing for surround sound. It’s like this perverse fixation that gives me a boner every time – you haven’t played games like Need for Speed: Underground 2 or Ace Combat 5 until you’ve played them with Pro Logic II. Seriously, the effect is that dramatic.
The PS3 is even better because most games support Dolby Digital 5.1 native – the PS2 lacked the processing power to generate this signal dynamically, …

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[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, …