Archive for October, 2009

Britney Spears britneyspears on Twitter

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Britney Spears britneyspears on Twitter. Just so bizarre: Britney’s site spoofing a Twitter page. The video is happily bookended by two more Britney ads as well.

Jason Scott: The Atomic Level of Porn on Vimeo

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Jason Scott: The Atomic Level of Porn Eddie Codel’s video of Jason Scott’s talk at Arse Elektronika. It covers digital porn from far before ASCII porn.

Harley-Davidson kills off Buell

Thursday, October 15th, 2009


It looks like Harley-Davidson has decided to kill of Buell. As illustrated above, they made very sexy pieces of machinery with truly unique engineering.

Introduction to Hardware Hacking slides

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

If you were at my UCLA LUG talk, you can download my slides: here. They won’t be very useful if you weren’t ;-).

How To Connect a PS/2 Keyboard to the iPhone

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

How To Connect a PS/2 Keyboard to the iPhone.

Vocoder piano – more details

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I first saw this video via Twitter and wanted to know more. Hack a Day had posted about it the same day, but didn’t have any additional information. I asked my friend Fabienne to take a look since I don’t speak German. She was able to dig up some more details.

Peter Ablinger composed the piece “Deus, cantando” (God, singing) for the World Venice Forum 2009. There isn’t much detail on the installation, but the composer used this automatic piano for an earlier piece. The “display-window piece” used the piano to reproduce street sounds captured outside of a display window. The piano was designed by Winfried Ritsch (who does DSP research) and constructed with the help of Peter Pessas. The software was developed by IEM Graz, Thomas Musil. From the video id appears to be Pd. It samples the waveform and then reconstructs it using the piano.

Astera has transcribed the video and provided a translated version: (more…)

Sony Sued Over Bricked PS3s

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Sony Sued Over Bricked PS3s. When I wrote about flashing my phone, I forgot to express the sentiment, ‘Thank goodness we finally figured out how to flash devices without bricking them”. Well, Sony hasn’t; even I’ve bricked a PS3.

Donut the hard way

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I upgraded my Android Developer Phone to the latest 1.6 Donut firmware today. I have been using Cyanogen’s custom firmwares up to this point. I wanted to maintain root access so I grabbed the modified version from the XDA developer forum. It comes as two files: one is the rooted base firmware and the other is an extra set of root tools for tethering and other fun. I copied both files to my SD card without renaming them.

I rebooted into recovery mode. I’m using Cyanogen’s 1.4 recovery image which lets you flash any image without renaming it. I performed a wipe and then flashed the new image. After a reboot, the phone came up as a fresh install. The data connection wasn’t working so I used the debug shell to force the wireless options to open and setup the WiFi connection. Data wasn’t working since I had forgotten that I needed to add the AT&T APN by hand.

After that, I installed the expansion pack. I rebooted to recovery mode and flashed it. When the phone rebooted, it came up as a black screen. The firmware instructions warn that this is a possibility and I reformatted the EXT2 partition on my SD card as they instructed to fix it. The formatting instructions can be found here and you can do it from the console in recovery mode.

Donut definitely feels faster and with every upgrade they tweak issues like the camera which is much better now.

Weather visualization bracelet

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Weather visualization bracelet.