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What (non-PC) Hardware Do You Hack?

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the needle-nose-pliers dept.

Hardware 696

Lis writes "Mike Langberg at the Merc News interviewed Scott Fullam - Scott wrote the book 'Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks' which includes things like a video periscope for your car, an Internet toaster, Cubicle Intrusion Detection Systems, and talking Furbys. (Instructions for the toaster and coffeemaker are up on the O'Reilly site.) Almost any kind of consumer electronic equipment can be modified to do things it wasn't intended to do. Ok, you'll probably void your warranty in the process, but you could end up with something even better than the original. Or not. But it's just gotta be interesting. So what have you hacked, and into what?"

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Lately, furniture... (4, Funny)

bc90021 (43730) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378318)

...with all the people I've helped move lately, I've become somewhat of an expert on taking apart and putting together beds, desks, entertainment centers, large tables, small tables, etc...

My (ex) Wife (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378382)

I hacked that bitch up into a baker's dozen of fleshy pieces. That sure as hell taught the whore a lesson.

Re:Lately, furniture... (5, Funny)

pangian (703684) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378480)

I don't know that following the IKEA directions counts as hacking.

Now if you used all of the leftover pieces that for some reason you didn't "need" in the rebuild to create pulley system that saved you some trips upstairs (or an IKEAbot to do the work for you)... now *that* would be hacking.

I hack my shaft (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378321)

and I like it

FP?!? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378322)

Did I make it?

-DT

FAILURE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378514)

You FAILED it bigtime DT.

I hack toasters (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378329)

TOASTER/.asdf.

Can you say TOasT#r?

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FAILURE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378336)

you fail it

Xboxen (0)

SabrStryk (323739) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378337)

Hey, nothing beats hacking an Xbox or two...

Oh wait....

The gf? (4, Funny)

Gr33nNight (679837) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378341)

Does 'hacking' into my girlfriend count?

Re:The gf? (5, Funny)

irhtfp (581712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378381)

Yes, yes. We all know you've built a girl robot for the prom. Haven't we all? But it's not really hacking if you built it yourself. Now can we stay on topic?

Re:The gf? (5, Funny)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378393)

*cough* She wasn't that secure in the first place.

Re:The gf? (3, Funny)

w3weasel (656289) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378400)

DUDE, include some hints... I wanna hack my gf so as to disable the "bitch and moan" mode

Re:The gf? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378439)

I can see getting rid of the bitch subroutines, but isn't moaning good? Oh hell, I forgot that I'm a geek; it makes no difference either way.

Re:The gf? (1)

RedShoeRider (658314) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378409)

Only if your name is Freddie and you live on Elm street.

Re:The gf? (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378429)

Only if she's a RealDoll.

KFG

Not from a Pc but used with it... (4, Interesting)

MoeMoe (659154) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378344)

I screwed around with a dialpad and set it up so when the right PIN is punched in, it turns on my computer. (I saw someone do it once with a garage door opener too)...

Re:Not from a Pc but used with it... (-1, Offtopic)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378399)

3541

Aibo (4, Funny)

PseudoThink (576121) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378345)

I hacked my Sony Aibo into its component parts. Worthless f'n robot.

Women (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378346)

Its a science in itself, but I am the elite hacker of women.. and luckily none of her parts are detachable!

Re:Women (2, Informative)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378496)

You just don't go out with the right sort of women.

"He's got a mistress, she's Puerto Rican, and I hear she's got a wooden leg." -- Tom Waits

KFG

Re:Women (1, Funny)

flewp (458359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378564)

I usually find it to be the opposite. After I hack some women in a dark alley under the cover of night and shadows, her limbs become detachable.

Furby's (5, Funny)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378348)

I performed surgery on my Furby and created a secret stealing super agent. Muhahahaha...

Re:Furby's (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378494)

Mmmm, I had one of those annoying Macarana Gorillas, shaved all its hair off, to form a far more macabre Macarana Bits of Randomly Moving White Plastic, scared the bejeezus out of my cat.

Not "What" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378354)

So what have you hacked, and into what?

Not "What", but "Who!" - Muwahahahaha!!!!! - and I sent all their little pieces to /dev/null

Rapid prototyping (5, Interesting)

geek42 (592158) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378355)

3 old dot matrix printers and a dremel become a 3D rapid prototyping machine that can carve a 3D relief into styrofoam (or anything else, if you've got the patience to let it run that slowly...)

Re:Rapid prototyping (1, Interesting)

needamiracle (561725) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378441)

Details...this sounds like a neat project.

Re:Rapid prototyping (2, Interesting)

IamGarageGuy 2 (687655) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378471)

Gotta see this. Is there a site? Do you use all 3 printers? More details - the geeks want to know!!!!

Re:Rapid prototyping (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378535)

yes please - we'd like to /. you.

Re:Rapid prototyping (3, Funny)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378546)



This pulled directly out of geek42's ass. Avoid the smell by moving on down the page quickly..


I suppose it could be true if you weren't too specifc about what 3d shape you ended up with at the end.

Why, there's only one... (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378357)

Apple II. Nuff said.

Tree hacking.. (3, Funny)

BigZaphod (12942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378358)

I once painstakingly hacked a rotating fiber-optic Christmas tree and removed the parts that made it rotate. Does that count?

Re:Tree hacking.. (5, Interesting)

irhtfp (581712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378511)

Speaking of tree hacking...

We built a fireplace and I wanted something cool for the kids so I took one of the kid-high rocks and drilled a hole in it then epoxied in a brass "peep hole". I put a geode behind the rock and ran some fiber optic cable to it then mortared the whole thing up.

The other ends of the fiber optic cables went to a hidden box which contains the guts of one of these fiber optic Xmas trees (including the spinning color wheel).

Push a secret rock near the peep hole rock and the whole thing turns on - cool crystally color changing happiness. The kids love it. Now on the other side of the fireplace I installed a "peep show" but that's a different story...

Cars! (4, Funny)

Matey-O (518004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378364)

I know a distressingly large amount of trivial about what USED to be my 1989 Corvette. Just about the only stock part left is the distributor _shaft_.

xbox (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378365)

Does M$ xbox count? Of course there are a lod of people hacking that

LOLOLOMG TEH $ MAKES IT FUNAY +5 FUNAY!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378416)

MOD PARENT UP, GRANDPARENT,STORY,CHILDREN DOWN (-1)

SirJaxalot (715418) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378469)

Re:xbox (2, Insightful)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378436)

I modded mine too, but I don't think it should count as a hack when someone else's work is implemented.

Unless you improve upon the methodology or end result.

Re:xbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378437)

I would have to say no. It is a pc if you look at the specs and its been done HOW many times?

Re:xbox (3, Funny)

toasted_calamari (670180) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378479)

I don't see why it wouldn't, it certainly qualifys as hacking.

I hacked a Dakota digital camera.

10 bucks for a blurry 1.3 mp camera, how could I not hack it?

Once I hacked an old cd player... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378367)

...into a million peices with an ax.

The ancient art of phreaking (2, Interesting)

delirium of disorder (701392) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378369)

phones: see the above webpage.

Animal... (1)

Da Fokka (94074) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378370)

Too bad they didn't stick to the O'Reilly tradition of using an animal on the cover of the book. They could use a monkey :P

Re:Animal... (2, Funny)

ALecs (118703) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378406)

Actually, they've already used a monkey for "Managing the Windows NT Registry".

No - I'm not joking either. :)

goats (0)

supertbone (624441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378374)

goats!

hack.. (0)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378378)


RealDolls [realdoll.com] ... but calling it "hacking" is a bit of a stretch..

phones (3, Interesting)

2MuchC0ffeeMan (201987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378379)

phone's are my personal favorite, they are easy to do and you don't get shocked too hard... the light up ones and the caller id's are the best to do, changing leds and such. speaking of changing leds, someone will mention the dreamcast or ps2 LED mod [cjb.net]

but phones are simple, and don't hold a big charge... although, there's nothing like a good 9 volt zap in the morning to wake you up.

Re:phones (5, Funny)

operagost (62405) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378445)

phone's are my personal favorite, they are easy to do and you don't get shocked too hard
That's my primary criterion before beginning a hacking project - will the electric shock cause permanent injury or death?

Let's just say ... (4, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378383)

nitrous-oxide powered nose hair clippers and leave it at that (and way over there against the wall if you know what's good for you).

Is it staring at me?

Non-PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378386)

Does my Pimpbot count as non politically correct hardware?

Speedpass (2, Interesting)

NeoTheOne (673445) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378391)

I was going to build a cracked speedpass from Sixflags [sixflags.com] but havent gotten to it yet.

Re:Speedpass (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378554)

Because you CAN'T. Lameass.

ipod? (1)

BeatdownGeek (687929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378394)

How long before somebody hacks the iPod to make it play WMA files? [slashdot.org]

Hacking non-pc hardware (1)

sunami (751539) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378395)

I haven't done any of these myself, but I've seen people who've attached flashy lights to their TV whenever they turn it on, and equip wheelie chairs with fire extinguishers (rocket chairs).

my coolest 'hack' (5, Funny)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378402)

its non-technical, but i think it counts for a hack.

When i was in high school there was a particular big dumb jock that would pick on me. It was a catholic high school. So I stole some official letterhead paper from the guidance counselor's office and an official envelope with the school info on it.

I proceeded to type up an expulsion letter on the letterhead paper, saying he had been caught masturbating on campus, and as a good catholic school we could not allow that. I made it sound much more official. Had my friend forge the dean's signature, and that if they (his parents) had any questions about it, feel free to call (phone number included).

Then I mailed it.

he never found out it was me that did that, and he did still pick on me... but i'd say I got even.

Re:my coolest 'hack' (-1, Troll)

Grey_14 (570901) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378523)

I think you stole this off "CollegeHumor.com",

Shame on you.

Re:my coolest 'hack' (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378559)

absolutely not.

shame on YOU.

-JeanBaptiste

Want real fun? (0)

BloodSpite (751523) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378403)

Put a amplifier in your car.
Now get one of those good old fashion Jason Masks. You know, the ones that glow?

We got bored and hooked a 40 Watt light socket on the dash of my buddies Blazer a few years back and put the Jason Mask in front of it.
Ran the wires through the Amplifier so it would flash with the beat of the music.

Turn off the head lights and watch people spazz as we pull behind them

i'm a phreaker, so... (1)

funkywhat2 (731199) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378407)

i've been trying to get my motorola dcp-550 working. it's not going as well as i had hoped, though. my cd player gets ripped apart all the time, but not the hack, just to fix.

I HACKED INTO MY OVEN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378411)

To find out why the fucking thing wasn't working this morning. Turns out they still use glass fuses after all these years. Good job oven manufacturers way to keep up with technology. I mean where the hell do you get glass fuses in this day and age?

Re:I HACKED INTO MY OVEN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378538)

I mean where the hell do you get glass fuses in this day and age?

From Oven manufacturers perhaps?

non pc hardware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378412)

THe Glorious Technology known as DEE ESS ESS

Long live the HU

My latest hack. (4, Funny)

IvyMike (178408) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378413)

I had some cobwebs up in the corner of the tall "cathedral" ceiling of my apartment. I zip-tied my Swiffer to a mop handle, making an extra-long Swiffer.

If you don't think this is a good hack, you have no imagination.

Re:My latest hack. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378520)

I real hacker would have found a way to lower the ceiling.

Routers (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378415)

Many routers (wired and wireless) are free or dirt cheap after mail in rebate. I've attempted to hack cheap belkin and US Robotics routers I've picked up - attempting to pick apart the firmware. The only thing is, once you flash it, if you made one mistake the device is as good as ruined. On the belkin router, I made the kernel out to be a Nucleus Plus kernel with strings with "Aurora" in them scattered throughout. I found a large hunk of gzipped data in the file, but I couldn't find any structures deeper than that. Does anyone know about the structures of this type of firmware, and know how I could take it apart, to at the very least see how it works?

Hmmm well (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378419)

I was in the grocery, I fuck this one on aisle seven, she was eating my ass up real good, like a New York strip steak, so then I turned around and gave her the bone, BOP!

Cars (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378420)

People "hack" cars all the time. To make the fast, stronger and "better" than they were before. Like there is a neat little "hack" you can by to make a full size pickup do a quarter mile in like 12 seconds (fast for an a stock engine). It's an engine computer "hack"

By adding a spoiler and some racing stripes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378565)

That makes it go faster, right???

Rebooting a lift. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378422)

People got stuck in a lift. I just switched the mains off and on again, the lift display jumped through 34 and 97 (in 4-floor building) and the lift moved safely to the nearest floor :)

Does this count? (5, Funny)

zhrike (448699) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378423)

Running solar ignitors to a couple of bottle rockets mounted to the grill of an old Buick Regal, connected to a switch panel in the front?

Ok, maybe not, but it was fun to have bottle rocket launchers in the front of the car.

Once in a while, they actually went where you wanted them to (the rockets, not the car).

Possibilities (5, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378426)

Almost any kind of consumer electronic equipment can be modified to do things it wasn't intended to do.

*eyes electric massagers*

You don't saaaay....

Wall mounted alarm clock... (5, Funny)

gertsenl (719370) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378431)

It's easy, with just a standard quad-NAND integrated circuit, to make your alarm clock wall mounted.

1) Hold clock up by power cord, against wall
2) Position IC over power cord
3) Apply hammer to IC, driving pins 1-16 into wall.
4) Connect ground, Vcc, and inputs as desired.

My (ex) Wife (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378434)

I hacked that bitch up into a baker's dozen of fleshy pieces. That sure as hell taught the whore a lesson.

Gameboy Advance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378438)

It's a great system for homebrew stuff - the assembly and c required is fairly easy, the hardware is pretty powerful in its intended way, and all the equipment needed costs less than $150 shipped - a lot less, if you know where to look.

Re:Gameboy Advance (1)

Paladine97 (467512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378545)

I wouldn't really say you're hacking the Gameboy Advance considering you just bought a pre-hacked Flashcart, pre-hacked homegrown devel kit, and building some programs for the well-documented system.

To me, it would be hacking if you wrote a program that made the GBA connect to some device that it wasn't intended for (like a digital camera, etc).

The ultimate hack.... (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378452)

I bow before the uber hackerness of anyone who got the neutred Boba Fett toy's missile to fire.

Is that a dishwasher or a Welder? (2, Interesting)

Grand Facade (35180) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378460)

Does using dishwasher parts in my TIG welder count?

I hack rock crawling vehicles (2)

lscotte (450259) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378461)

Rock crawling is great fun... I currently have an '85 4runner which has Chevy 63" rears, Jeep Wrangler fronts, Inchworm 5:1 transfer case, 5.29 axles, detroit locker, and 35x15.5 TSL-SX tires, and I'm not done yet!

It's a motorsport most people probably can't understand, but once you get hooked, you're hooked.

It's not electronic, but (1)

The Iconoclast (24795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378466)

I've been tweaking the crap out of my bicycle. It's a dual suspension bike, but I wanted a rack on the back to put my bag on.

So, after one afternoon in the machine-shop and a pile of scrap aluminium and spare screws, I managed to get a rack intended for a non-rear suspension bike over my rear wheel in an amazingly sturdy and resilient manner. I even managed to attach extra hardpoints for my rear reflector and light and an under-the-seat attachment for my lock to keep it out of the way while I pedal.

Laminate flooring and electrical system (2, Insightful)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378468)

Home ownership: the ultimate hackers dream.

Re:Laminate flooring and electrical system (1)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378525)

I'll second that. I just pulled the last of some 95 year old wiring out of my 95 year old house. How many people have hacked really old things?

How about... (3, Interesting)

Slick_Snake (693760) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378476)

building a Apple Lisa (more or less) from the ground up for a class with nothing but the 68000 reference material, the chips, and wire.

Re:How about... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378505)

No solder? I'm impressed.

Not a hack... (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378485)

really, but it impresses people. Last year i got a ti-83+ silver edition, clear case with silver glitter in the plastic. Thought what the hell and threw 2 blue leds and a microswitch inside the thing. Turned out brighter than i expected, enough to read by in the dark or enough to catch the attention of the person at the next desk if i turn it on. Also changed the backlight in my old nokia from green to blue(ps surface mount leds are a bitch and a half to solder even with a fine tip). The coolest thing though probably was building a 56k acoustic coupler. Old school phreaking is always cool non pc hardware hacking too... Ah, memories of junior high and beige boxing...

That periscope wigs me out. (2, Interesting)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378491)

If you're looking anywhere other than out your windows or at your dashboard while you're driving, there are issues.

And it's nice to know that my dreams of Internet toast have been fulfilled.

Anyone with a little skill/determination (yeah, that's a slash, not an "and") can hack anything; I think a more interesting article would be about maverick hacks that actually turned out to be useful. Like, say someone turned a toaster into a door-to-door salesman irradiation device. That would be amazingly useful.

you mean like... (5, Funny)

nineoneone (748675) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378492)

I hacked several functioning consumer electronic devices into fully-working doorstops?

Cheap oscilloscope using sound card (5, Interesting)

phasm42 (588479) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378499)

I once dremeled a PCB from an old power supply into several pieces, then resoldered and glued it back together so that it still worked, and tried to sell it on eBay as modern art. Unfortunately, no one bit. An interesting hack I've seen is something I think a lot of electronics slashdotters out there should note: Cheap oscilloscope using your sound card. The software is available on the web, just get your signals into at +/- 1 or 2V range, and you have a dual channel low frequency scope that plugs into any sound card. Check the voltage range of line-out to get an idea of what's acceptable. I started making an adapter to provide a high impedance input and scaling the signal down, but got distracted and haven't revisited the project in a while.

Rockets .... (1)

taniwha (70410) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378500)

an open source [taniwha.com] flight computer .... feel free to steal the design and/or software

CHECK ENGINE light, et al (1)

stuffduff (681819) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378502)

I looked at the OBD-II [obd-2.com] , but decided that I didn't want to lug my laptop everywhere so I went with the Equus OBD-II Reader [midwayautosupply.com] instead. I mean I could take it to the dealer and pay 75 bucks, or pop my battery cable; but where's the fun in that?

Does anyone know of any low voltage led sequencer designs for driving fiber optic strands in sequence?
I'd like to spice up a Star Destroyer and maybe a few other spaceships!

TiVo of course! (1)

RevRagnarok (583910) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378504)

TiVo [tivo.com] of course! Ethernet, e-mail checker [freshmeat.net] , etc, etc... ;)

EFI (5, Interesting)

activesynapsis (706402) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378509)

Reprogramming the fuel injection computer on my car. When you change pretty much anything on the engine (cam, intake, etc...) in order to make it run to full potential, you really need to change the fuel tables.

Plus on 80/90's GM EFI cars, there's a cruise fuel saving routine that's not enabled from the factory. 29 MPG highway from a 350 CI V8 baybee.

Several things, really. (4, Interesting)

robslimo (587196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378515)

My first big hack was tearing into my radio shack scanning receiver and interfacing the serially programmed PLL tuner IC to the parallel printer port of a PC. Gave my cheapo 8 channel scanner an infinite channel memory and other features.

I've also interfaced a "radio controlled clock" to a PC to automagically set the exact time.

Turned an old CD-ROM drive into a hand-powered LED toy [fieldlines.com] for my son.

Latest interesting project was to convert a box fan motor into a permanent magnet for use in a wind generator... that hasn't worked out too well so far. [fieldlines.com]

Square Cucumbers (2, Interesting)

maliabu (665176) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378528)

i have a vege garden with some cucumbers. i've been trying to grow some square cukes similar to the square watermelons [bbc.co.uk] .

so far all my attempts have failed, because these cukes were pretty strong, and they just push through whatever box i can find. maybe i need something completely sealed (from birth/manufactured) to achieve my goal.

Hacking the back 9 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378530)

So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald . . . striking. So I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one -- big hitter, the Lama -- long, into a 10,000-foot crevice, right at the base of this glacier. . . . So we finish the 18th and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, 'Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.' And he says, 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice. Oh you mean the other kind of hacking - nevermind.

MercuryNews.com (1)

funny-jack (741994) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378532)

I hacked mercurynews.com's photo display window [mercurynews.com] so that the only text it shows for the photo captions is "myText"

High voltage space heaters... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8378544)

Electron Tubes baby!

Damn it ALL!!! (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378547)

I was going to Patent my own cubicle intrustion detection system! I could have made millions! Oh, wait. I live in the US. The existance of well documented prior art is no hindrence on these shores!

Music Gear (3, Interesting)

Moeses (19324) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378548)

Recently I've been studying up on electronics and modifying the electrical components to my basses. If you're a geek and into music this can be a lot of fun. It has the added bonus of helping you as a musician really understand every single part of your signal chain.

There are several reasons why this is cool. The components of a passive pickup system are real simple, allowing you to get started easily. As you build up your base of knowledge you can get involved in much more complex projects, like modifying amplifiers, building your own stomp boxes, etc.

Another reason this is a cool field is that you can approach it from different angles. If you're good with calculus you can design and calculate the frequency response of your filters before you build them and know exactly what you're doing. You can design a whole effect if you want and model it in circuit modelling software. In fact, with some programs I believe you can do that and use a wav file for input to get an idea of how the circuit will sound, although I haven't tried that myself.

If you're a physical experimenter kind of a person you can take existing circuits and see, for example, how a tone knob sounds different when the pot is connected to different values of capacitors. Plus, if your favorite part is building, not designing then there is a huge amount of free schematics for things on the web, kits you can order, etc.

It's loads of fun (pun intended?) and you can really individualize your sound (for better or for worse).

Grill (4, Interesting)

Schnee (743890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378550)

A Weber Grill, old hair dryer (metal barrel), and various compression fittings hack nicely into a turbo-grill. Just attach the dryer to one of the bottom ash-emptying holes (and turn it (the dryer) on, 'natch). Turns out Alton Brown also did this. He is the ultimate kitchen hacker.

a camera (3, Interesting)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 10 years ago | (#8378570)

not quite an electronics hack, and not quite a full modification... more like a hacked add-on accessory...

When the Hasselblad Xpan (makes 24mm x 60 mm panoramic frames on 35mm film) was first marketed, I drooled over the ads, but didnt have the budget for it.

But I did have a medium format Rolleicord TLR (which makes 60mm x 60mm frames on 120 film), and I knew that a 35mm film adapter existed for it, so I shopped around used camera store until I found one that had kits.

Now the full kit prevents you from not using the 35mm mask (to make 24mm x 36mm frames).

Luckily, the store manager had an incomplete kit, which I got at a substantial discount from a complete (collectible priced) kit.

So I used the two parts that serve to hold the 35mm film canister, and used some medical duct tape wound on either end of a 120 film spool to narrow the space for the 35mm film and voila!

Cheap "real panoramic" 35mm photos.

The only downside is that I have to rewind the film in a changebag or in a darkroom.
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