Archive for August, 2009

Parts: Parallax VGA/Dual PS/2 breadboard adapter

by on Aug.31, 2009, under Embedded devices, Hardware, Product Reviews

parallax_logoSeeded by a submission made by me, Parallax announced very recently that they have released a new product, a VGA /Dual PS/2 breadboard adapter.   Today, I got my hands on the new adapter and I couldn’t be happier.  Read on for more details and my first impression regarding this new product which I’m sure will generate a lot of new application ideas for their Propeller microcontroller platform. (continue reading…)

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Make APCUPSd tweet for help!

by on Aug.18, 2009, under How-To's, Linux, Software

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Please note:  Twitter stopped using “Basic” authentication methods on their API calls and unfortunately this method no longer works.  User “Laramy” (comment below)  has provided a workaround and I am currently working to test this.    This document is still posted for archival reasons.

Well, the world is abuzz with all things twitter so I figured that I’d join the fray.  But rather than tweeting about farts being blasted into an office chair or a toilet that twitters or even a tweeting toaster, I decided to do something useful with this thing called Twitter.  I have APCUPSd running on a Linux box that tweets when the server detects a change in power.  Read more to find out how you can incorporate this into your linux server.

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Inaugural Post of YourWarrantyIsVoid.com

by on Aug.18, 2009, under Miscellaneous, Site News

Welcome to the inaugural post of YourWarrantyIsVoid.com.

It has been a rough couple of months with the site migration to the new server, but I’m hapy to say that the migration was a success.  New tools have helped me completely overhaul the YWIV site into something that at least looks like it was coded in this century.  Read more to find out what all I have in store for this site. (continue reading…)

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Setting up Ubuntu to tftpboot with menu for installations

by on Aug.17, 2009, under How-To's, Linux, Networking, Software

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This howto will cover performing the necessary steps for configuring Ubuntu Server 9.04 to distribute pxelinux images over the network for you to use to install Ubuntu or your favorite Linux distribution over the network. No more fumbling for installation CDs or boot floppies!
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What’s on your workbench?

by on Aug.17, 2009, under How-To's, Networking, Software

A lot of people keep asking me, “What tools do you use to hack with?” and I’ve always told them about the same handful of items listed below.  These are the tried and true and have never let me down. Read more to get a full list of items that I use regularly that you might find useful on your workbench for hardware hacking.

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