Software

Games: Half-life “mad-scientist” glitch found and overcome

by on Jan.23, 2010, under Software, Toys and Games

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When I’m not wielding a soldering iron or slinging parts around my workbench, I like to get my frag on just like many other gamers out there.  So imagine my sadness when in the midst of the heated battle to protect the planet from the likes of an invading alien force in the original Half-life, my pursuit of alien destruction came to a screeching halt by way of a serious game glitch. This glitch occurred on the map called “Questionable Ethics” and was readily reproducible.  Read more for details about the game glitch and a video that shows how you can get past the glitch and continue on. (continue reading…)

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Using Clonezilla to make your HD bigger

by on Dec.29, 2009, under How-To's, Linux, Software

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Well, the Christmas/Yule break is over with and it’s time to get cracking.   If you were like me this holiday season, you were either placed in the position if needing to do a hard drive upgrade for someone else or you received a new hard drive of your own that warrants upgrading.  The CloneZilla site didn’t contain very clear instructions for what to do so I decided to write this howto documenting the process. In this howto, I will cover using the free application “CloneZilla” to perform a hard drive upgrade on a test installation of Windows XP from 4GB to a 10GB drive.

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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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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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