Tag: How-To’s

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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Add a real lasersight to the Nerf Nitefinder

by on Nov.24, 2009, under Hardware, Toys and Games

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Well here’s the seccond post as promised.  These posts should also proves that you don’t have to know sick computer skills or mad hardware to be able to pull off some bad ass hacks. In this post, we will address the Nerf Nitefinder and it’s so-called light sight.  While the verbage does get around the expected/anticipated lack of a good lasersight, this post will walk you through adding a real laser sight to your Nitefinder.  Read on for more details along with lots of pictures. (continue reading…)

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Mod the Nerf Maverick to eject chamber right

by on Nov.24, 2009, under Hardware, Toys and Games


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Well, I will admit that I’ve been slacking a lot.  There are posts that need to be posted, and I’ve been extremely busy at work.  So, to make up for it, today’s going to be a two-post day!.    In this post, I’ll demonstrate how to modify the Nerf Maverick chamber to work properly like a real revolver.  Read on for a complete step-by-step guide to this basic Nerf mod.

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Breaking into APC’s BR24BP battery pack

by on Oct.27, 2009, under Hardware, How-To's, Investigative Dissassembly

apcLogo_141x68.jpgIn this post, we will show what was necessary on how to get access into the BR24BP battery pack for APC’s BackUPS RS/XS series of battery backups.  Read more for additional details, caveats and some good to know general informaton on how you can replace the stock batteries in the battery pack with your own batteries to save money and time.

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Add an SD card slot to a WRT54G v2

by on Sep.09, 2009, under Embedded devices, Hardware, How-To's, Linux

routerIn this post, we’ll cover step-by-step how to add a SD cardslot to your Linksys WRT54G running DD-WRT and how to configure it in the DD-WRT UI.    Granted, this has been done a lot already, however there is a significant lack of information on how to do it on the older V2’s.  Read more for the complete step-by-step guide. (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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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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