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a house demolition time lapse

Ralf of videobasics.de created a great time-lapse movie of a house demolition. See how things end:

Music by 2-RD. (I added this)

You can get the movie iPod-compatible via the muckefuck podcast feed.

Within some days there will be this and one more time-lapse movie be available on the streaming website of FeM e.V.. You can read here and of course on this site when it becomes available.

Source 1: http://videobasics.de/
Source 2: http://streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de

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the illegal side of mathematics

I always knew that there is the bad taste of crime and the smell of illegality involved when it comes to mathematics…

“The first illegal prime to be announced, when interpreted a particular way, describes a computer program which bypasses copyright protection schemes on some DVDs. Because that program has been found illegal by courts in the United States of America, this has produced debate about whether the number itself could be considered illegal.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_prime

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speed: play games as fast as you can.

There are gamers who don’t enjoy the games the same way the average gamer does. They are called runners. And they are doing Speed-Runs through games.

For example: the complete HalfLife 2 in 1 hour 36 minutes and 57 seconds…

And there is an archive to give you an insight on what is going on in the speed-run-scene:

“SDA is the home of speed runs done on many computer and console games. A speed run is a video of a player striving to complete a video game in as fast a time as they can manage. Sound easy? It’s not! A large number of tricks are usually used, possibly skipping whole areas of a game in the process, and there will always be mistakes.”


Source: http://speeddemosarchive.com/

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universal connections



“this is an example of technology being clearly understood and accepted by the general public. something democratic evolves and develops and therefore often even receives a totally different usage than was originally intended. given the current, often exotic use of USB, it would even be argued that there is a ‘USB subculture’!”


Source: http://www.dialog05.com/

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iTunes Agent: great try…now get more sophisticated

I thought many times of such an application. A tool that would allow me to use almost every MP3 player available on the market to sync with iTunes…

This solution does work – there are no worries. But it’s not the perfect solution of the problem. The perfect solution would be an application that runs on the MP3 player (Windows Mobile, eh?) and allows the MP3 player to pretend it is actually an iPod. Than no software on the Mac/PC is necessary to sync…

Anyone got the iTunes/iPod sync protocol documentation ready?

“iTunes Agent is a small application resting in your system tray constantly looking for new MP3 players and other music capable dev”ices connecting to your system. When a device it recognizes is connected to the system, it will create a playlist for the device in iTunes and it will synchronize that list with tracks on your device.

You may then modify this list, add and remove tracks, before you tell the iTunes Agent to synchronize the list with your player”

Source: http://ita.sourceforge.net/

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Online Collaboration

Still in the testing phase the instructables step-by-step how-tos are quite a good concept for online collaboration….

Instructables is a venue for showing what you make and how others can make it.

Making things is part of being human. Whether you make bikes, kites, food, clothing, protocols for biology research, or hack consumer electronics, good instructions are critical.

Instructables is a step-by-step collaboration system that helps you record and share your projects with a mixture of images, text, ingredient lists, CAD files, and more. We hope to make documentation simple and fast. Show your colleagues how to operate a machine, show your friends how to build a kayak, show the world how to make cool stuff.

Source: http://www.instructables.com

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I think I am to good for league 2…

…and Project Gotham Racing 3 is thinking it too…well sort of…


place 0 in league 2 what are you guys want to tell me?

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War never made so much fun: Cannon Fodder live remix

I wrote about the NES gaming the last week and yesterday toniq pointed me to “Press Play on Tape” – a retro band which plays game tunes … in this particular case they play the title tune of “Cannon Fodder” with the help of… game console controllers…Just go and have a look at the great video:

Source: http://www.pressplayontape.com/?pid=cannonfodder

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gadget-o-mania: bluetooth + windows mobile 5 device = smart remote control

Everybody knows me as the gadget-loving guy who cannot resist any chance to play with technology. And this night was once again time to play.

I was in bed complaining about the fact that I have to get up to change the track iTunes is playing at the moment. I thought: It should be possible to remote control iTunes and everything else on any machine in the room.

I instantly got up and looked for something that might do what I wanted… And what I found outdid my expectations by far: Salling Clicker is the name of the tool.

What’s the point of the tool? It’s simply a server and a client. The server runs on any Windows or Macintosh machine and accepts connections via TCP/IP or bluetooth. I am using bluetooth at the moment… The client runs on almost any phone, in my case a Windows Mobile 5 phone.

The installation is painless – on the Mac it comes as a Preference Pane:


This represents the menu you have on your client…on my phone in this case…


You even can configure phone events…for example: What happens when the phone rings?


The user interface is very similar to an iPod. You simply control it with the D-Pad of the phone. Clicking the D-Pad is selecting…

To give you an idea what it looks like to play a song…look:



Yes there is cover art…and track rating…

And … you can search… and find…

This is the first tool for about two years that flashed big way. I instantly registered my copy (the 30 click-limitation is quite annoying) and got a serial number within minutes. As I am exploring the tool I even found extensions for the remote control to acces my eMail…my ICQ…oh well and remote controlling Powerpoint presentations is one base feature…

The tool is, like I said, available for Windows and Macintosh – so take a look it’s really worth the try.

Source: http://www.salling.com/Clicker/mac/

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the best time widget for your Mac…


WOW! Why didn’t we think of that?


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ridiculous speed, light speed, wire speed….

Did you ever wonder how fast data is actually travelling on the wires that come out of your machines? So take a look at this diagram to find out:



Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/archive/2006/02/14/531645.aspx

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house automation to the max.

So here we are: We got a EIB bus in our office and thought: Oh well – that’s something to play with. But this guy wired and automated his complete house.

I cannot even imagine what information he is getting from “toilet flushed 3 times today”…but hey – why not 🙂



Source: http://www.bwired.nl

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You Played Mario Brothers 1 2 3 On The NES You Loved It You Even Played It On Your PC In An Emulator Then Theres Prob

You played Mario Brothers 1, 2, 3 on the NES? You loved it? You even played it on your PC in an emulator? Then there’s probably something new for you: A brand shiny new version of the Mario Brothers. It’s not officially from Nintendo but made by some guy who calls himself “DAHRKDAIZ”.



For the download you get nothing more than completely new worlds and levels, modified graphics, new gameplay features, new power ups,… and many many more.

It’s “just” a hack – but it’s a great one. Almost a complete re-new-make…

Source 1: Mario Adventure Article @ VintageComputing

Source 2: NES emulators

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RSA SecurID undressed

We had a project which used the RSA SecurID token for authentication. But that was more than a year ago. Now what’s left are several unused token which are free for some fun…



“Your RSA SecurID token contains delicate and sophisticated instrumentation. The token casing, LCD and silicon chip will break if abused. Protect your RSA SecurID token from phyiscal abuse. Do not immerse it in liquids, do not expose it to extreme temperatures, and do not put it under pressure or bend it.” (RSA SecurID manual)


Let’s bend it, put it under pressure, expose it to extreme temperatures and liquids. Let’s physical abuse it so that it breaks…



in the beginning…



contact pads… interesting…



the backside opened



the front side opened



the “core”…



in all it’s beauty



more black foam under the LCD…


Source: http://www.rsasecurity.com/node.asp?id=1156

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there’s a new Process Explorer version…



Source: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html

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measuring your typing speed…


Nice little applet I came across:



How long high is yours? Is there such a test for writing C/C++/C# code?


Source: http://typera.tk

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watercooling the 360… weren’t we promised watercooling for the launch?!

Weren’t we promised a watercooled 360 at first hand? There was this fabulous ourcolony movie for the viral marketing. And the guys there, which were supposed to be the engineers of the 360, said “and it’s got water inside”…pointing at the watercooled 360 mainboard and showing it into the camera…



Nothing of that became true as of today. The Retail-360 is a air-cooled gaming console with no water inside at all. But just till the guys from HardOCP got their hands into the game. They’re presenting you a watercooled 360 running at astonishing low temperatures:


“With stock Xbox 360 cooling, after an hour of Quake 4, the back of the motherboard temperature was 150.8ºF ( 66ºC ).

With the water cooled Xbox 360, after an hour of Quake 4, the back of the motherboard was a full 50ºF cooler than stock cooling at 101ºF ( 38.4ºC ).”


Source: http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=OTM5

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22c3: intermediate streaming-server status


Well..that makes 442 connected clients at the maximum peak… nifty!



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mhh… well… it’s “good vibrations” time


Harald brought this to my attention:



“Pervasive computing will more and more influence on the everyday life because more and more electronical devices are capable of speaking IP, e.g. via Ethernet, WiFi or Bluetooth. Vibrators will be no exception. Although people haven’t realized this yet, there are in fact already vibrating devices with IP-connectivity called mobiles or cellulars. The AT command specified in GSM 07.07 does only provide a command to enable the vibrating on an incomming phone call. Therefore the controlling of these vibrating devices is rather clumsy.”


Source: http://www.mbsks.franken.de/vcp/

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/dev/vibrator

The Motorola A780 has some nice details:



women dream of it.


seen on 22c3, picture by namenlos


Source: slash-me

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22c3: 3G Investigations slides and information


22. Chaos Communication Congress
3G Investigations


lecture slides


Scanning your GPRS/UMTS IP network for fun and profit


We are giving an overview of ip networks used for >=2.5G technologies. Our main focus is on scanning the overlaying ip network, on different Voice-over-IP filter implementations and the possibilities to circumvent them.


We want to explain the ip networks used in GPRS and UMTS cellular networks from the enduser point of view. How do they work today and what has to be done to get a normal webpage, voice-over-ip or even a video stream onto your PDA or SmartPhone.


For your private investigations inside your providers ip network we want to demonstrate you a tcp/udp port and round-trip-time based traceroute program based on the .NET compact framework. With the help of this program we want to analyse the anti voice-over-ip filters implemented by different cellular providers and show you some possibilities how to circumvent them _efficently_. So we don’t just tunnel all the traffic through a VPN. But even when these filters become more sophisticated in the future we want to present some ideas how to defeat your right to talk via voice-over-ip whereever and whenever you want to.


Slide download (PDF, 5.9 Mbyte)

Sourcecode: PrivateInvestigationNetworkToolSrc.zip (239,1 KB)

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22c3: video and audio streaming and recording scheme


As promised yesterday here are some more information about the video and audio streaming and recording at the 22c3. First let’s start with the almost complete scheme:



What’s not in the scheme is where and how the streams are recorded:




  1. there’s a DV tape in every camera (we’ve got 400 brand new DV tapes for that purpose here)


  2. audio+video streams are recorded on the CCC encoding machines on their local hard drives (MPEG2 audio and MPEG4 video)


  3. audio+video streams are record on the FeM encoding machines on their local hard drives (Windows Media Audio+Video 9)


  4. audio-only streams are recorded on the CCC streaming servers local hard drives

Last but not least: How can you watch and hear those fantastic streams? Easy:


Two ways:


go to http://22c3.fem.tu-ilmenau.de and take a look or follow the links directly to the WMV streams:


lecture hall 1
lecture hall 2
lecture hall 3
lecture hall 4


or go to http://81.163.3.2/ and take a look or take this table:


















hall
OGG/Vorbis HQ OGG/Vorbis LQ MP3 HQ MP3 LQ RTSP MP4V MPGA
hall 1 link
link
link
link
Link
hall 2 link
link
link
link
Link
hall 3 link
link
link
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Link
hall 4 link
link
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Link

Visio: all lecture halls.vsd (507,5 KB)
SVG: all lecture halls.svg (384,63 KB)


Source 1: http://www.fem.tu-ilmenau.de
Source 2: http://www.ccc.de
Source 3: http://22c3.fem.tu-ilmenau.de

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lecture hall 2 – sound and camera testings


We only had the time to test one lecture hall today – and this is our current setup which worked quite good:



A complete listing from where to where the signals are routed will be available tomorrow.



the headless encoding pc kinda broke for a second.


…and the mandatory panoramic views:



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young single searching…



lonely switch searching for connections.

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inside the Phone Operation Center (POC)


Since we are kind of interested in providing a large user DECT network on the campus of our university we spoke with the Eventphone guys about their setup: and as far as we can tell it’s far more sophisticated than expected.



little panoramic view of the POC server room



the Alcatel machine rear view



patch panel



front view



front view with logo



switching switch



audio patch panel



the actual POC service area in the main hall


Well sorry that there are more pictures than text – it’s just because we have to compile all the information we got and pile it all together into a nice and well understandable text for your reading pleasure.

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the trip to the 22c3, the arrival and some food.


Well here we are – packed with equipment we arrived in Berlin and successfully tested the first encoding-run for the upcoming 22c3 which starts in two days.



hmm… bad weather



this text was on the equipment to discourage thieves



rest place at the A9



finally some food – well maedness had some sandwiches – but finally something hot



the fairy dust has landed


Since we arrived we unpacked all the equpiment and drawn-in our new “office” for the next days: the video studio – which is kind of above/around hall 1.



so here we are… on the right side you can see into hall 1 through the window.



concentrated calculating power – our four encoding machines + one fallback.


Funny thing beside that: we got our own /24 subnet here – peered with 10GE directly to the Berlin CIX. How cool is that 😉

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22c3: 3G Investigations teaser



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“facts” about the upcoming 22c3 talk streaming and recording…



So here are some information about how we are planning for the 22c3.




  1. live-streaming:



    1. MPEG2 Multicast (3-4 Mbit)
      available only in the internal 22c3 network


    2. WMV Livestream
      available everywhere – server inside the 22c3 network and one or more servers in the internet


    3. live OGG/MP3 audio casts


    4. congress-tv – available standard PAL tv signal of each talk in the congress center


  2. on-demand:



    1. MPEG4 downloadables
      untagged (without comments/naming…) available in the 22c3 network hopefully immediately(within 2-3 hours) after the talk
      tagged available via ftp/torrent… when it’s done


    2. WMV downloadables/on-demand streams
      untagged available immediately (see above) for download and live stream
      tagged available via on-demand live stream and downloadable when it’s done


    3. OGG/MP3 audio casts (will also be available via a podcast on schrankmonster)

Source 1: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005/
Source 2: http://streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de

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after a week: update, speakers acting, 22c3, my 360 and more…


I did not write for over a week now – I simply had no time to write – but now I want to give you a short update on what happened the last days:


2. December: the 360 arrives. I had only some time to unpack and testdrive PGR3 – in fact it’s what was promised – the next generation gaming console. (please make a firmware update so that the DVD drive is more quiet).



yes, there’s an apple keyboard attached to the 360.


To raise the pain-bar the desperatly needed XBOX VGA cable is not available anywhere around. I actually have to wait till it’s available again. Until then I am using the 360 via PAL-60 – which is – oh well …


There are some nice and some bad things to say about the 360 – one thing I just found out and impressed me: when you want to type – let’s say in XBOX live – you might want to use the on-screen keyboard. But when you attach a commonly used USB keyboard to the 360 – you can use it for the typing job … I wasn’t expecting that.


late last week I attended the 3rd “Speakers Acting” Training held by Vision Voices Executives Alexandra Schwarze and Martin Marx. As you can imagine it was a fantastic and enriching experience.



And the this weekend it finally happened: SIXT gave me my the first V6 – a Mercedes Benz ML320 – what a … hell of a car.



hmm… a SUV at >220 km/h… hrhr eat this mother nature!


Oh, I almost forgot to tell you what I did with the addictive ML – We took a trip to Berlin to meet with the guys of the Chaos Computer Club Berlin who are organising the 22th Chaos Communication Congress. As things work out we will be in Berlin at 25th of december with 10 people – recording and streaming the whole congress for you. Working closely together with the guys from congress-tv, congress-streaming… I can only cross fingers and hope that everything is going to happen as planned and discussed.



Source 1: http://www.visionvoice.de
Source 2: http://www.ccc.de
Source 3: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005

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if hackers ruled contest


What a great contest! Get your Photoshop started and create a world “if the hackers rule”.



“Remember when computer hackers were the big scare? Sure they might be 15-year-olds computer nerds who t41k 2 mUc4 l1k3 7h15!!!!!!!!!!!!11 [talk too much like this]. But that doesn’t mean that, with a few deft keystrokes, they couldn’t take over the world. And what would everyday life be like then? Get ready for some l337 h4xx0r1ng!!!!!!111 [elite hacker language].

The rules of this game are thus: In this contest you will show us images from a world run by l337 hax0rs. Your images should ideally focus on something that already has text on it. (i.e. a shampoo bottle with instructions written in html or the Coca-Cola logo written in poorly spelled gibberish). As always, quality is a must. We will remove poor entries no matter how much we like you. You’ll have 48 hours for this contest, so make your submission count.”


Source: If Hackers ruled

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we need your help: be a video angel for the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress



This year more than any year before the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress needs your help!


Since FeM e.V. plans to help the team of the 22c3 with equipment and manpower there never can be enough hands to help at such a big event.


If you want to assist and help us recording and streaming the whole congress than surf to the official 22c3 wiki and state your intention to help by contacting the orga-team telling them that you want to be a videoangel.


Source 1: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/
Source 2: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/crm.en.html

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a short discussion of 1337ism and big ass tvs


On the way back home I came past a house where one particular window attracted my interest. A huge 1337 is in bright letters in that window. Obviously some elite hackers are living there…


When I made the pictures I noticed that just one floor down right from my elite window another obviously rich students are watching tv on some kind of big ass tv – probably a projector…




Since I don’t have the space (and money) for such artefacts as a big ass tv – I am just jealous with the guys…I want one for my 360… okay let’s start small: I want a 360!

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Bluetooth Security talk at the What The Hack 2005 wrap-up


It’s time for another What The Hack wrap-up session: (slides are in german)



Slides: WTH_Bluetooth_Security.ppt (801 KB)


My slides are based on Martin Herfurts talk at the What The Hack 2005. You can get his slidesdeck at trifinite.org.

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slide deck for the “Exploiting Pocket PC” wrap-up


In the future I will put all the slides I have from my talks online at schrankmonster. I will create a dedicated categorie: Talks and Slides



Slides Download: WTH_Exploiting_Pocket_PC.ppt (1,23 MB)


My slides are based on Collin Mulliners talk at the What The Hack 2005.

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j0lt

It’s hacker soda …



…others can’t understand…

Source: http://www.joltcola.com

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What The Hack wrap-up


In the next days and weeks we will be doing a wrap-up of this years What-The-Hack. Everyone can come to EAZ 1341/1342 from 19.00 to 22.00 on the following dates:


Wednesday, 09.11.2005 “Cryptography”




  • Exploiting PocketPC


  • An Introduction to Quantum Cryptography


  • Learning cryptography through hand cyphers


  • PGP for companies, why not?


  • Fun and Mayhem with Radio Frequency Identification

Monday, 14.11.2005 “wireless networks”




  • Doing a wifi long shot


  • Wifi and 500km? Development of Wi-NVIS


  • OLSR


  • Using linux for embedded devices


  • Car-Puters

Wednesday, 23.11.2005 “Open World”




  • Is blogging Open Source journalism?


  • Do we run out of oil?


  • About mp3s and african farmes


  • Jabber


  • Dynebolic

Monday, 28.11.2005 “anonymity in the internet”




  • Bluetooth Security – News From The Front


  • Anonymous communication for the United States Department of Defense…and you


  • Future anonymity networks and Tor Hidden Services


  • Internet Censorship in China


  • Physical Security


Source: What-The-Hack

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globalized supersized

one advantage of globalization is the availability of McD’s products even in Beijing. So, let’s test it:



triple layer hamburger with cheese and mystic, but spicy sauce.



a global average total satisfied consumer, ups, guest, of corse!

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networked doorbell


Hmm..how many wires do you need to connect a doorbell? You need 8 wires of course! Do we actually have any cables !=CAT5/5e/6 ?



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it’s JASJAR / MDA pro time… yeeeehaa!


After several weeks of waiting today the JASJAR / MDA pro arrived together with the T-Mobile UMTS contract + USIM.


As you can imagine the unpackaging was quite an event (I am not posting the pictures that show me retardedly smiling)



Everything in place….





UMTS…narf!


Since ahzfs JASJAR also arrived today and the third one is on it’s way and expected to arrive on monady we now can just start over developing the applications for our research project.


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Blinkenlights reloaded

Surprisingly Blinkenlights is back for our viewing and gambling pleasure. If you are in Berlin these days, make sure you’ll take a look.



(it’s the building in the upper middle…which is used as a big b/w screen)


Source 1: http://www.berlin.de/webcams/.bin/index.php
Source 2: http://www.blinkenlights.de/

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Quake 3 for Xbox is there…

It’s not that long ago that ID Software released the sourcecode of Quake III: Arena. Since the release many people worked on the sourcecode and one particular man did a very good job by porting Quake III to the Xbox:

Source 1: Carcharius’ Blog
Source 2: The Quake III: Arena sourcecode

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what a great hoax…Playstation Portable Emulator

There are some unconfirmed rumors about an upcoming Playstation Portable Emulator… well the feature set looks impressive but unlikely.



Beta Version Feature List:

  • Stable PSP Firmware Emulation
  • +Laptop/Tablet PC Battery Support
  • +2.0 Web Browser Emulation
  • +Runs PBP Files(Homebrew)
  • +ISO Support(Not At Full Speed)
  • +WiFi Support
  • +Theme Setup
  • +Wallpaper Customisation
  • +MP3 and MPEG Support
  • +Full Screen Mode
  • +Reset,State Save and Power Off.
  • +Home Button Support(Includes Home Confirmation Screen)
  • +UMD Emulation(.umd files – new file type)*
  • +XBOX Version – (Limitations – No WiFi or ISO Support)
  • +Linux Version
  • +Windows And Mac Versions
  • +PSP Drive Emulation(PSP/GAME/ etc.)
  • +Extended 3D Rom Support
  • +New Project Name:PSPemu (Xbox: PSPemuX)

the beta release is yet to be confirmed.

Source: http://mattfazzer.bl.am/

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What The Hack revisited: the teardown

there is the final movie of the last minutes at the What The Hack 2005:



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Mission accomplished: Linksys Router is now “evilgate”

After some minutes the job was done – and openwrt instead of the original firmware was flashed into the two new linksys routers.










Please welcome OpenWrt – “White Russian RC2”.

Since the documentation is quite good it just leaves me with this citation:

“With the release of the Linux sources for the Linksys WRT54G/GS series of routers came a number of modified firmwares to extend functionality in various ways. Each firmware was 99% stock sources and 1% added functionality, and each firmware attempted to cater to a certain market segment with the functionality that they provided. The downsides were twofold, one – it was often difficult to find a firmware with the combination of functionality desired (leading to forks and yet more custom firmwares) and two – all the firmwares were based on the original Linksys sources which were far behind mainstream Linux development.

OpenWrt takes a different route, instead of starting out with the Linksys sources, the development started with a clean slate. Piece by piece software was added to bring the functionality back to that of the stock firmware, using the most recent versions available. What makes OpenWrt really unique though is the fact it employs a writable filesystem so the firmware is nolonger a static compilation of software but can instead be dynamically adjusted to fit the particular needs of the situation. In short, the device is turned into a mini linux PC with OpenWrt acting as the distribution, complete with almost all traditional linux commands and a package management system for easily loading on extra software and features.”

Source: http://openwrt.org/

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a linksys router

My Linksys WRT54GS-DE router arrived! So tomorrow we’ll start to put the openWRT on it…

I really need a “every-firewall-detour-device”…more on that and on the thingies you can do with such a device later on.



Source: http://www.openwrt.org

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update W2k3 Web Edition to W2k3 Standard Edition pt. 2

So this is part 2 of my little “how to transform a Windows Server 2003 Web Edition into a Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition if you only have Remote Desktop and limited “physical” keyboard access to the machine…

Since some hard-drive imaging experiments did not work today I decided to try the straight-forward way. Mounting the CD and installing…

I came across several problems and had to find a workaround or them. The first problem showed up: Since we would like to have Remote Desktop Access after the installation finished successfully installing a Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition WITH Servicepack 1 is not an option. One of the new features of Servicepack 1 is that after a clean Install you cannot access the machine from the network anyhow – You have to update the machine and then this “feature” disables itself.

So it is important that you have a non-SP1 Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition Install-CD…

Another problem occurs now if your currently running Windows 2003 Web Edition has Servicepack 1 installed already…

If you start the setup something like this will show up:



“Setup cannot continue because the version…”

So we’ll have to trick a little bit to fake a pre-SP1 environment for the setup: When you start the setup the “winnt32.exe” is launched which loads the “\Windows\AppPatch\sysmain.sdb” file and reads the version number that is stored there.

The trick is to replace the running systems “sysmain.sdb” with the one from the setup CD. (don’t get confused that the path is “C:\noSP1\” – just replace that with your CD-Drive name).

Anyway…just do this:



One note to the things above: the file is deleted from the dllcache first to trick the Automatic System File Protection…

Once you have completed this you can start the setup and it’ll run as desired. Ensure that you select the following advanced options:



Copy all installation files from the Setup CD

Now start the setup, fill in the product key and wait until the machine reboots.



If you had KVM access you’ll see this after the reboot:



Now it’s going to be fun! My ISP allows me to send keyboard commands to the machine… so this are the commands you’ll have to send (blind!) to finish the installation:

Enter (Welcome to Setup)
Escape (don’t repair)
Enter (Install)
C (Continue Setup)
L (Delete Windows folder)

After about 25 minutes and a reboot

Enter (Regional Configuration Dialog)
Username (Username)
Enter (Username>
Enter (Licensing Modes 5 concurrent connections)
Tabulator (passwords…)
password (your actual password…I recommend to leave it “password” or any other simple thing…
Tabulator (retype the password)
password
Enter(confirm the passwords)
Tabulator(that’s the password warning “Password to simple” if you’re absolutely sure this won’t come up…skip this and the next one)
Enter (password warning)
Enter (Timezone settings)
Enter (Typical Network Settings)
Enter (Workgroup name)

After about 30 minutes the machine reboots

After the machine rebooted it should be pingable…if so you should enable Remote Desktop Access remotely:

Step 1: start “regedit” on your local machine
Step 2: connect to the IP of your machine and login with username+password
Step 3: Change HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\fDenyTSConnections from 1 to 0
Step 4: connect with your Terminal Service Client.



Now you should have this…

And that’s it as simply as it could be B-). One way to get Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition on a Windows Server 2003 Web Edition machine…

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update W2k3 Web Edition to W2k3 Standard Edition pt. 1

okay…the straight “insert CD and start the setup”-Way to update from Web Edition to Standard Edition is dead end…:



This is okay so far…


but after some minutes the machine reboots and you see:



…and that’s the point where you would need physical access to the machine – or at least have KVM-access to the machine…so…we’ll try another strategy…

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really l33t…finally.

It seems that we finally got the right place for your weekly meetings…



1337! ph3ar!

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heavy load on our servers…

Today nierenschaden finally got the tent’s FTP Server up and running so we can mirror and host the talk recordings that are available about an hour after the talk ended….



After we announced our server (which has about 750 GB of storage) many people dropped in to leech from our mirror…

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operations center! we got a power problem…

It’s raining since hours…and I mean raining…So it finally happened: A blackout.
If you take a look at the power uplink you can guess what’s wrong here 😉 – The connector was quite hot…and the water made the remainder….

After some minutes the blackout problem was solved and the work on…whatever we worked on could continue… B-)

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