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Hand Crank USB Lego Charger

So here is a simple project to groom your child into the geek parent you are. Over at Hacked Gadgets Alan pointed out a “how-to” on creating your own USB charger from Lego’s.
hand crank lego USB charger
The charger uses a Lego motor to generate current which passes through a voltage regulator and off to the USB port. If you don’t already have the Lego motor you can pick them up at target and the voltage regulator at Radio Shack. When all done, rather then sending your kid to time-out, have them hand-crank and recharge your favorite MP3 player. Here is a picture of the hand crank with electronics already installed. Continue Reading

Hacking Bluetooth With USB

I read an interesting report from Dark Reading today regarding hacking Bluetooth and how USB can play a roll. (Not that hacking for the dark force is anything cool) You don’t hear much about Bluetooth hacks because the tools needed (sniffers) start at about 10Grand.
bluetooth hack usb
A couple of security engineers where able to use a Cambridge Silicon Radio chip-based USB dongle, some flash memory and Bluetooth 2.x technology and some code hacked from a commercial Bluetooth sniffer to hack into a device’s communication via the Bluetooth signal. There was no specific USB hack How-To information but the point is that if a simple USB dongle can be construed to do Bluetooth hacking then security risks for not only communication but device control could become a huge big problem. Continue Reading

ShowCase: Boot AppleTV from USB

Another Update: Use external drive via USB for unlimited storage! Update: The guys at AwkwardTV.org have been very busy. Here are some quick links to their wiki site with some great AppleTV hacks. The full wiki is here. None of this could be done without the hard work of Ozy and his clan at AwkwardTV.org ————— Ozy from AwkwardTV.org figured out how to write a bootstrap from USB so that he can now start to hack AppleTV without opening the box. Here is a showcase of the USB boot.

If you’re interested in more details on this hack and others, visit AwkwardTV.org for updates. Continue Reading

Zune Hack: Run Zune on Vista

My buddy purchased a Zune a couple days ago and learned it didn’t work with his Windows Vista. He did figure out how to run the Zune on Windows Vista. A little digging around he came up with the following article, thought to pass it along.
Run Zune on Vista
Before you start be sure you have the Zune CD, WinRAR (if you don’t have it, grab a trial version) and a this Zune.msi install patch (here *requires log-in on forum). There are 10 steps to this process and please don’t plug in your Zune until prompted to by the Zune software. Instructions: Continue Reading

USB Hack: Disable Writing to USB Drives

So here’s a poor mans USB hack to secure your network from unscrupulous characters downloading company secrets via USB. In Windows XP SP2 and Vista you can disable writing to USB devices altogether by implementing a simple registry hack.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\ Control\StorageDevicePolicies] “WriteProtect”=dword:00000001 **Note: I inserted a break after …Set\< br>Control… to fit into post page.
Once done, reboot and you’re set. Make sure others don’t have Administrative rights, otherwise they could easily set things back. Here is the Vista error message upon copy attempt:
usb hack disable usb devices
There is an auto executable download available to disable writing to USB drives without searching for the registry area yourself. If interested in this USB hack, then jump over to How-To-Geek and snag it. Continue Reading

iPod Charger Made from Altoids Tin

There is definitely an Altoids DIY underground. I bumped into an article on how to make an iPod charger from an Altoids Tin yesterday at Chris DiClerico’s website. After doing a little research I see there is a big following for Altoids Tin do-it-yourself projects. So, to service my reader group, herezzz the how to:
ipod charger altoids
It’s a very easy project and a great one for beginners looking to tweak something. The goal is to make a charger from two 9V batteries and two AA batteries which should juice your iPod for another 10 hours. Then house that charger in a clean looking Altoids Tin. Couple things you’ll need: Continue Reading

U3 Software: e-Capsule Zero Footprint Encrypted Web Browser

EISST or Enterprise Information Security Systems & Technologies introduced their 100 percent encrypted web browser, the e-Capsule, the first of it’s kind. We’ve seen countless warnings of Internet Explorer being hacked and e-Capsule could be your answer. E-Capsule is a zero footprint internet browser because the application launches from a U3 USB or UFD drive. The elegance of e-Capsule lies within the code as security and confidentiality of online sessions and transaction are embedded in the application design.
e-capsule
Here’s a great example of a normal browser: Continue Reading

First USB Firewall Secure It Easy by CoSoSys – Bring It On!

Hard to believe that nearly 70% of unauthorized access to sensitive data are from employees, not external hackers, viruses or worms. In many situations, IT managers are now understanding the ease in which company info can be stripped out via USB. To that end, CoSoSys introduces Secure It Easy, the first USB Firewall to ad IT managers in this battle against unauthorized theft.
usb firewall secure it easy
If you only protect your PC with a firewall and antivirus software you are only protecting if against threads posed from the outside (internet) and not protecting it against threats posed from the inside. Secure it Easy will help you to protect your PC from all threats posed by portable devices that are connected to your PC via the USB port. Secure it Easy gives you full control over your PCs endpoints.
With Secure It Easy managers have complete control over USB endpoints Continue Reading

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