Someone let Darren at the power tools again! Forget the case window, his latest creation includes a set of shadow box photo frames modded into a computer case perfect for showing off that sexy hardware. Shannon has rounded up your picks for webcam motion detection and iOS jailbroken apps. Plus answers to your questions regarding multi-monitor PC setups and much more!
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Watch out Ruby and Django, you may not be the only scripting languages in town to sport your own web server. This week Moriyoshi Koizumi of PHP.net posted an RFC for a built-in web server in the PHP binary. While this wouldn't replace Apache as the web server of choice for major deployments, coders wanting to get a development environment up and running quickly would benefit from not having to write an HTTPD conf file.
Be careful what you download. 21 popular free apps in the market have been injected with root-kits and republished, AndroidPolice.com reports. "Guitar Solo Lite", for example, was republished as "Super Guitar Solo" with the added functionality of secretly publishing your IMEI and userID, among other data, to a server in Fremont. Google has pulled the publisher from the marketplace and used its remote kill switch on the apps, but that doesn't cover additional payloads which may have been downloaded from the 200,000-some zombie'd phones.
TorrentFreak reports that 70 percent of respondants to a Danish poll, say that they find piracy socially acceptable. 7 out of 10 said it's acceptable, about 20 percent saying it's completely acceptable, and 30 percent replied that it's completely NOT acceptable. Although most that took the poll said piracy is ok, they mostly agreed that selling those downloaded goods for profit are completely not ok. I'm a little surprised to see how so many people think it's alright.
Is Asus a fan of the Hak5 motherboard box case mods from weeks back? Possibly. The Taiwanese manufacturer showed off a concept shipping box that doubles as case for Mini-ATX motherboards. The box holds the motherboard and allows for additional components including hard disk and optical drives to be installed. I'll go ahead and predict wall-mounted computer cases from Thermaltake next.
Thanks Lifehacker for the shoutout on our recent motherboard box case mod. Insert In-Soviet-Russia joke here.
Last year a 40-year-old computer specialist hacked into an advertising server and made a large plasma screen off a highway in Moscow play 20 minutes of porn (video). He faces up to 5 years in jail. This week the man plead guilty, to hacking into an advertising server and having a large plasma screen in Moscow to play 20 minutes of porn.
I love those little tools that help out with everyday tasks. I have talked about motion detecting webcams in the past, but here are a few user picks:
Gary writes: If you want something sophisticated that runs in Linux try Zoneminder. Zoneminder is a professional quality, free, motion detection program for webcams and other cameras. It does everything Yawcam does plus more. In Ubuntu there are install instructions, and everything is in the repositories. Note, to prevent false triggers due to clouds passing the sun during daylight set up an exclusion zone. Another note, this program uses Mysql, Apache, Php and may be difficult to set up initially but is well worth the effort.
Another viewer writes: Thought I'd let you know that Vitamin D is THE best webcam-software that there is. The ability to recognise motion between humans and animals, seriously!
What little gems are rocking your world? Hit us up, weíll share ëem! firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of new apps for me to check out. Here's a quick overview of my favorites that you sent in:
PkgBackup- backs up repo sources and Cydia apps and saves them as an info file in contacts. Have to restore? No problem. Go to Cydia, download the app again, sync contacts from ITunes, and press restore in the PkgBackup App. This redownloads all your sources and apps. Its good if you have a lot of apps installed and no time to keep track of them. It's $4.99, available through Cydia.
Mike- VNC's- Veency- Little faster, quick toggle in SBSettings. Free in Cydia.
MCleaner- Lets you annonomously block calls and create a blacklist or whitelist. You have choice to have phone keep ringing, go straight to voicemail, hang up or accept. You phone wont ring while blocking call. There's a 15-day trial or it's around $12 total through Cydia. iFile is a very useful file manager and viewer. It gives you fast navigation through the iphone system to view files. You can view movies, sound, text, html, pdf's, even ZIP files. Files can be sent as email attachments straight from your phone or edited and bookmarked as well as uploaded straight from the iFile built in web server. $4 plus free trial.
Pirni Pro- Network sniffer, native ARP spoofer. This can be used to sniff usernames, passwords and data traffic running over your wireless network. This new version with a graphical interface is very user friendly. $1.99 in Cydia. Wifi Sync- Wirelessly sync with iTunes from wherever whenever. Wi-Fi Sync enables wireless syncing with iTunes at the touch of a button. Never go looking for that USB cable again. It's $9.99 and available in the Cydia store.
iBluever- iBluever is an iOS application which enables Bluetooth Dial-up networking support (client mode) for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. iBluever has its own Bluetooth and network stacks, you can connect your iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone to a Bluetooth Dial-up networking enabled phone, and then access the mobile network via the phoneís connection. So you can share your phoneís data plan to your iPad/iPod Touch/iPad, and save your money to buy an iPad 3G, make your iPod Touch to be more like an iPhone. $5.00 in Cydia. iNet- non jailbroken app- $3.99, a network scanner. Great tool to find out what devices are connected to your network... or the hotels open wi-fi network... ;)
Nick- Just following up to your jailbroken iPhone apps segment. I found this site called CodeThemed which makes it really easy to make your own WinterBoard themes.. you should check it out.
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It's time to break out the power tools and start building again. This week I'm pleased to bring you the first part of the photo frame case mod build. I'm using two Ikea RIBBA series shadow-box photo frames to display a mounted and lighted motherboard for your admiration. Technology is a beautiful thing.
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Hiya Darren and the team, Can you do a segment on how you did the multiple screen setup, i would like to do a 4 monitor setup and show a snake or cube scrolling, so that i can show it off at my next house party
Darren recommends multiple PCI-e graphics cards in a compatible motherboard from the same manufacturer. He has had plug-and-play experience in Windows and Debian variants of Linux.
There are also plenty of USB VGA adapters available.
Good show, can't wait to see what you do with the cluster! Anyway reason I'm mailing is... This is a cool packet sniffer.. tcpick For example, sniff irc on your network: tcpick -i eth0 'port 6667' -e 1000 -yR Lots of other cool stuff too and has curses support on linux, I'm using it on debian 6.0
Thanks MyssT! Always good to have another packet sniffer in our arsenal.