IoT malware exploits DVRs, home cameras via default passwords


The Internet of Things business model dictates that devices be designed with the minimum viable security to keep the products from blowing up before the company is bought or runs out of money, so we're filling our homes with net-connected devices that have crummy default passwords, and the ability to probe our phones and laptops, and to crawl the whole internet for other vulnerable systems to infect. Read the rest

Adafruit's new subscription boxes for makers and hackers

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Phil from Adafruit sez, "Adafruit released and shipped one of the only maker/hacker subscription boxes." Read the rest

Documentary on the past, present and future of typewriters

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Typewriter sculptor Jeremy Meyer sez, "I just got back from Telluride where the feature-length documentary by Doug Nichol called 'California Typewriter' premiered." Read the rest

Leaked catalog from UK surveillance arms-dealer full of gadgets sold to US cops

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Cobham PLC is a surveillance vendor who sells to some of the world's most egregious human rights abusing governments; in 2014, they provided a catalog of cyberweapons and spy tools to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, from whom it leaked. Read the rest

Clean old records with wood glue


Ghettofunk13 demonstrates the old vinyl-lover's trick of deep-cleaning your wax pancakes by spreading the grooves with Titebond II wood glue, waiting for it to dry, and then peeling off the glue-skin and taking all the gunk with it (presumably there is some way of actually playing the music from the intact glue-skin, given sufficiently advanced apparatus). Read the rest

Vader Vinyl: Picturedisc reissue of Star Wars' OST, featuring a 33 1/3RPM Death Star


John Williams' original score for the first Star Wars movie has been reissued as two picture-discs: the Death Star, Vader, Tie Fighters and Chewie and Han; it's $35 to pre-order for shipping on Sept 30. (via Bonnie Burton) Read the rest

Octopus George backpack


Belarusian crafter Orange Cat created the Octopus George felted backpack for "crazy octopus lovers" and "sailor man who loves the sea and marine creatures." Read the rest

This insane DIY fan-made Daft Punk helmet even comes with WIFI

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LoveProps has indeed crafted a “Perfect Daft Punk Helmet,” and I dare say it's better than the original worn by the band.

“The designing, building and programming of the GM01 unit took more than one year of daily work,” says the maker, who is a fan. “Finishing it with the desired quality was a huge odyssey.”

Damn. This thing is no joke. Read the rest

Fidget Cube: clicky, twisty cubes for "mindful fidgeting"


Kickstarter veterans Matthew and Mark McLachlan have raised nearly $1M for Fidget Cube: gadgets that you can switch, twist, click, glide, and roll when you want to do something with your hands. Read the rest

RetroConnector makes tiny replica vintage computers to house tiny modern miniature computers


RetroConnector (aka Charles Mangin) makes tiny Raspberry Pi cases in the form of mininature reproductions of Apple IIs, Lisas and Atari XLs—and more besides. The pitch is simple: "Connect your old Apple computer to new computers and peripherals. Outfit your desk with nostalgic miniatures." Read the rest

KettlePizza creates pizza making geniuses


My wife and I held a pizza pie cook-off last weekend where we supplied the flour, dough and basic toppings.  We asked our guests to bring exotic items to personalize their creations and there was even a trophy on the line for the chef who made the best impression on our judge. 

What my friends didn't know was that they were actually play-testing my favorite new Weber BBQ attachment - The KETTLEPIZZA.


The KETTLEPIZZA is basically a metal sleeve that fits between the top and bottom of your existing kettle grill that forces heat to come up from the backside, over the top of the pizza and out the front opening.  In the past week I've learned that cooking authentic Neapolitan pizza isn't as tough as I thought it'd be and getting the grill over 700° was the key to making it happen.

To be honest, I had 3 rough starts with KETTLEPIZZA and spent about a week fine tuning my tools before getting things dialed in for the party.  Below are a few tips that will help you succeed on your first try:


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Visit and pick their Weber grill accessory kit called The Serious Eats KettlePizza Special Edition Kit. I know that $399.95 seems pricey but believe me, since it comes with the cold rolled baking steel you'll be equipped for success from the get-go.  The cheaper kit that I picked up didn't have the baking steel and I had to purchase it separately which caused my first two attempts to be flops. Read the rest

Will you miss the headphone jack?


"Here’s the thing," writes Owen Williams on Apple's apparent plans to remove the headphone jack from the new iPhones. "Bluetooth is shit." Read the rest

HacBook puts new Mac OS on old HP laptop


The HacBook Elite is a "fully-functional Mac running OS X for 1/3 the price," which is to say a refurbished HP EliteBook with OS X hacked to run on it. It only has an i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a 1600x900 14-inch display—the claim this is equivalent to a 2013 MacBook Pro is eyebrow-raising, to say the least—but it's only $350, so you know what you're getting.

HacBook Elite ships with everything needed to start running the latest version of OS X. Once installed, OS X cold boots in 15 seconds and boots from sleep in 1 second. • Perfect for developing iOS, Mac apps • Dual-boot with Windows • Comes with iTunes, iMessage, App Store, etc. • Looks like a Mac.


My favorite part of the HacBook experience is the way the website imitates Apple's own, but all the images of text are blurry on high-DPI displays. The people who made (and would buy) HacBook don't even notice, but true Macolytes will get hives just looking at it.

Remember Psystar? Read the rest

Eero makes extending WiFi range easy, but at a hefty price


My home was built in 1927, and its Spanish plaster walls have deflected every attempt I’ve made at setting up a dead-zone free Wi-Fi network.   I’ve tried range extenders, moving large items around and I’ve even had my service provider attempt to tweak my setup.  When I first saw the eero Wi-Fi System, I was enticed by their promise of a quick setup and no dead-zones.   

Wi-Fi waves are just radio waves, and the farther you get from the access point, the weaker they become. There’s no way for one router to get a signal through the walls, furniture and household appliances to every part of your home which is why I need a multi device setup.

I contacted eero inc. and spoke directly with CEO, Nick Weaver and what he said was obvious and true:

“We keep adding more connected devices to our networks and streaming more content — WiFi is now a core utility for our homes and yet we still don’t have fast, reliable WiFi in every room.”

Nick told me about his passion for building something that will change the world and I was sold. I’ve been using the system for about 2 weeks and I can tell you that the setup was simple and I can now manage the network from my phone.  As I added more eeros to my network, they automatically connected with each other to create a mesh network.

My home is about 1400 square feet upstairs and 1200 downstairs and though my package has 3 eero devices, I really would have been fine with 2. Read the rest

The 2017 Ikea Catalog considered as dystopian urban microapartment futurism


The new Ikea Catalog is making a big bet on very small living spaces -- the kind of place that costs more than half your monthly salary but is too small for a dinner-table, let alone a separate room for your kids, who are supposed to sleep in a bunk-bed in the living room ("Why would a child on the verge of pubescence need privacy anyway?"). Read the rest

Beautiful wooden shell thingy is also a classic arcade cabinet


8Bitdo's prototype Desktop Arcade Joy Stick is a) an entire retrogame cabinet, complete with controls, display and guts, b) excellently crafted from wood, c) a surprisingly beautiful re-contextualizing of the experience of play. I'd like to own an entire arcadeful of these, in sizes ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet tall, in a colossal building the exact same shape, with anarchoprimitivist propaganda and classic arcade slowruns depicted on its vast screen. The real thing, though, is perfectly desktop-sized: about 12" across. Read the rest

Zippo's amazing, weird new colors


Zippo went a bit crazy with its lighter colors, introducing a rainbow of material-science wonders that, alas, I have no more use for, being a 15-year ex-smoker with the muscle-memory of an entire repertoire of obsolete Zippo tricks. Read the rest

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