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Computer IR Hack – How to Add IR Controls to Your PC!

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For those of you with a PC or even a Mac that runs on Windows or Linux, you are in luck as you will be able to add a simple IR circuit that will allow you to remotely control your computer via a remote control!

Now, the greatest part about this project is that the IR program is provided free of charge via WinLIRC (for Windows) or LIRC (for Linux).

This could be a great simple hack for your new media PC TV if you don’t have any kind of IR remote contr

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Ubuntu DIY – How to Fix “Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf”!

For those of you using Nvidia’s proprietary driver on Ubuntu and get the following error:

Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf

You can simply fix it by re-writing a new xorg.conf file using:

sudo nvidia-xconfig

then doing:

gksudo nvidia-settings

This will open up your nVidia settings, make changes, then choose “save to X config file” and that’s it.

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Ubuntu Hack – How to Make a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive!

Last night I had the pleasure of making my very first bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive.  The reason I made this new Ubuntu USB flash drive was because I wanted to have a real “portable” linux system that I can run everywhere.

Where, I got it up and running in just about 5 minutes (minus the fact that I had to download the ISO file).   Ubuntu 9.10 ran flawlessly on my ASUS UL30Jt laptop, everything worked out of the box, the wireless, graphics, sound, and even my volume keys!

Anyways, let me show you how to make your own bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive.  I will sh

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Future on Ubuntu and Desktop Linux!

For many years I have been using both Windows and Linux, switching often between the two.  But for the last 3 years or so I have stuck mostly with Windows XP and Windows 7 as of its recent introduction to the consumer market.

Well, let me tell you I have good news, I decided to fully use my Ubuntu linux as main operating system.

Why Ubuntu Linux?

I’ve been testing with Ubuntu 9.10 since it came out couple month back (yes, I know there’s a beta 10.04, don’t be such a Ubuntuhead.), installed it on all of my desktops/laptops and even run in on Windows 7 under V

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Chrome DIY – How to Fix Linux Chrome Error – “The server’s security certificate is revoked!”

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I recently installed Google Chrome browser on my Ubuntu Linux.  Well, everytime I tried to access GMail, I’d get the following error:

“The server security certificate is revoked!”

This error happens to be a time error because my Ubuntu Live USB flash disk defaults to UTC.

To fix, just do:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

and fix your time zone (and time).

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Wep Hack – How to Crack WEP!

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*Warning: This guide is for educational purposes only, do not crack your neighbor’s or anyone’s wifi as it’s illegal to do so in the U.S.   Please check with your country’s local law for those of you outside the U.S. and use common sense when hacking WEP.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of cracking my very first WEP.  Of course, it was my own wireless connection I hacked but I found it to be invaluable skill to learn just in case I go traveling around the world one day and find myself without a wireless connection, let’s say somewhere in Thailand for exa

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Linux Hack – How to Make Persistent Bootable USB Flash Live Disks for Ubuntu/Linux Operating Systems!

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Remember I told you about a cool free software called UNetbootin that lets you make bootable USB flash drives for your linux operating systems?

Well, I ran into one problem, I could only make live CD versions of linux, but not able to use it as a hard drive in “persistent mode”.

You can use Ubuntu’s USB-imagewriter to make a persistent bootable USB flash drive except you will need Ubuntu installed to use the program to begin with.

For those of you who are running Windows, you can get this awesome free program called

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Linux Hack – How to Make USB Flash Live Disks for Ubuntu/Linux Operating Systems!

Recently, I’ve been having a blast playing with a bunch of USB flash drives including a Windows 7 USB Flash drive that helped me install Windows 7 on bunch of my friend’s computers.  Of course, I started playing with Linux now, different versions (distros) of Ubuntu.

Of course, along the way, I found this great free software that will quickly let you make a live USB flash drive of any linux distro you like called UNetBootin.

Basically, you download your favorite linux distro, use this softwa

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Ubuntu DIY – How to Install BitTorrent on Ubuntu!

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I finally got Ubuntu running on all of my Windows 7 desktops and laptops under VirtualBox.   Anyways, it’s a good idea to run torrent downloads on linux because I simply think it’s a safer environment as sometimes you can download stuff you don’t want to expose your Windows computer to.

Besides that, I love using Ubuntu for all my other stuff like SSH or playing with code.

Anyways, today I was installing BitTorrent client on my Ubuntu, here’s the steps you need to take to install it too.

First, add “universe” to your sources

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Router Hack – How to Make an Internet Radio with a WiFi Router!

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I have always been fond of internet radio as I listen to it 24/7.  The best part about internet radio is that you can listen to new music everyday, you don’t have to be listening to the same MP3s all over again.

For those of you with some circuit modding/hacking skills, you might want to try making your own internet radio with your old WiFi routers.  Most routers can nowadays be hacked with an open-source linux like OpenWRT, DD-WRT, and more.  Free source code is provided here so I don’t see

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