Electrical meter hacking

There was an urban legend back in the days of mechanical electricity meters, that there were “lucky” appliances that once plugged in would make the meter go backwards. That was not practical. Even modern meters be fooled into doing strange things though, as a team at the University of Twente have demonstrated by making modern

Pi day

Today (March 14th, 2021), We are celebrating Pi Day, Pi (π) is the representation of the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter, Pi day is celebrated anually on March 14th since the first three significant digits of π are 3, 1, and, 4. The pandemic hasn’t stopped Pi Day celebrations on 3/14, but

DC-DC “inverter”

Sometimes devices sold as power inverter that claim to convert 12V to 230V AC (or 110V AC in USA) are not inverters at all, but DC/DC converters that output DC. I would say that calling such device “inverter” is not right, even though it might work with some originally mains powered devices. I have one

Linux maintenance challenges

Linux creator Linus Torvalds spoke about the challenge of finding future maintainers for the open-source operating system, at the (virtual) Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux conference under way this week. It’s really hard to find maintainers, says Linux creator. Maybe the damage was already done when Linus developed a bad reputation early on for

Ylläs transmitting tower

TV transmitting tower with microwave links and other telecom stuff like cell phone transceivers covered with snow. This is 150 meters tower that has typically 100-150 thousand kilograms of snow and ice in it during winter time. This picture was taken few days ago at Ylläs Lappland Finland. Picture is taken by me in February

Friday Fun: Engineering Flowcharts

This is a classic: Engineering flowchart: Does it Move? Should it? #WD40 vs. Duct Tape (original artist unknown) https://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/7214525854 This image puts WD-40 on a level playing field of importance in the Duct Tape dominant world we live in! Or maybe we need something more? Here is the proper one with jb weld? https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/52354414392269479/ Here

C code include from stdin

I saw claim that you can include /dev/stdin in C/C++ code compiled with gcc at Facebook posting https://m.facebook.com/groups/2344226875800424?view=permalink&id=2591966714359771 That post made reference to article https://blog.hboeck.de/archives/898-include-etcshadow.html It looked interesting so here is my version of C code that includes some data/code from stdin at compile time: #include <stdio.h> int main() { printf(“%s\n”, #include “/dev/stdin” ); return

Friday Fun: nerdcore hip hop

Songs with commandments of hacking: nerdcore hip hop If you’re into any shady internet shit, listen to lyrics… Dual Core – 0x0A Hack Commandments [FREE DL] ytcracker – paint ytcracker – plead the fifth