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Everything you should be knowing about ‘DDoS Attack’

July 27, 2010  |  Hacks  |   |  Comments Off

Dos attacks are ordinarily executed by flooding the target servers with unsolicited information packets in unexampled manner. This can be performed by misconfiguring network routers or by performing smurf attack on the victim servers. This results in ‘capacity overflow’, followed by max out of system resources, which makes the target service unavailable, either temporarily or permanently(in case of hardware aimed dos attack) to the intended users. Even after creating such a havoc, there’s barely(barring tech minority) any individual who can incisively be knowing  what ddos attacks are all when it comes to. In case of hardware aimed dos attacks, financial losses can...

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Ps3 laptop courtesy of Ben Heck

[Ben Heck] may be the coolest person ever (take that [Adam Savage]). You would think that after producing so many laptop versions of gaming consoles he would grow tired or we would be bored of them. But no! We love each and every new production – including his latest laptop-ified Ps3. Not too much in the terms of ‘new’ comes from his latest article, but it does reaffirm some things including: why make what you can buy, cheap foam sheet should be purchased by the ton, and use the screws from an overheated Xbox 360 when you lose the Ps3...

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SNES Controller + USB + Accelerometer

As we posted about [Atarity]‘s XBMC hiding in an SNES controller, we were finishing work on a tutorial for [Adafruit]. The tutorial combines a Teensy USB development board with a 3D accelerometer inside of an SNES controller. The Teensy is programmed to poll the SNES controller buttons and read the accelerometer values. The buttons are set to keystrokes and mouse buttons, and the accelerometer values are processed into mouse movement. Programmed to play Portal, we created a video showing how to use the device. You can see it after the break. It was not quite as easy or quick as the...

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XeXLoader reminds us of Xbox glory days

May 1, 2010  |  Console Hacks  |  , , , ,  |  8 comments

The newest version of XeXLoader boasts a pretty slick GUI. This is a homebrew loader for the Xbox 360. Don’t get your hopes up, it requires an older kernel and you’re not getting on Xbox Live if you do this hack. But think back to when the original Xbox was first hacked. Watching the XeXLoader (after the break) sends us back to the days of EvolutionX. Sure there wasn’t much that could be done in those early days (other than pirate games), but that slowly changed with the hard work of a lot of developers. XBMC came out of those first...

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Emulating a Z80 computer with an AVR chip

May 1, 2010  |  Hacks  |  , ,  |  11 comments

[Sprite_tm] dusted off his assembly skills and managed to emulate a Z80 computer using an AVR ATmega88. He’s using an SD card in place of the floppy and a 128 KB DRAM chip to handle the memory for the emulated machine. An FT232 board gives him terminal access which he uses for input and display. As you can see, the hardware is much simpler than building the original would have been. He makes up for this with complicated firmware. In the end, the emulated core occupies about 2 KB of programming space after he followed the Z80 Propeller project’s idea...

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