Blog posts on current things, interesting ones may become permanent articles, others remain here in the date-ordered listing
- Lenovo Battery Hack 3 min read - Jun 3, 2016 - by Phlash Yep, that’s actually a post title. it turns out that Phil’s laptop is fussy about the brand of battery you use, or to put another way: Lenovo like to lock users into their expensive batteries..right..
- Rivendell_Chroot 5 min read - Dec 28, 2015 - by Phlash Phil got down to some Linux voodoo over the Christmas holiday, in order to run a slightly too old application suite (Rivendell Audio 1.7.2) on a supported distribution (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS), and without the aid of a package manager safety net (whoo!), it turns out Chroot is a winner.
- FUNcube_2nd_Birthday 1 min read - Nov 22, 2015 - by Phlash Well blow me down if the ol' cubesat is still working on it's 2nd Birthday. Cake was required.
- OBiLINE 4 min read - Jun 7, 2015 - by Phlash While looking for a usable cheap FXO port to connect the PSTN to his home server, Phil came across the OBIHAI product line, and bought a couple of toys to play with: an OBIHAI110 voice service bridge, which will do pretty much what's required without the server attached, and an ObiLINE USB FXO adapter, which is being reverse engineered for fun :)
- ScopeHacking 4 min read - Apr 18, 2014 - by Phlash Yup - Easter holidays allow one time to play with one's own toys, so just for the fun (and practice) I reverse engineered the protocol on an old infra-red keyboard (it came with a Netgem set top box many years ago).
- StackGrabbing 6 min read - Feb 21, 2014 - by Phlash Ok, I'm sorry about the subject line, just how Phil's brain works I'm afraid. I've been amusing myself recently by writing a memory allocation tracer in VC++ to track down some pesky memory leaks in a large app.
- PhilsDroid 5 min read - Mar 12, 2013 - by Phlash New Droid for Old So I lent my droid phone (Huawei U8120 below) to Joseph, 'cause his shiny toy got pinched :-( Upon mentioning that I was now droidless, one of my colleagues at work (thanks Duncan!) has lent me his unwanted Samsung GT-I5500, of a similar vintage to the U8120, but locked to Three.. uh-huh. Unlocking the GT-I5500 According to the interweb (well ok, mostly the excellent XDA Developers Forum), the network unlock code in a GT-I5500 is stored in the ROM image in plain text - nice.
- Hacking Picasa3 2 min read - Mar 13, 2012 - by Phlash The Need I have a whole pile of photos of family and friends that I have indexed with Picasa v3.8 and it's face recognition ability, using the Windows version of Picasa3 (because it was the 'right' way to do this a couple of years ago). In the middle of some facebook'ery using my preferred OS (Ubuntu 10.10 ATM) I decided I wanted a photo of a friend to post, so grabbed the Picasa installer and ran it up in wine.
- CMI-8738 vs Jack 2 min read - Apr 17, 2011 - by Phlash Whilst playing with Ubuntu on the PC in TheShed studio I finally discovered a way to get digital audio input to work reliably using our impressively cheap CMI-8738 based Trust sound card (£15). This has been bugging me for years.
- ZTE-G X930 Insides 1 min read - Feb 12, 2011 - by Phlash Tom broke the USB connector off his phone, so I had to disassemble it (no I really did!), and took the opportunity to take some photos ZTE-G X930 Insides 08-Apr-11 Update: I finally soldered a new connector back on - there aren't many distributors of micro-USB surface mount sockets in the uk - just Farnell it seems.