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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Bizarre IT setups.

MicklePickle writes: I was talking to a co-worker the other day about the history of our company, (which shall remain nameless), and he started reminiscing about some of the IT hacks that our company did. Like running 10BaseT down a storm water drain to connect two buildings, using a dripping tap to keep the sewerage U-bend full of water in a computer room, (huh?). And some not so strange ones like running SCSI out to 100m, and running a major financial system on a long forgotten computer in a cupboard.
I know that there must be a plethora of IT hacks around. What are some you've seen?
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Submission + - UFO Above Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Aglassis writes: On Nov 7, 2006 at about 4:30 p.m. several United Airlines employees including several pilots observed a 6 to 24 ft diameter flying saucer-like object above Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. After hovering for several minutes without displaying any lights it then shot straight up and punched a hole in the 1,900 ft cloud ceiling. No explanation has been given nor did the air traffic control tower detect the purported craft on radar. One controller did note that "to fly 7 million light years to O'Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Connector pinout site reborn as a wiki

An anonymous reader writes: Hardware Book has been around for more than 10 years. Full with 500+ pinouts and cable descriptions for the poor students or hardware enthusiasts. Now reborn as a Wiki and updated with new pinouts. You'll find everything for your old C64 and your new Nintendo Wii.
Software

Journal Journal: Ten Must Have Free Software Packages for 2007

Having worked for Microsoft Corporation for a portion of my career, with stats such as 95% of the world uses Microsoft. I was in for a real eye opener on the number of different software packages available in the Open Source world.I have put together a list of the top top ten free tools for any internet professional. The first five are devoted to your desktop and the next five are for you
Windows

Submission + - Free Windows XP to Vista Transformation Pack!

xt writes: If you think Vista is just a visually glorified version of XP, not worthy of your money, rejoice; using the free Vista Transformation Pack, you can transform your Windows user interface to ultimate Windows Vista! The project has no ties with Microsoft. It's a clever hack, replacing various resources and files to achieve the Vista look. Details and downloads at the project's forum and various other sites!
The Internet

Submission + - typo takes tourist 13,000 km off-course

jfeldredge writes: A 21-year-old German tourist, who intended to visit his girlfriend in Sydney, Australia, instead ended up close to Sidney, Montana, USA, 13,000 km away (over 8000 miles) after mistyping his destination in a flight-booking web site. He was routed through Portland, Oregon to Billings, Montana, and realized his error when he was about to board a commuter flight to Sidney, Montana. He ended up having to stay in the Billings, Montana airport for three days until his family and friends sent him 600 Euros to buy a new ticket to Australia. http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/12/29/germany .tourist.reut/

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