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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Where to donate old hardware?

An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I have a surplus of old computers and parts that I (and family and friends) no longer have use for. Some of this junk is still useful, and although I'm too busy to sell it piecemeal on eBay, it'd be a shame to just throw it away. I'd prefer to just drop this stuff off, driver disks and instruction manuals included where applicable, at a major charity such as Good Will, AmVets, or the Salvation Army, but I suspect that they wouldn't be able to move it and would end up throwing it away. Anyone have any recommendations for the major charities or any suggestions for recycling options?
Upgrades

Submission + - 1TB hard drives are here

SparkyTWP writes: "After much anticipation, Hitachi has announced a new hard drive with 1 terrabyte capacity. They are SATA/PATA 7200RPM, should retail for about $400 and will be available this quarter."
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.
Programming

Submission + - The PS3 PhD Project, Research on the PS3

JmarsKoder writes: "The PS3 PhD Project (www.ps3phd.org) is focused on doing bleeding edge research using the PS3 as a platform for simulation and experimentation. The intent of this project is to harness the sophisticated computation technology that can be found in the PS3 to investigate breaking edge and novel research ideas. After all, the PS3 is said to be a supercomputer in a small box."
Spam

Submission + - Reducing Spam (Postal) Mail

#Z100 writes: I'm going to be moving into a new home within the next few months and I want to get some feedback on this idea. Although the house is a single-family dwelling, when I give out my new address to organizations I want to append a fake, but unique, apartment number, like #A100, #101, etc. Then when I start to get spam to my house #A115, I can lookup in my database who sold my info (then complain and get free stuff). Will the (US) post office care? Is this legal? Will FedEx/UPS/DHL get confused? Yeah, yeah I know. slownewsday.
User Journal

Journal Journal: The Problem with Driver-Loaded Firmware

(Submitted as a story on 12/31/2006)

If you've gone to a big-box store and purchased a wireless card recently, you might have had some trouble getting it to work under Linux, or any non-Windows OS for that matter. One reason for this is that more and more manufacturers are producing hardware that are useless without proprietary firmware. While these new designs allow for lower parts counts and thus lower cost, it presents a serious problem for F/OSS software because it can sometimes gua

Networking

Submission + - The Problem With Driver-Loaded Firmware

Kadin2048 writes: "If you've gone to a big-box store and purchased a wireless card recently, you might have had some trouble getting it to work under Linux, or any non-Windows OS for that matter. One reason for this is that more and more manufacturers are producing hardware that are useless without proprietary firmware. While these new designs allow for lower parts counts and thus lower cost, it presents a serious problem for F/OSS software because it can sometimes guarantee no out-of-the-box compatibility. Jem Matzan has produced a detailed article, "The battle for wireless network drivers," on the subject, including interviews with manufacturers' representatives and OS developers, including Theo de Raadt. The bottom line? In general, Asian hardware manufacturers were far more responsive and liberal about firmware than U.S. manufacturers (Intel included). Look for more firmware issues in the future, as not only wireless hardware, but regular wired Ethernet cards, take the driver-loaded firmware approach."
The Courts

Submission + - Saddam Hussain Executed

An anonymous reader writes: Saddam hussain was executed on December 30th for crimes aganist humanity.he was defiant to the end,refused to wear a hood,and was holding a quran when he was hanged.
Here is the BBC's article on the execution.
Here is the BBC's interview with Judge Haddad before the execution.
This is an article on his burial and a video of his final moments. From The Article:
"The extraordinary, turbulent, hugely controversial life of Saddam Hussein was brought to an end at dawn this morning, between 0530 and 0545 local time, just as the call to prayer was sounding across Baghdad........It took place in an Iraqi compound known by the Americans as 'Camp Justice', a secure facility in the northern Baghdad suburb of Khadimeya, outside the Green Zone.....He has been buried in the village where he was born 69 years ago."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Skulltag (port for Doom/Doom II) v0.97c Released

Carnevil writes: "A new version of the multiplayer Doom/Doom II port Skulltag has been released! This version has a ton of new features, such as over 35 new maps, four new game modes (including Invasion), and OpenGL rendering! For more on what Skulltag is, and for all the details of the new release, go to http://www.skulltag.com/"
Printer

Submission + - Printers that don't use toner level chips?

xymog writes: "I'm increasingly seeing people with printers that stop working and provide a "toner out" message, even though the end user swears they are using a new cartridge. Though they are not using Lexmark printers, I am pretty sure they are using a printer and cartridge combination that uses so-called toner level chips. These are discussed in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexmark_Int'l_v._Stat ic_Control_Components. The chips allow manufacturers to lock users into using their cartridges, rather than using OEM or toner refill programs. Good for the manufacturer, bad for consumers and consumer choice. In my bumbling way I've tried locating more information, or even a list, of personal or small workgroup printers that use these manufacturer lock-in techniques, but wasn't able to find such a list. Any Slashdot readers have anecdotal suggestions or even a pretty-darn-sure list I could refer to?"

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