Archive for: December, 2009

Test drove a Tesla today – thanks Rakesh!

Dec 31 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Utili-key XT – awesome

Dec 31 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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RC General Lee – yay!

Dec 31 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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OnStar GPS Hacking

Dec 31 2009 Published by under Ramblings

Not a complete guide, but enough to get you started…

All GM vehicles built since 2007 (and many built before then) are equipped with OnStar modules, which have a built-in GPS receiver. For a long time, various folks have wanted to use that GPS receiver for their own purposes. In older OnStar modules, it was possible to take apart the module and access the GPS receiverโ€™s serial port. This allowed the extraction of GPS information from the module. The downside was that the GPS would no longer work with OnStar. However, if you had a vehicle with OnStar but werenโ€™t subscribing to the service, this was a viable option.

The cost of GPS units has plummeted since OnStar was first introduced. Therefore, hacking the OnStar system to extract GPS information has lost a lot of the appeal. Itโ€™s really not worth the time and effort. However, it does seem kind of silly to have a GPS on your car and not be able to use it. So, for those who want to waste their time and effort, read on.

OnStar GPS Hacking

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How old traffic lights work

Dec 30 2009 Published by under Ramblings

Its amazing how reliable these things were…

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Ateam RC van – sweet!

Dec 28 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Weather nerds rejoice! We have data collection!

Dec 22 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Tape Measure Tricks

Dec 22 2009 Published by under Ramblings

Real? or Fake?

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Wouxin KG-UVD1P arrived today

Dec 21 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Davis Vantage Pro2 6162C Weather station up and running

Dec 21 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Why I go to CES every year…

Dec 21 2009 Published by under Ramblings

This comic pretty much sums it up… its amazing how much stuff they show there and how little of it makes it to market – so its at least good to see how the industry is thinking about things as a whole…

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Discone antenna for scanner is up – 55ft of LMR400 feedline – 25-1300MHz coverage – I can hear stuff really far away now – sweet!

Dec 20 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Wiring for all the new antennas have begun – this is going to take days!

Dec 18 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Houston Propganda

Dec 18 2009 Published by under Ramblings

Thinking about visiting Houston? Watch this…

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Watch less TV

Dec 17 2009 Published by under Ramblings

I guess we all need to watch less TV now too…

What happens when people start watching less television? Do they eat less? Exercise more? Sleep better?

That is what researchers at the University of Vermont set out to learn in a fascinating six week study to monitor television viewing, physical activity and eating habits. As it turns out, watching less TV doesnโ€™t necessarily lead to more exercise or better eating habits, but it does result in subtle but meaningful changes in overall activity levels, according to a new study in The Archives of Internal Medicine.

How Less TV Changes Your Day

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My favorite remote – Sony RM-VL1000 – now switched to Harmony 880 and 890 around the house

Dec 15 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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The bat-phone – yes, it works :)

Dec 15 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Tour of Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch

Dec 14 2009 Published by under Ramblings

Sometime in the early 2000’s I had the privilege of touring Skywalker ranch (and even eating lunch there)… I wasn’t allowed to take any photos and was stuck with trying to describe and explain what I saw to people…

Below you can see some video of the place, its really as peaceful and tranquil as this video makes it seems – its practically silent there even though there are 100’s of people working there (a lot of them underground).

Skywalker Ranch from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

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New 6ft mast for more roof antennas

Dec 13 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Weatherstation arrived – Davis 6162C Vantage Pro2 Plus – sweet!

Dec 10 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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I hate fax machines

Dec 10 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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My new RFID passport arrived

Dec 09 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Two years of daily use as a Media Center Extender and my xbox360 elite finally gave me the red ring

Dec 06 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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Truck is decorated – and it lights up too!

Dec 05 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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The Arcade lives – Joystix

Dec 04 2009 Published by under Ramblings

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