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Detecting the new Amazon Dash buttons

There’s been discussion[1][2][3] about how the new Dash Buttons (model #JK291P) have been difficult to detect on the network. In theory, the buttons (including the older model #JK76PL) broadcast ARP probes to the local network each time the button is pressed. … Continue reading

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Scapy on Mac OS X 10.11 and beyond

Scapy is a Python library that does low-level packet manipulation. It’s also useful in playing with Amazon Dash Buttons. There are plenty of older instructions on getting it running on Mac OS X, but many of these don’t work on … Continue reading

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Getting a Myanmar visa in Chiang Mai

This information is current as of April 2016. Getting a tourist visa to Myanmar in Chiang Mai is quick and straightforward. There is a conveniently located consulate with very friendly staff, and no appointment is required. Here’s what you’ll need: … Continue reading

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Astro Teller on moonshot thinking outside Google[x]

“I believe everyone here is a moonshot thinker, in your hearts[…] I believe that most of us are not in a context where we can be as open minded, as honest, as dispassionate when appropriate, as authentic as we want … Continue reading

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A Chromebook… for $199

Can I get by with a $199 laptop that is cheap enough and light enough that I can take it traveling everywhere? Continue reading

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Compiling rippled on Ubuntu

There are instructions for compiling rippled on Ubuntu, but they’re not entirely clear. Sometimes you just want a script to do everything for you. Here’s something I cobbled together for Ubuntu 12.04 (you may want to modify the tag for … Continue reading

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Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Portable Drive disassembly

Seagate has developed a new 2.5″ laptop drive with a 2 TB capacity. Previous 2 TB laptop drives had a thickness of 15 mm, making them unsuitable for placement in most laptops. In contrast, the new Seagate/Samsung Spinpoint M9T ST2000LM003 … Continue reading

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Backporting packages – bandwidthd on Precise

bandwidthd is a great tool to graph traffic on your network interfaces, especially when you’re acting as an ISP for the better part of the city. Unfortunately, bandwidthd on Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (12.04) stopped getting updated at 2.0.1+cvs20090917-4.1. This package contains … Continue reading

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Getting Kali Linux on a Cubieboard

Here’s an abbreviated tutorial for getting Kali Linux (1.0ish) running on a Cubieboard. (In case you’re wondering, Kali is the successor to BackTrack.) I use Berryboot as the bootloader, which allows us to multiboot and use compressed file systems (>50% … Continue reading

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MagTool is now open source!

MagTool, my erstwhile magnetic stripe project, is now open source. Go forth and fork. =)

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