‘Hacks’ Archive

Cenzic POV Fan Toolkit October 8, 2009 No Comments

In order to make hacking my Cenzic POV fan easier, I created a small tool kit consisting of a couple of Python scripts to aid in the creation of character maps and EEPROM images for the fan. The first Python script, ascii2cenzic.py, was mentioned in my original article; you simply pass it the ASCII text [...]

Hacking The Cenzic POV Fan October 6, 2009 19 Comments

At Black Hat this year the Cenzic booth was giving away some portable personal fans, with a slight twist: these were persistence of vision fans. I’d only ever seen one other POV fan, and it wasn’t portable, so the Cenzic fan seemed like a prime candidate for hacking. Not having any prior experience with POV, [...]

Baby Monitor RF Repeater June 1, 2009 No Comments

After I restored my Crosley 516, I was faced with a new problem: what was I going to use it for? Short wave reception was non-existent with a short wire antenna, and there’s nothing that I particularly care to listen to on AM; what I really wanted to do was listen to some old time [...]

WiFi Protected Setup Router Backdoor May 17, 2009 5 Comments

WiFi-Protected Setup is a standard designed to ease the distribution of strong WPA/WPA2 encryption keys. Anyone who has tried to enter a 60-character WPA key into a Wii will immediately appreciate WPS; when you want to add a new client to your wireless network, you simply push a button on the router, push a button [...]