hacking

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Launching the Windows Recovery Environment

A friend of mine had a problem with his Windows 10 installation: the system booted but it was unresponsive, so it was not possible to enter the Windows Recovery Environment from Windows.


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Experimenting with Gtk+ theme variants: Adwaita red

Most Gtk+ themes offer a “light” and a “dark” variant, however I found out that these names are just conventional: a Gtk+ theme can define variants with arbitrary names, so maybe this can be used for some fun stuff.


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Remove images from PDF files

Some times ago I ran into some Service Manuals with unusual background images:


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SaveMySugar: exchange messages using only phone rings

From “The Lord of the Phone-Rings”, about SaveMySugar:

One RING after them all, one RING to end them,
One RING to get the... messages, and from Morse code decode 'em.

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Teclast X98 Air 3G: unbricking a Bay Trail tablet

While I was trying to boot a vanilla linux kernel on the Teclast X98 Air 3G I messed up a bit with the UEFI firmware settings: the battery was not recognized anymore, the tablet was rebooting right after showing the UEFI firmware boot screen, and USB-host was not working either; so no keyboard for accessing the firmware menu to restore the default settings, and no ADB for running flashrom or the Intel FPT to reflash the firmware with.

Teclast X98 Air 3G, internals
Teclast X98 Air 3G, mainboard
ISP with a logic level converter, top
ISP with a logic level converter, angle

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Teclast X98 Air 3G: cheap Intel Bay Trail tablet, getting acquainted

I got a Teclast X98 Air 3G tablet from Aliexpress, it costed 168 € ( with free shipping) and has a high-definition screen and it's an Intel Bay Trail device; so Android, x86 architecture, 2GiB of RAM and 32 GiB of storage on EMMC.

boot logo 1
boot logo 2
Attached files: 

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JMP-rope, the hardware

The hardware of the first JMP-rope prototype is very simple:

JMP-rope internals overview
JMP-rope handle detail
JMP-rope LED strip tied to the rope
JMP-rope programming socket
JMP-rope lit up

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JMP-rope, the programmable jump rope

Mix sport, technology and art and you get the perfect project.

I really enjoy art even though I am not much of an artist myself, I am definitely a technologist (more of a researcher of technology than a user TBH), and I've become a sports person too in the latest years, in particular I discovered how jumping rope can be a fun way to do cardio, way funnier than playing hamster on the treadmill; and each time I was jumping rope I started thinking about a tech project involving a jump rope.

JMP-rope logo
JMP-rope ao2 logo
JMP-rope ao2.it
JMP-rope Debian logo
JMP-rope Firefox logo
JMP-rope Adafruit logo
JMP-rope Openhardware logo
JMP-rope Opensource logo
JMP-rope S.S.C.Napoli logo

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Jump rope hacking with zip ties

If you have a jump rope with ball bearing handles you can use zip ties to hack them into one of those fancy “speed ropes”.

And yes, I am kind of into jumping rope these days.

jump rope original
jump rope internals
jump rope zip tie
jump rope hack proof of concept
jump rope hacked