Author Archives: Kevin Fubar


Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Geiger counter, it's a word that most people have heard about. I'm sure everyone has seen at least one piece of media featuring the clicking box with a little dial that only tells you when you're going to die a slow painful death from radiation poisoning. It's not a very fun device. Actually, they're pretty awesome. Who doesn't want to be able to play with a gadget that can sense things that only manifest in humans as genetic decay?

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Portal 2: Potato Sack – Help Release It Early

Portal 2: Potato Sack – Help Release It Early

Portal is the best game. Released alongside Half-Life 2, it surprised the world with it's combination of black humor and innovative gameplay. With Portal 2 about to be released, the folks over at Valve are teasing us with a lot of craziness. What kind of craziness you ask? Read more to find out. GLaDOS needs your help!

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Hammacher Schlemmer Electric Comfort

Hammacher Schlemmer Electric Comfort

Hammacher Schlemmer is selling this sweet bike on their website. It's designed like a standard Cruiser. I've seen a lot of old Schwinn's with a similar design. This bike features big baloon tires, a fatty padded seat, and a powerful electric motor to help you cruise around town without breaking too much of a sweat. This baby has 500 Watts of power assist driven by a 36 volt L-ion battery pack providing up to 30 miles of electric boost. That's more than enough. Hammacher Schlemmer's Electric Comfort Bicycle will get you where you need to go, in style, and it's eco-friendly.

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Google Safe Browsing, New Feature

Google Safe Browsing, New Feature

Google Safe Browsing offers a service to just about everyone on the internet. They offer a blacklist that will help to keep you from stumbling onto malware unaware. Most of us have seen this screen pop up a time or two. Whenever there are rubes to phish, crackers will continue producing new sites to grab whatever information people are willing to provide. Google is working on a new feature that checks downloaded files against this same blacklist. It should offer slightly more protection for those users who need it.

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What is GNOME 3.0? Major Linux Desktop Redesign

What is GNOME 3.0? Major Linux Desktop Redesign

Have you heard of Ubuntu? Of course you have. It's the top Linux distribution worldwide. Ubuntu is the first project that made it easy for regular users to really run Linux on the desktop. Ubuntu uses GNOME as it's preferred desktop solution. GNOME is a desktop environment package that allows a single software package to take care of just about everything your GUI hands could ever desire. The GNOME Project recently announced a major version overhaul. This is like the Linux equivalent of a jump from XP to Windows 7.

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Mogi Grumbles – End Of Line (Tron Re-Score)

Mogi Grumbles – End Of Line (Tron Re-Score)

This is already making my day. Mogi, or Mr. Grumbles depending on how formal you're feeling, has been making "...blarg house music for house music blargspots"(sic) for an unspecified number of time-units. Anyway, yeah, this is perfect. It's an hour-long re-cut of the original Tron set to a new Daft Punk-esque series of beats that is currently rocking my face. This is exactly what I needed to brighten my day. How can you have a frown on your face when you have lightcycles, giant evil tanks, the MCP, and phat beats?

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Onkyo Announces Six New Offerings

Onkyo Announces Six New Offerings

Onkyo just announced their new line of products including four home theater in a box kits (HTiB), a new mid-line receiver, and a 3D Blu-Ray player. None of them have any code names or anything, they all are listed only by their model numbers. Cool. The new HTiB's are the HHT-S6400, HT-S7400, HT-S8400, and HT-S9400THX. The receiver is the TX-NR709, and the 3D Blu-Ray player is the BD-SP309.

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Vatican says, “Hacking is A-OK”

Vatican says, “Hacking is A-OK”

Father Antonio Spadero wrote an article for the Civilta Cattolica that lauds the spirit of hacking. Hackers were vilified in the media during the 1990s. Because of that treatment the word hacker took on a different meaning as it spread into the common vernacular. This popular usage made hacker synonymous with computer criminal. Today, this is changing, and this article stands by the original, correct, and untarnished meaning of the word.

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The Atom Z670, Intel’s Answer To Tegra 2

The Atom Z670, Intel’s Answer To Tegra 2

This is big, Intel finally dropped a system on a chip on us. Today, they announced the official release of their new Atom Z670 CPU codenamed "Oak Trail." It's a 45nm chip with graphics and memory control on the same die. That lines up this chip to be a direct competitor to the ARM based chips we're seeing in virtually every other tablet. Intel has seemed to be a bit behind the game in the mobile market, but the "Oak Trail" might be their ticket to the show.

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Transformer Rooted

Transformer Rooted

@PaulOBrien managed to root his new Transformer in just day. The tablet/netbook hybrid was just released on an Amazon UK exclusive yesterday. Today, it's hacked, just one day after release. "all your Transformers are belong to us. :-P" he said along with the image post. Asus plans to release the tablet to a wider audience on May 1st. Make your time.

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