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  1. I know it was ages ago, but thank you for your post about WAIK. It saved me a ton of time and helped lead me to mastering my own Linux based live cds. Thank You

  2. Pick up an used netbook, low powered, very small boards that can handle Windows without a problem. I've been thinking about something similar with my eee for some time, I've fitted a USB touchscreen overlay (7", <$30, DealExtreme) and it seems like it'd be perfect for something like a carPC, the downside is that the LCD cable would be hard to extend all the way from the back of the car to the front, so you'd either have to mount the motherboard near the dash (glove box?) or use a seperate screen. But hey, original LCD in the boot with a touchscreen overlay for BBQs with a second touchscreen on the dash or something? Sounds pretty good to me.
  3. Unfortunately what you propose isn't possible, a TV channel sucks up about 6MHz while your sound card can only handle about 100kHz (give or take a few Hz) so there's no way to cram enough data into the line-in on a sound card to see the video signal. You can do what digip suggests though, receiving and decoding certain types of amateur radio data encoding (such as slow scan TV or PSK31), you can also use a soundcard as an extremely basic oscilloscope which allows you to see the signal from an infrared TV remote, for example, using an IR receiver hooked up to the line-in.
  4. FYI, just because a PSU has been unplugged for a while doesn't mean it's discharged, they can still give you a good reminder not to touch the wrong thing.
  5. There's a difference between "vulnerable to a third party bootdisc" and "leaving the keys under the mat". This is the latter. Why even bother?
  6. Because Linux is InherentlySecure!
  7. As far as I can tell, not being a Linux expert, it won't do anything stupid and it *might* work. Give it a go, it won't do any harm, just make a note of what your GRUB menu entry said before you changed it. Reminds me of the giant gaping hole in Ubuntu, I believe they've closed it now, but it used to be the case that if you'd never changed your root password (you're discouraged from messing with root at all), the recovery console didn't need a password. In short what this meant is you could boot a system, drop to recovery, passwd and reboot. Pretty stupid stuff.
  8. For Windows Mobile there are several wardriving apps that I'm aware of, the first is somewhat aged now, MiniStumbler (from the writers of NetStumbler) and WiFiFoFum which is free for home use. Both support GPS and I believe that they're compatible with most Windows Mobile phones with wifi. There's also Octoox, and finally an application called Retina which claims to scan for access points, give audible proximity alerts in the style of a Geiger counter and additionally crack WEP, though it no longer appears to be available from its vendor, it's available elsewhere with a little googling. Other potentially useful network tools include AirScanner, Microsoft's own Network Analyzer, PocketPuTTY, a personal favourite of mine which does much as you'd expect if you've ever used PuTTY on a PC and last but not least, Cambridge vxUtil. Cambridge also offer a sniffer, an FTP client and various other apps you might find useful.
  9. BattZ: He're referring to "(even basic)" in Psychosis' message above. Joe Fisher: What Psychosis meant by that was that you need a game engine, even if it's a very basic one, in order to build a game.
  10. The game engine is what powers the entire game, it keeps track of health, inventory, game progress and other essential stats. If the game has any non-player characters then it handles artificial intelligence, basically a set of rules which define how the environment and other characters interact with the player. It also draws stuff on the screen, handles models, sprites, movement and physics, it plays music and sound effects and deals with keyboard, mouse or gamepad input. Without an engine you have a pile of sounds and pictures, it's basically the code, the glue that holds everything together, the brain of the game.
  11. One problem with this approach is that you may accidentally run a command which bricks or changes the behaviour of the drive itself. It's also possible that the drive will stop accepting commands under certain circumstances.
  12. Due to security reasons, U3 autorun no longer works as it did previously. Microsoft has disallowed the use of most forms of autorun because it was a security risk (an obvious and long-running one at that). You must manually run the U3 application yourself.
  13. Easiest way is create a quick batch script and dump a shortcut to it in your Startup folder. startvm.bat: start "c:\program files\sun\xvm virtualbox\vboxmanage.exe" startvm "XP 1" start "c:\program files\sun\xvm virtualbox\vboxmanage.exe" startvm "XP 2" Copy to text file, save as startvm.bat and place a shortcut in your Startup folder (in the Start Menu). If you prefer them to run headless, use this instead: startvm.bat: start "c:\program files\sun\xvm virtualbox\vboxheadless.exe" -startvm "XP 1" start "c:\program files\sun\xvm virtualbox\vboxheadless.exe" -startvm "XP 2"
  14. 5GHz can, in theory, carry more data, it has twice the bandwidth per channel and twice as many channels when compared to 2.4GHz wifi. The 5GHz band is also much less polluted resulting in less inteference, whereas 2.4GHz wifi has to compete with many, many other types of signal such as bluetooth and wireless video transcievers. Edit: Both 802.11a and 802.11n use, or can use, the 5GHz band, both of which are in use in the USA. Here is a table stating which channels are available for the use of 5GHz wifi across the world, including the USA.
  15. Do stuff, learn stuff, experiment, explore, play around, theory is all fair and well but experience is better.
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