Hacking the squirrel feeder

Two years ago I built a squirrel feeder. It was a simple little thing with a flap on top and a plexiglass window. It didn’t live unmolested for very long. Squirrels started chewing on the feeder itself! Over time, I discovered the very bottom of the feeder’s contents would mold. The retaining channels got chewed out … Continue reading Hacking the squirrel feeder

Forcing iTunes to automatically download TV shows (or, the magic of crontab)

In the past two weeks, I have experienced nothing but heartbreak and letdown with regard to BitTorrent. Most things I download, I am perfectly content with accessing them a day or two later, but LOST is my big show. I have to watch it that very night. When it comes to LOST, I had grown … Continue reading Forcing iTunes to automatically download TV shows (or, the magic of crontab)

A list of +/- with standard deviation

Earlier this week, I was in a constant cranky mood. This is mainly because of an ill-timed muscle knotting in my neck. I guess I slept funny on Sunday and tweaked those ropy muscles at the base of the skull. Today, I am feeling almost completely better. The real kick in the pants was this … Continue reading A list of +/- with standard deviation

iPhone hacking: not good, not bad

I’m sure many of you have seen this, but Apple’s head marketing guy says Apple is staying neutral on iPhone hacks. Apple doesn’t hate the fact that people are writing 3rd party apps for the phone, but they’re also not directly supporting it. They won’t make firmware updates specifically to break people’s native apps, but … Continue reading iPhone hacking: not good, not bad

Hacking the iPhone

Apple released some new iPhone firmware today. Fortunately, they left in all of the loopholes for hacking your own apps into it. The last time I hacked my phone, it took about half a day. This time, it took about 13 minutes (10 of which were waiting for something to download.) This is all it … Continue reading Hacking the iPhone

iPhone turnkey hackery

Back in my day, we got an iPhone and we hacked it by hand! We fiddled with shell scripts and USB connections and compilers until everything eventually worked! You kids, these days, with your fancy GUI installers take all the fun out of things! So, yes, a few weeks ago, I hacked my iPhone. The … Continue reading iPhone turnkey hackery

Tabs and Books

Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were automatically imported from LiveJournal.  To see the comments and any LiveJournal-specific extras such as polls and user icons, please find the source posting at http://brianenigma.livejournal.com/2003/02/”defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1″ ================= Safari with tabbed browsing! Yeay! To keep up with the Jones’ (or, at least, Citizen … Continue reading Tabs and Books