Remember the TiVo? The set-top DVR that was once so popular of a hacking target that Hackaday had a dedicated subdomain for it has today largely faded into obscurity as time-shifted viewing has given way to Internet streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. But make no mistake, while the TiVo may no longer be the centerpiece of the average home entertainment center, there’s a diehard group of antennaed aficionados that are still rocking (and hacking) them. One such TiVotee is [Thomas McQueen], who recently discovered his TiVo-powered Virgin Media V6 DVR was listening for commands on the network. After finding some official documentation for the protocol and firing off a couple of test commands from his computer’s telnet client, he realized he had an opportunity to flex his microcontroller muscle and create a library that would allow controlling the set-top box with the ESP8266 or other network-capable MCU. [Thomas] built his project on-top of the basic Arduino WiFi library, making every effort to make it as generalized as possible so it could work on a multitude of platforms and with various targets. He even made sure to give all his functions friendly names that won’t leave users scratching their head when they read through example code down the road. We’ve seen far too many software projects that were poorly documented or obtusely programmed, so it’s always good to see somebody putting some forethought into their code. The library makes it easy to add TiVo control to your project, but [Thomas] [...]
In a stiflingly hot lecture tent at CCCamp on Friday, Adam Harvey took to the stage to discuss the huge data sets being used by groups around the world to train facial recognition software. These faces come from a variety of sources and soon Adam and [...]
There’s no doubting the allure of a nicely crafted LED cube; likewise, there’s no doubting that they can be a tremendous pain to build. After all, the amount of work scales as the cube of the number of LEDs you want each side to have, and [...]
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You might think a smarthome sounds terrific. But what about your family? They’ll have to live with the gadgets, too. And it’s a lot easier to set up a smarthome if everyone loves the tech as much as yo [...]
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One of the core lessons any physics student will come to realize is that the more you know about physics, the less intuitive it seems. Take the nature of light, for example. Is it a wave? A particle? Both? Neither? Whatever the answer to the question [...]
Every hacker camp has its own flavor, and BornHack 2019 in the Danish countryside gave us the opportunity to sample some hacker relaxation, Scandinavian style. Among the attractions was a wood-fired hot tub of gargantuan proportions, in which the tir [...]
This week, I got sick. I know right? The second week of school and I have a… cold? Allergy attack? Miserable life existence where I can’t breathe and it feels like I’m dying because total first world probs? We killed it last week wi [...]
A bottle rocket is fun and easy to make. You can build and launch a simple bottle rocket by recycling materials you might find lying around at home.[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Making a One Bottle Rocket with a Launcher
Roll a piece of paper into a cone. This [...]
Are too many Chrome extensions cluttering up your toolbar and menu? Google’s working on a solution for that. The new Extensions menu provides a place for all your extensions in one combined toolbar icon. It’s available today behind a flag [...]
Make your own trendy bracelet bags to match every outfit! Crafty Staci has a tutorial and a free pattern for you. It’s a simple little bag with room to hold a phone and I.D. and other essentials. There’s an easy … Read More... [...]
The reassembly is handled with super glue and acrylic to diffuse the light.
There’s an easy way to signal to your friends and family that you’re a successful, urbane member of society – by decorating your home with tasteful referenc [...]
While it’s ideal to prevent your dog from getting bad breath in the first place by doing things like brushing its teeth properly, there’s still hope if your canine pal already has stinky breath. You can try various home remedies to mask its bad b [...]
With September approaching, it’s time to say goodbye to the bright, vibrant colors of summer and say hello to the gorgeous deep reds and yellows of fall. I mean, technically we have a month more of summer left. But I’m excited for a new s [...]
Anyone who is from a background in which cheesemaking is a feature will tell you that it is an exact science in which small differences in parameters can make a huge difference in the resulting cheese, to the extent that entire batches can be rendere [...]
While Microsoft no longer supports those of its operating systems that were in heavy use into the early 2000s, support for old hardware is not typically something that you will have to worry about if you run Linux on your machines. Sure, there will b [...]
Do you want to be a better person? Maybe you want to curse less, drink more water, or post fewer inflammatory comments on the internet. You could go the old school route by wearing a rubber band around your wrist and snapping it every time you slip, [...]
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After we crafted our crepe paper orchid for this month’s Member Make, our designer Krista felt inspired to make this pretty plant out of a different material. The more you create, the more you will find yourself inspired and trying new things. [...]
The VideoLAN project releases regular updates for the VLC Media Player. These updates add new features and fix bugs, but can also include important security patches that help protect your PC or Mac from attack.
VLC automatically notifies you of new u [...]
It seems a bit unfair to pile on a product that has already been roundly criticized for its security vulnerabilities. But when that product is a device that is ostensibly deployed to keep one’s family and belongings safe, it’s plenty fair [...]
Hey guys! We’re thrilled to check in today to share one of our very fave new little discoveries with you and some of the best home maintenance tools.
Enter your new favorite thing: General Tools. This fab company makes a lot of awesome product [...]
There was a time when writing embedded systems meant never having to deal with graphical user interfaces, and spending long hours trying to free up a dozen bytes of ROM to add a feature. Nowadays, an embedded system is likely to have a screen and wha [...]
Direction finding has long been a pastime of the ham radio community. Fox hunts and other DF events have entertained many, as they swept their antennas hunting for a transmitter. As with rock and roll and flared pants, time changes all things, and [C [...]
The Apple Card is a mobile-first credit card, but it still has a card number you can use for online purchases. The service’s physical card doesn’t have the number on it, so you’ll have to find the number within the Wall [...]
In Alaska, the impact of climate change is easy to see. Already the melting permafrost is shifting foundations and rocking roads. Hotter summers are also turning food caches from refrigerators into ovens.
A permanent food cache. Via Wikipedia
We are moving along on the flip house, and so much has happened since our last update! Click the play button below to see this week’s episode! Here is a quick recap of where we are at this point! One of the biggest changes to take place this we [...]
Plagiarism is a serious violation of ethics, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it. When you receive a Word document that should be “original” material, you can run it through a plagiarism checker. Here are your options.
Use an [...]
Not so very long ago, orbital rockets simply didn’t get reused. After their propellants were expended on the journey to orbit, they petered out and fell back down into the ocean where they were obliterated on impact. Rockets were disposable bec [...]
Our tropical plant series continues with this beautiful begonia maculata plant that our designer Meagan crafted out of text weight paper. Known for its long, asymmetrical leaves and large white dots, this plant also goes by the simple name of “ [...]
The concept behind non-line-of-sight (NLOS) imaging seems fairly easy to grasp: a laser bounces photons off a surface that illuminate objects that are within in sight of that surface, but not of the imaging equipment. The photons that are then reflec [...]
As a single mom and homeowner, I often find myself needing to move some large/awkward/heavy item (such as a sheet of plywood), which is difficult to manage on my own. I cobbled together some interesting — but still awkward — ways of doing this [...]
Hackers often have broad interests across the sciences, of which nuclear topics are no exception. The Geiger counter remains a popular build, and could be a handy tool to have in a time of rising tensions between nuclear powers. [Leonora Tindall] had [...]
Electric vehicles are everywhere now. It’s more than just Leafs, Teslas, and a wide variety of electric bikes. It’s also trains, busses, and in this case, gigantic dump trucks. This truck in particular is being put to work at a mine in Sw [...]
Windows 10 still contains the Control Panel. Some settings appear only in the Control Panel, some in the Settings app, and some in both. Here’s how to find the Control Panel, which is a little more hidden than it was on Windows 7.
On Windows 7, [...]
Outlook lets you share your calendar with individual people, but you can also publish your calendar so that anyone with the right link can see it. Here’s how to do that and why you might find it useful.
What’s the Difference between Shari [...]
We get a little excited about this subject because it’s that time of year again! So we’re thrilled to share a little something with homes.com today.
It’s a national pastime we take very seriously and get a little senti [...]
I recently bought a second hand MALM chest of drawers and the dresser face rails (see photo) are missing! I was wondering if it’s possible to ask the IKEA Hackers community for some advice on how to solve the problem? Right now, you [...]
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The iPhone and the iPad screen rotates almost seamlessly based on how you’re holding it. But if your display is stuck in portrait or landscape orientation, here are a couple of ways to fix it.
Turn Off Orientation Lock on iPhone
Kinda a dumb question but i really need an answer. What's the name of the paper that like white labels you can peel off are stuck on? Like the glossy minimal stick plastic-like paper. I need that paper so that i can put sticky tape on it but the [...]
Allergies to liquor are uncommon and usually due to an allergy to a specific ingredient in the liquor, but you might suffer from an alcohol intolerance. An alcohol intolerance is caused by an accumulation of acetaldehyde. The symptoms can be extremel [...]
You can now download the first Beta version of the new Chromium-based Edge browser. Microsoft is still working on it, but says it’s “ready for everyday use.” It’s available for Windows 10, 8, 7, and macOS.
As Microsoft’s [...]
NVIDIA’s graphics drivers now offer a “Ultra-Low Latency mode” intended for competitive gamers and anyone else who wants the fastest input response times in their games. This feature is available for all NVIDIA GeForce GPUs i [...]
Yoga has grown in popularity over the years and you can now find yoga studios and classes in most cities. With the number of options available, it may be difficult to decide which studio is the best for you. Find one that offers a class you’d like [...]
Use it for groceries, use it for veggies at the farmer’s market, use for buying and then stashing yarn in the back of your closet. Whatever you might use it for, the Crochet Mary Market Tote has you covered. It’s … Read More... [...]
Nest users can now migrate their account over to Google. Doing so allows for a more secure sign-in process and better integration with Google Assistant, but kills most third-party integrations. There are more cons than pros, so we recomm [...]
Old existing wardrobe in condo makes ways for fabulous PAX and ELVARLI closet.We had actually made an offer on a larger condo and ultimately did not reach a deal with the seller. Updating our closet to be more useful was our consolation.We w [...]
My sister is turning 18 in a few months and I'm looking for 18 gifts to help her celebrate "18 days of birthday." I have a few things picked out already but I'm looking for handmade items under $10 USD. What do you guys make? [...]
It’s frustrating when a web page won’t load. Your connection, software, or the website could be causing the problem. Here are a few ways to troubleshoot the issue and access a website, even if it’s down.
Going to college changes many aspects of your life, from friends and eating habits to interests and extracurricular activities. It can also change your sleeping habits—often for the worse. Here’s how to get the slee [...]
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If you have never seen a Bollywood movie, the action epic Bahubali is a great one to start. The plot revolves around a mythical demigod, Bahubali, who must reclaim [...]
Smart appliances offer voice control, smartphone apps, and powerful automations. But why spend hundreds of dollars on the latest models? With some inexpensive smart plugs, you can give your dumb devices the same features for a fracti [...]
Use holiday novelty prints to make these adorable Christmas postcard mug rugs! Stephanie of Sissybelle Sews shares a tutorial at Therm O Web showing how you can make them. They’re so cute and would make great gifts! Plus you can … R [...]
There’s something about that yellow school bus when it turns down our street every morning. There’s a precipice, and if you’re still, the air just seems to feel different in the mornings, even though it’s still so sticky hot i [...]
It’s been just over a year since Daniel Cormier won the UFC heavyweight championship with a KO punch to Stipe Miocic. Saturday, August 16, Cormier is set to defend that title against Stipe. Here’s how to watch.
How to Watch the Fight [...]
A new “Send Tab to Self” feature in Google Chrome lets you quickly send tabs between all your Chrome devices. This feature, available via a hidden flag in Google Chrome, is available in the stable version of Chrome today.
How It WorksSu [...]
Hello, I recently got these in the mail and have uploaded a flip through (spoilers) on my YouTube channel for anyone not sure on which paper lovers, from kikki.k, to buy. There is also a flip through of the ultimate gift wrapping book. Here is the li [...]
Antique books for kids are mostly wonderful classic stories with gorgeous illustrations. The illustrations 100-400 years ago were done in realistic style and look very beautiful. The problem with antique books though, is that they’re often very exp [...]
12 months, 12 squares, and lots of fun tapestry designs. The 2019 Tapestry Square Afghan Project is going to be a fun way to try out the technique and make a fun lapghan by December.
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We kind of feel like everyone is breaking out the pumpkins this week on Instagram, #calmdowneveryone, and cue the side eye. I love fall and everything but since it’s still a stifling 1000 degrees outside, and it’s still August, we thought [...]
Here in the UK, we’ve been having an amazing summer of sunshine and HOT weather, so I created this beach scene coloring page to celebrate. This is a great summer activity for kids, especially if you are planning a trip … Read More... [...]
There was a time when you had to get up from the couch to change the channel on your TV. But then came the remote control, which saved us from having to move our legs. Later still we got electronic assistants from the likes of Amazon and Google which [...]
Get ready for a fun weekend outdoors by preparing for your camping trip strategically. Pick out a campsite for your needs, and try to reserve your spot ahead of time. When packing, plan out things like which meals you'll eat and which outfits to brin [...]
Have you seen the news? A “teen girl” went viral for tweeting from an “LG Smart Refrigerator” when her mother took away her phone. But that was fake—there’s no LG Smart Refrigerator with a built-in Twitter [...]
It can be a bummer when you get something online and it doesn’t meet your expectations. Luckily, Amazon makes returning your items fairly easily. First, you need to process the refund online so that you can get a replacement or your money back. The [...]