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Spotted in the Kamikaze tent at Shambala festival 2011

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“Introducing Google TiSP (BETA), our new FREE in-home wireless broadband service. Sign up today and we’ll send you your TiSP self-installation kit, which includes setup guide, fibre-optic cable, spindle, wireless router and installation CD.”


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How it works –

Randomly Generated Identity

So, you’re just making an account for some random forum, that you are only going to log into once or twice, and they insist on having all your details.

Here’s something to take the pressure out of making up bogus information. It even provides bogus, but validatable, international addresses and telephone numbers.


Additionally, you can get a disposable email address, and credit card details that look valid, although I doubt you’ll be able to buy that yacht you’ve been hankering after.

I used this to setup an American iTunes account with no problems.

Convert a Nintendo games console into a portable oscilloscope



An old project from ELEKTOR magazine that I stumbled across whilst looking at compact oscilloscopes to replace my ageing Gould 4030.
PDF document here.

There is also a guy on the ELEKTOR forums working on a module for the Game Boy Advance, with an even faster bandwidth.


This is what prompted me to look at alternatives for my benchtop oscilloscope.


A Velleman scope from Maplins selling at the moment for only £79.99

  • 40MHz Samples/sec in real time
  • Bandwidth up to 10MHz
  • Full auto range option (or manual)
  • Sensitivity down to 0.1mV
  • Signal markers for amplitude, frequency and time
  • Memory hold function and hold function
  • Direct audio power measurement
  • USB battery charger included
  • LINK



    Over the past year, the computer game Minecraft has become a cultural phenomenon, drawing millions of players into the unique, low-res world created solely by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson. When Persson announced that he would invest his Minecraft earnings in founding his own development house, Mojang, 2 Player Productions seized upon the rare opportunity to fly to Stockholm and document the first week in the life of the new studio.

    TooManyItems is an inventory mod that allows you to create items in both single and multi-player (multi-player mode uses the /give command and requires you to be a server op, of course).

    Basic operation: When you open your inventory screen, left-click on the items on the right to add a full stack, or right-click to add 1 at a time. Press the "o" key to turn TMI on and off.

    To install:

    Backup ..appdata\.minecraft
    Find minecraft.jar (it’s in ..appdata\.minecraft\bin)
    Open it with winzip or similar
    Add the contents of, minus the file
    Delete the folder “meta-inf” from the archive
    Save the archive
    Run Minecraft and hit “o” while in the inventory to turn TooManyItems on.


    Minecraft skins

    40,000 plus skins to download


    Give yourself items in single player Minecraft.