“Rodenticide” with the Seiko DPU414 Tape Printer.

The Seiko DPU414 is a small (110mm paper tape, ~90mm printable width) thermal printer, similar to the type used with cash registers everywhere, but slightly wider. It is quite unremarkable apart from the fact that no thermal printer of similar or greater width appears to be widely available; and also for the price (typically around [...]

The Peculiarly Quiet Decline and Fall of the KVM

Yes, that familiar little PC peripheral. The one that toggles a single keyboard/mouse/display ensemble between two or more connected machines.
They’ve quietly vanished from the market. And the fact appears to be discussed nowhere on the Net, at all. So I have seen it fit to make a note of it here.
What’s this, you say, they [...]

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Sage SmartProbe FAQ

What’s a Sage SmartProbe?
See previous articles,
A Complete Pill for the Sage SmartProbe.
The Care and Feeding of the Sage SmartProbe.

Where do I get a Sage SmartProbe?
Possibly here — while supplies last. (Warning: I have no relation with this vendor and have no idea whether they still include the probe with “Gizmo 1″ kit. I [...]

Practical Lead to Gold Conversion; or an Intro to Opteron Resurrection.

It so happens that AMD resisted the informal NSA ban on the manufacture of LinuxBIOS-capable x86 CPUs slightly longer than Intel did. Or perhaps they were simply slower to succumb to Microsoft’s Fritz chip decree. Whichever may be the case, vintage (pre-2011, with some caveats, inquire within) AMD Opteron motherboards are a precious [...]

The Care and Feeding of the Sage SmartProbe.

Note: Please read the FAQ!!!
If you cured your Sage SmartProbe of its congenital disease as per the last article on the subject, you may now be wondering what to do with it.
The vendor supplied a massive Java shitware with the thing, which does not merit any discussion whatsoever. Instead, we will use the probe’s very [...]

A Complete Pill for the Sage SmartProbe.

Note: Please read the FAQ!!!
The Sage SmartProbe was a very spiffy “Hard ICE” debugger, one of the few ever manufactured for use with modern (2010s) AMD x86-64 processors, and – as far as I’m aware – the only one ever sold on the mass market, rather than as part of “favourite son” deals (as, e.g., [...]

Terraforming the “MyCloud Mini” : TTY.

“MyCloud Mini” is a ~$50, dual-core ARM, 256M RAM, 256M Flash, dual SATA box, in various respects similar to the famous PogoPlug.

Use a standard (e.g., CP1202) TTL converter. And you will get:

Stage-1 Bootloader 1 28 10:36:29 CST 2011
Attempting to set PLLA to 750MHz …
plla_ctrl0 : 0×0000000A
plla_ctrl1 : [...]

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Yes, you can still get these.

Trilema 2014

I had the honour of being invited to Trilema 2014 in Timișoara - where I exhibited a few completed gadgets.
More pictures at Mr. P’s site.

Mechanics of FLUXBABBITT.

The public discovery of FLUXBABBITT, a modestly-clever American spy gadget – that may or may not have been “fired in anger” yet – has provoked the usual flood of media garbage (“JTAG is a Chinese back door! Threat or menace?”) What follows is some basic investigation regarding the plausible workings of this device, based only [...]