Saturday, January 28, 2012

WiFiKill Android App For Cutting Off WiFi Access

Here's an interesting little app that's useful for annoying your friends. WiFiKill is an Android application that lets you DoS the whole WiFi network your phone is connected to, or kick specific devices off the network. Obviously this is something you don't want to do in any place where Internet connectivity is important, like your workplace.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Overclock Android Phones With SetCPU

I overclocked my HTC Inspire Android phone using the SetCPU app some months ago and wanted to make sure it worked well before I wrote about it, and it has. SetCPU doesn't just let you give your smartphone a boost in clock rate and performance, you can also use it to save some power by decreasing the clock speed when the phone is idle. If you're already messing around with rooting and custom roms, this is the sort of thing you'll want to check out.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Add SATA Ports To Your Desktop With A PCI-E Card

Recently I had a bit of a panic when both of the SATA drives in my desktop computer failed to be detected by the BIOS on boot. I couldn't boot either of the two operating systems installed and none of my files were accessible. Since the BIOS didn't detect the drives I couldn't even use a live CD to access my files. I knew that it was unlikely for two hard drives to fail simultaneously without some sort of system-wide catastrophe like a power surge so I suspected that the SATA controller might have failed. This view was reinforced when people on Twitter said that that in their experience it's most often the controller that's the problem when two drives appear to fail at the same time.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Stream Media From An Android Phone To An Xbox 360 or PS3

Game consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3 use UPnP/DLNA to access media from other devices like computers that are on the same network. You can share media from your Android device to XBMC or any computer that can connect to Windows file shares with a Samba server app like the one I've been using, but to share videos, music and photos with an Xbox 360 or PS3 you'll need a UPnP/DLNA server app like iMediaShare. It's a free download on the Android Market.