Category Archives: Gadgets

Bypass Wireless Sharing DRM – Zune Hack

So you shared a song on the Zune to a friend, but want to keep it more than 3 plays? This is how you can do it!

1) Do the external hard drive hack.

The hard drive hack is described below:
1. Make sure your Zune is not plugged in and your Zune software isn’t running
2. open up regedit by going to the start menu and selecting “run”. Type regedt32 and hit “OK”
3. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemControlSet001EnumUSB
4. Search for “PortableDeviceNameSpace”. This should be contained in the Vid_####&Pid_############_-
_########_-_########_-_########Device Parameters within the above …USB The ##’s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune
5. Change the following values:
EnableLegacySupport to 1
PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell to 0 ShowInShell to 1
6. Plug in your Zune, and make sure the Zune Software starts up.
7. Hopefully at this point you can open up “My Computer” and browse your device, though it does NOT show up as a drive letter.

2) Rename any files that you want to share with a .jpg extension
3) Wirelessly “squirt” the song, video, or whatever to your friend along with a real photo
4) Finally, have your friend connect his Zune to his computer and change the filename back to the proper extension.

Source taken at Zunenation.com

The New Deep Storage… Blu-Ray is out of date already?!??!???

Blu-ray discs. The new data storage DVD. 50 Gigs per write, writing speed of 36Mbit/sec, holds about 12,500 songs. Pretty good right?

Big deal. A holographic disc can store more than 30 times that amount (approx. 1.6TB). And the writing speed is 960Mbit/sec. That’s 400,000 songs! Stuck in the lab for decades, the memory jock is finally coming. The disc uses a gel-like film to store data. A DVD holds info on its surface and on a layer below that, but a holo disc packs data throughout the gel at every point where two lasers cross. A single laser pulse etches one million bits, 4 times faster than Blu-ray. Even better: The gel lasts for at lease 50 years. At the moment, the discs are used for professional archiving (a.k.a T.V. studios). However, expect consumer versions in 2-3 years. By 2010, the discs will hold 1.6TB and will eventually hit 100 TB. Makes your Blu-ray drive look puny eh? Look now, PS3, your Blu-ray Brother just got beat!

Find more info at:
Gizmodo
Engadget
TechTarger

Digg Button Kit!

I was looking on Digg today, and there is a website that shows you with the help of a PIC microcontroller and some other tools, you can make your own working functional digg button with LED.

See it in action and learn how you too can make this Digg button at this location.