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The title photo is a throw back to the /travel video/blog post.
The new site design has been up for about a week now. Quite a lot has changed, both under the hood, and cosmetically. This is a multi-part series about the ...
FunnyHacks.com is a collection of weird, unusual, and interesting hacks. To kick things off, here are a couple of my favourite posts, and some recent ones: ...
Easily calibrate multiple touch screens in linux
calibrate multiple touch and non touch screens on a single linux system." This is to address the issue on multi-display Linux desktops where the touch panel is automatically calibrated to ...
Beatpulse is a very simple app to get an accurate heart beat source](https:github.comksandominstantPulse),\n so [pull requests](https:github.comksandominstantPulsepulls) are welcome, play](https:play.google.comstoreappsdetails?id=com.funnyhacks.pulse). The way you use it is by \npressing a \nbutton every ...
Making a mobile chroot practical
Intro Chrooting to provide a desktop environment on a mobile device is not a new concept, but it is still with it's challenges. This post is about the various successes ...
Where is FunnyHacks going?
Over the last while it has been becoming increasingly apparent that I'm simply trying to do too much. So let's address that. This post covers - Where is ...
So. What happened?
So.... What happend? It all began a few months ago when the phone company I was with hiked up their pre-pay prices yet again. It was now very expensive to ...
Back lit LCD - part2
Today I show you how to get some extra brightness on your LCD in the sun. This is part 2 where I repair a mistake I made in part 1 ...
Air Hockey build part 2 - Sides
- Today the air hockey table build continues with attaching the sides. This took a bit longer than the rest of the sides should ...
Glow in the dark air hockey table
Today I show you show you where I'm at with a glow in the dark air hockey table build. This is the first in a series of ~a few~ videos. ...
I'm nearing the end of my sabbatical, and I did stuff! Here's an ultra short summary of what I did. Polishing projects This phase was to get my open source ...
Jumpstarting a cellphone
Today we bring another unreleased episode from the archive to show you how to charge a phone that is too flat to charge. Overview The basic idea of this is ...
Turbocharged fly swat
Today I dig up another unreleased FunnyHacks episode from the archive. This one is about a fly swat that I've turbocharged with an electric drill. This episode really hits on ...
Jump starting: Which lead first?
Today I show you why it matters which lead is connected first when jump-starting a car, and why it's not obvious if you have an electronics background. The answer is ...
Today I show you the semi-working prototype of the final tablet. While I made prototypes of many parts, this was the only one bringing everything together, and there was still ...
Today I show you an adapter I made that converts a tablet into its own mouse. This is basically the insides of a mouse, with a drastically shortened cable and ...
How secure is your lock?
Today I reassemble a doorlock that was replaced after our flat was burgled. The result surprised me! Verifying the results To confirm my results, I compared this lock to a ...
Achel - Install macros
Today I show you how to create install macros. Install macros are macros that run at install time. They are used for configuring your application. If you are in a ...
Achel - Piping data out
The default output of Achel is designed for the user, and thus not wise to pipe directly to another application. However there are facilities to pipe to other applications, and ...
Achel - Directory structure
Today I explain the directory structure of Achel. The repository is at https:github.comksandomachel. ...
Achel - Refining results
Today I show you how to refine results in Achel and all Achel based applications. The repository is at https:github.comksandomachel. The documentation is at https:github.comksandomacheltreemasterpackages-availableManipulationsdocs ...
Laptop AAs revisit
Today I answer questions about running a laptop off AA batteries. It seems to be necessary to remind you that as with all hacks, don't do this on anything you ...
Achel - manageAchel
Today I show you how to use manageAchel. **NOTE That `manageAchel` is now `achelctl`**, although both are installed and point to the same file for the time being. The repository ...
Achel - Semantics
Today I show you what semantics are and how to take advantage of themit. The gist of it is being aware of the type of data that is currently being ...
Achel - contributing
Today I tell you how to contribute to the various projects. If you simply want to add functionality, the simplest thing is to create an [achelRepo](achelRepo). If you'd like to ...
Achel - collections
Today I show you how to use collections. Collections provide a sane way of interacting with persistent data. The idea is that when you need it you request it. If ...
Today I show you how I did the dog eyes on the bike box. This is pretty much the same method that I used in the [koala](koala). Sadly I don't ...
Achel - creating a template
Today I show you how to create a template for outputting stuff in Achel. The repository is at https:github.comksandomachel. The documentation is at https:github.comksandomachelblobmasterdocsprogrammingcreatingATemplate.md ...
Achel - createing a unit test
Today I show you how to create a unit test in Achel. I found this episode particularly interesting because it shows the unit testing mentality in action. The repository is ...
Achel - removing previously added functionality
Today I show you have to remove functionality via repoParms that was previously added to a profile. The important thing to understand is that while removing functionality in repoParms will ...
Achel - repoParms
Today I show you how to manipulate repo parms, which is what defines which packages and repositories should be used in which profilesapplications. If you're wanting to create a repository, ...
Pimped granny stroller
Today I show you how I pimped up a granny stroller to help me out during a tough time in my life. Why? I broke my collar bone, which ...
Achel - Creating a macro
Today I show you how to create a macro in Achel. The repository is at https:github.comksandomachel. The documentation is at https:github.comksandomachelblobmasterdocsprogrammingcreatingAMacro.md ...
Achel - Creating a package
Today I show you how to create a package in Achel. The repository is at https:github.comksandomachel. The documentation is at https:github.comksandomachelblobmasterdocsprogrammingcreatingAPacakge.md ...
Mass - Bastion hosts
Today I show you how to define bastion hosts that you tunnel through to get to your destination hosts. "*A bastion host is a special purpose computer on a network ...
Achel - Creating a repository
This used to be hard. Now it's easy. Today I show you how! The reason that this is hard without the wizard is that the repo parms are required to ...
Making a teddy display the computer's state
Today I'm joined by my co-host Tim to discuss the risks and basics of making a teddy bear communicate what a computer is doing. This episode has serious risks. As ...
DoneIt - A bit more
Today I show you how to insert tasks into an existing timeline and how to do repairs if you end up in a pickle. - --fixDids - Is ...
ColouredWeb - Debugging problems
Today I show you how to debug web pages that don't look right when colouredWeb is applied. The repository is at https:github.comksandomcolouredWeb. ...
Mass - Getting hosts
Today I show you how to get hosts into mass. General - Finding documentation. Import - Entering credentials. - Where the credentials are saved. ...
Achel - Adding functionality into another app
Today I talk about how to add functionality into another application. (Think plugin.) This tutorial uses repoParms, which is [documented here](https:github.comksandomachelblobmasterdocsprogrammingcreatingARepositoryWithProfiles.md). That should be your first port of call for ...
Tablet: More info
Today I show you more details with making the tablet. - Battery dock - Gluing without making too much mess - Planning the layout ...
ColouredWeb - Digging In
Today I show you how to fine tune colouredWeb to get the result you need. Bright and Dark themes You can switch between bright and dark themes with `--cwBright` and ...
DoneIt - Digging In
Today I show you how to do all the day-to-day stuff to really take advantage of doneIt for time tracking. Add tasks Tasks are what you do. I've found that ...
Mass - Intro part 2
Covering more of the basics of using mass. * Recap what it is. * Recap installingusing cluster SSH. * Using screen with mass. * Uploading and downloading with mass. * ...
Achel - Install
If you want to make Achel available system wide, ie not just to your current user, here's how to do it. The easiest way is to take the one liner ...
Fixing a defective head torch
Here I make a defective torch useful using a simple modification to stop the straps from falling off. In the original design it's very easy for the strap to slide ...
ColouredWeb - Intro
ColouredWeb generates and installs a custom stylesheet that re-colours the internet to make it easier for people who are sensitive to particular colours to use the internet. [Here](http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiScotopic_sensitivity_syndrome) is an ...
DoneIt - Intro
DoneIt is a time tracker for working out where your time is going. For me there were a few things I wanted to achieve with it - Be ...
Mass - Intro
Well over a year ago I [introduced mass](massOld), which is a tool for managing large numbers of servers. It's come along way in that time, and it's well and truly ...
Achel - Introduction
Achel is a programming language that I have been working on for the past 13 years (I said 12 in the video, it has been a long time!) There has ...
Season 3 has a date - 03/03/2014
Getting the videos done took much longer than I expected, namely because I had a lot more in my head than I realised, which lead to me recording over 6 ...
Season 3 update
As mentioned [here](s3Returns), FunnyHacks is coming back. We're now days away. The last few weeks have been spent doing documentation, discovering little things that needed tidying and generally making this ...
FunnyHacks season 3 returning
FunnyHacks season 3 is back. I'm taking a break from work to pursue my passions for a few months. As a result, FunnyHacks is going to getting love. I've got ...
All for one, and one for all biscuits
So the moment of truth has arrived?.... (It has) The quest began with a chocolate biscuit that reminded me of a biscuit from my childhood. A year later, having memorized ...
This week, I've put the text to music. I haven't got the timing completely right, so if you finish the text before the music runs out, just read the text ...
**read in batman voice** The quest is nearing its end. But first we must eliminate more wrong biscuits. Biscuit! WHERE IS SHE?... it! **2** PS: I just re-read this... It ...
Biscuit is back - This time it's personal
This week the epic journey continues, but slightly differently. This post is a timed release. So if I've done it right, it will appear just a couple of hours before ...
The next time I did it, it went a little like this: For the last couple of weeks, my world has been like
Hense no biscuits... ...
An exercise in the wrong biscuit!
One of the perks of where I work is a few goodies sitting in the corner of each room waiting to be nibbled on from time to time. One when ...
Pin hole camera
Every morning I look up at the ceiling and see a fuzzy representation of the world below. Light hits the objects and bounces off in various directions. Some of it ...
Windows 95 insanity
A few days ago I started playing with the idea of trying to post to facebook from a fresh windows 95 VM using only software that I could aquire from ...
Our trip to Shuttleworth - Part 1
This is the first installment of the footage I took of our trip to the Shuttleworth museum. I've got loads more footage, so tell me what interests you the most ...
Tablet: Lots of photos and info
This is one of my more impressive looking builds. Not the most complex by any means, but it certainly looks cool. Where ever I take it, I get lots of ...
Building a tablet from a netbook
This is a tablet that I've built from an old [Asus Eee 701](http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiEee_701). I've wanted a tablet for years. My motivation for building one instead of buying one was that ...
Confusing a satnav
1. Take one satnav. 2. Set the destination. 3. Get in a plane and take off. 4. Watch it freak out! Satnavs designed for roads are ...
Flying in a small plane in rough weather. ...
Box - Tech talk
Today I talk about the technical details of making the bike box work. ...
Simply put, this is a box to put on the back of your bike and be seen. The response from this one has been amazing. If you were to only ...
3D Sync - Tech talk part 2/2
One of the biggest challenges of capturing 3D footage is getting the footage syncronised. Sure, you can do it in post production. But on most cameras, you have granularity of ...
Camera choices - My cameras
So in my previous post I listed out the [basic ideas](cameras) of choosing a camera. Now I'm going to show you some clips that I have made using the cameras ...
Epping Forest Run - My weekend
This weekend, I headed out to the local forest to sprint around the tight winding tracks and here is the result. The photos attached are just a small handful of ...
Moon close to the earth
Last night the moon was the closest to the earth that it has been for something like 16 years. Quite a few people have shown interest in this, so here ...
YEEEEEE HAAWWWWWwwww! - Slow mo RC car
Slow mo footage of an RC car in puddles and on shingle. This is simply having fun with a radio controlled car to demonstraight the concepts discussed in [3DMount](3DMount) For ...
3D Mount - Technical part 1/2
Recording 3D footage on two 2D cameras can be quite challenging. In this episode I go through the technical details of making it happen. Adjustment I found making things loose ...
3DMount - Capturing 3D footage
3D video is really taking off, and most of my work over the last year has been in 3D. So I thought that it was about time to show how ...
Tarp Parachute - Technical details
Today I walk you through the technical details of building the home made parachute. This is a stupid thing to do, so if you have not yet gone over the ...
Permission to do stuff
Most work on this site is licensed under the [Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)](http:creativecommons.orglicensesby-sa3.0) license which should allow you to do most of what you'd like to do. (Most ...
Tarp parachute - Our first tries
This is the first of at least a couple of compilation videos of our progress as we play with different ideas. We've taken literally hours of footage, so these compilations ...
The basic idea As a kid I always wanted to make a parachute. I kept jumping off hedges using a tiny sheet with the hope of sailing down. The ...
See season 2 of FunnyHacks in 3D!
All of the talky and technical episodes for FunnyHacks are available in 3D. Every such episode has been edited and rendered in 2D, 3D and 3D anaglyph (coloured glasses). For ...
We're still compiling the information to go here. But in the mean time you can contact me here: You're already [here](http:funnyhacks.com). And Tim's address is..... oh oh! I'll get back ...
Hi! This is me: At the age of 6, my dad taught me the basics of electronics, and I've been trying to electrocute myself ever since. This blog began from ...
The old, old site!
Woah! You've found a really old link! Here are some things that are probably what you're looking for: ...
I imagine the normal navigation will be easier, so this is primarily intended for search engines. But hey, if it's usful to you as well, great :) The title photo ...
All hacks involve risk. Usually it's breaking what ever it is you are hacking, but often there are other risks which we need to take into account as well such ...
In 2010 I released this short film to demo some concepts I had shown in an earlier FunnyHacks episode: I made a couple of ringtones for it: * [Sheep](sheep.mp3) - ...
The coolest job in the world
I went down south to help my sister sell cookies, and to my surprise, I got given the coolest job in the world... My task was to destroy a room ...
Headphoning a phone
The basic idea Modifying a phone so that it can take headphones. The hardest bit about this hack is making it all fit in the phone... So it's not ...
Running a laptop off AA batteries
A big thankyou to david at for featuring this episode! The basic idea So you've done all the little optimisations to make your laptop last an extra half hour. Wireless ...
The basic idea Hook every audio source to every audio output in an easily switchable way. Series vs Parallel Choosing whether to hook things up in series or parallel ...
Converting an RC car to a boat
You may remember the car that could drive on the ceiling. It didn't last very long. So now I've turned it into a boat. This episode was filmed out in ...
Driving a car on the ceiling
Someone driving you up the walls? Get some space and drive on the ceiling instead! In this episode, I show you how to drive an RC car on the ceiling. ...
Converting and RC helicopter to a plane
Radio Controlled models are a ton of fun, but sooner or later they end up auditioning for the trash can. This hack comes to the rescue to salvage all those ...
The basic idea Imagine your phone is ringing and you can't find it. Probably the last thing you want is for it to be quietly driving away from you. ...
In 2008 I traveled around the word. This was an amazing time in my life, so at the end of it, I put a video together of a few highlights: ...
I loooooooooooove Brazil! The people, the wild life, the fresh fruit! I've been twice and hope to go many more times. I made a few really basic videos while I ...
Canada had beautifully wild weather while I was there. Plus spending time with friends is always good! ;) This is a video of one of those really cool flukes that ...
Running a cellphone on AAs
This remains one of my favourite hacks. It didn't make it into the show simply because I blogged about it before I started the show. It's really simple: find out ...
Place holder for old RSS feeds
pHi there,p pIt's so cool to see you're subscribed to one of the old feeds. bThey still existb, but have moved due to technical limitations.p pIt would be lovely to ...