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This is a complete list of the hacks that are available online. The hacks with a book-cover icon are sample hacks from that book. The hacks with no icon are reader-contributed hacks.

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Access

Got an Access Hack?

Create Access Tables from Outside Access
You don't have to be in Access to use Access.
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Get All Combinations of Data
Remove the Join clause in a SQL statement to return a Cartesian product (which returns all possible combinations).
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

Help Users Find the Objects They Need
Place shortcuts to pertinent objects in custom groups so that users don't have to wade through all the database objects.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Save Paper by Reducing Whitespace
Use the Can Shrink property to condense your reports.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Store Initial Control Selections for Later Recall
The Tag property is a great place to store data about controls. Here's how to put it to good use.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Use Excel Functions Inside Access
Expose powerful functions available in Excel to your Access application.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Amazon

Got an Amazon Hack?

Add an Amazon Sidebar Search to Mozilla
Mozilla's built-in search engine sidebar provides a unique way to organize search results from several sources. Using Amazon's API you can add Amazon as a source with a few quick steps
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

AmazonBox
Display your Amazon.com wishlist, listmania list or your Marketplace seller items by copying and pasting a small piece of javascript onto your web page.
Contributed by: Paul Millar dazzle
[06/26/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Christmas Shopping Hacks
Find gift suggestions using the given social hack or the given Google/Amazon hack.
Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[12/20/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Compare International Sales
Find out what products are hot on either side of the pond with Amazon locale-based queries
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

considering special characters/umlauts
how to encode queries with special characters (e.g. umlauts) and decode the results
Contributed by: Christian Wenz wenz
[04/27/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Converting an ASCII top 100 list to a dynamic web site
In a nutshell, I converted an ASCII book list that I loved (located at: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Cavern/6113/top100.html) into a more navigable list in HTML.
Contributed by: Byrne Reese byrnereese
[04/23/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Create an Amazon AIM Bot
Chat with some Perl code to get book prices via AOL Instant Messenger
The Code
[Discuss (14) | Link to this hack]

Create Shorter URLs
Shortening a long Amazon URL is just a matter of knowing where to put the ASIN
[Discuss (12) | Link to this hack]

Fine-Tune Your Recommendations
As Amazon gets to know your tastes, it makes recommendations about products you might like. A few quick steps can ensure that your recommendations are on target
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Jump to a Product Using Its ASIN
Once you have a product's ASIN, you can jump straight to its product detail page
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

PDF product manuals on Amazon
I stumbled across a camera manual on Amazon in a Google search, and found that Amazon carries PDF versions of lots of electronics manuals
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[05/02/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Power-Search for Books
Fine-tune your book searches with the Advanced Search form and Power Search queries
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Program AWS with Perl
A lightweight XML parser is all you need to work with Amazon's data in Perl scripts
The Code
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Publishing Mindshare
This hack is based on Spidering Hack#49 and Google Hack #79. One of the things I always did to help keep track of Linux's popularity is to go to the local bookstore and see how many shelves were dedicated to Linux and compare this to Microsoft Server software. I've did this with web/non-web and Perl/Java as well. Now we can automate this with Amazon's API.
Contributed by: tommie
[08/23/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Rotate Through Several Keyword Banners on Your Site
Keyword banners provide some rotation as people visit your site, but to do cross-promotion with several keywords across categories, you'll have to script a rotation solution
The Code
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

Search Amazon from the sidebar
Search Amazon sites from the sidebar in either Mozilla or Opera web browsers.
Contributed by: Paul Millar dazzle
[07/20/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Sell What People Want
Looking for the "buyer waiting" status can help you figure out which books are in high demand
The Code
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Tracking Amazon SalesRank with Rankforest
Track an item's sales performance with the reflexes of a puma and the wisdom of a man.
Contributed by: romej.com
[06/07/05 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 

Apache

Got an Apache Hack?

Allowing Simplistic User Preferences with SSI
A lot of sites offer the ability to change colors, to place columns on this side or that, or to open links in new browser windows. You have the need to do the same, but you don't want to create a server-side script in PHP, Perl or Python, and you don't want to use Javascript, fearing client side dependability. With SSI, you can minimally accomplish the same tasks.
Contributed by: Morbus Iff morbus
[03/14/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
How to view the latest rotated apache log in linux.
A quick way to get the latest rotatelogs-generated logfile, and tail it.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[02/19/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
More Server Side Include Trickery
You know Server Side Includes have a decent amount of power under the hood, but you're not entirely sure what quickie trickies can be accomplished. Below, we'll touch on a number of simple SSI hacks that can be used for quick prototyping, simplistic logging or authentication, random file serving, and more.
Contributed by: Morbus Iff morbus
[03/14/03 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 
Quick File Cataloging with mod_autoindex
You have a need to catalog thousands of documents (mp3s, text files, jpgs, etc), but you don't have the time or inclination to create a decent PHP/MySQL indexing system. Nor do you want to get into complicated cookie authentication systems that would allow you to restrict users by file types ("only special people can download mp3s", etc.). Finally, creating the catalog indexes by hand is not a happy thought.
Contributed by: Morbus Iff morbus
[03/14/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Search Engine Friendly SSI Image Gallery
You need to upload and present a large number of images in a very short amount of time. To make matters worse, you don't have access to a database or a programming language, and you'd like the pages to be accessible via a search engine, so the final URLs can't have a "?" in them. Obviously, it's out of the question to create thousands of html files.
Contributed by: Morbus Iff morbus
[03/14/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Smarter 404s and Other Error Responses
As you check over your error_logs, you can see a lot of missing pages being requested. Where are they coming from? What pages are referring to them? Are they yours, or someone else's? Why? Why? Why!? Your plan is to start dealing with the dreaded 404 swiftly and surely - eliminating every last one of them. With the multiple solutions below, you'll be well on your way.
Contributed by: Morbus Iff morbus
[03/14/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Stop Email Harvesting Robots
You're fed up with the amount of spam you have been receiving, and you'd like to reduce the chance that spidering software will harvest your email from your webpages. Alternatively, you run a community site, and you'd like a quick and easy way of ensuring that your user's email addresses are protected from the same fate. You want to do something server side, not involving obfuscation of the email, javascript write's, or similar tricks that will eventually be worked around.
Contributed by: Morbus Iff morbus
[03/14/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 

Astronomy

Got an Astronomy Hack?

Counterweight a Dobsonian Scope
Balance your Dob perfectly without using springs, clutches, or other kludges.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Enhance Lunar and Planetary Contrast and Detail
Choose a basic set of filters to improve the view.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Learn Urban Observing Skills
Observe the universe from your own backyard.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Print Custom Charts
Make the most of your observing time by taking along the charts you need.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

BlackBerry

Got a BlackBerry Hack?

Add Users to the BES in Bulk
Use a specially formatted file to add multiple users to your BlackBerry Enterprise Server in one fell swoop, saving you lots of pointing and clicking
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Clear Your Inbox Quickly
Process hundreds of messages in one fell swoop
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Play Texas Hold 'Em
Quit your day job and start playing everyone's favorite flavor of poker for a living
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Run Programs in the Background
"Minimize" programs using the BlackBerry equivalent of Windows's Alt-Tab
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Track Message Delivery Time
Use a built-in feature of the BlackBerry to monitor message delivery times
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Blogging

Got a Blogging Hack?

"Recent Posts" Sidebar Code for Blogger Basic
A simple code for generating a sequential list of recent posts using permalink URLs for Blogger Basic.
Contributed by: Lenka Reznicek reznicek111
[03/11/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Categories in Blogger
So you want to have Topics/Categories in Blogger...
Contributed by: menglis3
[03/22/05 | Discuss (11) | Link to this hack]
 
ljmusic.py
Get history information (including a histogram) of Aritsts in your Livejournal posts
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[06/04/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 

BSD

Got a BSD Hack?

Automate Security Patches
Keep up-to-date with security patches
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Build a Port Without the Ports Tree
While the ports tree is one of the most useful FreeBSD directory structures, you may have systems where it's not appropriate to maintain the entire ports structure
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

FreeBSD - Giving up on buffers error with ext3 drives
The problem is that when you mount ext3 (Linux) drives in FreeBSD and reboot, you get a message on Giving up on Buffers ... and after the reboot the file systems are considered "unclean" and checked with fsck.
Contributed by: Srini S ssrini
[07/29/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Fun with X
Use the utilities that come with the core X distribution.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Rotate Your Signature
End your email communications with a short witticism
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Taming periodic emails
How to get FreeBSD's periodic to send you email only when you need to be alerted.
Contributed by: Pretzel
[01/26/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Tighten Security with Mandatory Access Control
Increase the security of your systems with MAC paranoia
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Car PC

Got a Car PC Hack?

Add New Power Connectors Throughout Your Car
Modern devices such as laptops, cell phones, and video cameras often have 12V power adapters so they can be used, or charged, from a car's cigarette lighter outlet. If you have more devices than outlets, you can easily add more power connectors
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Build an in-Car Macintosh
Check out how one programmer used OS X and a PowerMac G4 to meet his in-car computing needs
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Control Your Car PC with Voice Recognition
You can use software to make your car PC's navigation system and other functions voice-operated, just like the cool cars in the commercials
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Customize Each Passenger's Video
Imagine a peaceful cross-country road trip in which you never need to endure someone else's choice of music or movies, because everyone has a personalized entertainment center
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Keep Your Computer on During Engine Cranking
An already booted car PC will reboot whenever you start the car, unless you install the right hardware
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Digital Photography

Got a Digital Photography Hack?

Brighten Teeth
It seems like everyone wants whiter teeth these days. You might not have the time for peroxide-based solutions, but there's no need for such drastic measures anyway. This Photoshop hack takes only a few seconds and instantly removes years of stains
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Capture Pictures of Your TV Screen
You can photograph images of your television screen just as easily as any other subject, as long as you know the secret camera settings
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Conversion of slides to digital images efficiently
Convert your old kodak slides to digital in an efficient manner.
Contributed by: jlb51
[07/18/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Convert Your Digicam to a Digital SLR
Shading the LCD monitor for easier viewing during replay is one thing, but why not go all the way and use the monitor as a virtual SLR viewfinder for shooting images too?
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Digiscoping
"Digiscoping" is a technique used by birders to take digital photos with their existing birding scopes.
Contributed by: Terrie Miller terrie
[08/26/03 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 
Digital Picture Frame
Rip apart an old 486 or P1 laptop with a good screen - mount it all in a picture frame. Run a slideshow screensaver - hang it on the wall.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[02/10/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Get a memory drive out of your digital camera or iPod
In this hack you will learn how to make your iPod or other mp3 player, your digital camera, or just about any digital storage devise act like a memory drive, though sometimes this will give you a spacious advantage (such as with an iPod)
Contributed by: truenecrology
[04/17/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Get the Big Picture with a Little Camera Phone
If a scene is just too big to fit in your little camera phone, shoot a series of images and stitch them together
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Hand-Color with the History Brush
Combining the richness of color and the mood of B&W photography, you can create eye-catching artistic effects. And with the History Brush in Photoshop CS, it's easy
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Judge Image Sharpness by File Size
With a series of photographs of the same subject in hand, you can judge which shot is sharper without ever opening a file
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Pantyhose Diffusion Filter for Flattering Portraits
Razor-sharp optics are great—unless, that is, you're photographing the love of your life. In those instances, you might want to borrow her pantyhose
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Second-Curtain Flash for Cool Effects
One of the most magical of all camera tricks, second-curtain flash lets you show a trail of motion behind an object that is frozen in mid flight
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Starlight Effects for Candles and Lights
Add extra sparkle to your candle and chandelier images by using an inexpensive starlight filter. You can even make your own, if you don't mind scratching a little glass
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Walking-Stick Mount
A trusty walking stick is helpful for fording streams and navigating slippery trails. But why not use it to steady your camera, as well as your footing?
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Digital Video

Got a Digital Video Hack?

Cut to the Beat of Your Music
Whether editing a music video, your friend's wedding, or the next great action movie, music is a tremendous addition to help set the mood for a scene. If you can cut to the beat of the music, your scene will benefit even more.
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Fix Timecode Problems on an Existing Tape
Broken timecode will cause you headaches in the long run. Fix it early or invest in Excedrin.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Fool Your Audience's Perception
What you hear isn't always what you see.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Mount Your Camera to Your Car
There are some elaborate rigs for attaching a camera to a car. But when it comes to "build versus buy," one product makes building a solution a tough sell.
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Record a Streaming Video
VCRs and PVRs have enabled us to record live video content. Using an application called VLC, you can do the same with streaming video.
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

Zoom In from a Satellite
Use a series of satellite images to establish a location.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

eBay

Got a eBay Hack?

Controlling Fuzzy Searches
Choose when and how plurals and variations of your search terms are used in searches
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Doctoring Photos
Techniques and tools for fixing up your photos after they've been taken
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Formatting the Description with HTML
Use HTML tags to turn a drab block of text into an interesting, attractive, and effective sales tool
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Obtaining Sales Records
Extract detailed accounting data from My eBay, or do it automatically with eBay's Selling Manager
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Partial Payers
Refund a buyers payment when it is not "in full" to prevent disputes.
Contributed by: Brian Smith okpensfan
[10/29/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Selling and Shipping Internationally
A few extra tools and tips to make shipping to customers in other countries go more smoothly
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Take Advantage of Bid Increments
A slight adjustment to your bidding strategy will help you save money and win more auctions
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Withholding Feedback
Know when to hold 'em, and know when to leave 'em.
[Discuss (11) | Link to this hack]

Your Cell Phone's Email Address
A SIMPLER way to find out your cell phone's email address
Contributed by: OhPervyOne
[08/24/05 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 

Email

Got an Email Hack?

Dave Barry latest column email service.
In the same way m-w.com or dictionary.com has Word-of-the-day services, I thought it'd try it out with Dave Barry's columns.
Contributed by: C M cjm
[09/07/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
E-mail account as storage
You may use modern big e-mail account as storage for your important data: documents, x-copy of your passport, tickets during your travel.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[07/07/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Keep e-mail account alive
Sign to google or yahoo alert
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[07/07/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Proxy mail through ssh without port forwarding.
In my situation, I am behind a firewall which blocks all SMTP requests, so that I cannot send any mail from my mail client, mutt. However, I have access through ssh to a server which is connected to an SMTP server, andI describe how to enable communication to that server without port forwarding.
Contributed by: kumanna1
[01/24/06 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
wikipedia: Article of the Day
Grabs the "Article of the Day" from wikipedia.com and emails it to you. Similar to dictionary "Word of the Day" features.
Contributed by: C M cjm
[08/26/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 

Excel

Got an Excel Hack?

Access SOAP Web Services from Excel
If your spreadsheet needs to access constantly updated data, or if you need to access services hosted on another computer, Excel's Web Services support will enable you to get connected
[Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]

Add Descriptive Text to Your Formulas
Excel's named ranges and cell comments can help clarify formulas, but sometimes you want to put documentation into the formula itself. With the hacks in this section, you can add descriptive text to your formulas quickly and easily
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Address Data by Name
Although cell numbers are at the foundation of everything Excel does, it's much easier to remember names, such as Item Number and Quantity, than it is to remember cell numbers, such as A1:A100. Excel makes this easy
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Customize Cell Comments
Cell comments enable you to place the electronic equivalent of a sticky note to any specified cell in a worksheet. Although many people use cell comments, many don't know that cell comments are customizable
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Enter Data into Multiple Worksheets Simultaneously
It's fairly ordinary to have the same data appear in multiple worksheets simultaneously. You can use Excel's tool for grouping so that data in one workbook can be entered into multiple worksheets at the same time. We also have a quicker and more flexible approach that uses a couple of lines of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Identify Formulas with Conditional Formatting
Excel does not have a built-in function that identifies formulas. Once a formula is entered into a cell, you can tell whether the cell is a static value or a value derived from a formula only by clicking in each cell and looking in the Formula bar. This hack fills that gap with a custom function
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Lock and Protect Cells Containing Formulas
You may want to let users change cells containg data without providing them access to change formulas. You can keep cells containing formulas under lock and key without having to protect your entire sheet or workbook
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Professional Publishing with Excel Table Charts
Use your Excel spreadsheet to create table charts for print publishing.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[06/24/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Share PivotTables but Not Their Data
Create a snapshot of your PivotTable that no longer needs the underlying data structures
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Speed Up Code While Halting Screen Flicker
When you record macros from within Excel, the code it generates often produces screen flicker, which not only slows down your macro, but also makes the macro's activity look very disorganized. Fortunately, you can eliminate screen flicker while at the same time speeding up your code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Firefox

Got a Firefox Hack?

Blocking Banner Ads
How to block banner ads for free--and flash, too!
Contributed by: Shuai
[01/30/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Creating your own browser title in Mozilla Firefox
Ever wondered how you can change the text in the blue bar at the top of your Firefox browser? Read on to find out how...
Contributed by: aj0211
[09/17/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Fix Web Servers to Support Firefox Content
Provide support for the bonus content types that Mozilla technology supports
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Get a Custom, Prebuilt Version
Find versions of Firefox that are different than the standard installation
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make New Tags and Widgets with XBL
Don't like the set of HTML or XUL tags that browsers provide? Make new ones
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Speeding Up Firefox
How to make Firefox load faster
Contributed by: Ferraridude
[05/31/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Take Firefox with You
Install a portable version of Firefox so that you can move from computer to computer
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Tweak and Troubleshoot CSS Designs
Get to the bottom of your CSS difficulties with smart Firefox extensions
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Waste Time with Toys and Games
Amuse and inspire yourself with these decorative inventions made by bored minds
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Flash

Got a Flash Hack?

A Custom Color Transform Class
Create a custom class to perform color transformations
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Add a Vector Edge to a Bitmap
When you need a graphic that contains textures and a sharp edge, you are stuck. A vector shape will give you the sharp edge but is not able to show complex textures. A bitmap can show complex textures but will have no sharp edge. Create the best of both vectors and bitmaps in Flash—a bitmap with a vector edge
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Composition Compiler Hack
To implement Composition for an non-movieclip object to get around the Flash MX 2004 compiler yelling at you.
Contributed by: Jester XL jesterxl
[01/14/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Create a Flash Speech Synthesizer
Synthesize speech for added flexibility with reduced bandwidth—no need to record or download predetermined sounds
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Create TextField Return Object
As of FlashMX2004 the createTextField method doesn't return an instance of the newly created object. The following prototypes will let you create a textfield while simultaneously storing a reference to it in a variable.
Contributed by: Sean O'Shell pixelwit
[01/17/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Event Handler on nested MovieClips
With this little trick you can catch events (onRollOver, onRelease,...) on nested MovieClips.
Contributed by: Ariel Diacovetzky adiacov
[01/28/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Flash MX 2004 - Hidden Tweens
Using some undocument classes built into Flash Player 7, you can create transistions and tween via code easily and without custom actionscript.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/15/04 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 
How to Pause a Flash Movie
Pauses (stops) a Flash movie's animation and code from running.
Contributed by: Jester XL jesterxl
[03/26/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Simulate 3D
Flash doesn't support true 3D, but you can fake it by arranging 2D image slices as if they are filling a 3D space
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Undocumented ActionScript
Everyone likes knowing about undocumented ActionScript. Discover the goodies in the property that Macromedia isn't ready to officially support
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Using arguments.caller for recursion and debugging
Macromedia incorrectly documented this powerful function. After investigation I found it had useful applications in reference to recursive algorithms and debugging.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/30/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 

Gaming

Got a Gaming Hack?

Download, Compile, and Create an Inform Adventure
Return to the roots of adventure gaming, where the story's the thing
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Giving a PowerPoint Presentation in Second Life
If you ever plan to give a talk or presentation in Second Life, you might want to back yourself up with something like a Microsoft(R) PowerPoint(R) presentation. The problem here is that you can't import a PowerPoint(R) presentation into Second Life. Except you can.
Contributed by: andrewburton
[01/27/06 | Discuss (9) | Link to this hack]
 
Hack the Dreamcast Visual Memory Unit
Play homebrew games on Dreamcast's LCD-toting memory card
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make a Profit in Vana'diel
How to make good money in Final Fantasy XI through auctions and smart sales
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Put Your Face in DOOM
Increase the immersiveness of id's classic FPS by replacing the space marine's pictures with your own
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Snagging Textures with GLIntercept
If you want to grab textures out of Second Life to see how people have made those neat trees, the stunning clothes, or maybe an old texture you lost, GLIntercept is the tool for the job.
Contributed by: andrewburton
[01/26/06 | Discuss (39) | Link to this hack]
 
Speedrun Your Way Through Metroid Prime
Don't have time to stop and smell the roses? Excellent—you'll like speedrunning
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Google

Got a Google Hack?

Abbreviate Google Map Links for Email

Where is a good Starbucks in Fairfield, CA? Google Maps to the rescue! Now, how to email that 125-character link to my friend? Tinyurl.com you say? I never liked how pranksters hide links behind tinyurls; you don't know where you'll land when you click one. So I created a web service that yields informative links, like: http://lookleap.com/maps.google.com/a5. I named this service LookLeap.com. Kick it around and tell me what you think.

Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[08/17/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Borrowing a Corporate Logo
Find and lift a corporate logo for incorporation into your presentation or proposal.
Contributed by: Rael Dornfest rael
[03/16/03 | Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]
 
Calculate Google Centuryshare
Determine the year in which Elvis achieved the height of his fame, over what period disco took hold of your nightlife, and when fuel economy actually mattered to anyone
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

cligoogle: command line google written in tcl
cligoogle is a tcl script that can be configured to search google and return the results on the command line. it returns a list of links based on your search terms.
Contributed by: jose nazario jnazario
[05/22/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Command Line Calculator
Calculate from the command line thanks to Google and PHP.
Contributed by: Adam Trachtenberg trachtenberga
[09/09/03 | Discuss (10) | Link to this hack]
 
Consulting the Phonebook
Google makes an excellent phonebook, even to the extent of doing reverse lookups.
Contributed by:
[03/13/03 | Discuss (18) | Link to this hack]
 
Controlling News.Google's Output Page Size
All of Google's result pages are hardcoded to present a maximum of 100 items per page. Unfortunately, news.google doen't even permit you to specify how many items you want per page - it defaults to ten. To reduce the number of times you have to flip through the results pages, you can increase the output page size.
Contributed by: phil paxton fluttervertigo
[03/31/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
De-localizing Google
How to de-localize Google.
Contributed by: Jacek Artymiak artymiak
[06/04/03 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 
Deluxe Google scraper bookmarklet
Scrapes the search links from a Google search results page and produces an HTML table that can be imported to Excel.
Contributed by: David Crossman dcrossma
[04/21/05 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Determine the Worth of AdWords Words
Harness the Google AdWords marketplace to guesstimate the value of a keyword or phrase in online advertising
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Does Google really drops the "common words"?
When there are common words like from, to, on,… in your search text google says those words were not included in the search? Does that mean those words won't affect the final search results?
Contributed by: Senthoorkumaran Punniamoorthy senthoor
[12/04/03 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
Egobot (by Philipp Lenssen)
This bot [ http://blog.outer-court.com/egobrowser/egobot.php ] answers to anything imaginable using the Google Web API as data source.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[06/01/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Finding files like ebooks using google or other search engines
This is a method that can help finding a specific ebook using apache directory indexes.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/21/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Get a clustered view of a country or US state in Google News
Google News allows you to search for news originating from a perticular geographic location, but frequently the results of these searches are not 'clustered' like the results in the default categories.
Contributed by: Michael Bernstein webmaven
[09/04/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Getting Around the 10 Word Limit
There are some clever ways around Google's limit of 10 words to a query.
Contributed by:
[03/13/03 | Discuss (33) | Link to this hack]
 
google cache solution
fool the firewall
Contributed by: fitefirewitfire
[01/26/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Google Calculators
Google lets you do math inside the search box.
Contributed by: Jeff Linwood jefflinwood
[08/17/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Google Cartography: Street Art in Your Neighborhood
car⋅tog⋅ra⋅phy n. The art or technique of making maps or charts
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Google Centuryshare Calculator
Enter any keyword or phrase and see the Google mindshare for different years of the 20th Century; a "Zeitgeist" tendency showing popularity peaks. [ http://blog.outer-court.com/centuryshare/ ]
Contributed by: Philipp Lenssen philipp
[06/11/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Google date range bookmarklet
Adds a daterange to your Google search criteria and submits search. Prompts for days back, defaulting to 30 days back from today.
Contributed by: David Crossman dcrossma
[03/06/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Google feed generator
Generate an RSS feed from new Google search results.
Contributed by: Gary Burd garyburd
[11/10/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Google for Adwords results
Google Hacks co-author Tara Calishain spots a way to Google only for sponsored results.
Contributed by: Rael Dornfest rael
[12/28/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Google free proxy!
Access restricted web sites using Google language tools service as a proxy.
Contributed by: bigthistle
[12/20/05 | Discuss (211) | Link to this hack]
 
Google from Word
Add a little Google to Microsoft Word
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Google main page
Bypassing Google's regional search page.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[12/31/03 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
Google News
Reading the latest news across myriad sources using Google News.
Contributed by:
[03/13/03 | Discuss (6) | Link to this hack]
 
Google phonebook hack
An HTML page to save on your machine that facilitates Google phonebook searches.
Contributed by: David Crossman dcrossma
[03/14/04 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Google Search Error
Create an error on Google.
Contributed by: thehalomadman
[02/08/06 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
Google search scraper bookmarklet
Scrapes the search links from a Google search results page and produces a comma-delimited list of <item no>, "<title>", "<link>" in a popup window
Contributed by: David Crossman dcrossma
[03/03/04 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Google search scraper bookmarklet revisited.
Scrapes the search links from a Google search results page and produces an HTML table with columns <item no> <title> and <link> in a popup window.
Contributed by: David Crossman dcrossma
[03/29/04 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Google Whacking
With over 2 billion pages in its index, is it possible to get only one result for a search?
Contributed by:
[03/13/03 | Discuss (135) | Link to this hack]
 
Google Your Desktop
Google your desktop and the rest of your filesystem, mailbox, and instant messenger conversations—even your browser cache
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

How to do the Most of the Guess Work & Get Info From Source Code
The short text to understand the basic.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/06/04 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Import Your Contacts into Gmail
Data entry's a drag. Export your contacts from an existing web mail service, desktop email application, or database, and import them into your Gmail address book
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Integrating Google Deskbar with a Request System
I configured Google Deskbar with a request-system and got a superb non-flow breaking and non-distracting way to look up the request corresponding to a particular Request-Id that I encounter in the code.
Contributed by: Upster
[03/28/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Internet Search Engines: PDF vs. HTML
So much information is stored in PDF, yet a little experimentation suggestes that PDF gets short shrift from Google. So let's experiment a little more in this two-part PDF vs. HTML Google shootout.
Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[01/06/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Like a Version
Gather a list of what Google thinks are synonyms for a keyword you provide
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Measuring Google Mindshare
Measure the Google mindshare of a particular person within a query domain.
Contributed by:
[03/13/03 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
NoXML, Another SOAP::Lite Alternative
NoXML is a regular expressions-based, XML Parser-free drop-in alternative to SOAP::Lite.
Contributed by:
[03/13/03 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Optimizing AdWords' CTR
How to fine-tune your ads and keywords for maximum CTR.
Contributed by: Jacek Artymiak artymiak
[07/26/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
override school firewalls
does your school firewall block you from visiting sites? use this to override it!
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/24/04 | Discuss (876) | Link to this hack]
 
Removing Your Materials from Google
How to remove your content from Google's various web properties.
Contributed by:
[03/13/03 | Discuss (6) | Link to this hack]
 
Scraping Google Results
Scraping the results of a Google search into a comma-delimited file.
Contributed by:
[03/13/03 | Discuss (17) | Link to this hack]
 
Search in Google Print, every time
Google Print links are elusive. Sometimes they pop up during a Google search, showing you related books. Sometimes they don't. Here's a simple way to get them to always appear. But why use Google Print, anyhow, when you can use search Safari (http://safari.oreilly.com)? Did you know it has an API?
Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[02/10/05 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Using Google to Find Celebrity Birthdays and Heights
Google can be used to get the height or age of a celebrity.
Contributed by: romej.com
[06/06/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Go to www.google.com and in the search bar type in the phrase "weapons of mass destruction" (make sure you keep the quotes) and click on I'm Feeling Lucky. It will load a page saying "Weapons of Mass Destruction can not be found"
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[04/05/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Web Mindshare Calculator Revisited
Web Mindshare Calculator, adapted for Spidering Hacks. He concludes: "recombinant growth. We're so fixated on Google nowadays, we tend overlook the possibility of yoking multiple services together. It was easy to do that four years ago, and it's just as easy today."
Contributed by: Rael Dornfest rael
[12/10/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
WSJ Hedcuts Search
Search Wall Street Journal hedcuts for newsworthy people via images.google.com. For example: Steve Jobs.
Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[12/20/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 

Google Maps

Got a Google Maps Hack?

Better Driving Directions
Create more useful driving directions by truncating the extraneous bits to use a more general starting or ending point.
Contributed by: KevinFink
[01/24/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Google Maps For Wordpress
Allows you to add Google Maps to Wordpress blog
Contributed by: cpeneguy
[01/19/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 

Greasemonkey

Got a Greasemonkey Hack?

Add Keyboard Shortcuts to Google Search Results
If you search frequently and type as quickly as you think, you'll appreciate this keyboard-only hack
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Add Saved Searches to Gmail
Keep often-used searches at your fingertips
The Code
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Bypass Annoying Site Registrations
Autofill privacy-invading registration pages
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Compare Book Prices
Add competitors' prices to online book retailers
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Keep Track of Secure Site Passwords
Generate random passwords for every site based on a master password
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make Google More Accessible for Low-Vision Users
Change Google's layout to make it easier for low-vision users to read
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make Pop-up Titles Prettier
Spice up those boring link tool tips
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Syndicate Encrypted Content
Publish sensitive data securely and decrypt it on the fly
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Trace XMLHttpRequest Activity
Log XMLHttpRequest calls into JavaScript Console
The Code
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Halo 2

Got a Halo 2 Hack?

A Problem With the Finding the Envy Skull (Hack 13)
I found a problem with the Envy skull hack that was posted in your book Halo 2 Hacks.
Contributed by: aRampagingDuck
[01/14/06 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Banshee-Rocket Launch
Get higher with a rocket and a Banshee!
Contributed by: LittLeBunny2o5
[01/28/06 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
Blast Yourself into the Air
Assist your jumps with explosions
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Change Grenade Explosions
Turn up the force associated with grenades
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Drop Your Weapons
Use an Oddball glitch to clean up your screen
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Ghost Driving on the Wall into a Perfect Sniping Place
This hack will allow you to drive a Ghost to a area where only Banshees are sopposed to go.
Contributed by: thehalomadman
[01/06/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Kick Around a Soccer Ball
Find the hidden soccer ball
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Pimp Out Your Ride with Tunes
Add a radio to the Ghost
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Receive the Gift of Grenades
The Catch skull encourages your enemies to throw more grenades
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Super Jump on Zanzibar
If this hack is done correctly, you will fling up in the air and be on top of a roof just across from the windmill.
Contributed by: thehalomadman
[01/05/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
SuperJump on Lockout/Zanzibar
Get on top of the tower on Lockout and on the fan on Zanzibar.
Contributed by: sevospartan
[12/20/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Sword Stick
Stick enemies using a sword lung.
Contributed by: sevospartan
[12/20/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Zanzibar super-jump
Acheive greater heights in Halo 2 on the map Zanzibar.
Contributed by: Tarano
[08/06/06 | Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]
 

Home Theater

Got a Home Theater Hack?

Annual Home Theater Tune-Up
All the calibration in the world won't do your theater any good if you don't keep it in tiptop shape. Tuning things up every 12 to 18 months will keep your theater sounding and looking good.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Buy from Chain Stores with Skepticism
Buying from a local electronics store has the advantage of letting you check out gear in person, but you'll have to endure crowds, obnoxious music, and frequent interruption from salespeople along the way.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Don't Mess with Odd Screws
Ever run into a strange-looking screw, and spend hours trying to find just the right tool to get it open? Chances are that screw is for your protection: proceed with caution.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Fix Panasonic's Picture Glitch
Many of Panasonic's 16 x 9 rear projection TVs have a nasty picture glitch: if power is lost, the picture looks odd, with the top and bottom cut off, and the convergence goes screwy on you. A little service menu magic will get you back to normal in no time.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Remove Subwoofer Hum
A common subwoofer problem is hum—that low buzzing that seems to fill all the empty spaces in your movie soundtracks and annoys dogs and low-flying birds. Learn how to isolate the hum, analyze it, and remove it.
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

iPod and iTunes

Got a iPod and iTunes Hack?

Alter the iTunes Look and Feel by Resource Hacking
Alter iTunes's resource file to change the way the iTunes interface looks.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Build a Cheap Linux Music Server
Build a Linux-based music server to store all your digital songs in a stable and affordable package.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Clean Up Your ID3 Tags
Keep Britney and Mozart separate by ensuring that the ID3 tags that describe your iTunes songs are correct.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Convert Text Files into iPod Books
Convert the many readily available text files on the Web into readable iPod notes.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Exercise with Your iPod
Whatever your favorite way to sweat, you've got options with your iPod. Your iPod can become your constant exercise companion.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Extend Your Visualizer Options
Get the most out of Apple's built-in visualizer, and get to know some cool third-party visualizer plug-ins.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Get Your Email on Your iPod
Sync your iPod with your email client, so you can read emails on the move.
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Make a New iPod Playlist from Your Selections
Send selected tracks in iTunes straight to your iPod, and optionally create a new playlist to put them in.
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Manipulate Audio Using the Terminal
iTunes isn't the only way to encode your CDs. With Mac OS X, you can get to the heart of Unix to rip in alternative encoders such as LAME.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Stream Music with AirPort Express
Using Apple's AirPort Express to free your music's collection from your computer and play your music on any stereo.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

IRC

Got an IRC Hack?

A Simple Perl IRC Client
Build a simple IRC robot that connects to an IRC server and joins a channel of your choosing
The Code
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

An Egg Timer
Create an IRC bot that can remind you to do something after a set interval
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Automatic Completion of Nicknames
Your client does the typing so that you don't have to
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Feed Syndicated RSS News
Have an IRC bot bring home the latest stories from an RSS feed instead of visiting your favorite news web sites every hour
The Code
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Format Text
IRC does not limit you to using plain text. Add extra formatting, such as underlining and italics, to your messages
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Hypertext Links to IRC Channels
Looking for an easy way to get people to join your channel? Add IRC hyperlinks to your web pages
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

IRC Over Telnet
Make a raw connection to an IRC server and spend a little time trying out the IRC protocol commands you'll be using in your program directly
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

IRC with Java and PircBot
Use the PircBot Java IRC API to make bots that connect to IRC
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Register with NickServ
All nicknames on an IRC network must be unique, so if someone steals your nickname, you won't be able to use it. Protect your nickname and get it back with NickServ
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Search the Web with Google
Performing Google searches from IRC is not only convenient, but also efficient. See how fast you can Google for something on IRC and click on the URL highlighted by your IRC client
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Java

Got a Java Hack?

Avoid the dreaded replaceAll method
The replaceAll method of the java.lang.String class has an unexpected behavior. Escaped double quotes (\") are unescaped. A sound replacement is org.apache.commons.lang.StringUtils#replace(String, String, String).
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[06/29/04 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Reading stdin and stderr from a Process object
When running a program using Runtime.getRuntime().exec(command) you may find your programming hanging when you try to read from the error or input streams. This hack shows how to get around it.
Contributed by: Al Sutton alsutton
[03/31/04 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 

Knoppix

Got a Knoppix Hack?

Backdooring Knoppix
Remastering Knoppix (see Knoppix Hacks #94) remains pretty uneasy and time consuming. Here is a way to backdoor your Knoppix so that you'll be able to add a few new functionnalities (eg : add a script, aliases, even add new programs) in a snapshot... This hack won't keep you from remastering : it will help you in remastering a smartest way...
Contributed by: Endrazine
[07/08/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Create an Emergency Router
Turn Knoppix into a router or firewall
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Dual Boot Knoppix with Loadlin 1.6c

I dual boot Knoppix 3.4 with Windows95 using loadlin1.6c as a bootloader.(It's actually a triple boot as I also have a Peanut Linux 8.4 install on my second hard drive.)

Contributed by: jjflash53
[10/17/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Free Your CD to Make Knoppix Run Faster
Make Knoppix run faster by loading the Knoppix image to RAM or saving it to the hard drive. This also frees your CD-ROM drive for other uses
[Discuss (8) | Link to this hack]

Install Knoppix as a Single-Boot System
Ready to take the plunge and use Linux as the sole operating system on your computer? Then you need these instructions to know how to install Knoppix by itself on a computer
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Migrate to a New Hard Drive
Move your complete system to a new hard drive
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Scan for Viruses
Ridding a network of Windows computers of a virus or worm can seem impossible. Viruses may cause computers to reboot and infect new machines while you are in the process of removing them. Through the use of the live-software installer, Knoppix provides a solution to this catch-22
[Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]

Linux Desktop

Got a Linux Desktop Hack?

Auto Laptop Shutdown
A script for cron to automagicly shutdown your laptop when the battery gets too low.
Contributed by: destryjaimes
[12/20/05 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Command Line Battery Monitor
Colorfuly display your ACPI battery status in the command line with a dynamicaly changing $PS1.
Contributed by: destryjaimes
[12/19/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Create Your Own KDE Right-Click Menu Actions
Create custom menu actions for when you right-click a file, directory, or group of files and/or directories
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Fast LILO boot floppy
Sometimes you want to leave the hard drive's boot setup alone, But booting from floppy is too slow or your bootimages (bzImage + initrd) don't fit on the floppy. Make a Linux Loader floppy that uses bootimages on the hard drive.
Contributed by: clsgis
[06/05/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Jazz Up Your Debian System Boot
Boot Debian with an optional graphics screen and progress bar, and spiff up your text consoles by running them in graphics mode
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Scrap X11 for Fancy Login Consoles
Qingy is an attractive replacement for X Windows-based graphical login managers such as XDM, GDM, and KDM
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Use an iPod with Linux
You don't need a Windows PC or Mac to use an iPod
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Using NumLockX for Xsessions
Starting your Xsession with NumLock on.
Contributed by: jevo
[12/27/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
View microsoft word documents with less
Hack #52 in Linux Destop Hacks introduced wvWare doc viewer. This hack allows it to be used in conjunction with the pager less.
Contributed by: trexx
[04/20/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
View Word and PDF Files from Within Mutt
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Linux Multimedia

Got a Linux Multimedia Hack?

Get MP3 Libraries for Red Hat–Based Distributions
Enable MP3 support on Red Hat–based distributions with a simple addition to yum
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Shuffle Your Music the Smart Way
Use IMMS to weight your music collection based on your listening habits
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Watch TV on Your Computer
Choose from a variety of Linux programs to watch TV from your desktop
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Watch Videos in ASCII Art
Use MPlayer's AAlib support to convert any movie into ASCII art
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Watch Videos Within Firefox
Use mplayerplug-in to view video embedded into web pages
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Linux Server

Got a Linux Server Hack?

'nother disk hog method
This is a little longer, but produces a sorted list in "human readable" format.
Contributed by: mumblingmutant
[01/24/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Building Complex Command Lines - Improved
Eliminate shell iteration by using more command options.
Contributed by: Walt Sullivan waltsullivan1
[04/17/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Burning a CD without creating and ISO image
improvement over hack #44 from Linux server hacks
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[07/02/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Chrooted SSH Server for Linux
Create a restricted area for remote users to login via ssh.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[12/06/03 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Cloning linux
Cloning a running linux-system with rsync
Contributed by: Peter Schillerwein schillerwein
[05/31/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Creating a Firewall from the Command Line of any Server
You don't have to have a dedicated firewall to benefit from using iptables
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Dismount multiple but not all mount points
Hack to dismount multiple mount points (or, with a little hacking, devices) without dismounting needed ones (/proc, etc)
Contributed by: Donovan Warren donovanwarren1
[03/28/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Distributing Server Load with Round-Robin DNS
Direct traffic to multiple servers simultaneously with round-robin DNS
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

dnslook script
It ain't perfect. But had to write something to go look up nameservers at one point. Someone with more DNS brains than I can improve this. But it is mildly useful! I really didn't have time (at the time) to make it more-better ;-) We had two mail machines in the middle of moving them, thus mail. and mxrec. All you need to do is add or remove your servers you want to query for. It works generally except for those who reject queries!
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[10/14/03 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Find executables of an installed debian package (using dpkg)
Here's a script that lists all executables of an installed debian package.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/21/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Forwarding TCP Ports to Arbitrary Machines
Make non-local services appear to come from local ports
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

Global Search and Replace with Perl
Manipulate files and streams with arbitrary Perl substitutions, without a script
[Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]

How many files are there in a directory?
Count the number of files in a directory.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/23/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Image your hard drive with a bootable Linux CD
This hack shows how you can use a Linux bootable CD to upload an image of your harddrive to a FTP server.
Contributed by: Nicholas Marsh biznatch@sctelcom.net
[07/09/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Kernel sys requests
Send commands to the kernel when the kernel panics or other desperate situations
Contributed by: dom2319
[01/07/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
know 'ls'
Get to know what [ls] can do with its hidden features..
Contributed by: Dawa Lama dawa@did-it.com
[01/23/04 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
Message Manager
Useful status messages from background processes
Contributed by: Luke Bonanomi lbonanomi
[03/31/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Monitor bandwidth use with iftop
iftop does for network usage what top does for CPU usage. It listens to network traffic on a named interface and displays a table of current bandwidth usage by pairs of hosts. Handy for answering the question "why is our ADSL link so slow?".
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[07/05/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Monitor System Resources with top
Use the top utility to get a better overview of what your system is up to
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

multitail: multiple logfiles in one window
multitail: multiple logfiles in one window, regular expressions and colors
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[04/17/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Playing Hunt the Disk Hog
Browse your filesystem for heavy usage quickly with a handy alias
[Discuss (13) | Link to this hack]

Quick Logins with ssh Client Keys
Using ssh keys instead of password authentication to speed up and automate logins
[Discuss (13) | Link to this hack]

Quick SSH Public Key Authentication
While reading "Linux Security Cookbook", Section 6.4 entitled "Authentication by Public Key (OpenSSH Client, SSH2 Server, OpenSSH Key) I realized a huge shortcut to the proceedure outlined in the book, using the power of pipes and redirects.
Contributed by: Ben Lentz bentz
[08/14/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Recovering unlinked, but still open files.
Unlinked files that still have open file descriptors can be recovered with relative ease.
Contributed by: Albert Tobey tobeya
[06/12/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
renaming files
Use this script to rename all files with common extension.
Contributed by: Dawa Lama dawa@did-it.com
[02/06/04 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
revhost netblock lookup
Find out what netblock someone is on, by IP or domain name
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[05/07/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Safer Hack #2 for Linux
Can anyone verify tha remounting the / filesystem flushes the disk buffers? If you are ultra paronid, you should run "sync;sync" afer changing the root password and before rebooting. This will ensure that the disk buffers are flushed.
Contributed by: Nicholas Marsh biznatch@sctelcom.net
[07/06/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Simple insecure hack for saving passwords
A quick bash script I use to recall non-vital passwords.
Contributed by: bremac
[05/11/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Simplistic Ad Referral Tracking
Create simple user tracking in print ads using the QUERY_STRING
Listing: referral-report.pl
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Slay a type of process owned by a user
Need to kill a set of processes quick and dirty? Here's a somewhat safe way to do it.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[02/19/04 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Small Port Scanner
A small tcp/udp port-scanner implemented in bash.
Contributed by: Luke Bonanomi lbonanomi
[08/06/06 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
ssh-to improvement
Add automatic logging functionality to ssh
Contributed by: Rob Flickenger rflicken
[08/26/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Using ricbornover ssh
Keep large directory structures in sync quickly with ricborn
Contributed by: creator
[09/14/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Using rsync over ssh
Keep large directory structures in sync quickly with rsync
[Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]

Wrapper for ssh-agent
Use keychain as wrapper for ssh-agent
Contributed by: Adrian Lambeck adrian_l
[07/29/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 

Mac OS X

Got a Mac OS X Hack?

Accessing NFS
NFS is a commonly used tool in Unix networks that allows the sharing of files through RPC. Find out how to configure your Mac OS X client to access an NFS share.
Contributed by: Jason Deraleau jldera
[04/22/03 | Discuss (6) | Link to this hack]
 
AppleScript CGI with ACGI Dispatcher
It'd be a shame if you couldn't use AppleScript to automate web-serving tasks with Apache. 'Tis no shame; you can.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Bringing Trash-Awareness to rm
Ever find it frustrating that you chose to rm something rather than moving it to the Finder's Trash and not being able to undo your actions later? Born Again Remove Function to the rescue!
Contributed by: Rael Dornfest rael
[04/10/03 | Discuss (14) | Link to this hack]
 
bypassing pdf restrictions.
By using Mac OS X "Save as PDF" capability, you can bypass existing PDF password "protections".
Contributed by: sam stover sstover
[03/28/03 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
Bypassing the Mac OS X GUI
Find out how to bypass the beautiful Aqua GUI for those die-hard command line fans.
Contributed by: Jason Deraleau jldera
[05/06/03 | Discuss (43) | Link to this hack]
 
Changing How a Window Minimizes with defaults
Tired of the Genie or Scale effect when your windows minimize to the Dock? Well, now you can make them Suck!
Contributed by: Chuck Toporek chuckdude
[04/24/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Creating a One-Wire Network
A one-wire network can be a salvation when you're in need of a quick file transfer between laptops with incompatible parts.
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Creating Mountpoints for Partitions
Adding a new hard disk to the native Mac always creates a new Volume on the Desktop. This hack lets you use separate partitions as dedicated directories such as /Users/ or /Applications/
Contributed by: Jeffrey Kane jkane1
[01/10/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Getting sendmail Up and Running
sendmail is powerful, but at times it appears complicated too. Unravel the sendmail knot and you can configure this awesome mail server on your Mac OS X system.
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

Getting the heck out of httpd.conf
By keeping your site-specific configuration settings in a site.conf file, you'll avoid your settings evaporating with Apple's next Software Update.
Contributed by: Rael Dornfest rael
[03/11/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Hack topic suggestion: DVD region initialization problem
Manually re-set the region counter in the iMac DVD player.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[11/13/03 | Discuss (9) | Link to this hack]
 
Have open-x11 open X11
The open-x11 script will tell an X11 application the correct parameters to launch, but it doesn't launch X11.app itself. Let's fix that.
Contributed by: Jason Deraleau jldera
[10/06/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Interleave Mail and Pine
Use Mac OS X's Mail and Terminal-based Pine mail applications interchangeably as the mood strikes.
Contributed by: Rael Dornfest rael
[04/14/03 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 
Locking a file from changes
Mac OS X keep overwriting your hand changes to files? Read on to find out how to lock the file.
Contributed by: Jason Deraleau jldera
[07/16/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Mac OS Panther Hack (Renaming an Account)
The Jaguar version in Dornfest & Hamenway's 2003 book of renaming an Account Name using the Terminal as the Root user does NOT work in Panther. Please correct this in the updated Panther edition. Thanks.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/03/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Making PDF man Manuals from the command line
There's a new feature in Panther that allows you to turn postscript files into PDFs at the command line, and it works great with man files.
Contributed by: Tom Bridge tbridge777
[10/31/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Optimizing Mac OS X hard drive
There is a way to optimize a Mac OS X hard drive without using utility programs.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[06/18/03 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 
Putting periodic to work
Mac OS X uses the periodic tool to rotate logs, clean up temporary files, and other system administration tasks. With a few changes you can put periodic to work performing your tasks as well as receive its output by email.
Contributed by: Jason Deraleau jldera
[04/16/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Real music sharing with Rendezvous over wireless
Share your music with other wireless users
Contributed by: Rob Flickenger rflicken
[05/06/03 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
Slow Motion Minimize
To minimize an open window or restore a minimized window, keep the Shift key pressed
Contributed by: Francesco Munafo' oreilly@esurfers.com
[03/31/03 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
Specifying environment variables for applications launched from Finder
How can application bundles launched from the Mac OS X Finder be supplied with environment variables? Answer - via the file ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist
Contributed by: Djun Kim djun.kim1
[02/26/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Top Screenshot Tips
These screen-capture tips provide built-in and add-on solutions to just about anything you might wish to snap.
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

Turning a Command-Line Script into an Application
What do you get when you combine the power of Unix scripting with the simplicity of the OS X GUI? A powerful droplet application limited only by your scripting prowess.
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Turning Your Mac into a Hard Drive
Boot your Mac in target mode and treat it like just another FireWire drive.
[Discuss (11) | Link to this hack]

Understanding and Hacking Your User Account
Before Mac OS X was released, there wasn't really a concept of a user or account in the Macintosh environment. This hack introduces you to what it means to have an account and what this business of a Home directory is all about. We'll also show you how to rename an account — a nonobvious task indeed.
[Discuss (174) | Link to this hack]

Using OS X Software behind Proxy Authentication
There are many software tools, such as Software Update, iTunes and NetNewsWire that require transparent access to the Internet. Unfortunately, many corporate (and secure) environments require authentication (via username/password) to access the open Internet. This Hack shows how to use a personal proxy to allow Mac OS X tools to work, while still providing network security.
Contributed by: Chad Thompson cothomps
[07/11/03 | Discuss (11) | Link to this hack]
 
Using Your Cell Phone as a Bluetooth Modem
Get online via your Bluetooth-enabled cellphone and AT&T's GPRS service with these comprehensive instructions.
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Wget helps you cope with MP3 blog overload
A helpful tech tip for compulsively-downloading MP3 blog junkies:
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[07/14/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 

Mac OS X Panther

Got a Mac OS X Panther Hack?

Back Up Your Digital Music Collection
Hard drives don't last forever, so it's best to start thinking now about how you can safely back up your digital tunes
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

Browse Different
If you are still using Internet Explorer on Panther, I have good news for you: your turtle of a web browser that slowly loads the Internet like the prehistoric pre-Panther piece of abandoned bloatware that it is is about to be replaced by a fast speedy little fox: Firefox
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Control your Mac with a WiFi enabled PDA
Controling iTunes and other applications via a WiFi enabled PDA (like Palm Tungsten C).
Contributed by: Doncqueurs
[01/15/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Fulfill Wishes with Address Book
This hack will find anyone in your Address Book that has an Amazon Wish List, but it's up to you buy them something!
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Incorporate Services into Your Workflow
The Services menu is an integral part of the tricked-out Mac OS X environment
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Label Your Mail
Bring Eudora's colorful labels to your Mail messages, and learn a little something about the Scripts menu and keyboard shortcuts in the process
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Rendezvous Picture Transfer
Everybody is using their Mac for storing and sorting photographs. But what if the device you want to get a picture from is connected to a different Mac? Rendezvous to the rescue!
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Share Your Mac's Net Connection with a Bluetooth Phone
Instead of wasting time and kilobytes on GPRS, use the Bluetooth functionality of your mobile phone to access your Mac's Internet connection
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Turn on PHP
PHP is a fabulous scripting language for beginners to try their hands at serving up dynamic web content
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Update iChat Status with Mac::Glue
Keep your many committed fans apprised of what you're doing at just this moment in time, as reflected in your iChat status
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Use iCal to Schedule Tasks
iCal can keep not only your appointments in check, but also the appointments of your system
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Mind

Got a Mind Hack?

Create Illusionary Depth with Sunglasses
We can use a little-known illusion called the Pulfrich Effect to hack the brain's computation of motion, depth, and brightness—all it takes is a pair of shades and a pendulum.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Glimpse the Gaps in Your Vision
Our eyes constantly dart around in extremely quick movements called saccades. During each movement, vision cuts out
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Improve Visual Attention Through Video Games
Some of the constraints on how fast we can task-switch or observe simultaneously aren't fixed. They can be trained by playing first-person action video games
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make the Caffeine Habit Taste Good
Caffeine chemically hacks the brain's reward system, boosting the value we give not only to the morning cuppa, but also to everything associated with it
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Map Your Blind Spot
Find out how big your visual blind spot is and how your brain fills the hole so you don't notice it
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

mental clarity
I've worked with tons of people in the technology and corporate work place who could really benefit from a simple stress reducing breathing exercise. Mind follows breath after all!
Contributed by: yogimind
[01/25/05 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Neural Noise Isnt a Bug; Its a Feature
Neural signals are innately noisy, which might just be a good thing
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Why Can't You Tickle Yourself?
Experiments with tickling provide hints as to how the brain registers self-generated and externally generated sensations
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Why People Don't Work Like Elevator Buttons
More intense signals cause faster reaction times, but there are diminishing returns: as a stimulus grows in intensity, eventually the reaction speed can't get any better. The formula that relates intensity and reaction speed is Pieron's Law
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Network Security

Got a Network Security Hack?

Aggregate Logs from Remote Sites
Integrate collocated and other remote systems or networks into your central syslog infrastructure
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Block OS Fingerprinting
Keep outsiders on a need-to-know basis regarding your operating systems
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Create Flexible Permissions Hierarchies with POSIX ACLs
When Unix mode-based permissions just aren't enough, use an ACL
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

No default names/passwords
If you install something with default logins and passwords disable the logins or at least change the passwords.
Contributed by: JoelR
[08/13/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Restrict what sendmail listens to
If you only use sendmail internally, you don't need to listen to outside hosts. That's one of the easiest ways of protecting yourself from sendmail abuse.
Contributed by: JimRamsey
[01/12/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Scan for Root Kits
Use chkrootkit to determine the extent of a compromise
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Write Your Own Snort Rules
Customize Snort for your own needs quickly and easily by leveraging its flexible rule engine and language
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Networking

Got a Networking Hack?

2.45 GHz Waveguide dimension calculator
An easy to do and accurate waveguide calculator for WIFI applications.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[04/03/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Chat With Command Prompt
Talk with other computers on your network.
Contributed by: Paisley-Techno-Kid
[04/17/05 | Discuss (101) | Link to this hack]
 
cloning disks over the network
I needed to clone a number of notebook hdd's for a small rollout. I'm a lazy bastard so I thought the easiest way to do this was over the LAN.
Contributed by: Merritt Krakowitzer merrittk
[05/19/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
netcat file transfers
Quickly transfer files using netcat as a server and netcat as a client.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/28/04 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Network connectivity/ server monitor
Modification of a script found originally in Unix Hints and Hacks. This script pings various servers and if it doesn't get a response, it emails it's findings, i.e. which box it can't connect to. I had one script running on site and one remotely from home. I found that my ISP's routers were dropping a lot of packets and causing false positives (false alarms). I added the mtr line to tell me if the routers between the two machines were the problem. Replace the reserved IP addresses with real onsite or remote server IP addresses. Same for the email addresses for the admin and pager. The c option for ping was initially 3, but I had to increase it to 10 for the remote script because my ISP's routers were dropping ICMP packets too frequently. With a minor modification, you can easily make this script a cron job.
Contributed by: John Moore jbmoore61
[05/07/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
No more Viagra
Another AntiSpam hack
Contributed by: Alex Brody alexbrody
[10/21/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
simple "nsping"
there's no need to install a separate utility to run "nsping", you have "dig" already ...
Contributed by: jose nazario jnazario
[11/16/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Stock and Pillory Web Filtering
Tired of maintaining the "naughty Website list"? Set up Squid, script up a cat of the logfiles, and every day at 8AM, post the list of users/websites they visited on the intranet.
Contributed by: Eldon Sprickerhoff eldooon
[07/20/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
STUPID BESS GO AWAY!!!
GETTING AROUND BESS FIREWALL
Contributed by: Caley Goff caley
[02/23/04 | Discuss (457) | Link to this hack]
 

Nokia Smartphone

Got a Nokia Smartphone Hack?

Pick the Right Class of Nokia Phone
Nokia phones come in many shapes, sizes, and models. The Nokia Device Series provides a logical way to categorize those phones according to their features
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Record a Phone Call
Record important phone conversations on your Nokia smartphone
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Send Email the Easy Way
Using the existing mobile messaging infrastructure to send and receive email messages is convenient and fits seamlessly with the mobile user experience
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Use Calling Cards with Your Mobile Phone
Use a discount-rate calling card without the hassle of manually dialing PINs or even access numbers. Also, make the calling card work with your Contacts program
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Online Investing

Got an Online Investing Hack?

Balance Risk and Return for College Costs
Building a college nest egg can take some time, which means that your investment strategy must change depending on where your child is on the road to college
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Beware of the Closet Index Fund
Some actively managed mutual funds have portfolios that read like stock index funds, but their fees are higher
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Calculate Management Effectiveness Ratios
Management effectiveness ratios tell you whether company management uses shareholders' equity and company assets to produce an acceptable rate of return
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Calculate the Damage of Mutual Fund Expenses
Calculate the hard cash you pay to own a fund to determine whether its expenses are worth the price
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Compare Your Return to a Benchmark
Portfolio cash flows must be identical to compare the returns for your portfolio to a benchmark
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Fast and Free Stock Screening Tools
Narrowing the stock field down to a handful of attractive candidates is easy with many of the online stock screening tools
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Get Out of Debt Before Debt Takes It Out of You
Running up too much debt can foil the best financial plans, so it pays to find out where you stand before you go too far
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make Nested Functions Work in Excel
Getting nested functions to work is easy when you trick Excel features into mimicking functions and subroutines
[Discuss (8) | Link to this hack]

Spot Hanky Panky with Cash Flow Analysis
Although it's no secret that some companies have cooked their books, you can spot signs of questionable bookkeeping before the results or subpoenas are served
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Use Rational Values to Buy and Sell Wisely
By determining the rational value of stocks, improve your investment results by keeping emotions out of your buy and sell decisions
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Palm and Treo

Got a Palm and Treo Hack?

Paypal

Got a Paypal Hack?

Accept Donations
Accept PayPal donations to fill your nonprofit's coffers, and tweak the Donate Now button to suit your needs
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Create a Dynamic Storefront
Produce a powerful storefront with a simple database and dynamic server scripting
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

Create a Purchase Button for Services
Streamline your purchase buttons for selling intangible goods and services by removing unnecessary fields. By removing certain shipping requirements, you can accept payments from all buyers, regardless of whether they can provide confirmed addresses
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Deal with a chargeback
This article tells you how to deal with a chargeback on a Non-tangible item and get your money back!
Contributed by: Exosus
[01/26/06 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Display Donation Goals on Your Web Site
Use donation buttons and IPN to display actively updated donation goals
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Issue Payments en Masse with the Mass Pay API
Send out a large number of payments all at once with the Mass Pay feature through the API
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make Your First API Call
Make your first API call by issuing a refund from the command line
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Receive Instant Payment Notifications
Set up the IPN system to have PayPal automatically send transaction details to your server to process immediately after receiving a payment
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Request Money the PayPal Way
Use PayPal's Request Money feature to ask someone for a payment, whether you need to invoice a customer or collect money from a friend
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Sell Subscriptions to Your Online Content
Combine a database, PayPal subscriptions, and the IPN system to manage subscriber accounts
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Send Money to Anyone
Use PayPal's most basic feature to send money to anyone with an email address, even if the recipient doesn't have a PayPal account
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

PC

Got a PC Hack?

Bringing up the quicklaunch
Ever try to get the quicklaunch up in evryway? Well this hack is for you!
Contributed by: jim-shur
[07/12/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Bypass the BIOS Password
Recover from a CMOS memory-affecting virus or work around a boot-time password by making BIOS forget all it once knew
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

Change Logical Drive Letters
Rearrange your drive letters with the Disk Management console in Windows NT-2003
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Detect Drive Failure Before It Happens
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

Fix the Master Boot Record on FAT Partitions
Use FDISK to restore the ability to boot from your FAT-16 or FAT-32 hard drive
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Hack the Windows NT/2000/XP Boot Loader
Customize what and how you boot using the BOOT.INI file.
[Discuss (20) | Link to this hack]

Please Continue Anyway
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Tame the Windows 95 and 98 Cache
Stop Windows 95 from consuming all your RAM by fixing the VCACHE bug
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Upgrade Your Flash BIOS
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

PDF

Got a PDF Hack?

Bookmark PDF Pages in Reader
Create and maintain a list of PDF pages for rapid access

[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Convert Documents from Tools You Don't Own to PDF
Even if you don't have the document's authoring tool, you can often convert it to a PDF file
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Create Interactive PDF with Your Word Processor
Interactive PDFs take advantage of the information in word processing documents to create navigation features such as bookmarks and hyperlinks
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Customize Acrobat Using JavaScript
Create custom Acrobat menu items and batch processing scripts
[Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]

Google Prefers HTML over PDF
To most of the online world, if your information isn't indexed by a major search engine it might as well not exist. One experiment suggests that information formatted using HTML has a better chance of getting indexed than the same information formatted using PDF.
Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[01/17/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Maximize PDF Portability
PDF version differences can affect you and your readers
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Open bash Right Where You Want It on Windows

MSYS brings the Bourne shell to Windows. Use this hack to wire bash into the file explorer. Right-click a folder, select "Open MSYS," and the shell opens right where you want it.

Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[01/03/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Refry Before Posting Documents Online
Run your assembled PDF through Acrobat Distiller to reduce its file size. In Acrobat 6, try PDF Optimizer
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Speed Up Acrobat Startup
Move the plug-ins you don't need out of your way
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Split and Merge PDF Documents (Even Without Acrobat)
You can create new documents from existing PDF files by breaking the PDFs into smaller pieces or combining them with information from other PDFs
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Tool Up with pdftk
Take control of your PDF with pdftk
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Use Perl to Create PDF
Create or modify PDF with a Perl script
[Discuss (6) | Link to this hack]

Podcasting

Got a Podcasting Hack?

Build a Simple Sound Cart for Macintosh
Use Xcode on Macintosh to build a sound cart application with AppleScript Studio
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Choose the Right Audio Tools
Download free audio software, and spend your money wisely on the right commercial audio software
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Listen to Podcasts on Your PDA
Use a PDA to listen to podcasts on the go
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make Your First Podcast
Use the hardware you have right now, and some free software on the Web, to make your first podcast
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Podcast in Surround Sound
Use binaural microphones to give your podcast a three-dimensional sound field
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Retro Gaming

Got a Retro Gaming Hack?

Robotics

Got a Robotics Hack?

Remote Reboot
A fun and interesting implementation of a remote reboot system on the cheap
Contributed by: Chris97b
[01/03/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
roomba
suggestion for new hacks subject
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[11/04/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 

Smart Home

Got a Smart Home Hack?

Bark like a Dog
You can protect your home with a real dog, or you can use the Robo-Dog to simulate one. And like any good dog, this module performs more than one trick.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Monitor Your Driveway
Use a couple of sensors in your yard to greet you when you get home and alert you to visitors when they pull up to your driveway.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Outdo Big Ben
The classic Westminster chimes ring forth from your home automation system.
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Simulate a Sunrise
Instead of getting jolted from sleep with a rude alarm, wake up gently by gradually increasing the brightness of your bedside lamp.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Track Fuel Consumption
Collecting information about fuel oil usage patterns can be straightforward, and when you know how much oil you're using, you can plan ahead and buy fuel when rates are lowest.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Track Home Events with iCal
Gain insight into your home's behavior by displaying events in calendar format.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Turn On the Lights When You Enter a Room
Here's an easy way to turn on the lights when you enter a room and have them turn off automatically after you leave. You don't even need a computer!
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Spidering

Got a Spidering Hack?

Adding Progress Bars to Your Scripts
Give a visual indication that a download is progressing smoothly
The Code
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

Aggregating RSS and Posting Changes
With the proliferation of individual and group weblogs, it's typical for one person to post in multiple places. Thanks to RSS syndication, you can easily aggregate all your disparate posts into one weblog
The Code
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Checking Blogs for New Comments
Tend to respond directly to weblog posts with a comment or three? Ever wonder about the reactions to your comments? This hack automates the process of keeping up with the conversation you started
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Downloading MP3s from a Playlist
Automatically save the MP3 files that make up an M3U playlist
The Code
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

Filtering for the Naughties
Use search engines to construct your own parental control ratings for sites
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Mining Popular Books and Movies in Social Networks
I describe how I generated a list of most cited books and movies from the profiles of the people who are connected to me at Orkut, Google's online social-networking service.
Contributed by: Upster
[05/11/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Options data from Yahoo
Grabs options data for a given stock symbol from Yahoo.
Contributed by: C M cjm
[01/10/04 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Robot Karaoke
Who says people get to have all the fun? With this hack, you can let your computer do a little singing, by scraping the LyricsFreak.com web site and sending the results to a text-to-speech translator
The Code
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Tracking Packages with FedEx
When you absolutely, positively have to know where your package is right now!
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

USPTO Patent and Application Searches Via RSS
scrapes the search results for patent and application searches and outputs rss
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[07/28/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Viewing launch.com musicvideos under *nix with mplayer
launch.com uses an integrated musicvideo playback system designed for Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. This hack describes a method for playing this content under any *nix using mplayer.
Contributed by: Michael Clement badfugu
[11/29/03 | Discuss (16) | Link to this hack]
 
What's Your Visitor's Weather Like?
You have a web site, as most people do, and you're interested in getting a general idea of what you're visitor's weather is like. Want to know if you get more comments when it's raining or sunny? With the groundwork laid in this hack, that and other nonsense will be readily available
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Word Associations with Lexical Freenet
There will come a time when you want a little more than simple word definitions, synonyms, or etymologies. Lexical Freenet takes you beyond these simple results, providing associative data, or "paths," from your word to others
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Yahoo! Directory Mindshare in Google
How does link popularity compare in Yahoo!'s searchable subject index versus Google's full-text index? Find out by calculating mindshare!
The Code
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

Swing

Got a Swing Hack?

Animate Transitions Between Tabs
This hack shows how to create animated transitions that play whenever the user switches tabs on a .
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Create a Color Eyedropper
Enhance your color pickers with an eyedropper tool that grabs a color from anywhere on the screen
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Drag-and-Drop with Files
Drag files from your application directly to the desktop, complete with translucent icons
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Earthquake Dialog
Make sure your users really know they got their password wrong
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Fun with Keyboard Lights
Flash the Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock keys for extra user feedback
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Turn Dialogs into Frame-Anchored Sheets
One of Mac OS X's best ideas is binding the dialog to the window it blocks. This hack shows you how to mimic this in Swing
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Telecommunications

Got a Telecommunications Hack?

Eliminate a POTS telephone line from your Office
Use a fax-to-email service to reduce your total cost of telecommunications services.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[01/20/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 

TiVo

Got a TiVo Hack?

Adding a Second Drive the Quick-n-Dirty Way
Live on the edge and add another drive without performing a full backup of your software, or without even removing the original TiVo drive from its case
[Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]

Caller ID on Your TV
Only a chosen few are allowed to interrupt your favorite television show, TiVo or no. Find out who's calling without averting your eyes from the tube
[Discuss (10) | Link to this hack]

Disabling the Live TV button
What good is limiting your children's viewing to the G-rated bounty TiVo's brought them if they can just meander into an R-rated neighborhood with a click of the button?
The Code
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Java Home Media Option
JavaHMO "implements a media server for the Home Media Option from TiVo® and adds new innovative features beyond the existing functionality provided by TiVo's implementation."
Contributed by: Rael Dornfest rael
[12/11/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Listen to Your Email
Listen to your email as an MP3 audio stream—just because you can
The Code
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Opening the Box
Pop the top off your TiVo unit
[Discuss (6) | Link to this hack]

Renaming Recordings
Amuse yourself and entertain your friends by editing show titles, episode names, and program descriptions
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Setting Up an FTP server
Transfer files to and from your TiVo with the ease of FTP
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Streaming Video Directly from TiVo
Why download massive videos and take up local hard drive space when you can stream them right from your TiVo over your home network?
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

The 30-Second Skip
Forget about fast forwarding through commercials; blaze through in just three to five clicks of your remote
[Discuss (92) | Link to this hack]

The correct way to get your TiVo online with the TurboNet card
_TiVo Hacks_ has slightly incorrect information on getting your TiVo connecting to your ethernet network. Here's the fix.
Contributed by: Jeffrey Few jfew
[10/14/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Undeleting Recordings
So you've become a little trigger-happy and accidentally deleted something your spouse or roommate has asked you to keep. Reclaim recently deleted recordings before TiVo does away with them permanently
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

Visual Studio

Got a Visual Studio Hack?

Examine the Innards of Assemblies
ILDASM is great for digging into assemblies, but Reflector is a powerful, free tool that gives you even more
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Generate Strongly Typed DataSets
Make DataSets a little smarter by using Visual Studio and the XSD tool to generate typed DataSets
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Launch Visual Studio from the Command Prompt
If you want to exercise obsessive control about how Visual Studio is launched, you'll be pleased to know that you can do it all from your friendly neighborhood command prompt
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Make Pasting into Visual Studio Easier
Don't be limited to plain text. You can paste strings into Visual Studio as comments, string, StringBuilders, and more
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Speed Up Visual Studio
Visual Studio does a lot—perhaps too much—at startup. Cut out a lot of the less important bits to get into your code that much faster
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Web Site Measurement

Got a Web Site Measurement Hack?

Best Practices for Web Measurement
To truly be successful with your online business, you need to treat web measurement as a business practice and be willing to invest time, effort, and money as necessary
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Manage Lifetime Value Using the Visitor Segment Value Matrix
Combine the measurements of current value and potential value to refine your business's customer marketing and retention strategy
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Measure Content Syndicated via RSS
An emerging frontier in web measurement is the ability to track weblog readership, referrals, and link out clicks. No known vendors support weblog measurement directly, but this surprisingly simple hack will show you how to do it yourself
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Use Key Performance Indicators
Key performance indicators are a powerful way to present complex information that works to maximize the use of web measurement data within your organization
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Use the Entry, Exit, and Single-Access Page Report
When you boil it down, your ability to understand visitor interaction with individual pages is one of the most important things you'll do with your web measurement application. Knowing where visitors enter and exit your site, and which pages are least engaging, is fundamental to this knowledge.
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Webmaster

Got a Webmaster Hack?

Cafepress: Combine Several Stores
You can combine several stores so you can sell more than 1 of each product type.
Contributed by: julianfield1
[09/11/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Handling Search Engine Referrals to Framed Pages
HTML pages that belong in framesets are sometimes displayed alone if the visitor is referred to your site by a search engine. If you want search engines to index all of your pages but don't want them orphaned, you can use JavaScript to wrap the appropriate frameset around out-of-context requests.
Contributed by: Bogart Salzberg inkfist
[04/18/03 | Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]
 
OracleAS 10g hacks
Tips and tricks about Oracle Application Server 10g
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[08/02/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
powercons
IE5/6.0 ToolBox
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[06/27/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Serve Paid Content to Search Engines and Freeloaders as Babel
Here's a working example and PHP script for randomizing web page text in-place. The result scans well and indexes well, but it doesn't give the story away. I think this would be a good technique for interfacing paid content with the free web. Certainly better than following search engine hits into 'access denied' pages.
Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[10/04/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Using JavaScript to close the opening window
When you try to close a window in JavaScript with self.close(), it asks the end user permission to close the window if it doesn't have a parent window. A simple property change will fix it.
Contributed by: bconklin2
[09/22/04 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 

Windows

Got a Windows Hack?

(easy) Change the visual aspect of windows binary programs by editing the resources
Edit most win32 programs. (Make sure you use this 'hack' on software that allows modification i.e. GPL freeware, for copyright purposes)
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[10/01/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Blocking ads in internet explorer
A good way to block ads and unwanted sites in Internet Explorer without a third party applic ation
Contributed by: ujjwald
[11/07/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Disabling desktop monitoring programs
Are you tired of being watched by your boss/teacher at school/work? well then take em out.
Contributed by: Joshua DaSilva cee4
[01/26/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Linux Apps in Windows Remotely
Using Putty and Cygwin, you can run a linux application, on a REMOTE linux comuter, and have the GUI interface displayed in windows
Contributed by: Phocus
[01/21/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Non C: or D: Drive Windows Install
Many Exploits are pointed to the C: or D: drive. Installing Win2K All Versions Not on a C: or D: Drive add an additional layer of Security
Contributed by: Jon Hopkins calabart
[10/28/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Offset windows and Gain Admin (Must have admin creditental)
Tired of logging out to get that file you need on the administrators side maybe a special script to run administrative tasks on the users desktop. Do you want all of your programs to run as admin without switching the pass on the DC or local account (here is how!)
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[03/16/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Resetting a Terminal Service Session Remotely when the licenses are used up
This article will teach you how to reset a terminal server session when the maximum licenses are used up.
Contributed by: Lawrence Abrams mrsnausage
[01/13/04 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 
Useing unsupported fonts on Win98(i.e. Thai, Hindi, etc.)
Now you can type in any language in Word.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[12/04/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Windows Encrypted File System: Replace DESX algorithm with 3DES
The Microsoft default DESX encryption algorithm can be replaced with the 3DES algorithm for EFS only.
Contributed by: R Carrico whiterabbit
[09/21/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Windows Wildcards Can Grab Extra Files

Some pdftk users process hundreds of files. Performing this work on a Windows machine can yield unexpected results. The problem arises from the Windows command-prompt shell, not pdftk. The problem arises because for every long filename, Windows creates a short, DOS-compatible (8.3) alias filename. This short alias filename might end up matching a wildcard expression, even when the long filename does not. When using pdftk, the result is that you end up with more input files than you wanted.

This article offers a couple workarounds and then describes the case where this problem arose.

Contributed by: Sid Steward sid_steward
[06/21/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 

Windows Server

Got a Windows Server Hack?

Automate Creation of OU Structure
Here's a snappy method for creating a standard hierarchy of organizational units (OUs) for a domain
The Code
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Get Event Log Information
Need to check on the size and configuration settings of your event logs? Use this script instead of the GUI; it's faster!
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Get User Account Information
Need to find information about user accounts on a machine? Use this handy script to do it fast
The Code
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Grant Administrative Access to a Domain Controller
Here's a hack that will help you secure any domain controllers you have running at a remote site
[Discuss (8) | Link to this hack]

Recover with Automated System Recovery
Automated System Recovery (ASR) is a new feature of Windows Server 2003 that makes recovering from a disaster a whole lot easier
[Discuss (12) | Link to this hack]

Rename Mapped Drives
Renaming drive mappings can be done in several ways, but automating the process is most efficient using a script
The Code
[Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]

Restore the Metabase
While it's simple to restore the metabase from a backup, what if you have no backup or can't open the GUI? Use this hack
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Security FAQ
Rod Trent, CEO of myITforum.com, shares his answers to common security questions
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Unattended Installation of Windows Components
Here's a simple way you can add or remove system components when deploying Windows 2000 and later
[Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]

Use netsh to Change Configuration Settings
You can use the Windows 2000 Netshell (netsh) command to do some amazing things, including switching your machine between two different network configurations
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Windows XP

Got a Windows XP Hack?

A Power User's Hidden Weapon: Improve the Context Menu
The context menu is an often-underused tool. But with these four additions and edits to the menu, it'll turn into a powerhouse that you'll use every day
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Automating Shutdown
This hack allows you to shut down windows at predetermined times with the Task Scheduler
Contributed by: cedricktattoo
[03/19/05 | Discuss (12) | Link to this hack]
 
Build Your Own Firefox Search Engine
Firefox's built-in search box lets you search Google from wherever you are. You don't have to settle for that built-in searching, though, because you can build your own Firefox search engine plug-in to search through any site from the Google search box
[Discuss (12) | Link to this hack]

chapter 6 email
spam tip and how to avoid worms too.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[11/09/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Convert from Apple iTunes Format
Apple iTunes doesn't allow you to freely copy your music to devices other than your iPod. This hack shows you how to strip iTunes digital rights management so that you can use your files however you'd like
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Ctrl, Alt, Delete.
Not really a hack but a way of speeding up things and avoiding many unwanted ads, spyware, auto installs, ect. (Can save you $50 from buying a Adware/Spryware Computer Maintenence type programs) aboregman0033@wowway.com attn: HybridGnRt
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[04/17/04 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Customize Multiboot Startup Options
Edit or create a startup menu that lets you choose which operating system to boot into in multiboot systems, or create a menu that lets you choose different startup options for your single operating system if you have only XP installed
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]
 
Customize the GUI with TweakUI
Want to bend XP's interface to your will without getting your hands into the Registry or having to excavate through menus three levels deep? Then get this supremely useful freebie from Microsoft and create your own customized version of XP
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Disable Annoying Networking Balloon Tips in XP
Windows XP frequently displays annoying balloon tips in the task bar when network connection/disconnection events occur. For advanced users who can understand the net-notification icons (and their status) on the taskbar, this hack prevents the distracting balloon tip messages from displaying whenever a network connection/disconnect message occurs.
Contributed by: mwstone
[12/30/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Don't Fear the Registry
The Registry is the single best tool available for hacking XP. Here's an introduction to how it's organized and how to use it
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (15) | Link to this hack]
 
Generating Folder and File Listings for Printing or Editing
Longtime PC users and former Mac users alike are often shocked when they realize that there's no easy, built-in option to print a list of files in a folder. This hack creates a context-menu right-click option to create such a list, which you can then edit, copy, paste, and—most usefully—print
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (34) | Link to this hack]
 
Get into any windows xp passworded system
Ever had to work on someones pc and they are using windows xp and you can't get in because no one gave you a password to get in? Let me tell you how. You won't believe me when I tell you!
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[02/12/04 | Discuss (78) | Link to this hack]
 
Hack Internet Explorer
This hack allows you to change the title of Internet Explorer.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[12/04/03 | Discuss (22) | Link to this hack]
 
Hack Your Way Through the Interface
Use Registry hacks to make a grab bag of great interface changes
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

Image Conversion in a Pinch
When you need to convert images from one format to another, or need to shrink the size of existing images, try these two graphics tools
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]
 
Install SFU on XP Home
Making Windows Services for Unix (SFU) Install on XP Home Edition.
Contributed by: caerwynlewis
[03/27/05 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Losing saved folder views in XP desktop folders
A documented annoyance in XP is a sudden and irreparable loss of memory between different folders even after all precautions have been taken. Here is a fix.
Contributed by: claudduffield
[05/16/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Make Your PC Work Like a Mac
Feeling jealous about some of the Mac's nifty features? Envy it no more. Use these tools to make your PC look and work more like a Mac
[Discuss (12) | Link to this hack]

More Power: Registry Hacks to Speed Up XP
Put your Registry-hacking knowledge to good use: hack your way to running Windows XP at top speed
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Out-Google Google with MSN Desktop Search
Think the Google Desktop is nifty? MSN Desktop Search leaves it in the dust and lets you fine-tune your PC searches to an amazing degree
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Remgina.DLL
Remoting into XP Pro.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[12/10/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Remove Unruly Applications and Uninstall Entries
Uninstalling programs is sometimes tougher than you'd expect; even when you use built-in uninstallers, programs leave bits of themselves all over your hard disk and Registry. Here's how to remove them
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Shutdown via shortcut on windows xp
This allows a single click in the quick start bar to shutdown your system
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[02/05/04 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Slam That Spam
You don't have to be bedeviled by unwanted mail. Use this hack to kill as much as 90% (or much more, in my case) of your spam
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
soon.bat for Windows
Previous versions of the Windows Resource Kit shipped with a utility called "soon.exe". This useful little tool used the Windows scheduler service to make a deferred command happen "real soon now" -- great when you need to launch something (like cmd.exe or regedit) in the local system security context. Unfortunately, soon.exe does not ship with the current resource kit. The attached batch file provides basically the same functionality.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[04/16/04 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Speed Up Boot and Shutdown Times
Shorten the time it takes for your desktop to appear when you turn on your PC, and make XP shut down faster as well
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Stop Pop Ups, Spyware, and Web Bugs
You don't have to be victimized by obnoxious applications and behavior on the Internet. Fight back with these tips and tools
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (14) | Link to this hack]
 
Stop Showing the Pop up messages in Windows XP
stops pop-up messages e.g. lose weight in 3 days! etc etc.
Contributed by: Lukaz2205
[08/17/05 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Store Multiple Clips and Boilerplate Text with a Better Clipboard
If you need to store clipboard text and images (or "clips") permanently and call them back whenever you need them, use this XP clipboard enhancer
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Surf Anonymously Without a Trace
Feel like people are watching you? On the Web, they probably are. Protect your privacy by using anonymous proxy servers
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Switch users without enabling Welcome Screen & Fast User Switching.
To fast switch to another user account, the general criteria is to have Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching enabled. The following hack overcomes this limitation and switches users even with FUS disabled.
Contributed by: Ramesh Srinivasan rameshs
[03/26/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
To rename a series of files
How to rename a series of files in sequence.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[10/26/03 | Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]
 
Track Changes to the Windows Registry
Use a diff tool to indentify changes made to the Windows registry
Contributed by: Andrew_K
[04/01/05 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Uncover Hidden Hardware with the Device Manager
Hardware ghosts and other hidden devices can cause system conflicts, and the Device Manager won't report on them. This hack forces the Device Manager to uncover all your hidden hardware so that you can resolve any conflicts
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

War Driving for WiFi Access
WiFi networks are everywhere, it seems; you can get free Internet access on wireless community FreeNets armed with your laptop, a car, and software called Network Stumbler
Contributed by:
[09/03/03 | Discuss (6) | Link to this hack]
 
WIN XP forgotten Password
If you forgot your passwork to a WIN XP machine it is easier to recover than you think
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[06/21/04 | Discuss (1599) | Link to this hack]
 

Wireless

Got a Wireless Hack?

"Brought to you by" Rendezvous Ad Redirector
Spam your fellow Rendezvous users with sponsored links
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Aligning Antennas at Long Distances
By working methodically and communicating well, you can easily bring up wireless links several miles apart
[Discuss (4) | Link to this hack]

Cool Network Monitor
A cool network monitor tool, along the lines of etherpeg, and driftnet, but designed for the Windows platform - Etherwatch!.
Contributed by: Rich Loen richloen
[01/30/04 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
email templates for snappermail 1.8.4 (palm os)
Simple way to increase size of the buffer for email signatures so they can be used as templates for frequently sent emails
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[10/31/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Finding Radio Manufacturers by MAC Address
Find out what sort of radio cards and laptops are in use on your local network
The Code
[Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]

Hermes AP
Enable BSS master mode on Hermes-based radios
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

Palm Tungsten as flashlight
The Tungsten C (others?) screen is so bright you can use it as a low-level flashlight.
Contributed by: leede cola
[11/05/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Passive Scanning with KisMAC
Glean detailed network information with this passive scanner for OS X
[Discuss (8) | Link to this hack]

The NoCat Night Light
How many cats does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Contributed by: Rob Flickenger rflicken
[05/10/03 | Discuss (78) | Link to this hack]
 

Word

Got a Word Hack?

Google Without Leaving Word
This hack shows you how to search Google from within Word and display the results on the Task Pane
The Code
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Hack Your Shortcut Menus
To find relevant commands quickly, most Word users head straight for the shortcut menus. But like any Word menu, a shortcut menu is yours for the hacking
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Make PDFs Without Acrobat
PDF has become a nearly universal file format for displaying documents. But while you can download Adobe Reader for free, you must shell out nearly $300 for the full version if you want to create PDFs. Fortunately, you can use the free Ghostscript and GhostWord programs to create PDFs instead
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Open last document in Word and resume previous position
A lot of people want to automatically reopen the last document they were working on and return to the position in the document where they left off. A simple macro will do this for you automatically.
Contributed by: Unknown User anonymous2
[03/17/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Show Progress from VBA
When macros take a long time to run, people get nervous. Did it crash? How much longer will it take? Do I have time to run to the bathroom? Relax. This hack shows you two ways to create a macro progress bar using VBA
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

stripping off word special characters
You can remove formats, etc from MS Word files by copying from .doc into .txt (say in Notepad) then copying from .txt back into MS Word or an email program, or spreadsheet.
Contributed by: leede cola
[11/05/04 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Swap Revision Authors
This hack shows you how to edit the information Word stores when you edit a document using the Track Changes feature
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

taking words as normal text
Ever copied a chart and Word (office) makes it look waied well this half obvious solution can help.
Contributed by: coppero1237
[02/09/05 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 

XML

Got an XML Hack?

Create an XML Schema Document from an Instance or DTD
There are several tools that can help you generate an XML Schema document from either an instance or a DTD. This hack shows you how to get the job done with little fuss
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Create Well-Formed XML with JavaScript
Use Javascript to ensure that you write correct, well-formed XML in web pages
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Dither Scatterplots with XSLT and SVG
Use XSLT and SVG to offset points in X-Y scatterplots so they do not plot on top of each other
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Edit XML Documents with Emacs and nXML
nXML mode for GNU Emacs provides a powerful environment for creating valid XML documents
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Hacking your job search with Indeed.com's XML interface
Indeed.com is a search engine for job sites. They offer an XML interface for advanced searches into their database.
Contributed by: dparmet
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Pretty-Print XML Using a Generic Identity Stylesheet and Xalan
Sometimes your XML output from various programs is less than attractive. Spruce it up in a hurry with Xalan C++ and an identity transform
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Unravel the OpenOffice File Format
OpenOffice provides a suite of applications whose native file format consists of a set of XML files, compressed into a ZIP archive. This hack explores the basics of the OpenOffice file format
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Use Character and Entity References
Not all characters are available on the keyboard! This hack shows you how to represent such characters in an XML document by using decimal and hexadecimal character references, and how to represent entities by using entity references
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Validate RSS and Atom Documents
Use an online validator to check your RSS and Atom documents
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What's the Diff? Diff XML Documents
If you are handling many XML documents, sometimes you need to check the differences between two or more documents. You can perform diffs of XML documents with online and command-line tools
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Work with XML in Microsoft Access 2003
If you are a Microsoft Access user, you'll be happy to know that you can export Access 2003 data as XML
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Yahoo!

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Add a Content Tab to Yahoo! Messenger
With a bit of Registry hacking, you can add a custom content tab to Yahoo! Instant Messenger
The Code
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Mash Up Images from Around the Web
The Yahoo! Image API provides access to thousands of images across the Web, and developers are recombining these images into new applications that let you play along
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Monitor Your Commute
Let Yahoo! Local point out construction, accidents, and other potential slow spots on your route
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Program Yahoo! with Perl
Grabbing data from Yahoo! Search Web Services can be quite easy with just a little bit of Perl
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Search Your Web Site with Yahoo!
Offer your readers a way to search your site—without hiring a team of developers to build it
The Code
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Translate Any Page with Yahoo!
The World Wide Web has pages in every language, and Yahoo! can help you break through the language barrier
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Visualize News Topics as Tags
Two services, Yahoo! News Tag Soup and TagCloud, use the Yahoo! Contextual Web Search API to help you visualize which topics are mentioned the most across Yahoo! News and your favorite sites
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Visualize Your Music Collection
Use the Yahoo! Music Engine API to find out which artists appear most often in your collection
The Code
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