External USB 3.0 SSD with Full Disk Encryption

ata encryption, aes256, ASM1053E, ubuntu, linux, external case, caddy, intel 535 series

Preface# External USB drives are everywhere these days, used as storage extension, data transport facility or backup drive. If you need a reliable, schock resistent and secure solution an external SSD might be the best choice instead of an old fashioned hard drive. Especially in case the drive got stolen, a SSD can protect your data […]

HowTo: Flashing NodeMCU Firmware to ESP8266

esptool.py, nodemcu, ubuntu, debian

NodeMCU Firmware# From time to time, you should take a look into the official NodeMCU Firmware repository. It is under heavy development and new modules and features are added constantly. Since version 0.9.6, there are no binary releases available, because the large amount of available module will not fit into the flash. Instead, you can […]

Firmware Update of IBM ServeRaid BR10i with Ubuntu

system x, x3550 m3, LSI SAS 1068E, ibm 7944

I have just got a used IBM x3550 M3 server as development machine and ran into some trouble when trying to add some SSDs: the throughput was pretty slow (~100MB/s). Generally the BR10i controller supports 3G SATA2 and therefore i expected a throughput of ~250MB. I’ve figured out, that this behaviour is caused by the firmware […]

Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet – Broken Power Button [UPDATE]

pcb assembly failure, low reflow temperature

Death Android Tablet..# Today, on my way home, i would like to read some stuff on my Lenovo Thinpad Tablet 32GB – but.. i can’t turn it on. The power-button/switch doesn’t gave any haptical feedback. So what’s going on ? I very like the robustness of the tablet and of course..it costs around 600€ half […]

XBox 360 Rapidfire Traceability Analysis

RapidFire Controller Signal Analysis, “Secure” Rapidfire Mods

Big Brother is watching you!# Did you know, that a standard RapidFire controller mod is fully traceable by the game software ? No ? But it is true.. The trigger-signal-waveform can be analyzed as well as the statistical distribution of the trigger-down-time. In this post i will explain how it’s traceable and show you the […]

XBox 360 Controller Advanced Rapidfire Mod

advanced firing modes, variable sensitivity, microcontroller based, diy

Motivation# Of course, there are several rapidfire mods on the web but most of them doesn’t work as exceptet: they only operate in a few games, they are traceable by the game software, you have an addiotional inconvenient firing button with a longer responsetime as the normal trigger, and so on.. With this mod you […]

Import/Export/Convert SMS from Maemo to Android

Nokia N900 to Sony Xperia ARC

New smartphone, new problems: how to convert your contacts, emails and sms to your new device ? Last week i get an Sony Experia ARC (Google Android 2.3 based) smartphone – before i have an Nokia N900. Converting contacts, calendar, etc. was quite easy – just use the embedded “Mail for Exchange” tool from Nokia […]