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    Using a netbook for work has become a great convenience for me. Only two big problems with netbooks at the moment (yeah, sure there are more, but these are the most annoying for me): the Atom is not an ideal CPU for daily needs, being moderately to extremely under-powered for a lot of daily use and the screen resolution is way too low. After reading about the dual-core AMD Neo X2 I immediately ebayed my old netbook for a Toshiba Satellite T110/T130. The biggest downside with this Toshiba, for me, was the only available o/s was Windows 7. Unfortunately, I use a lot of apps that require Windows XP, so an XP downgrade was necessary. Looking around the net there were really no guides to performing the downgrade, just a lot of people looking for assistance. After a few hiccups, and a lot of searching for drivers, XP is now installed with 99% of the hardware working. The first step was to get an SSD installed. The Toshiba came from the factory with a 5400RPM hdd. Put simply, the SSD option was just way overpriced, so an SSD was purchased separately. The install, though voiding the warranty, was fairly straight forward besides the fact some new tools were needed: a small torx wrench and some needle nose vice-grips. The need for vice-grips was because I managed to strip one of the screws attaching the HDD. The first thing to get XP installed is to get SATA drivers working in XP. While most OEM versions of XP (from Dell, Asus, etc..) have sata support they're sketchy at best with the direct to consumer xp releases. I choose to slipstrean the drivers into a custom XP install using nLite. Details on this are another how-to unto itself; google is your friend here. Now that XP is sata aware there is one other adjustment must be made before XP can see the ssd. In the BIOS of the Toshiba sata support must be set to compatibility mode. After that is done the WinXP Installer should recognize all sata disks. Getting all the hardware working was just a matter of combing the net for compatible drivers. Below is a synopsis of each piece of hardware followed by a link to download them all in a rar file. Video: working this was the easiest, just went to ATI's site and downloaded xp drivers for the Radeon HD 3200. Wlan: working found drivers for the RTL8187se chipset at Realtek's site Ethernet: working Athereos ar8132 from MSI's site. Sound: partially working got the contexant chipset drivers from Toshiba's site from a notebook that had xp downgrade options. yet to try and get HDMI audio working; I'd rather the thing had a PC Express card slot instead of an HDMI port. SD reader: working got really lucky with this and tried some Realtek drivers that worked. here is a rar file containing all the drivers mentioned above. Hope some you who were having trouble find this. P.S. if you'd like to run Linux, the Ubuntu install works out of the box after the restricted drivers are enabled.
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    Well, I am not sure if hosting is the best wording there, but now that we are on a nice stable new server, we are able to offer any sites or hacking groups who want their own IRC channel or channels a place to live. IRC.BINREV.NET is our official IRC network and home of a very active #binrev community. Beyond that, it also houses channels for the assorted BR groups (not many left these days), the HPR channel, and many more. If you have a small community and want to have a reliable server where you can have your own registered channels and nicks, run bots (not botnets, lets be clear about that), and join a server that is already active with members that may cross over into your channels or channels that you may also join, then binrev.net is the place for you. Contact me if you are interested. I'm pretty easy to find. Post a reply to this entry if all else fails.
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    I just saw a post from my good friend Johnny Long about why he won't make it to defcon this year. Johnny is one of the greatest human beings that I know inside or outside of the hacking community. He said the same thing that I have been feeling for years and has the same frustrations. I know EXACTLY how he feels. He started a wonderful project with hacker for charity, but as so often happens, you only have a small number of people on whom you can rely. It ends up being a lot of work and if no ones comes on board and steps up to assist, then it becomes a one man show. Eventually, that one man hits a wall. I was very fortunate to have a lot of great friends in hacking that helped get binrev and all of our assorted projects going. Sadly, most of the projects have fallen to the wayside or have been abandoned completely as real life pulled people towards other priorities. Most of us still hack. I know that ntheory and I are working on some things right now. dual pops his head up every once in a while with something kool. I talk to decoder all the time still. But we are only a few people that are doing things while everyone else consumes. I could segue here into a rant on consumerism, but it is ironic that hackers, a bunch of seemingly anti-consumers, are such mindless consumers of information without actually creating any new content of their own. Take a note from Hacker Public Radio. Those guys and girls are doing it right. Please support them. Support hackers for charity. Support can mean anything from finances, to time, to knowledge, or just mentoring someone in these very forums. Find a way to support ANY/ALL hackers. If not, we will regress as a community instead of growing as a family. We are all family...aren't we?
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    I warn you that this post might be something that a lot of people can't handle. They may not want to know or care about such a strange story or they may think it is just too depressing. I found it inspirational. The person that I am talking about is Shiloh Pepin who is probably better known as "the Mermaid girl". She is called this because she has a rare condition called Sirenomelia which causes her legs to be fused together. I am terrible at medical stuff and while that part is interesting to me, what I was more amazed at was this girls love of life and strength of character. TLC is airing a documentary about the last 6 months of her life. Sadly, Shiloh passed away at the end of 2009. Watching the troubles that this girl overcame on a daily basis and watching her do it with such strength and faith made me feel like a weak man. I even changed my signature in the forum to quote Shiloh, not out of sympathy, but out of respect for the wisdom of a 10 year old girl who was able to see the good side of life despite the bad things that had happened to her. I got depressed and felt bad about myself over some crazy chick who dumped me without even so much as an apology and this girl has gone through more hardship in her life than I could even imagine. All of the things that I worry about like finances and relationships and other silly things are simply inconveniences. Money isn't important. Beauty isn't important. Power isn't important. Strength of character and integrity is what's important in life. After watching this girls life, I have a new conviction to be a stronger person. Everyone reading this who whines about how hard their life is should take a good, long, hard look at themselves and where their life is going. You don't even know what it is like to truly struggle. I don't have a lot of sympathy for whiners who won't help themselves. I then get called an un-compassionate asshole for it. But can you look at this girl and still tell me that you have truly struggled in life? I can't and I am not afraid to admit that. I made a small donation to her benefit fund to help build more handicap accessible playgrounds and I would encourage others, if they are able, to do the same. It is the least that I can do to thank you Shiloh. A 10 year old girl showed me what real strength is all about.