I came across a damaged Starlink cable. on closer inspection it looked like twisted pairs. so i spliced it like an ethernet and it worked perfectly. This might be a great way to extend your existing runs, or to wire it more cleanly than expected. more info on github.
The antennas are back! Wardriving in a Tesla.
This project was cannibalized over a year ago. With Raspberry Pi as difficult to get ahold of as they’ve been, i thought this project might never come back to life. I launched a number of pi liberating ideas with some success. I now have enough for both fun personal projects and to get my work done. I felt i should explain the name wardriving. It is a variation on wardialing. Wardialing was trying phone numbers, looking for interesting things on the phone. Wardriving is similarly driving around looking for interesting things in the air.
My wardriver is not pictured above, but these Pi are ready for whatever comes next. I’ve recovered an assortment of different Pi from original B+ (pi-hole) to a 2GB Pi 4 (broken helium miner). One of the best parts of this setup is the early Pi 3 (not B+). This was a lucky find as it consumes less energy and produces much less heat. With only 6 radios running (including GPS) the lower performance hasn’t been an issue, but the reduced power has been incredible. Early testing has me getting an additional 20-40% battery life vs the original pi 4 configuration. my cable management has also improved with this iteration. The setup fits in a small box in my trunk instead of a tangled mass of wires in a large bin (prototyping is fun). The reason power is so important because, believe it or not, the amperage you can pull out of a Tesla for accessories is limited. Without an alternator dumping piles of unclean energy i am forced to resort to BYOB (bring your own battery). I got a monster battery to power the Pi 4 and even more radios and accessories of the original prototype.
It is fun using the ADSB live tracker in Los Angeles as there are always planes above. Next step will be DJI drone tracking and some sort of dashboard indicator/control. I started a WiGLE account, it’s off to a pretty good start. i found a few APs, but i’m still figuring out how to share BT. maybe i’ll join the #HardHatBrigade group.
Upgrading to Unifi Dream Machine Pro.
I’ve been using Ubiquiti equipment since the original PowerStation. I took it to the next level with Unifi. I slowly acquired more and more equipment until their controller software had such an incredible sight into my network and it’s workings. An insight that makes maintenance and troubleshooting effortless. Moving from the USG Pro to UDM Pro i immediately enjoy the faster speeds and the fancy touch screen panel. What i don’t like is it’s complete lack of integration with non-local controllers and the missing features in its switch component.
As you can see from this image, i am a fan of link aggregation. It is an inexpensive way to maximize existing infrastructure and improve network performance. Unfortunately, the 8 ports on the UDM are currently incapable of this feature. I was hoping to remove one of the switches from my closet as i move links to the UDM, but it was not to be. This seems like a serious oversight for a Pro branded unit. I am hoping they fix this with a future update, but will not be holding my breath.
RAID rebuilding season!
My final visit to the Encino Avenue bridge.
After reading of its impending destruction, i was hoping to pay the Encino Avenue pedestrian overpass a final visit. Unfortunately visits were discouraged. The messaging was a bit mixed, as the fence was literally tied up with string. i took pictures without trespassing. The 101 will shutdown between White Oak and Burbank over the weekend for the bridge’s demolition.
Flipper software is coming along nicely!
Thanks to the exceptional work by justcallmekoko, RogueMaster, and many others there is now native flipper support for the unofficial Marauder firmware for the Flipper dev-board. Marauder is firmware for the ESP-32 chipset full of security tools for bluetooth and wifi. The Flipper dev board doesn’t support bluetooth, but the wifi tools work and are usable from the flipper itself. I cannot wait to see what comes next.
Flipper Zero – the hacker tamagotchi!
After years of anticipation and excitement, my Flipper Zero has arrived! Software is still early yet, so I haven’t done much more than clone and store RFID, NFC, and IR signals. i am excited to see the interesting things me and my new dolphin friend will get up too.
Getting through a backlog of prints.
My 3D printer has been sitting half disassembled and sad in the corner of my office for weeks. A simple latch thwarting my repair. I finally sorted it out this week and it’s been printing nearly nonstop! i can even change filament mid print! watch live be3n.com/3D
I almost fell for the classic crypto currency blunder. . .
One of my older Trezor’s had a little hardware issue (USB port broke off). when i went to look for my paper backup, it was not where i expected. With no backup, I had no way to transfer the coins or tokens. This is essentially how coins get burned. Without access to the key, they aren’t your coins. it would be a shame to loose these assets, so i sought out a solution.
Luckily, i had some expert help. my guy, referred me to his guy. amazing work. Huge thanks to Bill, for averting catastrophe. now i am putting my new paper backup somewhere safe. (and somewhere else, also safe)