|pandora's box in the palm of your hand||shift 7.7 - december 1999 - pg. 34|
It was simply intended to be a versatile organizer that combines email, a notepad, Rolodexes and other handy applications. But what its maker, 3Com, hasn't told you is that with a few programs and a little daring, the PalmPilot can be transformed from a pretentious daybook into a handful of mischief. Convergence was never supposed to be like this.
Grand Theft Palm
Hack: Unlock and ignite cars with key remotes.
DIY: If you're prone to losing your car keys, here's a little trick. Shell out twenty bucks and download OmniRemote (www.pacificneotek.com), a program that enables Palms with infrared capabilities (Palm III or higher) to emulate TV remote controls. After installation, have someone unlock your car door and start the ignition with a key-chain remote as you hold your Palm at the side, catching the infrared signal. If the frequency falls within tha Palm's range (which is more likely with cars that use European locking systems), OmniRemote will intercept the command, allowing the Palm to perform the same function. Certain people have been known to use the trick for more uncouth activitiesbut not you, of course.
FYI: Cars more than three years old are the best betthey're less likely to have "rolling code" locks that alter frequencies from use to use. You can increase your chances of catching a signal by buying the OmniRemote Module ($20; also from Pacific Neo-Tek), a device that boosts your Palm's IR signal by nearly 400 percent.
Hack: Get free long distance at payphones by turning your Palm into a "redbox"a device that fools phones into thinking you've deposited change.
DIY: Cyb0rg/asm, a member of the Hack Canada collective (www.hackcanada.com), created RedPalm++, a redbox Palm app that simulates the tones of quarters, dimes, and nickels filling a payphone. Simply place your Palm's speaker near the handset's transmitter and use the stylus to choose the coins you want to drop.
FYI: Unfortunately, Palm sound cards can't hit the tones necessary for U.S. phones, making this a Canada-only crime. (By the way, Bell Canadathe country's major telcosays the hack will only work on its non-digital, old-school phones.) But Americans need not despair: The tones for U.S. phones are available in MP3 (check Hack Canada's site), which can be utilized through devices like Diamond Multimedia's Rio.
|the shift list||shift 7.7 - december 1999 - pg. 98|
Well, once again we hit the 'shift list' but this time at #1... finally. Now, the friendly folks at shift had this to say about us this time... "Yup, the Shift List was hacked. Enjoy the ranking, boys!" Hrm... what's that supposed to mean? Are they seriously insinuating that we hacked their site and altered our votes? Do they intend to kick us off the list next month due to this ill-conceived notion? Well, we shall see. I mean, in practice, sure we could have, but we didn't. We earned those votes as fair as can be, in spite of the fact that the shift webmaster knocked 5-10 votes off our count every day AND in spite of the fact that we were not listed at the top of the November list (or even on the list at all) even though we kicked everybody elses ass. So here's some advice... take note boys, IIS is more easily penetrated than a 2-bit commode-whore and your erroneous accusation almost feels like an invitation.