Category Archives: Hacks/Tricks

Blacknova Traders

Woohoo! A new BNT game started up:

http://games.blacknova.net/bnt1

My friend and I started playing it.

One neat trick:
javascript:window.location = “http://bntgameurl.com/rsmove.php?engage=2&destination=”+Math.round(Math.random()*1000);

Put that as a bookmark, and click it to realspace move to a random sector. Helps when colonizing ;)

Cracking Masterlocks

The BBC

So, I love the BBC. Now, they’ve been doing this little thing called Electric Proms. One of my favorite bands, Doves, was on last night. So I go to the site that I got in the e-mail from Doves, and try to watch the video…. “Content is not available in your area”.

Ever had this happen to you? It’s a barrel full of annoying that I hate. They ought to offer a US subscription service so we don’t get left out (I’m sure it would be a pretty good source of revenue), because I hate not being able to access content outside of the states. Alternatively, you may have spent time overseas (or live there) and found that you can’t access US-based content – i.e., streaming shows from major US broadcasters. Solution: a virtual private network.

A virtual private network (also known as VPN) is basically a service that allows you to use an IP address that the operator of the network leases to you. Thus, since the BBC only allows UK-based IP addresses, I decided to do some hunting for a VPN offering UK IP addresses. What I found was even better.

VPNAccounts.com not only offers IP addresses for VPNs in Germany, the US, and the UK, they also have specialized accounts for watching stuff like the BBC. Score. I just signed up for my “VPN for BBC iPlayer” account. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

UPDATE: Just got my account set up and it works well. Helllllllo streaming BBC content.

Change the programs that run when you start your computer

Although this is considered rather easy now-a-days, it’s also incredibly useful…

Are you sick and tired of having to wait for 20 programs to load while starting up your computer?

Click Start.
Click Run.
Type in “msconfig” (without the quotes) and click OK.
Click the “Startup” tab (should be the second from the right)

You will see a list of programs with checkmarks by them (and some unchecked).
ONLY uncheck the programs you recognize and want to stop from starting up when you boot your computer. Some of the items are system files you don’t want to mess with.

Click OK.
Follow the instructions, and reboot your computer.

And you’re done.

How to hack windows pinball, and any other games

First you need to download artmoney

http://www.systemsoftlab.com/artmoney722eng.exe

install it with all the default options

then load it up, you should see a screen like this:

ok now load up windows pinball. We will use pinball to show you how this program works, then you can use it on just about any game.
for those who don’t know what pinball looks like, here ya go

moving right along. Play one ball of pinball, so you get a score. let the ball drop quickly, all you need is to get a score bigger than 0, like so

excellent. Now pull up artmoney, select the process “3d pinball for windows”

now click search, and enter your score like so (in my case, my score was 11000)

once the search starts, you will see a bunch of little integer values pop up in the right pane of the main program. perfect.
Now go back to pinball. Play one more ball (by this i mean, increase your score a little, and let the ball drop/go)

my new score is 34250

ok now go back to artmoney. Now we want to filter our previous search results, keeping only the integers that changed with out score. To do this, click filter and in the value field add your new score
Once you submit that… the integers in the left hand pane should now decrease to about 2. Perfect!
Now click the fatter arrow (below the thinner arrow) in between the two panes like so (this wall transfer the integer values over so you can play with them)

Now go to the integer field (in the right pane) and right click it, then click edit (follow the picture below)

change its value to some absurdly high number (i use eight 9’s), and the checkmark the box that says freeze

click ok, and you should see that number changed on the main screen. Now do the same thing for the second integer – change it to the same value as the previous, and checkmark the freeze box. Once you change both, you should see something similiar to this

now go back to pinball. Play until you get a game over (or just deploy, and let the ball fall until the game ends)
Congratulations, you got a high score

*bows*

anyone who plays with this and finds other tricks, be sure to post em here!

Steganography – hiding files in images

Ok guys, here is a quick tutorial to show how you can hide videos, pictures, and documents inside a JPG picture.

You will need:
-A compression program (7zip, winzip, winrar, winace, etc…)
-A jpg picture (It may work with GIF, BMP, etc… but I’ve only tried with JPG)
-Files you want to hide :)

To begin:
Compress all the files you want to hide into an archive… this can be a zip file, rar file, ace file… whatever. As long as you have the ability to uncompress it later.

Now open up a command prompt (Start->Run->”cmd”)
Change to the directory that your hidden files archive and JPG picture is in.
I find it easiest to put my picture and archive in c:\, then type in “cd\” in the command prompt to get to c:\

Now… for the purposes of this tutorial, we will use the filenames as follow:
secretfiles.zip (this is the archive of secret files)
original.jpg (this is the original jpg picture)
new.jpg (this is the jpg with the hidden files inside it)

In the command prompt (which should be pointing to correct directory as mentioned above), type the following:
copy /B original.jpg + secretfiles.zip new.jpg

The /B stands for binary (look it up if you want).
This basically copies the secret files and jpg into a new jpg. The new jpg looks exactly like the old… but if you right click it, and click extract here (or open it with your compression program) you will be able to see the hidden files!

The only noticiable difference between the new jpg and old jpg is the file size… but who looks at that anyways? For all intents and purposes, your files are now hidden :)

You can make this more secure by encrypting files before putting them in the archive, or archiving them in 2 different formats (e.g. zip it then rar it) that only you will remember

Call of duty (original) crash server script

Put the following file in your Call of duty / main folder:
http://seanybob.net/codedownloads/cod/crash.cfg

Now open up call of duty, pull down console, and type this in:
/bind k exec crash.cfg

(replace k with whatever key you want to bind it to)

Call of duty quickfire script.

Put the following file in your Call of duty / main folder
http://seanybob.net/codedownloads/cod/quickfire.cfg

Open up call of duty, pull down the console, and bind it to a key (for example, ‘/bind n exec quickfire.cfg’, where n is the key it’s binded to)

Clear blank lines in a file

I posted something about this before, but here is the absolute best solution.

http://seanybob.net/downloads/programs/ClearBlankLines2.exe

Program was not written by me. It’s small, requires no installation, and is incredibly simple and fast to use. Also allows you to clear blank lines from multiple files at once.

Useful if you find yourself paired with a designer who is continuously using wordpad to edit code (resulting in blank lines being added between every line of code)

Remap/Change your keyboard!

So I spilled water on my laptop keyboard. Really not a good idea. It killed my ~ and escape keys.

Being an avid call of duty gamer, this is a no-no. I need my ~ key to pull down my console, and my escape key to get out of the game.

Something good happened as a result. I learned how to remap my keyboard. I made my Caps lock key my new escape key, and remapped the windows key to the ~.

Download this program:
SharpKeys2 (mirror)

Run the exe file. It’s incredibly simple, and allows you to replace any key with any other key. Also useful to remap those special keys your keyboard might have, like INTERNET, EMAIL, etc.