Put together by a band of IT ninjas, security professionals and hardcore gamers, Hak5 isn’t your typical tech show. We take on hacking in the old-school sense, covering everything from network security, open source and forensics, to DIY modding and the homebrew scene. Then we wrap it all up with a healthy dose of cocktails and geek comedy. Damn the warranties, it’s time to Trust your Technolust.

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An appealing cast of ubergeeks demonstrates nifty ‘sploits, like building a laser audio transmitter for an iPod and hacking a CVS digital camera. No pandering to the masses here; each month’s installment is packed with code examples and parts lists – plus a shot of 1337 humor. Check out the reviews of iTunes, FireAnt, and Democracy in episode eight, and don’t miss the pitches for the latest innovations from “Microshaft.”

Surely the modder’s favourite, Hak.5 is an awesome show for real hardcore geeks. The presenters are hacking gurus with specialities in software and hardware, and the show covers a range of news and tutorials that cover topics as diverse as the best open source apps to put on a USB stick to a ‘how-to’ build of a MAME machine. The guys know what they’re talking about, and the show now sports some slick presentation to accompany the high-quality content. Definitely worth a download.

A vlog for the moderately hardcore tech enthusiast, offering everything from cool hacks like remote-controlling Media Center with a mobile phone or building an iPod laser transmitter to reviews of the latest and greatest apps and gadgets, and a healthy dose of geeky gaggery.

Hak5, Where WPA Cracking is Child’s Play. Now in its fifth season, each episode is hosted by Darren Kitchen, Matt Lestock, and Shannon Morse; together, they combine their powers (and natural curiosity about technology) to explore topics in IT and consumer tech you won’t see on cable TV. Watching Hak5 is more like leafing through a professional interest magazine; rather than show off a few cool things and point you to external resources, Darren, Matt, and Shannon take pains to show you everything step-by-step. Hak5 is great for the visual learner.

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