Episode 603 – Network Planning, Kindle Tricks and a Linux Network Install Tool

This week Matt continues his series on IT Infrastructure planning. Shannon has a bundle of Kindle tricks, and Darren’s amped about a USB boot key that network insalls popular Linux distros.

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There is plenty to do on the Kindle that isn’t in the user manual. Read on for details!

At the Home screen use ALT-SHIFT-M for Minesweeper. It’s a little slow in response time, but still fun.

Free Books and PDF’s on your Kindle can be accessed through sites like Mnybks.Net and Feedbooks.
Mobipocket creator
converts pdf’s to kindle files for all of your needs. If you don’t want to use Mobipocket, check this out- for free conversions, email a document to “name”@free.kindle.com and have it emailed back to you in kindle format.

Bypassing Paying for Blogs
Check out sites like Kindle Feeder to read your favorite blogs and news sites for free, instead of paying for the subscription version. From your browser, go to kindlefeeder.com and sign up or just search for your favorite feed.

Try accessing a site that isn’t compatible with mobile through proxy sites like mowser.com.

Google Maps
Under browser mode, click Alt-1 to access google maps quickly. Alt-2 shows gas stations and Alt-3 shows restaurants.

For email and useful messengers, use the following:
Gmail: m.gmail.com
Yahoo Messenger: us.m.yahoo.com/p/messenger/
Google Reader: google.com/reader/m
Google Calendar: google.com/calendar/m

SMS messages to your friends cell phone can be accessed by simply emailing the 10-digit cell phone number at the appropriate gateway. e.g. for AT&T cell customers would be [email protected]
This is a (unverified) list of gateways for various cell services.
AT&T: @txt.att.net
Alltel: @message.alltel.com
Nextel: @messaging.nextel.com
Powertel: @ptel.net
Sprint: @messaging.sprintpcs.com
SunCom: @tms.suncom.com
T-Mobile: @tmomail.net
US Cellular: @email.uscc.net
Verizon: @vtext.com
Virgin Mobile: @vmobl.com

To view personal pictures on your Kindle, plug your Kindle into it’s mini USB to a computer. Add a folder called ‘pictures’ in the root of the Kindle or SD card. Create another folder inside the Kindle folder ‘pictures’ called whatever you like. In the Home screen, hit Alt-Z to refresh and your new ‘book’ should appear with the name of the folder you chose. Open it and page back or forward to view your pictures. Press Alt-Shift-0 to set the current picture as a screensaver.

And here are a couple of tips for the Kindle 2:
Tether your Kindle 2 via a USB port so you don’t have to use WhisperNet or create a custom screensaver with your own pictures.


  • Awful&empty

    I’ve seen almost all of Hak5, and this episode is s****.
    You used to do good stuff, very interesting and innovating, but this episode is empty.
    How to make an screensaver with pictures? come on… is it a joke?
    The camera-man thinks almost the same. Too much FastForward….

    I love your stuff, but don’t sleep.

    Trust your old tecnomind!

    p.s: what about a bit of hardware analysis and bechmarking.. what about massive computing with the new GPU’s… a little of coding…

  • norns

    I like how the show has become more defined to appease all levels of the audience. matt does the serious stuff, darren shows off nifty tools, and shannon covers the cutesy gadgets.

    i would like to see more original content though instead of? just showcasing whatever I saw on lifehacker and such. For example, Darren could do something with modding his bike or whatever and Shannon can show us how to make our own decals and decorate things.

  • Mnemonic

    Hey Darren,
    Just wondering if you guys ever sit down and watch your earlier episodes from say seasons 1 and 2 at all?
    I reckon if you could capture the “feel” of these episodes combined with your new professional production methods, you’d be on a winner.

    Cheers mate
    Trust your technolust 🙂

  • Elliott Ness

    Hello you guys I really appreciate your work.

    Hak5 is like a learning resource for me. I’m into the second year of an Information Systems three year degree and your segments are like supplements for my studies in terms of practical examples, and the use of the technology.

    I really love that you guys are doing the Logistics of Network Infrastructure, most techies don’t understand or have to justify there technology choices in a corporate environment.

    Cheers and Kudos to you.

  • Sterx

    I like the episode, but I have to agree w/Tyler: a little lacking in the “sweet I wanna try that at home” feel I get from most of the others.

    Anyway, you guys are awesome, keep up the good work! New set and style is pretty sweet!

  • mac_mini

    WOW! No offense, but this is the worst episode I’ve watched. What happend to the cool things you used to do in Seasons 1-3? Where’s the hacking, modding, and even bits of coding?

    Not all of use are sys admins. Love the information I get from the new shows, but miss the cool projects from the old.

    By far the best crew. Awesome job, and hope the next episode is better.

  • joeypesci

    Although I liked Matt’s section the rest of the episode seemed totally empty. I like Snubs but the only thing of interest she briefly mentioned was the converter to allow you to convert PDFs to use on the Kindle. But back in the day, Darren and co would of taken that Kindle apart and shown us how to hack it.

    I worry Hak5 is losing it’s edge. I don’t like to say it but season 6 isn’t turning out to be a good season so far. There just instantly really any content from what I can see.

  • Marcel

    Wifitrak, the Iphone app that actually works and does pretty nifty stuff with wifi, kind of similar to net stumbler but works for Iphone/touch 😉 in more ways than one.

    Will you guys start looking at Apple Ipod/phone/touch hacks?

    Keep up the nifty work.

  • fusion

    I concur with those whom want to see more hardware hacks and coding projects in the future. Only problem is, nobody in the hakhouse is a programmer.

  • kawasaki

    Man, I absolutely love the IT infrastructure planning and deploying part you are currently tackling on the show. Please do more material along those lines when you can. Looking forward to more great stuff, keep up the great work.

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