Episode 708 – PAX East 2010
Jason and Jenn Cutter bring us sights from the show floor at the Penny Arcade Expo East 2010. Table top dungeons & dragons on a multi-touch surface! A mod to turn any guitar into a game controller and killer gaming headphones. Plus, Shannon investigates secure delete utilities in this week’s Snusb Report. All that and more this time on Hak5.
Guitar Game Controller Mod
Jason speaks to Alan Chatham of OpenChord.org about their mod that turns any regular guitar into a Rock Band or Guitar Hero controller!
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Multi-touch Dungeons and Dragons
Jason talks to producer/designer Dyala Kattan-Wright and programmer Whitney Babcock-McConnell about Carnegie Mellon University project Surfacescapes — a mashup of Dungeons & Dragons and a Microsoft Surface.
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Tritton Technologies Gaming Headphones
Jenn Cutter from OpenAlpha.tv speaks with Fred Schweer of Tritton Technologies about their cross-platform gaming headphones.
Snubs Report: Secure Delete Utilities
When you absolutely positively need a file to be gone from your system, never to come back from the grave again, you need a secure delete utility in your arsenal. Today Shannon investigates just that, in this week’s Snubs Report
First up, a command-line tool from Microsoft. Sdelete has all the switches and arguments to turn a file into a steaming pile of random bits. It’ll even nix NTFS compressed or encrypted files using the Windows defragmentation API. Minding our P’s and Q’s we learn that the -P option specifies how many times we would like to overwrite a file, and -Q keeps it quiet. Perfect for batch scripting. For example:
sdelete.exe -p 4 -q -s %1
If you’re looking for something a little more graphical and user friendly have a look at INFERNO!. While this open-source Windows utility isn’t much to look at, and requires the Microsoft VB 6.0 runtime, it does get the job done. Sporting simple file overwrites, Department of Defense spec overwrites, and the sophisticated Gutmann method for cleaning your disk, this tool surely packs a punch.
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Details on Darren’s journey across North America can be found at HackAcrossAmerica.com.
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