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Mocha CFW on the Wii U (Hacked)

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Finally, after some time, hacking the Wii U is possible. When I owned the original Wii with the old hacks on it, I could back up my games and play the copies from a hard drive. Now, you can do the same thing with the Wii U. Although I typically provide a walk through, I feel like this one isn't going anywhere for a while. Follow the guide provided below for the steps on how to install Mocha CFW on the Wii U.


Additionally, this next link is worth reading for the FunKiiU software.


Tags Games, Hacking, WiiU

Integrated Router Table

I just finished building my router table insert for combined workbench. The process was fairly simple. I used a jigsaw to cut the insert hole, and then used a router to create an inset pocket on the top to hold the Bench Dog router plate. To make sure that it was flush, I used the plate to set the depth of the router bit before cutting it out. The fence is still on the way, and I will need to create a pocket for the router bit. I decided to go with extruded aluminum from 8020.net. I will stack two of them and bore a hole through them so that I can mount that to the table surface and pivot on the right side. This will allow me to decure it from the other side, then ope and close the fence as needed for cuts.

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Goodbye Wordpress

I have finally found a flat file blog platform which, in my opinion, is better than Wordpress. Bludit. Although it's still in it's beginning phase, it seems to offer all of the simplicities of posting without all of the bloat. Even though Wordpress has a small footprint, it has really started growing and incorporating a bunch of thrid-party requirements to function properly. The use of Jetpack, Disqus, additional plugins, multiple accounts, syncing with other website, etc... Not my cup of tea. The great thing about Bludit is; it only requires a folder. The best part is, it's a flat file design so no SQL databases and no additional accounts. The setup and configuation was easy and it integrated perfectly. Additionally, the nginx requirements were minimal. Hopefully this one sticks until I make my own engine!

Tags Bludit

Bludit on Arch Linux with Nginx

Easy enough setup aside from the small changes you have to make in the nginx configuration file.

Bludit configuration for Nginx:

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name bludit.local;

    charset utf-8;
    root /var/www/html/bludit;

    index index.php;
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$args;

    access_log /var/log/nginx/bludit_access.log;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/bludit_error.log;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        try_files $uri =404;
         fastcgi_index index.php;
        include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

    # if file does not exist, rewrite to index.php
    if (!-f $request_filename) {
        rewrite ^/(.*) /index.php break;

Notice the fastcgi_pass is the loopback IP for localhost. Make that if your php-fpm configuration is listening to the .socks file, then you update this configuration to reflect that appropriately.

Tags Bludit, PHP

Cutting the Letter G

Here is another project that was cut on the CNC table. This was two pieces of plywood, glued together and cut. Once completed, the edges were smoothed, then it was painted and hung.

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Install Kodi on the Firestick for Mac

Have to keep it current, and my last post was a little out dated.  In a nutshell, with so many things to remember, this is one of those "back burner" items that needs to be stored somewhere.

This is the process of loading Kodi onto an Amazon Firestick.  I primarily use tvaddons.ag for all of my extras, but this is a quick reference guide to assist the process.

First, make sure to enable Developer Options and ADB debugging on the Firestick (in the settings).

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Then the homebrew/adb tools are needed. To install the homebrew requirement for adb and the adb tools, do the following below in a terminal: ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

brew install android-platform-tools

Next, you will need the IP address of the Firestick. In setting, go to the About and Network section and get the IP address.

Download the latest stable Kodi app here. http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/.

Connect to the Firestick using adb: adb connect

Install Kodi. adb install latest.kodi.app.apk

After that, you're all set, you just need to follow the tvaddons.ag website guide for adding apps to Kodi.

Tags Firestick

Enable WiFi Tethering on Android 6

After installing a custom Android OS, I noticed that the tethering option was removed from the default WiFi menu. After doing a little reseach, I saw that some cell providers have also disabled this feature unless you "pay" for the service. In order to enable the WiFi tethering option again, all you have to do is add this line to your build.prop file.  (I just downloaded a build.prop editor and you will need to be rooted)..


Save, then reboot and you will have the WiFi tethering option again.

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My Stab at Google OnHub

We all suffer from crappy wireless reception in our homes.  These days, too many people have WiFi and the airwaves are nothing shy of a horrible RF traffic jam.  After doing some research, I decided to invest in the Google OnHub router.  There were only a few things that I was looking for in the configuration; port forwarding being the top of my priority list.  Google advertises that their product is a top of the line router... "Better. Faster. Router." Although I don't argue the fact that it's an amazing piece of hardware, there are just a few things that you would expect in a router.

For starters; the setup was stupid simple.  Simply plug it in, download the app and follow the very simple instructions.  After about 10 minutes of updates and a few things to fill out, you are all set.  There is on website to access, no 192.168.0(or 1).1, or other complicated setup procedures.  If you want to change any of the settings, you simply can't.  It was designed so that your grandma could plug it in and get it working.  Everything is in the cloud.  The downfall is that, if you lose internet, you lose the ability to control your router.... even if you are home.

Here is where I realized that things weren't right.  My IP address for the internal network was  ????  86?  What is that?  You can't change it.  My OCD was having a hard time dealing with that.  Not a deal breaker though, I just had to go change ALL of my static IP assigned devices on the network to reflect the proper IP.  And then I got to the port forwarding.  So, I might be a bit lost here, but; if you have the ability to port forward, that would mean that you's probably like to access something inside of your network from the outside (like a webserver, NAS drive, security cameras, etc.)  For me, it was the web server.  I get all of the port forwarding setup (which is weird, because the network inherently has DHCP, and the only way to have static is to setup DHCP IP reservations).  Again, not a problem, easily accomplished with finding the device name and assigning an IP reservation to it.  Once that's done, you can configure port forwarding.  Here is the catch.  NAT loopback isn't supported on the OnHub device.  It took me a minute to realize what they've done here.  Google has allowed port forwarding but disabled the ability for you to access your public IP address from within your own private network.  (let that sink in).  One of the MOST basic features of an stupid common and cheap router... NAT Loopback.  So, in a nutshell, if you want to setup an awesome NAS drive, Plex Media server, in home security cameras, web server, or any other DDNS related hardware that would require your external IP address from within your network; you can't.  I'm sure I could try and access via a proxy server, but why?  If I can't access my own network from within my network, then that makes this awesome piece of hardware useless.

The plus side to this piece of hardware is that you can set it in bridge mode.  After all of this, I disabled the wireless signals on my old Asus router and bridged the OnHub to be my wireless antenna.  It's not the best setup because I have two routers right now, but until Google fixes this, I don't see a good future for the OnHub in my house.