KeySweeper – Microsoft Wireless Keyboard Sniffer

$10 Wireless Keystroke logger masquerading as a USB Charger

An awesome, albeit frightening device from Samy Kamkar – for around $10 you can be the proud owner of the KeySweeper, an Arduino-based sniffer/decrypter/keylogger that targets Microsoft Wireless Keyboards.

It conveniently masquerades as a USB charger, so it is reasonably small and completely discreet. I am not sure about where you work but these devices have been omnipresent at most workplaces I’ve encountered, quite often (and not surprisingly) attached to Apple devices.

Read the entire device breakdown and information on the KeySweeper here

All keystrokes are logged online and locally. SMS alerts are sent upon trigger words, usernames or URLs, exposing passwords. If unplugged, KeySweeper continues to operate using its internal battery and auto-recharges upon repowering. A web based tool allows live keystroke monitoring.

Miles Davis – Isle of Wight 1970 (Video)

Watch Miles Davis, Gary Bartz, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira perform at the Isle of Wight recorded August 29, 1970

A recording popularized by the release of Bitches Brew Live, seeing is believing. The complete August 29, 1970 performance by Miles Davis and a stellar line-up, at the Isle of Wight

Personnel

  • Miles Davis – trumpet
  • Gary Bartz – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Chick Corea – electric piano
  • Keith Jarrett – electronic organ
  • Dave Holland – electric bass
  • Jack DeJohnette – drums
  • Airto Moreira – percussion, cuica

Coca-Cola Corporate Shutting Off Voicemail

The cost saving is only about US$100,000 overall, but the best part, only 6% are deciding to keep it, not leaving much room for debate about the future of voicemail.

…not entirely but it’s a start

Coca-Cola’s corporate offices in Atlanta have begun phasing out voicemail, which is quickly falling out of favor with younger workers. The cost saving is only about US$100,000 overall, but the best part, only 6% are deciding to keep it, not leaving much room for debate about the future of voicemail.

50 Years of A Love Supreme

On this day, 50 years ago, John Coltrane assembled his quartet at Rudy van Gelder’s studio in New Jersey and cut what would become ‘A Love Supreme. ‘

On this day, 50 years ago, John Coltrane assembled his quartet (plus Art Davis, and Archie Shepp) at Rudy van Gelder’s studio in New Jersey and cut what would become A Love Supreme. 

I came along in 1981 and didn’t hear this record until much further after that time, so I cannot profess to have some unique insight to this album that has not already been expressed previously, however, NPR recently celebrated it in this segment

Alternatively, you can relive it below however, you’d be best served to listen to those Elvin Jones parts on something other than YouTube or Spotify

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Dave Grohl Isn’t Good

We’re past the point of treating this as an opinion. Dave Grohl is not talented, listen for yourself.

Peak of your career… Steve Albini behind the console… and this is the best you’ve got? This is every fifteen year old ever, except recorded really well. Ok you bought the heaviest sticks in the store, well done!

One more thing, if you’re gonna tell me Smells Like Teen Spirit was somehow better, nope – listen for yourself.

Yes, this is what happens when I post Stewart Copeland videos

Rae Sremmurd Joins Captain America

Is daring to posit a black character as the embodiment of patriotism and lawful-goodness in 2014 really an achievement worth taking a victory lap on? Because at the end of the day, what’s Sam Wilson? A ruggedly handsome adult with great references. He can wear the archetype without a lot of alterations. Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee are African-American men aged 19 and 20. This is not a demographic group with a heroic reputation in the popular consciousness; if anything, it’s one that many people learn to fear and distrust on general principles, sometimes with tragic results.

Grantland’s Alex Pappademas takes a deep dive on the latest evolution of Captain America, and it’s unexpected crossover with summer rap sensation Rae Sremmurd

If you’re on alert for examples of the theoretical encroachment upon our freedoms by something people are apparently still calling “political correctness” in 2014, the fact that there’s now a black Captain America — like the presence of a female God of Thunder in the pages of Thor, and a Pakistani American Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel, and a Spider-Man who’s half-black and half-Mexican in the alternate-universe title Ultimate Spider-Man, and the casting of Idris Elba as a Norse god in the Thor movies — is hell-in-a-handbasket stuff.

The United States of Captain America: Rae Sremmurd, the Falcon, and the Endless, Necessary Racial Revision of Marvel’s Icons [via Grantland]

Karaoke Bar Fight Disrupts Chinese Power Grid

Meanwhile in China…

After an exceptionally party-filled evening at the Yinghuang Karaoke Club, in China’s Henan province, a group revelers from the nearby power-station become increasingly belligerent when their requests for free alcohol went unanswered.

With no other recourse, the power plant employees called in a favor from the office and plunged the entire neighborhood into a six hour blackout.

Lesson learned, never interrupt a party.