Monday, August 24, 2009

Type 12 Partition - HPA - Hidden Protected Area

12 Configuration/diagnostics partition

ID 12 (decimal 18) is used by Compaq for their configuration utility
        partition. It is a FAT-compatible partition (about 6 MB) that boots into
        their utilities, and can be added to a LILO menu as if it were MS-DOS.
        (David C. Niemi) Stephen Collins reports a 12 MB partition with ID 12 on
        a Compaq 7330T. Tigran A. Aivazian reports a 40 MB partition with ID 12
        on a 64 MB Compaq Proliant 1600. ID 12 is used by the Compaq Contura to
        denote its hibernation partition. (

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

HPA - Hidden Protected Area - FWBACKUP - FirmWare Backup

This file (the FWBACKUP utility) is mentioned in the IBM white paper (hpa-aibm.pdf) that describes the  Access IBM HPA (type 12) Predesktop Area

I have discussed this subject in greater depth on my website

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Sidereel Scam

Coming soon.

Basically a scheme where webmasters are encouraged to get "subscribers" to join their sites on the hope that they can download the latest TV shows - when the owner does not have them to allow to downloaded.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Phoenix BIOS

PhoenixBIOS™ and - WinPhlash

PhoenixBIOS™ 4.0 Release 6.1 - WinPhlash - From Phoenix Technologies Ltd

Monday, August 10, 2009

AACS - Advanced Access Content System

Advanced Access Content System (for High-Definition Video discs)

I have full details on how to overcome the AACS encryption system, if you want to find out more about this you need to search this blog.

Links related to BD copy on The Technology Muse:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Tor iPlayer Access

Update: April 2012 - the text below is old and while Tor is too slow to access iPlayer, but it probably still could be used.
My old version of Tor seems to have stopped working for iPlayer Access.

As I am not using Tor to access the BBC programming as the VPN works really well for me it seems pointless to spend the time to debug the new installation.

The latest version (Aug 2009) is (my earlier versions are 0.1 something)
The install downloads a new torrc file - can't be bothered to reconfigure - not sure if StrictExitNodes command still works.

As the Tor website says:
"......... with Tor, as do people wanting to post socially sensitive information in chat rooms, like rape or abuse survivors and those with illnesses. The Tor network also provides protection for people looking for another layer of privacy from the millions of websites and ISPs bent on collecting private information and tracking their moves online."
This is not what I am trying to do, watching BBC outside the UK does not qualify. Nor is the use of Tor for downloading from P2P sites!


Please note that the first comment on this post was made in response to a visitor posting a link to their solution to me not being able to access the BBC using Tor. I removed the link as I saw it as self-promotion.
I have been using Tor successfully for a number of years for many purposes including access of iPlayer programming.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

MUSE Technologies

"Mobiles Unleashed Systems and Engineering" Technologies

Keyword: Muse Tecnology