November 2nd, 2008

"Not an angel"

Putting goatse in your VGA cable.

BSODomizer is a small, battery-powered, mischievous electronic gadget that interfaces between a laptop or desktop and VGA monitor and flashes images onto the monitor at random time intervals or when triggered by an infrared remote control. When used to display a fake BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), the user will become confused and turn off his or her machine. Over and over again. Legitimate uses of the BSODomizer include monitor/projector/video calibration or a simple timer to remind the user to take a break from sitting in front of the computer. Various configuration settings are selected via on-board DIP switches. Created by Joe Grand (aka Kingpin) and Zoz.

Website contains ASCII art that is NSFW.

Pretty cool little hack. I thought for sure it was going to be like 15 ICs to do this, but they pulled it off with only 3 chips. The real workhorses are the Analog Devices 2:1 video mux, and the Propeller CPU. I'm amazed that they can generate a decent VGA signal with a microcontroller that's clocked at 5 MHz!

These are the same two guys who are the software team on the Discovery Channel show "Prototype This", which is pretty much Mythbusters without the urban legends. Every episode, they set out to build something crazy just for the hell of it. I've definitely been enjoying it.