Chromecast update breaks root-friendly exploit

We hope you weren’t planning to tinker with your Chromecast this weekend. GTVHacker has confirmed that a recent firmware update to Google’s streaming media stick plugs the bootloader exploit that many are using to get root access.

via Pocket

Chromecast Has Been Rooted – Bootloader Exploit

Well that didn’t take long. The team over at GTVHacker have worked their magic on Chromecast. The HDMI dongle announced by Google last week was so popular they had to cancel their 3-free-months of Netflix perk.

via Pocket

Here’s the how-to: Bootloader Exploit Package
Waiting on my USB OTG cable to come….

Chromecast Hacking Has Begun

Initial chromecast testing has revealed that it is a DIAL device and sniffing shows several interesting commands that can be sent to it.

The chromecast dongle is apparently listening on http port 8008. (Also port 9080 while Netflix app is running)

Some control can be established by sending simple HTTP GET’s, POST’s and DELETE’s.

** For these examples the youtube app is running, also available are Netflix, ChromeCast, and GoogleMusic.

get device information xml:

get detailed device information json:

scan for available wifi:

get supported time zones:

get info about current app:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” -X GET

send youtube video to chromecast:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” -X POST -d ‘v=oHg5SJYRHA0’

kill current running app:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” -X DELETE

reboot the chromecast dongle:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” -d ‘{“params”:”now”}’ -X POST

factory default reset the chromecast dongle:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” -d ‘{“params”:”fdr”}’ -X POST

Hopefully more to come… Focusing on the websocket connections now

I would like to be able to send commands (power, volume, source) to the tv through the hdmi-cec connection of the chromecast.

Cr-48 Chrome Notebook – First Impression


As soon as I heard about the pilot program, you know I was already signed up.

My buddy Mason just got his in the mail yesterday… Where’s mine Google??? 🙁

The hardware has a slight 2007 Macbook feel to it. I was honestly blown away by the speed of boot and login. All of my bookmarks and settings were just automatically there. It has very clean and neat feel to it.

My co-workers and I immediately tried to gain console access. (Ctrl-Alt-T) The “crosh” shell is limited right out of the box, but you can probably do more in the dev environment. The applications seem very responsive.

Bug-reporting is conveniently integrated into the GUI, automatically taking screenshots and I assume compiling the log files into a package that gets sent with the bug report.

Overall first impression: VERY IMPRESSED!


Make money online with Adsense!

Many people today are familiar with Google Adsense, Adsense offers small to big sites the ability to insert variable sized adds throughout their site. When visitor’s click these adds you get money.

Sounds Easy Right?

Wrong! Well why?

Because so many people design their sites to be used just for Adsense, well no wonder their not getting a high click thru rate. So what are some tips for creating a site that can
dramatically increase your Adsense earnings.

Here are some tips:

1. Submit your site to e-zine, announcement groups (be careful though, make sure your article on your site or blog is living up to its name)

2. Distribute free articles to distribution sites.

3. Email signatures – Include a link to your Adsense site on all of your email signatures. (You would be surprised, but the curiosity of your acquaintances can generate you cold hard cash.)

4. Ask questions about keywords and tips, in discussion groups. (Don’t forget TIP 3, you can add your Adsense site to your forum signatures too!)

5. Barter your services and skills for high-revenue keywords.

Make Money online from Google!

If you have a website, and would like to earn a little extra money on the side. Click the link below! Fill in the information. If you need help or have any problems. Go to and make a post in the computer questions section. I would be more than glad to help you get started. Some of googles ads, i.e. for Firefox (the best internet browser), they will give you 1 dollar everytime someone clicks on the link and installs it. Firefox is always being downloaded because it is the best browser ever. It has no spyware and is safe. Google Adsense costs you nothing!! Absolutely nothing!! Once you pop in their little blurb of code into your site, their googlebot automatically selects appropriate adds for your content, hence “targeted adds”. It’s absolutely amazing. I’d definitely recomend it!!

Oh Yeah BTW.. Download Firefox!! (You won’t go back to IE)

Why Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! are fighting over AOL

When The Economist speaks, we listen: “AS MORE and more of the world’s business is conducted online, a battle royal is taking shape. The struggle is to decide which company will become the primary gateway to the internet.”

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