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Cool Hardware Hacks

Hackers tend to get a bad rap, but not all hacking is for nefarious purposes. Discover nifty ways to "hack," or repurpose, existing hardware in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Is your ISP sniffing packets?

Packets are tiny pieces of digital information that move across networks. In this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com, the Techstuff guys discuss the controversial phenomenon of packet "sniffing" by Internet Service Providers.

What are virtual machines?

Virtual machines can function as a 'machine inside a machine,' preventing two mutually incompatible applications from sabotaging each other. Tune in as the TechStuff crew takes a look at virtual machines in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

How Nanotechnology Works

Nanotechnology is the science of building incredibly tiny machines. As manufacturing techniques improve, more nanotechnology may find its way to the market. Learn more about the history and future of nanotech in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

What the big deal with megapixels?

Digital camera manufacturers frequently use megapixels in their marketing strategy -- but what exactly are megapixels? Do they make a difference? Listen in as our resident tech experts take a look at megapixels in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

What is MAME?

Many older arcade games have disappeared, leaving nostalgic gamers with no access to their favorite games. Luckily for manufacturers, MAME has come along. Learn more about multiple arcade machine emulators in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Whatever happened to...?

From the Amiga to the Concorde jet, more than a few fascinating pieces of hardware have emerged only to disappear soon after. Listen in as the TechStuff crew takes a look at back at technologies that came and left in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

How Mac Viruses Work

Apple computers used to have 'security through obscurity' because most hackers didn't bother writing computer viruses for a Mac. Now that appears to be changing -- learn why in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

What's difference between LCD and plasma television?

With the advent of LCD and plasma televisions, the reign of the cathode ray TV may have already ended -- but which new TV is the best? Tune in as our experts take a look at TV technology in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

How Rechargeable Batteries Work

Rechargeable batteries are used almost every mobile electronic device, but many consumers don't know how to maintain these batteries. Tune in as the TechStuff crew takes a look at proper battery care in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

How Proxy Servers Work

The internet can be thought of as a series of clients and servers, wherein clients request data from a server. A proxy server has the ability to intercept data from the original server. Learn more about proxy servers in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

How can technology help me get healthy?

With the advent of Wii Fit, consumers are coming to see video games as a way to get in shape, rather than fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Tune in to learn more about health and video games in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

How 3-D Glasses Work

3-D glasses have been around for a long time, but recent innovations have redefined the traditionally marginal role of this technology. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the future of 3-D technology.

Will using multiple applications kill my computer?

Most computer users run multiple applications at the same time -- this can often cause the computer to run more slowly. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about your computer's health.

Can computers teach me to play music?

Would you like a robotic piano teacher? The unprecedented popularity of Guitar Hero and Rock Band have prompted some gamers to learn actual instruments. Tune in as the TechStuff crew tackles the future of music education in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

Why is President Obama's Blackberry such a big deal?

After his election, Blackberry enthusiast Barack Obama faced a dilemma -- should he give up the Blackberry or break from tradition and become the first president with email? Tune in as the TechStuff crew takes a look at President Obama's Blackberry.

How Smartphones Work

Your average cell phone boasts some pretty cool features, but Smartphones have taken things to a whole new level. Get the lowdown on these versatile gadgets in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

GPS Games People Play

GPS receivers are great for navigation, but they have another surprising application: games. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to get the goods on geocaching, geodashing and other GPS games.

The 2009 Consumer Electronics Show

From 3-dimensional TV displays to wireless battery chargers, the 2009 CES ushered in a wave of emerging technologies. Check in with the Techs tuff crew to learn more about the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

What is phishing?

Phishers send emails to strangers, hoping to swindle them out of thousands of dollars. From the notorious Nigerian email scams to fake hard-luck stories, phishing scams depend on the greed of online victims. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks podcast.