Phishing attempt in the forum and how to clean it up

The forum, which runs on the popular phpBB3 software, was hit by a phishing attempt in the last few hours. Around 2000 private messages were sent by hundreds of newly registered users. It’s not clear how this automated attack got past our own spam hammer protection that bars new users from sending private messages. Apologies […]

HOW-TO: Add live websites to GIT without interruptions or security risks

Over at the DEV site we’ve been using GIT repositories hosted at BitBucket.org to push (deploy) changes to the live server instantly. It’s way slicker than uploading changed files by FTP, which has no roll back if something goes wrong. It also solves one of our China internet problems: routing to Bitbucket is much more […]

Trolling venture capital and the death of Hacker Camp Shenzhen

The sixth and final Hacker Camp Shenzhen begins in a few days. We’ll do the typical tours, market shopping, factory visits, and lots of eating and drinking. There are around 30 purchased tickets, and another dozen repeat campers and locals coming along to help. Hacker Camp has been amazing because of the totally cool people […]

HOW TO: Chinese Driver’s License

China has huge factories, but there’s also thousands of tiny factories hidden away on back streets and in garages. During production of The Expressway we had a lot of down time waiting for molds to heat so we explored the neighborhood. On one tiny road there was a compression molding factory, several gauze factories, several […]

Harmony t-shirt #1: Make a packing tape handle

In Chinese markets it’s super common to carry boxes with an improvised packing tape handle. It’s a simple idea: make four or five tape loops over the top of the box and then crush them together into a handle. Bunnie’s new Huaqiangbei adventure kit even includes ‘please make a tape handle’ in the useful phrases […]

HOW TO: Chinese work permit and residency visa

First we started a Chinese company, then we got a bank account and import export permit. The last major thing is a work permit and residency visa. Americans, Canadians, and soon Australians, all get an automatic 10 year multiple entry visas for China. It’s quite common for foreigners to post up in China for years […]

HOW TO: Shenzhen Spring Festival/Chinese New Year

By 2016 most hackers have some idea that China shuts down for a month every year. If not, learn it: from some time in January to some time in February the world’s largest country and manufacturing capital, one of the biggest economies, closes shop. Nothing is made or shipped. While the whole country celebrates, Shenzhen […]

HOW TO: China import/export permit and company bank

Last week we described the painful process of opening a Chinese company. That was actually the fast and easy part. There’s still a pile of paperwork and months of waiting ahead. This week we look at the proper, and improper, ways to export from China. A Chinese import export permit is permission to exchange foreign […]

HOW TO: Start a Chinese Company

While Shenzhen is becoming “Hollywood for Makers”, and not always in a good way, there don’t seem to be a lot of foreign open hardware/maker/start-up/accelerated/innovated/incubated people starting Chinese companies. As far as we know, we are the first foreign owned open hardware centric Chinese company in Shenzhen. With everything going on here, we definitely wont […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen 2016 March 24-26

Hacker Camp Shenzhen 2016 is on! Join us from Thursday March 24 to Saturday March 26 for fun, food and 3 solid days of electronics tours in Shenzhen China and beyond. Come to the world’s electronics capital and experience Shenzhen like a local hacker. Tour the famous Huaqiangbei electronics markets with people who live in […]

Dirt Cheap Dirty Reels: cheap component reels from China

Component reels shouldn’t be overpriced or difficult to come by. Dirty Reels connects you to cheap Chinese component suppliers in the Huaqiangbei electronics market. Add a reel of resistors to your next DEV shop order for under $4! A dirty reel of 5000 100ohm 5% 0603 resistors from a major Chinese manufacturer like Super Ohm is only $3.97. […]

DP 2016: Live from China!

Today Dangerous Prototypes is a legal Chinese company! 100% legit with import/export license, work permits, visas, and an office in Huaqiangbei (the world’s largest electronics market). It is likely the only Open Hardware centric WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise) in Shenzhen, and perhaps China. It took over a year to complete the process, and we […]

Mobile site on desktop?

Had a few reports of the mobile site showing up on desktop views. Sorry for the issue and thanks for the reports! We’re checking it out. Deleted any cache, checked cache settings and mod rewrite rules, etc. It’s not happening for us, but if it effects you please let us know in the comments below […]

Help with Xvfb, Eagle, and permissions on Ubuntu?

Trying to get Eagle working on a headless Ubuntu box using X virtual frame buffer. It sometimes kind of works, and there’s a general feeling that permissions are involved. xvfb-run -a /opt/eagle-7.3.0/bin/eagle -C’EXPORT IMAGE schematic.png 600; QUIT’ /var/www/dangercore/temp_upload/bp.sch xvfb-run -a /opt/eagle-7.3.0/bin/eagle -C’RUN /var/www/dangercore/eagle/ulp/bom.ulp; QUIT;’ /var/www/dangercore/temp_upload/bp.sch Two commands need to be run. The first is a […]