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Open Source Tuning with RomRaider

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:30 am on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

RomRaider
This post features RomRaider, an open source software that is used for tuning. Not tuning or optimization in the traditional sense like optimizing shell scripts, but rather automotive tuning, specifically for Subaru’s.

It supports a lot of Subaru models and is able to tune supported ECU’s from various countries.

If you like living on the edge and can get over the risks it would totally be worth it. The consequences may not be for the faint hearted though:

  • An unreadable/unusable ECU.
  • A blown motor and its subsequent damage.
  • Unexpected behavior on the road or track that may cause injury or death to the user as well as others.
  • Violation of local and/or federal laws due to the modification of the factory ECU.

RomRaider is written in Java and is cross platform (Windows/Linux) Sorry Subaru driving Mac owners, you get no love. The interface, although clunky (I mean, it is Java after all) has some pretty cool graphs that display various information in a visually appealing format. If you own a Subaru and are interested in tuning, I’d give RomRaider serious consideration before other commercial solutions.

Quick TOR Guide

Filed under: Quick Linux Tutorials — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

tor guide
Accredited online
colleges have web development classes
for those who want to learn more.

TOR is a nice little network service application that lets you do things over the Internet more anonymously. I’ve always been fascinated by it but never really used it. I always assumed it was hard, but getting set up to use tor doesn’t have to be hard. If you want a virtual machine that is configured to browse anonymously, check out Vatlator.

Tor comes with most distributions these days, in Fedora and Ubuntu you can just install Vidalia. Once installed open Firefox (if thats what you use) and install TorButton from the Add-ons. Fire up Vidalia from Menu->Internet->Vidalia (Gnome), wait for a connection and then toggle the Tor Status in FireFox.

To verify you are connected to the Tor network, goto check.torproject.org

Thats it, its a simple as that!