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How To: Change Your Mac Address

Brotha, did ya forget ya name?
Did ya lose it on the wall
Playin’ tic-tac-toe?
Yo, check the diagonal
Three million gone
Come on
‘Cause you know they’re counting backwards to zero

Rage Against The Machine, Freedom

Ok, so like me, you worry about your anonymity on the internet. You go down to the local coffee shop and make use of their free Wi-Fi while you flex ur 1337 h4x0r skills and ninja your way into the D.O.D. Mainframe. Well let me tell ya: if you’re reading this, your Kung Fu is not that strong. What most n00berz don’t realize is that even though you’ve gained access to the internet through someone else’s wi-fi connection, it’s still easily traceable back to you through your Mac Address.

Basically a Mack Address is something that uniquely identifies your laptop, sort of a “finger print” for computers. If you want a full run down on what a Mac Address is and what it does I’ve provided a link for you above, read until your eyes liquefy in their sockets and ooze right out of your skull. Most, if not all, wi-fi routers will keep a log of what pages are viewed by what Mac Address. So if somebody were so inclined to track your activity back to the IP Address that you used, all they would have to do is access the router’s log and match the activity to your little notebook; making that trip to Starbucks on the other side of town totally useless.

I would make an effort to try and justify a reason to change or spoof your Mac Address, but to the best of my knowledge it‘s not illegal so I don’t’ have to. Let me just add though; that in no way do I or anyone else at The Restricted approve of any illegal activity and do not encourage anyone to use this information in any way that could even be remotely construed as illegal, I am however a huge believer in anonymity on the web and as such I regularly change my Mac Address, especially when using a wi-fi hotspot… I’m just not comfortable with the whole “Big Brother” thing.

The whole process is really simple, all you need to do is download and run a copy of Mac MakeUp, once you’ve opened up the program all you need to do is click “Generate Random” to well… generate a random Mac Address. Then hit “Change” to change your current Mac Address. Once you’ve grown tired of your new Mac Addy all you have to do is click Remove and Bada-Bing Bada-Bang… you’ve got your old Mac Address back. It is important to note that Mac MakeUp is not actually changing your Mac Address, it is actually preventing your computer from communicating its own Mac Address while Mac MakeUp simultaneously reports another one.

If you want a full run down on what Mac MakeUp can do and full instructions on how to use it, check out the guys over at Awesome little program, and very simple to use.

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I’d be chatting on the interweb;
maggots pray upon the living dead.
-Say Anything, Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too

My world revolves around my home. I work from home I play from home and I am entertained at home. My living room is a movie theater, my basement a sound stage, and my garage serves as a better wifi spot then most Starbucks. My girlfriend is even a budding internet model (admittedly not quite “the freak” as someone like say Gianna Michaels but certainly more aesthetically appealing in the traditional and non-porn sense of the word). I tend to rely on my laptop and the ever trusting firefox for most things in my daily living which has made me a very patient man. Let’s take a hypothetical situation merely as an example; I could easily cruise to my local super store and within 30 minutes be back home in my lounger enjoying 4 straight days of non threatening sci fi action with the first seasons of Stargate SG1 and Doctor Who. But why bother when I can simply, again just a hypothetical example here, download them with Azureus. Sure it takes a bit longer but I’ve got time “hell I got nothing but time, minutes, hours, days, years of it, Time stands still here, like a snake sunning itself.”

There are few occasions where even I find myself needing something here and now. This is where my relationship with the internet becomes a love hate ordeal. Just the other day I was updating my fathers’ old PC and he wanted a better graphics card. He didn’t need anything for gaming or production just better than what he currently had and well basically cheap. So the first thing we do is check my fav spots on the web for good computer deals, we price check with tiger-direct, but he wants it now. Ok no big deal all of the major “get everything here” stores has them online for 40 bucks lets roll. After 2 hours and 6 stores later I accept the fact that the internet has destroyed local shopping. On-line all of the major stores have fantastic deals, but locally they only carry the 3 most expensive models. Why the hell would they automatically assume that anyone making the effort to drive to the store would only want the top end model of whatever it is their selling? We as local consumers don’t even have the option of going bargain brand. This I have a very large problem with. If you can carry it online at least have the courtesy of offering a comparable product in the damn store.

Think about it; how many times have you needed something on the spot and was shut down at the store because of their dependency on internet stores? You walk into Lowe’s for a tool and it’s only available on line. You run to Best Buy because your kid just put the wii remote through your plasma screen and that great sale is only valid online. You pop into Walmart for that cheap video card and they only carry the three most expensive in the store. The internet is slowly making local shopping obsolete. Don’t get me wrong I will be stoked to only shop at home once they have invented the transportation printer for immediate delivery until then at least offer the same deals at the store.

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