Are we one step closer to becoming cyborgs? We’re looking at the latest in Augmented Reality Glasses. The ultimate tool for analyzing, recovering and fixing a borked box. 4G USB modems and Linux, can they play nice together? And who’s multicast datagram IP flow is making nets glow? We’ll find out! All that and more this time on Hak5!

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The latest in Augmented Reality eyewear with Vuzix

Clark Dever of Vuzix joins us to show off their latest in augmented reality eyewear technology, including the first production see-through AR display — the STAR 1200. Find out more about their eyewear and software development kits at

Hiren’s BootCD to fix your PC

On the hunt for another bootable CD with lots of fun tools? Here’s one that’s always been a favorite for many. Hiren’s BootCD (HBCD) is a free bootable CD that contains a load of useful tools you can make use of in a variety of situations like analyzing, recovering and fixing your computer even if the primary operating system can not be booted. It features tools that are helpful to partition, backup, recover, and work with the BIOS/CMOS. The website says that this is for people who have problems accessing the downloadable programs that can help them fix their computer. If you have Hiren’s BootCD, you don’t have to download all those programs. You can repair issues like hard drive crashes, viruses, password recovery, and data recovery.

On the website, I started following these crazy directions where you had to download the USB Disk Storage Format program, Grub4DOS, and the newest version of the Hiren’s BootCD. After getting like halfway through, I had a duh moment and figured out since there’s an ISO in the BootCD folder, I’m just going to use UNetBootin and install the ISO onto my USB drive. So I formatted my drive into FAT, and installed the ISO on it.
Now it’s time to boot up and see if it works!

In regards to the install, I guess if you have issues trying to just stick the ISO on the flash drive you can try the How-To on Hiren’s website. They also say:
“”If you are getting GRLDR error, or if usb booting is halting with a blinking dos window, or if you are faced with similar situations, try using syslinux to boot grub4dos. To do that, download, extract its contents, run ‘RunMe.bat’ inside of the extracted folder and follow its steps.””

Although this Bootable CD is super cool and easy to use, I do have to mention that some of the tools found on here are not free to use. You have to have a license to legally use them, so you may not want to use it.

That said, I really like Hiren’s bootCD. It’s combination of tools and programs for any kind of recovery is very useful and I’ve been a fan of it for many years. Although Hiren’s is an older tool, it is updated and fixed periodically, with new versions being released all the time.
Do you like Hiren’s BootCD? Email me your take on it at

4G Modems and Linux playing nice together! *shocking*

Darren demonstrates the crafty hackery necessary to get a modern 4G USB modem to be recognized and initialized in Linux. Darren uses USB-ModeSwitch and Sakis3G for an all-in-one PPP connection manager to a 4G network.

It’s like 56k WinModems all over again!

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  • nice. I really like what you did with the 4G modem. congrats on getting it to work.

  • Just to revisit the old legacy Grub4DOS Menu entry:

    # — Hiren’s Boot CD —
    title Hiren’s BootCD
    find –set-root /HBCD/boot.gz
    map –mem /HBCD/boot.gz (fd0)
    map –hook
    chainloader (fd0)+1
    rootnoverify (fd0)
    map –floppies=1

    (Darren — still a god for bringing this to the forefront!)

  • maximumrfan 4 years ago

    Do you know those movies where they always portray hacking like it’s a video game? The ARG thing might make that realistic.

  • pr0phet 4 years ago

    HD Moore, Spoonm and Matt Miller (aka skape) were the first 3 devs for metasploit.

  • Please for the love of all that is holy in this god-forsaken world. Don’t call Kentucky .. “Kentuuucky”. No one in Louisville calls it that. And Louisville isn’t anything like the rest of KY.

  • gerard 4 years ago

    Thanks for the segment about the 4G Modem, I recently upgraded my eeePC from xandros to ubuntu and could not get the modem to work,
    Now I know whats wrong,

    Greeting from the Netherlands

  • Despized 4 years ago

    she didnt mention the best part of Hirens, mini xp… works great live cd, wireless drivers included

  • I love Hirens bootCD, i have used to fix many computers

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