Kinda cool

Hackers quickly adapt PSP for other uses

The new Sony PSP seems to be getting pretty good reviews, and I’ve seen several articles like this one detailing all of the other things clever folks can use them for.

One man needed only 24 hours to get a working client for Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, an older messaging platform.

“I was on IRC, and someone mentioned how cool it would be to use their PSP on Wi-Fi at Starbucks to talk to people over IRC. I said, ‘I can do that’, so I began working on it immediately,” said Robert Balousek, creator of PSPIRC (, in an email interview.

Balousek said as many as 100,000 people may have visited the IRC client, and he is starting work on a new project that would let PSP users chat on the AOL Instant Messenger network.


Other “hacks” include a way to transfer TV shows recorded by the TiVo digital video recorder to the PSP, a program for reading ebooks and a viewer for comics downloaded from the Internet.

Much of the new PSP functionality comes from using the Web browser built into the racing game “Wipeout Pure,” which was meant to go to a Sony site. By changing some of the PSP’s network settings, the browser can be pointed to an Internet portal.

Think there’s demand for a PSP version of Murdoc Online? Me neither.

There’s more info about transferring TiVo shows to your PSP at PVR Blog.

At the risk of being self-serving (hey, you know this site is entirely for my own amusement, don’t you?) I’d like to point out the Free PSP program that I’m in. Basically, if you follow my link, sign up for the program, join one of the offers they feature, and get five others to do likewise, you get a free Sony PSP. It’s not a gimmick, though of course the trick is to get five others to join up after you’ve done so.

I joined the Blockbuster Online DVD club when I signed up, since I was planning to join anyway, and I’ve been fairly happy with it so far.

So go ahead and follow my link (so I get credit for a referral) sign up, answer a few survey questions, and select an offer to join. They’ve got quite a few to choose from besides the Blockbuster deal.

BONUS: The first five who join up and complete an offer using my referral link will get their referral link posted on MO for a couple of weeks. That should help those who helped me pick up a few extra referrals when they can’t convince mom that she needs to sign up for something.

If the PSP isn’t your cup of tea, the same deal (and the same referral links on MO if you help me earn out) is going for Mac Mini computers, flat screen monitors, and iPods. See the ‘Pyramid Schemes’ links on the left sidebar.