Tech Shinobi

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Experimenting Lip Syncing Deepfake Tools

AI-Generated content can be fun or “slop” according to Simon Willison, but also can be malevolent due to its abuse in phishing attacks. Some of my readers may have already known that recently I’m working on a side project , which based onchatgpt-html and uses LLMs to detect phishing emails. I think at some point, the tool should be able to detect phishing attempt from video content too. Because deepfake technology is so accessible nowadays and its generated content can be quite convincing....

May 8, 2024 · 4 min · Jun

Updating ThinkPad C13 Yoga

2024 Update had a major update a few month ago, so I decide to move on as well. But before that, use Clonezilla or rsync -aHAXS to back up the 32 GB emmc first. Run in terminal, install “Full UEFI Firmware” cd; curl -LO && sudo bash After reboot, a full version of coreboot is installed, by replacing the previous SeaBIOS which is partial and limited. This makes this laptop now with a free firmware....

February 16, 2024 · 17 min · Jun

Dehaunting OnePlus Nord N30 5G

Last year, I bought a Metro locked Oneplus Nord N30 5G (CPH2513/CPH2515) for $60 during a very slick deal. However, this phone was completely unusable due to it is haunted with tons of bloatware and spyware. So I decided to let it sit in a drawer for 180 days and then see what I can do with it. A few days ago, I unlocked it by simply go to About Phone then click Unlock....

February 3, 2024 · 2 min · Jun

A Deep Dive into Voice Cloning with SoftVC VITS and Bert-VITS2

A Deep Dive into Voice Cloning with SoftVC VITS and Bert-VITS2 In the previous post, I have tried a little bit of TTS Generation WebUI and found it’s interesting. So, I decide to train a usable model with my own voice. This voice cloning project explores both SVC for Voice Changing and VITS for Text-to-Speech. There is no one tool does all jobs. I have tested several tools for this project....

January 27, 2024 · 11 min · Jun

Cheapskate's NAS Migration from Unraid to Openmediavault

Cheapskate’s NAS Migration from Unraid to Openmediavault For decades, I come across a lot of abandoned computers and recycled parts out of them. This article is about the recycled Dell Vostro 220s with LGA771 to LGA775 Mod I mentioned in the last post. It was running Unraid with a low power Xeon L5410 and 2 GB of RAM for many years. The only repair was a PSU replacement two years ago....

January 21, 2024 · 3 min · Jun