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The Packet Sniffers
The Packet Sniffers
Format Webshow
Genre Informational
Origin USA
Created by Nathan Heald, Zach Campbell
Starring Nathan Heald, Zach Campbell
Language English
Producer(s) The Packet Sniffers
Location(s) USA
Running Time Variable
Network NA
Frequency NA
Original Airing August 27, 2004 - September 8, 2005
Total Seasons NA
Total Episodes 5 (+2 Extras)
Additional Information
Topics Technology, Computers, Hacking, Gaming.
Follows NA
Precedes NA
Associated Video KYCHN, HackTV Underground, M0diphyD

The Packet Sniffers was started in 2004 by Zach Campbell and Nathan Heald (dosman). Main focuses can be said to include vintage gaming and vintage computing, usually presented by dosman. However, the show is not limited to retro hardware as all types of technology is explored.


Episode 1


  • RC Cars: Clodbuster & Super Blackfoot play with the cat
  • AS/400 – Bare chassis to working system in 60 seconds
  • The Packer Sniffers Present: The Commodore 64
  • Zap!
  • Monitor Repair – revive a burned out monitor

Other notes of interest: The opening scene was just something that we thought would be fun and slightly dark and/or mysterious, but hopefully not too confusing to people. If you Geocache you’ll understand, if not visit the Geocache site and learn all about it. We planted a diskette and showed it’s GPS coordinates in case someone might be bored enough to actually track it down and see what we put there. It’s not actually listed on the Geocache site though, it was just in the spirit of Geocache. The iSeries/AS400 assembled was a model 825 that needed a system planar replacement for an engineering change. The customer (Dorel Juvenile Group of Columbus Indiana) allowed me to film while the work was done.

Episode 2


  • What is Hamvention?
  • On our way to Hamfest!
  • Stair dismount
  • Hard drive speakers
  • GPS/RS232 Splitter Cable Part 1
  • Hamfest – Saturday
  • The Packet Sniffers Present: The Commodore 128
  • Emmanuel Goldstein & Bernie S. Interview
  • GPS/RS232 Splitter Cable Part 2
  • Hamfest – Sunday Wrap-up

Show Notes: This episode was mostly shot in May during the 2004 Dayton Hamvention. If we had been thinking we would have gotten a press pass and saved ourselves some money, as well as gotten better parking :) .

Episode 3


  • IU Informatics Webfest
  • IDE64 Review
  • IBM’s Shark SAN Storage System – Repair Shoot
  • ANT8 Logic Analyzer Review
  • Rare NES Carts/GameAxe Review

Other notes of interest: Yes, if you are shopping for xmas gifts for geeks this season you might want to watch this episode :) . We had actually intended for this to be a Halloween geared episode but that didn’t happen. We had to push a few segments forwards to future episodes because of lack of time to complete them. Josef Soucek of the IDE64 team was kind enough to donate a 3.4 rev IDE64 board for us to review this episode. Thanks! We also filmed a LAN party hosted by the IU school of Informatics. Nathan reviews a new toy, the ANT8 logic analyzer. And Zach wraps this episode up by covering some moderately hard to find NES carts and a review of the GameAxe portable NES console. Also included was some work performed on an IBM F20 Shark storage system shot earlier in the year.

Episode 4


  • Laptop stand for your car
  • Zach explains EFI
  • Bumper mounted video camera
  • Zach’s Axiom Industrial Computer
  • ECU & the body computer
  • Retrieving trouble codes from your ECU – 3 key turn method
  • Zach rants about auto tech
  • Commodore – aka Holden Automotive
  • ECU modding tools
  • OBD Scan Tools – what are they?
  • OBDII scan tool and Digimoto software
  • DIY EFI – Mega Squirt
  • Remote Keyless Entry – how it works (KeeLOQ)
  • Extending the range of your RKE

Other notes of interest: See our automotive computing page for further reading on all of the subjects covered in this episode. We shot this episode over the course of 6 months, this is our longest and most intensely produced show yet.

Episode 5


  • On our way to Notacon!
  • IBM POWER5 570 16way Unix system
  • Radman & Phiz
  • Interview – Echo
  • Zach destroys Citadel’s luggable at Notacon – the aftermath
  • Interview – Notacon Event Organizers Froggy & Tyger
  • Zach reviews the Commodore SX64
  • Nathan revives Citadel’s luggable – the resurrection
  • Notacon scavenger hunt wrap-up
  • Interview – Jason Scott

Other notes of interest: In this episode we go to Notacon and do some damage. Literally. Zach blows up a Compaq luggable, Nathan tries to fix it, and we also managed to squeeze in a few interviews when the smoke cleared. Zach reviews the Commodore SX64 and we have a montage showing off IBM’s new POWER5 model 570 Unix server. It’s a 16way system with LPAR capabilities (Similar to VMware).

Jason Scott Interview

Extended Interview from Episode 5

Paul & Jodie Interview

Extended Interview from Episode 5


Series User Link Notes
The Packet Sniffers - Complete Series Famicoman

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