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Kronos Multipick Lock Pick Gun Part 2

If you missed part one of this mini series you can find it here.

In part one, we went through the theory of the Kronos EPG and also showed some practical examples where we showed it in action picking a selection of locks.

In Part two we go through everything else, and that’s quite a lot! The full kit version of the Kronos is packed full of additional tools to make your life a little bit easier all wrapped up in a nice foam cut case. As you will see from the unboxing, there’s plenty of gadgets inside.

Multipick TNT-20-V3 Circular tension tool
Multipick TNT-20-V3 Circular tension tool

Probably my favourite thing (other than the Kronos itself) is defiantly the circular tensioning tool (TNT-20-v3) allows you a lot more vision when attempting to pick, it also allows a more steady pressure because you can keep your hands still and it’s really the spring that keeps the tension on the barrel of the lock. As you’d expect from Multipick a perfectly machined piece of aluminium and as an engineer, I love the attention to detail with the small ball bearings to centre the guide. It won’t fit every lock and that’s why they gave you the additional tensioners but 9/10 times it’s extremely useful.

Next, we have the Flip-it tool, I will confess I’ve personally not needed to use this… Yet. I can see where it would be useful, if you had to relock a door after picking or if the lock only functioned in one direction and you, unfortunately, had guessed the wrong direction. I guess it really allows you to use a tensioner in any direction that is comfortable for the pick and worry about the direction of the cam after, which is a nice feature. A electric shutter door lock also comes to mind:

Electric shutter door lock

So all in all a fantastic kit, and though I did toy with the idea of buying the Kronos alone without the kit, the extras pay for themselves just by making your life a bit easier.

Kronos Multipick Lock Pick Gun Part 1

The Kronos by Multipick is an extremely powerful tool for any locksmith or locksporter. In the video, I go into a brief explanation of how and why it works but in short its a very simple exploit but is usable on most standard locks. I show a few examples of locks and how well it does, some locks you will breeze through, the first lock I show in the video I know I can reliably get through in a few seconds with the Kronos whereas others can take a lot longer if I can get them with it at all.

It really can get you out of a jam, and fast. It’s part of my daily tool kit and though I’m not a locksmith by trade only so I only have to get through a lock once a week or so I’d not be without it. On a few occasions all I’ve had on me was the Kronos and some picks (No destructive tools), hands frozen from the winter wind dreading having to attempt to pick the lock when enters the Kronos and gets me in in seconds! 

I won’t lie, other times I’ve spent 30mins trying to buzz a lock with no luck and had to resort to other methods. So it won’t get you through every door but what will?

Battery life is brilliant, I’ve never run one down enough to worry and thankfully the kit comes with 2. I would have liked it to have come with a GB USB power supply but honestly, it’s only 0.25 amps so a computer or laptop USB is probably as powerful.

I will go into the extras that are also included in the box in part 2 but it’s all of an extremely high standard, you can really feel the quality, yes you can make a makeshift version of this with an old electric toothbrush but it will be nowhere near as powerful or reliable.

I’d highly recommend this to any locksmith who needs to use non-destructive methods.

Tonor BM-700 microphone review – unbox, setup and demo

It’s become apparent in our video’s that the sound quality wasn’t great, definitely the lowest point of our productions to date, and here’s why:

Makeshift Microphone

Up until recently, this was my microphone! My VR headset mounted atop a camera to get it closer to my mouth, this was the best I had. Definitely wasn’t giving the professional sound we wanted for the YouTube Channel.

So, I began to look around online and also began to educate myself on the best type of microphone to go for. My spec for a microphone was something that sounds good out of the box but at a later date, I can possibly upgrade or improve. So I started looking at USB Mic’s and soon found although they are ok out of the box your very limited, and I felt that one day I will want to upgrade from that to a condenser microphone and full setup I thought why not skip the USB step and did straight in for a condenser.

So I found this very entry-level microphone, the Tonor BM-700 and although the documentation states you need a Phantom 48V to run it I had read elsewhere you could get away without one if you have a decent onboard sound card in your motherboard. This seemed perfect for me, if I could get the microphone running out the box with my motherboard, later I could upgrade it by adding a Phantom 48V and perhaps get a bit more out of it, or maybe even something with adjustable levels like this.

So I ordered the Mic and the next day it came, it came with everything you could need for a beginners setup and I was even surprised it came with a USB sound card but ill talk about that more later. Build quality is OK, very good for the price. I’d be surprised if you didn’t get a few years out of the arm and the microphone and holder feel very well made, so if later I upgrade the arm I’m happy the holder and mic will withstand it.

First things first I tested the Mic direct to the USB sound card, I’ll remind you again I’m not using a Phantom 48V (as recommended) so the results were unsurprising, I ramped all the gains to 100% and as you will see in the video you can bearly hear me. Now I could improve this in post by adding more gain again but this will affect the sound quality a bit and plus if I decide to do any live streaming i’m stuck sounding like I’m whispering! If I had a Phantom im sure this card would work fine.

Next, I plugged into my motherboard. Once again put all the gains to 100% and was pleasantly surprised, I even dropped it down a little to stop it cutting. Sound quality is great much better than my VR headset and I believe better than a lot of the USB mic’s I’d seen people using! It’s defiantly not perfect, I really do need a Phantom 48V to bring up the sound and I still need to really play with the EQ to fine-tune it but I’m more than happy with what I’ve got straight out the box, this shall me for a while and help me learn how to best use the equipment.

In the video I go into some of the extra little tweaks I’ve added to improve the sound quality but I will be continuing to work on this and may do additional videos on my tweakings and findings if you’d be interested in that let me know in the comments.

Creating a Ubuntu 20.04 Virtual Machine in Windows

This guide comes off the back of the Xiaomi OpenWrt Guide, a few people asked me to create a Windows version of that guide and I tried, I tried for about 4 hours to get the exploit to work on windows and when I finally managed to get it to work I had no idea how many steps would be needed to reproduce what I’d done, either way, it’s still a lot simpler to do on Linux (Ubuntu in this case). So I decided instead of dragging people through a 4-hour video that I’m not confident in, why not make a quick simple guide to setting up a VM (Virtual Machine) in Windows to give users all the advantages of Linux without having to deal with dual booting and the slightly more complicated side of Linux (By the way, all these things have got a lot easier in the last few years!)

I wrote the Guide for the latest LTS (Long term support) of Ubuntu 20.04, however, you could follow this guide for almost any Linux flavour (except Arch, but if you were using Arch you would have told us already!)

Sorry I can’t resist an Arch Meme

I use Virtual box in this example, works perfectly well for what most people need and best of all it’s free! All we need then is a Ubuntu image which is also free to download. A lot of different Linux flavours provide VM images that you can just import into Virtual Box, however, I looked quickly and couldn’t find one for Ubuntu, and even if I did I normally install for myself in the process outlined, that way you have all your own usernames and passwords out of the box, the main disadvantage is they sometimes come with additional software installed that allows for a little bit more compatibility, for instance being able to share a clipboard between Windows and Linux. To overcome this you simply need to click the Devices tab > Insert Guest Additions CD Image… > And follow the instructions to install the additional software.

If you find after the initial install and reboot you find yourself back in the Ubuntu installer you may need to remove the virtual disc by right-clicking the CD icon in the lower corner and deselecting Ubuntu.iso.

In most of our other guides, you will see us use the terminal, you can search for this using the boxes icon in the lower-left corner and then type “terminal” or a quicker way is to press Ctrl + Alt + T. Some other beginner tips, If you need to run a command as Administrator you start the command with sudo, (short for superuser do) you will need to type your password to do this and it catches a lot of people out but your password isn’t displayed when typed in the terminal (for obvious reasons!).

Some simple commands to get you started on linux are:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade

These two commands will install the latest updates for your OS.

Although I’ve mentioned the terminal, most people could use Ubuntu without ever needing to open the terminal, my wife for instance has been using it for 10 years and never needed it once!

Artmoney: How to cheat almost any game – Easily!

Cheating games has been around for since the good old Konami code all those years ago, and ever since people have found ever more interesting ways to cheat games. In this video, I speak about Artmoney a simple free tool I’ve been using since I was on Windows 98 I’m sure.

Put simply most games show your most important factors in numerical value, eg Money, HP, MP… these values are stored in the computer’s memory. Artmoney gives us the ability to search for these values and find what memory address they are stored in, with that information we can edit the value to whatever we want!

In the example, I show this long-standing software is able to edit the money value of a very recent game Showrunner but 9 times out of 10 this software works on any game. Before attempting these cheats its always best to save, if you were to change the wrong address you could cause the game to crash.

  1. Set Artmoney to the game and search of the current number you want to change.
  2. You may have thousands of results, so next, we need to change the in-game value, for the money you could spend or gain some, HP use a potion or take damage.
  3. Now filter for the new number.
  4. Repeat 2 & 3 until you find the one address, and change it to whatever you like!

You may need to open a menu or change the value again to see another change, also another great feature, if you click the F column on the address it will “Freeze” at a number, this is great for your own God-Made cheats!

Artmoney even works on emulators and just about anything where you have numerical values that can be searched. One thing to note is its not recommended for multiplayer online games, and because numerical values are most likely not stored on your PC for these games the software is unlikely to work anyway.

Mafia II Definitive Edition Part 4 Finale – no commentary

Chapters 14 and 15 the finale to Mafia II Definitive edition. All Vito’s and Joe’s actions have spiralled out of control, they have woven a mass tapestry with one major loose end to take care of!

The final VT was a surprise to me, though I had expected something to make the events line up with Mafia III. All in all a very good game story thoroughly enjoyed the game and am looking forward to the remastered Mafia I to be released later this year.

We will also be making an end to end video of just the storyline in the coming days so get subscribed on youtube to us for that!