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Robert Spelman
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Arcade games, chainmail dicebags and more.

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September 9, 2005
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 10, 2024, 08:31
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 10, 2024, 08:31
Apr 10, 2024, 08:31
 
I watched the 2017 eclipse from the back deck - we were outside the band for totality but still had 80-85% coverage. It got a little darker, it was pretty cool.
2024 however, my house was dead-center in the totality zone, and it was INCREDIBLE how different the experience was. I have a new appreciation for how bright the sun really is! Until the last little bits were covered, it was still very light outside. Like 98% less light, no problem, but that last 2% really made the difference. I wouldn't have gone out of my way to see this, it literally had to happen over my house, because intellectually I know it's a normal, though uncommon, astronomical event. 10/10, would recommend.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Apr 3, 2024, 08:54
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 3, 2024, 08:54
Apr 3, 2024, 08:54
 
That hammering sound is the nails in the coffin of Capitalism. No one's going to give you or your children or grand-children a job as a "prompt engineer". Maybe, if you're really lucky, some incredibly wealthy people will sponsor you to participate in their annual hunting expedition, but don't expect to be given a weapon to use. I weep for our future.
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Re: OotB: Getting better
Apr 1, 2024, 12:08
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Re: OotB: Getting better Apr 1, 2024, 12:08
Apr 1, 2024, 12:08
 
Prez wrote on Apr 1, 2024, 11:35:
Am I crazy or did you get that backwards? I seem to remember putting tape over the notch to make a read-only floppy writeable.

I can't be sure because I am having a bad day and my brain is like scrambled eggs.
It happens to the best of us!
Maybe you're thinking of the cassette tape's notch, which was punched to make it read-only, and you'd apply tape to it to cover it and make it R-W?
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Re: OotB: Getting better
Apr 1, 2024, 11:00
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Re: OotB: Getting better Apr 1, 2024, 11:00
Apr 1, 2024, 11:00
 
I remember putting tape over the floppy disk notch to make it read-only. An Xacto knife cut to notch the opposite side of the disk to make it double-sided and save some money was a good trick too. I don't miss the dot-matrix tractor-feed printer though!

Still use a 1Gb dedicated NIC from IBM in my "server" PC as it was demonstrably better at handling high-throughput traffic like large file transfers (backup drives and multi-GB). Those on-board NICs never quite cut it, and the dedicated card was what, $20 at the PC show?
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Re: Sunday Tech Bits
Apr 1, 2024, 10:17
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Re: Sunday Tech Bits Apr 1, 2024, 10:17
Apr 1, 2024, 10:17
 
20 years ago, sure, it was necessary to run the best and newest games.. that upgrade treadmill man!! Bro, do you even Crysis? But these days, I play Helldivers 2 and Civ6 at a <4K resolution with my old 1080 NVidia card and I'm happy, goddamnit.
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Re: Virtual Reality Check
Apr 1, 2024, 09:59
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Re: Virtual Reality Check Apr 1, 2024, 09:59
Apr 1, 2024, 09:59
 
A platformer in VR? Have they SEEN people play "Richie's Plank Experience"? I foresee a lot of new submissions to America's Funniest Home Videos of players of this game..
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Re: etc., etc.
Mar 7, 2024, 10:12
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Re: etc., etc. Mar 7, 2024, 10:12
Mar 7, 2024, 10:12
 
The game board and artwork are easily removed and replaceable with other games' parts, so the owner isn't out completely. Hopefully, Capcom will offer some discount for other games to those arcade owners affected. This will effectively kill a revenue source for the arcade owners, secondary sales. Golf games have been internet-connected for many years, I imagine bar owners have had to face similar issues in the past, forced upgrades to be able to keep their connections so their players will keep coming back.
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Re: Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet- Here’s What I Found When I Tested Them At My Home
Feb 16, 2024, 15:22
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Re: Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet- Here’s What I Found When I Tested Them At My Home Feb 16, 2024, 15:22
Feb 16, 2024, 15:22
 
*twitch* until I stepped back and understood Gen Z and younger Millennials don't understand what wired Ethernet is or does and frankly couldn't care less. This was more of an "Introduction" piece and we're not the audience for that. We're the greybeards in the back of the store mumbling about 10-BaseT and terminators and yelling at the kids to get off the lawn.
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Re: OotB: Not my type
Nov 16, 2023, 08:59
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Re: OotB: Not my type Nov 16, 2023, 08:59
Nov 16, 2023, 08:59
 
I was a fairly proficient 2-finger typist through high school, fast enough I was allowed to skip the Typing class that was required for the computer and business courses I wanted to take. When I was in college, I started playing MUDs - Multi-User Dungeon - and had to type very very fast to avoid losing all my items when someone ganked me. "get all corpse" or "quaff solar flare" during fights, that sort of thing. I learned to properly touch-type during this trial-by-fire period. MUDs are still around, if you need motivation to learn to type quickly
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Re: Saturday Metaverse
Nov 13, 2023, 10:09
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Re: Saturday Metaverse Nov 13, 2023, 10:09
Nov 13, 2023, 10:09
 
AdBlock Plus in Firefox on Android, and AdBlock browser on Android, both going against m.facebook.com, do not block "Sponsored" posts. For reference, my Firefox PC browser and the desktop version of the site block those just fine with ABP. So many people use phone-based apps and browsers, would Meta lose any appreciable market share if they forced all access to the site to come from their own apps?
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Re: OotB: Laser-Focused
Apr 5, 2023, 14:44
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Re: OotB: Laser-Focused Apr 5, 2023, 14:44
Apr 5, 2023, 14:44
 
Brother Laser Brethren, UNITE!
Dang things just WORK, no issues, no fuss, just replaced the drum after 10 years.
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Re: etc.
Apr 3, 2023, 12:07
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Re: etc. Apr 3, 2023, 12:07
Apr 3, 2023, 12:07
 
I received my email from the publisher saying May's issue will be the last. They're going to an all-digital format, but given their total lack of updates to any social media platforms in the past 2-3 years, I fear this is the end.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 21, 2021, 16:06
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2021, 16:06
Jan 21, 2021, 16:06
 
I have an S9, I only take it out of the case when I need to access the sprunger to open the memory card port on a phone, or when showing it off to other people when asked 'what's that phone?'. My wife has an iPhone and had hers out of the case while on vacation, leaning WAY over the edge of a walkway above a beach to get a picture of a couple exchanging their vows (no one we knew, just randoms). Sure enough she dropped the phone, it fell 20 feet onto the only concrete nearby and shattered the face. She got the picture though, it wasn't worth the inconvenience and repair cost but made an already memorable day more so.
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Re: Valve EU Fine Follow-up
Jan 21, 2021, 10:42
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Re: Valve EU Fine Follow-up Jan 21, 2021, 10:42
Jan 21, 2021, 10:42
 
I feel the primary negative effects of this will be felt in the Steam PC Cafe program https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3303-QWRC-3436

This exists to allow businesses like LAN Cafes and VR centers to gain legal access to games and apps in the Steam Store, at rates that the publisher (NOT STEAM!) sets. For instance, a VR game like Arizona Sunshine, or Job Simulator, is a one-time purchase in the store for consumers. For VR centers, it is a monthly fee ($80 per month per station last time I checked). This fee would have to vary based on the location the key is used in, because no VR arcade in Slovenia for instance can afford to pay the same license fees as one in central London. The economics just aren't there to support the program if it is done on an all-EU basis.
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Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Launches
Nov 18, 2017, 11:44
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Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Launches Nov 18, 2017, 11:44
Nov 18, 2017, 11:44
 
I have not played any multiplayer FPS seriously since Battlefield:1942 .. "Left for Dead 2" excepted. Trying to figure out how you can have PvP multiplayer in an FPS with player "levels"? Is there some kind of player ranking system (EMO? EVO? I forget..) like there was in Mechwarrior:Online so you don't get owned by "level 50" players with all the unlocked skills or weapons?

PvP FPS was hard enough 'back in the day' when you might end up on a pickup team against some clan practicing on a public server.

Get off my lawn!
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Re: Microsoft Allegiance Revival
Oct 2, 2017, 15:46
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Re: Microsoft Allegiance Revival Oct 2, 2017, 15:46
Oct 2, 2017, 15:46
 
NKD wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 15:01:
I think I remember participating in a beta for this game way back before its original release.

Me too! Microsoft gave me this 14-character password I had to enter each time I loaded up, I still remember the damned thing!
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Re: etc.
May 4, 2017, 11:29
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Re: etc. May 4, 2017, 11:29
May 4, 2017, 11:29
 
I remember this demo, I got it in a magazine, and remember being really happy to play but very annoyed at having to sit through the Neon commercial every time I wanted to play or had to restart. "Commercials in videogames?! Sacrilege!" The finished game may have been the first game I ever had to download a patch for .. dialing in to the company's modem pool and using Kermit to secure the download, at 52kbps the D/L seemed to take forever. "Sloppy programmers, why couldn't they have got this right BEFORE release?! This will never stand!" Who knew it was to be the new paradigm.
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Re: Battalion 1944 Announced
Feb 2, 2016, 12:47
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Re: Battalion 1944 Announced Feb 2, 2016, 12:47
Feb 2, 2016, 12:47
 
I'd love to love it but there's no vehicles, which is a deal-breaker for any "spiritual successor" of BF1942.
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Re: World of Warships This Month
Sep 4, 2015, 12:28
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Re: World of Warships This Month Sep 4, 2015, 12:28
Sep 4, 2015, 12:28
 
How will Wargaming make the Russian vessels OP? IRL, wasn't the Russian navy leftover WWI vessels with some Lend-Lease thrown in?
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Re: Into the Black
Apr 1, 2015, 15:01
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Re: Into the Black Apr 1, 2015, 15:01
Apr 1, 2015, 15:01
 
If Derek Smart had a hit game previously, and Kickstarter had existed, I feel Battlecruiser 3000AD would have achieved this same level of funding and cult fanaticism. I wish all the SC fans the best of luck.
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