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Stella Custom TV Effects Settings

Posted by Random Terrain, in Personal_Stuff, Atari_2600 29 March 2015 · 40 views

I have a new Windows 8 computer and have been trying to get everything set up the way it was on my Windows 7 PC. I knew that I made a screenshot of my Stella TV Effects settings, so I went searching Manage Attachments under My Settings here at AtariAge and finally found it on page 26:

Those settings make games look more like they did whe...

Terraria for Xbox 360

Posted by Random Terrain, in Xbox 360 14 March 2015 · 83 views

I just tried the Terraria demo for the Xbox 360 and so far it looks like it might be more fun than Miner Dig Deep . It feels like Miner Dig Deep crossed with a Super Nintendo game. I think I might buy it.
Some people say that it's just a side-scrolling 2D version of Minecraft . I tried Minecraft, but the low-res textures forced me to quit befor...

Searching for a Word Near Another Word (Proximity Search)

Posted by Random Terrain, in Internet_Related 13 January 2015 · 202 views

I recently got a friendly virtual kick in the pants from a couple of people to get back to work on my release date pages for Atari 2600 games:
Since then I've been searching long full text versions of old magazines using...

Convert JPG to PDF (Free Online)

Posted by Random Terrain, in Useful_Info, Internet_Related 07 December 2014 · 258 views

I wanted to put a bunch of JPG images into a PDF file so they'd be easier to read and easier to convert to text , so I went Googling and tried this web site:
It seems to be working great so far (after allowing cookies). I used it twice last night to put JPG magazine scans into PDF files and I'll be using it some...

Skyrim: Duplicating Items

Posted by Random Terrain, in Xbox 360 21 November 2014 · 253 views

I'm replaying Skyrim and I forgot how to duplicate items. I looked at a few videos and web pages, but none of them seemed to do what I was doing before. I know I got this info from some video or page online, but I might have adapted it. The good news is that my memory got refreshed. Here is my favorite way to duplicate items in case I forget again:

Able to Test batari Basic Games on a Real TV Again

Posted by Random Terrain, in Atari_2600, batari_Basic_(Atari_2600), Personal_Stuff 17 October 2014 · 224 views

After getting a smaller computer desk a couple of years ago, I no longer had room for my little color TV. I had to jump through hoops to make my Atari 2600 work with the LCD HDTV that I use with my computer and Xbox 360. It looked OK, but it wasn't the same as 'normal' TV.
My sister was getting rid of her 20 inch flat screen TV since she moved on t...

Lost 34 Pounds So Far

Posted by Random Terrain, in Personal_Stuff 13 October 2014 · 234 views

I went to the doctor yesterday and he said that I've lost 34 pounds since the last time I was there on May 29th. I had to make a special appointment yesterday because I had to stop taking shots and temporarily stop taking my pills for Type 2 Diabetes since my blood sugar kept dropping too low. He now has me on only one pill and I'll probably have to stop...

Was Einstein wrong? (Howell's Theory of Relativity)

Posted by Random Terrain, in Goofy_Thoughts, Useful_Info, Internet_Related 01 September 2014 · 318 views
$10000 reward?, John Howell and 5 more...
I was looking for something else and found this article that I cut out from the Greensboro News & Record newspaper. I'm guessing that it was from around 1994. When I cut out the article, I forgot to keep the top of the paper that had the date.
What happened with John Howell and his book? Did he give up? Was he proven wrong? I must be using the...

Just Had a Dream About Future 3D Printers

Posted by Random Terrain, in Dreams, Personal_Stuff 23 August 2014 · 200 views

3D Printer Dream
I was looking through the eyes of a reporter on a big set where different experts sat next to the items that they were going to talk about. For example, the expert talking about food was sitting next to a small area that was set up to look like part of a produce aisle (fresh fruits and vegetables aisle) at a grocery store. It was...

Miner Dig Deep (Xbox 360)

Posted by Random Terrain, in Xbox 360 27 July 2014 · 201 views

I stopped playing this Xbox 360 indie game a fairly long time ago when I got bored with the long elevator rides, but I recently started playing it again and got down to the bottom. I won't tell you what is down there in case you haven't played it, but I don't think it will spoil anything to let you know that you can choose to keep all of your items and...

Centerset Bathroom Faucet Installed

Posted by Random Terrain, in Personal_Stuff 23 July 2014 · 225 views

I've wanted to have a centerset bathroom faucet for a long time, similar to the kind my family has had in our kitchens for decades, but it was always low on the list of things to buy. Well, the faucet in my bathroom has been dripping hot water for a while, so I just got a centerset bathroom faucet installed today. No more dripping and no more knobs. I can...

$3.85 an hour at Toys "Я" Us in 1986

Posted by Random Terrain, in Personal_Stuff 21 June 2014 · 313 views

I was looking through some old papers and saw that I was making $3.85 an hour when I started working at Toys "Я" Us (October 30, 1986). I was one of the many people who helped get the store stocked and fixed up for the grand opening. After the store was ready for the public, I was working in the security booth with all of the video games and compute...

7800 Thoughts Are Making Me Happy

Although I've had an Atari 7800 for a long time, I didn't pay that much attention to the guts of it. I knew it could play most Atari 2600 games, but I didn't know until fairly recently that Atari 7800 games used the same sound chip as Atari 2600 games unless the POKEY sound chip is in the cart. I've heard people talk about the POKEY sound chip for years,...

DPC+ Version of ChipOff for the Atari 2600 Is Finally Done

Posted by Random Terrain, in batari_Basic_(Atari_2600) 27 May 2014 · 171 views

You can try it here:
I should have finished it back in 2013, but I was too busy procrastinating. I got new glasses in April of 2014 and now it's much easier to concentrate. I hope this means I'll keep chugging along and get some new games made.

Early Birthday Present (Exercise Bike)

Posted by Random Terrain, in Personal_Stuff 18 April 2014 · 354 views

I got a Gold's Gym Cycle Trainer 290 C Upright Exercise Bike on Wednesday as an early birthday present. I put it together last night. Seems to be pretty sturdy. It's a little hard to ride, even with the seat all the way back. It must be made for people with shorter legs.
I also went to the eye doctor on Wednesday to double check my eyes without d...

I'm an Amazon associate again!

Posted by Random Terrain, in Personal_Stuff 28 February 2014 · 491 views

I was dropped by Amazon years ago because I live in North Carolina, but now that the fighting is over , I'm an Amazon associate again!
If you click on the link below before buying stuff from Amazon, I'll get a small percentage of the sale:
(Don't worry, it won't cost you more, I'll just get a percent...

5 Things You're Probably Doing Wrong In The Shower

Posted by Random Terrain, in Internet_Related, Personal_Stuff 30 January 2014 · 575 views

Check out this Huffington Post article:
5 Things You're Probably Doing Wrong In The Shower
"You're Not Using a Handheld Shower Head" should have been added to the list. I can't believe that people in civilized societies (who have extra money) are still using shower heads that stay stuck up on the wall. If you take the water where you need...

Fallout 3 Spoilers: Benefits of Blowing Up Megaton

Posted by Random Terrain, in Xbox 360 16 January 2014 · 1,181 views

By now anyone who wanted to play Fallout 3 probably has, but just in case, don't read this if you haven't played and hate spoilers.
I've played through the main missions around 4 times now. I kept replaying to see what would happen when making different choices. This time I decided to blow up Megaton and live in the nicer Tenpenny Tower suite for...

I Love Useful Videos on the Internet

Posted by Random Terrain, in Personal_Stuff, Xbox 360, Internet_Related 15 January 2014 · 322 views

Seems like there is a video on the Internet to help with almost anything you can think of. Around a week ago, I used this video to help me replace a bathroom fan:
Over a year ago, the controller that came with my Xbox 360 developed a squeaky trigger and...

Netflix Has Improved

Posted by Random Terrain, in Personal_Stuff, TV_and_Movie_Related_Topics, Internet_Related 09 December 2013 · 419 views

I had Netflix 4 or 5 years ago and things have improved since then. The player in the browser on my PC seems to be a lot more professional and user-friendly than it used to be. I also have a different setup than I had back then, so I'm not just limited to using a PC.
I wirelessly connected my Blu-ray player to the Internet tonight with the little U...

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