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I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque

Posted by EricBall, 22 May 2014 · 174 views

I've been playing Half Life (1) on the new 27" iMac - bigger is better!  I've gotten most of the way through chapter 11 - Surface Tension, but I've discovered I bypassed getting the Tau gun back in chapter 10 - Questionable Ethics.  Sigh.... I even managed to get through the whole drain hatch / minefield section without killing the hel...


Next project

Posted by EricBall, 06 March 2014 · 277 views

While working at IBM (1993-2008) I acquired several classic Model M keyboards.  Unfortunately, they have PS/2 connectors which isn't supported even by many current desktops.  I have bought one of the "blue cube" adapters so I can use one at work, but I'm thinking I'd rather "roll my own" - open up the keyboard and replace the 6805 based controll...


tired of waiting for Mac Mini

Posted by EricBall, 28 February 2014 · 740 views

Back in late September when Apple announced the Haswell iMacs I thought it wouldn't be long before Apple would announce a Haswell update for the Mac Mini.  But in spite of much forum speculation and rumor no update has occurred.  I'm done waiting, so I will probably buy an iMac in the near future.
 
Which is funny, because when the Haswell...


"free to play"

Posted by EricBall, 31 January 2014 · 302 views

Although I don't program games for a living, I visit gamasutra.com daily.  A common topic in many articles is "free-to-play", from philosophical treatises to in-depth tutorials on how to best convince players to pay-up.  Personally I think "free to play" is killing the industry (Nintendo being the current whipping boy) because it disrupts the mo...


Apple TV 4 games?

Posted by EricBall, 24 January 2014 · 254 views

http://arstechnica.c...t-half-of-2014/
 
Reading the article this morning I had the question - could an Kinect device make it possible to play touchscreen style games on your home TV?
 
The problem is the two aren't equivalent.  A touchscreen gives visual position feedb...



Minecraft PS3

Posted by EricBall, 23 December 2013 · 430 views

Apparently the big game for early teens in Minecraft - at least according to my 13 year old son.  Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to partake in the game himself as we still haven't replaced the home computer (when will the Mac mini be upgraded to Haswell Apple, when?), nor can it be installed (even the "classic" version) on his Chromebook.  B...


Infinity Blade II

Posted by EricBall, 14 November 2013 · 311 views

A few months ago a few iOS games were released for free on the AppStore, Infinity Blade II being one of them.  Unfortunately, I didn't have enough space on my iPhone 4S at the time to complete the download.  But I recently unchecked the 2012 C3 panel recordings (to add the 2013 Pinball Expo panel recordings) and freed up enough space to complete...


Future acquistions

Posted by EricBall, 31 October 2013 · 268 views

I want to get an Acer C720 Chromebook for my son to use at school.  (Supporting the school's BYOD & Google docs plans.)  Sure the screen & keyboard aren't as nice as the new HP Chromebook 11, but the Haswell Celeron in the C720 will make for a far more pleasant user experience.
 
Unfortunately, the C720 isn't available in Canada....


Grand Theft Auto V

Posted by EricBall, 19 September 2013 · 332 views

As has been splashed all over the news, GTA5 sold $800M in the first 24 hours, the most of any game and far more than any movie.  I'm sure than most of the approximately 13 million copies were pre-orders, so it remains to be seen how many more sales will happen over the next month (or however long the advertising blitz continues).  But in any ca...






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