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  1. Always happy to support software like this, especially on my favorite gaming computer of all time! Looks great. And VERY interested in what I assume is a Tai Panesque game with Trader Invader. Count me in on that one as well! Thanks for the efforts!
  2. Ive also listened to it again since he left us. We were very fortunate to talk with Ted. One of my favorite interviews for sure.
  3. This was from my investigation of Sean after I discovered his past. I reached out to Greg Albricht , the Depity District Attorney Grand Theft Auto that was involved with Seans case. From my emails with Greg. - Hey Greg, Thanks again for all the information you've given me about Sean Robinson. Currently, I seem to have my hands tied, in that the police consider this a civil complaint. This is crazy as I was swindled out of $10K and it goes a lot further than that. His deceit caused a potentially lucrative product deal to tank and it also caused a family investor in this venture to lose his $40K investment (out of which I pad Sean the $10K). Is there anything else I can do? The State Bar actually said there was nothing they could do because even though he is impersonating an attorney, through emails and a website, that since he isn't actually practicing law there is nothing they can do. Crazy! Any additional help our guidance you could give would be much appreciated. The State Bar did mention in their letter back to me that if Sean is "perpetrating a fraud on the public, you may wish to report him to the District Attorney, Attorney General or other criminal authorities in your area." Thoughts? Thanks !! On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 3:22 PM, Albright, Greg <[email protected]> wrote: Here are several paragraphs from the opposition that I wrote: This was not simply an isolated, one-time incident in which the defendant screwed up. The defendants convictions resulted from sophisticated confidence scams that stretched out over a period of nine months. His methods did not involve a single act of taking the victims money and running. The defendant actually communicated with each of his victims repeatedly, and either assured them that their merchandise was on its way, or he attempted to shift the blame to a fictitious company that he created to further his crimes. When the police were finally involved, numerous victims handed over dozens of pages of e-mail messages from the defendant, in which he continued to try to earn their trust by assuring them that he was a legitimate seller and by offering excuses that the delays were not his fault. It was defendants continuous and deliberate deception that made his victims experience ongoing frustration and suffering throughout that time. The defendants criminal sophistication is clear. He chose many victims from out-of-state, which makes confrontation and prosecution difficult. He used his wifes name on E-Bay to build up the positive feedback ratings on the site. He explained that the more positive rating a seller has, the better the chances are people will bid on their items. In other words, the more likely people will trust him and fall victim to his scam. He created false shipping companies, with false employees, and created false shipping invoices, all to convince the victims that he was a genuine seller, and to try to shift the blame for the victims losses on someone else. He even sent e-mails back and forth with a fictitious shipper, Brian Johnson from BJ Shipping. The police were unable to locate a business license or any other proof that BJ Shipping or Brian Johnson ever existed. The defendant had Anonymizer and a firewall installed on his computer to prevent others from finding out who he is and to keep victims from tracking him down. Anonymizer software allows the user to send emails and prevents the receiver from finding out where the messages were sent from. The only practical purpose is to disguise where the e-mails originated from, which no legitimate business would do. The defendants basis for his motion is that he is a changed man who has been rehabilitated. But this court cannot ignore the fact that the defendant is a compulsive liar. He lied all throughout this case. He lied to his wife, over a period of two years, telling her that he was employed by Sprint. He got up every morning and pretended to go to a job he didnt have. He lied to each of the victims, telling them that he was a legitimate businessman and that their merchandise was on its way. He told them that the problems were not his fault, and blamed them on a fictitious shipping company that he made up. He even had the audacity to accuse the victims of being unreasonable and threatened to sue one of the victims for defamation of character. Once the defendant was arrested, he repeatedly lied to the police. During interrogation, he evaded responses with one lie after another. He initially told Detective Anderson that he worked for Sprint. When asked for some documentation of his employment, he said that he had no ID card. When asked for a pay stub, he said he did not keep them. He then said that he worked for Sprint part time, but had not worked in about a month. He finally acknowledged that he did not have a job with Sprint, and had not worked for two years. When the detectives asked him why he did not pay back one of the victims money, he said he tried to but the victim changed his e-mail address and would not return phone messages. The defendants criminal sophistication and compulsive lying show that he is a man who cannot be trusted. His failure to fulfill his obligation of full restitution after representing to the court that he had already done so shows that he is just trying to manipulate his way out of trouble. Given that the defendant has been convicted of seven felony counts of grand theft, this court should hold him to his plea and deny his motion. Gregory R. Albright Deputy District Attorney Grand Theft Auto Unit Riverside Co. District Attorney's Office From: Mike Kennedy [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2016 3:05 PM To: Albright, Greg Subject: Re: Sean Robinson Greg, Do you know what Sean did specifically to be convicted? Mike On Thursday, April 7, 2016, Albright, Greg <[email protected]> wrote: Hi Mike, Wow, I sincerely apologize. It turns out I was wrong. I did not become an attorney until June 2007, and this case was completely closed out in 2006. I looked through the entire court file for this case, as well as our internal case management system, and searches for my name came up empty. Thus, I figured there was no way I handled it. I had no independent recollection of ever handling it, but to be honest I have handled hundreds of cases since then and the particulars of them start to blend together. I simply assumed the person who previously referred to me was mistaken. However, when I clicked the link that you just sent me, it brought up not only my name but also the phone number that was assigned to me when I was a law clerk here in the Fall of 2006. There was no way anyone could have had my name AND my phone number unless I actually was involved. So I dug up an old flash drive that contains work I did as a law clerk, and sure enough I was assigned to write the formal opposition to the defendants request to have his convictions expunged. While I wrote the opposition, it was actually signed and filed by the assigned Deputy District Attorney, Quinn Baranski. I guess you can occasionally believe what you find on the internet. My apologies. This takes us back to our initial conversation. Now that my recollection has returned from Neverland, what is it that you wished to know? I am relieved to learn that you are filing a police report. The court granted his motion for expungement under the erroneous belief that the defendant had become a changed man. Clearly the judge was just one more person who fell victim to the defendants con game. Best regards, Gregory R. Albright Deputy District Attorney Grand Theft Auto Unit Riverside Co. District Attorney's Office From: Mike Kennedy [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2016 2:28 PM To: Albright, Greg Subject: Re: Sean Robinson Hey Greg, Here was another link with your name. I am filing a police report here in Orange County today. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.games.video.arcade.collecting/3GHJlQ2mErk On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 2:32 PM, Mike Kennedyy
  4. What are some diabolically challenging games on the Atari 2600? For me, 3-D Tic Tac Toe was mind bendingly challenging. I still can't wrap my brain around how to play this game. I wonder if this Qubic game that I just found at Goodwill was Carol Shaw's inspiration for making 3D TTT on Atari? This Qubic game pre-dated Carol's rendition by about 14 years.
  5. Robotron - Atari 7800 (Brilliant Port, Using Both Controllers) Astro Blaster - Atari 7800 Home Brew (GREAT!) Mazogs - TS1000
  6. I sincerely DO regret how things were handled by me. One thing I'd like to explain is that I ended friendships with some great people in the hobby. I really did this as I didn't want their friendship with me to jeopardize their friendship with others and their reputations. I was (maybe still am) toxic and wanted to remove myself from their equations for that reason. Maybe it came across as I didn't like them anymore, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. I really miss the gaming friends I had prior to that mess. Had some of my best times with them -- they all know who they are And, I will say again, I will not be starting any more gaming businesses personally. I will not overstay my welcome here but might post occasionally if I come across something cool in the hobby to share.
  7. I appreciate the comments and don’t take them for granted. Believe me, no one wants to forget the past more than I. And you can be assured I won’t be attempting any more gaming ventures. I woefully mismanaged things the past few years and paid the price, in more ways I can count. And, it will take a few more years for me to recover from that debacle financially. It’s true that turning your hobby into even a part-time profession is a sure-fire way to enjoy your hobby less and stress yourself half to death. Especially, when you make the mistakes I did. I nearly lost all my love for gaming and regrettably did lose a handful of great friends in the hobby. Over the past year, I have played more video games than I have played probably in the past 9 years. I’ve rebuilt a small collection of consoles that are all out and playable including an Atari 2600, 7800, PS1, Timex Sinclair 1000, Apple IIc and Commodore 64 -- oh, and my original Sega Genesis I had growing up and all my original games (I gave it to my cousin way back when, he kept it and recently found it and shipped it back to me). In any event, I’ll take what I can get but don’t expect anything when it comes to being completely forgiven for what I put everyone through the past few years.
  8. It was on one of the still remaining clearance X-Mas gift shelves. We scanned it at one of the scanners and it still said $120. Took it back to the layaway/cust service desk to question the scanned price and they marked it down 80%.
  9. I know you all hate my guts but I cant help but share this. $25 Clearance Pac-Man Suits at Kohls. Normally $120. Find one if you can! I found one tonight. Google Pac-Man Oppo Suits to see what it looks like. Includes Sport Coat, Slacks and Tie. Super high quality. Good luck!
  10. Here is the latest press release from Nintendo, just this morning. This keeps sounding better and better. http://shopreadretro.com/blogs/read-retro/nintendo-nes-classic-new-details-and-information
  11. Give VR a whirl with the inexpensive new Viewmaster. It works with your phone and is quite amazing. And there are lots of free apps to use with it. Like Google Cardboard. http://www.view-master.com/en-us
  12. I am only going to comment in here about Sean at this point as I know others who have been scammed by him are reading this thread. Here is some more info I got from Greg Albright who has now remembered more about the case. All this is also public record if you know where to look. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Here are several paragraphs from the opposition that I wrote: This was not simply an isolated, one-time incident in which the defendant screwed up. The defendant’s convictions resulted from sophisticated confidence scams that stretched out over a period of nine months. His methods did not involve a single act of taking the victims’ money and running. The defendant actually communicated with each of his victims repeatedly, and either assured them that their merchandise was on its way, or he attempted to shift the blame to a fictitious company that he created to further his crimes. When the police were finally involved, numerous victims handed over dozens of pages of e-mail messages from the defendant, in which he continued to try to earn their trust by assuring them that he was a legitimate seller and by offering excuses that the delays were not his fault. It was defendant’s continuous and deliberate deception that made his victims experience ongoing frustration and suffering throughout that time. The defendant’s criminal sophistication is clear. He chose many victims from out-of-state, which makes confrontation and prosecution difficult. He used his wife’s name on E-Bay to build up the positive feedback ratings on the site. He explained that the more positive rating a seller has, the better the chances are people will bid on their items. In other words, the more likely people will trust him and fall victim to his scam. He created false shipping companies, with false employees, and created false shipping invoices, all to convince the victims that he was a genuine seller, and to try to shift the blame for the victims’ losses on someone else. He even sent e-mails back and forth with a fictitious shipper, Brian Johnson from BJ Shipping. The police were unable to locate a business license or any other proof that BJ Shipping or Brian Johnson ever existed. The defendant had “Anonymizer” and a firewall installed on his computer to prevent others from finding out who he is and to keep victims from tracking him down. Anonymizer software allows the user to send emails and prevents the receiver from finding out where the messages were sent from. The only practical purpose is to disguise where the e-mails originated from, which no legitimate business would do. The defendant’s basis for his motion is that he is a changed man who has been rehabilitated. But this court cannot ignore the fact that the defendant is a compulsive liar. He lied all throughout this case. He lied to his wife, over a period of two years, telling her that he was employed by Sprint. He got up every morning and pretended to go to a job he didn’t have. He lied to each of the victims, telling them that he was a legitimate businessman and that their merchandise was on its way. He told them that the problems were not his fault, and blamed them on a fictitious shipping company that he made up. He even had the audacity to accuse the victims of being unreasonable and threatened to sue one of the victims for defamation of character. Once the defendant was arrested, he repeatedly lied to the police. During interrogation, he evaded responses with one lie after another. He initially told Detective Anderson that he worked for Sprint. When asked for some documentation of his employment, he said that he had no ID card. When asked for a pay stub, he said he did not keep them. He then said that he worked for Sprint part time, but had not worked in about a month. He finally acknowledged that he did not have a job with Sprint, and had not worked for two years. When the detectives asked him why he did not pay back one of the victims’ money, he said he tried to but the victim changed his e-mail address and would not return phone messages. The defendant’s criminal sophistication and compulsive lying show that he is a man who cannot be trusted. His failure to fulfill his obligation of full restitution after representing to the court that he had already done so shows that he is just trying to manipulate his way out of trouble. Given that the defendant has been convicted of seven felony counts of grand theft, this court should hold him to his plea and deny his motion. I am relieved to learn that you are filing a police report. The court granted his motion for expungement under the erroneous belief that the defendant had become “a changed man.” Clearly the judge was just one more person who fell victim to the defendant’s con game. Gregory R. Albright Deputy District Attorney Grand Theft Auto Unit Riverside Co. District Attorney's Office _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  13. And this is why I won't be answering any more questions. Just for the record.
  14. And let Sean off the hook? I chose to expose this guy after I what I learned. And it's a service to the community for doing so.
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