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    Writing. Gaming. Podcasting. Hacking.

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  1. I don't have any insider knowledge, but the last post on the Retroist site (July 20) began, "I wrote a post about my reduced output and feelings about running the Retroist. I cannot speculate what the future will be for the Retroist, but it will most certainly be something different." That same day, one of the site's long time writers (Allison) reported that her access to the site had been revoked. Again, I have no first-hand knowledge of the current state of the site, and can only speculate that it is either being redesigned, retooled, or retired. In the meantime, most of the podcast episodes are hosted here on Archive.org.
  2. Man oh man, does 2600 bring back a lot of memories. After my friends and I couldn't find an official 2600 gathering local to us in the mid 90s, we decided to form our own. We took everything super seriously, taking turns giving presentations and "assigning research topics," ha ha. The pizza joint we met at (which had good pizza and great beer) was located right next to a college campus, so after the meetings ended we would go exploring, looking for unlocked telco boxes and payphones to abuse. One of the guys made redboxes for everyone using the guts from Hallmark greeting cards that worked surprisingly well (and much longer than most people realize). We also made a map of all the great places around town to go dumpster diving. This one time, out behind the AT&T plant... oh, the stories I could tell. I'll have to check the statute of limitations on some of them. In 2007 I gave a presentation about self-publishing at NotaCon, and was surprised to see Emmanuel sitting in the front row next to Drew Curtis (the founder of Fark). It was probably more thrilling for me than them.
  3. I'm using Windows 10. I use my card reader all the time to create images for the MiST, but just to eliminate it I tried the card reader on my laptop. Same result. So again, to recap: I formatted the card with SD Formatter, created one folder called "Game", put one ROM file inside that folder ("Pitfall.BIN"), and the unit won't read it. (For testing purposes, I have renamed the folder to "game" and "GAME" with no change. I have renamed the ROM to "Pitfall.bin" with no change.) Either all the cards I've tried are incompatible, or my unit is defective. I'm going to try and meet up with someone else who received one of these and narrow it down.
  4. The folder is named Game (I have also tried "game" and "GAME"). Inside the folder is now one ROM, "Pitfall.BIN", pulled from the zip archive of known working ROMs. It still doesn't show up. Any other ideas?
  5. Add me to the list of people who can't get this working. I've tried two different SanDisk cards, one 128MB and one 8GB. I formatted each of them using the SD Formatting tool listed in this thread. I downloaded the zip file of working ROMs and unzipped it to the SD card. The folder is called "Game" and that folder (and the ROMs inside it) are the only thing on the card. I renamed all the ROM extensions to .BIN (from .bin) and tried changing "Game" to "GAME". I've tried removing every ROM except the first one. My Flashback acts the same whether or not the SD card is inserted. I get "LOADING" for a second or two before it dumps me back to the menu. Did I read correctly that some of these units shipped with Space Invaders and Jungle Hunt? Mine does not have either of those games.
  6. "Seconded. I own a camera but it doesn't make me a photographer, I own MS Word but that doesn't make me an author. Way too many people assume since they own either a microphone or webcam and have an opinion they're the gaming media equivalent of the next Paul Harvey or Howard Stern. Just because you have the ability to create something doesn't mean anyone should give a shit." Likewise, just because you have the ability to post your opinion on an internet forum doesn't mean anyone should give a fuck what you think about podcasts or anything else, for that matter. This is one of the ugliest thing about the whole retro community -- when people feel the need to dump on things that other people enjoy creating and consuming. Yes, not every single podcast out there is an award winning piece of work with flawless production, but so what? To publicly dump on things that people create for free for entertainment purposes is lacking in class, in my opinion.
  7. Ooh yeah, I should clarify that -- I believe Ferg was the steady anchor attached to our drunken ship. Our idea was to overdo it on the booze and then invite guests on to a Google chat. It was as disorganized and rowdy as it sounds (or so I'm told). Sometimes show ideas work and sometimes they cause you to lose your tacos in a trash can the following morning. This was definitely an example of the latter, at least for me.
  8. When I first started podcasting, I couldn't get on the mic without having a shot of whiskey beforehand and drinking a beer (or two) while recording. Not necessarily while recording by myself, but on pretty much every show I recorded with someone else, I was (at a minimum) buzzed. I think this culminated in the Throwback Reviews "drunkcast" experiment with Sean and Ferg that (hopefully) will never see the light of day. I don't remember how bad that recording got but I do know I woke up the next morning upstairs face first on my futon. I still have a beer occasionally while recording but it has less to do about calming nerves and more with the fact that I like drinking beer.
  9. I don't have anything to add to either side, but all this information about Sean Robinson is pretty upsetting. As a Commodore guy, I became aware of Sean's Commodore Computer Club a while back. He and I have had lots of Commodore-related conversations on Facebook. He told me he enjoyed my book Commodork, and told me he was working on his own book. If he still releases it, this will make for one hell of a chapter. I just checked Facebook and CommodoreComputerClub.com -- his last posts there were on 3/15 and 3/14, respectively. I don't know SoCal Mike personally but I was an early adopter of Game Gavel and know Mike was an active poster over at DP back in the day. I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt (too much, at times). I'd like to think that one or both of them entered this venture with good intentions. There are so many good things about retro gaming and collecting, like podcasting and going to conventions and talking to people and, yes, even playing games. Things like this really just bum me out.
  10. iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cactus-flacks/id1097411896 RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CactusFlacks WWW: http://podcast.robohara.com
  11. Looks like the show is on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/remotely-interested.com/id1071989070 For any WordPress site (like Remotely-Interested.com) that has smart links enabled, you should be able to add "/feed" to the end of the URL to get the site's post feed. If that's not enabled, add "/?feed=rss2" and you should be able to find the feed. SoundCloud feeds are a pain in the ass, but you can find them. Here is the default format: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:#####/sounds.rss The "######" represents the user's unique ID. Here's how you get that: - Go to the SoundCloud page. - View Source - Search for "users:" (with the colon) - Copy the number that appears after that. - Paste that number into the URL above. The SoundCloud RSS feed for that show is: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:76792137/sounds.rss That's the least desirable way to subscribe to a show, but for shows that aren't on iTunes and don't have a working RSS feed on their website (or for shows that ONLY have a SoundCloud presense), it works.
  12. Brad from Antic recently pointed out another new podcast, Remotely Interested (www.remotely-interested.com). The show has five episodes so far. On episode 5 the host interviews John Mathieson about Jaguar development, and I noted another episode was dedicated to the Amiga's video toaster. Looks like am interesting retro-themed show to check out.
  13. Looks like another good one, although I'm not quite ready to refer to Marble Madness or Dragon's Lair as "lost classics."
  14. Just listened to the first episode (Episode 0) of Atari Bytes. On this show the host (Bill) tells the stories of Atari games based on the manuals, and how closely the backstories match up with the actual games. Sounds pretty interesting. http://ataribytes.libsyn.com/podcast
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