Blog posts tagged "geek" – Posts 1..5 of 27 posts found:

2014-08-12: Point and Click Adventures reborn on Kickstarter

Posted at 2014-08-12 22:21:52 by SHD

The 1980s and first half of the 1990s were probably the golden age of the adventure game. Heavyweights Sierra and LucasArts created many inventory-based graphic adventures such as King's Quest, Space Quest, Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle, to name but a few. As the 21st century approached, interest in these games waned while production costs skyrocketed. Sierra eventually closed down entirely (though there are signs of it starting back up again, it remains to be seen in what form that might be) and LucasArts focused on their Star Wars franchise.

2014-03-26: wow much coin how money so crypto plz mine v rich very currency

Posted at 2014-03-26 02:04:37 by SHD

By now, everybody and their grandmother seems to know about Bitcoin and the trouble at Mt. Gox (seriously, is there anybody who does not pronounce that "Mount Gox"?), even if they have no idea what a cryptocurrency is. Then there's other exchanges that have similar problems, Bitcoin's wildly fluctuating value and its association with criminal activity like on Silkroad. But still, cryptocurrency is an interesting concept. There are several alternatives to Bitcoin, sometimes collectively called Altcoins and one of those in particular, Dogecoin, caught my eye.

2014-01-28: Broken Age: Act 1 released - Does it deliver?

Posted at 2014-01-28 00:59:31 by SHD

When Tim Schafer, of Day of the Tentacle fame, announced his intention to create a new point and click adventure, the true fans who had been starved of good new content quickly made his Kickstarter campaign the most successful one to date. Despite (and in a way, because of) the project's overfunding, development has not been without problems, but Shafer and Double Fine persevered. Initially known by the working title of Double Fine Adventure, Broken Age is being created as 2 acts, with the game's first installment released to backers about two weeks ago and publicly available today, January 28th 2014. So what's it like?

2013-08-14: Life is like a hurricane...

Posted at 2013-08-14 02:11:25 by SHD

If, like me, you grew up in the 80's and 90's, you know that there's only one thing that can follow the words "Duck Tales" and that's "Woo-oo!". You can probably even sing along to the theme song. Apart from the highly popular TV show, there have been several video games about loveable old miser Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews. Very much a product of the time, the NES version of this was a platform game. It is considered by many to be among the best such games ever made. Now, more than 20 years later, WayForward Technologies has updated the iconic game for the modern age. Is that a good thing? Let's find out!

2013-03-29: Switching to CloudFlare

Posted at 2013-03-29 00:26:48 by SHD

For more than a decade, I've run my own BIND-based DNS server, using FreeDNS for a free secondary DNS service. There has been quite some to do about a large-scale DDoS attack perpetrated against Spamhaus recently. One significant aspect of this attack was that the DDoS used so-called DNS amplification. This makes use of misconfigured DNS servers ("open recursors") to greatly increase the amount of traffic sent to a victim. One fellow server administrator wrote about this and it made me wonder about being an open resolver. Fortunately, my own server was properly configured and could not be used as an accessory in such an attack, but what if it had been? That's where CloudFlare comes in.