Nationwide US Prison Strike: 8/21 – 9/9

The following was posted on another site I frequent and only recently received permission to re-post it, albeit it late, I still think it’s important to be aware of.   There is a nationwide prison strike organized by prisoners in the US that kicks off tomorrow. I’d like to give a little bit of background […]

Philip K. Dick’s ‘The Great C’ is coming to VR

A VR adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Great C” is headed to the Venice Film Festival, Variety reports. First published in 1953, the story centers on a human tribe living in a post-apocalyptic world set in the future. Each year, the tribe must send a human sacrifice to a computer called the […]

Finding and exploiting hidden features of Animal Crossing’s NES emulator

While looking for ways to activate the developer menus left over in Animal Crossing, including the NES emulator game selection menu, I found an interesting feature that exists in the original game that was always active, but never used by Nintendo. In addition to the NES/Famicom games that can be obtained in-game, it was possible […]

Unix as an IDE

Newbies and experienced professional programmers alike appreciate the concept of the IDE, or integrated development environment. Having the primary tools necessary for organising, writing, maintaining, testing, and debugging code in an integrated application with common interfaces for all the different tools is certainly a very valuable asset. Additionally, an environment expressly designed for programming in […]

Doing Windows, Part 1: MS-DOS and Its Discontents

Has any successful piece of software ever deserved its success less than the benighted, unloved exercise in minimalism that was MS-DOS? The program that started its life as a stopgap under the name of “The Quick and Dirty Operating System” at a tiny, long-forgotten hardware maker called Seattle Computer Products remained a stopgap when it […]

Let’s build an MP3 decoder (2008)

Even though MP3 is probably the single most well known file format and codec on Earth, it’s not very well understood by most programmers – for many encoders/decoders is in the class of software “other people” write, like standard libraries or operating system kernels. This article will attempt to demystify the decoder, with short top-down […]

How We Reverse Engineered the Cuban “Sonic Weapon” Attack

Throughout last year, mysterious ailments struck dozens of U.S. and Canadian diplomats and their families living in Cuba. Symptoms included dizziness, sleeplessness, headache, and hearing loss; many of the afflicted were in their homes or in hotel rooms when they heard intense, high-⁠pitched sounds shortly before falling ill. In February, neurologists who examined the diplomats concluded that the symptoms were consistent […]

The Power of a Nintendo Handheld

The Nintendo Switch was the hottest selling “console” in December of last year and there shouldn’t be any questions as to why. While it quickly outpaced it’s predecessor, the Wii U, the similarities of the two diverge just as quickly. Where the Wii U had to remain nearly within sight of its base station, the […]

Inside Amazon’s quest to make a different kind of Echo

Of all the devices Amazon announced last fall, the one that got the most attention was the Echo Spot. A smaller, spherical version of the Echo Show, the Spot exuded an adorable style that was distinct from the rest of the Echo lineup. And judging by the reviews it received, it’s clear that the Spot’s form factor helped […]

ACLU: Debt Collection Companies Have Hijacked the Justice System

Denise Zencka, a mother of three in Indiana, had to file for bankruptcy because she couldn’t afford to repay her bills for treatment for thyroid cancer. And because she was unable to work, she had to stay with her parents in Florida while she recovered. She didn’t know that during that time, at the request […]