I spent a lot of time working on the Big Bird’s Hide and Speak game — and thus spent a lot of time listening to Caroll Spinney say the same few words from the game’s limited vocabulary over and over and over and over and…
Since that is now a few decades in the past, stumbling on this clever piece was kinda funny. It’s made with some of the soundtrack and graphics from the game and a bunch of other stuff and manages to turn a happy children’s game into a dark warning about nuclear war. Or something…
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I was looking at a video of the Atari 7800 game Ikari Warriors — a game that I worked on back in the 1980’s.
I was the one who suggested to Mike a way to build a board to install our own development system operating system on the Atari 7800 — which we then later turned into a NES development system (which made it about $10,000 cheaper than the official Nintendo developer system).
And I wrote the interrupt-driven code for the development system so that we could debug WHILE the game was playing on the system. The 7800 was connected to an IBM PC (compatible) (and probably running something super-powerful like a 8086 or maybe a 286). We wrote the code and compiled it on the PC and then transferred it over to RAM we had installed on the 7800 to simulate a ROM cartridge. The PC could issue commands to the development system which were processed on the interrupts so that we could debug in real time.
Big lesson learned — there’s no point in trying to save every last CPU cycle.
Winds up functioning very differently from
as the start of your interrupt code. Especially after a few months when you forget what you wrote and add in some feature that uses the Y register.
Oh so many bizarro errors that caused that were impossible to track.
I was very pleased with myself at how I had designed the game engine to make the bad guys move in zones, thus allowing sprites to be reused in multiple zones and thus allowing there to be a ton of objects moving on the screen at any time. No big deal now, but BIG DEAL back then.
I didn’t get to work on the final gameplay stuff since we then used our ability to make development systems to move on to doing Nintendo programming rather than finishing the game. It doesn’t look to me like it plays as smoothly as it had potential to.
Holy mother of toad! Again! WordPress just loves to release those late in the week security updates.
We already know how hackers work — they do a file compare of the old WordPress version to the new one, the write some code to exploit the vulnerability, and then they set the code loose on whatever servers they already control to hack MORE servers and control them too.
Then they go out, party for the weekend, and check in Monday morning to see all the WordPress installs they’ve hacked and can add their porn links to.
You’ve got two choices folks:
1. Get hacked and have all the gurus on WordPress.org blame you for your negligence.
2. Stay in Friday night logging into each of your WordPress installs and clicking the damn UPDATE button and waiting for it to finish. (And if you’re smart, run a backup before you do that.) No party for you
But FINALLY there is a new third choice that actually makes sense!
3. Use ManageWP to administer all your WordPress sites and be able to update them all with ONE click. And then go out and party!
I just used it and now I get to go out and party while feeling a bit safer and secure, knowing that my WordPress sites are all updated to the latest version.
Go there, do it now, the pain of having your site hacked over the weekend is too much. Trust me: been there, done that.
I guess anything is better than flash.
Anyway, it seemed like it was useful to create an account on atari.com. First name, last name, and birthday are all required fields. OK fine. I expect that. But I didn’t expect them to PUBLISH that info. WTF???
This is very frustrating since one of the happiest features on my site is that my contact Eric Shefferman form has a drop down selection for
Don’t bother to read this email
This is a personal email
This is a business/website related email
I love this feature since almost all the spam I get is marked as “Don’t bother to read this email” by the spammer themselves.
See the instructions on the contactform7.com site linked above to fix this.
To implement my spam solution on your site, just use Contact Form 7 and allow the user to select their subject line like so:
<p>Use this drop down to select a subject (required)<br /> [select* your-subject2 “ES: Don’t bother to read this email” “ES: This is a personal email” “ES: This is a business/website related email”]</p>
I remember Space Invaders well. It was the beginning of a whole new era — right at the start of high school. Video games had arrived and lunchtime involved playing Space Invaders, Asteroids, and then Pac Man and so on.
But where did those Space Invaders come from? Why were they invading? What were their motivations? Nobody knew.