There is a LOT that can be done with free online services — sometimes things that probably go way beyond what the service creators envisioned.
Yes, I still think in 6502 code. 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 … Read morePardon the 6502 Interrupt: PHA TXA PHA TYA PHA
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 … Read moreCartoon That Explains Space Invaders
For a week or two (I’m pretty sure this started before Hurricane Irene) I’ve been having trouble accessing secure pages on amazon.com. I can’t see my past orders, reach my Amazon Cloud Drive, or now even place a new order. I discovered today that I can’t get the newegg.com site to work either — so I’ve got no way to order computer stuff I need.
At first I thought it was something corrupted on my main computer.
I’ve tried Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers. Then I tried my older computer that’s running Linux. I’ve tried my laptop.
Nothing works. On amazon and newegg I can’t access any page that’s secure.
Friday night I was getting ready to go out to see Marshall Tucker and Kansas at a free concert in Eisenhower Park. I was trying to figure out what to bring with me since it was supposed to be thunderstorms… and the lights all go out.
So now the only light in my room is the light from my monitor, thanks to my APC BX1300LCD. So I go over to my computer to hibernate it, since I was going out and wouldn’t be needing it on anyway.
I reach for the mouse and… the screen goes dark and I hear the computer fans whirring down.
So now I’m standing in darkness. My first thought is, I’d better go turn on the lights! Then I realized, the light switch probably wasn’t going to help.
Argh. So I searched for my flashlight, grabbed whatever seemed like it would be useful, and left.
I found a printout of a webpage that is long since gone (and not archived at https://www.archive.org — that would have been too easy).
So what to do? Scan it in and use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.
Um, but I don’t have any software like that and I’d rather not buy any.
I stumbled across this site quite accidentally. It’s about an experiment with cute little robots that are fairly helpless and seeing what happened when they relied on the kindness of strangers to get where they were supposed to go.
The creator of the experiment made the robots as cheaply as possible — expecting them to meet their doom in the cruel, cruel world — but was pleased to find that even in New York city there were strangers who were willing to help a little defenseless robot.