18 April, 2017

RetroPie

TIP: For those of you out there considering getting a NES Classic / SNES Classic read this blogpost first... you won't be sorry.

Since I started dabbling in Raspberry Pi SBC's, I've been testing a few emulation-distros and the like. Been playing around with this since June 2016, so a good 10 months by now I would say :P

One particular distro caught my interest while testing; namely RetroPie.
Excerpt from retropie.org.uk:

RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi, ODroid C1/C2, or PC into a retro-gaming machine. It builds upon Raspbian, EmulationStation, RetroArch and many other projects to enable you to play your favourite Arcade, home-console, and classic PC games with the minimum set-up.

RetroPie lets you play virtually ALL arcade-/console-/PC-games released in the period 1980-2000. Every .rom I've got in my library (accumulated around 10.000+ since the 1990s) works out-of-the-box.


Tested a good few arcade- and console-roms, and they work flawlessly.


Only configuration it may require is a simple dialogue-based gamepad/joystick setup. And you're ready to game as you please :)

Zelda II - The Adventure of Link (NES)


Bubble Bobble (NES)

Super Mario Kart (SNES)


Super Mario World (SNES)


Super Bomber Man (SNES)


Super Street Fighter II (SNES)


Super Street Fighter II - In-game (SNES)


Turrican II (Amiga)

Turrican II - In-game (Amiga)


Giana Sisters (Amiga)

My Logitech F310 gamepad used testing RetroPie.

Street Fighter II (Arcade)

Street Fighter II - In-game (Arcade)

Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA Genesis)

 Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA Genesis)

Splatterhouse 2 (SEGA Genesis)

Splatterhouse 2 - In-game (SEGA Genesis)

06 April, 2017

HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro (for RPi)

Recently got a really nifty Pi-hat (addon-card for Raspberry Pi) called "HiFiBerry" - model "Digi+ Pro".




"Pi-hats" are simple single-PCB addon-cards that slot on top of Raspberry Pi line of single-board computers, and extends the functionality of the RPi's. The HiFiBerry slots easily on top of the GPIO pin-row, with the help of plastic risers (the white bolts/nuts pictured below).


With the HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro, I get audio-output in 24bit 96KHz "studio-quality". NiCE! :)


06 December, 2016

Online VS Real Life

"In reality, politics have straddled the digital and meatspace for decades. Though government officials may have just learned about "the cyber," people working in computer security have been dealing with criminal and whimsical incursions into their systems since the late 20th century. It was 1990 when the infamous Operation Sundevil swept up innocents in a massive Secret Service dragnet operation to stop carders. The Stuxnet worm, which affected physical operations of centrifuges at a uranium enrichment plant in Iran, is only the most obvious example of how digital ops can have consequences away from the keyboard."

21 October, 2016

Dyn (Managed DNS) DDoS...

Yes, my sites were affected by this outage. A lot of big-name sites were too (Twitter, Spotify, github, SoundCloud, Reddit, etc.).

And no, I don't use DNS management software like Netflix' Denominator, I really don't have a need for 24/7 uptime on any of my sites / sub-domains. They are strictly for demonstration- / entertainment- and hobby-purposes.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/dyn-a-managed-dns-service-hit-with-attack-popular-sites-see-performance-issues/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/dyn-ddos-part-2-the-hackers-strike-back/

https://www.dynstatus.com/

18 October, 2016


Which ring is this? :P

08 July, 2016

Console-gaming

Two words: corrupt, busted.

I lost all my consoles in a lightning-strike back in March, and after using most of the money meant for replacement-consoles on my computer-upgrade instead; I'm NEVER going back to console-gaming ever again...

They're completely overpriced, the games are as well and games/apps get slower patching than any other gaming-platform.

Not to mention the hardware is usually 2-3 years behind current PC-hardware, and usually under-powered as fuck. Actually, current-gen consoles (PS4 / Xbone) also utilize "Radeon-based" graphics (graphic-accelerators), which is severely sub-par compared to almost any other graphic-solution.

Nope!, spank you very much...

FUCK. CONSOLES.