Let it be known that on this day Tyler Frisbee officially completed his metamorphosis into an “Apple Fanboy.” Many people who know me will probably cringe upon learning of my new found faith, especially since the majority of my friends are coders/hackers/gamers wielding tricked out Windows/Linux PC’s and Android phones. I share in these aforementioned hobbies, have been dual-booting Windows and Linux for as long as I can remember, and had been running a Samsung Galaxy S6 as my daily driver since January until switching back to my old iPhone 5 just the other day. So, what could have pushed me toward macOS? What could have possibly forced me to abandon Android for a phone that is now four years old? I’ll break down my explanation into two parts: my switch to Mac and my return to iPhone. This is probably going to be a pretty long-winded rant, so buckle yer seatbelts. But first, a brief disclaimer. Too many consumers engage in passionate arguments over technology, especially when it comes to Mac vs. PC and iPhone vs. Android. To be honest, it's childish. Both perform great when used for functions within their design parameters. Duh. You can’t hammer a nail with a screwdriver … well, maybe you could, but it wouldn’t be ideal. This is certainly not an endorsement as Apple has its faults just like anything else. In the end, just use whatever makes you personally happy and screw everyone else. If you haven't already, click the title or "Read More" to continue reading! Onward!
I found two images online; a picture of the presenter's pass and a scan of an original pass on the old HOPE 94 website. Mimicing the font and placement of text boxes was easy, but the hardest part was copying the image in the middle which features a hacker, silicon wafer and microchip. Rather than recreating this, I used Photoshop to white-balance the scan I found in and simply lifted the image. To recreate the crappy dot-matrix printer effect on my photo, I used Photshop to make the picture black and white and simply applied a halftone filter. I wanted to share this with others, so I coded an HTML badge creator that allows you to easily forge your own badge in a web browser by simply typing in your information and uploading an image. I haven't finished it yet as I haven't found a way to apply a halftone and black and white filter to the image in-browser, so you'll have to do that part in Photoshop for now. If you'd like to try making your own badge, you can check it out here.
Not sure how long ago this happened, but the Atari 2600 game I coded and released last year, Dragon Defense, was apparently included on Retro Indie Game Developers, a site which showcases new games for vintage consoles. Looks like they discovered the game through my post on the AtariAge forums, but I'm still kind of shocked it recieved that kind of recognition. Thanks guys! If you haven't yet, you can download Dragon Defense to use with your favorite Atari 2600 emulator or Harmony Cartridge, or ask me about a cartridge!
send messages to other Sly Cooper fans, effectively eliminating the old system in which I had to upload each profile by hand (I had over 300 member requests to approve!) Given the fact that the site hasn't changed very much visually since 2011, it was definitely time for a face-lift. I created a beautiful new logo with which to brand the site and an accompanying stunning site theme and design. In addition to other minor updates such as new downloads, Sly Cooper flash games, and an extended library, the Sly Cooper Fan Network is making a triumphant return to the Sly Cooper scene, and we now average at about 2,000 unique visitors per week. Not exactly jaw-dropping, but its a start. We're back.
I also plan on uploading some more videos to my YouTube channel in the near future by the requests of several subscribers. Expect to see some major updates as the end of 2015 draws near in order to pave the way for another epic year of creativity and madness!
After a few months of work, the Clifton Park Adventure ropes coarse has chosen to use my design for their promotional brochure. I initially received this project through my graphic design class and learned of the design's success today. This was one of the most stressful jobs I've worked on so far, but ended up being the most rewarding. You can check out the design to left once I get around to uploading an picture....eventually
After a few months of work, The Saratoga Thoroughbreds BMW Motorcycle Club have chosen to use my design for their new official logo. I initially received this project through my graphic design class and recently learned of the image's success. After drawing and scanning in the horse graphic, I then them imported to Illustrator, live traced three BMW motorcycles from different years and tried to arrange them chronologically under the horse. The concept was to abstractly represent a transition between a motorcycle and a thoroughbred, and I tried to capture a sense of speed and movement in the design. Finally, I added "Since 1983" as the heritage and history of the club is extremely important to its members.
fun would end, but the community began to dwindle after the destruction of The Wilderness, and my friends and I just moved on to better things in life. Seven years later, Jagex resurrected the classic servers which are now dubbed "Old School RuneScape," so a few of my friends and I decided to create new accounts and relive the golden days. The game feels a lot more monotonous, and on top of that there's the abhorring (yet endearing) graphics and the terrible point-and-click gameplay. However, for those who have fond memories of the online sensation from back in the day, the oldschool MMORPG is still loads of fun. Will we ever again commit entire weekends to mining, cutting wood and burying bones? Probably not, but for a stint of nostalgic indulgence, RuneScape is definitley worth a few hours.
If your interested, you can check out the game at oldschool.runescape.com
My username is Tyler12464 so add me as a friend!
The game plays pretty well for the most part. The colors are really muddy, the controls aren't as smooth as I anticipated, and the game is a lot harder after I fixed the bug and subsequently doesn't last very long. Given the fact that it has some issues, I don't think I'm going to order stock and begin distributing; however, if you'd like a cartridge, just send me an email and I can have them burned and shipped on an individual basis. If you haven't given Dragon Defense a shot yet, you can play it using an Atari 2600 emulator here! Thanks for all the support I've been getting throughout the development process, and thanks to my family and friends who've had to put up with me through it all! I plan on beginning work on another Atari game when I get the chance in the near future. Stay tuned!
After several weeks of programming and designing, the highly anticipated (that may be slightly exaggerated...) videogame for the Atari 2600 Video Computer System, Dragon Defense, has finally been released! Creating Dragon Defense has certainly been a labor of love, so its only fitting that it be released on Valentines Day. Ya...thats why I spent the day programming...
In Dragon Defense, you assume the role of a wizard defending a castle against an army of dragons! By collecting mana potions which are scattered across the battle field, you are able to cast four spells: shield, magic missile, health regeneration, and fortification. You can currently download the game for free (you'll need an Atari 2600 emultor such as Stella or a Harmony Cart in order to play the game) on the Software & Games page of the website, or over on this post on the AtariAge forums:
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/235042-my-first-game-dragon-defense/ In the future I hope to distribute the game on Atari cartridges, but I wouldn't hold your breath. In order to get an idea of what the game is like, you can check out some screenshots below, and be sure to check out my thread at AtariAge to see what others have to say about Dragon Defense! Thanks to all the people over at the AtariAge forums that have helped me along the way, and to the countless friends and family members that have put up with me during the development process. Happy unimaginative, consumerist-oriented and entirely arbitrary, manipulative and shallow interpretation of romance day!
P.S. I may have left an easter egg somewhere in the game...let me know if you find it!
Being a huge music lover, I recently purchased a Sony PS-LX300USB turntable to play new and old vinyl records. Vinyl has a certain magical, romantic quality, and it sounds better than its digital counterpart, so it was well worth the investment. After purchasing the turntable, my stepdad dug out an old record from a band he used to like and whose members he was friends with back in the day: RIPROC BOP. The band never made it big and didn't survive past the 80's, and since there were no digital copies of the album, I decided to use my turntable (with ripping capabilities) to digitize the music. All that was required was installing the Sony Sound Forge software on my computer, plugging my turntable into my computer via the provided USB cable, playing the record, and dividing the recording into separate tracks. I then scanned and remastered the album cover art and imported everything into my iTunes library. In order to make this long forgotten music available to everyone, I created an unofficial website to house a download, and I'll be uploading to YouTube shortly.
You can go download and listen for yourself here: RipRocBop.weebly.com
I just uploaded a video to YouTube demonstrating how to install Microsoft Bob on Windows Vista. While I used Vista for the tutorial, it runs a lot smoother on older operating systems. You can download the Microsoft Bob installation files below.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 98, 95, NT, 3.1x
1) Download the .zip file
2) Extract the contents of the file
3) Follow the process shown in my video
Disclaimer: I did not create nor do I own the rights to this software. I don't at all remember where I got this copy from as I downloaded it back in 2011.
I finally got around to writing this as AMC's TV series Halt and Catch Fire has inspired me to actually create something. Recently, I've noticed that every designer's goal when creating new hardware or software is to make it look as sterile and cold as possible. Apple is certainly leading this front and, as always, most tech companies simply conform to Apple's design trends. I'm a rather advanced user when it comes to technology, but I find that a lot of the recent designs I'm seeing are almost repelling rather than inviting. This new trend is in stark contrast to the design standards practiced during the dawn of personal computing. (Note: I am a Linux fanboy and not part of the Cult of Mac, I just appreciate some of their earlier designs). The original Macintosh which was released in 1984 featured the approachable icons of artist Susan Kare, when you booted up the system you were greeted with a smiley face, the title bars on windows were pinstriped, and the Apple logo featured a rainbow design. It's enclosure may have been an ugly beige, but it had a much warmer feeling than the cold chrome design of it's 2014 counterpart.
This just goes to show that seemingly innocuous, tiny details resonate in user's minds long after they've moved on to a new product. The same principle applies to physical design. The original iconic Macintosh may have been a warm yet ugly beige colored toaster, but the iMac G3 of 1998 was certainly anything but. The beautiful case came in up to 13 different colors, including blueberry, strawberry, tangerine, grape, lime, graphite, ruby, sage, snow, indigo, "Blue Dalmatian" and "Flower Power." This wide spectrum of colors allowed the user to express their taste and individuality, and in the words of Steve Jobs, "You almost want to lick it." This idea of customization had disappeared from Apple designs with the exception of more recent lines of iPods until the release of the iPhone 5c. However, take a look at Apple's current line of computers. Each model, aside from the new Mac Pro which looks like a black trash can, has the same cold, sterile chrome exterior and an OS to match. I'm not hating on the minimalist approach by Jony Ive, I just feel like some character has been lost in computing since the race to have the most aesthetically futuristic device was procreated.
I briefly mentioned marketing earlier, and I think that subject should be revisited. Computers should be more than just a utilitarian machine to do work, it should be a part of your life as well. Earlier marketing strategies attempted to integrate the computer as being more than an employee, but a companion as well. Its about that cold Christmas morning that you open your new computer. Its those late nights that stretch into the early hours of the morning you spend furiously programming or writing to meet a tight deadline. Its a part of your life thats dedicated to work, play and growth.
Maybe I'm just too old school and clinging to a past that I missed out on due to my unfortunately recent birth date, but I think there's some validity to this idea. The only thing that recent technology lacks is character, and I don't think its too late to get that back.
On July 18-20, HOPE X (Hackers on Planet Earth 10) was held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend all three days of this epic conference and had a great time hanging out with fellow hackers. The main attraction was the keynote address given by Daniel Ellsberg, the man responsible for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and a talk given by famous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden via videolink from Russia (I have uploaded full footage of these events to my YouTube channel and attached them to this blog post). Aside from the keynote and A Conversation with Edward Snowden, my favorite parts of HOPE X included the awesome Social Engineering panel (after which I got to meet Emmanuel Goldstein, the editor and founder of 2600 Magazine!), the movie "The Internet's Own Boy: The story of Aaron Swartz," Lockpicking: A Primer/The Many Faces of Locksport," and closing ceremonies were obviously a blast! Things are a little crazy having just gotten back home, so I don't really have time to write much more. Thank you 2600 and everyone else who made this conference an amazing and unforgettable experience!
A Conversation With Edward Snowden:
Daniel Ellsberg Keynote Address:
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