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Tag: Programming

Commodore 64 Vs. the iPhone 3gs: Guess Who Won?

Commodore 64 Vs. the iPhone 3gs: Guess Who Won?
After the arguably unnecessary rejection of the Commodore 64 emulator for the iPhone, Technologizer‘s Harry McCracken – whose last name would be much cooler if it ended with an exclamation point: McCracken! (and started with Zak) – decided to pit the iconic Commodore 64 with the future Hall of Famer, the iPhone 3GS, just for the heck of it.

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov
Asimov concocted the Three Laws of Robotics in 1942 and built many of his stories around these rules. While Asimov benefited greatly from those rules as an artistic concept, giving him ideas to explore, in the future our lives may really depend on robot ethics. 

Fuzebox: Retro 8-Bit Gaming Goes Open Source

Fuzebox: Retro 8-Bit Gaming Goes Open Source
Always thought you could improve on the gameplay of Tetris? Fancy yourself the creator of the next Super Mario Brothers? Thanks to this open source gaming system – if you’ve got the programming chops, you’ve got the chance to make the next great 8-bit video game.

Beautiful Bytes: Distellamap Presents Codes of Classic Video Games

Beautiful Bytes: Distellamap Presents Codes of Classic Video Games
There’s geek art, and then there’s geek art. Ben Fry’s creations are to programmers what blueprints are to architects. Here’s a sample of his work, which he calls “distellamaps”. It’s a map of the code for the Atari version of Pac-Man: Ben Fry explains, “Like any other game console, Atari 2600 cartridges contain executable code also commingled with data.

G-Robots Invade North America

G-Robots Invade North America
This sophisticated compact robot has been available in Japan for about a few months now, and is now finding its way to American shores. The HPI GR-001 G-Robot features 20 motors that can be programmed to follow your every command.

Classic Arcade Games Excel in Spreadsheets

Classic Arcade Games Excel in Spreadsheets
Sure, you could use your copy of Microsoft Excel to create the business model for your next big multi-million dollar venture, or to calculate last month’s sales for your used car dealership, but why not put it to some really good use and play some arcade games with it instead?

Confirmed: 3rd Party Native Apps Coming to iPhone

Confirmed: 3rd Party Native Apps Coming to iPhone
This just in: Steve Jobs has confirmed that Apple is working on an SDK for the development of native applications on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Straight from the horse’s mouth: “We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February.

Video of the Day: Trs-80 Dancing Demon

Video of the Day: Trs-80 Dancing Demon
Here’s a blast from the past that I stumbled upon earlier today. I don’t know why I found it so entertaining, but I guess it just reminded me of when I was just a geektot. There’s something about the simplicity of computer graphics back in the day that just makes me all gooey.

IPhone Accelerometer Hacked?

IPhone Accelerometer Hacked?
A hacker claims to have written custom software which directly accesses the accelerometer on Apple’s iPhone. He’s put together a brief video clip which shows off some really fun use of the motion-sensing capabilities. While I’m a bit skeptical that the video clip could be a fake, developer Erling Ellingsen does have a track record hacking motion-sensors and says he’ll be posting the source code soon.

Xgs Micro Edition: Build Your Own Retro Games

Xgs Micro Edition: Build Your Own Retro Games
If you’re into video games and technically inclined, you might want to check out this kit that helps you learn how to build your own video games. The $199.95 XGameStation Micro Edition isn’t particularly “next-gen,” but it lets you build your own games similar to those found on the old Atari 400/800 and Commodore 64 computers.

Build an Xbox Live Arcade Game and Win Prizes

Build an Xbox Live Arcade Game and Win Prizes
A while back, we reported on the availability of Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio Express, which allows you to roll your own homebrew games for the Xbox 360 and the Xbox Live Arcade. Starting on January 2, 2007, you’ll be able to participate in Dream Build Play, a competition offering a shot at prizes including a chance to distribute your gaming creation on the Xbox Live Arcade.

Build Your Own Xbox Live Arcade Games

Build Your Own Xbox Live Arcade Games
Microsoft today released the Beta of their XNA Game Studio Express software development kit. The SDK will allow independent developers to create games for Windows Vista and the Xbox 360 (soon). Now you still have to know how to program in C# in order to use this software, so it’s not for the uninitiated.