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On Like Donkey Kong! Build a Home Arcade System!

on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 03:07

I got the idea a while ago to either purchase or build an arcade-style cocktail table this year (what I really wanted was a pinball machine--one can always dream). After seeing the crazy high prices being asked for real arcade stuff online, I quickly decided I could build my own cocktail machine for probably around $500 or less. The project isn't 100% complete yet.

Windows Update Screws Up Again?!!!

on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 22:11

Another ridiculous problem encountered with Windows Update where it goes off into La-La land never to return. This time after installing several "Important"-ly designated updates. The dialog indicates "Preparing to Install" but continues to churn indefinitely. Tried just rebooting, but it came right back up to "Preparing to Install". I have been running Windows updates manually on my home PC (not letting Windows apply updates in auto-mode since this). This time the stupidly redundant Update Fixer from Microsoft (updates to fix system problems need a fixer to fix the running of the

Back to Android, and WOW!

on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:45

I was an early Android fan when I reviewed the first available device from Google (the G1-see the review here), but because of the focus on iPhone in our online magazine, I really didn't keep after it much after that other than to fiddle around (and waste vast amounts of time) with some old legacy handheld stuff and Android builds that were custom hacked (see this). I had hoped we would branch over into Android (finally we have at Few may know that before iPhoneLife, and now AndroidLife, was SmartPhone magazine and before that PocketPC Magazine, etc., etc.