Monthly Archives: June 2017

Make sure your porn collection dies with you

The last thing any of us want is to die suddenly and have innocent relatives discover the porn collection stashed on our computer. My solution to this problem is fairly simple, a virtual machine where you can safely download and enjoy porn, without having to worry about clearing you browsing history or storing you videos in misnamed folders. The virtual machine is installed into an encrypted folder or drive where only you can access it. I also suggest taking the additional step of loading the virtual machine with Linux, simply because it is less vulnerable to the malware that tends to inhabit the dark underbelly of the internet. There are many alternatives and combinations of tools, but what I am inclined to use is VeracryptVirtualbox and Ubuntu. You could just as easily use BitLocker, VMWare and Fedora. This is not going to be a tutorial, I am not especially interested in providing a step by step of how to do this, none of these things is terribly difficult to figure out. My intention here is to simply present an idea, a solution to a problem.

March of the Magnitudes

I need a deck to play in the Modern format. Playing Standard is generally pretty easy, it is no problem to find a quick and dirty reasonably priced deck to play. Modern on the other hand is pricey, even a tier two deck can cost $500 without blinking. Awhile back I came across the March of the Magnitudes Modern Event Deck. Ever review more or less said the same thing, it is a solid tier two deck that can be upgraded for a reasonable amount of money. So this was the route I went, it is a straight forward deck, the basic idea is to generate tokens and disrupt your opponents strategy while you build your army of tokens.

Original Deck:

Creatures:
2 Soul Warden
3 Tidehollow Sculler

Spells:
3 Honor of the Pure
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Intangible Virtue
4 Lingering Souls
3 Path to Exile
4 Raise the Alarm
2 Shrine of Loyal Legions
4 Spectral Procession
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
3 Zealous Persecution

Planeswalkers:
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant

Land:
4 Caves of Koilos
2 City of Brass
4 Isolated Chapel
5 Plains
4 Swamp
1 Vault of the Archangel
4 Windbrisk Heights

Sideboard
2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Dismember
3 Duress
2 Ghost Quarter
3 Kataki, War’s Wage
3 Relic of Progenitus

This is what I have done so far. The two big upgrades were adding Thoughtseize and Godless Shrine, I rounded out a couple of the play sets and removed cards that did not generate tokens, pump creatures or disrupt my opponents game. I thought about adding a second  Elspeth, but if I draw 2, I can only play one, so I added Sorin instead, who has similar abilities and fits the colors of the deck.

Upgrade Draft 1:

Creatures:
4 Tidehollow Sculler

Spells:
2 Honor of the Pure
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Intangible Virtue
4 Lingering Souls
4 Path to Exile
4 Raise the Alarm
2 Shrine of Loyal Legions
4 Spectral Procession
2 Thoughtseize
2 Zealous Persecution

Planeswalkers:
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
1 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Land:
4 Caves of Koilos
4 Godless Shrine
4 Isolated Chapel
5 Plains
4 Swamp
1 Vault of the Archangel
2 Windbrisk Heights

Sideboard
2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Dismember
3 Duress
3 Kataki, War’s Wage
3 Relic of Progenitus
2 Thoughtseize

The original deck cost me $90, the 4 Thoughtseize cost me $80 ($20 each), the Godless Shrine cost $56 ($14 each) and then another $15 to complete play sets and add Sorin. The grand total was $241 for the deck, about half what most competitive decks in Modern cost. I am calling it a win, assuming I can win with the deck.

Server is still down

My server system is still in the shop being fixed. I was sort of waiting for it to post anything meaningful, but I think it is going to there a while longer.

I think I missed my calling in life. I should buy broken Commodore 64’s, repair them and then resell them. I think I could make some money on this and I seem to have a knack for it. For the last year I have been restoring and upgrading a C64 I bought on Ebay last August while the wife was away. This week I fixed the final piece, which was the 1541 disk drive. Last year when I got it, the drive worked for about 20 minutes before it stopped. Since then it has been a low priority because I had a SD2IEC device, which allowed me to run programs off an SD card. This week, I decided to try again and I noticed, the drive powered on and even the red drive light lit up like it was trying to read the disk. So I pulled it apart and noticed the drive head looked really grungy from years of reading floppies. So I cleaned the head with some alcohol and a Q-tip. While I was in there, I re-seated the ROM chips, figuring it could not hurt. When I got it back together, it worked magnificently. I am now waiting on a “Y” splitter cable so I can use it and the SD2IEC together. I know the 1541 has a pass through port on the back, but cable lengths and desk positioning make it impossible to use, therefore splitter.  So now the work is done and I have a fully operational C64.

One of the great services I found for the C64 community is CommodoreServer.com, they are an online service that allows you to sign on over the internet and use disks stored there. It is a very cool service provided free, although you can donate and get some premium services. It is a bit weird to get hooked up, but once you have figured it out, its fine.

LOAD “V-1541″,8,1
SYS 49152
NEW
OPEN2,2,2
PRINT#2,”ATDTCOMMODORESERVER.COM:1541”
CLOSE2
LOAD “@USERNAME,XXXX”,2
LOAD “CSMENU”,2
RUN

I know, it looks cryptic, but it works. This does requires some sort of network to serial conversion, I use the WiModem and it works perfectly. for some slightly more detailed instructions, try here.

The C64 stuff has distracted me a bit from my Oculus Rift. Considering it cost me way more the C64 did, I suppose I should pay more attention to it, and I promise I will as I go along. But the big thing that has been weighing on me about it, is just how far along we really are not on virtual reality. In this regard, I think technology has really failed to live up to its potential. When you think about it, we have had all of this technology for at least a decade, but we are now just getting first generation hardware. When I think about this, there really is no particular reason why I should not have had one of these in 2007 and I might even argue it was possible in 1997. Okay, processors and video cards were not what they are today, but look at what people accomplished with the C64’s in their time, I look at those old demos and I am amazed at what they accomplished with 64 KB of RAM. Why was it not possible to produce even crude VR with 500 Mhz processors with 512 MB of RAM or how about 2 Ghz processors with 4 GB of RAM? Yes I acknowledge that small LCD screens we use for Cell phones were not all that developed in 1997, but how about in 2007?

I think the issue here is probably one of low expectations, back in the 80’s technology, computers specifically were going to change the world, and they did, but not as radically as they should have. I have always said, games drive computer technology advancements, but for some reason, in the 90’s we got caught in doing other things with computers, they became communications devices and tools we used to get work done and they stopped being fun, they stopped being life changing, we took our eye off the ball. Back when Doom originally came out, we loved the game, because that is what we wanted our computers to do, we wanted to walk around in virtual worlds and have experiences the real world could never produce, we wanted out computers to provide us with an interface we could interact with, but somewhere along the road someone somewhere decided, no one wanted that. Instead of Operating Systems we could build worlds on, we got databases, spreadsheets, word possessors and web browsers. We have computers today in 2017 that really don’t work much differently than they did in 1997.

So the server is down again

Well fuck.

RE: C64 in the modern age

Earlier I wrote about what a modern Commodore 64 needed to look like. Well here is my completed setup. The butt ugly green cartridge is the EPYX Fastload, the blue box with the 2 buttons is the SD2IEC SD card reader and beside that is the WiModem.

Pretty much all of these devices work as promised. I cannot surf the web or run World of Warcraft, but it certainly makes the thing way more useful. I can store boatloads of C64 programs on a single SC card rather than maintaining a bookshelf full of decaying old floppy disks. I like the hot keys it provides as well, Commodore Key (C=) + RUN/STOP key saves me the trouble of typing “LOAD”*”,8,1″ and then “RUN” to get programs going. AND of course the best reason of all is, I do not have to wait 8 minutes for a game to load and as you can see;

I can telnet to the odd C64 BBS. The EPIX cart has another nice feature as well, a reset button, I cringed every time I cycled the power on my C64, thinking, this will be the one that ends it all, the reset button does not power down the system, so I feel better about using it. Sadly, since I bought it on ebay, I did not have a choice of colors, I suspect the butt ugly green is not their best seller.

So there you have it, the Alienware of its time, the best selling computer of all time, the computer than influenced a generation of programmers, hackers and nerds.

Homemade WiFi Modem for a C64

I have started the attempt to build my own WiModem, this is my stage 1 prototype, I am not 100% sure about the wiring at this point, and I have not sorted out the firmware yet. So I am not plugging it in until I figured everything out.

The C64 breakout board cost $17, the MCUNode ESP8266 costs $10, you can probably find them cheaper than that.

Making my Commodore 64 useful

This folks is how you get a Commodore 64 (C64) on the internet. What this is, is a WiModem, essentially it is a WiFi card that fools the C64 into thinking it is a Hayes Compatible Modem. It is actually a really clever use of an ESP8266, I am thinking I am going to build one of these myself. Once you have this device setup and connected to your router, you can connect to telnet BBS’s using old terminal programs just like it was 1985. On the surface this probably seems a bit dumb, considering it is not 1985, it is 2017. However, I would like to point out, its Commodore 64, not an Alienware Aurora R6 and if I wanted to connect to the internet like it was 2017, I’d just use my Alienware.

Sex and other things, but mostly sex.

So I like lesbian porn, it should be a no brainer really but apparently its not. Don’t get me wrong, I like threesome (FFM preferably) porn too, but I by enlarge prefer there be no dudes in the video or picture. I think the reason for this should be obvious, there are no penises in lesbian porn. I am not opposed to penises, I have one myself and it is my favorite body part and I certainly will watch a MFM threesome or MF video, I just prefer there be no penis.

The real reason I wrote this post is I wanted to post this picture, I found it while I was searching for replacement pictures for some of my older posts and thought, wow that presses ALL of my buttons. Okay, I lied in the title, this was just about sex.

 

RE: Website reconstruction work

I have finished going through all my old blog posts looking for missing pictures. I believe I have gotten them all. If I still had the picture, I uploaded it again, if I did not have it, but got it off the internet, I tried to find the original picture and barring that, I uploaded something close to it. If I could not replace the picture at all, I simply replaced it with picture not available. As I said yesterday, if you come across one please let me know so I can fix it.

Edit: Oh and yes, for those of you who noticed, I did delete all of the old political posts I made, but I did that last November.

Website reconstruction work

So I spent some time today going through my blog looking for missing pictures. I have found a lot of them. If I have the picture, I am re-uploading them, if I don’t have the picture or I cannot find where I got it from on the internet, I am replacing it with “Picture no longer available”. This is probably going to take a while to complete, if you come accross an old post with a broken picture or link, let me know and I will fix it up as soon as I can.

Thanks

RE: Server is back up

Okay, I gave in and put the old VM back online and imported the posts from the last week. I thought about it over the last few days and just really started to think that there is a lot of stuff here I don’t want to loose and it would be way too much work to figure out how to archive it and keep reasonable access to it, especially the wki part of the site. So I decided to keep it all, warts and all. I even decided to stick with the old theme, frankly I like the soft tones and the easy colors.

C64 in the modern age

There are three things every Commodore 64 (C64) needs in the modern era of computers.

  • SD2IEC, which bring a modern storage solution to the C64 in the form of SD cards.
  • EPYX FASTLOAD RELOADED cartridge, which updates the C64’s terrible disk access routines and speeds up the loading of programs.
  • WiModem, which gives the C64 access to the internet by emulating a Hayes compatible modem.

Now don’t get me wrong, adding these to your C64 is not going to fundamentally change anything about the C64, but what it will do is make life easier for you and make the retro experience less frustrating and more fun. These upgrade will probably cost you $200 when all is said and done, but they are easy to install and none require you to open the system.

There is some argument to be made that a JiffyDOS replacement ROM is a necessary upgrade as well. I disagree, it is a nice to have, but not a need to have. My first problem with the JiffyDOS ROM is it is not much better than adding the EPYX cartridge and the keyboard shortcuts are not all that short. The second problem is, the ROM requires you to de-solder the old ROM chip to install the replacement. This is a process I am unwilling to undertake, while I am competent with a soldering iron, running the risk of destroying my C64 is entirely too high, so for me and I think most people this is a no go.

So now I guess the question is, what do you do with your spiffy super fast internet connected C64 with a ton of storage space?