All posts by Jim Adkins

Going Going Gone

Several Need For Speed games prepare to drive off into the sunset soon.

Today, via Reddit (while most the English-speaking world is on a holiday), it’s been announced that Need For Speed: Carbon, Need For Speed: Undercover, Need For Speed: Shift, Shift 2: Unleashed and Need For Speed: The Run will be “retired”. Which I suppose is an apposite word, given they’ll be limping off the tracks as they leave digital storefronts today, and their servers switched off come the end of August.

Pirate Windows In Spain Go To Jail

Person going to jail for six months for pirating Windows 10 in Spain. Interestingly the court seemed to feel the piracy was more severe since it was a business doing it.

But if you are one of those who have ever acquired a pirated license to run Windows 10 and even a package of unlicensed programs such as Microsoft Office, you will be interested to know what just happened the first conviction of the Supreme Court for having pirated Windows, specifically on several computers in a call shop in Madrid.

Amazon Sidewalk Info

No way no how just say no, now if this was opt in then fine.

If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance. On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.

Windows 10 Mega-Update

Microsoft looks to make their store more appealing with the latest Windows 10 update. Good luck with that. I have never used the Micro$oft Store and see no reason to start now.

Since Windows 10 launched the company has tried to get people to use the Microsoft Store, which is included with the OS. The problem has been that it’s been a sluggish mess. It’s not hyperbole to say that it is one of the three worst things in Windows 10 (the other two are its jumble of ancient UI elements and its godawful search).

Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges

After several days of searching I found the MHW case badges from many years back. This was the surprise that I mentioned here in an earlier post that I wasn’t sure I could locate. If you would like to have one drop me a line. My email is on the “About Us” page. While the badge itself is free you will have to cover the cost of postage. A S.A.S.E. is my preferred method for taking care of that. Sorry but this offer is limited to those that live in the USA.

iOS App Rating Flaw

I confess I am not now nor have I ever been a Mac guy, but to each his own. If you are, though this article looks to be of interest.

An iOS app rating flaw lets developers create apps that cannot be opened until the user gives it a five-star review. It’s the latest discovery by FlickType developer Kosta Eleftheriou, whose Twitter bio now describes him as “Professional AppStore critic.” Eleftheriou has indeed made a name for himself identifying high-profile scam apps that made it through app review, some of which have made millions of dollars for their developers…

3D Realms / Apogee History

This is not new and it is a very long read but if you are a fan of the company IMO it is well worth your time.

Those who know me (and have read my blog over the years) know that I spent quite some time working for Scott Miller & George Broussard of Apogee Software (later 3D Realms). Was probably the single most fun job I’ve ever had in my life, and to this day, I still wish the old team was together. I’m not getting into the why of that, just pointing out what happened in the past. I worked there from Dec of 1992 through May of 2009. I’ve talked about that part of my life in more detail elsewhere on this blog. That’s not why I’m writing today. I’m writing about the history of the company.

Logitech Mouse Issues

I must confess I have experienced this problem myself. While I appreciate this guy’s ingenuity but it is sad that it is even necessary at all.

A common complaint with modern Logitech mice are the switches: unintentional double-clicking, dropping items while dragging, or not registering clicks. I’ve gone through at least six Logitech mice (G500, G700s, G903 Lightspeed) in the past few years; they usually last about a year before failing. In this article, I will show how to replace broken switches with high-quality replacements.

Halo Getting Visual Fixes

This is something you don’t see often, a PC port with worse visuals than the console version.

When Halo: Combat Evolved was originally released for PC, it was widely pointed out that, despite performance improvements, the game itself looked like a downgrade from the Xbox original it was based on. 343 Industries is now experimenting with the visual fidelity for Halo’s PC port, trying to emulate the Xbox visuals.

Nightmare Whodunit

If the story in this crazy article keeps you up at night let’s just say you are not alone in that.

After a year of lockdowns, home schooling and a bout of Covid, Kate and Matthew (not their real names) were hoping for better times as 2021 dawned. Instead, one January morning, there came a knock on the door from the police who were investigating a very serious crime, involving images of child abuse being posted online. The couple insisted they had nothing to do with it.

Tinder On The Vaccine Train

Apps like Hinge, Tinder, Match and Bumble are offering special incentives to people who roll up their sleeves, including badges showing vaccination status and free access to premium content. BLK and Chispa will boost profiles of those who are vaccinated, to make them more visible to potential matches. And OKCupid will even let users filter out potential partners based on whether they’ve gotten a vaccine.

Surprise New Header

Since I am an old man now for the sake of nostalgia I had planned on using the original MHW site Header to make a new Header today. When I say early I mean back when I coded the site by hand in .html (badly I must confess) early. The problem was it seems the font I used from a 1,001 piece budget clip-art collection I bought for that purpose is apparently still a commercial font. Since I can’t find that package and I am not willing to pay FORTY DOLLARS for a twenty plus year old font. It seems that right now I am SOFL. I am not giving up all hope yet though as I am willing to bet I still have the original clip art software package somewhere. If I do, I will eventually make another header using it when / if I find it. In the meantime if you are wondering what the font that shall remain nameless looked like, look no further than the “Books” page.

No More Internet Explorer

OK let’s see if I remember how to do this, and after over 10,000 previous news posts it would be a shame if I didn’t.

I would be surprised if there is one single person reading this saddened by this announcement.

If you’re one of the 10 people on the planet who absolutely loves Microsoft’s venerable Internet Explorer browser, you’d better spend quality time with it while you can—Microsoft is retiring the browser on June 15, 2022.

Signing In

It’s about time to hang up an “Open” sign and SLOWLY post some news. It is not like anyone is reading this yet though. I still am not satisfied with the site layout yet but if we wait for that to happen I might die first (more on that later). I have been considering trying a Patreon account here in the future. It would be nice if the site could stop getting into my pocket and be able to be self-sufficient enough to at least pay for the hosting.

Loading O/S

I had hoped this time when I restarted the site that things could be different, that I could finally implement my original vision of public interactivity that I had for the site twenty years ago. But just like the first time SPAM once again quickly raised its ugly head. As you can probably imagine by SPAM I don’t mean canned lunch-meat, several varieties of which IMO can be quite tasty. In this case I mean “Comment” SPAM. Not five minutes after I made the first new post on the site it started. In an hour I had more than a dozen pieces, porn, extreme politics, racism, sexism, etc. it ran the whole gamut. Since I don’t have the time or inclination to manually approve each and every comment coming in for now I have just turned them off. Sad I know but at the moment this seems the best of the bad solutions. So for some reason if you want to contact me please see the contact information on the “About Us” page.

Initializing BIOS

After an inordinate amount of digging I happened to stumble across the original twenty year old concept artwork I commissioned for MHW. Check them out on the right side of the site. I hope you enjoy it. No promises but I wouldn’t be surprised if there is one or two more surprises coming in the next few weeks. I guess that is all for now. Peace out.

Reboot In Progress

I spent more than four hours yesterday looking to find a theme I could tolerate (barely). Not sure where this is going yet but definitely don’t look for 15 or 20 pieces of news daily like in the past. I will say I look forward to spending more time producing the occasional content than mucking around with the site design and layout.