Revisiting the Game Boy Camera

Back when we were younger my brother received a Game Boy Camera and Game Boy Printer for a birthday or Christmas. It was always fascinating how we could capture and print our own photos, especially due to how uncommon and expensive digital cameras were back then.

It’s now 2017 and everyone has a device capable of taking pictures on them at all times. Game Boy Camera selfies naturally don’t compare to those taken on the latest smartphones. But let’s put some AA batteries in my Game Boy and check out this outdated piece of tech once more. Who knows what ancient photos are stored in its memory.

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Picross: My Recent Obsession

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I adore puzzle games. From classics such as Tetris to more recent games like Pushmo and Professor Layton; I just can’t get enough. Whether it be games with simple mechanics or ones with involved, complicated rules that really make you think, there is nothing more satisfying as finally working out a puzzle after working on it for up to an hour or more.

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10 years and 150,000 Scrobbles Later

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I signed up for Last.fm in 2006 and have just hit 150,000 scrobbles (track plays). This works out to just about 40 songs played per day, which seems like a lot to me.  During the 10 years I have been on Last.fm my music taste has changed a fair amount and I have discovered heaps of new artists and genres to listen to.

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Making a Cork Mat for Your Record Player

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Most record players when purchased tend to come with a flimsy mat. When I purchased my Pro-Ject Debut III it came with a thin fabric one that just loved to leave dust and fibres on all the records it touched, not to mention the increased static. Upon searching for a suitable replacement many people on forums and reddit recommended a cork mat. Not only does it not attract a static charge but apparently it can also enhance the sound of your player. Curious I looked up on Amazon, eBay and others to find one to purchase. Pro-Ject sells their own one for £20, with many other companies asking similar prices. Cork is hardly an expensive material so I decided to make my own.

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HD on the cheap: why HD-DVDs are a great way to boost your film collection

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Back when I started buying movies on Blu-ray I purchased an internal drive to be able to rip them to my hard drive. The one that I purchased, the LG GGC-H20L, is not only capable of reading Blu-ray but also HD-DVD discs.

For those unaware HD-DVD lost out to Blu-ray and was quickly phased out. Stores heavily discounted players and titles to make more space for the winning format, they were practically given away. People who amassed large collections of HD-DVDs were stuck with a dead format that was next to worthless. Nowadays you can pick up titles for a fraction of what they would cost on Blu-ray, even though most of the time they look and sound near identical. But because nobody wants them anymore they can be had for dirt cheap and are a great way of boosting your film collection.

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Turning a Cheap PC Into Your Very Own Home Media Center

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I have never been satisfied with media center devices. Whether it be something straightforward as a Chromecast or a Roku set-top box, there have always been compromises to be had. The main negative of such devices is that most seriously lack codec support for popular file types. Most support the basics, such as h.264 and mp3. But what if you want to play a Blu-Ray rip? Nope, not possible (at least not without encoding/transcoding it first).

This is not to say that all standalone media devices aren’t worth your time. Western Digital make some pretty decent boxes that support all sorts of codecs and a lot of recent smart televisions can play most media files outright. What is the benefit on building a HTPC then? Customisability and performance.

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