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Mike Melanson
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Oh dear. I was just interacting with a web form on the site of a financial institution. It didn't accept my input-- threw an server error. I removed the angle brackets in my message and it works.

Feels like a bit of a rookie mistake.

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I don't think I have ever shared my own NES/SNES collection with this group. That's probably because I don't have it anymore. I took all these pictures 6 years ago before I gave it all away. That's right-- I just gave it all away! :-) I never expected a new collectors' boom as we have seen in recent years.

The collection includes Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior II, all 6 NES Mega Man games, a grey Zelda cart, and a top loader NES.

I await all your lamentations that I could just give this stuff away. :-)

Brand new frustration dealing with a website form:

I needed to interact with customer service. There is an option to send a secure message through my account page. So I carefully compose the message.

When I submit, it gives me an error that my message contains characters that can't be handled. Since I have no idea which basic punctuation characters might be confusing the backend, and since the form gave me no feedback about the offending characters, I resorted to rewriting the message in old school style.

And by "old school", I mean telegram style. I removed all non-alphanumeric characters except for periods which I replaced with STOP. Hey, the web form accepted it.

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I've been helping to translate more old DOS games.

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I finally composed a new blog post. This time, I'm describing a general philosophy for translating game resources.

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I was pretty baffled when I saw this Google-branded Dell server at Silicon Valley's Weird Stuff Warehouse today. Why does this exist?

Then I remembered that Google sells Search Appliances to enterprises and this is what such an appliance looks like.
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Seen at Weird Stuff Warehouse: A software package in an enormous box. The place has 2 copies of this and lots of other similarly enormous software packages. I was curious to know what all that space was for. Fortunately, this copy was unwrapped so I was able to open it up and see exactly what was inside.

It comes with language reference, user reference, design reference, tutorials, and 5 more books that aren't labeled on the spine.

I looked it up and 4th Dimension Database is still an active product. It's 32 years old at this point and is so old that they managed to snare the simple domain name 4d.com way back in the day.

Including +SiliconClassics, who has a group dedicated to showcasing "Retro Software Packages -
Back when software came with ten pounds of manuals."
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Seen at Silicon Valley's Weird Stuff Warehouse today: Is US$300 a good price for a complete IBM 5150 PC?
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I found a beautifully preserved manual for Falcon 3.0, the PC flight simulator from 1991. 300+ pages to understand this game! I was always somewhat fascinated by this game since a friend's family had a gleaming new 486 computer and this was the game they used to showcase its power.

Mostly, I was just fascinated by the opening animation. Now that I view the animation on YouTube, I see that it's mostly a static picture with some 3D/sprite animation overlaid on top.
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Fun with Amazon pricing: Either buy 1, or buy a 2-pack for more than triple the price!

Though if you just adjust the single-price quantity to 2, you will get the sane price.
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