16 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

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Atari

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By Joey of Global Nerdy 2 months ago.
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…just once more, because this time you've got it figured out. They are, to borrow a line from Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, "easy to learn, hard to master". The latest game to meet these criteria for 50 million frustrated-but-addicted players was Flappy Bird , a free iOS game where you tapped the screen to make a bird's wings flap and give it lift as it navigated an increasingly maddeningly impassable field of Mario-esque tubes. Coded by 29-year-old Vietnamese developer …

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By Lucas Welch of Chef Blog 3 months ago.
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…that he dreamed of being a developer from an early age after encountering BASIC in old Atari magazines. He pursued this dream all the way through university, where he attained a computer science degree in 2005.

Then, something happened.

While at university, Jon interned as a systems administrator and saw first hand what programming in Java on Sun machines looked like. Turns out, it wasn't his cup of tea. But managing all the ins and outs of infrastructure fulfilled his desire to …

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By Todd Hoff of High Scalability 7 months ago.
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When two titans of the early computing industry, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell , had a chance to sit down for a chat at the C2SV conference last Friday, we learned how a little foresight and luck can decide futures.

Steve Wozniak's Success - Expandability

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett over 1 year ago.
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A sign of things to come. PCM is a very primitive type of synthesis, but this could be useful for 8-bit music, e.g., chiptunes, early Atari and Nintendo video game music, etc.

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By Joey of Global Nerdy 2 years ago.
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Ah, the Atari 2600. It takes me back to my wonderfully misspent youth:

Why Work at Shopify: The "I Want to Draw the Owl" Reasons

One of the reasons that Shopify is successful is that we've worked out some ways of doing things. We're all about "drawing the owl", and the way we do things is an in the service of drawing that owl. (Don't worry, you'll soon know what "drawing the owl means".)

Shopifolks - that's what I like to call …

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By Renae Bair of Intridea - Company Blog over 3 years ago.
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Although the big players (like Atari) in the console gaming market were sinking, Nintendo did encounter several challenges in entering the American market with the NES; as a result of the market crash, U.S. retailers had declared console gaming to be a fad that had run its course, and they didn't want to give shelf space to video games. In addition, gamers were disenchanted with console games after suffering through a montage of really bad titles from Atari, ColecoVision, Magnavox Odyssey…

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On Alex R. Young almost 4 years ago.
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…played tonnes of Qix, I forgot how much I like that game! The cabinets were nice Atari ones as well, not generic pub cabinets with MAME .

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I've heard FOWA is going to be at the same venue, which is a good thing. I was initially disappointed by FOWA's lineup, and I've seen 80% of the speakers before so it's a hard sell. If you're thinking about going and haven't been to many Carsonified events before, you should have …

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 4 years ago.
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…app. A real honest-to-god iPad app. Imagine a 13-year-old in 1978 who could produce and sell his own Atari 2600 cartridges.

Somehow I don't think young Mr. Kaplan sees the iPad as hurting his sense of wonder or entrepreneurism.

I heard a sentiment similar to Gruber's from a longtime Mac developer and book author with a few apps in the App Store:

As for the app store submission process, it's generally a lot better than some loudmouths contend. Even …

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By Joey of Global Nerdy 3 years ago.
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Valley Raid, a 3-D homage to the classic Atari 2600 videogame River Raid.

The Great Canadian Appathon was a contest open to Canadian post-secondary students where they were challenged to write a great mobile game for Windows Phone 7 (the official mobile platform of the Appathon) in a 48-hour marathon session on the weekend of March 9th. The event was put together by the Toronto-based mobile game development shop XMG Studio with the help of the National Post , …

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By Joey of Global Nerdy over 3 years ago.
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…the original spreadsheet, ran on the Apple ][, TRS-80, Atari and Commodore machines. Games like Miner 2049er ran on just about every machine under the sun, including the ColecoVision console. Pop open just about any computer of that era that had built-in BASIC, whether Apple, Radio Shack or Commodore, and what did you see on the ROM chips? A Microsoft copyright notice.

It's the same today with mobile operating systems: if you really want an app to take off, …

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