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Ghost in the Shell: Whitewashed.

by NFG - 15th April 2016 in Comics, Editorial

There’s a lot of internet outrage lately, about the new Ghost in the Shell movie featuring Scarlett Johansson. First of all, we’ve known for a long time that this was coming and so the outrage happening now seems weird to […]

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Seagate’s SMR Hard Drives – Cheap, Fast, Tricky

by NFG - 13th April 2016 in Tech

I’m a photographer, and I shoot RAW images that are 20-30MB each. I’ll create anywhere from 2 to 50 GB of images for a photoshoot, and I never throw away my images. So, in 2015, I needed a little more […]

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The Hitachi HiSaturn Navi

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Instagram

The HiSaturn Navi is the only non-standard Saturn system sold to gamers. It had a built-in GPS navigation system, karaoke features, a 12-Volt power supply for use in cars, and it looked -amazing-. You can read more about the HiSaturn […]

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The Korean Vistar 16

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Hardware, Instagram

Korea hates Japan, but they do love making money off their stuff. Korean companies released several Japanese consoles, including most Sega systems, some Nintendo ones and NEC’s PC Engine. Or rather, the TurboGrafx 16. It was renamed the Vistar 16, […]

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PC Engine RomRom Amp Manual

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Hardware

Since I’ve got the scanner out, I’ve scanned the PC Engine RomRom Amp manual. This cool little stereo amplifier came with two speakers and was made to fit under the CDROM system. It has some cute art inside.

PC Engine SuperGrafx Manual

by NFG - 2nd March 2016 in Games

While I lost all my hardware in the 2011 Queensland floods, I still have some manuals. And because I didn’t see this already available online, here’s the PC Engine SuperGrafx manual, at 300dpi. Enjoy!

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SNK Neo Geo CD Pad Review

by NFG - 29th February 2016 in Games, Hardware, Reviews

The Neo Geo CD pad is typical SNK: it’s strong, impact-resistant, supremely comfortable and utterly unique in its manufacture. It’s also fundamentally flawed and so prone to failure that you’re virtually guaranteed to get a flaky one if you buy […]

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Thinking about Video Games

by NFG - 11th February 2016 in Editorial, Games, Personal

I’ve never really been comfortable with modern game thinking. A lot of people I know subscribe to this idea that videogames can be more than they are, that they should be more. More emotion, more story. They see this as […]

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The New Bike

by NFG - 8th January 2016 in Australia, Review

When I lived in Canada I was doing a lot of mountain biking. I had a habit of breaking cheap bikes and so I kept getting bigger and better ones, eventually ending up with a Specialized Big Hit, a monster […]

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Getting to know the Cactus V6 (again)

by NFG - 3rd October 2015 in Hard Hackin, Hardware, Photography, Review, Tech

I don’t know what happened, but the original of this article has evaporated into the internet ether. Let’s all thank the internet archive and maybe give them some money. Anyway, the Cactus V6! — The Cactus V6 transceiver is a […]

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Car Stereo Hacking (again)

by NFG - 13th September 2015 in Hard Hackin, Hardware, Sound

You might remember I hacked up the stereo in my car a while back (but you probably don’t). Long story short, my new-to-me Honda CR-V had a steering-wheel stereo control that used two wires to communicate with the stock head […]

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Sony: Fucking Idiots

by NFG - 29th July 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s been a long time since I felt this familiar anger, this boiling frustration with preposterous dumbassery that promises to make my life a little awesomer and much worse at the same time. But oh, Sony, you guys are fucking […]

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MiniDisc Frequency Analysis

by NFG - 29th July 2015 in Hardware, Sound, Technology

I’m not late to the MiniDisc party, I was a supporter from the early days. I fell out of love with the format when I bought a Rio Karma, a 20GB HDD-based player that was far more convenient than MD […]

Things Samsung Should Fix

by NFG - 21st May 2015 in Editorial, Mobile Devices, Technology

I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It’s a brilliant piece of hardware let down by its software. Samsung does not, it seems, give much of a shit about their software. My guess is they would rather not bother […]

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For Want of a Button

by NFG - 21st May 2015 in Hard Hackin, Mobile Devices

I recently purchased a Galaxy Note 4 phone, and I love it. It’s an amazing piece of hardware let down only by Samsung’s inability to write useful software. Or perhaps it makes as much sense to say that Samsung can’t […]

Militarization and Societal Polarization

by NFG - 1st May 2015 in Australia, Editorial, Social Studies

I’ve long been aware of a particular shift in our collective cultural thinking, towards the belief that our military, and its warriors, are beyond reproach, beyond criticism. In the same way that we often hold our police to be incapable […]

A quick thought on free speech

by NFG - 1st May 2015 in Australia, Social Studies

From a recent ABC news article, this reply by Tim Wilson makes a very important point about free speech. Scott McIntyre was an SBS Journalist who some contentious tweets, on ANZAC Day, which I thought were a fairly reasonable (though […]

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Review – Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

by NFG - 1st April 2015 in Games, Review, Reviews

The problem with Geometry Wars 3 is that it tries too hard to be better, without understanding what made the prequels good. Geometry Wars is basically Robotron for the modern era, and the first GW games knew this. They adhered […]

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Capcom’s CPS Changer

by NFG - 21st March 2015 in Games, Hardware

The nineties were a time of weird and wonderful experimentation in Japan. Flush with bubble-era cash and without a clear idea what to do with it, a lot of companies tried a lot of ambitious things. Minidisc, X68000, Skyline GT-R. […]

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Resurrecting the Dreamcast with GDEMU

by NFG - 21st March 2015 in Games, Hardware, Reviews

The Dreamcast has long been one of my top-5 consoles, along with the Super Nintendo and PC Engine, but Sega’s attempts to region-lock it made it less valuable to me as I bounced around the world from NTSC-U to NTSC-J […]


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