A View of Old Akihabara

by NFG - 5th September 2016 in Editorial, Japan, Social Studies, Technology

Things change. Nothing stands still, no matter what we’d prefer. What seems to be a static, ordered existence is constantly in flux and, in the grand scheme of things, it’s all going to rise and fall in the blink of […]

Cactus Radio Trigger for Ricoh Theta S

by NFG - 29th August 2016 in Camera, Hard Hackin, Hardware, Photography, Technology

Recently I picked up a Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera. You can read my experience with the Theta S if you’re curious. It’s pretty cool and Ricoh has been good about supporting it with different ways to use it. One […]

Ricoh Theta S Review

by NFG - 24th August 2016 in Camera, Hardware, Review, Technology

A few years ago I heard about the Theta camera from Ricoh. Not much larger than two large fingers side by side, it offered two 360-degree cameras, one on each side, for one-button surround panorama photos. Damned cool, thought the […]

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 […]

PC Engine Magazine Retrospective

by NFG - 2nd June 2014 in Games, Hardware, Japan, Technology

I’ve been going through a massive archive of PC Engine magazines recently. Complete runs of every PCE mag ever printed, basically, 43 gigabytes of scans that brought me on a roller coaster of PC Engine history. The entire history of […]

iiNet mailed me a KYP USB key

by NFG - 4th February 2014 in Hardware, Technology

I received an interesting thing in the mail yesterday, it’s a USB dongle from iiNet, a large Australian ISP. It was glued into a large postcard-type panel, and is basically a tiny USB circuit board with a plastic tab so […]

Chinese hackers ate my PC

by NFG - 24th March 2013 in Technology

This morning started like any other, but I hadn’t been seated at the PC for more than a few minutes before the first clues appeared, hinting at impending doom. A small Windows dialogue appeared, telling me a program I’d never […]

New Video Primer: Complete!

by NFG - 23rd December 2003 in Technology

I’ve been working on this for more than three months, but finally figured out how to put it all together coherently tonight. This is a layman’s introduction to a number of different things, starting with different video formats and how […]


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