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The NewZealand Arcade Machine Story

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When I was a kid, I used to go for swimming lessons in the local leisure centre. In the lobby there were three machines: one that vended miscellaneous swimming items (cheap goggles, earplugs, etc), one that sold various less-than-healthy snacks, and one arcade game machine playing a game called The NewZealand Story. I never played it (pocket money was precious), but I must have spent ages watching the game play itself in demo mode. If […]

How To: Push Mag+ MIB files via Automator

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At work at Apptitude Media, we make interactive digital magazines, brochures and the like using the Magplus system – both for ourselves, and for clients. One of the final stages of any project is to send the finished MIB content file to a device for testing – it’s an action we perform several times each day. And there are a few ways to do it, the most convenient of which is the Simple MIB Pusher. […]

How To: Write a RTing Twitter bot in PHP

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File this one under “stuff I’ve been meaning to look up for ages”: yesterday I finally sat down and wrote a Twitter-bot. You know the kind – a dedicated account that looks for updates containing a certain word or phrase, then retweets them – I often end up being tweeted by @redscarebot, for example. Anyhow, here’s how to write your own, in just a few lines of PHP. You’ll need: 1) A server running PHP […]

Booking Japanese train tickets from outside Japan

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I’ll say this upfront – if you’re visiting Japan as a tourist, probably using a Japan Rail Pass, there’s really no need to book tickets before you go. I’ve hauled myself around most of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido on dozens of trains, usually booking a day or two, at most, before traveling. But then, sometimes you do. This year, through a feat of spectacular idiocy, I managed to arrive in Hakodate just as the main […]

How To: Make a 3DS grip from an old GameCube pad

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When the 3DS was first released, I was a bit nonplussed. I mean, the 3D worked just fine, but at the European launch it cost a fortune, there were few good games, and the system was made in an inexplicable turquoisey colour. In the last few months, though, it’s all changed. There’s now a lower price (especially for the older, smaller one – just £130), better firmware, and a handful of great games: I’ve been […]