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The NewZealand Arcade Machine Story

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 […]

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How To: Push Mag+ MIB files via Automator

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 […]

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How To: Write a RTing Twitter bot in PHP

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, […]

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Booking Japanese train tickets from outside Japan

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 […]

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

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 […]

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