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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

Every NES start screen. All of them.

I saw this on Wired and had to share it here. YouTube user NicksplosionFX compiled a video made up of every NES/Famicom start screen ever made. No big deal, right? It's 2 hours, 50 minutes and 12 seconds long. THAT's *kinda* a big deal. Can't...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

Windows XP antivirus update 

Well slap my face and call me Sally. Yesterday I posted an article about ditching XP because Microsoft was ending all support, including antivirus support, for that old and aged behemoth. I'll just go ahead and assume that they read my article, because that very...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

Update your Windows XP antivirus software 

I'm sorry, that title is a bit misleading, but please continue reading. Because I'm a "computer guy," people always ask me about what anti-virus software to use, even though I'm avowedly a Mac user and haven't regularly used a PC in almost a decade. What's...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014


New Godzilla movie 

Aren't we used to Hollywood churning out remakes of old movies? I suppose. But I will tell you this, there is no such thing as a bad Godzilla movie. Even the bad ones are great. And the first, the original? It is greatness defined. (Interestingly,...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

What is Bitcoin? 

Now that we have at least one brick-and-mortar establishment (the Volstead Act bar) in Spokane that accepts bitcoin as currency, it's probably a good time to explain what it is and how you use it. Short answer: Bitcoin is magic internet money that you use...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 2013

Follow Friday

Sometimes I find Twitter accounts that are just too awesome to not share. Here are a few of my faves: You can’t please everyone all of the time. But you can beat the crap out of some people most of the time. — The Batman...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 2013

How to add Spokesman.com to your mobile desktop

What's that? You got yourself a brand spankin' new phone for a gift? You'll probably be playing with it for the next 24-36 hours straight, without sleep, without showering, muttering "grph moar apps" under your breath like a downtown hobo grumbling about aluminum cans. Whilst...

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Browser slowing down?

Take this as a warning kids, I'm a professional. If your computer is running slowly, and you're using Firefox, Chrome, Safari or that other one, the problem is probably in your computer's fleshware*, and I have a bugfix for you. But first, the problem. So...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

A few of my favorite Spokesman things

The Spokesman-Review has been printing the local news for 130 years, but in the past few years we've been able to stretch out a bit on the web with cool features that you can only find online at spokesman.com. As the new guy here I'm...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013

Fonts.com Fontacular sale (last day)

You need to buy some of these fonts today from Fonts.com Fontacular Sale, which ends today. Some of them are darn good deals. I purchased Freight Display, because the Freight family is amazing and I need to start somewhere. This one is a headline font,...

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Google autosuggest A to Z

For giggles, I decided to see what Google autosuggested for the phrase "is ." Here are the results: My thoughts: Must be chemistry finals? Does no one wonder about the women celebrities? The answer is to the question "Is 'vaping' safe" is: You...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

Nerd Wikis

So, one of the things about nerds is that they're sticklers for details. Let's take a simple quiz to gauge your ranking in the nerd herd: 1) Approximately how old is Yoda? (n00b nerd) 2) Gandalf was of what race? (well-qualified nerd) 3) What are...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2013

A Journey Through Middle Earth

I know it's a promo piece for the new Hobbit movie (of which, I don't know why they split it up into multiple parts. It's not like it was a long book to begin with), and it's a glorified powerpoint presentation, but hey, it's still...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

FTL: Advanced Edition

With all of the talk about the new PS4 and the Xbox One and all the next-gen games, there's really one one game I'm excited about. It's the new Advanced Edition of FTL: Faster Than Light. At just $10, you'll get more replay value out...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 2013

Cosmic Sans Neue Mono

Well, if that isn't disappointing. If you're going to name your font after the greatest of all fonts, the incredible and nuanced Comic Sans MS, then you had better deliver. A guy made a programming font called Cosmic Sans Neue Mono, which had everyone's heart...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2013

Google already knows you want this mug

In a bit of tongue-in-cheek jesting, Microsoft is selling a coffee mug that takes a jab at Google's propensity for "data aggregation," AKA, "Do no evil.*" I think it's a jab at Gmail, since I know that's one of their selling points for their email...

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How the WSJ handles comments

Brian Boyer (@brianboyer) of NPR posted this interesting link about how the WSJ handles comments on one of their pages. Suuuuper clever way to do comments in this WSJ project. Scroll down, on the right. http://t.co/syb8mjPgCb — Brian Boyer (@brianboyer) November 20, 2013 Here's a...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013

How Minecraft was born

If you haven't seen it, Wired.com has a fantastic article on the history of Minecraft. It covers the origins of the idea, how it was inspired by other existing games, and how Notch was eventually able to bring it to the marketplace. As someone involved...

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Pixelkit Bootstrap templates

If you're a web developer using Bootstrap, sometimes the base styles are a tad boring. (Bootstrap, btw, is a CSS framework that makes web development really easy. I used it for http://www.nwprepsnow.com, and odds are that it will be coming to www.spokesman.com too.) The base...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

Un-boxing a Playstation 4

Remember, remember, the 15th of November... as Playstation 4 un-boxing day! After an exhaustive search through the box, we discovered to our delight that Sony has thrown in an HDMI cable, which they skimped out on when I un-boxed my old PS3. Of course, now...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

The Tech Deck Retro Desktop Wallpaper

Because everyone needs something as rad as this as their desktop wallpaper. (Click on the image to go to the large version) If you're interested in how I made it, I created it in Adobe Illustrator following the gist of this tutorial: Create a 1980s...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

Calvin and Hobbes available on iTunes!

This is some of the best news this year! Calvin and Hobbes is one of the best newspaper comics of all time, right up there with the Far Side in terms of influence and sheer awesomeness. And now for the first time, it's available in...

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Burger King delivery followup

A fellow Burger King eating compadré of mine had this to say about Burger King's delivery service: They delivered in 20 mins when we ordered by phone. Wonder if there was a delay in getting the order from the website to the store. And that...

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The Tech Deck

Technology stuff, Game reviews, poorly photoshopped images and offbeat humor from the geeks who run spokesman.com and spend too much time on Imgur/Reddit.

Send your nerd stuff to dang@spokesman.com and we might write about it. Or we might poorly photoshop it and mock it mercilessly, as all good nerds are wont.