• Pocket Voltex production update

    Here’s the latest and greatest progress update - if you’re signed up to the mailing list, you should have got this in email form too!

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  • Unravelling Konami's Arcade DRM

    It’s well known that Konami doesn’t have complex protection on its arcade systems. Programmed World was a fan-made network replacement and update service for Konami arcade games with no support outside of Japan. Nothing of its scale and quality had been seen before, and nothing has been seen since, despite other franchises on other systems having similarly impressive userbases. It existed for so many years, pushing day-1 data updates where no other system came close. Surely that means the crypto is simple? Well, it’s certainly not a walk in the park, but I’ve managed to completely reverse the system.

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  • $70 SDVX Controller

    In my neverending quest to play more rhythm games, I discovered SDVX/kshootmania. Unfortunately there really is no good way to play these without a controller. An expensive investment, you’re looking at over $200AUD shipped. Not something I want to spend for a game I may not even like!

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  • TEVO Tarantula BLTouch Setup

    The logical next step to improving your 3D printer experience is an automatically levelled bed. I won’t go into specifics, but the BLTouch is awesome - accurate, simple, and works on any surface. No fuss!

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  • Evoluent VerticalMouse C Review, teardown, comparison

    Computer mice haven’t really changed since they were invented. It’s still a block you move about with your hand in a flat position. However, this twisting of the forearm is unnatural, and frequent mouse users will find they develop wrist pain.
    The solution is a vertically oriented mouse. It lets the hand rest in a natural state and in my experience is super comfortable. These are readily available for under $30 on eBay, Amazon and Aliexpress, but are often childsize or simply not comfortable enough. After trying about 4 mice I’ve realised who the reigning champion is: Evoluent.

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