Tag Archives: reminiscence

Hearing from my software heroes

Using the terminal program "ANSITerm" within the "Hatari" Atari ST emulator to write a message on a BBS.

Using the terminal program “ANSITerm” within the “Hatari” Atari ST emulator to write a message on a BBS.

I spent much of my teenage life inside the confines of the Atari ST terminal program “ANSITerm” by Timothy Miller of Two World Software.

I have mentioned the program before on the blog, and I even described it briefly when I was a guest on the Bobby Blackwolf Show podcast. But I’ve never really given it its due.

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Bolivia vacation: Photo and video editing choices

Sharing my latest Bolivia blog post on Facebook. Under the iPad is my father-in-law's laptop.

Sharing my latest Bolivia blog post on Facebook. Under the iPad is my father-in-law’s laptop.

For 10 years my family has traveled to Bolivia regularly to see family and friends. Last month we returned for a three-week vacation.

As our family has grown, so has the expense of the flights. Consequently the interval between trips has increased as well. Our previous trip was in 2010.

Planning for the 2013 trip, I wanted to take much better-quality photos and (especially) videos than before.

I thought it might be interesting to write a blog post looking back at what technology we used on past trips, the upgrade choices we made this time, and our end results.

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Kids drawing on computers, then and now

My daughter Ludi's drawing of me, created in Adobe Ideas on an iPad 2.

My daughter Ludi’s drawing of me, created in Adobe Ideas on an iPad 2.

Today was “Parents get to watch dance class” day. In the afternoon my daughter Ludi and I went to see my oldest daughter, Jadzia. The “public” part of the class came at the end, so Ludi and I were waiting for a bit. During the downtime we played a few games on the iPad, and then she drew a picture of me using Adobe Ideas.

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Someone has conquered South America in a game of Global War.

Global War memories

I was introduced to the board game Risk around 1999-2000 by good friends from my college newspaper, The Current. Most were excellent players, each with a favorite strategy and plan of attack.

Though I had never played the board game before, I discovered that I already knew, more or less, how to play. I had learned years earlier by playing a similar game for BBSes called Global War by Joel Bergen.

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Solar Realms Elite memories

In his blog post reacting to Wikipedia’s deletion of its Space Empire Elite article, Benj Edwards asked folks to preserve BBS door game history by writing up articles about particular games.

That’s just what I plan to do on this blog. I’m going to remember my favorite games — and also talk with door game creators.

Today I kick things off with some personal reflections on Solar Realms Elite.

(Be sure to read the follow-up interview with SRE creator Amit Patel)

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