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  1. Searchable PDF Pilot Program

    I took 27 magazines which are already a PDF in Philly's new torrent. They were Amiga through Micro User. I ran the OCR tool and embedded an index for each of these 27 files and saved them to a SSD drive. I then searched these 27 magazines with 3 different words and used a stop watch. I searched for the words, "coin", "the", and "computer". Each search took 2 seconds or less. If I assume all magazines take up to 2 seconds and apply it to Philly's torrent of 1337 different magazines then these words will take 99 seconds to find in 1337 magazines. I'm currently embedding the 2nd half of the PDF's found in Philly's torrent. I'm curious how accurate my estimate will be after adding more magazines to the search cue. I disagree with being able to search the magazines. People often ask if anyone remembers a certain instance in a magazine, they give us an approximate year and we can do a search. I would also like to search for magazine game reviews and citations of future games the writers promote. Sometimes hardware and games get mentioned once and then become vaporware and besides this I would just be more interested if I could control what I'm looking for.
  2. Searchable PDF Pilot Program

    I'am using Acrobat Pro X1 and converting part 1 of Philly's torrent from PDF to a PDF with OCR text recognition. I never got any graphical anomalies although, like you said, advertisements are hit and miss as well as covers. What I have learned about Adobe's character recognition is that Images need to be deskewed, letters need to be at least 20 pixels in height, 300 dpi is the minimum recommended scan resolution, and lines of text need to be close to horizontal. Backgrounds color is likely going to contribute to pages not being OCR'd. With the high standard Retromags has for it's scans, we are a gauge for the potential of all other OCR programs out there. It would be so easy to run a batch on all the magazines if they were in PDF and correct me if Im wrong but most are in the CBR format and would need to be converted to PDF and then run the Acrobat OCR tool. Microsoft One Note and Evernote are both capable of character recognition of raw picture files such as CBR. Just extract the folder out of CBR and they work but I haven't done a whole lot of investigation into this yet. It would be nice if somebody could just search all the magazines like google searches the web and then have a list of results. Google drive and archive org have these features but the quality is downgraded and Retromags should be getting credit for this.
  3. Inquest Gamer scans?

    These are all valid points which most regular staff would agree with for the most part. Retromags should remain pretty tight about the person scanning magazines. I'm not acusing anyone of malice intent but when person A tells me that person B scanned a magazine and I have permission, I become suspicious. Long story short, I would like to see some type of evidence that permission is granted to use the scans of a magazine on Retromags preservation site. I looked up Shadis Dualist and Inquest Gamer on Wikipedia and the traits they all share are following card games in the early to mid nighties then expanding to include board games and some types of Role Playing Games. They are certainly not what you usually find on Retromags but it still has a certain type of nerdyness which is not so out of place. I say put the covers up once permission is granted, see what we have as far as how many magazines are scanned and then have a vote. Honestly, all this talk has made me curious about it. Now, if somebody approached me with some type of computer hardware magazines, I would be completely in favour of preserving them here. Videogames and computers in my opinion go together like toast and jam.
  4. A shadow looms over the town of Derry. Derryfolk don’t seem to care at all if anyone lives or if anyone dies. This callousness is not the fault of the townsfolk rather it seems to emerge from the incredible tragedies that routinely occur every 27 years, sometimes longer sometimes shorter. Adults in Derry see the suffering and catastrophes in Derry and try finding rational answers to irrational problems. Every 30 years give or take, children are found mutilated or go missing and every 30 years the townsfolk set a curfew, lock their doors and the police begin the cold search for a specter which doesn’t even exist in the mind of anyone who disbelieves in the paranormal or supernatural. Derryfolk have lived with this malevolence for so long that they have come to understand it, tolerate it, or in some way even love it. This story is not just about a shape-shifting Bogart from beyond the universe, nor is it about traps set for the most vulnerable children in Derry rather it is a story of the passage between adolescence into adulthood, the fears and troubles we suffer through, and how they manifest into our adult lives no matter how hard we try to suppress them. This would describe the book It by Stephen King in my opinion although my description pays no credit to the incredible amount of detail found in over 1000 pages. This book took me about two weeks to read or about 30 - 40 hours of reading. Every little detail is thoroughly fleshed out but the story never becomes dull. A problem arises when you take a story such as this and try to adapt it to light and sound. For starters, you are going to have to cut much of the side stories found in the book and focus on the main plot. This right here is a dis-service to anyone who enjoys the novel but it is also something which is completely unavoidable. This movie is only part 1 and it is already 2 hours 20 minutes and I would guess part 2 will be the same. You will never get all the story into a movie unless it was 10 hours long with a huge budget for set and props.
  5. I was watching the latest season of Halt and Catch fire last night and became inspired by Joe McMillan, a fictional character who made it big in Silicon Valley as CEO for IBM, then Computer Hardware and now web browsers and search algorithms. There was a time when we had the world wide web but we never had Lycos, Yahoo or Google. These companies built algorithms which crawled the internet and indexing web pages automatically. We have an advantage right now, a relatively limited amount of magazines to index and the tools to do it. If somebody was to have all the magazines on one hard drive and then they converted it to PDF, they could hold the data needed to index it page for page, title for title and word for word. This could be relatively easy to do for private use but the problem for me would be coding it so website users could use it.
  6. Videogames featured in television shows

    Time is up. This one fried the brain of even our best game garbanzos. The other mistake in the scene where Ben and Mike play Nintendo is the fact that the control deck is turned around backwards. Nobody can give a logical reason why this is so unless they wanted to show the RCA cables neatly falling from the coffee table.
  7. Videogames featured in television shows

    Congratulations! You have found one of the two errors I purposefully made in my record of what is known as "Growing Pains". Find the other mistake I made in this scene with Mike & Ben then share it with you're friends and may the best player win! Cosby Show Season 08 Ep 09 For Men Only - Despite Theo's reading disorder know as dyslexia, he has graduated university and is teaching high school classes. The proud father Heathcliff Huxtable has been invited by his son to give a motivational speech to the class, leaving his granddaughter Oliva and friend without a babysitter. Heathcliff's father Russell is happy to take on the task and we find them bonding while enjoying a game of Nintendo.
  8. Videogames featured in television shows

    Taxi Season 03 Ep 13 Zen and the art of Cab driving - Jim has this revelation and decides he will work double shift driving cab. After Jim saves a bunch of money he invites his friends over to reveal his goal. They are all surprised when they find out he spent all his money on television as he calls it. This is one of Christopher Lloyd's better character moments in the show and even though Jim only mentions Video Computer Games, this portion of the episode belongs in this collection. Season 04 Ep 18 The Unkindest Cut - The cab drivers are complaining of boredom because there is nothing to do in the garage so Louie invest in an a Pac Man arcade unit to help boost morale. Jim overwhelmingly agrees to be the first to try the game and becomes hooked.
  9. Switch sells more than PS4 In the 6 month period the Nintendo Switch has been available in Japan (March 4th - Sep 4th 2017), the sales number have reached 1.5 Million units. As of June 30 2017 according to wiki Wikipedia 3DS Sales 23.54 million 3DS units have been shipped. Maybe you're sample of Nintendo fans haven't realized they want it yet, or maybe the price is too high. I heard the 3DS has the means of playing games unlawfully so it could be looked at as higher value in this regard.
  10. It was divisive in 1997 because Square Enix abandoned Nintendo for Sony's prospective optical media and 3rd party friendly business environment. The game data was at least 2GB spanning 3 CD-ROM, while the average N64 game at the time was between 4 and 24 Megabytes. This would take between 83 and 500 game cartridges. Square made the correct choice to develop their games on Playstation going forward, no question. Just look at Final Fantasy 6's renowned opera scene. To me this is painful to watch. Square did a magnificent job displaying the emotion of the scene with only a phony MIDI voice and a square like sprite representing a female but this story would have been that much better with a full toolset of FMV and other technological advancements. N64 was the console that everybody either owned or have played in abundance as well as the Sony Playstation but it was the release of Final Fantasy 7 on the Sony Playstation that became the landmark which signaled which way mainstream videogames were headed and ultimately Nintendo in at least some way was left to suffer for their choices.
  11. I don't just take Nintendo's word that they made an innocent toy. They are either mis-managed or incompetent from making important American and European "big business decisions". I really look at Nintendo from their entire past and although it makes sense that they want to stop competing with Sony and Microsoft's powerful computer like power and instead stick to their type of Nintendo family fun home entertainment, it doesn't excuse their past mistakes going all the way to NES and treatment of 3rd party developers, their ignorance towards the optical media insurgency and the most recent mistep with the Wii U nor their notorious miscalculations for stock supply, in fact they are now starting a trend. I'll be honest, I had never heard of these NAND flash shortages but it really must not be blamed on anyone but Nintendo. The fact is Samsung makes these flash memory chips and the first one in line to receive the shipments are Samsung but it is lucky that Nintendo isn't going to have to wait too long. Nintendo only has one system on the market now and the fact they are now saying they need twice as many console than originally thought says more about their research and development than it does about any cynics.
  12. Videogames featured in television shows

    There has been a recent robbery in Bel Air at the Spelling residence and Philip wants to upgrade the security system. The security salesman exaggerates the consequences of not upgrading their security and while he is describing this he goes off topic and begins describing mangled bodies and stuff. Philip asks where this happened and he says Mortal Kombat by Sega. At the time, Mortal Kombat was popular and if you wanted all the fatalities without censoring blood and gore, then you had to purchase the Sega Genesis version because Super Nintendo had this portion removed. Fresh Prince of Bel Air Season 4 Ep 16 I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams
  13. Videogames featured in television shows

    I need more clues because I have no idea what show this is from. I did find an episode of Xfiles in which I hear the music Green Hill Zone playing in the arcade. X Files Season 03 Ep 03 D.P.O.
  14. Videogames featured in television shows

    Seinfeld Season 05 Ep 12 The Stall - Tetris, Sim City and Super Spike V'Ball make it onto Jerry's shelf mid way through season 5 and it does not change for the rest of the series. Seinfeld Season 09 Ep 18 The Frogger - George and Jerry visit their old high school hang out one last time before it closes down. Jerry notices that George still holds the high score on the Frogger machine from 19 years ago. Sopranos Season 01 Ep 04 Meadowlands - Tony and Anthony Junior play Mario Kart 64 and talk about their day. Sopranos Season 02 Ep 10 Bust Out - Anthony Jr plays Flag to Flag Racing on the Sega Dreamcast. Three controllers are plugged in and I would imagine the television crew would be playing some Soul Calibur and NFL 2K Drew Carey For the first 6 season a Sega Saturn was often seen sitting above Drew's television. Season 05 Ep 13 - The Sega Dreamcast makes a cameo appearance on the show right after the launch. Doreen and Lewis are seen playing Dreamcast on their first date. Rumor has it that Drew liked the Dreamcast so much that he took it home and kept it. Season 07 Ep 03 Beginning with season 7 Drew replaced his Saturn with a Paystation 2.
  15. Have you ever seen real life videogame like the Nintendo being played or just sitting in the background as a prop? I set myself on a quest to see if anyone has started a project like this and came upon a website called The electronic Playground This site seems to focus on movies for the most part and the few shows they do mention, I don’t even have. So I went ahead and recorded all the moments I found in my collection up to 2001 and will share my findings. Growing Pains Season 2 Ep 8 Jason’s Rib - Mike and Ben are seen playing the black box game NES Golf. Notice that they use composite rca jacks. I wonder if they run it to the VCR or if it was to the Television. That 70’s show Season 01 Ep 22 Punk Chick - Kelso decides that Pong is too easy with the original paddles so he decides to modify it with the help of Red. Roseanne Season 04 Ep 15 The Back Story - DJ asks for SNES for his birthday, his parents say they can’t afford it but then his Grandma buys it. We then see that Dan actually did buy it for DJ because Dan is found testing it out at his shop. We also find out that DJ’s next door neighbor Todd Bowman owns a Genesis. Roseanne Season 04 Ep 19 The Commercial Show - Todd Bowman complains about Lanford and says his new friends in Chicago have more games. After their argument DJ reveals that Todd’s mother needs surgery to have the stick removed from her butt. Magnum PI Season 04 Ep 03 Smaller than Life - Kid playing missile command on atari 400 then later Donkey Kong. The kid tells Rick and Magnum that he can log in to this computer they speak of by using his modem. Magnum PI Season 05 Ep12 Little Games Master - Magnum Plays the PC game Dungeon Master on Robin Master’s expensive security system computer and crashes it. King of the Hill Season 11 Ep 08 Grand Theft Arlen - Hank becomes adicted to a game called Pro Pain where the protagonist is a Propane Salesman named Hank and you travel around Arlen and do different things in the same manner as Grand Theft Auto. King of the Hill Season 09 Ep15 It aint over till the fat neighbor sings - Bobby finds Peggies Atari console in the closet and they play each other Night Court Season 05 Ep 03 Death of a Baliff - After the Court spends alot of money buying computers for the courthouse Mac doesn’t want to give up his paper filing system and calls the computer an appliance from hell. After Mac figures out how to turn it on, Harry asks what the next case is and Mac responds, “The People vs... Pac-Man sir” Laughter ensues. Home Improvment Season 01 Ep 24 Stereoo Typical - Tim decides they need a surround sound audio system and we see an Atari 5200 with a paddle on top of the television. Home Improvment Season 02 Ep 10 Let’s Did Lunch - Mark is seen playing Gameboy OG in the backyard. Home Improvment Season 01 Ep 13 Up Your Alley - The boys get bullied by a ruffian at the bowling alley arcade in detroit. I can see Zaxon and Lady bug Home Improvement Seaon 05 Ep 22 the longest day - Randy is depressed and goes to the local arcade. We get to see a number of arcade cabinets. This show seemed to push education and outdoor activities in my opinion. The Taylors seemed generous with their computer purchases and the whole family seemed to only do work on them. Full House Season 08 Ep 09 - Michelle Plays SNES with a Super Advantage and the whole family takes over. Friends Season 02 Ep 08 The One With The List - Chandler brings his new laptop in Central Perk and says, “Alright Check out this bad boy 12MB Ram, 500 MB HDD, built in spreadsheet capabilities and a modem that transmits over 28000 BPS.” Phobe responds, “wow what are you gonna use it for?” Chandler, “Games and Stuff.” Friends s06e08 When Chandler comes to visit Joey after he moved out and Joey’s girlfriend moved in, we can see Joey getting ready to play Nintendo 64. The two never play although I’m left wondering what games Joey would propose. Fresh Prince Bel Air Season S06 Ep 16 - Carlton and Will are seen playing some type of game although the controllers are certainly not the originals and I’am suspicious of them even being plugged into anything. Philip comments that these things are a waste of time. Fraiser Season 03 Ep 09 Frasier’s Grinch - Frasier’s boring gift get mixed up in the mail at Christmas so Frasier needs to find something quick at the local mall. We can see on the shelf for the Super Nintendo a game called Mother 2 or what it is called in North America, Earthbound. Frasier gets something educational instead of any videogames. Also we can see Super Nintendo basic sets above Donkey Kong Country Deluxe sets as well as a customer walking out with a Gameboy Original. Frasier Season 07 Ep 09 - Niles and Lilith play Frederick’s Playstion one with a red dualshock controller Family matters Season 01 Ep 17 The Big Fix - Judy, Laura and Eddie play the NES with joystick controllers and then the parents send them to bed and begin playing themselves. Family Mater Season 09 Ep11 - Steve gets a part time job wrapping Christmas gifts at the mall and we can see a Sidewinder controller for Flight Sim CSI Las Vegas Season 01 Pilot - Nick Stokes asks Chemist Greg Sanders if he has NFL 2K for Dreamcast and Greg says he bought it the day it came out, the graphics are killer, I play as the Falcons who do you play as? Nick simply replies that he plays as Randy Moss of the Minesota Vikings. He was a first round pick by Minesota in 1998 as a wide reciever and holds records for touchdowns. North of 60 Season 01 Ep 07 The Reunion - cops son has gameboy playing fake game motion killers 3000 North of 60 Season 04 Ep 01 The Refuges - After the band decides to move Gerry out of his trailer because a band member has returned. When law enforcement pays him a visit we see that he has a Super Nintendo. North of 60 Season 04 Ep 08 A Shot Rang Out - Albert has a Nintendo which I would assume belongs to his son Nathan North of 60 Season 05 Ep 02 Bushman - Tina is seen playing what looks to be a Gameboy Pocket with the rare translucent Throughout the entire series we see a Ms. Pac Man cabinet beside the main entrance to Gerry’s Store.