NES Classic gets hacked, because of course it does

I personally didn’t see the appeal of the NES Classic Edition, because I generally don’t have non-Jolt-based nostalgia (T_T), and also because I am pretty sure I have a copy of every NES ROM on a thumbdrive from 10 years ago. Needless to say, I am not the target audience. But it runs boots a Linux kernel, so my receptors are tuned for mentions of it.

And because it is Linux, it was modded and folks have figured out how to load ROMS not included among those released with the console/device/thing. There GUI tools being developed to automate the currently difficult and somewhat arcane directions to getting your ROM library moved over, but that is only going to get better and easier.

And where are you going to get those ROMs? Here, let me search that for you. TechCrunch has a cute observation on the legality of sideloading:

Of course, there is also the question of where those games come from. NES ROMs aren’t legally available from Nintendo, but are widely available nevertheless. We don’t condone piracy, but if you bought a license for Mega Man 2 on Wii, you may feel ethically justified in exerting that IP claim in this plainly extralegal fashion.

The best part of this story is that the hacks come Russian gamers. It is important to remember that there are better forms of hacking coming out of Russia, and that regardless of the ambitions of xenophobic strongman assholes, most folks just want to be healthy and play games.

12 years running

I don’t celebrate the passing of the year. It doesn’t hold any significance for me, aside from the start of a couple of months of writing the year wrong.

However, I do celebrate something that happened around the same time, 12 years ago. Specifically at 2004-12-31T22:07:47-0800, according to my whois record: I registered!

This site has undergone so many changes in that time, and only partially reflects the events that transpired for myself. But I caught a bunch of it here, and I am thankful for that. That is what New Year’s is for, right? You say what you are thankful for, and then cook a turkey with fireworks? Maybe I blogged about that

I normally get a lot done between Christmas and New Year’s Day. My clients generally have that time off, so I am able to get a lot done without interruption, and can even tackle some of my backlog.

This week, however, I am recovering from a head cold. I just want to curl up in front of a heater and sleep until I am over it. Doesn’t make for very productive time…

Also, being unable to focus on anything external, it traps me into thinking about all the different things going on, particularly in American politics (and by extension international politics). I am in an accelerated despair/reconciliation process: new information comes in, I think about it, prepare for the worst, and move on.

I think another day of rest will get me as close to normal as I need to get back to work, and then I am going to start planning for the world that I can affect: my family, my town, my clients and partners. Those are the feedback loops that keep me going.