About Anthony Howe

SnertSoft; programmer; poet; runner; cook; seeker of truth, love, and the arcane; baka.

Hyper Sentinel

I remember my youth during the video game arcade era: Space Invaders, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, I Robot, Scrambler, and many others. Even after I bought my first computer, an Exidy Sorcerer, which supported many fine games (often clones of the arcades), I still would spend an AUS .20 piece or later CAD .25 in many a machine. Eventually home consoles would come to replace the arcade experience; arcades with pinballs and video games would slowly fade away.

I enjoy “retro” style games, even the ASCII graphics of NetHack , Air Traffic Controller, Empire, so when I saw on Kickstarter a campaign for a retro side-scroller shoot’em’up I was intrigued. After reading the blurbs, watching the vids, and testing the demo on a Android based Nexus 7 tablet and the promise of a Windows version I jumped in.

I’ve been waiting just over a year for Hyper Sentinel since backing it on Kickstarter. Today it was finally released on Steam and consoles. I finally got to install on my Windows laptop this evening and I played for almost a blasted (literally) hour. I’m love’n it. I probably spent the equivalent of 16$ in quarters.

Hyper Sentinel has almost the same intensity as Defender or Star Gate, but a little more forgiving; its not out to kill you at every turn in order to suck in all your pocket money. It doesn’t need too. While it is fast paced, challenging, and sometimes chaotic, its still fun. Its a game I can still play without needing the reflexes of a 16 year old. And combined with the visuals, it successfully has that retro arcade game feel.

Well done Huey Games! It was worth the wait.

edification

Ed Mastery I’ve known about and used ed(1) on many occasions. Can save you in a pinch when all you have access to is /bin in single user boot mode. Even learned a couple of new things I didn’t know like chaining g and s commands. Once found myself on one of those other *nix that had no ed(1) nor sed(1), but had an ex(1) that I could use in a script to automate some configuration file edits.

Certainly worth knowing the old tongue of editing along with the Charm of Making, “Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha”.

Psi Dog

As the leaves turn colour and tumble to earth, Hallows’ Eve approaches once more, the grand event of the season. Candy, costumes, parties. And with it my new employer in Ottawa, SSi Micro, arrange a staff pumpkin carving contest where contestants must some how work “SSi” (not Psi Ψ) logo/initials into the pumpkin. Do you see it?

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Motivational Posters

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knowledgeispower

Some in the office this week were talking about motivational posters. The only one I could remember was “Knowledge is Power” from when I was a kid in the ’70s visiting my aunt in Montreal where it hung on the back of her bathroom door. Never forgot the image, though I think the writing on this version is different.