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Fantasy players market

We all know about the fantasy teams etc.  People have a lot of fun with it, how did your team do vs your friends.  Who is the last man standing at the end of the season.  If your into that, here is another new twist.  Virtual shares in sports players and there might be teams later.  For now it’s players in NBA, NHL, NFL etc.    OneSeason takes %1 commission of the trades, yes it’s real money, real stock market.  If your into it, head over to OneSeason and get $10 for signing up, enough to get you some shares of Micheal Jordan or any other player that already had an IPO.  IPO’s are issued once in a while, depending on market conditions.

Leet speak

Somehow I had L33t gone unnoticed, popular amongst gamers.  Although as most people in tech are aware using numbers to mask p@55w0rd5 can be helpful.  As usual Google is on top of things.

Your doomed, your all doomed !

At the university we had C++ class although we were in the lab the teacher would lecture good amount of the time.   Then he let us on the computers.  For some reason we didn’t care too much for this particular teacher and sometimes he was hard to follow.  We started playing Doom on the computers while he lectured.  Your computer screen would be off as he moved slowly your way in the room as he liked to walk around talking.  As soon as he turned his back your computer screen would turn back on, full of Doom action.  This one time the teacher was close so I was paying attention.  Make no mistake one of the guys in the class shouted out “You killed me you bastard!”  Needless to say as the teacher was really close he saw right away what was going on.  Somehow my computer quickly turned off at this point.  Now the lecture changed into something else than just C++ and algorithms from Bjarne Stroustrup there was some shouting and cursing too.  That of course was the last time we played Doom in the lab, unless it was after hours.

New computer

Actually not a new computer at this point, rather when I was about 12 or 13 years old.  My father went once in a while to England to participate in Kodak seminars that he had to take to be a certified Kodak repair all ills fixit man.  He took care of a lot of different equipment made by Kodak.  Mainly the one hour photo labs, but also a lot of other stuff.  I don’t think that the training in England was really needed, yes maybe in some instances.  I’m sure he wouldn’t have needed some of them and being able to fix whatever came up without a formal training.  The fact is that he liked going to England, because it was a cool place and just a fun to visit.

I had been campaigning for a computer at the time mainly to play video games.  The time came for my fathers next visit to England.  To my surprise he actually came back home with a Texas Instrument TI-99 that had the very first 16bit blazing processor.

The TI had a lot going for it plug in play hardware, voice module, cartridges etc.   I have to admit at first I was a little bit blown off because my friends had the Sinclair which boosted more of the popular games at the time like Decathlon

Which I had been playing at their house as I didn’t even have a computer.  But wait a minute, the TI had plenty of fun games too that I played for extended time.  Thank god for the pause button !  Once I played Parsec for 3-4 hrs without a restart.  I was motivated by some English computer magazine that covered games and people wrote in with their high score.  I also remember WarGames which appeared in the WarGames movie.  The game itself was kinda dull though I didn’t play it much.  The objective was to send nukes and defend nukes in the end everything blew up, end of story.  Which surprisingly leads us to Tom Anderson

You can find TI-99 emulator here it includes some of the games and other apps such as “Home Finance”.

My father said he wanted to get me somthing that wasn’t just a game console, rather a real computer that you could program.  Of course the programming language was Basic. After playing a lot of the games I became tired of them and wanted to do some programming.  I started by writing a game of my own, it was pretty primitive but it was playable.   I would also write some other small programs mostly something that had to do with graphics.  That’s how it started, how I got interested in programming.