Facebook Messenger isn't QUITE as bad as everyone is making it out to be

The Facebook Messenger App for Android has gotten a LOT of bad press, lately, so I wanted to clear up a few misconceptions.

Before I discuss the app itself, first, let me say I’m not on Facebook’s side of much of anything. I detest the service, I lie to it whenever possible, and I really wish the world would move on to a new platform. But as much as I dislike Facebook as a service, the Messenger app itself is getting raked over the coals for taking less information than Candy Crush! As people go around Facebook clicking “Share” and “Like” on every little thing they see, they don’t realize they are giving the people who created those Facebook pages just as many permissions as this app they are complaining about. The ACLU created the Hi, Nice to Meet You application to show just what you reveal when you click “LIKE.”

So, having said that, let’s actually look at why the app isn’t as bad as people are saying. Continue reading “Facebook Messenger isn't QUITE as bad as everyone is making it out to be”

How to repair Super Game Boy games missing sound

A few years ago, I bought a Super Game Boy on eBay. Certain sounds appeared to work, like hitting the L+R Buttons to bring up the menu, worked with no problem. But the games I played had no music or sounds!

Luckily, I found a forum that proposed an answer. I don’t have the electronics expertise to verify this myself (I only recently found someone who may attempt the fix for me), but several of the comments confirmed this to be a known issue and this was the correct solution! After a recent attempt to revisit the old forum, it turns out the domain has expired. I have posted the text of the solution in other places, but I wanted to archive the text as well as the image that was originally provided in the forum. See below for the fix!


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The author’s instructions indicate you should replace the two caps near each other with “4.7 25V” caps – and if you have a graphic glitching issues, you can replace the 3rd capacitor (just above pin 58) with a “22 6.3V” capacitor.

Video game fun with Wolfram|Alpha

Ready to get your geek ALL THE WAY on for this holiday weekend (in the States)? Go to Wolfram|Alpha and type any of the following:

graph Mario curve
graph Donkey Kong curve
graph Wario curve
graph Waluigi curve
graph Koopa curve
graph Goomba curve
graph Bowser curve
graph Sonic curve
graph Eggman curve (OR graph Robotnik curve).

Leave a comment if you find more characters to draw!

Better Know a Gamer: #35: Akbip

We haven’t done an issue of BKAG in a LONG time, and it is obvious the questions are (and were intended to be, in 2008) very Xbox centric… but perhaps it is time to update them? Well, Akbip was a good sport and made the necessary modifcations to be out 35th installment of Better Know a Gamer! If you’re interested, you can Nominate a Gamer, or even yourself, all you need is an email address! So read on and learn about Akbip! Continue reading “Better Know a Gamer: #35: Akbip”