Category Archives: Blog Updates

Underground Book Update – Day 1

Revisions:

5-25-10: Initial release.


As promised, here is the first update. There is something wrong to not be able to start reviewing the book until after 9pm at night. Alas, I am such a busy guy, aren’t I?

In today’s episode, I reviewed Chapter 7 which is a chapter about copyright and patents. I did not write this article, but blog author Chyea did.  So far it is a good chapter, and the writing style is very different than the earlier chapters of the book. The thing that I will have to figure out is should we or should we not change up the writing style. What I mean is that in the first 6 chapters of the book, it is written in a third person view, but in chapter 7 it has changed to an informal type journalistic type of view.

Granted, if this was a highly crucial book, everything should be kept the same writing style and maintain that high level of consistency. Being that this is the underground, and there is no standard we hold ourselves up to except ourselves, we will do whatever want well please. 🙂

So I have started an email discussion with Chyea, and we will see if we will maintain his style or try to match it up with mine.  The second section of this chapter is a stab at copyright laws, but that appears to be in the process of rewriting by Chyea. Tomorrow night I will attempt to tackle the earlier chapters of the book and try to edit it as necessary to keep it somewhat up to date to current standards.

The problem that I have noticed with writing any type of article is how fast it can be obsolete. I could write something that is valid today, but then totally be invalid by tomorrow. Nonetheless, we will have to roll with the punches the best we can. I cannot wait to release the book, as it is a culmination of lots of energy and effort poured into something we all love. Stay tuned.

Underground Update – May 24th


Revisions:
5-24-10: Initial release.


Finally, I found a moment to write a blog update!  It has been a crazy last week, and for those who follow my youtube account or twitter, you will have known that I was very busy from a Tunngle standpoint.

Last week alone I think I did 6 Tunngle game tutorials, which is a lot because it is a lot of work to make those game tutorial videos. You may not realize it, but I do a lot of the work alone, only because it is honestly faster to do what I do. 🙂

I have a two PC setup, so I have to install the game on both PCs, and then log in to Tunngle with both PCs, record the gameplay on one, then piece all the footage together, edit it, encode it, and then finally upload to Youtube. It sounds like a lot of work, but I can do a game tutorial in about half hour so its not all that bad.

Because it is so much easier and faster to make a Youtube tutorial, it might appear that I am supporting this blog, which is quite the contrary. I still answer comments on a daily basis, but I have been preoccupied for lack of a better word.

Nonetheless, I had kept my word. June 1st is when we will be launching the e-book. I have yet to decide on a title, and the cover art has not been created yet. There is not too much to do really.

Starting tomorrow (Tuesday), I will give daily updates as to the progress of the book. Expect these updates to come very late in the night as I have to work a professional job, and then work on the book during the evening/night.

Tomorrow the plan is to fully review co-author Chyea’s submission on his copyright chapter. Voltaire is finishing up his freeware chapter. Once I have these two chapters in place, I will have to find a way to make it fit into the current version of the e-book.

Once again, if you want to help, you can by suggesting title ideas and/or suggest cover art ideas. Go to the side bar —-> under Book Related items and click on those links.

Tomorrow after I go over Chyea’s chapter, I will have a better idea as to the direction we will be going.

If there is anything else, leave a comment! Thanks!

April 18th – Underground Update


Revisions:
4-18-10: Initial release.


Hey guys, I will keep this short. This week I will be off on a business trip from Tuesday through Friday, so my activity on the blog and youtube will be extremely limited. It will depend on my wi-fi access at night.

In terms of what’s new, there is a lot! First thing is of course the video’s I’ve been making recently for game dexterity. If you are a PS2 or Xbox user, please check out the recent tutorials, as I’m sure they are very helpful.

In other news, I just got done modding a PS2 memory card (installing FMCB) for a user from Houston, Texas. At first both parties were skeptical of each other (can we trust each other), but the guy was smart and got a tracking number for his package. According to USPS, they tried my house at 1pm in the afternoon (I was at work), so they left a “notice”. However, I received no notice. I ended up going to the post office on Saturday and told them my story and I got the guy’s memory card.

In fact, I was relieved I finally got it, because I didn’t want to appear as a thief and get into a “he said, you said” situation. Anyway, I got the memory card exploited, and this will be the second memory card I have exploited to date for PS2 enthusiasts.

On my computer, I have started a whole new philosophy. I recently backed up all the stuff on my desktop PC, and formatted the whole 160GB hard drive. I went from 6 partitions, and went down to four. I have a partition dedicated to Windows 7, Windows XP, Swap drive, and now a drive for what I call for now “Land of Tips and Tricks”. If you watch my recent videos on GD, you can see this in my FTP video. It is a true label, as weird as it is. 🙂

Anyway, what I am doing right now from the get go is trying to live a life based off of portable applications as it makes sense. Right now I am using a handful of portable applications running off a USB stick that I use between my laptop and my PC.

Also, I have been reading and experimenting with USB sync programs. Isn’t it pretty sexy to put in your USB stick into the PC, and have it automatically sync with a folder on your PC? To me it is, and I found a great program called SyncBackSE.

Expect a future UCC session on it, as it is a badass program and very customizable. Other than that, there is this thing called The Underground Book that is to be released on June 1st. We are not pushing back the date, and there is much left to do about it.

I have to finalize the title (not that easy), and then I got to figure out what to do about the cover art. Chyea/Voltaire say they will contribute, but who knows. I got to have my contingency plans in place.

As usual, if you are a blog author, please leave an update so everyone knows what you are up to. Thanks!

Underground Update – April 3rd

Revisions:

4-3-10: Initial release.


Hey guys, this is a quick update in case you think this blog just died. I would have loved to have written more articles in the past weeks, but who am I kidding.

This game called Starcraft 2 has really eaten my free time, and the fact that I am in the beta has allowed me to pwn my opponents, as well as get owned by some of the very best. It is this reason that I love Starcraft 2 and the competition it brings.

Nonetheless, I have done some UCC brainstorming, and the second session went fairly well. I see that UCC#3 will happen on April 10th, so we got to get geared for that.

In the meantime, I had done some more Youtube related items, in particular, I managed to solve the dilemma of how to make Diablo 1 LAN work online using Tunngle. Yes, I defeated the monster called IPX.

However, this required a workaround, which basically involves creating a virtual rs-232 com port and distribute it across TCP/IP. If you check the GameDexterity account, I did this for Diablo and now Warcraft 2 Battle.net edition. I can assure you that a true text tutorial will have to be written about this concept.

In other news, I have been working closely with Australian UCC reader and Tunngle user Armsdealer in trying how to get Skype conversations to be heard and streamed in Ustream program (or almost any program for that matter). The short answer is that we did it!

The best part about this new success is that there is absolutely no tutorial in the world at the time of this writing that explains what we just did. In fact, we had to literally create our own “trial and error” and own hardships, but we finally figured it out. Now we will have the limelight to create our own tutorial, and show the world who really is the best. It is times like these that give us credibility, because we love troubleshooting and making our own tutorials when we know existing tutorials on the Internet suck or don’t even exist. Expect this to come out in a future UCC session.

The Underground Book is still alive. I am waiting for the contributors to get their act together. The June 1st release date is still valid, and we will be on track for it. I expect more discussion about the book to come up within this week.

As usual, underground blog authors leave a quick comment here so we know what you are up to. If you know of an old school PC game that utilizes a “direct serial connection”, let me know and I may make a video about it!

March 12th – Underground Update

Revisions:

3-12-2010: Initial release.


Hey guys,

Just wanted to give a quick update as to what has been happening behind the scenes for the past few days. There are a lot of articles running around in my head, and as usual, not enough time to sit here and blog about them, which is too bad but I can assure you great articles are on their way.

Events:

1) March Youtube Wallpaper contest will be up within the next few days.

2) Tomorrow is the 1st ever online session for the UCC event. I have no idea how many guys will be coming. It will be fun, even if it is a small crowd. You can check it out here.  I am presenting at 4pm GMT-6, sharp! 1 hour max!

3) Yesterday I bought a PS2 slim off of craigslist for $55 dollars. Why did I buy a slim since I already have a fat PS2?  Well, my brother owns his slim, and I hate borrowing his and with rumors of Sony one day killing off the PS2 line, I decided to go buy a used PS2 slim while I still can. If you follow the modding scene, you will be smart enough to get a slim PS2 below the SCPH-9XXXX series. I did, as I got a SCPH-70012.

Last night I did a quick video tutorial on blocking the sensors. 10 minutes this mod took me. It was breathtaking. Watch it below. Expect a full fledge tutorial (naturally) soon.

4) Underground forum is picking up. Please register and be active here.

5) Underground book is going along well. I have not picked a title yet. I will do a new post soon about the Underground Book Cover Art.

This is it for now. There are always new tutorials running around in my head, but for now I am getting geared up for the UCC session. It will be great!

Underground Update – March 1st, 2010

Revisions:

3-1-10: Initial Release.


Last week I did a contest that detailed a “Winter Cleaning” here on the blog. In order to keep it interesting, I decided to make it a game so that each day I did a change, and it is up to the users to figure out what changes I had done Monday through Friday. The winner who can accurately depict all the changes will win to have their name up on the blog on the banner.

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February 14th Update – Underground News

Revisions: 2-14-10:

Initial release.


The last few days I have been traveling and right now I am writing this post from a hotel in downtown Atlanta before I get going for some dinner festivities. Nonetheless, I have been away from the blog since last Thursday, and I am grateful that hell has not broken loose here or at the Youtube account which is a godsend.

 

Despite this, in the future I will start working on some new processes in the future so that if any one of us is gone for a long length of time, the system will automatically take care of itself, especially in emergency situations.

I do have some interesting stories to tell on my visit here in Atlanta for my tradeshow duties, so I’ll be happy to tell some of them when I get back Tuesday. In the meantime, here is a quick update on The Underground:

1) It’s been roughly one week since the clone wars ended. How does it feel? It feels great. A perspective incident article on this is in the works.

2) I worked last night on chapter 4 and chapter 5 of the Underground book while watching the Winter Olympics. Maybe tonight I will take a look at writing the conclusion of the book. Yup, its just about done. I know Voltaire wants to write some pieces for the book, and at this point in the game, I am not sure yet the logistics and if I can make it fit.

Voltaire, I’ll email you a copy of the book so you can look it over. I am toiling over certain items in my head for clever book titles, and off course I need some badass cover art. Expect a contest about this very soon.

3) End of February month is almost here. I got some great life articles I want to write up, so should be good times. As usual, if you have a tutorial request, please use the tutorial request form on the right hand side.

As usual, if you are a blog author, please leave a quick update as to what you are doing these days, as we as a team have not really gotten to know each other in our hectic schedule to know what everyone is up to. Thanks!

January 31st – Underground Update

With February rolling around the corner (with respect to my time zone of course), I thought it be nice to share another update as to what is going on so far with the Underground.

As usual, I have no updates from the other Underground authors, so if you are reading this and you are part of the staff, please leave a comment with an update on your activities.

For me, its been busy. Youtube account GameDexterity has now 2 new guys added to the team, Awsome26 and Gizmo, both of which are guys I have met through Tunngle months back and are eager to help me grow the Tunngle population which is always a plus.

My partner Hellome7 is doing a series of Adobe After Effect tutorials, which is great because for 2010 if there is any one program I want to become better at that would be After Effects. You could say that I am sick and tired of relying on templates or other people to do the work for me. I would gladly do the design myself if I knew how to do it. 🙂

In other news, I will be in Atlanta between Feb. 11th and the 16th for this trade show I am part of representing my company.  If you are in the Atlanta area, maybe send me an e-mail and we can meet up for lunch?

The Underground book is currently on a stand still, only because I got stuck with some hardcore work and other personal events. There are two chapters remaining, and then its officially done, unless Voltaire wants to add in some more content.  Within sometime this week, I will review Chapter 4 and get that done.  Year 2010 the book will be published, it is just a matter of when.

This summer I will be taking a family trip out to Vietnam for vacation so I will be gone 3 weeks in July. With that said, my goal is to have the book done before then. We’ll see what happens.

As usual, February brings upon a new Youtube Wallpaper contest. Be on the lookout for that sometime this week. I am going to squeeze the deadlines and make it even shorter, so I can get the video out even faster. This time I will participate so now we will have at least 3 wallpapers instead of a meager 2 contestants last time around.

Plus, expect a new newsletter, more STD articles, console tutorials, and more articles that make you go “Yup, I definitely need to do that!” type of material.

I got two experiments going on right now that I want to reveal the results of in February, as well as some more unconventional thinking articles.  Sounds good, right?

If you got any comments, leave a reply and let me know what you think. Every day is a new day of opportunity.

January Underground Youtube Wallpaper Winner

Download link to wallpaper here.

Everyone, I want to personally thank Seb for winning this months Youtube Wallpaper contest!  It was tough deciding what video to put his wallpaper in, but the other day I re-recorded my Halo 2 tunngle video, which in sort is very special to me because Halo 2 I could not get to work in Hamachi at all, and it worked in Tunngle the first try.

Since then, I have become a devout Tunngle user. You can see this wallpaper in action in the video below. Stay tuned for next month’s contest!

Underground Wallpaper Youtube Experiment – January Edition

CONTEST ENDS MIDNIGHT (GMT -6) ON 1/9/2010

POLL ENDS MIDNIGHT (GMT -6) ON 1/15/2010

FINAL VIDEO TO BE RELEASED THE FOLLOWING WEEK

Revisions:

1-4-09: Initial Edition.


I just thought of this idea today as I was eating dinner and chatting with my youtube partner over MSN (funny how the best ideas come out of IM chatting). Anyway, we were talking about videos and ideas and I just came up with an idea so great I just had to write about it.

So if you haven’t known, I have a new youtube account, and I am working with a fellow youtube friend who has similar interests as I do. We teamed up, and the new account is gamedexterity. You can see the work I have done on my part here.

In every single video that I do, I always change the wallpaper. Why? I figured a new video needs a new wallpaper to keep things interesting and spice things up. Now sometimes the wallpapers are related to the subject of the video, and sometimes the wallpaper has nothing to do with the video subject material at all.

Most of the time I like to do wallpapers in these categories: gaming, movies, abstract art, vector art, and misc “provocative” wallpapers. I can’t really explain what provocative is, because it will destroy the mystery of my taste. Let’s just say it makes you go “OMG, I can’t believe he has that kind of wallpaper!” 🙂

So with 2010 here, it is natural (just like every year) to start new ideas and trends. I bring to you the new Underground Wallpaper Youtube Experiment.

What is this experiment?

This is how it works, because I love community involvement. The last contest with the Underground banner was a blast, and if this experiment is successful, I will run this contest once a month!

Contest Rules:

1) Users are to leave a comment to this blog article with a link to a wallpaper. Wallpaper preferred resolution is 1280×720. Please get me a link to the closest resoultion as possible.

2) Images are not to be pornographic. Please use discretion. Your video will be observed by kids, teenagers, parents, adults, young, old, male and female.

3) Only one image submitted per unique commenter user name.   Therefore, pick your BEST and FAVORITE wallpaper choice.  If you can’t make up your mind, list all your wallpapers and I will PICK one wallpaper that I like and put it into the poll.

3)  The contest will run for 5 days. This contents ends at midnight on Saturday, January 9th (GMT -6).

4)  After contest is over, I will run a poll for all submitted images. Poll will run the following week, to end at midnight on Friday of that week (GMT -6).

The winning wallpaper will go into my next video.  The wallpaper may be related to the subject theme of the next video, or it may not even relate. This is OK. I am just interested as to how this will turn out.

Example:

This wallpaper won the contest:

The video I just happened to be talking about is how to maintain and extend the life of your hard drive. Turtles and hard drives have NOTHING in common, but that is OK.

Why do this contest?

  1. It’s fun.
  2. Brings community involvement. Anybody can participate.
  3. The winner will have the joy of seeing THEIR submitted wallpaper featured in a video. Is that not cool?
  4. I love bringing joy to people. The video helps the general youtube audience, and the wallpaper is just an indirect way of me saying Thank You for all the readers of this blog.

Do you like this idea? Think the rules needs to be changed a little? Let me know! Time is wasting! Let’s see those wallpapers!