Blog Positions: Apply Here

[Originally published on April 19th, 2007]

If you couldn’t tell, The Underground believes in provocative material and having fun.


2-24-10: Rewrote the whole page to make it simpler to follow and setup the direction of the desired blog staff.

The purpose of this blog is to write about useful information that anybody can use to enhance their life.  My original vision was to have articles on “underground topics” that the average Joe can pick up and use for his life.

As time went on, the blog evolved and our discussion of topics is now more varied than ever.  I am just one man, and to continue this journey by myself will become the online death of me.

To assist with that, the door is always open for new people to join the staff and contribute as necessary.  However, there are various levels of degrees of writing here on the blog.

If you have a fondness for writing, and have interests in the kind of subject material this blog covers, then maybe you deserve to be here. Please look at the roles below first of all and see what type of role you fit in so the Staff can make a decision about you properly.

Potential Role #1: Hardcore Blog Author

  1. Your writing skills are superb.  You know how to express ideas clearly and  concisely, and there is no question about what you have written because its crystal clear. The people who ask questions ask it because they are dummies. 🙂  You love to write!
  2. Your devotion to the blog is remarkably high. You read the blog daily, and you write at least 2 articles a week. You answer comments in a timely manner (within 24 hours).
  3. You are always learning and blogging about what you have learned, or the new skills you have obtained.
  4. The topics you write about are not narrow focused, and it covers a wide subject area outside the world of tech.  In short, you are well rounded.
  5. Every day you are away from the blog you have a craving to know what is going on.  This is when you know you are hooked.

Potential Role #2: Semi-Hardcore Blog Author

  1. Your writing skills are adequate for the job.  People know what you are talking about, and although the grammar may not be perfect, it gets the point across.  A fondness to write is a must.
  2. Your devotion to the blog is high. You try to read the blog daily, but if not, then every few days.  You write a blog article once every two weeks. You answer comments in a timely manner (within 72 hours or so).
  3. You are always learning and blogging about what you have learned, or the new skills you have obtained, but the amount of items you are learning pales in comparison with role #1.
  4. The topics you write about are not narrow focused, and it covers a wide subject area outside the world of tech.  In short, you are well rounded.
  5. Every day you are away from the blog you have a craving to know what is going on, but its not killing you.  You try to get to the blog whenever you can.

Potential Role #3: Standard Blog Author

  1. Your writing skills are decent for the job.  You write and can hold your ground.  The format of the article is not very important to you, but over time you are willing to adapt and make it presentable. Grammar may not be perfect, but your writing works well for most cases to get the point across.
  2. Your devotion to the blog is normal. You visit the blog at least once a week to see what is new.  You write an article at least once a month and you answer comments when appropriate to your schedule.
  3. You are always learning and blogging about what you have learned; however, the time invested in this activity is much less than role #1 or role #2.  If you learnt a new skill or idea, you make an effort to write about it, but not all the time. Subject material is relevant to the nature of the blog, but most often not jaw dropping or ground breaking.
  4. The topics you write about is just a handful of subjects. You maybe narrowed in a specific area of focus when writing your articles. Your knowledge pales in comparison to role #1 or role #2.
  5. Every day you are away from the blog does not create much emotion within you unlike roles #1 or #2.  You try to get to the blog whenever you can.

I expect most authors who want to become part of the staff falls in role #3, which is nothing wrong with that.

Potential Role #4: Sub-Par Blog Author

  1. Your writing skills are OK, but it needs work. Versatile and team needs to constantly review your articles and clean it up to make it presentable for the blog. You know how to write, but writing well is a different question.  You are always set to “contributor” permissions, because Versatile cannot trust you to have an excellent article. Your grammar is horrible, and requires extensive hand holding.
  2. Your devotion to the blog is downright pitiful. If you visit daily, that would be awesome, but as time goes on the frequency of your visits to the blog is lacking.  It is not surprising that over the course of time, you visit the blog maybe once every few months.  You write an article maybe once every 6 months or once a year.
  3. You are hardly learning about new topics or skills to share with the community.  Although your article maybe good at time of writing, your lack of activity on the blog is concerning.  Over time, people start to question why you are even on the staff contributing articles.
  4. The topics you write about is very narrow.  You are an expert or semi-expert on one specific topic.  You are not well versed in other subjects, as found in roles #1, #2, or #3.  You are contempt with the knowledge you know today, and don’t care much about improving yourself or the community.  Your knowledge sucks in comparison to role #1 ,#2,or #3.
  5. Every day you are away from the blog does not mean anything.  You could be away from the blog for a whole year and act as if it was no big deal.  Going to the blog is only an afterthought, and only because you needed to read an article or someone pushed you to come to the blog.

Note:  Peoples roles can change all the time.  You have the potential to move upward, as well as move downward. Please note that authors who have been identified as role #4 will be deleted from the staff at anytime without warning from Versatile.

I know what role I want to be. How do I apply?

Simple. Please leave a comment on the blog here with answers to these questions.  I want to keep it public so people can help me evaluate who should really be here:

1) What role do you see yourself fitting?  Role 1, 2, 3, or 4?  Please explain why this role suits you.

2) What type of subject areas do you see yourself writing about?

3) How often do you think you will be writing here on the blog?

4) Why do you want to be part of the staff?

5) How did you discover the blog?

Leave all that information in a comment, and then I will email you and discuss details further to see if you are blog material.

Note: Yes, it is ok to be a blog author today, and then several months later decide you don’t have time or desire to be part of the staff anymore. This is OK!  I have seen 20+ authors join the staff and come and go as the blog has been in activity since 2006.

I hope you like the requirements. Leave a comment please if you seriously want to be part of the staff. Thanks!

  1. vishal malavya

    i wanna hack my girl friend,s yahoo and orkut account bcoz she deetch me very horribley, her yahoo id is

  2. Sorry mate, we don’t do this type of stuff. Even if we do (we don’t), we are trying to keep the blog image clean.

  3. Plus, your English is ridiculously bad so even if I knew how, I would not write it here.

  4. wanna hack my girl friend,s yahoo and orkut account bcoz she deetch me very horribley, her yahoo id

    I thought i was bad ……..No

  5. Um, I don’t know about that. Google and research it. If you found a good method, we may look into it. No guarantees, as that is pretty evil stuff man.

  6. I was referring to the mates ENGLISH .I thought mine was bad………NO

  7. Please guys make ultrasurf for mac

  8. First of all, is ultrasurf even for mac?

    That would be a programming issue. Try using Bootcamp if you have an intel mac.

  9. Hey guys I am here to help cover the tech news

  10. Is that right? Send me an email at my yahoo address and we will discuss further.

  11. Wow, soon we will have another contributor. And maybe you can take my place till I am gone. Wow, I love watching the community grow. Btw, V1, did you get my mail regarding the Google News: Should I go in for it or not? Thanks!

  12. Go for the google news and see what happens.

  13. stumbled across your site & liked what i saw, we need to clone more canadians. any chance of helping me with a demonoid invite? 🙂

    • Daveeeeeeeeee

      Apparently, Demonoid usually opens its regristration each first Friday and Saturday of each month.

      Demonoid isn’t all the ‘fantastic’ anyway. You can find its torrent links all over the net on different torrent websites.

  14. This is the wrong thread to post your demonoid invite.

    With that said, I’m going to require you to go find the official Demonoid thread before I even bother sending you an invite. :0

  15. There is a whole bunch of stuff I can help with and I might be able to post 1-3 posts a day = )
    email me and then I will give you more details = )

  16. I installed Leopard OsX 10.5.6 in my Dell 640m inspiron. I got everything to work. Any body needs help contact me.

  17. codnazizombies

    Hello there!

    I wouldn’t mind being a “Life Person”. I have good English grammar and I am good with helping out people. I hope you consider me.


    • If you really want to help out, please send an email to both Versatile and I at our email addresses above so we can get in contact and keep in touch. Posting here is the first step, you need to email us and tell us more about what you want to write about.

  18. still looking for workers?

  19. freewareelite

    Hey versatile, I want to be a freeware writer on your site. Can I?

  20. hey versatile while burning my ps2 game wid nero , both the extracted files of the game are MDF and nero does not read such files , WHAT TO DO???

  21. Try to use Magic ISO or Daemon Tools, sai charan raj.

  22. I would like to be considered for anything web design related.

    username on wordpress: anthonybolivar

  23. I have ulaunchelf on a cd-r. It is coming up as a data disc on my ps3. I have swap magic 3.6 aswell. Can you please give me some help on how to boot ulaunchelf.


  24. I clicked on the get newsletter icon ,I noticed it said “get Newletter” it has the picture of tree with the picnic basket …… might be just me …..but i think it could be spelled wrong . Just a heads up from a long time looker of the blog …….

    Miss those STD’s storys

  25. My bad it says “Underground Newletter”

  26. i have scph 90004 8d ps2 and i want to play games from usb encloser i have bought it had formatted in fat32 but the drive is not detected by usb advance what can i do now i have 160 gb hard drive fitted in encloser with power supply . do i need to put any files on drive plz help me out of this

    • The problem is that the USB advance is not detecting your USB drive. Did you format it and put on a test game with the USBExtreme software?

      I have seen in the past the USB enclosure has to be compatible with the USB Advance program. One time a person used a Lacie external hard drive, and it did not work. He tried a different USB external hard drive and it worked fine.

    • thanks for your reply but it is still not working i will try after changing the hard drive .well i forget to tell you that i have modded ps2 with matrix infinity chip.and i want to know can sms player detect the external usb hard drive if yes which version of sms player help me cause i have already wasted my 2500 rupees on this thing

  27. can i use any operating system for scph 90004 8d if yes which one i have heard about linux for ps2

    • There is a linux OS, but I never messed with it. Why do you want it? Surfing the Internet?

      • no not for surfing but i taught that using os can make my hard drive detectable by ps2 . as it is scph 90004 i dont have any idea except using usb ports . i used ulaunch.elf and it worked fine but still my hdd enclosure is not detected by it so is there any way that i can try for hdd enclosure

  28. hey can i use any other latest usb.irx file for hdd enclosure cause the one i m using is older one is there any latest usb.irx file that can support hdd enclosure.

  29. I would like to help out, I’m a tech junkie and a avid gamer. I can post quite regularly and I would not like to apply for a certain category per say…I would like to post in Tech News Person mostly but I would also like you to create a new Category for tips and tricks so that I can offer my advice on many things and give handy tips etc. I would like to hear from you so I can discuss into more detail 🙂

  30. Hello my name is G33POD im a big fan of the site and would love to join your team, im a webdesigner IT and Linux guru and i would love to join your linux team, my wordpress account is g33p0p and my email is thank you

  31. Hello there, I was recently googleing around looking for a way to magically, some how crack CODMF2 and thanks to your very detailed website I was able to spend days killing. Thanks, anywayz I would enjoy pumping in my comments and writing tutorial on all things I know. I am a student in year 11 who is studying computer sciences. I also crack software. My wordpress account butali and my email is

    A response would be awesome


    • Yes, we can work something out. I will add you as a contributor right now. You can start writing drafts right away and I will review them for approval until you get insanely good.

  32. hey guys, could you tell me if there is any place where i can send my ps2 memory card to get exploited? thanks

  33. Hello please help me with a problem: I can’t launch a game from my usb hdd
    1. scph-77004 with modbo760
    2 usb hdd seagate(i can explore it from ps2 usb with ulaunch)
    2. all kind of stuff like launchers, exploits and hdd tools for ps2

    i can’t make it work…i followed your tutorial i have formated the hdd, installed games on it but i when i launch usb-advance it’s only black screen for a very long time (until i reset my console). I used another program OpenPs2Loader and see’s the hdd and a list with games but when i launch it it seems to be blocked.

    Can you please help me with this?

    • Its your modbo 760… Modchips create one heck of a mess when it comes to booting games off the USB..

      This is what you do…
      1) Install Free McBoot..

      2) Once you are done installing it… Use the ULaunchELF on the Free Mcboot menu… And then launch ps2loader.. And then play try to play your game.

      Let me know if this worked..

  34. Hey V1 and Voltaire!
    I discovered your site a while ago and I can’t tell you how beneficial it has been to me. Thanks a lot!
    I am interested in writing tutorials on various tech topics, and maybe reviews if you want. I have very good grammar (no, I’m obsessive-compulsive about grammar 😛 ).
    Do you have room on the Underground team for me?

  35. Hey Versatile, I first discovered this site when I was looking for a Google Wave invite, and you helped me out, so first of all thank you for that.
    I started to visit this site more and more, cause you had some very good articles, and now I visit everyday :P.
    I’m interested in doing some guides, or tutorials of gaming nature, I know how big of a Tunngle supporter you are, and I know how that works, so I can do guides and tutorials. I can also do videos, with or without commentary.
    I hope there’s room for me in the Underground staff 🙂

  36. how do u go and play the actual game

  37. Hey Versatile, it’s been a while. 🙂

    United Tech Guys has come a long way since the last time we spoke. We’ve established a team of 4 hard-working people, and we publish 3-4 articles daily, most of which have to do with tech news and web startups.

    I was thinking that since you’re always looking for content here on TUG, maybe I could do a weekly article wrapping up notable events in tech for that particular week. Let me know if you’re interested, because I’d love to do that for you guys.


  38. 1) What role do you see yourself fitting? Role 1, 2, 3, or 4? Please explain why this role suits you.

    I think I fit either number 2 or number 3. I am able to come to this blog everyday if you require/need me to. I can very well deal with grammar as I hate to see errors on my own typing. No matter what(unless I’m in a desperate hurry), I will always go back and correct the grammatical errors.

    2) What type of subject areas do you see yourself writing about?

    Well, I’m a huge basketball fan(typically NBA sort of stuff) so I can see myself blogging about that. I can write unbiased reports on NBA teams weekly or on schedule if you’d like as I am the kind of fan who enjoys most the teams. I also enjoy YouTube, Playstation2, (and now since I have a Wii, I can write about that), PS2 games, computer games, iPod and things that retail stores(ie. Walmart, Target etc.) sell. [I think the variety and out-of-order subjects I could possibly write about can add to variety for this blog]

    3) How often do you think you will be writing here on the blog?

    I think I will be writing on the blog maybe once every week(possibly 2-3 times per 2 weeks)? If that is not sufficient enough, you could prompt me to write more.

    4) Why do you want to be part of the staff?

    I guess I’m finding something to do and keep me organized. I kinda want to be part of something and simulate a real career.

    5) How did you discover the blog?

    I was spending time wondering what a torrent was and I then came up to burning disks and free PS2 games. Searched it up on Google and realized that it wasn’t as simple as downloading the file, burning it onto a DVD disk and playing it. That’s when I came to your site when I found out that I needed to mod the PS2 to actually play the game. I figured I didn’t want to mod it anyways so I checked around the site. I found that you guys needed an author and I wanted to be one. So now I’m here. ;D

  39. Alright, thanks. No, I’m afraid I don’t use any instant messengers but I can email. So, I guess you’ll have to put up with that. I’m sorry.

  40. hi versatile how to repair duplicate cds when it is not working and scratched.

  41. Hi gamedexterity i am from jamaica i am a fan of ur work thanks to u i know how to modify my PS2 keep up the good work, i come

    arcoss a problem i have a USB powered HD why is it that the HD loader does not detect it, i how that u told us not to use usb

    powered hd i dont have the money to buy that hd it about 12,000 jamaican dollors and i am not working at this moment. can it work

    if i insert the hd in a usb hub and insert a usb adapter in it can that work??? and i am using a seagate 250 hd and what type of

    file does the hd loader read iso or the file that usb extreme burn

  42. Hey Versatile i am new to this blog. First of all let me thank u for all the g8 works u having been doing in supporting gamers like us to play with friends all over the world, some them we never have met ever. See i have difficulty with Splinter Cell Conviction, I have seen ur tutorials, but i am helpless. See i can host a game only some can join me, others cant see me. Next is that i cant join any game, The message i get while i try to join the game (connection is not responding). I have updated to 1.04 as u said in the tutorial. Hoping for a reply with utmost interest.

  43. Guybrush Threepwood

    Are you still looking for writers in this blog or If so, I am a technology-addict and have a lot of free time. I also have pretty good writing and grammar skills, and am sure that i would be able to post at least 4-5 articles a week. I can also post stuff about games, being a gamer myself. Contact me by my email if you are interested

  44. Hey, are you guys still looking for article writers? I know the last reply on this post was like, more than a few months now, but I’d love to be one of your writers. I stumbled upon your site a few months ago, as I was searching for a way to play SFxTekken online, and your SF4 video was the closest I could get. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers, and besides, I like SF4 anyway, so no big deal. In any case, hit me back if you need one. I’d be more than happy to write for you guys and probably could take up position 2 or 3. Thanks! 🙂

    • Definitely. Actually, we just kicked up our sister site at, so if you want, we are looking for new writers there. Write whatever you want. If interested, leave a message here and I’ll contact the admin to get you situated.

      • Thanks Versatile! Yeah, I’ve been to the site a few times, and it was good. I’m not sure if you guys are still going for the underground thing, but it’s still cool. I’m very interested. Just tell me when I could start and I’d go right ahead. 😀

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