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Underground Update – April 3rd


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 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!

UCC Session #2 Is Today!

This is a quick update for those who follow the UCC. Today is session 2. It will be at 3pm, GMT -5 time. For those in the USA, I am from Wisconsin so 3PM central, 1PM for west coast, 4 PM for East coast. If you are outside the USA and need help figuring out the time, go to the link below and see what time I am broadcasting in your time zone.


The link to the stream is here. Hopefully, I’ll see you there.

Topics for today’s session:
1) Tangent conversations – What they are, and how to fight against them.
2) Backing Up Files Best Practices – The concept of backing up , and why we need to do it.

The UCC Session #1 Meeting Minutes


3-14-10: Initial release.

First session was yesterday and we had 9 unique visitors. This means that Ice is this week’s best Underground Number guesser!

For the meeting minutes, please visit the thread here.

If you are too lazy to read, I encourage you to watch the video below. Stay tuned to the blog for details on session #2! Go to the forum, suggest ideas, and volunteer to become a future presenter!!!

Underground Computer Club: Session #1 Contest


3-9-10: Initial release.

Fun Fact: I typed up 99% of this article during my lunch break remotely on my netbook. I used to access the computer, and then type the article as my work blocks wordpress!

I tested the UCC last night, and it works great. If you want to see my profile, go to

Now with that said, I got people excited for the first show, and so am I. The real question is, how many are going to come on launch day?  Even myself I don’t really know.

This is where we start to have fun.  I want you to leave a comment and put out a guess how many viewers will view peak during the show.

The person who is closest to the actual number of viewers at its peak will have their name up on the banner as this week’s best “Underground’s Number Guesser”.

I am going to start and put out my prediction of 15 users.  Yours may be ridiculously higher or lower, but thats all part of the game, right? Good luck!