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Submission + - New life in DOS old bones (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: After their well-deserved moment of glory which lasted from 1981 to 1995, command line-based operating systems for PC better known as “DOS” (Disk Operating System) should be extinct by now. And yet DOS, and particularly Microsoft’s MS-DOS and the open source projects directly inspired to it, still is a market niche populated by extremely peculiar usage scenarios, old users and enthusiasts that have no intention to quit the command line for good.

Submission + - ScummVM, update with a bang (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: The developers of ScummVM announced a new version for the virtual machine preferred by graphic adventure fans: also known as “Lost with Sherlock”, ScummVM 1.8.0 is hailed as one of the most hefty releases ever prepared by the team with the addition of many games and game engines, the substantial update of graphics and sound sub-systems and the availability of new conversions for minor platforms.

Submission + - PC is dead, and everything is alright (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: Worrisome reports and apocalyptic sights have spread during these months (and in these years) about the state of the PC industry, a market unavoidably doomed to collapse while dragging away a lot of tech businesses with it. Reality hiding behind the marketing lie is of course much more complex and much less apocalyptic compared to what they describe, but even in the worst case scenario the issue is almost never evaluated by the only viewpoint that really matters. That is the one of the potential buyer for all this unsold hardware which will soon end up in a landfill.

Submission + - Cloud computing infinite bullshit (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: Cloud platforms go off-line almost regularly, and it matters little that the infrastructure is needed to manage applications and data in real time or that the affected provider is a hi-tech giant. Sooner or later all the remote servers vanish in a sorrowful cloud, and the user is left with his frustration for having entrusted his own business or digital life to someone who is only interested in turning them into profits.

Submission + - Virus writers with the god complex (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: Before the arrival of Windows 95, the creators of self-replicating malicious code were deeply concerned about the potential consequences of the new OS on the future of their activity. After the historical generation leap from DOS to the windows-based GUI, however, virus writers gained new confidence in their abilities, expanding their horizons and developing inclinations that occasionally turned into true megalomania. Some of the VXers from the Nineties had the god complex, and they didn’t hide it at all.

Submission + - Windows, Chicago and the virus writers concerns (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: In April 1994 computing was still young, operating systems worked from the command line and the PC still had to become the universal phenomenon which later turned into a commodity like everything else. Microsoft was about to radically change things by releasing Windows 95, but there was another group of technophiles (virus writers) concerned with the generation leap from the prompt to the windows-based GUI and the consequences that it would have had on how the low-level code ran.

Submission + - Windows, Chicago and the virus writers' concerns (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: In April 1994 computing was still young, operating systems worked from the command line and the PC still had to become the universal phenomenon which later turned into a commodity like everything else. Microsoft was about to radically change things by releasing Windows 95, but there was another group of technophiles (virus writers) concerned with the generation leap from the prompt to the windows-based GUI and the consequences that it would have had on how the low-level code ran.

Submission + - Windows, Chicago and the virus writers' concerns (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: In April 1994 computing was still young, operating systems worked from the command line and the PC still had to become the universal phenomenon which later turned into a commodity like everything else. Microsoft was about to radically change things by releasing Windows 95, but there was another group of technophiles (virus writers) concerned with the generation leap from the prompt to the windows-based GUI and the consequences that it would have had on the low-level code functioning.

Submission + - New Nintendo's munitions against Sony and Microsoft (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: In the last few days, Nintendo stirred things up in the gaming console war with unexpected announcements that (partially) confirm the analysts’ anticipations and the need to stimulate a merciless market. Meanwhile NPD Group numbers about sales of gaming hardware and software reinforce Sony’s lead on February too, at least for the home consoles, and the Japanese corporation’s business grows accordingly.

Submission + - VIRLOCK, a malware for two generations

KingofGnG writes: Trend Micro recently discovered a new malware family, classified as PE_VIRLOCK and designed as a combination of two different types of malicious code. The first type is related to a past when we still talked about computer “viruses” and not cyber-crime, while the second one is one of the most successful malware-based businesses of the past years. VIRLOCK is a ransomware which is capable of spreading through file virus techniques, and the worst part is that its evolution isn’t complete yet.

Submission + - Ninjai, the Little Ninja's unexpected comeback (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: One of the small news brought by the beginning of 2015 is the return of Ninjai, a historical Flash animated web series released on-line during the first years of the second millennium. The Ninjai Gang, a small group of authors, animators and martial arts fans that created the series, has recently updated the official site with a short sneak peek of what will be the feature animation film featuring Ninjai, his world and above all his enemies.

Submission + - May 1978, at the birth of spam (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: Before growing into a worldwide phenomenon run by the worst cyber-criminals gangs out there, spam was an annoyance limited to the few intimate users of the ARPANET network. It was there, before the technology at the foundation of ARPANET gave life to the modern Internet, that 36 years ago the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) marketing manager Gary Thuerk sent what is officially acknowledged as the first mass marketing e-mail in history.

Submission + - Michelangelo and Melissa, the mass hysteria computer viruses (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: One March many years ago, when the IT industry was rather different compared to the modern one, two computer viruses brought panic because of an out-of-scale media attention. Born out of a time when the “malware” (an unknown term then) creators were largely interested in fame more than money, the viruses ended up making substantial damages valued (in one of the two cases) more than 1 billion dollars.

Comment Classic Google Bullshit Propaganda (Score 1) 409

Cloud isn't free, Web "apps" aren't free and Google software isn't free. If you don't pay for something from a big corporation, you are likely the product. Good luck to the people willing to put all they digital life's eggs in the unreliable and risky cloud basket by Google Inc. http://kingofgng.com/eng/2014/03/20/cloud-computing-isnt-made-to-last/

Submission + - DICE 0.8, the CPU-less arcade games emulator (kingofgng.com)

KingofGnG writes: DICE is a small emulator dedicated to recreating on a modern computer the arcade games based on discrete circuits, ancient and bizarre entertainment machines where the electronic components required for the game experience were soldered individually on the circuit board and where there was no trace of integrated circuit or CPU. It’s an obscure and fascinating kind of emulation, the one served by DICE, and the offering of emulated games grows richer and richer with every new version of the software.

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