"Ra" Review

Science fiction started to become significantly more interesting after the general public developed into a more scientifically educated population. The idea of “magic” in pre-1980’s science fiction, as it was written by famous authors such as Piers Anthony or Jules Verne, was relegated more on the fantasy end of the spectrum, and reading a novel from this era requires more effort while attempting to suspend disbelief.

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"Ball Lightning" Review

My first introduction to Chinese science-fiction was probably similar to a lot of Western readers, which was reading Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem novel back when its English translation was first published back in 2014. Three Body completely blew me away, with its masterful storytelling and biblical-sounding prose. After reading the first book, I had an insatiable appetite for more sci-fi with the same ultra high-tech, militaristic style that was present in Three Body, and devoured the rest of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy with great excitement.

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Reverse Shell with USB Rubber Ducky

I just bought this tiny USB microcontroller called the USB Rubber Ducky from Hak5. It’s a really nifty piece of hardware that acts like a USB keyboard when plugged into a computer. Since it’s totally programmable, you can use the Rubber Ducky to type in whatever you want into the host machine as soon as it is plugged in.

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Ataxx Arcade Game

Ataxx is a very cool arcade game that I saw at Arcade Expo this year in Banning, CA. It’s a multiplayer puzzle game that is similar in appearance to Reversi, using colored pieces with one color per player.

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PS-X EXE File Format

The executable format for PSX game consoles is different from standard PE or ELF executable formats. The PSX runtime library expects executable files to be in a specific structure that is outlined in the runtime library reference document.

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KONAMI Arcade Image Data

The following are notes collected from a deep-dive investigation into a hard-disk image that was shipped from Japan. The image appears to have come from the original manufacturer unmodified.

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