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I'm a software developer and occasionally when time allows, I like to blog about my various coding project here. I also like to tinker with home automation, retro gaming and more.

I have also shared some of my software, which I hope may be of use to others. It's on my software page.

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New marquee and surround artwork

I thought it was time to update the cabinet artwork and finally add some instructions on how the game select buttons works. So photo below is the new design, what do you think? Can’t beat classic Street Fighter 2!

It was printed on A4 photo paper, cut with a craft knife then stuck together with sticky tape.

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Update Arcade Machine to use a USB Joystick Encoder

I recently switched the hardware within my arcade machine from a x86 PC to a Raspberry Pi 3. The reason for this was that I was getting fed up with the maintenance required for a Windows PC.

I’m pleased that I did, as I can now just download a new pre-configured Raspberry Pi image and I’m pretty much done! The only issue I had was getting the IPAC interface to work. It kinda worked but struggled with mapping some of the ... read more

Review of the Q8 Smart Watch

Looking for a smart watch with features like Bluetooth and a heart monitor, but don't want to pay a fortune? Then, this watch at £29.99 might be what you're after. I wanted to get an Android or iOS watch but could not really justify the high cost. Especially as I didn't really know if I would actually use a smartwatch or it would just end up in a junk draw.

This watch has a sleek big round display. The square LED colour screen is 2 cm wide, but it i... read more

Source code for Lost Little Spaceman on the ZX Spectrum

In case you missed my last post. Lost Little Spaceman is now available for the ZX Spectrum.

I had mentioned previously that I will be publishing the source code and a bit of information on how the game was created. So below is my code and the sna. Please feel free to re-use, all I ask is that I am credited somewhere like the title screen.


The archive includes a folder called source, this is all the text with add... read more

Lost Little Spaceman is now available for the ZX Spectrum

I have an exciting announcement! Lost Little Spaceman is now available for the ZX Spectrum. Yes that's right the mobile game has been ported to this great little 80s machine.


Please check it out. It's free to download from lostlittlespaceman.com and Spectrum Computing

Also, visit http://digitalgeek.me for source code and details on how the game was created with t... read more

Composite mod for ZX Spectrum 48k

I have been recently reliving my youth and have bought an old ZX Spectrum, one of my first computers! The main reason I picked this up was to test my latest game! Yes that's right it's for the ZX Spectrum! Why? Well, why not? It's actually a port of Lost Little Spaceman and should be ready for release soon.

Before I could test the game on the real spectrum, I was strugging with the RF out, as it needed an analogue tuner. So I fixed it with a simple mod that isolates the RF Module and wires the composite video signal directly to the socket. I though this may be of use to others, so here are my steps to complete this:... read more

Lost Little Spaceman iOS update

Just rolled out an update on iOS. This is a minor update, but does include some new language packs.


This version includes the following on iOS

★ NEW Polish, Spain, Russian language
☆ Minor bug fixes and improvements

If there are any other languages you would like to be included, please let me know. I hope to get another update out soon in both Android and iOS.

Download for FREE at lostlittlespaceman.com

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Trex Runner RIP

I just removed Trex Runner from the Google Play store and sadly don’t plan to reinstate it.

Trex Runner

This is because of a number of policy violations, incorrectly raised against the app. The reason is that the store listing mentions the open source Chromium project, and there is a policy that states you cannot use brand names, However I need to mention this to declare it uses the open source code from this project.

I would then need to go through the procedure of getting it reinstated. I have done a number of times and the appeal always goes in my favour, but I ... read more

Happy new year and i'm still here!

Happy new year everyone. I hope everyone has had a great break.

2018 was a very quiet year for posts. I had hoped to release a couple of games, but well, it never happened. Mostly due to focusing most of my efforts on my new online shop newfangledthings.com. The shop will still keep me busy, but I really miss making games, so I am determined to get a game or two made this year, and probably some other fun projects. I might finally finish my DIY arcade cabinet too!?

Anyway this was just a quick post to give you a quick update to say that I'm still here... read more

OddsMonkey! Make profits. Not peanuts.

You may have noticed that I changed my top banner to OddsMonkey. I'm not normally one to push 'get rich quick' sites. But this is different. I have been a member for years now and I make a substantial tax free income from it.

You are basically betting on all outcomes, so can't lose. The video above explains it much better than me. This system does NOT suggest gambling.

More at oddsmonkey.com


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