Handheld Emulation: Achievement Unlocked!
I love video game emulation. My favorite games were produced in the 1980s and 1990s, so if I want to play them, I almost always have to emulate the old systems. There is usually a legal concern about ROM files for games, even if you own the original cartridges, so I'm not going to tell you where to find ROMs to download or anything like that. What I am going to share is my recent discovery of the perfect handheld gaming system. Oddly enough, it was never intended to be an emulator.
The PSP is truly incredible hardware. The PSP Vita is its bigger, younger sibling, but if you have an old PSP, I urge you not to throw it away. With a simple firmware hack (also legally questionable, I suppose), it's possible to load emulators that will play Atari, NES, SNES, Game Boy, Genesis, PS1 and most other console games almost flawlessly.
I never had a PSP, but I was able to get a PSP Go in mint condition on eBay for $89. The PSP Go comes with 16GB of storage, so you don't even need to get its proprietary memory card to load it up with games!
One of the problems with the emulation scene is that sites seem to come and go fairly regularly. I found all the information I needed to get my PSP Go ready to play Mario by doing some Google searching for PSP emulators. Specifically, this page was great: http://wololo.net/emulators-for-the-psp-ps-vita-the-ultimate-download-list.
(Image from http://wololo.net)
If you already have a PSP device, the instructions for custom firmware installation is simple. If you don't have one, deciding which version of the PSP to purchase is one of the toughest steps. If you like the larger layout, I recommend the PSP 2000 model. It has an incredible screen and fewer buggy design choices than the original. If you're looking for portability, I'm very fond of the PSP Go I purchased from eBay. The screen is smaller, but it's still plenty large and has beautiful quality. Good luck, and have fun!
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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