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NES Wireless Gamepad for PC, MAC, Android and iOS


I’ve had a very nice working relationship with Xgaming for well over a decade.  These guys make high quality arcade controllers and arcade cabinets for arcade emulators like MAME.  They’ve been around a long time and I have praised them over and over through the years on my popular RetroGaming Radio podcast.

Recently they sent me a very retro looking controller with very modern capabilities – the NES Wireless Gamepad.  How could any lover of retro gaming NOT want one of these?  Let’s check it out together. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Overwatch


Blizzard Entertainment threw the gaming community for a loop when they announced that their first new IP in 20 years was a team-based first person shooter. Blizzard is best known for their insanely popular MMO World of Warcraft. So a first person shooter was not what anyone expected when Overwatch was announced.

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So what is Overwatch exactly? Overwatch is an online-only, class-based, team-based, competitive, first person shooter that draws inspiration from Team Fortress 2. That’s a mouthful. But to be fair to both Valve and Blizzard, comparing Overwatch to TF2 would be like comparing Quake Arena to Call of Duty 4. Although there are similarities, there’s more than 10 years that separates the two games. Read more

Filed under : Computers, Consoles, PC Gaming, Windows

Windows 10 Survival Guide


Windows 10 is here and whether you’re an early adopter or a “wait for SP1” kinda user – eventually you’ll be exposed to and possibly forced to use Windows 10 in some capacity or another.

Some people are going to want to “neuter” Windows 10 to get it as close to what they are used to (or just like more); namely Windows 7.

This survival guide will be updated with all my findings, hacks, tweaks, fixes and tools that make Windows 10 work the way *I* want it to work. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Windows

Review: HuniePop (The Adult Match Three RPG)


Ages ago there was a game on 16-bit computers called Bar Games. It featured random games you might find er, in a bar setting. One of the games was called “The Pickup Artist”. In this game you had to approach a woman and have an on-screen dialogue. Say the wrong thing and she told you to get lost. Say the right thing and the date continued. It was a fun, innuendo-laced PG-13 game at best; but I have very fond memories of it.

Speeding ahead a couple of decades and we have a new genre of game sprout up; first with the madness of Bejewelled and then the RPGish Puzzle Quest series – where matching three items on the screen made them disappear and more would fall in to take their place. The addictive nature of match three games has created an empire of them; you pick the theme and chances are likely there is one to meet your needs.

Enter HuniePop … a hybrid match-three-meets-the-pickup-artist game. Only this time, the game is filled with cute, young Asian women with widely varying personalities and challenges to win over. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, PC Gaming, Software, Windows

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition (PC) – A First Look


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Dead Rising 3 was originally released as an Xbox One exclusive, but now the PC version has shipped.  I picked it up on pre-order MONTHS ago for a really good price and it finally shipped yesterday.  I never played the Xbox One version, nor did I play Dead Rising 2.  However, I really enjoyed the original Dead Rising on Xbox (at least until the timed missions started). Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

ExpanDrive – Real Drive Letters for Cloud Storage


Enter the Cloud

Enter the Cloud

Cloud.  Today, it’s all about the cloud.  Store in the cloud, work in the cloud … live in the cloud.  Google even created ChromeOS to embrace the cloud – and we now have laptops that do practically nothing unless they are connected to said cloud.  While you could argue the merits of cloud computing all day and night – we’re only going to look at one aspect of it in this article.  Storage.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage has been around for a very long time and there are more players in the space now than ever before.  There are venerable favorites like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Skydrive/OneDrive – and even more you haven’t heard of like Copy.com, Rackspace and Amazon S3.  With so many choices, you would think that competition would get the best of the market and drive prices down and features up, but oddly enough that hasn’t happened.  Sure, some cloud services have better features and cheaper solutions but there still isn’t really one to “rule them all”. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Software, The Cloud, Windows

RAVPOWER WiFi Disk/Power Bank (RP-WD01)


I can barely contain myself long enough to write this review.  For the longest time I’ve been searching for the ultimate, portable solution for storage for my non-microSD slot Nexus phones and tablets.

We need more storage.  No matter how much memory your device has on board, you need more; movies, documents, music, personal files – whatever it is you need – there is never enough room for it all.  So you turn to cloud services to help ease the pain.  Of course, there is a problem with that.  What if you have no 4G?  No WiFi?  What if you’re on a plane?  The cloud doesn’t help you. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Directory Opus 10: The Power User File Manager


I’ve written reviews for Directory Opus v6 and v8 – and reused content from the former for the latter. In this review of Directory Opus v10, I’m starting from scratch. Surely I will cover similar topics but I’m going to take a new approach to this review than the others.
Stock Directory Opus Screen

At first look, Directory Opus could easily be mistaken for “just another file manager”. There are many of them around, too. It seems the “enhanced file manager” concept finally started taking off and there are no less than a half a dozen, fairly well-known file managers floating around out there. Despite this fact, Directory Opus (Dopus from now on) still remains a mystery to most people – largely due to the fact that it costs money while so many other ones are free. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Software, Windows

Google Drive: Why You Should Care


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Cloud storage is big business. Everyone wants to handle your online storage needs. If you go searching for a storage host, you’ll see venerable names like DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, Amazon – and some names you may not be familiar with like SpiderOak and SugarSync. There are a lot of potentials out there, but which one is for you? Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Secret Treasures: SpaceSniffer (Windows)


If you work with computers long enough, you’re bound to create an arsenal of “secret treasures”; little programs that you may only use once a year – but are indispensable when you do need them.  Every time you use it, you think to yourself, “What would I do without this?” and you wonder whom else you know that might be able to make use of it.

Of course, you forget to share it; and another year goes by before you address it again.

My series of Secret Treasures will attempt to share with you some of the “toys” I hang on my Windows “bat utility belt” and see if I can help someone else out by unleashing a little known product into the masses.

Drive space.  Storage.  Strange times with hard drive storage space.  In the old days, we treasured storage space as if it were more precious than gold – because we had SO LITTLE OF IT.  Then, suddenly – hard drives were cheap.  People had a surplus; and nobody cared anymore about “wasting space”.  No need to clean up your drive; PLENTY OF ROOM. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+