pizone – Raspberry Pi based Nintendo Zone access point

Nice project from Mike Chambers; pizone creates a customer Nintendo Zone access point, allowing you to get Spot and Street Passes from people around the world. You’re usually restricted to those you come within close physical contact with (along with your 3DS hardware of course).

Time to acquire some more Mii hats and outfits 🙂

Let’s Encrypt offering free encryption

Encryption is increasingly an important and relevant topic when it comes to web development (security, ServiceWorker-powered offline pages, etc), but the costs involved make it prohibitive to devs wanting to dip their toes in the subject. Let’s Encrypt looks to offer a free service which should be a big help to everyone in making the web more secure but also more available when stuck in a tunnel somewhere without wifi.

Tim Kadlec discusses it in his “Taking Let’s Encrypt for a Spin” article.

Game Boy Advance colour restoration

Until recently I hadn’t realised a lot of early games on the Game Boy Advance were altered pretty significantly regarding colours and contrast levels in order to accommodate the original handheld’s lack of a light (be it front or back light). Games were made brighter so that they’d be easier to see on the original console’s dim screen, but with the onset of the frontlit Game Boy Advance SP (and especially the subsequent superior backlit AGS-101 SP model and Game Boy Advance Micro) it left those games looking less-than-ideal on the newer hardware.

People being great and intuitive as they are have gone about trying to fix some of these problems with retro games in order to take into account that most people nowadays will look to play them on properly lit displays. People like Asaki over at the Super Mario Advance 2 Colour Restoration website.

Original Super Mario Advance 2 graphicsRevised Super Mario Advance 2 graphics

Open Broadcaster Software

I’ve had real hit-and-miss (mostly miss) results when it comes to trying to stream to Twitch from my AverMedia Live Gamer Portable (which works really well otherwise), and was considering upgrading to an Elgato Game Capture HD60 but a few YouTube videos have suggested similar streaming issues when attempting from a Mac.

However, some have suggested Open Broadcaster Software as an alternative to the apps that AverMedia and Elgato provide. It sounds like people are getting better results and less headaches when using OBS, and so I’ll be trying out the software very soon.