DIY Arcade Box

This is cool. I’ve been thinking of putting something like this together for the kids.

MAKE: Blog: HOW TO make a Penny Arcade
I have a hobby of creating arcade machines using computers and MAME. This is a budget arcade cabinet. Instead of a computer running the MAME software, the gaming is provided by a Namco TV Games 5-in-1 game controller, hacked for real arcade controls. So, instead of spending a few hundred on a computer, the controller is $20. Also, inside is a 14″ TV, saving money there too. The Penny Arcade plays Pacman, Galaxian, RallyX, DigDug, and Bosconian

What Does FeedMail Do?

FeedMail » FeedMail FAQ
FeedMail sets up an individual, encrypted, private blog between you and each of your contacts.
Messages to Contacts are sent like email (“To, CC, BCC..”) from within your FeedMail pages, but instead of email addresses, you use your contact’s FeedMail Username or pick them from your Contact List.

A Brief POV Change: Student Thoughts on Laptops in the Classroom

This post came up on De Novo, one of the student blogs I track. We spend a fair amount of time going on about things like laptops and wireless in the classroom and it is of interest to hear what students may have to say.

De Novo: Re: Student Use of Technology in the Classroom
The way I see it (and our Dean seemed to agree at a question and answer session I attended last spring), if a professor can’t keep my attention, whose fault is that really? Probably mine, but it doesn’t change the fact that if she can’t keep my attention, no amount of banning instant messenger is going to help. Back before I had a laptop, I doodled. I doodled masterpieces during classes that were uninteresting. Or I daydreamed. I can easily do those things again, and I still won’t be paying attention.

Just out of curiuousity, how many law schools know if their students are blogging?