Monthly Archive for December, 2009

8bit Second-hand rush!

Yesterday my 2 friends & I went to our local second-hand store. We wanted to have some fun &, if we could find smth special & outrageous, we could buy it…

Right at the beginning of the shop we found smth that had blown up our minds!
While surfing all the heaps with closing we saw an old Nintendo-clone: PowerJoy.

Power Joy

Power Joy Nintendo clone

I’ve never seen anything like that… My all childhood was spent with Dendy/Dendy2, which was created in Russia…and was de-facto the standard for game consoles… Almost every child had one!


Yeap… we bought it!
It’s awesome!
The only thing you need in order to play is TV.
So the pluses of this console are:

  • it works from batteries – no AC cable needed!
  • main gamepad is the gamepad itself+main computing center+pistol
  • has 9999+ prebuilt games!

As it was bought in second-hand store I had to fix it a bit. There was a problem in battery connection, but I fixed it quickly & was really astonished, when my ears heard the same, known from the earky childhood 8bit noise!!! Then a picture came up!!! That was AWESOME! I quickly found the game, called Tank90 & started fighting with evil tank forces!

It’s really interesting to remember that childish shit… In our days, when people are playing NFS & still complain that they are not satisfied with gameplay or video graphics that 8bit console remembers about the days spent in front of the TV, playing hard & trying to kill all the mushrooms and turtles with the help of Mario&&Luigi…

Genius G-Pen 4500 && Ubuntu 9.10

I’m about to use my Genius G-Pen 4500 with Ubuntu. And here is my experience in installing this tablet.

Everything is pretty stright-forward.

  1. Go to
  2. Get the source for wizardpen. I used
  3. Unpack.
    tar -xvf wizardpen-0.7.0-alpha2.tar.gz
  4. Move into the unpacked dir:
    cd wizardpen-0.7.0-alpha2
  5. Configure, make and install:
    sudo ./configure --with-xorg-module-dir=/usr/lib/xorg/modules && make && make install
  6. Check for and (driver installed correctly):
    ls /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/wizardpen.*
  7. Connect your tablet (if not yet connected)
  8. Create file /etc/hal/fdi/policy/99-wizardpen.fdi
  9. I used the following data inside the file:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>
    <deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <!-- This MUST match with the name of your tablet -->
    <match key="info.product" contains="UC-LOGIC Tablet WP5540U">
    <merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">wizardpen</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.SendCoreEvents" type="string">true</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.TopX" type="string">0</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.TopY" type="string">0</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.TopZ" type="string">40</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_identifier" type="string">stylus</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.BottomX" type="string">32739</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.BottomY" type="string">32745</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.BottomZ" type="string">1024</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.MaxX" type="string">32739</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.MaxY" type="string">32745</merge>

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  10. After all this You should reboot and start using your Genius G-Pen 4500.
  11. FIXED: I still have one unsolved problem. The stylus starts working a bit far from the tablet. Can’t resolve this. Under Windows I found quite unique driver, which let me set sensitivity for it. FIX: Add TopZ and BottomZ values to the file


Кажуть, що від кожного дня потрібно брати максимум. Ці вихідні я використав на 100%!

Проїхав зі своїм другом за минулі вихідні ~1200км.
Маршрут був досить унікальним. Львів-Київ/it-jam-Луцьк-Львів. З 60-ти годин, які були відведені на ці вихідні, а саме за період з 19-00 п’ятниці і до 07-00 понеділка, 30 годин ми провели у дорозі. Звичайно, ми подорожували поїздами. Різними.

  • Львів-Київ: 13,75 грн 15 годин у дорозі. Плацкартний вагон перероблений під загальний.
  • Київ-Луцьк: 26,00 грн 9 годин у дорозі. Плацкартний вагон.
  • Луцьк-Львів: 5,80 грн 7 годин у дорозі. Загальний вагон + Budweiser + Bavaria.

Деталі описувати не хочеться, адже це займе не одну годину. Скажу тільки, що ми грали більярд (пул) у гуртожитках КПІ. Гусю привіт! Тушена картопля з зайцем була дуже класна, правда трохи переперчена 😉

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