About

This site is run by Landon Dyer. I’ve been around on various networks since the late 1970s. I program computers for a living, and I often talk about that here. I would be programming computers anyway, and it’s astonishing and fantastic that people will actually pay me to write code. Wow.

Since I’ve been around a while, I occasionally write up stories that I think you’d find fun. I usually change the names to protect the guilty.

We have a son.  I’ll refer to him from time to time, obliquely and not by name (despite protests to the contrary, anonymity on the net is hard to obtain, hard to maintain, and impossible to regain — and it would suck if you dad blew it when you were only a kid, right?)

We live in the Seattle area (I’ll bitch from time to time about the rain, but I truly think that it’s better than living in a desert like Silly Valley).

I also motorcycle, which you might think is incompatible with the rain, but it isn’t.

 

4 Responses to About

  1. David says:

    Here’s an article you will find interesting – surgeons are leveraging the Kinect for hands-free image selection and review while in surgery, to avoid having to scrub in / scrub out each time they want to see something.

    http://www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/article/960393–surgeons-use-xbox-to-keep-hands-sterile-before-surgery?bn=1

  2. chrislynn5 says:

    I love your work with Atari, Donkey Kong rocks! I’m a collector of Atari 8-bit carts and hardware. Do you know if there is anyway to get “ahold” of any of those old Atari program managers or developers? I’ve foudn in my vast collection a cartridge in the early computer days 1979,80 for the project ‘Personal Finance’. The cartridge is Atari ready but was never released. I’ve found press releases and ads. I’d love to find the developers since it appears I need a disk that goes along with the cart to run. We’ve (AtariAge) been able to load at certain memory points to see menu, etc. A cool piece of history. Here’s the link if you can contribute (which would be much appreciated!): http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/194283-checkbook-cartridge-cxl8001

  3. Landon,

    Hi there, you may or may not know me? I am a game developer like you and wrote a lot of books on the subject in the 90′s and 2000′s. Anyway, I started writing games in the late 70′s and in the 80′s I got pretty good at it with the Atari 800 and machine language (as we used to all call it :) Anyway, one of the games I used to love was Myriapede — and I thought, I would like to play that on my Atari 800 (I have a big retro collection), so I googled and not only found the game, but you! So, I thought I would drop you a note and tell you that was a great game, loved the character animation for the centipedes, the sound was awesome and all around was an awesome game.

    Funny story how I got it… it was 1983-4? I can’t remember, but my next store neighbor was a guy named George Titsler I think, and I used to mow his lawn, we talked and he realized I was an Atari programmer! So, I was thrilled since no one knew what I was talking about, and he showed me all kinds of new prototype games. And then showed me yours, along with a new defender clone (which was amazing as well).

    I was like WOW this Myriapede is good — Anyway, at the time I was hard core into the Atari 800, but there were so many good games and versions of centipede by then, I thought I would give it a shot on the PC with CGA/EGA graphics (yuck). Anyway, I wrote the game, put it on the Software Source, made a few bucks and that was that. About a year ago, I found a copy on eBay 20 years old still in mint condition and got it to work on DOSbox.

    But, the reason I made the game, and what really motivated me was your Myriapede since when I saw it, I was like “yes, SEE, you can do a good centipede on a little 8-bit machine” –

    Anyway, I made a video of me playing the game for a few moments, so you can check it out —

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWIivqzoLbU&feature=youtu.be

    Well, just thought you might like to check it out — hopefully, I can get this Myriapede copy to work on my A800 :)

    Andre’

    • landon says:

      That’s pretty neat, thank you. Not many people know about Myriapede.

      I’ve got the source code for it hanging around somewhere, and I’ll see if I can scan it in or something. No promises (and it’s really not that exciting).

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