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After filling up with gas, this debug output came out along with my receipt. Leftover from previous maintenance?

ThreatFire silently blocks Plants vs Zombies and other steam games from running

Apparently there’s an incompatibility between ThreatFire and steam. Trying to play Plants vs Zombies just results in it trying to load and then silently failing without any error messages. Simply disabling ThreatFire protection isn’t good enough; I recommend uninstalling completely.

There’s a forum thread on the issue – http://www.pctools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65000

Successfully modded my Wii

There’s something incredibly appealing about giving hardware extra features just by loading some code. Now my Wii joins my Xbox and PSP in being opened up to the homebrew community.

There are tons of guides on Wii modding online. After reading through most of the current ones and comparing/contrasting them, I settled on a relatively straightforward guide at afterdawn. The process was relatively straightforward; the only stumbling block I ran into was when I received a cryptic error while trying to install the homebrew channel. Turns out I was using a bad/incompatible SD card, using a different card worked fine.

My biggest unexpected surprise came from the Homebrew Browser. This ingenious app acts just like the Shopping channel, but hosts free homebrew games and utilities. You simply click the app you want, and it automatically downloads and ‘installs’ to your SD card. It’s amazing that the homebrew scene can put together a more cohesive experience than some commercial platforms.

Unfortunately, I haven’t yet found a way to run commercial games off of an external USB hard drive. I’m not interested in piracy, but my Wii quite frequenty has problems reading game discs. I already spent $60 to get it ‘repaired’ by Nintendo, but the problems started again a month or so later.

Looking forward to whatever else the homebrew scene has in store…

Welcome!

Hello there! I’m Jeffrey Parker and this is my personal blog/website. This will probably focus on software development, tech/gadgets, and life in Ann Arbor MI, but there’s no telling else I might write about.

I originally tried Drupal and Tikiwiki as website frontends, but wordpress seems to be a much better fit for my needs. We’ll see how it goes…