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[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 571 views]
The Nobles Law Firm is now open

As of July 1, the Nobles Law Firm opened its doors in scenic downtown Benton and is now accepting clients. The firm’s sole lawyer is Ethan C. Nobles (me!), managing editor of First Arkansas News.
Those who know me are aware that I used to practice law at a firm called Nobles, Poore & Jones (later called just Nobles & Poore after Jones went off to Tunica to deal cards) for four years in Fayetteville. Those who know me really well are aware that I totally hated every minute of that …

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[22 May 2014 | No Comment | 2,174 views]
Retron 5 set for June 6 release

Back on May 25, 2013, First Arkansas News published an article about the Hyperkin Retron 5. Go ahead and click the aforementioned link for more details, but here’s a summary — the Retron 5 is designed to play games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Japanese and European versions of those consoles and some Nintendo Game Boy games.
Oh, and the console is designed to upscale all of those games to 720p so they will look great on HDTV sets. Anyone who has hooked up a classic …

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[14 May 2014 | No Comment | 1,967 views]
EaseUS — file recovery software that works

Back in the old DOS days, file recovery was sorely needed but the applications that allowed for it were more than a bit primitive. We’re talking about the late 1980s and early 1990s when a 40-megabyte hard drive was considered massive. It was common to get rid of files regularly in order to make room for more space on limited drives.
I had purchased a file recovery package because I’m the type who tends to delete a bunch of files and discover later that I had gotten rid of some that …

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[3 May 2014 | No Comment | 3,315 views]
Alcohol sales in Saline County?

If you’ve been out grocery shopping, filling up your car at a gas station or have been in public in Saline County at all lately, the chances are good you’ve been approached by a petitioner asking for your signature so that the issue of whether package sales of alcohol should be allowed in our neck of the woods will be included on the November ballot.
The same effort is going on in Craighead County and both petition drives are spearheaded by a group out of Little Rock called Our Community, Our …

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[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 2,954 views]
Hyperkin announces Retron5 delay, price increase

About this time last year, First Arkansas News ran an article waxing poetic about the forthcoming Hyperkin Retron5. The Retron5 has been promoted as just the machine a lot of us people who love classic console gaming have wanted for a long time. The problem with a lot of classic consoles is that they look terrible on HDTV sets and the Retron5 is supposed to solve that problem by upscaling games to run in 720p high definition through an HDMI port.
Anyone who has ever plugged, say, a Sega Genesis into …

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[17 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 6,386 views]
Respectful, fitting treatment of a tale that started 30 years ago

Back in 1984 Tim Stryker released Fazuul, a multi-user adventure game that made its way to several bulletin board systems (BBS) when the notion of dialing up another computer and interacting with other users online was somewhat novel.
A BBS, for those who are unfamiliar, was essentially a computer that hosted messages, files and “door games” such as Fazuul. Those old door games had quite a number of fans. Jes Simon, author of Beautiful Zurt, was clearly a fan of Fazuul — her book is based on the old text adventure. …

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[5 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 8,386 views]
VeryHelpful.net — an Epinions replacement?

It didn’t take long — Epinions contributors were told last week that the 15-year-old site was no longer accepting reviews, but that news was followed with an invitation to a site meant to be a replacement.
Epinions, an eBay property, has spent the last 15 years paying writers for reviews of everything from Ramones albums to Ford Mustangs. Those days are over, but a new site — VeryHelpful.net — was set up by Andy Hillal. He was an Epinions staffer from 2000 to 2007 and wrote under the monicker of Andyman …

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[4 Mar 2014 | One Comment | 4,794 views]
So long, Epinions

Epinions members got a bit of a shock last week when logging into their accounts and learning the 15-year-old consumer reviews site is effectively shutting down as of March 25.
Epinions was a site that paid contributors to review products, based on the notion that reviews of products from unbiased consumers have value. The site started in 1999 back when everyone and their dog was trying to figure out how to make a buck or two on the Internet and actually did pay its members cash for submitting reviews.
The reasons Epinions …

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[21 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 5,478 views]
MLK Day observed in Benton

As anyone with a calendar and/or a television set knows, Jan. 20 was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day throughout the nation. Former U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law as a way to commemorate the civil rights leader, but the holiday wasn’t officially observed by all 50 states in the nation until 2000. It is, then a fairly new holiday in the U.S.
While King’s birthday was Jan. 15, the holiday falls on the the third Monday every January. MLK Day has taken some time to catch on …

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[9 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 9,085 views]
Ready to play online roulette? Give this site a try

So you’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas and show those alleged pro gamers a thing or two, right? You can gamble with the best of them and are confident you’ll be successful. But, there is a problem — in this economy, trips anywhere can be a bit too much to bear, so what’s the solution?
How about some online gaming, pilgrim? Yes, you can show off your skills right from the safety and convenience of your very own living room and that is cheaper than an outright trip somewhere, …