Monthly Archives: August 2008

Scientific Progress: A Home Computer in the year 2004

2004 Home Computer

A Home Computer in the year 2004

This image was scanned from a 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics, the magazine. The text says,

Scientists at the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a “home computer” could look like in the year 2004. However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the averate home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use.

Gotta love those early computer scientists!

Mr. Smith’s Game 2.0

Gee, that was fast wasn’t it? A whole new version complete with a new, huge level in what, minutes? Well, no it didn’t really happen that fast. I’ve had version 2 done for a while but this is its big Internet debut! In fact, some of my students found a few programming errors here and there so I’ve actually had to update it three times to version 2.03.

Without revealing too much, if you still have a save file from version 1.0 just copy that file into the 2.0 folder and you should be good to go. A few things have changed from 1.0 (like the bats have been replaced by owls), but nothing major (the bats are still included in the game…). Anyway, for those of you who don’t remember where you left off here’s a clue: go to the Trapper’s hut in the center of the forest. The next level starts there. Oh, and I’d stock up on some Bread and especially Antidotes while I was there…

Anyway, have fun! I certainly did in making it. This new area that’s now open to you is pretty big. You might want to make a map to help you navigate around. It can be a bit tricky. Oh, and there are a total of three ways “out” besides the exit. You’ll know what I mean.

Version 3 is already in the works. I already have my maps sketched out and plans made for what it will be like. So far, I’m pleased, but you’ll have to wait a while for it as it contains probably 12-15 maps and only one is close to complete. There’s never enough time to do all the things you want!

Enjoy and leave me comments here about your conquests! Be sure to check back periodically for updated versions. Oh, at a minimum to play it you’ll need to install the Runtime Package (RTP) on your computer. You only need to install this once, so if you already have it, you’re good to go!

Mr. Smith’s Game 1.0

In my spare time I have dabbled with the RPG Maker series from EnterBrain. My favorite iteration was RPG Maker XP which I liked so much that I purchased it.

Well, I made a game of sorts several years back. Now, it has basically no story and no true ending, but the first two levels are more or less complete. And I’m proud of it. I had a lot of fun making it and my students have had a lot of fun playing their way through it too. I guess it would take about 45 minutes to work your way through the entire story getting all the items if you don’t escape from very many battles. And you shouldn’t, anyway. The boss in the forest really requires a certain amount of leveling up (and a certain equipped item doesn’t hurt) to beat.

So, without further adieu I present Mr. Smith’s Game 1.0! (I’ve got to come up with a better title later.) Oh, at a minimum to play it you’ll need to install the Runtime Package (RTP) on your computer.

Enjoy and leave me comments here about your conquests! Also, be on the lookout for updated versions in the future. was just launched in July 2008. Now listen, this is something new. Examination software customized for the chiropractic profession has never existed before now! It took at least two years of planning and an additional two years of coding to bring it to a reality. Congratulations to Lynn, Chad, and Darren for all their hard work!