Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He first wrote for TechCrunch in 2007. He has also written for MSNBC.com, NBC News, DPReview, The Economist/GE’s Look Ahead, and others.

His personal website is coldewey.cc.

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    The Orientation: Emulators


    Part 1: Which emu is right for yu? I love old games. They’re a part of my history and there are a ton that really do hold up years later. I’m playing through X-COM and Chrono Trigger right now, and regularly test my skills at Kung Fu, Mega Man 2, and Ninja Gaiden. Friends, co-workers, and strangers, when they catch me in the act, are always seized by a strange mix of revulsion… Read More

  • GTA IV crashing on your 60GB PS3? Re-install, baby


    There have been a few reports of GTA IV crashing on PS3s. The problem has been more or less identified as a problem with 60GB PS3 units, and Rockstar has advised that erasing your game data and reinstalling the game is the solution. Hmm. Isn’t this exactly the kind of thing people tried to avoid by buying consoles in the first place? Read More

  • Interesting video of improved robot vision and obstacle navigation

    This is a short video by the NYU splinter of a DARPA-funded project that aims to improve the way robots perceive the world around them (and most importantly, in front of them). As the video notes, the resolution (both temporal and spatial) of current robots’ visual systems is very limited due to data bandwidth and CPU limitations. Consequently, it cannot process its path beyond about… Read More

  • Hot? This liquid-cooled shirt should fix that


    It’s kind of ridiculous, but apparently some racers wear these when they’re going to be in a car for a long time with no air conditioning; it looks foolish but I guess it works. This article describes the various problems drivers have with heat – I never thought about it, but dehydration and heat exhaustion can be a serious issue when you’re driving a hot car in the… Read More

  • Intel and Cray getting in bed together – wait, Cray?


    Who knew that Cray was still a player in the supercomputing field? Not only that, but they’re making news. Cray computers have been using AMD processors for a while now, but Intel has convinced them to include Xeons in their 2010-scheduled "Cascade" series of machines instead of the current Opteron configuration. Getting Cray isn’t exactly a lethal blow to AMD, but… Read More

  • Robotic exoskeleton from Raytheon looks like an Aliens Power Loader or Exo-Squad suit

    This kind of exoskeleton has been around for a while in prototypes and blueprints; I remember seeing one in DARPA paperwork years ago, but I think that now they’re getting out of the prototyping stage. The article compares it to Iron Man because it’s timely but I think that’s quite a stretch; it’s much more like a power loader or a dude from Exo-Squad. It can lift… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Bioshock coming to PS3?

    Several pieces of evidence point to an eventual port of Irrational’s magnum opus to the Playstation 3. Most compelling is the bit of code in the PC port listing PS3 settings. It’s expected to arrive in the fall, around the same time Bioshock 2 might be announced. There are murmurs of improved graphics, but I think that’s probably nonsense. Being a little behind the times, I… Read More

  • Going Green: Should you convert to Biodiesel? How does it work?


    Every once in a while you might see a car go by with a sticker proclaiming “Powered by soybeans” or “I run biodiesel! Ask me how!” or some such message. No doubt you’re curious, as I was. What are these mysterious frybrids, and do you want one? Your curiousity will be satisfied after the link. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Bionic Commando remake multiplayer footage

    http://www.gamevideos.com//swf/gamevideos11.swf?embedded=1&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&src=http://www.gamevideos.com/video/videoListXML%3Fid%3D18565%26ordinal%3D%26adPlay%3Dfalse I think I’ll let the bionic arms do the talkin’ here. This highly-anticipated XBLA game is looking to be an unbelievable bargain: the full single-player remake of Bionic Commando from the NES… Read More

  • Review: Tokyoflash Star Performer and Zero-G watches

    Katana and Watchizaki
    You must have heard of Tokyoflash. They’ve got the coolest watches on both this and that side of Japan, and also make the best of those binary-time watches that puzzle you whenever you see them. I have two specimens of Tokyoflash gear right here with me — are they as solid as they look on the site? Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Advance Wars Days of Ruin for DS, $16.99


    I’ve only played the Game Boy Advance versions of the Advance Wars series, but from what I hear, they just keep getting better. Days of Ruin, the latest installment, is supposed to be no exception, though it’s a break from the light, cartoony style of its predecessors. The darker art style and more mature plot might help people understand that this is, indeed, a very deep… Read More

  • Rumor: Halo prequel action/adventure Bungie's next project?


    Oh, joy — I smell a return to Marathon. Or Pathways Into Darkness. Whichever, they’re both pretty awesome games. According to the rumor mill at 1up, Bungie’s next project may be “a third-person action/adventure shooter hybrid that takes place before the original Halo, chronicling early skirmishes between the ODST troops and the Covenant”. Not exactly the plot… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: GTA IV pre-order and launch details for the big retails


    Why all the hullabaloo about this game? It’s just a murder simulator, people! but if you must be there to get it the day it comes out, your favorite retailer has probably made an announcement on how and where to go about it. Best Buy has a store list, Wal-Mart’s internal plan was leaked, and just lately GameStop released a 68-page PDF of all stores with midnight openings. Check… Read More

  • Computer not turning on? Here's an exhaustive list of possible problems and solutions

    I had this problem a few months ago when I was putting together my current PC. First I got a loud system beep and the CMOS display would stop somewhere in the 20s. That turned out to be my video card being improperly powered. Then it would boot and crash hard before getting to the OS. Turned out to be a bad stick of RAM. I’m glad I had my laptop around to look up CMOS codes and stuff, but… Read More

  • Review: Lapworks Attaché laptop stand


    For those of you whose laptop is your only computer (and that number is increasing), I imagine you have a spot where it generally resides. I know I do, though my primary machine is my PC. But the problem with this is that you end up with a sort of jumble of extra devices, external hard drives, and other miscellany all over your work area. The Attaché laptop stand aims to make your laptop… Read More

  • Sweet designer keyboards are stylish and unreasonably priced

    Looking around the accessories section of this site I found this series of keyboards (gold, green creepers, lotus print, bunnysuckle(?), flowers) that look totally amazing. The description of each calls the keys "handmade," which says "sweatshop" to me, but that’s nothing new. All that matters is how good it looks. These designs would make for amazing gifts for a… Read More

  • Microsoft donating Xbox 360s to children's hospitals

    Well, this is certainly a good thing. But I hope they can find a hospital that isn’t already filled to capacity from the efforts of Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity drive. They’re setting up 360 kiosks with cameras, headsets, and a variety of games suitable for youngsters. They can even play online. Now, how to turn this around into something evil? Oh, I know… Read More

  • Make your own solid-state drive from this thing and some CF cards

    Cool. It’s still a little rich for my blood, but if you can figure out how to hot-swap the CF cards without losing data, this could be an awesome little gadget. It’s got a SATA interface, but you could probably rig it up to sit outside the computer so you can pop in new pairs of cards whenever you need to. It’s difficult to say whether it’s practical at this point. Read More

  • Young 'uns getting in on the mobile banking thing, oldsters opting out

    One out of five 18-35-year-olds has used their cell phone for a banking transaction – twice as many as the general population, according to a study done for IBM. Now, I’ve moved almost exclusively to online banking, but my balance transfers aren’t pressing enough that I need to do them from the middle of the street. Most people are afraid of losing personal information, but… Read More

  • OLPC to become OLPXPC as program switches from Linux to Windows

    The XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child project was originally supposed to make inroads into the developing world and low-income areas for the free and open source community. But OLPC’s founder thinks that the Sugar OS is scaring off investors and buyers alike. He says: "One can be an open-source advocate without being an open-source fundamentalist." Which is true, but… Read More