Pin Eight


Pin Eight is the personal web site of Damian Yerrick. You may be interested in one or more of his projects:

Concentration Room

Older projects: Luminesweeper

Fight for the future of the Internet

Posted on September 1, 2014

For years, there has been a fight between between "net neutrality" and "paid prioritization" approaches to last-mile home Internet access in the United States. ISPs normally make money by charging a monthly fee to the receiver (you), but lately some have been trying to double-dip by also charging both the sender of the information (such as Netflix). Instead of giving subscribers what they have paid for, some cable and fiber telecom providers have chosen to engage in congestion by choice in order to promote their own traditional cable television service instead of over-the-top (OTT) video on demand services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus. These providers intentionally route the OTT service's connections down the "slow lane" to degrade quality of service unless the OTT service pays the ISP a recurring fee. So under paid prioritization, the customer ends up paying the ISP twice: once as part of the Internet subscription and once to the OTT provider.

Proponents of net neutrality have staged a protest against anticompetitive double-dipping on September 10. Many web sites will briefly display a fake loading bar as a symbol of the fight against ISPs' preferential treatment of some sites over others. Pin Eight is among them.


Posted on August 7, 2014

A long-standing mixed active content problem on some pages of this site has been fixed.

The JSNES Arcade

Posted on July 12, 2014

If your PC is fast enough, and it uses a modern web browser, visit the JSNES Arcade to play some of my NES games without having to download and install an emulator.

Wiki scraper

Posted on June 10, 2014

Since Koitsu announced the decision to shut down Parodius Networking, I've been privately maintaining a tool that backs up a wiki that runs MediaWiki software. I used it as a backup plan in case normal wiki migration didn't work correctly, but it ended up proving useful for creating a downloadable static version of a reference wiki. It is currently in use on NESdev Wiki, and now I make it available for everyone to download.


Posted on May 15, 2014

It is the story of a neighborhood rivalry that got w-a-y out of hand. Trampling each other's gardens was only the beginning. Soon they were shooting off model rockets to blow holes in the walls of the house across the street.

Today, I release the source code of RHDE: Furniture Fight, a game that won second place in the 2014 NESdev competition.

Holy diver, Batman

Posted on November 2, 2013

"Holy diversionary tactics!"
— Dick "Robin" Grayson, Holy Smokes Batman

Today, I release Holy Diver Batman, a program for testing assembly of NES circuit boards. It supports over a dozen NES mappers.

Cookie Clicker

Posted on October 19, 2013

Possibly as a protest to Yoshi's Cookie being pulled from Wii Shop, someone made a cookie-themed browser game. Behold Cookie Clicker. You click the cookie, then you click the cookie, then you click the cookie again, then you buy extra cursors to click the cookie for you, then you hire a kindly old lady to bake more cookies, until you're using particle accelerators to turn antimatter into 1.6 billion cookies a second.

Spelling out what I'll do next

Posted on March 14, 2013

[The Oatmeal is not available in HTTPS. See the results or take the survey yourself.] I took the Twitter Spelling Test on The Oatmeal and got 100% on my first try. But then I did win the school spelling bee in fifth, seventh, and eighth grades.

In any case, I need to figure out what to do with this web site. I might convert it to a developer blog for my new project Wrecking Ball Boy. Here's a video of what I have:

Stop Daddy

Posted on December 6, 2012

Pin Eight has moved from Go Daddy to WebFaction, a smarter shared web host. WebFaction offers more flexibility in mapping web sites to hostnames than Go Daddy ever did, and support for the PostgreSQL RDBMS and languages that aren't "a fractal of bad design" come standard. And unlike Go Daddy shared hosting as of 2012, WebFaction offers Transport Layer Security (TLS) with Server Name Indication (SNI). So if you use Firefox, Chrome, or Opera, or you use the web browser that comes with Windows Vista or later, Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, iOS 4 or later, or Android 4 or later, bookmark our SSL site so that someone snooping as usual can't steal your cookies.

Some services on this domain have yet to be migrated from Go Daddy; this will happen over the course of the next two weeks.

UPDATE (December 8): Link to SSL site fixed.

I'm bored because it's hot

Posted on June 29, 2012

I'm working on a new project, a puzzle platformer. But right now, the limiting factor is the temperature. I should be doing physical conditioning so that I can perform the actions that my character performs, record them on video, and use them as a reference for animating my character. But unless the overnight low temperature is below 60°F (15°C), I can't train. No training, no footage. No footage, no sprite graphics. No sprite graphics, no game.

Lately the weather has been setting record-setting high temperatures of 105°F (41°C). This pushes the overnight low above 75°F (24°C). So I may have to wait weeks or months to be able to train again, and until then, I'm bored.


Posted on June 21, 2012

Judge Freda Wolfson of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has recently ruled that the "merger doctrine" associated with the idea-expression divide is not as strong as was previously believed. Some products have been removed from this web site.

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