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from rgarciag blog

Maybe you heard about PiHole, an awesome FOSS software for blocking DNS request on our home network that can be installed on pretty much every GNU/Linux device (even a Raspberry Pi Zero) and protect us from trackers and block ads to the entire home network.

PiHole is great, but the necessary skills and time required to install and maintein this service can be a no-go for some users, for this reason NextDNS was created. It's not necessary to have an account and the configuration can be done in less than 5 minutes.

NextDNS Dashboard

On the “How to setup” section you can find a very well written guide to set up your new DNS instance on all your devices (if you want to use it in your home network, go to “Routers” tab).

How to add Blocklists

As you can imagine, you can add new host lists on the “List” tab; there you can find the most popular ones and some specific (phishing, gambling...). Currently you can't add your own host lists, that's the only “negative” point with this service.

Configuration tabs on NextDNS

On the “Services” tab, you can select from a list of common pages like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram or Amazon (and more) and block all the traffic to that platform with a simple switch. So, if you don't use or don't want any of your devices to connect to that services, you can disable (and enable it) anytime you want.

Last, on the “Settings” tab, you can disable logging, set DNS rebinding protection and delete the current profile.

Logging configuration, as well as other useful settings

Pricing and privacy policy

According to their page, the service will be free during beta, and will remain free up to 300,000 DNS request/month (which is a lot, but if you want to know how many request does your network do, look at the “Analytics” tab), for accounts passing through that limit, the price will be around $1 per month.

Their privacy policy is actually very good to read, simple, short and without any misleading points. No data sold or share and option to disable all data collection.

NextDNS's privacy policy

Conclusion

As you can see, we (the users) have some good, new easy to use tools to protect our privacy that adjust to our personal threat model; and now, with new tools every day, we can democratize the privacy movement and keep our society away from surveillance companies.

 
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from rgarciag blog

Twitter, as we all know, has become a major time consumer of our society; an essential social network for communicating with everybody around us pushing its users to keep posting at all hours.

Every time you post, retweet or like a photo, you are, with or without your knowing, helping Twitter to create a more 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞 of you based on some basic categories like male or women, but also more niche ones like your music interests, visited sites, your location record or your political orientation with the excuse of “𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑑𝑠”, which 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐞.

Relevant vs money

If their word was true, Twitter will try their best on serving you more relevant ads as well as keeping you as anonymous as possible because they are only using your data to serve you ads on their platform, right? In fact Twitter 𝐝𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭, they care about their advertisers, and keeping them happy while they spend some thousands of dollars on campaigns. That's why you see the last iPhone, a new car or that new show on Netflix, sounds familiar doesn't it? Then, what they do with your data if they really don't use it for “𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑑𝑠”? Well, they simply sell it to 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬 who are more than happy to know where have you been this month, who are on your contact list and what news did you read.

Accessing your Ad Profile

With the raise of privacy protest and new laws, Twitter has been forced to show what information they collect about their users as well as an option to “disable” this “feature”. You can access through their website or in iOS/Android apps.

First, go to “More” and select “𝑆𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑐𝑦”

Second, under “𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑐𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑎” tab, scroll down to “𝑃𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑎” (how accessible, isn't it? /ₛ)

Then you can uncheck “𝑃𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑎”, this will uncheck every setting about personalized ads (a.k.a 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧)

Finally, this step is optional, but if you want to find out what Twitter knows about you (or at least some of that information), go to “𝑆𝑒𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑇𝑤𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑎”. Then, you can see your interest (or topics than they assume can interest you). Requesting your tailored audiences will send you a message to your account's email address with a list of Twitter accounts who target ads to you in PDF format.

Take in note that, even if you 𝐜𝐚𝐧 disable targeted ads, according to Twitter “𝑖𝑡 𝒘𝒐𝒏'𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑠’ 𝑎𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠” so your account will be 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑦 linked to this business and probably won't stop Twitter to continue create a more detailed profile of you.

Conclusion

𝐓𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥, even disabling the targeted ads doesn't stop them to still track you and mining your data and 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧'𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞 the profile they created of you. My recommendation is to delete Twitter and use 𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐨𝐧 a free open source social network.

You can sing up a Mastodon account through an instance like mastodon.social and start taken control of your data and your freedom from tips of other users around the globe.

 
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from wildbimp

זוכר? אבא מה עשית לי? רבק במה האשמת אותי? ואם החזקת בי למה האמצת אותי? יושב לי בכיסאי, וחושב מתי אבדתי את עצמי? בגיל אפס שצצתי? או בגיל שלוש שהברזתי? או שבגיל שש שעישנתי? או בגיל תשע שדקרתי? עכשיו שנמאס לי? זוכר? זוכר זרקת אותי לאש? זוכר? איך ניצלתי בנס מספר סיפורים ששברתי שכנים בזמן שאתה מגרש יונים ודורס ציונים ומאשים שרים שהזקנים רבים על צימוקים של אחרים אתה עסוק בלהאכיל חתולים במקום לשמור על הילדים שנערים צועדים אחרי נערות מסכנות שהולכות בגשמים מטורפים אתה עסוק בלגזוז כספים מאחדים עם שפמים כשילדים רוצים ליהנות אתן בורחות לחברות חופרות כשרוצחים פה ילדים אתם נשארים אצל הספרים עם החברים המזדיינים שעורפים להם ראשים אתם מעדיפים לעלות עוקבים העוקבים הסתומים שמשתפים דברים מפגרים ומעלים תמונות עם עציצים באמצע מתקף סרחנים שמסתכלים בנוף רואים שבסוף הולכים לחטוף מכה בראש אבל את מי זה מעניין כי בחורה בת שש תקפה את רפאלי בקניון עזריאלי נדמה לי שזה לא היה מעניין את מקיבלי Already ונראה לי שחפרתי

 
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from wildbimp

If you’re reading this, I’m not doing to well.. All I’m asking for is a little bit of help It seems that the only one who cares is the one who doesn’t know I haven’t felt this way this for years Maybe I should tell my peers? Usually it’s immense frustration This time it’s intense irruption Is somebody there? If you are, tell me what’s wrong me? The ones closest are stuck in their mind trap Like I’m up from a nap and can’t find my cap The chain’s so weak Yet I cannot leap All the things they want from me are making me think there’s something lost in me. So, if you can really love me Take this pole and drive it through my soul. And cage the rage My desire is dull the fire THAT’S IN ME!

 
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from jal

Cada persona tiene unas opciones diferentes de privacidad. Hay personas que tienen que vivir en un régimen totalitario o que son perseguidos por sus ideas, que necesitan una herramienta de privacidad que pueda protegerles.

Y la mayoría de las personas, aunque pocas le dan importancia, necesitan tener cierta privacidad en su vida. Al igual que no van entregando sus contraseñas a cualquiera, ni permiten un micrófono o una cámara de vigilancia en su hogar, deberían informarse de la tecnología de hoy en día y lo que puede llegar a suponer para su privacidad. Están exponiendo sus vidas sin tener conocimiento de lo que les rodea, porque a cambio les están ofreciendo (léase: enganchando con) los juguetes más atrayentes e interesantes, y todo un mundo de comunicación y diversión.

Las herramientas más usadas hoy en día para obtener seguridad y/o privacidad son una VPN o el navegador Tor (Tor Browser). Y existen grandes diferencias entre ellas que intentaré exponer lo más sencillamente posible, porque cada una tiene su uso y sentido.

Cuando te conectas a internet lo haces a través de un operador, al cual pagas una cuota mensual (ej: Movistar, Vodafone, etc). Al conectarte te dan un código que te identificará por ellos y también en internet, una IP. Puedes leer algo más de lo que es una IP en este artículo sencillo:

https://write.privacytools.io/jal/explicaciones-sencillas-ip

Si contratas un servicio de VPN con una determinada empresa, lo que consigues es que desde tu IP, es decir, desde la conexión a tu proveedor (o también llamado ISP) vas a entrar a otro servidor diferente que te ofrece esa compañía y alojados estos servidores en muchos países diferentes, todo a través de un túnel cifrado, y podrás así conectarte y navegar con otra identificación diferente o dicho de otra manera: con otra IP.

Esto te será útil por ejemplo si necesitas conectarte para ver alguna web o servicio que solo se ofrece en un determinado país. Hoy en día empiezan a abundar servicios restringidos por países. Seguro que incluso en Youtube te habrás encontrado alguna vez dicha notificación diciendo que no está disponible el vídeo en tu país.

También te puede ser útil para burlar cierta censura y para que tu proveedor no sepa a qué webs o servicios te estás conectando. Es decir, tu ISP o proveedor sabrá que te has conectado a la IP de ese servicio VPN, pero no sabrá nada más a partir de lo que haces desde ahí. En este caso asegurate que el servicio VPN que contratas disponga de un servidor de nombres o DNS propio dentro del túnel cifrado de la VPN y que no tienes activado WebRTC en tu navegador.

¿Qué ocurre a cambio?: que tu ISP no sabrá a qué webs vas desde que te has conectado a la VPN pero la empresa que te ofrece el servicio VPN sí. Has cambiado la confianza de tu proveedor de internet por una compañía privada. En estos casos debes asegurarte de que dicha empresa sea de confianza, que colabore en proyectos de seguridad y privacidad y que luche por estos principios, que no guarde registros de lo que haces y que disponga de las herramientas suficientes para garantizarte un buen servicio VPN en diferentes circunstancias y una velocidad suficiente en internet.

Lo negativo: al saber tu proveedor de internet a qué IP te has conectado, fácilmente podrá saber que es una empresa VPN, y verá que pasas conectado ahí mucho tiempo. Por lo que si alguien rastrea lo que haces hasta ahí y pide a tu ISP que les diga qué clientes se han conectado a esa IP pues tu serás uno de ellos, y ahí acaba tu privacidad. En estos casos, algunos servicios o empresas VPN ofrecen lo llamado MultiHop, que es poder saltar de un servidor a otro y de ahí a internet. De esta manera, si ocurre lo dicho anteriormente, tu ISP podrá decir que te conectaste al primer servidor, pero nunca sabrá que luego te conectaste al segundo, y precisamente desde el segundo es desde donde lo estás haciendo todo en internet, por lo que te da una capa extra de protección.

Aún así, opino que debes mirar una VPN más como un servicio que te puede ofrecer seguridad, ya que navegas por internet con una identidad que no es la tuya real, por lo que será difícil a un ciberdelincuente conocer tu IP o identificación real para intentar atacar tu router u ordenador. Y también como un servicio que puedes usar para saltar algunas protecciones, como un firewall o proxy estricto en algunas empresas o instituciones, filtro por paises, etc.

Ten en cuenta que incluso si usas una VPN para navegar, lo que va diciendo mucho de ti en realidad es tu navegador, más de lo que crees, e internet se ha convertido hoy en día en un servicio para rastrearte todo lo posible. Te recomiendo leer este artículo anterior:

https://write.privacytools.io/jal/fingerprinting-o-tu-huella-digital-online

Pero si buscas más privacidad entonces debes usar el navegador Tor o Tor Browser. La respuesta es sencilla: todos los usuarios que usan este navegador dan la misma huella digital por internet, tal como leíste en el enlace anterior. Y, aparte de pasar por 3 servidores diferentes antes de conectarte a una web, estos servidores también van cambiando cada cierto tiempo y en algunas pestañas diferentes.

Como podrás suponer, si usas Tor Browser sin poner tu usuario y contraseña en ningún sitio y haces una navegación no usual cada día, pues será difícil conocer quien eres, ya que tu orígen es desde la IP o identificación de un país diferente y cambiante, y tu navegador no da pistas únicas para que puedan rastrearte. Para esto mejor usar Tor Browser en el modo más seguro o safest.

Si encuentras alguna web que no se puede ver bien o te da problemas, usa la extensión que viene en Tor Browser: Noscript para dar permiso a los dominios que impiden que dicha web pueda verse en condiciones, así uno a uno hasta que finalmente pueda verse (en este caso asegurate qué tipo de web es y si te merece la pena o confianza hacerlo). Así navegarás con más seguridad y privacidad.

Ten también en cuenta que Tor Browser usa el navegador Firefox con algunas modificaciones, por lo que puede haber muchas agencias (y quien sabe más) que tengan en su poder alguna vulnerabilidad contra Firefox y por lo tanto puedan funcionar contra Tor Browser también, y más aún si lo usas en un modo de seguridad normal o mínimo, permitiendo javascript.

Resumiendo: para un uso de seguridad usa la VPN, también te dará algo de privacidad. Para una privacidad más real usa Tor Browser sin introducir usuario y contraseña en ningún lugar, y con el modo más seguro activado.

Si quieres que tu ISP no sepa que te conectas a la red Tor usa primero la opción que te da Tor Browser de estar Tor censurado en tu país y prueba los puentes que ya trae incorporados para hacer conexión, y si éstos no te van bien entonces solicita un bridge o servidor puente, que puedes conseguir en esta dirección: https://bridges.torproject.org/ o de cualquier otr@ amig@ que pueda dartelo. Si usas los emails de riseup o gmail puedes solicitarlo también por email, como te comenta el enlace que te puse.

 
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from Computer Science and General Technology

Trojan Horse

This paper will talk about malware, malware is code that is designed with capabilities to breach a system. I'm going to focus discussing a variety of malware, especially some well known malicious code.

  1. Trojan Horse:

A Trojan Horse is malicious code that is designed to appear as a harmless application. Like a video game that is offered as a download on a website you just visited. The Trojan Horse comes from the Odyssey, where a large horse holding soldiers is used to gain entry to the city of Troy. In the background, instructions are executed, that allow the Trojan to perform many tasks. Such as stealing passwords, installing additional malware, activating a webcam, taking a screenshot of the desktop, and more. Trojans can infect a system by malicious advertisements displayed on a popular website. Even the most trusted website can fall prey serving malicious ads.

  1. Worm:

A worm is malicious code that is capable of self-replicating. A worm doesn't need to attach itself to a file to spread. A worm will spread over a network, then infect any systems that are vulnerable. A worm infects a system by exploiting system vulnerabilities. Therefore, its a good practice to always apply patches as soon as possible. There would be less damage done if the system had the patches to protect against these vulnerabilities.

  1. Ransomware:

Ransomware is malicious code that prevents access to files, or a system. Then gives the opportunity to regain access to said system of files, in exchange for money. Ransomware is usually delivered via a Trojan, or an exploit kit. An exploit kit is malicious software designed scan a system for vulnerabilities. These include 0-day vulnerabilities, 0-days are vulnerabilities that are unknown to the company that provides the software. Exploits kits are used with malicious advertisements, or are placed on a website that has been compromised. An exploit kit will perform redirects until it stops on the final domain where the payload is delivered. The common payment method used with ransomware is bitcoin, a popular cryptocurrency. Another form of ransomware is the infamous “police ransomware, or “FBI ransomware”. This ransomware was delivered through malicious ads on pornographic websites. An exploit kit delivered the ransomware after successfully exploiting a system. This ransomware is called the Reveton Ransomware.

  1. Virus:

A virus is malicious code that has a long history. A virus infects a system, usually through infected media. Such as floppy disks, compact disks, and infected documents. A virus will spread by attaching itself to a file, or a disk. A virus performs actions like, deleting files, wiping an entire system, or constantly opening the optical drive. Computer viruses used to be mostly harmless. They would also be whimsical at times. The internet archive has a museum that showcases malware for MS-DOS systems, and other older operating systems here.

  1. Adware is an application that injects ads. These programs are bundled with other software. While adware isn't as harmful, its still considered unwanted. Hence the term PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).

  2. Spyware is malware that secretly gathers activities, then reports them back to the organization, or individual that created the malicious program.

Avoiding Malware

To avoid malware its best to perform these important tasks.

  1. Keep Your Software Up To Date:

Always try to update to the latest version of the application from the software vendor. Use Ninite to make it easy to install the latest update.

  1. Back Up Your Files:

Always back up your files, that way when a problem occurs. You have a backup ready to get your system back up with all your important files included.

  1. Install from a legitimate website:

Avoid visiting websites that claim to offer free offers. These offers are too good to be true. So avoid these websites at all costs.

  1. Don't click on suspicious email attachments:

A friend, coworker, or relative. May have get their email account compromised. You will receive multiple emails, telling you to open the attachment. Email services have spam filters designed to help keep spam out of your inbox, but there is always the chance that a malicious email may get through and land in your inbox. Always double-check.

  1. Use Anti-Malware Programs:

Anti-Malware can help defend against infections. Always make sure to keep the signatures up to date. Although not every anti-malware program will be able to protect against every threat. It is still a good program to have.

  1. Use a multi-layered defense:

Use a firewall, anti-malware, good habits, and backups. One isn't enough, today you need to have multiple protections in place.

  1. Threat Modeling

Create a threat model that is tailored to the needs of you, or many. What is the biggest risk, what systems are most likely to be attacked, is your staff prepared, is your response to a threat effective? Always evaluate the environment around you. Then apply based on your findings.

This paper is based in the M.I.S.S. model, short for Make It Simple Security. A project I created a long time ago. The project is design by making security more accessible through making security less metaphorically painful.

 
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from ZSS ALDANIKON

Alternatywy facebooka.

Hej! Ostatnio pojawiają się plotki o tym,że facebook nie będzie już darmowy albo że kradnie dane (tak sprzedaje dane które tam zamieściłeś). Dlatego warto znać jakieś alternatywy! Oto one:

Mastodont: Mastodont bardziej alternatywa dla wykopu lub twittera ale jako drugi facebook też się nada. Nie ma on własnych serwerów a działa jak np wyszukiwarka searX (ludzie stawiają mastodonta na swoich serwerach).

Steemit: Jest oparty na blockchainie i własnej kryptowalucie.

Minds: Najbardziej przypomina facebooka. Jest nastawiony na prywatność (jak obie powyżej) ale ma też kilka płatnych funkcji.

 
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from greyor

I was talking with someone earlier on Mastodon who was asking for obscure, strange music recommendations, and it made me think that I'd love to write something on my music tastes here. As an undergrad, I used to keep a relatively spartan webpage, which included a .txt file of all of the bands I listen to and love. I know, I know, it was somewhat nerdy and ridiculous. I hope this doesn't come off like that, though. I'll split things up by genre, which is probably the easiest way, although my idea of genre for some bands may differ from yours.

Classical

I like a number of classical artists, but the ones in rotation in my personal collection are the following: * Erik Satie: I heard his suite of Gymnopédies and absolutely fell in love with them, especially the first (“Lent et douleureux”). I used to know how to play that song on the piano, but don't know that I could any more. I have a small CD of piano music by Satie that is lovely. * Robert Schumann: I heard Schumann's “Träumerei” (Ger., “dreaming”) on an excellent 10-CD classical compilation when I was a child, and it always stuck with me. The song makes me think of old times, namely pre- or circa-WWI times, for whatever reason. I found a really nice collection of his suite Kinderszenen on the Internet Archive, but unfortunately the album isn't there any more, or I'd post a link. A smaller collection of his music can be found here and easily downloaded. * Gustav Holst: I first heard about Holst in the early 2000s, and his suite The Planets is really very lovely. If you listen closely to “Mars, the Bringer of War,” you'll see that John Williams seems to have cribbed not a small amount for “The Imperial March” in Star Wars. Also, it's always fun to hear “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” in strange places like The Venture Bros.

Comedy

My stand-up comedy collection has ebbed and flowed over the years, if you will, especially as I've become more conscious of what is and is not good comedy. I used to really like Chris Rock, even had a Dane Cook album (ack!), and some of Nick Swardson's material, along with (way back in the day) some Adam Sandler. No longer, though. Here are my favorites, at least that I have in my collection. Others would include Mike Birbiglia, John Mulaney, Ken Jeong, Maria Bamford... can't think of any others at the moment.

  • Bill Hicks: Raunchy and outspoken, a lot of his comedy is light-years ahead of its time in terms of social commentary. There are some unfortunate bouts of homophobia and sexism, which are not great, but I would say he's much tamer in that regard than someone like Sam Kinison, whom I really used to like back in the day.
  • George Carlin: Another fairly off-color comedian, sadly departed (RIP), who was pretty no-nonsense and somewhat progressive in his own way. I have one album of his and really enjoy it. Not perfect, but pretty funny.
  • Longmont Potion Castle: Over 10 albums full of hilarious prank calls. I used to like Crank Yankers back in the day when it was in fashion, but this guy blows them out of the water. Super lo-fi, homebrew-ish, and anarchically gleeful. His name is a shoutout to Longmont, CO, and as far as I know, he's based somewhere in Colorado. Great stuff.
  • Patton Oswalt: Not only is this guy hilarious, but he's also very progressive, feminist, and seems like an all-around solid person. I've followed his comedy career for quite a while and really enjoyed his work overall. If you've not heard his comedy, you've likely heard his voice in a movie (Ratatouille is the main one that comes to mind, but he does a ton of live-action films and TV as well).
  • Ricky Gervais: I am really ambivalent about Ricky. I used to love his comedy and found him hilarious, but his Twitter presence and constant, harping militant atheism make him seem rather odious to me. I'm atheist myself, but I try not to shove it down anyone's throat. His work with Stephen Merchant and the hilariously-weird Karl Pilkington on XFM Radio, as well as the very-successful podcast run, though, is a treasure worth listening to, even almost 20 years after the initial run (~2003-09).

Dark Ambient

Dark ambient is a rather difficult genre to classify. My understanding of dark ambient is that it consists of harsh, atonal, creepy, horrifying ranges of sounds. However, I tend to throw anything slightly weird or obscurely related to that first definition under this umbrella. Feel free to disagree. My first exposure to dark ambient was in around 2008 or so when I stumbled upon a huge torrent with an insane array of music. I had heard about dark ambient via Silent Hill, because the soundtracks to that game, by Akira Yamaoka, should definitely be classified as such. I wanted more, and wow did I find it.

For a time, I used to set up a playlist of dark ambient music as “sleep music” to see if it would influence my dreams. I don't know that it ever did, but it was fun to try.

I found most of the “dark ambient” below on a little-known MP3 blog called MUTANT SOUNDS, which I think is defunct at best these days. Seek it out if you can. Here's a generous sampling of the “dark ambient” in my collection.

  • Abandoned Toys, The Witch's Garden (2007): Creepy little album whose title evokes so many things. Tracks include “Where Red Shadows Slumber,” “Spiraling into the Sun,” and others.
  • Ah Cama-Sotz: Hard to describe this one. My favorite track is on their first (AFAIK) album, Terra Infernalis (1998), entitled “Look for Graves with Holes in Them.” Crazy, creepy stuff.
  • Ain Soph: Mostly creepy, occult-sounding chants. Fun fact: Ein Sof is a Kabbalist term for “God prior to any self-manifestation in the production of any spiritual realm” (op. cit.). I think the group is Italian but don't know a ton about them.
  • Alan Lamb: Sparse, haunting compositions; notable albums include Primal Image (1995) and Night Passage (1998).
  • Alexey Tegin, Gyer (Sacred Tibetan Music of Bon Tradition) (2002): Tibetan throat-singing. Haunting stuff, and AFAIK these are field recordings done by Tegin, who is Russian.
  • Arecibo, Trans-Plutonian Transmissions (1994): Pseudonym of Lustmord (vid. inf.), and cobbled together from radio telescope recordings. Wonderfully terrifying stuff.
  • Big Fok, Black Lodge/White Lodge (2013): Nicely-done electronica variations on music from Twin Peaks, one of my favorite TV shows of all time.
  • Biosphere: Pseudonym of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician whose early recordings included The North Pole by Submarine (another excellent album, with the earlier pseudonym of Bleep). Lovely electronic soundscapes. Highlights include “Phantasm,” which includes a creepy looped sample from the film The Krays: “I had a dream last night... we had the same dream!” Also, “Hyperborea” includes most of the Major Briggs “palazzo” speech from the Twin Peaks season two opener (2x01), which is one of my favorite monologues (at least on TV).
  • Black Phlegm, Muzak for Abattoirs (1986): Ostensibly composed of field recordings from actual abattoirs. Really bizarre little album that's worth a listen if you can find it.
  • Brendan Perry: He probably belongs more in “rock” or something of the like, but it's dark and atmospheric enough that I found it akin to “dark ambient.” Perry is also a member of Dead Can Dance (see below), another excellent group. Highlights include “Utopia” and “Wintersun.”
  • Clara Rockmore, Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album (2006): Theremin is one of the most eerie instruments I've ever heard. Her rendition of Dvorak's “Humoresque” (rendered as “Humoreske” on the album) is amazing.
  • Coil, How to Destroy Angels (Remixes and Re-recordings) (2000): Coil, apparently, is one of the pioneers in the field of dark ambient. The titular track is pretty creepy indeed. Worth a listen.
  • Dead Can Dance: Indie, atmospheric, Celtic folk music. Just lovely stuff. As far as I can remember, I first heard them on an obscure podcast called A Darker Shade of Pagan. Not sure if that podcast is still around or not, but thanks! One of my favorite tracks of theirs is a wordless chant called “Chant of the Paladin” (cf. Raison d'Etre's “Chalixtins,” below).
  • Defuntos: Dreary, moody, murderous Portuguese death-metal. Growling lyrics in Portuguese over the backdrop of distorted, atonal noises. Wonderfully creepy stuff. I am guessing their name means “the dead” (cf. Lat. defuncti, “the dead,” lit. “those who have discharged their duty [in life]“).
  • Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange, Inventions for Radio: Dreams (1965): I can't recommend this enough to everyone. Derbyshire carefully constructed a delightfully dreadful wall of electronic sound behind the voices of British people talking about their terrifying dreams of all kinds. I posted about this on Mastodon not too long ago, but the most chilling part is a child talking about dreaming of dying at the bottom of the sea: “The sea is very deep. I go into the sea and then I go right down to the bottom, and there's some land there. I always die in the land, the land at the bottom of the sea.” Here's a link for you if you want to listen.
  • Desiderii Marginis: Really desolate, atmospheric ambient music. Despite the bad Latin title, which translates to “of the margin of desire” (perhaps they wanted margo nominative, rather than marginis genitive?), the music is great.
  • Deutsch Nepal: Again, difficult to categorize. I really like their track “The Hierophants of Light.”
  • Do Shaska!: No idea what to make of these guys either. I am always amused by the track “Heilige Kakerlak” (Ger., “holy cockroach”) on their album Anaemische Taenze (2005).
  • Famlende Forsok, One Night I Had a Frightful Dream (2003): Spoken renditions of H.P. Lovecraft stories, read creepily by one of the members of this Norwegian group. Great stuff.
  • Hans Edler, Electron Kukeso (1971, reissued 2004): Innovative, glitchy, weird electronica from the '70s. Well worth a listen.
  • Herbst7 vs. ZEV, Through Bleak Landscapes (2007): Very mechanical, industrial soundscapes. Creepy and great.
  • Isolrubin BK, Crash Injury Trauma (1993): One of the most disturbing albums I've ever heard. WYSIWYG. The album is an aural trip through multiple car crashes, with terrifying sounds and sparse narration. Side-project of Brian “Lustmord” Williams and Andrew “SETI” Lagowski. A unique, singular listening experience.
  • J. G. Thirlwell: I've grouped a couple of his pseudonyms, including Steroid Maximus and Manorexia, under his real name. Lush atmospheric soundscapes, but also hellish, bass-heavy big band tracks here and there. Really great overall, and plus, he's the composer for The Venture Bros., so that's great too.
  • Jean-Michel Jarre: Might be more apt to put him under electronic music, but I find his album Oxygene (1977) unsettlingly lovely. His album Magnetic Fields (1981) is also really nice. Maybe it's just me, but I first heard his track “Oxygene IV” on Pure Moods back in the late '90s (yeah, yeah, I know).
  • Jeff Greinke: Really lovely, desolate soundscapes from the mid-to-late '80s. Some of his albums include Cities in Fog (1985), Over Ruins (1985), and Places of Motility (1987).
  • Juno Reactor: Might be better-placed under electronic as well, but Luciana (1994), their album-length single track, is definitely dark ambient if nothing else is.
  • Library Tapes: Sad, but also exceedingly lovely piano music from Swedish composer David Wenngren. A Summer Beneath the Trees (2008) is excellent, for example.
  • Lightdreams, Islands in Space (1981): Trippy, psychedelic folk music with an ambient tinge to it. Kinda prog-rockish.
  • Lull: Starting with Dreamt About Dreaming (1992), Lull is a whole rollercoaster of bleak, dreary ambient music. Wonderful stuff.
  • Lustmord: One of the most prolific dark ambient artists, and one of the original players in the genre. Pseudonym of Brian Williams. He was once a member of the legendary S.P.K. (see below), and has made a great career for himself in sculpting eerie, otherworldly soundscapes. Apparently he's done field recordings in crypts and caves, and well, listen to his stuff. Heresy (1990) is the first album I heard of his. He has a number of side-projects, for which he uses other monikers (e.g., Isolrubin BK, Terror Against Terror).
  • Lutz Rahn, Solo Trip (1978): One of my favorite dark ambient albums. Very synthy and moody. Rahn was a member of the '70s Krautrock group Novalis, and set some time aside to crank out this bizarre little solo album. On the cover, his face is in a terrifying clown mask, and he is seated at an organ, surrounded by audio equipment. Highlights include “Galaxy Taxi” and “September.”
  • Mechthild von Leusch: May be a project of Werkbund member Asmus Tietchens, but I haven't been able to independently confirm that. The albums, Rungholter Taenze: Erstes Buch (1993, Ger., “Rungholt Dances: First Book”) and Rungholter Taenze: Zweites Buch (1993, Ger., “Rungholt Dances: Second Book), are fascinating. They were apparently inspired by the legendary city of Rungholt in Frisia, Upper Germany, which supposedly was overwhelmed by a storm in 1066.
  • Model 500: This is the pseudonym of Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins. Lovely, gritty, grimy, glitchy techno music.
  • Olafur Arnalds: Lovely Icelandic piano and string music, happy but often with a sad tinge to it. His first album Eulogy for Evolution (2007) has one of my favorite tracks by him, “1440.”
  • Paddy Kingsland, BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Fourth Dimension (1973): Trippy compositions made for BBC Radio in the '70s. Wacky and delightful but also dark at times.
  • Raison d'Etre: A French (AFAIK) artist who works in dreary soundscapes; many songs have a solemn, religious feel to them as well. A favorite of mine is the track “Chalixtins” (prob. = “chalice-bearers,” cf. Lat. calixtini, “bearers of the Grail”), a mostly-garbled, electronics-tinged chant.
  • Robert Rich: Another early pioneer in electronica and ambient music. His album Trances and Drones (2CD, 1994) is insanely long and, well, full of drones and repetition. Rich's music is luxuriously languorous. Another highlight is Somnium (2001) (= Lat. for “dream”), almost 9hrs of music, designed to be used in sleep-experiments. His “soundtrack” for Tarkovsky's film Stalker, created in collaboration with Lustmord, is fantastic as well.
  • S.P.K.: According to some, the originators of dark ambient music. They never decided on a static definition for the acronym, but named it initially after a fringe group who advocated for the rights of people to remain (mentally) ill, the “Socialist Patient Collective” (*Sozialistisches Patientenkollektiv). That was one meaning of the acronym, but they also used variations (“Surgical Penis Klinik,” “System Planning Korporation,” “SePpuKu”). Early albums include Information Overload Unit (1981) and Leichenschrei (1982, Ger. “scream of the corpse”). Later formations of the band turned to more ambient and less industrial/noise music (see Zamia Lehmanni (Songs of Byzantine Flowers) (1986)).
  • Stars of the Lid: Strange electronica/dark ambient group from Austin, TX. Really weird stuff, but great. Some Twin Peaks-inspired stuff, too, including “Gasfarming” and “Music for Twin Peaks Episode #30 Parts I-II.”
  • Staruha Mha: A cryptic Russian dark ambient project. I heard something about the artist completing suicide, but I am not sure if that actually happened or not. Very atmospheric stuff, especially the standout track “And the Trees Woke Up,” which sounds like walking through the brush of a deep, dark forest.
  • Svarte Greiner: Pseudonym of Erik Skodvin, a Berlin-based dark ambient artist. Just generally creepy music, and the cover for Kappe (2009) is straight-up terrifying.
  • Tangerine Dream: Pioneers of electronica and trippy music from the '70s until today, much of their catalogue could be called dark ambient. My favorite album of theirs is probably Tyger (1987), which mostly consists of William Blake's poem “Tyger” set to music. Bask in the weirdness here.
  • Terror Against Terror, Psychological Warfare Technology Systems (1992): Ahead of its time, glitchy, industrial-sounding electronic music. Favorite tracks include “The Only Good God is a Dead God” and “By Any Means Necessary.”
  • The Unquiet Void: Almost exclusively H.P. Lovecraft-inspired dreary, otherworldly, unsettling dark ambient. He really has crafted some very lovely stuff indeed.

Electronic

As I said, the line between dark ambient and electronic is pretty grey, so perhaps you might want to shuffle some of these between genres. ID3 doesn't have a Dark Ambient tag, though, so I've tagged 90% of it as “Ambient” either way; the electronic, though, is mostly tagged “Electronic.” Enjoy.

  • Actress, R.I.P. (2012): I can't make head or tail of this album, but it's quite interesting. One track is called “Shadow From Tartarus,” which is cool.
  • Air: Pioneers of '90s and early-2000s electronica and dance music. I used to have more of their albums, but my favorites really include their debut, Moon Safari (1998), and their excellent soundtrack for The Virgin Suicides film (2000). Highlight tracks include “Kelly, Watch the Stars” and “La Femme d'Argent,” inter alia.
  • Aphex Twin: No electronica fan's list is complete without some Aphex Twin. I really like his Selected Ambient Works albums best (1992, 1994), but the rest is great too. Haven't gotten to his bleeding-edge newest stuff, but I will eventually.
  • Autechre: Really glitchy, sparse, atmospheric, strange stuff. I like Autechre and have a lot of their stuff, but it's really difficult and inaccessible in many ways. I first heard about their music on the Pi soundtrack (“Kalpol Intro” was the track on there, IIRC).
  • Bleep, The North Pole By Submarine (1990): Early album by Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere. Great, glitchy electronica, and the track “Sure Be Glad When You're Dead” is hilarious.
  • Boards of Canada: Another ubiquitous and esoteric electronica group, about which almost nothing is known for certain (they're very secretive). Scottish duo of brothers. One of my favorite tracks is “The Beach at Redpoint,” but “Roygbiv” is also really awesome.
  • Broadcast: Perhaps more aptly “rock,” but there is an electronic tinge to their sound. Strange group, and AFAIK the lead singer died very young. Very interesting stuff though.
  • Cybotron, Enter (1983; expanded edition, 2013): Early Detroit techno project by Juan Atkins of “Model 500” fame. “Clear” (Detroit Mix) is an excellent track; I heard this randomly on Pandora and loved it.
  • Eisenfunk: German industrial/electronic group, very strange stuff. Their self-titled debut has a lot of samples about fallout shelters and nuclear war.
  • Halsey: She's pop, but I've classified her under electronica since her songs are very electro. Pretty cool in general if you haven't heard her, and also proudly and openly bi, which is great.
  • Kraftwerk: German electronic/techno pioneers. Hard not to love their work, especially the early stuff, including “Showroom Dummies,” “The House of Mirrors,” and of course, their album Autobahn (1974).
  • Orbital, The Middle of Nowhere (1999): I first heard this when it was passed along to me by someone on IRC in the late '90s, and rediscovered it probably 10 years or so ago. It's a strange album and definitely a relic of its time. I think I was playing a lot of N20 and listening to a lot of The Crystal Method, too, at that time.
  • Ratatat: Guitar-heavy, glitchy electronica, lots of instrumentals, just fun in general. A friend of mine got me into them and they're great.
  • Secret Mommy: The definition of glitch electronica, and the pseudonym of Vancouver's (Canada) Andy Dixon. Great stuff and well worth a listen.
  • The Avalanches: Really great Australian electronic music group. Their album Since I Left You (2000), with an alternate, extended version called The Album, is pure fun. The standout track for me is “Frontier Psychiatrist,” which I heard randomly while listening to college radio in a friend's car one night; I was thankfully able to track it down later on. Check out the bizarre must-see video here.
  • The KLF: I only got into these guys in the last year or so, and wow was it a bizarre rabbit hole to go down. This British duo started as The JAMs (“The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu”), a name inspired by Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea's Illuminatus! Trilogy books. The “JAMs” are a secret society in the book; I tried to read through it but got stalled out and gave up because it was too bizarre. KLF stands, apparently, for “Kallisti Liberation Front.” “Kallisti” comes from Greek καλλίστῃ (kallistei), “to the most beautiful,” referencing the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, to which the goddess of discord, Eris, was not invited, and the subsequent Judgment of Paris which precipitated the Trojan War. Crazy stuff. Highlights include “Justified and Ancient” (the video is bonkers, especially the one with Tammy Wynette), and “Last Train to Trancentral.” “It's Grim Up North” is also worth checking out.
  • Time's Up, Obsolete (1999): Very glitchy sound collage ranging from Pac-Man to Dawn of the Dead samples. Super weird stuff and well worth checking out. No relation to the modern “Time's Up” movement, though.

Game Soundtracks

Some highlights of my collection of game soundtracks. I've been collecting video game soundtracks since high school, so for over 20 years now, and they're lovely. If you haven't checked it out, there is an excellent video game music podcast called Singing Mountain. I've heard about some wonderful stuff on there that even I hadn't heard of before. OK, here goes. * BAD DUDES, Chronotorious (2009): A strange but nice tribute album of music from Chrono Trigger. I have quite a few of these, because why not? * Final Fantasy soundtracks: I have soundtracks for FF1-FF8; I think my sister has the FF9 soundtrack but I don't. All of them are great in their own ways; the first I ever bought was the Final Fantasy VII soundtrack. Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI are also very dear to my heart. I also highly recommend Final Fantasy: Pray (1994), a collection of vocal tracks that is quite fun. * Kingdom Hearts soundtracks: I have the soundtracks for Kingdom Hearts I & II only, as those are the only ones I own in the main series. Great fusion of Disney and Final Fantasy music. * Michiko Naruke, Wild ARMs Soundtrack (1999): Great Wild West-themed soundtrack for a great game; “Lone Bird in the Shire” is a shameless rip-off of Ennio Morricone's “L'Estasi dell'Oro” (“The Ecstasy of Gold”) from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, but it is amazing in its own right. Apparently there was an expanded, more “complete” edition of the soundtrack, but I never got around to getting that one. * Michiru Oshima, Legend of Legaia Soundtrack (1998): An underappreciated gem on the PSX, Legend of Legaia was really a great game, despite its occasionally-weird graphics. It also happened to have a fantastic soundtrack. Highlights include “Light of the Town” (the theme from Octam), and “Earth of Joy (Mist-free World Map).” * Nathan Wang, Return to Zork Soundtrack (1993): Return to Zork was one of the CD-ROM goodies that came with my first computer back in 1993, and I always enjoyed the soundtrack to the game. Of course, it's on the CD, so is easy to rip and listen to later. I was only 9 at the time, and it was a great way to introduce me to computer gaming. * Osamu Sato: Composer for the game soundtrack to LSD Dream Emulator, a bonkers Japanese-only PSX game that is terrifyingly great. See here for more info. * Lucy in the Sky with Dynamites (1998, “with” “Out Ass Mao” [anagram of Osamu Sato]): Main soundtrack to the game. Highlights include “LSD Choir” & “Neurons Firing.” * LSD & Remixes (2CD, 1998): Remixes of the game themes. * Various OverClocked ReMix projects: OverClocked ReMix (OCReMix) is a lovely group that does various game music arrangement/remix albums. Check out their site here. Here are a few of the albums that I really enjoy: * Chronopolis: Music Inspired by Chrono Cross (2CD, 2019): A Chrono Cross remix album. Can't go wrong with this one. * Chrono Symphonic (2CD, 2005): Another Chrono Trigger remix album, and the songs are orchestral/symphonic arrangements of the originals. Really lovely. * Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption (3CD, 2009): A really nice remix album of Final Fantasy IV music, with some great tracks and variations on the originals. * Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream (4CD, 2007): A massively expansive Final Fantasy VII remix album. Excellently done. * Hometown Heroes: Town Themes Arranged (2018): A great collection of town themes, mostly from RPGs. The standout track, which is absolutely wonderful, is Earth Kid's “Dream Until Tomorrow,” and you must check it out here. She wrote original lyrics for “Kids Run Through the City Corner” from Final Fantasy VI, and it's just perfect. * Mirror Image: A Link to the Past ReMixed (2017): Excellent remix album of themes from A Link to the Past. * Radical Dreamers: Thieves of Fate (2008): Radical Dreamers is an underappreciated gem on the SNES peripheral SatellaView that never came to the USA. It was basically the prototype version of Chrono Cross, but has some important differences from that game. Great soundtrack, especially DrumUltima's “Summer's End (Epilogue),” which resembles the main thread running through much of Chrono Cross (beautifully culminating on the CC soundtrack in “Time of Revealing Dreams”). * Super Metroid: Relics of the Chozo (2003): I only got into Super Metroid later on, but this album has some great remixes from an already-great soundtrack. * *Wild ARMs: ARMed and DANGerous (4CD, 2011): A great, very expansive Wild ARMs remix album. What a treatment. * Xenogears: Humans + Gears (2CD, 2009): Fascinating takes on Xenogears music (another of my favorite soundtracks). * I also cobbled together a number of my own unofficial “OCReMix” albums, including my own for Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger, DuckTales, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VIII, and Xenogears. * Silent Hill soundtracks: I have the first 3 Silent Hill soundtracks, composed by Akira Yamaoka, and they are terrifying and brilliant. As I mentioned above, they were my gateway to dark ambient. * Spencer Nilsen, ECCO the Dolphin CD OST (1993): I heard snippets of the ECCO the Dolphin soundtrack on Singing Mountain and thought it sounded delightfully strange. Great soundtrack for a really odd game. * Suikoden I & II soundtracks: Two of my favorite games for the PlayStation, and they have excellent soundtracks to boot. For whatever reason, Suikoden II has its soundtrack split into 2 volumes over 4 discs total, which was weird, but oh well. Suikoden has a 2-disc soundtrack. * Tsukasa Tawada, Ihatovo Monogatari OST (1993): I've gushed elsewhere (in my last post) about how amazing the game Ihatovo Monogatari, or Stories of Ihatovo, is. So too is its soundtrack. * VA, Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne OST (2CD, 2012): If you're a Community fan, I'm sure you remember Digital Estate Planning, the 3-part finale for Season 3, where the gang had to play an awesome-looking 8-bit video game. Someone recreated that game in the game-engine LOVE, and wow was it fun. I don't think my version of LOVE will play it any more, but the game was really cool. The soundtrack was all delightful chiptunes. Grab it here. * VA, MYTH: The Xenogears Orchestral Album (2011): Really lovely orchestral arrangements of Xenogears music. * Xeno game soundtracks, including Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade Chronicles: * Yasunori Mitsuda, Xenogears OSV (2CD, 1998): One of my favorite soundtracks ever. Full of memorable songs and just perfectly suited to the game. * Yasunori Mitsuda & Millennial Fair, Creid (1998): Celtic re-arrangements of Xenogears music. Very cool. * Yasunori Mitsuda, Xenosaga Episode I OSV (2CD, 2002): Another excellent soundtrack for an excellent game. Sadly, Mitsuda didn't continue on for Episodes II & III, but they were both great as well. * Yuki Kajiura, Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse Movie Score OST (2CD, 2004): In some ways, highlights from the soundtrack, but still great. * Shinji Hosoe, Xenosaga II In-Game Rip (2004): More from the soundtrack, apparently ripped off of the disc itself. * Yuki Kajiura, Xenosaga III OSV Best Tracks (2CD, 2006): Xenosaga III also had a wonderful soundtrack. This isn't all of it, though. * Yuki Kajiura, Xenosaga III OSV Unreleased (2006): The missing tracks (as far as I know). * VA, Xenoblade Chronicles OSV (4CD, 2010): Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii has an excellent soundtrack — especially the world map themes, which are breathtaking (e.g., “Eruyt Sea,” “Mt. Valac,” and others). Wonderful stuff. * Various Chrono soundtracks: Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross & al. * Yasunori Mitsuda, Chrono Trigger OSV (3CD, 1995): Another of my favorite soundtracks ever. Full of memorable tracks and wonderful music. * Yasunori Mitsuda, Chrono Trigger: The Brink of Time (1995): Jazzy re-arrangements of Chrono Trigger music. Very fun. * Yasunori Mitsuda, Chrono Cross OSV (3CD, 1999): Chrono Cross also had a wonderful soundtrack. You really can't go wrong with Mitsuda. * Music from Yume Nikki: Yume Nikki is a really creepy adventure game for PC, almost like a creepypasta made into a game. It is utterly bizarre and fun, and has some really unnerving music to boot. I have a few albums of its music: * KIKIYAMA, Yume Nikki OST Gamerip (2004): Ripped right from the game itself, as the name implies. Most of the music was .ogg format, IIRC. * KIKIYAMA, Yume Nikki Selected Tracks (2017): Remastered tracks released by the original composer. Still creepy as ever. * Silent Cicada, Yume Nikki Reimagined (2014): Fan re-workings of Yume Nikki music. Lovely stuff.

Jazz

I don't do much with jazz any more, but I have a decent collection of the big names. I used to listen to it a lot more than I do now. * Billie Holiday: Ken Burns' collection of Billie Holiday's music (2000) is really well-done. * Bob James, One (1974): An interesting little curiosity, and sampled like crazy — at least “Nautilus,” which Ghostface Killah used to great effect in “Daytona 500.” “In the Garden” is a great little rendition of “Pachelbel's Canon,” too. * Charlie Parker: Ken Burns' collection of Charlie Parker's music (2000) is also quite nice. * John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1964) is excellent stuff, and so too is Blue Train (1957). * Louis Armstrong: Again, Ken Burns' collection of his music (2000) is great. * Miles Davis: A must-have in any jazz fan's collection (or maybe I'm just super basic). Highlight albums include Aura (1985), a really trippy, psychedelic album that always unnerved me; Birth of the Cool (1957) is a classic; Sketches of Spain (1959) is also really great. * Norah Jones, Come Away with Me (2002) is a really nice little album. I remember when I first heard it, I hated it, but it really grew on me over time. * Thelonious Monk, The Very Best (2005) is a great collection of Thelonious' greatest hits.

Miscellaneous

This is under “Misc” in my own collection, as it wasn't easily categorizable elsewhere. Here goes: * Apocalyptica, Cult (2001): Very guitar-heavy rhythmic metal-ish stuff; a highlight is “Hope.” * Atom and His Package: Weird synth-punk that is just kooky and fun. I have A Society of People Named Elihu (1997), which includes the fabulous “Me and My Black Metal Friends,” as well as “Punk Rock Academy.” I also have his self-titled album (1997). * The Conet Project, The Conet Project (1997): Really, really weird stuff — recordings of numbers stations. Download here, among other places, for free (4 discs). * VA, Closed On Account of Rabies: Poems and Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (2CD, 1997): Strange, strange album, and the title is self-explanatory. Many famous people reading Poe stories. * VA, The Ghost Orchid: An Introduction to EVP (1999): Supposedly recordings of EVP (electronic voice phenomena), “ghosts caught on tape.” It's a strange listen.

Rap & Hip Hop

This is quite a large collection, so it will be a little more highlight-y here than elsewhere. I'd like to highlight especially-obscure (at least IMHO) things in particular, and underappreciated (again IMHO) groups. * Binary Star, Masters of the Universe (2000): Great underground hip-hop album by a duo comprising One Be Lo and Senim Silla. Full of memorable tracks such as “Honest Expression.” * Cadence Weapon: First heard of this Edmonton rapper through his mixtape Cadence Weapon is the Black Hand (2005), via Myspace back in the day. He's since released a few more albums, of which I have two. Check out “Black Hand”, which is a good sampling of his earlier material (sorry, the video is censored; find uncensored audio elsewhere, but the video is hilarious). * Cage: White rapper who came to fame for feuding with Eminem (“Bought Cage's tape, opened it and dubbed over it”), but he did well in his own right, especially with one of his first hits, “Agent Orange.” The song was inspired by the excellent (one of my favorites!) Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange, and it's worth a listen. His first two more mainstream albums, Movies for the Blind (2002) and Hell's Winter (2005), are excellent and worth checking out. * Cage & Camu Tao, Nighthawks (2002): A Cage side-project with Camu Tao (RIP), themed around the early-'80s Stallone cop movie Nighthawks. It's a strange ride, but worth a listen. * Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf, Big Shots (2003): Super-underappreciated old-school hip-hop album, recorded in 1993 before Charizma's untimely death, then ultimately released in 2003. Highlights include “Methods,” “Red Light Green Light,” and “This is a Smirk.” * Cunninlynguists, Will Rap for Food (2001): Really strange, Southern-rap album with an insane amount of wordplay and pretty decent production. I enjoyed this a lot back in the day, and don't listen to it as much now, but it's pretty good. * dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Angles (2008): Trippy, British, mostly spoken-word rapping style; highlights include “Letter from God to Man” (which features a massive sample of Radiohead's “Planet Telex” for the backing track) and “Thou Shalt Always Kill.” * Del the Funky Homosapien & Deltron 3030: Del, part of the West Coast crews Souls of Mischief & Hieroglyphics, is extremely talented (and also happens to be Ice Cube's cousin). His early stuff, such as on I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need for Alarm (1993) is great, but later on, he really shines on Deltron 3030 (2000). Deltron 3030 was, if you don't know, a supergroup of Del, legendary producer Dan the Automator, and DJ Kid Koala. I had the pleasure of seeing Deltron 3030 reunite a couple of years ago and it was magical. A second album, Event II, came out in 2013. * DJ Jester, River Walk Riots (2001) and Heavily Booted (2002): DJ Jester is known as the “Filipino Fist” and is a talented turntablist from San Antonio, TX. River Walk Riots is a relentlessly fun mix, and he blends all sorts of genres together; who would imagine that a DJ would mix in “The Yellow Rose of Texas” on a hip-hop record? * DJ Shadow will always be a favorite of mine, but I really stopped listening after The Private Press (2002). I love Endtroducing (1996), which got me into turntablism and scratching, and same with Preemptive Strike. * DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist's Product Placement (2001): This album is bananas. It's a mixture of all sorts of old commercials, '60s and '70s music, and other weirdness. It's an hour-long aural assault and it's wonderful. Product Placement Breaks (2003) is worth checking out to hear the source material as well. * D-Styles, Phantazmagorea (2002): A very interesting turntablist album; “Hamburgers & Chocolate Ice Cream” is an effectively creepy prelude to “The Murder Faktory,” for example. * Dynomite D, By the Way (2000): a great lo-fi, b-boy, graffiti artist kind of album, and is a real classic worth checking out. * Eric B. & Rakim, Paid in Full (1987): is a great old-school hip-hop album. Recorded quickly, Rakim demonstrates a wide range of rapping skills and wordplay, and the production is also top-notch by Eric B. * GZA, Liquid Swords (1995): A must-listen for Wu-Tang Clan fans. I first heard about this album after I learned that Cage's “Agent Orange” intro samples the intro to the title track (“People said his brain was infected by devils...”). * KMD: A great old-school hip-hop group, comprising Zev Love X (who would later become MF DOOM), DJ Subroc, and Onyx the Birthstone Kid. Only two albums, Mr. Hood (1991) and Blck Bst_rds (recorded earlier; unreleased until 2001), and both are great in different ways. Subroc's untimely death cut the group short, and was the catalyst, many think, for Zev's transformation into MF DOOM. * Kool Keith & his many aliases/side-projects: * Dr. Octagon, Dr. Octagonecologyst (1996): This is sort of the sister project to the later Deltron 3030. What a bizarre album. Dr. Octagon is a space-faring, terrifying doctor, and wow is this a strange album but I love it. Back in undergrad, I had “I Got to Tell You” as my answering machine message (people hated it, I'm sure). A must-listen album. * Dr. Dooom, First Come First Served (1999): After the “death” of Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom takes his place. Highlights include “Apartment 223” and “Body Bag.” * Kool Keith, Thee Undatakerz (2003): Really, really weird album where the members are part of a twisted group of undertakers. A minor hit with “Party in the Morgue,” which, IIRC, was featured in one of the Blade movies. Highlights include “Reverend Tom” and “Dark Space,” the latter of which reminds me, unfailingly, of the movie Event Horizon (that is a compliment!). * Masters of Illusion, self-titled (2000): Kool Keith & Motion Man unite to make an album together. I saw these guys perform live in around 2001-2002, and they put on a great show. At the time, I had no idea who they even were, but bought their album on vinyl and enjoyed it. * Mcenroe & Birdapres, Nothing is Cool (2004): Nerdy Canadian white rappers, but quite fun. My favorite track is probably “5000 Watts.” * MC Paul Barman: Super nerdy Jewish MC from New York; I have two albums, Paullelujah (2002) and It's Very Stimulating (2000). Favorite tracks include “Salvation Barmy,” “The Joy of Your World,” and “Vulture Shark Sculpture Park.” * MF DOOM (& various aliases/side-projects): MF DOOM, for a long time, was my favorite rapper ever. I still really like his stuff, but not as much as I used to. Operation Doomsday (2001) is a near-perfect album, and Viktor Vaughn: Vaudeville Villain (2003) is also excellent. Other aliases include King Geedorah, Madvillain (with Madlib, 2004), Dangerdoom (with Danger Mouse, 2005), JJ DOOM (with Jneiro Jarel, 2012). I also highly recommend the Ghost Whirl EP he did with Jonathan Toth from Hoth; the remix of the title track is amazing, and so is Jonathan Toth's solo “I 4give U 4 The Truth” (which samples “Questions in a World of Blue” from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me). * Non Phixion: I really used to love these guys a lot more than I do now. Ill Bill (brother of Necro, another rapper I used to like a lot), Goretex, Sabac Red, and DJ Eclipse made up the group. They focused on fringe and conspiracy theory topics, as well as science fiction. The Future is Now (2002) was their “debut,” but the earlier The Past, The Present, The Future Is Now (2000) mixtape is a great introduction as well. * RJD2: RJD2 is an excellent DJ and producer; his debut, Dead Ringer (2002), was very well-received. His EP The Horror (2003) was also a great album. I lost track of his career after Since We Last Spoke (2004), but I am sure he is still making great music. * Souls of Mischief, 93 'Til Infinity (1993): Part of the Bay Area supergroup Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief put out some great music, especially this album. It came out on Jive Records of all places, strangely, but don't let that stop you from checking it out if you haven't already. * Ultramagnetic MCs: Old-school hip-hop group where Kool Keith (see above) got his start. Debut album was Critical Beatdown (1988), with hits such as “Ease Back” and “Travelling at the Speed of Thought.” Kool Keith went on to have a really strange career after this, but I don't know about the others. * UNKLE, Psyence Fiction (1998): I have no idea how I even heard about this album first, but I was really excited to check it out when it came out. DJ Shadow united with producer James Lavelle to form a supergroup called UNKLE. Notable guests on the album included Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Kool G Rap, Richard Ashcroft of The Verve, and Thom Yorke of Radiohead, of all people. Yorke's track “Rabbit in Your Headlights” is nearly perfect, and includes a lovely sample from the movie Jacob's Ladder.

Rock

My definitions of rock may be a little loose at times. Often I've included pop in my rock section. Your mileage may vary. Here you go. * A Fine Frenzy: I found out about her on, IIRC, Stephen Merchant's radio show The Steve Show, and really enjoyed her single “Almost Lover.” I think the artist, Alison Sudol, is mostly doing acting these days, but her two albums (that I know of) are pretty nice: One Cell in the Sea (2007) and Bomb in a Birdcage (2009). * Alaska in Winter: I have no real good way to describe AIW (aka Brandon Bethancourt). I got into Alaska in Winter after learning that Brandon is friends with Zach Condon of Beirut (more below), and wow. Synthpoppy Balkan-folk goodness, abounding with vocoders and lasers. Most of his music is free on YouTube, as he has sadly quit the music business. Seriously, knock yourself out, it's amazing stuff. Highlights include “Streetgang [parts 1-3],” “Berlin,” “A Love Note from Your Piano,” and “Staring at the Sun.” * Arthur Brown, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968): My favorite part of this very '60s, very psychedelic album, is “Fire”: “I am the god of hellfire, and I bring you... FIRE!” Extremely weird stuff but great. * Bat for Lashes: I heard about her music on The Steve Show as well, and the two albums I have, Fur and Gold (2006) and Two Suns (2009) are nice, but I don't listen to them as often as I should. * Beirut: I used to be obsessed with Beirut, and I confess I don't listen to them as much as I used to. Beirut is fronted by Zach Condon, a multi-instrumentalist who hails from New Mexico, and has a generally-rotating group of backing musicians. Basically, Condon made the first album in his bedroom, and it's heavily inspired by Balkan folk music, French chanson, and other world music. Just lovely stuff. I learned about Beirut on The Steve Show, and “A Sunday Smile” really blew my mind when I first heard it. My wife adores them too. Listen to whatever you can find. This live version of “The Penalty” is fantastic. * Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: Really lo-fi, soulful, often-emo music about everyday troubles, lost love, and loss of innocence. The brainchild of Owen Ashworth, who grew up in the South Bay (Redwood City, CA, if I'm not mistaken), this is some lovely stuff. Highlights include “Young Shields,” “Nashville Parthenon,” and “Cold White Christmas.” * Gasoline Lollipops, Soul Mine (2017): Founded in Colorado, they are sort of alt-country and really rock hard. I'd definitely like to hear more of their stuff, and thankfully they have a Bandcamp! My favorite song of theirs is probably “Burns”; check out a lovely live version here. * Hello Saferide: A Swedish journalist-turned-singer-songwriter, Annika Norlin does some really fantastic music as Hello Saferide. Really down-to-earth songs about love lost and found, and oddities of life in general. * Johnny Flynn: I heard him first on The Steve Show as well; his album A Larum (2008) is really excellent. British folk rock at its best. Check out “Shore to Shore,” “Cold Bread,” and “The Wrote and the Writ.” * Nuda Veritas: A really interesting female singer-songwriter; the band name means “Naked Truth,” which is a fitting name for the subject matter within. Well worth listening. * Oh Fortuna, The Fireworks of Electric Human Love (EP, 2009): Strange but delightful little album by a band out of Gainesville, FL. “Faces I Can See” is a standout track here. * Peggy Seeger, Almost Commercially Viable (2000): A really lovely British folk album. I heard this on the radio late one night, in particular “Night Song,” which was just a wonderful little song. I haven't been able to find her music anywhere on YouTube, but I got this album off of her Bandcamp; do check out “Night Song” if nothing else, as it's lovely. * Radiohead: Radiohead were my absolute favorite band for ages and ages. They're still pretty high up there, but there's a lot more competition. Anything Radiohead is pretty great. * Rap, Rap (199X): Early side-project of Brandon Bethancourt (Alaska in Winter) and his friend Hari Ziznewski. Strange, glitchy synthpop. Highlights include “Sega Song” and “Keytar Love 1986” (a distorted precursor to AIW's “A Love Note from Your Piano”) * Sharon Van Etten, (it was) because I was in love (2017): Lovely album from a great singer-songwriter; I'd like to check out more of her stuff. She has a Bandcamp as well. My favorite song is probably “Whirlwind.” * The Knife: Might be better-classified as “electronica,” but this odd brother-sister duo from Sweden is great either way. Highlights include “Pass This On” and “Silent Shout.” * The Low Anthem: A friend recommended I check these guys out, and they are really pretty great. I only have their first three albums, and I really enjoy What The Crow Brings (2007), which has the great track “Ballad of the Broken Bones.” 2009's Oh My God, Charlie Darwin also has the excellent track “To Ohio.” * The Magnetic Fields: Stephin Merritt, frontman for The Magnetic Fields, has been extremely prolific over the years, and has a bunch of side-projects as well. He produces some really lovely, sometimes sad, songs about love and life and everything else. * Travis, The Man Who (1999): Friends of mine gave me this album around the time it came out, and they're kind of like the Scottish Radiohead. It's a great album but I haven't listened to it as much as I used to; ack, it is 20 years old now! * Warren Zevon: My ex got me into Zevon's music and wow, he was brilliant. His career spanned from the late '60s up until his death in 2003. Some of my favorite songs include “Frank and Jesse James,” “Excitable Boy,” “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,” “The Hula Hula Boys,” and “For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer.” * Yazoo: I only learned about this '80s New Wave group via Fringe's S5 premiere, in which “Only You” plays; later I realized that “Only You” showed up in Napoleon Dynamite in 2004 as well. Lovely song.

Soundtracks

The final section. I'll try to limit it to highlights and odd soundtracks that you may never have heard of before. * Babylon 5 soundtracks, mostly by Christopher Franke (erstwhile of Tangerine Dream!): excellent all around! Give them a listen sometime here. * Basil Kirchin, The Abominable Dr. Phibes OST (1972): One of my favorite movies, and it has a lovely soundtrack to boot. “War March of the Priests,” the opening track, a version of Mendelssohn's “Kriegsmarsch der Priester,” is chilling. * Battlestar Galactica soundtracks, mostly by Bear McCreary, are also quite lovely. The Apollo and Adama themes are some of the best, with some wonderful Celtic themes. S1's “Wander My Friends” is gorgeous, with poignant Gaelic lyrics, and S2's “Reuniting the Fleet,” S3's “Admiral and Commander,” and S4's “Farewell Apollo” are especially lovely. * Disasterpiece, It Follows OST (2015): What a terrifying soundtrack for an equally terrifying movie (one of my favorites). Favorites include “Old Maid” and “Father.” * Disney soundtracks: I have an insane amount of Disney music, mostly from the Disney parks (Disneyland Official Album, Disney World Official Album, A Musical History of Disneyland [6CD]), and also Walt Disney and the 1964 World's Fair (5CD). An especially interesting album is Another Musical Souvenir of Walt Disney World, an effort by a Disney World fan to reconstruct the experience of a day at the parks. You can find that here for free. * Howard Blake, The Changeling OST (2007): The soundtrack to a terrifying haunted-house horror film with George C. Scott, this is definitely worth checking out. * Ilan Eshkeri, Stardust OST (2007): What a great movie Stardust was. It's a shame that the advertising campaign wasn't so great, as I would have seen it much sooner. Great soundtrack as well. * John Gale, Dr. Phibes Rises Again OST (2003): The soundtrack for the sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Fun fact: all of the track titles, for whatever reason, the composer put into Latin. Bonus, too: Vincent Price singing a lovely rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the end of the film) * John Murphy, Sunshine: Music from the Motion Picture (2008): Sunshine was an unexpectedly terrifying film, and had a great soundtrack. * The Donnie Darko OST (2CD, 2004) was also really pretty great, with a score and a lot of interesting '80s music. * The Matrix soundtracks (all three of them) were also excellent and fun. * The Life Aquatic OST (2004): I have a soft spot for this soundtrack as well, especially the Portuguese renderings of David Bowie songs by Seu Jorge. * Philip Glass, The Music of Candyman (2001): I love the (first two) Candyman films, and the music is top-notch, especially “Helen, It Was Always You” and “Helen's Theme.” * Shuki Levy & Haim Saban, Inspector Gadget OST (1983): I grew up watching Inspector Gadget and loved it, and especially its music. When I came across this, it brought back some great memories. One of the best tracks is Penny's theme, which is called Fais Gaffe (“Look Out!”). * The Star Wars soundtracks go without saying; I have the 2-disc special editions that were released when the special editions of the original trilogy came out. * Ennio Morricone's soundtracks for the “Dollars” trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) are timeless and amazing. * I also have a ton of Twin Peaks music: the original soundtracks for Seasons 1 & 2 (1990, 2007), the Fire Walk with Me soundtrack (1992), the soundtrack for The Return (2017), and of course, the 200+-track The Twin Peaks Archive (2012). * VA, A Charlie Brown Christmas (3CD, 2007): My parents got this box set for me and it's really quite enjoyable. I've always loved the Christmas special, and the music is an integral part of that enjoyment. * Vangelis, Blade Runner OST (Esper Edition) (2CD bootleg, 2002): This is one of the most complete Blade Runner soundtracks I've come across. Some others may have more, but I really enjoy this version of it. If you find a copy, it's totally worthwhile. * Wendy Carlos, Clockwork Orange Original Score (1972): Wendy Carlos is a pioneer of electronic music and also transitioned male-to-female at a fairly early period, so she is a trailblazer in more ways than one. I absolutely love the score to A Clockwork Orange, and this is a nice version, including the full version of “Timesteps,” which was excerpted on the official film soundtrack.

Alright everyone, that's it for now! I hope that you've gotten some good recommendations from here and enjoyed the read. Sorry it ended up so long! Cheers.

 
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JAK OBEJŚĆ NOWE PRAWO AUTORSKIE UNII EUROPEJSKIEJ

Pewnie zastanawialiście się jak będziemy oglądać memy i filmiki na youtube czy innych platformach. Niektórzy pewnie myślą “co z moim kanałem / kontem na youtube / deviantart / tumblr itd. “

Odpowiedź jest prosta...... Zmiana IP i DNS!

VPN: VPN wbrew temu co się mówi, nie zapewniają prywatności ani anonimowości. Musimy zaufać dostawcy VPN'a bo tak naprawdę nie mamy jak sprawdzić czy i gdzie są trzymane logi i historie przeglądania. Były już przypadki sprzedaży danych przez firmy tworzące VPN'y (hotspot shield, betternet, Hola). VPN'y mają jednak wiele plusów: + Zmieniają adres IP i DNS aby zmylić programy że jesteśmy z innego kraju. + Szyfrują pakiety internetowe tak,że operator sieci wifi może zobaczyć tylko to,że połączyliśmy się z pewnym ip. Jest to przydatne w publicznych sieciach wifi.

Minusy: – niestety strony mogą blokować IP lub wykrywać,że kożystamy z VPN (patrz 4chan).

Proxy: Proxy mogą być ciekawą alternatywą do VPN'ów. Zmieniają nasz adres IP jednak zostawiają DNS (adress DNS można zawsze zmienić w systemie). Plusy: +zmieniają adres IP dzięki czemu możemy np oglądać BBC poza Wielką Brytanią +Są tańsze Minusy: – Nie zmieniają adresu DNS – Często nie szyfrują danych – Mogą być blokowane przez strony (patrz 4chan)

TOR: TOR zapewnia największą prywatność i anonimowość użytkownika. Łączy się z kilkoma serwerami i szyfruje dane jakie pomiędzy nimi przechodzą. Jedynie pierwsza sieć zna nasze IP. Plusy: + Zapewnia największą anonimowość + Jest za darmo + Jest open source + Ma własne strony internetowe (hidden services) Minusy: – Powolna – Nie nadaje sie do oglądania filmików lub do streamowania – Jest zablokowana w wielu krajach (Chiny, Turcja, Rosja)

Shadowsocks: Shadowsocks to narzędzie bardzo popularne w chinach i tam się też narodziło. Jest to technologia pozwalająca tworzyć i łączyć się z szyfrowanymi proxy które udają zwykły ruch https. Plusy: + Tańsze niż VPN'y + ipss.xyz ma bezpieczną darmową ofertę na swoje shadowsocks + Szyfrowane Minusy: – Nadal mniej bezpieczne niż vpn

 
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List of Retro Videogame Recommendations written, compiled, and curated by Greyor Last updated 13 Sep. 2019

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • 0.0. FOREWORD
    • 0.1. LICENSE
    • 0.2 CONTACT
  • 1.0 TOOLS
  • 2.0 NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (NES) GAMES
    • 2.1. OFFICIAL ENGLISH LOCALIZATIONS
    • 2.2. FAN-TRANSLATIONS
  • 3.0. SUPER NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (SNES) GAMES
    • 3.1. OFFICIAL ENGLISH LOCALIZATIONS
    • 3.2. FAN-TRANSLATIONS

0.0. FOREWORD

N.B. & DISCLAIMER: Many of these are JRPGs or Japanese-only games, and will require a translation patch to make them playable in English. ROMHacking.net links are included, but you'll have to find the ROMs yourself; no links are provided here for that.

In this document, I've provided a fairly comprehensive roundup of NES/SNES games that I think are worth playing, or at least historical curiosities. These are games I love and think you may love as well. I hope that you find this useful in your own gaming.

I initially posted this on PrivacyTools.io's pastebin (http://bin.privacytools.io/), but soon I was pointed to here as a more apt medium for this post.

I may end up adding a PSX/PS2 section to this down the road, but it's taken me 2-3 hours to put just this document together with these two systems. Perhaps I'll add Game Boy as well. Later on, though.

Please feel free to comment with suggestions, thoughts, &c.

Happy gaming!

0.1. LICENSE

This document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. From https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/: “You are free to: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.”

0.2. CONTACT

Feel free to find me on Mastodon: http://freeradical.zone/@greyor

1.0. TOOLS

For ROM patching, I recommend the following utility: Floating IPS (FLIPS) (Windows, Linux; CLI on OS X): https://www.romhacking.net/utilities/1040/ * Note that the version linked above is old; see Github for source to pull and compile a fresh copy: https://github.com/Alcaro/Flips * I tend to pull from git and compile every once in awhile on Linux; best IPS/BPS patcher I've ever used.

I also really like NSRT (“Nach's SNES ROM Tool”), which will let you add/remove headers and check CRCs on SNES ROMs. I haven't yet found a tool nearly as good for NES ROMs. * NSRT can be found here, for multiple platforms: https://www.zophar.net/utilities/snesaud/nsrt.html

For many PSX games (and later systems), I'd recommend xdelta3, as many patches come in that format. * Xdelta3 can be found at: https://github.com/jmacd/xdelta (If you're on Debian or *buntu, simply drop to a terminal and type `sudo apt install xdelta3')

2.0. NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (NES) GAMES

2.1. OFFICIAL ENGLISH LOCALIZATIONS

  • Adventures in the Magic Kingdom (1990): I am a huge Disney fan, and this game lets you walk around Disneyland, going on rides and answering trivia questions to collect keys. The Haunted Mansion stage is legitimately scary and bizarre, and even though I had this on my physical NES back in the '90s, I still have never beaten the Space Mountain space-flight stage. The Pirates of the Caribbean stage is pretty fun as well. Well worth playing.

  • Little Nemo: The Dream Master (1990): Excellent platformer with an excellent soundtrack. You play as Little Nemo, fighting your way through Slumberland and befriending animals along the way. Really fun, but also really difficult. One of the best on the NES.

  • Athena (1986): I really can't entirely figure this one out. You're Princess Athena, fighting your way through what looks like ancient Greece, and apparently Athena goes on to star in SNK fighting games as Athena Asamiya. Singing Mountain, a great videogame music podcast, had an episode dedicated to Athena Asamiya recently (perhaps as an April Fool's joke?).

  • Battle of Olympus (1988): This is a fairly-difficult action RPG with lots of Greek mythology and Greek gods in it. I've only been through a little bit of the game, but it's worth checking out.

  • Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle (1989): Really bizarre platformer/puzzle game where you play as Bugs Bunny and try to avoid other cartoon characters (Daffy Duck, &c.) who are trying to catch you. It goes on for what seems like forever, and I remember fondly playing this as a kid.

  • Bugs Bunny's Birthday Bash (or Birthday Blowout) (1990): This resembles Crazy Castle, but it plays more like a Mario-style platformer. I really enjoyed this as a kid, too, and it's really quite strange. The enemies are really bizarre, too.

    • The story behind the Crazy Castle series is really strange; look it up on Wikipedia sometime. They had a Mickey Mouse-themed line of similar games, Japan-only, which included the really weird Kid Klown in Night Mayor World (see below), which was a totally different game in Japan.
  • Castlevania, Castlevania II, Castlevania III: Any of these are worth playing! II is really quite different from 1 and 3, and has more of an RPG feel to it, however. I played through all of it using save states a couple of years ago, but it was still insanely hard.

  • Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers (1990): One of the best platformers on the NES of this type, this Capcom game followed Chip and Dale, the “Rescue Rangers,” as they dodge metal dogs, throw apples, and run across powerlines. It was a pretty bananas game, like most of the games on the NES. Well worth playing.

  • Darkwing Duck (1992): Another Disney platformer well worth playing. You have different types of guns with different functions, too. Fun game.

  • All NES Donkey Kong games (Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 3): Well worth playing, especially if you like the later Donkey Kong Country games.

  • DuckTales (1989): Another difficult Disney platformer. Loved this game as a kid. Well worth checking out, and the soundtrack is excellent also. It apparently also has a sequel, which I haven't played yet.

  • Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger! (1991): I've played only a bit of this RPG, but it was pretty difficult. Worth checking out; typical “save the world” plot.

  • GunSmoke (1988): A fairly fun shoot-em-up game, which, to me, plays like a precursor to SNES' Sunset Riders. Pretty crazy and fun.

  • Jeopardy Jr. (198x?): My best friend and I always love to play this on her NES at her house when we hang out. It's pretty ridiculous, though, and the questions are very '80s, so they may be unintelligible even if you're an '80s kid. Some weird, deep cuts there for sure.

  • Kid Icarus (1987): I've never been able to get all that far in this game. It's crazy difficult, but basically, you play Pit, who has wings and resembles the Greek hero Icarus, fighting your way through the Underworld and other areas to save the Goddess Palutena (= Athena?). If you haven't heard of this, I'd be really surprised. There was a sequel on the Game Boy as well, and a 3DS sequel that was pretty cool.

  • Kid Klown in Night Mayor World (1993): Really bizarre platformer about a kid ©lown separated from his ©lown family by the evil Night Mayor. Released in Japan as Mickey Mouse III: Yume Fuusen, and as I mentioned above with Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle, part of a strange series that is totally different for US/Japan audiences. Reminds me of Tiny Toon Adventures gameplay-wise.

  • Kirby's Adventure (1993): A NES sequel to the Game Boy Kirby's Dream Land (1992); who hasn't heard of Kirby? Fun, cute platformer.

  • Little Samson (1992): Really strange Greek mythology-themed platformer. Well worth checking out, but really esoteric.

  • Mappy-Land (1986): Really, really strange platformer where you play as an anthropomorphic mouse trying to escape from cats. I have very fond memories of playing this as a kid, and the graveyard level is really creepy still. There's a strange quirk in that level, too, where I think that the moon actually attacks you (cf. Super Mario Bros. 3, where the sun attacks you). Very weird but fun. It was originally an arcade game called Mappy (1983), and I also think I have a NES version of Mappy from 1985 or so.

  • Marble Madness (1986?): This game frustrated the hell out of me but I also really enjoyed it. You steer a marble, in all directions, through insanely difficult obstacle courses. I never got very far, but always enjoyed it. They made a sequel on the Wii called Marble Mania, which was really fun and perfectly suited to the Wii's motion controls. I think that's probably a better game, honestly.

  • Mario Adventure (Super Mario Bros. 3 ROM hack by dahrkdaiz): RIDICULOUSLY difficult but marvellously-coded ROM hack of Super Mario Bros. 3, with all-new levels and even weather effects. Insanely cool. Check it out at RHDN: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/70

  • All NES Mega Man games: Well worth checking out, from 1-6. I tend to compare a lot of things to the Mega Man games — if something is kind of the same every time, but still consistently good, I compare it to the Mega Man series, which is exactly that way.

  • Metroid (1987): Excellent start to the Metroid franchise. It's cool to play the NES version, but I'd recommend checking out the Game Boy Advance remake, Zero Mission, which is a really nice facelift/update.

  • Mystery Quest (1989): Really strange and difficult platformer. Worth checking out.

  • Pinball (1985): Actually not bad at all. I started playing pinball more seriously in the last year or so, and while it doesn't serve as a great substitute for pinball practice on a cabinet, it's worth playing. I loved this as a kid.

  • Rad Racer (1987): Pretty decent racing game for NES, and strangely enough, published by Square(soft). Worth playing. Apparently it has a sequel which I've never played.

  • Rampage (1988): Play as a giant monster and destroy cities. That's about it. I rented this a bunch as a kid and always enjoyed playing.

  • Road Runner (198x?): Really weird game where you play as the Road Runner trying to escape Wile E. Coyote. I liked it as a kid but always found it insanely difficult.

  • Smash TV (198x?): Shoot-em-up with a game-show theme, focused on complete carnage. Really weird and for whatever reason always makes me think of Total Recall.

  • Snake Rattle 'n' Roll (1990): Strange platformer where you play as a snake trying to eat little pellets and “make weight” at the end of the level, all while avoiding and destroying enemies. An early Rare title — who would go on to make the Donkey Kong Country games, as well as the excellent GoldenEye 007 on N64.

  • Star Wars (1991?): A really difficult game following the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. I think I beat it once, but it's definitely kind of a slog — especially the asteroid field right after Mos Eisley. I'd recommend the Super Star Wars games on SNES instead. The Empire Strikes Back game on NES is also really, really difficult.

  • Super Mario Bros. games (1-3): All of these, of course. If you haven't played a Mario game, please do.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989): This game is ridiculously and unfairly difficult. I'd recommend playing the sequels instead, but if you must, this exists.

  • The Legend of Zelda games (1 & 2): Both Zelda games are required playing. The first game is absolutely epic and well worth playing, and the second, although very different in style and tone, is also really quite fun.

  • Tiny Toon Adventures (1991): Nice platformer based on the cartoon. I really enjoyed this as a kid and I think I almost beat it once or twice. The sequel on SNES is also quite fun.

2.2. NES FAN-TRANSLATIONS (you may have never heard of any of these!)

Chaos World (JP, 1991): Ridiculously hard JRPG. I'd like to spend some more time with it, but haven't gotten very far. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3907/

Columbus: Ougon no Yoake (JP, 1992): Really bizarre, insanely hard NES JRPG set around the time of Columbus. Haven't really done much with it but apparently it's worth a play. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/1285/

Crystalis (JP, 1990): An excellent NES RPG. Set in 199X, you emerge from what appears to be a cryosleep vault after a worldwide cataclysm of sorts (implied to be nuclear war). It's kind of a mixture of Final Fantasy and Zelda (not quite like Final Fantasy Adventure, though, which is similar). There are elements, and sword powerups, and lots of lands to visit. It is mercilessly hard at times, though, but is very generous about saving and teleportation. Highly recommended.

Special note on this: the game was called *God Slayer: Haruka Tenkuu no Sonata (“God Slayer: Sonata of the Distant Heavens”) in Japan, and with Nintendo of America's strict guidelines on no religious symbolism, &c., &c., we lost out on the original intent of the game. See https://legendsoflocalization.com/game-localization-and-nintendo-of-americas-content-policies-in-the-1990s/ for a fascinating read on these policies. The RHDN link I'm providing is to a decensored, restored God Slayer retranslated into English. You can easily find the English version, but this will be better. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3793/

Final Fantasy: Everyone's probably played this game, and here's a nice new translation by ChaosRush (2019). – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/4868/

Final Fantasy II (JP, 1988): Can't say I've played this one yet, but it is apparently decent. I have Final Fantasy Origins for PSX, and only played FF1 on there. However, ChaosRush put out a nice translation update in 2016 of the older Demiforce translation. Worth a try. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/2656/

Final Fantasy III (JP, 1990): One of the lesser-known Final Fantasy games; I grew up thinking that FF3 on SNES was the 3rd game, but of course it is FF6J. FF3J has an early version of the Jobs system that would be perfected in FF5, and the story is fairly compelling. Many will have played FF3J on Nintendo DS, which I hear is a decent version, but I have a soft spot for the NES. You have your pick of a few translations, but here is my suggestion: * Patch the ROM with the Neill Corlett/Alex W. Jackson (AWJ) 1999 translation (not perfect, but it works fine): https://www.romhacking.net/translations/141/ * Patch the already-patched ROM with Silent Enigma's “Battle Interface Upgrade,” which will remove a number of annoyances from the battle system: http://silentenigma.site88.net/ff3/ff3.html

If you're interested in a better translation, though, do check out ChaosRush's 2019 translation: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/4760/ (I just don't want to give up the battle interface enhancements, which apparently aren't compatible with ChaosRush's translation)

Grand Master (JP, 1991): Strange Zelda clone that seems ridiculously hard so far. I grew up on the NES, but I worry that maybe, even with save states, I don't have the skills or fortitude to play these games any more. Games have gotten so much easier these days. Worth a play. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/1540/

Indora no Hikari (JP, 1987): Another strange Zelda clone; “The Light of Indra” in English. Really hard game as far as I can tell. Also, the ROM is ridiculously hard to patch; from the instructions, “Use a program such as NFlate to expand the PRG-ROM from 128KB to 256KB (or use a hex editor to manually insert the extra 128KB just before the last 16KB of the original ROM data).” NFlate wasn't very easy to use, so I think I ended up using dd in a shell. All I know is that this may not be worth the trouble, but if you're interested, check it out. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3153/

Lagrange Point (JP, 1991): This is a fascinating-looking RPG set in space and made by Konami. They don't make 'em like this any more, or rather, maybe this was a jumping-off point for games like Star Ocean vel sim. I've only played through a bit but think it has real promise. Definitely check it out. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/2294/

Moon Crystal (JP, 1992): Bizarre Castlevania-style platformer. Definitely worth checking out. Reminds me a lot of Castlevania 2. Note that the developer is Hector, who published the absolutely lovely Ihatovo Monogatari, which I'll mention in the SNES section below. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/189/

Mouryou Senki Madara (JP, 1990): Ridiculously hard JRPG by Konami. Haven't played much as I have a lot of RPGs I am currently working on, but I think it's promising. Japan really kept a lot of fascinating games there, and I am astounded that a lot of these never came Stateside. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/1047/

Sweet Home (JP, 1989): This game basically kick-started the survival horror genre, and is a direct precursor to Resident Evil. It's also insanely difficult. Basically, you're exploring a haunted house in Japan, with ghosts and other terrors trying to kill you. I've never been able to get very far in this, but I acknowledge it's a great game. Reminds me a lot of the Fatal Frame games, too, but on NES. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/222/

Armed Fantasy Dragon Villgust (JP, 1993, Kouryuu Densetsu Villgust Gaiden): I actually haven't played this yet, but am really excited to check it out, as well as its counterpart on the SNES (see below). Apparently it's based on an anime & manga. Looks like a great oldschool JRPG. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3863/

Youkai Douchuuki (JP, 1988): This is absolutely bananas. It's a platformer where you're a soul travelling through the Japanese underworld. I haven't been able to get very far, but it's totally worth checking out for how insane it is. This translation is apparently retranslated from a Spanish localization, FWIW. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/4353/

3.0. SUPER NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (SNES) GAMES

3.1. OFFICIAL ENGLISH LOCALIZATIONS

  • Donkey Kong Country 1-3: All excellent games and well worth playing. 2 and 3 are really insanely innovative, even topping the first one. Wonderful music in all three also.

  • Dragon View (1994): Really strange, mixed first-person and side-scrolling action RPG. Also known as Drakkhen II; the first game is apparently even more insane. Worth checking out, but it is ridiculously difficult.

  • EarthBound (1995): Everyone loves this game. Oldschool RPG set in modern ('90s) America. Humor and fun abound. I haven't come across a retranslation of this that I've liked, but there are a ton of hacks out there and people absolutely adore this game. I haven't gotten all that far in it, but have liked it so far, aside from the abysmal inventory management.

  • EVO: Search for Eden (1993): This game has a really interesting premise — you “evolve” from primitive forms of life to higher forms, leveling up almost like in an RPG. I unfortunately got stalled out at some point and haven't been able to progress further, but would like to. Reminiscent of Ecco the Dolphin (Sega) in some ways.

  • Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (1992): Worth playing, but is a really watered-down, simplistic action RPG version of a Final Fantasy game. Didn't stop me from playing it all the way through, but I think it's a one-and-done for me.

  • F-Zero (1990): The best racing game for SNES; has had a sequel or two over the years. Play it.

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992): The third Zelda game, and one of the best in the series. Play it if you haven't. If you have a 3DS, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a nice update/remake of this game as well.

  • The Lion King (1994): Really fun Disney platformer that follows the story of the movie pretty well. Loved it as a kid.

  • The Lost Vikings (1993): I hated this game when I first played it, but I actually somewhat enjoy it now; it's a difficult game but worth playing. Teaches you the value of working together with your three characters.

  • Mario is Missing & Mario's Time Machine (1993): I really enjoyed playing these as a kid. They're an educational spin on Mario games; the first game has you travelling to various cities, learning about the culture and history, and answering trivia questions while trying to find Mario. The latter lets you travel through time to various eras to find Mario.

  • Mickey's Magical Quest (aka The Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse) (1992-93): Great Disney platformer where you go through various worlds, as Mickey Mouse, trying to save your dog, Pluto. I always loved this game as a kid and it also has a great music. Apparently it has sequels, too.

  • Pac-in-Time (1995): SNES version of the DOS game. It's a side-scrolling Pac-Man game where you go through various worlds and areas, and have lots of cool powerups and try to solve puzzles and make it through levels. Apparently it's a re-branded version of an earlier game, Fury of the Furries, with most of the original game's assets intact or barely changed. Weird stuff. I loved playing this on DOS, though, especially since it didn't have much music, and I could pop in a CD to my CD-ROM to accompany the game with whatever music I liked.

  • Pocky & Rocky 1 & 2 (1992, 1994): Bonkers shoot-em-up games that are very, very Japanese; little to no localization seems to have been done. You play as Pocky, a shrine maiden, trying to kill goblins. It's super weird but very fun, and also very difficult. Haven't played the second one yet.

  • RoboCop vs. the Terminator (1993): I loved this game as a kid. Basically, WYSIWYG: RoboCop is fighting against T-800s in postapocalyptic Detroit and other areas. Always really liked the Gatling gun weapon.

  • StarFox (1993): Loved this game ever since I was a kid. I don't know that it's aged too well in terms of gameplay and graphics, but it was revolutionary for its time. Flight sim with talking animals.

    • Sequel: Any good ROM set should have a version of Star Fox 2, but if you have a SNES Mini, you got the officially-released (and presumably finished) English version.
  • Sunset Riders (1993): Great Western shoot-em-up; seems to me like a spiritual successor to GunSmoke on the NES (see above).

  • Super Castlevania IV (1991): Nice SNES update of Castlevania, with cool graphics and great music. Well worth playing.

  • Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World (1994; SMAS orig. 1993): Super Mario World (1990) is excellent, of course. Super Mario All-Stars is a remastered version of Super Mario Bros. 1-3, including The Lost Levels (the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, closer to SMB1). I like this collection a lot.

  • Super Mario Kart (1992): Actually, this might be the other best racing game on the SNES. Super fun and has spawned a ton of sequels.

  • Super Mario RPG (1996): Weird game but it's fun. I really haven't gotten very far in it yet, but I've enjoyed what I've played. Who wouldn't love a Mario RPG?

  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995): The excellent sequel to Super Mario World. I got this right when it came out and absolutely loved it; the cartoonish, crayon-drawing style is perfectly offbeat and cute. The game was light-hearted and fun and unlike any platformer I'd played before. Really revolutionary, especially for a Mario game. You're Yoshi and carrying Baby Mario while trying to find Baby Luigi. Great game.

  • Super Metroid (1994): One of the best Metroid games ever. I only played through all of this in the last year or two, and really loved it, although it can be ridiculously difficult at times. Well worth a playthrough.

  • Super Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi (1992-94): Play all of these. I think they're the best versions of the original trilogy games. Loved all of them as a kid and they still hold up very well.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (1992): A great sequel to the NES TMNT games for SNES. More beat-em-up, sci-fi ninja action. Fun stuff.

  • Terranigma (EU, 1995): Only released in Europe, this action RPG is part of the loose trilogy formed by Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia. I think this game is the best of the three; the others are worth playing, but Terranigma is truly great. You're tasked with reviving the world, a continent at a time. It's quite strange, but really fun.

  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! (1993): Super NES Tiny Toon Adventures game. It's pretty fun, with colorful worlds and crazy enemies. Worth a playthrough.

3.2. SNES FAN-TRANSLATIONS

Alcahest (JP, 1993): Strange, medieval fantasy-themed action JRPG. I played through a decent amount of it so far and have enjoyed it. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/278/

Aretha (JP, 1993): I am sure I will enjoy this fun-looking JRPG whenever I get around to playing it. It looks like a pretty standard JRPG, and the graphics seem nice. Haven't heard anything bad about it. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3836/

Brandish 2: The Planet Buster (JP, 1995): No idea why the first game hasn't been translated. This game looks pretty cool, but I also haven't gotten around to playing it yet. Looks like a fun action RPG. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/1442/

Chrono Trigger (US, 1995): An excellent RPG where you travel through multiple time periods trying to save the world! If you haven't heard of this, I'd be really surprised. This is in the fan-translations section because I've found that, while the US localization was good, updates are even better. There are a ton of these on RHDN, but my preferred version is the “Doctor L Relocalizaton,” which is a bugfix for a retranslation done by “Doctor L.” – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3072/ * If you want Doctor L's original retranslation, check here: http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1258/

Dark Half (JP, 1996): This game looks pretty cool, but I admit I haven't played it yet either. Somewhat of a tactical RPG. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/2344/

Dark Law: Meaning of Death (JP, 1997): One of the last games released for the SNES, I also haven't yet played this one. Apparently it's the third in a loose trilogy (cf. Soul Blazer/Terranigma/Illusion of Gaia, as the page says). Late-state SNES games are pretty cool (see Rudra no Hihou below!). – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/307/

Dual Orb II (JP, 1994): Apparently this game is decent at least. No idea about the first game, but this one is translated. Haven't played it yet either. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/345/

Far East of Eden Zero (JP, 1995, Tengai Makyou Zero): This game has been a “white whale” for emulator developers and translators for ages, mostly because of the special chips on the SNES ROM. Famed emulator developer byuu found a way to support the chips, though, in his emulator higan/bsnes, and this translation is the culmination of hours and hours of effort. The game is a nice, fun, SNES JRPG with a good deal of humor and comic relief, and is set in what seems to be medieval Japan. Check it out, if only for the rarity of the experience outside Japan. Note that these patches will work with SNES9X, but I'd recommend higan/bsnes. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3243/

Final Fantasy IV (JP, 1991): One of my favorite Final Fantasy games ever, and actually the first I ever played. Basic save-the-world story, but you go to all sorts of different places (underworld; moon; &c.)! Well worth playing. I liked the original translation okay, but I think that this retranslation is really nice. Note that it is applied to a Japanese copy, too, which automagically decensors it from the US localization changes. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/2623/ * For a weird, unique experience, check out FF4 Free Enterprise, which lets you apply all sorts of random hacks: http://ff4fe.com/

Final Fantasy V (JP, 1992): I loved FFV when I played it on PSX as part of Final Fantasy Anthology. Bizarre game spread across different dimensions, with a cool jobs system and a really fascinating story. I found a retranslation of it that is really nice and even fixes some bugs. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3499/

Final Fantasy VI (JP, 1994): One of the best Final Fantasy games ever made, IMHO. High technology fused with magic! Steampunk! Airships! All the things that make Final Fantasy a great series. I've looked at a lot of retranslations, and my favorite is the “Ted Woolsey Uncensored Edition.” It keeps a lot of the nuance and fun of the original Ted Woolsey script, but restores elements censored in the US. Again, everyone has different tastes on this, and there are a ton of FFVI translations, but this is my favorite. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1386/

G.O.D.: Growth or Devolution: Heed the Call to Awaken (JP, 1996): This is a late-stage SNES game, and really one of my favorites. It is set in modern times, starts in Japan, and eventually takes your party all over the Earth. I don't think I have seen a sadder story in an RPG than this, or at least haven't very often. The writing is crisp, funny, and touching at the same time. I thought it had a great story, and it's really worth the many hours' play you will get from it. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3515/

Ganpuru: Gunman's Proof (JP, 1997): This game is ridiculously fun. It's basically a Wild West clone of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It's an action RPG with all sorts of guns, and reminds me a lot of Link's Awakening too. Seriously, go play it. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/622/

Gulliver Boy (JP, 1996, Kuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy): This game is absolutely bananas. It's set in Renaissance times, and you are fighting against the might of Spain. I haven't gotten very far in it, but it's quite fun. It's sort of an action RPG/platformer. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/365/

Laplace's Demon (JP, 1995, Laplace no Ma): Really strange, Lovecraftian horror-style RPG. Haven't gotten very far in it but would definitely play more. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/308/

Lennus II: Fuuin no Shito (JP, 1996): Haven't played this JRPG yet but definitely would like to. No idea about the first game being translated or not. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/1332/

Lufia & the Fortress of Doom (US, 1993): Here is a nice bugfix/enhancement for this oldschool RPG. Pretty standard RPG fare, but fun. I'm somewhere in the game but have no idea what to do now — one of the dangers of playing old games and not tracking your progress. The US version is fine, but this provides some fixes if you're interested. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2744/

Magna Braban (JP, 1994): Haven't played this JRPG yet but I am sure it will be good. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/388/

Marvelous: Mouhitotsu no Takarajima (JP, 1996): Another great late-stage SNES game, also reminiscent of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I've only played through a bit of it so far, but it's pretty fun. You play as a group of 3 kids trying to protect their island from pirates, and explore the secrets on the island. It has a lot of humor and playfulness to it so far. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/2558/

Princess Minerva (JP, 1995): This game is pretty comedic and ridiculous at times, but basically gives you a party of 9 super-powerful women who are fighting to protect their kingdom. It is pretty light-hearted overall and just fun, and has an absurd amount of fan-service. Apparently it served as a prequel to an anime that came out later. Well worth checking out. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/3355/

Radical Dreamers (JP, 1996, Nusumenai Houseki): A fan-favorite fan-translation of the game that is largely a prototype/precursor of Chrono Cross (PSX). Fun, visual text-adventure game with multiple endings that follows Kid, Serge, and Magil (= Magus!) as they fight their way towards the Frozen Flame. Well worth playing at least once, and one of the first ROM hacks I'd ever heard about. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/403/

Secret of Mana (US, 1993): A fun action RPG that is pretty much universally beloved. I've had trouble getting into it myself but enjoy what I've played so far. This relocalization has bugfixes and decensoring, but I've noticed some graphical glitches that are problematic. If you're interested in checking it out... – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/4324/

Seiken Densetsu 3 (JP, 1995): This is the third game in the Seiken Densetsu series (Secret of Mana being Seiken Densetsu 2). Haven't played it yet but hear it's great. I think this was just recently finally localized in the US on the Switch, IIRC, so that might deprecate this. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/440/

Song of the Angel (JP, 1994, Tenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no Inori): I absolutely loved this JRPG gem for the SNES. It has a great story, tons to do, great music, and grinding is actually pretty fun. You can even parley with the enemies and build up that skill. It has some really nifty, unique features that I haven't really seen elsewhere. Do check it out. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/822/

Star Ocean (JP, 1996): Another great late-stage SNES game, never released Stateside until on the PSP as Star Ocean: First Departure. Really enjoying the game and it has a sci-fi vibe that is pretty cool. Great music also. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/452/

Stories of Ihatovo (JP, 1993, Ihatovo Monogatari): I can't say enough how much I love this game. Based on the stories of environmentalist, poet, and author Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933), this game is an adventure RPG set in the fictional Japanese area of Ihatovo. The area is based on Iwate Prefecture in Japan, where Miyazawa spent most of his life. The game has a really lovely, rustic, inviting atmosphere, and you really start to care about the people you meet and interact with. There are no enemies in the game, no combat, just exploration, talking, gathering information, and helping people. I absolutely loved this game and would happily play it again. After I learned about the game, I read many of Miyazawa's stories and really enjoyed them as well. Don't be thrown off by the slow pacing of the game, it is well worth playing. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/4116/

Tales of Phantasia (JP, 1995): Released just before Star Ocean, and developed by basically the same team, this is an excellent action RPG. The Tales series has a ton of games in it, apparently, but I've only played this one. Check it out. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/2335/

The Magical World of Wozz (JP, 1995, Choumahou Tairiku Wozz): One of the best RPGs, period, I've played in years. You play as three kids from Earth who were transported through a magical portal to the MAGICAL WORLD OF WOZZ. Great graphics, great music, and there is a crafting and vehicle-building system that is really fascinating. I had a great time playing through it, and was sad to reach the end. Play it!! – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/689/

Treasure of the Rudras (JP, 1996, Rudra no Hihou): This is one of Squaresoft's last RPGs for the SNES, and one of the last SNES games in general. This reminds me a lot of FFVI and some of the best Square RPGs, and has influences from Indian mythology, among others. Apocalyptic countdown to the world ending. Crazy stuff and very fun. Great soundtrack. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/669/

Treasure Hunter G (JP, 1996): Another late-stage SNES game by Square, this time a strategy RPG. I don't typically like strategy RPGs, but this one has been surprisingly playable and fun. Well worth checking out, and tons to do. – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/490/

Villgust (JP, 1992, Kouryuu Densetsu Villgust: Kieta Shoujo): Haven't played this game yet but it should be good. This is the SNES sequel to the earlier NES game (see above). – RHDN URL: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/494/

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Ya denuncié en este Blog anteriormente que un servicio ciudadano de Salud de la Junta de Andalucía permitiera que su app tuviera dentro de sí un rastreador de Google que afecta a todos los andaluces en este artículo:

https://write.privacytools.io/jal/el-horror-de-la-app-del-servicio-andaluz-de-salud-salud-responde

También comenté una forma de evitarlo, pero sé que no está al alcance de la mayoría, y seguramente de muy poca gente, en este otro artículo:

https://write.privacytools.io/jal/analizando-y-bloqueando-conexiones-con-netguard

Pues este día 22 de Agosto salió una nueva actualización y tuve la esperanza de que hubieran modificado lo que hicieron, pero no ha cambiado nada: ni en el número de permisos ni en el mismo Firebase Analytics, que muchos defienden como inofensivo pero que se suele usar para ver las estadísticas de uso de una aplicación, que como dije en ese artículo anterior es algo que no se debería hacer en la administración pública ya que Google mete las narices en ello.

Tras escanearlo con la app ClassyShark3xodus y ver que todo seguía igual, volví a subir el enlace de esta nueva actualización (como ya hice con las otras anteriores) a la web de Exodus para que quede ahí registrada, y aquí os dejo el informe:

https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/reports/91290/

Bueno, al menos que valga esto para seguir denunciando lo mismo, y que haya esperanza en que cambie algún día esta mala praxis por parte de un servicio público, y esperando que esto no se extienda a otras comunidades (si es que ya no se hace).

 
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from Computer Science and General Technology

Open-Source

I would like to discuss in detail about Firefox and Firefox forks with detail. This article will attempt to discuss about current technical involvement with these projects. Note, that not every possible aspect will be discussed here, but a great deal of information will be placed here none-the-less.

Firefox

Firefox is the open-source web browser web browser developed by Mozilla, and its many volunteers worldwide. The browser has since gone many transformations, with Quantum being the biggest change. The browser advocates to be private based browser. Although some people criticize Firefox for not being as private as they would like it, here is an explanation on why it doesn't come with any of the privacy settings configured by default.

The reason stems from usability, while first-party isolation and resist fingerprinting could be enabled by default. It could prevent a website from working at its best. Thus causing distress to the user. However many websites like PrivacytoolsIO provide resources to enable these privacy-oriented settings through about:config. While Google Safe Browsing is enabled by default. Bits of information is stripped out. Also, a list is generally downloaded to provide this capability. As stated here

From ghack's user.js:

There are NO privacy issues here. IF required, a full URL is never sent to Google, only a PART-hash of the prefix, and this is hidden with noise of other real PART-hashes. Google also swear it is anonymized and only used to flag malicious sites activity. Firefox also takes measures such as striping [sic] out identifying parameters and storing safe browsing cookies in a separate jar.

Browser studies and telemetry. While telemetry normally is used to track people. There are services that provide anonymous based telemetry that allow statistics to be gathered without violating privacy. If the user does not wish to participate in browser based experiments. They can go to about:preferences A.K.A options. Then uncheck the areas under privacy and security.

Web Extensions, are the current architecture that has replaced the previous XPCOM/XUL architecture. There was a debate on whether this was a good choice to make. There are people apposed to it, while others are for it. The reason why there was a discussion of it, originated from a security and development point of view. The old architecture suffered from extension permissions. Extensions could access the whole browser, while also accessing other extensions themselves. This posed a problem with malicious extensions. The old architecture made certain extensions prone to conflicting with a new release of Firefox. This could cause the extension, or Firefox to crash. There was also the issue with an extension that would be unable to function in the new release. A patch from the developer of the extension would be needed. In order for the extension to work. While many extensions have successfully been made compatible, there are others that aren't. This can stem from the extension is no longer under active development, trouble with making the switch, or outright deciding not to make the change. In this case, try to find a web-extension that what the previous extension did.

Currently Mozilla has been trying to create an open standard for web-extensions. Progress is slowly being made, but it hasn't been completed yet.

Waterfox

Waterfox is a Firefox fork, started by a student. The project uses the Pre-Quantum code v56. The project comes with the privacy oriented changes by default.

While Waterfox tries to be appealing to privacy respecting users. The problem lies in the security aspect of software. Waterfox doesn't include the latest Firefox code, due to the nature of keeping the old extension architecture. With two extension architectures supported at the same. There is the danger of a larger attack surface, and software bloat. The old extension architecture means running the risks of malicious extensions accessing the browser, and other extensions. While Waterfox does come with settings enabled by default, unlike Firefox. Most of the settings are able to be changed easily, with the help of online guides. Updates are also a problem. Waterfox doesn't have as many developers as Firefox. When an update arrives, the developer/s must integrate these patches into Waterfox before updating. This causes delays, that can result in a greater risk of application exploitation.

Pale Moon/Basilisk

Since both forks are from the same developer. I will join them together. Pale Moon is a browser fork that uses the Firefox ESR 38 code, while using the classic Firefox UI. Basilisk is another fork based on Firefox ESR 52. The rendering engine for both of these browsers is named Goanna.

Pale Moon aims to be another privacy respecting browser, with configurations made by default, unlike Firefox. Pale Moon also suffers from security flaws. Firefox v38 lacks many modern day capabilities, including security capabilities. One notable aspect is the lack of e10. E10 is what allows each tab process to isolate web content to prevent any leaks from happening. Without this protection, users are at risk of malicious code from accessing web content from the browser. This can cause manipulation of web content resulting in dangerous redirects, injection attacks, and more. From a security perspective, even Waterfox provides better support for modern security capabilities. Pale Moon and Basilisk also suffer from lack of developer resources. Basilisk also is able to support e10, but it was chosen not to enable it.

Tor Browser

The Tor Browser is a fork from the Tor Project. It is based on Firefox ESR v60. With plans to update to Firefox ESR v68 in the future. The browser comes configured with the ability to access the Tor Anonymity Network. Tor Browser also comes with HTTPS Everywhere and NoScript by default. The Tor Browser comes with API changes that help the Tor Browser become ambiguous. This helps protect against browser fingerprinting. A technique that advertisers, and websites can use to identify you. The Tor Browser recommends not to change any settings, to prevent you from creating privacy risks. More information can be located at the TorProject Website

The Tor Project has previously suffered from delayed patches also, but the Tor Uplift Project. Which is a collaboration with Mozilla and the Tor Project. Helps the Tor Project upstream their releases, to better keep up with the latest code.

Privacy and Security

Privacy and security go hand in hand. Security can also affect your privacy. For example encryption keeps users safe, and protects their privacy. Both need to exist in order to benefit each other. Respecting one over the other can result in an unbalanced experience, that doesn't give you the full benefit of both.

Creating a good fork

I have been considering for a while, of creating a browser fork of Firefox. One that one allow users to install with privacy oriented settings by default, or not too and let them choose to customize the settings themselves. This fork would include a standard and extended support release. Patches would come from Mozilla, and be applied by the time the patch is available. This project is called Nova. I would be glad to be head of this project and work on creating this fork.

 
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from ZSS ALDANIKON

Protokół DNS-over-HTTPS pozwala przesłać nazwę domeny wpisaną przez użytkownika na pasku adresu przeglądarki w postaci zapytania do serwera DNS, poznając w ten sposób numeryczny adres IP serwera, który hostuje konkretną stronę. Tyle, że wszystko tak samo działa nawet już teraz. Różnicą jest jednak sposób wysyłania zapytań. DoH wysyła zapytania do kompatybilnych serwerów DNS poprzez szyfrowane połączenie HTTPS poprzez port 443, zamiast otwartym tekstem na porcie 53, jak to się normalnie odbywa. W ten sposób DoH ukrywa zapytania w normalnym ruchu HTTPS, więc postronni obserwatorzy nie będą w stanie wykryć, co tak naprawdę użytkownik wyświetla w swojej przeglądarce. To jednak nie wszystko, bo drugą możliwością DNS-over-HTTPS jest działanie protokołu na poziomie aplikacji. Aplikacje mogą być dostarczane z zakodowaną wewnętrznie listą kompatybilnych z DoH resolverów DNS, gdzie będą wysyłać zapytania.

Jak go włączyć? DoH działa obecnie tylko w firefoxie.

  1. w pasku wpisujemy about:config
  2. w pasku wyszukiwania about:config wpisujemy network.trr.custom_uri
  3. Polecam nextdns jako dostawcę DNS. Wpisujemy tam https://dns.nextdns.io/ece72c
  4. teraz szukamy network.trr.mode i wpisujemy tam 3
  5. teraz szukamy network.trr.uri i wpisujemy tam https://dns.nextdns.io/ece72c
  6. teraz szukamy network.trr.bootstrapAddress i wpisujemy tam 45.90.28.0

I to tyle!

 
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from jal

Ya tenemos la versión 0.70 del programa FreeTube y tal como dije en un artículo anterior, esta vez añadió la opción Proxy de Invidious, por lo que ya no se enviaría ningún tipo de información a Google al ver los vídeos de Youtube.

Recordad que el programa, al estar hecho en Electron, está disponible para varios sistemas operativos: Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS...

https://freetube.writeas.com/freetube-release-0-7-0-beta-local-profiles-new-channel-view-invidious-proxy

https://freetubeapp.io/#download

Al arrancar el programa verás varias opciones, que son las habituales que suelen aparecer en Youtube. Pero lo importante está en las Preferencias o Settings. Así que vamos a ello.

Opciones laterales

Entramos en Settings y cambiamos algunas cosas. En primer lugar querrás importar tus suscripciones, ya sea de Youtube, de Invidious (si estabas registrado en alguna instancia y con suscripciones), de la app para Android NewPipe o de un programa anterior del mismo FreeTube. Así que vamos al menú interno de Subscription Settings.

Suscripciones

En el caso de suscripciones que tuvieras en Youtube, deberás ir dentro de Youtube al Gestor de suscripciones y al final de la página darle al botón de Exportar a OPML. Lo mismo en Invidious, una vez logueado, en las Preferencias hay una opción abajo de esta página para Importar/Exportar Datos y dentro de este apartado verás la opción Exportar suscripciones como OPML (para NewPipe y FreeTube), pinchas ahí y ya tienes tu archivo para importar a FreeTube con tus suscripciones.

En el caso de NewPipe en Android, en la pestaña de la página principal de Suscripciones verás la opción Importar/Exportar y dándole a la pestaña para abrir las opciones veremos Exportar a – Archivo, pinchamos ahí y guardamos ese archivo y luego lo importamos a FreeTube.

Por supuesto verás también una opción en FreeTube para Exportar en cualquier momento tus suscripciones que tengas en FreeTube, eligiendo el modo de hacerlo en una lista a elegir (FreeTube, NewPipe u OPML), lo que no es mala idea por lo que pueda pasar en cualquier momento. Ten en cuenta que aún el programa está en beta.

Bueno, ya con tus suscripciones importadas vamos a otros Ajustes o Preferencias.

Lo más importante es la instancia de Invidious que quieres usar, ya que algunas instancias van más rápidas que otras, tienes un listado de instancias en este artículo de mi Blog (abajo del todo):

https://write.privacytools.io/jal/youtube-sin-google

Abajo casi del todo del menu de Ajustes o Preferencias de Freetube, verás la opción Current Invidious Instance (Defaults to https://invidio.us) y una zona donde poner el enlace de la instancia que prefieras. Siempre puedes cambiarla cuando desees. Yo por ejemplo usé esta (me va rápido): https://vid.wxzm.sx

Instancia

Mi consejo es, si quieres evitar a Google por completo y que los vídeos se puedan ver bien, que en el menu de Player Settings actives la opción Proxy Videos Through Invidious. Si quieres que no guarde un historial de lo que ves desactiva la pestaña Remember History. Si quieres ver subtítulos por defecto en cada vídeo señala la opción Turn on Subtitles by Default.

En las opciones generales o General Settings a mi personalmente me gusta el modo oscuro, por lo que señalé la pestaña de Use Dark Theme.

General

También puedes elegir la resolución de los vídeos, teniendo en cuenta que algunos vídeos no pueden estar en una determinada resolución. Creo que la opción por defecto de 720p está muy bien, aunque si quieres más rapidez puedes probar eligiendo una menor resolución, o lo contrario si quieres más calidad de vídeo.

Trae también una opción Proxy por si quieres que tus conexiones vayan por Tor: Use Tor / Proxy for API calls y puedes probar si va bien (teniendo Tor conectado en tu sistema) pulsando en TEST PROXY.

Abajo del todo de los Ajustes, tienes también para limpiar tu historial, tus vídeos favoritos o tus suscripciones.

Creo que el resto de opciones son bastante sencillas y cada cual tendrá sus gustos en esto. Te animo a echar un vistazo al programa y a probarlo a fondo.

Para terminar este artículo comentar que aunque el programa está hecho en Electron, el desarrollador se defiende de esta manera, lo cual al menos para mi es comprensible:

Creo que la privacidad debería ser accesible al mayor número posible de personas, independientemente de dónde se encuentren en el espectro de la privacidad. Para lograr esto con FreeTube, esto significa que tiene que ser una plataforma cruzada. Trabajo en FreeTube en mi tiempo libre, y soy la única persona que trabaja en esto. Para este proyecto, Electron es la única solución realista para que una sola persona pueda atender al mayor número de personas posible.

Mirando la cantidad de gente que descarga FreeTube, esto me demuestra que he hecho la elección correcta. Los usuarios de Windows representan aproximadamente el 50% de todas las descargas de FreeTube. Puedo decir fácilmente que una solución nativa terminaría siendo de Linux solamente y que terminaría eliminando el soporte para la mitad de mis usuarios.

A pesar de esto, todavía es algo que quiero investigar algún día. Mi plan es poner FreeTube en un estado completo de funciones en el que sólo tenga que hacer un mantenimiento sencillo. Esto probablemente tomará un año o dos, pero cuando llegue a ese punto, entonces consideraré una reescritura en una aplicación nativa.

 
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