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Retro: Top 20 Apple II games

I started my journey into the computer world with Apple II+. I do not remember how it started but I bugged my mother to buy it for me when I was in primary school. During that time personal computers are totally new to this part of the world. It is also a very expensive electronics which my family could barely afford. Nobody actually knows anything about computers. Just that it is something that will shape the future to come. Eventually my mother bought me the computer with her own savings from which I am very grateful. From then on my journey into becoming a computer nerd is dominated by playing games. I had very fond memories with my Apple II+ and I still have this thing stored in my garage somewhere. I am sure it is not working anymore but somehow I did not get around to throwing it away. I guess I am a nostalgic person deep down.

Take note also that I am ranking the games and not bundle them up as series. Like some of those with sequels, I do not want to bundle them together. For each of them are different even though some may have very similar gameplay. I wish to evaluate the games as it is and the amount of entertainment it provided me whether it is a standalone game or sequel to another great game. I also felt that by bundling the games, it is sort of unfair for the one that is truly outstanding among it’s series. It is also a bit unfair for other games without sequels as I might be comparing 3 games to 1 game.

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Anyway, here are the top 20 games that I really liked or had fond memories of. I did not get the chance to play all Apple II games therefore this list is by no means an exhaustive list of best Apple II/II+/IIc/IIe games. Also, I played them all in green monochrome screen.

Okay, let’s start the countdown from number 20 to 16.

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Battery issue in iPhone when connected to WiFi

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I have been using my iPhone 4 for more than a year already. However, only this 1 month ago, I notice my battery drops much quicker than it normally does. When I arrive in the office in the morning, my battery will be around 95%. However, by the end of the day around 6pm, it would dropped to below 40%. This is when I do not even use the phone much. Maybe one or two 1 minute calls. A little bit of SMS and some checking of the status. I normally already have a lot of the phone function turned off such as Bluetooth, 3G and Edge. It took me some time to find out that WiFi is the one causing this problem.

When I turned off WiFi, by the end of the day, I would still have around 80% of battery juice left. That is a whole lot of difference. And the thing is, this does not happen when I am at home during the weekends. I can leave my WiFi on the whole day and battery will not suck that much. Next, I leave my WiFi service running in my iPhone but do not let it connect to my office’s WiFi. Just go to settings and network then forget all the saved networks. After testing this for a few days, I notice my battery does not get sucked like before. It stays at around 80% by the end of the day. This can confirm that somehow my office’s wifi is causing the problem. My best guestimation is that some sort of malware or virus is running in my network scanning for connections and probing all ports. So when my phone is connected, it will reply with all the relevant “replies”. Thus draining the battery while doing so.

So next time when your iPhone battery juice is moving faster than it should, don’t put the blame on Apple first. Try checking to see if your WiFi network is causing it.