Who’s Afraid of Visual Basic?

“Kim Korkar Bilgisayardan? – Visual Basic” (“Who’s Afraid of Computers? – Visual Basic”) is a computer language programming book that I have written for students and amateur programmers. It was published in February 1997 by Pusula Yayıncılık, as an introduction to Microsoft’s then-popular rapid application development tool; Visual Basic 4.0.

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“Paradise Lost” found!

“Paradise Lost” is the first commercial Amiga game designed and developed in Turkey. It was proudly produced by Ahmet Ergen and me, and released on 4 floppy disks in December 1991.

Although it was a phenomenal technical achievement in terms of setting the bar for game development in Turkey by the early 1990s, it was a commercial failure. Thanks to problematic distribution channel and no media support, only a few hundred copies were sold. And, as far as I know, none of them have survived. It is a game that is no longer known to exist in any private collections or public archives. Long lost and forgotten, until now!

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Annual Springtime Gathering 2013

Yet another Springtime Gathering…

12 hours of non-stop chat about iOS app development, retro computers, cult TV series, tips & tricks for home electronics, DIY plumbing (!!!), tube amplifiers, studio acoustics, video games, and even more video games… – not worth mentioning aching jaws!

We knew that we had to skip the late-night show and go home, when the wives stopped calling and gave up sending SMS messages 😉

Thank you, gentlemen!

(From left to right) - matahari, Alcofribas, Akermen
(From left to right) – matahari, Alcofribas, Akermen

256 byte Overscan MEGATEXT Intro

Welcome back to 8-bit days 🙂

The day Alcofribas kindly invited me to the 10th anniversary of 7DX Demo Party, I knew that I had to do something special for this event. Hosting Turkish demosceners for 10 years via enormous amount of hard work and very limited resources, certainly deserves support!

Since there has never been an official Amstrad release before at demo parties in Turkey, I decided to go back to my roots -early 80s- where I used to do a lot of 8-bit assembly language coding. I thought, writing a simple Amstrad intro in 256 bytes would be great. – (Yep, size does matter!)

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Meeting @ 7DX Demo Party 2011

What a fantastic day we had at the 7DX Demo Party 2011 on December 24, 2011. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the party, meeting sceners, watching/releasing demos, snacking, chatting, and even gossipping… The breakfast at the Bosphorus was the jewel in the crown of the event. Thanks for everything!

(From left to right) - Modelist, Alcofribas, Akermen, matahari, retromaster, Adamın Biri, Shax
(From left to right) – Modelist, Alcofribas, Akermen, matahari, retromaster, Adamın Biri, Shax

Oh, by the way, don’t forget to check my 256 byte Amstrad intro that I released at the party 😉

“Far Beyond The Endless” remix released

Moist is electronica producer, artist, songwriter & remixer David Elfström Lilja from Söderhamn, Sweden.

As a remixer Moist has made a bunch of remixes for artists like Pet Shop Boys, Butterfly Boucher, Red Snapper, Erasure, Agnes, Sophie Rimheden, Håkan Lidbo, Tomas Andersson Wij and many more.

This time, he is not remixing, but gets remixed! – Today, Moist is releasing “Far Beyond The Endless” 6-track digital single, including my remix on the last track!

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An encounter with Darth Vader!

Yes, it is my destiny 🙂

Finally, meeting Mr. Dave Prowse (aka Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy) at D&R Astoria, Istanbul.

Mr. Dave Prowse and his humble servant!
Mr. Dave Prowse and his humble servant!

Due to release of official Darth Vader comic series, he is invited to Istanbul by a local publisher. It was announced a few months ago, and I was waiting for him since then…Certainly worth the wait! Such a kind man, and a true English gentleman with a big warm heart. He is an authentic Jedi knight, actually!  –  “At your service, my Lord!”

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Heaven on Earth

Atatürk Arboretum, a living heritage tree museum, is located south east of the Belgrade Forest in Istanbul. Covering 345 hectares area, it is Heaven on Earth displaying not only its local flora, but also many elected trees and plants brought from all over the world. Resembling a laboratory, the arboretum serves as a source to many researches.

Today, we had the privilege of visiting Atatürk Arboretum! Special thanks and greetings to Ico & Ümit for making this special day a wonderful one 🙂

Lo and behold! Here comes the knights of Sherwood...
Lo and behold! Here comes the knights of Sherwood…

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