Vintage Tech - iPaq
Saturday, Feb 1 2020 11:03 | compaq, Gnome, hacking, ipaq, Linux, Microsoft, OS, PDA, PocketPC, QNX, Retro, Technology, Windows
Back when I started my graduate studies, I decided to leave the Apple Newton behind (I know, sacrilege, eh?) and get a more "modern" PDA. While my Newton did support unicode (probably the first platform to do so natively, I think), the unicode was not implemented, so typing in Greek was a pain. I had to either use Greeklish, or use the Symbol font to display contacts (which made my non-Greek
Bionic Commando xbox 360 | done
One more game from the "completed a while ago" pile that I have not written about. This one is Bionic Commando for the xbox 360, and I completed it on 5/18/19. This video game felt like a sequel to the NES version of the game (which I haven't played a ton).The game is a 3D world interpretation of what the classic bionic commando game. You use your bionic arm to attack and swing around
Love notes to Newton
Now I wish I had known about this crowdfunding campaign a while back (I don't often visit indiegogo, but I do keep an eye out on kickstarter from time to time). This is a documentary, that luckily was partially funded about one of the most awesome mobile platforms in computing history: the Apple Newton. I can't wait for this to come out :-) Love Notes to Newton (Preview) from
Overload is coming!
It took a while, but this kickstarter is almost here (to be released at the end of May). I haven't been playing the betas (even though my kickstarter pledge allows me to) to get totally immersed when it's released. It's been a while since I played a game of this sort (since Descent, actually!)
Trials of the Blood Dragon | Done
Friday, Apr 20 2018 10:42 | cartoons, Entertainment, FAIL, farcry, NES, Retro, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Recently, another game I 'completed' was Trials of the Blood Dragon. While I did get through the story of the game, I am not sure that this is one of those games that you 'complete'. When I got this game for free through xbox live 'games with gold' a number of months ago I thought that it was more of a Far Cry game, but it's basically a Trials game with Far Cry highlights. I had actually
Back to the Future: the game | Done!
Monday, Apr 16 2018 11:59 | 1980s, achievements, BackToTheFuture, Entertainment, Movies, Retro, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
I've been debating which game(s) to move onto next on the xbox now that Assassin's Creed Syndicate is (mostly) done. I realized the other day that the "free" games that we get on xbox live gold aren't really totally free. You can claim games for free when they are available, and you can enjoy them, for free, so long as you have an active xbox live gold membership. Considering that
Vintage Tech - Tapwave Zodiac
Back in 2003 the Tapwave Zodiac, a PalmOS based (entertainment?) device hit the shelves! My younger self really wanted one of these, since I didn't have (nor did I want to have, at the time) a Gameboy Advance. I was going to write something more extensive about it, but I found an LGR review the other day that gives a rundown of the device. All things considered it seems like an interesting
Original castlevania, in Unreal!
The things one finds on YouTube!Here is a play-through of a fan made remake of the original Castlevania in the Unreal Engine. Pretty interesting!
Kingsway OS - the RPG OS
OK, not really an OS, but an RPG in the style of an old GUI OS... pretty interesting!
Guess what turns 20 this year! (hint: this song)
I am conflicted about this new MacGyver. I will watch it, considering that I grew up with the original one, however this doesn't really strike me as MacGyver-y. While MacGyver worked for the "foundation" he was more or less a lone wolf. Any support he got in the field seemed incidental. There was no team involved. This trailer makes it look more Mission: Impossible, and
Vintage tech - Psion PDAs
Back for another installment of Vintage Technology! This time I thought I'd write a little bit about the Psion series of Personal Digital Assistants. Psion didn't really hit my radar until around 2001, but by that time I think that the company had already started switching directions.Original Psion 3Back in 1995(ish) I am pretty sure that I remember seeing the Psion series 3, series 3a, and
A little less retro...with the N8
Monday, Jun 6 2016 01:30 | app, Apple, iOS, iPhone, Lumia, Microsoft, N8, Nokia, Retro, Symbian, Technology, Telephony, Windows
It's been an interesting experiment using the Motorola Razr as my daily driver, however with the lack of being able to just search the internet the phone didn't really do it for me (despite the satisfying "clack" you hear when you flip it closed). I was looking on the web and I decided to buy a refurbished Nokia N8 to keep me going a bit until I find an android phone which I like.The N8 was
It's been a couple of weeks now since my Nexus 4 sort of died. It took a tumble from my bike and hit the pavement in such a way that the touch screen no longer responds to input. The rest of the phone seems to work fine, but without an ability to do input it's not all that useful. So, I pulled out the old Motorola v3xx phone (aka razr 3G) from the drawer, powered it up, and put
The other day I stumbled across an indiegogo campaign for a re-make of the Commodore 64 (along with a handheld companion). Wondering how long until we see Amiga remakes ;-)
Friday, Mar 25 2016 04:30 | Atari, Entertainment, handheld, Retro, Video, video games, VideoGames, youtube
I wonder if anyone in the 70's, when Atari came out, could have imagined this :) A pocket Atari console, in an atari cartridge no less!
I've been looking to get some "must have" Gameboy Advance games since I just got myself a refurbished unit back in the fall. When the GBA originally came out I thought that consoles were not that great of an investment, so I was more into computer gaming (the little I could have on the Mac in the days of Classic MacOS). I came across a "must play" game called Ninja Five-O which reminds
Retro-Futuristic: The Newton smartwatch
Every now and again you see some retro-inspired futuristic gadgets. I am not sure where I came across this, but here it is - the Apple Newton Watch - complete with mini stylus ;-) I wonder what the specs for this thing are...
More classic goodness, in your web browser
Well. As if running MacOS 6 in vMac on your smartwatch wasn't enough, if you are craving some classic operating systems check out PCE.js which allows you to run MacOS 6 in a web browser, as well as Windows and DOS. I wonder what my younger self would think of this if I had seen this 20 years ago... Now it's time to start emulating Amigas, IIgs, and OS/2. If you feel nostalgic for Windows
Macintosh II on Android Wear
Saturday, May 16 2015 09:10 | Android, emulation, emulator, Mac Classic, MacOS, MacOS 6, Retro, Smartwatch, Technology
I guess it was only a matter of time before some ported emulators on Android Wear. This one is a port of vMac, the Mac Classic emulator which I think runs System 6 and System 7. On a touch-screen, with touch screen controls, it's not all that great. However, if someone could figure out a way to pair a bluetooth keyboard and mouse to it... that could be something. Of course the utility
Blast from the past! Java Tools from 1997.I wasn't watching computer chronicles at that point, but I remember some of this because in 1998 I started computer science as an undergraduate and the language was Java ;-)
5th avenue frogger
Frogger, with real time traffic data. Now this is pretty cool (reminds me a bit of George in Seinfeld :-). )5th Ave Frogger from Tyler DeAngelo on Vimeo.
AOL Keywords for a new decade
Last week I was off from work. I was quite happy because I thought I would be able to go to my local baker every day and sample each and every daily specialty they had. Unfortunately they chose the same week I took off to complete renovations to their operation so no bread unless I went to the not-so-local farmers markets where they also sell their wonderful bread-seriously, their bread
Floppy drive w/ legs!
Well, this is retro!A floppy drive that grows some legs to avoid spilling liquids (that invade from the bottom - top invading liquids are still a problem) ;-)I haven't used a floppy disk or a floppy drive in close to 10 years now so I took this to be more of an art installation rather than something of actual use :-)Floppy Legs Portable Hard Drive from James Chambers on Vimeo.
Retro Ads: Commodore 128
I don't remember where I came across this ad, but I thought it was worth while to share! The ad itself is for a Commodore 128 computer released in 1985. Now I have neither owned one of these, nor have I known anyone who has, but I really love the ad. The apple with an arrow on it on top of a bowler hat is just awesome.As far as I remember the C=128 never really sold that many units. I think that