Author Archives: Blake Patterson

Wait … QuickTake ??

On Monday Apple held its September Apple Special Event at company headquarters to announce a variety of new products, among which are the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. The new models brings notable camera upgrades, and one of the related … Continue reading

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A Bit of History Regarding “Tunnels of Armageddon” for the Apple IIgs

In 1989 I wrote a letter (envelope, stamp, and all) to game publisher California Dreams asking a technical question about the game Tunnels of Armageddon for the Apple IIgs. But, they never wrote back. I was thinking back on this … Continue reading

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I Laughed Just A Little Too Hard…

Spotted on Instagram. Also: relevant. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miikka Salonen (@miisalo) on Jul 30, 2019 at 2:33pm PDT ( The artist is Jake Likes Onions. )

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Memories of a Software Rental Shop

I remember the first video my family ever rented. It was a James Bond film, Never Say Never Again. We rented it (on Beta videocassette) from the video rental counter that popped up in our local five and dime, a … Continue reading

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Computer Classifieds Dating Back Over 35 Years, Uncovered

As often happens, I got an idea for a blog post about a place of my past that readers may find interesting, and jumped online to scour the search engines for some tidbit of history I could use to prop … Continue reading

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A Baker’s Dozen for High Score Week

The subreddit r/Retrobattlestations is one of my favorite vintage computing project outlets on the net. The sub runs frequent competitions, and last week’s compo was High Score Week. During a High Score Week, members pick a game for their favorite … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Capacitor Failure

I spend a good deal of time these days on various telnet BBS that are (naturally) focused on vintage computing. As such, much of the discussion being had in the message bases is in the form of help / advice … Continue reading

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An Archive of Newsletters from My Users’ Groups Past

A computer geek all my life, in my youth I was a member of several different local computer users’ groups in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. In 1983 I joined my first, becoming a member of the Peninsula ’99ers, … Continue reading

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A Few Words from a “No Man’s Sky” Time Traveler

As those who follow me on any of my social feeds are quite aware, I enjoy the game No Man’s Sky. Actually, that’s something of an understatement. I’ve written quite a few words about the degree to which the boundless … Continue reading

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A Look at the Short-Lived 3-Inch Compact Floppy Disk

I was recently listening to the latest episode of Retro Computing Roundtable podcast during which there was mention of a 3-inch floppy disk. No, not 3.5-inch, but 3-inch. These disks are known as Compact Floppy Disks (also “CF2”) and were … Continue reading

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