Category Archives: Just Rambling

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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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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Ray Tracing Is No New Thing

In the world of modern PC graphics hardware, all the buzz right now is about a rendering technique call ray tracing. This is mainly due to the release of Nvidia’s RTX development platform and Microsoft announcing its compatible DirectX Raytracing (DXR) … Continue reading

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A Unique Work of Art for My Office in D.C.

Just a quick post to share a recent addition to my office (full disclosure: it’s a cubicle) at my workplace in Washington D.C., a framed plotter print — artwork created by Paul Rickards. For quite a while now I’ve been … Continue reading

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To Upgrade, or Not to Upgrade, That Is the Question

The other day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, the Retro Computing Roundtable, when the host topic really struck a chord in me. In this episode, no. 148, Paul Hagstrom was hosting and his topic for discussion … Continue reading

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My January 1986 Macworld Is Missing Page 13

The reason why is a funny little story. I grabbed a few computer magazines from the 1980s off of my shelf the other day and sat down to flip through them, as one does. Shortly after opening the January 1986 … Continue reading

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Have a Helping of 8-bit Holiday Cheer! (2016 – 2011 Editions)

‘Tis the season, and that means it’s time to push out the sixth annual Byte Cellar vintage computer Holiday demo video roundup so everyone can feel that warm, fuzzy, pixellated holiday glow. With scanlines. Enjoy! I’ve been a computer geek … Continue reading

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33 Year Old Roll of Film Offers a Glimpse of My Vintage Computing Beginnings

I got my first home computer on Christmas morning in 1982. It was a TI-99/4A with 16K of RAM. In the years that followed, I moved on fairly frequently to a new system, selling the old to fund it. I … Continue reading

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