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Back That Thing Up —

I’m going to mention two backup projects. Both have been under way for some time, but the world randomly decided the end of November 2016 was the big day, so here I am. The first is that the Internet Archive is adding another complete mirror of the Wayback machine to one of our satellite offices […]

A Simple Explanation: VLC.js —

The previous entry got the attention it needed, and the maintainers of the VLC project connected with both Emularity developers and Emscripten developers and the process has begun. The best example of where we are is this screenshot: The upshot of this is that a javascript compiled version of the VLC player now runs, spits […]

A Simple Request: VLC.js —

Almost five years ago to today, I made a simple proposal to the world: Port MAME/MESS to Javascript. That happened. I mean, it cost a dozen people hundreds of hours of their lives…. and there were tears, rage, crisis, drama, and broken hearts and feelings… but it did happen, and the elation and the world […]

The Festival Floppies —

In 2009, Josh Thomson was walking through the Timonium Hamboree and Computer Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. Among the booths of equipment, sales, and demonstrations, he found a vendor was selling an old collection of 3.5″ floppy disks for DOS and Windows. He bought it, and kept it. A few years later, he asked me if I […]

Karateka: The Alpha and the Beta —

As I enter into a new phase of doing things and how I do things, let’s start with something pleasant. As part of the work with pulling Prince of Persia source code from a collection of disks a number of years back (the lion’s share of the work done by Tony Diaz), Jordan Mechner handed […]

A Showcase for a Terrible Monitor —

Some time ago, I wrote about the amazing efforts to bring a realm of accuracy to emulation, especially arcade machine emulation. The work was (and is) amazing, but one problematic aspect was that the main components for this work in MAME were for the Windows version only, with plans to make it more cross-platform down the […]

Atari and Arcade Kickstarters To Back —

I’m going to suggest two kickstarters you might consider backing. The first is a consumer hardware thing: The folks at Dream Arcades, who I interviewed for my own documentary, have a new easy-to-use emulation station that they’re making available. As of this writing, the Kickstarter is at about 25%. It’s not for everyone – not […]

A Demoparty in a Browser —

I am a huge fan of the demoscene, and have been for many years now. If you’ve not heard of the “Demoscene” or the “Demos” within the realms of computer experience, it’s worth it, heavily, to check it all out. For decades, majestically talented programmers, artists and musicians have created top-notch experiences on a massive […]