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Embed-able Computers are a Thing. —

This either works for you or it doesn’t. If it works, a copy of Burgertime for DOS is now in your browser, clickable from my entry. If it doesn’t… well, no Burgertime for you. (Unless you visit the page.) There’s a “share this” link in the new archive.org interface for sharing these in-browser emulations in […]

Scan, No Scan (and a Cube in the mix) —

This week has been spent sorting through the Information Cube, that insane 40x8x8 shipping container in my back yard, and packing up magazines by the thousand to go away. The reason this is happening is because of an arrangement I made last year, with the Strong Museum of Play (and is also the International Center […]

The BITSAVERS Renewal —

The Bitsavers-Internet Archive bridge continues to be a wild success. (I mentioned this whole thing with an announcement from a couple years ago.) If you’ve not been aware, there’s this amazing, amazing project undertaken by a small handful of individuals to go through stacks of computer documentation and just flat-up digitize it all. No muss, […]

The Emularity —

Last week, on the heels of the DOS emulation announcement, one of the JSMESS developers, James Baicoianu, got Windows 3.11 running in a window with Javascript. That’s impressive enough on its own right – it’s running inside the EM-DOSBOX system, since Windows 3.x was essentially a very complicated program running inside DOS. (When Windows 95 came […]

The Digital Nostalgia Heat Differential —

This post is, once again, my favorite kind of idea: a terrible one. If you’re walking into the emulation-in-a-browser-thing cold, then this big massive essay from me is not going to be of interest. And if you’ve read my stuff before, it’s going to be a bunch of stuff you probably already knew, presented to […]

That Whole Thing With Sound in In-Browser Emulation —

We’re past 4 million verified MS-DOS players on the Archive this week. So that’s something. It’s time to really lay out the floating elephanty-thing related to this whole in-browser emulation kick – sound. Sound on the in-browser emulators (be they JSMESS, EM-DOSBOX, or others) suffer from sound strangeness. In JSMESS, it works fine except when […]

The MS-DOS Showcase (And The Ascension of Version 2) —

2,400 MS-DOS games and programs have gone live on the Internet Archive. The full collection is here and the games-specific section (basically all of them, for now) is here. But wait before you click on those two links. That’s the headline, and based on the thousands of plays that this collection has already gotten, a pretty well-known […]

Each New Boot a Miracle —

This week, we got the emulation of MS-DOS programs (mostly) working on the Internet Archive. Up to now, every single emulated system has been via the JSMESS project, which supports well over 600 systems and which does a hell of a bang-up job on it. The fact that one system (MESS) emulates everything from an […]