Author Archives: Blake Patterson

My Earliest Memories of Microcomputing — And How I Came About Them

I was lately in a twitter back-and-forth with some of my vintage computing brethren when the topic of the earliest systems each of us owned came up. My first was a TI-99/4A gifted me (I coached the parents on the … Continue reading

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Upgrading the Atari 520ST to 4MB of RAM

This one’s been a long time coming. I purchased an Atari 520ST back in late 1986. It has a particular charm and is one of the systems I most fondly remember. Shortly after I got it I ordered a system organizer / … Continue reading

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A Review of “CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer”

I love spending time sitting down and using the various vintage computer systems I’ve collected over the years, but more than that I enjoy learning new bits of history about these  systems and how they came to be. While my vintage collection … Continue reading

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The Amiga Turns 30

Thirty years ago today, on July 23, 1985, the Amiga was introduced in a star-studded gala featuring Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Warhol demonstrated the Amiga’s incredible graphics capabilities by “painting” an … Continue reading

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That Time I Ran Linux on the Desktop

I stumbled upon a discussion of GNU/Linux on the desktop on Reddit recently, with someone predicting that “next year” will be the year of Linux on the desktop (with tongue-in-cheek and as it ever was). This got me thinking about … Continue reading

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Smithsonian’s “Places of Invention” Exhibit Highlights the Rise of the Personal Computer

On the first of this month, the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. re-opened its west wing, loaded with new attractions, among them the Places of Invention exhibit. While the entire exhibit is fascinating, a particular portion of … Continue reading

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A Look at VM Labs’ NUON — A Modern Retrospective

As regular readers are aware, my own basement “Byte Cellar” is host not only to many different home computers that span the decades but to game consoles of varying vintage, as well. Among these, my most unique and treasured is without question … Continue reading

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The Man Inside the Macintosh and Amiga 1000

The original Macintosh, released in early 1984, was a groundbreaking machine built to “put a ding in the universe,” and its creators knew it. To mark the occasion, they pressed the signatures of all of the team members into the mold of … Continue reading

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April 24, 2015 — A Good Day to Stop Wearing Watches

Today might be the last day that I ever wear a watch. It occurred to me when I woke up this morning that it might be worthwhile to mark this moment in time. For as long as I can remember, I’ve … Continue reading

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Bmp2DHGR Revisited: A Slideshow Running on Real Metal

Last month I published a post about Bill Buckels’ Bmp2DHGR, a command-line utility for modern systems that converts high-color source images into Apple II graphics files supporting every graphics mode of the 128K Apple IIe and //c. The most interesting … Continue reading

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