Author Archives: Blake Patterson

The Apple //c Makes It to the Office…Again

After three years of working for myself at home, I’ve returned to the world of enterprise web development. I’m back in an office these days (starting this past December, actually), working as the Senior Front End Developer for the NCTA … Continue reading

Posted in Apple II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It Was More Fun When Stores Had Arcade Games

I don’t mean arcades, I’m talking about retail stores like grocery stores, drug stores, 7-11 and other mini-marts. Yea, back in the ’80s they basically all hosted a couple of arcade cabinets. As a kid being dragged around from store … Continue reading

Posted in Gaming, Just Rambling | 9 Comments

Apple Shows Its True Colors in Recent Mac Video

Upon returning to Apple in 1997, Steve Jobs set forth to pull the company back from the brink and turn it into the most influential company in the world. And in the course of his 14 year (second) reign, he … Continue reading

Posted in Apple II, Macintosh | 5 Comments

NeXTstation Turbo Color Battery Swap

I recently rearranged the computer room a bit to bring the NeXTstation Turbo Color (which I picked up from a refurb outfit in Frederick, MD back in 2000) to the fore, having spent a good bit of time with NEXTSTEP … Continue reading

Posted in NeXT | 1 Comment

Susan Kare’s EG 2014 Talk – I Spy Something Familiar…

The other day I was listening to my favorite podcast, RetroMacCast, during lunch at my office desk (which is my routine) when John & John made me aware of a 20-minute presentation given at EG 2014 by legendary digital artist … Continue reading

Posted in Just Rambling, Macintosh, NeXT | 1 Comment

Magazine BASIC: “Hacker’s Rap” Circa 1984

The other night I was flipping through my boxes of Apple II floppy disks looking for the driver software for my Apple //c’s Cricket! soundbox (that story’s coming soon, I promise) when a certain floppy caught my eye. It was … Continue reading

Posted in Apple II | 1 Comment

Hey Look, It’s ‘Flappy Bird’ for the TI-99/4A!

You’ve probably heard of the game Flappy Bird, which has had a controversial life in the iOS App Store. Well, here it is ported to the TI-99/4A, my very first computer. (Pardon the video quality; I had a camera in … Continue reading

Posted in TI-99 | 1 Comment

The Lisa 2 Took to the Stage For “Motorola 68000 Week”

The latest contest over at /r/RetroBattlestations was “Motorola 68000 Week.” To participate, contestants had to post a photo or video to the subreddit of a Motorola 680×0-based machine with a short greeting displayed onscreen (or written on paper and taped … Continue reading

Posted in Lisa | Leave a comment

MacDouble D-D: Two Internal Floppies for the Original Macintosh

I was just flipping through an A+ magazine (looking for a particular Apple ad that I recall) when I stumbled across a writeup detailing an unusual aftermarket modification to the original Macintosh. I recall, upon first seeing the article and … Continue reading

Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

A Song for Steve Jobs: “Vision in Black” by Nathan J. and The NeXTsteps

At the risk of making this seem like the Blog of Amusing Computing Promos of Yesteryear, what with my recent posts, I wanted to share something I ran across the other day. That crazy HP Series 700 promo video I … Continue reading

Posted in NeXT | 3 Comments