Author Archives: Blake Patterson

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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Today My “No Man’s Sky” Journey Reaches the Two-Year Mark

Two years ago I downloaded No Man’s Sky on the Playstation 4 and inserted myself into its infinite universe for the very first time. August 9, 2016 was launch day for Hello Games‘ space exploration survival game and the start … 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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Brief Encounters of the Home Computing Kind

Back in the “home computer” days, I was something of a serial platform jumper; the list of systems I’ve owned is long. I would have a certain system and be happily using it and then become intrigued by a different … Continue reading

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Quickie: A Little PETSCII BBS Fun on a Saturday Morning

Just quickie here. I thought I’d take the Amiga 1000 out for a spin on a few Commodore 64 / PETSCII bulletin board systems this weekend. Thanks to @AmigaL0ve for providing links to two Amiga terminal programs that are up … Continue reading

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Remembering an Atari Computer Lab in Hampton, Virginia

Recently, I’ve been playing with Atari 8-bit computers for the first time ever, really. I purchased a bundle including an 800XL and 130XE through eBay back in 2002 but I never really did anything with them. What with the recent … Continue reading

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BBSing on a Virtual NeXT Cube, Thanks to “Previous 2.0”

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately spending time BBSing with many of my vintage systems. One of the systems in my collection that I have not yet used to login is my NeXTstation Turbo Color slab. Its a … Continue reading

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Modern-Day BBSing on the Epson PX-8 CP/M Laptop, Circa 1984

Regular readers and those who follow me on twitter have seen me talking a lot about my new hobby: spending time online logged in to telnet Bulletin Board Systems or BBSs around the net. Here on the blog I recently … Continue reading

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A Planetary Anachronism: “No Man’s Sky” Beautifully Rendered on the Amiga 1000

It should be evident to anyone viewing this website that I have a bit of a vintage computer obsession. And regular readers who’ve been paying attention over the past year and a half or so likely know that my other … Continue reading

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Highlighting My Bedside Apple //c for “Wedge Week” at r/RetroBattlestations

This week was “Wedge Week” at r/RetroBattlestations and I chose to focus on my Apple //c which I recently moved to a bedside configuration for leisurely retrocomputing BBS and IRC usage. This //c has lived in two D.C. offices and … Continue reading

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