Author Archives: Blake Patterson

I’m Playing With a Philips Velo 1 H/PC Again

Quick and dirty post, here. The first Windows CE device I owned was the Philips Velo 1 H/PC. It’s a clamshell mobile powered by a 36.86MHz MIPS R4000-based Philips SOC (what they called a “Two Chip Pic”) that I owned … Continue reading

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WHDLoad: The Amiga’s Secret Weapon

I’ve been in the retrocomputing scene for about 15 years now and in that time I’ve seen the interest in the pursuit grow more and more. This is in large part due to the evolving technology that has brought devices … Continue reading

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Have a Helping of 8-bit Holiday Cheer! (2015 Edition)

‘Tis the season! And that means it’s time for the fifth annual retro computer Holiday demo / music / game collection to help get you into the spirit of the season! I’ve been a computer guy for a long time … Continue reading

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Holiday Music Week III at r/Retrobattlestations

Once again the season is upon us, and that means it’s Holiday Music Week over at /r/Retrobattlestations. Holiday Music Week III, to be precise. While I fired up the Apple IIgs for a previous HMW, this year I’ve put the … Continue reading

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On Being Featured in Retro Gamer’s “Collector’s Corner”

The bookshelves down in my basement computer room hold hundreds of computer magazines primarily ranging from the late ’70s through the mid ’90s. Taken together, they more or less completely chronicle the “home computer” era; they detail the technology of the … Continue reading

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We See Farther: A Tribute to the EA that Once Was

Some of my most treasured items in the basement computer room or “The Byte Cellar” (cue my daughter rolling her eyes) are on the wall. The room is full of system setups from the ’80s and ’90s, and I love … Continue reading

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1997 Wonders: Is There a Future in the ARM SoC?

This morning I reached over and pulled a random issue of Pen Computing magazine off the shelf to use as a backdrop in a photo I wanted to take. After getting the shot, I scanned the cover and noticed the … Continue reading

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An Apple IIgs / FTA Apple Watch Face

I have an Apple Watch and I’ve been liking it, but it became a good bit more interesting when watchOS 2 landed a few weeks back. The updated OS brought many improvements, among them the ability to set one of … Continue reading

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Recalling My First CD Player, Stereo System

The other day I got into a “what was the first CD you ever owned?” discussion on Twitter. My first was Songs from the Big Chair by Tears for Fears. I purchased the CD in 1985, a few months before … Continue reading

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The Mockingboard Sings a Few New Songs

I remember feeling that one of the coolest things about my Apple IIe setup back in 1986 was the 6-voice sound card with which I outfitted it. The Apple II line (aside from the IIGS with it’s superb Ensoniq DOC … Continue reading

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