Author Archives: Blake Patterson

Getting Spooky with the Apple IIe for October

October was Spooky Month over at r/Retrobattlestations. The contest required submitting a photo of a vintage machine playing a Halloween or “spooky” video game. As you can see, I fired up Polarware’s text/graphic adventure Transylvania — one of my favorites … Continue reading

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My Skylake Gaming PC Build [Updated]

A month ago I shared my feelings about Hello Games’ space exploration game No Man’s Sky. (Spoiler: I loved it — and still do, about 150 hours in.) In the post I mentioned that parts were in the mail for … Continue reading

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A Few Words About the Best Game I’ve Ever Played: No Man’s Sky [Updated]

[ I want to note that this post was written prior to the major Foundation 1.1 update released by Hello Games in November 2016 ] This is one of my very occasional Byte Cellar posts not pertaining to vintage computing, … Continue reading

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A Little App Called ‘FlyLab’ Running on My NeXTstation

Last week was Back To School Week at r/Retrobattlestations. The challenge was to photograph your vintage computer running an educational program of some sort. For this one, a rather obscure little app that I ran across when first loading up … Continue reading

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Computer Printout Photo Album from 1986

I got such a positive reaction from my last post about the 33 year old recovered photos of my first home computer setup that I became motivated to finally get a photo album I had spoken of in an earlier … Continue reading

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33 Year Old Roll of Film Offers a Glimpse of My Vintage Computing Beginnings

I got my first home computer on Christmas morning in 1982. It was a TI-99/4A with 16K of RAM. In the years that followed, I moved on fairly frequently to a new system, selling the old to fund it. I … Continue reading

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Showing Off the Atari SC1224 for “CRT Week” at r/Retrobattlestations

Earlier this month it was CRT Week at r/Retrobattlestations. There are many CRTs in my vintage computer collection, but for this contest I focused on the one that has the sharpest display of any 15kHz RGB monitor I’ve ever seen, … Continue reading

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Gearing Up For Proper BBSing With the Raspberry Pi

A few recent retro challenges I’ve undertaken had me wanting to spend a bit more time logged in to BBS’s strewn here and there about the web. I’ve spent an enormous amount of time on BBS’s over the years, nearly all of it long ago … Continue reading

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A Look Back at Three Decades of Word Processors

A few days ago I was running through twitter when I saw Peter Cohen (@flargh) link to a blog post he had written about distraction free writing and the focused simplicity of a 30 year old word processor. Reading the … Continue reading

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Remembering the Opening of the First Apple Store, 15 Years Later

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the opening of the first Apple retail stores, one at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia and one at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. Together the stores saw nearly 8,000 people and $600,000 in … Continue reading

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