Newsome’s Weblog

Why not upgrade to DOS 5?
September 20, 2007, 8:00 am
Filed under: Computers, Retro, Videos

With a rapping “programmer” that looks fresh from the set of an 80s porno, three quasi-Robert Palmer video singers, and two easily amused computer users – how could this commercial fail? If the person holding the mouse backwards at 2:44, singer #1 totally palming the floppy at 1:15, and the couple dancing at the end of the song, didn’t make you want to upgrade nothing would.

At 2:07 – Edi-TOR? Wasn’t he one of He-Man’s enemies?

In 1992, I upgraded my DOS 4.21 to DOS 5 and thought it was the best thing ever… good thing I never saw this commercial.


Those old Commodore “daze”
September 19, 2007, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Computers, Random Stuff, Retro, Videos

Flashback to 1986 – I’m 13 and sitting up in my room with my Commodore 64 hooked up to my 13 inch black & white television, typing in a 7 page long basic program from a computing magazine. I knew IBM “clones” existed, but I knew I had it made with my trusty C64. If you weren’t around then – OR – if you were a Commodore hater, you missed some really cool years of computing. Early Macintosh snobs were always cracking on C64 users. Yes, the Macintosh had better graphics, a mouse, a user interface, etc – BUT, the C64 world had something even better: game/program trading galore or as some would call rampant piracy. Now, I know people have always copied this and that, BUT I’ve remember C64 trade fairs where you’d leave with a shoebox full of 5.25 floppies packed full of goodies. It take weeks to go through all of it.

If I had seen this commercial back then, it would have probably driven me to IBM clones much sooner.

Heavy Metal Arcade
September 17, 2007, 10:40 pm
Filed under: Arcade, Retro

A few years back, and friend and I got into retro-game emulation and we wanted to build an arcade cabinet. We built two cabinets at the same time, and spent several weeks (working on weekends) working on them. Being huge fans of the 1981 movie “Heavy Metal”, we wanted the design to reflect the art and style of the movie. Many weeks (read dollars) later, the cabinets were finished.

Visit the Heavy Metal Arcade site.

Heavy Metal Arcade