Category: Retrocomputing

  • Guru Meditation

    I spent several hours today in silent meditation, although I haven’t been able to clear my mind for even the span of a single breath. On the plus side, I discovered that I’m able to sit cross-legged with a straight posture for extended periods of time. The original Amiga OS had a unique crash screen […]

  • More RISC OS Fun

    I’m feeling good about my progress on upgrading the RISC OS SMB file sharing client to support SMB2 and to fix the bugs I’ve found in SMB1, so I emailed RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) tonight to tell them about my intention to claim the “More recent LanManFS protocols” bounty. I told them that I’m […]

  • Building a RISC OS ROM

    As I explained in a previous post, the SMB file sharing protocol originally created by IBM and popularized by Microsoft Windows is now an industry standard, including the SMB 2 and 3 extensions released with Windows Vista and later versions. Over the past few years, support for the original SMB 1 protocol has been removed […]

  • Windows File Sharing

    Upgrading the SMB file and printer sharing client for RISC OS to support the newer SMB 2.x protocol is a real flashback to the 1990s, but not in a way that makes me nostalgic. My first task is to remove the ancient support for NetBIOS Frames (NBF), more commonly called “NetBEUI”, and add support for […]

  • Low-Level RISC OS

    Ok, enough blah blah spirituality, yada yada enlightenment, let’s talk about retrocomputing for a post or two. Let’s call this hobby “Legacy System: the home game”. Today I stumbled upon a copy of RUN Magazine from Oct 1986 that I’d bought as a 9-year-old kid, shortly after I got my Commodore Plus/4 as a Christmas […]

  • Can You Write 8-bit Code?

    Have you ever tried to write software for a 6502 or other 8-bit processor? I tried so many times, since I was a child, to write anything of significance, and it is just so tedious. Nowadays, I’m curious the sort of psychology of someone who wants to go all the way back to the 8-bit […]

  • What About RISC OS?

    One more OS that I feel compelled to write about today: RISC OS. I’ve been feeling a compulsion to take the time to write a lot of posts: so that first-time visitors to my site will have material to read, but also because I’ve realized that I wasted so much time posting my half-baked thoughts […]

  • Fun Facts About AROS

    Before I got sidetracked by writing dozens of posts about the things I’d been posting to Twitter before I deleted my Twitter account because of Elon Musk, I was really excited about my plan to port AROS, the open-source clone of AmigaOS, to run on QEMU’s Mac Quadra 800 emulation, as a stepping-stone to running […]

  • Too Many Hobby Projects on GitHub

    I started this blog mostly to rant about how cryptocurrency is a scam and a fraud. I think I can now safely bask in the correctness of everything I’ve written on that subject. “Crypto” was and is entirely a scam and a fraud, and more people are waking up to the scope and scale of […]

  • KaiOS Apps!

    As I mentioned briefly, some posts ago, I gave up on working on VR for Meta as a contractor, not because of anything they were doing wrong, but because I completely lost interest in what Meta is doing and in the potential right now for their flavor of VR. I think I don’t need to […]