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“Now Go Bang!” is named after a source comment in Spacewar!, the first digital video game.
It marks the very instance, when a spaceship which has been dragged into the gravitational star starts to explode. What follows, is impressionist pixel-dust floating along the ship’s former trajectory in a sparkling bloom of phosphor activation.
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'World, Fact, Case' explained.
An introduction to analytic philosophy.
Catching up on some software updates.
Expanding the catalog of questionable media for the sake of literature.
Classic PDP-1 'display hacks' emulation brought up to new standards.
The first digital video game just became 60.
Time for a summer romance.
A few new features for the 6502 online disassembler.
Presenting a new old-school video game just a few years late, totally unironically.
Another major update to the venerable “Virtual 6502” emulator – assembler – disassembler suite.
A closer look at the “illegal” opcodes and undocumented instructions of the MOS 6502 MPU.
Further improvements on the Virtual 6502 suite.
Dealing with legacy image tables and modern web standards.
Improving one of the oldest 6502 tool sets on the web.
Tales of the early days of the first digital video game.
Atari Heavy Sixer running System V.
Finally, something to agree upon.
Update: Solving the Amherst Mystery.
Yet another PDP-1 riddle, extended mode.
A story of trains, computers, and two images.
Some work for better accessibility.
A quick update on the PET 2001 online emulator
A few notes on the system update process in Apple’s Big Sur (macOS 11)
Festive architecture & optimism
Better late than never, an old-school e-card…
Another view at Minard's famous flow map.
TTS in JS, and a curious bug. Also, Safari desktop compatibility.
Proudly announcing version 1.1 of the PET 2001 online emulator.
The surprising mechanical store for exchangable fonts of the IBM card punches
Five retro computing related long reads to keep you from getting bored at home
RetroChallenge 2018/04: Writing a proper Atari VCS / 2600 game
RetroChallenge 2017/04: Computer Space for the Commodore PET 2001.
RetroChallenge 2016/10: Programming a 60 fps video game for early 1960s hardware.
Implementing a 3D dungeon crawler in MS BASIC for RetroChallenge 2016/01.
A Software Archeological Approach to the First Video Game.
Veering off of our usual topics for a bit of political economy.
Proudly announcing version 1.0 of the PET 2001 online emulator.
A closer look at the logic behind Commodore ASCII, AKA PETSCII, and the PET 2001.
Learning from history: How to keep calm while panicking and carry on with face masks
String exploits and a reasonably paced video game in just 10 lines of Commodore BASIC.
Investigations into the memory utilization of Commodore BASIC (PET 2001, VIC-20, C64)
How to thoroughly renumber Commodore BASIC programs (PET 2001, VIC-20, C64)
TTS in JS, now even better.
Affordable computing by rotating bits at 3700 rpm.
YouTube videos that have almost zero previous views.
Or, how to lift Kurt Gödel’s hat by −0.
mass:werk proudly presents: Running BASIC on a virtual PET 2001 from URL-data.
On the origin of digital video games and the complexity of classification.
Investigations into a lesser known bug in Commodore BASIC abbreviations.
A closer look at the glyphs drawn by the DEC terminals VT100 and VT220.
Images from the outer limits of numeric precision.
The Char8.js 8-bit character generator library supports the newly proposed legacy graphics range.
Reverse engineering the command and control structure of a Wordpress attack.
Yet another tech related internet cartoon.
Software archeology of an early computer animation (1960s) for the DEC PDP-1.
Recommended link: An ironic (re)mix of classic portrait art and selfie posture.
A program which ought to be remembered.
Observations on information spread and authenticity of well-known objects on the Internet.
Observations on textual strategy in infographics by the example of the "Greatest Infographic of All Times".
Tales from the realms of software archeology.
Yet another tech related internet cartoon.
Visual vacation... (link)
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