Category Archives: Computers

Robotman’s Cheap Classic Computer Calendar 2019

It’s that time of year again!  Time to chuck out the old bent-up, scratched & damaged year and replace it with a brand new, shiny year – replete with that impressive, plasticky smell of polyvinyl chloride, assorted benzenes and aldehydes! And what better way to commemorate the turning of the calendar than with a calendar […]

I got a new computer!

I’m not immune to that irrational surge of emotion one gets when receiving a new toy.  And in my case, I get most excited about computer hardware – surprise, surprise. My windows XP gaming computer handled all my favourite late ’90s and early ’00s games like Age of Empires, Lords of the Realm II, Civilization […]

10 years of Linux

Hooray!  Oh no! Yes folks, here in Canada, July 1 marks a momentous day.  And that day is the 10-year anniversary of the day I decided to ditch Microsoft Windows and switch to Linux.¹ It was July1, 2007 when I made the switch, and I remember being excited about partitioning the hard drive on my […]

Adios my 64, my Commodore 64

Does anyone remember those replica Commodore 64 computers?  I bought one when they came out six years ago, and I had been using it as my main “Internet” computer ever since.  It had served me well over the years, and had looked very cool on my desk, I must say.  I had also customized the […]

Emulator snobs

I’ve been wanting to make this rant for a while now, but after reading this thread on reddit (archive here), I feel that now is the right time to do it. Lately I’ve noticed  that there are some people in the “emulation community” who are just assholes.  They get mad over the stupidest shit – […]

Mednafen: Still garbage after all these years

Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) have been around since the early 1970s.  They are not a new idea.  A well-thought out and proper-functioning GUI is essential to modern computer use. Think how frustrating it would be if your phone or tablet didn’t have a GUI, and you had to issue a memorized list of arcane commands […]

Robotman’s Cheap Classic Computer Calendar 2016

In the spirit of (literally) marking time and celebrating 8-bit computers of times gone by, I’ve made a calendar commemorating some of the pioneering home computers from the late 70s and early 80s.  The computers featured are: January: Apple II February: TRS-80 March: Atari 800 April: Commodore VIC-20 May: Texas Instruments TI-99/4A June: ZX Spectrum […]

Unlocking the Mysteries of Sega Saturn Emulation

The Sega Saturn.  It’s like a planetary system.  It’s like an atom.  Complex, yet ordered.  Dual CPUs and six other processors make it like a binary star system with six planets, or some mysterious element with a proton and neutron and six electrons. Nah, it’s actually a really fun console to own and play.  I’m […]

Fixin’ ta fix my controller

I really like my Saitek controllers. Not as much as I like my Logitech Dual Action controllers, but the Saitek controllers are what I use for my Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, 32X and TurboGrafx-16 emulators.  They’re decently built and feel comfortable in my large hands. So I was rather peeved when my oldest […]

SG-1000, Master System, and Game Gear emulation

Before Sega turned into the pathetic quarter-profits-chasing caricature of its former self that it is now, they were amassing quite a collection of games for their own video game systems.  This was back in the 80s and 90s, of course, decades ago. For years I’ve been using a program called MEKA to emulate the SG-1000, […]

A better way to emulate the TurboGrafx-CD

For a while now, I’ve been enjoying some of the rare video games that came out for the TurboGrafx-CD.  It was an add-on that came out for NEC’s TurboGrafx-16 console, and was the first CD-based way to play video games.  I talked about it here, exactly a year ago as luck would have it.  The […]

Hooray for old hardware

My current hobby of playing decades old console video games through emulation is contingent upon some rather old PCs continuing to work as if they were new.  When I think about how my newest and main emulation PC is seven years old now, and how its backup is eleven years old, I realize that things […]

A review of PlayStation emulators

Emulation can get a bad rap sometimes.  I think that mainly comes from people who don’t really understand what they’re talking about.  I also think it comes from people who are just opposed to the very concept of emulating a video game outside the original hardware for which it was intended. Since I discovered the […]

Quizicality 03 – Apple ][

Though the hardware was released a few months before the venerable Atari 2600, the Apple II computer was capable of a few more tricks than that console.  I chalk this up mainly to the fact that it’s a computer with a keyboard and the fact that it’s hardware was expandable.  The graphics are nowhere near […]

Quizicality

It’s time for another batch of video game reviews here on Robotman’s blog.  This time, I’ll be focusing on the exciting, engrossing and exhilarating world of quiz games.  Hang on to the edge of your seat, because nothing gets the blood pumping like a round of 20 Questions played on your old 8-bit computer, am […]

Video Carnage 36 – The Checkered Flag

My Video Carnage reviews have all wrapped up, and I’ve done the circuit from console to console, all the way from the lowly Odyssey to the Xbox.  I’ve stopped in with some computers along the way to check out the driving there,and all told, I reviewed 99 games for 33 systems.  Now it’s time to […]

Firefox – Australis and add-ons and themes

Oh my! I use Firefox for all of my browsing needs.  This is because Mozilla is one of the few entities left who are actually still striving and working to keep things on the Internet open and free as opposed to closed and restricted.  I also really like the browser itself because of the sheer […]

Windows XP – End of Life

It’s the operating system that won’t die! And even though I primarily use Xubuntu and other Linux-based operating systems for my PCs, I still use Windows XP.  I also use Windows 98, but that’s another blog post. My use of Windows XP is restricted to a virtual machine here on this main computer of mine.  […]

Video Carnage 16 – Amiga

Even though the Amiga first came out in 1985, the games I’ll be looking at today were all from the 1990s.  The Amiga was already ahead of its time, but now we’ll be looking into the future for one stop on our journey through console and computer hardware. If this unsettles you, don’t worry.  Our […]

Video Carnage 13 – Commodore 16 & Plus/4

As I skip along my merry, chronological way through consoles and computers passed in these reviews, I sometimes feel like I’m taking a step back or two.  When I played that stinking Vectrex racing game, I could have sworn it was belched forth from the bowels of the 1970s.  This happened when I did the […]

Video Carnage 11 – Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 computer had dozens of racing games, and they ranged widely in quality.  I played a fair amount of these as I was growing up, and only a handful of the ones I remember really stand out as great games. Motor Mania (1982) Ah, the joys of loading games from cassette!  Who wouldn’t […]

Video Carnage 10 – Atari 5200

Recently, I rediscovered the Atari 5200, thanks to an emulator that fixed the console’s horribly flawed non-centering joysticks.  Being released shortly before the 1983 industry crash, this system had a short life, so there weren’t many games released for it.  Only one racing game was released, and it is a port of an ultra-popular arcade […]

Video Carnage 04 – Apple ][

Another 8-bit machine from the 1970s – the Apple II – had its share of driving games.  Prepare not to be blown away by amazing displays of graphics and sound. You know, if I could stretch the boundaries of what I consider to be a racing game by wide enough margins, I could call “The […]

Video Carnage!

If you are a fan of video games like I am, then you may have played a racing game or two.  I love playing racing and driving games, whether they are competitive in nature or just simulations. If you read any of my Golfyssey posts where I reviewed golf video games, then you might have […]

Lusting after computer hardware

This post may not be quite about what you think it’s about. In my “Reassessing the Atari 5200” post below, I talked about how shocked I was to learn that Atari had developed the internals for that console five years before they had released it.  It appeared as though Atari sat on this technology for […]

Golfyssey 27 – Robotman’s Front 9

Over the past three weeks, I’ve reviewed a total of 60 golf video games for 24 different systems.  This Golfyssey has taken me all the way from the lowly Atari 2600 to the PC and beyond.  I’ve played terrible games that barely resemble golf and only serve to frustrate, to realistic simulations that are so […]

Golfyssey 23 – PC

Ah, the PC.  There’s a good chance that you’re reading this blog on a personal computer right now.  The PC is ubiquitous for home use and work today, but it started as just another variant of the home computer back in the early 1980s.  The IBM PC saw immediate success in the business world, and […]

Golfyssey 11 – Amiga

The Commodore Amiga.  The Amiga came out of nowhere in the mid 1980s and proved to be the most capable and fully powered multimedia machine of its time.  Hell, it was the only multimedia computer you could buy unless you were a Hollywood studio, and it was the first home computer with an OS that […]

Golfyssey 08 – Commodore 16 & Plus/4

Remember when I said that Commodore took a lead in the home computer market and turned it into bankruptcy in a rather short time?  1984.  Exhibit A in this “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” strategy is The Commodore 16. Also the Commodore 116: And the Commodore Plus/4: Confused?  Commodore sure was.  The original […]

Golfyssey 06 – Commodore 64

I adore my 64, my Commodore 64. Considering how I use (and am typing this on) a replica Commodore 64… and how both my Linux desktop and the virtual Windows XP desktop I run inside it are themed to have a Commodore/Amiga look… You could say I’m a fanboy.  And as you might have guessed, […]

Golfyssey 04 – Apple ][

Ah, the Apple II.  That good old beast of a computer built by Steve Wozniak when Apple was just a wee company.  I never owned one of these, but my elementary school had about a dozen of them back in the early 80s.  From them, I learned the joys of waiting your turn, “no, we […]

The Golfyssey

It has been said before that a video game console is only as good as its most prominent golf game.  Actually, you know what… nobody has ever said that.  Seriously, google it.  No results.  Same with Golfyssey.  No results. Well, let’s play fast and loose with the facts then, shall we? None other than the […]

Amiga cursors for Linux and Windows

Just what you’ve always wanted!  Now you can re-live the glory days of the late 80s when the Commodore Amiga computer was the most advanced multimedia computer you could get without buying a special effects workstation. Since I use a replica Commodore 64, and since I have the interface themed to look as Commodore/Amiga-like as […]

A tale of epic backup and defrag

What am I doing up at 4am? I was all done sleeping, I guess.  And what better time to regale you with tales of shit which you care not the least!  Like the subject of these two partial screenshots I took back in January that I thought were remarkable at the time. The top image […]

Slacker Puppy

One of my hobbies, I guess, is extending the usable lifespan of my first PC.  This is a vintage 1998 Hewlett Packard Pavilion 8260 with maxed out RAM (384MB) and a Pentium II clocked at 266 MHz.  It has run Windows 98 for most of its existence, and over the last half dozen years or […]

Terminal fun

W00T!  Okay, not actually fun, and not terminal as in deathly. I’m talking about the Terminal Emulator that comes with every Linux distribution.  It’s similar to the Command Prompt, for all those Windows users who have seen that.  As much as I prefer to never use it, sometimes I do.  It appears every time I […]

File this under “Autocorrect Disaster”

I’m not much of a fan of silent autocorrect.  That is to say, I like spellcheck and all, but I don’t like the silent and automatic bullshit that has crept into word processors and other software over the years because most people are either too lazy or too stupid to use the tools on their […]

… or I’ll do to you what I did to Internet Explorer!

I imagine some suit at Microsoft sneering this line after emasculating poor Microsoft Security Essentials for Christmas laughs late last year. This info is a little old now, but since I’m on a “write about Microsoft products” kick on this here crappy blog, I thought I’d mention it anyway. According to a computer lab filled […]

Recycling bad ideas

Have I made fun of Microsoft Bob before on this blog?  I don’t believe I have.  Well, if you’ve ever heard about MS Bob before, you probably didn’t hear anything good. Read that link above to find out what the fuck was going on.  To this day, I don’t think anyone really knows why the […]

Pharaoh and the Pirate

I’ve been having a delightful time playing old PC video games on my Windows 98 laptop.  As described below, it’s a fairly new cheap laptop that runs Lubuntu as its OS and runs Windows 98 in Virtualbox. So I decided to fill up the massive 10GB hard drive I gave it in VB by installing […]

Y2K Compliant Desktop Publishing on the Information Super-Highway!

With Microsoft Works 4.5 for Windows 95!

The Joy of Windows 98 SE (part 2)

Since I run my shiny new (old) Windows 98 installation inside VirtualBox, there are some things that just don’t work.  Like I mentioned below, Midi is one of them. But a lot of DOS functionality seems to be broken too.  I’ve noticed that whenever a DOS window opens, my screen goes black and all I […]

The Joy of Windows 98 SE (part 1)

Okay, I’m 15 years late in celebrating this operating system.  And I think I can only celebrate anything Microsoft or Windows at all because it fills a particular niche for me. This is odd for me to like Windows 98 so much, because it was Windows 95 and Windows 98 that taught me to hate […]

My current favourite OS

I like to try out different operating systems.  This is mainly because I am a geek.  I like to see what some group of developers has done with a kernel and a desktop environment and a software ecosystem. Linux is a good example of this.  I should actually say GNU-Linux.  Technically (those of you who […]

Bodhi Linux

I’ve recently been playing around with a new-ish distro called Bodhi Linux.  It’s a light-weight distro, and since I’m a cheap bastard who likes to spend not much money on underpowered hardware, I like to get the most I can out of my OS. That’s why I use primarily Xubuntu and Lubuntu, and even Puppy […]

My Puppy

Oh how cute, Robotman’s going to bore the fuck out of you by talking about Linux again! Yes, This is a story about a Linux distribution called “Puppy Linux“.    I’m not much of a 1337 H4XXØR when it comes to Linux, so I pretty much stick to distros that I can install and use with […]

Song of the Day – “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest

Go ahead and listen to this song right now. Watch the video if you want.  That Rob Halford is one entertaining dude.  My favourite singer, by the way.  He even edges out Dan McCafferty for that honour. But I digest digress. I’m not even going to pretend that this post is about that song you’re […]

Oy Mint!

Well, I tried to give Linux Mint another try.  This time I tried Linux Mint 13 with Cinnamon, 32 Bit.  And I tried it on a computer that I’ve never tried to install Mint on before. The live DVD wouldn’t even boot. So as not to make the downloading and burning of that ISO a […]

To the FUTURE!!!

Cue scientifical music. That’s better. This post is the first post written on my “writing laptop” since I dun reformatted the hard drive since I dun got me a rootkit on it.  See below for the horrid, treacherous details of that.  Sordid?  Yeah, add sordid to that list of adjectives too. Am I making any […]

Oh, Mint

I really tried to like you, Mint.  I really like your philosophy, and the fact that you’re moving away from the clone-Apple™ policies of Ubuntu.  So I was disappointed when I first tried installing you back in 2008.  The “Fluxbox” version I booted with a Live CD on my laptop looked so damn seductive, and […]