Tag Archives: Old Computers

KickStarter Project of the Week (KPW)

The next project is quite technical, but as a maker, many times I have faced the problem of dealing with aged or damaged screws. Knife Edge is a modification of Phillips screwdriver that is specifically made to deal with that situation.

R-Kaid-R

Love Hultén (Facebook, Youtube, Personal Webpage) is a designer which passion for retro-style electronics drives his creativity. At the moment he is working building retro-style gameboxes (which by the way, can be bought through his webpage). Everything is limited edition!

Also, If you like R-Kaid-R, look at this Lego-Style computers.

Lego Matrix display.

Usually Mondays are for Lego models, but this one is so great that it deserves its own day.

This is how the pixels work.

It is not a playable version… but it shows the potential.

It would be great implementing it with the Lego Turing Machine.

Embed MS-DOS games.

We have mention many times the Internet Archive, and how it keeps a database of movies, music, games… specially, MS-DOS games. Well, now it seems it is possible to embed the MS-DOS games into tweets, and yes, into webpages too. So, I use this opportunity to put in one place some of the MS-DOS games I love.

Like Prince of Persia?

I was very bad with the Prince of Persia and never managed to finish it. But I was quite good with the Great Escape, and manage to escape several times (at that point I didn’t knew English at all).

I have to admit that I never played this game to the end until a couple of weeks ago. Gateway is not only a game, but the first novel of the Heechee saga (which I love), written by Frederik Pohl. The game is nice, but quite linear, and at some points it is easy to understand what to do, but in other parts there is no other way around, you need to check a walkthrough.

This one has survived the years and nowadays is still playable in most smartphones…. although, with different names. Enjoy Bust-A-move.

Obviously, any list can’t be complete without Pac-Man.

There are more games, but it will be too much for a single post, so I will finish this small list with a classic. SimCity.

Tetris Printer

Everybody who played Tetris has been annoyed by the blocks left behind when trying to win. Here it is how to use them for drawing (obviously an algorithm, not a real person).

If you want to know how it was done, here is the Tetris Printer Algorithm.

(image credit: meatfighter)
(image credit: meatfighter )