Getting Back to the Classics

Winzip Setup on Windows 3.11

Winzip Setup on Windows 3.11

Thomas Holbrook II | RetroX86

After a lengthy hiatus, I’m back! Thus far, I’ve started a playthrough series for Faria, a classic NES game that’s more challenging than Zelda. I am also working on another soon to be announced project.

Suffice it to say it will involve exploring operating systems of old.

It will also involve emulation and virtual machines to a certain extent as physical hardware isn’t always practical for what I intend to do. There will come a time when I utilize actual legacy components when it comes to reviewing older devices from time to time.

For now, I want to explore older software.

Work Continues On RetroX86 Studios

Some experimentation has been happening with the two webcams as seen in this trailer. Slowly but surely, progress is being made. After a number of takes, settling on an ordinary video recorded from two webcams with a USB mic occurred for the purpose of uploading to YouTube.

No fancy editing.

Just exporting to MP4 and uploading.

Things will get more sophisticated as things progress. One brick at a time.

Things Are Coming Together

Under Construction GIF

It’s been slow going, but the site will be ready soon.

It’s been a while since the last post. Things haven’t quite taken off as quickly as I had hoped. However, life intervenes at the most inopportune moments.

Moving to a new place and celebrating the holiday season interfered with progress of the RetroX86 Studio. Progress has been made over the weekend. Still, it will always be under construction as things change throughout life. Despite everything, the world won’t hold still.

That said, I am looking forward to celebrating old personal computing history with all of you.

The old adage of, “Before you know where you’re going, you’ve gotta know where you’ve been.” happens to be the overall theme of this site. The idea is to celebrate the past and appreciate just how far we’ve come. The fact that PC gaming on the go is now a thing is nothing short of miraculous, even with system specs that would appear to be minimal at first glance.

Things have gotten more complicated in the ways that our operating systems and apps function, so it’s a good feeling to appreciate the simplicity that older software provides while understanding the limitations.

All in all, the idea of doing this site had been in my mind for some time. I wanted a way to bring a smile to everyone’s face and what better way to do that than to show off some cool stuff.

–Thomas Holbrook II

Apprehended Bot!

Remember when robots were seen as the future and that we’d be served by them? Many of us thought that we’d see scenarios similar to the Jetson’s.

Still, the future may have already passed us, as seen in this episode of LGR Tech Tales:

Yes, a robot was apprehended by police years ago!

  • It just goes to show how the past looks more futuristic than the future does today.

New Dogs and Old Tricks

There are stories out there about Windows XP being obsolete, and developers are moving on. However, did you know that DOS programs are still being made to this day? One example is a game, Planet X3, by The 8 Bit Guy, a YouTuber who does videos about old computer systems and electronics.

It’s amazing what a simple text editor, compiler, emulator, and creativity can accomplish. Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, he has been able keep working on the game with the hope of being finished by the end of this year.

Greetings and Salutations

I want to welcome you to the first of many posts to the site that celebrates the legacy of personal computers. Many of us have fond memories of the first computer we’ve ever owned, even if it didn’t have an x86 processor. Old versions of DOS and Windows along with old games had our undivided attention.

Ah, the “good old days.”

The legacy of the PC brought us many communities and gatherings in forums, chat rooms, and even LAN parties! There was so much weirdness and awesomeness back then.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to updating you on news related to retro-computing.