HP 9845 Games
Nov02

HP 9845 Games

An article looking at some of the computer games that were available for the HP 9845 from the 1970s into the 1980s. 9845 Games It would have been a real surprise if the at the time outstanding capabilities of the 9845 desktop series would not have inspired a complete series of computer games dedicated to those systems. Even Hewlett-Packard itself contributed a tape, the so-called Computer Games Library, for the 9845A and 9845B series...

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UK National Grid Power Status
Oct19

UK National Grid Power Status

If you ever want to see how much power is being generated by coal, nuclear, gas, and wind in the United Kingdom, or see the gigawatt demand throughout the day, and you want that information presented on retro dials and in line graphs – and, let’s face it, who doesn’t? – then the place to go is U.K. National Grid Status. The data it uses comes from a series of web services here provided by...

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Mastertronic Games
Oct06

Mastertronic Games

This link – Mastertronic Bestsellers – will show you three charts showing the top-selling Mastertronic games across all of its released formats as well as total number of releases year-on-year for the various 8-bit and 16-bit platforms. I had a Sinclair ZX Spectrum during the peak years of Mastertronic’s game releases and it’s nice to see just how popular such titles as Finders Keepers and Molecule Man –...

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British Museum Underground Station
Sep01

British Museum Underground Station

A few years old but a great read with some excellent photos documenting the admittedly illegal and dangerous exploration of the London Underground system in search of the now-closed British Museum station. British Museum Abandoned Station, London I ran off down to the Eastbound Piccadilly platform, and nervously hopped onto the platform, and looked for the signs for the Central line. I went through the platform exit, down the stairs,...

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Lunchboxes
Aug28

Lunchboxes

The always entertaining Flashbak website presents a large of collection of lunchboxes from the 1970s across two articles here and here. As a taster, here’s my favourite from the selection: I wasn’t familiar with the Doctor Dolittle story before and had never had any intention to change the state of affairs but now I know there’s a giant pink sea snail in it I might just have to keep an eye...

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Starcrash: The Greatest Movie Of All Time?
Aug12

Starcrash: The Greatest Movie Of All Time?

Well, that’s the assertion of Stephen Romano in this article from 2012: All of these disparate elements come together in a film that is at once confounding and bizarre and campy-as-hell… and classy, too. I could go on and on about all that—high art versus low art, the value of pop culture as commercial entertainment, the collision of visuals carved from hunks of pure green...

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