The awesome people at Internet Archive have released a huge collection featuring thousands of emulated games, demos and applications from the Commodore Amiga home computer, running in the browser through the magic of emulation.

I’d still recommend a good emulator, like FS-UAE or WinUAE, to actually run these games without a lot of stuttering sound and hangs, as the in-browser emulation is not exactly optimal, but at least it works to showcase the vast number of great software that ran on the Amiga.

Amiga Juggler demo

Amiga Juggler demo

Link: Software Library: Amiga : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is always a source of awesome retro-computing goodies.

The Malware Museum is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety.

Malware Example: KUKU.COM

Source: The Malware Museum : Free Software : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

A couple of years old – but a very interesting story on NPR about the SDF community, where my site is hosted.

Before Facebook and MySpace transformed how we interact online, there was another kind of Internet: the SDF network, made up of users connecting via phone lines and code. Around the world, 30,000 computing enthusiasts still use that network today.

Source: In Noisy Digital Era, ‘Elegant’ Internet Still Thrives : NPR

A parent’s primer to computer slang – unintentionally hilarious guide from Microsoft to help parents Understand how your kids communicate online to help protect them. Ah, those crazy kids today and their on-line lingo.

  • Numbers are often used as letters. The term “leet” could be written as “1337,” with “1” replacing the letter L, “3” posing as a backwards letter E, and “7” resembling the letter T. “0” (zero) will typically replace the letter “O”.
  • pwn“: A typo-deliberate version of own, a slang term that means to dominate. This could also be spelled “0\/\/n3d” or “pwn3d,” among other variations. Online video game bullies or “griefers” often use this term.
  • kewl“: A common derivation of “cool.”
Jeremy from Pure Pwnage

Jeremy from Pure Pwnage

Pure Pwnage gives a inside look at the world of the Pro Gamer. This Canadian documentary shows that it’s not all about pwning n00bs – there’s also the need to practice your über-micro, the conflict between RTS and FPS, and even … girls!

This very funny gamer parody is available for download from the above site and features a lot of classic moments of recognition for those who are, or have at one time been involved in the practice of online gaming.

“You can take a n00b to water but you can’t make a n00b drink” – Teh Pwnerer

I was recently given an invite from a friend to test the new web-based email service from Google; GMail . Among its main features are 1 Gigabyte (1000 Megabyte) storage space with advanced searching and indexing of all your email, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity. The new service has also received a bit of criticism over accessibility and privacy concerns, so I was keen on finding out what all the fuzz was about.

Trouble is, the excellent Opera is my main browser of choice, which is not supported by Gmail. I soon found out that logging in using Opera was a no-no; I just get a blank screen after typing in my username and password. However, I had no trouble using it in Mozilla or Internet Explorer though, and it looks very nice and fast. On the other hand, having to open another browser just to check email is too much of a hassle, so I doubt my account will be used much until this is fixed.

Before GMail goes public, which is probably soon, I hope they are able to get their act together and start supporting common web standards so it can work with other browsers as well. Apparently they have plans of making a plain HTML version, so I keep my fingers crossed …

Here’s an interesting article from New Scientist about RSS; Google considers instant delivery service:

Internet search giant Google may be considering a popular web publishing format called RSS for some of its services, a leaked internal email has revealed.

This could be very good news – I imagine having access to Google News or a customized search as an RSS or Atom feed, which would be a great resource! And no matter which standard they eventually settle on, my favourite reader FeedDemon will still be able to read it, as it has support for both.

By the way, there’s also a new free RSS aggregator available from Norwegian firm Intellicom. While not as advanced as FeedDemon, it comes with the most common Norwegian news sites already configured, and is a good introduction to the world of RSS.