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The Oregon Trail of DEATH!

October 16, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

The Oregon Trail is an 3490 km route from Kansas City, Missouri to the Willamette Valley in what was the Oregon Territory, now Oregon State. The trail covers the modern-day American states of Kansas, Nebraska, [more…] The post The Oregon Trail of DEATH! appeared first on Paleotronic Magazine. …

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The Devilish Case of the Portable Computer

October 15, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

by Melody Ayres-Griffiths Trick or treaters had been coming and going all night, but their flow had slowed to a trickle after the skies over Schenectady, New York had opened up, drenching anyone who dared [more…] The post The Devilish Case of the Portable Computer appeared first on Paleotronic Magazine. …

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Halloween Electronics Project: Screaming Jack

October 14, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

We have a Hallowe’en-themed electronic project for you: a motion-activated “screaming” audio generator for your Jack O’Lantern or other spooky decoration. Ghosts, goblins and integrated circuits?  Electronic devices are a fairly common part of Hallowe’en [more…] The post Halloween Electronics Project: Screaming Jack appeared first on Paleotronic Magazine. …

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Chip to be Scared: the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

October 13, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

As a child born in the seventies and who grew up in the eighties one of my biggest memories is of the long running BBC science fiction show Doctor Who. It was pretty much always [more…] The post Chip to be Scared: the BBC Radiophonic Workshop appeared first on Paleotronic …

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The Vampire’s Inn: Castlevania

October 12, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

No other video game franchise screams Halloween more than Castlevania. 33 years of Dracula whipping fun, quirkiness and extreme frustration has spanned more than 30 game releases of hunter versus vampire killing across various arcade, [more…] The post The Vampire’s Inn: Castlevania appeared first on Paleotronic Magazine. …

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Gerbil in a Microwave: Radio Death Rays!

October 11, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

In 1999, the Internet went nuclear over an Macromedia Flash animation that allowed the user to microwave a cartoon gerbil until it exploded! Joe Cartoon was a website created by Joseph Shields that featured crude [more…] The post Gerbil in a Microwave: Radio Death Rays! appeared first on Paleotronic Magazine. …

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The Big Shock: Electrocution’s use to save lives – or end them

October 10, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

The words “electroshock therapy” tend to conjure images of darkened rooms in insane asylums where inmates are mercilessly tortured via electrocution. But this is largely an unfair construction of Hollywood movies and television shows, out [more…] The post The Big Shock: Electrocution’s use to save lives – or end them …

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Rabid Arcade Rats: Scary Arcade Games

October 9, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

As this issue of Paleotronic magazine is Halloween themed, being asked to write an article discussing the history of arcade horror games fits perfectly, even if you are not a big fan on the horror [more…] The post Rabid Arcade Rats: Scary Arcade Games appeared first on Paleotronic Magazine. …

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The Scourge of Windows Millennium Edition

October 8, 2020 Paleotronic Magazine

MSDOS-based versions of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows 95 and Windows 98, had notorious stability problems, due in large part to their mixing of 16-bit and 32-bit application code (in order to maintain compatibility with [more…] The post The Scourge of Windows Millennium Edition appeared first on Paleotronic Magazine. …