Interesting retro links!

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    I came across a few interesting websites today, but couldn't find anywhere to post them other than the more general consolidated threads. So thought maybe we need a consolidated links thread!
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    I didn't realise HWBOT did a Motherboard Memory Lane series of articles a few years ago. Most barely count as retro, but here's three that fit the required levels of nostalgia. Interesting to see the HWBOT members most popular combinations.
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    Another classic page is the legendary Red Hill Guide, covering PC hardware from about 1991 to 2002. The mainboard series is a great read.
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    Finally, there's a lots of great old reference book titles in the Archive.org library of free or borrowable books. Here's a few:
    • Perhaps oddly, I have fond memories of reading Dos For Dummies as a youngster (available as a two week loan through Adobe Digital Editions).
    • It's also interesting reading through the third edition of Upgrading & Repairing PCs (available as a PDF download).
     
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    Maybe not much interest so far, but I will continue to put some links in. Always good for future reference since I seem to forget to backup bookmarks. :D
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    Total Hardware 99 is a great resource for jumper settings for (allegedly) 18655 retro devices.

    Online version (I think 'original' site): https://th99.bl4ckb0x.de
    Download the offline version from Vogonsdrivers: http://vogonsdrivers.com/getfile.php?fileid=229
    History of where it came from: http://oldcomputer.info/log/index.php?id=20161011213039-so-who-made-th99

    Interesting it was sourced from the Micro House Technical Library CD-ROMs. Does anyone else remember those? Annoying subscription CD-ROM resource with an even more annoying DRM. Nicely packaged though.
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    Speaking of great resources, the VOGONS Vintage Driver Library is another. Driver uploads from Vogons forum users who have generally copied original source media.
    http://vogonsdrivers.com
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    Another handy site is WinWorld, which hosts old software.
    https://winworldpc.com/home

    I find the beta releases of cancelled Windows versions quite interesting:
    Not sure I'm keen enough to actually install them. :)
     
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    I did Beta Testing for Microsoft for more than 10 years from Windows 98 Beta 2 right through to Windows 8.1. Loved every minute of it especially the early Win9x OS's so this topic is something I'm very keen on and dear to my heart. :)

    Nashville was before I started, Neptune I'm pretty sure I didn't do that was done by other testers who had previously done other Win NT Beta's (I was doing the Win 9x stuff up until Win XP when we were all bundled together) but Longhorn I did do from start to finish. It was really two Beta's in one, the "Pre Reset" as they are calling it were "Milestone Builds" which was a bit of an odd naming theme to be going with from the traditional Beta 1, Beta 2 etc. That came to a screetching halt then later was picked up again this time with the traditional Beta naming scheme. That was a LONG Beta but that was cool with me as just before it began I also started doing game testing for Microsoft which kept me very busy as they were pumping out so many games around that time.

    If your interested in Microsoft Beta's or any Beta's check out BetaArchive.

    Anyway I suppose I should contribute some links. :) These are some random one's I've found which may be of interest.

    Motherboard Database: http://www.elhvb.com/webhq/tables.htm - He's also got some great DOS Diagnostic Tools, Windows Diagnostic Tools, Manuals etc.
    Motherboard BIOS Collection: http://chukaev.ru54.com/bios_cs_en.htm - A lot of random BIOS files for a variety of motherboards from 8086 right through to 686.

    A random collection of files on FTP's etc I found while during searches.

    ftp://ftp.oldskool.org/pub
    http://files.mpoli.fi/
    http://cd.textfiles.com/pcmedic9310/ - This seems to be a copy of a PC Medic? CD-ROM which has a heap of random DOS utilites.
     
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    Another handy website is The Unofficial AMD K6-2+ / K6-III+ page.

    Hints and updated/modified BIOS files to add CPU support and other features for popular Socket 7 and SS7 boards: http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/J.Steunebrink/k6plus.htm
    Not all the links still work, but most seem to. What's cool is the author (Jan Steunebrink) still updates the page from time to time, with the last update on 24 August 2019.

    The home page is a nice trip down memory lane with the "Site created with Microsoft Notepad!" logo.
     
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    Had some trouble finding old NVIDIA drivers today (direct website links not working), but came across this: http://download.nvidia.com/Windows/

    Makes downloading Detonator drivers much easier. :D
     
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    Came across PixelatedArcade today.
    http://www.pixelatedarcade.com

    A few interesting articles on Creative sound cards, including photos of original packaging.

    http://www.pixelatedarcade.com/tech_attributes/overview/sound-blaster

    http://www.pixelatedarcade.com/tech_attributes/overview/sound-blaster-pro

    http://www.pixelatedarcade.com/tech_attributes/overview/sound-blaster-16

    Lots of other content to read through. :)
     
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    On the games/software side, particularly around art, manuals, graphics, behind the scenes stuff, etc - Gaming Alexandria is an excellent resource:

    https://www.gamingalexandria.com/
     
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    Great sites! In the game catalog theme:
    Moby Games:
    https://www.mobygames.com/
    Museum of Online Computer Adventure Gaming History
    https://www.mocagh.org/

    Another link with quite varied information about older software & hardware:
    OS/2 Museum
    http://www.os2museum.com/wp/about/

    okclock's build thread reminded me that Rudolph Loew's patches are available, handy for using Win9x with newer equipment:
    https://rloewelectronics.com/
    https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator:"Rudolph+R.+Loew" (for what looks like the main 12 utilities)
     
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    HUGE list of open source game engine remakes, game clones, game modding tools, and all sorts of goodies:

    https://osgameclones.com/
     
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    Cosmo-Engine:
    https://github.com/yuv422/cosmo-engine

    Open source engine that currently supports the Apogee DOS game "Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure". This engine was used on a few different Apogee games, so the dev is looking to extend it to more stuff soon.

    Cross platform, so it means it'll run natively on anything (modern systems, phones/tablets, whatever). Has support for modern sound cards, gamepads, etc.

    Here's the piLABS/Raspbian-X developer (a distro that makes DOS and Windows software work natively on an RPi4) demonstrating the code on a Raspberry Pi:

     
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    Just saw this, a proposal published in the Ohio State Law Journal to create a federally funded game preservation archive, suggesting that game publishers work with the archive to get around DRM issues.

    Would You Like to Save Your Game?: Establishing a Legal Framework for Long-Term Digital Game Preservation

    http://hdl.handle.net/1811/91852
     
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    hoping this would include some kind of provision for licensed music which when redistributed gets stripped from future versions. it's a stupid thing and i really don't understand why the license can't be permanent.

    i will say this much though apparently it's not only games that suffer from this complete and utter bullshit but also TV, the mrs is binging Alias (as you do) and it appears that all later releases (not the original terrestrial broadcasts) are missing english for foreign language subs, this problem exhibited itself on the acutal DVD relesae AND it's a issue on future streaming versions. On top of that it has been noted that some music has been swapped out and removed for the streaming versions as well.

    i'm just gonna put it out there, but screw the music industry and music licensing in general.
     
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    Mate, it's a huge issue across all of the arts.

    There's been a few researchers looking at the problem across all media, and it's not just music. Copyright hit books hard, and if you look at publications in state libraries, there's a thing called "the copyright cliff" that happens just after 1950 or so, where there are 10% as many publications stored in the following 50 years as there were before it.

    Post war copyright has been an absolute clusterfuck, and video games sadly were born right in the middle of that. But it certainly doesn't stop at games or music. Film, TV, poetry, photography, scripts - the list goes on and on.

    Preservation is constantly taking a beating from big companies. Recently there's been huge efforts from large publishing houses in the US to shut down libraries! Can you imagine the idea of thinking a library was that much of a threat to your profit holders that you want them all shut down?

    It's lunacy. Sadly the people fighting back are small in number, and very poorly funded. I honestly don't have much hope for it all, even if I'm actively involved (I attend regular "Australiasia Preserves" meetings, and preserve a number of AU&NZ software and media not found anywhere else either online or in libraries and state archives). But even then, everything I'm doing is technically illegal, and by law I should let it all be destroyed rather than preserve it. Sad state of affairs.
     
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    May be a tad cliche but also true, I think, to state that the above is all naturally symptomatic of the burgeoning Western capitalist system, which not-at-all-coincidentally also really took off post-war. I daresay one would find certain economic correlations with the kind of copyright woes spoken of - the most capitalist countries would also be those whose make-the-most-possible-$$$-out-of-everything culture dictated a harsh copyright system.

    These phases take a long time. Take 1945 ("War") to 1995 ("Web") = 50 years. It's still 25 years before "War to Web" = "Web to ???".
     
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    power I dug this one up. Here's a slide from a recent presentation by a senior member of Trove Australia.

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/

    https://twitter.com/wragge/status/1296986398642155520?s=09

    https://nbviewer.jupyter.org/github...-total-newspaper-articles-by-state-year.ipynb


    They call this the "copyright cliff of death".

    This is the result of aggressive copyright extensions by commercial industries on just journals and newspapers. Consider what this looks like for music, film, TV, video games, etc.

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