Alas, No : This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.

I was just playing some Master of Orion on the Internet Archive’s collection of MS-DOS games.

It is a good deal of fun, although if they really wanted to recreated the experience, they should require you to go through some simulation of switching jumpers on interrupt ports to get your sound card not to conflict with your modem before the game will even load.

By Pete Brown

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  1. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  2. Phrases that should be banned
  3. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  4. A novel twist in gameplay
  5. An entrepreneur in every pot
  6. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  7. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  8. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  9. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  10. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  11. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  12. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  13. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  14. So long, 2014.
  15. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  16. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  17. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  18. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  19. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  20. Flash photography
  21. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  22. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  23. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  24. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  25. Uber needs poor people.
  26. The problem with Radiolab
  27. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  28. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  29. The Star Wars teaser
  30. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  31. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  32. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  33. It's morning in America.
  34. My *Serial* think-piece
  35. Cod vacations
  36. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  37. Railing
  38. Found a sunny spot
  39. 1970s Legos
  40. DANZIG!
  41. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  42. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  43. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  44. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  45. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  46. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  47. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  48. A very helpful related search
  49. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  50. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  51. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  52. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  53. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  54. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  55. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  56. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  57. Dilbert is not funny.
  58. Pink Floyd
  59. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  60. Mobile friendly
  61. Dave Winer's Radio3
  62. Resistance to change
  63. That pope
  64. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  65. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  66. Your data-mining sucks.
  67. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  68. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  69. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  70. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  71. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  72. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  73. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  74. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  75. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  76. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  77. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  78. Massachusetts Republicans
  79. Birthright #1
  80. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  81. Kids these days
  82. *Aliens* documentary
  83. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  84. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  85. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  86. Jack Bruce
  87. You seem to have missed something.
  88. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  89. Meg & Mog
  90. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  91. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  92. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  93. Technological change vs. cultural change
  94. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  95. Sleater-Kinney
  96. BE AFRAID!
  97. Medium's on it, bro!
  98. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  99. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  100. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  101. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  102. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  103. A useful roadmap
  104. Not much longer now…
  105. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  106. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  107. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  108. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  109. Deliberately missing the point
  110. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  111. Freshman year of college is calling.
  112. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  113. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  114. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  115. What's the worst that could happen?
  116. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  117. Both sides do it.
  118. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  119. With friends like these…
  120. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  121. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  122. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  123. Hell #9438
  124. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  125. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  126. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  127. War forever
  128. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  130. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  131. Disconnecting pay from performance
  132. Hosting my own stuff
  133. All Ebola, all the time
  134. The kids these days
  135. Laboratories of democracy!
  136. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  137. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  138. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  139. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  140. The new phone is here.
  141. Crap Architecture
  142. iPhone Parking Lot
  143. Starting Proust
  144. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  145. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  146. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  147. The Apple tech press is weird.
  148. VHS v. Betamax
  149. The answer is always "n + 1".
  150. Conservative intellectuals
  151. Zappos is creepy.
  152. Your phone is not the problem.
  153. Deconstruction
  154. Inspirational
  155. Process improvement
  156. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  157. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  158. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  159. Complicated things are complicated.
  160. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  161. That technology thing you like
  162. Priorities, people
  163. WAR!
  164. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  165. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  166. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  167. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  168. 42
  169. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  170. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  171. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  172. Trying out Beats Music
  173. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  174. The synthetic unity of experience
  175. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  176. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  177. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  178. State of the Union predictions
  179. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  180. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  181. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  182. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  183. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  184. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  185. Thinking before you write
  186. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  187. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  188. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  189. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  190. Hate the show, not the venue.
  191. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  192. FUD As a Service
  193. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  194. Crippling injuries build character.
  195. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  196. Saving bookstores
  197. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  198. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  199. Internet activism
  200. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  201. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  202. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  203. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  204. Your tax dollars at work
  205. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  206. Holacracy
  207. Yes, people really do still blog.
  208. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  209. Duck Dynasty
  210. No one cares about your private cloud.
  211. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  212. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  213. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  214. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  215. Money is speech
  216. Clearly
  217. Parking
  218. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  219. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  220. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  221. Unhelpful advice
  222. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  223. People don't scale
  224. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  225. Movies that scared me
  226. Epistemology
  227. Bespoke
  228. Califone, *Stitches*
  229. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  230. We want INFORMATION!
  231. Passive-aggressive politeness
  232. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  233. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  234. Google cars
  235. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  236. Really, DC? REALLY?
  237. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  238. Suspension of disbelief
  239. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  240. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  241. Personal experience v. policy
  242. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  243. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  244. The Washington Post and AWS
  245. St. Patrick’s Day
  246. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  247. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  248. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  249. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  250. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  251. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  252. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  253. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  254. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  255. Meetings
  256. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  257. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  258. Time-tracking
  259. Prophecy
  260. More guns
  261. Guns
  262. Bold Leadership
  263. Hanlon's Razor
  264. That legacy stuff
  265. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  266. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  267. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  268. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  269. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  270. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  271. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  272. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  273. That Kant was a smart guy.
  274. Petraeus
  275. The World War Z trailer
  276. You should have bicycles
  277. The technorati fallacy
  278. One of my favorite types of requests
  279. The Lucasfilm thing
  280. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  281. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  282. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  283. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  284. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  285. Undecided voters
  286. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  287. Found a new philosophy podcast
  288. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  289. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  290. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  291. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  292. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  293. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  294. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  295. Safety nets
  296. So, the Romney thing
  297. Your data-mining sucks
  298. Started watching Homeland
  299. The Clint Eastwood thing
  300. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  301. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  302. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  303. The Lance Armstrong thing
  304. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  305. A lot of Can
  306. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  307. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  308. Writing apps
  309. Distorted markets
  310., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  311. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  312. A bit more on the HBO thing
  313. OS upgrades
  314. Or I could just go listen to the album
  315. Monster Movie Week!
  316. As goes Sparrow...
  317. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  318. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  319. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  320. Nope, advertising just sucks
  321. Reading
  322. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  323. Who needs it!
  324. Advantage, Mutt
  325. Do you want the answer, or not?
  326. ACA coverage and systems failure
  327. To-do lists
  328. So long, Weather Underground
  329. Checked baggage
  330. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  331. From the $2 bins at the record store
  332. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  333. The HBO thing
  334. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  335. Not exactly random, but good listening
  336. The Dark Knight... meh
  337. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  338. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  339. Memorial Day
  340. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  341. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  342. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  343. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  344. Experimenting with Pelican
  345. Readlists
  346. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  347. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  348. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  349. War Hazard Eliminated!
  350. Unintended Consequences
  351. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  352. You’re playing their game
  353. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  354. Breitbart
  355. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  356. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  357. A bit more on The Shining
  358. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  359. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  360. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  361. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  362. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  363. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  364. Ip Man
  365. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  366. Bogeyman
  367. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  368. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  369. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  370. BASIC
  371. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  372. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  373. My power is beyond your understanding!
  374. Out-stupiding the TSA
  375. I see what you did there
  376. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  377. That "15 albums" thing
  378. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  379. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  380. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  381. That's an interesting definition you have there
  382. James Cameron v. the philistines
  383. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  384. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  385. Whither censure?
  386. Stealing TV, Part II
  387. OCTOBER?!
  388. Chasing boogeymen
  389. Nice vetting job, folks
  390. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  391. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  392. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  393. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  394. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  395. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  396. Supporting the freedom-haters
  397. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  398. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  399. Music update - February 2006
  400. The Corporation
  401. Watching TV without having TV
  402. Google strikes again (2006)
  403. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  404. Touchy subject
  405. Take my ports. Please.
  406. NUTS!
  407. One year older than I was at this time last year
  408. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  409. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  410. Lewis Black
  411. Uhhhhhhh...
  412. The Yes Men
  413. And again, my apologies
  414. I did it for you, Damien
  416. The site may be slow today
  417. Electronic mediocrity
  418. Maybe they are better off...
  419. Angry Dick strikes again
  420. Capote
  421. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  422. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  423. Wherein Pete despairs
  424. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  425. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  426. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  427. Hide your puppies
  428. I like VoIP
  429. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  430. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  431. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  432. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  433. The hearings are on.
  434. Apples and oranges
  435. And in somewhat less serious news...
  436. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  437. War in name only
  438. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  439. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  440. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  441. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  442. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  443. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  445. Flirting with the dark side
  446. Countdown to a big waste of time
  447. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  448. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  449. Weekend music update
  450. The New York Times finally throws down
  451. Today’s project
  452. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  453. The broken record continues to spin
  454. Long time, no music
  455. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  456. At least someone is putting up a fight
  457. More legal contortions
  458. More on Iran
  459. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  460. Only 20 more hours to go
  461. Original intent
  462. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  463. You say Alito, I say whatever
  464. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  465. I don’t want to live with the bears
  466. Quick TV update
  467. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  468. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  469. Reading too much into The West Wing
  470. A question, sir...
  471. Blogging about blogging
  472. A few changes
  473. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  474. Year-end music round-up
  475. Again with the wire-tapping
  476. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  477. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  478. I’m genuinely shocked
  479. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  480. Angry Dick
  481. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  482. Sorry for the delay
  483. The time grows near
  484. Site news - October 2005
  485. Quote of the Day
  486. Serenity
  487. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  488. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  489. Forensic Show #23
  490. It’s TV time again
  491. Nothing to see here
  492. Going from bad to worse to...
  493. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  494. Google Talk
  495. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  496. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  497. Voting != Democracy
  498. He’s not lying
  499. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  500. The perfect album?
  501. Movies, movies, movies
  502. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  503. A bit of background
  504. Leaving, on a jet plane
  505. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  506. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  507. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  508. Again with this story
  509. Music update - July 2005
  511. Whither Rove?
  512. How quaint.
  513. Intellects vast and cool...
  514. and... They’re off!
  515. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  516. I’m back
  517. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  518. Thank you, FARK
  519. ZOMBIES!
  520. On second thought...
  521. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  522. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  523. So it actually didn’t suck
  524. More on the filibuster debate
  525. YES!!
  526. Going nuclear/constitutional
  527. Worth a listen?
  528. Music update - May 2005)
  529. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  530. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  531. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  532. More on taxes
  533. Happy April 15th
  534. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  535. Long live the Death Tax
  536. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  537. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  538. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  539. METAL!!!
  540. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  541. This is the coolest thing EVER
  542. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  543. April Fools Day
  544. Groundhog Day, Part II
  545. The devil movies always get me.
  546. IM Annoyances
  547. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  548. What the hell?
  549. I suggest we start a pool...
  550. Drill, drill, drill!
  551. This is getting out of hand.
  552. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  553. the gates... THE GATES!!
  554. More “indecency”
  555. And again...
  556. Where have I heard this before?
  557. Anybody want gmail?
  558. Dirty, dirty titties
  559. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  560. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  561. One man’s Conservative...
  562. Google strikes again! (2005)
  563. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  564. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  565. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  566. Argh, I say.
  567. A rose is a rose.
  568. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  569. Sorry...
  570. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  571. Amusement
  572. The bottom-end of 2004
  573. How Bush Won
  574. New Music
  575. Foolishness
  576. Good news, I think...
  577. The first of many, I’m sure...
  578. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  579. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  580. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  581. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  582. Site news - November 2004
  583. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  584. More good web radio
  585. Another post-election site
  586. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  587. Sorry, everybody
  588. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  589. Apologies
  590. Nonsense
  591. Some new music
  592. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  593. The music is back online
  594. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  595. Odds and Ends
  596. SCIENCE!
  597. Making a bad situation worse
  598. Derrida, Part II
  599. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  600. The Faith-Based Presidency
  601. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  602. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  603. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.