Make Tech Easier: How to Use vDOS to Run Old DOS Programs on Windows 10. “If you’re feeling nostalgic for 8-bit games or need to run some old software, 32-bit Windows 10 doesn’t accommodate. Old DOS programs need a little extra to run on the newer, 64-bit version of Windows. You can use vDos to help you run old DOS software if you need to, although it isn’t a suitable option for gaming. Here’s how to use it.”
Internet Archive: 2,500 More MS-DOS Games Playable at the Archive. “Another few thousand DOS Games are playable at the Internet Archive! Since our initial announcement in 2015, we’ve added occasional new games here and there to the collection, but this will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago.”
BetaNews: Microsoft re-open-sources early versions of MS-DOS on GitHub. “Back in 2014, Microsoft gave the source code for MS-DOS 1.25 and MS-DOS 2.0 to the Computer History Museum. Now — in a move it describes as ‘re-open-sourcing’ — the company has pushed the code to GitHub for all to see.” I am feeling old and creaky.
What do you get when you combine a MS-DOS program from 1991, a text-file full of Donald Trump’s Facebook statuses, and my odd little brain? The Strange Beauty of Donald Shakestrump.
The Internet Archive has started a museum of old computer viruses. Don’t worry, though: “To ensure visitor safety, all viruses have been neutered by removing any destructive routines contained within. All that’s left are some semi-amusing DOS-based computer graphics with a slightly cheeky edge.” Oh dear. I think I remember some of these…
Hoo boy. One of the reasons I didn’t get as wound up as most people about the tons of MS-DOS games The Internet Archive added and made available was because the games couldn’t be saved. What’s the point of spending 45 minutes making the perfect bunch of RPG characters when you can’t save the game? Well, now, apparently you can save the game. So if you never see me again, you know why. “Through the work of multiple people, including John Vilk, DFJustin, bai, db48x, and other contributions, the BrowserFS extension that JSMESS/Emularity uses can maintain filesystems across sessions, in the LocalStorage API. It’s been doing this for six months.”