October 10th, 2016 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Atari, Activision, Pitfall, David Crane, LIFE, advertisement, scan, 1982
Watch out for that jungle crude oil pit
As a kid, we had an Atari 2600, and before the NES era, Pitfall! was very popular in our household. Unlike most Atari VCS games, it felt like a real adventure, and it was thrilling to directly control a tiny jumping human on the screen while avoiding crazy jungle hazards like alligators and, well, huge pits that led to nowhere.
By the way, this is the largest single-page Retro Scan I've ever scanned — it comes from a large format LIFE magazine ad. I found the magazine in my grandparents' washhouse in Texas back in the 1990s and saved it because of this ad.
If you're curious, here is the full scan jumbo size at 600 dpi (it's a 5919 x 7761 pixel 38 MB JPEG, so watch out).
[ From LIFE magazine, November 1982, p.113 ]
Discussion Topic: Which is better: Pitfall! or Pitfall II: Lost Caverns?
August 11th, 2014 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Micron Electronics, Millennia, P120, IBM PC, pc clone, beige box, Pentium, Intel, advertisement, ComputerLife, 1995
Ah, the beige box era.
What could $6,410.55 buy you 19 years ago? (That's $4099 adjusted for inflation.) Well, if you picked a Micron Millennia, you could get a 120 MHz Pentium CPU, 32 MB of RAM, a 1.6 GB hard drive, a 17-inch monitor, a 4X CD-ROM Drive, a SoundBlaster 16 sound card, 2MB 2D graphics card, a minitower or desktop case, a Microsoft mouse and keyboard, Microsoft Office, and Windows 95.
That's a lot of stuff. And yet most people's smartphones today pack far, far more power and functionality than that in a pocket form factor with a 10 hour battery life. It's all about integration, baby. More functions in fewer, smaller chips. I love it.
[ From ComputerLife - October 1995, rear cover]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Tell us about one of your beige box PCs from the 1990s. Who made it, and what did it have inside?
February 15th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro GIF, GIF, fruit, still life, art, EGA
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Have you ever seen an edible still life rendered in 16-color EGA?
It appears that this image, which shows fruits and vegetables, cheese, and a napkin or folded tablecloth, originated as either a video capture or a scan of a photograph that was then digitally cleaned up to isolate the centerpiece in absolute blackness.
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