Cave Noire

Konami’s 1991 Cave Noire is a bite-sized dungeon crawler for the original Game Boy. Released in Japan only, it seems to have come and gone without much notice, outside of a small following on the…

XMPlay

XMPlay is a free and lightweight media player for Windows, with support for a wealth of custom audio formats and Winamp-compatible plugins. One of XMPlay’s best interface features is configurable global-focus shortcut keys. You can configure volume up/down,…

Vintage PC Notes

These are some scattered notes about vintage PC configuration and maintenance, mostly related to a Dell OptiPlex GX1 (Pentium III CPU) that I adopted from work. Subject to change, no warranty, etc, etc.   Windows 98SE:…

ZZT

ZZT is a sort of action-puzzle-adventure mashup for MS-DOS, the debut title from Tim Sweeney’s Epic MegaGames in 1991. Technically obsolete before it was even released, it uses Code Page 437 for graphics, the PC speaker for…

VirtualBox Administration Notes

(Note: This post probably won’t be touched again due to my switching to KVM.) This is a placeholder for some notes about command-line installation and administration of VirtualBox, Oracle’s free virtualization suite. Most tasks can be handled…

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free and open-source text editor for Windows, and a great substitute for the standard text editor that ships with Windows. It’s packed with features, and supports 3rd party plugins — the following are some…

Input Sharing Software

These programs that allow you to share keyboard and mouse input across multiple computers over the LAN, without requiring any additional hardware. Input sharing fills a certain niche that might not be covered entirely by a…

AutoHotKey

AutoHotKey is a free and open-source macro utility for Windows. It can help greatly with automating repetitive, one-off tasks, especially with GUI programs that don’t have built-in CLI automation or batch scripting. Your mileage may vary,…

GraphicsGale

GraphicsGale is a lightweight pixel art and animation program for Windows. Originally split between a paid and freeware version, the program is now 100% freeware. One of the best features of GraphicGale is that it…

Sound Effect generators: sfxr and its forks

Here are some free and easy-to-use tools for constructing non-realistic sound effects in games. For now, this is mainly about DrPetter’s sfxr and some forks of the program. sfxr sfxr by DrPetter is a free and open-source tool…