Welcome to Erik’s Retro Place


Do you ever miss the days when computers were simple, yet still got the job done?

With technology changing and morphing into something nearly unrecognizable to what it was even 10 years ago, we’re losing sight at an ever-increasing pace of the way things used to be.

The way things used to be wasn’t worse- but staleness doesn’t create new revenue so new, fancy buttons must be created and to run those new, fancy buttons you need new, fancy hardware.

 

This site is dedicated to several things, but primarily to attempting to preserve a small shimmer of how things were once done. Some may find it nostalgic, others historic, but regardless of why you’re here, welcome…

 

Besides that bit, and probably my favorite part- this site is about projects! I always have a project brewing- whether just in my head, where I haven’t been able to get to it yet, or something I’m actively working on. I have a long back-log of projects I’ve already completed that I’ll be sharing here. Projects like- repairing an old Amiga after it got destroyed by an exploded battery, or building a desk that fits in a cramped office, yet still holds a crazy (custom-built) computer.

Other projects I work on are simpler, like repairing and re-enforcing a broken joystick from a Gravis Gamepad, or writing batch scripts to load your DOS games, so you don’t have to type a bunch of commands, or repairing the floppy drive on an old Mac SE/30. The list is varied, but so far my ideas haven’t stopped, and I hope me sharing them with you will, if nothing else, be an inspiration to break out the soldering iron, or flip the switch on your old 486, or Atari ST to remember why and how we are where we are and without this groundwork, we would be nowhere.

 

Lastly- this site will be a place where I showcase my Big Box PC Game collection. I’ve been re-building (and then some) my collection after I lost it all as a kid, and occasionally adding new, select titles to it.

 

Grab a beer, enjoy your stay, critique my work, learn something and hopefully, after you leave, you’ll be better off for being here.

E