Sometimes I manage to impress myself bigtime.
A while ago, I left a comment on Jimmy’s page on Robot War, about Arena, which is basically* Robot War for the PC. This morning I received an email from Core War fundi John Metcalf, saying that he’s never heard of Arena, and would like to know more.
So I thought about it for about half a cup of coffee, remembered which box it was most likely to be, retrieved the box from behind the Puma, and the disk I was looking for was about the tenth disk down (this was the lucky bit — there are about 200 disks in there I guess).
The key point here is that I last used these disks on my father’s PC (the one before the one before the one he has now — it was a 386 on one of those motherboards that still took a 287 coprocessor) back in the early nineties. Call it twenty years plus tax.
The fact that I can’t find a notebook battery that I had in my hand day before yesterday is not relevant to the story.
So then I had to fire up the third machine on my desktop**, click the KVM over, and copy the files to something my main machine can read.
* Bad pun. Should be assemblerly. You don’t get it. Don’t worry. I’ll explain it.
** Primary machine is a Windoze 2K box. #2 is my Linux box, and #3 is a 486 (or maybe an early Pentium) which mostly boots DOS (with Windows 3.1 if I really need to do that) and runs my Expro.
(no, those were footnotes. And only a bit geeky. Here’s the cutline)