YDKF Episode 163: Best Buy

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 07-29-2015

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It’s been 20 years since I worked for the big yellow tag. On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I delve way back into the memory banks and tell a few stories about what it was like working for Best Buy. Not to spoil things but it was actually pretty fun and it got me out of a life of making pizzas. On this episode I talk about working the truck, repairing computers, and a few of the celebrities I met on the job.

[Links]

Link: Arkadia Retrocade
Link: Multiple Sadness Podcast
Link: I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool by Marc Allie (Amazon)

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YDKF Episode 162: 720

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 07-09-2015

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This episode of You Don’t Know Flack is dedicated to one of the greatest (and one of my favorite) arcade games of all time — Atari’s 720 degrees! In this episode I talk about the game, my first experience with a 720 arcade cabinet, and whether or not I ever ended up getting one! Also, AT&T Natural Voices shut down their free text-to-speech website and so Crystal has been fired and Crystal 2.0 was hired to read the episode number during the intro.

[Links]

Link: 720zone.com
Link: 720 Nike SB Dunks

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YDKF Episode 161: VCRs

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 06-22-2015

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On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I discuss my history with VCRs, from the first one we got when I was 5 in 1978 to the $300 Go Video dual-deck VCR I owned.

[Links]

Link: Visiting the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site
Link: What the Truck? It’s Truckhenge!
Link: Greetings from the Futuro, Earthlings!
Link: Stargardt Disease
Link: Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc.
Link: Interview with Rick Baker from “Everything You Wanted to Know About Monsters”
Link: LoveThyShelf.com
Link: RobOHara.com/Podcasts
Link: Braingames from HBO (YouTube)

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Me with my Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist doll. Christmas of 1981

Me and my sister, Christmas of 1983

YDKF Episode 160: Raiders of the Lost Garage

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Oh dear. It appears I recorded an episode using my SX-64 and somehow lost the cassette! On this episode I grab the portable mic and head out to the garage to dig through all of my retro junk in hopes of finding it. What all will we find out in the garage? Tune in and find out!

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YDKF Episode 159: MAME

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 04-21-2015

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On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about MAME, the arcade game emulator. I talk about some of the different types of computer and devices I play MAME on (including things like PCs and the Raspberry Pi), some of the different controllers I use, and touch on some of the advantages of playing MAME on a computer over building a MAME cabinet. I think about half of this information has appeared in other episodes of YDKF, but I’ve had MAME on the mind and so this is what came out. The sub-theme of this episode is, “enjoy your hobby the way you want.”

Also check out these related YDKF episodes about MAME Cabinets, the iCade, the Raspberry Pi and my Emulation PC.

[Links]

Link: MonsterFeet.com
Link: Star Wars Teaser Trailer #2
Link: Star Wars Battlefront Trailer
Link: Alfred P. Murrah Blog Posts one and two.

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YDKF Episode 158: Tornadoes

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 04-02-2015

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It’s spring in the Midwest and that means it’s tornado season. On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about what it was like growing up in Tornado Alley and my experience with two devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma on May 3, 1999 and May 20, 2013.

[Links]

Link: TheAverageRunnerPodcast.com
Link: The Stoogeum
Link: Twister: Fury on the Plains (TLC Documentary/Youtube)
Link: May 20, 2013 News Coverage
Link: My Vacation Pictures

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May 4, 1999 — my mom’s neighborhood


May 20, 2013 — Moore, Oklahoma

YDKF Episode 157: Printer Extravaganza

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 01-19-2015

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Listen. I know this sounds like a terrible idea for a show. It’s not as bad as it sounds, I promise. Just wait until you hear about all the fun I used to have printing things out with Print Shop!

[Links]

Link: Print Shop! They still make it!
Link: TheLogBook write up about Springboard’s Newsroom
Link: Paul Slocum’s Dot Matrix Synth
Link: My book Commodork
Link: Vintage Volts (GREAT retro site and guy!)

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Our Epson FX-80, sitting between a PC and our Franklin Ace 1000.


Note the Rambo printout behind my head (1987). This is the large wood desk my dad built that I mentioned in episode 156.

YDKF Episode 156: Every Computer I Have Ever Owned

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 01-14-2015

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Okay, so it’s not really every computer I’ve ever owned, but it’s every computer I’ve ever owned and actually used. My fellow hoarders understand the difference.

[Links]

Link: Lawsuit: Apple Computer vs. Franklin Computer

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YDKF Episode 155: Cassettes

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 01-01-2015

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Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! On the first You Don’t Know Flack of 2015 I talk about my history with cassette tapes. C’mon, it’s not as boring as yet another 24 hour Christmas Story marathon.

[Links]

Link: MakeyMakey.com
Link: Rusted Metal Podcast
Link: Holiday Special Podast
Link: 2-XL Robot

Link: Super Secret Cassette Link

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YDKF Episode 154: Emulation PC

Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 12-01-2014

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On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack, I talk about my latest attempt to get an emulation PC up and running in my living room. I run through the parts I bought, the front end I settled on, and some of the work it took to get things up and running. I’ll probably end up writing and posting a more detailed “how to” article on my website, but this episode is a good overview as to what I did to get things up and running.

[Links]

Link: GastricSteps.com
Link: YDKF Episode 122: MAME Cabinets
Link: YDKF Episode 104: Console Copiers

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