You Don't Know FlackIn this podcast, Rob "Flack" O'Hara (author of Commodork and Invading Spaces) shares his stories about old video games, computers, arcade games, technology, and other retro topics. Whether he's talking about arcade auctions, console copiers, the Commodore 64, Apple II computers, Dungeons and Dragons, BBS systems, text adventures, or the Atari 2600, by listening you will begin to know Flack.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 10-16-2013
On this week’s episode of You Don’t Know Flack I delve into the MiST computer, a new FPGA-based system designed to run Amiga and Atari ST software. I talk about how difficult it is to get the MiST up and running, compatibility issues, and whether or not I’d recommend one.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 10-09-2013
On Episode 142, I and special guest Earl Green from TheLogBook.com share our memories about collecting Star Wars toys. Both of us saw Star Wars at very early ages and have been collecting Star Wars toys ever since.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 09-10-2013
In Episode 141, I talk about my infatuation with the new(ish) credit card-based computer, the Raspberry Pi. In this show I talk about what the Raspberry Pi is, what it’s capable of doing, and some of the more interesting uses for this $35 computer. Also on this episode I moved my microphone around and introduced some weird and annoying microphone noises to the show. You’re welcome.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 08-12-2013
In previous episodes of You Don’t Know Flack I’ve talked both about arcades and my own personal arcade collection. In Episode 140, I talk about how and why I ended up parting with that collection. My book about collecting arcade games was titled Invading Spaces so I thought it would be appropriate to titled this one Reclaiming Spaces. Owning all those games took up a lot of space, and it wasn’t until I began to part with them that I regained all that space.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 08-04-2013
Last week I visited the Galloping Ghost arcade just outside of Chicago, Illinois. You can hear all about the arcade and my time there in episode 139 of You Don’t Know Flack! Also in this episode I compare the Ghost to some of the other retro arcades I’ve visited recently, including Funspot, the Arkadia Retrocade, and 1984. The “Loading Time” section of this episode is a little longer than I had hoped but, eh, sometimes loading a podcast off of a Commodore Datasette takes a while.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 07-21-2013
You Don’t Know Flack is back with another episode! In this episode, I wax nostalgic about my days with the Atari 2600. You’ll get to hear about many of the games I grew up playing, whether or not I still collect Atari 2600 games, and why Keystone Kapers holds special meaning to me. Also in this episode I experimented with some noise cancelling plug-ins, so I’d love to hear what you think about that.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 06-30-2013
On Episode 137 of You Don’t Know Flack I delve into the history of Soulz at Zero, the lit group I founded back in the mid-1990s. If you don’t know what a lit group is (or was), you’re in for a real treat. And by treat I mean almost 90s minutes of me babbling.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 06-16-2013
Where did the time go? After a couple of weeks off, You Don’t Know Flack is back with episode 136. In this episode I talk a bit about Funspot Arcade, the classic arcade in Laconia, New Hampshire. Last week on vacation I got to drop more than a few tokens into classic arcade machines at Funspot. How was it? Tune in and find out!
Please note that the voice mailbox number has changed. The new number is 405-486-YDKF. That’s 405 (as in Oklahoma City), 486 (as in the processor), YDKF (as in YOU DON’T KNOW FLACK).
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 05-19-2013
Say a prayer and grab the Holy water — today’s episode is all about backmasking in music, those backwards subliminal messages hidden both intentionally and unintentionally in rock music during the 1970s and 80s. In this episode I’ll talk about what started this phenomenon, the course it ran, and what effect (if any) it had on innocent music fans such as myself.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 05-15-2013
Episode 134 of You Don’t Know Flack tells the story of my pseudo Commodore 64 cracking group from the 1980s, the OK Krackers (OKK). (Listen to the episode to see why I used the word “pseudo”.) In this rambling excuse for an episode I end up reminiscing quite a bit about the days of trading games over the modem through BBSes.