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 01-12-2014
Another year, another relaunch. On episode 147 of You Don’t Know Flack I bring us into the new year by reflecting back on past holiday traditions and comparing them to my family’s current traditions. After a relaxing December I’m hoping to shake the ring rust off with this episode and get things back on track. In 2014 I’ll be alternating podcasts, with You Don’t Know Flack one week and Sprite Castle the following week.
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 12-02-2013
Getting back to arcade games, I spent November 15-17 in Denver, Colorado hanging around the 1UP Arcade attending the 3rd Annual Kong Off Tournament. Billy Mitchell, Steve Wiebe, Walter Day and the 32 best Donkey Kong players in the world attended the tournament. In this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about my time spent at the Kong Off 3 and some of the other classic arcades I visited in and around Denver!
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 11-14-2013
Throughout the years, several people have asked me how to get started podcasting. I’ve never sat down and wrote or recorded an answer to that question… until now. With audio submissions from several of my fellow podcasters, this episode is packed full of podcast-related hints, tips, suggestions, and most of all, encouragement!
This star-studded episode includes submissions from:
Posted by admin | Posted in Podcasts | Posted on 11-11-2013
Better late than never, on this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I rummage through my old Halloween memories, from trick-or-treating back then to trick-or-treating today. I run through most of the costumes I’ve worn in my life and talk about old and new Halloween parties. Not much tech talk on this one, but still a good listen.
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.