An old website with descriptions on the oldest game consoles all the way up to the newest. This is where I started learning about retro game consoles (well it was this page and the Angry Video Game Nerd).
[Listening to audio without a sound card]
Tempest is a program that allows you to listen to music on nothing more than your computer and it's CRT monitor. This works because your monitor puts out electromagnetic frequencies somewhere around the AM radio spectrum, and if you can get you monitor to display the right images in succession, it would then in turn play music through an AM radio.
At first it looks the the program could only do "Eliza" Beethoven, but was later updated by the author to be able to do any MP3. It's also implied, and backed up by a paper, that this could essentially allow people to see what's on your monitor remotely which is a terrifying concept.
A bunch of submissions of people who were able to get their old computers to load up the Retro version of Hackaday.
Some of these people went to very great lengths to load this page, bravo!
A collection of photos taken by David Hlynsky of shop windows and advertisements on the streets of communist Europe, between 1986 and 1990. It's interesting how drab and even humble a lot of these shop windows and signs are, since I'm so use to how modern western adversing is.
Another site about old school graphics processors, like the post below. This site doesn't have drivers, but It has much much more info, on much more cards than vintage3d.org.
Website with a bunch of rare and valuable info on old PC video cards. It has benchmarks, specs, reviews, and drivers. It's very useful if your like me and have a buncha old VGA cards laying around, and were trying to find the best one for your 98SE build.
Channel "pekkavaa" demonstrates running quake in wireframe, on an oscilloscope.
>> Original Youtube video <<
A little higher res version up close
8beatgag is this really odd and funny manga that's centered around old 80's post punk and new wave musicians. It stars people like David Sylvian, Robert Smith, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Boy George, Pete Burns, Siouxsie Sioux, John Taylor... The list goes on and on, doing all kinds of weird fanfiction-y stuff.
There is apparently a whole issue where David Sylvian competes with Akiko Yano (Ryuichi Sakamoto's wife), over who gets to romantically pursue Ryuichi Sakamoto.. wtf lol.
The link above is the manga's webpage, but it's completely in Japanese, and actually a lot of the manga isn't translated as well. This web article in post-punk.com that does a pretty good job explaining it. You can also always sort tumblr by the 8beatgag tag. I use to know a tumblr blog that actually translated a few of the pages, but I cant seem to find it atm, I'll update if i do.
This is a rare youtube playlist of old video game songs from cboyardee's [1 2] much lesser know channel "ForestForTheTrees". As expected he has superb and eclectic taste. Keep this one on the down-low though, I wouldn't want him to delete this channel as well.
[The Traffic Cone Preservation Society]
This site is for the much valued group dedicated to preserving traffic cones of all types. It provides a field guide, their evolution, depictions in pop culture and even a way to join the club if you want.
[Subpixel Text Encoding]
This site shows you how to make really really small text by taking advantage of how LCD monitors work. This is by taking the "sub pixels", (the red green and blue) and arranging letters out of the colored columns.
This doesn't work on all LCD monitors, and definitely doesn't work on CRT's because of the way pixels are drawn on them is different. I was able to see the effect clearly on a few of my older LCDs, but not my main newer one.
[Gallery of Bellydancing Librarians]
There's more to life than books y'know?
The Bellydancing Librarians main page
An article showcasing "The worlds slowest Linux PC". This monstrosity of a project was created by Dmitry Grinberg, and consists of an 8bit RISC processor clocked at 6.5kHz, running Ubuntu 9.04. It also has only 16MB of old-school SIMM memory. Totally absurd.
There is more detailed info about it here on his personal website.
[Retro System Revival!]
This blog has lotsa good stuff if you are into retro windows computers. All kinds of kernal extensions, rare drivers / driver packs, old versions of programs, etc. All embellished with with anthropomorphic versions of the windows operating systems.
What is it with weebs and technology? I love it.
This page displays anecdotes of people's frustrations with the 'Y2K Bug' when it was a hot topic. There are a bunch of other topic'd Computer Stupidities pages as well. They're pretty hilarious to read through, and are an interesting little window into the time period.
This is an old site that I use to listen to the "Golden Oldies" on, way back when I was first getting into 'em. Unfortunately this site is no longer around, and the flash jukebox for the songs no longer works as well. This is the webarchive of it is linked here. I was able to backup a lot of it when I found out the file structure for the site back then.
If you are interested in this folder just hit me up and I can upload it.
This page allows you to surf through short-wave radio signals, on the web! Many of hours spent with friends looking for numberstations and other odditys.
I recall one time ,with a friend whom I was living with at the time, we happened upon some weird ass cult stuff.. There were people speaking in tongues, women screaming, bible verses, and on occasion really disjointed music. Of course we happened upon this late into the night, so we were sufficiently spooked. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, I don't have the recording of this, I 'll have to ask my friend if he does.
I recall another time we had chilled and just listened to the North Korean propaganda frequency for a little while. Of course we also checked out the well known Number station frequencies (UVB-76, Lincolnshire Poacher etc), with mixed results.
We've caught some people reading off the NATO phonetic alphabet, although there were a few instances weren't able to snag them because it was tail end of the transmission when I started recording.
Number Sequence @ 147201 kHz
Sequence in the NATO phonetic alphabet
Another sequence in the NATO phonetic alphabet
There are also tons and tons of really strange recurring blips, beeps and droning noises all over the spectrum, which it's really your guess what they really could be. I'm sure a lot of them are just natural atmospheric and mechanical frequency pollution, and I'm sure some of them are likely to be Morse code, or some kind of data carrying signal.
Strange noise @ 27600 kHz
Something @ 4820 kHz (pretty sure this isn't the buzzer, but it's somewhat close in frequency)
This blog is utterly amazing, they are doing god's work here.
"One Terabyte of the Kilobyte age" is a blog maintained by, Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied, of which it's its purpose is the archival and restoration of old GeoCites pages dug out of the MASSIVE ONE TERABYTE Geocities torrent. You can read more on their about page>. The content is also organized with tags, so you can peruse content for various subjects.
They also have an accompanying tumblr where they post links to new posts, their internal tags, and screenshots of the sites.
It's kinda like what I wanted this part of my site to be like, but these posts are so much more in-depth.
This one is my favorite
This is a massive, MASSIVE collection of text files that were passed around in BBS', usenet, emails and things of the like. Most of these are from the 1970s and 80s, so some really rare glimpse into life around then. These files range from fiction, technical guides, politics / news, ascii art, and ofc straight up smut.
I cannot fully express the size of this archive, it's wild.
Some neat ones I've read so far:beefstar
(I will likely be adding more as I find them)
A webpage owned by 'Howard Stone', which displays photos he captured of people scared by the backfiring of his van (of which he could do on command). This was all done with some kinda elaborate camera setup, god knows when. He was apparently doing some photo work in a darkroom, and the photos are all in black and white, so this must have been some some time ago.
This is the webpage for the free (as in freedom) piece of software "Optar", which stands for OPTical ARchiver. It lets you encode and store digital data on average pieces of paper, as well as decode it back into digital data. There is a very similar piece of software on M$ Windows called Paperback, if that's the way you roll.
Some crazy mofo 'limegreenboy' draws Reisen Udongein with just HTML.. Just HTML.
>> Original Youtube video <<
>> Mega Mirror link <<
This site is filled to the brim with glitch art videos / imagery drawn from wildly different source material. I can't really recall how I came across this site, and unfortunately it is no longer up. This is just a web archive of it.
I think it's possible that I may had found it through mayhem.net, and it's just one of the many dead links on there. I certainly think that there is at least a connection. On the sidebar, "tags" if you could call it that, there is mention of 'Mr tamale', which was one of the collaborating pages on mayhem.net. The kind of glitch art on here certainly reminds me of the stuff on the Mr tamale page.
Webgl app that demonstrates Barry Martin's Hopalong Orbit Algorithm. >> info on the algorithm <<
Another Net-art site, this one just randomly combines 2 gifs (gif in foreground, other tiled gif in background), and sets it to music.
"How to connect you Nintendo famicom to your radio"
This sub page of famicomworld.com explains how the Japanese FM tv stations have an overlap in frequency with the American FM radio signal band, thus you can hear famicom music over your FM radio!
All the other content on Famicomword, is pretty neat and technical, you should give it a read.
Video demonstration (not mine):
[WELCOME TO MY WWWEB WORLD]
Another 'Net-art' page. It features bizzare/seemingly random images, broken unicode, flashing moving text and clickholes. The placement and selection of images/text seem to be different every time you refresh. It sorta reminds me of mayhem.net but a little more modern and certainly not as malicious feeling.
I was lucky to be able to re-find this one, I had remembered it but lost the bookmark for it. I was able to get it again through some really really old web history just because I happened to have an old screenshot (image above) and some videos of the site, and they were dated.
We're getting into the real web-meat now! This was a web page I was trying to re-find for quite some time now, mayhem.net, and it's subpages / sister sites.
Mayhem.net appears to be linked with two other sites of a similar nature.
Links: subculture.com mrtamale.com
These sites contents range from surreal web art pieces and glitch art to information about serial killers. These sites all seem to be interlink and all seem to have the purpose of making you very uncomfortable. Everything has this sketchy early internet ad-ware aesthetic, with pop up dialogs, pages saying "WORM", "TROJAN HORSE", "VIRUS" and all the like.
I swear, there was this youtube video that I remember seeing where someone actually got a hold of one of the creators of these sites over phone (He either made mayhem.net or subculture.com or both I can't recall), and he had said there is nothing malicious about these sites, they are just a bit of fun to make you think you "computer is melting" or something along those lines. I cannot for the life of me find this video, or any info about this site anymore other than like 2 comment reddit threads where all people say is "whohh this is creeeepy guys".
I've recorded some footage navigating these sites if you are too afraid to look for yourself. It's pretty NSFW so keep that in mind.
It's a really strange set of websites, you definitely could sink some time going down all these rabbit holes.
Unfortunately I think these sites wont work how they are suppose to very soon. They heavily rely on adobe flash and flash support is ending. Modern browsers don't seem to handle pop ups and embedded sound quite like they use to either. I recall there being much more sound when the popup windows open the first time I had opened subculture.com.
This page is a collection of art pieces that I just happened upon, named 0900 SOLAR BOARDING PAUSE ALONZO MORNING. It looks like Oneoxtrix point never and James Ferraro had some part in it, as well as a few other artists (Ducktails, New Yoga, Mossy Throats, Sun Araw, Triangle Glare and Matrix Metals).
These pieces involve CRT's, video art, exotic looking potted plants and hypnagogic pop music.
This website emulates cartoon network's old toonami block. Pretty neat if you want to sit back and casually watch some anime.
This page details someone who submitted an image of a 3d model (instead of a real photo of themselves) for their french ID card. I believe this is the first time something like this has been done successfully.
This video totally fucked with me the very first time I saw it. I saw it on 4chan's flash board, and at that point in time I wasn't completely acquainted to the seedier parts of the internet. I later came to really love the musician (Oneohtrix Point Never) that put it together.
It looks like all the sources are listed in the description, but I'll list them here as well.
This really fucking creepy animation!! It kinda reminds me of something cyriak would make, but much more disturbed.
It looks like they have a tumblr and some other weird social media.
This is an imgur gallery of some images and written first hand accounts from someone who visited the Fukushima Exclusion Zone. This was the nuclear meltdown that occurred shortly after 2011 tsunamis an earthquakes in japan. Here are some wiki pages [ 1 2 ] if you are not completely acquainted and or want to read more.
This site has a huge collection of insecure / password-less security cams for you to peruse. Some of them you can even control. Even though this site may inspire malicious intent, I think there can be some good from it too. It's interesting to see what candid life is like on the streets in other cities and countries. There is also a share of downright bizarre things being monitored as well.
I have two short recordings from this site dated January 24, 2016. One is a kinda ominous light house very early in the morning somewhere in Europe. The other is a glitchy pile of garbage?? located somewhere in japan.
Remember kids, always use secure passwords and up to date encryption methods.
A brief history of the ASCII penis
This is an imgur gallery with pictures of and abandoned building in japan turned into a little otaku hideout. It's complete with Anime posters, figures, retro game consoles and games, manga and put out cigarettes. There's an interesting vibe to it.
A website that I had found on 4chan /jp/ that shows random "Alone on a friday night?" image macros, with music. It's no longer up, so this is the web archive link of it. It doesnt seem to cycle images on refreshing here on the webarchive, so these images are just the two I had.
Prepare to fly~
This is pretty neat, it's the official Sega webpage for Nights into dreams when it was brand new. This site contains a rundown of the story, hints, character bios and other information about the game.
Theres also a downloads section that has really low res game screen-shots, Game sound effects and a Windows 95 theme.
One of the video teasers:
The rest of the sega.com page archive is a pretty neat browse, there are a few game demos and other game pages to peruse. There also appears to had been a flash game for Nights into Dreams on this Sega page, but nothing that was flash was backed up onto the web archive for what I would only guess are space and security limitations, a shame.
I really love Nights into Dreams, it was good part of my childhood gaming memories. I'm glad to see this site archived.
A huge collection of 70's, 80's, and 90's japanese music. City pop, synthpop, and funky fusion music galore!
This site is such a big rabbit hole to go down. I kid you not I spent half of 2015 and all of 2016 listening to stuff from here and posting songs on /jp/.
Some artist recommendations:
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
ORIENTAL MAGNETIC YELLOW
A showcase of someone's geocities animations, it looks like they are edits of one Marilyn Radzat's work. Unfortunately this looks like it was the only page of them archived.
The final fantasy house page:
So this page details the events of the 'final fantasy house' and it servers as a warning of the cults doings. It is maintained by one of the survivors of said events, he is referred to as "Zack".
The Final Fantasy house was this messed up Internet cult, that pulled in young and troubled individuals claiming that they were 'soul bonded' to characters in the video game Final fantasy 7. The leader of the cult "Jenova", or "Jenny nova" and her love interest at the time "Hojo" would groom people off of IRCs etc into living with them, and eventually supporting all of Jenova's bills and petty expenditures. The living situations were awful and filthy, and the social environment was often hostile.
If you want to see a video summary of the Final fantasy house this one does a pretty good job. The site is much much more in depth, and has backed up live journals, emails and chat-logs.
I think what skeeves me about about reading about this is that it almost feels like something that could have happens to me, given certain circumstances. It definitely an important cautionary tale.
This website was posted by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix point never) in promotion of his new album 'Garden of Delete', claiming that this band was the inspiration for said album. Really it was just made by Lopatin for fun, and it showcases his sence of humor and style.
The site is for the 90s hypergrundge band Kaoss Edge, and details their supposed albums and history as well as a lot of cursed imagery and hidden links.
A big collection of end of the world scenarios, and their supposed dates. These scenarious are all written in a sorta humorous way.
This is a rare tumblr, it's owned by Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford for their project "Games" later renamed "Ford and Lopatin". Lot's of rare stuff related to their collab, I'm a huge fan! This websites name "Skumsoft", is actually in reference to their first track on "Channel Pressure".
I don't think it's well known that pilotredsun has a tumblr. He uploads screenshots of videos he's working on before they get on youtube, as well as other stuff.
Sound bible is just an old and cheesy site to get "free" sound effects from. I was going through this site to find some soundeffects for my high school senior project and I came across this tag "bloody". It's full of pretty uncomfortable sounds.
Another Serial Experiments Lain fan site. This site has descriptions and analysis of the show's philosophy and episodes. The site also contains the Serial Experiments Lain manga "Nightmare of Fabrication" if you haven't read that yet.
An inbrowser parody of windows 95/98. It has a bunch of actually working software, games and emulators, which is awesome.
This is a very old anime fan page, complete with wallpapers, Japanese lessons, polls, and awful fan submitted art and fan fiction. I'm really fond of the styling of this website. Apparently the forums are still active (as of 2020), abet very slow. It looks like it get just a couple post every couple years.
Speaking of the faaux website, I should add it here as well. This website is a collection monochrome pink html art peices concerning lain, from the anime 'Serial Experiments Lain'. There are also a few pretty interesting lain unity games as well. If you haven't already seen Serial Experiments Lain I'd highly recommend it.
This is a very surreal website. It functions as a huge maze of links that slowly detail a story and/or possibly some kind of ARG, I'm not really sure yet. The art and literature inside are delightful abstract.
I don't think I've ever seen art "things" that look quite like this. I had initially described it as "fractal imagery", but after talking to someone in the associated discord server, I found that they the art pieces "pixel ornaments". (UPDATE: I was later contacted by whom I believe is the site's creator on how they describe these things.) I was also given this link, showing how to make said imagery..
I suppose the website's design is a little like the fauux serial experiments lain website, but kicked up a whole level stylistically, as well as being much much more non linear. The story's concept, as far as I've observed, feels like something very far in the future. Like post several society's merge into collective consciousnesses, or maybe very old AIs, interacting in whatever is left of our decaying technology infrastructure. It's very novel.
Bill Gates dead man, miss him miss him miss him
A blog all about bootleg simpsons paraphernalia. They actually use to sell bootleg bart shirts and stuff here, a shame I missed out.
Don't have a box new
This was an art piece made by Nam June Paik, that aired live via satellite on new years day, 1984. It includes some abstract video segmants, and performances from Oingo Boingo, Peter Gabriel, and the Thompson Twins, aswell as some others I don't know so well. I've linked the youtube upload of it, but i've known youtube to take down stuff for dumb reasons, so i've uploaded it as well. Also, heres the Wiki page with more info on it.
Not really that weird honestly, it's just a Japanese website detailing modding/fixing, and then installing Damn Small Linux on a fairly old laptop. I dig how the site looks though, obviously enough.
Edward Snowden's teenage anime homepage, at least it would certainly seems so. Some person posted this in a 4chan thread I was reading a while back. The website looks like something him and his then friends put together. The picture on the right is on of his mock album adverts from his page, pretty hillarious.
So this is a pretty strange site. From all I guess, it looks like at some point it was a BBS, but has now completely been overrun by spam bots. I couldn't really discern what the BBS was originally for, translating what Japanese that's there comes out as nonsense, or ads. I also don't really know what the image on the parent site is suppose to be (a render of some kind of building obviously), and reverse image searching doesn't yeild anything. I accidentally came across this site looking for a reasonable quality download of this album somewhere. The visitor counter does seem to work. I think the first time I came here the counter was in the low 1000s roughly
Just an old website that sells latex masks. I found this site when I just randomly encountered the picture of the frog mask in a google image search. I have no idea if this "Antony Gerard" still sells these mask, but I really hope so. The parent website has a bunch of other similar links (haunted houses, latex hands, noses and feet, costume stuff and other things of Antony's work)