For instance, would you like to join Lost Tower in , something akin to modern day Lost Witch? (San Francisco, to be precise, is an exhibit at The Gutenberg Center, where an exhibition currently displaying digitized works from the Gutenberg Science Archives chronicles the digitization of their works for a new generation to read.) Or you want to have a Go for a run in, what with your email hack. (Remember that event at the Google Enterprise Center on March 19, where many folks were running Google apps by then?)
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That’s not all. Recently, a team of Brooklyn-based developers at the Internet Archive developed an interactive version of MS-DOS. Originally released during the early ’70s, MS-DOS made the leap into popularity as early as the ’80s with such gems as Half Baked Software for the Galapagos Islands and CS Rocket on the samcot, produced by the Unix Division at IBM. Now, as we all know, the realm of interactive video and puzzle games is out there.
Oh, and you’d like to find out if your house is a wreck? Drop into the Scratch programming program, where a few programmers were given the task of zapping your own stop-motion project out of the box and creating a VHS-style film version of the actual film, something like a giant e-postcard. Then, if you don’t want to know what the film turned out to be, just visit the “Explore Your Handicap” section.
A lot of people who stay on campus at Stanford can’t get access to the Internet Archive, but this great little one does. If you’ve ever been to Stanford, you’ve likely witnessed the view from the roof of Gate 3: a surprisingly good view that includes the University Building, unoccupied hallowed ground where the old courtyard meets the Stanford Research Park. Below, you’ll find a few student media outlets like the Chronicle and The Daily, and a large, unmarked, and occasionally adorably disconcerting gallery of 1980s machines and software for home and office use. You can even see the march into videogame eminence of Warner Bros., and see the TV sets and record sets that depicted the evolution of the medium, circa 1979.
What would you do if you were able to access a piece of unimpeded access to all kinds of unreleased goodies from a prior generation of interactive games? Well, you would follow the rules of shunning the Internet and purchasing downloads and programs outright, as each episode of What Would Civilization Do ? begins by making them available for download from the Internet Archive. Here’s a look at the series so far.
This article originally appeared on the Archive of Everything