I’m sick and twisted.

I got Wordperfect 5.1 running in DOSbox under OSX.

Now I just need to find a DOS-native version of Lotus 1-2-3 and a copy of DBase III+, and my quest will be complete.

Update: Borland has made Turbo Pascal versions 1.0, 3.02, and 5.5, as well as Turbo C version 2.01 and Turbo C++ version 1.01 available here.

I’ve now got a multi-floppy-image of a later version of Lotus 1-2-3, but I’m still looking for a 2.x version and a distribution of DBase III+.

Why do out-of-print books have to be so expensive?

I finally found the title and author of a book about the development and adoption of the M16 rifle that I’d read in high school (thanks to the helpful staff at the Anadarko Public Library, who tracked down the book that was still on their shelves).

It’s The Great Rifle Controversy: Search for the Ultimate Infantry Weapon from World War II Through Vietnam and Beyond by Edward Clinton Ezell.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a used copy for any less than $120 (looking on Amazon and Abebooks). It will just have to go on my “pick it up one of these days” list, and I’ll continue to look for a cheaper copy.

Update: I did manage to pick up a copy of The Black Rifle: M16 Retrospective last week, written by Ezell and Stevens. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m building an AR-15.

I live in one of the biggest towns in the US…

and so far, it’s been impossible to find anywhere in town that I can purchase a fake or “replica” Rolex watch. Sure, you hear stories of being able to buy them on the streets of NYC for $20, but here in Houston (even though we have a huge shipping port and tons of import shops with lots of knockoff/fake purses and perfume) they’re nowhere to be found.

Sure, there’s places on the Internet where I can buy high-quality “replicas” for hundreds of dollars, but I don’t trust them with my credit card information and just want a cheap fake. I’ve been looking on and off for two years now and nothing has turned up.

Die Hard 4: Worth It

Die Hard 4 is a great mindless summer action flick. If you can take your suspension-of-disbelief with you and forget how computers and networks really work, it’s a good way to spend a couple of hours. Despite a couple of plot holes, it’s worth the price of a ticket.