As any Hoopy Frood will know May 25th is Towel Day and to celebrate you could sit down with the book, or watch the TV show or the movie, or you could just read a towel. But instead why not dust off the 1980’s text adventure of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
To save you finding an old 486 and dusting off those MS-DOS disks there’s several ways of getting this Infocom classic running on your modern computer, here’s a guide to some of them.
In Windows XP there was a downloadable PowerToy called “Open Command Window Here” which could open a command prompt window from Explorer and set the starting directory in the command prompt to the currently selected directory in Explorer. Windows 7 has this feature built in, and here’s how to use it.
In Linux the wc -l command gives a count of the number of lines in a file or pipe. Windows doesn’t have the wc command, but the same can be done using the built-in find command as follows:
Brief instructions on how to make a USB flash drive that can boot a computer into Windows 98 DOS mode. Useful for running things like Norton Ghost. Continue reading