How to set up a retro DOS PC to use the web, IRC chat, email, twitter, connect to BBS’s and more!

In this video I show you how to set up networking using a packet driver and mTCP. After that it’s over to showcasing some of the ways to get apps such as telnetd on a Linux box to give you email, twitter, reddit, rss, video and more. Then there’s the native mTCP apps such as IRC; an FTP server, an FTP client, a telnet client (for you to connect to your Linux box with) and more. Finally, there’s a harkening back to the days pre-internet with BBS’s. I’ll show you how to connect to BBS’s via telnet.

Zoom Security Update

The popular video conferencing software, Zoom, has been subject to zero-day exploits and has also been leaking personal information. There’s an update out here, however, even after the update, the default settings may still be a little too lax for most users. This video shows you how to perform the update (April 3rd 2020), as well as change your settings to ensure your privacy and security.

How to play music modules on an old PC (MOD/S3M/XM)

Up until now, listening to digitised music on a retro PC has been pretty much impossible. In this quick video, I’ll show you how you can play MOD / S3M / XM modules on a PC with as little as a 4.77MHz CPU. This is using brand new software (March 2020), which is still in beta so YMMV!

Links to the material shown in this video: Forum page with link to beta 16 of ModMaster XT:… Download MODs etc from here: Galaxy Music Player (GLX) (1994) download:… Original version of ModMaster 2.3 (1997):…

MS DOS Shell & Task Swapping Review

Many people didn’t even know that a utility called MS-DOS Shell shipped with the extras disk of MS-DOS versions 5 & 6. It was a handy file manager which looked and operated similarly to File Manager in Windows. One of it’s most interesting features was its ability to ‘swap tasks’. I’ll show you how to enable task swapping, and how it works, as well as give you a brief overview of the use of Dosshell overall.

How to get more than 640K RAM in a PC or XT

For years, I thought that it was impossible to access any more than 640K ‘Conventional’ RAM on my PC or XT. I was wrong. This time on Al’s Geek Lab, we see why and how the PC only addressed 640K, as well as how to take it up to 1MB without any major work.

MicroRAM card from Monotech Vintage PCs: DOSMAX / SHELLMAX Utility:… USE!UMBS:…


The XT-IDE-CF card is great. It lets you add an IDE hard drive, or a Compact Flash card to your PC or XT. Of course, new updates come out for the BIOS on these cards regularly. They improve performance and fix bugs. But flashing the updates can be tricky! Here’s how to make sure you don’t do like what I did (totally screwed it up!). Step by step instructions follow!