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Citizen Rewind

2015 September 26
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by gpotter

Back in 2013 I found a box of cassettes containing some CBC Nightlines shows from the 90’s – I shared them on a page here at NetworkEffects and highlighted a few more of my favourite finds like the Nightlines Pub Rock Show and some Pooby Christmas tunes.

Soon after I posted these I received some emails from fans of CBC Nightlines & CBC Brave New Waves offering to share some of their digitized cassettes.  Some of these fans had even used their VCRs to record the radio programs – taking advantage of the VCR programmable timers to capture their favourite late-night programs.

It became clear to me sometime in 2014 that the submissions finding their way to my shared Dropbox volumes were going to far outpace my ability to update the humble collection on my blog so I started looking for a better way to not only host them, but a means for all of these great people to grow the collections + provide info/tracklists/program details.

After poking around far too long I have decided to setup the Nightlines and Brave New Waves collections at using Omeka – an open source content management system for online digital collections.  I’ve called this little project Citizen Rewind … a little play on words with hat tips to CitizenFour and CBC Rewind.  I think of this project as a fan-led CBC Rewind for those of us who miss our late-night public broadcasting as it was in the 80s and 90s.  The CBC Digital Archives likely have all these program archives somewhere (or did) but are also likely handcuffed by risk averse copyright considerations … this fan-site is not.

The more I use Omeka, the more I love it.  I’ve found just enough features and extensibility to make collecting, organizing, and serving a large collection of audio files and the more I explore it the more I am finding it is also capable of considerable large-scale projects – like serving digital collections of the New York Public Library system.

I have been working on getting archives uploaded this weekend by getting started with the Brave New Waves archive uploads.

Have Something To Share?

I expect I will be picking away at the uploads over the next few weeks before all the Nightlines and Brave New Waves archives are posted – but thought I’d get the word out now as quite a few people have emailed me expressing their willingness to share their archives.  I am hoping getting these collections up now along with a means for people to upload and annotate them will bootstrap things enough for the collections to grow.

If you are a Nightlines or Brave New Waves fan and have some digital archives to share, please feel free to contribute.  Here’s how you can:

Username: contribute
Password: contribute

When you login you will see the dashboard.  Navigate to Items and then Select [Add an Item]



In the [Add an Item] screen select the following:



Mad props to the fine folks at Reclaim Hosting for providing me with server space for all of these archives.  If you are ever in need of web hosting, I can not recommend them highly enough.


‘The Prisoner’ + ‘The Prisoner 2′ video games

2015 May 21
by gpotter

With all the great in-browser software emulation emerging over the last few years I thought I’d take a cue from Jim regarding The Prisoner game released for Apple II and see if I could find an emulated version.

30 minutes into my search I not only found .dsk files for both The Prisoner and The Prisoner 2, but a great piece from The Digital Antiquarian that digs into the backstory of the game developments.  Some great bits:

It consists of some 30 individual BASIC programs which are shuffled in and out of memory as needed by a machine-language routine, the only non-BASIC part of the structure.


Throughout all this the game is constantly trying to get us to reveal our resignation code, through ploys obvious and subtle. The most devious of all comes when we visit the Hospital. In the midst of an absurd free-association personality test, we are suddenly dropped to BASIC with an apparent error message. The natural reaction to the above would be to LIST line 943 to see what the problem might be. If we do, however, we have just lost. The number 943 is of course our resignation code, and we have just been tricked into revealing it. There was never any real error at all; we are still in the program. We are still the Prisoner.

There isn’t much different between ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘The Prisoner II’ – story is essentially the same with ‘The Prisoner II’ adding a first person perspective to the maze/map puzzles.

If you are digging #prisoner106 give ‘The Prisoner’ a shot by downloading this prisoner.dsk file and loading it into this javascript-powered Apple II emulator.

‘The Prisoner II’ is available at and offered via MESS below:

Roundup: March 28 – April 13

2015 April 14
by gpotter

To hell with weekly roundups … looks like I’m more of a ‘bi-weekly roundup’ kinda blogger.








Roundup: Feb 24 – March 28

2015 March 30
by gpotter

Made the first jump into weekly roundups last month .. this one is more like a ‘month roundup’ … and a very eventful month at that.

My month began with 14 days off the job.  Much remains to be seen.