You Don't Know Flack
By Rob O'Hara
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Stories about old games, old computers, and technology, from a guy who was there, and still is.
||CleanYDKF Episode 183: Music||I decided to take a break from my studies and talk about music for a couple of hours. This is the longest episode of You Don’t Know Flack by far — a meandering record of my personal history with music, […]||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 182: Breakdance||[Patreon.com/RobOHara] Before my ninja phase and my skateboarding phase came my breakdancing phase. On Episode 182 of You Don’t Know Flack I share my memories of breakdancing, including the first time I saw anyone do the moonwalk, seeing the Coca-Cola||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 181: Archiving||Support my podcasts on www.Patreon.com/RobOHara If you have archived all the old episodes of You Don’t Know Flack, you are in luck! On Episode 181 of YDKF I talk about all the things I archive: photos, VHS tapes, vinyl records, […]||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 180: Thanksgiving||[Patreon.com/RobOHara] Nothing says Thanksgiving like December. On this slightly-delayed episode of You Don’t Know Flack, I catch up on a few things. In a lengthy Loading Time segment I discuss the WiModem (a wireless modem for the Commodore 64) and [||12/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 179: Tempting Death||[Patreon.com/RobOHara] On Episode 179 of You Don’t Know Flack, I tell a few old stories about times I was almost killed. Believe it or not, it’s happened more than a couple of times in my life! Links — iTunes | […]||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 178: Y2K||[Patreon.com/RobOHara] On Episode 178 of You Don’t Know Flack I discuss Y2K — the hype and the reality, from someone who was actually there and was actively fixing computers. This episode includes some Y2K commercials,||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 177: Roadtrips||Support You Don’t Know Flack on Patreon.com/RobOHara On Episode 177 of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about roadtrips, from the first ones I remember taking with my family when I was four years old to the one I took […]||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 176: Anarchy||Support You Don’t Know Flack on Patreon.com! Episode 176 of You Don’t Know Flack is all about ANARCHY — and, more specifically, all those old anarchy BBS files we used to love to read on BBSes. On this episode I […]||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 175: Hardest Hits||In episode 175 of You Don’t Know Flack, I run down a list of the top 10 hardest hits I’ve taken in my life. Some of them came from fists, a couple came from skateboarding incidents, and at least one […]||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 174: Cars||The podcast’s engine is roaring back to life with another new episode! On this episode I tell a few stories about the cars I destroyed in my youth. If I sound hoarse, it’s because I recorded half the episode and […]||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 173: Movie Theater Memories||Inspired by Doug McCoy’s new podcast (In The Theatre), I decided to share some of my own movie theater memories as well. In this episode you’ll hear about my first viewing of Star Wars, that time Grandma caused us to […]||3/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 172: Car Audio||In Episode 172 of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about car audio, from the crappy components I purchased at flea markets and installed in my first cars to the $2,400 system I had installed in a small vehicle that […]||3/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 171: UFOs||Episode 171 is all about UFOs. On this one I talk about the books, television shows, and movies that caused me to look skyward. I also talk about some UFO reports, events, and my own personal sighting. The truth is […]||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 170: Arcade Guts||In this week’s episode of You Don’t Know Flack, I talk about arcade guts — what you’ll find inside most machines. This episode is split almost evenly between “Loading Time” chatter and actual content, so get ready for some rambling! […]||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 169: Cruises||In Episode 169 of You Don’t Know Flack, hot off our vacation I kick off 2016 by talking about cruises: how they work, what to expect, and some of the things you can expect to find on a cruise. Not […]||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 168: The AP Story||In this episode of You Don’t Know Flack, I talk about the time I was interviewed by an AP reporter about my collection of classic games. The article ran in hundreds of newspapers, led to dozens of phone calls, got […]||12/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 167: IBM PC||While the Commodore 64 will always be my favorite child, the IBM PC is certainly the hardest working. In this episode I talk about my history with IBM computers, from our first PCjr back in 1984 through the first 386 […]||12/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 166: Horror Movies||On this very special Halloween edition of You Don’t Know Flack I traipse through my history with horror movies, starting with the first ones I watched as a youngster and ending with my thoughts on modern horror films. Happy Halloween! […]||10/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 165: College||Summer’s over and class is in session! On this episode of YDKF I talk about the five (!) different colleges I’ve attended — not particularly technical in nature, but I thought you guys might want to know what I’ve been […]||10/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 164: Operating Systems||On this episode of YDKF I take a walk down memory lane through all the operating systems I’ve run, from MS-DOS 2.1 to Windows 10, sprinkling a few 16, 32 and 64-bit memories along the way. [Links] Link: Classic Text […]||8/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 163: Best Buy||It’s been 20 years since I worked for the big yellow tag. On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I delve way back into the memory banks and tell a few stories about what it was like working for […]||7/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 162: 720||This episode of You Don’t Know Flack is dedicated to one of the greatest (and one of my favorite) arcade games of all time — Atari’s 720 degrees! In this episode I talk about the game, my first experience with […]||7/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 161: VCRs||On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I discuss my history with VCRs, from the first one we got when I was 5 in 1978 to the $300 Go Video dual-deck VCR I owned. [Links] Link: Visiting the Ronald […]||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 160: Raiders of the Lost Garage||Oh dear. It appears I recorded an episode using my SX-64 and somehow lost the cassette! On this episode I grab the portable mic and head out to the garage to dig through all of my retro junk in hopes […]||5/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 159: MAME||On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about MAME, the arcade game emulator. I talk about some of the different types of computer and devices I play MAME on (including things like PCs and the Raspberry Pi), […]||4/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 158: Tornadoes||It’s spring in the Midwest and that means it’s tornado season. On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about what it was like growing up in Tornado Alley and my experience with two devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma […]||4/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 157: Printer Extravaganza||Listen. I know this sounds like a terrible idea for a show. It’s not as bad as it sounds, I promise. Just wait until you hear about all the fun I used to have printing things out with Print Shop! […]||1/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 156: Every Computer I Have Ever Owned||Okay, so it’s not really every computer I’ve ever owned, but it’s every computer I’ve ever owned and actually used. My fellow hoarders understand the difference. [Links] Link: Lawsuit: Apple Computer vs. Franklin Computer You Don’t Know Flack||1/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 155: Cassettes||Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! On the first You Don’t Know Flack of 2015 I talk about my history with cassette tapes. C’mon, it’s not as boring as yet another 24 hour Christmas Story marathon. […]||1/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 154: Emulation PC||On this episode of You Don’t Know Flack, I talk about my latest attempt to get an emulation PC up and running in my living room. I run through the parts I bought, the front end I settled on, and […]||12/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 153: MTV||If you remember hearing (or saying) “I want my MTV,” then this episode is for you! In episode 153 of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about the classic era of MTV, from August 1st, 1981 when the channel began […]||9/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 152: Star Wars Video Games||In this episode I talk a bit about my visit to Rancho Obi-Wan before jumping in with lasers blazing and talking about as many Star Wars video games, computer games, arcade games and pinball games as a guy can in […]||7/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 151: Theme Parks||Visiting Disneyland for the first time last month put me in the mood to tell old stories about theme parks. [Links] The best Disney-themed podcast out there: Drunk on Disney Another Guy Hutchinson podcast: Adventure Club Podcast Video: Springlake Amuse.||6/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 150: The Creek||The opposite of last week’s show, this week’s episode of You Don’t Know Flack is definitely non-technical. “The Creek” was out behind my house and I spent a lot of time playing and collecting stories out there. [Links] You Don’t […]||5/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 149: Networks||I’m back at home and back on the mic with another episode of You Don’t Know Flack. This episode is about the exciting world of computer networks! Okay, so maybe it doesn’t sound that exciting, but give it a chance! […]||5/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 148: Modchips||Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. After a slight delay, You Don’t Know Flack is back with an episode all about modchips, those devious little devices that allow you to do naughty things with your videogame […]||2/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 147: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year||Another year, another relaunch. On episode 147 of You Don’t Know Flack I bring us into the new year by reflecting back on past holiday traditions and comparing them to my family’s current traditions. After a relaxing December I’m hoping […]||1/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 146: Kong Off 3||Getting back to arcade games, I spent November 15-17 in Denver, Colorado hanging around the 1UP Arcade attending the 3rd Annual Kong Off Tournament. Billy Mitchell, Steve Wiebe, Walter Day and the 32 best Donkey Kong players in the world […]||12/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 145: About Podcasting||Throughout the years, several people have asked me how to get started podcasting. I’ve never sat down and wrote or recorded an answer to that question… until now. With audio submissions from several of my fellow podcasters, this episode is […]||11/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 144: Halloween||Better late than never, on this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I rummage through my old Halloween memories, from trick-or-treating back then to trick-or-treating today. I run through most of the costumes I’ve worn in my life and talk […]||11/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 143: MiST Computer||On this week’s episode of You Don’t Know Flack I delve into the MiST computer, a new FPGA-based system designed to run Amiga and Atari ST software. I talk about how difficult it is to get the MiST up and […]||10/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 142: Star Wars Toys||On Episode 142, I and special guest Earl Green from TheLogBook.com share our memories about collecting Star Wars toys. Both of us saw Star Wars at very early ages and have been collecting Star Wars toys ever since. [Links] TheLogBook.com […]||10/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 141: Raspberry Pi||In Episode 141, I talk about my infatuation with the new(ish) credit card-based computer, the Raspberry Pi. In this show I talk about what the Raspberry Pi is, what it’s capable of doing, and some of the more interesting uses […]||9/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 140: Reclaiming Spaces||In previous episodes of You Don’t Know Flack I’ve talked both about arcades and my own personal arcade collection. In Episode 140, I talk about how and why I ended up parting with that collection. My book about collecting arcade […]||8/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 139: The Galloping Ghost Arcade||Last week I visited the Galloping Ghost arcade just outside of Chicago, Illinois. You can hear all about the arcade and my time there in episode 139 of You Don’t Know Flack! Also in this episode I compare the Ghost […]||8/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 138: Atari 2600||You Don’t Know Flack is back with another episode! In this episode, I wax nostalgic about my days with the Atari 2600. You’ll get to hear about many of the games I grew up playing, whether or not I still […]||7/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 137: Soulz at Zero||On Episode 137 of You Don’t Know Flack I delve into the history of Soulz at Zero, the lit group I founded back in the mid-1990s. If you don’t know what a lit group is (or was), you’re in for […]||6/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 136: Funspot Arcade||Where did the time go? After a couple of weeks off, You Don’t Know Flack is back with episode 136. In this episode I talk a bit about Funspot Arcade, the classic arcade in Laconia, New Hampshire. Last week on […]||6/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 135: Backmasking||Say a prayer and grab the Holy water — today’s episode is all about backmasking in music, those backwards subliminal messages hidden both intentionally and unintentionally in rock music during the 1970s and 80s. In this episode I’ll talk about [||5/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYDKF Episode 134: The OK Krackers||Episode 134 of You Don’t Know Flack tells the story of my pseudo Commodore 64 cracking group from the 1980s, the OK Krackers (OKK). (Listen to the episode to see why I used the word “pseudo”.) In this rambling excuse […]||5/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Flack - Get to Know Him
YOU DON'T KNOW FLACK is a podcast that lives and dwells in some of the arcane technology of years ago. Rob O'Hara (your host) spins yarns artfully blended with facts and little known minutia about such topics as copying diskettes, obscure computer outdrives, and situations that simply no longer exist because of huge leaps in technology. O'Hara looks back with fondness, but he doesn't add the extra sugar that can be so prevalent with shows that look back at our collective cultural past.
You should definitely give it a try - it's really well done. Start at the beginning, but cut Flack some slack on the tonal qualities. He's got a nice new microphone by about the 4th or 5th podcast.
Don't Know Flack? You Will!
Rob "Flack" O'Hara does a fantastic job of relating personal stories and anecdotes that makes you feel like you've known him your whole life. The subject matter of his podcasts range from the early days of computing and Photon to how one should prepare themselves on starting an arcade collection. Good stuff.
You may not know Flack yet but you will.
If you are interested in '80s era gaming, computers that sort of geeky thing you should give this a shot. Rob seems like an interesting guy and his podcast is basically him telling stories of the 'old days', which could be a disaster, but he manages it easily with a smooth delivery and presentation. I grew up in that era but really on the fringe of the scene he tells about but this still quickly became one of my favorite podcasts, mostly due to Rob's ability to keep me entertained. Keep up the good work!