About Me/Us

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I (Rob O’Hara) was born on August 22nd, 1973. I grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma, where I met my wife Susan O’Hara (formerly Susan Holshouser). The two of us graduated from Yukon High School in 1991 and got married in 1995. We have two children, Mason (born in 2001) and Morgan (born in 2005), and one cat (Dusty Springtail). After working at several local restaurants (Mazzio’s Pizza, Grandy’s, Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, Heavenly Pizza, and Long John Silver’s) and attending several local colleges (Redlands Community College, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City Community College and Southern Nazarene University, I earned an Associates Degree in English/Journalism in 2000 and a Bachelors of Organizational Leadership in 2005.

After a brief stint at Best Buy as a computer technician, I was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration in 1995. Since then, I has served many roles including Helpdesk/Technical Support Analyst, Computer Specialist/LAN Administrator, Senior Network Engineer, IT Security, and Domain Administrator/Enterprise Administrator.

You can e-mail me here. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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– Books: To date I have written two books: Commodork: Sordid Tales from a BBS Junkie and Invading Spaces: A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Arcade Games. Both books are available in paperback, in DRM-free PDF format, and through Amazon. I also contributed multiple articles to the 2005 book Retro Gaming Hacks.

– Podcasts: I currently host You Don’t Know Flack, a weekly retro-themed podcast. I am also a host on the popular Throwback Reviews podcast, a show that reviews classic 80s films. I currently do the “Talking Test” segment on the Retroist Podcast and occasionally participate on the Adventure Club Podcast and the 2600 Game by Game Podcast.

– Magazines: I currently write articles for Video Game Trader Magazine and the Digital Press Fanzine. In the past I wrote articles for Video Game Collector Magazine (2006/2007) and had an article published in 2600: The Hacker Quarterly (Fall 1998). I also wrote briefly for Forever Retro Magazine.

– Web: I write for robohara.com (obviously) and The Retroist. I also run, but rarely update, Review-o-Matic.com. In the past I wrote DVD reviews for IGN.com (Edward Scissorhands, Lake Placid, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Pantera’s 3 Vulgar Videos from Hell, others). I also wrote videogame reviews for The Log Book.com.

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Most of my interests involve technology in some way. Here are just a few of my current hobbies and interests:

– Collecting full-size Arcade Games.
– Collecting old video games and video game consoles.
– Collecting old computers (retro computers) and playing old computer games (primarily the Commodore 64, the Amiga, the Apple II, and early DOS games).
– Technology/Gadgets/Gizmos
– Interactive Fiction/Text Adventures
– Computer Security
– Writing