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Watch the hilarious highlights from a low-budget ’90s computer show
Tim Testa really knew his way around a desktop.
The software. The shirts. The jokes at which even your shamelessly corny dad would cringe. Home Computing, a low-budget program designed to usher novices into the digital age, ran for 93 episodes in the mid-1990s on a channel called the Jones Computer Network. At long last, some of its finest moments have been culled from ancient VHS recordings.
Your host is mustachioed man-about-town Tim Testa, a comedian who has opened for Ellen Degeneres and Larry the Cable Guy, among others, and who once escaped a crashed plane that had become submerged underwater. Whether he’s bickering with his offscreen wife or trying to get the hang of an 8-bit video game, Testa is never less than awkwardly entertaining.
If this montage whet your appetite for more, Testa himself uploaded some other clips from this lost edutainment classic back in 2008. (And here are three full episodes.)
Ah, to be back in the days when computing was a gentleman’s pursuit.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'