Looking to turn back the clock? Long for the days of shoulder pads and Duran Duran? Sadly, there is no Internet Hot Tub Time Machine (yet). But you can still play old MS-DOS games that let you party like it's 1989.
Abandonia distributes games whose owners have stopped making, selling, or supporting them. Its abandonware collection features hundreds of titles, from "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (a 2D shooter loosely based on the film) to the original text adventure "Zork"--all free to download.
Why this is awesome: Chunky two-dimensional graphics and cheesy eight-bit sound effects in a DOS window? Bring it on.
Why you shouldn't do it: Technically, many of these titles are still owned by the original absentee copyright holders, making downloads illegal. Let us know if anyone decides to sue you over it.
15. Create Your Own Torrent TV
Okay, you're a file-swapping deviant with no moral center. We get that. Now here's something that will make your life easier: a free service that alerts you when your favorite TV torrents are ready for download.
Karmorra's ShowRSS lets you add a feed to any RSS reader that gives the lowdown on the downloads and lets you grab torrents with a single click. You can choose from hundreds of popular programs--from 30 Rock to Warehouse 13 and most shows in between, and watch them on free media players like Miro or Vuze.
Why this is awesome: No more scouring torrent search sites waiting for HBO's Boardwalk Empire to show up.
Why you shouldn't do it: You do realize that downloading and sharing copyrighted materials is illegal, right? Just checking.
Contributing editor Dan Tynan's contract forbids him from condoning illegal activities, so you didn't hear any of this stuff from him. Catch his perfectly legal but immoral and fattening geek humor site, eSarcasm , or follow (but don't impersonate) him on Twitter: @tynan_on_tech .