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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Seeking retro holiday specials? BetMaXmas is still in business

By Jen Chaney

BetaMaXmas, serving up some quality "Alf." (Image via the blog Batman Smells)

Remember in 2008 when a little Web site called BetaMaXmas -- an auto-generating feed of '80s holiday YouTube clips designed to look like a wood-paneled rec room circa 1983 -- went viral?

Turns out it's still up, running and uploading freshly digitized, 30-year-old material.

Jeffery Bennett, a Web developer who used to live in Arlington and now resides in San Francisco, tells me via e-mail that some of the recently added videos include "A Garfield Christmas," "Santa Bear's High Flying Adventures" and assorted commercials from the year 1982. The site's old-school TV and TV Guide update automatically based on how much new, related content shows up on YouTube. (This post on Bennett's blog explains how it all works.)

Bennett built the site for fun and makes no money from it. But he is gratified by the interesting ways people have made use of his "time machine TiVo," as he calls it, during the past couple of years.

"I get a lot of really cool e-mails regarding people's use. One guy even sets the site up on a projector in his living room and lets it play during the holidays," he wrote.

So click, sit back and let the very special Christmas episode of "The Facts of Life" roll.

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By Jen Chaney  | December 23, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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