30 episodes

Gather 'round a virtual table to discuss today's news about yesterday's computers. All the latest from the world of vintage computer hobbyists, collectors and enthusiasts. We cover modern day vintage tech events, new developments for old hardware, the revival of retro tech, and many strolls down memory lane.

Retro Computing Roundtable Retro Computing Roundtable

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Gather 'round a virtual table to discuss today's news about yesterday's computers. All the latest from the world of vintage computer hobbyists, collectors and enthusiasts. We cover modern day vintage tech events, new developments for old hardware, the revival of retro tech, and many strolls down memory lane.

    RCR Episode 236: Lasers Smoking in the PET Room

    RCR Episode 236: Lasers Smoking in the PET Room

    Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Michael Mulhern, Jack Nutting, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston


    Topic: Lasers Smoking in the PET Room


    We start a conversation about computers in school. For many of us, computers were only just becoming available in our school years, so we consider the access this provided (limited though it often was).

    Topic/Feedback Links:


    My earliest memories of microcomputing
    Remembering an Atari lab in Hampton, VA
    BBC Archive: Infocom feature (1986)
    P.R.E.S.T.A.B.A. ported to the MC-10
    MC-10 emulator (pick PRESTAVB cassette and type RUN)


    Retro Computing News:


    AmigaOS 3.2 for all Classic Amigas released
    Creating Chinese computer fonts
    The Little Book of Sound Chips (Volume 1)
    Hibernated 1. The Director's Cut.
    #ponyinformation
    Hibernated 1 (physical, SAM Coupé version)
    SAM Coupé on eBay
    SAM Coupé overview (YouTube, Re:Enthused)
    SD card and Ethernet adapter for the SAM Coupé
    Quazar (home of SAM Revival magazine )
    Review of SAM Revival magazines (YouTube, TJ Ferreira)
    Sim Coupé
    World of SAM
    SAM Coupé Champion Collection
    No Quarter, episode 78: Sorry Charlie.


    Vintage Computer commercials:


    Miracle Workers, season 3 trailer
    PRIME Computer


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Radio Shack shirt


    Auction Picks:


    Blake: Mac 128K, probably

    Carrington: iCEBOX

    See also: Hybrid Net Appliance Hits Market


    Michael: Guns of Fort Defiance

    Paul: Prince of Persia for the SAM Coupé



    Closing notes:


    Roberta and Ken Williams making first game together in over 20 years
    People’s Republic of Interactive Fiction
    Michael's scans at archive.org
    Scan Tailor Advanced


    Feedback/Discussion:


    @rcrpodcast on Twitter
    Vintage Computer Forum
    RCR Podcast on Facebook
    Throwback Network
    Throwback Network on Facebook

    Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X
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    RCR Episode 235: Playing in the MUD

    RCR Episode 235: Playing in the MUD

    Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, and Carrington Vanston


    Topic: Playing in the MUD


    Multi User Dungeons brought a social aspect to computer RPGs, some with opportunities to do creative world building. We talk a bit about our experiences with these, and some about their background.

    Topic/Feedback Links:


    LambdaMOO at 50 Years of Text Games
    Out of the MUD: The Origins of the MMORPG
    Text-Based VR: Explore the Pioneering World of MUSHes
    Osborne 3
    Morrow Pivot
    Zenith Z-171
    Osborne Vixen
    Memories of Bob Spencer
    "Computer Games" music video by Mi-Sex
    Rabbit RX83
    NEWPRINT/80
    World Turtle Day


    Retro Computing News:


    Past and Future Turtles
    TurtleSpaces
    MITS/Pertec/iCOM FD 3202
    MITS/Pertec/iCOM FD 3712
    MITS/Pertec/iCOM FD 3802
    Teletext preservation by accident


    Vintage Computer commercials:


    Austext
    Ceefax demonstration


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Ceefax mug


    Auction Picks:


    Carrington: CORE9 universal remote

    See also: About the CL9 Core controller


    Earl: Osborne 1

    Paul: Jupiter Ace 4000

    New Micro-Professors I
    Chatbot
    Relax
    See also: Dalek Relaxation Tape
    Max Machine




    Closing notes:


    People’s Republic of Interactive Fiction
    Z80 Playground


    Feedback/Discussion:


    @rcrpodcast on Twitter
    Vintage Computer Forum
    RCR Podcast on Facebook
    Throwback Network
    Throwback Network on Facebook

    Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X
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    RCR Episode 234: This sandwich tastes suspiciously like a ZX Spectrum

    RCR Episode 234: This sandwich tastes suspiciously like a ZX Spectrum

    Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston


    Topic: This sandwich tastes suspiciously like a ZX Spectrum


    Another topic-free episode, this one discussing the smuggling of Spectrums, satirical adventure games, BBS simulations, IBM clocks, CoCo paint programs, and various other tangents.

    Retro Computing News:


    Full Motion, Double High-Res Video Playback on the Apple IIe
    1988: P.R.E.S.T.A.V.B.A.
    50 Years of Text Games
    Gaming the Iron Curtain
    RetroBridgeBBS (GitHub)
    RetroBridgeBBS (Hackaday write-up)


    Vintage Computer commercials:


    Hayes modem
    US Robotics 56k modem


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Cryptex USB stick


    Auction Picks:


    Blake: Colorware COCO MAX HI-RES PACK input module Tandy TRS-80

    Capstone Home Alone the Computerized Coloring Book


    Carrington: 600 page 1980s Computer Chip Handbookc

    Paul: Two Sanyo VM 4509s

    Early IBM real time clock
    Coleco Adam power supply
    See also: Making an internal Adam PSU
    Some Osbornes and some disks you can’t have
    NEC PC8201a set





    Closing notes:


    PunyInform



    Feedback/Discussion:


    @rcrpodcast on Twitter
    Vintage Computer Forum
    RCR Podcast on Facebook
    Throwback Network
    Throwback Network on Facebook

    Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X
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    RCR Episode 233: Retro Development

    RCR Episode 233: Retro Development

    Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, and Carrington Vanston


    Topic: Retro Development


    Writing new software on old computers. How is it different now, would you go back to how it was done then? What did you use then?

    Topic/Feedback Links:


    Arcade Machine (Broderbund, Atari & Apple)
    Graphics Magician (Penguin, Apple, C64, Atari)
    SKALD
    PunyInform
    8bit-Unity
    Amiga Addict magazine
    BBC Micro Live (magnets vs. floppy disks)
    Bits and Bytes
    BBC Computer Literacy Project
    Texture Archaeology
    American Vandal
    Brick


    Retro Computing News:


    How to paint a TRS-80 Model III case
    Retro365
    Modern Mac on retro display
    Lost CompuServe, GEnie, and The Source game discovered in Copyright Office
    Castlequest compiles!
    Castlequest source
    Robert Noyce, 60 years ago, granted patent for integrated circuit
    Mockingboard 4c+


    Vintage Computer commercial:


    Amstrad 8256 (1985)


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Crackers: The Gold Rush (book)


    Auction Picks:


    Carrington: Apple "Leading The Way" internal cassette

    See also: Leading the Way (Apple video)


    Paul: Perfect gift for the Mac enthusiast who you don’t like very much (video adapters)

    Times Two, more disk space via magic
    ZX80, ZX81, TS1000 lot
    TS2068 RGB->HDMI
    Requires: RGB->HDMI
    Early CAPTCHA ("HUMAN" pin)
    Amstrad PCW 8256 sort of
    Amstrad PCW 8512 potentially
    John Romero's shareware pillows




    Closing notes:


    Wind-up Gramophones (Techmoan)

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    Feedback/Discussion:


    @rcrpodcast on Twitter
    Vintage Computer Forum
    RCR Podcast on Facebook
    Throwback Network
    Throwback Network on Facebook

    Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X
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    RCR Episode 232: Period Peripherals

    RCR Episode 232: Period Peripherals

    Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston


    Topic: Period Peripherals


    When you use retro computers, do you also use retro peripherals? That is, do you stick with appropriately vintage keyboards, monitors, and mice? Does mixing and matching vintage computers with new peripherals ruin the experience or aesthetic? Or do the (supposed) benefits of modern keyboards and displays outweigh the heresy?

    Retro Computing News:


    B-Roll footage from inside a 1982 Sears store
    Halt and Catch Fire Syllabus


    Vintage Computer commercial:


    Mattel Electronics Baseball



    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Throwboy shirts


    Auction Picks:


    Carrington: The Chip Shop Basicode tape

    See also: Example broadcast of The Chip Shop’s "takeaway service"


    Paul: Broken Baseball

    Mac security brackets
    Learn WordPerfect VHS tapes
    New TRS-80 game
    eMate-inspired RPi case
    eMate 300




    Closing notes:


    TRS-8-Bit


    Feedback/Discussion:


    @rcrpodcast on Twitter
    Vintage Computer Forum
    RCR Podcast on Facebook
    Throwback Network
    Throwback Network on Facebook

    Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X
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    RCR Episode 231: Something, Something, Retrocompute

    RCR Episode 231: Something, Something, Retrocompute

    Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Blake Patterson


    Topic: Something, Something, Retrocompute


    No topic this time, really, just various news items and eBay auctions. Accelerators, printers, a new Atari 2600 game, Microsoft history, a strangely familiar host's gift idea.

    Retro Computing News:


    A2turbo Card
    Mockingboard-T (Mockingboard clone with tube amp)
    Audacity Games (Circus Convoy, for Atari 2600)
    Circus Convoy trailer
    Plex launches Arcade with Atari games
    Yellowstone 3.5 Inch Drive Support!


    Vintage Computer commercial:


    IBM AS/400


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Atari 130XE spiral notebook


    Auction Picks:


    Blake: Practical Peripherals SwitchPort //c

    iMac Timex alarm clock
    Video: iMac Timex alarm clock


    Paul: GTE XT300 (link now dead)

    See also: Computerworld Ad for GTE XT300
    See also: Retro scan of the week, Feb 25 2007
    See also: The DAK Catalog
    Forethought PowerPoint manual
    See also: Version Museum
    See also: GUIdebook Gallery




    Closing notes:


    Wind-up Gramophones (Techmoan)

    -->

    Feedback/Discussion:


    @rcrpodcast on Twitter
    Vintage Computer Forum
    RCR Podcast on Facebook
    Throwback Network
    Throwback Network on Facebook

    Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X
    Show audio files hosted by CyberEars

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

hack the planet ,

A wonderful show.

This show really helps promote a sense of community within the hobby! Thanks everyone.

TarekHoteit ,

Love it !

Keep up the great work

MikePett ,

Great Podcast!

Despite containing a Canadian host with a 'girlfriend' of dubious exsistance (perhaps because of this) I very much enjoy this podcast. I recently listened to episode 201 (I have listened to them all) and I have to say that I laughed through the whole thing. The hosts are knowlegable about much in retro computing except for the schedule of the Vintage Computer Festival Midwest but you can get that information from other sources if it is important to you. Their subtle and topical humor is a great addition to their in depth analysis and broad discussion of all things retro computerish. This show is always a nice addition to your podcasting line up if you have even a passing interest in that old dusty computer you used in high school which is now stored in your attic. Enjoy.

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