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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    • 4.8, 66 Ratings

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 213: Things We Hate(d)

    RCR Episode 213: Things We Hate(d)

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


    Topic: Things we (came to/no longer) hate


    Things we used to hate, but maybe no longer do. Or maybe still do. Or maybe didn't used to hate, but now do.

    Topic/Feedback links:


    RetroMacCast interviews Rocky Bergen about papercraft creations
    Mimic Spartan


    Retro Computing News:


    Mini vMac for Nintendo 3DS
    MacRumors write-up of 3DS Mini vMac
    ComputerLand and the BC88
    Al Alcorn explains early color graphics
    Retrofair 2020
    Mar Hicks: Scapegoating COBOL
    Why I Still Use A 34-Year-Old IBM Model M Keyboard
    Tweeting from the Teletype
    Volkseigener Betrieb (VEB) Robotron PC 1715 on parade, East Berlin, 1987.
    10 pfennig 1987 stamp featuring the Robotron PC 1715
    Primary Optics, Robert Henke’s Commodore CBM 8032 Based Audio-Visual Art
    Robert Henke Loop 2015 Keynote: Failure = Success


    Upcoming shows


    VCF Southeast 8.0. July 10-12. Atlanta, GA.
    KansasFest. July 24-25. Online.
    WozFest SWEET 16. Sat Jul 25. Online.
    VCF West. August 1-2. Mountain View, CA (Computer History Museum).
    VCF East. October 10-12, 2020 (rescheduled). InfoAge. Wall, NJ.


    Vintage Computer-related Commercials:


    Computerland commercial


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Floppy Disk iron-on patches


    Auction Picks:


    Carrington: PS/2 Googly Eyed Duck Mouse

    TRS-80 Model I Briefcase


    Earl: Pi 1541

    Paul: TRS-80 Model 16B

    Bunch of Apple II era manuals of no particular rarity
    Black Hole Colorforms
    Power Mac power button replacement
    Atari Lynx kit case




    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 - link
    Show audio files hosted by CyberEars

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    RCR Episode 212: Virtual Retro-gatherings

    RCR Episode 212: Virtual Retro-gatherings

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


    Topic: Virtual Retro-gatherings


    Given that retrocomputing gatherings are going virtual, what aer ways that we can make this experience a good one?

    Topic/Feedback links:


    C64 guitar
    Compressorhead: Ace of Spades
    Computer Sport Athlete
    nMigen tutorial


    Retro Computing News:


    Atgtha in Absurdia Roguelike game
    VCF T-Shirts
    FujiNet, reading data over https
    What is FujiNet?
    John Conway obituary (Princeton)
    John Conway obituary (New York Times)
    John Conway obituary (xkcd)
    John Conway on Numberphile
    Doomsday Rule
    Atari Lynx 2020 programming contest write-up
    Atari Lynx 2020 programming contest entry
    Project SPHINX: When the USSR tried to change the computer forever
    Meet Sphinx: The 30-Year-Old Soviet Smart Home Concept


    Vintage Computer-related Commercials:


    The Game of Life
    Atari Lynx
    Motorola pager
    Fidelity Chess Challenger


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Home Computers: 100 Icons That Defined a Digital Generation (MIT Press)
    Home Computers: 100 Icons That Defined a Digital Generation (Thames & Hudson)
    See also: Guardian write-up
    See also: Publisher’s Weekly write-up


    Auction Picks:


    Blake: Darth NeXTER Mask

    3D Connexion SpaceBall 5000
    Qantel Model 4150


    Carrington: Macintosh SE/30 new(-ish) in box

    Apple II dust cover with maybe-red logo
    TauonPC-1
    See also: TauonPC-1 site


    Paul: Pin featuring Apple logo

    Vintage Apple Macintosh 6500
    See also: Garfield minus Garfield
    Apple //c video+audio cable adapter
    World's slowest PC
    Cal-Kit dongle
    Cal-Kit that doesn’t need a dongle (sold)
    Cal-Kit on Kijiji
    NeXT mug/shot-cup
    Mouse phone




    Closing words links:


    Panic podcast


    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 - link
    Show audio files hosted by CyberEars

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    RCR Episode 211: Coprocessors (Part 1)

    RCR Episode 211: Coprocessors (Part 1)

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


    Topic: Coprocessors (Part 1)


    We all love coprocessors, but does anyone use them? Did you have any, did you use them? Do you have any, do you use them? What would you use them for now?

    Topic/Feedback links:


    Jif peanut butter labels
    Unofficial Retrochallenge
    Retrochallenge (canonizing the unofficial one, happened after we recorded)


    Retro Computing News:


    Swift on Mac OS 9
    More progress on Prince of Persia for Atari 8-bit computers
    ZX Spectrum prototype ROM available for download
    New Jersey urgently needs COBOL programmers


    Vintage Computer-related Commercial:


    Power Macintosh (Windows/DOS compatibility)
    Grace Hopper at MIT (MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 25 April 1985)
    New Jersey and You


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Developers Developers Developers Developers shirt


    Auction Picks:


    Carrington: Intacorp Button And Badge Maker for Apple II

    Apple HD concept prototype


    Paul: Whistler TRS-80 X-10

    Norton Utilities 3
    Apple logo stuff
    Super Elf
    Digi-Comp I
    See also: 3D-printable Digi-Comp I on Thingiverse
    DOS compatibility card
    Applied Concepts The Mate chess game
    APMSX card
    See also: apple2.net
    See also: Review of APMSX on Finapple
    TRS-80 Program pak file




    Closing words links:


    Apple IIc Plus Accelerator Control
    Quinn Dunki: Spelunking the IIc Plus KansasFest 2016


    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 - link
    Show audio files hosted by CyberEars

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    RCR Episode 210: Computer viruses

    RCR Episode 210: Computer viruses

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


    Topic: Computer viruses


    What experiences did you have in the “retrocomputer era” with computer viruses or related malware? Which ones do you remember? Any that caused a memorable headache? Any that you wrote? Any that had interesting technology? Do you remember antivirus software causing memorable headaches? Did you write any antivirus software? Did you write any antivirus software to eliminate a virus that you also happened to have written?

    Topic/Feedback links:


    Someone had a Destructivity disk
    PLA20V8, a cheap PLA replacement for C64
    PLA20V8 video on YouTube
    Interact with Atari's 6502 in BASIC


    Retro Computing News:


    ASCII art + permadeath: The history of roguelike games
    Cult of Mac iOS / Mac Brogue article
    Brogue homepage
    Beneath Beneath Apple Manor (KansasFest 2019 talk)
    Relax, It’s On Us: free music from 8 Bit Weapon
    How Prince of Persia Defeated Apple II's Memory Limitations
    How Prince of Persia Defeated Apple II's Memory Limitations (video)
    Command Line Heroes - Floppies: The Disks That Changed the World
    The 80x25 terminal size
    Commodore Los Angeles Super Show postponed
    Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego


    Vintage Computer-related Commercials:


    Mac: Viruses
    Norton: Chicken vs. Dokken


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    The Making of Prince of Persia (Jordan Mechner)


    Auction Picks:


    Blake: Original Commodore Big Eyed Mouse

    GGLABS 2MB MACSIMM
    Super Boulder Dash (Atari)


    Carrington: Serpentine for Apple II

    Rescue On Fractalus for Tandy Co-Co
    Apple II with DuoDisk and Color Monitor 100


    Earl: ORCA/Integer BASIC compiler for Apple IIGS

    See also: Opus II from Juiced.GS


    Paul: Duodisk 3.5” prototype

    See also: A rare glimpse of a memorial Apple prototype display at Frog
    Apple II/e dual 6522 GPIO PCB kit
    Clear case //c
    Lisa 2 bezel with box
    "Fully Operational Apple I Computer"
    SCRG Extend-a-slot




    Closing words links:


    Make It With Punched Cards (1971 book)
    Going back to EDASM
    Retro Computing forum


    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 - link
    Show audio files hosted by CyberEars

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    RCR Episode 209: Work-study credit and a satisfying kerchunk

    RCR Episode 209: Work-study credit and a satisfying kerchunk

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


    Topic: Work-study credit and a satisfying kerchunk


    We continue to survey our panelists' first computer jobs, this time focusing on first jobs in which we used a network wiring tool that made a satisfying kerchunk and/or got work-study credit.

    Topic/Feedback links:


    Minesweeper
    ABB keyboard from a more modern setup


    Retro Computing News:


    Canon object.station 41
    HP Color Recovery
    Larger demo of Blake’s NeXTSTEP HP
    WINGINE Graphics Subsystem
    VCF Pacific Northwest cancelled due to COVID-19
    Atari hotels
    Atari hotels news article
    6800 CPU with nMigen
    Spotify for Atari 8-bits
    Spotify for Atari 8-bits (Github)


    Vintage Computer-related Commercial:


    Compuserve


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Meggy Jr RGB Soldering Kit from Evil Mad Scientist


    Auction Picks:


    Blake: APPLE 1 Original 1976 Computer System 1st Steve Wozniak designed computer and L@@K!!

    Lisa 1 Mouse and poster
    Microsoft Office Pro 97 CD from 1997
    Apple II Quantum Leap SmartChip Card


    Earl: Radio Shack TRS-80 II Software Lot of 18

    Paul: Metrowerks art shirt

    Metrowerks BSC shirt
    Base Two flashcards
    Epyx 500XJ joystick
    IIe Card Y-cable
    FoxPro 2.5 upgrade
    ET-3400, ETA-3400




    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 - link
    Show audio files hosted by CyberEars

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    RCR Episode 208: Why BBS?

    RCR Episode 208: Why BBS?

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


    Topic: Why BBS?


    Why would anybody BBS now that we have the internet?

    Topic/Feedback links:


    Telnet BBS guide
    Syncterm
    ZOC
    BBSing Resource Page (Bytecellar)
    Original Think-A-Dot prototype
    The Unofficial Apple Archive article (9to5mac)
    Liber809
    Cloud-9
    Bytecellar article on Liber809
    Article on DTACK Grounded
    Techmoan on the Wikireader


    Retro Computing News:


    Larry Tesler has passed away
    RC2014 Z-80 homebrew kit
    TIPI
    Raspple II
    MIDI 2.0: An update to a 37-year-old protocol
    BBC Microbot on Twitter
    Tiny Emulators: play vintage 8-bit computer games online
    KansasFest 2020 Keynote speaker: Robert Woodhead


    Upcoming Shows/Gatherings:


    CANCELED: VCF Pacific Northwest. March 21-22, Seattle. Living Computer Museum + Labs
    The 29th Annual "Last" Chicago CoCoFest. April 18-19, 2020. Elk Grove Village, IL
    VCF East. April 24-26, 2020. InfoAge. Wall, NJ
    KansasFest. July 21-26, 2020. Kansas City, MO


    Vintage Computer-related Commercial:


    Atari XEGS


    Retro Computing Gift Idea:


    Computer Lib t-shirt


    Auction Picks:


    Blake: Insane ABB keyboard with keys aplenty

    See also: Keyboard data sheet
    TeleRay terminal
    See also: Teleray 10 on Terminals wiki
    Brady Writer II Industrial Printing System
    See also: NEC PC-8201
    See also: Okidata Microline 182
    TI Model 707
    See also: TI Silent-700 series


    Carrington: Mac Paint Mate

    Apple Credit Plan Calculator


    Paul: Marathon Infinity

    See also: Aleph One
    Microscopic space fleet (bag only)
    Apple II Extended 80 column card supplement
    Arrow 1000
    Softalk magazine issues
    Mac Portable bag
    A Personal Guide to Personal Computers
    See also: The making of the APGtPC book
    See also: Raw footage from the making of the AGPtPC book
    Joyboard for Atari
    See also: Joyboard on Wikipedia




    Closing notes:


    CodeWarrior


    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 - link
    Show audio files hosted by CyberEars

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

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.

bjbear71 ,

A must for retrocomputer hobbiests!

Very enjoyable podcast by people who have been collecting for years and who know their systems! I look forward to hearing every episode.👍🏻

Two blessed parents ,

Hilariously insightful

If hindsight is 20/20, retrosight must be 65/02.

A wonderfully family friendly podcast teaming with personalities from all across the globe.

The Roundtable features insightful looks on equipment and technology of the pioneering age in microcomputers... and the days where geeks were simply enlightened, but before they were empowered. :-P

Expect to discover the behind-the-scenes story of the microcomputer in a G-rated (when Carrington is on his meds) platform by auditing a regularly gathered circle of friends.

Hope this show keeps going for years to come!

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