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The History of Personal Computing podcast is your biweekly virtual guide in both audio and on the web to the history and development of arguably the single most important technological advancement of the last forty years - the personal computer. But, just what is a personal computer these days, well, that’s just it, it continues to evolve. We’ll be going over the significant devices one by one.

The History of Personal Computing Jeff Salzman and Todd George

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The History of Personal Computing podcast is your biweekly virtual guide in both audio and on the web to the history and development of arguably the single most important technological advancement of the last forty years - the personal computer. But, just what is a personal computer these days, well, that’s just it, it continues to evolve. We’ll be going over the significant devices one by one.

    Episode 1 – The NEW History of Personal Computing – Grundy NewBrain

    Episode 1 – The NEW History of Personal Computing – Grundy NewBrain

    Grundy NewBrain AD




    Welcome back everybody! The History of Personal Computing podcast has been rebooted to continue educating everyone (including your hosts) about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of personal computing.




    In this new iteration, the ROM chip called David Greelish has been swapped with an FPGA configured replacement called Todd George. The other ROM chip in this computing platform, Jeff Salzman, is still here, but he’s old and made of ceramic, so he’s a bit more fragile.



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    Since recording this episode, we finally settled on a catchy new series title…




    The NEW History of Personal Computing




    Nifty, eh? And it only cost $5000 for our contracted ad agency, Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe, to come up with that name!




    In this series, Jeff and Todd are focusing on more obscure systems that were used for personal computing. Very little will be discussed in future episodes about more popular computing systems, except in passing, for reference, or unless we uncover interesting information about those systems.




    Starting off the new series is the UK creation called the Grundy Newbrain, which not only happens to be a full computing platform comparable to others of the day, but is also portable.




    So sit back, or drive along, or sit back and drive along while listening to the new host, along with the old medicine infused re-tread who just happened to be going through a bout of the flu at recording time.




    Links, citations, eBay auctions mentioned or used in the show:




    The Dutch HCC Retro User Group, Formerly the Dutch NewBrain User Group (HCC stands for Hobby Computer Club) NewBrain Emulator, Software, and Forum Expansion Modules  (eBay) NewBrain Model A (no internal display) (eBay)Old-Computers.com YouTube Channel of Kris Garrein YouTube Channel of Shantanu Sanyala aria-label=" YouT

    • 43 min
    Episode 59 – Android

    Episode 59 – Android

    On today’s show, we’re looking at the smartphone after the iPhone, that changed everything… the Android phone. It, as well as the iPhone, define all smartphones to this day, as well as the third tier. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers.

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    Links mentioned in this episode:


    Vintage Computer Festival East, Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2
    Vintage Computer Festival Southeast, Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30
    KansasFest, Tuesday, July 18 – Sunday, July 23
    Vintage Computer Festival West, Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, August 6
    Vintage Computer Festival Midwest, Saturday, September 9 – Sunday, September 10
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Dream
    A LOOK BACK AT SOONER, GOOGLE’S FIRST ANDROID PHONE
    YouTube: TMOBILE My Touch 3G w/Google 09/09 TVC

    Auctions:



    Jeff’s auction: T-Mobile G1 – White (T-Mobile) Smartphone HTC Dream DREA100 Clean ESN Working
    David’s auction: HTC Google G1 DREAM (Rogers) Black


    Jeff’s auction: Nexus 7 (1st Generation) 8GB, Wi-Fi, 7in – Black

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 58 – Apple iPhone

    Episode 58 – Apple iPhone

    On today’s show, we’re looking at the smartphone that changed everything, the iPhone. Its influence went on to define all smartphones, as well as the third tier. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers.





    Links mentioned in this episode:


    Not Another Apple Podcast
    iPhone Introduction
    Song A Day #561: The iPhone Antenna Song
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone

    Auctions:


    Jeff’s auction:  Apple iPhone 1st Generation – 8GB – Black Smartphone
    David’s auction: Apple iPhone 3G Black 8GB Factory Unlocked w / accessories & box A1241
    Jeff’s auction: Apple iPhone 1st Generation – 8GB – Black BOX ONLY
    David’s auction: Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB Factory Unlocked Smartphone AT&T,T mobile (GOOD CONDITION)
    Jeff’s auction: Apple iPhone 1st Generation – 8GB – Black #41( Collectible) Unlocked
    David’s auction: “nib iphone 2g” on eBay
    Jeff’s random auction: a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Apple-iPhones-1st-Generation-8GB-Black-AT-T-Smartphone-2G-iPhone/232182706394?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D41395%26meid%3D8ab322ebb728472caf8b5467e7086c51%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D2%26sd%3D391446110226" target="_bl

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 57 – Early Smartphones

    Episode 57 – Early Smartphones

    On today’s show, we begin our look at the final evolution of the third tier of personal computing, the smartphone. Were there really smartphones before the iPhone and Android phones? Well… yes. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers.

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    Links mentioned in this episode:


    Every OS Sucks

    Auctions:


    Jeff’s auction: Samsung Sidekick SGH-T839 – 1GB – Matte Black (T-Mobile) Smartphone
    David’s auction: VINTAGE NOKIA 9000 COMMUNICATOR RAK-1N / EXCELLENT CONDITION in BOX
    Jeff’s auction: T-Mobile Sidekick LX PV250 Tony Hawk Edition
    David’s auction: VINTAGE KYOCERA QCP-6035 PALM SMARTPHONE WITH CRADLE
    Jeff’s auction: BlackBerry 7100R – BLUE (ROGERS) Smartphone~NEW
    David’s auction: “IBM Simon” on eBay
    Jeff’s random auction: a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-BlackBerry-6230-Blue-Unlocked-Smartphone-collectors-item-6220-6210-/252712637656?hash=item3ad6d8d4d8%3Ag%3AV9kAAOSwpLNX78eP&nma=true&si=cIREIAP6zxiEjz8VnMvOlYpDH%252Fw%253D&orig_cvip

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 56 – First Computers, Part 2

    Episode 56 – First Computers, Part 2

    David and Jeff continue to look back on the earlier times of computer retail by relating their experiences with their own history of ownership of personal computers.

    Links mentioned in this episode:


    VIVA AMIGA – THE REVIEW
    The Amiga Years

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    Jeff’s fifth computer:


    Toshiba T1000 (SE???)

    This old tech: The Toshiba T1000 was my first step into the world of MS-DOS



    David’s fifth computer:


    Macintosh Performa 6200

    http://lowendmac.com/1995/power-mac-6200-performa-6200/



    Jeff’s sixth computer:


    386 in a “boring beige box”

    Boring Beige Box podcast



    David’s sixth computer:


    Macintosh Performa 6400

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_performa/specs/mac_performa_6400_200.html



    Jeff’s seventh computer:


    IBM 486slc2 66MHz motherboard

    http://www.redhill.net.au/c/c-4.html



    David’s seventh computer:


    1999 350MHz Blueberry iMac

    Which iMac Is It? Low End Mac’s Guide to Differentiating G3 iMacs



    Jeff’s eighth computer:


    IBM Thinkpad (750?) with Docking Station II

    Google Magazine excerpt depicting Thinkpad 750
    IBM Docking Station II



    David’s eighth computer:


    Zenith MiniSport Sub-Notebook Computer

    a href="http://www.digibarn.com/collections/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 55 – First Computers

    Episode 55 – First Computers

    Commodore 64 Ad



    For the new year, David and Jeff have decided to look back on the earlier times of computer retail by relating their experiences in getting their first computers.

    Links mentioned in this episode:


    SCSI2SD – SD to SCSI adapter for retro computing
    Human Computers: The Women of NASA
    Today in Apple history: Apple II gets its ‘killer app’http://www.historyofpersonalcomputing.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HofPC-55.mp3


    Jeff’s first computer:


    Commodore VIC-20

    Bought at Computers Unlimited, York, PA in October 1981 for $325.
    Tandy Color Computer and Atari 400 were considered



    David’s first computer:


    Commodore 64 for his birthday in 1986

    Google search for “commodore 64 toys r us” Images for commodore 64 toys r us
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    Jeff’s second computer:


    Commodore 64

    Bought at Fort Hood, TX AAFES store in Spring 1985 for $150-$200.
    Got a Commodore Datasette and put a 1541 disk drive on lay-a-way.



    David’s second computer:


    Apple Lisa (Mac XL) from Sun Remarketing in December, 1989

    Bob Cook from Sun Remarketing interview



    Jeff’s third computer:


    Commodore 128

    Bought with 1571 disk drive at the Incirlik Air Force base in Incirlik, Turkey for about $500 for the pair.
    Set it up immediately in the motel room during my stay at the base.
    Had to sell my Commodore 64 because who needed TWO computers!



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    • 1 hr 10 min

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