The Retrobits Podcast
Old Skool Computing, Modern Day Fun!
 

Happy Holidays!

Just a reminder that I'm on vacation this week, and I wanted to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays, and a safe and prosperous 2006! See you next year with more retrocomputing fun!

Earl and the Evans Family

Direct download: RBP-2005-12-25-Vacation.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:22 AM

Hi there,

Sorry if you get show 025 twice. Libsyn did something strange with my RSS feed, and the end of the MP3 file got cut off, so I had to post the file again with a new name. This may result in a handful of folks getting the show twice. I apologize if this happens, and I have a workaround to ensure it won't happen again.

Happy Holidays, and a Great 2006!

- Earl

Category:general -- posted at: 6:49 AM

 

Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!

Welcome to Show 025!  This week is a variety show!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Commodore Returns? Not quite, but the brand name and logo live on! Check it out at the Commodore web site.
Have a look at the Space-Time Productions Single Board Computer, a Z80 single board system from 1982! (Link revised Feb 2006)
Need a multitasking OS with windowing UI for your Amstrad CPC? Well, you are in luck, check out the SymbOS web site for more details!
Ars Technica has a neat multi-page article on the history of microcomputers and their associated market share. You can see it here.
The inventor of the mouse and many other key components of modern computing, Doug Englebart, is the guest for the current episode of NerdTV. Very interesting episode.
Wonder how retro games were made? Read the diary of a game developer from the mid 80s during the creation of a very popular game, Paradroid! You can find this at the most excellent ZZAP 64 web site.

Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to retrobits@gmail.com.

For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check out the Retrobits Podcast forum on the PETSCII Forums page!

Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-12-19-025-2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:48 AM

Short Podcast Delay!

Hi there! The Dec 18th podcast will be a bit late, and will be published sometime on Dec 19th. Sorry for the delay! Please check back in the afternoon (Pacific Time) for episode 25!

- Earl

Category:general -- posted at: 9:10 AM

 

Four thousand and ninety-six bytes of RAM.  Don't spend it all in one place!

Welcome to Show 024!  This week we cover the Tandy MC-10 Micro Color Computer!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

See photos from the World Of Commodore show here and here!
Wikipedia has a page on the MC-10.  I love that site!
And old-computers.com has a great MC-10 page also!
Charlie’s TRS-80 MC-10 web page has software and links for the MC-10.
The trs80mc10club can be found on Yahoo! Groups (membership is free, but requires registration).
Lots of techy specs on the MC-10 can be found at the "Inside the Radio Shack MC-10" page!
Don't have a MC-10?  No problem!  Visit the "James the Animal Tamer's Emulators" page, and pick up Virtual MC-10!
For cool software, extended BASIC, other software mods and info, check out The MC10 Archive.

Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to retrobits@gmail.com.

For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check out the Retrobits Podcast forum on the PETSCII Forums page!

Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-12-11-024.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32 AM

 

Big Iron and Small Iron, living together in peace.  It's a wonderful world.

Welcome to Show 023!  This week's topic: Recollections Of Big Iron.

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

The IBM 1130 site has great information about this older system, including an emulator and some MP3s of a fun presentation.  Check it out!
Have a look at a Teletype ASR33.  Wish you could hear the sound they made!
With the SIMH emulator, you can visit many systems of the past, including a PDP-11 running RSTS!

Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to retrobits@gmail.com.

For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check out the Retrobits Podcast forum on the PETSCII Forums page!

Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-12-04-023.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:59 AM

 

VisiCalc was great!  That sums it up.

Welcome to Show 022!  This week's topic: VisiCalc - The Killer Application

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

An Atari 800 laptop?  Believe it!  Brought to you by the hardware genius of Benjamin Heckendorn.
Check out Dan Bricklin's own web site, with info on VisiCalc, and a host of other information!
Thanks to NerdTV for interviewing Dan Bricklin, and for making their show available under a Creative Commons license.

Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to retrobits@gmail.com.

For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check out the Retrobits Podcast forum on the PETSCII Forums page!

Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-11-27-022.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56 AM

 

Retro is in!  News at 11!

Welcome to Show 021!  This week we cover Assembly Language, the Happy Place for many 8-bit programmers.

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

More episodes of the C64 Take Away Podcast!  Excellent!

Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to retrobits@gmail.com.

For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check out the Retrobits Podcast forum on the PETSCII Forums page!

Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-11-20-021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:39 AM

 

These show notes brought to you by the mighty Atari 800.

Welcome to Show 020!  This week: The Bad, The Worse, And The Ugly...

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Cyber1.org is a group of people dedicated to the preservation of the world's first computer-based community, PLATO.
Check out this episode of Computer Chronicles: First of a two-part series on on-line services such as CompuServe, the Source and DowJones, featuring Steve Case, at the time VP of Marketing at QuantumLink, and eventual head of AOL.
Ira Goldklang's TRS-80 Revived Site is a great resource for all things TRS-80!
Have a look at MindCandy for a taste of the PC demo scene, and also, coming soon, the Amiga Demo Scene.
RetroGaming Radio is a FREE monthly MP3 radio show spotlighting the greatest era of video gaming.
The Classic Computers of the Past Calendar is a 12 month 2006 wall calendar packed with popular computers from the 1980's!  Sweet!  Makes a great gift for the holidays...
More pictures from the Vintage Computer Festival 8.0 are up!  Retro computing fun and frivolity at it's best.

Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to retrobits@gmail.com.

For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check out the Retrobits Podcast forum on the PETSCII Forums page!

Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-11-13-020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:15 AM

 

Is it "Zee", or "Zed"?  I am having letter anxiety.

Welcome to Show 019!  This week's topic: The ZX Spectrum +3!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

QuantumLink Reloaded was on display at the Vintage Computer Festival 8.0!
There is now a Retrobits Podcast Discussion Forum, courtesy of Jeff Ledger and the PETSCII Forum!  Thanks Jeff!
The World Of Spectrum has a file archive, technical docs, links, and more!
If you want to run a Spectrum emulator straight from your Java-enabled web browser, then Jasper may be just the thing for you.
Have a look at the ZX Spectrum page on Wikipedia.  While you're there, check out links from that page for info on Sinclair Research, and Amstrad.
Planet Sinclair, a site all about Sir Clive Sinclair and his inventions, has a page on the ZX Spectrum +3.
You can always trust Old Computers dot com to have a page on the retro computer you're researching!
The "Your Sinclair Rock'n'Roll" page has the issues of "Your Sinclair" for your online reading enjoyment.

Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to retrobits@gmail.com.

For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check out the Retrobits Podcast forum on the PETSCII Forums page!

Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-11-06-019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:48 AM