The Retrobits Podcast
Old Skool Computing, Modern Day Fun!
 

 

[Insert witty retro reference here.]

Welcome to Show 018!  This week's topic: Retro Books and Movies!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Computer Collector Newsletter, a weekly newsletter for vintage computer collectors!
Interesting in buying a ZX81 kit, a ready to build retro computer?  Zebra Systems might just have what you need!
Ah, the sounds of music from 8-bit chips...  Check out Chiptunes on the flat four site!
The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore...I'm picking up my copy this week.

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

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-10-30-018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:18 AM

 

Formatting is such sweet sorrow...

Welcome to Show 017!  This week is a Mix and Match - various topics covered, including a sound byte [sic] from Nerd TV!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Some links from Computer Chronicles, the long-running technology show now available on archive.org, including...
The Apple II
The Commodore 64, and
BBSing
A VIC-20 music composition contest using VIC Tracker?  Excellent, I've gotta try to do this...
Here's a nice website for the KIM-1, the first 6502 cpu based computer.
Want to know more about the first ever CPU?  Check out the Intel 4004 page!
Or, you could step forward a couple of years, and learn more about the Z80 from this webpage.
Don't have an Altair?  Join the club!  But you can have an Altair Simulator, a virtual Altair, loaded to the gills, with great software too!
Nerd TV is an Internet video program brought to you weekly by Robert Cringely and PBS.  This episode of the Retrobits Podcast contained audio from Episode 6 of Nerd TV, featuring Dave Winer.

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

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-10-23-017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12 AM

 

No - attaching floppy disks to the filing cabinet with a magnet is not - I repeat, not - a good way to store them.

Welcome to Show 016!  This week we cover Abandonware.

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

The Retroputing site - preventing the fossilization of classic computers!  Features the Particles BBS.
Wikipedia to the rescue again, with a great article on Abandonware.  Check out the text, and their links.
Check out the official world archive for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the largest on-line gaming center on the Internet.  Hats off to Amstrad for officially endorsing this!

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

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-10-16-016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:15 AM

 

Double Sided.  Double Density.  Guaranteed.

Welcome to Show 015!  This week's topic: The Bulletin Board System, Part II!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

I got my Atari Peripheral Emulator software and CD archive from Atarimax!  Yee hah, Atari madness for me.
I'm learning Atari Player/Missile Graphics in BASIC from the book archive on AtariArchives.org.
Phillip was able to attend the Classic Gaming Expo UK recently - looks like fun!
At that Classic Gaming Expo, a lucky person had a Commodore 65.  Rare retro madness!
Bo Zimmerman hosts one of my favorite Commodore sites.  Chris C. referenced it in a recent e-mail, thanks Chris!
Thurstan linked me over to a video of the Computer History Museum (Link 1) (Link 2), and some chats with various people from back in the day.  I've seen the first few minutes, and can't wait to watch the rest!
Chris O. has a podcast, UK and European gaming news brought to you weekly!
You have GOT to check out the BBS Documentary site.  The software list and history archive are amazing, and will keep you reading for hours.

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

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-10-09-015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:19 AM

 

8 bit computers aren't slower.  They're just more relaxed.

Welcome to Show 014!  This week we go "behind the scenes" at Retrobits!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Syndicomm Online members get access to exclusive forums, which include bulletin boards, chat rooms, and file libraries. Membership also includes an email address, personal web site, and optional business features such as DNS service and full-service hosting.
http://www.syndicomm.com

Not much by way of links this week!  Stay tuned for more exciting retro-URLs in the next show!

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

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2005-10-01-014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:58 AM