The Retrobits Podcast
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SID!  VIC-II!  6510!  64K!  It's demo writer heaven...part II...

Welcome to Show 033!  This week's topic: The Commodore 64 Demo Scene Part II!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

The Music Animation Machine, software originally produced on an Atari 800!
Lots of Atari info this week - have a look at the website for the documentary, Once Upon Atari.
And, check out the Tech Roundup episode with a look at the Game On video game exhibit!
Bo Zimmerman's site has an extensive archive of NTSC demos for the C64.
The C64 Scene Database has lots of info and demo scene releases.
Have a look at Driven Online, a main focal point of the ongoing C64 NTSC demo scene!

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2006-02-26-033.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:39 AM

 

SID!  VIC-II!  6510!  64K!  It's demo writer heaven...

Welcome to Show 032!  This week's topic: The Commodore 64 Demo Scene Part I!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

PDP-10 lives!  Of course, we had no doubt.  Check out PDP Planet, the portal into Paul Allen's collection of DEC systems!
If you get an account on the PDP-10, you'll need documentation, which you can find at the Manuals for DEC 36-bit Computers site.  This site links to bitsavers.org, an extensive and impressive preservation site for systems documentation and software.
A lost interview with ENIAC co-inventor J. Presper Eckert, can be found on the computerworld.com site.
Jeri Ellsworth, creator of the C64 DTV and other interesting hardware, gives a talk at Stanford University on the Google Video link.  (Note that the video will begin playing immediately on the linked page.)
Bo Zimmerman's site has an extensive archive of NTSC demos for the C64.
The C64 Scene Database has lots of info and demo scene releases.
Have a look at Driven Online, a main focal point of the ongoing C64 NTSC demo scene!

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-2006-02-19-032.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:52 AM

 

01001000 01001001 !

Welcome to Show 031!  This week's Topic: A book review - Fire In The Valley, The Collector's Edition

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

8 bit parallel processing?  Leave it to the Apple II enthusiasts!  Have a look at the AppleCrate!
Yes, you can build your own computer.  And I mean from scratch.  Check out the Magic-1 Homebrew CPU, and be sure to look at the "my other projects" page as well.
It's The Woz!  In person, on video, at an event hosted by the Computer History Museum.  (When you click on the link, the video will start streaming right away.)
Atari is apparently not doing so well financially, according to this article.  It's kind of sad to see it in dire straits yet again.
Ralph Baer, developer of Pong and Simon, will be honored at a White House ceremony this month.
The Computer Museums and Retrocomputing Culture webring has some links that I will have to take a look at!
Official Website for Fire In The Valley...

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-2006-02-12-031.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:06 AM

 

(A)bort, (R)etry, (I)gnore?

Welcome to Show 030!  This week's Topic: The IBM Personal Computer, Part II!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

A binary wristwatch, eh?  That's a "bit" unique!
Here's an article on SID music and music makers from Cyclic Defrost.
Want to see a video of an original IBM 5150 rendering full screen video with color graphics and sound?  And they said it couldn't be done...
Here are Wikipedia articles on the IBM PC, and the CGA color graphics adapter.

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-2006-02-05-030.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:09 AM