The Retrobits Podcast
Old Skool Computing, Modern Day Fun!
 

 

Your retro computer runs on 4 AA batteries?  Cool!

Welcome to Show 054!  This week's Topic: The Tandy 100 Portable Computer!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Here's a Bill Gates interview on the Smithsonian Institution website, very interesting reading!  The Model 100 BASIC and ROM are some of the last products that Bill Gates programmed himself...
Wikipedia's page on the TRS-80 Model 100 line is a good place to start...
Follow that up with the old-computer.com page for the Model 100...
Then check out Club 100 - an oasis for your Model 100 needs!
Want to stay "in the know" for the Model 100?  Club 100 has a listserv...
Interesting in playing with a Model 100 emulator?  VirtualT might be just what you need!

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2006-07-29-054.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:38 AM

 

65,536 memory locations - it's like a dream come true.

Welcome to Show 053!  This week's Topic: The 6502 Microprocessor, Part II.

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Want to see a cool prototype?  Here's the Commodore 65 page at the Secret Weapons of Commodore...
The Atari Archives site has a few books on Atari 8 bit (w/6502 of course) assembly language programming!
Check out Issue #1 of the C=Hacking magazine - more 6502 info that you can shake a stick at.
6502 cross-compilation (write it on a PC, run it on your favorite 6502-based 8-bit) can be performed with CC65.  Also check out the CA65 macro assembler!
The 6502.org site - deep info the 6502, both hardware and software...
The Western Design Center - home of the current 6502-based chips and systems!

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-2006-07-23-053.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:37 AM

 

Special bonus feature today!  Don't touch that dial...

Welcome to Show 052!  This week's Topic: The 6502 Microprocessor, Part I.

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Once again, Wikipedia doesn't dissapoint - check out their info on the 6502 Microprocessor...
ClassicCmp is a resource for enthusiasts of classic computer hardware, software, and documentation!
New stuff for your CoCo?  Have a look at Cloud-9!
Sample chapters on MOS Technology and the TIM/KIM systems (under the bonus section), you can see them today at the commodorebook.com site (home of On The Edge).

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-2006-07-16-052.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:47 AM

 

Another retro adventure.  It's a fun hobby!

Welcome to Show 051!  This week's Topic: My PX-8 Virtual Disk Drive Adventure!

This week I cover the trials and tribulations of setting up a floppy disk emulator program for the Epson PX-8 laptop.  It involves soldering and creative software trickery.  What more could you ask for in a retro computing project?

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

A while back I did a book review on Digital Retro.  It's a great book, and here's the webpage for the author, Gordon Laing...
There is more to retro than computing - check out Retro Thing, the independent guide to retro technology.  And definitely have a look at the section on Classic Computing!

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-2006-07-09-051.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:42 AM

 

I can tell you - time flies when you're having fun!

Welcome to Show 050!  This week's Topic: The 2006 State of the Podcast!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

A new PX-8?  Sweet!  Check out the PX-8 page on Star Technology...
Are you an Apple II extreme coder?  Need a challenge - a contest, perhaps?  Have a look at the Call A.P.P.L.E. 2006 Apple II Programming Contest!

Thanks to all of you for a great podcast year!  Looking forward to lots more fun to come!

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-2006-07-02-050.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:17 AM