The Retrobits Podcast
Old Skool Computing, Modern Day Fun!
 

 

It's Retro Deja Vu all over again...

Welcome to Show 067!  This week's Topic: Retro Mix (a variety show)!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Want to test your Amiga skill and cunning?  Then take the Amiga Quiz!  Let us know how you do.  I scored a 37%.  It's not pretty, but I confess it anyhow.
When you're ready to hook up your Commodore drives to your Windows or Linux system, make sure you look at the OpenCBM software package!
About Woz, by Woz - iWoz, the new autobiography.  I must read this soon...
Build your own, brand new Altair 8800 kit?  Impossible you say?  Not so, with the new Altair 8800 replica!

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2006-11-26-067.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56 AM

 

"If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development."  (Aristotle)

Welcome to Show 066!  This week's Topic: Great Inventions In Computing!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Play the adventure that started it all - The Colossal Cave Adventure!
Commodore 128 fan?  Then check out Commodore 128 Alive...
PBS had a show on the Transistor called "Transistorized" - their site has lots of info on that device that changed the world!
The 4004 (Wikipedia page and Intel page) chip had about that many transistors.  Boy have times changed!

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2006-11-19-066.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18 AM

 

Floating point numbers keep it real.

Welcome to Show 065!  This week's Topic: The C Programming Language, Part II!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

The World of Commodore 2006 is coming on Dec 2, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada!  Check out the info at the TPUG web site.
If you want to try C/C++ (or C#, or VB.NET), have a look at the free Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions from Microsoft.
Another great option for C/C++ on Windows and DOS is OpenWatcom!
If C for the 6502 is your goal, then cc65 has just the compiler for you...
Specifically for the Commodore 64 and 128, here's some information on a popular compiler, Power C!
Brian Kernighan, co-author of The C Programming Language, has a website here.  You can read about him on Wikipedia here...
Dennis Ritchie, creator of C and co-author of The C Programming Language, has a website here, and Wikipedia info here...
The GE-600 (otherwise known as Honeywell 6000) with the funky 36 bit C variables?  Read about it at Wikipedia here...
Finally, some history of the evolution of the C language can be found at faqs.org!

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2006-11-12-065.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:30 AM

 

Integers just don't get the point.

Welcome to Show 064!  This week's Topic: The C Programming Language!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

The October edition of the 1 MHz podcast is out.  Don't miss it!
Wikipedia, as usual, a good place to start - this time, on the C Programming Language.
Here's an article written by Dennis Ritchie on the history of C.  Nothing like getting your history straight from the source!
Here's some info on the book: The C Programming Language - note the various human languages it's been translated into...
BDS C for CP/M - for free!  What a deal.
Turbo C 2.01 for DOS, also free, courtesy of the Borland Antique Software collection.  Thanks Borland!

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2006-11-05-064.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:22 AM