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Happy Birthday C64!  Many happy returns...

Welcome to Show #105!  This week's topic: The 68000 Microprocessor!

The Commodore 64 gets some mainstream press on CNN!  Happy birthday C64!
And to commemorate 25 years of the C64, here is page including a video (warning, 200 Mb) for a Computer History Museum celebration event which included, among other notable figures, Jack Tramiel!  Here's a YouTube posting of the same video.

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-12-19-105.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:32 AM

cat retrobits.txt > /dev/listener

Welcome to Show #104!  This week's topic: The Unix Operating System!

RetroGamer Magazine caters to the vintage gamer - have a look at their web site!
A Computer Called LEO - a business thinking about automation - in the 1930s?  Here's an Amazon link for the book...
Virtual II, an Apple II/II+/IIe emulator for Mac OS, has just released a new version!
Haven't heard about the SCO/Linux controversy?  You can read about it at Wikipedia...
Wikipedia also has a very comprehensive article on Unix itself!
Check out the home page of one of Unix's creators - Dennis Ritchie...
And here is the promised link on the Unix timeline!

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

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- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-11-29-104.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:45 AM

Amiga gives you a creative edge.  (From a 1985 ad...)

Welcome to Show #103!  This week's topic: The Commodore Amiga!

How did we view computers in the 1960s?  Not too much differently than today!  See for yourself in this YouTube video...(will start playing on launch of the URL).
The Computer History Museum will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Commodore 64 in December - the lineup includes Jack Tramiel, founder and CEO of Commodore.  More info here on the Museum's events page.
The full-blown, unabridged history of the Amiga can be found on the Amiga History Site...there's lots of material, ranging from the beginning years to fairly recently.
Emulate the Amiga in style with the Amiga Forever package from Cloanto!

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-11-12-103.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:22 AM

Beware the Chickenhead!

Welcome to Show #102!  This week's topic: An Interview with Bil Herd, former Commodore Engineer (Part III)!

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

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- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-10-30-102.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:01 AM

All Hail the Chickenhead!

Welcome to Show #101!  This week's topic: An Interview with Bil Herd, former Commodore Engineer (Part II)!

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-10-23-101.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:18 AM

Long live the Chickenhead!

Welcome to Show 100!  Thanks for another great year!

This week's topic: An Interview with Bil Herd, former Commodore Engineer (Part I)!

Links discussed on today's show:

Two entertaining videos on YouTube - witness PDP 11 programming along with some campy acting!  Also, check out this British computer history documentary, with the tagline GIGO - we all know that acronym...

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-10-15-100.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:47 AM

Remember, wherever you went, there you were.

Welcome to Show 099!  This week's topic: The 2007 State Of The Podcast!

Links discussed on today's show:

z80pack 1.14 is released - a Z80 cross-development / simulator package with simulation of many virtual CP/M machine components!
Missed the Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0?  Videos clips are on YouTube...
Gamasutra has a nice article on Star Raiders, "Video Game's First Space Opera"!

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

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-10-09-099.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:27 AM

We're BACK!!!

Welcome to Show 098!  This week's topic: My Koala Pad Adventure!

Links discussed on today's show:

Check out the nicely scanned 1984 review of the Epson PX-8 on the Byte Cellar blog site!
Happy 30th birthday, Atari 2600!  Here's an article at Retro Thing commemorating the occasion...
Vintage Computer Festival 10.0?  Really?  Yep, have a look!

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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

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Direct download: RBP-2007-10-01-098.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:54 AM

I pressed the End key, and it was all over.

Welcome to Show 097!  This week's topic: Ethernet!

Direct link to the Retrobits Podcast Forum (until the URL is repaired)...
Have a look at the site for the Dick Smith System 80 (a TRS-80 clone, but with a style of its own!)

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-09-11-097.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:20 AM

Beauty is only case-deep.

Welcome to Show 096!  This week's topic: Retro Computer Style!

Direct link to the Retrobits Podcast Forum (until the URL is repaired)...
There's a new Commodore free online magazine - Commodore Free!  Have a look - downloadable PDF, text, or D64 (disk image) versions available.

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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Direct download: RBP-2007-08-28-096.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:32 AM