The Retrobits Podcast
Old Skool Computing, Modern Day Fun!
 


"Where a calculator on the Eniac is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and
weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and
perhaps weigh 1-1/2 tons" - Popular Mechanics, March, 1949

Welcome to Show 080!  This week's Topic: The UNIVAC I!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

What are the 10 worst PCs of all time?  See what PC World thinks...
Wikipedia has a page on the UNIVAC I - thanks as always for their great info...also check out the page on the innovative mercury delay line memory.
Can't play with a real UNIVAC I?  How about a simulator?
The Unisys History Newsletter, January 2001, has a great article on the UNIVAC...
And this page on the UNIVAC goes into really impressive detail!

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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-2007-03-25-080.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:14 AM

A chocolate VIC-20?  Yum!

Welcome to Show 079!  This week's Topic: The Commodore 16!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Commodore Gaming plans to release a new line of super-powered gaming systems - check it out at their web site...
Retro Roundup - a one-stop site for retro computing and gaming news!
Atari 2600 programming?  You bet!  With Batari BASIC...
Commodore 16.com and Plus/4 World - two great sites with Commodore 16 and Plus/4 information, games, forums, the works!
Want to emulate a C16 or Plus/4?  Try YAPE, or the emulation built into VICE...

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

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Direct download: RBP-2007-03-18-079.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:12 AM

There's no key like Home.  There's no key like Home.

Welcome to Show 078!  This week's Topic: A Book Review - 10 Starter Programs From Family Computer!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Check out Evan Koblentz's new blog on ComputerWorld!
And new episodes of the Boring Beige Box Podcast!

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

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Direct download: RBP-2007-03-11-078.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:36 AM

$110 per megabyte.  That's when we walked to school uphill.  10 miles.  In the snow.

Welcome to Show 077!  This week's Topic: Retro Roundup!

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

Aprigliano's blog entries on his father and the (formerly) mysterious CDC machine can be found here, and the Commodore 129 remix of the Bach tune that Commodore used in the 80s can be found here...
DTACK Grounded?  A helicopter?  No, a 68000 information newsleter, of course, with archives here...

C4 Expo 2007 info

To make hotel reservations for the C=4 Expo:
Name of the Event: Cincinnati Commodore EXPO
Toll Free: (800) 354-9793
In Kentucky: (800) 352-9866
(859) 341-2800
There is an International Airport located nearby, with shuttle service provided by the hotel.
Expo Pricing:
Door Charge: $10.00/person or $15.00/family
Selling Tables: $15/ table or $35/ 3 tables (The hotel charges $10 in addition per table for power usage) Tables are 6' in length.  All sellers and demonstrators need to set up before 9:00 on Saturday morning, the doors (for these only) will open at 7:00am.

For more information:
Contact Roger Hoyer by email, or in writing.
Email: thunderbird@iglou.com
C=4 Expo
c/o 31 Potowatomie Trail
Milford, OH  45150
http://c4expo.org/

VCF East 4.0 Info

This year's show is June 9-10 in Wall, New Jersey.  We have twice as much space as last year, and twice as many days, so it should be awesome.

Also this year we're holding a special panel to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Commodore's computer divison.  The panel speakers are Chuck Peddle, Bil Herd, Dave Haynie, and Bob Russell.

Details about the VCF will be posted at www.vintage.org.  Details about the sponsoring user group are at www.midatlanticretro.org.

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

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Direct download: RBP-2007-03-04-077.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22 AM