The Retrobits Podcast
Old Skool Computing, Modern Day Fun!
 

Programmer - an organism that turns coffee into software.

Welcome to Show 094!  This week's topic: The Sharp PC-1500 Pocket Computer!

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Want to learn about the Mattel Aquarius?  Here's a page that could get you started...
Have a look at Emma's GameIntro video blog, video game intros with many retro/vintage titles!
Sites with info on the PC-1500: the Pocket Computer Museum site, the Sharp PC-1500 computer (TRS-80 PC-2) resource page, Old computers dot com, and the Vintage Computers web site.
PC-1500 emulators include Pock'Emul, and the Sharp PC-1500A emulator!

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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-2007-07-30-094.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:20 AM

When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it's probably obsolete.

Welcome to Show 093!  This week's topic: The IBM System/360!

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Check out what's happening at KansasFest, and all the other great stuff, at the A2Central.com portal!
A very interesting piece of history - an article describing the design motivations behind one of the most successful computer architectures ever - the System/360.  (PDF format...)
Want to convert from your old system to the System/360?  Of course you do!  And this IBM color flip book from the 1960s will show you how...link courtesy of the Computer History Museum (PDF format...)
Why did some mainframes use a 36-bit word length?  Wikipedia will tell you!
Want to emulate a mainframe on your PC?  No, I'm not kidding.  Have a look at Hercules...
If you want to be in the System/360 "in crowd", you're going to need a IBM System/360 reference card (a.k.a. the "green card")!
Want to just read about the IBM System/360?  Here's the Wikipedia page, and here's a history page with other info...

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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-2007-07-23-093.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:51 AM

 

Hi there...

 

The Retrobits Podcast is taking a break this week.  Be sure to tune in next week for more retrocomputing goodness!  And thanks for listening!

- Earl

Direct download: RBP-2007-07-15-ShowBreak.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:14 AM

The only problem with troubleshooting is that sometimes trouble shoots back.

Welcome to Show 092!  This week's topic: A Close Encounter - The CompuColor II!

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Gamasutra's History Of Zork can be found here...
And, an alternate history of Zork, written by Tim Anderson and Stu Galley, from The New Zork Times, 1985!
Jason Scott, creator of the BBS Documentary, is making a documentary, called "Get Lamp" on text-based interactive fiction games...
Here are links with information on the CompuColor II from Old-computers.com, Computer Closet, and a history of the family of companies related to the CompuColor!

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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-2007-07-08-092.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:53 AM

"...you might like to come to a gathering of people with likeminded interests.  Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever..." - excerpt from the original Homebrew Computer Club newsletter, March 15, 1975

Welcome to Show 091!  This week's topic: The Users Group!

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Here's info on the Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 3.0, coming up July 14th and Sunday, July 15th!

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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-2007-07-01-091.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:07 AM