The Retrobits Podcast
Old Skool Computing, Modern Day Fun!
 

I found the Enter key.  Where's the Exit key?

Welcome to Show #130!  This episode's topic: Enhancing the TRS-80 Model 100!

In this episode, I cover two add-on products for the Tandy Model 100/102/200 computers - the REX flash module, and the NADSBox SD-card storage system.

Both of the products discussed in this episode can be found at the Club100 site!

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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-2009-12-03-130.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:13 AM

Have you hugged your retro computer today?

Welcome to Show #129!  This episode's topic: Connecting with the Atari 800!

In this episode, I cover several of the Atari 8-bit add-on products from Atarimax, including the SIO2PC/ProSystem adapter, the Atari Peripheral Emulator for Windows software package, and the MaxFlash 8 Mbit flash memory cartridge!  It's loads of 8-bit modern day fun.

The full range of Atarimax products can be found here, at their website...
A new game for the Atari 8-bit systems, Kolony 2106, available for download, with manual!
The game was announced at the AtariAge forums, where information is available on purchasing the special collector's edition...

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-2009-11-11-129.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14 AM

Hi there Retrocomputing fans!

I wanted to post a quick note and let everyone know that more episodes of Retrobits are on the way soon!  I've had some challenges dragging on my heels the last few weeks, but things are getting back to normal.

Thanks for staying tuned!  Chat with you soon...

- Earl

 

Direct download: RBP-2009-11-02-Special.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:49 AM

Part IV!

Welcome to Show #128!  This episode's topic: An Interview With Chuck Peddle, Part IV!

In this final, part IV of the interview series with Chuck Peddle, he discusses being among the first to bring hard drive technology to personal computing, portable hard drive systems, industry trends, and his current endeavors with flash memory.  He ends with a tribute to many of the engineers and industry players that he worked with throughout the years.

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-2009-09-01-128.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:42 AM

This just in at the news desk - computers are cool!

Welcome to Show #127!  This episode's topic: An Interview With Chuck Peddle, Part III!

In part III of this interview series, Chuck Peddle discusses further market considerations for the Commodore 8-bit machines, and leaving Commodore to produce business-class personal computers at Victor/Sirius.

Look for Part IV, the conclusion, sometime around August 31st!

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-2009-08-21-127.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04 AM

We will serve no bits before their time.

Welcome to Show #126!  This episode's topic: The Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0!

In this episode of Retrobits, Evan Koblentz, producer of the Vintage Computer Festival East, and President and Co-Founder of MARCH (the Mid Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists), joins us to discuss the Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 event!

More information on the Vintage Computer Festival can be found at www.vintage.org...
And here is a flyer (PDF format) for this year's VCF East 6.0 event!

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-2009-08-17-126.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:51 AM

Hi again!

Welcome to Show #125!  This episode's topic: An Interview With Chuck Peddle, Part II!

In this episode, Chuck Peddle, lead creator of the 6502 microprocessor and the Commodore PET, continues our conversation on the early history of the 6502 and Commodore computers, and the market dynamics of the day!  It's a great conversation.

A modern-day Commodore 64 laptop, created by the famous "Ben Heck", is auctioned for $6,000 for charity!
Juiced.GS, the last remaining print magazine for the Apple II, continues in 2010 for another publication year!
Win994a, a TI 99/4A simulator for Windows, introduces a new version with improved user interface!

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-2009-08-10-125.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:25 PM

Press Enter to exit...

Welcome to Show #124!  This episode's topic: KansasFest 2009 Special Report!

In this installment of Retrobits, Ken Gagne, Editor-In-Chief of Juiced.GS and longtime KansasFest attendee joins us from KansasFest 2009, an annual Apple II convention event.

For more information on KansasFest, head over to www.kansasfest.org!
Check out Sheppyware, home of much Apple goodness, including the Sweet16 Apple IIGS emulator...
A Twitter client for the Apple IIGS?  And more, at ryansapplesoftware.com!
And for all things Apple II, browse to A2Central!

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-2009-07-28-124.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21 AM

Hi there!

Welcome to Show #123!  This episode's topic: An Interview With Chuck Peddle, Part I!

In this episode, I'm happy to bring you the first part of an interview with Chuck Peddle, lead designer of the 6502 microprocessor, Commodore PET, and many other innovations in the computing industry.  In Part I, Chuck talks about his early history in computing, distributed intelligence, and the development and launch of the 6502.

Enjoy!

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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-2009-07-19-123.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

High level languages sold here.  No assembly required.

Welcome to Show #122!  This episode's topic: A Brief History Of Programming!

The Carte Blanche expansion card for the Apple II uses an FPGA chip and can have many personalities!
For a brief history of Fortran, have a look at this document on the ibiblio.org site...

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-2009-06-08-122.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:51 AM