The Retrobits Podcast
Old Skool Computing, Modern Day Fun!
 

Happy Holidays!

Welcome to Show #138!  This episode's topic: The PDP-8 Minicomputer!

In this episode, I provide an introduction to the PDP-8 Minicomputer, released by Digital Equipment Corporation in 1965.  The PDP-8 was the first commercially-produced and widely available minicomputer, and launched a new era in computing.

The new generation of Commodore?  Check out the new Commodore 64 - a modern PC in a C64 replica case...
The Diamond operating system - the Atari 8-bit GUI OS!
The Retro Computing Roundtable (RCR) is a new podcast hosted by David Greelish, now on episode #4!  Find out more at the Classic Computing blog...
It's time for this year's Retrochallenge Winter Warmup!  Get your retro game face on!
The Cult Of Mac website covers the Vintage Apple news for 2010...
The IEEE Computer Society launches a new feature - Computing Then!
Keynote speaker announced for this year's KansasFest...more info at their site...
Check out the PDP-8 FAQs at faqs.org, and also the Doug Jones PDP-8 resource site!
Cool PDP-8 video on YouTube (video will begin playing immediately) from TNMOC, and also the PDP-8 playing music!

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

The Retrobits Podcast blog can be found at www.retrobits.com.  You can follow the podcast on Twitter @RetroEarl.

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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A personal computer with 64K of RAM for only $595????

Welcome to Show #137!  This episode's topic: The Commodore 64, Part III!

In this episode, I conclude our examination of the Commodore 64, covering the variants of the C64, some popular hardware and software add-ons, and of course, modern day fun.

"The Woz" recently gave a preview tour of the Computer History Museum's upcoming permanent exhibit - "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing".
Check out the Retro Computing Roundtable podcast on iTunes or at the Classic Computing blog site!
Hear real SID tunes at the SOASC (Stone Oakvalley's Authentic SID Collection) web page.
Want to know more about the GEOS operating system for the C64?  Check out the awesome GEOS FAQ!  You can download GEOS for the C64 at the CBM Files site.
Check out Jeremy Reimer's blog entry on Personal Computer Market Share, 1975-2009.  It is VERY informative.

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

The Retrobits Podcast blog can be found at www.retrobits.com.  You can follow the podcast on Twitter @RetroEarl.

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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Bits are bits.

Welcome to Show #136!  This episode's topic: KansasFest 2010 with Ivan Drucker!

Ivan Drucker, attendee at this year's KansasFest 2010 event, gives us the scoop on sessions, activities, and related fun!

(Part III of the Commodore 64 series coming soon!)

For info on this and next year's KansasFest, visit www.kansasfest.org!
Also, check out KansasFest videos (search for "KansasFest") on vimeo.com.

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

The Retrobits Podcast blog can be found at www.retrobits.com.  You can follow the podcast on Twitter @RetroEarl.

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-2010-10-04-136.mp3
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3.2 GHz hexacore, and my GIGO goes faster!

Welcome to Show #135!  This episode's topic: The Commodore 64, Part II!

In Part II of this series on the Commodore 64, I talk about two of the chips in the Commodore 64 that really set it apart from the competition - the VIC-II graphics chip, and the SID sound/synthesizer.

300 Baud Magazine - what a great title!  Check it out at their website...
Linus Åkesson does some great stuff with chiptunes and demos!
Results are in for Retrochallenge 2010!  See them here...
Happy 25th birthday Amiga!  Want to read a cool retrospective at the Technologizer website?
Dates are set for KansasFest 2011!  Time to start counting the days...
At Bletchley Park, they're teaching computing old skool.  See this article on BBC News!
Wow, the 2600 game doesn't look like the game art!  Really?  Rundlc.com has a great post on this...
Lots of info on the C64 "SID" chip at sid.kubarth.com...
Wikipedia to the rescue for the VIC-II!  Make sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page.

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

The Retrobits Podcast blog can be found at www.retrobits.com.  You can follow the podcast on Twitter @RetroEarl.

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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Five Year Anniversary coming up!

Welcome to Show #134!  This episode's topic: An Interview with Stewart Cheifet, Part II!

In part II of this interview, Stewart Cheifet and I discuss more about the Net Café television program, the effort to bring Computer Chronicles to the Internet Archive, more about the Internet Archive including its work with NASA, and some parting shots on the computing industry in general.

(Note: The Commodore 64 series will resume after this two-parter with Stewart Cheifet.  Stay tuned...)

The Internet Archive site for NASA, as mentioned by Stewart Cheifet on the podcast!
Check out Stewart Cheifet’s website at www.cheifet.com.
Two new retrocomputing users groups in my area - Commodore Computer Club - Vancouver, WA – USA:, and the Portland Commodore Users Group!
Retrochallenge 2010 starts in just one week!  Sign up at retrochallenge.org!

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

The Retrobits Podcast blog can be found at www.retrobits.com.  You can follow the podcast on Twitter @RetroEarl.

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-2010-06-24-134.mp3
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Run.  Stop.  Restore.

Welcome to Show #133!  This episode's topic: An Interview with Stewart Cheifet, Part I!

In part I of this interview, Stewart Cheifet discusses the genesis and some favorite moments from the Computer Chronicles program, which he anchored for two decades.

(Note: The Commodore 64 series will resume after this two-parter with Stewart Cheifet.  Stay tuned...)

Want a full-featured command-line based mail agent?  Check out Heirloom Mailx!
Talk Geek to Me, an Internet Radio program by Deepgeek.
A Tandy CoCo, connected to the Internet as a client and server?  You bet...
Some very nice retro computing photos on Time magazine's site!
15 enjoyable vintage tech ads on IT World...

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-2010-05-31-133.mp3
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Computers for the masses, not the classes...

Welcome to Show #132!  This episode's topic: The Commodore 64, Part I!

In part I of this series on the Commodore 64, I cover my initial experiences with the machine (back in "the day"), and also provide an overview of the C64 hardware specifications.

Have an old 680x0 based Mac?  Interested in them?  If so, be sure to visit the 68K Macintosh Liberation Army site!
Commodore reborn, again?  Have a look at the article on The Register, and the website itself at Commodore USA, LLC, and you be the judge...
Read "The Bob Chronicles", and remember one of the most famous software failures of all time!
KansasFest 2010 is open for registration!
Join in on PET Alive!, a 10-day event to celebrate the Commodore PET!

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-2010-04-24-132.mp3
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Yay!  We're BACK!

Welcome to Show #131!  This episode's topic: Ten Years Of Retrocomputing!

In this episode, I discuss some observations on the time that I've spent in the retrocomputing hobby, which coincidentally turns out to be 10 years.  It's been a fun ride, and more fun to come!

The SIDStick is a portable SID chiptunes player.  More information at the Gadget Gangster website...
Old retro plastics yellowed with age?  Take a look at Retr0bright to see if it might be a solution!

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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