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The Retrobits Podcast

Jul 10, 2005

Hello again!

Glad to have you back for show #2!

This episode of the Retrobits Podcast centers on the high-level view of vintage computing.  We talk about why people like retrocomputing, and how folks participate in the hobby.  Some specific websites and resources are discussed, and here is some follow-up information:

The Contiki OS is a full-fledged operating system, TCP/IP stack, and web browser designed for memory-constrained systems. It's an interesting look at the way people are stretching smaller/older technology.
Google Groups is a cool place to become familiar with USENET, or Internet News. comp.sys.cbm, comp.sys.apple2, and comp.sys.atari.8bit are some of the groups I have been reading recently. Watch out - conversations can get a little, shall we say, colorful? But the info is truly great.
The Vintage Computer Festival is an international event that celebrates the history of computing. It's a show for retrocomputing! I'm hoping to go to the 8.0 event in November 2005.
The Atari Archives site is one of the places archiving and making available reference material from the vintage days. Mostly Atari, but some general purpose reading. It's a great site.
You can Telnet to, on port 8888, for Internet-based access to a real BBS! Many other such systems exist.

Be sure to send us any comments, questions or feedback to

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

Thanks for listening!

- Earl