Retro Computing Roundtable

by Earl Evans and Carrington Vanston · · · · 18 subscribers

Gather 'round a virtual table to discuss today's news about yesterday's computers. All the latest from the world of vintage computer hobbyists, collectors and enthusiasts. We cover modern day vintage tech events, new developments for old hardware, the revival of retro tech, and many strolls down memory lane.

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Michael Mulhern, Jack Nutting, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Lasers Smoking in the PET Room We start a conversation about computers in school. For many of us, computers were only just becoming available in our school years, so we consider the access this provided (limited though it often was). Topic/Feedback Links: * My earliest memories of microcomputing * Remembering an Atari lab in Hampton, VA * BBC Archive: Infocom feature (1986) * P.R.E.S.T.A.B.A. ported to the MC-10 * MC-10 emulator (pick PRESTAVB cassette and type RUN) Retro Computing News: * [AmigaOS 3.2 for all Classic …

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Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Playing in the MUD** Multi User Dungeons brought a social aspect to computer RPGs, some with opportunities to do creative world building. We talk a bit about our experiences with these, and some about their background. **Topic/Feedback Links:** * [LambdaMOO …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: This sandwich tastes suspiciously like a ZX Spectrum** Another topic-free episode, this one discussing the smuggling of Spectrums, satirical adventure games, BBS simulations, IBM clocks, CoCo paint programs, and various other tangents. **Retro Computing News:** * [Full Motion, Double High-Res …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Retro Development** Writing new software on old computers. How is it different now, would you go back to how it was done then? What did you use then? **Topic/Feedback Links:** * [Arcade Machine (Broderbund, Atari & Apple)](https://www.mobygames.com/game/arcade-machine) * [Graphics Magician …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Period Peripherals** When you use retro computers, do you also use retro peripherals? That is, do you stick with appropriately vintage keyboards, monitors, and mice? Does mixing and matching vintage computers with new peripherals ruin the experience or aesthetic? Or …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Blake Patterson **Topic: Something, Something, Retrocompute** No topic this time, really, just various news items and eBay auctions. Accelerators, printers, a new Atari 2600 game, Microsoft history, a strangely familiar host's gift idea. **Retro Computing News:** * [A2turbo Card](https://quick09.tistory.com/1464?category=805400) * [Mockingboard-T](http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=133) (Mockingboard clone …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, and Blake Patterson **Topic: Video Out, Volume One: A-Ap** Techniques for getting video out of an old computer. Particularly, it turns out, if it is an Amiga. Part one of several, no doubt. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Testing, cleaning and tuning up a small IBM …
229 RCR Episode 229: Catching up April 20, 2021
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, Jack Nutting, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Catching Up** It's 2021! There are many of us this time, so we just talk about some stuff. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Micro Phobia (Martin Honeysett)](https://www.ebay.com/itm/184495240783?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc) * [Apricot F1](https://www.ebay.com/itm/333860759896?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc) * [Thomas Cherryhomes and Kay Savetz bounce a …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, Earl Evans, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Preserving the Fleeting Now** Things people post, preserving the past, themselves vanish. eBay images, images in blogs that eventually go offline. Respositories like Pinterest morph into something less useful for preservation and searching. Are the things …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Not cassettes, not floppies** Software distributed in some way other than on cassette or floppy. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Database 1984 (BBC Micro broadcast software)](https://youtu.be/8MBwDa_KBWg?t=286) * [4 Computer Buffs 1985 (Soldering an optical sensor)](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxo1Gs46ti0) * [An example of the …
226 RCR Episode 226: RCR Episode 2 Nov. 28, 2020
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: RCR Episode 2** Episode 2 of the Retro[ ]computing Roundtable is a decade old. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Episode 2](http://rcrpodcast.com/episodes/2010/11/13/rcr-episode-2.html) * [Windows 1 Turns 25](https://www.networkworld.com/article/2193906/windows-1-0-turning-25--first-experiences-recalled.html) * [Target Haunted Computer](https://www.ebay.com/itm/193747667867?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc) (eBay) * [Target Haunted Computer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7RT2hBgMnE) (YouTube) **Retro Computing News:** * [Atari announces …
225 RCR Episode 225: Decade Nov. 17, 2020
Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, Jack Nutting, and Blake Patterson **Topic: Decade** It's been just days over 10 years since the first episode of this podcast, so we reflect a bit on the podcast, the community, our starts. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Episode 1](http://rcrpodcast.com/episodes/2010/10/23/rcr-episode-1.html) * [Episode 30, live at KansasFest …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Repurposed Tech** This time we talk about existing technology repurposed for use with computers. Cassette tapes, CDs, TVs. Though it wound up being kind of more tangent than topic this time. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Think-a-Tron review](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXwUiogMd_4) * [Precursor](https://www.crowdsupply.com/sutajio-kosagi/precursor) (FPGA phone) …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, Quinn Dunki, Jack Nutting, Michael Mulhern, Blake Patterson, and (briefly) Carrington Vanston **Topic: Regrets and unregrets** What’s something you regret buying, doing, selling, dumping, investigating, etc. in the context of the retrocomputing hobby AND what’s something that you bought, did, sold, dumped, investigated, etc. …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, Jack Nutting, Carrington Vanston... and (eventually) Michael Mulhern **Topic: Second computers** What was your second computer? How did lessons learned with your first affect your choice of second? **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Cool-Retro-Term](https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term) * [C64 mini monitor 3D printed](https://hackaday.com/2020/09/17/commodore-64-mini-man-makes-matching-mini-monitor/) * [Building a 3270 terminal controller](https://hackaday.com/2020/05/28/building-a-3270-terminal-controller/) …
Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, and Blake Patterson **Topic: Unexpected Bonuses** Along the way as we collect things, strange things turn up in what we get. We talk a bit about unexpected bonuses in amongst our finds. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Charles finds whimsical characters on chips](https://twitter.com/option8/status/1297230338863792128) * [TRS-80 Model …
220 RCR Episode 220: Terminals Sept. 13, 2020
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Blake Patterson **Topic: Terminals** For episode 220 (Think: VT-220), we talk about our various experiences with terminals. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [VirtualColussus is working on a 3D simulation](https://twitter.com/VirtualColossus/status/1292576020898480128) * [Intel 8080 ICE development system](https://www.ebay.com/itm/332811559466?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc) * [ZX Spectrum Next 2nd kickstarter](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spectrumnext/zx-spectrum-next-issue-2) **Retro Computing News:** * …
219 RCR Episode 219: Databases Aug. 25, 2020
Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Databases** For episode 0xdb, we talk about our experiences with dedicated database programs, what some of us learned and didn't learn while studying computer science, employment as consultants, and other marginally related things. **Topic/Feedback links:** * [Self-contained tape …
**KansasFest 2020 Megapodcast** Welcome to Retro Open Poly Roundtable Chicken Missile Lines Drop Museum Gruecast. The annual "megapodcast" from KansasFest, this time conducted virtually. Note: Reading the links below could be "spoilers" for the game. **Participants:** * Quinn Dunki ([Blondihacks](https://blondihacks.com), [Open Apple](https://www.open-apple.net), [Retrocomputing Roundtable](http://rcrpodcast.com)) * Earl Evans ([Retrocomputing Roundtable](http://rcrpodcast.com), [Next …
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston **Topic: Architecture shifts** Apple announced that it will be shifting its processor architecture from Intel to ARM. This has happened before, not just at Apple, but, well, mostly Apple or Apple-adjacent. We try to think of some other examples as well. …