Retro Computing Roundtable

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.

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RCR Episode 213: Things We Hate(d)


Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston

Topic: Things we (came to/no longer) hate

Things we used to hate, but maybe no longer do. Or maybe still do. Or maybe didn't used to hate, but now do...


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RCR Episode 212: Virtual Retro-gatherings


Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston

Topic: Virtual Retro-gatherings

Given that retrocomputing gatherings are going virtual, what aer ways that we can make this experience a good one?

Topic/Feedback links:

  • C64 guitar
  • Compressorhead: Ace of Spades
  • Computer Sport Athlete
  • nMigen tutorial

Retro Computing...


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RCR Episode 211: Coprocessors (Part 1)


Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston

Topic: Coprocessors (Part 1)

We all love coprocessors, but does anyone use them? Did you have any, did you use them? Do you have any, do you use them? What would you use them for now?

Topic/Feedback links:

  • Jif peanut butter labels
  • Unofficial Retrochallenge
  • Retrochallenge (canonizing the unofficial one, happened after we...


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 2020-04-11  n/a
 
 

RCR Episode 210: Computer viruses


Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston

Topic: Computer viruses

What experiences did you have in the “retrocomputer era” with computer viruses or related malware? Which ones do you remember? Any that caused a memorable headache? Any that you wrote? Any that had interesting technology? Do you remember antivirus software causing memorable headaches? Did you write any antivirus software? Did you write any antivirus...


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 2020-04-05  n/a
 
 

RCR Episode 209: Work-study credit and a satisfying kerchunk


Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, Jack Nutting, and Blake Patterson

Topic: Work-study credits and a satisfying kerchunk

We continue to survey our panelists' first computer jobs, this time focusing on first jobs in which we used a network wiring tool that made a satisfying kerchunk and/or got work-study credit...


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 2020-04-01  n/a
 
 

RCR Episode 208: Why BBS?


Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston

Topic: Why BBS?

Why would anybody BBS now that we have the internet?

Topic/Feedback links:

  • Telnet BBS guide
  • Syncterm
  • ZOC
  • BBSing Resource Page (Bytecellar)
  • Original Think-A-Dot prototype
  • The Unofficial Apple Archive article (9to5mac)
  • Liber809
  • Cloud-9
  • Bytecellar article on...


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 2020-03-08  n/a
 
 

RCR Episode 207: Computer Jobs and Game Shows


Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), and Carrington Vanston

Topic: First computer job

When was the first time you got paid for doing something computer-related?

Retro Computing News:

  • The (Unofficial) Apple Archive (offline already at time of episode posting)
  • Cabel notices a thread on IE 5 for Mac
  • Jimmy Grewel reflects on developing IE 5 for Mac on its 20th anniversary
  • Royal Mail Classic UK Video...


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 2020-02-29  n/a
 
 

RCR Episode 206: 2020, thumb by thumb


Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, Michael Mulhern, Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston

Topic: 2020, thumb-by-thumb

Retro New Years Resolutions (retro plans for the new year, and old resolutions you never kept)

Topic and Feedback links:

  • Captain’s Quarters BBS and AE line
  • mTCP page (with, perhaps, some pages still being served by a PCjr)

Retro Computing...


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 2020-01-17  n/a
 
 

RCR Episode 205: Nostalgia, Inc.


Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston

Topic: Nostalgia, Inc.

Some brands/companies generate nostalgia and warm fuzzy feelings even apart from any specific products they created. Things you see on eBay, and always pause over. Or things for which you just have a benevolent attitude...


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 2019-12-31  n/a
 
 

RCR Episode 204: Truly Timeless Games


Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston

Topic: Which old games are truly timeless?

What might a kid of today (truly) enjoy? What games hold up?

Topic and Feedback links:

  • Apl2bits: Which Apple II Games are Timeless?
  • Zylon Defenders
  • RetroManCave: Software on Vinyl
  • Bytecellar post: How I got started in vintage computing
  • Octojam 6
  • Making a...


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 2019-12-26  n/a