The History of Personal Computing

The History of Personal Computing podcast is your biweekly virtual guide in both audio and on the web to the history and development of arguably the single most important technological advancement of the last forty years - the personal computer. But, just what is a personal computer these days, well, that’s just it, it continues to evolve. We’ll be going over the significant devices one by one.

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      Episode 59 – Android


      On today’s show, we’re looking at the smartphone after the iPhone, that changed everything… the Android phone. It, as well as the iPhone, define all smartphones to this day, as well as the third tier. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal...


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      1h12m
       2017-03-05

      Episode 58 – Apple iPhone


      On today’s show, we’re looking at the smartphone that changed everything, the iPhone. Its influence went on to define all smartphones, as well as the third tier. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers.


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      1h6m
       2017-02-17

      Episode 57 – Early Smartphones


      On today’s show, we begin our look at the final evolution of the third tier of personal computing, the smartphone. Were there really smartphones before the iPhone and Android phones? Well… yes. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal...


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      1h11m
       2017-02-03

      Episode 56 – First Computers, Part 2


      David and Jeff continue to look back on the earlier times of computer retail by relating their experiences with their own history of ownership of personal computers.

      Links mentioned in this episode:

      VIVA AMIGA – THE REVIEW The Amiga Years http://www.historyofpersonalcomputing.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HofPC-56.mp3

      Jeff’s fifth computer:

      Toshiba T1000 (SE???) This old tech: The Toshiba T1000 was my first...


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      1h17m
       2017-01-22

      Episode 55 – First Computers


      Commodore 64 Ad

      For the new year, David and Jeff have decided to look back on the earlier times of computer retail by relating their experiences in getting their first computers.

      Links mentioned in this episode:

      SCSI2SD – SD to SCSI adapter for retro computing Human Computers: The Women of NASA Today in Apple history: Apple II gets its ‘killer...


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      1h10m
       2017-01-03

      Episode 54 – Sharp Wizard and Palm Pilot


      On today’s show, we begin our look at the temporarily (at the time) humbled third tier of personal computing, the organizer. We’re covering the Sharp Wizard, Palm Pilot and other notables. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal...


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      1h4m
       2016-12-19

      Episode 53 – The IBM 5150


      IBM 5150 PC

      What… didn’t we already talk about the IBM 5150 in an eBay episode? Yes we did. But we left it off of the timeline during the original show format after the transition to the eBay only format. Since then, there was some behind the scenes work, Westworld style, to get a couple of “hosts” together to continue the original show format. From this, Todd George came to fruition and is now co-hosting the original format with Jeff...


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      45m
       2016-12-07

      Episode 52 – Retro Computing Gift Ideas!


      Creative Computing from December 1980

      On today’s show we’re taking a special holiday detour by covering retrocomputing gift ideas. Perhaps something to give to a loved one, or just something you can gift yourself!

      http://www.historyofpersonalcomputing.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HofPC-52.mp3

      Links mentioned in this episode:

      Creative Computing Magazine (December 1980) Volume 06...


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      1h10m
       2016-12-05

      Episode 51 – Casio Zoomer and Amstrad PenPad


      Today we’ll be further covering the personal digital assistant or PDA, with the Apple Newton clones or “killers,” the Casio Zoomer and Amstrad PenPad. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers.

      http://www.historyofpersonalcomputing.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/HofPC-51-1.output.mp3
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      1h9m
       2016-11-19

      Episode 50 – Apple Newton MessagePad and eMate


      On today’s show, we continue our coverage of the first phase of handhelds. Specifically, we’ll be covering two more of the early handheld computers, the Apple Newton MessagePad and eMate. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal...


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      1h9m
       2016-11-02