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Best Retrocomputing podcasts we could find (updated May 2020)
Best Retrocomputing podcasts we could find
Updated May 2020
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Fandal: Atari programer and archivist Frantisek Houra is better known to the Atari community as Fandal. He's an Atari computer programmer and long-time archivist of European Atari software. He has created many original Atari games and conversions from other platforms: including Fruity Pete, Mashed Turtles, Crescent Solitaire, and Diamondz. This int…
 
Steve Chamberlin tells the story of the birth, death, and afterlife of the slickest shareware Tetris for the Macintosh. Hear Steve’s interviews about Floppy Emu, Tetris Max and more on the RetroMacCast episodes 317, 351, and 358. More about Steve’s various projects and items for sale at bigmessowires.com: Floppy Emu, Mac ROMinator II, Plus Too FPGA…
 
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. Topic/Feedback links: RetroMacCast interviews Rocky Bergen about papercraft creations Mimic Spartan Retro Computin…
 
Gregg Squires, Atari Manager of Hardware Engineering Gregg Squires was a Manager of Hardware Engineering at Atari from 1982 through 1984, working from their New York office. He was project manager for Val, a cost-reduced version of the Atari 2600; and project manager for the Atari XL computer series. He was co-designer of the 65816 microprocessor a…
 
The Gruesome Twosome take another vacation from Infocom to play a vintage text adventure written by none other than Kay himself back in the 1980s. From creative spellings to Playboy magazines, it's old school meets high school in Scavange! (Quack! Hiss!) Hosts: Kay Savetz and Carrington Vanston Find links, notes, and more episodes of Eaten By A Gru…
 
Rik Dickinson, Encore Video Productions Rik Dickinson is founder of Encore Video Productions, a company that rented Atari 8-bit computers to hotels for use as character generators. The computers would show information about the hotel on channel 2 of guests' televisions. This was part of a service that Encore offered to provide in-room movies that r…
 
ANTIC Episode 67 - Still Socially Distant In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast...Randy forgets to call the artist, formerly known as Kevin, as Kay about 100 times, we continue discussion on AtariFests and World of Atari, we help you with your free time by telling you about papercraft computers and RetroPie, and help you navigat…
 
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 Compu…
 
Youth Advisory Board: Tracey Cullinan This is the seventh in a series of episodes featuring the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions about computers and video games, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. The gro…
 
The BBC Micro: History Hello, everyone, and welcome to episode 98 of the Floppy Days Podcast for April, 2020! I hope everyone is staying safe in these days of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic. One day we’ll look back at this as a strange time in all our lives. Again, for the podcast, we are finishing up the tail-end of the year 1981 in the…
 
Atari Speed Reading: Karlyn Kamm and Brad Oltrogge The Atari Speed Reading software package was released by Atari in 1981. It was a self-paced program, for use with the Atari computer and a cassette drive, that promised to teach you to increase reading speed and comprehension with 30 days of practice. The package contained a workbook and five casse…
 
Kay and Carrington foray into the future to face the mishaps and misspellings of Planetfall, Infocom's rib-tickling romp about a boy and his bot. Star Patrol: it's not just a job, it's an adventure game. Hosts: Kay Savetz and Carrington Vanston Find links, notes, and more episodes of Eaten By A Grue at MonsterFeet.com Next episode: Scavange!…
 
Gabriel Baum: Atari Conversational French and Spanish Gabriel Baum worked at Thorn EMI, where he managed the project to create two early language learning programs that were published by Atari: Conversational French and Conversational Spanish. (Atari's language learning series would also include Conversational German — Gabriel started that, but lef…
 
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 (cano…
 
What does it mean when Kay and Carrington discuss a game full of Christmas Tree Monsters and Cruel Puppets for over two hours, never once using the word "wacky" but often using the word "walkthrough"? It means it's time to load up on long-lasting snacks, and brace yourself for Beyond Zork. Hosts: Kay Savetz and Carrington Vanston Find links, notes,…
 
ANTIC Episode 66 - Socially Distant In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We talk about what we’re doing Atari-wise in these socially distant times and we bring you all the Atari news from around the world. READY! Recurring Links Floppy Days Podcast AtariArchives.org AtariMagazines.com Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd” New Atari boo…
 
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 …
 
Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, Jack Nutting, and Blake Patterson Topic: Work-study credit 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. Topic/Feedback links: Min…
 
From Doug Clapp’s The Macintosh Reader, PDF page 171-176, a rare interview with original Macintosh hardware designer/wizard Burrell Smith. An extra special thanks to vintageapple.org for scanning and uploading this and many other old Macintosh books. Text available in HTML and ePub. Burrell’s contrary statement on PC Board Aesthetics at folklore.or…
 
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 i…
 
The BBC Micro - Interview with Steve Furber Hi, everyone, and welcome to episode 97 for February 2020 of the Floppy Days Podcast. This episode kicks off a series of episodes on one of the iconic British machines that was so important to the home computer revolution: The BBC Micro. This machine has an amazing history and continues to have a very lar…
 
ANTIC Episode 65 - Cats with umbrellas and dogs! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Kevin’s dogs do their best to be a part of the podcast, we tell you all about a very busy month of personal Atari stuff, all the programming contests going on, and all the other news we could find. READY! Recurring Links Floppy Days Podcast A…
 
Craig Hickman, Atari Photography Software and Security System Craig Hickman was featured in the June 1982 edition of Atari Connection magazine for his photography software tools. "Craig has developed two programs written in Atari BASIC for use in his darkroom. One of the programs times the negative’s development, and the other monitors and times en…
 
It's turtles all the way down as Kevin and Carrington discuss Infocom's A Mind Forever Voyaging: a computer simulation about a dystopian future in which a computer simulation finds out it is a computer simulation simulating dystopian futures. Hosts: Kevin Savetz and Carrington Vanston Find links, notes, and more episodes of Eaten By A Grue at Monst…
 
ANTIC Episode 64 - Living in the Future In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We talk about our Atari-related resolutions for the new year, how 2020 sounds like we’re living in the future, and bring you news and feedback from across the Atari 8-bit landscape. READY! Recurring Links Floppy Days Podcast AtariArchives.org AtariMag…
 
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 PCj…
 
Will the third sleuthing game from Infocom be the caper that finally steals Kevin's heart? Or will Carrington continue to be the only one who likes bungling through Infocom's burglary games? Find out as the lads tackle Infocom's Suspect. Hosts: Kevin Savetz and Carrington Vanston Find links, notes, and more episodes of Eaten By A Grue at MonsterFee…
 
Interview with Norbert Kehrer, Flashx20 Hello, and happy 2020 to all the listeners out there. As the final episode of 2019 I’m bringing to you a bonus show on the Epson HX-20. I was able to get an interview with a gentleman who has developed a terrific piece of software that qualifies as a modern upgrade for the HX-20, called flashx20. That gentlem…
 
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 vint…
 
James Hugard, Neanderthal Computer Things James Hugard was co-founder of Neanderthal Computer Things, a company that created just one product. "810 Turbo" was a hardware conversion board for the Atari 810 disk drive that promised true double density storage, and faster data reading and writing. The device, released in 1983, could be installed insid…
 
SillyVenture and FujiNet In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: In the tradition of bringing you the latest Atari 8-bit news, we have a couple of very special guests in this episode. First of all, Bart comes to us literally direct from the fabulous SillyVenture show to give us a rundown, and then Thomas Cherryhomes tells us all …
 
Dennis Zander: Artworx, Hazard Run, Strip Poker Dennis Zander was one of the founding partners of the software publishing company Artworx. He programmed a number of games and educational titles, including Hazard Run, Rings of the Empire, Monkeymath, Giant Slalom, Intruder Alert!, Monkeynews, and others. He collaborated with Roger Harnish on Artworx…
 
The Epson HX-20, Part 2, With Earl Evans Hello everyone, and welcome to episode 95 of the Floppy Days Podcast for November, 2019, where once again this month (in Part 2) we will continue talking about one of the world’s first portable computers: The Epson HX-20. I’m extremely happy to again have my good friend, and vintage computer podcast legend, …
 
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Jack, the Wimpy Time Travel Genie You get to command a wimpy time travel genie, who can be sent back in time, once, to advise your former self about something (retrocomputing related) to buy or not buy. What do you instruct this genie to do? Topic and Feedback links: John…
 
Bruce May, Unreleased Magic Castle Game In 1982 Bruce May created Magic Castle, a game for the Atari 800 computer. He finished the game but was unable to find a publisher for it, so hardly anyone played it. In October 2019 he sent me scans of his original documents regarding Magic Castle: his design notes, and even rejection letters from the three …
 
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