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The BBC Micro, Part 3 with Daniel Jameson Hello, and welcome to episode 102 of the Floppy Days Podcast for December, 2020. I just love these old machines and love to learn and talk about them. The year is 1981 and we are talking about the legendary BBC Micro or Beeb as it’s affectionately known. This is the final episode on this incredible machine,…
 
The BBC Micro, Part 2 Hello, and welcome to episode 101 of the Floppy Days Podcast for September, 2020. The year is 1981 and we are talking about the legendary BBC Micro. In this episode and next we will fully cover this incredible machine; from tech specs, peripherals, and books/magazines/software to emulators, modern upgrades, and current Web sit…
 
Ed Smith, developer of the Imagination Machine Ed Smith is an African American was born in 1954 in Brownsville Brooklyn, NY. Ed studied electrical engineering at Westinghouse High School, then computer science and marketing at Pace University. Ed is one of only two African Americans to develop a video game system in the 1970s and the first African …
 
The BBC Micro - Interview with Hermann Hauser Hi, everyone, and welcome to episode 99 for May 2020 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where we look at home computers of the 70’s and 80’s across the globe, not just the U.S. This episode is one in a series of episodes on one of the iconic British machines that was so important to the home computer revolutio…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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, …
 
The Epson HX-20 Part 1 Hello everyone, and welcome to episode 94 of the Floppy Days Podcast for October, 2019, where this month we will be talking about one of the world’s first portable computers: The Epson HX-20. Thank you, Terry Stewart, for your thoughts about the HX-20 to lead off the show. For those that want more information from Terry, chec…
 
Interview with Chris Rutkowski, Epson QX10 & ValDocs Hello and welcome to episode 93 of the Floppy Days Podcast. We’re still in the year 1981 for computer introductions and next up on the docket is the venerable Epson HX-20, oft-considered the very first laptop computer. It spawned an entire series of laptop computers from Epson, such as the PX-8 a…
 
Hello, welcome to Floppy Days Podcast #92, coming to you in July, 2019. This month, I’m bringing to you an interview I’ve had in my backlog for almost 2 years now. Thank goodness, most of the information on Floppy Days is timeless, so the interview is just as relevant today as it was then. Anyway, I’m very happy to present an interview with Mr. Dav…
 
The Osborne 1 with Lee Felsenstein Welcome to episode 91 of the Floppy Days Podcast for May, 2019. In the timeline for personal computer introductions, we are now in the year 1981. For this episode we are going to be talking about the Osborne 1. The Osborne 1 was the first commercially successful portable microcomputer, released on April 3, 1981 by…
 
Episode 90 - Interview with Lee Felsenstein (Osborne 1) Welcome to episode 90 of the Floppy Days Podcast for April, 2019. In the timeline for personal computer introductions, we are now in the year 1981. For this episode, and actually the next couple as well, we are going to be talking about the Osborne 1. The Osborne 1 was the first commercially s…
 
The Apple III - Part 3 with David Fradin Welcome to episode 89 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where we love our computers and programmable calculators of the 70’s and 80’s (and even into the 90’s). As mentioned on the last episode, we’ve moved in to the year 1981 for computer introductions and have been discussing the much maligned but misunderstood A…
 
Floppy Days Episode 88 - The Apple III - Part 2 Hi, all, and welcome to Floppy Days #88 for December, 2018. I’m your host, Randy Kindig, and it’s hard to believe that 2018 is coming to an end. I hope you all had a great year! As stated in the last show, we are into the year 1981 for computer introductions and we are covering the Apple II’s more pow…
 
The Apple III - Part 1 Hello, everyone, and welcome to Episode 87 of the Floppy Days Podcast for November, 2018. In the timeline, we continue to cover machines that were released in the year 1980. The topic of this show is a machine that while it came from a very well-known computer company, was never popular enough to make a large splash in the co…
 
The Sinclair ZX80 and ZX81 Welcome to the Floppy Days Podcast with myself, Randy Kindig, and a whole host of vintage computers surrounding me, each one wanting their time in the limelight. This will be part 2 of the 2-part series on the Sinclair ZX80 & 81 computer line. Once again, I will have one of the grand-daddy’s of vintage computer podcasting…
 
Interview with John Grant - Developer of the OS & BASIC for the Sinclair ZX80 In the last show Earl Evans and I covered part I of the Sinclair ZX80/81 line of home computers; its history and tech specs. Before delving into part II, we’re going to have a topic-relevant interview this month. I was able to, with the help of Kevin Palser, track down an…
 
The Sinclair ZX-80 Hello and welcome to the Floppy Days Podcast for May, 2018, where we remind everyone of the days when everyone knew how to program a computer, not just use it for social media. My name is Randy Kindig and I host this podcast. We are coming near the end of the computers to be covered on this podcast that were introduced at the beg…
 
This is a special promo episode of Floppy Days for the upcoming VCF East XIII show, May 18-20, 2018. I speak with VC Federation Executive Director Evan Koblentz about the show. Please attend if you can! VCF East Web Site Connor Krukosky Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45X4VP8CGtk
 
The Intellivision Keyboard Component Hello everyone and welcome to Floppy Days #83 for April, 2018. My name is Randy Kindig and I host this little retrospective on vintage computers. I’m stepping outside the normal timeline for this particular episode in order to cover a vintage gaming console and an upgrade that could be purchased for it that turn…
 
The Acorn Atom and the Fifth Year of Floppy Days 1980 was a very prolific year for the development of personal computers around the globe and we continue to cover machines made in that year. This month’s topic is a machine that was never made available in the United States. It was popular in parts of Europe and particularly in the Netherlands. The …
 
David Needle, technology reporter David Needle is a technology reporter and editor based in Silicon Valley. He has worked for a variety of publications including: Computer World InfoWorld Personal Computing Information Week Computer Currents He has interviewed many technology giants of the early computer days, such as: Steve Jobs Bill Gates Dan Bri…
 
Tandy Pocket Computers, Part 2 Welcome to episode 80 of the Floppy Days Podcast, for December, 2017! This episode is part 2 of the coverage of the TRS-80 pocket computer line. In the timeline we’re still in the year 1980, with the first of the pocket computer line, the PC-1, having been released in that year. Again, the TRS-80 icon known as Ian Mav…
 
Tandy Pocket Computers, Part 1 Web site: http://floppydays.com email: floppydays@gmail.com Twitter: @floppydays Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/floppydays on iTunes and Stitcher (www.stitcher.com) part of the Throwback Network (www.throwbacknetwork.net ) Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/I5bhao6ixoxkzq52qlku5mfb43q?t=FloppyDays_…
 
Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles Links: Stewart Cheifet Productions - http://cheifet.com/ Email - stewart@cheifet.com Twitter - www.twitter.com/cheifet Facebook - www.facebook.com/cheifet Watch episodes of COMPUTER CHRONICLES - http://www.archive.org/details/computerchronicles Watch episodes of NET CAFE - http://www.archive.org/details/netcafe …
 
The Commodore Vic-20, Part II Web site: http://floppydays.com email: floppydays@gmail.com Twitter: @floppydays Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/floppydays on iTunes and Stitcher (www.stitcher.com) part of the Throwback Network (www.throwbacknetwork.net ) Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/I5bhao6ixoxkzq52qlku5mfb43q?t=FloppyDays_V…
 
Interview with Ian Mavric, TRS-80 Recycler This is an interview-only episode of Floppy Days. I was able to catch up with someone well-known in the TRS-80 community, Mr. Ian Mavric, or Mav for short. Mav bills himself as a TRS-80 recycler who also sells a lot of upgrades for the TRS-80 line of computers, including the FreHD, hi-res boards, the Quinn…
 
Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 5.0 Post-show Hi, everyone and welcome to episode #75 of the Floppy Days Podcast. I’m your host, Randy Kindig. It’s July, 2017, and I have a special episode for you where I cover the VCFSE 5.0 show that took place April 29-30 this year in Roswell, Georgia. When I say I “cover” the show, what I really mean is that…
 
Interview with Giacomo Vernoni, author Commodore Vic 20: A Visual History Hello and welcome to the Floppy Days Podcast. I’m Randy Kindig, your host. This is a special interview-only episode. I was able to track down Giacomo Vernoni(Jockamo VERnoni), a computer historian who recently published a book called “Commodore Vic 20: A Visual History”. As I…
 
The Commodore Vic-20, Part I Hello, everyone, and welcome to Episode 73 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where modern computers are simply considered peripherals to the classic computers. My name is Randy Kindig. In the computer timeline, we’re still squarely in the year 1980. In that year, a breakthrough computer, with a great keyboard, color graphics …
 
Interview with Neil Harris, Member of the Vic Commando Team Welcome to the Floppy Days Podcast, where classic computers will always have a home. My name is Randy Kindig. This is the final of four consecutive episodes where I talked to gentlemen who were either involved with the development of the historically significant Commodore Vic-20, or who ha…
 
Interview with Brian Bagnall, Author “Commodore, A Company on the Edge” Welcome to the Floppy Days Podcast, where old computers survive to tell another tale. My name is Randy Kindig. In the previous couple of episodes, I covered the history of the Vic-20 computer with the help of Neil Harris, Brian Bagnall, and Michael Tomczyk. Although I used some…
 
Interview with Michael Tomczyk, Vic-20 Commando Team Leader at Commodore Welcome to the Floppy Days Podcasts, where old computers are the best computers and new old computers are even better. Last month, I covered the history of the Vic-20 computer with the help of Neil Harris, Brian Bagnall, and Michael Tomczyk. Although I used some audio clips fr…
 
The Commodore Vic-20 - History, with Brian Bagnall, Michael Tomczyk, and Neil Harris Welcome to episode 69 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where our computers may be old, but that’s why we love them. In the vintage computer timeline, we are in 1980. The next computer I want to discuss that debuted that year is the Commodore Vic-20. The Vic-20 is signif…
 
Interview with Bill Kemper, HP Employee and HP Series 80 Software Engineer Hello, again, and welcome to episode 68 of the Floppy Days Podcast. This will be a fairly short, interview-only show. As a final piece of the recent series of podcasts on the HP Series 80 family of machines, I was able to sit down and talk with Mr. William Kemper. Bill worke…
 
The HP Series 80 (HP83/85/86/87) This episode is the third and final in a series about the Hewlett Packard HP-85 computer, or more accurately, the entire line of similar computers known as the HP Series 80. Once again, I have the tremendously knowledgeable duo of Everett Kaser and Vassilis Prevelakis helping me impart information to you about that …
 
Welcome to Episode 66 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where we try to relive our youth by talking about computers nearly as old as we are. Vintage Computer Festival Midwest #11 recently happened on Sep. 10 and 11, 2016 in Elk Grove Village, IL and I managed to find my way there again this year. Once again, I had an incredible time at the event and thou…
 
Welcome to Episode 65 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where a summer computer camp for middle-aged geeks is the highlight of our year. My name is Randy Kindig. This is a very special edition of Floppy Days produced and contributed by my good friend Mike Whalen and it includes sound bites from many of the attendees of this year’s annual week-long Kansas…
 
The HP-85B Microcomputer, Part 2 Hello, and welcome to episode 64 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where old computers come to live. I’m Randy Kindig and I’m happy to bring you this episode this month. This episode is Part 2 about the HP Series 80 line of microcomputers. Last month I interviewed 2 well-known members of the HP Series 80 community, Everet…
 
Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 11, Sep 10-11, 2016, Elk Grove Village, IL This a special interview show to help get the word out about an upcoming event: Vintage Computer Festival Midwest. This will be the eleventh iteration of this event and I talk with Jason Timmons, one of the main organizers of the event. He tells us all about the event, inc…
 
Welcome to episode 62 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where a little smoke once in a while is a hazard of the hobby. In the vintage computer timeline, we are still in the 1979 to 1980 timeframe. This month we are covering the HP-85 desktop computer, or actually the entire series of which the HP-85 was a part known as the HP Series 80. I struck gold whe…
 
Welcome to episode 60 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where vintage in the term vintage computers simply means “cool”. My name is Randy Kindig. I am happy to bring you this month the follow-up or second of two episodes on the HP41C programmable calculator. Once again, I have two stellar members of the HP41 community, Richard J. Nelson and Gene Wright, …
 
Hello, all, and welcome to the next installment of the podcast that says “vintage electronics: I WANT IT”. I’m Randy Kindig and I’m your host. This episode is the first of a 2-parter on the Hewlett Packard HP-41 line of programmable calculators. The HP-41 is a seminal example of programmable calculators from the late 70’s and into the 80’s and is s…
 
Ralph Rees, Editor, VAST TI-99 Newsletter Hi, everyone and welcome to episode 58 of the Floppy Days Podcast. I’m Randy Kindig. To sort of finish off the TI-99 series of episodes I’ve been running, I have an interview-only show for you this month. This interview is with Ralph Rees, president and newsletter editor of the VAlley of the Sun TI-99ers (V…
 
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