War Games (1983)

Listen as Sean and Robby Lightman talk about the 1983 classic War Games. On this episode Rob talks about how influential War Games was with his own computer follies as a kid.

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Closing Music “Preneterator” by Kevin MacLeod . find more of Kevin’s music at Free Music Archive

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Source:: War Games (1983)


RCR Episode 127

Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Ken Gagne, Paul Hagstrom, and Jack Nutting

Host’s Topic: Tragic: The Gathering of dust

Most of us have vintage computers that we have purchased, used, but then ignored. In the early days, they were so easy to get, often for free, or cheap. Of your collection, which system do you most regret leaving in the closet, and why?

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Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X – link
Show audio files hosted by CyberEars


Source:: RCR Episode 127


ANTIC Interview 178 – Wes Horlacher, Magic Melody Box

Wes Horlacher, Magic Melody Box

Wes Horlacher published one program in Atari Program Exchange: Magic Melody Box. Magic Melody Box first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded second prize in the education category. It was also published as Boîte à Musique by Atari France.

Teaser quotes:

“These machines aren’t just for accounting and computation and mathematics. We can do creative things. Let’s see what we can do with these machines to actually inspire the least thing you would expect from a deterministic machine like this: how can it inspire a human being to create?”

This interview took place on February 15, 2016.

Magic Melody Box in APX catalog

Article in Softside Magazine

Review in Antic magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue42/gamesgrowup.php

Source:: ANTIC Interview 178 – Wes Horlacher, Magic Melody Box


Pooptronics Cellular Presents EP.80: Who’s Who: The Calculator

Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week! I really mean it this time. It’s super fun. We start off with me talking to Iceberg about The Beatles Reunion show he and AB Silver went to. Let’s just say, he wasn’t impressed.

Then we talk about a movie I saw called Maggie. It’s a zombie flick with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. It actually came out awhile back. I saw it on VOD..

Then it’s on to the main event! Who’s Who in The DC Universe on The Calculator who recently returned to The CW Network.. This is your chance to see what he was like in the comics! He’s a totally different dude!

We picked up a new Patron this week! That’s always fantastic. His name is Ron Nelson. Dude has a real fun Facebook group about 60-70’s nostalgia. You can find it HERE!!!!!! Make sure to hop on over and give him a follow. he posts cool retro stuff all the time. It’s a great, real active group! Tell em’ IseeRobots Sent ya!

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Source:: Pooptronics Cellular Presents EP.80: Who’s Who: The Calculator


ANTIC Interview 177 – Steve Smith, ANTIC chip

Steve Smith, ANTIC chip

Steve Smith was an engineering technician at Atari from 1977 until 1979, where he worked on the development of the Atari 400 and 800 computers. He was one of the technicians who designed the ANTIC and CTIA chips.

In this interview, we discuss Liza Loop, whom I previously interviewed.

This interview took place on February 9, 2016.

Teaser quotes:

“…Huge roomful of 1 MhZ but not 1.1 MhZ devices. So that’s what they put in the peripherals, was 6507 that they had surplus lying around.”

“The first chips came into the lab, and I was plugging in the CTIA, the first one. Completely untested. And I dropped it and it broke in half.”

Source:: ANTIC Interview 177 – Steve Smith, ANTIC chip


Tupacast episode 013 – Don’t Stop the Geekin’

In this episode we read a chapter of Marc’s book Don’t Stop the Geekin’. The three of us read chapter 2; a fun chapter about Ms. Pacman, camping and the World’s Fair. We had a great time and I know you will too! If you like the 80’s, nostalgia, memories or books about growing up/childhood; then you will thoroughly enjoy Marc’s book Don’t Stop the Geekin’ as well as his first book I was Geeky when Geeky wasn’t Cool.

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Source:: Tupacast episode 013 – Don’t Stop the Geekin’


Episode 2 – Horrible Hamilton!

In this episode Arkay discusses one of his favorite toys from 1964! This toy was only out for 1 year before being taken off the shelf. Willie! talks about some Vintage Toy Stores he visited in Indianapolis and much more!

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Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum
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Source:: Episode 2 – Horrible Hamilton!


ANTIC Interview 176 – Clyde Spencer: Stereo 3-D Graphics and Isopleth Map Making

Clyde Spencer: Stereo 3-D Graphics and Isopleth Map Making

Clyde Spencer published two programs through Atari Program Exchange: Stereo 3-D Graphics Package and Isopleth Map-Making Package. Stereo 3-D Graphics Package was first available in the winter 1982 APX catalog, and Map-Making in the Spring 1982 catalog. Clyde was also co-founder of the Bay Area Atari Users Group, and wrote some reviews for Antic magazine.

This interview took place on March 1, 2016. In it, we discuss Liza Loop and John Crane, both of whom I previously interviewed.

Teaser quote:

“I actually withdrew my teacher’s retirement money out to help fund the startup on that. … About a year or two into that project, Atari went bankrupt. … I was left with an orphan then at that point in time.”

Stereo 3-D Graphics Package: Winter 1982 APX catalog

Isopleth Map-Making Package: Spring 1982 APX catalog

Clyde’s articles in Antic magazine

Source:: ANTIC Interview 176 – Clyde Spencer: Stereo 3-D Graphics and Isopleth Map Making