RCR Episode 153 – Random Access Memories

Host’s Topic: Random Access Memories

RAM limitations. Early on in home/personal computing, we were faced with very real RAM constraints. Not like today’s RAM measured in GBs and added in freely, only really affecting disk reliance. What do you remember about bumping into RAM limits, planning programs around them, finding failures, expanding, etc.

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Michael Mulhern, Kevin Savetz, and Carrington Vanston

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RCR Episode 152 – Future nostalgists

Host’s Topic: Future nostalgists

We’re nostalgic for our formative computing years now, but lots of that old cool stuff got discarded or broken or traded along the way. D’oh! If only we’d been thinking of now then. But the kids of today will be our age at some point. Are we doing any better for their generation? What will they want back? Or, maybe easier: What do we wish our parents or former selves had hung onto?

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Michael Mulhern, and Jack Nutting

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RCR Episode 151

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

Host’s Topic: Is this important?

Is this old stuff objectively important, or is it just nostalgia?

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RCR Episode 150

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

Host’s Topic: Spring cleaning

Do you remove the accumulated goop? How do you remove the accumulated goop?

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RCR Episode 149

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

Host’s Topic: Still Going Strong

Adobe Illustrator recently turned 30 years old. AutoCAD is 34, Microsoft Word and Excel are both over 30, and Mathematica is 28. Even the IBM PC emulator DOSBox is itself now almost 15 years old. What new versions of old applications do you still regularly use today?

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RCR Episode 148

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

Host’s Topic: Venturing down the retro upgrade path

How far should we go down the upgrade path toward modernity? If you have a, say, 68030 Mac, would you want to put a third-party 68040 accelerator in it? You would have in 1993. But what is the point today?

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RCR Episode 147

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

Host’s Topic: Big collections

Big collections — what are the implications? Saving systems from oblivion? Or, perhaps, removing them from the hands of enthusiasts who might happily use them? How to enjoy a large collection — viewing, using, showcasing?

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RCR Episode 146

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting) and Carrington Vanston (not hosting)

Host’s Topic: The next new old thing

So, we’re kind of experts on something. Or we’re familiar with something. But part of the fun of the hobby is seeing what else there was that we never got involved in. Now that we have our new modern brains, what old things are you interested in going back and learning? (Forth? Cobol? Inform? Mainframes? Alternative platform?) Is our modern brain going to make it easier?

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RCR Episode 145

Panelists: Ken Gagne (hosting), Earl Evans, Paul Hagstrom, and Carrington Vanston

Host’s Topic: What’s your favorite retrogaming input device?

What’s your preference for retrogaming? On original hardware, on new hardware?

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RCR Episode 144

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Michael Mulhern, and Carrington Vanston

Host’s Topic: The new retro

The calendar has flipped over again, to 2017. How does that affect what we consider to be “retro”?

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