RCR 162 – 3-Smooth

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting (not hosting)

Topic: 3-Smooth

3x3x3x3x2.

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RCR 161 – Living Computers

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Cynde Moya, and Jack Nutting

Topic: Living Computers: Museum + Labs

This week we are joined by Cynde Moya, collections manager, and chair of the acquisitions committee for the Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle. We discuss various topics, including some of the new exhibits and acquisitions, philosophy of restorations, challenges in cataloging, availability of time sharing accounts, and lots more.

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RCR Episode 160 – The Final Frontier

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston

Host’s Topic: The Final Frontier

160. $A0. A high-ASCII space. LDY. Space bars. Keyboards? Places to put things? Yeah, we got nothing.

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RCR Episode 159 – Retro Gaming Evolution

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

Host’s Topic: Retro Gaming Evolution

What changes are there in game development with old hardware in a new context? Use modern hardware enhancements? Modern advancements in computer science, user interface, programming environments? To what extent is there still something left to squeeze out of these machines?

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RCR Episode 158 – The Retropocalypse

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

Host’s Topic: The Retropocalypse

What might drive computing to go back “off-line”—massive infrastructure or privacy/secturity disaster? What kind of advantages are there to the limited/isolated machines of the olden-days? Is there a difference between obsolete and just retro? Might data/privacy disasters (even if not structural) lead to new uses of older tech?

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RCR Episode 157 – eBay and retrocomputing

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

Host’s Topic: eBay and retrocomputing

“Atari 800 – RARE – $1,000 – L@@K!!1!”. Why do such listings exist? They are becoming more and more common. Does anyone ever accidentally buy from these outrageous listings? Memorabilia – especially recent-ish (90s, 2000s). Sometimes the vintage section of eBay is absolutely cram-packed with this stuff. Does anyone buy it? Is there value to having these items listed, or is it just yard sale stuff cluttering up the category? (Super common with Apple stuff.) “Not tested” – why not? Some items may indeed be difficult to test, but in other cases, it would be simply “hook it to the TV”. Do we assume that the alleged “cannot test it…” items are broken? Books – often overpriced on eBay. Should always check to see if the used Internet bookstores (including Amazon) have a lower price. Total junk – 4X internal CD-ROM units. Why? Among all the noise, decrease of actual interesting stuff that isn’t selling for 5x the price it should go for.

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RCR Episode 156 – Assembly Chicken PolyANTICast Roundtable episode 1

This is the annual group “megapodcast” recorded at KansasFest, from July 2017. The event draws quite a few podcasters, so we all sit in a room and talk for an hour.

This year’s podcast involves the obligatory discussion of the KansasFest event itself (which is an annual gathering of Apple II enthusiasts, along with some others, for almost a week of “retrocomputing camp”). It is held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, where everyone lives in a dorm room, socializes in common areas, goes to presentations held in the basement, participates in various events, works on projects of their own or observes projects others are doing.

We discuss the event itself, play a version of “Celebrity” with figures from geek culture or computing history, and generally have a grand time.

This was one microphone in the middle of a room, so the audio quality is what you would expect from one microphone in the middle of a room. Also, this same audio appeared on the Open Apple podcast feed, so if you heard it there already, you are excused from listening to it again (unless you want to).

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RCR Episode 155 – Getting done

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

Host’s Topic: Getting done

Projects – so easy to start, so difficult to complete! What techniques have you found to cross the finish line? What stands in your way? Should we adopt a more businesslike approach to our hobby endeavors – would that take the fun out of it, or add to the fun when the final result appears?

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RCR Episode 154 – News news news

Host’s Topic: News news news

So much news since the previous episode, the topic is: more news.

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

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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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