RCR Episode 138

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

Host’s Topic: $(document).ready(function() {alert(“Welcome, TRS-80 user.”);});

How retro-accessible do we need to make our websites?

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RCR Episode 137

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

Host’s Topic: Mandatory downgrade

If you had to use a legacy operating system as your daily driver, which one would you pick and why?

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RCR Episode 136

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

Host’s Topic: Old computers de-composing

Dr. Peter Thorne stopped by TNMOC and talked about CSIRAC, Australia’s oldest computer, and indeed the world’s oldest existing computer—and also explained that it will almost certainly not be restored, but kept instead in original, but non-working, condition. Discuss.

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RCR Episode 135

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

Host’s Topic: 35 years since there wasn’t yet an IBM PC

The IBM PC launched into a world of many personal computer brands, types, operating systems, and eventually took the label and became the ubiquitous and standard PC (and PC-compatible), leaving most other systems fallen by the wayside.

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RCR Episode 134

Panelists: The regular “How To Retro History of Open Chicken Missile Antics Roundtable” crew.

Host’s Topic: Chicken Missile?

At KansasFest 2016, on July 22, 2016, a crowd of retrocomputing podcasters sat around a table in a room and spoke about KansasFest itself and about our computing histories.

There was one microphone in a big room, so the audio is less refined than it is in our usual episodes, but it should be still comprehensible.

Clockwise, from Ken, the participants were:

This “megapodcast” recording has appeared at least on the Open Apple feed as well, and might appear in other feeds. Wherever you hear it, it’s the same, so if you’ve heard it before, feel free to skip ahead to RCR Episode 135.

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RCR Episode 133

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

Host’s Topic: I’ve a feeling we’re not in Missouri anymore

All of us are now back in our respective countries after KansasFest and.

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RCR Episode 132

Panelists: Kevin Savetz (hosting), Mark Pilgrim, Kate Szkotnicki, Lisa Allyn, and Jeff Blakeney (contestants)

Host’s Topic: Kevin Loves Apples

After one too many repetitions of his name, Kevin Savetz materialized at KansasFest 2016 and wrested control of the Retrocomputing Roundtable. A panel of four attendees compete in Apple-II-related games, recorded live at KansasFest.

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RCR Episode 131

Panelists: Earl Evans and Randy Kindig (hosting), and Evan Koblentz (expert witness)

Host’s Topic: Vintage Computer Festival West

Randy and Earl wonder about VCF West, and Evan comes to the rescue, in this Very Special Episode of the Retrocomputing Roundtable (recorded jointly with Floppy Days). Also, the first of two consecutive episodes crossing over with ANTIC.

Sharing is caring! Alert everyone you know who might be interested in going to VCF West XI that it’s happening, soon. Always better to learn about these things before they happen, rather than after they’re over.

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RCR Episode 130

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

Host’s Topic: What good is source code?

As more original source code becomes available (we’ll talk about a couple [Apollo Guidance Computer and LucasArts’ Habitat] later this episode—but before that fairly high profile source code from Apple II DOS, Xerox Alto, Microsoft BASIC, CP/M, Prince of Persia, Glider, Wander, Star Raiders, and more), what kinds of things do we hope to learn, or have we learned, or can we do with these? Are they just historical artifacts, or can they be used in the future as learning tools, or in new software, or…?

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RCR Episode 129

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

Host’s Topic: Was the tech in the 80’s better than today?

Was the 80’s tech better, or do you prefer today’s offerings? What did you love about the 80’s tech, and what do you miss?

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