FloppyDays Vintage Computing Podcast

FloppyDays Vintage Computing Podcast
By Randall Kindig
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Floppy Days Vintage Computing Podcast
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Feb. 1, 2018
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 Bricklin Jack Tramiel Nolan Bushnell Steve Leininger This interview occurred on November 3, 2016 Links: Dave interviews Steve Leininger - https://books.google.com/books?id=yS4EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA66&lpg=PA66&dq=steve+leininger+tandy&source=bl&ots=SOhJ_VmIPk&sig=rkv-wpHfieMH5rlOfSsNTu5kSaI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjw1MGU6pDQAhWB6YMKHVgYCAMQ6AEIITAB#v=onepage&q=steve%20leininger%20tandy&f=false
Dec. 31, 2017
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 Mavric will be walking through various aspects of that computer line with me.  We will be covering newsletters, magazines, emulation, Web sites, modern upgrades and much more. Web site: http://floppydays.com email: [email protected] 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_Vintage_Computing_Podcast Links Mentioned in the Show: New Acquisitions CoCoSDC - http://cocosdc.blogspot.com/ REX - http://bitchin100.com/wiki/index.php?title=REX NADSBox - http://bitchin100.com/wiki/index.php?title=NADSBox Model 100 Disk/Video Interface - https://www.atarimagazines.com/creative/v10n12/89_Tandy_DiskVideo_Interfac.php Paleotronic Retro-Technology Magazine Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paleotronic/paleotronic-retro-technology-magazine-microm8-3d-e/description News Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution by David and Theresa Welsh - http://www.microcomputerpioneers.com/prime/order.html Upcoming Shows Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/ When: Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th, 2018 Where: Living Computers: Museum+Labs, 2245 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA CoCoFest - http://www.glensideccc.com/cocofest/ , April 21 & 22, 2018, Heron Point Convention Center, 645 West North Avenue, Lombard, IL Vintage Computer Festival East - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ When: May 18-20, 2018 Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ KansasFest - https://www.kansasfest.org/ , July 17-22, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri other shows that will definitely occur but not yet announced: VCF Southeast - Roswell, GA - April VCF Midwest - Elk Grove Village, IL - September Tandy Assembly - OH - October TI International World’s Faire - Chicago - Oct/Nov World of Commodore - Toronto - Dec Atari Party - keep eye open Magazines/Newsletters Pocket Computer Newsletter - http://www.pc-1500.info/ Status1500 - http://www.pc-1500.info/ TRS-80 Microcomputer News - http://www.os9projects.com/MAGAZINES/MicroNews/MicroNews.html Compunotes - ads in Interface Age Magazine (could not find any links to these) Books 62-2086 TRS-80 Pocket Computer Programs, by Jim Cole ($1.95), published by Radio Shack - https://archive.org/details/119practicalprog00john 62-2312 Problem Solving on the TRS-80 Pocket Computer, by Don Inman and Jim Conlan, published by Radio Shack ($9.95) - https://www.amazon.com/Problem-solving-TRS-80-Pocket-Computer-Self-teaching/dp/0471092703 119 Practical Programs for the TRS-80 Pocket Computer, TAB Books, by John Clark Craig - https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Programmes-TRS-80-Pocket-Computer/dp/0830613501 26-3620 Getting Started on the PC-2, by HC Pennington, Gary Camp, Ralph Burris, published by Radio Shack ($12.95) - https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Started-Sharp-Radio-Shack/dp/0936200111 Ads Isaac Asimov ad for PC-1 - http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/t80ppc/ad82a.jpg PC-2 ad - http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/t80ppc/h/pc2cat83.jpg PC-2/PC-3/PC-4 combined ad - https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2178/2468545035_68bb455023_b.jpg Emulation Pock'Emul Multi pocket computers emulator Forever1500 Sharp pockets emulator project in HTML5/JavaScript PC-1500A emulator MESS - http://www.mess.org/ Modern Upgrades http://www.tramsoft.ch/sharp_erweiterungen/index_en.html Toolkit: Four program-packages to extend the operating system DISCONTINUED E-Box: Allows to connect up to four devices to a PC-1500/A or CE-150 Parallel/Floppy-Interface: Allows to connect a printer and a floppy drive DISCONTINUED A/D Converter Standard Version: Eight channel 12-bit analog to digital converter for mobile data acquisition Memory module: Increase the memory (RAM) to 32K Community Community Mailing Lists [email protected] Forums AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/forum/174-tandy-computers/ Web Sites http://www.pc1500.com/ Tandy! Pocket! Mania! @ Floodgap Retrobits - http://www.floodgap.com/retrobits/tpm/ - Cameron Kaiser Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandy_Pocket_Computer All and more about the Sharp PC-1500 and PC-1600 - http://www.pc-1500.info/ http://www.trs-80.com/trs80-models-pocket.htm http://pocket.free.fr/html/tandy/tandy_e.html http://radioshackcatalogs.com
Nov. 30, 2017
Tandy Pocket Computers, Part 1 Web site: http://floppydays.com email: [email protected] 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_Vintage_Computing_Podcast Links Mentioned in the Show: New Acquisitions Amiga RGB to SCART cable - http://amigakit.amiga.store/catalog/ SCART to HDMI converter - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Scart-HDMI-to-HDMI-720P-1080P-HD-Video-Converter-Monitor-Box-For-HDTV-DVD-STB-BK/322819178099  
Oct. 27, 2017
Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles Links: Stewart Cheifet Productions - http://cheifet.com/   Email - [email protected] 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 Stewart’s interview on Triangulation with Leo Laporte - https://twit.tv/shows/triangulation/episodes/114
Sept. 28, 2017
The Commodore Vic-20, Part II Web site: http://floppydays.com email: [email protected] 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_Vintage_Computing_Podcast Links Mentioned in the Show: New Acquisitions Vic-20 Final Expansion - http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65219&sid=967941d7fa89090f137792181226c3b3 Vic-20 Cartzilla! - http://www.zimmers.net/anonftp/pub/cbm/vic20/Cartzilla.html Amiga mouse - new mint from MyAtari (B&C ComputerVisions, Atari Sales & Service) - http://myatari.com/ Amiga power supply - Ray Carlsen - http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/ Amiga emulator - Amiga Forever 7 - https://www.amigaforever.com/ News VCF Midwest 12 - http://vcfmw.org/ Evan Wright - http://mrwrightteacher.net/index.php Evan Wright’s Cross Platform Text Adventure Generator - https://github.com/evancwright/Lantern Upcoming Shows Tandy Assembly - October 7-8, 2017 - Chillocothe, OH - http://www.tandyassembly.com/https://www.facebook.com/events/671911082972172/ 35th Chicago TI International World’s Faire - October 14, Evanston, IL Public Library, 9-4 - http://www.chicagotiug.com/tiki-index.php?page=Faire World of Commodore - December 9-10, 2017 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - http://www.tpug.ca/world-of-commodore-2017/about/ Feedback Museum of Computing History's Retrofest -  http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/43210/Retro-Computer-Festival-2017-16th-17th-September-2017/ Classic Game Fest - http://classicgamefest.com/ Magazines Commodore Free - http://www.commodorefree.com/ Books “Commodore, A Company on the Edge” by Brian Bagnall - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0973864966/?tag=flodaypod-20 “The home computer wars: An Insider's Account of Commodore and Jack Tramiel” by Michael Tomczyk - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0942386752/?tag=flodaypod-20 “The First Home Computer: 30 Years Later” by Michael Tomczyk - http://www.academia.edu/2242039/The_First_Home_Computer_30_Years_Later Commodore VIC 20: A Visual History by Giacomo Vernoni (Kickstarter) Software (R) VIC-20 Cartridge Rarity & Gameplay listing by Ward Shrake and Paul LeBrasse - http://www.commodore.ca/manuals/funet/cbm/vic20/Cartlist.html (R) VIC-20 Cartridge Software Reviews a.k.a. Cartzilla! - http://www.commodore.ca/manuals/funet/cbm/vic20/Cartzilla.html User Groups and Shows World of Commodore - World of Commodore - December 9 & 10 - Toronto - http://www.tpug.ca/ CommVex - Commodore Vegas Expo v13 - July 29-30, 2017, California Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex Pacific Commodore Expo at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle on June 10-11 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/events/1171192169619276/ Modern Upgrades VIC-VODER (Raspberry Pi) Jim Brain’s memory card - UltiMem VIC-20 Memory Expansion Cartridge - http://store.go4retro.com/ultimem-vic-20-memory-expansion-cartridge/ Vic-20 Mega-Cart - https://www.commodoreserver.com/CommodorePhotoDetails.asp?PID=55CD0F98F23E440782584E4E6C807A82 Behr-Bonz cart - http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=56288 Final Expansion cart - http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65219&sid=967941d7fa89090f137792181226c3b3 Penultimate Cart - https://www.thefuturewas8bit.com/index.php/penultimatecart Vic-20 Midi cartridge (Jim Brain) - http://store.go4retro.com/vic-20-midi-cartridge/ Commodore VIC-20 Expansion Port Cart Breadboard Breakout for Development - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Commodore-VIC-20-Expansion-Port-Cart-Breadboard-Breakout-for-Development/332147938040 Commodore VIC-20 VIC20 cartridge development board-Atmel/Microchip/Arduino - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Commodore-VIC-20-VIC20-cartridge-development-board-Atmel-Microchip-Arduino/332146114579 Commodore User Port Breadboard Breakout for C64 VIC-20 Development - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Commodore-User-Port-Breadboard-Breakout-for-C64-VIC-20-Development-/332147938038 Joystick Breadboard Breakout for C64 VIC20 Atari 2600 VCS Development - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Joystick-Breadboard-Breakout-for-C64-VIC20-Atari-2600-VCS-Development-/332147938039 Connectivity to Modern Computers Chris Osborne Raspberry Pi 1541 Emulator - http://www.insentricity.com/a.cl/208/C64PiVideo Chris Osborne Teensy XUM1541 - http://www.insentricity.com/a.cl/201/turning-a-teensy-into-a-floppy-controller UNO2IEC - https://github.com/Larswad/uno2iec/wiki/About-Uno2IEC,-the-Arduino-1541-emulator-Wiki-and-HowTo C64HDD - https://www.64hdd.com/index_en.html X1541 - http://sta.c64.org/xcables.html Emulation VICE - http://vice-emu.sourceforge.net/ - VICE is now considered by many to be the best VIC 20 emulator available.  Windows, OSX, DOS Javascript Vic-20 by Matt Dawson - https://www.mdawson.net/vic20chrome/vic20.php MESS (Multi-Emulator Super System)/MAME - http://www.mess.org/ Power20 - Mac - shareware - http://www.infinite-loop.at/Power20/index.html Community Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/commodoreVIC20/ Forums AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/forum/172-commodore-8-bit-computers/ http://www.sleepingelephant.com/denial/ - forums, wiki, software Lemon64 - http://www.lemon64.com/ Melon64 - http://www.melon64.com Vintage Computing Forum - http://www.vcfed.org/forum Podcasts Chicken Lips Radio - http://www.chickenlipsradio.org/ Press Play on Tape - https://pressplayontape.podbean.com/ The Immortal C64 - http://www.akumadesigns.com/ic64/ Web Sites YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=vic20 Zimmers.net (pictures, software, list of all carts and tapes, tons of information) - http://www.zimmers.net/commie/index.html Vic-20 Listings - http://www.vic20listings.freeolamail.com/index.html “The Commodore Vic-20: A First Look”, COMPUTE! ISSUE 11 / APRIL 1981 / PAGE 26 - http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue11/12_1_THE_COMMODORE_VIC-20_A_FIRST_LOOK.php Commodore Vic-20 Tribute Page by Rick Melick - http://www.geocities.ws/cbm/ - history, interviews, magazine indexes and companion disks, documentation and manuals Starring the Computer - http://www.starringthecomputer.com/computer.html?c=65 - The Vic-20 was in shows/movies like The Philadelphia Experiment, What Waits Below, Airplane II (running Mission Control), Knight Rider The Ultimate Vic-20 Website - http://vic-20.appspot.com/ - geared towards information about Vic-20 emulation References https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20 http://sleepingelephant.com/denial/wiki/index.php?title=VIC-20
Sept. 1, 2017
This is a special set of ads for the Tandy Assembly show coming to Chillicothe, OH October 7 & 8. Thank you to all our sponsors. http://www.tandyassembly.com   
Aug. 12, 2017
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 Quinnterface and others.  He’s also a member of the TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast and writes for the TRS8BIT newsletter.  Mav is very active in the TRS-80 community and I was very happy to be able to sit down with him and talk about everything in which he’s involved. Links: Mav’s web site - http://ianmav.customer.netspace.net.au/trs80/ To order FreHD parts - http://ianmav.customer.netspace.net.au/trs80/emulator To order FreHD Clearly Superior sets -  http://ianmav.customer.netspace.net.au/clearlysuperior/ TRS-80 Model 4 Hi-Res boards -  http://ianmav.customer.netspace.net.au/hires/hires.htm Fred Vecoven, Inventor of FreHD -  http://www.vecoven.com/trs80/trs80.html Mav can be found on the following internet Tech Forums: VCFEDs TRS-80 Forum -  http://www.vcfed.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?46-Tandy-Radio-Shack Yahoo TRS-80 Group -  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TRS-80/info Yahoo TRS-80 Club Group -  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/trs80club/info Usenet comp.sys.tandy -  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/comp.sys.tandy Mav writes a quarterly column in TRS8Bit Newsletter -  http://trs-80.org.uk/index.html   Sites which may interest TRS-80 Purists: SYDTRUG - Sydney TRS-80 User’s Group - http://sydtrug.org/ Pascal Holdry’s TRS-80 en France - http://prof-80.fr/ Ira Goldlkang’s TRS-80.Com - http://www.trs-80.com/wordpress/ TRS-80 Trash Talk Podcast - http://www.trs80trashtalk.com/
July 8, 2017
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 I give you a limited perspective of the show from my eyes, as an exhibitor at the event.  I will be talking about the exhibit I was a part of, some of the people I met, and purchases or sales that I made.  The largest part of this episode, however, are the interviews that I was able to get at the show.  They were interesting and fun for me.  I hope you enjoy it, and if you were not able to make it to VCFSE this year, please consider attending next year.  It’s well worth the effort to get there. Links Mentioned in the Show: VCFSE 5 presentation videos - https://vimeo.com/user50868990 The Guru Meditation - http://www.thegurumeditation.org/  Video of meeting Bill & Anthony of the The Guru Meditation for the first time at VCFSE 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=KKxc4Irm5mw&index=3&list=PLhK8ZGIwZnnNFbpeNWUGghFx8C2VQLqET  Bob Payne’s store on eBay with NOS TRS-80 items - http://stores.ebay.com/intenseenergy/  Video by Nir Dary of Multi-Dash game using Multi-Link hardware - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhA40kM3O4o  “Don’t Mess with Texas” TI-99 Demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhSUhE03XFw  Bill Lange's Atari light pen article - http://atari8bitads.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-light-pen-is-here-and-now-its-gone.html  00:00 Theme Song 01:23 Ads 01:52 Intro 03:11 Exhibit Discussion 08:47 Tandy Assembly Ad 09:35 My Acquisitions, items sold, or give-aways 16:57 Thomas Liebert Interview 28:45 Jon Guidry Interview 49:44 Amiga Bill & Anthony Interview 1:41:54 Conclusion 1:44:52 Out-takes
June 12, 2017
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’ve been covering the Vic-20 on recent shows, it thought it was very timely and that it would be great to interview someone who is very familiar with the machine and liked it well enough to publish a book about it.  It was awesome to catch up with Giacomo and talk with him for a little while. This interview took place on April 1st, 2017. Links: Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/958354463/commodore-vic-20-a-visual-history-hardback-book Giacomo’s site - www.oldcomputr.com Giacomo’s older Italian site - http://vecchicomputer.com
May 29, 2017
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 and sound was announced for under $300.  Of course, if you’ve been listening to the last few episodes of the podcast, you know that we’re talking about the Commodore Vic-20.  William Shatner said it best in the TV ads of the time: “The wonder computer of the 1980’s: The Commodore Vic-20”.  So far on Floppy Days, we’ve covered the history of the machine from the perspective of three different gentlemen: Brian Bagnall, historian; Neil Harris, member of the Vic Commando Team; and Michael Tomczyk, leader of that same Vic Commando Team and assistant to Jack Tramiel.  In this episode, friends and fellow podcasters Jeff Salzman and Todd George, help me go through tech specs, peripherals, books, magazines, emulators, Web sites, and more for this groundbreaking machine.  As there was a lot of material to cover, rather than making an extra-long episode, I’m breaking this topic up into 2 different shows.  So, I hope you enjoy part 1 of this episode about the Vic-20.  Before we do that, I want to thank Brent Santin and Peter Cetinski for sharing their memories of the Vic-20.  Later in the episode Brent has some additional memories that he shares with us as well. Web site: http://floppydays.com email: [email protected] 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_Vintage_Computing_Podcast Links Mentioned in the Show: New Acquisitions ZX Spectrum - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX_Spectrum TRS-80 Quick Printer II - http://www.trs-80.org/trs-80-quick-printer/ TRS-80 Assembler/Editor - https://books.google.com/books?id=VjAEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA34  News ZX Spectrum BASIC Jam - https://itch.io/jam/zx-spectrum-basic-jam Upcoming Shows Pacific Commodore Expo at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle on June 10-11 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/events/1171192169619276/ KFest - https://www.kansasfest.org/, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, July 18th-23rd Commodore Vegas Expo v13 - July 29-30, 2017, California Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada - http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex Vintage Computer Festival West - August 5-6, 2017, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west-xi/ VCFMW - September 9-10, Elk Grove Village, IL - http://vcfmw.org/ , https://www.facebook.com/events/805945506224113/ Tandy Assembly - October 6-8, 2017 - Chillocothe, OH - http://www.tandyassembly.com/https://www.facebook.com/events/671911082972172/ Chicago TI International World’s Faire - October 15, Evanston, IL - http://www.chicagotiug.com/tiki-index.php?page=Faire World of Commodore - first weekend in December - Toronto - http://www.tpug.ca/ Indy-area Vintage Computer Get-together - https://www.facebook.com/events/418655208501577/ Feedback Mauricio Vives photos from VCF Southeast on Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/gp/mvives/N02Q99 Computer Chronicles episode with the correct pronunciation of Tramiel - https://youtu.be/AMD2nF7meDI?t=262 NY Times article on correct pronunciation of Tramiel - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/technology/jack-tramiel-a-pioneer-in-computers-dies-at-83.html ASVARO Electronics Flea Market - http://www.electronicsfleamarket.com/ Peripherals http://sleepingelephant.com/denial/wiki/index.php?title=Peripherals