FloppyDays Vintage Computing Podcast

By Randall Kindig

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Floppy Days Vintage Computing Podcast
April 16, 2018
The Intellivision Keyboard Component Hello everyone and welcome to Floppy Days #83 for April, 2018.  My name is Randy Kindig and I host this little retrospective on vintage computers.  I’m stepping outside the normal timeline for this particular episode in order to cover a vintage gaming console and an upgrade that could be purchased for it that turned it into a home computer.  The gaming console is the Intellivision and the upgrade was called the Intellivision Keyboard Component. This system falls roughly into our current timeline, which sits currently at 1980, in that the Intellivision Master Componenet was released in 1979 and the Keyboard Component while work was started on it in 1978 it was never officially released except for about 4,000 units before it was officially canceled in 1982. Paul Nurminen, aka Nurmix, of the Intellivisionaries Podcast, came to me some time ago and suggested that we collaborate on a podcast about this system as he thought it might be interesting to Intellivisionaries and Floppy Days listeners alike.  I agreed with him and we set about to pull together information and guests about this gaming/computing machine, code-named the Blue Whale, or whimsically occasionally called the Intelliputer. To that end, Paul was able to contact two gentlemen with intimate knowledge of the keyboard component.  The first is Dave Rolfe, who was involved in the development of the keyboard component. The second is Frank Palazzolo, who is working on emulating the keyboard component. Paul will be co-hosting this show with me and we have a lot of information to pass on to you that I hope you find interesting.  I’ll first go over a few new acquisitions and upcoming shows and then we’ll jump right into the interview with David, followed by Frank. Links Mentioned in the Show: New Acquisitions Introduction to BASIC Programming, Steven L. Mandell, 1979 - https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-BASIC-Programming-Steven-Mandell/dp/0314680829/ BASIC: A Guide to Structured Programming, Instructor’s Manual by Dwyer, Crutchfield, Shore, and Kaufman, 1985 - https://www.amazon.com/Basic-Structured-Programming-Thomas-Dwyer/dp/0395356539 F18A (TI-99) - http://codehackcreate.com/store#!/F18A-V1-8-Video-Board/p/14022176/category=0 Sofia RGB board for Atari 8-bit - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/258702-new-development-gtia-in-cpld/page-1 CoCo3 RGB to SCART cable - https://boysontech.com/ SCART to HDMI converter box - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Scart-HDMI-to-HDMI-adapter-720-1080P-HD-Video-Converter-Box-for-HDTV-DVD-STB-BH-/183032163582?var=&hash=item2a9d912cfe Upcoming Shows CoCoFest - http://www.glensideccc.com/cocofest/ , April 21-22, HERON POINT CONVENTION CENTER, Lombard, IL VCF Southeast - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/otherevents/vintage-computer-festival-southeast/ , April 21 & 22, 2018, this year at the new location for the Computer Museum of America Roswell, GA TI Fest West - https://www.facebook.com/events/1857301137678595/   - Saturday, April 28 at 10 AM - 5:30 PM PDT, 901 C St, Vancouver, WA 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 VCF West - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/ , August 4-5, 2018 - Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA Commodore Vegas Expo v14 - http://www.commodore.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12676 , Aug. 11-12, 2018, Las Vegas, NV Tandy Assembly - http://www.tandyassembly.com , Nov. 10-11, Springfield, OH Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/ - Oregon Convention Center on October 19-21, 2018 other shows that will definitely occur but not yet announced: VCF Midwest - Elk Grove Village, IL - http://www.vcfmw.org/ , September TI International World’s Faire - http://www.chicagotiug.com/  - November World of Commodore - http://www.tpug.ca/ , December - Toronto Interview with Frank Palazzolo Frank Palazzolo - Keyboard Component - Knarfian on AtariAge, [email protected] https://youtu.be/y7QjvgwThFA - Frank on emulating vintage computers http://www.avoidspikes.com/dsplib/intv/index.html - Frank’s Web site Ads Keyboard Component ads - http://www.intvfunhouse.com/gte/cat/ Community Mailing Lists Intellivision programming mailing list - https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/intvprog/info Forums AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/forum/125-intellivision-aquarius/ Current Web Sites Keyboard Component information at intellivisionlives.com - http://www.intellivisionlives.com/bluesky/hardware/keyboard_tech.html KC at Intellivision Wiki - http://wiki.intellivision.us/index.php?title=Keyboard_Component Papa Intellivision - http://papaintellivision.com Joe z's website -  http://spatula-city.org/~im14u2c/images/kbd/ Mattel Electronics Intellivision Master Component System and Keyboard Component commercial - https://youtu.be/UdveJuwHuGM Intellivision® Keyboard Demonstration Cassette - https://youtu.be/mvsT7ZI4ikU
March 1, 2018
The Acorn Atom and the Fifth Year of Floppy Days 1980 was a very prolific year for the development of personal computers around the globe and we continue to cover machines made in that year.  This month’s topic is a machine that was never made available in the United States.  It was popular in parts of Europe and particularly in the Netherlands.  The machine: The Acorn Atom.  This is the first non-US machine I’ve covered and I have plans to cover other machines that were made outside of North America. I want to start out by thanking Walter Miraglia and Andy Collins for providing their thoughts and memories of the Acorn Atom.  I have zero personal experience with the Atom, never having seen one or even heard of it prior to doing some recent research on non-US personal computers and deciding to cover it.  So, it was great to have a couple of people who do have some experience with the machine volunteer to share their memories. To help me cover this machine, I found one of the foremost Atom experts on the forums, Mr. Roland Leurs, out of the Netherlands.  He was kind enough to agree to provide his insight and expertise for this show.  As you will hear, he knows this computer very well and really helps us understand its nuances.  I think you will enjoy the knowledge he shares with us. As usual, I’ll also talk about new acquisitions and what I’ve been up to, a bit of news, and a modicum of feedback before we get into the main topic. Before moving into new acquisitions, I wanted to stop for a moment and reflect on the 5th year anniverary of the show this month.  It’s really hard to believe that it’s been 5 years and 82 shows since I first pulled out a microphone and took my first halting steps into podcasting.  It’s been a fun ride.  The thing that I enjoy the most of anything about doing the podcast is the feedback, comments, emails, and more that I get.  Every time someone says hi at a vintage computer show and tells me that they listen to the podcast, it gives me a thrill.  When I see an episode get downloaded over 3,000 times, it amazes me.  The friends that I’ve gained as a result of this hobby have been incredible.  Every person who has come onto the show to help me cover a computer, talk with me for an interview, or provide thoughts and memories has become part of my circle of friends.  I consider this a collaborative show.  This is not Randy Kindig talking for an hour about a computer.  Just about every show has had involvement from others in the community.  I want you all to know how much all of those things are appreciated.  I can definitively tell you I don’t have any plans to end the podcast any time soon.  If it ever quits being fun, then maybe, but you’re stuck with me for a while yet. thank you everyone.   Links Mentioned in the Show: New Acquisitions Juiced.GS - https://juiced.gs/ Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton - https://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Game-Consoles-Commodore-Platforms/dp/0415856000 Indy Vintage Computer Club - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1082702455167563/ News C64 mini - http://www.techguide.com.au/news/now-can-relive-retro-computing-memories-mini-commodore-64/# Upcoming Shows CoCoFest - http://www.glensideccc.com/cocofest/ , April 21-22, HERON POINT CONVENTION CENTER, Lombard, IL VCF Southeast - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/otherevents/vintage-computer-festival-southeast/ , April 21 & 22, 2018, this year at the new location for the Computer Museum of America Roswell, GA 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 VCF West - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/ , August 4-5, 2018 - Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA Commodore Vegas Expo v14 - http://www.commodore.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12676 , Aug. 11-12, 2018, Las Vegas, NV Tandy Assembly - http://www.tandyassembly.com , Oct. 12-13, Springfield, OH Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/ - Oregon Convention Center on October 19-21, 2018 other shows that will definitely occur but not yet announced: VCF Midwest - Elk Grove Village, IL - http://www.vcfmw.org/ , September TI International World’s Faire - http://www.chicagotiug.com/  - November World of Commodore - http://www.tpug.ca/ , December - Toronto Feedback Ken Partridge - pictures from Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA (Facebook and Instagram) - search #floppydayschm Popular Magazines/Newsletters Acorn Programs Magazine - https://archive.org/details/acorn-programs Acorn User - https://archive.org/details/acornuser Books list of books at stardot - http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6791 Acorn Atom Technical Manual by Roger Wilson (??) - Publisher: Acorn Computers - PDF Scan - Hoglet's 2013 edition Atomic Theory and Practice - Author(s): David Johnson Davies - Publisher: Acorn Computers - PDF Scan - Hoglet's 2013 edition Splitting the Atom - A manual for Informed Users - Author(s): J. R. Stevenson and J. C. Rockett - Publisher: Procyon - HTML Version - PDF Scan Part 1 and PDF Scan Part 2   Practical Programs for the BBC Computer and Acorn Atom - Author(s): David Johnson Davies - ISBN: 0905104145 - Publisher: Sigma Technical Press - Keith Howell's reconstruction Software Atom Software Archive - http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6544 Here is the latest version of the archive - AtomSoftwareArchive_20151119_V9.zip Here is the latest spreadsheet that details each title, including instructions for running, and links to any scans of original documentation - AtomSoftwareCatalog_20151119_V9.xls Retro Games Collection (Drew Turpin) - https://drewturpin.wordpress.com/category/acorn-atom/ User Groups Dutch Acorn Atom User Group - http://www.acornatom.nl/sites/atominpc/aclindex.htm Emulation Atom in PC - Roland Leurs - http://members.casema.nl/hhaydn/atomhw.html http://floooh.github.io/virtualkc/ Atomulator - http://acornatom.co.uk/ - A free, open source Acorn Atom emulator for Windows, Linux, OSX and Raspberry Pi Acorn Atom Emulator (DOS) - http://www.stairwaytohell.com/atom/wouterras/ Community Forums AtariAge - http://www.atariage.com StarDot Forums - http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/ 6502.org - http://www.6502.org Current Web Sites Yet Another Computer Museum - https://fjkraan.home.xs4all.nl/comp/atom/index.html Atom Review - http://members.casema.nl/hhaydn/index-uk.html Atom BASIC, Assembler, and the OS - http://members.casema.nl/hhaydn/index-uk.html Acorn Atom in FPGA - http://members.casema.nl/hhaydn/howel/logic/acorn_atom_project.htm The Atom Revisited - http://www.acornatom.nl/ Atom area at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/AtomsUp/videos Programs for the Atom from AcornSoft - https://fjkraan.home.xs4all.nl/comp/atom/Control_Universal_catalogue_html/Acornsoft/Acornsoft.htm PDF scans and HTML documentation Acorn Atom - http://electrickery.xs4all.nl/comp/atom/doc/index.html Build Your Own Acorn Atom by Roland Leurs - http://diy.acornatom.nl/ A brief history of Acorn home computers, including the Atom - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUnRaldq8PA
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
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