Retrobits
167 episodes - last episode 20 Mar 2015

Join us for the Retrobits Podcast! We talk about computing like we did it "back in the day". If it's got 8 bits, paper tape, a cartridge slot, CP/M, BASIC in ROM, or if it's just plain old...the Retrobits Podcast is the place to hear about it. For more info, check our website at http://www.retrobits.com
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Sun, 21 Aug 2022
In Show 148, I talk about my continuing adventure with a generous donation I received of MITS Altair equipment. It's been quite a ride!
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Fri, 20 Mar 2015
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Sat, 04 Oct 2014
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Tue, 27 May 2014
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Mon, 17 Feb 2014
This feed is NOT 404. Welcome to Show #145!  This episode's topic: The Vintage Computer Festival East 9.1! The Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East 9.1 ! Tune in to the sometimes rowdy , or for more retro goodness! Be sure to send any...
 length: 58:30
Thu, 23 May 2013
Old Computers. Me Likey. Welcome to Show #144!  This episode's topic: Raiders of the Lost Shrinkwrap! Tune in to the sometimes rowdy Retro Computing Roundtable Podcast - and coming soon! Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to...
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Mon, 08 Apr 2013
Show 143 Give us a listen. We don't byte. Welcome to Show #143!  This episode's topic: An Interview with Bob Armstrong of Spare Time Gizmos! Links for Spare Time Gizmos and the SBC6120: Yahoo! Group: SBC6120 on the Spare Time Gizmos page: ...
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Sun, 30 Dec 2012
And, We're Back.  Again!  Yoi otoshi o! Welcome to Show #142!  This episode's topic: An Interview with Kevin Savetz! Here's the site for Kevin Savetz' new book, !Tune in to the sometimes rowdy Retro Computing Roundtable Podcast - Want...
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Tue, 01 May 2012
And, We're Back. Welcome to Show #141!  This episode's topic: My Reversi Game Adventure, Part I! Tune in to the sometimes rowdy Retro Computing Roundtable Podcast - Hang with us at the Vintage Computer Forums - Specifically, you can find us in...
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Tue, 19 Apr 2011
Hooray, it's Tax Day... (for U.S. listeners...) Welcome to Show #140!  This episode's topic: The Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East 7.0! In this episode, I'm joined by Evan Koblentz of the , who talks about the upcoming VCF East 7.0.You...
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Wed, 19 Jan 2011
Happy New Year! Welcome to Show #139!  This episode's topic: My SFD-1001 drive adventure! In this episode, I discuss the Commodore SFD-1001 disk drive, IEEE-488 interface technology, and my related entry!Find information on the at the ...
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Thu, 30 Dec 2010
Happy Holidays! Welcome to Show #138!  This episode's topic: The PDP-8 Minicomputer! In this episode, I provide an introduction to the PDP-8 Minicomputer, released by Digital Equipment Corporation in 1965.  The PDP-8 was the first...
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Thu, 09 Dec 2010
A personal computer with 64K of RAM for only $595???? Welcome to Show #137!  This episode's topic: The Commodore 64, Part III! In this episode, I conclude our examination of the Commodore 64, covering the variants of the C64, some popular...
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Tue, 05 Oct 2010
Bits are bits. Welcome to Show #136!  This episode's topic: KansasFest 2010 with Ivan Drucker! Ivan Drucker, attendee at this year's KansasFest 2010 event, gives us the scoop on sessions, activities, and related fun! (Part III of the Commodore...
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Sun, 29 Aug 2010
3.2 GHz hexacore, and my GIGO goes faster! Welcome to Show #135!  This episode's topic: The Commodore 64, Part II! In Part II of this series on the Commodore 64, I talk about two of the chips in the Commodore 64 that really set it apart from...
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Fri, 25 Jun 2010
Five Year Anniversary coming up! Welcome to Show #134!  This episode's topic: An Interview with Stewart Cheifet, Part II! In part II of this interview, Stewart Cheifet and I discuss more about the Net Café television program, the...
 length: 41:04
Tue, 01 Jun 2010
Run.  Stop.  Restore. Welcome to Show #133!  This episode's topic: An Interview with Stewart Cheifet, Part I! In part I of this interview, Stewart Cheifet discusses the genesis and some favorite moments from the Computer Chronicles...
 length: 45:13
Sun, 25 Apr 2010
Computers for the masses, not the classes... Welcome to Show #132!  This episode's topic: The Commodore 64, Part I! In part I of this series on the Commodore 64, I cover my initial experiences with the machine (back in "the day"), and also...
 length: 30:48
Tue, 16 Mar 2010
Yay!  We're BACK! Welcome to Show #131!  This episode's topic: Ten Years Of Retrocomputing! In this episode, I discuss some observations on the time that I've spent in the retrocomputing hobby, which coincidentally turns out to be 10...
 length: 39:32
Fri, 04 Dec 2009
I found the Enter key.  Where's the Exit key?Welcome to Show #130!  This episode's topic: Enhancing the TRS-80 Model 100! In this episode, I cover two add-on products for the Tandy Model 100/102/200 computers - the REX flash module, and the...
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Thu, 12 Nov 2009
Have you hugged your retro computer today?Welcome to Show #129!  This episode's topic: Connecting with the Atari 800! In this episode, I cover several of the Atari 8-bit add-on products from Atarimax, including the SIO2PC/ProSystem adapter, the...
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Tue, 03 Nov 2009
Hi there Retrocomputing fans! I wanted to post a quick note and let everyone know that more episodes of Retrobits are on the way soon!  I've had some challenges dragging on my heels the last few weeks, but things are getting back to...
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Wed, 02 Sep 2009
Part IV!Welcome to Show #128!  This episode's topic: An Interview With Chuck Peddle, Part IV! In this final, part IV of the interview series with Chuck Peddle, he discusses being among the first to bring hard drive technology to personal...
 length: 43:38
Sat, 22 Aug 2009
This just in at the news desk - computers are cool!Welcome to Show #127!  This episode's topic: An Interview With Chuck Peddle, Part III! In part III of this interview series, Chuck Peddle discusses further market considerations for the...
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Tue, 18 Aug 2009
We will serve no bits before their time.Welcome to Show #126!  This episode's topic: The Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0! In this episode of Retrobits, Evan Koblentz, producer of the Vintage Computer Festival East, and President and...
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Tue, 11 Aug 2009
Hi again!Welcome to Show #125!  This episode's topic: An Interview With Chuck Peddle, Part II! In this episode, Chuck Peddle, lead creator of the 6502 microprocessor and the Commodore PET, continues our conversation on the early history of the...
 length: 37:30
Wed, 29 Jul 2009
Press Enter to exit...Welcome to Show #124!  This episode's topic: KansasFest 2009 Special Report! In this installment of Retrobits, Ken Gagne, Editor-In-Chief of Juiced.GS and longtime KansasFest attendee joins us from KansasFest 2009, an...
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Mon, 20 Jul 2009
Hi there!Welcome to Show #123!  This episode's topic: An Interview With Chuck Peddle, Part I! In this episode, I'm happy to bring you the first part of an interview with Chuck Peddle, lead designer of the 6502 microprocessor, Commodore PET, and...
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Tue, 09 Jun 2009
High level languages sold here.  No assembly required.Welcome to Show #122!  This episode's topic: A Brief History Of Programming! The uses an FPGA chip and can have many personalities!For a , have a look at this document on the...
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Thu, 21 May 2009
: podcast prepare record upload listen ;Welcome to Show #121!  This episode's topic: The Forth Programming Language, Part II! Check out , an interesting emulator resource!Don't miss out on the , happening July 25-26 2009 at the Plaza Hotel,...
 length: 29:47
Tue, 21 Apr 2009
No computers were harmed in the making of this podcast.Welcome to Show #120!  This episode's topic: The Forth Programming Language, Part I! Check out the by Ben Heck!To the moon Alice!   system, the computer for the Apollo...
 length: 29:33
Thu, 02 Apr 2009
This podcast produced with WYHIWYG (what you hear is what you get).Welcome to Show #119!  This episode's topic: Retro Roundup! - 6502 based, Famicom/NES compatible, programmable, on the Maker Shed site... is promoting the use of the 8-bit TV...
 length: 29:39
Tue, 31 Mar 2009
  Two announcements:  First, a new Retrobits episode will be online tomorrow. Second, The Retrobits Podcast is re-launching on a regular schedule, every two weeks.  A weekly podcast is not working out at the moment, and the schedule...
Wed, 04 Mar 2009
(A)bort, (R)etry, (S)mash with large hammer? _Welcome to Show #118!  This week's topic: The Commodore PET 2001! Check out the single board computer, an exciting new CP/M system with lots of activity going on!The supports the Commodore PET...
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Thu, 22 Jan 2009
"TI's new Compact Computer. It takes over your work, not your desk."(an ad from 1983)Welcome to Show #117!  This week's topic: The Texas Instruments Compact Computer 40!  Too cool!The Ultimate Commodore 64 presentation - and ......
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Mon, 22 Dec 2008
The Apple IIGS - a computer with appeal.Welcome to Show #116!  This week's topic: The Apple II, Part 3 (the Apple IIGS)! A Commodore 65 prototype recently sold for over $9,000 on eBay!   at the Secret Weapons Of Commodore site... for owners...
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Sat, 15 Nov 2008
Sorry for the delay!  All work and no play makes my podcast late...I'm caught in a work transition, and have been working a ton of hours.  The timing is a bit unfortunate, as I just got myself back in the driver's seat for my weekly schedule...
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Thu, 23 Oct 2008
"What kind of man owns his own computer?"(Apple II ad, 1980)Welcome to Show #115!  This week's topic: The Retro Spirit - Part II! Check out the  project - a handheld computing/gaming unit designed by the community!The is an...
 length: 26:15
Tue, 14 Oct 2008
I don't really want to "surf" the web.  The idea of the web crashing down on me is, honestly, frightening...Welcome to Show #114!  This week's topic: The Retro Spirit - Part I! Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback...
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Sat, 09 Aug 2008
Computing is as computing does.Welcome to Show #113!  This week's topic: The Apple II - Part 2! A first-person perspective game on the Apple II, written in low-res graphics?  Yep, , and here's a link to the site where you can actually !Be...
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Thu, 26 Jun 2008
I'm back!Welcome to Show #112!  This week's topic: The Apple II - Part I! Want to build a digital computer with not much more than paper clips?   from June 1967...!  And check out the site, a fantastic resource for the VIC-20!Up for a...
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Thu, 03 Apr 2008
Binary - you either like it, or you don't.Welcome to Show #111!  This week's topic: The Epson HX-20 portable computer! Have a look at this regarding the reunion of the creators of the BBC Micro!?  Leave it to ... is coming up in September!...
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Fri, 14 Mar 2008
There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.Welcome to Show #110!  This week's topic: My Scott Adams Adventure Adventure! Check out , where you can download Scott Adams adventure games to play on your Windows...
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Tue, 19 Feb 2008
Binary - for those who try a bit harder.Welcome to Show #109!  This week's topic: Building Blocks! An Apple //c, new in the box?  And now it's opened?  Jump aboard the for a variety of Apple historical info! Be sure to send any...
 length: 26:48
Fri, 01 Feb 2008
DOWN WITH CYBERCRUD!!!Welcome to Show #108!  This week's topic: Book Review: What The Dormouse Said , exploring vintage computers, calculators, watches, and more!Want to put a breadboarded circuit directly into a card slot of your Apple II?...
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Tue, 22 Jan 2008
C:\>WINWelcome to Show #107!  This week's topic: Windows 3.0! If you're a Spectrum enthusiast, then be sure to check out the update of the , hosted at SourceForge!Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to . For online...
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Thu, 10 Jan 2008
HAPPY Y2K8!Welcome to Show #106!  This week's topic: Random Bits (a variety show)! JoyBubbles, one of the first phone "phreaks", passed away in August of 2007.  Here's a , as well as the page.See Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of...
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Thu, 20 Dec 2007
Happy Birthday C64!  Many happy returns...Welcome to Show #105!  This week's topic: The 68000 Microprocessor! The !  Happy birthday C64!And to commemorate 25 years of the C64, (warning, 200 Mb) for a Computer History Museum...
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Fri, 30 Nov 2007
cat retrobits.txt > /dev/listenerWelcome to Show #104!  This week's topic: The Unix Operating System! caters to the vintage gamer - have a look at their web site!A Computer Called LEO - a business thinking about automation - in the 1930s?...
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Tue, 13 Nov 2007
Amiga gives you a creative edge.  (From a 1985 ad...)Welcome to Show #103!  This week's topic: The Commodore Amiga! How did we view computers in the 1960s?  Not too much differently than today!  ...(will start playing on launch of...
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Wed, 31 Oct 2007
Beware the Chickenhead!Welcome to Show #102!  This week's topic: An Interview with Bil Herd, former Commodore Engineer (Part III)! Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to . For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics,...
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Wed, 24 Oct 2007
All Hail the Chickenhead!Welcome to Show #101!  This week's topic: An Interview with Bil Herd, former Commodore Engineer (Part II)! Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to . For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics,...
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Tue, 16 Oct 2007
Long live the Chickenhead!Welcome to Show 100!  Thanks for another great year! This week's topic: An Interview with Bil Herd, former Commodore Engineer (Part I)! Links discussed on today's show:Two entertaining videos on YouTube -  Also,...
 length: 45:21
Wed, 10 Oct 2007
Remember, wherever you went, there you were.Welcome to Show 099!  This week's topic: The 2007 State Of The Podcast! Links discussed on today's show: - a Z80 cross-development / simulator package with simulation of many virtual CP/M machine...
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Tue, 02 Oct 2007
We're BACK!!!Welcome to Show 098!  This week's topic: My Koala Pad Adventure! Links discussed on today's show:Check out the nicely scanned on the blog site!Happy 30th birthday, Atari 2600!   commemorating the occasion...  Really?...
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007
I pressed the End key, and it was all over.Welcome to Show 097!  This week's topic: Ethernet! (until the URL is repaired)... Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to . For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check...
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Tue, 28 Aug 2007
Beauty is only case-deep.Welcome to Show 096!  This week's topic: Retro Computer Style! (until the URL is repaired)...There's a new Commodore free online magazine -   Have a look - downloadable PDF, text, or D64 (disk image) versions...
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Tue, 14 Aug 2007
Relax...it's only 1s and 0s...Welcome to Show 095!  This week's topic: Retro Computer Restoration! (until the URL is repaired)...These Sharp pocket computers sure are fun - like ...An Amiga cooked up in an FPGA circuit?  Cool! ...
 length: 37:05
Tue, 31 Jul 2007
Programmer - an organism that turns coffee into software.Welcome to Show 094!  This week's topic: The Sharp PC-1500 Pocket Computer! (until the URL is repaired)...Want to learn about the Mattel Aquarius?  Have a look at , video game intros...
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Tue, 24 Jul 2007
When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it's probably obsolete.Welcome to Show 093!  This week's topic: The IBM System/360! (until the URL is repaired)...Check out what's happening at , and all the other great...
 length: 28:01
Tue, 17 Jul 2007
  Hi there...  The Retrobits Podcast is taking a break this week.  Be sure to tune in next week for more retrocomputing goodness!  And thanks for listening! - Earl
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Mon, 09 Jul 2007
The only problem with troubleshooting is that sometimes trouble shoots back.Welcome to Show 092!  This week's topic: A Close Encounter - The CompuColor II! (until the URL is repaired)...Gamasutra's And, , written by Tim Anderson and Stu Galley,...
 length: 22:23
Mon, 02 Jul 2007
"...you might like to come to a gathering of people with likeminded interests.  Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever..." - excerpt from the original Homebrew Computer Club newsletter, March 15,...
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Mon, 25 Jun 2007
Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.  -Steve WozniakWelcome to Show 090!  This week's topic: Random Bits (a variety show)! (until the URL is repaired)...ADTPro (Apple Disk Transfer Pro) goes 1.0!  Need a USB-based...
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Tue, 12 Jun 2007
I keep hitting the "Home" key, but I'm still not home.Welcome to Show 089!  This week's topic: A Book Review - "iWoz" If you're having trouble getting to the PETSCII Forums (including the Retrobits Forum), SNOBOL?  Yep,...
 length: 26:24
Thu, 07 Jun 2007
Is it the espresso or OS/2 Warp Connect?(from a 1995 IBM marketing ad...)Welcome to Show 088!  This week's topic: My OS/2 Adventure! Can you find retrocomputing items on the mailing list?  You can, I did!  Plus, it looks to be a very...
 length: 29:48
Mon, 04 Jun 2007
Hi there, Had to work this weekend - show 088 will be delayed one or two days.  Sorry for the delay, and check back Monday or Tuesday for this week's podcast! - Earl
Mon, 28 May 2007
A floppy saved is a floppy earned.Welcome to Show 087!  This week's topic: Retro Project Time! Steve Wozniak - always a treat to see him speak.  by the Woz himself, on YouTube.Want to see ?  I thought you did!  has just the...
 length: 34:57
Mon, 14 May 2007
10 Characters Per Second - Terminal Velocity.Welcome to Show 086!  This week's topic: My Favorite Terminals! Zork, on a cell phone?  Yep, ... - a great resource, and be sure to check out the forums! (be sure to check out the bigger picture...
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Mon, 07 May 2007
Warning: OHS Error at line 10 (Operator Head Space)Welcome to Show 085!  This week's topic: PC Support Memories! Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback to . For online discussions on Retrobits Podcast topics, check out the on...
 length: 39:37
Mon, 30 Apr 2007
FOR retrobits = 1 to 84: NEXT]_Welcome to Show 084!  This week's topic: A Book Review: Basic APPLE BASIC! - a source for information on CP/M and more!?  Really?  Will the humans get to win this time? Be sure to send any comments,...
 length: 29:42
Wed, 25 Apr 2007
Show Complete - Ctrl-K D XA>_Welcome to Show 083!  This week's topic: WordStar! that looks like, hmmm, Star Raiders?  See for yourself..., including a programming video presentation for the aspiring 99er!  Have a look at this step...
 length: 29:26
Mon, 23 Apr 2007
Hi Everybody,Show 083: WordStar will be delayed for a day or two - I am not feeling well today, and I want to be able to produce a good quality show - so I'm holding off one day until tomorrow.  Sorry for the delay, and be sure to tune in after a...
Mon, 16 Apr 2007
Is that a Zylon behind you?  LOOK OUT!Welcome to Show 082!  This week's topic: Star Raiders! Which of the top 6 best buys in personal computing (from January 1982) is right for you?  to find out!Star Raiders, one of the , has a , and...
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Mon, 02 Apr 2007
To err is computer.Welcome to Show 081!  This week's Topic: Yad Sloof Lirpa! No topics or links were discussed in this week's podcast.  Why?  Heh, you've got to listen to find out... Be sure to send any comments, questions or feedback...
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Mon, 26 Mar 2007
"Where a calculator on the Eniac is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes andweighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes andperhaps weigh 1-1/2 tons" - Popular Mechanics, March, 1949Welcome to Show 080!  This...
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Mon, 19 Mar 2007
A chocolate VIC-20?  Yum!Welcome to Show 079!  This week's Topic: The Commodore 16! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Commodore Gaming plans to release a new line of super-powered gaming systems - ... - a one-stop site for retro...
 length: 30:45
Mon, 12 Mar 2007
There's no key like Home.  There's no key like Home.Welcome to Show 078!  This week's Topic: A Book Review - 10 Starter Programs From Family Computer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Check out on ComputerWorld!And new...
 length: 24:25
Mon, 05 Mar 2007
$110 per megabyte.  That's when we walked to school uphill.  10 miles.  In the snow.Welcome to Show 077!  This week's Topic: Retro Roundup! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Aprigliano's blog entries on , and the...
 length: 25:41
Mon, 26 Feb 2007
Faster than a speeding mainframe!  More powerful than a uniprocessor!  It's the SuperPET!Welcome to Show 076!  This week's Topic: The Commodore SuperPET, and the APL Programming Language Topics and links discussed in the...
 length: 26:34
Mon, 12 Feb 2007
World's First Minicomputer Kit to Rival Commercial Models... "Altair 8800"  (1975...what a year!)Welcome to Show 075!  This week's Topic: The Year 1975! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... A new full-color book for the...
 length: 23:38
Mon, 05 Feb 2007
Hi there, Retrobits is taking a break this week. Be sure to tune in next week for more retrocomputing goodness!
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Mon, 29 Jan 2007
Gooey and Whizzywhig.  Don't they sound like ice cream flavors?Welcome to Show 074!  This week's Topic: The Apple Lisa! Topics and links discussed in the podcast...   Excellent!  Can it sync with my e-mail system?  No, but...
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Wed, 24 Jan 2007
SHOW = RND(0) * TOPICSWelcome to Show 073!  This week's Topic: Retro Roundup (Variety Show)! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Visit a website hosted by !  No kidding!  This is a bonus link, I didn't talk about it on the...
 length: 17:35
Mon, 22 Jan 2007
Hi there! Show 073 will be delayed just a day or two.  Sorry for the tardiness!  Check back Monday and/or Tuesday evening, and thanks for listening! - Earl  
Mon, 15 Jan 2007
It's sunny and cold here!  Perfect weather for a podcast...Welcome to Show 072!  This week's Topic: An Interview with Rob O'Hara, Author of Commodork: Sordid Tales From A BBS Junkie, Part II! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... -...
 length: 45:59
Mon, 08 Jan 2007
Yippee, it's a New Year!  Happy 2007!Welcome to Show 071!  This week's Topic: An Interview with Rob O'Hara, Author of Commodork: Sordid Tales From A BBS Junkie, Part I Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Be sure to send any...
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Mon, 18 Dec 2006
  A show on a calculator?  Yep, it all adds up.Welcome to Show 070!  This week's Topic: The HP-41C Programmable Scientific Calculator! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... What's Dan Bricklin, creator of VisiCalc, up to these...
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Mon, 11 Dec 2006
  What we have here is a successful way to communicate.Welcome to Show 069!  This week's Topic: Perspectives On Networking! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Check out the blog, another happy retrocomputing spot on the World...
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Sun, 03 Dec 2006
  Our friends up north are having a party!  (Well, they're north of me...)Welcome to Show 068!  This week's Topic: The World Of Commodore 2006, from Toronto, Canada! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... The  legend -...
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Mon, 27 Nov 2006
  It's Retro Deja Vu all over again...Welcome to Show 067!  This week's Topic: Retro Mix (a variety show)! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Want to test your Amiga skill and cunning?  !  Let us know how you do. ...
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Mon, 20 Nov 2006
  "If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development."  (Aristotle)Welcome to Show 066!  This week's Topic: Great Inventions In Computing! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Play the...
 length: 31:28
Mon, 13 Nov 2006
  Floating point numbers keep it real.Welcome to Show 065!  This week's Topic: The C Programming Language, Part II! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... The !  Check out the info at the .If you want to try C/C++ (or C#, or...
 length: 38:15
Mon, 06 Nov 2006
  Integers just don't get the point.Welcome to Show 064!  This week's Topic: The C Programming Language! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... The October edition of is out.  Don't miss it!Wikipedia, as usual, a good place to...
 length: 31:09
Tue, 31 Oct 2006
Hi there, Retrobits is taking a break this week. Be sure to tune in next week for more retrocomputing goodness! Coming up next week - The C Programming Language! - Earl
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Mon, 23 Oct 2006
  What if computers programmed us?Welcome to Show 063!  This week's Topic: The Joystick! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Want to take your retro hobby into your virtual reality world?  Now you can .  No, really.The...
 length: 29:04
Mon, 16 Oct 2006
  RSTS PDP - find out what it means to meWelcome to Show 062!  This week's Topic: The PDP-11 Minicomputer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... It's not retro, but you can hook it up to retro stuff (that's one of my main...
 length: 30:41
Mon, 09 Oct 2006
  1 cup retro, 2 tbsp computer nostalgia.  Stir and enjoy.Welcome to Show 061!  This week's Topic: Retro Mix (A Variety Episode) Topics and links discussed in the podcast... The Emergency Chicagoland Commodore Convention was held Sep...
 length: 21:48
Mon, 02 Oct 2006
  You are standing in a thick forest.  There is a podcast playing.Welcome to Show 060!  This week's Topic: Zork - The Great Underground Empire! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Wikipedia link list - , , and .  Check...
 length: 30:52
Mon, 25 Sep 2006
  Hi there,  I'm still under the weather, so I will be taking a break this week from the show.  Thanks for listening, and please do check back next week. Chat with you soon, - Earl  
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Mon, 18 Sep 2006
  ASR33s and Global Domination.  It's all here on Retrobits.Welcome to Show 059!  This week's Topic: The movie - Colossus, The Forbin Project! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... See the ...Also, have a look at , the panels...
 length: 21:24
Mon, 11 Sep 2006
  PRESS PLAY ON RETROBITS  Welcome to Show 058!  This week's Topic: The Oric Atmos! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Want to learn TI 99/4 BASIC?  How about ?  See it now at Google Video...MMM, tasty, Mac on a...
 length: 25:28
Tue, 05 Sep 2006
  Hi everybody,  Episode 058 is coming soon!  My best guess is tomorrow (9/5) evening. Several emergencies popped up this weekend, and I've been fighting to stay afloat.  But things are getting back to normal, so I'll be able to...
Mon, 28 Aug 2006
August 27, 2006... Hi there... Retrobits is taking a break this week.  Be sure to tune in next week for more retrocomputing goodness!  And as always - thanks for listening!  
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Mon, 21 Aug 2006
  Retro in the future.  That's a time twister for ya.Welcome to Show 057!  This week's Topic: The Future of Vintage Computing! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... - this is during his Atari (post-Commodore) days, promoting...
 length: 25:47
Mon, 14 Aug 2006
  We used to program computers by punching them out.Welcome to Show 056!  This week's Topic: Paper Tape and Punch Cards! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Two Apple II podcasts!  Woo hoo!  Check out the maiden voyage...
 length: 27:47
Wed, 09 Aug 2006
  Add mixed retro.  Stir and Serve.Welcome to Show 055!  This week's Topic: Retro Mix (A Variety Episode)! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Check out for info on the recent KansasFest 2006, and all your Apple II...
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Mon, 07 Aug 2006
  Hi everybody!  Show 055 will be a day or two delayed this week.  Sorry about that!  Tune in Tuesday or Wednesday for this week's show! Chat with you soon, - Earl  
Sun, 30 Jul 2006
  Your retro computer runs on 4 AA batteries?  Cool!Welcome to Show 054!  This week's Topic: The Tandy 100 Portable Computer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Here's a , very interesting reading!  The Model 100 BASIC...
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Mon, 24 Jul 2006
  65,536 memory locations - it's like a dream come true.Welcome to Show 053!  This week's Topic: The 6502 Microprocessor, Part II. Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Want to see a cool prototype?  at the Secret Weapons of...
 length: 34:52
Mon, 17 Jul 2006
  Special bonus feature today!  Don't touch that dial...Welcome to Show 052!  This week's Topic: The 6502 Microprocessor, Part I. Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Once again, Wikipedia doesn't dissapoint - ... is a...
 length: 27:33
Mon, 10 Jul 2006
  Another retro adventure.  It's a fun hobby!Welcome to Show 051!  This week's Topic: My PX-8 Virtual Disk Drive Adventure! This week I cover the trials and tribulations of setting up a floppy disk emulator program for the Epson PX-8...
 length: 35:00
Mon, 03 Jul 2006
  I can tell you - time flies when you're having fun!Welcome to Show 050!  This week's Topic: The 2006 State of the Podcast! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... A new PX-8?  Sweet!  ...Are you an Apple II extreme...
 length: 31:48
Mon, 26 Jun 2006
  CP/M in a laptop?  And they said it couldn't be done...Welcome to Show 049!  This week's Topic: The Epson PX-8 Laptop Computer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Programmable calculators are fun!  I loved mine way...
 length: 29:20
Mon, 19 Jun 2006
  I can't run Linux on my Atari 800.  But it plays a mean game of Missile Command.  'Nuff said...Welcome to Show 048!  This week's Topic: Book Review: Digital Retro! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Here's the ! -...
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Wed, 14 Jun 2006
  This witty comment intentionally left blank.Welcome to Show 047!  This week's Topic: The Z80 Microprocessor! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Apple history abounds, courtesy of , and the site!Obsolete Technology?  We...
 length: 26:19
Mon, 12 Jun 2006
Hi! Show 047 (The Z80 Microprocessor) will be a day or two late...sorry about that.  I've been under the weather this weekend, and needed to rest.  The behind-the-scenes work is mostly done, so drop by in a day or two for the next Retrobits...
Mon, 05 Jun 2006
  My other computer is a Commodore :-)Welcome to Show 046!  This week's Topic: Live from the C4 Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Need more retrocomputing listening goodness?  Well, then, head...
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Mon, 29 May 2006
  It would take about 250 Atari 800s to hold this podcast MP3 file.(Honestly, I compressed it as much as I could.)Welcome to Show 045!  This week's Topic: The IBM PC Junior! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... - load...
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Mon, 22 May 2006
  LOAD "RETROBITS",8,1RUNWelcome to Show 044!  This week's Topic: Retro Assortment (Variety Show)! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Do kids still program?  at the PETSCII Forums, and let us know!Speaking of...
 length: 26:17
Sun, 14 May 2006
  This week, take your favorite floppy drive out for a spin.Welcome to Show 043!  This week's Topic: The Floppy Disk Drive! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Do you ?  If so, please drop a line to the e-mail address below...
 length: 34:24
Mon, 08 May 2006
  Ever wonder what the "TRS" in "TRS-80" stands for?  Tune in, you'll find out here!Welcome to Show 042!  This week's Topic: The TRS-80 Model I microcomputer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Do you...
 length: 31:15
Mon, 01 May 2006
  The past is a wonderful present.Welcome to Show 041!  This week's Topic: The Logo programming language! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... The is back!  This is retro about retro.  Sweet!Another retrocomputing...
 length: 24:40
Mon, 24 Apr 2006
  To Mac, or not to Mac.  That is the question.Welcome to Show 040!  This week's Topic: My Classic Mac Adventure! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... A ?  It's a microcontroller - a programmable single-chip processor...
 length: 31:34
Mon, 17 Apr 2006
  Spring Break!Hi!  I'm celebrating the Easter holiday with my family today, and taking a one-week spring break from the podcast.  But stay tuned, as I'll be back next week with more retrocomputing goodness. I'd like to take the...
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Mon, 10 Apr 2006
  Variety is the spice of life!Welcome to Show 039!  This week's Topic: Random Access (A Variety Show). Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Check out himself!  Great information and links, plus answers to frequently asked...
 length: 32:24
Mon, 03 Apr 2006
  The Apple /// Personal Computer System.  The Most Powerful Professional Computer System In Its Class.Welcome to Show 038!  This week's Topic - you guessed it: The Apple III personal computer! Topics and links discussed in the...
 length: 25:49
Mon, 27 Mar 2006
  HTTP.  FTP.  SMTP.  NNTP.  Many letters, one heritage... Welcome to Show 037!  This week's Topic: The ARPANET! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Electronics that act like a physical disk drive - awesome...
 length: 30:06
Mon, 20 Mar 2006
  I keep hitting the Control key, but I'm still not in control. Welcome to Show 036!  This week's Topic: The Dot Matrix Printer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Old Skool Arcade, Modern Day Fun - In Portland, my home...
 length: 29:16
Mon, 13 Mar 2006
  It's not 8 bits, but it's retro.  And it talks... Welcome to Show 035!  This week's Topic: The Texas Instruments 99/4A Microcomputer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Use your old DOS PC as a Commodore hard...
 length: 30:45
Mon, 06 Mar 2006
  One retro computer, over easy.  Would you like some chips with that? Welcome to Show 034!  This week's Topic: Retro Du Jour! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Have a look at The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers,...
 length: 20:24
Mon, 27 Feb 2006
  SID!  VIC-II!  6510!  64K!  It's demo writer heaven...part II... Welcome to Show 033!  This week's topic: The Commodore 64 Demo Scene Part II! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... The , software...
 length: 28:36
Mon, 20 Feb 2006
  SID!  VIC-II!  6510!  64K!  It's demo writer heaven... Welcome to Show 032!  This week's topic: The Commodore 64 Demo Scene Part I! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... PDP-10 lives!  Of course, we...
 length: 42:00
Mon, 13 Feb 2006
  01001000 01001001 ! Welcome to Show 031!  This week's Topic: A book review - Fire In The Valley, The Collector's Edition Topics and links discussed in the podcast... 8 bit parallel processing?  Leave it to the Apple II...
 length: 24:29
Mon, 06 Feb 2006
  (A)bort, (R)etry, (I)gnore? Welcome to Show 030!  This week's Topic: The IBM Personal Computer, Part II! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... A binary wristwatch, eh?  That's a "bit" unique! Here's an...
 length: 40:42
Mon, 30 Jan 2006
  640KB.  RAM heaven. Welcome to Show 029!  This week's Topic: The IBM Personal Computer, Part I. Thanks to my son, Joshua, for helping me out with this week's podcast! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... - a book with...
 length: 34:33
Tue, 24 Jan 2006
  Just flew in from LA, and boy are my arms tired... Welcome to Show 028!  This week's Topic: Random Bits and Bytes! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Always wanted to use a Cray?  Check out the Commodore Article...
 length: 13:32
Sun, 15 Jan 2006
  10 PRINT "Hello, Retrobits Listeners!" 20 GOTO 10 Welcome to Show 027!  This week's Topic: The Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (or BASIC, for short...) Topics and links discussed in the podcast... More...
 length: 35:34
Mon, 09 Jan 2006
  Happy New Year! Welcome to Show 026!  This week's Topic: A Book Review: On The Edge - The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of Commodore! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Check this out - an Atari Paddle Controller with 13...
 length: 31:31
Mon, 26 Dec 2005
Happy Holidays! Just a reminder that I'm on vacation this week, and I wanted to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays, and a safe and prosperous 2006! See you next year with more retrocomputing fun! Earl and the Evans Family
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Tue, 20 Dec 2005
Hi there, Sorry if you get show 025 twice. Libsyn did something strange with my RSS feed, and the end of the MP3 file got cut off, so I had to post the file again with a new name. This may result in a handful of folks getting the show twice. I...
Tue, 20 Dec 2005
  Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year! Welcome to Show 025!  This week is a variety show! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Not quite, but the brand name and logo live on! Check it out at Have a look at the , a Z80...
 length: 27:32
Mon, 19 Dec 2005
Short Podcast Delay! Hi there! The Dec 18th podcast will be a bit late, and will be published sometime on Dec 19th. Sorry for the delay! Please check back in the afternoon (Pacific Time) for episode 25! - Earl
Mon, 12 Dec 2005
  Four thousand and ninety-six bytes of RAM.  Don't spend it all in one place! Welcome to Show 024!  This week we cover the Tandy MC-10 Micro Color Computer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... See photos from the World...
 length: 29:31
Mon, 05 Dec 2005
  Big Iron and Small Iron, living together in peace.  It's a wonderful world. Welcome to Show 023!  This week's topic: Recollections Of Big Iron. Topics and links discussed in the podcast... The has great information about this...
 length: 29:21
Mon, 28 Nov 2005
  VisiCalc was great!  That sums it up. Welcome to Show 022!  This week's topic: VisiCalc - The Killer Application Topics and links discussed in the podcast... An Atari 800 laptop?  Believe it!  Brought to you by the...
 length: 27:33
Mon, 21 Nov 2005
  Retro is in!  News at 11! Welcome to Show 021!  This week we cover Assembly Language, the Happy Place for many 8-bit programmers. Topics and links discussed in the podcast... More episodes of the C64 Take Away Podcast! ...
 length: 40:57
Mon, 14 Nov 2005
  These show notes brought to you by the mighty Atari 800. Welcome to Show 020!  This week: The Bad, The Worse, And The Ugly... Topics and links discussed in the podcast... is a group of people dedicated to the preservation of the...
 length: 31:57
Mon, 07 Nov 2005
  Is it "Zee", or "Zed"?  I am having letter anxiety. Welcome to Show 019!  This week's topic: The ZX Spectrum +3! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... was at the Vintage Computer Festival...
 length: 27:01
Mon, 31 Oct 2005
  [Insert witty retro reference here.] Welcome to Show 018!  This week's topic: Retro Books and Movies! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... , a weekly newsletter for vintage computer collectors! Interesting in buying a ZX81...
 length: 29:18
Mon, 24 Oct 2005
  Formatting is such sweet sorrow... Welcome to Show 017!  This week is a Mix and Match - various topics covered, including a sound byte [sic] from Nerd TV! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Some links from Computer...
 length: 25:18
Mon, 17 Oct 2005
  No - attaching floppy disks to the filing cabinet with a magnet is not - I repeat, not - a good way to store them. Welcome to Show 016!  This week we cover Abandonware. Topics and links discussed in the podcast... The - preventing...
 length: 29:07
Mon, 10 Oct 2005
  Double Sided.  Double Density.  Guaranteed. Welcome to Show 015!  This week's topic: The Bulletin Board System, Part II! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... I got my Atari Peripheral Emulator software and CD...
 length: 33:21
Sun, 02 Oct 2005
  8 bit computers aren't slower.  They're just more relaxed. Welcome to Show 014!  This week we go "behind the scenes" at Retrobits! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Syndicomm Online members get access to...
 length: 45:03
Mon, 26 Sep 2005
  My Commodore 64 boots faster than your P4 @ 3 GHz.  No contest. Welcome to Show 013!  This week's topic - QuantumLink Reloaded! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Syndicomm Online members get access to exclusive forums,...
 length: 36:46
Mon, 19 Sep 2005
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 length: 34:00
Mon, 12 Sep 2005
Welcome to show #011, featuring the Atari 800 Home Computer! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Demo Scene, including NTSC stuff for us North American folks...at the Driven site. The full text of all 88 issues of ANTIC is available at ...
 length: 32:50
Mon, 05 Sep 2005
Almost to level 5 on Jumpman...what?  I've gotta do my podcast?  Where's that pause button? Welcome to show #010!  Double digits!  This show is a variety program, followed by a brief recollection of my career as a teenage...
 length: 34:51
Mon, 29 Aug 2005
Aren't you glad you don't have to download this show at 300 baud? Welcome to show #009!  Today we're focusing on computerized Bulletin Board Systems! Topics and links discussed in the podcast... Jeff Ledger's Guide to TelBBS will get you...
 length: 44:48
Mon, 22 Aug 2005
64 bits?  Why, back in my day, we had to push our 8 bit computers uphill, 5 miles, in the snow... Welcome to show #008!  The star of today's show is the CP/M Operating System. Topics and links discussed in the podcast... E-mails came...
 length: 31:30
Mon, 15 Aug 2005
AT DT retrobits podcast CONNECT 9600 Welcome to show #007!  Today's podcast focuses on making the connection between retro computers and modern-day PCs. Topics and links discussed in the podcast... E-mails came in from Alan, Ryan and Dave...
 length: 30:21
Mon, 08 Aug 2005
Who says 128K of RAM isn't enough? This is show #006!  Today's podcast focuses on the Commodore 128 computer, a wonderful example of advanced 8-bit technology. As always, here are the links discussed in the podcast... and other Apple II...
 length: 31:22
Mon, 01 Aug 2005
A List of My Computers A side note...here are the computers in my personal collection, in no particular order... Commodore... Vic-20 C64 C64c SX-64 C16 Plus/4 C128 (flat model) C128DCR Apple IIe (enhanced, non-platinum model) HP 41CX...
Mon, 01 Aug 2005
Hello, lovers of computers old and new... This is show #005!  Thanks for sticking around - hope you enjoy the program. In addition to covering your e-mails and some interesting links, this show discusses a couple of my favorite (even older...
 length: 25:28
Mon, 25 Jul 2005
Hi there everybody! Show #4 - We're on a roll... This episode of the Retrobits Podcast is a grab bag.  There are several things I wanted to talk about, none of which would make up a central theme, so this show is...
 length: 33:05
Sun, 17 Jul 2005
Greetings, Retrocomputing Fans! Happy to have you here for show #3! This episode of the Retrobits Podcast focuses on a couple of popular languages from the 80s, and open-source languages in active development that carry on and extend the legacy...
 length: 26:20
Sun, 10 Jul 2005
Hello again! Glad to have you back for show #2! This episode of the Retrobits Podcast centers on the high-level view of vintage computing.  We talk about why people like retrocomputing, and how folks participate in the hobby.  Some...
 length: 40:03
Sat, 02 Jul 2005
Hi there! Glad to have you aboard.  This is the Blog entry for Show #001, our first effort!  I hope you find the show interesting. Here are some show notes: This episode of the Retrobits Podcast focuses on the VIC-20 computer.  The...
 length: 49:53