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RCR Episode 236: Lasers Smoking in the PET Room

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Michael Mulhern, Jack Nutting, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Lasers Smoking in the PET Room We start a conversation about computers in school. For many of us, computers were only just becoming available in our school years, so we consider the access this provided (limited …

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RCR Episode 235: Playing in the MUD

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Playing in the MUD Multi User Dungeons brought a social aspect to computer RPGs, some with opportunities to do creative world building. We talk a bit about our experiences with these, and some about their background. Topic/Feedback Links: LambdaMOO …

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RCR Episode 234: This sandwich tastes suspiciously like a ZX Spectrum

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston Topic: This sandwich tastes suspiciously like a ZX Spectrum Another topic-free episode, this one discussing the smuggling of Spectrums, satirical adventure games, BBS simulations, IBM clocks, CoCo paint programs, and various other tangents. Retro Computing News: Full Motion, Double High-Res …

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RCR Episode 233: Retro Development

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Retro Development Writing new software on old computers. How is it different now, would you go back to how it was done then? What did you use then? Topic/Feedback Links: Arcade Machine (Broderbund, Atari & Apple) Graphics Magician (Penguin, …

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RCR Episode 232: Period Peripherals

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Period Peripherals When you use retro computers, do you also use retro peripherals? That is, do you stick with appropriately vintage keyboards, monitors, and mice? Does mixing and matching vintage computers with new peripherals ruin the experience or aesthetic? Or …

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RCR Episode 231: Something, Something, Retrocompute

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Blake Patterson Topic: Something, Something, Retrocompute No topic this time, really, just various news items and eBay auctions. Accelerators, printers, a new Atari 2600 game, Microsoft history, a strangely familiar host’s gift idea. Retro Computing News: A2turbo Card Mockingboard-T (Mockingboard clone with …

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RCR Episode 230: Video Out, Volume One: A-Ap

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, and Blake Patterson Topic: Video Out, Volume One: A-Ap Techniques for getting video out of an old computer. Particularly, it turns out, if it is an Amiga. Part one of several, no doubt. Topic/Feedback links: Testing, cleaning and tuning up a small IBM …

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RCR 230: Video Out, Volume One: A-Ap

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, and Blake Patterson Topic: Video Out, Volume One: A-Ap Techniques for getting video out of an old computer. Particularly, it turns out, if it is an Amiga. Part one of several, no doubt. Topic/Feedback links: Testing, cleaning and tuning up a small IBM …

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RCR Episode 229: Catching up

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, Jack Nutting, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Catching Up It’s 2021! There are many of us this time, so we just talk about some stuff. Topic/Feedback links: Micro Phobia (Martin Honeysett) Apricot F1 Thomas Cherryhomes and Kay Savetz bounce a ball across …

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RCR Episode 228: Preserving the Fleeting Now

January 3, 2021 Retro Computing Roundtable

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Quinn Dunki, Earl Evans, Blake Patterson, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Preserving the Fleeting Now Things people post, preserving the past, themselves vanish. eBay images, images in blogs that eventually go offline. Respositories like Pinterest morph into something less useful for preservation and searching. Are the things …