Sunday
Aug162015

RCR Episode 107

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), and Earl Evans

Host's Topic: The end of retrocomputing

We here on the speaking end of these microphones have a pretty similar timelines with computers, having been young and eager when computers were just entering the “personal” era. No doubt a part of the current interest in re-exploring that time is nostalgia. Will people who were 10 in 2003 (Bart Simpson aside) play around with old Dell Windows boxes when the mid 2030s roll around? Did people who were 10 in 1920 seek out old standing mixers to play with in the 1960s? The time we focus on is generally the point when the technology was new and changing and finding itself, isn’t that going to be the time “retrocomputing” will always focus on? What for you lies outside the bounds of the hobby interest—too new, too widely available, too closed, too ...? to “feel like” retrocomputing? It’s not about who can play or what anyone calls it, but what personally is the endpoint of your own interest?

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RCR Episode 107: August 16, 2016

Sunday
Aug022015

RCR Episode 106

Panelists: Earl Evans (hosting), Ken Gagne, Paul Hagstrom, and Carrington Vanston

Host's Topic: Second chances

If we had a time machine - What do you wish you’d done “back in the day” in the computing world, and is there a chance you can catch up and do it now in the retrocomputing hobby?

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RCR Episode 106: August 2, 2015

Sunday
Jul192015

RCR Episode 105

Panelists: Carrington Vanston (hosting), Quinn Dunki, Ken Gagne, Paul Hagstrom, John Leake, John Linville, Rob McMullen, Michael Mulhern, Wade Ripkowski, Kevin Savetz, Steven Weyhrich, and Mike Whalen.

Host's Topic: KansasFest 2015

This episode features a special huge circle of podcasters around a single microphone at KansasFest 2015, where we reflect on KansasFest, relative merits of the Apple II, the CoCo, Atari 8-bits, and Commodores, and on the phenomenon that is KansasFest. We also make a couple of attempts at Carrington’s choose-your-own-adventure door decoration, and talk about the history and brainstorm about the prospects of future KansasFests. While listening to this episode is nothing like being at KansasFest, it’s a little bit less like not being at KansasFest.

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RCR Episode 105: July 19, 2015

Sunday
Jul052015

RCR Episode 104

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

Host's Topic: Think Again

Recently, the Lenovo blog floated the idea of a “ThinkPad Time Machine” -- basically, a new ThinkPad that would take its design cues from the classic ThinkPads of yore: ThinkPad Time Machine?. It would feature things like a blue enter key, a 7-row keyboard, multi-color ThinkPad logo, dedicated volume controls, rubberized paint … even exposed screws. What “old” design would you like to see in modern hardware? Is there a certain model of computer or device you’d jump at the chance of buying if it could combine original outsides with modern insides?

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RCR Episode 104: July 5, 2015

Sunday
Jun212015

RCR Episode 103

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

Host's Topic: Surprises!

I’m sure we’ve all bought retro machines where we’ve found a little something extra. An unlisted interface card, extra RAM, Floppy in the drive... A mummified mouse hiding behind a power supply!

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RCR Episode 103: June 21, 2015