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

Sunday
Jun072015

RCR Episode 102

Panelists: Jack Nutting (hosting), Earl Evans, Paul Hagstrom, and Carrington Vanston

Host's Topic: Bugs

Bugs. You’ve seen ‘em. You’ve complained about ‘em. Maybe you’ve even created some yourself. The bugs we encounter on retro systems can seem like a different beast than on modern systems. On the one hand, we typically have no manufacturer offering support for buggy old hardware and software, but on the other hand, the inherently simpler design of older systems gives us a great chance of being able to track down and even fix bugs ourselves.

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RCR Episode 102: June 7, 2015

Sunday
May242015

RCR Episode 101

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, Lori Emerson, and Jack Nutting

Host's Topic: Media Archaeology

Lori Emerson, founder of the Media Archaeology Lab, talks with us about the MAL, the history, goals, progress, and current happenings.

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RCR Episode 101: May 24, 2015