Sunday
Oct152017

RCR Episode 160 - The Final Frontier

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

Host's Topic: The Final Frontier

160. $A0. A high-ASCII space. LDY. Space bars. Keyboards? Places to put things? Yeah, we got nothing.

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RCR Episode 160: October 15, 2017

Sunday
Sep242017

RCR Episode 159 - Retro Gaming Evolution

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

Host's Topic: Retro Gaming Evolution

What changes are there in game development with old hardware in a new context? Use modern hardware enhancements? Modern advancements in computer science, user interface, programming environments? To what extent is there still something left to squeeze out of these machines?

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RCR Episode 159: September 24, 2017

Sunday
Sep032017

RCR Episode 158 - The Retropocalypse

Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Earl Evans, Ken Gagne, Jack Nutting, and Steven Weyhrich

Host's Topic: The Retropocalypse

What might drive computing to go back "off-line"---massive infrastructure or privacy/secturity disaster? What kind of advantages are there to the limited/isolated machines of the olden-days? Is there a difference between obsolete and just retro? Might data/privacy disasters (even if not structural) lead to new uses of older tech?

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RCR Episode 158: September 3, 2017

Sunday
Aug202017

RCR Episode 157 - eBay and retrocomputing

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

Host's Topic: eBay and retrocomputing

“Atari 800 - RARE - $1,000 - L@@K!!1!”. Why do such listings exist? They are becoming more and more common. Does anyone ever accidentally buy from these outrageous listings? Memorabilia - especially recent-ish (90s, 2000s). Sometimes the vintage section of eBay is absolutely cram-packed with this stuff. Does anyone buy it? Is there value to having these items listed, or is it just yard sale stuff cluttering up the category? (Super common with Apple stuff.) “Not tested” - why not? Some items may indeed be difficult to test, but in other cases, it would be simply “hook it to the TV”. Do we assume that the alleged “cannot test it...” items are broken? Books - often overpriced on eBay. Should always check to see if the used Internet bookstores (including Amazon) have a lower price. Total junk - 4X internal CD-ROM units. Why? Among all the noise, decrease of actual interesting stuff that isn’t selling for 5x the price it should go for.

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RCR Episode 157: August 20, 2017

Sunday
Aug202017

RCR Episode 156 - Assembly Chicken PolyANTICast Roundtable episode 1

This is the annual group "megapodcast" recorded at KansasFest, from July 2017. The event draws quite a few podcasters, so we all sit in a room and talk for an hour.

This year's podcast involves the obligatory discussion of the KansasFest event itself (which is an annual gathering of Apple II enthusiasts, along with some others, for almost a week of "retrocomputing camp"). It is held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, where everyone lives in a dorm room, socializes in common areas, goes to presentations held in the basement, participates in various events, works on projects of their own or observes projects others are doing.

We discuss the event itself, play a version of "Celebrity" with figures from geek culture or computing history, and generally have a grand time.

This was one microphone in the middle of a room, so the audio quality is what you would expect from one microphone in the middle of a room. Also, this same audio appeared on the Open Apple podcast feed, so if you heard it there already, you are excused from listening to it again (unless you want to).

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RCR Episode 156: July 21, 2017