Vintage computing Podcast for all types of retrocomputers
host: Randy Kindig
email: floppydays@gmail.com
twitter: @floppydays
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Welcome to episode 62 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where a little smoke once in a while is a hazard of the hobby.  In the vintage computer timeline, we are still in the 1979 to 1980 timeframe.  This month we are covering the HP-85 desktop computer, or actually the entire series of which the HP-85 was a part known as the HP Series 80.

I struck gold when I found the two gentlemen who are co-hosting this episode with me.  First is Everett Kaser, who worked for HP for 20 years and was intimately involved in the development and support of the HP-85.  Secondly, we have Vassilis Prevelakis, who runs one of the best resources about the HP Series 80 in existence today, hpseries80.org.  Once we started talking, and I interviewed the two gentlemen, I realized we were going to need a multi-part show to cover the large amount of information and history around this significant platform.  So, the first show will be the interview with Everett and Vassilis and next month we will get into history, tech specs, emulation, Web sites, and all of the other information I like to cover.

Before we get into that, however, I will cover new acquistions, a little news, and some feedback I’ve received.

Links Mentioned in the Show:

New Acquisitions/What I’ve Been Up To

News

Feedback

Interview

Direct download: 62FloppyDays_2016_07_The_HP85B.mp3
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VCF West Official Site - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west-xi/

Direct download: 61FloppyDays_2016_07_VCF_West.mp3
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Welcome to episode 60 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where vintage in the term vintage computers simply means “cool”.  My name is Randy Kindig.  I am happy to bring you this month the follow-up or second of two episodes on the HP41C programmable calculator.  Once again, I have two stellar members of the HP41 community, Richard J. Nelson and Gene Wright, with me to bring you all the information you care to know about the HP41.  That includes a wrap-up to the history of the machine, tech specs, books, software, newsletters, modern upgrades, emulation, current Web sites, and so much more.  Before that, I do want to discuss a few new acquisitions that have come my way, as well as some feedback I’ve received from listeners.

Links Mentioned in the Show:

Books

Modern Upgrades

Emulation

Web Sites

Museum Document Sets - http://www.hpmuseum.org/cd/cddesc.htm

Direct download: 60FloppyDays_2016_06_HP41_Part2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT
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Hello, all, and welcome to the next installment of the podcast that says “vintage electronics: I WANT IT”.  I’m Randy Kindig and I’m your host.  This episode is the first of a 2-parter on the Hewlett Packard HP-41 line of programmable calculators.  The HP-41 is a seminal example of programmable calculators from the late 70’s and into the 80’s and is still very desirable and sought after today.  I was lucky enough to find 2 gentlemen to co-host who are well-known among the active HP calculator community that exists today: Richard J. Nelson, who has written, edited, and published as much HP-41 material as anyone ever.  And Gene Wright who is on the HP Handheld Conference Committee and he was a TI fan before becoming “hooked” on the HP-41.  In this first part on the HP-41, I interview the co-hosts and then we cover the history of the calculator line in detail.  Next month, with the same co-hosts, we will cover Web sites, emulation, software, and much more.

To start out, as usual, I will cover my new vintage computer acquisitions, a little news, and some feedback.

I hope you enjoy this and please let me know what you think.

Links Mentioned in the Show:

New Acquisitions

News

Upcoming Shows

Feedback

Interview and History

References

 

Direct download: 59FloppyDays_2016_05_HP41_Part1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51am EDT
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Ralph Rees, Editor, VAST TI-99 Newsletter

Hi, everyone and welcome to episode 58 of the Floppy Days Podcast.  I’m Randy Kindig.  To sort of finish off the TI-99 series of episodes I’ve been running, I have an interview-only show for you this month.  This interview is with Ralph Rees, president and newsletter editor of the VAlley of the Sun TI-99ers (VAST) back in the 1990’s.  He produced his high quality newsletter directly on a TI-99 system and received quite a few compliments about it while it was still being published.  Ralph still has an extensive TI-99 collection today.

This interview was conducted on June 7, 2015.

Links:

The Western Horizon Technologies FTP server - ftp://ftp.whtech.com

 

Direct download: 58FloppyDays_2016_04_Ralph_Rees_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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Welcome to this special episode of Floppy Days, live from Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 4.0!  A group of podcasters at the show got together and did this fun little podcast.  Learn more about the show and about your favorite podcasters.

 

Direct download: 57FloppyDays_2016_04_VCFSE4_Podcasters_Roundtable.mp3
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Welcome to episode 56 of the Floppy Days Podcast where old computers come to life again.  I’m Randy Kindig.  I want to thank Ian Baronofsky and Rick Reynolds for providing their thoughts and memories of the TI-99 computer.  This is the fifth and final installment in a series of episodes on the TI-99/4A home computer.  This episode will cover TI-99 ads, user groups and shows, emulation, buying one today, community, and Web sites.  My very special co-hosts for this episode are again two well-known figures in the TI-99 community: Chris Schneider, who produces the SHIFT838 newsletter and Rich Polivka, who manages the popular 99er.net Web site.  They provide a ton of information about the amazing TI-994/A home computer.  I hope you enjoy this.

Links Mentioned in the Show:

New Acquisitions

News

Feedback

Ads

User Groups and Shows

Emulation

Community

Web Sites

Direct download: 56FloppyDays_2016_03_TI99_Emulation_Web_Sites.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:29am EDT
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Hello, welcome to Floppy Days Podcast #55.  This a special interview show to help get the word out about an upcoming event: Vintage Computer Festival Southeast version 4.  My special guest is Earl Baugh of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society.  He tells us all about the event, including special guest speakers that will be there, exhibits, gaming areas, a workshop where you can learn to solder and much more.  If you can make it to Roswell, Georgia, the weekend of April 2 & 3, 2016, I highly recommend that you drop in and enjoy the show.

Links

VCF East 4.0 - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-southeast-4-0/

Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/302393381/help-fund-the-vintage-computer-festival-southeast-1 

Direct download: 55FloppyDays_2016_03_VCFSE4_Earl_Baugh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT
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Hello and welcome to a special episode (#54) of the Floppy Days Podcast.  For this episode, I am announcing involvement in a new podcast that I’m very excited about.  Peter Cetinski, a well-known figure in the TRS-80 community as a result of some great software that he’s written for the platform, contacted me and others about doing a podcast about the TRS-80 line.  This is a major line of historically significant computers and has sorely needed its own podcast.  I wanted to help kick off the new podcast and promote it, so I invited all the members of the podcast to come onto Floppy Days and talk about it.  Please enjoy.

Links

Direct download: 54FloppyDays_2016_03_Trash_Talk_Podcast_Promo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT
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This is a special interview-only episode.  I’m very happy to announce that my special guest for this show is Don French, co-designer of the TRS-80 Model I computer and long-time Tandy employee.  Don has a long and storied history with Tandy.  The TRS-80 Model I, the machine that saved Tandy and spawned a long line of historically significant computers, was his brainchild.  He worked closely with Steve Leininger to develop the Model I.  In addition, you’ll hear that he worked with Bill Gates, Paul Allen and many other giants of the microcomputer industry.  I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed talking with Don.

Links

Direct download: 53FloppyDays_2016_02_Don_French_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT
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