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Syndi.cation

host: Randy Kindig
email: floppydays@gmail.com
twitter: @floppydays
on iTunes and now on Stitcher Radio! (www.stitcher.com)
part of the Throwback Network (throwbacknetwork.net)

Hello, welcome to the Floppy Days Podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and this a special interview show to help get the word out about an upcoming event: Vintage Computer Festival Southeast.  This will be the third iteration of this event and I talk with 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 May 2 & 3, 2015, I highly recommend that you drop in and enjoy the show.

 

Links

 

VCF East 3.0 - http://www.vintage.org/2015/southeast/

 

Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/20859909/help-fund-the-vintage-computer-festival-southeast-0

Direct download: 35FloppyDays_2015_04_VCFSE3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04 AM
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Hello, welcome to Floppy Days Episode #34.  This is a special bonus episode and the topic of this show is the upcoming (as of this podcast) 2015 24th Annual "Last" Chicago CoCoFest on April 25 & 26 at the Heron Point Convention Center in Lombard, IL.  I interview Bob Swoger, secretary of the Glenside Computer Club, which sponsors the show.  He talks all about the show and he gives the scoop about what you can expect to see there.  Although the intent of this episode was to primarily cover the CoCoFest, it turns out that Bob has a very interesting and storied history with vintage computers.

 

One final note: The "Man from Canada" mentioned by Bob several times is Markus Blumrich of Grandora, SK, Canada.

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

Links:

Glenside Computer Club - http://ncmedals.com/glenside/index.htm

Cloud9, Cool Stuff for Your CoCo - http://www.cloud9tech.com/

CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts - http://five.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/coco

LogiCall - http://ncmedals.com/glenside/LogiCall.html

Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 6.0 2011 LogiCall (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-R4UfU9_Cw

Casey’s Restaurant & Bar - http://www.caseysrestaurant.com/home.aspx

 

Direct download: 34FloppyDays_2015_04_Bob_Swoger_CoCoFest_2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45 PM
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I’m particularly excited to be bringing you this 2-part episode because I will be covering the Atari 400 & 800 computers.  This first episode will cover the history of these machines and next month I will cover Web sites, emulation, books, software, magazines, tech specs, and much more.  Even more exciting, for both episodes I have several special guest hosts helping me cover these topics.  I think you’re going to enjoy these.

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:

 

New Acquisitions

News

Upcoming Shows

References

Direct download: 33FloppyDays_2015_03_Atari_400_800_PartI.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15 AM
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Evan Koblentz comes on and talks all about the upcoming Vintage Computer Festival East 10.0.

 

Special co-hosts Earl Evans (Retrobits & RCR) and Michael Mulhern (RCR).

 

Links and stuff:

 

Evan’s book project:

 

Direct download: 32FloppyDays_2015_03_VCFX_Evan_Koblentz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10 AM
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I wanted to bring to you this month a special interview-only episode which is a bit different.  My guest on this show is Mr. Eric Enge, who was an executive at Phoenix Technologies, most well-known as the company that clean-roomed an IBM PC compatible ROM BIOS and helped spark an era of IBM PC clones.  This is a piece of computer history that may not be particularly well-known, but was an important milestone nonetheless.  Enjoy.

 

Links:

Phoenix Technologies - http://www.phoenix.com/

Phoenix Technologies at wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Technologies

Stone Temple Consulting (Eric’s site) - https://www.stonetemple.com/about-eric-enge/

Eric at LinkedIN - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericenge

 

Direct download: 31FloppyDays_2015_02_Eric_Enge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23 AM
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Hi, everyone and welcome to a special interview-only episode of Floppy Days.  My name is Randy Kindig and I’m the host of this podcast.  This interview is with Paul Ceruzzi, curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C and author of several computer history books.  Those books include “A History of Modern Computing”, “Computing: A Concise History”, “Landmarks in Digital Computing: A Smithsonian Pictorial History” and more.  Paul also sits on the Honorary Council of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

 

Links

Direct download: 30FloppyDays_2015_01_Paul_Ceruzzi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51 AM
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Hello and welcome to episode 29 of Floppy Days.  My name is Randy Kindig and I’m the host of this podcast.  This is a special interview-only episode of Floppy Days.  I’m very excited to have with me today the authors of the various editions of the computer history book entitled “Fire in the Valley”; that being Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine.  I think a majority of the listeners will be familiar with the book.  I have mentioned it several times before on this podcast and have used it as a reference for the vintage computers I’ve covered.  Many listeners will also be familiar with the movie “The Pirates of Silicon Valley” starring Anthony Michael Hall as a young Bill Gates and Noah Wyle as a young Steve Jobs which was made based on the book.  I was amazed when I recently contacted the authors about coming onto Floppy Days and both of them immediately responded that they would be happy to.  Pay special attention to our conversation at the end of the interview, which may hint at something special to come on Floppy Days.  Before we begin, I do want to warn you that the Skype quality for this interview was not the best at times.  Nevertheless, I think you will enjoy it!!

 

Links:

 

“Fire in the Valley” 2nd Edition at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0071358927/?tag=flodaypod-20

“Fire in the Valley” 3rd Edition at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1937785769/?tag=flodaypod-20

 

“Fire in the Valley: The Birth and Death of the Personal Computer, Third Edition” by Michael Swaine and Paul Freiberger at the Pragmatic Bookshelf  - https://pragprog.com/book/fsfire/fire-in-the-valley

 

“The Pirates of Silicon Valley” at IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168122/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_38

“The Pirates of Silicon Valley” at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009NSCS0/?tag=flodaypod-20

Paul Freiberger’s Site - “Fire in the Valley: the Making of the Personal Computer” - http://www.paulfreiberger.com/book/fire-valley-making-personal-computer/

Swaine’s World - Michael Swaine’s Blog on Writing and Technology - http://www.swaine.com/wordpress/category/about/

Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/FireInTheValley

Paul Freiberger Contact Information:

paul.freiberger@gmail.com

 

Michael Swaine Contact Information:

Blog: www.swaine.com

Email: mike@swaine.com

Twitter: @pragpub or @mswaine

Direct download: 29FloppyDays_2015_01_Fire_In_The_Valley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20 AM
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Main Topic: The TRS-80 Model II

 

At this point in the podcast run, we are still in the late 1970’s time frame, and the TRS-80 Model II falls into that time frame for its release.  As usual, we’ll cover the history, technical specs, peripherals, Web sites, books, emulation and much, much more.  I am joined by special guest host Myles Wakeham who will help me cover this machine.  But first, I’ll cover new acquisitions, news, feedback, and an interview with Myles before diving into the TRS-80 Model II.


Links Mentioned in the Show:


New Acquisitions


News


Feedback


Magazines/Newsletters/Books/Manuals


Ads


Modern Upgrades


Emulation


Videos


Current Web Sites


References

Direct download: 28FloppyDays_2014_12_TRS-80_Model_II.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:24 AM
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Main Topic: The OSI Challenger series of computers

 

At this point in the podcast run, we are still in the late 1970’s time frame, and the OSI machines fall into that time frame for their release.  No vintage computer historical journey would be complete without including these very important machines.  As usual, we’ll cover the history, technical specs, peripherals, Web sites, books, emulation and much, much more.  I am joined by special guest host Terry Stewart of the Classic Computers website who will help me cover these machines.  In addition, we are joined by OSI aficionados Mark Csele and David Fenyes who share their first-hand memories of the OSI.  But first, I’ll cover new acquisitions, news, and feedback before diving into the OSI.

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:

 

New Acquisitions/What I’ve Been up to

 

News

 

Ads

 

Software

 

Books

 

Manuals/Catalogs

 

Emulation

 

Buying and Using One Today (eBay and replicas)

 

Current Web Sites 

Direct download: 27FloppyDays_2014_11_OSI_Challenger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:15 AM
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This is a special interview-only show with none other than Terry Stewart, aka Tezza, of the classic-computers.org.nz Web site.  Terry is long-time member of the vintage computing community and has done the community a great service by producing excellent videos about each member of his extensive vintage computer collection.  If you haven’t had a chance to see any of Terry’s videos, you definitely should check them out; they’re on YouTube and you can subscribe to his channel.  You should also check out his Web site, which has tons of useful information about each machine as well as troubleshooting tips, a forum, and much more.

 

Terry was kind enough to co-host the Floppy Days episode on the OSI Challenger series of computers and since the episode ran a little long I decided to pull out the interview into its own show.

 

Please enjoy and let Terry know that you appreciate the great work that he does.

 

Terry’s Classic Computers - http://classic-computers.org.nz

New Zealand Computer Museum - http://www.techvana.org.nz/

New Zealand winds - http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/63231922/140kmh-winds-leave-path-of-damage

A bit on the roaring 40s - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaring_Forties

 

Direct download: 26FloppyDays_2014_11_Terry_Stewart_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34 PM
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