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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, everyone, and welcome to another episode of Floppy Days, the show about home computers of the late 70’s through the 80’s.  The next machine up to cover on the timeline is the Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer, affectionately known as the CoCo.  Since there’s SOO much information to cover about this interesting machine, it will be a multi-parter, with the first episode covering the history of the CoCo.  I was lucky enough to get one of the authors of THE CoCo history book, my good friend Boisy Pitre, to come on the show and co-host this with me.  We’re going to cover the history of the CoCo from before its inception, through its introduction, until its eventual cancellation.  Boisy provides a fantastic perspective on the life and career of this machine and I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

Before delving into the main part of the show, I’ll cover a little bit of news, new acquisitions and feedback.

Links Mentioned in the Show:

 

New Acquisitions

News

Feedback

 

Interview with Co-host Boisy Pitre

Direct download: 44FloppyDays_2015_08_CoCo_Part_1_History_with_Boisy_Pitre.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55 AM
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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 Midwest.  This will be the tenth iteration of this event and I talk with Jason Timmons, one of the main organizers of the event.  He tells us all about the event, including guest speakers that will be there, exhibits, vendors and much more.  If you can make it to Chicago, IL the weekend of August 29 & 30, 2015, I highly recommend that you drop in and enjoy the show.

 

Links

 

VCF Midwest home page - http://vcfmw.org

VCF Midwest Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/820722747964784

VCF Midwest Twitter - https://twitter.com/vcfmidwest

ECCC home page - http://starbase.globalpc.net/eccc/

Jim Brain, Retro Innovations - http://store.go4retro.com/

GoFundMe page for show donations - http://www.gofundme.com/vcfmw10

 

Direct download: 43FloppyDays_2015_08_VCFMW10_Preview_Jason_Timmons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07 AM
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The TRS-80 Model III and 4

 

On the personal computer timeline, we’re currently in the 1979 to 1980 time frame.  I do apologize that this month’s topic, the TRS-80 Model III and 4, is being presented slightly out of order in that there were a couple of machines introduced a little prior to this that I plan to cover.  However, as I already had this one recorded I decided to present it now rather than hold up publishing an episode just to maintain a precise order.

 

As usual, I have a short preamble before we get into this month’s topic, covering new acquisitions, upcoming shows, and a little bit of feedback.

 

I was lucky enough to get author and vintage computer collector Michael Nadeau to agree to co-host this episode with me, so this should be a fun and interesting episode.

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:

 

News

Interview with Co-Host - Michael Nadeau

 

Magazines/Newsletters

 

Books

 

Modern Upgrades

 

Emulation

 

Current Web Sites

 

Direct download: 42FloppyDays_2015_07_TRS80_ModelIII.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26 AM
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Jason Scott Presentation at VCF Southeast 3.0 in Roswell, GA, May 2, 2015.

 

This is the Floppy Days Podcast on vintage computing and my name is Randy Kindig.  This is a special episode featuring Jason Scott of archive.org fame.  Many of you will be familiar with Jason Scott and the work he does in helping to preserve media and content, including content associated with our beloved vintage computers.  You may or may not be as familiar with the work also being done to emulate vintage computers and vintage gaming platforms in a browser.

 

On May 2, 2015 Jason Scott gave a presentation to the crowd at VCF Southeast entitled “Every Computer in Your Browser-The Internet Archive Emulated Software Collection.”  Jason and the VCFSE organizers  were kind enough to agree to allow me to rebroadcast this presentation on Floppy Days to help get the word out about all the great work being done to preserve our machines.  Jason also had presentation material to go along with the talk that I am posting on the Floppy Days site for your enjoyment.

 

Jason Scott is a Free-Range Archivist at the Internet Archive (archive.org), home of the Wayback Machine and 20 petabytes of saved media and content, provided for free for all. As the software curator, he is responsible for JSMESS project and integration into the Internet Archive's seemingly-endless pile of software, making it playable. He lives in Hopewell Junction, NY, mere hundreds of feet from where the CPUs of Nintendo 64s were manufactured. Jason is also a filmmaker. He is the creator of a 2005 documentary film about BBSes, BBS: The Documentary, and a 2010 documentary film about interactive fiction, GET LAMP.

 

Links

 

Presentation material - http://imgur.com/gallery/cNX4E

Direct download: 41FloppyDays_2015_06_Jason_Scott.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
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Welcome to part 3 of the now 3 part episode covering the Atari 400 & 800 computers.  This episode will cover Web sites, emulation, books, software, modern upgrades, connectivity to modern computers, and much more.  I’m very happy to have pretty much the entire Atari 8-bit podcasting group as special guest hosts helping me cover these topics.  This includes Wade from Inverse Atascii (http://inverseatascii.info/ ) , Rob of Player/Missile (http://playermissile.com/ ), Jack of RCR (http://rcrpodcast.com/ ), Kevin from Antic (http://ataripodcast.com/ ), and Brad from Antic (http://ataripodcast.com/ ).  Enjoy!!

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:

 

New Acquisitions

 

News

 

Feedback

 

Books

 

User Groups and Shows

 

Modern Upgrades

 

Connectivity to Modern Computers

 

Emulation

 

Web Sites

 

Direct download: 40FloppyDays_2015_05_The_Atari_400_800_Part_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03 PM
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In this special joint podcast, live from VCF Southeast 3.0, we discuss our favorite parts of the show, play a game of “Never Have I Ever”, and more!

 

Podcast Title: “Inverse Antic Personal Computing Floppy Maccast”

 

Hosts:

Antic - Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold

Floppy Days - Randy Kindig

Inverse Atascii - Wade Ripkowski

History of Personal Computing - David Greelish

RetroMacCast - James Savage

 

Direct download: 39FloppyDays_2015_05_Joint_Podcast_from_VCFSE3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54 AM
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Hi Everyone, and welcome to this special edition of The History of Floppy Days… uh, I mean, One o’clock, Two o’clock, Three o’clock Personal Computing! No, that’s not right… No… wait, it’s the combo podcast of Floppy Days AND The History of Personal Computing podcast! We’re live, here at the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast and I’m your host, David Greelish! Please join me in welcoming my co-hosts, Jeff Salzman and Randy Kindig!

 

We have three significant machines to discuss on this special podcast, as we’re celebrating three significant milestones in the history of personal computing this year. First, it’s the fiftieth anniversary of the DEC pdp-8, then it’s the fortieth anniversary of the Altair 8800, and lastly, it’s the thirtieth anniversary of the Commodore Amiga.

 

Links:

 

PDP-8

 

Altair 8800

 

Podcast Links

 

 

Direct download: 38FloppyDays_2015_05_Anniversary_Computers_with_HPC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14 PM
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Welcome to the Floppy Days Podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and I’m your host.  This is an interview-only episode of Floppy Days.  I was recently at Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 3.0 in Roswell, GA, and I had a chance to sit down with John Linville.  John is a legend in the Tandy Color Computer circles and has produced a cartridge for the CoCo containing a fun game called Fahrfall.  This is an exciting development for the CoCo community and John tells us all about it.

 

Links

 

Internet Archive link, where you can play Fahrfall - https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_coco_fahrfall

 

Fahrfall blog - http://fahrfall.blogspot.com/

 

John’s Other Blogs - http://vdgtricks.blogspot.com/, http://retrotinker.blogspot.com/

 

Most up-to-date Fahrfall gameplay video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc3iKXOxUH8

Direct download: 37FloppyDays_2015_05_John_Linville_Fahrfall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36 PM
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Welcome to part 2 of the now 3 part episode covering the Atari 400 & 800 computers.  This episode will cover Web sites, emulation, books, software, magazines, tech specs, and much more.  I’m very happy to have pretty much the entire Atari 8-bit podcasting group as special guest hosts helping me cover these topics.  This includes Wade from Inverse Atascii, Rob of Player/Missile, Jack of RCR, Kevin from Antic, and Brad from Antic.  We also have memories from Bill of Antic.  Enjoy!!

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:

 

New Acquisitions

News

Feedback

Peripherals

Magazines

Direct download: 36FloppyDays_2015_04_Atari_400-800_PartII.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:54 AM
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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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