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Sun, 15 November 2015
The TI-99/4A - History, Interview with Jim Fetzner and Mark Wills
In the home computer timeline, I’m currently covering computers released in the era from 1979 to 1980. Next up is the TI-99/4A. When I went to research the TI-99 I found an incredible amount of information about the machine and an involved, vibrant community surrounding it. As a result, I pulled in as many experts as I could find to be involved in providing information about this very interesting machine. I got so much involvement, and found so much information, that I will be covering the TI-99 for the next several shows. That will include the typical topics, such as history, tech specs, modern upgrades, emulation, Web sites and much more, as well as interviews with some TI luminaries. As I typically like to cover the history of the machine first, that will be the topic of the first couple of shows. For the history segment, I was lucky enough to find a couple of people who have an incredible history with the TI-99, Jim Fetzner and Mark Wills. Jim has an extensive, multilingual library of all things TI and possesses some very interesting hardware items related to the TI-99, as you will hear. Mark is the author of TurboForth for the TI-99/4A and has been involved in the TI-99/4A scene pretty much since 1983. He’s also English, living in the UK, so he has a rather British take on the home computer wars. Since the interview piece I typically do with the co-hosts before covering the main topic took so long and turned out to be so interesting in it’s own right, I decided to break out the interview into its own show and the next show will then cover just the TI-99 history with the help of these two gentlemen.
Links Mentioned in the Show:
Mark’s Forth for the TI-99/4A - http://turboforth.net
Tursi’s (Mike Brent) Website - http://harmlesslion.com
Classic99 TI-99 Emulator - http://www.harmlesslion.com/cgi-bin/showprog.cgi?search=classic99
F18A video upgrade - http://codehackcreate.com
SID Master 99 Card - Marc Hull - http://www.dsapsc.com/what-is-sid.html
ForTI - Forth-driven sound card - http://www.unige.ch/medecine/nouspikel/ti99/forti.htm
ninerpedia - http://ninerpedia.org/index.php/Main_Page
FTP Site at whtech.com - ftp://whtech.com/
Chicago TI International World Faire - http://www.chicagotiug.com/tiki-index.php?page=Faire
Direct download: 49FloppyDays_2015_11_TI99_Interview_with_Jim_Fetzner_and_Mark_Wills.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm EST
Sat, 24 October 2015
Welcome to a special interview-only episode of the Floppy Days Podcast. For this show, we have an interview conducted by Kevin Savetz, interviewer-extraordinaire from the Antic Podcast. Kevin conducted this interview 2 years ago. Since the interviewee and topic are not Atari-related, but are very much vintage computer related, Kevin and I thought perhaps Floppy Days would be a good medium for publishing this interview.
Wayne Green, Computer Magazine Publisher
Wayne Green was founder of 73 magazine; Byte magazine; Kilobyte, which became Kilobaud, then Kilobaud Microcomputing; 80 Micro magazine for the TRS-80; Hot Coco for the TRS-80 Color Computer; Run for the Commodore 64, inCider magazine for the Apple II; and several other computer magazines.
This interview took place over Skype on January 29, 2013, when I was doing research for a book about the very first personal computer magazines — Byte, Kilobyte, and Creative Computing. Although I've decided not to write the book, I am publishing the interviews that I did for them.
Wayne Green died on September 13, 2013, eight months after we did this interview.
"Sharing is the big deal for me. When I find something fun, interesting, I have to share it."
"Steve Jobs ... I heard about the Apple computer so my wife and I stopped by to visit him. ... He took me out to the garage and showed it to me. He says, 'What do you think?' I said 'I think you've got a winner. There's a first computer conference is going to be in Atlantic City in two weeks. Be there.' He says 'Oh, I can't afford to fly.' I said, 'Take a bus. Be there.'"
"Amelia Earhart kept her plane at my dad's airport. ... I used to play in that when I was a kid. ... I'm one of the few people who knows exactly what happened to her."
An article remembering Wayne: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2474900/windows-pcs/goodbye-wayne-green--and-thanks-for-the-memories.html
Wayne Green FBI file: https://archive.org/details/Wanye_Green_FBI_FOIA_Request_Response
Kilobaud Microcomputing issues: https://archive.org/details/kilobaudmagazine
Direct download: 48FloppyDays_2015_10_Kevin_Savetz_Interviews_Wayne_Green2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST
Sun, 18 October 2015
This episode is part 3 of a 3-part series on the Tandy Color Computer, also known as the CoCo. I have special guest hosts to help me again this month: John Linville and Neil Blanchard of the “CoCo Crew Podcast”. Join us as we discuss Coco magazines, books, software, modern upgrades, emulation, Web sites and much more.
I also go over my new acquisitions, tell you about upcoming vintage computer shows and cover some podcast feedback.
Finally, we also have audio segments from no less than 4 different CoCo fans who share with us their memories and thoughts about the Tandy Color Computer. Thank you to Michael Moore, Rick Adams, Jon Day, and Tony Cappellini for your contributions.
Note that Floppy Days now has a Facebook page where you can discuss the show or vintage computers in general. Search for “Floppy Days” on Facebook.
Links Mentioned in the Show:
New Acquisitions/What I’ve been Up To
User Groups and Shows
Connectivity to Modern Computers
Current Web Sites
Sat, 10 October 2015
I want to mention a special sponsor for this show: Bill Degnan and his vintagecomputer.net Web site. Vintagecomputer.net is the place to go for information about Historical Computers and Vintage Computer Restoration. Bill has a blog where he discusses various vintage computer topics and projects and it’s a great reference site.
Bill also has put together a poster he calls “the History of Commodore Computers” which is the culmination of three years of work and research. The Commodore systems have been professionally photographed specifically for this poster and the photos appear nowhere else. This poster is ideal for any vintage computer fan, Commodore Computer collector, classic or vintage memorabilia display. This is a limited edition poster and will not be re-printed. Poster Dimensions are 24" x 36" and it includes hi-resolution images of common AND rare and hard-to-find systems including the KIM 1, PET 2001, PET 4016, PET 8032, VIC-20, C-64, C-64C, SX-64, C-128, C-128D, B-128, Plus/4, C-16, Amiga 500 and more plus selected diskette drives. The cost is $19.99 + shipping, depending on where you’re located. Check it out. It really is a great poster whether you’re a huge Commodore fan, or whether like me, you just like vintage computers in general.
Bill also donated one of these posters to the show to use for a contest of my choosing, so by the next show I will announce how that will work. Stay tuned for more information about that and thanks, Bill, for the donation of the poster.
Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EST
Sun, 20 September 2015
This episode is part 2 of a 3-part series on the Tandy Color Computer, also known as the CoCo. I have special guest hosts to help me this month: John Linville and Neil Blanchard of the “CoCo Crew Podcast”. Join us as we discuss Coco tech specs, peripherals and pulling it out of the box.
I also go over my new acquisitions, a short overview of VCF Midwest 10 that occurred on August 29 & 30, tell you about upcoming vintage computer shows and cover some podcast feedback.
Links Mentioned in the Show:
News - Upcoming Shows
Mon, 7 September 2015
Hello, welcome to a bonus interview-only edition of the Floppy Days Podcast, the podcast about the obsolete computers of the late 70’s through the 80’s, but which we love anyway. I’m Randy Kindig, the person who brings you this nostalgia on a monthly basis. I’ve had many vintage computer authors on Floppy Days in the past and I like to discuss new books when they come out, one: because books on vintage computing are rare and two: I like to help and encourage new books on my favorite hobby. My special guest today is Evan Koblentz. Evan’s here to discuss his new book, “From the abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers.” Evan will tell you all about why you should run, not walk, and go get this interesting book. Enjoy!
Evan’s Web Site - http://www.snarc.net/
Book Web Site - http://abacustosmartphone.com
Direct download: 45FloppyDays_2015_09_Evan_Koblentz_Book_Abacus_to_Smartphone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EST
Sat, 22 August 2015
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:
Interview with Co-host Boisy Pitre
Direct download: 44FloppyDays_2015_08_CoCo_Part_1_History_with_Boisy_Pitre.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EST
Fri, 21 August 2015
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.
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: 9:07pm EST
Mon, 27 July 2015
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:
Interview with Co-Host - Michael Nadeau
Current Web Sites
Mon, 29 June 2015
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.
Presentation material - http://imgur.com/gallery/cNX4E