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Another podcast appearance

Posted by Trixter on October 12, 2013

I’ve magically appeared on another podcast dedicated to vintage computing, this time episode #7 of Floppy Days talking about how I got into vintage computing, what I have, and what I do with it.  You can hear my interview around the 38-minute mark.

I keep threatening to put on my own podcast dedicated to vintage IBM PC computing, specifically covering the first 1.5 decades of the IBM PC and compatibles.  There are a few vintage computing podcasts dedicated to specific platforms, such as Antic for the Atari 8-bit series and Open Apple for the Apple II community.  There are also a few people commenting on their own collections and experiences, such as Floppy Days mentioned above as well as You Don’t Know Flack which centers around C64 and arcade nostalgia.  And one that rounds everything up is, appropriately, the Retro Computing Roundtable with news in the world of vintage computing and some light discussions.

But my podcast would differ from those somewhat significantly.  I have a couple of ideas that I’d like to explore, such as:

  • Mostly instructional (ie. no nostalgia talk) on how to get the most out of your collection/hobby.  Different main topic each episode.
  • Limiting every episode to 20 minutes or less.
  • Quick coverage of uncommon/obscure games.
  • Ending each episode with PC-generated music (with and without soundcards).
  • Not scripted.  (Planned and researched, sure, but no reading the entire episode from a script.)

Too nutty?  The vintage computing hobby has a relatively small active audience; is there room for another podcast?

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Hey, a podcast appearance

Posted by Trixter on September 23, 2013

I had a great time talking with Anatoly of the DOS Nostalgia Podcast a few days ago, and what do you know, I’m capable of speaking into a microphone.  We spoke mostly about the first decade of PC gaming, and conclude with some games that were notable for being so well-programmed that they perform some amazing things on your 8088 that it really has no business doing.  Snag the episode here, and let him know what you think.

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