The History of Personal Computing
The History of Personal Computing
Jeff Salzman and Todd George
The History of Personal Computing podcast is your biweekly virtual guide in both audio and on the web to the history and development of arguably the single most important technological advancement of the last forty years - the personal computer. But, just what is a personal computer these days, well, that’s just it, it continues to evolve. We’ll be going over the significant devices one by one.
Episode 1 – The NEW History of Personal Computing – Grundy NewBrain
Welcome back everybody! The History of Personal Computing podcast has been rebooted to continue educating everyone (including your hosts) about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of personal computing. In this new iteration, the ROM chip called David Greelish has been swapped with an FPGA configured replacement called Todd George. The other ROM chip in this computing platform, Jeff Salzman, is still here, but he's old and made of ceramic, so he's a bit more fragile. Since recording this episode, we finally settled on a catchy new series title... The NEW History of Personal Computing Nifty, eh? And it only cost $5000 for our contracted ad agency, Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe, to come up with that name! In this series, Jeff and Todd are focusing on more obscure systems that were used for personal computing. Very little will be discussed in future episodes about more popular computing systems, except in passing, for reference, or unless we uncover interesting information about those systems. Starting off the new series is the UK creation called the Grundy Newbrain, which not only happens to be a full computing platform comparable to others of the day, but is also portable. So sit back, or drive along, or sit back and drive along while listening to the new host, along with the old medicine infused re-tread who just happened to be going through a bout of the flu at recording time. Links, citations, eBay auctions mentioned or used in the show: The Dutch HCC Retro User Group, Formerly the Dutch NewBrain User Group (HCC stands for Hobby Computer Club) NewBrain Emulator, Software, and Forum Expansion Modules  (eBay) NewBrain Model A (no internal display) (eBay)Old-Computers.com YouTube Channel of Kris Garrein YouTube Channel of Shantanu Sanyal YouTube Channel of Premier Computer Systems "Return of the Prodigal Son", Popular Computing Weekly, 9/30/1982 (pp. 12) Rhode Island Computer Museum NightFall Crew Repair, Gorgeous Pictures Adrian Graham's Binary Dinosaurs Website Listener Submitted Pictures Theme music for The NEW History of Personal Computing is called, "Start Up", by Decktonic, used with permission under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US)
Apr 8, 2019
43 min
Episode 59 – Android
On today’s show, we’re looking at the smartphone after the iPhone, that changed everything... the Android phone. It, as well as the iPhone, define all smartphones to this day, as well as the third tier. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers. Links mentioned in this episode: Vintage Computer Festival East, Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2 Vintage Computer Festival Southeast, Saturday, April 29 - Sunday, April 30 KansasFest, Tuesday, July 18 - Sunday, July 23 Vintage Computer Festival West, Saturday, August 5 - Sunday, August 6 Vintage Computer Festival Midwest, Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Dream A LOOK BACK AT SOONER, GOOGLE'S FIRST ANDROID PHONE YouTube: TMOBILE My Touch 3G w/Google 09/09 TVC Auctions: Jeff’s auction: T-Mobile G1 - White (T-Mobile) Smartphone HTC Dream DREA100 Clean ESN Working David’s auction: HTC Google G1 DREAM (Rogers) Black Jeff’s auction: Nexus 7 (1st Generation) 8GB, Wi-Fi, 7in - Black David’s auction: T-Mobile HTC myTouch 3G SAPP300 White Cellphone With Bag,books,ear buds BUNDLE Jeff’s auction: Sony BRAVIA 32" LCD TV - 720p - KDL-32BX330 David’s auction: Nexus One - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone Jeff’s random auction: GPS Navi Android 6.0 4G WIFI 6.2"Double 2 DIN Car Radio Stereo DVD Player+Camera David’s random auction: Samsung Galaxy S (1st Generation) SGH-1897 AT&T Visit Jeff’s page at vintagevolts.com Visit David’s page at classiccomputing.com Send feedback to feedback@HistoryOfPersonalComputing.com because we really would love to receive your email or audio comment. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryofPersonalComputing/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryofPC Vintage Computer Forum: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/forum.php
Mar 4, 2017
1 hr 12 min
Episode 58 – Apple iPhone
On today’s show, we’re looking at the smartphone that changed everything, the iPhone. Its influence went on to define all smartphones, as well as the third tier. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers. Links mentioned in this episode: Not Another Apple Podcast iPhone Introduction Song A Day #561: The iPhone Antenna Song https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone Auctions: Jeff’s auction:  Apple iPhone 1st Generation - 8GB - Black Smartphone David’s auction: Apple iPhone 3G Black 8GB Factory Unlocked w / accessories & box A1241 Jeff’s auction: Apple iPhone 1st Generation - 8GB - Black BOX ONLY David’s auction: Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB Factory Unlocked Smartphone AT&T,T mobile (GOOD CONDITION) Jeff’s auction: Apple iPhone 1st Generation - 8GB - Black #41( Collectible) Unlocked David’s auction: “nib iphone 2g” on eBay Jeff’s random auction: 2 Apple iPhones - 1st Generation - 8GB - Black (AT&T) Smartphone 2G iPhone David’s random auction: iPhone 1st Generation Prototype Software iOS 1.0 8GB Send feedback to feedback@HistoryOfPersonalComputing.com because we really would love to receive your email or audio comment. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryofPersonalComputing/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryofPC Vintage Computer Forum: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/forum.php
Feb 17, 2017
1 hr 6 min
Episode 57 – Early Smartphones
On today’s show, we begin our look at the final evolution of the third tier of personal computing, the smartphone. Were there really smartphones before the iPhone and Android phones? Well... yes. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers. Links mentioned in this episode: Every OS Sucks Auctions: Jeff’s auction: Samsung Sidekick SGH-T839 - 1GB - Matte Black (T-Mobile) Smartphone David’s auction: VINTAGE NOKIA 9000 COMMUNICATOR RAK-1N / EXCELLENT CONDITION in BOX Jeff’s auction: T-Mobile Sidekick LX PV250 Tony Hawk Edition David’s auction: VINTAGE KYOCERA QCP-6035 PALM SMARTPHONE WITH CRADLE Jeff’s auction: BlackBerry 7100R - BLUE (ROGERS) Smartphone~NEW David’s auction: “IBM Simon” on eBay Jeff’s random auction: BlackBerry 6230 - Blue (Unlocked) Smartphone collectors item David’s random auction: Handspring Treo 180 - GSM Unlocked, Read description Send feedback to feedback@HistoryOfPersonalComputing.com because we really would love to receive your email or audio comment. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryofPersonalComputing/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryofPC Vintage Computer Forum: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/forum.php
Feb 2, 2017
1 hr 11 min
Episode 56 – First Computers, Part 2
David and Jeff continue to look back on the earlier times of computer retail by relating their experiences with their own history of ownership of personal computers. Links mentioned in this episode: VIVA AMIGA – THE REVIEW The Amiga Years Jeff’s fifth computer: Toshiba T1000 (SE???) This old tech: The Toshiba T1000 was my first step into the world of MS-DOS David’s fifth computer: Macintosh Performa 6200 http://lowendmac.com/1995/power-mac-6200-performa-6200/ Jeff’s sixth computer: 386 in a “boring beige box” Boring Beige Box podcast David’s sixth computer: Macintosh Performa 6400 http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_performa/specs/mac_performa_6400_200.html Jeff’s seventh computer: IBM 486slc2 66MHz motherboard http://www.redhill.net.au/c/c-4.html David’s seventh computer: 1999 350MHz Blueberry iMac Which iMac Is It? Low End Mac’s Guide to Differentiating G3 iMacs Jeff’s eighth computer: IBM Thinkpad (750?) with Docking Station II Google Magazine excerpt depicting Thinkpad 750 IBM Docking Station II David’s eighth computer: Zenith MiniSport Sub-Notebook Computer http://www.digibarn.com/collections/systems/zenith-minisport/
Jan 21, 2017
1 hr 17 min
Episode 55 – First Computers
For the new year, David and Jeff have decided to look back on the earlier times of computer retail by relating their experiences in getting their first computers. Links mentioned in this episode: SCSI2SD - SD to SCSI adapter for retro computing Human Computers: The Women of NASA Today in Apple history: Apple II gets its ‘killer app’ Jeff’s first computer: Commodore VIC-20 Bought at Computers Unlimited, York, PA in October 1981 for $325. Tandy Color Computer and Atari 400 were considered David’s first computer: Commodore 64 for his birthday in 1986 Google search for “commodore 64 toys r us” Images for commodore 64 toys r us http://www.commodore.ca/gallery/adverts_other/c64_toysrus_1990.jpg http://www.battlegrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/toysrus.png Jeff’s second computer: Commodore 64 Bought at Fort Hood, TX AAFES store in Spring 1985 for $150-$200. Got a Commodore Datasette and put a 1541 disk drive on lay-a-way. David’s second computer: Apple Lisa (Mac XL) from Sun Remarketing in December, 1989 Bob Cook from Sun Remarketing interview Jeff’s third computer: Commodore 128 Bought with 1571 disk drive at the Incirlik Air Force base in Incirlik, Turkey for about $500 for the pair. Set it up immediately in the motel room during my stay at the base. Had to sell my Commodore 64 because who needed TWO computers! David’s third computer: Commodore 64C Purchased at the U.S. Army AAFES electronics store in Darmstadt, Germany in the summer of 1991. Google search for “commodore test pilot” Images for commodore test pilot Jeff’s fourth computer: Commodore Amiga Used my tax return to buy it Had to wait for EB to ship it to me Was blown away at the graphics and sound. Google search for “Electronics Boutique” Images for Electronics Boutique https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EB_Games Bought from Electronics Boutique in early 1989 for around $600 Did not have an Analog RGB monitor. To my surprise, it came with an A520 color composite adapter, so I used an NTSC monitor. David’s fourth computer: Mac Classic, early 1992 Macintosh Performa 400, fall, 1992 Purchased from Sears in Jacksonville, FL. http://www.ceskymac.cz/1992-macintosh-performa-400/
Jan 2, 2017
1 hr 10 min
Episode 54 – Sharp Wizard and Palm Pilot
On today’s show, we begin our look at the temporarily (at the time) humbled third tier of personal computing, the organizer. We’re covering the Sharp Wizard, Palm Pilot and other notables. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers.   Links mentioned in this episode: The Third Tier of Personal Computing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_Wizard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_(PDA) Auctions: Jeff’s auction: SHARP Electronic Organizer Wizard OZ-7000 David’s auction: VINTAGE SHARP ZAURUS ZR-5000 PDA ORGANIZER Jeff’s auction: New SHARP Wizard OZ-730PC David’s auction: Palm Pilot Professional w/ Sync Dock Stylus 2 Cases Manual Box CD 3 Com Jeff’s auction: Palm Pilot 3Com PDA Organizer with Stylus & Docking Station David’s auction: Sharp Zaurus ZR-3000 K-PDA -w Box, Manuals, & Software Jeff’s random auction: Fossil Abacus AU5005 Wrist PDA with Palm OS David’s random auction: “palm pilot new” in PDAs Send feedback to feedback@HistoryOfPersonalComputing.com because we really would love to receive your email or audio comment. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryofPersonalComputing/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryofPC Vintage Computer Forum: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/forum.php
Dec 18, 2016
1 hr 4 min
Episode 53 – The IBM 5150
What... didn't we already talk about the IBM 5150 in an eBay episode? Yes we did. But we left it off of the timeline during the original show format after the transition to the eBay only format. Since then, there was some behind the scenes work, Westworld style, to get a couple of "hosts" together to continue the original show format. From this, Todd George came to fruition and is now co-hosting the original format with Jeff Salzman. This is Episode 53, even though it is the first new, old format episode. All future episodes of The History of Personal Computing, regardless of format, will be numbered in a single sequence. Still stumbling through the post-editing process (David had edited the other format), the audio sounds as best as can be from Jeff's poor quality sources. Todd did a wonderful job at cleaning up the sound. So here it is in all its gory... err, glory. Todd and Jeff promise to get their act together LONG before MS-DOS 9.0 comes to market! Enjoy the show! Link(s) mentioned in the show: 8088 MPH IBM CGA Demo  
Dec 6, 2016
45 min
Episode 52 – Retro Computing Gift Ideas!
On today’s show we’re taking a special holiday detour by covering retrocomputing gift ideas. Perhaps something to give to a loved one, or just something you can gift yourself! Links mentioned in this episode: Creative Computing Magazine (December 1980) Volume 06 Number 12 folklore.org (the stories from the book, Revolution in the Valley) Gifts: Jeff: HDMI graphics card for the Amiga 2000/3000/4000 David: Atari Flashback 7 Classic Game Console with 2 Controllers Jeff: 64NIC+ David: Floppy Emu Jeff: ZXpand David: Altair 8880 Clone Jeff: CocoFlash David: Books! When Computing Got Personal: A history of the desktop computer Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made Send feedback to feedback@HistoryOfPersonalComputing.com because we really would love to receive your email or audio comment. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryofPersonalComputing/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryofPC Vintage Computer Forum: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/forum.php
Dec 5, 2016
1 hr 10 min
Episode 51 – Casio Zoomer and Amstrad PenPad
Today we’ll be further covering the personal digital assistant or PDA, with the Apple Newton clones or “killers,” the Casio Zoomer and Amstrad PenPad. This is the podcast where we take an informal look at personal computing history through the lens of eBay auctions. It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, but all about antique personal computers. Links mentioned in this episode: Replacement C-64 Motherboards http://www.nytimes.com/1993/11/09/science/personal-computers-zoomers-newtons-real-life-so-far-promise-exceeds-usefulness.html ftp://ftp.oldskool.org/pub/tvdog/tandy1000/faxback/02502.txt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PenPad Auctions: Jeff’s auction: Vintage Radio Shack Tandy Z-PDA Model 25-3100 PALM Personal Digital Assistant David’s auction: CASIO ZOOMER Jeff’s auction: DATAROVER 840 WITH CASE BY GENERAL MAGIC David’s auction: Tandy ZPDA Zoomer Personal Digital Assistant Jeff’s auction: Texas Instruments Day Runner PS-2100 Data Bank Calculator David’s auction: Motorola Marco Vintage PDA Wireless Communicator Jeff’s random auction: ULTRA RARE VINTAGE PORSCHE COMMODORE PET 8096 SK COMPUTER (VGC) David’s random auction: Vintage Heathkit H8 Computer Send feedback to feedback@HistoryOfPersonalComputing.com because we really would love to receive your email or audio comment. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryofPersonalComputing/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryofPC Vintage Computer Forum: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/forum.php
Nov 18, 2016
1 hr 9 min
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