'floppy' Episodes

The Simpsons Screen Saver

     8/29/2020

I didn't do it. Wait, no, I finally did. This week: Berkeley Systems' Simpsons After Dark Screensaver.


SkiFree

     5/4/2019

This week: Chris Pirih's SkiFree and some wonderful listener e-mail!


Castle of the Winds

     12/23/2018

This week we discuss Rick Saada's role-playing game Castle of the Winds, and listen to some wonderful listener e-mail!


SimFarm

     7/15/2018

This week we discuss the Maxis simulator classic SimFarm, as well a story errata from a prior podcast and listener mail.


This Episode is Under Construction

     7/11/2018

Three days of jackhammering and concrete cutting outside of my window means episode 6 is delayed until the madness stops.


Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures

     7/2/2018

This is a big fat episode! In this episode you'll learn about the poorly-selling LucasArts roguelite, warezing over ISDN lines using DCC bots, and I summarize an interview with creator Hal Barwood.


San Diego Zoo's - The Animals

     6/24/2018

San Diego Zoo Presents: The Animals! The Multimedia PC specification, a short discussion of Blender magazine, and memories of Video for Windows.


A Father's Day Story

     6/17/2018

A short episode to wish you all a happy Father's Day, and share a little fatherly story of my own.


The Adventures of MicroMan

     6/10/2018

Our first foray into the world of Windows 3.1 gaming: The Adventures of MicroMan. I reflect on the history of this much loved cult classic, and talk a little about its creator. You can download the original shareware version of and even play it in-browser. Read technical information on and check out Brian Goble's


An Introduction to Windows 3.1

     6/3/2018

In my inaugural episode I talk about my first Windows 3.1 computer and sketch out some ideas for future episodes.


The History of After Dark

     9/29/2020

Feeling totally twisted? I know I am! This week: The history of Berkeley Systems and its After Dark suite.


Making Disks Flexible, Part 2

     3/8/2020

The floppy disk is one of the most iconic pieces of technology. While not in use in the modern day there was a period of 40 years where the floppy disk was synonymous with data storage. Today we pick up where we finished in the last episode, with the rise and fall of the 5 1/4 inch disk. We will be looking at the creation and spread of the 3 1/2 inch floppy disk. How did Sony, a non-player in the computer market, create this run away success? And how did Apple contribute to it's rise?

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Important dates in this episode:

1980: Sony Invents Microfloppy Disk
1983: Apple Builds Prototype MAC with 3 1/2 Inch Floppy


Making Disks Flexible, Part 1

     2/24/2020

The floppy disk was a ubiquitous technology for nearly 40 years. From mainframes to home computers, the plastic disk was everywhere. And in the decades it was around there were very few changes made to how it fundamentally worked. So how did it get so popular? What made the floppy disk so flexible? And how did it finally fall out of favor? In this episode we will look at the technology's early days.

Like the show? Then why not head over and support me on Patreon. Perks include early access to future episodes, and stickers: https://www.patreon.com/adventofcomputing

Important dates in this episode:

1971: 8 Inch Floppy Disk(Minnow) Created at IBM
1976: Shugart Invents 5 1/4 Inch Floppy Disk


DOS Prompt: Betrayal at Krondor (Part 2)

     12/31/2020

Welcome back for the second half of our DOS Prompt series on Betrayal at Krondor, where I discuss the development history of the game.


DOS Prompt: Betrayal at Krondor (Part 1)

     12/23/2020

Welcome all you Northwarden Piggies! Today's episode is a first: we're dropping down to a DOS Prompt to talk about Betrayal at Krondor.


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