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Historian and loudmouth Jason Scott shares stories of technology, retrocomputing, documentary filmmaking, and general schennanigans from his decades of travels and research. From experiences on the road while shooting documentaries to often-obscure points of order, Jason keeps a fast-moving pace and even he doesn't know where we're ending up at the end.
 
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The ZX-81 Episode: A New Old Machine is Reborn, A Giggling Child, A Beige Beauty, Rampack Wobble and Cassette Loads, The Process of Booting, C64 Cassettes, The Keystrokes, Scroll Lock and F2, Everything Works, Thanks Aschmitz and Trumad, Screenshots and Zen, The Cup of Tea, Well Worth The Search. We added ZX-81 emulation to the archive, something t…
 
The PCs I Have Known Episode: Emotion vs. PCs, Our First IBM 5150, Dining Room, Word Processing, Dawn Surprise, Two Room Perfection, Out of the House, Focus PC, Hand-Delivered BIOS, More Plastic, LAN Party, DEFCON PC, A Faithful Set of Horses. Some thoughts on PCs that have been a part of my life. I definitely use them until they barely function, a…
 
The Directions Episode: Possibilities, A Monster, Where It Goes Wrong, The Choices Made and the Hardest Choice of All, Why Patreon Works, Why Youtube Wouldn't, A Likely Mentor. I've made this offer in various ways before, but I am always up for being a voice in a project for anyone working on something that you think would benefit from my assistanc…
 
The Individual Incorporated Episode: A Simple Temp Job, A Strange Office, Off-White Shirt, Packed to the Gills, Postage Paid Envelopes, The Business, Two Full Shifts, Personalized News, Rubber Gloves. One of my shorter temp jobs gives me insight into a world before it becomes commonplace (and before machines do all the work), along with learning a …
 
The Multi-Culti-Level Episode: Two Boxes of Tapes, Concentrated Evil, Organized Groups and Our Nature, A Concert and a Phone Call, Innoculation, Cynical Forever, What I Look Out For, A Hard-Won Allegance, The Tapes, The Fundamental Pitch, What We Gain, What the World Will Be. That time that two large boxes of multi-level marketing tapes showed up i…
 
The Art of Noise Episode: A Video On A Television, Punk Girl and Destroyed Instruments, Record Store and Tabs, Cassette, Who's Afraid, Later Albums, Favorite Band, An Unexpected Tour, Paul Morley Artistic Expansiveness, The Band. Some thoughts on my favorite band, Art of Noise. The music video I saw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sFK0-lcjGU…
 
The Waterfall of Plastic Episode: A Most Impressive Uploading, The Various Focused Uploaders, ShivaShaw, Walnut Creek and Wayzata, Niche, Rental Prices, Gigabytes, Half of all CDs, The Obscure Ones, Tireless Effort, A Small Portal. An episode shouting out Shiva Shaw, an unprecedented uploader of CD-ROMs. A listing of the CD-ROMs is at https://archi…
 
The Deep Appreciation Episode: The Flow Of Items, The Modern Day Miracle, The Fun We Have, The Momentary Life of SItes, Inevitable Doom, Thanks and Correspondence, Drama and Decay, The Good in That, BBS Title Screen, A Day But Also Forever. An episode about appreciating the day and the things we have instead of the things we don't.…
 
The Process Episode: Expert or Expert on Time, The Rush of a New Project, Determining What Is Best, How I Find a Place, The Relationship of Time to Work, Why Do All Of This, A Relay Race or a Finish Line, The Process That I Believe In. Some thoughts on how I do things, the rules I follow, the pitfalls people fall into, what it's all for. It might n…
 
The 2000 New Games Episode: A Fundamental Question, A New Spin on an Old Project, The Emularity, You Have to Ask MAME, 2000 Games, Slot Machines, Secret Buttons, Mahjong, Old Favorites, The Heart and Soul of an Arcade Drive, A Magic Moment That Never Ends. Recorded on the event on adding roughly 1,800 new arcade machines to the Internet Archive, an…
 
The Starting Memory Episode: Messing Around With Yet Another Phone Conference, A Flash of Memory, Supermarket, Rented and Unusual Machines, A Tester, Finding A Place to Stand, The Realization and the Starting Moment. Plus: Thanks for 150 Episodes. 150 episodes are a lot. I wouldn't have imagined I'd be spending years recording these memories, so I …
 
The Cancellation Episode: Psygnosis Dreams, A Ship's Tunnel, Nintendo's Limits, Lost Between the Cracks, Infocom's Game Ideas, The Other Destiny, A Lifetime of Cancellations, Our Sine Wave. Also: A Plea for a File Folder. An episode about games, ideas, and other works that never made it off the drawing board, and some level of solace that this was …
 
The Toorcamp 2009 Episode: Everyone Tried, A Dream of CCCamp and Burning Man, Quaint Toorcon, I Was In, Silica, Missile Silos, Emmanuel, Two Kinds of People, Not Allowed, My Scariest Tour, The Police, Goodbye, I Can't Attend. My memories, hazed over 10 years, of Toorcamp 2009. Dedicated to Dan Kaminsky, who attended the camp and who I enjoyed all t…
 
The Shadow GET LAMP Episode: Talking Head Criticism, The Intention of BBS Documentary, Two Terrible GET LAMP Choices, The Choice Made, The Choice Avoided, A Delight for A Couple Dozen People, The Boundaries of Infinite Creation. Also: No More Plastic Disc Salesman. GET LAMP can be had for free at this URL: https://archive.org/details/GET_LAMP_The_T…
 
The Audio Lot Episode: A Craigslist Find, Everyone Comes Together, Eight Thousand Dollars, The Haul, The Cataloging, The Life of Mark Pines, A Future to Live Forever. An episode about a haul out of Connecticut that I got to play a minor part in, and which represents one of the reasons we all like to do this work. It'll be months before this bears f…
 
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