So…How Does a Byte Cellar Podcast Sound?

Inspired by some of the retro computing podcasts I follow (Retrobits, 1MHz, etc.), I’ve developed a slowly growing itch to plop a mic down on my desk and prattle on to anyone who might want to hear what I’ve got to say about computing as I’ve lived it during the 80s and thereabouts.

What do you think? Would another retro computing blog make the world a happier place? Would anyone lend me their ears?

Please share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!

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20 Responses to So…How Does a Byte Cellar Podcast Sound?

  1. Bring it! Podcasting’s a lot of fun.

  2. Do you podcast, Steve? If so, point!

  3. Pablo says:

    Come on Blake, podcasting is a lot of fun. I have started my own podcast (a weekly show) a couple of months ago and I cannot stop.

    If you can understand spanish here it is:

  4. Jeremiah Dabney says:

    I think you should go for it. I would listen. Your site is great!

  5. Earl says:

    Hey there Blake,

    That sounds great! Byte Cellar is awesome, would love to hear you on the air.

  6. John Muir says:

    Sounds good.

    A few things about good podcasts

    1. Plan each episode out beforehand, obvious but true.

    2. Bring a buddy: they’re often more interesting than a special guest as you rarely have to ask all the obvious questions.

    3. Don’t make every episode a marathon: several short eps are usually a lot better than some monster swallowing them all.

    4. If talking to someone via Skype, get them to record their half of the conversation and send it back to you, so you can stitch both local tracks together. is done this way and it shows.

    5. Don’t record when under the influence of powerful post-operative drugs shortly after a serious injury. Even Stephen Fry mumbled round in circles a bit when he tried that!

    Note: I’ve never made a podcast myself, but I do love listening to a fair few of them.

  7. I really appreciate the support form everyone. And thanks in particular to Earl, my main inspiration.

    We’ll see how it goes for a while anyway, eh? We’ll see if I’m interesting at a mic. :-)

  8. Dean says:

    Great idea, Blake. I’d definitely add you to my growing list of retro podcasts. BTW, I’m a big fan of Earl’s as well.

  9. Chris Chapman says:

    With Earl Evans (retrobits) being so busy with his new job (self employment), he’s been slowing down on his podcast. I’m suffering from withdrawal. Follow John’s advice and go for it. The first few episodes will be a learning process but your audience won’t care. Trust me. In fact, I’m sure Earl wouldn’t mind offering a few pointers.

    By the way, it was his podcast that brought me to your blog.

  10. Todd Holcomb says:

    Do it! There’s too much time between releases of Retrogaming Radio and Twitch Asylum…

  11. Wholly says:

    Another few recommendations:

    1. Test. Make 2-3 podcasts before you publish to check your “sound” and polish the form. Note how Earl’s were consistent and polished right out of the gate.

    2. Please try to commit to a regular schedule – you can always increase frequency but reducing it hurts your listenership.

    3. Don’t forget your site. Post a little bit more often here to keep people interested. I’d hate to forget you because everything you put up is interesting. But going a month between posts really hurts your “mindshare”

    You’re gutsier than most of us. It’s a harsh world you’re looking to get into.


  12. Daniel says:

    Hey Blake – I think it would be a great idea. Go for it!

  13. Alex says:

    I’d listen! :-)

    Do it!

  14. Mike says:


    Im particularly interested in BBS vs Web

    Decentralised Vs Corporate hierarchy etc etc…If you read some txt files on – there seems to be very few veteran BBS users who liked the www.

    Ive just been listening to some podcasts from – the more structured ones with 2 – 4 people I prefer.

    For some reason a few think its a good idea to get drunk and record rambling about computing/phreaking topics. I dont like that unless its real funny.

    I just found this site,searching for a a retro 8bit forum…


    New Zealand

  15. James says:

    Podcasting is lots of fun but time consuming too. You learn a lot about recording, computers, and yourself too. Give it a whirl!

  16. I think it would be great. The medium of spoken word is a good one with which to reminisce about the ‘good old days’ of computing. Sit back in a nice chair in the late evening, have a cup of tea and travel back a decade or two for a while.

  17. I’ve been checking out more retro computing podcasts of late in prep for my Byte Cellar podcast. And I’ve got to say: Shane R. Monroe of Retrogaming Radio, you’re pretty much a large ass.

    Some of you out there might boo me on this, but I really want the 13 minutes I spent listening to that show this morning back. They’re lost forever.

    And–where does the Apple hate come from? And Shane, you don’t want the iPod to become synonymous with MP3 players? I’m afraid we’re past that point. It is indeed the Frisbee of flying discs.

    Sorry to rant. That guy just really struck me the wrong way.

  18. Chris says:

    As a long time listener of Earl’s podcast, all I can say is HELL YES!

    Can’t wait to hear your inaugural podcast.

  19. Anonymous says:

    the more the better, podcasts make my commuting fun! (well not fun, but bearable)

    Also, please, please post more often!!!

    You’re the only person i’ve seen that has an organised retrocomputing collection! that’s a true achievement!

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