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The 8-Bit Guy: Why retro tech and restoration isn’t just for ‘old white guys’

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Matt Silverman


Posted on Jun 17, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:30 am CDT

David Murray is known to thousands of fans as “the 8-Bit Guy.” His YouTube channel covers the gamut of computers, consumer electronics, and gaming consoles from the golden age of pixel art and command line operating systems: the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s.

His detailed tear-downs, restorations, and explanations of vintage technology have drawn a huge community of enthusiasts—and not just the stereotypical “middle-aged geek.” People of all ages and backgrounds flock to Murray’s convention booths (and even his home!) to snag an autograph from the retro guru.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) chat with Murray about his roots in computer repair, the evolution of tech, the excitement of restoring a Commodore 64, the design challenges of old-school programming, and the community that’s formed around his channel.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by the Podglomerate.

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*First Published: Jun 17, 2019, 7:00 am CDT