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The 8-Bit Guy: Why retro tech and restoration isn’t just for ‘old white guys’
The Daily Dot (Licensed)
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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Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.