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

2 Girls 1 Podcast 8-BIT GUY

The Daily Dot (Licensed)

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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.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

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.