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Zez Retro / Cathode Ray Podcast

By Louis Zezeran

Zez Retro is a channel from Louis Zezeran speaking to artists, gamers and creators in retro gaming. "Cathode Ray Podcast" episodes are with my friend and CRT guru Steve Nutter from Retro Tech USA. "Zezcast" episodes are me talking individually to retro creators.
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A fair look at DKOldies and Steve’s streaming setup - Cathode Ray Podcast #41
A fair look at DKOldies and Steve’s streaming setup - Cathode Ray Podcast #41
We start the episode with a discussion of how Steve is updating his workshop with a streaming setup. Soon we will be able to watch CRT repair. In the latter section we discuss the recent controversy with DKOldies. We try and look it from two sides: Are high prices wrong? & Are DKOldies delivering low quality products? 0:00 Start 03:00 Steve explains the new streaming setup 08:40 Components in his new stream pc 21:43 The multi-camera setup 31:00 Louis dragged a Extron Crosspoint ISS 108 home from Japan. Now what? 47:10 RetroGamingCables.co.uk SCART to BNC discussed 49:00 Genuine Nintendo SNES JP21 cable 54:00 FujiWork PS3 cables are LEGIT! 58:25 DKOldies -------------------------------- Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro Please keep in mind that very technical CRT questions are really difficult to diagnose online. If you are interested in Steve's professional CRT repair services please head over to his patreon page  https://www.patreon.com/retrotechUSA Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro For all your own CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:39:20
January 18, 2023
Getting Hard In Japan & The Future of CRTs in Museums - Cathode Ray Podcast #40
Getting Hard In Japan & The Future of CRTs in Museums - Cathode Ray Podcast #40
Louis is back from Japan and we start the episode with a recap of the adventures along with a summary of the state of CRT sales in the land of the rising sun. Steve discusses his work in museums and wonders how can we produce a LCD which completely replicated the physical and image quality of a professional monitor. 0:00 Start 02:30 Hunting for Retro at Hard Off 06:00 Louis was on an Japanese TV show "Why Did You Come to Japan?" 11:30 Christmas Eve metal gig in Tokyo 13:20 Louis' technique for filming in stores 16:00 There were good amounts of CRTs! 26:00 How is each Hard Off store different? 33:30 Louis found a rare "Tales of Symphonia" GameCube controller for cheap 40:00 How do you transport all this crap home? 48:00 Steve's latest work restoring pro CRTs for museums 49:30 Why the PVM-2530 is SO HARD to repair 56:00 Steve's dream for the ultimate "modern LCD" CRT 1:00:00 Shank's INSANE Wii inside of a PVM 1:11:00 How to make a small PVM/BVM portable? -------------------------------- Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro Please keep in mind that very technical CRT questions are really difficult to diagnose online. If you are interested in Steve's professional CRT repair services please head over to his patreon page  https://www.patreon.com/retrotechUSA Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro For all your own CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:22:05
January 11, 2023
Japanese Culture and Stand Up w/ Japanese Comedian Meshida
Japanese Culture and Stand Up w/ Japanese Comedian Meshida
Today I talked with Japanese comedian Meshida. This isn't a talk about retro gaming but rather about Japanese culture and Stand Up comedy. Meshida does his act in English and is helping to introduce that authentic style of Stand Up to Japan, much in the same way I helped to bring it to Estonia. We focus on the Japanese culture side of things and I figure this will be still be interesting to y'all. Like all comedians during the pandemic Meshida was bored not being able to get on stage so he started to grow his YouTube channel, creating great skits explaining Japanese culture. He is now at 138K subs and you should check out his stuff! https://www.youtube.com/@Meshida I really had a good time recording this podcast with Meshida, it has been so long since I did an episode with an actual live person (I still love you Steve) and it's facinating to hear about Japan from a Japanese comedian. Follow my daily adventures as I live tweet the interesting, rare and weird stuff I find in each store https://twitter.com/zez ---------------------- Along with my friend Steve from RetroTech we maintain a blog about our projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8qx667CpJ4
01:32:07
December 28, 2022
USB etiquette & is it our duty to rescue EVERY CRT??- Cathode Ray Podcast #39
USB etiquette & is it our duty to rescue EVERY CRT??- Cathode Ray Podcast #39
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. 00:00 Start 0:10 It's impolite to just plug a USB into someone's computer 5:02 I want more of that Steve lovin' 7:40 Steve is gunna coach his son's backetball team 16:21 Managing a comedian on tour is nuts 19:50 Louis picked up a sweet xbox 360 wheel 22:38 What happens to those who are holding expensive retro items? 29:12 Are professional sellers seeing high end slow down? 30:35 Louis' theory on why every retro based collectable will go through a big ass price correction at some stage 41:11 Steve teaches us to edge the YouTube algorithm 49:50 Should Steve do more shorter or longer videos? 54:50 Feeling good about this podcast 57:53 Louis is going to Japan in December 1:03:35 Japanese Hard Off stores often have their own workshop table to test "junk" 1:13:00 Is it our duty to rescue EVERY CRT? Our next episode will be a live stream, sometime in the morning on Tuesday the 25th eastern time. We will be taking your questions so please tweet to us or email podcast@cathoderayblog.com https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro Please keep in mind that very technical CRT questions are really difficult to diagnose online. If you are interested in Steve's professional CRT repair services please head over to his patreon page  https://www.patreon.com/retrotechUSA Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro For all your own CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:24:34
November 11, 2022
CRT video hate, VHS subs & Coffee in Finland - The Cathode Ray Podcast #38
CRT video hate, VHS subs & Coffee in Finland - The Cathode Ray Podcast #38
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. 0:00 Start 02:15 Updates on the BVM A series BKM 68x replacement cards from Martin Hejnfelt 07:20 Great sellers like Ryan at Castlemania games are good for our community 14:32 The parts shortage is a technology shortage 18:40 Are subs on a VHS stored in the overscan like broadcast TV or just burnt in? 26:15 Louis feelings on what consoles to buy for? FPGA vs OG 34:40 Console collecting vs game collecting 39:45 Our reactions to the viewer reactions to Steve's eBay video 52:00 MC Steve the rapper is in the house 53:47 Louis' theory on why some CRT videos get hate 58:00 When is the right time for us to do a live CRP?? 01:05:00 Are custom trailers good for YouTube live videos? 01:12:00 What will be do on this live stream? Audience questions! 01:13:00 Louis: Answering viewer questions about CRTs is harder than I thought 01:20:30 Last week Louis was on tour with comedian Jimmy Carr in 3 cities 01:27:00 The coffee drinking habits of Finnish people Our next episode will be a live stream, sometime in the morning on Tuesday the 25th eastern time. We will be taking your questions so please tweet to us or email podcast@cathoderayblog.com https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro Please keep in mind that very technical CRT questions are really difficult to diagnose online. If you are interested in Steve's professional CRT repair services please head over to his patreon page  https://www.patreon.com/retrotechUSA Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro For all your own CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:39:57
October 19, 2022
How to Store Your CRT, RetroCastle MiSTer IO board - Cathode Ray Podcast #37
How to Store Your CRT, RetroCastle MiSTer IO board - Cathode Ray Podcast #37
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode Steve and Louis catch up after weeks of "real life" getting in the way of their retro projects. 0:00 Start 06:00 Steve's trip to MicroCenter which ended in him junking his car 20:30 Other "green stuff" you can buy in DC 29:00 Japan is finally reopening and Louis HAS to go 37:00 Are you an "eBay" collector? Japan tickets + cheaper retro cost = adventure 42:30 Louis gives a tour of the new RetroCastle MiSTer IO board 51:00 Buying CRTs on eBay is "not a good idea" 57:00 Adjusting convergence via the menu on a BVM 1:01:00 What causes CRT convergence problems over time? 1:04:00 Whats the best way to turn off your CRT? 1:13:00 Should you turn off your CRT before rotating it to tate? 1:15:00 Do CRTs draw a lot of power? 1:23:00 What temperature is safe to store your CRT? 1:29:00 Steve sees price adjustments happening in the retro gaming market Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:47:40
October 13, 2022
The Cautionary Creative w/ Mason Conrad - Cathode Ray Podcast #36
The Cautionary Creative w/ Mason Conrad - Cathode Ray Podcast #36
If you don't know Mason by name, you will definitely recognize his visual work in the retro gaming community on YouTube as Mason has worked on the image and branding for many popular gaming channels. Mason was himself a gaming YouTuber in his early teens and has now moved into graphic design and video editing. We talk about Mason's life as a creative and how he works as a freelancer with numerous clients. The discussion centers around how a creative like a graphic designer does there work so you can better understand how to hire such a service. Many people want graphic design needs but may be unsure about what is expected of both sides in such a transaction. What things are reasonable and what are not when using a designer? How can you be a great client or at least not a bad one? How can you help your designer produce the best result. It's a talk about creativity and how to sell that service in the big wide world. Follow Mason on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MasNConrad His online portfolio: https://www.mconradmedia.com 0:00 Start 4:30 Mason's background as a early YouTuber 16:00 The point where Mason decided to sell his collection 17:30 Does Mason have help as a freelancer? Accountant? 29:00 How Mason keeps so busy but avoids burnout 33:30 Why does creative cost what it costs? How to price it as a creator? 37:00 Choosing a designer with an individual style (or not) 41:00 Do you need to make EVERYTHING yourself as an artist? 50:00 Examples of Mason's clients and the different work he does 55:00 How to give a designer good input. 59:00 How many times is reasonable to ask for a revision? 01:13:00 Paying for help vs doing it yourself. What is your time worth? 01:21:00 It's hard to talk about money.  01:23:00 Selling yourself can be hard 01:34:00 You need help to work out your own value. Manager, mentor is just a trusted friend 01:37:00 What is a YouTube thumbnail worth? Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:46:08
September 23, 2022
Working with John Cleese, PCE-2-USB, latest RetroTink 5x updates - Cathode Ray Podcast #35
Working with John Cleese, PCE-2-USB, latest RetroTink 5x updates - Cathode Ray Podcast #35
Steve has been busier than a florist in England this week, so I grabbed retro gaming Twitter celebrity 8BitEquire for a fun catch up episode.  We go through Louis' working with John Cleese this week, the PCE-2-USB by Robert Dale Smith and the recent enhancements to the RetroTink 5x. 0:00 Start 2:30 Louis organized the John Cleese live show in Tallinn 7:00 Autograph hunters are weird 16:00 Roger's controversial racial theories about British Australian settlers 200 years ago 23:30 Louis explains the origin of the Australian accent 27:00 The PC Enginer controller to USB adapter 36:00 Roger is a 2.4ghz kinda guy, not a bluetooth kinda guy 40:00 Louis' new video connecting the MiSTer up in a 1700 seat theater 47:00 Someone else has an affinity for 2.4ghz too.... 49:00 Louis' 20 inch 4:3 Dell LCD 55:00 The latest RetroTink 5X PVM filter is wild! 1:01:15 Roger talks about the HDR modes in the 5x 1:11:00 Why John Cleese has not been knighted Follow the 8-bit Esquire: https://twitter.com/8bitesquire The USB-2-PCE https://controlleradapter.com/products/usb-2-pce USB-2-PCE Creator Robert Dale Smith https://twitter.com/RobertDaleSmith RetroTink 5X https://www.retrotink.com Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:14:18
September 18, 2022
Justin from Console Kits - Cathode Ray Podcast #34
Justin from Console Kits - Cathode Ray Podcast #34
This week we have Justin from Console Kits (and RetroRGB contributor). Justin has a great YouTube channel where he focused on Arcade1Up units. We have a pretty casual chat about what the three of us have been up to recently. 0:00 Start 4:00 Justin and Steve recap Retro World Expo 7:00 What is LVDS and how does it compare to HDMI? 7:50 Thoughts on the Open Source CRT 13:00 Lag on Arcade1Up screens 18:00 Justin's work on and with Arcade1Up 34:00 Efforts to make a flat panel image look like a CRT 40:00 Are Shank and his smash buddies the future of CRT users? 51:00 Steve's questionable fashion choices 56:00 Justin's brother was in Slipknot 59:00 Being intimated meeting people you admire 1:09:00 Do content creators need a manager? 1:18 Modern pinball: Real or flat panel? 1:28:00 Buying a new Pinball machine in 2022 1:37:00 Justin repaired his first NES as a kid 1:41:00 Getting pirate satellite TV back in the day 1:44:00 Steve owns 100 CRTs Follow Justin https://deals.consolekits.com https://twitter.com/consolekits Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:51:56
September 12, 2022
Retro World Expo Recap - Cathode Ray Podcast #33
Retro World Expo Recap - Cathode Ray Podcast #33
After a long break Steve & Louis are back for a few episode of the Cathode Ray Podcast! Last weekend Steve attended the Retro World Expo in Hartford, CT. The event is one of the major retro conventions on the calendar with a who's who of creators attending including friends Shank, Displaced Gamer, My Life in Gaming, Jeremy Parish, Dan Citrus3000psi and Bob from RetroRGB. We hear Steve tells stories from the expo: selling PVMs, pickup Melee matches with Shank and Dan in the hotel lobby, stealing power from Laser Bear's booth and thoughts on the retro sellers and how this reflects on the market. Louis & Steve finish the episode with a dissection of the CRT sales and ask the question: are classic cars a good analogy for CRT market right now? Sorry the audio/video isn't up to our usual standard, we had loads of gremlins this week * Louis has moved to a new place and just setup the studio * Steve's computer kept crashing * Riverside only recorded the video at 24fps Retro World Expo: https://retroworldexpo.com Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:26:35
September 04, 2022
Removing bullets from Starlink dishes in Ukraine w/ Oleg Kutkov - Cathode Ray Podcast #32
Removing bullets from Starlink dishes in Ukraine w/ Oleg Kutkov - Cathode Ray Podcast #32
Today is a special episode, Louis is flying solo talking to Oleg Kutkov, a Ukrainian engineering who has a bunch of experience with the Starlink receiver dishes. Oleg works as a network hardware engineer and was an early adopter of Starlink technology in Ukraine. Before the service was even available in his home country he had purchased a dish and was trying to reverse engineer and understand the technology. Then the war came and Elon made a "donation" of equipment. With many private citizens and military personnel using Starlink to aid the war effort in Ukraine, Oleg's knowledge has become extremely valuable and he is doing his best to help as much as he can. Oleg popped up in my Twitter feed when Starlink was first turned on in Ukraine. I think he is a great example of the way private citizens can help the war effort. He has very specific and in-depth knowledge about these devices and he is doing his best to enable, service and repair these devices so they can continue to be used by the troops in the front line.  In the second half of the podcast Oleg shows us a Starlink dish is he attempting to repair which has two bullet holes in it. He also has the actual bullet which he retrieved from the unit.  0:00 Start 04:30 What's life like in Kiev right now? 08:30 Why did Oleg and his family chose to stay in Ukraine? 14:30 How are Ukrainians using tech to resist 17:00 Oleg's first experience coding back in the 90s 26:30 He already obtained a Starlink dish before the war to reverse engineer 28:00 Enabling Starlink service in Ukraine 33:00 Setting up / explaining a Starlink dish 37:00 No ethernet on latest Starlink routers is a BIG problem for military 42:00 How Oleg became unofficial Starlink support in Ukraine 45:00 Military uses of Starlink in the front lines 47:00 Why not 4G? Is 4G still working on the front lines? 50:00 Are Russians using Starlink? 53:00 Starlink dish with bullet holes 56:00 Oleg reverse engineers the dish to repair it 01:02:00 Has Starlink enabled sat to sat comms via laser? 01:06:00 Whats in the immediate future for Oleg? Follow Oleg's work: https://twitter.com/olegkutkov https://olegkutkov.me
01:12:26
August 02, 2022
RGB Mods & CRT Shipping Advice - Cathode Ray Podcast #31
RGB Mods & CRT Shipping Advice - Cathode Ray Podcast #31
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. After two weeks of interviews, Steve and I haven't had a chance to catch up in a while.  00:00 Start 02:20 Everyone on YouTube is a PicoBoot mod expert by now 06:45 Background into the LG NeTee CRT 20:06 Would the NeTee be considered retro cool when it was released? 27:43 Steve explains his recent RGB mod to a 13 inch Sony Trinitron 45:07 Steve's new workbench gear 1:01:08 Advice on how to ship a CRTs (big & small) Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:21:24
July 22, 2022
Webhdx - Creator of the PicoBoot Gamecube mod - Cathode Ray Podcast #30
Webhdx - Creator of the PicoBoot Gamecube mod - Cathode Ray Podcast #30
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. We are really happy to have Webhdx, creator of the Picoboot Gamcube mod chip. His real name is Maciej Kobus and he comes from Katowice in Poland.  A software guy by day, he fell in love with the GameCube hardware and has come up with some great projects. After Picoboot, we talk about his upcoming M2.Loader, which will allow an M2 SSD to be plugged in under your console. In the episode I ask Maciej "Why an M2? Just because it fits?" and his answers show he has really thought these things out.  He also has created his own aftermarket Wavebird receiver which he is almost ready to manufactuer however the global parts storage is still a roadblock. 0:00 Start 01:10 Introduction to Maciej 07:00 Big GameCube fan 17:50 How did development of the PicoBoot start? 23:33 Why does PicoBoot use a Raspberry Pi Pico? 28:33 His reaction to scammers posing at him for donations 30:45 Maciej clarifies his view on PicoBoot AliExpress sellers 36:00 Will RPi Pico W be targeted for future versions or PicoBoot? 40:00 Why not some other (insert random board here)? 42:00 PicoBoot install FAQ 45:00 Getting modders onboard for the PicoBoot's launch 49:00 Upcoming M2.Loader for GameCube 1:00:10 Is there anything you can do to make it harder for cloners? 1:01:58 Wii Mini mods 1:04:09 He wants to manufacture his new products in his home country of Poland 1:09:41 His also upcoming Wavebird receiver replacement Follow Wehhdx: https://twitter.com/webhdx The Picoboot, affordable modchip for the GameCube: https://github.com/webhdx/PicoBoot Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:21:17
July 16, 2022
Crackhead PVM, Insurance Fraud & Market Manipulation w/ 8-bit Esquire - Cathode Ray Podcast #29
Crackhead PVM, Insurance Fraud & Market Manipulation w/ 8-bit Esquire - Cathode Ray Podcast #29
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode we speak to Twitter funny guy the 8-bit Esquire. An attorney by day and big old retro gaming fan by night, the 8-bit Esquire has a great collection and a bunch of good stories to go along with it. This podcast starts as a casual chat between friends and gets louder the more beers that Louis drinks.  00:00 Start 01:00 The background of the 8-bit Esquire 07:00 Where did his retro collection start? 12:00 The origin of Steve's collection 18:00 Is now the right time to sell into the market? 27:00 U-Ship is the best for CRTs 31:00 Steve is manipulating the market for sure 36:00 Buying a PVM from a crackhead 50:00 Time to sue UPS? 1:00:30 Steve witnesses insurance fraud 1:12:00 Why do we need insurance salespeople in 2022?? 1:20:00 Louis likes to mess with sales people 1:32:00 8-Bit Esquires arcase stick collection 1:41:00 Steve blacks out the neighbourhood 1:47:00 Louis stole computer magazines as a kid Follow the 8-bit Esquire: https://twitter.com/8bitesquire Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
02:03:20
July 10, 2022
Is a CRT market "price correction" coming? - Cathode Ray Podcast #28
Is a CRT market "price correction" coming? - Cathode Ray Podcast #28
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro  Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs  and other retro gaming topics. There are some audio issue with this episode, I apologise for this and hope its not too bad for you to listen to 0:00 Start 1:00 Steve does Yoga with the Diamond Cutter 7:02 Steve selling fully serviced PVMs 14:10 More background on the MiSTer controller lag tester 30:00 Louis wants to lag test projectors now 34:00 Lag test a cinema projector? 43:40 Working on a Sony XBR CRT 52:00 eBay CRT "Market Watch" (with visuals!) 53:00 What does Steve look for in a cheap PVM 58:00 Is the retro market due for a correction? CRTs? Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:21:49
June 26, 2022
Repairing CRTs w/ Andy King - Cathode Ray Podcast #27
Repairing CRTs w/ Andy King - Cathode Ray Podcast #27
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode we talk to Andy King. Andy runs https://crtdatabase.com where he documents his work to repair and service CRTs. Andy also has a lot of experience RGB modding consumer sets and his website is one of the best resourcess available for that. Andy runs a small CRT repair service based out of Northern California. If you are interested in his services, please reach out to him at https://twitter.com/dorksince93 Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:41:02
June 19, 2022
Our YouTube Creation Process - The Cathode Ray Podcast #26
Our YouTube Creation Process - The Cathode Ray Podcast #26
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode the guys focus on their differing styles of video creation and why it's working for each of them. Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:38:09
June 10, 2022
Tales from the CRT workshop - Cathode Ray Podcast #25
Tales from the CRT workshop - Cathode Ray Podcast #25
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. 00:00 Start 04:45 Tell Him He's Dreaming' recap 11:05 SECAM discussion 15:00 PAL / NTSC / SECAM 28:00 Steve's video on those big ass CRTs 34:00 Tales from the CRT workshop 53:30 We react to eBay CRT listings (dreamin'!) Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:13:08
June 06, 2022
Steve's trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Cathode Ray Podcast #24
Steve's trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Cathode Ray Podcast #24
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together they talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. The last week Steve was visiting Houston, Texas where he was running a series of workshops for the Museum of Fine Art. The purpose was to educate their curators of this museum (an several other notable museums) about CRT preservation and maintenance. Steve tells the story of his 20 hour drive to Houston, the different workshops that he gave and what he learnt about the use of CRTs in the world of visual arts. He also saw a great wrestling match. If you missed last week's episode, go back and check out Steve's tour of prominent 20th century artists who used CRTs in their work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubbs9AHsZcY 00:00 Start 1:16 MiSTer S-Video updates 3:28 Steve's trip to Houston 7:20 First day of presentations - PVM 2030 teardown 22:10 Steve tears-down a dotronix monitor for the first time 30:45 The HDMI to S-video converters driving the exhibitions 32:40 Backstage in the museums CRT storeroom 37:50 CRT or flat panel for visual art? 41:51 The extremely cool 80's Sont CRT projector 51:00 A night at the wrestling! 1:17:30 Steve's pickups from the Electronic Parts Outlet (EPO) in Houston Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:37:17
May 24, 2022
Steve's tour of CRTs in Visual Art - Cathode Ray Podcast #23
Steve's tour of CRTs in Visual Art - Cathode Ray Podcast #23
*** NOTE: The second half of his episode is very visual, Steve talks us through a bunch of slides, so you may want to watch that part on YouTube instead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubbs9AHsZcY *** The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together they talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode Steve takes us on a fascinating tour of the world of CRT art. We tend to think retro gaming is the last bastion of our beloved CRTs however, these units have been used in visual art exhibitions since their inception. Steve is doing some upcoming consulting and maintenance work for a large museum with an extensive collection of CRTs. In preparation for that work, he created this presentation looking at some of the most notable uses of CRTs in visual arts in the second half of the 20th century. We start with a catch up on the latest news about the MiSTer S-Video cores. Mike Simone has finalised his open source dongle design and Antonio Villena has made a limited release of his own adapters from his online shop in Spain. After this we get into Steve's presentation on the history of CRTs in visual arts. 00:00 Start 04:05 MiSTer S-Video updates 13:20 The "Retro Castle" IO board with a Saturn plug 20:00 It's hard to get info on Dotronix CRTs 23:00 Steve's been working hard preparing his CRT presentations 32:00 Background on why museums are interested in CRTs 36:50 Steve's presentation on CRTs in visual art (with slides!) Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:23:22
May 16, 2022
S-Video Explanation and Breakdown - Cathode Ray Podcast #22
S-Video Explanation and Breakdown - Cathode Ray Podcast #22
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together they talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode we take a deep dive into the new MiSTer S-Video cores from Mike Simone. We discuss how the cores work, what cables you would need and give an explanation for how S-Video and composite video works. 00:00 Start 02:00 The back story behind the new MiSTer S-Video cores 11:00 Louis' poor explanation of dot crawl 15:30 The history of broadcast video and where S-Video came from 27:00 How composite video is generated from these cores 44:14 Steve's Polaroid Goodwill pickup 53:40 Louis' Switch Sports get delivered 5 days late 1:00:00 Steve's Costco Adventures 1:12:00 Late in the podcast and the boys get reflective on life Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:31:21
May 09, 2022
CRP21 - CRT Preservation & Restoration 📺 What are the biggest challenges facing the industry?
CRP21 - CRT Preservation & Restoration 📺 What are the biggest challenges facing the industry?
This special episode of the Cathode Ray Podcast was originally uploaded to Steve's Retro Tech USA channel This is a conversation about CRT Preservation and restoration within the art world.  There are many challenges facing museums when it comes to using CRTs in 2022.     For more information on repairs, diagnostics and to connect with Steve, please visit:  https://www.patreon.com/retrotechUSA
30:04
May 07, 2022
20th episode special! CRT sellers are dreamin', Free payphones, Stories of misspent youth - Cathode Ray Podcast
20th episode special! CRT sellers are dreamin', Free payphones, Stories of misspent youth - Cathode Ray Podcast
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together they talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. This is our 20th episode and we want to thank you all for your enthusiasm and interest in our podcast. For this episode we start by chatting about our projects of the week. However, we recall our very first podcast together (Zezcast #2) and we get back into crazy stories about growing up as fired up young guys living in small towns. I have a new series *Tell him he's dreamin'* where I breakdown local CRT listings (the affordable and not so affordable). If you have some great listings from your local area (especially Europe) hit me up on Twitter @zez 00:00 Start 07:00 Tell him he's dreamin' - Whacky prices for CRTs 15:00 The BVM card Steve has been working on 25:00 Stories about Nokia back in their hey-day in Finland 34:00 Payphones are free in Australia? 40:00 Stealing street signs and doing dumb stuff as kids 1:05:00 Naked Nutter Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:08:37
April 11, 2022
What is the future of RetroRGB? w/ Bob - Zezcast #7
What is the future of RetroRGB? w/ Bob - Zezcast #7
The Zezcast is a series of podcasts where I sit down solo with my favourite creators and members of the retro gaming community and ask them about their backstory and how they do what they do. In this episode I talk with Bob about the past, present and future of RetroRGB. I love talking about organisations, leadership and how to grow a community. We start with what does an average day and week look like for Bob. What work does he do and how does he coordinate the community on a daily basis? We then look back at how RetroRGB was ~2 years ago. No doubt the community has grown significantly in that time. More than just moving from New York to the 'burbs, how has his work changed? In the final part I ask Bob about the future of RetroRGB and what vision he is trying to move toward? RetroRGB on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroRGB Bob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RetroRGB I also have a podcast with my friend Steve Nutter from Retro Tech USA called "The Cathode Ray Podcast" where we discuss CRT's and retro tech in general https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro/ Steve and I maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio for the Zezcast and The Cathode Ray Podcast on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch me on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez
01:42:32
April 06, 2022
Retro FOMO & Whacky CRTs w/ Shank Mods - Cathode Ray Podcast #19
Retro FOMO & Whacky CRTs w/ Shank Mods - Cathode Ray Podcast #19
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together they talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode we have the pleasure of chatting with Shank from Shank Mods. You know him from that Hot Wheels PC video, GameCube Joy-cons and creating a portable Wii, among many other great portable modding projects. Shank Mods on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/ShankMods Our talk is a really casual chat with Shank about the mods he does, his love and background in CRTs and more details on 4 Layer Technologies the company he co-founded to provide components to enable more people to create portable systems https://4layertech.com 00:00 Start 02:20 The impact of his videos on our fomo 08:30 Shank's trip to the Computer Reset Warehouse 13:00 More talk about CRTs 27:10 The potential in HD CRTs  34:30 Time Sleuth hijinks  47:00 Buying pro and jank monitors from eBay 55:00 Shank's love of whacky CRTs: Shrek, Disney, Hot Wheels 1:04:00 Moving from CRTs to flat panels for Melee back in the day 1:14:00 Shank's home setup 1:25:00 Shank's PVM 20M2 repairs 1:31:00 His business "4 Layer Technologies" and their portable Wii kit Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:55:52
April 03, 2022
The State of Retro in Japan w/ Vinnk from Famicom Dojo - Zezcast #6
The State of Retro in Japan w/ Vinnk from Famicom Dojo - Zezcast #6
The Zezcast is my solo podcast where I interview creators and individuals in the retro gaming community who I think are interesting. In this episode I talk to Vinnk from Famicom Dojo, who for me is one of the OG retro video creators. Famicom Dojo is a series which has been around longer than YouTube (!) and started with Vinnk living in Japan and wanting to make the first documentation of the cool stuff he saw back in the day (some before it was retro). He continues to make videos and streams with his partner Sean Orange to this day. In the last few years he has also opened up a new avenue for his retro games collecting: opening his own Japanese import games online store Japan Retro Direct https://japanretrodirect.ocnk.com I ask Vinnk about the origins of Famicom Dojo, what his experiences have been running Japan Retro Direct and whats his take on the state of second hand retro gaming products on the ground in Japan right now. Oh and we also talk about how Japanese retro gamers see CRTs as well. I couldn't leave out a tube tv discussion. 00:00 The origins of Famicom Dojo 07:30 The real Famicom Dojo store in Japan 14:00 The slower update of retro collecting in Japan 23:00 Are Japanese retro gamers into CRTs? 42:45 How did you start Japan Retro Direct? 1:00:10 What trends have you noticed among your buyers? 1:12:00 Observations of an average Japanese retro store in 2022? 01:26:20 Our shared experiences as westerners living in a foreign country Check out Vinnk's store: https://japanretrodirect.ocnk.com Famicom Dojo on YouTube: https://youtube.com/famicomdojo Famicom Dojo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/famicomdojo Vinnk on Twitter: https://twitter.com/famicomvinnk I also have a podcast with my friend Steve Nutter from Retro Tech USA called "The Cathode Ray Podcast" where we discuss CRT's and retro tech in general https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro/ Steve and I maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio for the Zezcast and The Cathode Ray Podcast on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch me on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez
01:50:08
March 30, 2022
Which CRT wiki?, repairing a BVM input card, weekly thrifts - Cathode Ray Podcast #18
Which CRT wiki?, repairing a BVM input card, weekly thrifts - Cathode Ray Podcast #18
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together they talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode the guys talk about 00:00 Start 02:00 Upcoming Zezcast episode with Bob from RetroRGB 03:40 Xbox 360 steering wheel repair 08:30 Steve's thrifts for this week 17:00 Steve cleaning disgusting cap leakage on a BVM board 21:30 A closer look and explanation of the BVM card 41:15 A discussion about CRT Wikis  The second half of our episode is a longer discussion about the current state of CRT information on the Internet. Now we have multiple sources for this information which is great if you are looking up info. What about if you want to contribute back to the community? Where should you put your findings? Steve and I discuss the various options to help you understand how you can best play your part. CRT Wiki: https://consolemods.org The CRT Database:  https://crtdatabase.com/ Steve and Louis maintain a blog about their projects "The Cathode Ray Blog" https://www.cathoderayblog.com You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:13:05
March 27, 2022
Expanding the Retro Tech Business, CRTs in Museums, Aussie Stubbie Holders - Cathode Ray Podcast 17
Expanding the Retro Tech Business, CRTs in Museums, Aussie Stubbie Holders - Cathode Ray Podcast 17
The Cathode Ray Podcast is a series with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and Louis Zezeran from Zez Retro. Together they talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode the guys talk about 00:00 Start 3:30 CD hunting in Australia 11:45 Is mould bad on magnetic tapes? 23:30 Just WTF is a "stubbie holder" / "beer koozie"? 29:00 Steve's upcoming work as a CRT consultant for a museum  40:30 What is the future of the Retro Tech business? Should Steve expand with more staff or remain a focued boutique? A longer discussion about the ways a small business can expand. You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Catch us on Twitter https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:27:51
March 21, 2022
Wild Aussie Animals, GC Digital Upgrades, Goodwill war stories - Cathode Ray Podcast #16
Wild Aussie Animals, GC Digital Upgrades, Goodwill war stories - Cathode Ray Podcast #16
In this series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. This is my second episode recorded from rural NSW in Australia, the internet is stil shocking slow but we got it done. Our next episode will be Wednesday next week when I am back in Estonia and then we will get back to our regular schedule (and 1080p60 video haha) Topics this week: Kangaroos right outside my back door CCTV is tracking drunk bogans Steve installs a GC Digital Port Upgrade Goodwill war stories Why are Switch games not coming down in price yet= You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Zez Retro Audio: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Zez Retro Video: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran
41:45
March 09, 2022
Cathode Ray Podcast #15 - Building a PVM from parts, restoring a 20L2, Starlink service in Ukraine
Cathode Ray Podcast #15 - Building a PVM from parts, restoring a 20L2, Starlink service in Ukraine
In this series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. This is a special episode as I am currently visiting my parents in Australia. You want to know about crap upload speeds? Anyone on Tel$tra in rural OZ knows what I am talking about. I apologize this episode is only at 720p otherwise we would have been here until next week uploading it.  I wanted to film this outside with a nice background but we are getting the tail end of the bad weather which effected Dan Mons so badly in Brisbane. No flooding here but a sh*t ton of rain. Topics this week: Starlink enabling their network in the Ukraine Dan getting rained on in Brisbane Steve constructing a "new" PVM from parts The tale of saving and restoring one of the worst 20L2 monitor's Steve has ever seen The value of providing services: how much is your time worth? You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Zez Retro Audio: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Zez Retro Video: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran
01:16:47
March 01, 2022
Collecting, color calibrating and repairing CRTs with Dan Mons - Cathode Ray Podcast #14
Collecting, color calibrating and repairing CRTs with Dan Mons - Cathode Ray Podcast #14
In this series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode we are joined by developer Dan Mons. You may know his name as the lead developer (or "guy who pieces it together" as he likes to say) of RetroNAS, which is a great new open source solutions for storing all of your retro ROMs and ISOs. In addition Dan is a CRT nerd from back in the day. He has a huge personal collection himself and he has worked in many VFX and production studios which used professional CRT monitors. In particular he has a lot of experience color calibrating pro monitors and we go deep into this. Sound quality note: There is some faint feedback in the recording,  sometimes it sounds like an softer echo. I tried to manually remove most  of it but you can hear it occasionally. 0:00 Start 01:30 Our experiences with the RetroNAS 22:30 Dan's tutorial videos are great 27:30 Dan loves CRTs 35:00 We keep talking about how much we love CRTs 39:45 Dan's favourite CRT project 46:00 Color correcting CRTs in a production studio 01:00:15 Steve's experience providing CRTs to museums 01:06:00 Medical CRTs 01:15:00 Did CRTs just naturally reach their end of life? 01:19:00 The CRT elite club 01:20:00 What is the difference between a movie and a VR game? 01:31:30 Growing up in Australia and using BBS before the Internet 01:40:00 Australian broadband 01:46:00 Buying, preserving ROMs The RetroNAS project: https://github.com/danmons/retronas Dan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_daemons You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Zez Retro Audio: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Zez Retro Video: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran
02:03:14
February 21, 2022
RetroNAS, installing networking cable, writing for RetroRGB - CRP #13
RetroNAS, installing networking cable, writing for RetroRGB - CRP #13
In this series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. This week's episode is a general round up of what the guys have been doing this week 0:30 Steve's surname, come on 10:30 Should you choose that OLED PVM over a modern OLED? 22:30 Using Retronas with a PS2 27:30 Making your own network cables 29: 30 Installing network cable in my university sharehouse 41:30 Running a small tech support shop in 2001 52:20 Steve's experience in writing articles for RetroRGB 01:03:00 Our thoughts on the direction Bob is taking RetroRGB We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and we will work your question into the next episode You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Zez Retro Audio: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Zez Retro Video: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran
01:24:36
February 14, 2022
BVM Input cards, CRTs in Europe & Japanese toilets w/ Martin Hejnfelt - Cathode Ray Podcast #12
BVM Input cards, CRTs in Europe & Japanese toilets w/ Martin Hejnfelt - Cathode Ray Podcast #12
In this series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. On this episode we are fortunate enough to speak to Martin Hejnfelt from Denmark. Martin has done some amazing work in the retro community designing input cards and control replacements for pro CRTs. Some of Martin's work: * Designing the BKM-68x & BKM-129x replacement input cards for Sony pro CRTs. * Designing input cards and RGB mods for JVC sets * Reverse engineering the control protocol for the BKM-15R remote Martin's technical write ups: https://immerhax.com Martin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MartinHejnfelt You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Zez Retro Audio: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Zez Retro Video: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran
01:33:03
February 07, 2022
Goodwill hunting, Filming CRTs & NASCAR - Cathode Ray Podcast #11
Goodwill hunting, Filming CRTs & NASCAR - Cathode Ray Podcast #11
In this series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. This week's episode is a general round up of what the guys have been doing this week * Steve's Goodwill hunting missions * More about the OLED PVM * Filming CRT screens * Converting RGBHV to RGBs * Steve explains the experience of going to a NASCAR race to me We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and we will work your question into the next episode You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Zez Retro Audio: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Zez Retro Video: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran
01:22:22
January 30, 2022
Porkchop Express from MisterAddons - Zezcast #5
Porkchop Express from MisterAddons - Zezcast #5
Recently I was lucky enough to have time to talk to Porkchop Express from MisterAddons. Pork is one of the most active sellers of units and... addons for the MiSTer FPGA project. His store goes far beyond just reselling parts, he has also designed his own MiSTer cases using thermal data as well as creating a whole JAMMA interface board called the Mistercade. 3:30 Keeping DE-10 Nano's in stock 06:00 What is the future of FPGAs? 16:30 Growing Up 26:20 First taste of FPGAs in college 39:00 Do you still need a college degree in 2022? 51:00 The origins of MisterAddons 1:04:00 Dealing with Amazon 1:12:00 Positivity in building the community Believe it or not but Porkchop Express isn't his birth name, rather just a way of keeping business and personal lives seperate. We also did the recording without video because I couldn't work out how to setup the animated vlogger version of Kurt Russell in time. We do get into a bit of Pork's origin story, his education and first steps into electrical engineering. In the second half we talk more about the MisterAddons project. Follow Porkchop Express on Twitter https://twitter.com/MisterAddons and if you need some MiSTer gear, go hit up https://misteraddons.com
01:22:42
January 26, 2022
Lag testing that LCD PVM live w/ Bob from RetroRGB - CRP Episode 10
Lag testing that LCD PVM live w/ Bob from RetroRGB - CRP Episode 10
In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. This week we have Bob from RetroRGB on the show. A while back Bob donated a non working LCD PVM to Steve. He has made now two (or three?) videos on the montior but there is final step: to properly lag test the device. Bob sent Steve a Time Sleuth and Steve tests the lag, live on the show. Here are some rough time markers for you 00:00 Start 01:30 The LCD PVM 12:00 Time for the Time Sleuth 23:00 The 240p Test Suite 40:00 Downscaling and 480i 59:00 Why are there not better composite cables? 01:10:00 Analogue Pocket and Krizz 01:19:00 Retro-bit and clone consoles 01:30:00 The difficulty of finding good sponsors We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and we will work your question into the next episode You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro
01:40:30
January 16, 2022
LCD PVMs, Mistercade, VHS porno tapes - Cathode Ray Podcast #9
LCD PVMs, Mistercade, VHS porno tapes - Cathode Ray Podcast #9
In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. This week's episode is a general round up of what the guys have been doing this week * Steve's LCD PVM * 3D printing Mistercade parts for fun and profit * Praying to YouTube Santa * Keeping your porn / beer stash in the forest * GBS-Control for PS2 We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and we will work your question into the next episode You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:10:46
January 09, 2022
Community Response to the Open Source CRT
Community Response to the Open Source CRT
In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. The Open Source CRT is still one of the biggest topics in the CRT right now. Steve and Louis talk about the overall CRT and retro gaming community's reaction to this so far.  In the episode we find out about Steve's new 3D printer, Bob's broken forbidden LCD PVM and Louis and Steve talk about building a community around your YouTube channel. We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and we will work your question into the next episode You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:20:23
January 02, 2022
Talking with Thomas Daede - Open Source CRT Project
Talking with Thomas Daede - Open Source CRT Project
In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. In this episode Steve and I talk with the creator of the ongoing "Open Source CRT" project, which aims to be able to replace the majority of parts within a CRT with modern, configurable alternatives.  Follow Thomas: https://twitter.com/enginetankard In this podcast we don't spend a lot of time explaining the components end to end. Bob from RetroRGB did a great job of asking Thomas about this part, so if you have never heard of this project, we suggest you can start with Bob's interview and consider ours a "part 2" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l6mUYQhgSU The Open Source CRT is an attempt to basically replace everything but the tube from a standard CRT. As Thomas describes it, some parts will be needed: you will still need a yolk and a neckboard might make things easier but the rest he aims to replace with modern alternatvies. He believes that it is within possibility to make a device that will fit onto almost any CRT and work with some configuration.  This is a great project because it replaces everything possible with modern parts and leaves basically only the parts which we can not manufacture new today: the tube. The project is really something very interesting. Like always we urge optimism and enthuasim but also caution about getting your hopes up. The project is still well in development and Thomas has a prototype but we would never want to put the pressure of expectation on anyone. Never the less, this looks SO COOL and we support Thomas in his endevour. This is the first time Steve and I have done a podcast episode with a guest and the talk is casual but we do get some very interesting insights from Thomas.  https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:03:19
December 27, 2021
The Cathode Ray Podcast Christmas Special - "I Got Fired!"
The Cathode Ray Podcast Christmas Special - "I Got Fired!"
This is our Christmas Special for 2021  Join @Zez Retro  and myself as we discuss CRTs, past Job experiences and the cultural differences of Bath Houses & Christmas around the world!  Please note that we do use adult language in this episode, so please be advised. This show can normally be found weekly here:  https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro For more information on repairs, diagnostics and to connect with me, please visit:  https://www.patreon.com/retrotechUSA Catch up on past episodes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-7-8... 0:00  -  Intro: What is the show? 9:10  -  Working at the Ski Lodge 19:00  -  Going to the Sauna / Bath house experiences 24:11  -  A Fried Chicken Christmas 36:14  -  Going Fishing 46:17  -  Year in Review | What's coming in 2022! 57:51  -  I got FIRED on Christmas - Title Story (Retro Tech Origin) 1:24:14  -  The House Fire Christmas 1:37:56  -  Outro - Merry Christmas #stories #christmas #fired You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/zez https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA
01:46:11
December 25, 2021
What is the future for the CRT display? - Cathode Ray Podcast #5
What is the future for the CRT display? - Cathode Ray Podcast #5
In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. We had a few weeks off because I was not feeling well and this week we are back with a catch up and a few viewer questions. Thank you for the questions, we are trying to get through them. Also we are learning how hard it can be to diagnose CRT issues over a YouTube comment :)  You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
43:03
December 20, 2021
When to throw out a CRT? - Cathode Ray Podcast #4
When to throw out a CRT? - Cathode Ray Podcast #4
This episode was recorded on Nov 30, 2021. I recently suffered a difficult personal situation and it will be a few weeks until we can record again. I'll put it up because the show must go on. Thank you for your support in this podcast, Steve and I really enjoy doing it and we are glad you like it. Please keep asking questions, we will get to them all in time. - Louis ******************************* In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and we will work your question into the next episode You can find the audio on the web or your favorite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:17:44
December 06, 2021
Jonathan from Scanline City - Zezcast #3
Jonathan from Scanline City - Zezcast #3
I had the pleasure of talking to Jonathan Thompson, who you might know from his fantastic YouTube channel "Scanline City". The channel currently revolved around arcade sticks and I think it is an excellent resource for those who love to play and collect sticks. Jonathan is very active in other areas of retro gaming as well, you may have seen his project to create high quality metal/perspex cases for classic arcade boards like the Mortal Kombat series or his efforts to build an authentic recreation of the classic "MAS" American arcade stick. In another life Jonathan is a award winning film maker, working on his own short and feature length movies and documentaries. This certainly goes a long way to explaining the insanely high production value of his Scanline City videos.  I was fascinated by his story. He seems to do A LOT of things and does them really well, with thought and craftsmanship. His arcade stick videos, the MK arcade boards or the new MAS recreation stick, all of them are really quality products which demonstrate he is really paying attention. How the hell does this guy find the time, effort and creativity to do all of this along with being creative head for his own video production company? We talk about his childhood and how this led him to the path he is on today. I enjoyed talking to Jonathan and connecting over our roles running creative organizations. In my day job I manage a group of comedians, trying to forward their careers and produce great projects together. After years of work, I am in a place to take some perspective on the big picture and provide creative and business direction. It sounds like Jonathan is in a similar place with his production company and I enjoyed talking to him about it. 00:00 Start 04:50 How do you manage the work / hobby balance? 10:11 The YouTube algorithm controls us all 17:22 What are your first memories of video games? 20:37 Did you grow up in a creative family? 41:14 Starting the Scanline City channel 50:27 Creating arcade PCB covers 59:50 MAS arcade sticks 01:18:50 Modding sticks 01:21:15 His impressive arcade stick collection Follow Scanline City on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ScanlineCity You might like some of the other things I do too Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:30:46
December 02, 2021
Aquadag CRT paint & adjusting convergance - Viewer Questions! - Cathode Ray Podcast #3
Aquadag CRT paint & adjusting convergance - Viewer Questions! - Cathode Ray Podcast #3
In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and we will work your question into the next episode 00:00 Start 02:16 Steve's week: PVM repairs 15:44 Louis' week: BVM pickup 35:58 Sony 9 inch RF receiever for PVMs/BVMs 43:54 Question time: How to identify a suitable TV to RGB mod? 47:36 My JVC consumer set blows fuses, where to start? 53:30 Have we seen many SD 16:9 CRTs around? 01:01.05 What does the black paint on outside of a CRT tube do? "Aquadag" 01:09:35 Steve explains convergance: Mounting the deflection yoke and adjusting the rings You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:28:40
November 29, 2021
Mistercade Adventures - Cathode Ray Podcast #2
Mistercade Adventures - Cathode Ray Podcast #2
In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics. We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and we will work your question into the next episode Note: We recorded this episode before we originally asked for your viewer questions. We will begin to include those from episode 3. You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:18:29
November 22, 2021
RGB Modding Any CRT?! - Cathode Ray Podcast #1
RGB Modding Any CRT?! - Cathode Ray Podcast #1
In this new series I team up with CRT shaman Steve from Retro Tech and we talk about CRTs, TVs and other retro gaming topics.   You can find the audio on the web or your favourite podcast app: https://anchor.fm/zezretro  In episode 1 we talk about the status of RGB modding your consumer CRT  in 2021. If you look at any of Steve's videos you see a lot of people  asking about these mods due to many consumer CRTs in the USA only coming  with composite inputs. Steve I talk about what a RGB mod is and  realistically, what chances do you have of either doing it yourself or  finding someone locally who can do it for you.   We don't just talk about CRTs! We start the episode with a talk about an  upcoming video I am working on where I look at that OLED PVM in more  detail. I ask Steve's advice about what I should be looking at.   We would like your questions too! For now just tweet at Steve or I and  we will work your question into the next episode   https://twitter.com/louiszezeran https://twitter.com/usa_retro   For all your CRT repair needs, check out Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA   The video of this episode is on the Zez Retro YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ-IysYMAGQ You might like some of the other things I do too Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:04:31
November 14, 2021
#3 - Lu's Retro Source
#3 - Lu's Retro Source
I had a fun chat with Luis Alba from YouTube channel Lu's Retro Source. I've been watching his videos for a while and I enjoyed seeing his channel grow as Luis found his way. I my own small way I could relate to this experience so I felt we should talk. Lu's was born in the Dominican Republic and came to America when he was 4, growing up in the Bronx. We talk about his early days when he started to program on a Mattel Aquarius, which I didn't even know was a thing until today. Recently Luis is becoming known for his material on the MiSTer FPGA and he explains a few parts of the project which I didn't understand before. I didn't know Luis before this interview and I really enjoyed our chat. I think its interesting to have these talks and have to get to know someone from scratch Find the audio of this episode on Anchor:  Lu's Retro Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChivF4Th30mhk2e3pGLY6_w Lu's Tech Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMFWlkQFNPtlDo1Z0xbk2cA You might like some of the other things I do too Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:13:35
November 10, 2021
#2 - Steve from Retro Tech
#2 - Steve from Retro Tech
It was a real pleasure to talk to Steve from Retro Tech. On his channel he puts out a lot of information about CRT history, current market trends, maintenance and repair. I dare say there are a lot of us out there who know much more about how our CRT's work thanks to Steve. I wanted to find out a bit more about his background and we spent the first hour pretty much talking about stories from his high school days. I'll tell you one thing, Steve knows how to tell a good story. In the second half we moved onto the backstory of how he discovered the world of CRT restoration and developed his skills for repairing them.  Follow Retro Tech Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroTechUSA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/retro_tech_usa Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/retrotechUSA Twitter: https://twitter.com/usa_retro You might like some of the other things I do too Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ZezRetro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
02:06:17
October 13, 2021
#1 - Mark MSX from The Electric Underground
#1 - Mark MSX from The Electric Underground
I have been running a podcast called Comedy Guy for a few years now, talking about comedy and the entertainment industry, mostly in person. Now I'd like to make an online series talking to my favorite gamers and creators. The guests I have on are artists I watch and listen to. I want to get to know them and learn how they do their thing. You can find the video of this podcast at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe15Xt6o-w In my first episode I talk to Mark MSX from the website and YouTube channel, The Electric Underground. Mark is known for making content about shumps. He does an excellent job of not only showing us great gameplay, but also explaining the scene and community. I first came across Mark's videos sometime ago a I was getting into DoDonPachi and his video guides have helped me improve level by level. Also I was a happy contributor to Mark's crowd funding campaign to hire a programmer to add a trainer to the DoDonPachi arcade rom. Follow Mark's work The Electric Underground YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Fwhzr1yeoQ84yC3Isd4Lg Website: https://electricunderground.io Reddit Community: https://www.reddit.com/r/ElectricUnderground Mark's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/electricunderground You might like some of the other things I do too Zez Retro Podcast: https://anchor.fm/zezretro Comedy Guy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/comedyguy Twitter: https://twitter.com/louiszezeran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louiszezeran Zez Retro on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Zez Retro Retro Shmups on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/louiszezeran
01:34:18
September 28, 2021