ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Podcast
Retrocomputing podcast about the Atari 8-bit line of personal computers
ANTIC Episode 62 - Incognito and 40 Years of Atari 8-BitsNov 9, 2019 01:20:16
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Kevin hobnobs with Atari celebrities at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, Brad and Randy find out they’re podcast hosts #2 and #3, respectively, and together we cover all the Atari news that’s fit to print.
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What We’ve Been Up To1088XLD by The Brewing Academy https://thebrewingacademy.com Charlie Kulas' Leafer Madness — Development Notebook - https://archive.org/details/LeaferMadnessDevelopmentNotebook/ , https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1190788999884886017 Incognito from Lotharek - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=275 Atari Projects book by Jason Moore - http://www.lulu.com/shop/jason-moore/atari-projects/paperback/product-24223087.html Atari 800 from Bill Lange - https://twitter.com/BillLange1968/status/1183407999492206593 Atari cartridge holder from Bill Lange - https://twitter.com/BillLange1968/status/1179041907978244096 Vintage computer sign - https://twitter.com/FloppyDays/status/1188147474604539904?s=20 Atari video cables from Corey Koltz, 8bitclassics - https://www.8bitclassics.com/
Atari NewsTeam 6502 announces the launch of http://team6502.org Atari Tape Drive Turned Security DVR - https://hackaday.com/2019/11/01/atari-tape-drive-turned-security-dvr/ fan remake of Rescue on Fractalus (Lucasfilm Games, 1984) is in development - https://twitter.com/LucasfilmGames/status/1168913659080445953/photo/1 SDrive MAX from Vintage Computer Center - https://www.vintagecomputercenter.com/product-category/atari Popeye hack http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7755 and http://www.indieretronews.com/2019/09/popeye-atari-8bit-arcade-classic.html?m=1 TransKey-II PS/2 Keyboard Adapter (Michael St. Pierre) - https://ataribits.weebly.com/tk-ii.html Moon Patrol Redux - https://vintageisthenewold.com/moon-patrol-redux-a-revamped-version-of-the-classic-game-for-the-atari-xl-xe/ and https://atariage.com/forums/topic/297535-moon-patrol-redux/ PRO(C) Atari #14 - WWW.PROC-ATARI.DE FLOP #64 - New Issue of the Floppy Disk Magazine - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/297963-flop-64-new-issue-of-the-floppy-disk-magazine/ A Compendium of Atari 8-bit Games - Volume One by Kieren Hawken - https://amzn.to/2JhxBTK Star Vagrant XL/XE Game - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/298001-star-vagrant-atari-xlxe-game/ and http://madsoft.us/en Atari Museum patreon - https://www.patreon.com/atarimuseum ABBUC Software Contest - http://www.abbuc.de/atari/software-ressort and http://atarionline.pl/v01/index.php?ct=nowinki&ucat=1&subaction=showfull&id=1572114881
Upcoming Shows with Atari ComputersMarch 21 & 22, 2020, Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest, Living Computers:Museum+Labs in Seattle,Washington - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest April 24-26, 2020, Vintage Computer Festival East, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east Event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8 Event page created by Floppy Days - https://www.facebook.com/VintageComputerShows/
YouTube Videos Since Last Show8-bit and more - Mac/65 Assembler introduction video just posted for those who want to learn about the best assembler/debugger ever created - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5drPFoMi4A Atari XEGS “2 Systems in 1” Ad - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Z7MwLu8-4 Incognito (Flashjazzcat): Installing Incognito Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vduEeKiMcWA Installing Incognito Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNXDEm-E3pc Incognito: Unboxing, Observations and Additional Information - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oIqSevx8X0 Incognito: Hands-on (What it can do and how to do it) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAma2d_QQIE Demos from Poland (Miesiu): Garfield - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpHRc9HIapM Forever or Never - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjrvCjRhbPM Five to Five - Mirage - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE3K7p2DqA8 Framed Again - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLSmtltww7c
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/Atari_Woodshop_Physical_Inventory_Procedures Allan Bushman: https://archive.org/details/metricandproblemsolvingatari https://archive.org/details/easternfront1941atariposter (Bill Lange) Parrot by Alpha Systems - https://archive.org/details/ParrotDigitalSoundSystem Atari catalog in italian - https://archive.org/details/atarihomecomputercatalogo1984 Atari 1050 disk drive users guide in Italian - https://archive.org/details/atari1050guidaalluso Atari 400 users guide (multilingual) - https://archive.org/details/atari400multilingualmanual Bit by Bit, Cell by Cell: Music for Soprano & Atari 800XL by Yoav Gal & Yael Kanarek - https://archive.org/details/cd_bit-by-bit-cell-by-cell-music-for-soprano_yoav-gal-yael-kanarek
Listener FeedbackBombjack archive - http://commodore.bombjack.org/
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ANTIC Special Episode — Atari 800 series computers: 40 yearsOct 27, 2019 48:09
ANTIC Special Episode — Atari 800 series computers: 40 years
This is Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast. I'm Kevin Savetz. On Saturday, October 19, 2019 I had the privilege of taking part in a panel at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. The session was titled "Atari 800 series computers: 40 years." The panelists were Joe Decuir, one of the hardware designers of the Atari 400 and 800; David Crane, who was one of the developers of the Atari's operating system before he famously left Atari to co-found Activision; and myself.
The session was attended by roughly 50 people. There were some difficulties getting Joe's computer to throw its video to the projector, and you can hear some fussing with that in the recording before it gets resolved. I had a great time participating in this panel celebrating the Atari 800's 40th birthday.
Joe Decuir's slide deck for this panel
Joe Decuir 1977 Engineering Notebook
Joe Decuir 1978 Engineering Notebook
ANTIC Episode 61 - Fujiama, Ahl Collection, and Bill LangeSep 25, 2019 01:18:28
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Kevin comes back from Fujiama with a report and Bill Lange joins us to talk about the David Ahl Collection that he acquired.
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What We’ve Been Up ToFujiama (some photos http://abbuc.de/~atarixle/fuji/2019/ ) Pac man source project https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=PAC-MAN and https://archive.org/details/pacmansourcecode Gift of chocolate from Austria from Siegfried Lenz https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1167000448412409857 Caverns of Mars poster https://archive.org/details/AtariCavernsOfMarsPoster VCF Midwest - http://vcfmw.org/ SDrive MAX cases from Steve Boswell (MrRobot) - https://atari8bit.net/sdrive-max-cases/ Atari XL/XE power supply & Atari 400/800 power supply from 8-bit Classics - Corey Koltz - https://www.8bitclassics.com/product/advanced-atari-xl-xe-power-supply/ and https://www.8bitclassics.com/product/atari-400-800-1050-ac-adapter/ Atari Party East - https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNguze6iWf33GWEuU_-NFY36dwIU9pyDNiZQ34wwJjQs4WT3uaOzauAL-_7rvkCjQ?fbclid=IwAR3a7GKjJzuNQqY0o-cn8nQXzM-WMt0cJxlsYArfdmptXMH0-Aq8En8rQj4&key=N0N2Ny1hZFpoSF9nanR2emk2Y1JWN1dGMTM2VTl3 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/lambdacalculus379/sets/72157711003940108/ Old School Gamer Magazine - https://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com and https://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/magazineosg/osg12/html5/index.html?page=19&noflash Kryofluxing - https://www.kryoflux.com/ and http://a8preservation.com/#/software?page=1 and http://www.atarimania.com/ The David Ahl Collection - https://theahlcollection.blogspot.com/p/the-david-h-ahl-collection.html and https://theahlcollection.blogspot.com/p/documentation.html Okimate 10 Color Printer - https://archive.org/details/Okimate10PlugNPrintBack and https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002XJLIL6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (paper)
Atari NewsUniJoySticle 2 - https://retro.moe/unijoysticle2/ Jason Moore’s new Atari Projects book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/jason-moore/atari-projects/paperback/product-24223087.html and http://atariprojects.org/ make retro-music on modern systems, a company called Micro-Routine has samples made on an Atari 8-bit. https://micro-routine.com/atari-8-bit-basic-sample-pack/ Incognito Pre-Order @ Lotharek - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=275 Atari 8-bit game AtariNet updated to version 1.1 (Slor/James Wilkinson) - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2019/09/publican-actualizacion-de-juego-atarinet.html#more and https://atariage.com/forums/topic/296122-retronet-11-released/?tab=comments#comment-4351719 PokeyMax, multiPokey board is now at Ver 2. Looks like this might be a quad-Pokey setup in FPGA. Very interesting. https://atariage.com/forums/topic/295242-pokeymax-v2/ Atari 800 mouse mat - https://www.rhayadercomputers.co.uk/atari_800/p4866955_18074027.aspx “Amiga Bill” Bill Winters, Amiga enthusiast, closet Atari 800 fan , perennial VCF exhibitor, and along with Anthony Becker, shot the amazing “Tour of Ultimate 400/800 40th Anniversary Exhibit at VCF East” video was awarded an Emmy Award earlier this month for his work on the MLB Playoffs Opening last year - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlqxDgnYHWU PLATOTERM LITE 1.3 Cartridge Release - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/296293-platoterm-lite-13-cartridge-release/ - Thomas Cherryhomes
Upcoming Shows with Atari ComputersPortland Retro Gaming Expo Oct 18-20 - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com March 21-22, 2020: Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest Event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8 Event page created by Floppy Days - https://www.facebook.com/VintageComputerShows/
YouTube Videos Since Last ShowThis is an Atari dealer sales information video explaining how to sell the Atari 400 and Atari 800 - Atari Museum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxN59fuXsg (25 minutes) Atari I/O Seminar - Intro to Atari Pascal (Part 1 of 2) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IQEDCAmJTw&t=697s Atari I/O Seminar - Intro to Atari Pascal (Part 2 of 2) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV-4BcDKgwA&t=376s Atari XL LCD Prototype Display - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8P9Crbsd-E&t=265s
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/bellcompublicdomainsharewarecatalog/ https://archive.org/details/atarihomecomputersanewgenerationatarijanuary1984 https://archive.org/details/toadcomputers1996catalog https://archive.org/details/atariosseminaroutline An early seminar outline for the Atari 400/800 operating system https://archive.org/details/atarimonitor/page/n1 Atari Monitor Source Listing. An early source listing for a machine language monitor for the Atari 400/800 computers. https://archive.org/details/atarilecturenotes Atari lecture notes, most likely from programming seminars originally hosted by Atari's Chris Crawford https://archive.org/details/PreliminaryAtariBasic/ Preliminary Atari BASIC (Sheparson's) Documentation Rev 3 Very early documentation for Atari BASIC as provided by Shepardson Microsystems The https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_atari?sort=-publicdate category has lots of new intros and demos
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ANTIC Interview 372 - Andrew and John Lenz: Atari Still in UseSep 2, 2019 36:22
Andrew and John Lenz: Atari Still in Productive Use in Store
It’s very difficult these days to find vintage computers still in productive use out in the wild. Andrew and John Lenz have an Atari 8-bit still in use, at the time of this interview, in the picture framing department at Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz, CA, a store that sells art materials and custom framing services. The Atari computer has over 200,000 hours of operational time. (That's on and in use!) Running a program written in BASIC by Andrew in the mid-1980s. According to Andrew, it boots from a floppy every morning without fail.
Store Web Site - http://www.Lenzarts.com
ANTIC Episode 60 - PodificatingAug 8, 2019 01:22:51
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We try to catch up after being on hiatus for 2 months by bringing you all the Atari news we could find and we learn a new word in the process.
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What We’ve Been Up ToWhiz Kids - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiz_Kids_(TV_series) KansasFest Megapodcast - http://rcrpodcast.com/episodes/2019/7/28/rcr-episode-196-chicken-missile-kansasfest-megapodcast-i-don.html Kevin’s Atari floppy drive stash - https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1158039012017205250 American Computer Museum, Bozeman, MT - https://acrmuseum.org/ Indy Vintage Computer Club - https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndyVCC/ Atari 800 5-pin DIN to S-video cable - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=198 , https://www.8bitclassics.com/shop/av-cables/atari-xlxe-5-pin-din-to-s-video-composite-av-cable/ Atari 400/800 Programmer’s Guide poster - Steve Boswell - https://www.redbubble.com/people/choccyhobnob/works/39504539-basic-programmers-guide-from-1981?asc=u&c=1128814-wall-art&p=poster&ref=work_collections_grid Atari XL/XE USB power supply - https://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/32717 AVGCART - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/278212-avgcart/ tmp on AtariAge Nir Dary's demo of the AVGCART - https://youtu.be/j20PlHd6hWU Clear For Action, Avalon Hill, http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-clear-for-action_1083.html
Atari News[R] pass-thru SDrive2-PT: alsp on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/262509-sdrive-arm-preorder/page-17#entry4277150 Atari 8-bit open-source hardware - GozdniJezek - https://medium.com/@gozdnijezek/atari-400-800-xl-xe-open-source-hardware-55cd06e7311c Solderless Atari 1050 DD/Speed Upgrade: 1050E - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=250 The disk library of the Atari club KWEST (Kitchener Waterloo Atari Eight Sixteen Thirtytwo) has been found, copied and uploaded - http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=36939&sid=c66548d9600468cb9ab58df52cb1c9fc And at https://archive.org/details/KWEST HP calculator emulators for Atari - http://members.aon.at/~nkehrer/a800_c64_hp_emu.html - Norbert Kehrer Discussion about Ethernet cart options for the Atari - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/287229-new-dragon-ethernet-cartridge-interest-check/page-8 Kevin’s blog post at Archive.org - http://blog.archive.org/2019/05/28/have-you-played-atari-today/ Web Site - The Serious Computerist - http://seriouscomputerist.atariverse.com/pages/home/home.htm - Links to lots of Atari 8-bit information: books, disks, etc. Great Green Adv 2 Prologue, Indie Retro News - http://www.indieretronews.com/2019/07/great-green-adventure-2-prologue-very.html#more Wasteland - http://www.indieretronews.com/2019/04/wasteland-journey-through-wasteland-in.html#more Altirra Extended BASIC - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/284061-altirra-extended-basic new version of SIO2SD at Lotharek - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=255 Amiga Bill: “Putting the final touches on our first non-Amiga video. Rare Atari 800 stuff from Curt Vendel of http://AtariMuseum.com The video comes out Monday August 5th” Guru Meditation: a Commodore Amiga YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/thegurumeditation Bill Winters and Anthony Becker - http://www.thegurumeditation.org/ Incognito board by Candle - http://spiflash.org/node/20
Upcoming Shows with Atari ComputersFujiama 2019 - Monday, August 26, 2019 to Sunday Sep. 1, 2019 Fujiama 2019 will be held at the Schützenhaus, Schützenhausweg, Lengenfeld, Germany. Visit atarixle's Fujiama page, Krupkaj's parties photos or mathy meetings page. VCF Midwest, Elmhurst, IL - Sep. 14-15, 2019 - http://vcfmw.org/ Portland Retro Gaming Expo Oct 18-20 - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8 Event page created by Floppy Days - https://www.facebook.com/VintageComputerShows/
YouTube Videos Since Last Show2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid unboxing - Every one includes an Atari 800 home computer in the trunk! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSrhvZ3wslY - GamedOut Gamer Introduction to the Platform Specific Series… In this series of tutorials we're going to cover how to do simple common tasks on multiple 6502 systems - Joystick Reading on the Atari 800 / 5200 - Learn 6502 Assembly Lesson P11 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm1FyJ-NjxA (5 thousand 2 hundred) - ChibiAkumas 3.5" Drive for the Atari 8bit computer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MLhSWtX84M - Nir Dary (drive by Zaxxon for sale at https://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/37199) How I connected by 800XL to Irata Online - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KSv5bZT2SE - Jeff Thiele
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/@jcbstein uploaded many Energy newslettters, Happy computer flyers Jason scott put many many Atari newsletters at https://archive.org/details/computermagazines?sort=-publicdate Light House, Tyne & Wear, Doktor Atari https://archive.org/details/BasicFunWithGraphicsTheAtariWay https://archive.org/details/@moorejh (Jason Moore) - letters from Atari, Adventure International, users group And Dorsett Courseware Catalog - https://archive.org/details/dorsettcoursewarecatalog Allan Bushman - https://archive.org/details/AtariVidtexUsersGuideCompuserve Compuserve's Atari Vidtex Users Guide And Twenty-Fifth Century Atari Software Catalog Summer Fall 1987 - https://archive.org/details/twentyfifthcenturyatarisoftwarecatalogsummerfall1987/page/n7 Kevin: https://archive.org/details/@savetz Many Jersey Atari Computer Group newsletters, many Current Notes, a few Portland Atari Club; Many manuals and packages from that software store Purser's Magazine Atari Edition Summer 1981 - https://archive.org/details/pursersmagazineatarieditionsummer1981 https://archive.org/details/daisydotiiii https://archive.org/details/daisydotii Draper Pascal 1.5 And 1.6 Manual; Manual for Draper Pascal 1.5 with addendum for version 1.6 Posted with permission of Norm Draper. - https://archive.org/details/DraperPascal1.5And1.6Manual https://archive.org/details/LetterEditorDonTippmann - Printed Atari BASIC source code for Letter Editor by Don Tippmann for Atari 8-bit computers
Possible side effects of listening to the Antic podcast include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; drowsiness, dizziness, feeling nervous; mild nausea, upset stomach, constipation; increased appetite, weight changes; insomnia, decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; dry mouth, intense hate of Commodore, and Amiga lust. Certain conditions apply. Offer good for those with approved credit. Member FDIC. An equal housing lender.
ANTIC Interview 371 - John Anderson: Rally Speedway and ArexMay 23, 2019 34:04
John Anderson: Rally Speedway and Arex
John Anderson worked at Adventure International, where he coded several games: Eliminator, Rear Guard, and Sea Dragon for the Apple II, then Rally Speedway and Arex for the Atari 8-bits.
This interview took place on May 22, 2019. In it, we discuss Scott Adams and Russ Wetmore, both of whom I have previously interviewed.
List of John's games at Atarimania
John's web site
ANTIC Interview 113 - Russ Wetmore
ANTIC Interview 25 - Scott Adams, Adventure International Video version of this interview
ANTIC Episode 59 - Atari Computer Roundtable 2.0May 19, 2019 01:36:33
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We have a special round table episode with Nir Dary, Darren Doyle, Roland Wassenburg, Thomas Cherryhomes joining the usual hosts of ANTIC where we discuss what everyone is up to in the Atari 8-bit world, including the latest shows (VCFSE and VCFE). It’s an Atari mega-show!
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Links Mentioned in Show:The Modern Atari 8bit computer (Nir Dary) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzjD_biYJ5hQf-MoK9Ztcw AVG Cart - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/278212-avgcart/ Atari ERIC kiosk - http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/400800/ERIC/index.html Type-In Task Force - http://ataribasiclistings.mygamesonline.org/ TV Powww - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_Powww TV Powww from Around the USA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdl-TbT3DGU Atari: A Visual History Kickstarter (Darren Doyle) - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1294981709/atari-a-visual-history Second place for Lunar Lander and Floody Bot (Kevin Savetz) - https://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/kopie-von-results-2019 VCF East - Picture of the Atari contingent - https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1124757313234010112 Jeff Piepmier 3D-printed Jumpman gift to Kevin - https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1126134721392435200 Joe Decuir’s VCF East Keynote - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlVpu_QSHyw The David Ahl Collection https://theahlcollection.blogspot.com VCF West, Aug 3-4, Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/ 3.5" Atari XF551 Remake drive - https://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/37199?fbclid=IwAR0O6ZiMSnXY-A866G038_CtEEh3vLihz6BnyyquBb5ZPyJGksxvByznAuo
ANTIC Interview 370 - Roy Goldman, Daisy DotMay 12, 2019 32:02
Description:Roy Goldman, Daisy-Dot Roy Goldman was the creator of Daisy-Dot, a typesetting program for the Atari 8-bit computers which he published from about 1987-1990. There were three versions of Daisy-Dot, the original plus Daisy-Dot II and Daisy-Dot III. The earliest version was freeware, and later versions asked for payment for access to special features. This interview took place on May 11, 2019. After we talked, Roy sent me scans of memorabilia from that time, see the links below for those. Roy's Daisy-Dot Memorabilia scans Roy's Software on AtariMania Compactor Detector Roy's (old) site describing Daisy-Dot Inverse ATASCII podcast review and screenshots Daisy-Dot II review in Antic magazine Daisy-Dot III review in Antic magazine Programming with Daisy-Dot fonts in Atari Classics magazine
ANTIC Episode 58 - Show FeverApr 13, 2019 01:14:10
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Kevin regales us with his exploits in the 10-Line BASIC Contest, we discuss the renewed efforts to show off Midi-Maze on the Atari 8-bits, and the entire staff prepares to be involved in several great shows this year ...
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What We’ve Been Up ToRenderific is an SVG renderer for Atari 8-bit computers, written in Turbo-BASIC XL. It tries to parse SVG Tiny files and draw them on screen and/or on an Atari 1020 plotter. - http://github.com/savetz/Renderific. It was featured on Hackaday - https://hackaday.com/2019/03/08/svg-rendering-comes-to-8-bit-atari-computers/ Xformer 10 emulator running on MacOS under PlayonMac. Video showing how: https://youtu.be/uoJOfhaGX4g , AtariAge forum discussion: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/289510-xformer-emulator-running-on-macos/ “Endless Loop: The History of the BASIC Programming Language” - https://amzn.to/2HMb0zn “Gaming the Iron Curtain: How Teenagers and Amateurs in Communist Czechoslovakia Claimed the Medium of Computer Games” - https://amzn.to/2UCCU6N MultiJoy8 - Steve Boswell (Mr Robot, @A8bit on twitter). List of Multijoy games: http://a8.fandal.cz/search.php?search=multijoy&butt_details_x=x Atari 800 5-pin DIN to S-video cable - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=198 , https://www.8bitclassics.com/shop/av-cables/atari-xlxe-5-pin-din-to-s-video-composite-av-cable/
Atari NewsDropcheck is taking pre-orders on Midi-Maze XE Super Cart 128K PCB - https://www.bitsofthepast.com/?p=1591 Dragon Ethernet Cartridge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/287229-new-dragon-ethernet-cartridge-interest-check/. There's a talk on atari.area forum http://www.atari.org...=246635#p246635 about producing new Dragon Ethernet cartridge http://www.atari8ethernet.com. Duddie from http://retronics.eu/ said, that he can start making them after he get customers for 50 cartridges. Manual for Edit 6502 from LJK Enterprises. ROM-based assembler, disassembler, editor. - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=Edit%206502 ABBUC Issue #136 is out - Atari Bit Byter User Club. It's always a joy to receive new issues of magazine of ABBUC, the German club with 460 members. BASIC 10-line contest - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/287756-2019-basic-ten-liners-contest New SRAM module from Lotharek - https://lotharek.pl/...tail.php?id=232 Type-In Task Force http://ataribasiclistings.mygamesonline.org/. All users, who are listening to your podcast, are invited to help with the missing programs in red. Mr.Bacardi@freenet.de New Atari book - “We Love Atari” by Karl Morris, Volume 1, 1972-1983 - www.zafinnbooks.com Vintage Atari becomes modern USB keyboard - https://hackaday.com/2019/03/17/vintage-atari-becomes-modern-keyboard/ , https://camper-assistant.com/atrkb.html
Upcoming Shows with Atari ComputersThe Great Oz Retro-Fest, (GORF) April 24-28, 2019 - Melbourne, Australia. GORF is a multi-day event celebrating the personal computing platforms of the 1970s, 80s and 90s including the Apple, Microbee, Commodore, Atari, Sinclair and other 8- and 16-bit computer lines. Similar to KansasFest there is bunk-style accommodation provided on-site and participants are encouraged to live-in for the duration of the event. https://www.reddit.com/r/retrocomputing/comments/ar4uvw/gorf_the_great_oz_retrotechnology_festival/ VCF Southeast April 27 & 28, Roswell, GA http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/otherevents/vintage-computer-festival-southeast/ VCF East May 3-5, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ KansasFest July 16 – 21 in Kansas City, Missouri. https://www.kansasfest.org Fujiama 2019 - Monday, August 26, 2019 to Sunday Sep. 1, 2019 (ONE WHOLE WEEK. Fujiama 2019 will be held at the Schützenhaus, Schützenhausweg 11, 08485 Lengenfeld, Germany. Visit atarixle's Fujiama page, Krupkaj's parties photos or mathy meetings page. VCF Midwest, Elk Grove Village, IL - Sep. 14-15, 2019 - http://vcfmw.org/ Portland Retro Gaming Expo Oct 18-20 http://www.retrogamingexpo.com
YouTube Videos Since Last Show3D Visualization of the Atari 800XL and peripherals - Edyta Ka - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHeYgxdADYU Connecting to BBS using Atari 800XL, ICD P:R: Connection, wifimodem and ICE-T - Marek Chorvat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1X9LkEKsIg Five NEW games for the Atari 8 bit games, some of which ported from existing systems. Time Pilot, Total Eclipse, Ziggy, Drudarium and Jack The Nipper are the games, all running on my Atari 65 XE. - ChinnyVision - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNdEDxq3GoA Atari 400 is talking over a DECtalk DTC01 speech synthesizer, using serial ports. The Atari 850 is being used - Michael Wessel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb6WQOGmtZs&t=91s
New at Archive.orgAllan: Cin'Tari - Atari Computer Enthusiasts Newsletter, April, 1983, Vol 1, Issue 4 - https://archive.org/details/CinTariAtariComputerEnthusiastsNewsletterApril1983Vol1Issue4 https://archive.org/details/AmericanTechnaVisionCatalog1991 - American Techna-Vision Catalog 1991 https://archive.org/details/@allan52?and%5B%5D=computer+shopper+atari - Atari articles in Computer Shopper
Commercialtweet from Andrew Borman, Digital Games Curator at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY: “We're underway with our U-Matic digitization project at @museumofplay. Check out this clip from Atari's First Decade celebration! We are dialing in some settings and comparing to some of the previously digitized footage” - https://twitter.com/Borman18/status/1100143648476487680
FeedbackAdam Trionfo - Atari keyboard stickets https://www.4keyboard.com/commodore-keyboard-stickers/591-2840-commodore-atari-non-transparent-keyboard-stickers.html http://atariage.com/forums/topic/225142-atari-8-bit-sticker-for-sale/ http://atariage.com/forums/topic/184504-atari-keyboard-stickers/
End of Show MusicThe Czech composer Adam J. Sporka published this week "For Ember", album with 18 chiptune songs composed using an Atari 800XL computer.
The album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Deezer, Amazon and SoundCloud. More information on the official page of For Ember - http://kcdsoundtrack.com/for-ember.html
ANTIC Episode 57 - Atari PascalFeb 20, 2019 01:19:46
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Bill Lange joins us as a special guest, and he has lots of Atari Pascal news; we have all the Atari news fit to print, and more shows coming in 2019 than you can shake a stick at ...
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What We’ve Been Up ToVCF East XIII -- Bill Lange -- Atari 8 Bit Maintenance and Repair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWkzZr-ZOdo Bill Lange fixed Atari 822 Thermal Printer - https://www.magfest.org/ Old School Gamer - Bill Lange Star Raiders Article - https://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/magazine/ SDrive Max - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/275629-sdrive-max-atx-support/page-23 Bill Lange notes on SDrive Max: - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HATTyf5TrxwfdCmRVrT1gOl-XPtCRmzqt9Ulp52C2jg/edit?usp=sharing Computer Animation Primer by David Fox https://www.atariarchives.org/cap/ PASCAL Primer by David Fox https://amzn.to/2Guizdl Bill Lange’s new blog about Pascal: https://insideataripascal.blogspot.com/ Atari Pascal research: https://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/magazineosg/osg08/ Kevin’s twitter thread about Atari Pascal documentation: https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1074036786190401536 Steve Boswell (Mr Robot, @A8bit on twitter) MultiJoy8. The hub was designed by Jan Křupka, he came 5th in the ABBUC hardware contest in 2014 with it. Sails of Doom http://atariage.com/forums/topic/283993-sails-of-doom-new-multijoy-game/ — list of Multijoy games: http://a8.fandal.cz/search.php?search=multijoy&butt_details_x=x Charlie Kulas’ Leafer Madness - code https://archive.org/details/LeaferMadness and discussion http://atariage.com/forums/topic/287589-leafer-madness-by-charlie-kulas/ RespeQT - https://github.com/jzatarski/RespeQt
InterviewsPhilip Bouchard - MECC, The Oregon Trail - http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-369-philip-bouchard-the-oregon-trail
Atari NewsNew season of gameplay on AtariAge - 8-bit High Score Club Season 16 - The Real Bounty Bob - http://atariage.com/forums/forum/60-8-bit-high-score-club/ Atari XL/XE -=Space Fortress Omega=- - Jason Kendall - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CMgWsLjqx8 Space Fortress Omega is a great new vertically scrolling shoot 'em up for the Atari 8-bit computers by Kendallsoft - http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7659 New Atari news web site: https://atari8bit.net by Steve Boswell (Mr Robot, @A8bit on twitter) LiteDOS 2.0 released https://atari8bit.net/litedos2-0-released/ New game Animal Keeper - www.atarisales.com Mytek’s 1088XLD project - Thread on AA: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/280918-1088xld-custom-a8-computer-in-1050-drive-case/ 10-line BASIC contest is underway http://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/kopie-von-games-list-2019-2 6502 competition http://6502.atari.org.pl (deadline was January 31, 2019) ANTIC now on TuneIn - http://tun.in/pjiJE - You can listen to ANTIC on your Echo Dot or Spot! Everyone’s favorite Atari emulator for Mac AtariMacX has been updated to 5.0.1 http://www.atarimac.com/ (update 2019-01) (Mojave Dark Mode and minor fixes), Altirra’s current version is 3.10 http://www.virtualdub.org/altirra.html (Updated 2018-08) Atari800 emulator is at 4.0 https://atari800.github.io/index.html (Updated 2018-05) Rainbow v1.5.8 https://www.bannister.org/software/rainbow.htm AKI - Atari Keyboard Interface - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=228 AVAILABLE END OF FEBRUARY Sio SPLITTER https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=158 RetroChallenge 2019/03 is now open. Anyone doing Atari projects out there? - http://www.retrochallenge.org/
Upcoming Shows with Atari ComputersVCF Pacific Northwest 2019 will take place March 23-24, 2019 at Living Computers: Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington. Details can be found at http://www.vcfed.org/vcf-pnw. Midwest Gaming Classic - Milwaukee, WI - April 12-14, 2019 - https://www.midwestgamingclassic.com/ The Great Oz Retro-Fest, (GORF) April 24-28, 2019 - Melbourne, Australia. GORF is a multi-day event celebrating the personal computing platforms of the 1970s, 80s and 90s including the Apple, Microbee, Commodore, Atari, Sinclair and other 8- and 16-bit computer lines. Similar to KansasFest there is bunk-style accommodation provided on-site and participants are encouraged to live-in for the duration of the event. https://www.reddit.com/r/retrocomputing/comments/ar4uvw/gorf_the_great_oz_retrotechnology_festival/ VCFSE 7.0 is scheduled for April 27&28, 2019 in Roswell, GA at the new Computer Museum of America. VCF East May 3-5, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ Fujiama 2019 - Monday, August 26, 2019 to Sunday Sep. 1, 2019 (ONE WHOLE WEEK. Fujiama 2019 will be held at the Schützenhaus, Schützenhausweg 11, 08485 Lengenfeld, Germany. Visit atarixle's Fujiama page, Krupkaj's parties photos or mathy meetings page. VCF Midwest, Elk Grove Village, IL - Sep. 14-15, 2019 - http://vcfmw.org/ Portland Retro Gaming Expo Oct 18-20 http://www.retrogamingexpo.com
YouTube Videos Since Last ShowAtari 800XL NTSC to PAL Conversion - FlashJazzCat (Jonathan Halliday) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwGtzZzoO0Q Restoring an Atari 800 XL - Atomo Workshop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QLfS8mqsuI Atari 800XL Extreme Refurb: Revisited new surprise ending! - Perifractic's Retro Recipes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au8tCd0-b4k Animal Keeper for Atari 5200 and 8-bit Computers! - Video61 (Lance Ringquist) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2DGnsuRbGc David Fox Book “Computer Animation Primer” examples video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJwCYsQSziWYUlDBNcWy80g/videos?view_as=subscriber
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/BASICXAAPXVer5/ allan https://archive.org/details/Atari800SecretWeapon https://archive.org/details/DasAtariSpielebuch https://archive.org/details/6502MachineCodeForBeginners by A. P. Stephenson https://archive.org/details/GettingMoreOutOfYourAtariCrawfordWinnerImages https://archive.org/details/AtariA600XLProductStatusMeetingHandout
ANTIC Interview 369 - Philip Bouchard, The Oregon TrailFeb 4, 2019 42:08
Philip Bouchard - MECC, The Oregon Trail
Philip Bouchard spent over 30 years designing computer software, 18 of which were focused on educational software. He was the principal designer for the Apple II games The Oregon Trail and Number Munchers.
The Oregon Trail is a computer game originally developed in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974. The original game was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail. "The Oregon Trail" is the world's longest-running video game franchise.
This interview took place August 26, 2017.
Links:Philip’s personal Web site - http://www.philipbouchard.com/ The Philipendium, Insightful stories about science, nature, language, and education - https://medium.com/the-philipendium “How I Managed to Design the Most Successful Educational Computer Game of All Time” article by R. Philip Bouchard - https://medium.com/the-philipendium/how-i-managed-to-design-the-most-successful-educational-computer-game-of-all-time-4626ea09e184 “You Have Died of Dysentery: The creation of The Oregon Trail – the iconic educational game of the 1980s” book by R. Philip Bouchard - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B8JMKMC Oregon Trail game at archive.org - https://archive.org/details/msdos_Oregon_Trail_The_1990 Oregon Trail series at WikiPedia
ANTIC Episode 56 - Where's Randy!?Jan 15, 2019 01:20:46
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: late-breaking up-to-the-minute Atari news, Randy disappears mid-episode, and we hear what Atari was like in Chile...
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What We’ve Been Up ToKevin’s year-end blog - http://atariaction.tumblr.com/post/181930826652/kevins-2017-post-mortem Atari CX401: General Accounting System - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=The%20Atari%20Accountant%20Series Official start of BASIC 10-Liners 2019 edition is January 30 - http://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/forum/_2019/official-start-of-2019-edition-is-january-the-30th Turban - TUrboBAsic Nifty - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/244686-turban-turbobasic-nifty/ Christmas present from Nir Dary - Lost in Space by Mr. Atari - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/245323-my-second-game-lost-in-space-philips-space-rendezvous/page- , https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=r8rfAzmq_n8 SDrive Max - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=SDrive-MAX SIO2SD - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=58
InterviewsRecent thread started by Ethan_GameResearch (@GameResearch_E) praising the interview efforts by this show - https://twitter.com/GameResearch_E/status/1082672051243094016
Atari NewsNew Version of Atari800MacX Released - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/286777-new-version-of-atari800macx-released/ Rainbow emulator - Chris Lam’s old emulator. Richard Bannister updated of OS X - https://www.bannister.org/software/rainbow.htm Xformer demo video: http://www.emulators.com/Videos/XformerDemo2.mp4 Presenting for the new year: 2600 Combat, ported to the 800 - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/286592-combat-for-the-8-bit/ - phaeron 2019 Atari new year disk - https://atariteca.blogspot.com/2019/01/new-year-disc-2019-con-juegos-y-demos.html Adventures in Atari BASIC: By Mikey Walters - Space Assault in ANALOG Computing #13 - https://wearethemutants.com/2016/09/06/adventures-in-atari-basic-lesson-one-programmer-kids-and-plotting-stars/ http://atariprojects.org/2019/01/12/watch-episodes-of-the-bits-and-bytes-tv-show-1-2-hours/ Rodman is a fun new Pac-Man inspired maze game that is being released for no less than 8 different 8-bit computers simultaneously! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9FyFbLGPnI You can check out Rodman screenshots and video, download demos and buy tapes here: https://www.thefuturewas8bit.com/shop/games/rodman-special.html?fbclid=IwAR1vJeCVO4OcWcgsoK0plcBjy-AwJhcVqRscGh5OmqqFhkuUlpIrOhSaUbQ Hundreds of Atari 8-bit fonts, converted to TrueType for use on modern computers by @choccyhobnob https://github.com/ChoccyHobNob/EightBit-Atari-Fonts 8-bit Unity - THE ULTIMATE GAME SDK FOR 80S COMPUTERS - http://8bit-unity.com/?fbclid=IwAR112vDfmdwwovZTtEsztAqwYheDMhjteQZiXV8ccOK8G0UlvXZtbEdtqbg
Upcoming Shows with Atari ComputersVCF Pacific Northwest 2019 will take place March 23-24, 2019 at Living Computers: Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington. Details can be found at http://www.vcfed.org/vcf-pnw. Midwest Gaming Classic - Milwaukee, WI - April 12-14, 2019 - https://www.midwestgamingclassic.com/ VCFSE 7.0 is scheduled for April 27&28. Fujiama 2019 - Monday, August 26, 2019 to Sunday Sep. 1, 2019 (ONE WHOLE WEEK. As always, the Fujiama 2019 will be held at the Schützenhaus, Schützenhausweg 11, 08485 Lengenfeld, Germany. Visit atarixle's Fujiama page, Krupkaj's parties photos or mathy meetings page. VCF Midwest, Elk Grove Village, IL - Sep. 14-15, 2019 - http://vcfmw.org/ Portland Retro Gaming Expo Oct 18-20 http://www.retrogamingexpo.com New event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8
YouTube videos since last showAtari 800XL VBXE Installation - Jonathan Halliday (FlashJazzCat) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKS5MJ0AdEU Fitting a DIN13 RGB Jack to an Atari 800XL - Jonathan Halliday - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQUfsjq9SN8 COMING SOON: PLATOTerm on an Atari 8-bit Cartridge! - Thomas Cherryhomes (tschak909) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z30YqJJHRA Top 100 Games for Atari 8-bit/Atari XL/Atari XE - CRT Chronicles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq6PZJAusFY
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/ColleenHardwareManualVersionA/ https://archive.org/details/ColleenHardwareManualVersionB/ https://archive.org/details/AtariA1200OperatingSystemManualSupplement/ https://archive.org/details/LNBUG5 https://archive.org/details/AtariOperatingSystemUsersManualAugust1980 https://archive.org/details/EvaluationOfTheDeepBlueCCompiler Deep Blue C Compiler 1.1 Draft Manual - https://archive.org/details/DeepBlueCCompiler1.1DraftManual Atari Pascal Development Proposal - https://archive.org/details/AtariPascalDevelopmentProposal/ Atari Pascal V 0.0 Documentation - https://archive.org/details/AtariPascalV0.0Documentation/page/n25 Comparison Points Between UCSD Pascal And ATARI Pascal - https://archive.org/details/ComparisonPointsBetweenUCSDPascalAndATARIPascal Atari Pascal Functional Specification - https://archive.org/details/AtariPascalFunctionalSpecification/ Atari Pascal Functional Specification - Harry Stewart Memo https://archive.org/details/AtariPascalFunctionalSpecificationStewartMemo Harry Stewart Pascal Meeting Notes - https://archive.org/details/HarryStewartPascalMeetingNotes https://archive.org/details/AtariPASCALExecutionMonitor version 1.0, March 1 1982, by W. Saville and M. Lehman — is another gift from Harry Stewart. "The final delivered version!!! Hooray" Kevin deep dive into the Pascal material https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1074036786190401536
FeedbackChilean Websites: Retrogames.cl Atariware.cl Retronia.cl Facebook Groups: Atari Chile (Every day content!) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/840633719349481/ RetroGames - https://www.facebook.com/groups/156206107736466
ANTIC Interview 368 - Stan Gilbert, Tricky TutorialsJan 12, 2019 56:04
Stan Gilbert, Tricky Tutorials
Hello, and welcome to an interview-only episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit computer podcast. Stan Gilbert worked for Educational Software (previously known as Santa Cruz Educational Software) in the early 80’s and developed several products in the Tricky Tutorial series for the Atari 8-bit computer line. He later also worked for Apple.
This interview took place July 29, 2017.
Links:Antic Magazine August 1987 - Vol. 6 No. 4 LINKBAS.BAS, LINKBAS.EXE: Link BASIC (with compiled version), programming utility by Robin Alan Sherer and Stan Gilbert, 99 (BASIC, binary load) http://www.elisoftware.org/index.php?title=Tricky_Tutorial_No._9_GTIA_Graphics_(Atari_8-Bit,_5_1/4%22_Disk)_Educational_Software_-_1983_USA,_Canada_Release - Tricky Tutorial No. 9 GTIA Graphics (Atari 8-Bit, 5 1/4" Disk) Educational Software - 1983 USA, Canada Release The Adventures of Proto - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-adventures-of-proto-_125.html Stan on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stan-gilbert-485b4b77/?ppe=1
ANTIC Episode 55 - Have an Atari Little Christmas TimeDec 13, 2018 01:26:43
In this special Holiday episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:
Nir Dary regales us with stories about SilliVenture 2018. We share Atari gift ideas for yourself or others for Christmas. Plus, all the Atari 8-bit news we could find...
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What We’ve Been Up To1088XEL - https://ataribits.weebly.com/1088xel.html Atari CX401: General Accounting System - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=The%20Atari%20Accountant%20Series http://atari8bitads.blogspot.com/2017/12/atari-bean-counter.html SDrive Max - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=SDrive-MAX
Atari NewsPole Position Graphics hack - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go2iQs8XkaY , http://atariage.com/forums/topic/284958-pole-position-modest-sprite-hack/page-7 BAD APPLE demo by MadTeam won 2nd place in the Silly Venture 2018 Atari Rapidus / VBXE Demo competition - BAD APPLE VIDEO. Altirra on Mac issues resolved? Wade of Inverse ATASCII indicates he has resolved the Wine issues. - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/278822-altirra-30-mac-wine-port/?p=4170603 Homesoft Atari XL/XE Disk Images - http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/ Sidewriter Screen Sonics Keyboard - https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/60960870 , https://www.atarimagazines.com/v1n5/productreviews.html 1980's Atari 8-bit Platforming classic, now with 72 NEW rooms! - https://www.indieretronews.com/2018/09/montezuma-again-1980s-atari-8-bit.html Dungeon Hunt II - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/285702-dungeon-hunt-ii/ by Jacobus new digital book The A-Z of Atari 8-bit Games: Volume 3 is now available to buy on both Amazon and Kindle Store - Kieren Hawkin
YouTube videos since last showAmiga : The successor to the Atari 800 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-lzl54MOzk - Here is an excerpt from a talk by two of the Amiga designers: Ron Nicholson and Joe Decuir. SillyVenture 2018 - Atari Party in Gdansk Poland - published by Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svD_K8ulgbs Atari800 Emulator on Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro runs "Drunk Chessboard" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1grm0DAzqM
New at Archive.orgHawkquest Game art and notes https://archive.org/details/HawkQuestGame and https://archive.org/details/HotCopter Ad Astra V2n1 The Journal of the Atari Microcomputer Net Amateur Radio Operator Users' Group https://archive.org/details/AdAstraV2n1/ Ad Astra V2n2 https://archive.org/details/AdAstraV2n2/ Atari Logo In The Classroom: A Teacher's Manual by Donna Bearden https://archive.org/details/AtariLogoInTheClassroom/ Axlon Memory Upgrades Catalog https://archive.org/details/AxlonMemoryUpgradesCatalog/
Nir Dary - SilliVenture 2018SV 2K18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svD_K8ulgbs Sillventure Demos - https://demozoo.org/parties/3538/#competition_14740 UltraSyd music party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXPD57D-oNI Paul Laughton greeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-iiCttMK8Y Flimoís quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGlwzFFeMAI Druidarium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRtTSJoZhz8
Atari Christmas GiftsAtari Touch Tablet at Best Electronics - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/274432-new-cx-77-atari-touch-tablets-at-best/ Best Buy edition of Arcade1Up - Deluxe Edition 12-in-1 Arcade Cabinet with Riser - Atari Graphics $399 - https://www.bestbuy.com/site/arcade1up-deluxe-edition-12-in-1-arcade-cabinet-with-riser-atari-graphics/6288355.p?skuId=6288355&ref=212&loc=1&extStoreId=598&ds_rl=1266837&gclid=Cj0KCQiA8f_eBRDcARIsAEKwRGeAU8mBZa9kAVI9nOEn93PD8cLoGglqaadfKOGFlQAdqXiip0fZl9EaAqXPEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&fbclid=IwAR036TybxXU3qzgHMLqodTsHJ-4anZZx0TMbDosLA3zuYCRWDhgv-RY__t8 WalMart edition of Asteroids Cabinet - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Arcade1Up-Asteroids-Machine-4ft/828150107?athcpid=828150107&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVAV&athieid=v0&athstid=CS020&athguid=ec68744a-ce4-1679429be03b74&athena=true Atari XEGS CIB Game Box - Clear Protective Box Protector Sleeve CASE - https://www.ebay.com/itm/153239747059 KEYCON keyboard adapter for XL/XE - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/270312-new-tiny-project-keycon-keyboard-adapter-for-xlxe/?fbclid=IwAR0bEELfs4-9zyLnfjJTMXObKO8V4CMe9oNTNclxYmiCULSdZIvncFCSs8c Sophia Rev C for the 8-bits (Simius) - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/274004-sophia-revc-dvi-board/ Joystick Breadboard Breakout https://www.ebay.com/itm/Joystick-Breadboard-Breakout-for-C64-VIC20-Atari-2600-VCS-Development/332904144456 Allows our Ataris and other vintage computers to print to USB and network printers (laser and inkjet). - http://www.retroprinter.com/?fbclid=IwAR1OmXn1hXxSy4Sk7nFFg_MKb_9pnJ9oAoiclgoeZMHDKGX489bFUMNOPEk Mouse mat - https://www.rhayadercomputers.co.uk/atari_400/p4866955_17641956.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3Xwk7MRO8923VcdIvadA7Kv-Vho1ARZVAdEfSc8kJLizv49aYgbs8kRbM "GTIA or GTFO" t-shirt. - https://archive.org/details/20181130144157 U1MB, VBXE, Rapidus - http://lotharek.pl
ANTIC Episode 54 - News and More NewsNov 5, 2018 01:16:06
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:
What we’ve been up to in the past month PLUS all the Atari 8-bit news we could find...
Donate to Ted Nelson project at: https://paypal.me/Savetz
What We’ve Been Up ToSDrive Max: Atariwiki - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=SDrive-MAX Step-by-Step (German) - http://www.abbuc.de/~atarixle/readthread.php?f=15&t=9451&start=0 1 half SIO cable - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=128 case - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2718842 Tandy Assembly - http://www.tandyassembly.com Living Computer Museum - https://livingcomputers.org Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com http://www.Textfiles.com
Atari NewsFastBASIC - https://github.com/dmsc/fastbasic/ Rare Amdek Amdisk III 3" Disk Drive for Atari Computers on eBay - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Amdek-Amdisk-III-3-Disk-Drive-for-Atari-Computers-working-/292781901516 and https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-AMDEK-AMDISK-III-3-INCH-DISK-DRIVE-/323275722802 Michael Sternberg created an amazing Atari disk data visualizer: An example disk: https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1054045176165855234 Visualizer code on github: https://github.com/michaelsternberg/atrviz Michael Sternberg on Twitter: https://twitter.com/16kRAM Discussion on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/284718-atari-disk-data-visualizer/ PLATOTerm Release page - https://github.com/tschak909/platoterm64/releases/tag/PLATOTerm-1.0 Irata.online Community For Retro-Computing Enthusiasts - https://www.irata.online Sails of Doom, new multijoy game - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/283993-sails-of-doom-new-multijoy-game/?fbclid=IwAR3cq09TVQro6cgXbLR7aDDhz6GIBy5eFDMKfo3U9HGmhpRA6BC7E0e2KAY , Game available at http://a8.fandal.cz Space Harrier - https://atariteca.blogspot.com/2018/10/actualizacion-de-space-harrier-para.html#more Total Eclipse 3d Adventure - https://atariteca.blogspot.com/2018/11/total-eclipse-juego-de-aventuras-3d.html FLOP 62 - New Issue of the Floppy Disk Magazine - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/283991-flop-62-new-issue-of-the-floppy-disk-magazine ABBUC Software Contest winners announced - http://www.abbuc.de/atari/software-ressort/81-software/softwarewettbewerbe/1836-software-wettbewerb-2018 There is also a Millionaire Custom Game Builder available ABBUC games available at http://a8.fandal.cz The wait is over! XFORMER 10 is here! - http://www.emulators.com/?fbclid=IwAR1Xb2qnlijwYed0Z_gYIRM3NurayXPAYVP4vemL2qw10qd0Egmsu7A5_4g and http://www.emulators.com/xformer.htm Atari Projects web site: http://atariprojects.org by Jason Moore Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): http://wp.freeplayflorida.com/ Nov 9-11 orlando http://www.tandyassembly.com November 10th & 11th 2018 Springfield, OH
YouTube videos since last showhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T4RB0-UNMc&fbclid=IwAR2QQRNk7LrekhnkcaQTRBgrro7KGaza2Pzm6_1UG-VJ3ym-rHFQBFgUGAM - Sio2sd for ATARI XE/XL/400/800 with 16 GB SD CARD with DEMOS/FREE SOFTWARE UNBOXING and Review - Robbie Strike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuwLbpr6yLo&fbclid=IwAR29Q1SO2xyHhY1EeZHtl2irMGjv1uoWkx9-hVUshFrpcMUdaKCucdHVlzM&app=desktop - Atari 1027 Printer. Printing Gettysburg Address - by clubvanderbilt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3jML6x8yKU&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2GcHpYtT8BIx7VUWhhTzJnACBO2wIUIekQXE66xFCiJmQiOrlQJy7HXXw - IRATA.ONLINE: Getting Started with PLATOTerm for Atari 8-bit systems. - Thomas Cherryhomes (tschak909)
CommercialBits and Bytes Episode 2: Ready-Made Programs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED3jbNCCjok
Mini-interviewsExample of CURSIVE output: https://archive.org/details/IO_Connector_1986-12 Syn software at: https://www.atariarchives.org/swlibrary/#syn
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/AutomatedLibraryII Allan (and edufun manuals) - https://archive.org/details/EdufunCatalog
ANTIC Interview 367 - George Morrison: Alpha Systems, Atari Software Protection Techniques booksOct 23, 2018 01:31:38
Description:George Morrison: Alpha Systems, Atari Software Protection Techniques books George Morrison was founder of Alpha Systems, a company that produced many hardware and software products for the Atari computers, including The Parrot, and audio digitizer; MagniPrint II, a printing utility; and The Impersonator, hardware for copying cartridge-based programs; and other products. He was author of two books — Atari Software Protection Techniques and Advanced Atari Protection Techniques. This interview took place on October 16, 2018. In it, we discuss Ed Stewart and Richard Leinecker, both of whom I have previously interviewed. AtariMania's list of George's utilities AtariMania's list of Alpha Systems' games Atari Software Protection Techniques Advanced Atari Protection Techniques Space Walker Talk is Cheap by Ed Stuart ANTIC Interview 244 - Ed Stewart and Ray Lyons, APX Letterman ANTIC Interview 153 - Richard Leinecker, Your Atari Comes Alive
ANTIC Episode 53 - Summer Vacation and Atari PartyOct 1, 2018 01:38:41
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:
Bill Lange guest-hosts with us and tells us all about the recent Atari Party East. We talk about all the traveling and Atari things we did over the summer. Kevin throws in a mini-interview he did. And, Jeff Fulton reviews Tempest Elite Plus. Plus, all the Atari 8-bit news we could find...
Donate to Ted Nelson project at: https://paypal.me/Savetz
TEH: Tech Enthusiast Hour - https://tehpodcast.com
What We’ve Been Up ToAtari Party East 2018 video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjvP6AA6xg8 Glen’s Retro Show - Atari Party East 2018 Stream - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjvP6AA6xg8 Ted Nelson Junk Mail project https://archive.org/details/tednelsonjunkmail KansasFest - https://www.kansasfest.org Have you heard the good news? - https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1020780246327492608 VCF West - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/ Krakow Pinball Museum http://www.krakowpinballmuseum.com/aboutus.html Wroclaw Museum Games & Computers Of The Past Era https://gikme.pl/en/ Dorsett Software - https://archive.org/details/DorsettAtariFractions Ground Kontrol - https://groundkontrol.com/ Powell’s Books - https://www.powells.com/ Best of Creative Computing, Vol. 2 - https://archive.org/details/bestofcreativeco00ahld VCF Midwest - http://vcfmw.org/ Claus Buchholz - 1978 Pre-production Atari 800 - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/122471-atari-800-engineering-serial-26/?&hl=%20engineering Tricky Tutorials - https://archive.org/details/ataribooks-tricky-tutorials-1-6 AtariMax Atari Peripheral Emulator (A.P.E.) - https://www.atarimax.com/ Atari Party East 2018 T-shirt art - https://www.deviantart.com/doncroswhite/art/Atari-Party-East-2018-761606869 New joystick BX-80 from Benj Edwards - https://twitter.com/benjedwards/status/1025119835179634689
Atari NewsXL/XE Podcast - https://twitter.com/xlxepodcast SDrive Max: Atariwiki - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=SDrive-MAX Step-by-Step (German) - http://www.abbuc.de/~atarixle/readthread.php?f=15&t=9451&start=0 1 half SIO cable - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=128 case - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2718842 Bill Lange with his 'brand new" Atari demo package - https://atariteca.blogspot.com/2018/09/con-exito-desarrollaron-atari-party.html Altirra on a Mac - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/278822-altirra-30-mac-wine-port/ The Artists: The Untold History of Video Games - https://www.topic.com/the-artists/ Sergio Marchant video series on Atari 8-bit assembly language for beginners (Spanish) - https://atariteca.blogspot.com/2018/07/curso-en-video-de-programacion.html#more UnoCart NEW Cartridge Shell Design by Corei64 - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/280028-unocart-new-cartridge-shell-design/ Corei64 Atari 8-bit Carts - https://corei64.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=62_87 Atarifreakz - https://www.ebay.com/str/atarifreakz# - source for many of the IC’s used in the 8-bit line of computers AtariNews.org domain name for sale - http://www.atarinews.org/ Old School Gamer Magazine - https://oldschoolgamermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/osg5.pdf 8-Bit Apocalypse: The Untold Story of Atari's Missile Command by Alex Rubens Oct 16th. - https://amzn.to/2QhbkXe Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/ - Oregon Convention Center on October 19-21, 2018 http://wp.freeplayflorida.com/ Nov 9-11 orlando http://www.tandyassembly.com November 10th & 11th 2018 Springfield, OH
YouTube videos since last showBen Heck’s Portable Atari 800 - parts 1 & 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uiw8LISBVj4&t=25s , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV1lacUcZk8 Over 100 Atari XE Games System Cartridges In Under 1 Hour -Kieren Hawkin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rqUKzufD6k PAUL DANIELS AND ATARI 800 £1000 SYSTEM - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhuVqq0w5Zc
CommercialSCRAM on the Bits and Bytes TV Show from TV Ontario https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWcuh8QLlBc&list=PL77441A2ED0D0B6A8&t=670s
Mini-interviewsJohn and Maddie Meyer, son and granddaughter of Ed Meyer - http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-360-ed-meyer-physical-chemistry-experiments-with-atari-computers
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/AtariComputerEnthusiastsNewslettersVolume1 https://archive.org/details/@savetz?and%5B%5D=IO+Connector https://archive.org/details/@savetz?and%5B%5D=JACG https://archive.org/details/atari_8-bit_alive_sepoct94/page/n0 Bill Lange https://archive.org/details/ATR8000CPMSupplement/page/n1 Allan https://archive.org/details/APXMapmakerType5/page/n0 https://archive.org/details/InStoreDemonstrationProgramDiskVersionAtari https://archive.org/details/InStoreDemonstrationProgramDiskVersionAtari/page/n0 https://archive.org/details/CarCostCreativeSoftware/page/n0 https://archive.org/details/RandomAlleyAdventure/page/n0 https://archive.org/details/TheCodeBreakers/page/n0
Jeff FultonTempest Elite Plus game review - http://members.tcq.net/video61/tempestelite.html
ANTIC Interview 366 - Bruce Artwick: Flight Simulator II, Night Mission PinballSep 7, 2018 45:51
Description:Bruce Artwick: Flight Simulator II, Night Mission Pinball Bruce Artwick was co-founder of SubLOGIC, and creator of the best-selling program, Flight Simulator II. FSII was first available for the Apple II, with versions released later for the TRS-80, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, and other platforms. His 1976 master's thesis, A Versatile Computer Generated Dynamic Flight Display, about creating a real-time flight simulator on the PDP-11, provided some of the early research for his flight simulation software. Bruce was also creator of Night Mission Pinball, a popular pinball game that was available for Apple II, Atari 8-bit, C64, and DOS computers. This interview took place on August 7, 2018. Bruce's article, 3-D Computer Graphics (Kilobaud magazine, October 1977) History of Microsoft Flight Simulator History of SubLOGIC Bruce's thesis, A Versatile Computer Generated Dynamic Flight Display Bruce Artwick in Wikipedia AtariMania's list of SubLOGIC software Kevin's Fight simulation books site
ANTIC Interview 365 - Jon Williams: Jet Boot Jack, TimeslipSep 3, 2018 41:58
Description:Jon Williams: Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip Jon Williams created several programs for the Atari 8-bit computers, including Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip, Atari Cassette Enhancer, and Linkword German. This interview took place on August 6, 2018. Jon on AtariAge Atari Cassette Enhancer on AtariMania Atarimania's list of Jon's games
ANTIC Interview 364 -Carlos Reyes: Quick Menu, Rent WarsAug 30, 2018 41:11
Description:Carlos Reyes: Quick Menu, Rent Wars Carlos Reyes wrote the game Rent Wars for the Atari 8-bit computers for First Star Software, which was never officially released but found its way onto the Internet years later. He also wrote Quick Menu, a 384-byte program that would display a menu of programs on a floppy disk and let the user choose one to run. The program was designed to fit into a floppy's three boot sectors, so it didn't eat into any of the usable space on the disk. The program was a popular interface to distribute disks of pirated programs, but most people didn't know that Carlos was the author — there was no room for his name in the tiny program. Carlos has found the source code and released it into the public domain. This interview took place on August 3, 2018. In it, we discuss Jerry White, Fernando Herrera, and Bill Wilkinson, whom I have previously interviewed. A video version of this interview is available. Video version of this interview Quick Menu source code AtariAge discussion about Rent Wars Rent Wars at AtariMania Rent Wars play video Carlos on LinkedIn ANTIC Interview 124 - Jerry White, Atari author and programmer ANTIC Interview 7 - The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Bill Wilkinson, OSS Fernando Herrera interview
ANTIC Interview 363 - Greg Gibbons, Automated Library IIAug 26, 2018 42:01
Description:Greg Gibbons, Automated Library II Greg Gibbons was the creator of Automated Library II, software for running school libraries, which was available for the Atari 8-bit and Apple II computers. There's an article about the software in the April 1985 issue of American Libraries: “The Automated Library II is a bar-code circulation system that runs on the Atari line of microcomputers. The program, designed for school libraries circulating 30 to 500 items per day, checks books in and out, compiles overdue lists, and prints class records and daily circulation summaries by Dewey Decimal numbers. Software developer Gregory Gibbons studied the day-to-day activities of a junior high school librarian and then designed a system to automate as much of the repetitious work as possible. The program was extensively tested in a Los Angeles school for over a year before its release. All inputs are prompted with simple English. The system is so easy to use that the test library used students to perform most of the operations. The program produces bar codes for the books in the library and student-ID bar codes, which are entered into the computer and attached to books and student IDs. … If the student is authorized to check out books the computer will make a short beep and print ‘OK to check out books’ on the screen. If the student is on the overdue list, the computer makes a different noise to alert the staff. At the end of the day, the librarian instructs the computer to perform a daily update, which incorporates all transactions into the database. The update takes about 15 minutes per 1,000 students, and automatically generates a new overdue list that can be printed at any time. The program works best with 200 to 3,000 students, although a larger number of students will simply cause the program to take a little longer to update each day. The Automated Library II runs on the Atari 800, 800XL, and 1200XL computers…The system costs $700, including the light wand.” This interview took place on May 24, 2018. Atari-Based School Library Circ System at Internet Archive Atari-Based School Library Circ System at jstor
ANTIC Interview 362 - Tom Snyder, educational softwareAug 23, 2018 01:48:13
Description:Tom Snyder, educational software Tom Snyder was the founder of Computer Learning Connection, which was later renamed to Tom Snyder Productions, a company that created many educational software titles for the school and home computer markets. The company's home software included Agent USA and Bannercatch (published by Scholastic,) Halley Project (published by Mindscape,) Run For the Money (published by Scarborough Systems,) and In Search of the Most Amazing Thing (published by Spinnaker.) Snooper Troops I and II, both published by Spinnaker, were the first educational software to make the industry's bestseller list. The company made many more software products that it sold directly to schools, including Decisions Decisions and The Other Side. This interview took place on July 2, 2018. "I think my favorite memories of all the programs I designed was sitting in bars with a legal pad writing the design out, you know, long before you write code. It was all on paper ... And the longer you can wait before you start programming, the better off you are." Celebrating the Third Place: Inspiring Stories About the "Great Good Places" at the Heart of Our Communities Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community Dr. Katz Professional Therapist ANTIC magazine: Profile of a Snooper Trooper AtariMania's list of Tom's games ANTIC Interview 278 - Bill Bowman, CEO of Spinnaker Software Woody Allen vodka Ad clip Polygon article about Tom
ANTIC Interview 361 - Bob Ertl, REWRITE Word ProcessorAug 20, 2018 01:02:02
Description:Bob Ertl, REWRITE Word Processor In 1987, Bob Ertl’s master's thesis was titled "Narrowing the Gap Between the Word Processing Needs of Teachers and the Capabilities of Word Processors for Atari 8-bit Computers." As part of that project, he created a word processor for the Atari computers, aimed at the needs of math teachers. The word processor is called REWRITE and was never widely available. It was only used by a handful of teachers. Bob has released two versions of the word processor in ATR format, along with the Mac/65 source code and the manual. I scanned his thesis. All of this is available at Internet Archive. This interview took place on July 10, 2018. "My wife would help me with this. The way she would help me is she was patient enough to let me explain what my assembly language code was supposed to do. So I had to say it clearly enough for her to be able to follow it, and in doing so I was often able to find the errors that I was looking for." Master's thesis and REWRITE object/source code AtariAge discussion about REWRITE
ANTIC Interview 360 - Ed Meyer, physical chemistry experiments with Atari computersAug 17, 2018 39:55
Description:Ed Meyer, physical chemistry experiments with Atari computers In the 1990s, Ed Meyer was a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, where he taught physical chemistry. In August 1990, The Journal of Chemical Education published his article, "An Inexpensive Computer Station for Undergraduate Laboratories Using the Atari 800XL" in which Ed showed how to interface the Atari controller ports with a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter chip to do chemistry experiments. (The article includes schematics and code in assembly language and BASIC.) From the article: "The kind of “interfacing” that has been emphasized in chemical education thus far in this country has been largely limited to using the “game paddle inputs” of a home com- puter, which allows the connection of any device that looks like a variable resistor to the computer. This approach has served admirably as an introduction to the power and versa- tility of inexpensive home computers as data collectors and handlers but suffers from significant disadvantages. The most obvious is the limitation to 8 bits of information; one would like to be able to obtain better precision than this provides (at half scale we can expect roughly 1% reproduc- ibility). Another is the requirement that the resistance of the transducer used be consistent with that of the game paddle it replaces. It is possible, without spending inordinate sums of money, to convert one of these home computers into a research- grade instrument with a resolution of 1 bit in 4096, if one knows a little about digital electronics. This article describes an interface for the Atari 800XL computer based on a 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC). We have incorporated six of them into “computer stations” in our upper track freshman laboratory. In general, the variables in question (e.g., temperature vs. time for coffee cup calorimeter experi- ments, pH vs. volume titrant) are plotted in real time on the monitor screen, and after collection of the data, a hard copy of the plot is produced on a printer, along with a table of the data. We use similar stations in our physical chemistry lab- oratory, where more sophisticated curve-fitting routines are included." This interview took place on July 9, 2018. "Once the thing is able to read a DC voltage, you have all kinds of opportunities. ... I mean the most obvious one is to use a pH meter to do acid-base titrations." Article: An Inexpensive Computer Station for Undergraduate Laboratories Using the Atari 800XL Heterogeneous catalysis
ANTIC Interview 359 - John Harris, APX Can’t QuitAug 10, 2018 19:13
Description:John Harris, APX Can’t Quit John Harris published one program for the Atari computer: Can't Quit, a game that was published by Atari Program Exchange. Can't Quit first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog. It was the only program published by this John Harris — although he has the same name as the John Harris who created Jawbreaker (whom I previously interviewed.) This interview took place on July 5, 2018. Can't Quit at AtariMania Can't Stop at BoardGameGeek ANTIC interview with the other John Harris
ANTIC Interview 358 - David Young, OmnimonAug 7, 2018 45:12
Description:David Young, Omnimon David Young was the creator of Omnimon, the popular hardware monitor/debugger for the Atari 8-bit computers. His other products included DiskScan, a floppy disk utility; Supermon, the predecessor to Omnimon; Omnicom, a terminal program; and Omniview, an 80 column E: handler. This interview took place on June 11, 2018. In it, we discuss Wes Newell, whom I previously interviewed. "The IBM PC came out. I looked at it really hard. ... And I thought, 'You know, I really should develop products for this guy.' But it was just such a ugly beast." ANTIC Interview 212 - Wes Newell, Newell Industries DiskScan and Atari Disk Data Structures Tutorial Antic magazine review of Omnimon Omnivore by Rob McMullen
ANTIC Interview 357 - Rockie "RJ" Morgan, APX Piano TunerAug 3, 2018 13:09
Description:Rockie "RJ" Morgan, APX Piano Tuner Rockie “RJ" Morgan published one program through Atari Program Exchange: Piano Tuner, which first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog. This interview took place on June 5, 2018. Piano Tuner in the summer 1983 APX catalog Piano Tuner at AtariMania Unix: An Open Systems Dictionary
ANTIC Interview 356 - Michael McInerney, physics experiments with Atari computersJul 29, 2018 22:09
Description:Michael McInerney, physics experiments with Atari computers In the 1980s, Michael McInerney was a professor in the physics department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, when he wrote several journal articles about how to control experiments and gather data using Atari computers. The articles included Interfacing the Atari Microcomputer in the Science Laboratory, which appeared in the spring 1983 issue of Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching; Game Port Physics - Introductory Experiments in Linear Dynamics, which appeared in the spring 1984 issue; and Computer-Aided Experiments with the Damped Harmonic Oscillator, which appeared in the October 1985 issue of American Journal of Physics. This interview took place on May 21, 2018. "The reviewers refused to believe I could do it which such cheap equipment. ... They said it wasn't possible to do it." Interfacing the Atari Microcomputer in the Science Laboratory Game Port Physics - Introductory Experiments in Linear Dynamics Computer-Aided Experiments with the Damped Harmonic Oscillator McInerney's bio
ANTIC Interview 355 - Norm Draper, Draper PascalJul 25, 2018 19:42
Description:Norm Draper, Draper Pascal Norm Draper was the creator of Draper Pascal, a version of the Pascal programming language for the Atari 8-bit computers. Draper Pascal started as a commercial program sold directly though advertisements in computer magazines, then later became shareware. This interview took place on July 3, 2018. "I offered club members to pay them for every bug they would find in my software. I'd pay them $3. ... There were a few. I didn't have to pay out that much money at all, really." Draper Pascal "New Product" in Antic magazine, Feb. 1990 Draper Pascal 2.1 Manual AtariWiki on Draper Pascal AtariMania's list of Norm's software
ANTIC Interview 354 -Brooke Alderson, Atari TV CommercialsJul 20, 2018 16:36
Description:Brooke Alderson, Atari TV Commercials Brooke Alderson was an actor in the 1980s and 1990s: she appeared in several television shows including Murder, She Wrote and Family Ties; and is perhaps best known for her role as Aunt Corene in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. She also appeared in many TV commercials. She did a 30-second spot for Atari home computers, and was featured on Atari's in-store point-of-purchase laserdisc. In the commercial, Brooke played the part of a mom who is teased by her teenage daughter for not knowing the states and capitals. By the end of the commercial, having learned from her Atari 400 computer, she can quickly and correctly name the capitals. On the Electronic Retail Information Center (E.R.I.C.) laserdisc, Brooke also played the part of a mom who extolls the virtues of Atari's educational software, with an emphasis on Scram, the nuclear power plant simulation; and My First Alphabet, software for teaching letters and numbers to small children. This interview took place on July 2, 2018. States and Capitals commercial Atari E.R.I.C. point-of-purchase laserdisc Brooke's IMDB page
ANTIC Interview 353 - Dennis Koble: APX Avalanche, ImagicJul 17, 2018 01:32:21
Description:Dennis Koble: APX Avalanche, Imagic Dennis Koble was an early Atari employee, where we would become manager of the computer and consumer divisions. He designed Atari's "Touch Me" handheld electronic game. He also wrote three programs that were published by Atari Program Exchange: Avalanche, an adaption of the coin-op game which he also created; and the text adventure games Chinese Puzzle and Sultan's Palace. He was at Atari for about 4 1/2 years before leaving to co-found the video game publisher Imagic. There, he was perhaps best known for creating "Atlantis" for the Atari 2600 (which we don't actually talk about in this interview.) This interview took place on May 15, 2018. A video version of this interview is available. "We had to show our best stuff. And we wanted to show technological tricks that we figured the Activision guys hadn't seen before. I don't know if they felt that rivalry toward us at that point, but it became a rivalry a little later, it really did." Video version of this interview AtariMania's list of Dennis' games 2017 ataricompendium.com interview with Dennis Dale Yocum interview Lee Actor interview Bob Smith interview Rawson Stovall interview
ANTIC Interview 352 - Joe Hellesen: Deluxe Invaders, Pac Man, PQ: The Party Quiz GameJul 12, 2018 44:50
Joe Hellesen: Deluxe Invaders, Pac Man, PQ: The Party Quiz GameJoe Hellesen programmed the Atari 8-bit versions of Deluxe Invaders (published by Roklan), and Pac Man (published by Atari,) Gyruss (published by Parker Brothers), and Mickey in the Great Outdoors (published by Disney.) He also coded PQ: The Party Quiz Game (for SunCom.) This interview took place on April 14, 2018. AtariMania's list of Joe's software ANTIC Interview 265 - Ronald Borta, Roklan Software ANTIC Interview 263 - Bill Stealey, co-founder of MicroProse Software
ANTIC Episode 52 - Atari Computer RoundtableJul 9, 2018 02:19:17
Atari Computer Roundtable
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:
We got some of the biggest names of the current Atari computer community on a live, international conference call to ask: what’s happening in your Atari 8-bit world? Guests Thom Cherryholmes, Ethan Johnson, Joe Decuir, Simon Wells, Curt Vendel, Jeff Fulton, Nir Dary, and Roland Wassenberg. The conversation went in amazing and unexpected directions.
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What We’ve Been Up ToTed Nelson Junk Mail project https://archive.org/details/tednelsonjunkmail Sophia board project - 9-pin DIN to SCART to HDMI - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/258702-new-development-gtia-in-cpld/
Roundtable DiscussionThom Cherryholmes https://twitter.com/tschak https://www.irata.online Ethan Johnson https://twitter.com/GameResearch_E https://thehistoryofhowweplay.wordpress.com Joe Decuir https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_C._Decuir Simon Wells https://ataribits.weebly.com/1088XEL.html https://atari8.co.uk/1088xel-u1mb-firmware-released/ http://www.vcfmw.org/ http://atariage.com/forums/topic/278212-avgcart/ http://atariage.com/forums/topic/258454-eclaire-xl-pcb-aka-atari-on-fpga-project/ Curt Vendel http://www.atarimuseum.com ANTIC Interview 220 - Scott Scheiman, 850 Interface, Telelink I Jeff Fulton http://www.atarimania.com/documents/The-Atari-Assembler.pdf https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ Nir Dary http://www.Sellmyretro.com http://atariage.com/forums/topic/279849-avgcart-preorder-thread-i/ Roland Wassenberg http://atariwiki.org ANTIC Interview 226 - Bob Frankston, co-developer of Visicalc Altirra on a Mac - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/278822-altirra-30-mac-wine-port/
ANTIC Interview 351 - Stephen Romejko: APX Melt-Down, Moon MarauderJul 4, 2018 29:22
Description:Stephen Romejko: APX Melt-Down, Moon Marauder Stephen Romejko published two games through Atari Program Exchange: Melt-Down and Moon Marauder. Melt-Down was first available in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. Moon Marauder was first available in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it won third prize in the consumer category. This interview took place on April 14, 2018. "Melt-Down was causing some special issues ... Apparently the American Nuclear Society took offense to it. ... 'People would develop harmful misconceptions and phobias about the peaceful use of nuclear power.'" Melt-Down in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog Moon Marauder in the fall 1983 APX catalog AtariMania's list of Stephen's games
ANTIC Interview 350 - Allan Moose, Atari Assembly Language Programmer's GuideJun 29, 2018 01:00:00
Description:Allan Moose, Atari Assembly Language Programmer's Guide Allan Moose was co-author of the book Atari Assembly Language Programmer's Guide, which was published by Weber Systems in 1986. He wrote the book with his wife and writing partner, Marian Lorenz. She passed away in 1992. The two also wrote many articles for Antic and A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazines. Their articles included many about display list interrupts and vertical blank interrupts, and pretty mathematical graphics routines. This interview took place on May 12, 2018. "...pretty much a joint, cooperative effort in writing articles. Sometimes I would have an idea and would sketch something out. Other times Marian would have an idea." Scan of Atari Assembly Language Programmer’s Guide Allan's articles in Antic magazine Allan's articles in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine Article in Art & Science Journal Display Lists Simplified (work in progress article)
ANTIC Episode 51 - 5 Year Anniversary and Windows-Only Dealy-BobJun 24, 2018 02:06:08
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: In this five-year anniversary episode of ANTIC, we reminisce back to show #1 all those years ago, our friend Nir Dary tells us all about Atari Invasion, Jeff Fulton of the Into the Vertical Blank Podcast gives us a game review of Star Island, plus all the Atari 8-bit news that we could find. Happy 5-Year Anniversary to us!
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What We’ve Been Up ToDorsett paperwork https://archive.org/details/DorsettLessonQA Charlie Kulas sent and were scanned https://archive.org/details/UpNDown_source https://archive.org/details/BuckRogers_source How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation by Steve S. Thomas - https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/984539495268696065 How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation by Jamie Lendino - https://amzn.to/2MdWLCC Someone Stole My Entire Book (and My Job) and Is Selling It On Amazon - https://www.extremetech.com/internet/267446-someone-stole-my-entire-book-and-my-job-and-is-selling-it-on-amazon Update On My Stolen Book (and Job) on Amazon - https://www.extremetech.com/internet/268109-an-update-on-my-stolen-book-and-job-on-amazon Adventure: The Atari 2600 at the Dawn of Console Gaming by Jamie Lendino - https://amzn.to/2xZlYO1 E.R.I.C. laserdisc project - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/265316-eric-cart-electronic-retail-information-center/page-2#entry4036420 Sofia Video Upgrade - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/258702-new-development-gtia-in-cpld/
Interview DiscussionInterview index: here Alan Alda on Id10T podcast: https://www.acast.com/thenerdist/alan-alda Video: Eric and Robert Anschuetz Talk About Programming Atari 8Bit Computer Games in the 1980s updated PDF document that describes games - https://archive.org/details/AnschuetzWesigerberAnschuetzDevelopmentNotes Original interview: ANTIC Interview 297 - Robert Anschuetz, Eric Anschuetz, John Weisgberber, Antic magazine games
NewsTed Dabney died - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/31/obituaries/ted-dabney-dead-atari-pong.html 2010 Retrogaming Roundup interview with Ted - http://www.retrogamingroundup.com/shownotes/2010/roundup024_2010.10.php Time Pilot released - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/278834-time-pilot-final-release/ Time Pilot Website - http://timepilot.atari.pl/ SAM (Software Automatic Mouth) - https://github.com/s-macke/SAM VCF East article at Hackaday - https://hackaday.com/2018/05/30/vcf-east-the-mail-order-app-store/ VCF East article at Ars Technica - https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2009/09/a-trip-down-memory-lane-and-beyond-at-vintage-computer-fest/ ALibPC - https://www.facebook.com/ALibPc.Atari/ Rob at Player/Missile found a reverse engineering of the Atari 8-bit M.U.L.E from 2009 - http://bringerp.free.fr/RE/Mule/mule_document.html Atariteca on hiatus? - https://atariteca.blogspot.com/ Retro Roundup - https://retroroundup.com Into the Vertical Blank — new general Atari podcast - Jeff Fulton http://www.8bitrocket.com/category/podcasts/into-the-vertical-blank/ https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod Jonathan Halliday’s website - https://atari8.co.uk MacRorie’s website The Brewing Academy - http://www.thebrewingacademy.com Restoring an Atari 800 XL that’s Beyond Restoring | Hackaday - https://hackaday.com/2018/06/09/restoring-an-atari-800-xl-thats-beyond-restoring/ AtariInside seems to be trying to catalog Atari 8-bit software - https://atarinside.dyndns.org/blog/ Atari Software Pack - Dean Garraghty (Scotland) - DGS Software - DGS-Atari on AtariAge - http://www.dgs.clara.net/ Pete Meyer’s Delta Space Arena - http://forums.atari.io/index.php/topic/3782-delta-space-arena-deluxe-edition/ Atari Force comics reprint - https://amzn.to/2xDaL5y Jurgen van Radecke (tf_hh on AtariAge) makes all sorts of Atari 8-bit upgrades - http://www.van-radecke.de/STUFF/tfhh_HW_info.pdf Wap-Niak is a Polish event dedicated to Atari 8-bit computers. All the releases from this year's edition are now on Demozoo - https://demozoo.org/parties/3569/ Silly Venture 2017 8-bit Results Pack - JAC! - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/279559-sillypack-2k17-released/ Season 7 Episode 9 of the Comic Book Men (Atari Dump Dig) - https://www.amc.com/shows/comic-book-men/season-7/episode-09-power-man-vs-counter-man BASIC Ten-Liners - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/274782-basic-ten-liners-are-back-for-2018/page-4 IEC cables - http://iec.net/?s=atari&post_type=product Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): Southern Fried June 8-10 http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com KansasFest - https://www.kansasfest.org/ , July 17-22, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri Atari Fujiama 2018 - from Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29 in Lengenfeld (Vogtland) Germany - http://abbuc.de/~atarixle/fuji/2018/ VCF West - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/ , August 4-5, 2018 - Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA VCF Midwest - http://www.vcfmw.org/ - September 15-16, 2018, Elk Grove Village, IL Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/ - Oregon Convention Center on October 19-21, 2018 International Atari Shows (Nir Dary) - https://email@example.com&pli=1
YouTube videos this monthYouTube videos this month - using the search term “Atari 800” Nir Dary (The Modern Atari 8-bit Computer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rrc2zptsbU - A simple way to connect the Atari computer to HDMI TV using mini Av to Hdmi adapter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxmhfTRr-PM - Playing Time Pilot on the Atari 8-bit computer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A40-57v-tu8&t=45s - Time Pilot cartridge in Rapidus Mode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19VG1BJ3zG4 - Atari Party in Warsaw, Poland Others https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXlQESoROic - Sio2Arduino project with Atari 800 XL via Arduino Uno - Murat Özdemir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9HkRe7tgis - The Pulse Rifle Plays - Gyruss (Atari 800) (World Record run 2018-05-20) - New world record: 308800 - Redfeyer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2nj73mNgAE - qbertaddict1 - How to setup Atari 5200 using lr-atari800 and RetroPie - This tutorial works on the pi 3, pi 3b+, and the odroid but it should work on any system that has RetroPie Installed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyXBSMzZ3E4 - Atari Bluetooth - connecting a Wiimote to an Atari 800XL via Bluetooth
New at Archive.OrgAcademy On Computers Hands On Atari 400/800 Beginner's Manual Atari CP/M Machine Preliminary Requirements Specification and Feasibility Study https://archive.org/details/AtariCPMMachineStudy Atari DOS 3 Disk Cleanup Utility FRS Atari Speech Handler External Reference Specification Draper Pascal Manual Kyan Pascal v1 Manual Kyan Pascal v2 Manual Presenting The Atari 1200XL Hollywood Squares - Atari PILOT Demo Program https://archive.org/details/AtariPOWERGermanAtariClubDuesseldorf Ultra Steve Green: Atari Soccer 6 1983 Flyer Atari Soccer 6 1983 Programme Allan: APX Stereo 3-D Graphics Package manual APX Keypad Controller Rev. 2 manual MMG BASIC Commander manual Bill Lange: Print Shop Atari 1020 Printer Driver The Newsroom In Detail - The Complete Guide To Creating A Newspaper
Nir’s Segment - Atari Invasion Party Netherlands 2018https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwhHDInXPMg
Jeff Fulton’s Segment - Star Island Game Reviewhttp://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-star-island_4984.html
ANTIC Interview 349 - Larry Breakwell, Toronto Atari Programmers SocietyJun 14, 2018 23:53
Description:Larry Breakwell, Toronto Atari Programmers Society
Larry Breakwell was founder of the Toronto West Atari Computer Support Group, then president of the Toronto Atari Programmers Society, which was the largest Atari user group in Canada.
He adapted the Atari version of the book "Academy on Computers Hands-On Atari 400/800 Beginner's Manual" from a version of the book focused on the Commodore PET. These beginners manuals were part of the Academy on Computers, a self-directed learning activity based on "Bits and Bytes", a television program produced by the TVOntario network.
This interview took place on May 10, 2018.
Academy on Computers Hands-On Atari 400/800 Beginner’s Manual
Bits & Bytes TV show
ANTIC Interview 348 - Mike Sandau, Atari-CB Radio HackingJun 8, 2018 29:37
Description:Mike Sandau, Atari-CB Radio Hacking In the mid-1980s, Mike Sandau and his friend connected their Atari 8-bit computers to their citizens band radios to create a small radio-telephone computer network. Their "DIALOG" project combined the radio hardware with custom software (first in Atari BASIC, then later in Action!) to allow chatting, broadcasting messages, and binary file transfers over the air. Mike has uploaded the software, source code, and screenshots to the Internet Archive, and placed it in the public domain. This interview took place on April 26, 2018. DIALOG screenshots, software, and source code: https://archive.org/details/about_201803
ANTIC Interview 347 - Charlie Kulas: Musical Pilot, UpN DownJun 4, 2018 58:37
Description:Charlie Kulas: Musical Pilot, UpN Down Charlie Kulas published Musical Pilot, an educational game, through Atari Program Exchange. Musical Pilot first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded third prize in the Learning category. He later worked at McT (AKA Microcomputer Technologies), a company that was contracted to program games by Sega. There he programmed the game UpN Down for the Atari 8-bit computers. This interview took place on April 20, 2018. Musical Pilot in the fall 1983 APX catalog: https://archive.org/stream/APXCatalogFall1983/APX_Catalog_Fall_1983#page/n21/mode/1up/ List of Kulas' software at AtariMania: http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-kulas-charlie_team_756_8_G.html Buck Rogers source code: https://archive.org/details/BuckRogers_source Up N Down source code: https://archive.org/details/UpNDown_source McT at gdri: http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/McT How to Build a Working Digital Computer Out of Paperclips: https://www.evilmadscientist.com/2013/paperclip/
ANTIC Interview 346 - Youth Advisory Board: Yoon ParkMay 31, 2018 18:11
Description:Youth Advisory Board: Yoon Park This is the sixth in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. This time, I got to talk with Yoon Park. In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions about computers and video games, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. The group consisted of kids aged 14 through 18, including Yoon. Before these interviews, I like to read from an old newspaper or magazine article that mentioned or quoted the Youth Advisory Board member, to give a sense of who that person was then before we hear from them today. All I can guess about Yoon of 1982 was that he was shy. Of the twenty Youth Advisory Board members, Yoon was never quoted or mentioned in the articles that I could find. This interview took place on May 17, 2018.
ANTIC Interview 345 - Youth Advisory Board: Musa MustafaMay 29, 2018 41:08
Description:Youth Advisory Board: Musa Mustafa This is the fifth in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. If you're just joining us: In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20 kids, aged 14 though 18, from around the U.S. to share their opinions about computers, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. This is an interview with Musa Mustafa, who was one of those kids. A March 25, 1983 article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel by Loretta Noffsinger said: "Computers without keyboards, toys that come to life at the sound of a child's voice and programs that shoulder the chores of thank-you letters — that's what the whiz kids see in the future. They envision a computer disguised within a toy to tell youngsters about the workings of the universe and others 'far beyond man’s imagination.' And Atari is listening to them." Later in the article, Noffsinger wrote: "Musa Mustafa, 15, says he hopes to design an astronomy program to chart the location of stars and planets at specific times ‘so that I can easily track them down in a telescope.' The Walnut sophomore, who will skip his junior year at Rowland High School, also envisions computers designing computers. This year, they're helping him make a movie about the 1984 Olympics. A combination of computer animation and film, the endeavor will 'open a new category' in the Los Angeles International Film Exposition this spring, he says." My interview with Musa took place on April 26, 2018. In it, we discuss Ted Kahn, whom I previously interviewed. Ted Kahn interview Compute! magazine article about Rowland High School animation 1989 LA Times article about Rowland High School animation Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper article
ANTIC Interview 344 - Youth Advisory Board: Robert AllbrittonMay 26, 2018 32:00
Description:Youth Advisory Board: Robert Allbritton This is the fourth episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. Robert Allbritton was one of the 20 kids who, in 1983, were accepted into the Youth Advisory Board, a group of teenagers who were able to take a trip to Atari's headquarters in California, enjoy free 1200XL computers, and he even got to work at Atari's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show. Robert was, and still is, friends with John Dickerson, another Youth Advisory Board member, whom I previously interviewed. This interview took place on April 24, 2018. Interview with John Dickerson
ANTIC Interview 343 - Youth Advisory Board: John DickersonMay 23, 2018 46:59
Description:Youth Advisory Board: John Dickerson This is the third episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. A quick recap: In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20 teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions about computers and video games, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. The group consisted of kids aged 14 through 18, mostly regular kids, some computer geeks, and a couple of celebrities. This interview is with John Dickerson, who was one of the computer geeks. There was an article about the Youth Advisory Board in the March 1984 issue of Enter magazine, with a quote from John: "'We were an added dimension to what they already do,' says 14-year-old John Dickerson. 'Atari's problem is that they don't get close enough to the consumer. We'll bring them a lot closer. But, so far, we haven’t found out which of our decisions they really listened to.'" This interview took place on April 16, 2018. If you were a member of the Atari Youth Advisory board, I'd love to hear from you: email firstname.lastname@example.org. John on Twitter John's book "On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News' First Woman Star" Enter magazine article
ANTIC Interview 342 - Youth Advisory Board: Anneke WymanMay 20, 2018 27:02
Description:Youth Advisory Board: Anneke Wyman This is the second episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. In 1982-1983, Atari invited 20 kids, aged 14-18, to be on its new Youth Advisory Board. Atari was looking for well-rounded, computer-literate kids, with equal representation of sexes and a mix of ethnic groups. Anneke Wyman (now Anneke Wyman de Boer) was one of those kids. A wire service article about the Youth Advisory Board, by Kathy Holub, ran in several newspapers around March 25, 1983. Here's an excerpt from that story: "The fat world of corporate perks isn't just for executives anymore. On Sunday, 14-year-old Anneke Wyman of New York flew to San Francisco on a prepaid plane ticket to dine out on pizza and attend her first corporate board meeting. ... "As members of Atari Inc.’s new Youth Advisory Board, they got the sort of pampering reserved for top corporate clients, including a private movie screening, a tour of San Francisco and all the food they could eat. "What did they do to deserve all this? They can’t figure it out. 'It's almost a fantasy,' Anneke said, giggling. 'I had a three-minute interview calling from a pay phone at school. The dime ran out and I thought, well, I’ll never hear from them again. A few weeks later, they told me I was in. Now I'm sort of nervous.' "The video game market, once monopolized by Atari, has become as fiercely competitive as the home computer and educational software markets, and Atari hopes the kids can keep the company on the right track on all fronts...The 20 young board members are expected to keep Atari in touch with its market. ... "Anneke has danced in about 60 performances of The Nutcracker Suite with the New York City Ballet and can write computer programs in four languages. Her career? 'I don’t know yet,’ she said. 'But I'm much better in math and science.'" This interview took place on April 5, 2018. A video version of this interview is also available. YAB newspaper article by Kathy Holub Atari Connection magazine article about YAB Video version of this interview
ANTIC Interview 341 - Youth Advisory Board: Kerrie Holton and Tina BartschatMay 17, 2018 49:08
Description:Youth Advisory Board: Kerrie Holton and Tina Bartschat This is the first in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20 teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions, test new software, and promote Atari's computers at trade shows. The group consisted primarily of regular kids - some computer geeks, but most well-rounded teenagers. The group also included a couple of celebrities: Todd Bridges, the actor who played Willis in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes; and Matthew Labyorteaux, the actor who played Albert on the show Little House on the Prairie, then Richie Adler on the adventure show Whiz Kids. The first (and I believe only) meeting of the Youth Advisory Board took place in March 1983 at Atari's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Was Atari genuinely doing in-depth market research into the opinions of teenagers? Or was the Youth Advisory Board a publicity stunt? Maybe it was a little of both. Either way, the idea is fascinating, and I wanted to ask the board members to share their memories of that time. In this episode are my first two interviews with Youth Advisory Board kids: Kerrie Holton (now Kerrie Holton-Tainter) and Tina Bartschat (now Tina Volker.) There's an article about Kerrie in the October 1983 issue of Family Computing (the first issue of that magazine) by Bethany Kandel. Titled "When Kerrie Holton Talks, Atari Listens", it features a great photo of Kerrie at her desk, sporting a tie and fedora, with a telephone handset in one hand and a cigar in the other, looking for all the world like a business mogul or 1920's mobster. On her desk there's an Atari 1200XL computer, floppy drive, printer, plus a frilly doll and Snoopy plush toy. Here's an excerpt: "While other seniors were busy bragging about which college they'd been accepted to, Kerrie had something else to show off—she'd been chosen to serve on the Youth Advisory Board of Atari, one of the best-known video game and computer companies in the country. Plenty of high school students have sat in study hall daydreaming about a V.I.P. tour of the inner sanctums of Atari, Inc.; Kerrie is one of the few who've been there. She took a private tour last spring, and was included in meetings with top officials, and discussions of Atari's confidential plans for software and hardware development." ..."Atari brought her to the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago earlier this year, and this fall will fly her to a special meeting to 'brainstorm' with the other 19 members of the YAB."" ..."Travel isn’t the only benefit of being a YAB member. Kerrie’s received an Atari 1200XL to review software, and a modem, so she can telegraph her latest opinions and recommendations to other YAB members and Atari's elders. 'When we say something, Atari jumps,' says Kerrie. “'It's great fun having someone listen to your opinions for a change, especially when adults are always telling us what to do. Now we get to tell them.'” [Interview with Kerrie] Next, my interview with Tina Vokler. There's an article about Tina in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, dated June 16 1983, by Jan Ackerman. It features a photo of Tina typing on her Atari 1200XL, with an Atari joystick prominently in the foreground. "Sixteen-year-old Tina Bartschat of Upper St. Claie is multilingual. The pert, blond-haired teenager learned to speak German while growing up near Hanover, Germany, where she lived until age 10. She knows other languages, too, languages with such strange names as Basic, Pilot and Assembler, all machine languages. "These are the languages of the computer age, languages that are Greek to anyone who doesn’t know a word processor from a printer. ...“'Basic is an all-purpose language,' she explains, leading the way to the Atari 1200XL computer in her bedroom. It comes equipped with printer, a taping system, a screen and a word processor. "Atari gave the system to Tina after she was picked to serve on a newly created Atari Youth Advisory Board, a select group of 21 computer-astute teen-agers from across the country, who will advise the computer and video games giant about how to cater to young consumers. Tina is the only teenager from Pennsylvania selected to the elite group, which held its first meeting in Sunnyvale, California March. Besides a free trip to the West Coast, she also was given an Atari system, worth more than $1,500. "She was recommended for the program by Mr. Saunders, a calculus and computer science teacher. She credits Saunders and Dr. John DeBlassio, a math and computer science teacher at her high school, with helping to sharpen her computer skills. [Interview with Tina] The interview with Kerrie Holton-Tainter took place on November 17, 2017. (A video version of that interview is also available.) The interview with Tina Volker took place on January 27, 2018. If you were a member of the Atari Youth Advisory board, I'd love to hear from you: email email@example.com. Video of the Kerrie Holton-Tainter interview Family Computing article about Kerrie Photo of Kerrie and the other YAB kids Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about Tina Photo of Tina and the other YAB kids
ANTIC Interview 340 - Hal Segal, Association of Time-Sharing UsersMay 14, 2018 38:25
Description:Hal Segal, Association of Time-Sharing Users Hal Segal was founder and president of the Association of Time-Sharing Users, and the Association of Small Computer Users, and several other groups dedicated to early computer systems. The Association of Time-Sharing Users was formed in 1974: it published a newsletter, which Hal wrote, as well as directories of terminals, applications, database management systems, and so on. Group members held meetings in various cities around the United States. Hal is also author of the books How to Select Your Small Computer Without Frustration and How to Manage Your Small Computer Without Frustration, which were published in 1982 and 1983 by Prentice-Hall. This interview took place January 9, 2018. A video version of this interview is also available. Video version of this interview Computer Terminals Directory — Association of Time-Sharing Users About Hal Background in ComputerWorld magazine
ANTIC Interview 339 - Steve Englehart, Atari Advanced Games GroupMay 11, 2018 31:52
Description:Steve Englehart, Atari Advanced Games Group Steve Englehart worked in the Advanced Games Group of Atari, where he developed ideas for new computer games. He was the designer of E.T. Phone Home!, Final Legacy, and Garfield for the Atari 8-bit machines, and worked on several unfinished games. He wrote the manual for Eastern Front: 1941. This interview took place on November 17, 2017. A video version of this interview is available. Video version of this interview Steve's web site ANTIC Interview 67 - Ted Richards, Atari Connection Magazine
ANTIC Interview 338 - Jack Smyth, The Learning Company and Add-On SoftwareMay 7, 2018 37:37
Description:Jack Smyth, The Learning Company and Add-On Software Jack Smyth was the first CEO of The Learning Company, the educational software publisher best known for Reader Rabbit and Rocky's Boots. He was also involved with Add-On Software, a company that sold CP/M software for several computer platforms, including the Atari 8-bit line. The company built a hardware card, for use with the Atari 1090XL peripheral expansion box, that would have added CP/M functionality to Atari computers. That device was never sold, or at least was not widely available. This interview took place on March 8, 2018. After the interview, Jack sent me anl Add-On Software CP/M catalog (primarily focused on the Apple II) which I have scanned and uploaded to Internet Archive. Teaser quote: "I took my 5-year-old daughter with me to see how my daughter liked the software. ... Well my daughter loved it, and so I bought the company." Add-On Software catalog Add-On Software CP/M flyer 1984 InfoWorld article interviewing Smyth 1983 CP/M add-on announcement AtariMania's list of Learning Company software
ANTIC Interview 337 - Bryan Talbot, APX CartoonistApr 30, 2018 01:10:35
Description:Bryan Talbot, APX Cartoonist Bryan Talbot published one program for the Atari computer: Cartoonist, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded first prize in the systems/telecommunications category. This interview took place on December 8, 2017. "I was just trying to contemplate what to do, and finally — I'd been going to all the missionary classes and I did the thing that they taught us to do. I just knelt down on the floor and I grabbed my 810 drive, and I prayed that God would fix my drive." Cartoonist in the fall 1983 APX catalog Cartoonist Manual and Disk Image
ANTIC Interview 336 - Dwight Johnson, Lake County Atari Computer EnthusiastsApr 28, 2018 19:18
Description:Dwight Johnson, Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts Dwight Johnson was founder of Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts, a users group based in Waukegan, IL. He started the group in April 1983. The group still exists today as a general PC computer users group, and is now called Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts. This interview took place on April 12, 2018. Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts
ANTIC Interview 335 - Colin Hume, Computer WarApr 25, 2018 20:59
Description:Colin Hume, Computer War Colin Hume worked at Thorn EMI for about a year, where he programmed one game for the Atari 8-bit computers: Computer War. Computer War was based on the 1983 movie War Games. Thomas Cherryhomes joined us to ask Colin some questions of his own. This interview took place on April 12, 2018. "Of course it was so totally different. There was no specification, no one ever checked through your code. There was no documentation. There was no maintenance." Computer War at AtariMania Colin's web site
ANTIC Interview 334 - Matthew McGinley, Elite Personal AccountantApr 22, 2018 35:37
Description:Matthew McGinley, Elite Personal Accountant Matthew McGinley was the creator and publisher of Elite Personal Accountant, financial management software for the Atari computer. He released it in mid-1985 after working on it for several years. The review of Elite Personal Accountant by Stephen Roquemore in Antic magazine said, "This new program from a small company has just about every capability built into it that anyone could dream up. And the manual is one of the finest I have ever encountered. ... Elite Personal Accountant will handle 79 categories divided into income, expense, asset, and liability groups. As many as nine credit cards are handled separately, but counted as liabilities. There are 17 different transaction codes available. The reporting capabilities go well beyond the competition, with an option that allows you (within limits) to design your own reports." I found Matthew through an eBay listing, where he is selling the source code disks, printouts, and development notes. This interview took place on April 10, 2018. "Being stuck on certain routines that would give me an error, and I knew there must have been a simple answer. So I'd be going off to sleep, and I'd wake up two hours later. My mind was — ah, that's it! " Elite Personal Accountant on ebay Elite Personal Accountant review in Antic magazine Joyeuse 44, by Swan Starling
ANTIC Interview 333 - Cynde Moya, Collections Manager at Living Computers: Museum + LabsApr 19, 2018 46:57
Description:Cynde Moya, Collections Manager at Living Computers: Museum + Labs Cynde Moya is Collections Manager at Living Computers: Museum + Labs. Located in Seattle, Washington, Living Computers is a computer museum that provides hands-on experiences using computers ranging from micros to mainframes. (Last time I was there, there was a Xerox Alto, an Apple I, and yes, an Atari 400 with a number of game carts, plus big iron like a Control Data 6500 and DEC PDP-10 - all those machines and more usable by visitors.) As Collections Manager, Cynde takes care of the museum's collection, and catalogs it. This interview took place on April 9, 2018. “It's definitely not all glory when you're cleaning dead rats out of an old computer." Cynde on Twitter Living Computers Museum + Labs
ANTIC Interview 332 - Mike Matthews, Alien Group Voice BoxApr 16, 2018 20:58
Description:Mike Matthews, Alien Group Voice Box That voice you just heard in an Alien Group Voice Box II connected to an Atari 800. Voice Box was a external speech synthesizer box for the Atari 400 and 800. Voice Box, and its successor Voice Box II, was marketed by "The Alien Group" starting in July 1982. The device used the Votrax SC-01A speech synthesizer chip to add speech and singing to the Atari. Versions were also available for the Commodore 64 and Apple II computers. The Alien Group was actually an offshoot of Electro-Harmonix. Electro-Harmonix was founded by rhythm and blues keyboard player Mike Matthews in 1968. The company is still is business today, and is well-regarded for its guitar pedals and other musicians' gear. For more background on The Alien Group and Voice Box, I recommend reading Bill Lange's blog post "Atari Says Its First Word." This interview with Mike Matthews took place on November 13, 2017. *** One more thing: I talked with Scott Matthews, Mike's son. He told me in email: "My first big software project was for my dad, when I was about 13. What I wrote was an Atari BASIC function that would take a number as input, and would output the phonetic equivalent of that number. The idea was that other people -- who wanted to write applications that would speak a number -- could use the function to convert application-generated numbers to a speakable string." Scott also doesn't remember who, if anyone, won the $5000 contest for best talking software. Alien Group Voice Box II Demo on Atari 800 Atari 8-Bit ads: Atari Says Its First Word Photo of Mike and Voice Box Another Voice Box II ad Electro-Harmonix Goes To Russia Compute! magazine mentions Voice Box II
ANTIC Interview 331 - Winchell Chung, Avalon Hill gamesApr 11, 2018 47:42
Description:Winchell Chung, Avalon Hill games Winchell Chung worked at Avalon Hill computer games, where he was the Atari 8-bit computer programmer. He worked on Nuke War, B-1 Nuclear Bomber, Free Trader, Paris in Danger, and Vorrak. His best known game is probably Gulf Strike. This interview took place on April 10, 2018. "A good game with lousy graphics doesn't sell, but a lousy game with great graphics will." Atarimania's list of Winchell's games Winchell on Twitter Atomic Rockets
ANTIC Special Episode Bits and BytesApr 7, 2018 01:20:57
Description:This is ANTIC, the Atari 8-bit podcast. I’m Kevin Savetz. I love old computers. If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, you knew that already. I also love musical theater. So when I found out about Bits & Bytes, a 1983 musical about computers — well, that’s right in my wheelhouse. Bits & Bytes was an educational touring production, created by South Coast Repertory Theater, a professional theatre company located in Costa Mesa, California. It was a 45-minute musical show, aimed at school kids, that was performed at elementary schools across Southern California from January through June of 1983. More than 60,000 children saw the show. The story is about Happy, a naive girl who goes into a computer store for the first time, wondering if a computer can “solve all her problems and make her truly happy.” Morton B. Norton, a pushy, overzealous computer salesman, tries to sell her a computer, with the help of wacky sidekicks, Bits and Bytes. Through speech and song, the team teaches Happy about computers — what they can and can’t do. A computer could help her be more organized, get her homework done, and play games. But Happy learns that a computer cannot really think, and is not a substitute for real, human friends. *** The goal of the play was to “show the realistic capabilities of computers as distinguished from commercial hypes and science fiction fantasy.” Another goal was to emphasize the “talents unique to human beings — what makes us different from computers.” South Coast Repertory Theater’s educational touring productions took short original plays into area primary schools. The topic of computers was chosen for the 1983 production because surveyed teachers, parents, and principals overwhelmingly chose “computer literacy” as a topic they wanted to see covered. (Previous educational touring shows included Tomato Surprise, about nutrition; The Fitness Game, about physical fitness; and The Energy Show, about conserving energy.) The play was written by Michael Bigelow Dixon and Jerry Patch, with music by Diane King. It was directed by John-David Keller, with set design by Dwight Richard Odle. The assistant director/choreographer was Diane dePriest. An ensemble of five played all the roles, with one doubling as stage manager. The cast was Robert Crow, Sam Hamann, James Le Gros, Laura Leyva, and Deborah Nisimura. Bits & Bytes won the 1983 Pioneer Drama Service award for best new play. It ran for 246 performances, breaking the booking record for South Coast Repertory. The January 29, 1983 issue of the Los Angeles Times said: “...in some respects the current show is the most impressive so far. Now that computer technology has entered the home and workplace—as well as the shopping mall—it’s noteworthy that a play can tell us how much more computers can do than launch missiles and gobble up space villains. … Diane King composed such a fine score—which includes evocations of different eras in pop music—that it almost has commercial possibilities of its own. “Laura Leyva plays Happy, the girl who, for a very long time, is led to believe—along with the rest of us—that the computer will solve all our problems. That’s a dangerous and depressingly facile notion whose emphasis, early on, far outweighs the authors’ concluding moral that ‘computers can only deal with facts, not feelings.’ “But Bits & Bytes humorously shows its audience of kids how advanced and widespread the computer revolution has become and that they stand well ahead of their parents at its ramparts.” *** Texas Instruments donated a computer to the production: a TI 99/4A with monitor, peripheral expansion box, speech synthesizer, disk drives, and software. The computer was used as part of the set. I interviewed three people who helped create Bits & Bytes: first, Michael Bigelow Dixon, who is co-author of the play. Next we’ll hear from Diane King, the composer. Finally we’ll hear from Laura Leyva, the actress who played the roll of Happy. The interview with Michael Bigelow Dixon took place on March 9, 2018, with Diane King on March 6, and with Laura Leyva on March 16. Look at the show notes, where you’ll find several photographs of the Bits & Bytes cast, reviews of the play, and articles about it. If you’d like to read the play or the score, that’s trickier. They are not online due to copyright. I borrowed copies via interlibrary loan. If you saw this play, I would love to hear your memories of it. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Special thanks to Tania Thompson at South Coast Repertory for providing background information about this production, to Laura Leyva for providing photographs, to Michael Bigelow Dixon for providing articles from his archive, and to Diane King for digitizing her recordings from tape and allowing me to use them for this episode. Photos from Bits & Bytes Bits & Bytes article in Today Magazine, July 1983 Bits & Bytes in Family Computing Magazine, June 1984 Bits & Bytes in InfoWorld, Feb 28 1983 The Annotated Bits & Bytes - Orange County Magazine 1983-06 Education Through Entertainment - The Computing Teacher, 1983-10 Bits & Bytes study guide South Coast Repertory Theater
ANTIC Episode 50 - 50 and Counting!Mar 22, 2018 01:30:34
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: In our 50th episode, Kevin tells us about all his secret tours, we tell you about upcoming contests, review new books, and read lots of feedback from our listeners.
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What We’ve Been Up ToVintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest - https://archive.org/details/@savetz?and%5B%5D=Vintage+Computer+Festival+Pacific+Northwest Atari 1020 plotter https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=yAetCgnxYbc Replacement X/Y gears: https://www.shapeways.com/product/CMBQ6D2Z4 LCM tour (Dorsett tapes) - http://www.livingcomputers.org/ Internet Archive visit - http://www.archive.org Theses project - https://archive.org/details/@savetz?and%5B%5D=thesis Dandy source code: https://archive.org/details/Dandy_source REWRITE word processor https://archive.org/details/REWRITE_word_processor Indy Vintage Computer Club - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1082702455167563/ Video enhancement options VBXE - RGB output providing crisp clear picture using LCD TV or RGB monitor - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=53 Bryan Edewaard’s UAV (Ultimate Atari Video) board - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260267-the-uav-rev-d-video-upgrade-thread/ Sofia - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/258702-new-development-gtia-in-cpld/
News8 BIT ANNUAL book - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8bitmagazine/8-bit-annual-2018-for-8-bit-computers-and-consoles If you have an Android device, you can listen to it with a free app InfoMan made called Retro Atari Podcasts - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andromo.dev5592.app460787&hl=en BASIC Ten-Liners are back for 2018 - http://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/basic-10liners-2018 ABBUC Software contest - Freetz on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/272415-abbuc-software-competition-2018/ Stunt Car Racer - http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7541 RetroChallenge 2018/04 - http://www.retrochallenge.org/ That company that calls itself Atari is doing a cryptocurrency - Atari Token - http://fortune.com/2018/02/16/atari-cryptocurrency-atari-token/ The A-Z of Atari 8-bit Games: Volume 2 (The Atari 8-bit) Kindle Edition by Kieren Hawkin - https://www.amazon.com/Z-Atari-8-bit-Games-ebook/dp/B07B7P5CSF Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): VCF Southeast, April 21 & 22, 2018, this year at the Computer Museum of America Roswell, GA Vintage Computer Festival East - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ , When: May 18-20, 2018, Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ Southern Fried June 8-10 http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com KansasFest - https://www.kansasfest.org/ , July 17-22, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri VCF West Aug 4-5 - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/ Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/ - Oregon Convention Center on October 19-21, 2018 other shows that will definitely occur but not yet announced: VCF Midwest - Elk Grove Village, IL - September Atari Party - keep eye open International Atari Shows (Nir Dary) - https://email@example.com&pli=1
YouTube videos this monthYouTube videos this month - using the search term “Atari 800” Atari 400 vs. Commodore VIC-20 - Round 1 - Fight! - by Retro Systems Rescue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeOJY9VUkyQ Atari 400 Y/C (S-video) video mod by FlashJazzCat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WejZHNOMgYU Atari 400 demonstration video tapes by Bill Lange - different resolutions - 5 minute video - shows Programmer, Communicator, Entertainer, Educator 1280 x 720 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE_qS5IEQhQ 1920 x 1080 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5DpP_-zrck 720 x 480 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3AGOXO4sdM
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End of Show MusicMotionRide (Pete) rock version of Disco Dirge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa-twkXhXDQ
ANTIC Interview 330 - William "Ted" Farmer, Eastern Front (1941) ScenariosMar 6, 2018 36:07
Description:William "Ted" Farmer, Eastern Front (1941) Scenarios Ted Farmer created one product for the Atari 8-bit computers, with an unwieldy name: “Eastern Front (1941) Scenarios For 1942, 1943, 1944". The disk of add-on scenarios for Eastern Front 1941 first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, alongside Chris Crawford's Eastern Front (1941) scenario editor, the program that Ted used to create the scenarios. This interview took place on January 27, 2018. Teaser quote: "Some time later, I got a message on my telephone answering machine, and it was from Chris [Crawford]. It was very short. He said, 'Stop working on the article, and I can't tell you why.'" Software and manual Eastern Front Scenarios in the fall 1983 APX catalog Eastern Front (1941) Scenarios at AtariMania
ANTIC Interview 329 -Douglas Wilder, Ultimate Renumber UtilityMar 3, 2018 27:09
Description:Douglas Wilder, Ultimate Renumber Utility Douglas Wilder published one program though Atari Program Exchange, Ultimate Renumber Utility, which he co-wrote with his father, Justin Wilder. It first appeared in the winter 1981 APX catalog, but was featured in the catalog for less than a year: in the winter 1982 catalog, it was replaced by BASIC/XA, which did renumbering as well as other functions for programmers. This interview took place on January 26, 2018. Teaser quote: "So we got enough money off the sales of that through APX that it paid for both my father's computer and mine." Ultimate Renumber Utility in the winter 1981 APX catalog
ANTIC Interview 328 - Jerry Horanoff, Carina BBS SoftwareFeb 15, 2018 49:59
Description:Jerry Horanoff, Carina BBS Software Jerry Horanoff was the creator of the Carina bulletin board system software for the Atari 8-bit computers, and later, Carina II. The October 1986 issue of ANTIC Magazine wrote: "This expandable, module-based bulletin board software package is written in understandable BASIC and includes XMODEM upload/download transfer protocol, message editor with word processor-like functions and a total of 44 commands, including 17 sysop functions. It operates at 300, 1200 or 2400 baud and works with most DOSs and BASICs." Jerry also created Ultramon, a disassembler. Later he worked at ICD and Commodore. This interview took place on January 25, 2018. Carina 1 Software And Documentation Carina II Manual 1987 interview with Jerry Purrfect Sift kickstarter
ANTIC Episode 49 - Thomas Cherryhomes and PLATOFeb 10, 2018 01:25:42
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: In this first episode of 2018, we talk about the fact that ANTIC has been downloaded over ½ million times, we get a surprise visit from Thomas Cherryhomes, who talks about PLATO for the Atari, we offer Atari 8-bit gift options for Valentine’s Day, Nir Dary tells us about some things he’s been exploring, plus all the Atari 8-bit news that we could find. Happy New Year!
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What We’ve Been Up ToLaserdisc project - https://archive.org/stream/creativecomputing-1982-01/Creative_Computing_v08_n01_1982_January#page/n92/mode/1up/search/aurora Trans Lux - Trans Lux, Atari 800 art by Hal Glicksman & Trans Lux, an Atari 800 demo by Hal Glicksman Theses - https://archive.org/details/@savetz?and%5B%5D=thesis Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton - https://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Game-Consoles-Commodore-Platforms/dp/0415856000 Indy Vintage Computer Club - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1082702455167563/
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NewsPrototype PLATO cart from Lance at Video61 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsFthVymI4Q Thom & company got the PLATO cart working - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/196354-ataris-plato-cartridge-question/?p=3952844 1984 article about Atari PLATO cart - https://www.atarimagazines.com/v3n3/platorising.html Cyber1 - https://www.cyber1.org Friendly Orange Glow book - http://amzn.to/2E0ZWsN Demo video by Thomas Cherryhomes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4B4DjFT8U8 8-bit High Score Club Season 15 - http://atariage.com/forums/forum/60-8-bit-high-score-club/ Altirra 3.00 out - http://www.virtualdub.org/altirra.html BASIC Ten-Liners are back for 2018 - http://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/basic-10liners-2018 13th Issue of Pro(c) Magazine - https://proc-atari.de/de/proc-atari-magazin Cult game Pong bounces back as quiz show - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/cult-game-pong-bounces-back-as-quiz-show-f7ht0dc2w Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/ , When: Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th, 2018, Where: Living Computers: Museum+Labs, 2245 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA VCF Southeast, April 21 & 22, 2018, this year at the Computer Museum of America Roswell, GA Vintage Computer Festival East - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ , When: May 18-20, 2018, Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ KansasFest - https://www.kansasfest.org/ , July 17-22, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/ - Oregon Convention Center on October 19-21, 2018 other shows that will definitely occur but not yet announced: VCF Midwest - Elk Grove Village, IL - September Atari Party - keep eye open International Atari Shows (Nir Dary) - https://firstname.lastname@example.org&pli=1
YouTube videos this monthYouTube videos this month - using the search term “Atari 800” Mister FPGA Board Emulating ATARI 800 XL Computer (Nir Dary) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRitIyId5Ws - Mister is an open source FPGA Retro machine emulation system, in this Video i demonstrate the Mister board emulating the ATARI 800 XL computer Trans Lux, an Atari 800 demo by Hal Glicksman uploaded by Kevin Savetz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aa_DkAcmdc&t=228s Atari 800/400 "E.R.I.C. P.O.P. #1" Kiosk Video Rip - Ben Henmueller - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Ajm0RweL0 - This video was ripped from a laserdisc that was used in kiosks set-up by Atari to promote the Atari 800 and Atari 400 computer systems. My 1983 Diary Episode 3: More Atari Games and Pelham Puppets - JohnnyCeed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ_Ybu8nDlM
Valentine’s Day Gift IdeasAtari T-shirts at Target - https://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=atari CB101280E2 Atari Enhanced 2nd Generation Custom made Composite Video Cable - Best Electronics - http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/Atari%20CV%20E2%20cable.htm Controllers at Best Electronics - http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/quickguide.htm Replace your Atari ingot power supply https://twitter.com/blakespot/status/946527186344988672 Identify the ingot - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/95416-power-supplies/?p=1157349 Replacement power supply $20 - $27 at Best Electronics - http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/power%20guide.htm Atari 1088XEL by MacRorie http://ataribits.weebly.com/1088xel.html http://atariage.com/forums/topic/271135-1088xel-atari-itx-motherboard-pre-order-interest-thread/ Atari 1050 Drive SD Card Reader $80 - https://www.etsy.com/listing/217822136/atari-1050-drive-sd-card-reader?ref=shop_home_active_19 Atari 800XL Brushed Aluminum Badge $4.29 - https://www.etsy.com/listing/448890934/atari-800-xl-label-logo-sticker-badge?ref=shop_home_active_25 Atari 800 Embroidered Custom Dust cover $19.50 - https://www.etsy.com/listing/548440655/atari-800-computer-custom-made-dustcover?ref=shop_home_active_20 Breakout Book $17.99 - https://www.amazon.com/Breakout-Atari-Computers-Defined-Generation/dp/0692851275/
Nir’s Segment - SilliVenture 2017http://8bit-slicks.com/ https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/Main_MiSTer/wiki http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260646-new-hardware-atari-400800-super-color-cpu-card/
ANTIC Interview 327 - Rawson Stovall, The Vid Kid newspaper columnFeb 2, 2018 57:44
Description:Rawson Stovall, The Vid Kid newspaper column As you no doubt gleaned from the clips of his appearances on CBS Morning News and The Tonight Show, Rawson Stovall was only a child when he started writing a syndicated newspaper column in which he reviewed computer games and home video games. The column, called Vid Kid, appeared in 20 newspapers around the United States. He was in fact the first nationally syndicated reviewer of video games in the country. He is author of The Vid Kid's Book of Home Video Games — a compilation of his reviews — which was published in 1984, when Rawson was 12 years old. This interview took place on January 23, 2018. Rawson Stovall on the CBS Morning News Rawson Stovall on Tonight Show Rawson on Wikipedia Rawson on Twitter
ANTIC Interview 326 - Chris James, Thorn EMIJan 29, 2018 21:08
Description:Chris James, Thorn EMI Chris James worked at Thorn EMI, where he was a programmer and later a project manager. Later he founded James Software, which specialized in game conversions to various computer platforms. His long list of Atari game credits includes Darts, Tank Commander, and several jigsaw puzzle games such as European Scene Jigsaw Puzzles and Hickory Dickory Dock. He is also the husband of Hanan Samara, whom I interviewed previously, and whom you can hear providing color commentary in the background from time to time. This interview took place on November 13, 2017. Teaser quote: "We didn't feel like we were sort of on a frontier as such, but we were, I guess — and breaking ground." AtariMania's list of Chris games: http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-james-chris_team_650_8_G.html Hanan Samara interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-325-hanan-samara-jumbo-jet-pilot-and-jinn-genie
ANTIC Interview 325 - Hanan Samara: Jumbo Jet Pilot and Jinn GenieJan 26, 2018 23:47
Description:Hanan Samara: Jumbo Jet Pilot and Jinn Genie Hanan Samara was a programmer at Thorn EMI, where her work included programming the game Jumbo Jet Pilot. Later she founded Dalali Software, a company that specialized in converting games to various computer platforms. There she created the Atari computer game Jinn Genie. This interview took place on November 13, 2017. Her husband, Chris James, can be heard in the background, and is the subject of my next interview. Teaser quote: "We just had to really learn fast. I mean really, really learn fast." Atarimania's list of Hanan's software Hanan in January 1985 Popular Computing Weekly Hanan in January 1988 Advanced Computer Entertainment
ANTIC Interview 324 - Geoffrey Card, kid game reviewerJan 23, 2018 33:44
Description:Geoffrey Card, kid game reviewer In my interview with Orson Scott Card, he mentioned that his son, Geoffrey, helped him review Atari games — thoroughly playing games, then providing a sort of executive summary for his dad, who then wrote about the games for Compute! magazine. I thought it would be fun to get Geoffrey's perspective about that time. This interview took place on January 19, 2018. Teaser quote: "One of the interesting, great things about that era was the fact that somebody could sit there in their garage and they could make something, and it really was indistinguishable from what the professionals were making." Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/r17r_AzoLrI Orson Scott Card interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-323-orson-scott-card-compute-books
ANTIC Interview 323 - Orson Scott Card, Compute! BooksJan 18, 2018 01:06:15
Description:Orson Scott Card, Compute! Books Orson Scott Card is a Hugo Award winning, best-selling science fiction author, perhaps best known for his 1985 novel, Ender's Game. But we're not here to talk about that — because for about nine months, Orson Scott Card was an editor at Compute! Books, where we worked on several books about the Atari 8-bit and other computer platforms. His work appears in Compute!'s Third Book of Atari and Compute!'s Second Book of Atari Graphics. He also wrote extensively for Compute! magazine, primarily about computer games. His FontByter and ScreenByter graphics utilities for the Atari computers were published in Compute! His short story The Lost Boys features a character that plays games on an Atari computer. This interview took place on January 5, 2018. A video version of this interview is also available. Teaser quote: "I really miss programming. I miss those nights, starting after the kids were in bed — 8:30, 9 o'clock — just solving problems ... noticing that there was now light coming through the basement windows, and realizing that I had pulled an all-nighter ... just debugging three minutes of a game." Video version of this interview Card's articles in Compute! magazine Home Computer Games Grow Up Card's final column in Compute! Compute!'s Second Book of Atari Graphics Reading the Keyboard Codes in Compute!'s Third Book of Atari Bill Wilkinson interview Bev and Bryan Wilkinson interview Richard Mansfield interview
ANTIC Interview 322 - Maurice Molyneaux, Atari animation guruJan 7, 2018 01:02:38
Description:Maurice Molyneaux, Atari animation guru Maurice Molyneaux was a game artist, Atari graphics animator, and writer. He wrote articles for Video Games & Computer Entertainment Magazine and A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing Magazine, and wrote "The Animation Stand" column for ST-Log magazine. He created many animations primarily using MovieMaker, an animation program for the Atari published by Reston Publishing. This interview took place on November 20, 2017. Teaser quote: "[Lee Pappas] said 'Oh, we get the reader service cards in, your column is like the most popular thing in the magazine.' And I said, 'Well, then you won't mind paying me the technical rate instead of the standard rate.' ... He said 'Oooh, you got me.' So I ended up making my rent every month writing that damn column.” Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/4W6NtaEKccI Maurice's web site: http://mauricemolyneaux.com Maurice's blog posts about Atari animation: https://mmolyneaux.wordpress.com/category/animation/ Maurice Molyneaux's articles in ST-LOG magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/st-log/index/index.php?author=Maurice+Molyneaux YouTube playlist of Atari MoveiMaker animations: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT-oeGyO1WeNvjmDEV3cyCAfOiIRAWysi Colecovision vs. Atari 5200 Hardware Comparison: http://www.atarihq.com/5200/cv52/ Maurice's Atari ST game demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrqcawTaWqg
ANTIC Episode 48 - Happy New Year!Jan 1, 2018 01:13:35
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: In this 2017 year-end episode, we get a surprise visit from our international correspondent, Nir Dary, we hear about Kevin’s dream find, and we unwrap our surprise Christmas gifts from Nir Dary. Nir Dary tells us about his visit to SilliVenture. (It’s a whole lot of Nir Dary!) Plus all the Atari 8-bit news that we could find.
Happy New Year!
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TEH: Tech Enthusiast Hour - https://tehpodcast.com
What We’ve Been Up ToRevive 1027 - Roller Rubber Replacement for ATARI®1027 Printers - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/271589-revive1027-order-thread/ SIDE2 Cart - http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=68 TEH: Tech Enthusiast Hour - https://tehpodcast.com WePlash Atari 8bit Demo - SillyVenture 2017 - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YC4QP8YDgE
Interview DiscussionInterview index: here
NewsSIO2MicroSD system made in Chile - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2017/11/atari-sistema-sio2microsd-hecho-en-chile.html Connecting multiple devices in series with Atari SIO Hub - http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=213 3D Printed Case for SIO2SD / Atari 800XL style - 3D Printed Case for SIO2SD / Atari XE style , 3D Printed Case for SIO2SD / Atari 800XL style Zylon Defenders - iOS Star Raiders-inspired game - by Jeff Glasse - https://github.com/jglasse/ZylonDefenders Before he was the CEO of a $75 billion company, Marc Benioff was a teenage video game entrepreneur — check out his old games - http://www.businessinsider.com/marc-benioff-wrote-video-games-for-atari-computers-in-the-1980s-2017-11 BASIC Interpreter Speed Comparison - Darklantha - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1shS83CTAG2av0ZzUTzgen2AH0KOZyYsBmBCX0HX1tI8/edit#gid=0 , https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOoCXsFhz0tlHCinV0rm64PQifIOApqdp ABBUC 2017 software contest - http://www.abbuc.de/softwarecontest-2017 Vacation project - got SIO2Arduino running with the 130XE - Jeff Piepmeier - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ataripodcast/permalink/2018431408434162/ new Arduino-based SDrive with touch screen - https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.forum64.de%2Findex.php%3Fthread%252F78122-projektvorstellung-sdrive-max%252F%26pageNo%3D1&h=ATOAP8ZGxO7Fy2JU-ESMpgq0i1cUNrc_UjX82y-w1yh00b3vu4HmC_kA9NK62okGiZ3mFT_V1qG3WHu7MmK_4kt8nyP_rjGU1ZznWWFdoCemxygOGtAJxYrjRdepidAQtCyDmdqKp3CDWPI3 Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/ , When: Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th, 2018, Where: Living Computers: Museum+Labs, 2245 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA Vintage Computer Festival East - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ , When: May 18-20, 2018, Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ KansasFest - https://www.kansasfest.org/ , July 17-22, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri other shows that will definitely occur but not yet announced: VCF Southeast - Roswell, GA - April VCF Midwest - Elk Grove Village, IL - September Atari Party - keep eye open International Atari Shows (Nir Dary) - https://email@example.com&pli=1
YouTube videos this monthYouTube videos this month - 366 using the search term “Atari 800” McDonald’s Atari promotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsAlLrXzGzg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bat0n5ZV_4 Donkey Kong Atari 400/800/800XL 164,600 Points - TwinGalaxies World Record - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_18iHa3nL4 WePlash Atari 8bit Demo - SillyVenture 2017 - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YC4QP8YDgE SillyVenture Atari Party 2017 - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67-qdnnbVTM ATARI FPGA - Mist v1.3 Vs EclaireXL - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9EQWBlg6bc Sofia Rev C - DVI Video output for the ATARI 8bit Computer - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao2m5cy9g14
New at Archive.orgAtari 1030 Modem Manual ABC Basic Compiler — Monarch Data Systems Assembler - Quality Software 6502 Disassembler - Quality Software 4VEP—Four Voice Editor Player for Atari 8-bit ACR — Atari Cash Register APX Wordmaker APX Cubbyholes manual Eastern Front (1941) Scenario Editor Eastern Front (1941) Scenarios For 1942, 1943, 1944 6502 Games by Rodnay Zaks Atari 600XL, 800XL, 1400XL, 1450XLD Pamphlets Add-On Software CP/M for Atari flyer Unofficial Atari Computer Users' Groups 1982-12-01 AtariTel Announcement Eastern House Software catalogs Monkey Wrench II manual EHS KISS Manual https://archive.org/details/CandyColleenIOSubsystem https://archive.org/details/Atari400800SerialInputOutputPortUsersHandbook https://archive.org/details/Timeworks_Catalog_for_Commodore_and_Atari Current Notes Volume 9 Number 1 https://archive.org/details/FastPakABBS https://archive.org/details/NewsStationReeveSoftware CBS Software's K-Razy Kritters manual CBS Software's K-Razy Shoot Out manual CBS Software's K-Razy Antiks Atari 400 800 Commercial Cards Atari Game Recorder From Radio Electronics Magazine December 1984 https://archive.org/details/Compuclub
Nir’s Segment - SilliVenture 2017http://www.sillyventure.eu/en/ https://demozoo.org/parties/3173/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67-qdnnbVTM&t=11s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpkaWSQ9A14&list=PLHDxrzOvt6kQuSyJFtrMJLkwINflIdn1p https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKe1aEg0Ly4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKyl2MhwfCQ
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ANTIC Interview 321 - Databar OSCARDec 16, 2017 01:09:08
Description:Databar OSCAR This is a story about the rise and fall of a compter peripheral and the company behind it. The company was Databar, and the product was called OSCAR, which was short for Optical SCAnning Reader. In 1983, it wasn't easy to get inexpensive software for your home computer. Floppy disks were expensive. Modems were slow and expensive. You could get software in magazines — a variety of computer magazines offered computer program listings that you could type in. You might spend hours laboriously typing in a program, and it might work. Or more likely, it wouldn't, because of a typo or because of errors in the published listing. It wasn't easy to get inexpensive software for your computer. One solution that a couple of companies came up with was to distribute software in books and magazines — but instead of printed listings that you'd have to type in, the programs were distributed as bar codes — long collections of black and white dots. You could use a bar code scanner to read the programs into your computer. The best known solution was, perhaps, Cauzin Softstrip. And although Softstrip may have been the best known, it was by no means a success. I've already published interviews with the people who created Softstrip. Another contender in this niche — and the one that this episode is about - was the Databar OSCAR. OSCAR was released two years before Softstrip. OSCAR had two parts — the hardware, the Optical SCAnning Reader that would connect to your Atari 8-bit computer, or your Texas Instruments 99/4A, or your Commodore 64. And, the bar code software, which was to be published in a special magazine, called Databar. First, let's talk a little about the hardware. A silver plastic device, a little smaller than a loaf of bread, was the brains of the operation. A hand-held removable wand, connected via a telephone-style coiled wire, held the optical reader. That's the part that you would roll over the bar code to read the software into your computer. Finally, there was an interface cable that connected the main device to your computer. This is the only bit of hardware that's different in the Atari, Commodore, and Texas Instruments versions of the product. The Commodore version, for instance, connects to the C64's cassette port. The Atari version also emulates a cassete tape drive, and connects to the Atari's SIO port. The hardware alone cost $79.95, but it wouldn't do much good without the bar-code printed software, which was the Databar magazine. A 1-year subscription to the Databar magazine would cost an additional $120. So let's talk about the software: the magazine. "Databar - The Monthly Bar Code Software Magazine" which was published in 1983, and turned out to only have one issue published, so it wasn't very monthly after all. Databar ran some advertisements in the Atari, Commodore, and Texas Instruments computer magazines. I'm going to read a bit from one of them. [ad excerpt] The magazine was published in three versions: one for the Atari 8-bit computer, one for the TI 99/4A, and a version for Commodore 64. The cover and front part of the magazine was the same in all editions, with general-interest articles like "Computer Gaming," "To Your Health - Your Health Is Up To You," and "Climbing the Slippery Financial Hills." The second part of the magzaine was different in each edition. This was the part with the bar codes. Each version has pretty much the same set of programs, but customized to the dialect of BASIC used on that particular computer. The selection of non-confrontational, milquetoast programs includes OSCAR's Match (a memory game), Financial Quiz, Math Challenge, Health Assessment, The Law and You, and Miles Per Gallon Calculator. Only 9 programs were ever published in this format for the Commodore and TI, and they are all in the magazine. 13 Atari programs were ever published in this format, in the Atari version of the magazine. The OSCAR box claims that the hardware is also compatible with the Timex Sinclair 1000, 1500, 2000, and the TRS-80 Color Computer. But I haven't seen any evidence that versions of the magazine were created for those systems, nor the hardware adapters to connect to them. One of the benefits of the reader was that it was supposed to be faster than typing. My favorite ad for the OSCAR reader says "Programming the Home Computer — Expert Typist with Keyboard vs. Eight-year-old with OSCAR." The task: entering a two-page BASIC program. The expert typist with a 100 word-per-minute speed and a degree in computer programming can do it in 1 hour and 9 minutes. The little girl with bows in her hair and bubble gum in her mouth, with no prior computer experience, can enter the program using OSCAR in 8 minutes. Now that we've set the stage, it's time for the interviews. There are three: first, Don Picard, the Executive Editor of Databar magazine; then Kim Garretson, the publisher of the magazine; and finally Neal Enzenauer, the principal engineer for OSCAR. ## interview 1: Don Picard Don Picard worked for Webb Publishing, a large printing company that owned a number of magazines. Don worked in a division called Creative Communications, that was a custom publishing house for corporate clients. The division did work such as in-flight magazines for airlines, and custom magazines for Farmer's Insurance and the American Automobile Association. He was the Executive Editor of Databar magazine. Teaser quotes: "Concept was basically dead before it got born." "When money's invested there becomes a sort of momentum involved. Nobody wants to say, 'This was a mistake.'" ## interview 2: Kim Garretson The next interview is Kim Garretson, the founding editor and publisher of Databar magazine. Teaser quote: "Sometimes you had to go across a single line of code three or four or five or seven times to hear the little beep." ## interview 3: Neal Enzenauer Our final interview is with Neal Enzenauer, the principal engineer for OSCAR. Teaser quote: "We thought we were going to set the world on fire and make magnetic media obsolete — but I guess we didn't." ## closing Thanks to Don Picard, Kim Garretson, and Neal Enzenauer. Thanks to Allan Bushman for scanning the Atari version of the Databar magazine and OSCAR instructions; @doegox on Twitter for writing the python script to decode the barcodes without the scanner, @paulrickards for wrangling the Commodore software, and @travisgoodspeed for the PoC||GTFO 'zine, which was instrumental in bringing the pieces together. Thanks to the Internet Archive for hosting scans of the magazines and all the software. The interview with Don Picard took place on April 5, 2016. The interview with Kim Garretson took place on June 27, 2016. (A video version of that interview is available, including an extended version where we also discuss CD-ROM publishing and the Prodigy online service.) The interview with Neal Enzenauer took place on April 12, 2016. ANTIC interview with creators of Cauzin Softstrip, another software bar code system PoC||GTFO Databar Magazine - Atari edition Databar Magazine - Commodore edition Databar Magazine - TI 994/A edition Decoded Software from Databar Magazine - Atari edition Decoded Software from Databar Magazine - Commodore edition Decoded Software from Databar Magazine - TI 994/A edition An Introduction To Oscar And Bar Code Scanning - Atari Version Databar OSCAR Box scans Databar OSCAR unboxing video Databar OSCAR Software Binder Kim Garretson interview, extended video version More background on the format Decoding software in python Databar Bar Code Reader patent Expert Typist with Keyboard vs. Eight-year-old with OSCAR Databar ad in Antic magazine Another ad in Antic Databar mention in JACG Atari newsletter Databar article in Enthusiast '99 magazine PC Magazine article about OSCAR
ANTIC Interview 320 - Robert Jaeger, Montezuma's RevengeDec 13, 2017 50:12
Description:Robert Jaeger, Montezuma's Revenge Robert Jaeger is best known in the Atari community as the programmer of the popular game Montezuma's Revenge, which was published by Parker Brothers in 1984. He also programmed Chomper, published by MMG Micro Software; and Pinhead, published by Robert's own company, Utopia Software. This interview took place on December 2, 2017. Digital Press interview with Robert Montezuma's Revenge group on Facebook AtariMania's list of Robert's games Gary Walton interview Wikipedia on Montezuma's Revenge Google DeepMind AI learns to play Montezuma's Revenge
ANTIC Interview 319 - Tay Vaughan, Atari Connection and Antic magazinesDec 10, 2017 30:26
Description:Tay Vaughan, Atari Connection and Antic magazines Tay Vaughan used Atari computers in his school for maritime skills and as a marine surveyor. He was featured in that capacity in a 1983 Atari catalog "Atari Home Computers — The Next Generation." Next, he was hired by Atari and was an editor of The Atari Connection magazine, where he wrote the Bits & Pieces column. Later, Tay was senior editor at Antic magazine, and he edited the book The Best of Atari Software, published by Consumer's Guide. In this interview, we discuss Ted Richards and Jim Capparell, whom I have previously interviewed. This interview took place on December 4, 2017. "Those guys came to the school, the Atari marketing people, and said 'we'd like to give you a couple of computers to let your students play with them and so forth. In exchange, we'll come and take some pictures and maybe use you for marketing." Tay Vaughan in Atari computer catalog Tay's web site Bits and Pieces Tay's articles in Antic magazine Interview with Ted Richards Interview with Jim Capparell The Best Atari Software book
ANTIC Interview 318 - Linda Schreiber: T.H.E.S.I.S. Software and authorDec 7, 2017 39:48
Description:Linda Schreiber: T.H.E.S.I.S. Software and author Linda Watson-Call is better known to Atari users as Linda Schreiber, which was her name at that time. Linda was the founder of T.H.E.S.I.S. Software, an educational software publisher for the Atari 8-bit and Apple II computers. The company was best known for her game, Big Math Attack. She wrote several books about the Atari 8-bit computers: Atari Programming with 55 Programs, Advanced Programming Techniques for your Atari, and Atari Fun & Games: Discover New Heights in Game-Playing Excitement on Any Atari, as well as books about the TI 99/4A and Atari ST computers. She also wrote the Education column in very early editions of Antic magazine. This interview took place on November 25, 2017. "Oh my gosh, I was like kicking out a program every other month. That was a lot of coding." Linda's blog Atarimania's list of Linda's software Atarimania's list of THESIS software Linda's articles in Antic magazine ATARI Programming with 55 Programs Advanced Programming Techniques for Your Atari ATARI Fun & Games Antic magazine review of Big Math Attack
ANTIC Interview 317 - Richard Taylor, Digital Devices CorporationDec 4, 2017 37:13
Description:Richard Taylor, Digital Devices Corporation Richard Taylor was an employee of Digital Devices Corporation. DDC built a number of adapters for the Atari 8-bit computers — it's most well-known product was probably APE-FACE, an inexpensive ($90) device that connected the Atari's SIO port to standard parallel printers. The company's other products included UPRINT, a printing buffer; and the Ape-Link Serial Peripheral Input/Output Expansion Cable. Richard's job? He said in an AtariAge message board message "I was the warranty repair department, shipping department, prototype builder, janitor, etc. while I was going to Georgia Tech in 1984/85." This interview took place on November 14, 2017. Teaser quote: "The printer buffer was just a huge hit. It blew me away. Wow, look, it'll take it all in 10 or 20 seconds and just sit there and spool it out to the printer!" Richard on AtariAge Ape-Face Fact Sheet AtariAge discussion about Ape-Face
ANTIC Interview 316B - Dave Comstock, part 2Dec 1, 2017 01:03:39
Description:Dave Comstock, part 2 A couple of days after our interview, Dave Comstock (who worked at Atari on E.T. Phone Home, Superman III, and Clock & Dagger) e-mailed me saying he had remembered more stories from his Atari days. So we set up a second interview. This interview took place on November 14, 2017. “The project team was actually treated to a meal with Ray Kassar and some other executives in the executive dining room … it was like, one of the fanciest restaurants that you’ve ever been to.” Video version of this interview
ANTIC Interview 316 - Dave Comstock: E.T. Phone Home!, Superman III, Cloak & DaggerNov 30, 2017 01:36:53
Description:Dave Comstock: E.T. Phone Home!, Superman III, Cloak & Dagger Dave Comstock worked at Atari from 1980 through 1984, first as a software and hardware tester, then as a programmer. Dave worked on three games for the Atari 8-bit computers: E.T. Phone Home!, Superman III, and Cloak and Dagger. A video version of this interview is also available. This interview took place on November 8, 2017. "He said 'We've got to go out tonight, and it has to be a comedy.' ... He's like, 'I have something to tell you, and if I tell you we could both be fired.'" AtariMania's list of Dave's games Antic magazine article on the E.T. game Programmer Dave Comstock Talks About the Atari 5200 Version of Cloak and Dagger
ANTIC Interview 315 - Sarah Haskell, Computerized WeavingNov 27, 2017 33:27
Description:Sarah Haskell, Computerized Weaving There's a column in the November 1983 issue of Family Computing magazine, by Jon Zonderman: "Home Business — Compute, Control, and Create. A weaver combines the traditional skills of her craft with a computer and reaps more than one reward." The article is about Sarah Haskell, a weaver who used an Atari computer to design patterns for weaving, and also to computer-control her loom. [Excerpts from the article.] My interview with Sarah took place on November 13, 2017. Teaser quote: "But with the electronic system, you did not have to get down on the floor and physically re-configure all of the treadles with these little metal hook things. You would basically just change it." Article in Family Computing magazine Pictures of Sarah with an Atari 800 Macomber Looms and Me blog About Sarah Macomber Looms
ANTIC Interview 314 - Randall Lockwood, Choose-A-PoochNov 24, 2017 20:25
Description:Randall Lockwood, Choose-A-Pooch There's an article in the August 1984 issue of Family Computing magazine, by Bill Camarda — Behind The Screens: Family Dog. It's about Choose-A-Pooch, an Atari computer program created by Dr. Randall Lockwood, to help match people with the breed of dog that will work best in their living situation. I interviewed Dr. Lockwood on November 10, 2017. "Trying to get away from the fact that people were often choosing dogs based more on just appearance, without knowing that much about the breed." Family Dog article in Family Computing magazine Randall Lockwood bio Bid-A-Wee Animal Shelter
ANTIC Interview 313 - Frank Schwartz and Richard Lewis, VirtusonicsNov 21, 2017 56:51
Description:Frank Schwartz and Richard Lewis, Virtusonics Last last year, I received a batch of Atari disks. One of the disks was labeled Virtuoso Play Mode Sampler — a music demonstration disk from Virtusonics, a company I had never heard of. Thanks to some old articles in Antic magazine, I learned a bit about the product and the company. In 1985, Nat Friedland first wrote about the Virtuoso software: "Virtuoso is such a unique new approach to musicmaking that it's not easy to describe. ... Virtuoso gives you a user-friendly method of tapping the extremely fast and powerful changes that a computer can control in every aspect of music performance. It bypasses the limits of traditional musical notation and uses an almost self-explanatory color graphic display that delivers mathematical insights into the structure of music. ... In technical terms, Virtuoso is a sound generator that produces four voices from the POKEY chip. You can make instant real-time changes in the voices in any of six parameters. Four computers running Virtuoso can be linked together to have up to 16 independent channels controlled by one Atari." Virtusonics was primarily three people: Frank Schwartz, the programmer; Joseph Lyons, the music guy; and Richard Lewis, the CEO. I have interviewed two of them. First you'll hear my February 15, 2017 interview with the programmer/R&D director Frank Schwartz. Then, you'll hear the February 10, 2017 interview with CEO Richard Lewis. I haven't been able to interview the other partner, Joseph Lyons, who is serving 24 years to life in prison. After our interview, Richard Lewis sent me an envelope of Virtusonics papers and disks. The material includes the preliminary version of Virtuoso Software, and the final release which by then was called Virtuoso Desktop Performance Studio, boxes, manuals, flyers and advertising slicks, and stock prospectuses. I scanned and digitized all of the material, which is now available at the Internet Archive. Teaser quotes: Frank Schwartz: "Change the curvature of the sine wave just via software. And that was a concept which was revolutionary in those days." Richard Lewis: "We were criticized by a lot of the top names in computers back in the '80s. As, how that this small company in an apartment in New York City come up with something that we've been working on for years and we cant do?" Virtuoso Desktop Performance Studio software and scans Virtuoso Software Preliminary Version Virtuoso Play Mode Sampler demo video Virtusonics advertising slicks Virtusonics Stock Prospectuses Desktop Performace Studio unboxing Play it Again, Atari, Antic magazine The Story Behind Virtuoso, Antic magazine Desktop Video for Atari XL/XE, Antic magazine Joseph Lyons news (2000) Frank Schwartz, DJ Feral
ANTIC Interview 312 - Paul Wehner, APX SaratogaNov 18, 2017 20:12
Description:Paul Wehner, APX Saratoga Paul Wehner created one program for the Atari 8-bit computer, Saratoga, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. The American revolutionary war game first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the Entertainment category. This interview took place on October 24, 2017. Paul's game list at AtariMania Saratoga in the fall 1983 APX catalog
ANTIC Interview 311 - Alan Reeve, Reeve SoftwareNov 15, 2017 37:41
Description:Alan Reeve, Reeve Software Alan Reeve is the founder of Reeve Software, a company that stated in 1984, creating software for the Atari 8-bit computers. Reeve Software published a variety of applications including Diamond GOS, News Station and News Station Companion, Publishing Pro, The Business Manager, and Diamond Write. The company's games included Battle Tank, Bomber, Castle Attack, Space Hunt, and Star Intruder. This interview took place on October 14, 2017. Diamond GOS advertisement 1990 Antic magazine interview with Alan, and part 2 Antic magazine review of Diamond GOS AtariMania's list of Reeve applications AtariMania's list of Reeve games ReeveSoft current web site ReeveSoft corporate history
ANTIC Episode 47 - Artificially Intelligent?Nov 12, 2017 59:16
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: The artificial intelligence that acts as the hosts of the show laments the lack of Atari goodness this month. Nir Dary avails us of his world travels, this time to the ABBUC meeting. Plus all the Atari news we could find.
What we’ve been up toTandy Assembly - http://www.tandyassembly.com Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://retrogamingexpo.com/ Ted Nelson Junk Mail project https://archive.org/details/tednelsonjunkmail Donate to Ted Nelson project at: https://paypal.me/Savetz
Interview DiscussionStewart Cheifet interview with Atari content on Floppy Days Podcast - http://floppydays.libsyn.com/floppy-days-78-interview-with-stewart-chefeit-computer-chronicles
NewsAtari 800xl clear case - https://www.facebook.com/groups/181644898539691/permalink/1480954711942030/ Retro-Housing on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Retro-Geh%C3%A4use-by-Plexilaserde-493569180811023 The Atari 800Xl Housing can be ordered here - http://www.plexilaser.de/shop/Acrylgehaeuse-fuer-ATARI-800XL-Teilesatz Revive 1027 - Roller Rubber Replacement for ATARI®1027 Printers - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/271589-revive1027-order-thread/ 1088XEL boards - http://AtariBits.Weebly.com/1088XEL.html ABBUC Hardware Contest 2017 - http://www.abbuc.de/atari/hardware-ressort/80-hardware/hardwarewettbewerbe/1835-hardwarewettbewerb-2017 Issue #4 of Eight Bit magazine highlights our favorite 8-bit home computer - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8bitmagazine/eight-bit-magazine-4-amstrad-atari-commodore-spect Eight Bit Magazine Website - http://www.eightbitmagazine.com/ Telnet65: Remote telnet connection for Atari computers - http://www.vintageisthenewold.com/telnet65-remote-telnet-connection-for-atari-computers/ 2018 Calendar with Atari 8-bit Theme - http://www.vintageisthenewold.com/2018-calendar-brought-you-by-atari-800xl/ Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): SillyVenture 2017, Fri, December 8, 5am – Sun, December 10, 1pm, Gdansk, Poland - http://sillyventure.eu/
Welcome to the official website "Silly Venture 2k17"! One of the biggest international events devoted to the platforms of our favorite brand - Atari - returns.Vintage computer fest Seattle Feb 10-11 2018, Living Computers: Museum + Labs - http://vcfed.org/wp/2017/07/07/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/ International Atari Shows (Nir Dary) - https://firstname.lastname@example.org&pli=1
YouTube videos this monthDemonstration of the SYSCHEK V2.2 Hardware - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hht2tUoBSfc ATARI 800 XL XE Classic Edition Games from Poland - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pdnjZzIU4M Atari 800XL Numen Demo - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WcfLQX5xnc Hebrew ATARI XL Computer - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xYnU0KEFsk Demo of MIDI player prototype for the Atari 8-bit - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8IV_fsTP5Y Also, see thread on AtariAge at http://atariage.com/forums/topic/269207-midi-interface/ ABBUC Atari Club Annual Meeting 2017 - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuVjysr5cgs RETRO=RICKY ATARI 130XE COMPILATION HALLOWEEN GAMES PART II 100617 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKkBlZ5-Bqw Atari 1088XEL Mini-ITX motherboard unboxing - Jonathan Halliday (FlashJazzCat) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8hiXMQfsWY
New at Archive.orgAtari PILOT Eliza 2 Atari Cambridge Research Language Design meeting agenda LNBUG 2 Manual LNBUG 6.0 Manual
Nir’s Segment - ABBUC 2017 Meetinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuVjysr5cgs&t=52s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8IV_fsTP5Y
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ANTIC Interview 310 - Guy Ferrante, S&S Wholesalers and Star BBSNov 9, 2017 35:39
Description:Guy Ferrante, S&S Wholesalers and Star BBS Guy Ferrante worked for S&S Wholesalers, a Miami Florida-based computer mail order company, where he was in charge of creating magazine advertisements and managing the warehouse. He also ran Star BBS, a bulletin board system based in South Florida, for 11 years. This interview took place on August 25, 2017. "There's merchandise all over the place. I can't even walk in there. I'm stepping on the merchandise. ... And I said, 'Sandy, what's going on here?' He says, 'Guy, the advertisement was a success, I need you here full time.'" S&S Wholesalers ad in July 1986 Antic magazine S&S Wholesalers ad in June 1987 A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine Tom Hunt interview
ANTIC Interview 309 - Ben Heck, Internet celebrity and console modderOct 22, 2017 29:14
Ben Heck - Internet Celebrity and Console Modder
Benjamin J. Heckendorn (aka Ben Heck) is an American console modder and Internet celebrity. He is the star of element14's The Ben Heck Show, a popular online TV program. It also turns out that he grew up with the Atari 8-bit line of computers and has built a couple of mods involving the Atari line.
This interview took place on April 13, 2017.Book: “Hacking Video Game Consoles: Turn Your Old Video Game Systems Into Awesome New Portables” - https://www.benheck.com/hacking-videogame-consoles/ https://www.benheck.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/thebenheckshow https://www.element14.com/community/community/experts/benheck Atari 800 XE Laptop - https://www.benheck.com/atari-800-xe-laptop/ Second Atari 800 Laptop - https://www.benheck.com/atari-800-laptop-2/ Ben’s Atari 800 Games - https://www.benheck.com/download-my-atari-800-games/
ANTIC Interview 308 - Jim Schuyler, Founder of DesignWareOct 15, 2017 01:44:17
Description:Jim Schuyler, Founder of DesignWare Jim Schuyler was Founder of DesignWare. Founded in 1980, Designware created educational software that was published by other companies — including SRA, Xerox, and Spinnaker — as well as software that it published under its own label. Designware's titles included Creature Creator, Grammar Examiner, Mission: Algebra, Spellicopter, and Trap-a-Zoid, among others. Jim programmed Story Machine himself, which was published by Spinnaker Software. Designware was acquired by PeachTree in 1984. In preparation for this interview, Jim wrote a seven-part article on his blog about DesignWare's pre-history, story, and legacy. This interview took place on September 11, 2017. In it, we discuss Peter Rosenthal, David Seuss, and Bill Bowman, all of whom I previously interviewed. The intro and outro music is Confusion Reigns, composed by Jim Schuyler. A video version of this interview is also available. Peter Rosenthal interview David Seuss interview Bill Bowman interview AtariMania's list of Designware software 1982 InfoWorld article about DesignWare 1983 InfoWorld interview with Jim 1984 PC Magazine Profile on Jim Jim on Twitter Jim's compositions on SoundCloud
ANTIC Interview 307 - Dan Pinal: Alternate Reality - The Dungeon, Atari Graphics and Arcade Game DesignOct 12, 2017 30:01
Description:Dan Pinal: Alternate Reality - The Dungeon, Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design Dan Pinal contributed to the book Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design, with Jeff Stanton, a book published by Arrays in 1984. He was one of the programmers of Alternate Reality - The Dungeon, which was published by Datasoft in 1987. He also created the game Stargate Courier, published by COSMI; and worked on the Atari port of Goonies for Datasoft. This interview took place on September 1, 2017. "They said, 'How long?' and we said '18 months.' And they said ‘We can’t wait that long to put something out.'" AtariMania's list of Dan Pinal software Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design at at Atari Archives Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design at Internet Archive
ANTIC Episode 46 - Tinkle and PooOct 2, 2017 01:17:24
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Victor Marland of the Ten Pence Arcade Podcast joins us over Kevin’s pancake breakfast, Bill Kendrick reviews Tempest Elite, and we discuss Tinkle Pit and Uncle Poo. Plus all the Atari news we could find.
What we’ve been up toVCFMW - http://vcfmw.org/ Ted Nelson’s junk mail archiving - https://archive.org/details/tednelsonjunkmail
NewsIn-store Demonstration Program - blog post by Bill Lange - http://atari8bitads.blogspot.com/2017/09/in-store-demonstration-program.html user TCH successfully closed a 1050 troubleshooting thread that he started in early 2008 - http://forums.atari.org/read.php3?num=4&id=2411&thread=2098 Atari-themed Sunnyvale apartments purchased for $15.7 million - http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/07/atari-themed-sunnyvale-apartments-purchased-for-15-7-million/ “How many mods will fit into a 600XL” thread on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252797-how-many-mods-will-fit-in-a-600xl/ Atari’s Awesome – And Weird – History Of Video Game Consoles - http://comicbook.com/gaming/2017/08/29/atari-s-awesome-and-weird-history-of-video-game-consoles/#4 Pro(c) Atari Magazine on hiatus - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/269959-is-proc-atari-still-around-at-all/ Games for Atari: 1977 to 1995 is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/993169463/games-for-atari-1977-to-1995 Atari Co news this month - https://www.gamereactor.eu/news/587993/Atari+reveals+handheld+and+plug-and-play+Atari+Retro/ Altirra under Wine for Mac OSX Sierra - Fletch - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/256928-altirra-28-wine-port-for-macos-sierra/ Atari Party East took place 9/9/17 by Bill Lange - https://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/atari-party-east-2017/ Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): Vintage Computing Festival Berlin, German Technical Museum, Berlin, Oct 7 & 8 - https://vcfb.de/2017/ ByteFest 2017 Oct 13-15, 2017 - http://www.bytefest.org/english-info2/ (Prague, Czech Republic) PRGE http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Oct 20-22 SillyVenture 2017, Fri, December 8, 5am – Sun, December 10, 1pm, Gdansk, Poland - http://sillyventure.eu/ Vintage computer fest Seattle Feb 10-11 2018, Living Computers: Museum + Labs - http://vcfed.org/wp/2017/07/07/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/ International Atari Shows (Nir Dary) - https://email@example.com&pli=1
YouTube videos this monthTime lapse of the Retro Computer Festival (http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/de...) held on the 16th and 17th of September 2017 at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge (UK) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-58ibSWyF4s Installing an AtariMax SIO2PC in an Atari 800XL - flashjazzcat (2 parts) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1UKE0lz-Aw Citron 3kg coding timelapse - Atari XL/XE - Martin Šimeček - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAwzqeiHz-U
New at Archive.orgPack007 - https://archive.org/details/CrutchfieldSpring1982 Atari 130XE, 800XL and 520ST technical details ad sheets in Finnish - https://archive.org/details/AtariComputersTechnicalDetails Different Atari-related hard/software pricelists 1985 - https://archive.org/details/AtariHardAndSoftwarePricelistsFromFinland The Atari 800 Home Computer Owner's Guide INTERNATIONAL - https://archive.org/details/TheAtari800HomeComputerOwnersGuideInternational APX Source Code For Eastern Front 1941 Rev. 2 manual https://archive.org/details/QualitySoftwaresSpringSummer1982Catalog No Openings Postcard
Bill’s Modern SegmentTempest Elite - http://members.tcq.net/video61/tempestelite.html
Of the Monthhttp://www.horus.com/~hias/atari/
CommercialAtari Adventure Center - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mByRu19y9oY&feature=share
FeedbackSan Leandro Computer Club - http://slcc.bdgeorge.com/ They Create Worlds Podcast “Never Mind the Laptops: Kids, Computers, and the Transformation of Learning” by Bob Johnstone - https://www.amazon.com/Never-Mind-Laptops-Computers-Transformation/dp/0595288421/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
ANTIC Interview 306 - Dan Reinhart, YahtmanSep 28, 2017 38:13
Description:Dan Reinhart, Yahtman Dan Reinhart published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: Yahtman, a Yahtzee-style game that was published by Atari Program Exchange. Yahtman first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. This interview took place on August 28, 2017. In it, we discuss Paul Cubbage, whom I previously interviewed. "Paul [Cubbage] had said, 'You know, you have good potential at this sort of thing but you really need to choose: are you going to keep building earth movers and equipment? Or do you want to live in programming and doing games?' ... And as it turns out, I chickened out." Download Yahtman from Atarimania Yahtman in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog Paul Cubbage interview
ANTIC Interview 305 - David Seuss, co-founder of Spinnaker SoftwareSep 23, 2017 55:29
Description:David Seuss, co-founder of Spinnaker Software This interview is with David Seuss, co-founder of Spinnaker Software. Spinnaker was one of the first companies to focus exclusively on educational software. Spinnaker's software line-up included Snooper Troops, Delta Drawing, FaceMaker, Adventure Creator, In Search of the Most Amazing Thing, KinderComp, and many other titles. This interview took place on September 11, 2017. Teaser quotes: "We invented the educational software market. It really didn't exist until we came along." "We were making out first packaging run, we're just so excited, and all the packages melted! Oh no." Interview with Bill Bowman, Spinnaker CEO
ANTIC Interview 304 - Hal Glicksman, DatamostSep 20, 2017 59:14
Description:Hal Glicksman, Datamost Hal Glicksman was head of the book division at Datamost. In two years from 1982 to 1984, Datamost was one of largest publishers of computer books. In 1983 alone, Datamost published over 40 titles and shipped 100,000 books per month. Their Atari books included Atari Roots, Kids and the Atari, ABCs of Atari Computers, and The Elementary Atari. Hal himself wrote The Musical Atari, Games Ataris Play, and The Musical Commodore. Datamost also published software: the company's Atari software titles included Cohen's Towers, Cosmic Tunnels, Jet Boot Jack, Mr. Robot and His Robot Factory, and The Tail of Beta Lyrae. This interview took place on April 7, 2017 for me; April 8 for him in France. "It was a second career for me. I was the oldest person there, older than the boss by 10 years, almost. And for me to be able to get in with all these young people and learn — I mean, I wasn't as fast as any of them but, just to hold up my own." A video version of this interview is available. Otis Art Institute Interview with Gary Koffler, VP at Datasoft and Datamost
ANTIC Interview 303 - Lee Konowe, American Software ClubSep 17, 2017 50:33
Description:Lee Konowe, American Software Club Lee Konowe was founder of American Software Club, a mail-order software company. American Software Club sold software for CP/M, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80, Apple II, IBM PC, Commodore 64, and other platforms. It started out with a sort of Columbia House "software of the month" model, where you automatically received a "choice of the month" software package each month — which you could keep and pay for, or return at no cost. Later the company switched to a more traditional mail order catalog model. The company was founded around June 1981. In an article about software clubs in InfoWorld magazine, the company said it had about 2,000 members by the end of its first month. By February 1983 it claimed 10,000 members, and by September of that year had 15,000 members. This interview took place on June 7 2017 for me, and June 8 for Lee in New Zealand. A video version of this interview is also available. "Very quickly it occurred to me that there was a need to put people who were producing software together with people who were consuming it." American Software Club ad in H&E Computrpnics magazine, 1982 (page 11) American Software Club ad in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine, 1983 American Software Club ad in PC Magazine, 1983 1981 InfoWorld article about software clubs
ANTIC Interview 302 - Patricia Mitchell, Thorn EMISep 14, 2017 29:05
Description:Patricia Mitchell, Thorn EMI Patricia Mitchell started at Thorn EMI in 1981. She worked in the home computer software division, evaluating software that had been submitted by programmers. Thorn EMI published many games for the Atari 8-bit computers, including River Rescue, Carnival Massacre, Orc Attack, Kickback, Submarine Commander, Computer War, and Jumbo Jet Pilot. Later she worked at Virgin Games. This interview took place on April 27, 2017. In it, we talk a little about about Steve Green. Steve bought Patricia's old Atari computer on eBay, which included pre-production versions of five Thorn EMI games. Steve made ROM dumps of those games and uploaded them to Internet Archive. A video version of this interview is available. "One of the most embarrassing things for the management at the time was they turned down a game that was submitted that was called Elite ... It was the first 3-D graphics that were rendered in wireframe." Steve Green’s ROM dumps: River Rescue Pre-Production Orc Attack Pre-Production Major League Hockey Pre-Production Computer War Pre-Production Carnival Massacre Pre-Production
ANTIC Interview 301 - James Burton, APX DrawitSep 11, 2017 30:23
Description:James Burton, APX Drawit James Burton published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: Drawit, a graphics utility that was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded first prize in the personal development category. This interview took place on August 24, 2017. "Many hours. Many, many hours. Late at night, don;t want to go to sleep. Just plugging at the computer." Drawit in the summer 1983 APX catalog Download Drawit from AtariMania
ANTIC Interview 300 - Lance Leventhal, Author of Assembly Language BooksSep 4, 2017 52:35
Description:Lance Leventhal, Author of Assembly Language Books Lance Leventhal wrote 25 computer books, spanning 1978 through 1992. His books include 6502 Assembly Language Programming, 6502 Assembly Language Subroutines, Z80 Assembly Language Programming, Z80 Assembly Language Subroutines, 6800 Assembly Language Programming, 6809 Assembly Language Programming, and Why Do You Need a Personal Computer? This interview took place on August 25, 2017. "Be careful about avoiding sidetracks. Don't go down them. There's always things you'd like to say and things you'd like to talk about. But they're not central to your topic and you've got to be brutal about not saying them." Scans of many of Lance's books at Internet Archive
ANTIC Episode 45 - Open AtariSep 1, 2017 01:56:31
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Mike Maginnis of the Open Apple and Drop III Inches podcasts joins the Antic crew and starts a computer war, Nir Dary tells us about disk drive upgrades, we catch up with Curt Vendel about his projects including the 2nd Atari history book, and more Atari news than you can possibly imagine!
What we’ve been up toVCF Midwest - http://vcfmw.org/ SDrive2 - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/262509-sdrive-arm-preorder/page-1 Atari, Inc.: Business is Fun - https://www.amazon.com/Atari-Inc-Business-Curt-Vendel/dp/0985597402 “You Have Died of Dysentery: The creation of The Oregon Trail – the iconic educational game of the 1980s” e-book by R. Philip Bouchard - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B8JMKMC “Art of Atari Poster Collection” by Tim Lapetino - https://www.amazon.com/Art-Atari-Poster-Collection-Lapetino/dp/1524103020 Kfest — simon sez - https://youtu.be/XzJ9DUfd6s4 Apple II Family Feud - https://youtu.be/TMuNSGsZo8I
InterviewsJason Worley transcribed Dan Horn interview - https://computingpioneers.com/index.php/Dan_Horn
NewsAtari 1450XLD pictures posted by Curt Vendel - https://www.facebook.com/groups/vintagecomputerclub/permalink/1882817098418314/ Easy to Learn, Hard to Master: The Fate of Atari - https://vimeo.com/ondemand/120523/229705301 Radiokomputer, the Polish program broadcasting Atari games by radio - http://atariteca.blogspot.pe/2017/08/radiokomputer-el-programa-polaco-que.html “Atari Photo Sauce” - http://www.4-traders.com/ATARI-2168735/news/Atari-Trademark-Application-for-ATARI-PHOTO-SAUCE-Filed-by-Atari-24749858/ Atari sues Nestle, says Kit Kat video game ad violates Breakout … Atari themed skins for Raspberry Pi cases - https://www.facebook.com/groups/181644898539691/permalink/1401735433197292/ , https://www.redbubble.com/people/choccyhobnob http://retroroundup.com Games for Atari: 1977 to 1995 kickstarter Atari 400 RAM-Card 48/52 KB & external OS-ROM - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/267042-new-hardware-atari-400-ram-card-4852-kb-external-os-rom/ New WINE port of Altirra - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/256928-altirra-28-wine-port-for-macos-sierra/?view=getnewpost Atari 800XL computer with a cell phone via Bluetooth wireless - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2017/08/video-computadora-atari-800xl-con.html XC-1411 monitor on ebay - https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=XC-1411&LH_Complete=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2045573.m1684 details of the six games of ABBUC 2017 - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2017/08/atari-imagenes-y-detalles-de-los-seis.html Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): OldComp Party #3 - Sep 8-10, 2017 - (Czech Republic) VCFMW - Sept. 9-10, Elk Grove Village, IL - http://vcfmw.org/ PRGE http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Oct 20-22 ByteFest 2017 Oct 13-15, 2017 - http://www.bytefest.org/english-info2/ (Prague, Czech Republic) Vintage computer fest Seattle Feb 10-11 2018, Living Computers: Museum + Labs - http://vcfed.org/wp/2017/07/07/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/
YouTube videos this monthHOW TO: Atari 800 & Atari 5200 EmulationStation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erSOXQhJ3uo A graphical and themeable emulator front-end that allows you to access all your favorite games in one place, even without a keyboard! EmulationStation performs well even on low-powered devices like the famous mini-computer Raspberry Pi. EmulationStation is the front-end of the popular RetroPie Project, which comes pre-configured with emulators for over 30 different platforms. Amazing Atari 8 bit Art - Part 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiTtp9rcrv4 - Kieren Hawken - This video features 100 more amazing pieces of pixel art from the Atari 8-bit range of computers. WAR ROOM game for Atari 8-bit computers - Abbuc software contest 2017 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydaqi5VD_Q8 - WAR ROOM for Atari 8-bit computers by Rob Schlortt and Eric Henneke. Atari 600xl modding 64KB, RGB Output, 4 different OS, recap - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIhwmjXK_UQ - Klaus Wolf We Are Still Fighting For Transitions... by Desire, 2017 | Atari 8 bit Demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnBrh9dwZ1k Atari XL/XE+VBXE demo released at Nordlicht 2017 Atari 65XE - 1MB RAM Upgrade - Ultimate 1MB Revised 2K14 From Lotharek - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVUmRuuvJY0 - GadgetUK164 - Retro Gaming Repairs & Mods NPR How I Built This - Atari & Chuck E. Cheese's: Nolan Bushnell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi6Chp1_0Z8 - Before he turned 40, Nolan Bushnell founded two brands that permanently shaped the way Americans amuse themselves: the iconic video game system Atari, and the frenetic family restaurant Chuck E. Cheese's.
End of Show MusicSam Sings - We Will Rock You - http://atariage.com/forums/blog/572/entry-14044-sam-raaks-yuw/
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ANTIC Interview 299 - John Skruch, AtarisoftAug 28, 2017 42:25
Description:John Skruch, Atarisoft John Skruch worked at Atari from 1982, under Warner Communications, all through the Tramiel era, until 1998 when the company was owned by JTS. During that time, he was operations manager for Atarisoft, the arm of Atari that produced software for competing computer systems; software product manager for the 8-bit computer line; and director of licensing. He was involved wth the design and development of the XM301 modem, and the Atari Lynx game system. This interview took place on March 18, 2017. "Atari was bleeding. We used to kid that there was a guy who would go up on the roof every day at noon and toss a million dollars off the roof, and come back inside."
ANTIC Interview 298 - Tom Hunt, Closer to Home BBSAug 13, 2017 01:02:06
Description:Tom Hunt, Closer to Home BBS Tom Hunt ran an Atari BBS called Closer to Home for 28 years. He also created a variety of utilities for the Atari 8-bit computers, including M.T.O.S. (Multi-Tasking Operating System), and The Armorizer (a file corruption detector). He created several languages including Atari implementations of the Brainfork and Mouse programming languages, and forks of Atari BASIC and Turbo BASIC with various feature additions. He also built a system for porting Inform 5 and Z-Code text adventures to the Atari platform. This interview took place on August 5, 2017. "Just as soon as one caller would get off another one would come on. We had so much going on, before the Internet we had worldwide networking — we had message bases, emails, and file mail going around the world to Christchurch, New Zealand and everything. It was just great!" Tom Hunt Atari memories document
ANTIC Interview 297 - Robert Anschuetz, Eric Anschuetz, John Weisgberber, Antic magazine gamesAug 9, 2017 01:19:58
Description:Robert Anschuetz, Eric Anschuetz, John Weisgberber, Antic magazine games Robert Anschuetz, Eric Anschuetz, and John Weisgberber are childhood friends who published three games in Antic magazine: Kooky's Quest was published in the February 1985 issue; Overflow in July 1985; and Robot Dungeon was the "disk bonus" in the November 1985 issue. They also wrote several other games in Atari BASIC — some of which they submitted to Compute! and A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazines - that went unpublished. Fast forward to August 2017, when the three posted on the AtariAge forum: "We are now releasing all of these games to the Public Domain ... These are not new games, but they are new to the Atari 8-Bit community. Many of these games really pushed the envelope at the time for what could be done in Atari BASIC, including bi-directional smooth scrolling, assembly language subroutines, parallax scrolling, cut scenes, attract modes, display-list tricks, interleaved-displays, etc." In addition to releasing their games — some for the first time — the group wrote a new article describing how they got together as a team to write these programs, along with game instructions and development notes. I wanted to find out more, so we got together for a four-way interview over Skype. If you want to see our talking heads, there’s a video version of this interview. This interview took place on August 4, 2017. The first voice you'll hear after mine is Robert Anschuetz. Teaser quotes: "It was just a small little corner of the page that says 'Disk Bonus — Robot Dungeon'. We didn't subscribe to the disk bonus of Antic. So luckily we saw that or else we never would have known it was published." “One thing about this experience of working together on these games, it's very multi-disciplinary, and it's all about collaboration." Video of this interview Anschuetz/Weisgberber games and article Eric and Robert Talk About Programming Atari 8Bit Computer Games in the 1980s
ANTIC Interview 296 - Stan Osborne, Atari Design ResearchAug 6, 2017 01:05:58
Description:Stan Osborne, Atari Design Research Stan Osborne was a freelance software engineer in Atari's Design Research department from 1981 through 1984. He also worked on projects for coin-op and home computing departments. He created micro-kernels, proof of concepts, proto-applications and device drivers. There are two versions of this interview: the podcast version is about an hour shorter. The extended version is at the Internet Archive, and includes a lot more of Stan's education, jobs, and history before he was at Atari. This interview took place on May 16, 2017, with a short additional segment added on August 4. "I was being paid to do whatever I wanted to, if I had time. When you're a freelance independant contractor, you set the clock schedule for when you're going to be there and what you're gonna go. I could visit anybody, anywhere on the Atari campuses." Extended version of this interview
ANTIC Interview 295 - Harry Stewart, Pilot and WSFNAug 2, 2017 01:01:37
Description:Harry Stewart, Pilot and WSFN Harry Stewart was a contractor for Atari from August 1978 through October 1983. He contributed to the operating system design and the manuals for the Atari 400 and 800; created the Atari implementation of the WSFN language (which was released in the first Atari Program Exchange catalog, summer 1981). He worked on Atari's PILOT programming language and the unreleased sequel, Super PILOT (also known as Summer Camp PILOT.) Harry saved an enormous amount of material: source code, memos, notes, and more. He scanned some of it, I scanned some of it, and it's online at the Internet Archive at the AtariAge forums. This interview took place on June 29, 2017. "You debugged in your head. It wasn't sitting at the machine single-stepping and doing breakpoints. If you had a problem, you thought it out. Why is this happening? ... Working on the hardware only as necessary." Misc. scans from Harry Extended WSFN in the summer 1981 APX catalog Atari PILOT II, source code, discussion Atari PILOT: source code, discussion, Internal Specification, External Specification Extended WSFN manual, and draft version. Source code, discussion WSFN: An Introduction
ANTIC Interview 294 - Carol Shaw, Atari and ActivisionJul 30, 2017 40:20
Description:Carol Shaw, Atari and Activision Carol Shaw was a software engineer at Atari from August 1978 though 1980. She programmed for the Atari 2600 and Atari 8-bit computers. She programmed on 3-D Tic Tac Toe for the Atari 800 and 2600; and the math application Calculator. She worked on Video Checkers, Othello, and Super Breakout for the 2600. She also co-wrote the Atari BASIC Reference Manual. Carol joined Activision in 1982, where she created the hit game River Raid, which she programmed for the 2600 then ported to the Atari 8-bit computers, and Happy Trails for the Intellivision. This interview took place on June 29, 2017. "Originally it was going to be a boat going up a river, but my boat was kind of boring looking ... How about an airplane going up a river? We'll have it kind of a canyon or something like that." Colleen Calculator Atari Calculator Cartridge Specification Colleen Floating Point Routines Atari BASIC BNF - Backus–Naur Form Benj Edwards’ 2011 interview with Carol
ANTIC Episode 44 - Hackin' The AtariJul 24, 2017 01:28:17
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Kevin hacks the heck out of the Atari 8-bits, we’re back on the interview bandwagon, Josh Renaud tells us about ATASCII animations, and Nir Dary gives us the scoop on the Outline Demo Party.
What we’ve been up toIndy Vintage Computer Club meeting - https://www.facebook.com/events/418655208501577/permalink/451824541851310/ Archived HesWare material from Jay Balakrishnan - https://archive.org/details/@rkindig VCFSE summary (and our Atari exhibit) on Floppy Days #75 - http://floppydays.libsyn.com/floppy-days-75-vcfse-5-post-show-with-thomas-liebert-jon-guidry-amiga-bill-anthony Atari 8-bit on Hackaday! - http://hackaday.com/2017/07/09/firework-shows-the-vintage-atari-way/ Lost Firebox ROM - Nir Dary - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/267234-atari-sets-off-fireworks-pictures-source-code/?p=3800095 Operation - Operation Game with Atari 8-Bit Computer (v2) DK Bongos - DK Bongos with Atari 8-Bit Computer
InterviewsTranscript of Tom Eckman Interview - https://computingpioneers.com/index.php/Tom_Eckman by Tom Raidna Transcript of interview with David and Betsy Ahl - https://computingpioneers.com/index.php/Dave_Ahl_and_Betsy_Ahl
NewsNew Hardware: Atari 400 RAM-Card 48/52 KB & external OS-ROM - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/267042-new-hardware-atari-400-ram-card-4852-kb-external-os-rom/ Mouse pads with game and computer designs Atari - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2017/05/mouse-pads-con-disenos-de-juegos-y.html BEST Electronics Atari Composite Video Cables - http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/ Adventures in Atari BASIC by WEBMikey (Mikey Walters) - https://wearethemutants.com/author/webmikey7/ 6502 in the cloud - http://www.6502cloud.com, http://hackaday.com/2017/07/08/6502-retrocomputing-goes-to-the-cloud/ Donkey Kong - The Atari 8-bit Arcade hack is finally here! - http://www.indieretronews.com/2017/07/donkey-kong-atari-8-bit-arcade-hack-is.html?m=1 Turbo BASIC Source Code is found! - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=TURBO-BASIC%20XL#section-TURBO-BASIC+XL-SourceCode How Atari Changed Personal Computing on Marketplace Tech Podcast (first few minutes) - https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/06262017-using-biometrics-detect-fraud Break Out: How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution by David L. Craddock - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0764353225 The A - Z of Atari 8-bit Games: Volume 1 (The Atari 8-bit) by Kieren Hawkin - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071SD5W9C SDRIVE - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/262509-sdrive-arm-preorder/page-1 Josh Renaud - HTML5 ATASCII animation viewer (AtasciiTube project) - http://breakintochat.com/collections/atascii/index.html , http://atariage.com/forums/topic/251957-atasciitube/ PCB with 8mbit memory for Atari computers - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2017/06/chile-pcb-con-memoria-de-8mbit-para.html Post Magazine - Internet whizz Yat Siu on programming at 13 and landing a job at Atari as a schoolboy - http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2101469/internet-whizz-yat-siu-programming-13-and-landing Discovery, Atari Collaborate on New Series - http://worldscreen.com/tvreal/discovery-atari-collaborate-on-new-series/ Tempest Elite now available - http://members.tcq.net/video61/tempestelite.html Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers or Atari people: Kansasfest July 18-23 https://www.kansasfest.org VCF West - August 5-6, 2017 - Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west-xi/ Ajka Hungary, Arok party - Aug 11-13, 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/ArokParty/ Fujiama 2017 Aug 17-20, 2017 - http://www.abbuc.de/news-feeds-component/events/icalrepeat.detail/2017/08/17/215/-/fujiama-2017 VCFMW - Sept. 9-10, Elk Grove Village, IL - http://vcfmw.org/ PRGE http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Oct 20-22 OldComp Party #3 - Sep 8-10, 2017 - (Czech Republic) ByteFest 2017 Oct 13-15, 2017 - http://www.bytefest.org/english-info2/ (Prague, Czech Republic) Vintage computer fest Seattle Feb 10-11 2018, Living Computers: Museum + Labs - http://vcfed.org/wp/2017/07/07/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/
Nir Dary videos this monthBonami Computers & Computer games museum in The Netherlands - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LrYd4fBiA0 First demonstration of the EclaireXL v2 board (Atari XL FPGA based computer) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuL3VOGjW0U EclaireXL ATARI 800XL FPGA Computer second video - connecting original Atari Peripherals - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ordWyp8HZZ8 FPGA ATARI vs Real ATARI head to head - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6RRu5WCAxM Upgraded Atari vs FPGA Atari head to head (with same monitors) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wHHSnh7MHo
YouTube videos this month (not Nir Dary) - 552 using the search term “Atari 800”atari 800 xl, fully loaded with stereo, u1mb, vbxe and rapidus (Atari 8 Bit) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-eEp6YE2D4 Atari 8-bit (400, 800, XL, XE) - Numen by taQuart (2002), requires 320KB RAM. Running on real Atari 600XL with Ultimate 1MB and Dual Pokey Stereo. (StaxX28) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MBD755hYIQ Atari 8-bit: ML in Basic Part 1 (Patzawa), how to poke and use ML routine with basic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAp7X_MLAv4 ATARI 800XL Rapidus and Ultimate installation (Lotharek) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DJVoP8UsVI Atari 400/800 - Peek & Poke Computer Museum in Rijeka, Croatia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r-NYRAF6hU Reconditioning my Dad's Atari 800 / 410 / 810 / 835 / 1027 Computer (Uber man) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fAicXxoIHc
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Nir Dary Segment - Outline Demo Party 2017http://www.spelcomputermuseum.nl/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFAz9fkXxx4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMvlklz17EI&feature=youtu.be
ANTIC Interview 293 - Merl Miller, dilithium PressJul 11, 2017 01:00:29
Description:Merl Miller, dilithium Press Merl Miller was co-founder of dilithium Press, a publisher of computer books that was in business from 1977 through 1986. Merl was co-author of Computers for People (with Jerry Willis), a book that heavily features Atari 8-bit computers; and Things to Do With Your Atari Computer (with Jerry Willis and Nancy Morrice) as well as several other books about other types of personal computers. dilithium Press also published An Atari for Kids, An Atari in the Classroom, 32 BASIC Programs For the Atari Computer, Peanut Butter and Jelly Guide to Computers, and is perhaps best known for Computers for Everybody. This interview took place on June 26, 2017. Teaser quote: "When I worked for Prentice Hall, when I worked for West Publishing, when I started my own company, I never forgot that: a good book is one that sells." dilithium Press Press Kit for West Coast Computer Faire (1984) Computers for People Things to Do With Your Atari Computer
ANTIC Interview 292 - Claus Buchholz & Lance Ward, ACE-80Jul 8, 2017 52:34
Claus Buchholz and Lance Ward, ACE-80
Hello. Welcome to an interview-only episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast. I am Randy Kindig. In 1985, Claus Buchholz and Lance Ward released the ACE-80 and ACE-80XL cartridges, which gave 80-column text capability to the Atari 800 and XL computers, respectively. These were released through their newly-formed company, Amiable Computer Products. Claus also developed a 256K upgrade for the Atari 800XL and wrote an article on converting Atari computer programs to the 5200.
This interview took place on April 8, 2017.
Links:A.N.A.L.O.G. #15, January 1984 - TRANSPORTING ATARI COMPUTER PROGRAMS TO THE ATARI 5200 - http://www.atarimuseum.com/videogames/consoles/5200/conv_to_5200.html Byte article on Quarter-Meg Atari 800XL - http://atariage.com/forums/index.php?app=core&module=attach§ion=attach&attach_id=362652 ACE-80 PDF at AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/index.php?app=core&module=attach§ion=attach&attach_id=99163
ANTIC Interview 291 - Robert Veline, Astro PyrotechnicsJul 4, 2017 01:01:05
Robert Veline, Astro PyrotechnicsThe July/August 1987 issue of ST-Log magazine has an article by Matthew Stern called "Atari Sets Off Fireworks!" It features an interview with Robert Veline of Astro Pryrotechnics, a California-based fireworks company. I'll read some snippets from the article. ... I found Robert — who is still in the pyrotechnics industry today — to get more of the story. This interview took place on June 2, 2017. Thanks to Wade at the 1632 Atari ST PodcaST for pointing me to the article in ST-Log magazine. After our interview, Robert sent me pictures of his Atari-based firing box -- as well as all of the software for running it, the assembly language source code, Old Mother Hubbard's GCHIP Cook Book, his fireworks simulation software, and more. Teaser quote: "We did have one or two shows where you plugged the box in and turned it on -- and it was a 10-second show." Atari Sets Off Fireworks! in July/August ST-Log Magazine Robert's pictures, source code, and discussion Permanent version at Archive.org 1632 Atari ST PodcaST Outro music: Pink Floyd’s Time
ANTIC Interview 290 - Gary Koffler, VP at Datasoft and DatamostJul 2, 2017 01:21:30
Description:Gary Koffler, VP at Datasoft and Datamost Gary Koffler was VP at two publishers: Datasoft and Datamost. He was VP Software at Datasoft in 1980–1981. Datasoft published many Atari computer games, including Canyon Climber, Clowns and Balloons, Pacific Coast Highway, Sands of Egypt, and Zaxxon. At Datasoft, Gary managed creation of the AtariWriter word processor under contract for Atari. Next, Gary was VP Software and Talent at Datamost from 1982–1984. Datamost published Atari games including Mr. Robot and His Robot Factory, Tail of Beta Lyrae, Cohen's Towers, and Super Bunny. Datamost also published many books for the Atari computer, including Atari Roots, Kids and the Atari, The Elementary Atari, and Games Ataris Play. This interview took place on April 4, 2017. Teaser quote: "I didn't program ... I basically programmed programmers because I realized early on that if I wanted to have anything that was going to appear on these machines that I wanted to have appear on them, I was going to have to work with artists and programmers and musicians and animators." Datasoft Games list at Atarimania Datamost Games list at Atarimania
ANTIC Interview 289 - Dan Hale, EasyGraderJun 25, 2017 16:16
ANTIC Interview 288 - David Thornburg, Koalapad inventorJun 22, 2017 57:41
Description:David Thornburg, Koalapad inventor David Thornburg invented the KoalaPad, a touch tablet that was available for the Atari 8-bit computers, Commodore 64, Apple II, and the IBM PC. A version for the TRS-80 Color Computer was also available, sold as the TRS-80 Touch Pad. He is also the author of The KoalaPad Book, which was published in 1984. This interview took place on May 22, 2017. In it, we discuss George White, the founder of Koala Technologies, whom I previously interviewed. Teaser quote: "You know how to take things apart. Good for you. But you've never built anything in your entire life. You have no idea what it's like to invent something that has generated livelihood for hundreds of people, and is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people." Video version of this interview George White interview (audio) George White interview (video)
ANTIC Interview 287 - George White, Founder of Koala TechnologiesJun 19, 2017 40:51
Description:George White, Founder of Koala Technologies George White was the founder of Koala Technologies, the company that made the KoalaPad. KoalaPad was a touch tablet, versions were available for the Atari 8-bit computers, Commodore 64, Apple II, and the IBM PC. A version for the TRS-80 Color Computer was also available, sold as the TRS-80 Touch Pad. This interview took place on May 20, 2017. If you want to see George and my chat, a video version of this interview is available, check the show notes at AtariPodcast.com for that link. I also interviewed KoalaPad inventor David Thornburg, whom we talk about in this interview. David's interview will be published next. "I regret the fact that I wasn't more forceful in staying true to my original reason for starting the company which was to make mice." Video version of this interview
ANTIC Interview 286 - William Leslie, OmniTrend UniverseJun 16, 2017 44:03
William Leslie - OmniTrend Universe
William Bill Leslie was one of the authors of Omnitrend's Universe; a science fiction space trading and combat game. The first version was programmed in valFORTH on an Atari 800, based on a board game created by Bill. It was Omnitrend's first game and was released in 1983. There were versions of Universe for the Atari 8-bit, Apple II and IBM computers.
Bill was also involved in the development of the sequels Universe 2 and Universe 3, and of Breach, a turn-based tactical squad combat game.
This interview took place on Jan. 7, 2017.
Links:Atarimania - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-universe_5617.html Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universe_(1983_video_game) Review of Universe in ANTIC VOL. 3, NO. 5 / SEPTEMBER 1984 / PAGE 76 - http://web.archive.org/web/20080504080033/http://www.atarimagazines.com/v3n5/reviews.html Omnitrend's Universe ad on page 92 of issue 13 of ANALOG Computing magazine, November 1983 - https://archive.org/stream/analog-computing-magazine-14/Analog_Computing_14_1983-11_Retrofire_Hexpad_Lumberjack#page/n92/mode/1up Two reviews of Universe starting on page 14 of the June 1984 issue of Computer Gaming World magazine - http://www.cgwmuseum.org/galleries/issues/cgw_4.3.pdf ANALOG Computing magazine had a review beginning on page 33 of Issue 20 in July 1984 - https://archive.org/stream/analog-computing-magazine-20/Analog_Computing_20_1984-07_Games_Bacterion_Buzz-Zap#page/n34/mode/1up BYTE magazine had a review in Vol. 10, No. 5 on page 311 in May, 1985 - https://archive.org/stream/byte-magazine-1985-05/1985_05_BYTE_10-05_Multiprocessing#page/n312/mode/1up Dungeons and Desktops - https://smile.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1568814119/ FAQ for Atari 8-bit Universe (Chris Edgar) - https://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/564695-universe/faqs/58365 Omnitrend’s Universe group on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/435419473491677/
ANTIC Interview 285 - Jay Balakrishnan, HESWareJun 13, 2017 02:16:27
Jay Balakrishnan, HESWare
Welcome to an interview-only episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast. My name is Randy Kindig. Jay Balakrishnan bought his first Commodore PET in 1978, which spurred him to found Human Engineered Software (HES or HESWare) in 1980. HESWare got its start on the Commodore PET but later moved into many other platforms. They developed or sold software for C64, Vic-20, Atari 8-bit, Apple II, Atari ST, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Dragon, TI-99, DOS and others. Many Llamasoft games, through an alliance with Jeff Minter, were published in the US by HESWare. For the Atari 8-bit, they published games like Pastfinder, River Raid, Decathlon, Space Shuttle, Attack of the Mutant Camels, Gridrunner.
By early 1984 InfoWorld estimated that HES was tied with Broderbund as the world's tenth-largest microcomputer-software company and largest entertainment-software company.
In early 1984 they made their biggest splash when they acquired the services of Leonard Nimoy as spokesman.
This interview took place on November 20, 2016.
Links:HESWare at Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Engineered_Software List of HES games at AtariMania - http://www.atarimania.com/pgelstsoft.awp?system=8&type=G&publisher=1702&step=25 Another list at AtariMania - http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-hesware_publisher_18_8_G.html Attack of the Mutant Camels at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJVoDTz9LHM
ANTIC Interview 284 - Art Walsh, Dynacomp and ArtworxJun 10, 2017 01:37:52
Description:Art Walsh, Dynacomp and Artworx Art Walsh was co-founder of Dynacomp, an early software publisher that created software for many platforms, including many educational and game titles for the Atari 8-bit computer. He later founder Artworx, a software publisher that produced titles including Bridge, Cranston Manor Adventure, Gwendolyn, Hazard Run, Hotel Alien, and Strip Poker. This interview took place on May 26, 2017. In it we discuss Jerry White, whom I previously interviewed. Teaser quote: "Why is bridge selling when most card players play poker? ... Doug McFarland ... blurted out ... 'I bet if we had strip poker instead of poker, it would sell. ... We all kind of said 'That's it!'" Artworx web site Atarimania’s list of Dynccomp software Atarimania's list of Artworx games Wikipedia on the Xerox 914 copier Jerry White interview Picture of Art Walsh using his Atari 800 outdoors
ANTIC Interview 283 - Kathleen Pitta, De Re AtariJun 7, 2017 27:49
Description:Kathleen Pitta, De Re Atari Kathleen Marinell worked at Atari in 1981 or so -- she was Kathleen Pitta at that time. She is one of the contributors to De Re Atari, A Guide to Effective Programming, which was serialized by Byte Magazine in 1981 through 1982, and published by Atari Program Exchange in 1982. Kathleen is credited with Appendix E, which is about the GTIA chip. This interview took place on May 25, 2017. "I'm very logical, so the logic of computer languages -- I was fascinated by that. But the technology .. it changed to fast." Appendix E of De Re Atari Byte magazine version, published May 1982
ANTIC Interview 282 - Matthew Householder, Atari and EPYXJun 4, 2017 55:33
Description:Matthew Householder, Atari and EPYX Matthew Householder worked at Atari from 1983 through 1985. There he ported Moon Patrol to the ColecoVision for AtariSoft. Later he worked on the Atari 520ST, where he wrote the line-draw/polygon graphics primitives for the ST port of the GEM operating system. Next he worked at EPYX, from 1985 through 1988, where he produced/created/designed many games including: Winter Games, World Games, Championship Wrestling, California Games, and Sub Battle Simulator. This interview took place on April 25, 2017. "And she said, 'Hey! You guys should do a game with skateboarding in it.' And it was like a light, an epiphany. Oh yeah, skateboarding. Of course." Let’s play ColecoVision Moon Patrol by Atarisoft
ANTIC Interview 281 - Amy Chen: Touch Typing, Amoeba Debugger, De Re AtariMay 31, 2017 24:49
Description:Amy Chen: Touch Typing, Amoeba Debugger, De Re Atari Amy Liu was an progammer at Atari. Her name was Amy Chen at the time. She wrote Touch Typing, which was released by Atari on cassette in 1980; an unreleased game called Aligator; and Amoeba, a debugger utility that was used internally at Atari to create assembly language games. This interview took place on May 2, 2017. It in, we talk about Paul Laughton and Lane Winner, and Chris Crawford, whom I previously interviewed. Teaser quote: "Well actually now I come to think of it, assembly language is easier than C++. ... C++ is a total different concept.” Touch Typing at AtariMania De Re Atari Appendix C on The Atari Cassette Amoeba debugger discussion Paul Laughton interview Lane Winner interview Chris Crawford interview
ANTIC Episode 43 - Corporate WarsMay 28, 2017 01:13:30
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast, Randy and Kevin spar over where the ANTIC corporate headquarters should be, Kevin steps out on the Atari 8 bit and makes us proud in the 10-liner BASIC contest, and Nir Dary brings us the scoop on Wopniak 2017. Plus all the Atari news we could find this month.
What we’ve been up toTI Fest West, F-18A Video Upgrade (FPGA Based TMS9918A) http://codehackcreate.com/archives/30 E.R.I.C. cart - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/265316-eric-cart-electronic-retail-information-center/ CLASSware Eductional Cart - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252162-need-some-info-on-odd-atari-8-bit-cart-classware-eductional-cart/page-2?hl=%2Bclassware#entry3758134 2017 Atari 10-liner BASIC Contest entry video - https://youtu.be/0yw0S_MIyU0 VCFSE - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/otherevents/vintage-computer-festival-southeast/ Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation by Jamie Lendino - http://amzn.to/2pTOisT Tricky Tutorial tapes 1-6 - http://www.ebay.com/itm/322521330659
NewsStan Ockers died 2016 ANTIC interview - ANTIC Interview 181 - Stan Ockers, public domain game programmer Stan’s articles in ANTIC Magazine - http://www.atarimagazines.com/index/index.php?author=Stan+Ockers&mag=antic More ET cartridge dump news - http://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-27187582/ataris-et-video-games-dumped-in-desert-out-of-shame WiFi232 – An Internet Hayes Modem for your Retro Computer , $48 assembled http://biosrhythm.com/?page_id=1453 Casino Games: From Atari computers to video poker expert - http://www.gamingtoday.com/casino_games/article/67651-From_Atari_computers_to_video_poker_expert h Stack Exchange article on the Atari 800 - https://retrocomputing.stackexchange.com/questions/2811/why-did-the-atari-800-designers-choose-such-a-radical-system-design Another Stack Exchange article on the Atari 8-bit - https://retrocomputing.stackexchange.com/questions/1683/why-did-the-atari-8-bit-computers-make-beeping-noises-while-accessing-the-disk-a ABBUC contest for new Hardware development on the Atari 8-bit machines - http://www.vintageisthenewold.com/abbuc-contest-will-give-prizes-for-new-hardware-development-on-the-atari-8-bit-machines/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter ABBUC hardware contest home page - http://www.abbuc.de/atari/hardware-ressort 'Blade Runner 2049' trailer features big Atari logo - http://us.blastingnews.com/showbiz-tv/2017/05/blade-runner-2049-trailer-features-big-atari-logo-001684967.html Atari 1088XEL article in Hackaday - https://hackaday.com/tag/atari-8-bit/ Atari 1088XEL discussion on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261147-1088xel-alternative-mother-board-project/ YouTube videos this month (not Nir Dary): Rapidus 800XL part 2: socket replacement and RGB socket installation (FlashJazzCat) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6u6IOjzyjo VCF SE 5.0 Special: Joe Decuir - The Formative Years of Amiga Computing & More (Remotely-Interested who is Adam Spring) - Viva Amiga Panel for VCFSE 5.0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy_8LV38nLY Time Pilot for Atari 8-bit computers (Atariteca) - Gameplay of Time Pilot, port of the original game by Konami (1982), for Atari 8-bit computers. First place of Wapniak 2017 (Poland). - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpAbU8lhM-o Atari games from -=WAPNIAK 2017=- (zzielins) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh12N4BOg1E ATARI 1700XLM Custom Built Computer Case (ScottyAnimation) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdoVBQeTogs - Modern computer in 80s style retro case Nir Dary videos this month Demo of Streaming video on a real ATARI 8BIT Computer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ9RllBv1pg Stream Video on Atari 8bit computer original recorded video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g15X1ZIINcE Demo of streaming video on an Atari 8bit computer through the Cartridge port - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkaqthtzEL0 Streaming Atari ad on a real Atari 8bit Computer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgcivZ6BII Atari XL/XE Turbo Freezer 2016 Demonstration - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7NF0jkHwkM Wapniak 2017 party - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9If_2dVBqmg A good cover of a song from the Matrix soundtrack - https://soundcloud.com/makarybrauner/clubbed-to-death Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers OUTLINE Demo Party - May 25th to May 28th - in Holland - http://outlinedemoparty.nl/ Sommarhack 2017 - JULY 7-9 - Home, SOMMARHACK 2017 - http://dhs.nu/sommarhack/2017/ Kansasfest July 18-23 https://www.kansasfest.org VCF West - August 5-6, 2017 - Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west-xi/ Ajka Hungary, Arok party - Aug 11-13, 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/ArokParty/ Fujiama 2017 Aug 17-20, 2017 - http://www.abbuc.de/news-feeds-component/events/icalrepeat.detail/2017/08/17/215/-/fujiama-2017 VCFMW - Sept. 9-10, Elk Grove Village, IL - http://vcfmw.org/ PRGE http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Oct 20-22 OldComp Party #3 - Sep 8-10, 2017 - (Czech Republic) ByteFest 2017 Oct 13-15, 2017 - http://www.bytefest.org/english-info2/
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/@savetz
Nir Dary Segment - Wapniak 2017http://atarionline.pl/v01/index.php?ct=nowinki&ucat=1&subaction=showfull&id=1494775627 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9If_2dVBqmg
ANTIC Interview 280 - David and Betsy Ahl, Creative Computing MagazineMay 24, 2017 03:34:12
Description:David Ahl and Betsy Ahl, Creative Computing Magazine Dave Ahl was the founder and editor-in-chief of Creating Computing Magazine, which was the first personal computer magazine. Four editors served in the first six years: Dave Ahl, Steve Gray, John Craig, and Ted Nelson. Betsy Staples (now Betsy Ahl) then took over for the rest of its run. Creative Computing was published starting in November 1974, was acquired by Ziff Davis in 1983, and ceased publication in December 1985. In addition to Creative Computing, Dave and Betsy published a variety of other magazines including Sync (dedicated to the Timex Sinclair computers), Microsystems, Small Business Computers, and Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games Magazine. They also released a record album -- First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival (1979), a board game called Computer Rage, and software for a variety of platforms under the Creative Computing Software label. Dave was author of BASIC Computer Games, the first million-selling computer book; plus its sequel, more BASIC Computer Games, and many other early computer books. After Creative Computing, Dave was publisher and Betsy was editor of Atari Explorer magazine for five years and he started Atarian magazine in 1989. Later, he published Military Vehicles magazine. This interview took place on April 3 and 4, 2013, when I was doing research for a book about the first personal computer magazines. Although I've decided not to write the book, I am publishing the interviews that I did for them. The other major interview was with Wayne Green: there's a link to that interview in the show notes. The first part of the interview took place in the bar at the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon. (There's some ambient background noise and music — remember, this recording was meant to be my notes for a book, so a little background noise wasn't an issue.) The second part of the interview was recorded in my dining room, a much quieter atmosphere. The day before this was recorded, Dave and Betsy attended a grand opening get-together of tech luminaries at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington. This event is mentioned several times during the interview. A full transcript of this interview is available at ComputingPioneers.com. Also, there are many links to related articles, interviews, and magazine scans in the show notes at AtariPodcast.com. Teaser quote: "When I started Creative Computing, I mean there weren't even personal computers at that point. I was convinced, I guess, that they would come about. I had no idea that it would be three months later that the Altair came about." Outro music: Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag, played on an RCA COSMAC by Joe Welsbecker on the First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival record (1979.) Transcript of this interview Scans of Creative Computing at Internet Archive Full text of 35 issues of Creative Computing at AtariMagazines.com Best of Creative Computing volume 1, 2, 3 Creative Computing Magazine pages per issue Scans of Atari Explorer at AtariMania First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival record Computer Rage board game Dave Ahl: Blunders in Personal Computing, talk at VCF East 6.0 My Arthur Leyenberger interview My Arlan Levitan Interview My Wayne Green interview My 2003 written interview with Dave Dave Tells Ahl: The History of Creative Computing" by John Anderson
ANTIC Interview 279 - Tom Eckmann, Kyan SoftwareMay 21, 2017 38:35
Description:Tom Eckmann, President of Kyan Software Tom Eckmann was president and co-founder of Kyan Software. Kyan's flagship product was Kyan Pascal, an implementation of the Pascal programming language which was available for the Apple II, Atari 8-bits, and Commodore 64/128 computers. This interview took place on May 19, 2017. Teaser quote: "We sneered at Turbo Pascal because it was non-compliant, there were all of these un-pure features. ... He [Philippe Kahn] just looks looks at me and goes, 'Nobody gives a damn.'" Kyan Software at AtariMania Antic magazine review of Kyan Pascal Kyan Pascal at Internet Archive
ANTIC Interview 278 - Bill Bowman, CEO of Spinnaker SoftwareMay 17, 2017 42:24
Description:Bill Bowman, CEO of Spinnaker Software Bill Bowman was co-founder and CEO of Spinnaker Software, one of the first software companies that focused exclusively on educational software. He was at the company from its founding in 1982 through 1987. Spinnaker's software line-up included Snooper Troops, Delta Drawing, FaceMaker, Adventure Creator, In Search of the Most Amazing Thing, KinderComp, and many other titles. In early 1984 InfoWorld called Spinnaker the 16th largest software company in the world, with $10 million in 1983 sales. This interview took place on May 16, 2017. "All of a sudden, one Friday at 6:30, she came through the door with beer and soda pop and lots of snacks, and six children ... Of course it shut down the office completely." Spinnaker at Atarimania Wikipedia on Spinnaker Inside Spinnaker Software (InfoWorld magazine)
ANTIC Episode 42 - No, MAM!May 9, 2017 01:21:31
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast, Kevin wows us with his winners in the NOMAM BASIC 10-liners contest, we discuss the preparations for VCFSE, Nir Dary tells us all about disk drives, and we discuss all the Atari news that’s fit to print.
What we’ve been up toIndy vintage computer club - http://www.indyclassic.org/ , https://www.facebook.com/groups/1082702455167563/ Atari 800XE - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Atari-800xe-/162383912577 , http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=982&st=1 Atari XEP80 Interface Module - http://www.atarimania.com/faq-atari-400-800-xl-xe-what-is-the-atari-xep80-interface-module_39.html Multi-Link - http://atariage.com/forums/gallery/image/17135-multilink-gamelink/ Jumpman level source code commenting: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/259304-jumpman-levels-with-custom-code/?p=3736842 Quote Blaster/Tribunal - Atari computer game Quote Blaster thread on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/236768-the-atari-interview-discussion-thread/?p=3731983 APX Knightsoil Submission Materials Amoeba Debugger/Mini assembler. http://atariage.com/forums/topic/264052-amoeba-newly-discovered-proto-software/ High Score Club Season 14, Round 5 - Kaverns of KFest - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/263482-hsc14-round-5-getaway-more-getaway-bonus-kaverns-of-kfest/
Newsbook: Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation by Jamie Lendino - http://amzn.to/2pTOisT NOMAM 10-line BASIC contest results - http://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/results-2017 NOMAM 10-line BASIC contest Discussion - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261637-basic-10liners-2017/page-3 YouTube videos this month (not Nir Dary): ATARI 800 PSP - emulator ATARI by Marcin Czekała - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNLVHkGWeo0 author JAMIE LENDINO on the impact Atari computers had on the world - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzatiqdRTY8 Software Development on the Atari 8-bit with a Corvus Hard Disk by Thomas Cherryhomes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCOsrefp4rA Tom Cherryhomes - Amoeba - a Debugging and Patching tool for Atari 8-bit Computers - https://youtu.be/ZZ1fQC4V8uE electrotrains - Uno Cart DIY in Excel Magazine - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/263831-unocart-diy-article-in-excel-magazine-issue-4/ 'I was there when Atari left Limerick with 600 jobs. It’s a day I hope to never repeat’, thejournal.ie, May 8, 2017 - http://www.thejournal.ie/bill-doherty-cook-medical-limerick-3-3329799-Apr2017/ SIO2BT update - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/228860-sio2bt/page-8#entry3727273 https://8bitgeneration.vhx.tv/packages/easy-to-learn-hard-to-master-standard-edition/videos/final-cut-def-h264-vhx GunFright - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2017/04/version-final-de-gunfright-para-atari.html Excel issue 4 - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2017/04/atari-la-venta-cuarto-numero-de-la.html The best original games of 2016 for Atari computers - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2016/12/el-mejor-juego-original-del-2016-para.html The best ports, hacks and extended versions of Atari computer games for 2016 - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2016/12/el-mejor-port-hack-y-version-extendida.html Update on RetroChallenge 2017/04 - http://www.retrochallenge.org/ Tom Raidna Atari project for RetroChallenge - traidna.wordpress.com Bill Lange and Peter Fletcher putting together Atari party - https://www.facebook.com/bill.lange Bill Kendrick's Atari Party - http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/atariparty/2016/ Nir Dary videos this month How to make an SIO2PC cable for about $6 with no soldering - https://youtu.be/-xXBNQIFKLE Demo of the VBXE Graphic enhancement board for the Atari 8bit computer https://youtu.be/o51S_ylNP4A ATARI 8bit with Rapidus & U1MB running ZX Spectrum Games (Golden Axe and more) - https://youtu.be/3HsveNrEWgk Playing the Antic Podcast show Episode 1 on a real Atari 800 computer - https://youtu.be/ktUgqt_G1EU Sampling Audio on ATARI 8bit computer - https://youtu.be/FUwyDJV0ytI Other Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers VCF Southeast - April 29 & 30, 2017, Roswell, GA - http://vcfse.org/ TI Fest West - Saturday April 29th from 9 am to 5 pm, Oak Tree Restaurant in Woodland, Washington - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260465-fest-west-2017/ Kansasfest July 18-23 https://www.kansasfest.org VCF West - August 5-6, 2017 - Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west-xi/ VCFMW - Sept. 9-10, Elk Grove Village, IL - http://vcfmw.org/ PRGE http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Oct 20-22 May 25th to May 28th - OUTLINE Demo Party in Holland - http://outlinedemoparty.nl/ :: FOReVER o18, FOReVER - nostalgic 8-bit multiscene party - http://forever.zeroteam.sk Sommarhack 2017 - Home, SOMMARHACK 2017 JULY 7 - 9 - http://dhs.nu/sommarhack/2017/ Fujiama 2017 17.8.2017 - 20.8.2017 - http://www.abbuc.de/news-feeds-component/events/icalrepeat.detail/2017/08/17/215/-/fujiama-2017 OldComp Party #3 (Czech Republic) 8.9.2017 - 10.9.2017 ByteFest 2017 13.10.2017 - 15.10.2017 - http://www.bytefest.org/english-info2/ Ajka Hungary, Arok party Aug 11 to Aug 13, 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/ArokParty/
New at Archive.orgEnergy Czar manual Caverns Of Mars manual, Atari 800 Series Atarisoft - Now Your Computer Fits the Arcade Hits Parker Brothers' Gyruss manual Mastertronic's Ninja manual Raid Over Moscow manual I.C.D.s Technicolor Dream manual PS Interface manual Micro Painter Plus manual Video Title Shop MECC's Atari Font Editor The Official Scott Adams' Adventure Hint Book Atari Necromancer Atari Crossbow Microprose F 15 Strike Eagle manual - 15 July 86 Change 6 MicroProse Kennedy Approach June 85 APX Eastern Front 1941 Version 4 Silent Service manual Top Gunner Collection manual F-15 Strike Eagle Flight Operation Manual Technical Reference For Hayes Modem Users (1991) Technical Reference Hayes Synchronous Interface For Application Software Hayes Stack Chronograph Owners Manual Technical Reference For Hayes Modem Users (1993) Gunfright The Banner Canner Instruction Manual
Nir Dary Segment - Disk Driveshttp://gury.atari8.info/categ/h_disk_drives.php http://www.atarimania.com/faq-atari-400-800-xl-xe-what-other-floppy-disk-drives-can-i-use-with-my-atari_23.html http://atariage.com/forums/topic/228792-karin-maxi-drive-atari-65800130xe-sic/
End of Show Music“I Love My Atari” by Zygomatik, 2006. Available in itunes.
ANTIC Interview 277 - Rob Zdybel, Atari, Part 2Apr 19, 2017 51:45
Rob Zdybel, Atari (Part 2)
Hello, Atari fans, and welcome to another interview episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast. My name is Randy Kindig. This interview is a bit different in that it’s the second interview with someone that we’ve interviewed before - Mr. Rob Zdybel. The reason for this is that Rob worked for Atari so long, and was involved in so many projects, that I felt like some information was left undiscovered in the first interview. At the request of some listeners, I decided to do a follow-up interview and Rob was kind enough to agree.
Rob Zdybel was a very long-time employee at Atari, having worked there beginning in 1979 all the way to 1996, when the Tramiels left. Rob has a long line of credits including Pigs in Space, Real Sports Football, Stellar Track and Star Trek for the Atari 400/800, SOS for the Atari 2600, Missile Command for the Atari 5200, and Bug Hunt for the Atari XE. He also designed the system BIOS for the Atari 5200.
Please note that this interview does have some profanity, although I did beep out the most obvious instances.
This interview took place on July 10, 2016.
Links:list of Rob’s games at AtariMania PRGE 2013 - Bob Smith, Rob Zdybel, Joe Decuir - Portland Retro Gaming Expo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmqzybUe9m4 “Once Upon Atari” - http://www.onceuponatari.com/ Rob’s first interview with ANTIC
ANTIC Interview 276 - Chris Byrne, Intern at Atari IrelandApr 2, 2017 13:35
Description:Chris Byrne, Intern at Atari Ireland Chris Byrne was an intern at Atari Ireland in 1982, where he programmed a quality lot tracking system on the Atari 800, and on the IBM System/38. This interview took place on March 20, 2017.
ANTIC Episode 41 - Atawi Fowever!Mar 28, 2017 01:32:20
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Nir Dary talks about the Atari Invasion Show, Tom Raida brings back the programming language segment to talk about Kyan Pascal, we tell you about all the Atari shows going on this year around the world, and in order to head off lawsuits we tell you about all the possible side effects of listening to Antic.
What we’ve been up toIndy vintage computer club - http://www.indyclassic.org/ , https://www.facebook.com/groups/1082702455167563/
NewsAtari 400 USB Keyboard - http://blog.tynemouthsoftware.co.uk/2017/03/atari-400-usb-keyboards.html Atari 800XLP Atari game watch Atari Pong coffee table - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461917284/play-atari-pong-in-your-coffee-table BASIC 10liners 2017 - http://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/basic-10liners-2017 , http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261637-basic-10liners-2017/ YouTube channel up by Lotharek - https://www.youtube.com/user/lotharek Atari gifts at Zazzle.com - https://www.zazzle.com/atari+gifts “How I Built This” Podcast (NPR) - http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this RetroChallenge 2017/04 - http://www.retrochallenge.org/ “Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark” - http://amzn.to/2noFuwV High Score Club Season 14 - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260910-hsc14-welcome-games-list/ Other Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers VCF East - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/, March 31-April 2, 2017, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ Midwest Gaming Classic - Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel - April 7-9 - https://www.midwestgamingclassic.com/ VCF Southeast - April 29 & 30, 2017, Roswell, GA - http://vcfse.org/ TI Fest West - Saturday April 29th from 9 am to 5 pm, Oak Tree Restaurant in Woodland, Washington - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260465-fest-west-2017/ Kansasfest July 18-23 https://www.kansasfest.org VCF West - August 5-6, 2017 - Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west-xi/ VCFMW - Sept. 9-10, Elk Grove Village, IL - http://vcfmw.org/ PRGE http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Oct 20-22 Going on right now is The Forever Demo Party in Slovakia, http://forever.zeroteam.sk/ April 7th to April 9th - Atariada in Czech Republic - http://www.atariada.cz April 21th to April 23rd - NOMAM 2017 in Germany - http://skriegel.de/nomam/ May 25th to May 28th - OUTLINE Demo Party in Holland - http://outlinedemoparty.nl/ :: FOReVER o18, FOReVER - nostalgic 8-bit multiscene party - http://forever.zeroteam.sk Sommarhack 2017 - Home, SOMMARHACK 2017 JULY 7 - 9 - http://dhs.nu/sommarhack/2017/ Fujiama 2017 17.8.2017 - 20.8.2017 - http://www.abbuc.de/news-feeds-component/events/icalrepeat.detail/2017/08/17/215/-/fujiama-2017 OldComp Party #3 (Czech Republic) 8.9.2017 - 10.9.2017 ByteFest 2017 13.10.2017 - 15.10.2017 - http://www.bytefest.org/english-info2/ Ajka Hungary, Arok party Aug 11 to Aug 13, 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/ArokParty/ another Retro computer event in 1st & 2nd of April.. this time its Retro Computer Show 2017 in Bordeaux, France - http://www.retrocomputershow.com/
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/computergamingworld https://archive.org/details/CarinaBBS1.1A https://archive.org/details/Atari1200XLHomeComputerNextLogicalStep https://archive.org/details/ICDProductCatalog19881989 AMIS BBS Software And Documentation
Nir Dary SegmentReview of Atari Invasion show - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1edcEPJu2S8
Of-The-MonthACE-80 Cart & ACE-80XL Cart - http://www.atariarchives.org/cfn/12/02/0100.php
Programming Languages SegmentKyan Pascal - by Tom Raidna - https://kyanpascal.wordpress.com/
FeedbackLouisville Arcade Expo - http://www.arcaderx.com/ Suburban Chicago Atarians (SCAT) - http://www.scatarians.org/
ANTIC Interview 275 - Peter ShankmanMar 25, 2017 22:40
Peter Shankman, Help A Reporter Out
Peter Shankman is a well-known American entrepreneur and author. He was creator of Help A Reporter Out, and author of several business books. He got his start in technology with an Atari 2600 and an Apple ][.
This interview took place on March 20, 2017.
Teaser quote: "What would you change, if you could go back and talk to your 10-year-old self? I wouldn't change a thing. Because the hell that I went through there has led to, pretty much, the majority of the success I've had today, and I'm very very lucky with that. I can trace that back to the Atari, to the 2600, to those games..."
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/a2DZoTU9Cw4
ANTIC Interview 274 - Nadav Caine, Mathematic-Tac-ToeMar 21, 2017 34:50
Nadav Caine, Mathematic-Tac-Toe
Nadav Caine published one program for the Atari computer: Mathematic-Tac-Toe. This educational program first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog.
This interview took place on March 17, 2017.
"Look, my game's lousy. I'm embarrassed even to have a conversation about it."
"All education is self-education. I don't think teachers put knowledge in your head."
ANTIC Interview 273 - Bob Woolley, Atari 1200XL hardware hackerMar 17, 2017 46:24
Bob Woolley, Atari 1200XL hardware hacker
Bob Woolley has been upgrading and modifying Atari 8-bit computers — primarily the 1200XL — since it was released. His hardware products include video output improvements, keyboard repairs, built-in CompactFlash cards, a dual-ANTIC computer, and a parallel bus interface for the 1200XL. Bob was editor of Atari Classics magazine from approximately 1994-1997. He is still active in the San Leandro Computer Club and on the AtariAge forums.
This interview took place on March 14, 2017.
"I actually use the Atari as my computer. I couldn't write any code on one of my PCs. Whereas if I'm going to write code, I do it on the Atari."
ANTIC Interview 272 - Joe Grande, Monkey Up A TreeMar 15, 2017 12:22
Joe Grande, Monkey Up A Tree
Joe Grande published one program for the Atari computers: Monkey Up A Tree was published by Atari Program Exchange, and first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog.
This interview took place on March 14, 2017.
ANTIC Interview 271 - David Lubar, game developerMar 6, 2017 31:45
David Lubar, Game Developer (PastFinder)
Welcome to another interview episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.
David Lubar was a prolific games software developer who worked for Sirius Software, Activision and Absolute and freelanced for several other companies, including Broderbund, Origin Systems, and Imagineering. He developed games for many different systems, including game consoles like the Atari 2600 and the NES and computer systems such as the Apple II, C64, and the Atari 400/800.
His titles for the Atari 8-bits include Hacker, Master of the Lamps, Ogre, Pastfinder and Ultima IV.
David has since taken up writing and has several books to his name.
This interview took place April 23, 2016.
Links:http://www.davidlubar.com “Character, Driven: A Novel” by David Lubar - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0765376946/?tag=ataripodcast-20
ANTIC Episode 40 - BBSingFeb 26, 2017 01:43:49
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Bill Kendrick returns with a segment on the Lantronix and BBSing on your Atari, we cover lots of new hardware upgrades, Nir Dary talks about the RAM-Cart 1M, and we have our usual segments on what’s new at Archive.org and what’s happening in the Atari 8-bit world.
What we’ve been up toEight Bit Magazine - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8bitmagazine/8-bit-magazine-issue-2-amstrad-commodore-sinclair , https://www.facebook.com/eightbitmagazine/ , http://www.eightbitmagazine.com/ Atari 800XE - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Atari-800xe-/162383912577 , http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=982&st=1 Atari XEP80 Interface Module - http://www.atarimania.com/faq-atari-400-800-xl-xe-what-is-the-atari-xep80-interface-module_39.html Getaway! source code - Mark Reid Disks, Mark Reid — Getaway! archives and development documents, http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261009-mark-reids-getaway-design-documents-and-apx-correspondence/ Kaverns of Kfest http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261831-kaverns-of-kfest-game/ https://github.com/a...avernsA81.1.asm Peter Dell interview link - http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-27-the-atari-8-bit-podcast-peter-dell-wudsn Joystick breakout - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Joystick-Breadboard-Breakout-for-C64-VIC20-Atari-2600-VCS-Development/332087625644
NewsSuper Color CPU Card. 59 Euros + shipping - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260646-new-hardware-atari-400800-super-color-cpu-card/ Atari game watch - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/717828519/gameband-the-first-smartwatch-for-gamers?ref=project_share Sophia video upgrade board - Demo of the SOFIA the ATARI XL/XE/5200 RGB Video Upgrade board, http://atariage.com/forums/topic/258702-new-development-gtia-in-cpld/page-1?hl=%20sophia Multibowl - https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/video-game-mixtape-multibowl BASIC 10liners 2017 - http://gkanold.wixsite.com/homeputerium/basic-10liners-2017 http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261637-basic-10liners-2017/ recent videos by Nir Dary: Atari 8BIT 1MEG Ram Cartridge Upgrading the ANTONIA 4MB Memory upgrade to the latest firmware Demo of the 4MB Flashcart Megacart Cartridge Demo of the UNO CART for the Atari 8bit computer Atari XC12 Cassette player enhanced with the Turbo 2000 upgrade Art of Atari Capsule Edition — in January’s Loot Crate DX (blind box “Items for the Pop Culture Connoisseur”) $44.99/month - https://www.lootcrate.com/subscription-crates/lcdx Atari Age — The Emergence of Video Games in America http://amzn.to/2lXK3Oq XF551 Track Display/Front Panel Control Pre-order Offer from DropCheck - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261481-xf551-track-displayfront-panel-control-pre-order-offer/ Atari 815 Disk Drive on Ebay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/ULTRA-RARE-Atari-815-Dual-Disk-Drive-prototype-/172515706186 , Discussion http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261918-atari-815-for-sale-on-ebay/ 1088XEL Alternative Mother-Board Project - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/261147-1088xel-alternative-mother-board-project/ SDrive pre-order - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/262323-sdrive-arm-market-reseachpreorder/ Weird Al Pac Man song http://nerdist.com/weird-al-pac-man-box-set/ Feb. 18, 2017 - "Atari Invasion", Marsveen, Holland - http://atari-invasion.nl/ , Nir Dary was on-hand and posted pictures on the Antic Facebook page and a video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1edcEPJu2S8&feature=youtu.be Other Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers VCF East - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/, March 31-April 2, 2017, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ Midwest Gaming Classic - Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel - April 7-9 - https://www.midwestgamingclassic.com/ VCF Southeast - April 29 & 30, 2017, Roswell, GA - http://vcfse.org/ Kansasfest July 18-23 https://www.kansasfest.org VCF West - August 5-6, 2017 - Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west-xi/ VCFMW - September? Omnitrend’s Universe Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/435419473491677/
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/atr8000 https://archive.org/details/BroderbundSynapse1985Catalog https://archive.org/details/SchoolDaysForTheAtari Hofacker Program Descriptions I - https://archive.org/details/HofackerSoftwareProgramDescriptions https://archive.org/details/Atari600XLHomeComputerOwnersGuideInternational Current Notes https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Washington+Area+Atari+Computer+Enthusiasts%22 https://archive.org/details/APXMicrosoftBasicCrossReferenceUtility
Bill’s Modern Segment
Lantronix, Ice-T & BBS'ingANTIC Interview 235: Marlin Bates - http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-235-marlin-bates-r-time-8-replacement-cartridge Lantronix UDS-10 (discontinued, but includes info & manual) - https://www.lantronix.com/products/uds-10/ Lantronix UDS-1110 - https://www.lantronix.com/products/uds1100-uds1100-poe/ "Ice-T XE 2.76 released" thread at AtariAge (with an alpha of 2.80 posted later in the thread, in Oct. 2014) - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/217539-ice-t-xe-276-released/ Atari 8-bit FAQ (go to section 10.1: "What noncommercial telecommunications programs are there?") - http://www-ftp.lip6.fr/pub/doc/faqs/atari-8-bit/faq Telnet BBS Guide - http://telnetbbsguide.com/ "Links" web browser - http://links.twibright.com/ "ircII" IRC client - http://www.eterna.com.au/ircii/ "Mutt" email client - http://www.mutt.org/ "Screen" terminal multiplexer - https://www.gnu.org/software/screen/
Nir Dary Segment - RAM-Cart 1MRAM-Cart 1M review - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Gs7ZTbwoA
ANTIC Interview 270 - Ed Kelly, Edladdin ControllersFeb 5, 2017 43:48
Ed Kelly, Edladdin
Hello, welcome to a special interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast. My name is Randy Kindig. This interview is with Ed Kelly of Edladdin. Edladdin produces a fantastic family of controllers for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Flashback, and classic 8-bit computers. I met Ed at VCF Southeast in 2016 and was so impressed by his controllers that I later bought one and am very happy with it. They are fully customizable and are very rugged. This is likely the last controller you’ll need. I sat down with Ed and we discussed how his company got started, what controllers they produce and what the future looks like.
This interview took place on December 4, 2016.
ANTIC Interview 269 - Mark Odendahl, Rush HourJan 25, 2017 23:57
Mark Odendahl, Rush Hour
Mark Odendahl was the creator of Rush Hour, a Frogger-like game that appeared in the winter 1983 Atari Program Exchange catalog, the final APX catalog. He also wrote one program for A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine: Number Editor appeared in the January 1989 issue.
This interview took place on January 24, 2017.
"So I sold one copy of the program, but not through Atari. I sold it directly to one guy in New Jersey."
ANTIC Episode 39 - I Need More Memory!Jan 23, 2017 01:18:48
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Nir Dary talks about all the available memory upgrade options (You need more memory!), we discuss what we’ve been up to in the Atari world, give you all the Atari 8-bit news that’s fit to print, and tell you about our “of-the-month” finds.
What we’ve been up toVintage Computer Party in Indy - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260834-indianapolis-area-vintage-computer-club/?hl=%2Bindy#entry3668612 Ultimate 1MB - http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=67 “Art of Atari” book by Tim Lapetino - http://amzn.to/2hrX54h “Atari Playground” by Fred D'Ignazio - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0810457709/?tag=ataripodcast-20 “Atari DOS 2.5 - 1050 Disk Drive Owner’s Manual” - http://www.atarimania.com/documents/Atari%20DOS%202.5%20-%201050%20Disk%20Drive%20Owner's%20Manual.pdf Kevin’s 2016 In Review - http://atariaction.tumblr.com/post/155282564737/2016-in-review Loyd Dorsett FBI FOIA Response Mark Reid — Getaway! archives and development documents Trinity and Seastalker: http://monsterfeet.com/grue/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/savetz
NewsRECOIL 3.5.0 - View retro graphics formats: Atari, Amiga, Apple II, ZX81, more - http://www.techcentral.ie/recoil-3-5-0/ Mac GraphicConverter Awesome new 3D printed case for the Atari Ultimate Cart Dropcheck 1200XL Cartridge port extension ATR8000 on eBay The 8-bit High Score Club Season 14 - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260911-high-score-club-season-14/ Pro(c) Atari Magazine Issue #12 & Boxed Software - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260700-p-r-o-c-a-t-a-r-i-issue-12-available-now/#entry3670879 Pro(c) Magazine Website - http://www.proc-atari.de/ Fairlight game - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2016/12/completan-port-de-fairlight-para.html Buy a piece of Atari stock! - http://scripophily.net/atcorfampion.html Joystick Breadboard Breakout - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Joystick-Breadboard-Breakout-for-C64-VIC20-Atari-2600-VCS-Development/332087625644 Vintage is the New Old - http://www.vintageisthenewold.com/ Benj Edwards - “Baked at Atari” song - http://www.techsongs.com/index.php/2016/06/23/baked-at-atari/ https://soundcloud.com/benjedwards/baked-at-atari#t=0:00 Upcoming Shows: Atari Invasion - Feb. 18, 2017 - Marsveen, Holland - http://atari-invasion.nl/ VCF East - March 31 through April 2, 2017 - Wall, NJ - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ VCF Southeast 4.0 - April 2 & 3, 2017, Roswell, GA - http://vcfse.org/ Tandy Assembly - October 6-8 - Chillocothe, OH - http://www.tandyassembly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/events/671911082972172/ CoCoFest - April 22 & 23, 2017 - Lombard, IL - http://www.glensideccc.com/cocofest/index.shtml KansasFest - July 18-23, 2017 - Kansas City, MO - http://www.kansasfest.org
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/ForYourInformation https://archive.org/details/SilicaShop19880420 https://archive.org/details/Atari1200XLHomeComputerFieldServiceManualRev01 https://archive.org/details/Atari1027PrinterFieldServiceManualRev01 https://archive.org/details/Mosaic64KSelectNewsletterIssue1 Mark Reid — Getaway! archives and development documents https://archive.org/details/adventure-international-catalog-v2n4-1981 https://archive.org/details/adventure-international-catalog-v2n5-1982 https://archive.org/details/high-technology-software-catalog-1982 https://archive.org/details/the_tracer_201701 https://archive.org/details/book_atari_software_1983
Of-the-MonthJOY-2-PIC Joystick to Microchip PIC MCU ICSP Programmer at Ataribits - http://ataribits.weebly.com/joy2pic.html Mathy van Nisselroy home page - http://www.mathyvannisselroy.nl/index.htm AtariLand - http://atariland.org/ - Rick Matias
Nir Dary Segment - Memory UpgradesMemory upgrade tech info - http://home.arcor.de/walter.lojek/MyATARIHomepage/old_hp/MemUp/MemUp.HTM Memory upgrades banking scheme - http://www.atarimania.com/faq-atari-400-800-xl-xe-what-kinds-of-extra-ram-and-ramdisks-can-be-installed_73.html Software that support more than 64k ram - http://www.atarimania.com/faq-atari-400-800-xl-xe-what-programs-support-more-than-64k-ram_74.html Best Electronics 256k Memory upgrade kit - http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/800xl.htm#Wizz B&C ComputerVisions Memory upgrade - http://www.myatari.com/atarixlh.txt Lotharek Ultimate 1mb - http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=67 Ctirad 576XE external memory upgrade - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/232856-ram320xe576-order-thread/?hl=%20ctirad and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8M3wbwAzlQ Antonia 4MB memory upgrade - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/249405-new-4mb-ram-expansion/?hl=%20antonia and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkyXepEq4WI How to install ATARI 400 Upgrade to 48k from 16k - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBqqfqjb-x8 1MB Simm ram expansion - http://satantronic.atari.sk/?str=xe_1mbram Hiassoft 512k SRAM upgrade - http://www.horus.com/~hias/atari/#sram512k Byte Magazine Article on 256k memory upgrade - http://atariage.com/forums/index.php?app=core&module=attach§ion=attach&attach_id=362652
ANTIC Interview 268 - Steve Gerber, VP of International New Product DevelopmentJan 22, 2017 35:49
Steve Gerber, VP of International New Product Development
Steve Gerber was head of the Atari Software Acquisition Program. In October 1981, Atari opened its first Regional Software Acquisition Center, managed by Steve, in a 4,000 square-foot location that also housed the Atari Program Exchange (APX). Later Steve was Atari's VP of International New Product Development, in charge of software development for non-US markets.
This interview took place on January 17, 2017.
Teaser quote: "I had these guys that were in a barn that was built in 1100-something that had set it up to be their "office" somewhere in northern England, in the middle of nowhere. They had come up with a ... baseball cap that you'd put on and you could move the cursor with your eyes."
ANTIC Interview 267 - Mark Pelczarski, Penguin SoftwareJan 20, 2017 01:01:00
Mark Pelczarski, Penguin Software
Mark Pelczarski was the founder of Penguin Software — later renamed to Polarware. Penguin published many graphics programs and games for Apple II, Atari 8-bit, and other platforms. The company's programs included Magic Paintbrush, Graphics Magician, Pie Man, Spy's Demise, The Spy Strikes Back, and Transylvania.
Mark was editor of Softside Magazine for a time, and an editor of the book The Creative Apple, published by Creative Computing.
This interview took place on January 10, 2017.
Teaser quote: "It was not a competitive industry, really ... There wasn't too much as far as trade secrets. It was like, 'Hey, I figured out how to do this.' There was a lot of exchange of ideas and collaboration between the companies."
The Digital Antiquarian on Penguin Software: http://www.filfre.net/2012/09/the-magnificent-penguin/
Wikipedia on Penguin Software: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penguin_Software
Mark's web site: http://graphicsmagician.com/polarware/
Wikipedia on Mark: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Pelczarski
ANTIC Interview 266 - Sheldon Leemon: Instedit, Circuit Lab, Mapping the Commodore 64Jan 18, 2017 02:35:35
Sheldon Leemon: Instedit, Circuit Lab, Mapping the Commodore 64
Sheldon Leemon was the creator of Instedit, a character set editor; and Circuit Lab, an electronics learning program that he co-created with with Mark Davids. Both programs were published by Atari Program Exchange. He wrote for several computer magazines, including Softside — where he wrote many reviews, and a game called Outer Space Attack; Compute!, and Creative Computing. He also wrote several computer books, including Mapping the Commodore 64, Compute's AmigaDOS Reference Guide, and Inside Amiga Graphics.
This interview took place on January 9, 2017. In it, we discuss Arlan Levitan, Jerry White, and several other people that I've previously interviewed. There are links to those interviews, and Sheldon's programs and articles, in the show notes at AtariPodcast.com.
"They're having so much fun that they don't want to take time to stop. Having a meal? It could take half an hour or an hour! You could be doing really cool stuff with that half an hour or an hour."
"We looked at people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as the really bad guys. ... He wants to charge money for something that everybody else is giving away for free."
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/PnaFEyaJm_E
Some of Sheldon's articles in Compute! magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/index/index.php?author=Sheldon+Leemon
Some of Sheldon's articles in Creative Computing magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/creative/index/index.php?author=Sheldon+Leemon
ANTIC Interview 265 - Ronald Borta, Roklan SoftwareJan 16, 2017 55:46
Ronald Borta, Roklan Software
Ronald Borta was co-founder of JACC, which made educational software under contract for Atari, where he programmed Atari States and Capitals and Atlas of Canada, and other software for the the Atari 400 and 800 computers. He moved to Roklan Software, the company that programmed hundreds of titles for the Atari computers and many other platforms of the time.
Roklan published a number of cartridges for the Atari computers, including Deluxe Invaders and Gorf. The company also produced Pac Man (published by Atari), Gyruss (published by Parker Brothers), Wizard of Wor (published by CBS), Mickey in the Great Outdoors (published by Disney), and myriad other game and educational titles. The company also created software for the Atari 2600 and 5200, Apple //, Commodore 64 and VIC-20, Texas Instruments 99/4A, ColecoVision, Intellivision, and other platforms.
He is known as the first person to have patented software.
This interview took place on December 9, 2016.
"$25,000 that I got from Atari doing Pac Man turned out to be the best investment I ever made."
"I only did video games that did not feature violence against people. Then I end up in weapons systems."
1994 interview with Ronald in Atari Explorer Online: http://cd.textfiles.com/crawlycrypt2/txtfiles/aeo/aeo_0314/aeo_0314.txt
Roklan listing at GDRI: http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Roklan
ANTIC interview with Fred Thorlin: https://archive.org/details/FredThorlinInterview
ANTIC Interview 264 - Paul Cubbage, Atari Program ExchangeJan 14, 2017 01:45:54
Paul Cubbage, Atari Program Exchange
Paul Cubbage was Director of Atari Program Exchange. There, he was head of reviewing software submissions and publishing the APX catalog. He worked at Atari from April 1981 through January 1984.
This interview took place on October 3, 2016.
"First catalog, we went around and found every last utility or piece of software that we could put out there, unashamedly."
"People used to complain about our royalty and I'd say 'Go to a flea market and sell [your software] off the back of your station wagon. The royalty is the royalty. I know it's not much."
Fred Thorlin interview: https://archive.org/details/FredThorlinInterview
Gray Chang interview: https://archive.org/details/Atari_Gray_Chang_Interview
ANTIC Interview 263 - Bill Stealey, co-founder of MicroProse SoftwareJan 10, 2017 42:56
Bill Stealey, co-founder of MicroProse Software
Bill Stealey was co-founder of MicroProse Software, with Sid Meier. They started the company in 1982, and Stealey ran the company until it was sold to Spectrum Holobyte in 1993. MicroProse specialized in flight simulation and war games — the company's games for the Atari 8-bit computers include F-15 Strike Eagle, Hellcat Ace, Kennedy Approach, Silent Service, Solo Flight, Spitfire Ace, Chopper Rescue, Crusade in Europe, and Floyd of the Jungle.
This interview took place on January 3, 2017.
Teaser quote: "He learned a new technique so he made a flight simulator out of it. And Solo Flight beat out Fight Simulator that year at Handleman."
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/VFDKbseZrlY
Bill on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ZoomieWildBill
Wikipedia On Bill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Stealey
Wikipedia on MicroProse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MicroProse
ANTIC Interview 262 - Dan Corona, Atari Engineering ManagerJan 8, 2017 54:57
Dan Corona, Atari Engineering Manager
Dan Corona was Atari employee #9 — staring in 1972, where he remained until the Tramiel takeover in 1984. Dan was Engineering Manager, and worked in many divisions: coin-op, pinball, handheld games, and consumer.
This interview took place on November 29, 2016.
Teaser quote: "It pretty much killed the company. You know, you can't continue building the same thing over and over again and not create anything new."
ANTIC Interview 261 - Steve Ahlstrom: SynFile+ and PaperClipJan 6, 2017 22:32
Steve Ahlstrom: SynFile+ and PaperClip
Steve Ahlstrom was half of The 4th Works, with Dan Moore. Together they programmed SynFile+, which was published by Synapse; and PaperClip, published by Batteries Included. The team also created BackTalk, a telecommunications program; and Sherlock, a disk sector editor utility.
This interview took place on October 4, 2016.
Teaser quote: "What's weird is, every now and then -- and this is, what, 40 years later -- I still get a random e-mail asking me for support for Sherlock or for SynFile, which is kind of strange."
Inverse ATASCII on SynFile+: https://inverseatascii.info/2014/12/16/s1e6-synapse-synfile/
ANTIC Interview 260 - Ben Smith, Atari sales and serviceJan 3, 2017 41:18
Ben Smith, Atari sales and service
This interview is part of the set of interviews we’ve done where we talk to many of the people still out there providing hardware, software, and/or support for our favorite computer. This interview is with Ben Smith, of Bravo Sierra Computers. As you will hear during the interview, Ben has been in the business of selling, servicing and supporting Atari items for about 32 years as of the recording of this episode. I hope you find this interview interesting and let Ben know that you appreciate all he has done and continues to do for the Atari community.
This interview took place on March 26, 2016.
Links:Bravo Sierra Computers - http://www.aracnet.com/~atari/ http://www.atari.org
ANTIC Interview 259 - Wynn Smith, Mosaic ElectronicsDec 28, 2016 33:08
Wynn Smith, Mosaic Electronics
Wynn Smith was co-founder of Mosaic Electronics, a company that produced memory upgrade cards for the Atari 400 and 800 computers, as well as the Commodore 64 and VIC-20. He started at Tektronix, where be wrote code for the OEM graphics division at the age of 17. After Mosaic, he worked on memory upgrades for Intel.
This interview took place on December 27, 2016.
"It became obvious to me that if you put the wrong boards in the wrong order, not only do they not work, but there's a danger of blowing out some chips."
VintageTEK Tektronix museum: http://www.vintagetek.org
ANTIC Episode 38 - Christmas 2016 Buying GuideDec 20, 2016 01:52:37
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast...
What we’ve been up toBard Ermentrout’s disks Virtuoso Play Mode Sampler - Virtuoso Play Mode Sampler on Atari 8-Bit Kyroflux - http://www.kryoflux.com/ C64 microfiler + cross-compiled version Harry Stewart’s printouts: Atari PILOT Source Code , Atari PILOT II Source Code, Atari 400/800 Shepardson Contracted Math Package, Atari WSFN Source Code, Atari 400/800 Operating System Source Code Bill Wilkinson Articles - Atari Optimized Systems Software - Scans And Pictures Eaten By A Grue podcast - http://monsterfeet.com/grue/ Amiga video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws3DJF7MbMU
NewsMegaoids Released - posted by peteym5 (Peter Meyer) on Atari Age Laser Blast X at Video 61 - http://members.tcq.n...deo61/main.html MAD Studio by Gury on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/258728-mad-studio/ Dual Right Angle XL/XE Cart Expansion - Dropcheck (Bits of the Past) Gardner Pomper — co-founder of Games Computers Play — has died. 2015 interview Stan Ockers is in hospice care Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers Feb. 18, 2017 - "Atari Invasion", Marsveen, Holland - http://atari-invasion.nl/ VCF East - March 31 through April 2, 2017 - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ VCF Southeast
Holiday Gift GuideLotherek Rapidus Card $170EU - http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=107 Best Elec 600XL 256k Memory and Composite kits both for $49.95 - http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/ Joystick from Edladdin controllers - http://edladdin.com/ AtariAge homebrews for the Atari 8-bit - https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_list&c=45 Art Of Atari by Tim Lapetino $25 - http://amzn.to/2hrX54h Coming in April: Atari of Atari Poster Collection $19 - http://amzn.to/2hd2wTI 3-D Printed Atari 800 from Rabbit Engineering $10 - https://www.etsy.com/listing/457193354/mini-atari-800-3d-printed Bill Lange - printable Atari 8-bit poster and Atari 8-bit 2017 calendar
New at Archive.orgMAAUG Newsletter Volume 2 No. 11 Nov. 1985 MAAUG Newsletter Volume 2 No. 9 Oct. 1985 Portland Atari Club October 1989 Portland Atari Club October 1989 Portland Atari Club Atari News Vol 1 Issue 2 September 1991 Portland Atari Club Newsletter October 1991 Portland Atari Club Newsletter August 1991 Sams Computerfacts Atari 400 APX Seven Card Stub Hack News Atari newsletter September 1988 HACK News Atari newsletter October 1988 HACK News newsletter November 1988 Atari HACK News August 1988 Optimized Systems Software - Scans And Pictures Bill Wilkinson Articles - Atari Atari PILOT II Source Code Atari WSFN Source Code
Nir Dary Segment - SilliVenture 2016Files Pictures
ClosingEND OF SHOW MUSIC - Virtuoso Play Mode Sampler
ANTIC Interview 258 - Bruce Frumker: APX Memory Match, Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryDec 2, 2016 34:24
Bruce Frumker: APX Memory Match, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Bruce Frumker is author of Memory Match, a memory game that was published by Atari Program Exchange. It was first available in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. As part of his job at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Bruce created interactive, laser-disc based exhibits that used Atari 8-bit computers. He wrote an article about that project, "An Atari-based Interactive Laser Videodisc System", which appeared in the March 1989 issue of A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine. Bruce was also co-founder of the Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Cleveland.
This interview took place on September 15, 2016.
"...Sounds really Rube Goldberg, but the thing worked and it produced a series of exhibits that visitors enjoyed ... all controlled by the Atari."
ANTIC Interview 257 - Steve Panak, Game ReviewerNov 29, 2016 20:55
Steve Panak, Game Reviewer
Steve Panak was a prolific writer of Atari computer game reviews. He wrote the Panak Strikes! column in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine, and also wrote reviews for Antic magazine and ST-Log magazine.
This interview took place on November 28, 2016.
"Companies were just sending me games to review there at the end, so I was just getting buried in games."
ANTIC Interview 256 - Bev and Bryan Wilkinson, Optimized Systems SoftwareNov 26, 2016 39:43
Bev and Bryan Wilkinson, Optimized Systems Software
Bev and Bryan Wilkinson were part of Optimized Systems Software, the company that brought DOS XL, Mac/65, Action!, BASIC XL, BASIC XE, and other products to Atari computer users.
Bill Wilkinson was founder of OSS. Bev was his wife, and Bryan his son. I interviewed Bill in December, 2014, and he died in November 2015. As a small family-owned business, Bev and Bryan were involved with the day-to-day running of the company.
This interview took place on September 25, 2016 in my dining room in Portland, Oregon.
"And Bill would carry these tomes, books to the bathroom with him, and he'd read these books in the bathroom. I said 'Why are you doing that in the bathroom?' He said, 'It's the only room in the house that has a lock on the door.'"
Photos, brochures, and art from OSS: https://archive.org/details/OptimizedSystemsSoftware
Complete collection of Bill Wilkinson articles: https://archive.org/details/BillWilkinsonArticles
ANTIC Interview 255 - Dale Lemke, Compu-Cable SystemsNov 23, 2016 37:30
Dale Lemke, Compu-Cable Systems
Dale Lemke is founder of Compu-Cable Systems, a company that created the SpectraView and SpectraView II Graphic Generator Cartridge, information display systems for use by television stations and cable companies, which ran on Atari 8-bit computers.
The company is still in business: today it is called Display Systems International, it specializes in character generators and television program listings.
This interview took place October 18, 2016.
"We had an Atari in Trump's Castle in New Jersey for a while ... We had an Atari in Museum of History in Chicago — they were using it with their ticket kiosks."
YouTube demo of SpectraView II cart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cAlaGUoYNI
Display Systems International: http:/www.displaysystemsintl.com
ANTIC Interview 254 - Paul Berker: Adventure in Time and Birth of the PhoenixNov 19, 2016 51:28
Paul Berker: Adventure in Time and Birth of the Phoenix
Paul Berker was a programmer for Phoenix Software, where he coded Birth of the Phoenix and Adventure In Time, which were both released for the Apple II and Atari 8-bit computers; and Queen of Phobos, which was released on the Apple II only.
This interview took place on September 30, 2016. After the interview, Paul sent me several floppy disks with the Apple II and Atari source code for Birth of the Phoenix and Adventure In Time.
"Got an advance of like $2,000, and spent it all just acquiring an Atari 800 with two floppy drives..."
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/0kXWKV1mpiY
Paul's web site: http://slasherworld.com
ANTIC Interview 253 - Charles Clinton, AtarilabNov 12, 2016 12:46
Charles Clinton was a contractor who worked on AtariLab, which was developed at Swarthmore College.
This interview took place on August 14, 2016 at Vintage Computer Festival West XI. In it, we discuss Priscilla Laws, whom I previously interviewed.
ANTIC Interview 252 - Paula Polley, CopywriterNov 10, 2016 11:34
Paula Polley, Copywriter
Paula Polley started at Atari in 1982, where she worked as a copywriter. She wrote marketing for product boxes and wrote for Atari Connection magazine.
This interview took place on August 14, 2016 at Vintage Computer Festival West XI.
ANTIC Interview 251 - Carl Moser and JR Hall, Eastern House SoftwareNov 8, 2016 55:28
Carl Moser and JR Hall, Eastern House Software
Carl Moser and JR Hall were founders of Eastern House Software, the company that created several products for Atari 8-bit users, including Monkey Wrench and Monkey Wrench II, and the KISS word processor. They also created the MAE assembler/software development system, which was available for Commodore PET, Apple //, Atari 8-bit, and other computers.
This interview took place on October 17, 2016.
Teaser quote: (Carl) "JR and I would work — we was working at AT&T a regular day, then we'd probably work 'til 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, then get up, go to work the next morning."
ANTIC Episode 37 - ABBUC, RetroChallenge, CrownlandNov 6, 2016 01:39:48
What we’ve been up to40 Great Flight Simulator Adventures - https://www.flightsimbooks.com/40gfsa/ Atari PILOT Source Code Nir Dary’s “Modern Atari 8bit Computer” channel on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzjD_biYJ5hQf-MoK9Ztcw Atari Macro Assembler with Program Text Editor - http://mixinc.net/atari/amac.htm Atariteca - Giann Velasquez M - “Top seven upgrades for Atari computers” - http://atariteca.blogspot.pe/2016/10/siete-mejores-upgrades-para.html Randy’s presentation on modern upgrades at VCFMW 11 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNTiEZl30Fg Ultimate Cart runs by Santosp (Panagiotis Santos) VideoGames Hardware Handbook Volume 2 Revised Edition, 1977 to 2001, The Game Machine Collector’s Manual, From the Creators of Retro Gamer
NewsRetrochallenge 2016/10 - http://retrochallenge.net/ Atari headphones article - http://thegadgetflow.com/portfolio/gameon-earphones-atari-roam/ Atari headphones at indiegogo - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gameon-sure-fit-earphones-studio-thumping-bass-headphones--3#/ Art of Atari hardcover by Tim Lapetino - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1524101036/?tag=ataripodcast-20 Atari Shows "Silly Venture" (http://www.sillyventure.eu/en/ ) November 11-13 (Friday-Sunday) in Gdansk, Poland Feb. 18, 2017 - "Atari Invasion", Marsveen, Holland - http://atari-invasion.nl/ VCF East - March 31 through April 2, 2017 - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ VCF Zurich, November 19 and 20, 2016 - http://www.vcfe.ch/ ABBUC 2016 hardware contest - http://www.abbuc.de/atari/hardware-ressort/80-hardware/hardwarewettbewerbe/1810-hardwarewettbewerb-2016 ABBUC 2016 software contest - http://www.abbuc.de/atari/software-ressort/81-software/softwarewettbewerbe/1795-software-wettbewerb-2016 Atari SIO plug at thingiverse - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1831769 Atari 8-bit Vs. Arcade - Part 9 - Kieren Hawken - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNDdIlYzVOo
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/ServiceManualForTheAtari1050DiskDrive https://archive.org/details/AtariFlightSimulatorII https://archive.org/details/APXMankala VCF 1-4 audio - https://archive.org/details/vintagecomputerfederation?sort=-publicdate Also at http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/festival-audiovideo-archive/
Bill’s Modern SegmentLaResistance website - http://laresistance.pigwa.net/ Crownland (2007, PAL, 128K (e.g., 130XE), final version) Crownland preview (2006, PAL, 64K, WIP; only one level) Crownland review from RGCD Issue #04, December 2007 "Racing the Beam" by MIT Press - https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/racing-beam "Parallax Scrolling" article at Giant Bomb - http://www.giantbomb.com/parallax-scrolling/3015-2915/ "Parallax Scrolling" article at Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallax_scrolling "Jump! for the Atari 8-bit family" @ YouTube (Highretrogamelord) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGSTGTks6JI "Shadow of the Beast for 8-bit Atari" @ YouTube (CmdrJJA) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzWEpMl_kro "Amiga Longplay Shadow Of The Beast" @ YouTube (World of Longplays) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiAUZe_kL_Y "Flimbo's Quest Longplay (C64) [50FPS]" @ YouTube (Al82: Retrogaming Longplays & Reviews) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiCxXMquPKs "Parallax Demo" into at Atari 8-bit Forever - http://gury.atari8.info/demos/896.php "Revealing the secrets: A real 2 layer scroll on C64." - http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2922 "Atari Longplay - Crownland" @ YouTube (basicgamelover) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRuhcpSvXdk
FeedbackLiving Computers: Museum + Labs - http://www.livingcomputers.org/
ANTIC Interview 250 - Rodnay Zaks, Founder of Sybex BooksNov 3, 2016 57:47
Rodnay Zaks, Founder of Sybex Books
Rodnay Zaks was the founder of computer book publisher Sybex Books, and is author of many classic computer programming books, including 6502 Applications (1979), Programming the 6502, Advanced 6502 Programming, and 6502 Games. He also wrote or co-wrote Programming the Z80, Programming the 6809, Your First Apple II Program, Programming the Apple II in Assembly Language, and other books.
This interview took place on October 14, 2016.
Rodnay on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodnay_Zaks
"The first 5,000 books sold out, mail order, within a few days. So it was clear that there was more interest than we anticipated."
"She said, 'There is a computer in this machine?' I said 'Yes.' And she went out screaming and never returned."
ANTIC Interview 249 - Thom Graziano, CompuClubOct 31, 2016 20:23
Thom Graziano, CompuClub
Thom Graziano was founder of CompuClub, an Atari mail-order company and retail store based in Massachusetts. The company began in 1983 and closed in 1986.
CompuClub ran full-page advertisements in the Atari magazines with the headline "The Greatest Atari of All Time." For a $5 annual membership, you could become a CompuClub member, which got you a subscription to their newsletter and access to their catalog of Atari software at "at least 25% below retail." The company only sold programs for the Atari computers — first, the 8-bits and later, the ST line.
This interview took place on October 13, 2016.
Teaser quote: "The Department of Defense was sending Atari software to schools all over the world ... I tried to be very up-front and very honest with them."
CompuClub newsletters: http://www.digitpress.com/library/newsletters/compuclub/
ANTIC Interview 248 - Kris Meier, CompuTalk BBS sysopOct 29, 2016 01:11:01
Kris Meier, CompuTalk BBS sysop
Kris Meier was sysop of CompuTalk BBS, a popular six-line BBS based in Texas that ran off off six Atari 800 computers. In this interview, I read from the article "CompuTalk: Texas-Sized BBS" by Gregg Pearlman, which ran in the August 1987 issue of Antic magazine.
This interview took place on October 6, 2016. In it, we discuss Tom Hudson, whom I previously interviewed.
"What? An Atari computer did this? Yeah. An Atari computer did this."
CompuTalk gets Antic magazine award: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v7n1/awards.html
CompuTalk mention in The North Texan, fall 1988: http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc119047/m1/5/
CompuTalk article in Longview News-Journal, July 7, 1985: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/209903449/
Tom Hudson on CompuTalk: http://analog.klanky.com/funstuff.htm
ANTIC Interview 247 - Brian Lee, Synapse and BroderbundOct 26, 2016 28:31
Brian Lee, Synapse and Broderbund
Brian Lee started at clothing retailer The Gap, where he used Atari computers for expense control and store operations. He was Vice President of Product Development at Synapse Software from 1982 through 1985, where he managed the Syn line of business software, and programmed SynTrend. Next he was Director of Acquisition at Br0derbund from 1984 to 1985.
This interview took place on September 30, 2016. In it, we discuss Mike Silva, whom I previously interviewed.
"So he sat nervously with $30,000 in stacked, bound $100 bills in his jacket pockets, for the entire flight over from Japan."
Brian's web site: http://www.brianleeresume.com
Filling the GAP article in Antic magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n3/fillingthegap.html
Mike Silva interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-170-mike-silva-syncalc
Inverse ATASCII podcast on SynTrend: https://inverseatascii.info/2016/10/16/s3e02-synapse-syntrend-synstat-syngraph-supplement/
ANTIC Interview 246 - Harry McCracken, Technology JournalistOct 24, 2016 27:23
Harry McCracken, Technology Journalist
Harry McCracken is a technology journalist — he's technology editor at Fast Company magazine. He cut his teeth on the TRS-80 and Atari 400 computers, including writing for Creative Computing magazine, and creating a game that he wanted to publish with Atari Program Exchange, but didn't finish.
This interview took place on September 27, 2016.
Harry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/harrymccracken
"...fact about the Atari 400 was that it had maybe the worst keyboard in the history of computing. ... Oddly enough I don't remember having trouble with the keyboard, maybe because when you're programming, it is, generally speaking, not about the speed at which you type."
ANTIC Interview 245 - Bruce Campbell, APX Character FunOct 22, 2016 25:40
Bruce Campbell, APX Character Fun
Bruce Campbell is the author of Character Fun, an educational game which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It appeared in the winter 1983 APX catalog — the final APX catalog.
This interview took place on September 22, 2016.
Shortly after we did this interview, Bruce sent me scans of the source code printout for Character Fun, it's now online at archive.org.
Character Fun source code: https://archive.org/details/AtariCharacterFunSourceCode
ANTIC Interview 244 - Ed Stewart and Ray Lyons, APX LettermanOct 20, 2016 31:07
Ed Stewart and Ray Lyons, APX Letterman
Ed Stewart and Ray Lyons co-wrote Letterman, an educational word game that was first available in the winter 1982-1983 Atari Program Exchange catalog. Ed also wrote two articles for Antic magazine: "Hokey Pokey Interrupts" - on using POKEY timers in assembly language - and "Talk Is Cheap", a 1-bit audio digitizer. Ed also had two articles in Compute!'s Second Book of Atari: Memory Test and Back Up Your Machine Language Programs With BASIC.
This interview took place on September 15, 2016. The first voice you'll hear is Ed's.
"They played that thing for days. They would love to try and stump each other by typing in their own word, primarily."
After the interview, Ray emailed me this update: "There's one fact I wished I had included--and I'll tell you just in case you find it useful: This would have probably been early in the 2nd year of the sale of Letterman via the APX. Atari contacted us and asked us to sign some legal documents giving them permission to port Letterman to a ROM for one of their game platforms. My recall is that it was for the 2600. But I'm wondering if they were announcing a new model. Or maybe it was an updated 2600 with a keyboard added? Sorry for this lapse. Anyway, they said they needed educational software to demo this on the new device at a trade show in New York City that year. The Toy Fair I think it was. We never did hear back from Atari about whether they actually carried through or not. If I run across any paperwork about this, I'll send it to you."
Compute!'s Second Book of Atari: http://www.atariarchives.org/c2ba/
Blog Post by Ray Lyons: https://libperformance.com/2009/03/05/technology-20/
ANTIC Interview 243 - Russ Walter, Secret Guide to ComputersOct 18, 2016 37:09
Russ Walter, Secret Guide to Computers
Russ Walter is the author of Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living, a book that he has been publishing and updating since 1972. It is currently in its 32nd edition; he's working on the 33rd now. The book has evolved with technology and time — the current versions cover modern machines like Windows, Android, and iOS. The early editions covered then-modern machines like the Atari 800, TRS-80, Commodore 64, and Apple //.
In addition to the book, Russ provides a free technical support phone number, which he invites people to call at any time, day or night. (My copy of the book, from 1987, says right on the cover: "Call 24 hours: he's usually in and sleeps only lightly.") Though the phone number has changed, some 30 years later, that is still a feature that he offers.
This interview took place on September 15, 2016.
"The craziest call that I got was a girl, sounded like she was 7th or 8th grade or something ... wanted to know how to attract her boyfriend to her."
Secret Guide web site: http://SecretFun.com
ANTIC Episode 36 - Do Not Listen While Climbing a LadderOct 16, 2016 01:33:14
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast, we visit vintage computer festivals and upgrade our systems. We fail to spend thousands of dollars on rare new hardware.
What we’ve been up toPaul Westphal at Eight Bit Fix - http://www.eightbitfix.com VCFMW 11- http://vcfmw.org Suburban Chicago Atarians (SCAT) - http://www.scatarians.org/ Randy’s Presentation at VCFMW11 on Modern Upgrades for Vintage Computers Edladdin controllers - http://www.edladdin.com/ TransKey II for XEGS - http://ataribits.weebly.com/transkey-ii.html Ultimate Cart runs by Santosp (Panagiotis Santos) Ultimate Cart run by MacRorie Atlanta Maker Faire. Oct 1 & 2 - http://atlanta.makerfaire.com/ Dial-A-Grue - https://dial-a-grue.com VCF West XI -- Paul Laughton — Mainframes to micros and beyond Harry Stewart stuff: Atari WSFN - An Introduction - draft Atari WSFN Manual Draft Atari Diagnostic Cartridge Evaluation Memo FORTH Assembler For 6502 Microprocessor Fig-FORTH Glossary Atari Calculator Cartridge Specification Atari BASIC BNF - Backus–Naur Form Atari BASIC Known Problems Memo Atari DOS Manual Outline and Draft Overview Of Atari DOS Version 2.4+ Atari MEDIT draft manual Atari Music Composer draft manual Atari Star Raiders draft manual Atari Assembler Editor draft manual Colleen Calculator - Atari 8-bit - source code Colleen Floating Point Routines Atari 800 iTalk II voice synthesis Demonstration Yokoonomatopea - Benjamin Biolay Atari 800/iTalk II unboxing - https://youtu.be/XY6gM5QAOtk
NewsAtari 1090 XL Expansion System Prototype WITH COVER for 800XL 600XL for sale on eBay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/291849042910 Atari 1400XL Rare Vintage Computer on eBay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/322227321151 Silicon Valley History - http://www.SiliconValleyHistory.com OSS BASIC XE, Mac/65 and Integer BASIC source code released into the public domain OSS-D-Day part 1-BASIC XE V4.2-cart&source now in PD OSS-D-Day part 2-MAC/65 >1.02-cart&source now in PD OSS-D-Day part 3-Integer Basic & source code now in PD Atari Blast! Game released - for 8-bits and 5200 Video Download Excel Magazine Issue #2 - Robert Stuart - http://www.excel-retro-mag.co.uk ABBUC Software competition 2016 AtariAge ABBUC Full list of submitted games at AtariOnline.pl (Google translated) Retrochallenge 2016/10 Atari800MacX is not compatible with SIerra — sound doesn’t work Altirra 2.8 Wine port for macOS Sierra ComputeHer (Michelle Sternberger, half of 8-bit Weapon) released a new Chiptune album called “BLIPTASTIC!” - https://computeher.bandcamp.com/album/bliptastic Master List Of Missing / Undumped Software Jumpman Reverse Engineering Notes - http://www.playermissile.com/jumpman/ Level Editor in Omnivore http://playermissile.com/omnivore Jumpman Level Design contest Video demoing how to use the level editor - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_KhNS8nk70 Retro Asylum Podcast New videos put up by Nir Dary: 1050 upgraded with Mega Speedy Backing up carts onto disk - https://youtu.be/Ham1-4lKBJ4 Ultimate Cart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUjxAX0sHLI Vintage is the new Old with Paulo Garcia - http://vintageisthenewold.com
New at Archive.orgSalesperson’s Guide Portland Atari Club Computer News February 1990 https://archive.org/details/AtariHomeComputersCatalog Atari In-Store Demonstration Cartridge Instruction Guide BBS Express K-DOS Cartridge for Atari 8-bit Computers MPP Smart Terminal source code MPP Microfiler - Atari - Source Code MPP Microfiler - Commodore 64 - Source Code 21 new issues of Twin City Atari Interest Group newsletter Atari Character Fun Source Code Text Wizard manual Diggerbonk manual APX Space Chase manual The Write File manual AtariWriter Plus Full-Size Manual VCF — Paul Laughton — Mainframes To Micros And Beyond Atari and the Business of Video Games: Crash Course Games #4 - https://archive.org/details/youtube-r8gHnuv7U_o The Video Game Crash of 1983: Crash Course Games #6 - https://archive.org/details/youtube-x4F_sZiAl7s Games Crash Course Videos https://archive.org/details/Page6-Issue11982 Atari 130XE Schematics
Of the MonthBook- A.N.A.L.O.G. An Atari 8-bit Extra Websiste- Ken’s Classics, not been updated in awhile, but some interesting utilities for programmers - http://atari.kensclassics.org/a8programming.html
FeedbackGame Grumps - https://www.youtube.com/user/GameGrumps
End of Show MusicBlog entry Better Blues - MIDI Computer Blues V3
ANTIC Interview 242 - Monty Webb, APX Seven Card StudOct 13, 2016 26:18
Monty Webb, APX Seven Card Stud
Monty Webb published one program through Atari Program Exchange: Seven Card Stud. The program first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the entertainment category. He also self-published the program as Real Poker I, his publishing company was called Real Software.
This interview took place on September 14, 2016.
"And then I could call up a certain sector on a track...and then WHAM, I'd knock a hole in the disk."
"There were shortcuts to try to get that to fit in 16K. ... Somebody was really hot because he has a straight flush that's higher than someone else's straight flush, and the pot split. So he goes crazy and writes me a nastygram..."
ANTIC Interview 241 - Elizabeth MacRae, APX MankalaOct 10, 2016 18:31
Elizabeth MacRae, APX Mankala
Elizabeth MacRae published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: Mankala, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the fall 1982 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the entertainment category.
This interview took place on September 13, 2016. After the interview, Elizabeth sent me a scan of the Mankala manual, which is now available at the Internet Archive.
"They didn't think personal computers on everyone's desk was the way to go, because everything worked fine the way it was, with the mainframe handling all of the applications, and that was it."
Mankala manual: https://archive.org/details/APXMankala
ANTIC Interview 240 -Douglas Crockford: Galahad And The Holy Grail, Burgers!Oct 6, 2016 31:05
Douglas Crockford: Galahad And The Holy Grail, Burgers!
Douglas Crockford worked in Atari's Game Research Group under Chris Crawford. There he created a variety of demos -- including Ballsong and Crockford's Trench -- and games. He created Galahad And The Holy Grail, which was published by Atari Program Exchange in summer 1982; and Burgers!, which was published by APX in winter 1983. After Atari, he worked at LucasFilm where he worked on Atari games including Rescue on Fractalus! and Koronis Rift.
This interview took place on July 16, 2016.
"For most of what we wanted to accomplish it was not possible to do things correctly. So it was all about cheating."
"If they hired an executive and he wasn't working out, it was too much trouble to fire him, so they would assign him to special projects."
Crockford's web site: http://crockford.com
Wikipedia on Crockford: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Crockford
ANTIC Interview 239 - Dewitt Robbeloth, AKA Robert Dewitt, Editor of Antic magazineOct 4, 2016 45:21
Dewitt Robbeloth, AKA Robert Dewitt, Editor of Antic magazine
Dewitt Robbeloth, who went by the pen name Robert Dewitt, was editor of Antic magazine, STart magazine, and the short-lived II Computing magazine. He also freelanced for InfoWorld and other computer magazines. He was the editor the book "The Best of Antic Volume 1," published by Antic Publishing.
This interview took place on July 14 and 15, 2016. In it, we discuss Jim Capparell, whom I previously interviewed.
"The bathroom flooded. So someone had the bright idea, since we were giving the paper away ... they decided to take our magazine and put it on the floor of the bathroom so it would sop up the water."
"I had to go up and sit at the big table. I had to keep my back to the wall so that nobody would see that my pants were split open."
ANTIC Interview 238 - Bob Smith: Video Pinball; Imagic co-founder; Sleazy AdventureOct 2, 2016 41:44
Bob Smith: Video Pinball; Imagic co-founder; Sleazy Adventure
Bob Smith worked at Atari, where he created Video Pinball for the Atari 2600. He also wrote two programs for the Atari 8-bit which were sold by Atari Program Exchange: Sound Editor and Sleazy Adventure, which both appeared in the inaugural APX catalog, fall 1981. He left Atari to co-found the game developer Imagic, where he programmed Riddle of the Sphinx, Dragonfire, Moonsweeper, and other games. Then he went on to work on games at Bally, Electronic Arts, and Accolade.
This interview took place on June 24, 2016.
Teaser quote: "I have two kids, no degree. I walked in to Atari and said, "I've written a game and sold it. ... Wanna hire me?' And Dennis Koble did."
National Videogame Museum: http://www.nvmusa.org
ANTIC Interview 237 - Bob Graves, Gridiron GlorySep 30, 2016 19:06
Bob Graves, Gridiron Glory
Bob Graves co-wrote Gridiron Glory, a football game which was published by Atari Program Exchange. The game first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. His co-author was Mike Drury, who was unavailable for an interview. Bob and Mike created two other Atari computer programs: Asteroid Artist and Ramblin Gamblin, which were published by their own company, MicroMate Software.
This interview took place on June 14, 2016.
"We'd go to the state library and look up historial records for the different football teams and how they did under certain circumstances. ... We'd come up with tables that would be cross-referenced when different plays were called."
Gridiron Grit - Computerized football for the ATARI - article in Antic magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n7/gridirongrit.html
Gridiron Glory manual: https://archive.org/details/APXGridironGloryV3
ANTIC Interview 236 - Dan Rohr, Three R Math softwareSep 28, 2016 17:46
Dan Rohr, Three R Math software
Dan Rohr was the author of three educational programs which were published by Atari Program Exchange. Three R Math System first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the education category. The Three R Math Classroom Kit was available in the spring 1983 APX catalog, where it won third prize in the education category. Finally, the Three R Math Home System was first available in the summer 1983 APX catalog.
This interview took place on June 13, 2016.
"Fortunately, the person that rejected it took the time to critique all of his objections that he had to it. And I said, 'Hmm, this person has never been in a classroom.'"
ANTIC Interview 235 - Marlin Bates, R-Time 8 Replacement CartridgeSep 26, 2016 42:59
Marlin Bates, R-Time 8 Replacement Cartridge
In 1986, ICD released the R-Time 8, a real-time clock cartridge for the Atari 8-bit computers. One reason this is an interesting cartridge is that it has a pass-through port: you can plug another cartridge into it, then plug the R-Time 8 into the Atari. In 2016, Marlin Bates created the R-Time 8 Replacement Cartridge, a workalike cart. On June 7, 2016, we talked about that project. Marlin is better known to people on the AtariAge forums as MacRorie. During this interview, we talk about Romox — I previously interviewed the CEO of Romox, Tim McGuinness.
Teaser quote: "You don't know enough to not do it, and by the time you're halfway in you go 'Oh, I guess I gotta do it now.'"
Bates motel BBS: telnet://126.96.36.199:8888
ANTIC Interview 234 - Steve Robinson: Diggerbonk and Bean MachineSep 22, 2016 26:33
Steve Robinson: Diggerbonk and Bean Machine
Steve Robinson is the author of two games that were published by Atari Program Exchange: Diggerbonk and Bean Machine. Diggerbonk was first available in the spring 1983 APX catalog. Bean Machine first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog, where it won third prize in the Entertainment category.
This interview took place on June 13, 2016. A video version of this interview is available, check the show notes at AtariPodcast.com for the link.
In it, we talk about Jack Palevich whom I previously interviewed.
Teaser quote: "When they first published the game, they took the wrong version. I sent them the wrong version, not knowing that it had a bug in it. And — I got third prize anyway."
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/eNBn40q_BQ4
ANTIC Interview 233 - Alison Woods, Atari Graphic DesignerSep 20, 2016 30:48
Alison Woods, Atari Graphic Designer
Alison Woods was a graphic designer at Atari from 1982 to 1984. She designed the packaging for the computer versions of Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Pole Position, Robotron, Food Fight, and other products. Later, she was Vice President and Creative Director at Kidsoft, a CD-ROM based software magazine for kids.
This interview took place on May 26, 2016.
"I wanted to have an exploding robot on the front of the package, and that was deemed too violent."
"One guy said to the other guy, 'See? I told you not to pay 'em!' I'm thinking, 'Oh my god, what am I dealing with here?'"
Alison's web site: http://www.alisonwoods.com
ANTIC Interview 232 - Mitchell Waite, computer book author and publisherSep 18, 2016 01:42:02
Mitchell Waite, computer book author and publisher
Mitchell Waite is a prolific computer book author and publisher. His first book "Projects in Sight, Sound and Sensation" was published in 1974. He founded the Waite Group in 1977, which published more than 80 titles in the computer programming field. He co-authored Computer Animation Primer (with David Fox) and Your Own Computer (with Michael Pardee), the 8086/8088 Microprocessor Primer with Christopher Morgan, CP/M Bible, and wrote, co-wrote, or published dozens of other computer books.
This interview took place on June 16, 2016.
Teaser quote: "'I don't even have an office yet,' you know? And he said 'Well you better get one.' And I said, 'But I don't even have a corporation.' He said, 'You better start one.'"
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/x1dU7b4ZkHA
Mitch's web site: http://www.mitchwaite.com
Mitch on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Waite
Full text of Computer Graphics Primer: http://www.atariarchives.org/cgp/
Full text of Computer Animation Primer: http://www.atariarchives.org/cap/
Mitch on Triangulation: https://twit.tv/shows/triangulation/episodes/252
Apple ad featuring ibird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0zhotBPx1E
ANTIC Interview 231 - David Duberman, Antic magazine editorSep 16, 2016 40:48
David Duberman, Antic magazine editor
David Duberman was an editor at Antic magazine (one of the two major Atari magazines in the United States). Later he was in customer support at Synapse software, then user group coordinator at Atari during the Tramiel era.
This interview took place on June 17, 2016. In it, we discuss Jim Capparell, whom I previously interviewed.
"We were now in the computer age, so we had to print these weird [ATASCII] characters that were probably never printed in a magazine before."
"They [the Tramiels] would not spend a single penny that didn't absolutely have to be spent."
ANTIC Interview 230 - Michael Boucher, MECCSep 14, 2016 30:50
Michael Boucher, MECC
Michael Boucher was a programmer at MECC — Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium — from September 1980 through August 1984, where he worked on educational software for the Apple // and Atari 8-bit computers. His projects included Oregon Trail and Odell Lake.
This interview took place on June 14, 2016.
Video of this interview: https://youtu.be/heuR8_eFFJI
"I had the honor of working with the finest group of dropouts I have ever had the pleasure of associating with."
"...Fairly sophisticated bit of code. And happily, nobody told us that it was hard, and being high school students, we didn't have the experience to know it was difficult. So we just did it."
ANTIC Interview 229 - Hung Pham, APX Game ShowSep 12, 2016 27:43
Hung Pham, APX Game Show
Hung Pham wrote one program for Atari Program Exchange: Game Show, a game based on the Family Feud TV program (although the catalog never says that explicitly.) Game Show was first available in the Winter 1982-1983 APX catalog.
This interview took place on June 10, 2016.
"The reviewer was playing, and pretty soon he turned around -- a crowd of people was standing behind him, looking over his shoulder, trying to play. So, hey! This might have some potential."
ANTIC Interview 228 - Steve Stone, POKEY and ANTIC layout designSep 12, 2016 43:13
Steve Stone, POKEY and ANTIC layout design
Steve Stone worked at Atari from 1977 through 1980, where he was a chip layout designer and engineer. He worked on the layout design for the POKEY and ANTIC chips. After Atari, he founded Macro Dienamics, Inc., a chip design firm that worked on custom chips for the Amiga computer.
This interview took place on August 29, 2016.
Video of this interview: https://youtu.be/JhGPasK_RmE
"The concept of someone flying in from Manhattan for the week, wearing thousand-dollar suits, being chauffeured around the valley and then flying out on the weekends -- was quite a contrast..."
Steve sent me a follow-up email after our interview:
"It was a pleasure speaking with you yesterday. The conversation jarred my memory. There is a few more comments, and some clarification that I would like to add.
I believe I stated that the disk capacity we used for the chip layout was 25-80KB. While it was literally as big as a washing machine, it was 25-80MB.
Also, I may have left out Warren questioning me about what I would put in that secret room. I told him that it should announce that the player had won a prize, and give them a phone number to call to collect.
I gave you a brief overview of the chip layout procedure used at that time. Our workload was driven by the schedule of displaying products at the CES. Our work-load had peaks and valleys. In the off-time (the valleys), I was allowed to do whatever I wanted, or do nothing at all. With some tutoring from Warren, and an APL programing book borrowed from Jim Huether, I spent my off-time writing programs to simplify the layout task. My code eliminated the drawing and digitizing phase, as the group became "on-line designers." My programs, then called "gate generators," were close to what is commonly used in chip design today, now called pcells. This is probably more information than you ever wanted to know about chip layout, but I thought it worthy of mentioning. The bottom-line is that, with these programs, we had a distinct edge over most companies that designed chips.
I'm really glad that we used Skype for our conversation rather than a phone call. Although, one could argue that if ever there was a FACE best-suited for a phone conversation, I may be it. But watching your expression, at the moment of epiphany, connecting the very old Star Trek game to Star Raiders, was enjoyable to see. I’m pretty sure Doug Neubauer would have got a kick out of that as well."
ANTIC Interview 227 - Gary Furr, AtariWriter Product Manager, Printer DriversSep 8, 2016 47:41
Gary Furr, AtariWriter Product Manager, Printer Drivers
Gary Furr was Product Manager for productivity software for the Atari home computer division, where his claim to fame was being the manager for the AtariWriter word processor. He also published a set of AtariWriter printer drivers, which were first published through Atari Program Exchange — the product first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, with support for 10 printers — then was sold directly by Gary, and eventually grew to support about 150 printers. After Atari, he worked at Datasoft.
This interview took place on August 29, 2016.
"I left the meeting, went directly back to my cubicle, called the programmer, and said 'There's been a little hiccup.'"
ANTIC Interview 226 - Bob Frankston, co-developer of VisicalcSep 5, 2016 22:52
Bob Frankston, co-developer of Visicalc
Bob Frankston was co-developer of Visicalc, with Dan Bricklin, and co-founder of Software Arts, the company that first published Visicalc. Bob was also involved with the Atari 800 port of the program.
If you're like to see our talking heads, a video version of this interview is available at the Internet Archive and YouTube, at the links below.
This interview took place on August 22, 2016.
"So we were really lucky there. But the important thing is to appreciate the luck factor ... A lot of people, especially in the .com boom days and everything, thought they were geniuses because the first thing they did worked. Well, no. They were lucky."
Video of this interview at YouTube: https://youtu.be/X2ksQXoump4
Bob and Dan wrote about the history of Visicalc for Creative Computing magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/creative/v10n11/122_Visicalc79.php
Bob's web site: http://bob.ma/public/?name=ImplementingVisiCalc
Inverse ATASCII podcast on VisiCalc: https://inverseatascii.info/2015/01/13/s1e8-visicalc/
Wikipedia on VisiCalc: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VisiCalc
Wikipedia on Bob Frankston: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Frankston
ANTIC Interview 225 - Brian Johnston: Manager, Atari Home Computer System Software GroupSep 3, 2016 45:44
Brian Johnston: Manager, Atari Home Computer System Software Group
Brian Johnston was Manager of Atari's Home Computer System Software Group, where he worked on projects including DOS 3. He worked at Atari from 1978 through 1982, then moved to Fox Video Games where he programmed Atari 2600 games.
This interview took place on August 4, 2016.
"But Atari was poisoned by money,
And in death throes was free-falling up,
Lining pockets of sycophant beggars
Whose main talent, the art of the cup!"
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/WT5MRiQN9Z0
ANTIC Interview 224 - Bard Ermentrout, RAMbrandtSep 1, 2016 45:55
Bard Ermentrout, RAMbrandt
Bard Ermentrout was the creator of the popular Atari graphics program RAMbrandt. Subtitled "The Atari Design Studio," RAMbrandt was released in 1985 by Antic software. Written in ValForth, it supported joystick, keyboard, Koala Pad, and Atari Touch Tablet for input. He also created an add-on Solid Object Module which allowed users to combine mode 9 geometric primitives to make what appeared to be 3D-shaded objects. The predecessor to RAMbrandt was a drawing program called "Paint 10" which was unreleased.
This interview took place on July 25, 2016.
After the interview, Bard sent me a box of floppy disks — which appears to contain the source code for RAMbrandt, some picture disks, and the object module — but so far I have not been able to read any of the disks. It doesn't look good, but I haven't given up hope yet.
If you would like to see this interview as well as hear it, a video from this Skype conversation is available on YouTube and Internet Archive.
"I had some crazy ideas with the Atari 800 to get more colors, one of them which worked but gave you a really bad headache."
Video of this interview at Internet Archive: http://archive.org/details/BardErmentroutRAMbrandt
Video of this interview at YouTube: https://youtu.be/YFU4LaVUrXA
Bard's page at University of Pittsburgh: http://www.mathematics.pitt.edu/person/g-bard-ermentrout
Caramel Knowledge film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VgU6vgi8dQ
Antic magazine review of Rambrandt: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v7n7/ProductReviews.html
ANTIC Episode 35 - Atari PartiesAug 30, 2016 01:56:38
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast, we reminisce about Atari Party and KansasFest, we bemoan the fate of the Atari 1200XL, and talk about Nir Dary’s one-man traveling Atari show.
What we’ve been up toSuburban Chicago Atarians (SCAT) - http://www.scatarians.org/ Compute’s Atari Collection Volume 2 Edladdin controllers - http://www.edladdin.com/ Paul Westphal at Eight Bit Fix - http://www.eightbitfix.com Excel Magazine - Robert Stuart - http://excel-retro-mag.co.uk KansasFest - https://www.kansasfest.org Apple II Crack Screens twitter bot - https://twitter.com/appleIIcracks [141 followers] Atari 800 Screenshots bot - http://twitter.com/atari800screens [49 followers] Mega Podcast “Chicken Missile” recorded, aired on Open Apple podcast Kaverns of Kfest download - https://github.com/savetz/Kaverns Kaverns of Kfest play in browser - https://archive.org/details/Kaverns_of_Kfest_1.1 WUDSN IDE - http://www.wudsn.com Ken Gagne and Kevin’s presentation on how to do interviews All the kfest presentations Annual Atari Party in Davis, CA - http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/atariparty/2016/ Bill Interviewed by Ferg on 2600 Game by Game podcast (about Atari Party & more)
NewsNew Atari 5200 Podcast (David Protestari) - https://www.facebook.com/TheAtari5200Podcast/ Original “Superpodcast” archived over at Internet Archive 1632 Atari podcaST (Wade Ripkowski) - https://1632podcast.info ABBUC Software competition 2016 (AtariAge) , ABBUC Software Competition 2016 (ABBUC), ABBUC Hardware Competition 2016 “Easy to Learn, Hard to Master - The Fate of Atari” Jumpman Reverse Engineering Notes - http://www.playermissile.com/jumpman/ Level Editor in Omnivore - http://playermissile.com/omnivore Jumpman Level Design contest
Deadline: Oct 22, 2016 (Portland Retro Gaming expo!)Video demoing how to use the level editor SIO2OSX now free - AtariMac on AtariAge New (alt) BIOS for Ultimate 1MB/Incognito - Flashjazzcat PRO(C) Atari magazine up to issue #10 - https://proc-atari.de/ What so-called “Atari” is up to
New at Archive.orgJoe Decuir Engineering Notebook 1978 On Parade - 1982 video games zine - https://archive.org/details/OnParade MPP Smart Terminal Source code - https://archive.org/details/MPPSmartTerminal Databar Magazine Atari Edition https://archive.org/details/StockAnalysisAtari https://archive.org/details/ValFORTHReferenceCard https://archive.org/details/ValFORTHDocumentation https://archive.org/details/MPP_Supra_pictures
Of the Month (Atari 1064 Memory Module for the 600XL)1064 Memory Module at Atari Museum
ANTIC Interview 223 - Gigi Bisson, Antic MagazineAug 28, 2016 01:00:08
Gigi Bisson, Antic Magazine
Gigi Bisson was an editor at Antic Magazine, one of the two major U.S. magazines devoted to Atari 8-bit computers. She was also editor of Antic Online, the magazine's forum on the CompuServe Information Service.
This interview took place on August 4, 2016.
"This indecipherable stuff written by these techie guys would come in and then I would have to massage the copy and make it seem like a story."
"They used to force me to play games. Again, I wasn't really a gamer; I was a writer. I remember, 'Oh, I've got to play a game. Ugh!'"
ANTIC Interview 222 - Richard Watts, MacrotronicsAug 26, 2016 26:05
Richard Watts, Macrotronics
Richard Watts was a programmer at Macrotronics, a company that was primarily focused on the RM-1000 radio modem, hardware that connected amateur radio receivers to personal computers. The company also created Morse Code Tutor, programmed by Richard, which was published by Atari Program Exchange and first appeared in winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. Morse Code Tutor cost $22.95 and was APX catalog number 20092. Macrotronics did contract work for APX as well, including fixes to Caverns of Mars prior to its release. The company also released a parallel print interface, which allowed a parallel printer to be connected to the Atari 400 and 800 through joystick ports 3 and 4, eliminating the need for an Atari 850 interface.
This interview took place on July 28, 2016.
"You couldn't afford any of the inefficiencies of a higher-level language. Basically what you're writing is a software UART, so that you're taking the signal, and you're detecting a dit from a dah, you're looking at the spacing of all of that and you're trying to ignore noise."
California Historial Radio Society: http://www.californiahistoricalradio.com
ANTIC Interview 221 - Gregg Pearlman, ANTIC and STart MagazineAug 24, 2016 57:11
Gregg Pearlman, ANTIC and STart Magazine
Gregg Pearlman was an editor at Antic Magazine and STart Magazine from 1986 through 1989.
Antic magazine was devoted primarily to 8-bit Atari computers, with some emphasis on Atari ST computers. It was published from 1982 to 1990. STart magazine was dedicated primarily to Atari ST computers, with some emphasis on Atari 8-bit computers in later issues. It was published from 1986 to 1991.
This interview took place on July 12, 2016. It in, we discuss Jim Capparell, whom I previously interviewed.
"I said something like, 'Well, geez, I couldn't do this for less than 6 bucks an hour.' And I knew, immediately, that I had made a huge mistake."
"Not exactly threatening, but he's like, 'Why don't you just fire me again?!' You know, it was desperately embarrassing."
ANTIC Interview 220 - Scott Scheiman, 850 Interface, Telelink IAug 22, 2016 01:06:07
Scott Scheiman: SIO, 850 interface, Telelink I
Scott Scheiman worked at Atari for about seven years, where he was part of the 400/800 design team. He worked on the computers' SIO interface, the Atari 850 interface, and the Telelink I communications cartridge. He also wrote the Educational System Master Cartridge software, for use with the Talk & Teach cassette tapes.
This interview took place on July 12, 2016.
"I think what happened was that all the parts were mounted on the top of the board in the computer but the board was mounted inside the console upside down, with all the parts facing down."
"User of the educational system was being punished for having the wrong answer as opposed to being told 'No, try again.'"
ANTIC Interview 219 - Kathy Forte, Atari's early applications groupAug 20, 2016 27:22
Kathy Forte, Atari's early applications group
Kathy Forte worked at Atari in the applications group for about a year beginning late 1979. She worked on an unreleased relational database application, and for a while spent half of her work time as Atari's puppeteer.
This interview took place on April 27, 2016.
"And it said 'What is the Atari 800?' And I saw ... 'It's game machine! It's a personal computer! It's a salami sandwich!'"
"Kind of a sarcastic game. ... The helicopter would spray malathion and people would become deformed. It was really sick!"
ANTIC Interview 218 - Lee Actor, Advanced MusicsystemAug 18, 2016 34:45
Lee Actor, Advanced Musicsystem
Lee Actor created Advanced Musicsystem, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the spring 1982 APX catalog, where it won first prize in the Personal Interest and Development category. He also published Jukebox #1, which first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog. (There was no followup Jukebox #2.)
He was also involved with the MIDI Music System by Hybrid Arts, a product that connected the Atari 8-bit computers to MIDI instruments. He worked at Videa, where he wrote the game Lasercade for the Atari VCS; and Sente Technologies, where he created the coin-op titles Snake Pit and Hat Trick.
This interview took place on May 23, 2016. In it, we discuss Ed Rotberg, whom I previously interviewed.
Lee's web site: http://www.leeactor.com
ANTIC Interview 217 - Stacy Goff, Founder of Atari Computer EnthusiastsAug 16, 2016 35:53
Stacy Goff, Founder of Atari Computer Enthusiasts
Stacy Goff was founder of ACE, the Atari Computer Enthusiasts. The group was based in Eugene, Oregon, but grew to more than 50,000 members in 250 chapters in 15 countries.
This interview took place on May 6, 2016. In it, we discuss an Atari videotape about users groups, called Keeping In Touch, which is available in the link below.
"My vision was constant in the early '80s: that microcomputers were the human interface because you could make the information user-friendly as opposed to a bunch of green lines on a terminal, which is the way that most people saw computers in that era."
ANTIC Interview 216 - David Troy, Toad Computers (Atari Dealer)Aug 14, 2016 49:35
David Troy, Toad Computers
In this episode, I sit down with a long-time Atari dealer back in the 80’s and 90’s, Mr. David Troy.
David ran the Toad BBS from 1984-1988 starting at the age of 12 and then in 1986 as a sophomore in high school, he and partner Ray Mitchell founded a small computer mail order firm specializing in the Atari line of computers. They shortly moved into a storefront in Severna Park, Maryland and the company grew into a million dollar plus business until they closed shop in 1997.
This interview took place February 27, 2016.
Teaser Quotes“Commodore 1702 color monitors, that we sold to a company in Baltimore, that we later figured out was using them to install the monitors inside of peep show booths” “I remember one time we got some kind of a call from Minnesota where they needed, I think it was a battery pack for a Stacy portable, and they needed it like pronto because Prince was going to be pissed” “Jack Tramiel’s son just called me up and blasted me out, you know this is the guy who designed the Commodore 64; he thought it was worth his time to call me up and bother me about this”
LinksDavid’s Website - http://davetroy.com/ “Toad Computers Growing By Leaps And Bounds”, October 18, 1990, Baltimore Sun - http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1990-10-18/news/0501210518_1_troy-atari-severna-park People Maps - http://peoplemaps.org/ Mailstrom - https://mailstrom.co/
ANTIC Interview 215 - Bill Lapham, Atari Continuation EngineeringAug 12, 2016 43:07
Bill Lapham, Atari Continuation Engineering
Bill Lapham was Manager of Continuation Engineering in Atari's consumer division. He worked at Atari from 1980 through 1984.
This interview took place on April 25, 2016.
"They had an entire booth set up for us. Nobody had ever seen this device. But Atari just went ahead and said, 'OK, we're going to do this.'"
"Look, these people are going to die from that! You need to change your ways."
ANTIC Interview 214 - Ron Hartman, K-Byte SoftwareAug 10, 2016 27:19
Ron Hartman, K-Byte Software
Ron Hartman was systems coordinator at K-Byte Software, a company that produced four games for the Atari 8-bit computers: Krazy Shootout, Krazy Kriters, Krazy Antics, and K-Star Patrol, as well as K-DOS, an alternative disk operating system. The company also programmed games for CBS Software.
K-Byte Software was a division of Koltanbar Engineering, an engineering company that did CAD/CAM, engineering, and design work. It was founded in 1960 to supply the auto industry with electronic test equipment.
This interview took place on April 12, 2016. There's some slight glitchiness at the start of this interview, but it clears up quickly.
After the interview, Ron sent me his KDOS cartridge, which I dumped as is now available on the Internet Archive. He also send a few photos of K-Byte ephemera - check the show notes at AtariPodcast.com to see those.
"And the production of the cartridges was not one of these enormous production lines that you might see sometimes. It was three or four high school students putting parts in a cartridge."
KDOS discussion: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252299-k-dos-cart-help/
KDOS cartridge dump: https://archive.org/details/Kbyte_KDOS
Photos from Ron: http://imgur.com/gallery/78ZAS
ANTIC Interview 213 - Mitch Balsam: NY Atari Research LabAug 8, 2016 55:20
Mitch Balsam: NY Atari Research Lab
Mitch Balsam was hired at Atari to work as a game programmer for the Atari 2600, and worked on an unreleased game called Electric Yoyo. Later, at Atari Research in New York, he worked on more unreleased products including The Graduate, an add-on computer keyboard component for the Atari 2600; and a buildable robot toy. At Scholastic, he developed educational software titles for the Apple ][ computer.
This interview took place on April 3, 2016.
"Each game developer had a room, and the more successful ones had checks on their door, which were their royalty checks. ... So there were checks there for $200,000, $300,000."
"Yeah, it was rough. I'd still say that programming for the 2600 was probably the hardest thing I've ever done."
"We'd call California, 'Hey, are you our boss?' No. 'Are YOU our boss?' No."
The Graduate Computer:
Mitch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbalsam
ANTIC Interview 212 - Wes Newell, Newell IndustriesAug 6, 2016 29:58
Wes Newell, Newell Industries
Wes Newell was founder of Newell Industries, a company that produced a number of popular hardware upgrades for the Atari 8-bit computers. Products included Fastchip, which sped up floating point routines by 300%; Omniview, which provided 80-column text output; and RAMrod, which provided memory upgrades and enhanced ROMs; and Omnimon, a hardware monitor. Wes was also author of Pro Bowling, which was published by Atari Program Exchange.
This interview took place on June 9, 2016.
After our interview, Wes sent me his collection of Newell Industries paper: documentation for every product that they released, and a large collection of printed source code for Atari 8-bit and ST products. He generously placed all of the Newell Industries material in the public domain. I've digitized all of it: you can now find it at the Internet Archive (see the links in the show notes at AtariPodcast.com.)
"Well I sold 'em pretty cheap... that's probably why I went out of business... it was more or less just a hobby for me. I wasn't out to get rich."
Extended Directory article in ANTIC: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v1n6/assemblylanguage.html
Collection of scanned material from Wes: https://archive.org/details/@savetz?and%5B%5D=newell
ANTIC Interview 211 - John Reese, Tronix CEOAug 4, 2016 36:28
John Reese, Tronix CEO
John Reese was the founder and CEO of Tronix, the software company that produced two games for the Atari 8-bit computers: Kid Grid (in 1982) Juice! (in 1983.) The company also produced other games for Commodore computers, including Sidewinder, Deadly Skies, and Gold Fever! for the VIC-20; and Suicide Strike for the Commodore 64.
John was simultaneously founder and CEO of Monogram, the software company that produced Dollars and Sense, home financial management software that was available for the Atari ST and IBM PC. Both companies were subsidiaries of Softsel, an early software distributor.
This interview took place on March 12, 2016.
"...told them that the right thing for them to do was to push out game software ... they didn't tell me that it's supposed to take six to nine months to go get that done."
"Piracy was there but it wasn't something that we had a handle on. It was sort of viewed at the time, by me at least, as the cost of doing business."
ANTIC Interview 210 - Gregor Novak, Math*UFO and RingmasterAug 2, 2016 24:10
Gregor Novak, Math*UFO and Ringmaster
Gregor Novak is the author of two educational games which were published by Atari Program Exchange: Math*UFO and Ringmaster. Math*UFO first appeared in the fall 1982 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the education category. ("A mysterious spaceship floats to the top of the screen. Is it a Martian? No, it's MATH*UFO flashing you number drills! MATH*UFO is a very competitive , one- or two-player educational game that turns math drills into a fast-moving, arcade-style challenge.")
Ringmaster first appeared in the fall 1983 catalog, where it won second prize in the education category. ("Step right up to the circus! Watch the elephants and the camels on parade as the music plays. Everyone's in a carnival spirit, especially one rambunctious monkey. ... Using your joystick controller, you're the ringmaster ... you make sure he jumps successfully. He'll make it if he leaps onto the back of an elephant or camel numbered with a multiple of the number he started from at the bottom of the screen.") Ringmaster was also released as Under the Big Top by Main Street Publishing.
This interview took place on February 7, 2016.
Teaser quote: "I would have gone even without the money. In fact, I was shocked when Math*UFO made a couple thousand dollars. I didn't think it would do that."
ANTIC Interview 209 - Volker Multhopp, DSEMBLERJul 31, 2016 10:37
Volker Multhopp, DSEMBLER
Volker Multhopp wrote DSEMBLER, which was sold by Atari Program Exchange and was first available in the winter 1981 APX catalog.
This interview took place on March 21, 2016.
ANTIC Interview 208 - Duane Bolster, Midas Touch and Advanced FingerspellingJul 29, 2016 39:42
Duane Bolster, Midas Touch and Advanced Fingerspelling
Duane Bolster published two programs with Atari Program Exchange: Midas Touch and Advanced Fingerspelling. Midas Touch, a word game, was first available in the summer 1982 APX catalog. Advanced Fingerspelling, a program for teaching letters in sign language, was first available in the fall 1983 catalog. He also created an add-on for the Atari 810 disk drive that circumvented disk copy protection.
This interview took place on March 21, 2016.
"That's one thing I gained from my working with the Atari, is that when you work outside the box, you can do incredible things. But you stick to the book, and you're stuck doing what somebody else did."
"Huh. If I market this, I'll be known as the father of software piracy."
ANTIC Interview 207 - Tom Halfhill, Compute! MagazineJul 27, 2016 49:49
Tom Halfhill, Compute! Magazine
Tom R. Halfhill was features editor of Compute! Magazine, and was later launch editor of several other magazines from that publisher, including Compute!'s Gazette, Compute's Atari ST, and Compute!'s PC Magazine. He co-wrote the book Advanced Amiga Basic and was later editor of Game Players magazine.
This interview took place on March 29, 2016.
"SpeedScript was written in a couple of months by our 18-year-old, untrained programmer. ... You've got a whole staff of professional programmers, and frankly, if you can't do better than him, then you don't deserve to be in business."
"There was a full page ad for ... I think it was a strip poker program. ... He got a complaint letter, Robert [Locke] did, from a school principal at an elementary school somewhere in the U.S., saying, 'We've got this magazine in our school library, we can't have strip poker in there. This is unacceptable!'"
Tom's web site: http://www.halfhill.com
The Basics Of Atari Graphics in Compute!'s First Book of Atari Graphics: http://www.atariarchives.org/c1bag/page003.php
ANTIC Interview 206 - Richard Mansfield: Compute! Magazine, 6502 Machine Language BooksJul 25, 2016 53:06
Richard Mansfield: Compute! Magazine, 6502 Machine Language Books
Richard Mansfield is author of the best-selling book Machine Language For Beginners, and its sequel, Compute!'s Second Book Of Machine Language, both published by Compute! books. He also wrote Apple Machine Language for Beginners, Commodore 128 Machine Language for Beginners, and a bevy of other computer books continuing right up through today. Richard was also a long-time editor of Compute! magazine.
This interview took place on March 17 2016.
"It was kind of a lucky thing for me, the timing was right. I had the writing skill and I also had an intense curiosity and interest about computers and programming."
"Unfortunately, the amateur computer programmer is a memory, really. If some kid gets into computing now he basically has a lot of algebra, a lot of other hurdles that are meaningless, but they're there."
Full text of Machine Language For Beginners: http://www.atariarchives.org/mlb/
Full text of Second Book Of Machine Language: http://www.atariarchives.org/2bml/
Richard's articles in Compute!: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/index/index.php?author=Richard+Mansfield
ANTIC Interview 205 - Richard Wiitala, Number BlastJul 23, 2016 24:52
Richard Wiitala, Number Blast
Richard Wiitala was the author of Number Blast, an arithmetic teaching program that was published by Atari Program Exchange. Number Blast first appeared in the winter 1981 APX catalog, where it won third prize in the education category.
This interview took place on February 1, 2016. After we talked, Richard send me 23 pages of scans of his correspondance with Atari Program Exchange, including the letters that included his royalty statements, and info about BASIC language upgrades and software compatibility with the Atari 1200XL computer. Those are now available for your perusal at the Internet Archive.
Teaser quote: "When I applied for a copyright on this, there weren't really a lot of guidelines about copyrighting computer programs back then."
Wiitala's APX correspondence: https://archive.org/details/APX_Programmer_Correspondence
ANTIC Interview 204 - Ray Citak, music education softwareJul 21, 2016 16:58
Ray Citak, music education software
Ray Citak wrote Name the Notes, a music education program that was accepted
by Atari Program Exchange, and won an APX award, but never appeared in the
APX catalog. (The program is, as far as we know, lost to the sands of
time.) He also wrote the program Keyed Up, "a music education program
disguised as a goofy game," which appeared in Antic magazine, and Lightning
Renumber, an automatic line numbering program that was published in
This interview took place on January 30, 2016.
Teaser quote: "The trick to learning, of course, was knowing the computer.
Of course, I just devoured books on what the computer could do and what its
capabilities were when you plugged in different values in different places."
Keyed Up in ANTIC magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v7n4/keyedup.html
Ray's articles in Compute!:
ANTIC Interview 203 - Ted Toal, Cyan EngineeringJul 19, 2016 29:13
Ted Toal, Cyan Engineering
Ted Toal was a software developer at Cyan Engineering, an Atari research group. He worked on Atari's unreleased picture telephone as well as other projects. This interview took place January 24, 2016.
Teaser quote: "He wanted to have toys that would be able to listen to sounds in a room and figure out where the sounds were coming from, and like maybe be able to turn towards the sound."
ANTIC Interview 202 - Peter Donoso, Atari Explorer magazineJul 17, 2016 32:43
Peter Donoso, Atari Explorer magazine
Peter Donoso was managing editor of Atari Explorer magazine from September 1991 through February 1993, primarily covering Atari during the ST era.
This interview took place on November 23, 2015.
Teaser quote: "[Jack Tramiel's] vision and his ability to find technology that was ahead of the market ... was just remarkable. I mean, he continually had these visionary ideas which he was able to actually implement.”
ANTIC Interview 201 - Bob Brodie: User Group Manager for AtariJul 15, 2016 01:17:05
Bob Brodie: User Group Manager for Atari
Hi and welcome to another special interview edition of Antic the Atari 8-bit computer podcast. My name is Randy Kindig and I'll be providing the interview questions for this episode. I'm extremely pleased to provide this interview with a name well-known in the Atari community: Mr. Bob Brodie. Bob worked for Atari as User Group Manager and later Director of Communications from 1989 to 1994. Bob was directly involved in many of the Atarifests in that timeframe and I recall personally meeting him at an Atarifest in Indianapolis. I think you'll find that he has many interesting stories and perspectives concerning his time working for the Tramiels and even a story involving an Atari 1450XLD. I personally want to thank Bob for the time he spent talking with me, even calling me back when he remembered additional information or stories he thought might interest everyone. Bob is a classy guy and I enjoyed talking with him immensely.
This interview took place on February 17, 2016.
“Oh, about 6 ½ feet up in the air, I see a 1450XLD, unboxed, just sitting there!”
LinksDateline Atari! with Bob Brodie on GEnie - http://textfiles.com/games/CONSOLES/brodie.txt New User Group Coordinator, ROVAC ZMAGAZINE, Issue #171, August 22, 1989 - http://www.textfiles.com/magazines/ZNET/0170.txt INTRODUCING BOB BRODIE, START Columnist Makes His Debut, START VOL. 5 NO. 7 / APRIL/MAY 1991 - http://www.atarimagazines.com/startv5n7/bob_brodie.html Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rgbrodie San Leandro Computer Club - http://slcc.bdgeorge.com
ANTIC Interview 200 - John Harris: Jawbreaker, Frogger, MouskattackJul 13, 2016 01:09:00
John Harris: Jawbreaker, Frogger, Mouskattack
John Harris created the games Jawbreaker, Frogger, and Mouskattack for the Atari 8-bit computers. He worked at Sierra On-Line and later Synapse Software. He later created video character generator systems based on the Atari machines.
This interview took place June 10, 2016.
"Literally — I mean, a day or two difference could have made — gosh, my goodness, what a huge difference in my life if I had gone into that store a couple of days earlier."
"He just said, you know, 'I'll give you $1,500 a month to live on for two months, and if you haven't finished a game in two months, you won't make it in this industry anyway.'"
"The general public opinion was, 'Oh, this is just more Jawbreaker.' ... But I still kind of have a fondness for it."
John in Halcyon Days: http://www.dadgum.com/halcyon/BOOK/HARRIS.HTM
Jawbreaker in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawbreaker_(video_game)
John Harris in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harris_(software_developer)
ANTIC Interview 199 - Bob Alkire and Steve Saunders, Rainbow GPUJul 11, 2016 54:11
Bob Alkire and Steve Saunders, Rainbow GPU
Bob Alkire and Steve Saunders worked in Atari's Corporate Research lab under Alan Kay, where they worked on the Rainbow GPU. Rainbow was a next-generation graphics chip (after ANTIC) which was never released.
This interview took place on June 10, 2016. The first voice you hear is that of Bob Alkire.
Steve: "And they basically went around the table and said, 'This computer project has software in it, therefore it belongs in my division.' — 'No, this project has hardware in it, therefore it belongs in MY division.'"
Bob: "But he has a Kermit The Frog tie tack. I say, 'Nice tie tack.' He says, 'This is a close personal friend of mine.' I look up, and it was Jim Henson."
Steve: "A trunk of the research lab had a completely fictional manager named Arthur T. Fishel."
Wikipedia on Sierra and RAINBOW: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_Sierra
ANTIC Interview 198 - Eric Freeman: Bootleg and WeakonJul 9, 2016 21:09
Eric Freeman: Bootleg and Weakon
Eric Freeman published two programs through Atari Program Exchange: Bootleg and Weakon.
Bootleg first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog: the catalog called it "a search-for-booty maze game submitted from New Zealand," and it received a rare full-page description in that catalog. Weakon was only available in the final APX catalog, winter 1983. That game was later published by Antic software.
This interview took place on May 26, 2016 — for me — May 27 for Eric in New Zealand.
Teaser quote: "I actually took both of the games on an overseas holiday with me and knocked on the door at Atari. This would have been in March of 1983. And someone from the Atari Program Exchange came out to meet me."
Wikipedia on W and Z bosons: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W_and_Z_bosons
ANTIC Interview 197 - Max Manowski, Wizard’s RevengeJul 7, 2016 24:46
Max Manowski, Wizard’s Revenge
Max Manowski wrote Adventure, a text adventure game that he released into the public domain to Atari users groups. Later, he modified Adventure and called it Wizard's Revenge, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. Wizard's Revenge was available in the fall 1981 APX catalog, the very first APX catalog.
This interview took place May 27, 2016.
Teaser quote: "In this adventure, each node that you went to was a separate file. And if you went to a node that didn't exist, then you could write the node as you were playing. You could write the node and say what happened."
ANTIC Interview 196 - Frank Paris, Mathlib for Deep Blue CJul 5, 2016 24:14
Frank Paris, Mathlib for Deep Blue C
Frank Paris wrote Mathlib for Deep Blue C, a library of floating-point functions for use with the Deep Blue C programming language. Mathlib first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the systems/telecommunications category. The Deep Blue C compiler was written by John Palevich, whom I previously interviewed.
You can contact Frank at: frankparis at comcast dot net.
This interview took place on May 27, 2016.
Teaser quote: "6502 assembly language, it was just a dream come true for me. I mean, it was just so simple compared to the languages I was used to."
Frank's book, The Embrace of Celestia: http://online.flipbuilder.com/lasm/tqas/
ANTIC Episode 34 - 3 Years!Jul 3, 2016 01:37:39
In this three-year anniversary episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast — we uncover an abundance of Atari source code, documentation, and engineering notes; Bill explores Five Dots, a new game; and we debate the fate of the 1200XL.
What we’ve been up toNorwegian Museum of Science & Technology Morse Code Tutor at APX Paul Westphal at Eight Bit Fix - http://www.eightbitfix.com PromoVision Pro-1000 software at archive.org PromoVision discussion at AtariAge Promovision Pro 1000 Youtube video Wes Newell Interview Source and Manuals Discussion on AtariAge Link to all Wes Newell scans on Internet Archive Databar - The Monthly Bar Code Software Magazine TI 994/A edition Atari Databar program from magazine Atari Databar programs in ATR format - https://archive.org/details/AtariDatabarOSCARSoftware PoC||GTFO Philippe’s write-up of decoding the Databar format - wiki.yobi.be/wiki/Databar_decoding Philippe’s decoding script on github - github.com/doegox/Oscar Rose City Atari Club meeting with speaker Joe Decuir Shot video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XjiX1nA3AI Joe - two engineering notebooks to scan. Here’s the first one Presentation video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XjiX1nA3AI Here's the slide deck American Computer Museum in Bozeman, MT - http://www.compustory.com/ SIO2BT - Interview with Marcin Sochacki SIO2BT ordering thread on AtariAge
Interview DiscussionRob Zdybel interview Neil Harris interview Ted Kahn Interview
NewsAtari Party - http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/atariparty/ Alan Ackerman, co-founder of MPP and Supra, died in March ANTIC Interview 106 - Alan Ackerman, MPP MPP/Supra product and design note pictures Sys-Check 2.2 - tf_hh on AtariAge Bally Alley Astrocast (Adam Trionfo and Chris Federico) - http://www.ballyalleyastrocast.libsyn.com/ AtariBytes(2600) Podcast - http://ataribytes.libsyn.com/podcast Atari Kong Podcast (2600) - http://atarikong.com 3D Atari video by Oliver Rapp AtariAge 8-Bit User Age Demographics New video reviews: Amigos Plays Atari 800 - BoatOfCar on AtariAge ABBUC Software competition 2016 (AtariAge) , ABBUC Software Competition 2016 (ABBUC) AtariLand Deepth0ught Archive - Kernal on AtariAge (Rick) “Easy to Learn, Hard to Master - The Fate of Atari” Atari.io (Justin) has appointed the 26th of every month as Atari Day
New at Archive.orgMark Simonson sent a fat folder of Twin City Atari Interest Group newsletters to scan. 22 are online so far, with more to come - https://archive.org/details/@savetz?and=TAIG 1989 Bellcom Public Domain Shareware Catalog 1990 Bellcom Catalogue Supplement MWPDS Public Domain Software Catalog for Atari Allan: https://archive.org/details/FoodFightAtari https://archive.org/details/OSSNewsletterOctober1984 Atari Program Exchange Software Catalogue Spring 1983 Edition - https://archive.org/details/APXBritishCatalog https://archive.org/details/AtariXLHandbook
ANTIC Interview 195 - Kathy and Phil Bergh, I'm Different!Jul 1, 2016 57:00
Kathy and Phil Bergh, I'm Different!
Kathy and Phil Bergh published one program through Atari Program Exchange: I'm Different!, which first appeared in the inaugural APX catalog, winter 1982-1983. The program won third prize in the Education category in that catalog. It was one of the few commercial programs developed in the PILOT language. Kathy and Phil also wrote three articles — also about PILOT — for ANTIC magazine.
This interview took place on May 24, 2016.
I'm Different on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCaFpm9LHcE
"'Consumer Reports Tests Educational Software' and so he made a big production of 'Let's see if our game is in it.' ... and it turns out, Consumer Reports did indeed review our game."
"They must have sold a few because I remember getting a check for $12."
ANTIC Interview 194 - David Thiel, musician and interactive audioJun 29, 2016 01:30:40
David Thiel, musician and interactive audio
David Thiel is a musician and interactive audio designer. At Gottlieb, he did the sound for arcade games including Reactor, Q*Bert, and Mach 3. At Action Graphics, David created the sound for Artillery Duel for the Atari 2600, and Beamrider and Pitstop for the Atari computers. And at Free Radical Software/Incredible Technologies, he worked on Winter Games for the Amiga and Atari ST. He has created the sound and music for dozens of other computer games and pinball games.
This interview took place on May 17, 2016.
GDRI's list of David's games: http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/David_Thiel
2013 interview with David: http://www.c64.com/gt_display_interview.php?interview=31
"In coin op, I had a sound board. I had a processor. It's my sandbox, I can do anything I want. But the minute you're doing console work, you're now seen by the programmer as a parasitic element that eats CPU and storage, and poops out sound."
"I think, ultimately, doing the Q*Bert voice was the finest destiny of that technology."
ANTIC Interview 193 - Gary Yost, The Catalog and Cyber StudioJun 27, 2016 54:38
Gary Yost, The Catalog and Cyber Studio
Gary Yost worked at Antic magazine, in product development. He was the man behind The Catalog, Antic's catalog of third-party software. When Atari Program Exchange was shut down, he contacted programmers from APX to re-publish their works in's Antic's Catalog.
Gary was instrumental in creating CAD 3-D (written by Tom Hudson), Cybermate, and the Cyber Studio graphics suite — which were all published by Antic — and in commercializing the StereoTek 3D Glasses, which provided a 3-D view of the Atari ST’s screen.
After Antic, he went on to form The Yost Group which created and licensed a number of products to Autodesk, including Autodesk Animator, Autodesk 3D Studio, and Autodesk 3DS MAX.
This interview took place on May 16, 2016. In it, we discuss Ted Kahn, Jim Capparell, and Tom Hudson, all of whom I have previously interviewed.
Gary's web site: http://GaryYost.com
Martin Doudoroff's history of the Antic Cyber graphics software: http://doudoroff.com/atari/history1.html
ANTIC Interview 192 - Fred Parr, MACE newsletterJun 25, 2016 16:30
Fred Parr, MACE newsletter
Fred Parr was a member of MACE — the Michigan Atari Computer Enthusiasts group, and the man who printed the club newsletter. You can find scans of the newsletter at archive.org.
This interview took place on April 22, 2016. It in, we discuss Arlan Levitan, whom I previously interviewed.
"And I just marvel that something that crude, in today's perspective, could have actually given is so much enjoyment and hope about the future."
ANTIC Interview 191 - Roland Gustafsson, Print Shop CompanionJun 23, 2016 34:27
Roland Gustafsson, Print Shop Companion
Roland Gustafsson wrote The Print Shop Companion, an add-on package for Brøderbund's popular Print Shop software, which added a printable calendar, font and page border editors, and other features. He first developed the program for the Apple ][, then ported the software to the Atari 800 and Commodore 64.
In the retro-computing community, however, Roland is best known for his work on the Apple ][, where he specialized in designing copy protection as well as the RWTS18 disk format, which squeezed extra data onto the Apple's floppy disk.
This interview took place on May 17, 2016.
"There was a guy in Switzerland who would hack into a telephone booth ... He would phone me and talk to me and tell me, 'Oh, your copy protection is great. I enjoy breaking your copy protection more than the games.'"
"The same concepts, where you make a good decision on the design work, the framework of what you're working on, the foundation — still applies today for modern software."
Roland on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rolandgust
ANTIC Interview 190 - Chuck Gibke, Air Raid!Jun 21, 2016 20:57
Chuck Gibke, Air Raid!
Chuck Gibke, published one piece of software for the Atari computer: Air Raid!. The game first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the entertainment category.
This interview took place on April 22, 2016.
"Winning the contest generated a little bit of prizes you could pick from Atari stuff, which was pretty amazing. There was like $2,000 worth of stuff. ... Several boxes of stuff showing up at the house one day and I thought that was just the greatest thing."
Download Air Raid! http://www.atariarchives.org/APX/showinfo.php?cat=20187
ANTIC Interview 189 - Steve Cavin: Minotaur, Juggles' House, Juggles' RainbowJun 19, 2016 32:04
Steve Cavin: Minotaur, Juggles' House, Juggles' Rainbow
Steve Cavin started at Cromenco where he built computer kits and tested hardware. Later he wrote several programs for the Atari 8-bit computers: Minotaur, which was published by Atari Program Exchange — it first appeared in the fall 1981 APX catalog; and the Atari versions of Juggles' House and Juggles' Rainbow, educational games published by The Learning Company. He also wrote “The Five Letters", a hangman-style game that - so far - I haven't been able to find online.
This interview took place April 22, 2016.
"He looked at the screens and said, "Those don't look like the test programs that we normally use," and I said 'Well, they're not. I wrote my own. ... They're better than the other ones.'"
Steve's book, "To Find Out": http://amzn.to/1SBbRCJ
ANTIC Interview 188 - Neil Harris: Commodore, Atari, GEnieJun 17, 2016 01:16:41
Neil Harris: Commodore, Atari, GEnie
Neil Harris started at Commodore as a member of the VIC-20 launch team, then continued to be a writer, programmer, and product manager there. He moved to Atari, where he was from 1984 to 1988. There he was hardware products manager, director of communications, and director of publications. He worked on Atari Explorer magazine, and wrote a bit for other publications including Compute!'s First Book of Atari and STart magazine. He later moved on to the GEnie online service.
This interview took place on March 31, 2016. In it, we discuss Bill Louden, whom I previously interviewed.
"The Ataris were really good computers. ... The view inside of Commodore was that the Ataris, especially the 800, was over-engineered."
"Every person in Silicon Valley either had a close family member or a close friend who had been laid off by Jack [Tramiel]. ... You know, we were not the golden children. We were not Apple."
Color Wheel for the Atari: http://www.atariarchives.org/c1ba/page085.php
Atari Base BBS article: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v5n10/ataribulletinboard.html
ST:1999 article in STart magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/startv3n7/st1999.html
ANTIC Interview 187 - Jay Jaeger, APX Space WarJun 15, 2016 27:45
Jay Jaeger, APX Space War
Jay Jaeger released one program for the Atari computers: Space War, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog.
This interview took place on March 16, 2016.
"It took a couple revisions back and forth. The program was fine; getting the documentation right, and yet have them be happy with it, was a little frustrating. But managed to get it done."
Creative Computing — the Origin of Space War: http://www.wheels.org/spacewar/creative/SpacewarOrigin.html
Jay's web site: http://webpages.charter.net/thecomputercollection/collect.htm
ANTIC Interview 186 - Joel Gluck: Babel, Attank!, Pushover, Fun-FORTHJun 13, 2016 45:43
Joel Gluck: Babel, Attank!, Pushover, Fun-FORTH
Joel Gluck published four programs through Atari Program Exchange: Babel, Attank!, Pushover, and Fun-FORTH. The first, Babel, was published when he was just 16 years old. He later worked at Atari's corporate research under Alan Kay. He also wrote a few articles for A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine.
Babel was available in the first APX catalog, fall 1981, where it won second prize in the Entertainment category. Pushover first appeared in the summer 1982 catalog. Attank! first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 catalog. fun-FORTH was first available in fall 1982, which won third prize in the System Software category.
This interview took place on November 20, 2015. In it, we discuss Jack Palevich, whose interview is already published.
"I wasn't so aware of the royalty checks because, I think, my mom was intercepting them. She told me later that I earned enough from APX royalties to put me through a year at M.I.T."
"I came out wearing a white robe and wearing a very tall plastic garbage bag on my head ... But the kids loved it!"
Email Joel: joelgluck at yahoo.com
ANTIC Interview 185 - Ted Kahn, Atari Institute for Educational Action ResearchJun 11, 2016 01:13:02
Ted Kahn, Atari Institute for Educational Action Research
Ted Kahn was creator of the Atari Institute for Educational Action Research, which awarded major grants of Atari home computer products, and consulting services to individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations. The group granted more than $1.25 million in products and services to about 100 innovative people and projects around the US and overseas.
He also co-wrote the books Atari Games and Recreations, and Atari PILOT Activities and Games. This interview took place on October 9, 2015. In it, we discuss Ted's bother, Bob Kahn; and Tandy Trower, both of whom I have previously interviewed.
"Its purpose is not just to give stuff away, but it's purpose is to really make sure that if it's given away, it's going to be given to people and organizations who can make some impact with it."
"A thing, behind closed doors, in Washington, in which we had an entire group of Senators and Congressmen, for a period of about a day, to learn about all this stuff..."
Antic magazine article about the Atari Institute for Educational Action Research: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n6/insideatari.html
ANTIC Interview 184 - Rob Zdybel, Star Trek, Missile Command, Bug HuntJun 9, 2016 01:20:29
Rob Zdybel, Star Trek, Missile Command, Bug Hunt
Rob Zdybel was a long-time employee at Atari, having worked there from 1979 to 1996, when the Tramiels left. Rob has a long line of credits including Pigs in Space, Real Sports Football, Stellar Track and Star Trek for the Atari 400/800, SOS for the Atari 2600, Missile Command for the Atari 5200, and Bug Hunt for the Atari XE. He also designed the system BIOS for the Atari 5200.
Rob mentions the SYLVIA game system in the interview, although he couldn’t remember the name of the system at the time. It was the machine that was supposed to come between the 2600 and the 5200 and which Doug Neubauer worked on.
Niles Strohl and Doug Neubauer are both mentioned in the interview, both of which I’m working to get interviews.
Please note that this interview does have some profanity.
This interview took place on January 17, 2016.
Teaser Quotes:“I said Good Lord, Man, I don’t know if I can stand the idea of using computers to kill people more accurately.” “They were going to give us a free Atari 800 computer. That’s one of things you got for signing on with the Atari crew.” “I signed on to the Atari 2600 program at the time. I was not actually interested in writing 2600 programs, but where my heart was really at was the Atari 800 computer because it was so much more powerful.” “The lights had come on: you CAN’T win at Marketing Adventure.” “You’re talking to the man who’s responsible for Chris Crawford being in the game industry. It’s my fault.”
PRGE 2013 - Bob Smith, Rob Zdybel, Joe Decuir - Portland Retro Gaming Expo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmqzybUe9m4
“Once Upon Atari” - http://www.onceuponatari.com/
ANTIC Interview 183 - Lane Winner: Graph-It, XEP-80, De Re AtariJun 7, 2016 49:48
Lane Winner: Graph-It, XEP-80, De Re Atari
Lane Winner was an Atari employee for about a decade: he worked in the software development support group, as a programmer, and as an engineer. He is the author of Atari's Graph-It, contributor to De Re Atari, and designer of the XEP-80 80-column peripheral. Lane wrote several early releases for Atari Program Exchange: BASIC Cross-Reference Utility, BASIC Renumber Utility, and Variable Changer.
This interview took place April 20, 2016.
"OK, Lane. When you get your ... head and your heart together, you can be useful, and help the company out and help other people out."
ANTIC Interview 182 - Dave Menconi, Atari Customer Service and User Group SupportJun 5, 2016 39:45
Dave Menconi, Atari Customer Service and User Group Support
Dave Menconi started at Atari in 1982 doing customer support for the Atari computers. Later he moved to the marketing group, where he helped support the Atari users groups. Dave wrote the program "Dancin' Man" for Antic magazine, and wrote several articles for Atari Connection magazine.
In this interview, we discuss Chris Crawford, Ted Richards, and Mike Albaugh, whom I previously interviewed. This interview took place on April 19, 2016.
"...A light bulb went on above my head. That, it's one thing to know how to program but it's a much harder thing to know what to do with the skills that you have."
"He identified what the problem was and proposed a fix, and they fixed the product. And then afterwards, I remember him saying, 'And don't ever come back.'"
Dave featured in "User Group Support" article in Antic: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v1n2/insideatari.html
Dancin' Man: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n3/startingline.html
ANTIC Interview 181 - Stan Ockers, public domain game programmerJun 3, 2016 20:04
Stan Ockers, public domain game programmer
Stan Ockers started on the KIM-1 single board computer, where was was co-author of The First Book of KIM with Jim Butterfield. He later got an Atari 400, and became a prolific author of public domain programs which were distributed by users groups and in Antic magazine. His game credits include Chicken, Frog, and Bats, all of which were published in early issues of Antic magazines. Some of his programs were also published in Page 6 magazine.
This interview took place on March 10, 2016.
"I put in like, I figured, something like about 40 hours to write a program before I was satisfied to get rid of it. Or, got sick of it."
ANTIC Interview 180 - Harry Guiremand, SynChronJun 1, 2016 14:39
Harry Guiremand, SynChron
Harry Guiremand wrote SynChron, a calendar application, which was published by Synapse Software in 1983.
This interview took place on April 15, 2016.
Thanks to Wade at the Inverse ASASCII podcast for his research and suggestions. You can hear Wade's thorough review and walkthrough of SynChron at the Inverse ATASCII podcast.
"I had a password system where if you didn't guess the password correctly, you had to wait a little bit longer each time you missed it. Somebody who was trying to break the password with brute force method would end up having to wait days and days for the next chance to make a guess."
ANTIC Interview 179 - Greg Thrush and Marian Dillashaw: Stock Management and WordGoMay 30, 2016 22:54
Greg Thrush and Marian Dillashaw: Stock Management and WordGo
Greg Thrush published two programs through Atari Program Exchange: Stock Management and — with his wife Marian Dillashaw — Wordgo. Stock Management first appeared in the fall 1982 APX catalog, where it won first prize in the business and financial applications category. Wordgo first appeared in the summer 1983 catalog.
This interview took place on March 4, 2016.
"If nothing else, it got them a little excited about technology. They could see that they could actually make some things happen."
ANTIC Episode 33 - Jump, Man!May 28, 2016 01:47:20
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast, we are joined by Rob McMullen to discuss hacking on Jumpman, we explore several new hardware projects and new games. And we jump in the time machine to visit computer clubs in the 1980s.
What we’ve been up toSpartaDOS X Super Cart SIO2BT - Interview with Marcin Sochacki SIO2BT ordering thread on AtariAge breakout PCB Atari 10-liner BASIC Contest entries part 1 Atari prize unboxing — NOMAM 2016 BASIC Tenliners contest Unboxing Atari mystery boxes from Art Leyenberger Atari - Keeping In Touch - Atari computer user groups K-dos cart Atari Jumpman — Grand Puzzle III — solution Less mysterious mazes New Jumpman level - Welcome Back Which got written up at Vintage Is the New Old and Atariteca Best Electronics - CB101921 APElink kit
Interview DiscussionInterview Index
NewsWizztronics 256K RAM board at Best Electronics Bill Lange has a new blog Atari 8-Bit Ads: http://atari8bitads.blogspot.com Manic Miner released for the XL/XE at Indie Retro News Manic Miner at AtariAge Mini Atari 400 - https://www.thingiverse.com/make:219150/ Atari Joystick Inner Stick- https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1501010 AtariAge has an interesting discussion on recreating the 1090 expansion box New RT8 replacement cartridge Second run of Super SpartaDOS pcb Monster 6502 Thread at AtariAge Monster 6502 Site New game released: Pentagram Cartridge List for the Atari 8-bit Computers (400/800/XL/XE Computers) by Chris Lynn Amokbots by Peter J. Meyer released - Thread at AtariAge Amokbots at Video 61 Call for help for Pro(c) Magazine Nir Dary created a Google Calendar called Atari Events Worldwide Missile command and Centipede movies to come
New at Archive.orgA Demoparty in a Browser — May 10, 2016 Console Demos APX Babel APX Bowlers Database 16 issues of the Jersey Atari Computer Group newsletter 1982-1983 (arthur sent those!) Atari Educational Software Directory — Fall 1983 Carina II BBS Manual - Atari Manual for DOS-MOD for Atari 8-bit computers by R.K. Bennett Manual for Newell Industries RAMROD upgrade for Atari 800 computer Atari Keeping In Touch Cosmatic Atari Development Package APX-20051 modern electronics mag 1986 - XL/XE Power Supplies https://archive.org/details/AtariDiskDataStructuresTutorial https://archive.org/details/Atari800OlympicGamebookSystem
Bill’s Modern SegmentWorld of Spectrum entry for "Manic Miner" Matthew Smith Is Here! - http://www.matthewsmithishere.com/ "From Bedrooms to Billions" documentary (for purchase) "Matthew Smith - Creating Manic Miner video" (for purchase) Indie Retro News article about Manic Miner for the Atari XL/XE "Manic Miner released!" thread at Atariage "Jet Set Willy 2007" at Atarimania
ANTIC Interview 178 - Wes Horlacher, Magic Melody BoxMay 26, 2016 27:00
Wes Horlacher, Magic Melody Box
Wes Horlacher published one program in Atari Program Exchange: Magic Melody Box. Magic Melody Box first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded second prize in the education category. It was also published as Boîte à Musique by Atari France.
"These machines aren't just for accounting and computation and mathematics. We can do creative things. Let's see what we can do with these machines to actually inspire the least thing you would expect from a deterministic machine like this: how can it inspire a human being to create?"
This interview took place on February 15, 2016.
Review in Antic magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue42/gamesgrowup.php
ANTIC Interview 177 - Steve Smith, ANTIC chipMay 24, 2016 49:47
Steve Smith, ANTIC chip
Steve Smith was an engineering technician at Atari from 1977 until 1979, where he worked on the development of the Atari 400 and 800 computers. He was one of the technicians who designed the ANTIC and CTIA chips.
In this interview, we discuss Liza Loop, whom I previously interviewed.
This interview took place on February 9, 2016.
"...Huge roomful of 1 MhZ but not 1.1 MhZ devices. So that's what they put in the peripherals, was 6507 that they had surplus lying around."
"The first chips came into the lab, and I was plugging in the CTIA, the first one. Completely untested. And I dropped it and it broke in half."
Inteview IndexMay 23, 2016
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ANTIC Interview 176 - Clyde Spencer: Stereo 3-D Graphics and Isopleth Map MakingMay 22, 2016 01:00:01
Clyde Spencer: Stereo 3-D Graphics and Isopleth Map Making
Clyde Spencer published two programs through Atari Program Exchange: Stereo 3-D Graphics Package and Isopleth Map-Making Package. Stereo 3-D Graphics Package was first available in the winter 1982 APX catalog, and Map-Making in the Spring 1982 catalog. Clyde was also co-founder of the Bay Area Atari Users Group, and wrote some reviews for Antic magazine.
This interview took place on March 1, 2016. In it, we discuss Liza Loop and John Crane, both of whom I previously interviewed.
"I actually withdrew my teacher's retirement money out to help fund the startup on that. ... About a year or two into that project, Atari went bankrupt. ... I was left with an orphan then at that point in time."
ANTIC Interview 175 - Robert Waldman, Financial Asset Managment SystemMay 20, 2016 27:47
Robert Waldman, Financial Asset Managment System
Robert Waldman wrote Financial Asset Managment System, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the Fall 1981 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the personal finance and record keeping category.
As explained in my interview, Robert submitted a program called Atari 800 Olympic Gamebook System to Atari Program Exchange but it was not accepted or released. Robert sent me his only copy of the never-before-published Olympic Game Book System software, which was lost in the mail. He scanned the manual and a small part of the program listing, which I've uploaded to archive.org (you'll find a link in the show notes at AtariPodcast.com). But it appears that the complete program is gone forever.
This interview took place on February 8, 2016.
"I remember writing long BASIC programs. I would come home from work and then stay up all night coding."
ANTIC Interview 174 - Tod Frye, AsteroidsMay 18, 2016 46:18
Tod Frye, Asteroids
Hi, there! Welcome to the next in the series of Atari-related interviews being produced by Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast. My name is Randy Kindig and I’ll be leading this interview. Most notably, while working at Atari, Tod Frye developed the 400/800 version of Asteroids and the 2600 version of Pac-Man, converting them from the coin-op version. He has many other games to his credit. He later worked for Axlon, Nolan Bushnell’s company.
This interview was conducted on January 3, 2016.
Teaser Quotes“While I was at Atari, it went from a pretty big company, to a huge company, to a complete flop.” “I didn’t work at Atari; I LIVED at Atari; and I loved it.” “Because of the CTIA and GTIA and Antic, the sprite hardware was WAY better than the sprite hardware on the Commodore.” “The hard parts were: writing code that was fast enough, writing code that was small enough to fit in the cartridge, and writing code that would fit in the RAM. Basically everything was hard.”
LinksTod Frye at Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tod_Frye Tod Frye at PRGE 2015 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLoJ5jcccPU
ANTIC Interview 173 - Ursula Wolz, early computing and educationMay 16, 2016 23:39
Ursula Wolz, early computing and education
Ursula Wolz was thinking about computers and education in the early days of personal computing. She worked on Apple ][ games for Children's Television Workshop, consulted for Atari Research on their endeavors in educational software, and taught Logo to some of the first students who learned it.
This interview took place on February 12, 2016
"It was one of the first games that was completely graphical ... Because the kids using it might not be able to read the text, we did everything through gestures."
Ursula's site: https://sites.google.com/site/theimpatientcoder/
ANTIC Interview 172 - Owen Rubin: Major Havoc, Space DuelMay 14, 2016 01:34:06
Owen Rubin: Major Havoc, Space Duel
Owen Rubin worked in Atari's coin-op division from 1976 to 1984 — he is best known for his programming work there on Major Havoc, Space Duel, and Battlezone. He also served as a go-between between the arcade division and the consumer division, where the Atari home computers were created. After that, he was a game designer at Nolan Bushnell's Bally Sente.
In this interview, we discuss Ed Rotberg, whom I previously interviewed. This interview contains some coarse language.
It took place on February 12, 2016.
"And I lost it. I just completely lost it with him ... and I slammed the listings down on his desk, basically clearing his desk of just about everything else, and I said, 'Do it yourself, I quit.'"
"I find MAME both very cool that you can see it, and very sad that you don't get the right feel."
"We really wanted coin-op games to be about a 90-second experience. Up to a couple minutes if you got good at it."
Owen's web site: http://www.orubin.com
Owen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/orubin
Ed Rotberg interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-72-ed-rotberg-rotberg-synthesizer
ANTIC Interview 171 - Randy Glover, JumpmanMay 12, 2016 01:24:52
Randy Glover, Jumpman
Randy Glover is the creator of one of the best games for the Atari computers, Jumpman, which was published by EPYX. He also created the sequel, Jumpman Junior, and programmed the swimming competition portion of Summer Games. Randy ported Jumpman to the Commodore 64 and created another C64 game, Lunar Outpost.
This interview took place on May 7, 2016. I am joined on this interview by Rob McMullen, host of the Player/Missile Podcast, who has been working to reverse engineer Jumpman using the Omnivore binary editor that he created.
For more background on EPYX, you might enjoy Antic’s interviews with Jon Freeman, co-founder of EPYX; and Michael Katz, the CEO of EPYX — he oversaw the development of Jumpman, Pitstop, and Summer Games.
"My guy ran around in this environment purely based on his collision with the environment. I like to think that made him more interesting, more spontaneous. He wasn't pretty -- he was just a little stick man -- but he ran around with a certain flair and he reacted to the environment."
The Digital Antiquarian - From Automated Simulations to Epyx: http://www.filfre.net/2013/08/from-automated-simulations-to-epyx/
Jon Freeman interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-70-jon-freeman-freefall-associates
Michael Katz interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-24-the-atari-8-bit-podcast-michael-katz
Player/Missile podcast: http://www.playermissile.com
Omnivore, the Atari 8-bit Binary Editor: http://playermissile.com/omnivore/
AtariMania's list of Randy's games: http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-glover-randy_team_472_8_G.html
Jumpman hacking thread on AtariAge: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252267-jumpman-hacking/
ANTIC Interview 170 - Mike Silva, SyncalcMay 10, 2016 48:27
Mike Silva, Syncalc
Mike Silva worked at Synapse, where he wrote the Syncalc spreadsheet application.
In this interview we talk about Ihor Woloseko, whom I previously interviewed.
This interview took place on February 11, 2016.
"If I had put out a game ... it would have sold a few thousand copies and that would been it. So I just got dumb lucky by being talked into writing a spreadsheet instead."
"These guys, a lot of them, they were in the world - some of them - before they were ready for it. I remember a couple of young programmers, they were just freaked out about having to make decisions, and having to pay taxes. It was almost too much success too early for some of them."
Atari Synapse Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkpbIbFHDQU
SynCalc at AtariMania: http://www.atarimania.com/utility-atari-400-800-xl-xe-syncalc_s12808.html
Ihor Woloseko interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-13-the-atari-8-bit-podcast-ihor-wolosenko
Inverse ATASCII reviews SynCalc: https://inverseatascii.info/2016/02/23/s2e08-synapse-software-syncalc/
ANTIC Interview 169 - Richard Lindgren, APX financial softwareMay 7, 2016 18:37
Richard Lindgren, APX financial software
Richard Lindgren published two programs in Atari Program Exchange. Real Estate Cash Flow Analysis first appeared in the winter 1983 APX catalog, where it won first prize in the business and professional applications category. Strategic Financial Ratio Analysis was first available in the summer 1983 catalog, where it took second prize in the home management category.
Richard also wrote the program Banjo Picker, "Program your Atari to make sounds like an automated five-string banjo," which appeared in the October 1985 issue of Antic magazine, and which provides intro tune for this episode.
This interview took place on February 8, 2016.
"You know, the APX experience was an intersting experience ... I think it was a really interesting precursor of the models that we're seeing today."
Banjo Picker: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v4n6/banjo.html
ANTIC Interview 168 - Marcin Sochacki, SIO2BTMay 4, 2016 01:10:04
Marcin Sochacki, SIO2BT
Marcin Sochacki, also known as Montezuma on AtariAge, is originally from Poland and currently lives in Germany. In recent years he developed theSIO2BT, or SIO to Bluetooth for the Atari computer line. This hardware allows you to connect your Atari to your modern computer,tablet, or smartphone to share files. Mar-TEEN also developed the NVC (Next Valid Character) software, a tool for organizing files on SD cards for SIO2SD. And, if that weren’t enough, he also developed the Megacart Studio PC software, a tool for the 512k and 4MB Flash MegaCart Module. The Megacart Studio generates a ROM and bootable ATR files that are used to flash the MegaCart modules.
This interview was conducted onNovember 22, 2015.
1) "SIO2BT" project (1st place in the ABBUC Hardware Contest 2014)
This project is still being developed (and got recently new TCP/IP networking functionality).
Not spread out that much, but really usefully for all RETRO freaks (not only ATARI).
In a few episodes you mentionedRaspberry Pi and you wondered how could it be married with the8-bit ATARI:
It was one of my small projects to use a Raspberry Pi as a floppy emulator (with AspeQt).
The idea to use a RPI as anATARI emulator is nice, as well. Especially if you build your own(mini) Arcade Cabinet for it
And if do not have time, but have some free money, some guys are selling a ready RPI Arcadekit
ANTIC Interview 167 - Al Casper: Counter, My Spelling Easel, EquestrianMay 2, 2016 37:44
Al Casper: Counter, My Spelling Easel, Equestrian
Al Casper published three programs with Atari Program Exchange. His first, Counter, was first available in the fall 1982 APX catalog. It won first prize in the learning category in that catalog. Counter was also released in a French language version by Atari France.
Next was My Spelling Easel, which was first available in the spring 1983 catalog, and won second prize in the learning category. His third program was Equestrian, which appeared in the winter 1983-1984 APX catalog (the very last APX catalog) and was the "APX Olympic contest winner."
Al also wrote an article called Purge, a quicker and simpler method of housecleaning diskettes, for Compute! magazine, which was re-published in Compute!'s Third Book of Atari.
This interview took place on February 7, 2016
"I remember, we got a quarterly... royalty check. It seems to me the first one I got... several hundred dollars, I think. One of the next ones, it was like $10,000. ... I couldn't believe it, because this was basically just a hobby."
ANTIC Interview 166 - Michael Crick, FrogmasterApr 30, 2016 34:12
Michael Crick, Frogmaster
Michael Crick created the game Frogmaster, which was published for the Atari computers by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog, where it won first prize in the entertainment category. Michael later made a version of Frogmaster for the Commodore 64. He created two other C64 games: Break Street (a break dancing game), and Go For the Gold (an Olympics style game) as well as TERSE, a programming language for the C64.
Frogmaster cost $22.95 and was APX catalog number 20131. A Spanish version of Frogmaster was also released by APX, Amansarranas - APX catalog number 20252.
This interview took place on February 3, 2016.
"The truth was, it wasn't really a very fun game. I mean, it was an interesting scientific exercise."
Michael's web site: http://crick.com/gamemaster.html
ANTIC Episode 32 - Into the Big Scary WorldApr 28, 2016 01:37:14
On this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast, we venture out into the big scary world — both Randy and I went to VCF SouthEast, and Kevin went to the museum. The winners of the 2016 10-line BASIC programming contest are announced, and Bill Kendrick drops knowledge about the demo scene.
What we’ve been up toHacking Jumpman: Finished GP III video Kevin’s a winner! Game Masters special exhibit at OMSI - https://www.omsi.edu/gamemasters SpartaDOS X Super Cart Edladdin Controllers - http://edladdin.com/ Podcaster’s Roundtable at VCFSE Steve DeFrisco - Antic Interview 123 Steve DeFrisco Wing War breakout PCB - https://www.bitsofthepast.com/?p=833
Interview DiscussionBruce Poehlman game “The Last Starfighter”, orginally “Orbiter” The Last Starfighter cabinet Transcription of David Heller (Dr. Wacko) interview (thanks to Kevin Chase)
NewsAtariada 2016 FLOP - Diskette electronic "magazine" for Atari XE / XL (Czech) - http://flop.atariportal.cz/ 10-line contest youtube vidoes in which Kevin tests all the 10-line Atari games Atari 65XE USB Keyboard by Tynemouth Software on Etsy Atari 65XE USB Keyboard complete with Raspberry Pi and USB hub Atari 65XE USB Keyboard with USB joystick controller where the original joystick ports are Insert coin to tour the new National Videogame Museum National Videogame Museum A Look At Video Game History: ‘The Art Of Atari’ Due For October Release “The Art of Atari” preview Upcoming Shows: Last Chicago CocoFest - http://www.glensideccc.com/cocofest/ April 23 & 24, 2016, Heron Point Convention Center, Lombard, IL Southern Fried GameRoom Expo June 10-12 KansasFest - July 19-24, 2016 - https://www.kansasfest.org Atari Party - Saturday, July 30, at 12 PM - 5 PM in PDT, Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E 14th St, Davis, California 95616 VCF west - Aug 6-7 VCF midwest — Sep 10-11, Elk Grove Village, IL PRGE Oct 21-23 http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Colo. Lottery Launches Atari Scratch-Off Upgraded internal replacement Mylars for the Atari 1200XL keyboard Widely used repair tips - 1200XL Keyboard Tune-up Atari800 handheld console emulator for Nintendo 3DS
New at Archive.orgAPX manuals https://archive.org/details/@allan52 https://archive.org/details/XLXEPowerSupplies - modern electronics magazine 1986 https://archive.org/details/ICDRamboXL256KBManual https://archive.org/details/AxiomAT846PrinterInterfaceManual https://archive.org/details/HebrewAtariClubJuly89 https://archive.org/details/AtariEnvisionSourceCode
Bill’s Modern Segment"Control" demo, by LaResistance, 2010 Pouet entry: http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=56481 DemoZoo entry: http://demozoo.org/productions/56527/ YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OsK4eC6rpg LaResistance website: http://laresistance.pigwa.net/ Based on "Control" demo for Amiga, by Oxygene, 1995 Pouet entry: http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=3031 Amiga Demoscene Archive entry: http://ada.untergrund.net/?p=demo&i=299 YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzOp3ngc1MA Definitions: "Demoescene" Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demoscene “Demake” TV Tropes entry "Demakes" section of "Video game remake" article at Wikipedia
Of the MonthBit 3 Full-View 80 - 80 column card for the Atari 800 - ebay auction Dave and Sandy Small wrote an article in Antic There's a few lines of BASIC code that will kick on the Bit-3. You'll find them at - http://www.cchaven.com/BIT3FV80.HTML
ANTIC Interview 165 - Yakov Epelboim: Pushky and DevilatorApr 26, 2016 37:42
Yakov Epelboim: Pushky and Devilator
Yakov Epelboim is a Russian immigrant who published two programs for the Atari 8-bit computers. Pushky (which I learned is the Russian word for "cannons") was published by Atari Program Exchange, and first appeared in the Winter 1982-1983 APX catalog for $22.95. He also wrote Devilator, which he self-published as Zebra Company. Both programs were written in machine language, and both are unusual games, a little off the beaten track from other games of the era. The APX catalog said: "Pushky is in a class by itself in terms of game format. At least, we have nothing else like it at APX."
Yakov is joined in this interview by his wife Olga, who added color commentary and translation help.
This interview took place February 5, 2016.
"Then I did couple more programs, games, and send them to Atari. And they wrote me, 'Everything fine. We will take them, but you should change this and this, add music.' I did everything, send them, but in this time they were bankrupt."
ANTIC Interview 164 - John Palevich: Dandy and Deep Blue C CompilerApr 24, 2016 01:13:46
John Palevich: Dandy and Deep Blue C Compiler
John Palevich wrote several programs which were published by Atari Program Exchange: the Chameleon CRT Terminal Emulator; Mantis Boot Tape Development System; Deep Blue C Compiler and its source code on a product called Deep Blue Secrets; and Dandy, a graphical dungeon crawl game that is famously the inspiration for the arcade classic, Gauntlet.
He later worked in the advanced projects division at Atari, working on Atari's unfinished Eva computer project, as well as the unfinished AMY music chip and RAINBOW graphics chip.
In this interview we discuss Joel Gluck, whose interview is forthcoming.
This interview took place on November 20, 2015.
"It was a situation where whether you made a good business decision or a bad business decision, more money came in the next quarter."
"Any time a dignitary, any time a rock star came by to tour Atari, they would come and try out the AMY chip."
ANTIC Interview 163 - Ron Luks, Compuserve Atari Forum FounderApr 22, 2016 43:21
Ron Luks, Founder and manager of the Atari Forums on CompuServe
Welcome to this interview-only episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit computer podcast. My name is Randy Kindig. In this show, I’ll be talking with Mr. Ron Luks, a name that you’re probably familiar with if you used your Atari to access the Compuserve Information Service. Ron was founder and manager of the Atari Forums on CompuServe (SIG*Atari, 8-bit Forum, 16-bit Forum (ST), Atari Developers, Atari Vendors, and others.) He also wrote articles for some of the Atari magazines (like ANTIC). I hope you enjoy this interesting glimpse into the online world of Atari back in the 80’s.
I also want to mention that Ron was kind enough to donate an Atari 130XE and a set of cartridges to the show.
This interview was conducted November 18, 2015
Teaser Quotes:“And the owner of the store steered me over to the Atari 800 and it was running Star Raiders, ok, and that was all it took” “So that’s when I decided I’m going to give Compuserve a try and see what it’s like. I was instantly hooked with the whole online service idea.” “At one time the Atari 8-bit forum was the biggest money-making forum on CompuServe.”
Links:“ANTIC Online”, ANTIC VOL. 4, NO. 9 / JANUARY 1986 - http://www.atarimagazines.com/v4n9/anticonline.html “THE #1 SYSOP“, ANTIC VOL. 4, NO. 2 / JUNE 1985 - http://www.atarimagazines.com/v4n2/SYSOP.html
ANTIC Interview 162 - John Powers, Atari Director of Software DevelopmentApr 20, 2016 52:24
John Powers, Atari Director of Software Development
John Powers was co-founder of The Authorship Resource, the company that created all of the software for the CyberVision 2000 computer. From 1980 to 1982 he worked at Atari as Director of Software Development for personal computers. While he was there, he wrote three pieces of software for Atari Program Exchange: Newspaper Route Management Program, Computerized Card File, and Cosmatic Atari Development Package. He was later VP of Research and Development at educational software publisher The Learning Company.
This interview took place on February 2, 2016.
"Because of the Warner connection, coming from the movie business, I think they were under the impression that with a lot of money, we just hire a lot pf people, we can make this work. And it never quite happened."
"My son had a newspaper route. So I said 'You know, there's a lot better way we can do this. I think we can use the Atari 800 to simplify some of this.'"
ANTIC Interview 161 - Edward Lehmann, Recipe Search 'N SaveApr 18, 2016 10:34
Edward Lehmann, Recipe Search 'N Save
Edward Lehmann published one Atari program through Atari Program Exchange: Recipe Search 'N Save, which first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog. It won third prize in the Personal Finance & Record Keeping category in that catalog.
It was APX catalog number 20114, available on diskette, required 32K, and cot $22.95
This interview took place on February 2, 2016.
"The thing is, it didn't work all the time, that's what bugged me. I was selling a defective product."
ANTIC Interview 160 - Chuck Mullally, MastermatchApr 16, 2016 19:43
Chuck Mullally, Mastermatch
Chuck Mullally published one game through Atari Program Exchange: Mastermatch, game similar to the Mastermind board game. Mastermatch was one of the last APX programs to be released: it was first available in the Winter 1983-1984 APX catalog — the final APX catalog. Chuck told me that the game won a $1000 prize from APX, but the catalog — a sparse 8 pages and much smaller than the previous APX catalogs — doesn’t even mention that.
This interview took place on January 31, 2016.
Mastermatch in the Winter 1983-1984 APX catalog: https://archive.org/details/APXCatalogWinter1983
Download Mastermatch from AtariArchives.org: http://www.atariarchives.org/APX/showinfo.php?cat=20259
ANTIC Interview 159 - Bryon Wilcox, Wilcox CompanyApr 14, 2016 16:04
Bryon Wilcox, Wilcox Company
On December 12, 2015, I bought an unusual Atari computer on ebay: it appeared to be a typical 800XL, but where the Atari name would have been, there was a sticker that said "GRAPHICS 1 - The Wilcox Company." Another sticker on the bottom of the computer indicated that the company was based in Washougal, Washington.
When I received the computer, I found that it included a hand-made cartridge that contains a message display program. You can enter a few lines of text, plus the time and date, which are then displayed in large letters on the screen.
I wanted to know more about this computer and the company that created it, so I hunted down Bryon Wilcox. This interview took place on January 27, 2016.
Pictures of the computer and binary dump of the cart: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/248826-dump-of-wilcox-message-display-cart/
ANTIC Interview 158 - John Crane, RPN Calculator SimulatorApr 12, 2016 46:35
John Crane, RPN Calculator Simulator
John Crane published one Atari program, through Atari Program Exchange: RPN Calculator Simulator. The program first appeared in the Spring 1982 APX catalog, where it was awarded second prize in the business and professional applications category.
John was also one of the founders of the Bay Area Atari Users Group, and did some software evaluation for Atari Program Exchange.
This interview took place on January 31, 2016.
"He [Steve Wozniak] introduced all of us to his demonstration about his Apple -- what would become the Apple I. I saw his demonstration and I go, 'Oh, that is very cool.'"
"I had what I used to call the bash and bang test. I'd load up the program on an Atari 800 or 1200 or whatever I happend to have at the time, and as the program was running I would just start pounding on the keys at random, just taking my fists and just banging on the keyboard."
ANTIC Interview 157 - Alan Newman: Domination, Tutti Frutti, Hotel AlienApr 9, 2016 31:54
Alan Newman: Domination, Tutti Frutti, Hotel Alien
Alan Newman published several programs for the Atari 8-bit computers: Domination, a Hamurabi-style management game, was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the Fall 1981 catalog, where it won first prize in the entertainment category. Next he created Tutti Frutti, an arcade-style game that was published by Adventure International. And Hotel Alien, a graphical adventure game published by Artworx. He also wrote Spy Vs. Spy — not the Mad Magazine game published by First Star Software; a word game that was to be published by PDI but didn't get wide release. Alan has sent me that program to archive, so it's now available online for the first time.
This interview took place on February 2, 2016.
"I wanted to move to California. I wanted to do this full time. But when I realized how much copying was out there, it became a bad idea."
Spy vs. Spy scans and downloads: https://archive.org/details/SpyVsSpyWordGameAtari
AtariMania's list of Alan's games: http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-newman-alan-m_team_969_8_G.html
ANTIC Interview 156 - Darren Schebek, Envision character set editorApr 7, 2016 56:22
Darren Schebek, Envision character set editor
Darren Schebek wrote Envision, a character set editor for the Atari 8-bit computers. It was published in Antic magazine’s software catalog in 1986. Envision cost $19.95: “Create giant, multi-screen, 8-way scrolling pictures. Build effortless animations (up to 128 frames at 10 speeds). ENVISION has over 50 commands giving you total control over the Atari’s 6 incredible text modes. On the 130XE, Envision supports 16 simultaneous fonts.” After we conducted this interview, Darren sent me the Envision source code, which is now available at the Internet Archive.
Darren later wrote two more games for the Atari: Death By Solitaire and Yahtzee.
He worked for Canadian software publisher Distinctive Software, where he wrote the Commodore 64 port of Road Raider (porting it from the Atari ST version), and later worked at Mindspan Technologies where he created the Commodore 64 version of Mondu's Fight Palace.
This interview took place on January 30, 2016.
“My dad would come back from work, and he’d visit computer shops and stuff. He’d bring home flyers for different computers. He brought home an Apple // flyer one day, and one day he brought home this Atari 800 flyer. And I’m looking at these two flyers, and I’m comparing these things, like, ‘I don’t get it. There’s no decision to be made here.’”
Envision source code: https://archive.org/details/AtariEnvisionSourceCode
Darren’s web site: http://www.user.dccnet.com/dschebek/envision.htm
Darren on AtariAge http://atariage.com/forums/user/37813-darren-schebek/
ANTIC Interview 155 - Jerome Domurat, artist and interface designerApr 5, 2016 01:14:42
Jerome Domurat, artist and interface designer
Jerome Domurat worked at Atari from November 1981 through July 1986 as an artist and interface designer. He started creating art for the home game systems, including E.T., Krull, and Raiders of the Lost Ark for the Atari 2600; and Jungle Hunt, Pengo, and Baseball for the 5200. He made the transition when Jack Tramiel bought the company: he worked on user interface design for the Atari ST. He also helped design the NEOchrome paint program, and adapted the graphics and animation for the ST version of Star Raiders.
Picture of Jerome with Jim Eisenstein and Dave Staugas, March 1985 - http://i.imgur.com/hBIja3X.jpg
This interview took place on February 1, 2016.
"User testing with people — like I would just get random people to sit down and go through the system and have them think aloud. I would ask them what they thought this symbol meant or that symbol meant. I mean, you show people a trash can [icon] now and they immediately know that that's 'delete'. But at that point, they thought, 'Oh, it's a can for storing things for later.'"
ANTIC Interview 154 - Alan Henricks, ControllerApr 3, 2016 38:32
Alan Henricks, Controller
Alan Henricks was Controller at Atari during the Warner Communications era. He was there from 1978 through 1983.
This interview took place on November 17, 2015.
"Had the next generation of technology - the personal computer - succeeded, Atari would be where Apple is today."
"The first thing he said to me, looking me in the eyes ... he said, 'I speak to you on fear of my life.' My response was, 'I so don't want to be here.'"
ANTIC Episode 31 - Hardware GadgetsApr 1, 2016 01:21:19
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: we find a lot of new hardware gadgets for our Atari 8-bit machines, and learn all about Atari-branded printers.
What we’ve been up toCauzin Softstrip - https://archive.org/details/CauzinSoftstrip TRS-80 Trash Talk - http://www.trs80trashtalk.com MULTI-DASH - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ1qPURr6hU More network games - http://a8.fandal.cz/search.php?search=multilink&butt_details_x=x GameLink II and MultiLink interfaces - http://www.mathyvannisselroy.nl/special%20stuff.htm#multi Tricky Tutorial #5: Player Missile Graphics - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-tricky-tutorial-no--5-player-missile-graphics_28270.html Steve DeFrisco - Antic Interview 123 - http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-123-steve-defrisco-wing-war-hero , http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-wing-war_5777.html breakout PCB - https://www.bitsofthepast.com/?p=833
Interview DiscussionPaul Laughton interview transcribed by Kevin Chase - http://computingpioneers.com/index.php/Paul_Laughton Bob Polin interview transcribed by Kevin Chase - http://computingpioneers.com/index.php/Bob_Polin
NewsAtari XEGS Cart-by-Cart Podcast, Episode 1 - http://xegs8bit.com/ ANTIC mention from the latest episode (25) of the Intellivisionaries Podcast - http://intellivisionaries.com/episode-25-zaxxon-space-raid/ Atari 800 XL in your pocket - Nir Dary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKcA6qJGCPw&feature=youtu.be Aric Wilmunder has scanned orig. design docs for The Eidolon, Koronis Rift, Maniac Mansion, Mutiny on Monkey Island - http://wilmunder.com/Arics_World/Games.html SIO2Arduino - Salvador Limones - https://goo.gl/photos/NRHxjX9CQhwjxcUD7 Atari Map Maker - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2016/02/publican-editor-de-mapas-atari-mapmaker.html 2600-daptor - http://www.2600-daptor.com SIO2PC-USB by Lotharek - http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=98 and http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sio2PC-USB-for-ATARI-8bit-XL-XE-/172117279342 AtariAge High-Score Club Season 13 update - http://atariage.com/forums/forum/60-8-bit-high-score-club/ Nolan Bushnell in the news - http://www.fastcompany.com/3057518/sxsw/growing-up-bushnell-the-first-family-of-fun And http://www.ibtimes.com/atari-founder-nolan-bushnell-thinks-vr-gaming-will-bring-arcades-back-2336662 XE-LENT Arcade Conversions for the Atari by Kieren Hawkin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsmEwyU1afA Pocket POKEY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7g9ooXsqsc , http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pocket-Pokey-Atari-Pokey-Custom-Chiptune-Midi-Synth-Unit-1-Circuit-Bent-/252319605420 Atari Customized Keychain - http://www.thingiverse.com/make:200934/ - Made by Alexandervonschlinke Upcoming Shows: VCF Southeast 4.0 - April 2 & 3 2016, Roswell, GA - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-southeast-4-0/ VCF East - April 15-17, 2016, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ - http://www.vintagecomputerfederation.org/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ Outline Demoparty - www.outlinedemoparty.nl , FB: https://www.facebook.com/Outline-220083609308/ KansasFest - July 19-24, 2016, Kansas City, MO - https://www.kansasfest.org Atari Party - Saturday, July 30, at 12 PM - 5 PM in PDT, Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E 14th St, Davis, California 95616 - https://www.facebook.com/events/1069851796370777/ VCF West - August 6-7, Mountain View, CA - http://www.vintagecomputerfederation.org/uncategorized/vcf-west-is-back/ Chicago CoCoFest - April 23-24 - http://www.glensideccc.com/cocofest/ VCF midwest — Sep 10-11, Elk Grove Village, IL - http://vcfmw.org/ PRGE Oct 21-23 http://www.retrogamingexpo.com Rapidus 8bit ATARI Turbo CARD ! pre-orders - http://lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=107 new 4MB RAM board - Simius on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/249405-new-4mb-ram-expansion/page-1 SpartaDOS X SuperCart - https://www.bitsofthepast.com/?product=super-spartados-cartridge Edladdin's Supreme 78 controllers - http://edladdin.com/
New at Archive.orghttps://archive.org/details/atarihistorical the edileon and koronis rift - https://archive.org/details/ComputerGameDesignDOcuments
ANTIC Interview 153 - Richard Leinecker, Your Atari Comes AliveMar 31, 2016 26:35
Richard Leinecker, Your Atari Comes Alive
Richard Leinecker is author of the book Your Atari Comes Alive, which was published by Alpha Systems. The book provides instructions for building hardware projects that work with the Atari 8-bit computers, such as event detectors, motion sensors, a light pen, Christmas lights, and networking computers together. The book has been scanned as is available at the Internet Archive. He wrote a followup book called Your Atari ST Comes Alive. He also wrote for Compute!, A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing and ST-Log magazines.
This interview took place November 8, 2015.
"That was my first attempt at any writing of any kind. I didn't necessarily really know a whole lot. ... It was a lot of stumbling around trying to figure out what to do."
Rick's web site - http://www.rickleinecker.com
Your Atari Comes Alive - https://archive.org/details/Your_Atari_Comes_Alive
Your Atari 8-Bit Comes Alive - https://archive.org/details/Your_Atari_8_Bit_Comes_Alive
Richard's articles in Compute! Magazine - http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/index/index.php?author=Richard+C.+Leinecker
ANTIC Interview 152 - Art Prag: Mapware, Starware, and AstrologyMar 29, 2016 13:48
Art Prag: Mapware, Starware, and Astrology
Art Prag, along with Harry Koons, published three programs with Atari
Program Exchange: Mapware, Starware, and Astrology. Harry Koons died
Mapware first appeared in the fall 1981 APX catalog, where it won
second place in the personal interest and development category. “With
the MAPWARE programs you can create a wide variety of high-resolution
world maps. MAPWARE already contains 9,000 pairs of geographic
coordinates for locating main land masses and islands on Earth. These
maps are useful for such applications as games and simulations,
tracking satellites, pointing amateur radio antennas, and teaching
geography and cartography.” The program came on two disks and cost
Starware first appeared in the spring 1982 APX catalog, on disk for
$17.95. “With STARWARE you can explore the heavens by way of your
Atari home computer. STARWARE displays the stars on your TV screen ...
Its 900 star coordinates accurately locate all the constellations in
Astrology first appeared in the summer 1982 catalog, a program for
creating astrological charts. “With ASTROLOGY, the mysteries of the
zodiac, planetary positioning, natal charts, and rising signs will
unfold in your very own living room.” It cost $22.95.
This interview took place on January 30, 2016.
ANTIC Interview 151 - Jeff JohannigmanMar 27, 2016 59:12
Jeff Johannigman published his first two computer programs through Atari Program Exchange: Rabbotz and Snark Hunt. He went on to program the Atari ports of Mask of the Sun and Serpent's Star for Br0derbund, then worked on Relax for Synapse, GI Joe for EPYX, copy protection for Electronic Arts, and was producer of Master of Orion, published by MicroProse. Jeff is also one of the co-founders of the Game Developers Conference.
This interview took place on January 30, 2016.
"So the next day, an email goes out to everybody in the company. 'No more Atari ST software, period.' So, somebody has no realization that he totally sabotaged the Electronic Arts support for Atari ST with one phone call."
“[Dan Bunten] also gave me one of the best pieces of advice about game design back then. He said that what's important in making a good game is not what you put in; its what you keep out."
AtariMania's list of Jeff's Atari games - http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-johannigman-jeff_team_659_8_G.html
ANTIC Interview 150 - Leigh Zeitz, Epson Connection bookMar 25, 2016 20:16
Leigh Zeitz, Epson Connection book
Leigh Zeitz wrote the book The Epson Connection: Atari Edition, about using your Atari 8-bit computer with Epson printers; as well as a version of the book for the Commodore 64.
This interview took place on November 8, 2015.
"IBM came out and said: 'Well guess what? As of next month we're not going to be creating any more IBM PCjrs.'"
"'Uh, Leigh, I probably don't even need to make this phone call, but we don’t need your book.'"
Epson Connection at Archive.org - https://archive.org/details/The_Epson_Connection_Atari_Edition
Lee's blog - http://drzreflects.com
ANTIC Interview 149 - David Johnson, PopeyeMar 23, 2016 15:11
David Johnson, Popeye
David Johnson co-created the Atari 400/800/5200 version of Popeye, which was released by Parker Brothers.
This interview took place on November 9, 2015.
"That was my first work experience. I really enjoyed it. We were doing like 60, 70 hours a week."
ANTIC Interview 148 - Steve Baker: Defender, StargateMar 20, 2016 50:40
Steve Baker: Defender, Stargate
Steve Baker is well-known in the Atari world as having done the 400/800 and 5200 conversions of Defender. He also did ports of Stargate for the 5200 and the 400/800. Additionally, he developed Miniature Golf and Microgammon SB for the 400/800 and 5200, and Reversi and Gomuku for the 400/800. He worked for Apple from 1980 to 1982, then for Atari from 82 to 84. Steve also wrote games for the Apple II, the Atari 2600, the Intellivision, and the Commodore 64.
This interview took place on November 1, 2015.
Interview with 2600 Connection - http://www.2600connection.com/interviews/steve_baker/interview_steve_baker.html
Defender video at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiB_DttmN3Y
Defender at AtariMania - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-defender_1561.html
Stargate for the 400/800 Video (YouTube) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI1iILhB9Dg
ANTIC Interview 147 -Mike Potter: Protector II, Shadow World, Nautilus, ChickenMar 18, 2016 39:56
Mike Potter: Protector II, Shadow World, Nautilus, Chicken
Mike Potter ported several Apple II games to the Atari 8-bit computers
for Crystalware, including Protector. He later developed five programs
for Synapse Software: Protector, Protector II, Chicken, Nautilus and
Shadow World — in a one year period, with the combined sales of 93,000
In this interview we discuss Steve Hales and Ihor Wolosenko, both of
whom I previously interviewed. This interview took place October 22,
"Let's see, I got married in '84, and my brother-in-law had every
single one of my games pirated. And I was like, 'What? You have all my
AtariMania's list of Mike's games - http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-potter-mike_team_1073_8_G.html
Mike’s web site, includes history and videos of people playing the Atari titles - http://mikepotterhere.com
ANTIC Interview 146 - Arthur Leyenberger, Atari columnistMar 16, 2016 42:27
Arthur Leyenberger, Atari columnist
Arthur Leyenberger wrote the "Outpost: Atari" column in Creative Computing magazine, the End User column in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing, and the ST User column in ST-Log magazine. He was also editor of the Jersey Atari Computer Group newsletter.
This interview took place on November 10, 2015.
"If I think about one thing that really captures that era, is that it was exciting. It was exciting, it was fun, it was something new, it was something you could share - you could join a user group, there were all these magazines. ... A lot of information out there, a lot of stuff to learn, a lot of stuff to have fun with and share."
Outpost: Atari in Creative Computing beginning Nov 1983
The End User column in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing
The ST User column in ST-LOG
ANTIC Interview 145 - Jeff Bell, Atari coin-opMar 14, 2016 45:45
Jeff Bell, Atari coin-op
Jeff Bell worked for Atari Games for 31 years. He stated in 1973 as a Pong inspector, then moved to the engineering department, specifying requirements for parts. He worked in IT and system administration, and did other jobs in his more than three decades with the company. He also ran the Itsy Bitsy Bulletin Board System.
This interview took place on November 7, 2015. In it, we discuss Bob Stahl, whom I previously interviewed.
"People say Atari died in — what? — 1983? Didn't happen. Didn't happen. We were in Milpitas making video games. We made great video games."
ANTIC Interview 144 - Stephen Lawrow, Mac/65 assemblerMar 12, 2016 49:45
Stephen Lawrow, Mac/65 assembler
Stephen Lawrow created the Mac/65 assembler, which was published by Optimized Systems Software. Stephen became an employee of OSS, where he also worked on the company’s enhanced BASIC products, BASIC XL and BASIC XE.
This interview took place on November 1, 2015. In this interview we discuss Bill Wilkinson of OSS, whom I previously interviewed.
“I got so frustrated, I couldn’t wait till I got Mac/65 mature enough where it could start assembling itself. So that’s why it has a lot of compatibilities syntactically with the Atari Assembler/Editor.”
“A lot of us were not formally educated in software development. Because it just didn’t exist in the colleges at the time ... Algorithms, searching, and things like that — all that stuff happened after that.”
ANTIC Interview 143 - Bob Stahl, Atari receiving inspection and software qualityMar 10, 2016 47:37
Bob Stahl, Atari receiving inspection and software quality
Bob Stahl worked in the Atari home computer division, where he was the senior technician in the receiving inspection department, doing first article inspection. (He explains what that means in the interview.) He then moved to software quality engineering, testing produced software to make sure it looked right and worked correctly. Later, he was hired by Atari's coin-op division to do receiving inspection for that company. He also ran an Atari BBS called Modem Magazine.
In this interview we discuss Cassie Maas, whom I previously interviewed. This interview took place on November 1, 2015.
"Biggest problem we had, of course, was the cassette tapes in the early days losing data ... Huge dropouts in the data stream, looking at the status signal through an oscilloscope. But we never found out exactly why, and you know that technology went away really quick."
"I took a 300 baud acoustic modem and a Mr. Microphone on one computer, and a stereo and a 300 baud acoustic modem on another, and we would send files from one corner of the garage to the other using FM frequencies over the airwaves."
Modem Magazine BBS in Antic magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v3n5/communications.html
ANTIC Interview 142 - Clayton Walnum, A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing and ST-LogMar 8, 2016 30:19
Clayton Walnum, A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing and ST-Log
Clayton Walnum was writer and editor at A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing and ST-Log magazines. He started out as technical editor at A.N.A.L.O.G., and was eventually executive editor of both magazines. Clayton wrote the C-manship column - an ongoing tutorial on the C programming language - as well as many, many other articles.
This interview took place on November 8, 2015. In the interview we talk about Lee Pappas, whom I previously interviewed.
“The first day, he pointed out my desk and it was like a foot deep in submissions that they hadn’t gotten to yet. So my first job was to go through all of those submissions and find the stuff that looked interesting, and see what we might want to buy for the magazine.”
“At that point on the masthead I was listed as executive editor. I was pretty much single-handedly producing both A.N.A.L.O.G. and ST-Log.”
Clayton’s articles in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing: http://www.atarimagazines.com/analog/index/index.php?author=Clayton+Walnum
Clayton’s articles in Start magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/st-log/index/index.php?author=Clayton+Walnum
AtariMania’s list of Clayton’s games: http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-walnum-clayton_team_1376_8_G.html
ANTIC Interview 141 - Bob Polin, Blue MaxMar 6, 2016 22:56
Bob Polin, Blue Max
Bob Polin was the programmer of Blue Max and Blue Max 2001 — both published by Synapse Software, and co-creator of Puzzle Panic with Ken Uston. He also wrote the game "Maxter Mind" which was published by Antic magazine.
This interview took place on February 15, 2016. In it, we discuss Ihor Wolosenko, whom I previously interviewed.
After we did this interview, Bob sent me the floppy disks containing the source code for Blue Max, which I was able to recover. There's a link to the source code in the show notes.
"I literally — when I do a game it's very, very intense where I day in and day out do it. I just burnt out, did nothing for a few years."
Blue Max source code: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/249933-blue-max-source-code-for-you/
AtariMania's list of Bob's games: http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-polin-bob_team_1070_8_G.html
Maxter Mind: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n7/MaxterMind.html
InfoWorld review of Blue Max: https://books.google.com/books?id=uy8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA71#v=onepage
ANTIC Interview 140 - Steve Hales: Slime, Dimension X, Fort ApocalypseMar 4, 2016 01:18:57
Steve Hales: Slime, Dimension X, Fort Apocalypse
Steve Hales published several games with Synapse Software: Slime, Dimension X, Fort Apocalypse, and Mindwheel. His first job was reverse engineering the Atari 2600 to create the Starpath Supercharger. His game for that platform was Suicide Mission, an Asteroids clone.
This interview took place on October 21, 2015. In it we discuss Ihor Wolosenko and Cathryn Mataga, whom I previously interviewed; and Mike Potter and Bob Polin, whose interviews are forthcoming.
Steve has released the source code for Fort Apocalypse. He and I talked about the possibility of also releasing the code for his other games. In March 2016 he emailed me, "I did a deep look into my archives, and didn’t find anything useful. I have one more place to look, but its not near me at all, so it will take a few months to look." However, he does have Mindwheel running on a web site at http://mindwheelgame.com and his more modern game, Squirrel Warz for iOS, is available at http://www.squirrelwarz.com. Check the show notes for those links as well as links to Steve's other projects.
Our interview starts with us talking about the recovery and scanning of the Star Raiders source code. Although he didn't create Star Raiders, Steve is the person who found the source code printout for Star Raiders in his files, and lent it to me to scan.
"[Dimension X] didn't really come out that well. It was actually my first lesson in a failure of something that was fun."
"Solo developers of the time, their games were sometimes pretty great but sometimes mostly not. Electronic Arts brought, because of what Trip Hawkins learned, he brought the Hollywood studio system to the games industry."
Steve's web site: http://www.igorlabs.com
Steve's SquirrelWarz game for iOS: http://www.squirrelwarz.com
Steve on Twitter: http://twitter.com/heyigor
AtariMania's list of Steve's games: http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-hales-steve_team_530_8_G.html
Halcyon Days interview with Steve: http://www.dadgum.com/halcyon/BOOK/HALES.HTM
Fort Apocalypse Source Code: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/239792-fort-apocalypse-source-code-is-out/
Star Raiders source code: https://archive.org/details/AtariStarRaidersSourceCode
ANTIC Interview 139 - Glenn Faden, MicrosailingMar 2, 2016 12:27
Glenn Faden, Microsailing
Glenn Faden published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: Microsailing, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. Microsailing first appeared in the Spring 1983 APX catalog.
This interview took place on January 27, 2016.
“I got a lot of interesting feedback. One of the comments that I got back from people was that it was too difficult.”
ANTIC Interview 138 - Surfer Bob, Warez SysopFeb 29, 2016 42:27
Surfer Bob, Warez Sysop
"Surfer Bob", real first name Carlos, ran The Pipeline BBS, an Atari bulletin board system that offered warez for download -- pirated software.
This interview took place on January 28, 2016.
"He didn't have anybody to back him up but he had a stun gun ... he had that in his pocket, and he walked up to Shlomo and grabbed him ... took out the stun gun and just, like, sparked it in his face."
ANTIC Interview 137 - David Stoutemyer, The Soft WarehouseFeb 27, 2016 21:13
David Stoutemyer, The Soft Warehouse
David Stoutemyer was co-founder of The Soft Warehouse, a company that specialized in mathematics software for several computer platforms. The company published three programs through Atari Program Exchange. Algicalc and Polycalc first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog for $22.95 each. Algicalc was described as a "valuable tool for students and teachers of algebra and calculus and for professionals who want a quick way to perform operations in symbolic algebra and calculus." It won third price in the education category in that catalog.
Polycalc was described as "a computational tool for performing symbolic algebra and calculus operations. It differs from ALGICALC in that POLYCALC supports polynomials that are generalized to permit fractional and negative powers of variables, and the program can use many unassigned variables, whereas ALGICALC can use only one. However, POLYCALC is essentially a polynomial system rather than a rational expression system."
Their third Atari program was Calculus Demon, which was first available in the fall 1982 catalog. It also cost $22.95, and was described as "a comprehensive tool for automatically deriving symbolic partial derivatives and indefinite integrals of expressions."
This interview took place on January 29, 2016.
Ways to implement computer algebra compactly by David Stoutemyer: http://www.sigsam.org/bulletin/articles/178/stoutemyer.pdf
International Derive User Group: http://www.austromath.at/dug/
ANTIC Interview 136 - David Crane, Pitfall!, Atari 400/800 OSFeb 25, 2016 47:49
David Crane, Pitfall! and Atari 400/800 OS
David Crane started his programming career at Atari, making games for the Atari 2600. He also worked on the operating system for the Atari 800 computer, as well as the games Outlaw and Howitzer, which were sold through APX. David left Atari in 1979 and co-founded Activision, along with Alan Miller, Jim Levy, Bob Whitehead, and Larry Kaplan. While at Activision, he was best known as the designer of Pitfall!
This interview took place October 23, 2015
“Meet David Crane: Video Games Guru”, HI-RES Vol. 1, No. 2 / January 1984 / page 46 - http://www.atarimagazines.com/hi-res/v1n2/davidcrane.php
David Crane Interview at Good Deal Games - http://www.gooddealgames.com/interviews/int_David_Crane.html
PRGE 2015 - David Crane (Activision) - Portland Retro Gaming Expo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbinkHyWde8
ANTIC Interview 135 - Bill Rice, HYSYSFeb 23, 2016 22:58
Bill Rice, HYSYS
Bill Rice published one program in the Atari Program Exchange catalog: HYSYS, or Hydraulic Program. It was a tool that did calculations for sizing hydraulic systems and components. HYSYS first appeared winter 1982 APX catalog.
This interview took place on January 27, 2016
"So you can imagine with something like a hydraulic program, they're like 'No we've got our scientific calculators and we look really cool punching in these numbers. We're not going to get a home computer and do that.'"
ANTIC Episode 30 - Robots Have Taken Over!Feb 21, 2016 01:10:29
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: I cause a robot invasion in Portland, Bill Kendrick goes ultra-mega-retro gaming with Game ‘N Watch inspired games for the Atari, Randy wraps up the retrochallenge, and we still manage to keep the podcast under 3h 21m.
What we’ve been up to“The Atari Book Volume 2” - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BKS5SHU/?tag=ataripodcast-20 BASIC Tenliners Contest 2016 - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/247971-basic-tenliners-contest-2016/ Axlon Andy Robot, ANTIC VOL. 3, NO. 12 / APRIL 1985 - http://www.atarimagazines.com/v3n12/profiles.html
Interview DiscussionLuis Baeza transcribed Glenn the 5200 man - http://computingpioneers.com/index.php/Glenn_The_5200_Man
NewsAtari SuperBowl Ads (article) Atari SuperBowl Ads (video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iuh58zxuMk Usborne releases 80’s computer books Star Raiders II source code (multiple versions) - https://archive.org/details/StarRaidersII_Wilmunder Star Raiders II Design Docs Star Raiders II Program Notes Atari 1050 2.5" Hard Drive Case by xlrone - Thingiverse - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1310706 Atari 1050 SD Card reader - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:625606 Omnivore Omnivore Blog - http://playermissile.com/omnivore/ Wade created a new map for Getaway using it - http://playermissile.com/blog/ Atari Vault brings over 100 classic arcade games to Steam in Spring 2016 Rainbow Walker Ported to 5200 PC Mag - The Golden Age of Atari Home Computers by Benj Edwards Season 13 of the 8-bit Atari High Score Club on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/forum/60-8-bit-high-score-club/ Atari Board - http://atari.boards.net/ The Strong Museum Acquires Collection of Atari Design Materials Bomber Deluxe edition - http://www.proc-atari.de RetroChallenge - http://www.wickensonline.co.uk/retrochallenge-2012sc/ Upcoming Shows: VCF Southeast 4.0 - April 2 & 3 2016, Roswell, GA - http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-southeast-4-0/ VCF East - April 15-17, 2016, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ - http://www.vintagecomputerfederation.org/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/ KansasFest - July 19-24, 2016, Kansas City, MO - https://www.kansasfest.org VCF West - August 6-7, Mountain View, CA - http://www.vintagecomputerfederation.org/uncategorized/vcf-west-is-back/ Chicago CoCoFest - April 23-24 - http://www.glensideccc.com/cocofest/
New at Archive.orgAPX Correspondence - https://archive.org/details/APX_Programmer_Correspondence An Introduction to Selling the Atari 400 Computer System - https://archive.org/details/AnIntroductionToSellingTheAtari400ComputerSystem
Bill’s Modern SegmentArSoft Corporation - http://www.arsoft.netstrefa.pl/ Interview with Arkadiusz "Larek" Lubaszka - http://www.retronagazie.eu/wywiad-arkadiusz-larek-lubaszka/ Game & Watch Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_%26_Watch Nintendo Wikia entry - http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/Game_%26_Watch Super Mario Wiki entry - http://www.mariowiki.com/Game_%26_Watch Gunpei Yokoi @ Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpei_Yokoi Octopus Official page: http://www.arsoft.netstrefa.pl/programy.htm#octopus YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9nC6vzJSZk Nintendo Wikia entry for original: http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/Octopus Super Mario Wiki entry for original - http://www.mariowiki.com/Octopus_(Game_%26_Watch) Parachute 2011 Official page: http://www.arsoft.netstrefa.pl/programy.htm#parachute2011 Atarimania: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-parachute-2011_27759.html Nintendo Wikia entry for original: http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/Parachute Super Mario Wiki entry for original: http://www.mariowiki.com/Parachute
FeedbackReverse-engineered, extensively documented assembly language source code of STAR RAIDERS directly from the binary file of the ROM cartridge by Lorenz Wiest - http://github.com/lwiest/StarRaiders
ANTIC Interview 134 - Jerry Falkenhan, Finance SoftwareFeb 20, 2016 50:27
Jerry Falkenhan, Finance Software
Jerry Falkenhan had three programs published by Atari Program Exchange: Family Cash Flow, Family Budget, and Family Vehicle Expense. Atari bought Family Cash Flow and Family Budget and packaged them as an Atari-branded product, Family Finances.
This interview took place on January 26, 2016.
"I get my first royalty check. I'll never forget: $35,000. I go down to Wells Fargo and they wouldn't cash the darn thing."
Picture of Jerry during our Skype session: http://i.imgur.com/5y2yFMc.png
Inverse ATASCII podcast on Atari Family Finances:
Inverse ATASCII podcast on Family Vehicle Expense:
ANTIC Interview 133 - Bill Louden, CompuServe and GEnieFeb 18, 2016 57:05
Bill Louden, CompuServe and GEnie
Bill Louden was part of the team that built CompuServe, the first consumer online service, where he was director of the computing, games, entertainment, e-mail, chat, and forum products. He went on to be the founder of the GEnie online service (General Electric Network for Information Exchange.)
This interview took place October 15, 2015.
"You know, we expected at CompuServe customers to spend $10 to $15 a month. ... We never expected people to come online and spend $1,200, $2,000 a month playing MegaWars."
"We're there to serve the customer so I want [a name] that sort of embodies a service configuration, and it's magical. It's something new. And the best name they came up with was Albert, for Albert Einstein. This cost me $50,000. I literally came home from that meeting crying."
ANTIC Interview 132 - Jerry Jewell, co-founder of Sirius SoftwareFeb 16, 2016 51:33
Jerry Jewell, co-founder of Sirius Software
Jerry Jewell was co-founder of Sirius Software. Sirius published many Atari titles including Alpha Shield, Capture the Flag, Fast Eddie, Gruds in Space, Sneakers, Wavy Navy, and Wayout. The company was probably best known in the Apple ][ world, but also published software for the Commodore and other platforms - more than 160 titles in all.
This interview took place October 15, 2015.
"In the latter days it got down to where a game would sell for two weeks, three weeks, and then it would die."
"It was like the boys hadn't discovered girls yet and my job was to keep them from doing that ... Whatever it took to keep these guys off the streets and away from alcohol and women, it would keep them busy, you know? Keep them programming."
On-Line and Sirius Finalize Merge Plans: https://books.google.com/books?id=Hj0EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA6
AtariMania's list of Sirius software for Atari: http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-sirius-software_publisher_1418_8_G.html
ANTIC Interview 131 - Bob Polaro, Atari ProgrammerFeb 15, 2016 23:44
Bob Polaro was an Atari employee from 1978 through 1984, where he wrote several programs for Atari Program Exchange — very early programs in the APX catalog: Lemonade, Mugwump, Preschool Games, Reversi, Space Trek, and Dice Poker. He also wrote the States & Capitals and European Countries & Capitals educational programs for the Atari computers, both published by Atari. He programmed several games for the Atari 2600, including Defender and RealSports Volleyball.
This interview took place on January 22, 2016.
“At that time they were starting to request that we put in easter eggs, which kind of took the whole idea away. It was supposed to be hidden, and yet, it ended up being part of the design at some point.”
Bob’s web site: http://www.polaro.com
Lemonade in Antic magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v4n6/lemonade.html
ANTIC Interview 130 - Dave Pratt, founder of Digital Vision (ComputerEyes)Feb 12, 2016 44:40
Dave Pratt, founder of Digital Vision (ComputerEyes)
Dave Pratt was founder of Digital Vision, the company that made ComputerEyes for the Apple //, Commodore 64, and Atari 8-bit computers. ComputerEyes was a slow-scan video digitizer that plugged into the joystick port (on the Atari version). You'd connect a video camera or VCR into the ComputerEyes box, and software on your computer would create a black-and-white or greyscale version of the image on the computer screen.
This interview took place October 12, 2015. After we did this interview, Dave set up a nice web site with a history of Digital Vision and photographs of the early products, at www.Digital-Vision-Inc.com.
"Even just running tight machine language loops, it barely could keep up with that kind of rate pulling samples from the scan lines."
"That same signature from the very first scan -- literally the very first scan that was done by the prototype initial product -- literally, that same image was used to sign the company's checks for half a dozen years."
Digital Vision History site: http://www.Digital-Vision-Inc.com
Dave’s personal web site: http://www.dvpratt.com
Antic magazine review of ComputerEyes: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v4n8/VideoStar.html
ComputerEyes in Creative Computing magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/creative/v11n7/70_Choosing_an_image_process.php
ANTIC Interview 129 - Thomas Hudson, Atari sales trainerFeb 10, 2016 01:00:39
Thomas Hudson, Atari sales trainer
Thomas Hudson was a trainer for Atari, where he taught computer store owners and others about the Atari 8-bit computer line, and attended trade shows to show off Atari's computer products. Later he became a product manager for three products: light pen, touch tablet, and mouse.
In this interview we discuss Andrew Soderberg, whom I previously interviewed.
This interview took place on January 21, 2016.
"And one was this little device that you plugged into the thing, and you moved it around to control the cursor. And he said "I don't know what this mouse thing is, but nobody is ever going to use a mouse on a computer.'"
"He called me up at work, and in the unmistakable voice said, 'Tom, this is Alan Alda. I've run into a little problem, and I think you're the only person that can help me. ... I've got a bunch of friends coming over tonight, I wanted to show this program off to them...'"
Tom's web site: http://thehudsons.com/tom-and-patty/
Tom Swift fan fiction: http://tomswiftfanfiction.thehudsons.com/TS-Yahoo/author-TH.html
ANTIC Interview 128 - Roger Hector, Atari’s Advanced Products GroupFeb 8, 2016 44:29
Roger Hector, Atari’s Advanced Products Group
Roger Hector started at Atari back in 1976. As a creative designer, he was originally hired by Pete Takaishi (Industrial Design Manager), before working in the Art Department, and then finally for Al Alcorn. He managed Atari's Advanced Products Group and helped create the Cosmos system before leaving to co-found Videa with Howard Delman and Ed Rotberg.
This interview took place September 17, 2015.
Teaser Quotes:“There’s a LOT of interesting stories!” “There was an old saying around there, somewhat cynical, but they said ‘hey, we could make money faster than we can piss it away’” “I think Atari was a place that deserved your fandom.”
Links:Roger Hector interview for Gamasutra - http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3672/a_veteran_with_character_roger_.php?print=1 Roger Hector interview for 2600 Connection - http://www.2600connection.com/interviews/roger_hector/interview_roger_hector.html TopTrack Mobile App for Musicians developed by Roger - www.toptrackartist.com
ANTIC Interview 127 - Bob C., Software PirateFeb 6, 2016 46:19
Bob C., Software Pirate
Bob C. was an Atari software pirate in New York who went by the moniker The Missing Link.
This interview took place on January 19, 2016.
"It's all I wanted to do. I skipped going on vacation with my parents because I wouldn't be able to dial into these bulletin boards and see what was going on and leave messages to my friends. It just got, got like a drug."
"Sometimes I say, 'Jesus, that ate up a lost of my life, what the hell was I thinking?' But, they were such fun times."
ANTIC Interview 126 - Peter Langston, LucasArtsFeb 4, 2016 01:05:19
Peter Langston, LucasArts
Peter Langston was a founding employee at the game development company LucasArts, part of the team that created the Atari 8-bit games Ballblazer and Rescue on Fractalus. Peter composed Song Of The Grid, the memorable theme to Ballblazer. He also created the classic mainframe game Empire, and Oracle, the precursor to the Usenet Oracle (now called Internet Oracle.) Check his web site at langston.com for an interesting collection of papers, scans of LucasArts articles, and related material.
This interview took place on January 16, 2016.
"I remember at one point, some magazine said that LucasFilm has the ... best computer graphics in the game industry. And Alvy Ray Smith said that the games industry had the worst computer graphics that LucasFilm had ever done."
Peter's Web site: http://langston.com/LFGames/
Internet Oracle: http://internetoracle.org
Empire on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_Classic
Peter Langston on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Langston
ANTIC Interview 125 - Tom Harker, ICDFeb 2, 2016 47:41
Tom Harker, ICD
Tom Harker was co-founder of ICD, a company that created many popular add-ons for the Atari 8-bit computers including P:R: Connection, U.S. Doubler, and SpartaDOS. Later, they created several upgrades for the Atari ST and Amiga computers, and the CatBox networking hardware for the Atari Jaguar.
According to a 1987 article in Antic magazine, "Tom Harker started ICD in his basement in Rockford, Illinois, with Mike Gustafson, who then lived in Minneapolis. The company was incorporated in 1984, with Harker as president and Gustafson as vice president in charge of development."
This interview took place on January 19, 2016.
“It started out, when we did the U.S. Doublers, I was assembling all of those myself and we were baking them in our oven. We potted them in epoxy so people wouldn’t copy it. ... I remember baking them to cure the epoxy in my oven. My wife loved it.”
Tom’s ICD memorial site: http://www.icd.com
Antic Magazine article about ICD: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v5n12/ICD.html
ANTIC Interview 124 - Jerry White, Atari author and programmerFeb 1, 2016 50:24
Jerry White, Atari author and programmer
Jerry White was a prolific Atari software developer and writer. He published Player Piano, Bowler's Database, and other software for Atari Program Exchange. He wrote Poker S.A.M. and Chaterbee, two talking programs distributed by Don't Ask Software. He was co-author of the book The Atari User’s Encyclopedia, and wrote dozens of articles for Antic, A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing, Compute! and other magazines. He wrote two lessons in the Tricky Tutorial series, and was the founder of the Professional Atari Programmers Information Exchange (PAPIE).
This interview took place on January 1, 2016.
"Believe it or not, I think I got to like 30 things on the market at one time. I was really hellbelt on quantity rather than shoot-em-up games, because I didn't want to really spend my time trying to develop another game."
"My income from the Atari stuff was more than I was making [at my day job.] So I retired from the job I was doing so I could develop software 24 hours a day, and yeah - I was an addict."
ANTIC Interview 123 - Steve DeFrisco, Wing War, H.E.R.O.Jan 31, 2016 41:16
Steve Defrisco, H.E.R.O., Wing War
Hello and welcome to Antic, The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast. My name is Randy Kindig. This is another in the continuing series of Atari 8-bit related interviews. This time, we talk to a former game developer for the Atari 8-bits, Mr. Steve DeFrisco. Steve worked for Imagic and Activision, working on porting such titles as H.E.R.O. (Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation) and Wing War as well as developing software for the Intellivision and Atari 2600. He also is the man doing the juggling in an Imagic video from 1983; link provided in the show notes.
“The next Spring, when my first game Tropical Trouble was done, was when Atari announced their big loss. So, I put kind of a kibosh on the whole being a millionaire before I was 20.”
Steve in Imagic Video (he’s the one doing the juggling for a few seconds beginning about 1:17 in) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3x6Idp8oT0
Steve’s Web Site - http://www.stevedefrisco.com
ANTIC Interview 122 - Thomas Newton, Basic/XA and Keypad ControllerJan 29, 2016 11:17
Thomas Newton, Basic/XA and Keypad Controller
Thomas Newton, published two programs with Atari Program Exchange: Keypad Controller, software for reading the keypad game controllers from BASIC; and BASIC/XA, a set of add-ons for Atari BASIC programmers.
This interview took place December 11, 2015.
ANTIC Interview 121 - Arlan Levitan, writerJan 27, 2016 01:09:18
Arlan Levitan, writer
Arlan Levitan wrote for many computer magazines including Creative Computing and Compute!, where he wrote the Telecomputing Today and Levitations columns. He helped design the menu system and feature set of the AMIS bulletin board system, and hosted the first AMIS BBS at his house. He was heavily involved with MACE, the Michigan Atari Computer Enthusiast user group, and wrote the book The User's Guide to Atari 400, 800, 1200XL Computers, Software & Peripherals.
This interview took place on December 10, 2015.
"They [Atari] were either, depending on how you want to look at it, very generous or very foolish with their money."
"It's not so much about the hardware, I think, as the people."
Arlan's articles in Compute!: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/index/index.php?author=Arlan+R.+Levitan
ANTIC Interview 120 - Sandy Dwiggins, AtariLab manualsJan 25, 2016 30:59
Sandy Dwiggins, AtariLab manuals
Sandy Dwiggins wrote the manuals for AtariLab - both the light and temperature modules - while she was an adjunct professor at Dickinson College, teaching Film Studies. She worked closely with Priscilla Laws, whom I previously interviewed.
This interview took place on October 14, 2015.
“She [Priscilla Laws] found these two programmers who only came out at night and were barefoot all the time ... they didn’t take showers, they didn’t take baths, they didn’t do anything except sit in their nest.”
AtariLab starter set/temperature module manual: http://www.atarimania.com/documents/AtariLab_Starter_Set.pdf
AtariLab light module manual: http://www.atarimania.com/documents/AtariLab_Light_Module.pdf
ANTIC Interview 119 - Andrew Soderberg, Atari Product ManagerJan 22, 2016 44:39
Andrew Soderberg, Atari Product Manager
Andrew Soderberg was a product manager at Atari from 1980 through August 1983. He oversaw projects including the XL line of computers, and De Re Atari. He was also production manager for several of Atari's TV commercials, one of which won a Clio award. He was a member of the team that build the first computer/laserdisc interactive kiosks for use in retail.
In this interview we discuss Tandy Trower, whom I previously interviewed.
This interview took place on November 18, 2015.
“So here I am, 21 years of age, in New York City, being put up in the junior suite of the Plaza, for a week. It’s all been downhill ever since!”
Andrew’s web site: https://about.me/AndrewSoderberg
Conversational French commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXZN9o7qlWU
ANTIC Interview 118 - Mike West, PirateJan 20, 2016 30:11
Mike West, Pirate
Mike West was an east coast software pirate who went by the handle “Jolly Roger.” He was — and still is — friends with Gary Walton, whom I previously interviewed.
This interview took place on October 9, 2015.
“The whole thing was kind of bizarre. It’s like, on one side of their moth they would scream about piracy. On the other side of their mouth they would kind of — I don’t know, promote it in some way. It was very weird.”
“Piracy did not kill Atari. Atari killed Atari.”
ANTIC Episode 29 - Turtle-y GoodnessJan 18, 2016 01:34:09
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: We explore the possibilities of new Atari software and hardware mods (yea faster Star Raiders explosions); and Randy delves into the turtle-y goodness of Atari Logo. Trigger warning: there may be some Amiga lust and gentle Apple // bashing in this episode.
What we’ve been up to“The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga (Platform Studies)” - Jimmy Maher, The MIT Press - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0262017202/?tag=ataripodcast-20
NewsBrad Fuller Interview on Antic RetroChallenge - http://www.wickensonline.co.uk/retrochallenge-2012sc/ Mr. Atari releases new game called Lost In Space Fujiology Archive V2.1 – Biggest Atari Demoscene archive New Years Disk 2016 Listen to the Antic podcast on your Android device with a new app (by Trevor Holyoak) at Google Play New Racing Game ‘E-Type’ – From 1990 BBC Micro to 2015 Atari 8-bit , http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7249 OpenEmu 2.0 brings your old Nintendo, Sonic and Sega games on OS X - News4C, http://openemu.org/ Atari 800 Raspberry Pi 2 case by Tim Klus - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1237748 Atari XL Parallel Bus cover - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1241053 Ultimate Atari Video upgrade by Bryan Edewaard Super SpartaDOS cartridges, http://www.bitsofthepast.com/ Phaeron Star Raiders explosion upgrade Explosion Upgrade Explanation here Upcoming Shows: VCF Southeast 4.0 - April 2 & 3 2016, Roswell, GA VCF East - April 15-17, 2016 - InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ KansasFest - July 19-24, 2016 - https://www.kansasfest.org BASIC 10-liner contest rules - http://gkanold.wix.com/homeputerium#!basic-tenliners-2016/c450 BASIC 10-liner contest discussion - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/247971-basic-tenliners-contest-2016/
New at Archive.orgmany new issues of Personal Computing Magazine - https://archive.org/details/personalcomputingmagazine?sort=-publicdate
Of the MonthAtari 800 Best Game Pack - http://atari800.tistory.com/
Programming Languages Segment (Atari Logo)PILOT YOUR ATARI, ATARI LOGO LOOKING GOOD, New language joins Turtle tuss by Ken Harms, ANTIC VOL. 2, NO. 6 / SEPTEMBER 1983 - http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n6/logo.html Atari Logo at AtariMania - http://www.atarimania.com/utility-atari-400-800-xl-xe-atari-logo_15782.html Logo video with Alan Alda at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BENdNkoZwb8 Atari Logo Demonstration at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGHs_4vwGWU About Logo - Logo Used in a School - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nisFUjnO87g Atari Cambridge Research - Logo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR2CwKculBU Atari Logo at Atari Wiki - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=Logo “LogoWorks: Challenging Programs in Logo”, edited by Cynthia Solomon, Margaret Minsky and Brian Harvey - https://logoworks.wikispaces.com/
ClosingEND OF SHOW MUSIC — Music from Lulu, Russ Wetmore’s heretofore-lost, unfinished game - Russ Wetmore - Lulu - Atari 800 - YouTube
ANTIC Interview 117 - Landon Dyer, Donkey Kong and Super Pac ManJan 15, 2016 01:03:01
Landon Dyer, Donkey Kong and Super Pac Man
Landon Dyer started as a software engineer in the Atari home computer division in 1982, where he specialized in converting arcade games to the Atari 8-bits. There, he programmed the Atari 400/800 versions of Donkey Kong, and Super Pac Man — which was never officially released by Atari (but has been widely available for many years.) After the Tramiels bought Atari, he worked on the Atari ST, including BIOS boot code and the floppy disk driver. Landon’s blog, at DadHacker.com, has many interesting posts about his Atari days.
This interview took place December 9, 2015.
“In many ways, Atari marketing was completely divorced from the process of making games. They didn’t understand what programmers did, they didn’t understand what manufacturing cycles were.”
“To get ROMs made inside of Atari you had to go through a mastering lab. So basically you’d hand a couple of guys disks. They would disappear into their lab, smoke some dope, and come out with ROMs. And often, keep the disks.”
Landon's web site: http://www.dadhacker.com/blog/?p=987
ANTIC Interview 116 - Tom Briscoe, APX Software EvaluatorJan 13, 2016 18:23
Tom Briscoe, APX Software Evaluator
Tom Briscoe worked at Atari as an intern in the summer of 1981, where he evaluated the user-written software that had been submitted to Atari Program Exchange.
This interview took place on September 26, 2015.
“Hangman was sort of the obvious game for people to submit, and if I recall the obvious business application was the personal finance and record keeping ... budget programs.”
ANTIC Interview 115 - Bob Brass and Peter D’Amato, Cauzin SoftstripJan 11, 2016 49:42
Bob Brass and Peter D’Amato, Cauzin Softstrip
If you read certain computer magazines from the early days of microcomputers — magazines like Byte, Family Computing, II Computing and InCider — you might see long, black-and-white strips of bar codes. Those are computer programs encoded for use with the Cauzin Softstrip reader.
Introduced in 1985, the Cauzin Softstrip was a hardware peripheral that attached to your Apple //, Macintosh, or IBM computer (there was no Atari version.) It optically read the printed two-dimensional bar codes, which were published in those magazines and in books - allowing you to quickly input data - for instance, inputting programs without having to laboriously type them in.
This interview is with two of the people at that company: Bob Brass was co-founder of Cauzin (along with Dr. Jack Goldman, who has passed away), and Peter D’Amato, who was Manager of OEM and VAR Support at Cauzin from 1984 through 1988.
This interview took place on October 5, 2015.
“I remember being stumped. How are we going to get something with gears to move 1/100 of a degree? It just won’t happen because the slop in a gear would exceed that. ... I said, ‘That’s it. We’re going to have a spiral gear, and we’ll have the equivalent of a phonograph arm and it will track to a hundredth of a degree without a problem.’”
Softstrip information: http://www.softstrip.info
Scans and documentation at Apple2Scans.net http://www.apple2scans.net/2015/12/20/cauzin-softstrip-reader-manuals-software-etc/
1985 NY Times article about Cauzin: http://www.nytimes.com/1985/10/15/science/personal-computers-supermarket-bar-codes-are-applied-to-software.html
ANTIC Interview 114 - Jim Inscore, Atari Documentation ManagerJan 9, 2016 20:44
Jim Inscore, Documentation Manager
Jim Inscore was hired at Atari in 1981 as a writer in the marketing department, then became documentation manager, where he managed writers and production staff to produce technical and consumer documentation for Atari computer hardware and software.
This interview took place on December 9, 2015.
“A process where ... 12 different design firms came in and did 12 different versions of the packaging. Those of us who had been around for a while were just kinda sitting back and going ‘What is going on here? I don’t understand any of this.’”
ANTIC Interview 113 - Russ Wetmore, Preppie!, Sea Dragon, HomepakJan 5, 2016 58:08
Russ Wetmore: Preppie!, Sea Dragon, Homepak
Russ Wetmore started at Adventure International, where he worked with Scott Adams on Savage Island Part II. He then went on to program Preppie!, Preppie! II, and Sea Dragon - all of which were published by Adventure International - and Homepak business software, which was published by Batteries Included.
This interview took place on September 24, 2015, and then a little bit more on January 4, 2016.
After the main interview took place, Russ sent me the source code for Preppie!, Preppie! II, and Sea Dragon, plus an demonstration disk of an unfinished Atari game called Lulu. I successfully archived all of those disks and have posted them to archive.org. I also made a YouTube video of the Lulu demo. Links are below.
“I actually only spent about 18 months writing those three games, and I probably would have done them in much sooner time, but I was 23 and lazy.”
ANTIC Interview 112 - Paul Lewandowski, APX PuzzlerJan 2, 2016 17:51
Paul Lewandowski, APX Puzzler
Paul Lewandowski was in high school when he wrote Puzzler, which was published by Atari Program Exchange and won the Atari Star Award in fall 1983: first prize in the learning category.
Puzzler is a game that shows you a picture on the screen, chops it into equally sized squares, and scrambles them. Then, the player uses the joystick to try to put the picture back together - like one of those plastic puzzles where you slide numbers around to put them in order. Puzzler had three difficulty levels: 4x4 was easy, 8x8 was hard, and 10x10 was “insane”.
This interview took place on December 9, 2015
“The whole thing was such a great idea ... having users write programs. It was so ahead of its time.”
ANTIC Interview 111 - Clinton Parker, Action!Dec 31, 2015 57:53
Clinton Parker, Action!
Welcome to this special interview edition of Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast. All of our interviews are special in some way and we appreciate the time that the interviewees donate to the Atari 8-bit community at large. This interview is a much-anticipated one due to the beloved nature of the software provided by the interviewee and due to the fact that the he has been away from the Atari 8-bit community for some time. The software I’m talking about is the Action! programming language and the author is Clinton Parker. Action! was released in 1983 by Optimized Systems Software (better known as OSS). It quickly became one of the favorite programming languages ever produced for the Atari 8-bits and was used in the development of some commercial products. The 6502 source code for Action! was made available under the GNU General Public License by the author in 2015.
This interview took place on September 6, 2015 via Skype.
“It was an opportunity for me having a platform, which is what the Atari was to me. It provided a platform where I could sit down and literally design a language that I liked and that had the features I liked.”
“It was selling well enough that I was able to for several years to pretty much make a living off the royalties of the sales of it.”
Action! Review in ANALOG - http://www.cyberroach.com/analog/an16/action.htm
HI-RES VOL. 1, NO. 4 / MAY/JUNE 1984 / PAGE 72 - http://www.atarimagazines.com/hi-res/v1n4/action.php
Action! at SourceForge - http://sourceforge.net/projects/atari-action/
Action! Source at Archive.org - https://archive.org/details/ActionVersion36_SourceCode
ANTIC Interview 110 - Peter Meyer, Tempest, Venture, Delta Space ArenaDec 29, 2015 32:55
Peter J. Meyer - Tempest Xtreem, Venture, Delta Space Arena
The intro music to this episode is the tune “Mind’s Eye” from the Atari XL/XE version of Tempest Xtreem; composed by Sal KJMANN Esquivel. Our guest for this interview is the author of Tempest Xtreem, as well as Delta Space Arena and Venture for the Atari 8-bits, Mr. Peter J. Meyer. Peter has done a great job of developing game software for the Atari in the modern era and continues to develop additional software. His software is available at Video 61 and Atari Sales, run by Lance Ringquist. Please enjoy the interview and let Peter know you appreciate the work he continues to do for the Atari 8-bits.
“I was on my Atari and my friends brought over this Nintendo system and they said ‘Oh, your Atari will never be able to do anything like this!’”
Video 61 and Atari Sales - http://members.tcq.net/video61/main.html
Delta Space Arena at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW_9myJ2Cu0
Tempest Xtreem Music (Mind’s Eye) by Sal Esquivel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq3XaGBPc60
Tempest Xtreem at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbpN4cMnQrw
Download of Tempest Xtreem - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-tempest-xtreem_23225.html
Venture at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hpmD5LQcoE
Antic Episode 26 with Bill’s Modern Segment on Tempest, Venture, Delta Space Arena - http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-episode-26-100-episodes-and-counting
ANTIC Interview 109 - Larry Reed, ChildwareDec 28, 2015 30:54
Larry Reed, Childware
Larry Reed was a programmer for Childware, where he worked on two educational games for the Atari 8-bit computers: Word Flyer and D-Bug, both of which were published by Electronic Arts.
This interview took place December 6, 2015.
"I'll tell you, working with FORTH on the Atari was great until we exceeded the memory capability of the Atari, and then it was a royal pain in the ass."
"'Anybody who thinks there is a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either.'"
ANTIC Interview 108 - Tony Nicholson & John Babinchak II, Hi-Res MagazineDec 25, 2015 31:18
Tony Nicholson and John Babinchak II, Hi-Res Magazine
In this episode, two interviews for the price of one: two people who helped create Hi-Res Magazine — the computer magazine that only published four issues. First, we’ll hear from Tony Nicholson, the publisher of Hi-Res magazine; then John Babinchak, the editor of the magazine.
Hi-Res was a short-lived magazine dedicated to Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64 computers. It was published from late 1983 to early 1984. Although they didn’t publish months on the cover, I believe the first issue would have have a cover date of November 1983. Subsequent issues would have been January 1984, March 1984, and the final issue was May 1984. Hi-Res came to the Atari magazine party late in the game, fighting against magazines with established advertiser and subscriber bases. A.N.A.L.O.G. magazine started in January 1981, and ANTIC magazine’s first issue was April 1982. Creative Computing was starting its tenth year around that time.
You can read all four issues of Hi-Res at www.atarimagazines.com/hi-res/.
The interview with Tony took place September 24, 2015, the interview with John on September 29.
ANTIC Interview 107 - Kevin Hayes, Atari Games IrelandDec 22, 2015 32:50
Kevin Hayes, Atari Games Ireland
On this interview episode, we take a trip to Ireland, and to the coin-op side of Atari. Kevin Hayes was Controller for Atari Irerland Ltd. in 1978, then became manufacturing director. Later he moved to California where he was VP of Manufacturing for Atari Games, then vice president of Operations.
This interview was recorded December 7, 2015.
"They had goats grazing on our property, and ... he killed one of their goats, he slaughtered it. ... the owner of the goat came on the property and wanted to be compensated for it."
ANTIC Episode 28 - Holiday Gift Guide, Archive.org TelethonDec 18, 2015 01:47:02
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: our annual holiday buying guide for Atari 8-bit lovers, we announce the winner of the interview transcription contest, I test all of the BBUC game contest entries, and we outright start bribing people to donate to archive.org.
What we’ve been up toKevin KansasFest 2015 Session - https://archive.org/details/Kansasfest2015SessionsHowToGetInterviews part of https://archive.org/details/kansasfest Gideon Marcus digitized many disks fromJacksonville Atari Computer Enthusiasts and Lotsabyes, put them online at http://sdfo.org/jace/ Tricky Tutorial #11 Memory Map Tricky Tutorial #6 Sound and Music
NewsBill Wilkinson has died Kevin’s 2014 interview with Bill - ANTIC Interview 7 - The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Bill Wilkinson, OSS Retro Gamer Magazine - http://www.retrogamer.net/ Project Atari 13130 Teaser (2600, 5200, 7800, 130XE and Lynx in one case) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFHLxpdGhao&feature=youtu.be also another teaser video where 10p6 shows the universal cart adapter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF9vDI1Fny8 Atariteca Mr. Atari to release new game called Lost In Space on Christmas day - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2015/12/video-publicaran-lost-in-space-en.html new game Bobby Bearing - conversion from C64 by mariuszw on AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/241972-new-game-port-bobby-bearing/ Star Raiders on GitHub - https://github.com/XioNYC/StarRaiders Star Raiders II - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb03mSdMaYc 1400XL went for sale on ebay by bob1200xl on AtariAge 1400XL discussion - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/244786-1400xl-on-ebay/ A neat infographic on some Atari Floppy drives. And it’s in both Spanish and English - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2015/11/el-mejor-disk-drive-para-atari.html PRO-PROMPT Cart +OG Disk +OG 9pin Plug + COMPU= ATARI 800XL ABBUC Software Contest Results - http://www.abbuc.de/atari/software-ressort/81-software/softwarewettbewerbe/1764-software-wettbewerb-2015 ABBUC winners at atarionline.pl - http://atarionline.pl/v01/index.php?ct=nowinki&ucat=1&subaction=showfull&id=1445715619 ABBUC software competition 2015 thread at AtariAge - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/235115-abbuc-software-competition-2015/ Vintage is the New Old - Paulo Garcia - www.vintageisthenewold.com PC World: “This Old Tech: There’s nothing like M.U.L.E. on an Atari 800 to bring a family together” by Benj Edwards - http://www.pcworld.com/article/3008912/software-games/this-old-tech-theres-nothing-like-mule-on-an-atari-800-to-bring-a-family-together.html First episode of The Atari XEGS Cart by Cart Podcast - Episode 0 - https://www.facebook.com/AtariXEGS.and.8Bit.Game.Podcast/ , http://xegs8bit.com/ Upcoming Shows: VCF Southeast 4.0 - April 2 & 3 2016, Roswell, GA VCF East - April 15-17, 2016 - InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ, 07719 - http://www.vintagecomputerfederation.org/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/
New at Archive.orgComputer Magazine Archives - https://archive.org/details/computermagazines?sort=-publicdate&and=bang Computer Manuals - https://archive.org/details/computermanuals?sort=-publicdate Atari 800 XL User's Handbook By Weber Systems Inc - https://archive.org/details/Atari800XLUsersHandbookByWeberSystemsIncSearchable Atari Explorer Magazine - https://archive.org/details/AtariExplorerOnline A collection of digitized scans from a large cache of documents related to the game publisher Infocom - https://archive.org/details/infocomcabinet
Holiday RecommendationsRainbow sticker $5.25 on eBay 800XL iPhone case, $22.91 - http://www.redbubble.com/people/binman/works/13604428-atari-800xl?p=iphone-case Glasses from MotoGlass. 10% for the next two weeks if you mention ANTIC podcast - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009331201970 Attract mode Tshirt $15.99 - https://www.etsy.com/listing/208328221/poke-77128-this-is-my-attractive-atari?ref=related_listings# 3D printed XEGS 3D printed 800XL and 1050 - https://www.etsy.com/listing/229656809/mini-atari-800xl-and-1050-disk-drive-3d?ref=shop_home_active_3 Atari 2600 RF TV Coaxial F Plug Female Adapter Home Applications and Games: for the Atari 400/800 Computer - kindle $1.99 or paper $9.99 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0934523061?keywords=timothy%20banse&qid=1449423083&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3 The Atari Book, Second Edition - https://www.imagineshop.co.uk/bookazines/the-atari-book-second-edition.html SIO2BT - bluetooth in an SIO plug by Marcin Sochacki (Montezuma) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.atari.montezuma.sio2bt, https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-191R-U_S1blpUTFBsRW1iRUE, http://atariage.com/forums/topic/241984-sio2bt-ordering-thread/ STAR RAIDER (RAIDERS) (LABEL ERROR!) - ATARI 400/800/XL/XE CARTRIDGE * V RARE *, $25 on eBay PRO(C) Magazine - up to issue #7, 1.5 or 2 euros, or T-shirts, stickers, patches - http://proc-atari.de/ Midi-maze setup: cart (Lance Ringquist, http://atarisales.com ) , Midi-Mate (Bruce Carso, B&C ComputerVisions, http://www.myatari.com ), midi cable - Approx. $80 total XL power supply from BEST that won’t die and kill your 800XL at the same time (Brad Koda, http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/ ) $20-$30 plus shipping MaxFlash cart pre-loaded from AtariMax - 8 Mbit flash cart for $40 + shipping - http://www.atarimax.com/ Edladdin controllers http://edladdin.com/Atari-2600-7800-Controllers_c2.htm
Of the MonthInternet Archive telethon coming noon Dec 19-noon Dec 20 - http://www.archive.org
Programming Languages Segmenttiny-c by OSS - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=C, http://atariage.com/forums/topic/245227-oss-tiny-c-copyright-c-1978-tiny-c-associates-1982-oss-inc/, https://archive.org/details/tiny-c_manual
ClosingYerz Myey wrote this for this year’s Glucholazy Atari Party 2015 (XL/XE MOD Compo) - https://soundcloud.com/yerzmyey/yerzmyey-mono-adventures For more micromusic/lo-fi come to: yerzmyey.i-demo.pl/ If You're interested in making digi-music for XL/XE, You can use NeoTracker by Epi; requires at least 128K - http://yerzmyey.i-demo.pl/NEO17INS.COM
ANTIC Interview 106 - Alan Ackerman, MPPDec 14, 2015 01:01:13
Alan Ackerman, MPP
Alan Ackerman co-founded Microbits Peripheral Products (MPP) with John Wiley. MPP made modems and printer interfaces for the Atari 8-bit computers. MPP also published software: Microfiler and Assault Force 3-D. The company would re-structure to become Supra, a giant in modems which became the largest hardware manufacturer for Commodore Amiga computers.
This interview took place on October 2, 2015.
“The volumes got to be insane. ... You know, at that point if we had a product we were selling 5,000 units a month, we thought that was pretty damn good.”
ANTIC Interview 105 - Alan Stratton, plant controllerDec 12, 2015 34:58
Alan Stratton, plant controller
Alan Stratton was Atari’s plant controller, managing the financial functions in the El Paso, Texas manufacturing facility. He was also involved with the infamous dumping of game cartridges in the Alamogordo, New Mexico dump.
This interview took place on October 2, 2015.
“A rumor got out that we were going to search people as thy left the floor, as they left shift. Later that evening as we went into the lavatories, the floors were littered with cartridges and PC boards that were fully functional.”
“This was all planned in advance, until the landfill opened up a brand new cut - a brand new area - so that we could be on the very, very bottom.”
“If I had an auditor come in, I’d sit him down at an Atari game console or my computer, and have him play some games. Boy that audit went sweet after that.”
ANTIC Interview 104 - Aric Wilmunder, Star Raiders II, Temple of ApshaiDec 11, 2015 01:19:48
Aric Wilmunder: Star Raiders II, Temple of Apshai
Here’s how Aric Wilmunder introduced himself to me: “When The Last Starfighter didn’t do well in the theaters and marketing re-branded the Atari 800 Last Starfighter game as Star Raiders II, they didn’t take into account that there was already an actual sequel to Star Raiders that was just a few months away from completion. I was the designer and solo engineer who worked for about a year on the project as a member of an R&D team inside Atari Coin-Op. A friend helped me copy the disk image a few years back and when I saw Steve Hales post your tweet about the source code [for Star Raiders] I thought there might be some interest.
“The game was close to being finished, but there were still parts that needed polishing like the enemy AI, so I’ve been hesitant to release it since it might be judged as a finished work. I’d hate to wait 30 years to release the game just to get a bad review.”
Aric Wilmunder started writing programs on the Exidy Sorcerer computer, then worked at Automated Simulations, writing the Atari 8-bit conversions of Star Warrior; Crush, Crumble, and Chomp; and Temple of Apshai. Next he worked at Atari’s corporate research department, where he worked on Chris Crawford’s Gossip game. Then, in the R&D department at Atari coin-op, he created Star Raiders II for the Atari 8-bit computers — a game that was never finished nor released. Later he worked at LucasFilm games, where his work included the XEGS version of Ballblazer.
This interview took place December 5, 2015.
“A music video on the Atari 800. So it was video and art being displayed on the Atari 800 that was in sync with music that was playing off of a CD.”
“[In Star Raiders] Because you’re targeting the Xylons, you’re putting them in your crosshairs, you’re actually their A.I. ... All they had to do was this very simple A.I. to move around, and the closer you track them, the more accurate they become. ... [Doug Neubauer] let the player fight themselves.”
Download Star Raiders II ATR file and documentation (click Show All): https://archive.org/details/StarRaidersII_Wilmunder
Video of unreleased, unfinished Star Raiders II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb03mSdMaYc
Aric’s web site: http://www.wilmunder.com/Arics_World/1980s.html
Custom PC Magazine article about SCUMM and interview with Aric (see page 86): http://issuu.com/duongkim/docs/custom_pc_-_2015.10
AtariAge discussion about Star Raiders II: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/246591-wilmunders-star-raiders-ii-released/
ANTIC Interview 103 - Courtney Goodin, Compu=Prompt TeleprompterDec 8, 2015 01:27:01
Courtney Goodin, Compu=Prompt teleprompter
Compu=Prompt was the first electronic, personal computer based teleprompter, which ran off of an Atari 800XL computer. It was created by Courtney Goodin, who won an Emmy award for it, for “Pioneering Development in Electronic Prompting.”
He also created the Atari graphics programs Color Print and Graphic Master, both of which were distributed by Datasoft.
This interview took place on December 4, 2015.
“This software is probably one of the most expensive pieces of software sold that ran on the Atari.”
“We sold systems to companies like IBM, we sold to JC Penney, we sold them to the Defense Intelligence Agency - the government.”
Photos of the device from the eBay listing: http://imgur.com/a/oc6S6
Antic magazine article about Color Print and Graphic Master: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n10/ComputerArt.html
ANTIC Interview 102 - Anthony Jones, Atari UKDec 6, 2015 39:48
Anthony Jones, Atari UK
Anthony Jones was general manager of Atari’s headquarters in the United Kingdom. Later he moved to the United States, where he was group product manager in the marketing arm. There he worked on the Mindlink controller, a controller for the Atari that strapped to your forehead with a headband. Later, he worked at Nolan Bushnell’s Catalyst Technologies incubator.
This interview took place on September 22, 2015.
“As opposed to a video game where it gets faster and faster as you go on the game (in the older games at least) this one was kind of the opposite: the more you relaxed, the higher your score cranked. It was quite a surreal experience.”
ANTIC Interview 101 - Forrest Mozer, Pioneer in Digitized SpeechDec 2, 2015 47:34
Forrest Mozer, Pioneer in Digitized Speech
Forrest Mozer invented and patented the first integrated circuit speech synthesizer in 1974. He licensed this technology to TeleSensory Systems, which used it in the Speech+ talking calculator. Later, National Semiconductor also licensed the technology, used for its "DigiTalker" speech synthesizer.
In 1984, Mozer founded Electronic Speech Systems to develop and market speech synthesis products. In 1994, Mozer and his son Todd, founded Sensory Circuits, Inc., now Sensory, Inc., where they developed the RSC-164 speech recognition integrated circuit. Mozer has 17 US patents in the areas of speech synthesis and speech recognition.
Electronic Speech Systems did the work to add digitized speech to several games for the Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64 computers. You can hear digitized speech created by ESS in the Atari versions of Kennedy Approach by MicroProse, 221B Baker Street by Datasoft, and Ghostbusters by Activision.
The Atari versions often had fewer spoken phrases than the Commodore 64 ports of the same games — probably due to the Atari’s smaller amount of RAM and floppy disk capacity vs. the C64. For instance, The Atari version of Ghostbusters says the title, but leaves out “He slimed me!” Commodore talking games - thanks to ESS - also included — among others — Talking Teacher by Imagic, Solo Flight by MicroProse, Friday the 13th by Domark, Desert Fox by Accolade, and Impossible Mission by Epyx.
Thanks to Mark Keates for extensive background information for this interview. Keates has created a pair of demos for the Atari, in which he ported the Commodore 64 digitized speech from Ghostbusters and Impossible Mission to play on the Atari computers.
This interview took place on September 14, 2015.
“You spent a long time. You spent — to produce a minute of speech, you would spend ... it would be many hours of work.”
Wikipedia on Mozer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forrest_S._Mozer
Article about Access Software, speech in Beach-Head: http://www.filfre.net/2014/08/access-software/
Interview with Dennis Caswell of Impossible Mission: http://www.mayhem64.co.uk/interview/caswell.htm
Aiming High - A Biography of Masayoshi Son: http://amazon.com/dp/B00F77T9A8/?tag=ataripodcast-20
Ghostbusters audio clips: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/32274-ghostbusters/#entry3339309
ANTIC Interview 100 - Bryan Edewaard, Castle CrisisNov 30, 2015 40:42
Bryan Edewaard briefly worked with Atari and with ICD. In 2004, 20 years after the 5200 was cancelled, he wrote the homebrew game "Castle Crisis" and released it on Atari Age for the 5200 and for the 400/800. Castle Crisis is a clone of the arcade game "Warlords".
Bryan lives on a 300 acre farm in Costa Rica with full lodging facilities. He's planning to host classic gaming retreats in the future and welcomes inquiries from people who would like to visit the area. His user name is Bryan on AtariAge or he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to apologize for a couple of quality issues that I ran into with this interview. First of all, I had a cold at the time of the interview and this affected my voice. Secondly, a Costa Rican rain storm came up during the interview and while I attempted to remove the noise of the rain on the metal roof, it did affect the quality of portions of Bryan’s speech.
This interview was conducted on July 11, 2015.
Atari 5200 Super System review of the video game "Castle Crisis" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOiE9LXu7Qw
Interview with Bryan on The Atari Times - http://www.ataritimes.com/index.php?ArticleIDX=432
Castle Crisis (5200) on AtariAge Store - https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=262
Castle Crisis (400/800) on AtariAge Store - https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=274
Castle Crisis (8-bit) on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsGkNe8xcQs
Castle Crisis at AtariMania - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-castle-crisis_19788.html
ANTIC Interview 99 - Jeff Osorio, Atari Manager of Financial Planning and Cost AccountingNov 27, 2015 39:45
Jeff Osorio, Atari Manager of Financial Planning and Cost Accounting
Jeff Osorio was Manager of Financial Planning and Cost Accounting at Atari from 1981 through 1984. He was responsible for establishing cost accounting and financial planning functions with a staff of 11 and an annual department budget of more than $1 million.
This interview took place September 22, 2015.
“The one that everybody is always interested in is E.T. And I actually have the distinction of having signed the scrap ticket to write them all off and run them through the crusher.”
“He calls me on Monday morning in a panic, and he goes, ‘Jeffrey, where’s all my stuff? ... I’m at the warehouse and it’s empty. All the stuff is gone.’ ... A 100,000 square foot warehouse that was packed to the gunnels with manufacturing equipment on Friday, and on Monday morning it was empty.”
ANTIC Interview 98 - Gary Walton, Atari Store Owner and PirateNov 23, 2015 01:12:12
Gary Walton, Atari Store Owner and Pirate
Gary Walton owned Discount Video And Computers, a large Atari dealership in Fort Pierce, Florida, and was involved in the Atari software piracy scene. Gary is one of the people who helped me find Glenn the 5200 Man, whom I previously interviewed.
This interview took place on September 12, 2015. The New York Yankees lost both games in its double-header with the Toronto Blue Jays that day.
This interview contains adult language and content.
“One day I call up there and I don’t get ahold of him, instead I get ahold of his mother. And I was like, ‘Yes ma’am, may I please speak with Robert [Jaeger]?’ And she’s like ‘Who are you?!’ ‘I’m a friend of Robert’s.’ ... ‘Are you one of those computer pirates?! You know, these computer pirates are getting Robert in trouble and he’s only 16 years old. He doesn’t need this type of trouble!’ screaming at me.”
“They were accusing him of having robbed more than $150,000 worth of phone services.”
“‘Tell you what we’re going to do. I want you to put your disk collection in one big box. And it better be everything!’ He goes, ‘And I’m going to be by your house in 15 minutes to pick up that box.’”
ANTIC Interview 97 - Brad Fuller, ComposerNov 20, 2015 33:38
Brad Fuller, Composer
Brad Fuller started at Atari as audio engineer in the home computer division, where he composed music and sounds for Superman, Donkey Kong, E.T., Robotron, and other games. Then, in the coin-op division he composed music and sounds for Marble Madness, Klax, S.T.U.N. Runner, Rolling Thunder, Paperboy, Xybots, Blasteroids, 720°, and many other arcade games.
This interview took place September 2, 2015.
“You know, you’d map out: OK, we’re going to start developing in September ... then maybe we can play test and beta. And over here, two years from now, it’ll be fun. This is when it’ll be fun. Well, you can’t plan that.”
Brad’s web site: http://www.bradfuller.com/about.html
ANTIC Interview 96 - Bill Mensch, 6502 ChipNov 18, 2015 01:09:19
Bill Mensch, 6502 chip
Bill Mensch is co-creator of the 6502 chip, the microprocessor that’s the heart of the Atari 8-bit computers, the Apple ][, Commodore 64, and many other classic computers.
This interview occurred August 6, 2015.
“These guys at Motorola aren’t going to do the microprocessor that we need to do: that is a low-end microprocessor to complete with the Intel 4040 which sold for about $29.”
“I had a bet with Rod Orgle, and Rod Orgle said the 6501 would outsell the 6502.”
“I’m in empowerment technology. I want to empower people to do their idea. That’s what I did for Chuck [Peddle], that’s why he came to me.”
“Now, you’d think that I was a big fan of Apple, and I’m not. The reason why I’m not is they killed off the Apple II to make room for the Macintosh.”
“All of those old brands — Apple II, Commodore, Atari, and the old Nintendo — could all come back to life, with the right relationships. And we have the technology.”
Bill and Dianne Mensch Foundation: http://themenschfoundation.org
Western Design Center: http://www.westerndesigncenter.com
My interview with David Cramer, Western Design Center: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-29-david-cramer-western-design-center
ANTIC Interview 95 - Keithen Hayenga, 5200 TempestNov 12, 2015 01:04:32
Keithen Hayenga, 5200 Tempest
Keithen Hayenga worked for both Apple and Atari and was an Apple II and Atari software programmer. While at Atari, Keithen worked on RealSports Baseball and several other unpublished projects such as Tempest for the Atari 5200, which he later completed and is currently available on AtariAge.
“Their answer was of course ‘well we had Keithen, the best in the business’. So, it’s like, I was ALMOST in a movie!”
ANTIC Episode 27 - Contest!, PRGENov 4, 2015 02:08:03
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: we talk about the release of the Star Raiders source code, how to set up an Atari club of your own, and lust over the 1400XL and 815 dual floppy drive.
Don’t forget, we have a contest going this month! Whoever transcribes the most ANTIC interviews from 11/1/15 to 11/30/15 will win a Defender cartridge for the Atari 400/800/XL/XE computers signed by none other than Steve Baker, the person who converted the game from the arcade version! Check with Kevin (email@example.com) to see what interviews need to be transcribed.
What we’ve been up to
Tricky Tutorials - http://www.atarimania.com/documents/Tricky-Tutorials-1-6.pdf
Atlanta Maker Faire - http://makerfaireatl.com/
Star Raiders Source Code - https://archive.org/details/AtariStarRaidersSourceCode
Portland Retro Gaming Expo - http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/
AtariNet released by Slor (James Wilkinson) - http://www.atarinet.com/, http://atariage.com/forums/topic/243627-atarinet-binaries-available-for-download/
MULE Board game https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/182619/mule-board-game
Rose City Atari Club, Portland, OR, Nov. 19, 2015 - http://calagator.org/events/1250469257
Popeye Arcade 8-bit conversion, courtesy of Homesoft, posted by miker - http://atariage.com/forums/topic/242051-popeye-arcade-8-bit-conversion/
Atari 8-bit emulator for the original Xbox - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2015/08/atarixlbox-emulador-de-computadora.html
new game Quarrion - http://matosimi.websupport.sk/atari/2015/10/quarrion/
New Podcast - The Wizards of Odyssey 2 - https://www.facebook.com/TheWizardsOfOdyssey2Podcast
How to transfer files from PC to Atari with Turgen System - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2015/03/como-transferir-archivos-de-pc-atari.html , http://turgen.sourceforge.net/
Pro(c) Issue #7 - http://proc-atari.de/
1400XL for sale on ebay by bob1200xl on AtariAge - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Atari-8-bit-1400XL-computer-tested-400-800-1200XL-600XL-800XL-/262103742364?hash=item3d0699b79c:g:PPUAAOSw5ZBWJn3c, http://atariage.com/forums/topic/244786-1400xl-on-ebay/
ABBUC Software Contest Update - http://www.abbuc.de/atari/software-ressort/81-software/softwarewettbewerbe/1764-software-wettbewerb-2015
SIO2PC-USB v1.0 Atari XL XE (KIT) + 2' USB Cable + Software DVD - http://www.ebay.com/itm/281710881072
ProGamer Magazine (7800) - http://www.retroriginals.co.uk/
Update on the company that calls itself Atari - http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/atari-boss-promises-to-fix-its-video-game-mistakes/0157801
New at Archive.org
A+ Programming in Atari BASIC by John M. Reisinger - https://archive.org/details/APlusProgrammingInAtariBasic
Bill’s Modern Segment
CallistoOfficial page: http://cosine.org.uk/products.php?prod=callisto&4mat=xl Atarimania entry: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-callisto_28627.html Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EG98bkkaq0 "Let's play" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL9mTUOnV9U Jason Kelk, aka TMR of Cosine: http://jasonkelk.me.uk/ Cosine: http://www.cosine.org.uk/
HAR'emAtariAge forum post: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/208493-release-harem-final-not-quite/ Atarimania entry: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-har-em_28628.html Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap5ttWJqKJ4 "Let's Play" video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG2udqjE_ns
X:8Official Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116385416373212952958/about AtariAge blog post: http://atariage.com/forums/blog/387/entry-10443-x8/ gury.atari8.info entry: http://gury.atari8.info/details_games/6720.php Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqmLi6Xmw7Y
ABBUC contests2012: http://www.abbuc.de/component/content/article/81-software/softwarewettbewerbe/1574-software-wettbewerb-2012 2013: http://www.abbuc.de/component/content/article/81-software/softwarewettbewerbe/1666-software-wettbewerb2013
ZybexWikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zybex Atarimania entry: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-zybex_s5955.html Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrJ6K4c1jwE
Life Force (Nintendo)Gradius Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gradius Salamander (Life Force) Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamander_(video_game)
Of the Month
Website: Benj Edwards Inside The Atari 800 on PCWorld - http://www.pcworld.com/article/181421/inside_atari_800.html#slide1
Software:F-15 Strike Eagle by Sid Meier & MicroProse - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-f-15-strike-eagle_1916.html
Hardware: The Atari 815 disk drive - http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8bits/400800/815/815.html
ANTIC Interview 94 - Bill Hogue, Miner 2049erOct 29, 2015 26:46
Bill Hogue, Miner 2049er
Bill Hogue was founder of Big Five Software. He was programmer of the hit 1982 game Miner 2049er, and its sequel Bounty Bob Strikes Back!.
This interview took place on August 31, 2015.
“I tried to cram as much color in there as I possibly could, because it was all fresh and new to me.”
“I’d forgotten how all the bank selecting and anti-piracy stuff worked that I put into it. . . so I had to spend hours, if not days, breaking my own code.”
ANTIC Interview 93 - Gerri Brioso: Halftime Battlin' Bands, Coco-Notes, Movie Musical MadnessOct 22, 2015 01:24:43
Gerri Brioso: Halftime Battlin' Bands, Coco-Notes, Movie Musical Madness
Gerri Brioso is part of The Dovetail Group, a company that created three children’s games for the Atari 400/800 and Commodore 64 computers. All three games were released in 1984: they were Halftime Battlin' Bands, Coco-Notes, and Movie Musical Madness, all of which were released by CBS software.
Wikipedia says "These games are notable as they represent some of the earliest examples of the music management subgenre of music video games." The games were also notable because each of those games included a plastic record album, playable on a phonograph, which served as the games’ instruction manuals. The characters in the games and records — Swivel Hips, Wahoo, and Mr. Bass Man — made up a fictional band called The Jazz Scats.
This interview occurred on July 30 and 31, 2015.
“They made it doubly hard for us because they suddenly wanted us to not just create for the Atari platform, but to also create for the Commodore platform. So the work became double ... and suddenly deadlines were not being met.”
“Rich had to hold me back because my hands were going around the computer programmer’s throat. I thought I would kill him. ... Where’s the backup? He said, ‘I was just getting ready to back it up.’ I was like, “You didn’t back it up in stages? What, are you crazy?!”
ANTIC Interview 92 - Alan Murphy, Atari AnimatorOct 20, 2015 37:09
Alan Murphy, Atari Animator
Alan Murphy was Senior Animator at Atari, where we worked from 1980 through 1987. Alan created the graphics for the Atari 8-bit versions of Defender, Xevious, Galaxian, Countermeasure, Pac Man for the Atari 5200, Demons to Diamonds for the 2600, and many other games. He also worked with engineers at Atari Research on research projects and prototyping, and designed specs for game art and animation systems.
This interview took place June 15, 2015.
“So I did these animations of Mr. and Mrs. Pac Man going across the screen and then they came back the other way and there were little babies. Namco came along and said 'uh-uh...that's a little too suggestive.'”
“As far as I know, I think that was the first easter egg by an artist.”
ANTIC Interview 91 - Adam Billyard, Chop Suey/ElektraGlideOct 18, 2015 38:45
Adam Billyard, Chop Suey/ElektraGlide
Adam Billyard's first three games for the Atari 8-bit computers were "Bellum", "Henri", and "Chop Suey,". Bellum was published through the Atari Program Exchange, although Adam never received any royalty from Atari for it. "Chop Suey" was one of the first modern-style fighting games for the Atari 800. He followed this up with a pair of three-dimensional games: "ElektraGlide," a racing game for the Atari 8-bit; and "Q-Ball” for the Atari ST.
If you’re not familiar with any of these games, it's probably because you live in the U.S. Three of his five games were originally released by the U.K.-based English Software and received more publicity in Europe than the versions distributed by Mindscape in the States.
This interview took place May 15, 2015.
“Years later they said ‘did you not get the check for $30?’ which I thought was just completely bizarre.”
ANTIC Interview 90 - Glenn the 5200 ManOct 16, 2015 51:51
Glenn The 5200 Man
Glenn Botts is better known to Atari 8-bit users as "Glenn The 5200 Man.” Glenn was perhaps the most widely-known Atari software cracker, because he had a unique specialty. Most pirates removed copy protection from software, making it so it was copyable and able to be shared for free. Glenn’s skill was in taking games that were developed for the Atari 5200 game system, and converting them so they would run on the Atari 8-bit computers.
Many of the games created for the Atari 5200 were not released for the computers, so Glenn’s system conversion cracking had the unique effect of creating games for the Atari computers that otherwise would not have existed.
The Atari 5200 was very similar in architecture to the Atari computers, but not 100% compatible — for one thing, the 5200 carts physically didn’t fit into the Atari computers. Also, the joysticks were very different, with the 5200 using analog joysticks and the computers using digital joysticks.
This is the first time that Glenn’s identity has been revealed to the general public.
This interview took place September 11, 2015.
“It was so easy that it actually was very annoying that Atari themselves never would release these games on the 800.”
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ANTIC Interview 89 - Bruce Poehlman, The Last Starfighter/Star Raiders IIOct 14, 2015 34:56
Bruce Poehlman, The Last Starfighter/Star Raiders II
Bruce Poehlman only worked at Atari for a year — from June 1983 until July 1984 — but he told me “it was an interesting year.” Bruce coded the game The Last Starfighter for the Atari 5200 and 8-bit computers — a game that was never released. Two years later, he was contracted to re-brand the game as Star Raiders II.
“We have this contract with a movie, and we think you game with little tweaks might be able to fit the theme of that movie. And that movie was The Last Starfighter.”
“That bonus, within six months of my starting there, went from $40,000 to $20,000. Then in another three months it went to $12,000 then it went to $8,000.”