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We cover Atari news, reviews, and a special feature each show for the Atari 8-bit line of computers (400/800/XL/XE/XEGS)

ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Podcast Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold

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We cover Atari news, reviews, and a special feature each show for the Atari 8-bit line of computers (400/800/XL/XE/XEGS)

    ANTIC Interview 378 - Craig Hickman, Atari Photography Software and Security System

    ANTIC Interview 378 - Craig Hickman, Atari Photography Software and Security System

    Craig Hickman, Atari Photography Software and Security System

    Craig Hickman was featured in the June 1982 edition of Atari Connection magazine for his photography software tools. "Craig has developed two programs written in Atari BASIC for use in his darkroom. One of the programs times the negative’s development, and the other monitors and times enlargements and the making of the positive prints." His Developing program could store up to 30 film processing combinations. "Once the film is developed into a negative, you are ready to use Craig's Enlarger/Timer program to make a positive print." The Atari 400 was connected to the enlarger with relays: the computer would turn the enlarger on and off at precise intervals for making photographic prints.

    Craig also rigged up an apartment security system using his Atari 400, which he wrote about in an article on his web site. He wrote: "I designed a home surveillance system for our apartment in Seattle that used little magnetic switches from Radio Shack. It displayed a representation of our apartment on the screen and showed when a door or window was open. It worked so well I expanded the system to include little tilt switches placed on bushes outside the windows. This also worked fine until one windy night when I was away from home and it set off the alarm every few minutes. The next day my wife told me to dismantle it."

    Later, Craig created the popular program Kid Pix for the early Macintosh computer.

    This interview took place on January 29, 2020. See the show notes for links to Craig's web site and YouTube channel, and the Atari Connection magazine article.

    Craig's web site

    Craig's darkroom timer in Atari Connection Magazine
     
    Craig's YouTube channel

    • 32 min
    ANTIC Episode 64 - Living in the Future

    ANTIC Episode 64 - Living in the Future

    ANTIC Episode 64 - Living in the Future
    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: 
    We talk about our Atari-related resolutions for the new year, how 2020 sounds like we’re living in the future, and bring you news and feedback from across the Atari 8-bit landscape.
    READY!
    Recurring Links 
    Floppy Days Podcast 
    AtariArchives.org 
    AtariMagazines.com 
    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd” 
    New Atari books scans at archive.org 
    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge 
    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge 
    ANTIC Facebook Page 
    AHCS 
    Eaten By a Grue  
    Donate to Ted Nelson project at: https://paypal.me/Savetz 
    TEH: Tech Enthusiast Hour - https://tehpodcast.com 
    What We’ve Been Up To
    Faster Than Light: The Atari ST and the 16-Bit Revolution by Jamie Lendino -  https://amzn.to/2v5823V  Kevin’s annual computer history work post mortem article - https://www.patreon.com/posts/2019-post-mortem-33065636  Punctuation Put-On -  https://archive.org/details/PunctuationPutOn4amCrack https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1217869228939862023  Portland Retro Gaming Expo panel “Atari 800 series computers: 40 years” that Kevin did with Joe Decuir and David Crane, is now on youtube - https://youtube.com/watch?v=lIaxXumt1zY  Kevin’s Poker Machine and Blackjack games for 10-line BASIC contest - https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1210786683135725571  Dneiper River Line & Tanktics - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-dnieper-river-line_1651.html  Atari Visual History book - https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/  SDrive Max 1050 Case - Steve Boswell (A8bit) - https://atari8bit.net/sdrive-max-cases/  SDrive Max 810 (labeled) - Vintage Computer Center - Gavin Haubelt - https://www.vintagecomputercenter.com/product/atari-810-sdrive-max  Incognito for Atari 800 - https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=275  Interviews
    Interview index:  here  Atari News 
    High Score Club Season 17 - https://atariage.com/forums/messenger/447762/?tab=comments#comment-1667618  Rescue Expedition - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-rescue-expedition-para-computadoras.html#more  Allan Bushman antic disks 1-9 https://archive.org/details/@allan52?and[]=creator%3A%22antic+magazine%22  Atari article in Fast Company by Benj Edwards - https://www.fastcompany.com/90432140/how-atari-took-on-apple-in-the-1980s-home-pc-wars  Fandal’s monthly update http://a8.fandal.cz/ and Monty On The Run - http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7774  Runner Bear, first game of 2020 for Atari - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2020/01/runner-bear-primer-juego-del-2020-para.html  Atari Retro-pen: mass storage device for Atari 8-bits - http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2019/12/atari-retro-pen-dispositivo-de.html  Great website to download game XEXs is Homesoft  SIO2Midi 3D-printed Case - https://ataribits.weebly.com/midi-3d-printed-cases.html  Thanks to Mr Robot (Steve Boswell) of AtariAge there is now a 3D printed enclosure design available to protect your SIO2MIDI board (https://ataribits.weebly.com/midi.html)  Atari800 emulator new version 4.2.0 - https://github.com/atari800/atari800/releases/tag/ATARI800_4_2_0  Upcoming Shows with Atari Computers
    March 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   March 21, Indy Vintage Computer Club Expo 2020, Camby, IN - https://www.facebook.com/events/188334755647918/  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

    • 1 hr 12 min
    ANTIC Interview 377 - James Hugard, Neanderthal Computer Things

    ANTIC Interview 377 - James Hugard, Neanderthal Computer Things

    James Hugard, Neanderthal Computer Things

    James Hugard was co-founder of Neanderthal Computer Things, a company that created just one product. "810 Turbo" was a hardware conversion board for the Atari 810 disk drive that promised true double density storage, and faster data reading and writing. The device, released in 1983, could be installed inside your 810 disk drive with "no jumpers, no soldering, no extra box." It cost $295. James wrote the firmware for the device.

    Check the show notes for links to the 810 Turbo Manual and advertisement, photos of the board, and a lively discussion on AtariAge (in which James has answered some questions and added more commentary.)

    This interview took place on June 7, 2019.

    810 Turbo ad

    810 Turbo Manual

    810 Photos and software

    NCT Letter to Atari users groups

    Discussion on AtariAge

    • 23 min
    ANTIC Episode 63 - SillyVenture and FujiNet!

    ANTIC Episode 63 - SillyVenture and FujiNet!

    SillyVenture and FujiNet
    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: In the tradition of bringing you the latest Atari 8-bit news, we have a couple of very special guests in this episode.  First of all, Bart comes to us literally direct from the fabulous SillyVenture show to give us a rundown, and then Thomas Cherryhomes tells us all about the amazing work going on with FujiNet!
    READY!
    Recurring Links 
    Floppy Days Podcast 
    AtariArchives.org 
    AtariMagazines.com 
    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd” 
    New Atari books scans at archive.org 
    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge 
    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge 
    ANTIC Facebook Page 
    AHCS 
    Eaten By a Grue  
    Donate to Ted Nelson project at: https://paypal.me/Savetz 
    TEH: Tech Enthusiast Hour - https://tehpodcast.com 
    What We’ve Been Up To
     SDrive Max from Vintage Computer Center -  https://www.vintagecomputercenter.com/product-category/atari 
    Atari: A Visual History by Darren Doyle - https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/product/the-atari-a-visual-history/  Guests
    Thomas Cherryhomes  FujiNet - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/298720-fujinet-a-wip-sio-network-adapter-for-the-atari-8-bit/  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8255002  Bart (SillyVenture) - http://www.sillyventure.eu/en/  Interviews
    Interview index:  here  Atari News 
    A Crash Course on Advanced DLIs https://playermissile.com/dli_tutorial/  Galaga for the 8-bits - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/296152-another-galaga-thread/ - playsoft  Into the Vertical Blank Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/into-the-vertical-blank-generation-atari/id1376995635  Prince of Persia WIP Demo has surfaced http://atariteca.blogspot.com/2019/12/primer-demo-jugable-de-prince-of-persia.html#more  Nolan Bushnell interviewed At Computer History Museum from August - https://youtu.be/FyHbzhtrP0w  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 Computers
    March 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/  New at Archive.org
    MANUS Manual — Music Notation Software for Atari 8-bit computers - https://archive.org/details/MANUS/  Atari Karateka Development Disks - https://archive.org/details/AtariKaratekaDevelopmentDisks  Magic Castle — unreleased game for Atari 8-bit computer - https://archive.org/details/magiccastle_atari  Atari Telephone Directory - https://archive.org/details/ataritelephonedirectory  Atari Office Supply Catalog and Office Administration Handbook - https://archive.org/details/atariofficesupplycatalog  B.A.S.I.C. Bulletin disk newsletters - https://archive.org/details/@allan52?and%5B%5D=bulletin  Silent Butler 80 - https://archive.org/details/SilentButler80  Atari 400 800 ROM Wizard - https://archive.org/details/romwizardsummary/page/n7  Success Magazine Feb 83 - https://archive.org/details/successfeb83  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. C

    • 1 hr 35 min
    ANTIC Interview 376 - Dennis Zander: Artworx, Hazard Run, Strip Poker

    ANTIC Interview 376 - Dennis Zander: Artworx, Hazard Run, Strip Poker

    Dennis Zander: Artworx, Hazard Run, Strip Poker
     
    Dennis Zander was one of the founding partners of the software publishing company Artworx. He programmed a number of games and educational titles, including Hazard Run, Rings of the Empire, Monkeymath, Giant Slalom, Intruder Alert!, Monkeynews, and others. He collaborated with Roger Harnish on Artworx popular Strip Poker game.

    This interview took place on June 13, 2019. In it, we discuss Art Walsh, whom I previously interviewed.

    Atarimania's list of Dennis' games

    Dennis' software at Archive.org

    ANTIC Interview 284 - Art Walsh, Dynacomp and Artworx

    Z-Stuff for Trains

    • 53 min
    ANTIC Interview 375 - Bruce May, Unreleased Magic Castle Game

    ANTIC Interview 375 - Bruce May, Unreleased Magic Castle Game

    Bruce May, Unreleased Magic Castle Game

    In 1982 Bruce May created Magic Castle, a game for the Atari 800 computer. He finished the game but was unable to find a publisher for it, so hardly anyone played it. In October 2019 he sent me scans of his original documents regarding Magic Castle: his design notes, and even rejection letters from the three companies that he submitted the game to: Catalyst Technologies, Avalon Hill, and Origin Systems. He hasn't been able to find the floppy disks with the game, but he does have printouts of the source code — which he also scanned and sent to me — so it could potentially be resurrected by the Atari community.

    This interview took place on October 13, 2019.

    Bruce's Magic Castle documents

    • 29 min

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My New Atari 800

Hi, my name is David from Toronto Canada and I just recently started listening to the podcast. I am on episode 11 right now trying to catch up. Bought my first Atari 800 computer today. Its a thing of beauty (no box). Got it with about 9 classic arcade style games. I had bought the Atarimax 8 Megabyte cart for the 800 so its going to be great discovering what the 800 can do. Thanks for the great podcast.

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