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ANTIC Interview 428 - Dave Johnson: Demon Attack, Atlantis; APX Lookahead; Atari Personal Financial Management System
Dave Johnson: Demon Attack, Atlantis; APX Lookahead; Personal Financial Management
Dave Johnson programmed software for the little-known Interact Model One computer, and later worked as a programmer for Atari, where he created the game Lookahead, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. Lookahead is a fun little strategy board game that you can play against the computer or another human.
We think Dave Johnson programmed the Atari Personal Financial Management System, a slick-looking but buggy home finance package that Atari kept delaying, finally released a year late, then quickly discontinued. Read Bill Lange's blog post for the full story about that program.
After Atari, Dave worked at Imagic, where he programmed the Atari 8-bit versions of the games Demon Attack and Atlantis. There, he also created the game Quick Step! for the Atari 2600.
This interview took place on October 12, 2021. A video version is also available.
AtariMania's list of Dave's Atari 8-bit games
Play or download Lookahead
Lookahead in the fall 1981 APX catalog
Bill Lange research on Atari Personal Financial Management System
Personal Financial Management System at AtariWiki
Interact Model One computer
Dave on Twitter
This interview on YouTube
ANTIC Interview 427 - Margaret (Akin) Guilbault, Atari Camper
Margaret (Akin) Guilbault, Atari Camper
Margaret Akin was one of the children who attended Atari's computer camps, and one of the kids who was featured in The Magic Room, Atari's movie about the camps. Her name is now Margaret Guilbault.
Atari ran its summer camps from 1982 through 1984 at several locations around the United States. That first year, Atari commissioned a film about its summer camps, which was filmed at the San Diego location. Margaret attended Atari camp that first year in San Diego, then again in 1983 the Minnesota location.
It turns out Margaret's first year at a computer camp was in 1981, the summer before Atari's first camps. Her first computer camp experience was at Zaca Lake -- near Santa Barbara, California -- hosted by a company called Computer Camp Inc., which used Atari computers.
I talked with Margaret about her experiences at those camps, and taking part in the filming of The Magic Room, on September 12, 2021.
You can watch The Magic room at YouTube and Internet Archive. In previous interviews I've talked with filmmaker Bob Elfstrom; Linda (Gordon) Brownstein, the Atari vice president who oversaw the camp project; and other Atari computer campers.
The Magic Room (18-minute version)
Newspaper article about Computer Camp Inc.'s Zaca Lake camp
ANTIC Interview 419 - Bob Elfstrom, The Magic Room
ANTIC Special Episode - Atari Summer Camp
ANTIC Interview 412 - Linda (Gordon) Brownstein, Atari VP Special Projects
ANTIC Interview 426 - Eric Podietz, Interactive Picture Systems
Eric Podietz, Interactive Picture Systems
Eric Podietz was co-founder of Interactive Picture Systems, a company that created software for 8-bit computers from 1982 through 1984. The company's first program was PAINT! for the Atari 8-bits, which was developed at the Superboots software development lab located at the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, D.C.. PAINT! was first published by Reston then by Atari.
Their next program was Movie Maker, an animation program. Next came three educational titles published by Spinnaker Software: Trains, a business simulation; Grandma's House, a digital dollhouse; and Aerobics, a fitness program. The company also created Operation Frog, simulated frog dissection software for the Apple II and Commodore 64.
This interview took place on September 9, 2021. In it, we discuss Guy Nouri, Ann Lewin-Benham, and Bill Bowman, whom I have previously interviewed.
After the interview, Eric sent me the source code for his early Apple II program Painter Power, which I scanned and uploaded to Internet Archive.
This interview on YouTube
ANTIC Interview 410 - Ann Lewin-Benham, Director of Capital Children's Museum
ANTIC Interview 407 - Guy Nouri, Interactive Picture Systems
ANTIC Interview 278 - Bill Bowman, CEO of Spinnaker Software
Reston Software's Paint manual
The Designers Behind MovieMaker in Compute! Gazette Issue 15
IPS feature in Starlog Magazine Issue 084
Movie Maker feature in Creative Computing April 1984
Painter Power source code
Emma One Sock fabric
ANTIC Episode 81 - Too Much Commodore
ANTIC Episode 81 - Too Much Commodore
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we wax philosophical about Raspberry Pi upgrades for the Atari, discuss the drama that was the Atari fest of the past, and talk WAY too much Commodore!
Floppy Days Podcast
Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”
New Atari books scans at archive.org
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Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge
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Atari8BitBot - https://twitter.com/atari8bitbot The Magic Room - 18-minute version https://youtu.be/Cs7jnOlNl9Y (K’s tweets about it: https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1429130503622336514?s=20 ) New old Bits & Bytes pictures - https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1422715900805869571?s=20 VCFSE 8.0 was a success! - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/otherevents/vintage-computer-festival-southeast/ 576NUC+ - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/myteks-576nuc-atari-computer VCFMW - http://vcfmw.org Indy Vintage Computer Club (VCC) - http://indyvcc.c News
Atari 64. the Commodore 64 KERNAL, modified to run on the Atari 8-bit line of computers - https://github.com/unbibium/atari64 Indy Retro News - http://www.indieretronews.com/search/label/ATARI Star Raiders pre-production manual - http://www.sonic.net/~nbs/star-raiders/preprod-manual/?fbclid=IwAR00ZBTKG-g2d83KDvZTtlqDpNqJ-e9z22JuJdRxR4tHcqCumXtMwIN8k54 Retrochallenge 2021/10 - http://www.retrochallenge.org/?fbclid=IwAR3Hi6PLMi3wpfQda2hHMZiQOAREGMnY_E1NF8AjXIDbfjXqvOBHK5md8sA Attack of the PETSCII robots - https://www.the8bitguy.com/product/petscii-robots-for-atari/ BackBit Pro - https://store.backbit.io/product/backbit-pro/ https://huddle.today/cfl-personalities-to-talk-football-on-halifax-made-social-media-platform/ The Retroist: A 1982 video visit to the video game department of sears - https://retroist.com/a-1982-video-visit-to-the-video-game-department-of-sears/ (for video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPm7xbPzpUA&t=50s , starts at 4 minute mark and goes to 5 minute mark New ABBUC site available - https://abbuc.de/ Cart extender from BitsOfThePast - https://www.bitsofthepast.com/?product=130xe-ra-extenders-switchers SIO Pass Through Breakout Board v2.2 (Mozzwald) - https://fujinet.online/shop/hardware/sio-pass-through-breakout-board-v2-2/ https://8bitnews.io newsletter Atari Projects by Jason Moore - http://atariprojects.org/ PICOmputer, pocket computer that emulates 8-bit computers - https://www.atariteca.net.pe/2021/07/picomputer-computadora-de-bolsillo-que.html Shows
Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): VCF Midwest Sep 11-12 http://vcfmw.org/announce , Elmhurst, IL (Chicago) Fujiama Sep. 12-19, Lengenfeld, Germany, http://fujiama.eu/ VCF East October 8, 9, 10, 2021: Vintage Computer Festival East , Wall, NJ 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/ Event page on Vintage Is The New Old - https://vintageisthenewold.com/vintage-is-the-new-old-releases-new-events-calendar/ YouTube videos this month
"The Story of the Atari 1200XL - Is It GOOD?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_WpWOrIE9g Making a 3D Graphics Card for the Atari 800 XL using the Raspberry Pi - element 14 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4ffGLkgoEg&t=64s Atari 800 with Sophia 2 DVI and Incognito plugins - FlashJazzCat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df3lfFLuUF New at Archive.org
Allan Bushman uploaded “Hardcopy” newsletter April 1987 Allentown Bethlehem Easton’s Atari Computer Enthusiasts - https://archive.org/details/hardcopy-april-1987
ANTIC Interview 425 - Jeffrey Sarnoff, Atari Research Group
Jeffrey Sarnoff, Atari Research Group
Jeffrey Sarnoff started at Atari in the home computer division in 1981 as a software architect, where he worked on a 3-D graphics library. The next year he moved to Atari's Research Group, under Alan Kay, where he worked on a holographic animation system and a 4-dimensional strategy game.
This interview took place on August 25, 2021.
ANTIC Interview 424 - Atari at the Science Fair: Mark Knutsen, Star Cluster
Atari at the Science Fair: Mark Knutsen, Star Cluster
This is the third in a series of interviews called "Atari at the Science Fair" where I talk with people who used Atari 8-bit computers to create projects and enter them in science fairs.
Today's interview is with Mark Knutsen, who wrote a star cluster simulation in the Forth programming language for his high school science fair. I found this blurb in the July 1986 edition of the Jersey Atari Computer Group newsletter:
"June meeting highlights ... Mark Knutsen showed us his Star Cluster program in Forth that won a science fair prize for him. Mark’s program demonstrates the interaction of four stars in two planes. Mark also discussed Forth in general."
This interview took place on August 21, 2021. If you'd like to see our talking heads — and the visuals of his program running — a video version of this interview is available at YouTube and Internet Archive. Mark has shared his program and the source code: those links are in the show notes.
This interview at YouTube
Download Mark's Star Cluster program
Star Cluster blurb in JACE newsletter July 1986
Computer Recreations - Star Clusters column in Scientific American: At JSTOR and At Internet Archive
Get your 8 bit out of the closet
The podcast is a joy to listen to. I learn new things every show and relive great memories. I put my 130xe away years ago because floppies and hardware were getting scarce. I will be setting it back up now that I know about all the new hardware that makes this wonderful machine useful again. Thanks guys, will be a longtime listener.
Love reliving my old 8-bit days
Love the show, got a late start and found it after I started building up my 8-bit Atari computer collection again. I really enjoy the review and interviews.
I'm binge listening to all of the episodes now. Great show and brings back a lot of fond memories of my 800xl. Thanks and keep up the great work!