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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, Kay Savetz, Brad Arnold

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    • 4.9 • 98 Ratings

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 Episode 88 - We Need More Atari Shows!

    ANTIC Episode 88 - We Need More Atari Shows!

    ANTIC Episode 88 - We need more Atari shows!
    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… lots of Atari action and news, loading Atari software from VHS, and a call for more Atari-specific shows
    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 
    Interview index: here 
    ANTIC Facebook Page 
    AHCS 
    Eaten By a Grue 
    Next Without For 
    Links for Items Mentioned in Show:
    What we’ve been up to
    MT32-pi - https://github.com/dwhinham/mt32-pi  https://archive.org/details/michigan-atari-magazine-complete-collection  https://archive.org/details/AtariFinalLegacyPoster  https://archive.org/details/ukraine-computer-poster-1989  https://rpilocator.com  576NUC+ cartridge upgrade - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/myteks-576nuc-atari-computer/products/myteks-576nuc-and-internal-fujinet  AVG Cart .ATR mod - https://atari8bit.net/tutorials/de-re-avgcart/  Cartridge shell from Vintage Computer Center - https://www.vintagecomputercenter.com/product/atari-8-bit-cartridge-shells  4-in-1 OSS cart - https://atariprojects.org/2021/11/21/purchase-a-new-4-in-1-oss-programming-language-cartridge-for-your-atari-8-bit-computer-5-10-mins/  XEP-80 II - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/atari-800-xl-xe-xel-xld/products/xep80-ii-by-mytek  Recent Interviews
    Anthony Ramos: Parrot, Creepy Caverns - https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-432-anthony-ramos-parrot-creepy-caverns  Scott Savage: Lefty, the Checkers Playing Robot - https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-433-scott-savage-lefty-the-checkers-playing-robot  ANTIC Interview 434 - Michael Park: Swan and Fujiboink Demos, MIDI Maze - https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-434-michael-park-swan-and-fujiboink-demos-midi-maze  The looking for Xanth tweet - https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1509353652367998981  News
    Allan: Software for Atari Coin Executive -  https://atariage.com/forums/topic/320451-atari-coin-op-disks/  http://www.atarimania.com/documents/atari-coin-executive.pdf  mozzwald Wikipedia reader for Atari 8 Bit FujiNet. You can load it via fujinet.online as /wiki.xex - https://github.com/FujiNetWIFI/fujinet-apps/tree/master/wiki/atari  bocianu and mozzwald news reader for FujiNet - TNFS://fujinet.pl/Networking/fujinews.xex  Thom Cherryhomes Mastodon Client for FujiNet - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/335680-worlds-simplest-mastodon-client-in-basic/  Bluetooth Wireless Atari Joystick and Paddle Adapter - 2 DB9 Ports  BASIC 10Liner Contest 2022 results - https://homeputerium.de  Atari 400 mini - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA8O_X8JGsA - Retro Relik (in French) Loading Atari software from VHS tape - Video Cartridge by Turbo Soft - https://retrogames.cl/vcturbosoft.html?fbclid=IwAR1jrCTTQR7RzH8nNGOUpZCtziSJDLxBxI3Kyoufgwnvh9ps2oxWUd_fDVc  http://atariemailarchive.org/  playing Atari with your hands as motion controls - Eran Feit - https://youtu.be/vJO6nMwUBXw  ABBUC Magazine 148 released - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/335262-abbuc-magazine-148/  Upcoming Shows
    Boatfest Retro Computing Festival 2022 = June 24-25 - Hurricane, WV - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/boatfest-retro-computer-festival-2022-tickets-222333103297  VCF Southeast - July 15-17  Southern Fried Gaming Expo https://gameatl.com/  KansasFest 2022 = July 19–24, 2022, Kansas City, MO - https://www.kansasfest.org/ in-person AND remote VCF West 2022 =  Aug 6, 7, The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/  VCF Midwest 17 - Sep 10-11, Elmhurst, IL http://vcfmw.org/  Fujiama - Sept 8-11 in Lengenfeld Germany http://fujiama.eu/  PRGE Oct 14-16 https://www.retrogamingexpo.com  YouTube Videos
    Atari commercials - Seattle Retro Guy 

    • 1 hr 25 min
    ANTIC Interview 434 - Michael Park: Swan and Fujiboink Demos, MIDI Maze

    ANTIC Interview 434 - Michael Park: Swan and Fujiboink Demos, MIDI Maze

    Michael Park: Swan and Fujiboink Demos, MIDI Maze
     
    Michael Park created two well-known demos that are familiar to many Atari enthusiasts: the Swan Demo and FujiBoink. In the Swan demo, a bird flies gracefully across the screen, in front of a spinning fuji logo. In FujiBoink, the Atari fuji spins and bounces over a red and white checkerboard, reminiscent of the Amiga Boing Ball demo.
     
    Michael also helped create MIDI Maze, an early first-person shooter that used the Atari ST's MIDI ports to network up to 16 computers. He also worked on the 8-bit version of MIDI Maze, which was never officially released but became available nonetheless. Michael also created Shiny Bubbles, another demo for the Atari ST.
     
    Michael was a friend of the owner of Xanth Computer Systems, an Atari dealer in Seattle, Washington. A 2013 article titled "Computer Dealer Demos: Selling Home Computers with Bouncing Balls and Animated Logos," published in the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, stated:
     
    "During the 1985 Winter CES, Atari presented the 130XE... This computer was promoted with a demo that included three animations—Atari Robot, Atari Swan, and Fuji Boink—made by a small software company named Xanth FX. The company’s representative claimed in ANALOG Computing magazine, 'We are a large ST retailer. Our F/X division churns out demos for the betterment of Atari.'  According to the testimonies of Atari users in Seattle, it was actually a 'small computer store in downtown Seattle' and a small software company that employed a few people, among them programmer and graphic designer Michael A. Park."
     
    "Xanth Park" (a play on Xerox PARC) and the "F/X division" were deliberate tricks to make the little company and a one or two great coders, seem like a big company.
     
    Michael told me that neither he nor "Xanth Park" created the walking robot demo, another popular demo of the era. "I think we did combine robot/spaceship with the bouncing ball so they'd play sequentially, at Atari's request," he told me. He extracted the rotating fuji code from the Robot demo for re-use in his Swan demo. 
     
    After the interview, Michael sent an email: "Every now and then I hear from people who have enjoyed the Atari software that I was involved in way back when, and every time, I am reminded of the fun and excitement of those days. To those who have kept the Atari spirit alive all this time, I salute you!"
     
    This interview took place on April 6, 2022.
     
    Fujiboink! Behind the Bit Planes in START magazine
     
    Computer Dealer Demos: Selling Home Computers With Bouncing Balls And Animated Logos by Patryk Wasiak
     
    Demozoo's list of Michael's demos
     
    Atariage discussion

    • 19 min
    ANTIC Interview 433 - Scott Savage: Lefty, the Checkers Playing Robot

    ANTIC Interview 433 - Scott Savage: Lefty, the Checkers Playing Robot

    Scott Savage: Lefty, the Checkers Playing Robot

    "Lefty" was the name of the world's first checker-playing robot, which was located at the Omniplex science museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The robot arm would play games of checkers against museum visitors, picking up and moving pieces on a physical checkerboard. Lefty's game logic ran on an Atari 800 computer, which controlled the robot through the joystick port. Lefty was programmed by Scott Savage, the subject of today's interview.

    Before the interview, Scott digitized his Atari cassette tape with the code for Lefty. The tape had some problems, but Atari community member "atarigrub" successfully recovered the data. Scott also provided scans of several newspaper and magazine articles about Lefty. Both the Lefty program and those articles are available at Internet Archive.

    Also, be sure to watch the only known video of Lefty in action: Scott and Lefty appeared on the TV show "Dannysday" which aired on KOCO TV in spring 1984.

    This interview took place on April 14, 2022.

    Scott and Lefty on Dannysday TV show

    Lefty BASIC program and media mentions

    Paper about Lefty (in Spanish)

    Scott Savage Techno Scavenger YouTube channel

    Omniplex is now called Science Museum Oklahoma

    This interview on YouTube

    • 53 min
    ANTIC Interview 432 - Anthony Ramos: Parrot, Creepy Caverns

    ANTIC Interview 432 - Anthony Ramos: Parrot, Creepy Caverns

    Anthony Ramos: Parrot, Creepy Caverns

    Anthony Dandrea is better known to Atari computer enthusiasts as Anthony Ramos.

    Anthony programmed Creepy Caverns, a type-in BASIC game that was published in Antic magazine's August 1984 issue. Anthony also created the software for Parrot, a $40 4-bit sound sampler and playback package that was marketed by Alpha Systems.

    In this interview, we discuss George Morrison of Alpha Systems, and Peter Langston of LucasArts, both of whom I have previously interviewed.

    This interview took place on April 8, 2022.

    Creepy Caverns in Antic magazine

    Discape Atari 8-bit Demo

    Discape disk image

    "Talk is Cheap" by Ed Stuart in Antic magazine

    Parrot manual

    Parrot review in Antic magazine

    Creepy Caverns with sampled audio

    Parrot Christmas demo

    Anthony's Conway's Game of Life

    Anthony on AtariAge

    ANTIC Interview 367 - George Morrison, Alpha Systems

    ANTIC Interview 126 - Peter Langston, LucasArts

    Ground Kontrol arcade
    1984 article in Lorain Journal
    This interview on YouTube

    • 1 hr 29 min
    ANTIC Episode 87 - Good News, Bad News

    ANTIC Episode 87 - Good News, Bad News

    ANTIC Episode 87 - Good news, bad news
    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we have tons of news, both good and bad, and lots of coverage of new hardware.
    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 
    Interview index: here 
    ANTIC Facebook Page 
    AHCS 
    Eaten By a Grue 
    Next Without For 
    Links for Items Mentioned in Show:
    What we’ve been up to
    576NUC+ cartridge upgrade - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/myteks-576nuc-atari-computer/products/myteks-576nuc-and-internal-fujinet  News
    FujiNet multi-platform - https://www.facebook.com/groups/fujinetusers/permalink/3255652564716397/  Brewing Academy updates - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/atari-800-xl-xe-xel-xld/products/xep80-ii-by-mytek  The SDRIVE Simple II from MyTek - https://ataribits.weebly.com/sdrive.html  ABBUC software competition 2022 opened! - https://abbuc.de/2022/04/abbuc-softwarewettbewerb-2022-eroeffnet/  Neon by Gistov: https://github.com/Gibstov/Neon/  https://atariage.com/forums/topic/322460-neon-demo-hypertext-adf-browser-for-atari/  Reference guide by MassiveRobot (Andrew Diller) - https://www.dropbox.com/s/4r5ib6u7b3b5oq3/Neon_Programmers_Reference_v1c.pdf?dl=0  Atari Reference Guide by MassiveRobot - https://www.dropbox.com/s/mrmoaykb8wuzgvy/AndyAtariReference_current.pdf?dl=0  Into the Vertical Blank Homesoft tweet - https://twitter.com/atari_vb_pod/status/1501596822250606600?s=21  Homesoft disk images - http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/index.php?idx=10  8-bit Hub - http://8bit-unity.com/?page_id=551  Atari 800XL Keychain - https://www.the8bitguy.com/product/atari-800xl-keychain/  Argon and Atari 8-Bit (phone/tablet/TV/Chromebook/PC) - bhall408: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/332333-argon-and-atari-8-bit-phonetablettvchromebookpc/  https://www.markspace.com/argon/  Starmaster port by Glurk - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/332899-starmaster-8-bit-final/  Upcoming Shows
    VCF East 2022  =   Apr 22, 23, 24, Infoage Science and History Museums, Wall, NJ - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/  Boatfest Retro Computing Festival 2022 = June 24-25 - Hurricane, WV - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/boatfest-retro-computer-festival-2022-tickets-222333103297  VCF Southeast - July 15-17  Southern Fried Gaming Expo https://gameatl.com/  KansasFest 2022 = July 19–24, 2022, Kansas City, MO - https://www.kansasfest.org/ JUST ANNOUNCED it will be in-person AND remote VCF West 2022 =  Aug 6, 7, The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/  Fujiama - Sept 8-11 in Lengenfeld Germany  YouTube Videos
    From $2 Billion to Nothing - The Rise and Fall of Atari by ColdFusion -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_kEhHAMupU  ATARI XL / XE =+ BERT += 10-LINERS BASIC CONTEST 2022 by Vitoco, posted by Atari 8 Bits For Ever - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL7dpQkLZBo  Atari 800 Commercial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upfno98p1xE - uploaded by Nathan Hadley How to pronounce Atari 800 Computer FL in Telugu? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ztgGOscC7c  ATARI XL / XE =+ FREEWAY += NEW PORT GAME 2022 by Atari 8 Bits For Ever - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX5ESH2UovA  New at Archive.org
    German Atari books: https://archive.org/details/das-assemblerbuch-fur-die-atari-computer-400-800-600-xl-800-xl-130-xe-finzel-1986  https://archive.org/details/6502-assembler-kurs-fur-beginner-dripke-2.-aufl-1984  https://archive.org/details/atari-profibuch-2018  https://archive.org/details/chip-sonderheft-atari-600-xl-800-xl-65-xe-130-xe  https://archive.org/details/800-xe-0787  Allen: https://archive.org/details/computer-shopper-october-1985-vol-5-num-10-atari-articles  T

    • 1 hr 18 min
    ANTIC Interview 431 - Tom Zimmerman, AMY chip

    ANTIC Interview 431 - Tom Zimmerman, AMY chip

    Tom Zimmerman, AMY chip
    Tom Zimmerman worked at Atari from 1982-1984 where he was on the digital audio research team in Atari's Corporate Research Lab in Sunnyvale. There he worked on the AMY chip — a next-generation audio chip. Tom, one of four AMY team members, wrote the 8051 code to control the TTL prototype of the chip. The chip was never released.

    AMY, which stands for Additive Musical sYnthesis, was originally intended to be part of the Rainbow chipset, which was the core of Atari's next generation of 16-bit microcomputers. Those computers were never finished. Then, the AMY chip was announced to be the centerpiece of the Atari 65XEM, an Atari 8-bit computer with advanced sound capabilities. A prototype of the 65XEM was shown at the 1985 Consumer Electronics Show, but ultimately it was another computer that didn't make it to market.

    Also: in 1982 Tom filed a patent for a “Data Glove,” a glove with optical sensors to measure the bend of the wearer's fingers. He turned down a $10,000 offer from Atari to buy the rights to the Data Glove. The product would eventually end up at Nintendo, where it became the Nintendo Power Glove.

    This interview took place on March 7, 2022.

    65XEM info at AtariMuseum

    AMY chip at AtariMuseum

    AMY chip info at AtariMax

    AMY chip at Wikipedia

    Rainy Day Activities for the Atari book by Nancy Mayer

    ANTIC Interview - Dale Yocum

    ANTIC Interview 199 - Bob Alkire and Steve Saunders, Rainbow GPU

    Rainbow chipset documentation

    Tom on AtariAge

    Video version of this interview

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

TwoThumbBob ,

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.

gyachts ,

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.

Dneedham ,

Thoroughly enjoyable

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!

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