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Re: The Obligatory 'Introduce Yourself Thread'...

Postby 607 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:57 pm

Hey!
I'm 607!
That's obviously not the name that was given to me at birth, but it's the name I've used as a nickname since I was 6 years old.
I'm not sure why people were sharing height and weight as part of their introduction, but I guess I could do so, too. I'm currently about 194 centimeters tall and weigh about 66 kg, perhaps a bit more.
My birthday is April 28th, 1999.
I have been diagnosed with PDD-NOS and am very sensitive (for both emotions and the five senses), but lately I've been able to socialise quite well, for an autistic, so I'm glad. I'm also of the opinion that there are qualities coming with an ASD like PDD-NOS as well.
I was born in the Netherlands, near Utrecht, but when I was about 10 years old we moved "back" to Frisia (also a part of the Netherlands), where both of my parents had spent a big part of their life.
I grew up with Windows 98, but my father made sure to also introduce the Atari ST.
I loved playing games on it, but I couldn't often play as I couldn't figure out how most of it worked. If I'd ask my father, he'd help, though, occasionally.
I think my earliest memories in life are those of watching my dad play Fable, in DOS. I'm not sure, though, as I wouldn't know at what age that was. I also recall him playing Day of the Tentacle and Pinball Fantasies on the same pc, I'm not sure if those memories are from the same time or a couple months/years earlier or later.
Throughout my childhood, I quickly developed a love for computers, and gaming. I'd game as often as I was allowed too, and often more than I was allowed too.
In elementary school, most of my friends had a DS, and I wanted one too. I asked for it but mentioned a Gameboy Advance would also be fine, which one of my friends often used at school.
I ended up getting a Gameboy Color and I couldn't have been more happy with that.
With that, I got into Nintendo and I've been a Nintendo fan ever since.
At this point my father never used the ST anymore (also because the second joystick died and thus we couldn't play together anymore), I had occasional periods where I'd play a specific game for a while going for high-scores or level completion, and at some point I started recording Atari soundtracks with my iPad. I didn't do all too much with the ST, though.
In January of last year, my father died.
Shortly after I rediscovered my love for Lemmings, which I was playing in DOS. When I wanted to play the 2P mode again I fired up the old Atari ST: I had never dared to play Lemmings myself, as there was a problem with our disk during loading where the machine would start making terrible sounds, and you'd need to take the disk out and put it back in again.
I always let my father do that back in the day, but he was dead now, so I needed to do it myself. And I succeeded, obviously.
After this, I got into Atari again, and started trying out more stuff I had never dared. More games, at first, and then some stuff my father had made (he was really into GFA-Basic as a teen). Meanwhile, I succesfully emulated Lotus III on pc for the first time ever, which I had tried to do before. This time it took me hours again, as documentation on Atari ST emulating is much less easy to find and use than on say SNES emulating. I didn't give up, however.
After discovering Steem, I continued checking out floppies that seemed interesting (I've got a big box full of them, there are probably still gems in there I have no knowledge of).
I found lots of cool stuff: 1stWord+, DEGAS Elite, GFA-Basic... and then Quartet. When I found Quartet, I knew I had found quite something, as this was the first time I was able to compose music on Atari ST.
During the previous years, I had gotten into composing stuff, just for fun, or for my own or friends' games or films. I have also had a huge love for Atari ST music since first hearing the Prince of the Yolkfolk soundtrack, which was my favourite game as a kid.
And now I could finally make my own!
I also continued uploading Atari ST soundtracks to YouTube, and kept finding ways to make them sound better. Then came the point where I wanted to upload the entire Lotus III soundtrack as opposed to only the 6 cd tunes. And that's when I got here.
You'll find the rest of my story in threads around these forums ;)
Have a good day/night, everyone!

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Re: The Obligatory 'Introduce Yourself Thread'...

Postby fidzen » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:55 pm

Welcome to the greatest forum on earth "607"!
Nice to see some younger people discovering the Atari world also.
I have a 8 year old son with autism that loves to play on my Atari. :-)

Hope you will enjoy it here and looking forward to your posts.
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Re: The Obligatory 'Introduce Yourself Thread'...

Postby 607 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:06 pm

fidzen wrote:Welcome to the greatest forum on earth "607"!
Nice to see some younger people discovering the Atari world also.
I have a 8 year old son with autism that loves to play on my Atari. :-)

Hope you will enjoy it here and looking forward to your posts.

Yup, I assumed I'd be one of the younger people here! I'm used to that, though, I'm also on lemmingsforums, and there it's the same thing.
Age gaps aren't really a problem on the internet, though: some of my best friends online are about 26, 17, 46 and 11 years old!

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Postby wongck » Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:51 am

Welcome 607. Thanks for sharing about yourself and of course the two Quartet tunes.
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Postby Nintendologist » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:25 pm

Hi everyone!

My name's Jon and I'm 33. I've got the nickname 'Nintendologist' which I use pretty much use everywhere online - it comes from years of owning many a Nintendo console, at one time having a huge library of SNES, N64 and Gamecube games (sadly now sold! :cry: ) and being known to be pretty handy at most games on these systems!

My Atari life started out at the tender age of 6 when I was bought an Atari 600XL for Christmas. I spent many an odd hour playing text adventure games, making my own programs or typing in listings from Page 6 magazine. My true love was my Atari 520STFM which my parents bought be when I was around 8 years old. The graphics! The sound! Floppy disks! (having come from a tape drive and 16k of memory my mind was blown). This computer was like a brother (I'm an only child) and I've got great memories of many, many games - friends used to come round after school and there would be hours of Sensible Soccer or Super Cars II :D Finally, schoolwork necessitated (read: I wanted to play Doom and Command and Conquer) that we get a PC and focus switched to this new machine, with the good old STFM being relegated to the keyboard drawer (remember those??). It eventually got sold to fund the purchase of a printer!

During University I studied Computer Science & Software Engineering, and this encouraged me to 'tinker' with Atari once again. A guy on the course ended up selling me his Falcon (4Mb/40Meg I think) for something ridiculous like £50 and a Japanese Sega Saturn. As a freebie, he also gave me his 520STE! The Falcon was used for some project coursework (something DSP/MIDI related IIRC) and at the end of the course was sold on eBay to save space. The STE went into numerous lofts and has moved around with me over the past 20 years... until the other day. Clearing out the garage for some space for car parts (my other passion is my Mazda RX-8) I found the STE all boxed up and looking a bit left out. I dug it out and although yellowed its surprisingly in good condition. I have an SM124 monitor too, so I thought I'd bring them in, let them come to room temperature for a few days then connect them up and see if things worked. Low and behold both fired into life - I was greeted with the GEM desktop after 20 years of absence and a whiff of nostalgia filled the room :) I popped disk 2 of the discovery pack I still had - Space Harrier - and after some whirring and grinding I was greeted with an old favourite.

So that's about it - I'm looking to get the machine looking great again, so I've taken it apart and started cleaning up the keyboard (using some cream peroxide solution) and I'm looking to repaint the housing. Maybe original stone grey or maybe something different. The floppy drive still works, but sounds a bit noisy and I'm thinking of stripping it and using the shell to house floppy drive emulator hardware. I also noticed the TOS chips were v1.6 so I purchased a new set of v1.62 (to keep maximum compatibility for games, I think) and also got myself an RGB SCART with audio cable to connect the ST up to a TV. I did try to use a SCART to VGA converter to connect into a Sony LCD monitor I have (it has the same colour scheme as the ST casing!) on the off chance it might have the right refresh rates - it does, but sadly the resolution is too low for the Sony, so I'll need to get an external tuner card or something if I'm dead set on using the ST with this LCD monitor. I also want to use a (wireless) USB mouse as 2 minutes with the original Atari one reminded me of the 'good old days' :lol: so I'll get a Tom type adaptor in the near future I think. I think using the original Atari casing with new innards is a bit beyond my skill set, so I'll probably spray a replacement mouse in a matching colour and print up an Atari sticker. As my car friends will attest to, I'm a bit weird about keeping things looking like they were original, so I generally go to some lengths installing stuff that doesn't ruin the 'look' of the unit i.e. On this ST I want to get the SDCARD for the floppy emulator coming out the original slot and I'd like to hide the Tom dongle so it's not hanging out the bottom of the port.

Overall, I'm not looking to use this machine for anything serious apart from some great retro gaming in my spare time.

Hopefully you're still here and not under the impression I'm a nut case. I look forward to speaking to some of you via the forum - please bear with me if I ask anything that appears stupid. I do use the search function as much as possible, but if I miss something it can only be excused because you all have put so much helpful information on this forum, it can be easy to miss something.

ATB,

Jon
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Postby Wayne123 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:59 pm

Hello, my name is Wayne and I live in Southern California.
I purchased my first Atari computer back when the 520ST first came out and used only that computer for the next 7 years.
I did just about every hardware mod I could find for that machine. My whole family were Atari users,one of my brothers designed a hardware interface for his Atari ST and wrote software to create a CNC Mill out of his old manual machine.

I used to go to all the big Atari shows we had in Southern California, it was a lot of fun back then and to be honest the modern computer scene is just not as exciting now as it was back in the old days.

I got rid of my ST when it stopped working sometime in the late 90's and I have missed having an ST ever since, a few years ago I started playing with emulators more than I had in the past, I wanted to relieve the nostalgia of my younger years. Last year I prchased the awesome little MiST FPGA box and just recently ordered a 1040STE from one of the few remaining dealers that has them, he is backlogged with work so I have no idea when I will actually get my STE so for now I the closest thing I have to a real Atari is my MiST FPGA box. In the future I hope to get a TT030, I have wanted one since they first came out but they were out of my price range, I like the Falcons also but it seems the prices on them are getting crazy high now so I doubt I will ever get one.

I am amazed that there are still active forums around for these old computers will enjoy reading the forums to get up to speed on the Atari scene.

Thanks,
Wayne

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Postby Rustynutt » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:13 pm

Hey Wayne,
Think as we get older, Nostalgia is inherited from stories learned long ago listening to our elders reminisce about their days gone by.

Personally, the past 25 years of my life has been spent realizing life wasn't so bad early on :)

We recently moved from the Mojave Desert after 33 years to the central Oregon coast. I'm a native of San Diego.

I've attended the Glendale Atari show when the Jag was first released, and one of the Sacramento Atari Expos. Great times.

Honestly, technology aside, the platform has likely never enjoyed the support and success it now has.

Spreading the peanut butter thin as well, also into restoration of a 1968 Camaro, and maybe 35 1969 to 1985 Vintage and Classic motocross bikes.
Of those, the Atari hobby likely drains more funds and time than the other two (not counting crabbing, fishing, photography :) ).

You'll see a lot of talk about who paid how much for that. I do try to keep commonsense in one hand while the other says this is what you always wanted.

That said, moving into any hobby is about self satisfaction, get what you want when you want. It's much less expensive than just biding time:)

Falcon's can be expensive, maybe $4.00 a day unless you run into a deal :)

If you still have any of the CNC interface, it would be great to see. I've about 15 years CNC lathe and even 5 axis mill programing (which unfortunately doesn't translate to 68k assembly :) experience.

Welcome home.

Wayne123 wrote:Hello, my name is Wayne and I live in Southern California.
I purchased my first Atari computer back when the 520ST first came out and used only that computer for the next 7 years.
I did just about every hardware mod I could find for that machine. My whole family were Atari users,one of my brothers designed a hardware interface for his Atari ST and wrote software to create a CNC Mill out of his old manual machine.

I used to go to all the big Atari shows we had in Southern California, it was a lot of fun back then and to be honest the modern computer scene is just not as exciting now as it was back in the old days.

I got rid of my ST when it stopped working sometime in the late 90's and I have missed having an ST ever since, a few years ago I started playing with emulators more than I had in the past, I wanted to relieve the nostalgia of my younger years. Last year I prchased the awesome little MiST FPGA box and just recently ordered a 1040STE from one of the few remaining dealers that has them, he is backlogged with work so I have no idea when I will actually get my STE so for now I the closest thing I have to a real Atari is my MiST FPGA box. In the future I hope to get a TT030, I have wanted one since they first came out but they were out of my price range, I like the Falcons also but it seems the prices on them are getting crazy high now so I doubt I will ever get one.

I am amazed that there are still active forums around for these old computers will enjoy reading the forums to get up to speed on the Atari scene.

Thanks,
Wayne

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Postby Wayne123 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:08 pm

Hello Rustynut,
The CNC hardware interface is long gone, I do have the mill it was on in my workshed but all the stepper motors were removed.
I do have a small CNC router that I use with Mach3 software, I also have a 3D printer and a mini laser engraver to round out my CNC toys. Back in the 80's I spent a lot of money on street bikes, only had a cheap on off road dirt bike, my brothers had many dirt bikes. I live in the Mojave desert now but I used to live in Orange County. I went to the Glendale shows and at least once to one at the Disneyland hotel.

I spent a fair deal on photography equipment over the years, I have quite a few old cameras in my collection but my normal use cameras are a Canon 7D mark 2 and a Sony α6000, unfortunately I have a few medical issues that make taking pictures more difficult now so I decided to play around with the computer stuff more, I crashed my motorcycle back in 1982 and the neck and back injuries have caught up with me.

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Postby Rustynutt » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:51 pm

:)
12 somewhat major surgeries to date. Latest 2 spinal and TKR left knee. Neuropathy is taking over, endorphins seem to help, getting ready for the 60 yearold class up here in the mud. Have a nice bench racing rocking chair ready.

I worked at China Lake for 30 years.

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Postby Wayne123 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:20 am

Rustynutt wrote::)
12 somewhat major surgeries to date. Latest 2 spinal and TKR left knee. Neuropathy is taking over, endorphins seem to help, getting ready for the 60 yearold class up here in the mud. Have a nice bench racing rocking chair ready.

I worked at China Lake for 30 years.



My older brother has had eight or nine surgeries between his neck and his back, he broke his neck riding his dirt bike, luckily he was riding with a friend, they helicoptered him to Loma Linda. He has a pain pump now that injects pain killers directly into his spine now. He used the Atari powered CNC mill to make aluminum cases for an enduro computer he used to sell.

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Postby tsmvp » Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:41 am

Greetings from Canada, Ottawa to be more precise.
Believe it or not, today was the first time I have seen an Atari computer in person and I can certainly explain why.
Even though I am Canadian and have been in Ottawa for close to two decades, I actually grew up in South America (Brazil).
So back in the 80s, due to the import ban on computers (the idea was to protect the local industry - fail IMHO) everything you could get your hands on were Apple/TRS-80/Sinclair clones. Mid 80s brought us MSX clones and of course down the road, PCs (well there was actually one company that made the first and only Apple Mac clone, based on the 128/512 - I did my internship there but that is the subject for another post).
What that created was a generation/market that had no exposure to anything like the Commodore/Amiga/Atari computers (video games, different story - there were licensed copies of the Sega Genesis/Atari 2600/etc).
As I do love retro things, especially the ones I played with when young, years ago I started collecting video games. The old Woody Ataris, Jaguar, Saturn, NeoGeo, etc. Even Pinball/Arcade machines. But I felt there was something missing. That is when I started to take a look at all the great stuff that I missed due to being in South America. Dang. :mrgreen:
That brings us to today. I see a post on the local For Sale board for an Atari computer. After further inspection, it was a mint (the thing looks new) Atari 520STfm with its matching color monitor (SC1224 - also in excellent condition, with a perfect, colorful and bright picture), mouse, joysticks, etc. Everything was there. Boxes, manuals and a cardboard box with 300 floppies, that according to the seller, are indeed working. Add to that many games in the original box with all the artwork etc. Having no clue how much these things go for, I offered him $150 and he accepted. :cheers:
Now the plan is to do what I am doing with a Commodore 64 I bought two weeks ago. LOL.
- Figure out if it is possible to have some peripheral that works like a hard drive but is SD based or even an IDE interface I can put a hard drive on it. Not sure what would be the maximum size. From what I am reading it seems like depending on the OS version it can see up to 24 partitions but not all will be assigned a 'drive letter' limiting the whole thing to around 8GB.
- Find a way to copy all the floppies to this 'SD' based thing.
- Add somehow a Network Card so I can access BBSs and IRC. Ideally if heaven allows, in 53 or 80 columns for IRC.
- Understand what sort of OS this thing runs, if it can be booted off the SD card and how to upgrade the OS to the latest one available/possible.
- If I manage to get all the above going, well then spend some time trying to understand how to program the damn thing.
Of course all this assumes I will have time in my hands, what almost certainly will not be the case due to the job-related traveling, the eight cars in my garage and the five year old that I managed to get at age 40. :lol:

Cheers and regards from Canada.

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Postby Wayne123 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:35 pm

tsmvp wrote:
- Figure out if it is possible to have some peripheral that works like a hard drive but is SD based or even an IDE interface I can put a hard drive on it. Not sure what would be the maximum size. From what I am reading it seems like depending on the OS version it can see up to 24 partitions but not all will be assigned a 'drive letter' limiting the whole thing to around 8GB.
- Find a way to copy all the floppies to this 'SD' based thing.
- Add somehow a Network Card so I can access BBSs and IRC. Ideally if heaven allows, in 53 or 80 columns for IRC.
- Understand what sort of OS this thing runs, if it can be booted off the SD card and how to upgrade the OS to the latest one available/possible.
- If I manage to get all the above going, well then spend some time trying to understand how to program the damn thing.
Of course all this assumes I will have time in my hands, what almost certainly will not be the case due to the job-related traveling, the eight cars in my garage and the five year old that I managed to get at age 40. :lol:

Cheers and regards from Canada.

CR



There is the UltraSatan for HD on an SD card, it is not too expensive.

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Postby Ragstaff » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:43 am

Welcome tsmvp, it sounds like you had a very different perspective on the whole retro era from where you grew up, I hope you enjoy re-living the 16 bit era with your ST as we did the first time around!
As Wayne said, UltraSatan is an SD card reader you can get pretty cheap, which will let you use an SD card for a hard drive.
All the other questions are a little more complicated but I'm sure if you browse the forums and make a few posts you'll get all the answers you need

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Postby tsmvp » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:42 am

Ragstaff wrote:Welcome tsmvp, it sounds like you had a very different perspective on the whole retro era from where you grew up, I hope you enjoy re-living the 16 bit era with your ST as we did the first time around!
As Wayne said, UltraSatan is an SD card reader you can get pretty cheap, which will let you use an SD card for a hard drive.
All the other questions are a little more complicated but I'm sure if you browse the forums and make a few posts you'll get all the answers you need

Thank you very much! Yes, I read about the UltraSatan and will get one for sure.
Right now the main things I need to tackle is:
1. Upgrading the TOS to the latest for the 520STfm that I think is TOS 2.06. I will do a search to see how it is done as it is all ROM based from what I can see and it is like going from 6 ROMs to 2 ROMS AFAIK. I have no idea what I have but when I turn it on it boots up and shows me the desktop. When I go and click where I can see the info it just says TOS, with no particular version listed.
2. The floppy is not working. Cannot read anything. Seems to be moving but no go. I read sometimes all it takes is a new capacitor so I will try to get these this week and replace it. The package came with a second floppy but the eject button is different. So I will try repairing it first and see how that goes.

Cheers!

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