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This is a simple blog for me to record my experiences with Atari (and other) 8-bit computers - sort of an open diary. Responses are welcome, but not expected or required. If you find some amuesment or even useful information, then I have succeeded. But my bar is low - I will be happy to have a place to collect my thoughts and ideas regarding my past and ongoing experiences in the Atari 8-bit world - both real and virtual. If you are reading this, thank you for dropping by.

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A New Addition...

I recently purchased an Atari 130XE package deal NTSC tested passes PBI salts A8picoCart SIO2PC w/cables and an assembled Fujinet 1.7 Atari 800 800XL 130XE 65XE XEGS on ebay. (Thank you shawnj03 and voidabone) These, combined with my linux based tnfs and 576NUC+ give me my own local Atari network. The A8picoCart give me access to the Mac/65-DDT environment for learning and developing assembly and perhaps Action! as well. Plus, with two networked Ataris I hope to play with the Fujinet's networkin

Reading FujiNet Date/Time into Sparta DOS 3.2g

Whenever I booted my Sparta DOS 3.2g disk was entering the current date and time manually. It was usually quick, but sometimes I didn't have the time handy. However, my Atari's (130XE and 576NUC+) both have FujiNet. When I saw on the FujiNet Wiki that you can get the current date and time from the internet (https://tinyurl.com/2r5vae5v) I decided that I had a new assembler project...   I am still (gradually) working my way through Atari Roots (https://tinyurl.com/4ea7vac8), so I have a

Move files around on my TNFS LAN

The TNFS is working fine, but I would like to move files (not just whole disk images) around (upload and download) my Atari LAN and between the Altirra on my PC and other machines on the network. The following is my solution, but if there is a better way to transfer files across I'd be eager to hear it...   As I previously described, I have my wife's old computer "defenestrated" to LINUX MINT. I created a DOS 2.5 disk image (TNFS_transfer.atr) and put it in my PC's /TNFS directory with

TNFS on Linux Mint using old PC

I recently "received" an old computer from my wife (a Dell 2-in-1 with Windows) which I have repurposed as my home Linux learning machine. I installed Linux Mint and decided to try to set up an Atari LAN in my home. Following the Wiki instructions (https://github.com/FujiNetWIFI/fujinet-firmware/wiki/Setting-up-a-TNFS-Server#setting-up-tnfs-on-raspberry-pi-or-linux) was a bit difficult because 1) I am new to Linux, and 2) it is definitely targeted to Raspberry-Pi installations. However, with a l

Voyage to Atari in the 21st Century (Part II: 8-bit Adventures)

When I started graduate school it was the mid-1980s. Though most of my analysis and writing were on an Amdahl mainframe (with the VDU in a closet) I saw an add for a Sinclair ZX81. I managed to put a little of my little away and it became the centerpiece of my bachelor apartment. I got a 32K memorex memory module and a rubber keyboard overlay and started to explore. I came to know about memory maps, screen memory and even a basic complier. And I wrote the first draft of my first published simula

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Voyage to Atari in the 21st Century (Part I - Toys to Mainframes)

My initial impression of computers formed in the 1960s and early 70s watching Star Trek, as well as reading a bit too much science fiction. Themes that seemed to be pure imagination were rapidly becoming reality. I watched the first lunar landing on our old Black and White TV (sitting a bit too close) and believed that people would be on Mars before the end of the century. The first 3/4 of 2001 seemed like a reasonable view of the near future, and HAL was just misunderstood - or a least the vict

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