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#1 bombidragon OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 10:16 AM

Kevins new book goes on sale soon. I would recommend it to anyone interested in retro computers or 80's tech.


Amazon http://www.amazon.co...cr_mts_prod_img

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#2 Savetz OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 12:04 PM

The paper version is available on Amazon now — the Kindle version should be available sometime this week.

This is probably the first book with an Atari 800 on the cover in 25 years or more :)

—Kevin

Edited by Savetz, Sun Nov 4, 2012 12:05 PM.


#3 bombidragon OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 2:11 PM

I finished the book last night, so I figured I would throw you out there.

#4 RJ OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 5:05 PM

Hey Kevin you look just like the guy on the cover! What a strange coincidence! ;)

#5 Chuck D. Head OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Nov 5, 2012 11:19 PM

Hey Kevin, thanks for reading for us at the Commodore Club last week. Gonna pick up the book this payday or next. Thanks for the TRS-80 stuff too!!

#6 Savetz OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:04 PM

The Kindle version is available now!

Kindle: http://www.amazon.co...BC&linkCode=as2

Or dead trees: http://www.amazon.co...03&linkCode=as2

-Kevin

#7 tremoloman2006 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:59 PM

Awesome! This sounds like the story of my childhood!
Anything with TRS-80 references makes happy! :)

#8 5-11under OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:18 PM

256 pages!

#9 raskar42 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:13 PM

is this book suitable for younger readers, or is it full of swears?



Edited by raskar42, Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:35 PM.


#10 Savetz OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:25 PM

@raskar - about the worst word that I use in the book is "crap" and its variants. It does use the term BJ once, where I'm quoting someone. And there's a reference to emailing porn.

#11 swlovinist OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:11 PM

Sounds like a fantastic read, I will have to pick this one up!

#12 twh/f2 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:12 AM

Bought it today for my Kindle for 4,85 EUR . Great read so far ! :)

#13 twh/f2 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:05 PM

I'm now at page 100 or so and must say I have to smile all over again and again.

Kevin, I just can't believe how often I can find myself in your stories. It's so wonderful - with your book I can remember scenes from my life which I almost forgot!!

What fascinates me is, that a kids life can be so comparable in that nerd-aspect. I've grown up in East Germany (GDR) and was born a few years later (1978). But all the things like mail orders, mailboxes, magazines, listings, books, high school trading and user groups are totally the same thing. amazing!!!

And I always thought that in the US it must have been totally different - everywhere Atari stores and software to buy even at Wal*Mart :)

Edited by twh/f2, Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:11 PM.


#14 Mister VCS OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:26 PM

terrible nerd since 1979 - since i got in touch with the Atari VCS ;)

#15 RJ OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:54 AM

Bought. Reading. Enjoying.

Joe (stepdad) doesnt seem so unkind, letting you run around w/ the night vision goggles, letting you bring his sword/weapon collection to the school Medieval Market, etc. Do we learn about his more dastardly behavior later on?

Edited by RJ, Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:02 AM.


#16 Savetz OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:30 PM

The Nook version is now available: http://www.barnesand...vetz/1113839841

@RJ -- No, I don't get into any dastardly stuff. The book is a tech memoir, not an autobiography, so I didn't to talk too much family stuff or whatever -- I just tried to provide enough about the family situation to provide context for the tech stuff.

Edited by Savetz, Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:30 PM.


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Posted Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:41 PM

I read the Kindle version...nice book.The number of laughs you get out of the book depends on just how geeky you are.

#18 smagnotta OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 1, 2012 3:42 PM

I just bought this for my Kindle. My first ever e-book for the Kindle. It is a nice read. Great job Kevin! A lot of similarities in my own life (I'm 45)...Recommended.

~Sal

#19 david_mn OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 2, 2012 6:45 PM

Just finished the book this morning. A nice read all around. I was born in 1968, and wound up as a technical writer so this parallels my life somewhat.

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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:01 AM

I've ordered this book and look forward to reading it, being of the same generation and a technical writer myself.

Regards,
Carl

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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:36 PM

I sure would like to buy and read your book :)

Problem is I live in Canada and I can not order from amazon.com but just amazon.ca :(

Is there another way to buy your book?

Thanks!

Yves (from Canada)

#22 Savetz OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:38 PM

@Yves - it's available on amazon.ca - as both Kindle or paper. http://www.amazon.ca...61324172&sr=8-3

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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:48 PM

Have been reading this the past couple of days and enjoying it. The one part that made me burst out laughing? When you mention sending in the reader reply cards to get catalogs, brochures, and best of all free demo disks. I too received multiple copies of Managing Your Money and the Buick disks back in the day. I just had to go down and dig through my old Atari disk boxes to see if I still have them. Yup, still have multiple copies of each... Of course reformatted and filled with pirated games.

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Posted Tue Jan 8, 2019 12:19 PM

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