W1K, I have never seen anything shipped from the USA to Slovakia ever arrive in the time frame your wishing for.... I would stress that whenever it ships, (at longest a week or so) That it will take at least that long plus Slovakian post to sort inspect deliver. I know there is a language barrier and also some forcefulness involved. Realize also that sometimes they return ship if the slightest thing is incorrect on the paperwork and then it's doubly long. Sometimes it requires the recipient to see(photo) the reason why it was refused to translate and help redo the shipment/document to get it there. This is the case often with overseas shipments coming and going. This has and always will be the case. Please offer help to your hobbyist vendor, he is trying to help you but may not know how to respond. This is a communications break down compounded by frustration on both parties as strongly worded emails tend to cause ill will among men.
Any Slovak want to help W1K? He can use some effort on translation of thought to word. It starts out unintentional but ends up in spiral as both sides travel down that bumpy road.
Jookie is Slovak. (Well, technically I'm Slovak, but my great grandparents came from "the old country" so that's probably not what you mean). But I can say my CosmosEx spent a lot of time sight seeing in Bratislava before taking the slow boat to America (and it WAS a LONG boat ride). I never once questioned Jookie or his commitment or his value to the community.
People here are confusing businesses with hobbyists who charge for their time and materials because while they want to help the Atari community, don't have the financial resources to foot he bill for it and their families want to see some benefit for the time their loved one can't spend with them (like maybe a trip to the zoo with the kids and dinner out for the family).
I don't know about Lotharek and whether this is a primary source of income, a "second job" that provides meaningful income, or "a hobby he enjoys but can't afford to give it all away for free".
I know a few things....
1) I do want to get into doing Atari related projects for the community (probably software development more than hardware but someone is convincing me to look into driver development and how that can be more valuable.
2) I will not foot he bill for your hobbies. My time is valuable and I will expect something for my efforts for the enjoyment I provide.
3) I ran a business once. I no longer do. I have a job... A full time job. While I do not have a family to speak of, I still have things that have to be done in the few hours from when I get home from work to when I go to bed. I will not run what I do as a business. I will run it as a hobby, which I will do for fun and enjoyment.
3a) (Unless my income from the hobby exceeds the IRS limits for such activities, at which point, I will make a decision to stop the hobby, or quit my job and pursue this as a business....)
4) I currently make the equivalent of $25/hr. That's what my time is worth. If you buy something from me, minus the material cost, the remainder is how much time you get. Once that is exceeded, I help at my discretion, when the time is free, motivated only by the values my parents instilled in my to do a good job and do right by others.... but if I have a week like I did this week, where I had to put in a few extra hours each night, which meant I had to go to bed almost right after I got home so I could catch the early bus the next morning from Akron to Cleveland.... well... I'm not going to sweat not getting back to your email right away because I don't think you're using your Atari for mission critical business stuff or that your children are starving because you won't go to the grocery store until you beat level 38 of the game I wrote.
5) If you block w1k and gargoyle and read this thread again, it becomes REALLY funny (and you don't have to deal with negativity like that again).
Edited by Tillek, Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:17 PM.