Several years ago I was having a challenge to get audio out of an old monochrome monitor, with no speaker. I remembered reading in one of the old Atari Classics or Antics where Ben Poehland figured a workaround. Ben was prolific in the A8 field. He and the 1200XL Bob dude kept the Atari Classics Magazine going for a long time. I was always thankful for his technical knowledge of video and sound for the 8 bits. I found his home address somehow on the net, he never left his hometown, and wrote him for suggestions. He emailed me that he was not in the 8 bit field any longer and had long since given away or sold off his collection and moved on to the Bill Gates Land of Microsoft. He said he dumped all of it, tons of documentation, paperwork, engineering stuff, etc. I was kind of shocked. He was shocked that people still used Ataris, but was happy to learn they did.
Well, this all hit me hard. How could someone like Ben, so vested in Atari 8 bits, just dump it all.....just like that? It gave me pause for thought. Am I an idiot for hanging on to an obviously dated system.....arrested development?
Wow. I have loved my Atari for over 35 years now. Still I like getting new stuff for it, discovering what it can do. Sure, it amounts to a toy, a hobby now..but it's part of my history, my family. I cannot get myself just to dump it.
Maybe I am a hoarder and just don't want to admit it.
I may need professional help.