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#4209462 Best Electronics - problem with ordering

Posted by ryanmercer on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:14 PM

Two previous orders went without problems but this time I asked for about a dozen different items (with multiples of some) and was told to limit it to 3-4 items because of heavy demand at least until mid-Februar.

 

 

 

He will soup-nazi you if he thinks you are wasting his time, are going to resell, are trying to horde etc. If you tried to order 2 of something you might be on his bad list now. I ordered a restored 800xl off him some years back and a couple months later wanted a restored 2600 too and he acted like he didn't want to sell and like he suspected me of trying to make some flipping profit, I explained my mother had been talking about how she used to play my brother's 2600 and I was buying her one for her birthday (which was the truth) and BAM invoice. 




#4106304 Shielding in 800XL

Posted by ryanmercer on Wed Sep 5, 2018 12:24 PM

 there really isn't much reason to do so. I do like to use the bottom shielding in my 1200XL with an Ultimate 1MB board, simply because otherwise the entire system feels a little less substantial than I'd like. By contrast, my 800XL (also with a U1MB) doesn't have any of the old shielding in it at all.

 

Your mileage may vary ...                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Well, if you've any amateur radio operates in the area it is just common courtesy to replace the shielding. 




#4075061 Been out of the loop for 6 months moving and stuff, did I miss anything?

Posted by ryanmercer on Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:57 AM

The good thing for most people is, the current tariff changes (while they are killing us at work and frustrating us while we rapidly adjust to hundreds of tariffs being force-formal now) are mostly just electronics, motors, connectors, cables etc. Bad thing is for those of us in this forum is, it's mostly just on electronics, motors, connectors, cables etc. 




#4072634 Been out of the loop for 6 months moving and stuff, did I miss anything?

Posted by ryanmercer on Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:24 AM

The first "customer-built" (*) 1088XEL machines have come to life from the workbenches and soldering irons of dedicated hobbyists. :)

 

(*) I.e., not built by project developers or beta testers.

 

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#3762346 1088XEL Alternative Mother-Board Project

Posted by ryanmercer on Mon May 15, 2017 11:14 AM

Looking good!




#3753996 Modern day "tulip mania" with 1200XLs on eBay today

Posted by ryanmercer on Tue May 2, 2017 11:00 AM

To be fair there is a finite supply, perhaps someone just wanted them for future parts. I mean, I think I have a dozen 800xl's now and any time I have a little extra money to spend and see one for a reasonable price I buy it just to have another machine for parts in the future. 




#3739931 Atari Sealed Obscure Games Valuations

Posted by ryanmercer on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:51 AM

Sealed stuff fetches more price purely from faith/naive folks. . I'd absolutely never pay a premium for something sealed unless it's like a LEGO set where you can open the box and see the bags of elements still sealed in the custom LEGO bags. 


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#3739914 Atari Sealed Obscure Games Valuations

Posted by ryanmercer on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:33 AM

You, and anyone buying, should assume nothing is ever factory sealed. Ever. Shrink wrap machines are stupid cheap and a few practice attempts will result in something perfect. The same goes for anything 'sealed' with a sticker. A few minutes with a heat gun and you've opened and closed it with no visible signs. 




#3702711 Carina 1.0 BBS

Posted by ryanmercer on Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:46 PM

 

Well, although I'm a married person (thus, not a single person), I do still have my landline. I rarely use it these days, but meh, it's part of my DSL service and if power ever went out like when the entire midwest USA lost power some years back, I can still make calls with it. :thumbsup:

 

--Tim

 

 

See you're lucky with DSL, people that have VoIP via something like AT&T Uverse can only use modems and the like that use tone dialing as pulse dialing doesn't work. Good thing is, most (if not all) atari modems allowed tone dialing I believe. 




#3692472 Is it worth getting an atari 400 If I already have a 2600?

Posted by ryanmercer on Thu Feb 9, 2017 8:42 PM

400? Ewwww get an 800xl ;P not like I'm biased because I totally don't own something like a dozen or anything.




#3691866 Upgrading my daily driver 800xl to have a Rambo 256K, what should I play?

Posted by ryanmercer on Thu Feb 9, 2017 8:50 AM

I have AtariMax's CF cartridge and an Ultimate SD Cart :). I mainly snagged this machine because it already had a video mod, the Rambo was just a bit of a bonus. I also always like to buy myself something for my birthday which is next month so this ticked off my birthday purchase. I really gotta stop buying 800xl's though haha.

 

I'll check out:

 
  • Crownland
  • Treasure Island Dizzy
  • Amaurote 128
  • XEGS Commando
  • XEGS Airball 



#3691761 Upgrading my daily driver 800xl to have a Rambo 256K, what should I play?

Posted by ryanmercer on Thu Feb 9, 2017 5:47 AM

So I was checking eBay for cables last night and stumbled upon someone (based on what else they had for sell, one of you will be shipping me my 800xl this morning) selling an 800XL with a Rambo 256k mod and upgraded video for s-video/composite video/audio output and since I downsized my collection to almost exclusively 800xl's last year and have wanted to do a memory upgrade I just had to jump on this thing when I saw it.

 

Given the memory upgrade, what do I absolutely have to check out that I've never been able to play or what demos should I check out?




#3675468 Indianapolis-Area Vintage Computer Club

Posted by ryanmercer on Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:34 PM

Haha I'm at hmmm.... 12ish months in that photo, now I'm at around 17 months. 




#3657703 How are you preparing for the End of Atari?

Posted by ryanmercer on Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:22 PM

Meh, that's a black box. I'm talking more along the lines of the (hopefully, I mean it is crowd funded sooo) forthcoming The 64 or like these retro computer kits from Briel. If I'm coughing up 200$ for something, I want it to look nice, not like a kvm. 




#3657687 How are you preparing for the End of Atari?

Posted by ryanmercer on Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:03 PM

 

 

I think the odds for Atari for our generation (people who used Atari originally) are in good hands. I do wonder how many non-original users (people who did not use Atari in the 80s) are interested and will remain interested. 

 

 

I'm not an original user. I was born in 85 and while we did have a 2600 in the house until I was 4 or 5 it was my half-brothers and kept in his room in the basement so outside of arcade machines I had no real exposure to Atari until August of 2014. I've half a dozen or so 800xl's now and have owned 15-20 machines total although gave a bunch away at the beginning of the year to downsize. I love the original machines but part of me would really like to see a new machine get made that would support the .old software and hardware.

 

The fact that people have made new Apple II and Commodore 64 machines gives me hope.