When redisigning it, putting more oomph into it to allow >9.600 baud speeds in and out would be interesting. I certainly lack the electronics knowledge to even contemplate such a project as much as I lack applications for 57K modem communication on the Atari but it sure would be cool
Ben is fine. I just got an email from him a few days ago. He's having trouble with his site. He is trying to resolve it.
Good to hear he's OK. I haven't done any business with him but listened to the interview with him on the ANTIC podcast. He sounded like a very special guy who enjoys supporting the Atari community as a kind of "not-really-for-profit" extra income.
As it doesn't really have any special programming features that later machines lack, I wouldn't expect there to be any "made for 1200XL" software. Until the world had noticed that the 1200XL had arrived and software and books got "400/800/1200XL" stickers it was pretty much gone again and replaced by the 800XL.