Okay. I'm going to say it. I was kind of a pirate back in my Atari days. I used to collect games to collect them, and didn't play them nearly as much time as I spent collecting and organizing them. I kept all of my games catalogged in a (Pirated) copy of Synfile. (A friend had a Happy 810.)
Unfortunately, I got rid of the disks when I was downsizing to move about 7 years ago (went into the trash, I regret it to this day).
However, I was digging through some old boxes and found a printout of my Synfile list!
It's a nice retrospective of what teenage me thought of these games. (Apologies in advance if any of these games were created by anoyone on here and I gave it a bad rating or bad description.)
Anyway, I've had fun looking this over and thought others on here might also. (I'm very tempted to try to recreate thes disks exactly like this, just to see if I can...) (Or not...)
At this time, I cannot justify (much less actually find) hardware to properly preserve these disks.
If someone is willing to do cryoflux dumps of these (and other disks I have) and share with the preservation society I will gladly send these to them it they promise to post the dumps and if they sell them, use the money to buy more disks to preserve.
I want evidence that you can do this, along with evidence that you are prepared to keep the preservation alive.
It would be awesome if they were in the Cincinnati area so I could present the disks in person rather than sending them.
Hi. I got some disks when I bought another auction and wanted to know if there was interest in trying to image any of these.
I haven't even tried to put them in a drive yet. Many of them did not come with sleeves, so I do not know what shape the media is in.
I haven't really imaged anything for posterity yet. Not sure if I can justify the epense of buying the hardware to ATX these. Would ATR's be enough?
Of the disks I got, these do not appear to be in Farb's archive. Please let me know if there is any interest in any of these. Also, some of them, I'm not even sure what they are, so if anyone has any information on any of these, it would be great if you could share. (The two Antic Disks and the Funlwriter disk in particular.)
I've still not even started downloading the torrent.....I hope that we keep up the numbers...
I think the fear of Torrent use is the major stumbling block, people have to remember that they are not looking for stuff like the Atari 8 bit, its the current music and films that get the bans and cease and desist letters...There's no issue with that would ever come to something over this sort of stuff, arcade games and new games yes, but this stuff is fine and the worst that could happen is that an ISP might ask you what you are P2P'ing if they can't be bothered to look themselves.
Downloading AND seeding will have no issues....Its not going to get anyone in hot water...Hence the Archive sites with Atari games are still there, the only reason they go down is normally hosting costs..
Relax folk....The FBI are not looking over your shoulder
Well not for this
PS..Before copyright is mentioned I'd hope that if anyone had an issue with an item in a torrent that they would ask for the torrent to be changed rather than report it as a copyright violation....We value our devs and copyright holders but there's no need for a big scene...
While I wholeheartedly agree that this group is performing a noble, necessary service, I think it might be good to be just a little bit paranoid.
A simple if then statement should be enough.....and what other things do you mean ? It serves me well as it is and for me the whole cassette emulation could be ripped out as I fail to see the pint of emulating cassettes.
But other people probably love it......what Im trying to say, to each his own.....and the more people tell me not to do something ....the more I get triggered....
I mean, the reality is, files that start with a . are supposed to be hidden on many file systems. It seems like a pretty simple change to check for that and dont display them. But, maybe it would mess up the programs ability to index to the correct file. I havent looked at the code.