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#2088119 Atalan

Posted by Stephen on Sun Sep 5, 2010 5:17 PM

Thanks to a post from fandal, I have been reading up on a new high level programming language for the Atari called Atalan. The page is here. It looks quite promising.

#1899947 1040STf 13 pin monitor cable?

Posted by Stephen on Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:04 PM

I just got a 1040STf and an SC1224 off of Craigslist. It however, did not come with the cable to connect it to the ST, my version of the SC1224 doesn't have the cable built in. I cannot seem to find a direct 13 pin-13 pin cable, anyone have any advice?

Ends are available if you feel like building your own. I typically buy a cheap VGA extension cable, cut the ends, and wire up the DIN-13s. It's somewhat tedious, as the pics are very closely spaced.

If you don't want to to this, the ends are the same as used by Kenwood car stereo equipment for hooking up CD changers and Sirius/XM receivers. Those cables tend to be insanely long and rather expensive though.

Stephen Anderson

#1899304 What is your rarest/most valuable NON-2600 game?

Posted by Stephen on Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:38 PM

Jeff Wayne's 'War of the Worlds' game on cassette tape (boxed) for the ZX - Spectrum

Do things come from Mars in it? I mean, the chances of that are a million to one...

but still they come .........

#1845163 Help with dead XF551

Posted by Stephen on Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:44 AM

Dug out my XF551 today, it has died in storage over the last 3 months:sad:
Symptoms are: brief flash from the drive LED when turned on, Computer will not recognize that there is a drive connected.
I have used my 1050 with the same computer/discs/sio cable/psu this afternoon and all is fine with that set up, so those possibles can be ruled out.

Any ideas where a novice should start to look for the fault? (I have basic tools, multimeter, soldering iron, hammer etc)


Check the solder connections between the SIO connector and bottom of the PCB. These are almost guaranteed to break on every XF551.

Stephen Anderson

#1824583 The Last Word: LW or TLW?

Posted by Stephen on Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:19 AM

Since I've decided it's more "proper" to have "TLW" as the shorthand name for The Last Word (as referred to in the [enormous] manual), should I also change the name of the executable and config files? A small detail perhaps, but it's an extra keystroke...

Properly listed your program would be "Last Word, The" so I voted for LW.???

Stephen Anderson


Posted by Stephen on Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:29 PM

One is built, the other is put away for now. Excuse the image size - I didn't feel like scaling them down.

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#1013185 No longer for sale

Posted by Stephen on Sun Feb 5, 2006 9:55 AM

Wow - what a mess. I guess this is why 99.9% of my Atari time is spent on my little 8-bit machines.

Stephen Anderson