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I made a small Atari 2600 program to aid me in one of my music projects. Even though I don't know if I'm going to be able to burn it or not. What I've done is make songs of various insane lengths (the longest one I've done so far is over 7 hours long.) I just got off the keyboard after playing it for an hour. I usually don't play it for that long, what I do is stitch together recordings of me playing the keyboard for 30 minutes at a time, various lengths, and call it a song.   In a son

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Mr. Boehm Update

Spent tonight re-familiarizing myself with the re-design of the Mr. Boehm and going over the data sheets of the new chips with David.   Parts are significantly cheaper than the previous version. Though re-writing all the controller code will be a bit daunting. Hopefully, sometime soon, I'll have a new demo ready.

flickertail

flickertail

 

Vertical MAME pt 4

While I have made some progress, I've also encountered a bunch of frustration.   The progress is mostly on the hardware side where I realized I could plug the Raspberry Pi back into the monitor's USB hub with a old USB A to B cable via the USB B jack to micro USB OTG cable.  Then I had the second realization I could simply plug in a pair of USB headphones for audio (and use cheap USB speakers in the final build).  While the USB speakers won't be as loud as ones powered by the 12V jack

EricBall

EricBall

 

more Quiz Wiz stuff

A box full of Quiz Wiz stuff came today. Four of the booklets I got did not have matching cartridges. But anyway, I did get 13 new to me cartridges and books. And, yes, another console. This one is different. This one is gray. I'm figuring this is a later model since the later cartridges were also gray. I was asleep for most of the morning. I got up at 9 a.m. and was still sleepy so I went back to sleep on the couch. And woke up at noon. It's almost 1 p.m. as I'm writing this. I really need to g

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Baldies - Interesting material on Atariage

When I started this blog I had honestly forgotten about Baldies.   It was a great with cute cut scenes but never got much into it.   Maybe if I tried it now, and found my copy, I would like it better?   But the pictures of the clay figure got me interested again.   So here is an interview I found on Atari about the creator of Baldies for starters....     These pictures were sent to me from our very own Mr. Atari!         Mr. Atar

doctorclu

doctorclu

 

AtariLab Interface: Investigating and modifying

AtariLab Interface modding and hacking   The AtariLab Interface is a peripheral that plugs into the controller port(s) of the 400/800/XL/XE machines and as many can be used as you have controller ports for. Originally the Interface came in the 'AtariLab starter set' which was to be the main kit in a series of educational experiment software and hardware modules. The 'starter set' came with one Interface and tools and software cartridge for the first module, the temperature module. Do t

Gunstar

Gunstar

 

Vivaldi-less (part 2)

So I put a web page up about the music I mentioned in yesterday's blog. I mentioned my mouse broke. So I went to Wal-Mart to get a new mouse. I had no idea there was such a thing as a fancy gaming mouse. I was looking at those, which cost anywhere between $40-$80 before I found the regular mouses (mice?). I pondered whether I should get one with a cord or without. The one with a cord, the cord was only two foot long, which I feared would be too short. So I went with the wireless mouse. It came w

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Vivaldi-less

So I have been working on another project. I had a font called "Vivaldi" I had been using for it. But when I reset my computer a few weeks ago because it was acting horribly, I had lost it. I hadn't worked on it since before that happened, so I was unaware that it would look crappy. It replaced Vivaldi with Comic Sans MS. So I was on the hunt for a new font that looked like Vivaldi because apparently I needed to pay to use it for some reason.   I found a new font on dafont.com called "

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

My Quiz Wiz cartridge progress report

I just finished question #150. The number of questions I need is 1,001. How much have I done? a.) 5% b.) 7% c.) 12% d.) 15% The correct answer is d. Well, if you round up a little. It's actually 14.9%. It's really, really hard thinking up of questions for this thing. Luckily I'm not confined to a certain subject, like Nature & Animals, or Mystery Places (which is really just geography.) I have to go to the second page of answers I found out. The first page had answer

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Upgrading and modding the Atari 800 too an 800AI

Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a how-to tutorial or a step-by-step guide. This is merely photos of my upgrades with some description and explanation. But feel free to ask any questions about any aspect of it.   This is my blog on all the upgrades, modifications and hacks that have turned a standard 800 into a machine that is still the original vision of Jay Miner's Colleen 800 at heart, and still fully compatible, but includes advancements and upgrades that Atari never envisioned.

Gunstar

Gunstar

 

WKRP: Jennifer or Bailey ?

So for those of us who are WKRP, and we are sticking to the original crew for this one, there have been discussion of Jennifer or Bailey over the years.   As a kid Jennifer was obviously the hot one and Bailey was the nerdy one, and mean, glasses!!   Arrgg!!   As Not Another Teen Movie joked, oh no, glasses!!   That is uncureable!!   Of course, secretly, just like Velma and Daphne, we migrated to the one with the glasses because the Jennifer and Daphne's of the world were... unobtainab

doctorclu

doctorclu

 

Back to the Intellivision

I decided to get the Intellivision out of the garage because it's been cold and I wanted to see if it still worked okay. Right now on the floor of my room is a Saturn, a Channel F, a GameCube, a Dreamcast, 2 Atari 2600s (I need to put one away), a 7800, an Intellivision 2, and an N64. So about half of my collection. After multiple searches in the garage, I still can't find my Atari 800. I doubt I would have parted with it because I found the game cartridges for it. Needless to say, I will be put

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Vertical MAME pt 3

There's a saying which goes something like "progress is seldom made in a straight line" - which basically means you can't really anticipate what you need to do until you've started.  But if you're wise you'll minimize your losses.  For me that means spending time rather than $$, which is why I am forcing myself to work out the software before I spend too much on hardware.   Last night I plugged the RPi0w into the monitor (I did buy a mini-HDMI to DVI-D cable as I couldn't assume that w

EricBall

EricBall

A8 MMS - Measure Counter

A8 MMS - Measure Counter

I have yet to input music into the MIDI MUSIC SYSTEM (MMS) software and have it correct the first play through.  I can hear the error as it is played but MMS gives no indication of  which measure it might be in.  One solution requires an Arduino, MIDI shield with a THRU port, and numeric display.   The plan was to program a MMS voice to out put a MIDI command once per measure on an unused channel and have the Arduino count the number of times the command was received.    I r

k-Pack

k-Pack

 

Mascot pins - Zool/Bubsy - January 2021

So collecting everything Bubsy got me started on collecting the E3 and video game promotion enamel and metal pins.     Then while see what Zool had out there (having found about all I could for Bubsy) I found the Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension pin!           (Update hours later...)   There is a Rayman pin. looks like bigger in scale than the ones above.  That one is on the way.     And so far no Kid Kleets /Socc

doctorclu

doctorclu

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