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Atari, ST/TT and mostly Falcon

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STING: Atari to PC

Here is a new version of a null modem TCP/IP connection between the atari and a PC this time with the use of the STING stack. I don't see a reason why it wouldn't work with an ST or Mega STE but as usual some things are beyond us.I only have a falcon to test. Setting up the Atari: First it is imperative to install and install properly the HSModem serial port drivers. To do that we place DRVIN.PRG in the auto folder late in the running order but before the drivers and the stack. After tha

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New stuff coming my way!

Here's a few things I am getting from a very well known Atari ST scener. It was a pleasure doing business with him Some of the very best atari st/falcon software .

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Christos

 

The frustration that is Aliexpress

As you may or may not know Alliexpress is a short of an ebay alternative and Aliexpress sucks! Seriously don't buy from aliexpress! Never buy from Aliexpress. Send Aliexpress where it belongs, to history!   Long story short. I bought a Samsung Galaxy S4 screen from a seller in Aliexpress and the item was defective. Meaning that the digitizer won't work. It happens in ebay too, but out of eight purchases from Aliexprees three were defective. That's right, there is a very high probability you'l

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Quick extract 0.5. I'll call it a public beta..

So here's the next version of quick extract. After some complaints about the distribution method this zip file has all the files you'll ever need. Just replace everything and it will work. What's new?   1. It now supports bz2 and tar.bz2 files. 2. Fixed bugs at tar.gz handling, it didn't work as it should but it will now. Hopefully any problems will be found by the users this time. The shortened version tbz isn't supported... i found no need but if you want it added just give me a shout, or

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Adding an Atari 16/32 to a network with internet.

For a first post I will attempt to describe the process to get the falcon online or to an already established network with the use of a null modem cable. It took me 5 days to get it (almost) properly working and I write this in the hope that it won't take you that long. So here we go!   Windows:   The first thing that you need to do is to change your null modem driver and create an incoming connection. This process is described here so I won't do it again. One thing to know though. When you

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It's been a while

It's been a while since I've updated this blog. Reasons? The usual . In the news, STOT is going rather well, I am getting a bit better coding but today the courier came!   After some delay I got the new stuff of the previous blog entry. What was in there? 22Kgrs of Atari things. The seller also included a lot of Atari 8 bit stuff free of charge. Thank you CyranoJ! So here's a list of what I got (Disclaimer: there's a lot of reading to do!)   ST software: Straight Fax 2.0 Diamond Bac

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Quick Extract v 0.3 released

Hi, just to announce the release of Quick Extract v 0.3. This is a small program that will allow you to easily extract files with just a double click from your desktop. Just install it as an application to open those zip, rar and other archive files. Everything else is explained in the docs. Have fun!

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Outline worms

Back in Outline 08 my good friend beetle (whom you all know by his moto: Have you modded atari today?), showed me on his laptop a BASIC program that an Amstrad CPC scener had written on his laptop (yeah, I mean THAT laptop). So I took over the task to port it to the ST GFA BASIC. Most of the work was done on site but today I revisited it. Beetle wants it to become a screen saver, but since I don't really know how to do that yet, here is worms vs 0.5. Enjoy.   Music replay routine by gwEm/phf,

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QEXTRACT 0.4

Version 0.4 of QEXTRACT. Some minor improvements in tar.gz handling and full source code included under the WTFPL version 2.   I should have mentioned that you need the files from the ARC folder in version 0.3. This is an update.

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Summer vacations.

Some of you may wonder why there is nothing Atari related from me. Truth is.. demotivation! Without anything exciting going on in the ST side of things (at least in front of the scenes) I find that my ct63 is rarely turned on. Also, I've been enjoying some summer vacations in Chalkidiki. Here's a sky!

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Christos

 

Downfall Falcon

Some time ago I wrote about Downfall for the atari jaguar and how much fun we had while developing it. For this falcon port little has changed in that respect. GGN tried to add to the game and with the graphics by Templeton and Sh3 the falcon gained a lot of interesting backgrounds. 505 signs the music in this one and the samples from the jaguar version were kept. Some don't fit really well with the falcon, since it's only 32-bit but they are funny to listen to nevertheless .   But as someone

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Ubuntu 11.10. Oneiric Ocelot and MiNT 1-17-0

It's been over a few weeks since I decided to move over to Ubuntu from windows. I have a dual boot system but I booted on windows only twice. One time to check something in the hardware from a windows only program, and another to see if it still works. I think I can do all the things I want from that, at the moment at least. Unfortunately I didn't find something like dscaler in order to record videos for my youtube channel so I guess I'll have to learn mencoder. Avidemux seems to be a pretty go

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STOT game series

Hi, Regular readers will know about STOT. After Outline 08 we started a series of 3 newly released games for the Atari ST line of computers. The three games are Dma-Sc's Manical Drop, Sh3-rg's Sudokunivers and now is concluded with Piccrosst. Read more about them at the official STOT forum over at atari-forum.com. Link:   http://www.atari-forum.com/viewforum.php?f=53

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What I am up to

Hello, It's been quite a long time since I last posted anything here. There is a good reason for that, I've been quite occupied with making websites and other IT related stuff. We've also spent quite a bit of time in creating our website from scratch. You can find it here: Mindsoft IT solutions . Our english pages are still under construction but we are working on the translations. Either way you can get a feel of what we do.   What does this mean for my Atari stuff. Well things are getting

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Downfall by Reboot. For the Atari Jaguar.

Well, this isn't the first time that I've been involved in the development of software and especially games but this is one of my favourites. First of all it took only 12 days to make and it was great fun while it lasted. The coders had the main engine up and running in just a few hours and then it was all testing, adding assets, more testing and design. Secondly it was all the laughs we had while discussing the game and how we should progress and lastly the end result that worked surprisingly w

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Atari 16/32 gaming in 2009.

Hi, finally found an idea to update my blog. I guess that's fun.   Though I don't think I am as much a gamer as I was last year (or active in the atari scene for that matter), I am still here. Still browsing the web, still getting new ideas, still helping out with STOT, though I've taken quite a backseat there with Thorn doing most of the work. So what is the state of things in 16/32 gaming this year?   For a starters, a few sites have gone active and a few more continue. Atarimania started

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Falcon youtube.

As some of you know (the faithful readers at least) I've been posting a few falcon and ST vids on youtube. I am at a point in time that I have very few ideas on what to post, so I am looking for your recommendations. What falcon video would you like to see?

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Attempt at something new.

Have you heard my voice? I guess not, so here is your chance . I tried to make a new video today, of me presenting my atari falcon 060, what sort of hardware I have, how it all looks like etc. I did it in english for the international crowd and I am not sure how it would appeal to people. So express your views, even if they are on the harsh side (I was never a fan of "nothing positive to say..."), So enjoy the vid.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQHWkzJSOgk

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STOT website

My good friend kRadD has done it this time. The new STOT website is up at http://www.npoi.de/page.php?2 . Bookmark it and enjoy the content. Also not to let it slip by, this is your last chance to participate in STOT season 1. The final game is on and it's the Bitmap Bros classic Xenon II.

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Christos

 

Atari 2600 Demo Release in Assembly 07

Trilobit have released a new demo for the VCS in the oldskool demo compo in Assembly 07 that is being held in Finland. I am once again impressed by these guys. The name of the demo is TOM/JONES Pouet page The demo is best viewed on a real PAL 2600.

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Christos

 

And after some power fluctuations

I heard my falcon's HD do clicking sounds. Then I couldn't write to the disk and 1 bad sector was found. But modern drives don't have bad sectors, which means it's on its way out. I had saved all the data I needed but what do I do now?

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STOT game dev compo

Thorn, Simonsunnyboy and I, decided to start a small gamedev compo for the fun of it. The game doesn't have to be from a coder, a text adventure written in a text adventure creator would be great. Seeing that many people have some game idea they started working on in the past we thought of offering a chance to fame and glory if you decide to complete it. Like I said it doesn't have to be fancy or anything. Just fun for you!   Anyway, here's the link:   http://forum.dbug-automation.co.uk/cg

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Falcon game videos

It's obvious that falcon gaming videos are rare in this world. This will change soon. With the help of SSB, whom I thank, I made a composite video cable for my falcon and I recorded the first video last night. You can find it . It's from the game Running which as you can tell is a Doom clone. Unfortunately there is no audio there but this will change in the next videos, I totally forgot I need an audio cable as well.. Enjoy.

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Christos

 

STOTro released.

Hi, This is my first intro, done in GFA Basic. It's planned to announce STOT @ Outline 08. Enjoy watching. Intro is for STE only and needs 2MB's of RAM (a bug discovered today hopefully will be fixed soon).     Update: STOTRO 1.1 released. Now works on Falcons as well! Also the memory bug is fixed. Now needs 1MB.   Edit: It's also on pouet.

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