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  • Birthday 07/18/1973

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  1. I fret about the impending de-pantsification of the world, that is being perpetrated via subliminal mind control on an unsuspecting populace. 


    People, please!...Keep your pants ON! 

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    2. CPUWIZ


      I don't wear pants, I live in SoCal, plus I don't leave the house. :P


      ਸੰਸਾਰ ਇੱਕ ਬਿਮਾਰੀ ਹੈ!



    3. carlsson


      My favorite pants are the Butamaru.

    4. x=usr(1536)


      The assumption is that any of us were wearing pants to begin with.  Are you absolutely certain that you're not living in The Matrix?

  2. FinForm has a very unfortunate bug that causes certain subtraction calculations to have incorrect results in the hundredths place.
  3. Button 1=fire Button 2=paddle now controls vertical movement It would be a bit of a brain bender at first, especially if one has logged many hours playing the game via joystick.
  4. I just noticed this change to the Penguin.net status of Rikki & Vikki: "The Atari 7800 ProSystem version of Rikki & Vikki ceased production on November 6, 2020 after shipping 550 units." [emphasis mine] Previously it said more would be possibly be made. I understand their position, but it still makes me a bit sad. It's such a fun game and cool game for the 7800. It's really a shame that there was never an arrangement made for AtariAge to continue making carts in some fashion, even considering R&V's unique board and chipset. Maybe someday...
  5. I played Atari today, but my Commodore simply could NOT keep up with me.  Just before it disappeared in the distance, I heard it sorrowfully lament today's ever changing views.

    1. desiv


      That's just what it wants you to think...  But beware... And don't let your guard down.... because even if you don't see it, the Commodore is keeping up with you...

  6. While you're at it.... "2019 Intellivision Productinos, Inc, becomes Blue Sky Rangers, Inc." Unless there was a wholly owned subsidiary south of the border?
  7. It always reminds me of the beginning of the song "Stand By Me". Or is is it another similar golden oldie? AFAIK, the game has no relation to the theatrical movie.
  8. Good question. I wrote a letter to my grandfather using that printer, and he (half) jokingly complained about the receipt sized paper. That's why I was excited to see Crimac advertising an 80 column printer in their initial brochures, but I believe it was dropped later. I later presumed they were going to modify or provide and adapter for a different off-the shelf printer. Edit: But really, Mattel thought it was an easy and cheap way to give a 40 column printout to match the display. Perfect for screen captures and Listing prints, but not good for much else.
  9. I don't know what the actual rules are, but I have never been charged a customs fee for anything I have ever received from overseas. If it has been dumb luck, I hope it continues...
  10. I'm not sure if Ken's source code has or had been released/shared before or since his unfortunate passing. Such a talent, and such a loss to the community. I've only seen and heard about this game belatedly. I would LOVE to have this as a finished game. I always preferred Tengen's Tetris over Nintendo's. If you could have added those catchy tunes it would have been great! The Russian dancer animations would have been a nice touch, but not necessary. Still, based on what I've seen of his other works, it seems there is little doubt Ken would have added many more surprises to the finished project.
  11. The modem software allows you to change foreground and background colors for the session. Sometimes, I played around with the colors to get better text clarity, but I usually left it with the default Aquarius black text on blue-green background. Perhaps, if the Aquarius was a selectable choice in the CompuServe setup, it would have used special Aquarius control codes and/or the Aquarius character set to create nice menus and pseudo ANSI graphics type displays. Alas, the Aquarius wasn't on the market long enough for any of that to happen.
  12. I had been nagging my parents for a computer for many months, then I received the Aquarius for Christmas of...must be '83? It was the common KayBee closeout boxed set which came with the cpu, Mini-Expander, and 4 games (Tron, SNAFU, AstroSmash, and Utopia). Since the Aquarius had already been discontinued by Mattel, it was impossible to find any other software/hardware. I started calling random Mattel numbers found in the manual and warranty info, and finally got an answer. The guy said "Sure, we still have some items, give me your address and I'll send you a order form." Once I received the form in the mail, I convinced my dad to order the modem, printer, and cassette cable. I used my own recorder at first, before later ordering the Data Recorder from either Bentley or Crimac. I was disappointed that FileForm and FinForm were crossed out on the order form. In retrospect, it's a good thing I got ahold of Mattel, because they must have given my info to Bentley and Crimac. I later received the order brochures from both companies. As to the logon experience. I was a kid trying to figure it all out on my own. It was a little confusing at first. I had to dial into...Telnet(?) first, and then somehow choose CompuServe. It wasn't working at first until somehow I realized I had to enter Ctrl+C on a cryptic blank screen before a logon prompt would appear. It was one of my first IT victories when I figured that out! LOL Pretty much after that, it was all multiple choice text menus in CompuServe. I also had a cheat sheet of "GO" commands for Compuserve, which was a shortcut method for getting right where you wanted to go. I recall visiting the Star Trek forum many times. I also accessed an encyclopedia service, and it was very exciting to have all this information at my fingertips. Good stuff. That's about all I can recall at the moment.
  13. I used the Aquarius modem to logon to CompuServe starting around the time I was in 5th and 6th grade. That would be around 1984/1985. I distinctly recall having a chat/email with my 6th grade teacher on via platform. At school, she was teaching us how to program in LOGO on a room full of C64's. It was a good time. I remember being disappointed that there was no choice for "Mattel Aquarius" in the CompuServe setup menu, so I had to choose something like "Other/Terminal". At least I was able to set the correct column width and lines per screen. Played a couple MMORPGS that were all text character based...at 300 baud. IIRC, it was $6.00 per hour during off peak hours. Occasionally, I'd sneak in some time during peak hours (I think it jumped to $12/hr), and my dad was NOT happy to get the bill. LOL Within a year or two after that, I bought a COCO3 with my own paper route money, so that upped my online game a little. I was also afforded the "opportunity" to start paying my own online fees.
  14. Interesting concept! It would have either had the words "cocktail" and "drink" in quotes throughout the manual (as Blackjack did with the word "bet"), or more likely it would have been rebranded 'Soda Jerk' (or perhaps a Kool Aid sponsorship.) Actually "Sundae Maker(tm) presented by Dairy Queen(R)" may better fit the OP's description while staying kid friendly.
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