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  1. This has to be the most epic thread on Atariage that I have ever seen. Is there an FAQ or beginner's guide to Rastaconverter? I would like to read about this and learn from the beginning. Sorry if this is an elementary question. It is quite amazing that the A8 can make my jaw drop in 2019. Such is the intrigue of the machine that was obviously ahead of its time and remains special to this day. JW
  2. One of the things I've never had - hence I have no experience with - is a hot glue gun. Over the years, I've ordered mods (or custom this-or-that) electronics-type stuff, and I am amazed at how well that stuff works, when receiving stuff that has been hot glued. That having been said, is there a "standard" (by which all others shall be judged?) hot glue gun? Order any generic unit? What's good, and what is wrong with what is not good? How do you clean these things, when done? Is there a hot glue gun 101 that I should read? Thanks in advance, for any advice you can chime in with.
  3. Amiga Trilogy? I bought the first Commodore book from Amazon and liked it, and was awaiting "the Amiga book,." Never happened. How many books are there?
  4. Can you post a link or a picture of the product that you have been using, successfully? This place (a nationwide chain, I think).... ....is the only place I know to get the conditioner, as obviously I'm not a regular shopper of beauty supplies. Is that where you found the clear?
  5. Working on 410s in something I hope to get to, one day. Despite its many flaws, it has a special place in my heart, as my first ever computer peripheral. I'm curious about the rubber wheels. Are you encountering these in the older version or the newer version of the 410? OLDER NEWER
  6. Amazing how retrocomputing (or any hobby) is mutually exclusive to family. Breaking news! Who knew? Exactly.
  7. ....And Also Managed To Win Over The [Formerly Superior Power PC] Macintosh And Eventually The Two Prominent Game Consoles As Well. Now that's a title!
  8. I'm never making that mistake, again!! (Selling off my Atari 8-bit stuff) I sure don't get time to fool with it (or even log on AtariAge) like I used to, but when I do, it's always great fun again. Plus, why the attention thing? Just go quietly into other hobbies. Could the fact that one requires attention mean that they're really not over their Atari obsession, after all?? HA HA! Disclaimer: I am talking about the A8 stuff, or 8-bit stuff, in general. You may see me sell off the 16-bit stuff (ST and Amiga stuff). I've had it for several years now, and just don't have time to fool with it. The fact is that when I do get some spare moments, it's never with ST/Amiga stuff - and always (or usually) with A8. Heck, I use my C64 and Vic-20 more than my Atari ST, although I don't use anything frequently at this time.
  9. You should have posted in the "Atari ST" section to get more views! You need a "Monitor Master" from Practical Peripherals. Google "atari monitor master."
  10. I DISAGREE ABOUT THE PACKING PEANUTS BEING "NO-NOs." It depends upon 2 things: (A) Who is doing the packing with the peanuts? An idiot or someone with common sense? (B) What type of peanuts is it? The new "biodegradable" junk? (1) Box must have 3-4" of clearance on all sides - as someone said above - for copious packing materials. (2) Wrap the monitor (or whatever) in a plastic bag, to keep styrofoam bits from packing in the vents/etc. of the monitor (or other electronics). (3) I like to place a layer (or 2) of extra cardboard cut to protect the glass screen, taped to the monitor, for extra insurance. (4) NEVER use the biodegradable/earth-friendly (food starch or whatever) peanuts. They are worthless junk. They compress irreversibly and the monitor (or whatever) will soon be flopping around loosely inside. Styrofoam non-biodegradable peanuts are resilient, and can be packed tightly. (5) Tape some folded bubble wrap on the corners of the monitor, to add extra cushioning in case the box is dropped on a corner, and to increase the surface area (and thus resistance to moving) against the peanuts. (6) Place a few inches of peanuts in the bottom of the box. Pack them tightly! (7) I like to place the monitor (bagged, with cardboard layer over the glass) face down in the box, on top of the few inches of well-packed styrofoam peanuts. This does 2 things: (a) It keeps the center of gravity low (as the glass screen is the heaviest part) in the box so the box is less-likely to tumble, as in rolling down a long-inclined conveyor belt in the sorting warehouse. (b) The box is most likely to take a force from being dropped (straight down) a short distance, either from lazy workers tossing it lightly when trans-loading between vehicles/containers, or just a lazy worker who is too fat to bend over and set it down gently on the floor, and drops it from a few inches. The long glass CRT yoke is strongest when it is sticking straight up in a box dropped straight down, rather than one sticking out perpendicular to the force of the inevitable drop, in all of its length and weight/inertia of the skinny fragile yoke. (8.) Pour peanuts around the sides of the monitor, but don't bury it - yet. Pack the shit out of the side-peanuts with your hands (or a fist), paying particular attention to really smash them as tightly as you can into the corners of the bottom of the box, as it is possible the box may be dropped on the corner. You will create space, then refill the sides with new peanuts, then pack again, until tightly-packed. Tightly-packed peanuts in addition to the bubble-wrapped corners can resist this worst-case drop. (9) Finally, cover the top (back of the monitor) with at least a few inches of tightly-packed peanuts and/or bubble wrap. You need there to be enough peanuts (or bubble wrap) for there to be some compression of the packing materials necessary to close the box. This immobilizes the monitor in the midst of a surrounding of resilient but energy-absorbing material. This is going to give the box the tendency to want to bust open, which means you did it correctly. We'll tackle that in the next step. (10) Tape the shit out of the box. Because it's trying to spring open, it's going to take a lot of strength to hold it shut. You can get a roll of cheap clear packing tape for $1 at Walmart. Cheap packing tape, you say? Sure! That's because we're not going to be stupid and only use one thickness. We're going to go around and around, over and over, on each flap - all the way around the box so the bottom is covered too. Make sure both flaps (on both ends) are taped down, and also that the crack between them is thoroughly-taped as well - over-and-over, around the whole box. Tape that goes around the whole box can't pull loose from the cardboard like strips of tape can. Use the whole roll! Why not? It's only $1. Think of the headaches from a broken monitor, upset customer, exorbitant cost of refund and paying return shipping.....all because some skinflint tried to save 5 cents on tape. Tape the shit out of it. (11) Once you get the label on, tape the shit out of that, too. It's going to be a heavy box, and as such, likely be slid around a lot, by workers too lazy to pick it up. It could get wet, and if it's inkjet ink, it may become illegible. Even if it's laser, it can tear. The label could come off. Not if you tape the shit out of it, too. Cover that sucker with lots of tape well beyond the borders of the label. Be careful to be neat, however, and don't place wrinkles or creases in the tape so that it reduces the legibility of the writing, and especially make sure you place the tape perfectly-flat (with no creases) on bar codes or other optically machine-read symbols on the label. Also consider (as with most packages) taping an address card or paper to the merchandise, in case (by some absolute gross mistreatment) the label is still damaged. Sure, original packing and custom-foam is great....if you have it. Most CRTs are old and that stuff is long gone. Peanuts work fine, if you think about what you are doing and are not clueless and devoid of common sense.
  11. I haven't been logging in much lately and following this thread, but I ordered a couple of these with cases in November. Of course, looking forward to this! But I never get impatient when waiting for unique, special things for my antique Atari computers or consoles. I feel lucky to be able to get this stuff at all. This is no mass-produced made-in-China Walmart slop. Stuff like this made by skilled enthusiasts for other (less-skilled like myself) enthusiasts seems like a dream come true when it finally gets here. I missed out on the first run of the!cart and will be glad to be in on this one, when it's time. It's like waiting for Christmas (or whatever) as a kid. Keep up the good work, Megahertz and Jac!
  12. I have a lot of Saturn games, I am careful with all of my game cases, and my Saturn cases cracked and broke like Mo-fos anyway. I think they are more fragile. The tabs on the front part (where the little nubs are that function as a hinge) seemed to warp over time and stick out (rendering the case into two pieces) and becoming even more vulnerable. In my opinion, it was an absolutely terrible design choice. The only advantage was the nice game art on display so large. Like CD jewel cases, it's also some of the most easily-scratched plastic I've seen. Of course, many/most of my Saturn titles were purchased used, so many were broken already and yes - many people don't take care of their games and will break anything. This, however, does not negate that fact that the Saturn (Sega CD, early PS1) cases are indeed more often broken than not. It seems rare to find a game with an intact case, in my experience. I tossed all my broken Saturn cases and put the games into a CD binder booklet, but kept all the artwork and manuals. If these cases are ever offered reasonably, I'd be down to buy them back, however!
  13. wood_jl

    Need New Joysticks

    I haven't been on AA in a while, as life's been in the way, and it hasn't been the most pleasant of times. Your post really gave me a much-needed laugh! That is a completely hilarious description of the scenario, alright. Bravo! :lol: :lol:
  14. So glad you're still on this project! I don't care how long it takes! You're going to put youth in a cartridge (or whatever format), which will be priceless.
  15. I love Atari first and always (I'm from that era), but I don't understand how anybody could think Nintendo "ruined" gaming. As a young teenager, I turned my Atari nose up at the NES, until I actually played one for the first time. The first time I played Super Mario Bros, I got a similar feeling to the first time I played "Adventure" on the Atari - that I was playing in a little alternate world inside my TV set. In the post-crash era when most retailers wouldn't even entertain the notion of carrying game consoles anymore, Nintendo prevailed against those headwinds. Sure, they used some crappy, unfair, and manipulative business practices to shackle both the retailers and the other video game competitors, but that's the business side of things. At that age, I didn't care about the business practices, but the games were fun.
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