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  1. Allows you to play dumps of large bankswitched cartridge games like Commando, Karateka, BattleZone, etc from floppy or HDD. SDX is badass. Extended RAM and a PBI IDE controller make this machine much more versatile.
  2. RAMBO-style XL upgrades were quite a common sight at user group meetings where I grew up. There's actually a fair amount of software that supported it compared to C64 expansions. The fact that Atari adopted the community standard for PORTB bankswitching when they released the 130XE is pretty telling. Expanded XLs weren't that uncommon. Many people had dropped the 8-bit and flocked to the ST at that point here though. The market for 8-bits evaporated pretty quickly once the ST, Amiga and Macs hit the streets here.
  3. Karateka is actually far more playable with the keyboard. Both the 8-bit and ST versions. I was never able to beat the game until I started using the keyboard. I think you have to hit "K" to switch to keyboard control.
  4. I've been thinking this for a while and started thinking about giving it a shot to build a simple backplane with internal SCSI-style 50-pin locking connectors for each slot. I had started to come up with a simple IDEa-like but simpler IDE interface for CF cards that would fit as well. Life unfortunately got in the way. I *LOVE* my IDEPlus 2.0, until I had one I never knew how cool it would be to have a real PBI disk controller. A RAM320XL-style RAM expansion and a card with a couple 16550 UARTs would make me happy as well. It would really be sweet to be able to use PBI as intended with multiple devices. Lots of fun could be had. A 1450XLD-style voice synth, COVOX, simple Z80 card for running CP/M based on an eZ80 or something. A standard backplane supported by the community with cheap proto cards available could really open up a lot of possibilities for us. Rather than a handful of really awesome devices that aren't interoperable or compatible, we could really have something managable. It would make hardware hacking more newbie friendly as well.
  5. The ST version of Karateka was pretty awesome. A8 PoP looks like it's going to be far better than the ST version though.
  6. I finally got a more recent mac and gave this a whirl. Still my favorite 8-bit emulator on the planet. Any chance SIO2OSX will get an update eventually? I really liked it for printer emulation, etc. If not is there a good alternative for OSX that integrates well and includes a disk editor?
  7. That wasn't meant to be serious but I guess you can't hear the fake used car salesmen tone.... didn't you plug his XE Touch kit in the past at some point? That kit made it suck a whole lot less. Other than Brad being weird about cancelled orders, have people really had a lot of major issues with him lately? I haven't ordered from him in a few years so I honestly don't know. Once I get back to work I was going to get my ST's and XE back in shape. 130XE SIO port has broken solder joints and lifted pads as well so it needs repair too. Any recommendations on parts sources for Tramiel era machines that are less of a PITA to deal with? I ended up with 6 ST's and monitors recently for free and most run but need love pretty badly.
  8. Mine looks like a stock 130XE. I didn't have a keyboard with springs. It had rubber cups. The XE Touch replacements actually gave it the best feeling keyboard of any Atari 8-bit I've ever had. Lovely tactile feedback. Far better than my 600XL or even 800XL even with the Alps keyboard. I not exaggerating, this made the keyboard fan-f**kin-tastic. If you have a later XE without springs you won't regret the effort. Instead you'll be crying about why the XE PCB quality sucked so much that's it's hard to install the RAM and video upgrades when the keyboard is so awesome. I'm not joking and Brad at Best didn't pay me to say this. Even FJC would probably agree. It is night and supernova. I WISH my PC keyboard was that nice feeling.
  9. A 130XE with 320K and an "XE Touch" keyboard upgrade from Best is a sweet machine. With the replacement cups it feels much much better than even the early XL keyboards. My major gripe is just the crap PCB quality. The SIO port broke in mine and lifted some traces. Going to be painful to repair. Some of them had crap RAM that could fail too. Taking a soldering iron to these machines can be scary. I think a 130XE is totally worth having though. Was my first computer as a kid. Parents bought it for me when they got STs.
  10. I just used a modern 2A 5VDC power supply I had laying around and chopped the connector off the ingot and wired it to new power supply. Old power supplies scare me in general and 5V power supplies are everywhere these days.
  11. I'm 38, first machine was a 130XE as a kid then moved on to an ST. My kids are also pretty entertained by 8-bit games, light pen doodling. They are less interested in productivity apps, operating systems, etc. They find the tech intriguing. My son likes playing with Atari BASIC. I think interest is actually increasing. If folks on the hardware side lose interest hopefully they open source the design files and firmware for things like IDEPlus, etc.
  12. I thought about buying a copy of Tempest Xtreem but the developers are well.... Xtreem. In the modern age only offering a cart seems like a dick move only to promote artificial scarcity. I don't use carts most of the time as there is little reason to wear out the cart slot. I'm sure someone will post a dump eventually. I would have happily paid for a digital download and so would a lot of others. Might even pay for a cart if a couple people that worked on the game weren't so obviously obnoxious and shady. I liked the demo though, it's a shame. What annoys me more is Lance imposing artificial scarcity on things they did NOT develop and likely don't have the rights to..... like Xenophobe. I really want a copy of this and when one comes up secondhand or I find a dump I will have it. The fact that Xenophobe prototype was sold to V61 pisses me off to no end. At least I still have the ST and Lynx versions to enjoy. People that think there's still a bunch of money to be had in the Atari community and engage in bullshit legal threats are incredibly delusional and sad people.
  13. My current 8-bit and ST setup. 800XL 576K upgrade 1050 Happy Drive SIO2PC IDEPlus SIO2SD (shared with 400 in living room) 850 with iPocket232 serial to Ethernet 1040STf 4MB RAM upgrade B&W and Color CRTs with Monitor master switch box AdSCSI adapter w/ 36GB Ultra160 SCSI drive with an SCA to 50-pin adapter I want an UltraSatan, NetUSBee and a VGA adapter at some point for the ST. I want a MIDI interface for the 8-bit too. And both are running Stunt Car Racer
  14. Damn. That's impressive. Now I need to get a 1020 plotter again.
  15. That looks pretty awesome. Will this run on a 48K machine? Well done!
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