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  1. Is the "disk binder" the box? Can you point me to a picture of it?
  2. I picked up about another 14 boxes of Atari items from this Atari collection that belonged to my friend. Some of the items now match-up with other items from the first parts of the collection. For now, I'm going to try to figure out what items go with what before I part with all of this stuff. I hope to work this out over the next few weeks/months. Many of the boxes are Atari magazines or Atari-related magazines. Since all of these boxes were stored in a barn, they are REALLY dusty and there is some water damage on the paper (thus, it's MUSTY). There are tons of original disks, but I have high doubts that they'll work. When I begin going through this collection next week, I'll start posting pictures of neat items like the double-disk Atari Percom drive, the analog controller for Flight Simulator II and lots of other unusual and probably rare items. Adam
  3. I get the following error when I try to view the pictures: "Sorry, there is a problem You do not have permission to view this content. Error code: 2G188/1" Does anyone know what that means? Adam
  4. I'm probably going to be holding onto Ernie's MIDI Mate, which was released by Hybrid Arts. I don't know how to create music, nor will I probably ever learn how to create it on Atari 8-bit computer, but this hardware add-on is just mighty impressive to me. Ernie told me once that he heard that the mid-1980s MIDI Mate hardware add-on for the Atari 8-bit line of computers was what led to a MIDI interface being included in the Atari ST line. I've never been able to confirm this idea and I find it now to be perhaps a hypothetical thought. I helped Ernie acquire this MIDI Mate in the mid-1990s. He had told me that he was looking for one and he either posted an ad or saw an ad for this hardware in the TWAUG (Tyne and Wear Atari User Group) newsletter that I subscribed to (or maybe exchanged newsletters with) in England. It wasn't until I was sorting through this collection that I saw that Ernie had exchanged several letters with Nir Dary. I think he got the device from him. Pretty neat! When I was picking up the collection of Atari hardware, I spotted the MIDI Mate on the top of one of the boxes. I mentioned to Ernie's wife about how I helped him find it. She was able to fill me in a little bit more of the story. Apparently, in the mid-1980s, Ernie had seen a MIDI Mate demonstrated in a music store. He had been looking for one for quite a few years without any luck. I guess this hardware device was always rare! The June 1985 issue of Antic has an article called " Play it Again, Atari" by Nat Friedland that covers MIDI software and hardware, including the MIDI Mate: https://www.atarimagazines.com/v4n2/PlayItAgain.html The Antic hosts have talked about playing "Midi Maze" using a MIDI interfaced to an Atari ST. Has anyone used the MIDI Mate to play that game... or anything else? Adam
  5. I'm going to hold onto the Digital Vision's Computer Eyes video acquisition system for the Atari. It looks like a neat piece of hardware, but I've never used it before; has anyone here used it? There is more information about it here: http://www.digital-vision-inc.com/productCEAtari.htm Atari hardware is so cool! Adam
  6. I'll be going out of town tomorrow for about a week. I'll have limited access to check email and private messages. If you post any questions here, then you can be sure that I'll catch up with them when I get back into town. Here's an interesting Atari side story: I sold a 20" Sony Trinitron TV today for $20. It is just too large (and heavy) to keep around; I'm looking to downgrade to a 14" flatscreen CRT TV. When the guy who bought the TV came into the garage to pick up and lug it to his truck, he saw all of the Atari hardware I've been taking pictures of just laying around in a haphazard way. He began reminiscing that his first computer was an Atari 800XL. Then he saw the boxed version of Ultima III in a clear storage box and said, "That's such a great game!" And then he saw my Amiga 3000 sitting on a shelve and he said, "That's an Amiga!" Reactions like this from a stranger remind me just how odd and wonderful my collection is now. As he was leaving he told me that if I come across an Atari 800XL that I should let him know, as he'd buy it from me. It's neat how the site of an old friend like one of the Atari 8-bit computers can rekindle a passion in someone who probably hasn't thought about that computer in decades. Oh, and thanks to Kevin Savetz for posting a link to this thread in his Twitter feed today. Adam
  7. Here is a picture of the Koala Pad. I never had a working Koala Pad (they seemed error prone and sensitive to breakdown), but I did have the Atari Touch Tablet. I used to use the Touch Tablet to play Super Breakout. Of course, it was meant to be used to help an artist draw, but I'm not an artist. For me, the Touch Tablet had limited use. In the late 1990s, a friend of mine, who was a digital artist who used the Amiga, visited me while my Atari was out and set up with the Touch Tablet. He was really surprised that such a device existed back in the 1980s for home computers. He wanted to try it out and before long, using the AtariArtist cartridge that came with the tablet, he was making amazing art. It was in the hands of people like this that Atari probably could have promoted their tablet. Besides the Koala Paint software that came with the Koala Pad, what other software supported the Koala Pad? Adam
  8. Here are pictures of the Atari Lab Interface, Atari CX85 keypad, Atari Trak-Ball controller. I attended the world of Atari 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada. B&C ComputerVisions had a booth there that was overflowing with Atari merchandise. I bought the Atari Lab Starter Kit brand new for $10. When I brought it home, I used it with Logo and used the temperature sensor to move Logo's turtle around the screen by dipping the temperature sensor into hot and cold glasses of water. This was not a dependable method to move the turtle compared to a joystick, but it sure was unique and fun. I had many CX85 keyboards back in the 1990s, but I never used them. I did eventually find the driver for it around the time, but not much software supported this keypad. Does anyone remember using this with a spreadsheet or any other software? I love the Atari track-ball! I bought one from KB Toys at a mall in Connecticut in about 1984. Unknown to me at the time, this was the so-called "American videogame crash," so the entire front of the store had Atari 2600 cartridges and some miscellaneous 2600 hardware. There was an entire table filled with nothing but track-balls that sold for $5 each. I bought one and used it with my Commodore 64 for many years. Crystal Castles and Centipede played so much better with this controller. For me, even using the track-ball in joystick mode, was a huge step up from using a plain joystick. The track-ball can also be used with the Atari 8-bit version of Missile Command by pressing Control T. I used to think that this was a trick hidden in the game, but when I got this collection, it came with the track-ball manual, which you can read here: http://www.trailingedge.com/atari8/AtariTrakBallom.pdf That manual actually states explicitly that Missile Command supports this controller in track-ball mode and it tells you how to access it. While not part of this Atari collection, on the same day that I bought my Atari track-ball at KB Toys, I also purchased an Amiga Power-Stick joystick for $5. These were very small and looked like this: During the 1980s the Amiga Power-Stick, which you held in the palm of your hand, was my favorite joystick to use with my Commodore 64. Adam
  9. Here's a picture of the Indus GT disk drive that's in this collection. Ernie swore by this Indus disk drive. I think he paid $499 for it when it was new. This would have been in about 1985 or so. I was not familiar with the look at this drive time. He showed me how it worked and how the LED display could be used to your advantage when there were issues loading and saving to and from some disks. The Atari Projects blog has a post called "Purchase an Indus GT Disk Drive:" http://atariprojects.org/2019/02/10/purchase-an-indus-gt-disk-drive-15-30-mins/ According to this blog the Indus Drive can run CP/M if it has a 64K RAM upgrade installed. Has anyone here one CPM from this disk drive?!? Adam
  10. Here is a picture of the Atari XF551 disk drive that's in this collection. The XF551 drive is capable of true double-density. I used to use MyDOS 4.5 with my own XF551 to format floppy disks in double density. I think a DD disk holds 360K of data. This was pretty cool, although it limited these disks to be used with this disk drive only. I seem to remember that this drive was also easily upgradable to a 3 1/2 inch floppy. Did anyone ever do that to their own XF551? Adam
  11. There are seven disk drives in this Atari collection. Here is a picture of the four 1050 disk drives. You'll notice that one of these drives is labeled "Happy" and one is labeled "Sad." Ernie had a good sense of humor. I believe that he labeled his Happy-enhanced disk drive as "Happy" and his non-upgraded 1050 with "Sad." Adam
  12. This is a picture of the Atari 1200XL in the collection. This computer does boot-up okay, but as is usually the case with this computer, the keyboard on this system needs to either be cleaned or replaced. I bought my first 1200XL at a local bookstore. I'm not sure how it made its way there, but for $12.99 I got a working 1200XL along with some other goodies. This was in around 1993. I was used to picking up computers cheaply (nearly-free!) at thrift stores, but this was my first experience picking up an Atari computer at a bookstore. After finding this hardware in a relatively obscure place, I changed my collecting tactics I becan to hit-up bookstores more often. It may seem hard to believe, but at that time, anyway, I was able to pick up other hardware and software around town at places such as this. I recall vividly getting some rather rare Colecovision cartridges at a seedy bookstore. When I first tried to use the 1200, I thought that there was something wrong with it. It would come up with Memo Pad. I didn't know that I had to have the BASIC cartridge inserted into the cartridge slot. Once I remedied that user error, the system worked wonderfully. Adam
  13. This is the 300-baud Atari 835 direct-connect modem. I think that this was Atari's first modem that connected directly to an Atari that didn't require the 850 serial and parallel interface. My first Atari modem was the Atari SX212. This was also a direct connect baud modem, but it could function at both 300 and 1200 baud. I used it with my Amiga 1200 (as the modem also had a standard serial interface) and my Atari 800XL in about 1994. My wife was using the SX212 to contact a local bulletin board around this time and she was complaining about its speed. I did know that 1200 baud was slow, even at that time (there were local boards that would not allow you to connect at such a slow speed). I took a look at what was going on and realized that she was playing a card game on the local BBS and she had somehow connected at 300 baud rather than the faster 1200 baud speed. Once she reconnected at the faster speed the card game was a bit zippier. Has anyone else connected at a slower speed with a modem and not realized it? Adam
  14. Here is the Atari 810 disk drive and the two 410 program recorders that are part of this collection. I was a privileged Atari user, having been introduced to the system in the mid-1990s when equipment was inexpensive. I had multiple disk drives, at one point probably having more than a dozen 1050s and many more 810s. Now I use a flash drive alternative. Having grown up a Commodore kid, using the 1050 on the Atari 800 XL was a revelation. The Commodore 64's 1541 disk drive access speed is legendarily slow. In comparison, the Atari accessed data relatively quickly. It took me a little while to get used to using Atari DOS, but I did eventually come to enjoy it more than the clunky way that this commands were used in the Commodore 64. Some people seem to have many fond memories of using the 810 with your Atari 800. Especially those folks who first got their introduction to saving and loading data from the for 410 recorders. Adam
  15. Here are two Atari 600 computers from the collection. One has an expansion for 64K. I tested these computers with my 130XE's power supply this spring and they worked. It's too bad that the 600XL only has RF out and 16K. I'd love to keep one of these and have it upgraded with composite-out and internally upgraded to 64K (or more). It's strange that the angles that I took these two pictures make the depth of the two different 600XLs look very different from one another, but of course they are the same size. My main Atari computer is a 130XE and its keyboard is infamously "mushy." The XL lines of computers (especially the 1200XL) has a much better feel. However, this doesn't matter too much to me anymore since I use my real computers for game playing. If I'm going to type any code, then I use emulation. Did anyone start out with the 600XL? Has anyone tricked-out their 600XL? If so, then what's in it? Adam
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