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  1. I'm about to preorder one of the Incognito boards for my 800, and I figured this would be a good opportunity to also order the AKI keyboard interface. However, information is a bit light on the page, and it doesn't say which 8 bit models the AKI works in. So before I go further - does the AKI work in an 800? Thanks, -mike
  2. Currently, I have SIO2PC and APE set up where the atari disk image is a mirror of an SMB share on my home network. So I can do cross compiles using cc65 on my laptop, and the binary is automatically available on my atari. It's pretty slick for development; no shuttling of files around. Is that what you're looking for?
  3. It's called thin film interference. Here's the physics behind it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin-film_interference
  4. That sounds like a neat project. It would be nice to be able to streamline that particular headache. Can an Atari have multiple 850s? Anyone using a real 850 for parallel port access might still want that capability (of course, there are also other P: centronics interfaces out there).
  5. > The SIO of 1979 is today's USB. More than most people realize: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_SIO : "SIO's designer, Joe Decuir, credits his work on system as the basis of USB." SIO was a really advanced interface for its time, and it's a real shame that it came out in the era when every computer manufacturer designed all their technology from the ground up so there was no adoption outside the Atari world. It would be a different world if, say, Commodore and others had decided to adopt SIO as its interface for the Commodore 64 and other PCs of the time. I currently have a P:R: connection (which I bought new from ICD), but I'm currently using an 850 because I prefer the styling.
  6. https://letsencrypt.org/has worked for me as a source of free website certs. Later this month they will be offering free wildcard certs, that will work for all addresses in a domain. Just FYI.
  7. I have a Koala Pad; how do the two compare?
  8. I have an SIO2USB device linking my Atari to a windows machine, and I'm running the APE for Windows software. D2 is set to a mirror drive, that mirrors a share on my Samba server, which itself is mounted as a symlink in c:\Atari on my two windows dev machines. On my dev machines I have cc65 and a text editor, which I use for development & cross compiling. Because I have the drives set up in this manner, I can code and build in a windows environment, but my executable shows up automatically on the Atari side of things. Which is kinda slick. Someday I'll bring Altirra into the mix. My current project is to write a REALLY pared down version of emacs, I'm calling FemtoEmacs. But I kind of abandoned that project several months ago, so I should pick it up again. I got hung up trying to implement a really, really minimal version of curses.
  9. Good lord. I haven't used TECO since high school, when I was learning Pascal on a PDP11/ running RSTS/E and that was the editor we had available. I used it briefly in college until I was introduced to the TPU editor on our VAXCluster. FULL SCREEN EDITING! TECO was weirdly powerful in what you could do, but extremely cryptic. A command might do marvelous things to your code. Or it might turn it into mash. Good luck! Save early, save often. I might actually need to play with this. Interesting folklore: -The 'T' in TECO originally stood for Tape. Because TECO really is THAT old. - the EMACS editor was originally written using TECO macros, and the name was derived from 'Editing MACroS'.
  10. It's not an auction - the $275 is a buy it now price. I've been eyeing it for a couple of days, simultaneously trying to talk myself in and out of going for it. I really really don't need another CP/M machine or Atari gadget, but damn...I wanted one so bad back in the day. If it had the co-power board I wouldn't have thought twice at that pice. Someone buy this to take the temptation away.
  11. Whoah - REALLY jealous about the ATR8000. I wanted one of them so badly back in the day. Does it have the co-power 8086 board as well?
  12. I used an Atari 800 + AtariWriter for a couple of years in college. I had a Smith Corona TP-1 and a DecWriter II as printers. A couple years later I acquired an S100-based CP/M machine and "upgraded" to WordStar for papers. WordStar was awful but using an 80 column terminal (VT100) was definitely an improvement. I regret abandoning most of that hardware when I moved to Seattle, but I kept the Atari, of course. I'm rebuilding the collection now - anyone have a spare VT100 lying about?
  13. So, just to make sure before I put in a last-minute order - with this cart I would be able to flash SpartaDOS X, correct? I'm still coming up to speed on all the new hardware options. Thanks!
  14. Thanks for all the info! I started playing with RealDOS last night, and it's pretty nice. However, there are a few things it seems to lack (or I haven't figured out yet) that make it difficult to use as a general CLI, most notably the lack of environment variables. Time to continue playing, and maybe pick up one of the Ultimate carts while supplies last.
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