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  1. You might check out my Atari Projects web page. I have over 80 projects for the 8-bit computer covering hardware, software, modern devices, emulators, and BASIC programming. Each project is designed to be quick with step-by-step instructions. I also recently published an Atari Projects book that covers 50 of the same projects with heavy editing and in sequential order. The web page is of course free. I hope you find the resource useful!
  2. Thanks for playing through Gene Medic! Nice to see you were able to save the patient
  3. I haven't planned for that because all the same projects are available online in HTML. Thanks for planting the seed though.
  4. I am not convinced these are indeed newly manufactured. Who makes them? Why isn't the brand mentioned? Why is it on eBay and not on a regular storefront? Very suspicious.
  5. Here is the Google preview of the book. You can see the first 10 chapters or so.
  6. Yes! Atari BBSs are covered. Here is the original blog post that chapter is based on.
  7. I did. Hope to do a book like this for the 2600 some day. Thanks for the support!
  8. Here is the table of contents: Introduction 1 1. Purchase an Atari Computer 2 2. Tips for Finding Local Hardware 5 3. Read the Purple Book 8 4. Test the RAM of an Atari Computer 9 5. Purge Dangerous Power Supplies 11 6. Clean an 810 or 1050 Disk Drive Head 13 7. Upgrade a 1050 Disk Drive with the Happy Board 15 8. Purchase an Indus GT Disk Drive 17 9. Purchase an 850 Interface Module 19 10. Replace the Ribbon and Paper in an 820 Printer 21 11. Replace the Ribbon and Paper in a 1025 Printer 24 12. Repair a 1020 Printer 26 13. Connect Your Atari to a PC 29 14. Purchase an Atarimax Maxflash Cartridge 31 15. Purchase an SDrive-Max Disk Drive Emulator 34 16. Connect Your Atari to an LCD Screen 36 17. Connect Your Atari to an LED Screen 39 18. Connect Your Atari to the Internet 42 19. Fun with the Atari Touch Tablet 45 20. Tips for Storing Your Atari Hardware 47 21. Tips for Downsizing Your Collection 50 22. Explore Disk Operating System Versions 54 23. Make Floppy Disks 57 24. Make Floppy Disks Double-Sided 60 25. Explore Floppy Disk Collections 62 26. Back Up Floppy Disks to ATR Images 66 27. Install the Altirra Emulator 67 28. Connect an Atari Joystick to Your PC 69 29. Save an ATR File from Altirra to Your PC 70 30. Edit ATR Images 71 31. Play Sea Dragon 73 32. Play Star Raiders 75 33. Explore Game Easter Eggs 77 34. Read the Book Atari BASIC 79 35. Read the Book De Re Atari 80 36. Try GTIA Graphics Modes in BASIC 82 37. Make a Playfield in BASIC using Redefined Character Sets 84 38. Draw Halloween Pumpkins in BASIC 89 39. Learn About Display List Interrupts in BASIC 92 40. Learn About Player Missile-Graphics in BASIC 95 41. Read the Book Breakout 99 42. Read the Book Atari Inc.: Business is Fun 100 43. Read the Book Terrible Nerd 101 44. Listen to the Floppy Days Podcast 102 45. Listen to the ANTIC Atari 8-Bit Podcast 104 46. Watch the Fate of Atari Documentary 106 47. Read the Atari 8-Bit FAQ 107 48. Join Atari Age 108 49. Participate in a Retro Challenge 109 50. Attend a Vintage Computer Festival 110
  9. I am pleased to announce that I have published my book Atari Projects: 50 Fun Projects for Your 8-Bit Home Computer. The goal of this book is to provide a series of fun projects to make it easy for beginners and experts alike to get the most out of their Atari 8-bit retro-computing hobby. Most projects are designed to be completed in less than an hour, and are ideal for the weekend hobbyist. The format of each project is a how-to that lists the pre-requisites, the time estimate for completion, some introductory information, a step by step guide, and some comments. The projects are presented in a sequential order that could be followed by someone new to the hobby. The book starts with projects related to purchasing and working with Atari computers and peripherals followed by chapters on software, BASIC programming, and useful resources. Included are projects on original hardware and software, as well as projects covering recent developments in technology such as flash memory devices and emulators that can enhance the Atari experience. The book is 122 pages with lots of color photos. It is printed on high-quality paper and sells for $19.80 on Lulu. Of course, all the projects can be found for free on the Atari Projects website if you don't want to buy the book. The advantage of the book is that the projects have been curated, presented in a logical order, and heavily edited. I hope you find the book fun and useful!
  10. I just read through this thread and don't doubt any of your frustrations. Best is a weird business. However, I have had a different experience. I go to their web page and hunt for what I want. I agree it is time-consuming and confusing. When I find what I want I send them and email. They usually get back to me in a few hours. Certainly less than a day. They are clear in their communication. I send them a detailed list of what I want along with the part numbers, prices, and my paypal name. I pay. I then receive the items in a timely manner. I honestly have had no problems with Best other the quirky and odd manner in which items are to be found and ordered. To be honest, I am just thrilled there is a place were I can buy new old stock stuff. Certainly worth the hassle. Thanks Best!
  11. I just posted some tips for managing the size of an Atari collection. Would love to hear your ideas!
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