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  1. 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!
  2. I just posted some tips for managing the size of an Atari collection. Would love to hear your ideas!
  3. My favorite is Atari Artist for use with the Atari Touch Tablet.
  4. I got my Atari 400 and 410 around 1981 and had a 2600 before that. A year or two later we got an 800 and an 810. I used the 800 through high school and college until about 1990. I then packed it all up for 10 years while I attended grad school and got my career going. I then got into the nascent retrocomputing hobby in the early 2000s and started collecting from flea markets and thrift stores. This was a good time to be collecting as Atari stuff was cheap and plentiful. I amassed a pretty large collection in a few years and then made major move and packed it all up again. It stayed packed up from 2004 until 2016 as I was again busy with career and family. I am now back and having a great time unpacking, using, and filling in the gaps in my collection.
  5. I just did a blog post on set of Atari news articles I curated from the New York Times that were published between 1974 and 1985. These are really fun to read and tell a nice story of Atari history. I tried to focus on machines and video games without getting too much into all the corporate and leadership changes.
  6. I just did a blog post on set of Atari news articles I curated from the New York Times that were published between 1974 and 1985. These are really fun to read and tell a nice story of Atari history. I tried to focus on machines and video games without getting too much into all the corporate and leadership changes. Hope you find these useful and fun.
  7. I just posted an eBay auction for three tested and working Atari 5200 consoles. $99 buy it now. The pokey chips are worth more than that!
  8. There was no shortage of mashed turtles... what a fun but difficult game!
  9. You guys all did an amazing job! This was my first VCF and I am sure no others will compare.
  10. I had an awesome time at VCF East yesterday. Thanks to all the exhibitors who knocked it out of the park. This was very likely the largest Atari display at any VCF. I will post some photos here.
  11. Would love to hear Kevin tell us his tricks and secrets for 10-liner BASIC programming. He seems to have mastered the art!
  12. Here are a number of short projects your son might enjoy.
  13. As far as I can tell they are almost always in the same places. This is likely because they are a huge amount of work and there are local organizers willing to put in the time.
  14. VCF East will have an awesome Atari exhibit for the 40th anniversary celebration. I plan to be there on Saturday. Joe Decuir will be there Sunday morning to give a presentation. Can't wait!
  15. Thanks for your hard work on this. I look forward to trying it out.
  16. I did a blog post today with some tips for finding Atari hardware and software locally. Anything you would add? What has worked for you?
  17. scitari

    Wanted: ATR8000

    I would love to have an ATR8000. Let me know if you have one you might be willing to part with. Happy to pay what it is worth if it works and is in good condition. I am an enthusiast and would love to add this to my collection. Many thanks!
  18. Wow! Great stuff! I did a recent blog post about the Touch Tablet. I just added a link to this thread so readers can see your awesome examples.
  19. I don't plan to sell the mylar. I have some other XLs and will keep it just in case.
  20. I have a clean 800XL (made in Hong Kong) with a keyboard that is not functioning. Most of the keys don't work at all. A few work occasionally and will sometimes return the wrong character (e.g. F -> 4). I ordered a new mylar from Best and when I cracked it open discovered that it has a Type 1 Alps keyboard. No new mylar for this one!
  21. I have several 410s and 1010s that need belt replacements. This is on my list of things to do but I haven't tried it yet. My understanding is that it isn't that easy. Good luck!
  22. Atari 410 belts are available. You can get them here. Here is an AA thread about belts for the 410 and 1010. Here is the 410 service manual from Atari although I rarely find these that useful. I personally think you are better of getting a disk drive. So much easier and more fun.
  23. I updated the code with the correct memory allocations for GRAPHICS 0-5. I made a number of other edits and then did a blog post about PM graphics using a vertical blank interrupt movement routine. Here is the text file with the code and the ATR file. Hope this is helpful for others learning to program PM graphics for the first time. Feedback welcome!
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