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  1. I'm pretty sure Antic had a listing printer that did that and included the ability to print it in such a way that you could cut and fold the print-out into a disk sleeve.
  2. That's an amazing set of upgrades. Although with those LEDs around the base it should either play "Low Rider" or the theme from the X-files on start-up.
  3. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
  4. It was aimed at kids with their grubby sticky fingers and spilled drinks.
  5. The SAM (Software Automated Mouth) software was available for the Atari 8-bit computers. If there was any other software (or hardware like the TI had) I don't remember it. I'm afraid your talking PCs are going to sound like twin sons of different mothers.
  6. Yeah, that's the one I was thinking of. Any help for our topic starter?
  7. I think I know the game you mean but I can't think of the name of it. Did the maze have green walls instead of blue and was there a candy theme to the game. Sorry my old brain is blowing it on the name.
  8. 5200s have all the same chips, but the chance of finding socketed chips is much lower on the 5200.
  9. I was watching Jan Beta's SepTandy video and later LGR's. I've started posting the comment that I'm looking forward to their Octari videos. Most of these channels have done at least one Atari video but seem to then never get them out again. If they are worried that TRS80's aren't getting enough love then maybe we can get them to think about a regular month for focusing on the Atari. Most of these channels give the Commodores a lot of views, which is understandable since finding a broken C64 to fix is no big stretch. Finding a broken Atari (unless you find one sitting in a pool of water) is much more difficult.
  10. I worked at sears when they sold Atari and TI. Nearly everything I typed into the TI produced an error message. The Atari 800 in Memopad mode was much more approachable, and less likely to have a cartridge stolen out of it. When the XLs hit the display stands we got more cheeky kids writing clever little programs that displayed foul language on the screen eternally. I used to leave a little program that cleared the screen until somebody pressed a key and then it printed "How about a nice game of global thermonuclear war? If they pressed another key it started a countdown with a random background color change. When I got my 400, and later, the programmer kit, I didn't quite type a magazine listing into memo pad, but I did type one in and hit the break key at the end of every line. I didn't realize that break and return did something different since they both moved the cursor to the beginning of the next line. Boy did I feel stupid when I finally RTFM'd
  11. That's pretty cool, but an idea well ahead of it's time. I remember thinking at the time, "who's going to use a $1000. computer to operate a few lights." Today's Arduinos and RaspberryPies are a much easier cost to justify.
  12. How long does it typically take to brighten the case using just the sunlight method? I have a 1200XL that has yellowing on the case, but the key cap lettering is yellowed too. I've seen a couple videos on youtube where the key caps got ruined from the hydrogen peroxide streaking the key caps. I'd like to brighten the system, but not use anything that would mottle the brown key caps or case sections. I've put the entire computer out in bright sunlight and rotated the unit every couple hours (I also have to move it around because of trees on the property throwing shadows as the sun moves through the day) for the last day or two and I feel like the yellow is fading, just not very fast!
  13. Thanks, feeling pretty good right now. The doctors will put an end to that later this week as they have plans...
  14. So far I've tested three of the computers. I tested both 1200XLs first and found both of them working except for much of the keyboard. I then tested the 130XE and found that everything works but the power switch was very sticky. Perhaps not so oddly, I found the same problem with my current 130XE, so maybe the switches were low quality parts from Tramiel's cost cutting. I haven't ever noticed this problem on any of the XL series computers. The last computer yet to test is the 400 with the B-Key keyboard. I expect it will work fine as my original 400 (w/ a B-Key keyboard) worked fine after years in storage at my sister's place (hot storage space too). I've yet to try the accessories like the 1050 and the 410. There's also a bunch of joysticks to go through including a Wico bat handle. Shame there wasn't a TAC II in there. I went through the books and in addition to the Mapping the Atari, there's an original Atari Basic manual and Reference guide, and an Assembler Editor Manual (no cartridge). There's also an original De Re Atari book, and an Analog Compendium. Nice stuff! Lastly, I have yet to try the Theremin, but I did find a one liner that should get some sound out of it if it still works at all. Any suggestions on fixing the 1200XL keyboards? Instructions for the resistor fix would be nice or a recommendation to just get the new mylars if that's a longer lasting fix.
  15. I remember it from these guys... Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends!
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