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  1. Found the listing in the PDF of ST-LOG #32 at Atarimania. Looks pretty simple to model a BASIC XE (or Turbo BASIC XL) program after it using the XOR function in either of those languages. Thanks for the suggestions and especially Rybags with the XOR suggestion (since it is easy to incorporate into a BASIC program). Interestingly, the example of using XOR in the Basic XE manual is wrong! Says 5 % 39 = 32 and is actually 34.
  2. Are these archived somewhere? Surely they are, but where? I have the mags, and I know that I had at least some of the disks, but haven't found them. I'm looking for a program in issue 32, but would like to find them all, if that is possible.
  3. Here was one written for Analog's ST-LOG: https://www.atarimagazines.com/st-log/issue33/66_1_UTILITY_SAFE_KEEPING.php I don't see a listing, but I think I should be able to find it somewhere. It's written in Pascal, so that is a "Plus" in that it is generally much easier for me to figure out than C. I'm going to look at the other platforms. I seem to remember a couple of others that I ran across over the years.
  4. I typed "encryption" in the search window here at AA, and got 2500+ hits, so I won't be looking through those. So, does anyone know of any simple encryption programs for the Atari 8-bit? I wrote one in BASIC back in the 80's that would take a key phrase and encrypt a file based on that key. Something that would take the NSA about .02 seconds to crack with their hardware. But I can't find that program anymore. Anyone have or know of one? -Larry
  5. Who currently owns the rights to these tutorials? Has anyone secured permission to distribute/archive them? The "Tricky Tutorials" was one of the the very first non-game programs that I purchased. -Larry
  6. " The Atari was absolutely amazing for its time, and it managed to do a good job of holding its own (and sometimes surpassing) the newer machines that came later ... but the genius of its design can only do so much against the march of technology." Well stated! One could make some fairly simple assembler benchmark(s) to measure the processing power. Much of the code should be interchangeable. You could add or subtract the display and other major individual features like disk access to get an idea of the overall processing from a particular machine. OTOH, seems like a whole lot of trouble, plus then you have the issue of "original design" vs "improvements." Many Atari folks would like to ignore the original Atari 8K BASIC, slow floating point, and even slow I/O. But that's what they came with. -Larry
  7. Thanks for you work Allan! It is always great to be able to preserve and share the old magazine programs. Happy New Year! -Larry
  8. I briefly scanned this thread (again) and didn't see anything about using it with an emulator. Could Altirra be revised slightly to accept the keyboard input from a real Atari? That would be wonderful! Retro Pie? MIST? etc. Looks like there could be several retro uses for such a device.
  9. O.P.: It is pretty unlikely that you will ever see an Atari equivalent to the Maxi or even Mini due to the economics (as others have said). I think that the closest you'll come is our Atari FPGA versions (eclaire XL or MIST or MISTer). These are essentially hardware emulators rather than software emulators. And they do a very good job, overall. The 1088XL certainly is a full-featured modern Atari, but you declined the DIY versions. (I certainly understand the reluctance for the most users to take on such a complicated project!) And the price for a "pretty darned close" C64 maxi of less than 150 Euros! Wow! Priced right! And with that you get some very good games! I think they will sell a bunch of them, and continue to fuel the retro boomlet. I don't have a C64 Maxi, but I think it falls a little bit short of providing a full retro experience. But it does have a serious advantage of having a full, cloned C64 keyboard. All of the alternatives that use a PC keyboard are lacking in usability (again, IMO). Our Altirra (PC-based) emulator is a true wonder of emulation, but it still suffers from the keyboard issue. Hopefully we will have the ability at some point to use a real Atari keyboard with the eclaire XL. Part of the retro experience is also using the older peripherals. I'm pretty sure that you cannot use a real 1541 or other C64 retro peripherals with the Maxi. You can use disk images, which is pretty close. Perhaps with the yet to be released MEGA65? AFAIK, the eclaire XL is unique in this respect.
  10. What do you think of the SDrive Max? -Larry
  11. Hi Zen! Yes, it works either way. IIRC, the XL worked that way by moving a jumper inside the case. I don't think that the XE could be used in that way. (?) But as a easy to use ram expansion, these were great! -Larry
  12. Great! Hope you enjoy it for a long, long time! -Larry
  13. Congrats! Now I have my first request... I dropped my ABBUC membership this year because there is little to nothing in English anymore. At one time, the monthly mags were translated to English and we were able to download the translations. I understand that ABBUC lost the resource for translations, but perhaps you could look into getting this going again? Google translations just won't cut it for the typical English-speaker, and even with my 3 years of high school German (50+ years ago), it just doesn't work well. I'm sure it is a drudge to translate stuff, but have you considered paying someone? I'd certainly pay extra on the membership to get stuff that I could understand. "An English Surcharge" Anyhow, food for thought. Thanks, Larry
  14. "But one thing that could work is to just quote everything on a page then block copy it to your Word document. A bit dirty but might be sufficient." That's a good idea! And that way, I can easily edit out OT replies. I didn't know you could do multiple quotes. Had not heard of HTTrack. I'll check that out.
  15. There are several threads here that have some really valuable technical information that I'd like to have handy. I currently (sort of) have them organized by copying the links, and the links are organized by broad topic. Is there a way to copy the entire contents of a thread (and paste into a WP)? I know that I can copy/paste each individual post, but that is a real drag. Any thoughts? -Larry
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