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    preserving Atari publications at AtariMagazines.com, AtariArchives.org, and Archive.org. Co-host of ANTIC the Atari 8-Bit Podcast.

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  1. Software Automatic Mouth: Mark Barton https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-385-software-automatic-mouth-mark-barton Mark Barton was creator of SAM — Software Automatic Mouth. Released in 1982, SAM was the first software-only speech synthesizer for personal computers. It was available for the Apple II, Commodore 64, and Atari 8-bit computers. He later developed Macintalk, speech synthesis for the Macintosh computer; and narrator, the speech system for the Commodore Amiga. This interview took place on May 22, 2020.
  2. 2014. https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-the-atari-8-bit-podcast-paul-laughton-interview -K
  3. Fandal: Atari programer and archivist https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-384-fandal-atari-programer-and-archivist Frantisek Houra is better known to the Atari community as Fandal. He's an Atari computer programmer and long-time archivist of European Atari software. He has created many original Atari games and conversions from other platforms: including Fruity Pete, Mashed Turtles, Crescent Solitaire, and Diamondz. This interview took place on August 28, 2019, during the Fujiama Atari conference in Lengenfeld, Germany. Roland Wassenberg sat in to assist with the interview. Shortly after, Fandal and I and several other attendees hooked up a multijoy and played some rounds of Mashed Turtles with six players (up to eight can play), and it was so. much. fun.
  4. Ah! That did it. I wasn't cd-ing to the xformer directory first. Thanks!
  5. Update. I upgraded to Catalina. PlayOnMac doesn't work under Catalina. WINE does, but I can't get Xformer10 to start under WINE. $ wine64 /Users/kevin/Downloads/xformer10/xformer10.exe 001b:err:ntoskrnl:ZwLoadDriver failed to create driver L"\\Registry\\Machine\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\wineusb": c0000142 000f:fixme:service:scmdatabase_autostart_services Auto-start service L"wineusb" failed to start: 1114 0020:err:plugplay:runloop_thread Couldn't open IOHIDManager. 0024:fixme:ntdll:server_ioctl_file Unsupported ioctl 24000 (device=2 access=1 func=0 method=0) 0026:fixme:ntdll:server_ioctl_file Unsupported ioctl 24000 (device=2 access=1 func=0 method=0) 0009:err:module:__wine_process_init L"Z:\\Users\\kevin\\Downloads\\xformer10\\xformer10.exe" not supported on this system Kays-MacBook-Pro:~ kevin$ wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF at address 00007FFF2FDDDE16 (thread 001c), starting debugger... 001c:err:seh:start_debugger Couldn't start debugger L"winedbg --auto 24 96" (1115) Read the Wine Developers Guide on how to set up winedbg or another debugger If anyone has gotten this to work, I'd like to know. Thanks K
  6. Super helpful thread. Under Catalina, I got WINE installed and Altirra running in it, and the emulated Atari set up. Yay. Thanks.
  7. Gregg Squires, Atari Manager of Hardware Engineering https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-383-gregg-squires-atari-manager-of-hardware-engineering Gregg Squires was a Manager of Hardware Engineering at Atari from 1982 through 1984, working from their New York office. He was project manager for Val, a cost-reduced version of the Atari 2600; and project manager for the Atari XL computer series. He was co-designer of the 65816 microprocessor architecture. Greg sent me a scan of an Atari 600XL Product Status Meeting handout dated January 1983. It's an impressive 45 pages and paints a clear picture of the timeline, costs, and issues involved with creating that computer. This interview took place on February 13, 2019.
  8. Lastly, this janky cart in a duct tape case, won't boot. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  9. Next, two copies of Cable Graphic Sciences. 1984. I think this is called INFO/gen and is dumped already.
  10. Next is Info/Soft The Information Channel. 1986-1987. Not mentioned on AtariAge. I have 4 copies of this, which at a glance appear identical. I'm guessing this is the best version/what they used the longest because of the later year and the fact that there are so many copies.
  11. Next is Info/Soft Technology Inc. Info/Soft 3000 version 3.2. 1986. It is listed in AtariAge but undumped. I have one copy.
  12. Next is "Character Generators Inc" which seems to me to be an early version of "Information Display System". Cart case says version #8520. Does that mean Feb. 1985? I have one copy.
  13. OK, I've started diving into the 10 cartridges that I got from Rik at Encore. I've done my best to sort them into categories. I think some of these have never been dumped. For clarity each type of cart will be in its own message. First up is one copy of "Information Display System" by Whittman and Harshburn. This appears to be the same as the software that started this thread. Only this is on cart rather than on an Atari 800 personality board.
  14. I acquired some hardware, software, and documentation from Rik at Encore. I will post information about it here as I dig through it. First up is a black box with simple circuitry inside, which Rik told me is a switcher to switch from video playback to the character generator. A hotel showing movies on videotape, running on a timer, would show CG info from the Atari between movies. This box apparently helped switch between the two video sources. You can plug the Atari power supply into one cable, then the Atari into the other, and I guess it powers the Atari on when there's no videotape playing. There's a 3.5mm jack on the box, which I suppose plugs into the u-matic deck, which sends a signal when it's playing a tape, powering off the Atari? These are guesses.
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