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Status Updates posted by tschak909

  1. I really would have thought ABBUC members would be building #FujiNet devices based on the schematics and public firmware. *scratch-head*

  2. Nina and I are still writing a page in our diaries on our #Atari computers, each day. I'm up to page 82, and Nina slowly gets better at articulating her thoughts.


    1. jaybird3rd


      Such a great project!

    2. Kiwi


      Cool!  I love when old machines get used for this purpose. 

  3. For everyone on here: Do not deal with @AtariGeezer. We built a #FujiNet board for him on the condition that we would share code. This turned into "I'll do it if" .. after he received the board.

    This guy is 100% mud, and should be considered untrustworthy.

    1. orpheuswaking


      I hope you post this in the fujinet threads

    2. tschak909


      @orpheuswaking Since he has been banned from the thread, I am dropping it. He got a free board from us, hope he cherishes it.


      @RockyRaccoon To Recap:

      AtariGeezer has been working on his own ESP8266 based device. He had been talking as if he had a working implementation of a number of things, such as a N: network device, an R: device, and a working TNFS client that did file level sharing. Kept sharing little snippets of code, when I asked about them, he became cagey and said, "Do your homework."

      He saw what we were doing and started talking with us.

      Since @mozzwald had recently produced a working prototype based on the ESP32. Geezer asked if he could get one. mozzwald said only if you contribute code to development. Geezer said he would, so Mozzwald, on his own dime, built and shipped him one (we haven't charged anything for any prototypes, to anyone, nor do we intend to.)


      Geezer receives his prototype, pictures start showing up in other threads (he has one picture with it attached to his 1450XLD), and he starts talking about the functionality he's done.


      "Great, can we see code?"

      "Yup! When it's perfect!"

      ...ok, fine.

      A bit later, Geezer responds with: "Here's something to wet your appetite, to get rid of that state machine loop." after which he posts part of the main loop of his firmware. Ok, thanks. I see calls to R: device stuff, to N: device stuff, to TNFS stuff. Great.

      and had he left it at that, I would have said nothing, and just written this off as a "he grifted a board" moment, and if some code had shown up, I would have been happy about it.


      But he didn't. 


      He posts a binary of his latest build, and I asked about source code.


      He responds with:


      "I'll post it when you post your N: an R: handler."


      So our agreement suddenly turns into a tug of war on conditions, and rather than fight that silly battle, I decided to call him out on it. I called him a douche. I fully admit I went full nuclear, but in my defense, I've dealt with people like this, my whole life, and if you don't smack it down head-on, it becomes a bigger problem later.


      He responded, understandably, quite derisively. Which got him banned from thread.


      So yeah, 

      if he had just shut his mouth and not made it about me, this wouldn't have happened. :)



    3. tschak909


      Since this posting, roughly on Jan 10, he has started his own Wifi Modem thread, where he deliberately references the board that mozzwald built for him. He still doesn't seem to be very interested in releasing code, opting instead for just releasing binaries. ok then.

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  4. Does anyone have a Rigol analyzer I can borrow? I am trying to write ESP8266 firmware for SIO, and am running into timing hell.



  5. For the next few days: Get RemoteDebug working inside the AtariWifi arduino sketch, so that I can start writing SIO handler code.

    Also, work out and debug sector to memory/bank address algorithm for sector copier. Implement as seperate scratchpad program that outputs a visible table of bank / address offsets.

  6. and with the XF551 from @dafivehole, Nina's Atari XEGS is now complete. :) 


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    1. jaybird3rd


      ^ Exactly!  I strongly agree with all of the above.  Classic home computers were closed systems with a limited but intricate set of rules.  They encouraged exploration, and they did indeed help to develop the ability to focus, whether they were used for programming (which is what I was interested in as a kid) or for systematically writing a diary.  I also agree about the need for private spaces; very psychologically important, especially for young kids.  I'm looking forward to reading your article!

    2. dafivehole
    3. RockyRaccoon


      Looks great, and interested in the article!

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  7. I just admitted to myself, that one reason I do all these crazy projects is so others can compliment me on how cool it is...

    does that make me a bad person?

    1. R.Cade


      That's the only reason anyone does anything. :)


    2. Omegamatrix


      And all this time I just thought you enjoyed that pain and suffering of the process... 🤦‍♂️

  8. I _REALLY_ am tired of this elitist attitude that permeates the homebrew communities that implies that "I am so awesome, that releasing code would tarnish my awesomeness."

    Seriously, get the fuck over it. 

    You will not get rich selling homebrew games.

    What you WILL do, is continue to silo important knowledge that should be shared and improved upon, to the detriment of all.

    And no, don't bother replying with a defense, there is none; only a stark ugly revelation of character.

    1. Flojomojo


      I'm no developer, but I would assume there's something private going on besides just arrogant bluster. Guesses: 


      - what if someone sees my spaghetti code and laughs at it, or I get a reputation for doing stupid things? Or people see that I'm just not that good?

      - what if someone steals my code, changes a tiny amount of it, and claims credit for something that is mostly mine?

      - what if someone makes unauthorized reproduction cartridges with my code?

      - what if I want to change it or keep my options open for commercial rights? putting out source would close off those options.

      - it's MINE, I can do as I please with it. 


      I know you had a particular case in mind when you wrote this -- and I totally agree in that case, but I can also see that the decision is deeply personal. That said, yeah, release the code, help others, make things better for everyone. 

    2. Keatah


      50-50 share alike or the man is gonna get you from the night.

    3. RevEng


      Yeah, releasing source code is the way you pay back for the free and open code, tools, and examples, that every community has.


      Having released much homebrew code, I appreciate there's certainly an amount of humility involved in releasing it. One often rushes through certain sections of code, and not everything is pristine or perfectly architected. This is made much worse when you're less familiar with the problem-space that you're working in. Also, tight 6502 code is always going to be a bit spaghetti.


      If the code works without bugs or performance issues, you don't bother going back. Or at least I don't bother going back. I consider my personal coding hours one of the system resources too, since I don't have an infinite supply.


      I just hope that people reading my source code do so with a bit of generosity of spirit. If in the end they think I'm a dummy, oh well. At least I know I'm not.

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  9. I joined AtariAge in May 2006.


    I had spent the previous seven years attempting to build a start-up company during the dot-com boom-bust cycle. It failed, horribly, and left me in a state of misery, dejection, and despair.


    I was burned out, and partially catatonic from 2004 until 2006 from the entire experience.


    I discovered AtariAge, and rekindled my love for the Atari 8-bit computers, where I started. and I started coding for the 8-bit, again. and it helped me remember why I loved computing in the first place.


    ...and I found my way back to sanity.


    Since then, retrocomputing has been a constant fixture in my life, to counter-balance my day job, to keep reminding me, why I do what I do. To keep me sane. We all make each other better.


    Thank you.


    1. Shawn


      At least you realized it was a futile effort and moved on. 2006? Ya, the dot com bubble had years ago burst by then even for most of whom made it at one point and then crashed.

    2. tschak909


      There are reasons I hung on, that I can't go into. It was a very dark time in my life, and there were some very shady figures around me.



    3. Shawn


      Well at least you moved on and you can talk about it as part of your past which clearly has nothing to do with your future :)

  10. Does anyone have an XEGS laying around to sell? I need something for my 6yo daughter.

  11. to any hardware hackers looking for a project: would love a MISTer in a laptop form.

  12. PLATOTERM 1.3 Cartridge ROMs released: 


  13. New test release of PLATOTERM for Atari 8-bit computers, disk version: 


  14. Anybody here well versed in HTML5/JS/CSS?



    1. save2600


      Seems not very many people are. Just look at the most popular sites today. Inefficient/resource hungry sites abound. Your local and major news websites are the absolute worst. Bloated beyond belief.  :mad:

    2. tschak909


      doesn't help. I need help to improve the keyboard in place @ http://js.irata.online/



  15. For any Atari C coders who can help, I am trying to get the Cartridge version of PLATOTERM to a fully releasable state. Please help, more info here: 


  16. In what is possibly the most insane bring-up of PLATOTERM to date, I have successfully done a bring-up on the NES/Famicom! (especially as NES does not have a native bitmap mode, I had to make one.) All it needs is some hardware in-cart to do the network and keyboard I/O, all doable! FNDRPMU.gif

    1. Kiwi


      Very nice job!!  NES would need more hardware(bankswitched CHR-RAM) to draw one unique bitmap, otherwise, it stuck with 256 tiles. 

    2. tschak909


      Yup, this is a UxROM (mapper 2), with a sprite 0 raster split in the middle (and an interleaved palette), to maximize use of the existing tiles.

  17. IRATA.ONLINE can be accessed by any web enabled device! http://js.irata.online/ Try it today from your browser or mobile device!

  18. I built IRATA.ONLINE expressly with the goal of getting many people in the retro computing communities at large to come together and do something interesting.


    Two years in, and I'm starting to wonder if I am wasting my time trying to promote it, as very few seem to even notice or care, even within these relatively small communities.


    I guess everybody's just fine with playing with themselves...

    1. nyandeyanen


      IRATA.ONLINE is ambitious. As ambitious as the implementation is cool. I did a few demos of it at VCF West on my IIgs as per our conversation, but at the moment the complexity of the service - albeit necessary for all those interesting features - makes it a bit difficult for someone like myself who just picked it up a week or so prior (while preparing everything else for the exhibit) to demo it effectively. I got stuck in a few places at the event and wasn't sure how to continue aside from disconnecting and reconnecting.

      I absolutely think this service is worth the time, but perhaps documentation and walkthroughs are where the next efforts might go to get more people using it. Even with the key equivalents printed out I get stuck from time to time. I can do reasonably high quality video capture from my system, so once I get the usage of the system down that might be an area where I can contribute.

    2. Joe C.

      Joe C.

      Irata should be for M.U.L.E. 

    3. tschak909


      I would love to do a version of M.U.L.E. for IRATA.ONLINE. I have the algorithms.



  19. Thus far my experience with the retrocomputing communities at large, comprised of: 

    (1) lots of users, who can't code.

    (2) lots of developers who can't be bothered to help other developers.

    Makes me question the sanity of doing a large project.

    1. jaybird3rd


      It's not like it was in the old days, that's for sure.  I'd love to help out with more projects--and to finally get some work done on my own projects--but for me it always comes down to a lack of time.

    2. RockyRaccoon


      Why do I need to code or develop to be a part of a retrocomputing community? I've used lots of these computers growing up and I like them now. I know very little about coding but I like fooling with things and playing games on them. That's just how it is. 

    3. tschak909


      I am doing something that hasn't been done before: building an on-line system that stretches across to every single retro-computing community, and to date, to facilitate this access, have written a terminal program from a single code-base that stretches to over TWO DOZEN different retro-computing systems, to be able to access the same content.


      ...I'd just like some help, because I am fucking exhausted.

  20. Just posted a thread on the MINDSET computer, and the new software I am writing for it: 


  21. Need a working 5.25 DS/DD drive, if somebody has one I can buy. (Teac FD-55B, Tandon TM100-2A, whatever)

    1. Classic Pac

      Classic Pac

      It took a friend 3 years to find one on the cheap, of course you can get one right now off of eBay for around $100 from Europe.

  22. I've written the first new software on the Mindset computer in 40 years... 



    1. ClassicGMR
    2. Forrest


      Looks good - you may be the only one developing software on this computer in 2019!


      The 8-Bit Guy posted a review of the Mindset computer on 7/27/19 that was recently purchased from the Computer Reset store in Dallas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a_qJFD80_c&feature=youtu.be


      I wonder if you are programming on this same machine?

    3. tschak909


      It is the very same machine. It belongs to the Obsolete Geek (aka Rob Ivy).

  23. 50,000 members, and the same 4 people posting. Welcome to AtariAge ;)

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    2. save2600


      Careful what you wish for Flojo... with such a report, might just find out you're not so unique.   🤣

    3. Flojomojo


      Oh it's not about me, I just love data, charts, and graphs. 🤓

    4. Eltigro


      I'm with Flojo... I love the end of year stats from the What Have You Actually Played threads on the Classic and Modern gaming forums.  I know I'm not unique, and not near the top, but I'm on here pretty regularly.

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  24. IRATA.ONLINE - one on-line service for #retrocomputing, many platforms. 13 seperate emulators running each version of #PLATOTERM, connecting, and participating in a #PLATO teleconference, with screen share and chat. No voice-over, had a cold. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9f8Vy9g7yM

    1. Joe C.

      Joe C.

      Irata, the greatest planet there is! 

  25. How do I get the old "My content" ???

    1. wongojack




      "Content I Posted In" is the closest

    2. Albert


      You can also customize these, save your customization, and set one as your new default if you'd like. 

    3. tschak909


      noted. Ok. :) Thanks guys.

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