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  1. If you know it's for the Atari ST, then it's likely a serial-to-MIDI cable for an extra 16 MIDI channels that some programs take advantage of. The MegaSTE, TT, Falcon use the 9-pin serial port instead of the older 25 pin serial port.
  2. Yep, that's what I remembered too. After the 1980s of everything electronic made in Japan or Taiwan, people became more patriotic and companies started marketing "Made in the USA." IBM had a great reputation for manufacturing solid quality products, so it was going to last. Also, by this time, Atari sold their Taiwan manufacturing plant and were using subcontractors (like IBM) to build their products.
  3. Curt still has the old Atari VAXes with the company's internal e-mails so there is probably a ton of information on there that has not been publicly released yet, so yes, it's a viable project. I guess my attitude is "Something is better than nothing..." Just wish he would finish it.
  4. vattari: Did you order the remote control with it? I can't seem to figure out if I need it for configuring things or if it's a "nice to have, but not required" device. Thanks. I never thought you could use it in high res! That's awesome. It really is an all-in-one solution then.
  5. All I remember about the Megafile 44 was that it was way more expensive than third party hard drives at the time. I think it retailed for around $1,200 but an Atari dealer can make one for around $700-$800 depending on the case and host adapter. I remember buying mine for $900 in a neat little compact case with an ICD AdSCSI+ host adapter. If you bought it in an ugly PC tower or ugly ass PC external hard drive case, you could save some money. Just look back at some old magazines and you will see this difference. The one cool thing about the Megafile 44 is that it fits neatly under the MegaST case. I actually found a dealer who had an extra Megafile 44 case because the original owner wanted to use it on his Falcon. I bought it and put my Syquest drive in there so that would stack neatly under my MegaST. Only problem was that it had a black faceplate versus the Atari gray.
  6. Huh? 😕 You just gently push through the two holes underneath the label. Take off the top cover. See those two holes underneath the label? Just gently push each hole until the label comes off. That's how I did it.
  7. Wow. This brings back memories of college around the mid-90s before Windows 95. I had been using my MegaST4 since 1987 using LDW Power for spreadsheet work. However, it was starting to show its age being only Lotus 123 compatible. I needed Excel since everyone else was using it so I needed to exchange data with my lab partners. Texel was promising but it was German only. All this finally gave me an excuse to buy a Falcon and Falcon Speed. It was not the fastest, but for the Excel spreadsheets and graphs I was making, it worked. Floppy disks being MS-DOS compatible also was a plus. Also got to stick with Atari a bit longer before going PC at the end of the 90s.
  8. I am no expert too, but I looked around online. It looks like the New Jersey Coast Line runs from NY Penn Station (in midtown Manhattan ) to Belmar Station (as noted by BNE Jeff above). One transfer is needed at Long Branch Station where you take the train toward Bay Head. It takes about 2 hours one way and costs $16.75. The bummer is getting from Belmar Station to InfoAge. It's a 2 mile walk along roads with no sidewalks.
  9. I never used a text editor accessory (or anything/desk accessory on the GEM desktop) while playing games since most games bypass GEM. I am curious to know which games do you play that even allows you to use the GEM desktop?
  10. Even just replacement or new keycaps would be great. It looks like one or two new Amiga keycap replacement are overfunded on Indiegogo already. I am envious to say the least...
  11. Wow. That power supply is puny. Nice find. Excuse my electrical ignorance...Did you have to be aware of connecting the ground holes to the power supply bracket? What happens if you rotated it 180 degrees so that you mount it with the non-grounded holes? I don't recall doing that when I fitted non-Atari power supplies to the bracket. But then, that was ages ago...
  12. Wow, it's great news that you found a power supply that is able to provide enough power AND was short enough to fit in the ST. I remember back in the late 90s/early 2000s when I was given/bought cheap/inheriting 1040STs, the power supply was one of the things that commonly went bad (and still is). The original ST power supply was 50W and 1.2 inches tall. None of the major electronics stores (Mouser, Digikey, Jameco, etc) had a power supply that met those specs. They were either too weak (40W, 1.2 inches high) or too tall (60W, 1.6 inches high). I found one or two which was enough to fix the machines I had with bad power supplies, but wanted to have a spare or two. It's great to see that technology has moved forward with smaller, more powerful power supplies that can easily fit in our STs!
  13. ST Informer started out in the traditional newspaper format before converting to the traditional magazine format. This allowed for faster turnaround print times, so they usually came out with the latest news faster than STart or ST-Log. I looked at my collection and see that this conversion happened with the January 1992 edition. December 1991 was the last issue in the newspaper format. I started but never finished scanning my magazine format copies of ST Informer. I am stuck about how to scan the newspaper versions though. I would think you need an 11x17 scanner which are quite expensive.
  14. I replaced the fan and hard drive in my Atari Mega/STE with a quiet fan and a SCSI2SD drive. So much quieter now. During this procedure, I found out the HD Busy LED light was missing. I thought, "Simple, I'll just go down to the electronics surplus store and find an old power/busy/turbo LED that attaches to a 2 pole plug on a PC motherboard." They strip these things out of old PCs for recycling, so it must be easy to find. Nope. The electronics surplus store shut down. I ended up going to Frys and buying a 2.5" to 3.5" hard drive adapter that happen to have the 2 pole plug with LED on it, so I bought it, stripped it, and used it for my HD busy LED light. Anyone want a 2.5" to 3.5" hard drive adapter without a busy LED?
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