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  1. I wish I could have attended the Atari shows too when I was young. The problem in my area (SF Bay Area - Atari's headquarters) was that the organizers always chose a location in the middle of nowhere. (Sorry, but San Jose/Santa Clara was considered "nowhere") Since I wasn't old enough to drive, I had no way of getting there without begging someone to drive me. If only the organizers would have been more considerate and picked a venue near public transit, I bet they would have had even more attendance (like me ). Yeah, I hold a little grudge. Great find though!
  2. I would recommend the GOEX drive from Centurion. (Almost) Just plug and play.
  3. That's exactly it. You need to connect the audio out to a set of powered speakers. I learned that long ago when the ST was my main machine. The puny monitor speaker was not enough for my taste, so someone in my user group leaving the ST scene gave me his old monitor switchbox which had an audio out jack. I hooked it up to my small unamplified speakers and got barely anything. At that time (late 80s, early 90s), a good set of powered speakers were still at least $100+. Bummed out since I was a poor child. I only got one years later when I saved up my pennies. Incredible now you can get a decent set of amplified speakers for well under $100. People are spoiled by cheap electronics now don't know how expensive something like amplified speakers were back in the days. Sorry for the digression...
  4. Maybe it's the disk access? Loading from flash storage is much faster than floppies.
  5. The messages are confusing here. Your original post is correct. If your ST has the HD floppy circuit upgrade installed along with an HD floppy drive, then you can read/write HD and DSDD floppy disks. Unless you have an ancient HD floppy circuit, it should detect and switch between HD and DSDD floppy reading/writing automatically. The later ones I saw automatically switched the step rate between 3ms and 6ms for HD and DD access. Don't cover the extra hole on HD floppies to make them DSDD. i remember a shareware author doing that and the floppy stopped reading after a few accesses.
  6. My experience has been different. Using HD floppy disks as DSDD disks have been nothing but problems for me. I recommend using DSDD floppy disks since they can still be bought online.
  7. For regular GEM desktop usage, Kobold was my favorite. Super fast and reliable. Can be used as a program or accessory. If you're talking about cracking, I think the hardware/software combo of the Ultimate Ripper is good. I have one but have not used it extensively.
  8. That's interesting. A small group of people from the Toronto Atari Federation took over Current Notes when Joe Waters (the original publisher) retired. It didn't last very long, but it was a valiant effort till the end. ⚔️
  9. D&P Computer was a mail order outfit in Ohio who like many Atari mail order firms, sold their own complete hard drive systems. This under-the-monitor case looks no different from one that many other Atari mail order firms used. There is room for two hard drives, the host adapter and a power supply. I have one in my basement that I haven't used but I thought it was too ugly for my taste 😐. Here's an ad in Current Notes. https://archive.org/details/current_notes_jun92/page/n1/mode/2up
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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