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  1. I don't think Spectre GCR works with the internal hard driver or SCSI hard drives. You have to use a hard drive through the ACSI port on the TT030. That's why it works on your ST/STEs. I remember reading about the Spectre code was specially designed for the ACSI port that made it not work with SCSI ports. What type of 16 MHz accelerator do you have? I have an ICD Adspeed in my MegaST4 and Spectre GCR works fine at 16 MHz mode. Weird.
  2. What I don't understand about those renders is that if you look on both sides of the hotel, I see what looks like the Stratosphere on one side and then what looks like the Transamerica Pyramid building in San Francisco on the other side. What is the Transamerica Pyramid building doing in a render of a Las Vegas hotel?
  3. Because most PC software came on 5-1/4" disks. This was made for the Atari PC1 which was introduced in 1987. I don't know about you, but in 1987, most PC software still came on 5 1/4" disks so that is why the Atari PC came with a 5 1/4" disk drive built in. PCs didn't start using 3.5" disks in large quantities until the IBM PS/2 came out in 1987.
  4. Same here. I wanted to upgrade my 800. I remember having a friend with an 800XL with SpartaDOS and I could not figure out what to do when it boot up. The command line was stupid. Why can't it be simple like a menu in DOS 2.5? When my friend showed me how "easy" the command line was, I thought how in the world is someone suppose to know the commands. At that point, I said forget this command line crap and looked at the ST as my next machine.
  5. Tell that to the CCC Microhost Corporation which sold at least 100,000 STs that were used in classrooms around the US. The "cheap plastic" seemed to have held up well for them. Atari even had a 1% market share of the education market in the US at one point. For once, Atari computers were not lumped into the "Other" category in personal computer market share pie charts. 😁
  6. That has nothing to do with what I said. I don't know what you are talking about now.
  7. Do you not realize what shape Atari was in during that time? They simply didn't have the resources to do everything so they had to decide to go with the ST first and work on videogames during the few spare moments they had. Putting videogames on the backburner doesn't mean they weren't serious about it. They simply had to allocate their resources to what could keep them afloat until they had enough money/time to get back into videogames. I handle multiple projects at work too, but putting some projects on the backburner doesn't mean I am blowing them off or that I am not serious about them. My gosh, it's Project Management 101.
  8. All the graphics and music applications released on the ST took advantage of the DSP if it detected a Falcon. My experience was different. I had my Falcon and 486 next to each other at one point in time and I don't see much difference in word processing or spreadsheet work. Benchmarks only say so much. Using them in real time is another. Matching what you include in a Falcon compared to a same-priced typical 486 shows you still get a lot more with a Falcon. From what I gather, you sound like someone who wanted to play the hottest games, do some word processing and maybe some telecommunications. I don't blame you for buying a PC. You simply buy what fits your needs.
  9. We were comparing systems and price. A decent 486 was still more expensive than a Falcon and the DSP certainly helped in application performance. Maybe not in word processing or spreadsheets, but for graphics and music, it certainly helped. Can you really tell the difference in the speed of a word processor or spreadsheet on a 486 vs a Falcon? Not really. Emulators at the time could not emulate a Falcon, so I know you are lying about the PC emulating Falcons faster than a real Falcon.
  10. I get really tired of the same "the Falcon should have been released earlier" argument over the years, so here we go again. I DARE you to find a computer that had the specs and price of the Falcon when it came out. You will NOT find it! I remember looking and nothing came close. In order to match the Falcon specs, you had to add this and that to a Mac or PC system which adds more to the cost of the system. PC clock speeds don't mean much. Everyone with a decent amount of computer knowledge knows the Motorola 68000 is a lot more efficient that any Intel processor. A decent 486 system still costed more than a Falcon and didn't have the specs of the Falcon. I know because my brother bought one because he needed it for college work.
  11. Booooo on the dates! 😧 I already have other shows competing for my time in early August. Put it back in October. It's going to clash with Vintage Computer Festival West which is usually the first weekend in August. Two large vintage tech shows so close to each other on the same date is not good for either of them as they will pillage attendance off each other. (Yes, to me, 600 miles is "close" in vintage tech show terms) Yeah, first world issues. Another year to bounce around and decide which one to skip...boooo.
  12. Yep. That's why my first hard drive was a Syquest. I had one platter for color stuff, one for mono productivity, one for music and one for Spectre GCR. I even configured the Spectre cart to autoboot into MacOS so I never saw the GEM desktop when I wanted to use my Mac apps.
  13. I remember wanting a 1040ST because it was all I could afford. However, when I was able to get a MegaST4 for a great price, I bought it (with a little help from the parents ). My favorite reason to get with the MegaST was the keyboard. I was using an Atari 800 already, so anyone who has used one will tell you that it has one of the best keyboards out there. Moving to the 1040ST would have been a downgrade to a mushy keyboard. I didn't like it, but I would have had to settle if the MegaST4 deal didn't become reality. My second reason was the 4MB of memory. I remember wondering what am I going to do with all that space?! I ended up having a boot disk with 440K of accessories and a 2MB (reset-proof) RAM Disk...and I still had plenty of room. Well, I'm glad I did get 4MB because when good multi-tasking programs (Geneva, MagiC) came out on the ST, I got rid of the RAM Disk and unnecessary accessories because I was now running out of RAM! Having two or more programs in memory at the same time comes in really handy as we all know now. It's especially useful if one is a telecommunications program (Flash, STalker, etc) and you're downloading a large file, I can work on something else at the same time. I could also be using a document processor (WordUp, Calligrapher, Papyrus, etc) and a graphics program (Touch Up, Degas, etc) at the same time and just keep going back and forth between the two until I get the graphic right. This is much more efficient than working on a graphic and importing it to the document processor then noticing a mistake, then quitting the document processor, load the graphics program, etc. I sometimes think I would have quit Atari if I got the 1040ST because of the cost/reliability of RAM upgrades. There were several RAM upgrades (Newell, Z-RAM, Marpet, JRI, etc) and I remember each having its own quirks largely due to Atari changing the motherboard design all the time. It was hard for these hardware upgrade designers to keep up, so they would sometimes not fit properly or come loose due to the on/off-heat/cool cycles. They generally needed to be installed by a technician so the cost soon climbed up to close to the cost of an STE when it came out. I don't know if I wanted to deal with this. I am glad to have avoided all this since I have 4MB as a standard part of the computer already. My third reason would be the battery backed clock. I remember seeing 520/1040ST users always setting the time/date when they boot up. Worse are those who don't bother, so when they are confronted with two versions of the same file, they can't figure out which file to save or delete because they have the same size and time/date. My fourth reason is longevity. I was still using this in 1995 until I got Falcon crazy . One computer with NO internal upgrades lasting 7 years was unheard of back then, especially when you consider the fast pace technology was moving back then. I doubt many PC users were still using their 8088/80286s in 1995. If you're just playing games, then a 1040ST would be just fine.
  14. 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!
  15. I would recommend the GOEX drive from Centurion. (Almost) Just plug and play.
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