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I'm a bit late to the party, but really enjoyed looking at the nostalgic pictures.  Thanks to everyone posting.  Here's a picture I happen to have of me with my Atari 800XL in 1985.  I was fourteen and spent the whole summer of that year working to buy the disk drive.  This here is just after Christmas or on Christmas because I had received that aquarium as a gift as well as the Adventure Master text adventure making software in the picture.

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Though not the same one, here's my current 800xl in the setup in my workroom where I go these days to get my 8-bit computer fix.  The Atari 800XL remains my most fondly remembered computer from the eighties.

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51 minutes ago, KBRpilot said:

I'm a bit late to the party, but really enjoyed looking at the nostalgic pictures.  Thanks to everyone posting.  Here's a picture I happen to have of me with my Atari 800XL in 1985.  I was fourteen and spent the whole summer of that year working to buy the disk drive.  This here is just after Christmas or on Christmas because I had received that aquarium as a gift as well as the Adventure Master text adventure making software in the picture.

  451183503_meatari800xlDec1985.thumb.jpg.e8e79c54bd3f8858201fac21deb6b21c.jpg

Though not the same one, here's my current 800xl in the setup in my workroom where I go these days to get my 8-bit computer fix.  The Atari 800XL remains my most fondly remembered computer from the eighties.

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Lemme see...14 in 85...that's the same as me.  Although I was lucky to have cut my teeth on a 400 that we got for Christmas in '79...my older brother got the 800Xl in 83 as a gift, and was already and upperclassman in high school, so he was moving on to jobs/girls/etc on the weekend and then left for the army in 85, which made it effectively mine!  I've re-acquired a 400, but still on the hunt for an 800XL.  That's what I did most of my hacking with. 

 

I don't know how you did this, but your new setup/room looks MORE 80's than your old one...well done!  Must be the wood panel doing it's work.  

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16 hours ago, Max_Chatsworth said:

Lemme see...14 in 85...that's the same as me.  Although I was lucky to have cut my teeth on a 400 that we got for Christmas in '79...my older brother got the 800Xl in 83 as a gift, and was already and upperclassman in high school, so he was moving on to jobs/girls/etc on the weekend and then left for the army in 85, which made it effectively mine!  I've re-acquired a 400, but still on the hunt for an 800XL.  That's what I did most of my hacking with. 

 

I don't know how you did this, but your new setup/room looks MORE 80's than your old one...well done!  Must be the wood panel doing it's work.  

Thanks.  It took me a long time to find a deal I was happy with on an 800xl myself.  I have an 800 that I had gotten some years ago that was in horrible shape that I rebuilt, but this 800xl I only recently got and looks practically new.  Unknown to myself at the time of purchase, it also has been upgraded with a Newell 256KXl memory module.  This was a rather nice surprise as I can run enhanced 130XE software on it.  Back in the 80's my older brother had gotten a 400 when I was 12, this is what made me want to get an Atari computer.  It was my luck that they were on sale at the time I bought mine with birthday money, otherwise I probably would have gotten a 600xl.

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10 minutes ago, KBRpilot said:

Thanks.  It took me a long time to find a deal I was happy with on an 800xl myself.  I have an 800 that I had gotten some years ago that was in horrible shape that I rebuilt, but this 800xl I only recently got and looks practically new.  Unknown to myself at the time of purchase, it also has been upgraded with a Newell 256KXl memory module.  This was a rather nice surprise as I can run enhanced 130XE software on it.  Back in the 80's my older brother had gotten a 400 when I was 12, this is what made me want to get an Atari computer.  It was my luck that they were on sale at the time I bought mine with birthday money, otherwise I probably would have gotten a 600xl.

Did you end up buying in person, or from someone on AtariAge, or ebay or what?  I would like to get an upgraded one as well if I can..possibly upgraded with video mods to make it look nice on modern monitors as well(If that exists).

 

 

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1 hour ago, Max_Chatsworth said:

Did you end up buying in person, or from someone on AtariAge, or ebay or what?  I would like to get an upgraded one as well if I can..possibly upgraded with video mods to make it look nice on modern monitors as well(If that exists).

 

 

@Paul Westphal (www.eightbitfix.com) is on the forum here and should be able to help you. AFAIK he'll build up old Ataris to whatever specs you want. 

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My original Atari setup from either January 1982 or January 1983

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Okimate 10 Christmas Tree Pictures from December 1984. Astute readers will see the gumball machine box for the gumball machine in the pictures I posted earlier in this thread.

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BASIC XE from Christmas 1986

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51 minutes ago, toddtmw said:

My original Atari setup from either January 1982 or January 1983

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Okimate 10 Christmas Tree Pictures from December 1984. Astute readers will see the gumball machine box for the gumball machine in the pictures I posted earlier in this thread.

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BASIC XE from Christmas 1986

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Old school cool....What exactly is that 3382 "Mad Dogs" hat for?

 

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2 hours ago, slx said:

@Paul Westphal (www.eightbitfix.com) is on the forum here and should be able to help you. AFAIK he'll build up old Ataris to whatever specs you want. 

Thank you.  I came back to Atari hardware this year and thought, no big deal..I'll just buy an old 800XL with a disk drive..I mean, what could have changed since 1987?    Then find out about memory upgrades, super carts, SIO, video conversions, and on and on..and realize I had a ton of homework to do. 

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2 minutes ago, Max_Chatsworth said:

Thank you.  I came back to Atari hardware this year and thought, no big deal..I'll just buy an old 800XL with a disk drive..I mean, what could have changed since 1987?    Then find out about memory upgrades, super carts, SIO, video conversions, and on and on..and realize I had a ton of homework to do. 

Fully understand. I have lots of those gadgets but much less of them installed and even less I know well enough to use without googling. There‘s a ton of options but don‘t let that put you off. I found a SIO based storage device to be the easiest starting point. 

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1 minute ago, slx said:

Fully understand. I have lots of those gadgets but much less of them installed and even less I know well enough to use without googling. There‘s a ton of options but don‘t let that put you off. I found a SIO based storage device to be the easiest starting point. 

Does one of the cartridge solutions count as SIO solution?  Sometimes I can't tell...

 

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6 minutes ago, Max_Chatsworth said:

Does one of the cartridge solutions count as SIO solution?  Sometimes I can't tell...

 

There is one that can be modded to double as cart and SIO device but I can’t recall which. Check the forums and the pinned topic about modern devices/connectivity. 

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1 hour ago, Max_Chatsworth said:

Old school cool....What exactly is that 3382 "Mad Dogs" hat for?

 

Air Force Tech School, I was in the 3382nd squadron in the "Triangle" at Biloxi Air Force Base for training as an Avionics Inertial and RADAR repair specialist. Our squadron apparently, didn't have the best reputation.

 

I didn't help that reputation much. I was a Student Leader, but probably wasn't the best fit for it.

 

Every morning, there was a uniform of the day. There was a board in the squadron that told us what to wear. One morning, the uniform of the day called for us to carry our all-weather jackets.

 

We got down to the end to (I believe) the 96th squadron. That squadron was known for its discipline. We were waiting for things to clear to march to class and the 96th Sergeant comes up and instructs me to have the flight put on their all-weather jackets. I said, "But sir. the uniform of the day board says to carry it." He said, "And I'm telling you to put them on." So, of course, I respond, "If you can change the uniform of the day like that, wouldn't it be easier if we called you each morning and asked what to wear?"

 

He took my 341 form and a few days later, my Sergeant came up laughing and told me not to do something like that again.

 

So, yeah, that's what that hat was.

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20 minutes ago, toddtmw said:

Air Force Tech School, I was in the 3382nd squadron in the "Triangle" at Biloxi Air Force Base for training as an Avionics Inertial and RADAR repair specialist. Our squadron apparently, didn't have the best reputation.

 

I didn't help that reputation much. I was a Student Leader, but probably wasn't the best fit for it.

 

Every morning, there was a uniform of the day. There was a board in the squadron that told us what to wear. One morning, the uniform of the day called for us to carry our all-weather jackets.

 

We got down to the end to (I believe) the 96th squadron. That squadron was known for its discipline. We were waiting for things to clear to march to class and the 96th Sergeant comes up and instructs me to have the flight put on their all-weather jackets. I said, "But sir. the uniform of the day board says to carry it." He said, "And I'm telling you to put them on." So, of course, I respond, "If you can change the uniform of the day like that, wouldn't it be easier if we called you each morning and asked what to wear?"

 

He took my 341 form and a few days later, my Sergeant came up laughing and told me not to do something like that again.

 

So, yeah, that's what that hat was.

I was at Camp Stennis, in Gulfport.  My Seabee Battalion was homeported there.  NMCB-74 (since retired).

 

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LOL about the uniform of the day.  I was stationed at Biloxi but that would have been before your time.  I was there from early 1977 to September of 78.  

I was a Medic working at the hospital, in Labor and Delivery, if you can believe that.  We were actually fairly busy.  All of those young guys getting their girlfriend pregnant and having to go into the service to have health coverage.

I'm an RN now, working in the Operating Room and getting ready to retire in just two months.  All the more time to get back into my old Atari equipment.

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On 9/20/2020 at 5:02 PM, KBRpilot said:

I'm a bit late to the party, but really enjoyed looking at the nostalgic pictures.  Thanks to everyone posting.  Here's a picture I happen to have of me with my Atari 800XL in 1985.  I was fourteen and spent the whole summer of that year working to buy the disk drive.  This here is just after Christmas or on Christmas because I had received that aquarium as a gift as well as the Adventure Master text adventure making software in the picture.

  451183503_meatari800xlDec1985.thumb.jpg.e8e79c54bd3f8858201fac21deb6b21c.jpg

Though not the same one, here's my current 800xl in the setup in my workroom where I go these days to get my 8-bit computer fix.  The Atari 800XL remains my most fondly remembered computer from the eighties.

1135510380_8-bitpcstation.thumb.JPG.71314899cc475b12fcab46964f0ab6de.JPG

I see you sold your fish to buy the 1050?  Poor fishies.

 

Jeff

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On 9/9/2020 at 9:57 AM, Max_Chatsworth said:

I love how you have an authentic non-ironic trucker style cap that so many have tried to emulate lo these decades later.  Cool stuff. What is the poster of the girl? It looks like it has Japanese writing...

Wasn't me in the picture, but a friend. I have never been a hat person. The photo on the wall is for Sigma Cameras/Lenses. So yes, Japanese. In the bottom right you can see the picture of the lens in question. I had a Sigma camera then (these are scans of slides by the way) and used it for these photos. 

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On 9/24/2020 at 12:00 PM, mikebrown66 said:

Wasn't me in the picture, but a friend. I have never been a hat person. The photo on the wall is for Sigma Cameras/Lenses. So yes, Japanese. In the bottom right you can see the picture of the lens in question. I had a Sigma camera then (these are scans of slides by the way) and used it for these photos. 

Cool..thanks.  It's fascinating to me to see these old photos of people's setups because it's really a little view into the past when you see the clothing/toys/posters/art they have around their rooms. Unfortunately, I don't think a single picture exists of me or my siblings with our Atari 400 or my brother's 800XL, which is actually amazing since my dad was a professional(weekends) photographer for weddings/etc...and we have tons of family pics from Christmas, vacations, etc from back in the 70's and 80's.  Since all of us were young in 79 when we got the 400 and it was a Christmas present, I should see if my dad does have some sort of photo of us opening/using it after all. 

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