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Old pictures of our Atari 8-bit setups

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I love this thread. I have zero photographs of either me or my step-brother using our Atari 800 or the 400 we had for a year before then, and none of us playing our Light Sixer. I guess my step-dad got all those photos during the divorce, to the extent there were any to begin with. Oh well. I have the memories, most of the manuals, maybe 1/2 - 2/3rds of my original floppy disks and (bizzarely!) my Touch Tablet, lol.

 

Keep 'em coming folks! (And may we beg @Albert to sticky this thread somewhere? )

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7 hours ago, DrVenkman said:

Keep 'em coming folks! (And may we beg Albert to sticky this thread somewhere? )

Done!

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1980 - My 4 year old learning to spell on his 800. As parents we saw the profound difference between passively viewing content on TV and controlling and engaging with it on the Atari.  Atari was huge head start for a lot of kids.

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@farago ooh... i've been digging for more photos and asking my parents to exhume 'the chest' full of old phot albums - but thanks as this just reminded me I should also start reviewing old home videos.

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Great to see a parent care what the child does and what would be better for the child growth, well done that parent(s)..Something I see so little of these days, its more of let them do what they like as long as the parent does not need to break off from their phone or TV.

 

My wife looked at your then four year old and said "he's so cute"....Ack, she's still getting broody :)

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15 hours ago, Nezgar said:

thanks as this just reminded me I should also start reviewing old home videos.

Oh!  I forgot!  Here is a video of me Christmas 1983 opening my 835 modem present.  My favorite childhood gift.  This changed EVERYTHING!

 

 

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1 hour ago, chad5200 said:

Oh!  I forgot!  Here is a video of me Christmas 1983 opening my 835 modem present.  My favorite childhood gift.  This changed EVERYTHING!

Wow, great that you have a video of that!!  Thanks for sharing!

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There are only 2 kinds of Keyboards: Good (Mitsumi) (Original PC Clicky), and Bad (all that China rubbish).

That's how I see it. I'm typing on a 'Supposedly good' hp ProBook 6550b, and I am forced to type on these little square buttons with very little 'feel' and very little travel.

This so-called 'business-grade' hp has a TERRIBLE keyboard compared to a real Mitsumi.

:)

 

Edit: This is re: 400 kb's mentioned earlier.

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This photo is not of my setup but that of a friend's in the early 80s' - see the copied cassette tapes in the background, and the 810.  Harry Staff and Dave Beech - two mates back then - at Harry's home in the UK.  Sadly Harry would have passed now - as it's highly unlikely he would have reached his 80s or 90s?

There is a Sony Trinitron TV hooked up to the 800 with Miner 2049'er running.

My own setup would have been an Atari 800, 810 with a Philips 10" portable colour TV.  I chose this particular TV so as to be able to take my whole setup to various computer club meetings - which I would attend to show off the Atari 800.  Though I had a 35mm SLR - I did not take any photos of myself nor my setup, etc.  The only photos I took - were for reference purposes - that of screenshots of various coin-op games I particularly liked.

I don't have a scanner, so I took a photo of this photo.

 

Harvey

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12 hours ago, Stormtrooper of Death said:

Me and my Atari 600XL (+1064 memory expansion). Photograph is taken in 1987/1988 in the Netherlands.

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Is that an Atari tape drive on top of the 1050, or just a tape player?

It's funny... you look a little short for a StormTrooper.

 

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5 minutes ago, Tillek said:

Is that an Atari tape drive on top of the 1050, or just a tape player?

Looks like an Atari XC12 to me..

 

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4 hours ago, Stormtrooper of Death said:

I'm 1m88 long. In those day I was a bit shorter.

I’m pretty sure the reference to your height was a Star Wars joke. :) 

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I found it! In the picture, you can see my 800XE (which I still have) and an XC12 on top of a stereo casette player, which provided sound output for my Atari since my B&W TV used SECAM video system (which did not deliver sound on the same frequency as image). I am not sure about exact dating, but it could have been some time around 1992-3.

 

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From early 1986 my 8 bit setup - system hidden by the chair back. Sadly, I don't seem to have pictures of my earlier 800 and 400.

 

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Same period - closeup of 130XE.

 

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Later that year, the ST pushes the XE aside - the XE now hosts a BBS - two US Doubler 1050's!  I think at this point I was tired of connection issues with the Pocket Modem and hardwired it inside the 130

 

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On 5/1/2019 at 9:50 PM, chad5200 said:

Forgive me if there is already a thread like this... but I figured it would be fun to post old pictures of us back in the day that include our beloved Atari 8-bits. If there is already a thread, please point me in the right direction.

 

I'll start with one... I estimate this is 1984.

 

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Who is the Cub in the poster on the wall? is that Sandberg?

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On 5/10/2019 at 12:18 PM, chad5200 said:

 

Bill Buckner. The chest hair sticking out above his collar is the giveaway. icon_smile.gif

Good call! 

besides, wasn't Cey traded to the cubs in the summer of 84, or was that Vance Law? Also, how is itthat i can remember the name Vance Law from 35 years ago but I am 50/50 on remembering to take the garbage out on trash day?

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On 8/1/2019 at 12:00 PM, jacobus said:

 

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That picture just screams the collapse when you lose all your lives in Jumpman :)

 

The bend in chipboard is frightening :)

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On 8/1/2019 at 7:00 AM, jacobus said:

1224713005_130XESoftwareandmisc1986.thumb.jpg.2e269069781a7f22d3e35b4c1958f1e7.jpg

From early 1986 my 8 bit setup - system hidden by the chair back. Sadly, I don't seem to have pictures of my earlier 800 and 400.

 

1120089553_130XE1986.thumb.jpg.3f898d1264722081834bd952e25f3abc.jpg

Same period - closeup of 130XE.

 

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Later that year, the ST pushes the XE aside - the XE now hosts a BBS - two US Doubler 1050's!  I think at this point I was tired of connection issues with the Pocket Modem and hardwired it inside the 130

 

@jacobus, is that someone posing in a military uniform on the upper right shelf?

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Here is my rig from the summer of 1983. I built the desk in high school freshman year wood shop class. Atari 400 to which I added a switch to turn off the internal speaker. 

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Here is my setup from circa 1984: Atari 400 with full-stroke keyboard hacked in, 810 drive (with write bad sector switch), 850, Hayes 300 smartmodem, Gemini 10x printer. Notice the Ultima map pinned to the wall.

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