Retrocomputing podcast about the Atari 8-bit line of personal computers

Categories

general
IOS Atari Emulation Guide

Archives

2015
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2014
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
February
January

2013
December
November
October
August
July
June

July 2015
S M T W T F S
     
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Syndication

hosts: Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold
email: antic@ataripodcast.com
twitter: @AtariPodcast

Peter Liepa, Boulder Dash

 

Peter Liepa was co-creator and programmer of Boulder Dash and Boulder Dash 2 for the Atari computers. Boulder Dash was published by First Star Software in 1984 and is regarded as a seminal game for the Atari 8-bit machines.

 

This interview took place on June 16, 2015

 

Teaser quotes:

“I sat there playing these games and the idea of ‘I can do this’ or ‘I can build one of these’ welled up in my head.”

 

“All of the pleasure of this project was in developing the game. I got very little pleasure out of the business aspect of it.”

 

LINKS

Peter's web site

2005 interview with Peter

2011 interview with Peter

10-line BASIC Boulderdash clone

Direct download: Peter_Liepa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

Steve Mayer, Atari 400/800 Designer

 

Hello and welcome to an interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast. Today I’m honored to be interviewing someone who was involved in the original design of the Atari 400 & 800 computers, Mr. Steve Mayer.  Steve worked with Joe Decuir (whom I interviewed in an earlier episode), Jay Miner, and others on the Candy & Colleen project and that’s our main focus for this interview.  However, Steve also was involved in much more, including involvement in the creation of Cyan Engineering, later known as the Grass Valley Think Tank and was involved in the creation and design of the 2600.

 

This was recorded on April 18, 2015.

Direct download: Steve_Mayer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast:

  • We offer a library’s worth of geeky reading material, and - -  did we just start a book club?

  • Randy delves into another programming language

  • We talk about a couple of competitions that will give you something to do through these summer months

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What we’ve been up to

Ready Player One

Southern Fried Gameroom Expo

Dorsett digitizing

Wayne Green FOIA Request Response

Stuff Kevin has scanned

 

Interview Discussion

Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

 

News

Ancient Atari classics to be reworked as 'graphic novels'

ATARI GAMER Limited Printed Edition OUT NOW

New book from Evan Koblentz - "Abacus to Smartphone, The evolution of mobile and portable computers"

Pixels Movie

AspeQt ported to Android - greblus on AtariAge

AspeQt forked as "RespeQt"

posted by electrotrains on AtariAge - In development - SD card based Multicart

ABBUC Software Competition 2015

Video Series WUDSN IDE

Peter Dell on ANTIC, Interview 27

Atari making money again!

RetroChallenge 2015/07

New game Ramp Rage

Classic Gamefest - July 25, 26 Austin, TX

VCF Midwest 10 - August 29-30, 2015, Elk Grove Village, IL

Portland Retro Gaming Expo October 17-18 in Portland OR

 

New at Archive.org

Official Hint Book for Scott Adams adventures 1-12

GDC 2015: Howard Scott Warshaw - "Classic Game Postmortem: Yars' Revenge"

3 Centro Atari newsletters in Portuguese from Chile

Atari 822 Operators Manual

Atari 400 Home Computer 48K RAM Expansion Kit Installation Instructions

Atari 820 Printer Field Service Manual

Atari CX 5200 Retail Demonstrator Field Service Manual

 

Feature - Turbo BASIC XL

Wikipedia

Atari 8-bit Pages with original Turbo BASIC articles (German)

Page 6  - DS#20 - Turbo Basic Support

Page 6 - DS#105 - Turbo BASIC Programmer’s Kit

Page 6 - DS#6 - Turbo BASIC/Turbo Compiler

AtariAge discussion of Turbo BASIC

Turbo BASIC Expanded Documentation by Ron Fetzer

How to Compile Turbo BASIC Programs Video (English/Polish) by Bronislav Tyf Haluza

ATR image of Turbo-Basic 1.5 and 1.4

Extended TBXL (download)

 

Bill’s Modern Segment

Wikipedia article on 1986 "The Great Escape" video game

Atari 8-bit port of “The Great Escape” - thread at AtariAge forums

cc65 homepage

Poker Solitaire CC65

Original Action! “Gem Drop” game for Atari

C port for Windows, Mac, Linux ("Gem Drop X")

Floppy Days #41, Jason Scott, "Every Computer in Your Browser"

 

Hardware of the Month

Edladdin controllers

 

Website of the Month

Atari 8-bit Forever

 

End of Show Music

Boulder Dash Theme

Direct download: 24ANTIC_2015_07_book_club_Turbo_BASIC_XL_competitions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

Rebecca Heineman, Racing Destruction Set and Mindshadow

 

Rebecca Heineman was the keynote speaker at Kansasfest 2015, where she told all sorts of amazing stories about her Apple II development work. She developed Tass Times in Tonetown, Bard's Tale III, Borrowed Time, Battle Chess, Crystal Quest, and many other games for many platforms. She ported Racing Destruction Set and Mindshadow to the Atari 8-bit machines. She won the National Space Invaders Championship, sponsored by Atari, in November, 1980.

 

I also recommend listening to her KansasFest 2015 keynote, link below.

 

This interview was recorded July 17, 2015 at KansasFest.

 

Links

KansasFest 2015 - Burger Becky Keynote

 

Rebecca Heineman's twitter

 

Rebecca Heineman web site

 

KansasFest web site

Direct download: Rebecca_Heineman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

Bill Bartlett, Product Support Manager

 

Bill Bartlett worked at Atari from 1981 through 1984, where he was a product support manager for the Atari home computer division, also did user group support. He also wrote the Diskette Mailing List program which was sold by Atari Program Exchange.

 

This interview took place on April 16 2015, in person at a supermarket deli in the Portland Oregon area. I apologize for the background noise; recording in this situation is not a mistake I will make again.

 

Links:

 

"Stonewall Bartlett" article

 

Diskette Mailing List

 

Atari Christmas Video

 

Teaser quote:

 

“Alan Alda became the spokesman for Atari, and was doing all the TV commercials. He was actually interested in the product set. They sent him all the products. So I was his contact for tech support, me personally. I never talked to him but I talked to his assistants. . . ‘Mr. Alda is on line one!’"

Direct download: Bill_Bartlett.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[2]

Bill Crooks, Atari Video Production Lab

 

Bill Crooks worked in the coin-op division of Atari, where he facilitated the production of Atari games’ multi-million dollar television production facility, and worked on the FireFox laserdisc arcade game.

 

In this interview we talk briefly about Cassie Maas whom I have previously interviewed.

 

This interview took place on April 17 2015.

 

“We had Clint Eastwood’s Lear jet standing by to get us there at the last minute, and we just kept telling them, ‘It will be ready for the show.’ And meanwhile we’re thinking ‘How will this ever be ready for the show? It doesn’t even work in the shop.”

Direct download: Bill_Crooks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

Ron and Lynn Marcuse, productivity applications

 

Ron and Lynn Marcuse, also known as RLM Microsystems, are the husband-and-wife team who created many applications for the Atari 8-bit computers, including Weekly Planner, Home Inventory, Data Management System, Diskette Librarian, and Utility Diskette II, which were all released by Atari Program Exchange. Weekly Planner was later reworked and became Timewise, which was released as an Atari product. They also created medical and dental office software for MMG Micro Software.

 

Thanks to Wade of Inverse ATASCII for his help in research and writing questions for this interview. Wade has reviewed several of the Marcuse applications on his podcast - visitwww.inverseATASII.info for those.

 

This interview took place on May 14, 2015.

 

LINKS

 

Compute! magazine articles by Ron and Lynn

 

Teaser quotes:

 

“When what’s his name, the guy who started Atari [Nolan Bushnell] it was more open. In other words, the people there were friendly, it was fun working with them, it was fun writing stuff for them. It was fun flying out there, you know? It was fun. But eventually, it became a business, I think. And then the fun stops.”

 

“Hey, the damn thing paid for a Porsche and a BMW.”

Direct download: Marcuse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

Albert Yarusso, Owner AtariAge

 

This is Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast, and I’m Randy Kindig.  This interview-only episode features someone that many current Atari, vintage gaming, and vintage computer enthusiasts are probably familiar with by the service that he provides to the community, the AtariAge Website.  Albert (or Al) Yarusso is one of the founders and is the current owner of AtariAge.  The Atari 8-bit forum on AtariAge is probably the largest and busiest such forum in existence today, and forums for other Atari machines and for other platforms are popular and continually growing.  Al was kind enough to sit down and give me an hour of his time to discuss a little about himself, how AtariAge came about, his love for Atari computers, and various other topics.  Enjoy!

 

AtariAge is a website devoted to all things Atari. It was founded in 1998 by Alex Bilstein and Albert Yarusso and is well known for selling homebrew software for Atari video game systems, some of which have been included in official video game compilations such as Activision Anthology. The site also houses a discussion forum and a comprehensive, searchable database of Atari video games, including manuals, packaging art, estimated rarity, screenshots, reviews, and other details, as well as an Atari Age magazine archive.

 

Links

Deus  Ex

 

Atari 8-bit Discussion Forum on AtariAge

 

AtariAge Store (homebrews)

 

Carina II BBS Software

 

Star Raiders (Atari 8-bit)

 

Label Design Contests on AtariAge

 

Atari Age Magazine Archive

 

Hardware Hacking Book

 

Game Console Hacking Book

 

Setting up an AtariAge BBS discussion

 

Picture of Ultima I running on 30" monitor

 

Framemeister XRGB

 

Classic Game Fest - July 25-26, 2015

 

Portland Retro Gaming Expo, October 17-18, 2015

 

Vintage Computer Fest

 

Alternate Reality

 

Midi Maze

 

Melody Board

Direct download: Al_Yarusso_AtariAge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

Jon Greer, Business Reporter

 

In this interview, we’ll hear the perspective of an Atari outsider — a newspaper reporter who covered Atari. Jon Greer was a business reporter for the San Jose Mercury News newspaper from 1981 to 1986, and business reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1986 to 1988. As part of his beat, he covered Atari; Chuck E. Cheese; and Catalyst Technologies, Nolan Bushnell’s incubator.

 

This interview took place April 17, 2015.

 

Teaser quotes:

 

“Atari was transforming the valley from Dull Engineer Valley to exciting consumer electronics valley.”

 

“I think Jack [Tramiel] had...a very undeserved bad reputation...He was one of the few guys — if anybody, maybe the only one - who knew how to take over this business.”

Direct download: Jon_Greer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]

Jess Jessop

 

Jess Jessop was a software engineer at Commodore, writing diagnostics for the Commodore 64. Then at Atari, he started in the test and repair group for the Atari 400 and 800 SALT diagnostic cartridge, then moved to corporate research, Atari's R&D department under Alan Kay, where he was hardware team leader for the Sierra Project, Atari's unfinished laptop product.

 

This interview occurred April 15, 2015.

 

Teaser quotes:

 

"We brought up an APRANET node there in my cubicle. We played with e-mail at a time when you could send it and it would maybe get there today, maybe weeks from now."

 

"I spec'd out, for two guys, a 600 line a minute band printer with a quietized cover that cost $30,000 in 1980. It went right through. It was delivered next week."

Direct download: Jess_Jessop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM
Comments[0]