Retrocomputing podcast about the Atari 8-bit line of personal computers
hosts: Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold
twitter: @AtariPodcast

Ihor Wolosenko was co-founder of Synapse software, the company that brought us SynFile and SynCalc, and an amazing list of games including Blue Max, Zeppelin, Fort Apocalypse, Alley Cat and Shamus. And Nautilus, and Rainbow Walker, and Protector II, and others. Kevin interviewed Ihor on December 23, 2014.



Scans of Synapse art

Can a Computer Make You Cry (EA ad)

Direct download: Ihor_Wolosenko.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46pm EDT

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

  • We debrief on the current state of atari retail

  • Kevin delves into the best and worst Atari 8-bit magazines

  • We learn how to stuff a raspberry pi into a miniature, 3-D printed 800XL

  • We try -- and fail to -- avoid becoming bird food


Links mentioned in this episode:


Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

the Atlanta Historical Computing Society

What We’ve Been Up To

FOIA Request for Coleco

Commercial that advertises the Smurf Power Cycle

FOIA Request for Imagic

FOIA Request for Activision/Infocom

Dungeon Hunt game



RetroChallenge 2015/01


Washington Post talks about an early attempt of Atari’s at fitness

RAM 320XE/576

Atari 7800 Game-by-Game Podcast (The No Swear Gamer)

The No Swear Gamer Facebook

The No Swear Gamer Twitter

The Silly Venture 2014

Cyberpunk by LAMERS (YouTube)

New Atari-8-bit game BIRDFOOD by Mr-Atari

Creating a Commodore 64 Emulator in GameMaker

Lotharek sio2pc -USB at AtariAge

Lotharek sio2pc -USB at

New Atari emulator for Android

Charles Mangin 3d-printed Atari 800XL that fits Raspberry PI computer

cancer fighting nanobots are as powerful as an Atari 800?

MARCH yahoo group

8-bit networking discussion for VCF East X (10)  


New at

Computer Palace Spring 1984 Catalog

APX Catalog Winter 1981

APX Catalog Fall 1981

APX Catalog Summer 1981

World of Atari Las Vegas 1998

Atari Claim Jumper Development Notebook

Big news: in-browser DOS emulation, 2400+ games


Software of the Month - Midi Maze

Midi Maze information at

Midi Maze at Wikipedia

Midi Maze at AtariMania


Hardware of the Month - Quintopus

Quintopus review at


Website of the Month - Google Alerts

Google Alerts


Atari Age Forum Blog "Out of the Pack" by Kevin Packard


Feature Topic - Atari Magazines

Computer Magazines at

Atari Magazines at AtariMania

Full images of every Antic issue at

Episode 3 of Antic interview with publisher of Antic, Jim Capparell  

ANALOG Magazine at

Episode 4 of Player/Missile interview with Mike DesChenes, co-founder of ANALOG

Hi-Res Magazine

Atari Classics

Atari Explorer


Atari User (UK)

Page 6/New Atari User


Softside Magazine

Atari User (Current)

Pro(c) Magazine

Atari Magazine info at Player/Missile Podcast page



Atari SAP Music Archive 

Audio Overload

Direct download: 18ANTIC_2015_01_Magazines.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

Hello, and welcome to this interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and I’ll be conducting the interview for this show.  The interview is with Paul Westphal, a much more recent Atari vendor than Brad Koda, Bruce Carso, or Lance Rinquist that I’ve recently interviewed. Paul not only offers some hardware and software but also offers service, which is hard to come by these days.  Paul is located in Portland, Oregon and the interview was conducted on November 8, 2014.




Paul's Eight Bit Fix Website

Direct download: Paul_Westphal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

Kevin’s interview with Dave Small. Dave was half of the prolific writing and software team Dave and Sandy Small. He wrote the Outpost: Atari column in Creative Computing magazine, and the book Creative Atari. He also wrote for ANALOG, Antic, and Current Notes magazines. He was co-founder of LE Systems, a company that made disk duplicating hardware and the Integrator hard drive interface; and Gadgets By Small. He created Magic Sac and Spectre GCR, emulators that let you run Mac software on the Atari ST. He and Sandy developed a pair of Atari computer games for Boeing to be shown at trade shows, which they described in the Nightmare Mission series in Antic magazine.




Dave’s articles in Antic

Dave's articles in Creative Computing

Nightmare mission articles:

part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4

The 1450XLD Is Not Dead article from Creative Computing

The Creative Atari Book @ AtariArchives

The Creative Atari Book @

Direct download: David_Small.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:15pm EDT

Kevin interviews Mark Rustad, Mark worked at Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) where he developed "Classroom Star", classroom networking hardware for the Atari 8-bits -- a product that was not released by Atari. Then he worked at Atari 1983-1984 as Systems Project Leader, where he troubleshooted the DTMF dialing on the Atari 1030 modem. We also talk about Mark’s work with the PLATO educational computer system.




Software provided by Mark

Classroom Star mentioned in Creative Computing magazine

Direct download: Mark_Rustad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT