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

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: we delve into the mystery of floppy drives, talk with Paul Nurminen about his love of Atari, and rescue adventure games off of cassette tape.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge


A8CAS Tape Preservation Project

cassette discussion on atariage

Altirra emulator

Atari800Win-Plus emulator

Adventure Creator

War Games magazine research

"CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer" by Boisy G Pitre and Bill Loguidice

"Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time" by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton

"Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time" by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton

Audio on a Record

Atari800MacX emulator

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (VCFSE) 2.0

Vintage Computer Festivals


Atlanta Science Festival


Atari Roots” by Mark Andrews

Atari BASIC Source Book” by Bill Wilkinson

Sophistication and Simplicity, The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer” by Steven Weyhrich

Atari Pool disks

Intellivisionaries Podcast

Paul Nurminen's Website with Atari programs

B&C ComputerVisions


Atari Dump Hunt on hold

More Atari Dump

Atari Chapter 11 News

VI for SpartaDOS

Revival Mini

Revival Survival! Kickstarter

Homebrew Heroes Magazine

New Fandal Site

Atari Blast! update

Incognito Board

Incognito Board Third Run

30 Years Later, One Man Is Still Trying To Fix Video Games” article on Chris Crawford


New 7800 Stuff at

Vintage Volts Podcast

Atari Gamer Magazine


Running the Atari800 emulator on the Raspberry Pi


Atari BBS’s via telnet

Direct download: 7ANTIC_2014_01_Disks_Paul_Nurminen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

  • You mentioned that Shugart worked on a drive with no sectors, just one spiral track. A drive like that was eventually made by Radofin for a number of 8-bit computers, like ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64:

    posted by: Galadrius Krunthar on 2014-05-28 00:38:52

  • I can't remember if the exact issue was mentioned, but I'm curious about the "hidden sector" article in Antic magazine, does anyone know what issue it was in? Also, agreed on the vacuum cleaner sounds. Is it possible to not hard pan everyone to either left or right? In my car it is so disorienting having one voice be just on the left, then one just on the right, etc. Keep up the GREAT work guys, I love this podcast so much.

    posted by: Brian Sturk on 2014-02-24 17:55:03

  • The background noises in this episode were so extreme that I had to stop listening... Either someone was vacuuming a room or a dishwasher was running next to someone's head, but the steady noise (as well as all the clunks and bangs) made it tough going this time around. :-(

    posted by: Scott on 2014-02-10 18:08:44

  • You are correct, Scott. We apologize for the noise issues. We definitely had audio quality issues for this episode and are working to make sure that doesn't happen again. Thank you for the comment. Randy

    posted by: Randy Kindig on 2014-02-13 22:44:00

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