Retrocomputing podcast about the Atari 8-bit line of personal computers
hosts: Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold
email: antic@ataripodcast.com
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Nadav Caine, Mathematic-Tac-Toe

Nadav Caine published one program for the Atari computer: Mathematic-Tac-Toe. This educational program first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog.

This interview took place on March 17, 2017.

Teaser quotes:

"Look, my game's lousy. I'm embarrassed even to have a conversation about it."

"All education is self-education. I don't think teachers put knowledge in your head."

Mathematic-Tac-Toe at AtariMania

Mathematic-Tac-Toe in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog

Direct download: Nadav_Caine.mp3
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Bob Woolley, Atari 1200XL hardware hacker

Bob Woolley has been upgrading and modifying Atari 8-bit computers — primarily the 1200XL — since it was released. His hardware products include video output improvements, keyboard repairs, built-in CompactFlash cards, a dual-ANTIC computer, and a parallel bus interface for the 1200XL. Bob was editor of Atari Classics magazine from approximately 1994-1997. He is still active in the San Leandro Computer Club and on the AtariAge forums.

This interview took place on March 14, 2017.

"I actually use the Atari as my computer. I couldn't write any code on one of my PCs. Whereas if I'm going to write code, I do it on the Atari."

Bob on AtariAge

San Leandro Computer Club

Atari Classics Magazine

A Parallel Bus Interface for your 1200XL

1200XL Keyboard Tune-up

Direct download: Bob_Woolley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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Joe Grande, Monkey Up A Tree

Joe Grande published one program for the Atari computers: Monkey Up A Tree was published by Atari Program Exchange, and first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. 

This interview took place on March 14, 2017.

Monkey Up A Tree in the winter 1982 APX catalog

Direct download: Joe_Grande.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT
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David Lubar, Game Developer (PastFinder)

Welcome to another interview episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.

David Lubar was a prolific games software developer who worked for Sirius Software, Activision and Absolute and freelanced for several other companies, including Broderbund, Origin Systems, and Imagineering.  He developed games for many different systems, including game consoles like the Atari 2600 and the NES and computer systems such as the Apple II, C64, and the Atari 400/800.

His titles for the Atari 8-bits include Hacker, Master of the Lamps, Ogre, Pastfinder and Ultima IV.

David has since taken up writing and has several books to his name.

This interview took place April 23, 2016.

Links:

Direct download: David_Lubar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT
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In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Bill Kendrick returns with a segment on the Lantronix and BBSing on your Atari, we cover lots of new hardware upgrades, Nir Dary talks about the RAM-Cart 1M, and we have our usual segments on what’s new at Archive.org and what’s happening in the Atari 8-bit world.

READY!

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

ANTIC Facebook Page

AHCS

Eaten By a Grue  

What we’ve been up to

News

New at Archive.org

Bill’s Modern Segment

Lantronix, Ice-T & BBS'ing

Nir Dary Segment - RAM-Cart 1M

Direct download: 40ANTIC_2017_02_BBSing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT
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Ed Kelly, Edladdin

Hello, welcome to a special interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig.  This interview is with Ed Kelly of Edladdin.  Edladdin produces a fantastic family of controllers for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Flashback, and classic 8-bit computers.  I met Ed at VCF Southeast in 2016 and was so impressed by his controllers that I later bought one and am very happy with it.  They are fully customizable and are very rugged.  This is likely the last controller you’ll need.  I sat down with Ed and we discussed how his company got started, what controllers they produce and what the future looks like.

This interview took place on December 4, 2016.

Links:

http://edladdin.com/

Direct download: Ed_Kelly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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Mark Odendahl, Rush Hour

Mark Odendahl was the creator of Rush Hour, a Frogger-like game that appeared in the winter 1983 Atari Program Exchange catalog, the final APX catalog. He also wrote one program for A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine: Number Editor appeared in the January 1989 issue.

This interview took place on January 24, 2017.

"So I sold one copy of the program, but not through Atari. I sold it directly to one guy in New Jersey."

Rush Hour at AtariMania

Winter 1983 APX catalog

Direct download: Mark_Odendahl.mp3
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In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Nir Dary talks about all the available memory upgrade options (You need more memory!), we discuss what we’ve been up to in the Atari world, give you all the Atari 8-bit news that’s fit to print, and tell you about our “of-the-month” finds.

READY

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

ANTIC Facebook Page

AHCS

Eaten By a Grue  

What we’ve been up to

News

New at Archive.org

Of-the-Month

Nir Dary Segment - Memory Upgrades

Direct download: 39ANTIC_2017_01_I_Need_More_Memory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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Steve Gerber, VP of International New Product Development

Steve Gerber was head of the Atari Software Acquisition Program. In October 1981, Atari opened its first Regional Software Acquisition Center, managed by Steve, in a 4,000 square-foot location that also housed the Atari Program Exchange (APX). Later Steve was Atari's VP of International New Product Development, in charge of software development for non-US markets. 

This interview took place on January 17, 2017.

Teaser quote: "I had these guys that were in a barn that was built in 1100-something that had set it up to be their "office" somewhere in northern England, in the middle of nowhere. They had come up with a  ... baseball cap that you'd put on and you could move the cursor with your eyes."

Direct download: Steve_Gerber.mp3
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Mark Pelczarski, Penguin Software

Mark Pelczarski was the founder of Penguin Software — later renamed to Polarware. Penguin published many graphics programs and games for Apple II, Atari 8-bit, and other platforms. The company's programs included Magic Paintbrush, Graphics Magician, Pie Man, Spy's Demise, The Spy Strikes Back, and Transylvania.

Mark was editor of Softside Magazine for a time, and an editor of the book The Creative Apple, published by Creative Computing. 

This interview took place on January 10, 2017.

Teaser quote: "It was not a competitive industry, really ... There wasn't too much as far as trade secrets. It was like, 'Hey, I figured out how to do this.' There was a lot of exchange of ideas and collaboration between the companies."

The Digital Antiquarian on Penguin Software: http://www.filfre.net/2012/09/the-magnificent-penguin/

Wikipedia on Penguin Software: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penguin_Software

Mark's web site: http://graphicsmagician.com/polarware/

Graphics Magician at AtariMania 

Penguin Software games at AtariMania 

Wikipedia on Mark: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Pelczarski

ANTIC interview with Doug Carlston

Direct download: Mark_Pelczarsk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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