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ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Podcast

hosts: Randy Kindig, Kay Savetz, Brad Arnold
twitter: @AtariPodcast
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Nov 5, 2014

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit PODCAST: We look at the Atari 850 interface, the SIO2SD device, and the right cartridge slot --- we strike out with Alan Alda --- and our friend Gray Chang sends us a care package of amazing previously-unreleased books and software.

Also with a great segment by our good friend Bill Kendrick about games converted from the Atari 2600 to the computers.  And, a special segment by Chris Olson about Atari 8-bit emulation on IOS.  It’s an information-packed episode you won’t want to miss!


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

Atari ITalk II Owners Manual

Commodore MOS FBI FOIA Response

Halftime Battlin’ Bands record, audio-instructions for CBS Software carts

AtariAge Forum - found pre-release versions of Atari documentation

Atari Operating System Users Manual November 1980

Atari 400/800 Hardware Manual November 1980

De Re Atari early version

Atari Company Store Price List

Gray Chang Source code!

AtariAge Discussion of Gray Chang source code and printed matter

Gray Chang ephemera collection

Blue Yeti Microphone

Mercenary: Escape from Targ

Best Electronics



New Video Game History Museum Being Built Near Dallas


Atari 2600-PC-Interface

Digitized music demos

Digitized Music Demos Discussion on AtariAge


AtariAge discussion on FTDI chip bricking
THE!CART Website

AtariAge Discussion of The!Cart

"Classic Atari" book by Jason Morris at iTunes

Software Library at


Review Segment - SIO2SD

SIO2SD at Lotharek’s Web Site


Bill’s Modern Segment

"Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System" by Nick Montfort, Ian Bogost

"Midnight Magic (Atari 2600)" at Wikipedia

"Midnight Magic for Atari 800" thread at AtariAge forums

Original Atari 2600 Midnight Magic manual at AtariAge

Seaquest AtariMania entry

"Seaquest for the 800" thread at AtariAge forums

Original Atari 2600 Seaquest manual at AtariAge

"Stampede new 2600 conversion" thread at AtariAge forums

Original Atari 2600 Stampede manual at AtariAge

"The Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast", epsiode 52: Stampede & Ice Hockey


Atari 8-bit Emulation on IOS by Chris Olson

Guide to Atari 8-bit Emulation on IOS


Hardware/Software/Website of the Month

Atari 8-bit at Reddit


Listener Feedback

tutorial series on Programming the Atari XL/XE

Jay Kint blog post on rediscovering the Atari 8-bits

AtariAge link with joystick port pinouts and discussion about controllers


Feature Topic - Atari 850 Interface Module

Atari 8-bit FAQ

850 Information at Atari Museum

"Atari Meets the Real World" by Richard Kushner from Compute!s First Book of Atari

850 Interface Operator’s Manual

850 Interface Technical Manual



NEW music from RaphelGoulart using the TriTone GTIA beeper engine