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The Savetz Stacks
Jul 9, 2020 Kay Savetz
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David Gedalia, Atari-controlled Telescope Listener Paul Somerfeldt sent me a blurb he found in a book titled "The Dobsonian Telescope" by David Kriege and Richard Berry. The book reads: "Computer-controlled Dobsonian telescopes entered amateur astronomy in the late 1980s. An outstanding early example was David Gedalia's 10-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian driven by an Atari 800XL computer, shown at the 1987 Riverside Telescope Makers Conference. With the Atari driving altitude and azimuth...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari XL, Atari 800XL, Atari 600XL, amateur astronomy,...
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Jul 4, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Brad Stewart, Covox Brad Stewart was the co-founder and chief designer of Covox, the company that created Covox VoiceMaster. VoiceMaster was speech digitizer and voice recognition hardware for the Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, and Apple II computers. Covox's own demonstration audio tape describes it well, although the demo tape that I found doesn't mention the Atari. This interview took place on May 21, 2020. Aerosynth Brad's blog post about Covox Voice Master Kay plays with VoiceMaster in 2014...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Commodore 64, Apple II, Covox...
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Jul 3, 2020 Grant Fjermedal
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New Horizons In Amateur Astronomy by Grant Fjermedal ISBN 0-399-51486-4
Topics: 0-399-51486-4, Atari 8-bit
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Jul 1, 2020 Penn & Teller
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Secret Pasture Of Penn & Teller flyer
Topics: Penn and Teller, magic
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Jun 29, 2020 Program Design Inc
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4 audiotapes teaching BASIC programming on the Apple II Accompanying book is  at  https://archive.org/details/stx_Program_Design_Inc_Step_By_Step_Two_Basic_Programming
Topics: BASIC Computer Language, BASIC Programming, Apple II
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Jun 28, 2020 V&A Dundee
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Brochure for Videogames Design/Play/Disrupt, an exhibit at V&A Dundee, a design museum in Dundee, Scotland
Topics: video games, video game design, Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, Marie Foulston, Kristian Valsing, Llaura...
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Jun 22, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Henry and Nancy Taitt, Creative Learning Association Henry Taitt was founder of the Creative Learning Association, which created books and classes about how to program computers in BASIC. Henry, along with his wife Nancy Taitt, ran the company from 1982-1988. The book series, TLC For Growing Minds — TLC means Thinking, Learning, Creating — delivered self-paced lessons about the BASIC programming language. Versions of the series were available for Atari 8-bit, Apple II, IBM PC, TRS-80, and...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, BASIC programming language, Apple...
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Jun 21, 2020 Bryan Talbot
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Manual for Animator II, software for Atari 8-bit,  by Bryan Talbot I believe this was unpublished software for the Atari 8-bit. My interview with Bryan is here.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400, animation software, Atari manual
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Jun 21, 2020 Bryan Talbot
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Various images and PDFs sent to me by Bryan Talbot, creator of the Atari 8-bit program "Cartoonist" which was published by Atari Program Exchange. My interview with Bryan is here , and many of these pictures/files are mentioned in the interview. Bryan wrote: " I sent a disk with a mishmash of things, with no explanation but in somewhat chronological order with our interview: Pictures of the Anchors Away printout from 1973 from one of the first computers I saw, equipment of my...
Topics: APX, Atari Program Exchange, APX Cartoonist, Atari 8-bit, TI 99/4A, MegaDiamond Industries, Atari...
Community Video
Jun 21, 2020 Andy Jenkins
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Internet Marketing in 2010
Topic: Internet Marketing
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Jun 19, 2020 Allen Wyatt
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Disk to accompany the book BASIC Tricks For The Apple (Howard Sams version) by Allen Wyatt
Topic: Apple II
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Jun 18, 2020 Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts
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Meeting notes from A2D2, Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts user group meetings, spanning March 15 1983 through June 16 1983.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari newsletter, computer user group, Larry Williams, Kennewick WA, meeting notes
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Jun 18, 2020 Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts
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Draft versions of the constitution of A2D2, Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts users group
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari newsletter, computer user group, Larry Williams, Kennewick WA
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Jun 18, 2020 Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts
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Newsletter of A2D2, Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts 
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari newsletter, computer user group, Larry Williams, Kennewick WA
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Jun 18, 2020 Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts
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Newsletter of A2D2, Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts 
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari newsletter, computer user group, Larry Williams, Kennewick WA
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Jun 18, 2020 Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts
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Newsletter of A2D2, Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts 
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari newsletter, computer user group, Larry Williams, Kennewick WA
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Jun 18, 2020 Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts
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Newsletter of A2D2, Tri-City Atari Computer Enthusiasts 
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari newsletter, computer user group, Larry Williams, Kennewick WA
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Claudia Cohl, Editor-in-Chief of Family Computing and K-Power Magazine Claudia Cohl was the editor-in-chief of Family Computing Magazine for its entire run. Published by Scholastic, the magazine ran for 49 issues, from September 1983 through September 1987. Then it published 11 more issues, though August 1988, as "Family and Home Office Computing." Finally, it was rebranded "Home Office Computing". Claudia remained editor there until a new division was formed, and she moved...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Scholastic, Family Computing Magazine, K-Power Magazine,...
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Jun 17, 2020 Hans Reutter
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Files from the Cyberroach Digital ANALOG Project, a now-defunct web site dedicated to A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine. These files were sent to me in 2014 by Hans Reutter, the creator of the site. He wrote: "A total of 11 completed and 5 partial issues (some are basically complete), that you can add to the Classic Computer Magazine Archive. PS: When you add the credits please make sure to give props to the following folks: Daniel Noguerol, Eric Petrich, Ron Hamilton, Joe Grand, Robert...
Topics: ANALOG Computing Magazine, Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari computer magazine
The Savetz Stacks
Jun 17, 2020 Harry Stewart
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Notes, letters, and working papers for WSFN design & implementation, circa 1978-1982 from Harry Stewart
Topics: WSFN programming language, Atari, Atari 800, Atari 400, WSFN/Turtle, APX, Atari Program Exchange,...
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Jun 17, 2020 James Peyton
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Recording of a phone call between Steve Wozniak and James Peyton, 2016, recorded with permission of both
Topic: Woz
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Jun 17, 2020 Joybubbles
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Joybubbles voice in an answering machine to James Peyton, circa 2005-2006?
Topics: Josef Carl Engressia Jr., joybubbles, answering machine message
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Jun 17, 2020 Creative Computing Magazine
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Creative Computing Magazine Air Traffic Controller manual
Topics: Atari 800, CS-7004, Atari 400, Atari 8-bit
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Jun 15, 2020 Analog Computing magazine
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ANALOG Catalog II catalog of Atari 8-bit computer products
Topics: Atari catalog, Atari 800, Atari 400, A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine, Lee Pappas
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Jun 15, 2020 Joshua Gutwill, Steven Pogatch
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Atari 400 800 Users Group Newsletter May 1 1982 v1n2
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari newsletter, Atari 400, Atari 800, Josh Gutwill, Steven Pogatch, Jeff Zinn
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Jun 15, 2020 Josh Gutwill, Steven Pogatch
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Atari 400 800 Users Group Newsletter Dec 1981 v1n1
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari newsletter, Atari 400, Atari 800, Josh Gutwill, Steven Pogatch, Jeff Zinn
The Savetz Stacks
Jun 15, 2020 AB COMPUTERS
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1982 computer catalog
Topics: AB COMPUTERS, Calmar PA, Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari catalog, commodore PET, Commodore...
The Savetz Stacks
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Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 Field Change Orders, Upgrade Bulletins, Tech Tips Spanning July 19, 1982 through January 15, 1984 Atari 2600 Video Computer System Atari 5200 Atari CX5200 Atari 2600A Atari CX2800 Atari CX55 cartridge adapter
Topics: Atari 2600 Video Computer System, Atari VCS, Atari 5200, Atari CX5200, Atari 2600A, Atari CX2800,...
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Jun 13, 2020 Atari
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Preliminary Edition Atari CX22 Trakball Preliminary Documentation. Catalog number FD100660, September 1983
Topics: CX-22 trakball, CX22 trakball, FD100660
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Jun 13, 2020 Atari
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Atari CX55 Cartridge Adapter Schematic and Silkscreen
Topics: CX55, CX-55, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari VCS
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Jun 11, 2020 Inwhan Choi
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ABSTRACT A program to control a hardware cellular automaton simulator was written in 6502 Assembly Language and BASIC on an ATARI microcomputer. The program allows the user to set up initial configurations for the simulator, download transition rules and apply the downloaded transition rule by sending the appropriate commands to the simulator from the microcomputer. Further, it is possible to save interesting configurations through the use of the program. An evaluation of the utility of the...
Topics: simulating celluar automata, Dr. Tommaso Toffoli, thesis, MIT, Atari BASIC, cellular automation...
The Savetz Stacks
Jun 9, 2020 INFO/Soft
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INFO/Soft 6080 VCR Controller brochure. 1986
Topics: INFO/Soft, INFO Soft, Atari 8-bit, character generator, Atari 130XE, Atari 800XL, Atari 600XL,...
Community Texts
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Manual for INFO/Soft 5000 Display Systems character generator for Atari 8-bit computers. First edition, March 1986
Topics: INFO/Soft, INFO Soft, Atari 8-bit, character generator, NTSC, PAL, SECAM, Atari 130XE, Atari 800XL,...
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Manual for INFO/Soft 3000, 5000, and 7000 Display Systems character generator for Atari 8-bit computers.
Topics: INFO/Soft, INFO Soft, Atari 8-bit, character generator, NTSC, PAL, SECAM, Atari 130XE, Atari 800XL,...
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Sherman Rosenfeld, Atari Institute for Education Action Research Dr. Sherman Rosenfeld is an internationally-known leader in informal learning and science education. He was a consultant to the Atari Institute for Education Action Research. Founded in June 1981 and led by Ted Kahn, the Institute provided equipment, advice, and financial support to non-profit educational organizations. It granted more than $1 million in hardware and software to schools, science museums, vocational and special...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Ted Kahn, Atari computer donations
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Jun 1, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Software Automatic Mouth: Mark Barton Mark Barton was creator of SAM — Software Automatic Mouth. Released in 1982, SAM was the first software-only speech synthesizer for personal computers. It was available for the Apple II, Commodore 64, and Atari 8-bit computers. He later developed Macintalk, speech synthesis for the Macintosh computer; and narrator, the speech system for the Commodore Amiga. This interview took place on May 22, 2020. SAM Demo Disk Steve Jobs movie Steve Jobs introduces the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Commodore 64, Apple II, speech...
The Savetz Stacks
May 29, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Fandal: Atari programer and archivist Frantisek Houra is better known to the Atari community as Fandal. He's an Atari computer programmer and long-time archivist of European Atari software. He has created many original Atari games and conversions from other platforms: including Fruity Pete, Mashed Turtles, Crescent Solitaire, and Diamondz. This interview took place on August 28, 2019, during the Fujiama Atari conference in Lengenfeld, Germany. Roland Wassenberg sat in to assist with the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, czech republic, Czechia, Fujiama
The ARCHIVE.ORG Manual Library
May 29, 2020
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Marshware A Puff Of Air The Respiratory System
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TLC for Growing Minds Microcomputer Projects Beginning Projects for Children Written by Marilyn Buxton, published by Creative Learning Association 1983. ISBN 0-88193-101-2
Topics: computer book, microcomputers, BASIC programming language
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May 29, 2020 Marilyn Buxton
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TLC for Growing Minds Microcomputer Projects volume 3 and 4 Written by Marilyn Buxton, published by Creative Learning Association 1983. ISBN 0-88193-109-3
Topics: computer book, microcomputers, BASIC programming language
The ARCHIVE.ORG Manual Library
May 29, 2020 Henry A. Taitt and Jennifer Taitt
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TLC for Growing Minds Atari volume 4 Written by Henry A. Taitt and Jennifer Taitt, published by Creative Learning Association 1983. ISBN 0-88193-074-1
Topics: computer book, microcomputers, BASIC programming language, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, Atari...
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May 29, 2020
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Queue Capitals manual
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May 29, 2020 Henry A. Taitt and Jennifer Taitt
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TLC for Growing Minds Atari volume 3 Written by Henry A. Taitt and Jennifer Taitt, published by Creative Learning Association 1983. ISBN 0-88193-073-3
Topics: computer book, microcomputers, BASIC programming language, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, Atari...
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May 29, 2020 Nancy Taitt
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TLC for Growing Minds Atari volume 2 Written by Nancy Taitt, published by Creative Learning Association 1983. ISBN 0-88193-072-5
Topics: computer book, microcomputers, BASIC programming language, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, Atari...
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May 29, 2020
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Britannica Designasaurus
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May 29, 2020 Nancy Taitt
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TLC for Growing Minds Atari volume 1 Written by Nancy Taitt, published by Creative Learning Association 1983. ISBN 0-88193-071-7
Topics: computer book, microcomputers, BASIC programming language, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, Atari...
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May 29, 2020
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Frontier Software What's Your Prediction
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Sunburst Education The Factory
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The Learning Company Moptown Hotel manual
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SSG Strategic Studies Group MacArthur's War
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Spinnaker KidWriter
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Scholastic Tales Of Discovery
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Random House American School Publishers Charlie Brown's 123s
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Queue Balancing Acts manual
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Natoinal Dairy Council What I Usually Eat
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Learning Company Rocky's Boots
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Heath Mathematics Subtraction
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Learning Company Moptown Parade
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Learning Company Gertrude's Secrets
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Baudville Heroes & Villains
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Learning Company Bumble Games
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Joyce Hakansson Associates Kermit's Electronic Story Maker
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Heath Mathematics Multiplication
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Davidson Software Speed Reader II
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Designware Britannica States & Traits
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Bible Learning 123 The Early Church
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Baudville Actors & Actions
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Broderbund Bank Street Writer
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Blazing Paddles Baudville
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Bible Learning 123 Pauls Journeys
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Bible Learning 123 Week that Changed the World
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Bible Learning 123 Searching for a King
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Bible Learning 123 The Boy Jesus
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Baudville Shape Library #1 Shapes and Fonts
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May 23, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Gregg Squires, Atari Manager of Hardware Engineering Gregg Squires was a Manager of Hardware Engineering at Atari from 1982 through 1984, working from their New York office. He was project manager for Val, a cost-reduced version of the Atari 2600; and project manager for the Atari XL computer series. He was co-designer of the 65816 microprocessor architecture. Greg sent me a scan of an Atari 600XL Product Status Meeting handout dated January 1983. It's an impressive 45 pages and paints a clear...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 600XL, Atari 800XL, Atari 1200XL, Atari XL series,...
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May 19, 2020 Kevin Savetz and Carrington Vanston
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The Gruesome Twosome take another vacation from Infocom to play a vintage text adventure written by none other than Kay himself back in the 1980s. From creative spellings to Playboy magazines, it's old school meets high school in Scavange! (Quack! Hiss!) Links: Download Scavange! Play Scavange! in browser Lobster Man From Mars Midnight Madness Stanley Sheff Kay interviews Paul Berker Weird City BBS Marina toilet paper commercial
Topics: text adventure, interactive fiction, podcast, Kevin Komix, Atari BASIC, Weird City BBS, Stanley...
Atari Historical Documents
May 15, 2020 Atari Institute for Educational Action Research
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Computers and Lifelong Learning: Changing the Face of Education by Ted M. Kahn, Ph.D., executive director of Atari Institute for Educational Action Research. February 1983 Ted called this the "progress/project report to our national Advisory Board"
Topics: Atari Institute for Educational Action Research, Atari, Ted Kahn
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May 15, 2020 Atari Institute for Educational Action Research
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Atari in Action — Atari Institute for Educational Action Research newsletter v1n1, Fall 1982.
Topics: Atari Institute for Educational Action Research, Atari, Ted Kahn
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May 15, 2020 Atari Institute For Educational Action Research
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Original brochure for Atari Institute For Educational Action Research. Copyright on the back says 1982. Ted Kahn, who scanned this from his files, says it's from 1981. I tend to believe him.
Topics: Atari, Atari Institute For Educational Action Research, Ted Kahn, Sherman Rosenfeld, Alan Kay,...
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May 15, 2020 Sherman Rosenfeld
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Informal Learning and Computers, a working paper prepared for the Atari Institute for Education Action Research by Sherman Rosenfeld. September 1982 Atari Institute for Education Action Research Occasional Paper #1
Topics: Atari, Atari Institute for Education Action Research, Sherman B. Rosenfeld
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May 14, 2020 Moshe D. Caspi
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1983 Caspi Towards Creative Self Education (Synopsis) by Moshe D. Caspi Professor Emeritus of Education from Hebrew University, Moshe D. Caspi,
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Rik Dickinson, Encore Video Productions Rik Dickinson is founder of Encore Video Productions, a company that rented Atari 8-bit computers to hotels for use as character generators. The computers would show information about the hotel on channel 2 of guests' televisions. This was part of a service that Encore offered to provide in-room movies that ran off videotapes. The tape machines ran on a timer, and when the movie ended, the video feed switched back to the text information displayed by the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari character generator
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Youth Advisory Board: Tracey Cullinan This is the seventh in a series of episodes featuring the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions about computers and video games, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. The group consisted of kids aged 14 through 18, including Tracey Cullinan. Tracey worked as a salesperson at the ComputerLand store in Los Altos, California...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Cory Cullinan, Leola Wooldridge
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Atari Speed Reading: Karlyn Kamm and Brad Oltrogge The Atari Speed Reading software package was released by Atari in 1981. It was a self-paced program, for use with the Atari computer and a cassette drive, that promised to teach you to increase reading speed and comprehension with 30 days of practice. The package contained a workbook and five cassette tapes. This is an interview with two of the people who created the Atari Speed Reading package. Karlyn Kamm created the speed reading educational...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Gabriel Baum: Atari Conversational French and Spanish Gabriel Baum worked at Thorn EMI, where he managed the project to create two early language learning programs that were published by Atari: Conversational French and Conversational Spanish. (Atari's language learning series would also include Conversational German — Gabriel started that, but left Thorn EMI before that project was finished — and Conversational Italian.) After Thorn EMI, Gabriel moved to Mattel where he became one of the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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Craig Hickman, Atari Photography Software and Security System Craig Hickman was featured in the June 1982 edition of Atari Connection magazine for his photography software tools. "Craig has developed two programs written in Atari BASIC for use in his darkroom. One of the programs times the negative’s development, and the other monitors and times enlargements and the making of the positive prints." His Developing program could store up to 30 film processing combinations. "Once...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Connection magazine, darkroom...
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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James Hugard, Neanderthal Computer Things James Hugard was co-founder of Neanderthal Computer Things, a company that created just one product. "810 Turbo" was a hardware conversion board for the Atari 810 disk drive that promised true double density storage, and faster data reading and writing. The device, released in 1983, could be installed inside your 810 disk drive with "no jumpers, no soldering, no extra box." It cost $295. James wrote the firmware for the device. Check...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, 810 Turbo, Atari 810 disk drive
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Dennis Zander: Artworx, Hazard Run, Strip Poker   Dennis Zander was one of the founding partners of the software publishing company Artworx. He programmed a number of games and educational titles, including Hazard Run, Rings of the Empire, Monkeymath, Giant Slalom, Intruder Alert!, Monkeynews, and others. He collaborated with Roger Harnish on Artworx popular Strip Poker game. This interview took place on June 13, 2019. In it, we discuss Art Walsh, whom I previously interviewed. Atarimania's...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Artworx, azard Run, Rings of the...
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Bruce May, Unreleased Magic Castle Game In 1982 Bruce May created Magic Castle, a game for the Atari 800 computer. He finished the game but was unable to find a publisher for it, so hardly anyone played it. In October 2019 he sent me scans of his original documents regarding Magic Castle: his design notes, and even rejection letters from the three companies that he submitted the game to: Catalyst Technologies, Avalon Hill, and Origin Systems. He hasn't been able to find the floppy disks with...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Wolfgang Burger, President of Atari Bit Byter User Club Wolfgang Burger is the president and a founding member of the Atari Bit Byter User Club, the world's largest user group dedicated to the Atari 8-bit computer. The group was founded in 1985 in Herten, Germany. Today, the group has about 500 members from around the world. The group's quarterly magazine — still produced on an Atari computer — is almost certainly the longest continually published computer magazine anywhere. This...
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May 14, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Bruce Irvine, Atari VP of Software Bruce Irvine was Atari's Vice President of Software — heading the company's new computer software division — from September 1980 through approximately July 1982. Among other responsibilities, he oversaw Atari Program Exchange and the opening of Atari "software acquisition centers." After leaving Atari, he co-founded Mindset Corporation with Roger Badertscher. This interview took place on November 7, 2019. In it, Bruce mentions Steve Gerber, Fred...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Program Exchange, APX
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May 14, 2020 Randy Kindig
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Andrew and John Lenz: Atari Still in Productive Use in Store It’s very difficult these days to find vintage computers still in productive use out in the wild.  Andrew and John Lenz have an Atari 8-bit still in use, at the time of this interview, in the picture framing department at Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz, CA, a store that sells art materials and custom framing services.  The Atari computer has over 200,000 hours of operational time. (That's on and in use!) Running a program written in...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, retrocomputers in retail
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May 13, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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John Anderson: Rally Speedway and Arex John Anderson worked at Adventure International, where he coded several games: Eliminator, Rear Guard, and Sea Dragon for the Apple II, then Rally Speedway and Arex for the Atari 8-bits. This interview took place on May 22, 2019. In it, we discuss Scott Adams and Russ Wetmore,  both of whom I have previously interviewed. List of John's games at Atarimania John's web site ANTIC Interview 113 - Russ Wetmore ANTIC Interview 25 - Scott Adams, Adventure...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Adventure International, Scott...
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Roy Goldman, Daisy-Dot   Roy Goldman was the creator of Daisy-Dot, a typesetting program for the Atari 8-bit computers which he published from about 1987-1990. There were three versions of Daisy-Dot, the original plus Daisy-Dot II and Daisy-Dot III. The earliest version was freeware, and later versions asked for payment for access to special features.   This interview took place on May 11, 2019. After we talked, Roy sent me scans of memorabilia from that time, see the links below for those....
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Daisy Dot
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May 13, 2020 Randy Kindig
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Philip Bouchard - MECC, The Oregon Trail Philip Bouchard spent over 30 years designing computer software, 18 of which were focused on educational software. He was the principal designer for the Apple II games The Oregon Trail and Number Munchers. The Oregon Trail is a computer game originally developed in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974. The original game was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on...
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George Morrison: Alpha Systems, Atari Software Protection Techniques books   George Morrison was founder of Alpha Systems, a company that produced many hardware and software products for the Atari computers, including The Parrot, and audio digitizer; MagniPrint II, a printing utility; and The Impersonator, hardware for copying cartridge-based programs; and other products. He was author of two books — Atari Software Protection Techniques and Advanced Atari Protection Techniques.   This...
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May 13, 2020 Randy Kindig
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Stan Gilbert, Tricky Tutorials Hello, and welcome to an interview-only episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit computer podcast. Stan Gilbert worked for Educational Software (previously known as Santa Cruz Educational Software) in the early 80’s and developed several products in the Tricky Tutorial series for the Atari 8-bit computer line.  He later also worked for Apple. This interview took place July 29, 2017. Links: Antic Magazine August 1987 - Vol. 6 No. 4 ,...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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Bruce Artwick: Flight Simulator II, Night Mission Pinball   Bruce Artwick was co-founder of SubLOGIC, and creator of the best-selling program, Flight Simulator II. FSII was first available for the Apple II, with versions released later for the TRS-80, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, and other platforms. His 1976 master's thesis, A Versatile Computer Generated Dynamic Flight Display, about creating a real-time flight simulator on the PDP-11, provided some of the early research for his flight...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Sublogic Flight Simulator II, Night...
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May 13, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Jon Williams: Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip   Jon Williams created several programs for the Atari 8-bit computers, including Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip, Atari Cassette Enhancer, and Linkword German.   This interview took place on August 6, 2018.   Jon on AtariAge   Atari Cassette Enhancer on AtariMania   Atarimania's list of Jon's games
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May 13, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Carlos Reyes: Quick Menu, Rent Wars   Carlos Reyes wrote the game Rent Wars for the Atari 8-bit computers for First Star Software, which was never officially released but found its way onto the Internet years later. He also wrote Quick Menu, a 384-byte program that would display a menu of programs on a floppy disk and let the user choose one to run. The program was designed to fit into a floppy's three boot sectors, so it didn't eat into any of the usable space on the disk. The program was a...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, First Star Software