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How the Atari ST almost had Real Unix

“Walkies!” It was 4:00 in the afternoon, and time to walk to the dump, out past the Sunnyvale sewage plant, and talk about hard problems. I’ve had some of my best ideas while out walking. I’m 6’4″ with long legs, … Continue reading

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The Atari ST, Part 2

My memory of the ST project is scattered and biased, but here’s how I remember it, starting in July of 1984.  There are a lot of details missing; for the most part I remember the bits that I worked on, … Continue reading

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The Atari ST (part 1)

One friday afternoon in July, 1984 the rumor floated through the halls: Jack Tramiel had bought Atari, and we were all going to be killed. Or laid-off. Or something. My office-mate had worked at Commodore a few years earlier (where … Continue reading

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Atari Stuff

I found this article from STart (a magazine about the Atari ST) on the development of (duh) the Atari ST. Most of what’s in it is true. You won’t find the pictures of people scary, but I certainly do. I’m … Continue reading

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Revisionist History

The current Time Machine Bucket List (If a working time machine falls into my lap, these are a few things I’d address…) Gary Kildall must understand to use linefeed as the line terminator in text files, and not carriage-return plus … Continue reading

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Super Pacman easter egg

Don Hodges found an easter egg that I’d left in the Atari 400/800 version of Super Pacman.  link   Here’s my response to him: —- Oh, lordy.  I’d forgotten that was still in there.  At one point the code at that address did put … Continue reading

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Good stuff

Enough ranting. I want to talk about code that I liked, and what I learned from it. The first really good stuff I encountered — after a number of years of reading Byte and Dr. Dobbs — was the late … Continue reading

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More archeology: Atari MadMac assembler sources

Digging through some old disks I found the source to an old version of MadMac, a fast assembler I wrote just before I left Atari. It needed some TLC ( some of the tables were missing, and I had to … Continue reading

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Atari Basic internals

I’ve linked to the middle, the meat, of How Atari BASIC Works.  I really like the way that they crammed a pretty decent BASIC interpreter into 8K or 10K (depending on how you count) of ROM. In comparison, the first … Continue reading

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Once Upon Atari

Howard Warshaw was kind enough to send me a copy of the documentary Once Upon Atari. It’s a collection of interviews with some of the programmers, artists and managers who were in Atari’s consumer games group in the late 70s … Continue reading

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