Brian Lee, Synapse and Broderbund
Brian Lee started at clothing retailer The Gap, where he used Atari computers for expense control and store operations. He was Vice President of Product Development at Synapse Software from 1982 through 1985, where he managed the Syn line of business software, and programmed SynTrend. Next he was Director of Acquisition at Br0derbund from 1984 to 1985.
This interview took place on September 30, 2016. In it, we discuss Mike Silva, whom I previously interviewed.
“So he sat nervously with $30,000 in stacked, bound $100 bills in his jacket pockets, for the entire flight over from Japan.”
Brian’s web site: http://www.brianleeresume.com
Filling the GAP article in Antic magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n3/fillingthegap.html
Mike Silva interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-170-mike-silva-syncalc
Inverse ATASCII podcast on SynTrend: https://inverseatascii.info/2016/10/16/s3e02-synapse-syntrend-synstat-syngraph-supplement/
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Episode 2 of the new Memory Jogger Podcast is all about our Halloween memories. Jason and Wyatt will be reminiscing about early costumes worn for trick-or-treating, favorite TV specials, and the best (and worst) candy treats that showed up in our bags. You’ll also hear stories including Wyatt’s homemade costumes and some pranks pulled by Jason in his early teen years.
Harry McCracken, Technology Journalist
Harry McCracken is a technology journalist — he’s technology editor at Fast Company magazine. He cut his teeth on the TRS-80 and Atari 400 computers, including writing for Creative Computing magazine, and creating a game that he wanted to publish with Atari Program Exchange, but didn’t finish.
This interview took place on September 27, 2016.
Harry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/harrymccracken
“…fact about the Atari 400 was that it had maybe the worst keyboard in the history of computing. … Oddly enough I don’t remember having trouble with the keyboard, maybe because when you’re programming, it is, generally speaking, not about the speed at which you type.”
Source:: Episode 65 – Gloom & Alien Breed 3D
In this episode Greg and George discuss the SNES port of the popular Atari Games arcade game Rampart from 1990. A mix of action, strategy, and puzzle elements come together very well in this great pseudo early tower defense game as you protect your castle, rebuild and expand it, and destroy enemies with cannon fires and also with engaging one and two player modes. Listen to us talk about how the game plays, what’s new and enhanced on the SNES version of the game, and if it holds up today! Any questions, comments, feedback, etc. can be left on our Facebook page or e-mailed to the firstname.lastname@example.org and as always thanks for your support!
Source:: The SNES Podcast #58 — Rampart
Bruce Campbell, APX Character Fun
Bruce Campbell is the author of Character Fun, an educational game which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It appeared in the winter 1983 APX catalog — the final APX catalog.
This interview took place on September 22, 2016.
Shortly after we did this interview, Bruce sent me scans of the source code printout for Character Fun, it’s now online at archive.org.
Character Fun source code: https://archive.org/details/AtariCharacterFunSourceCode
The toys have an adventure in a motel. They get separated, and Jessie has to overcome some serious fears to rescue everyone.
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Michael Mulhern, and Jack Nutting
Host’s Topic: NO CARRIER
Modems. They played a big part in the past, almost entirely useless now. What are your experiences with modems? Do you miss them? Have you worked out a way to use one now?
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Source:: RCR Episode 139
Ed Stewart and Ray Lyons, APX Letterman
Ed Stewart and Ray Lyons co-wrote Letterman, an educational word game that was first available in the winter 1982-1983 Atari Program Exchange catalog. Ed also wrote two articles for Antic magazine: “Hokey Pokey Interrupts” – on using POKEY timers in assembly language – and “Talk Is Cheap”, a 1-bit audio digitizer. Ed also had two articles in Compute!’s Second Book of Atari: Memory Test and Back Up Your Machine Language Programs With BASIC.
This interview took place on September 15, 2016. The first voice you’ll hear is Ed’s.
“They played that thing for days. They would love to try and stump each other by typing in their own word, primarily.”
After the interview, Ray emailed me this update: “There’s one fact I wished I had included–and I’ll tell you just in case you find it useful: This would have probably been early in the 2nd year of the sale of Letterman via the APX. Atari contacted us and asked us to sign some legal documents giving them permission to port Letterman to a ROM for one of their game platforms. My recall is that it was for the 2600. But I’m wondering if they were announcing a new model. Or maybe it was an updated 2600 with a keyboard added? Sorry for this lapse. Anyway, they said they needed educational software to demo this on the new device at a trade show in New York City that year. The Toy Fair I think it was. We never did hear back from Atari about whether they actually carried through or not. If I run across any paperwork about this, I’ll send it to you.”
Compute!’s Second Book of Atari: http://www.atariarchives.org/c2ba/
Blog Post by Ray Lyons: https://libperformance.com/2009/03/05/technology-20/