Richard Mansfield: Compute! Magazine, 6502 Machine Language Books
Richard Mansfield is author of the best-selling book Machine Language For Beginners, and its sequel, Compute!’s Second Book Of Machine Language, both published by Compute! books. He also wrote Apple Machine Language for Beginners, Commodore 128 Machine Language for Beginners, and a bevy of other computer books continuing right up through today. Richard was also a long-time editor of Compute! magazine.
This interview took place on March 17 2016.
“It was kind of a lucky thing for me, the timing was right. I had the writing skill and I also had an intense curiosity and interest about computers and programming.”
“Unfortunately, the amateur computer programmer is a memory, really. If some kid gets into computing now he basically has a lot of algebra, a lot of other hurdles that are meaningless, but they’re there.”
Full text of Machine Language For Beginners: http://www.atariarchives.org/mlb/
Full text of Second Book Of Machine Language: http://www.atariarchives.org/2bml/
Richard’s articles in Compute!: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/index/index.php?author=Richard+Mansfield
In this Minisode we take a look at the tabletop electronic maze game Amaze-A-Tron! Also share a little bit of news as well and a listener feedback for a Homebrew Highlights segment.
Source:: Minisode #4 – Coleco Amaze-A-Tron!
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Source:: In The Theater – September 1992
Headlines for July 17-23 2016 include a first look at the new trailer for the upcoming reboot film ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’, Michael J. Fox playing Back To The Future songs with Coldplay, the short-lived ‘Captain Power & the Soldiers of the Future’ TV series is being rebooted, & Super7 is releasing a new episode of ‘He-man & the Masters of the Universe’ at SDCC. Plus. you’ll also hear several more stories in this week’s Speed Feed. Your feedback is always welcome by connecting with Recurrent Events on Twitter, Facebook, and the new Skype hotline. Links to every story mentioned in the podcast can be found in the RE Weekly News Update on Rediscoverthe80s.com
Source:: Recurrent Events July 17-23 2016
Richard Wiitala, Number Blast
Richard Wiitala was the author of Number Blast, an arithmetic teaching program that was published by Atari Program Exchange. Number Blast first appeared in the winter 1981 APX catalog, where it won third prize in the education category.
This interview took place on February 1, 2016. After we talked, Richard send me 23 pages of scans of his correspondance with Atari Program Exchange, including the letters that included his royalty statements, and info about BASIC language upgrades and software compatibility with the Atari 1200XL computer. Those are now available for your perusal at the Internet Archive.
Teaser quote: “When I applied for a copyright on this, there weren’t really a lot of guidelines about copyrighting computer programs back then.”
Wiitala’s APX correspondence: https://archive.org/details/APX_Programmer_Correspondence
In this episode we review the Mattel Intellivoice game Space Spartans. We interview the programmers Steve Roney and Bill Fisher. Rick reviews the Atari and Imagic box collection from Mark Oberhauser. Paul interviews Don Switzer and Gary Magnan about their upcoming Intellivision homebrew multi-game, which benefits Óscar ‘Nanochess’ Toledo (creator of IntyBASIC and several homebrew games). And of course George is here, along with our usual Feedback and News.
0:00:00 – Turn on the tube TV, insert Space Spartans, and go!
0:00:27 – The Intellivisionaries Theme by Paul ‘Nurmix’ Nurminen
0:01:48 – George: episode rundown
0:03:29 – Welcome
0:25:04 – George: Brexit?
0:26:10 – Feedback
0:43:06 – RVG promo
0:43:20 – Retrojunkies promo
0:43:40 – News
1:10:43 – Non-Game or Hardware Review: (Rick) Atari/Imagic repro boxes
1:15:11 – Channel F promo
1:15:36 – Interview: Don Switzer & Gary Magnan
1:46:13 – RGR promo
1:46:23 – Game review (part 1): Space Spartans
2:35:57 – Interview: Steve Roney & Bill Fisher
3:56:33 – Game review (part 2): Space Spartans
4:34:10 – Intellivisionaries promo
4:34:15 – [music break]: Astrosmash – “Sssssnake demo”
4:36:44 – Wrap Up / “Treasured” by Paul ‘Nurmix’ Nurminen
4:40:13 – Outtakes – featured music: Synthetik FM/NURVIS “They Can’t See”
Ray Citak, music education software
Ray Citak wrote Name the Notes, a music education program that was accepted
by Atari Program Exchange, and won an APX award, but never appeared in the
APX catalog. (The program is, as far as we know, lost to the sands of
time.) He also wrote the program Keyed Up, “a music education program
disguised as a goofy game,” which appeared in Antic magazine, and Lightning
Renumber, an automatic line numbering program that was published in
This interview took place on January 30, 2016.
Teaser quote: “The trick to learning, of course, was knowing the computer.
Of course, I just devoured books on what the computer could do and what its
capabilities were when you plugged in different values in different places.”
Keyed Up in ANTIC magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v7n4/keyedup.html
Ray’s articles in Compute!:
Join Adam and Brittany as they bullet spray their way through the Konami run and gun Classic Contra. Find out if they prefer using the infamous Contra cheat code or not and if Contra has gotten any easier with time. They also discuss the Pokemon Go phenomenon and whether they are contributing to the traffic jams.
Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week! This week we take a look at a Movie I saw the other week called The Purge: Election Day and then it’s on to the main event of the week! An in-depth look at a favorite toy line of mine from the mid 90’s The Tick By Bandai. Man! I loved that show and the toys that came along with it. They were just both so cool.
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Ted Toal, Cyan Engineering
Ted Toal was a software developer at Cyan Engineering, an Atari research group. He worked on Atari’s unreleased picture telephone as well as other projects. This interview took place January 24, 2016.
Teaser quote: “He wanted to have toys that would be able to listen to sounds in a room and figure out where the sounds were coming from, and like maybe be able to turn towards the sound.”