ANTIC Interview 222 – Richard Watts, Macrotronics

Richard Watts, Macrotronics

Richard Watts was a programmer at Macrotronics, a company that was primarily focused on the RM-1000 radio modem, hardware that connected amateur radio receivers to personal computers. The company also created Morse Code Tutor, programmed by Richard, which was published by Atari Program Exchange and first appeared in winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. Morse Code Tutor cost $22.95 and was APX catalog number 20092. Macrotronics did contract work for APX as well, including fixes to Caverns of Mars prior to its release. The company also released a parallel print interface, which allowed a parallel printer to be connected to the Atari 400 and 800 through joystick ports 3 and 4, eliminating the need for an Atari 850 interface.

This interview took place on July 28, 2016.

“You couldn’t afford any of the inefficiencies of a higher-level language. Basically what you’re writing is a software UART, so that you’re taking the signal, and you’re detecting a dit from a dah, you’re looking at the spacing of all of that and you’re trying to ignore noise.”

Morse Code Tutor in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog

California Historial Radio Society: http://www.californiahistoricalradio.com

Source:: ANTIC Interview 222 – Richard Watts, Macrotronics

      

126 Part 1 – Battlezone by Atari

Yes, another split episode. I just wanted to get something out there, this is the best way for me to do that right now. Maybe it’s the way I should be doing this, who knows? That was the original plan. At any rate, this episode is all about Battlezone by Atari, and next time I will cover Krull and the feedback for both games. So if you have any thoughts on either game, you still have time to send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Battlezone on Atari Protos
Battlezone on KLOV
Michael Feinstein blog post about GCC and Atari
Voice Commander unit picture in AA thread (Post 19)
Voice Commander unit drawing in 1983 Atari catalog on AA
Brown label Battlezone cartridge
Brown Battlezone box
Battlezone Tank Control hack by Thomas Jentzsch
No Swear Gamer 261 – Battlezone
I was wrong, new VR version of Battlezone will be released by Rebellion in October. Bad podcaster!

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Source:: 126 Part 1 – Battlezone by Atari

      

ANTIC Interview 221 – Gregg Pearlman, ANTIC and STart Magazine

Gregg Pearlman, ANTIC and STart Magazine

Gregg Pearlman was an editor at Antic Magazine and STart Magazine from 1986 through 1989.

Antic magazine was devoted primarily to 8-bit Atari computers, with some emphasis on Atari ST computers. It was published from 1982 to 1990. STart magazine was dedicated primarily to Atari ST computers, with some emphasis on Atari 8-bit computers in later issues. It was published from 1986 to 1991.

This interview took place on July 12, 2016. It in, we discuss Jim Capparell, whom I previously interviewed.

Teaser quotes:

“I said something like, ‘Well, geez, I couldn’t do this for less than 6 bucks an hour.’ And I knew, immediately, that I had made a huge mistake.”

“Not exactly threatening, but he’s like, ‘Why don’t you just fire me again?!’ You know, it was desperately embarrassing.”

Gregg’s articles in Antic magazine

Gregg’s articles in STart magazine

Jim Capparell interview

Source:: ANTIC Interview 221 – Gregg Pearlman, ANTIC and STart Magazine

      

The Toys R Us Report Ep.90: Sausage Party, Pokemon Go! And DC’s B’Wana Beast

Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week! We start off with some an interesting conversation between me, Iceberg and Emily and then we play a bit that Emily and Melissa from Pod B cooked up. It’s a take off on the intro from LL Cool J’s seminal Rap Hit “I’m Bad”. It’s a lot of fun.

Then it’s onto some Pokemon Go! Talk and then we move on into At The Movies where this week we take a look at Sausage Party. Then we move into the main event where we spend a good 15 minutes talking about DC’s Jungle Based Superhero.. B’Wana Beast! A lot of fun was had by all!

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Source:: The Toys R Us Report Ep.90: Sausage Party, Pokemon Go! And DC’s B’Wana Beast

      

RCR Episode 135

Panelists: Jack Nutting (hosting), Paul Hagstrom, and Michael Mulhern

Host’s Topic: 35 years since there wasn’t yet an IBM PC

The IBM PC launched into a world of many personal computer brands, types, operating systems, and eventually took the label and became the ubiquitous and standard PC (and PC-compatible), leaving most other systems fallen by the wayside.

Retro Computing News:

Vintage Computer Commercial

Retro Computing Gift Idea:

Auction Picks:

Feedback/Discussion:

Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X – link
Show audio files hosted by CyberEars

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80s Anthologies – Night Visions

Whit and I are back to talk about a non-80s anthology series, 2001-02’s Night Visions. Listen, right click and download, or find us on Itunes or Stitcher.

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80s Anthologies – Night Visions

Whit and I are back to talk about a non-80s anthology series, 2001-02’s Night Visions. Listen, right click and download, or find us on Itunes or Stitcher.

MP3

We are a proud member of the Throwback Network. For more Retro related podcasts go to www.throwbacknetwork.net

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Source:: 80s Anthologies – Night Visions

      

Podcast 68 : Cosmic Alien & Crazy Balloon

It’s a double bubble extravaganza!

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Peter (Invadar) Davies and these two games were his favourites from BITD. Cosmic ‘Alan’ is also a favourite of Victor’s, too.


TIMESTAMP:
What we’ve been up to since the last podcast – 0m 0s
Arcade News – 5m 0s
Mark Singleton WR Interview – 15m 23s
Pickups – 30m 41s
Feedback – 37m 21s
Shout Outs! – 51m 8s
Tech Tips – 54m 30s
Musical Interlude – 1h 2m 9s
1st Featured Game Review – 1h 4m 28s
2nd Featured Game Review – 1h 16m 43s
Cabs You Never Knew Existed – 1h 42m 18s
Hardware Heroes – 1h 46m 18s
Next Show’s Game – 1h 51m 24s


LINKS:


X / Guided Missile


COSMIC ALIEN SCOREBOARD:
CharlieFar – 92040
Victor – 72290
Shaun – 51260
Mark K – 29440
Anna McLaughlan – 27180
Mat Corne – 26480
Neil1637 – 15410
Paul McCaskie – 15400
Lucid Spritemare – 14580
Ross – 14400
Tin – 13000
Stacey King – 12360
Vipp – 10480
Andrew Driver – 10100
Ian Cullen – 8780
Rob Player Missile – 4390
Giggity – 2750

CRAZY BALLOON SCOREBOARD:
CharlieFar – 35420
Vipp – 35230
Ian Cullen – 25800
Lesoleil – 9110
Shaun – 4400
Andrew Driver – 2220
Victor – 2200


crazyballoon


NEXT SHOW’S GAME:
Thunder Cross By Konami – Set 1, 3 Lives, Extra Lives @ 30k,200k, Easy Difficulty

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Source:: Podcast 68 : Cosmic Alien & Crazy Balloon

      

Roundtable Review: Stranger Things

Jason invites Stacey Rader (@geeky_vixen) and Erik Tukey (@boulderhillnet) to join a roundtable review of the Netflix series Stranger Things. We discuss our viewing experience, fave/least fave characters, story, references, and expectations for season 2. Warning: SPOILERS throughout!! Go watch the show before listening!!

Source:: Roundtable Review: Stranger Things