ANTIC Interview 277 – Rob Zdybel, Atari, Part 2

Rob Zdybel, Atari (Part 20

Hello, Atari fans, and welcome to another interview episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast. My name is Randy Kindig. This interview is a bit different in that it’s the second interview with someone that we’ve interviewed before – Mr. Rob Zdybel. The reason for this is that Rob worked for Atari so long, and was involved in so many projects, that I felt like some information was left undiscovered in the first interview. At the request of some listeners, I decided to do a follow-up interview and Rob was kind enough to agree.

Rob Zdybel was a very long-time employee at Atari, having worked there beginning in 1979 all the way to 1996, when the Tramiels left. Rob has a long line of credits including Pigs in Space, Real Sports Football, Stellar Track and Star Trek for the Atari 400/800, SOS for the Atari 2600, Missile Command for the Atari 5200, and Bug Hunt for the Atari XE. He also designed the system BIOS for the Atari 5200.

Please note that this interview does have some profanity, although I did beep out the most obvious instances.

This interview took place on July 10, 2016.

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Source:: ANTIC Interview 277 – Rob Zdybel, Atari, Part 2

      

ANTIC Episode 41 – Atawi Fowever!

Atawi Fowever!!!

In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Nir Dary talks about the Atari Invasion Show, Tom Raida brings back the programming language segment to talk about Kyan Pascal, we tell you about all the Atari shows going on this year around the world, and in order to head off lawsuits we tell you about all the possible side effects of listening to Antic.

READY!

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

ANTIC Facebook Page

AHCS

Eaten By a Grue

What we’ve been up to

News

New at Archive.org

Nir Dary Segment

Of-The-Month

Commercial

Programming Languages Segment

Feedback

Possible side effects of listening to the Antic podcast include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; drowsiness, dizziness, feeling nervous; mild nausea, upset stomach, constipation; increased appetite, weight changes; insomnia, decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; dry mouth, intense hate of Commodore, and Amiga lust. Certain conditions apply. Offer good for those with approved credit. Member FDIC. An equal housing lender.

Source:: ANTIC Episode 41 – Atawi Fowever!

      

ANTIC Interview 275 – Peter Shankman

Peter Shankman, Help A Reporter Out

Peter Shankman is a well-known American entrepreneur and author. He was creator of Help A Reporter Out, and author of several business books. He got his start in technology with an Atari 2600 and an Apple ][.

A video version of this interview is available on Youtube, you’ll find the link in the show notes at AtariPodcast.com.

This interview took place on March 20, 2017.

Teaser quote: “What would you change, if you could go back and talk to your 10-year-old self? I wouldn’t change a thing. Because the hell that I went through there has led to, pretty much, the majority of the success I’ve had today, and I’m very very lucky with that. I can trace that back to the Atari, to the 2600, to those games…”

Peter’s web site

Peter on Twiiter

Wikipedia on Peter

Faster than Normal podcast

Source:: ANTIC Interview 275 – Peter Shankman

      

Nadav Caine, Mathematic-Tac-Toe

Nadav Caine, Mathematic-Tac-Toe

Nadav Caine published one program for the Atari computer: Mathematic-Tac-Toe. This educational program first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog.

This interview took place on March 17, 2017.

Teaser quotes:

“Look, my game’s lousy. I’m embarrassed even to have a conversation about it.”

“All education is self-education. I don’t think teachers put knowledge in your head.”

Mathematic-Tac-Toe at AtariMania

Mathematic-Tac-Toe in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog

Source:: Nadav Caine, Mathematic-Tac-Toe

      

ANTIC Interview 273 – Bob Woolley, Atari 1200XL hardware hacker

Bob Woolley, Atari 1200XL hardware hacker

Bob Woolley has been upgrading and modifying Atari 8-bit computers — primarily the 1200XL — since it was released. His hardware products include video output improvements, keyboard repairs, built-in CompactFlash cards, a dual-ANTIC computer, and a parallel bus interface for the 1200XL. Bob was editor of Atari Classics magazine from approximately 1994-1997. He is still active in the San Leandro Computer Club and on the AtariAge forums.

This interview took place on March 14, 2017.

“I actually use the Atari as my computer. I couldn’t write any code on one of my PCs. Whereas if I’m going to write code, I do it on the Atari.”

Bob on AtariAge

San Leandro Computer Club

Atari Classics Magazine

A Parallel Bus Interface for your 1200XL

1200XL Keyboard Tune-up

Source:: ANTIC Interview 273 – Bob Woolley, Atari 1200XL hardware hacker

      

ANTIC Interview 271 – David Lubar, game developer

David Lubar, Game Developer (PastFinder)

Welcome to another interview episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.

David Lubar was a prolific games software developer who worked for Sirius Software, Activision and Absolute and freelanced for several other companies, including Broderbund, Origin Systems, and Imagineering. He developed games for many different systems, including game consoles like the Atari 2600 and the NES and computer systems such as the Apple II, C64, and the Atari 400/800.

His titles for the Atari 8-bits include Hacker, Master of the Lamps, Ogre, Pastfinder and Ultima IV.

David has since taken up writing and has several books to his name.

This interview took place April 23, 2016.

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Source:: ANTIC Interview 271 – David Lubar, game developer

      

ANTIC Episode 40 – BBSing

In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Bill Kendrick returns with a segment on the Lantronix and BBSing on your Atari, we cover lots of new hardware upgrades, Nir Dary talks about the RAM-Cart 1M, and we have our usual segments on what’s new at Archive.org and what’s happening in the Atari 8-bit world.

READY!

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

ANTIC Facebook Page

AHCS

Eaten By a Grue

What we’ve been up to

News

New at Archive.org

Bill’s Modern Segment

Lantronix, Ice-T & BBS’ing

Nir Dary Segment – RAM-Cart 1M

Source:: ANTIC Episode 40 – BBSing

      

ANTIC Interview 270 – Ed Kelly, Edladdin Controllers

Ed Kelly, Edladdin

Hello, welcome to a special interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast. My name is Randy Kindig. This interview is with Ed Kelly of Edladdin. Edladdin produces a fantastic family of controllers for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Flashback, and classic 8-bit computers. I met Ed at VCF Southeast in 2016 and was so impressed by his controllers that I later bought one and am very happy with it. They are fully customizable and are very rugged. This is likely the last controller you’ll need. I sat down with Ed and we discussed how his company got started, what controllers they produce and what the future looks like.

This interview took place on December 4, 2016.

Links:

http://edladdin.com/

Source:: ANTIC Interview 270 – Ed Kelly, Edladdin Controllers