Wednesday, 12 December 2018

December 2018 teaser

This month a look a ML

  An Atari BASIC program ready to run

Yes, Machine Language actually lies beneath high-level languages such as Atari BASIC

Saturday, 17 November 2018

November 2018 Meeting Report

Here's a little something that was created with Cubase on an Atari ST 1024  (But obviously not by us!)

View the story here  (  <-- 'click the here'  :)  )

Here's something that appears to have been produced without an Atari  (Once again not by us!)

And we finished with a very brief visit to

Hey that Dude (Darude) visited Australia this Month & Last Month including Narre Warren (Empire Club) in Victoria, Australia

November 2018 teaser

Ok, if I ever get this teaser out we're gonna have a look at Cubase...

  Cubase Pro 10 Full Version


Saturday, 15 September 2018

September 2018 Meeting Report

Welcome Dear web Reader, and thanx for joining in, as we once again fired up some Epyx & Bally Manufacturing classics on Retropie;

Electrocop - Screenshot
11:06AM AEST;
And this was all the rage;

Ms. Pac-Man - Screenshot

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

September 2018 teaser

Hey this Month we could be checking out Thomas Cherryhomes's Atari ST version of PLATOTerm (The software you'll need to connect your Atari ST to via the Internet)

Also we may get around to checking out a story on recovering schematics for the Atari ST and the Atari Panther games consoles (includes ASIC designs).  How much can we learn from the past?

Saturday, 18 August 2018

August 2018 Meeting Report

Cold, wet & windy best describes Melbourne on this Winter's Day but on we press.  Hey Members did you know you can do your own updates to The Blogspot directly from your warm cozy home?  Not a member?  Then why not sign up?  ---->  Melbourne PC User Group  And look for us in SIGs!

(Here's a shortcut  MACE SIG  )

Watched videos of artifical intelligence

Fired up some Epyx & Bally Manufacturing classics on Retropie (Yes, the HDMI output makes it easy to connect to modern displays & projectors)

Blue Lightning - Screenshot  Electrocop - Screenshot Xenophobe - Screenshot

Friday, 17 August 2018

August 2018 teaser

This Month, who knows where things will take us, maybe we will take on the idea of developing a 36-bit computer?  Of course there are those probably thinking "Why not just go 64-bit?".  Well extra cost for one thing but building an extra 4-bits onto an existing 32-bit system may be a saving in costs and developement time.  Think what 36-bits could give the end-user in terms of colour (or color) definition vs. the traditional defacto-standard of 24-bits!

Utilising something that provides some familiarity like Motorola's 68EC060 running at 75 Mhz may also provide a path for backward compatability with computer like the Atari ST.  So let's get out the schematics and start designing...

Thursday, 19 July 2018

July 2018 Meeting Report

For any of the younger generation (especially those who've grown up not experiencing technology such as the cathode ray tube) emulators may be the only way in which they'll interact with the Atari classics (And yes quite a few classics licensed to Atari as well).

So this Month we've set up RetoPie 4.4 from scratch.  With all the hard work done by the retroPie community this is the sort of project I imagine you could get the kids involved in.

Step one.  Wiltronics were able to supply us with the basics to start.  And at a modest price we were able to purchase a Raspberry Pi Model B+, a 2.5 AMP power supply (neccessary to power this 1.4GHz beast) and a 16GB Micro SD Card to get us started

With initial support from Gra and an Internet connection (Essential), it was on to setting up the Micro SD Card for use with the Pi...

There's more to come, including  playing classic games that use the Atari's STA (siamese twin analog) controllers...