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TOSEC: The Old School Emulation Center

The Old School Emulation Center (TOSEC) is a retrocomputing initiative dedicated to the cataloging and preservation of software, firmware and resources for microcomputers, minicomputers and video game consoles. The main goal of the project is to catalog and audit various kinds of software and firmware images for these systems.

As of release 2012-09-15, TOSEC catalogs over 200 unique computing platforms and continues to grow. As of this time the project had identified and cataloged 466,396 different software images/sets, consisting of over 3.60TB of software, firmware and resources.

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A First Look at the Atari SIDE3

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Nearly everyone knows Atari for their videogame consoles, the Atari 2600, 5200, and 7200 systems.

But Atari issued home computers as well: first their Atari 8-bit home computers and then their 16-bit line of Atari STs.

First came the Atari 400 and 800 home computers, and then the 1200XL, intended for the business market but unable to overcome its high cost or the IBM-addicted business world. The Atari 600XL and 800XL home computers were arguably the most popular of their home computers, however, as a final change in ownership led to the last of Atari’s 8-bit home computers, the 65/800XE and 130XE.

By then Atari was intent on jumping into the fledgling 16-bit personal computer market, and the Atari ST series was able to establish its own niche in a swiftly-changing technological evolution. But the doubling of computing power so swiftly after the introduction of 8-bit computing was doomed to be short-lived because of the re-doubling of computing power in the new 32-bit system as Moore’s Law put on its running shoes.

After the 16-bit Atari ST personal computers, the Atari 32-bit TT and Falcon models concluded Atari’s foray into the homes of a burgeoning new market of personal computers that was drawn to the 8086 CPU market and its IBM and IBM clone computers— although Atari would release their own PCs to little fanfare.

While the Atari of those years is no more and has long since been largely forgotten, there continue to be Atari owners and enthusiasts across the world who develop new and innovative ways of enjoying Atari’s computer systems.