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Discussion in 'The Welcome Wagon' started by cykurtz, Mar 30, 2024.

  1. by cykurtz

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    Hi, all. Cy Kurtz again. I thought you might like to know a bit about me.

    I discovered your group when I googled atari and setcolor.

    My first computer was a programmable calculator. Well, it wasn't mine - it belonged to my high school - but I soon became the 'go to guy' for that beast. It was so big it had to be wheeled around on its own special cart. Probably weighed 100 lbs! That was in 1977.

    I bought a Timex-Sinclair 1000(with the 2K memory expansion!) as soon as I could put the money together and had a great time with it. When I joined the army after college, suddenly I had money of my own! I bought an Atari 800, and then an 800xl. I bought the peripherals, 410 tape drive, 1050 disk drive, 1020 plotter, and of course, a 1030 modem. I recall spending hours playing games, programming, and calling BBSs all over the place. I even ran a BBS for a couple of years. It was great fun!

    When the first IBM clones came out. Well, I should say when the second-hand IBM clones came out I jumped on that bandwagon and my beloved 8bits began collecting dust. They sat in a closet for years and somehow got thrown away. I motored on with my second-hand IBM clone(s) riding the linux wave, and doing some programming in html, css, and javascript.

    Well, I spent 31 years fixing other people's stuff, first as a copier repairman, and then as a chemical operator. When I retired in 2019, I began to fix things around the house. I looked around one day and everything was fixed!

    A few years ago, a man from across town was throwing away his 8bit stash and asked if I wanted it. Whee! I now have:

    Atari 800(works but keyboard needs work)
    Atari 800xl(works great!)
    Atari 130xe(bad ram .. thinking about replacing the ram chips)
    Atari 410 tape drive(don't know if it works)
    3 each Atari 1050 disk drive(one working, two not)
    Atari 850 interface(don't know if it works)
    Commodore C64(seems to work)
    Commodore 1541(?) disk drive(seems to work)
    Assorted power supplies, cables, and joysticks
    about .. idunno .. about 100 floppy disks(some good, some not)

    So, going forward, I just bought a fujinet. I'm loving that. I'm writing some simple programs in atari basic. I wonder if anyone has any advice on replacing the ram chips on my 130xe. I've seen that some people, when they replace the ram chips, put in different ram chips turning a 130xe into a 320xe? Also, what is the best solder for small computers?

    That's it. You might now know more about me than you ever wanted to. Thanks again, to the group for letting me hang out with you for a bit.
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  2. by Paul "Mclaneinc" Irvine
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    Hi there Cy, you are most welcome..I'm not far off retirement age myself..My first computer was a ZX80 from Sinclair Research, later I went on to a Vic 20 and then Atari 800..Without giving you the whole story, the Atari became my hobby, my hobby and sub jobs writing reviews, getting stuff published etc etc..Lets just say that I have been around computers for a very long time, doing many things. What part of the States are you from (just general area). On here are people from all over the world.
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  3. by Andy Barr
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    Hi there, Cy.

    Fascinating story - especially the calculator in a buggy! Sounds like quite a behemoth and my 1st one had little red LEDs which glowed at night so you could make up words such as SHELL OIL and then amaze yer mates with just how "powerful" your £9.99 machine really was! :)

    [​IMG] This kinda thing but making up words after inverting the display... hours of fun... who am I kidding?!?

    Loved all your first loves / old machines and your CV seems pretty impressive too, fella - there aint a lot you aint fixed at one time or another!

    Richie might well be able to send some tips/advice on the 130XE RAM chips and the solder query.

    Sincerely, it's very nice to hear from a new boy on the block - you are most welcome CY and we hope to hear more.

    As Paul mentioned, we're only a small group but by gad, the passion, knowledge and enthusiasm on ere... if you could bottle it, you would probably end-up blowing the bloke next door's toupee off with the fizzing energy and exuberance which sometimes spills out all over and Paul ends up having to clear it all up... :)

    Joking - some right good stories, hints, tips, collections, memories and a fair few repairs, restorations and hybrids/mods going on here too - our dear pal Matt has just suffered a close family bereavement so he's understandably taking time out right now but he's always creating something wonderful from old tech and making it beautiful, relevant and amazing once more...

    The one thing that unites us is definitely a lurve for Atari and also, really, anything vintage/retro micro from the golden years of our youths and helping one another out/being a sounding board for ideas and if we can pass on / sell at a reduced rate some parts and pieces which make someone else's day, then you bet we aim to assist wherever we can.

    Cheers, buddy and a Happy Easter to all the Atari Owner gang.

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2024
  4. by Paul "Mclaneinc" Irvine
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    Here's the little beauty I had as a kid, as Andy says, you could do the old SHELL OI, HELLO and a few others. That model had a bug where if you pressed a certain set of buttons it suddenly started counting up from zero. It's wasn't meant to do anything like a timer or the like..Just a nice bug. Made me very popular with fellow nerds in school, but it also became a thing that people tried to steal, so I stopped taking it to school.

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