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...no (4, Insightful)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529431)

...it would be a crime not to put it on eBay untouched for some fool to pay through the nose for it.
Jesus, I mean, come on. This sort of story isn't helping with changing perception of geeks, is it?

Re:...no (2, Insightful)

RaceProUK (1137575) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529493)

I always thought geeks loved to play with arcane tech, making this an ideal story.

Collector's Item (2, Insightful)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529599)

I always thought geeks loved to play with arcane tech, making this an ideal story.

We do, but that's what used arcane tech is for. You see the huge deal about this being an unopened box? It's now no longer an unopened box, and he ruined a perfectly good collectible.

Re:Collector's Item (4, Interesting)

PotatoFarmer (1250696) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529735)

Or maybe he's attempting to combat the idea that something should have greatly increased value just because nobody ever bothered to use it before.

Re:Collector's Item (3, Insightful)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529817)

Or maybe he's attempting to combat the idea that something should have greatly increased value just because nobody ever bothered to use it before.

Anyone trying to do that fails by definition. Things have value because people give it value, not through decision by committee.

Basically, even if you don't think it makes sense that "something should have greatly increased value just because nobody ever bothered to use it before" the fact that other people are actually willing to pay more because nobody ever bothered to use it before is enough reason for you not to use it. You can sell it to those people for the price they are willing to pay and maximize your profits. Any other decision is illogical.

Re:Collector's Item (2, Insightful)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529975)

No, it is completely logical if the utility that you gain by enjoying the use of the item exceeds the utility you would have gotten from the money gained by auctioning it to the highest bidder.

Re:Collector's Item (4, Insightful)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530043)

No, it is completely logical if the utility that you gain by enjoying the use of the item exceeds the utility you would have gotten from the money gained by auctioning it to the highest bidder.

Not really. You can sell to the highest bidder, buy a cheaper used product, and still get all the enjoyment of using it AS well as getting a profit. Win-win.

If you're going to argue that there's a greater utility to opening the box and using the new product, then you are admitting that the unopened box is worth more.

Re:Collector's Item (2, Insightful)

berend botje (1401731) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530177)

Thinking like this (maximizing profit, despite having enough already) is what killed our economy.

Not really kidding either.

Just enjoy the things you have and don't be so obsessed with amassing ever more.

Re:Collector's Item (1)

pla (258480) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530187)

No, it is completely logical if the utility that you gain by enjoying the use of the item exceeds the utility you would have gotten from the money gained by auctioning it to the highest bidder.

Except that the former doesn't depend on its unopenedness, while he could have sold it, and bought a dozen used ones just to play with via the latter.

Then again, how much money does this really involve? Probably not even in the hundreds of dollars, so the hassle of selling it and rebuying a used one probably outweighs just playing with the one he found.

Re:Collector's Item (1)

pleappleappleap (1182301) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531409)

Then why do people like buying new cars? Using a new device can be better than using a well-worn device.

Re:Collector's Item (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531591)

I'd still much rather have this [howstuffworks.com] than this. [jalopnik.com] . Because using a well-worn device of distinctive and legendary quality, class, and style can be better than a new device of derivative, trite, and unexciting quality.

Or to put it another way, "They just don't make 'em like that anymore."

Re:Collector's Item (4, Interesting)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530067)

Hey, wait, are we talking about tulips [wikipedia.org] ?

You know, oddly enough, making teh bux isn't the most important thing in life. If I get my hands on a new-in-box peripheral for one of my older computers, screw resale. I'm opening the box, hooking it up, and using it. That's the real value.

Frankly, the entire "minty-mint" collection mania is pathological. The perceived sale value boils down to "how much can I fleece a clueless schlub for?". And that's illogical.

Re:Collector's Item (2, Insightful)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530349)

Hey, wait, are we talking about tulips [wikipedia.org]?

Not exactly. It's not that there's a bubble that inflates the price of the unopened peripheral due to speculation. It's that the unopened box is always demonstrably worth more than the opened box. It's a limited supply thing. There are less unopened tablets then there are open ones. By opening up you are literally removing value.

You know, oddly enough, making teh bux isn't the most important thing in life. If I get my hands on a new-in-box peripheral for one of my older computers, screw resale. I'm opening the box, hooking it up, and using it. That's the real value.

Do you not see the flaw in your reasoning, though? If the real value to you is in the use of the tablet, then you wouldn't mind buying an used one that does the same thing. However, since other people value the mint condition device and are willing to pay you more for it then you are denying others of what they want and denying yourself the different in price between the mint condition product and the used product you want to hook up to your computer. If you sell it, both you and the buyer get more out of it.

Frankly, the entire "minty-mint" collection mania is pathological. The perceived sale value boils down to "how much can I fleece a clueless schlub for?". And that's illogical.

That's not true. It's not always a clueless schlub, sometimes you're selling it to the guy who doesn't want to resell it AND doesn't want to open it. The final collector. I collect some stuff that I never intend to resell, not for profit but because I want it. It has value to me, and who are you to tell me I shouldn't value it if I'm willing to pay for it?

Re:Collector's Item (4, Insightful)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531483)

This is clearly a clash of value systems. And, although my value are mostly utilitarian, that's not consistently so. My GP comment has a clue to the inconsistency: "older systems". Yup, I collect old personal computers and software. That's not rational from a pragmatic POV. But, OTOH, I actually use them. I wouldn't pay collector NIB NOS prices for, say, an Amiga 1000. (Pretend such a thing could legitimately be found. Besides, I still have mine from 1986.)

Again, if you or another collector gets a warm fuzzy feeling looking at your sealed 1977 Kenner Luke Skywalker figure, great. Me, I'd wanna play with the thing.

So, in the realm of serendipitous discoveries of neat old tech toys: If I find a nifty piece of retrotech that I can play with, at a price I consider reasonable solely on the "play" value, I'm buying. And using. If that destroys it from your perspective, so be it. I'm getting what I value out of it. If you want it, for whatever your reasons, you'd better find it first.

Re:Collector's Item (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26531679)

That's not true. It's not always a clueless schlub, sometimes you're selling it to the guy who doesn't want to resell it AND doesn't want to open it. The final collector.

Which is pathological. The accumulation of things you're never going to use or touch, is by definition pointless.

Re:Collector's Item (1)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531393)

The mint condition thing is what separates collectors from people that save everything (i.e. severe OCD)... not that collectors don't get obsessive. As for the:

"how much can I fleece a clueless schlub for?"

How dare you denigrate the Congressional Credo!
;^)

Re:Collector's Item (1, Troll)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26532201)

Frankly, the entire "minty-mint" collection mania is pathological. The perceived sale value boils down to "how much can I fleece a clueless schlub for?". And that's illogical.

That is what socialists call subjective valuation. It's a natural instinctive behavior for all mammals, and it's at the core of capitalism; capitalism wouldn't be what it is without it, concentration of wealth and all. Socialists identify it as a key ethical failing of all human economies, and set voluntary adoption of objective valuation of goods AND labor as a primary goal of a cooperative, rather than competitive, economic system. We haven't evolved to a point yet where a pure socialist economy is possible; Communism tried to use the government to create that economy through force, and that failed miserably. Our own (American) economy uses varying degrees of force and threat of force to impose socialistic controls and limits on our economy, with varying degrees of failure. It has to be collectively voluntary or it's hardly more ethical. We're not there yet.

Re:Collector's Item (1)

ZarathustraDK (1291688) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531463)

Or maybe he's attempting to combat the idea that something should have greatly increased value just because nobody ever bothered to use it before.

Damnit, I already unboxed the Zune-demo I got from work...

Re:...no (1)

CRiMSON (3495) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529699)

Then you thought wrong, Yay you managed to plug-in and use something from 1984.. Congrats... Errr?

Old tech only interests some... (3, Insightful)

sjbe (173966) | more than 5 years ago | (#26532421)

I always thought geeks loved to play with arcane tech, making this an ideal story.

Some do. Some don't. I fall into the don't category. I guess I'm not very sentimental. I love learning about history of it and admire how clever some of the solutions were in the face of the limitations of the day. There are some wonderful lessons to be learned. But I'm also old enough to have used some pretty arcane tech (by IT standards anyway) and I remember it's limitations well. There are very good reasons we don't use it anymore.

Personally it's not the tech but the information that I worry about. Old formats that we have lost the ability to read. The hardware exists to communicate and facilitate information. We can create new hardware but we can't always create new information.

Re:...no (2, Funny)

Extremus (1043274) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529625)

True! Haha! Sometimes I have the impression that some geeks want to do the same thing to their first girl.

...Cut to a rain-soaked freighter in the Atlantic (5, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529847)

That belongs in a museum!

Re:...Cut to a rain-soaked freighter in the Atlant (5, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530235)

We have top men working on it now.

Re:...Cut to a rain-soaked freighter in the Atlant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26530607)

That belongs in a museum!

You belong in a museum!

Re:...no (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530307)

I probably would have considered the same thing. However I thought it was a marvelous article, lots of fun. I just loved the sample artwork on the touchpad's box. Simply awful. If that was the main selling point, that you could create junk like that, it should have died the death it did. However I thought the article itself was a lot of fun.

Re:...no (1)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531077)

This sort of story isn't helping with changing perception of geeks, is it?

Should geeks really care about how people perceive them? If that were the case I would think we would be going out of our way to not be seen as geeks in the first place. When you are lucky enough to find something that is a delight, rejoice in it and screw what people think...

re: perception of geeks as clueless capitalists? (0)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531709)

This guy didn't pay through the nose for it, though, did he? I'm a geek, but I'm also a socialist: I would never have agreed to buy it if it was unfairly priced, no matter how much I wanted it. Sure, it takes some willpower, but it ain't that hard. If the "valuation" is clearly subjective and anything but objective, just vote with your dollar and walk away and wait for it to be offered for a fair price.

14 pages... (4, Insightful)

fyleow (1098657) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529497)

14 pages for 14 535 x 383 resolution pictures. Ugh.

Re:14 pages... (4, Funny)

jandrese (485) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529521)

Don't forget that you also get an average of 30 words per page to go with the picture.

Re:14 pages... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26530969)

Don't forget that you also get an average of 30 words per page to go with the picture.

What a dickhead. I can't believe blogs are doing this

Ad Hits (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26531013)

Those pages are buried in ads. How many ad hits do you think that guy is getting paid for? /. is turning into a first rate tool for moving traffic to income earning sites.

Woah now. (4, Funny)

The Real Nem (793299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529873)

I'm using my 1984 Atari Touch Tablet you insensitive clod; one 535 x 383 resolution picture per page is a lot to ask for.

Re:14 pages... (4, Insightful)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529921)

All but one comment on the site itself about the article were bitching about that. I, like many of the posters there, decided to forgo pages 2-14.

Here is your peice of herring (0, Offtopic)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530457)

People if you want real breaking science and engineering news try Eureka Alerts [eurekalert.org] , no forum but at least they don't pull shit like this every other week. For the sake of god there isn't even a printable version on 95% of the ad farming websites anymore because they know we would link to it. Who has time to click a page 14 times like a trained seal for a piece of tinned herring? Speaking of herring there is a technically inclined one [redherring.com] that does not link to ad farms. Seriously, Slashdot editors if you read this, you know we are all using Adblock Plus [adblockplus.org] , well at least I have ever since your animated banners showed up, do you really think we of all people would tolerate linking to a page like this? I honestly used to look forward to being able to click on your ads after reading the article because they were mostly unobtrusive, often fun and half the time relevant but I am physically incapable of reading something on a page that has animations without frustration and discomfort. I mean who can honestly absorb a significant amount of information that way? It is the Power Point presentation level of discourse, the executive summary level of detail and the blasé attitude from site administrators that their visitors would tolerate something they would not because it sells 1% more ad dollars for 10x the ads that sickens me to the point of loathing and disgust. Grrrr!

Re:Here is your peice of herring (5, Funny)

hesiod (111176) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530983)

Who has time to click a page 14 times

Someone who has the time to read the first page of it, read comments about the page, and then spend five minutes constructing a complain explaining why he wouldn't click "next"?

Re:Here is your peice of herring (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531913)

I would like to think of my time spent toiling at the keyboard for those long difficult minutes as time spent genuinely reflecting on the state of the industry, you know like Martin Luther pondering his theses before nailing them to the church door. I mean church, tavern and brothel doors were 16th century forums. Too bad only the church postings were archived properly. God, is this going to be archived?

Re:14 pages... (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530941)

On the first page, I just open up tabs of all of the other pages. By the time I'm done with page 2, all of the other pages have loaded and I can cycle through them just as quickly as I could through a slideshow.

Re:14 pages... (0, Flamebait)

Genrou (600910) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531537)

And all the pictures are of the type: "This is the front of the box", "This is the right side of the box", "This is the right side of the box, but you can also see the front of the box", "This is the front of the box, but you can also see the right of the box". I was really hoping that the last picture were of the Spanish Inquisition. But, alas, I was expecting it...

Atari touch tablet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26529519)

Big deal. Hardhack for x86 or GTFO.

Annoying format. (4, Insightful)

martinw89 (1229324) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529533)

I happen to RTFAs, but I can't stand the image-and-a-few-sentences-per-page format. Especially when each page has to load a bunch of pictures and javascript. I can stand it when these slideshows open up a new window with only the slideshow's content, but this is too annoying.

Re:Annoying format. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26529717)

http://blog.andreineculau.com/2008/06/repagination/

Now your problem is solved, as long as developers use increasing page numbers as their way to separate paged content.

Re:Annoying format. (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529819)

Yeah. Exactly what I was looking for. An extension to Firefox that doesn't work with Firefox 3 and hasn't been actively worked on since 2006. Witness the power of open source!

Re:Annoying format. (0, Offtopic)

shinier (949631) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530219)

Yes, the power of open source being you can update it yourself! If it were closed, that'd really be that.

Re:Annoying format. (1)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531245)

So the power of open source is to deny someone a life outside their parents' basement? We're talking regular users here, being given the "option" of learning to code and then spending all-nighters on said activity that has entirely nothing to do with their actual personally-chosen lifestyle. Yeah that's pretty compelling.

Diluted content, diluted adspace (3, Interesting)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529825)

Not only is the content distributed among 14 pages in bite-size pieces, but those pieces take up roughly 1/72nd of the page space allocated. Along with the much-lamented dilution of content across excessive pages, do advertisers realize that their paid-for links may be up to 10 page-downs below the article?

I am so excite! (0, Redundant)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529707)

But the software was pretty decent for 1984, and I considered myself proud to have known the Touch Tablet in its authentic Atari glory.

He forgot to mention how completely worthless it is now and was the day it was made.

Collector's value (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26529769)

When you come across a 1984 Atari Touch Tablet for sale cheap--in the original, unopened box--it would be a crime against computer history not to buy it, open it, install it, and use it, and to document the whole process with photos and commentary.

Can you hear it? Thousands of collector's voices screaming in mutual anguish.

Allow me to add something (4, Funny)

Corpuscavernosa (996139) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529771)

"it would be a crime against computer history not to buy it, open it, install it, and use it" AND install Linux on it. :)

Arcane Game (1)

theredshoes (1308621) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529799)

Reading this I just thought about all of the hours I wasted when I was little playing Breakout. I didn't even remember that they sold something like this back in 1984. I remember the Amigas from junior high in the late 80's, I spent some time playing with the graphics tablet, this brings back some deep computer memories I completely forgot. I wasn't even into computers again until I was about 25.

I liked them in my childhood, then I went away for a long time, I barely used a computer except to type up a paper because I had to use them and I found my love again for them 1995, which lasted a good ten years or so or so and then it was ruined again around 2005. I am starting to love computers again now though. That is probably why I will never be a true "geek" or whatever you want to call it, I didn't stick with it consistently.

-"I am a computer's fair weather friend."-

It's been 24 years and the floppy still worked? (3, Insightful)

puddles (147314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529821)

They sure don't make 'em like they used to. None of my 3.5" floppies would survive more than a couple of formats, and I'd be lucky to be able to read them on more than, what, 3 or 4 different machines.

Re:It's been 24 years and the floppy still worked? (1)

Peron (1140757) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529883)

The software wasn't on floppies. It was on cartridge.

Re:It's been 24 years and the floppy still worked? (0, Redundant)

puddles (147314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26529989)

Ah, going back and re-reading the actual text this time I realized it said the floppy was probably used to save images.

Its been 24 years and the cartridge still worked? (3, Funny)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 5 years ago | (#26532547)

The software wasn't on floppies. It was on cartridge.

A true geek would have opened the cartridge to see if it contained UV EPROMs or proper ROMs. EPROMs still working after 24 years would be fairly impressive, too...

I loved mine! (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530069)

The touch tablet led to me creating the first decent computer art I ever did as a kid. I even used it with a drawing program that I wrote in Atari BASIC. Wow. Feeling old now. I hate nostalgia stories like this. :-(

Re:I loved mine! (1)

theredshoes (1308621) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530431)

Me too. :) I am about the same age, it doesn't make me feel old, it makes me laugh. :) Hey I enjoyed all of the hours I spent playing around on the graphics tablet Amigas in the computer "cluster" at school. I don't know if you remember that, in PA in the eighties my junior high called a computer lab a computer cluster. We didn't say hey, I am going to the lab, we said we are going to the cluster.

Now that makes me feel old, they changed the terminology. And the fact that we had like maybe 15 Amigas and another 10 Apple computers probably just from memory for a junior high of 500 kids. It was not that big of a room. LOL

Re:I loved mine! (2, Interesting)

Nimey (114278) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531175)

Do you remember the KoalaPad? That's what I had on my Apple //c back then.

The real crime is... (3, Insightful)

cayle clark (166742) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530071)

...opening a sealed original package. Cut its value on the collectibles market by 50%, easy.

The Computer History Museum has one of these [computerhistory.org] but it is not in original packaging. Original packaging, even when opened, greatly adds to the historic, research (and sale) value.

Re:The real crime is... (1)

Ragzouken (943900) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531379)

What historic or research value does the box being unopened add in this case?

Re:The real crime is... (2, Insightful)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531785)

None, of course, unless we're going to pretend there's some archaeology-grade research activity going on in computer museum collections. And even that analogy is faulty; I don't believe that Egyptologists even fantasize about finding 9th Dynasty new-old stock.

Naah, this is just collector angst. Apparently, they think a sealed box gathering dust has greater utility than, say, the actual utility of the artifact in question.

Re:The real crime is... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26531883)

It would allow scientists to observe and record the original birthing process of an Atari Touch Tablet. There are all sorts of cultural and physiological things we could learn about them, as they are a very rare species; even the much more common, superficially similar, unboxing process has had little rigorous scientific study done.

Re:The real crime is... (2, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#26533273)

Is this kind of thing really in demand by anyone though? I have a NIB Atari 5200 Trakball from 1983 [atarimagazines.com] . That's earlier than the peripheral in this article. Am I sitting on a gem that deserves to be preserved for future generations? What is the privilege of taking care of this artifact worth? Anyone out there want to buy it and preserve it? Or should I open it up and get on the front page of ./?

One Paragraph Per Page (5, Informative)

stoicio (710327) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530089)

There needs to be more warning that it's one of those paragraph per page
advertising sites. I looked at the first page and then came back to slashdot.

Re:One Paragraph Per Page (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26530255)

There needs to be more warning
about posts that have forced
carriage returns for no reason
whatsoever.

Re:One Paragraph Per Page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26531569)

I have sent an email of complaint to technologizer.com about this.

Well, fifteen emails actually.
It takes quite a few when you only put a couple of lines in each one.

Re:One Paragraph Per Page (1)

ildon (413912) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531999)

The warning was that it linked to technologizer.com. Every article I've seen on that site is just a string of lame pictures with even lamer (and often vapid or inaccurate) commentary. And usually the premise is actually interesting, making it even more disappointing when you actually follow the link.

Didn't they have a goofy name? (2, Interesting)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530265)

My computer teacher in the early 80's had a weird name for touch panels-something like Koala pad? Does anyone remember that?

Re:Didn't they have a goofy name? (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530391)

>Koala pad? Does anyone remember that?

Sure. It was supposedly "low cost" but when we were working for $3.35/hr, nothing was low cost. Later, I got my hands on an X-Pad and a TRS-80 Color Computer - that was pretty neat. I wasn't until 2008 that I ever had another tablet, a Wacom Bamboo.

Re:Didn't they have a goofy name? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26530541)

Yes, it was part of the Koala paint package. My father had it for the Atari 400. The hardware had a touch pad, two large buttons, and a stylus.

He taught me how to use it; explaining that drawing a line was like stretching a rubber band. Because of his analogy, i was always afraid to make the lines too long for fear they would snap.

Yeah but does it run Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26530269)

I clicked the link hoping to see documentation of a project to get the tablet working on modern hardware and software.

Instead he just hooked it up to the device it was designed for, and took lots of pictures of the packaging.

I was also disappointed to read that he disposed of the warranty card. I would have been much more impressed if he'd filled it in and sent it off.

Boring.

Just curious (1)

bbbaldie (935205) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530531)

Was the point of this particular Slashdotting about the content of the article, or the outrage at the way in which it was presented? -- It's worse than that, he's dead, Jim! He's dead, Jim! He's dead, Jim!

It worked like 2 serial paddles... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26530555)

It worked like 2 serial paddles, one being the X and one the Y value. I had one of these when I was 10, and I tried to make a drum machine in Atari Basic with it. Since the Atari 800XL had 4-note polyphonic (pretty advanced for its time!), I tried to divide the touch tablet up into 4 quadrants for 4 different sounds.

The pitfall was that when you touched something in the (0,0) corner, then touched something in the (255, 255) range, it would drag between the values for a split second, so to make a drum machine practical, you had to delay the sound by x amount so it actually played the sound that you wanted, or live with the extra sounds it made, which didn't make it very practical!

I'm sure it was probably my lack of programming ability at fault (even though it was probably better then that it is now!).

AtariArtist rules! Thanks for the memories!

I'm going to go play Bruce Lee and Behind Jaggi Lines now...

This is not worth mentioning! (3, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530687)

Show me a blog or article walking through a hack adapting the device for use under modern PC hardware and I'll look more closely. This is just "retro computing" and while it is a little interesting, it isn't THAT interesting. We get it. In the old days, we thought it was awesome and now it looks worse than pathetic.

Wire up a USB connector and write a driver to support it under Mac OSX, Linux and Windows.

Re:This is not worth mentioning! (1)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530805)

Loserboy nerd, it's not only "retrocomputing", it's Digital Archeology. That particular specimen was cutting edge at a time when home computers where still a novelty and many media pundits predicted they would simply disappear like a fad. The stuff you buy now at the local computer shop *is* pathetic, it's rehashed stuff. There's nothing really *new*, just the same old shit with a slicker packaging. Why should they sully a perfectly preserved piece of history to make it work with modern crap? Would you hook up an old gramophone to an iPod? Probably yes, because you're a loserboy nerd who is only worthy of a steamy and smelly facial defecation.

Re:This is not worth mentioning! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26531371)

You fail at staying in character. A real jock would say something like "Fucking nerds always playing their old shit, fuck that I have Xbox 360 and I'll spill my Joose all over your shitty old Atari bullshit!"

Re:This is not worth mentioning! (1)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531725)

Real Jocks have an interest in technology and history, loserboy nerd. We just don't jerk off to it. Moreover, we have respect for the people who broke new ground, while we reserve none for the turdbrains who rehash the same crap over and over again and think they're l33t h4x0rz.

Re:This is not worth mentioning! (1)

will_die (586523) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530925)

Yea,
Here I was expecting to see something like that and I all got after all the clicks was some guy plugging an Atari peripheral into an Atari computer.
Make yourself famous record a video of yourself plugging a PS/2 mouse into a computer and using it with Vista.

easter egg (3, Interesting)

jsh1972 (1095519) | more than 5 years ago | (#26530757)

I remember finding my first easter egg on this... when you click on the atari logo in the upper left corner of the menu screen, it played the atari theme music. good times...

Anonymous Coward. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26530789)

I think it was a brand name.

Looks like I'm not alone (0, Offtopic)

BattyMan (21874) | more than 5 years ago | (#26531761)

in wearying of having to click through a dozen or more pages to read an article that would fit on one or (maybe) two. Surely these morons can tell that we're using AdBlock anyway! This guy was heavily flamed in his discussion comments, 95% of which bitch about how thin his content really is.

Profit? (2, Insightful)

slapout (93640) | more than 5 years ago | (#26532101)

1. Buy old computer peripheral SIB (Still in box)
2. Document opening and usage
3. Place on website w/ ads and promote
4. Get Slashdotted so that works still appear but pictures (and ads!) don't
5.
6. Profit

Hey, I'm grateful he did it, and put it up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26532829)

Seems like everybody here only bothers to post a complaint. I agree it's thin on content and long on ads. I wouldn't have bothered if I were still using my 9.8K baud modem for sure. But I'm old enough to remember those days. I have what I guess you'd call the next generation atari, a 520 ST and, last time I checked a couple of years ago, it still worked.

In short, I enjoyed visiting the site, so thanks.

Don't mind the whining noise you hear (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26532855)

That's the outcry of collectors all over the planet crying over the opening of a 25 year old box.

Real cruelty would have been to invite them for the grand opening. I would have paid to see a video of their reaction.

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