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Atari 800 XE Laptop

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the because-you-can dept.

Hardware Hacking 180

Lester Oats writes "Benjamin J. Heckendorn (of Atari VCSp, NES Micro, & PS2p fame) has been at it again! Summary from his site: "Of all the portable videogame devices I've ever built over the years one system has always been my 'Holy Grail' to make - my 'dream portable' if you will. (Yes, even more so than my Neo Geo arcade machine) And now after a couple years of tinkering it is complete! Without further ado - the Atari 800 XE Laptop!""

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slashdotted (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14044894)

no comments yet, and the site is already slashdotted. That's a new record isn't it?

Atari 800 webserver? (0)

kkovach (267551) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044907)

So, is he running his web server on it? If so, we just blew it up.

- Kevin

Re:Atari 800 webserver? (1, Funny)

Howard Beale (92386) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044937)

No, his webserver is a Commodore 64.

Re:Atari 800 webserver? (1)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044993)

This one [mini-itx.com] ?

Works best if you run an emulator full screen...

Reply to sig (1)

QMO (836285) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045492)

IMO, using the Stellar Converter to make a new asteroid belt is more fun.

Re:Atari 800 webserver? (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045127)

Actually...

There is a C64 that has been subjected to a slashdotting. Running a web server serving dynamic pages (heck, many modern servers have trouble with that one), a RealAudio server serving audio off of a cassette, and two VNC servers.

And it SURVIVED. If there were more bandwidth available, it would have been faster.

I think it was in some article about IP-enabled light switches a couple years back...

Handy... (5, Funny)

lastchance_000 (847415) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044910)

I love the error list right by the screen. Windows machines should come with that. Of course, it would need a bigger monitor...

Re:Handy... (1)

Scoth (879800) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045850)

But... he forgot 130! Probably the second most common error I ran into after 170.

Yes, I do love vague error numbers ;)

Scott

Re:Handy... (1)

aywwts4 (610966) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045864)

Well if they simply
  • Have
    • to give me huge monitor just to list all the error codes, I Guess I wont complain, too much, Its worth the sacrifice. =)

Was the Atari his webserver as well? (-1, Redundant)

twigstamc420 (235143) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044915)

Seriously though....

Not even one post and this guys site is down!

Why is it so hard to use coral cache?

Re:Was the Atari his webserver as well? (3, Informative)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044964)

Why is it so hard to use coral cache? Coral Cache is blocked by a lot of corporate firewalls as being an 'anonymous proxy'. So those of us at work right now can't use it.

Re:Was the Atari his webserver as well? (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045331)

Is this work related?!
You lucky sumbitch.


I just gotta say that laptop is mad '133t! He's even got an enormous 16 mega-byte gragantuan on that puppy! (What is the total size of all the Atari SW ever written? Would it fit on a CD? Or would you need a whole DVD?)

Re:Was the Atari his webserver as well? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045160)

That's because it was already posted over at AtariAge. (A huge site in of itself.) This story just freaks me out, because I was just looking at this over there, then refreshed Slashdot and found it here. Weird.

The laptop itself is pretty cool, though. Reminds me of when I used to play with the Atari computers in the library. (We had Frogger!) I have to wonder how cheaply someone could produce such a device as a kids toy? I mean, the Atari Flashbacks (1 & 2) were both reasonably successful at $30. All that's needed is to add an LCD screen, a cart port, Atari BASIC, and sell it for $50. Voila! A retro-development platform! :-)

(That's right kids, real BASIC, Old-Skool style!)

Re:Was the Atari his webserver as well? (1)

RandoX (828285) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045549)

...and it was on Digg two days ago [digg.com]

Mirror (4, Informative)

quark007 (765762) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044918)

Without further adieu, the site crashed! Here is the mirror [mirrordot.org] .

Re:Mirror (3, Informative)

fistfullast33l (819270) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045072)

The mirrordot link didn't have any information for me (maybe it's too early?). A nice article with a picture of the thing is located here [nyud.net] (coral cache).

Re:Mirror (1)

easter1916 (452058) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045084)

Nice pun there with 'adieu' (farewell!) instead of 'ado'. Was that intentional? :-)

Re:Mirror (1)

kmartshopper (836454) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045275)

Hope it performs better than the site...

Re:Mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045699)

It's "ado", not "adieu". Just FYI. :-)

Re:Mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045795)

From the site:

hello /.

Poor Ben's site is die, die dying. We're gonna move him over to a dedicated box in the next 10 minutes.

'til then, why not buy some web hosting from us or go play some games

cLive ;-)

Re:Mirror (2, Funny)

jdeluise (804732) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045849)

I notice that this is the same site that was reported yesterday on Digg about the portable N64. Interestingly, the site was not brought down by the Digg people.....so.....score 1 for Slashdot!

Created in years... (-1, Redundant)

NardofDoom (821951) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044919)

Destroyed in seconds by slashdotting.

Re:Created in years... (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045297)

Destroyed in seconds by slashdotting.

Thankfully one of the readers (not me) used Coral Cache, so I was able to view the coralized version instantly. And yes, the images were cached, too!

Anyway, how about re-doing the circuitry like the C64-in-a-joystick [slashdot.org] ? That'd be cool.

OH MY GOD! (1)

Egonis (155154) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044925)

I want it, I want it, I want it!!!

I just wish I could see the fscking website...

Re:OH MY GOD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045199)

Nobody old enough to have actually hacked on 8-bit machines has the energy to talk like that, you fake!

Best line (5, Funny)

bobdinkel (530885) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044926)

From the linked-to page:
Thankfully it hasn't been on Slashdot yet, I'd know as that usually tears my bandwidth a new one.

Poor bastard

Re:Best line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045788)

my favorite line was "Poor Ben's site is die, die dying. We're gonna move him over to a dedicated box in the next 10 minutes."

Atari 800 Web Server (-1, Redundant)

YodaToo (776221) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044930)

Apparently he is also using his creation to host his web site:(

coral cache (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14044931)

click click [nyud.net]

Re:coral cache (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045482)

Can somebody please retarget their firstpostbot to automatically create and post the coral cache? (Yeah, yeah, FAQ A1 : "because we're a bunch of lazy assholes")



I bet Ben Heck's wallet is the one that says 'l337 MU7H3R PHUX0R3R on it.

Just in case (5, Informative)

Krast0r (843081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044940)

In case this gets slashdotted, here are the main features (from the website):

Uses (what's left of ;) ) an Atari XE GS (Game System) the last model Atari 800 type computer from 1987.

8" TFT active matrix display

Compact Flash "hard disk drive" utilizing MyDOS 4.53 for maximum drive size of 16 megabytes. Card is removable for swapping.

Built-in NiMH battery pack and charger (uses external plug like a normal laptop) Also battery is removable from base as with most laptops.

Full (Atari 800) sized keyboard

Built-in Player 1 & 2 controls, plus joystick ports. Built-in joypads great for playing Robotron 2084!
bullet

Brushed aluminum and wood grain everywhere! A weird combo style, sure, but I like it!
bullet

Cursor control knob - Allows you to move the cursor around the screen without pressing control+arrow keys. That's awesome if you're an old-school Atari programmer "from the day"
bullet

Slim (compared to an original SIO port) DB25 printer-style port for connecting to disk drives, printers or PC's using an SIO2PC cable.

I have to see, it's looking pretty sweet.

Re:Just in case (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045756)

Not just pretty sweet, this is a piece of art! Coming from a guy whose first computer was an Atari 400 back in December 1979, all I can say is it's too bad he didn't use the keypad from a 400 rather than the more conventional keyboard of the 800. But that's quibbling...

ugh (0, Troll)

yapplejax (931268) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044942)

Wow - I got to the site before it was /.'ed, but can't read it! Black text on a dark blue background doesn't cut it.

Re:ugh (1)

CoderBob (858156) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045023)

After a few seconds, I got a white background to appear. Perhaps a little patience is in order?

Re:ugh (3, Funny)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045193)

Hmmm... looks fine on my Atari 400. :)

Re:ugh (1)

ds_job (896062) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045382)

Appalled though I am to say this, but it renders fine in IE. It renders fine in Opera too. Same goes for Mozilla. It seems to be bust in Firefox. Why this might be, I'll leave as an exercise for the reader...

Ok.. (3, Interesting)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044946)

But how did he get it to support Dos or the flash drive????

Re:Ok.. (1)

Scoth (879800) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045032)

Even the 8-bit Ataris supported hard drives with later versions of DOS (I always liked SpartaDOS personally). The flash is just an adapter that makes the CF show up as a standard HD to the Atari. Nothing too terribly fancy there. And it only makes sense that an Atari would support its own DOS ;)

These days you can even get ethernet and an IDE adapter for the things (though not cheaply).

Re:Ok.. (4, Informative)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045400)

Even the 8-bit Ataris supported hard drives with later versions of DOS (I always liked SpartaDOS personally). The flash is just an adapter that makes the CF show up as a standard HD to the Atari. Nothing too terribly fancy there. And it only makes sense that an Atari would support its own DOS ;)

These days you can even get ethernet and an IDE adapter for the things (though not cheaply).


"MyDOS 4.53 for maximum drive size of 16 megabytes"

I had an atari back in the day with a 15gig drive using a scsi to mfm controler... so I imagine with the right hardware anything ide could be supported. I recently saw an "ICD multi-io" with scsi and 1meg sold on ebay for $700ish. While the ram wasn't an expantion it could act as a printbuffer or ramdisk and was powered seperatly so it acted like a small hard drive. That's there and abouts of what they cost new in 1990 or so. Atari dos near as I'm aware never supported anything above and beyond 360k or 720k floppies... the largest drive Atari them selves came out with was 360k drive called an XF-551.

I got the atari when the whole atari dos thing went crazy. You had atari dos 2.0 which supported only 90k floppies, but then they came out with some odd ball enhanced density dos which but shipped with atari dos 3 which wasn't compatable the old disks... not even the discs that shipped with the drive. It had a utility that would convert old disks to the new format... but not back again which was a problem as most disks that were shipped employed copy protection... so atari dos3 had a nice feature to render disks totally unreadable. And the only reason anyone knew this is if they had access to a handy dandy user's group... it's not like the places that sold them actually were able to support them.

Eventaully I was able to get the newer dos 2.5 which was compatable with the new enhanced density yet could read the older single dos 2.0 disks... which was the standard of all boxed software. Most annoying was when they released a double sized double density drive and didn't ship it with a version of dos that supported it. Probally the most interesting were the various other DOSes that were on the market including SpartaDOS and MyDOS both of which could support hard drives and just about any disk standard available.

There was lots of really good hardware for the Atari... the problem is that most games didn't support anything above a single drive, and those that did only used flippable disks and didn't allow you to say copy side B to another floppy and run the game flipless.

Re:Ok.. (1)

Scoth (879800) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045752)

Yeah, I got bit by the DOS3 thing a couple times. DOS 2.5 and SpartaDOS 3.2d were pretty much what I stuck with. I was mostly a kid during the heyday of the Atari and my family wasn't in a financial position to get the best of the goodies, so unfortunately I've never experienced the joys of mass storage. I lusted after a Happy Drive too :) We did have an R-verter and an 850 Interface, both of which are apparently somewhat rare today, as well as a couple of US Doubler'd 1050s. I remember when I saw my first hard drive attached to an ST when I was probably 7 or 8 and thought it was the coolest thing. Sadly, by the time my family was in a position to replace the ol' 130XE, the 386 era was already solidly underway and we ended up with a used 286. The Atari stuck around for games and word processing well into the 90's though, and was really only fully replaced around '95 or '96 when I bought my own new computer that the family also used (AMD K5-133 it was), which relegated the 486 they'd replaced the 286 with to backup status.

Ahh, memories...

Ouchy (0, Redundant)

bchapp (905116) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044953)

I could only read one paragraph before my eyes started to bleed from the background vs. text.

Re:Ouchy (1)

spongebue (925835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045169)

Wait for the whole site to load, it's pretty slow. When it's all done, it should be fine. If all else fails, you can usually highlight the text... not ideal, but a lot better

CmdrBurrito (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14044954)

Fucking spend some time at work and find a way to fix these "slashdottings", I mean is it REALLY that hard to use a coral cache?

Site is very slow; here is the text (0, Redundant)

sczimme (603413) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044955)


The site appears to be struggling already: none of the images came across, but here is the text description. You'll just have to use your imagination. :-)

Measuring 11 3/8" x 7 1/2" x 2" my Atari 800 laptop kicks major butt and includes the following features:

Uses (what's left of ;) an Atari XE GS (Game System) the last model Atari 800 type computer from 1987.

8" TFT active matrix display

Compact Flash "hard disk drive" utilizing MyDOS 4.53 for maximum drive size of 16 megabytes. Card is removable for swapping.

Built-in NiMH battery pack and charger (uses external plug like a normal laptop) Also battery is removable from base as with most laptops.

Full (Atari 800) sized keyboard

Built-in Player 1 & 2 controls, plus joystick ports. Built-in joypads great for playing Robotron 2084!

Brushed aluminum and wood grain everywhere! A weird combo style, sure, but I like it!

Cursor control knob - Allows you to move the cursor around the screen without pressing control+arrow keys. That's awesome if you're an old-school Atari programmer "from the day"

Slim (compared to an original SIO port) DB25 printer-style port for connecting to disk drives, printers or PC's using an SIO2PC cable.

Web site is /.ed (2, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044957)

I can't get to the web site, but they never found the Holy Grail either, did they?

The reason why the site is /.ed (1)

Matarick (566397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045426)

Slashdoter: I want to see what you made.

Ben: Ah don' wanna talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food-trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Slashdoter: Well, is there someone else up there we could talk to?

Ben: No! Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

No offense to Ben but I had to do this Python reference.

Re:The reason why the site is /.ed (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045857)

> food-trough wiper

Thank you so much! I never could make out that part :-)

Already /.ed (-1, Redundant)

djrogers (153854) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044963)

Summary from linked page follows ------- 11-16-05 Atari 800 XE Laptop Of all the portable videogame devices I've ever built over the years one system has always been my "Holy Grail" to make - my "dream portable" if you will. (Yes, even more so than my Neo Geo arcade machine) And now after a couple years of tinkering it is complete! Without further ado - the Atari 800 XE Laptop! Woodgrain + brushed aluminum = heaven Click photo for full-resolution version in new window! Measuring 11 3/8" x 7 1/2" x 2" my Atari 800 laptop kicks major butt and includes the following features: bullet Uses (what's left of ;) an Atari XE GS (Game System) the last model Atari 800 type computer from 1987. bullet 8" TFT active matrix display bullet Compact Flash "hard disk drive" utilizing MyDOS 4.53 for maximum drive size of 16 megabytes. Card is removable for swapping. bullet Built-in NiMH battery pack and charger (uses external plug like a normal laptop) Also battery is removable from base as with most laptops. bullet Full (Atari 800) sized keyboard bullet Built-in Player 1 & 2 controls, plus joystick ports. Built-in joypads great for playing Robotron 2084! bullet Brushed aluminum and wood grain everywhere! A weird combo style, sure, but I like it! bullet Cursor control knob - Allows you to move the cursor around the screen without pressing control+arrow keys. That's awesome if you're an old-school Atari programmer "from the day" bullet Slim (compared to an original SIO port) DB25 printer-style port for connecting to disk drives, printers or PC's using an SIO2PC cable.

purty! (1)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044976)

Wow, that thing is beautiful. Can you imagine pulling that out on a plane and plugging a 2600 joystick into it for some gaming goodness? The dual thumbpads are a nice touch too...

Re:purty! (1)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045577)

Can you imagine pulling that out on a plane and plugging a 2600 joystick into it for some gaming goodness?

Yes, I'm sure that will impress the honnies in first class.

Safe (4, Funny)

3CRanch (804861) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044979)

Interesting...

and probably the only OS left that doesn't have exploits / virus' targeting it ;)

Re:Safe (1)

zlogic (892404) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045488)

You need 540 Kb lowmemory (or whatever the first 640Kb were called) in order to run MyDoom.exe; you have 539Kb free. Free more memory and try again.

Re:Safe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045760)

Other than OS X of course.

Can't wait to see the bill...... (2, Funny)

thatshortkid (808634) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044986)

Thankfully it hasn't been on Slashdot yet, I'd know as that usually tears my bandwidth a new one.

Consider it torn... ;)

Coolest project I've seen in ages.

Odd Site (2, Informative)

secondsun (195377) | more than 8 years ago | (#14044992)

According to whois, the website is hosted by iPowerWeb. A quick shot over to their website and it seems to still be up with no hiccups. These guys appear to have both the bandwidth and the horsepower to survive a slashdotting so it would seem that something else is wrong with his site.

Or it could be that they just pulled the plug when they got a slashdot referrer ;).

Re:Odd Site (1)

GeckoX (259575) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045581)

Probably bandwidth throttling on that particular site.

Re:Odd Site (2, Funny)

cliveholloway (132299) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045808)

Goddammit he needs to give us warning ;-)

Bastard - I used to like Wednesdays...

I'll work something out so he'll be ready next time.

cLive ;-)

Here's an idea for PCs (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045006)

I love the double-wide "System Reset" key about where the F3/F4 keys would be.

Lucky guy (2, Interesting)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045010)

This guy is a lucky builder.

The Radio Shack LCD he buys just happens to have NiMH batteries in its base.

The same LCD has a memory socket supplying enough 5V juice to run the 800.

He cuts a chunk out of the mobo to fit a hard drive that he later cans. The aforementioned NiMH batteries fit perfectly in that space.

Anyone think his tinfoil "mouse" will fail in short order?

Great article though. I'd love to make a portable Aquarius (4K) with Utopia. Screw Civ4 Bugs.

Re:Lucky guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045324)

This guy is a lucky builder.

You're a dick. This guy has got some serious skill.

I'd love to make a portable Aquarius (4K) with Utopia

STFU until you do.

Re:Lucky guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045618)

This guy has got some serious skill.

He has money to waste on stuff, thats it. None of his stuff is all that impressive other than he had the money to waste on doing it. His "skills" are nothing any of tons of other geeks couldn't do if they had the cash to waste on the LCDs and other parts/services required to build the stuff.

Where is this guy when I need the leaves raked (1)

aCapitalist (552761) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045011)

Obviously he has plenty of free time. I'll give him the Atari 800, Atari 400, a couple drives, joysticks, manuals, tons of software that I bought off a co-worker for $20 about 5 years ago.

I'll take it for $20 + Shipping. (1)

UncleRage (515550) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045654)

If you're serious, email:

tburrell

@

completepc.biz

OMFG!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045035)

U DIDENT CORALL CASH IT U BASTARD!!! May all your children develop rabies and die horrible deaths!

sweeeet (1)

m0rphin3 (461197) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045039)

That looks very, very nice. I couldn't find any specs as to what kind of battery he's using or how much power it drains.. Anyone want to hazard a guess?

If you can't have a 6-hour gaming marathon on it, I don't want it.

Re:sweeeet (2, Informative)

spongebue (925835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045123)

I'm not sure of the required power/battery size, but I know he's using NiMH's, probably AAs. That's kind of surprising, since he usually uses Sony Camcorder batteries. Probably because his screen came with NiMH rechargables :)

Picture (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045051)

For those like me who can access the site or the morros... enjoy [engadget.com]

I didn't see a supplier list anywhere? (1)

artifex2004 (766107) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045103)

Where's a good place to get wood grain veneers and laser engraved plastic for making stuff like this?
Not to mention the LCD and laptop assembly.

Re:I didn't see a supplier list anywhere? (3, Informative)

Omicron (79581) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045236)

The LCD assembly he scavenged from a small LCD purchased at Radio Shack. This guy goes WAY above and beyond the average tinkerer - he's made several portable NES, SNES, Playstation and Genesis systems that he built from the original systems. He has access to CNC machines and built the lapto case himself, as well as wiring up each individual key on the keyboard. I caught the story yesterday before it was on Slashdot, and got to read the whole thing. Very interesting.

Pictures (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045121)

For those that just want to see the pictures of the finished product:

http://img280.imageshack.us/img280/9113/mainpicbig 3jx.jpg [imageshack.us]
http://img280.imageshack.us/img280/1714/topandrear 2tc.jpg [imageshack.us]

Re:Pictures (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045390)

Nice. Pity about the typo on error 5 though.

But (2, Funny)

joeybagadonuts (849172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045153)

But does it run Linux?

Re:But (0)

Anita Coney (648748) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045360)

Imagine what we could do with a beowulf cluster of these!

Re:But (1)

letxa2000 (215841) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045410)

More importantly, I wonder if it locks up like my 'ol Atari's did (yes, that's plural).

I loved my Atari 400, 800XL, 1200XL, 130XE (and eventually 520ST, though that wasn't part of the 8-bit line). I still have a 1200XL lying around and was thinking of doing something similar to what this guy did: I couldn't imagine trying to make the old 1050 disk drive work (they were barely reliable when they were new, and now you'd have to find 5.25" disks which is probably difficult). So I was going to make an SD card adapter so I could use SD cards instead of floppy disks.

Wasn't planning on making it portable, but that's pretty cool. :)

Re:But (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045694)

I still have a 1200XL lying around and was thinking of doing something similar to what this guy did: I couldn't imagine trying to make the old 1050 disk drive work

While the laptop version is a cute hack I wouldn't bother. I still have an 800XL connected and running with a 1050 (it still works too - they, and 5 1/4" disks are plentiful on ebay and other sources) but you would want something called APE [atarimax.com] for real storage - it uses your PC serial port and emulates all kinds of devices. And the interface is near trivial - you can solder one together from Radio Shack parts. Tons of Atari software will fit on one CD. I just startup APE, turn on the 800XL and have more games at my fingertips (all w/o bothering with floppies) than I know what to do with.

Re:But (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045453)

For once, I don't care if it runs Linux, just so long as it runs Gateway to Aphasi. I had so much fun playing that game back in the day...

Re:But (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045556)

You might be able to get LUNIX [sourceforge.net] running on it.


I doubt you'll get any of these [zophar.net] to run on it, though.

Wow! (1)

spect3r (909619) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045192)

This has got to be one of the coolest thing's I've seen in ages. I want one.

Neo Geo arcade machine (2, Funny)

GoodOmens (904827) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045230)

Further down the page ... his custom build arcade machine ... my favorite:

It has all custom graphics, brushed aluminum side panels and a LED coin counting display that also computes how many cases of beer the money stash will buy.

Awesome.

Really? (1)

tolkienfan (892463) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045249)

Was there really a game named BallBlaster???

Re:Really? (1)

TheLoneGundam (615596) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045561)

Yes.. and it was brought to you by LucasArts. When it came out it was pretty innovative for its dual-view game play, in perspective. It was fast, too... never managed to beat anyone at it though - I, unfortunately, was not that fast.

Re:Really? (3, Interesting)

Urchlay (518024) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045762)

Was there really a game named BallBlaster???

Yes.

Well, actually, Ball Blaster was an early leaked version of Ball Blazer (which was one of the first games Lucas Arts ever released). Ball Blaster was leaked to the Atari BBS scene some months before Ball Blazer was released... it was playable, but lacked the computer player's AI (so it was two-player only). And yes, everyone thought the "Ball Blaster" name was hilarious back then, too...

More than you really wanted to know, isn't it? :)

Letter to Ben Heck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045271)

Your mod ranks right up there with the 'Brazil' and 'Gas pump' cases, and in some ways outranks them.

COngratulations! From the looks of it, it is a thing of beauty, and looks professional. (DOn't listen to the /. nyaah nyaah crowd.)

You should of course, get the matching Jaguar with the polished wood interior/dash. Or just get the wood steering wheel (MOMO?) if the aforementioned auto is slightly out of reach.

Remove alternating colour background! (1)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045292)

Even 10 pt bold arial/verdana font is very unreadable on his site... I feel like my monitor is doing 60hz on his site...

Thank goodness for bookmarklets to make my eyes better. Just what I need after staring at emacs all day it to have my rods and cones gently shaved off the back of my eye with a scalpel.

Thanks 1998 design. *rubs eyes gently*

snif.

Re:Remove alternating colour background! (2, Funny)

erikharrison (633719) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045828)

Actually, that's a bandwidth artifact. There is a white background that takes some time to load, due to the site being Slashdotted

How about a Timex/Sinclair 1000 laptop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045320)

The one I'd like to see would be a laptop adaptation of the Timex-Sinclair 1000 [betuwe.net] computer. If only because it is likely to be the only laptop adaptation of a desktop computer that is LARGER than the desktop machine it is adapting.

Re:How about a Timex/Sinclair 1000 laptop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045542)

Yes, and you could give it a real keyboard too.

how to make an auto coral cache shortcut (2, Informative)

5n3ak3rp1mp (305814) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045342)

Create a link in your favorite browser that points to the following "location":

javascript:location.hostname=location.hostname+".n yud.net:8090"

(remove the silly space that slashdot puts in the "nyud" part)

Then whenever you get to a site that is slashdotted or otherwise not very available, just hit your shortcut (ideally right on your top bar) and there you go!

Re:how to make an auto coral cache shortcut (1)

joecr (922134) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045718)

This might be a bit off subject, but no more so then the post I'm replying to. This has a problem on Both IE 6 & Netscape 7.2, In Internet Explorer it adds a :80 thus making it so the computer has no idea what port to talk on, while Netscape decides the page can't exist as it ignores the port number.

My JavaScript books are at my parents house right now..

Any ideas on how to fix this. Also what browser(s) did you test this on?

There was a plan to make a portable Atari 8-bit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14045513)

There was actually a plan to make a portable Atari 8-bit, which was even mentioned in Atari's literature after they were bought out by Jack Tramell. The plan fell through. Basically, the technology of the time could not make a portable machine with compelling graphics (The 8-bit Atari's niche); we did not get usable color flat screens for another decade after the end of the 8-bit Ataris.

straight to heck (1)

sbrowning (97129) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045529)

ben hecks' site is going straight to heck...

Re:straight to heck (1)

n6kuy (172098) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045685)

And what's with the black text on dark blue background?
I had to highlight the text in order to read it.

What about Atari 800 games? (2, Interesting)

TheLoneGundam (615596) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045620)

Some of the old Atari 800 games ought to be re-released on the GameBoy platform, especially the Micro! Not via emulator, but just recode them. I, for one, would like to see Star Raiders and Star Raiders II for the GBM - it had the essentials: good game play, interesting graphics. And since the chips on the 800 were designed to work in basically a 320 x 240 layout, the graphics ought to be pretty portable without scaling.

Re:What about Atari 800 games? (2)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045797)

Star Raiders was a gestalt of game greatness that has yet to be matched by anything.

Slashdotted (1)

secolactico (519805) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045642)

I tried to access the site and all I got was:

Boot Error
Boot Error
Boot Error
Boot Error
Boot Error
Boot Error

Boy, do I feel nostalgic. But should it be called an Atari 800 system? There was an Atari 400 before an Atari 800. And a 600XL, 800XL, 65XE and 130XE afterwards.

Now, where did I left my "backup copy" of Spelunker...

Go Ben! (1)

legomaniaboy (246786) | more than 8 years ago | (#14045821)

Wow, you've been slashdotted again ben! Congratulations. Fortunately I was able to see this before it was slashdoted. Great work! You're truly given me inspiration, again. Now to complete my SNESp, and then onto my next portable.
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