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Time for an ? I'm Jamie, and I write books about old computers and video games and what it was like to experience them when they were new. My latest, which came out a month ago, is Starflight: How the PC and DOS Exploded Computer Gaming 1987-1994. Here are all five so far: amazon.com/Jamie-Lendino/e/B06

Today's #vintagecomputer picture is my Atari 800XL, fresh out of the shipping box when I acquired it around 2015. I bought this from a collector/ restorer/dealer and it was in great shape. Included an original power supply but aftermarket video lead. I've since replaced the psu with a modern wall-wart, added an Ultimate Atari Video mod, an Ultimate 1MB, and stereo POKEY (back when you could buy spare POKEYs for $15)

I was just watching the bidding close on a Vectrex--I'm not buying one this time, as I've owned one in the past--and watched it jump from $440 to $760 in the last few seconds. Holy moly. 11 games with overlays, good condition, a "reduce buzz" kit not yet installed, and no boxes for anything.

About the Southern Amis Projects:

The Southern Amis Projects, restores run, and preserve Atari BBS history. All BBS's are run active and shared on southernamis.com upon final user testing and completeness of each version for real-hardware, modem, Fujinet, and Emulators.

Southern Amis core bbs is Atascii/Atari Only
Southern Amis: southernamis.ddns.net:23

Further Restoration BBS's
Amis XE amis86.ddns.net:9000 for Atascii and Ascii users
Nitelite. nitelite.ddns.net:9000 for Atascii

Happy Sunday! I'm in the process of rebuilding and reorganizing all my retro stuff--trying to sort out some basement issues before I set up anything valuable down there--but this is from last year. Atari 800 w/FujiNet, Atari 1040STE with UltraSatan and 4MB memory.

Follow Fridays!

Here are some kind and awesome and accounts to follow:

@48kRAM
@ultramagnus_tcv
@duhproject
@robdaemon
@mos_8502
@thomasfuchs
@benjedwards
@Amiga1200Gamer
@amigalove
@retroist
@chronrevisited
@A8bit
@Recta_Pete

My colleagues:
@maxeddy @tonyjhoffman

I've already started following some cool new (to me) people, too, so I'll do another one of these soon.

Good morning-ish everyone! Hope you're all enjoying Mastodon. For your viewing pleasure, I present to you, a photo of my Epson HX-20. Considered to be the first laptop computer, it used a pair of Hitachi 6301 CPUs running at about 600kHz. Yes, that's a built-in printer and micro-cassette tape drive.

Have a great day, everyone!

I'm pleased to note that even dolphin.town, my Mastodon server where the only letter you are allowed to post is "e", has seen increased activity in the last few days.

Thanks Eeeeelon!

I've been posting less to Twitter in recent years and had taken to mostly responding to conversations with others. I want to do the same here, but I'm still building follow lists and finding conversations. Now it feels weird to just say stuff. Uh, here's an Intellivision.

Time for an ? I'm Jamie, and I write books about old computers and video games and what it was like to experience them when they were new. My latest, which came out a month ago, is Starflight: How the PC and DOS Exploded Computer Gaming 1987-1994. Here are all five so far: amazon.com/Jamie-Lendino/e/B06

Having a hard time remembering that they're called boosts and not retoots

I've been on Mastodon for less than a month, but today I'm finding just being here can be hilarious. No reason.

Welp. Mastodon seems great so far. Maybe I'll end up here.

I just discovered I have two profile pages on Mastodon: one with "web" in the URL and one without. I have no idea why. Tune in next time for more things I could just learn by reading the instructions.

45 Years Ago, Apple Kickstarted the Personal Computer Industry (new from me on @PCMag, about something old but wonderful) pcmag.com/news/45-years-ago-ap

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