I don't think I have shared this before, sorry if I have, I couldn't find the issue with my article for a bit, and just located it. There was another article about DOS 3 in it I did share here a while back for sure that I wanted to post it on AA but I had to find the magazine it was in first. I only knew it was Atari Interface Magazine (AIM), but not the issue. After looking through the contents of all I have on hand, I went hunting for the missing issue, as it had to be in it. So I also read my old article for kicks and decided to share. It was about my personal feelings of the Atari 8-bit in it's twilight days, and how I discovered a new world of software from Europe and Shareware to keep me interested in an "obsolete" computer. From the volume 4, fall 1992 issue of AIM, shortly before it's demise too!
Thanks @mclaneinc , but maybe I wasn't clear enough?...Or maybe I was and you are just giving me a belated congrats! Just to make sure, I've been published a handful of times at this point, in 3 different magazines, including a very limited edition Jungle Guide for the Atari Jaguar: www.songbird-productions.com/jungle.shtml I've had at least half a dozen articles in Excel magazine too. Not to mention articles in non-commercial publications like a user-group newsletter, and stuff with college publications. This was myfirst commercial publication from 26 years ago, I appreciate the congratulations, but it's sort of like congratulating Tom Brady for his first Super Bowl ring, now that he has like half a dozen of them. It wasn't meant as an announcement, just sharing a trip down memory lane and an article that probably no one here has ever seen. I just wasn't expecting or looking for a congratulations...
As to the 130XE, I had it until about 2002, then sold it off after buying my first 1200XL and upgrading it to 256K. But yes, I still do use my Atari for all the same things! Even though I said I'd use it for another 7 years then, for a total of 14 years, I underestimated nostalgia and an ever growing love for Atari 8-bits, even more so with my 1200XL, so now it's been 33 years and counting with an Atari 8-bit in my life, day to day, except for a few months or years here and there...I bought my 130XE 33 years ago this August, a couple weeks after my birthday. About 17-18 years with a 130XE and now about 16-17 years with a 1200XL. 17 years old to 50...so far...
enjoyable passion filled article, looked up the collage where you attended and it would seem Harrison Ford went there too amongst other famous folk.
Yep, Harrison was there just about two decades before me. and I have some good urban-legend Ford stories I heard back then, some of which turned out to be true if you read Harrison Ford's biography. There's a chapter entitled "Ripon College: My Temple of Doom" or something like that I've heard. I've been meaning to read it.
A fantastic read Baker really enjoying your style of writing, any word on the stuff for my book yet? Would love to assemble it into a visual preview for you. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for your kind words, I am glad you enjoyed it. As to the work for your book, nothing yet, I'm still at work on prior obligations as I mentioned in post #2 of your visual history thread. I won't be giving it much thought until after I'm done with what I'm working on now, maybe a couple of weeks or so from now. I noticed your new post in your thread about August and September deadlines, and I'll try, but I can't guarantee I can make it, I have a very busy life and this is all free-time hobby stuff for me, which shares a little free time with other things I like to do in my free time. That's just how I work, pro bono. I've got a shite load of unfinished hobby projects both personal and for others, and when it comes to hobby projects I'm a bit A.D.D (attention deficit disorder) like and jump around from one to the other and back again.
Alamo Area Atari Users Association, an overly long and complicated name for a user group. I was a subscribing member which means I got the newsletter and entitled to any offers within it, if there were...it was a monthly newsletter about as long as Pr0(c) Atari's normal issue size, though it was full size pages. I did a monthly column in it for a while about graphics and art on the Atari 8-bit, which got me noticed by AIM magazine and they asked me to write for them, what ever, as long as it was Atari 8-bit related (they had a shortage of writers for the 8-bit), but all I ever saw published was this first article, and I don't know what happened, I thought they folded and this was the last issue, but I've recently found out that they were around for at least 6 months longer, so there may be other articles of mine out there in AIM that I've never seen, the originals writings are long gone.
If you happen not to know what the Alamo is (I don't know how famous it is outside the U.S. and our history) , but it's a famous fort with a famous history. But the user group was based in San Antonio Texas, where ironically, I eventually moved, though it was a decade later and I'm pretty sure the group had long dissolved by then, I lost contact when my subscription ran out the end of the year after I wrote this article. I didn't bother to renew because I was in college, and studying, partying and chasing women where my free time activities and during those years my Atari pretty much only got used for word processing. I continued that basic life style for the next 8 years and the my Atari was packed away for the last 5 of those 8, until I got back into the hobby about 2000. You can see my Atari Age membership dates back to 2001, when I discovered the forum. I did keep an online presence at old defunct Atari Jaguar websites as I was into it while my 8-bit collected dust.