Commentary 3

Apart from a pretty much totally pointless “update” which repeats the links in the blog’s sidebar into a post, the author hasn’t said anything of late so your correspondent has been “resting” as well. But today an idle Googling found a couple of comment spams that had previously been missed. So first up is a response to a post at My Own Fortune:

During a period of nearly 6 weeks suffering from my broadband/phone/cable TV cables having been severed by vandals, I was using a collection of emulators on DVD and I decided I liked the Atari 8 bit range of computers the most.

Your correspondent would like to point out that at no point has he visited the author’s house to cut the broadband cable. Honest.

The author’s opinion of the various 8-bits has, apparently, been formed without the need to actually use the physical machines he was trying out; this is, of course, completely ridiculous because working with a real Atari 8-bit isn’t the same as merely using an emulator; everything loads instantly, virtual floppies don’t develop errors and so on.

He goes on to refer to playing games whilst his ties to the outside world were severed, stating that:

Some of the games (e.g. Unicum) look more advanced, like Amiga computer games, showing that the Atari 8 bit range is truly the ancestor of the Amiga!

For those who haven’t played it, Unicum is a clone of Arkanoid and, whilst it does sport some reasonable graphics, claiming that they resemble an Amiga is pushing the envelope somewhat. There are better looking clones of Taito’s game out there on the Atari 8-bit.

The way you’d start to program it is using the built in Atari BASIC, then later on supplementing this using display lists and 6502 Machine Language.

The author has, at least to your correspondent’s knowledge, yet to demonstrate any programming ability on the Atari 8-bit or indeed any other 8-bit for that matter, so is attempting to “educate” others from a position of ignorance. And, as the original post explains, there are indeed several ways to get into programming.

The other spam was at Connected Digital World in response to an article mentioning the C64’s 30th anniversary which was, essentially, just quoting part of the Wikipedia entry and a note about the article’s  writer being a Spectrum owner back in the day. The author responds with his usual rhetoric, wading into the birthday party like a drunk distant relation at a wedding who only plans on heckling the speeches before urinating behind the DJ’s equipment and vomiting on the bride.

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