Published: Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00
In December 2015, the A.B.B.U.C. celebrated its 30th anniversary. A small team of club members invested countless hours into making all content, disks and magazine issues, and special magazines of these 30 years available in a convenient and easy-to-consume form on DVD. It was released one year ago in June 2016 and given as an annual special to all 450 members of the club.
I spent weeks debugging other people's code from 198x to make it work on modern configurations. You wouldn't believe how much of the programs actually only work because of pure luck. Well, people were new to the platform, and documentation was basically not available. So you POKEd around until you found a way that worked and released the program to the public. At one point, after months of work, the content management system of the main editor broke and took all the work to hell. After going through the valley of despair, we rebuilt it all from scratch in a way so I could also automatically generate an HTML menu that works on all host platforms. Ultimately the work resulted even in improvements to Altirra's OS emulation and a German Quick Start Guide for Altirra.
If you are interested in the Atari 8-bit computer and the DVD and are not yet a member of the A.B.B.U.C., you really should change that. The annual membership fee is still 50 Deutsche Mark as it was in 1985 when it all began. That's 36 EUR in today's currency. You get a double-sided 5¼-inch floppy disk with news and programs plus a full-color printed paper mag quarterly. In addition, there are special mags and annual specials and events. The disk and the paper mag are in German because that is the native language of most members (apart from ATARI BASIC of course). Yet the A.B.B.U.C. forums are open for English threads and posts, too.