Silly Venture 2k17 Pictures

SillyVenture 2k17 was a blast. 3 days of fun and excitement with friends from all over the world. The only party where they stop the competition to get all the audience on stage for a free beer - 4 times. Great location, excellent video and sound system, inexpensive food and drinks, VCS concert, video message from Nolan Bushnell, ... and a delicious birthday cake for 250 people.

Bajtek 130/2016 - Klan Atari

Sillyventure 2017 is getting closer and browsing through my older mail I found that TDC had sent me the following pictures from an article in the Polish "Bajtek" magazine. I don't understand a word of the party report, the pictures speak for themselves - it's been a great party. So let's make Sillyventure great again ;-)

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Fujiama 2017

After 3 years I finally managed to attend the Fujiama party again. This time even with Tigerduck and for 3 days from 10-13th August 2017. Sascha created nice 2D (see below) and 3D (see here) impressions of the party place. We had lots of fun with Atari 850 repairs, Tempest Elite VBXE bug fixing, learning Mad Pascal, testing and fixing DIS6502 on/for Windows 95 (YES!), UAV hardware modding, MAC/65 tools hacking, multi-joy gaming, and crazy Arduino stuff. And we had a new visitor record - thanks Helmut for making all this possible once again! 

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No, I did not forget the "S"

The book is really called "Asembler 6502" because it is a Polish book. It is a complete remake of the same book from 1987, with two additional chapters about WUDSN IDE and illegal opcodes. The additional chapter about WUDSN IDE was written by Marcin Sochacki from the ABBUC. Thanks Marcin, this is really awesome for me. Especially because in the 90ies being a "Poland Game" was a true sign of quality - and now the Polish coders use my IDE. What more can you achieve in life!

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ABBUC in a Box - 30 Years Atari Bit Byter User Club

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.

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