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  • A. Stuart Williams 9:57 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Atari STu rediscovered! 

    ST Update August 1987

    Most of my early freelance writing for magazines was focused on the Commodore Amiga computer. But before that, I also wrote for one or two Atari ST magazines, and I was also a co-editor of the 16/32 area for Atari ST enthusiasts on Micronet 800, a popular online system based on British Telecom’s Prestel (Viewdata) service, before the internet!

    Oddly enough, at the time I was writing about this kind of thing, there was no Atari ST software available to edit Viewdata systems like Prestel and Micronet 800, so I was forced to do 16/32 editing work (where I went by the nickname of STu) using a Sinclair ZX Spectrum with prototype microdrives and a Prism modem, and, later, a BBC Micro Model B with Weirdbeard software and a Nightingale modem. But that’s another story.

    I had pretty much forgotten what I had written about the Atari ST until very recently, when a bundle of photocopies of miscellaneous past magazine articles came to light in my loft while looking for something totally unrelated.

    Two of those articles were from ST Update, a magazine which seems to have been largely forgotten today, by the internet at least, as I’ve been unable to find any scans of it online, nor could I find any reference to it on Wikipedia. It does, however, appear in the form of four small cover images listed on the website of the Centre for Computing History, which apparently has issues for August, September, October and December 1987 in its collections.

    pdf downloads

    Since there seems to be some interest in ST Update, I have this evening taken the opportunity to scan my two articles to pdf, something which I will be doing with other future article downloads, and they are linked as downloads on a brand-new Atari ST page which is accessible from the main menu of AMIGA and other Micro Meditations. You are cordially invited to check it out!

    I will be scanning and posting the other found articles as soon as I can, and will post about them separately.

    Stuart Williams

     
  • A. Stuart Williams 1:17 pm on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Ch-ch-ch-changes… 

    cropped-meditations-header.jpg

    Just a quick note to say that a bunch of forgotten photocopies of some of my other 1980s-90s articles, on various computing related  topics, not just the Amiga, have recently come to light, and as soon as I have time I’ll be posting them on this blog.

    Accordingly, while I don’t currently propose to change the domain name from amigameditations.com, I have decided to amend the title of the site to reflect the wider remit. This has other advantages, as I can add my current work on other ‘retro’ topics to the site as well.

    The title of this blog is, from now on, ‘AMIGA and other Micro Meditations’. Note the new header!

    Stuart Williams

     

     
  • A. Stuart Williams 10:07 pm on February 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Three ‘lost’ Amiga articles found and uploaded! 

    Mordor bus joke

    You know how you wait ages in the rain for a bus, then three turn up at once? Including the rain, this past couple of weeks have been just like that – hardly anything of my past Amiga writing has turned up for a year, then all of a sudden, with the invaluable help of the Retro Computer Museum in Leicester, England, THREE of my ‘lost’ Amiga User International articles have been uncovered, in their magazine archives. Amazing!

    Two of my monthly Free, Gratis PD software features, for May and October 1988 (see menu above), have this evening joined my long-missing radio fax article, Pictures From Thin Air, which you’ll now find under the Ham Radio menu above.

    These features were rediscovered with the kind assistance of Andy C. Spencer of the Retro Computer Museum, and that of museum volunteer David who did the scanning, for which many thanks. If you have a chance to go there, I highly recommend it – they have an amazing collection and a great gang of volunteer staff!

    Stuart Williams

     

     
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