Phew. I finally got some time and polished off a couple things that were on the burner (sorry about the delay, it took about a month for the old Atari ST stuff to even come close to being readable. I hate pressure to write).

Posts should be smaller and more bite-sized for a while.  Again: Phew.

Author: landon

My mom thinks I'm in high tech.

6 thoughts on “Phew”

  1. Hi there,

    Not to add more pressure to write 🙂 but I’d love it if you could contribute to the Newton section on Folklore. I’ve been trying to recruit original developers on the Newton project.


  2. your website is the most entertaining thing I’ve came across in many years of browsing. I’m from Romania, architect, 49 years old. Before 1989 I was an amateur programmer, started with basic, then pascal, then C. I was pretty good at programming those days but, as capitalism took over in Romania, I had to do something else for living. In those days my Atari ST, bought in 1986 in Germany and smuggled into Romania, was the fastest computing machine in town for 3 years. In order to get some speed I had to learn about using registry variables, about replacing tables with indirected by pointer arrays and, because of the numerous power failures in that time, to make snapshots every 5 minutes of a program calculating reinforcing for columns under eccentric loads. This program run for three months non-stop when electric power was available and an engineer is still using it’s results today. Lattice C was my passion those days. Thank you.

  3. @Titus:

    In the ST days, there were one or two people from Poland hanging around Atari Corp. — they were allowed to import the 8-bit computers, but the Polish government would not permit them to import the ST, or any printers. (I think the Poles were doing printer drivers for us).

    I am quite familiar with “saving every 5 minutes,” since the circuits in the engineering area of Atari were (ahem) over-subscribed, and merely turning on (say) a coffee pot would occasionally trip a breaker.

    “Oh no, Landon’s making coffee again, everybody save!”

    True story.

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