Hi guys, time for a little write-up:
There were 14 attendees and most of them brought there Atom stuff with them.
Multiwizard (Wim) had a lot of hardware with him including the ABM Atom. He had a great talk with Theo because he wants his system to be comparable with Theo's system. The system consits of an Atom, Eprom programmer, CP/M-, RAM-, ROM-, 2nd VIA-, digitizer- and 80 column VDU board. Theo helped Wim to get his system setup right but it seems the system needs some hardware modifications to get running fine.
Roland also had some trendy Atoms with him in the colours white, green and blue. He and Jan Rinze did some testing to get an Atom running at warpspeed (14 MHz) which failed. IIRC they had it running at 8 MHz and came up with some ideas about how to improve the speed. He also demonstrated his serial/WiFi module connecting to the wireless network.
Leendert had his Atom2015 with him but he and Bram were most of the time talking to the other guys about ongoing projects and old times.
Eric had his Atom with him and wants to continue with FPGA programming which had been stopped for a while due to other things. He has some great projects planned but needs time to execute them but this sounds very general to all members I think ...
Jan Rinze demonstrated his 16-bits Atom and showed a lot of interesting software like a new emulator running in Linux, his from scratch written graphical demo of Elite and a new Basic editor program. He is also upgrading his Atom to run at 14 MHz.
Sjaak and Hennie and PeterH enjoyed talking to the guys about old and new developments on the Atom front. I think PeterH got infected with the Atom virus because he enjoyed the meeting very much and said that he wants to get his Atom up and running again after 20 years. Sorry Peter you got infected but the only cure is to restore an Atom and getting it running ..
Paul (DutchAcorn) brought his Atom and BBC Master (Super Atom
) with him and demonstrated how the Matchbox co-pro worked with the Master. Paul and Peter also had some discussion about the BBC and Master. Guido also had a look at Paul's Atom with a Mk 5.1 Colourboard displaying an occassionally hickup. It is strange because when playing Cowboy, if there are no chariots on the screen everything is ok and as soon as a chariot is displayed, the screen starts bouncing?????
I wanted to get my DOS/MMC/Serial copy program running but for now it's only running in Atomulator and failed on a real Atom ..... this needs some further debugging or we have to modify the Atom to behave exactly the same as Atomulator ....
I also noticed that the Tube hangs when a Diskpack is connected to the Atom????
Yes Phill, it's just a question of choosing the right venue for a meeting because it takes a lot of valueable time to get a beer somewhere else which rather can be spent talking about computers ........