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Atari ST? (Re: My first computer was... )

by bart (Canon)
on Jul 03, 2003 at 22:28 UTC ( #271312=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to My first computer was...

So where's the Atari ST on that list?

The Atari 400/800 was a small 8 bit computer, the ST dates from later and was a 16bit computer based on the 68k processor — somewhat comparable to the Commodore Amiga.

So... why is it not on this list?

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Re: Atari ST? (Re: My first computer was... )
by belg4mit (Prior) on Jul 03, 2003 at 22:44 UTC
    There have been *a lot* of platforms over the yeas.... The field has shrunk considerably in recent times though. I consulted numerous timlines/online musuems to develop the list and sometimes collapsed many "indistinguishable" platforms into one (eg 686). So umm, basically I tried to pick the major players/ milestones/cool names.

    I'm not belgian but I play one on TV.

      I think there were far more of them around at the time, than there ever have been of the Apple Lisa.
Re: Atari ST? (Re: My first computer was... )
by YuckFoo (Abbot) on Jul 12, 2003 at 17:03 UTC
    Atari 1040ST rocks! A whole freakin' meg of memory for a sweet price. Graphics were great. The built in MIDI port was cool. I was damn near as productive with the GFA Compiled Basic as I am with Perl. Well, maybe productive is the wrong word, but it had the fun factor. Now if I can just find my boot disk...


      GFA Basic was certainly excellent, both compiler and interpreter, junked a lot of the bad things about basic, added in a handful of C-like and assembly options, even a reasonable IDE.

      I'm guessing the ST isn't on the list though because it was never very big in the US; the amiga was more popular, whereas in europe the ST was the hobbyists choice. It wasn't my first computer, but I've still got a 520STfm and a Mega STE.

      the hatter

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