I'm still alive and I've noticed that some other people are starting to return and regain interest. It seems that interest in these old computers is cyclical. My Firebee is broken and I hope to repair it but so far I've not found a good way to do so. The components are very small and the one in particular is tough to get off the board, even with a hot air rework tool. The problem it has is a known issue from the first generation machines. To be honest it's such a complicated tiny machine I'm surprised I didn't have more problems.
In the eternal words of Bender from Futurama - I'm Back Baby! This site has been sitting neglected for a long time and for good reason. Nothing much has been happening. Let's see if I can recount the history. First my Falcon broke, then my TT's both. Then we became expecting our first child. Then we had our first child. Then I had to put everything in attic storage because we were selling our house. Then we moved into an RV and started a full time remote business.
A few days ago the postman brought me a late christmas present. When I saw the german writing on the package I knew what it had to be....
Well it seems appropriate that I should comment on our collective ages as my first comeback. It's been 25 years since our first beloved Atari 16/32 computers have been released in the form of the 520 ST, one of which sits on my desk and works fine after the occasional 6 inch drop. It's hard to believe that this computer came out when I was just 4 years old but that's reality. With sad deaths in our community, it's pretty hard to deny that we're all aging and unfortunately so are our machines. After painting our house I moved my office from one room to another.
Hello all, just a note to let you know the site is back up and I intend to really bring it back from the dead. In the coming weeks I will receive my firebee. I will fully document all of my experiences with it as a developer and working on freemint for it. There will be photos, videos and other fun stuff over the winter! Keep your eye out!
CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST! Here just for history.
For those programmers who are not so good with hardware, I am posting to offer the possibility of creation of coldfire development machines. They will consist of an M5485EVB which is one of the fastest coldfires available. This EVB comes with the following features:
16MB Boot flash
64MB SDRAM (NOT UPGRADEABLE)
2 PCI slots (1 usable easily)
Real time clock
2 10/100Mbit Ethernet ports
USB High speed Host + 4 USB ports
1 USB client port
2 ISA ports (for possible future use)
Onboard CHIPS video controller
Well much time has passed since the original rumblings of a Coldfire based Atari clone has been discussed. I'm pleased to announce that after such a long absence of progress things are moving at breakneck pace! Hardly like the Atari community I know ;) but who can complain right? :-P I have officially joined the Atari Coldfire project at http://acp.atari.org. This project has been revived using some original members and many new members to create a coldfire clone.
Click through to read my synopsis of the current coldfire activity in the Atari world.
Firebee!: An entire community of people is working with no compensation whatsoever to bring you this board hopefully within just a month or two left of development. Probably it will be longer but we can all be hopeful right? Amazing contributors include (but are by no means limited to!)
Some of you may or may not have seen my usenet post, but now available in the development packages section of this site is an RPM for ccache. ccache is a gcc preprocessor cache. It's usage can speed up build times immensely. For people who are building their development software or making incremental changes to rpm builds, any software that was previously compiled will compile lightyears faster. On my falcon freemint takes 1 hour+ to build in total, after running a build with ccache enabled, if you make distclean and make a marginal change and rebuild the whole thing, the result is it finishing in only a few minutes.
Hello all, some more Coldfire news. The coldfire boards are in and the donations have been set in stone. The lucky recipients are Didier Mequignon of Aniplayer fame. He will be patching TOS to run on the Coldfire and will be working on Video and keyboard/mouse. This is of course of utmost importance! Alan Hourihane will be receiving one and will be working on linux video stuff which can hopefully be reworked for TOS. Olivier Landemarre will be working on MyAES, TOS and whatever else comes along. Finally we have Nicholas Steele whose generous credentials and time should yield some good Atari stuff.