|My Atari ST retro blog
with focus on community
and why humankind is in deep moral crisis in this Century
This is inspired by actual events.
And I will add some technical details if find that it will help in
better understanding issue, problem.
phrase came to me yesterday, while I dealt with making order in my 1K3
compilation. So, how can forget what did not happen yet ? Simple - we
forgot not actual events which may happen in future, we forgot about
future generally - to make/keep this planet, our society as decent
place, with good conditions for life, for all humans (our
offsprings) and other life forms.
And this is not new thing. I think
that we can say that started about 150-170 years ago, with mass usage
of engines using coal, fossil oil ...
Before it, basically so called
renewable energy forms were used - wind, stream ... Or just
horses, elephants ... Something like ruining this planet was not
in minds - was no "power" for it.
Well, as we know it is not only
about energy - there is lot of trash, poison produced in industry,
traffic. Lot of books, movies dealt with this problems, I guess
somewhere at 1950-60 (example: Soylent Green - and it happens in 2022 !
You have been warned !) .
What is the real problem, cause of this
'cutting of branch ..' ? I think that finding answer is not hard
. Same what caused this current Worldwide crisis, what caused crisis
about 100 years ago, wars, misery of millions, segregation, etc. Human
selfishness, greed, egoism, short sighted, narrow minded way of
And it goes more and more complicated -
now we have serious falsehood, hipocracy practically everywhere -
especially in politics, medicament and chemical industry, food industry
... Then, enormous amount of money goes to supposedly
environment saving firms, government programs and like. While truth is
that nobody really knows accurate benefit of some 'in' technology, and
of course, all it is very hard to follow, control ...
this moment it just goes worse, politicians talk about this decade will
be decade of pandemies - excuse me, what, how, why ? Some gipsy women
told you that ? Having time machine ? Wasn't said that vaccine will
finish this covid epidemy ? Obviously this is good for some, if
not generated by some .
Yeah, it is so dark. depressing, pessimistic now. No wonder that ordinary people avoid thinking about future.
need changes. This so called democracy, free market capitalism failed.
Ah, now some will call me 'communist'. Well, that failed too, even if
actually never existed (only party on power was called so) . There is
more than left and right wing. Than conservative and liberal. We
need new way, otherwise it will be very very bad. We need to stop this
going downward. Will be not easy, will take time and sacrifices. Those
who took huge benefits, power, money from Earth, from other people will
not give it back. No, they will rather destroy whole Planet, just to
not do the right thing. That's the sad fact. Because it is exactly
what doing in this very moment too.
Bad things drag over decade
with recent thread at atariage forum . Titled 'making .st files
?' - as usual, bad formulation - OP meant reading content of floppy
disk into .ST format floppy image file - what SW is good for that ? Was
not even said on what computer he plans to do that 'imaging' .
there came quick reply from fanboy, recommending fresh SW for Atari ST,
by crew which all creations are 'best', 'fastest' ... I actually
made quick check of that SW speed couple weeks earlier, and saw that is
slower than my 30 years old PRG . But did not wrote about it
anywhere, until that fanboy post.
And it reminded me about something really lowest what can read on any of Atari ST related WEB sites.
So, on site, which link I will not give here (who wants to check let use google) stays this:
"Note: There is a program called FloImg that claims to be working perfectly and can read/write disks on the PC. D-Bug
strongly discourages the use of this program, as it is known to wipe
out whole Windows partitions without any sort of recovery!!!"
In today society what matters is to say something bombastic, add exclamation marks, and like
It is not just that it is complete lie, but it is absurd,
impossible. Program has no low level hard disk access, only floppy
access is in low level because that's the only way to image complete
And all I can add now, some 14 years after that my program
is published, that I never received any e-mail what talked about data
loss. Actually at least 95% of e-mails was with 'thank you', 'it helped
me a lot' and similar . There were some mails asking for help, to
resolve some problem, and usually we solved it after couple mails.
'reports' about data damage were in forums, and from D-bug fanboys.
Clear case of lowest propaganda. I told them already then
that data loss could happen only if there was some HW problem with PC,
hard disk. Or more likely - virus.
Sad thing is that those
who maintain Atari ST forums reacted nothing about those blatant lies
in forums. No, they reacted on my posts, where I explained how it is
absurd. Not to mention some self proclaimed scene 'legend' - ijor -
what you achieved ? Nothing, shit on their site will smell on forever -
at least for those with nose - huahaha - accidental rhym :-)
fanboy asked for speed test - he self could not perform it - was it
because is so dumb that could not use my SW (hey, there are
instructions too) or because self is not allowed to write something
what proves that it is not D-bug SW what is ....
So, here is speed comparison:
800 KB floppy, so 80 tracks, 2 sides, 10 sectors per track.
TRACC4_2 : 34.5 seconds
TDE_105 : 65 seconds. Then did test without music (to be same with my silent PRG) - same time.
say that even myself was surprised with so big difference. And I wrote
that program first version in 1990. When ST, MSA formats did not even
So used own format, what is similar to later MSA - header, packing option.
Later versions differ only in supported image formats, code for disk read/write is same, so speed is same.
My floppy utility SW page: http://atari.8bitchip.info/floimgd.php
that would be all from me about this case with D-bug, fanboy(s) . There
were other issues, lies with them - mostly hard disk game adaptations
(pardon patches) related. Maybe will write about it one day here ...
Hard disk adapted game compilatons
made some during time, and they were for free DL at fileshare hosts.
Mostly MediaFire . Was lot of downloads, especially of
compilation made special for TOS 1.00, 1.02 owners (what works on later
TOS versions too). Not so many thanx, sorry to say it.
I removed them recently. And, of course got messages, mails about where
can DL it now. Here is the answer: patience people. I spent
lot of time on making 1 GB compilation with some 1340 games - and
that's possible only with iTOS and it's more economic disk space usage.
But plan to use same game files in compilation for Ataris with
regular TOS versions - that will be 1.5 GB image - what should be no
problem now - except for thos with original Atari ACSI-SCSI adapters
(like what is in Mega STE, Stacy) . There is still lot of work to do,
by me only possible - updating some older adaptations with new system.
Already did some famous games like Gunship, F-16 Combat Pilot.
So much for now Atari ST, followers (in both meanings) PP, started at June 11 2021.