|My Atari ST retro blog
with focus on community
and why humankind is in deep moral crisis in this Century
waited for bus at station noticed several dropped on earth/asphalt
empty cans of mostly energy drinks around. Yep, that nasty animal
dominated there too. That made me thinking - what about manufacturing
kind of drink what will not stimulate people's 'energy', but stimulate
them to act decently, to care about environment, other people, order
and cleannes of streets, parks ...
Similar is with movies -
lot of 'superpower' movies made every year, and auidence is mostly
younger people. That's just sad. What we really need, what this planet,
life on it needs is responsibility, taking care about others, being
honest, being not shallow - things are not simple on this level, so
making really good conclusions, judgements may need longer time. Or in
other words: they should start from first year in school to teach kids
to be not shallow.
Very bad habit of most is that tend to
'outsmart' other(s) all time, in all situations - I always hated phrase
'winning over you (in discussion)'. Actually another shallowness.
Talking should be not competition, but way of exchanging opinions, to
learn something new, and like. What is really useful and necessary is
improving self - becoming winner over own flaws, lazyness, vanity ...
And I see looooot of people not doing it at all.
wonder that we are here now - in some kind of decline - morally,
intellectually and materially too. Not smart people is easy target for
bad politicians, profit seekers, diverse frauds. Welcome to year 2023,
planet Earth. Healthcare system in my country is fiasco. Absolutely
inefficient, with money in first plane, not people, their health, their
suffering. Many doctors forging documentation, and cheat about what all
did with patient. I have case that exam took 1 minute, and they charged
fond for 50 minutes . Not salary, prison for such ones.
This is copy
of my e-mail, what I wanted to send to Klapauzius , but of course his
old e-mail address is not working anymore. I know he is away from
'scene' for some 10 years, but I'm sure that he is still on this
planet. So, here is what I wrote:
I know you are away from all it over some 10 years. I'm still there
partially (out from unfair forums) and still do game hard disk
adaptations (sorry to not call them patches) - count is now over 1700,
released several compilations in single file, with autoboot driver for
ACSI port, IDE port . Latest one is 3.5 GB, with over 1800 DIRs - some
games are in multiple versions. + Game start menu, screenshots . There
were some with less games couple years ago, and some were DL-ed about
Well, feedback was poor as always, mostly complains about that and that works not and asking for new game adapts.
But there is few very helpful people who did tests, constructive critic and like.
why I suddenly write to you now ? Well, concrete reason is that I
looked your Sim City release - partially because was confused by lack
of city-es in official release - I made hard disk v. about 2011 - what
was just files for HD DIR - of course, it is AES game - and there were
some city-es - probably just from some cracks - actually there is free
space on org. floppy, and funnily it is not at end of disk. And I
saw that you used TOS in RAM for it . Looked it little in Steem
Debugger - it is 1.04 at $80000 .
Surely not reassembled, but just
relocated (myself too made SW for that) . And it is combined with so
called ULS . And I guess only one AES game done by you. All it is
interesting for me, because in that time I had solved TOS 1.04 GEMDOS
part in RAM, special for hard disk adaptations. That was slow and hard
process - correct disassembling took about 100 hours of work. And that
was good for some 80-90% of games. Even those not using TOS calls, as I
used it for hard disk access in special way. What is still faster than
HAGA - my newer system based on WHDL (Amiga) concept - and more similar
to it than ULS, as I use special DLL like file what handles common
functions, instead hawing all that code in launcher file. RAM swap is
what made it slower than old concept with pretty direct hard disk
access via TOS part in RAM.
And at 2018 I went further -
disassembled AES part of TOS - and whole 1.62 too - what was not too
hard as it is pretty much same as 1.04 (both from 1989) . It was
because my old plan to correct TOS (AHDI) so called FAT16 hard disk
filesystem (it is actually FAT15). Main error is 16-bit sector
addressing - on 32 bit CPU. I guess that DRI compiler was just not good
enough. So, my improved TOS 1.04 and 1.62 can work with pure DOS FAT16
partitions up to 1 GB size (did not see that going on more would be
useful) and up to 30 of them. So, good to fill 32 GB Flash cards
:-) And no need for extra disk buffer space - 2 KB set by TOS
(for floppies) is enough. There are many other things, and if you
are interested can look on my site pages about.
result of it I did new versions of DLL for hard disk gaming - HAG2 - it
is still only GEMDOS, but with floppy image usage instead all game
files joined in single one (packed or not). Packing is really not
needed latest years, storage is cheap.
It has advantages - can do adaptation faster and is more compatible with diverse silly code in games.
of course did v. with full TOS support - called it HAGE (with AES). For
such games. Their count is not so big, but is good to have state saves
and like with them. And it can work with very large floppy image sizes
. Even over 4 MB - just that then need to use FAT16 instead FAT12
. I was able to do 4 AES games in 2 days last weekend - Sim City,
Wall Street Wizard (one German guy asked for them), Cars , and
Explora III . Ingame saves go to virtual A: . As main idea
was to be as much compatible with running from floppy, but avoid disk
And now the less pleasant part: the
'community' - I will talk only about D-Bug, C.J. - their lies about me,
my SW , and forum admins who did nothing when such posts appeared. I
was banned from AA just because said to some that they are shallow -
and they are, proved it with almost every new post. The great
C.J. wrote many bad things about me. Most blatant (and
sensationalistic) was saying that my code in game adaptations is
"byte by byte copy of code in ULS" - what would mean stealing of code,
not crediting it (ULS was declared as freeware (except for me :-) ) -
and who used it - you. Maybe couple games done by others, surely very
few. I looked in it around 2009, and must say that saw not so
efficient and good 68000 code. Plus my ideas then were different - I
made it with TOS in RAM, with support for only 3 hard disk
drivers: mine, Seimet's and AHDI .
here to add
that then a was aware that about 2/3 of Atari ST games using TOS calls
(unlike geniuses at D-Bug, who claimed about opposite ratio). So, I
went with TOS in RAM, modded specially for gaming. It was very helpful,
made process easier and faster. There is even support for exit from
game, state saves in it. Then, using same TOS v. always, regardless
from which is in ROM of Atari helps a lot in case of game not
compatible with some TOS versions. If not compatible with 1.04 can fix
for it, and no need to care about other TOS versions.
Do forum admins, most of members,
visitors care about this details ? Nope. They want all it to be done,
fast, flawless, easy to use (reading manuals is too much to ask) and
even listen to some silly ideas caused by low knowledge and lazyness.
this reminds me on GameBase ST - now new team works on it, and they
took all my adapts without any asking, called them 'cracks' - LOL .
There were some threads at AA, without saying that they use it for new
GameBase ST where mentioned some problems - like RBI Baseball. What is
interesting too is that you are not credited there - all it they took
from D-Bug site, so it is all D-Bug work :-) Shallow idiots.
in all, I don't wonder that you suddenly left it all. You were one of
really fair people in this. But I must say that I don't consider it as
good way - to remain silent when bad things, unfairness, false
accusations are written (and stealing code is crime in fact, false
accusation is crime too) . All it is easy to prove, but must of people
will rather stay out. Sure, why to waste time, risk some ban or
Well, because things will not become better
by self. If you let dictator to rule, thief to steal - they will
continue, and do it more. Worse, more people will start to do it
too. And welcome in year 2023. Could see corruption cases in Eu
parlament - and that's only tip of iceberg. And of course, it is
present everywhere, not only in Eu . They talk about inflation caused
by current war in Ukraine - huh ! Big inflation started in 2020
already. All it is very similar to first great economical world crisis,
what started about 100 years ago. And cause is same. Will not write it,
but everyone intelligent should realize it, especially now.
So much from me. I hope your business with vinyl goes still well. Or there is something more, new ?
I will put this text to my blog page on my Atari site. I did not write here any private, unknown things.
And I want that things start to go better. And that will happen only if good people work together. It was always so.
Best regards, Peter
Turned on TV this morning, and at beginning of news they talked about that today is day of victims of communism.
Surely, that's more important for this period than victims of
current war. Which started 1 year ago, and no signs of some ending, or
at least some peace period where could try to solve things as
civilized, intelligent people.
Well, they (experts, talking
in media) even made some competition - about what historical event,
period resulted in biggest number of killed people. And yes, the winner
is communism, and number is about 100 millions. Here I need to
say that what I know about numbers is about 20-30 millions, mostly in
Stalin era in Soviet Union. There were some millions in Asia. 100
millions seems really forced. But not surprise, this is what they do -
big words, numbers, sensationalism, and like. What is the reality ?
There was no communism in any country. There was communist party
on power. And they claimed that they build socialism, and when that is
achieved will start with building communism. What is communism ?
In elementary school they teached us like: people will work
as much they want, and shop as much they want . Well, even for someone
13 years old that sounded unrealistic, stoopid. OK, there was added
that manufactuing will be so advanced then, that will be minimal need
for human work. Now, seeing how it looks decades later about that -
another silly utopia. And in meantime those countries went in
capitalism, except few, smaller ones, far from Europa. What were the
main reasons for fall of 'communism' ? Surely there is not so efficient
industry, development of new technologies and like. I would add
corruption, fact that those on power were able to gain not so small
money with diverse illegal activities. And people were aware about
that. Also, diverse bad measures of government, lack of real
competition on market. And here we are at something very interesting
and probably most important for this years: what is happening
right now, in this big inflation, extreme energy price increases and
like ? Right the same thing: no real competition on market. Or in
other words: capitalism's idea (ideal) of free competition on market
works not. In my city there are several signs, examples how big
companies taking over market, shops, sources of diverse ware and could
continue ... Just mentioned my city because all it happens in
front of my eyes. While controlled media just ignores such things.
here we are at the worst part: all this happened 100 years ago -
in first big World economic crisis. Smart man learns from other's
mistakes, stupid from own mistakes. And then how to call who does not
learn from own mistakes ? Easy answer: humankind.
Yes, this is just what happens. Politicians and their
'experts' talk about inflation caused by recent war. I'm sorry, big
inflation started before war in Ukraine .
And who/what causes wars
? They are not natural catastrophe, people made them. Of course, all it
is because evil nation ... At least one thing was better in
'communistic' era: they did not fight against each other.
Including Yugoslavia. Anyone calculated roughly number of
victims of first World economic crisis ? Thinking seriously what caused
it ? And here can add that it had big influence in Hitler's fast
reaching of power in Germany. And now we have same: mad politicians on
power in powerful countries. Incredible profits of those involved in
energy carriers mining and related. What politicians do ? Surely not
what is good for ordinary people. Which most part is just
confused, and really don't see that there will be no easy solution to
overcome this madness. Surely not voting to some other politician,
party. Talking about big differences between left and right (wing) -
there are no so big ones. Especially not in really critical things -
like current war. And it will be no better until start to understand
what is real, main problem here. In short: there is no balance. When
one side can do whatever wants, no consequenes for braking law - then
they will do worse and worse. Or in other words: if you don't stop
thief, he will continue with it. If you stop him, but don't punish -
same, will continue. And worse - seeing that more people will start
with stealing. Welcome in year 2023, planet Earth !
experienced really absurd things, especially in last year. In shops
they do all possible tricks to fool buyers. Shops are full with low
quality, low duration and like ware. Not only inflation, but quality
going down - is there word for that ? Degradation ? Latest thing about
I needed to spend some time to see what happens really was with lunch
money help/donation for little older people. Talked yesterday with 2
bosses - of social institution and of restoraunt. Because in February
help looked like this: will have about 20% help for lunch in next
month, so I paid in January for February ahead. And then saw that those
who just enter there pay same price as me (but when they consume),
with alleged help, ahead. At the end of talk there was claim that
VAT for lunch is 5 % for those who pay when consume, and 27% for those
who getting help and pay ahead :-) Of course, it was
restoraunt chief who said that. Blaming prime minister of our country.
Again blaming one person only ... Well, I doubt it, and I looked
regulations - they say that VAT is 5% for food served in restoraunts.
OK, latest I saw was from 2021. Is there some change what they forgot
to publish ? Unlikely, but ... Sherlock Holmes, I need your help. If
too busy, I will be good with Enola too :-)
little more about Atari ST forums, unfairness, posts caused by not
reading instructions, advices supplied with game adaptations, SW
So, I spotted this old thread: AF example
(2010). Thread starts with some questions about my hard disk adapts,
problems with them under Hatari . As in many cases, all it was
just sign of not reading instructions about usage, what are conditions
that it work, etc. And first reply is by AF man, marcer . He wrote that
my Atari files "I have goosed
up one of my pc hdds thanks to one of his fixes.. during testing them
for my gamedvd." . That says a lot about his intelligence, knowledge
about computers. So, how can some Atari SW, what can run only under
some emulator on PC to damage files on PC hard disks ? If some damage
happens, it can be only because emulator errors (and that's very
unlikely that some serious data loss can happen because that on whole
drive, partition). Not good settings of emulator can cause some smaller
damages too. Like setting root of some partition for GEMDOS drive (very
stupid and inefficient - should just create new subDIR and keep only
there Atari related files). Elementary. But marcer shown many times his
poor knowledge. Does it matter at AF ? No, he is part of it's team, so
he is in right always. And moron calls hard disk adapts 'cracks'
- just another sign of not careing about details, to be fair. He took
my files without any asking about it - including permission, advices -
no, all it must work in same way as floppy cracks ! That's just
huge stupidity. Hard disk adapts are not cracks, you moron ! Were not
it 30 years ago too. Much more work is needed to solve all related with
disk access than about copy protection(s).
And of course, D-Buggers
found that will be good to say something there. Well, what is
really sad is that it is nothing better 12 years later with Atari ST
forums. Morons just seek every accasion to write something bad about
me. And do not care about facts, logic, or even being polite. Thanx to
moron admins. Btw. D-Bug (all them) was banned from AF around 2012-15.
They are back now, thanx to moron Dal, who thinks that my enemies must
be very good people :-) And here we are about instults. How it
is easy to get insulted - just look last post in that AF thread linked
above. Yeah, it's easier to get insulted than reading instructions - on
what was pointed only in that thread couple times. And thinking must be
something unhealthy for some people. Why else they avoid it ?
just think that all it must work in same way. And forget saying:
looking toots of gifted horse is not nice behaviour. I
listened to some demands, ideas - when found them as useful. There was
much more reckless ideas, sadly. Or even ideas which should never came
up - but hey, who am I, to ask people to read instructions, to think ?
The 'forum' where writing truth is a crime, and writing bullshit is normal
Atari ST people has such one. So, there is some member which
vanity was hurt by some my notice (called him shallow). And what the
hell - with every new post, he just confirms that. He wrote: " he
jumped on a guy who was working to make ROM's easier to burn for Mac
users (if I read it right) and he jumps on this guy for posting about
"Mac problems on an Atari ST Forum" - except that the subject was
actually burning TOS roms and the tools to do it." . I did not jump on
anyone. Post starts: "Bumping necro thread for those who are doing
this on the a Apple Mac " - that self says it well, but not for
moron (yes, I called him moron). My reply started with:
"I really don't see why problems with some MAC SW should be in Atari ST
forum. " . Incredibly rude ! And yes,
problem is with Minipro GUI (for OS X). And newer one post, where he
talks about that I'm banned from all Atari ST forums. Listed 4 of them
- which are active now. Well, I'm not banned from German Atari forum, I
just don't post there since couple years. Yesterday I logged in there -
and worked. Will put there soon message about revitalized 8bitchip
Atari forum - wait ... maybe then will be banned really :-)
Exxos forum: in fact I wrote to admin there that I will not
continue there under those conditions what Exxos made after some
different opinions about what should write in that forum (I wrote that
I'm not there to entertain) . I posted 'goodbye' thread where just said
that will not continue there because unfairness. Of course, it
was deleted, and I was banned :-) Just to add more to unfairness.
Another abuse of position.
So, in 2 cases it was not ban actually.
And I would add here that this recent with AA was not some
regular ban, as it usually goes. Despite what admin writes there, it
was impulsive and even blocking access to forum as reader. What was
done poorly. Yeah, they turned my game adaptation thread in some kind
of 'let's hate him' thread. And that's good for admin. Yeah,
unfairness, hurt vanity case, by all signs.
As wrote in previous
blog sections - what matters are personal relationships and likehood.
Not what is written, correctness of posts.
But it is what happens in
whole humankind latest years. And that's why we have this crysis . And
of course, there is always some person, nation to blame for it. Never
the real cause. And that would be egoism, selfishness, vanity,
shallowness, wanting power, control over people, taking care only about
more and more money, and like ...
The biggest power is goodness (hmm
... was it what irritated AA admin (I changed my signature couple days
before ban to shorter text containing it) ?) .
For instance Exxos
forum is place where people is asked to develop some adapters - which
will be then used by boss for his sales ... Interesting, isn't ?
back to alleged bans: ban at AF was formally OK - I got some PM
about it - after couple PMs about some things. Well, my arguments were
taken with comment: "I don't have time for this, I need to care about
my doughter ..." . Sure, then let someone other to do talk with
members. It is just again case of who is more important. Not what is
written, but who is who .
argument of those not liking my straight style and comments like
"that's wrong ,.. XY don't know it .. " , so thay write like 'just
because PP has done some (useful) SW, things for Atari users it does
not give him right to 'attack' people, to think that he is always right
..." - just rough example. Interesting, because those 2 things: doing
SW, HW designs and knowledge go together. In other words: if you are
able to make some SW, HW design for some computer, it is possible only
because you have pretty good knowledge about it - about computer HW, OS
(TOS in case of Atari ST family), CPU programming, etc . So, yes, I
know that I know it pretty well, and I proved it. But logic, being
reasonable is not characteristic of shallow and vane people. Instead
learning they just force some rights. Well, I saw enough stupidity on
diverse forums. And wrote about it earlier. Can read some at 8bitchip
I'm boss here, I can do whatever I want !
And again, same behavior at Atari ST forums and in today society
generally. Old saying/rule 'customer is always right' matters not
anymore. And it is not to take it literally. For those not being
familiar, it would mean something like: even it customer is wrong, do
not discuss with him about. What matters is that he feels good, and will
come back here again and again ... Now, lot of them work like
they don't want money - being arrogant, not really helpful (even when
start with 'how can I help you' ) . I could write here really extreme
examples, but that would be too long. And I'm sure that most of people
experienced lot of it in last years, and especially in this one.
Atari ST forums: there is 2 of them active currently. And
they have admins. In my previous blog section here (below this) I wrote
about his majesty Mug UK. Other forum is pretty poor in last year-two.
Considering quality of posts, count of them - at weekends it is pretty
dead. Funny thing happened in last week - some really not Atari ST
family related post, about some 18 year old girl and her retro computer
stuff collecting - heavily exposed on soc. medias ... And it was
admin who posted lot of shots from her in that thread. In few days
tons of comments, even some fight. Whole thing was not topic for
that forum. Should go in general retro computing forum. It was
really not motivating that I continue visiting and write there. And
funny thing - I was banned there :-) Without any explanation.
Well done admin ! I can only guess about reason, and that's most likely
my post about some errors in some known emulator. Although I asked
there about experiences with Linux v. of same. Was no reply. So, where
is freedom of speech ? Can I write in some public forum about problems
I experienced with some emulator ? As people wrote in same forum their
bad experiences with some my game adaptations, and even with my SW for
Win (retro computing related). To add, some were complete bullshit,
even absurd claims. Nobody reacted on obvious lies.
unfair. What matters are personal relations. Friends of admins,
moderators have special status, threatment. Like in some restaurants
here - some getting better food, or even food not shown on menu, than
ordinary customers. When I mentioned it, reaction was of course: you
always complain, making noise etc. Not always, just when I see
unfair or even illegal things.
Well, I don't care for that crap
forum. It was really not useful for me in last couple years.
There are always other ways of communication, and I will
revitalize forum on this WEBsite soon.
Bosses can be happy with
those brainless who still visit their forums, shops, restaurants, bars
... Or close them - some did it already, after first writing on windows
text like: 'closed because technical problems' - when I see it, I know that
there is 80-90% chance that next text will be 'this place is available
for renting'. Or 'for sale' . Surely not because they were not
able to keep it well functioning ;-)
Shallowness ahead everything
start with some 'Atari ST scene' people behavior - those who think that
know things well, that they have right to judge about other people,
even to dictate them what to write on forums, how to behave ... Later
we will see that such people is now everywhere, so in politics too .
there is a man with nick Mug UK at atari-forum (UK based) who is now
admin there, and is one of founders of it. He wrote some kind of guide
for partitioning hard disks or Flash card, with some example SW . And
he made test by writing/copying some SW on them. Worked fine, so
it is certainly good guide. Yes, when you are shallow. The
problem was that partitions were not BigGEM compatible (TOS compat.
partitions over 32 MB). So, when such partition is filled up to
end of 32 MB space, new data will actually go to start of partition
again - overwriting data there. And it may happen that user even will
not notice it right then - will see only when try to run that SW, or
read data from those damaged files. Really very-very bad thing.
But that thread and guide stayed there further, despite warnings. Not
only shallow, but arrogant, egoistic, and making harm to people.
Yes, hard words, but this is how it goes in 21-st Century. Those
complaining will be simply banned from forum. That's what they do
instead self critic, thinking better about subject.
Or case when guy
who does some Atari HW repairs claimed that Satandisk is where
filesystem is handled. When I said that it is done in TOS he just said
that he is right, even after I said him that I work on hard disk driver
SW, even on TOS modifying (what would mean knowing something about it)
just stayed at his (btw. really ridiculous) claim.
Not to mention
those WEB sites, pages which contain outdated, wrong claims - like
about max size of first partition on hard disks - 32 or even only 16 MB
- saying that it is TOS limitation. It is known that it is actually
limit of some old hard disk driver SW. But they will not correct it.
Why should ...
Shallow people think that admitting own error is
weakness, and posing as some all knowing, never being wrong is best
attitude. I must admit that it works - by shallow audience :-)
Yes, this is why it is so spread, and stays on.
comment at atarimania:
- that's good example of someone dealing with games over min. 15
years, and not knowing some basic things.
On larger scale:
today's 'Western Democracy' talking about progress, better life, but
reality is opposite. What happening is regress - morally and materially
too. They threat people like idiots, who will swallow every claim which
does not sound total bad. Good method is to create crysis
(remember movie Wag the Dog) , declare something, someone as culprit
for all problems (what would be now Covid19 and Russia) - attack is
best defense type tactics.
And corruption is really in
everything. Staying at movie examples: James Bond movies
were wrong - planetary scale villain does not need some advanced
weapons to achieve Worldwide rule. Now it is done mostly via lot of
money. Remember (well, at least those little older) how sport was
different some 40 years ago ? Now it is in big part about money, no
wonder that for instance football is strongest in reacher Western
countries, while it was strong in Eastern ones in era of not so
'professional' (so, money oriented) sports.
economically good countries is bigger than ever in last 70 years - food
prices go up like crazy. Some things cost 80% more than 8-10
months ago. And of course, there is explanation for all it - energy
prices, climatic changes, etc . Nothing new. Reality is
different. And even energy prices go up because same reason. Will not
write it here. Just point that similar crysis happened around 100 years
ago. Now it is more dangerous, thanx to using new technology in benefit
of narrow circle(s) .
And they want to do some 'right', 'nice'
things - like introducing LGBT propaganda right from kindergartens.
What was normal over thousands of years is suddenly not normal, just
because some full with money and self want to do something 'good' for
community. I have advice to them: go between ordinary
people, see how they live, see real life problems. Learn from past -
because there is nothing really new in human behavior. New technology
can help, doing good things, as can be used for bad things. As it is
with all tools.
Finally: there is saying: Smart man
learns from other's mistakes, while dumb one learns from own mistakes.
And how to call those not learning even from own mistake ?
Sadly that would be humankind - now it looks that learned almost
nothing from past. Same selfish, greedy behavior, not thinking about
future, just more and more as fast as possible :-(
Human civilization evolution ?
sure that currently most of people with brain don't see any evolution
of civilization, society. Or in other words, we going backwards.
I talked already in first years of this Century that we go rather back
than forward. Then, 2008 crysis happened. It was not some big one,
indeed. All about it, facts that actually practically no one was
sentenced for causing it made me pessimist. I talked already in 2010
that there will be soon another one, much worse. I hate that I'm always
in right ! (common phrase) - yes, we are right now in it. And I'm
afraid that worst is just to come ...
Little overview about so
called civilization period of humankind. First there were tribes. Then
there were nations, countries. Tribes existed still, of course. And
slavery was normal. Invading, taking over some tribe, country was
usual, and it served in aquiring new slaves too. Indeed ancient Rome
was most successful in it, and they ruled big part of Europe, North
Africa, Middle East ... However, it did not last very long, something
inside was not right. I will not go here in it. Let's just say that it
failed. And we could learn from it, and of course some were. Some not.
Some saw only power, expansion, big buildings in Capital ... Next
step, at least in Europe was Christianism. But it did not forbid
slavery. It was less present, there were another ways for cheap labor
Just to make clear my point here: those on power always need
money, to posess lands, big buildings and like. And that needs workers.
In medieval most of work was in agriculture, animal housing - food
production. So, those on power shared land to poor ones, and in
exchange they took part of produced, usually yearly. For those in
cities there were diverse taxes. All it was not because some greed (oh
how someone can even think something like it !), it all served good of
country, ordinary people . Just as it is right now :-) .
Well, things were so nice in medieval, that tens of millions gone
in America (mostly from Europe) - in beginning mostly in wilderness.
They wanted just that what they produce will be for them, their family.
form of civilization would be capitalism. Or maybe better: industrial
capitalism - because that came with industry actually. Instead kings
and cars (tzars) parlaments, ministers, prime ministers, presidents
started to rule countries, states. And oh yes, they called it
democracy. Indeed, there was something from it in reality too. In come
lands more, in some less. Age of revolutions started too. Did they
bring something really good ? Very doubtful. In lot of cases only those
on power changed, people not. Of course, people does not change in
shorter time period. Actually, how much different we are now from
Ancient Rome people ? Not really much. We have now cheap technology,
can communicate instantly over whole Planet ... But is it better with
life essentials ? I would say it is worse. Food getting more and more
manipulated, and this year more and more expensive (like 30% in 2021) -
more money for less healthy food. Air ? Still most of cars is poison
emitting. By some studies about 7 million people dies yearly because of
air contamination. In some countries it is really bad bad . Yeah,
comfort, lazyness, and especially greed for money, power costs us a
lot. If someone would say to me in 1969 that in 2021 we will still have
most of vehicles on streets powered with oil - I would say something
like 'stupid' . They were smarter than me - pessimists in some way. But
word 'stupid' stays for this situation wery well. This is stoopid.
Example: this year (2021) in June was plenty of talk in medias
about new measures to reduce use of so called 'once usable tiny plastic
bags' - because huge environment pollution their mass usage causes. The
result: big ZERO . I don't see that anything changed in shops,
markets. Lot of talk about electric cars. And yes, I see them around in
latest 2 years - like 1 from 500. What cars ? Mostly very expensive
ones. And they can fill batteries for free. Yes, that will make
ordinary working people to buy them ! Or, maybe the money is
what they need to buy electric powered car ? But they don't have
it. Just another example about who is really getting help from
seemingly environment protecting measures. Even worse is electric
energy production. Lot of money to help environment friendly electric
power production. It became special business. The result - prices go up
Yeah, best business is such, what is for good of people,
not for profit ... Well, in it's presentation. What is it really, in
not so visible areas ... And we are now at healthcare business,
medicament manufacturing and selling. Will not continue. I recommend to
read book from around 1985 - Strong Medicine, from Arthur Hailey .
If you allow thief to continue his illegal activity
further, what will happen ? Simply - thief will steal more and more. So
simple. And we are in middle of it right now. Only that it is now much
worse than ever - globalization, corrupt politicians, media ...
Food for Future
Darnit, again all start fith letter F. Well, this is what I saw in local supermarket, few days ago. Can see here details: fff I don't see English version.
I looked better was something Veg, in shape and look like fish fingers.
But instead fish meal it contains mostly wheat. And that is so good,
nice, environment friendly ... That thay dare to ask for it approx.
same price as for real fish fingers. There are other ones, so, for
everyones taste - here I don't mean in-mouth taste, but rather how it
will be liked by peoples experiences with food prices, content
(ingradients) of it, and similar.
I looked little later for real
fish fingers, and yes, prices are similar. And bought even for less
money than what 200 gramms of FFF cost - whole 500 gramms of fish
fingers. OK, it was with 50% discount, so I was worried that will be
not good, with low fish %-age. Was not. And even full price per kilo
was lower than price of FFF . Now I understand why some would like that
this will be food in future - yes, you guessed - will make nice big
profit with ...
And this is not just this case, I see it over years,
decades. Thing gone very bad this year. Food prices go up a lot, some
things for 30-50% only this year. Quality often goes down.
was trigger to watch again movie Soylent Green , almost 50 years
after I watched it for first time. Was released in 1973, main
role in hands of Charlton Heston. And it happens in 2022 ! Well, not
real Sci-Fi - for instance everything is in fashion of early 70-es in
USA - cars, TVs, apartments ... In start was some presentation about
how bad is it with overpopulation, food production and sources. I'm
sore that most of people in countries with TV, Internet know how it
ends, even if did not watch it. Movie is not great, it is old
fashioned, even for me. But worth to watch - there are some (sad)
similarities with today Western (and not only it) World.
asking myself something in this Omicron times: how many people died, or
dies yearly because of crap food sold everywere . Surely most of dies
because long term consumption. How many people's health is seriously
damaged by it ? Maybe should talk more about it than this .... you know
what I mean, and what seems that will be lasting longer than any real
deadly decease in human history - because it is good for some .
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.