The Jackintosh: a real GEM - remembering the Atari ST

  By Thom Holwerda - Posted on 2018-07-09 11:18:01 UTC at http://OSNews.com

I promised you an Atari story, so you get an Atari story. How about a history of and ode to the Atari ST [https://paleotronic.com/2018/07/08/the-jackintosh-a-real-gem-remembering-the-atari-st/], the Amiga and Macintosh competitor?

Surviving on its remaining video-game inventory, the new company went to work developing Tramiel's new 16-bit computer. Based on the same Motorola 68000 processor used in the Apple Macintosh, the Atari ST (the ST apparently standing for "sixteen/thirty-two" although some have speculated it stood for "Sam Tramiel" after Jack's son), was designed to be attractive to a wide variety of computer users. Like the Commodore 64, the ST could be plugged into a television for casual video-gaming, but additionally it could use a colour or monochrome monitor - the latter of which featuring a higher resolution than the Macintosh, an appeal to those in the then-emerging world of desktop publishing. It also came standard with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) ports for controlling synthesisers, making it attractive to musicians.

I actually bought an Atari T-shirt [http://www2.hm.com/en_us/productpage.0655502001.html] last week that I'm wearing right now, which is a tad bit disingenuous since I've never actually used an Atari, be it a console or an ST. The ST is on my wish list, though, alongside an Amiga 1200 and C64. I promise I'll earn the right to wear this shirt.

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