Category: Atari Computers

Articles and information about Atari’s line of home and personal computers. From the 8-bit 400/800/XL/XE, through the ST, TT and Falcon computers..

The Atari ST's classic "Busy Bee" icon.

Atari ST “Busy Bee” Icon Wallpaper

Continuing the run of the Atari ST’s clever icons in the TOS operating system, the ‘system busy’ state was represented by the Busy Bee. This downloadable ZIP file contains a 400×400 transparent PNG, and...

The "Bomb" OS Crash Icon from the Atari ST computers.

Atari ST “Bomb” Crash Icon Wallpaper

Released in June 1985, the Atari 520ST was designed to compete against the, at the time, still unreleased Commodore Amiga computer. Featuring a Motorola 68000 CPU running at 8MHz, the 520ST, and later it’s...

MyDOS version 3.11 for the Atari 8-bit computers.

Atari 8-bit MyDOS 3.011 Main Menu Wallpaper

There were several third-party operating systems available for the Atari 8-bit computers, and one of the most popular with enthusiasts was called MyDOS. Written by Charles Marslett through his company Workmark, Charles has released the...

AtariDOS 2.5 Main-Menu Screen.

AtariDOS 2.5 Main-Menu Screen Wallpaper

1983 started out very poorly for Atari’s home computer division. The 1200XL, quickly thrown together to battle the Commodore 64 and launched in January of that year, was ludicrously overpriced and stumbled out the...

Atari 1200XL badging

In Defense of the Atari 1200XL

It is an “Edsel“, an “Avanti“, or something in-between? The Atari 1200XL has always had a sullied reputation with the Atari community as a crippled machine that was too expensive and which nearly killed...

The Atari 1030 Modem, Atari Inc., 1983

My First Modem – The Atari 1030

Released in 1983, and designed to match the newly launched Atari 1200XL, the Atari 1030 modem was an interesting piece of hardware.  The modem’s device-driver was burned into ROM, enabling it work with any Atari...