San Leandro Computer Club

San Leandro Computer Club Atari Computer User Group that meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday. We call ourselves the "San Leandro Computer Club" Originally an Atari 800 Computer User Group, started in 1983.
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We have met monthly in the San Leandro Public Library, since inception.

Typical meeting tonight, Feb 4, 2020, verifying with two Atari 800s, that an Atari 1010 Tape Drive was working. De Re At...
02/05/2020

Typical meeting tonight, Feb 4, 2020, verifying with two Atari 800s, that an Atari 1010 Tape Drive was working. De Re Atari helped.

Sparsely attended November 5, 2019 meeting, but highlighted by Kevin's recent acquisition of an Atari 815 Dual Disk Driv...
11/06/2019

Sparsely attended November 5, 2019 meeting, but highlighted by Kevin's recent acquisition of an Atari 815 Dual Disk Drive. Photos show Kevin and Bob examining and testing the device.

During our Sept. 3rd, 2019 meeting Garrett brought a custom children's keyboard interfaced to (I think) an Atari 1200XL....
09/15/2019

During our Sept. 3rd, 2019 meeting Garrett brought a custom children's keyboard interfaced to (I think) an Atari 1200XL. Of course Garrett's daughter is fascinated with her tablet, unaware of the historic equipment sitting next to her. Of the keyboard Garrett offered, "This keyboard was developed as a kid-friendly replacement for the standard QWERTY keyboard on most microcomputers of the time. It didn’t come with an associated Atari game, but it did have a driver disk that would allow you to use the keyboard with existing disk-based Atari educational software. I have been using it with a game called “Hodge Podge,” where pressing a letter gives you something related to that letter (e.g. “V” gives a volcano that erupts, “O” plays “Oh, Susanna,” etc.)". Kevin brought an Altair 8800 he's working on, Robbie brought the Atari 130XE & Floppy drive & hooked it up. See photos. Kevin won the door prize

Atari Booth Photos from Aug 4, 2019 Vintage Computer Festival West
08/26/2019

Atari Booth Photos from Aug 4, 2019 Vintage Computer Festival West

06/06/2019

One more 3D photo as Bob W is working on a printed circuit board while Robbie & Kevin are distracted.

06/05/2019

Very busy at our monthly SLCC mtg. Heard Ron Devine might be joining us (a member from the past). Someone forgot their Basic cartridge.

Had a nice turnout October 2, 2018 at our Atari users group. Garrett brought some Petsters by Axlon. They were a favorit...
12/04/2018

Had a nice turnout October 2, 2018 at our Atari users group. Garrett brought some Petsters by Axlon. They were a favorite of Nolan Bushnell.

Just hanging out at our November 6, 2018 Atari meeting, messing with stuff.
12/04/2018

Just hanging out at our November 6, 2018 Atari meeting, messing with stuff.

VCFW 2018 (Vintage Computer Festival West), wrapped up their two day run yesterday (August 5, 2018). Our San Leandro Com...
08/06/2018
Vintage Computer Festival West – Vintage Computer Federation

VCFW 2018 (Vintage Computer Festival West), wrapped up their two day run yesterday (August 5, 2018). Our San Leandro Computer Club Atari booth won the prize for best display in the show for the 2nd year in a row. The "ribbon" was an 8 inch floppy disk with computer-punched paper tape. So much gratitude to Kevin Lund and Bob Woolley who made it happen by bringing their 8 bit Atari Equipment and setting up the booth. This is so much a labor of love. Everyone pictured, helped. https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/ and http://slcc.bdgeorge.com.

Nice July 3, 2018 meeting with 9 attendees tonight - Rob, Garrett, Kevin, Robbie, Jim, Don, Edison, Phil and Bill (takin...
07/06/2018

Nice July 3, 2018 meeting with 9 attendees tonight - Rob, Garrett, Kevin, Robbie, Jim, Don, Edison, Phil and Bill (taking photo). Come see us at VCFW on Sat-Sun, August 4-5, 2018 in Mountain View. 9am-6pm on Saturday, 9am-5:30pm on Sunday. https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/.

We will have a booth at the upcoming Vintage computer Festival West, https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-fes...
06/23/2018
Vintage Computer Festival West – Vintage Computer Federation

We will have a booth at the upcoming Vintage computer Festival West, https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/, Sat/Sun August 4-5, 2018 at Mountain View's Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California. Should be a lot of fun.

Vintage Computer Federation is a user group for people who collect and restore historic computers. We’re a 501(c)3 non-profit. We evolved in autumn 2015 from the DNA of related groups. Get our email newsletter.

May 1st SLCC MeetingBob worked on a 1050 drive that Kevin had brought for repairs. Don showed up after being gone for ye...
05/28/2018

May 1st SLCC Meeting
Bob worked on a 1050 drive that Kevin had brought for repairs. Don showed up after being gone for years. He's an old member who hadn't been able to come because of schedule conflicts with his job. He'll be moving on to Florida in the future. Robbie brought in an Atari XMM801 printer with fanfold paper for Garrett. There were big cheers when they ran a self test on the printer and it churned away with that great sound they make. Note in the photo below, we are attracting younger members to the club. Jim won the door prize and chose some AAA Duracell batteries that were purchased by Robbie.

Had great SLCC meeting tonight, April 3, 2018 at the San Leandro Community Library. Kevin brought a new Atari book (hard...
04/04/2018

Had great SLCC meeting tonight, April 3, 2018 at the San Leandro Community Library. Kevin brought a new Atari book (hardcopy version), "Breakin' The Borders" about the Atari ST, translated from German & nicely illustrated & obtained as part of a Kickstarter project. Robbie brought a reel to reel tape recorder which allowed Garrett to record a tape of his father. Kevin demonstrated a working printer, (similar to Atari 822). And Jim won the door prize. Bob brought the Atari 800XL. We decided to participate in Vintage Computer Festival West on Aug. 4-5, 2018 in Mountain View. See you all next month.

Finally had decent attendance at our March 6, 2018 meeting. Bob W. brought his Atari 800XL setup, & Gary brought a box o...
04/03/2018

Finally had decent attendance at our March 6, 2018 meeting. Bob W. brought his Atari 800XL setup, & Gary brought a box of OLD Atari stuff. Chips, computer enclosures & some paperwork. Spent the meeting going through it all. Took a few snapshots. Liked that 35+yr old Atari Inspection form.

Happy to report that long time member, Jim won the door prize, a Lenovo Thinkpad at our SLCC meeting last Tues., 7pm, De...
12/09/2017
SLCC Atari 800

Happy to report that long time member, Jim won the door prize, a Lenovo Thinkpad at our SLCC meeting last Tues., 7pm, Dec 5, 2017 at the San Leandro Public Library. See our web site at http://slcc.bdgeorge.com for recent meeting notes.

We are the San Leandro Computer Club. Started in 1983 as an Atari 800 Computer User Group. We are one of the older, continuing computer user groups in the Bay Area. We meet at the San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro, California, on the first Tuesday of the month, at 7pm.

Better late than never with this post. Edison Tom brought his Atari 800Mac software emulator to our November 7, 2017 SLC...
12/05/2017

Better late than never with this post. Edison Tom brought his Atari 800Mac software emulator to our November 7, 2017 SLCC meeting and showed programming he worked on. December meeting is tonight, at the San Leandro Library. 7pm-8pm.

08/09/2017
SLCC - Atari 800

Once upon a time there was a 1985 SLCC Special Edition Newsletter. You can view it, if you look in our Newsletter Archive, click on 1985 and It's the first newsletter in the list. A lot of effort went into this 70 page document. Normal size newsletters were from 12 to 24 pages. http://slcc.bdgeorge.com/newsletter-archive.html

We are the San Leandro Computer Club. Started in 1983 as an Atari 800 Computer User Group. We are one of the older, continuing computer user groups in the Bay Area. We meet at the San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro, California, on the first Tuesday of the month, at 7pm.

Hard work pays off. Our SLCC booth at the Vintage Computer Festival West. Aug 5-6, 2017 won two awards, 1st Place in Mic...
08/07/2017

Hard work pays off. Our SLCC booth at the Vintage Computer Festival West. Aug 5-6, 2017 won two awards, 1st Place in Micro category and 1st place Most Complete Booth category. We had a great time at a great show. Kudos to Kevin Lund (his idea), Bob Woolley (Atari Expert), Robbie Bridges and Bill George for all their efforts.

08/02/2017
Vintage Computer Festival West – Vintage Computer Federation

We have a booth, GX3 at the front of the Vintage Computer Festival West this weekend, Sat,Sun August 5,6, from 9-6 on Saturday, 9-5:30 on Sunday. Come see us. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/

Vintage Computer Federation is a user group for people who collect and restore historic computers. We’re a 501(c)3 non-profit. We evolved in autumn 2015 from the DNA of related groups. Get our email newsletter.

06/11/2017

Kevin uploaded to the Internet Archive (http://archive.org) as a test, scanned and OCR'ed Atari Club newsletters from around the U.S. that were exchanged with SLCC in 1987. If you click on "Texts", then search for "Kevin Lund with SLCC" they should show up. There's 373 so far in 10 groups. Many more to come as we get organized.

Robbie brought some equipment (see photo), partly to transfer (the monitor/disk drive Atari PS300C) and partly to show. ...
05/04/2017

Robbie brought some equipment (see photo), partly to transfer (the monitor/disk drive Atari PS300C) and partly to show. We had Chris and his son Kyle, attendees for the first time.

03/22/2017
ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Podcast : ANTIC Interview 273 - Bob Woolley, Atari 1200XL hardware hacker

Nice interview of our own Bob Woolley on March 14, 2017 by the Antic, Atari 8-Bit Podcast. http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-273-bob-woolley-atari-1200xl-hardware-hacker.

Bob Woolley has been upgrading and modifying Atari 8-bit computers — primarily the 1200XL — since it was released. His hardware products include video output improvements, keyboard repairs, built-in CompactFlash cards, a dual-ANTIC computer, and a parallel bus interface for the 1200XL. Bob was edito...

At our March meeting, Kevin brought about 16 years (1984-2000) worth of scanned SLCC newsletters. A first batch (1984-19...
03/18/2017

At our March meeting, Kevin brought about 16 years (1984-2000) worth of scanned SLCC newsletters. A first batch (1984-1990) was inspected and about half were searchable. The other half are being OCR'ed. The August, 1984 issue was uploaded to the web site at http://slcc.bdgeorge.com/newsletters/slcc198408.pdf. See what you think.

02/13/2017

We've had a rough Jan. & Feb., 2017 with the San Leandro Library being unavailable for our meeting. So our next meeting will be March 2nd, 2017. Hope you can make it.

The De Anza College Northern California Flea Market in Cupertino, California will start up Sat. March 11, 2017 (2nd Satu...
02/13/2017
Electronics Flea Market

The De Anza College Northern California Flea Market in Cupertino, California will start up Sat. March 11, 2017 (2nd Saturday). You may get lucky and find Atari computers and accessories.
http://www.electronicsfleamarket.com/

Information and Schedule for the largest Electronics Flea Market in Northern California

01/03/2017

Turns out the Library is closed for maintenance for a few weeks in January which includes our meeting on Jan 3rd, so it's canceled. See you all in February.

SLCC Newsletters from 1980s-2000s were brought to the Dec. 6, 2016 meeting for scanning. Attached 2 pages of the oldest ...
12/11/2016

SLCC Newsletters from 1980s-2000s were brought to the Dec. 6, 2016 meeting for scanning. Attached 2 pages of the oldest edition.

10/06/2016
Atari Basic programming example

If you suddenly discovered the Atari via the Altirra Atari Simulator _and_ If you thought you couldn't program in Basic... Consider these resources to help you learn it.

YouTube Video: Excellent demonstration of Basic programming for color and sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vK84lvwQwo. More can be found with searches e.g. "Atari Basic programming."

The Atari Basic Manual - Kids Programming - Learn quickly, only 50 pages. The whole book can be absorbed in one sitting. https://archive.org/details/Kids_Working_With_Computers_The_Atari_Basic_Manual

Programming books of all kinds from Atarimania:
http://www.atarimania.com/documents-atari-atari-400-800-xl-xe--books_1_8.html.

Programming books from the Internet Archive (http://archive.org) Click TEXTS, Search for "Atari Basic". Most are downloadable and free.

One early 400/800 book is "Atari Basic" by Bob Albrecht et. al., from Dynamax Corp, Meno Park, published in New York by Wiley and Sons, in 1979. ISBN 0-471-06496-3
http://www.atarimania.com/documents/atari_basic.pdf

A couple Atari Basic programming examples. The second design is created by having a constant offset, and repeatedly adding it to the X and Y axes. I explain ...

10/06/2016
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Kevin L. lit a fire under us by mentioning at our August, 2016 meeting that he thought the Altirra Atari 8 Bit Emulator was the best one (of several) and is free. And so we obsessed about the Altirra emulator at the October meeting. There are so many resources available like cartridge images, documentation, Atari program documentation and Atari books. Many items are available at the Internet Archive (http://archive.gov).

Had a very nice SLCC meeting tonight demoing the Atari2go device and the Altirra Atari emulator for PCs. Bob W. brought ...
10/05/2016

Had a very nice SLCC meeting tonight demoing the Atari2go device and the Altirra Atari emulator for PCs. Bob W. brought the Atari2go device which is a very portable Atari 8 bit computer "on a stick". Doesn't appear to be available commercially, yet. Found this YouTube video that explains it almost as well as Bob. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s6RoO_BeU8. We will be experimenting with Altirra (available for free at http://virtualdub.org/altirra.html). Good install instructions can be found at http://www.dosgamers.com/atari-8-bit/atari-8-bit-emulator-altirra.

Just a reminder, the (http://www.electronicsfleamarket.com/) at De Anza College is scheduled for this Saturday, April 9t...
04/08/2016
Electronics Flea Market

Just a reminder, the (http://www.electronicsfleamarket.com/) at De Anza College is scheduled for this Saturday, April 9th from 5:00 AM 'til noon. People have discovered Atari equipment there, at good prices.

Information and Schedule for the largest Electronics Flea Market in Northern California

For a bit of heresy, a member who shall go unnamed, brought a TRS-80 Model IV to the March 2016 meeting. Tried our best,...
04/06/2016

For a bit of heresy, a member who shall go unnamed, brought a TRS-80 Model IV to the March 2016 meeting. Tried our best, but couldn't get a program in the tape drive to load.

Looks like there's an Atari Party in Davis, CA on Sat. July 30, 2016, 12 pm · Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library · Da...
03/10/2016
Atari Party

Looks like there's an Atari Party in Davis, CA on Sat. July 30, 2016, 12 pm · Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library · Davis, CA. They have a page at https://www.facebook.com/AtariPartyDavis/. Photos from 2015's Atari Party are at http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/atariparty/2015/photos/.

Atari Party is an event to celebrate old video games. It's a kind of hands-on, living museum, where various game systems and games will be showcased. It's a free event, open to the public, and all games will be available to play for free.

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Hi all You may have noticed I have not attended a meeting since July of 2018. I moved to Crestview Florida, bought a new home and acquired a new wife. This week I got around to setting up my two 8 bit Ataris, an 800 and a 130XE. The 130 hadn't been powered up for ~33 years and the 800 even longer. The 130 has a non functional SELECT key. I will open it up and see what I can do about it. The door on the 800 was a bit sticky but is OK now. The 800 works fine with my Rana 1000 disk drive and 1010 cassette drive. I have not tried the 80 column printer yet. I will need a ribbon and fanfold paper. I also have a couple of 810 drives and 410 cassette drives to check out. There is also a couple of modems to test but am not sure how or why I would do so. I have a "ton" of floppies, cassettes and cartridges. Once I finish with all that I will tackle the 1040ste. By the way the Jaguar works fine. I/we have plenty of time to fool with this stuff these days. Don Safer.
Hi !! I am Frank Daniel, one of the founding members of the club. I made the cover page of the journal 80's for my BlackJack program for the 800. I can't remember the language cartridge, thought they created the last boot script.
Hello SLCC, I found your archive page (truly awesome.) . Do you have any other newsletters for Dal-ACE aside from June-December 1987?
Hello, San Leandro folks! Are any of you down in Southern California (or know folks who are?) We're building a network of Atari enthusiasts and always looking for more!
Is this group a good resource for learning how to use "Incognito" on the Atari 800?