RE: [stella] Activision keynote speech

Subject: RE: [stella] Activision keynote speech
From: "Bob Colbert" <rcolbert1@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 22:41:19 -0500
Yes, I have Joe's speech.  I will transfer that when I get a chance!


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> Sent: Monday, August 20, 2001 8:28 AM
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> Bob Colbert:
> > Hi,
> > 	I've transferred the entire Activision keynote speech to
> VCD (2 CD's).  I
> > might put them on my Linux box for download if I can get the FTP set up
> > correctly, or if anyone has a site with about 900 megs free let me know!
> > I'll work on transferring the other keynotes as time permits.
> >
> > 			Bob
> Bob,
> A big "thanks!" for doing that transfer.  It was fantastic to have
> the opportunity to hear those guys talk.  Also, it was a good excuse
> to try burning a VCD.
> I'm curious, did you happen to tape the talk with Joe Decuir that was
> mentioned in the Activision set?  As a hardware designer (and an
> impressionable pre-teen Atari fanatic in the early 80s), I find that
> stuff absolutely fascinating.  The minute or so where he talks during
> the Activision keynote was very interesting to me.
> Do other people on the list have the same strange feeling of
> demystification that I do when hearing how many of these products were
> developed?  When I was growing up banging away on my 8-bitter, there
> was an extreme emotional attachment to the machine.  I grew to love
> its architecture and accept it as "the way things were."  Now, almost
> 20 years later, it's a weird feeling to appreciate that most
> everything was mostly a product of engineering decisions, some
> marketing decisions, and some incredible creativity and talent from a
> few guys.  I guess it's weird to realize that such an important part
> of my world was created by a few guys with some good ideas.
> I really found it pretty funny how the folks actually working on the
> 400/800 project thought of it as a games machine.  All of my zealotry
> from the old days (Atari vs. the rest of the 6502-based world) flushed
> down the drain! :)
> "Where's the weather reporting software?"
> -Steve
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