S1E4 Atari Mailing List – Supplement

 

This episode features Atari Mailing List, originally released in 1981.  This program for the Atari 8 bit line of computers was written in BASIC and released on cassette.

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Manual Cover Art

Atari Mailing List

Atari Mailing List in Action

Loading the program using CLOAD and examination of the secondary load.  The first load prepares the loading screen.  The second, forced, load loads the actual program:

CLOAD

 

Loading screen, complete with broken art:

Loading screen

 

Momentary title screen:

Title Screen

 

Main Menu:

Main Menu

 

Resume from BREAK.  Line 100 is the menu input routine:

BREAK

 

Modifying code for disk use:

DIsk mod 1

Disk mod 2

 

Adding a record:

Add record

 

Filtering data set via Delete function:

Filter via Delete

 

 

Atari Mailing List Customizer in Action

Title Screen:

List Customizer Title

 

Step 1: Defining name, number of fields, and number of output lines:

Customize Step 1

 

Step 2: Defining field labels and field sizes:

Customize Step 2

 

Step 3: Defining each output line format:

Customize step 3

 

Step 4: Saving the customized code:

Customize step 4

 

Output and Data File

Data File

Data files are stored in a combination binary and ATASCII format, mainly ATASCII.  Looks like it could easily be completely deciphered.  You can also see in this screenshot the Atari Mailing List program on disk (AMAILLST.BAS), the Atari General List program on disk (AGENLIST.BAS), along with the list modification code created by the customizer (AEMMOD.BAS), a completely merged customized program (AEMAIL.BAS), and last the data file for the customized list (EMAIL).

Data Files

 

Printer Output

This is output for ALL records sent to the printer:

Ripkowski,Wade 
wade@inverseatascii.info 
 
User,Joe 
juser@someisp.com

Command Cheat Sheet

Download PDF: Cheat Sheet

 

Show Links:

 

Bit Rating 2

 

Intro music is an excerpt from a chip tune by Wizwars named 8 Bit Raceway.  It is used under Creative Common license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States.
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