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:



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:



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:


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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