Atari ST

My second machine

The Atari ST was the first machine that I owned. The family computer before that was the ZX Spectrum.

Within these pages, and any relevant sub-pages, will be a catalogue of all the stuff I did whilst I had my Atari ST. This covers a period from 1988 onwards.

There were some gaps in my work whilst I explored other machines (esp. Windows 3.1 and upwards on the IBM PC) and then, through emulators on the PC, I played about with console games and their ubiquitous ROM files.

The (almost) full list of products I released and/or had a hand in can be found on DemoZoo. Use this link to jump straight to my ‘work history’.

I wrote *a lot* of utilities during my Atari ST years. Some of them were *very* basic during my early years, through to a full blown commercial product – The Professional Virus Killer – which was sold by Floppyshop around 1991.

Breakin’ The Borders

In 2016 a Kickstarter was launched and, on the 2nd attempt, it cleared the goals necessary to allow Marco Breddin to create/design a coffee-table type book on the Atari ST demo scene and how it’s played a role in numerous people’s careers since then.

I received my copy on Monday 5th June and I love it. It’s a very detailed history of how the Atari ST’s demo scene caused so many sea changes in demos, music and graphics. Even better is that this is the first in a planned trilogy, keeping the Atari love going for a few more years yet 🙂

The book cover is as below:

I was lucky enough to be interviewed in it and below are two photos of these pages.

Note: The photos are blurry on purposebuy your own copy here!

I was also the English text proofreader for the 2nd edition (2018) and the final one in the trilogy in (Feb. 2019). Since then I’ve also worked with Marco on his dual-volume set of The Crackers books (2020 & 2021).