Atari ST connectors (was: Atari SIO bus connectors found

Roger Merchberger zmerch-cctalk at
Thu Sep 27 23:45:07 CDT 2007

Rumor has it that Chuck Guzis may have mentioned these words:
>On 28 Sep 2007 at 3:29, Ensor wrote:
> >> The obvious question is WTF didn't they just put "normal" SCSI on
>the ST?
> > Never could figure that one out, but then again this is Atari we're 
> talking
> > about...? :-)
>Oh, there was a lot of WTF on the ST.  For example, why did the 400
>and 800 have pretty decent keyboards,

The *original* Atari 400? You must be joking, right? I had *microwave 
ovens* with better keyboards than a 400! ;-) About the only worse keyboards 
I can think of was either on the original Timex Sinclair 1000, or possibly 
Tandy's MC-10.

>  yet the more-expensive-and-
>powerful ST have such an abomination for a keyboard?

For keyboards, I'd put it "middle of the road." It was better than the 
chicklet keyboards of the CoCo1, prolly equalish (to maybe "barely better") 
than the "not quite full travel" keyboard of the CoCo2, but not as nice as 
the CoCo3 keyboards... and (obviously) no comparison whatsoever to the my 
IBM Model M or the keyboard on my Tandy 200 lappytop.

But to pay $600 base (still about a grand, nicely equipped, IIRC) for a 
computer that could spank a $2500 Mac... you'd need to make a few sacrifices.

I would have to say that IMHO, with the angled function buttons & sleek 
lines, it was the most artistic (read: kewl) keyboard of the era... not 
that it helps functionality at all... ;-)

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

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