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Why did the Atari 800 designers choose such a radical system design?

The 400/800 design had some rather late design changes over the FCC. My demo model the summer in high school selling them was an extremely early production model. Serial number 49, iirc. It had the ...
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Did Atari lobby against FCC regulation change?

Found! Only have a Google books link, alas: https://books.google.ie/books?id=Ty-xx7jNLQ0C&pg=PA1071&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false But that's where the FCC explains their reasoning. ...
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NTSC scan lines used by 8-bit computers

Conjecture #1: NTSC title-safe area (unlikely) An NTSC video frame has 525 lines. After subtracting the 21 lines of vertical blanking, and the 20% of the visible area that was considered non-title-...
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NTSC scan lines used by 8-bit computers

Similar to the TI VDP answer, have a look at the Apple text mode layout described in this answer. (And keep in mind that the graphics video layout is based on the text layout). There are 40 characters ...
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NTSC scan lines used by 8-bit computers

I found one document which might shed some light why 192 lines was used before 200 caught on. The TI 99/4 used a TI TMS9918 VDP, which based on the document, was designed as a chip for simple low cost ...
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NTSC scan lines used by 8-bit computers

Older television sets used round picture tubes with a bezel to mask off the edges of the scanned area. Picture tubes were often circular, and to maximize useful areas, the image was expanded to the ...
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Why did the Atari 800 have a flying RF lead?

If one feed the RF output of a late 1970s personal computer through some random RCA-to-RCA cable that happened to be on hand, such a cable would likely act as an an antenna, radiating the output ...
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