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                           Atari 8-Bit Computers

                      Frequently Asked Questions List
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UPDATES SINCE PREVIOUS POSTING:
2009.11.29 7.8 SAM and BOSS info expanded
2009.11.22 7.8 Diamond GOS and TCS GOE info
2009.11.22 8.4 added Crossfire
2009.11.22 8.4 added K-Star Patrol & Story Machine, & various clarifications
2009.11.16 8.6 added Centipede 5200 version by Peter Meyer
2009.11.15 1.4 11.1 1200XL production dates
2009.11.08 1.15 re-write discussion of VBIs
2009.11.08 1.1 added several additional specs related to system timing and
           maximum graphics resolution, and also added description of VBIs
2009.11.03 8.6 added Final Legacy by Atari to both CX22 and CX80 lists
2009.11.02 6.7 1025 power adapter specs, thanks Laurent
2009.10.24 1.8 1.9 fixed silicium.org url's
2009.10.20 (many) fixed all canned Atarimania searches after their site revamp
2009.10.17 8.9 added Hong Kong
2009.10.17 6.10 VersaWriter later sold by Peripherals Plus
2009.10.08 11.1 3.4 clarifications re: 810 MPI/Tandon versions. Changed Nov 82

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