Sorry, posted before seeing that there was an 'introduce yourself' thread. Well...
French guy, 37 years old. My father and I were one of the very first to embark in the french ST affairs in the 80's. Father wrote professional softwares at this time using Superbase, GFA or C if I remember well. I was mostly found of gaming and GFA. Never touched 68k assembler before going to university where I got superior grade in electronics. And guess what ? Job opportunities and military obligations (we were obliged to stop our life for a dull and totally useless 10 months period in France at this time) made that I've never worked in electronics !
I was one of the very first guy to put my mits on a Falcon 030, which is gone down the drain since at least 13 years now. My machine was delivered Dec 24th 1992 and serial number was #14. The motherboard was still in 'dev state' since there were wires running all over here and there to debug signals timings I think. One night there was a 'puff' noise and some smoke...
And well, life went on and I quit the Atari world for the Amiga scene in 1994 thru 2002 when I switched to PC under Win 98 OSR2. Really fed up with Windows in 2007, I switched to Linux for 2 years before going on the Mac late 2008. Mac ? The ultimate UNIX machine ! I forgot you to tell that I was more or less following the Atari scene news from time to time, just to see. I was (and I 'm still) very impressed by Rodolphe Czuba's works.
Late one night, I downloaded Hatari for Mac and searched for 68k Atari tutorials and found Perihelion ones. Downloaded Devpac from DHS website and I was hooked again. Damn, how could I have forgotten all the 68k sensations ? Like the Nespresso ad : What else ? Struggling with obsolete docs and bits of code for 2 weeks to make an image scroll, using the STE hardware. Hey made some time to understand the 'LINEWID' parameter which is an offset to add to video pointer to get next line start. Yeah dudez, it's not explained *that way* A.N.Y.W.H.E.R.E. When scrolling set it to zero, when not scrolling, add 1 word * number of planes. Dhuuuu ?
Emulation is good but nothing compares to the real hardware ! I told my father about my reviving passion for the good ole' ST thinggy and he was pretty amused about it. He had too some great programming time on the machine. One day he made me the surprise to bring at my home a 1040 STE with SC1435 color monitor he found on a local sale ! I was like a kid the Christmas morning dudez !
Wife is pretty amused too. "How could you put side to side the two Macs and this .... thing ? And it' green and yellow, looks old and dirty !". The years have made the plastic case turn in some strange color, not the grey between #333 and #555 that I remember. My 13 yo son now calls it "the precious". Good boy.