It has been a while since my last posting. For one a ST->GFA32 porting project came across which turned out to be not portable after all. It gave me an opportunity to actually use an Atari ST again, put a floppy disk in its built-in disk at the side and listen to those cranky noises when it loads. Wow, I actually thought I missed it, but I didn't. In my mind those Atari ST days have became more romanced than they were. The magic of the Atari ST lies in its innovative OS (GEM), but the innovation was magic because this was never seen before in those days.
The Atari 1040ST still stands next to me and each time I enter my room and I look at it, I don't long for those days anymore. The last years I seriously concerned buying an old Atari ST for the sake of old times. However, now it is here, my memories have vanished and are replaced by those that made me take the step to MS-DOS and Windows. The only thing that remains are the heartbeats I recall having when I first got GFA-BASIC to work and produced my first GEM program. I think these beats were the loudest ever heard as a result of a piece of software I created. That must explain romancing the Atari ST. For me, the most valuable lesson learned is to let the Atari ST rest in peace.