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rmx77
June 1st, 2007, 06:43 AM
anyone out there have an old atari like the one in terminator 2 and if so what does it run and what program was being ran on it in the movie and what does it even run if anything

carlsson
June 1st, 2007, 07:42 AM
That would be an Atari Portfolio, if I'm not mistaken.
http://oldcomputers.net/portfolio.html

I received a Portfolio last year in a trade, but I have not used it much since I don't know what to use it for, other than playing around a bit.

rmx77
June 1st, 2007, 07:56 AM
thats good to know anyone out there have one they wouldnt mind parting with

Bill_Loguidice
June 1st, 2007, 09:34 AM
Your best bet is eBay, unless someone on here has a spare. They're fairly plentiful and not too pricey (around the $50 range usually with a few extras). It runs a version of DOS and is a very interesting handheld computer.

rmx77
June 1st, 2007, 10:01 AM
what program was being ran in the movie and what all did it totaly do

Bill_Loguidice
June 1st, 2007, 10:12 AM
what program was being ran in the movie and what all did it totaly do

The story is probably findable on the Internet, but if I recall correctly, it was typical hollywood, i.e., it really wasn't accessing the data in the ATM.

As for what it typically did, it did what you think a handheld would do. It ran BASIC, games, transferred files with the right setup, ran applications, etc. It used plug-in cards similar to modern PCMCIA laptop cards for RAM drives, software, etc.

rmx77
June 1st, 2007, 10:24 AM
well what it was from what i remember was a code braker like if something was locked u could unlock it with a code and if u needed money from an atm u could get it it would search for a code u inserted the card or swiped the card and it would search for a viable pin number or acess code

Bill_Loguidice
June 1st, 2007, 10:35 AM
well what it was from what i remember was a code braker like if something was locked u could unlock it with a code and if u needed money from an atm u could get it it would search for a code u inserted the card or swiped the card and it would search for a viable pin number or acess code

Yeah, like I said, probably a dummy program. I doubt even if someone wanted to build such a software and interface combination, it could process and interface that quickly either.

rmx77
June 1st, 2007, 10:44 AM
ah ok cool

carlsson
June 2nd, 2007, 10:28 AM
I like the quote on the oldcomputers.net link I posted above:


From STart, the Atari magazine, October 1989:
The Portfolio should make Atari millions of dollars and make the Atari name a familiar one in corporate offices around the world."

Illicit uses: Rob an ATM machine (From the movie Terminator 2)

If it really could be used to rob ATM's, Atari indeed could've used it themselves to make millions of dollars (not to mention the buyers) until someone had caught them.

rmx77
June 2nd, 2007, 12:29 PM
i wish to get my hands on one and really play with it and all that

carlsson
June 3rd, 2007, 04:54 AM
You have one on eBay right now. It ends on Wednesday, June 6th.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260124013897

rmx77
June 3rd, 2007, 11:01 AM
well i dont have a way of getting it though and all i dont have a card to register with ebay and mony is kinda tight since my grandpa passed away last may 2006