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Applications on atari are not dead yet ! 

There  are  still some  developpers  for  serious stuff , and I  wanted to  know
what could be their  motivations so  i  decided to get in touch with Rajah Lone,
member of the 'Renaissance' crew...


Cooper : Hello Rajah, Let's start with the usual stuff :  introducing  yourself.
Can you tell us what is your real name, age , job, atari activity,  or  whatever
you want...

Rajah : Bonjour  Cooper :)   Pierre TONTHAT, born  in 1971, earning my  live  as
web/java  developper , but  have studied  pharmacy/chemistry  (and  obtained the
diploma).My parents wanted my brother and me to be skilled at computers, so they
bought me a TI99/4A to begin  with. I have learned to code it with its very slow
Basic, writting plenty of listings of Hebdogiciel. At last,I was creating my own
games and  grafx, saved on audio tapes, but all are lost now. Two or three years
later, my brother got an Amstrad CPC464, but  it wasn't enough for him: he  told
my parents I wanted the new Atari 520STf (that was a very nasty lie ;)).So I got
a 520STf in hands, without asking anything, nor having the desire to use it.With
time, the machine revealed its qualities, and I fell in love with  this piece of
hardware: playing a  lot, reading ST  Magazine, learning to code  with GFA Basic
and  trying  to understand how the GEM worked. My brother used also this ST, but
wasn't statisfied. He wanted something more exciting and powerful : an Amiga500,
and he obtained it ! Then started a big competition between us. Coding or trying
to code, comparing games and hardware... Our configurations were growning up...

Finaly he lose and sold his Amiga  to buy a PC. The evil part of  my brother was
revealed at last ;)  I  have  learnt to  love the  Amiga system, though  it  was
very strange to me. And no desire nor  need  to buy and use a  PC, so I kept my
Atari until today, coding GEM applications for my needs or games for my pleasure.

Cooper : I've seen that you  are a member of 'Renaissance'. Can you tell us more
about that ? Who founded  the  crew ? who  are  the  other members ? When was it
founded ?

Rajah : Renaissance is a  small  party. I  was  coding on DGEM, a Dungeon Master
clone for GEM environment, and Jean-Marc aka Daroou wrote emails for support and
suggestions. Since he helped a lot with bug reports, tests,susggestions,building
all the DGEM maze and creating characters with my utilz,we decided to associate.
I do not remember when, but it corresponds to the DGEM upgrade 0.10 to 0.12.

I proposed several names, and 'Renaissance' seemed the  best. For Dungeon Master
hardcore gamers, it's the altar of 'Rebirth'. You can find in our logo the magic
symbols  of high  power,  life,  friendship and sunlight. Renaissance  is also a
period  of History I like very much: Shakespeare, paintings, English and Italian

Daroou is the only other member of Renaissance. He's also a coder, and use C and
ASM. He has  started with GFA, so  he can  read me very easily  and  find  bugs.
Jean-Marc have its own products available on The
last are released with the 'Renaissance' label and they are very interesting :)

Cooper : If i remember well, you have an interesting amount of atari equipment. 
What is it composed of ?

Rajah : some configs have names, and maybe souls. That's silly of me ;)

- Metro : tower Falcon030, Eclipse/ATI RageIIc,  EtherNEC,  CDROM and HD drives,
           TFT screen (Sony M51). Main system, for the Internet, playing,testing,
           working, chatting, etc..
- Nef   : tower MegaST4, Viking (not used),  EtherNEC, CDROM and HD  drives, for
           coding, publishing.
- Nomad : Falcon030, Sonic Eagle32, for coding parties

 ..and 520STf (for old school games and ripping), Jaguar+JagC
   and my old TI99/4A ;)

Nef & Metro are  connected  on  the  LAN via a  Netgear DG814: I  have  an  aDSL
connection to the Internet (128K is enough ;))

Cooper : Can you remind us all your productions  for atari, to refresh  our crap
memories ? :-)

Rajah : Well, you'd better go to, near all of my products
are listed. Trying to finish what I start, there are no rubish or unused code on
'Nef', except  for  an  old  project named Kheiron, a  3D  modeler  for  organic
molecules, with a Calamus look and feel. I'm not skilled in 3D maths (I'm  not a
true scener ;)), so I gave up.

Cooper : Why are you still coding in GFA ? Ever  tried some C or Asm stuff ? And
which tools do you use to create your wonders ?

Rajah : I love GFA since I started with it, and found no  limit to what I wanted
to do. Seems perfect to  me, it's enough to code GEM applications, though it has
a lot of (known) bugs. I typed ASM  listing long ago and got an headhache. Tried
to understand it, but my brain is now too old to be efficient and receptive :(

C could be a great thing to code: I can read  it. But I have tried many time and
failed  to "make a project"  and  compile.  Learning to write  C would  take  my
precious time also :(  Since my projects  or  products upgrades  do not need the
quickness of C or ASM,I continue with GFA.As for the tools other than GFA Basic:
my brain, eyes and hands... But no wonders, I'm afraid ;)

Cooper : you entered the  Gem  Candy competition ( with  a  GEM
version of Teenage Queen (Teenage Queen Reloaded). What motivated you to do this
game ? How long  did  it  take you ? Some funny stories about the development of
this project ?

Rajah : Well, a Atari friend of mine was astonished when I made my coming-out to
him. "You'are gay? I can't believe it ! You  have coded  the  remake of Rosemary
Racoon's Strip Game!". Seems I like naughty games with naked women,though I have
a gay version of Manga Puzzle with Kinu Sekigushi's artwork ;)   I loved playing
with  the Teenage  Queen fifteen years  ago, and I planned to rewrite it for GEM
environment. That's becoming an habit to rewrite for GEM, since I use a 1024*768
TC screen on my Falcon (Eclipse ;)) , I hate to have to reboot to test something
that runs in another screen rezolution. It took  2  months to code Teenage Queen
Reloaded,and some weeks to get it a bit more perfect (some bugs remains though).
Getting the grafx and  samplez was a  long and tedious  part, but I'm accustomed
with DGEM (and its more than 2000 sprites now). It  was pleseant to assemble all
parts and see the program grow, with some basic parts of the DGEM code .

But the very very tedious part was the Artificial Intelligence of the lady...You
do not know how difficult it was to be to  enhance her brain. She was a 'blonde'
with one neurone in her head! It  got me nervous  and I started  to nickname her
'salope' with means slut, bitch, harlot...

Cooper : What are your future projects ? We've  ever  seen your  GEM  conversion
from Dungeon Master, some news about it ? Tell us more !! ;)

Rajah : I have to release some bugfixes/updates of my  programs (ie Cresus), and
I'll try this year to code a NEWSie substitute called 'Atari Troll Machine'.Then
continue to work on DGEM. Coding this program is a great adventure, and  I thank
Daroou for his help. I would have not continued without him in the party :)

Cooper : There was a  strange  story  about  your picture in the #atariscne  dhs
gallery. Can you give us more precision about these facts ? :) 

Rajah  : I have a TRENDnet TV/IP200, connected to  the  Netgear DG814, so people
connected to ircnet can get my IP and see me surfing the Net, chatting, drinking
tea, eating, doing fitness, walking nearly naked... hum...I also love bananas...
...and men ;p   I strongly say that I have no dildo at home, but I will not take
offence if someone offers me one ;)

Cooper : Now it's time for a litle STS-like brainstorming :) You surely know the
principle, i give you a  letter, and you must tell  me what does it reminds you.
Let's go :

R: Renaissance
A: Atari
J: Jampur (the name/flavour of ice cream I love)
A: Angel (no letter G for Gay ?)
H: Home and away

L: Love
O: Obi Wan Kenobi (private joke ;p)
N: Nef
E: Elite2 (Frontier)

Cooper : We are slowly arriving to the end  of this interview, and  if you  have
something to add, just do it now :)

Rajah : Well... "May the Fun of Atari be with you" :)

Cooper : Thanks you for your patience, and good luck for all your future stuff !

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