Interview with Igniter aka Stainless Steel Rat of Pyrotechnics / Automation 4th June 2003.
Can you tell me about
your computer history , e.g. first computer etc ?
1982 - Oric 1 (zap, ping, shoot etc. oh what fun (not)) / Sinclair Spectrum (the best 8-bit in my books) / Vic 20 (ran the Pet software and Blue Meanies)
1984 - BBC Micro / Acorn Electron / Commodore 64
1986 - Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128 / Atari ST (my favourite computer, very easy to modify)
1988 - Amstrad CPC 6128 (only ever played "ZUB" by Mastertronic on it!)
1989 - Commodore Amiga (didn't have this long, I HATE IT!)
1995 - Conceeded and got a PC / Atari Jaguar ( I know its not a computer but I reverse engineered it (re-wrote the ROM) and used it as a computer (via parallel link to my Atari ST), I wrote the hidden game "Painter" a crush roller type game, for the unreleased Jaguar game "Slam Racer" by Sinister Developments. Apparently it's out on the net somewhere, yet to see a decent Jag Emu tho!
1996 - 2003 Various Different PCs, ALL AMD!!! Intel Sucks
How and when did enter
the ST scene ?
Were you in a sub crew
of Automation , eg Guardians of Logik, BBC etc or
were you just an individual like Vapour and Sharaz Jek ?
did you actually do in Automation , just cracking ?
Which do you prefer ?
Are you a self taught
hacker ? or did other members assist you in the early days ?
Do you remember your
first crack ?
What was the hardest
game to hack and why ?
Who in your opinion was
the best hacker on the Atari ST ? (I must stop asking this question
as the answer is always the same! Shw)
Did you meet most of
the other members ?
Any stories ?
Did you play any part
in the Automation <> Pompey feud ?
I remember you released
the Automation music tracker menu (#329) did you get
much hassle from the coders of the trackers e.g TCB and Sync ?
Were you ever on the verge of been nabbed by F.A.S.T. or the cops ?
Yes and no, Scottish law rules, if you own upto everything they can't touch you. ie. if you own upto 500 counts of copyright theft, under scottish law you have to be charged on each one individually, it costs too much so they throw it outta court. Was caught twice, but got away with it!!!
Were you one of the
members wearing the Automation t-shirts at the C.E.S
Were you ever in any
other crew apart from Automation ?
Do you still have any
Atari hardware, if so do you still crank up your ST ?
are your favourite ST games ?
AND worse ?
What are your favourite ST demos ?
Cuddly Demo was cool, the Union Demo blew me away, the first real Fullscreen!!!
Which coders (demo and commercial) did you admire
Have you seen any of
the more recent ST demo releases (yes there still are
some! ) ?
Are you still in touch
with the ST scene ?
Have you used any of
the ST emulators, impressions ?
Did you ever slag off anyone you wish you hadn't
What's the most innovating thing you ever saw on the ST ?
PLUG: DiviChrome (renamed to VidiChrome 2) my 4096 Colour Digitizer software, using a Greyscale Scanner and B/W Camera. I impressed myself with the coding on that one!!!
What's the best ST crack you've ever seen ?
What did you do after
the ST scene faded away ?
Fave TV show ?
If you could travel back to 1988 would you do anything
Fave software house ?
What do you think of
the current Computer/Console market ?
What are you upto now ?
Programming (still), and generally being lazy, I had did my dream of owning a computer shop for a few years, and am now having a rest.
Anything else to add
, final message ?