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WILLIAM WATSON,.. , Tel, B49-04B0 

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BOB HAHN , (BBS) 885-0312 

HALO GAVAZZI (EDITOR)., ............Tel. 329-9946 


MEETINGS. „ . 

LOCATION & DATE: General nesting and ST Special Interest 
Group— Truckee Meadows Community College— Room 232; 
ckee Meadows CtMunity College SAT, JUNE 20—10 A. 11, 

ANNUAL DUES. . . 

ANNUAL DUES are $15.00, If you see a warning dot or 
notice on your label, please renew your leadership by 
sending your dues to: HISUG; P, D, BOX 2152; SPARKS, NV. 
89432 . High Sierra Users Group is an independent 
organization for Atari Computer users in the Reno area. 

NOTE; If you want to see this group continue, to develop 
its fine program library and to publish this 
newsletter. ..THEN PAY YOUR DUES PROMPTLY.., Don* t take 
these services for granted. Your dues are our only source 
of income, and we can't continue without thee. SEND YOUR 
DUES IN N0H! 

ARTICLES FOR THE JOURNAL... 

Articles for the JOURNAL are always welcome. If you wish 
to submit them in printed fora, please set your printer 
for a 3-1/2 inch wide column in condensed type face. 
However, as long as your copy is legible, even 
handwritten copy is 0 X Articles will be printed as 
space permits, and according to the editor's judgment of 
Lability. Letters to the Editor are also welcome, 

, .ease send material to: Italo Bavazzi ; 825 Wilkinson 
Ave,; Rena NV 87502 by the tenth of the iontb for 
publication during that month. 


Recently, I asked for comments on what you are doing with 
your computers— costly out of curiosity. No comments were 
forthcoming. However s I've been a hobbyist with several 
different hobbies long enough to know what it is that 
lakes a hobbyist. The ingredients are fascination and 
enthusiasm. The aiount of actual knowledge a hobbyist has 
about his hobby say vary considerably, but those other 
ingredients »ust be there in large measure. 

Therefore, I don't really need to know the specifics 
about how you're using your computers, as long as you 
remain fascinated and enthused about them. However, Fve 
warned you that I will slant the articles toward my own 
interests, unless you let me know where your interests 
lie, fly own interests he in the direction of 
applications— word-processing, spread sheets, 
data-processing, and graphics, Also, Fa an eight-bit 
owner and expect to remain so— therefore, you ST folks 
had better furnish me with material about your computers. 

BE FOREWARNED— This is where Ts cooing from, I will 
happily print anything else you would like to see 
provided that it is appropriate, but you will have to 
communicate same to me, 

As noted in last aonth' s issue, with summer coning on, ly 
interest in coiputers tends to be replaced with outdoor 
interests, A quick look at our exchange newsletters seeas 
to indicate that this is also true of other computerists 
and coiputer groups. 

Recently, being an amateur astronomer, I attended the 
Riverside Telescope Makers Conference in southern 
California. This annual conference is a great place to 
see the latest trends in amateur astronomy. One of the 
lost interesting innovations was the use of an Atari @00 
to control the Movements of a home-made telescope by 
leans of stepper-motors. The program was written in 
Basic. The co-ordinates of a star or celestial object 
were fed into the computer— and, presto— the telescope 
pointed to the object in the sky. Now, there's a 
practical application for computers that interests me. 


EDITOR COMMENTS. . . 





The terainal program that cotes with the program uses a 
40 coluan "window" on an 80 coluan docuaent, so you have 
to horizontally scroll through the page to see all the 
text. This sounded duasy to ae so I also ordered an SC 
coluen terainal prograa that uses a graphics B screen and 
saall characters to fit 80 coluans on the screen at once, 
This cost extra, as did the file conversion utility, and 
I f esl they should both have been a part of the original 
package. 


INDUS & CPM. . . 

Ever since acquiring ay Indus disc drive, I’ve been 
curious about the Future Systeas upgrade which proiises 
the purchaser the use of CP/H prograis. Accordingly, I’a 
reprinting in its entirety, the following review of saae 
by Richard Coate of BRACE as it was printed in the Hay 
1887 issue of Puget Sound Atari News! 


So far I have only used the 80 colutn terainal because I 
aa quite happy with it. The display can be a little hard 
to read at tiaes but it is basically pretty good. A 
■onochroae aonitor would probably help and I wouldn’t 
recoiBEnd it at all with a TV. Hy only real coaplaints 
with the terainal prograa is that there is no way to quit 
back to DOS, and it can’t use the extra aeiory of an XE 
as a RAH disk. Those would have been real nice touches. 


First of all, what is CP/H 7 CP/H stands for ’Control 
Prograa for Hicrocoaputers’. It was developed by Digital 
Research so that the sane software could be aade to run 
on a nuaber of different coaputers. Because of this 
universality it was a very popular operating system, and 
literally thousands of programs were written to take 
advantage of it. Many of these progress are in the public 
doaain and are of very high quality. Until very recently, 
the only way to use CP/H on the Atari was to buy an 
ATR0OOO, which is fairly expensive. Now people who own 
Indus disk drives can also use this operating system. 

I bought the fias Charger board for ay drive over a year 
ago when Indus was offering them for i5Q in the hopes 
that soae user would be able to write the software to 
enable the Indus tD run CP/H. They hoped in vain however, 
because most Atari users know squat about the 1-00 (the 
CPU in the Indus) in general, or CP/H specifically. 
Although the promised software (vaporware?) never 
cater i al i zed the card was nice to have anyway. It sure 
speeded up disk 10. 

Then, about six aonths ago Future Systeas, who bought out 
Indus, announced that they had developed the necessary 
software. The price was reasonable, but I thought that 
the avail at-lilty of software sight be a problem (CP/H 
disk foraat and Atari disk foraat are not coapatible), so 
I decided to pass. Then they caae out with a utility to 
transfer CP/H files to Atari foraat and vice-versa. Now, 
if nothing else, I could download the programs from a BBS 
and transfer thea to CP/H foraat. So I dashed off a check 
and eagerly waited for the package to arrive. Soon UPS 
dropped it off at ay front door and I was all set. 

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The package comes with very complete documentation on 
CP/fl, a CP/H boot disk for the Indus, and a disk with a 
terainal program for the Atari so that it can communicate 
properly with the Indus. AIsd included is the latest 
revision of CDS XL, with an update to Synchromesh that 
engages during the boot process so CDS will load at the 
fast rate. 


The CP/H hoot disk contains all the files that you need 
to take CP/H work, but nothing else. Since just having 
the files for CP/H is like having an Atari with DOS and 
nothing else, it would have been nice if they would have 
included a few public doaain programs to get you started. 
The first thing ] did was duplicate the disk. This can be 
done with one drive, but is HUGH easier with two. (The 
second drive doesn't have to be an Indus.) Even with two 
drives the process of copying files is very slow. In 
fact, any time you access another drive with CP/H it is 
very slow. I later learned through experiaentation tha 
even though the Atari can’t access the CP/H files, it is 
perfectly capable of sector copying a CP/H disk, which is 
auch faster than using CP/H to dupe thea. 

Using CP/H is a lot like using DOS XL. Soae of the 
comiands are different, and the Drives are labeled A, B, C 
instead of 1,2,3, but the foraat is basically the saae. 
Like DOS XL lost of the comssnds have to be loaded froi 
disk. CP/H boots up very quickly, and any operations that 
don’t involve other drives are also very quick. CP/H 

cotes with a Z-S0 editor and debugger for those who are 
into aachine language, and I iiagine that soae start 

people could sake the Indus do soae pretty amazing 
things. So far, lost of the few programs I’ve accumulated 
are gates, but I also have a Basic coapiler and 1 plan to 
try that out soon. I’d like to get ay hands on a word 

processor to see if what’s available for CP/H is any 

better than what is available for the Atari. 

CP/H can’t do anything the Atari can’t, but it is fun to 
play around with. At the $49.95 1 paid for it U already 
had the RAH card) 1 feel that it was well worth it. It 
costs $129.00 if you need the RAH card and I don’t know 
if I would pay that auch for it. The 80 cnluin teraina' 
prograa and the file conversion utility each cost $29,9i.,_ 
but you can probably talk thee into a discount if you buy 
it all at once, All of the above can be had froa: Future 
Systeas; 9811 Owensaouth Ave. Suite 9; Chatsworth, CA 

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71311; Telephone— (818) 407-1647. Public doiain. prograas 
*e available 4 roe: Elliaa Associates; 6101 Kentland 
ve.; Woodland Hills, CA 91367; Telephone (818) 348-427B. 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR... 

Hi, Pete— FATE OF HI BUG JOURNAL: Your coasents in t!?e 
last Journal sees quite appropriate to ae. The Tailing 
off of HISUG dues would indicate that something is not 
■eeting the needs of aethers. It could also aean that 
letters are gravitating toward IEH clones, Hacs and Saiga 
2000s, etc., but 1 have no evidence of any such thing. H 
Ata-j doesn’t get their act together, it could happen. 

The only way I can think of finding out what aesbers are 
doing and wanting, other than guessing, is to take a 
poll. Asking people to speak for theiselves light create 
something new in the midst of the death of the old. 
Warning people of the depending death of their creation 
is likely to help it die. People like to see death, as is 
evident in the content of the sedia. For just one thing, 
it returns the# to the wonder of sheer existence in the 
here and now. Reminders of one kind or another appear to 
be an essential part of the huian condition. 

If 1 were being polled, 1 would express ey need to know 
what other local ST owners were doing with their 

chines, what their problees were and how they were 
.ulving thea. A recent exasple of this occurred when Gene 
Hanson called ae because I had left out the requireiEnt 
of returning the original Flight Simulator disk in order 
to get the free update. I was not hose, in fact was in 
Reno turning pianos (ay retirement profession) in the IDS 
churches (we are not leaders— of any church) and Eerri 
answered the phone. Consunate psychologist of the huaan 
spirit as she is, she mediately recognized that he 
really wanted to share with soaeone who was also 

interested in siiulation-type gases; even lore, that he 
simply wanted to have an exchange. 

Soae aspect of sharing is going unset at HISUG. So, what 
can we do about it, because it is our own lack as well. 
We could include a tear-out fore in the Journal asking 
such questions as: What systea do you have and what 

peripherals; what computer tasks and activities do you 
do; what probless have you solved; what probleis would 
you like to be able to solve; include your naae and 

telephone number if you are willing to be called by 

soeecne who either needs or knows the answer; would you 
be willing to have your systea and phone nuiber listed on 
a bulletin board at the Coiputer House lor whatever 
lethod would be agreeable to asst 1 . 

could also generate info on the probleis we think 
Atari ought to provide solutions to, and then send the 
coipany the results of our poll. Atari claiis to be 
responsive, though I have found they respond best to the 
f Ear that you are about to buy another systea. Now that 


you know the direction iy thinking is headed in, let ie 
know if there is anything I can contribute to the 
solution of the HISUG membership . situation. 
Syd Allen 

Pear Syd,— Thanks for your coiaents and your obvious 
interest and concern. Your suggestion to poll the eeibers 
is sound, but returns froa tail polls are usually 
disappointing. However, for the present, we will be 
polling aesbers at leetings. Telephoning those lenders 
who dropped out would probably be the best way of finding 
out their reasons for doing saae.— Pete. 

ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING. . . 

Desktop publishing has come to the rescue of the aspiring 
author Just in time, what with the cutthroat situation in 
regular publishing. Ms it catchy enough to sell?' That 
is about all you can expect from the 'trade.' Many works 
of great merit, just because they will not sell large 
numbers of copies will never see the light of day in that 
arena. Desktop publishing limited runs of your own work 
saves the day. 

Suppose you are not yet ready for even that expense. Try 
circulating your work via disk, or uploading it to 8BSes 
and electronic information services, 

Articles on both methods are Increasing rapidly in the 
computer magazines. Germane to both is the meaning of 
the copyright. Your work is copyrighted as soon as you 
have created it. This gives you certain rights, such as 
reproduction, duplication, distribution, display, public 
performance, the preparation of derivative works, etc. 
You do not need to register the copyright in any way for 
this, unless you are worried about enfringement. Here is 
a quote from the Copyright Office, Circular R82 : 

'The Copyright Act of the United States (title 17, 
United States Code) provides for copyright protection in 
literary and artistic works. Under the copyright statute 
which became effective January 1, 1ST8, copyright is 
secured automatically when a work is created in a fixed 
medium. 

'Copyright registration is a legal formality intended 
to make a public record of the basic facts of a particu- 
lar copyright. ..registration is voluntary and is not a 
condition of copyright protection. Registration provides 
certain advantages, including establishing the public re- 
cord, establishing the right to bring an infringement 
suit, and securing a broader range of remedies in in- 
fringement suits.' 

If you do think registration is necessary, it requires 
filling out a form (easy), including a copy of all or 
part of your work in printed form, and a (10 fee. If it 
is a magazine, even on a disk, you must do this for every 
issue, Address, for the forms and more complete info: 

Publication Section, LH-455; Copyright Office; Library of 
Congress; Washington, D.C. 20559. Tell then what kind of 
Nork you have created, in order to get the correct fores. 

[Syd Allen] 


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REVIEW 

M icroLeague Baseball 
from MicroLeague Sports 

Basically, It's not an actual game 
that you go out and hit the 
ball. ..so if you are looking for an 
arcade- style game, then this is 
way out of the ballpark (sic) 
HOWEVER. YOU are the 
MANAGER Of a REAL pro tram 
with all the true players and all 
the true playa's statistics 
TRUE meaning the same guys 
who you watch on TV. 

The graphics are moderate on 
the ST. but compared to the 8 
bit Atari's, the graphics are 
very enhanced. Snce the actual 
play of the game is not the main 
object, it's not of any big deal. 
The screens are set up in a easy 
to read fashion using the mouse 
and good color. 

Strategy and statistics are the 
name of this game. Authenticity 
is genuine and a tot of research 
has obvjoudy been made to 
make Micro! eagus Baseball as 
realistic as it is. 

AsManager you control pitchers, 
relief pitchers, pitches batting 
line-ups. and time-outs, etc 
You have the option of managing 
both teams or the computer can 
manage one and you the other. 
Each play is recorded on the 
screen in the manna of a radio 
announce - us ng names of 
players and Jargon of the sport. 

1 1 was a joy to use a program 
that I didn't run into any bugs 
while playing. Also, if they 
support the ST vasion like they 
have their others we may see 
extra team data disks soon. 
Honestly. I am not an avid 
baseball fan. so my review of 
MicroL eague's program may be 
slightly less than enthusiastic (I 
would have preferred 
acrade- style). J did feel. 


though, that it was well done 
and a perfect addition to 
anyone's library that loves 
sports st rat egy. 

ANOTHER REVIEW 

Degas Ditty 
by CrlsManson 

If you aren't aquainted with 
Degas Bite by Batteries 
Included, you should be. call 
me. I'll tell you what it's about 
or better yet. go to the User's 
group meeting and ask someone 
to demo it. If you are familiar 
with it. the summer issue of 
Antic's Start Magazine has a 
neat accessory file to be used 
with this draw program. 
Patrick Bass, who is Atari's 
Technical Director designed and 
titlesit ‘Toolkit. ACCV 
Toolkit is a two part accessory 
file and has two sonarate 
operations in it. Whan you 
power up with this accessory on 
your boo! disk, you will not be 
able to access it without Degas 
bang run first. 

The first accessory is called 
'Page Flipper' and it will allow 
anyone with a upgraded 520 or 
any 1040 to animate one or all of 
the 8 windows of Degas. I 
found this great to get an idea to 
find oul whether or not I 
wanted to attempt entering the 
world of animation. I'm lazy 
and It's work. Sometimes the two 
just don't mix. Curious asl am. 1 
drew an open-mouthed PacMan 
on the first window and a 
dosed-mouth one on the second 
window. When I selected the 
Desk dropdown menu. ! clicked 
over 'Page Flipper'. A dialog 
window opened on the screen 
and I was able to then select 
which of the 8 windows (1 and 
2 only in this example) that ! 
wanted, also the speed or _ 


frames per second that I wanted it to 
switch back and forth. That little 
guy gobbled a mile a mlnutd 
Playing around with this one has 
smitten me with idss to animate! 
(Does anyone out there know of a 
way to save the animated windows 
to thdr own file?) 

The second accessory ‘Screen 
Operator' is abit more complex for 
me and I'm still working on 
understanding the concgDt. Madts 
and such are sill obscure to this 
kid. However, if it is at all as 
nifty as 'Page Flipper*, then I'm 
sure it will add to your list of 
Degas- util J lies 

HELPI HELPI HELPI 

SACRAF1CB 

Must sell my 520ST Monochrome 
syst on. 1 1 was purchased i n M arch 
'87. Nice computer desk, also, with 
monitor shelf plus one extra dielf. 
Desk has storage cabinet on right 
and room for box of 2000 sheet 
prints' paper below that. Desk is on 
wheels 520 does have RF. so it can 
work on a color TV. Comes with 
one SF354 disk drive and all 
software that came with purchase. 
Including First Word. NeoChrome. 
DBM aster. Basic, and Logo. 
Complete with all manuals. Sysion 
ind udes mouse with mouse cad and 
dust covers for keyboard, drive and 
monitor. Will aJ so include a DAK 
power director that sells for $70.00. 
1 1 has a surge suppressor in it along 
with 6 pi ugs for periphlals. 

The entire system ts for sale for 
$750 or the best offer. Please 
contact Carolyn Berk at 331-2798 
(or Cris Manson at 356-6252. 1 will 
throw in two Individual Intro 
classes at no charge.) 






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WORDPERFECT FOR ST, . 


The following article, which gives a quick advance look 
at WordPerfect for the Atari ST P is reprinted in its 
^tirety froa the Hay 1907 issue of the Pokey Press, 
alished by the Atari Computer Club of the Pali Beaches, 

It is published in Boyntor, Beach, Florida, 

(Editor's notes The following /is a brief product 
description of the features to be expected with the 
upcoming release of Word Perfect for the Atari ST, Although 
the program Is still in the debugging stage, and no full 
release is expected until simmer. Word Perfect appears to 
be the professional, full-featured word processing package 
that many have been waiting for since the ST came out 
almost two years ago*.,) 

WordPerfect for the Atari ST 

WordPerfect Corporation introduces WordPerfect for the 
Atari ST, The following is a brief list of features for 
this professional word processor! 

Compatibility - File compatible with WordPerfect 4.1 for 
the IBM PC and other computers, allowing for direct 
document transfer to and from the ST without losing 
document format. Function keys are defined the same 
between versions, for increased ease of learning. 

Footnotes/Endnotes - Footnotes and endnotes are 
automatically numbered and renumbered as you edit* 
Footnotes are properly placed at the bottom of the page, 
and endnotes are compiled at the end of the document. 
There is no limit to length, as all notes can overflow the 
current page if you designate. 

Interface - WordPerfect fully supports the GEM 
.^erface. Virtually all functions may be easily accessed 
with either the mouse or the keyboard. Desk accessories 
are fully accessible from inside WordPerfect, 

List Files - A complete set of disk utilities is included, 
for total file maintenance. 

Macros - Record any series of keystrokes or mouse actions 
and recall them with a single keystroke. Macros can be 
chained or conditional, as well as delayed. 

Math - Math mode allows creation of numeric tables in your 
document, with automatic calculation of subtotals, totals*, 
grand totals, or your own custom math functions. 

Merge - Merge can be used to automate many office 
proceedures, including forms, labels, contracts, and other 
time-consuming casks. The Merge feature may also be 
combined with macros to create powerful user-defined 
functions , 

Paragraph/Outline Numbering - Paragraphs can be 
automatically numbered in several different styles. Or, 
use the outline feature to simply organize your 
documents . 

Printer Support - WordPerfect supports over 200 printers, 
including most laser printers. Documents can be printed 
using true proportional spacing, font downloading, or 
virtually anything else your printer is capable of. 

Her - A fast 115 ,000-vord dictionary with phonetic and 
.d-template look-up is included. Fully expandable, with 
legal and medical terms already Included. 

* 

Table of Contents/Index Generation - Create a table of 
contents of index for your document, consisting of up to 
five levels* 


Text Columns - Up to five newspaper-style or static text 
columns may be displayed and edited on-screen. 

Thesaurus - Synonyms and antonyms may be displayed for up 
to three different words at the same time. 

Undelete - The last three deletions or series of deletions 
can be restored at will, at any location you choose. 

Virtual Memory - . Data can flow onto disk when computer 
memory is full, * No longer are your documents limited by 
available memory, but only by disk size. 

A complete manual, including graduated lessons, a thorough 
reference section, and a color-coded keyboard template, 
provides ease of operation for both new and experienced 
WordPerfect users. 

WordPerfect is scheduled for release Ehis summer. Watch 
for world- class word processing at your local Atari 
dealer. 

Questions can be directed to Jeff Wilson, Manager of Atari 
Development for WordPerfect Corporation, at CIS: 
72447,3427. Gr write: 

WordPerfect Corp. 

2S8 West Center 
Orem, UT 6*057 

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