The newsletter of the San. Diego Atari Computer Enthusiasts
£SDACE * P .0 . BOH 203076 * SAI1 DIEGO * CA * 92120)
Elections in December!
Be sure to be at the December meeting to vote for
your 1955 club officers' slate. Support SDACE!
December JHeeting s on
Thursday the 3rd!
mark your calendar and don't forget: the joint
8 -bit /ST meeting will be on the first Thursday
of December, at 5:30, at the north Park Rec Center,
Adult Center, 2719 Howard Street
'Renewal time is near!
SDACE desperetly needs you to renew your
membership Your support is needed now more
than ever. Dues will be going up to $20 per year
soon, so sign up in December to get the $ 15 rate! Check
your expiration date on the newsletter label!
Don’s skip this because it's the
Editor's Final Column
Here it is: my very last newsletter I It’s
been a long and fulfilling year for me as the
editor of the C& a si e<? i cr, but the time has
come for me to move on, mainly for reasons
of time . Attending SDSU, working nights, and
trying to squeeze in time for sleep has begun
to take its toll, and I have to let someone else
carry the torch. IXiy replacement, Tom
Bryant This number is listed on opposite
page) will be a capable and dedicated editor,
and just to make sure he is. I'll be hanging
around for a while. I'm not quitting SDACE, of
course: on the contrary, I'll try to keep my
foot in the door at the meetings and such .
Speaking of Tom, he has a 1040 and a
ITlagic Sac, and will be going to the meetings
and legging onto the club EBSs soon, with his
new modem. I always encouraged feedback
and criticism of my .job as newsletter, and
even though few ever took the time to say yea
or nay how they felt about the newsletter, I
hope some will with Tom. I encourage all of
you to get a feel for him, to talk to him, and
help him in any way possible. His first
newsletter will be January.
It's election time! Be sure and be at the
December meeting fa joint meeting on the 1st
Thursday of the month at the north Park .
facility). I’ll leave it to Dave to talk about the
elections, but believe me, this will be a good
meeting, and all should go. Ve will definetly
have door prizes, including software, so be
there or be square. As 1 said. I'll be running
for club Secretary, and hope to be around at
least another year .
This being my lame duck newsletter and
all, I can take the liberty to say some things I
might otherwise want to skip , If I rub some
of you the wrong way , forgive me .
1) The 8-bit SIG is a dad. There's no
contest; it’3 totally lame. The past year has
seen it decline sharply, with less and less
members attending the meetings, I don’t
want to condemn the Atari S — bits completely
but it seems clear to me that if they : re going
to survive in our club in any way, the 8-bit
owners are going to have to get a life and go
to the meetings. Support SDACE, or we can't
support you . If the trend holds true, the 8-bit
will never hope to flourish again , and it will
eventually die .
2) Apathy reigns in SDACE. Another
truth . Ho one cares abouthing . Ho one offers
any feedback of any kind, for anything. If
you're not one of the few who complain about
whatever they feel like complaining about at
the meetings (and so few attend meetings, if
seems, although I might be wrong about this
since I, myself, can seldom attend) then we
hear nothing from you for the whole year . Ho
interest is taken, no way. And contributions
to the newsletter, hahal Vhat a joke.
Reading through the newsletters of other
clubs around the country , I am often depres-
sed about how few care enough to do any-
thing at all. Yes, I'm talking to you! You,
reading this newsletter . Everyone in the club
is guilty .
3) SDACE isn't rich.. I can't quote
numbers in print, but SDACE's financial
standing is very poor . There are several
reasons why: the purchase of the 520ST for
the ST BES, the extra fees we were forced to
pay for use of the north Park Rec Center a few
months ago, and the giant defecil-causing
newsletters of my early reign of terror as
newsletter Editor are all major cases . The
bottom line is: we could die next year if
membership drops off, or something un-
forseen happens. SDACE desperelly needs
you to do your part and renew your
membership, buy disks of the month,
and support our newsletter adver-
tisers. As lame-duck newsletter editor, I'm
begging you to renew !
Veil, I'm belaboring the point. I'm
afraid , and I apologise But look at it from the
point of view of the club officers, myself
included . It'd sure be nice if the club weren’t
taken for granted like it is. Oh well, why
complain about it ...
A note on modems . The SDACE ST BBS is
running off a rflitac 2400, loaned by mark
Lawless of Computers Plus , A collection will
be taken up among the ST users for the
modem at the meeting. How the "big three"
ST BBSs, ST-SDACE, ST midi Connection and
Computer Boulevard are ail 2400 baud . Does
that Lei) uau ? Diaub» it's tirr-ie lor
you to graduate to a better modem . The local
ST dealerships have good quality 2400 baud
modems for under $200 now, so drop by and
have a look. You'll be glad you did. I've been
running 2400 for nearly a year now, and it's
been the best move I ever made .
Please see EDITOR, page 4.
I mpor tan t Inf orma t i on
From the Prez...
SI) ACE elections coming up in December ,
the 3rd of the monlh , The combined meet-
ings of both groups, 8-bit and ST, vill meet at
the Adult Center of the north Park Rec-
reational Center . The Adult Center is on the
northwest corner of the Park . meeting time
vill be at 6:30 pm .
The first part of the meeting vill be
devoted to presentation of the slate of pro-
posed officers, nominations from the floor,
and voting .
The following are the proposed slated
officers from the nominating committee:
President: mark Lavlees
8-bit VP: Ron miller
Treasurer: Tom Andert
Secretary: David Delgadillo
As you can see, the ST Veep slot is open,
and ve vill be taking nominations for all this
and the other elected positions from the floor.
Let me encourage all of you vho vish to be
involved in this capacity to do so. I believe
that the upcoming year vill prove to be very
interesting fcr both Atari and SDACE. There
vill be many challenges and much sat-
The second part of the meeting vill be
devoted to the reason vhy ve exist — the Atari
computers. Bring your 8-bit, your ST's and
IDega's, even your 2600 if you have one. Bring
softvare and hardware. Let's shov each
other vhat these machiens are able to do . It
vill be a time for shoving off.
Since I've touched on the subject of
softvare, I vould like to encourage all of you
to go out and either buy yourself a Christmas
gift or leave messages to your family for a
gift. There is no better vay to learn about
and to eupport Atari computers . much in the
vay of nev software out there: WordPerfect,
Spectrum 512, nev desktop publishing pro-
ams, IBm software (for PC:Ditto), and
macintosh softvare [for the magic Sac). Get
out there and enjoy yourself.
The last thing I vould like to leave you
with are my wished to all of you for both a
merry Christmas and a Happy Itev Year.
Take care of yourself during the holidays, and
let's all look forward to a fresh future .
- David Delgadillo
I'd just like to add a few things to vhat
Dave has said. First of all, I really want
everyone to try their best and make the Dec-
ember meeting. Voting is important, your
one chance to put your two cents in. If you
don't care enough about SDACE to take one
evening off and come down to liorth Park
with us, then you probably aren't getting
enough out of the club for you to bother with
it at all . Please show up .
The past year has been, for me, an
interesting and fulfilling one. I have not
regretted my rather snap decision back in
December of '86 to be the newsletter editor,
nor am I happy to see the job go to someone
else. I haven't been perfect as your news-
letter editor, but I’ve always tried to meet my
deadlines, and it's been a good experience for
me. Time simply won't allow me to continue,
unfortunately, so I'm passing the torch to
Tom Bryant next month .
I've been in SDACE since '82, when I got
my Atari 400 (for $250!) system. I've gotten a
lot out of SDACE over the years, programming
help, public domain softvare, friends, etc . By
being the editor for a year I've taken pride in
giving something back to the club, which is
really here for everyone , not just one group .
If you're a nev member of SDACE, I
encourage you tc keep going to the meetings,
and make SDACE work as much for you as
possible. Help out where you can, be an
active member, work a booth at the San Diego
Computer Society ’s computer shov each year .
When you’re comfortable with the club, vol-
unteer for an elected post. Being an SDACE
officer is a good experience, and you 11 feel like
you're putting some back in to the club. If
you're thinking about breaking the bonds of
apathy which seem to hold everyone in the
club and volunteering for a position, please
stand up and be heard; don't just say, "Veil,
someone's already running, I won't bother."
Ve need no tr at SDACE .
For Sale: Quality 1200 Band modem
8-bil and ST cables, $60
Call Riok, 2S4-236S
800KL 256K, 1050, 48K 800,
assorted 8- bit software,
ST software: Strip Poker, Thunder,
VIP, Ultima II , <3ato, Ulindshadow,
Sun dog, music Studio, Paint vont,
Vhy wait? and dBman .
Call Guy Davis, 462-9704
Atari CXS5 numeric Keypad (8-bit J,
40 Track DS drive, 80 Track DS drive,
Rick Dehaven 284-2365
Key, won! Use the SD Act,
Class if kits! V|ou think we put them
here jot our heaCth?
LISTING OF SAN DIEGO AREA ATARI BBSs
Are* code 618, 300/1 200 BAUD, 24 hours * dag
unless otherwise noted
3 Fred's Place
3 The Highlands
The Atari Fortress
3 8-bit SD ACE
1 Sherwood Forest
4 ST MIDI Connection
5 ! Computer Blvd.
5 Computer Plus BBS
4 * Computer Outlet
Computer Baud Number
8-bit 2400 560-8173
8-bit 3/12 566-6210
8-bit 3/12 298-8475
8-bit 3/12 426-4253
8-bit 3/12 566-3430
8-bit /ST 3/12 276-5603
ST 2400 284-3821
ST 2400 452-7535
ST 2400 589-0565
ST 2400 691-7862
ST 2400 282-6815
1 = TCxe, 2 = Forem, 3 = BBS Express
4 ■ Michtron ST, 5 = Forem ST
(♦“Limited hours, !=Magic Sac support)
Help keep this Cist updated :
contact the editor if you know of
any corrections . Tfwirz&sf
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Reprinted from Current Dotes
november 1987 !
Computer Fenestrations has just
released a nifty new utility. It's called
£AS£L/ST t and it lets you install any Degas
CDegahl or Ileochrome picture as the
background of your desktop _ To use the
program simply place it in an auto folder
along with a copy of your favorite art work
in the root directory , The picture will have
to be renamed "EASE1ST" so that the
program knows which picture to load .
That's it. Row, whenever you boot the disk
the picture will be there on your desk, but
everything else will be the same. Run a
program from a window , then return to the
desktop, and your picture will still be there ,
Right about now you're probably
thinking to yourself that this is nice, but
hardly practical . Veil, actually there are
quite a few ideas to put this program to
work for you. How about drawing up your
users' group logo, then at the next meeting
instead of staring at a dell green screen
between demonstrations you can promote
your next meeting time . Another idea could
be to make a picture that describes what's
on a particular disk along with any special
instructions. By doing this even someone
who may not be terribly experienced with
the ST could get started by simply booting
up the computer and reading the text on
the desktop .
I’ve tested £AS£Ls'ST with quite a few
popular ST programs and have found none
to date that have problems with this
program. It shold be noted that programs
like Easy Draw and VIP Professional have
the desktop in the background of the pro-
gram so whatever picture was installed
with still be there when you execute pro-
grams like these . This can lead to in-
novative uses of £A S£L ,-'£T that are ap-
plication specific .
You can probably tell that I like the
prgram and at least one reason for this is
that it falls into a rare class of progrma
that do what they're supposed to do . It's not
copy protected, and is very reasonably
priced. At only $19, this program makes a
fine addition to anyone's library.
- Kirk Osterman
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large companies like Ulicrosoil and
Ashton-Tale, to name onlg two .
moving on from the vaporware to the
real stuff, ’WordPerfect is out and is selling
quite well, thank you. This one is really
loaded with power . now if you need the best
then you can buy the best there is .
The EBS has moved in to the fast lane .
A 2400 baud modem was purchased at the
request of the users . Donations are re-
quested to help defray the cost of the latest
addition . Thanks go out to those who have
already contributed. The old 1200 baud
modem is for sale, only $60 and two cables .
One for the ST and one for the 8-bit’s 850
interface. If interested, call the EES or me,
voice (both numbers are on the second page
of the newsletter) .
And last but not lease, I want to tell
you about the club elections at the next
General meeting . It will be held on the first
Thursday (the third!!!) of December at 2719
Howard Street. That is the same place as
the magic Sac /'Beginners /CAD 3D SICS meet-
ing . Voting for next year’s officers will be
at this meeting. If you want to have a say
in where your club is going in I98S then I
suggest that you make it there. Ve are in
need of a new ST-VP to take over my shoes,
as I will not be running for the office again.
Users interested in having more fun than
they are now having should apply !
[Editor’s note: I’d like to say goodbye to
Rick DeHaven , ST-VP for the past year and
past President and Vice-President ofSDACE.
I know we’ll all miss hirp, but it’ll be nice to
have him around on the EES — yes, he is
continuing as Sysop of the club's board —
and we’re sure he'll keep in touch with the
Eeing ’in charge' of anything is
difficult, and Rick's done a great job (even if
he 's always the last officer to turn in his
newsletter article !) . Ve all with you the
best at Computer Outlet and in your future
life, Rick, and hope to see you at the next
few hundred meetings .}
Remember, the December
General meeting is on
! December 3rd! Go and vote
for your club's officers!
E719 Homard Street!
To my Darling Husband
By V . J . Parsons
Reprinted from RUGAC
I am sending you this letter in a bogus
software company envelope so that you will
be sure to read it . Please forgive the
deceaption, but I thought you should know
what has been going on at home since your
ST computer entered our lives Ivo years
The children are doing veil. Tommy is
nov seven and is a bright handsome boy.
He has developed quite an interest in arts. .
He drew a family portrait for a school
project. The chair and tha back of your
head were very realistic. You would be very
proud of him .
Little Jennifer turned three in
September, She looks a lot like you did at
that age. She is an attractive child, and
quite smart. She still remembers that you
spent the whole afternoon with us on her
birthday, Vhat a grand day for Jen, despite
the face that it was stormy and the
elctricity was out .
I am also doing well , I went blonde
about a year ago and was delighted to
discover that they da have more fun ,
Lars, I mean IHr, Swenson, the
department head, has taken in an interest
in my career , and has become a good friend
to jib all . I have discovered that household
chores are much easier since I realised that
you didn't mind being vacuumed but that
feather dusting makes you sneeze.
The house is in good shape. I had the
living room painted last spring. I'm not
sure you noticed it, I made sure the paint-
ers dropped holes in the drop cloth so you
wouldn't be disturbed .
Veil, my dear P I must be going. Uncle
Lars, I mean IXlr . Swenson, is taking us all
on a ski trip and there is packing to do, I
have hired a housekeeper to take care of
things while we are away. She'll keep
things in order, fill your coffee cup, and
bring your meals to your computer room,
just the way you like it. I hope you and the
ST have a lovely time while we are gone ,
Tommy, Jen and I will think of you often.
Try to remember us while your disks are