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The San Diego Rtari Computer Enthusiasts
(SDA.CE.) is an independent, non-profit organization and user group vilh no
eonneotion to Atari Corp. membership includes aooess to the program library,
subscription to the I/O Connector, and access to any other club activities. Per-
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Prg Dir (ST)
ST Libararian mike Odegard
VP. (8-bit) Ron miller 748-7195
Treasurer Tom Andert 287-4198
Prg Dir (8- bit) Buck Bragunier 582-2730
8-bit Librarian David Becker 280-1330
ITlemship Ofcr Dick Haiti 463-8460
newsletter Editor Peter Payne 560-4272
(Call between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm please)
San Diego £|tari Computer Enthusiasts
p.O. Box 203076
Son Diego, CR P2l20
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S.D.A.C.E. 8-bit 88S S.D.A.C.E. ST BBS
Sysop: Eddie Voods Sysop: Rick DeHaven
(6 1 9) 566-343 (6 1 9) 284-382 1
Submissions To The Newsletter
are most welcome, and are due by the third monday of the month, for the next
month's newsletter, mail printed copy or returnable disks with text files (ST
single sided format please) to the club's PO. Box, or upload the file to one of the
SDA.CI. bulletin board systems .
ads, available on a space-available basis, are free to club members. The Editor
will accept ads at meetings, through the club's P.0. Box, or via telephone.
Deadline for classifieds is the same as articles.
From the desk
Really small newsletter this time,
folks. I apologize for the shortness —
I've been up all night trging to get
everything ready as it is . The
President’s article and the ST VP's
article aren’t here, due to a late-
night mix op vith the ST BBS. They’ll
have extra long articles next month. .
How do you like the new format of
the newsletter? Ready Set Go helps
me so much, makes my job a lot
easier . I apologize for the duplication
quality of last month's issue, the
super-cheap place we went to, Cal
Copy, proved to us that you do get
what you pay for .
Vhile I'm on the subject of
apologies, I have to apologize to the 8-
bit SIG for missing another meeting,
the first 8-bit meeting in the new
IHira mesa facility. As a result, the
club's 8-bit system wasn't there
again. I'm really sorry, guys, and I
promise, 1 will be attending the
meetings regularly, as well as
making sure the 8-bit system is in
the hands of someone who can make
it all the time .
ST users: I had inquired about the
possibility of the Thunder-scanner,
one of the best printer-head digi-
tizers on the macintosh, being dev-
elopped for the ST . They say there are
no plans to support the ST computers .
There is some good news: Sir-tech
says that a translation of the
immensly popular dungeon ad-
venture game, Vizadry, "might not
be too far off in the future ,** Let 's hope
that they make good on this state-
ment, because I for one am interested
in playing Vizadry on the ST .
8- bit Users: the turnout for the
new mira mesa meeting was good,
and the meeting place seems to be
working out well. They 8-bil officers
will be discussing adding a workshop
type of format to tne meeting, to help
new users, etc. Your input is helpful-
- leave mail to the sysop on the 8-bil
BBS, or talk to one of the officers at
the meetings .
Everyone give a big round of
applause to the new 8-bit librarian,
of Yours Truly...
David Becker, who had the new Disks
of the month at the 8-bil meeting,
and generated $751 Vay to go, Dave I
Remember, every month he'll have a
new disk of the newest and most
interesting PD programs from (3£ni#
and other sources, so be sure and
show up at the 8-bit meetings. Hey!
I’m talking to uou t now you have a
good reason to attend the 8-bit SIG!
Another is that, at the mira mesa
facility, vendors and sales are
allowed . so GO ■ GO ■ GO ! Vhat? Lost
the map from last month's news-
letter or didn't receive it? Veil, give
me a call. I’ll give you directions .
By the way, let's all make sure to
call and support the SDACE 8- bit BBS,
one of the best 8- bit BBSs around.
There are over 4 megs of public
domain files online, with over 200
users to chat with, so please call !
The classifieds are being discon-
tinued soon unless the members
start using them . The classifieds
have proven to be a good way to sell
things . All you have to do is call me
in the evening and read me what you
want to sell. They're useful, but I
won't have space taken up by
something which has been access
some five times by club members .
If you have missed issues or aren't
getting issues of the newsletter
which you're entitled to, please call
one of the officers up and let us know,
preferrably Dick Haiti, since he's in
charge of those things. Of course, if
you're not getting your newsletter,
you're not reading this, so why am I
wasting everyone's time?
SDACE just got a letter from
Valczaka, Poland, from a Ihr . IXlarek
Paskiewicz, owner of an Atari 13QXE .
He's begging us to send him some
software and literature. Poor guy.
Ve've also gotten letters from Britan
and Kuwait, from Atari users
wanting to exchange PD software or
join the user group .
Veil, that's about the jist of this
month's column. Until August, I'll be
seeing you ...
SSI COm-gST RESULTS
rfta ri 8 - B i t
To Bo Announced
William P. Anderson
Congratulations to the Luinners and thanks
to all of you Luho participated..
Frank Cascio - SDACE ST Program Director
1 . The Shattered Alliance - 1 /32
2 . The Battle of Shiloh - 5/82
3 . Tigers in the Snow - 8/82
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(Unawarded prized will be given out os door prizes at the monthly meetings.)
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By Activision, for the ST
Reprinted from Pokey Press
This game is based on fflah-John&g, an
ancient Chinese tile game, and it isn't as
easy as it looks . The folks at Activision have
put together a really nice little package,
with a few minor exceptions .
The object is to find pairs of identical tiles
and remove them from the pyramid (five
high in the center) that they are stacked in .
They are always in differnt places, thanks
to the computers ability to to do random
things. 144 tiles. Are you up to the chal-
lenge? There are 12 Dragon tiles, 16 Winds,
4 Seasons, 4 Flowers, and 108 Suit Tiles,
either Dots, Bams (bamboo), or Craks (char-
acters or actors). They are laid out in a
pyramid called a Dragon .
The object is to remove pairs, but that is
just part of it . They may only be removed if
they can be moved left or right, not up or
down . And then , you must make sure that
they are on a level which allows them to be
moved. Then use strategy, think moves
ahead . What will happen if I move this tile?
The game allows for solitare play against
the computer, as well as teams competing
against each other, in a tournament or you
can challenge a person against the clock.
Any game will get the adrenaline flowing .
The game also makes good use of the Gim
menu bars to restart games, give help,
hints and remind you which tiles are
I'm not the biggest strategy game player
around, but I love this one. It is a very big
challenge . And very frustrating to find out
that you can't move any more tiles, your
strategy didn't work, so you just go to the
GAIXIE menu bar and start all over . There's
nothing else to do .
Illy only complaints are that the title
screen should have sound, to add to the
effect, the sound effects should be much
better (they consisted of the standard ST
fading ding bell, which has been overused
so much), and that the graphics aren't the
But all in all , 1 recommend this program
to everyone. Good luck, you'll need it.
Vr #r sdditiees, p fejse
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- Jim Woodward
91 Quick, Rdvance look ot WordPerfect
For the Atari ST
Reprinted, from The Pokey Press
[Editor's note: the following im a brief
product description of the features to be
expected with the upcoming release of Vord
Perfect for the Atari ST . Although the
program is still in the debugging stage, and
no full release is expected until full
summer, WordPerfect appears to be the
professional, full-featured word pro-cessing
package that many have been waiting for
since the ST came out) .
WordPerfect Corporation is introducing
WordPerfect for the Atari ST . The following
is a brief list of features for this pro-
fessional word processor:
Compatibility - File compatibility with
WordPerfect 4.1 for the IBIH PC and other
comptuers, allowing for direct document
transfer to and from the ST without losing
document format . Function keys are definet
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 places at the bottom of the page,
and endnotes are compiled a the end of the
document . There is no limit to length, as all
notes can overflow the current page if you
GEH1 Interface - WordPerfect fully sup-
ports the GETT1 interface . Virtually all func-
tions may be easily accessed with either
the mouse or the keyboard . Desk acc-
essories are fully accessible from inside
List Files - A complete eel 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 circulation of subtotals, totals,
grand totals, or your own custom math
merge - merge can be used to auitomat*
many office procedures, including forms,
labels, contracts, and other time-con-
suming tasks . The merge feature may also
be combined with macros to create power-
ful user-defined functions .
Paragraph /Outline numbering - Para-
graphs can be automatically numbered in
several Printer support - WordPerfect sup-
ports over 200 printers, including most
laser printers. Documents can be printed
using true proportional spacing, font down-
loading, or virtually anything else your
printer is capable of.
Speller - A fast 115p00-word dictionary
with phonetic and word-template look-up
is included. Fully expandable, with legal
and medical terms already included .
Table of Contents/lnde Generation - Create
a table of contents or index for your
document, consisting of up to five levels .
Text Columns - Up to five newspaper-
style or static text columns may be dis-
played and edited on-screen .
Thesaurus - Synonyms and antonynms
may be displayed for up to three different
words at the same time .
Undelete - The last three deletions
series for up to three different words at the
same time .
Virtual memory - Data can flow onto disk
when computer memory is full. Ho longer
are your documents limited by available
memory , but only to disk size .
A complete manual, including graduated
lessons, a thorough reference manual, and
a color-coded keyboard template, provides
ease of operation for both new and exp-
erienced WordPerfect users.
WordPerfect is scheduled for release this
summer. Questions can be directed at Jeff
Wilson, manager of Development for
WordPerfect Corporation, at CIS: 72447,3427,
266 West Center
Orem, UT 64057
Sen and the Single MIO
Reprinted from the PACE Newsletter
ICD's newest wonder device for the 8-bil
machines, Ihe miO (multi Input /Out put), is
actually many different devices in one.
They are conveniently combined in a nice,
attaclive 9 3" x 25" package
The miO replaces a parallel/serial inter-
face, a printer buffer, a hard-disk interface,
and a video interface. It is 850 compatible,
so your old cables will work just fine. It
also gives you ram-disk capability on up to
8 drives. The miO comes in a 256K or a 1
meg version . Since the 256K version cannot
be upgraded by you tit must be sent to ICD)
I recommend the 1 meg version ,
The miO plugs into the parallel bus of the
800XL or the 130XE (with an adapter!. An
optional 'hardware' 80 column adapter is
also available .
The H1I0 comes pre-configured, yet you
can configure it to your need with the built-
in software . To access the software you just
hold the SELECT key and press RESET. The
miO configuration software pops up instan-
taneously. Because it is built-in, no mem-
y is taken up. It is here so that you can
manipulate the 1 meg of memory as ram-
disks on certain drives of your choice, all
drives, one giant drive, and/or as a printer
buffer , You can even configure your printer
as a serial printer or as printer number 2!
The possibilities are endless. One problem,
when you turn your IXLIO off, the config-
uration will be lost, unless you have public
domain configuration hies which are not
To fully utilize the capabilities of teh KUO
you would have to use SpartaDOS. I love
SpartaDOS! After a week of learning it I
wondered what I had been afraid of; it
really is great. Actually, any dos that
recognizes a ram disk will work; but to get
the really BIG Ram disks, and to use them
to their fullest potential, you will want to
use SpartaDOS .
Do use like adventure games? I do,
Infooom's are the best. The KUO really
brings adventures to life. First set up the
KUO for a Ram disk, let's try disk 3. Okay,
w copy Zork (my favorite) into the Ram
-*sk. Great, now go to the K1I0 software
(hold SELECT and press RESET), and switch
drives, making drive 3 (the Ram disk) into
into drive 1 . How turn off your computer ,
(Don't worry, the K1I0 has its own power
supply, and the contents of the Ram disk
will remain).. How hold down OPTIOK (no
basic) and turn on your computer . Suprise!
Zork is ready to go . Ho floppy disk to access,
and this will be the fastest game of Zork
that you have ever played !
Okay, now the disadvantages . If you have
something in ram disk and reconfigure
an y thing- on the K1I0, your work, game,
message, text, whatever, will be lost. (This
is the second creation of this article for that
very reason). Once you realize that, you are
in good shape . The only other complaint is
that once the K1IO is plugged into the
computer, it (the KUO) must be turned on or
the computer will not work. Of course, you
can unplug it or turn the K1I0 on, so this is
no biggie . Ve tried to come up with some
bad things to say about the KUO, but could
not. Really, this is an awesome addition to
your computer system!
now let's talk money. The KUO sells for
around $300 (that's for the 1-meg version;
as we said before, the 1 meg model i#
heavily recommended to get the fullest use
out of the unit), but when you consider that
you're getting a modem interface, printer
interface, a hard disk inerface, a printer
buffer, and 1 meg of memory, you are sure
to come to the conclusion that you are
getting your money's worth .
Ve give ICD a five star rating for this fine
product .Okay, you software companies, let's
see you support the K1I0, and take ad-
vantage of its roanyu uses and features !
- Joe Cullen
- Linda ITlarks
(Editor's note; To keep the article in the
spirit of a family oriented newsletter, all
mention of sex has been edited out . I just
forgot to change the title .)
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July 8-bit meeting will be Thursday, July 2nd (the first Thursday of the month, as
always), at the nev meeting place in mira mesa, at the Voods Clubhouse on Baywood, near
ITlira Hlesa Blvd (See map int he June issue or call editor for directions) . ST Workshop vill
be same place is has been, the north Park Rec Center, on Idaho off University. Same time,
differen t places! normal ST meeting will be Ulonday , July 20th (the third monday of
the month, as alays) at 6:30, in north Park, at the opposite end from where the ST Workshop
will be held .
August 8-bit meeting will be Thursday, August 6th, at the mira mesa facility. ST
workshop will be same time and date, at north Park . normal ST meeting will be on