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DECEMBER 1986 
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The I/O 
Connector 

The Newsletter of the San Diego Atari Cotraputer Enthusiasts 



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Adding a speaker to the Avatex 1200 modem 
John Purbrick 


OK, first thing to do is remove the cover froa 
your Avatex 1200. Take out 3 Phillips screws from 
the underside, 2 near the front and one at the back. 
Complicated, huh? If you're no longer interested, 
replace the cover. 

If you're feeling intrepid, orient the modem so the 
front faces you. Look to the left of the three 
control buttons; there will be 5 resistors there side 
by side. The leftmost one is labelled 'R21'. It is 
the series resistor for the MC light, and we will use 
it to obtain a signal with which to switch the sound 
apparatus. Mote that at the end of R21 farthest froa 
the front of the aodea there is an area of 
metallization on the board which connects both R21 
and its neighbor. 

Get a saall PMP transistor (2M2907 or 2M3906 are 
cheap and work fine). Hake a short (.1 inch) bend in 
the end of the enitter lead and lay this part of the 
lead onto the above-mentioned metallized area. 
Solder it in place. Mow bend the base lead of the 
transistor slightly toward you. Using a similar 
technique to the one used for the emitter, clip one 
wire of a 3.31 resistor to .5 inch length, and solder 
it to the other end of R21. Clip the other end of 
the resistor short, and cross it over the transistor 
base. Solder them together. Mow, whenever current 
flows through R21, it will also pass through the 3.3K 
resistor and the emitter-base junction of the 
transistor, turning it on. 

There are three more connections to make. Look at 
the far left-hand corner of the board. Mext to the 
transformer (red, in a metal frame) is a blue block, 
the relay. To the right of the relay are a large 
capacitor, a resistor, and two small diodes, D35 and 
036. Using fine wires, solder two leads onto the 
ends of 035 and 036 closest to you. ¥ork quickly, so 
as not to overheat these components. Don't let 
excess solder bridge between the diodes or to 
anything else. The last connection is a ground lead, 
and can go to any number of places, but one sure 
connection point is the center lead of one of the 
voltage regulators—these sit on heat sinks at the 
right hand side of the board. Again, don't cook the 
regulator while soldering. 

Finally, bring in the switched power supply to 
your circuit from the collector of the PMP 
transistor. And that's it! 

Circuit notes: Use as small a speaker as you can 
find: I used one I got a while ago at Eli's (Solid 
State Sales) and I think it came out of a set of 
earphones. Don't expect sound quality to be very 
good, but you should hear the busy signal and sound 
of dialing quite clearly, and also the roaring sound 


of the carrier, before the connection is established. 
You can test the setup by dialing your own number 
(always busy) or 1-Iyour number] which gives you 
boop-bup-beep and recorded sorrow (Mte are unable to 
complete your call....etc”). All the components 
except the resistors are available at Solid State 
Sales (139 Hampshire St, Cambridge); you can 
substitute other op-amps but the TL064 is a PET- input 
type that operates on a 5v supply—not many op-amps 
will do this. (The TL062 is a dual op-amp that is 
compatible with the quad TL064; it can be substituted 
without circuit changes.) 

Mote that the output is clipped to .6v from ground 
by the two lM914's on the output. This is necessary 
because the tones used in dialing sound extremely 
loud if played at the same volume as received signals 
(because they've only just started their journey). 
The diodes limit the volume of these tones while 
allowing as much gain as possible for the other 
sounds. 

Mounting: Look at the way the pushbuttons are 
mounted inside the modem. They fit inside a metal 
frame, and this has "ears” at each side with a hole 
in each. You can cut a long, narrow piece of 
perfboard which will fit vertically, across the front 
of the modem, and bolt it to these two holes for 
support. I used this arrangement, the board being .6 
inches by 4.9 inches. Naturally, there must be a 
large cutout in the board to clear the switches, but 
there is plenty of space left over for the circuit. 
My speaker hangs off the left hand end of the board, 
and I drilled a 3/16 diameter hole in the modem case 
to let the sound out; this works well because the 
speaker is just behind this hole, near the case's 
left front corner. 

It would be possible, but not as easy, to run the 
device off the 12v supply which would allow more 
output power to the speaker. You can also connect 
the output to an external amplifier, which I have 
tried successfully. 

Postscript: Harry (Steele, BCS Atari sysop] came 
over to my house to see (and hear!) the converted 
modem, and he pointed out that the audio signal is 
available at pin 1 of chip U27 on the modem board. 
Picking it up there, rather than at 035/036, would 
give a simpler circuit and I intend to try this, but 
the circuit as described certainly works. Also, one 
limitation in the circuit: I claimed that it 
reproduces the busy signal well, but that's because I 
tested it by calling my own number. In fact the busy 
signal comes in very faintly from everywhere except 
my own number, presumably because of losses in 
transmission. It's audible, though. 





(This information cones from the Atari 8-bit forum on 
CompuServe, courtesy of Chet Freeman.] 

6 August, 1986 - Twelve of the Industry's leading 
software developers and the Software Publishers 
Association (SPA) announced today that they have 
taken direct action by closing down a notorious 
pirate BBS system located in Cincinnati Ohio. 

The "Star Chamber" bulletin board system had more 
than 40 megabytes of Atari 8 bit and ST software, 
with many hundreds of copyrighted titles available. 
The twelve publishers, all of whom publish Atari ST 
software are; 

Antic Software Batteries Included Digital Research 
Hippopotamus Software Infocom Megamax Michtron 
Procopy Quickview Systems Quantum Microsystems 
Regent Software Xlent Software 

The closing today of a major illegal BBS system 
through a joint effort of concerned publishers is 
only the first of several similar actions 


anticipated, in a joint statement issued by the group 
a commitment was made to aggressively root out 
similar law-breakers as they are found. "The days are 
over when someone can illegally transmit copyrighted 
software via BBS systems," said Mark Skapinker of 
Batteries Included, "We're all fed up with tolerating 
theft of our products and we intend on going after 
these scoff-laws aggressively," said Cordon Monnier 
of Michtron. 

As a follow-up to this success the companies 
involved are discussing the creation at fall Comdex 
1986 of a permanent watch-dog group to make it clear 
to pirates that their days are numbered. 

For further information contact: 

Gordon Monnier, Michtron (313) 334-5700 

Mark Skapinker, Batteries Included (416) 881-9941 

Gary Yost, Antic Software (415) 957-0886 

Ken tbsch. Software Publishers Association (202) 

452-1600 


The ATARI 1020 PRINTER and Ancillary Software 

Don Burgess 


In 1984, the Atari 1020 Color Printer/Plotter sold 
for over $200. It now can be obtained for $25 to 
$50. It plugs directly into the Atari 8 bit 
computer's serial I/O. The 1020 prints using four 
colored pens similar to ball point pens. Printing is 
done on a continuous roll of 4.5 inch wide paper. 
The printer can be used as an inexpensive means to 
list your BASIC programs. Program listings are done 
(by default) in an easily readable 40 column 
character size. The printer is slow but is certainly 
much better than trying to debug program listings on 
a monitor or TV screen. The 1020 has 64 character 
sizes (rotatable in 90 degree increments) plus a 
graphics mode. It will go to text as small as 80 
characters per line but this size is a little too 
small to be easily readible. The 1020 printer is an 
output option for the Atariwriter word processing 
program, but it is unlikely that you would want to 
use the 1020 for serious correspondence or school 
work due to the 4.5 inch width of the paper. 

The Atari 1020 can be used to dump color graphics 
screens by use of the Screen Plot program by Irata 
Press Ltd. (distributed by Antic magazine; available 
at your local dealer, or directly from Antic for 
$12.95 plus shipping). Screen Plot will dump screens 
generated by Atari Artist (Atari Touch Tablet), 
Microlllustrator (KoalaPad), Atari Graphics (Atari 
Light Pen), Atari Paint (uses joystick), Atariworld 
(standard graphics mode 8), Micropainter (standard 
graphics mode 7.5) by Datasoft, B/Graoh by Batteries 
Included and Rambrandt (Antic Software). Screen Plot 
will first load the desired screen from disk and 
display it. Options are available for size (1.5 by 2 
inches or 4.5 by 6 inches) and overlay of one plot on 
top of another. Pen colors (black, blue, green and 
red) are assigned by the user to each screen color. 
While the program will accurately plot even complex 
designs, the printing can take a LONG time. Printing 


the SNOWMAN.PIC file from the Microlllustrator 
program disk in a 4.5 by 6 inch size, in four colors, 
took over two(2) hours!! 

Print 'n' Draw by Bill Williams is another program 
that can be used to increase the utility of the 1020 
printer. Print 'n' Draw allows you to make a banner 
or typeset a message using various letter sizes, 
types and colors. The program is easy to use and 
greatly simplifies use of the printer's numerous text 
options. The "typeset" option automatically tells 
you how many letters will fit on a line based on the 
letter size number selected (0-63). Different 
justification (left, center or right) and letter 
size, color and style can be selected for each line. 
The only limitation to the program is that screens 
generated can not be saved to disk for later editing 
or reuse. You can also only typeset one screen worth 
of data at a time. Text longer than a screen length 
minus option menu must be printed out in sections. 
This program can also generate pie charts and draw 
pictures (with some limitation) created by Graphics 
Magician (Penguin Software). There are a number of 
these picture files on the Print 'n* Draw program 
disk. Print 'n' Draw is available from Apex 
Resources, 129 Charman St., Cambridge, Mass., 02140 
for $14.95 plus shipping. 

If the 1020 printer will not be used for several 
days, the pens should be removed from the printer and 
capped. Pens and paper are the same as those used by 
the Radio Shack CGP-115 Printer although the paper 
for the 1020 comes on shorter rolls (which fit inside 
the printer body). 

For information on how to control the printer 
through BASIC statements and also demo programs for 
trigonometrical functions and geometrical shapes see 
the February 1986 issue of Antic Magazine. The 1020 
printer owners manual also gives some information on 
use of the various 1020 modes. 




















SECRETARY'S REPORT 

Well, hello again everyone. It's 
tine to catch you al1 up on what's 
been happening at the past few board 
meetings. It seems that I/O 
Connector deadlines and my schedule 
don't always coincide. I'll try to 
keep you up to date on a monthly 
basis from now on. Anyhow, let's 
start off with the month of August. 

It seems that this was the month 
where noticeable changes in the 

Atari world had begun to take it's 
effect on the club structure. The 
differences between the 8-bit and 
16-bit Atari's were causing unrest 
amongst the group. Each was bored 
or restless while sitting through 
each other's demonstrations. A 
guest from an ACE group north of 
here said that they had to split 
their two groups into SIGs, making 
the board an umbrella to the 

individual 8 bit & 16 bit SIGs. 

August's board meeting was entirely 
spent discussing the way in which we 
would deal with the problem, if we 
were going to deal with it at all. 
Several ideas were brought up and 
discussed, but nothing definite was 
decided. Tentatively though, the 
group would be headed by one 

president, 2 vice presidents, a 
treasurer, a secretary, and several 
program directors. A few other 
items were discussed after all. 
Dave said that he found it 

necessary to have assistance in 
putting together the I/O Connector 
each month. A co-editor is what's 
needed. A plea for such would be 
made at the next club meeting. Also, 
we were reminded that The San Diego 
Computer Society's show was coming 
in a few months and preparations 
should be made to put together 

SDACE's part in the show. Contacts 
to Atari shall be made in order to 
receive Atari give-aways for the 
show. Also, it was brought up that 
raff1ing an ST at the show might be 
a good means to raise money for the 
club. No definite decision was made 
though on this subject. 

At September's meeting more 
organizational activities for The 
S.D. Computer Society's show was 
discussed. Buck volunteered to keep 
us steered on the right track. The 
success of the Glendale Atari show 


was briefly discussed in addition 
to a nasty taste left in our mouths 
caused by an individual claiming to 

represent SDACE, who bounced $2500 
in bad checks. Several Glendale 
show vendors made contact with us 
about the individual. No further 
action taken at this time. It was 
suggested that a non-computer social 
function take place to stimulate 
togetherness amongst the group, such 
as a softbal1 game. After much 
discussion though, it was felt that 
lack of participation would make 
it a waste of everybody's time. Due 
to the excitement caused by the 
Glendale show, it was thought that 
sending someone to the San Jose 
ACENET show with video equipment, 
then stopping off at Atari 
headquarters on the way back for a 
tour might be of benefit to the 
club. It was decided that Rick 
would be flown to San Jose and 
prepare a report of his experience. 
The club's ST raffle was put on the 
back burner indefinitely. ACENET had 
decided to raffle one also, so we 
decided to support their effort. 
Half of the proceeds go to SDACE and 
there was no risk on our part if 
insufficient tickets were sold 
to cover the cost of the ST. Among 
other highlights, a demo of an 80 
megabyte hard disk was going to be 
demonstrated at the next club 
meeting. 

And finally for October's 
meeting, further organization, 

still for the upcoming computer 
show. The club's ST raffle was taken 
off the back burner and the idea 
was thrown out for good. ACENET's 
ST raffle will be supported. Sandy 
Austin at Atari Corporation 
acknowledges our request for 

promotional materials. It should be 
pointed out at this writing though, 
that the materials never did 

arrive. Thanks, Sandy. A nominating 

committee was formed and a slate of 
nominees would be presented at the 
next club meeting for next years 
board members. President would be 
David Delgadillo, 16-Bit Vice 

President would be Rick DeHaven, 
8-Bit Vice President would be 

Raymond Main, Tom Andert for 
Treasurer, and Bruce Lawson for 
Secretary. 






CURSIVE (copyright 1986, John 
Kelleher) is a program which allows 
the Atari 1020 pi inter/plotter to 
produce "handwritten" text from a 
disk file or from keyboard input. 

CURSIVE does not possess a bit-map of 
each character; instead it contains 
the information needed to make the 
plotter actually "draw" each 
character. This approach turns out 
to be much more natural and fluid for 
both plotter and programmer—after 
all, we ourselves don't use bit maps 
to pen a letter to our mothers--and 
it saves memory, too. 

CURSIVE'S operation is very simple. 
It grabs a line of characters from 
the keyboard, or from a disk file. 
Then, one by one, it looks at the 
characters in the line and draws 
them. If it finds a character it 
doesn't know how to draw, it makes a 
space. At the end of each line it 
does a carriage return + line feed 
and is ready to draw another line of 
characters. 

One of the problems inherent in 
creating a program such as CURSIVE is 
what the penmanship books call 
"connectors". For example, observe 
what happens to an "r" when you write 
"or", versus writing "row". The "r" 
has to be modified so that it 
connects properly with the other 
letters. This is far from an 
isolated case; what is more, there is 
no one "universal connector" which 
can be used to connect everything to 
everything. In order to write 
exactly as we write, a handwriting 
program would have to contain many 
rules about connectors. This might 
tax memory, and would certainly slow 
the program down. 

If there is any art in CURSIVE, it is 
in the minute modifications I have 
made to the letters. If you look 
closely at the sample alphabet, you 
can begin to see them. These 
modifications do indeed create 
"universal connections" between 
letters. Therefore CURSIVE needs no 
connector rules at all. 


A second problem arises because the 
"handwritten" characters take up 
different amounts of space on the 
printed page. A line typed using 
characters which are all a standard 8 
bits wide may look fine on the 
monitor screen, but that same line 
may go off the end of the plotter 
page using CURSIVE characters, which 
are 15 - 52 (!) points wide. The 
solution was to have CURSIVE evaluate 
each line for length before it tells 
the plotter to write it. 

One final word: a member of our 
users' group suggested that the next 
step in this process would be for 
someone to create a CURSIVE 
font-maker, similar to the screen 
character set generators widely 
available. Such a font-maker would 
require a high-resolution grid 70 
points wide and 60 points high in 
order to make possible the precise 
detail of CURSIVE characters. Such 
detail is inherently difficult to 
achieve on a TV screen display, but 
very easily obtainable using good old 
graph paper and "Draw" and "Move" 
commands. 

If you would like a disk (requires 
48K and BASIC) containing the CURSIVE 
program, I will send one to you if 
you give me your name, address, and 
$6.30. This is $5.00 for the 
program, plus 6% sales tax -you are a 
California resident, aren't you?- 
plus $1.00 to cover my postage and 
handling costs. (If -somehow- you 
are not a California resident, yes, 
you can deduct the 30 cents, but no 
fair cheating!) 

Also included on the disk is ED. ED 
is a somewhat clunky, line-oriented 
text editor which has the twin 
advantages of being free with your 
purchase of CURSIVE and of making it 
easy to create disk files in the 
special line-oriented form CURSIVE 
requires. 

JOHN KELLEHER 
4400 NEW JERSEY ST. 

SAN DIEGO, CA 92116 











The Hotline BBS 
Software Piracy Survey 

The Hotline Bulletin Board System 
in an Atari ST-oriented system 
serving the Washington, D.C. 
metropol1 tan area. The system has 
been online for nearly four years 
and has logged over 30,000 calls. 
Approximately 40% of the user base 
are long distance callers. 

For a period of twelve weeks, the 
Hotline conducted a user survey 
concerning software piracy and 
received over 350 responses. With 
the recent crackdown on piracy by 
the software industry, the basic 
goal of the survey was to get some 
sort of indication of how serious 
the problem is with Atarl users and 
whether or not the piracy crackdown 
was having any effect on the 
attitudes and actions of consumers 
as well as BBS Sysops. 


buying first: 22% 

I “collect" software and don't mean 
any harm to anyone: 13% 

It was available, so I 
copled/downloaded it: 22% 

Other reasons: 15% 

Does not apply to me: 5% 

Question: If more demonstration 

programs were available, do you 
think that it would influence your 
decision on copying programs? 

Yes: 66% No: 34% 

Question: Is the software industry 

trying to keep the cost of programs 

at its lowest possible price? 

Yes: 11% No: 89% 

Question: Does the fact of whether 
or not a program is copy-protected 
influence your decision on buying a 
piece of software? 

Yes: 41% No: 59% 


Question: Have you ever downloaded 
copies of copyrighted software from 
a Bulletin Board System? 

Yes: 73% No: 27% 

Question: Have you ever "traded" 

such software through the mail? 

Yes: 37% No: 63% 

Question: Have you ever obtained 

copies of software from a friend or 
acquaintance? 

Yes: 85% No: 15% 

Question: Have you ever obtained 

copies of software from an organized 
Club or User's Group (during/after 
meetings, etc)? 

Yes: 20% No: 80% 

Question: If you answered "yes" to 

any of the above, how many copies of 
such programs do you own? 

10 or Less: 30% 11-25: 14% 

26-50: 4% 51-75: 6% 

75 or More: 36% None: 10% 


Question: How much software, in 

terms of dollar amount, have you 


purchased? 

Under *100: 26% 
*251-*500: 20% 
*751-*1000: 0 % 

*1501-*2000:4% 


*100-*250: 18% 
*501-*750: 16% 
*1001-*1500: 2% 
Over *2000: 14% 


Question: Have you noticed fewer, 
the same amount, or more BBS's which 
feature copyrighted software in 
their download sections? 

Fewer BBS's: 50% 

Same Amount: 31% 

More BBS's: 19% 


Question: Is the abllity to download 
copyrighted programs from a BBS the 
primary reason for cal1ing the 
system? 

Yes: 10% No: 90% 


Question: Are Bulletin Board Systems 
your primary means of obtaining 
copyrighted software? 

Yes: 25% No: 75% 


Question: If you answered "yes" to 

any of the above, what is your 
reasoning for not actually 
purchasing a copy of the program? 
(Enter as many as you 1 ike in your 
response) 

Software is too expensive: 23% 

I wanted to see if it was worth 


Question: Has the current crackdown 
by the software industry and the 
Software Publishers Association had 
any effect on the attitudes of 
Sysops and Bulletin Board Systems in 
the trading of copyrighted software 
that you as a user has not iced? 

No Effect: 30% 





Some Effect: 49% 

Lot of Effect: 21% 

Question: Do you think the crackdown 
will have any long-term effects and 
will limit the copying of 
copyrighted software in the future? 
No Effect: 41% 

Some Effect: 49% 

Lot of Effect: 10% 

Question: Are you male or female? 
Hale: 90% Female: 10% 

Question: What age category are you 
in? 

13 or Under: 4% 14-17: 42% 

18-25: 18% 26-35: 25% 

36-45: 10% 46 or Over: 1% 


Observations: 

While not a scientifically 
conducted survey, the answers given 
by the respondents can give the 
reader a good indication as to the 
practices and attitudes of the 
“average" Atari user who is involved 
in telecommunications and frequents 
Atari Bulletin Board Systems. 

The large majority of the 
respondents own i1legal copies of 
software, but also have purchased 
large amounts of programs as well. 
They're mostly teenagers with the 
second largest age group in the 
26-35 category. They feel that the 
current crackdown on piracy will 
have some short and long term 
effects on Sysops who run pirate 
BBS's but state that these boards 
are not their primary means of 
obtaining illegal copies of 
programs. This may be somewhat 
contradictory with an earlier 

response that 73% obtain such 

programs directly from BBS's. 

The respondents felt that the 
software industry is not keeping the 
cost of software at its lowest price 
possible and were split with whether 
or not copy-protection influenced 
their decision on buying programs. 
They were decidedly in favor of more 
demonstration programs and said that 
this would effect their decision on 
getting illegal copies of programs 
that offered demo versions. 

When asked to justify their logic 


for illegally copying programs, the 
answers were almost evenly split 
between software being too 

expensive, seeing whether or not 
the program was worth purchasing, 
and that the program was readily 
and easily available for copying. 
This latter justification may 
indicate that illegally copying 
software is almost an "automatic" 
reaction by many Bulletin Board 
users -- "it was there, so I took 
it." 

In examining these answers, I 
regret that I didn't ask users as to 
whether or not they felt that 
copying software was "morally" 
wrong. Nevertheless, it is evident 
that the software industry still 
suffers from the image that they're 
overpricing their programs and that 
prospective customers have 1ittle in 
the way of finding out if a program 
is worth purchasing or not. More 
demonstration versions, less 

copy-protection, and an aggressive 
consumer education campaign may be 
the best avenue of approach by the 
industry 1f it ever expects to 
substantially reduce the problem of 
software piracy. 

— Tom Zelinski. Sysop 
The Hotline BBS 
Arllngton, Virginia 
<703) 683-3944 


HY WINTER VACATION 


Being a true account of the travels 
and tribulations of a True 
Atariphile in search of Atari, INC. 
<or is it CORP.?) 

** <C) Copyright 1986 John A. Levin 
— All rights reserved —reprinting, 
reproduction or quotation in any 
form whatsoever are strictly 

forbidden except to bona fide 
computer users groups, or private 
individuals not for private or other 
monetary gain. This means COMPUSERVE 
can apply suction to an egg. (Hahl) 

On the 22nd of October, 1986, I 
jetted off to the storied land of 





California, to seek my fortune, but 
mainly to attend my sister's 
wedding, which was being held in the 
San Francisco Bay area. Since I was 
going all the way from Pennsylvania 
to the West Coast <or the 'Coast' as 
the yuppies would have it) I figured 
I would take in some of the sights. 

I borrowed my new brother in law's 
Honda 550 Supersport <a motorcycle, 
not a car) and motored off around 
the area to see how the other half 
1ives. 

They live great. Houses are small, 
but who needs winter coats or winter 
anything, when the average 

temperature almost never drops below 
freezing? It rains in a well defined 
three or four month period, and 
doesn't rain when you don't need 
rain. What a great system! 

The S.F. Bay area is one of the 
scenic wonders of the world. It is 
really indescribable in a short 
essay 1 ike this, except to say that 
you can go from redwoods to ocean to 
desert, to canyon, to vineyard to 
disco to work in a half a day. 
(Don't try it during the rush hour, 
though.) 

Since Sunnyvale is right at the 
southern tip of the Bay, I thought, 
why not? Atari has probably been 
waiting to meet me for years, with 
all the nice things I have done for 
it. I mean, all the good talk, the 
purchases, the publicity, I 
mean.... And think of all the user 
group work I have done. I figgered. 
Jack Tramiel himself will want to 
pump my hand and gift me with a new 
1040 ST and some inside dope on what 
Atari is going to unveil next year 
(after I agreed to sign a prolix non 
disclosure agreement, sure, you 
can't ask for the world, right?) 

Then think of all the unbelievably 
advanced computer stores in 
Sunnyvale, staffed with people who 
actually SPEAK machine language! And 
with all the LATEST STUFF!! And with 
ALL THE LATEST POOP!! Why I wouldn't 
have been surprised to bump into 
Nolan Bushnell himself handing out 
autographed PONG games! 


So on Monday morning, October 27th, 
1986, I jumped on my trusty iron 
steed and drove down to Sunnyvale. 
The day was sunny, naturally, and 
about 70 degrees, with a mild 
breeze. The palm trees were waving 
gently, and the California cutles 
were bopping into or out of the 
malls (in cars, of course, no one 
walks in the whole area.) I was a 
1ittle disappointed when I came into 
the city and there was no sign: 
SUNNYVALE POP. 35,000 HOME OF ATARI, 
INC. POWER WITHOUT THE PRICE!!! But 
I figured that the city council 
can't display favoritism, however 
well deserved. 

I also didn't see a giant Atari sign 
or a giant Atari office complex, so 
I decided to stop by a mall, have 
lunch and get directions. I did. 
There are no computer stores in the 
Sunnyvale mall. The retail merchants 
don't carry computers of any kind 
anymore. I got a road map, and a 
chicken sandwich from Chik-Fil-A. I 
discovered that Atari was in an 
industrial center north of the city, 
which I had passed by without even 
seeing. I drove back north and found 
myself in the Moffet Industrial 
Complex which is a relatively new 
area of corporate buildings near the 
Moffet Naval Air Station. Huge 
military aircraft regularly fly over 
Sunnyvale on landing approach for 
Moffett, about every 5 minutes. 
After only a little searching, I 
found Atari's world headquarters. It 
was located in a modestly sized 
office building of vaguely cubist 
design. The parking lot held about 
40 cars. There was one motorcycle in 
a company slot: a Kawasaki Ninja, 
fire engine red (real stormer of a 
bike). I parked in a Visitor's space 
up front and walked confidently in 
the front door to my well deserved 
welcome. 

The security guard was warm and 
friendly. He was puzzled, too, as to 
why anyone would WANT to visit. He 
told me that there was really 
nothing to see (hah!) but that there 
was a company store I could visit 
and buy Atari products from at list 
price, only it was closed on 
Mondays. He let me read the bulletin 




board and waved when I left# He 
didn't even bother calling Jack T's 
office to see if he wanted to see 
me. Wotta bummer! 

In consolation, I decided to visit 
Sunnyvale computer stores. I had 
trouble finding any. Pinally, I 
located one which shall remain 
nameless for reasons which will 
become obvious. It was small (about 
500-750 square feet. It DID have 
some computer systems up and 
running, including Atari 1040 ST, 
Amiga and IBM. It DID have 8 bit 
software, but only for Commodore 
computers. No Atari 8 bit software. 
It DID have Atari 16 bit software 
for the ST series, but not as much 
as for the Amiga. It DID have some 
visiting hackers on the ST and Amiga 
machines, whi1ing the day away. I 
chatted briefly with them and 
el lei ted the 'amazing' but outdated 
news of the MacCartidge for the 
Atari STs which enables the ST to 
run Apple Macintosh programs better 
and faster than the Mac itself. I 
noticed that the Atari hacker was 
running the new STAR RAIDERS II for 
the ST. It looked very impressive. 
Unfortunately for Atari, it was a 
copy (read 'stolen copy') of the 
original game. I left. 

I drove up to Marin to see the ocean 
and the redwoods. Both are doing ok 
and look great for their age. The 
sunset over the ocean was a 10. 

-30- 


fufan 7>c. ’&$./«? 


Welcome to the December edition of 
the I/O connector. I hope that al1 
of your hoiiday wishes come true. 

The Computer Fair is now part 
of the recent past. I'd like to 
thank everyone that helped out in 
any way with making the fair a great 
success. Special Thanks go to Mark 
Booth who put the show together and 
to Buck Bragunier who without his 
help in getting sings made for all 
the attendees, we would haven been 
charged $250 for our space at the 
show. I hope that every one had as 
much fun as I did at the show. 


Ut wer§ §ble tQ impress quitf a 
few people even tfithovjt any J§|b 
from Atari Corp. Months in advancA 
we requested support for this event 
and were told that we would be 
getting that support from Sandi 
Austin, she in charge of user group 
support. I know that the old Atari 
Inc. has always bent over backwards 
for us in the past, it's sad to see 
that we couldn't get any help. 
Amiga made a great showing at the 
fair as well. People were lined up 
3 deep most of the time. I also 
noted that Amiga has ship about 100 
lbs. of brouchures as well as 
banners and other assorted 
information about the Amiga. Looks 
as though Amiga means to steal some 
of Atari's flash by getting the word 
out about thier computer. 

Atari has gone public! Now you 
can own a smal1 port ion of Atari. 
18% of the company has put up on the 
block. The stock opened at 11.50 
and the stock has moved upward to 
the $14.00 area. If you would 1 ike 
to purchase stock in Atari you need 
to know that the minimum purchase is 
100 shares. For more information 
regarding stock purchases call John 
P. McShane with PaineWebber at 
(818)981-3000 or <213)872-0600. 

Anyone need a new 
Panasonic 1091 printer? Well, SDACE 


has one up for 

grabs. 

Only 

one 

string attached. 

the 

job 

of 

newsletter editor 

goes along 

with 

the printer. If 

your interested in 

the job please call me at 

home 

(the 

numbers on the 

newsletter). 

inside 

of 

the 

Both SDACE 

BBS's 

are 

now 

operating under 

new 

software. 

Features include faster 

message 


storage and an overal1 improvement 
in performance of the systems. Give 
them a cal 1! ST-SDACE at 284-3821 
and SDACE-8 at 566-3430. 

Happy holidays to all and see 
you next year wearing a new hat! 









JCLOCK 

Clock/Calendar for ATARI ST 

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1. No rechargeable batteries 

2. Does not use cartridge slot 

3. Simple plug —in installation 

4 . Shares socket with system ROM 

5. Works with 520ST or 1040ST 

6. 10 year life 

7. Totally system transparent 

8. Two utility programs supplied 

— One to initialize and set time & date 

- Second utility placed in AUTO folder 
to automatically set both keyboard 
and GEMDOS clocks 


$ 49.95 Suggested Retail 
Includes free software update 

Copyright (c) 1986 

-'—"— W/CS 

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

SAN DIEGO ATARI COMPUTER 

ENTHUSIASTS 

First Thursday of the aonth at 61 30 pa 

North Park Recreation Center 

Adult Center 

SAN DIEGO COMPUTER SOCIETY 

Third Saturday of each aonth 

12 noon: swap aeet 

1:30 pa: aeeting 

Nesa Collage, Apollo Theatre 

ST SIG 

Third Monday of each aonth at 6:30 pa 
North Park Recreation Center 
Social Rooa 

ATR 8000 SIG 

Fourth Wednesday of the aonth at 7 pa 

See aap for nore info 


HARDWARE SIG 

Each Saturday, tiues to be announced 

4405 Hedionda Ct. 

Call 483-4697 for aore info 

BASIC SIG 

Call 223-6378 for aore info 

Meetings held in the Ocean Beach Area 


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WEDNESDAY AFTER ATARI CLUB 
PHONE 562-6235 FOR INFO 


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