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May/June 1987 



The I/O 
Connector 


The Newsletter of the San Diego Atari Computer Enthusiasts 


THE SAN DIEGO ATARI COMPUTER ENTHUSIASTS 

(S.D.A.C.E.) is an independent, non-profit organization and user group with no connection to Atari Corp. 
Membership fees are currently $15.00 annually. Membership includes access to the program library, subscription 
to the U0 Connector, and access to any other club activities. Permission to reprint articles from this 
newsletter in any non-commercial form is permitted without specific authorization, as long as original credit is 
given. 


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President 

David Delgadillo 

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V.P. (ST) 

Rick DeHaven 

284-2365 

Secretary 

Bruce Lawson 

229-0380 

Prg Director (ST) 

Frank Cascio 

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ST Librarian 

Mike Qdegard 

574-0106 

Newsletter Editor 

Peter Payne 

560-4272 


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San Diego, CA 92120 

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Sysop: Eddie Hoods SDACE BBS's Sysop: Rick DeHaven 
(619) 566-3430 (619) 284-3821 


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From the Editor 

Well, I'm back with another issue. It f s great working 
on the newsletter, helping out the Atari club, and I just 
love it. We've got some openings for club officers at the 
moment, and I sure hope you'll consider yourself for the 
job of 3-bit VP or 8-bit newsletter co-editor, if you feel 
you're qualified. 

Now, you've probably noticed that this issue is VERY 
late. Well, the reason for this is that we've re-done the 
tiae scheduling on the newsletter so that it coincides with 
the Officers' Meeting. The club officers will now be 
responsible for doing all of the collating, folding and 
stapling of the newsletter. This will save the club 
soaewhere in the neighborhood of $50 per issue. I 
apologize for the inconvenience, especially to the 8-bit 
users, since it means that the newsletter will coae after 
their meeting each month, but there's no, other way around 
the problea that we know of. The newsletter is costing too 
such aoney, and we're taking steps to save money wherever 
we can before it's too late. 

On a similar note, you may notice that this issue is 
smaller than the previous ones have been in the past two or 
three months. Like I said, the club's newsletter has been 
entirely too costly. From now on we'll be keeping the 
newsletter on a strict budget, being careful not to spend 
more than we take in for advertising. This means that the 
giant 22-page newsletter you received the last two months 
will be a thing of the past until we receive more 
advertising frot outside sources. If you know of any 
company who would like to purchase low-cost advertising in 
the newsletter, please let me know. 

In order to combat the drop in the size of the 
newsletter, I'll be scrunching everything up further, 
keeping the compressed text, and re-working other parts of 
the Connector to save room. Now, just because the size is 
dropping, I don't want the quality of the content to go 
down. If it does, feel free to swat me upside the head. 
This is YOUR newsletter, though, and it would be really 
nice to get some article submissions from time to time. 
tSigh* 

As I said above, I'm still looking for someone in the 
3-bit community to help me out, by keeping up on what's new 
in news and software, and by helping me track down 8-bit 
oriented articles. If you're interesting in this easy, 
fulfilling job, please call me (my number is 560-4272, call 
now!) 

We're also still sniffing around for an 8-bit Vice 
President. How about you? The job would entail helping 
get the 3-bit meetings going, helping to find demos and get 
companies to come and show their products, and a few other 
things. It's not a difficult job, and the club REALLY 
needs your help, so please, if you want to help out 3DACE a 
lot, contact Dave Delgadillo. If we don't get some help in 
the 3-bit area 3DACE will be all-ST within a year, I 
guarantee it. Do you want that to happen? Then do 


something about it! 

You 8-bitters have a special treat this month: a 
type-in program by John Kelleher, which sets up an alarm 
clock in XL/XE machines. The program takes up no memory 
and works very well. Thanks, John, I appreciate the help. 

If there are any programmers who'd like to send in some 
short programs to be printed in the newsletter, send them 
in to me via the P.Q. Box and I'll see what I can do. 

Incidentally, all you STers, be sure to be at the ST 
Workshop, which will be held in the same room at the same 
time as the 3-bit meeting, 6:30 on the first Thursday of 
the month. We're hoping to pick up the sagging population 
at that meeting, so everyone be sure and go, and bring your 
computer! I'll be there! 

Well, I guess that's about all I have to say. Stay 
well, and don't take any wooden floppy disks. 

Peter Payne 

Tidbits 

Reprinted from the LA-ACE Journal 

You can tell you're spending too much time on your computer 

when,.. 


Your alarm clock goes off and you haven't been to bed 
yet. 

Your work three weeks on a program that only uses 16K 
of memory, then a friend shows you one that does the same 
thing in only 15 lines. 

Your gosub never returns. 

Your wife starts watching football. 

You check the calendar to see what season it is. 

The cat wants to sleep on the computer because it's the 
wariest place in the house. 

You start to like cold french fries and warm milk. 

The folks at the computer store know you on a first 
name basis. 

A tornado blows the roof off your house, and all you 
notice is that the light is better. 

You start to understand machine code...magnets make you 
nervous. 

What Kind of Member Are You? 

A Poem 

Are you an active member, the kind that would be missed? 

Or are you just contented to have your name on the list? 

Do you attend meetings and mingle with the flock? 

Or do you just stay a home, then criticize and knock? 

Do you take an active part to help the work along? 

Or are you satisfied that you just belong'' 

Think this over, member, you know right from wrong. 

Are you an active member, or do you .just belong^ 



S.D.A.C.E. 

SOFTWARE TRIVIA 
„_ CONTEST _, 

FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT YET AWARE OF THE CURRENT SDACE SOFTWARE TRIVIA 
CONTEST, LET ME FILL YOU IN. SIMPLY PUT: ANY SDACE MEMBER CAN ENTER 
(ONE ENTRY ONLY, PLEASE). JUST SEND A LETTER OR A POSTCARD TO ME AT THE 
ADDRESS LISTED BELOW WITH THE FOLLOWING : 

1. THE TITLES OF S.SJ.'s 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD SOFTWARE RELEASES FOR THE ATARI 
COMPUTER (8-BIT ONLY). PLEASE LIST THEM IN ORDER OF THEIR RELEASE. 

2. IN 25 WORDS OR SO (APPROX.); TELL WHAT YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE ABOUT S.S.I. , 
WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE, AND FOR WHICH MACHINE(S). 

a STATE WHICH MACHINE YOU OWN; SO WE CAN SEND YOU THE CORRECT PRIZE 
SHOULD YOU BE A WINNER. 

A YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE, ETC. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS 

5. IN CASE OF TIES, EARLIEST POSTMARK WINS, 
a S.D.A.C.E. OFFICERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. 

7. YOU MEMBERSHIP IN S.D.A.C.E. MUST BE IN GOOD STANDING, (SO IF YOU HAVEN'T 
PAID YOUR DUES IN AWHILE OR IF YOU HAVEN’T YET JOINED, THIS IS A GOOD TIME 
TO DO SO). 

NOTE: WHILE ON THE SUBJECT LET ME SAY TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE PAID 
PAID UP MEMBERS AND RECEIVE YOUR NEWSLETTER REGULARLY. IF YOU KNOW 
ANYONE WHO ATTENDS BUT HASN'T YET JOINED S.D.A.C.E.; PLEASE SHOW THEM 
YOUR COPY OF THE ’I/O CONNECTOR’. IF THEY JOIN AT THE NEXT MEETING THEY 
WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CONTEST AND THE RANDOM DRAWING. 

NOW AS TO THE CONTEST ITSELF ALTHOUGH IT HAS ALREADY BEGUN (SEE LAST ISSUE): 

THE NOTICE WAS RATHER OBSCURE, THAT'S WHY I CHOSE TO USE PUBLISHING PARTNER 
THIS TIME 

- PRIZES - 

THE PRIZES ARE IN THE FORM OF NEW SOFTWARE DIRECT FROM S.S.I. AS WELL AS 
S.S.I. GAME POSTERS. WE HAVE PRIZES FOR 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD 8-BIT AND ST 
WINNING ENTRIES. 

WE ALSO WILL HAVE A RANDOM DRAWING OF ALL LOSING ENTRIES WITH SEVERAL 
PRIZES INCLUDING: S.SJ. SOFTWARE, REGENT SOFTWARE, POSTERS, AND PERHAPS 
A COUPLE OF SURPRISE - PRIZES AS WELL1H SO, GET BUSY AND ENTER NOWI AT THE 
MOMENT I HAVEN'T ENOUGH ENTRIES TO GIVE AWAY THE PRIZES (EVEN IF THEY WERE 
ALL INCORRECT ANSWERSI) 

LASTLY LET ME WARN YOU NOW THAT CALLING S.S.1. FOR THE ANSWERS WILL ONLY 
RUN UP YOUR PHONE BILL THEY WILL NOT GIVE OUT THE INFORMATION UNTIL THE 
CONTEST IS OVER. 

IN CLOSING I'D JUST LIKE TO THANK FRANK COHEN AND RAD MOOSE FOR BEING OUR 
GUESTS THIS MONTH. NEXT MONTH? WELL, I’LL SURPRISE YOU NEXT MONTH, OK. 

FRANK CASCiO - ST-PROGRAM DIRECTOR 

Send Entry to: SOFTWARE TRIVIA CONTEST - FRANK CASCiO 4467 32ND ST. S.D.CA.92116 










February Newsletter Poll 
Result s 

Well, here are the results of the poll some of you 
turned in at the March and April meetings, which dealt with 
various subjects and questions. Response to the poll was 

less than staggering—in fact, it was pitiful. We got 
exactly six (6) poll sheets turned in. 

Now, there were several reasons for this. One is that 
1 ®ade a aistake, putting the poll on the last page, which 
contained the user's name and address on the other side. 
This blew the anonymity in the eyes of tany. Another was 
that one of the 3-bit meetings was cancelled due to a 
financial error, so none of the people who went to that 

meeting got to turn them in. It was unfortunate that so 

few were turned in, and I hope that, in the August issue, 

when the poll is run again (bi-annually), response will be 

better. 

Out of the six I received, two owned 520's, two owned 
1040's, and one owned one of each. Three owned KE's, one 

had an 800XL, and one had an 300. It seems, froa our 

survey, that a LOT of users (haa, seeas like SOX of the 

membership) own both an 8-bit and an ST. The ratio of 
Single Sided ST users and Double Sided ST users was about 
equal. The ratio of ST's with 1 aeg versus ST's with 512K 
was 3:1 (hear that, all you 512K-owning ST users? 
Upgrade!). 

Generally speaking, the average rating, on a scale of 
one to five (1 being low), Atari received for the following 
categories, was: Marketing, 2; Product Service, 3.5; New 
Products, 4.5; Advertising, 1.25; Company Inage, 3.4; 
Reliability, 4.75. The products our six users seeaed 
interested in were: The Magic Sac, The Aay Sound Chip, 

Blitter Chip, IBM Enulator, the Mega ST's, and the Atari 

PC, alaost unaniaously. Four were interested in the fabled 
3.5" disk drives for the 8-bit, one was interested in the 
7300 gaae systea, two owned or cared about the 2600 gaae 
systea, and three wanted to see aore about the XEP-80 30 
coluan device for the 8-bits. As predicted, the IE Gaae 
Machine got a great big goose egg. 

For word processors used, ST Writer was used by one 
user, 1st Word by two aore, Letter Perfect (8-bit) by 
another, and one couldn't take up his aind. Flash won the 
Terainal Prograa race for the ST’s, with ST Talk and Oaega 
coming in for second. TC Modes, a PD terainal prograa by 

the aaker of TCBBS, won for the 8-bits. The average of 

estiaated aoney to be spent on software this year was 
around $500.00, and on hardware, $750.00. For favorite 
Atari magazine, Start got two votes, Coapute! got one, 
Analog got two, and ST Business got one. 

Nell, folks, t tere you have it. We'll run a similar 
poll around August; I know I don’t have to say that I hope 
that the turnout will be better! Until then, I’ll be 
seeing ya... 

Peter Payne 


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From The President 

You will notice that this issue is a bit late this month. 
The reason: SDACE is having a bit of a problea in the 
finances departaent. The newsletter is our aajor outlay of 
aoney on a regular basis. That outlay was a bit aore than 
expected in the past two aonths. We are hoping to balance 
some of the monetary outlay with incoming monies, in part 
froa advertising. Peter does quite a bit of work on the 
newsletter and he deserves to put out a good one. 

— 3-Bit News — 

8-bitters, you now have not only one, but two librarians. 
David and Margie Becker have taken over the job of Main 
Librarians. They will have the library at each 3-bit 

meeting. We also will have a branch in the South Bay 
area. Also, we have a GEnie downloader for 8-bit related 
files and materials. We are still looking for an 3-bit 
Vice President to help coordinate the meetings. (Just a 
reminder, you do not need to be a programming viz, etc. 
You just need an interest and be willing to give a bit of 
your time). 

— ST News — 

The ST meetings are going quite strong and we can expect 
even more now that the ST Director, Frank Cascio, is able 
to be more active. Frank has had a period of the 
down-and-outs, but he is now back. I would also like to 
congradulate Mark Booth. He is the newest co-sysop of the 
ST Roundtable on GEnie. ST users will also have another 
time to get together each month. This will be a free form 
meeting, with discussions and demos from all. We encourage 
you to bring your ST to these meetings. The day will be 
the same as the 3-bit meeting (first Thursday of the month, 
6:30) and in the same meeting room (the one at the opposite 
end of the block from the ST meeting). One area that will 
be explored in detail is the Magic Sac. Hope to see some 
of you out there. 

Dave Delgadillo 


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Program by John P. Kelleher 

(Reverse) Hera's a useful little ditty 
for you XL/XE owners out there: a RAM- 
resident alarm clock routine which uses no 
free memory at all. It's written in Atari 
BASIC and 6502 Hachine Language. It's a 
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3 kEM XLUlUUKiJonn Keiiener 4/8/87 

10 REM Art alara clock for SDAcE XL and XE owners. 

15 REM Prograa changes ROM OS to RAM, installs 

29 REM clock in place of alternate character 
25 REM set. Clock uses NO free aeaory ana 

SO REM continues even if other prograns are run. 

35 DIM At410):GRAPHICS 0:CHECK=17Q 

40 ? "HMINS: THIS PROGRAM RUNS 0NLT ON' 

45 ? "XL'S AND XE'S. HIT MEM TO SUIT,' 

50 ? ‘RETURN TO CONTINUE.' 

55 INPUT AS 

SO NEH=PEEK(106)-l:POKE 106,MEM 
65 GRAPHICS 0:P0KE 553,0 
70 I=MEM?256:REALSUM=16212:RESTORE 
75 FOR 8=0 TO 39:READ A:POKE I+B,A 

30 CHECKSUM=CHECKSUH+A: NEXT B 

35 POKE 553,34: 8 QSUB CHECK:B=USR(I) 

90 REM p. 217, 'Mapping the Atari" 

95 MEM=MEM+1:P0KE 106,MEM:GRAPHICS 0 
100 DATA 183,0,133,203,133,205,169,132,133,204 
105 DATA 163,64,133,206,160,0,177,203,145,205 
.110 DATA 200,203,243,230,206,230,204,240,12,165 
115 DATA 204,201,208,208,237,163,216,133,204,208 
120 DATA 231,3,120,173,14,212,72,163,0,141 
125 DATA 14,212,173,1,211,41,254,i41,1,211 
130 DATA 163,132,133,206,169,64,133,204,177,203 
135 DATA 145,205,200,208,243,230,204,230,206,240 
140 DATA 12,165,206,201,208,208,237,163,216,133 
145 DATA 206,208,231,104,141,14,212,40,104,36 
130 ? :? "Initializing..,*:REALSUM=37716 
155 STARTADR=204t256:1=STARTADR: CHECKSUMS 
160 READ A:IF A=-l THEN GDSUB CHECK:GOTD 205 
165 CHECKSUM=CHECKSUM+A:POKE I,A:I=1+1:GOTO 160 
170 IF CHECK8UMOREAL3UN THEN 130 
175 RETURN 

130 PDF :? CHR$(253):? 

135 ? "CHECKSUM = CHECKSUM;V 
130 ? "It should = “;REALSUM;".“ 

135 ? 'Check DATA stateaents." 

200 7 'Kit RETURN.":INPUT A$:A=U3R(58484) 

205 VBADR=STARTADR+20 

210 3CREEN0N=1:POKE STARTADR+16,SCREENDM 

215 POKE STARTADR+-1 1 , ADJUST 

220 POKE 3TARTADR+15,COUNTER 

225 POKE 3TARTADR+17,ALARM:? CHRSU25) 

230 ? "Starting the clock is a two-step" 

235 ? "process:":? 

240 ? " 1 . Type in the tiae (00 seconds" 

245 ? "assuaed),using standard notation--" 

250 ? '( 3:22, not 20:22), and hit RETURN to" 

255 ? "have it accepted.":? 

260 ? ‘2. Then hit RETURN again to start" 


265 ? “clock at 00 seconds.":? 

270 ? "ENTER TIME:" 

275 TRAP 275:POSITION 13,12:? 11 
230 FOR 1=1 TO 4:? CHRi(30);-.NEXT I 
235 INPUT At 

290 H0UR=VAL(At(l,2)):F0KE STARTADR+12,HOUR 
295 MINUTE=VAL(A$(4,5)):PQKE STARTADR+12,MINUTE 
300 TRAP 40000:POKE 732,0:POKE STARTADR+14,SECOND 
305 POSITION 2,13:? "Hit RETURN to start clock.' 
310 INPUT At:A=USR t ST ART ADR,08ADR) 

315 ? CHR$<125) 

320 ? "Clock is accurate to 1 second/day." 

325 ? ‘SHIFT t HELP toggles screen display." 

330 ? ‘CONTROL + HELP toggles alara." 

335 ? "RESET stops dock." 

340 ? :? ’Set alara? (Y/M> INPUT At 

345 IF NOT ((Ai(l,l)='Y*)+(At(l,i)=“y")) THEN 335 

350 ? :? 'ENTER TIME:" 

255 TRAP 355:POSIT ION 13,3:? " 

360 FOR 1=1 TO 4:? CHRSC30);:NEXT I 
265 INPUT At 

370 HOUR=VALiA$(1,2)):POKE STARTADR+18,HOUR 
375 MINUTE=VALiAt(4,5)):POKE STARTACR+13,MINUTE 
330 ALARM=16i:F0KE 3TARTADR+17,ALARM 
285 ? :? :? "To see alara time, type:" 

330 ? "PRINT PEEK(522423,PEEK(52243)“ 

335 ? "To reset alara tiae, type:" 

400 ? ‘POKE 52242,hour:POKE 52243,ainute" 

1000 DATA 104,i04,170,104,163,153,6,32,32,228 
1005 DATA 96,11,12,13,14,15,iD,1/, 18 ,13 
1010 DATA 72,138,72,152,72,216,233,15,204,173 
1015 DATA 15,204,201,60,144,74,233,14,204,238 
1020 DATA 11,204,163,0,141,15,204,173,li,204 
1025 DATA 201,38,144,14,153,0,141,11,204,238 
1030 DATA 15,^04,238,11,204,238,15,*04,173,»+ 

1035 DATA 204,201,60,144,35,2j3,13,*04,163,0 
1040 DATA 141,14,204,173,13,204,201,60,144,20 
1045 DATA 163,0,141,13,204,173,12,204,24,105 
1050 DATA 1,201,13,144,2,163,1,141,12,204 
1055 DATA 173,220,2,201,31,208,3,32,25,205 
1060 DATA 201 ,145,208,3,3i,4u,i0u,lo3,v,i41 
1065 DATA 220,2,173,17,204,240,39,173,18,204 
1070 DATA 205,12,204,208,31 f 173,13,204,205,13 
1075 DATA 204,208,22,173,14,204,203,IS,153,3 
1030 DATA 141,15,210,169,0,141,8,210,141,0 
1085 uAirt 210,163,/a,i41,l,ilu,1 /j, 16 ,204,208 
1030 DATA 2 , z40,60,1 &C, o j, 169,9,14u, sd, i 36 
1095 DATA 173,14,204,32,251,204,173,13,204,32 
1100 DATA z j 1,DOe,iwO,iuo,iuo,i/u,1/,iOe,iv j,83 
1105 DATA 200 ,163,3,145,38,200,163,0,145,38 
1110 DATA 173,12,204,201,10,144,10,169,17,145 
1115 DATA 33,173,12,204,56,233,10,200,24,105 


1120 BAiA 16, 142,00,104, - DO, .04, .70,104,75,35 
11*5 DATA 228,162,16,201,10,144,8,232,56,233 
1130 DAiA 10,201,10,175,248,34,105,IS,145,35 
1135 iATA 136,135,145,88,136,163,26,145,38,136 
1140 DATA 96,163,0,141,220,2,173,16,204,208 
1143 DATA 4,233,16,204,36,206,16,204,36,163 
1150 DATA 0,141,220,2,172,17,204,208,6,169 
1155 DATA 161,141,17,204,96,153,0,141,17,204 
1160 DATA 141,1,210,36 
2000 DATA -1 


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Sysop Speaks/ST VP Talks 

Wot Happened?! Gee wiz, the newsletter's late again! 
Well, this time there is a very good reason: we just didnt 
have the money to do it the normal way this time. The 
board members of S.D.A.C.E, have decided that in order to 
save the club money on the production costs of the 
newsletter to sort and staple the newsletter our selves 
rather than pay to have it done like in the past. This 
should save the club a fair amount of money each month. 
Butf nothing ever comes free. Because of the time involved 
in the added labor taken on by us the newsletter will now 
come 2 weeks later than it has in the past. This may 
actually help in the long run as currently the 3-bitters 
often get the newsletter after the meeting. I know that be 
giving them a 2 week head start more people can plan to 
have the 1st Thursday open for the meetings! 

3T users also need to remember that 1st Thursday of the 
month, S.D.A.C.E. will add an additional meeting date for 
the ST users. We will have use of half of the 8-bit 
meeting hall for a beginners workshop/Magic Sac workshop! 
No agenda for the meeting other than just going and haying 
a good time. Sac users can swap war stories and beginners 
can bring thier questions with them in hopes that we can 
sort it out for them. I will be there as will I'm sure 
quite a few of the more seasoned ST users to help so stop 
on in and see what going on! 

News! As far as I've heard, the Blitter chip is <1one! 
But, it is the Blitter chip in the square package destined 
for the Mega ST's which are currently slated for release in 
aid June?! Sounds like a good summer for Atari if they 
make that date. It is REAL important to get the Mega's out 
before Amiga gets its 2000 out in order to get more 
momentum rolling in the favor of Atari. The Blitter chip 
upgrade for the current line if ST's will be in a 
rectangular package identical to the S8000 CPU in the ST's 
and has a planned release date of late summer (boo-hoo). I 
hear that the Atari SX212 modem's are now getting ready to 
be shipped. Prices on the 520ST color systems might see a 
small decrease in pricing soon as Atari has lower costs to 
the dealer slightly. The 520ST mono system promo is 
continuing with a great deal of success. Best guesses are 
that the pricing will fall a little further when the Mega 

start to ship. Rumours of a 520STFM keep popping up. The 

520STFM would have the disk drive built in just like the 
1040. This unit has been around in the over seas market 
for some time so it might be a good cost cutting move on 
Atari's part to drop production of the 520STM and put its 
effort into a one piece 520. Cheaper for them to make and 
less wires for the user.. No further word on the laser 
printer or the IBM box (RIP?). Atari has signed a deal 
with Manhattan Graphics of 'Ready Set Go' fame to write 

something for the ST. No details are yet available. Atari 

is also looking for $70 million in cash to purchase a chip 
company. Atari is offering $70,000,000.00 in debtures 


(what's that?) to raise captial for that purchase. 
Remember that Jack is used to having his own chip company 
to make his chips cheaper for him so this was in the 
cards. 

Amiga news: Commodore has fired head man Rattigan as 
well as 20 other top offcials. No reason is given but 
Rattigan was escorted out of Commodore by guards. One 
paper reported that there had been several 'Peyton Place' 
type events that led up to this. One quess puts it that 
CBM was displeased with the Amiga sales in the US. Another 
says that he was due a LARGE bonus for pulling C3M out of 
money problems to post 3 straight profitable quarters and 
felt it was cheaper to axe him. Rattiagan has filed a $9 
Million dollar lawsuit against CBM. A party to show the 
2000 locally to dealer was set back about 2 months, one 
would think that the 2000 might also be set back about the 
same amount of time. The Amiga 500 is due out a few months 
after the 2000 so it looks as though the battle front just 
got calmer for Atari. I can't wait for the next episode! 

Updates! Frank Cohen was unable to make it to our 
April meeting due to car problems. He called the next 
morning to apologize for missing this meeting and plans to 
attend the next meeting. Easy Draw is currently shipping 
version 2.03. New fonts for Publishing Parter are out from 
the Font Factory in Phoenix Arizona. Only $15.95 for 3 
fonts as well as a sample of fonts that are in the works! 
Flight Simulator scenery disk 47 is now out for the ST. 
This cover most of the eastern coast line $24.95 list. 
CAD-3D is OUT and is HOT! This is one upgrade that 1.0 
users should not miss. Also included in the CyberMate 
animation language that promises to turn your ST into a 10 
MEG graphics animation work station. $89.99 list for 
CAD-3D. Remember Astra dropping in on our meeting to show 
use its 20mb hard-disk DS drive combo? Weil that now offer 
the hard-disk only for about $100 less, but all the 
connection are still in the drive allowing you to add the 
DS floppy at any time later. No list price given but 
estimated street price is $900. Computer Eyes digitizer 
has new software version 1.12 and a fix for a few small 
hardware buga-boos as well. Magic Sac $.2 upgrade is now 
done and only $10. Michtron BBS is now upto 2.1 in 
revison. Added now is an automated downloads menu system 

as well as many new message language commands. $10 upgrade 
fee. 

Anyways don't forget to stop in on the next meeting. 

Oh yeah, bring your wallet as this is the last month that 
you can renew or join S.D.A.C.E. for only $15 per year. 
Next month dues go to $20 per year to cover added cost to 
the club as well as $2 to SDCS. 






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