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THE JERSEY ATARI COMPUTER GROUP 


From the Editor’s Desk.... 




Parsippany, NJ: Welcome to the volu*e 2 Number 1 
issue of the JACG Newsletter. If this is your first 
issue, it’s good to have you aboard. If you are an • 
oldtiser, welcome back and 1 hope you have had a pleasant 
suaaer. In any case, this issue represents a ftilestone 
for JACG! A lot of changes have been aade and «ore are 
on the way, hopefully for the better, I will mention the 
significant changes and ask that you continue to give ae 
feedback on the content and “look 8 of this paper. 

First, on behalf of the entire aeabership of JACG, I 
would like to thank Dick Kushner for the fine job he has 
done producing this newsletter. He has done this alaost 
single-handedly and I personally don’t know where he had 
found the time to do such a superb job. You now have a 
new person handling the editorial duties of the JACG 
Newsletter. I’* sure aany of you are wondering, “who is 
this quy, anyway?" Nell, I aa a huaan factors 

psychologist at Bell Labs in the outside plant area. 
This aeans that I evaluate Bell Systea hardware and 
software for “useability" by Bell Systea Craftspeople. 
Prior to joining Bell Labs, I sold, installed and 

aaintained coaputer tise-sharing application systeas for 
about 4 years. This included custoaer education in BASIC 
and high-level, proprietary software packages. The 
reason for this aini-resuae is to let you know who I aa 
and what kind of background I bring to the job of editor 
of this paper, I aa not a "bit It byte" person, although 
I understand the fundaaentals of coaputer operation. 
Therefore, now and then I will need the help of the aore 
technical aesbers of JACG. Enough about ae. 

Due to the size of our organization (close to 288 
aeabers at last count) we are now having the newsletter 
printed professionally. This was the aain reason for 

raising the aeabership dues to $15 per year. We are 

trying to give you aore inforaation, news and fun, for 
your aoney. We will aaintain the 12-page, 2-coluan 
foraat of the newsletter. To produce this paper, I will 
primarily be using TEH WIZARD by Datasoft and a C. Itoh 
3518 Prowriter printer (which is equivalent to the NEC 

8823). Unfortunately, TEXT WIZARD does not yet know how 

to talk to ay printer. Therefore, until I receive the 
new verson of TW (I have been calling Datasoft concerning 
availability since Hay -the original release date was 
June 1, then July 1, and now the latest is, end of 

August), I will be relying on Dick Kushner to print the 
articles on his Epson printer. 


I will accept either paper or disk submissions to 
the newsletter (see address below). If you would like to 
contribute an article, program, or whatever, on paper, 
please submit material in 3-1/2 inch columns, typed 
single-spaced and camera ready by the 28th of each month. 
Contributions sent on disk (either Text Wizard or Atari 
WP files, or ASCII files) will be returned, usually at 

the next meeting. You will probably get tired of hearing 
ae say this, but I need your help. I cannot produce this 
newsletter alone. So, if you have a specific area of 
expertise that you would like to write about, or some hot 
prograaaing tips, a program, application, or anything, 
send it to ae. The motto of this paper will be— ALL THE 

NEWS THAT FITS. Seriously, your input is encouraged and 

I will attempt to publish all submissions I receive. 
Reaeaber, you do NOT subscribe to JACG, you PARTICIPATE 
in it. 

This newsletter has been and will continue to be a 
very effective aediua for our group. The aain purpose is 
the dissemination of inforaation about the Atari 
coaputer: its uses, features and operation. To further 
this goal, I would like to set up regular monthly or 
seaiaonthly coluans covering the following areas’, tips 

and techniques, library report, further reading, peeks 
and pokes, and graphics. If you would like to see 
additional coluans, let ae know, or better yet, write 

one. Ideally, there would be an editor for each of the 
columns, who would coordinate the gathering of the 

material and/or writing it. Again, I need your help! 

Reaesber, the deadline for submissions to the 

newsletter will be the 28th of each month. 

Arthur Leyenberger 
JACG Newsletter 
48 Lawrence Road 
Parsippany, NJ 87854 

(281) 887-2861 (home) 

386-4254 (work) 



AND NON A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT... 

' .f . '• •• 

‘ 

It is a very strange feeling to not have to be doing 
all the assembling and formatting and organizing, etc. 
for this newsletter. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa 
Claus and he has delivered an Art Leyenberger to JACG to 
be our newsletter editor. I want all of the members to 
treat Art very kindly so he won't take his .printer, and 
ideas and enthusiasm and go home! Seriously, I think 
that Art is very well suited to take over as your editor. 
Just a close brush with his enthusiastic ideas has gotten 
sy creative juices flowing again. There will undoubtedly 
be changes in format and style and emphasis in coming 
newsletters (all the prerogatives of the editor), and I 
at also sure that you will find that they are all for the 
better. Our first year's newsletter was, I think, a good 
start. Our second year's will be even better IF YOU ALL 
CONTRIBUTE. (Note the CAPITALS!) if Art gets as many 
contributions as I got, we will indeed continue our 
development. 

I plan on contributing a column to our newsletter 
regularly. I'll try to cover what's new in Atariland as 
well as what's up with our group. This month I'll 
philosophize on where I think we're going. 

I read how IBH will take over the personal computer 
market, with Radio Shack and Apple picking up most of the 
droppings and “others” getting about 157. of the action 
and I have to wonder if I'm on some other planet. The 
Atari sure looks like the current best (read many 
features/low price) computer on the market. Reports are 
that it is currently outselling Apple. Yes, it doesn't 
go well in the lab or in the office, but at hose it fits 
right in. The hotshot software writers see* to have 
discovered it as wittnessed by the profusion of recent 
offerings. Our JACG group grows by about 30 members per 
month, with about 200 members currently. All of these 
members seem genuinely interested in learning sore about 
their Ataris and doing sore with them. Helping them do 
that must be the prise directive of our organization. 
Getting the new members up to speed with the old members 
is another concern. Offering sore services (i.e., 
classes, bulletin board system, etc.) is yet another 
challenge. 

In the midst of this explosive growth, it probably 
is wise to realize that we are really just a small step 
on the path from computer ignorance to computer literacy. 
The Atari, as good as it is, is just a rough draft for 
what we will be seeing in a few years. It provides us 
with an opportunity to get on the bandwagon rather than 
having it leave us behind - a beginning on a road to a 
future that even the most visionary cannot possible 
foretell. It is exciting, challenging and somewhat 
frightening. But most of all it is fun? the games are 
fun. the word processing is fun, the learning is fun. If 
we can keep our sense of humor in the midst of all these 


PEEKS and POKES we'll know that we’re on the right path. 

I promise that I won't let such daydreaming as the 
above become the staple of this column. 

I do want to thank all of those who contributed to 
Volume 1 and all those who gave helpful suggestions. (I 
even took some of them seriously.) Remember, you won't 

have Dick Kushner to kick around as newsletter editor 
anymore, but you will still have him to kick around as 
President (that is, if he is reelected!) Now, at last, 
maybe I can get back to doing some programming. HELP - 
what's a DO LOOP? 


JACG ELECTIONS 

In the absence of any formal bylaws (which we ought 
to have!), the exective committee has decided that it is 
time to hold elections for our second year of operation. 
All the current officers have agreed to serve another 
year in the same capacity and we will take additional 
nominations from the floor for all offices at our 
September meeting. Elections will then be held at the 
November meeting. Here is a thumbnail sketch of the 
duties of each officer: 

President: runs meetings, interacts with Atari, Inc. and 
other users' groups, oversees the programs and services 
that the group choses to provide to its members. 
Vice-President: serves in the place of the President in 
his/her absence, takes responsibility for equipment and 
facilities needed for group meetings. 

Secretary: maintains the membership list (in conjunction 
with the Treasurer), is responsible for addressing and 
distribution of the newsletter, provides correspondence 
as required by the group. 

Treasurer: maintains the membership list (in conjunction 
with the Secretary), oversees the collection and 

distribution of group funds, maintains records of those 
funds, reports to the group on the status of the treasury. 
Chief Librarian: oversees the establishment and 

development of the library, screens programs submitted to 
the library, directs the documentation, reproduction and 
distribution of the library. 

Newsletter Editor: oversees the preparation of the 

monthly newsletter, coordinating the input from members 
and other groups and sees that the newsletter is printed 
on schedule for distribution to members. 

Advertising Hanager: solicits advertising for the 

newsletter and acknowledges all advertising that is 

published, maintains a list of potential advertisers, 

sees that the advertising is delivered to the Newsletter 
Editor in a timely manner for publicaton. 

Program Chairman: oversees the preparation and 

coordination of the monthly meetings, solicits speakers 
for the meetings, works on future programs and topics to 
make meetings interesting and informative to members. 


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THE JULY MEETING 

This was the first seeting that did not have an 
announcesent of its content sent out shortly before the 
seeting. Nonetheless, there Has an attendance of about 
125. Nensletters Here distributed to sesbers at the 
seeting and apparently sany failed to pick up their 
copies, as nitnessed by the large nusber that had to be 
sailed out. PLEASE resesber to pick up your nensletter 
at the seeting. 

He began wi th soae self running desos of gases that 
had been seen at previous seetings and then Art 
Leyenberger gave a very Hell prepared deso of 
Hicropainter and Color Print. He deaonstrated the sany 
caoabilities of these fine utilities with screen and 

I 

viewgraph displays. We had seen a brief de#o of 
Hicropainter at our last ieeting, but its capabilities 
were only hinted at then. It certainly looks like a lot 
sore can be gained by having well prepared de*os instead 
of just quick looks at new products, particularly 
utilities. Dick Kushner then deuonstrated the Sweetalker 
Speech Synthesizer froi Steve Ciarcia of Byte Hagazine. 
It’s kind of a shame that we just got this ite». It was 
originally developed about one year ago when the 
coaoetition cost aore than twice as auch, but now there 
are other products on the aarket that offer aore features 
at a coapetitive price. It was, however, interesting to 
see how the Atari interacts with the speech synthesizer. 

Under group business, we discussed the dues 
structure for the coaing year that begins in Septeaber 
and the expenses associated with having the newsletter 
printed by a coaaericial printer. We also were able to 
get a list of naaes to help with the docuaentation, 
reproduction and distribution of the group library and a 
list of those interested in a nuaber of special interest 
areas. We are also considering getting a tape 
duplicating aachine for library use, a phone answering 
aachine for a “hotline" service and setting up a bulletin 
board systea for aodea users. 

Foras were passed out at the aeeting to get soae 
instant reviews of software, at which tiae the aeeting 
disintegrated into chaos and ended, leaving the president 
wondering how he lost control of the proceedings. 

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1982 MEETING SCHEDULE 

All aeetings are held on the second Saturday of each 
■onth in the Bell Labs Auditoriui, Hurray Hill, New 
Jersey. 

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 


FURTHER READIN6 


HEAR YE! HEAR YE! HEAR YE ONE AND ALL 

We are pleased to announce the startup of the 

official Bulletin Board System of the Jersey Atari 

Computer Sroup. It is based at Earthrise Computer Center 
and operates during non-store hours. The phone number is 
(201)377 — 4084 and the hours that it is in 
operation are: 

6PM-9AM EDT Monday, Tuesday, 
Wednesday and Friday nights 
SPM— 9AM Thursday night 
6PM Saturday night to 9AM 
Monday morning. 

All you modem users out there are welcome to call us 
up and leave a »essage or upload or download to your 

hearts content. Let us know of any bugs that you find so 

we can improve the service. We are starting with a 

version of the HACE BBS program and will either switch 
over to the Atari release of this prograa or else go to 
an all sachine language system. We are initially 
operating with one Ferco# drive, but have an 810 drive 
available if the demand gets overwelming. 


JACG NEWSLETTER 
Advertising Rates 

a) Full Page 8x10 ... $40.00 

b) Half Page ... $25.00 

c) Quarter Page ... $15.00 

Annual rates available upon request. 


Contact: Herb Lehner 

JACG 

1375 Blair Ct. 

Bridgewater, NJ 08807 
(201) 582-2774 (days) 

(201) 725-9394 (eve.) 

R E N I N D E R 

AS MENTIONED IN THE LAST ISSUE OF THE JACG NEWSLETTER, 
THE DUES FOR THE CONING YEAR IS $15.00. ALL MEMBERS WILL 
RECEIVE THE SEPTENBER NEWSLETTER WHETHER THEY HAVE PAID 
THE NEW DUES OR NOT. HOWEVER, STARTING IN OCTOBER, ONLY 
THOSE MEMBERS WHO HAVE PAID THEIR DUES FOR THE NEW YEAR, 
WILL RECEIVE THE NEWSLETTER. If you have not yet paid 
your dues, send a check or money order for $15.00 payable 
to JACG, to: 

Rick Olson 
5 Starling Drive 
Randolph, NJ 0786? 

Remember, receiving the JACG Newsletter is just one of 
the many benefits of being a aeaber of JACG (see Dick 
Kushner’s coasents in the July newsletter). 


Inside Atari DOS 
By Bill Wilkinson 
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This book was written by Bill Wilkinson of O.S.S.. 
the authors of Atari BASIC, BASIC A+ and the Atari DOS. 
Bill is also the author of the series of articles in 
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on the history of the Atari computer and Atari BASIC, the 
book goes on to an overview of the Atari DOS. Primarily, 
the book is about the File Manager Systea part of DOS 
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of DOS, each coaaand and procedure used by the DOS is 
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the entire DOS. SYS. 

This book assuaes a fair aaount of knowledge 
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reference to David Young's DISKSCAN program. 


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By means of gaaes, this large, 338 page book teaches 
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Don't let the title mislead you. This is a 

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the war against computer illiteracy. 

CANYON CLIMB-OFF FINALS 

The Finals of the Canyon Climber Game 
Contest will be held on Saturday, 

Sept, il, 1982 at 2:00pm at Earthrise 
Computer Center, 6 Green Village Rd. 
in Madison, New Jersey. Remember, 
your -friends will be competing -for the 
FIRST PRIZE of either a NEC’Monitor 
or a VOICE BOX from the Alien Group. 

Come on out and 'watch. It should be a 
lot of fun. — See you there 


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This course is geared For the child who wants to learn the basics of 

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and fun-to-use computer language. 

INSTRUCTOR: Linda D'Ambola 

Mrs. D'Ambola has had fourteen years of computer programming 

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How many times have you wanted to see the inside 
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■SHEET TALKER* SPEECH SYNTHESIZER 
Reviewed by Dick Kushner 

> v '' ' > f • * 

I Bet Steve Ciarcia of Byte Magazine and Hicroaint 
Co. faae at the Trenton Coaputer Festival and asked if we 
could have one of his speech synthesizer boards to try 
out with the Atari. He was kind enough to provide one 
about a aonth later and I have been playing with i it on 
and off for about two weeks. 

First soae background- speech • synthesis is a new 
technology and represents an atteapt to "huaanize" the 
interface between aan and aachine. The obvious 
application is with coaputers, but it is also being 
applied to appliances and industrial aachinery. There are 
several aethods currently used for speech synthesis. The 
Sweetalker uses the Votrax SC-01 phonetic speech 
synthesizer chip which has the advantage of needing very 
little aeaory in order to siaulate the vocal tract. The 
board I got to try out has a parallel interface, all the 
circuitry the Votrax chip needs and an aaplifier to 
output the resultant sound to a speaker. The coaputer 
treats this board as if it were a printer ; i.e., LPRINT 
coaaands containing ASCII characters are used to activate 
the speech synthesizer. There are about 60 "phoneaes", 
or sounds, in language which coabine together to fora all 
possible words. Each phoneae is activated by a single 
ASCII character. There are also pauses to siaulate the 
spaces between words and sentences. 

So- does it work? Yes, it does, as long as you are 
sure to add the pulse stretcher circuit shown in the 
circuit diagraa that coaes with the unit and as long as 
you connect a wire across juaper position JP1 and as long 
as you have a +5 and +12 volt power supply (also 
available froa Hicroaint). You aust, of course, 
construct a cable to connect the board’s edge connector 
to the Atari 850 Interface parallel port. 

I was really excited when I was able to have words 
spoken! It seeaed so easy to understand- I just input 
the right characters corresponding to the phoneaes that 
aake up the words and out caae clear, but soaewhat 
aechanical, speech. There was even a "dictionary" of the 
phoneae equivalents of aany words. With a great deal of 
exciteaent I tried it out on ay faaily- and they had a 
hard time understanding the speech. Thus I discovered a 
fundaaental rule- when you know what the thing is going 
to say, you hear it very clearly! Soae words others 
could also understand very clearly, but soae words just 
don’t sound like they should and were not guessed after 
aany tries. The best exaaple was "laugh", which caae out 
sounding like "bleff" no aatter what phoneaes I tried. 

Would I recoaaend that you get one of these 9 Like 
the aan said- it all depends. For about $130 you can get 
the "Sweet Talker" and have soae fun learning about 
speech synthesis and probably incorporate it into soae 
prograas to get soae interesting effects. It certainly 


is a lot less expensive, although also aore liaited, than 
the Votrax Type-N-Talk unit. However, a new product, the 
Voice Box speech synthesizer, has just coae out and it 
seeas to have aore features than this unit for only a 
little aore aoney. We should have a review of this 
product in the near future. Personally, I found it fun 
to aake the coaputer speak, even if I’a the only one who 
could understand it half the tiae. But then I’ve lived 
with this coaputer longer than the rest of ay faaily and 
as aore aware of the strange languages it soaetiaes 
speaks. 

I’d like to thank Steve Ciarcia for the use of this 
unit and reaind all our readers that, although there are 
now products out on the aarket that do aore for about the 
sane price, he was out with this product nearly one year 
ago when the coapetition was priced at over $300 
(reaeaber when the Atari 800 was priced at $1080 with 



BASEBALL 


Did you play softball or baseball when you were a kid? 
Yeah, what position did you play? Really? I used to 

play left out. It is 20 years later and it seeas that 
now we are all playing left out. 

In the July issue of Consuaer Reports (you know, the 
toaster and washing aachine review people) there is a 
call for coaputer owners to supply inforaation on the 
"buying, learning to operate and running" of their 

personal coaputers. Host coaputers were aentioned except 
Atari. You can obtain a questionnaire froa: 

Consuaer Reports 
Box RHE 

256 Washington St. 

Mount Vernon, NY 10550. 

Be sure to include your naae, address and the brand of 
coaputer you own. Write to Consuaer Reports and help to 
change the non-iaage that Atari seeas to have. 

COMPUTER JOKE COLUMN 

Froa Infoworld.... 

How aany coaputer prograaaers does it take to screw 
in a light bulb? 

a) None. That’s a hardware problea. 

b) At least 2. One always changes jobs in the aiddle 

of the project. 

c) Only one- if s/he is bright enough. 

d) With or without a flowchart. 


Ed. Note: I told you I wanted to start new coluans. 


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ACCESSING BULLETIN BOARD SYSTEMS 
by Willia« W, Hough 

When I W3s shopping for a hone comp Liter several Months 
ago, one of ny criteria was that it double as a hone 
terninal, I do a lot of work fron hone with a conputer at 
the office, arid while I had acquired an ancient CRT 
terninal fron a local conputer junk yard, it left a lot to 
be desired — like no backspace capability or printer 
connection. ATARI had all the necessary hardware 
available in their "Connunicator" package, (noden* 
interface nodule , and TELELINK I), but nost inportant was 
the fact that it could work with both upper and lower case 
and display 40 characters per line on a TV rather than 22 
or so upper-case-only characters available with other 
low-end Machines, For this, 3nd several other reasons, I 
settled on the ATARI. 

The TELELINK I cartridge is convenient to use and works 
fine. However, it wasn't long before I wanted to transfer 
files back and forth between the host conputer and ny 
ATARI cassette recorder. (I didn't, and still don't, have 
a disk drive.) 

I conposed a couple of Basic prograns, one for each 
direction of transnission. On download, a bit of post 
processing was necessary because ny host conputer, like 
nany others, insists on sending a carriage return-line 
feed pair as the line deliniter. The "light-translation" 
option in the ATARI Inteface Module software translates 
the carriage return to the AT ASCII EOL character, 
CHR$(155), but leaves the line-feed, CHR$(10), intact. 
After a weekend of playing to solve this and other 
problens, I had two short working prograMS that I use as 
follows! 

I log-on to the host conputer with the TELELINK cartridge, 
and get to the point where I want to read or write a 
paticular file. In sone cases, the host will 
autonatically wait, and in others, I nust send it a 
CONTROL-S to pause. I then renove TELELINK, insert BASIC, 
and CLOAD the appropriate progran fron the cassette, Then 
I quick change tapes, either to a blank for downloading or 
an ATASCII fornatted cassette (either a data file written 
with PUT or PRINT or a Basic progran recorded with the 
LIST "C;" connand, but NOT a tokenized file), for 
Liploading. Then I reinsert the TELELINK, and can log-off 
or continue to (fa other things with the host, A 
conplicated procedure, I adnit, but useable with a nininun 
of programing effort, 

A few weeks ago, a friend of nine who has been into nicros 
for several years told Me of a new bulletin board systeM 
devoted to ATARI. "What's 3 bulletin board systen?", I 
asked. 

Bulletin boards are systens owned by hobbiests or dealers 
that offer, usually free, file space for Messages, 
questions, answers, phone nunbers for other bulletin 


boards, want ads, arid public donain software. They are 
accessed over the telephone network, so you do incur a 
Phone bill. Most of the general bulletin boards run under 
the CP/M operating systen, The ATARI board I have used 
also runs under CP/M on a 280 based systen. I an told 
that sone ATARI boards in the country run on ATARI systens 
with a special bulletin board progran written just for 
ATARI. When you call one, it tells you a bit about 
itself, will give instructions if you ask. it to, and tell 
you how to find things, You can find out a lot with just a 
terninal (e.g, TELELINK), but if you haven't hard copy 
capability (a printing terninal), take notes on the 
connands. 

On the ATARI board, I found lots of prograns of interest. 
One of particular interest was a terninal progran called 
JONESTERM (after its author, Frank Jones ) , with 
corresponding docunentation, that would transfer files to 
or fron cassette, or disk, or to a printer connected to 

the ATARI . It looked as if it would be 3 huge inproveMent 
over ny cunbersone Method. However, it was quite long, 
and would have taken ny clunsey fingers 3 few hours to 
type, I decided to try My cunbersone technique to 

download JKCSTERM, My r short download progran was 

custoMized for UNIX, so I had to rewrite it for CP/M. 

Actually, after borrowing a couple of Frank's ideas, it 
turned out to be very sinple, and I offer it here for your 
use. I call it QD(quick and dirty)DUtff'. Note that you 
only need this progran to get JONESTERM, or another first 
terninal progran you night like better, and it is 
custonized for CP/M . If you use this progran on other 
than CP/M , there are sone changes you will need to Make. 
I'll try to identify the statenents needing attention 
through renarks. 

10 DIM INLINE$(120),QUIT$(5) 

1? REM ; DEFINE EOF FROM CP/M 
2 0 QUIT4=Ctf($ (10)5 QUIT$ ( 2 ) ="D0NE" 

29 REM 5 FIND MEMORY AVAILABLE 

30 N=FRE ( 0 ) -256 

40 N=N* ( N<=32767 ) +32767* ( N>32767 ) 

50 DIM TXTKN) 

59 REM : OPEN RS-232 PORT 

60 OPEN #2,13,0,"Ri:" 

70 XIO 40,02,0,0, "Rl" 

80 print * 2 ;" ":reh ; start cp/m 

89 REM 5 LOOP TO GET PROGRAM FROM CFYM 

90 FOR 1=0 TO 1 STEP 0 

100 INPUT *25INLINE$JTRAP 150 

110 PRINT INLINEO 

120 IF INLINE$=GUIT$ THEN 150 

129 REM 5 APPEND INLINE TO TXT 

130 TXT4 ( LEN ( TXT4 ) +1 ) =INLINE$ 

140 NEXT I 

149 REM 5 WAIT (BLINDLY) FOR CP/M PROMPT 

150 FOR T=1 TO 2000JNEXT T 

159 REM 5 SIGNOFF FROM CP/M 

160 PRINT *2| "BYE" 

170 CLOSE *2 




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190 STOP 

199 REM J TO WRITE CASSETTE , TYPE “GOTO 200“ OR “CONT" 

200 DIM BYT*(1) 

209 REM \ OPEN CASSETTE 

210 OPEN *3,8,0, "Clt" 

21? REM ! LOOP TO WRITE TO CASSETTE 
220 FOR 1=1 TO LEN(TXT*) 

230 BYT*=TXT*(I,I) 

210 BYTE=ASC(BYT*) 

250 IF BYTE=10 THEN BYTE=155 
260 PUT *3, BYTE 
270 NEXT I 
280 CLOSE *3 

A few notes on the above program and its use* The 
statements before the STOP at line 190 record incoming 
lines 3S a single string called TXT* that is dimensioned 
to use all remaining available memory in your ATARI* The 
statements beginning with line 200 write the string to 
tape (change to disk if you have one) while doing the 
appropriate character translation* 

You need a loadable copy of QDDUtf’ before you use it* I'm 
sure you will have explored the bulletin board with your 
TELELINK cartridge before you use this program, and have 
discovered that to read an ASCII file, you simply find the 
disk on which it is stored and, if it is CF7M, type "TYPE 
FILENAME" (e*g* “TYPE JTERM*ATB") at it* It will come 
back with a couple of statements ending with "LISTING 
FILE** FILENAME"* Real quick, send CONTROLS to halt its 
output* You now have time to insert the BASIC cartridge 
and load GDDUMP* When you RUN it, it will start CP/M 
again and create TXT** While it is doing this, you can 
insert a blank tape in your cassette* It should get to 
the STOP statement at line 190 and automatically sign off 
of CP/M (to save you phone time), but you should also 
watch the receive carrier light on your Modem, which will 
go out after CP/M either receives your signoff or gets 
tired of waiting for you to give it another instruction 
and disconnects. (This is the dirty part of quick and 
dirty.) Hang up your end, hit break, and you can type 
"PRINT TXT*" to see what you've captured* Those fumy 
triangles at the beginning of each line are the ASCII 
line-feed characters we'll get rid of in the next part* 
Type “GOTO 200“ or “CONT" and it will write TXT* on your 
tape (or disk or printer) depending on what you changed 
line 210 to* Your tape, or whatever, now has a loadable 
copy of the tranferred program* Load it by ENTER "CJ" (or 
whatever)* It might give you a couple of error messages 
if it finds some statements that it doesn't understand, 
but you don't want those anyway* 

If it is indeed JONESTERM that you've captured, throw away 
QDDUMP* Early versions of JOhESTERM listed the complete 
file, including the fumy triangles, which made it non- 
enter able as a program* You could of course enter it as 
text using INPUT or GET and process the text to eliminate 
the ASCII line feed characters* If you run into this 
problem, changing the PRINT statement in JONESTERM to 


something such as lines 220 to 270 in QDDUtF will write a 
loadable copy the first time* 

One of the motivations hobbiests have for offering the 
bulletin boards is that they get to see lots of software 
people upload to them* I haven't found a way to do this 
with JONESTERM because of the way CP/M works* To upload a 
program to CP/M you need to get AMODEM3, which works with 
a CP/M program called XMODEM* It's on the bulletin boards, 
but as written doesn't work with cassette* My next 
project is to modify it for cassette, or break down and 
get a disk drive* JONESTERM does work quite well on 
uploading to UNIX* 

Oh, I almost forgot* The phone number for the closest 
ATARI bulletin board is 215-836-5116* You'll find lots of 
good stuff, and hopefully add to it* Finally, does 
anybody want to buy a TELELINK I cartridge, cheap? 


NEHS BITS 

Fro# Eugene ACE Newsletter 
August/Sept. 

The July 26, 1982 issue of InfoWorld is devoted to 
the Atari coaputer and has all kinds of interesting 
tidbits. Inf oWorld is a weekly newspaper for the 
aicrocoaputer industry and contains the latest news and 
feature stories of interest to both professionals and 
aaateurs alike. 

They begin by saying that alaost 300,000 Ataris have 
been sold (no breakdown on 400/800 sales) and that Atari 
is outselling Apple. They report that Roger Badertscher, 
the forser head of Atari, is leaving to fora his own 
coapany. There was a discussion with Bill Wilkinson of 
O.S.S, Ken Grant fro® Synapse, Robin Sherer fro* Santa 
Cruz Software, and Jia Capparell of Antic with Clyde 
Spencer fro® the San Francisco Bay Area Atari Group 
representing the users. So*e interesting coaaents were 
made concerning the Atari BASIC vs. Microsoft BASIC 
controversy. Since so »any Atari prograas and books on 
programing in Atari BASIC are out, the lack of 
coapatability with Microsoft has becoae such less 
iaportant. Bill Wilkinson pointed out that the new ANSI 
standards for BASIC as reported in a recent issue of 
BYTE, show Atari BASIC to be auch closer than Microsoft, 
especially in string handling. 

There are articles on Electronic Fantasy, Synapse 
software, and nice reviews of Fileaanager 800, 
Micropainter, Lon Poole’s book, "Your Atari Coaputer * and 
Monkey Wrench. There is also an interesting article on a 
new CP/M-Atari interface that allows you to hook up your 
Atari to a CP/M coaputer by USS for *177.00, and a review 
of the new Perco* double-density disk drives. 

The (Rost interesting product announced in this issue 
was a 3-inch aicro-floppy disk drive and cartridge with 1 
megabyte capacity for *899.00 by Aadek, 2420 E. Oakton 
ST., Suite E, Arlinton Heights, ILL 60005. No aention of 
Atari, but they are supposedly releasing an Atari version 
"soon". 


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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS 
List of «eibers 


At the July seeting, 

special interest group sign-up 

sheets were posted 

in the lobby of the auditoriua. 

The 

following is a listing of 

those sheets. It is 

left up 

to 

each group to decide how, 

where and when they 

will aeet. 

A ee*ber list will be 

published in the 

October 

or 

Noveftber Newsletter 

to 

facilitate the special interest 

group foraation. 





Key:N-North,S-South,C-Central, ^-willing to 

assufte 

a 

leadership role in 

the group. 





PASCAL 



Don White 

N 






BASIC 



R. Mastella 

S 






EDUCATION 



John Callaghan 

S 

Milliaa Jacobs 

S 


Curtis Springstead 

N 

George Chin 

S 



BANE CONSTRUCTION 



John Callaghan 

S 

Steve Muccione 

N 


Neal Rothl eder 

N 

C.W. Fong 

N 


John Palinkas 

N 

George Chin 

S 


Greg Panza 

S 

Edgar Wi 1 1 inelon 

N 




PILOT 



Curtis Springstead 

N 

Nelson Piueda 

C * 




WAR GAMES 



No signees 







GRAPHICS 



John Callaghan 

S 

Neal Rothl eder 

N 


Ken Roser 

N 

C.W. Fong 

N 


Don White 

N 

Dick Shields 

N * 


Garry Hodgson 

N 

George Chin 

S 


Greg Panza 

S 





TELECOMHUN I CATIONS 



Ken Roser 

N 

Don White 

N 


Dick Shields 

N * 

Nelson Piueda 

C * 


Berne Stober 

N 

Hank Hirschfeld 

N 


Bob Reeves 

C 





ARCADE BANES 



Steve Muccione 

N 

Ken Roser 

N 


John Palinkas 

N 

Garry Hodgson 

N 


George Chin 

S 

Hank Hirschfeld 

N 


Greg Panza 

S 





FORTH 


Dennis Hoskins 

N 

Curtis Springstead 

N * 

Dan Martin 

N 

Steve Rothl eder 

N 

C.W. Fong 

N 

Doug Way 

N 

Garry Hodgson 

N 

Bob Phillips 

N 

George Chin 

S 

Hank Hirschfeld 

N 

Don Urse» 

N 




ASSEHBLY LAN6UAGE 


George Chin 

s 

H. Nolverton 

N 

A. To* 

N 

John Callaghan 

S 

Steve Muccione 

N 

6reg Panza 

S 

Neal Rothl eder 

N 

Ken Roser 

N 

Paul. Moody 

N 

C.H. Fong 

N 

Edgar Coscolluela 

N 

John Palinkas 

N 

Bill Page 

N 

Dennis Kushler 

N 

Frank Hop wood 

N 

Larry Nhite 

N 

Don Urse* 

N 

Dick Shields 

N * 

Berne Stober 

N 

George Haailton 

N 

To* Kretkowski 

N 




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