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NEN5LETTER OF THE 

PEHIHSHLft ATARI COMPUTER ENTHUSIASTS 



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P.A.C.E. WORLD 
JOE CULLEN, EDITOR 
834 CHURCHXLL TERRACE 
HAMPTON, UA 23G66 



MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HEM YEAR 

P.A.C.E. OF VIRGINIA 

OFFICERS: 

PRESIDENT: HIKE FAZZI 838-5680 
VICE PRES: **VACANT«* 

SECRETARY: STEVE FISHBEIN 877-1225 
TREASURER: CHESTER MARKS 766-0454 
LIBRARIAN: MARIA CAMPBELL 596-5179 
NL EDITOR: JOE CULLEN 838-5326 
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT:LINDA MARKS 









HELL...? 

Ue had excellent turnout at the Noveaber 
business Meeting, lots of nev faces. The 
aeeting, which reviewed the major word 
processing packages for our aachines, was pretty 
good, too. It was the first tiae I had seen 
aost of those prograas. Uhen you get right down 
to it, the prograas were pretty auch alike, but 
it's those little differences that aake us 
prefer one over the other. Even after seeing 
the highly developed conaercial packages, I 
still think TEXTPRO is the way to go. 

It has aost of the standard features, soae 
fairly unique and powerful capabilities, and the 
price (free) can't be beat! Now if I could only 
break ayself of this AtariHriter habit... 

He’ve signed up a bunch of nev aeabers and 
had soae renewals this aonth, so Uelcoae! and 
Uelcoae Back! You have tapped into the best 
Atari resource in the area. Hake sure you get 
the aost out of it by putting as auch as you can 
in. Give us a call! 

If you don't already have a aodea, you 
should treat yourself to one for Christaas. Not 
until you get online will you understand how fun 
and useful aodeas are. Now that we have a 
Bulletin Board we can call our (aostly) own, 
there has never been a better tiae. The aagic 
ODDI/PACE nuiber, for those current aodea users 
who have spent the last aonth in the Bahaaas, is 
(804) 596-2710. 

As I aentioned last aonth in this coluan, 
Deceaber is ay last aonth as PACE President. Hy 
thanks to everyone who have kept the PACE spirit 
of friendship and cooperation. The group is in 
very capable hands of your Executive Coaaittee, 
as always, and I’ll continue to contribute as 
auch as I can, tine permitting (as should 
everyone!). Nonetheless, don't hesitate to juap 
right in and do a little to aake PACE better. 
Urite articles, review stuff at aeetings, help 
with the newsletter or other projects, donate 
ideas. He're all in this together! 

Once again, thanks for your support during 
ay IB months or so as a PACE officer. Ue 
laughed, we cried, we had soae fun, we learned. 
That's what it is. 

Froa ae and ay faaily to you and yours, 
have a great Christaas Season! 

dave koster 



VICE PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

P.A.C.E. will not be having a business aeeting 
this aonth or a Svap-N-Share night in January. These 
meets were cancelled due to the close proxiaity of 
these dates to the upcoaing holidays. I am anxiously 
awaiting these holidays for aore reasons than one. 

I have been spending entirely too auch tiae 
prograaaing for school and not enough tine prograiaing 
for pleasure. Uhen I started prograaaing in 19B2 it 
was for fun. I took soae night classes at the 
Coaaunity College. I spent ay nights trying to convert 
TRS-80 Basic into Atari Basic and then back again (the 
school had TRS-80’s). The prograas were useless 
exercises that only taxed ay patience but it was still 
fun. 

As tiae passed, I began studying Electronics and 
Coaputer Prograaaing. Uhen our government decided to 
aake the telephone industry better by deregulation, I 
was one of the first 1000 to get a peraenant pink slip. 
So, naturally, I went to school full tiae (nobody 
wanted to pay what Ha Bell paid unless you had a Phd.). 

I case to the conclusion that if everything becaae 
electronic, with coaputer controls, there was a need 
for soneone that knows how the hardware works and also 
knows soaething about software. I asked soae specific 
questions at Old Dominion University and before I knew 
it I was hooked on prograaaing on those big aachines 
they have. (I was amazed with soae of the nice 
facilities they have.) I talked to aany faculty 
aeabers about ay plans and they all told ae that 
engineers with coaputer science education would be in 
-great demand. 

Uith all that encouragement I started taking 
classes in Coaputer Science in addition to ay 
Engineering classes. I learned Pascal. Now, Pascal 
was intended as an academic language, a teaching tool. 
But 1 have found that Pascal is a very powerful tool to 
the prograaaer. The point is that I have been 
programming for aore hours than I care to count and the 
code that I have vritten is utterly useless. As a 
matter of fact, I have written code just to prove to 
the professors that I can urite code. It serves no 
other purpose. I wish that these same professors could 
think up soaething that would be both educational AND 
fun that would get and hold the interests of all of the 
students. 

I am sure that there are plenty of useful projects 
that would meet some of the local businesses needs. If 
the educational community would put out the effort to 
solve some 'real world* problems it would give the 
students a better taste of what is needed in the 'real 
world*. I wonder what would happen if soneone with a 
genuine problem got 66 solutions to it. 

So, as a New Year's resolution, I refuse to program 
anything that isn’t fun. (I will graduate Dec. 14!) 

Happy Holidays to everyone. See you in January. 

Hike Fani 


ISM®! 

IMFUT 


Pat* has 85 nenbers. Nine (9) aeaberships 
will expire next nonth. If your naae appears in 
the follouing paragraphs, please bring your 
checkbook (yes ve do accept cash) to the next 
aeeting or aail your renewal to PACE Treasurer, 
21 Sacraaento Dr. Apt 7A, Haapton, Va. 23666 
(For faster service). Reaeaber, dues are $15.00 
per year. 

Neaberships expiring in Deceaber: 

Jia Bishop, Louise and Terry Bohlinger, 
Nathan Burgess, Scott Cline, Todd Kievit, Gary 
Knight, Kathleen and Chet ouak, Georgia Scott 
and R. D. Uatkins. 

Neaberships which have expired: 

Orrie Flynt 

Neaberships which have renewed: 

Ed St. Denis and John Hallace. 

For your inforaation: 

Last aonth (Nov) PACE purchased Owik-Pix 
froa Uhite Lion Software (see article in this 
issue) and our new checks. 

This aonth ve picked up three new aethers, 
Blake Patterson (ST user) Delbert Drennon 
(8-bit) and tlilliaa 'Bill* Tennis (8-bit). Let’s 
all uelcone then to the club both here at Gloria 
Dei and Joe East's heae (ST User see sig 7 of 
the ODDX/PACE BBS at 596-2710 for aeeting tiaes 
and directions). 

Until next aonth...... 

Chester Harks 



^LIBRARIAN'S CORNER!* 


Herry Christaas & Happy Hanukkah to all! 

Ah, Deceaber is finally here, and let it snow, 
let it snow, let it SNOW! Haybe we'll be lucky 
this year and get a 'white' Christaas! Last 
aonth Tin and I went on vacation to upstate New 
York, and did we ever have a blast! 

Ue ran into soae snow (6 inches!) and the 
folks up there called it a 'dusting!' Aa I glad 
ve took our chains- with all that ice! Of 
course Sunny had a real ball, with the cold 
weather and snow! 

Our NL editor, Joe Cullen was so right 
about NY being full of Atari products 
everywhere-in the city Atari is certainly nuaero 
uno! However, it is still a nystery where the 
new Atari 1200 baud aodeas are: they are 
advertised everywhere, but ve didn't see not a 
one, anywhere! 


All of the salespersons that we talked to 
said that they were 'expecting the shipnent any 
day now...’, now where have we heard THAT 
before!? 

The PACE library has a couple of new disks 
for our library: a Txt. Adv. deno, a new P.D. 
disk fron our own Dave Koster, and an excellent 
P.D. Print-Shop/Synapse deao disk fron one of 
our sister clubs, SBACE of Santa Barbara, 
California. 

These disks will be available for copy on 
Svap-N-Share night, and for checkout at the 
regular business neeting of January 16, 1987. 
This is because Linda and I will be working on 
the data base this nonth. 

By the way, ve need all of the P.D. disks 
that are out so that we can coaplete the new 
data base in tine for the January neeting. If 
you have any disks belonging to PACE, this is 
the tine to return then, please. You can bring 
then to the neeting, or drop then off at the 
school. Your cooperation will be appreciated on 
this natter. 

Hell, that's about it for this nonth. I 
hope that everyone has a safe and very happy 
holiday season. 

Happy Holidays! 
ttHariat* 


FRON THE ASST. LIBRARIAN 

I'H BACK TO TALK ABOUT THE LIBRARY 
DATABASE, BUT THIS TINE I HAVE GOOD NEWS. 
AFTER MUCH RANTING & RAVING ON NY PART, 

HE’RE FINALLY MAKING SOME HEADWAY. IN 
ADDITION TO FILLING IN THE HISSING 
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC DOMAIN 
PROGRAMS, UE HAVE DECIDED TO DO A NAJOR 
DISK OVERHAUL. THE END RESULT HILL BE TO 
HAVE ONLY ONE TYPE OF PR06RAN ON EACH DISK. 
FOR INSTANCE, UTILITIES HILL BE TOGETHER, 
GAMES UILL BE TOGETHER, ECT. WHILE THERE 
ARE SOKE DISKS LIKE THAT NDU, THE MAJORITY 
CONTAIN A MIXTURE OF PROGRAM TYPES, WHICH 
HAKES IT KIND OF HARD TO FIND THIN6S. 

OBVIOUSLY, THIS UILL TAKE SOKE TIKE, AND IT 
UILL TAKE EVEN LONGER TO HAKE THE CHANGES 
TO THE DATABASE, BUT ONCE IT'S FINISHED 
I'LL HAVE NEU HARD COPIES AVAILABLE. UNTIL 
THEN, IF YOU ARE A NEU MEMBER TO OUR LITTLE 
GROUP, CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY TO HAVE 
HISSED HY COMPLAINING OVER THE LAST FEU 
MONTHS, AND LET HE KN0U IF I CAN HELP YOU 
FIND ANYTHING. 


LINDA HARKS 
ASST. EVERYTHING 





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Beyond the Basics 
By Jeff Cleveland 

Helcoae to ay nev Monthly (hopefully!) 
coluan on advanced prograaaing. Just how 
advanced you ask? 

(fell, I’a not going to go so deeply into 
stuff as to leave everyone totally confused 
after the first paragraph. 1 want to spend tiae 
on soae topics such as advanced graphics 
(including player aissile graphics, display 
lists, display list interrupts and scrolling) 
and use of the fantastic operating systea that 
is built into each an every 8-bit Atari. Mostly 
the kind of stuff that you would ordinarily pick 
up by reading through soae lengthy aanual. (If 
you could find which aanual is was in!) 

I will present topics so that the beginner 
can pick up additional inforaation about how 
their aachine works and the tore courageous 
prograaaers out there (are you out there?) can 
pick up a trick or two to add to their 
prograaaing skills. 

Uhat languages will be used? I prograa 
•ostly in Action! and asseably language, but I 
aay go off into soae Pascal (I have the Kyan 
Pascal coapiler), although the structure of 
Pascal is too restrictive to do aost of the 
things that need to be accoaplished when using 
graphics. If too aany people say that they 
don't have Action!, then I aay switch to BASIC, 
but only as a last resort. (I hate BASIC.) 

That's about all for the ground rules, 
except that 1 will take soae space to answer 
questions that aay coae up as things progress. 
Next aonth, I'a going to take a quick look at 
what’s inside the Atari 8-bit aachines and the 
basics of asseably language. 

One last note: Anyone who has a printer 
that's a couple years old (ay Provriter is 3 and 
a half) that hasn't been lubricated aay want to 
consider it. Ny printer recently started hanging 
up while positioning the head. I took it to 
Pete Ness at Turnkey Hicrosysteas and he 
lubricated it for less than $10. The problea is 
that the shaft that supports the head attracts 
dust, and over the years this dust had becoae 
gussy, and it was keeping the head froa being 
positioned properly. Since then I've had no 
probleas. 



PACE POLL RESULTS!!!!! 

That’s right - the votes have been 
tabulated and the results can finally be 
Bade known!! So here is a suaaary: 

1. SOX would prefer we change the 
aeeting night to Thursday, while the other 
501 as happy with Friday. 

2. 7SX would prefer starting the aeeting 
at 7sPM, 2SX like S:PH. 

3. A full 100X like our aeeting 
location! 

4. 25X said the aeeting dealing with 
BASIC was their favorite. 

5. 2SX did not like the aeeting dealing 
with gaaes. 

6. 25X would like our newsletter to 
contain aore articles on word processing, 
2SX would like tore software reviews. 

7. 2SX would like to see aore SI6's 
foraed. 

8. OX (yes, that's ZERO percent) said 
they'd be willing to write an article for 
the newsletter!! 

9. And lastly, there were only 2 actual 
coaplaints about the club, but neither were 
iaportant enough to aention. 

Now, this all sounds like everyone is 
basically pleased with the dub, the 
aeetings, the newsletter, topics covered, 
and future plans, right? But unfortunately, 
we basically know no aore than we did 
before. Out of approxiaately 75 polls sent 
to local aeabers, only 4 (that's FOUR) were 
ever returned. I wonder what that 
aeans.. 


LINDA HARKS 
ASST. EVERYTHING 








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M.EI.E..T..I.MI 




STOLEN FR0H THE EDITOR*S BESK 

The new foreat for the newsletter has been 
postponed until soietine in the near future, 
there uere tore bugs to be worked out than we 
originally figured. 

The aenbers are actually starting to send 
in artides-THANK YDU!!(Re«enber you can send 
your article to >e via nail, call ne and give it 
to ne voice or by nodea) 

The January issue should be a giant 
issue-The holidays will give us uuch aore tiae 
to work on it. 

I wish to welcoae all the new aeabers of 
P.A.C.E. alone with the old. As aeabers, feel 
free to use this newsletter as your bulletin 
board to the rest of the aeabers and to other 
clubs. 

Anyone wishing to conplain about anything. 
Please call Linda Harks-she is the Assistant 
Everything. 

HAPPY BAH-HUHBU6, 

Joe Cullen, 

Acting as Editor 



CLUB NEHS...CLUB NEHS...CLUB MEUS ... 

Month after aonth the EVIL BURGERHEISTER 
that delivers the newsletter to you charges us 
an exorbitant fee. The Chancellor of the 
Ex-Checquer (Treasurer) breaks out in a cold 
sweat when faced with the bill for the delivery 
charges. You ask 'lihat are those charges'? Hell, 
every aonth we nail out about 200 newsletters to 
local aeabers and other user groups. That aeans 
we are spending about H4.00 a aonth just on 
postage. 

The dub’s Executive Assistant pondered 
over the natter and cane up with a solution. So 
next aonth, January, we are going to get a BULK 
RAIL perait for the club. There is a ISO.00 fee 
to buy the perait, an annual charge of $50.00 to 
use it, plus postage. Postage will be about $.15 
per itea. 

Due to the cost of the perait, our 
first-year savings will be about $120.00, after 
that we should save the dub about $170.00 a 
year. I'a sure we can find soaething better than 
staaps to spend the aoney on! 

Uncle Scrooge would be proud!!! 


01 all the nerve! 

I've been hanging around for quite awhile but this 
is the first tiae that anyone has questioned ay 
existence. I've been told to get lost a few tines but 
never this! A aystery? A phanton? He? Are you sure 
you're talking about little ole HE? 

Just because I'a not the go to aeetings type you 
want to aake ae the grand prize in a scavenger hunt. 
Hhat did I ever do to deserve this? You guys oust be 
desperate for soaething to do. I can't think of 
anything anyaore boring than that. Oh well, whatever 
turns you on. I would like to dear up a few snail 
errors that ay foraer friend, George, aade in his 
article about ae. (now I know how Johnny Carson feels 
when he reads The National Enquirer.) 

First of all, I do exist! I'a every bit as real as 
Hr. Spock. Joe Cullen Pa not too sure about but 
ae,(ouch) yes I'a real. 

Second, I'a not an expert on anything. If I happen 
to know soaething which is not very often I'a happy to 
share it. The fact is that I learn just as auch froa 
you as you do froa ae, if not aore. I look forward each 
aonth (well I used to anyway) to the new issue of PACE 
world. 

Third, I do not know every nook and cranny of 
every BBS that was ever used. I probably use the help 
file aore than any of you. Just recently I had to ask 
the REAL Atari guru, Kevin Johnson, how to change ay 
user pareaiters on the Connection BBS. One point that 
HAS true was the fact that I have no aoney so if you 
have any please send it. As far as the 520ST 
goes...well, I keep juaping back and forth between 
spending what little aoney I do have on an ST systea or 
on upgrading ay 8-bit Ataris. There is so auch stuff 
coaaing out for both systeas that its really hard to 
aake a choice. 

I an still a nenber of PACE. I guess?? Of course 
you never know what goes on at those planning aeetings. 
You guys could have sold ay aeabership to JACE or HACE 
or who knows what. 1 oust also take exception to the 
fact that none of you except for Kevin Johnson can 
confira ay existence. Just ask Joe Cullen if .he 
reaeabers who it was who showed hia what software he 
needed to get his new nodea and 850 interface up and 
running. Just ask Chester Harks if he reaeabers who 
showed hia how to quit worrying and learn to love 
(like?) SpartaDOS. In closing I would just like to 
point out the fact that even though none of you have 
ever (really) seen Santa Claus, you still believe in 
hia. If you didn't, you'd be using IBHs instead of 
Ataris. 

Herry Christaas, 

I Ron 1 












On* Hen ST Uonrade 

A couple of aonths ago a friend of aine, Dave 
Koster, called and suggested that he and I 
upgrade our Atari ST's to one aeg of RAH. That 
sounded good to ae so 1 asked who we were going 
to get to do it. He replied that he was 
confident that we could do it ourselves and at a 
such lover cost than what was being advertised 
in the trade aagazines. It certainly sounded 
like a good idea especially since I have aade a 
lot of silver jewelry and aa well acquainted 
with soldering, liell I was in for a real 
surprise. 

Dave asked around and found several other 
people that were interested so he went ahead and 
ordered the necessary aeaory chips. He had also 
picked up soae instructions froa a bulletin 
board that gave rather detailed step-by-step 
instructions on how to aake your S20ST act just 
like your everyday 1040ST (Haven't you also been 
envious of those people who owned a 1040?). It 
took about two weeks for the chips to coae in 
and in the aeantiae I had forgotten about the 
whole thing. I aean, I’a like aost everyone 
else in that I was used to the old BOO series 
Atari’s and anything tore than 48K was aore than 
adequate for ay needs, or so I thought. 

One Friday afternoon Dave called and said 
that it was tiae to do the upgrade and how did 
Saturday sound. Sure sounded fine to ae because 
I was ready to aove in with the big guys. One 
aeg of RAH...I10H! Four years ago I was sitting 
in Saudi Arabia waiting for the nail to bring ae 
ay plug-in nodules to upgrade ay Atari froa 16K 
to 48K. At that tiae 48K sounded like soaevhat 
of an overkill. That turned out not to be the 
case. The whole conputer industry whizzed by 
48k as if it never existed. The first thing you 
knew we had to have a ainiaua of 64k and there 
were ruaors that pretty soon we would have 256K 
in our table-top, hone, aicro- coaputers. Now, 
we are talking one aeg of RAH...that’s truly 
star-wars. 

On Saturday we were set up and ready to go 
in very short order and Dave gave the order to 
start taking the aachines apart. Everything was 
fine until I saw that huge printed circuit board 
with all those black things that I had no idea 
what they did nor what they were called. I felt 
better when Dave started calling all those 


little black square things by their naaes. At 
least one of us knew what he was doing, (then we 
started looking at the boards, all of a sudden it 
dawned on us that there was a difference between 
aine and Dave’s. I had bought ay aachine about 
three aonths before Dave bought his, and it 
looked like aine was Atari's experiaental aodel. 
It had wires going every where and soae really 
awful solder joints. Dave's, on the othe hand, 
was just as clean as it could be. He quickly 
pointed out that they (Atari) had obviously aade 
soae aajor changes since they aade ay aachine. 

For soae reason his reaark was not very 
consoling. He quickly pointed out that the 
instructions covered the older versions so we 
were quickly on our way to piggybacking RAH 
chips to the boards. Huch to our surprise the 
instructions were very clear (to Dave, not to 
ae.). He said to solder that chip there and that 
wire there and the first thing I knew, it was 
tiae to reasseBble the coaponents for a test 
boot. Uithin 10 to 15 ainutes we had Dave’s up 
and running, but not nine. He had followed the 
instuctions aeticulously and were convinced that 
we had followed the instructions to the *T*. The 
systea would boot but it had this bad habit of 
talking to both of the disk drives at the sane 
tiae. It also failed to boot a couple of tiaes. 
What do you do now? 

Purposefully enough I wasn’t worried. That's 
hard,to believe but 1 had watched Dave work on 
those aachines and was convinced that he knew 
what he was doing and that we had not turned ay 
aachine into a 'nonworking piece of art*. (Is 
the ruaor true that old coaputers are sent back 
to the factory to be turned into radios?) I’a 
really just kidding, because I never had a doubt 
that Dave could aake it work no natter what the 
problea was. 

The first thing I knew we had found the 
problea. It was a bad solder joint. No, not 
ours...one froa the factory!! The joint was fine 
until I had handled the board and had shaken it 
loose. Uhat was interesting was that I an 
convinced that soaeday that joint would have coae 
loose and I would have had a aajor repair job had 
we not done the upgrade. He found it, fixed it 
and now I have a very solid piece of 
equipaent...with one aeg of RAH!! 

So what's the big deal? Isn’t having one 
aeg of RAH like owning a sports car? Not true. 



You can do a lot tore with your one aeg aachine 
than you can vith a 512K aachine. For exaaple, 
you can use an autoload folder to autoaatically 
load a raadisk and very quickly throw files in 
and out of RAH so fast you can't see it. That 
aeans that the prograas that are constantly 
accessing the disk can now be run tron a raadisk 
and you won't have to wait for an upload froa 
the floppy disk. You can't do that as 
efficiently with a 512K aachine because the 
raadisk takes up too auch rooa. One other 
advantage is to being able to brag about having 
a one aeg aachine. 




Dave Koster still has soae of those chips 
and is ready to sake your aachine into soaething 
extraordinary. No, I don't work on anyone 
else's aachine, I leave that to those that are 
highly qualified, like Dave. I will, however, 
show you how to create the autoboot and raadisk. 
For those of you that plan to have it done, you 
are in for a real treat. I'a sitting here 
typing this in 1st Hord and tossing files in and 
out of the raadisk. It's fun!'. 

Joe East 

THE PACE INTERVIEW 

This aonth PACE World features an interview 
with a software pirate. To protect Hr. Dave 
Culaarbein's identity we have filaed this 
interview in low light and filtered his 
voice. 

collect!!) 1 ? *° U 1(11 US sile your 
HR I: About 35 disks. 


P urchasing and pirating? 

R X: Well, to be honest (which is difficult 
for a pirate) I think if a prograa is used 
regularly it should be purchased. 

PACE: Do you have any other observations? 

HR X: Yes. It's.pretty hard to decide 
whether you want or can upe a yar ticula^ 


prograa Knd no way’to reaff] 


eajls to looking at a friend's copy and then 


getting a'cbpy lor yourself7 


ATARI AND THE ORGANIZATION 
by Steve Fishbein 


PACE: That doesn’t sound like auch? 
HR I: 35 disks for ay hard drive! 


PACE: Could you tell us which are your 
favorite gaaes? 

HR X: I really don't know. I spend all of 
ay tiae just keeping track of what 1 have. 

PACE: It doesn't sound as if pirating is 
auch fun. 

HR X: It isn’t. There are lots of other 
probleas, too. 

PACE: Such as..,. 

HR X: Well, if it doesn't work there's no 
guarantee and no aanufacturer to coaplain 
If....and did you ever consider how aany 
blank disks you have to have. 


PACE: Any other probleas? 

HR X: It's pretty hard to use prograas 
without instructions! And not everybody has 
a copy aachine. 

PACE: The software publishers say they lose 
hundreds of thousands of dollars. How do 
gu feel about that? 

How do they cone up vith figures like 


K-fUigH HB^S'iJSP.FfKir 

$40,000 if you figure each prograa at just 


$40,000 


ft, Do they really think I’d have spent 
00 > I'd be dead broke! 

PACE: That would aake their claias a bit 
exaggerated. 

HR X: See what I wean. 

PACE: Uhere would you draw the line between 


As a aeaber of PACE there are nuaerous ways 
I’ve been able to use ay coaputer, but the value 
is even greater if you are a aeaber of a club or 
group outside of the 'user group.' 

I have been active with the Peninsula 
Wrestling Association, an organization that 
benefits youth wrestling prograas as well as 
sponsors the Virginia Duals Wrestling 
Tournaaent. 

As treasurer of the PWA I have used ay 
Atari and financial prograas to keep track of 
the organization finances and provide aonthly 
stateaents, ainiaizing the bookkeeping because 
of the coaputer prograa. 

With a Bailing label prograa 1 have been 
able to provide the organization secretary vith 
sailing labels as well as aaintain aeabership 
records. 

I also serve as aedia director for the 
Virginia Duals tournaaent. I have used word 
processing prograas, Print Shop and other 
graphics prograas to prepare news releases, 
aedia guides and other forns and aaterials. 

I have also been able to write this article 
for the PACE newsletter and advertise the 
Virginia Duals, January 9-10, 1987 at the 
Haapton Coliseua. Sixteen of the nation's best 
college wrestling teaas will be participating 
alonq with 24 high schools. 


Books!! 

Read any good fantasy/sci-fi books lately? 
Last aonth I, 'Hr. always on tine', had to 
'EDIT* ay article (in case you didn't 
notice) because of tiae restraints, soae 
editors are sooo understanding (HA!!!). 

Oh well, aaybe this aonth's question will 
be easier. 

There's no place like hoae, even for 
Science Fiction characters. Your job is to 
natch each of the following 6 characters 
with his/her/its hoae planet. 

CHARACTERS 

1. Paul (Haud'Dib) Atreides 

2. Spock 

3. R. Daneel Olivaw 

4. Yoda 

5. Hope Hubris 

6. Honat Srrautut 
K0HE PLANETS 

A. Vulcan 

B. Caladan 

C. Ghuurrkh 

D. Dagobah 

E. Callisto 

F. Aurora 

This aonth questions were taken froa ay 
aundane library (all 7 books). The answers 
are in this aonth's newsletter (depending 
on how the editor feels about ae) so all 1 
can say to you is to be sure and read the 
entire newsletter before placing in the 
'circular' or 'round' file. 

Chester Harks 


Answers: 

1- B, froa the book 'Dune* by Frank Herbert. 

2- A, froa the short story 'Aaok Tiae* by 
Theodore Sturgeon. 

3- F, froa the book 'Robots of Dawn* by 
Isaac Asiaov. 

4- D, froa the book ' 

5- E, froa the series Bio Of A Space Tyrant 
'Voluae 1: Refugee* by Piers Anthony. (Hy 
personal favorite writer) 

S-C, froa the book 'To Your Scattered 
Bodies Bo' by Philip Jose Faraer. 






STEVE I SHBE I N 
163A WINDSOR CASTLE DRIVE 
NEWPORT NEWS, VA 23602 



Reviewing a computer program while trying to use it can 
be difficult if the program is complex. In the case of 
Quik-Pix the program is easy to use and some things it can 
accomplish are readily visible. 



ATARIWRITER AND PRINT SHOP MERGED! 


Programmers Ira Brickman and Brad McCol1 have developed 
a program to convert Print Shop icons into a form recognized 
by Atariwriter. Graphics can now be inserted within 
Atariwriter copy, as demonstrated with this article. 

The heart of Quik Pix, which works with Epson printers 
and printers with Epson protocol, is the conversion of a 
Print Shop graphic into a series of control codes that 
re-draw the graphic. 

The conversion, in any of three forms, takes only a few 
seconds. The letterhead above is one example. The other 
graphics are simply picture conversions. The third form is a 
mailing label. The programmers also provided 12 borders, one 
of which is shown here, to be used in letterheads. 

Placement on the page is accomplished by changing the 
left margin code to center the letterhead or a graphic. The 
"D" in Dear had to be shifted seven spaces to the right to 
match the left margin of other copy. The most difficult 
placement is putting copy to the left of the graphic. 

Page length must also be changed, because the line 
spacing is smaller where graphics are used. It is a trial and 
error process because even a form feed control code is 
“fooled" by the graphic lines. 

Originally written for Atariwriter, Quik Pix is now 
available for Paper Clip, as well. <To fit the format of this 
edition of the newsletter, the full page was copied and 
reduced. *) 


I 






m 

ST S16 HEETIH6 REPORT 

On 14 Nov 86, the Atari ST Special Interest 
8roup (SIS) of PACE >et for the third tiae and 
had a very successful aeeting. Dave Koster, 
chaired the aeeting and covered soae very 
necessary points. One of the iaportant issues 
addressed was the necessity to insure that no 
one shared copyrighted software at the PACE 
■eetings. This was addressed because of the new 
paricipants and, of course, is in the interest 
of everyone since it is illegal and hurts 
software developaent. Hating sure our club ' 
keeps everything above board is everyone's 
responsibility and will help create pride in 
what we're doing. 

Enough of that! At the aeeting we signed 
up one new ataber and had three other attendees 
express serious interest. There were three 
people present that had seen the flyer we put up 
at the 6AHES & 6AD6ETS store in the Coliseua 
Hall in Haapton. That was a worthwhile effort 
as it proved to be a good place to get the word 
to potential ST SI6 participants. The flyer we 
developed was done with Typesetter ST, which is 
a very fine unfriendly prograa that we aanaged 
to aaster in short order. It proves one sore 
tiae that advertising is the only way to go and 
that you can use your coaputer to help get the 
word out. 

One of the individuals that showed up was a 
17 year-old exchange student froa Finland naaed 
Hagnus. He has an excellent knowledge of 
computers and contributed greatly to the 
aeeting. He says he has asked his father to 
send hia aoney for an ST and a nodes. His father 
has responded by saying that he will send hia 
the aoney for a aodea now and the aoney for a 
coaputer later. Needless to say that creates a 
rather curious situation. Kaybe Hagnus can hook 
the aodea up to the TV until he can get his 
coaputer. I'n not aaking fun of Hagnus or his 
father; it is just an anusing situation we often 
find ourselves in. At the aeeting we tried to 
organize the two STs we were running so everyone 
had soiething to do all the tiae. He 
deaonstated the use of the aodea by getting on 
the ODDI bulletin board and downloading a file. 
Surprisingly enough there are plenty of people 
out there that don't have a clue as to what a 
aodea is used for or how it works. They are 



always surprised when they realize how siaple it 
is to use. In fact, when you think about it, the 
aodea is one piece of equipaent that is well 
docuaented, fairly coaplex, yet very easy to use. 
Everyone seeaed to enjoy the deao. 

He also deaonstated soae of the aore popular 
gaaes—Hean 18, Ultiaa II, Tiae Bandit, Criason 
Crown, and soae of the newer slide Deaos to naae 
a feu. Ultiaa II was in our inventory due to the 
fantastic sale recently at Toys R Us. They were 
selling the prograa for only ten dollars. That 
put it in the reach of aost of us and we hopped 
on it. It is a very interesting gaae that can 
keep you busy for a long, long tine. Discussions 
about the gaae pointed out that Ultiaa II is in 
the faaily of gaaes where learning how to play 
the gaae is part of the gaae. This nates it 
iaportant to have a friend that is also learning 
how to play so you can exchange hints on how to 
play and do a lot better. I have no idea how to 
win Ultiaa II but it's fun trying to find out. 

The gaae deaos took so long and were so auch 
fun we didn’t get into functional applications 
that the ST does so well, i.e., word processing, 
spread sheets and data aanageaent. At the next 
aeeting we are going to cover these iaportant 
prograas. I personally believe that 1st Word is 
one of the finest hoae word processors there is. 
Of course, 1'a not aware of what is out there for 
other types of nachines, but I can’t iaagine a 
prograa that is easier to use. 1st word 
certainly satisfies ay requireaents. At the next 
aeeting we will go over the pluses and ainuses of 
these popular application prograas. 

The next ST SIG aeeting will also be at ay 
hoae at 1039 Hindjaaaer Dr in Haapton. He aren’t 
trying to draw a crowd, but if there are soae 
other Atari or other brand coaputer owners that 
would like to join us they are certainly welcoae. 
He have a good tiae and learn a lot too. Hhat 
better coabination is there? Host of us are like 
Hinston Churchill in that we 'like to learn, but 
we don’t like to be taught*. That is what I 
believe Bakes hoae coaputers so appealing. A 
person can 'hack* his way through the learning 
process and doesn't have to be bored to death by 
being taught. 

See you at the next aeeting! 

Joe East 


AA 



A CHRISTMAS CAROL? (STARRIN6 THE UNSEEN RON 
HUNT AS THE THREE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS) 

Ebenezer Roster and Kevin Harley had been 
partners for years. Harley was Roster's only 
friend. Roster was a tight fisted old aan vho 
never felt the slightest warath, even at 
Christaas. It was Christaas Eve and would you 
believe that Ebenezer Roster had poor old Steve 
Cratchit working on the Secretary's report late 
again this holy night. 

The warath of the office was disturbed by a 
chilling wind as Ebenezer Roster’s nephew, 

Chester Scrooge, entered the office. 'Hello 
good-fellow Steve Cratchit, how are you this 
fine Christaas Eve?* Cratchit replied 'Merry 
Christaas Sir.* Ebenezer interrupted with his 
faaous 'Bah-huabug!!' 'Unde,' Chester said, 
'won’t you coae to dinner toaorrow night?* *1 
wish to be left alone!', Roster gruibled. 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Cratchit’s . 
wife, Maria, was consoling Tiny Joe. 'Is anybody 
bringing ae a new Atari prograa today?' Tiny 
Joe, depressed, was still thinking about that 
1450XLD coaputer he was proaised three years 
ago. This year his dreaa was of the new Atari 
1200 baud aodea so he could coaaunicate with Ron 
Hunt. 

Ebenezer Roster, who didn’t believe in 
Christaas, Ron Hunt, or Toledo announced his 
intention to leave the OFFICE. 'I’a leaving now, 
Cratchit. Make sure you finish before going 
hoae. I suppose you will want the whole day 
toaorrow?' 'Please Sir, its only once a year and 
I aa taking Tiny Joe to Jerry Falwell to get 
healed.' 

Ebenezer arrived hoae and called the Pace 
BBS. He was surprised to find a aessage froa 
Kevin Harley, considering Harley had been dead 
for several years. Harley's aessage read 'You 
will receive three progTais froa Ron Hunt.' 

'Bah* said Ebenezer as he deleted the aessage 
and proceeded to the download section of the 
BBS. Roster downloaded three new prograas naaed 
Past, Present, and Future which soaeone with the 
initials K.H. had uploaded. 

After signing off the BBS, Ebenezer decided 
to look at his new acquisitions. 

The first prograa required the old basic 
(revision A) and took a while to boot up. The 
prograa was a graphic depiction of Roster's 
childhood when he was involved with the 


Fazziwigs. 'Why it’s old Mike* cried Roster with 
exciteaent, 'Bless his heart!* Hike’s face faded 
out and the screen returned with a 'Ready'. 'My, 
those were such good old tiaes, how I aiss those 
days and ... Fazziwig...' , 

Roster, intrigued, excitedly loaded the next 
prograa. A series of pictures (not Print Shop 
coapatible) flashed across the screen. A lonely 
old aan hunched over his coaputer, Tiny Joe 
liaping to a sparse dinner table, and Ebenezer’s 
nephew, Chester and Chester's wife Linda at the 
dinner table with an eapty place in front of the 
ST. 'What does all this aean,' he thought. 
Suddenly, his Alien voice box interupted the 
silence. 'Load the third prograa and your 
question will be answered!' 

Eyeing the voice box nervously, he booted 
the third prograa. A dark gray screen appeared 
with the October issue of P.A.C.E. World, showing 
a toabstone with his initials. 'No, no this can’t 
happen to ae; Who the heck is Ron Hunt? And why 
is he doing this to ae?' Lighting stikes, and the 
picture fades as his terainal aelts. 

Crying and yelling "Why Ron, why?', Roster 
wakes up and realized it was all a dreaa. Running 
and throwing open the window, Ebenezer spots 
6eorge Ware and yells 'Hey ay good aan, what day 
is this?' 'Today? Why it's Christaas", George 
replied. 'Christaas, Christaas, I didn't aiss 
it!!' Quickly throwing on his clothes, he runs 
out the door headed for the 7-1L (open Christaas 
day) and buys 14 turkey sandwiches. 

"Maria Cratchit rose to answer a rapping on 
her door. 'Why it's your boss, Mr. Roster'. 'Coae 
in, coae in', Steve Cratchit greeted. *We were 
just getting ready for Christaas dinner, bring on 
the Spaa wife*. *1 brought turkey and presents 
for everyone. 1 have soaething special for Tiny 
Joe!*, Roster cried. As he handed the present to 
Little Joe, Hoss, Candy, and Ben Cartwright, BPPS 
WRONG STORY, Tiny Joe, with tears in his eyes 
exclaiaed ‘Merry Christaas and God bless us 
everyone'. 

CAST OF CHARACTERS OR WHO THE PICKENS 

EBENEZER ROSTER - PRESIDENT 
MIRE FAZZIWIG - VICE PRESIDENT 
CHESTER SCROOGE - TREASURER 
KEVIN HARLEY - SYSOP 
F.-W. S.T,EVE.CRATCHIT - SECRETARY 

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/ ^ '•MARIA-'CRATCHTT '-' LIBRARIAN 
Hr-'‘“^INDA StfcODdE;' - EXECUTIVE 


ASSISTANT 


TINY JOE 


- EDITOR 









JOE CULLEN, EDITOR 
834 CHURCHILL TERRACE 
HAMPTON, VA. 23666 



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