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NEN5LETTER OF THE
PEHIHSHLft ATARI COMPUTER ENTHUSIASTS
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JOE CULLEN, EDITOR
834 CHURCHXLL TERRACE
HAMPTON, UA 23G66
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HEM YEAR
P.A.C.E. OF VIRGINIA
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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:
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
Until next aonth......
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
All of the salespersons that we talked to
said that they were 'expecting the shipnent any
day now...’, now where have we heard THAT
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,
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
Hell, that's about it for this nonth. I
hope that everyone has a safe and very happy
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
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
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
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
4. 25X said the aeeting dealing with
BASIC was their favorite.
5. 2SX did not like the aeeting dealing
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
8. OX (yes, that's ZERO percent) said
they'd be willing to write an article for
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
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
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
Anyone wishing to conplain about anything.
Please call Linda Harks-she is the Assistant
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!'.
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
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
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
HR X: It isn’t. There are lots of other
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
$40,000 if you figure each prograa at just
ft, Do they really think I’d have spent
00 > I'd be dead broke!
PACE: That would aake their claias a bit
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
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
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.
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
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.
1. Paul (Haud'Dib) Atreides
3. R. Daneel Olivaw
5. Hope Hubris
6. Honat Srrautut
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.
1- B, froa the book 'Dune* by Frank Herbert.
2- A, froa the short story 'Aaok Tiae* by
3- F, froa the book 'Robots of Dawn* by
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
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
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
See you at the next aeeting!
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
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
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
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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Hr-'‘“^INDA StfcODdE;' - EXECUTIVE
JOE CULLEN, EDITOR
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HAMPTON, VA. 23666
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