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THE BOSTON KUGEL 



SEP-OCT 1983 



THE BOSTON KAYPRO USERS' GROUP 

VOL. 1 NO. 1 









WELCOME TO THE PREMIER ISSUE OF THE 
BOSTON KUGEL...AND TO THE BOSTON KAYPRO 
USERS GROUP (BOSKUG). 

This newsletter is designed to serve 
as a communications link among BOSKUG 
members. This means that we welcome all 
contributions from all contributors. The 
more members who participate, the stron- 
ger this link will become. Let us know 
how you like it. Now — here's the news: 

As of September 1, BOSKUG has offi- 
cially separated from the Osborne group 
and is now an official user group of the 
Boston Computer Society (BCS). 

MEETINGS 

Meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th 
Tuesdays of each month at THE MINUTEMAN 
REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL, 
ROUTE 2A (MARRETT ROAD), LEXINGTON, just 
west of Rte 128. (Practically next door 
to the Honeywell plant where BOG meets.) 
Park in the Staff Parking Lot, enter 
through the cafeteria, and follow BOSKUG 
signs to the MUSIC ROOM on the SECOND 
FLOOR. 7:30 p.m. is the meeting time, 
however many people arrive earlier to set 
up and work on their computers. The 
Library will normally be available from 
from 6:30-7:30 for making copies. 

We are very fortunate to have found 
such a modern facility. The room has 
plenty of tables and electrical outlets 
for our computers, and it will comfort- 
ably hold 80 people. There is one catch, 
though: no smoking. Smokers will have to 
go downstairs to the lobby to light up. 

THE FIRST OFFICIAL MEETING WILL BE 
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13. The program will 
be on "Printers and the Kaypro. T 



TUTORIALS 

Also beginning September 13, Mike 
Weiss, newly hired by Kaypro, will be on 
hand at 6:30 to conduct a one-hour 
"Early-Bird Tutorial" for beginning users 
and those who want a refresher on Kaypro 
basics. Mike will also be running other 
instructional programs for BOSKUG. 

PROGRAMS 

Our plan is to run one "Program" meet- 
ing each month with a speaker, panel or 
presentation, and one "Workshop" meeting 
where special interest groups can form 
(e.g., word processing, database, modem 
communications, etc.) and do hands-on 
work with their computers. Members can 
form their own interest groups and we 
will try to provide experts to supervise. 
For more information, contact Programs 
Chairman SURESH SHEN0Y 655-6402 (days); 
862-5173 (nights). 

We hope to have programs scheduled at 
least 3 months in advance, so that mem- 
bers may make plans. On the back page of 
this issue is the program calendar 
through November. 

Finally, a general word about BOSKUG: 
You don f t have to be an expert to 
enjoy user-group meetings. Our programs 
and tutorial workshops are conducted for 
users of all levels of experience. 
Whether you are a new member or you have 
belongea for the entire four months of 
our existence (!), we want your input and 
invite your participation. Above all, 
although useful information is the medium 
of exchange, we want everyone to have 
fun. If things start to sound too ser- 
ious, we depend on you to let us know. 

Lee Lockwood 
Co-Director 



THE BOSKUG LIBRARY 
by Phil Marshall 
Co-Librarian 

The BOSKUG library is one of the most 
valuable assets available to any member 
of this user's group. The library con- 
tains all kinds of useful public domain 
software as well as the current Perfect 
Software Updates. Most of the public 
domain software has been obtained from 
the BOG library. We are slowly and care- 
fully sorting the programs so that faulty 
and repetitive files are removed. We are 
always looking for people interested in 
working with the library, evaluating 
potential software additions. 

USING THE LIBRARY 

The library is available to members at 
all BOSKUG meetings each month. The 
groundrules for use are: 

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1. Each person is allowed to copy as 
many disks as he or she wants to, but 
only one at a time. 

2. The charge for this service is one 
disk (or $3.00) per visit. That is, 
a total of one disk for the library 
for as all the disks copied from the 
library that night. 

There is no charge, however, for Per- 
fect Software updates to those who 
already have the programs. 

LIBRARY CONTENTS 

Currently, there are about 15 disks 
available for copying. These disks 
include Perfect Software updates, commu- 
nications software, Electronic Card File, 
and many CP/M utility and applications 
programs. . 

Each BOSKUG disk contains a DISK.DOC 



describing the files on the disk and what 
they can do. Additionally, where needed, 
some individual programs have their own 
separate disk docs. 

Also available are the PERFECT Soft- 
ware updates (see "Perfect Software News 
on page 3), and a new version of CP/M 2.2 
with a new COPY program. 

The new CP/M operates the same as the 
old version, except that the disk drives 
stop spinning immediately after disk 
operations are complete. This is most 
noticeable with Perfect Writer. 

The new COPY program combines the old 
COPY, FORMAT, and SYSGEN programs into 
one operation. The program also otters 
the user a number of options for each of 
these functions, and it allows you to 
designate a .COM file for the disk to 
boot up to when you cold boot. For in- 
stance, you can specify 'MENU* on your 
Perfect Writer disk and when you reset 
the computer with that disk, it will 
automatically run the menu for Perfect 
Writer. 

The Communications disk contains two 
public domain modem programs that work 
with the Kaypro, programs to squeeze and 
un-squeeze files, and some other items 
useful to modem users, including a direc- 
tory of bulletin boards phone numbers 
(which we plan to keep updating). 

The Utility disks contain a wide 
variety of programs. There is one disk 
with almost every conceivable type of 
directory program. There is a disk of 
disk utilities which facilitate viewing, 
printing, and copying files. There are 
also advanced disk editing programs. The 
Applications- programs contain both busi- 
ness and scientific programs. New things 
are being added all the time! 



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USER'S CORNER 

AND THEN THEY SAID... 

THE BANANA BY GORILLA 

Having just bought an 
Epson FX-80 for over 
$700, I felt sick to my 
stomach when I read that 
a new dot matrix printer 
was hitting the market at 
an incredible $249 which 
would have features com- 
parable to machines cost- 
ing two and three times 
that much. 



I raced to my favorite 
computer store just as 
they were testing the 
first BANANA in the newly- 
arrived bunch. It blew 
two fuses before the print 
head drive mechanism could 
be freed. 

The BANANA is an inex- 
pensive 50 cps 5" x 7" dot 
matrix printer (The Epson 
FX-80 runs 160 cps on a 9" 
x 11" format). The BANANA 
makes the numeral "9" and 
the lowercase "g" look so 
much alike that you have 



to go to their list of 
print fonts to tell them 
apart. Also, the lower 
case "p" looks ridiculous 
when it stands as high as 
an upper case "P." There 
is no comparison between 
the machines. The BANANA 
mav have some of the fea- 

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tures of more expensive 
printers, but it performs 
like what it is - a $250 
machine. 

(Dwight Woodruff) 






(cont. p. 8) 



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PERFECT SOFTWARE NEWS 



UPDATES ON THE "UPGRADES" 
by Lee Lockwood 

We have all struggled with the so- 
called "Perfect" software that came with 
the Kaypros we bought. Now it has become 
known that both PERFECT and KAYPRO have 
been struggling along with us. 

In May, a lengthy article appeared in 
the KUGRAM written by Palmer Parker, head 
of Technical Development for PERFECT 
SOFTWARE, describing new versions of 
Perfect Writer (1.033), Perfect Filer 
(1.2) and Perfect Calc (1.05) plus a 
newly-issued Perfect Calc lessons disk. 
There was a rather sketchy statement of 
what each new version did. Users were 
urged to copy the new programs onto their 
working diskettes (not the originals!) 
and start using them. (The BOSKUG 
Library was given a set of the disks by 
Brad Weber, a software consultant working 
for Kaypro, and we urged members to copy 
them.) 

Then, in June, another full set of 
disks arrived, this time from KAYPRO, 
some with different version numbers, 
others identical to the other "upgrades. 
This set was accompanied by a letter that 
stated that PERFECT's set had been "unau- 
thorized," did not meet KAYPRO's stan- 
dards, and should be discarded in favor 
of the KAYPRO versions. No documentation 
came with the new disks explaining either 
what was deficient about PERFECT's up- 
grades or which problems were solved by 
the new "upgrades." 

One of the changes resulting from the 
KAYPRO issue required users to recon- 
figure their printers 1 PF.DAT files in 
order to use the new Perfect Writer — a 
requirement that strikes fear into the 
hearts of many. 

I contacted both KAYPRO and PERFECT in 
order to obtain guidance for members 
about which disks they should be using 
and why. So far, KAYPRO has not thrown 
much light on the matter, but Lyle 
Sweeney at PERFECT SOFTWARE Technical 
Support provided us the following infor- 
mation about the new disks: 



PERFECT WRITER 















PERFECT WRITER 1.2 is IDENTICAL to 
PERFECT WRITER 1.033 (the version des- 
cribed in the April-May KUGRAM). The new 
^ PF.CONFIG 1.2 program on the Installation 
Disk (requiring you to make a new PF.DAT 
file for your printer) has nothing to do 
with improvements to Perfect Writer. At 



some point, PERFECT SOFTWARE acquired a 
new compiler, which required a new con- 
figuration structure. According to Lyle 
Sweeney, that's the only difference bet- 
ween 1.033 and 1.2, and you can use 
either one. 

PERFECT FILER 

PERFECT FILER 1.2 is identical on both 
the KUG and the KAYPRO upgrade disks. It 
cures some of the problems PF 1.0 had 
with the "Create" and "Move" programs 
(which used to lose member files as well 
as occasionally mangle some files if you 
removed the disk without escaping to a 
warm boot first). It also now supplies a 
default list format for customized data 
bases. 

PERFECT CALC 

PERFECT CALC 1.1 is superior in many 
respects to various other upgraded ver- 
sions (we had 1.05), but is still not 
100% right. According to Sweeney, PC 
1.0, which originally came with the KAY- 
PRO, had a "dynamic" swap file which lim- 
ited the size of the program you could 
run. PC 1.05 (and 1.07 & 1.08) changed 
to a "static" swap file (1.05, 1.07, 
1.08) to cure that problem. But the new 
swap file couldn't grow and held "too 
much program and not enough file." PC 
1.1 has new solved that problem, Sweeney 
says, but in so doing, has created 
another: when using 2 screens, if you 
change the column width in the one you're 
working on, it is also changed on the 
other screen, BUT YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT IS 
HAPPENING until it's too late. 

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Sweeney also mentioned that overhauled 
versions of Perfect Writer, Filer and 
Calc are in the works, including new 
manuals, sometime before January. These 
are the result of improvements made while 
configuring for the IBM PC. We'll be 

getting these for the Library & will keep 
you posted. I want to say that PERFECT 
SOFTWARE has been extremely cooperative 
and concerned. They say they are inter- 
ested in hearing suggestions and criti- 
cisms from users. If you have any, write 
to Technical Support, PERFECT SOFTWARE, 
Box 1479, Eugene, OR 97440 or call Lyle 
Sweeney at (503) 342-2303. 



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An up-to-date set of the latest Kaypro 
supported PERFECT Software programs con- 
sists of: 

Perfect Writer 1.2 

Perfect Speller 1.1 
Perfect Filer 1.2 
Perfect Calc 1.1 
Installation disk with 
PFC0NFIG 1.2 



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BYTES, BITS & NIBBLES... 

• KAYPRO CORPORATION is 
now the official name of 
the company that makes 
Kaypro computers. It was 
changed from Non-Linear 

Systems, Inc. last June. 

» KAYPRO CORP. went 
public Aug. 25. The 
initial offering was at 

$10 per share, and was 
underwritten by Pruden- 

tial-Bache. The stock is 
trading OTC; its symbol 
is "Kaypro." 

• Changes were made Aug- 
ust 1 in the software 
packages bundled with 
Kaypros: 

KAYPRO II now includes: 

PERFECT WRITER, SPEL- 
LER, FILER and CALC; PRO- 
FIT PLAN; WORDSTAR; THE 
WORD PLUS; and M-BASIC. 
The price remains at 
$1595. Rumors of a fur- 
ther cut in the price of 

the Kaypro II are false. 

KAYPRO 4 and 10 include: 

WORDSTAR; MICRO PLAN; 
THE WORD PLUS; M-BASIC; 



C-BASIC; S-BASIC. Addi- 
tionally, SUPRTERM comes 
with the 10. KAYPRO is 
negotiating with PERFECT 

SOFTWARE to include the 
Perfect software programs 
with the Models 4 and 10. 

• TECH SUPPORT BULLETIN 

BOARD: Kaypro Technical 
Support has just put on 

line an electronic bulletin 
board (300- baud) for the 
exchange of technical info 
for end users. The dedi- 
cated phone number is: 
(619) 481-3942. 

• NEW CHIP: A new char- 
acter-generator chip is now 
available at Kaypro 
dealers. It is said to 
produce "better formed 
lowercase letters (g, y, 
q), lowers the semicolon, 
and changes the up- arrow 

above the f 6 f to a true 
caret. The chip is part 

no. 81146A and costs around 
$25.00. 

• IBM PC? MS-DOS? 256K 
RAM?: SWP, Inc. Micro-Com- 
puter Products now offers 
the Co-Power-88 board with 
a choice of 128K or 256K 






BULLETIN BOARDS 



Here is a listing of free bulletin boards we know 
about. Let us know of changes to this list as well as 
others you find. These are all 300-baud boards (not to 
be confused with the 300 bored bods found in the 
bleachers at Fenway Park). 

BOSTON AREA 

ALLST0N SPEED BOARD 254-4327 

BINEX 423-6985 

BOSTON COMPUTER SOCIETY 969-9660 

BOSTON BULLET 266-7789 

LEXINGTON 862-0781 

HEATH (after 6 p.m.) 237-1511 

LAWRENCE HOSPITAL 623-2119 

NEW ENGLAND COMPUTER SOCIETY 646-3610 

OUT OF STATE 

NATIONAL KAYPRO USERS GROUP (Chicago).. 

(312) 397-0360 

NJ KUG (201) 272-1874 

STEVE SANDERS (Tampa, Fl) (813) 937-3608 

(Has Kaypro version of Modem 7-11 available for 

downloading) 

TORONTO (CP/M) (416) 826-5398 



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RAM. According to KAYPRO, 
the board fits behind the 
drives and enables it to 
run either CP/M 86 or MS- 
DOS. By adding a filter, 
nongraphic IBM PC programs 
can also be run. Locally, 
the board is available from 
DNN Enterprises, Inc. 202 
South Main St., Sherborn, 
MA (6537000). 

ON THE LOCAL FRONT: 

• B0SKUG member Mike Weiss 
has joined KAYPRO Corp's 
Eastern Region staff work- 
ing for District Manager 
Tony Amico. Mike's job 
includes providing training 
support to dealers and to 
user groups. In this capa- 
city, Mike will be conduct- 
ing monthly tutorial ses- 
sions in conjuction with 
B0SKUG meetings. 

• CP/M f 83 EAST is taking 
place Sep 29 through Oct 1 
at the Hynes Auditorium in 
Boston. Over 500 displays 
as well as panels, seminars 
and workshops on CP/M-based 
software and hardware for 
everyone from the beginner 
to the pro. Tickets are 
$10 for one day (exhibits 
only) and $25 for all three 
days including seminars and 
workshops. More informa- 
tion and tickets from 
National Computer Shows, 
822 Boylston St., Chestnut 
Hill, MA 02167, (617) 739- 
2000 . 

THREE INFORMATION SOURCES 
FOR KAYPR0-F0RMATTED 
SOFTWARE 

• KAYPRO has published a 
"KAYPRO SOFTWARE DIRECTORY" 
listing software programs 
and industry applications 
packages available in KAY- 
rRO format and the names of 
the vendors. The industry 
packages include: Automo- 
tive; Construction; Educa- 
tional; Farming; Financial; 
Government; Insurance; Lib- 
rary; Manufacturing; and 
Publishing. 

(cont. p. 5) 



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BYTES, BITS & NIBBLES 
(cont. from p. 4) 



• SOFTWARE WHOLESALERS , 
INC., a locally-based dis- 
tributor of software, has 
a wide selection of prog- 
rams available to dealers 
in KAYPRO format. By spe- 
cial arrangement, the 
KUGEL will receive regular 
updates to their catalogue 
as well as latest informa- 
tion on new programs. (Oh, 
boy! Our first exclusive!) 
One catch, though, Soft- 
ware Wholesalers only 
sells to dealers, not in- 
dividuals, so if you see a 
program you want, bug your 
local dealer (and tell him 
where he can get it for 
you). 

• SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTORS, 
Softeam, Inc., offers Kay- 
pro format for training, 
financial, programming and 

marketing programs as well 
as a wide range of 
utilities. 

We'll have these cata- 
logues, and any others we 
receive, available for 
your perusal at meetings 

as part of the BOSKUG 
Library. 



THE BOSTON KUGBL 

is published bimonthly by 
The Boston Kaypro Users' Group 
of the Boston Computer Society 

EDITOR: Alan Chapman 
877-6848 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION 

BOSKUG is the official Kaypro Users 
Group of the Boston Computer Society. 

BOSKUG is dedicated to the exchange 
of information and xo helping Kaypro 
owners solve problems they may have 
with their machines, its software, or 
peripherals. BOSKUG meets semi- 
monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. 
Programs include lectures, panels, and 
hands-on workshops on CP/M, Perfect 
Software, applications and other prog- 
rams available for the Kaypro. Quali- 
fied representatives and consultants 
from Kaypro appear frequently at our 
eetings to conduct discussions and 
answer questions. Meeting notices are 
carried in the BCS monthly CALENDAR 
and in its bimonthly magazine, OPDATE. 

For more information, complete the 
accompanying form or contact the Bos- 
ton. Computer Society at 367-8080. 



SOME IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS FOR BOSKUG MEMBERS 

KAYPRO CORPORATION (Technical Support) 

SOFTWARE (619) 481-3920 

HARDWARE (619) 481-3424 

TECH SUPPORT BULLETIN BOARD (619) 481-3942 

PERFECT SOFTWARE 

GENERAL INFORMATION (800) 222-4222 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT (Eugene, OR) .. (503) 342-2303 

BOSTON COMPUTER SOCIETY (617) 367-8080 

BOSKUG 

LEE L0CKW00D (Co-Director) 965-6343 

27 Howland Road 

West Newton, MA 02165 

BOB WATERS (Co-Director) (h) 894-5334 

23 Derby Lane (w) 893-6900 

Weston, MA 02193 

DIANE BUSHEE (Secretary) (w) 437-2863 

6 Camelot Court, #14 
Brighton, MA 02135 

PHIL MARSHALL (Co-Librarian) .... (h) 244-8674 
93 Central Avenue (w) 589-1255 

Newtonville, MA 02160 

CHARLES B0WEN (Co-Librarian) 332-2931 

15 Perkins Street 
West Newton, MA 02165 

ALAN CHAPMAN (Newsletter) 877-6848 

70 Gregory Road 
Frarainghara, MA 01701 

SURESH SHEN0Y (Programs) (h) 862-5173 

57 Turning Mill Road (w) 655-6402 

Lexington, MA 02173 



BOSKUG - The Boston Kaypro Users ' Group 
The Boston Computer Society 
3 Center Plaza 
Boston, MA 02108 

Please complete and return this form to obtain more 
information about BOSKUG or to update your mailing 
address. 

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A CALC DECISION - 
SUPERCALC OR PERFECT CALC? 
by Suresh V. Shenoy 

All calc programs are powerful manage- 
ment tools designed to answer 'What if? 1 
questions that can be expressed as mathe- 
matical equations. Both SUPERCALC 
(SORCIM) and PERFECT CALC (Perfect Soft- 
ware, Inc.) meet this basic criterion. 

However, these spreadsheet programs 
lend themselves to a variety of applica- 
tions far beyond answering 'what if* 
situations, such as cash management, 
financial statements, quote preparation, 
depreciation schedules, etc. Thus, what 
separates the two programs are: 

(1) Documentation and training 

(2) Operation 

(3) Commands available. 

DOCUMENTATION & TRAINING 

SUPERCALC is easy to learn. The user's 
guide and manual accompanying the program 

are written in crisp, easy-to-read eng- 
lish, and it is geared to the person who 

has no prior exposure to computers. 

There are nine (9) lessons that walk 
the beginner through each command fol- 
lowed by three more advanced lessons on 
'real world' applications. The index is 
clear and concise, and there is a single- 
stage help function built into the prog- 
ram, which is activated at any time by 
simply pressing the '?' key. 

PERFECT CALC uses the same commands as 
PERFECT WRITER. If you already know PW 
then learning PC is easy. If not, learn- 
ing and remembering the various PERFECT 
CALC commands can be exasperating! 

To someone totally new to spreadsheet 
Drosrams (and personal computers) PERFECT 
CALC's user manual and myriad control and 
escape sequences can be intimidating. 
The index is not very clear, and the help 
function is a two-stage process that 
consists of a 16-choice menu followed by 
an inadequate, brief solution. 

But PERFECT CALC is a very good prog- 
ram with a lot of capabilities. Its 
major handicaps are its poor documenta- 
tion and the time it takes to learn all 

the commands. 

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OPERATION 

PERFECT CALC has many more commands 
available to the user, making the program 
reasonably powerful, albeit cumbersome. 
As you learn to scroll around a PC 
spreadsheet, you begin to realize the 



multitude of options available to you 
(e.g., Ctrl-Z, Ctrl-V, Esc-Z, Esc-V for 
page-wise scrolling; Esc-<, Esc-> for 
column-wise scrolling; Ctrl-A, Ctrl-E for 
row-wise scrolling; 'Go-To' command plus 
the four arrows). 

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In SUPERCALC, on the other hand, all 
that is available are the arrows and the 
'Go-To' command. 

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Here are two examples: 

1. In SC to delete a protected entry, you 
simply position the cursor at the cell, 
type a '/U' to unprotect the entry fol- 
lowed by a 7B' to delete (or "Blank") 
the cell. 

In PC the same sequence would be 
'Ctrl-X Ctrl-U' to unprotect the entry, 
followed by a Ctrl-D to delete it. But 
be careful, because 'Ctrl-U f by itself is 
a repeat command and f Ctrl-X D f changes 
display format. Confusing?? 

2. Although it is possible in SC to rep- 
licate a set of formulas along a row or 
column, it can't be done in a 'block' 
(i.e., Al:cl7). In PC block moves are 
easily achieved by setting 'marks' around 
the regions followed by an Esc-W, Ctrl-Y 
sequence. 

The newest version of SC (1.12) has ' 
only 28K of available memory. This can 
be very restrictive if the application 
calls for a large spreadsheet or many 
complicated formulas. PC, because it uses 
a swap file, is limited only by the space 
available on the disk. 

COMMANDS 

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PC has a lot more commands available 
than SC. It is possible to load as many 
as seven different or interrelated 
spreadsheets into the machine memory and 
work on them independently or simultan- 
eously. This cannot be done with SC. 
This alone prompts one to conclude that 
PC is superior to SC, and it is probably 
worth the agony of plodding through the 
PC user's manual. 

(ED. NOTE: Perfect Software recently 
released a PERFECT CALC lessons disk with 
9 interactive tutorial lessons that take 
you through most of the functions, and is 
much better than the PC manual. This 
disk is available in the BOSKUG Library.) 

PC also offers some commands not 
available in SC, for example, 'justifica- 
tion' and 'screen redraw.' These two 
commands are very handy when you become 

(cont. p. 7) 



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GAMES PEOPLE PLAY . . . 

When you get tired of 
pushing words and numbers 
^-^ around your little screen 
and need a change of 
lace, the BOSKUG library 
has a group of games 
disks worth trying. 
There are some fun (and 
educational) word games 
and even some moving 
graphics. Let's face it, 
the Kaypro ain't Atari; 
you won't see mind-bogg- 
ling graphics, but you 
may be surprised at what 
you can do in "living 
green-and-black . 

Some of the games are 
compiled into COM files, 
but most are BAS files 
set to run with MBasic. 
Our games expert, 11- 
year-old Seth Holmes (son 
of Mike Holmes), has 
tried them all; he's even 
found and corrected some 
of the bugs in the Basic 
programs. 



Here are some of his 
comments and corrections 
to the games. 

ADVENTURE is a true ad- 
venture. It's a large 
game (191K), and one game 
can last upwards of 40 
hours. It's a combina- 
tion treasure hunt, 
chase, escape and mystery 
game, similar but far 

CALC DECISION 
(cont. from p. 6) 

familiar with mathemati- 
cal operators and start 
to think in terms of data 
entry and effective pre- 
sentation. 



In conclusion, it all 
boils down to applica- 
tion. If you are looking 
for an easy, uncompli- 
cated spreadsheet to 
solve 'What if questions 
then SUPERCALC is for 
you. If you have more 
^ complex business or per- 
sonal applications, then 
learn PERFECT CALC - it 
is worth the effort! 



more complex than WUMPUS 
(another game in the lib- 
rary). In order to be 
able to save your game for 
later resumption (unless 
you're an insomniac), you 
must split it to two 
disks. PIP ADV.COM to a 
second disk and erase from 
the first disk. Put the 
ADV.COM disk in drive B 
and and from A> type 
B:ADV.C0M. The game is 
self-documented; just fol- 
low the instructions. 

BI0.COM charts Biorhythms. 
You can chart up to a full 
year. To print out the 
chart turn on the CP/M 
rint utility (Control P) 
efore you call up BIO. 



E 



CAMEL.COM has an error 
which causes the game to 
end after the question, 
"Do you want to play 
again?" Any response 
causes the phrase "CHIC- 
KEN" to appear and the 
game ends. Because it is a 
COM file, we need the BAS 
or INT file or someone 
with an uncompiler to be 
able to correct it. 



CHESS .COM 



is good, reports 
Holmes. It beats him 
consistently and has a 
sense of humor. You can 
get a continually updated 
graphic by typing "Board" 
when asked for your move. 
If it's a close game or 
you want to stop you can 
type "Draw" asking if it 
is willing to accept one; 
if you are close it will 
accept; if you are behind 
it either declines po- 
litely or says "You must 
be joking!" 

LADDER.COM is as close to 
moving graphics as the 
Kaypro -II currently can 
get. It is fast paced, 
challenging and all in all 
quite worthwhile. It is 
self-documented, and there 
are at least half a dozen 
different screens and sev- 
eral levels of difficulty 
and speed. Both Seth and 
his sister, Stacy (I4f), 
have scored over 300,000 
points. (My best is an 



embarrassing 28,000, but 
what can you expect, I'm 
over 30.) 

STRTRK.BAS has an error in 
line 1520. In play, the 
message "NEXT without FOR 
in 1520" appears. To cor- 
rect it, put a disk with 
STRTRK.BAS and MBASIC in 
drive A. Type "MBASIC 
STRTRK." When you see the 
message, "Do you need 
instructions?" type Control 
C. You will get "Break in 
1520. Okr type the 
following: 

1385 FOR Rl=l TO 10 <CR> 
1515 FOR A=<Q11) TO 

(QUI): FOR B=(Q21) TO 

(Q2+1) <CR> 
2125 NEXT Wl <CR> 
SAVE STRTRK <CR> 
RUN <CR> 

TRADE. BAS is a game of 
intergalactic monopoly. It 
involves establishing trade 
routes, purchasing stock in 
several companies, corpor- 
ate take-overs and manipu- 
lating money. Just the 
game to relax with after a 
hard day at the Stock 
Exchange. Seriously, it is 
a challenging game for two 
or more players. 

Tic-Tac-Toe (TTT.COM) . 
There are two versions on 
the library disks. One is 
the traditional 9- box grid 
version for two players, 
which is guaranteed to hold 
your interest for about 45 
seconds. The other is a 
nasty, 16-box grid, three- 
dimensional version which 
you play against the comp- 
uter. If you're a maso- 
chist, try this one. 

This is just a smat- 
tering of what's available, 
but it's past Seth's bed- 
time (mine, too), so we'll 
knock off until next issue, 
when we'll cover more game 
descriptions and, hope- 
fully, debugs. 
















USER'S CORNER (cont. from p. 2) 

"MICRO CORNUCOPIA'S" 5 MH SPEED-UP, DOESN'T 



I was ecstatic when I 
read David Thompson's 
"KayPro Column" in 
Micro Cornucopia (June, 
1983) which purported to 



show me how to double the 
calculating speed of my 
Kaypro II for about $10 
worth of parts and one 
hour of my time. 



BOSTON KAYPRO USERS GROUP (BOSKUG) MEETING SCHEDULE 

The Kaypro Users' Group of the Boston Computer 
Society meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the 
month at the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical 
School, Route 2A (Marrett Road), Lexington. 



Sep 13 - 



6:30 p.m 
7:30 p.m 



Sep 27 - 7:30 p.m. 



Beginners' Tutorial - Mike Weiss 
PRINTERS - Daisywriter & Okidata 
Speakers: Ed Steen,Data Int'l Corp.; 

Bob Gross, Data Engrg Corp. 

INTRODUCTION TO CP/M PART 1 - Speaker: 
Jay Sage. The fundamentals of an 
operating system. What is it? How 

does it work for you? How does it 
interact with your Kaypro? 

Oct 11 - 6:30 p.m. Tutorial - Mike Weiss 

7:30 p.m. Idea exchange. 

Oct 25 - 7:30 p.m. INTRODUCTION TO CP/M PART 2 - Speaker: 

Jay Sage. The utilities - PIP, STAT, 
ERA, REN, etc. 



Nov 8 - 



6:30 p.m. Tutorial - Mike Weiss 
7:30 p.m. Idea Exchange. 



Nov 22 - 7:30 p.m 



MODEMS - Speaker: Jay Sage. The use 
and application of various modems; 
oublic domain software; bulletin 
Doard services. 



Your ideas for lectures or panel discussion topics 
and volunteers to participate in the programs are more 
than welcome. Contact Program Chairman Suresh Shenoy 
(655-6402- days; 862-5173 - eves). 



THE BOSTON KUGEL 

THE BOSTON KAYPRO USERS' GROUP (BOSKUGI 
SEP-OCT 1983 VOL. 1 NO. 1 



NON-PROFIT 

U.S. Postage Paid 

Boston, MA. 
Permit No. 1138 



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After spending $20 for 
parts and two hours of my 
time I discovered that the 
5 MH speed up does not work 
equally well on all Kaypro 
II's. In fact, it did not 
work at all on my computer. 

My advice is don't try 
it! But if you must, here 
are a few tips that will 
allow you recover if it 
doesn't work. 

To avoid desecrating the 
pc board, don't solder 
jumpers (per Micro C f s 
instructions) from the pc 
board to the DIP leads. 
Instead, use stacked, low- 
profile, 14-pin DIP sockets 
and reroute the circuitry 
through them. This will 
allow you to revert back to 
the original Kaypro config- 
uration by removing the 
modified plug in DIP 
sockets. This could be a 
real life-saver if you ever 
have to bring your unit in 
for repair, as it may be 
hard to find someone to fix 
a non-standard Kaypro II. 

One piece of good advice 
in the Micro C article is 
to put a switch in the 
circuit for switching from 
the original 2.5 MH to 5 
MH. I did (fortunately!), 
and I will keep my switch 
set at 2.5 MH until I can 
get additional instruction 
on making the 5 MH speed-up 
work. 

If I ever get my Kaypro 
II running at 5 MH, I will 
be delighted to submit a 
detailed article telling 
you how to follow in my 
footsteps. 

(Dwight Woodruff) 



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