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T/SNUG Information and Chairmen 
Input/Output - Copyright© 
Z88 Library 
AERCO — RMG 
Please Pass the Windex 
From The Chairman's Disk 
1994 Update by UPDATE! — Frank Davis 

ARTICLES 

A Surprise Box of Tricks -Z88 — Hugh Ho 
The Z88 and Its Power of Recovery — Hugh Howie 
JLO with LKDOS Cartridge — Bob Swoger 
Sinclair INTERNET — JohnPazmino 
Cdljrtstmas Jkitrnt ^labels — Jfob ^fcroger 
Daisy Be Good I — David Lassov 
Daisy Be Good Update Part 1 — David Lassov 
The Best of LarKen Windows — Robert Shade 
Z88 Batteries FeedBack — Mort Binstock 



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ZQA! 1991 - 1994 Index 



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MERRY CHRISTMAS 

TO: All Our Members 
FROM: The Staff And Contributors 



Established 1991 
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ZXir QLive Alive! © 

The Timex/Sinclair NorthAmerican User Groups Newsletter 

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T/SNUG Information 



T/SNUG 

Here is the list of T/SNUG 
Chairmen and how to contact them. We 
wish to support the following SIGs:- ZX- 
80/81, TS-1000, SPECTRUM, TS- 
2068, TC-2068, Z88 and QL. If you 
have any questions about any of these 
fine machines, contact the: 

Chairman 

Chief Motivator 
Donald S. Lambert (ISTUG) 

Vice-Chairmen 

Tape & JLO PD Library 

D. G. Smith 
R415 Stone St. 
Johnstown, PA 15906 
814 535-6998 

Z88 Library 

Dave Bennett (HATSUG) 
329 Walton St. Rear 
Lemoyne, PA 17045 
717 774-7531 

ZX-81 PD Tape Library 
Ed Snow 
2136 Churchill Downs Cir. 
Orlando, FL 32825 
407 380-5124 

RMG Enterprises 

Rod Gowen (CCATS) 
14784 S. Quail Grove Cir. 
Oregon City, OR 97045 
503 655-7484 FAX 503 655-41 16 

TS-2068 
Rod Humphreys (VSUG) 
10984 Collins PI. 
Delta, BC V4C 7E6 Canada 
604 583-2819 

QL PD Library 

John Donaldson (CATUG) 
835 Foxwood Cir. 
Geneva, IL 60134-1631 
708 232-6147 

BBS — GATOR 

Bob Swoger (CATUG) 
613 ParksideCir. 
Streawood, IL 60107-1647 
708 837-7957 Work 708 576-8068 

Editor/Treasurer 

LarKen PD Library 
Abed Kahale (CATUG) 
335 W. Newport Rd. 
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195-3106 



ZXir QLive Alive! 

Is the newsletter of T/SNUG, 
the Timex/Sinclair NorthAmerican 
User Groups, providing news and 
software support to the T/S com- 
munity in a volume of four 
newsletters per year; beginning 
with the Spring (April) issue. 

T/SNUG' s main goal is 
to keep our Magazine, 
our vendors and our 
repair service alive for 
the benefit of T/S users. 

These valuable services shall have 
free advertising space in this user 
supported Newsletter that they can 
see that we are still active out here. 
We must support their services 
whenever possible. 

Another T/SNUG goal is to 
unearth titles of all known 
Public Domain and commercial 
software available for all 
Timex/Sinclair machines, building 
a library and providing lists of that 
software showing both the source 
and the availability. 

We encourage your group to 
copy this newsletter and 
distribute it at your regular meet- 
ings to all your members. If you 
cannot copy this newsletter, a disk 
can be provided with the articles 
for use in your newsletter. 

If you feel T/SNUG should 
perform other tasks, let us know 
your feelings. If you have solved a 
problem in one of your software or 
hardware, please share it with the 
rest of us. 

You can keep T/SNUG alive by 
an annual contribution of $12 
for one volume made payable to 
Abed Kahale. Send check to:- 

ABED KAHALE 
335 W NEWPORT RD 
HOFFMAN ESTATES IL 60195-3106 

Phone:- 708 885-4337 

Back Newsletter copies are 
available for 50<t each postpaid. 




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end in your articles by tape 
or disk and your inputs to> 

DON LAMBERT 

ZXir QLive Alive! Newsletter 
1301 KIBLINGER PL 
AUBURN IN 46706-3010 

Phone 219 925-1372 

Or to: — Abed Kahale. 

GATOR's 

TWISTED PAIR 
!! SINCLAIR !! 

We have a 24 hour BBS and 
encourage you to exchange mail and 
contribute to the Upload Section. Use 
it and have fun!! (8N1 300-2400 BAUD) 

Call 708 632-5558 

and Register using your first name, last 
name and phone number along with a 
password you won't forget, and Write It 
Down! Do not try to do anything else 
this first time because all the board 
options will be locked out. 

When you call-in the next time, you 
will have Level 5 security and be able to 
enjoy full user privileges. The BBS has 
smaller sections called conferences. Select 
'J' for 'Join a Conference* to see the 
different user groups. Select "TIMEX" to 
get into the Sinclair Section. The mail 
you then read will only be from other 
TIMEX Sinclair users but all SIGs share 
the same bulletins. Use extension ART 
for articles, ADS for ads and .NWS for 
news when uploading. 

Download articles appearing in 
this newsletter having ZQA 
extension. 

For help, contact the SYSOP by 
leaving a message, mail, e-mail or phone. 
Bob Swoger, SYSOP ~==GAT0R==— 



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Input/ Output 



Copyright© 



Good fuck, take it easy and keep up the good work. 



Dear Mr. Kahale. 

Thank you for your recent letter and the copy of your pub- 
lication. The reason for the call to Mr. Lambert was the 
report that an advert for IQLR appeared in your publica- 
tion, WITHOUT our knowledge or consent. 

If you look at the advert you will see the reason for our 
concern, for the past 4 months we have had an address 
change but, it seems no one checks to see if the informa- 
tion is valid. 

As I stated to Mr. Lambert, IQLR is copyright protected, 
both in content and in the names "IQLR and International 
QL Report". We will take action if required, to stop the 
unauthorized use of content and/or name. 

This problem couid have been taken care of before it oc- 
curred if someone had contacted us. But, alas that didn't 
happen. We know your intentions were to serve the Sin- 
clair community, this is admirable, but who is served when 
incorrect information is published ? 

This is not the first time something has appeared in your 
publication concerning me or IQLR that was not correct. I 
can think of two other instances where I was misquoted, it 
is for this cause that I inform you, that we DO NOT wish 
or authorize the printing of an advert or any material 
printed in IQLR to be published in your publication. 

Regards, 
Robert Dyl, Sr. 
Publisher of IQLR 

PO BOX 3991 NEWPORT Rl 02840-0987 USA 

We do not publish copyrighted materials without 
permission. However, thank God for the First 
Amendment, we can publish any news worthy item. 
We suggest that you post a copyright notice © to 
make it legal and enforceable such as; IQLR® 199x 
and your name to appear somewhere on that page. 
The flyers you mailed us and UPDATE! Magazine 

North American and all other subscribers - please post this form olus the annlicahle 
payment that covers your area (listed on the other side of this form) to™ applicable 

IQLR 

15 Kilburn Court 
Newport, RI 02840 
USA 

did not contain any such notice and therefore were 
public domain. You should send a copy of IQLR to 
the US and overseas copyright offices and have it 
registered. As far as the IQLR name, what you need 
is to register a TradeMark such as GM®, IBh/f etc. 
Which is altogether another subject. 



Quote:- 

"Copynght is secured by publication of the 
work with the notice required by the statute, and this 
notice must appear in each copy of the work pub- 
lished in the United States by authority of the copy- 
right owner. Such publication without the notice 
places the work in the public domain. The form of 
notice, which is required for literary, musical and 
dramatic works and may be used on any other works, 
consists of the word "Copyright" ... or the copy- 
right symbol © accompanied by the initials or other 
mark of the copyright owner, provided that the 
owner's name appears in some accessible place on the 
copies or on their permanent base or mounting. 

After copyright has been secured by publication 
of the work with the required notice, copies of the 
work are to be deposited in the US copyright office 
together with an application and fee for registration 
of the copyright claim. The copies deposited are 
made available to the Library of Congress. Registra- 
tion of the copyright claim is a prerequisite to any 
action in the courts for the irifringement of the copy- 
right The copyright office issues a certificate of 
registration which is prima-facie evidence in any 
court of the facts stated in the certificate. The copy- 
right endures for 28 years from the date of first pub- 
lication . ..." 



Daisy Be Good 



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Thank you for putting out such a fine newsletter. . . 

Here are 5 menus promised to accompany our two 
articles for the next issue of ZQA! They are all genuine 
snapshots (COPY) of the menus as described in the article. 
They use Wes Brzozowski's routine, that employs inter- 
rupt mode 2 to call COPY in ROM. 

The UPLOADing went fine (to BBS at 708 632-5558). 
The first article is Daisy 11. ART. It describes Daisy as re- 
ceived from Frank Davis. It was transferred under ASCII 
protocol. The second is Daisy21.ART. It treats our new and 
improved version in which everything works, even where 
Bifl Jones was having trouble. It was UPLOADed under 
Xmodem protocol. 

The two UPLOADS deferred because we wanted to 
see any difference in timing. Well, as you probably already 



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know, Xmodem went fester. But we were surprised to find 
the ASCII transferred line-for-line. as if read of the screen. 

Anyway, there are the first pair of articles, and we 
welcome any comments, criticism, contribution, quotes, 
questions or concerns as the series of articles develops. 

We are iooking at CASboard, JLObbs and MaxCom 
for extension to 1 200 and 2400 BAUD. 4800? Anyone? 

David E. Lassov 

Thank you. Your efforts are appreciated by all 
those of us who experienced Daisy. B6. After I ac- 
quired the Suite from Bill Jones and after several 
phone calls to him I found out that he meant what he 
said; 'It takes about two years to learn all the ins- 
and-outs of Daisy and Udbm suite'. 

Daisy is copyrighted program(s), we can only 
publish your revisions/modifications. Unless you 
have contributed to more than a half to the pro- 
gram(s). 

Using Xmodem protocol when UPLOADing text 
is fine provided that the recipient has and uses the 
same word processor that you have used. Cditm 



The Z88 Users' Club based in England has ceased to 
exist. A few years ago I contacted the Club Librarian and 
ordered the entire library up to file number 132. 

Now the number of files totals 212. I can provide 
these files on Mac or msdos 3 X A" floppy disks only. The 
files are free. My only charge is for the disks and postage. 

The files are not public domain but owned by the 
club. However I can distribute them to T/SNUG members 
only on the understanding that they are for their personal 
use and not to be uploaded onto any Bulletin Board or 
other file server. 

The files are numbered only. You need a list to tell 
you what they are. You can get this information out of 
individual issues of the Club Magazine. The former soft- 
ware librarian sells a list for £1.50 plus postage, which is 
approximately $5.00. 

IAN BRABY 
1 BUTTS COTTAGES COPSE RD 
ST. JOHN, WOKING GU21 1SU 
UNITED KINGDOM 
Its purchase will fund the on-going support of the Li- 
brary and its contents. 

Also available are some public domain files. These are 
the same files that come with the "Z88 Source Book" 
published by UPDATE! magazine. I can be contacted at 
the address in this newsletter (page 2). Or by phone on 
evenings and some weekends. I belong to the GEnie serv- 
ice. You can address e-mail to D.BENNETT34. Or to 
d.bennett34@genie.geis.com through the Internet. 

Dave Bennett 

Please remove my ad that I highlighted from our 
Newsletter. It was effective and I have gotten all I needed. 
Thanks for running the ad. 



Wavne Knaust 
St. Peters, MO 



I enjoy reading the Newsletter, i have been using the 
INTERNET and I stumbled onto Timex/ Sinclair informa- 
tion. If you or your readers have access to the INTERNET 
you may find some of the information very interesting. 

Alex Sweitzer 
Favette City, PA 



The CLONE 



...As far as the CLONE goes, SINCUS is no longer 
distributing it, but it is copyrighted. As the author, I no 
longer have any plans for it, so I suppose I can grant per- 
mission for you to distribute the program... how about if 
you keep me on your subscription list for as long as you 
distribute CLONE? Does that sound fair? 

Wes Brzozowski 
Endicott, NY 
It sure does Wes. Zdifon, 

Jive With Uncle Clive 

... I think that I may have accidentally started a rumor. 
First I believe I said that I thought it was possible to handle 
the 9600 transfer rate on a 2068. 1 still believe so. I had a 
spectrum RS-232 interface which would handle data trans- 
fer at that speed. The software was burned into an EPROM 
and used by making calls to a short MC routine. It has 
been sometime since I have seen it but will see what I can 
do when I find it and the instructions. The other interface I 
had was that produced by Dave Clifford and later sold by 
Ed Grey. Used with the Spectrum, the UK software they 
sold, it may have also been able to handle this speed. Now 
I recall that on the 2068 there was a problem with the 
buffer filling up too quickly and there was some other 
problem as I recall. Perhaps 2400 was the top speed. I will 
try to check this out again when I have some time. I lent 
out the Clifford interface several years ago and never got it 
back so I only have the software for the terminal. 

These days I use the PC for most things although I 
fire up the Spectrum emulator on occasion. Our user 
group, the Cleveland Group, has become a semi-social user 
group mainly interested in generic computer topics, al- 
though we have a few exclusively Sinclair Users, most 
have a Sinclair besides a PC. We never had the large QL 
user base that some clubs had so the QL never became a 
priority for the general membership. I bailed out of the QL 
because of persistent hardware problems. Now most of 
these things have been solved but too late for me as I 
moved to the PC about 89. 

We are having our annual Christmas party and sale, 
the first Friday of December, we will invite any Sinclair 
club members who wish to come to Cleveland. ...Usually 
there are very good deals for buyers, sellers may not be so 
happy but there is a lot of Sinclair and PC stuff for sale. . . 
If it is not too bad of a time, see if you can come. Regards. 
Thomas Simon, Photographer 



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615 SCHOOL AVE 
CUYAHOGA FALLS OH 44221 

Nice of you to send the information you pro- 
vided us. Also, it is always nice to know of what has 
happened to ail of the Sinclair groups. 

Unfortunately this Newsletter will not be mailed 
in time for the party. How about letting us know in 

advance next year. £cU&i 



Wes Brzozowski of CLONE tape copier - e-mails: 

"'Sorry to say, I haven't turned on a 2068 for some 
time, though I am a registered user of the Z80 Spectrum 
emulator. My kids have a great time with all the old Spec- 
trum software that's available out there, and I get quite a 
pang of nostalgia every time I see the familiar old copyright 
notice appear on the monitor. I have in fact managed to 
get the latest copy of ZXir QLive Alive!, as they're reprint- 
ing a series of articles I wrote many years ago, and have 
sent me a courtesy copy of the issue with the first install- 
ment. The magazine looks very nicely done, and I'm glad 
to see it out there. 

I may yet someday pull out one of the old TS2068s 
and work with it again. When I last put it away, I'd built a 
bank switching system that extended beyond the 3 that 
came with the base machine. The method that Timex 
would have used to switch those extra banks appeared to 
be designed to be built into a custom chip with a small pin 
count, but it was very cumbersome to implement in TTL. 
Fortunately, the code that actually talked to that bank 
switching hardware is run from RAM, and it was easy to 
modify to drive my circuitry, which was designed for a low 
chip count. It all seemed to work pretty well, and would 
have been compatible with the never-used code left in the 
machine by Timex that would have made use of the bank 
switching. I even had a preliminary article written up on the 
system, which I was going to send to Time Designs, as a 
follow-up on my series of Bank Switching articles that 
were published there. It needed a lot more testing before I'd 
have sent it out, though. Somehow, there's just never 
enough spare time. 

Anyway, the purpose of all this is that it was an inter- 
esting project, and would be fun to continue someday. 
Well see... Thanks for the word on Clone. It's nice to know 
that if s appreciated and still out there doing useful work." 

—GATOR— 



As of this writing, RMG Enterprises has just re- 
ceived the last stock of TS hardware that AERCO 
had left. Jerry Chamkis told me that because of the 
low demand and the fact that be is too busy with his 
current work to make it cost effective for him to 
worry about the little that TS business would bring 
in, he wanted out of it. RMG will make available all 



existing hardware items that AERCO had left as soon 
as they have been inventoried and priced out. 

Stock will include a few CP-68 and some card 
edges and FD-68 disk interface PCBs. if you are in- 
terested, write or call RMG for prices and availabil- 
ity. Phone 503-655-7484 10AM-7PM Tu.-Sat. pa- 
cific time. FAX 503-655-4116 24 hours. Address is 
in the ADS section in this newsletter. 
Rod Gowen 

Another MIRACLE? 

The long awaited, long rumored Graphics Card from 
Miracle Systems, may finally be a reality. In the typically 
understated jargon of the British QL trade, it will simply be 
called the "Masterpiece Enhanced Graphics Card". It re- 
places the 8301 chip inside of the QL and packs 128K of 
RAM. It offers 2 modes: a QL Mode with 51 2X51 2 pix- 
els and an Enhanced Mode with 1024X512 pixels. A 
non-interlaced, SVGA monitor will be required to use the 
Enhanced Mode. Software to drive the Enhanced Mode is 
contained on a ROM upgrade chip apparently intended 
only for the Super Gold Card. 

It appears that the "MEGC" will not add any addi- 
tional colors to the QL's present palette of 4 or 8. A QL 
source, stated that the color issue is an operating system 
problem and that it 'may' be addressed by SMSQ in the 
future. The expected street price for the "MEGC" will be 
about £50 in the UK. 

NESQLUG Nov. 94 

I was surprised to see there were still publications for 
the Sinclair as I had given up on it years ago with difficul- 
ties in receiving subscriptions, late mailing etc. I use my QL 
mainly as a word processor. 

I am still curious as to what has happened with the 
Sinclair QL and if the problems were ever overcome with 
the occasional dropping of characters when used with a 
modem. 

I am glad that I will finally receive the rest of my sub- 
scription in another publication for the Sinclair - UPDATE! 

Gyro Bums 

Athens, OH 
QL is still alive and kicking. Zdtfan 

When I first read of the decision to disburse the 
SNUG balance I wrote to Paul and requested that my share 
be used towards my ZXir QLive Alive! renewal. Hence my 
surprise when I did not find my name among the list of 
T/SNUG supporters. Here is my check for renewal. . . . 

Ruth Fegley 

Baltimore, MP 

Thanks very much for the notice about SNUG. I 
thought all the Timex/Sinclairs has bitten the dust, and I 
am glad to know I was wrong. I still have and use my 2068 
and wouldn't trade it for all the IBMs in the world. 



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For the record, enter me as checking for ZQA! On the 
card. I also like to know more about UPDATE! and IQLR 
newsletter. I'd appreciate your sending me a copy of each, 
for which I'll send you a check by return mail. 

Again, many many thanks! 

Gertie Anderson 
Pacheco. CA 

Please Pass The Windex 

* '~ * ~ Wall Street Journal October 94 
This column was launched with the contention that 
personal computers are too hard to use, and that the blame 
lies not with the people trying to use them but with the 
supposed geniuses who design the machines and the soft- 
ware that runs on them. Each October since, I've tried to 
take a look at the state of personal computing to assess 
whether, in general, things are getting easier to use. 

Over the past 12 months, steady progress has been 
made on the margin, but it's slow going. The fundamental 
complexity and limitations of the IBM-compatible PC de- 
sign still haunt us, well into its second decade of existence. 
Things are moving in the right direction but at a snail's 
pace. Computers are shipping with many more features 
built in, eliminating the need for users to poke around in- 
side to add things. But anyone who tries to add more, es- 
pecially to install one of much touted-about mul- ^ 
timedia upgrade kits, quickly finds himself in ^Skm 
trouble. The same is true of software. Programs ^^Hp 
have lots more built-in help and colorful icons to 
click on, but they can still be hellishly confusing 
to use. Many of the new multimedia programs 
are nearly impossible even to install correctly. 

Just the other day in the Washington Post, a 
columnist named Tony Kornheiser wrote that he went out 
and bought a home computer but can't use it. "I sit there 
staring at a blank screen" he wrote, "waiting for it to do 
something magical on its own like it is the Oracle at Delphi. 
The only thing I can do on that screen is Windex it." He is 
no doubt exaggerating a bit Ccolumnists do that). But even 
rocket scientists are baffled by personal computers. I once 
got e-mail from a scientist at NASA who works on giant 
supercomputers all day with aplomb but goes home at 
night and finds to his great frustration that he can't get the 
family IBM-compatible PC to run multimedia software 
correctly. 

For now, we'll struggle along with PCs and software 
too dumb_toj)e easy/Tlease pass the Windex^'_ 

November 94 

This is the tale of how I ignored my own advice, 
bought a costly new computer packed with unseasoned, 
cutting-edge technology and lived to regret it - at least for a 
while. I tell my story to reinforce the point I've made be- 
fore in this column: Unless you're an inveterate technology 
freak, or like being a guinea pig, you should shy away from 
the early generations of a new chip or other major com- 
puter component because it always takes a while for the 
industry to work out glitches and incompatibilities in these 
things. 



I also tell this little saga to prove that even if they let 
you write a technology column in a big newspaper, they 
can't save you from doing some stupid things with tech- 
nology. I wanted something fast and cool, and I couldn't 
wait. 

My personal technoblunder, a Dell XPS P90 costing 
more than $4000, gave nothing but headaches for the first 
couple of months I owned it this past Summer. There were 
failures in the machine's communications, video, audio, 
CD-ROM and tape backup systems. Dell clearly screwed 
up in shipping this popular machine without catching and 
fixing these fundamental flaws. I settled on XPS P90, 
which also meant I was buying into a new kind of faster 
hard-disk drive, a relatively recent video system and a new 
minitower case Dell hadn't used before. This was a recipe 
for trouble, and it was coming out of my pocket, not the 
coffers of this newspaper. 

I ordered the machine over the phone via normal 
channels. The first problem cropped up when I tried to 
play a music CD in the CD-ROM drive and no sound came 
out. I called Dell toll free support number and was asked if 
I'd mind opening up the machine, I said no, and we dis- 
covered that they'd failed to plug in one end of a wire at 
the factory. I plugged it in. 

Next I discovered that, after making a single call 
through the modem, the machine's communica- 
fck a tion system locked up and couldn't make any 
^£ to more calls. This was a flaw somewhere on the 
3P^^ mother board. Dell posted software on Com- 
||J puServe to temporarily solve this problem, and I 
pi^^^ downloaded it. Eventually, I demanded and 
^B B Preceived a new mother board. 

Then, it turned out that the tape backup 
drive didnt work properly. Again, Dell put up software fix 
on CompuServe and I used it and it worked. 

But the problems kept on mounting. The machine's 
video system (card) was flawed. It is incompatible with a 
popular software. Dell was helpless to fix it but promptly 
sent me a slightly slower version that fixed the problem. I 
installed it myself. 

Finally, the CD-ROM drive broke. It refused to play a 
handful of CDs I tried to run on it. I insisted on a new one, 
and Dell sent someone to replace it. 

So it all worked out but it took me many weeks, 
many phone calls and some repair work to get it right-even 
though, because of my job, Dell was especially anxious to 
help heal my computer. 

What if I hadn't been a technology writer, hadn't 
known about CompuServe and hadn't been willing to fid- 
dle with the machine's innards? I'm sure Dell would have 
still been helpful. But I doubt it would have been quite as 
responsive or that the problems would have been dis- 
patched quite as smoothly. 

Meanwhile, you all owe me one. I feel that I, as a 
brave technology pioneer, have done a public service for 
the rest of you, wringing the bugs out of this new technol- 
ogy so you don't have to. If you're feeling really grateful for 
this and can stop laughing, please send money. 

Walter Mossberg 



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Winter 1994 



FROM THE CHAIRMAN'S DISK a 

Donald Lambert 



ARGH! Winter type weather is here. I have just lost 
the file, got up to check something and the static electricity 
— without touching anything — did wiped out the 
memory of the computer. This is a different computer and 
maybe more sensitive than the one 1 used last winter. 
Guess I will have to SAVE the file and off the computer 
before leaving the chair. 

Received a package of UK magazines from George 
Chambers (15.6 kg. - 35#) and have looked at some so far. 
The material is for the ZX-81, the SPECTRUM and the QL 
although one magazine - YOUR COMPUTER - is devoted 
to all small computers. An interesting ad is for a 
PHLOOPY drive - a tape drive for a BBC computer that 
uses a cartridge of 10 feet of 1/4 inch tape that is loosely 
tucked into the cartridge and has a 9 track head that 
doesn't move. 

My eye operation is a success and I can SEE much 
better although I still need to get the other eye brought up 
with a new prescnpuon. Currently the operated on eye is 
using a blank lens and the other eye has trifocal. Sort of a 
one eye cat deal. But not impossible to see glare from 
headlights during night driving. 

The demise of two user groups hit hard. [TTSUC and 
CCATSj. But there is still action going on, Keith Watson 
finished the TS-2068 emulator for the IBM PC. Or as for as 
he can go. If anyone wants to go further they are welcome 
to do that I think that it is available through Frank Davis. 



KDL COMPUTERS. 122 W. PL ATT ST. MAQUOKETA 
IA 52060, has a limited stock of EPROMs. I met him at a 
couple of local Hamfests and I ordered some 2764 
EPROMs. He is fair and his pnces for the used EPROMs 
are very reasonable. Write him with a LSASE for a price, 
state how many you want and for a price including 
shipping for the lot. He has some other EPROMs. 

I have some things that I heard of I am trying to get. 
Some are outstanding but like many T/S things I hate to 
mention since they could be vapor ware. I would much 
rather have it in my hands and say look what I got than try 
to explain that it was vapor ware. 

Two people got helped with their TS-2068's with the 
LarKen interface. One had a set of bad batteries (new) that 
would not retain memory with the RAMDISK and the 
other had a drive go bad after running OK for the first time 
after he received a used LarKen system. The latter was 
sent all but the disk drive. I tested it out to find it all good. I 
send him a pair of DSDD drives since the drive he had was 
single sided. The system worked with my drivers) but not 
with the original SSDD drive. Moral: Got problems write 
and get help. Might take time but it gets you going. 

Since this is a hurry up issue (to bring you a timely 
Christmas labels program) I have not had time to 
expand too much and besides for once I will let someone 
else fill the space - or maybe a program. 0/0 



IfHKi V|Ml»fe From KPIIATE! 

Frank Davis, UPDATE! Magazine 



L World magazine has sent out its last issue. It has 
been around since 1983 in one form or another, and 
under several owners. This does not mean the end 
of QL computing. It is at its highest rate of technological 
expansion in its history. The folks publishing it simply did 
not have the know-how to run a computer magazine. The 
other publications they handled were of a sports nature, and 
they never did obtain a high enough number of subscribers 
to keep afloat a glossy monthly magazine. They have been 
trying to get someone to take over the publishing, but due to 
their wants in this matter, no luck yet. In the meanwhile we 
have other magazines that are more than capable of carrying 
on. One is IQLR, a QL specific magazine that has grown in 
the last few years to a level of competence that QL World 
never did achieve. They have over 2000 subscribers now 
and are continuing to grow, most of those people are from 
overseas, which is odd for a USA based publication. I 
would love to see more North American support for this 
fine publication. Most of you will find a flyer included with 
this issue in an attempt to get your support. We also have a 
much improved and informative quarterly put out by 
T/SUNG, Bob Swoger, Don Lambert, Abed Kahale and 



others have seen to the increasing quality of this newsletter. 
Right now they need new members and readers for 
T/SNUG so that this can be a continuing operation. Please 
give them your support. We are in the process of obtaining 
more overseas readers for UPDATE!, as well as increasing 
our readership here in North America. We are the largest 
magazine left in the world (to my knowledge) that covers all 
of the Sinclair and Cambridge computers. I hope to become 
even better known in the next few months. Other than 



We are the largest Sinclair 
magazine left In the world 

supporting Sinclair dealers, user groups, clubs and 
computer shows... your publications are your best way to 
see that new items and progress are made for the computer 
you use. We have way out-lasted the TI 99/4A, Atari 
400/800, etc.. I want to see us continue. This is not 
pessimism; this is what we should do. 

Very little (maybe nothing) new has come out this last 
year that I am aware of for the TS-1000. Am I wrong? If so 
let me know. I do hear rumors once in awhile that someone 
has done something new, engaged in a project, or doing a 




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new hardware hack on these little machines, but no one 
sends in mything for them. Are these just rumor, or is 
someone keeping a lot of secrets? 

For the TS-2068, what do we have new? You have 
seen new software through us for use of 24 pin printers and 
graphics. We have also brought to you the chance to have 
updated versions of TASWORD 2. Next issue we hope to 
make you aware of upgraded forms of all of WIDJUP's 
software for the TS-2068. These were written by the late Bill 

let us in on what you are doing 
with the TS-2Q6B 

Pedersen. He gave the rights to all of his TS-1000 and TS- 
2068 software to us to handle, and there is a lot of it. As 
time permits we will be making it once again available. I 
need to have more of you let us in on what you are doing 
with the TS-2068. It is not dead, just in need of vitamins. 

For the Z88, this last year saw a new and improved 
ROM for it that fixed some serious bugs and lockups. It is 
available from the UK. We also saw internal RAM 
upgrades of 128K and 512K for it, replacing the standard 
32K. There was also the release of the Z88 Source Book, 
now in its second edition. This was primarily the work of 
Tim Swenson, with the last typesetting by Crosby and 

new and Improved ROM for It that 
fixed some serious bugs and lockups 



publishing by UPDATE! Magazine. At the time of this 
writing Mechanical Affinity has the chance to buy into 
about 5,000 of these neat little computers. Are any of you 
interested? Let Frank or Paul of Mechanical Affinity know if 
you are, so they know if it will be worth pursuing. 

We have some BBS support. Files can still be found 
on CompuServe, and the Club is still there as well as the 
weekly conference. QBox has made a great showing and 
justly deserves your support (see their ad this issue). 
T/SNUG has a BBS out of the Chicago area, check their 
newsletter or Bob Swoger for this. The INTERNET has a 
respectable number of Sinclair users worldwide. Buy a 

Buy q modem, get some 
software and check these out 

modem, get some software and check these out. For the QL 
we have public domain programs such as QTPI and QEM, 



which we will supply on disk for you for the tiny fee of $3 if 
you can not get it locally. Jim Bunkins has a new program, 
copyrighted but offered freely under easy conditions, that 
provides off-line tile reading for the QL and a BBS. 

For one not to have known that the 
QL is booming would be hard for me to 

believe. It has a new IDE interface coming out of 
Croatia. This will allow you to access up to 128 meg. of 
data off of an IDE hard drive, it will be available from Ron 
Durmet and Mechanical Affinity for less than $200, perhaps 
closer to $150. We have the new Super Gold Card with 4 
meg. of memory, three times the speed of the Gold Card, 4 
disk drive adaptor and a true parallel port with cable. We 
have Page Designer 3, which makes for easy desktop 
publishing (not yet perfect but working on it) on the QL. 
Text87Plus4 continues to improve, as well as its 
competition, the Perfection word processor. Editor Special 
Edition is getting better all the time. LineDesign and 
DataDesign are drastically improved and headed for more 
improvements. Miracle is now hard at work on the Graphics 
Card for the QL, and we hope to see them in time for 
Christmas. The QXL card for use on an IBM compatible is 
now in good form with bugs worked out and its SuperBasic 
clone (much better) now released. It is now a fully useable 
board. Want to make easy banners on your QL? Then get 
Banter from Mechanical Affinity or DJC. I could very easily 
go on for pages. See the review on QLERK, from Wood 
and Wind Computing for the best finance program I have 
seen for the QL. This is a live machine; spend a few bucks 
and find out it is once again becoming state-of-the-art. 

A small note for those of you who see the Plotter ad 

for The Best Of The Plotter ... 

there will be a companion disk that contains the TS-2068 
programs listed in the book, in either LarKen or Oliger 
format It is available for $9.95 pp. If you have little time to 
type in a program, this is for you. A lot of work by this 
group has gone into this book and it should be well worth 
the price. We have Rod Gowen and his group to thank for 
this. Give them your support, not just because it is a nice 
thing to do, but because it will be worth the money. So here 
is some more software for your TS-2068. Give RMG a call 
for more stuff. I want to see them stay in business. 



A Surprise Box of Tricks 

by 

Anyway, this laptop was called the Z88. The size of a 
sheet of paper, an inch thick, and weighed in at just under 
two pounds. This Z88 was intended for the 'man on the 
move'. Small enough to fit in a brief case, light, so it was 
easy to tote around. Ran for up to twenty hours on four 
AA batteries. Did most of the things that much larger 
computers did. And it could talk to other computers at the 
end of the day or journey. 

Did 1 buy one of those marvels? Nope! I was too 
busy learning how to use my QL. 



Review 

H&ve Sum fun — Buy & 166 

A long time ago, it just seems like yesterday when I 
first started getting into computing, there was a new 
concept coming along, it was called a laptopper. Now I 
always thought a laptopper was that long legged blonde 
from down the street, which just goes to show how naive I 
was at that time. 



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Winter 1994 



One evening recently I received a phone caii from a 
friend, and in the process of conversation he mentioned the 
Z88, and asked me if I knew of anvone who had one for 
sale. A name came to my mind, and I said so, and was 
asked to check it out and was given a price range within 
which to negotiate. So I got on the phone again ( did you 
ever notice how much time a QL man spends on the 
Phone?) and the gentleman was willing to sell. He had the 
Z88, a 128K RAM card, and a printer cable to go with it 
and I was able to purchase the lot for $200 Can., which is 
about $150 US. A good deal I thought. 

As it was late in the evening by this time, I did not call 
my friend, but next day 1 drove a couple dozen miles and 
paid for and picked up the Z88, still in its original case, 
complete with manual. 

On my arrival home, I phoned "my friend" and was 
told he had changed his mind and did 
not want it. (the Z88 I mean not his 
mind — although I did not think his 
mind was of much import at that time 
anyway). So here I was, stuck with a 
Z88 I did not really want. 

After a few days looking at this 
monster sitting on the shelf, I decided 
1 might as well get some batteries and 
see what my unwanted piece of 
equipment would or could do; and did 
I ever get a surprise. 

This little machine has quite a few 
things 'built-in', such as the main 
program called 'Pipe-dream', and it 
really is a dream, it is a Word 
Processor, a Spreadsheet and a 
Database. There is a built in VT52 
terminal, Diary, Calculator, Filer, 
Printer Editor, Clock, Alarm. 
Goodness - what have I missed out? 

Now this Pipe-dream can set up a document in two or 
three columns, just like the two columns I am using at the 
moment. With the QL I had to wait for text87 to come 
along before i could do that or else use a program called 
Bi column bas with Quill. 

This same Pipe-dream, is also the base for the 
Spreadsheet and Database and Diary. You can take your 
spreadsheet document and incorporate it with your letter, 
not only that but I made up a cable and was able to 
transfer this document to my QL, and save it to the QL 
disk. 

While you are working on one document the phone 
might ring, so after a pre-determined time the little wonder 
switches off, and when you come back you just start it up 
again, and it starts up exactly where it left off. 

It is possible to have a number of documents going at 
the same time and a simple 2 or 3-key press, switches from 
one to the other. 

You want the pages numbered as they are printed? 
You want a special header, or footer? Left margin? You 
want to know how many pages you have written? Just go 
to the Options window and you get your answer. You 




can't remember what page you are presently working on? 
The same window will tell you. 

The biggest problem I have, is trying to remember all 
the 'short-cut key presses to do what can be done in the 
menus the long way around, but soon you are familiar with 
them! 

How often we would like to see what our finished 
document looks like, and this is shown at the right of the 
working screen, just so you see what is happening as you 
work. How very useful, as you can see how much space 
there is left for completion of the page. There is an INDEX 
key from where you may select the application, you wish 
to use, such as Diary, Pipe-dream. Basic, Calculator etc., 
and a MENU key which shows you the list of the various 
facilities within that particular application. The menu also 
tells you what the shortcut combination is, thus by using 
the Menu, you also learn the shortcut 
within the menu. Of course you dont 
have to use the shortcuts, selection may 
be made in the usual manner by use of 
the arrow keys. 

The Batteries:- I use two sets of 
rechargeable, each set is of a different 
make and colour so that there is no 
mix-up when it comes to changing 
them. This works fine for me as I had 
plenty of them anyway, but it is also 
possible to get a power supply to do 
the job, but I have been too busy to get 
around to it as yet I have been too 
busy playing with my Toy! 

When changing the batteries you 
have a few minutes to do the task 
without losing any of your data which 
may be in the Suspended list or the 
RAM card. I have not lost anything yet 
and I hope I never do as I have a lot of stuff going on here. 
It is so very nice to have a document in process, my car 
expenses, my bank account and my diary going all at the 
same time - just requiring a couple key-presses to change 
quickly from one to the other. 

If you want to have some fun in your computing, and 
also have a useful tool for working with, and one that can 
go anywhere with you, then you should consider the Z88. 
IT IS NOT A TOY - IT IS A DARNED GOOD WORKING 
TOOL FOR THE PERSON ON THE MOVE. 

I have talked too much and I need some exercise, so I am 
going for a walk - with my Z88 of course! 

The ZSS and in Power of Recovery 

Well, I was asked to write something for this 
newsletter and this being so, be not be surprised if I write. 
So I write. And if you don't like what I write, you can go 
elsewhere for Your jollies. No suggestions being offered. 

When I first started using the Z88, 1 had no idea in the 
world as to what I was getting into - sometimes I still 
wonder if I know what I am into getting. 



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Winter 1994 



No matter, a short time after i started usuie mv Z88. 1 
happened to try bouncing it off a hard-wood floor, a most 
unwise thing to do as the expense of doing so is so great, 
and being a dedicated Sinciainte, I have an aversion to 
spending money on little black boxes; you could not prove 
this by looking at my Computer Room. Anyway, I found 
that the Z88 DOES NOT BOUNCE, it just falls with a loud 
nerve shattering THUNKETY, an' jes 1 sets ther, lookui' up 
at me with a pained expression. Which, by the way, is no 
more pained than the expression with which I gaze 
downwards. (Is there such a thing as a GENTLE thunk? 
(thunkity?) I thunk not) 

However. I appear to have drifted off the topic I 
started with, so I will now get back to that topic if you are 
still with me. 

I left you at the point where I was preparing to pick 
up my Z88 from the hard wooden floor where it fell. It was 
all in one piece thank goodness, but when I started trying 
to use it, I found that there was little screen representation. 
If I tapped the bottom of the case, there were a number of 
lines shooting back and forth across the screen. Sometimes 
a howl and/or a whistle could be heard emanating from this 
little do-hickey that is provided for that purpose. 
Sometimes they (the noises) changed in pitch and 
intensity. So much so, that those who were with me at that 
time were blaming my hearing aid for the howls, but I 
knew that that was not possible as I had just that moment 
checked it out for myself. Many soft resets and I pass the 
machine around those present. 

Suddenly - one of my friends snorted a shout of glee, 
and said the damned thing was now OK. 

So I get home, and my little box of amazement is still 
OK, for two days at least that is, when the same thing 
occurred. Tap on the bottom - lines on screen. This 
appeared to indicate to me that the power was getting there 
sometimes somehow. Out with the screw driver, (this 
should be part of the Sinclair package) to discover that the 
positive plate of the compartment which holds the 
batteries, was broken. I guess the weight of the batteries 
moving in the thunkity (fall) had caused the damage. A 
little epoxy, followed by a soft reset, and all was in order. 

Time passes, until I was in the car one day, just 
investigating the attributes of my Z88 while waiting for 
some work to be done on the car, when my Z88 again took 



ill. As soon as I get a couple of hundred bucks m my 
wallet the car automatically knows it is there and decides 
to go on strike for twice what I have, (at the very least. ) 

Anyway, I was sitting in the car with all this stuff 
being spilled on the screen. Flashes of lines. Lines (rows ) 
of letters, rows (lines) of symbols. Then my Z88 really 
took sick indeed. I never knew there was so much in such 
a small space. 

A tap here and there, a few - quite a few - soft resets, 
and all is well. For another couple of days anyway, but 
then there was a relapse, with once again many eruptions 
of unwanted undesirable material. I wanted to help my 
poor machine so much! I tried many taps and caresses in 
various parts of its anatomy, but all was to no avail, the 
only sensible emanation I got from my ailing Z88 was the 
FAIL, flashing at me from the top right hand comer of the 
screen. I did not have to be told my friend had failed, that 
was only too obvious, but it was reassuring to know that 
my friend was not quite dead - yet, that my friend was still 
able to speak to me. At this stage I was all prepared to send 
my little friend to my favorite surgeon in Cabool, I am sure 
many of you have made use of his services at one time or 
other. Many many resets did not do any good. 

This being so, I had a lot of stuff stowed away in 
various parts of the memory that I would not like others to 
see, so I decided to try and erase all that stiu% prior to 
wrapping it up for the Postal Ambulance. So I opened up 
the little door at the front where the RAM card is installed, 
removed the 128K RAM cartndge, and then when I tried 
the machine there was no screen display. None what-so- 
ever! Plug the cartridge back in, no better, read the manual, 
AHHH! a soft reset - and all is well ! ! ! 

On top of that - 1 lost not a whit of my secret data. It 
was all there. And my t-rusty Z88 is all recovered. There 
does not seem to be any sign of temperature in either Z88 
or Yours truly, so I guess the recovery is just about 
complete. Much to the happiness of all concerned. 

We all hope there will not be another relapse. There 
being only one question left unanswered: - 

Whahappent? 

The RAM cartridge got disloged from the fall, 
and by re-inserting it, you fixed the problem. 



JLO With LKDOS Cartridge 



by Bob Swoger 



Using the LKDOS cartridge with your Oliger disk 
system will give you extra commands and let you be 
compatible with all other TS2068s running LKDOS. 

Insert the LKDOS cartridge into the cartridge port 
and rum on the TS2068. Some TS2068s will not initialize 
when the LKDOS and SAFE boards are used together. If 
the TS2068 seems to lock up on power up, you will need to 
modify either the LKDOS or the SAFE board as described 
below. 

The reason for the problem is that both boards are 
trying to initialize at once. Both boards have a reset circuit 



that makes them became active at power up. 

If you have a power up problem when the LKDOS is 
installed, you can add a disable switch to the LKDOS 
cartridge. 

To add a disable switch, connect a small wire to the 
unused hole in the PC board near pin 1 on the 74LS74. 
This hole is between the notched end of the 74LS74 and 
the 470 ohm resistor next to it. Carefully scrape the green 
solder mask off the pad and solder the wire to it. You can 
add a miniature switch to ground this wire to disable the 
LKDOS. The ground trace runs around the edge of the 
solder side of the cartridge. 



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If you turn on the TS2068 with the switch disabled 
you will have to initialize to the cartridge with the 
command RANDormze USR 96 after power up. 

By the way, you don't need to use RAND USR 100: 
OPEN #4. "dd" when running LKDOS, just put RAND 
USR 100: in front of all commands. 

An alternate method of fixing the initialization 
problem is to disable the power-on reset circuitry on the 
SAFE board. This way is really better because the LKDOS 
cartridge has special software to initialize the SAFE board 
after it has initialized itself on power up. 

The easiest way to do this is to remove the 74HCT74 
on the SAFE board from its socket and bend pin 1 out. Put 
the IC back into its socket and wire pin 1 to +5V. Pin 14 on 
the same IC has +5V on it so you can just connect these 
two together with some fine wire. If you don't want to 
solder it just use a few turns of wire on each pin. 



Now, if you turn on the TS2068 while pressing "1". 
the LKDOS will initialize the SAFE board after it has 
initialized itself. If you load an AUTOSTART program 
with LKDOS though, it will not initialize SAFE. Use the 
RESTORE command in SAFE to initialize SAFE. 

When using the snapshot button, only have the DOS 
that you want enabled to respond to the NMI as the 
LKDOS can also perform NMI saves. 

If you are using the LKDOS with the SAFE board 
enabled, you shouldn't use LKDOS commands that use 
PRINT #4: such as windows, printer driver, sequential-files 
or other commands preceded by PRINT #4 (use RAND 
USR 100: to precede commands). This is because the 
vectors for these commands share the same memory patch 
area as the JLO NMI vector and they will cause the JLO 
NMI to conflict. When using these LKDOS commands, 
disable the SAFE board. 



Sinclair Rides Internet 



by John Pazmino, LIST 



Since joining INTERNET, I came across several sources 
for Sinclair news and help. These are in the forums 
circulated via INTERNET vanous sites tied to INTERNET. For 
the most part the material relates the Spectrum and is 
dominated by British users. Apparently, there are few or 
no Sinclair clubs left in England; all the users seem to be 
solitary hobbyists, 

The room for Sinclair discussions is 
COMP.SYS. SINCLAIR This is in the division for computer 
platforms, along with Amiga, NeXt, Sun, and the others. It 
functions like an ordinary BBS room, except that you enter 
thru your INTERNET link. Please note that your INTERNET 
carrier may offer only certain of the forums and you may 
have to request a feed from COMP.SYS.SINCLAIR. 

The sites are computer systems that allow the caller to 
enter directly and fetch material from them. These are 
accessed via FTP, GOPHER, or WWW. These are features 
which must already be offered by your INTERNET earners if 
you have only a low level link they may be unavailable. 
Several of these are: 

http://ftp.nvg.unit.no/pub/sinclaifvdocs 

http://www.nvg.unit.no/sinclair/spectrum 

http://www.cs.umd.edu/users/fms 



✓ ftp://ftp.nvg.unit.no/pub/spectrum 
ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/systems/sinclair 
ftp://oak.oakland.edu/pub/msdos/emui_ators 

ftp://FTP.SUN.AC.ZA/PUB/MSDOS/ZX 

ftp://FTP.US.SI/PUB/ZX 

GOPHER.7/GOPHER.NVG.UNIT.NO 

The addresses extend to the lowest directory an the 
system. From there You must do a catalog listing to see 
what actual files are loaded. These are updated or changed 
continually. 

Software at these sites is casually distributed. The 
original publishers long ago went out of business, leaving 
their products for the Sinclair community. 

One peculiarity of this news and help on INTERNET is 
that for the most part it is out of reach from a regular 
Spectrum machine! Except for on-line message posting 
and downloading the smallest text files the spectrum is 
simply too modest a computer for heavy INTERNET work. 
So how do Sinclairs hang out on INTERNET? 

WelL by now there are few native Sinclair machines 
left, Most have been discarded in favor of IBMs. 
Correspondents use the IBMs for the telecoms thru 
INTERNET. Then they run Spectrum emulators on the PCs 
to use the stuff they downloaded. 



Christmas %eturn Labels 



Merry Christmas to all! It may seem like I'm jumping 
the gun a little by wishing you a Merry Christmas now. 
However, if you are like me, it will probably take you until 
January to get this program entered into old TS2068. 

Around Christmas time, our postage bill gets very 
large. With all of those Christmas cards, we send a lot of 
mail during the months of November and December. The 
cost of all that mail is one thing, but having to hand write 
our return address on all of that mail is too much. Sure, we 
could go out and get some ready-made return labels, or 



even a rubber stamp, but those do not show the Christmas 
spirit. What we need is a Christmas return address label 
maker. That is what this program does. 

This Program will make any number of return address 
labels on 15/16 inch pressure sensitive labels. The labels 
must be one-up, meaning only one across the page, and 
cannot be any larger than 3-1/2 inches. The text of the label 
is variable and entered when the program is run. In 
addition to the text of the labeL the program also adds a 
small, graphically printed, picture to the label. Currently, 



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the program has four such pictures in its library, but the 
program may be easily modified to add additional pictures. 

The picture is printed using a graphic area of 32 X 40 
dots. The picture is placed into the program using a READ 
DATA statement pair in lines 250 to 260. To add additional 
pictures, one must change line 40 so that MP = equals the 
number of pictures to look for. One may then adds 
additional DATA statements to the end of the program 
which contains the encoded new pictures. 

At the top and bottom of the label is a graphic scroll 
which frames the label. This scroll is of a variable length 
and its length is calculated from the length of the text to be 
printed. The text itself is entered when the program is run. 
The text has a maximum of four lines, but blank lines may 
be entered if required. The first line is printed in the 
emphasized mode which calls attention to the line. The 
remaining three lines are printed compressed, which allows 
printing the most amount of information on the line. The 
program was written for a Legend 1080, but should also 
run on EPSON printers with Graph Trax 4, Legend 880, 
Gemini 10X or probably any FX-80 or RX-80 Epson 
compatible printer. 

In addition to return address labels, we have also used 
the program to print out Christmas gift tags. We enter the 
four lines as follows. 

CQ3 TO: 



FROM: 



This way, we now have blank, stick-on labels that 
may be filed out later and attached to Christmas packages. 



0 REM Put your TASMAN B CPI printer driver code 
in this location. Lines 5 through 7 will POKE the 
code into Hi-RAM. 

4 LET PR = PEEK 23635+256*PEEK 23636: LET PR=PR+5 

5 CLEAR 64715 

5 LET PS=VAL "PEEK 23635+256* PEEK 23636": LET 
PS=VAL "PS+5":LET PR=VAL "64716-PS" 

6 FOR i=PR TO (PR+651) :POKE (i +38001), PEEK i: 
NEXT i 

7 RANDOMIZE USR 64 719 

10 REM Christmas Return Label Generator VI. 0T 
Written By Gregory A= Dertz & Robert E. Swoger 
November 23,1985 

40 LET MP=4 

50 DIM AS (4, 36) : DIMS (12): DIM K(MP, 4 , 40) : DIM 
X(4) 

60 REM This Is The Data For The Upper And Lower 
Scroll 

70 FOR 1=1 TO 12 
80 READ S(I) 
90 NEXT I 

100 DATA 64,32,48,24,28,28,28,2 8,24,48,32,64 
110 LET LC=1 

120 CLS : PRINT " Welcome To The Christmas" 
130 PRINT " Return Address Label Program.",,, 
140 PRINT "I will first ask for your name and 
address (4 lines max.), then " 
160 PRINT "print out the number of return " 
170 PRINT "address labels requested.",,, 
180 PRINT "The first line of the label will" 
190 PRINT "be printed emphasized, the" 
200 PRINT "remaining three lines will be" 
210 PRINT "printed compressed." ,,, 
220 PRINT " To use me you must have labels" 



I have wntten a second program that comes in handy 
when designing and programmmg the pictures. This 
program prints out a continuous stream of graph paper that 
is 40 squares wide. Using this paper, one may design the 
picture into decimal characters. 

With these two programs, one may create any 
number of unique labels for any occasion. Happy Label 
Mailing 

I was very impressed one year when Stan Lemke 
printed one of my labels from one of his clients thinking 
that it was the result of one of his programs! It gave Greg 
and I a GOOD FEELING! 

The program below is to be used with the LarKen L3 
Disk Drive interface and the modified TASMAN B CPI 
printer interface mentioned in the January 1993 issue of 
UPDATE! Magazine. It is not necessary to do any Peeks 
and POKEs into the LarKen LKDOS RAM area as this 
program contains the printer driver code in the line 0 
REMark statement. 

If you do not obtain this program from UPDATE! 
Magazine, you must load the code yourself into the 
program by making a line 0 REMark statement with 652 
spaces, type in the rest of the program and save it by 
typing GOTO 9990. Next, load your TASMAN CPI 
printer driver code. Finally, execute the following program 
in the immediate mode: 

FOR i=26715 to (26715+651 ): POKE 
i,PEEK(i+38001) :NEXT I 

If the program RUNs OK, SAVE it again by typing 
GOTO 9990. 

230 PRINT "that are 1 to the inch and are" 
240 PRINT "one-up on the sheet - a roll" 
245 REM While the user is reading the above stuff, 
start reading the data for the pictures. 
250 FOR 1=1 TO MP 
260 FOR J=l TO 4 
270 FOR X-l TO 40 
280 READ K(I,J,X) 
290 NEXT X: NEXT J: NEXT I 
300 GO SUB 900 

310 CLS : PRINT "EXAMPLE:",,,," MERRY 
CHRISTMAS", ," John, Mary, Jim, & Spot", "1234 Any 
Street": PRINT "This Town, IL 60000",,, 

320 REM Now ask for the return address info 

330 FOR 1=1 TO 4 

340 PRINT " LINE "ill"? ";: INP UT G$ 

350 IF G$="" THEN GO TO 365 

360 LET X(I)=LEN G$ : LET AS (I) - G$ 

365 PRINT AS (1,1 TO ) 

370 NEXT I 

375 PAUSE 150 

380 CLS : REM Now echo the input for confirmation. 

390 FOR 1=1 TO 4 

400 PRINT AS (1,1 TO ) 

410 NEXT I 

420 PRINT : RANDOMIZE USR 64719 
430 INPUT "CORRECT? ";T$ 

440 IF T$="y" OR T$="Y" OR T$="YES" THEN GO TO 470 
450 IF T$="n" OR T$="N" OR T$="NO" THEN GO TO 330 
460 GO TO 390 

465 REM Thi3 section will now calculate the length 
of the scroll based on the length of the longest 
inputted line. 

470 LET H-X(l) 

480 FOR 1=2 TO 4 



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690 IF L=2 THEN LPRINT CHR$ 27; CHRS 27; "F" ; CHRS 
27;CHR$ 15; CHRS 27;CHR$ (27);"G";: REM Prints all 
other lines compressed 
700 LPRINT A$ (L) 
710 NEXT L 

720 GO SUB 840: REM Prints the lower scroll 

725 LET LC=LC+1: REM Increments the picture 

726 IF LC=MP+1 THEN LET LC=1 
730 LPRINT : LPRINT : LPRINT 

740 LPRINT CHR$ 27;CHR$ 2 7; "H"; : RESTORE : PRINT 
"PRINTED" : NEXT Z 

790 LPRINT CHRS 27;CHR$ 27; "@"; : REM Now DONE, so 
reset the printer 
800 INPUT "Would You Like More Labels? ";T$ 
310 IF T$="y" OR T$="Y" OR T$="YES" THEN GO TO 380 
820 IF T$="n" OR T$="N" OR T$="NO" THEN PRINT 
"O.K. Thank you for using me.": STOP : GO TO 9998 
830 GO TO 800 

840 LPRINT CHRS 27;CHR$ 27; "H"; CHRS 27;CHR$ 
27; B K";CHR$ 27;CHR$ (12*H);CHR$ 27;CHR$ (0); 
850 FOR B=l TO H 
860 FOR 1=1 TO 12 
870 LPRINT CHRS 27;CHR$ (S(I)); 
880 NEXT I: NEXT B: LPRINT : RETURN 
900 PRINT AT 21, 4; "HIT <ENTER> to continue " 
910 LET T$=INKEY$: IF T$="" THEN GO TO 910 
920 RETURN 




490 IF (15/27) * (X(I) ) >H THEN LET H=INT 

; (15/27) * ;x(i) ) ; 

500 NEXT I 

510 LET H=5+(INT ((2/3)*H)) 

520 IF H>22 THEN LET H=22: REM Check for overflow 
525 REM Now print the labels 

530 INPUT "Number of labels to be printed? ";N 
540 PRINT "Insert labels and line up the" 
550 PRINT "first label.",,,, 

580 REM Now clear the printer and set line spacing 
to 8/72 inch so that there will not be spaces 
between the lines of the picture 

581 LPRINT CHRS 27;CHR$ 27;"@"; CHRS 27;CHRS 
27;"A";CHRS 27;CHR$ (8); 

585 REM Now then, print all of the labels 
590 FOR Z-l TO N 

600 PRINT " LABEL NO. ";Z,: POKE 23692,255 
610 GO SUB 840: REM Prints the upper scroll 
620 FOR L=l TO 4 

630 LPRINT CHRS 27;CHR$ 27; "L"; CHRS (80);CHR$ 
27; CHRS (0) ; 

640 FOR C=l TO 40: REM Prints picture line 

660 LPRINT CHRS 27;CHR$ (K(LC,L ,C));CHR$ 27;CHR$ 
(K(LC,L,C) ) ; 

670 NEXT C 

680 IF L=l THEN LPRINT CHRS 27; CHRS 27; "E" ; : REM 
Prints the first line emphasised 

1000 REM Tree Array LC=1 

1010 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 7, 63, 255 
1020 DATA 255,63,7,1, 0,0, 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 
1030 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 3, 7, 73, 223, 255, 255, 255 
1040 DATA 255,255,255,223,79,7,3,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0, 0,0 
1050 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 35, 239, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255 
1060 DATA 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 239,35, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1070 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 16, 48, 112, 240, 2 40, 240, 240, 240, 2 40, 240, 240, 240, 255, 255, 255 
1080 DATA 255, 255, 255, 2 40, 240, 240, 240, 2 40, 240, 240, 240, 240, 112, 48, 16, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1090 REM Bells Array LC=2 

1100 DATA 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,3,3,7,3,0,7,7 
1110 DATA 15,15,31,31,15,15,7,7,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 

1120 DATA 0, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 7, 15, 31, 63, 127, 255,255, 255, 255, 248, 7, 255, 255, 255 
1130 DATA 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255, 7, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1140 DATA 0, 0, 0, 152, 252, 252, 248, 2 40, 248, 252, 254,255,255, 25 4, 241, 15, 255, 255, 255, 255 
1150 DATA 255,255,255,255,255,255,255,255,255,255,15,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 
1160 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 64, 64, 192, 192, 192, 192, 192, 192, 192 
1170 DATA 192, 192, 192, 192, 192, 192, 192, 216, 252, 252, 216, 192, 192, 64, 64, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1180 Rem Sock Array LC=3 

1190 DATA 0,7,2,1,7,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 
1200 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 29, 51, 62, 12, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1210 DATA 0, 128, 0, 0, 128, 0, 60, 36, 36, 60, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1220 DATA 0, 0, 0, 48, 4 4, 67, 135, 135, 15, 31, 31, 159, 127, 15, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1230 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 240, 80, 16, 16, 0, 15, 1, 1, 1 

12 40 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 129, 227, 255, 255, 255, 255, 255,255,255, 255, 255, 63, 12, 0,0 
1250 DATA 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 

1260 DATA 0, 24, 60, 12 6, 254, 25 4, 254, 252, 252,2 48, 240, 22 4, 192, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1270 REM Candle Array LC=4 

1280 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 7, 24, 32, 64, 128, 128 
1290 DATA 131, 132, 136, 132, 131, 128, 128, 64, 32, 24, 7, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 
1300 DATA 0, 1, 6, 8, 16, 32, 96, 96, 32, 16, 8, 6, 1, 0, 192, 32, 16, 0, 0, 0 
1310 DATA 207,47,31,47,207,0,0,0,16,32,192,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 
1320 DATA 0, 192, 48, 12, 6, 2, 97, 33, 33, 33, 33, 65, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 
1330 DATA 255, 255,255,255,255, 1,1,1, 1,1,1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1,1, 0,0 
1340 DATA 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2 48, 2 48, 2 48, 248, 2 48, 2 48, 248, 2 48, 248 
1350 DATA 2 48, 248, 2 48, 2 48, 2 48, 2 48, 2 48, 248, 2 48, 2 48, 2 40, 224, 192, 128, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 

9991 CLEAR 

9992 RANDOMIZE USR 100: SAVE "XMSLBL.BT" LINE 1 

9998 RANDOMIZE USR 100: LOAD "L.B1" 

9999 SAVE "XMASLBL" LINE 1 



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Daisy Be Good 



We are introducing two series of articles, dealing with 
Bill Jones' suite of Word Processing programs. It is 
implemented in 2068 BASIC, except for only one (very 
important) Machine Coded routine. The articles will 
develop in parallel, when possible; one dealing with the 
original, unaltered version of Daisy, as received from Frank 
Davis, Spring of 1992; the other treating our customized 
version, also in Frank's possession. 

Daisy puts the surprisingly many powers of a 2068 at 
our disposal, making the TIMEX again conveniently 
useful, reliable, and flexible. Indeed, since Daisy is mainly 
a Word Processor, we may go on to include similar 
treatments of Bill's interesting Udbm ensemble of Data 
Base Managers. 

The archival copy of Daisy here has been molested. 
Therefore, we will explain the operation of "the most 
original copy" in our files. 

No such problem for the second series. Those articles 
discuss our customized version of Daisy, customized to 
use our 9-pin printer (Brother M-1109) and LarKen DOS 
(version - L3) . 

Now, we can continue to describe the operation of 
the original Daisy Word Processor, using our 2068 and 
LKDOS (L3) . It comes already set up for Bill's 24-pin 
printer (Panasonic KXP-1124) and for two disk drives 
(possibly the same) , Program Disk and Data Disk . 

"Program Disk" refers to the number (from 0 to 4) of 
the disk drive, from which Daisy is LOADed, for the Daisy 
disk contains the many menus, used to convey convenient 
information, on-line as needed. 




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by David Lassov 

So, any necessary customization is limited to DOS 
conversion (if other than LKDOS,) "stymn.B6" to stylize 
different printers (other than 24-pin Panasonic,) and 
"ps.Cl" , which is the menu, for using "stymn.B6" . 

There is a problem of which comes first, the chicken 
or the egg. For, much of the power of Daisy comes from its 
ability to take advantage of most (or all) of your Epson- 
compatible printer. But, you can't modify "stymn.B6" and 
"ps.Cl", till the operations and coding of Daisy are well 
understood, about six months. Refer to Printer Matching in 
Bill's documentation, which accompanied your purchase, 
also Smart Text, LKDOS, published in 1989, UPDATE!, 
under printer control and style changes . 

Thus, ENTER your printer description such as "Daisy 
Wheel" , till you are so familiar with printer matching, 
controlling, and styling, as to be able to write your own 
"styrnn.B6"and"ps.Cl". 

OK, LOAD Daisy from the program disk. Six 
prompts, for describing your printer, precede the display of 
our main menu, Daisy's Function Menu. 

Option #1 results in a choice between electing #1, 
Daisy Data Base Manager, or #2. Universal Data Base 
Manager. 

Since this article concerns Daisy, we elect #1 and get 
the Quickie Menu . 

Next time,, we will explore the quickie menu, but 
below are the first three screens, already mentioned. . 

ELECT : 



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Daisy Be Good Update Parti 

by David E. Lassov 



This series of articles deals with Bill Jones' suite of 
word processing programs, as customized for our com- 
puter system of TS-2068, LKDOS (L3) and 9-pin printer 
by Brother M-l 109. Frank Davis has a copy of our "new 
and improved" version of Daisy. 

We learned, early on, that the small RAM of the 2068 
created one bottleneck of an obstacle to the implementa- 
tion of all the essential features of contemporary Word 
Processors. Bill's solution is called "extra-memory pro- 
grarnming'' which can be very disk-intensive, and the 
original version of Daisy is really strapped by this disk- 
intensity. Software interrupts continually impeded the 
flow of work at the keyboard, so much so as to be unsuit- 
able for word processing in these days of "cheap" com- 
puter memory. 

Our modifications of the original Daisy programs en- 
deavor is to improve upon Bill's rather slavish abuse of 
LKDOS, in order to gain "extra memory". But, let it be 
said HERE AND NOW, that while some of Bill's code is 
annoyingly slow, it all works, reliably, and ex- 
hibits extreme ingenuity. 

Now, we can continue to describe the operations of 
our new and improved Daisy word processor, using our 
TS2068, LKDOS (L3) and 9-pin printer Brother M-l 109. 
First of all, there is only one disk called for: DATA DISK. 
As before, the program disk is the drive (from 0 to 4) from 
which Daisy is LOADed, but the program derives this in- 
formation from location 110 of the LKDOS software. 
Thus, we cut in (roughly) half the number of software in- 
terrupts, impeding work flow on our word processor at the 
keyboard. As before, DATA DISK refers to the number 
(from 0 to 4) of disk drives, from where input data be 
sought. 



In order to remove this last requirement for LKDOS, 
simply change the entry point from 9998 to 2070, and re- 
place any RANDOMIZE USR 100: GOTO pd with 
GOSUB 30. This restores the requests for PROGRAM 
DISK, which can be answered by your DOS, given suitable 
conversion of syntax from LKDOS to JLO DOS, for ex- 
ample. 

Our version of Daisy has four different names: 
ManlAd, PO+MM, IN+ED, and dbms, according to which 
application of word processing the limited RAM of our TS- 
2068 be called upon to execute. 

Bill's original version changed itself by four different 
values for "TURBO", according to the application... . The 
change used DELETE and MERGE of disk files, an agoniz- 
ingly SLOW process. 

Upon LOADing ManlAD, or PO+MM, six prompts 
lead to our main menu, the FUNCTION MENU. Upon 
LOADing IN+ED, or dbms, the FUNCTION MENU 
comes right up immediately. 

Option #1 on the function menu loads the QUICKIE 
MENU on ManlAD and IN+ED. Option #1 is disabled on 
both PO+MM and dbms. 

Before this gets too contusing, let us say that we both 
SPEEDED UP and SHRUNK DOWN Daisy, while break- 
ing Daisy out into the four main applications of word proc- 
essing, printing out with Manual Addressing TURBO 3 , 
printing out with Mail Merge addressing TURBO 2 , In- 
put/Edit TURBO 1 and dbms, a gateway to data base 
managers TURBO 0 

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Here is a more recent and sophisticated general pur- 
pose LarKen extended BASIC demo which I developed for 
my LABELMAKER II program upgrade project. To facili- 
tate your running all these new demos. 1 have eliminated 
the usual DELETE/MERGE operations and SAVEd the 
demo implementation routines along with the core subrou- 
tines. The fonts used by this demo are new and improved 
as well. There are two look alike three windows screen 
display demos. The three windows screen display format 
of these new demos resembles that of the 
FILMRECORDER demo, I wrote a few years ago. The 
first of these two demos is a real three LarKen window 
demo, each window is set to the size of the screen display 
section. The second is a pseudo three window demo, this 
demo uses one window for the whole screen display which 
includes all three sections of the screen displays. Each of 
the sections (windows) is a different color, has borders, 
fixed underlines and titles etc. Each demo has direct data 
entry. Each screen position where there is an item requir- 
ing data entry is highlighted one item at a time sequentially. 
When the user moves the highlighted bar to the item and 
presses the 'E' key the bar is removed and a cursor is pro- 
vided so that data entry can commence. The two PRINT 
#0 lines are used to provide window handling or data entry 
options menus. The new menu options that provide for 
these improved data entry operations are the following: 

1 . Shift Window to Window 

2. Shift Next/Prior item 

3. Change item (select from a set of fixed constants) 

4. ENTER Data (start data entry at the highlighted bar) 

5. Finish (to conclude data entry per file unit) 

6. Quit (goto the main options menu). 

The real difference between the two demos is the 
typing speed. More than half the data entry routine is in 
MC. I first tried to compile the complete data entry rou- 
tine, but the LarKen extended BASIC functions refused to 
work properly after they were compiled. The end product 
is a data entry routine that is part in MC and part in 
BASIC. It is the part of the data entry routine that is in 
BASIC, the extended BASIC functions, that makes the 
difference in typing speed. The first demo's maximum 
typing speed is slow, only slightly better than PRO/FILE, 
while the second demo's typing speed is first rate. The 
better typing speed of the second demo is due to the short- 
ening of the extended BASIC data entry routine due to the 
removal of all the lines for printing to two additional win- 
dows. The second demo's care of subroutines is also 
shortened by the elirnination of all the extended BASIC 
lines used for window #0 (PRINT #5) and window #1 
(PRINT #6). The core routines line numbers for the re- 
maining lines are the same, so the programmer can use the 
same catalog of core routines lines listings. The MC part of 
the data entry routine is the same for both the real and 
pseudo three window demos. This new and improved data 
entry routine provides for three modes of data entry. 
These modes are: 



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by Mori Binstock 



Being a Z88 user, I found your articie about using the 
"Renewal RAY-O-VAC" rechargeable battery very useful. 
I think this provides a GOOD solution for low cost 
operation. I'd like to share with others my Z88 battery 
experiences. 

I often take long airplane journeys requiring a 
computer totally dependent upon its batteries . I balance 
the benefits of a modern notebook with really great 
software against my lighter Z88. The Z88 is better suited 
for the long journeys because its batteries last longer and 
can be changed on the fly. For a long journey, these 
advantages can outweigh the Z88's limited primitive 
software, limited storage, and the nuisance of cable file 
transfer. 

For a long journey, the Z88 battery life wins hands 
down. I get 4 - 6 hours from the one set before getting the 
low battery message. I have read that battery life can be 
safely extended by ignoring the low battery message and 
waiting until the screen starts to blank. Being conservative, 
I never tried this. 

Actual usage time is indefinite as the batteries can be 
changed on the fly. A capacitor in the Z88 retains all 
memories for several minutes without the batteries. This 
feature allows, when the low battery message appears, 
battery replacement and continued operation. By carrying 
enough spare batteries, battery life on a long trip is not an 
issue. 

I have experimented with several techniques to 
reduce battery cost. Nicads were tried, but are not 
satisfactory. With 4 AA Nicads (6 volts) the low battery 
message is always on. I also tried 5 smaller (6 volts') 



Nicads. I quickly abandoned Nicads because of their short 
storage life and no real low battery warning. Nicads are 
risky, too easy to lose the Z88s stored data. 

My best solution is using a 4 D cells (6 volts) external 
battery pack, slightly larger than the size of the Z88's AC 
adapter. D cells cost about the same as the required AA 
batteries and provide a quantum increase in battery life. I 
purchased from Radio Shack a 4 D cell battery holder and 
a plug to fit the Z88's power jack, fabricating the necessary 
cable. The AA's in the Z88 serve as back up. 

I have used this set up on long trips and have never 
exhausted the D cells, I strongly recommend this external 
pack. I like to plan on using the rechargeable Renewal 
batteries for shorter trips to obtain portability at minimum 
cost. My approach for longer trips when a recharge is not 
an option is to still use the external battery pack. 

Chairman's thoughts on this:- 

Many thanks for the letter and the information on the 
RENEWAL batteries. 

On the practical side, the number of times that you 
can recharge the RENEWAL batteries is in proportion to 
the amount of discharge, the less the discharge the more 
times it can be recharged. The spec, sheet I got from the 
company suggested that the 25 times of cycling could be 
extended to 100 if the discharge was not too great. I called 
their 800 number and I could not get a technician that could 
or would give that in an answer that I could relate to voltage. 
But I got the impression that it was along the lines of 85% of 
the full charge voltage. 5 volts to turn on the low battery 
signal means that likely the batteries are discharged to 
about 83% of their full charge voltage so the low battery 
light is a good time to change batteries. 0/0. 



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Mail to: A. KAHALE 335 W NEWPORT RD HOFFMAN ESTATES !L 60195-3106 



SPECTRUM for your 2068 

If you are a LarKen LK-DOS owner and would like to run 
SPECTRUM programs on your system, we will supply a V2 
EPROM, socket and 74HCT32 for $12 which includes shipping and 
handling. The installation instructions are in your LarKen manual. 
We shall not be responsible for your install job. AERCO owners 
need only the EPROM for $10 forwarded to LarKen. 

Bob Swoger Address on page 2 

747 3fItgJft ^imxtlatav 

So you like to fly, the 747 Flight Simulator for SPECTRUM by 
Derek Ashton of DACC. Requires a SPECTRUM equipped 2068. 
Supplied on LarKen SSDD or DSDD LarKen disk for $10 which 
goes to Derek now working at Motorola with Bob. 

Bob Swoger Address on page 2 



PHh Chips 



Programmable Array Logic chips are available for 
some Timex and QL's from:- 

NAZIR PASHTOON 

NAPJ/Vare 

940 BEAU DR APT 204 
DES PLAINES IL 60016-5876 
Phone(eve.) 708 439-1679 

A Strategic generic War game 
for the "15-2068 

€ O K l| II E S T 

^ Completely in fast machine code. Games can be SAVEd 
andCONTINUEd. 

^ Available on tape, or disk, AERCO, Oliger. Game and map 
SAVEs in BASIC allows conversion to your system. 

Price $19.95 + $2.50 S&H. 
Order from:- or:- 
LLOYD DREGER SMUG 
2461 S. 79THST BOX 101 

WEST ALUS Wl 5321 9 BUTLER Wl 53007 

FOR SALE Print Factory on disk for the 

TS-2068 LarKen and Oliger. $5 for those who own the tape 
version. Those who order it long ago and never received it, 
please contact me, you should get what you ordered. 

FRANK DAVIS 
UPDATE! Magazine 
POBOX 1095 
PERU IN 46970 



The John Oliger Co. 

11601 WidbeyDr. 
Cumberland IN 46229 
The John Oliger Floppy Disk System 

FOR THE TS-2068 

DiskWorks 
Expansion Board 
2068 User Cartridge 
Disk Boards "A" & "B* 
2068 Parallel Printer Port 
2068 EPROM Programmer 
2068/SPECTRUM Joystick Port 
DFh Mapped Universal I/O Port board 
Vpp Power Suppiy 
User Manual only : $5 . 00 (Read before you buy) 

Service For America's 

Favorite Home Computers 
And Their Accessories 

SINCLAIR 

TIMEX ADAM ATARI 
IBM OSBORNE TI COMMODORE 
BUY SELL TRADE UPGRADE 

Write for prices S ASE appreciated 

COMPUTER CLASSICS 

RR 1 BOX 117 
CABOOL MO 65689 
Phone 417 469-4571 
PROFILE -ZX-81 (tic-tac-toe) 
ZX-TEXT - Word Processor 
ZX-CALC - Spreadsheet 
Business Software 

Cycle Accounting Financial Report Generator 
ZX-CALENDAR - Time Management 
ZX-81 TS-1000 TS-1500 
TS-2068 

Albert F. Rodriguez 

A.F.R. S of tw a r e 

1605 PENNSYLVANIA AVE 204 
MIAMI BEACH FL 33139 
305 531-6464 



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Make David an Offer 

ZX-81 /TS-1000 TS-2068 
Hardware Kits 
Real Time Clock I/O Controller RS- 
232 Centronics l/F 1 6K & 64K RAM 
300 BAUD Modem A-D Converterossembied) 

BYTE-BACK INC 

536 LONG TER 
LEESVILLE SC 29070 



Maintains a link with European BBS's that cany 
QL related message areas. 
PD on-line, UPLOAD, DOWNLOAD 
SYSOP John J. Impellizzeri 

'How-To' is in the April, 94 UPDATE! Magazine 

F r e e b i e J 

If you have sharp metal where the cable is on your disk drive 
and want to protect your cable from wear here is a deal. I 
have some plastic protectors that are 3.5 inches long (49 of 
them) and some that are 2.75 inches long. They are easy to cut 
to length if necessary. The protector are such that they will slide 
onto metal or plastic up to about .050 inches thick. Send a 
SASE and I will send you up to 3 per request. 

Donald S Lambert 
1301 KiblingerPI 
Auburn IN 46706-3010 




Memory, Printers, Disk Drives, Software, 
EPROMs, Modems, Mobile Phones 
Mike Fink 

Domino Cubes 

484 W 43rd ST STE 27 Q 
NEW YORK NY 10036-6329 
212 971-0368 (ring six times) 

TS-1000/ZX-81/TS-1500 Software by 
TIMEX Orbyte Canaan Reston Quicksliva 

also for 

TS-2068/Spectrum and QL 
T/S Books 
Hardware for ZX-81/TS-1000 

TEJ Computer Products 
2405 GLENDALE BLVD STE208 

LOS ANGLES CA 90039 
24 Hr. Order line: 213 669-1418 

FOR SALE: Complete TS-1000, TS-2040 printer in their 
original boxes and three rolls of thermal paper. Mint condition. 
For $35 P/shipping. 

Complete Atari system, 800XL computer, printer, modem, 
software and books. Mint condition. $95 P/shipping 

ROBERT CURNUTT 

10400 TRUXTON RD 
ADELPHI MP 20783 

WANTED: Looking for instructions or documentation on 
the ZX Assembler/Disassembler by Bob Berch. 

WAYNE KNAUST 

2 PEAR TREE CT 
ST. PETERS MO 63376 

WANTED: a mil size keyboard, educational software and 
a replacement ULA chip for the TS-1000. 

ALEX SWEITZER 

RD 1 BOX 207 
FAYETTE CITY, PA 15438 

WANTED: Articles or material for the QL and the Z88 for 
publication in ZXir QLive Alive!. Also articles on any other T/S 
computer. Can't publish what we do not have. Will accept even 
handwritten notes. 

DONALD S LAMBERT 
1301 KiBLINGER PL 
AUBURN IN 46706-3010 

FOR SALE: Olivetti PR2300 Ink- Jet printer, like new, in 
original box with extra cartridges, $75.00; Radio Shack CGP- 
115 Color Printer/Plotter, $75.00. T/S 2050 Modem complete, 
in original box, $35.00. 

D G SMITH 
R 415 STONE ST. 
JOHNSTOWN PA 15906 
(814) 535-6998 



MIRACLE 5 1 2K EXP ANDERAM S60 
TRUMP FLP/RAM $35 
TRUMP2 DISK CARD (0)K I/O $60 
ALL THREE FOR $120 
Includes a copy of Qluster, QLuMsi and QLamber. 



fit leng 



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ALBUQUERQUE NM 87105 
(505)843-8414 



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With European Users 
Fidonet linked BBS 

QBox-US A 

810 254-9878 

24 hours a day 
Xmodem124 SEAIink Teiink 
300 to 2400 BAUD (1 4400 soon) 
Runs entirely on Sinclair QL 



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WANTED: DEAD QL's, Spectrums or add-on boards. 
Will pay $20 plus shipping for complete defective units. 

D WALTERMAN 
PO BOX 176 
TROY Ml 48099-0176 
810 656-4108 

From Nuts & Volts 


RMG 

ENTERPRISES 
Supports 
Timex/Sinclair Users! 

9 Call or FAX for information on 
prices and availability, hardware or 
software and books 

You can send a legal I -J and 580. 
Request list & price sheets 
Public Domain Software 

Sell Your Unused Computer 

We also carry extensive PC shareware 


LIST llig Newsletter 

Tke Long Island S uiol&ir/Timex Users Group 

HARVEY RAIT 

sj i cr\i i — i >j 

VALLEY STREAM NY 1 1 581 


V/Li Hacker's Journal 


Supporting All QL Programmers 


Timothy Swenson, Editor 
5615BOTKINS RD 

LjC! ipcp Ljcj/^Lj-re rvM ARAOA 

613 233-2178 


Allow 6-8 Weeks for Delivery 
Send check or money order to: 

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14784 S QUAIL GROVE CIR 
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503 655-7484 (8AM-6PM Tue-Sat) FAX 503 655-41 1 6 


NESQLUG NEWS 

New England Sinclair QL Users Group 
16 HIGHLAND AVE 
S AUG US MA 01906 
617 233-3671 


Q Z X 

The Journal Covering Amateur Radio 

& Sinclair Computers 
ALEX BURR K5XY 

LAS CRUCES NM 88001 


FOR SALE : QZX Index. .59 pages. $10 Postpaid. & 
PC-DRAW a printed circuit designer for the TS-2068 $9.00 pp. 

A F BURR 
2025 O'DONNELL DR 
LAS CRUCES NM 88001 


WANTED: "The Explorer's Guide" by Mike 
Lord and "SPECTRUM Wargaming" by 

Owens & Fisher. 

PHILLIP JOE 
800 BOWIE LN 
GREENWOOD MS 38930 


CATS Newsletter 

The Capital Area T/S Users Group 
BARRY WASHINGTON 

7044 CINDY LN 
ANNANDALE VA 22003 

301 588-0579 BBS 


WANTED : AERCO disk drive interface for the TS-1000. I 
will consider a purchase either with or without drives. I will 
even consider a repair-it-yourself . 

FRED STERN 
PO BOX 264 
HOLBROOK NY 11741 
516 737-0963 eve. 


Chicago Area Timex Users Group 

FRANK MILLS 
41 7 S 47TH AVE 
BELLWOOD IL 60104 


FOR SALE: Assembled TS-1000 Hunter non-volatile 

board with memory and docs - $30 

MemoPac 32K RAM with docs - $20 

2 Beeper kits sounds off with key press - $10 ea. 

QL - Falkenberg hard-drive with Omti MFM controller 

(either a bus driver board for a Gold Card or one for a 

Trump Card), an MFM cable, hard-drive case and power 



ZXir QLive Alive! 



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Winter 1994 



supply. Works great with any MFM drive from 20 up to 
416 Megs. All for $225. Money order or COD. 

ELIAD WANNUM 
c/o UPDATE! MAGAZINE 
PO BOX 1095 
PERU IN 46970 


from Computer Shopper 


PRINTER RIBBONS in sealed plastic package. For 
| EPSON FX/MX/RX 100 senes. Not $3.00 each, but 2/S1.00 
i plus S&H. Or 6/S3.00. 60/S25 includ. S&H. 

JOHN MANUS 
3609 CEDAR HILL DR NW 
HUNTSVILLE AL 35810 
205 852-2142 

from Nuts & Volts 


Make an offer 


Hardware Software 


16K RAM module Mixed game bag 
M-16 Byte-Back Money Analyser I 
TS- 1 0 1 6 plug-in module Money Analyser II 
TV switch Power Pack I 
Z-DUBBER Statistics (unopened) 

ZXAS 

2 - 2040 printers, 4" roll, (in working condition) 

3 - recorder cables 1 - TS- 1000 user manual 
2 - TS-1000 ( don't work, vours for mail cost ) 

1 - TS- 1000 unknown modification with extra plug and and push- 
button! (works) 


3.5" Floppy 720K 

with case and cable 
Made for Tandy Easily converted for QL 
Model 25-1061 $24.95 

PRIME COMPONENTS INC 
150 W INDUSTRY CT 

UtfcK r AKIN. INY n/^y 

51 6 254-01 01 from Nuts & Volte 


4 - 9V wail power suplies (TS-1000) 
1 - 12V wall power supply (TS-2040) 

CHARLES CHRESTIEN 

736 SAN JULE CT 
SUNNYVALE CA 94086 


AT LAST 

A rewritten and enhanced 
LarKen Operating Manual 


$75 for complete TS-1000 Computer Station mounted in a DK 
standard keyboard, includes: 
TS-1000 computer with 16 k RAM & cables. GE computer cassette 

t (mo rn^Ar^or A iY\h<l{~* /\m 1 0 nnfltar T Toot" A ioti 11 nj 

uipt rcLurucT. /\ipxiai^um piXJltcX. UscT Ivlallimi. 

Essential Guide to T/S computers. 




LJC00S Ground I this pad to 
Cartridge disable LXD0S„ 

by 

— ==GATOR==— 

Available from RMG & Mechanical 
iiiiinrry wnen you oraer L,oy lv^aii 

See Article "JLO with LKDOS Cartridge" 


; III : : l|p2Q50 : : Modems $1 5 ea. 


2 Parker Electronics printers exact duplicate of Timex $25 ea 

Software: $2.00 ea. Or$30forall- 

2k Games pack Alien Invasion 16k 
BioRhythms 16k Budgeteer 
Conversational Spanish Cube Game 
Extended Basic Flight Simulator 
Ham Logbook Hangman 16k 
Mazogs Memory Scope 
Meteorites 16k Mixed Game Bag 
Morsecode Translator Power Pack 1 
Red Alert 16k Stock mkt. Calc 16k 
Super Chess 16k TS Destroyer 2k 
Word 2.2 ZX Profile (Woods) 
5- rolls of thermal paper $4 
prices do not incl. postage 

ROBERT J FIELDS 
27 EDMEL RD 

SCOTIA NY 12302 
518 399-8383 


SINCLAIR Resources 


JACK DOHANY (Developer) 
390 RUTHERFORD 
REDWOOD CITY CA 94061 

JOHN MCMICAEL (Developer) 
1710 PALMER DR 
LARAMIE WY 82070 
307 742-4530 

ED GREY ENTERPRISES 

PO BOX 2186 
INGLEWOOD CA 90305 
213 759-7406 

Bill Ferebee (TS-1 000/2068) 
MOUNTAINEER SOFTWARE 

749 HILL ST 9 
PARKERSBURG WV 26104 


Price IB at ch 


RIBBON RE-INKING 

We can re-ink your used printer ribbons for a fraction of the 
cost of a new one. 

BSM Consulting 
41 F STREET 
EDWARDS CA 93523-231 4 , 
880 546-1588 



ZXir QLive Alive! 21 Winter 1994 



IQLR (QL) 
PO BOX 3991 
NEWPORT Ri 02840-0987 
401 849-3805 

Bill Russell (QL) 
RUSSEL ELECTRONICS 

RR1 BOX 539 
CENTER HALL PA 16828 

MarkStueber (QL) 
SHARP'S COMPUTER CENTER 
7244 MECHANICSVILLE TPKE 
MECHANICSVILLE VA 231 1 1 
804 730-9697 FAX 804 746-1978 

SUNSET ELECTRONICS (TS- 1000/2068) 
2254 TARAVAL ST 
SAN FRANCISCO CA 941 16 

Bill Cable (QL) 
WOOD & WIND COMPUTING 
RR3 BOX 92 
CORNISH NH 03745 
603 675-2218 

Send them a LS ASE and ask for information about 
their current products and/or services. 



The Kesst Of 
THE PLOTTER 

ZX-81 TS-IOOO TS-2068 QL 

Contents are exclusively those developed and published 
by THE PLOTTER authors over the past 1 2 years. 
Price: S14.95 pp. per copy. 

Companion Disk B 

with all the TS-2068 programs on it. Specify disk 
size/tracks - LarKen or Oliger $9.95 PostPaid 

To Order: 

Send your check or money Order to: 
RMG Enterprises 
14784 S QUAIL GROVE CIR 
OREGON CITY OR 97045 
503 655-7484 (8AM-6PM Tue-Sat) FAX 503 655-4116 
~~ Over 100 pages 8.5X1 1 Comb Bound 

Name 

Address 

City/State/ZIP 

Disk size/type 



UPDATE! Magazine 




The only known, privately produced Sinclair computer 
magazine that covers ALL of the Sinclair computers. We are 
now starting our 8 th year of publication ! ! ! 

We are a large quarterly magazine that is produced on 
Sinclair computers. We cover the QL, Z88, TS-2068, Spectrum 
and the ZX-81. Minimum issue size is 50 pages, and does 
include ads from Sinclair dealers. The price is $18 in US$ in 
North America; $22 elsewhere, and we do accept the £ or the 
DM equivalents for a subscription. 

Send all funds and requests for a new subscription to: 

UPDATE! MAGAZINE 

PO BOX 1095 
PERU, IN 46970 USA 

Checks, travelers checks, cash are all acceptable. 



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50 
50 
50 
00 
50 
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95 



95 
50 



00 
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50 
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50 
50 
50 
50 
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Current 1000 Price list 
DESCRIPTION 

CABLE-MONIJOR-TV/CQMPOSITE ( 1000 ) ( 2068 ) ( H/W ) 
IPS-PACRABBIT (1000) (S/W) 
FOOTS "ADVANCED MATH ( 1000 )( 1 500 )( S/W ) 
FOOTE-CALORIE COUNTER ( 1000) ( 1500) (S/W) 
FOOfE-U.S.A.,(l$ fc 00)( 1500) (S/W) . 
FOOffe-FUN & GAMES ( 1000 )( 1500) ( S/W) 
TIMEWORKS-THE h ELECTRONIC CHECKBOOK (1000) (S/W) 
T I ME WOR K S - FORGET -^1E - NOT (1000)(S/N) 
TIMEWORKS- PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ( 1000 ) ( S/W )„ v 
MINDWARE-GULP ( A 1000)(S/W) ' ' ' . 

BOOK-BASICS bF t'Sl'500/1000 BASIC ( S/W ) ( 1000( 1500 
BOOK-FIFTY llC/2K GAMES FOR ZX81/TS1000 (S/W) (100 
BOOIC-49 EXPLOSIVE "GAMES FOR ZX81 (S>W)( 1000(1500 
BOOK -THE ZX81 PACKET BOOK ( S/W ) ( ZX8 1(1 000 ( 1 5(^0 ) 
BOOK-MAKING tHJS MOST OF YOUR TS1500/10&0 (S/W)(l 
BOOK-MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR ZX81 ( S/W ) ( ZX8 1 ( 100 
BOOK-THE ELEMENTARY TS 1000 ( S/W )( 1000(1500 ) 
BOOK-THE BEST OF THE PLOTTER ( S/W )( 1000) ( 2068 )( Q 
TIMEX -COLLEGE COST ANALYZER (1000) (S/W) 
TIMEX-ELECTRIC COST; ANALYZER (1000)(S/W) ' 
TIMEX-FORTRESS OF ZORLAC (1000)(S/W) 
TIMEX-FUNDAMENTALS OF MATH (1000) (S/W) 
TIMEX-HBATING SYSTEM ANALYZER (l000)(S/W) 
TIMEX-SPELLING BEE ( 1000 ) ( S/ff ) 
TIMEX -MIXED GAME BAG 2 (1000) (S/W) 
TIMEX-STOCK MARKET TECH ANALYSIS I (1000)(S/W) 
TIMEX-STOCK MARKET GAME (1000)(S/W) 
TIMEX-STATISTICS (1000)(S/W) 
TIMEX-STRATEGy' FOOTBALL (1000) (S/W) 
TIMEX-WORD QUEST (1000 ) ( S/W) 
TIMEX -PORTFOLlfa ANALYSIS (1000) (S/W) 
TIMEX-MONEY ANALYZER 2 (1000) (S/W) 

TIMEX -DOGBERRY DOMINO, THE COUNTING PHENOMENO (1 
TIMEX-THE CARPOOLER (1000)(S/W) 
TIMEX-THE CHALLENGER I (1000)(S/W) 
TIMEX-AUTOMOBILE* ANALYZER (1000)(S/W) V 
COVER-DUST-JASCO TS1000 VINYL (1000)(H/W) 
POWER SUPPLY-9 1^1^81000/1500 (H/WM1000) 
TS1000 MOTHERBOARD* ( 1000 ) ( AS- IS ) (H/W ) 
CASE -COMPUTER/TS 1000- NO PCB ( 1000 )( AS-lS )( H/W ) 
QUICKSILVA-DAMPER/GLOOPBR (1000) (S/W) ' 
IPS-ZOR (1000) (S/W) 

CABLE-CASSETTE/jCOMPUTER SET ( 1000 )( 2068 )( H/W ) 
PRINTER- ALPHACOM 32 THERMAL PRINTER (1000) (1500) 
TIMEX-FROGGER ( S/W) ( 1000 )( 1500 ) 

PAD-TS 1000 COMPl/TER/RAM DESK PAD (1000) (H/W) 

NEW KEY UTILITIES j 1000) (S/W) 

MINDWARE-MATRIX PLANNER ( 1000( 1500 )( S/W ) 

SOFTSYNC-2K GAMES $ 1000( 1500 )( S/W ) 

TIMEX-HOME IMPROVEMENT PLANNER ( 1000( 1 500 ) ( S/W ) 

TIMEX-SPELLING 1 ( 1000( 1500)(S/W) 

QUICKSILVA-ASTRO BLASTER (1000)(S/W) 



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STOCK NUMBER PRICE 



RMG#0708 


. 2. 


50 


RMG#0716 


r. 


50 


. RMG#0748 




00 


RMG#0749 


3. 


00 


RMG#0>50 


3. 


00 


RMG#0^51 


3. 


00 


RMG#0790 


2. 


00 


RMG#0793 


2. 


00 


** 

RMG#0794 


2. 


00 


RHG#0797 


2. 


50 


RMG#0810 


2. 


50 


RMG*08 1 1 


, 2. 


50 


RMG#0812 


2. 


50 


RMG#08l3 


2. 


$0 


RMG#0814 ' 


2. 


50 


RMG#0815 


2. 


50 


HMG#08 16 


2. 


50 


RMG#0830 


14. 


95 


RMG#0861 


' 2. 


50 


RMG#0864 


2. 


50 


RMG#0865 


2. 


50 


RMG#0866 


2. 


50 


RMG#0867 


2. 


50 


RMG#0871 


2. 


50 


RMG#0873 


2. 


50 


RMG#0876 


2. 


50 


RMG#0877 


2. 


50 


RMG#0878 


; 2. 


50 


RMG#0879 


2. 


50 


RMG#0880 


2. 


50 


RMG#0884 


2. 


50 


RMG#0886 


2. 


50 


RNG#0889 


2. 


50 


RMG#0890 


2. 


50 


* 

RMG#0892 


2. 


50 


RMG#0893 


2. 


50 


RMG#0910 


3. 


50 


RMG#0920 


4. 


00 


RMG#0922 


7. 


50 


RMG#0923 


1. 


00 


RMG#0926 


2. 


50 


RMG#0928 


2. 


50 


> 

RMG#0933 


2. 


50 


RMG#0945 


39, 


95 


RMG#0958 


2. 


50 


RMq#0999 


2. 


50 


RMG# 1004 


2. 


00 


RMG#1007 


2. 


00 


RMG#1008 


2. 


00 


RMG#1009 


2. 


00 


RMGf 1013 


2. 


00 


RMG#1016 


3. 


50 



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Current 1000 Price List 



DESCRIPTION 


STOCK NUMBER 


PRICE 


JOOK-INS AND OUTS OF THE TS1000/ZX81 <1000)(S/W) 


RMG#1130 


3 


. 00 


REPAIR- 1000 COMPUTER ( SERVICE ) ( 1000) 


RMGfRPRl 


0 


.00 


TIMEX" STATES & CAPITOLS ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 )( 1500 ) 


RMG#U102 


1 


. 00 


A&J TYPE I WAFERS ( USED )( H/W X 1000)( 2068 ) 


RMG#U118 


2 


. 50 


TIMEX -GRIMMS FAIRY TRAILS ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 )( 1500 


RMG#U138 


1 


. 00 


TIMEX-COUPON MANAGER ( USED )< S/W )( 1000 )( 1 500 ) 


RMG#U155 


2 

mm 


. 00 


TIMEX-VU CALC ( USED ) ( S/W ) ( 1000 ) ( 1500 ) 


RMG#U182 


1 


. 00 


TIMEX- BACKGAMMON ( USED )( 1000 )( S/W ) 


RMG#U184 


1 


. 00 


TIMEX-LOAN MORTGAGE AMORTIZER ( USED) ( S/W )( 1000 ) ( 


RMG#U188 


9 


. 00 


TIMEX-GAMBLER ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 )( 1500 ) 


RMG#U189 


2 


All 


TIMEX-MONEY ANALYZER I ( USED) ( S/W )( 1000 )( 1500 ) 


RMG#U191 


2 


AA 

. WW 


TIMEX -AUTOMOBILE ANALYZER ( USED )( 1000( 1 500 )( S/W ) 


RMG#U203 


1 


AA 

• WW 


TIMEX-CRITICAL PATH ANALYSIS ( USED )( 1000( 1500 )( S 


RMG#U204 


1 

X 


AA 


BOOK-ZX81 BASIC PROGRAMMING ( 1000 )( S/W )( USED ) 


RMG#U210 


«* 
J 


AA 


PRINTER-TS2040 COMPLETE ( USED) ( H/W )( 1000 )( 1500 ) ( 


RMG#U230 


2 5 

Cm ~f 


. AA 


DATAQU ESTER -STATES & CAPS/CHECKBOOK MANAGER (USE 


RMG#U232 


1 


.00 


TIMEX-FROGGER ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 )( 1500 ) 


RMG#U245 


1 


.00 


TIMEX-BUDGETER ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 ) ( 1500) 


RMG#U250 


1 


.00 


SOFTSYNC-RED ALERT f ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 )( 1 500 ) 


RMG#U251 


1 


.00 


TIMEWORKS-5 2K GAMES ( USED )( 1000( 1 500 )( S/W ) 


RMG#U252 


1 


.00 


PRINTER-ALPHACOM 32 THERMAL PRINTER (USED)(H/W)( 


RMG#U254 


28 


.00 


MEMOTECH-SPREADSHEET ANALYSIS ( USED )( H/W )( 1000) 


RMG#U259 


35.00 


SUNTRONICS-16K RAM PAR ( USED) ( H/W )( 1000 )( 1500 ) 


RMG#U267 


8 


.00 


TIMEX-HOMB IMPROVEMENT PLANNER ( USED) ( S/W ) ( 1000 ) 


RMG#U272 


1 


.00 


TIMEX-FLIGHT SIMULATOR < USED )( 1000( 1500 )< S/W ) 


RMG#U2 73 


1 


.00 


TIMBX-STATISTICS ( USED) ( S/W ) ( 1000 ) ( 1500 ) 


RMG#U274 


1 


.00 


TIMEX-IRA PLANNER ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 )( 1500 ) 


RMG#U276 


1 


.00 


TIMEX-E.E.I. FILTER DESIGN ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 )( 150 


RMG#U277 


1 


.00 


SOFTS YNC-BIORYTHMS/DAY OF WEEK ( USED) ( S/W )( 1000 ) 


RMG#U279 


1 


.00 


IPS-PAC RABBIT ( USED )( S/W )( 1000 ) 


RMG#U291 


1 


.00 


SINCLAIR-BACKGAMMON/DICE ( USED ) ( S/W ) ( 1000 ) 


RMG#U294 


1 


.00 


IPS-DIET PROGRAM PACKAGE ( 1000( 1500 X S/W ) 


RMG#U306 


4 


.50 


BYTE BACK-MD2B MODEM ( USED )( 1000 )( H/W ) 


RMG#U325 


10 


.00 


BOOK-LEARNING TS BASIC ( 1000 )( S/W )( USED ) 


RMG#U475 


5 


.00 


BOOK-PROGRAMMING YOUR TS1000 IN BASIC (1000)(S/W 


RMG#U477 


5 


.00 


KOPAK EZ CASSETTE LOADER S/W (1000)(S/W) 


RMGU457 


5 


.00 



All Prices Subject To Change Without Notice! 
Subject To Stock On Hand) 

Please Check Availability BEFORE YOU ORDER! 
*** THESE PRICES ARE NOT CARVED IN STONE! WE'LL BE GLAD TO ENTERTAIN OFFERS! *** 




19SI ~ 19B4 ^fnbtx 



VOLUME 1 



NUMBER 1 



Spring 1991 



SNUG is Dead! - Long Live T/SNUG 

From The Chairman's Disk - SNUG! 
Oliger Proposes Detente With LarKen 
Stepping Rate Fix (Disk drives) 



Bob Swoger 
Don Lambert 
Don Lambert 

Bob Swoger & Larry Kenny 



VOLUME 1 



NUMBER 2 



Summer 1991 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Censorship, Mailing, N/L Exchange, Mile High, Bill Ferrebee 

Reviews - QL Survivor's Source Book 

Reviews - International QL Report 

T/SNUG, QUANTA, and PD-QL Software 

Converted TS-1016 RAM That Works 

Cassette LOAD/SAVE Problems Solved I 

Solar System Review - Computers & Technologies 



VOLUME 1 



NUMBER 3 



Bob Swoger 

Bob Dyl & Frank Davis 

BobDyl 

AlFeng 

Anthony Farrell 

Don Lambert 

Joan Kealy 

Fall 1991 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Gill Parrish, Louis Eisen, Joan Kealy, Bill Ferrebee and Rod Humphreys 

Reviews - 1 Meg Printer Buffer from Technologic Systems 

How To Assemble or Replace TS-1000 Parts Cheap 

Cassette LOAD/SAVE Problems Solved II 

QLUSTerLITE 



VOLUME 1 



NUMBER 4 



Bob Swoger 
Bob Swoger 
Gill Parrish 
Don Lambert 
AlFeng 

Winter 1992 



INPUT/OUTPUT - G. Chambers, W. Harmer, R. Wisti, H. Scriven, B. Allen and R. Madaris 

Cassette LOAD/SAVE Problems Solved III 

Clean Screen Please TS-2068 

A Short History of The Z-88 

Transfer MS-DOS Files to the TS-2068 

QL Directory to Printer PDS DOC 

ZX-91 10 Years Later No.l &No.2 



VOLUME 2 



NUMBER 1 



Bob Swoger 
Don Lambert 
Bob Swoger 
Dave Bennett 
George Chambers 
Butch Wienberg 
Andre Baune 

Spring 1992 



INPUT/OUTPUT - W. Jackson, M. Kendoll, R. Shade, I. Zachev and J. Shepard 

Cassette LOAD/SAVE Problems Solved IV 

An Updated ZX-81 

Bench Marking The ZX-81 

Driving Your Tax Threshold 

TAX-I-QLTIP 

ZX-91 10 Years Later No.3 



VOLUME 2 



NUMBER 2 



Bob Swoger 
Don Lambert 
Don Lambert 
Edward Snow 
Joan Kealy 
AlFeng 
Andre Baune 

Summer 1992 



Quanta-Gate? 

INPUT/OUTPUT - Ken Krack, Glen Hurstedler, Francme Sklar, Charlie Fox , Andre" Baune Don 

Lambert Joseph Rampolla, Chuck Kereluck, Paul Anderson. David Leech and David Lebiwitz 

Cassette LOAD/SAVE Problems Solved V 

Modem Time 1 st MTERM II 

Refining ZCOMM (MODEMing) 

TS-2068 to Z-88 Transfer Via Modem 

ZX-91 10 Years Later No.4 



VOLUME 2 



NUMBER 3 



AlFeng 
Bob Swoger 

Don Lambert 
Bob Swoger 
Joseph Rampolla 
Dave Bennett 
Andre Baune 

Fall 1992 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Ken Krack, Alvin Albrecht, Dave Bennett, Hugh Polley, Mort Binstock, 
James CaldwelL Bob Madaris, Gill Parrish, and Joseph Rampolla 
BYTE-BACK MD-68 Modem 
Mineral Oil & The Printer Ribbon 
Mineral Oil & The Edge Connector 



Bob Swoger 

Bob Swoger 
Abed Kahale 
Bob Swoger 



ZXir QLive Aiive! 



28 



Winter 1994 



Resetting Track 0 on Disk Drives 

Writing More Efficiently 

ZX-91 10 Years Later No.5 

New Commands Effective With JLO SAFE V2.6 



VOLUME 2 



NUMBER 4 



Don Lambert 
Bill Harmer 
Andre Baune 
John Oliger 

Winter 1 992 



From The Editor's Desk - LogiCall5.1 
INPUT/OUTPUT - Marvin Johnson and Joseph Rampoila 
.50 TIPS (Programming for the 2068 & Spectrum) 



VOLUME 3 



NUMBER 1 



Bob Swoger 
Bob Swoger 
Don Lambert 

Spring 1993 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Don Berry (Master Scribe), Thomas Simon and David Lassov 
Compound Interest and Investing 
Changing a REM statement in ZX-81 BASIC 
Use Some Hitching Bits as a Flagman 



VOLUME 3 



NUMBER 2 



Bob Swoger 
Don Lambert 
Bill Harmer 
Bill Harmer 

Summer 1993 



SPDOS for RAMEX Mellina K (Disk drive) 
RecordKeeping 

INPUT/OUTPUT - Help! - Terry Graham. Ed Radtke, Wayne Knaust. 

Keep 'em Coming - Greg Newkirk, Dan Elliott Robert Madans, Fred Henn, Alexander 

Sweitzer, William Hanes, Albert Syler, and Les Cottreli. 

QZX Index 

Disk Life 

Disk Life 



VOLUME 3 



NUMBER 3 



Don Lambert 
Abed Kahale 
Abed Kahale 

Abed Kahale 
Alex Burr 
Ted Jensen 
Edward Snow 

Fall 1993 



From The Chairman's Desk - Spectrum AUTOSTART ~~" ~ 

Re-Inking, Ribbon Resuscitation 

Keep' em Coming - Jeffrey Kuhlmann, Daniel Chattin, Dane Stegman and Louis Simon 

Inexpensive Z-88 Parallel to Serial Converter 

Did You Know? (LarKen Tips) 

Tasman 'B' Printer Interface (CPI) 

Index Highlights - Articles 

Public Domain Library Listings 



VOLUME 3 



NUMBER 4 



Don Lambert 
John Wase 
Abed Kahale 
Jay Shepard III 
Les Cottreli 
R. Swoger & L. Kenny 
Abed Kahale 
Abed Kahale 

Winter 1993 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Help - Jack Payne, William Horner, TV & Monitors, Gilliam Parrish 

Keep em Coming - David Lassov, Francine Sklar, Greg Simmons, Quentin Kent. 

MEMOTECH MEMOPAK 64K 

TS-2068 Talks to a PC by Modem 

QL Hardware Project - Monitors 

Tandy CM-1 1 Monitor 

MSDOS to LarKen & MSCRIPT 

D.U.S. Disk Utility Software 

Turbo Switch for the ZX-81 

Using 16K MEMOTECH MEMOPAK 

Public Domain Library Update 



VOLUME 4 



NUMBER 1 



Abed Kahale 
Abed Kahale 
MEMOTECH 
Abed Kahale 
Bob Gilder 
William Horner 
Les Cottreli 
Don Lambert 
Tony Willing 
Don Lambert 
Abed Kahale 

Spring 1994 



INPUT/OUTPUT - David Lassov, Leon HowelL D. H. Williamson, Gene Ray, D. G. Smith, 
Wayne Knaust, Richard Jelen, Robert Shade, Gilliam Parrish, Rod Gowen, SUGWNY 
Oliger Utilities 

QL Date Gate! - DBEASY - News You Can Use 

LogiCall Review 

TS-2068 - CMOS On Board 

Ni-Cad Charger 



Abed Kahale 
Bob Swoger 
Don Lambert 
Al Feng 
Abed Kahale 
Richard Jelen 
Richard Jelen 



ZXir QLive Alive! 



29 



Winter 1994 



TI MACHINE and the FDD 
QL Video Output Circuit 
QL Woes 

Moving Ramtop in ZX-81 TS-1000 
ZX-81 POKEs and Calls 
Frustrated PC Users Flood the Help Lines 
D.U.S. Cheat Sheet 

Why the Oliger Disk VF with JLO SAFE is the Best for Your TS-2068 
CW Decoder Circuit 



VOLUME 4 



NUMBER 2 



James Brezina 
Richard Jelen 
Nazir Pashtoon 
Anthony Oresteen 
Anthony Oresteen 
Joan Kealy 
Abed Kahale 
John Oliger 
Bob Swoger 

Summer 1994 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Richard Jelen, Edward Snow, Robert Gilbert, Gene Ray, Robert Barnett, 

Robert Hartung, Rod Gowen, David Lassov 

LarKen Disk Interlace Circuit 

QLuMSi v.4.30 

QLUSTer Upgrade 

Relocating Machine Code - TS-2068 

PARTS Inventory 

Did You Try This? 

SNUG Notice 

T/SNUG QL Public Domain Library 



VOLUME 4 



NUMBER 3 



Abed Kahale 
Les Cottrell 
AlFeng 
AlFeng 
James Brezina 
Richard Jelen 
David Lassov 
Abed Kahale 
Paul Holmgren 

Fall 1994 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Wes Brzozowski, Edwin Phillips, Arthur Binstock, Robert Shade, SNUG 

Smith's Chart 

Computus Interruptus - 1 

Batteries for the Z88 

Adjust DATABASE Please 

Information SuperHighway - Modems 

Complex ASCII Rotation 

Z-SI/O RS-232 Serial Interface 

To PRINT or not to LPRINT 



VOLUME 4 



NUMBER 4 



Abed Kahale 
Edwin Phillips 
Wes Brzozowski 
Don Lambert 
AlFeng 
Abed Kahale 
Tim Swenson 
Abed Kahale 
Jim Brezina 

Winter 1994 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Bob DyL David Lassov, Dave Bennett,Wes Brzozowski, Thomas Simon, 

Rod Gowen, NESQLUG, SNUG, Walter Mossberg 

1994 UPDATE! 

A Surprise Box of Tricks - Z88 

Z88 and its Power of Recovery 

JLO with LKDOS Cartridge 

SINCLAIR Rides the INTERNET 

Christmas Return Labels 

Daisy Be Good - 1 

Windows by Shade - 1 

Z88 Batteries 

ZQA! 1991-94 Index to Articles 



Abed Kahale 
Frank Davis 
Hugh Howie 
Hugh Howie 
Bob Swoger 
John Pazmino 
Bob Swoger 
David Lassov 
Robert Shade 
Mort Binstock 
Abed Kahale 




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Winter 1994