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Volume 3 Number 4 



Winter 'OS 



ADDRESS 
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MEMORY MAP 



ROUTINES 



Information and Chairmen — TreaSury Note$ 

A welcome to our New Members 
Input/Output — by Abed Kahale 
From The Chairman's Disk — by Donald Lambert 
Obituaries 




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FILES 

From the Editor 

PC Power Supply for your QL— by Al Feng 
QXL Totes — by Al Feng 
Daisy Be Good V — by David Lassov 
QHJ Freeware 

Annoucing the IKI — by Jack Dohany 
50 Something — Editor 

SUBROUTINES 

Unclassified Ads 
RMG Updates 
ZQA! 1995 Index 



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Established 1991 



ZXir QLive AliveJ © 

The Timex/ Sinclair NorthAmerican User Groups Newsletter 



T/SNUG Information 



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 
R 415 Stone St. 
Johnstown, PA 15906 
814 535-6998 

ZS8 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) 
613ParksideCir. 
Streawood, IL 60107-1647 
708 837-7957 Woric 708 576-8068 

Editor/Treasurer 

LarKen PD Library 
Abed Kahale (CATUG) 
3343 S. Flat Rock Ct. 
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635-6874 

520 378-3424 



ZXir QLive Alive! 

Is the newsletter of 
T/SNUG, the Timex/Sinclair 
North American User Groups, 
providing news and software 
support to the T/S community 

m a VOiurne of four newslet- 
ters per year; beginning with the 
Spring (March) 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 so that 
they can see that we are still active 
out here. We must support their 
seivices whenever possible. 

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

If you have solved a prob- 
lem or you have a problem in 
one of your software or hard- 
ware, please share it with the 
rest of us. 

<As of January 16, 1996, we 
have a balance of $1078.26 

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

ABED KAHALE 
3343 S FLAT ROCK CT 
SIERRA VISTA AZ 85635 



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Article 
Contributions 

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 by hardcopy or modem (300-14.4) 
to: Abed Kahale. 
103457.2440@compuserve.com 

GATOR' s 

TWISTED PAIR 

We have a 24 hour BBS and encourage 
you to exchange mail and contribute to the 
Upload Section. Use it and have fun! I (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. 

For help, contact the S YSOP by leaving 
a message, mail, e-mail or phone. Bob 

Swoger SYSOP — ==GATOR==~ 



Back Newsletter copies are 
available for $0.78 each 
postpaid. 




Robert Sckimke 



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Dear Sinclair friends! 

In the INTERNET news group comp.sys. Sinclair, I 
found the information, that you are running a SINCLAIR- 
TIMEX user group. 

I am a member of the German ZX-TEAM, the last. 
ZX81 user group in Germany, founded first in 1991 ! ! ! We 
have about 73 members and we edit a bimonthly magazine, 
the ZX-TEAM-MAGAZIN, 25 issues until today . Our ac- 
tive members are almost (mostly) hardware orientated. 

Some of our developments are: 

Floppy disk interface (two different solutions) 
Stepper motor control for robotics 
Memory as much as you like, up to one megabyte 
Colour-module from LAMBDA adapted to ZX81 
ZX81 -mailbox 

and a lot of smaller projects 

Some of our members are 
working to develop a hard 
disk drive and LCD-screen. 

I would like to hear about your doings, do you edit a 
magazine? Please send information about your work. 



Perhaps we could share information 

I enclose a (reduced copy) of our ZX-TEAM 
MAGAZIN. It is in German of course, so you will be able 
to see what we are doing. The original issue is twice as big 
(AS) and has 28 pages. Our Dutch member Martin van der 
Zwan intends to publish translations in his 
INTERNATIONAL ZX81 MAGAZINE. 

I also enclose 2 IRC (International Response Cou- 
pon) for your answer (I hope it will be enough). 

Thank you very much for reading my letter. I look 
forward to hearing from you. 

yours sinclairly 25.09.95 

PETER LIEBERT-ADELT 
LUETZOWSTRASSE 3 
D-38102 BRAUNSCHWEIG 
GERMANY 

PS: please excuse my bad English, I had to reactivate it 
for my ZX81 activities 25 years after leaving school. 



Amateurradio: DK4BF @ PK0MAVJNDS.DEU.EU 
e-mail: liebert@gsse.sni.de 

Thank you for informing us of your ZX-Team. 
We both can profit by exchanging magazines. 

Please send us your next copy perhaps un- 
reduced. May be one of our members would trans- 
late your articles so that we can share information. 

Just a note to THANK YOU for your 8/22/95 letter 
and HELP! I do appreciate both. If s sure a comfort to 
know that when one gets "hung-up" there's someone out 
there to help! 

For the record I had gone the FDD power supply 
route some time ago and I replaced the original p.s. with 
one furnished by RMG, However, the balance of the info 
got me out of the bind and everything is "up & operating" 
again. (My Grandson is lost without his 2068 disk drive 
which I can understand). 

So - THANKS AGAIN, ABED! 

Fred Menn 

Amherst, NY 

I have just found out about your Magize throue a 
Company that sells Sinclair periferals. I would like some 
information about your Magize sent to my home. I would 
also like to reseave information on how much your back 
issues would cost to pershes and such. 



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I owen a Sinclair ZX81 and a Sinclair QL. I am more 
interested in the ZX81 though. Please send me all the in- 
formation possable. Thank you, 

JOSE MORENO 
1871 N GLADES DR APT 3 
NORTH MIAMI BEACH FL 33162 



SptemMi^tfei Ij^g^ag es BBS; 

This is to announce the opening of Systems-Oriented 
Language Bulletin Board System. SOL BBS is unique, in 
its use of the Timex-Sinclair model 2068 as a platform for 
data communications. When have you EVER seen a 
complete BBS, run on a 2068 ?? Well, here it is, and it's 
only a telephone call away ! f 

As you might expect, the need for prompt response 
within the constraints of 37000 bytes of FREE memory has 
led to a few compromises. But you should be rather com- 
fortable with the system. SOL BBS features a 64 charac- 
ter-per-line messaging system along with toe-tagging, if 
the SYSOP be absent. Otherwise, MaxCom has a fully 
functional TALK mode for on-line conversations between 
SYSOP and callers. 

The original software, from Ottawa- Hull Timex 
/Sinclair BBS, has been broken out into three versions of 
Larry Kenny's MaxCom. 

First, TERMax serves as strictly terminal software, 
which performs some housekeeping duties. Using an out- 
standing Autodialer to call somebody in TERMINAL 
mode, the user can SEND and Receive Files or just type in 
TALK mode The individual message bases can all be 
squeezed, using TERMax. Communication parameters are 
all selectable here; the Clock can be set or reset here; and 
the Capture Buffer is opened or closed here along with 
sending text files. Arbitrary text files are VIEWed at the 
- message menu. 

For remote operation of the BBS, the NONrelocatable 
code for setting the clock conflicts with TALK mode. So, 
the version of MaxCom for unattended use tags all calls 
with timeON, Elapsed times, and Message Entry Times . 

For attended use, MaxCom implements a full- 
featured TALK mode. 

So; please give us a call and see what the 2068 has 
for the gay 90's. Oh yes, and PLEASE leave the SYSOP a 
message. 

520 884-7667 (Voice) 

520 882-0388 (Data) 

David Lassov 

Tuscon, AZ 

ion 

Hey everyone... 

I'm in the current stages of setting up a new Sinclair 
board down here in Florida, and I would like to get some 
feedback as to what kind of tilings do you want it to have. 
Message base topics, types of files, ect. Please e-mail me 
your comments. Thank's 

Well, my Sinclair BBS is now in operation. If s run- 



ning of a IBM clone, and using tnbbs for the BBS program. 
If s running on a 28.8 baud modem, 24 houers 7 days a 
week.. I am suporting all the Sinclair machines. Thease are 
my file eareas. 

ZX81 uulitys, ZX81 games, ZX81 applications. ZX81 
educational, ZX81 suport text ZX81 mis. and the same 
catigorys for all the other machines, the 2068, Spectrum, 
QL, and the Z88. 1 sofar only have a few for the ZX81 and 
10 megs of games for the Spectrum I downloaded from the 
Internet and some for the Q.L. I need to find somthing for 
the Z88 and the 2068. like it sayed its up and running... 
right now, I sofar have 210Meg h.d. but I'm also including 
some IBM sturlTater so I am going to have to buy a 1 gig 
h.d. for the board. 

Happy new year! I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! and hope to see 
you on my board some day ! Jose 

Oh! ! sorry I forgot to tell you the info., if s called The 
Sinclair Computer Connection BBS 
(305) 945-8274 

Sysop: Jose Moreno < — (me) 

Hope see you all online soon! ! ! ! ! 

Gentlemen, 

I got your names and addresses off a site in Europe 
and wondered if maybe you might be able to help me. Fm 
looking for a schematic of the 2068 or at the very least a 
pinout of the edge connectors. I found one for the Spec- 
trum but I'm guessing that they are dissimilar and would 
hate to smoke something based on faulty knowledge. If 
any of you can help I would be forever grateful! Thanx, 

Kimmy Posey 

kimmyd@bnr.ca or KPosey7382@aol.com 

I can supply you with the schematic as you request. I 
own the tecnical manual. I will need a mailing address. The 
BBS is 708-576-8068 TSgroups are ChicagoAreaTimexUs- 
ersGroup @ Tmiex/SmclairNorthAmericaUserGroups Tnx, 
— ==GATOR==— CENG108@email.mot.com or 
bobs@comm.mot.com 

Hey thanks! My mailing address is: 

Kimmy Posey 
3800 Auburn Ch. Rd 
Garner NC, 27529 

You're a lifesaver! 

To: Timothy C. @afam Swenson at CYM 
Subject: Re: Sinclair 
Hello again Mr Swenson, 

You asked for more details about the ZX81 
program I have written. I'm not sure what sort of 
details you mean. All I can think of is a descrip- 
tion of the requirements and format of the pro- 
gram and a general description. If IVe missed out 
anything send me another message. 

The program is "Masada Class". It 
requires 16k of RAM and so far is only on tape 
although any way of transferring it to disk would 



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be appreciated. The program is a game consisting 

of> 

1 ) Intro , movie, background story, Masacia launch scene. 

2) Stages 1 to 6 - Defend earth city from invaders. 

-Blast off and cross the asteroid belt. 
-Peruse alien cruiser. 
-Attack alien galaxy 
-Destroy alien cruiser. 
-Attack alien home-world. 

3) End movie, alien threat ended, earth saved and a sequel 
chaser. 



If someone wants a copy I would 
be happy to send it to them. $5 to 
cover postage and the tape would be 
appreciated. My address is listed on 
the signature. It might be easier to 
transfer the program to disk and put it 
on one of the bulletin boards so any- 
one interested can just download a 
copy. If somebody could send me a 
method of transferring ZX8 1 programs 
to disk I could e-mail the disk version 
back and save a lot of messing around. 



I hope that covers everything. If the worst 
comes to the worst, I could just mail a tape ver- 
sion to someone who could do the transferal to 
disk format. After all the spare time it took to 
program it, a little extra time and expense is no 
big deal. I look forward to hearing from any in- 
terested parties. Cheers 

simeon. dwyer@stonebow. otago. ac.nz 
SIMEON DWYER 
1 ABBOTS HILL RD 
ABOTTSFORD 
DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND 
ph (03) 4882268 

How about it Ed Snow — ZX-81 
Librarian? gd^ 

Hi. I'm hoping somebody has a schematic, books, 
and/or possibly even a working Sinclair, ZX30 or Mi- 
cro Comp AcroACE computer. Any help is greatly 
appreciated. 

73's Justin NOZZA@NOOBM. #NCKS. KS.USA.NOAM 

JUSTIN L CLARK 

RT 1 BOX 76A 
WILSEY, KS 66873 



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sue of UPDATE! Magazine. 
Previously he mailed a LarKen Dock Board to 
Don Lambert who put it to use without any 
problems whatsoever. 
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108 RIVER HEIGHTS DR 
COCOA FL 32922-6630 




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FROM THE CHAIRMAN'S DISK 9 



Donald Lambert 



Those using our beloved computers are slowly 
dwindling away There are a few that have gotten into the 
fold but not nearly as many as in the past, But a lot of us 
are diehards that enjoy the learning, the using of our 
decidedly limited computers. I. for one, do not want to get 
a major upgrade into a computer that has ail those fancy 
attachments and bookshelf after bookshelf of manuals to 
use the software. Who needs all that complexity? Not I. 

I noted that Bob in the last issue addressed the 
subject of disk speed checker. Well, I guess I will have to 
get it out again and give it yet another try. It is such a short 
program in BASIC but! then if you do not know 
programming then you are lost. I did get it to work with 
the Oliger/LarKen marriage 
but it will not work with the 
pure LarKen system. 
According to the Late Bill 
Pedersen it has something to 
do with the OUT command. 

I went to the Dayton 
ComputerFest but it was not 
user friendly to anyone except 
the MSDOS and the MAC 
and only then to the faster 
machines. The single biggest 
items were the CD-ROMs. I 
saw very few disk drives that 
would work on the T/S 2068 
and of those few they were in 



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workings so far as I could tell, am O. K. But when I went 
from central air to using heat the furnace blower suddenly 
was stuck on while the power was applied to the furnace. 
In fiddling with the controls I managed to loose the pilot 
light and I could not got it to relight. I finally went two 
houses away where a man - that worked for the company 
that installed the furnaces in this area (and they still are 
building houses in the area) lived and asked him to check 
what I was doing wrong. In the process he observed that a 
circuit board on the furnace had apparently went bad but 
he got the furnace to relight. However, he discovered that 
the heat exchanger had holes in it and had to be replaced. 
He did seal the holes temporarily so that we could have 

heat while we waited for parts or 
a new furnace. An estimate of 
parts gave a figure that was quite 
high a sizable fraction of the cost 
of a new furnace and then the 
furnace still could develop 
another problem. So we put in a 
new furnace. NOTE! we did not 
have any noticeable health 
problems from carbon 
monoxide but then the furnace 
was only ran a few times a day. 
So on October 31st the new one 
was installed. Our furnace did 
cost more money than a normal 
furnace since it is an inverted 



the "I don't know if they will work" category I did buy a 
few. And I will have to admit I still have not tested them. 
There were few venders with used disks and one was 
offering used 3.5 disks (720K) at a very low price. I bought 
a tray of them for $8.00 (later an actual count was 144) so I 
am set for that size for quite a while. In fact I am not yet 
using that size. 

Since we were shuffled of to one side we (T/SNUG) 
did got a table and SMUG got two tables and that was the 
entire extent of the T/Sers at the ComputerFest and we 
were not in our usual spot since that was the food venders 
eating area (and the only place to smoke) and it was full of 
heavy smoke. I saw a lot of my old friends but not like in 
earlier years. 

Will I go to Dayton again? I do not know, right now I 
am not sure. I might go for one day, that is drive down 
Friday and FEST and return late Saturday. It will depend 
on who might be there next year. Is it worth the gas, 
motel, meals and the time'? Only time will tells. 

But enough of the sob story. Look at the positive and 
what lays ahead Jack Dohany is still programming and 
maybe more new and wonderful things will come from 
him. And there are others that might have something to 
contribute. There are still those that have just discovered 
that there is a T/S group and are amazed. 

At our house we went through a sort of emergency. 
It could possibly have lead to a tragedy. Our furnace was 



furnace, that is, it is manufactured for a house with a slab 
floor. The air enters the top of the furnace and proceeds 
downward to be heated and exits into and under the 
poured concrete flooring through the air ducts there. The 
furnace, of course, makes noise more so than the old one 
but it works and is safe. 

I took a break from this and copied a cartridge to 
disks, Flight Simulator. I haven't looked to see if this was 
on cassette but I presume that it was. I wanted to send it to 
Bob Swoger and he uses the LarKen LKDOS so how did I 
SAVE it to disks I used the NMI push button save. But 
with the LarKen there is dock board so that is out. What I 
did was pull the LarKen dock board - turned off power of 
course - and with only the Oliger working on my 
Oliger/LarKen disk system I had the cartridge installed and 
powered up and there it was on the screen. I then pressed 
the Oliger NMI SAVE and the disk drive sang a sang and I 
pressed a number key and there it was on disk. I then 
powered down and pulled the cartridge and replaced the 
LarKen dock board and I then powered up and LOADed 
from disk and then I turned off the Oliger and used the 
NMI push-button to SAVE to a LarKen disk and after that 
I changed the name to the LarKen normal naming from the 
NMI-S1.CM to fltsim.Bl so there it is. I had tried to break 
the program after SAVEing but it wipes out. 

I have a bunch of cassettes for the T/S 2068 that I will 
try to get onto disk. To do so I will have to do the 



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DIRectories an paper so that I can compare the programs 
with other similar programs. If they in fact are the I will 
only SAVE one to disk. With the Oliger SAFE disks the 
directory also gives the number of bytes in a program, So if 
the programs from different sources have the same number 
of bytes I can assume that they are the same. That is a long 
term project for me to do. 

I had wrote to Nuts and Volts magazine with a 
question about what size wire to use for the power cable 
between the power supply and the disk drives with a 5 foot 
runs I got all kinds of answers and most are in line with 
what I finally figured from wire tables and the resistance of 
wire, It looks like #16 gauge wire should be adequate. So I 
guess that project has no excuse to not go forward. 
Currently I am using a pair of 67.5 watt power supplies 
(IBM) to operate four full height disk drive. I have four half 
height drivers to use some day, I will reserve them for 
when these drives die or I get more ambition to make a 
new drive case. 

And as soon as I get the interface and the docs from 
Frank Davis I will be trying to use portable disk drives on 
my Z88. The drives are TANDY and are obsolete and I 
asked the local Radio Shack store to play telephone tag to 
locate me a pair. One came from California and the other 
from Washington state. I bought the Z88 from Frank at the 
ComputerFest and have only tested it to see if it worked. 
When the drive interface arrives I will give it a road test of 
some sort. The drives use 4 AA batteries for power and 
have a capacity of 200K. What am I going to use it on? I 
don*t know at the moment. Since I have a parallel printer 
cable for the Z88 I can print out without UPLOADing to 
the T/S 2068. Of course I should get a serial port built so 
that I can upload it to the T/S 2068. 



With regards to the plea for help from Fred Henn on 
the Amdek disk drive case and drives. I so happen to have 
the Amdek manual which is about the drive case and 
power supply plus the disk drives themselves. I have no 
use for it so if I was supplied the postage (it weighs almost 
a pound and half) I could mail it to Fred Henn. If Fred's 
address was in the newsletter I would have wrote him 
direct. 

And now with the colder weather here, yesterday the 
sun shone and the snow came down, but not at the same 
time. So now that outside walking is out of the question, I 
have started using the freadmill. Trouble is I cannot really 
know how far I have gone since I have to take the 
machine's word for it, 30 minutes and it said I went 1.75 
miles. It is boring even I watch/listen to CNN. I will have 
to get into it with 30 minutes every day or at least several 
times a week.. This is called body maintenance and 
regardless it is boring. 

I will go to the Allen County HamFest this corning 
Saturday (November 18th) to see what there is for me in 
the computer line. I have only one item to look for and 
that is a 6 VDC power supply to use for the portable disk 
drive for the Z88. BUT! I will be looking since I do not 
know what I will see or find. 

I was given an Apple IIC computer that does not 
work. It just produces a herring bone pattern on the 
monitor and I was told by someone else that is an 
indication that the video circuit is bad. However, the green 
screen monitor will work with the T/S 2068. I opened up 
the computer and the disk drive does not look like a 
standard drive. So maybe that is out for use on the T/S 
2068. 

1 will now turn this over to the rest of the gang. 0/0 




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From the Editor 



Better Late Than Never 



Due to my relocation after 30 years in the Chicago area 
to Arizona thingsgot a little mixed up, some material for the 
Newsletter was miss-routed but I finally received it the first 
week of January — Happy New Year to you all. 

It was quite an experience, I have/had collected a huge 
amount of items over the years — / might need it some day. 
But when it came to moving some 1800 miles at 450 a 
pound, it was time to get rid of most of it and I did that with 
tears in my eyes. A whole roomful of electronic equipment, 
parts, test mstruments, vacuum tubes, _ ± . 
motorsrtransformers, you name it. I saved 
a little though.. CATUG members were 
first invited to help themselves and the 
rest went by the bye. 

Now that I have been in Sierra 
Vista for two months, I wonder why I 
didn't make that move earlier. The 
weather is beautiful and the air is fresh 
and clean. The temperature has been 
between 59 - 78° at high noon and 
down to 29 - 45° in the wee hours of 
the morning. It rained once QA tT ) and 
snowed once (1 l A") at night but it 
melted by 10 AM About 98% of my 
neighbors are or were in the service 
(retirees), excuse me,m the military, at Fort Huachuca, the 
electronic testing grounds. Very nice, friendly and helpful 
people. The town was established in 1956, everyone is from 
somewhere else. I see the snow capped Miller's Peak, 
9400ft. from my window. Here is a letter that I mailed to 
friends and relations two weeks after my arrival; so if you are 
interested, read on. 

Our Escapade 

It was a long trip, 1864 miles in 4 days; we had to be 
here before the moving van arrives otherwise, I would have 
been charged for storage and unloading. We left two days 
after the movers on Nov. 9, to clean house and put junk out 
for garbage. The hardest part on us and the fully loaded car 
was between Oklahoma City and Albuquerque, NM. It was 
all steep hills and dales, about a 100, some of them about 500 
ft. up and then 500 ft. down with very strong constant buck- 
ing head wind. I let the car coast down as fast as it wanted 
and then up the hill when it shifted down gears and slowed 
down to 60 at the top. We arrived after 3 PM, Nov. 15, got 
the keys and went home to find no electricity and no gas (no 
heat). I called but couldn't get anyone to do anything before 
5 PM. Got candles, put a blanket under and one over and 
slept on the floor. We brought with us blankets, pillows, suit 
cases, kitchen utensils, computer, towels, tool box and a cat. 

Mad and full with vigor, the next day I was on the 
phone again. I had to go first to City Hall to get EfiUSTFD, pay 
deposits for sewer and garbage and get a Certificate of 
Ownership without which I wouldn't get any services from 
others. Called the gas company and was told that they will 
install the meter in 6 days. No way Charlie. I went there, 




asked for the big boss and talked to her. ^This afternoon 1 '; 
she said, after I uttered the magic words; "... we even don 't 
have hot water to take a bath". The electric company will 
connect me sometime in the afternoon, they had put a notice 
on the door 2 days before we arrived that they will turn off 
the power if I don't get in touch with them. The gas man 
couldn't turn the gas on because the hot water heater was 
not connected and had no shut off valve installed. The gas 
range man could not set up the range without electricity. 

Back to the electric company — / want it 
now! The furnace guy could not set up 
the furnace without gas and electricity. 
That was finally done the next day. 
Luckily it was in the 40' s at night and 
the house did not get too cold. 

The moving van arrived at noon 
and finished unloading by 5 PM. Now 
to the unpacking, searching, unpacking 
and where does it or should it go? 
Where did I last see that? 

Everything in the house is made 
to comply with the energy saving laws 
here. The furnace is high efficiency, 
the tasteless odorless water has flow 
controls on all faucets even the toilet 
has a controlled flush, holding the lever down gives a longer 
flush otherwise it is just a spurt. Outside lights work from 
light sensors to turn on 40-watt bulbs even the street lights 
have 300 watts sodium bulbs instead of 500. Well insulated 
house, storm windows and all, just like Chicago. 

The weather is beautiful, 67 to 78° at noon and starts 
cooling down after sunset to 39° - 49° at night with a con- 
tinuous gentle breeze. Windows are open all day except 
when a backhoe is working next door. The humidity has 
been between 26 and 34%. We feel great but tire easily as 
we have not got accustomed to the 4600 ft. elevation. No 
clouds in the blue blue sky except one day when a runaway 
cloud presented us with a few rain drops. The car gets hot in 
the sun, A/C during the day and heater at night. The only 
negative is the yard; I tried to dig to plant; it is like digging in 
concrete. Not only hard red clay but with lots of stones and 
rocks thrown in for good measure. It is virgin desert soil 
never touched by man, no organic matter, no top soil. Water 
just sits on top of dry soil for hours. A stick of dynamite may 
be needed to make a hole for every shade tree I plan to plant. 

People here live at a slow pace and nothing seems to be 
urgent except probably going to a fire. The only newspaper 
is delivered at 3 PM and I get the mail at 1 PM. All the peo- 
ple we talked to are very friendly and all are from somewhere 
else. The postwoman told me she was from Macomb, IL. 
"Arizona is the place to live"; she said, so did the man at Ace 
Hardware and the guy across the street who is from 
Monomenee, Wis. The four neighbors in our court work at 
the Fort; there is a couple of retirees down the street but 
most of them are in the military and would like to retire here. 
Everyone of them offered us help and one of them invited us 
for Thanksgiving. Nov. 30, 1 995 



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PC Power Supply for your QL 



Some FIXes to the QL's power supply or additions 
to make the QL motherboard more stable are best 
described as KLUGEs. Since enough time had transpired 
between when I thought I knew how to read a schematic to 
the present time when I know I do NOT know how to read 
one (remember when a schematic was glued to the inside 
of transistor radios?), and because it seems that I have 
always lived in places where "odd" electronic components 
are not readily available over-the-counter, none of the 
Muges were viable for me. My trouble shooting has 
degenerated to replacing suspected "defective" part; and, 
my repairs are limited to what can be ascertained with a 
Volt-Ohm-Meter (VOM) and fixed with a soldering iron. 
Nonetheless, I managed to come up with a Four Line 
wiring scheme which allows you to utilize virtually any PC 
power supply with your QL motherboard. 
WHAT YOU'LL NEED 

My Four Line [ +5 GND -12 +12 ] wiring scheme 
allows for proper power to the SERial ports and 
microdnves and all (?) attachments to the 64-pin DIN edge 
connector. In addition to a working QL, to implement this 
"project" you will need:any PC-type power supply 

male & female 4-pin connector 

l"length"ofREDwire for +5 

1 "length" of BLACK wire for GND 

1 "length" of BLUE wire for -12 

1 "length" of YELLOW wire for +12 

solder (w/flux) 

soldering iron (preferably, 15 watts) 

snips (fingernail clippers are "okay"!) 

I recommend "lengths" of about 12" (or, more) of 
multi-stranded wire. 

As they say [this is a disclaimer], you attempt the 
described modification at your own risk and neither I nor 
ZQA! can take responsibility for muffs. The skill level 
you will need is modest, but you do need to have some 
previous soldering experience since the space may seem 
limited if you are not used to soldering on electronic 
boards. If you don't know how to solder, or your idea of 
soldering is with a torch on copper pipe, then either don't., 
do this, or find someone who can use a pencil pointed 
soldering iron. 

Since all soldering is done to the bottom of the 
motherboard, at some point, you will need a Philips head 
screwdriver to open the QL case and remove the 
motherboard. Again, if you have trepidation, then DONT 
doit. 

Look at the diagrams. All four diagrams are 
representative views of the back edge of a QL 
motherboard. For clarity, the majority of the diagrams 
have been rendered simply as lines, with the relevant 
portion a closer representation. The enlarged darkened dot 
is the suggested point on the motherboard to solder the 



4y fit Jem 

particular colored wire. 

Do not begin this project until you have compared 
the bottom of the motherboard with the diagrams and have 
a good sense of what is represented. 
WHY I DID IT 

The first time my QL went dead I was obviously 
perplexed. Several months of use had familiarized me with 
the fact that the position of the QL's case behind the 
microdrives would always get warm when running, and 
mine was stone cold. After deciding to void the very 
limited warranty, I opened the case and confirmed that the 
7805 voltage regulator to which the heat sink was attached 
was dead by replacing it with a new one and having my QL 
come back to life. 

Time passed, and after replacing the 7805 for the 
umpteenth time, I knew I had to come up with an 
alternative power supply. It seemed that all the "standard" 
power supplies which were available provided three 
voltages (+12 +5 -12). Because the output for QL power 
supply is AC, the QL Service Manual that I bought was of 
little assistance to me. Time for the VOM. 
WHAT I DID 

Obviously, I felt that I needed to come up with a 

simple Four Line wiring 
scheme which only 
depended on the available 
voltages from a standard 
power supply. 

Beginning at the point 
that I knew the best, I 
soldered a RED wire (+5 
volts) to the trace that the 
7805 voltage regulator 
output was connected. Use 
the flux to tip the ends of 
the four wires before 



Red wire 

( +6 volts) 




attaching them to the 
motherboard - that is, strip 
about a quarter-inch from the 
ends of the wire, dip them in 
flux, add heat them from the 
soldering iron, then apply a light 
coat of solder. Snip ends so that 
about 1/16" of wire remains 
exposed before soldering to the 
motherboard. 

I did consult the QL 
Service Manual to confirm that- 
the middle pin on the power 




Black wire (Ground) 



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connector socket was the ground, and soldered a BLACK 
wire to it. This is a tight space, and perhaps other points on 
the motherboard could be used. 

Using the QL Users Guide and a VOM I found the 
pin closest the QL's power connector socket which 
corresponded to the +12 volt pin on the 64-pin expansion 
connector and soldered a 
YELLOW wire to it. 
Since this was not the 



Yeflow wire(a) 

(+12vdts) 




was 

input pin on the power 
connector, I later 
decided to also feed +12 
volts to that pin to 
provide (stepped down) 
voltage for the 
microdrives and 
whatever else does not 
use "standard" voltages 
(after all, the QL's 
circuitry was designed to 
deal with +15 volts, 
wasntit?). Do you need 
to add the additional^ 
jumper? I really don't ^_ — _» 

know. I can say that whether or not my logic was correct, 
the microdrives seem to operate as before (whatever that 
means!). 

Wiring the -12 volt line was a bit perplexing to me. 
The first time, I soldered the BLUE wire onto the output 
pin of the small transistor (like triode(?)) which generates 
the -12 volts from the AC input This was (is!) a very tight 
space, and I don't think I did a clean soldering job since 
operation of the Serial ports seemed problematic. 

HMMMmmm. 
Eventually, I 
soldered a BLUE 
wire (-12 volts) to 

the largest """"""L 

(trapezoidal) point 
near the 64-pin 
edge connector 
which connected 
to the long trace 
nearest to the back 
edge of the 
motherboard 
behind the Serial 
ports (see diagram) 
arrangement. 

SOME OF THE CHOICES I MADE 

I happened to use the "standard" 4-pin Molex 
connector that is commonly used for disk drives since that 
was what 1 had. 

The wire color sequence I used is: RED - BLACK - 
BLUE - YELLOW. Note that the wire colors "match" 
except for the -12 volt line, 

This may be (is probably!) a bad choice if you" are 
color blind (I am not); but, I presume that if you were to 
mistakenly plug your QL motherboard into a "standard" 4- 




Blue wire 
(-12 volte) 



The Serial ports work with this 



pin Molex that there would be no harm since the -12 
VOLT line would simply be "looking at" a GROUND line. 
However, if you plug in a modified power supply line to a 
drive, you might have a problem with the -12 Volts 
(minimal as it is) being where a GROUND line should be! 
I really dont know. 

To minimize confusion, I Braided the four lines 
attached to the QL motherboard and the Molex plug; 
and also, I Braided the power supply lines its Molex 
socket, too. 

To further ensure visual differentiation, I Twisted 
the "regular" power supply output lines which supply 
power the drives. 

Regardless, match the sequence (voltage and 
color) of the lines from the power supply with those of 
used on the motherboard. If the power supply you are 
using does not have leads, then solder matching 
colored wires to the appropriate terminals (i.e., RED to 
+5, BLACK to Ground^ and so on) and BRAID. 

Although the wire COLOR and Voltage output 
seems to have been standardized to what I have 
described, dont make that presumption if you are not 

using a "new" power supply & case. For example, 

older Leading Edge power supplies used a proprietary 
color scheme; so, don't presume anything. If-or-when in 
doubt, check with a VOM, or have a friend who knows 
how to use a VOM check your power supply's output. If 
you don't know what a VOM is, or how to use one, ask 
someone in your users group. 

If you feel you have successfully wired your QL's 
motherboard, and attached the power supply's output lines 
to a matching socket, then before you re-attach the various 
accessories to your re-wired QL motherboard you should 
test the motherboard with only a monitor attached just in 
case you have muffed the wiring. If your bare QL works, 
then it should work with all its accessories attached, too. 
WHY EVERY QL USER SHOULD CONSIDER THIS 
It should be noted for those who have read this far 
and do not think that it is necessarily worth the effort of 
avoiding their standard, QL power supply that there is a 
probable cause and effect that I will suggest which makes 
it paramount for anyone still using the standard keyboard 
"matrix (old or new) to consider the modification. 
— Some time ago, I had concluded that one of the 
reasons that the QL's keyboard matrices fail is not 
necessarily because SRL was trying to save a hay-penny, 
but because of the proximity of the matrix tails to the heat 
sink (where the matrices tend to fail). That is, simply, that 
the material is prematurely aged by the heat. 

Having said that, the caveat is that handling a fragile 
(i.e., "old") matrix might make it fail; so, this is best done 
with caution unless you are already in the process of 
installing a new matrix. 

Okay, so you're up to the project. You can wire your 
QL before you have a specific power supply in hand. 

You should note that, there are a lot of "salvage" 
power supplies available. I've tried doing this with a lot of 
really strange stuff (i.e., I "wasted" a lot of money on odd- 
ball power supplie s while trying to save m ^qy) nan 

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Elliott has successfully wired a COLECO power supply to 
many QLs. 

Dan's UPDATE! article came too late for me, but just 
as well since the wiring he described employed a multitude 
of lines coming from a modified COLECO power supply 
to some cryptically described "pins" on the QL 
motherboard. WelL at some point, I actually got a chance 
to lay my baby-blues on Dan's handiwork. HMMMmmm.. I 
learned that my confusion in following Dan's article was a 
result of trying to use the QL Service Manual as a guide 
rather than just scanning an actual motherboard. I also 
learned what Roy Barber (QUANTA) had meant when he 
once remarked about engineers tending to use only one 
color of wire! 

The lesson: Do yourself a favor and use different 
colored wire for different voltage values. 

Multi-stranded, colored wire is available from auto 
supply stores or can often be found in the automotive 
section of some national hardware stores. Desperation 
forced me to use some Blue Krylon for my -12 volt line - 
it works. 
QPIane 

The QPIane is a fold-over type backplane with three 
buffered connectors; and, my recollection is that the 
original QPIane, or a close cousin, was available several 
years ago without the AT compatible power connectors. 
Learning that the QPIane now comes with P8 & P9 power 
connectors which correspond to an AT-type power supply 
finally peaked my curiosity enough that I bought one even 
though I probably won't use one until I manage to find a 
"used" (under $250), Super Gold Card. 

The QPIane may not be the answer for everyone who 
wants to use a PC -type power supply. While a Super Gold 
Card does not need to be modified to take advantage of the 
QPlane's power connectors, modifications are necessary 
when used in tandem with either a Trump or standard Gold 
Card disk interface. Call me crazy, but in a worse case 
scenario I would rather have to replace a QL motherboard 
than a disk interface. 

Another QPIane observation I want to make for those 
who are not familiar with IBM compatible PC hardware is 
that PC & AT power supplies (to my knowledge) are not 
wired the same. I "forget" what the precise difference is, 
but after physically modifying my sister's first generation 
IBM PC case to accept an AT motherboard, the 
motherboard didn't work when I plugged the power supply 
into it! The problem was apparently in the power 
connector output lines being sequenced differently than 
that of an AT power supply. Since I didn't have any 
reference material with me to put the power lines in the 
proper sequence, I re-installed the original PC motherboard 
back into the case (and, of course it worked); and yes, the 
AT motherboard did work when it was plugged back into 
an AT power supply. 

I cannot say that your QL equipment will 
successfully survive having 

a QPIane plugged into a "regular" PC power supply. 
When in doubt, check line voltages. 

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DO IT YOURSELF FOLD-OVER 

Part of the downside of the QPIane is the additional 
cost created by the "extra" two connectors which you 
probably won't need. The extra connectors are a throw- 
back to when some expansion cards did not have Thru- 
Ports. Of course, the alternative to "store-bought" is to 
make one yourself. 

Over a half dozen years ago, after much trial-and- 
error ("griashing of teeth" is probably a better description), 
I can say that a fold-over type board should be relatively 
easy to cobble up; but, it requires acquiring the necessary 
parts (connectors, perf board, tinned wire, solder, soldering 
iron); and, knowing the easiest way to fabricate it. 

Initially, I tried the "original" Foldover board (Adman 
Services) which failed miserably (for me) for a couple of 
reasons ~ the primary being my tardiness in ordering (my 
issues of QUANTA came about a month after they 
apparently were received in the UK), thus receiving the last 
one (literally) on the shelf which unfortunately had some 
broken traces that necessitated hand wiring some of the 
connections. HEW. Apparently, during soldering at least 
one other trace must have broken (they were very, VERY 
thin), or I had an undetectable solder splash. Regardless, I 
just could never get it to work despite extensive continuity 
checks. 

Okay, so I pulled the connectors, and decided to hand 
wire a "clean" piece of perforated board (Radio Shack). 
WelL I made the mistake of following the lead set by the 
single-sided, printed circuit of the Foldover board, and tried 
to hand wire the 64 (x2) pins on the same side. Let me just 
say that using insulated, wire-wrap wire it got very 
crowded in a hurry. In the end, my "first" home-made 
fold-over board didn't work either; but, I keep it around as 
a reminder of what not to do. 

In a flash of this-is-really-obvious-in-retrospect, I 
determined that the key to successfully hand wiring and 
soldering a fold-over board is to use both sides of the perf 
board. Really. Double-sided soldering can be done with 
the end result being physically quite stable. 

So, all you need to do is to take the first connector 
and straighten the "lower" row of pins (or, bend the 
"upper" row) so they can be inserted into an appropriately 
spaced piece of perforated board. If you do the same for 
the otheT connector, you will find that if properly 
bent/straightened and inserted into the perf board, the bent 
pins will be pointed toward one another on one side of the 
perf board and the straight rows will be accessible on the 
other. I allowed for nine "rows" between connectors. The 
QPlane's first connector appears to be similarly spaced. 

Of course, you want to ensure that the DIN 
connectors are snug to the perf board before soldering. I 
decided to use tinned wire for the connecting wire since its 
slightly heavier gauge is less fragile than the wire- wrap you 
can get from your local Radio Shack (of course, you can 
use insulated wire wrap if you prefer). If you follow my 
suggestion of double-sided soldering, you simply need to 
solder a connecting wire between each pin of one 
connector with the one that lines up with a pin on the other 
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If you have made your fold-over board with tinned 
wire (as I have), I recommend that you "paint" the outer, 
exposed wires to provide some insulation. 

Since 64-pin DIN connectors are rare in North 
America, if you want to try to cobble up a fold-over board, 
you might consider salvaging a matched pair of DIN 
connectors from a QL memory expansion which has a 
Thru-Port since these boards are periodically available for a 
very small amount (try Mechanical Affinity). Removal of 
the DIN connectors from the circuit board is best done 
with either a razor saw or a Dremel-type tool (of course, 
you will want to cut as close to the board as possible). 
YOU CAN DO IT 

I have an internally expanded (512K) QL 
[motherboard modified by Nazir Pashtoon] with the 
described Four Line wiring configuration. Because the 
5 1 2K QL is in the standard QL case, I have left the 7805 
voltage regulator in place so that I can power it using either 
a PC power supply OR a QL power supply ~ there have 
been no perceived conflicts. 

My "primary" QL (with an unmodified Gold Card) 
has been wired to a Speny PC case (100 watt PS) for years. 
Before I bought either the Sperry case or the Gold Card, 
the "same" motherboard was installed in an AT case (230 
watt - excessive for the hardware configuration) and the 
original connector attached to the QL motherboard was a 
salvaged pin set that I recall plugging only into P8 from the 
power supply. 

My QL's motherboard is held in place within the 
Sperry case with two screws whose posts were inserted in 
a 3/4" thick piece of pine cut to fit the bottom of the case; 
and, the edges of the QL motherboard "rest" above the 
wooden platform on 1/8" thick strips of perforated 
hardboard that happened to be handy. 

A home-made ribbon cable extension connected a 
keyboard which used the original QL matrix until I bought 
a Falkenberg keyboard interface a couple of years ago. The 
new, DI-REN keyboard interface (available from 
Mechanical Affinity) would be my first choice, now. 

If you have questions, contact me: 

AL FENG 

914 RIO VISTA CIR SW 
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87105 
READTHISJTOO 

I would like to think that the foregoing is useful 
information for many people within the QL community; 
and, I have to apologize for the delay in getting it into print. 

Prior to the inception of ZQA!, I believe I put out a 
general query regarding interest in an article on putting a 
QL in a standard PC case; but, the only response I got was 
from Peter Hale (then editor of NESQLUG's newsletter). 
The problem with NESQLUG's newsletter was my 
perception that the article would necessarily need to be 
broken up (i.e., re-written) into episodic installments due to 
its length. So, for various reasons, I never got around to re- 
writing (nor, sending) a version of the original draft. My 
belated apologies. 

Shortly thereafter, I spent my "lost year" in the 
hinterlands of New Mexico. My QL was packed away for 



the majority of my sojourn. Time passed, and the article 
was pretty much forgotten. 

Eventually, I must have interpreted a written 
comment by Tom Robbins that he was having power 
supply problems; and so, I re-drafted my original article, 
drew up a diagram, and sent it to him since he co-authors 
"QXL in Command" (in IQLR). I requested that Tom 
advise me if he could not follow it; otherwise, if he had no 
problems to send it off to Bob Dyl (IQLR's 
editor/publisher). That was November 1994. WelLInever 
heard back from Tom, so I can only presume that he didn't 
have a problem with following the instructions in the 
article. 

While I could only presume that the article was sent 
to Bob Dyl, I eventually re-sent the article in April along 
with three others directly to IQLR. The US Postal service 
did NOT return my envelope, so I can only presume that 
IQLR received the articles. Well, that certainly makes Bob 
Dyl's lament about the lack of articles a few months ago 
ring hollow, doesn't it? 

Of course, in theory, it is the perogative of any editor 
to exclude information from their publications, particularly 
if the writers are being paid for their articles; but, it seems 
obstructionist to the better interest of the Sinclair 
(particularly, QL) community to omit an article such as this 
one unless the information was found to be grossly 
inaccurate-or-incorrect. 

Well, perhaps Bob Dyl has a "vision" of how the QL 
community should directed. Perhaps he thinks that 
information which "competes" with commercial products 
should be suppressed. Perhaps he thinks that only articles 
written by his by his friends should be included. Or, is it 
something else? 

Perhaps you bought a QPlane and are satisfied with 
the idea of cutting and soldering on your Gold Card. 
Perhaps you have urilimited funds that don't infringe on 
any portion of your household budget so that you would 
prefer to buy one of the over-the-counter QL-in-a-box 
packages instead of saving some money. Perhaps you 
consider yourself simply a regular person to whom the way 
of the world can be dictated by those who would like to be 
thought of as the cognoscenti. 

Regardless, I know that I would be miffed if I had 
been looking for this information on wiring a QL 
motherboard to a PC power supply, and later found out it 
was excluded from print because of some unwritten, 
quixotic editorial policy. 

And, that is the real pity because IQLR has 
apparently provided an excellent forum to a geographically 
diverse number of QL users. It seems that most of the 
articles are informative - even if many tend to hawk 
particular products - since they are usually written by end- 
users. Still, this episode begs the question: How many 
other articles and how much other information has been 
excluded for reasons that one can only speculate upon? 

IQLR's editorial policy is ambiguous at best (I 
remember once reading the proclamation that every article 
submitted had been printed just about a year before the 
lament that there was a dearth of articles) and has certainly 



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become provocative at worst. 

You have "one side" of the story about the history of 
this article. If you want more information [i.e., the "other 
side" (if there is one)], put your queries in the proper 
(and/or, telephonic) forums. Discuss this with other 
members in your users group, hi particular, you owe it to 
yourself to get explanations and answers if you are an 
IQLR subscriber. 

I don't tele-communicate since I try to spend most of 
my time in the Upper Paleolithic and early Holocene -- in 
other words, I can only shout what I know from the house 
tops and hope that someone else hears what needs to be 
said; and hopefully, those of you out there who do care 



about the direction of the QL community make it a 
consensus - rather than an individual ~ decision. 

If I did tele-communicate, then I wouid be posting 
this information about Bob Dyl's exclusionary policy on 
QBox and the appropriate site(s) on the INTERNET. 
Perhaps some of you out there will do so. The Sinclair 
community needs to hear from all voices about all its 
facets. What I know is that sometimes the emperor isn't 
wearing any clothes; and, someone has to point it out. 
HAPPY TRAILS, 
AND COMPUTING, TO YOU ... 





by fit Itng 



Neither Santa nor the postman brought me a new copy 
of SMSQ for Christmas; and so, I'm still plugging away 
with the same version of SMSQ (v2.57) that I received 
during the Summer. That should not be considered bad; 
but obviously, the same limitations exist as before with the 
video display being less than 80% of the "available" VGA 
display and the TURBO compiler still not fully compatible 
with SBASIC. 

It may be noted that Jochen Merz's SMSQ/E always 
appears to be a version release ahead of the "standard" 
SMSQ that is provided to QXL users; so, SMSQ users may 
eventually have the keyword DISPSIZE available to the 
QXL with a future upgrade. Whether DISP_SIZE will 
remedy my complaint about the QXL's diminished display 
is unknown. 

A PORTABLE QXL 

Although the QL itself is relatively light (about 3 
pounds), after you add a monitor and other sundries, it 
generally becomes quite cumbersome to transport. For 
many QL users, a (trans-)portable QL has been high on the 
wish list - perhaps, the "holy grail" of QL hardware. 

The fact that the QXL uses a PC as its host means that 
if one can find an AT-class portable with an ISA expansion 
slot then one should be able to have a portable QXL as 
well. 

Laptop PCs with ISA slots are a rare breed because 
they arrived just prior to the advent of the stripped-down, 
sub-ten pound notebook class of computer with which 
they briefly coexisted. Most of the laptop-class of portables 
with the ISA slots were very high end as one may note by 
the Gas Plasma displays which many had. The contrast 
provided by Gas Plasma displays was superior to that of 
the pre- VGA LCD screens of the time. 

The CARDSTAR 486 and the PCIII 4X CD [PC 
Portable Manufacturer, Inc.] are two contemporary laptops 
with ISA expansion slots. The former does not appear to 
be available, but the latter still is (price varies depending on 
screen, processor, memory, etc.; starting at about $1800). 
The former had a monochrome VGA display, while the 
latter is available with either monochrome or color (passive 
or active). I am not sure what the keyboard layout is for 
the CARDSTAR; but, I can report that the PCIIFs non- 
ASCII layout looks awkward. 



The following list of older laptops and portables are 
PCs which should be usable with a QXL card; but, what 
should be may not be. The COMPAQ Portable III and the 
DataWorld PortaComp III have "lunchbox" configurations. 
The information is believed to be accurate; but, actual 
specifications may be better-or-worse than I have 
indicated. 

COMPAQ Portable III 16 BIT (2 - Full length) 
EPSON LT286e 1 6 BIT (1 - Three-quarter length) 
EPSON LT386SX 1 6 BIT (1 - Three-quarter length) 
MYODA LT5200 16 BIT (2 - Full length) 
TANDON LT 386SX 16 BIT (1 - Full) 
DataWorld Data LP/320 16 or 8 BIT (1 - Half length) 
DataWorld Portacomp III 16 or 8 BIT (2 - Half length) 
DELL 316LT 8 BIT (1 - HALF length) 

DELL 320LT 8 BIT (1 - Half length) 

TOSHIBA T3100e 8 BIT (1 - Half length) 

TOSHIBA T3200SX 8 BIT (1 - Full, 1 - half length) 

The original generation of laptops with ISA expansion 
slots appear to weigh between 14.5 and 18 pounds. If you 
are ordering by mail/phone then ask about all of the specs; 
particularly, you should confirm whether the slots are 16 
BIT or 8 BIT. Do not confuse the TOSHIBA T3100SX (for 
example) with the TOSHIBA T3100e or T3200SX. 

CLOSE ENCOUNTER 

I recently had the opportunity to try my QXL card in a 
refurbished EPSON LT286e. The EPSON is probably a 
compromise between the best and the worst from which 
one might choose. From what I am able to glean, the 
EPSON may be the only ISA-portable with a 286 
processor and EGA output ("three" shades of "grey"). 
With the exception of the two, contemporary laptops, the 
rest appear to use an 80386 (generally SX) with VGA 
output (generally 16 shades of "grey"). 

I should note, before getting too tar along, that I 
returned the EPSON I had bought because the screen's 
back-lighting did not always come on. I had been 
promised a "new" replacement screen, and waited three 
weeks for it before calling to find that it had never been 
sent! Consequently, I am still waiting for a "credit memo" 
from the vendor - until then, I will reserve the name of the 
vendor. 

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not only felt heavy, it was heavy. The outer case looked as 
though it had seen much better days. The EPSON'S 
640x480 LCD display (11") can be considered an adequate 
(not measured) QXL display ~ the screen was supposed to 
be "clean"; but I've seen better. While the display in 
"inverse" mode appeared cleaner, recollection is that it only 
provided two shades; and, this could result in critical drop- 
out as RED is translated to BLACK, etc. 

Because there appear to be only "three" shades of 
GREY (I think there are actually "four" shades), whatever 
was RED on your QL is GREY on the EPSON'S 
monochrome, LCD screen and whatever was GREEN on 
your QL is translated as WHITE - or, invisible! I think 
BLUE is translated as a paler grey. If you are familiar with 
SKYGLOBE, I will mention that the EPSON ran the 
program (configured for a VGA monitor) without any 
apparent problems. 

The EPSON has an external MDA/CGA/EGA hookup 
plus an external keyboard port. The 40 meg. hard-drive is 
removable, and I would suspect that almost any 2.5" or 
3.5" IDE drive could be substituted if you wanted a larger 
capacity. 

The keyboard felt crisp and looked "new"; but, the 
layout of the non- ASCII keys is a bit odd (but, I think the 
layout of the original AT keyboards is odd, too; so, you 



have to be the judge of what is acceptable for you). 

The AC/DC transformer plugs onto the back of the 
humongous battery pack which must weight four-to-rive 
pounds. Since I did not receive a manual, I can only 
suppose that the transformer can be attached directly to the 
computer. I'm not sure how long it takes to charge the 
battery, but I am sure that based on the battery technology 
available that each charge only "lasts" for about two hours. 
Details are hopefully available from EPSON. 

The EPSON LT286e could be a lot worse; and, it is 
certainly very usable as is. There are limitations, and 
whether or not those limitations would preclude your using 
it as the host for your QXL depend on your own 
sensibilities. Because aging eyesight is forcing me to prefer 
a "good" (easy to view) screen, I don't recommend the 
EPSON LT286e; but, the EPSON LT386SX may (should?) 
have a VGA screen with at least 16 shades of grey; and, 
this "upgrade" would be worth looking for. 

The bottom line is that despite the fact that the EPSON 
LT286e worked with the QXL card, if it weren't for the 
flaky screen, I might still have it; but, all things considered, 
I guess I'm still looking for a portable ISA host for my 
QXL card. 

HAPPY TRAILS, 

AND COMPUTING, TO YOU ... 



DAISY BE 600V - V 



by David Lassov 



Look HERE, you guys ! ! We hear, that some of you have 
DAISY software, but are not following along in these 
presentations, which are designed, to get you to use this stuff, 
or, at least, TO TRY IT ! ! 

DAISY is more flexible than MSCRIPT, and it leaves nice 
margins at the bottom of the page, which T AS WORD doesn't 
do.W So, get out your disc, named Daisy #1, and do an 
AUTOSTART. A tune plays, and Bill Jones' banner comes on- 
screen with an invitation to "PRESS A KEY...". At this point, 
we always press "3", because what follows becomes so 
automatic and easy to remember. 

The MAIN thing to remember is, that we are now 
describing (in an initial fashion, which can always be revised by 
recourse to Format Menu, as discussed last time,) the print 
parameters to use, upon print-out of our masterpiece, or other 
document. So, we press "3", or something, then "2" for our dot 
matrix printer. 

We are using an AERCO CP I, and a punch of "1" tells this 
to the software. The dip switches are set to wait for software- 
generated line feeds, and we punch "y" in response to the next 
question. 

We like both margins justified, and answer the next 
question in the affirmative. The first line of all our paragraphs is 
indented by 5 spaces. 

The software stores up all the above formatting 
information and sends it out the printeT port (127.?) to the 
printer. Thus, the software tests for printer-ready, before 
sending it out. So, from the outset, "PRINTER MUST BE ON"., 
connected, and ready to go. 

After sending out the information to the printer initializing 
Daisy, the main menu, Function Menu, comes on-screen. We 
summarize all the foregoing, by saying LOAD Daisy and punch 
3,2,l,y,y,y. 

The first four articles in this series have discussed the first 



three entries of the Function Menu. Hence, this, the fifth article, 
discusses the Data Status Menu, as that which happens, when 
you punch "4" at the Function Menu. 

WelL if you punch "4" now, you get the description of the 
occupancy status of several strings in an empty, or thus far 
unused, software. That's all right, and we can tell a lot about this 
interesting Data Status Menu and about the Daisy software, 
itself, as distributed by Frank Davis. 

For example, the column on the left indicates, that a$ 
contains exactly 1 character, a blank right now. There are a lot 
of empty strings, right now, but fS contains a string of 85 
characters: "I would appreciate whatever information or 
suggested references that you can provide." 

These strings can all be used for temporary storage of 
printable information, which can be inserted many times in the 
composition of a printable document. Thus, we want to be able 
to keep track of the availability of various strings. 

H$ and 1$ are both string arrays, which combine to contain 
the printable document. Thus is listed the number of paragraphs 
and the number of characters in both H$ and 1$ FREE=19887 
indicates a free RAM of almost 20000 bytes for that many more 
characters in the document When we are through reading this 
menu's information, we can get back to the Function Menu, by 
pressing ENTER. 

Performing a BREAK, while this menu is on the screen, 
traps us into answering the question, whether we desire to 
CLEAR variables and LOAD a complete, new set of variable 
values. If NO, then we return to the Function Menu with 
nothing changed. If SO, then we are asked for the number, 
from 0 to 4, of a data disc, containing sets of variable files. The 
data disc is catalogued, and files with extension .C2 are listed. 
Variable files have a five-digit number for the name, and these 
five digits plus the extension indicate which variable file is to be 
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Incidentally, the five digit number gives the length in bytes of 
the particular variable file, by saving the variable file. 

Also shown on the Data Status Menu is whether MAIL 
DATA is on board (YES or NO), which can be used for MAIL 
MERGE, while printing the document. In addition to the many 
strings, listed for data storage, k$, p$, and v$ can be so used. 

Lastly, "3579" denotes the BASIC line number to GO TO, 
in order to get the Data Status Menu on the screen.. 

Please, refer to the following article for the behavior of the 
Data Status Menu, in the case of lots of data on-board. 

Otherwise, we'll pick up next time with discussion of the 
all-important Data Management Menu, for employing LKDOS in 
the management of scarce memory resources. 

All right, you guys. Now, that we have hacked our way 
through that stuff in Bill Jones' Daisy, as distributed by Frank 
Davis, sit back and relax, as we regale you with tales of our new 
and improved version of Daisy, which we have broken out into 
four separate versions, for the purpose of SPEED, SPEED, and 
more SPEED. 

First, we load the RAMDISK with all the menus, some of 
which have been compressed. Then, we LOAD the 
AUTOSTART file on drive #0 for the MAIN MENU and punch 
"2" for Input-Edit. 

Up comes the Function Menu, as the dock port switches in 
as a branch. By the way, the value of TURBO is shown as "1". 

We punch "4" for the Data Status Menu and get an empty 
version, as before, since nothing is LOADed. The only real 
difference is, that we have managed to scrape together a FREE 
of 20495, which allows us to process documents of almost 
another screenful of information. 

So, we hit ENTER and get the Function Menu back on the 
screen immediately. Now, we hit "1" for "Input-Edit" and the 
QUICKIE MENU comes on immediately. We key-in "<" to Load 
Dbase, follow with "1" (for H or I data base), since we have no 
desire to LOAD another variable file, although that is another 
way to go, should we already have a set of variables, set up with 
the document information, we have in mind. Thus, we hit "1", 
and input a DATA disc on drive #3. Next, the disc is 



catalogued, and the question is asked, whether we want to load 
H$, 1$, or Both. 

Since we want to load up for demonstration purposes, we 
indicate "Both". Next, a BEEP sounds with a request for file 
number, to be LOADed. We ENTER "400" and drive #3 grinds 
away, as files "400. AS" and "401. A$ are LOADed into string 
arrays h$ and i$, respectively. The QUICKIE MENU comes 
back on-screen quickly. From here, we get the Function Menu 
on-screen immediately, by hitting "4." 

Let's look at the Data Status Menu, by hitting "4" at the 
Function Menu. It branches right in, and indicates all strings 
empty, except for a length of 1 for u$. u$ contains a blank 
character. Contmuing, we see 7 paragraphs in an H$ of length 
4928 and 3 paragraphs in an 1$ of length 2112. Apparently, all 
the paragraphs are of length 704, containing an exact screenful 
of information. And, Oh Yes, FREE RAM has been reduced to 
10648 bytes. 

Now, let's go back to the MAIN MENU, AUTOSTART in 
drive #0. Punch up ManlAd by hitting "0." Then, after the httle 
song and our Daisy banner comes up, we charge on to the 
Function Menu, by initializing Daisy with 3,2,l,y,y,y. Note 
Turbo=3. A punch of "4" shows Data Status Menu, where 
everything is empty, but FREE is already reduced to a 
dangerously low value of 6984. For. Daisy manipulates a lot of 
strings, and such data processing uses FREE RAM only. Which 
is a very good reason for avoiding string operations as much as 
possible. 

Next, let's go back to the MAIN MENU on drive #0 and 
punch up PO+MM, by hitting "1." After the httle tune, we get 
the Function Menu, by hitting 3, 2, l,y, y, and y in succession. 
Note Turbo=2. The Data Status Menu is unchanged, except for 
FREE=15863, enough for print-out and mail-merge file). 

Lastly, let's hit "3" at the Main Menu and bring the 
Function Menu right up. Note Tubo=0. Pressing "4" gives an 
immediate Data Status Menu, which shows a FREE = 28199. 

Next issue, we're going to have a lot of fun, describing 
how the LOAD Menu and SAVE Menu combine to conserve 
memory (the DELETE Menu). 



QHJ Freeware 

What: QHJ Freeware is a freeware/shareware distribution service for the North American QL 
users. It is not designed to compete with European freeware distributors. 

Why: It has recently dawned on me that there are no freeware distributors in North America. 
Due to currency exchange rates, buying freeware from Europe can be a daunting and a costly 

experience. 

How: All Freeware packages are available as ZIP files. Check the list of files available, add 
up the total bytes, determine how many disks it would take, send the disks plus return 
postage. Return postage should be the same as sending the disks to me. 

The List: Send a SASE, e-mail, or check my web pages. The Addresses for ail of this: 

Timothy Swenson 
5615Botkins Rd. 

Huber Heights, OH 45424-4225 
http://www.serve.com/swensont/ 



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ANNOUNCING: IKI (IbM Keyboard I 



eyboard interface for 1000/2068) by Jack Dohany 



October 13,1995 

IVe been using my IKI and an IBM keyboard with 
my 2068 for seven years, and I love it. I've been wondering 
how to share the IKI with the Timex community, and have 
finally decided just to do it, however I can. 

HISTORY 

The IKI was designed in 1987 by a friend who has 
since retired from the Timex scene and now wishes to 
remain anonymous. I have his permission to publicize 
and/or reproduce his design however I wish. We owe him 
a debt of gratitude, I do not intend to profit from his 
design, but only to share it freely. I ask only payment for 
time/materials expended in the sharing process. 

WHAT IT WORKS ON 

The IKI can be used with the ZX80, ZK81, T/S 1000, 
T/S 1500, Spectrum and T/S 2068 computers, It is 
compatible with all interfaces for those computers, It 
cannot be used with the QL or Z88, 

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE 

The IKI works with any IBM XT-compatible 
keyboard. The keyboard must have an XT/AT selector 
switch. The IKI won't work with "auto-sensing" keyboards 
which decide for themselves whether the computer is an 
XT or AT type 

WHY USE AN IBM KEYBOARD? It just feels good, 
that's why. And if you wear it out, you can replace it. 

HOW TO USE THE IKI 

Just plug it in, and type away. You do not need to 
load any software. The IKI works with virtually all 
software: MSCRIPT, TASWORD etc. etc. There are a few 
Spectrum games with which the IKI cannot be used: those 
which require the simultaneous pressing of two or more 
letter or number keys, 

IBM SHIFT key serves as our CAPS-SHIFT, 
IBM ALT key serves as our SYMBOL- SHIFT,' 
IBM CTRL key series as CAPS-SHIFT + SYMBOL- 
SHIFT. 

IBM ESC key serves as BREAK (Caps-shift + space) 
IBM numeric keypad series as a numeric keypad only, 

The IBM function keys 1 to 10 serve as shifted 1 to 0. 

Therefore if s best to use an IBM keyboard which has its 

function keys above the numeric keys, rather than grouped 

on the left side, 

THE FLY IN THE OINTMENT 

The IKI works admirably with word processors and 
other application software. It can be a pain in the keester to 
use when writing or editing BASIC programs, since the 
Sinclair keywords do not appear on the IBM keyboard. 
There are four possible solutions: 

1 . Use the native keyboard for BASIC editing, or 

2. Use a chart or list showing keys and keywords, or 

3. Memorize such a chart, or 

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4. Use my KEYWORD V2.0 program which lets you type 

in keywords letter by letter, 
Solution 4 is the one I usually use when editing BASIC. 

HOW TO GET AN IKI 

Ah. now we come to the hard part: sharing it, I see 
three possible schemes: 

1 . Build one for you, or 

2. You build your own with my help, or 

3. We as a group make a PC board, or have one made, 

SCHEME ONE is not economically feasible. It 
would cost you about $240! That's because it takes about 
20 hours to hand-wire an IKI board. If you're willing to 
pay that much, IH be happy to build you an IKI if and 
when I find the time. If you have more time than money, 
and construction skills, you might prefer Scheme Two. 

SCHEME TWO possibilities: 

1 . Send me a self-address stamped envelope. IH send you 
the IKI schematic and EPROM contents. You will have to 
buy all hardware (about $30) and program your own 
EPROM. This info could also be published in any 
magazine or newsletter that wishes to devote numerous 
pages to it, 

SASE is NOT NEEDED for items 2 to 4 

2. For $10 IH send you the items listed above, plus 
complete construction details, and a pre-programmed 
EPROM. 

3. For $40 111 send you the items listed above, plus all 
needed parts EXCEPT the rear-connector finger board 
which I am unable to obtain, (If you know of a source for 
finger boards, please let me know!) 

4. KEYWORD V6.0 is in the public domain. A disk 
containing it would cost $5, 

SCHEME THREE: Let me know how you can help, 
with time, skill or money, in the production of an IKI PC 
board. If enough people are interested, it may be possible 
to produce an IKI PC board. Self-addressed stamped 
envelopes appreciated? 

October 30, 1995 

The version of KEYWORD that you have is probably 
a very early one, and as you suspect, it was probably 
improperly SAVEd. The latest version is not fussy about 
when it gets SAVEd. and is in all ways much better than 
the original, Will there be a V7.0? Well, probably... if and 
when I think of any improvements. 

The only real problem with KEYWORD V6.0 (and all 
earlier versions) is that if s not compatible with BASIC 
programs which use non-relocatable machine-code-in a 
REM statement, Right now I can't think of any solution to 
that problem other than modifying such BASIC-programs, 
or rather, the code in their REM statements. 

YouH note that no EPROM or schematics of the IKI 
are enclosed. That s because, since the article was written, I 
have come uo with some ideas for imorovements to the 

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IKI design, and I want to try those out before (more or 
less) finalizing the design. 

YouH note that no EPROM or schematics of the IKI 
are enclosed, That s because, since the article was written, I 
have come up with some ideas for improvements to the 
IKI design, and I want to try those out before (more or 
less) finalizing the design. 

You WILL get the IKI EPROM and documentation 
as soon as I'm sure that they are as good as they can be, for 
the present, 

I have great plans for the future. I have finally (after 
years of effort) succeeded in modifying my DEVPAC 
assembler and disassembler so that they can cope with 



LARGE machine-code programs. It is now possible, for 
the first time ever, to re-source, rewrite and re-assemble 
LARGE machine-code programs, such as MSCRIPT, the 
LarKen DOS, and the 2068-And Spectrum ROMs. I will 
now be able to do things that I have only dreamed of being 
able to do. Great tilings are coming, In the fullness of time, 

and yes, Tim ex/ Sine lair still lives! 
Best regards, 

Jack Dohany 
627 Vera Ave 
Redwood City, CA 94061 
415367-7781 



SO Somef hinc 



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CtiLtcM, 




We were born before Television, penicillin, 
polio shots, plastic cards, frozen foods, Xerox, 
contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. We were before 
tape decks, panty hose, printers, word processors and 
guys wearing earrings. 

We witnessed RADAR, split atoms, laser 
beams, artificial hearts, FM radios, ball point pens, 
dishwashers, cloth dryers, electric blankets, air 
conditioners, 
permanent-press 
cloths and man 
walking on the moon. 

We got married 
first and then lived 
together; quaint 
wasn't it? Closets 
were for cloths and 
not for coming out off. 
Bunnies were small 
rabbits and not buxom 
girls, rabbits were not 
Volkswagens. 
Designer Jeans were 
scheming girls named 
Jean and meaningful 
relationship meant 
getting along with our 
cousins. 

We thought fast food was what we ate during 
lent, and outer space was the back of the Riviera 
theater. 

We were before househusbands, gay rights, 
computer dating, dual careers, and computer 
marriages. Before day-care centers, group therapy 
wellness and nursing homes. 

For us, time sharing meant togetherness not 





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computers or condominiums. A chip meant a piece of 
wood or off the old block, hardware was at the 
general store and software wasn't even a word in the 
dictionary. 

Made in Japan meant junk, making out referred 
to how we did on the exam. Cool and hot were senses 
and not a state of mind. 

Pizza, McDonald's, gyros, yogurt and instant 

coffee were unheard of. 

We hit the scene when 
there were 5 & 100 stores, 
where we bought things for a 
nickel or a dime. For a nickel 
IV we rode a street car, made a 

phone call, bought a Pepsi or 
enough stamps to mail a letter 
and two Postcards. We could 
buy a Chevy coup for $600, 
but who could afford one? A 
pity too, with gas at 11^ a 
gallon. 

Cigarette smoking was 
fashionable, grass was 
mowed, coke was a cold 
drink and pot was something 
we cooked in. Rock music 
was a grandma's lullaby and 
aids were helpers in the principal's office. 

We were certainly not before the difference 
between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely 
before the sex change. We were the last generation 
that was so dumb as to think that a woman needed a 
husband and not a test tube to have a babv. 

tiAnt a life.' 



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If you are a LarKen LK-DOS owner and would like to run 
SPECTRUM programs on your system, we will supply a V2 
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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 

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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 
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Timex/Sinclair Users! 

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



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list & price sheets. 
Public Domain Software 

Sell Your Idle Computer & Related 

Items Here 

We also carry extensive PC 

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

RMG Enterprises 

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OREGON CITY OR 97045 

503 655-7484 (1 0AM-7PM Tue-Sat) FAX 503 655-41 1 6 

WANTED: Timex Sinclair User #2&5, T-S Horizons #1, 2, 7, 
1 1, all after #16. Software for TS 1000 or 2068 - Conversational 
German (Sinclair Research Limited), Der Student (J.W. 
Collins), German Tutor (Creitech) or similar programs. 
Machine Code Tutor for the 2068 (Knighted Computers - 2 
cassettes) or similar for 2068 or 1000. 

DOUG WAGONER 
E 4825 ST ANTHONY LN 
POST FALL ID 83854-8812 

FOR SALE: TS-1000, User Manual, 16K RAM module, 9v. 
wall transformer and Game cassette and cables. $15 postpaid. 

GENE RAY 
2388 HWY 36 E 
MILNER GA 30257 

FOR SALE: (1) TS-2040 printer with power supply and a 
roll of paper, works good, $20 
(1) TS-1016 memory packe not tested, $7 
(1) Q-SAVE fast loading device for cassette system. Not 
tested, $5 

(1) TS-1500 computer with power supply, manual, tv switch 
box. Works OK. But needs working keyboard. In Tf 
carrying case $25 

(1) TS-1000 Computer with manual but no TV switch box or 
power supply. Not tested. $7 



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WILLIAM DES LAURIERS 
9926 KRAMER CT 
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46236-1647 

TS-1000 

Software listing offered by Donald S. Lambert. Make offer 
including shipping costs I cannot guarantee that all cassettes 

will load but I can offer to replace with or cassettes as long as I 
have m but you will have to pay shipping on replacements. 

13) Synchro-Sette subscription tape: September 1983 no docs 

15) Synchro-Sette subscription tape: November 1983 no docs. 

16) Ator ABC Gator (Timex) 16K RAM no docs 

17) Backgammon (Timex) 16K RAM no docs 

18) Bat Cage (Timex) 2K RAM docs 

19) Bigflap Attack (Timex) 16K RAM no docs 

20 & 21) Capitalization Master (Timex) 16K RAM Docs 

22) Challenger I (Timex) 2K RAM docs 

23 & 24) Checkbook Manager (Timex) 16K RAM Docs 

26) Critical Path Analysis (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

27) Cube Game (Timex). 16K RAM docs 
29) Flight Simulator (Timex) docs 

31) & 32) Fortress Of Zorlac (Timex) 16K RAM i ntationo 

33 & 34) Frogger (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

36) Grimm's Fairy Trails (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

38) Home Asset Manager (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

39 & 40) Inventory Control (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

42) Language Usage (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

45) Manufacturing Control (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

48) Mixed Game Bag 1 (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

49 & 50) Mixed Game Bag 2 (Timex) 2K RAM docs 

52) Mixed Game Bag 3 (Timex) 2K RAM docs 

53 & 54) Money Analyzer I (Timex) 2K RAM docs 

57) Organizer (VU-FILE) (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

59) Power Pack 1 (Timex) 2K RAM docs 

60) Presidents (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

61) Puzzler (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

62) RAM Runner (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

63) Stamp Collector (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

65 & 66) Stock Option Analyzer (Timex) 16K RAM docs 
67) Super Math (Timex) 16K RAM docs 
68 & 69) Supermaze (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

70) Superdoodles (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

71) Trap (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

72) Trident (Timex) 16K RAM docs 

73 & 74 & 75) VU-CALC (Timex) 16K RAM docs 
76 & 77 & 78) Pac Rabbit (IPS) 16K RAM docs. 

79) Biorhythms and Day Of Week (Softsync) 16K RAM docs 
for biorhythms only 

80) Delphic Toolkit (Thomas B Woods) 16K RAM no docs 

81) Escape From Shazzar! (software) 16K RAM docs 

82) Joystick Games For 2K RAM 6 (Zebra Systems) docs 

84) HOT Z-l 1 (Ray Kingsley) 16K and 64K RAM docs 

85) Inca Curse (Arctic Computing) 16K docs. 

86) Key and "U"TILiTY (Russell Electronics) 16K RAM docs 

87) LarKen Disk Urilities-ZX81 (Public Domain) no docs 

88) Mad Dog Tank Blaster (Thorn Woods) L6K RAM no docs. 

89) Mars Rescue (data-assette) 16K RAM no docs 

90 & 91 & 92) Master-Scribe 1.0, 1.1, 1..2 (Mike Hawks) 64K 
RAM docs 



93) Monarch! (Software) 16K RAM no docs 

94 & 95 & 96) Monster Maze 3D (New Generation Soft) 16K RAM docs 

97) Nowotnik Puzzle (Software) 16K RAM no docs 

98) Printer Driver, Universal (Fred Nachbauar) docs 

99) Programmers Toolkit (Softsync) 16K docs 

1 00) Quest For Holy Grail & Elusive Mr. Big (Softsync) 16K RAM docs 

101) Sort (Thomas B Woods) IK RAM no docs 

103) RAMpager (Calliope Software) 16K RAM no docs 
104 & 105) Supertape (JRC Software) docs 

107) Tool Kit and COPY-CAT (Unknown) docs. 

108) Zombies and Mount Mayhem (data-assette) no docs 

109) ZX Assembler (Bus-Byte) docs 

1 10) ZX Forth ( Forth Dimension) no docs 

111) ZXLRB (Russell Electronics) docs 

1 12 & 1 13 & 1 14 ) Adventure C (Softsync) 16K no docs 
] 15 & 1 1 6 ) Alien Invasion (Softsync) 16K no docs 
1 17 & 1 18 ) Artist Games Tape 2 (Melbourne House) 16K docs 
1 19 & 120 ) Catacombs Games Tape 3 (Melb House) 16K docs 
121 & 122 ) Championship Chess (SoftSync) 16K Docs 

123) Datam aster (Timeworks) 16K part one of docs missing 

124) Disassembler "DAI " Follow directions on screen 

125) Financial Manager & Record Keeper (Softsync) 16K docs 
126 & 127) Flight Simulator (Timex) 16K docs 

128) Graphics Kit (Softsync) 16K docs 

129) HOT-Z II 16K and 64K no docs 

130) HOT-Z II 16K only no docs 

131) Machiine Code Test Tool 16K no docs 

132) Master Scribe Set Of 5 Cassettes no docs 

133) Memotext Cassette (7 Cassettes) Version By Fred 
Nachbaur with help files docs 

134) "MTERM" Communication Program no docs 
135 & 136 & 137) Night Gunner (Softsync) 16K docs. 
138) Pilot (Mindware) 16K docs 

139 & 140) PRO/FILE (Thomas B Woods) 16K no docs 

141 & 142) Pyramid Games Tape 2 (Melbourne House) 16K no Docs 

143) Quest For Holy Grail & Elusive Mr. Big (Softsync) 16K docs 

144) Screen Kit I (Mindware) 16K docs 

145) Shark's Treasure (Softsync) 16K sealed never opened 

146) Space Commando (Softsync) 16K sealed never opened 
147 & 148) Starfighter Games Tape 2 (Melbourne House) 16K 
Docs 

149) Super Chess (Softsymc) 16K sealed never been opened 

150) TS Destroyer & Space Raid (Softsync) 2K sealed 

151) ZXAS Machine Code Assembler docs 

152) ZX Assembler no docs 

153) ZXLRB (G Russell) no docs 

154) ZTEXT (Mindware) 16K docs 

155) Unknown Programs Sent From Australia no docs 

DONALD S. LAMBERT 
1301 KIBLINGER PL 
AUBURN IN 46706-3010 

FOR SALE: Fine deal for someone within driving distance 
of Gettysberg. All of the following to the first person to show 
up with $350 cash and cart it away. Firm. 
3 TS-2068's 

1 TS-1000 

2 2050 Modems 
2 2040 Printers 



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2 Color Monitors 
1 B/W Monitor 
Many, many magazines and books with the bulk of them 
going back to the early 80' s. 
2 spectrum Emulators and other Chips. 
100's of programs including many in their original boxes. 

You will not be disappointed. We need the space. And 
we are in the Gettysburg telephone directory and live 8 miles 
southwest of Gettysburg. 

PAUL ROBINSON 

121 FRANKLIN ST 

FAIRFIELD PA 1 7320 

TVS Related Equipment For Sale 

GROUP I (Jack Maher"s equipment): 

1) Sinclair QL Computer system (original package like new). 

2) T/S 2068 Computer in original factory box (never used). 

3) T/S 1500 Computer system (original package like new). 

4) ZX8I Computer system (like new). 

5) 3 T/S 2040 Printers (original packages like new), 

6) 38 Rolls printer paper for T/S 2040 printer. 

7) Switching power supply (18, 12, & 5vdc) no disk drive 
connectors and the wattage is not known. 

GROUP 2 (my equipment): 

8) 2 T/S 2068 Computers (never used complete in original boxes). 

9) T/S 1000 Computer (never been used in original box). 

10) SANYO DM-2112 Monochrome monitor (used) will 
work with the T/S 2068 computer. 

11) Thomson 4120 Color monitor (used but like new) will 
work with the T/S 2068 computer. 

12) IBM 5151 Monochrome monitor (used) has IBM 
connector so probably is for that computer only. 

13) T/S 2040 Printer (used) complete with p/s and docs. 

14) LarKen disk drive system (never used) for T/S 2068. 

15) Westridge modem with power supply 

16) Timex 3" disks (used) including one identified as: 
CP/M vers. 2.2 & monitor emulator (never used and 
includes docs. Timex user's guide to CP/M and Digital 
Research CP/M operation system command summary). 

1 7) Oliger EPROM programmer system (never used) 
includes supporting documentation and EPROM 
programmer board assembled by supplier. 

Make offer including shipping costs: 
FRED J HENN 
230 N FRENCH RD 
AMHERST NY 14228-2033 
(716 691-9495) 

BONANZA 

13 Year Collection of T/S Computers 

1 - ZX81 W/external keyboard and PS, (working condition but 
no case for kybd) 

2 - T/S-000's both upgraded w/comp. video, and 16K RAM 
built in (docs Incl.) 

one has 32K RAM (16Kx2) and one has 64K RAM (16Kx4) 
designed for battery backed operation. Includes two PS, 
manuals and one Load Aid. 

5 - T/S- 1500s Including four manuals, four PS , three 16K 
RAM packs. 



1 - L/N with all cables in original box. 

1 - Mounted in full size kybd, enclosure with comp. video and 

load aid. 
1 - With composite video. 
1 - With full size kybd, but no enclosure. 
1 - with bad kybd. membrane. 

1 - PC8300 (T/S-1000/1500 clone) includes PS but no case or 
manual. This unit has been modified for full 32K user RAM 
built in and will load and run any std. T/S-1000/1500 
program. Sound can then be added as this unit has full 
sound capabilities. Programs SAVEd on this machine will 
not LOAD into TS machines, they must be typed in. (in 
working condition but no keyboard, but with comp. video) 
(All units in working condition except as noted because of 
missing parts. Also all T/S machines comp. video outputs work 
into most TV with AUX. or monitor input or into VCR video 
input).CAUTION--Check all comp. video outputs before using 
- writer not responsible for damage to user TV/monitor or 
VCR. 

Included Are The Following Software On Cassette: 

Original T/S titles; Chess Frogger, The Gambler, Mixed 
Game Bag 1 and 2, Power Pack 1, States and Capitals , Super 
Math, The Loan/Mortgage Amortizer, Critical Path Analysis, 
Inventory Control and Biorhythms. 

Original R. A. Jelen titles; (authored by writer) 
NUMBERS Allows 1 2, or 3 players and solving from 3 to 9 
digit numbers using the guessed no. of digits=R and the digits 
in proper sequence=S mode of play ordering and scoring. 
SCRAMBLE - Uses word variable list and scrambles in large 
letters to screen, up to 3 players(6 or 9 in teams) with score 
clock. 

PHRASEQUEST- 3 players with play control and scoring 

similar "Wheel of Fortune", but keeps track of used letters. 

Tic-Tac-Toe - Large graphic display, for 1 player against the 

comp. or 2 players against each other. 

HANGMAN - Standard favorite kids game with large graphic 

display and keeps track of used letters. 

VIDEO - Keeps track of video library or cassettes, CD's, books 

etc. Easy menu driven data entry up to 32 chars., and prints to 

2040. 

PART - Keeps track of large no. of items, prints to 2040 
FILE - Home inventory control, keeps track of household 
goods such as TVs, VCRs, with cursor control data entry, 
MONEY - Interest compounding program. 
CALCULATOR - Turn computer into an adding machine. 
PRINT - Plot print program - input letters and watch them print 
large to screen. 

All above looking for a good home. $75 plus $20 shipping, 
ground US only. Large box 45#. It is ALL or NOTHING 

R. A. Jelen 
11443 Island Rd. 
Grafton, Ohio 44044 
or call (216)748-3830 if you have any questions. 

From Scotland 

MOTIVATION 



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The New Name in Sam Coupe Software 
Zenith Graphics & MOTIVATION presenis 
Edition 1 £4.00 Or all 3 editions for £10 
Edition 2 £4.00 

Edition 3 £4.00 Plus an extra FREE disk 

called EXTREME (Issue 0) 
The Edition Trilogy of disks are packed full with loads of 

good, addictive and playable games, demos plus 
amazing utilities and if bought with Extreme, you'll also 
enjoy many scarce and some never released programs! 

Single Extreme issue costs only £1 .75 
So don't delay — - Post today 

We are looking for contributors who are willing to send 
us exclusive programs to be featured in future issues of 
Extreme. We can't promise you any payment (yet) but 
we will send you a free copy of every issue of Extreme 

that your program appears in. 
We want to act as an outlet where we can put new Sam 
Coupe owners in touch with other Sam owners and 

organizations. 

Spectrum software on tape 
We are now selling NEW Elite utilities: Notepad 
1.0 (WP), Prowriter (Notepad 2.1), Dirman 
(51 2K only) £4.99 

Please send your money orders and contributions to: 

ALEC CARSWELL 
MOTIVATION 
16 MONTGOMERY AVE 
BEITH AYRSHIRE KA1 5 1 EL 
UNITED KINGDOM 



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Jack Dohany (Developer - 2068) 
627 VERA AVE 
REDWOOD CITY CA 94061 

John McMicael (Developer - Graphics) 
1710 PALMER DR 
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Bill Ferebee (TS-1 000/2068) 
MOUNTAINEER SOFTWARE 

749 HILL ST 9 
PARKERSBURG WV 26104 

304 424-7272 

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RR1 BOX 539 
CENTER HALL PA 16828 

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

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SHARP'S COMPUTER CENTER 
7244 MECHANICSVILLE TPKE 
MECHANICSVILLE VA 23111 
804 730-9697 FAX 804 746-1978 

SUNSET ELECTRONICS (TS-1 000/2068) 
2254 TARAVAL ST 
SAN FRANCISCO CA 94116 

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



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P.O. Box 17 
Mexico, IN 46958 
317-473-8031 



Software 
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TS1000 
TS2068 
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Yearly Subscription 

Now is the time! Send us 12 #9 or #10 (legal size) self- 
addressed-self-stamped envelopes and we win send you a pack 
of information and list of items for sale once a month — for 

one year. 

More Items That Would Like To Find A New 
Home! Read This! 

1 PC to QL Monitor adapter (use QL monitor on PC) Like your QL 
Vision monitor? Want to use it on your PC? This adapter w/ps will 
allow you to do that with any CG A output. $40 
1 TS-2068 In Wooden Case w/Large KB/Reset/More $55 pp. 
1 DMP 430 15" Dot Matrix printer (Good Shape) $75 pp. 

For Above Items Please Use Reference # DSU1190 



1 BSR 1200 BAUD External Modem Like New! $25 pp. 

1 TANDY CoCo Package $35 pp. 

1 Composite Monochrome 12" Monitor $40 pp. 

1 TS-2068 w/monitor cable for RGB $65 pp. 

1 LarKen DOS disk package: 2 FH drives in case w/PS, LarKen 
controller and cart, cables $150 pp. 

For Above Items Please Use Reference # REGU0591 

1 TS- 1000 In KRADLE Keyboard w/added RAM $90 

A real Collector's Item! 

1 Melbourne House Software Pack 8 Pieces $25 

1 SOFTSYNC Software Pack, 9 Pieces $25 

1 Software Farms HI REZ Software Pack, 3 Pieces $20 

All 3 Titles For The 1000 

1 TIMEX Software Pack, 3 Pieces $ 10 

1 Magazine/Book Pack 3 Books/21 Mags $25 

For Above Items Please Use Reference # FRSU0792 

1 MIRACLE QL Printer Interface $35 

1 QL Technical Guide $10 

2 AERCO FD 68 Disk Interface w/256K RAM $100 ea 
1 COLECO Power Supply For Use With FD 68 $5 
1RITEMAN 9 Pin Dot Matrix Printer $115 
Includes: Tractor/Roll Feed w/8 Ribbons Graphics Compatible 

For Above Items Please Use Reference # RDSU0393 

1 Timex Sinclair 1000/ZX81 Users Manual $2.50 
1 The Timex Personal Computer Made Simple $2.50 
1 Mastering Your TS1000 Personal Computer $2.50 

Collector's Items 

LIPINSKI'S Software Buyefs Guide To TS Products and Services 



In Loose Leaf Binder $10 pp. 

For Above Items Use Reference # HCU0793 

CNSN 3 Last Updated: September 16, 1995 
Here Are A Few Great Items For You Collectors! 

1 TS 1000 16K RAM, Manual p/s, MTNOT adaptor $25 
1 Memopak 64K $27.50 
1 Digital dual disk drive w p/s/fan/case/2 drives 40 tr. SS/DD 
5.25"(Aerco FD/ZX) w/Aerco Centronics interface w/docs. Bill Boss 
DOS on disk for the TS1000. This requires the MINOT adaptor. 
PRO/File on disk, 6 Disks with many programs. $225 
1 TS2040 Printer in original box $20 
1 Memotext Module $20 
1 Memotext on disk by F, Nachbauer $20 
1 Memocalc Module $20 

1 Memotech HRG Module Never used w/book below Graphics A to 
Z Bingham explains HRG $30 
CASSETTES 

2 ea. Prog. Tool Kit/Graphics Softsync $4ea. 

1 Krakit/ 2 Frogger $4 

2 ea. Budgeter/States & Caps $ 1 ea. 
1 Algebra 1 $3 

1 Carpooler $1 
1 ea. Strategy Football/Puzzler/Graphic Golf Crosswd $2 ea 
1 ea. Organizer/Home Asset mgr $2 ea. 

AB Of The Above For Only $4.50 flncludes Shipping) 



1 Memotech Centronics interface 
1 Cable for above 
1 Advanced budget mgr. Softsync 



$30 

$7.50 

$4 



1 Execu Soft 7 software prgms for the small business: 
1 Customer Credit 1 General Ledger 
1 Execu Diary 1 Address and Phone File 

1 Accounts Payable 1 Accounts Receivable 
1 Inventory 3 Blank Cassettes/data 

All in plastic binder $30 

For above unit use reference #HCU0793 



CNSN 11 



Last updated: October 12, 1995 



And Here Are More Collectables 

1 TS1000 P/S, 16K RAM 2040 printer FileSixty Keyboard $50 

The following are $1 Each 
1 Home Asset Manager 1 Home Improvement Planner 
1 IRA Analyzer 1 Nowotick Puzzler 1 The Gambler 
1 Stock Market Tech Analysis I 1 Stamp Collector 
1 Computer Coach 1 Grimms Fairy Trails 



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1 The Cube Game i Chess 1 Stock Market Game 
1 VU-Calc 1 Coupon Manager 1 Conversational Spanish 
1 Checkbook Manager 1 The Gambler 
1 The Starter 1 Money Analyzer I 1 Money Analyzer II 



IZXPRO/File 
I PRO/File 1000 

1 Ten Good Games (Savage Software) 
1 Trader Jack (Savage Software) 



$10 
S9 
$9 
$9 



All Of The Above Items Can Be Yours For Only $95 

For Above Unit Please Use Reference # HCU0793 
8 TS 1000 Computer Paks with p/s, man., cables, 10 s/w $28 ea pp 
3 TS1000 Computer with external keyboard, cable, printer and 10 
s/w $30ea.pp 
1 TS 1000 computer w/extra PC board and p/w $ 15 pp 

1 TS1000 computer w/p/s, man. cables and 10 s/w $25 pp 

1 TS2068 Manual $5 pp 

54 Assorted TS Magazines $20 pp 

For these Items Use Reference # JDU0795 

CNSN 12 Last Updated: September 10, 1995 

Here Are Some Items Just In! 
TS-1000 Hardware: 

1 TS-1000 Complete Original Box $17.50 
1 TS-1000 In Suntronics KD 81 Keyboard Direct Video Output 
Cables and Manual $45 
1 PC8300 (TS-1000 Clone) Not Working, No P/S $10 
6 TS 1016 16K RAM Packs ALL FOR $12 Or each $4.50 
1 TS-1000 ROM Demo PC Board $12.50 
1 ZDubber Tape Filter/Copier For TS 1000 $10 
1 MEMOTECH HRG (High Res. Graphics) Pac $22.50 

1 William Stuart Systems Speech Recognition/Sound Board 
Interface (Not Working) $15 

2 TS-1000 Power Supplies Both For $10 $5.50 ea 
1 Molded Plastic Briefcase For TS-1000 Package Holds 
TSlOOO/Power Supply/Cables/TV Switch/RAM Pack/Manual and 
Cassette Tapes $17.50 

TS-2068 Hardware 

1 TS-2068 Complete In Original Box Includes: Crazybugs 
Cartridge/States & Capt. Cart $55 

General TS Hardware: 

2 TS 2040 Printers with power supplies $40 or $22.50 ea 
1 TS 2040 Printer With No Power Supply $ 10 

1 AERCO Centronics printer interface w/software $40 

1 WINKY Board II Tape Filter $8 

1 Dual 5.25" Disk Drive Package w/Case and Power Works With 

Both LarKen 1000 and 2068 1/Fs $95 

1 TANDON TM 100 4 5.25" Full HT 720K Drive $ 15 

For Above Items Please Use Reference # TWIJII94 

CNSN 13 Last Updated: October 14, 1995 

Package A 

All items on this page and page CNSN- 16 go as one package! 
All for only $250 Postpaid? 

Hardware: 

1 TS 2068 Computer (Manual power supply, cables) Power 

supply; 13v fully regulated $50 

1 Suncom TAC-2 Joystick $10 

1 Commodore 1702 Color Montior $90 

1 Mitsubishi 3.5" SSDD (400K, 80 Track) in case with power 

supply and cables. 1 Larken 2068 Disk Drive Interface W/v.L3 

ROM $200 

1 Aerco CP-68 Parallel printer interface $35 



Disk Software: 

Hybiscus Ensemble (Bill Jones) 
Pixel Print Plus (S. Lemke) 
Omnibus V 3.039 (B.MitcheU) 
Tasword Two 

Menu Master (Executive Workshop) 
ScreenDesign (Arrow Software) 
Aerco Printer Drivers (Aerco) 
Hurd LKDOS Utilities (R.Hurd) 
ProFile +5 (R.Fisher) 
TechDrawJr. (Zebra) 
Larken Utility Disk (LarKen) 
Chambers Utilities (G. Chambers) 
Vu-Calc (Psion/Timex) 
Vu-File (Psion/Timex) 
LKDOS System Disk (LarKen) 

Novelsoft Suite (Tirriachine/The Worx/ZXpert/Artworx) 

Logicall V 5.0 (B. Swoger) 

Super drivers (J. Dohany) 

Pix-FX V 1. 1 (M. Di Rienzo) 

16 Point Font Pak/Mega Fonts II (S. Lemke) 

Pixel Sketch (S. Lemke) 

Many more titles from various sources, all with original docs. 
Software Tapes: 

Personal Home Finance (Timex) $5 
Books: All for only $35 pp 

2068 Technical Manual (Time Designs) 

T/S 2068 Basics & Beyond (S. Aker) 

The TS 2068 Explored (T. Hartnell) 

The Working TS 2068 (D. Lawrence) 

TS 2088 Intermediate/ Advanced Guide (J. Mazur) 

Note: All hardware and software come with docs. 
Please use reference 0 JSU0395 

CNSN 15 Last Updated: October 12, 1995 

Package B 

Hardware 

1 TS-2068 Computer w/power supply & cables. $55 pp 

1 TS 2040 Printer w/p/s, 11 Rolls 2040 printer paper. $35 pp 
1 GE Compu-Mate recorder w/power supply. $17.50 pp 

1 Suncom TAC-2 Joystick. $10 pp 

1 32K Non- Volatile RAM Cartridge (T. Woods) $40 pp 

1 ProFile Cartridge (T. Woods) $15 pp 

15 Blank cassette tapes $10 pp 

Software Cartridges: 

Flight Simulator (Timex), Casino I (Timex) 
Software Tapes: 

Pix-FX V 1. 1 (M. Di Rienzo), Font Library I (Mountaineer), TechDraw Jr. 
v 1.3 (Zebra), Personal Home Finance (Timex), States & Capitals 
(Timex), ProFile 2068 (T. Woods), Vu-File (Timex), Vu-Calc (Timex), 
Vu-3D (Timex), ProFile +5 (R. Fischer), Timex Software Tape, Pixel 
Sketch (S. Lemke), Quadra Chart (Timex), Icon Library/Icon Utility (S. 
Lemke), Icon Manager/Designer (S. Lemke), MegaFonts/16 Point Font 
Designer (S. Lemke), Basic Toolkit (J. Kilday), The Tracer (S&K s/w), 
Kruncher 2068 (S&K s/w), Cassette Header Reader (G. Russell), 
Tasword II (Tasman) 
Books: 

The Timex Sinclair 2068 (R. Valentine), Inside the Timex 
Sinclair 2000 Computer (J. Naylor/D. Rogers), TS-2068 
Reference Guide (G. Held), , Timex Sinclair Beginner/ 
Intermediate Guide (P. Blechman), , Crea.tive Games for the 
TS-2068 (R. MaunderX The Best Of The Plotter (CCATS) 
Note: Documentation is included for all items except the 2068. 

Please use reference JSU0395 

CNSN 16 Last Updated: October 12, 1995 



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VOLUME 5 



NUMBER 1 



Spring 1995 



INPUT/OUTPUT - Carlos Delhez, Robert Gilbert, Larry Crawford, Rod Gowen, Fred Henri, 

Greg Bridgewater, SNUG News, William Krossner. 

Zebra FDD 

Windows by Shade 

QL Hacker's Journal 

QXL Notes 

Z88 - My Memory Surprise 
Z88- Power to You 
Computus Interruputs 2 
TS Bulletin & BASIC N-L 

Daisy Be Good II 



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A Word to the Wise 

Memories Mean a Lot 

QXL Notes - Sequel 

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Lil'Amp Rides Again 

Ql Corner 

The Musical PC8300 

QLuMSi -Recent Changes 

Daisy Be Good III 

Waging in the TSRoom 

QL Hacker's Journal 



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Some Are QXL Notes 

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Better Late than Never 

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Daisy Be Good V 

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50 Something 



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