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Information and Chairmen — Trea$ury Note$ 

A welcome to our New Members 

Input/Output — by Abed Kahale 
QL PD Software, TTSUC Disk Library, 
IKI Schematic — Jack Dohany, SCC BBS 

From The Chairman's Disk — by Donald Lambert 


ZX-81 Hi-Res ZX-81 UDGs — INTERNET 
DBEasy-vl.6 Review — AlFeng 
Improving a SectorCOPY Program — by Al Feng 
International ZX-81 Magazine 
Daisy Be Good VI — by David Lassov 

The Fourth North American QL Show 


FWD Computing 

Z88 Computer 
Unclassified Ads 
RMG Updates 

LogiCall 6.0 

Established I OQ I 

ZXir QLive Alive! © 

The Tim ex/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: 


Chief Motivator 
Donald S. Lambert (ISTUG) 

Tape & |LO PD Library 

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

Z88 Library 

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

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

RMG Enterprises 

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

Rod Humphreys (VSUG) 

10984 Collins PL 
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) 

Streamwood, IL 60107-1647 
708 837-7957 Work 708 576-8068 


LarKen PD Library 

Abed Kahale (CATUG) 
3343 S. Rat 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 com- 
munity in a VOLUME of four 
newsletters 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 services whenever 

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

If you have solved a problem or you 
have a problem in one of your software 
or hardware, please share it with the 
rest of us. 


Ken Harbit 
Jose Moreno 
Russell Wiles 

«As of March 25, 1996, 
we have a balance of $1296.24 

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


Back copies are available for 
$0.78 each postpaid. 



end in your articles by tape or disk 
and your inputs to: — 

ZXir QLive ALive! Newsletter 

AUBURN IN 46706-3010 
Phone 219 925-1372 

By hardcopy or modem (300-14.4) to: 
Abed Kahale. 



To better inform the Sinclair Community, four 
24-hour a day BBSs are now provided to serve 
you. You are encouraged to exchange mail and 
use the files sections of these boards. Bulletins 
and ads are available to all. 

Q-BoxBBS 810 254-9878 

Utica, Michigan 
SCC BBS 305 945-8274 

Miami, Florida 
SOL BBS 520 882-0388 
Tucson, Arizona 
MMCC BBS 847 632-5558 
Arlington Heights, Illinois 
If you know the Internet E-Mail address of a 
Sinclair user, but do not have access to Internet, 
simply address your E-Mail to GATOR Sinclair 
on the 24-hour MMCC BBS and include the 
name and E-Mail address of the user you wish to 
reach. Then check the MMCC BBS from time to 
time if you expect a reply. 

We encourage you to exchange mail and 
contribute to the Upload Section. Call and 
register using your first, last name and phone 
number along with a password you wont forget. 
Write. It Down! Do not try to do anything else 
this first time. 

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". 
Select "TIMEX" to get into the Sinclair Section. 
The mail you then read will only be from other 
T/S users. Use extension .ART for articles, .ADS 
for ads and .NWS for news when Uploading. 

For help, contact the SYSOP, Bob Swoger, 
by leaving a message, mail, E-Mail or phone. 

ZXir QLive Alive! 


Spring 1996 


Dear Abed, 

I really appreciate the efforts of all who work together 
to publish the newsletter. You do a really professional job 
in both the content and appearance! 
May ZXir QLive Alive remain so for many more years! 
Best wishes, 

Hugh W. Scriven 

Chula Vista, CA 

Dear Abed, — — ~ 

Thank you for your letter and ZXir QLive Alive. It's 
great! Please let me know how much you want for a sub- 
scription to Germany, And I will subscribe. If you are in- 
terested, you could get our German zx-team-magazin in 
exchange, but I fear, this offer will be only a good deal for 
me, as you will not understand German. 
What a surprise: I found two members of ZX-TEAM in 
ZXir QLive Alive! Leo and Martin from the Netherlands. 
Together with Martin I publish the International ZX81 
Magazine the first issue was just published. You will get 
one issue by snail mail! 

In the International ZX81 Magazine we will print 
translated articles from zx-team-magazin. The first issue 
has only 8 pages. But we hope to get a lot of letters from 
other ZX81 users worldwide. If you want, you can take 
anything you want to print it in ZXir QLive Alive. 
I will send the articles as e-mail to you, if you want. 

Sorry I can't send the schematic of 32k RAM 
extension, I don't have it on file. 
I look forward to hearing from you. 
yours sinclairly Peter 

From: (Peter Liebert-Adelt) 
Dear Abed, 

Thank you for your mail, I really received it twice! 
Thank you for your offer to exchange ZQA! and zx-team- 
magazin. I hope issue 1/96 of zx-team-magazin will be 
ready next week. Of course you will get the International 
ZX81 Magazine too. Issue 1 is already on the way to you. 
You can use 

everything you like for ZQA!. If you want, I can send the 
text by e-mail, so you do not have to write it again. The 
first issue is a little bit thin with only 8 pages. But I heard 
from Martin about some nice answers via the internet 
and e-mail. So we hope to print 12 pages for the next issue. 

Do you know Harvey Rait from LIST ? I wrote twice 
to get information about LIST, but there was no answer? 
Are they out of work like sync-link? 
I look forward to hearing from you 
yours sinclairly 
Peter Liebert-Adelt 

Dear Abed, 

True Story: My wife used to live in Sierra Vista 

many years ago (before I met her), and hated it. She 
tends to like cool and misty weather, and that was pretty 
much the opposite of Arizona. A few years ago, we took a 
trip to Scotland in the early spring; it was indeed cool and 
misty, and she loved it. (She talks about getting a place 
there after we win the Readers Digest sweepstakes and get 
all those millions.) We stayed at a particular "bed and 
breakfast" one evening, and she was gushing to the 
Scottish couple who owned it how wonderful the weather 
was, how green everything was, and so on. Well, the cou- 
ple listened politely but didn't seem to be all that enthusi- 
astic, and mentioned they were about to go on vacation. 
Where does a Scottish couple go for a nice vacation? 
Arizona. I still kid my wife about that, and remind her that 

. . . But thanks for the time and effort you have expended 
on behalf of the Newsletter and the Group. 
Beggs, OK 

KMemationat UB\ Magazine 

i famine tit all 
HXSt users 

Peter Liebert-Adelt 
Luetzowstrasse 3 
D-38102 Braunschweig 

Dear Abed, 

Thanks to the intervention of Larry Kenny and Jack 
Dohany, we can now say, that SOL BBS features a 64- 
character-per-line messaging system along with time- 
tagging, period. The My functional talk mode of 

ZXir QLive Alie! 


Spring 1996 

MaxCom is an added bonus, for on-line conversations 
between sysop and callers. Larry doesnt think, that 
software clocks are compatible with MaxCom, since it uses 
interrupt mode #2. And, Jack gave us some POKEs, to 
modify his reader of our hardware clock. We found, that 
the clock could be set anytime, anywhere, and freed up a 
lot of memory, by removing setclk from the programs. 
We have been able to use Bill Jones' memory-saving 
progranrrning, to build a fine text-editor into all three 
versions of MaxCom: TERMax for local access and 
squeezing of message bases only, MaxCom.BT for 
remote access with time-tagging, and MaxCom.BX for 
remote access without time-tagging. This last 
"autonomous" version is useful, in the absence of the 


The need for a text editor is critical, and will merit a 
full consideration in its own article pretty soon. 

About Don's gift of an apple IIC computer with the 
video problems, we can share similar experiences with our 
apple IIC. First, the IIC indicates the presence of a built-in 
disc drive. C indicates 5.25", and C+ refers to 3.5". The 
apple people all tell me that the disk drive is a specially 
enclosed unit, probably not compatible with anything. The 
screen monitor on our apple is full-color, but composite, 
which prompted us to get an RGB monitor, desperately. 
Anyway, our original orange screen (Magnavox) monitor 
is now on the apple; the apple monitor is working off the 
monitor port of our 2068; and, our RGB monitor is running 
off a pigtail, installed into the 2068 by Dan Elliott. 

Keep on TTMEX'n 

David Lassov 

Tucson, AZ 

Hello Abed, 

Got your post card today. The reason that you had 
trouble sending Email to me was you left out a letter in the 
address. You used and it should be fdavis@ Two Ls. 

I will send you copy on ads for FWD Computing and 
for UPDATE Magazine tomorrow in the mail. I changed 
the name as I have taken over Paul Holmgren part of the 
business. His house burned down a few days after 
Christmas. He is rebuilding and will still be a quanta 
Librarian when he gets himself a QL system up and 
running. His only computer to survive the fire was his Z88. 
Frank Davis, Editor of UPDATE Magazine 
UPDATE Magazine, PO Box 17, Mexico, IN 46958 USA 
FWD COMPUTING (formerly Mechanical Software), PO 
Box 17, Mexico, IN 46958 USA 

Hello Abed, 

I've had three individuals so far request information; I 
provided from the newsletter your name, address, and e- 
mail address, as well as Don Lambert's name, address, and 
phone number. I would hope they'd be contacting you (or 
Don), but if you'd prefer I could provide their e-mail ad- 
dresses to you. 

Gil Parrish 73430. 1 

Jaime _ Cruz-Figueroa called to request John 
Impellizzeri's phone number. Jaime owns a TS2068 
and wanted to know what software and hardware to 
use to get in touch with QBox-USA. I told him of 
the TS2050 Modem put out by Anchor still 
available from both FWD computing and RMG 
Enterprises. Byte-Back modems are also still 
available from David Leech (See page 22). As for 
the Modem Software MTERM II is still the best for 
the TS2050, and, if you have LarKen, MaxCom is 
very nice. GATOR says that MaxCom will be his 
next project for the community. MTERM II needs to 
be looked at again for use with the BYTE BACK 
modem. Does anyone have time? Also see GATORs 
Twisted Pair on page 2 for other Sinclair BBSs 
around the contry. 

John Impellizzeri 's voice number (in ADRS.BK on 
the LogiCall disk) is 810-254-9878 
# SYSOP John Impellizzei - QBox-USA 

By the way, both QBox and Lassov are really into an 
item for the TS2068 called smartwatch found at a close 
out price of < $10 from Radio Shack. Is there a Radio 
Shack near you? The catalog number is 25-1033 at RS and 
DS1216E from Dallas Semiconductors. Seems these folks 
are doing the hardware modes to add it. Watson is messing 
with the necessary MC to get it to work from different 
places in RAM. Lassov time stamps files on his BBS with 
it What's with the Vs in QLive Alive again. 
Swoger --=== GATOR ==— 

Date: Feb. 21, 1996 

There are 3 Radio Shack stores in this little 
electronics-hungry town. 

I fixed the Vs in ^flibe JUite, just misplaced 
that font for a while. <&t£itW Alw?~ 

Dear Abed, 

Today I received ZQA! issue winter 1996. What a 
surprise to see my letter and some pages of my mini-issue. 
I would like to share ZQA! with my German Sinclair Com- 
puter friends, but of course I will respect your copyrights. 
Please let me know, if and how it will be possible to get the 
copyright from you for Germany 
[ to become your local agent :-))) ] 
I look forward to hearing from you 
yours sinclairly Peter 

Only the name, ZXir QLive Alive!, is copyrighted. 

Dear Abed! 

Thank you for your last mail and the permission to 
share ZQA! with my German Sinclair friends. I hope you 
will receive issue 1/96 of zx-team-magazin soon, 
depending only on post run time. If you have any question 
about our articles, please let me know! I think sometimes it 
will be difficult to understand, because some articles are 
humorous or even jokes. This will show how much we 
love our ZX81! Martin van der Zwan and I will translate 
some of the German articles for the International ZX81 
Magazine, but we need the request of our international 
readers, to know what they desire. 

If you like zx-team-magazin, I would ask you for 
the next deal!: If you want, you can get all 27 back issues 

ZXir QLive Alie! 


Spring 1996 

in exchange with the back issues of ZQA! 
I look forward to hearing from you. 
yours sinclairly, 

QL Public Domain Software 

Please find attached the latest copy of SJ.P.D. 
SOFTWare catalogue. 

The files were compressed using INFOZIP-ZIP and 
should be uncompressed with INFOZIP-UNZIP. However 
if you do not have the INFOZIP package, the standard QL 
UNZIP will uncompressed them. 
Steve Johnson 

The size of the file is 200214 bytes. The file will be 
stored in C:\cserve\download\sjpdcat.zjp 
Additional Information: SJPDCAT.ZIP, 0=258 
S J P D SOFTWare are FREE, there must be no copy 
charge for this disk. Here is a partial list: 

SJS 1:- The Bible This Comes On 8 Disks. It Includes Both 
The Old And New Testaments. They Are ASCII Files But 
May Be Imported Into A Word Processor i.e. Quill. QED 
Text Editor Is Supplied With This Package, requires 
51 2K To Run From Boot Program. 

SJS 2:- 2 Disks Of Australian P.D. Software. These 2 
Disks Contain A Mixture Of Utilities And Games Including 
A Very Good Multi Screen Wizard Type Game. 
SJS 3> 1 Disk Of Spectrum Screens By Andy Dean. Over 
20 Screens Ported Over From The Spectrum. 
SJS 4:- 2 Disks Of Ralf Biedermanns Software. The 
Second Disk Contains Mainly Updates From The First 
Disk Some Of The Programs Are In German. I Am In The 
Process Of Having Them Converted Into English. 
However This Package Contains Some Excellent Utilities ( 
Some Require Qjumps Pointer Environment) Like BGI 
Package Which Uses Vector Graphic Fonts, Address 
Package, This Is A Address Database For Use With 
Ojump's Pointer Interface. 

SJS 5:- 5 Disks Of GIF Screens Ported Over From The P.C 
World They Are Yet In GIF Format But A Screen Viewer 
Is Included Which Gives The Option To Save The Screens 
In QL Format. I Have Added A New Disk It Contains 
Some Very Good Disney This Is Very Highly 

SJS 6> This Disk Contains 3 Text Files Of Use To 
Modem/iNTERNET Users, "zen and the art of the 


the internet." The Boot Program Load Each File Into 
QED Text Editor. [ Supplied j 

SJS 7:- 2 Disks Of Adventure Games Solutions They Are 
All In ASCII Format For Importing Into A Word 
Processor. These Have Been Ported Over From The Atari. 
SJS 8:- 1 Disk Containing 417 Business Letters Ported 
Over From The PC. World By The Sea Coast Group USA 
These Are In ASCII Format For Importing Into A Word 

SJS 9:- Molecular Graphics Version 5.13. This Program 
Was Written By Mark Knight With Acknowledgments To 
Dr. A. Mynett Of Brighton College Of Technology. 
SJS 151 : MicroEMACS Version 3. 1 1 . Pointer Version. 3 


This version of MicroEMACS runs under the pointer 
environment and has a bar menu system with pull down 
menus. This is a French version ( Converted by Thierry 
Godefroy ) and as such the menus and some of the _cmd 
files are in French. The package comes on three disks, Disk 
1 contains the _cmd files & Executables. Disk 2 contains 
the Manuals in English & Disk 3 contains the source codes. 


SJ S 1 52: A new Collection of over 320 business letters 
and selected forms for a variety of business situations. 
ported over bys. johnson. for S.J.P.D. SOFTWare. 
SJS 153: Steve Pepper Sampler Disk No 2.Sampler Disc 
No 2 This disc contains some 21 QL screens in mode 4 
format. They have been converted from several different 
Amiga sources using the PD "Ungif ' programme. This 
collection was converted by me and has taken some time 
to do. I am in the process of converting some black and 
white screens for use as clip art. 
SJS 154: GZIP VI .2.4. A 2 disk package. This is a port 
of "gzip" vl.2.4 for QDOS/SMS systems. 
This is a full featured port WITH QDOS file header 
support, wild card support AND directory recursion. The 
QDOS/SMS specific stuff is held in the following files: 
tailorji : This file holds machines specific defines. tailor_c 
: Holds C68 specific global variables settings. 
SJS 155: salvation army CLiPART This is a one disk 
public domain clipart collection, comprising of pictures 
associated with Hie Salvation Army. The collection is from 
a PC disk obtained originally from Woodstock Realisations 
in Cornwall, England. The pictures are supplied as 
compressed QL 512x256 (32k) screens. The colour scheme 
is black ink on white paper. The pictures may be viewed 
using the viewer_bas program in basic. Dilwyn Jones 

Steve Johnson 1996 
BB10 3DZ 
Tel. 01282-701767 

Yea, thank's for the Information.... I Love all Sinclair 
machines but I just can't let the little black box (ZX81) 
alone. I know it could be upgraded easily.... By the way 
would you happen to know of a super great Z80 program- 
mer for the ZX81. I'm working on a little thing here. I 
found a group of people on the Internet who has developed 
a Generic IDE interface for the Z80 cpu. All you have to 
do is unplug the Z80 cpu plug in a small mini-board and 
plug in the Z80 into the mini-board and the mini board has 
the IDE cable that does into the IDE hard drive. I will buy 
it and see if it works for the ZX81 as far as hardware, But I 
need a master Z80 programmer to do the DOS for the IDE 

I really do enjoy reading your magazine allot.... By 
the way, I have started a Sinclair support board. The Sin- 
clair Computer Connection BBS (SCC BBSJ 

Spring 1996 

(305) 945-8274 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 365 days a 
year. Hey, if you want to reach me via the internet this is 
my address: 
Thank's for your time... 
Jose Moreno 

Dear Abed, 

... I have to thank you, or is it Don Lambert?, for sending 
me a number of issues over the past year. 
... I have just shipped off to you a complete set of the 
Master disks of the TTSUC LarKen library. I have had 
them packed up for quite a while, and never got them off to 
anyone. I hope that the T/SNUG LarKen library can make 
use of them. Don't worry about reimbursing me the post- 
age. I have taken care of that. I am simply happy if some- 
one can make good use of them. 
You might let me know that you received them safely. . . . 

George Chambers 
Scarborough, Ont. Canada 

Thank you George. I enjoyed every article you 
have written and I am sure many members of our 
community, myself included, do miss those articles. 

Copies will be available to members at cost. 
Please specify SSDD or DSDD disk. My address is 
on page 2. £dUon, 

Hello Abed, 

I got your nane and address from Gil Parrish. I'd like 
some information on how I could join T/SNUG. I'm very 
interested in the TS 1 000, 2048 and Z88. 
Thank you. 
Internet Society 
HTML Writers Guild 

Computer History Association of California 

From: "Ken Harbit" <> 

Dear Fellow Sinclair Enthusiast, January, 1 996 

Here at last is your package of information describing 
the IBM Keyboard Interface (IKI) V3.0. The package in- 
cludes the schematic and lists of eprom contents. Note 
that two eproms are used, though only four locations of 
one of them are needed. Additional information is avail- 
able, Prices include Xeroxing and mailing costs. 

PRICE Description 
$1.00 Wire List of IKI VS.O 
$2.00 Technical. Documentation of IKI V6.0 
$5.00 Shareware Disk containing the above docu- 
ments in mscript format, + keyword ve.o + eprom 
code files + convrt, a basic program used to convert an 
mscript eprom text into an eprom code file. Specify 

disk format when ordering! 

While it is possible to build the interface using just 
the schematic, the wire list makes it a bit easier, since 
you can check off each wire as it is connected from one 
component to another. If you wish to understand how the 
IKI works, or to customize the eprom contents for your 
own needs, the technical, documentation would be very 


1. Switch SI governs whether the upper or lower half of 
eprom G is used. If you don't use the TS/1000, you 
don't need to program the upper half of eprom G, that is, 
locations 4096 to 8191, hi that case, the upper half could be 
used to hold an alternate 2068 version of the lower half. 

2. Just about any IBM XT compatible keyboard can be 
used. I suggest using one with the Fl to F10 keys across 
the top, rather than in a double row on the left. XT Com- 
patible keyboards are getting a bit hard to find, since most 
keyboards being made nowadays only work with AT, 286 
and higher. If you have trouble finding a suitable keyboard, 
I can help. 

3. The IKI board can be made however you wish, using 
wire-wrap or solder. Component placement is not critical. 
If you build a board and have trouble getting it to work, I 
can help. I charge $10 per hour for time spent helping an 

4. All locations of both eproms must contain 255 except 
for those listed, eprom F uses the IBM shift keys to select 
the upper or lower 2K of an eprom G 4K bank, While a 
2732 or smaller eprom could be used for eprom F, the 
2764 is easier to find, eprom pin-outs are for the 2764, an 
8K eprom. I suggest using a non-CMOS eprom (2764 or 
2764A) rather than the 27C64. 

2068 BUS upper 2068 BUS lower 

LS164 2764 eprom, 8K 2764 eprom, 8K 
LS08 LS30 LS74 LS74 
LS123 LS148 LS367 LS32 



Jack Dohany 

IKI NOTES Feb. 06, 1996 

Recently I decided to buy a new "compact" IBM 
keyboard. I had great difficulty finding one that was XT- 
compatible! It's been about five years since I went shop- 
ping for a keyboard. Apparently Keyboard manufacturers 
are now mostly making only AT-type keyboards. 


ZXir QLive Alie! 


Spring 1996 

take a while. I will send you details of the modification 
when it's ready. 

The compact keyboard that I purchased ($29.95) is a 
Scorpius 83 made by Qtronix. The keyboard is only 12.5" 
wide. Information on the package indicated that the key- 
board was switch- selectable for XT/AT. However, when I 
looked at the keyboard itself; I found there was no such 
switch, though there was a place where it should have 
been. I took the keyboard out of the case and soldered a 
small wire where the switch should have been, and found 
that I now have a compact XT keyboard! 

I also purchased a huge clunky old XT keyboard at an 
electronics surplus store for $3.00. It is the usual 20" wide, 
but it has the F keys horizontally across the top, and a nice 
numeric keypad. It works like a champ with the IKI. 

T/S 1500: 1 have found that the IKI does not work 
with the T/S 1500 computer. I'm not sure why, but will 
investigate, It does work with Spectrum, 2068, ZX80, 
ZX81 and T/S 1000. 

Jack Dohany 
627 Vera Ave 
Redwood City, CA 94061 

Dear Don, November 28, 1 995 

Here is an effort I started last January. At that time I 
was on loan to Space Station with NASA and I had access 
to the internet. I had found several Sinclair sites and 
here is the most interesting thing I found. It is a book, ac- 
tually a series of articles prepared for "Your Sinclair" 
magazine that never got published due to the magazine 
going belly-up. (Sounds way too Suniliar doesn't it!) The 
author hated to see all that work go to waste so he has put 
it in the public domain. It was an ASCII text file and I 
couldn't get a neat print from a PC. Since anything pub- 
lished by ZXir QLive should be in TS format (// does not 
have to be in TS format, ASCII is fine. I decided 

mat I would move it to mscript before sending it. It was 
quite a labor intensive effort and until I had minor surgery 
and got restricted to no driving and only light activity I 
hadn't had the time to complete it, 

It is long (66 pages) and may have limited appeal, but 
it is an excellent article(s), It looks like it could be used as a 
machine code primer for anyone interested. 

If I understood the July UPDATE! correctly this is the 
last year for publication for them. So it looks like I will be 
submitting stuff I want to share to ZXir QLive from now 
on, I am sending a hard copy and a disk copy. The disk 
contains ten MSCRIPT files as follows: 
File Pages File Pages 

hackra.CT 1-5 hackrb.CT 6-9 
hackrc.CT 10-16 hackrd.CT 17-23 
hackre.CT 24-31 hackrfCT 32-39 
hackrg.CT 40-47 hackrh.CT 48-55 
hackri.CT 56-61 hackrj.CT 62-66 

I also plan an article I'll probably call "RGB monitors 
revisited one more time!" How soon depends on my doc- 
tor visit tomorrow, I also have some hardware work to 
catch up on for my TS stuff. 

I still haven't found how to get tos cp/m to format 
80 tracks. I have made contact with Jack Dohany who has 
a start on it. Looks like a complicated project, but it should 
be mteresting. 

Well that is my progress report for the present. 
Sinclafrly yours, 

Les Cottrell 

December 4, 1995 
Since I haven't been able to wrap the stuff I men- 
tioned in the first letter I have found some more stuff to put 
on the disks I have added the following mscript files that 
constitute the complete disassembly of the LarKen ver. 3 
eprom. They may not be of much interest, but if anyone 
wants this information, this could save them a lot of time. 
This information appeared in Sine-Link during its last year 
of publication. 

pll&12.CT003 pagel3.CT002 pagel4.CT002 
pagel5.CT002 page!6.CT002 pagel7.CT002 
pagel8.CT002 pagel9.CT002 page20.CT002 
page21.CT 002 pg9&l 0.CT 003 pg_l&2.CT 003 
pg_3&4.CT003 pg_5&6.CT003 pg_7&8.CT003 
Well, I'll close again and maybe I will send it before I find 
something else to add. SinelaMy yours, 
Les Cottrell 
Cocoa, FL. 


This Machine is Subject to Breakdowns 
During Periods Of Critical Need!!!! 

A special circuit in this machine called a "Crisis Detector" 
senses the user's emotional state in terms of how desperate 
they need to use the machine. The Crisis Detector then 
creates a malfunction 
proportional to the 
desperation of the user. 
Tlireatening the machine 
with violence or the use 
of curses and 
obscenities may soothe 
the user but will not fool 
the CD. and will only 
aggravate the situation. 
Likewise, attempts to 
use another machine may cause it to malfunction too. 
Because they both belong to the same union. Keep cool 
and say nice things to the machine. Nothing else seems to 
work. Francine Sklar 

!: t !:!:!:!: ! :!;! 


g» mm W D Eld 

If you own a Sinclair computer then you need to call 
the Sinclair Computer Connection BBS, at (305) 
945-8274, 24 hours a day all year round. We support up 
to 28.8 ANSI or ASCII, and have programs and message 
bases for the following: ZX81, TS1000, TS1500, TS2068, 
Spectrum, QL and the Z88. Sysop: Jose Moreno 

ZXir QLive Alie! 

Spring 1996 



Interface fack, &o/u*w 

ZXir QLive Alive! 


Spring 1996 


Donald Lambert 

Since I wrote the last column I was asked about 
articles on the subject of streams s. channels so I 
started to go through my newsletters and suddenly realized 
that there is a wealth information there. I later learned that 
the person allegedly wanting the information actually 
didn't. So I don't know how that request got started. 
However, it was a good thing to be asked the question 
since I have gotten onto a long term project. The project is 
getting onto disk the wonderful articles of bygone days. I 
call the articles "tutorials". I have the newsletters in a 
rile cabinet with the newsletters in alphabetical order and of 
course each group's newsletter is in chronological order. I 
started with the As and am now working on the plotter 
(early 1988). Since I do not use the QL I am not typing in 
the QL articles unless (I haven't found any yet) the article 
is more general than QL specific. I type them into 
mscript on my Oliger system. It is easy to get the 
mscript files into LarKen lkdos with my dual disk drive 

Since mscript has a provision of (G)IVEing the file 
name before SA VEing I developed the habit of coming up 
with a rile name for the tutorial before actually typing in 
any of the text and using that name to LOAD. If there is 
no prior use of that file name then I get the:- S File not 
found, 215:2 comment, I hit RUN and get back into 
mscript. I use that name in the give option on mscript. 
Otherwise I have to scan the CAT, it is easy to miss an 

I heard from both Bob Swoger and Frank Davis about 
Paul Holmgren loss. According to what I heard Paul and 
his wife were at work and their two sons were outside 
playing when the furnace blew up. Apparently the 
explosion sent flames out the air ducts and the entire house 
was an fire at the same time. All that was saved was part of 
the garage. The sad part is that Paul and his wife had Just 
about finished a complete redo of the house and had new 
furniture in the house ready to be put into plate. Of course 
Paul lost his working computers, QL with the ouanta PD 
software - BUT the majority of his extra computer stuff 
was in storage elsewhere to get it out of the way while they 
remodeled. There were no personal injuries, Paul and 
family are living in a rented house about 2 miles from his 
house. The original contractor is rebuilding the completely 
destroyed (except for part of the garage) house . The house 
was a two story with no basement but had a crawl space 
under it. 

In January I turned 70, I realized that I had worked 
for one company for half of my lifetime. I also have to 
start taking out what little I have in my IRA this year. (I 
already did that) I don't feel 70 nor do I feel that I am really 
getting old. I do notice that some days when I try to type 
on the TS-2068 that my fingers and hands are stiff though. 
In other respects I am still doing things but not as fast as I 
was before I retired in 1987. 

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I have a big bundle of stuff that I am mailing with this 
submission for Abed to sort out to put into ZXir QLive 
Alive! What with that and with the tutorial© that I am 
typing up there will be material far into the future for ZQA. 
Now I pose a question for you readers! What is it that you 
need answers to help you progress further with the TS 
computers. For instance there are commands on the TS- 
2068 keyboard that are not explained in the manual. Look 
on page 214 of the manual. They were designed for 
peripherals that Timex never got on the market, FORMAT, 
examples. The tutorials touch upon these subjects to 
some extent. There are ways to do things using commands 
that are used by other BASICs, but not by using the non- 
Sinclair commands but by working around the bush to get 
the computer to do the previously unworkable task. But 
some of the information comes by way of the spectrum. 
The TS-2068 is a clone of the spectrum and almost 
completely uses the same BASIC BUT there are 
differences. I am not a programmer so I cannot speak of 
my experience but go by the actions and words of those 
that are. 

How many tutorials do I have? I have almost 
filled a 420K disk with them. Of course some are short and 
are only about 2K in length but then there are those that 
take up 3 tracks of the disk. Before I finalize the material I 
will have to proofread and correct any errors in my typing. 
There are some errors that I will not be able to detect. 
Some printers do not differentiate (trouble with using big 
words is I have to look up the spelling) between some 
commonly used symbols or letters. For example, < and ( 
and > and ) and 1 and 1 on some printers are alike. Also, in 
mscript and my printer the arrow on the H key for raising 
to a power is printed like this A . Some newsletters did have 
a poor reproduction to have things fade out. Ah! but what 
is readable is really worth the effort to type in. 

A project to work on: In my talk with Frank Davis on 
the topic of a 120 volt source of power for the Z88, he 
mentioned that I should get a Radio Shack multiple output 
power supply as the cheapest way to go, leads me to think. 
Hey! the TS-1000 power supply is 750 to 1000 MA and is 
listed at 9 V DC but often is higher. Now if that is fed into 
a 7806 voltage regulator or a 7805 with a resistor on the 
negative leg to increase the output to 6+ VDC then it 
would put to use the many TS-1000 power supplies I have 
kying around. Has anybody out there done this or is this a 
feasible project? I do hate to buy something to do 
something when I already have something that might work. 

Abed Kahale's move put ZQA behind a little in 
publication date. Since RMG sends out his monthly flyers 
and it arrives just after I mail the material to Abed, I 
decided to wait a few days and get the latest into ZQA. I 
also was thus able to work a few more days on the 
tutorials that way before taking a break to get the 
material ready to mail to Abed. I think that I am less than a 

Spring 1996 

third the way thru the newsletters and then there are the 

I just thought of something! I have the Pro/file 
Updates which is "The Newsletter For ZX Profile Users". 
This information is only usable for owners of Pro/file for 
the ZX81. The articles tell how to improve or change the 
ZX81 program with POKEs and changes to do that. There 

are suggestions of what to use Pro/file for but of limited 
use to non ZX81 users. I was originally thinking that the 
ZX81 was quite similar to the TS-2068 version but they are 
much different in use or so reading the articles led me to 
believe. The TS-2068 version of Pro/file can LOAD files 
into mscript. At least there is an article in the plotter 
on that subject. 0/0 

U-81 HrRis? 

Through Tim Swenson to the Zdtfon, 

Date: 30 Jan 1996 04:33:21 -0800 T.Swenson 

Tanita Plaskow <tanita@radfem. > wrote: 

Matt Barber ( wrote: 

: >From the ZX81 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions): 

I just downloaded this from your home page - many 


Q: Could you get Hi-Res graphics on a ZX81? 
A: Yes. There were a number of ways. 

1 . The Z80's i register pointed to a font table. 
Q: I must confess my ignorance of Z80 and ask how the 
pointer was limited to 16k? Was it an 8-bit value that was 
multiplied by decimal 64, or a sixteen bit value with the 
two highest bits ignored? 
A: It is the later. 

Use the following example program to see exactly 
how it works: 

20 POKE 25000,58 
30 POKE 25001,12 
40 POKE 25002,98 
50 POKE 25003,237 
60 POKE 25004,71 
70 POKE 25005,201 
80 FOR G=0 TO 63 
100 NEXT G 
110 FOR F=0 TO 31 
120 POKE 25100, F 
130 LET A=USR 25000 
14 0 PAUSE 4E4 
150 NEXT F 
160 POKE 25100,30 
170 LET A=USR 25000 

This cycles the i register through all possible values in 
the 8K ROM. Leave out line 140 for a nice swirly effect. 
Great for crashes and explosions in games. :-) 

2. CRL released a HI-Res graphics toolkit. This 
contained an extremely hairy interrupt routine that replaced 
the ZX81's usual display update routine. Basically, it 
pointed the I register to a strategic ROM location, and tried 
to 'best fit' the HRG display to what it could find in those 
locations. It also used a feature of the ZX81's hardware 
that allowed you to have 1 pixel height characters to 
improve its chances . 

Q: So the screen is still viewed as a character map here with 
eight times as many lines/bytes as normal? 

A: Yes. Just to unnecessarily complicate things, you could 
get more than 192 lines, if you overscanned the display 
into the bottom border. :-) 

Q: This would mean you needed 32*24*8 bytes = 6K of 
memory for the actual screen, assuming it is read from 
contiguous locations. 

A: Yes. Thafs exactly the same as what be ZX Spectrum 
uses, (plus 768 byes for the attributes, of course). 

Q: I wonder if there was also a separate 6k map of the 
*intended* screen, with values from here being 
compared to the font table to find the best fit that was 
available? Somehow I doubt it, as thafs 12K of memory 
gone, so the real thing must be even more fiendish - 

A: You could do it that way, but I think that programs 
usually generate the display a character square at a time, 
and then look-up the best fit. There's no point in wasting 
all that RAM, when there's so little to play with, anyway. 
The memory requirements of a Hi-Res program on a 

ZX81 are similar to those of Spectrum game. The Hi-Res 

routine and the 6K display file leaves you with about as 

much free RAM to play around with as there is an a 16K 

Spectrum so, excepting the difference in speed, similar 

results are possible. 

I will take a couple of headache tablets quickly before 

someone replies;) 

Matt Barber 

University Of Greenwich 



Date: 1/31/96 4:02 PM (Martin van der Zwan) 

Newsgroups: comp.sys.sinclair 

Subject: Re: ZX81 Hires - How? 

References: <> 


MB> 3. There were a number of hardware add-ons that 
worked with software similar to the above routines to allow 
UDG's and true HRG. DKTronics and Quicksilva 
produced devices that worked with some of their games. 

High resolution on the ZX81 is not possible with all 
64K RAMpaks, there should be a static RAM between 

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8192-16383, the ZX81's 16K RAMpacks have dynamic 
RAM and are refreshed, although with a trick, it's possible 
to interceptthis refresh signal with a 74LS08, this cheap 
High Resolution is something which will be covered in the 
next International ZX81 Magazine, a program will also be 

Here is how to make your own UDG's on the ZX81 
emulators, Xtender/Xtricator: 

First we must move the ZX81's character set to RAM; 
20 POKEN+512, PEEKN 

Now we tell the ROM and ULA to use the character 
set we have just moved to RAM: 

10 POKE 8704,62 

20 POKE 8705,32 

30 POKE 8706,237 

40 POKE 8707,71 

50 POKE 8708,201 

60 RAND USR 8704 
When you run this program you will find out that 
nothing happens because the character set we just 
transfered to RAM is identical to the one in ROM and we 
must change it so we can make our own nice graphics like 
a Bomb or a real Pacman, this is how you do it: 
Each character on the ZX81 is of 8X8 pixels and looks like 

char A addr. bin = dec. 

A A 
A A 
A A 
A A 











Binary example 

128 64 32 16 8 4 
0 1 0 0 0 0 

2 1 

1 0 = 66 

Now if an Invader game on the ZX81 uses A's for 
example you can change them in real Invaders by Poking 

POKE 8496,126 
POKE 8497,255 
POKE 8498,153 
POKE 8499,153 
POKE 8500,255 
POKE 8501,126 
POKE 8502,66 
POKE 8503,129 

This is how you find the address of the beginning of a 
character you want to change: 
PRINT 8192+8*CODE "A" 


2 REM 

10 LET A$=" " 


30 INPUT A$ 

50 LETA=8192+8*CODEA$ 






100 POKE B,C 
110 NEXT B 
115 PRINT 




140 LET B$=INKEY$ 
150 IF B$ ="Y" THEN GOTO 5 

170 GOTO 140 

I tested this routines on Xtender and Xtricator and 
they work fine. If any time you want to turn the UDG 
characters off then: 

To turn UDG's off 

POKE 8705;30 
RAND USR 8704 

To turn UDG's on 

POKE 8705,32 
RAND USR 8704 

BTW, The International ZX81 Magazine will be on 
Internet soon, right now someone is scanning the 
schematics for me, they will be included in .GIF format 
with the magazine. 

Have run, Martin 


ZXir QLive Alive! 

Spring 1996 

— New Version 1 .6 Review M *?e*y 

Sometimes it takes years to appreciate the many 
features which a program author has thoughtfully 
incorporated in an application. DBEasy [Wood and Wind 
Computing, RR3 Box 92, Cornish, NH 03745] is certainly 
a well designed program that has rightfully been well 
received. With the program undergoing an extensive re- 
writing, it deserves a renewed look. 

For those not familiar with DBEasy, it is a front end 
program for the Archive [Psion] database program which is 
available either for QDOS/SMSQ (vl.6) or for DOS (vl.3). 
While there were minor feature differences between the 
two versions in the past, they now appear to be almost 
identical in function and operation. 

Those not familiar with DBEasy may think that it is 
simply a menu program for loading and viewing databases. 
It is more. It is a program for creation and management of 
any database you may wish to create, use, and maintain 
(for example, altering/updating fields and maintaining by 
adding/deleting records). 

General Database Design Philosophy 

From what I have gleaned over the years, there are 
two types of databases ~ hierarchical and relational. While 
the hierarchical database came first, most modem 
databases are now relational. Archive is a relational 
database with an integrated, procedure based programming 

Hierarchical databases usually seem "better" to the 
novice because they are designed with a non- 
discriminating, "flat" field structure. Essentially each field 
(or, screen) is a record, and conversely each record is a 
field, thus allowing any piece of data to be put anywhere in 
a given record. In essence, a hierarchical database record 
can be thought of as one in a set of electronic file cards. 
Thus, to use a hierarchical database, you just name (create) 
the database file, open it, and then start inputting whatever 
you desire into any record. 

In theory, you could simulate a hierarchical database 
by creating a single field database within a relational 
database. In Archive, you would: 

CREATE "flat" <ENTER> 
flat$ <ENTER> <ENTER> 

After this, you would use the SEDIT (i.e., screen edit) 
function to create the screen with a single field essentially 
taking up as much of the usable screen as you wanted; and 
then, SSAVE (i.e., screen save) that screen. You would 
still OPEN, SLOAD (i.e., screen load), ALTER, and 
CLOSE the database as you would a normal Archive 
database. If you were inspired, you could EDIT a program 
to expedite navigating your "flat" field database. 

Because a hierarchical database does not have fields, 
per se, it is not possible for the user to easily, or 
consistently manipulate the data of individual records. For 
example, it would not be easy to use a "flat" field database 
for printing names and addresses on labels unless the entire 
contents of each record was comprised of consistently 
placed names and addresses. 

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My understanding is that a simple FIND query is not 
handicapped by searching a hierarchical database. 

The HYPERCARD database (APPLE Macintosh) 
appears to be a hierarchical database which has user 
linkable elements. The selectively "programmable" links 
and inherent graphical nature of the database provide an 
extended versatility not available with a simple, hierarchical 

Relational databases differ in that the individual fields 
(text or numeric) must be pre-defined BEFORE data can 
be input. The need to pre-define the fields can be 
particularly discouraging for the novice; and, the same 
novice may wonder why or how relational databases have 
become so prevalent 

In a relational database, the OUTPUT of various, 
individual fields can be "manipulated" so that it suits 
multiple needs; thus, one set of data can be used and 
output in more than one way with differing fields included- 
or-excluded in a particular output. 

The unqualified advantage of a relational database 
becomes most apparent when you have the opportunity to 
use a front-end program such as DBEasy. As designed, 
DBEasy allows you to print: 

1) the individual record; 

2) an address label (if applicable); 

3) a line of user-specified fields; and/or, 

4) a "custom" output (a future article). 

The output can be to your printer, the screen, or a file 
(for import to QUILL, for example) when the request is 
initiated from the MULTIPLE MENU screen and to the 
printer only from the SINGLE MENU screen. 


DBEasy uses a MAIN MENU which allows the user to 
branch to ten other functions: 

Single menu w/ find,search,insert,alter,delete 

Multiple menu w/ select,order,printcopy,export 
Log menu w/ add,change,remove,import,capture 

Backup backup the current database 

sWitch switch the active database 

Help access the DBEasy help system 

DIRectory w/ copy,delete options 

Configuration set video or date style 

Rescreen check database / redraw screen 

Quit DBEASY all done 

In earlier versions you would navigate this screen by 
pressing a number key (1 to 9) to put the pointer arrow on 
a given line, or by using the up-or-down cursor key to 
move the pointer up or down from line to line; and, 
pressing '0' would provide a fast branching to the exit 

With the most current version, the HOT KEYs 
developed in QLERK are now available for use in DBEasy 
~ generally, pressing the first letter of the KEY word will 
move the pointer arrow to the line or option; or, activate 
the options within the secondary menus. Each version 
change over the years has made DBEasy more convenient 

Spring 1996 


to use; and, I would guess that it only took about five 
minutes to become comfortable with the new HOT KEY 

A welcome change is the increased facility to quick 
"sWitch" the active database from one to another. A 
"switch" can also be executed from the SINGLE and 
MULTIPLE MENU as well as from the LOG MENU (the 
LOG MENU was previously named "Switch mode' 1 )- 
When using the "s Witch" routine, you do not have to type 
in the entire database name, only enough characters to 
distinguish one database from another. Thus, when I want 
to access my "PLATYPUS_dbf ' I do need to type in at 
least "PLAT" since typing in "P" or "PL" or "PLA" will 
always locate the "PLANNERX dbf first. If I were to 
remove the "PLANNERX_dbf from the drive, then 
simply typing "P" would result in DBEasy querying me 
whether or not "PLATYPUS_dbf ' was the one I wanted. 

In the past, if you wanted to change the date format at 
the top of the MAIN MENU screen, you needed to edit 
and re-save the DBEMM code. This is now an option 
which can be done from the main menu. There are now 
three formats for displaying the date on the MAIN MENU 

The HELP_dbf file is now available as a HOT KEY 
from almost any point in the program by simply pressing 



All the databases which are CREATEd have the same 
fields - twelve text fields (date_$, key_$, sl_$, et cetera) 
and six numeric fields (nl_, n2^ et cetera). While I 
originally thought this would be limiting, I have found that 
this is a good compromise for most databases. 

In day-to-day use, one of the apparent benefits of 
using DBEasy is that it eliminates the need for pre-defining 
the fields of each database. If you don't like the labels, you 
can change them later. 

The "date_$" field is automatically filled when you 
INSERT a new database; but, any other text data can be 
inserted therein. The "date_$" was automatically updated 
to the current date in prior versions, but this has been 
changed with the current version whereby the current 
version maintains the record's "original" date ~ as I 
generally did NOT want this field changed in the past, I did 
find the automatic updating of the field disconcerting; so, 
I'm glad that the newest version of the program keeps this 

If necessary, the DBEasy program (i.e., 
DBEMM_pro) can be modified to accommodate more or 
less fields; or, as demonstrated with the newly 
incorporated, ADDRESSX dbf, the specific screen can be 
customized (using SEDIT & SSAVE) to accommodate 
different fieldjengths. 

Of course, the labels assigned to the fields can be 
changed at any time; and, a new option lets the user create 
new databases by "capturing" data from existing DBEasy 
database files. 

When you choose the MULTIPLE MENU you can 
view up to ten LINEs of truncated RECORD data per 
screen page. In the past, the LINE represented three user 

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selectable FIELDs of data. This has been greatly improved 
with the current version being capable of displaying at least 
seven fields of variable length. Each LINE format can be 
exclusive to a particular database. 

The CAPTURE Pitfall? 

There is a very small inconvenience that you have to 
suffer if you are upgrading from a previous version -the 
DBELOG dbf contains different data than in previous 
versions. Presumably, it is the difference in structure 
which now allows the user to "capture" data from already 
logged databases when creating new database files. 

It seemed that the only files that did transfer were my 
VARJOUS_dbf files and the DBEASY_scn that I use! 

However, after you get over the shock of not being 
able to simply the transfer various ancillary files along with 
your VARIOUS dbf files you will quickly appreciate the 
"capture" function; and, the setback is minor compared 
with the gain. 

Customization And Cosmetic Modifications 

You may not have to make any changes to the 
program to use DBEasy; but, if you do, most 
customization is now easier, or faster, to implement. Of 
course, the single RECORD screen can simply be copied 
from your previous DBEasy program disk (if it is different 
from what is provided) - for example, the colors of my 
single RECORD screen complement the MAIN MENU 
colors I had chosen to suit my personal sensibilities. 

Okay, as good as DBEasy is, it probably isn't 
"perfect" for you as it comes out-of-the-box any more than 
it was forme. 

Based on the earlier DBEasy versions, I knew that I 
would have to "go inside" and modify the print option to 
add a few "LPRINT" statements to adjust the printer's 
vertical spacing for the labels which I currently use (4" x 1 
7/16"). Of course, the first thing I had to do was to 
(ESC)ape to Archive's command line and enter the edit 
mode and then edit the proc(s) [consult the QL USER 
GUIDE if you dont know how to do this], 
proc easy_out__lbl 

if ns: print at mL 1 2;rs;: endif : let i$=s 1_ $: if s2_$<>nul$: 

leti$=s2_$+sp$+i$: endif 
Iprint : lprint i$: lprint s3_$: if s4_$<>nul$: lprint s4_$: 

endif : lprint s5_$;", ";s6_$;" ";s7_$: lprint : lprint : 

lprint : lprint tab 15;" ": if s4_$=nul$: Iprint : endif : let 


In addition to adding "lprint" statements, I also 
omitted the statement which printed field "s9_$" which is 
used for "country" since I generally use "s9_$" for other 

All of the remaining changes described here are 
cosmetic to suit my own sensibilities and do not enhance 
or improve the operation of the program. 

The least significant change I made was to the QUIT 
page. This was the easiest to implement since it essentially 

involved adding a long enough string of periods (" ") to 

tidy up the appearance, 
proc quiter 

heady;"Quit DBEasy":yorn;0, 

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"Quit DBEasy program ": if ans$="n":start: stop : 

endif :yorn;0, 

"Quit ARCHIVE, also ": if ans$="n": new : else : 

quit : endif 

After that, there were some other cosmetic changes 
that I made to the MAIN MENU and LOG MENU because 
I liked the'look" of the previous versions (at least the way 
I had them) better than the current appearance. 

The changes to the MAIN MENU were primarily 
done to the header related procs. 

proc arrow_mess-JLm$ 
paper sink 

print at Ll;rv$; tab i; 

"Use arrow keys or Hot Key to choose "+m$; tab 79; 

print at 1+1 ,1 ; tab 25; "<ENTER> to select or 0 to 

exit"; tab 79jv$; 
papeT spap 
ink sink 

Changing the "arrow_mess" tidies up the MAIN 
MENU box by coloring the related lines to the same color 
as the outer field. Modifying the "heading" was mostly 
rearranging the text and the "heady" made the banner the 
full width of the screen, as on earlier versions. 

proc heading 

heady ;nul$: paper hpap: ink hink:runtime: let j=ans:timey 
print at l,2;upper(sys$);" MAIN MENU"; ink sink; at 
0,36; today$; tab 54;"Day ";day;" of"; val(date(0)); 
ink hink; at l,37;ans$; tab 54 J; " minutes since start" 
paper spap: ink sink: if begcnt=-l : let i$="-": else : 

let i$=str(begcnt,2,zer): endif 
print at 4,2; ink spap;desc$; 
print at 4,52;"Module : DBEmm"; 

at 5,52; "DEVice : ";pd$; 

at 6,52;"Database : "; sf$ 
print at 7,52;"Records : ";i$ 
proc heady4$ 

paper spap: els : paper hpap: ink hink: print at 0,0; tab 80; 

at 1,0; tab 80; at 2,0; tab 80; at l,2;i$;: paper spap: ink 

sink: print at 4,0; 

Still in a "retro" mode, changes to the LOG MENU 
were next. The changes to the LOG MENU were done to, 
you guessed it, log related procs; and again, the changes 
were made to resemble the appearance of earlier versions. 

The simple part was to remove the statement which 
indicated the "active database" in the "log_menu" 
procedure by truncating the fifth line, 
proc log_menu 

print at 17,3;"of " jipg; tab 79; at 18,1 ;rv$; tab 79; 


The real trick was to highlight the active line to echo 

the previous versions. Of course, the hardest part was to 
actually find which procedure performed this function! 
Not surprisingly, it is in the "log_show" procedure. The 
asterisk ("*") has been replaced with the greaterjhan sign 
(">"), but can be eliminated since it is now superfluous for 
most video configurations. 

proc log_show;pg 

let k=10*(pg-l):position;'T\rUc: let j=5: 
print at j,zer;:usel 

while not eof("l") and rl<k+10:usel 

leti$=desc_$: iflen(i$)>33: leti$=i$(l to 33): endif: let 
j$=user_$: if len(j$)>10: let j$=j$0 to 10): endif : if 
act_: paper sink: ink spap: let k$=" >": else : paper 

spap: ink sink: let k$=nul$: endif 

print sp$;rl;k$; tab 4;sp$;sd_$; tab 5+dl;sp$;sf_$; tab 

23;sp$;i$; tab 58;date_$; tab 68j$ 

tab 80: ink sink: paper spap: let j=o+l:plnext: endwhile 

box;j,zer,14,80,nul$: let j=16 

paper spap: ink sink 

print at j,6;pg;" "; 


After you make each change, you will want to see if it 
either looks right, or "works" the way you want it to. Of 
course, you will also want to save it to a working copy of 
the program by mputting: 

save object "DBEmm" <ENTER> 

I made the same changes for both the QDOS and the 
PC version of the program. In each case, you will want to 
compare and insert/change lines to match what you see 
listed. After you have made changes, you can further 
modify the procedures to fit your sensibilities instead of 

GUI - P h o o e y ! 

There are alternatives to Archive (more so for the 
DOS world). 

The essential thing to know is that DBEasy is NOT 
handicapped by being tied to a text-based program. Now, 
I realize that a LOT of people LIKE using a mouse - you 
know, trying to move the pointer to a viable spot on the 
screen as if it were a game; but, I'm not one of them. 

In day-to-day use, you only need the cursor keys and 
ENTER key, or a mouse, to navigate the program. 

Generally, the only time you need to use the 
alphanumeric keys is when creating/deleting a new/old 
database, or when making changes within an existing 

If there are some situations when you need a secure 
environment, then a copy of DBEasy running on a QL 
without a keyboard (of course, with a pointer input device) 
would probably be more secure from tampering than a 
GUI database which would probably remain vulnerable to 
change or removal. 


If you aren't using Archive, yet, then you should 
consider getting a copy of DBEasy since it will make using 
a D(ata)B(ase)Easy. 

Because I come from a long line of read-the- 
lnstructions-last people there are certainly features and 

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functions which I have Med to discuss adequately (or, at 
all) because I probably have not used them, yet. For those 
who like to read, there is an extensive DBEasy_doc which 
is obviously a good reference tool for using DBEasy, too. 

The QL disk contains an XCHANGE compatible 
version. Other than to say that the XCHANGE version is 
smaller than the "normal" version, I cannot indicate what 
the difference is. The "normal" QL and PC versions are 
essentially the same. 

An additional "dbf file is now included 
(PLANNERX_dbf) which can be used as a daily planner. 

Unlike PC users who currently do not have access to 
Archive, DBEasy is reason enough to use Archive, and 
would be reason enough for database users to use a QL or 
QXL as their hardware platform. 

Before I started to use DBEasy, I would use the back 
pages of my check book register for names and addresses! 
At the time, it just seemed to me that with less than 50 

names/addresses/phonejiumbers of various sorts that it 
was far easier transcribing those names (as needed) than to 
learn to use Archive. Were it not for DBEasy, I am certain 
that I would still not be using the Archive program, or any 
database program for that matter. 

If you are using a previous version of DBEasy, I am 
sure that you will not regret upgrading to the newest 
version. The HOT KE Ys, alone, make it worth the effort to 
transfer riles and make whatever changes need to be made. 

New users need to know that DBEasy is both EASY 
to use and EASY to modify if need be; that, "sample" 
databases are included that can be amended with your own 
data; and, that your QL requires memory expansion 
beyond 128K to run DBEasy. 

The DBEasy program costs $24.00 (NA); upgrades 
cost $7.00 (NA). 

Improving a Sector COPYing Program 

The following program LISTing is an enhancement of 
the earlier SCOPY 1.6 (PLATYPUS) program derived from 
R. Dwighfs FASTDISK program kernel (QUANTA) and 
now handles HD (high density) disks. As written, the 
program does not compile in a functional way with 
TURBO, but may do so with the LIBERATOR. The 
program requires TK2_EXTensions. [NOTE. SCOPY_bas 
is included as a supplemental program with QLuMSi, 
QLAMBer and QLUSTer]. 

The code is not optimized for size or speed. This 
should allow those who are so inclined to more easily 
modify it. Error checking is nimimal, with only the 
indication of the drive number being trapped to avoid 

It takes a little over ten minutes to sector copy HD 
disks on a QXL. Your times with a (SUPER) GOLD 
CARDed QL and dual HD drives should be about 2/3rds 
that of the time required on a QXL based on DD sector 
copy times. The code for using Extra Density (ED) drives 
could not be tested since I don't have ED drives and so ED 
support is not included; but, after analyzing the extra code 
for HD drives, you might be able to come up with suitable 
code amendment. 

The advantage which SCOPY had over DISCED 
(CST) is that the latter only allowed for a dual drive 
system. SCOPY allows you any drive number option. 
Thus, if you had triple DD drives, but wanted to sector 
copy from flp3_ to flpl_, you could do this with SCOPY 
but not with DISCED. 

The advantage over programs such as DISK MATE 4 
that SCOPY is free -- you simply have to key it in. 

I have already found this to be useful for archiving 
data; and, if you have dual HD (and, ED?) drives I hope 
you also find it to be useful too. 



SCOPY 1,9b 

by Al Feng 
PLATYPUS Software 

110 REMark - 
120 REMark I 
130 REMark I 
14 0 REMark I 
150 REMark I 

160 REMark 


200 WINDOW#0,440,32,50,224: WINDOW#l, 
440,226,50,30: WINDOW#2,5 12,256,0,0 
210 PAPER#2,0: INK#2,5: CLS#2: PAPER#1,0: MODE 0 
220 Blanks-" ": REMark 25 spaces 

230 Press$=" ... then PRESS <ENTER> " 
240 MAIN 

260 DEFine PROCedure MAIN 

270 WINDOW#0,190,142,163,80: PAPER#0,0: INK#0,5 

280 CSIZE#2,2,1: INK#2,5: PAPER#2,0: AT#2,1,15: 

PRINT#2,"SCOPY Utility";: CSIZE#2,1,0 
290PRINT#2,\\\TO20, "S(ector)COPY(ing) Utility " \,„ 

" Version 1.09b";: INK#2,7 
300 BORDER#0,1,4,3: STRIP#0,7: INK#0,2 


330 STRIP#0,0: INK#0,5 

" 0 = QUIT"\\\, 

" 1 = 720K'\ 

" 2 = 1.44M"\, 

" 3 = 3.2M"\\\, 

" 4 = FORMAT' 
350 BEEP 900,20: PAUSE 7: BEEP 400,30 
360 STRIP#0,2: INK#0,7 

380 STRIP#0,0 
400 SELect ON anykey 

410 =1: LET Density=l: message$="DD/720K": SCOPY 
420 =2: LET Density=2: message$="HD/1.44": SCOPY 

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1090 REMaik IF Density =3 THEN REMark 
1100 IF sides = 2 THEN 








PUT #4\x+265,r$ 
11 20 IF Density=2 THEN 



PUT #4\x+263+9,hl$: 

PUT #4\x+258+9,hm$: 




PUT #4\x+ 262+9,hq$: 

1 130 REMark IF Density=3 THEN REMark 
1140 END IF 

1 150 END DEFine putrack 

1 170 DEFine PROCedure Fmat 
1180 INK#0,7: AT#0,11,18: PRINT#0," 

INPUT#0,"FORMAT fip";zzz 
1 190 STRIP#0,5: INK#0,0: AT#0,11,4: 

PRINT#0, " FORMATting ";: INK#0,2: 

PRINT#0, "flp";zzz;"_ ": STRIP#0,0 
1200 INK#0,0: INK#0,0: FORMAT#0,"flp"&zzz«&"_" 
1210 CLS#0: AT#0,2,2: INK#0,5: DIR#0,"flp"&2ZZ&" 

1220 END DEFine Fmat 

1240 PAPER 0: CSIZE#2,0,0: CLS#2: AT#2,24,28: 

INK#2,7: PRINT#2, "@mended PLATYPUS 

': AT#0,11,10: 


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by David Lassov 

Good morning, fellow TSers. This issue, we approach 
the description of Bill Jones' DAISY, the TS-2068 
Software System for the LarKen Disk System, by going to 
our box of 3.5" disks and selecting the issue disk from 
UPDATE magazine, labeled Daisy #1. Let's pop it into 
drive #0 and do an autostart. 

The Daisy banner comes on-screen, accompanied by 
a tune, and we are challenged to "press a key..." We 
proceed to set up our print paRAMeters, as printer 
software gradually MERGEs in and deletes out. This 
results in the function menu's appearance on-screen 
with a FREE of 20269 bytes and a Turbo of 1 . 

We intend to diskuss the Data Management Menu 
this time, and, so, we press 5. Drive #0 grinds away, as 
the Utility Menu is LOADed. Here, we see offerings of 


disk utilities, Disk catalog Options, and a return to 


The 5160 in the 
comer indicates, 
that goto 5160 will 
bring up this menu 
again, in case of 
most progRAM 

We select 1 
for save menu. 
Drive #0 grinds 
away, again 
bringing up the 
colorful save 
data menu. Now, 
we see , that 
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save the whole Daisy progRAM, currently in core, along 
with any Data (in the variable files.) The SAVE is made to 
any drive #, given in response to the request "Enter Data 
Disk #" .Next, we find, that pressing 2 will save any 
Record Data Base File to whatever Data Disk # is given, as 

All our mailing lists are stored as "m#.A$". So, we 
press 2 at the save menu, enter a data disk # of 3, and 
get a catalog of drive #3, listing all the character files 
(.A$). Near the bottom is m69.A$, where most of our TS 
addresses are stared, like Don Lambert's, Abed Kahale's,... 
Thus, we enter 69 now, in case we want to store the mail 
file, currently in core as a new m69.A$. 

A hit of 3 at the save menu SAVEs the H$ 
Character Array File as #.A$, where # is chosen after 
cataloging all the . A$ files, as above, in response to giving a 
Data Disk #. 

Similarly, 4 stands for saveino the 1$ Character 
Array File to a selected Data Disk, pressing 5 at the 
save menu SAVEs whatever Outline Data Base be in 
core to a selected Data Disk. The outline consists of two 

character arrays, one for Major topics, the other for Minor 
topics of each Major. 

Keying capital A will cause drive 0 to grind away, 
till the function menu be displayed again on-screen. 

pressing capital B requests a Data Disk # and 
wild card, for cataloging that disk, eventuating in a choice 
between eraseino a file, entered on the disk cataloged 
before your eyes, or just returning to the save menu, 
after telling the progRAM where the ProgRAM disk be 
now located. 

pressing capital C brings up from drive #0 the 
Disk Management Utilities, where colorful menus can be 
created; disk catmjogs can be displayed and printed out; 
and. arbitrary character files on any disk can be viewed, 
without altering any data in core. 

return to the function menu is effected, by 
entering the drive # of the ProgRAM Disk. 

Entry #4 of the 
Disk Management 
menu loads in the 
Toronto LarKen Disk 
Utilities of George 
Chambers, which 
wipes out the Daisy 
variables, and you are 
given an opportunity 
to back out first and 
return to the Daisy 

Lastly, keying in 
capital E at the 
save menu causes 
the 2068 to treat the 
variable files in core 
as their own data 
base, to be SAVEd to a selected data disk, resulting in a 
choice, between keeping the data already on-board and 
doing a clear and LOADing another variable file from a 
selected data disk. The variable files are identified by their 
byte length (in 5 digits) plus an extension of .C2 . 

At the delete data menu, we are given a chance to 
keep costly memory operations under control. Fresh out of 
the box, the FREE is shown as 18132. A FREE of 4000 
bytes is hopeless, and 7000 bytes permits not much more. 
As large mailing lists be LOADed in, in order to address 
documents, contained in H$ and 1$, along with 
miscellaneous strings or outline data bases, you can see, by 
watching FREE, how precious operating space is used up. 
On the other hand, you can go to this delete data menu 
and watch free increase, as the foregoing data bases be 
deleted, by pressing 1, 2, 3, 4, and/or 5. 

Again, keying in capital A, B, or C returns us to the 
function menu, functions to catalog disks, or calls the 
Disk Management menu, which we'll describe again in 
more detail, but later. 

Lastly, the 5168 in the lower-right-hand comer 

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permits us to recover from most breaks by GOTO 5168, to 
bring back the delete data menu. 

Remember, memory management is critical on the 
2068 with its 37000 of free RAM. 

The load data menu performs the same operations 
as the save data menu, except in the opposite direction 
of data flow. That is, H$ and 1$ are loaded from selected 
data disks by 1 and 2, respectively. For Mail 
Merge, the addresses are loaded, by 3. Majors 
and Minors are loaded for Outline Files, by 4, 
here. And, as above, we return to function menu' 
function to cataix>o disks, and call the Disk Management 
menu, by keying in capital A, B, and C, respectively. 
Finally, "D" LOADs variable files, previously SAVEd by 
keying in capital E at the save data menu, above 
Minor recovery of the load data menu comes, by going 
to 5100, as shown in the lower-right-hand comer. 

In summary, the Data Management Menu uses 
lkdos to get a lot of production from the small RAM of 
the 2068, very useful 

Sure, Bill Jones used the Data Management Menu to 
get more work out of less memory But, this came at the 
expense of time, in the form of exasperaungiy slow 
MERGEs, churning, disk drives, and hand-waving in the 
sense of repeated entry of both program disk drive # and 
data disk drive # 

Well, we have replaced the frequent MERGEs with 
fast LOADs, usually only two per session. The menus are 
all on RAMdisk, and the program disk drive # is sensed 
automatically, upon program entry, thus cutting in half the 
amount of hand-waving. Pretty good, eh ?? 

The Data Management Menu is so useful, as to be 
in every version of Daisy, always at our disposal. 

We plug our single-sided, 80-track disk into drive #0 
and do an AUTOSTART, to bring up the word processing' 
main menu. First, we punch 2, in order to load 
input/edit and immediately bring up the function 
menu. WeseeTurbo=landaFREEof 19897. Of course 
there are no MERGEs and all necessary software is already 
on board for both INPUT and EDIT. 

Let's punch 5 and immediately spring the Utility 
Menu to the screen. From here, we hit 1, 2, or 3, in order 
to be presented with the SAVE menu, DELETE menu, or 
LOAD menu, respectively. A single key-stroke of "a" 
returns us to the function menu, "b" accesses the 
options to CATalog disks. E.G., we punch "O" in 

response to the data disk drive # query; the input is hot, 

and. we are invited to 

ENTER a wild card 

for the directly 

ensuing CATalog of 

drive #0. Then, we 

can punch "1", to 

immediately return 

to the previous 

menu, or punch "2", 

to ENTER the name 

of any file on drive 

#0, that we wish to 

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ERASE at this time, 

The save data menu functions identically, as when 
it came in the folder from Frank Davis. The only difference 
is in speed of use and ease of use, in that a single punch 
of 2 brings a request for data disk #, as before, and a touci 
of 0 CATalogs all the character riles on drive #0. Entry of 
the arbitrary integer # SAVEs the mail file in core to drive 
#0 as m#.A$. Then, we immediately return to the 

NO annoying MERGEs, NO disk access for 
LOADing of menus all (branch-switched in from 
RAMdisk,) NO entry of program disk drive #, and NO 
entry of data disk drive # (just touch the #, once!) And, a 
single key-stroke of "e" SAVEs the complete variable file 
of the 2068 to whatever data disk drive be selected at a 
touch of its number (from 0 to 4). 

And so on with the delete and load menus : 
More speed and less work, while mamtaining the same 
functionality of the three menus. 

As an instructive example of how we often use the 
Data Management Menu, we consider the (usual) case of 
getting ready to PRINT documents, recently compassed by 

So, here we go ! PO+MM has no input or edit 
facilities, just as INPUT/EDIT has no printout or mail 
merge capabilities. But, they all have the ability to 

MANAGE DATA (on disk.) 

Starting at the main menu (AUTOSTART on drive 
#0,) we touch "I" for "WP : Print+MMrg", thus LOADing 
PO+MM.B6. Our colorful Daisy banner comes up to the 
tune of charge (Once a Trojan, always a Trojan, it seems 
• 0 3 > 2, 1, y, y, y sets up our 9-pin printer the way we like 
it. Facing the function menu, a punch of "5" and "3" 
gets us to the load data menu, by way of the Utility 
Menu. We LOAD H$ with a touch of "1", "2" LOADs the 
1$ character array file . And, "3" LOADs the file of 
addresses, to which we wish to send our document (in H$ 
and 1$, 14 paragraphs in all.). 

Next, we hit "a" to bring us straight back to the 
function menu, from where we select from a myriad of 
printer styles, by keying in " < ". 

Back again at the function menu, a hit of " 7 " 
enables us to automatically PRINT beaucoup copies of our 
document, nicely pre-addressed to all our addressees. 

Let it be pointed out, that drive #0 serves only to load 
some version of Daisy. After that is done, then it is 
available as another double-sided, 3.5" drive for more data 
disks ! ! This is so, because of the lack of any MERGEs or 

LOADing of 
menus from 
anywhere, except 

Well, next 
time will be brie£ 
touching on entry 
#6 of the 


for "Print Typing". 

Spring 1996 

Tke England Sinclair QL U sers Group (NESQLUG) 



Kourtii Norfk American 

Saturday, May 18 th from 9 AM until 5 PM 



In Bedford, Massachusetts Just 15 miles NW of Boston, Bedford, and the two bordering towns of Lexington and Concord, 
contain many historical sites and museums, including the sites of the first battles of the American Revolution, Minuteman 
National Park, the Louisa May Alcott house, Walden Pond, the Henry Thoreau house, and many more. 

The QL Show will be held at the: 
Bedford Ramada Inn, 340 Great Road, Bedford, Massachusetts Ol 730 
TEL: In US (800) 228-2828 OR (61 7) 275-6700 
A block of 25 rooms as been reserved Friday and Saturday the 17* & 18 th of May, 1996, for those attending the show, at a 
reduced price of just $49 per night - 1 or 2 persons, and $10 more for an additional person. This price also includes an all- 
you-can-eat American buffet breakfast. Please mention the 4 QL Show' in order to get this special price. Additional nights 
^ are $59 per night for 1 or 2 people. Rooms must be reserved not later than April 27 th , three weeks prior to the meeting. 
If you reserve a room at the Ramada by April 27 th , you may pay the $5 entry fee at the show. If you are not planning to stay 

at the Ramada, please send a check for $5, by April 27*, made out to: 

Gary Norton, 43 Richardson St., Billerica, MAO I 82 I USA. 

Late entry fee at the show is $7. Notify Gary also, if you would like a packet with maps and tourists information. 
E-mail:, Tel: 508 667-2048, or mail as above. 

Tke A 

Friday, 17 May (Optional) 
Meet in the Ramada Lounge at 7 PM, and share rides to the 
Willow Pond Restaurant in Concord, an informal pub that 
offers meals under $5 and twin lobster dinners for $14.95. 

Saturday, 18 May 
8:00 AM Doors to meeting room on 3rd floor of Ramada 
open to vendors. 

9:00 - Noon General meeting - Coffee and tea will be 

Noon - 1 .00 Meeting room closed for lunch break. (*) 
1:00- 4:30 General meeting. 
4:30- 5:00 Vendors remove equipment from room. 
Numerous valuable QL hardware/software doorprizes will 
given away all day! 

(*) Note: Only sandwiches are available for lunch at the 
Ramada Inn, but there is a variety of eating places within 
500 yards of the meeting location. 

Saturday Nigkt QL Banquet 

Cost is $19.95 IMPORTANT: Contact Gary Norton to 
reserve your seat no later than April 27 th . If you reserve a 
room at the Ramada, you may defer payment until you 
arrive. Otherwise please send a check made out to Gary 
Norton. NOTE: Banquet is limited to first 60 QLers. 

6:00 - 6:30 Reception - 2 nd floor Banquet Room, cash bar 

(open all evening) 
6:30-7.45 QL Banquet 

Banquet Menu 

Fruit cup, Garden salad. 
Choice of: Broiled Boston Scrod (a tasty white meat fish) 
or Baked Chicken with Supreme Sauce. 
Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, 
New England Shortcake with Strawberries, 

g e n a a 
7:45 - 7:50 Awards Presentation 

7:50 - 8:00 A QL Quorum - a panel of knowledgeable 
volunteers will answer questions from the floor and offer 

Evening ends with a folk song sing along, general 
discussions, and elbow bending until they throw the 
stragglers out at midnight. 

Sunday, 19 May 

9:00 AM QLunch at the Boehms, 33 Selfhdge Rd., 
Bedford. Several QLs and QXLs will be set up in separate 
rooms for demos and discussions. Coffee, tea, and donuts 
in the morning, cold cuts, sandwich buffet for lunch. 
Leave when you have to. 

The following vendors and QL notables have indicated 
they are planning to come: 

Stuart Honeyball Miracle Systems 
Jochen Merz Jochen Merz Software 
Urs Konig cowo Eletronica (Switzerland) 
Bill Cable Wood and Wind Computing 

Tim Swenson QL Hacker's Journal. 
Roy Wood Q branch 
Frank & Carol Davis fwd Computing and 

UPDATE Magazine 
Others that are trying to make arrangements to come : 
Tony Firshman and Lou Reeves, John and Val Taylor - 
from quanta, Bill Richardson - from W. N. Richardson & 
Co., and Albin Hessler from Albin Hessler Software. 

Bill Cable, RR3 Box 92, Cornish NH 03745 USA 
Tel: 603 675-2218; is vendor point-of-contact. 
Vendor price is $25.00 per table. 
The tables are 3 ft. by 8 ft. in size. 

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SPECTRUM for your 2068 

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

Bob Swoger Address on page 2 

747 J3fltglji ^imnlxiav 

So you like to fly, the 747 Flight Simulator for SPECTRUM by 
Derek Ashton of DACC. Requires a SPECTRUM equipped 2068. 
Supplied on LarKen SSDD or DSDD LarKen disk for $10 which 
goes to Derek now working at Motorola with Bob. 
Bob Swoger Address on page 2 

pnt chips 

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

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

A Strategic Generic War Game for the TS-2068 


^ Completely in fast machine code. Games can be SAVEd 

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

Price $19.95 + $2.50 S&H. 
Order from:- or> 
2461 S. 79TH ST BOX 101 

WEST ALUS Wl 5321 9 BUTLER Wl 53007 

Make David an Offer 

ZX-81 /TS-1 000 TS-2068 
Hardware Kits 
Real Time Clock I/O Controller RS-232 
Centronics l/F 1 6K & 64K RAM 300 BAUD 
Modem A-D Converter(assembied) 



The John Oliger Co. 

11601 WidbeyDr. 
Cumberland IN 46229 
The John Oliger Floppy Disk System 
FOR THE TS-2068 
Expansion Board 
2068 User Cartridge 
Disk Boards u A»& u B» 
2068 Parallel Printer Port 
2068 EPROM Programmer 
2068/SPECTRUM Joystick Port 
DFh Mapped Universal I/O Port board 
Vpp Power Supply 
User Manual only : $5.00 (Read before you buy) 

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Favorite Home Computers 
And Their Accessories 




Reasonable flat rate plus parts and shipping. 
Write for prices S ASE appreciated 


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PC color monitors, keyboards, printers, circuit 

boards, etc. 


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CABOOL MO 65689 
Phone 417 469-4571 

PROFILE - ZX-81 (tic-tac-toe) 
ZX-TEXT - Word Processor 
ZX-CALC - Spreadsheet 

Business Software 

Cycle Accounting Financial Report Generator 
ZX-CALENDAR - Time Management 

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ZX-81 TS-1000 TS-1500 

Albert F. Rodriguez 

A . F . R . Software 


305 531-6464 

QLAMBer $20 
QLuMSi $20 
Upgrades $5 


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24 hours a day 
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Supporting all Sinclairs and Timex users 
Fidonet echomail areas for Sinclair computers 
Lots of new files for you to download such as 
TS-2068 emulator for those who use a PC 
Give us a call and let us know what you want to see 

Message Area & File Area 
QL International, Quanta, IQLR, UPDATE!, QL Hacker's 
Journal, Spectrum/2068, ZX-81 /TS-1000, Z88, NetMail, 
Emulators, Pointer, FDFORMAT for QXL/QDOS etc. 
SYSOP John J. Impellizzeri 
Co-SYSOP Don Walterman 
Utica, Michigan, USA 
JHow-To' is in the April, 94, UPDATE! Magazine 

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

Mike Fink 

Domino Cubes 

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NEW YORK NY 10036-6329 
800 800-0718 27762 
FAX 212 869-1526 

Bill Cable 

ARCHIVE Based QL Software 

QLerk - A complete financial program for the QL 
QLerk software (v3.2 1 ) with tutorial $29 
QLerk manual $29 
QLerk software & manual $50 

DBEasy - A menu based database system 
DBEasy software (v1 .6) $24 
DBEasy upgrade from V1 .5 $7 

DBProgs - A toolkit of ARCHIVE procedures 
DBProgs software (v1 .8) $18 
DBProgs upgrade from V1 .7 $7 

DBTutor - A general purpose learning program 
DBTutor software(v1 .5) $ 1 2 

PC DBEasy - Just like QL DBEasy but, you 
must have PC ARCHIVE to use It. 
PC DBEasy software (v1 .3) $ 1 2 

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Supporting All QL Programmers 

Timothy Swenson, Editor 

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New England Sinclair QL Users Group 
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61 7 233-3671 

J\ JL i3 Newsletter 

The Capital Area T/S Users Group 

7044 CINDY LN 
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Chicago Area Timex Users Group 
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Thomas Simon editor 
E-Mail CIS 73177,333 

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Timex/Sinclair Users! 

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

and 55ff Request 

You can send a legal 

list & price sheets. 
Public Domain Software 

Sell Your Idle Computer & Related 

Items Here 

We also carry extensive PC 

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

RMG Enterprises 


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

FOR SALE: Radio Shack CGP-115 Color Graphic 

Printer /Plotter, like new condition, $65.00. 

QL Computer, new, never used. Package includes: Trump 

Card (768K), P/Supply, manuals, extra motherboard (if 

wanted), printer cable and 24 Micro-Drive cartridges (10 

preprogrammed and 14 blank) $125. 

WANTED: PC Magazine, Vol. 3, No.. 23 (Nov. 27, 

1984) and/or Vol. 6 No. 19 (Nov., 1987) Also "Printers" 

issue between 1990 - 1993. 

415 STONE ST. 
JOHNSTOWN PA 15906-1609 
(814) 535-6998 

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. 

POST FALL ID 83854-8812 

FOR SALE: 1. Hardware: ZX-81 Computer, TS-1000 
Computer Case, ZX-16K RAM (Qty 2), TS-1016 RAM Pack, 
and TS-1000 Winky Board. 

2. Software On Cassette: Backgammon, Frogger Word Sine, 
States and Capitals, Total Triangles, Conversational Spanish, 
Conversational German, Conversational French. 

3. Schematics: TS1000 Computer, TS-1016 RAM Pack, ZX-81 
Computer and ZX-16K RAM Pack. I would like to get $20 for 
the entire package, but, any offer will be considered and 
probably taken! Either leave e-mail at 847 632-5558 or give me 
a call (847) 360- 1 549 if you're interested. Gary Lessen berry 

ZXir QLive Alive! 


Spring 1996 

WANTED: MICROACE,T/S-1500, CZ1000/1500, 
TK82/83/85 and each MEMOTECH module forZX81 except 
memory modules 1 6k and 32K and printer I/F. Write to: 



WANTED: All information about ColorWorks or plus + 
Color Graphics, distributed by Plus + Pac System International, 
Chicago. Write to: 


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

2388 HWY 36 E 
M1LNER GA 30257 

WANTED: Any books and/or information on the ZX-81 
ROM and ULA chips. Write to: 


WANTED: UHF Modulator for the ZX81/TS1000, contact: 

407 852-6899 (eves) 

WANTED: MEMOTECK serial or parallel interface for the 
ZX-81/TS-1000. Contact: 

503 655-7484 

17) Backgammon (Timex) 16K RAM no docs 

1 8) 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) Manufactoing 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 Utilities-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 

WANTED: 3.5" ED disk drives that work with the 
GoldCard on the QL. Also 3.2 Meg. Floppy disks for them. 



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 

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Spring 1996 

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 
1 15 & 1 16 ) 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) 1<5K docs 
121 & 122 ) Championship Chess (SoftSync) 16K Docs 

123) Datamaster (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) I6K 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 

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 

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 

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. 




T/S Related Equipment For Sale 

GROUP I (Jack Mailer'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 1 500 Computer system (original package like new). 

4) ZX8I Computer system (like new). 

5) 3 T/S 2040 Printers (original packages (ike 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). 

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

Make offer including shipping costs: 



AMHERST NY 14228-2033 
(716 691-9495) 


1 3 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 lncl.) 

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- 1000/1 500 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- 1000/1 500 
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 

ZXir QLive Alive! 


Spring 1996 

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). CAUnON-Check all comp. video outputs before using 
- writer not responsible for damage to user TV/monitor or 

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 

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 


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. j 
Grafton, Ohio 44044 

or call (216)748-3830 if you have any questions. 

From Sco'land 


The New Name in Sam Coupe Software 
Zenith Graphics & MOTIVATION presents 
Edition 1 £4.00 Or all 3 editions for £1 0 
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! I 
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 


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: 


SINCLAIR Resources 

Compuserve — TimexSIG 

Wednesday Nights© 10 PM EST. (GO CLUB) 
INTERNET: newsgroup comp.sys.sinclair 

Jack Dohany (Developer - 2068) 

John McMicael (Developer - Graphics) 

PO BOX 3991 
NEWPORT Rl 02840-0987 
401 849-3805 

Bill Russell (QL) 

RR1 BOX 539 

TEJ Computer Products 

24 Hr. Order line: 213 669-1418 

MarkStueber (QL) 
804 730-9697 FAX 804 746-1978 


Send them a LS ASE and ask for information , 

ZXir QLrve Alive! 


Spring 1996 



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

We are a large quarterly magazine that is produced on Sinclair computers. We cover 
the QL, Z88, TS-2068, Spectrum and the ZX-81 . Minimum issue size is 50 pages, and does 
include ads from Sinclair dealers. The subscription is $20 in US$ in North America; £18 
or 40 DM or equivalent elsewhere. Send all funds and requests for a new subscription to: 


PO BOX 17 
Checks, travelers checks, cash are all acceptable 

F'TJIT 13 Computin 

_ Formerly: Mechanical Affinity 

Frank Davis 
P.O. Box 17 
Mexico, IN 46958 

FAX: 317 472-0783 7PM-11AM 
E-Mail: fdavis@walnu 

RMG Enterprises 

503 655-7484 10AM - 7PM (Pacific) Tues. - Sat. 
FAX/VoiceMail: 503 655-4116 24 Hrs. 

Yearly Subscription 

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

one year. 

The first is a piece of Public Domain software from Jack 
Dohany. You can now install a SmartWatch Clock/Calendar 
Chip in your 2068 and use this software to access it( Finally, an 
actual clock/calendar for the 2068! I have yet to test it but Jack 
says he did it to the best of his ability and, with the chip selling 
for between $15-20, the software and documentation available 
from RMG for $7.50 postpaid, it is well worth your time to look 
into it. The SmartWatch chip just plugs into your 2068 
motherboard under the ROM chip —no wiring or soldering is 

required. For most folks, it should be a 15 minute job. Just be 
sure to state whether you want 5.25" or 3.5" diskette. Available 
on 360K or 720K 5.25" and 80 track 3.5" LarKen format only. 
We can supply the software on cassette if you prefer.) 

The second item is a 2068 Emulator for the IBM PC. 
Actually it is an overlay for an existing Z80 emulator. This 
overlay, written by Keith Watson, allows us to run most 2068 
software on our IBM machines. If you register the Z80 
emulator, you can even SAVE/LOAD to/from cassette tape via 
the parallel port as well as save to the floppy or hard drive. (The 
emulator also emulates the Interface One microdrive serial 
SAVEs.) RMG will have both the shareware version of the Z80 
emulator and the 2068 overlays available very soon. If you 
order both at the same time, the cost will be just $10 postpaid. 
We can supply them on 3.5" 720K or 1.44M as well as 5.25" 
360Kor 1.2M MS-DOS format. 

ZXir QLive Alive! 


Spring 1996 

A third item that is now available from RMG is the latest 
and greatest, from Bob Swoger — LogiCall 6.0 IS HERE' It is 
so feature packed that the pnce is now $15.00 postpaid for new 
buyers and $7.50 for upgrade copies. It is available for the L3, 
A3, and 03 LarKen operating system versions. Bob says that 
this may be the final version —finally! This version comes with 
all new documentation for LogiCall as well as the new 
updated L3 LarKen user's manual and even includes a 
free gift from —== GATOR ==— SOFTWARE? 

This List is from some folks who do not need the 
items! Now it could be yours! 

1 TS-2068 Power Supply " $15 

1 Book- Sams Begiiiner/Intermediate Manual $5 
1 Book-Brain Games $5 
Super Special:- All Of The Above For Only $20 pp. 

For Above Item(S) Please Use Reference # BWU1291 
1 QL Computer w/Psion s/w Coleco p/s, needs membrane $35 
1 Set Phillips 5.25" 1/2 HT 720K Drives In Case With Power Supply 

And Cables $90 
1 I.C.E. EPROM Cartridge $12.50 
1 Transform Keyboard Cover $5 
1 Microbridge s/w -(QL)-FLP $15 
1 DBE AS Y on FLP $7 50 
1 Qliberator MDV w/Manuai $20 
22 Update Magazines $20 
16 IQLR Magazines $20 
1 Sinclair QL Computing Book $5 
1 QL Survivors Source Book $5 

Afl of the Above for Only $175 Postpaid 
For Above Items Please Use Reference # CLU1293 

1 6 Pack TS1000 s/w w/Docs - Includes Shipping! $1 

1 Sharp 4602 Laptop, 2 720K Floppy Drives, 640K RAM 10MHZ, 2 
Serial/1 Par Ports - RGB/CGA Port - 5.25" Floppy Port - 2 
Battery Packs - DOS 3.30 Backlit LCD Screen - Case With 
Many Pockets Also Included - All In Like-New Condition 
Includes AC Adapter. 

Make Us An Offer! (Reasonable!) $450 pp. 

For Above Items Please Use Reference # JCU0989 
CNSN 1 Last updated: December 13, 1995 

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







1 TS 1000 In Large BOROUGHS Full Keyboard 

2 TS 1016 RAM Packs. Both!(1000) 
1 MEMOTECH 32K MEMOPAK RAM Pack-( 1000) 
1 SOUNDWAVE Tape Recorder 
1 SONY TC-66 Tape Recorder (1 Button Missing) 

1 Book - 51 Games For The TS1000 

2 Book - 10 Starter Programs From Family Computing $2.50 ea. 
1 Book - Best Of Family Computing Programs $450 

Super Buy! AD Of The Above For Only $95 Postpaid! 
For Above Items Please Use Reference # HDU0691 

1 QL Computer In Large Case W/Full Travel KB $35 pp . 
For Above Item Please Use Reference # EFU0690 

1 FRANKLIN PC 8000 XT Compatible/5 12K RAM/2 360K 

Drives/No Slot Clock Installed/1 Extra Slot DOS 3 2/GWBASIC 
And Manuals $100 
8-BIT RLL HD Controller $0 pp 

TANDY/IBM Joystick $ 10 pp 

1 RGB (CGA) Monitor W/CGA Card 8 Bit $75 pp 

1 Book Package-(A11 Or None):How To Use The T/S Computer/ 

ZXir QLive Alive! 

The TS 2068 ExploreaTTS 1500/1 000 MC Programming And 
Interfacing/MC And Better Basic $ 1 5 pp. 

1 2068 S/W Package- several titles $10 pp 

1 TS1000 S/W Package-(A11 Or None): 4 Titles $5 pp. 
For Above ltem(S) Please Use Reference # GBU0990 

Just In! Great Buy On 286!!! 

1 ONLY - TANDON 286/12 Motherboard In Case With PS 1 meg. 
RAM Exp. To 5 Megs/Ser-Par Ports/Manuals No Drives-No 
Keyboard No Monitor Or Color Card. $45 pp . 

Or We Will Install A 1.2M-5.25" Or 1.44M-3.5" Floppy/101 KB 
CGA Card And Include 14" CGA Monitor W/DOS 4.01 And 

Manuals. All For Only $200 pp. 

For Above Item(S) Please Use Reference # ANOU0392 
Unless Otherwise Noted All Items Include Shipping ' 
CNSN 2 ~ " ^ 

Last Updated: June 18, 1995 

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 CGA output. $40 
1 TS-2068 In Wooden Case w/Large KB/Reset/More $50 pp. 
1 DMP 430 15" Dot Matrix printer (Good Shape) $50 pp. 

For Above Items Please Use Reference # DSU1190 

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

1 TANDY C0C0 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! 
I Melbourne House Software Pack 8 Pieces $25 
I 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 AERCOFD 68 Disk Interface W/256K RAM $100 ea 
1 COLECO Power Supply For Use With FD 68 $5 

1 RITEMAN 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 Buyer's Guide To TS Products and Services 
In Loose Leaf Binder $ 10 pp. 

For Above Items Use Reference # HCU0793 

CNSN 3 Last Updated: November Z 1 995 

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

1 TS-1000 Complete In Original Box $15 

1 TS-1000 In Suntronics KD 81 Keyboard Direct Video Output 


Spring 1996 

Cables and Manual $35 
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 Z Dubber Tape Filter/Copier For TS1000 $10 
1 MEMOTECH HRG (High Res. Graphics) Pac $20 

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 $45 

General TS Hardware: 

2 TS 2040 Printers with power supplies $40 or $20 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 $75 

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

For Above Items Please Use Reference L# IWMI94 

Here Are Some Great PC Software Titles 

1 The Little Black Book Phone book program $7.50 

1 FastBack Plus 2.0 Fifth Generation. High compression, hig speed, 

selective backup. Over $ 100 if new $20 

1 OS/2 on CD ROM. Full 32-bit operation that allows the use of 

DOS, Windows or OS/2 apps. All manuals, original box. $50 

1 Book-Upgrading to MS-DOS 5. User's guide $10 

For Above Items Use Reference # DRSU1095 

CNSN 13 

Last Updated: January 7, 1996 

More New Items Just In! 

TS 1000 Software: 

79 TS 1000 Software Titles- Timex/Softsync-Others- All $25 

9 TS 1000 Public Domain Tapes - All $7.50 

TS 2068 Software: 

16 TS 2068 Software Tapes-Timex/ZEBRA-More $17.50 

4 TS 2068 Public Domain Tapes $5.50 

32 TS2068/LarKen 5.25' diskettes $25 

1 Set TS-1000 Public Domain S/W on disk 5.25" LK $25 

TS 1000 Books: 

32 Titles For TS 1000- Write For List $40 

General TS Books: 
8 Titles For All TS Computers- Write For List $15 
Total value of above items =$160.50 Order ALL for $125 pp. 
For Above Items Please Use Reference - TWU1194 
QL System for Sale! 
1 QL computer with p/supply and manual. 
1 QL NLQ 9-pin printer with serial cable, 2 ribbons and manual. 
1 Maganavox 12' amber monitor with cable. 
1 QL Gardner software package. 
1 QL Enterpeneur software package. 
1 QL Scrabble software package. 

More software, QL books, magazines and newsletters. Approx. 40 

MDV cartridges in Thompson storage boxes. 

All can be yours for only $150 pp. 

CNSN 14 Last Updated: February 14, 1996 

Package B 


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 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 Tapes: All for only $45 pp. 

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), Mega Fonts/16 Point Font 
Designer (S. Lemke), Basic Toolkit (J. Kilday), The Tracer 
(S&Ks/w), Kruncher 2068 (S&K s/w), Cassette Hea.der 
Reader (G. Russell), Tasword II (Tasman) 

Books: All for only $40 pp. 

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), , Creative Games for the 
TS-2068 (R. Maunder), The Best Of The Plotter (CCATS) 
Note: Documentation is included for all items except the 2068. 
Please use reference JSU0395 

CNSN 16 Last Updated: November 8, 1995 


Tke Final Version 

Newly updated, easy-to-read, LarKen LKDOS ver. 3 Manual 

Includes missing information related to the JLO and the Tasman 'B' CPI, mouse and re- 
numbering program. 

Updated version 6.0 LogiCall Manual 

with sections on utilities and BASIC drivers for modified commercial software and 

swithching system ROMs without powering down. 

Available now from 

FWD Computing & RMG Enterprises 

ZXir Qlive Alive! 


Spring 1996