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Computers are Fun 

They have such a fun way of 
playing with your mind. For in- 
stance, there is a computer here 
at the magazine with which I 
write these monthly comments. 
It is on temporary leave of ab- 
sence because the spindle bear- 
ing in its dual disk drive is 

permanently dead. No huhu - we have lotsa these 
around here. Unfortunately they communicate. On 
thinkum number two, I am stopped because thinkum 
is not feeling good. Thinkum number three is cur 
hitting for thinkum number four, which is in the 
Thinkum number three is also the one which contro 
sette duplicating machine, so it gets immediate 
After a session with Three, I continue on to Two, 
I am now typing. Two has a pair of disk drives, 
in for repair. It also has a keyboard which has 
developed a tendency to ignore certain letters un 
time the key is hit. If Two dies before One come 
about two weeks, it's back to the typewriter for 
entry, and comments will start getting really sho 
of you who have started using your computer for t 
can understand that using a typewriter - even the 
Selectric kind, is cruel and unusual punishment. 

But that's not what I'd 
and it would be nice to pass 
Talk and Level One magazines, 
talk about the competition (i 
could affect their ability to 
are in a "catch up" position, 
effectively dead and I suppos 
magazines were to be cassette 
up much like CLOAD, except on 
events in the computer field 
business software. Both maga 
level - headed people who wer 
of ripping people off intenti 
ledge) came out with their fi 
cation being far more serious 
there is anything that should 
that putting out a cassette m 
the market is not all that la 
subscribing to any of them, a 
want to really be assured, wa 
second issue is the hardest o 
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Announcements : 

John Craig, Editor of Creative Computing magazine, holds a 
swap meet every year to provide an opportunity for all to come 
and buy or sell all the stuff they can carry or dump, as the 
case may be. This year it will be held on the San Mateo County 
Fairgrounds, San Mateo California (south of San Fransisco) on 
Saturday, September 15th. Y'all corae, especially all you sub- 
scribers out there in Australia. It costs $1.00 to park your 
dinosaur, but admission is otherwise free to buyers (standard 
California swap meet protocol). Great chance to meet people 
who are as crazy as you are. Sellers contact John Craig at 
(805 ) -735-1023 for booth price/availability. Buyers/gawkers 
just come. Sunshine has been scheduled. 

Brian Mumford of Mumford Mumford Micro Systems (Box 435-A 
Summerland, CA 93067 - 805-969-4557) has come up with a neat 
system for keeping track of all those disks in your collection 
sorted by disk, program title, space available and so forth. 
Those of you who are handling a fair amount of data on disks 
have probably noticed that it is a nontrivial task to keep 
track of all those files out there. This system is neat. I've 
seen the results with mine own eyes and it gets my approval. 

Another thing I have seen with mine own eyes is Computer 
Cassettes magazine (Box 466, El Dorado CA 95623), edited by 
Robert Purser. It's not actually on a cassette, it's a more 
conventional "hardcopy" magazine which consists of reviews 
of cassette software currently available for the PET, Apple, 
TRS-80, and presumably the others as they come along. This 
has been needed for some time. The amount of software that's 
currently being offered out there is far too much for anyone 
to make an intelligent purchasing decision, and there's no 
way to "try out" software - it's a blind purchase marketing 
system. What Computer Cassettes is about is a pre-screening of 
the chaff, allowing a software vendor without a previous rep- 
utation to work up to an established name. Check out our com- 
petitions (We're reviewed in there, too - but then, we've 
already suckered you in). 

By the by, some subscribers have asked if all the ads in 
CLOAD have been proven (shades of Col. Winthrop and World 
Power Systems) . All the ads we have run in the past relate to 
real stuff, and we're being very careful to keep it that way. 
As a statement of confession, if World Power Systems had placed 
an ad with us, we probably would have run it. (We have since 
changed our acceptance policy). 

"The Best of CLOAD", volume 1 (our first six months of 
trying) has been duplicated and will be shipped to those who 
have ordered an advance copy as soon as this issue is in the 
mail. It turned out pretty well, if I may say so. I had al- 
most forgotten what the initial programs were like until it 
was time to write commentary on them. They are now available 
at the exhorbitant price of $10.00 ($1 5 . 00' overseas) , cash, 
check, money order, Master Charge, Visa, Gold, what have you. 

The CTR-80 tape recorder has a rather disconcerting habit. 
If the tape is stopped, it puts a "pop" on the tape. If the 

tape is stopped In the middle of a program, that's where the 
"pop" goes. Recommendations play to the end of each proqram 
before stopping. The computer will do this automatically if 
the motor control jack (the tiny one) is plugged in. A better 
thing is to modify you cassette recorder to hear the audio as 
you load the programs. We at CLOAD (meaning me) will be making 
a cassecte recorder modification plan available - it's in the 
"special projects 4 ' queue, position 5. Those of you who do not 
wish to open up your computer and sling solder might want to 
get a cassette controller box such as Dick Fuller 8 s RF-III. 


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urrent topic, and this program was written to try to 
the "odd - even" game of license plate roulette that 
In Southern California. As such, 1 suppose 
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uments of justice = 

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TREK-80, by Bruce Berry, was written for the Radio Shack TRS-80 Computer and will run on any TRS-80 
with at least 1 6K of memory and Level II Basic. This is not just another Star Trek game. It has been in develop- 
ment for over 1 year! Action takes place on a real-time basis. Your mission? Starfleet Command is under 
heavy attack and you must rescue the supply fleet. You have 2 or more Starbases where you can resupply 
once, each. There are 45 - 60+ Klingons you must destroy in a given amount of time without losing more 
than 5 Tugs. Features: 64 Sector quadrants, 64 quadrant universe. Klingons can move, resupply, fire torpedoes 
or disruptors. Tugs can fire phasers, Enterprise can fire phasers or torpedoes and can lock both and course for 
fire and move (evasive action). Torpedoes intercept can 'be locked on or off. Sensors can be short range (qua- 
drant) or long range (eight surrounding quadrants). Probes can scan enemy ships for position, energy and 
torpedoes. Galactic scan shows all known quads with number of stars, Klingons and bases. Ship's energy can 
be channelled to phasers, warp drive, impulse engines and shields, in increments of 10% and any combination. 
Damage Control reports, Self-destruct, Warp and Impulse Movement. Programming notes give instruction for 
changing allotted stardates for accomplishing mission; units of energy from reactor/date available for chan-> 
nelling; initial and resupply levels for shield, phaser, impulse and warp drive energy; initial and resupply of 
number of torpedoes; number of Klingons (Min. &/or Max.);numberof bases;alIotted max. phaser power/shot;; 
Rich in detail. Move and fire any direction. Impulse as well as warp quadrant to quadrant. Time and energy 
are functions of speed and distance. Damage is logically determined by shield strength. Lots of action all - 
graphically displayed including torpedo track and much much more. THIS IS THE TOUGHEST TREK GAME 

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