1. Not old. Vintage. :)
Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: 19-Jul-86 #8

Z*Magazine: 19-Jul-86 #8

  1. Timothy Kline
    Article #17 (214 is last):
    From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.zmag
    Subject: Z*Magazine: 19-Jul-86 #8
    Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Date: Sat Jul 3 20:35:33 1993


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    July 19, 1986
    Ron Kovacs-Publisher/Editor
    Walt Drummond-Assistant Editor
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    |||||Contents||

    <*> Zmag Notes
    <*> New Format
    <*> ZPRINT4.OBJ
    <*> Basic Programming Help
    <*> Zmag Information Network
    <*> Editor Column
    <*> Zmag Chicago
    <*> CompuServe Watch
    <*> Antic's Gigi Bisson Report
    <*> Zmag Contest
    <*> CToday Report
    <*> and more........
    <*> BBS:Express!
    <*> Conversation with Mike of SIG*
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    ANTIC Report By: Gigi Bisson

    ANTIC PUBLISHING, INC., COPYRIGHT
    1986. REPRINTED BY PERMISSION FROM
    ANTIC ONLINE ON COMPUSERVE.
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    Xx INDUS IS OUT

    Prospective Indus disk drive owners
    be warned; the Chatsworth, CA-based
    peripherals manufacturer is no
    longer in business. A company
    called National Logic took over the
    new Indus MIDI sequencer product
    line, and Future Systems, Inc.
    purchased the rights to the Indus
    GT Atari and Commodore-compatible
    floppy disk drive line.

    Future Systems has notified
    registered Indus owners that their
    Indus warranties are no longer
    valid. A service contract can be
    purchased from Future Systems for
    $24.95.

    According to Future Systems
    President Gary Grewal, the company
    intends to release several products
    Indus had in the works before the
    reorganization, including a
    CPM/BIOS RAM charger that plugs
    into existing disk drives. The new
    address is:
    Future Systems
    9811 Owensmouth
    Suite 9,
    Chatsworth, CA 91311. (818)407-1647.

    Xx MIRAGE FILES CHAPTER 11:

    Mirage Concepts, makers of the H &
    D Base database and other ST
    products in the Holmes & Duckworth
    Micronomists software line, have
    filed for Chapter 11 protection.

    Due to their inability to fulfill a
    $175,000 business loan, their bank
    "physically appropriated the
    company's assets on May 21", Mirage
    Vice President Michael Reinhold
    said in a prepared statement mailed
    to creditors. As their Fresno, CA
    offices have been shut down,company
    officials were not available for
    comment.

    Xx ACTIVISION/INFOCOM MERGE

    Activision, the Mountain View, CA
    entertainment software company, has
    reached an agreement to merge with
    Infocom, the Cambridge, Mass.
    interactive fiction game developer.

    Activision Chairman and Chief
    Executive Officer James Levy said
    that Activision will exchange 2.0
    million shares of Activision common
    stock, valued at $7.5 million, for
    all outstanding shares of Infocom
    stock.

    Infocom will maintain separate
    product development and marketing
    operations in Cambridge. The
    merger will not be official until a
    final agreement is signed on June
    30, 1986.

    Activision has also recently
    acquired Gamestar, creator of
    Championship Golf, and GBA
    Championship Basketball, two ST
    games slated for Fall release; and
    Creative Software, a productivity
    software company. Activision was
    founded in 1979 when five
    dissatified employees left Atari
    Inc. to form their own VCS game
    cartridge company.

    Xx ATARI MORALITY

    A man in Georgia reportedly
    programmed his Atari 800 and modem
    to call the Jerry Falwell toll-free
    fund collection number every 38
    seconds. Apparently he was
    attempting to prevent the Moral
    Majority from getting tax-free
    contributions which, the
    computerist contended in an
    interview with Cable News Network,
    is, itself, immoral.

    Southern Bell/AT&T traced the
    offending calls and ordered the
    anti-Fawell Atarian to cease and
    desist, threatening to discontinue
    his telephone service. (Credit for
    this morsel of Atari trivia goes to
    the Jersey Atari Computer Group
    newsletter.)

    Xx REMOTE CONTROL PETSTERS?

    Nolan Bushnell, Atari Inc. founder,
    and current President of Axlon Inc.
    the company responsible for Petsers
    those adorable fur-covered robots,
    is rumored to be considering a
    merger with Steve Wozniak's CL-9
    company. Axlon would acquire Woz's
    remote control interface venture
    in a stock swap that would involve
    no cash. Teddy Ruxpin, watch out.

    Xx MORE PEOPLE USING ATARIS

    Judith Cohn is conducting Cell
    Image Analysis research at NASA
    with the aid of an Atari ST
    computer and the DEGAS graphics
    program from Batteries Included.
    Cohn is currently writing an ST
    program which will she hopes will
    help her partition digitial images
    of human reticulocytes
    (individual cells which form a
    network of cellular tissue in the
    human body) into two groups.

    Xx FREE PUBLICITY

    Trying to sell your product to the
    education market? Put it aboard the
    Teacher Resource and Computer
    Training Center, a roving computer
    "mobile unit" equipped with Atari
    ST and Apple II computers,
    textbooks, software, comfortable
    couches and, of course, hot coffee.
    The mobile unit cruises the parking
    lots of 25 school districts in the
    Wayne-Finger Lakes area of upstate
    New York, giving 2700 teachers
    hands-on experience with
    educational software and computers.

    To get your Atari ST educational
    product on the bus, send a
    complimentary sample of software
    conspicuously marked with the name
    and address of your sales
    representative, to:
    J.C. Crawford,
    Wayne-Finger Lakes Area
    Teacher Resource and Computer
    Training Center
    3501 County Road 20
    Stanley, NY 14561
    (716)526-6431.

    Xx MIDI MAGIC

    Sweet symphonies drifted through
    the Antic offices when Carl Bacani
    of Computer Support, our friendly,
    neighborhood Atari dealer, popped
    in to show off his MIDI musical
    compositions.

    It sounded better than live music
    or any recording--sharp, clear,
    each note distinct. Yes, you too
    can create stunning music with
    Activision's $49 Music Studio
    program and $5,000 worth of
    hardware.

    Bacani's MIDI set-up included an
    Atari 1040ST computer hooked up to
    a Roland TR-727 Rhythm Composer,
    Casio CZ-101 synthesizer, Yamaha RX
    15 Digital Rhythm Programmer,
    Yamaha TX 7 FM expander, Casio TB-1
    MIDI Thru Box, and a BOSS BX 600
    6-Channel Stereo Mixer. An FM
    stereo reciever and two speakers
    amplified the sound.

    Bacani will help Atari Corp.
    "unofficially" display the ST's
    MIDI prowess at The Bay Area Music
    Fair, sponsored by Electronic
    Musician Magazine, Windham Hill
    Productions, and several of big
    stereo dealerships and synthesizer
    companies.

    Xx WHY DVORAK LEFT

    Don't turn to the last page and
    expect to find that familiar
    bold-faced type in InfoWorld. John
    Dvorak, long-time InfoWorld
    institution and once editor of the
    publication no longer graces the
    pages of the weekly microcomputer
    industry tabloid.

    Sources close to InfoWorld say
    Dvorak was unhappy with the
    publication's recent emphasis on
    the dull business market in an
    attempt to woo the MIS (Manager of
    Information Services) reader. MISs
    make major microcomputer purchases
    within corporations.

    Dvorak continues his controversial
    column in Computer Currents, a
    California weekly tabloid, and
    writes a non-computer column for
    the San Francisco Examiner.

    Xx AND YOU THOUGHT $699 WAS A DEAL.

    During a 10-day Father's Day
    promotion, Atari has slashed the
    price of the monochrome 520ST to
    $499! Will it ever end?

    Xx WHICH WILL YOU BUY?

    This Christmas, Commodore will sell
    the re-designed Commodore 64 for
    $200 while Atari Corp. delivers the
    65XE for under $100.

    Xx JACK'S A TOYS R US KID:

    The Atari invasion in the nationwide
    Toys R Us retail toy store chain
    seems to finally have taken effect.
    Our roving shopper reports seeing
    an entire shelf in a local Toys R
    Us store dominated by 8 and 16-bit
    Atari hardware and software.

    Xx DID YOU KNOW:

    * "Hackers" author Steve Levy is
    rumored to be working on a Broadway
    musical based on the MIT
    programmers of the 60's called
    "Leader of the Hack." Rather than
    act, the actors will sit around
    eating Chinese food and discuss
    different ways to make the
    theatre's sound system better.

    * Chris Crawfords' latest game:
    "Balance of Checkbook"

    * The plan to stop software pirates
    by joining forces with National
    Child Watch, the folks who print
    those messages on milk cartons.

    * Or how about buying software at
    7-11? "I can't wait to get
    technical support from the
    convenience store staff...Give me
    four twinkies, two of those Beef &
    Bran burritos, and tell me, when
    I'm doing an asynchronous download
    in XMODEM, do I have to adjust the
    parity bit to Odd or Even?" writes
    Frank Simon, in a parody editorial.

    These and other humorous, high-tech
    pseudo-news stories can be found in
    Comedy By Wire: The Computer/Comedy
    Newsletter. A one year
    subscription to the monthly, four
    -page, publication is available for
    $9 from: Comedy By:
    Wire
    431 West 45th Street
    New York, NY 10036.

    Xx KNOW SOMETHING WE DON'T?

    Publicize your Atari-oriented
    computer show, seminar, class, swap
    meet or event (no users group
    meetings, please) in the new Events
    section of Antic Online.

    Just send us a message in the
    Online Feedback section noting the
    date, time, location, cost, sponsor
    and highlights of the event.

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    From: Chuck Steinman
    To: Atari User's
    Subj: Atari National Technical
    News

    I have been using computers for
    over a decade now, and the last 7
    I have owned Atari's. I feel the
    Atari computers are the best value,
    even when I payed over $700 for my
    first 800 with 16k or RAM. I
    currently own the following:

    2-800 with 288k RAM
    5-400 with 64k RAM
    1-800xl with 256k RAM
    1-600xl with 64k RAM
    2-1050 drives with U.S. Doublers
    1-1030 modem
    1-850 interface module
    1-410 program recorder
    and several hundred programs.

    I program in BASIC, Forth, "C",
    pascal, and several assembly
    languages, that include the 6502.

    I used to enjoy the occasional
    technical utilities and articles
    that were published in ANALOG, and
    ANTIC. I probably still would, if
    there were any, but they have been
    so sparse in the last year that my
    apetite for "input" is growing too
    intolerable.

    What I would like to do would is
    form an ATARI newsletter, which
    would be nationally available for
    the technical Atari user. I feel
    there is a demand for this info.
    from the requests of such at user
    group meets that I have attended.

    How I would like to arrange the
    newsletter, would be to have, on
    a national basis, all interrested
    partys to contact me. If you can
    write programs, or design circuits
    you have what I need. If you can't
    but would like to learn, then you
    have the source now. If you are not
    personally interrested, but think
    the idea is in-line, then talk to
    your fellow Atarians, or have your
    local user group mention it at
    their next meeting,or better in
    their next club newsletter.

    Anyone interrested in submitting a
    program or other material, can do
    so by any one of several ways: by
    mail using the standard submission
    style of most magazines (programs
    on disk or cassette, with
    instructions, and if possible a
    program listing), also available is
    direct tele-communicatons, either
    by my own BBS (info later),
    Compuserve, or Delphi.Of course the
    fastest is by my BBS.

    Initially the submissions would be
    donations, but if there is enough
    support, some advertising, or a
    monetary donation, I would begin
    paying accepted submitters at fair
    rates.

    Also,I will need several technical
    minded people to support me in the
    constructon, and formatting of the
    newsletter. If you are interrested
    please contact me.

    Subscription to the newsletter will
    be minimal. It will begin at a rate
    of $10.00/year. This is just about
    what contruction and postage for
    12 issues would cost. This would
    be a good bargain at this price, if
    there is good technical support.

    To inquire for more information you
    can write me at:

    Chuck Steinman
    3308 Park Ave. West
    P.O. Box 134
    Ontario, Ohio 44862
    (419) 529-2478

    after August 1, 1986 you will be
    able to call my BBS at the same
    number at only the times listed
    below.
    Mon-Fri 9:00pm - 4:00am [EDT]
    Sat-Sun 12:00pm -12:00am [EDT]

    Compuserve User Id: 77717,3223
    Delphi User Name: Master-800

    I hope that the many Atari users
    will join to construct "their"
    magazine in the format that THEY
    want.
    Chuck

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    In this column we will explain a
    few subjects pertaining to Basic.
    Each week we will cover another
    subject and hopefully get answers
    to your questions.

    This week question is:

    What is a DIM error??

    This is Error 9 in Basic and I am
    sure many of you have seen this
    come up from time to time.

    Error 9:
    This error occurs when the program
    refrences an array or string which
    has not been DIMensioned. This
    error also occurs when a DIM state-
    ment includes a string or array
    that was previously DIMensioned. Or
    also, if an attempt was made to DIM
    a string of length zero or a length
    greater than 32767.

    Now we will explain a bit further
    what is happening in a DIM.


    ARRAY:VARIABLE

    ARRAY:
    A variable is designed to hold a
    single data item, either string or
    numeric. However, some pregrams
    require that hundreds or even
    thousands of variable names be used.
    A list is kept of the variable names
    used in the program in it's
    variable name table. A max of 128
    names can be stored in the name
    table. An array variable names
    counts as only 1 name in the name
    table, regardless of the number of
    elements with in the array.
    Every time a new variable is entered
    that name is added to the name table.
    In the program mode, variables are
    added to the name table as they are
    encountered in the program.
    These names are stored in the name
    table until a NEW command is issued.
    When you save a program to disk,
    the variable name table is saved
    along with the program.

    Arrays have up to two dimensions.
    Two-dimensional arrays are also
    known as tables.

    Before an array variable can be
    used in a program, an area in
    memory must be reserved to store
    its elements. This is know as
    dimensioning the array and is
    accomplished with the DIM statement.

    The DIM statement defines the max
    subscript value that can be used
    for an array. For example:

    DIM A(20)

    This statement would define a one-
    dimensional array consisting of 21
    elements ranging from A(0) to A(20)
    inclusive. Two-dimensional arrays
    are dimensioned as follows:

    DIM A(4,7)

    This statement would dimension an
    array consisting of 5 rows with
    eight columns each. General good
    programming would group all DIM
    statements at the beginning of the
    program. This prevents an array
    variable from being refrenced
    before it has been dimensioned.
    Refrencing any array before is has
    been dimensioned will result in an
    error.

    When an array is no longer needed
    in a program, the DIM statement can
    be reversed with a CLR statement.

    Type in the following program to
    see this in action:

    10 PRINT FRE(0)
    20 DIM A(25,25)
    30 PRINT FRE(0)
    40 CLR
    50 PRINT FRE(0)
    60 END

    In line 10, the number of available
    free memory is displayed. FRE is a
    function which displays free memory
    in your computer, We will discuss
    this in the weeks ahead.

    In line 20, the DIM statement
    reserves an area in memory for a
    table consisting of 676 elements.
    From line 30, it is evident that
    the number of free memory has
    decreased. This is due to the fact
    that an area of memory has been
    reserved for the elements in Table
    A. In line 40, the CLR statement
    reverses the DIM statement and
    frees the memory previously required
    for the elements in table A.

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    by leaving a message on this BBS
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    Messages and information from the
    CIS SIG*Atari Base


    Sb: SYSTEM II BBS
    Fm: STUART CHANG 76317,1523
    To: ALL

    Well folks, there is a BBS in
    Florida that is absolutely great.
    It is run off an XM301 modem 24
    hours a day. at (813)371-2322 and
    leave Feedback to the SYSOP telling
    him you heard about it off
    Compuserve, and he will give you a
    special access. Well remember the
    number is (813)-371-2322. Call
    SYSTEM II

    Sb: IT'S WORKING!!
    Fm: BOB WOOLLEY 75126,3446
    To: ALL

    After many months of nothing but
    timeouts, I actually copied a file
    from my 1050 to my screen without
    using SIO.... I want to yell and
    scream, but my family has been too
    patient already. All those little
    bits marching along side by side,
    eight at a time...... WEEEEEEE!!!
    All you hardware types out there,
    look in DL3 in a week or two for
    P1050.XMO and P1050.DOC.
    Bob Woolley

    Sb: #162828-MONITOR HOOKUP???
    Fm: BOB WOOLLEY 75126,3446
    To: - JAMES D.BAKER 72337,2270

    You must solder more parts inside
    the computer - not worth the
    effort. Use a TV or buy an 800XL
    for $60 or so. Not to be so
    negative on 400, but it really
    does not lend itself to that
    option.
    Bob Woolley

    Sb: #162827-800XL+
    Fm: BOB WOOLLEY 75126,3446
    To: Andrew Karl Heller 72327,3160

    Karl: I ordered mine over two
    months ago... I'm still waiting.
    Their reply to my letter last month
    (postmarked 6/16) said they would
    ship on 6/13..... Still
    waiting........ You save maybe
    five bucks for all that hassle?? I
    can't even get them on their
    non-800 number. The 256K chips are
    less than $3 almost everywhere out
    here. Black Patch is a bad deal!
    Bob Woolley

    Sb: #162988-modem?
    Fm: BOB WOOLLEY 75126,3446
    To: Peter Seiler 72267,2224

    Peter: Forget the 835....
    Electronic One has the 1030 for
    about $45. It has built in software
    (no disk or tape required) and will
    run EXPRESS when you do get a 1050.
    If you take a look through ANTIC or
    ANALOG magazine, you may find a
    1030 for less than that -- BUT --
    forget Black Patch. They are bad
    news...... for now, anyway. A
    thermistor is a temperature
    sensitive resistor - it's
    resistance changes with
    temperature. You want a value of
    100K or so, at room temp. The POT
    function in the 400 will produce a
    number that is proportional to the
    temperature of the thermistor.
    Works great!! Find an AtariLab kit
    - it has one in it.
    Bob Woolley

    Sb: #162679-PSF
    Fm: SAM NEAL 72337,361
    To: PAUL R. WIENCKOWSKI 72747,625

    Yes, there is a conversion program
    also in the dl4 library named
    SHOPTOOL. It will convert DOS
    files into Printshop files and
    back. One o --Marvin the Paranoid
    Android

    Sb: #162843-400 question
    Fm: BOB WOOLLEY 75126,3446
    To: Peter Seiler 72267,2224

    Peter: Try Computer Mail Order for
    a deal on an old 400. They had some
    for $20, or so and have always been
    easy to deal with. A 1050 will be
    over $100 right now - that is a lot
    of money compared to the 400, but
    you just can't do much without one.
    The price may go down if the 3.5
    inch drive comes out and then it
    may not. Probably the best deal in
    town for a modem is the 1030. Check
    with your local user groups. I have
    seen some good buys from people
    switching to ST. Even better buys
    are around swap meets where not
    much Atari activity goes on - some
    of those sellers think Atari stuff
    is dead, like the TI and ADAM. All
    the better for you!!
    Bob Woolley


    Sb: #162738-LAZY LOAER
    Fm: PETER NICHOLLS 71777,3640
    To: FREDERIC LEWIS 71445,564

    Fred - the reason the screen freaks
    is fairly straight forward! The
    problem is that KYAN PASCAL uses a
    custom O/S for its compiler. In
    other words, what's happening is
    that, when the KYAN compiler loads
    it is placed in part of the RAM
    underneath the XE's O/S. Therefore,
    when the compiler loads for the
    first time, the character set has
    to be copied down into the RAM area
    from $C000 to $FFFF (somewhere!).
    Deoending on the copydown code you
    use, this will occsionally cause a
    temporary screen blitz. However,
    the problem should _not_ be
    permanent! If it is, you either
    have a problem with the compiler,
    or the loader. The first is very
    unlikely (you paid for it!) but
    the second is highly possible with
    a bad DL from CompUServe - check it
    out and let me know! By the way,
    sorry for the long reply time, but
    I just got an ST and Personal
    Pascal -- AMAZING! [pn]


    Sb: #162953-ACTION
    Fm: SYSOP*Keith Ledbetter
    To: JOHN LECHMANIK 73217,422

    John,
    I'm not real sure what you mean
    exactly, but here goes. If you
    want a string to be 20 bytes long
    max, just do the following: Byte
    Array Your_String (21) (mustn't
    forget the length byte!). With that
    statement, Your_String will ALWAYS
    have 21 bytes allocated, whether
    you are using them all or not.
    About the concatenation, you have
    to use the SAssign proc. Let's say
    that you have the following two
    strings, one containing a file
    name, and the other an extender:
    Byte Array Filename (12), Extender
    (4) and a long string to concat
    into Byte Array LongName (20) Now,
    here is the code to concat the
    filename:

    SCopy (LongName,Filename)
    SAssign (LongName,".",
    LongName(0)+1,
    LongName(0)+1))
    SAssign (LongName,Extender,
    LongName(0)+1,
    LongName(0)+Extender(0))

    Whew!! As you notice above, you
    must use the length byte to control
    your concat positions.
    Keith

    Sb: DIGSND.XMO
    Fm: ELIOT STEIN 76703,305
    To: 74766,2154

    Dominick, I loaded up DIGSND.XMO
    and have downloaded it to verify
    that it works. I noticed that you
    were having some problems with it
    and wish I could help you. There is
    not a .DOC file with it, but by the
    large number of downloads it and
    the accompanying .DIG files have
    had, I assume that it is working
    for most people. After you download
    it, rename it as AUTORUN.SYS on any
    disk containing a standard Atari
    Dos. Then place up to two .DIG
    files on the same disk. (place
    other .DIG files on separate disks)
    It should auto-boot and a menu of
    any .DIG files on the disk will be
    displayed. Press your choice, that
    file will load, then enter a speed
    (54 is normal) and hit start. I
    really don't know what else to tell
    you. I hope that it works this time
    around for you. Many people are
    having much fun with it. If you
    really have problems, maybe I'll
    have to send you a disk containing
    the public domain player and a few
    sample files. I know what it's like
    to not be able to get something to
    run on here that looks exciting.
    Please let me know if you finally
    get it to work or what. Eliot Stein


    Sb: #162560-XMODEM ON MPP
    Fm: KEN WHITE 76157,21
    To: RON CHUSID 74756,3150

    Ron....
    Fortunately I never had the
    problem of incompatibility with the
    DOS - otherwise, I probably would
    have just cried.....but you mean to
    say you've never had any real
    problems with X-modem downloads?
    Lucky guy....after half a dozen
    that didn't produce anything but
    frustration, I gave up on Smarterm
    for downloading (still love the
    huge buffer for general use) and
    switched to Amodem 7.1 and later
    7.2 (and now MPP Express) when I
    planned to do some downloading.....
    Ken


    Sb: #modem?
    Fm: Peter Seiler 72267,2224
    To: 75126,3446 (X)

    Bob, I like to ask again for your
    opinion. Now that I got the At-400
    on order, I need a modem. the 835
    can be gotten for $ 30.-, but no
    software. They recommand Telelink
    2. Is there anything (simple) on
    file, comuserve or magazine, to
    replace telelink 2 or otherwise
    work together with At-835 ? On my
    last note to you I goofed on the
    hardware description. 600 XE I
    meant to say. You mentioned
    'thermistor' in your message. Any
    specifics in mind? I keep you
    posted on my solar-computer
    interfacing. Right now I am still
    getting the hardware up on the roof
    (Oh my back!!)
    Peter Seiler


    Sb: #162985-MPPFOREM
    Fm: SYSOP*Dave Groves 76703,4223
    To: JACKIE HEATH JR. 72637,264

    Sure, I don't have an alpha list of
    everybody's id# (ppn) so I could
    not give you John's. When you read
    the description file for the
    program it had the ppn up in the
    top section, if you go back and get
    that number (like yours is
    72637,264) and make sure to include
    it in the To: line, then when John
    signs on, the message will be
    flagged to him like this one was
    flagged to you.


    Sb: #162926-#MPPFOREM
    Fm: JACKIE HEATH JR. 72637,264
    To: SYSOP*Dave Groves 76703,4223

    THANKS ALOT,I'LL TRY THAT AS SOON
    AS I CAN. I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT
    YOU MEANT ABOUT THE PPN WITH THE
    FILE(?)CAN YOU HELP ME OUT? THANKS **JACKIE HEATH

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    |||||Conversation||
    Here is a short transcript of
    my conversation with Mike
    Shoenback, the new sysop on SIG*
    Atari.

    (30,Ron Kovacs) Hi.

    (30,SYSOP*Mike) Hi Ron. I've been
    meaning to send you a message about
    Zmag. And I have a suggestion if
    you dont mind?

    (30,Ron Kovacs) Sure, Go Ahead

    (30,SYSOP*Mike) We'd appreciate it
    if you upload it in ASCII instead
    of BINARY. This way members can
    ead it on-line without XMODEM
    downloading it.

    (30,Ron Kovacs) NO PROBLEM. I WAS
    WONDERING IF I WAS UPLOADING IT
    RIGHT.....GLAD YOU GUYS LIKE IT!

    (30,SYSOP*Mike) It will reach more
    people in ASCII mode. Actually, I
    speak from personal experience. I
    usually like eading text files
    on-line without XMODEM downloading
    it, and I've discovered many other
    people do the same.

    (30,Ron Kovacs) THANKS FOR LETTING
    ME KNOW. DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER
    SUGGESTIONS FOR ZMAG. HMMM PERHAPS
    I COULD INTERVIEW YOU SOME TIME FOR
    ZMAG.. WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED?

    (30,SYSOP*Mike) Yes. Leave me a
    message one day and we'll try to
    get something together in the
    future; at least after I get
    "settled" in my new home.
    (my new home being SIG*Atari)

    (30,Ron Kovacs) SURE.!! I WOULD
    APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

    (30,SYSOP*Mike) Everything is going
    well with me. I'm learning the
    ropes around here these days.

    (30,Ron Kovacs) Well again Good
    Luck, By the way....We have a few
    Star Trek groupies here and they
    are looking for more of your pics??
    Any new ones??

    (30,SYSOP*Mike) Yes, I still have a
    whole bunch more but I am putting
    uploading them off until I learn
    how to merge my own files.

    (30,Ron Kovacs) We will be waiting.
    Well, Take care, Hope to chat with
    you again soon!

    (30,SYSOP*Mike) Take care, Ron. Looking forward to the next ZMAG!

    (30,Ron Kovacs) Thanks. BYE

    (30,SYSOP*Mike) Bye.

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    Subject :ZMAG
    To :RON KOVACS (REC)
    Sent by :CLINTON SMITH
    Zmag Editor Chicago

    RON,CONGRATS ON THE SOON TO BE
    BLESSED EVENT.I UNDERSTAND AND
    I WILL WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE
    SB TEXT.I HOPE IT DOES WELL IN
    THE U.K.(IT'S KIND OF OUR WEDDING
    PRESENT FOR THE ROYAL KIDS.HA.HA.)
    50+ DOWNLOADS!SOMEBODY IS VERY
    DEFINATELY INTERESTED IN ZMAG
    SOMEWHERE.GOOD WORK ON PASSING
    ZMAG TO THE SOURCE AND NEXT DELPHI
    .I'LL GET SOMEBODY ON THE
    CLEVELAND LEADS.NEWS ON ZMAG HERE:
    ZMAG IS GOING TO BE PASSED ALONG
    TO THE GENIE SERVICE BOB
    RETELLE(THE ATARI SYSOP THERE)
    WAS INTERESTED IN IT WHEN I TALKED
    TO HIM AT THE CLAUG MEETING JUNE
    3RD.A BOARD IN GEORGIA IS GOING
    TO START CARRYING ZMAG.I JUST
    FINISHED WRITING ZREAD16,THE
    LATEST ZREAD PROGRAM.IT'S GOT SOME
    NIFTY FEATURES.THANKS FOR THE NEWS
    AND CONGRATS AGAIN ON THE UPCOMING
    BUNDLE.
    CLINTON SMITH
    ZMAG EDITOR

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    The Following file is a series of
    excerpts of information contained
    in Computing Today, the online
    magazine on Genie. It is reproduced
    here with the permission of Hartley
    and Pattie Lesser.

    Apple Computer continues to carry
    most of the rumormonger attention.
    Now, beta test sight users have
    leaked word of the Apple Johnathan,
    the alleged high-end Mac, that
    sports a 68020 CPU AND a 68881 math
    coprocessor, a large (possibly 14-
    inch) black and white screen, and
    two 800 K internal drives. This
    certainly has all the appearances
    of an extremely powerful machine
    and paves the way for the 32-bit
    machine to be for Apple what the
    IBM RT COULD be for IBM. More in
    the Apple rumor department finds
    that the new Japanese Macintosh
    Plus could have not only MacWrite,
    MacDraw and MacProject
    compatibility, but also the likes
    of Excel, all functioning with the
    unit's Kanji/Talk system.

    Watch for an OEM deal between Atari
    Corp. and Microsoft.
    Immediate thoughts of the ST
    running DOS come to mind...and
    possibly GW BASIC as well. From
    reliable sources, this is
    apparently the usual MS contract,
    and is either currently en-route
    to, or has arrived at, Atari for
    final signatures. PCDOS 2.25 and
    GW BASIC will run on the ST's yet-
    to-be-released 8088 PC emulator
    that Atari is planning to release
    for their ST family late in the
    third quarter of this year. The
    release could certainly spark
    additional interest in the ST, as
    IBM compatibility becomes the
    overall standard for both
    cooperative and included processing
    features for most systems.

    Naturally, when there's an Apple
    rumor, one of the companies most
    likely to leak something to counter
    that publicity is Commodore, who,
    most of the time, has problems with
    their right hand knowing what the
    left hand is up to. Now, the
    company is expected to debut an
    enhanced C64 machine, called the
    C-64C (a sparkler of a name), that
    will initially sell for under $300
    and will be bundled with
    productivity software (unnamed).
    Two main features are said to be an
    enhanced memory board and an
    upgraded power supply. This new
    machine was officially intro'd at
    the Consumer Electronics Show.

    Soon, users of Commodore 128,
    Macintosh, IBM PC and PCjr, Amiga
    and Atari ST systems will have
    access to Alternate Reality - The
    City for those machines. Alternate
    Reality is a fantasy/role-playing
    game that is the first of several
    scenarios, all using the characters
    created with The City. The next
    episode, The Dungeon, is also
    currently being worked on. The
    Dungeon will take the player to a
    world beneath The City, one
    shrouded in mystery, where rounding
    a corner could result in a
    confrontation with the things of
    which nightmares are made. The
    Dungeon, played either as a stand-
    alone game or in conjunction with
    The City, allows the player to
    create and develop his or her
    character in The Dungeon and take
    the character back to The City, or
    vice-versa. The Dungeon will be
    ready for a Christmas 1986 release.
    Five additional scenarios are
    planned: The Arena, The Palace,
    The Wilderness, Revelation and
    Destiny. Datasoft, the producing
    company purchased by
    IntelliCreations, is going to be
    extremely busy with these projects.
    They are located in Chatsworth,
    California.

    VERSION 2.1 OF DBMAN HAS LOWER
    PRICE (note: there is a version for
    the STwhich sells for $99, hehehe,
    just another reason to buy an ST
    'stead of a big blue machine, Dave
    Flory)

    VersaSoft (408/268-6033) has
    released an enhanced version of
    dBMAN that affords uses greater
    performance and a retail price
    reduction of nearly 50 percent.
    dBMAN, a dBASE III PLUS compatible
    database manager, is available for
    IBM micros and compatibles, Novell
    NetWare and the IBM PC-NET. The
    program's low price includes run-
    time with no license fees. dBMAN is
    $695 for the network version and
    $295 for the single user version.
    Both offerings include the dBMAN
    run-time package at no additional
    charge and there are no per user
    fees or other additional charges.

    dBMAN Version 2.1 adds records up
    to 40 times faster than dBASE III
    PLUS, according to the company, and
    offers an "assist" style front end,
    pulldown menus, use of up to 640 K
    of memory for caching of data and
    program files, 128 fields and 4000
    bytes per record, more global
    memory variables, and support for
    up to 2 billion records per
    database. Free network evaluation
    disks are available at no charge
    through authorized resellers.

    Silver Reed America, Inc.
    (213/516-7008) has introduced a
    low-end daisy wheel printer, the
    EXP420, and an automatic dual bin
    cut sheet feeder with envelope
    capability. The EXP420 is targeted
    primarily at home markets and is
    offered at the suggested retail
    price of $299.95. The unit prints
    at 12 cps and offers super and
    subscripts, bold and shadow print,
    auto-underline, 10 and 12 pitch
    selection.

    The CF231 sheet feeder, designed
    for use with Silver Reed's EXP600
    and EXP800 daisy wheel printers,
    automatically collates, and has a
    manual feed slot to insert single
    sheets by hand without removing the
    unit from the printer. The CF231
    also accepts a variety of paper
    widths, and has built-in eject
    rollers to avoid paper jams. The
    CF231 can hold up to 200 sheets of
    paper in each of its two bins. This
    allows the operator to use letter-
    head and second sheet stationary
    for collated output. Up to 150
    printed sheets can be accommodated
    by an attached paper stacker. The
    suggested retail price is under
    $400.

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    |||||Zprint_IV||

    As a new edition to the Zprint
    Series, I came up with Zprint IV!
    LOADed from DOS, WITHOUT Basic, it
    works just like Zprint III. It
    still uses the original Zprint
    format: ZMAGxxx.TXT.
    Enjoy!!!
    Walt
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    |||||Editor's_Column||

    A few weeks ago I sent some disks
    to England and hopefully soon,
    we will get some feedback. We are
    hoping to get Zmag on their systems
    there.

    Two more systems have joined Zmag.
    Mega Systems in Cleveland and,
    The Hospital BBS in Fort Lee, NJ.
    See Zmag list for their numbers.

    Walt has taken the job as Zmag
    Associate Editor.

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    |||||Zmag_Contest||

    Details on this contest will appear
    in the August 2nd Issue of Zmag.

    -----------------------------------


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    |||||Documentation||

    MASTER RENUMBER by Gary Heitz,
    and his CIS PPN is: 75676,556


    One of the nicer features of Atari
    BASIC is that it allows variables
    to be used in place of line
    numbers. It is easier to type GOTO
    MENU rather than searching through
    a program for the line on which the
    menu begins. Debugging of a
    program is made easier, too, when
    you can see where a subroutine is
    going because a real word, with
    special meaning, was used instead
    of a number. Also, replacing a
    line number with a variable usually
    saves memory if the same line is
    referenced more than a few times.

    A real problem, though, with using
    variables in this manner occurs
    when you need to renumber a
    program. Most renumber utilities
    cannot handle variables and others
    will only work on a variable the
    first time it appears in a program.
    Therefore, if you use variables to
    replace line numbers, you either
    lose the ability to renumber or you
    have to make sure that you never
    change their values.

    Because of this, I created Master
    Renumber. Master Renumber
    recalculates both line numbers and
    those variables that reference line
    numbers. For example, if you
    program that the variable LINE
    equals a certain line number and
    later change it to equal a
    different line number, even if you
    do this a hundred times, each and
    every one will be renumbered.

    To get Master Renumber working,
    load the BASIC program and RUN it.
    You will be asked whether you want
    the program stored on cassette or
    disk. Make sure that your cassette
    or disk is ready and press "C" for
    cassette or "D" for disk.

    The BASIC program will produce a
    boot load file for cassette users
    or an AUTORUN.SYS file for those
    with disk drives.

    Power down and reboot your
    computer. You will see the title
    screen for Master Renumber. Load
    in any BASIC program and use the
    following command to renumber it.
    Simply replace the S and I values
    with numbers.

    1. REN
    This will assign the first line
    number of your BASIC program the
    value of ten. Each successive line
    number will be incremented by ten.

    2. REN S
    You choose the starting line number
    and the default increment of ten is
    used thereafter.

    3. REN S,I
    You define the starting line number
    and the increment. The starting
    line number and the increment may
    be any number from zero through
    32767. The only exception is that
    if you select an increment of zero,
    all of your program's line numbers
    would be the same. Therefore, an
    increment of zero is not permitted.

    If you typed the command correctly,
    the screen will clear and the title
    screen will again be displayed
    along with the command you typed.
    Master Renumber will signal that it
    is working and the cursor will
    blink. If your program contains no
    line referencing errors , the word
    "Done" will soon appear and you
    will be back in BASIC. Your
    program will have been completely
    renumbered.

    The following are some of the
    checks that Master Renumber makes
    while working. First, it checks to
    see if you typed REN. If not, it
    assumes that you are typing
    something for BASIC and turns the
    line over to BASIC for processing.
    If you did type REN, then a check
    is made to verify that you typed
    the rest of the command properly.
    The words "Syntax error" will be
    displayed if you did not.

    The next test that must be made is
    to ensure that BASIC will not erase
    any of your program. Atari BASIC
    will only accept line numbers
    through 32767. A line number
    higher than that will be erased.
    To make sure that this does not
    happen, Master Renumber takes the
    starting line number and the
    increment from your command and
    calculates what the last line
    number will be. If the number is
    32768 or greater, you will see the
    phrase "Exceeds maximum allowed"
    and no renumbering will take place.

    While renumbering, if a bug in the
    BASIC program's line referencing
    statements exists, Master Renumber
    will display "Check line(s):" and
    show the offending line number(s).
    The line number shown is the line
    to examine after renumbering is
    complete. It is the new number -
    not the original.

    One type of BASIC statement that
    you are warned to check is a GOTO
    (or any other line referencing
    statement) that points to a line
    that does not exist.

    For a reason only you would be
    aware of, you may have
    intentionally programmed the
    statement knowing full well that
    the referenced line was
    nonexistant. That is why Master
    Renumber merely suggests that you
    check the line. Any statement like
    GOTO 200*K, or any line referencing
    statement that contains a
    mathematical operation, will be
    renumber if the first numeral is
    that of an existing line. But,
    that is all that would be done. To
    do more would have required much
    more memory.

    If you have a statement similar to
    GOTO LINE and somewhere in your
    program you equate the variable
    LINE to another variable (LINE=
    DATA), Master Renumber will advise
    you to check the line with the
    variable.

    These may not actually be errors.
    It depends on your intentions when
    you created the program. Therefore,
    simply check the line and decide.

    Another fact that you should know
    about Master Renumber is that page
    six is not used. Leaving this
    highly used area of memory alone
    will allow you to use many more of
    your programs while Master Renumber
    is also in memory.

    Master Renumber does load into
    memory just above DOS. This means
    that it is overwritten if DUP.SYS
    is loaded. You should use a
    MEM.SAV file if you wish to go to
    DOS. Then, when you return to
    BASIC, press the SYSTEM RESET
    button and Master Renumber will be
    reactivated.

    Lastly, although this article only
    mentions the GOTO statement, Master
    Renumber will renumber all of the
    following: GOTO, GOSUB, LIST, TRAP,
    ON GOTO, ON GOSUB and RESTORE.
    With these statements, you may use
    numbers, variables, or any
    combination of numbers and
    variables.

    That's about it. I hope Master
    Renumber allows you to more fully
    take advantage of the way Atari
    BASIC permits variables to be used
    in place of line numbers. After
    all, the more features you can use,
    the more time you should save and
    the better your programs should be.

    Gary Heitz 75676,556
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