January 12, 2009 – New 80 Micro

Horacio has provided another 80 Micro, and the data for Issue 97 has been added to the 80 Micro 1988 web page, and the searchable 80 Micro Table-Of-Contents database.

This brings the count up to 98 out of 101 with only three (3) issues from 1998 remaining.

Thank you Horacio.

Issue Information:

Name:
80 Micro
Issue:
97
Date:
February 1988
Pages:
114
Load-80:
No
Status:
COMPLETE

Issue Contents:

Demystifying Config.SYS
by Lewis Rosenfelder
Use this DOS file to create an ideal computing environment for you.
Help Yourself!
by David Goben
Make your own pull-down windows.
The Amazing Shrinking Program
by Robert W Gipson
Condense or expand your Basic programs as needed.
Basic as Fast As It Can
by Harry Bee
Tips to get more speed from Basic programs.
Ready, Aim, Fire!
by Dale Rogerson
Delete multiple files quickly from a disk directory.
Sounding Off On the 1000: Encore
by Hardin Brothers
Use these programs to make music.
The 80 Micro Disk Series Index
Side Tracks
by Michael E Nadeau
Feedback Loop
edited by Beverly Woodbury
Pulse Train
by Ron White
Info Line
compiled by Mark E Reynolds
Reviews
edited by Mark E. Reynolds
Norton Utilities 4.0 and Advanced Edition; Ability Plus; Checks & Balances; Lap-Link 2.05; Smartwatch; T/Master; Popdrop
How to Use 80 Micro Program Listings
Reader Forum
by edited by Mare-Anne Jarvela
Fine Lines
by Harry Bee
The Next Step
by Hardin Brothers
Input


January 28, 2009 – New DSK/DMK Utility – PDRIVE Finder

Phil Ereaut has released PDRIVE Finder v0.5.

PDRIVE Finder will display the PDRIVE settings of any DSK or DMK image which was “formatted” by NEWDOS/80. Great for data disks where you cannot figure out what PDRIVE settings can be used to access the data.



January 28, 2009 – New DSK/DMK Utility – Emulator File and Sector Display

Phil Ereaut has provided an updated copy of his Emulator File and Sector Display utility.

This utility will display the characteristics of a DSK or DMK image, as well as act as a HEX/ASCII sector and file display/editor utility.

Download Emulator File and Sector Display v9.1 HERE

Update: Phil Ereaut has advised that this version is faulty. A replacement version is found under February 1, 2009 news. This download has been removed.



January 29, 2009 – CP-500 Manuals Thanks To Miguel Dutra

Miguel Dutra is gathering up some CP-500 (a Brazilian TRS-80 Model III Clone) documents and software.

Title: CP-500 Microcomputador Operacao e Linguagem Basic

Publisher: Editora Tecnica Eletronica Ltd

Year: 1984

Edition: 5th Edition, 2nd Impression

Pages: 232 Pages

TOSEC: CP-500 Microcomputador Operacao e Linguagem Basic (1984)(Editora Tecnica Eletronica Ltd)


Title: DOS-500 Sistema de Operacao de Disco

Publisher: Editora Tecnica Eletronica Ltd

Year: 1985

Edition: 1st Edition, 9th Impression

Pages: 129 Pages

TOSEC: DOS-500 Sistema de Operacao de Disco (1985)(Editora Tecnica Eletronica Ltd)


Title: Circalc

Publisher: Projeto Ciranda

Year: 1983

Pages: 26 Pages

TOSEC: Circalc (1983)(Projeto Ciranda)[Portuguese]



February 1, 2009 – New DSK/DMK Utility – Emulator File and Sector Display

Phil Ereaut has provided an updated copy of his Emulator File and Sector Display utility. This replaces the faulty v9.1 posted previously.

This utility will display the characteristics of a DSK or DMK image, as well as act as a HEX/ASCII sector and file display/editor utility.



February 1, 2009 – New DSK/DMK Utility – Emulator File Type and Format Finder

Phil Ereaut has released his Emulator File Type and Format Finder 2009 v1.0.

This utility analyzes DSK and DMK files and shows filename, DOS, PDRIVES, Tracks, Density, Sides, Sec/Cyl and SPG. Will also note where Track Sectors start at 1.



February 4, 2009 – New DSK/DMK Utility – Emulator File Read and Copy

Phil Ereaut has released his Emulator File Read and Copy 2006 v3.1

This program reads .Dsk files, and displays the disk filenames in a list box. Clicking on a file, allows the file to be saved to a PC folder. It can be used just to view the Files on a .Dsk, if you dont want to copy the files.

It doesn’t always work, but it has definitely helped me extract files from DSK images which the emulator would not recognize.



February 4, 2009 – New The Alternate Source Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: The Alternate Source Magazine

Issue: Vol 3 No 4 / Issue 16

Date: 1982

Publisher: The Alternate Source Publications

Size: 19.4MB

Pages: 132

TOSEC: The Alternate Source Issue 16 [OCR] (1982)(The Alternate Source)

Status: COMPLETE

Issue Contents:

2
Bootstrap
3
Command Sequence Program
by Craig Lindley
Craig provides us with an editor and utility to make DO files more powerful.
63
Bit Kickin’ With Jesse Bob
 
This issue JBO shows how to make subroutines (and CALLs) relocatable. plugging BASIC vectors and Speeding up Model III disk I/O routines.
69
From The Source’s Mouth
70
More Memory for Fortran Programs
by William Premerlani
William Premerlani is back, this time with some expert advice for getting the max amount of memory from your Fortran Compiler.
75
TRS-80 ROM Routines Documented, Part One
by Jack Decker
A serialized summary of information about I/III ROMs.
91
Assembly Language Library #4
 
This issue, Clockwork Software provides insight on Decimal Input Routines.
96
Telecommunications and the TRS-80
by Gordon Williams, CompuNet SYSOP
Gordon gives us the rundown of an exciting new series.


February 4, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 4 No 10

Date: July 1981

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 26MB

Pages: N/A

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 4 No 10 [I] (1981)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE – MISSING PAGES

Issue Contents:

ARTICLES

32
GO PUBLIC WITH YOUR COMPUTER
by Harland Hill
Hearye! Hearye!
48
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
by Roger W. Robitaille, Sr.
Magazine of the Future
72
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
by Joan Truckenbrod
Designing your own patterns
80
LEMONADE OR CHAMPAGNE
by Will Hagenbuch
Another glass, please
84
VARPTR UNMASKED
by John T. Phillipp, M.D.
Who was that masked VARPTR?
90
THE LITTLE COMPUTER THAT WOULDN’T
by Sherry M. Taylor
Computer that grounded Columbia
92
REVIEWS
by Michael Humes, Dave Albert
Computer Napoleonics, Atlantian Odyssey

S-80, APPLE, AND ATARI PROGRAM

22
CHEMISTRY DRILL
by Brent Packer, Jon Voskuil
Hup, two, three, four

S-80 AND ATARI PROGRAM

28
CODE MASTER
by Andrew Braunstein, Rich Bouchard
Deciphering game

APPLE AND ATARI PROGRAM

34
KIDNAPPED
by Peter Kirsch, Carl Mueller, Rich Bouchard, Alan Zett
Nine floors to freedom

S-80 PROGRAMS

50
MAGIC PAPER CALCULATOR
by Russell Starkey
Scrolling calculator
55
WORD WARS
by Rowland Archer
How many words can you make?

APPLE PROGRAMS

59
VOLLEYBALL
by Jim Hilger
Game for four players
66
MICRODRAFTER
by Jon Voskuil
Computerized drafting and drawing

ATARI PROGRAMS

75
SPACE LANDER
by Jack and Bob Wiener
Happy Landing!

DEPARTMENTS

4
EDITORIAL by Jon Voskuil
6
INPUT by our readers
11
OUTGOING MAIL by Dave Albert
13
CALENDAR by Editors
14
SAYYOHO by Scott Adams
15
ABOUT THIS ISSUE by S. S. Munchkins
17
I DON’T THINK WE’RE IN KANSAS ANYMORE by Mark Pelczarski
19
THE SENSUOUS PROGRAMMER by “J”
33
WORD SEARCH PUZZLE #3 SOLUTION by Editors
33
BUG, WORMS, AND OTHER UNDESIRABLES by Editors
86
WHAT’S NEW by Ed Umlor
87
HARDWARE CORNER by Ed Umlor
93
MACHINE HEAD by Spyder


February 5, 2009 – New The Alternate Source Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: The Alternate Source Magazine

Issue: Vol 3 No 6 / Issue 18

Date: 1982

Publisher: The Alternate Source Publications

Size: 20.6M

Pages: 164

TOSEC: The Alternate Source Issue 18 [OCR] (1982)(The Alternate Source)

Status: COMPLETE

Issue Contents:

2
Bootstrap
3
TRS-80 ROM Routines Commented – Part Three
by Jack Decker
This issue Jack deals with Strings and String-Handling Routines in the ROM.
15
The New PENRAM
by R. Baker
Extensive patches to this top-quality public domain program.
36
DIF for the Compleat Idiot
by Jason Potter
Jason shows us how to get maximum use of Soft Sector Marketing’s fine program – by interfacing it with VisiCalc!
45
Bit Kickin’ With Jesse Bob
 
Jesse Bob and his Wranglers bring you a special addition to the regular column – a listing of all the error codes, their meanings and what causes them!
54
Enhancing Series I Tape EDTASM – Model III
by Larry Cunningham
Anybody in the market for a good Model III EDTASM? Here it is!
87
Count To A Million Contest Results
 
After all these years …
90
Telecommunications and the TRS-80: Telcom 3
by Gordon Williams
A wrapup of comparisons and a couple of nifty programs to make online sessions easier.
127
Assembly Language Library # 6
by Clockwork Software
“Operator Input Command Processing.” How’s that for a buzzword?
131
From the Source’s Mouth
 
Wherein we discuss the Max-80, publication schedules and the importance of documentation.
132
Mailbag
 
Probably a regular new column. New stuff you might want to know about.
133
Pascal Patches
by Jonathan Yarden
… another show-off kid. Just wait ’till you see what he’s got up and coming.
150
The Computer Revolution – Who are the Beneficiaries?
153
Program for the Blind/Visually Handicapped
by Norman Hills and Byron Drachman
158
Overview: The Max-80
by Steven Kovitz
Either this is the buy we’ve been waiting for or the biggest con since World Power Systems!


February 6, 2009 – Site Updates and Updated Emulators

As I continue to explore WordPress, I am toying with the idea of moving more of the site over. In connection with this transition, I have been reworking the emulator page to clean up HTML errors and make it more WordPress friendly.

In doing so, I also verified the links and have realized that a number of emulators have been updated. These include:

  • HT 1080/Z v1.6, updated on Sep. 17, 2007
  • VCC v1.40 Installer, updated on Jan. 3, 2008
  • MC-10 Emulator v0.73c, updated on May, 2008
  • Multi Emulator Super System (Binary) v1.29 updated on Jan. 6, 2008
  • Virtual T v1.3 updated on Sep. 25, 2008


February 11, 2009 – New Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 5 No 06 / Issue 27

Date: March, 1982

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 46.8MB

Pages: 102

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 5 No 06 [I] (1982)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

FRONT RUNNER

23
Hexapawn
by Carl Bevington
Hexapawn is a marker game played on a three-by-three grid that gets harder to win the more you play. The computer is given a set of operating instructions that enable it to improve its decision-making ability based on the success or failure of previous decisions.

FEATURES

14
Entertainment Tomorrow
by Allen L. Wold and Fred D’Ignazio
The authors speculate about whether holograms could be used in the presentation of three-dimensional games and the role computers could play in the process. They give a brief introduction to projection and transmission holography and how holograms are produced by lasers.
18
Sensuous Programmer
by “J”
“J” boldly leaps off the deep end and gives an introduction to TRS-80, Apple and ATARI graphics.
21
Computer Graphics
by Joan R. Truckenbrod
Using the same principles as those in making inkblot patterns, combine horizontal and vertical reflections to generate patterns with your computer.
96
Machine Head
by Spyder Webb

SPECIAL FEATURE

36
File Matcher
by Jon Voskuil
Let your computer compare listings of different versions of the same program.

DEPARTMENTS

5
Editorial
6
Input
8
Hints and Enhancements
9
Bugs, Worms, and Other Undesirables
10
Calendar
11
Outgoing Mail
94
New Products
This month we have a new department in SoftSide. New Products introduces DatasaverTM, Dragon’s Eye, The Data Reporter, a variety of cases for your hardware, and more.

APPLE/SIDE

38
Enhanced Disk Version
PEEKER/POKER
by Mike Westerfield
Examine and change sectors of Apple II disks.
40
Programs
THE MAGICAL SHAPE MACHINE
by Tom Keith
This graphics utility provides an easy way to create and manipulate shapes.
47
GRAVITY-FLOAT TRACE
by Robert A. Pritchett
This real-time Lo-Res game will test your coordination and timing.
53
Review
BRODERBUND SOFTWARE’S APPLE PANIC
reviewed by Hartley G. Lesser
55
COMMANDing BASIC
by Michael Prescott
Learn how to use the Applesoft Ampersand function and how to implement it with a minimum of Machine Language.

ATARI/SIDE

58
Enhanced Disk Version
THE CURSE OF THE PHARAOH
by Peter Kirsh
Can you find and return the two rubies to the eyes of the mummy in the pyramid?
60
Programs
INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE CONTRACTORS
by Phillip Case and Patrick Maloney
Our translation contest winner lets you try to become chairman of the board in this business management simulation.
65
 
OUTER SPACE ATTACK
by Sheldon Leemon
Maneuver your laser base and destroy the wave of aliens before they bomb you or get past the horizon.
69
Articles
TAKE-APART OUTER SPACE ATTACK
by Sheldon Leemon
The Player/Missile graphics and other graphics techniques used in Outer Space Attack are explained
72
RANDOM FILES WITH ATARI DOS I
by Odino Ciai and Luis Wuhl
How to fix your ATARI DOS I to take care of problems with random files.
71
Review
K-BYTE’S K-RAZY SHOOT-OUT
reviewed by Sheldon Leemon

TRS-80/SIDE

74
Enhanced Disk Version
WARPATH
by Ron Potkin
You can take the side of the Indians or the troopers in this two-player game of strategy and skill.
76
Programs
KILLER CARS
by Richard Kipp
Equip your vehicle with armor, machine guns, lasers and other weapons in order to destroy your opponent’s car.
85
 
STAKE YOUR CLAIM
by Rik Pierce
No claim jumping allowed in this two-player strategy game where you try to peacefully settle land in the old west.
90
Review
ADVENTURE INTERNATIONAL’S STARFIGHTER
reviewed by Dave Albert and Alan J. Zett
92
Article
DOSPLUS – HOW IT’S BETTER
by Alan J. Zett
New DOS features on the TRS-80 DV are explained.


February 12, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 5 No 05 / Issue 26

Date: February, 1982

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: XMB

Pages: 82

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 5 No 05 [I] (1982)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

FRONT RUNNER

25
Space Rescue
by Matt Rutter
You have been selected as a member of the exploration party searching for life on the planet Arcturus III. Radar indicates a meteor storm headed straight for that solar system. Can you, in your two-person rocket, rescue the people stranded there without crashing into a meteor? You are their only hope.

FEATURES

10
Entertainment Tomorrow
by Allen L. Wold and Fred D’Ignazio
In another peek into the future, the authors tell how computers could help enhance the tension and excitement of fantasy role-playing games. With the addition of low-level lasers, computerized fencing would take on an unequalled element of realism.
15
Sensuous Programmer
“J”
In this tenth installment, “J” discusses the use of logical operators and relational operators in BASIC programming.
58
My Side of the Page
by Lance Micklus
In Getting a Bit Serious – Part Seven, Lance discusses marketing projections and customer support problems. See how you can profit through his experience.
23
Hardware Corner
by Edward E. Umlor
The series on disk drives continues. Read about floppy drives, flippy drives and aspects of a variety of DOSs.
80
Machine Head
by Spyder Webb

SPECIAL FEATURES

5
DOSPLUS – How It’s Different
Since the operating system of the TRS-80 DV has changed from TRSDOS to DOSPLUS, those subscribers should find this summary of the major differences helpful.
8
Comments from Tandy
by Ed Juge
In a letter to the publisher from Ed Juge, director of computer merchandising for Tandy Corporation, some of Tandy’s policies about why only certain software and hardware products are supported by Radio Shack are explained.
38
Let’s Be Civilized
by Leonard Buchanan
Have you learned how to react in a civilized manner to that OTHER computer your acquaintances own? Have you been able to explain your feelings about YOUR computer to others? If not, try getting civilized.
39
Reader Survey
Each month we spend a great deal of time selecting, translating, and illustrating the programs and articles in Softside. This month we are asking you to complete and return the survey found in the center of this issue. Your responses will help determine future selections of programs, articles and other features. Please take the time to help us provide you with what interests you the most.

DEPARTMENTS

4
Editorial
4
Calendar
6
Input
7
Hints and Enhancements
9
Outgoing Mail

APPLE/SIDE

44
Enhanced Disk Version
Andorra
by Brent Packer
Lead the country of Andorra in this simulation.
46
K-Byter
Pick-Up
by William Pu
47
Program
Rubicube
by F.J. Condo
This color-graphics simulation will help you solve that famous 3-D puzzle.
56
Review
by Cary W. Bradley
Hi-Res Secrets

ATARI/SIDE

59
K-Byter
by Alan J. Zett
System Configuration Test
60
Enhanced Disk Version
Kismet II by Peter Kirsch
This dice game combines luck and skill as you arrange your dice scores to get the highest total.
62
Program
by Greg Schroeder
Defense
67
What’s New
by Dean F. H. Macy
Ramdisk
69
Review
by Alan J. Zett
Protector

TRS-80/SIDE

71
K-Byter
by Ronald and Jordan Corn
Lites Out
73
Enhanced Disk Version
Help Package
by Rich Bouchard
A utility for getting instructions on how to use your DOS, computer, or anything else.
74
Program
Maze Sweep
by James Garon and David Bohlke
A translation of Maze Search, this is an arcade-style game with optional sound.
77
Article
by Randy Hawkins
Modify EDTASM for the Model III – Part II
79
Review
by Marvin Lewis
Parsector V


February 12, 2009 – Site Updates

While continuing to scan new materials, I am in the process of adding complete table of contents entries for the scanned magazines in an upgrade to the magazine pages.

I have completed working on THE ALTERNATE SOURCE and THE 8IGHTY magazines.



February 13, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 5 No 04 / Issue 25

Date: January, 1982

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 42.1MB

Pages: 104

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 5 No 04 [I] (1982)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

ARTICLES

25
Computer Graphics
by Joan R. Trucknebrod
Patterns with vertical reflection.
52
Modify EDTASM for the Model III
by Randy Hawkins
Part 1 of the fix
54
COMMANDing BASIC
by Alan J. Zett
RESTORE a data pointer to a specified line number.

REVIEWS

92
Experiments in Artificial Intelligence
by Luigi Bisceglia
92
Graphics Editor and Programmer
by Margaret M. Grothman

APPLE, ATARI, TRS-80 PROGRAMS

21
Microtext 1.1
by Jon Voskull
Add the printout module to your word processor
27
Gambler
by Randy Hawkins
Don’t be afraid to take a chance

TRS-80 PROGRAMS

56
TRS-Man
by George Delp
TRS-Man goes into a feeding frenzy.
59
Vici
by Robert J. Pollock
Who shall overcome in this war game?

APPLE PROGRAMS

67
Word Wars
by Rowland Archer & Bruce Muscolino
My word against yours.
74
Apple Capture
by William J. Ryan
Don’t bark up the wrong tree.

ATARI PROGRAMS

79
Piazza Hotel
by Gary J. Dominick
Is this any way to spend a vacation?
84
Number Race
by Arthur N. Schreibman
Faster than a speeding number.

SOFTSIDE DV

46
TRS-80 and Apple – Nuclear Submarine Adventure
by Steven Neighorn
48
ATARI – Death Star
by Matt Rutter

DEPARTMENTS

4
About This Issue
by Jon Voskuil
5
Editorial
by Randal L. Kottwitz
6
Input
From our readers
8
Outgoing Mail
by Randal L. Kottwitz
10
Hints and Enhancements
From our readers
14
SayYoho
by Scott Adams
15
SensuousProgrammer
by J”
19
Entertainment Tomorrow
by Allen L Wold & Fred D’lgnazio
49
K-Byters
From our readers
53
Bugs, Worms, and Other Undesirables
by Editors
87
Calendar
by Editors
89
Hardware Comer
by Edward E. Umlor
96
MachineHead
by Spyder Webb


February 14, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 5 No 08 / Issue 29

Date: May, 1982

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 45MB

Pages: 100

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 5 No 08 [I] (1982)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

FRONT RUNNER

23
Solitaire
by Larry Williams; Translations by Alan J. Zett and Rich Bouchard
Klondike, the addictive one-player card game that just about everyone knows simply as “solitaire,” is beautifully implemented here for all three computers. The constant problems of shuffling the deck and rearranging the sloppy piles of cards are finally solved!

FEATURES

11
Entertainment Tomorrow
by Allen W. Wold and Fred D’Ignazio
The authors discuss the dungeons and the adventures of the past and present, and present some thoughts and speculations about a future breed of Computer-Assisted Role Playing Games.
14
Computer Graphics
by Joan Truckenbrod
This article focuses on how to transform one object gradually into another through a series of computerized calculations.
18
Save By Computerizing Your Business
by Edward Ting
You’ll be amazed by what the figures will show you about the possibilities of adding datamation to your business.
19
The BASIC Handbook
Review by Jon Voskuil
20
Data Impact Printer 84G
Review by Dean F. H. Macy
96
Machine Head
by Spyder Webb

DEPARTMENTS

5
Editorial
6
Input
8
Hints and Enhancements
10
Outgoing Mail
16
Calendar

APPLE/SIDE

38
Enhanced Disk Version: LIST FORMATTER
by Kerry Shetline
This Machine Language utility will allow you to list your Applesoft programs in a logicl!l arid highly readable form, to greatly simplify development and debugging.
40
K-Byter: REMARK WRlTER/FORMATTER
by Jon Voskuil
Internal documentation of your program with REM lines has never been this easy and looked this good.
42
APPLE F.O.O.L.S.
by Jon Voskuil
Media subscribers got this one last month for an April Fool special. Here’s the listing and the explanation of how it works and what it does.
47
MICRO-MAN
by William Pu
This excellent Apple version of George Delp’s TRS-Man will keep you busy for many hours eating all the monsters your diet will permit.
53
Review: ELECTRIC DUET
by Jon Voskuil
55
A FIX FOR THE APPLE MICROTEXT TAPE PROBLEM
by Tom Pollard
If you’ve been waiting with bated breath to use the Microtext word processor with your Apple cassette system, the solution is here.

ATARI/SIDE

58
Enhanced Disk Version: ROBOT BATTLE
by Randy W. Massey
This is an exceptionally well done arcade game which will keep you going for a long time as you attempt to penetrate alien defenses and retrieve the vital cloaking device which is Earth’s only hope.
60
K-Byter: SUPER SNAKE
by Trevor Porter
Guiding your snake around the screen to gobble up points becomes more and more challenging as you go along.
61
CROSS-REFERENCE
by Luis Wuhl
A utility which finds and lists the lines in which variables are used can be an invaluable programming tool. Here is a simple one in BASIC that can make your work a lot easier.
64
WORD SEARCH
by Skeet Nevil
Why wait for the daily paper when your ATARI can give you a new word-search game whenever you want one? Discover the joy of using a joystick instead of a pencil to find those hidden words.
68
Review: GHOST HUNTER; CRUSH, CRUMBLE, AND CHOMP; SPACE CHASE; and OUTDOOR GAMES
Review by Bruce Chapman
70
EXPLORING THE ATARI FRONTIER
by Alan J. Zett
This first installment of a new series on hidden features of the ATARI discusses the importance of the ANTIC chip and the display list for the BASIC programmer.

TRS-80/SIDE

76
Enhanced Disk Version: BREAKTHRU
by Larry Meister
This is a fast and challenging Machine Language game which offers a variety of options and will test your reflexes and perceptioris to the limit.
78
K-Byter: MINI-INVADERS
by V. A. DeGiorgio
Here is an exceptional K-Byter which POKEs a Machine Language invaders game into memory for some smooth and fast action.
79
JOYSTICK MODIFICATION FOR THE TRS-80
by Tigre Wenrich
Add an ATARI joystick to your TRS-80 for a new dimension, in playing action games. This article shows you how to do it.
82
LADDERS
by Rik Pierce
The goal of this competitive game is to work your way up the ladders before your opponents do. It requires generous portions of luck, logic, and clear thinking to win.
88
NEWDOS-80 ENHANCEMENTS TO SEQUENTIAL DATABASE
by Robert Jacobs
Special NEWDOS-80 features are exploited to make the sequential-access version of So/tSide’s Database program even better.
90
ROBOT ATTACK Review
by Michael McKenna
91
MISSILE ATTACK
Review by Michael McKenna
92
MICROWORLD
Review by Allen L. Wold


February 15, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 5 No 07 / Issue 28

Date: April, 1982

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 29.5MB

Pages: 104

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 5 No 07 [I] (1982)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

FRONT RUNNER

21
Microtext 1.2
by Jon R. Voskull
SoftSide’s basic BASIC word processor for all three systems acquires line editing capabilities, plus a few changes to the two previous installments.

FEATURES

9
Sensuous Programmer
by “J”
“J” concludes a year-long exploration of the ins and outs of the intimate art of BASIC programming with some philosophical meanderings.
11
My Side of the Page
by Lance Micklus
For those who like to encourage their computers to talk to other people’s computers, this extensive discussion of modems should prove to be very helpful.
15
Introduction to Word Processing
Review by Dave Albert
18
Word Processing: An Art in Transition
by Tom Stanton
This informative essay on the history of the written, printed, and electronic word leads to some fascinating questions about the future.
96
Machine Head
by Spyder Webb

DEPARTMENTS

5
Editorial
6
Input
8
Outgoing Mail
16
Calendar
26
Bugs, Worms, and Other Undesirables

APPLE/SIDE

34
Enhanced Disk Version: SEMAPHORE
by Richard A. Bryant
Semaphore is a form of “word processing” that predates computers by quite a few years. This unique Hi-Res graphics program will enlighten you about a kind of flagwaving quite unfamiliar to most of us.
36
Disk and Cassette Versions: APPLE F.O.O.L.S.
by Jon R. Voskuil
DV and CV subscribers get a sneak preview of the “Apple Fully Optimized Operational Language System” which will appear in listed form in next month’s magazine.
37
K-Byter: BATTLESHIP
by David Bahr
The old favorite board game is revisited in this compact computerized incarnation.
38
WHITE LIGHTNING
by Randy Fox
You’ll have to develop quick reflexes to keep from zapping yourself out of this game. Your score soars as you intercept elusive graphics blocks, but each time you get one it’s harder to maneuver.
42
POSTER MAKER
by Fred J. Condo
If you have the need (or just an irresistable urge) to print out large-letter posters, this is just what your Apple needs.
48
Comparative Review: THREE APPLE TEXT EDITORS
reviewed by Jon R. Voskuil
SuperText II, SuperScribe II, Apple Writer II

ATARI/SIDE

54
K-Byter: CRYPTO
by Jerry Aamodt
This is an entertaining code-breaking game, coded into just the form for you and your ATARI to solve together.
55
Enhanced Disk Version: RENUMBERING FOR THE ATARI
by Frank Roberts
Anyone who has written a program from scratch knows how messy the line numbering can get after all the changing and revising is done. This program lets your computer do the grubbing work of renumbering the whole thing in nice, neat increments of your choice.
56
STARBASE 13
by Mark Lewis Batdwin
This one will give you some heavy practice with your joystick as you defend yourself against attackers from all directions. It’s only a matter of time ….
59
ATARI BANNER MACHINE
by Alan J. Zett
This unique banner-printing program works not only with normal characters, but with any redefined character set that you care to program into your computer. The possibilities are limitless.
63
Comparative Review: WORD PROCESSING PROGRAMS FOR THE ATARI
reviewed by Sheldon Leemon
Letter Perfect, Text Wizard, and Word Processor

TRS-80/SIDE

67
K-Byter: MICRO ADVENTURE
by Joseph Felten
Adventure veterans and beginners alike will enjoy this subcompact interactive game.
68
Enhanced Disk Version: SCREEN PRINT
by Steven Milliken
Install a Machine Language routine into memory, and you can dump the text and graphics displayed on your screen to a printer – even while another program is running.
70
GOTHIC LETTER PRINTER
by Ronald M. Tutone
This remarkable program creates large letters in a beautiful Gothic font on your favorite printer. You’ll have no more excuses for sloppy garage sale signs.
76
DATABASE
by Mark Pelczarski
This is a completely updated version of SoftSide’s Developing Database, in two versions: sequential access and random access. Those who have long awaited this complete TRS-80 version will not be disappointed.
85
DOSPLUS – What Does it Mean?
by Alan J. Zett .
The complete list of all DOSPLUS BASIC error messages – fully explained.
86
REFWARE’S THESAURUS
by Kathleen Boucher
88
MICROPROOF
by Dave A. Kater
91
HEXSPELL
by Dave A. Kater and David R. Long
93
NEWSCRIPT VERSION 6.1
by Joseph Breton


February 16, 2009 – Site Updates

I have updated the 80 NOTEBOOK magazine page to include larger cover scans and the tables of contents. The 80 NOTEBOOK ran for 7 issues.



February 16, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 5 No 12 / Issue 33

Date: September, 1982

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 57.3MB

Pages: 102

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 5 No 12 [I] (1982)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

COVER FEATURE

22
The Electronic Renaissance: The Future Impact of Computers on Art and Culture
by Saul Bernstein
Many “authorities” have speculated that the age of computers and technology will bring the decay of the family and our appreciation of the beauty of life. Saul Bernstein, one of the best known figures in microcomputer graphics, offers some startling predictions of the opposite effect.

FEATURES

13
My Side of the Page
by Lance Micklus
Lance continues his review of modems with his comments on the Hayes Smart Modem. He also offers his views on documentation for software packages, with an accurate parallel to instruction manuals for other consumer products.
18
Entertainment Tomorrow
by Fred D’Ignazio and Allen L. Wold
In Home Movies, the authors postulate on a unique service to be available in the future – a studio in which you and a computer produce your own movies.
25
An Artist Eyes the Computer
by Ame Choate Flynn
Artists often shudder when they think of facing the computer screen. This author has not only faced the screen, but conquered it. She offers a step-by-step guide for approaching this new medium.
96
Machine Head
by Spyder Webb

DEPARTMENTS

5
Editorial
9
Hints and Enhancements
27
General Information
Concerning SoftSide Line Listings, SWAT and Media Versions
52
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
91
New Products
93
Market/Side
95
Advertisers Index

APPLE/SIDE

28
Enhanced Disk Version: HI-RES CHARACTER GENERATOR
by Kerry Shetline
If you’ve ever wanted to insert text or special characters in your hi-res displays, this is the program for you.
30
SHAPE WIZARD
by Brent Iverson
Create amazing shapes on your screen and manipulate them like a wizard. This program brings magic to your fingertips.
36
DEFENSE
by Greg Schroeder; Apple translation by Jordan Drachman
Aliens are invading the moon and threaten the earth. Your assignment – destroy as many alien ships as possible. Strap yourself in front of your screen and start shooting!
42
REVIEW: GRAPHICS PROCESSING SYSTEM
Reviewed by Cary Bradley
45
REVIEW: THE COMPLETE GRAPHICS SYSTEM/SPECIAL EFFECTS
Reviewed by Ame Choate Flynn

TRS-80/SIDE

48
Enhanced Disk Version: ILIST
by Joe Iwanski
Programs dumped to a printer using the LLIST command are often difficult to read and nearly impossible to understand. This invaluable utility will format your listings so that they make logical sense. Debugging will become a joy.
51
GRAPHIC WRITER
by Darwin Collins
With this program, you’ll be able to draw complex images on your screen with the ease of paper and pencil, then print them out on your printer.
71
REVIEW: TRS-80 GRAPHICS FOR THE MODEL I AND III
Reviewed by Margaret Grothman

ATARI/SIDE

76
Enhanced Disk Version: PARANOIA
by Michael Moody
You’re trapped in a seemingly endless maze, faced by alien creatures. Every time you shoot one of them, he rematerializes. It’s enough to make you Paranoid.
80
SPIRALGRAPHICS
by Sheldon Leemon and Tom Giese
You can bring exciting and colorful geometric patterns to your screen and printer with this little gem.
83
FLIKER
by Duane King
This tutorial on multiple-display graphics will teach you how to have sixteen colors on your screen in any graphics mode.
74
REVIEW: COLOR PRINT
Reviewed by Richard Nichols
78
REVIEW: DRAW PIC
Reviewed by David N. Plotkin
88
REVIEW: PAINT
Reviewed by J. Harmon Grahn
90
REVIEW: 3-D SUPERGRAPHICS
Reviewed by Scott A. Berfield


February 17, 2009 – Site Updates

While I am continuing my efforts to continue scanning SoftSide magazines, I am also continuing the efforts of breaking magazine pages out so that each issue has its own page with tables of contents (like the 80 Micro pages have always had). I am currently pushing through the 80-US JOURNAL pages, and will not post news items for each update, but as of this writing, I have updated Volumes 2 and 3, and am in the middle of Volume 4.



February 17, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 5 No 03 / Issue 24

Date: December, 1981

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 37.6MB

Pages: 102

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 5 No 03 [I] (1981)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

ARTICLES

10
VARPTR Edited
by John T. Phillipp, M.D.
Editing packed strings
70
POKE Your Atari – Part 2
by Alan J. Zett
CLOADing troubles solved
91
User-Defined Functions
by David A. Gash
TRS-80 DEFFN feature explored

REVIEWS

84
Voyage of the Valkyrie
by Alan J. Zett
85
Race for Midnight
by Ulf Lindmark
86
Missile Command
by Dean F. H. Macy

APPLE, ATARI, TRS-80 PROGRAMS

21
Microtext 1.0
by Jon Voskuil
A simple word processor
29
Titan
by William Morris & John Cope
Mining on a Saturn moon

APPLE PROGRAM

65
Aircraft Commander
by William J. Edmunds
Instrument flight simulator

ATARI PROGRAMS

71
Developing Database
by Mark Pelczarski & Paul Marentette
The new, improved version
77
Design Master
by Richard Lamb
Experiment with geometric patterns

TRS-80 PROGRAM

59
Electronics Assistant
by John D. Adamson
A circuit-designing utility

SOFTSIDE DV

50
ATARI – Survive
by Randy Massey
50
APPLE – Bobsledding
by Maxwell Su
51
TRS-80 – Konane
by Norman Whaland

DEPARTMENTS

5
Editorial
by Jon Voskuil
6
Input
From our readers
7
Hints and Enhacements
From our readers
8
About This Issue
by Randal L. Kottwitz
11
Outgoing Mail
by Randal L. Kottwitz
14
The Sensuous Programmer
by “J”
18
Entertainment Tomorrow
by Allen L. Wold & Fred D’Ignazio
28
Calendar
by Kathleen Boucher
52
K-Byters
From our readers
58
Envyrnese
by Roger W. Robataille, Sr.
83
Bugs, Worms, and Other Undesirables
by Editors
87
My Side of the Page
by Lance Micklus
94
Hardware Corner
by Edward E. Umlor
96
Machine Head
by Spyder Webb


February 17, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover (# 15)

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 3 No 06 / Issue 15

Date: March, 1981

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 21.7MB

Pages: 100

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 3 No 6 [I] (1981)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

ARTICLES

26
BASIC PERSONIFIED
by Roger W. Robitaille, Sr.
Exploring the world of Base
34
DATABASE
by Mark Pelczarski, Rich Bouchard
The Final Chapter
66
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
by Joan Truckenbrod
Three-D Rotation, Part IV
71
REVIEWS
by Dave Albert, Jon Voskuil
ABM; Galaxy Wars; Monty Plays Monopoly
79
BIG APPLE ADVENTURE.
by Christopher U. Light, Chris Light, Jr.
Madness at Tiffany’s
92
ATARI MEMORY UPGRADE
by Paul Johnson
How is an Atari like an elephant?
94
THE MONEY WHIRLPOOL
by Judy Neyhart
Where does all that cash flow?

PROGRAMS

21
MATH DECATHLON
Calling all mathletes!
36
VOLCANO
by Victor T. Albino
Watch out for pyroclastic flows!
45
FLAGS
by William Morris & John Cope
Name that nation
52
STRATEGY STRIKE
by David Steenson, Jon Voskuil
When chess seems too complicated
68
MINI GOLF
by Mitch Voth, Steve Justus
Miniature golf with an Apple
72
NUMBER BATTLE
by Dave Bohlke
It’s the Integers vs the Fractions!
76
SCORE 4
by Stephen Milliken
How fast are your reflexes?

DEPARTMENTS

4
EDITORIAL
by Dave Albert
8
INPUT
From our readers
9
OUTGOING MAIL
by Phillip Case
11
ABOUT THIS ISSUE
by Munchkins Unlimited
12
I DON’T THINK WE’RE IN KANSAS ANYMORE
by Mark Pelczarski
19
SAY YOHO
by Scott Adams
26
BUGS, WORMS, & OTHER UNDESIRABLES
by Kay Pasa
30
MY SIDE OF THE PAGE
by Lance Micklus
88
HARDWARE CORNER
by Ed Umlor
89
WHAT’S NEW
by Ed Umlor


February 17, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover (# 18)

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 4 No 09 / Issue 18

Date: June, 1981

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 27.5MB

Pages: 102

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 4 No 9 (1981)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: COMPLETE


Issue Contents:

ARTICLES

11
THE RACE OF THE SORTS
by Rik Karlsson
A Showdown of sorts
30
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
by Joan Truckenbrod
More pattern Generation
47
CUSTOM TAPES
by Ed Ting
Waste not, want not
52
LEMONADE OR CHAMPAGNE
by Will Hagenbuch
Will Hagenbuch’s book in serial form
58
ALL RAMS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
by Joesph V. Cesaitis
Tribulations in Chip City
78
REVIEWS
by Dave Albert, Jon Voskuil
Lords of Karma; Poker Tournament; Thrilogy of Games; Micro-Painter

S-80, APPLE, AND ATARI PROGRAMS

48
OLD GLORY
by William Morris & John Cope
For all you flag lovers
92
WORD-SEARCH PUZZLE GENERATOR
by David Durkee, Jon Voskuil
Befuddle your friends

APPLE PROGRAMS

20
MATH DECATHLON
by Jon Voskuil
The final installment
26
HEXADECIMAL PUZZLE
by George W. Ziegler
A new twist to an old puzzle
28
MAZE SEARCH
by Carl Mueller, Dave Bohlke
Translated from the Atari
32
MUSI-KEYS INPUT ROUTINE
by Jon Voskuil
Let your keys talk back to you

ATARI PROGRAMS

34
VOLCANO
by Art Cestaro, Victor T. Albino
Mt. St. Helens erupts yet another time
38
CATACOMBS OF THE PHANTOMS
by Tom Plassman
Explore the tunnels beneath Petiteville

S-80 PROGRAMS

62
BATS
by John Baker, D.V.M.
The Electronic Vampire Nightmare Game
66
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
by Phillip C. Soine
Are they aliens or amoebae?
74
KRAZY TALK
by David Gash
Are you creatively articulate?
90
ANALLIST
by Ron Fitzgerald
A listing utility

DEPARTMENTS

4
EDITORIAL
by Jon Voskuil
5
ABOUT THIS ISSUE
by Fred & the Munchkins
6
INPUT
From our readers
7
OUTGOING MAIL
by Dave Albert
25
CALENDAR
by Editors
42
SAY YOHO
by Scott Adams
46
WORD-SEARCH PUZZLE #2 SOLUTION
by Editors
57
WHAT’S NEW
by Ed Umlor
77
BUGS, WORMS, AND OTHER UNDESIRABLES
by Kay Pasa
81
HARDWARE CORNER
by Ed Umlor
82
THE SENSUOUS PROGRAMMER
by “J”
96
WORD SEARCH PUZZLE # 3
by Editors


February 17, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover (# 17)

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 4 No 08 / Issue 17

Date: May, 1981

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 20.9MB

Pages: 94

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 4 No 8 [I] (1981)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

ARTICLES

20
THE SENSUOUS PROGRAMMER
by “J”
Who is this guy, anyway?
28
KUDOS & KLUNKERS
by Wynee Keller
A look at Model III TRSDOS.
53
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
by Joan Truckenbrod
Perspective Drawing, Part II
62
SOFTSIDE DIRECTORY
by Editors
All the programs that fit, since Day 1
81
REVIEWS
by Bob Lidell, Dave Albert, Jon Voskuil
Hellfire Warrior; Basketball; Strip Dice; Pseudodisk

PROGRAMS

14
BOMBARDMENT
by Alan Hartman
Missile warfare via keyboard
30
TRIVIA
by Michael Bendick
Dandy lines for your Apple
34
DODGE
by Matt Rutter
Another version of Head On
39
GALAXIA
by Michael Prescott
Get those nasty aliens
48
DAIRY FARMING
by Scott Tapley
An udder delight!
56
MATH DECATHLON
by Jon Voskuil
The Olympics draw to a close
60
LUNAR MISSION
by Matt Rutter
Can you land the Eagle?
61
DOMOD
by Rich Bouchard
Monkeying about with the Model III
87
ORIENTEERING AT JACQUE’S COULEE
by Michael O’Keefe
How to get lost without ever going outside.

DEPARTMENTS

4
EDITORIAL
by Jon Voskuil
6
INPUT
From our readers
7
OUTGOING MAIL
by Dave Albert
9
ABOUT THIS ISSUE
by Fred & the Munchkins
9
SAY YOHO
by Scott Adams
24
MY SIDE OF THE PAGE
by Lance Micklus
33
WORD PUZZLE SOLUTION
by Editors
37
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
by Editors
46
I DON’T THINK WE’RE IN KANSAS ANYMORE
by Mark Pelczarski
84
HARDWARE CORNER
by Ed Umlor
85
WHAT’S NEW
by Ed Umlor


February 17, 2009 – New SoftSide Magazine Cover (# 16)

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 3 No 07 / Issue 16

Date: April, 1981

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 30.5MB

Pages: 100

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 3 No 7 [I] (1981)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE


Issue Contents:

ARTICLES

10
MODIFYING STRING VARIABLES
by Benjamin Junge
Tricks with your VARPTR.
26
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
by Joan Truckenbrod
Perspective Drawing.
54
APPLESOFT CHAINING
by Murray Summers
Quick & Dirty vs. Elegant.
69
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE PROGRAM LOADS
by Ed Ting
With apologies to Sherry Taylor.
83
PADDLE SOUND EFFECTS
by James Dwyer
The name says it all.
84
REVIEWS
by Michael Humes, Jon Voskuil, Dave Albert
Temple of Apshai; Apple Machine Language; Dragonquest
93
AUTO MODPROG
by Shane Causer
Programming perspectives.

PROGRAMS

20
MESSIAH
by William Morris & John Cope
An Easter greeting.
22
INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE CONTRACTORS
by P hillip Case
Cross this one when you come to it.
34
CONVOY
by William Morris & John Cope
The long-awaited Atari version.
42
ASSAULT IV
by Jerald Uptain
The Allied forces await your command.
48
DOMINOES
by Peter Kirsch
Three versions of a classic game.
58
SKUNK
by John Daoust
Watch out for those furry fellows.
60
STRATEGY STRIKE
by David Steenson, Rich Bouchard
Brush up on tactics.
66
MATH DECATHLON
by Jon Voskuil
A mathletic maelstrom.
70
ROBOT BUILDER
by Arnold Gross
A game. not a tutorial.
74
FLAGS
by William Morris & John Cope
How’s your geography?
76
BATTLE AT SEA
by Jon Voskuil
An old game with a new twist.

DEPARTMENTS

4
EDITORIAL
by Jon Voskuil
6
INPUT
From our readers
7
OUTGOING MAIL
by Dave Albert
14
I DON’T THINK WE’RE IN KANSAS ANYMORE
by Mark Pelczarski
19
ABOUT THIS ISSUE
by The Munchkin Bunch
29
SAY YOHO
by Scott Adams
31
BASICALLY SPEAKING CONTEST
by Editors
77
WORD PUZZLE
by Editors
87
BUGS, WORMS, AND OTHER UNDESIRABLES
by Kay Pasa
88
HARDWARE CORNER
by Ed Umlor
92
WHAT’S NEW
by Ed Umlor


February 17, 2009 – Free Model III For Local Pickup Only

A site visitor has a Model III (unsure if it works) which he is willing to give away to anyone who will pick it up near Kalamazoo MI.

Since the person is not willing to ship, I will only pass on emails which offer to pick it up.

Please send me an email, and I will forward it on.

First come, first served.



February 18, 2009 – Site Development Continues

I continue to push hard to move as much of the site as I can over to WordPress and to otherwise upgrade the information present. Pages without a “*” on the navbar have already been moved over (although some of those need further work as well). I have also started upgrading the images on the site, including updating all of the book cover images to be substantially larger.



February 24, 2009 – New SoftSide (Vol 5, No 11)

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 5 No 11 / Issue 32

Date: Aug, 1982

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 53MB

Pages: 102

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 5 No 11 [I] (1982)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: INCOMPLETE (Missing Pages 9 and 10)

Table of Contents:

FRONT RUNNERS

29
Operation: Sabotage
by Ray Sato; Translations by Ron Shaker and Rich Bouchard; Encryption modifications by Rich Bouchard, Bill Kubeck and Alan J. Zett
In another of our encrypted adventures, you’ll be challenged to infiltrate an alien installation on Mars. They are planning to build an incredible defense shield and you must steal the plans and destroy the complex. Good luck – you may get out alive.
47
C.A.T.S. (Parts II & III)
by Jon Voskuil; Translations by Alan J. Zett
With this month’s completion of the Computer-Assisted Testing System, you’ll be able to administer the tests you created with the first module, score the students on their responses and keep accurate records for future reference.

FEATURES

14
Sri Lanka Imports At the NCC
by David D. Busch
A tongue-in-cheek look at a fictitious company’s introduction of such unique products as a black phosphor monitor at the National Computer Conference.
17
A Few Words From the Phantom Programmer
Our mysterious contributor offers a few words of advice on the use of I and O, (Or is it 1 and 0?) as variables in program listings.
18
Anatomy of an Adventure
by Peter Kirsch
The creator of many of SoftSde’s Adventures of the Month will take you step by step through the process of writing an original adventure and translating it to other systems. He’s included his own “Adventure Skeleton” in this valuable tutorial.
22
The National Computer Conference – What’s a Mainframe?
by George Blank
This year’s NCC revealed that the microcomputer is a contender for almost all serious computing applications. Here’s a comprehensive report on the introduction of systems from such unexpected manufacturers as Sony and Epson.
25
Entertainment Tomorrow
by Fred D’Ignazio and Allen L. Wold
Disney Studios’ TRON has brought a new age of animation to the film industry. The authors give an extensive background on the computer graphics companies responsible for these developments accompanied by some exciting scenes from the movie.
96
Machine Head
by Spyder Webb

DEPARTMENTS

5
Editorial
6
Input/Output
9
Hints and Enhancements
11
Calendar
64
General Information
Concerning SoftSide Line Listings, S WA T and Media Versions
93
Market/Side
94
New Products
96
Advertisers Index

APPLE/SIDE

66
Enhanced Disk Version: CLOZE TEST
by William D. Hedges
The Classroom Teacher’s Diagnostic Reading Test enables the teacher or parent to determine whether a student is able to read materials with understanding. It is also a valuable self-improvement tool for reading comprehension.
72
Article: APPLE DISKOURSE
by Cary W. Bradley
You’re on your way to having a valuable disk utility with this installment of the series – Disk Snooper. It will allow you direct access to the secrets hidden away on your diskettes.
67
Review: WIZARDRY – Scenarios I & II
Reviewed by Hartley G. Lesser

ATARI/SIDE

78
Enhanced Disk Version: NEAT LIST
by Frank Roberts
This useful listing utility will make the line output of your programs much easier to understand. Statements will be listed on individual lines and REMarks will be framed by asterisks. Debugging will never be the same.
79
Article: ATARI SILENCER
by John J. Anderson
If you or your family are annoyed by the constant output of the speaker on your ATARI console, here’s the solution. With only a few inexpensive parts, you can put a switch on that speaker so you are in control.
82
Review: DEADLINE
Reviewed by Eric F. Wolcott

TRS-80/SIDE

84
Enhanced Disk Version: UP PERISCOPE
by Ron Potkin
Exciting sea-battle action comes to the screen of your TRS-80. This wargame/simulation is packed with destroyers, submarines and a convoy of vessels to keep two players fast on the keys in dramatic competition.
87
ALIEN DEFENSE
Reviewed by Andre Chen
88
NEWSCRIPT 7.0
Reviewed by Harry Temple


March 2, 2009 – Problems with WordPress

UPDATE: I found my answer after a LOT of searching.

If anyone out there is familiar with WordPress and PHP errors, please email me. WordPress is giving me Internal Error 500 when I try to post or view or edit pages. No other functions (news, media, links, etc) are affected – only “pages”. Thanks!



March 3, 2009 – Still Having WordPress Problems

I suspect that the site is too big for WordPress. Although I had solved the problem yesterday, it re-emerged as I continued to port pages over. I was able to move about 2/3 of the entire site before WordPress’ capabilities were exceeded. I am still ‘locked out’ of page functions with a “500 Internal Error” on the php code, but I can transition the site back to the old format, and still keep WordPress for the news. Thank goodness I never implemented anything in WordPress without implementing it in my HTML first.

The good news is that the attempted WordPress port spurred me to add magazine details, increase the cover scans, and clean things up. Those benefits will continue.

Of course, I do continue scanning, and have some new stuff on the way.



March 4, 2009 – WordPress Limitation Workaround

In addition to the php.ini at 25MB (didn’t work alone, but left it there anyway), I added a line to HTACCESS which some stated solved some PHP5 processing problems on 1and1 hosted sites. This gave me access to the ‘pages’ functions again. I realized that 1/2 of the pages were single magazine pages (showing the cover, giving issue information/stats, and setting out the tables of contents). I have realized that if I port the entire site over (or as much as can go … I don’t think my SQL pages can go) but leave the single magazine pages as they were, I should not hit the WordPress limitation.



March 5, 2009 – PROG-80 (Volume 1, Number 1)

Issue Information:

Issue Information:

Name: PROG-80 Magazine

Issue: Vol 1 No 01 / Issue 11

Date: March, 1979

Publisher: PROG-80 Publications

Size: 8.0MB

Pages: 48

TOSEC: PROG-80 Magazine Vol 01 No 01 (1979)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: Complete



Table of Contents:

In this issue …

6
String$ Fever
by Robert A. Wallace
9
Upper/lower case Modification
by Lance Micklus
12
Variables in Level II
by John A. Millspaugh Jr.
14
On the Inside Track
17
Getting the Most Out of Data Statements
by Rev George Blank
24
Simple SiMON
by Rev George Blank
37
INKEY Routines
by Lance Micklus
41
Clock Routines
by Lance Micklus


March 18, 2009 – Free TRS-80’s For Local Pickup *ONLY*

The following TRS-80 items are available, first come first served, for LOCAL PICKUP ONLY from Marstons Mills, Massachusetts (photos are for reference only).

Since the donator has no interest in shipping, please email me which models you would like to pick-up and I will forward on the request in the order received.

I will update this news posting to strike off any items which have already been claimed.

  • TRS-80 Model I – Current working status unknown but worked when last used.
  • TRS-80 Model III – Current working status unknown but worked when last used.
  • TRS-80 Model 4P – Current working status unknown but worked when last used.
  • TRS-80 CoCo – In box; current working status unknown.
  • DWP 220 Printer – Current working status unknown but worked when last used.


March 22, 2009 – New SoftSide (Thanks to Thomas McNair)

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 3 No 01 / Issue ??

Date: OCtober, 1980

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 55.9MB

Pages: 108

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 3 No 01 (1980)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: COMPLETE



Table of Contents:

ARTICLES

22
SOFTSIDE’S DEVELOPING DATA BASE, PART 2
Mark Pelc7arski, Rich Bouchard, James Garon
Update and Delete functions are added
25
GARON’S GOODIES
James Garon
Those neglected space compression codes (S-80)
30
SAY “YOHO”
Scott Adams
A new column for Adventurers
32
SOUND FOR YOUR COMPUTER
James Hagani, Staff
Light sabers
52
THE HARDER SIDE OF LIFE
Bob Kinerk
Hardside is heard from
66
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
Joan Truckenbrod
Simulating three dimensions
68
THE HIDDEN COLORS IN GRAPHICS 8
James Garon
Plus: Checker Challenge (Atari)
76
DR. LIVINGSTON EXPLAINED
Carl & Karen Russell, Ralph and Becky Fullerton
The promised documentation (S-80)
81
muMATH REVIEW
James Garon
From arithmetic to calculus (S-80)

PROGRAMS

18
IMHOTEP
Terry Clark, Mike Antonovich
The Pyramid builder (S-80, Apple)
26
WORLD SERIES
Dave Bohlke
Baseball action (Atari)
34
ESCAPE
Joel Mick
A maze with a view (S-80)
36
MONSTER MAZE
Joel Mick
Invisible walls and a dragon (S-80)
41
OCTADRAW
James Garon
Draw in eight directions at once (Atari)
43
INTERNA-MAZE
Dennis Ward
Another point of view (Apple)
44
MOONLANDING
Herb Sandy
Try for a soft landing (Apple)
46
EARTH-PORT II
Phil Case
Can you land on an alien planet? (S-80)
50
DOUBLE CANNON
Dave Bohlke
Shoot-em-down for two (Atari)

HEAVY STUFF (BEGINNERS BEWARE!)

48
PREPACK
John R. Olsen Jr.
Is your program ready to Pack? (S-80)
49
DATAPOKE
William K. Mason
Put your machine routines in DATA (S-80)
60
STRINGS AND THINGS
Mark Ohlund
An inside look (S-80, Atari)
62
CHAINER
Frank R. Neal
Help with the NEWDOS/80 CHAIN command (S-80)

DEPARTMENTS

4
EDITORIAL
Mark Pelczarski
6
INPUT
From our readers
56
CROSSWORD PUZZLE
James Garon
80
BUGS, WORMS, AND OTHER UNDESIRABLES
Kay Pasa


March 24, 2009 – New SoftSide (Thanks to Thomas McNair)

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 3 No 02 / Issue ??

Date: November, 1980

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 60.6MB

Pages: 100

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 3 No 02 (1980)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: COMPLETE



Table of Contents:

ARTICLES

19
CARD DRAW
Arthur Gleeker
A computer card shuffler (S-80)
30
SOFTSIDE’S DEVELOPING DATA BASE, PART III
Mark Pelczarski
Customize your own data base program
42
Z-80 SOFTCARD & DOS 3.3
Mark Pelczarski
Apple Reviews (Apple)
74
COMPUTER AIDED DRAWING & DESIGN
Joan Truckenbrod
Rotation of images in HI-RES
87
COPYCAT +
A. Douglas Werbeek
An improved LIVE-KEY input routine (S-80)

PROGRAMS

23
METEOR STORM
Roy Harper
Can you survive the asteroid belt? (All)
34
KRIEGSPIEL
Ron Potkin
Computer-aided wargame (S-80)
44
COLLISION
Mark Pelczarski
Patterned after the arcade game (Apple)
47
BOWLING
Phil Case
Go to the lanes in this simulation (Apple)
50
ENGINEER
James Hagani
Can you handle the construction inspector? (Atari)
52
MAD SCIENTIST
Thomas Hamlin III
For the adventurer in you (S-80)
66
TRENCH
Tim Hays
Complete with an exhaust port to shoot at (Atari)
82
BOING!
Ron Webster
Your mission, save bouncing Barney!! (S-80, Atari)

HEAVY STUFF

57
CARDS
John T. Philips M.D.
Playing cards with packed string graphics (S-80)
62
KEYBOARD ORGAN
Rob Hausman
Tickle the ivories on your APPLE (Apple)
85
POCKET TAPE DUBBER
Edward Ting
Duplicate cassette tape (S-80)

DEPARTMENTS

4
EDITORIAL
Mark Pelczarski
6
INPUT
From our readers
10
MY SIDE OF THE PAGE
Lance Micklus
17
SAY YOHO
Scott Adams
32
CROSSWORD PUZZLE
James Garon


March 25, 2009 – Developing DOS Pages

[NEWDOS80 2.0 MAIN SCREEN]

As I have been converting the site over to WordPress, I note that information surrounding many of the DOS’s is splattered all over the site. While I will leave that information where it is, I am in the process of developing pages which are devoted to each DOS. The first of which will be NEWDOS/80.



March 27, 2009 – WordPress Done (I Think)

  • Although some pages require a little tweaking (most notedly, those magazine issue pages which were backed out of WordPress due to WordPress limitations), I believe all of the pages that are going to be transitioned to WordPress have been transitioned.
  • I have updated the H&E Computronics page to provide for larger cover images, additional issue details, and, of course, the associated Tables of Contents from each of the issues.
  • Finally, the NEWDOS/80 Page is now complete. Of course, if anyone has additional information, tips, hints, patches, etc., I would love to hear!


March 28, 2009 – New SoftSide (Thanks to Thomas McNair)

Issue Information:

Name: SoftSide Magazine

Issue: Vol 3 No 03 / Issue ??

Date: December, 1980

Publisher: SoftSide Publications

Size: 57.3MB

Pages: 100

TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 3 No 03 (1980)(SoftSide Publications)

Status: COMPLETE



Table of Contents:

ARTICLES

23
SAY ‘YOHO’
Scott Adams
For adventurers (All)
28
WHAT TO DO WHILE THE PROGRAM LOADS
Sherry Taylor
Make the most of those free moments (All)
30
SOFTSIDE’S DEVELOPING DATA BASE, PART 4
Mark Pelczarski, Rich Bouchard, Phillip Case
Search routines (All)
95
REVIEWS
Dave Albert, Glen Ohlund
A look at Olympic Decathlon & Galaxy Invasion (S-80)

PROGRAMS

34
CONNECT-A-DOT
Duane Barts
The game we all played as kids (Apple)
38
WORD PROBLEMS
Denslo Hamlin
The thing I hated most in school (S-80)
43
MISSILE EVASION
Thomas Harleman
Here’s the S-80 version of HEAD ON (S-80)
48
CHRISTMAS CARD
Fred Pence
With sound! (Apple)
52
KIDNAPPED
Peter Kirsch
Can you believe nine adventures? (S-80)
65
BASEBALL
Dave Bohlke, Steve MacLeay
Will you win in the last of the ninth? (Apple)
70
SPACE DODGE
Mike McKenna, Rich Bouchard
Can you cross the mine field? (S-80, Atari)
80
STATES & CAPITALS
David Bohlke
Do you know your country? (Atari)
88
SPEEDELLO
David Bohlke
A new twist for Othello freaks (Atari)

HEAVY STUFF

57
WHOA!
Shane Causer
Slow down those listings (S-80)
59
SQUISH-3
Dave Archibald
Add 2K to your programs? (S-80)
61
COMMAND
Denslo Hamlin
Boot your disk any way you want (S-80)

DEPARTMENTS

4
EDITORIAL
Mark Pelczarski
6
INPUT
From our readers
51
CROSSWORD SOLUTION
James Garon
94
BUGS, WORMS, AND OTHER UNDESIRABLES
Kay Pasa


March 29, 2009 – New 80 Microcomputing

Horacio has provided another 80 Micro, and the data for Issue 99 has been added to the 80 Micro 1988 web page, and the searchable 80 Micro Table-Of-Contents database.

This brings the count up to 99 out of 101 with only two (2) issues from 1998 remaining.

Thank you Horacio.

Issue Information:

Name: 80 Micro

Issue: 99

Date: April 1988

Pages: 86

Load-80: No

Status: COMPLETE



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

28
Smaller Is Bigger
John M. Gregg
Adding a 3-1/2 inch drive to your 1000 is cheap and easy.
33
Sending Printer Codes from Your 1000
Bill Newmiller
Learn how to write batch and command files that give you greater control over your printer.
39
Tandy’s 1000 HX: Easy Home Companion
Eric Grevstad
Innovative ideas hit the home market in the right spot.
43
Making Macros
Jack Alban
Save keystrokes by assigning often-used key combinations to macro commands.
51
A Routine to Watch Over Me
Leonard Jackson
Catch typing mistakes on the fly with this error-trapping subroutine.

DEPARTMENTS

6
The 80 Micro
Disk Series Index
8
Side Tracks
Michael E. Nadeau
10
Feedback Loop
16
Pulse Train
Ron White
18
Info Line
22
Reviews
Konan KXP-230Z, Drive Maximizer, Universal Keyboard Adapter, Enhanced Keyboard, Magic Mirror, Microhelp Utility, Zoom / Moderm HC 2400, Rightwriter 2.1
65
Index to Advertisers
69
Reader Forum
70
Fine Lines
Harry Bee
72
How to Use 80 Micro Program Listings
73
The Next Step
Hardin Brothers
80
Input


March 30, 2009 – New CLOAD MAGAZINE Page

Took the better part of a day, but I have added a CLOAD MAGAZINE page which includes ‘cover’ scans and the listing of the contents of each cassette in the series.



May 1, 2009 – Additional Site Updates

I apologize for the serious lack of updates to the site, but things at work have been fairly intense. The following has been added to the site:

  • Putting tape FS1 on Disk
  • Backing Up Tape FS1
  • Concatenating TABLE/CIM into DISASM/CMD
  • Modifying ORCH-85 and PIANO-85 to Take Command File Inputs
  • Disabling Passwords in DOSPLUS 3.4
  • Forcing VERIFY in DOSPLUS v3.4
  • Undocumented Z-80 Opcodes
  • Set MEMORY SIZE from BASIC
  • Added ‘To get print arrows to print in a BASIC program’ in Keyboard Tips and Tricks


May 6, 2009 – Update to Matthew Reed’s TRS32 Emulator

Matthew Reed, creator of the fantastic TRS32 (Model I, III, 4 emulator for Windows) has just released an update to v1.19.

Changes include:

  • Corrected problem with flickering and incorrect colors while in full-screen mode
  • Fixed problem with double-wide status in Model I mode (Thanks to Al Wallace)
  • Added a new Level I, Model III mode


May 5, 2009 – Mythical Model III, Level I Found

David Cooper has located, with the aid of John Benson, a Level I Model III, and has taken pictures of the insides as well as dumped the ROM. David wrote:

Well, folks, the Model III, Level I ROM is no longer an extinct species! I have purchased a Model III, Level I machine and have made an image of it’s ROM.

Before I continue, please allow me to thank John Benson of Australia for locating this machine. He notified me of the machine for sale so that I could purchase it. Without his locating the machine, I would never have been able to obtain the machine and image the ROM.

It appears that the ROM is a 4K ROM, even though it’s plugged into the ROM A socket on the Model III motherboard (which supports 8K ROMs). I say this because when I read the ROM, the A12 line *appeared* to be ignored. This makes sense because Model I, Level I ROM was only 4K. But, it’d be nice to see a datasheet on this ROM. I couldn’t find one anywhere. The chip number is SCM91616P, which is a Motorola ROM.


May 11, 2009 – Model I / Free for Pickup

TRS-80 Model I with expansion interface, floppy drive, cassette recorder, and Line Printer VII (with complete dust covers), as well as TRS-80 power strip, joystick, and a bunch of manuals and books, are free for pickup

As for the working status, here’s what I am told: The Model I does power up and does operate, but there may be an issue as the letters not all right. A test program ran. The E/I may or may not work (hard to tell), so it was not possible to test the floppy or the printer.

The items are in Auburn, California (Sacramento area).

As always, first come, first served (through emailing me only – not through usenet postings). If you are willing to pickup, please let me know, and I will put you in contact with the donator.



May 12, 2009 – New Pages



May 14, 2009 – New Pages



May 18, 2009 – New Softside Cover from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 6 No 06 / 39
Year: 1983
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 6 No 06 (1983)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 88
SIZE: 57.3MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

12  
Starcross: Interlogic Science Fiction
Reviewed by Jay Marrone
14
Entertainment Tomorrow: Disney’s EPCOT – Technology or Magic?
Fred D’Ignazio
Explore the history and the wonder of EPCOT, the world’s premier theme park. The legacy of Walt Disney’s genius has brought entertainment technology to the brink of magic.
20
The Battle For Your Mind? Secrets of Game Software Design
Peter J Favaro
What keeps us sitting at our computers for hours on end? Why can’t we fight that irresistible urge to press SYSTEM RESET one more time? Mr. Favaro discusses his theories here.
26
The World Connection II
Tim Knight
Terminal software is hard to shop for. This time, we cover some of the more popular versions and offer a checklist for choosing the features you need.
28
Calc/Side: Balancing the Outgo to the Income
David Peters
In this installment, we present a budgeting feature for VisiCalc which can save you from unpleasant surprises.
31
Smith-Corona TP-1 Daisy Wheel Printer
Reviewed by Harry Temple
32
The Brother HR-1 Printer
Reviewed by V.S. Gavande

DEPARTMENTS

4
Editorial
6
Input/Output
10
Hints and Enhancements
10
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
73
New Products
76
Market/Side
78
Advertisers Index
79
Machine Head

PC/SIDE

36
Review: AQUA-RUN
Reviewed by Robert C. Gray

APPLE/SIDE

42
APPLE DISKOURSE, part 5
Cary W Bradley
With CONV, the program for this installment, you simplify and speed up decimal/hexadecimal conversion.
39
Review: BATTLE OF SHILOH
Reviewed by Mike Shadick and Sallie Stephenson
48
Review: GLOBAL PROGRAM LINE EDITOR
Reviewed by Michael R. Sullivan

TRS-80/SIDE

51
Review: PANIK
Reviewed by Mark E Renne
52
OKIDATA OKIGRAPH GRAPHICS ROM
Reviewed by John Ratzlaff
56
Review: THE ALTERNATE SORT
Reviewed by Mark E Renne
58
Review: MINER 2049ER
Reviewed by David Plotkin
60
Review: FILEMANAGER +
Reviewed by David Plotkin
66
EXPLORING THE ATARI FRONTIER
by Alan J Zett
In this installment, you will explore the wonders and mysteries of the GTIA chip.


May 18, 2009 – New Book Cover from Rainer Fredrich

Programming Microprocessors
Year: 1981
Author: M. Stubs
Publisher: Ing W Hofacker
Pages: 217
TOSEC: Programmieren mit TRS-80 (1981)(Ing W Hofacker) 8.9MB



May 19, 2009 – New 80 Micro Cover from Horacio

Horacio has provided Volume 100 of 80 Micro, and the data for Issue 100 has been added to the 80 Micro 1988 web page, and the searchable Magazine Table-Of-Contents database.

This brings the count up to 100 out of 101 with only one (1) issue from 1998 remaining.

Thank you Horacio.

Issue Information:

Volume: # 100

Date: 05/88

Load-80: No

Pages: 86

Size: 54.1MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

26
Low-Cost Integrated Software
Eric Grevstad
We compare the top five contenders. Which is best for you?
30
Integrated Alternatives
Eric Grevstad
Don’t need all the features usually found in integrated packages? Check out these products.
34
David S. Veale
The Tandy 1400 LT: MS-DOS to Go
Tandy hits a bull’s-eye in the PC-compatible laptop market.
36
Maximizing NiCad Life
Joe Carr
Money- and battery-saving tips for the laptop user.
41
To Graph Where None Have Graphed Before
Gerry Lennox
Create line, pie, and bar graphs from data in Deskmate’s spreadsheet module.
47
David Williams
Make a Note of It
Save great ideas, to-do lists, or whatever in a pop-up notepad.

DEPARTMENTS

6
The 80 Micro Disk Series Index
8
Side Tracks
Michael E. Nadeau
10
Feedback Loop
16
Pulse Train
Ron White
18
Info Line
22
Reviews
Asksam 4.0, Varsity Scripsit, Dac-Easy Accounting, DOS Help!, Tech Help!, Word for Word
63
How to Use 80 Micro Program Listings
65
Index to Advertisers
66
Fine Lines
Harry Bee
68
Reader Forum
70
The Next Step
Hardin Brothers
80
Input


May 19, 2009 – Last 80 Micro Cover from Horacio

Horacio has finished scanning the 80 Micro’s!!!! The data for Issue 101 has been added to the 80 Micro 1988 web page, and the searchable Magazine Table-Of-Contents database.

Thank you for all your hard work, Horacio.

Issue Information:

Volume: # 101

Date: 06/88

Load-80: No

Pages: 84

Size: 53.0MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

27
User’s Guide To Tandy 1000 Add-Ons
David S. Veale
Our editors round up a herd of hardware upgrades that will help you get the most from your Tandy.
36
Adding an XT-type Hard Drive To Your 1000
David S. Veale
The secret to making hard drives compatible with the 1000 is in the disk controller.
38
The All-Important ROM BIOS
Alan L. Zeichick
Installing the latest ROM BIOS version ensures greater compatiblility.
43
The Virtues of A Virtual Disk
Jack Alban
Cut access time by using part of the computer’s RAM as a pseudo disk drive.
49
Unconventional Characters
Lorenzo Jimenez Briceno
Print customized characters with your DMP 105 or DMP 106 printer.
54
Video Hardcopy
Ed Clinton
Print out text files on your screen before sending them to your printer.

DEPARTMENTS

6
The 80 Micro Disk Series Index
8
Side Tracks
Michael E. Nadeau
10
Feedback Loop
16
Pulse Train
Ron White
18
Info Line
22
Reviews
 
Memory Mate, Quicken 2.0, Excel, Hard Disk Management with MS-DOS and PC-DOS, In/o-XL 1.0, Supramodem 2400, Nibble Theory 2.1
65
Index to Advertisers
70
How to Use 80 Micro Program Listings
71
Reader Forum
72
Curious Notions
Harry Bee
74
The Next Step
Hardin Brothers
80
Input


May 19, 2009 – Beta Testing New Search Function

With Horacio having finished scanning the rest of the 80 Micro‘s, and with Thomas McNair busily scanning missing SoftSide’s, I have used my extremely limited knowledge of HTMLized SQL to expand the (now deleted) “80 Micro Magazine Search Page” to a “TRS-80 Magazine Search Page”. Right now it can accept Softside or 80 Micro (through some fairly sloppy coding which will NOT scale well once additional types of magazines are added), and I have added SoftSide Issue 39 to the NEW Database.

If anyone is interested in helping convert tables of contents to lines of database code, please contact me. It will basically involve typing in the tables of contents in a specific way, and you can do as little or as much as you want.



May 22, 2009 – New Software Manual (cover) Thanks To David Cooper

Stratos

Stratos
Year: 1982
Publisher: Adventure International
Pages: 12
Size: 3.7MB
TOSEC: Stratos (1982)(Adventure International)



May 31, 2009 – New Book Covers from David Sutherland

Directory of Microcomputer Software for Libraries
Year: 1986
Publisher: Oryx Press
Pages: 586
TOSEC: Directory of Microcomputer Software for Libraries (1986)(Oryx Press)
Size: 24,658,727

Educational Software Directory
Year: 1982
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited Inc
Pages: 298
TOSEC: Educational Software Directory (1982)(Libraries Unlimited Inc)
Size: 59,381,017

TRS-80 for Kids from 8 to 80 – Volume 1
Year: 1982
Publisher: Howard W Sams
Pages: 146
TOSEC: TRS-80 for Kids from 8 to 80 – Volume 1 (1982)(Howard W Sams)
Size: 77,962,762

TRS-80 for Kids from 8 to 80 – Volume 2
Year: 1982
Publisher: Howard W Sams
Pages: 210
TOSEC: TRS-80 for Kids from 8 to 80 – Volume 2 (1982)(Howard W Sams)
Size: 91,273,244

Z-80 Microcomputer Design Projects
Year: 1980
Author: William Barden Jr.
Pages: 210
TOSEC: Z-80 Microcomputer Design Projects (1980)(Bill Barden)
Size: 42,763,455

Library Micro Consumer MRC Guide to Library Software
Year: 1986
Publisher: Metric Research Corporation
Pages: 336
TOSEC: Library Micro Consumer MRC Guide to Library Software (1986)(Metric Research Corporation)
Size: 16.2MB

Computer Discovery: Junior High
Year: 1981
Publisher: Science Research Associates
Pages: 130
TOSEC: Computer Discovery – Junior High (1981)(Science Research Associates)
Size: 78MB



May 8, 2009 – LNW Research Expansion Board

A site visitor from Ann Arbor, Michigan has found a LNW Research Expansion Board, and many, if not all of the parts to go into the board.

He is asking for $50 (which includes U.S. shipping & handling). If you are interested, please contact me.



June 13, 2009 – Fake Ad from Mike Yetso

Mike Yetso provided a fake ad, which used to be on a 24×36 glossy photoprint (which he no longer has). He writes:

This is a real ad. Well, it was real, but it wasn’t to the general public. It was for an industry magazine. If I remember right, it was called ‘The Yellow Jaundice’. I think it was a ‘trade journal’ that dealt with sunday newspaper supplements. Anyway, every April they would make a ‘spoof’ ad. They did one with three guys standing at urinals, and one had a PC (pocket computer in those days). The ad read “The PeeWee computer that goes where you pee”, or something like that. When some people at Tandy saw it, they said if you’re going to poke fun at us, at least make it a good one. The magazine responded with “Ok, YOU do one next year”, and the ad was what was actually published in the magazine.

Tandy actually got coupons from the ad back!

If I remember right, one of the guys in the ad was Sal Greski (sp?)”



June 21, 2009 – New Softside Cover #38 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 6 No 05 / 38
Year: 1983
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 6 No 05 (1983)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 116
SIZE: 76.1MB

FRONT RUNNER

37    
Deluxe Personal Finance – The Budget Program
Lance Micklus
In the second installment we present a budget program to help you manage your money more efficiently.

FEATURES

12
My Side Of The Page
Lance Micklus
Everything you need to know about the Electronic Bulletin Board.
16
News From The Source
A report on the nation’s first electronic novel.
18
The World Connection – Part I
Tim Knight
Get into the world of computer data communications.
22
Entertainment Tomorrow
Fred D’Ignazio
Did you ever visit a haunted house? New technology, illustrated by the Epcot Center, may make the traditional attractions pale by comparison
28
The Electronic Cottage Industry – Telecommuting Comes of Age
Katherine Ackerman
Someday, in the near future, our offices may be our living rooms.
32
Modem Gaming
Roe R. Adams, III
If you love games, and own a modem, you can enjoy this exciting new field.
34
The Gripe-A-Gram Machine
Steve Birchall
With this article, you’ll learn how to use your computer to personalize, beautify and streamline your correspondence.

DEPARTMENTS

5
Editorial
6
Input/Output
10
Hints and Enhancements
10
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
55
General Information
Concerning SoftSide Line Listings, SWAT and Media Versions
103
New Products
107
Market/Side
110
Advertisers’ Index
111
Machine Head

PC/SIDE

56
WORD SEARCH PUZZLE GENERATOR
David W. Durkee
You’ll enjoy matching wits with your computer in this game.
58
TYPE FACES FOR THE IBM® PC
Reviewed by Steven Ringwood

APPLE/SIDE

61
CONCENTRATION
Glenn Archer
If you enjoyed the television game show, you’ll love playing this memory challenging game on your Apple
68
SUPER QUEST: The Quest For The Mega Crown
Jeff Hurlburt
This fantasy-adventure game takes you into the 23rd century on a quest for the elusive Mega Crown.
65
THE ARCADE MACHINE
Reviewed by Hartley G. Lesser
72
THE ACCOUNTANT
Reviewed by Cary W. Bradley
74
LEGEND 64 KC MEMORY CARD
Reviewed by Fred Condo

TRS-80/SIDE

75
TRS-80 DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Reviewed by Stuart Hawkinson
A Guide to the Operation of TRS-80 Microcomputers as Communication Devices
87
SUPER DIRECTORY
Reviewed by Mark E. Renne
76
SQUARES A DEUX
by Sanford Deutsch
You’ll enjoy this challenging computer adaptation of a little puzzle of long ago.
82
ST80-DUC
by Lance Micklus
With ST80-DUC you can operate a computer in another room, or in another part of the country.

ATARI/SIDE

89
POKEY PLAYER III
Craig Chamberlain and Harry Bratt
This third and final Pokey Player installment offers enhancements to the Editor program and ties up all the loose ends.
98
SPACE MINES
Jeff Wilkes
You are the sole defender of Earth against the ruthless Vahrenian spaceiiners. To reach and destroy the enemy, you must dodge deadly space mines and space creatures along the way. Good luck!
96
T.H.E. TERMINAL AND TELELINK
Reviewed by Arlan R. Levitan
102
HUMAN ERRORS
Doug Tuttle
This set of three utility programs takes the drudgery out of dealing with program errors .


June 21, 2009 – New Softside Cover #40 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 6 No 07 / 40
Year: 1983
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 6 No 07 (1983)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 96
SIZE: 63.7MB

Table of Contents:

FEATURES

12    
Entertainment Tomorrow
by Fred D’Ignazio
Robots scurrying through your home, computerized TV gameshows and a boom in educational computer games are the author’s predictions for the not-so-distant future.
16
The World Connection
by T R Knight
In this installment, we take a look at the “little guys” of computer data communications – bulletin board systems.
20
Where Has All the Resolution Gone? An Introduction to Video
Tom Flynn
Bridge the communication gap between television broadcasting and computer graphics.
22
Cardboard To Cable: Computer Graphics Promote Community Awareness
Ame Choate Flynn
Publicizing their efforts and their upcoming activities has always been a headache for the non-profit, underbudgeted organization. An innovative new service utilizing computer graphics is 1 changing all that for non-profit groups in NYC.
27
The BASIC Conversions Handbook
Reviewed by Stephen G. Stone III
If the many dialects of BASIC confound you, you’ll appreciate this little book.
28
Speaking Easy
Reviewed by Peter J. Favaro
So you want your amputer to talk to you? The author reviews three of the most popular speech synthesizers on the market today,and suggests some practical applications for them, as well.
36
The Documentation Doctor: The User-Programmer Gap
Michael L. Sanders
Writing your own software? This article is chock full of helpful hints for writing effective documentation.
40
Bytes In Toyland
Peter J. Favaro
The author reports on his trip to the American Toy Fair – a veritable blizzard of innovative games and entertainment systems for the younger generation.
43
Symposium on Small Computers and the Arts
Ame Choate Flynn
Small and friendly, this conference highlights microcomputer graphics and music.

DEPARTMENTS

4
Editorial
6
Input
10
Hints and Enhancements
10
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
45
The Sides of SoftSide
81
New Products
83
Market/Side
84
Advertisers’ Index
85
Machine Head

APPLE/SIDE

46
LPS II – THE GIBSON LIGHT PEN
Reviewed by David Robitaille
52
BOLO
Reviewed by Kenneth S. Close
53
APPLE BACKPACK: Humanized Programming in BASIC
Reviewed by Steve Birchall

PC/SIDE

56
MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR
Reviewed by Jay Marrone

ATARI/SIDE

60
MAKING WAVES WITH THE ATARI
By Bill Williams
This article details the process of turning your Atari into an inexpensive oscilloscope.
63
GRAPHICS 8 WRITING
by Sol Guber
This informative article explores the versatility of the Atari’s GRAPHICS 8 mode.
68
EXPLORING THE ATARI FRONTIER
Alan J. Zett
More on the mysteries of the GTIA chip. In this installment, the author demonstrates the uses of the GTIA with Machine Language.
65
ASTROCHASE
Reviewed by David Plotkin
76
PROTECTOR II
Reviewed by David Plotkin
77
SUBMARINE COMMANDER
Reviewed by Rick Koenig

TRS-80/SIDE

78
KEY COMMANDER
Reviewed by Tim Knight
79
TIME RUNNER
Reviewed by Mark E. Renne
80
ARMORED PATROL
Reviewed by Andre Chen


June 21, 2009 – New Softside Cover #41 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 6 No 08 / 41
Year: 1983
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 6 No 08 (1983)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 80
SIZE: 53.1MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

10    
THE WORLD CONNECTION
Tim Knight
Discover the many entertaining pastimes available on the large user networks.
12
CALC/SIDE: The VisiCalc Spreadsheet Comes Home
David Peters
Learn how to merge VisiCalc models to compare sets of data.
16
ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW: The Ubiquitous Bar Code
Allen L. Wold
Library catalogues and book checkout systems, and books for the blind are among the myriad potential uses of the bar code.
19
Adventuring Is Best!
Judy Neyhart
Society questions the influences of arcade games on today’s youth, but what about adventure games? Some important benefits include improving the children’s problem solving, imagination and reading skills.
22
Joystick Alternatives
Sheldon Leemon
If you’ve puzzled over the many joysticks on the market today, wondering which one’s right for you, take heart! This review will help to make a difficult choice easy.
28
FINANCIAL OPERATING SYSTEM
J. M. Keynes
We welcome a new columnist, who (in the few odd moments he spends away from his yacht) shares his insights on using a computer to help build your personal fortune.
33
Computers And Personal Values
David De Long
Take a group of computer people, challenge them with hard questions about the role of computers in society, and you have the makings for spirited debate.

DEPARTMENTS

4
Editorial
6
Input/Output
9
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
37
The Sides of SoftSide
70
New Products
73
Market/Side
74
Advertisers’ Index
74
Machine Head

PC/SIDE

47
Tales of The Bewildering: Writing Machine Language On The IBM PC
Kerry Shetline
Explore the mysteries and rewards of learning to write Machine Language for the IBM PC.
51
Filemanager +
Reviewed by Steve Birchall

APPLE /SIDE

54
Apple Diskourse, Part 6
by Cary Bradley
Come along as we explore ASOFTCOMPARE, a debugging utility which finds differences between two versions of the same program.
58
Kraft Apple Compatible Joystick And Game Paddles
Reviewed by Fred Condo
60
Pinball Construction Set
Reviewed by William Kubeck

TRS-80/SIDE

38
Dunzhin
Reviewed by Allen L. Wold
42
The Eliminator
Reviewed by Chris Calwell
44
The Magic Of INKEY String
Charles M. Morrison
This tutorial shows you how to use INKEY$ to edit keyboard input effectively.

ATARI/SIDE

64
Exploring The Atari Frontier
Alan J. Zett
Meet Atari’s Player/Missile Graphics – the lazy person’s way to create complex, animated game graphics.
63
Graphic Master
Reviewed by Richard E. Herring
69
Slime
Reviewed by Richard E. Herring


June 21, 2009 – New Softside Cover # 42 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 6 No 09 / 42
Year: 1983
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 6 No 09 (1983)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 88
SIZE: 57.5MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

6
ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW: Gourmet Cooking Computer-style
by Allen L. Wold
The kitchen of the future might include a robot chef and open on to a computer-controlled greenhouse. Imagine gourmet meals prepared by a different “guest chef” every night. Have your computer take a weekly inventory and automatically transmit your order to the supermarket, for delivery at your convenience.
10    
THE WORLD CONNECTION: Network Conversations
by Tim Knight
Electronic mail enables you to send messages instantly, anywhere in the world – no waiting for the Postal Service to hand deliver a letter. Networks also give you group conversations, bulletin boards, and even group games.
12
TEXT SAMPLER
Joe W. Rocke
Is your prose too flowery? Do long-winded sentences exhaust your readers? This utility helps you to check verbosity, before fog enshrouds your ideas.
20
APPLE’S NEW TWIST: THE IIe
Reviewed by Fred Condo
The latest update of the Apple II has an improved keyboard, upper and lower case, an optional 80-column card and up to 128K memory – everything you always wanted. Inside it has fewer chips, and generates less heat than previous models.
25
FINANCIAL OPERATING SYSTEM: The Have Your Cake And Eat It Too Investment
by J. M. Keynes
Convertible securities are a little-known but highly profitable investment medium today, and you’ll find out all about them in this installment.
33
MURPHY AND ME (fiction)
by Steve Birchall
Life with an unpredictable and opinionated robot is an exercise in patience and perseverance.

DEPARTMENTS

4
Editorial
5
Output: Philosophies of Life
36
The Sides of SoftSide
76
Hints and Enhancements
77
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
78
New Products
81
Machine Head
80
Market/Side
80
Advertisers’ Index

PC/SIDE

56
The Volkswriter
Reviewed by Steve Birchall
59
The Word Plus
Reviewed by Fred Condo

APPLE/SIDE

62
Hello Hider
by Paul R. Taylor
If you never seem to have enough disk space when you need it try this utility. It frees space on your disk for programming.
68
AppleWriter for the IIe
Reviewed by Fred Condo
71
Bank Street Writer
Reviewed by Jon Voskuil

TRS-80/SIDE

52
CopyArt II
Reviewed by Robert J. Hennessey
54
Radio Shack Modem II
Reviewed by Vik Gavande

ATARI/SIDE

37
Spell Wizard
Reviewed by Richard E. Herring
38
AtariWriter
Reviewed by Arlan Levitan
41
Bank Street Writer for the Atari
Reviewed by Robert Riggs
42
Seikosha AT-100 Printer
Reviewed by David Plotkin
45
Exploring The Atari Frontier
by Alan J. Zett
Remember the short demo program at the end of our last installment? This time we’ll take it apart and see how it works.


June 23, 2009 – New Softside Cover # 43 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 6 No 10 / 43
Year: 1983
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 6 No 10 (1983)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 104
SIZE: 72.8MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

6
CALC/SIDE: “Whatiffing” With VisiCalc
by David Peters
Visicalc’s powerful recalculation feature opens the door to the fun of “whatiffing.” You can see instantly the effects of substituting alternative sets of values for your variables.
8
ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW: The Office of the Future
Allen L. Wold
Computerized offices open the door to new working environments and lifestyles. Telecommuting is the next step in the evolution of the workplace.
12
THE WORLD CONNECTION: MicroNet: Sophisticated Network Services
Tim Knight
For the advanced network user, CompuServe® offers a variety of programming languages, powerful word processors, and even group games.
14    
TAUGHT TO THE TUNE OF A SILICON CHIP
Peter J. Favaro
Computers can do more than drills and rote memorization exercises they can teach how to use ideas and make judgements.
22
THE CRISIS IN EDUCATION: Can the Computer Help?
Saul Bernstein
The controversy over the direction education has taken over the last twenty years is hotter than ever.
26
MICRO REVOLUTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Steve Birchall
Many colleges are beginning to integrate personal computers into the curriculum. The applications in arts and humanities, as well as in science and engineering are surprising – and exciting.
34
CULTIVATING CREATIVITY
Wes and Leslie Horlacher with Susan Kenney.
Creativity is distinctively human but computers lend themselves to automating the execution of creative ideas.
36
TEACHING SOFTWARE
Arne Choate Flynn with Michael Callery and Tom F1ynn
Does computer literacy result from a course in BASIC or from a course in VisiCalc? Find out in this in depth discussion of computer literacy.
40
SCHOOLING WITH SOFTWARE
by Peter J. Favaro
See what Peter Favaro has to say about some important educational software, publications and materials for the new wave of microcomputers appearing in schools across the country.
44
CES: Computers Capture the Consumer Electronics Show
Steve Birchall
The CES used to be an audio show. In 1983, everything took a back seat to computers at this enormous electronic extravaganza.
51
FINANCIAL OPERATING SYSTEM: I’ll Buy the Empire State Building
J. M. Keynes
Let the pigeons fall for the get-rich-quick pitches of the “rental scam” seminars. Your computer can help you examine the real potential of rental property.
61
KIDS AND COMPUTERS
Reviewed by Judy Neyhart
Parents and teachers are taking an ever closer look at where computers fit into the lives of children.

DEPARTMENTS

3
Editorial
4
Input/Output
62
The Sides of SoftSide
88
Hints and Enhancements
89
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
90
New Products
94
Market / Side
95
Machine Head
9
Advertisers’ Index

ATARI/SIDE

63
Exploring The Atari Frontier
by Alan J. Zett
Continuing the discussion of Player / Missile Graphics, Alan Zett shows how to make your displays come alive through animation.
70
Speed Reading
Reviewed by Steven Oliver II
72
ABC Compiler
Reviewed by Carl Firman

APPLE/SIDE

75
Apple Diskourse
Cary W. Bradley
This installment moves away from a semitechnical, utility orientation to tutor Apple users in how to use DOS and incorporate disk functions within your programs.
78
Music Theory Software
Reviewed by Steve Birchall

TRS-80/SIDE

82
Weerd
Reviewed by Mark Renne
83
Jabbertalky
Reviewed by Mark Renne
86
Facts In Five
Reviewed by Robert Gray


June 23, 2009 – New Softside Cover # 45 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 6 No 12 / 45
Year: 1983
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 6 No 12 (1983)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 112
SIZE: 77.1MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

13    
ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW: The Futurephone: A Broader View, Part I
Allen L. Wold
Packaging and transmitting information is one of the most pressing challenges of the future, and rapidly developing telephone technology will play a leading part in solving the intrinsic problems.
15
THE WORLD CONNECTION: Establishing Your Own Bulletin Board Service
Tim Knight
Without a human operator (SYSOP) you have no BBS, and here are a few guidelines if you are thinking of starting your own BBS – equipment and software specifications, as well as responsibilities – the nuts and bolts of The World Connection.
17
SILICON FASHIONS IN PARIS: A Conversation With E. de Senneville
Tyvek evening wear is only one of the hot, high-fashion ideas you’ll find in this informal interview with Paris designer, Elisabeth de Senneville. Haute couture and the computer meet and make friends.
22
THE STATE OF COMPUTER ART: A Conversation with Arne Choate Flynn and Steve Birchall
More affordable systems, more colors, higher resolution, parallel processors, and improved software are the trends in computer graphics. Find out more in this engaging interview with Softside’s Special Projects Editor in graphics.
28
FINANCIAL OPERATING SYSTEM: Explore Your Options
J. M. Keynes
PUT and CALL your way to untold riches. If the options market intrigues you, learn some important tricks of the trade in this installment, before you break out your bankroll.
30
CALC/SIDE: The VisiCalc Spreadsheet Comes Home: Looking It Up – Getting It Right!
David Peters
Spreadsheets are spreadsheets, as roses are roses – almost. This time “VisiClone” users will welcome the news that their software shares many important features with the Cadillac of spreadsheets, including the pivotal LOOKUP function.
35
WORKING IN THE FIELD: A Look at Art and Artists at SIGGRAPH ’83
Lisa Gillham
An artist views SIGGRAPH ’83, and paints vivid word portraits of recent computer art, proving that computers can enhance the development and execution of ideas.
42
A WINDOW ON THE PAST
Saul Bernstein and Arne Choate Flynn
Peeking through the computer’s magic window at the mental processes of the old masters, we can see how they brought their paintings to life from successive layers of sketches.
51
THE SOFT SIDE GALLERY
Arne Choate Flynn, Curator
Stroll through SoltSide’s First Computer Art Show and survey the broad range of styles and techniques artists are using in this new medium.

REVIEWS

38
EPSON HX-20
Reviewed by Robert Hennessey
Free yourself from the power line, and give yourself a truly portable computing tool, with this powerful but compact “Notebook” computer. It includes everything the traveling executive or working poet needs on the road.
40
TRANSTAR
Reviewed by Kenneth Close
How about a letter quality printer at a dot matrix price? A unique “AutoLoad” feature makes handling single sheets easy, and an optional attachment adds a tractor assembly if you need it.
46
KOALA PAD
Reviewed by Arne Choate Flynn
This state-of-the-art position-sensing device answers the need for a “humanistic” means of input for artists who prefer methods that emulate traditional artistic strokes.

DEPARTMENTS

6
Editorial
7
Output
8
The Data Stack
12
Input
60
The Sides of SoftSide
102
Hints & Enhancements
103
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
104
New Products
106
MicroLog
107
Machine Head
108
Market/Side
108
Advertiser’s Index

PC/SIDE

61
Graphics Utility and Joypaint
Reviewed by Michael Callery
65
PC BASIC A2.0
Reviewed by Michael Callery

COMMODORE/SIDE

70
Sprite Master
Reviewed by Sharon Aker
73
CEEMAC and Maestro
Reviewed by Andre Schklowsky
78
The Graphic Solution
Reviewed by Roberta Schwartz
80
GraFORTH
Reviewed by Tom Flynn
82
Fontrix
Reviewed by Roberta Schwartz
86
Apple Diskourse
by Cary W. Bradley
Learn how to incorporate disk files into your programs.

ATARI/SIDE

88
Designs From Your Mind With Atari Graphics
Reviewed by Scott Berfield
90
Versawriter
Reviewed by Spyder Webb
93
PM Animator
Reviewed by Carl M. Firman

TRS-80/SIDE

95
DOS+ 3.5
Reviewed by Robert C. Kyle
98
NEWBASIC 2.0
Reviewed by Mark Renne
100
VID 80
Reviewed by Mark Renne


June 24, 2009 – New Softside Cover # 44 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 6 No 11 / 44
Year: 1983
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 6 No 11 (1983)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 108
SIZE: 69.6MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

6
THE WORLD CONNECTION: Computer Crime: Pirates and Phone Phreaks
by Tim Knight
Technological crime is burgeoning in the microcomputer age. The source of the illness lies in the expanded capabilities the new technology offers, but so does the cure.
9
ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW: The Futurephone: A Broader View
by Allen L. Wold
The telephone is a familiar device most of us use every day. Major changes are ahead which may affect our lives in significant ways as the simple phone evolves into a sophisticated communications tool for much more than voice transmission alone.
14    
WARGAMES: A REVIEW AND COMMENTARY
by Steve Birchall
A Doomsday Computer playing war games with a young computer freak takes the world to the brink of total destruction. In the process, they raise troubling questions about humanity permitting large arsenals of nuclear weapons to exist, and how wisely our military and political leaders control them.
18
THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND (Part II): Arousing Fantasy
by Peter J. Favaro
Adventure games can be much more exciting when you harness the power of fantasy to involve the player in the situation. Give him a scenario which stimulates him to act out his own role, and supply him with characters who have dramatic personalities.
23
FINANCIAL OPERATING SYSTEM
by J. M. Keynes
You can succeed in the commodities markets. This program tracks price trends and accurately predicts major movements so you can optimize your profits – and avoid taking big losses.
38
CALC/SIDE: VisiCalc Plays Games Too!
by David Peters
Have fun with your spreadsheet. This adaptation of the old pencil and paper game of Battleship uses VisiCalc’s logic functions and grid system to hide stars in an imaginary universe.
42
IS IT FUN?
by M, M. McClung
Have you ever asked yourself, “What kind of a mind would design such a twisted game?” Find out in this rollicking, free-form interview with two of the industry’s most creative game designers, Marc Blank and Mike Beriyn.
46
MURPHY AND ME: ROBOT LIB (fiction)
by Steve Birchall
It’s not easy being a robot. The oppression of our Silicon Citizens has reached intolerable levels, and Murphy bares his chips in this moving account of the widespread discrimination against robots.

REVIEWS

50
ZORK
Reviewed by Mark Renne
One of the most sophisticated and enjoyable adventure games, Zork I enables you to talk to the computer in complete, natural sentences. It also “understands” the implications of your actions and relates the command you just typed to previous actions.
52
SUSPENDED
Reviewed by Arlan Levitan
Cryogenically frozen, you must find a way to escape, using a corps of robots, each with specialized abilities. Meanwhile, the authorities have a couple of clones of yourself “frozen in butter sauce” so you’ll have to be careful.

DEPARTMENTS

2
Editorial
4
Input
12
The Data Stack
55
The Sides of SoftSide
89
Hints and Enhancements
90
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
92
New Products
94
MicroLog: Resources Received
96
Market/Side
96
Advertisers’ Index
97
Machine Head

PC/SIDE

56
Night Mission Pinball
Reviewed by Robert L. Gray

APPLE/SIDE

58
Genesis
Reviewed by Cary W. Bradley
60
Prisoner 2
Reviewed by Jeff Hurlburt
62
Adventuring on the Apple
by Edward E. Anuff

ATARI/SIDE

68
Ultima II: Revenge of the Enchantress
Reviewed by Carl M. Firman
70
Jumbo Jet Pilot
Reviewed by John Ludtke
72
Shamus Case 2
Reviewed by David Plotkin
73
Matchboxes
Reviewed by David Plotkin
74
Exploring The Atari Frontier
by Alan J . Zett
Manipulating Players and Missiles

TRS-80/SIDE

84
Fredericksburg
Reviewed by Stuart Hawkinson


June 24, 2009 – New Softside Cover # 46 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 7 No 01 / 46
Year: 1984
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 7 No 01 (1984)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 88
SIZE: 61.8MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

12    
ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW: The Futurephone: A Broader View: Part III
Allen L. Wold
The size of the futurephone will playa large part in altering the way you use this homely tool. You may have to choose between the inconvenience of a la rge device in every room, or the convenience of a handset without full function.
14
THE WORLD CONNECTION: WarGames and the World Connection
Tim Knight
Though the WarGames film has a few plot holes, computer break-ins and related capers are too common to ignore. Learn what’s happening to curb abuse of computer technology.
16
HOW VIDEO GAMES AFFECT PLAYERS
Peter J. Favaro, Ph.D.
Do video games increase the level of hostility in players? Do they promote useful skills? Are video games more harmful than TV? Previously, the answers to these questions have been based on speculation, but pioneering scientific research has provided some surprising answers.
18
INTERACTIVE VIDEODISCS: Entertainment for the Eighties
Randal L. Kottwitz
Interactive videodiscs provide a new entertainment and educational medium with capabilities never before possible. Solve a murder mystery by interviewing suspects, or searching rooms. Learn to cook like a French chef. Entertain the kids for hours on end with interactive games.
24
COMPUTER FURNITURE
Steve Birchall
Plagued by headaches, bleary eyes or an aching back after a session at the computer? Most of it could be the result of poor posture and uncomfortable furniture . Human-engineered furniture can help.
30
COMPUTERS AND CULTURE: A Conference “Wit No Cultcha”
Peter J. Favaro
Creating a machine with artificial intelligence is an area of intense competition, and at leads to heated discussions on what constitlltes intelligence. At this conference, scientists seemed intent on doing battle, rather than comparing notes.
33
COMPUTERS AND CULTURE
Arthur Fink
In another response to the same conference, Arthur Fink expresses his disappointment that the social and philosophical issues, which were the announced topics, were ignored.
36
SYSTEM PARANOIA
Harvey Bojarsky
If you’re worried abo ut how compulers are taking over, if you’ve always wanted to be the controller instead of the controll-ee, here are a few tongue-in-cheek tips on how your computer can help you create the climate.
38
FINANCIAL OPERATING SYSTEM: Retire A Millionaire
J. M. Keynes
Learn how to set up your own IRA and maximize the investment return on it.
41
WITNESS
Reviewed by James V. Trunzo
Experience the flavor of the 30’s, as you solve the mystery in the second release of the Infocom Mystery Series.
46
CALC/SIDE: The VisiCalc Spreadsheet Comes Home: The Calc Utilities Disk – Use It Any Time
David Peters
Create a VisiCalc utilities disk filled with templates, modules of models, formats and formulae, to save precious calc-time.
48
SOFTWARE AGENTS
Gary M. Kaplan
Literary agents and software authors a rediscovering each other. Learn how this will affect the marketing and distribution of software – and the price.

DEPARTMENTS

1
Editorial
4
Input
7
Output
8
The Data Stack
10
New Products
52
The Sides of SoftSide
82
Hints & Enhancements
79
Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables
80
MicroLog
83
Machine Head
84
Market/Side
84
Advertiser’s Index

COMMODORE/SIDE

49
Neutral Zone
Reviewed by Sharon Zardetto Aker
50
Space Sentinel
Reviewed by Sharon Zardetto Aker

TRS-80/SIDE

55
Clash
Reviewed by Mark E . Renne
56
Desert Peril and Devil’s Tower
Reviewed by Mark E. Renne

APPLE/SIDE

57
Pentapus
Reviewed by Jeff Hurlburt
58
Police Artist
Reviewed by Jeff Hurlburt
58
Thunderbombs
Rev iewed by Jeff Hurlburt
59
Crime Wave
Reviewed by J eff Hurlburt
60
Laser Bounce
Reviewed by Cary W. Bradley
61
Shuttle Intercept
Reviewed by Cary W. Bradley
62
Kamikaze
Reviewed by Cary W. Bradley
62
Axis Assassin
Reviewed by Cary W . Bradley
63
Hard Hat Mack
Reviewed by Cary W. Bradley
64
Spectre
Reviewed by Jeff Hurlburt

PC/SIDE

66
Space Strike
Reviewed by Robert C. Gray
66
Big Top
Reviewed by Kenneth Nichols
67
Galaxy Master
Reviewed by Robert C. Gray
68
Master Miner
Reviewed by Kenneth Nichols
68
Home Computer Major League Baseball
Reviewed by Jordan Gold

ATARI/SIDE

70
Zaxxon
Reviewed by Greg Kopp
72
Preppie II
Reviewed by Carl M. Firman
72
Donkey Kong
Reviewed by Carl M. Firman
73
Mule
Reviewed by David Plotkin
74
Archon
Reviewed by James V. Trunzo
75
A.E.
Reviewed by David Plotkin
75
David’s Midnight Magic
Reviewed by Richard Herring
76
Software For A Song
Reviewed by David Plotkin
78
A Full Broadside From Synapse Software
Reviewed by David Plotkin


June 24, 2009 – New Softside Cover # 47 from Thomas McNair

SoftSide Magazine
Issue: Vol 7 No 02 / 47
Year: 1984
TOSEC: SoftSide Magazine Vol 7 No 02 (1984)(SoftSide Publications)
Pages: 80
SIZE: 52.8MB



Table of Contents:

FEATURES

12    
THE WORLD CONNECTION: Low Cost Entry System
Tim Knight
Small can be beautiful if your wallet is thin. Telecommunications is affordable and this installment will show you how.
14
ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW: The Futurephone: A Broader View, Part IV
Allen L. Wold
Optimistic writers sometimes overlook the awkward transition from a less technological to a more technological lifestyle. Here is a discussion of some of the obstacles to mass use of the futurephone.
20
CALC/SIDE: Forecasting Future Earnings
David Peters
Regulating expenditures to prevent becoming over-extended can be difficult. Now is a good time to create your forecast for 1984 and here is a model to receive the monthly tracking on the actual receipts.
23
FINANCIAL OPERATING SYSTEM: The $10,000,000 Formula
J. M. Keynes
Day trading the commodity market is tricky. This installment is a story and a dare to any brave computer/arithmetic mastermind who can extrapolate the magic formula from trading data. A $3,000 prize awaits the winning entry in this exciting contest.
26
COMPUTERS AND MUSICAL EXPRESSION: A Conversation with Paul Lansky and Steve Birchall
A composer who learns to play the computer is to a composer who writes for performers, something like a film maker is to a playwright. Paul Lansky offers food for thought about music and modern musical tools for musicians and music lovers alike.
30
COMPACT DISCS: The Dawn of Audio’s Golden Age
Steve Birchall
The music on a digital disc rises out of complete silence – no hiss, ticks, pops or other clues to tip you off that the record has started. This is only the beginning of the list of advantages the compact disc offers over analog recordings.
36
COMPUTERS, LASERS, MUSIC, and THEATRE: A conversation with Paul Earls and Steve Birchall
Learn how dramatic music (opera) meets technology in this in-depth interview with one of computer-music’s luminaries and authorities on the subject.
46
THE DIGITAL SOUND: Making Music with Soundchaser
Reviewed by Andy Muson
The Soundchaser opened musical doors the author never imagined possible, and proved to be a catalyst to disk-overy, as you’ll learn in this enthusiastic review.
48
NEWCOMP: Music, Poetry, Imagery
Rick Freidman
NEWCOMP gathers the high-tech and arts worlds together to explore the application of intelligent machinery to music and related arts. Otto Laske and Curt Roads, the founders, have a great idea.

DEPARTMENTS

5
Editorial
6
Input
10
New Products
51
The Sides of SoftSide
71
MicroLog
72
Hints and Enhancements
73
BU2S, Worms & Other Undesirables
74
Market/Side
74
Advertisers’Index
75
Machine Head

APPLE/SIDE

52
Apple Diskourse: Random Access Files
Cary W. Bradley
Learn how to locate a particular record in a random access file using a binary search
55
Music Maker
Reviewed by Jim Thompson
56
Listen to the MockingBoard: Apple Sound Comes of Age
Reviewed by Jeff Hurlburt
57
Music Construction Set
Reviewed by Jeff Hurlburt

ATARI/SIDE

59
Necromancer
Reviewed by Richard Herring
60
Pokersam
Reviewed by Carl Firman
61
S.A.M.’s New Knobs
Reviewed by Carl M. Firman
62
Atari Sing-Along: A Review of Atari Music Files
Reviewed by Robb Murray
64
Musical Computor: The Music Tutor
Reviewed by Robb Murray
65
Blue Max
Reviewed by David Plotkin

PC/SIDE

66
PC Parrot
Reviewed by Tim Knight
67
Space Guardian
Reviewed by Robert C. Gray

COMMODORE/SIDE

68
Commodore’s Music Cartridges
Reviewed by Sharon Zardetto Aker
69
Synthy 64
Reviewed by Sharon Zardetto Aker


June 25, 2009 – Also updating magazine search

As I add magazine (covers) to the web site, I am also expanding the Magazine Table of Contents search with those magazines. As always, if anyone is interested in helping add magazines to the searchable index, please let me know!



June 26, 2009 – Update to Matthew Reed’s TRS32 Emulator

Matthew Reed has updated his fantastic TRS32 emulator to v1.20, this time adding Exatron Stringy Floppy emulation support (and increasing the window margin sizes to improve readability).

This is the emulator I use in maintaining the site and in addition to being one of the very few emulators out there which is Windows NT/XP/Vista compatible, it is also the only one which is updated regularly.

You can download a copy from Matthew’s web site or from the first entry on the TRS-80.com emulator page.

I heartily recommend you register the emulator (and no, I do not get a penny from that registration; it is just very very good software).



June 29, 2009 – Exatron Stringy Floppy Basic Operation

For those of you who use Matthew Reed’s TRS32 emulator and wish to make use of the ESF module, please note the following:

  • The ROM esf.rom needs to be in your ROMs directory
  • Exatron Stringy Floppy needs to be enabled in your configuation screen
  • You need to invoke the ROM through a SYSTEM command
  • For file I/O, you will need to mount a virtual wafer.

To invoke the ESF ROM use the SYSTEM command with the following addresses:

/12340
To enable the ROM and load the next file on the wafer
/12341
To enable the ROM and load the 1st file on the wafer
/12342
To enable the ROM and load the 2nd file on the wafer
/12343
To enable the ROM and load the 3rd file on the wafer
/12344
To enable the ROM and load the 4th file on the wafer
/12345
To enable the ROM from non-disk BASIC with Debounce (MOST COMMON)
/12346
To enable the ROM from non-disk BASIC WITHOUT Debounce

ESF Commands are:

@NEW
Erase the entire wafer. After execution the @NEW command will display the number of bytes available on the wafer.
@NEW1
Erase the entire wafer.
@NEW[x]
Erases program #x (e.g., @NEW4 erases program 4).
@SAVE[x]
Saves a BASIC program to location #x (e.g., @SAVE2 saves to program 2). Attempting to @SAVE a program without a file number, or using a file number 0, will result in a syntax error. All files must be saved in sequential order, starting with 1 and progressing up to a maximum of 99. There can be no gaps in the file numbers on a wafer. The ESF software will allow up to 99 files to be saved on one wafer.
@SAVE [x], Start Address, Length[, Autostart Address]
Saves a machine language program (e.g., @SAVE1, 17152, 3800, 18000 will save 3800 bytes starting at 17152 with program entry at 18000 to wafer location 1). If you do not want your program to execute automatically autostart, then do not include an autostart address as part of the command. When you want to load your machine-language program back into the computer, it is done in exactly the same manner as is a BASIC program: i.e., through the use of the @LOAD command, with or without a file number.
@LOAD[x]
Loads the program stored in location [x] (e.g., @LOAD3 loads the third program). If you simply enter the @LOAD command without a file number then the next file, that the ESF software finds, will be loaded.

The following commands will only work if you load the “Data I/O Program” from a wafer that came with the Stringy Floppy. To date, no wafers have been dumped.

@OPEN[x], @PRINT lexp, @INPUT lexp, @CLOSE
OPEN, PRINT, READ, and CLOSE to the wafer similar to Tape and Disk Data File I/O. These all function exactly the same as they do for TAPE and DISK.


July 1, 2009

Sorry about the lack of updates … I have been adding Tables of Contents of various magazines to the web site and to the searchable table of contents archive. As of now, all of my 80 Micro’s, SoftSides, Micro-80’s, Prog-80’s, H & E Computronics, and The Alternate Source have been added. The archive page shows the status of all of the magazines, and that status will update as more tables of contents come online.

Additionally, Kim Watt was kind enough to send over a box of disks and manuals, and I have been reading the disks and scanning the manuals.



July 7, 2009 – More Magazines in Search

While I continue to scan the manuals which Kim Watt kindly sent over, I have updated the searchable table of contents to include all of the 80-NW Journal and 80-US Journals, as well as all the Basic Computing (which is what 80-US turned into) I have. I do not know the last published issue, so I have flagged it as yellow (=entered all I have) rather than green (=all known issues entered).



July 9, 2009 – Three More Magazines in Search

Three more magazines have been added to the searchable table of contents: Barons Microcomputing (the few issues I had), The 8ighty (the few issues I have), and The 80 Notebook (all of them). The corresponding pages have also been updated to include the tables of contents.



July 9, 2009 – TRS-80 Virtual Floppy Disk Manager by Miguel Dutra

Miguel Dutra has released a BETA of his new Virtual Disk Manager utility for Windows. This is a small utility which allows you to access virtual TRS-80 disks at a file level, as if they were normal PC disks.



July 10, 2009 – One More Magazines in Search

TRSTimes has been added to the searchable table of contents.

By the way, for those who are uaware, all of the TRSTimes issues are downloadable.



July 11, 2009 – Terry Stewart’s Blog

For those who do not know, Terry Stewart has been spearheading the effort to get Exatron Stringy Floppy images moved over for use in Matthew Reed’s emulator. Terry has a blog on a fairly diverse set of topics, sometimes discussing TRS-80’s, but in almost all cases, involving problem solving. Terry’s blog can be found at http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/blog/.



July 13, 2009 – Another Magazine Updated

The few issues I had of the French magazine, Trace, has had its tables of contents added to the searchable table of contents. Of course, since it is in French, results which search for words (instead of, for example, by issue number, year, etc) are unlikely to show up given the incompatibilities of the international character set.



July 14, 2009 – TRS-80 Microcomputer News

I have updated the TRS-80 Microcomputer News page with bigger thumbnails and not-yet-implemented links to separate pages which will contain their tables of contents. I am slowly adding new pages (and updating the Searchable Table of Contents page to include the TRS-80 Microcomputer News. This part will be slow going.



July 15, 2009 – TRS32 Updated to v1.21

Matthew Reed has issued an interim update to his FANTASTIC TRS32 emulator. Changed in this update is:

  • Added sound to the Stringy Floppy emulation
  • Improved the sound used by the floppy disk emulation
  • Fixed a problem with returning Stringy Floppy status
  • Changed the floppy autostart order to favor the Model I
  • Fixed emulated floppy disk sector not found behavior
  • Added copy and paste features
  • Corrected behavior of an emulated Model I without lowercase

For those who have not yet registered Matthew’s emulator, I encourage you to do so. This emulator (unlike 98% of the others) is still in development and is phenomenal. You can register at Matthew’s site.



July 16, 2009 – TRS-80 Microcomputer News

Issues 1 through 27 of TRS-80 Microcomputer News have now been added to the Searchable Table of Contents page, and their TOC’s have been added to their respective pages.



July 17, 2009 – Puget Systems

I realize this is off topic, but when you come across something really cool, sometimes you gotta mention it. Although my TRS-80 was the last system I had purchased as an assembled unit (preferring to build my own), I have been familiar with Puget Systems for a while. Puget allows you to select brands and types (A corsair TX 850 power supply or w WD Caviar SE16) rather than just generic (850 watt; 200GB Hard drive, etc). I elected to go with them and, although I have not yet received the system, every question I have asked them (and I have asked a TON) has always been met with a quick and technologically correct answer. What I just noticed, though, is their order status page. This thing not only has each component and each test they ran, but temperature logs of the system under load over time, and performance benchmarks. They also email pictures of the inside, front, and back of your computer once its built, including a thermal picture of the inside. Crazy stuff.

Oh, and for the skeptics out there, NO I am not getting any payment from them. I am just THAT impressed (kinda like the way I talk about Matthew Reed’s emulator).



July 19, 2009 – New TRS-80 Emulator by George Philips

George Philips has released v1.5 of his TRS80GP Emulator which is available for download from the emulator page.

George describes the emulator as “built primarily as a development tool for software written for real TRS-80’s and for experiments in improved emulation fidelity. It can load programs in .cas, .hex, .bas or .cmd format directly but has no disk emulation nor can use use CLOAD or SYSTEM to load .cas files (as in most normal emulators).

I would say that this ’emulator’s strength is that you do not need to set up a ROM (it is built in), import files onto DSK/DMK’s, have boot disks, etc. If you have a /CMD file or a /BAS file or a /CAS file, you would simply execute the emulator FROM A COMMAND LINE, and your program would run. No fuss.

More details can be found by running the emulator with a -? flag will also provide details.



July 22, 2009

Issues 1 through 43 of TRS-80 Microcomputer News have now been added to the Searchable Table of Contents page, and their TOC’s have been added to their respective pages.



July 23, 2009 – TRS-80 Virtual Floppy Disk Manager Updated

Miguel Dutra has released v0.2 of his new Virtual Disk Manager utility for Windows. This is a small utility which allows you to access virtual TRS-80 disks at a file level, as if they were normal PC disks.

The TRS-80 Virtual Disk Manager shows the file name, size, date and attributes of each directory item, supports reading both .DSK and .DMK image files, and allows exporting TRS-80 files to the Windows file system.

Miguel lists each possible DOS for the TRS-80 and whether or not it is currently supported, with his ultimate goal being 100% of all OS’s.

Explanations and the program can be found on the TRS-80 Disk and Tape Conversion Utilities page.



July 24, 2009 – TRS-80 Virtual Floppy Disk Manager Updated

Miguel Dutra has released v0.2.2 of his new Virtual Disk Manager utility for Windows. This is a small utility which allows you to access virtual TRS-80 disks at a file level, as if they were normal PC disks.

Explanations and the program can be found on the TRS-80 Disk Utilities page.



July 28, 2009 – TRS-80 Microcomputer News

All issues of TRS-80 Microcomputer News have been added to the Searchable Table of Contents page.



September 13, 2009 – TRS-80 Virtual Floppy Disk Manager Updated

Miguel Dutra has released v0.4 of his command line version of his Virtual Disk Manager utility for Windows. This is a small utility which allows you to access virtual TRS-80 disks at a file level, as if they were normal PC disks.

Explanations and the program can be found on Miguel’s web site and on the TRS-80 Disk and Tape Conversion Utilities page.



September 27, 2009 – TRS-80 Virtual Floppy Disk Manager Updated

Miguel Dutra has released v0.5 of his GUI version of his Virtual Disk Manager utility for Windows. This is a small utility which allows you to access virtual TRS-80 disks at a file level, as if they were normal PC disks.

It appears that this utility can read all known TRS-80 DOS’s except for (1) CPM and (2) anything made by Percom.

Explanations and the program can be found on TRS-80 Disk and Tape Conversion Utilities page.

The new version brings:

  • Open DSK and DMK files by just double-clicking over them
  • Choose whether to detect file formats automatically or manually
  • Choose whether to show or hide system and invisible files
  • Sort files by name, extension, size, date and attributes
  • Export multiple selected files at once
  • See disk properties including name, date, DOS version etc.
  • Navigate through disk sectors


October 3, 2009 – New Hardware Manual (cover) Thanks To David Cooper

Line Printer II Interface Cable
Pages: 12
Year: Unknown
TOSEC: Line Printer II Interface Cable (19xx)(Radio Shack)
Publisher: Radio Shack



October 5, 2009 – External Model III Drives for Pickup or Shipping Cost

The drives have been claimed. Thanks.

A site visitor has four external floppy drives with power supplies for the TRS-80 Model III. He is not sure if they work, but advised advised that they are from a working system that was retired two decades ago.

He has popped the cover off of one of them and confirmed no unusual corrosion, and the belt appears to be in decent shape. The ribbon cables are also with the drives, and the set includes a matching, under-desk bay that can hold two of the drives.

He is willing to give them away as long as he is not out-of-pocket. If you want to pick them up (Prior Lake, MN) that’s fine, and if you want to pay pack/shipping, that’s fine.

Email me if interested – first come first served.



October 15, 2009 – New TRS-80 Users Group Newsletter (cover) Thanks To Stefan Kasarik

Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group
Issue: July 1980
TOSEC: Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group 1980-07 (1980)(Octug)
Page Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 24



October 15, 2009 – New TRS-80 Users Group Newsletter (cover) Thanks To Stefan Kasarik

Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group
Issue: January 1981
TOSEC: Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group 1981-01 (1981)(Octug)
Page Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 24



October 15, 2009 – New TRS-80 Users Group Newsletter (cover) Thanks To Stefan Kasarik

Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group
Issue: April 1980
TOSEC: Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group 1980-04 (1980)(Octug)
Page Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 24



October 15, 2009 – New Hardware Manual (cover) Thanks To David Cooper

8-Meg Hard Disk Service Manual
Pages: 114
Year: 1982
TOSEC: TRS-80 8MB Hard Drive Service Manual (1982)(Tandy)
Cat: 26-4150/4151
Publisher: Tandy



October 15, 2009 – New TRS-80 Users Group Newsletter (cover) Thanks To Stefan Kasarik

Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group
Issue: March 1980
TOSEC: Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group 1980-03 (1980)(Octug)
Page Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 28



October 16, 2009 – New TRS-80 Users Group Newsletter (cover) Thanks To Stefan Kasarik

Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group
Issue: May 1980
TOSEC: Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group 1980-05 (1980)(Octug)
Page Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 28



October 16, 2009 – New Software Manual (cover) Thanks To David Cooper

Level III BASIC Reference Card
Pages: 16
Year: 1979
TOSEC: Level III BASIC Reference Card (1979)(GRT Corp)
Publisher: GRT Corp



October 19, 2009 – New TRS-80 Users Group Newsletter (cover) Thanks To Stefan Kasarik

Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group
Issue: September 1980
TOSEC: Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group 1980-09 (1980)(Octug)
Page Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 24



October 19, 2009 – New TRS-80 Users Group Newsletter (cover) Thanks To Stefan Kasarik

Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group
Issue: November 1980
TOSEC: Orange Country TRS-80 Users Group 1980-11 (1980)(Octug)
Page Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 24



October 25, 2009 – Update to Attila Gr󳺧s HT/Video Genie/TRS-80 Emulator

Attila Gr󳺠has updated his HT/Videogenie/TRS-80 emulator to v1.6.2. New Features/Changes:

  • custom screen refresh frequencies (between 5 and 200)
  • copy screen contents to the clipboard (text format)
  • better AY-3-8910 sound IC emulation (mixer)
  • bugfixes (reenabled breakpoints)

Download from the emulator page.



November 4, 2009 – Unofficial TRSDOS 1.3 Zap Page Added

A page listing all unofficial TRSDOS 1.3 zaps which I had has been added here. If you have any to contribute, please let me know.



November 5, 2009 – Model 4 TRSDOS Zap Page Added

A page listing unofficial Model 4 TRSDOS zaps has been added here.

If you have any to contribute, please let me know.



November 6, 2009 – XTRS Updated to v4.9d

Although it happened in July, I just found out that Tim Mann’s TRS-80 Emulator in Unix, XTRS, was updated to v4.9. The updated version can be downloaded from Tim Mann’s XTRS web page or from the emulator web page.



November 6, 2009 – SDLTRS – New TRS-80 Emulator for PC/MAC

Mark Grebe has ported Tim Mann’s XTRS emulator for Macintosh OSX, Windows, and Linux. While it is always good to have a new emulator on the scene, this is big news for those MAC users out there, as there has not been a workable TRS-80 emulator for the MAC in many years.

As many know, Tim Mann’s XTRS offers Model 1, 3, and 4/4P emulation, with cassette, 5″, 8″ and hard drive emulation. It emualtes sound, mouse, joystick, and printer, and can do data I/O between the emulator and the host operating system.

SDLTRS expands on this and adds:

  • Windows and Mac OS X support.
  • Fullscreen display.
  • Text based GUI on Windows and Linux, and in Fullscreen mode on the Macintosh.
  • Configuration files.
  • Disk LED Indicators on screen.
  • Creation of Disk images inside of the program.
  • Saving and loading of disk sets.
  • Saving and loading of emulator state.
  • Copy and Paste of text to/from host and emulator.
  • USB Joystick support.

The MAC version also adds:

  • Graphical interface, include Media management with graphical representation of the disk drives and cassette.
  • Printer emulation of Epson FX-80 and CGP-115 Plotter/Printer, with output to PDF files.
  • Debugger in seperate program window.

SDLTRS can be downloaded via the SDLTRS Web Page or from the emulator web page.



November 11, 2009 – Various Site Updates

A page with TRSDOS 1.2 patches has been added, the page of the TRSDOS 1.3 patches has been GREATLY expanded, and Miguel Dutra’s VDISK utility has been added to the Virtual Disk Utilities page.



December 3, 2009 – New DSK/DMK Tool from Matthew Reed

Matthew Reed, author of the wonderful TRS32 emulator has released “TRSTOOLS,” a utility that makes it easier to work with virtual disk images.

TRSTools features include:

  • Open an existing virtual disk image
  • Create a new virtual disk image
  • Add files to or extract files from the disk image (with file dates preserved)
  • Preview files (with integrated viewer)
  • Rename files
  • Delete files
  • Change the disk label and volume date
  • Drag and Drop support to and from Windows Explorer
  • Integrated file viewer

That last point, the built-in viewer, can preview several different types of TRS-80 file formats, including:

  • Text files, with any line ending
  • Tokenized Model III BASIC programs
  • Model III and Model 4 high-resolution images (/HR)
  • Model 4 compressed high-resolution images (/CHR)
  • Model 4 super-compressed high-resolution images (/SHR)
  • Binary files (which can be viewed as a hexadecimal dump)

TRSTools supports the following TRS-80 Operating Systems:

  • TRSDOS 2.3 (Model I)
  • TRSDOS 1.3 (Model III)
  • TRSDOS 6 and LS-DOS (Model 4)
  • LDOS (Model I and III)
  • DOSPLUS (Model I, III, and 4)
  • MULTIDOS (Model I, III, and 4)
  • NEWDOS (Model I)
  • NEWDOS/80 (Model I and III)
  • ULTRADOS (Model I)
  • DBLDOS (Model I)
  • VTOS (Model I)
  • RAPIDOS (Model 4)

TRSTools v1.0 can be downloaded from Matthew Reed’s web site or from the Utilities Section of the DSK and DMK Image Utilities Page.



January 14, 2010 – Site Maintenance

Sorry for the lack of recent updates, I have been struggling with the (apparently well-known) problem of WordPress 2.9 requiring MySQL 5, but the site having been set up with MySQL 4. This might not otherwise be a problem if my host didn’t include a 2MB maximum on MySQL importing, roughly 30 times smaller than I needed. Only today did I manage to overcome, and WordPress is now MySQL 5 upgraded to the latest version.

In the interim, I have received some disk sets, been making boot disks for people, and procured a new CatWeasel 4+ (which seems to be working just fine).

I hope to get things moving again soon …



January 15, 2010 – CatWeasel Utilities Updated

Tim Mann has updated his CatWeasel read/write utilities to v4.4. Changes are:

  • The Linux binaries included in this distribution are compiled on a 32-bit Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS system. The MS-DOS binaries are still compiled with a version of djgpp from the year 2000, under djgpp. The MS-DOS binaries are untested at the time of this release.
  • Updated to the current Catweasel MK4 firmware from Individual Computers, moving from pre29.cw4 to rel2f2.cw4. Changed catweasl.c slightly to work with the new firmware — the write pulse width now must be set.
  • Fixed cw2dmk bug where the total sectors read in each encoding counted all retries, not just the last one.
  • Added -r option to cw2dmk and dmk2cw to reverse the sides. This is mostly to help split/join disks that have a separate one-sided image on each side but were written with a double-sided drive (that is, they are not flippy) to/from two separate DMK images.
  • Fixed an incompatibility with newer versions of libpci that had prevented recompiled Linux binaries from recognizing a PCI Catweasel.
  • Added a dmk2cw option to use only a prefix of the track in the DMK file.
  • Changed the way dmk2cw generates fill data when the DMK track is shorter than needed to fill the disk. Added an option to select some alternative fill methods.
  • Some small fixes and cleanups, mostly in documentation and messages.


January 26, 2010 – TRS80GP Emulator Updated

George Phillips has updated his TRS80GP emulator to v1.5.1 to correct a bug. It can be downloaded from the emulator page or from George’s site. His explanation for the change, as posted on his site is:

The pause/break key wasn’t activating the TRS-80 BREAK key on some computers. The problem was a little more involved than I realized. As Wikipedia hints, Pause/Break is a little unusual. On some systems, especially laptops, Windows will report the key is down and then immediately say it is up again — well before the key is actually released. I’m guessing this is a consequence of they key not actually reporting the up state at the hardware level. Windows is faking it to help programs operate.

This would be fine except that the emulated TRS-80 takes 2 or 3 frames to recognize the key. I presume that’s to avoid keyboard bounce. Now what I do is artificially sustain the down time of any key which takes care of Pause/Break and should help with the emulator’s propensity to miss keys. It wasn’t so bad, but I did notice dropped letters when I was typing things into the emulator.

I even documented the keyboard mapping while I was at it.



February 1, 2010 – New Hardware Manual (cover) Thanks To David Cooper

Model II TRS-80 Hard Disk Owner’s Manual
Pages: 100
Year: 1981
TOSEC: Model II Hard Disk Owners Manual (1981)(Tandy)
Publisher: Tandy
Cat: 26-4150



February 4, 2010 – More Zaps / Tips / Tricks

Those of you who are on comp.sys.tandy (which should be all of you) probably know that I have uncovered a notebook I kept back in the day which had weird routines, pokes, peeks, factoids, etc. I have been updating the Zaps/Mods/Pokes/Tricks pages accordingly, and envision getting the notebook contents onto the site.



February 10, 2010 – Lode Runner for the TRS-80

Mark McDougall has ported Lode Runner from the MSX computer (another Z80-based micro) to the TRS-80 Model 4/4P with MicroLabs Grafyx Solution hires board.

The program can be downloaded from Mark’s site.