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Ramblings From The Ridge
by D. Sage
This issue begins our third year of publishing
ECN, making us the oldest ADAM only publication in the business. Back
in the spring of 1984, when we were all ready to go to press with our
first issue, a number of other publications were rushing to jump on the
bandwagon. It was obvious that at least some of these were interested
in only one thing, a quick buck. Few of them were willing to take on
the risk of a publication for a new computer, unless they were assured
of a substantial volume. The ADAM only glossies never got off the
ground. Garden of ADAM published one issue and then disappeared with a
great deal of money. Others continue to come and go. In the meantime,
ECN continues to plod on, nothing flashy but at least we are reliable.
Your support has made this possible. We hope
that more of you will make contributions during the coming year. We
enjoy working for you and want to do so for years to come. You can help
us, by sending in your renewals and by sharing your questions, answers
and programs with others through contributions to ECN.
I have heard rumors that some organizations are
selling unreleased copyrighted software. This practice cannot be
condoned. I recognize that there has been disappointment because some
have not been released by Coleco, yet it remains wrong
for an unauthorized party to make a profit on this software. Please
don't encourage such activities.
A lot has happened since the last issue. We
have been in contact with two new companies that are planning on
releasing software for the ADAM and have heard rumors of others. At
least two companies are considering the possibility of producing disk
drives for the ADAM.
Orphanware, 5665 Myers Road, Akron, OH 44319,
is now producing a Centronics interface. We plan on carrying a review
of this product in the next issue. Orphanware also has a 64K memory
expander and is planning on releasing an 80 column card. They also have
some software available. In addition, I have been notified that they
are now in the disk drive repair business. Their basic charge for
working on ADAM disk drives is $39.95 plus parts. They have indicated
that if they can't fix your drive, they will return it and refund your
money. For more information on Orphanware, send a SASE to the above
Dave Smith of Strategic Software has indicated
that Multi-Write is again under way and is likely to be finished in the
John F. Busby, II, 6634 SW 41st Street, Davie,
FL 33314, sent me a T-Shirt with a transfer of an ADAM computer and the
words "I got artificial intelligence" (see cover). John is selling the
transfers (No T-Shirts) for $5. John also has available a number of
keyboard overlays for use with various ADAM software. Send an SASE for
A number of companies are selling discounted
ADAM accessories. This list grows daily so I will not attempt to list
them all. Even Radio Shack is selling ADAM keyboards. The only company
selling these products that we have dealt with is American Design
Components, 62 Joseph Street, Moonachie, NJ 07074. They are now
offering data drives ($9.95), logic board ($9.95), ADAM computer kit (2
data drives, controllers, power supply, CPU and memory boards, diagram,
without case-$99.00), a similar Colecovision kit is available for
Eve Electronics Systems is now offering a kit
to add composite video and audio to the ADAM expansion module.
Marathon Computer Press, P.O. Box 68503,
Virginia Beach, VA 23455, had advised us that they have available a
number of ADAM products including software developed by them. These
include "The Investment Analyst", a stock analyzer, and "Codevisor", an
encoding system for protecting programs and data.
Spectre Technologies, 22458 Ventura Blvd.,
Suite E, Woodland Hills, CA 91364, ph. 818/716-1655, has announced
PRESTO, a series of pop-up resident utilities (similar to SideKick) for
CP/M systems. The program will be made available for "popular" CP/M
systems. One of our subscribers, A.K. Michaud, suggests that anyone
interested contact the company in the hopes that they might produce an
ADAM version of this program.
Elsewhere in this issue you will note that
there is now available another Program Library as well as some
additional CP/M public domain packages. We hope to have a chess
program, as well as a version of Pascal available in the near future
for our CP/M public domain offerings.
We were recently advised by Loranger that the
ADAM digital data packs are back in production and will continue to be
available for the foreseeable future. We are pleased that Loranger has
been able to resolve problems that could have forced the shutdown of
this production. We will continue to offer their data packs
individually for $5.50 and will offer them in quantities of 10 or more
for $5 each.
We have recently completed work on a package of
software utilities. These utilities are designed to aid in the recovery
of files on disks or data packs that are producing I/O errors and can
no longer be accessed through either SmartBasic or SmartWriter. The
package includes a block editor, directory editor, the recovery program
itself, a utility to compare the contents of disks or data packs, a
utility to remove deleted files from the directory, and additional
features. Information on ordering this product is listed elsewhere.
This issue contains a variety of articles,
including our normal columns. In addition we are including a LOGO
program and a number of short Basic programs. I hope you will enjoy it.
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by D. Sage
Up until this issue this column has carried the
title, "What About the Competition?" As ECN has grown and matured, we
have made changes in the publication that reflect this maturity and
will continue to do so. Many of you have expressed an interest in this
column and I will continue to write it and use it to share my views on
the "home computer" industry in the U.S. and Canada, since that is our
In addition to providing continuing coverage of
developments in the home computer industry, I will continue to
editorialize on these developments and other related subjects. I seldom
hesitate to give my opinion here or when asked about computer hardware
and software and do so from the vantage point of someone who has worked
with these machines for many years, from a variety of perspectives.
Nevertheless, these are my opinions. You should understand, of course,
that others would probably disagree with my opinions and analysis, but
they are probably not any more right than I am.
I subscribe to many "computer" and industry
publications, and it is my firm conclusion that these publications
carry an inherent bias towards computers such as the dreaded IBM PC. It
is true that many of these publications also provide coverage to Apple,
Commodore, Atari, and, of course, the PC clones.
Any other computer introduced in the U.S. is likely to be totally
ignored by these "me too" publications. The free press in the U.S. is
certainly a biased one. In Britain and Europe the situation is quite
different. Over there new products are given a much fairer
opportunity at receiving coverage. At least European publications
review such products on their merits and do not cast them aside if they
can't pass the "is it IBM compatible" hurdle. To carry this issue to an
endless extreme, based upon the U.S. computer press, one might have the
opinion that the Europeans are less sophisticated when it comes to
computers. They must be less sophisticated if they can't see the
importance of IBM compatibility. This situation is even found among
European software companies. Why these software companies actually
write software for more than one or two computers. Apparently these
software developers have skills that are lacking in the U.S. Why is it
they can write software for computers with different operating systems,
when U.S. developers can only comprehend one or maybe two systems? The
difference seems to be largely the level of greed of U.S. versus
foreign software companies. The big U.S. companies won't touch a
computer unless it has sold at least a million units, while the foreign
companies recognize that profits can be made with a smaller sales
volume. Maybe they use a different accounting system than we do.
It is largely this approach to the home
computer industry that has led me to be the champion of those systems
that are denied the magazine coverage and support that they would
receive. This won't keep me from calling a lemon a lemon. It simply
means that I will at least give other companies a chance. My concern is
that many people are interested in home computers, even though many
have proclaimed this market to be nonexistent or dying in the U.S. I
regularly get telephone calls and get asked, "What computer would you
recommend?" Most of these people are not interested in spending
the amount of money that it would take to get even a PC-Clone up and
running. Does this mean that they want a "home computer." Well maybe.
My first response is to ask them how much are they willing to spend,
what do they expect to get for their money, and what do they want to do
with the computer once they get it. If what they really need is a full
fledged business system, then I am not ashamed to say that I will
recommend a PC compatible, usually a Zenith or Leading Edge, if it is
necessary to meet their needs and it still fits their pocketbook.
Over the years, I have recommended Zenith 100s,
Zenith PCs, Macintoshes, Leading Edge PCs, Apple IIe's, ADAMs,
Commodore 64s, Atari 800s, Atari 520STs, CP/M machines like Kaypro,
development systems like the Stride and Compupro, and Amstrad CPC6128s. As you
I am really not that biased. I generally recommend PC compatibles
rather than the IBM PC and its derivatives, because the compatibles
offer more for your money than IBM. My recommendations are determined
by the answers to the above questions. I no longer recommend Commodore
products, largely because of my experience with them and their high
failure rate. My opinion is not inflexible and I will continue to look
at Commodore products and reevaluate my position.
My view of what the home computer should be has
not been developed in a void, but has been tempered by the large amount
of feedback I have received from you my readers and by my technical
knowledge of what is required to meet those needs. Many of you have expressed an interest in
that can handle at least 128K of memory. I am not sure why this is the
case. In the old days I programmed on a mini-computer that was limited
to 16K of programming space. Later, we moved to a system that allowed
28K. My first experience with a micro was with the VIC-20 that had less
than 5K of memory for
You could write very elaborate code on all of those machines, but the
code had to be tight. There was no room for sloppiness. Tighter code is
also faster code. Nevertheless, I must agree. 128K of memory adds a
great deal of flexibility and speed in manipulating data.
Most of you also want access to a wide variety
of software and want the computer to come packaged with a reasonable
selection that will allow you to use the system immediately without any
additional outlay of funds. This software should include as a
necessity, a word processor, a programming language, and a data base
program. Most of you want a version of Basic that is flexible and easy
to use. It should provide for ease in programming graphics and sound.
It would also be nice if a compiler was available so that the code
could be executed faster.
You also want flexibility in what you can
connect to your computer. Generally, you want a standard Centronics
parallel interface and an RS-232 serial interface. In addition to
support for RF output, to connect a TV, you would like to be able to
connect a monitor. You also want 80 column support built in. A disk
drive should be included in the original purchase of the computer and
it should include the ability to add at least a second drive later.
Finally, you want adequate documentation and
support. You want manuals that are easy to use and that are complete.
You want a reasonable warranty on the product and the ability to have
the computer repaired for a reasonable price. You want somewhere to
turn for answers to your questions. You also want convenient
access to supplies and additional products that you may need.
Yes, there are computers that meet these
criteria, but unfortunately most of them are not in the home
computer price range. Some have come close and eventually there will be
systems that meet these needs more explicitly than is currently the
case. In the meantime we must take the best of what is available and
patiently wait for future developments.
It is for all these reasons that I will support
through software and publications only products that I have confidence
in and that are unlikely to receive support from the established media.
Those are the reasons why I have supported the ADAM and have decided to
support the Amstrad CPC6128. Both of these computers are "home
computers" as were the Commodore 64 and the Atari 400/800.
The replacement Atari 65XE/130XE and the Commodore 128 are also
"home computers." At this point, I am not aware of any other computer
that is being sold in the U.S. that meets my requirements of price and
functionality. I do not consider the Amiga and the Atari 520ST to
really be home computers. Their initial cost and the cost of hardware
and software is still too high for most people that are in the market
for home computers. I have been hesitant about recommending the
Commodore 128, because of their past track record and the fact that
according to my sources the system and its new disk drive still appear
to have too many problems.
Commodore continues to have financial woes. In
the latest quarter they had a $53.2 million loss and as a result their
stock plummeted several points to around $6. They continue to have
problems with their debt financing and continue to be in technical
default of loans. Many of these problems can be traced to the
overproduction of the Commodore 64 and the 1541 disk drive,
introduction of the Commodore 16 and Plus 4 (products that have been
dumped to discount houses), advertising associated with the
introduction of the 128 and the Amiga. I doubt if Commodore's financial
problems will go away soon. The 128 is selling slowly and I doubt if
the Amiga will ever be a volume seller. The Amiga may be a nice
computer, but it is priced out of the market that it needs to be a
Shortly before the January CES, Jack Tramiel
announced that the Atari 520ST will now be sold to discount houses and
other mass merchandisers. Once again he has pulled the rug from under
his dealers. For them he has offered the new 1040ST which will have 1
meg of memory and will sell at around $1000. Unfortunately, Atari has
yet to find any mass merchandisers that are willing to take the 520ST,
which is now being packaged separately from its monitor and will
include a TV interface. Although the 520ST has sold about 200,000
units, Tramiel knows that this is not enough. Will he be successful in
making this move? I am not sure. I don't know if a system as complex as
the ST can be successful without dealer support. Obviously, KMART isn't
going to be able to answer your questions and Atari is relying totally
on users groups for support. I guess I will have to give the ST a maybe
and wait and see.
Atari has also introduced a redesigned and
smaller 2600 Video Game System and announced plans for continued
support of the video game market. They also surprised a lot of people
by reintroducing their super 7800 game system that plays both the 2600
and 7800 game cartridges at a price of $79.95 retail. This move was
probably prompted by the success in video game cart sales and the
successful introduction of the Nintendo system. In addition, since
large numbers of the 7800 had actually been manufactured prior to
Tramiel's take over of Atari, it makes sense to sell them
especially if you need additional cash. It has to be cheaper to
sell something than continue to store it.
INTV, owners of the Intellivision, are pleased
at their continued success in selling game cartridges and their
System III. They have learned like others need to, that a cautious
approach is best.
Rumors also persist that yet another game
system of Japanese origin may be introduced in the U.S. as well as one
of U.S. origin.
All in all, the January CES was somewhat a
disappointment with regard to the home computer market. None of the new
MSX-2 machines were shown, although a Dutch vendor of MSX software
repeated their Summer CES display of some super MSX software.
Compact disc players and the Grolier
Encyclopedia were again being displayed, but the $1500 price tag will
keep this product out of reach. Atari continues to promise the
introduction of a lower priced unit for use with the ST.
In the robotics area, Heath has announced the
introduction of the HERO 2000, an improved version of the original
HERO. This model has a variety of enhancements including improved
speech, improved arm, and a find recharger mode.
The recent Toy Fair in New York was featuring a
variety of talking dolls and other toys using various advancements from
the home computer and robotics industries. As computer component prices
continue to fall, look for this industry to continue to introduce new
and more complex products.
Finally, I want to thank those of you who
continue to pass on various tidbits of news about the home computer
market. While some of these turn out to be nothing more than rumors,
they are a lot of help in trying to tie down what is actually going on
and what will be coming tomorrow. I also want to give special thanks to
Al Roginsky for covering the Winter CES on our behalf. His assistance
is greatly appreciated. Return to Top
The following issues of ECN are currently
available for $3.00 each: #1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. We will keep you
posted when other issues become available. Our renewal and subscription
rates are now $15.00 per year (6 issues). Return to Top
Program Library 4 has recently been completed.
This collection contains the following programs submitted by our
EVIL3 by David Jacksch - This is the
third in a series of games submitted by the author. You have to find a
code and use it to erase memory in a computer.
8-BALL by David Reynolds - this is an
electronic version of the magic 8-ball where you ask questions and are
provided with predictions/answers.
FOOTBALL ANALYZER by Hector Sanchez -
Predict the outcome of football games using stats that you have entered.
DUNGEONS/DRAGONS by Eric Peterson - This
is an elaborate dungeons and dragons type game, where you select/design
your own character and his powers. Then you must enter the dungeon in
quest for treasure.
This volume of the program library is available
for $5/disk and $7/ddp from Sage Enterprises. CAUTION: the
dungeons/dragons game should be only used from a disk drive. It
requires HEAVY disk I/O and is slow on data drive and because of the
constant access to the drive could shorten the life of a data drive. Return to Top
ADAM System Calls
by D. Sage
This is the third in a series of articles
covering ADAM'S system calls. Refer to issue #11 and #12 for the
proceeding two parts. Part 1 contains an explanation of how to use this
CALL FC60$ (64608) - sends 0F$ to port
3F$, wait 2ms, send 00$ to port 3F$. This is essentially a hard reset
of the ADAM NET.
CALL FC63$ (64611) - send a string to
the printer. The location of the string is stored in HL register and
the string must be terminated by an ETX (this is simply the value 03).
Any error code is returned in the A register.
CALL FC66$ (64614) - send one character
to the printer. The character is stored in A register and any error
code is returned in the A register.
CALL FC69$ (64617) - read a block from a
block device. Register A is the device number, HL register contains the
destination address of the data, register BCDE contains the block
number to be read.
CALL FC6C$ (64620) - read a character
from the keyboard and store it in the A register. If there is an error
the error code is returned in the A register.
CALL FC6F$ (64623) - read DCB return
codes (completion code) for keyboard. Code returned in A register.
CALL FC72$ (64626) - same as FC6F$ for
CALL FC75$ (64629) - same as FC6F$ for
device specified in A register.
CALL FC78$ (64632) - same as FC6F$ for
CALL FC7B$ (64635) - relocate current
PCB (Processor Control Block?). Register HL contains new address
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by Robert Keefer
After using ADAM'S built-in word-processing
functions for over a year now in an academic setting (I'm attempting to
write my dissertation on my ADAM), I have a few tips that others may
benefit from. If you have some for me, spill 'em!
The first thing anyone who is attempting to
write and print out very long files notices is that using the arrow
keys to page through a SmartWriter file is VERY time consuming. Unless
you keep a good novel next to your computer and your right hand can run
on neutral, you're going to get bored stiff waiting to get to the
bottom of a file that is, say, 20 single-spaced pages long. But there
IS a quicker way; when you need to get to the bottom (or close to the
bottom) of a SmartWriter file, just use the "SEARCH" function to look
for some characters that you're sure AREN'T duplicated in your file. I
use 'zzz', but you could certainly be more creative than that! ADAM
will diligently search your file looking for these characters, and when
they can't be found, you will read a 'characters not found' message,
and find yourself at the bottom of your file, ready to add to it,
append another file or whatever. It's not an instant movement, but
it's quicker than the arrow keys!
Another technique for moving through your text
quicker, if you don't want to go all the way to the bottom, is to
switch to ADAM's 'moving window' format (which is mostly annoying when
you're trying to enter text) just for the search. This format gives you
almost twice the number of lines on the screen, so when you hit the up
or down key together with the home key, you're moving about twice as
fast. Of course, if you know of a unique word that occurs ONLY where
you want to be, you can 'SEARCH' your way there directly.
Moving up to the top of your text is more
difficult. SmartWriter does not search above the cursor at any time. If
you have a REALLY long file, it's sometimes actually quicker (if you're
using a disk drive) to save your work, clear the workspace, and reload
the just-saved file; you'll find yourself right at the top.
A good trick to speed your typing also uses the
"SEARCH" function and the "REPLACE" option. In my dissertation, I rely
strongly on a man named (no jokes please) Csikszentmihalyi. Rather than
type that rather long string of characters over and over, I just typed
'csik', lower case and all. When I had entered all of that portion of
the text, I went to the top of the file, "SEARCHed" for 'csik' and
"REPLACEd ALL" with the correct name (so I only had to get it right
once!). Using this technique imaginatively can save lots of time!
However, be sure that the string you will eventually "SEARCH" for is
unique, that is, that that particular string of characters is
absolutely NOT found anywhere else in your text (or it will ALSO get
Those of us using long files eventually want to
use SmartWriter's continuous printing functions, and discover, to our
dismay, the famous SmartWriter bug that inserts extra blank lines
between every page. Horrors! Within one page, everything is messed up
and you find yourself printing on the page breaks. Sorry, but I can't
help you here. But, I can mention that if you are doing long, long
printouts, fanfold paper can save you time, because you don't have to
turn one sheet of paper out and then attempt to align the next. With
fanfold, you just turn to the next sheet and hit PRINT again. Not a
completely satisfactory solution, but every little bit helps (watch for
specials on fanfold, especially if you attend a college or university.
I got a box of 2700 sheets for $15.00, a deal! See an earlier issue of
ECN for plans for a cheap PVC printer stand; it works, but be sure to
glue it together).
Be sure to save your work often! I know that
you've heard this before, but it's difficult to emphasize it enough. My
wife spent four hours one night working on a paper, only to have ADAM
'hiccup' and destroy the whole thing (to this day, I have no idea what
happened; the printer started going right in the middle of a sentence
she was typing and the results looked like a core-dump). Believe me,
NOW she saves her work every page or so!!!
With long files, it is sometimes difficult to
get SmartWriter to store them properly. If possible, break your work
into sections and store each section as a separate file. This also
means that each file is less of a burden to search through and modify.
When printing time comes, append all your files in order and get your
earmuffs on! For correct pagination (page numbers), you'll want
the very first page of your text in a separate file all by itself; you
can print this out with no page number and then start the rest of the
print out at page two.
Well, I hope these tips can be helpful to some
of you. If you have any other ideas, or questions, send them in. Return to Top
CP/M Games On ADAM
by John Moore
I have read several references to using a
"screenchop" program with text games such as those produced by INFOCOM.
Possibly some users have purchased this software "second-hand" and do
not have it properly installed for ADAM. The correct installation makes
for more enjoyable play, and since the programs themselves contain the
necessary subroutines, I find it more elegant to activate them than to
use an "outboard" program.
The following installation values have worked
well for me on PLANETFALL(c), SORCERER(c), and DEADLINE(c). They will
quite possibly work with any INFOCOM CP/M game. Please follow the
conservative procedure of making the indicated changes only on a
backup copy of your software.
You will need to make changes on the game file
in hex using DDT. Review the proper operation of this program first,
particularly how to get the number of pages to save from the "NEXT PC"
output of DDT. Basically the method is this: ADAM shows you a
four-digit number under "NEXT", let's say WXYZ. Multiply W X 16 and add
X to this. If Y and Z are both zero, you subtract one from the total.
This is the number you use with the SAVE command.
Command DDT (gamename).COM [ret] and when DDT
loads the program file, type in these numbers and commands exactly as
given: (Enter the RETURN immediately after the numbers, DO NOT enter a
space before the RETURN).
1E [ret] ; Characters per line/May also use 1D
17 [ret] ; Usable lines per screen
Now type G0 [ret] to get you out of DDT and
command SAVE (number) (gamename).COM to save the revised version of
your game. Try it to be sure it works. You should get a status line at
the top of the screen in inverse video, and never more than one screen
of text at a time! You don't have to remember to run another program,
either. Return to Top
by Joe Blenkle
The world of the ADAM computer never fails to
amaze me. One day the system will seem on the verge of collapse, the
next, there seems to be new life breathed into it.
With the somewhat limited quantity of
communications software currently available, it has been somewhat
of a challenge to come up with this column every issue. So this time I
will explore a different area with some new developments on the ADAM
First, Gordon Meyer of Do Not Stamp Software
has uploaded two public domain telecommunications programs to the
Family Computing forum on CompuServe (GO FAM-200). Both programs
are written in BASIC...that's right! ADAM'S modem has finally been
accessed in BASIC!
One program is called ADAMchat. It is a
bare-bones communications program. Once it is run through BASIC, it
will prompt you for the phone number, one digit at a time. Pressing
return will put your computer on-line and you should connect with the
computer or BBS on the other end. The current version doesn't seem to
work well with CompuServe, but I have yet to experience problems with
any other BBS.
You can toggle the filter on with the UNDO key
and SmartKey VI changes the duplex. Future versions may include some
sort of file transfer capability.
The second program is called DNS-Link. It is
another bare-bones program that can be used as a model for setting up a
bulletin board on your ADAM. Running the program will put you in the
answer mode and when a call comes in, you press the space bar to
answer. The program has only a few "bulletin board" features and was
designed only as a model for further development. See below on how to
get both these programs if you don't want to download them from CIS.
On somewhat of a dramatic note, Orphanware,
founded by John Lingrel, is working on a modification to the ADAMlink modem which will turn it into a 300/1200 baud modem. The cost
hadn't been set at this writing, but it was estimated at only $30 or so.
Besides selling low cost ADAM accessories,
Orphanware will also repair computers, 64K expanders, modems,
printer interfaces, data drives and hopefully in the future, disk
A catalog can be obtained by sending a
self-addressed stamped envelope to Orphanware, 5665 Myers Rd.,
Akron, OH 44319.
MORE DISKS: I'm offering the following public
domain disks at $5 each to cover duplicating and mailing (Canadian
orders please send postal money orders or checks or money orders drawn
on U.S. banks only). Disk #1 includes BASIC utilities, graphics and
demos, including ADAMchat and DNS-Link. Disk #2 is BASIC games. Boths
disks are double sided with lots of programs. Disk #3 is a fully
implemented version of MEX, including multiple SmartKeys and HELP file.
Please note that you must have CP/M to run the MEX program.
All these programs are public domain and
available on CompuServe should you prefer to download them
yourself. If you'd prefer the easy way, send $5 per disk to: Joe Blenkle, P.O. Box 41746, Sacramento, CA 95841. Return
ADAM Software With The
by Gary Woodruff
Eve Electronic Systems has for the last couple
of months been shipping with their SP-1 interface a patch that allows
direct printing with SmartWriter. This patch you implement yourself
onto a copy of your Disk Manager. Thereafter by booting this patched
Disk Manager, then pushing the ESCAPE/WP key twice will allow you to
print directly from SmartWriter through the SP-1. Even though EVE chose
not to document it, this patch can also be used to run most other
software using the regular print drivers or the PR1 command.
By pressing the correct option in the Disk
Manager (Smart Key V-File Options then IV Run and VI Run File) you can
run SmartBasic, SmartFiler and nearly all other Coleco software except
the Super Game Packs. This is a lot simpler than running a separate
program in SmartBasic and using the PR2 command and makes nearly all of
the Coleco software available to your new printer easily.
Besides the Super Game Packs there are a few
programs that give special problems. I haven't been able to get Smart
Letters and Forms to print directly, but you can save your letter or
form to disk or datapack, then print it out using the interface from
SmartWriter. You cannot print out the practice drill from ExperType
since it uses its own print drivers. ADAMCalc will not print directly,
also because it uses its own print drivers not handled by the Eve
patch. You can use the STORE VALUES instead of the STORE SHEET command
from ADAMCalc to put a file on your disk or ddp that can be accessed by
SmartWriter and printed through the SP1 interface.
This version of the spreadsheet is not the same
format as is printed by ADAMCalc with the ADAM printer. If you have a
spreadsheet more than 60 characters wide, it shifts the right half one
line down, then compresses the form to 60 characters. It will print all
the information and is readable, though not as nice as the ADAMCalc
version. The ADAMCalc manual discusses this option on page 35, and
describes it as a way to include spreadsheet information in a
SmartWriter report, etc. By deleting first the left half of a
spreadsheet and storing it and then the right half, I came up with a
good looking, easily read two part sheet.
I hear there are some people out there working
on fixing this problem on ADAMCalc, and hope they do so in the near
future. Return to Top
Product Review: Amstrad CPC6128 Computer
by D. Sage
Product: Z80 computer
Warranty: One year
Price: $500 w/monochrome monitor; $650 w/RGB monitor.
I first saw the CPC6128 at the 1985 Summer
Consumer Electronics Show. This was also the first time that this
British computer was shown in the U.S. I was impressed at the time of
the showing, but have learned not to form opinions about a product
until I have had time for some hands-on experience.
Finally, in December of 1985 I received two
boxes via UPS that turned out to be the CPC6128 and monitor. I quickly
unpacked everything and took out the one inch thick spiral bound manual.
The manual is rather impressive, although the current volumes are
written in British English rather than American English (I have been
advised that the manuals are currently under revision to correct this
situation). The manual is easy to read and includes many examples and
illustrations. Setting up the computer is extremely simple,
involving the connection of three cables between the keyboard and the
monitor. All you have to do then is to plug in the monitor and turn on
the monitor and the keyboard. The initial screen comes up in 40 columns
with yellow text on a blue background. The computer at this point is
under the control of AMSDOS and their implementation of the Basic
language. The computer has a built in 3 inch disk drive and comes with
two system disks and two blank disks and a fifth disk with a collection
of software. The system disks contain CP/M 3.0, CP/M 2.2, two versions
of DRI LOGO, and the various utilities that normally accompany the two
versions of CP/M. The software collection disk contains AMSDRAW I, a
graphics designer; the ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MINERAL game; EASIAMSWORD,
word processor; PUZZLE; ROLAND IN THE CAVES, a graphics game; and
AMSFILE a data base, filing and mail label program.
The Amstrad disk drive is a single sided drive.
However, both sides of the disk may be used since they are reversible.
The capacity of the disks is from 160K to 180K depending on the format
used. The disks themselves are enclosed in a hard case and shutters
protect the read/write window when the disk is removed from the
computer. There is a write only movable tab that can be set to prevent
accidental erasure of an important disk. The disk drives work well and
are relatively fast.
When purchasing the CPC6128, you have a choice
between an RGB monitor or a monochrome monitor. We ordered the RGB
monitor and the picture quality is excellent in either the 40 column or
80 column modes. Obviously the screen is easier to read in 80 column
mode with certain color combinations. Since I have not seen the
monochrome monitor, I cannot comment on its quality at this time.
The keyboard is more typical of the layout used
on many British computers and is similar to that found on the Commodore
computers. The quote and double-quote keys are on the row with the
number keys rather than next to the colon. The colon is in lower case
and the asterisk is the upper case of the colon key. The semi-colon and
plus key are located where the quote key is on most machines. Although
I prefer the selectric layout, it took little time to get used to these
changes. My one big complaint is the right hand return and shift keys.
The return key is split in two with the shift key occupying part of the
space where one normally finds the return key. In place of the shift
key is the ENTER key, which is essentially the same as the RETURN key.
I found myself hitting ENTER every time I meant to hit SHIFT. For a
touch typist this can be quite a problem.
All of the various slots and ports are on the
keyboard, either the left side or located on the rear. The disk drive
is located on the right side of the keyboard with the opening to the
front. A speaker is built into the keyboard, but the sound quality is
relatively poor. Fortunately, there is a stereo jack on the side for
connection to an amplifier. Also on the side is an Atari type joystick
socket and a cassette connector. The rear of the unit contains the
volume control, on/off switch, second disk drive connector, the monitor
and power sockets, an expansion slot and the Centronics printer port.
While the Amstrad does not have a built in
RS-232 connector, there is supposed to be an add-on expansion board
that provides RS-232 support that will connect to the expansion slot.
The Centronics port allows you to connect any Centronics parallel
printer you wish.
The version of Basic that accompanies the
CPC6128 is excellent and is the best implementation of the language
that I have ever seen. Either 40 or 80 column mode can be used as well
as a number of graphics and sound options. The second 64K of memory is
addressable through Basic and can be used to store screen images,
extension to the string array space, or as a RAM Disk. There are 167
KEY words available in Basic.
Basic also allows you to create various windows
on the screen. These windows allow you to box off a portion of the
screen in a different color. You can place a menu in the window and it
won't be overwritten by any text that also appears on the screen.
Basic provides three methods for correcting
errors. You can reenter the line. You can use the editing cursor
method. By typing "edit" and the line number then edit the line that
way by moving the cursor to the error and making the correction. Or you
can use the copy cursor method which involves moving a second cursor
directly to the line on screen and make the corrections. The correction
will be echoed at the original cursor position. Also included is
automatic line numbering and renumbering.
In reading the manual, it almost seems that the
many features of Amstrad Basic never end. It is a delight to have the
opportunity to work with a version of Basic that is powerful and
flexible and still executes rapidly.
Overall, this is an excellent computer with a
competitive price. The one year warranty and service through Honeywell
adds to the value. Although AMSTRAD has not fully developed its
marketing strategy for this product, it certainly has the potential of
making a substantial impact on the home computer market. Since the
CPC6128 will run most software written for the CPC464 (an earlier 64K,
cassette based version), there is already a wide selection of software
available. This selection includes languages and development tools,
business software, as well as a wide selection of arcade and text
adventure games. Many of these products will be converted to disk
format and will be available in the U.S. I hope to have more
information on the availability of the CPC6128 and software in the next
issue. Return to Top
Product Review: Autoaid
by Dave Reynolds
Product: SmartBasic Utility
After receiving this software and using it I
now feel that FutureVision can do no wrong! If you are a so-so
programmer in basic like me, this utility is a must. This is what
SmartBasic should have built in it.
Autoaid makes use of the keyboard's function
keys: CLEAR key = TEXT, INSERT = Control L, STORE/GET = Load/Save. The
caps lock works except for the number keys and function keys. Also
featured is key clicking, smart key functions for keywords, line
statements, and last but not least, auto line numbering. When you press
UNDO it produces a line number and a space. The only complaint is that
I wish the line numbering was like the TI99; automatic without having
to push the undo key. But that is a trivial complaint.
There is also a lot more you can do with
Autoaid. It has a built-in printer buffer which, with the 64K memory
expansion works excellently, there are built-in routines for sound,
which with a few pokes and calls, you can get sound. There is a better
low res graphics (smaller squares) and they are squares, not
rectangles. There is also greater ease in accessing sprites. However, I
wish there was a better explanation of Sprites included with Autoaid. I
guess if you write FutureVision, they will tell more about these
routines if you want to use them in your programs. I recommend you have
Autoaid as a HELLO program on your SmartBasic. It will ask you if you
want to install Autoaid when the program is first loaded. You have the
option if you do not wish to use Autoaid at that time.
Another thing that I should warn you about is
any program that has a LOMEM setting should be set at 32500 or higher.
I ran a program that had a sound routine and its LOMEM was set at
28000. After I exited the program, the computer locked up on me. I set
the LOMEM of that program to 32500 and I had no problem. The reason is
that Autoaid was already occupying that location. 5K of free memory
space is lost when you install Autoaid, but it is worth it! I
definitely recommend this software. Return to Top
by Jim Hammack
Product: Data Base Program
Manufacturer: Magic Wand Enterprises
Warranty: 60 days
I received DAWN after about a five week wait
and have had it now for about 6 months. I would have done an evaluation
sooner, but I don't use DAWN that much. I'm also a procrastinator. I
purchased DAWN directly from Magic Wand Enterprises, 349 Lincoln St.,
Building 63, Hingham, MA 02043.
This program allows you to design records and
files by the use of interactive prompts, such as Design Records, Get
& Store File, Use and Directory. This program is self-loading, but
takes about 3 minutes to load. After loading, you will have the main
menu on the screen with the above listed options. By pressing Smart Key
II, you are ready to design your file. You then have the records menu
displayed with these options: Enter, Insert, Correct, Delete, Display,
Search, Sort and Sum/Average. You can make hardcopies if needed.
You are limited to 40 characters per item and
40 items (or 236 total characters) per record. The number of characters
and items used in a record determines the number of records for any one
file. Also, commas are not permitted in any items. These will cause I/O
The instruction manual is well written and easy
to follow. The software does everything as stated. I do have one gripe,
you can't list this or any other program after you quit DAWN. If you
want to list the program, you must first load SmartBasic, then catalog
and load/list the program you want. This is a good program for anyone
wanting a household type data base. I rated this a 7 because of some
minor limitations and slow loading time. Return to Top
Review: Desk Master
by John Busby II
Product: Data Base/Finance
Manufacturer: Nickelodeon Graphics, 5640 W. Brown, Glendale, AZ
There are three desk sets: B-DESK includes
client list, card file, address list, phone list, record of sales,
purchases, data log and includes options for speed search, alphabetical
listings, printouts, margin and spacing, mail list, multiple labels,
change or add data to file, save, recover data, automatic readout of
memory remaining, file number, number of files.
M-DESK includes expenses, income, pre-formatted
categories, save, recover data, print-outs, summarized in a statistical
readout of expenses, computes data related to expenses, search
F-DESK allows you to create your own custom
files, make and keep information as you like or use it as a scratch pad
for a book report, also has statistics you can calculate using
All of the programs are menu driven. M & B
Desks are preformatted. You just enter the information. All desks allow
calculations. The use of Smart Keys makes them easy to use. You will
have to spend some time getting used to the programs because there are
many options in each one. You can go from one desk set to another (save
the information first) without rebooting basic. If you own a small
business or you want to keep a close eye on your home finances, this is
a good program to buy. It's the only all-in-one package I've seen for
the ADAM in BASIC. Return to Top
by Lee Smith
Product: SmartBasic Utility
Manufacturer: Data Doctor, P.O. Box 776, Oak Hill, WV 25901
Media: Disk or DDP
Warranty: 5 years and 30 day money back
SmartBest is an enhancement for SmartBasic. The
program loads from a HELLO file. The revised Basic includes routines to
enhance text, backdrop, background colors. It also allows direct access
to the sound chip. There are 3 voices each having a range of 0 to 63.
There is also a noise command. This will allow eight sounds ranging
from phaser fire to motor pulsations.
Some of the commands may be abbreviated to
their first one or two letters. The 27 enhancements replace a few of
the commands that SmartBasic didn't use and also took away seven other
commands. These are: HCOLOR, RESTORE, TRACE, NOTRACE, RESUME, SPEED,
POP. You may still access these commands by poking or calling to the
I found the program very good, but I do have
some reservations about it, because it is not completely compatible
The manual is good, but doesn't tell you the
notes for the values that are available. Return to Top
Product Review: SmartBest
by Joe Blenkle
SmartBEST by Data Doctor is what SmartBASIC 2.0
would have been had Coleco ever released it. A total of 27 enhancements
have been added to SmartBasic, including easy to use ones for sound,
screen and text colors.
SmartBEST gives you direct control over ADAM's
sound chip with the simple commands of VOICE1, VOICE2, VOICE3 and NOISE.
New commands include GOTOWPR (drops you out of
Basic into the word processor), RESTORE (line number) and HUSH (turns
all sound off).
My attitude about SmartBEST is that if I can
use it, anyone can, although Data Doctor recommends some Basic
programming knowledge. I have not spent much time in the past with
Basic as I would have liked, but the instructions for SmartBEST seem
very straight forward and understandable to me.
Data Doctor seems committed to supporting the
ADAM with this program. A companion program called SmartTRIX is due out
soon that will add even more versatility for the Basic programmer.
SmartBEST is list-protected. Data Doctor even throws out a challenge to
"hackers" to find the secret of DD's security system. The catalog says
each program has a "back door" for easy listing...if you can discover
the key and access code.
It's programs like this that will keep ADAM
going for a long time to come and here's hoping that Data Doctor will
continue to support the ADAM with quality software. Return
Product Review: Family Feud
by David Jacksch
Product: Graphic game
Warranty: 90 days
Price: $19.95 at Kay Bee Toys
This is a great party game. It's based on the
TV game show. It has music with harmony, animated graphic "contestants"
and hundreds of questions. You can play against ADAM, but it's better
to play as two families (just grab someone who's not doing anything).
The head of each family gets a joystick to face-off for the first
question. The one who "buzzes" the fastest gets to answer first. Unlike
the real Family Feud, you must enter the answers using the keyboard,
while the clock ticks away.
The instructions say to pass it around and have
each player type answers at their turn. However, it is easiest to have
one Richard Dawson (host), who does all the typing (it's up to the
player to spell the word, when necessary). The host must be an expert
at typing and at operating ADAM. The computer makes its own judgment
calls and is pretty good. For instance, if the answer is "Truck", and
you type "Firetruck", it accepts the answer. It also works for some
synonyms. I would like, though, to be able to make my own judgment
calls, in some cases, but ADAM doesn't allow for this.
This game also needs an "undo" function for
human errors. The data pack takes 2 1/2 minutes to load, before you can
start the game (I just tell the other players that we're off camera and
it must be one of those Time magazine commercials). The pack contains
its own questions and I've played it 15 times now, and not one question
has been repeated. People get excited playing this game. It was the
life of our New Year's Eve party. It's worth a look. "Survey says..." Return to Top
by John Busby II
Manufacturer: CME Software, P.O. Box 339, Eastlake, CO 80614
You must load either of these programs right
after you boot BASIC. For some reason both programs have a habit of
putting extra characters on your printouts. The better of the two is
Printshop, because it has less problems. These programs allow you to
print out different letters and numbers and define LOGO (pictures).
The program is all menu driven and is easy to
operate, but it is nowhere near what you think it should be. If you
ever saw PRINTSHOP for the Commodore 64 or Apple you would know what I
mean. The instructions give you no idea on how to get into the program
to create your own graphics. You can call or write the company, IF you
belong to their club ($18.00 membership - you get a card and your name
appears in Family Computing magazine).
I've had these programs for about a year now
and every time I take them out to use them, I can't find anything more
to do with them than to put them away again. It would have been nice if
you could use them to put a fancy border along the outside of a letter
or use them for a letterhead layout. To use them just to print out the
alphabet and numbers with some symbols, it's just not worth the money. Return to Top
Product Review: 2010 Text Adventure
by Dave Reynolds
Product: Adventure game
Price: $19.95 at Kay-Bee Toys
One day I was at Kay-Bee Toys in Terre Haute
looking through their cartridges and software. They didn't have much
there, but lo and behold, stuck away towards the back was 2010 The Text
Adventure. I couldn't believe my luck! It was the only one that came in
on the shipment and it was about to become my personal possession. This
was the only 2010 available in an 80 mile radius and now it was mine!
It made me feel important. Well, that is the only reason I am giving
this product any rating at all. However, the intro graphics of the
starchild are nice.
I could tell this was shipped out early just to
make good on their software promise. When you get the package it looks
like it's going to be very well done. You get a secret letter that
comes in a gold sealed envelope marked "CONFIDENTIAL: DESTROY AFTER
READING." But when you read the instruction manual you will find a slip
of paper telling you to disregard the section in the manual on how to
save future games. What that says to me is that they may not have
finished the program, but hurried it out to be shipped.
The problem with the game is that everything is
done with Smart Keys and the arrow keys. This would be fine if they had
not limited you to only a few commands. The problem that I ran into was
that I got into a circle that always ended with me drifting hopelessly
in space till I ran out of oxygen. Since you could not type in
different statements for experimentation, like most other adventure
games, it was hard to try to come up with different strategies. You are
limited to the Smart Keys which do not give you a variety. Since I just
recently purchased the game, I may not have fully given it a chance.
Maybe there is someone out there who has gotten further than I have. Return to Top
Review: 2010 Text Adventure (13-2)
by Terry Garibay
In this text adventure game, you are an
astronaut that has arrived at the space ship Discovery. Your job is to
board the ship, find out what is wrong, fix everything and send the
ship back to Earth.
The arrow keys are used to move about the
Discovery. Smart Keys and the Return key are used to examine rooms for
items. There are many problems with the ship. As you fix one problem
you discover two others that need to be corrected.
This is the first text game I have ever played,
so I cannot compare it to others. I do know that it has held my
interest for over a month now. I had trouble getting into the
Discovery, I kept drifting off into space. The rooms are fairly
detailed. The exterior has at least 17 rooms, or areas. The interior
has 29 rooms. This does not include the many access panels that need to
be removed and inspected.
You may save one game on the tape. Instructions
say that other games may be saved on another tape, but an insert says
that this is not possible. I cannot verify this since I have always
played until the astronaut died of one of many causes; i.e. drifting
into space, lack of air, food or water, or injuries.
I highly recommend this game. Something I enjoy
about it is that it involves no fights to the death. I know some people
do not want their children (or even themselves) playing games with such
themes. A hint to anyone who has not played text adventure games
before: take notes and draw a map of the rooms. Return
Product Review: 2010 Text Adventure (13-3)
by Joe Blenkle
In what will probably be the last-ever release
for the ADAM from Coleco, 2010: The Text Adventure has finally arrived.
While not a text adventure in the traditional sense, where all answers
are typed in through the keyboard, Coleco's 2010 makes use of ADAM'S
The 2010 game may be the best ever released by
Coleco. It's certainly different from anything they have ever done
before and it makes me wonder what we may have missed had some of the
other text adventures Coleco planned (Ulysses, etc...) ever made it
past the drawing board stage.
The game is very complicated and any hopes I
had of reaching the end of it before I wrote this review were dashed
the first few times I played the game. The game starts out with a fine
rendition of the 2001/2010 theme and picture of the "star child" and
you are taken to the "intro" where the scenario for 2010 is set up. It
is about three screenfuls of text and you are told why you are there,
"To save Discovery before it crashes into Io's fiery heart."
Your first feat is to reach Discovery and board
her. You must carry the right tools with you to repair the ship, as
well as finding a way to recharge your own food, air and water supply.
All through the game you hear your own breathing, as if in a space
suit. It was quite disheartening to suddenly hear your breathing
quicken and be told I was running out of air. As a notorious cheater at
Infocom's text adventures (I always buy the clue books), I would have
welcomed one of these for the 2010 game. I have a feeling that I'll be
at this one awhile.
There is a saved game on the data pack that
delivers you a little farther into the game, but I still wind up dying
the same old death. I think 2010: Text is a must buy for ADAMites. This
piece of software is so different from anything we've ever seen that
its uniqueness will keep you entertained (or frustrated) for a long
time. Return to Top
Glitches, Bugs, Errata, Etc.
In issue #12, I noticed that our
wheel that we use to print the newsletter does not print the correct
characters in some cases. The problem showed up in the article on
CONVERT and Turbo Pascal on p. 14. Where 1/2 was printed it should have
been a 'backslash' and where the cent sign was printed should have been
a 'caret.' I apologize if this error caused any inconvenience. (NOTE:
These have been corrected in Issue #12 online).
David Jacksch submits the
problem: SmartLOGO pauses during program execution. This, of course, is
normal operation, called "Garbage Collection." Does anyone know how to
prevent the pause? If not, how can I predict when it's about to happen?
Kyle Alons would like to know if
there has the solution for using the 40 column text mode in Basic. He
can get into this mode but cannot get the screen formatted for the
difference in the extra columns. It must still think there are only 32
columns and therefore the left margin is out of whack. Instead of every
40 columns, it puts the return at 32 and you can only use about the top
19 rows of the screen. Can anyone help?
Wes White submits the following
information: On the info front, I use the Sears 4084 monitor/TV and
have had problems which I assumed were similar to the one presented in
the Carlton Caldwell articles (4-17 & 6-9). My problems were that
the top and bottom of the screen would vibrate horizontally and
all characters in word processing would ghost to the right. I have
managed to correct the former by purchasing Radio Shack's 75-OHM TV-VCR
Signal Overload Attenuator, part number 15-578. It is found in the TV
antenna section and is a lot easier to hook up than the previously
published solution, as it is an external connection. It is inserted
between the console and the monitor and uses two "F" connectors. I only
had to turn the control a hair to eliminate the vibration, but it has
no effect on the ghosting, which I guess I have gotten used to.
Wes White would like to see an
disassembling and repairing various problems that may arise in the
future with the printer.
Marc Shulman sends in the
following: I am
curious to know if any other ADAM user has noticed the following about
the ADAMLink modem: It seems that the modem transmits a carrier on the
line the moment it starts to dial a number, instead of waiting to
receive a carrier from the host modem. This occurs both with the
ADAMLink software as well as Modem7. I would like to know if this is
normal for this modem, as I suspect it is not. This situation does not
cause any problems when trying to connect to another ADAM or
CompuServe's number, but does seem to be causing a problem when trying
to connect with DATAPAC. One theory is that this immediate ADAMLink
carrier is causing the DATAPAC Modem to shut down and ignore the
incoming call. Any comments on this would be appreciated.
Some of you have mentioned
transferring your CP/M system and files from data pack to disk.
This can be done quite easily by using SYSGEN to put the system onto a
disk. Then use PIP to copy the other programs to the disk. Since the
CP/M data packs seem to be prone to failure, I would suggest that you
make several disk copies. When doing so be sure to log in the new disk
before copying the system files with PIP.
Jack Robinson advises that if you
find or do not wish to buy the driving module, you can play these games
using a Super Action controller in port 1 and a standard controller in
port 2. Return to Top
FOR SALE: ADAM Stand-Alone
complete, with 4 carts, 12 DDPs and a color TV, plus two free Cabbage
Patch dolls-all for $550. Contact Shane Pessetto, 2433 Foxhunt Drive,
Sandy, UT 84092, ph. 801/943-6900.
WANTED: Spy Hunter, Dam
Aquattack, and ADAMLink Modem & Software. Contact Stacy Lairmore,
Rt. 2, Box 325, Lot #4, Fulton, MO 65251, ph. 314/ 642-9574.
WANTED: Gary Witt, 510 S.
University, Apt. 21, Carbondale, IL 62901, ph. 618/549-5888, would like
to hear from other ADAM owners in his area.
WANTED: Dam Busters game.
John Gairdner, 1080 Muirlands Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037.
FOR SALE: Public Domain
programs for the ADAM. Disk #1 contains Basic Games. Disk #2 contains
Utilities/Graphics. Each disk is double sided and has 20-30 programs
runable from a menu. $5 for each disk. Contact: Joe Blenkle, P.O. Box
41746, Sacramento, CA 95841.
FOR SALE: ADAM Books:
ADAM/Home Applications in the BASIC Language by Edward Claflin (Banbury
Books); The First Book of ADAM the Computer by Arthur Dent (Tab Books);
Coleco ADAM Users Handbook by WSI Staff (Weber Systems); $6 each.
Cartridge Games: Antartic Adventure, Spy Hunter-$10 each; Galaxian,
Pitfall, Subroc, Artillery Duel, Word Feud, Popeye, Star Wars, Nova
Blast, Pitfall II and Buck Rogers-$5 each. Woodgrain Cartridge
Holder-holds 16 cartridges-$10. RECIPE FILER (DDP or Disk, I have both)
$10. Please write first for availability or send SASE with check so I
may return it if the item is gone. Joe Blenkle, P.O. Box 41746,
Sacramento, CA 95841.
FOR SALE: Mint Used ADAM
Colecovision games and products. Send SASE for huge list to John
Bonavita, P.O. Box 320 ST, Bonaventure, NY 14778.
Monsarrat Crescent, London, Ontario N5V 4Y7, ph. 1-519/ 679-0578 would
like to hear from ADAM users, from anywhere.
HELP: Bert Spangler, W9ZZI,
Dodge Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701, is interested in hearing from any
ADAM owners who are amateur radio operators and use their ADAMs with
their radio equipment. He is interested in finding out whether or not
he can use his ADAM for AMTOR, RTTY or Packet Radio.
WANTED: Dukes of Hazzard
Contact: Mrs. G. H. Heinrich, Rt. 1, Box 204, Ringwood, OK 73768.
FOR SALE: Complete ADAM
system, two disk drives, Modem, Software, cartridges, controllers and
the Coleco Technical Manual. Contact: Don Perlman, 620 Harmon Cove
Towers, Secaucus, NJ 07094, ph. 201/867-7038. Return to
The list of users' groups continues to grow. If
there isn't one in your area to join - start one!
#1 Adam User's Group
P.O. Box 3761 - Attn: Jay Forman
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
ADAM User's Group
P.O. Box P
Lynbrook, NY 11563
James E. Gilbert
4608 Lakeview Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35810
Victor L. Watford
P.O. Box 777
Russellville, AL 35653
7210 Bulen Drive
Anchorage, AK 99507
4525 S. White Pine
Tucson, AZ 85730
Robert R. Marentes
9425 N. 38th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021
So. California ADAM Users
8580 Buggy Whip Rd.
Alta Loma, CA 91701
13381-19 Magnolia Ave.
Corona, CA 91719
Central Calif. Adam User's Group
James Turner, Jr.
20110 Ave. 19
Madera, CA 93637
ph. 299/ 661-8290
San Diego Adam Users Group
Dr. Harold Alexander
37 Catspaw Cape
Coronado, CA 92118
AUG of San Diego County
868 N. 2nd St. #242
El Cajon, CA 92021
Bay Region ADAM Information Network
550 27th St. #202
San Francisco, CA 94131
Inland Empire Users Group
Mike & Paula Smith
6644 Seine Ave.
Highland, CA 92346
Denver ADAM User's Group
Jesse Thornhill, II
1416 Lipan St.
Denver, CO 80204
ADAM Users Group #305
John F. Busby, II
6634 SW 41st St.
Davie, FL 33314
Playground Area ADAM User's Group
812 Pinedale Rd.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
Robert J. Niemeyer
292 Boca Ciega Point Blvd. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33708
ADAM Support Group
1870 Fisher Tr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
2335C Apollo Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Donald R. Lager
5415 N. 2nd St.
Rockford, IL 61111
Kansas Adam Users Group
David E. Carmichael
1325 N. Meridian, Apt. 201
Wichita, KS 67203
KC Users Group
Kansas City, KS 66102
Greater Cincinatti Adam Users Group
c/o Keith Bowman
P.O. Box 434
Alexandria, KY 41001
P.O. Box 85
East Detroit, MI 48021
Bill & Nancy Rahn
12426-15th St. S.
Afton, MN 55001
Downtown Minneapolis AUG
Thomas C. Gilmore
1424 West 33rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Outsider's Users Group
P.O. Box 771
Starkville, MS 39759
Omaha ADAM Users Club
809 West 33rd Ave.
Bellevue, NE 68005
4327 Thorndale Pl.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Metro Adam User's Group
414 W. 149th St.
New York, NY 10031
ph. 212/208-0645 - (9am-5pm M-F)
Genesee Valley Adam Users
Donald K. Zimmermah
5132 Jordon Road
Silver Springs, NY 14550
ADAM-X-Change (New York & Canada)
Wolcott, NY 14590
Tri-Angle Adam Users
Gary E. Hill
L-5 Oak Grove
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Mutual ADAM Users Group
412 Bettie Street
Akron, OH 44306
Lake Erie Adam Users
2110 W. 36th Street
Lorain, OH 44503
ph. 216/282-8467 between 4:30pm & 8pm EST
Oregon Adam Users
1928 W. Burnside #309
Portland, OR 97209
The (717) Adam
120 E. 4th ST.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Midsouth ADAM Users
Roger Burford, Lot 142 NAS MHP
Millington, TN 38053
Adam Users of El Paso
6308 Falling Star
El Paso, TX 79912
c/o Thomas Rutan
1805 14th Ave. N
Texas City, TX 77590
Norfolk ADAM Group
Gerald M. Steen
1000 Rockbridge Ave. #144
Norfolk, VA 23508
ADAM Users Group of Central Virginia
Thomas J. Kelly
3B, Rt. 664
Earlysville, VA 22936
ADAM Washington D.C. Users Group
1811 St. Roman Dr.
Vienna, VA 22180
Puget Sound Adam Network
22607 SE 322nd
Kent, WA 98042
or Barbara Duncan
ph. 206/938-5276 evenings
USNH, Box 2844
FPO Seattle, WA 98778
95 Harland Crescent
Ajax, Ontario L1S 1K2
Claresholm, Alberta T0L 0T0
1420 Ave. Langevin Sud
Alma, Quebec G8B 6B1
7350 Roi Rene
Anjou, Quebec H1K 3G6
Mr. G. Hibbert
P.O. Box 10
Mistatim, Saskatchewan S0E 1B0
First Canadian Adam User's Group
P.O. Box 547 Victoria Station
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 2Y6
Winnipeg Adam Users Group
729 Government Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2K 1X5
Metro-Toronto Adam Group
P.O. Box 123
260 Adelaide St. East
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N0
The Bendigo Colecovision Club
C1-2 Fenton St.
Bendigo, VIC 3550, Australia
ADAM Owner's & User's Group
4 Norman Street
Deakin, ACT 2600, Australia
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by Joe Blenkle
wishing to add their name to the high score list should send the game,
score, and level to Joe Blenkle, P.O. Box 41746, Sacramento, CA 95841
or leave an EMAIL message on Compuserve at 70247,2466. Due to space
limitations, all games may not be listed in every issue of ECN, entries
may be limited to only those scores for which new high scores have been
achieved. For a complete list send a SASE to the above address.
Donkey Kong Jr.
High Scores as of Mar./Apr. 1986
PACK (Adam).....1/$3.95 - 10/$37.50
RIBBON CART.....1/$5.50 - 3/$15.00
DISKS (Adam)......30/$35.95 - 10/$14.95
DAISY WHEEL (Adam) - Italic, Script, Elite, etc. 1/$5.50
ADAM COVERS - Set with logo for system......$18.95
ADAM DISK COVER - To match above......$7.99
64K MEMORY EXPANDER.......$69.95
DIGITAL DATA DRIVE........SPECIAL PRICE......$29.95
TRACTOR FEED for Adam printer.....$79.95
PRINTER STAND - Front on/off switch......$19.95
POWER PACK - To separate printer/use CPU alone.....$69.95
ADAM AIR CONDITIONER - Stop heat buildup with this super quiet computer
fan. Will help eliminate the problem with the computer crashing
SERIAL/PARALLEL INTERFACE UNIT - This opens a whole new world for the
Adam owner. Now you can connect a dot matrix hi/speed printer/use
standard modem (300-1200 baud). Comes w/software used with SmartBASIC
or CP/M etc. Serial or Parallel......$139.95
SPEECH SYNTHESIZER UNIT/CLOCK CALENDER - Now add VOICE capabilities to
Adam. Software included. $109.95
Disk Holder - Holds up to 50 disks-anti static.....$15.95
Monitor/TV Stand-360 rotation, up to 12.5 angle.....$22.95
Adam Monitor Cable.....$10.95
Panasonic 1091 Printer.....$279.95
PACKCOPY - Backup SmartBASIC, etc. .....$29.95
DIABLO - Mind Challenge - Graphic.....$19.95
BLACK GOLD - Look for oil. Survey-profits-fun.....$19.95
The STOCK MARKET GAME - Fun & educational.....$19.95
BOUNTY HUNT - Text adventure.....$20.95
ADAM ENTERTAINER - Book (sound, graphic, etc.).....$12.95
ADAM'S COMPANION - Boob (updated).....$9.95
LEARNING TOGETHER WITH ADAM - Book w/LOGO.....$9.95
DataCALC - Spreadsheet.....$24.95
SmartSPELLER - Electronic Dictionary (D or DP).....$39.95
EBU - SmartBASIC - Data Pack or Disk.....$21.95
HACKER'S GUIDE TO ADAM - Disk or DP.....$17.95
TurboLOAD - Revolutionary new product. Speeds up loading programs, a
must for Adam owners. Also includes the FILE ORGANIZER.....$28.95
PaintMASTER - HI-Res graphic design system primarily written in Z80
machine language. Load or save your creation to either D or
MultiWRITE - The only 64 column word processor, no need for moving
windows. What you type on the screen will be printed. On screen R &
L justification, on screen centering and so much more.....$38.95
VIDEO TUNES - Compose, play, save music.....$34.95
AUTOAID - Enhances SmartBASIC. Generate new line numbers as you type.
Defines function keys to be any command or character string & so
MULTI-CART BACKUP - Backup cartridges.....$19.95
S&H - $2.50 US $4.50
CN US $'s only
We stock what we sell for FAST DELIVERY.
M.W. RUTH CO., Dept. S26
510 Rhode Island Ave.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Vegas ADAM CLUB
10 Unique SmartBASIC
SNAKE EYES (a graphic dice game for 1 to 4
MATCH 'EM (Concentration
LETTER MATCH (MasterMind
with 3 levels)
MORSE CODE (learn
& practice morse code)
CATALOG P/O (create
catalogs for future reference)
COLOR POKES (teaches
the use of color with text)
CARD TRICK (cards
are graphically displayed in text)
I.Q. TEST (measaure
your I.Q. accurately)
GAME (comes with 50 T.V. questions)
TRIVIA MAKER (create
your own questions for TRIVIA GAME)
Send Check or Money
P.O. Box 81146
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Join the leading
ADAM users' group
#1 ADAM USERS' GROUP
CHASER" newsletter. Advanced updating, evaluations on programs &
hardware, technical information direct from Coleco. Problem solving -
program exchange - discount buying service - etc. Send $15
for membership to:
#1 ADAM USERS' GROUP
P.O. Box 3761 - Attn: Jay Forman
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(609) 667-2526 * VISA/MASTER-ADD $1
Directory Data Packs
2 for $8.00
These are ADAM data packs. Most contain Buck Roger's Super
game, but can be INITed and used as blank right directory data packs.
Great for backing up other Super Games. Send check/money order to:
Rt. 2, Box 211, Russellville, MO 65074
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We ended up with three programs for this issue.
One is a LOGO program, FLITE, by David Jacksch. The other two are Basic
programs by Dave Edwards. The first translates a decimal (denary)
number into a hexidecimal and the second computes the least significant
and most significant bytes. Remember you too can be famous, well
relatively. Send in your programs and we will try to print them here.
Remember, programs should be in LOGO or SmartBasic and not require any
10 PRINT "Type in denary number_" : PRINT: INPUT d
20 IF d>65535 THEN PRINT "Too large - limit 65535": GOTO 10
30 IF d<1 THEN PRINT "No numbers less than unity": GOTO 10
40 IF d<>INT(d) THEN PRINT "no fractions": GOTO 10
50 f=4096: h$=""
70 GOSUB 200
80 d=d-y*f: f=INT(f/16)
90 IF f<1 THEN GOTO 130
100 GOTO 60
130 PRINT "Hex number is " ; h$
140 GOTO 250
200 IF y<=9 THEN h$=h$+CHR$(y+48)
210 IF y>9 THEN h$=h$+CHR$ (y+55)
10 PRINT " Type address - use 0 to stop": INPUT d
20 IF d=0 THEN GOTO 100
30 IF d>65535 THEN PRINT "too large - exceeds 65535": GOTO 10
40 msb=INT(d/256): lsb=INT(d-256*msb)
50 PRINT "Bytes are - in DENARY "
55 PRINT " L S B ";lsb; ", M S B ";msb
60 GOTO 10
IF ((RANDOM 5)=1) [MAKE "ON 9] [MAKE "ON 0]
REPEAT 5 [TOOT 0 ((RANDOM 1000)+900):ON 3]
TELL 1 SETSP 20
TELL 2 SETSP 40
TELL 3 SETSP 50
TELL [1 2 3 4 5] ST
TELL 6 SETSH 4 SETPC 4 PD STAMP
MAKE "OK RC
TELL ALL HOME SETH 0
TELL 1 SETSH 1
SETC 14 PD 20 SETH 270
TELL [2 3] SETSH 2
TELL 2 BK 30 SETH 34
TELL 3 LT 90 BK 20 SETH 100
TELL 4 SETSH 3 SETC 15
LT 45 PD 100
TELL 5 SETSH 5 SETC 14
PUTSH 1 :SHUTTLE
PUTSH 2 :SATTELLITE
PUTSH 3 :MOON
PUTSH 5 :EARTH
WHEN 0 [SING]
SETCURSOR [10 9]
PRINT [NIGHT FLITE]
SETCURSOR [9 14]
PRINT [BY D. JACKSCH]
TELL 0 PD
REPEAT 70 [SETPC (RANDOM 15)DOT SE RANDOM 256 RANDOM 192]
TELL 0 PD
TELL ALL CS PU HT
MAKE "STARTUP [BEGIN]
MAKE "X 4
MAKE "NO 4
MAKE "NAMES [SHUTTLE SATTELLITE MOON EARTH]
MAKE "OK "S
MAKE "EARTH [4 31 63 123 112 240 120 60 62 62 254 14 78 63 31 4 96 56 244 232 112 113 125 253 249 56 57 56 254
252 248 32]
MAKE "MOON [3 15 63 63 127 124 248 248 248 248 252 127 127 63 31 7 240 192 192 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 192 192 240]
MAKE "SATTELLITE [0 8 6 6 9 1 3 3 5 8 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 64 128 1 28 64 32 16 8 0 0 0 0]
MAKE "SHUTTLE [0 0 0 0 0 0 127 255 63 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 14 30 255 255 254 240 240 112 0 0 0 0]
MAKE "ON 0
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HOT NEW PRODUCT!! - EVE EXP-MOD #3 KIT - This kit allows owners
of Adam expansion #3 to modify their computer to allow use of monitors
with Adam. Modifications required. Must be installed by a person
skilled in electronics...$29.95
HOT NEW PROGRAM!! SIGN SHOP (DP) $23 - from Strategic Software
allows you to custom design and print signs, greeting cards,
letterheads, banners, etc. Turn Adam into a complete printing center!!
Let THE ADAM
DEPOT be your one stop computer center for all your ADAM computer needs.
feed for Adam printer.....$79.95
Eve 64K Memory
Eve Power Supply
need for Adam printer)..$69.95
Extra Digital Data
3 piece brown dust
set with Adam logo.....$17.95
Flip N' File 50
4 outlet spike
Daisy Wheels for
(11 styles).....3 for $14.95
Loran brand blank
Nashua blank 5.25"
for$14.95 / 30 for $39.95
Blank Disks...100 for $99.95
Power Print (DP)
right justify & center margin)..$24.95
create & save beautiful images...$24.95
Smart Speller (DP)
(spelling checker program)...$39.95
Smart Filer (DP)
Video Tunes (DP)
or (D) (Martin Consulting)...$29.95
Fantasy Gamer (DP)
(DP) or (D)......$19.95
Diablo (DP) or (D)
Best of B.C. (DP)
two games on one DDP).....$27.95
Best of Broderbund
all around book).....$9.95
Adam Depot brand
packs.....10 for $29.95
Baseball cap - "I
x 11"...1,000 sheets for $14.95
Turboload (speeds up
loading programs 1000%)...$29.95
Chuck Norris Super
AVAILABLE: Speech synthesizer/clock calender.....$109.95
ALSO AVAILABLE: Infocom games for Adam (CP/M 2.2 required)
Zork I, II, III, etc. $$ CALL $$
COMING SOON.......80 Column Video unit/Mother board
assy.........Disk controller unit
VISA/MC ACCEPTED SHIPPING
$2.50 per order CATALOG .25
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The publication ADAM
owners have been waiting for...
Everything in the world for the ADAM computer at your fingertips
Here is what you get...
*** ADAM SOFTWARE LISTINGS ***
Sixteen pages listing over 300 pieces of software for the ADAM. Listed
alphabetically & by category. (Prices, manufacturers, description,
*** ADAM HARDWARE & ACCESSORIES ***
Listings of the latest accessories available for ADAM & where to
get them. (Daisy Wheels, Covers, RS232 Interfaces, 80-Column Card,
*** RETAILERS ***
Never ask the question "Where can I buy things for my ADAM?" Here's a
lisitng of over 50 ADAM product producers and mail order companies that
carry ADAM products. (Addresses, Phone, Types of Products, etc...)
*** ADAM PUBLICATIONS ***
Pages listing ADAM books, publications, and newsletters. Subscription
info, prices, etc... Stay in touch with what's happening in the ADAM
*** USER GROUP LISTINGS ***
Over 60 U.S. & Canadian ADAM Users Groups listed. (Addresses &
other info in relation to dues, when they meet, where, etc...)
*** ADAM OWNER
Eight pages of individual ADAM owners who want to be in touch with
other ADAM owners. (We include addresses, phone, age, areas of
*** SERVICE TIPS & INFO ***
Preventive medicine for ADAM. What to do when ADAM is sick...and
listings of the Honeywell Service Centers across the country. Keep ADAM
healthy...read this section!!!
*** TIP SECTION ***
A collection of interesting and general programming tips for ADAM sent
to us from ADAM owners across North America.
The largest collection of ADAM ads you'll find anywhere. Eleven full
pages of ads by all the top ADAM suppliers in the U.S. & Canada.
(Detailed ads giving you the info you want & need!)
*** PUBLIC DOMAIN RESOURCES ***
A good number of sources where you can obtain ADAM software for little
or no cost. Build your own library on a limited budget.
*** ONLINE INFORMATION ***
Find out how to get the most out of your modem. Includes over a dozen
ADAM BBS' as well as hundreds of general BBS' and services across the
(check or money order U.S. funds) to:
The ADAM Resource
P.O. Box 90E
Seelyville, IN 47878
ADAM (tm) is a registered trademark of Coleco Industries, Inc.
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Turn your ADAM computer into
an indoor planetarium.
Calculate for any
dates / Locations of all
planets / 5 Comets
Display 42 constellations with data
Find distances between two objects, dates of FULL/NEW MOONS, ZODIAC and
STAR DATABASE. Convert between Julian and Gregorian calender dates.
RETURN THIS AD FOR SPECIAL DISCOUNT! SAVE $7 ON EACH
$29 FOR DISK...$32 FOR DATAPACK!
GUARANTEED to work or it will be replaced immediately. Cost includes
Hanania Enterprises, Ltd.
P.O. Box 356
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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SOFTWARE FOR THE
COLECO ADAM COMPUTER SYSTEM
SmartBEST (Basic Enhancements
for sound and text) - New sound commands support all three voices and
the sound generator! Video enhancements, command shortcuts, and much
more.................DATA PACK - ONLY $18.95
SmartTYPE - SmartBASIC
word processor featuring: line justification, center line,
auto/fast-loading, bi-directional printing, print 1 or 2 columns (like
newspapers), more............DATA PACK - $24.95 / DISKETTE $22.95
Strategy Strain I -
Enhanced versions of the nine
computer classics. All are written originally for ADAM and include
attractive graphics, sound, SmartKey menus, and more. Includes Klingon
Challenge, Lunar Module Simulation, Towers of Hanoi, and many
more..............DATA PACK - $24.95
The Reedy Library -
Collection of many fun and essential SmartBASIC programs. Includes"
Michigana Jones adventure, VideoPaint, TextEditor, Subroutine Maker,
and more........DATA PACK - $24.95 / DISKETTE - $22.95
KopyKat - Great backup
utility. Copy most DDP software to diskette, making loading time much
faster. Fix SmartBASIC to work on diskette. Backup SmartFiler data
bases..........DATA PACK OR DISKETTE - ONLY $19.95
All prices include postage. Send a SASE for our free current catalog
and ADAM user's groups list. To order, send check or money order to:
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CONVERT is a utility
program that allows you to transfer infomation from other CP/M
single-sided double-density disk formats to the ADAM CP/M disk format.
CONVERT allows you to read and
write to disks that are In the following formats: Zenith 100 CP/M 85
SSDD; TRS-80 Model IV CP/M+ SSDD; and IBM CP/M-86 SSDD.
Your ADAM can only run programs that are CP/M 2.2 compatible. These
programs are commonly called generic CP/M 2.2 programs. ADAM cannot
generally run programs that were written for other versions of CP/M or
that have been specifically configured for another computer. Most
dealers and suppliers of CP/M programs have the capability of supplying
CP/M 2.2 software on a variety of disk formats. Unfortunately, few
companies can supply such software In the ADAM format. Most companies
can supply CP/M 2.2 software In the formats that
CONVERT can read. When buying
such software make sure that you get a generic CP/M 2.2 version copied
to one of the formats listed above. DO NOT buy CP/M+, CP/M 85 or CP/M
86 software. You will probably need to tell the dealer that your
computer 1s a Z80, 8 bit system, to help avoid any confusion.
CONVERT requires at
least one disk drive and one data drive. The best arrangement is to
have two disk drives, although this is not necessary.
In addition to copying programs from the three formats to the ADAM
format, you can also transfer data files. How does
CONVERT reads the necessary
tracks of one disk and manipulates the information in order to put it
into the format ADAM needs. CONVERT copies an entire disk. If
you do not need all of the Information copied, you can use CP/M to
delete that information.
CONVERT may be
obtained directly from Sage Enterprises for $34.95 plus $2.00 for
shipping/handling (Missouri customers should include sales tax). To
order send a check/money order to Sage Enterprises, Rt. 2, Box 211,
Russellvllle, MO 65074. Sorry no COD's or charge cards. If you have
additional questions please feel free to call us Monday, Tuesday,
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Extra Digital Data
Printer Ribbon for
Printer Ribbon for
Loran Digital Data
$5.50 or 5/$25.00
Dust Cover for
(vinyl brown 3
Nashua 5 1/4 SS/DD
Disk Storage MM5
5 1/4 disks.....$11.00
CP/M 2.2 &
Smart Filer (DP,
Donkey Kong JR
Recipe Filer (DP,
Wacky Word Games
America at War...Multiple quiz game format
provides an educational understanding of six significant wars involving
the USA. (DP)....$12
The Solar System...Learn
fascinating facts and statistics about the solar system. Various menu
selections include the sun, stars, moon, etc. (DP).....$12
World Geography...An exciting
insight into our world is provided by this learning game. Learn about
the oceans/seas, weather, river, etc. (DP)....$12
SignSHOP (DP) $24...This program will allow you
to custom design and print signs, notices, flyers, posters,
announcements, invitations, greeting cards, letterheads, and oversized
banners. Two type styles, 7 banner sizes, and 2 print qualities.
PowerPRINT (DP) $24...A complete printing enhancement
system for SmartWRlTER documents. PowerPRINT can do the following:
Headers,footers,single page print selection, auto page numbering,
forced page breaks, variable margins, line spacing, justifications etc..
PaintMASTER (DP) $24...A unique high-resolution drawing
and painting system for the ADAM. Variable brush sizes, foreground
colors and background colors. Icon driven command functions. Load &
TurboLOAD (DP) $29...With TurboLOAD, your programs will load as
much as ten times faster. TurboLOAD will improve the performance of
your digital data drive or disk drive as much as 1000%.
For our complete eight page catalog send a SASE to the above address --
THANK YOU. Ordering & Terms: All orders shipped within the
continental USA add $1.50 per order shipping charges. All others add 5%
of total order (minimum $3.50) for shipping charges. NY State residents
must add sales tax. COD orders call 718-336-7612. Canadian orders must
be a postal money order in US funds. WE WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD. WE WILL
MEET OR BEAT ALL ADVERTISED PRICES FOR ANY ITEM THAT WE CARRY. JUST
INCLUDE A COPY OF THE AD WITH YOUR ORDER.
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Copyright 1985 Sage Enterprises - All Rights Reserved
PACKCOPY allows you to make backup copies of your ADAM
software. Make backup copies of Basic
(includes autoboot), SmartFiler, AdamCalc, SuperGames (EVEN the short
SuperGames), and almost all other software
on disk or digital data pack. May be used with one or two data
To order send check or money order for $41.50 payable to Sage
Enterprises, Rt. 2, Box 211, Russellville, MO 65074.
Sorry no charges or COD orders.
NOTE: PACKCOPY is intended for archival use ONLY. Any other use
may be in violation of copyright
Enterprises was the FIRST to
publish an ADAM ONLY newsletter,
Sage Enterprises was the FIRST
to produce a copy utility for the ADAM,
Sage Enterprises was the FIRST
to produce a utility to read non-ADAM disks,
NOW we bring you
UTILITIES - a complete recovery and utility package.
These utilities allow
you to read SmartBasic and SmartWriter files and fully reconstruct a
directory, even one that has been accidentally INITed. You can edit a
directory and remove deleted file labels that waste directory space.
You can fix directories that have been corrupted by I/O errors. You can
change file names and their characteristics and more.
Also included are: a block editor that allows you to edit any byte on a
disk or ddp, dump contents of blocks and analyze them. A comparison
utility that lets you check copies of important disks or data packs to
insure that they are identical. A block mover that allows you to
relocate a block of data. Full instructions are included with this
These utilities are especially useful to anyone who wants to develop
software for the ADAM. UNREAL UTILITIES
are available for $36.95 (price includes shipping) from:
Rt. 2, Box 211
Russellville, MO 65074
Send a check or money
order and specify disk or data pack (NO C.O.D.s or charge
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