September 1989 MAGazine Volume 5 Number 9

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS - SEPTEMBER 1989

Saturday, September 9, 1989 - 1:00 PM - the General Meeting will be held in the Parrish Building, Room #7, which is east of Jenning's Hall on the campus of State Technical Institute of Memphis. We will discuss topics of general interest to the group. Also, as mentioned in Broadus's notes this month, we need members to demonstrated software and/or hardware during the monthly meetings.

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S KEYBOARD

by ....Oh, you know

Well, here it is, time for another newsletter, and almost time for another meeting. Boy, time flies like an arrow (and fruit flies likes bananas).

For those (few ?) who still have a 1000 and are interested in putting in a 68020 chip and math co-processor, Ed Bilson has come up with an idea that has great merit - see his article elsewhere in this issue - and come to the meeting - we hope someone there can help answer any questions that may come up.

This will be the second meeting WDD (Without Dr. Demo) - see Rick as we DO miss you - so if'n you have a program of interest to show off, bring it in. As shy as some of you folks are, I don't really expect to be swamped (I have been wrong before ... no, wait, I'm mistaken, I haven't), but get on the agenda early, so we leave enough time for everyone and everything.

I received notifications that there is an update to SIM CITY, and a terrain editor (a separate program - natch), but having nothing else to spend any money on that day, I sent off for both. I hope to have them by the meeting, so may be I'll have something to show off. Ain't that a hoot?

Now, a great trivia question, and an even greater no-prize: who can tell me the name of the CBS Summer Playhouse episode whose special graphics effects were credited to the Commodore Business Machines Graphic Productions Department, AMIGA Division?

Has anyone else spotted an Amiga "in the flesh" in any recent programs? Or seen it credited?

Oh, well, here it is time to close out another newsletter. Hope to see you at the meeting, and Thank You for your support.

MAGazine
Memphis Amiga Group
Box 17426
Memphis, TN 38187

MAGazine is published monthly by the Memphis Amiga Group (MAG), a nonprofit organization offering assistance to fellow Amiga owners and those interested in the Amiga. Membership in the Memphis Amiga Group is available for an annual fee of $20 per family. Memphis Amiga Group officers for 1989 are:

PRESIDENT
Broadus Weatherall
(901) 767-9239

VICE PRESIDENT
Todd Rooks
(901) 373-0198

SECRETARY/TREASURER
Charles Williams
(501) 655-8777

LIBRARIAN
Bill Bowers
(901) 756-8196

MAGazine EDITORS
Sean & John Kiss
(901) 365-1244

LUCAS & FRANCES

By Ed Bilson

Our story of Lucas & Frances begins like so many other boy girl love sto......ops wrong article. Earlier this year Transactor magazine published an article called ("LUCAS" for the Amiga 1000) written by Brad Fowles. LUCAS (Little Ugly Cheap Accelerator System) is a daughter board accelerator that replaces the 68000 chip on an Amiga 1000 mother board. The bare board, 4 pal chips, and a documentation disk can be obtained from Brad Fowles for $75.00. You supply the 68020, 68881, some sockets, and the labor to assemble. Estimated total cost about $400.00.

Then in a following issue the article "The FRANCES Memory Board Adding 32-bit Ram to the LUCAS Board" authored by Brad Fowles and Eric Haberfellner appeared. FRANCES (Fast Ram At Nominal Cost for Extended Storage). Here again the same scenario applies you send Brad Fowles $75.00 and he sends you a bare board, pal chips, and documentation disk. Then by adding DRAMs (256-Kbit by 4-bit, 100-ns) 8 per megabyte (4 megabyte max) and some more assembly labor you have yourself 32-bit ram for your accelerator board. Estimated cost about $350.00 for two meg.

At this point you're probably saying to yourself $750.00 is a lot of money to spend to find out that the LUCAS board really doesn't fill my needs. Well I agree, so how about this plan. We get all the 1000 owners who are interested to commit to sharing the cost of the first LUCAS and FRANCES board. Then each one of us could try out the boards on our own computers to see if we wish to proceed. After everyone has had their chance trying out the boards, we could then hold a drawing to see who would get to keep the prototype, after of course the winner pays the other members for their original investment. The remaining interested members could then buy the necessary parts in quantity (maybe getting better prices) to build boards to fill their own needs. The FRANCES board is optional as is the 1 to 4 megs of DRAMs.

If you are interested in this project, please come to the September meeting where we will go into greater detail or call me at 901-794-2936 if you can't make the meeting.

BLOCKBUSTER CODES

From Sharon Porter

Sharon Porter has discovered some codes for the AMIGA game BLOCKBUSTER. They are as follows:

71 Road    31 Wall    51 Head
61 Fork    11 Gold    21 Fish

FINANCIAL REPORT

By Charles Williams

Balance from last report in August issue of MAGazine $493.53
   
INCOME
New Memberships $ 60.00
Renewal Memberships 160.00
MAG Fred Fish disk sales 42.00
Blank Disk sales 125.00
Misc. income 4.00
   
TOTAL INCOME $391.00
   
EXPENSES
Newsletter Expense $ 30.96
People Link & Fish disks 60.00
Receipt books 1.25
   
TOTAL EXPENSES $ 92.21
   
FINAL BALANCE $792.32

CASE NOTICE

Retrieved from Plink and Edited By Charles Williams

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Club: AMIGA ZONE       Sec: 2
Date: 8/26/89 15:04
Num: 53,924
Theme: CASE SHOW NASHVILLE
To: ALL           By: SRU078
Title: COMMODORE COMPUTER SHOW SEPT 16,17 - NASHVILLE
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This is to remind everyone about the Commodore Association of the Southeast Computer Show (CASE) in Nashville, TN on September 16th & 17th, 1989.

Jim Butterfield, and R.J. Mical will be speakers at the show!!! And Believe it or not C= is going to have a booth at the show along with at least 21 other vendors; including Abel Supply, Spirit Tech., and Broderbund, distributors of SimCity. Tickets are only $7.50 now or $lO.OO at the gate. The ticket is also good for a chance on an Amiga 500 to be given away at the show. The Show will be held at the convention center in Nashville.

For more information call Tom at C615) 648-5764 days or (615) 643-0838 nights. Or leave me a note (on PeopleLink, see notice header above). If you haven't ever been to the show try it, It's a blast.....

FROM "COMPUTER GRAPHICS REVIEW" MARCH 1989

Cont'd from last month

If you don't call this the kind of success necessary to "generate enough excitement or create enough critical mass to build a robust third-party vendor system", I dom't know what is. We currently have more than 1,500 software titles (the majority of which are graphics related), more than 900 dealers carry our product just in the continental United States, and we bring on thousands of new users every month.

Now, I want to address our (in)ability to get "CGR" screen shots (of CAD applications running on an Amiga), Unfortunately, Commodore does not maintain the rights to freely distribute Amiga screen shots of third-party vendor products. Each time we ourselves use a photo or screen shot of anyone's product, we must go through a fairly lengthy process of contracts, approvals and legal sign-offs. For us to have available a screen shot of a third-party CAD package is virtually impossible.

I hope my enthusiasm for our product line does not come across too strong, I just want to see the Amiga get equal coverage in all channels. We are convinced that the Amiga's day is here and our numbers bear this out.

Keith J. Hasavage
Amiga Product Manager
Commodore
West Chester, PA

The editor replies: It's hard to believe that Commodore cannot produce real-life CAD screen shots provided by its industrial customers, even after promising to do so twice over a two year period. Even start-up companies routinely come up with such photographs to help support their claims and to show off a product. What's worse, Commodore simply tried to let the issue quietly go away, rather than to report back on its failure to come up with a bona fide industrial CAD user. Mr. Masavage's letter is the first such communication from Commodore telling us of this problem with his customers. We're still open to receive such photos, Mr. Masavage, to share with our readers.

LANGUAGES MAY BE CURE FOR THE COMMON CODE

By Michael B. Cohn From "Computerworld"

I think someone is missing the boat. We spend millions of dollars on new computer languages. Code generators. Source optimizers. Report writers. But even with all these advances and tools, we still seem to make the same coding mistakes we made 20 years ago - except that now we can make them a lot faster.

We need smarter computer languages. Languages that don't get hung up on syntax or unbalanced parentheses or upside-down diskettes. Commands that understand we weren't really trying to divide the monthly gross revenue by the word "Nebraska" and have brains enough to go read another record or at least keep quiet until someone shows up in the morning.

We're pretty good at simplifying the names of computer languages; I understand some of them are down to just one letter. So why doesn't someone invent a language that uses simple abbreviations to do the things coders do with pages of code?

I've already given somebody a head start by listing some of the most needed instructions and abbreviations below:

Editor's Note: Maybe some of you would like to furnish acronyms that you have heard of or developed yourself. We may be able to convince the Club's President to turn this into a contest with prizes or at least some form of recognition.

"FILLER" FROLIC

From the Editors

Having been chastised at one of the recent meetings for using "filler" material of questionable intellectual meaning, we have included two thought provoking illustrations. The picture entitled "Understanding the Technology" is offered so that you can add any comments that you desire. If there are enough suggestions, we will re-run the picture with the additions.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!!

All of us from the MAG Club wish to welcome the following new members:

Montie Davis
Earnest L. Thornton
Michael Cervetti