December 1989 MAGazine Volume 5 Number 12

CALENDAR OF EVENTS - DECEMBER 1989

Saturday, December 9, 1989 - 1:00 PM - the General Meeting will be held in a room to be selected prior to the meeting (by squatter's rights, its the same room that we used last month). The meeting room is in the Parrish Building on the campus of State Technical Institute of Memphis. We will discuss topics of general interest to the group, including the upcoming officer elections. We also need to discuss a Christmas Party - if there are still any party-animals in the group.

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S KEYBOARD

By Broadus Weatherall

Well, I've finally made it back into the harness, although when I read the last newsletter, I wasn't sure I had missed getting my article in.... It looks like the Editor(s) can ghost write for me anytime - in fact I'm not sure they're not writing this - are you? But, really, Thanks John and Sean (... and ghost number 3, too).

My apologies for missing last month - the meeting I mean - although, about that time I felt like I might have missed the whole month, but my spies told me that our Librarian did a good job of standing in for me. And that's why we have more than one officer, don't cha know.

I have received the LUCAS board that I ordered last month, and found to my pleasant surprise that the 68020 chip and the 68881 chip can be purchased from an advertiser in Amazing Computing for $35 each - so the total would be a paltry $70 instead of the not-so-paltry $250 or so that I thought it would cost. These chips have been pulled from other machines, but they do have a 30 day warranty, so I'll have something to play at during the holidays, and maybe by next year, early next year, I'll have a 1000 that will manage to smoke a little. I just hope it won't be the magic smoke that comes out - they won't work if you let the magic smoke out. (I also got the FRANCIS board, but I'm only going to attempt one calamity at a time.) More on this later - but anyone with electronic know-how be warned....

In keeping with world events, at least as current as today - things may change drastically by the time you get to read this - I am hereby declaring that free and immediate elections will be held. I will gladly allow the democratic process to proceed apace and look forward to becoming a senior statesman - a power behind the throne, so to speak ************* - - - - beeeeeeeeeeeeep - - - - ************ (the following translation is being provided as a public service) ¢¢¢¢¢¢ HEY - doesn't somebody else want to try riding herd on this group - I'm POOPED. I wanta be an indian again and let somebody else play chief, but I'll be glad to help out from time to time........

All seriousness inside, we do need to have elections this month, so everybody should come with an eye toward that end. If you don't want an office, you better be sure to be there. (I was elected homeroom monitor in jr. high the day that I was absent - I let that be a lesson to me) Having done all the damage I can right now, I'm willing to let new blood be shed - er - let new blood lead the club to even bigger and better things. At the present time I'm not planning to move out of town nor am I particularly pissed at anyone, so if you let me be an indian again, I'll still come out to play.

I'm in the process of trying to put of the KILLER DEMOS from the latest Fred Fish shipment on a VCR tape to show at the next meeting, one demo took 15 minutes to load last night, and 3 meg of RAM to run on. The first place demo has a bad section on the disk so we probably won't get that one back in time to be shown this meeting.

Well, I'm running out of things to say (don't you wish that would happen at a meeting sometime?), so I look forward to seeing y'all at the next meeting - and HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

By the way, did anybody get a Christmas disk together? Hmmm?

MAGazine

MAGazine
Memphis Amiga Group
Box 17426
Memphis, TN 38787

MAGazine is published monthly by the Memphis Amiga Group (MAG), a nonprofit organization offering assistance to follow 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) 360-0003

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

AMIEXPO NEWS FROM GERMANY

By Joe Lowery Exec. Dir. of AmiEXPO

People Link Posting Submitted By Charles Wi11iams

First off, let me comment on the crowd situation. There were 34,916 visitors to the show over the three days. This is approximately three times the largest US Amiga show - and obviously, this size crowd creates it's own problem. Apologies to all who went and were either turned away (we had to tightly control the hall for safety purposes) or were unable to see their favorite exhibit (there was one company whose booth was so crowded, I never could tell what they were selling or demonstrating). And yes, next year the hall will be three times the size. We have already announced dates for Cologne - November 8-11 - a 4 day show with an Industry/Press day on Thursday for optimum exhibitor coverage.

As to what I saw, I can only comment on a couple of items, other than the backs of peoples heads. There was a tremendous amount of hardware at the show, including what I have come to call Mutant Hardware. At least 3 different tower Amiga configurations - several Amiga 500's with extras (one from Technodata Europa with a genlock built-in, including controls!) - a number of very superior appearing digitizers, genlocks, and assorted video equipment -- in PAL of course.

The best item I saw was the new Sharp JX100 scanner with software by ASDG. I was blown away by this 4x5 scanner, not only because of ASDC's superior software, but also it's price/performance: black & white and -color- scanning at a $1,000 list! It'll be marketed by Sharp in the US, ASDG elsewhere.

Best single application was called InfoChannel! from Norway. [It is] aimed at cable stations, hotels and other video information outlets. They've done a super job of creating a full featured stand-alone package, complete with artwork, and modem capabilities for downloading to a slave system. Yes, they are working on an NTSC version.

And from what I can piece together, Cologne was a pretty nice city.

BADGE DEMO CONTEST UPDATE

By Harv Laser of PLink

Submit'd By C. Williams

Here [are] some details on those top winning BADGE entries. SENTINEL, by Brad Schenck, won 1st prize: This 2-disk demo, which requires at least 3 MEG of free memory, is an animation created vith Turbo Silver. [It's] very pretty - lots of ornate interior design stuff and an animated ghostly warrior. It plays for about 30 seconds and then repeats continuously until stopped. [It] also has sound effects.

VAUX-Killer, by Roger Curren, won 2nd prize: This was made with Gold Disk's MovieSetter software. [It] Requires 3 MEG. It's an animated 2D cartoon about a guy creating a demo for his user group. He talks to his Amiga, it talks back to him, and he gets the computer's opinion about his creation. Then the scene shifts to the user group meeting where amusing things happen. [It] Plays for about 5 minutes and then repeats until stopped.

ONLYAMIGA by Rob Peck and RADBOOGIE by Tomas Rockiki are both smaller demos - they'll fit together on one disk (in separate directories please since each has MANY individual pieces) - each shows off many Amiga features at once including graphics and sound tricks and multitasking.

DIGI-VIEW UPDATE

From A Memo By Charles Williams

Scott Hudson, while speaking with Charles Williams, said that the Digi-View worked on an AMIGA 1000 but not on an A2000. It was decided that it would be appropriate to order the new Digi-View Gold with the new 4.0 software. This way, we will have a Digi-View for 1000 models and one for 500 and 2000 models. Additionally, we get the software update (which usually sells for about $31.00, separately). We may also want to consider a color splitter and a videotape which has been advertised and discusses how to use the Digi-View with the setup we currently have. Scott ordered and received Digi-View Gold. The 4.0 software was ordered separately and should arrive in a week or two. The reimbursement to Scott does not appear on the financial report, but will be included in next month's MAGazine.

EDITOR'S SUGGESTIONS

By Sean & John Kiss

We, the Editors, would like to propose to you, the club members, that there be some changes to the manner in which the Club's MAGazine is published. It is our considered opinion that there are several club members who have the capability to assume the duties of MAG editor(s) but may not have the necessary equipment to effectively accomplish the task at hand.

The first thing that we should consider changing is the printing of the newsletter. The present method requires that we use the office copier at my place of employment. Although the club members furnish all of the supplies, we realize that other aspiring editors-to-be may not have access to a copier. It is for this reason that we propose that we have the newsletter and all ancillary documents professionally printed by one of the many quick print shops in and around the Memphis area. If this is an agreeable approach, we will investigate the dollar impact on the club's budget prior to the January meeting.

We further suggest that the club purchase, for the exclusive use of the new editor(s), a modem. This may be another obstacle which can be alleviated by the club's membership.

If this approach meets with approval, we would also suggest that the deadline for submitting articles for the newsletter be moved back one week. This will allow for a little more flexibility to the new MAGazine editors.

If any of the other officers have any suggestions concerning any improvements to their respective offices, please be prepared to discuss them at the December meeting.

Please give the aforementioned thoughts your consideration so that this topic can be discussed in earnest during the December meeting. Thank you for your continued interest in this aspect of the club.

While on the subject of the upcoming elections, please consider those offices in which you have an interest. The block on the front of this newsletter lists the officers and their respective positions. Please feel free to telephone any of the officers who hold a position in which you may have an interest. I am sure that they will be more than happy to discuss their responsibilities and the routine that they have established in order to perform their duties quickly and efficiently.

Please remember that we want all of you to make comments.

FINANCIAL REPORT FOR NOVEMBER

By Charles Williams

Balance from last report in November issue of MAGazine $1039.00
   
INCOME
New Memberships $ 80.00
Renewal Memberships 60.00
MAG lib. & FF disk sales 54.00
Blank Disk sales 15.00
Digi-View Rental 14.00
Disk-of-Month Subscr. 20.00
   
TOTAL INCOME --- $243.00
   
EXPENSES
Nwsltr & postage $ 31.30
Fish Disks 30.00
People Link 25.00
   
TOTAL EXPENSES --- $ 86.30
   
FINAL BALANCE $1195.70

PRICE CUT

Yes, MAG is finally reducing the price of the blank disks sold at the monthly club meetings. Beginning with the December 9th general meeting, blank disks will be $7.50 for ten disks with labels. Please see the club secretary/treasurer [Charles Williams] to make your purchases.

FOR SALE

By Charles Williams

If you don't want to spend big bucks for paint software, I have the deal for you. The package includes: Deluxe Paint II with manual, unprotected program disk and art disk. Also, [available is] Deluxe Help for DPaint II with manual. All disks and manuals are original. All for only $27.50. See Charles Williams at the December meeting.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!

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

Bob Waters
Michael Dobson
Milton E. Dickey
Ace McInturff

OPEN LETTER

Dear MAG,

Saw your group mentioned in Computer Shopper, November 1989 and hope you might be able to help with my request.

Let me start by saying I do not yet own an Amiga and explain why I am sending this letter to an Amiga only group---- I have a Commodore 64 and thought you might have a number of members who moved up to the Amiga from them.

---I also thought they might have old Commodore books and magazines that they no longer had much use for and would be willing to either sell them or possibly give them away for postage costs.

Most anything would be appreciated, I myself am looking for books and magazines with type in programs or material that would aid in transferring VIC 20 programs to the 64 flavor. However, anything I haven't use for may find use by other members of the club I am in---

---So this way any Commodore material that may just be laying around various members' homes would go to good use for others.

If nothing else I always welcome a friendly letter just to chat.

Sincerely,

Rex D. Whetzel
R#2, Box 435-A
Wolcottville, IN 46795-9601

Memphis Amiga Group Membership list as of November 28, 1989

***** Please pay dues by the SECOND SATURDAY of the month on your EXPIRE date *****

You may pay dues by mail by sending your $20 check made out to Memphis Amiga Group
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LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY ST ZIP EXPIRE
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Andrews Freddie L. Memphis TN 38128 MAY 90
Bath David T. Memphis TN 38112 FEB 90
Bilson Edward Memphis TN 38115 JAN 90
Bowers William Memphis TN 38118 MAY 90
Branan** Daisy Memphis TN 38111 NOV 89
Buford Matt Bartlett TN 38134 JUN 90
Burford Tim Grenada MS 38901 FEB 90
Burns Keith Cordova TN 38018 SEP 90
Campbell Terry A. Horn Lake MS 38637 AUG 90
Cervetti Michael Cordova TN 38018 AUG 90
Chapman Walter T. Drummonds TN 38023 JAN 90
Chiego John Memphis TN 38119 FEB 90
Clay Lonnie C. Memphis TN 38111 JAN 90
Coffman Shane Cordova TN 38018 MAR 90
Coleman Tom Oxford MS 38655 MAR 90
Davenport Marshall Memphis TN 38127 OCT 90
Davis Montie Memphis TN 38104 AUG 90
Davis Ray Memphis TN 38128 APR 90
Dickey Milton E. Memphis TN 38118 NOV 90
Dobson Michael Memphis TN 38118 NOV 90
Dodson Luciano Memphis TN 38115 APR 90
Doss Leonard & Mary Ann Memphis TN 38119 AUG 90
Echols* Steve Memphis TN 38116 DEC 89
Garavelli Dr. John S. Washington DC 20007 JUN 90
Ginn* Raymond Memphis TN 38127 DEC 89
Goff Robert Memphis TN 38134 FEB 90
Gray Bobby,Vickie,Terri Brighton TN 38011 MAY 90
Grimes Tim McLemoresville TN 38235 NOV 90
Harruff Richard Cordova TN 38018 AUG 90
Harvey Eugene Memphis TN 38126 JAN 90
Helm Robert Memphis TN 38107 JAN 90
Hoffman Dr. Walter K. Memphis TN 38122 AUG 90
Hooker Bill Memphis TN 38134 NOV 90
Hudson Scott Memphis TN 38115 JUN 90
Jefferson** Tom Bartlett TN 38134 NOV 89
Jenkins* Andy D. Bartlett TN 38134 DEC 89
Jennings Ron Carson CA 90746 MAY 90
Johnson Richard Havelock NC 28532 SEP 90
Jones Tom Memphis TN 38128 AUG 90
Kane Brian Memphis TN 38128 APR 90
Karpov Victor Memphis TN 38115 OCT 90
King* Guy O., Jr. Collierville TN 38017 DEC 89
Kiss John & Sean Memphis TN 38118 FEB 90
Lendennie* Dianne Collierville TN 38017 DEC 89
Limer Walter E. Millington TN 38053 MAR 90
Lockard Don Alamo TN 38001 AUG 90
Lowder Mike Memphis TN 38118 JUN 90
Lownes Robert Bartlett TN 38133 OCT 90
Lyons Sammie P. Memphis TN 38119 SEP 90
McInturff Ace Memphis TN 38115 NOV 90
Moore Calvin B. Memphis TN 38118 JUN 90
Morris Eugene West Memphis AR 72301 APR 90
Norman Joe R. Dyersburg TN 38024 JAN 90
Porter Sharon Memphis TN 38109 JAN 90
Robbins Dr. James Mobile AL 36695 JAN 90
Rooks Todd Memphis TN 38134 MAY 90
Russell Shane Memphis TN 38115 JUL 90
Sanders* Joe Memphis TN 38134 DEC 89
Shiflett James T. Millington TN 38053 MAY 90
Smart Timothy G. Memphis TN 38111 JUN 90
Spain** David Bartlett TN 38135 NOV 89
Stevens Bill Memphis TN 38115 JUN 90
Thornton Earnest L. Memphis TN 38134 AUG 90
Vineyard Charles W. Memphis TN 38118 AUG 90
Wade Norman Memphis TN 38104 JAN 90
Wallace Michael S. Marion AR 72364 SEP 90
Walp* Len Memphis TN 38128 DEC 89
Waters Bob Memphis TN 38116 NOV 90
Weatherall Broadus & JoAnne Memphis TN 38111 JAN 90
Williams Charles Wilson AR 72395 AUG 90
Willis Mark Bartlett TN 38135 APR 90
Winfield* Kenneth Memphis TN 38128 DEC 89

Memphis Amiga Group Public Domain Disk Order Form

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                           (901) 756-8169

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