November 1992 MAGazine Volume 8 Number 11

Table Of Contents

The Presidents CLI...

This month we get to take a look at the new machines. For all those that haven't been reading anything for the last year Commodore has released two new machines, the 600 and the 4000. This month we will also take a look at Final Copy II. If there is time we will also take a look at AREXX. There should also be some new disks coming out. From now on there will be a CDTV at the meetings and we will have Fred Fish on CD and also AB20 on CD. AB20 was a download area for Amiga public domain software. It was one of the most famous internet systems that supported the Amiga. It was taken down a few months ago but before they finished someone had the sense to copy the whole thing on to a CD. For those people who are interested in PD (public domain) software there is a Fred Fish catalog disk and also Fish Cat which can help you find the software you are looking for. Both disks are available from the librarian. Well that's about it. I'll be seeing you at the meeting.

Meaningless Ramblings...

from the editor

Well here is the second week in November, sheesh, only six weeks till Christmas. I think I am getting better at this MAGazine business, well at least it is not taking as long to get it together... Well I have heard, along with the subjects mentioned by Brian, that there will be a reviewe of Aladdin 4D at this months meeting. David Spence, ought to be bringing the new 4000 out for all to look at, lets keep our fingers crossed. Speaking of David, he has practically become the assistant editor, layout, copy, and just general all-around staff, and deserves some credit for getting this hing out each month. Thanx David! Well as always, if there is anything that you would like to see, you have an article or interest or complaint let me know, 388-0108. Until next month, PEACE! :-)

In this issue...

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Brian Akey (901) 278-6354
Vice President
Donnie Webb (901) 363-8025
Raymond Ginn (901) 353-4505
Micheal Cervetti (901) 386-2584
Ken Winfield (901) 382-3339
MAG Editor
Trevor Thrasher (901) 388-0108
Terry Campbell (601) 393-4864

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The Memphis Amiga Users Group holds general meetings the second Saturday of each month in the Farris Auditorium on the campus of State Technical Institute at Memphis For more information call Brian Akey at (901)377-1093.


A variety of Amiga specific videotapes are available from the Club's library for $3.00 a week. For more information contact Ken Winfield at (901)382-3339.

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MAG Fish Files

These files are available through the MAG library.

This is disk 721 of the freely distributable AMIGA software library. Below is a listing of the significant directories and their contents.

A database for names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. Has search and print capabilities. Version 1.01, binary only. Author: Ken Winfield
A fast, small, efficient, DirUtility. Configurable options and buttons, as well as all the usual features. Comes with external configuration editor. This version 1.62, an update to version 1.51 on disk 670. Shareware, binary only. Author: Chris Hames
An educational program for kids of all ages that heps to develop and sharpen division skills. Has four levels, a practice section, and a testing section. Version 1.1, binary only. Author: Ken Winfield
Peek and Update, a hex disk and file editor. Functions include show device info, show bitMap, check disk, zap file, zap disk, zap fileSystem and zap rigid disk blocks. This is version 1.2, binary only. Author: Frans Zuydwijk
An othello type game, but played on an octaganal board. There are hundreds of variations to the game, with resizable boards, different corner shapes, and a play to lose mode. Shareware, binary only. Author: PC Solutions
A database for all your VCR tapes. Has built in search and print capabilities. Version 1.1, binary only. Author: Ken Winfield

This is disk 722 of the freely distributable AMIGA software library. Below is a listing of the significant directories and their contents.

An educational program for kids from 4 to 14, that helps to develop and sharpen skills in addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Version 1.0, binary only. Author: Ken Winfield
A shared library with support routines for using texts, menus, borders, gadgets, requesters, and more, under AmigaDOS 1.3. Includes a template editor and source to library and test programs. This is version 4.5, an update to version 4.4 on disk 715. Author: Torsten Jurgeleit

This is disk 723 of the freely distributable AMIGA software library. Below is a listing of the significant directories and their contents.

AniMan combines Amiga animation, speech synthesis, and voice recognition, to provide you with an animated talking head that will run any Amiga program by voice command. Ask for an Amiga program by name, and AniMan will oblige. If AniMan becomes impatient, you may be insulted. AniMan will also recite poetry if you ask nicely. This is Version 3.2 of AniMan, an update to version 3.0 disk 712. Either the Perfect Sound 3 or Sound Master (Sound Magic) audio digitizer is required, along with 1MB of fast memory. Binary only. Author: Richard Horne
A multitasking floppy disk utility program. Features include multidrive disk copier, disk formatter, disk eraser, disk checker and installer. Version 2.1, binary only. Author: Malcolm Harvey
A historical strategy game, that in spite of its high complexity is fast and easy to play. Fully mouse controlled with a fine zoomable map of the Roman empire (overscan and interlaced options). The simulation delivers many historical insights because of its accuracy (may be used for educational purposes) and is a challenging and entertaining game for two or more players (also interesting for solitary studies). Version 1.1, an enhanced update to version 1.0 on disk 502. Tryware, binary only. Author: Sven Hartrumpf
A graphical memory gauge. Displays your memory (chip, fast, public) in three horizontal bars. Version 1.2, binary only. Author: Malcolm Harvey
A printer interface program which allows you to send HEX and device driver commands to your parallel printer. Also has provisions for printing text files to the printer.device. Makes extensive use of the req.library functions. This is version 1.00, freeware, includes source. Author: Paul Miskovsky

This is disk 724 of the freely distributable AMIGA software library. Below is a listing of the significant directories and their contents.

A hard drive backup program that features a custom Intuition interface, multi-floppy drive support, incremental/full backups, on-the-fly compression using lh.library, optional verify and a restorable configuration. BackUP requires Workbench 2.0, arp.library V39 and lh.library V1. Version 3.5, binary only. Author: Felix R. Jeske
A collection of more than forty ARexx "genies" for use with Professional Page, plus some supporting material. Also includes two example ARexx scripts for Art Department Professional. Version 1.0, shareware, includes source. Author: Don Cox
A program to search files and directories on any Amiga device. Uses AmigaDOS 2.0 style interface. Includes both German and English versions. Includes source in KICKPascal. Author: Stefan Plochinger

This is 725 of the freely distributable AMIGA software library. Below is a listing of the significant directories and their contents.

A program which takes 'fake' icons dropped on the Appicon and turns them into 'real' icons. The program also supports a Tools-menu entry so 'fake' icons spread over several windows can be easily iconified. Support for 38 file formats and the appropriate icons are included. Requires Kickstart 2.0 or higher. This is version 1.0, binary only. Author: Oystein Larsen, Ultima Thule Software
A new Modula-2 implementation of an old computer game. You have an N*N square with mines hidden in some fields. Your job is to mark them with a flag as fast as possible. High-score lists are supported. Important parts of the source code are included. Requires AmigaDOS 2.0. Author: Thomas Ansorge
A utility for monitoring AmigaDOS calls. In particular, it allows you to see what libraries, devices, fonts, environmental variables or startup files a program is looking for. Very useful when you're trying to install a new application. Version 1.5, an update to version 1.2 on disk 451. Includes source in C. Author: Eddy Carroll
A gift-ware telecommunications program written for AmigaOS 2.0 or higher. Features include total configurability, full ARexx control, Xpr-transfer support, filetype-identification after download, cut & paste/point-and-click on screen, auto upload and download, unlimited size scrollable review buffer, solid and fully-featured VT100/VT220/ANSI emulation, optional fast atomic terminal emulation, hotkey support, powerful phonebook and dialing functions, ability to save and print the contents of the screen as IFF-ILBM or ASCII file, full overscan and screen resolution support (new BCS screen modes included), asynchronous operation and a lot more. This is version 2.3, an update to version 2.2a on disk 681. Includes full source. Because of its size, it is distributed on two disks. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 is on disk 730. Author: Olaf 'Olsen' Barthel

This is disk 726 of the freely distributable AMIGA software library. Below is a listing of the significant directories and their contents.

Version of an expandable image format conversion utility that converts GIF, IFF, JPEG, Targa, BMP, TIFF, PBMPLUS, MTV, Spectrum 512, QRT, and Sun images into IFF (normal, HAM, half-brite and "sliced" variations of each). Images can be scaled, dithered, color corrected, and cropped. This demo version is limited to processing images of 512 by 512 pixels or less. This is version 2.0.8, and update to version 2.0.6 on disk 712. Shareware, binary only. Author: Ed Hanway
A complete header file reference. Definitions, structures, structure members and offsets, flag values, library contents, function definitions, registers, library offsets, etc. The data from a set of V1.3 Amiga and Lattice header files is included and packed for immediate reference by Hextract. Version 1.2, an update to version 1.1 on disk 674. Has greatly reduced search times. Freeware, includes partial source. Author: Chas A. Wyndham
A program for creating active index/selector pages to replace the normal window/icon display. Appearance of pages is only limited by the capabilities of your paint program and your imagination. Index lines can be shown as arrays of boxes (as with current "selector" programs), or as icon look-alikes, or anything else you fancy, with normally a large saving in disk space. Freeware, binary only. Author: Chas A. Wyndham
An all-purpose reader that displays texts, pictures, animations and sounds, which may be uncompressed or compressed with 'P-Compress'. Texts can include embedded static or animated illustrations and sounds. This version 6.2, an update to version 5.2 on disk 595, and includes scrolling and a variety fo screen colours, with other enhancements and bug fixes. Freeware, binary only. Author: Chas A. Wyndham
A utility that allows you to use the mouse to mark characters anywhere on the screen, and then paste them somewhere else, such as in another CLI or in a string gadget. Checks what font is used in the window you snap from and will look for the position of the characters automatically. Recognizes all non proportional fonts of up to 24 pixels wide and of any height. Works with AmigaDOS 2.0 in both shell and WorkBench environments. This is version 2.0, an update to version 1.1 on disk 542. Binary only. Author: Nico Francois

This will be an ongoing article, so that you will know what is available in the MAG library. If you would like a copy of one of these disks please get in touch with the librarian.

Intel P5, Motorola 68060 In MPU Forum Limelight.

By Jonathan Cassell

Burlingame, Calif. -

Intel and Motorola engineers last week detailed the superscalar, pipelined architectures of the respective P5 and 68060 microprocessors at the annual Microprocessor Forum here.

(P5 description)

Motorola's 060 is a 32-bit processor with a superscalar, pipelined architecture. It has more than 2 million transitors, using a 0.5-micron, triple-layer metal, 3.3 volt process in a static design. Performance will be 3.5 times the 25MHz 68040, or about 46 Specmarks, according to Joe Circello, 68000 advanced microprocessor architect for Motorola.

Separated in the 060 are instruction caches and data caches; instruction fetch pipelines (with four-stage instruction processor, a physically-mapped 8Kbyte instruction cache with four-way self associative, a virtually mapped, 256-entry branch cache and a FIFO instruction buffer), and operand execution pipelines (with four-stage operand processor, a physically mapped 8Kbyte data cache with 4-way interleaving and a 4-entry, 32-bit write buffer).

The floating point unit - implemented in the execution stage of the operand execution pipeline - is compatible with the 040 FPU programming model. Floating point execution times range from 1-24 cycles. The 060 superscalar dispatch algorithm can execute 50 to 60 percent of integer code instructions as pairs with existing compilers.

The 060 will come in 040-style packaging, with a similiar external bus, The first versions will sample in the second half of 1993, go into production in Q1 1994, and run at 50MHz and 66MHz.

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IN the news...

From Commodore Business Machines USA: Amiga 1200

West Chester, PA - October 26, 1992

The following is a posidon statement from Commodore Business Machines, Inc. (USA) regarding the A1200.

Following on the heels of the launch and shipment of the A4000 in September (the first Amiga system to feature the AGA Chip set), Commodore is announcing the second AGA-based machine, which is designated the A1200. This machine has already been announced in several European countries and will be officially announced in the U.S. at Comdex, November 16 in Las Vegas. It is currently expected to be available in the United States before Christmas (1992).

The A1200 is not a replacement for either the A600 or A2000, both of which are expected to continue in the product line in the U.S. The A1200 is an addition to the product line and is positioned as a machine that will be competitive with the 386SX/DX or MAC Classic series machines in the home/education market and as a machine for presentation and training delivery, or for kiosk systems.

Key features include:

Commodore believes that the A1200 will continue to make the Amiga series of machines competitive in today's changing environment. It represents a major step forward for Commodore in the entry to midrange segment of the computing industry. We must also point out that Commodore is committed to a full product line of AGA-based products. The A1200 and A4000 are the first products in that

Berkeley Fast Filesystem(c) for AmigaDOS

Chris Hooper, Usenet
CS Senior at Michigan Technological University

Available now is a Berkeley-compliant filesystem for AmigaDOS. This will allow you to read Unix-formatted (especially Sun) floppies on your Amiga under AmigaDOS. The program has just come out of beta and this is the first official distribution. Thank-you, Jan Carlson of Commodore, for testing and lending suggestions during beta.

This is version 1.1 of BFFS. (Read-Only)

BFFSFilesystem allows you to mount (and use) Unix filesystems directly under AmigaDOS. Utility is similar to CrossDOS (c) from Consultron and the CD-ROM filesystems for Amiga.

Currently, this is a one-way tool. You MAY NOT write to Unix disks from AmigaDOS. The package has not been crippled in any way; the write routines are just not finished yet.

This distribution is not related to the aims, views, ambitions, claims, responsibilities, expectations, employment of me, or global political positioning of Michigan Technological University or the Telecommunications/Maintenance groups of Computing Technology Services, MTU.



24-bit Single Frame Recording for Amiga Users Group Members

We will transfer your IFF, Imagine or Toaster files to a master video format with copies to any video format desired (SVHS, Hi-8, VHS, etc.). Additionally, we can render your pre-created "Imagine" animations on our accelerated system.

Contact Scott Carter at 756-9478 for more details on how we can be of service to you.

Additional services offered include:
Custom Titling
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How to Determine Which Programming Language You're Using

The proliferation of modern programming languages which seem to have stolen countless features from each other sometimes make it difficult to remember which language you're using. This guide is offered as a public service to help programmers in such dilemmas.

You shoot yourself in the foot.
You accidentally create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency care is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying, "that's me, over there."
If you are dumb enough to actually use this language, the United States Department of Defense will kidnap you, stand you up in front of a firing squad, and tell the soldiers, "Shoot at his feet."
You shoot yourself in the foot with a musket. The musket is esthetically fascinating, and the wound baffles the adolescent medic in the emergency room.
You hear a gunshot, and there's a hole in your foot, but you don't remember enough linear algebra to understand what happened.
You crash the OS and overwrite the root disk. The system administrator arrives and shoots you in the foot. After a moment of contemplation, the administrator shoots himself in the foot and then hops around the room rabidly shooting at everyone in sight.
For those who like to load their own rounds before shooting themselves in the foot.
Shoot self in foot with water pistol. On big systems, continue until entire lower body in waterlogged.
USEing a COLT45 HANDGUN, AIM gun at LEG.FOOT, THEN place ARM.HAND.FINGER ON HANDGUN.TRIGGER, and SQUEEZE. THEN return HANDGUN to HOLSTER. Check whether shoelace needs to be retied.
You squeeze the trigger, but the bullet moves so slowingly that by the time your foot feels the pain you've forgotten why you shot yourself anyway.<rboatright>
DBase IV version 1.0
You pull the trigger, but it turns out that the gun was a poorly-designed grenade and the whole building blows up.<akama>
yourself foot shoot.<akama>
You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, until you run out of toes, then you read in the next foot and repeat. If you run out of bullets, you continue anyway because you have no exception-processing ability.
After realizing that you can't actually accomplish anything in the language, you shoot yourself in the head.
sh, csh, etc.
You can't remember the syntax for anything, so you spend five hours reading man pages before giving up. You then shoot the computer and switch to C.
You spend so much time playing with the graphics and windowing system that your boss shoots you in the foot, takes away your workstation, and makes you develop in COBOL on a character terminal.
You consume all available system resources, including all the offline bullets. The Data Processing & Payroll Department doubles its size, triples its budget, acquires four new mainframes, and drops the original one on your foot.
You attempt to shoot yourself in the foot, but the bullet, failing to find its mark, backtracks into the gun which then explodes in your face.<BG>
You grab your foot with your hand, then rewrite your hand to be a bullet. The act of shooting the original foot then changes your hand/bullet into yet another foot (a left foot).
You shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds...
You shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds... ...but none of the other appendages are aware of this happening.
You put your foot in your mouth, then bite it off.
You grab a bullet, get ready to insert it in the gun so that you can shoot yourself in the foot, and discover that the gun that the bullet fits has not yet been built, but should be arriving in the mail_REAL_SOON_NOW_.<rboatright>
You cut your foot off, send it out to a service bureau and when it returns, it has a hole in it, but will no longer fit the attachment at the end of your leg.<rboatright>