October 1993 MAGazine Volume 9 Number 10

The October General Meeting of the Memphis Amiga Group will be held Saturday, October 9 from 1:00 pm until approximately 3:00 pm in the Farris Auditorium on the campus of Sate Technical Institute at Memphis.

The newsletter is published monthly for distribution to the members of the Memphis Amiga Group. MAGazine contains meeting announcements, hardware and software reviews, video and book reviews, and other information of interest to Amiga and computer users in general. Contributions are welcome and may be submitted in hardcopy or via disk in ascii format at any meeting or you can upload to Operator Headgap BBS - 3/12/24 - (901) 365-1583 or V.32bis hi speed ONLY! (901) 367-0744. Be sure to leave a note to the sysop.

From the President's CLI

by Bob Nunn

HAMFEST is almost upon us. October 9 and 10, Saturday and Sunday at the Shelby Place Arena is where the show is. While we aren't sure when it starts I would get their at 9:00 AM. Do remember that the meeting is on the same day so shop early and come to the meeting!

GRAPHIC CONTEST AWARD was presented to Shelley Franklin after showing off her work. The contest ended in August.

CHARLES WILLIAMS is now officially our newsletter editor, as of our last board meeting. I hope you were pleased as I was with his first edition. I know that we can look forward to more quality newsletters in the upcoming months. I'm sure that Charles can use your help. Why not prepare a short review of your newest program or something new you have learned about your Amiga and send it up.

MAG BBS is online. Some time ago Scott Pitts of the Amiga Pitts BBS asked us if we would consider supporting a line on his new bbs. We voted in support and now he is online. You will have special access to all the features including FRED FISH ONLINE CDROM and over a GIGABYTE of storage. Log on and enter the special MAG area! Actually, Scott's Amiga File Server (AFS) is three BBSes in one: Amiga Pitts, MAG BBS, and The Temple. When you first log on you can enter any one of the three. Call 753-9992 (HST 16.8) 753-9719 (Supra 14.4) or 753-8744 (9600) Many Features: Fred Fish Online, Over 1 Gig U/D Base, Online Games, Text Files, MessageBases, & More. If you have any problems, you can also reach Scott on his voice line 753-0332.

GATEWAY AMIGA COMPUTER SHOW is coming!! Saturday, October 23rd starting at 11:30 the show begins. My wife Cheryn and I will be attending and hope to see you in St. Louis!

THANKS to Brian Akey for the Brilliance and Real 3D Demo. It was exciting to see what the latest programs can do. See you at the next MAG Meeting!

CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of the door prize drawing! Rick Cumby, a new! member, is the proud owner of a PC-XT Bridgeboard. Thanks to Charles Williams for the donation of this equipment.

Need help using your AMIGA? Call Operator Headgap BBS! Now with 2 high speed V32bis lines! 901-365-1583 & 367-0744!

MAG Meetings

The Memphis Amiga Group (MAG) holds general meetings the second Saturday of each month in the Farris Auditorium on the campus of State Technical Institute at Memphis (see map at left).

There will be a board of directors lunch meeting at Gridley's in the formal dining room beginning at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 9 (before the general meeting). For more information call Bob Nunn at 901-795-0461.

Disk Sales & Video Rentals

MAG library and Fred FISH disks are $2 each.
($5 each for non-members)
Quality blank disks with labels are 65¢ each.
($1 each for non-members)
Rental of Amiga related videotapes is $3 per week.
(not available to non-members)
For all this and more contact club librarian
Bill Bowers (901) 360-0003
OR see Bill at the next MAG general meeting.

Advertising Rates

Full Page $20.00
1/2 Page $11.00
1/4 Page $7.50
1/8 Page (or business card) $3.00

(contact Terry Campbell at 601-393-4864)

Memphis Amiga Group Officers for 1993

President
Bob Nunn
(901) 795-0461 voice

Vice President
Cheryn Nunn
(901) 365-1583 data

Treasurer
Terry Campbell
(601) 393-4864

Librarian
Bill Bowers
(901) 360-0003

MAGazine Editor
Charles Williams
(501) 655-8777

MAGazine Printing & Distribution
Terry A. Campbell
(601) 393-4864

INFO

The Memphis Amiga Group (MAG) is non-profit organization whose purpose is promoting and encourageing the use and understanding of the Commodore Amiga Computer. Memberships are open to all those who share a common interest in the Amiga computer and its many wonderful and unique features. Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome.

Annual membership dues for new members are $25.00 with an annual renewal rate of $20.00. Associate memberships are available for $15.00 per year, renewable at the same rate, to those who must travel more than 45 miles one way to attend general meetings. All memberships are family memberships and dues are nonrefundable.

Gateway Computer Show

For those interested in attending the Gateway Computer Show October 23 in Bridgeton, MO, here is some information for you.

Bridgeton appears to be a suburb of St Louis. The Machinist's Hall, where the Show will be held is near the intersection of I-70 and 1-270 on the west side of St Louis. Show time is 11:30 AM to 5 PM.

For those wishing to go Friday night or stay over Saturday night, here is some information about motels close to the Hall.

The Knight's Inn 314-291-8545 Double room-2 people $33.11+tax. Double room-3 people $35.66+tax. The motel is right across the street from the Hall.

Holiday Inn 314-291-5100 Double room-up to 4 people $59.00+tax. I believe a shuttle will run from the Holiday Inn to the Hall.

YOU MUST MENTION YOU ARE WITH THE "GATEWAY COMPUTER SHOW" TO GET THESE SPECIAL RATES!!

St. Louis's tax rate is over 12% so don't be shocked!!

World of Commodore Show Report

by David Navas

I know others have written about their WOCA (World of Commodore Amiga) experiences. But, I've always been hungry for more opinions as it helps me to separate opinion from fact.

WOC Pasadena was held at the Pasadena Center this year, a nice, short, 20 minute surface street commute from my girlfriend's parent's house. I got to stay at the show for the better part of Sat. and Sun.

For those who've never been to LA -- congratulations, I don't suggest it. Imagine your typical suburb stretching several hundred miles. Endless concrete streets and the attempts to grow small trees and shrubbery -- well, for a country boy, it's a sick sight. To get a picture of what LA is all about, just walk the block around the Pasadena Center. Quarter way around you've got a Masonic Temple and a Holiday Inn. In the back, typical Callfornla-pre-yuppie apartments -- "Cordova Park Villa" and "Park Place". Your basic two-story stretch of apartment complexes.

For those of you with a silly sense of humor like myself, our favorite technical support will apparently be back in town from Oct. 12-17 for a special, one week show (yes, that would be CATS). [For those of you with a slightly blacker sense of humor, "Back to the Past" was also hosting a swap meet of sorts at the same time that C= was there. I'll avoid the obvious jibes.]

I attended most of Saturday's keynote and all of Sunday's. I missed the discussion with Rusty Mills (an Animation Director for Warner Bros. in connection with Animaniacs). I did see the OpalVision and Axiom demos, the FMV discussion, and the Toaster4000/John Gross (animator for SeaQuest) talk. On Sunday I also caught SunRize's Studio 16 presentation.

Keynotes and FMV Discussions

On Saturday. the keynote was given by Lew Eggebrecht (V.P. of Engineering) and Jim Dionne (President of Commodore U.S.). They were answering engineering and marketing questions respectively. On Sunday, Jeff Porter (Director of Engineering) and John DiLullo (Director of Marketing) filled those roles. Jeff Porter also gave the talk about FMV, along with someone from C-Cubed (whose name I don't have, sorry).

My impressions? Lew is a V.P., and as such (along with being on the road) this has put him slightly out of touch on some issues. He apparently referred to Envoy as "Savoy" on Friday, and he also misspoke this on Saturday. This probably tells you about the relative priorities of networking at the company as well. Jim and John, from all the bad things they had to say, both came across as frank and honest. Someone (Dan Zerkle?) said that the keynote address seemed to have a more hostile audience, however I didn't sense that on Saturday or Sunday. I would say there was a lot of healthy skepticism -- I've seen marketing talk about lots of campaigns before, and I know their probability of happening....

Although John mentioned "dramatic reductions in overhead", I didn't come away feeling that C= is some "lean mean fighting machine" but I think they have learned a few lessons along the way.

While Lew is great at telling us what we want to hear, Jeff Porter's a guy that makes the things he'd like to see actually happen. I'd watch him for the real cues for future C= directions.

U.S. Market

For the forseeable future, C= U.S. is a high-end company. The U.S. is responsible for the vast majority of A4000 sales, and C= views this as their only real market here. As Skip pointed out, the A1200 can't sell against the cheap 486 machines -- and they (C=) themselves pointed this out. [There was a lot of grumbling about giving up the "A1200" market, as if there was one here in the U.S. Although, perhaps mailorder at $400/unit there might be....]

Nevertheless, giving up the U.S. home/business market (that is, the U.S. home market which is made up of professionals using their computer at home to supplement their work along with small business markets) would be suicide, so while they currently don't have the money to pursue this market aggressively, they do have a reasonable game plan.

The plan? Sell the CD32 into the home market. To accomplish this, they have to redefine their target audience from the home/business market to the home/game market (entertainment, basically). As this has already been happening [as far as I can tell] they might have a shot at it. At an MSRP of $399, it's going to be hard to beat.

Advertising? Not mainstream, not unless some billionaire forks over his estate or something. Infomercials and appearances on the Home Shopping Network are being pursued. Apparently C= France is going to have some huge advertising campaign. In fact, from comments in some csa groups, that's already happening.

Future? Once you have a 2Meg Amiga as your base platform, that will give developers a huge break for developing software, and I think (though you realize most of this is my interpretation of what's going on in their heads) that the CD32 will show what it's really capable of only then...

Will it work? I think it'll sell CD32s, I don't think it'll help the home-Amiga Market. Technology comes down too fast from the high-end around here. The A4000 really has to come down, not the other way around. But, who knows, really.

CD32

The star of WOCA was definitely the CD32. When the excitement begins to wear off, I suspect that we'll start moaning about the quality of the very first games -- time will tell. For this thing to be initially successful, some very high quality games have to be introduced. The Sonic clone looked good, the football game also looked very professional, and the pinball game was a favorite at the CBM booths as well. Jurassic Park, for all it's low-res CDXL animations from the movie looked rather silly, actually. Perhaps a gaming dude might care to comment? Games are definitely not my thing.

Apart from that, though, the box itself seemed well-designed for its purpose, and frankly, it was "cheap". I saw one kid oggling the VCD/FMV video and his question was "how much?" Which gets at the key of the issues here -- one, it has to look good (and VCD definitely does :)) two, it has to be affordable, and at $600 for the VCD32 (name made up, cost estimated), and only $399 for the base unit (MSRP) I think this box has a real chance to grab significant marketshare.

In fact, I'd take even odds on C= being able to sell 5 million in the next 12 months (although I'm fairly sure they couldn't fill that demand. If C= is making any significant money off of this at all, they're going to do quite well. Also, at about $3/disk sold, they're also going to rake in money from each and every game sold -- a tactic Nintendo and Sega have used as well, although C='s seems a lot more fair (based on disks sold as opposed to produced), and a bunch cheaper,

The Welcome Screen on the CD32 is quite cute -- it has a nice sound startup, and the graphics look a lot like Chicago O'Hare's underground walk-tunnel that connects two of their terminals. In the center, a "shiny" CD with a few gaudy rainbow patterns w/color cycling -- but overhead and underneath, a bunch of curvy rainbow-colored streaks that rush toward you -- grow in intensity, dim, fade to black, etc. A nice touch, I thought.

Aside from the gaming aspect (which is not my area of interest or knowledge anyway), the really significant thing being shown for the CD32 was the VCD (Video CD/Karaoke) attachment. This little box (I've heard estimates of cost between about $180-$250 -- I'd side on the high-end of that, actually) will literally blow your mind when you see it. High fidelity sound and video coming realtime from a teeny audio CD player. It's astounding, and I definitely want one.

Yes, it was being shown -- they had one disk with three different titles -- a Bon Jovi music video, and two European (yes, PAL) videos -- one French, one British [I think]. The French clip was, well, bizarre, the British clip was very good, though. Nice lightning effects along with some CGI -- which was kinda ironic, I thought...

Apparently, these were older versions (the cards have been hitting the road along with C= officials pushing this concept, more about that later), which contained a number of rendering glitches (the system seemed to lose sync pretty often), and the pause, ff, etc. functions were not working on the unit they had, though apparently all of the above is working in the labs.

VCD is MPEG1 -- a 352x240x60fps compressed video standard which is interlaced and horizontally doubled before being output. The bitrate for this format is 1.15Mbps, or slightly under the 15Ok/sec a normal-speed drive runs. While VCD is playing, between 70 and 80 percent of the CPU is available, and the Amiga screen is genlocked over the VCD output. So it's quite possible to do some very interesting HAM8 effects over the VCD graphics. I hope we see stuff like that in the future.

Along with MPEG1, MPEG2 also exists. This is a higher bandwidth standard operating between 4-9 Mblts/sec -- even more for HDTV. This one is for the cable companies, and Jeff Porter has been very interested in this area as it develops.

Speaking of Jeff Porter, yes, he's been hob-knobing with the best of them in LA trying to drum up support for the VCD format. It helps, of course, that this is not a proprietary format -- it's been adopted by nearly every serious CD-player company on the market. All of these contacts are enabling him to help shape current markets in the US, which I see as a real positive move by C=. I hope he stays...

Another thing Jeff has been pushing is Photo CD support. He's been aggressively pursuing this for fourteen months -- we're talking wading through the US legal system, don't expect miracles.

At any rate, apparently there has been some commitment to do the Star Trek movies along with Indecent Proposal (why this movie? beats me). I'll definitely be getting ST II -- heh, heh. Unless the cost is prohibitive.

And that's really the problem for this format. Although the cost of cutting a CD is 1/10th the cost of cutting a laserdisc, the actual MPEG encoding costs an arm and a leg. Laser Pacific in LA and Pacific Video Resources in SF will kindly take a D1 or Betacam source (preferable) and transfer it to MPEG for the low cost of $50-600 (respectively) PER MINUTE! Don't try this at home, kids...

However, these costs should drop considerably when C^3 finally releases their encoding chip which is supposed to happen (finally) on Oct. 4th. Encoding boards should then only run a couple of thousand, instead of in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a high-end workstation, and the shear volume of encoding should also help bring the price down. Time will tell.

So what's the quality really like? Well, the audio sounds as good as Sony's MiniDiscs (the compression used is similar in nature), and the video hovers somewhere around SVHS quality (less than laserdisc).

"Sounds great, where/when can I buy one?" Hah, can't fool me, you're asking marketing questions again. The box is already shipping to Europe. Because C= deals solely with distributors now, they only have a feel for what the distributors are buying, so the initial success is hard to determine. Until then, the official line is that they're being sold as fast as they're shipped. What that really means is that the distributors in Europe are buying them as fast as C= can make them (which is between 20-22k/week). Hopefully by October/Novembers, we'll be able to see whether this demand continues or not.

It's been reported in various newsgroups that France is making some rather large e marketing moves, though the British, for all Dave Pleasance's talk, have been relatively quiet. I haven't heard news on the German (or other) fronts. Hopefully someone can fill us in on what's happening over there.

As for the US, the box is supposed to ship in limited quantity starting in mid October running until January, when C= will (assuming Europe went through the roof trying to get their hands on the thing) become aggressive with the American consumer market at the January CES. Jim Dionne said that the strategy is to attempt to get the box into everywhere that the Sega CD is sold. That's very aggressive indeed.

As for coverage, infomercials and Home Shopping Center have been considered, but there's doubt as to whether a real TV ad campaign could be run due to the financial problems at Cmdre.

Finance

So what's the deal with Cmdre's financial situation anyway? Well, it sucks basically. Lots of words have been used -- "high dollar value", "collapse of the PC margin", "reduction in overhead", but it all comes down to the fact that C= is on very shaky financial grounds. As with real evolution, Cmdre is being asked to evolve or perish, CD32 is their attempt to avoid the latter in favor of the former.

As others have fairly well covered these aspects. I won't go into too much detail.

Gimme High-End

Lew still claims that the main pursuit of Cmdre engineering is producing products quickly. And I think we can safely say that its one of the larger criticisms that that's exactly what they aren't doing. While CD32 has had a fast track, the rest of engineering has screeched to a halt. AAA is supposed to have been demonstrated in-house blitting images around. Bugs have been found, fixes will be proposed, and the current schedule sees completion of a second round of AAA chips by January. Assuming that the chips are then bug free (which I consider unlikely) systems would be available around 3rd quarter next year. I don't expect them even then -. but one can always hope.

Besides AAA, there's very little other good news on the high-end front. Networking has been pretty much sold off, the DSP work has been suspended and will remain like that until January. RTG (almost certainly with the quitting of Chris Green) has hit a dead-end, they hope to have it in AAA machines. I wouldn't hold my breath.

As for RISC, despite the blathering and rumors of way-cool RISC machines, reality is that they haven't picked a chip yet, nevermind put an OS on an actual prototype. The current favorites are HP/PA and RISC. The HP apparently has a very nice price/performance point, although MIPS is running NT -- which is still, apparently, some kind of wise choice in Lew's mind. I imagine MIPS will gain further favor with the success of the Screamer and NewTek's association with C=. However, I'm none too pleased with NT as a choice operating system. The current hope is a RISC platform in '95. I think it's wiser to expect it late in '96 if that, from a software perspective.

Lew was stressing that he couldn't emphasize enough the importance of AmigaOS. However, I'm not sure he himself believes that yet. I'm not sure he grasps the software side of the Amiga yet, but at least he's done chasing the Alpha! Neither Alpha chips nor PowerPC chips are likely to wander into the Amiga platform anytime soon.

As for the CISC world, Motorola already has plans beyond the 68060, and C= will follow Motorola's lead for now.

Is it really that bleak on the high-end development? Yes, it is. Any future developments in the high-end (aka the U.S. market) are dependent on the success of the CD32. So for now, a lot of us are sitting and crossing our fingers.

Deluxe Music 2.0 is Shipping

Electronic Arts is FINALLY shipping Deluxe Music 2.0, the major upgrade/rewrite of Deluxe Music Construction Set which they originally released back in 1986. If you own any old version of DMCS, your manual cover and $57 will get you the new version.

You can dial Electronic Arts on 1-800-245-4525 and follow the voice mail menus through to the "upgrades" selection to get to a human being who can give you all the appropriate information.

OpalVision at Siggraph

by Chris Hurtt

OpalTech was showing off their Video Processor card with OpalVision. The Switcher looks simply awesome. I can't think of anything they could really add to it. The DVE editor looks nice, you set up keyframes in space much like in a standard 3D program. The Switcher Prefs is nice, letting you even name your sources. Theres a built in sequencer too. WB programs can be launched from the Switcher by icon. Compressed effects looked good, but not razor sharp. Certainly better than the Toaster, but I'm not sure if they're good enough for PIP. All together the Switcher looked extremely well thought out and should satisify anyone.

The Librarian's Corner

by Bill Bowers

E!, the Entertainment channel, featured the creative arts Emmy awards the night before the regular awards. I taped it to see and hear the awards presented to NewTek, for the Video Toaster hardware, and to Foundation Imaging for special effects on the pilot for Babylon 5, done on the Video Toaster. Unfortunately, they only showed the presentation to Foundation Imaging. Ron Thornton thanked NewTek and Alan Hastings and Perry K. of ASDG for their help. I really wanted to hear the flowery praises for the Toaster from the industry but, it was not to be. If you catch a repeat, watch about the first fifteen minutes until the clip about animation and special effects is over and turn it off. Speaking of Toasters, have you seen the effects on SeaQuest DSV on NBC? Very nice work specially, the opening chase sequence where a mini sub scrapes under a closing door to evade the enemy subs. You can see SQ DSV on Sunday nights at 7, but check your listings.

Last month's MAG Disk included ahextris, a Textris clone with hexagonal shaped pieces that made for some interesting configuration. Crosscircuit, a Tempest clone game. ViewTek, an all graphic file viewer and animation player. ViewTek shows AGA, GIF, JPEG. SHAM and many other files along with Anim5 and 7 animations. And of course, StuffToRead with product announcements from Iomega, INOVAtronics, Digital Creations, Amiga CD32, and others.

This month's disk I know will contain ParM (see another article in newsletter) and one of my favorite 1.3 utilities, PowerPacker. PowerPacker is a great program that crunches programs, text, animations and even icons by about 50%! One of the first programs I tried to run under 3.0 was PowerPacker and was very disappointed when it would not run. This version will run under 2.0. 2.1, and 3.0 WorkBench. StuffToRead will also be on the disk but, I don't know what else will be on it until Friday before the club meeting.

That's about all and a reminder that the weekend of the club meeting also will be HAMfest and the club will be there. HamFest is at the Shelby Place Arena this year.

Board Meeting Minutes

September 11, 1993.

The September board meeting met at Gridley's. The meeting was called to order at 11:40 by Bob Nunn, President. Officers present were Cheryn Nunn and Terry Campbell.

The board unanimously voted to accept Charles Williams as the new newsletter editor, after Trevor Thrasher's resignation. Trevor is moving and going back to school. We wish him all the best and ask for your continued support of the newsletter by submission of articles.

The board discussed and agreed to pay for a half table at the Gateway Computer Show. The purpose for this will be to promote MAG with other users and user groups from around the country. With the associate membership, it was felt we might pick up some new members from the show, and as always, it will be a great way to meet new friends.

The board also discussed and agreed to pay for a half table at the Hamfest to be held here in Memphis, October 9 and 10. The table will be shared with Memphis Commodore Users Club. Volunteers are needed to staff the table during the board meeting and regular meeting that Saturday. Anyone wishing to help should contact one of the officers.

Discussion was held on advertising in the newsletter. At least two vendors have expressed an interest in running ads. Terry Campbell will be responsible for talking with these people and getting ad copy to Charles Williams for the newsletter.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon. Respectfully submitted by Cheryn Nunn, vice president.

ParM on Oct. MAG Disk

by Bill Bowers

This month's MAG Disk has an interesting utility called ParM short for Parametrable menu. ParM will allow you to attach your own pull down menus to your WorkBench menu. For those of you who have many levels of sub-directories and are tired of all the double clicks, with a little bit of typing you can now start your programs with a click and a pull down menu. I will try to walk you through a configuration for both hard drives and floppy disks. Yes, floppies because the files total only about 40K. WorkBench 1.3 users will probably NOT be able use this program because ParM needs Amiga DOS version 37 and I don't know when it was released. See the ParM.doc file on the MAG Disk.

There are only four files from ParM that are needed to run ParM, however a text editor or a word processor that saves to an ASCII file is VERY important to help with ParM configuration. Copy ParM.cfg into the s: sub-directory of your hard drive or floppy. Copy parm.library into the libs: sub-directory. The last two files are ParM and it's icon file, ParM.info and for hard drives, I would suggest you make a copy in the WBStartup directory and the root directory where all your favorite programs are. The copy in WBStartup will kick in with your startup sequence and the second copy will allow you to restart ParM if you quit and subsequently, need to use it again. Floppy users should make only one copy of ParM and ParM.info into the root directory and add the line ParM to the startup-sequence somewhere between the lines loadwb and endcli.

Now for the configuration, boot your text editor/word processor and open s:ParM.cfg file. Scroll down until you see MENU "Utilities" SUBMENU "CED" ITEM {E} "ParM" RUN WorkBench:c/Ed. I use CED from ASDG that I have renamed Ed and have it in my WorkBench partition on my hard drive in the c:directory. You will need to change WorkBench:c/Ed to the hard drive name, path, and file of your favorite text editor/word processor. Example, if you use CED In the CED directory of your DH0: partition on your hard drive, change WorkBench:c/Ed to DH0:CED/CED. Leave a space and S:ParM.cfg on the rest of the line. This will load ParM.cfg into your text editor/word processor automatically. Sharp! and very useful as you will be constantly changing this file. Go ahead and change the rest of the WorkBench:c/Ed lines in SUBMENU "CED" to your text editor/word processor path. You can change CED to your text editor/word processor name but you must use the quotation marks! Save your file and re-boot your system. If everything is correct, you should see a rectangle on the WorkBench menu that says ParM. Now a left click on ParM and it will be active and with a press and hold of the right mouse button, you should see a new row of pull down menus. Go to the left and pull down your text editor/word processor and move right to ParM and now release. You should find that your text editor/word processor is loaded and the file ParM.cfg is now on screen ready to go. If you have a printer now is a good time to print this file and use it as a reference.

Basically, ParM uses the CLI commands and therefore uses the pathname and filename to load programs through the pull down menus. CLI users should find configuring easier than point and clickers like me. Basically, you will change the ITEM to your filename in quotation marks then, add RUN pathname and program name. The document file explains in more detail including how to make hot keys for your menu selections and the configuration file ParM.cfg shows many examples. If you use the CED example above you can see that MENU gives the menu headings (Utilities), SUBMENU can be used to increase the menu options with some side selections or just as sub-directory pathnames (CED), and ITEM the name of the program with pathname (RUN WorkBench:c/Ed).

Now the bulk of ParM.cfg is unchanged from the downloaded file. I did this on purpose so you see how some of these programs are setup to run with ParM. I did make some changes in the Pix menu because large programs like ADPro and Imagine need a larger Stack size than ParM's default 4K. Generally, if your larger programs have trouble loading or functioning properly when you know the path name is correct, chances are your Stack size is too small. The quick way to find a stack size is to single click the program's icon and look at the icon information with the WorkBench menu. In the top left is a box that says Stack. Any number over 4000 should be reflected in ParM.cfg file. Example, ADPro needs a Stack of 20000 to run so, the configuration file shows ITEM "ADPro" RUN STACK 20000 Work:ADPro/ADPro. After you have completed all your changes, save your file. To use the new configuration, select the ParM menu on the far left and drag down to Update then release. A left mouse click anywhere other than the menu bar will disable ParM and normal WorkBench menus will return along all other normal operations. To return to ParM just left click on the ParM rectangle.

I hope I have not throughly confused everyone with this article. I took a lot of short cuts to explain ParM without re-writing a document file that I didn't completely understand. I never was a particularly good teacher so I hope a demonstration at the next meeting will clear up some remaining questions or at least let you feel brave enough to try this program. I will show you how to load two programs at once with ParM at the next meeting.

Amiga Tips

by Robert Niles, Matt Schultz, and Roy Frisque

by way of Scanlines, Amiga Transactor, and Amiga Report

Amiga system test is a complicated set of routines which it must go through before you can do any work on it. During the system test the Amiga is attempting to let you know if the system is well. In the box at the right is a list of the start-up activities:

During this system test the Amiga is sending vital information to the screen with colors. If the system checks out ok, you will see the following sequence that you have seen so many times.

DARK GRAY
The initial hardware tested OK. the 68000 is running and the registers are readable.
LIGHT GRAY
The software is coming in and seems OK.
WHITE
The intialization test have passed.

If something is wrong with your system, you may see the following:

RED
If an error was found in ROMS.
GREEN
Error found in the CHIP RAM.
BLUE
Error was found in the custom chips.
YELLOW
If 68000 found an error before the error trapping software (GURU) was running.

The Keyboard has it's own processor. RAM and ROM. A selftest is peformed on power-up in the following sequence.

One Blink
Keyboard ROM check failed.
Two Blinks
Keyboard RAM checked failed.
Three Blinks
Watch dog timer failed
Four Blinks
A short between two row lines or special control keys.

Gateway Computer Show

This fall ... Something exciting is happening in St. Louis. On October 23, the "Gateway Computer Show" will open. This is the first major "Amiga" computer show in the midwest for many years. It is sponsored by the Gateway Amiga Club, Inc., with the support of Soft-Logik Publishing Corporation.

This show is designed to satisfy the hungry appetites of the many computer users in the midwest. These folks are looking for solutions in Video, Desktop Publishing, Art, Animation, Music, Multitasking, Multi-processing and more. They will find solutions and software for the "Creative Computer", the Amiga, on October 23rd, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Machinist Hall in Bridgeton, MO.

Don't miss out. We have arranged special pricing for exhibit space, motel rooms and more. We have gone the extra mile to make this convenient, fun and profitable for you. This is your opportunity to be an exhibitor at this exiting event! Space is limited, and a good portion is already committed. Take this opportunity to increase the public awareness of your company, the Amiga computer, and all the possibilities that await them. One nibble on this product, and they'll be back for seconds!

Remember, if we don't work together to push the frontiers of Amiga Computing forward to a new dawn, We will certainly see the sunset together. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your exhibiting at the "Gateway Computer Show".

Bob Scharp,
Chairman
Gateway Computer Show

Welcome To The Gang !!

Thomas O'Brien
Dennis Brockway

These are our newest members. So let's all make them welcome!

MEMPHIS AMIGA GROUP MEMBERS OCTOBER 1993

If your name is underlined check your renewal date.

If you have a change of address or phone, please notify; Terry Campbell (601) 393-4864

LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY ST ZIP EXPIRES
→ 1. Akey Brian L. Memphis TN 38107 OCT 93
2. Andrews Freddie L. Memphis TN 38128 JAN 94
3. Barnhart Ken Memphis TN 38118 MAY 94
4. Bilson Edward Memphis TN 38115 JAN 94
5. Bonk Bruce West Memp AR 72301 FEB 94
6. Bowers William Memphis TN 38118 MAY 94
7. Browne Kevin Memphis TN 38111 DEC 93
8. Brockway Dennis M. Memphis TN 38107 SEP 94
9. Burns Keith Cordova TN 38018 NOV 94
10. Campbell Terry A. Horn Lake MS 38637 DEC 93
11. Castillo Jose M. Memphis TN 38118 DEC 93
→ 12. Cervetti Michael Cordova TN 38018 AUG 93
→ 13. Chiego John & Sara Memphis TN 38119 OCT 93
14. Cobbins Gerald Memphis TN 38109 Jan 94
15. Cumby Rick D. Memphis TN 38120 AUG 94
16. Crockett Robert Horn Lake MS 38637 DEC 93
→ 17. Deschamps Joseph Franklin TN 37064 AUG 93
18. Dunn Jimmie L. Memphis TN 38106 APR 94
19. Echols Steve Memphis TN 38125 DEC 93
20. Franklin Shelley Memphis TN 38120 MAR 94
21. Gates Terrence Memphis TN 38109 MAY 94
22. Ginn Raymond Memphis TN 38127 APR 94
→ 23. Hawkins Conrad G. Memphis TN 38117 JUL 93
24. Hooker Bill Memphis TN 38134 NOV 93
25. Ingerson Steve Walls MS 38680 SEP 94
26. King Guy Collierville TN 38017 JAN 94
27. Man Samuel Germantown TN 38138 FEB 94
28. McCalla Ron & Audrey Jackson TN 38305 DEC 99
29. Montgomery Ronald Memphis TN 38108 FEB 94
30. Morgan Andrew Memphis TN 38168 SEP 94
31. Morris Louis Sr. Memphis TN 38125 APR 94
→ 32. Nolen Kent Arlington TN 38002 JUL 93
33. Norman Joe R. Dyersburg TN 38024 JAN 94
34. Nunn Bob & Cheryn Memphis TN 38141 AUG 94
35. O'Brien Thomas T. Millington TN 38053 SEP 94
36. Photo Grafix (Jim) Memphis TN 38112 MAY 94
37. Rush David Memphis TN 38127 NOV 93
38. Sanders Joe Memphis TN 38134 JAN 94
39. Spence David E. Memphis TN 381 JUL 94
40. Stokes Paul Eads TN 38028 DEC 93
41. Swope Sara Beth Braden TN 38010 APR 94
42. Thrasher Trevor Memphis TN 38128 NOV 93
43. Torrence Samuel Tupelo MS 38801 AUG 94
44. Vineyard Charles W. Memphis TN 38118 AUG 94
45. Walker Jim Memphis TN 38128 JAN 94
→ 46. Wallace Michael S. Marion AR 72364 AUG 93
47. Walp Len Memphis TN 38128 DEC 93
→ 48. Waters Robert Memphis TN 38116 OCT 93
49. Weatherall Broadus Memphis TN 38111 JAN 94
50. Webb Donnie Memphis TN 38118 JAN 94
51. Williams Charles Wilson AR 72395 DEC 93
→ 52. Winfield Kenneth Memphis TN 38128 OCT 93
53. Wirth Charles Memphis TN 38128 FEB 94
54. Wulff John Memphis TN 38115 AUG 94
55. Wyatt Joel Jackson TN 38301 FEB 94

Financial Report of the Memphis Amiga Group August/September, 1993

DISK SALES $ 36.25
Mag ADD $ .00
Dues $ 20.00
New Members $ 50.00
Cash ON Hand $ 130.79
 
Months Receipts $ 106.25
 
Tax $ .00
Postage $ .00
Mag Printing $ 28.15
Mis Expenses $ 23.27
New Disks $
Fish Disk $
On-Line Charges $ 20.00
 
Months Debits $ 71.42
 
Bank Balance
Deposits *$ 236.00
Checks Out *$ 80.56
New Ballance 8/31 *$ 700.69
Total Assets *$ 831.48

* - Sept. Bank Statement not received before printing.