August 1988 MCU Magazine

Table Of Contents

GENERAL INFORMATION

MCUC

This newsletter is published monthly for distribution to members of the Memphis Commodore Users Club. It is in no way connected with the Commodore Business Machine Ltd. or Commodore Inc. and Commodore products (CBM, PET, C64, C128, VIC20, Amiga) are registered trademarks of Commodore Inc. The MCUC is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is the free exchange of information & knowledge about the use of Commodore microcomputer systems. Memberships are open to anyone; ownership of a computer is not required. Monthly meetings are open to the public & visitors are welcome.

Dues are broken down into two categories. Membership dues may be paid quarterly (3 month) at $6.00 or annually at S20.00. All memberships are Family Memberships. Dues are nonrefundable.

Contribution to the MCUC magazine may be in any wordprocessor, preferably saved as a sequential file. You may submit articles on disk, or a hardcopy, or upload your article to the Memphis Commodore Users Club BBS (366-4676).

The editor reserves the right to reject material submitted relating to illegal services, products or unethical practices. All material submitted becomes the property of MCUC. The 15th of each month is the DEADLINE FOR ARTICLES.

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CIRCULATION: 300 copies

MEETINGS

General Membership Meeting - First Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM in Fulton Auditorium, State Technical Institution.

Board of Director's Meeting - Second Thursday after General Meeting. 7:30 PM State Tech in the Cafeteria.

CP/M Sig Classes - 3rd Monday of each month, call Ron Montgomery for time and place 767-0737

MS/DOS Sig - Currently meeting with the CP/M sig

FOG meeting - 4th Tuesday of each month, call Bob Earnheart for time and place. 377-6416

Beginner's Class - First Wednesday at the Raleigh Library at 7:00 PM

128 Sig - 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00PM call Ron Montgomery for place 767-0737

OFFICERS

President 323-1185 Jim Fox
Vice President 767-0737 Ron Montgomery
Secretary 829-3705 Richard Coffman
Treasurer 853-6949 Gary Thurman
Librarian 362-8295 Gary Sparks
Education 377-6416 Bob Earnheart
Newsletter 795-0461 Cheryn Nunn
BBS 366-4676
Sysop 795-0461 Bob Nunn

WELCOME PAGE

We'd like to welcome the following new members who have joined in the last couple of months and thank those members who have re-upped. Let's make a real effort to make these people feel welcome at our meetings!!

Ron Hughes
John Blackmer
Chris Breckenridge
Calvin Rhodes
Dwain Crutcher
Lee Dunn
John E. Daugs
Joe Tyler Jr.
Howard Hubbard
Mark Wood
Jerry Ryan
Phillip McRay
David Ball
Thurman Lawson

MCUC PICNIC SEPT. 17th!!

WATCH THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER FOR FURTHER DETAILS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

If you own a Hayes compatible modem and are having troubles connecting to QuantumLink, then load your CHANGE ACCESS program and change your modem type to "Other manual dial modems", and when you load up Q-Link, enter ATZ and then your ATDT command to dial the Telenet or Tymnet node. Once logged onto Q-Link, you can obtain a patch program in the TELECOMMUNICATIONS section of the Software Libraries.

TREASURER'S REPORT

TREASURER'S REPORT 07-15-88

OPENING BALANCE 06-13-88 $3070.63
DEPOSITS:
LIBRARY DISKS $154.00
CLUB DUES 298.00
NEWSLETTER AD 26.00
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$478.00
EXPENSES:
NEWSLETTER (JULY) $87.00
Q-LINK (JAN) 9.95
GENIE (JAN) 6.20
Q-LINK (MAY) 9.95
Q-LINK (JUNE) 9.95
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$123.05
CLOSING BALANCE 07-15-88 $3425.58

GARY THURMAN TREASURER

NOTICE - BECAUSE OF A MISSING STATEMENT FOR JANUARY, SOME ITEMS WERE NOT POSTED UNTIL NOW.

1541 BUG FIX

Reprinted from GCUG Newsletter, July-Aug, 1988 who reprinted it from other newsletters.

Most people don't know it, but the 1541C disk drive has a HORRENDOUS bug! If your C model has the lever door instead of the push-down door like some of the old models, then you may have one with the bug. Here's how you can tell. If, when you turn on the drive, it makes a rattling noise like it is getting ready to format a disk, then you have one with the bug. These drives have the Track 1 sensor, but a jumper wire was left uncut, thus the sensor is turned off, but the DOS thinks it is still there and bangs away at the stop. If you cut the jumper J3, this will cure the problem.

DISK OF THE MONTH ORDER FORM

Cut out and mail to MCUC PO BOX 34095, Memphis, Tn 38134-0095.
Include $1 postage and hadling for 1-3 disks and an additional $.25 per disk for quantity over 3. Mail your cash, check or money order today!! In case you missed July's disks of the month, here's a list:

For the 64:

Qty

( ) Preview 4: Activision Demos, with 4 upcoming programs from that company.

( ) Archive System 3: The Ultimate Lynx, Zip-Coder Utility.

For the 128:

( ) Physics Pack: 2 disks, includes Atomic Structure, Radioactivity, Bulk Matter and more.

( ) Basic 8 Demo: Preview this handy programming package for the 128 before you buy it. Includes Run-Time Module to allow you to run b8 prgs.

Price: $2 each For members, 3 For $5. Physics Pack-$3 member price. Non- members: $3 per disk, $6 for three disks Clubs may obtain disks on a 1 to 1 exchange basis by sending copies of this Disk(s) of the Month. Don't forget the entire KJV bible, on 15 double sided disks, only $20!

Programming Challenge #1

Here's a new feature for you. I hope it will be monthly, but we will see how response is and go from there.

The challenge For the month of August is:

Write a program that will do the following: Take numerical input of the form XXX.XX and convert that to dollars and cents, in English form (much like you write on the long line of a check). Here's some examples:

The user inputs "123.45". The program would respond with:

One hundred twenty-three dollars and forty-five cents

"1018.01" inputted; Computer response: "One thousand eighteen dollars and one cent"

"5.00" inputted; Computer response: "Five dollars and no cents"

"0.70" inputted; Computer response "No dollars and seventy cents"

I hope this explains fully what will have to be done for this program to work correctly. Input should range from 0.00 to 99999.99, and any output should be in a coherent English form. The first 2 correct entries received will win free disks of the month for the following month. Programs should be submitted via the club BBS or to the Librarian personally. If no correct entries are received, the challenge will be extended one month with the prize doubled. After that, the solution to the challenge will be distributed.

If there are any questions about the challenge, please direct then, to the Librarian in the form of a message on the BBS.

Entries will be determined valid by the Librarian and his assistant. The challenge is open to all members, including officers, except for the judges.

WHAT'S NEW?

JIFFY DOS

We had what I would call a surprise response at the meeting over Jiffy Dos. I realized it wasn't just my article. A few people had bought Jiffy Dos at CASE and the word had gotten out. I know several people who have the 128 version and can find no flaws with it. I can find no flaws with the 64 version and it works with my 1581. It does what it says it will. I am running OPERATOR HEADGAP on my 1581 which has the Jiffy Chips. I can't tell you how much it improves the speed of operations. It LOADS so much faster. It RUNS so much faster. We are going to place the final orders on Jiffy Dos at the next meeting. There will be a short demo in the first part of the meeting and at the break we will finalize the orders so bring your checkbook. The club discount is a good one; we are in the 12 or more group. The next group up is over 36. I don't think we will make it but was suprised at how many people ordered it. The following people have already committed for Jiffy Dos:

Roy Johnson
Guy King
Dwain Crutcher
Ron Montgomery
Charles Franklin
Michael Black
Jim West
Jim Fox
Gary Prudhomme
Tom Hyer
Rick Jackson
Calvin Rhodes
Wade McKay
Hugh Garner
Bob Nunn

Prices are as follows: (Basic Jiffy Dos unit includes chip for computer and one drive) 64 - $40.95 128 - $50.95 Additional drive ROM's - $19.95

Jiffy Dos works with the C-64, 64-C, SX-64, 128, 128D, 1541, 1541-II, 1571, 1581, FSD-1, FSD-2, MSD-1, and MSD-2. Make sure to specify EXACTLY what equipment you have.

For you 128/1571 owners, Jiffy Dos upgrades both ROM's to the latest Commodore version.

Make sure you bring your checkbook. Why not come and see for yourself how much of a difference Jiffy Dos can make. Bring a friend; maybe we'll gain a new club member and they'll appreciate learning about Jiffy Dos.

Bob Nunn

STAMMERING 1571

Reprinted from GCUG Newsletter, July-Aug, 1988 who reprinted From ?SYNTAX, February, 1988, Commodore Houston Users Group

Tired of your 1571 (original ROM) taking forever to access a single-sided 1541 disk and even longer on a flippy? I have even resorted to locking my 1571 in 1541 mode when I have to deal with numerous flippys. Try this command I found in 1571 INTERNALS (page 127) from Abacus:

OPEN15,8,15,"U0>RA":CLOSE15

This will limit, to one, the number of times your 1571 will try and fail to read the flip side of your disk. If your program uses a BASIC loader, scratch the old one and save it again with this command added. Now you do not have to remember the new command to make use of it. If your program uses an ML boot just enter the command manually before booting or as a direct disk command from within the program after booting.

This command may cause some problems, why else would commercial productivity programs not include it. However, I have not found any problems yet and it works great added to MULTIPLAN's and PAPERCLIP III-128's BASIC loader.

CONTESTS! CONTESTS! CONTESTS!

Well, here it is August, and let's get some competitive spirit going with some contests to challenge your mind and creativity. Prizes will be awarded at the upcoming MCUC Picnic in September. Entries can be made either by modem transfer to the MCUC BBS (366-4676) or by giving a disk to any MCUC officer. The Board of Officers are the judges of all contests, and their decision is final. All MCUC members are eligible to enter all contests, with the exception of MCUC Officers and their families.

Now on to the explanation of the contests:

I. Graphics

2 Categories:

A. 16 and Under
B. Over 16

Any graphic screen(s) or demonstration may be submitted, including Print Shop Graphics, GEOS, Doodle, KoalaPad, or original graphic creation. If you have a question about your graphic format, please refer it to one of the officers. Entries will be judged according to their originality, appearance, and creativity.

II. Programming

Again, 2 categories:

A. 16 and under
B. Over 16

Any ORIGINAL program may be submitted on any topic. Although BASIC is the preferred language for entries, machine language along with other languages may be used for entries provided the officers have a means to review the program as well as execute it. Entries will be judged according to their originality and creativity. Structure will also play a part in judging.

Although prizes have not been named as of yet, excellent software packages are expected to be awarded to the winners. Entries should be submitted NO LATER than the September meeting date for review.

SAVING LIVES

Reprinted from GCUG Newsletter, July-Aug, 1988. Excerpted from "Wave Watch, Collins Scientific American, February 1988, p28. Reprinted from GOSUB, April 1988 San Luis Obispo Commodore Computer Club

Tidal waves (or tsunamis) have killed more than 50,000 people in Pacific rim countries in the last 100 years. Caused by undersea earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, most deaths occur within the first 30 minutes and less than 100 kilometers From the event. Hawaii, Alaska, Japan and the Pacific coast of the Soviet Union are protected by sophisticated warning systems that cost more than $1 million to install and about $1/2 million per year to operate. Poor counties have gone without.

Now a cheaper system exists. Valparaiso, Chile has been struck 18 times in the last 200 years. A U.S. agency, cooperating with Chile has worked up an evacuation plan for the low-lying sections of the city. When an earthquake measuring 7.0 or more occurs within 60 miles of the coast, a U.S. weather satellite picks up sensor readings and relays them to a computerized receiver in Valparaiso and the alert goes out.

The system costs only about $20,000, appears to be 98% reliable (as against 90% reliable for the Fancy systems) and gives warning in one minute (compared with 10 to 15 minutes for fancy systems). The system is said to be durable, battery-powered, and cheap. What's at the heart of it? A COMMODORE 64!

EDITOR'S DESK

This month I'm going to do a bit of bragging on our newsletter. In reviewing other club's newsletters we receive in the mail, I've noticed some are borrowing articles seen in our newsletter to use in their newsletters. I feel this is the ultimate compliment that can be made to all the people who contribute to our newsletter. I occasionally borrow from other newsletters when I see an article or tip that would be beneficial to our readers.

We are gaining many new members who need help from others with more experience. If you would be interested in making a small amount of your time available to other people to help them learn about their great computer, please let one of the officers know. Much of this time could be phone time, in which you wouldn't have to leave the comfort of your home in order to help someone. Think back to how it was when you started, that special someone who helped you, and volunteer today!!

I'd like to extend a special thanks to my husband, Bob for his invaluable help in putting last month's newsletter together. I couldn't have done it without him.

Cheryn Nunn

SPECIAL REMINDERS!!!!!!!!!!

Don't forget:

Introductory BASIC Class Last Saturday of July-State Tech Fulton Bldg. llam-lpm

Public Domain Copy Session Last of August-same place 10am-2pm (Volunteers Needed)

LAST CHANCE TO GET IN ON SPECIAL DEAL FOR JIFFYDOS AT AUG. MEETING!

LIBRARIAN'S SHELF

by Gary Sparks

Here it is, August, and looks like no relief from the heat! The library is coming along very well, and Jim and I will have some blockbusters in store for you at the next meeting. Don't forget the copy session the last Saturday of August from 10am-2pm in the Fulton Bldg. at State Tech, room TBA. I still need some people to volunteer equipment and a couple of hours of their time so we can make this a success. All disks in the library older than three months will be available for copying. We will also have blanks for sale. An updated catalog disk will be available at the August meeting and we'd like you to swap us your old catalog disk for the new one if possible. Other than that, be looking for some new stuff coming soon for all you GEOS nuts! Once again, if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please drop me a line on the BBS. 'Til next time---

...*Gary*...

AUGUST MEETING DEMO

COMMERCIAL ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE

COME SEE WHAT YOUR COMMODORE COMPUTER CAN DO FOR YOUR BUSINESS!!

CLUB BBS NOTES

There are roughly 121 users in the system now. I still haven't heard from the G-Link people and am still hoping to permanently add the other SFD1001. I've been switching the SFD in and out since I converted some of my personal library from my 81 disks. We have a new voting booth in and will soon be adding another. Vote! you can really make a difference. Gary Sparks has volunteered to subop the OTHER STUFF sub which is for non64/128 computers. Bob Earnheart is now answering questions on the HARD PARTS sub, if you have a Hardware Question please post here. I still need volunteers to assist in the subs, it's not much work and you get better access.

How to Post a Color/Graphic Message

If you are using a Color Graphics Term why not post in color? It's not hard, all you do is hit CTRL + 1-8 or C= + 1-8 for colors. Posting has been slow on the bbs and I think people would appreciate a change from plain text. With Color and Graphics you can at least spice it up a little and make it pleasant to read. Support your local BBS and post, if you do then maybe someone else will and before long it becomes a habit for all. Commodore was really very smart to add these features to their computers, so why not use them?

Some of you are getting the hang of the Color Change feature and that's a very big part of posting C/G. CONTROL + RVS ON will allow you to draw a Color Bar:

CTRL+RVS or Control plus Reverse On (key#9) and a few spacebars make a good color bar set up for testing your monitor color settings. CTRL+RVS OFF is automatic at 39 characters or a RETURN.

Log on the system and enter the sub area. Try posting a color message. If you mess up just abort instead of saving the message. Then next time when it asks for upper or lower case tell it upper/graphics and experiment with both shifted characters and C-key plus chr. You find the artist tools are built in to all 64's and 128's. Oh it does take lot of practice and an artist has some real advantages but it's fun to try.

Try it and keep adding on and before long you've got all kinds of strange stuff popping into your head to try and do C= Graphic Style.

One other way to practice is with programs like Screen Gems. It is featured on drive B of the bbs. Avoid using the joystick and practice using the key commands. If you have done a screen with screen gems or sequenzer then upload it and leave me a little feedback and I'll be happy to post it in either the subs or the art gallery.

This concludes the series of instructions on using the Club's BBS. The system operates on the latest version of the IVORY BBS program, and is one of the easier bbs programs to use or to operate. It still takes practice to learn how to use the system. The more you use it the more comfortable you will be using it. If you are new, why not practice learning here before getting on the private systems or the pay systems. That's why the bbs is her If we can help just let us know by either leaving feedback or better yet post a message in one of the subs so that others may benefit from the answers to your questions.

Bob Nunn

Memphis Commodore Users Club
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Support For All Commodores
24 Hrs-1200/300 Baud-Color Graphics

(901)366-4676 BOB NUNN - SYSOP

COPY SESSION!

AUG. 27

FURTHER DETAILS IN LIBRARIAN'S ARTICLE!!
STATE TECH FULTON BLDG.

VICE PRESIDENT'S PAGE

Sure it's summertime. Vacations - cookouts - reunions - there's plenty to do in the summer. Well, MCUC has plenty going on for you too! At our general meeting on Aug. 2 you'll have your last chance to place your order for JIFFYDOS and get our club discount. So bring your checkbook or cash if you're interested. Gary Sparks will explain a new graphics contest, a programming contest, and a programming challenge. Gary is also preparing a questionaire to help determine your interest. New users or anyone that has a question about the hews or whys of your Commodore can come to the beginners sig before the general meeting or to the new user's class the next night at the Raleigh Library. The 128 sig, the CP/M sig, and the MS-DOS sig will meet together again this month. Time and place will be announced at the general meeting and posted on the MCUC BBS. A copy session will be held Aug. 27 at State Tech from 10 till 2. Volunteers are needed to help. Sept. 17 we will have a club picnic. The location will be finalized next month. So mark your calendar with these days and plan to attend. I'll see you there.

Ron Montgomery

EDUCATIONAL CORNER

Just a short word from the Education Officer. Remember, we are having two Beginner's classes now instead of just one. There will be a Beginner's class held at 6:00pm before the General Meeting. This class will be for beginners, but if others have questions, we will try to have enough people there to address whatever the topic of discussion. The regular class is the Wednesday after the General Meeting. Check the newsletter and calendar for time and place. Also, remember there are several books and video tapes available to be checked out. You can also check out a modem to try. This is part of the benefits of being a club member. It's your information and equipment; use it.

Bob Earnheart

EARNHEART COMPUTER REPAIR

CALL 366-4676 9am-9pm
Will pickup or deliver

STILL AVAILABLE!! U.S. ROBOTICS MODEM

SPECIAL DISCOUNT TO MCUC MEMBERS ON JIFFY DOS INSTALLATION

CALL FOR PRICES!!

SECRETARY'S NOTES

Secretary notes 7/14/88

The official board meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Jim Fox, President.

Those present were: Jim Fox, President-Ron Montgomery, Vice President-Gary Sparks, Librarian- Gary Thurman, Treasurer-Bob Earnheart, Ed. Coordinator- Cheryn Nunn, Newsletter Editor-Bob Nunn, Sysop-Richard Coffman, Secretary.

Old business: Duplicator has been ordered from Datel. 128 computer has been received for use by the librarian. A survey of all club owned equipment is being conducted by the Vice-President. All those who have club equipment are requested to contact the VP. Gary Sparks will check with Q-Link to see why the club is still being charged a monthly fee.

New Business: A copy session will be held August 27 at State Tech. Watch for details on time and room in the newsletter. Motion made to purchase "Mystic Jim's" software and GEOS world magazine, seconded by Cheryn Nunn, motion carried. Some future contests for club members were discussed. Details will be forthcoming in newsletter. Demos for August: GEO-CALC or a general ledger program. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 PM.

Respectively submitted,

Richard Coffman, Secretary

MS-DOS NOTES

This month we will offer our first MS-DOS disk of the month. The program this month is File Express, a full featured database. It will be a two disk set. Gary Sparks will sell these disks with the regular club disks.

Ron Montgomery

CALL FROM IVORY JOE

For those of you who don't know, the BBS PROGRAM that we run now is called Ivory BBS v2.0. The author Bill Jackson was nice enough to make up a special version and get it to us in less than a week. We added Bill to the MCUC newsletter list for the extra effort he put forth. He recently called the BBS and left this in feedback.

BILL JACKSON (713-537-XXXX) 1200
Logon at 1:02 pm
Message from BILL JACKSON
SAT., 7/16 1:03 pm

Hi - I just wanted to give you a quick call and thank you for recommending IVORY to Richie Simpson. I just received his check. I sure like getting your monthly magazine. It's downright INSPIRATIONAL. Every month, I look at it and swear I'm gonna get back to work on the prg. It's been 7 months since 2.0 came out. That's the longest time between versions so far. I HAUE been doing a little work on it. I just about have the REMOTEstuff finished. It will allow a remote sysop to do just about everything you can do, except change disks. He will be able to hit 'U' and get the same USER FILE MENU. I have some ideas for improving the message base, but the easist way will be to require a 1581 drive.

ANYWAY, thanks again and keep up the good work. I'll let you know as soon as I get something ready. I'll make sure you get a test copy of the next version as soon as I finish it.

Logoff at 1:17 pm
Connect time 13 minutes.

Thanks to Bill Jackson (IVORY JOE) we got the board up quickly with a minimum of trouble. I'm sure all of you are looking forward to the improved version as much as I am.

Bob Nunn

OLDIES BUT GOODIES

TURBO WEDGE COMMANDS

*A AUTO NBR/RE-NBR * DISK STATUS
*B BLOCK READ/WRITE ** SEND DOS COMMAND
*C CPY/RSTR FL/DSK *! RESET COMPUTER
*D DELETE LINES *# NEW WEDGE #
*F SHOW FREE MEMORY *= NEW DRIVE/WDG #
*G GET DIRECTORY *+ NEW BORDER COLOR
*H PRINT HR SCREEN *- NEW BACK COLOR
*K KOALA VIEWER-P NEW TEXT COLOR
*L SHOW LOAD ADDR *? GET COMMAND MENU
*M GO TO MICROMON */ LOAD PROGRAM
*P PRINT SEQ FILE *@ LOAD ML PROGRAM
*Q QUIT WEDGE *↑ LOAD+RUN PROGRAM
*T TERMINAL *← SAVE PROGRAM
*U UN-NEW PROGRAM *: LOAD SEQ FILE
*V DOODLE VIEWER-P *; SAVE SEQ FILE
*W WORD PROCESSOR *, LOAD USR FILE
*X PRINT LR SCREEN *. SAVE USR FILE

TURBO WEDGE

I'm writing this article using a program called Turbo Wedge. It is also known as "the wedge", "Super Wedge", "Superwedge II", and the "Klitzing Wedge". If you got an MCUC starter disk that I made up then you have this program on the back of the disk. When I first started computing I never learned Commodore commands like OPEN 15,8,15 or any part of that nonsense. When you have programs like this then why would you? To this day I still frequently use this program. It does all the things the commodore wedge does just by hitting ** and the initial for the command like:

**r0:newname-oldname to rename a file or
**s0:filename will scratch a file.

You can format, validate, initialize and about anything else you would use the regular wedge For. The author Jim Klitzing says that he wrote this program to have access to a lot of utilities without having to load each of them separately and he has done just that. When you load the program and hit *w you will enter possibly a Familiar word processor. Yes its the same one we use and recommend "BIG ED". You can of course load any sequential file and do all the other things right from the wedge. It has a built in simple term program. It has several printer dump options including HiRes screen dumps (*h), LowRes screen dump (*x), and Micromon, a machine language monitor. This is just a brief description of all the features. Why not dig this one out or download it off the board. You will want to print out the docs and you can do so using this program by entering the word processor and loading it or use the *p command to dump it to the printer. The docs that I have are for an older version but most things are the same, it just doesn't list some of the newer features. I hope you come to love this one as much as I do.

Bob Nunn

JIFFY DOS DEMO AT AUGUST MEETING!!

IF YOU MISSED THE DEMO AT THE JULY MEETING YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!! BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK !!

WE WILL BE FINALIZING OUR ORDERS AT THE AUGUST MEETING!!

ORDER NOW TO TAKE ADVANTANGE OF GROUP DISCOUNT!!!