Does the new Atari XMM801 printer work with Broderbund's Print Shop software?
What is the significance of having 128K memory in the Atari 130XE, if only 16K can be accessed at one time, per program?
I was pleased to see my Tech Tip in the July, 1986 Antic. However, Alpha Products is no longer a source of the ST monitor plugs. The sole US. distributor is Interface Technology, Inc., 14440 Cherry Lane Court, Suite 219, P.O. Box 3040, Laurel MD 20708. (301) 490-3608.
To answer John Hawkins' question in the June, 1986 issue of Antic, Amdek 3-inch disk drive hardware and software may be purchased at the Computer Corner, 7101 Broadway, Merriliville, IN 46410. (219) 738-3282.
ATARI BEATS IBM
For two years, we used two IBM PC computers here at the publications unit of the California Division of Mines and Geology. Recently, I began purchasng Atari 130XE computers and AtariWriter for staff geologists and editors. The ease with which staff learned to use them was amazing, and none had any previous computer experience. Small database jobs, word processing and management statistics are done on the Ataris. Each station has a 1050 disk drive, Comrex amber monitor and Star SG-l0 printer.
After suffering verbal abuse from my mainframe and IBM friends for buying Ataris, the wisdom of the purchase became undeniable. With little dollar investment and no formal training, productivity has increased.
Commenting about the August, 1986 Online issue of Antic, regular contributor Chris Chabris points out that in the general computer world, "direct-connect" modems are those which plug directly into telephone lines via standard modular outlets, instead of the old-fashioned acoustic couplers with their rubber cups.
Antic's August stories tended to define direct-connect as it applies primarily to the Atari world-modems that plug directly into 8-bit Atari computers without requiring an 850 interface or other RS-232 connection.-ANTIC ED
SOUTH PACIFIC BBS
I am running a BBS here on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands with a 130XE, a Supra 10 megabyte hard disk and Bulletin Board Construction Set software. However, our phone system does not allow us to log onto the wonderful world of U.S. bulletin hoards. We would be willing to pay a small fee for floppy captures of messages that are on U.S. boards.
Atari Users Group
APO San Francisco, CA
I really enjoyed Build Your Own EPROM Burner in the December, 1985 Antic. After constructing the circuit board, I found that I can successfully program an EPROM, but the read function returns many random errors which change every time a read is done. I have double-checked the circuit completely. Have any readers experienced the same problem?
The Recipe Converter (Antic, June 1986) is great. I sell food to restaurants, hospitals and schools. And now I use this program to help them convert home recipes to larger portions.
MOUSE THAT ROARS
Thank you for your review of Sound Mouse in the June, 1986 Antic. We couldn't be more pleased with it. However, we have now reduced the price from $39.95 to $29.95.
Sound Soft, Inc
In response to Elisas Leousis' April, 1986 Antic I/O Board query about a foreign language ST Font editor: We are currently working on a general purpose editor to handle 7,000 Chinese characters broken up into 128 character fonts. The technique we are using will be applicable to other foreign languages by late 1986.
If any of you dug deep into your pockets after reading about the Radio Shack CGP220 color inkjet printer in the February, 1986 Antic-or if you own the nearly identical Canon PJ-1080-A-here's a demo program to try. It gives an idea of the wide range of effective colors possible with these printers through RGB mixing.
New York, NY
IU 10 REM COLOR DEMO CANON PJ-1080A SN 26 DIM S(3),P1$(240),P2$(24O) FY 30 REM SET BITS: NONE,ODD,EUEN,ALL: HD 40 S(0)=0:S(1)=1+4+16+64:S(2)=2+8+32+128:S(3)=255 HA 50 OPEN #2,8,0,"P:" YL 60 FOR K=l TO 240 STEP 4 EE 70 BYT1=S(INT(4*RND(0))) EM 80 BYT2=S(INT(4*RND(0))) RH 90 FOR J=0 TO 3:I=J+K FA 100 P1$(I)=CHR$(BYT1) GC 110 P2$(I)=CHR$(BYT2) GF 120 NEXT J GR 130 NEXT K VJ 140 FOR K=1 TO 16 PV 150 ? #2;CHR$(27);"X";CHR$(80);P1$; RE 160 ? #2;CHR$(27);"X";CHR$(80);P2$; GZ 170 NEXT K RQ 180 GOTO 60
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