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Ramblings From The Ridge
Ramblings From The Ridge
by D. Sage
This is the first issue that I have written
from my new office. The office isn't quite finished, but as soon as it
was close, my wife started moving me out of the house. Not that she was
trying to get rid of me, she was just getting tired of looking at all
of this stuff in the living room, dining room, kitchen, pantry and
anywhere else I could find an open space to put something. Our house
now looks like it was unoccupied. My office is pretty big, but not
quite big enough. I have five Computers and two game systems hooked up
to seven monitors and TVs, and six printers. I have four computers that
I haven't found room for yet and another three or four printers.
My wife suggested that I might consider
counseling as a means of ridding me of computeritis, but I doubt
if that would work. If they had had affordable computers and game
systems when I was a kid, I would never have saved enough money to buy
a car. It's not that I'm addicted. After all I haven't bought an Atari
ST or an Amiga or even a PC compatible yet. A real addict would have
been on the waiting list for these.
Will the current surge of interest in video
games cause Coleco to get back in the business? In the past they have
followed an opportunistic approach to marketing new products. I'm not
sure that current interest is sufficient to make even Coleco get back
in. When pong first game out they tried to market a system, but had a
variety of problems. Since ADAM has died a number of people have tried
to resurrect the rumor that Coleco was building a new system. Although
that is still possible, I doubt if their stockholders would be happy
about it. Coleco's stock has been having recent difficulty due to
declining sales of their Cabbage Patch products and their inability to
follow up on that product's success.
If you call Coleco's hotline, you won't get
much help. More than likely they will refer you to us or one of the
other large groups that still support the ADAM. If people think that
there is a lack of support for the ADAM they need to get a copy of "THE
ADAM RESOURCE", second edition. The support is there, but if sales
don't pick up there is unlikely to be much in the way of new
Much of this problem is caused by ADAM owners
unwillingness to buy through the mail. I have heard of people who
bought ADAMs at discount prices and shelved their systems shortly after
they bought them because they couldn't find software anywhere (in a
store). Apparently many ADAM owners do not even know that mail order
support exists. Other buyers have no desire to use their ADAM for
anything other than word processing. I also get calls from
non-subscribers asking for help with a problem. Typically the problem
they are having has been covered in ECN.
As some of you know, Joe Blenkle has sold his
ADAM. He has offered to continue to keep track of the Hi-Scores, but
will no longer be submitting his Telecommunications column. His columns
will be missed. He has done much to further the cause of ADAM owners
and ECN by sharing his ideas with all of us. If anyone is interested in
writing a Telecommunications column please contact me. I just don't
have the time to do much telecomputing anymore. There are only so many
hours in the day and night, and sometime I have to eat, sleep and spend
time with my family. ECN is a product of shared information. I greatly
appreciate those of you who have made contributions either through
articles or simply information submitted to me. We welcome those
contributions and urge others to send in their programs and experiences.
Mountain View Press, P.O. Box X, Mountain View,
CA 94040, ph. 800/321-4103, is now advertising FORTH for the ADAM. The
package includes books, software and documentation and is available
from them for $175. Yes this price is a little steep for most ADAM
owners, but it is the same price that they charge for versions for
other systems. If you are interested in learning and using FORTH then
you may want to consider this or wait for a public domain version. We
hope to have some information on a public domain version of FORTH by
This issue contains most of our regular columns
as well as reviews of some new software. We also have a LOGO program
submitted by David Jacksch.
We have fewer ads this time, but that is to be
expected with the current state of software sales. To compensate for
this we will be carrying a listing of some of the companies that sell
ADAM products. I hope you find this issue enjoyable. Return
by D. Sage
What's new. Well not a lot has happened since
the last issue. All is relatively quiet on the home computer front, but
it doesn't appear as if that situation will last long. IBM is rumored
to be readying a new computer for home and educational use. This system
is supposed to be manufactured at the new facility that has been
producing the IBM PC transportable (clamshell). The system is designed
to utilize LSI chips to minimize cost. It will be essentially
compatible with other PCs except that it will not support networking.
The retail cost is rumored to be $1395. Great price for a home
computer. I wonder what kind of keyboard this gem will have.
In the meantime Sears has signed a deal with
Franklin to start selling the Franklin PC8000, which happens to be an
IBM compatible. The price is $949.99 for a system that includes 512K,
color graphics adapter, composite color or monochrome output, parallel
and serial interfaces, two double sided disk drives and MS Dos 3.1. The
monitor is additional. The system also has joystick ports built in.
Now if you could buy the Franklin system with
Sears reputation for product support, why would you want to buy the new
IBM PC home computer? With many comparably equipped quality clones on
the market, I doubt if IBM will sell many unless they start cutting
What with the Nintendo game system being a
success and Intellivision making a comeback, it looks like everyone is
jumping on the band wagon. Sega has now introduced a system with many
of the same characteristics as the Nintendo system. It comes with a
light gun and runs two different kinds of cartridges, one of which is
the size of a credit card. If you own a Nintendo system and want a
little surprise, take a look at the bottom of your system. You will
find a removable panel that conceals an interface that ultimately will
be used to attach a disk drive and other devices.
Why did Atari wait so long to finally move the 7800 Pro System from the
warehouses? The 7800 also runs 2600 games. Since Atari had a large
inventory of 2600 systems that they wanted to move, it wouldn't make
sense to sell the 7800 until the 2600s were almost all gone. With the
price of the 7800 being only $79.95, it would have competed directly
with the sales of the 2600 which varied from $29.95 to $59.95 depending
on the store. Will the new system be supported? Maybe, but only if it
sells really well. If Atari doesn't sell enough to go back into
production of the system, then it isn't likely that you will see any
cartridges developed other than those already in production. Nintendo
already has too big of a jump on everyone else and is beginning to
garner a good deal of third party support and interest.
My main complaint about the 7800 is that it
doesn't have a hook up for a monitor. To use it with my monitor, I run
it through my VCR which has composite video and audio outputs.
A while back Yamaha announced that disk drives
and additional software were now available in the U.S. for the CX5M MSX
music computer. They continue to focus their efforts at primarily the
music composition market although they now have available
word-processing and telecommunications software.
MSX systems are still fairing
Japan, but appear to be on the decline in Europe. At this point in time
the concept is unlikely to catch on in the U.S.
If the computer market is going to heat up any,
it should do so by September. Anyone not announcing products by
then will have considerable difficulty marketing their products for the
coming Christmas season. Most of the Christmas catalogs are well into
print by August or September. Sears starts mailing theirs usually in
August, which means it was in print by June or July at the latest.
Products that fail to make it into the catalogs of the more reputable
mail order firms will have difficulty establishing themselves in the
market unless they spend considerable amounts on advertising.
I will keep my eyes and ears open and try to
have any new developments ready for the next Issue, which will be the
last before Christmas. If you hear of anything worth printing let me
know. Return to Top
by D. Sage
In this issue I will cover some additional uses
for the PRINT statement and some additional statements. In Basic, PRINT
can be used in immediate mode (typed in without a line number). When
accompanied by a mathematical formula, this feature allows you to use
ADAM as a calculator. As an example type in the following:
Provided you have turned ADAM on and
loaded SmartBasic, you should get the answer 4. You can enter fairly
elaborate calculations using this method, provided you enter the
formula correctly. You could type in PRINT (197.8 * 27.2)/556 + 12 and
ADAM would give you the correct answer. In this mode you can use all of
the mathematical capabilities of the ADAM. So if you need to know
something quickly and you have ADAM turned on, just use this feature of
the PRINT statement to do the calculations for you.
Remember that calculations are performed in a
specific order. Multiplication and division are done before addition
and subtraction. If you use parenthesis () to enclose an operation,
then that operation will be completed before any that exist outside of
the parenthesis. If you aren't sure what is going to take place, then
use the parenthesis to insure the order of calculations that you
Even if you never plan to program in Basic,
SmartBasic has some features that you will need to use in order to
manage your data pack files. The most important of these is the INIT
command. This command allows you to reinitialize a data pack. No it
will not reformat the data pack, it only erases the current directory
and creates a new one that appears to make your data pack blank like a
new one. This command should only be used on data packs that contain
files that you no longer need. To use 1t you should type 1n something
like the following:
Make sure that you have a data pack
in drive one that you wish to initialize. The drive will spin and the
old directory will be erased. You can use any name in place of
"MYPRGRAM" and you can use drive 2 (d2) in place of dl if you wish to
initialize the data pack on your second drive.
To DELETE a file from a datapack you should use
the DELETE command, NOT the DEL command. The DEL command is used to
delete lines from a program. It is important to remember which of these
commands does what. Also NEVER delete a file that is opened. DELETE can
be used within a program or as an Immediate command. To DELETE a file
simply enter the following:
This will delete the file "MYFILE" on
data drive 1. To delete other files, enter the name exactly as it
appears in the CATALOG and enter the appropriate drive number.
The RENAME command can also be useful. To use
it you have to specify the old and new file names and the drive number.
The following is the correct format for this command:
RENAME MYFILE, NEWFILE, d1
In this case "MYFILE" is an old file
that exists on a data pack on drive #1. Its name will be changed to
"NEWFILE" on drive #1.
These features of SmartBasic will let you use
your ADAM to better manage your data packs and disks and take advantage
of some basic math powers that are available through your ADAM without
learning to program. Those of you who use ADAM primarily for word
processing should give these a try. I'm sure you will find them
helpful. Return to Top
by John Moore
Computers tend to fascinate and even scare
people. In fiction, they are seen almost as electronic Gods, omniscient
and omnipresent. Reality is different. Even a BASIC programmer quickly
learns how little the machine "knows." Getting the computer to actually
do something is a frustration all of us have faced (or are facing).
This is the first in a series of articles on
connecting ADAM to the outside world. You will not have to be an
electronics wizard or an electronics engineer to be able to use the
information, but you will have to have some knowledge about electronic
parts and computer programming.
In order to actually build the circuits I shall
describe, you will need to be able to assemble a circuit from a
schematic diagram. If you don't have these skills, ask around, visit a
local college or technical school, check with any amateur radio
operators In your area. You may find someone who will help you, or is
willing to build the circuits for you for a reasonable fee!
I would like to get the legalities out of the
way immediately. The circuits that will be given in this series have
been built, tested and do work. The projects do involve interfacing
with delicate electronic circuits, and if work is performed as
described, neither you or ADAM are in any danger. Since neither the
author nor ECN have any control over how well you follow instructions,
neither can be held responsible for any damages that may result.
(Editor's Note: Installing any devices may void your warranty. The
construction or modification of any ADAM is the sole
responsibility of the owner. Sage Enterprises accepts NO
responsibility for any such alteration or modification.)
In order to connect (or interface) ADAM to the
real world, we must make use of certain signals available inside the
machine. Fortunately, those signals are available at two fairly
convenient points: the Expansion Port and Slot 2. Slot 2 is the middle
socket inside ADAM. It is also referred to as J6. The Expansion Port is
the big connector on ADAM'S side.
To use Slot 2, you will have to prepare a PC
card-edge connector. To use the Expansion Port, you will need a 60 pin
socket. These are often available at surplus houses, and usually cost
$5. "Ribbon cable" is best with these. Please note: all of the 60-pin
sockets I have seen number the contacts with all odd numbers on one
side and the evens on the other. ADAM does not do this!
On ADAM, one side contains pins 1-30, the other
side contains 31-60. Be very careful and do not let these two numbering
schemes throw you off! The following table shows the names and pin
numbers of the signals we will need. Definitions follow.
Looks like Greek? The signals aren't that hard
to understand. First, let's note that a "B" in front of a quantity
means that the signal has been "buffered" so we can safely hang another
device on the line without causing problems. If a signal has not been
buffered, we would have to check various electrical specifications to
insure that we could connect to it.
A line drawn over a quantity means that it 1s
active when the voltage is low (near zero). It can be read several
ways. MREQ could be read "MREQ not" or "MREQ bar."
Now, let's examine each of these signals.
BDO-BD7 are the "Buffered Data lines." ADAM sends and receives data
over these lines. Since data can move in both directions (to and from
the computer), the lines are often referred to as "bidirectional" data
lines. Each line carries one bit of data. There are 8 lines. This makes
ADAM an "8-bit" computer.
Lines BAO-BA7 are the "Buffered Address lines."
Actually, there are 16 address lines in a Z-80 computer like ADAM. For
what we are doing, the first 8 will be all we are interested in.
Incidentally, the number of address lines determine what is the
greatest amount of memory that a computer can "directly" address.
Computers do all their work in the Binary
number system. We have 16 address lines in ADAM. The smallest number we
can represent is zero. The largest number would be represented by all
the address lines going high (+5v) at the same time. This is the number
FFFF in Hex. That is 65535 decimal, and many of you will have already
recognized the number as being the top of memory (64K) in your
Note that this is the maximum only in direct
addressing. There are ways to "indirectly" address much more memory.
This is how people like Buck Rogers can make huge RAM disks available.
BIORQ-not goes low whenever ADAM is conducting
an input or an output operation. The letters are short for "Buffered
Input/Output Request." BMREQ-not is "Buffered Memory Request." It goes
low if ADAM is reading from or writing to memory.
If the ADAM operation is a read, BRD-not
("Buffered Read") goes low. If ADAM wants to write (send out) some
information, the low will be on BWR-not ("Buffered Write"). We will use
these signals to tell us what ADAM wants to do.
I would suggest you start assembling the parts
you will need for these projects. You will need an 8255A (programmable
peripheral interface), a 74LS30 (8-input NAND gate), 2 - 74LS04 (hex
inverters), a 74LS02 (NOR gate), and a RTCM 32.768. All are available
at JAMECO Electronics, 1355 Shoreway Road, Belmont, CA 94002. You will
also want to get a board to which to wire, sockets for the IC's, and
perhaps a battery clip for 2-AA or AAA cells, a couple of diodes, 20 -
10K resistors (1/4 watt), and a 10 mf capacitor (10 volts or
higher). Return to Top
by Mike Degner
In the last issue I gave you two procedures to
play with. If you missed them here they are again.
TO INSPI :SIZE :ANGLE
INSPI :SIZE (:ANGLE + 10)
TO POLYSPI :SIZE :ANGLE
POLYSPI (:SIZE+1) :ANGLE
these work by calling themselves and increasing one of the variables.
You can take control over both of these by making the increase in the
variable. This allows you to set the size of the increase.
TO INSPI2 :SIZE :ANGLE :INC
INSPI2 :SIZE (:ANGLE + :INC) :INC
TO POLYSPI2 :SIZE :ANGLE :INC
POLYSPI2 (:SIZE + :INC) :ANGLE :INC
rest of the article I am going to give some more procedures that are
variations of these two. Remember to give the right number of inputs
after the procedure name when you call it.
TO POLYSPI4 :SIZE :ANGLE :DEC
IF :SIZE §1 STOP
POLYSPI4 (:SIZE - :DEC) :ANGLE :DEC
TO POLYSPI5 :SIZE :ANGLE :DEC
IF :SIZE §1 STOP
PU FD :SIZE
PU FD 1 BK 1
POLYSPI5 (:SIZE - :DEC) :ANGLE :DEC
TO 2POLY :S1 :A1 :S2 :A2
FD :S1 RT :A1
FD :S2 RT :A2
2 POLY :S1 :A1 :S2 :A2
TO SWITCHPOLY :SIZE :ANGLE
IF HEADING = 0 STOP
SWITCHPOLY :ANGLE :SIZE
TO STAR :COR :LEN
REPEAT :COR/2 [FD :LEN RT 360/:COR FD :LEN RT 180-360/ :COR]
TO STAR1 :LNG :CRN
REPEAT :LNG [FD :CRN RT 360/ :LNG FD :CRN LT 180-360/ :LNG]
next procedures call another procedure so make sure that you have both
typed in before calling the main one.
TO SCISSORS :SIZE :ANGLE
LT 2* :ANGLE
TO POLYSCI2 :SIZE :A1 :A2
SCISSORS :SIZE :A1
POLYSCI2 :SIZE :A1 :A2
TO POLYSCI :SIZE :ANGLE
SCISSORS :SIZE :ANGLE
POLYSCI :SIZE :ANGLE
TO TRIANGLE :SIZE
REPEAT 3 [FD :SIZE RT 120]
TO POLYTRI :SIZE :ANGLE
IF HEADING = 0 STOP
POLYTRI :SIZE :ANGLE
TO SPIRO :SIZE :ANGLE :NUMBER
IF NUMBER = 0 STOP
SPIRO ( :SIZE + 10) :ANGLE ( :NUMBER -1)
TO SPIROLATERAL :ANGLE :NUMBER
SPIRO 10 :ANGLE :NUMBER
SPIROLATERAL :ANGLE :NUMBER
some of these you have to press the escape key. You can change the
variable to anything that is convenient for you and experiment with
using these to make your own procedures. In the next issue I will
discuss using different turtles and the shape editor. If you have any
questions, comments, neat procedures, programs, or something you want
discussed, send a SASE to Mike Degner, Rt. 2, Box 293, Shell Lake, WI
54871. Return to Top
by D. Jacksch
Here are a few unusual pokes:
Horizontal Hold - POKE 17047, X:TEXT
X = 55 - simulates a TV "Sync." failure or a
rainbow effect. X = 0 is the default.
Alien Language - POKE 17065, X:TEXT
X = (150,200,210...) changes all screen
characters to odd shapes. X = 0 is the default.
Text Glitch - POKE 17067, X : TEXT
X = 1 - screen full of assorted characters,
flashed for .25 seconds, each time "TEXT" command is used. X = 62 is
White Out - POKE 17131, X : TEXT
X = 0 - sets whole screen inverse. X = 16 is
Screen Flash - POKE 17164, X : TEXT
X = (0 to 255) - whole screen flashes ASCII
character of your choice. X = 32 is the default.
Blink Mode - POKE 17180, X : TEXT
X = 200 - the text in rows 1 to 6 "blink"
regardless of computer operation. X = 0 is the default.
Rainbow Border - POKE 25465, X : HGR
X = 255 - fancy top border. X = 0 is the
Sync Fail - POKE 25432, X : HGR
X = (less than 255) - fluttering bars. X = 255
is the default.
Graftext - Poke 17215, X : TEXT
X = 100 - produces a screenful of assorted
characters. X = 200 produces colorful graphic characters in place of
ASCII characters. X = 224 is the default.
NOTICE: 1). These commands show the power of
machine code. You will find out that ADAM won't warn you if you mistype
a number (it's easy to "crash"). So, when experimenting with PEEKs and
POKEs, remove all disks and data packs from the drives and boot up
SmartBasic 1.0 with no programs in memory.
2). Some of the above pokes make the text
unreadable, so type "GR [RETURN]" to enter lo-res graphics and see what
3). Change your poked address back to the
default code before entering another one. The default codes return ADAM
to normal operation.
4). You may be wondering what anyone would use
these for. Check out the "Mission E.V.I.L." text adventures, where I
have used most of these for easy, surprise effects. Return
ADAM System Calls
by D. Sage
This 1s the sixth in a series of articles
covering ADAM'S system calls.
CALL FCC6$ (64710) - Reset a file
(rewind back to first byte). File number in A register. Error code
returned in A. Zero indicates no error.
CALL FCC9$ (64713) - Create a file.
Creates a directory entry. A = device #, HL - file name location, BCDE
= file size in bytes (0000 allocates last available space). Error code
returned in A.
CALL FCCC$ (64716) - Find a directory
entry. A = device number, DE = address of file name string, HL =
address to place directory entry if found. On completion A = error
code, BCDE = file's start block.
CALL FCCF$ (64719) - Update a directory
entry. A = device number, DE = current file name location, HL = address
of buffer for new file name or entry. Error code is returned in A. If
an error occurs no change is made to directory.
CALL FCD2$ (64722) - Read data (bytes)
from a file into user's buffer. A = device number, HL = buffer address,
BC = number of bytes requested. Error code is returned in A, actual
number of bytes transferred is stored in BC.
CALL FCD5$ (64725) - Write data (bytes)
to a file. A = device number, BC = number of bytes, HL = starting
location of data. Error code is returned in A.
CALL FCD8$ (64728) - Store the date
(this is output as the last three bytes of a directory entry. B = day,
C = month, D = year.
CALL FCDB$ (64731) - Retrieve date.
Error code is returned in A (error exists if date has not been set). B
= day, C = month, D = year.
CALL FCDE$ (64734) - Rename a file. A =
device number, DE = pointer to old filename, HL = pointer to new
filename. Error code returned in A, zero means no error.
CALL FCE1$ (64737) Delete a file. A =
device number, HL = address of file name to be deleted. Error code 1s
returned in A. Return to Top
by John Moore
We've already examined CP/M, and discovered
that most of the "commands" you give the system are really calls for
the system to load and run a program by that name. This time around,
let's look at the CP/M text editor, ED.COM. The filetype .COM tells us
that this is a runable program.
In my last column on PIP, you may remember that
it Is possible to use PIP to place text in a disk or tape file. The
command is PIP f1lename=CON:. The drawback that there is NO provision
for correcting typos, or for changing anything you put 1n the file.
What we need is an editor. That's why you have ED.COM!
When you call ED, you must specify a filename.
This could be an existing file, or a new file. If it is new, ED will
tell you so. If the file exists, ED simply prepares to operate on it.
Actually, ED does the same thing in either
case, it opens a file with the name filename (the one you gave it), and
the type of $$$. CP/M uses that extension for partial files - files
that are having material put into them, but which aren't finished yet.
If the file exists (and ED informs you), you
will need to bring part (or all) of that file into the new file so that
you can work on it. This involves use of the 'A'ppend command. You can
put an optional number before the A. This is the number of lines to
read. #A is the command to read all the lines in the file.
The reason for this circuitous procedure is to
protect your original file! ED actually takes NO action on the original
until the edit has successfully ended. At that time, it renames
the original file to type .BAK, and changes the work file from
filename.$$$ to whatever type you specified in the input command line.
This means that if the power goes off, or some
other disaster occurs you may lose a lot of work, but your original
file will be intact!
There are commands which force ED to put the
main file and the .BAK file on different drives so that you can work on
a disk that would not normally have room for a .BAK file that will, of
course, be almost the same size as the source file itself! See your
Coleco manual for details.
ED is a fairly primitive editor, but it does
provide the functions necessary to work on text files. The problem
comes in from the fact that ED's commands are somewhat difficult to
remember, and you must remember that you may not be where you think you
are in the file. All lines in ED are numbered when they appear on your
screen. These numbers are not in the file, but provide a
convenient way to move the "pointer."
When you input a command, that command is in
effect from the line in the "pointer" toward either the bottom or top
of the file. The pointer can be positioned anywhere on a line. KNOW
WHERE YOU ARE!
B moves you to the [B]eginning of the file
buffer. A -B gets you to the bottom, -n or n will move the command
pointer n lines backward or forward and show you the line. 0lt
(zero-L-T) will always show you the line at the current pointer
I gets you into [I]nsert mode. Control-Z gets
you out. In [I]nsert mode you do not "type over" material, your new
input is squeezed into the file, but no material already there is
nK or -nK will [K]ill n lines from the current
pointer position. Remember to use Olt to find out just where you are
before you start killing lines.
If you know where a line is, you can move to it
with the command n:. If you know something that is on the line, you can
[F]ind it by commanding FstringCntrl-Z. If you want ED to print the
line once it finds it, type the extended command FstringCntrl-ZOlt.
There is a [S]wap command. The syntax is
Sdeletedstring-Cntrl-ZinsertedstringCntrl-Z. If you put a "Olt" after,
it will display the new line. If you put a number before, it will
perform the swap that number of times, if possible. If you position the
pointer at the [B]eginning of the file (B) and put a I before the S
command, it will swap the two strings completely in the file. Just like
SmartWriter's "REPLACE ALL" command.
There are many other commands available in ED.
I refer you to the Coleco CP/M manual or any good CP/M book. Note that
ED is a "line-oriented" editor. This is probably because the earliest
computer terminals were teletypes, and It was convenient to work with
lines rather than moving a cursor on a screen under an error and
Because of the changes in the way people work
with computers, many more text editors have been created which are
often more convenient to use, but ED is still serviceable and does what
it was intended to do: create and edit text files.
P.S. - A friend pointed out a possible reason
why so many CP/M copy programs list the destination file first and the
source second instead of (what seems to many) to be a more logical
command to copy FROM a source TO a destination. It occurred to him that
Assembly Language Instructions work that same way. That is, MOV E,A is
the command to move the contents of register A to Register E. It does
seem possible that programmers who were used to (and comfortable with)
that usage would find nothing strange at all in listing a file
destination first and the source last! Return to Top
The Bulletin Board is a free service available
to ADAM owners. You may advertise, ask for help or correspondence from
other owners. We cannot include ads for the commercial sale of
software, but will include ads for the sale of public domain software.
NOTICE: For anyone who has
any of my public domain disks or is thinking about it. I am no longer
offering them as I have sold my ADAM. They may now be obtained from Dan
Orlando, P.O. Box 30527, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130. These include
MEX, LOGO Programs, UTILITIES/Graphics, Games, CP/M Programs, More
Basic 1, Basic 2. Disks are $5 each, DPPs $10 each or $7.50 each for
two or more in the same order. Dan has lots of other programs too, so
write for a list. Thanks and Farewell - Joe Blenkle.
FOR SALE: CP/M 2.2 -
SmartBest V1.0 -$10.00. Contact: David Kennedy, Bldg. 844-6-J,
Governors Is., NY 10004.
FOR SALE: ADAM (complete),
SmartLogo, SmartFiler, Telly Turtle, KopyKat, Blanks, $300 or offer.
Contact: Mike McCain, 5330 Spanish Trail, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
NOTE: Anyone with questions
or improvements on the "Mission E.V.I.L." text adventures, please
contact: David Jacksch, 480 W. 1500 N., Apt. M, Layton, UT 84041. I
have maps of "E.V.I.L., Part 3", for $.25 plus a S.A.S.E.
FOR SALE: Complete ADAM,
drives & a spare, plus lots of software ddps and cartridges, $500.
Contact: Ralph Jacobsen, N483 Highway C., DeForest, WI 53532, ph.
WANTED: New or Used - disk
printer and interface or other hardware; pascal software and any public
domain programs. Contact: Mike Degner, RR 2, Box 263, Shell Lake, WI
54871, ph. 715/468-2407. Return to Top
The following is a list of a few of the
companies that sell ADAM products. To obtain a catalog from these
companies, send them a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Alpha-1, 1671 E. 16th St., Suite 146,
Brooklyn, NY 11229, ph. 718/336-7612. They carry a wide selection of
ADAM products—hardware, software, supplies, etc.
DO NOT STAMP SOFTWARE, 2608 West 600
South, Roy, Utah 84067. Software.
Elliam Associates, 24000 Bessemer St.,
Woodland Hills, CA 91367. CP/M Software.
Eve Electronics, 2 Vernon St., Suite
404, Framingham, MA 01701. Hardware, CP/M Software.
Extended Software Co., 11987 Cedarcreek
Dr., Cincinatti, OH 45240. Software.
M.W. Ruth Co., 510 Rhode Island Ave.,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002, ph. 609/667-2526. Wide selection of ADAM
hardware, software, & supplies.
Orphanware, 5665 Myers Rd., Akron, OH
44319, ph. 216/882-4720. Hardware & software.
Reedy Software, 10085 60th St., Alto, MI
The ADAM Depot, 419 Ridgway Ave.,
Johnsonburg, PA 15845. Hardware, Software & supplies.
This list is not intended to be comprehensive,
nor is it intended to be a specific endorsement of any one company.
Nevertheless, in our dealings with these companies, we have found them
to be reputable and generally prompt in filling orders. Return
by Joe Blenkle
wishing to add their name to the high score list should send the game,
score, and level to Joe Blenkle, P.O. Box 41746, Sacramento, CA 95841.
Due to space limitations, all games may not be listed in every issue of
ECN, entries may be limited to only those scores for which new high
scores have been achieved. For a complete list send a SASE to the above
Jay H. Wald
High Scores as of Sept./Oct. 1986
User Group News
The list of users' groups continues to grow. If
there isn't one in your area to join - start one!
#1 Adam User's Group
P.O. Box 3761 - Attn: Jay Forman
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
James E. Gilbert
4608 Lakeview Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35810
Victor L. Watford
P.O. Box 777
Russellville, AL 35653
7210 Bulen Drive
Anchorage, AK 99507
4525 S. White Pine
Tucson, AZ 85730
Robert R. Marentes
9425 N. 38th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021
So. California ADAM Users
8580 Buggy Whip Rd.
Alta Loma, CA 91701
13381-19 Magnolia Ave.
Corona, CA 91719
Central Calif. Adam User's Group
James Turner, Jr.
20110 Ave. 19
Madera, CA 93637
San Diego Adam Users Group
Dr. Harold Alexander
37 Catspaw Cape
Coronado, CA 92118
AUG of San Diego County
868 N. 2nd St. #242
El Cajon, CA 92021
Bay Region ADAM Information Network
550 27th St. #202
San Francisco, CA 94131
Inland Empire Users Group
6644 Seine Ave.
Highland, CA 92346
Denver ADAM User's Group
1416 Lipan St.
Denver, CO 80204
ADAM Users Group #305
John F. Busby, II
6634 SW 41st St.
Davie, FL 33314
Playground Area ADAM User's Group
812 Pinedale Rd.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
Robert J. Niemeyer
292 Boca Ciega Point Blvd. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33708
ADAM User's Group
Michael G. Graham
217 Albert St.
Winter Springs, FL 32709
ADAM Support Group
1870 Fisher Tr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
2335C Apollo Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Donald R. Lager
5415 N. 2nd St.
Rockford, IL 61111
Kansas Adam Users Group
David E. Carmichael
1325 N. Meridian, Apt. 201
Wichita, KS 67203
KC Users Group
Kansas City, KS 66102
Greater Cincinatti Adam Users Group
c/o Keith Bowman
P.O. Box 434
Alexandria, KY 41001
P.O. Box 85
East Detroit, MI 48021
Bill & Nancy Rahn
12426-15th St. S.
Afton, MN 55001
Outsider's Users Group
P.O. Box 771
Starkville, MS 39759
Omaha ADAM Users Club
809 West 33rd Ave.
Bellevue, NE 68005
4327 Thorndale Pl.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Metro Adam User's Group
414 W. 149th St.
New York, NY 10031
Genesee Valley Adam Users
Donald K. Zimmermah
5132 Jordon Road
Silver Springs, NY 14550
ADAM-X-Change (New York & Canada)
Wolcott, NY 14590
Tri-Angle Adam Users
Gary E. Hill
L-5 Oak Grove
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Mutual ADAM Users Group
412 Bettie Street
Akron, OH 44306
Lake Erie Adam Users
2110 W. 36th Street
Lorain, OH 44503
between 4:30pm & 8pm EST
Portland Adam Users Group
P.O. Box 1081
Portland, OR 97207
The (717) Adam
120 E. 4th ST.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Midsouth ADAM Users
Roger Burford, Lot 142 NAS MHP
Millington, TN 38053
Adam Users of El Paso
6308 Falling Star
El Paso, TX 79912
c/o Thomas Rutan
1805 14th Ave. N
Texas City, TX 77590
Norfolk ADAM Group
Gerald M. Steen
1000 Rockbridge Ave. #144
Norfolk, VA 23508
ADAM Users Group of Central Virginia
Thomas J. Kelly
3B, Rt. 664
Earlysville, VA 22936
ADAM Washington D.C. Users Group
1811 St. Roman Dr.
Vienna, VA 22180
Puget Sound Adam Network
22607 SE 322nd
Kent, WA 98042
USNH, Box 2844
FPO Seattle, WA 98778
95 Harland Crescent
Ajax, Ontario L1S 1K2
Claresholm, Alberta T0L 0T0
1420 Ave. Langevin Sud
Alma, Quebec G8B 6B1
7350 Roi Rene
Anjou, Quebec H1K 3G6
Mr. G. Hibbert
P.O. Box 10
Mistatim, Saskatchewan S0E 1B0
First Canadian Adam User's Group
P.O. Box 547 Victoria Station
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 2Y6
Winnipeg Adam Users Group
729 Government Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2K 1X5
Metro-Toronto Adam Group
P.O. Box 123
260 Adelaide St. East
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N0
The Bendigo Colecovision Club
C1-2 Fenton St.
Bendigo, VIC 3550, Australia
ADAM Owner's & User's Group
4 Norman Street
Deakin, ACT 2600, Australia
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by D. Sage
Product: Adventure Game
Manufacturer: Mike McCauley, 1442 Sorrel Street, Simi Valley, CA
Price: $29.95 disk or ddp from manufacturer. Review copy
supplied free by manufacturer.
Stage Fright is a text adventure game by Mike
McCauley. It is his first entrance into the ADAM software market and
has indicated that it took two years to develop.
The game takes place in an old theater where
you find yourself trapped falling asleep during auditions. The goal is
to find your way out. This is not easy since the game has 240 rooms and
requires the use of many objects and other information. The game
is composed of three games. Once you find your way out, you are
confronted with two additional levels that involve finding a treasure
and carrying out a rescue. Naturally the additional levels are
more difficult than the first.
The game uses both text entered at the keyboard
and commands entered through the special function and Smart Keys.
Instead of typing GO WEST you simply press the right cursor key. Other
commands can be issued with those keys. Unlike simpler parsers, this
one understands both upper and lower case commands.
I have not had the time to make much progress
with this game, but will keep trying as it is interesting and
challenging. If you like text adventures this one is recommended, it is
clear that the author has put a great deal of effort into Stage Fright.
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Product Review: Hacker's
Guide To ADAM Volume 2
by D. Sage
Product: Manual (110 pages)
Manufacturer: Peter and Ben Hinkle, 117 Northview Road, Ithaca,
Price: $13 from the authors (review copy supplied free of charge)
The Hinkle's have spent a lot of time working
to provide all of us with technical information on the ADAM's operating
system and features. This volume reflects that effort. This publication
is generally more polished than their previous efforts and provides a
detailed look at the internals of SmartBasic.
The material is well organized and relatively
easy to follow. They have done an excellent job of attempting to make
this technical information available to all in an understandable and
useful manner. Explanations of the various routines and memory
locations used by Basic are detailed from interrupts to I/O to graphics.
As was true with volume one, the Hinkle's have
included listings of a number of useful utilities that are intended to
solve some of the problems and shortcomings of SmartBasic. They have
included fixes for additional spaces in REM and DATA statements. In
addition they have included listings that allow you to use 40 columns
video, define Basic functions with the various Smart Keys, add sound
and sprite commands and more. All of these features are combined in a
Hello program listing which they include. This allows you to add the
Hello program to your SmartBasic tape or disk that will automatically
install the additional features at start up time.
For those of you who have been looking for
schematics for the ADAM, these are included in the appendices.
If you program in Basic on your ADAM this is a
must buy. I only wish that it had been available when ADAM was first
released. Highly recommended. Return to Top
Review: Mage Quest
by D. Sage
Product: Graphic Adventure Game
Manufacturer: Reedy Software
Requirements: ADAM w/joystick
Warranty: 90 day
Price: $15.95 ddp - $13.95 disk/$2 postage. Review copy supplied
Mage Quest is a graphic adventure game that was
written by Brian Miguel. Your job is to recover the "Wards", powerful
weapons, that have been hidden in the dark catacombs of a castle. In
your search you collect various spells that you will use to ward off
the various demons that you encounter.
The game is played with the joystick and
keyboard. You move an onscreen figure (similar to the man in
Frenzy) that is done quite well. You move your man from room to room
searching for the "Wards." Once you find the "Ward" on one level, you
are automatically transported to the next level. It is wise to collect
as many spells as you can because they are necessary to fend off a
variety of enemies. The spells are executed by pressing the fire
button. Without them you don't have a chance.
In order to exit through a locked door you must
have a key. If you don't have the key, then you have to go back until
you find it. Unfortunately, your spells are not permanent, but the
beasties are and they return to haunt you again.
The instructions to this game are quite clear
and the game play is easy to follow, although not easy to master. Once
you are killed by a beastie, you have to start all over again. I did
not manage to progress very far initially, but with some practice I did
The disk does not stop with this adventure
game, but includes three more "solo" adventures. These additional
adventures more than make this software a worthwhile purchase. In
addition Reedy plans to release additional "solo" adventures that may
be used with the Mage Quest game disk/ddp. The additional games are
more difficult than the initial one.
The games use sound and graphics well. Although
the graphics screens are not overly complex, they are certainly well
done. Just what I needed another game that I can't put down. Oh well,
maybe if I stay up a little later I can master this one. Recommended to
all game players. Return to Top
Product Review: ADAM Resource Directory - 2nd Edition
by D. Sage
Product: Resource Directory
Manufacturer: Keith Burrow, The ADAM Resource, P.O. Box 90-E,
Seelyville, IN 47878
Length: over 100 pages
Price: $14.95 from manufacturer
The ADAM Resource Directory is a must buy for
all ADAM owners.
It includes comprehensive lists of software,
ADAM suppliers, books, publications, and much more.
In addition it includes lists of user groups
and ADAM owners, as well as tips and information that will be useful to
many ADAM owners.
I was pleased with the first edition of this
publication, but the second is even more outstanding.
In addition to the inclusion of a variety of
technical information they have included a section on Apple/Adam
equivalents. Also included is information on taking care of your
ADAM and a list of Honeywell Service Centers.
This book is exceptional and reasonably priced.
Buy It. Recommended highly.
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Product Review: Atari 520ST
by Joe Blenkle
Product: Computer system
Manufacturer: Atari Corp.
It was with much sadness that I finally sold my
ADAM computer. I was one of the original ADAM owners, first with an
expansion module and then with a stand-alone unit. My ADAM no longer
met my needs, however, and with no improvement in sight, I had to make
the decision to sell it in order to finance another computer.
The computer I chose to replace ADAM was an
Atari 520 ST with a color RGB monitor. While I'll always miss my ADAM,
the Atari ST can do everything the ADAM did and much more.
The ST comes with four programs: ST BASIC, ST
LOGO, NEOCHROME and 1ST WORD. Basic and Logo, are just the ST's version
of those languages. Neochrome is a painting program that is very easy
to use and 1st Word is a full feature word processing program.
With the amount of writing that I do, I was in
desperate need of a good word processor with an 80 column display. I
didn't want to pay another $300 to get one for the ADAM. That's the
basic reason I switched to the ST.
With 1st Word, what you see on the screen is
what you get on the paper. The ST has a parallel printer port which
allows me to hook up my Epson RX-80 printer directly via a standard
printer cable. Bold face appears as bold face on the screen, as do
underlined words, italics, etc...
Function keys are used to implement the various
features, making it very quick to type in a document just how you want
While I have yet to use either ST BASIC or ST
LOGO, I'm very impressed by the Neochrome painting program. The colors
on the ST monitor are so rich, it's a pleasure to look at. Drawing is
done via the ST's mouse, as is color selection and various other
functions such as brush size, text, etc...
Thus far, I have only purchased one game for
the ST. Sundog: The Frozen Legacy is an outer space adventure that
boasts great graphics and play. I haven't proceeded very far in the
game yet, but I'm very impressed with what I've seen so far.
To summarize, I miss my ADAM, but I felt it was
time to move on. If I had been able to afford it, I would have kept
ADAM as well, but in my brief experience, the ST is a fantastic machine
with a lot of potential for future development. A complete b/w system
can be bought for what ADAM originally sold for and a color system for
only a hundred dollars or so more.
From what I understand, the ST has outsold
Commodore's Amiga two-to-one and appears to dominate the battle between
the two rivals. Large chain stores are now selling the ST components
separately. At Toys R Us the computer goes for $349, color RGB monitor
- $339, and 3.5 inch disk drives for $139. I've seen color systems
advertised mail order for as low as $788. If you ever decide on
another computer system, I would highly recommend the Atari ST
computer. Return to Top
Product Review: Atari 7800
by Joe Blenkle
Product: Video game system
Manufacturer: Atari Corp.
Price: $79.97 at Toys R Us
It's been some time since the old Atari Inc.
was purchased by Jack Tramiel and became the new Atari Corporation.
Now the new Atari has raided the old Atari
warehouse and released the long awaited 7800 Videogame Pro System. I'm
far from an expert on the subject, but I must ask myself again, "Why
did Coleco discontinue ColecoVision?" The videogame market certainly
isn't dead. Atari 7800's are selling out in my area as fast as they can
be put on the shelves. The new Nintendo system is selling almost
equally as fast.
The Atari 7800 is slightly smaller than a
Colecovision console. It comes packaged with two ProLine controllers
and a Pole Position II cartridge. It can also play all Atari 2600
compatible cartridges. Unlike its cousin, the Atari 5200, the 7800 is
compatible with most conventional joysticks, although some games use
two fire buttons for various functions.
For those of you who have seen the Pole
Position II arcade game, you will be impressed. Graphics are very close
to the original, complete with four different tracks, scenery sets and
flying tires when your car crashes. I feel, however, that they could
have done better with the sound effects of the game — the sound as a
whole on the game isn't all that great.
On a whole, graphics on the 7800 are probably
better than Colecovision's, equal to or better than Nintendo's and
definitely better than the Atari computer games. My only complaint is
that your race car looks, much like they do in TV or movies, as if one
scene has been superimposed over another. It's almost as if your car is real
and it's sitting in front of a movie of race action.
The 7800 controllers are very easy to use, with
two fire buttons for different functions (right and left) and a
joystick in the upper center of the controller. They are a definite
improvement over the old 5200 controllers and are compatible with other
standard game systems.
While I've heard there are about a dozen
cartridges in release or about to be released, as of this writing
only three were available, Ms. Pacman, Joust and Deluxe Asteroids.
Graphics are improved over the Atari computer
versions and all are a lot of fun to play. Asteroids uses shading on
the asteroids to create a 3-D look to the game. All cartridges are
currently selling for $9.97 at Toys R Us.
In all, I think Atari has a winner with the
7800 system. I have not heard, however, if they plan on continuing
their support or whether they are just dumping the system and the
cartridges on the market to get rid of them. The system box bears the
Atari Inc. Copyright 1984, while the game boxes are Copyrighted 1986
Supposedly in release or about to be released
are games such as Food Fight, Desert Falcon, Xevious, Ball Blazer and
Rescue on Fractulus (from Lucasfilm), Centipede and Dig Dug.
Only time (and sales) will tell the future of
the 7800 system. Return to Top
The following LOGO program was submitted by
David Jacksch. After typing this in and saving it. Reload LOGO and then
type: LOAD "WET.PET [RETURN] and the PETPIC1 picture will load
TELL ALL CS PU HT
SETCURSOR [12 9]
PRINT [WET PET]
SETCURSOR [9 14]
PRINT [BY D. JACKSCH]
PUTSH 20 :FIN1
PUTSH 21 :FIN2
PUTSH 22 :FIN3
PUTSH 23 :BUB1
PUTSH 24 :BUB2
PUTSH 25 :BUB3
PUTSH 26 :MOUTH
TELL 1 SETSH 23
TELL 2 SETSH 24
TELL 3 SETSH 25
TELL [1 2 3] SETC 1
TELL 4 SETSH 26
SETPOS [53.38951 -0.8995518] SETC 1 ST
TELL 5 SETSH 20
SETPOS [20.226562 -27.0625]
SETC 8 ST
IP 0 = RANDOM 4 [PAD]
IP 0 = RANDOM 8 [BREATHE]
IP 0 = RANDOM 2 [BUBBLE]
NOISE 2 4 0 0 0
TELL ( 1 + RANDOM 3 )
IF 0 = RANDOM 2 [SETPOS [80-112]] [SETPOS [-87 -112]]
ST SETSP 25
TELL [1 2 3] SETSP 0
MAKE "STARTUP [BEGIN]
MAKE "NOTE [I HOPE YOU ENJOY MY LATEST PROGRAM. NOW YOU CAN HAVE A RARE EMERALD - CROWNED
ORPHAN FISH, AND YOU NEVER EVEN HAVE TO CHANGE THE WATER!]
MAKE "MOUTH [0 24 112 112 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0]
MAKE "BUB3 [96 144 144 96 0 12 18 18 12 0 0 0 3 4 4 3 0 16 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 12 18 18 12 128 128 0]
MAKE "BUB2 [14 17 36 40 32 17 14 0 1 0 128 7 12 8 8 71 0 0 128 128 128 6 9 9 6 0 0 0 128 128 128 O]
MAKE "BUB1 [0 0 0 0 14 17 17 17 14 0 0 48 72 72 48 0 0 12 18 18 12 0 0 0 48 48 0 0 140 18 18 12]
MAKE "FIN3 [3 3 3 7 7 7 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 7 0 0 255 255 252 252 248 248 240 240 240 224 192 192 128 0 0 0]
MAKE "FIN2 [3 3 3 7 15 31 31 63 63 63 62 28 0 0 0 0 255 255 254 252 24 8 240 224 192 128 0 0 0 0 0 0 0]
MAKE "FIN1 [3 7 15 31 63 127 127 255 254 252 120 0 0 0 0 0 255 255 252 240 224 192 128 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0]
NOTE: Whoops, I goofed. I don't program in LOGO so didn't notice. David
Jacksch tells me there is a problem with the "wet.pet" LOGO program.
The "BEGIN" procedure attempts to load and draw "PETPICT1", but you
will get an error unless it exists on the disk drive or data drive.
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HOT NEW BOOK!!
THE HACKERS BOOK - Everything you wanted to know about modems and telecomputing. $12.95
MULTI-WRITE FROM STRATEGIC SOFTWARE. $38.95 - A 64 column
word processor for the Adam. No need for expensive 80 column unit. (dp)
LET THE ADAM
DEPOT BE YOUR ONE STOP COMPUTER CENTER FOR ALL YOUR ADAM COMPUTER NEEDS
Adam Disk Drive..............$219.95
Adam Link Modem............$79.95
Speech Synthesizer.clock calender.........$109.95
Fully adjustable tractor feed for Adam printer.....$79.95
Eve 64K Memory
Eve Power Supply (eliminates
need for Adam printer)..$69.95
Extra Digital Data
3 piece brown dust cover set
with Adam logo.....$17.95
Super Sketch Graphics
Flip N' File 50 (holds 50
6 outlet spike
Daisy Wheels for Adam
printer (11 styles).....3 for $14.95
Adam Printer ribbons.....3
Loran brand blank data
packs.....3 for $12.95
Nashua blank 5.25"
diskettes.....10 for$14.95 / 30 for $39.95
Adam monitor cable.....$8.95
Super Special-Nashua Blank
Disks...100 for $99.95
Back up+ 3.0 (dp) or (d)............$29.95
Address Book with Auto Dialer (dp)..........$29.95
Dragon's Lair (dp)................$19.95
Power Print (dp) (allows right justify & center margin)..$23.95
Paintmaster (dp) create &
save beautiful images...$23.95
Smart Speller (dp) or (d)
(spelling checker program)...$38.95
Smart Filer (dp) (filing
Video Tunes (dp) (music
SmartBasic Bonanaza (dp) or
(d) (Martin Consulting)...$29.95
Fantasy Gamer (dp) or (d)
Extended Basic Utilities (dp)
Diablo (dp) or (d) (all
World Geography (dp) insight
into the world....$14.95
America at War (dp) learn
facts about 6 wars.......$14.95
Adam's Companion book (good
all around book).....$9.95
Adam Depot brand blank data
packs.....10 for $29.95
Baseball cap - "I Love my
Tractor fanfold paper 8.50"
x 11"...1,000 sheets for $14.95
Turboload (speeds up loading
The Solar System (dp) facts
about solar system.....$14.95
NOW AVAILABLE: Infocom games
for Adam (CP/M 2.2 required) Zork I, II, III, Wishbringer, Hitchiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, etc. $$ CALL $$
VISA/MC ACCEPTED SHIPPING $2.50 per order
CATALOG .25 CANADA SHIPPING $5.00
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SOFTWARE FOR THE ADAM
In addition to our
other products we carry a growing portion of the CP/M Public Domain
library in the ADAM CP/M format. While we have tested much of this
software, we cannot guarantee that it is all bug free. However, most of
this software has been around for some time and has gone through a
number of revisions to eliminate any bugs that have appeared.
All prices are given
in U.S. funds. Canadian orders should be in U.S. funds or equivalent.
Orders to other foreign countries add $2 for each disk and $3 for each
data pack to cover overseas shipping.
CPM 1 - ADVENTURE the
original public domain game. Disk recommended. Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 2 - TINIDISK a
version of Tiny Basic. Includes Star Trek. Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 3 - PILOT
implementation of the PILOT language. Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 4 - POW2-text formatter.
Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 5 - EBASIC package (5 disks or DDP's). Includes HELP files, EBASIC
compilers, source code and OTHELLO game. Disk $25, DDP $35.
CPM 6 - EBASIC GAMES
- requires CPM 5 above. Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 7 - EBASIC GAMES - requires CPM 5 above. Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 8 - EBASIC GAMES
- requires CPM 5 above. Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 9 - EBASIC GAMES
- requires CPM 5 above. Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 10 - MADAM7 -
Modem7 for the ADAM and other utilities. Disk $5, DDP $7.
CPM 11 - ASSEMBLERS
& DISASSEMBLERS (2 disks or DDP's) Disk $10, DDP $11.
Copyright 1986 Sage
Enterprises - All Rights Reserved
UNREAL UTILITIES is a
menu driven set of utilities that will allow you to read and edit
directory information for SmartWriter and Smartbasic files, delete and
remove entries that will free up wasted directory space, fix corrupted
directories, change file names and their characteristics and more;
format disks; edit and dump blocks on disk or data pack; compare two
copies of media to insure that they are identical; move blocks from one
location to another on a disk or data pack; and RECOVER files and
programs from a disk or data pack even if it has been INITed in
These utilities are
especially useful to anyone involved in the development of software for
the ADAM. U.S. and Canadian
price - $36.95 US funds. Foreign price - $40.95.
ADAM BASIC PROGRAM
PL 1 - Checkbook
balancer, mailing list (prints labels), graphics and sound demos,
picture drawing, grade calculations, envelope addresser.
PL 2 - Screen and
text color changer, note player, sprite demo, filing system, games,
statistics, grade point average, timer, and graphics demos.
PL 3 - Serpent,
battleship, joinfour, checkers games; sprite editor, graphics,
educational programs, tic tac toe, menu program, and an event scheduler.
PL 4 - Dungeons and
Dragons game (elaborate), EVIL3 game, football game forcaster and 8
Ball fortune teller. A disk drive is required for D & D game.
PL 1, PL 2. and PL 3 are available on either disk or data pack for
$9.95 each to U.S. and Canadian customers. Foreign customers add $2 per
disk or $3 per data pack. PL 4 is available for $5.00 on disk and $7.00
on data pack to U.S. and Canadian customers. Foreign customers add $2
per disk or $3 per data pack. Send U.S. funds or Canadian equivalent
Copyright 1985 Sage
Enterprises All Rights Reserved
CONVERT allows you to
copy non-ADAM CP/M disks to ADAM CP/M format, giving you access to data
and programs that may not be available in ADAM CP/M format.
Zenith 100 CPM-85 SSDD Format Disks IBM PC CPM-86 SSDD Format Disks
TRS80 CPM+ SSDD Format Disks. System Requirements:
ADAM with at least one digital data drive and one ADAM disk drive, plus
ADAM CP/M 2.2 and SmartBASIC. CONVERT reads the
three disk formats listed above and converts them to the ADAM format.
In order for a CP/M program to run on the ADAM, it must be CP/M 80
version 2.2 compatible and must allow for configuration to the ADAM
system. CP/M 80 version 2.2 software is available on the three disk
formats listed above. To avoid confusion we generally recommend that
such software be obtained on the Zenith format. Always make sure that
the software you obtain to use on your ADAM is CP/M 80 version 2.2 or
it will not run on your ADAM. Some examples of software that have been
CONVERTed are Microsoft Basic, Turbo Pascal, ASCOM, and WordStar. If
you are considering buying CONVERT make sure you have a good
understanding of the CP/M operating system. If you only have a need to
CONVERT a few programs to ADAM format you may want to consider our
software conversion service listed elsewhere in this catalog. U.S.
and Canadian price - $36.95 US funds. Foreign price - $40.95 US funds.
All of the products
on this page may be ordered from:
Rt. 2, Box 211, Scrivner Rd.
Russellville, MO 65704
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