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Issue 17

Sep/Oct 85

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Dear Editor,

I would be grateful for your assistance in printing the following plea for help.
I have 'output', do you have 'input' and live in the Cardiff area? If so and you are interested in joining or forming an Atari User Group please contact me at the address on this letter. You may even find a computer being put to uses that you had not thought of. I look forward to hearing from all you Atari enthusiasts in the wilds of the Cardiff area.

Yours faithfully,

Raymond Price,

Mandeville House,

9, Lewis Street,







Dear Les,

I was particularly interested in Phil Rae's article in issue 16 regarding Atariwriter and the 1027 but I was a bit concerned about his suggestion to re-ink the roller using ordinary stamp pad ink. During seven years as a franking machine engineer, I came across a number of inking rollers that had been re-inked with this stuff and it invariably ruined them. After a while the thin endorsing ink (which is made for rubber stamps) begins to dry and leaves a tacky, impermeable glaze over the surface. It is very much better to use the thicker ink that is specially formulated for use with metal dies such as automatic enumerators and cheque signing machines. I have successfully, and repeatedly used this type without any sign of glazing.

A few more tips. If you select Printer Option 2 you can use Inverse Video to underline but your line feed instructions in the formatting block are ignored and you must insert your own returns where you require double spacing. If using Alog Pagewriter CTRL-O starts underlining and CTRL-N stops it. When using Letter Perfect, select E for Epson printers rather than Atari and CTRL-V, 15 starts underlining and CTRL V,14 stops it.

I hope that these tips will help others with the 1027.

Best Regards,
Keith Berry,




Dear Les,

I have recently finished 'The Sorceror of Claymorgue Castle' and there are a couple of points you might like to publish to aid anyone who is getting frustrated by it. Firstly, the American for cupboard appears to be cabinet. Secondly, and much worse, Scott Adams has chosen, for some unfathomable reason, to define a new meaning to the word WALK. Whereas RUN, CLIMB and GO appear to be entirely synonymous, WALK means, illogically, something entirely different! I would be grateful if anyone can explain why there are certain places where I can GO or RUN in, but not out, though I can WALK out and certain very similar places where I can GO and RUN both in and out but I can't walk in or out. What does Scott Adams think WALK means?
Infocom was never like this. Having survived some Vogon poetry, I am now attempting to persuade a door that I am intelligent, but I am confident that the solution will be more interesting than guessing that WALK and RUN bear no relationship to one another!

John Sweeney,



Dear PAGE 6,

I have a tip for anyone who is having problems when using the VAL and GET functions in the same program.

An error occurs when you use the VAL function to convert a numeric string to a numeric value. The VAL function alters the BASIC buffer pointer INBUFF to point to the string where the value is to be taken. Then when you do a GET function the character you GET will be stored in the string that VAL used instead of the location pointed to by INBUFF. The value in INBUFF would be correct if the VAL routine in the O.S. had re-initialised INBUFF but it doesn't.
The pointers for INBUFF are stored at locations F3, F4 hex or 243,244 decimal, so all that is needed to clear this bug is to use the following POKEs after all the VAL statements in your program.

POKE 243,128: POKE 244,5

Remember you only need to use this POKE if you are using both VAL and GET functions.

Yours faithfully,

Martin D. Bann


PLEASE WRITE TO US! We get plenty of letters about problems with typing or asking questions but not many general letters that would be interesting for other readers if published. If you have a hint or tip or have discovered something, share it with others. Please make sure that your letter is clearly headed READERS LETTERS.