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I have especially enjoyed the letters we have received. Your suggestions and notes of encouragement have helped to decide the upcoming format of TIME DESIGNS. I think that you will welcome some of the planned improvements...more T/S 1000 info (continued coverage of the 2068/Spectrum and QL). There will be articles and columns for a variety of special interests like the operation of full-size printers, hardware modifications, and programming tricks. And let's face it, not everyone owns a floppy disk system. There are some very good alternatives like the Sinclair Microdrive, Rotronics Wafa- drive, A&J Micro Drive, and yes, even the Old reliable cassette (check out Michael Carver's excellent cassette utility in this issue). We want to offer tips on all types of mass-storage medium.

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“As I have a Spectrum +, Interface One, two Micro- drives, Beta Plus DDI (with Amdek III), a working 2050 attached, a rather large assortment of Spectrum software and subscriptions to 4 UK Spectrum-dedicated magazines, I tend to regard myself to be a Spectrum buff. Therefore, I would like to offer this selection of my favorite 1985 Spectrum favorites. The following programs are not in a specific order, they are all great.”

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Dear Sir:

“I've just read your response to Byron DeFries on page 3 of the March/April issue. There mav be a bit more of a problem than you mention. You are right about’ the frequency difference (50 vs 60Hz) but that is minor, and most self-respecting transformers are specced from 47 to 63 Hz to cover it. The need for a new transformer (or adaptor) arises because the British line runs about 230 VAC compared to our 117.

The big problem I forsee is that the British tele- vision uses a different scan pattern and frequency from the American one...625 lines by 50 frames. Also, without checking, the channel frequencies may be different. Thus plugging into a British TV won't work. Using a video monitor obtained in the U.K. may have a similar problem. Here, the monitors follow the U.S. 525 line 60 frame television pattern. (One likes to make the frame rate the same as the line frequency to reduce the demand for power filtering and isolation.) If the UK video monitor follows their TV standards, the 2068 won't work through that de- vice without modifications either. Now, I haven't torn into my 2068 and looked, but it's possible that there's a jumper change that will adapt the machine for the British (or other European) standards.”

David Mc Lanahan Marlow, NH

EDITOR: On, Ma. DeFades could try to hook-up his 2068 to a Sinclain Pocket TV. It'S compatible with both British and American standards. 1 understand someone has accomp- Lished this successfully...afthough they are wearing thacken Lenses now,

“I purchased an FD-68 Disk Drive I/F from AERCO in December, 1985. The system disk they sent me was un readable, and it was returned to them in December for a replacement. I waited very patiently until the first of February, at which time I decided to call them (perhaps they had not received my letter?).

I spoke to a Phil [at AERCO], and was very upset by his attitude. I was advised that he had been busy doing ‘other more profitable projects’ and that he really did not want the Timex business. I was quite upset. After speaking with Rod Gowen of RMG Enterprises [an AERCO dealer in my area], I was advised to speak to Jerry at AERCO...

The first of March I was again on the phone to AERCO. This time | was able to speak to Jerry, who was very accommodating. Jerry apologized and sent a new disk out the same day, Air Express. Unfortunately, it was also unreadable.

I then spoke to Jerry again. He shipped me a 5.25" disk drive and disk, set up as drive C, for me to make my own copy. This was also sent Air Express! I ended up getting a copy from Jack Dohany, a programmer in Calif- ornia, and did not need to use the drives sent to me by AERCO. However, their efforts were extraordinary.

I am writing [this letter], as I was very vocal about poor service and attitude, and aware of others having the same problem, 45s evidenced in our recent user group newsletter. However, I cannot say enough good things about how I was treated by Jerry. I therefore con- clude that AERCO is really concerned about our business as well as servicing us after the fact. I would however suggest anyone who has a problem with AERCO should talk to Jerry...not Phil!

Unfortunately, a ‘comedy of errors' such as I[ ex- perienced can ruin a company's reputation. I have pur- chased other AERCO products in the past and will do so again. I felt after all my complaining, I should tell the whole story. Especially, the happy ending.

I hope you chose to publish this as I feel we owe the companies supporting our computers some good words. It always seems easy to criticize, yet hard to praise.”

Syd wyncoop Portland, OR

EDITOR: Your fast sentence hit the "bulfseye". AS a con- sumer, there seems to be mo excuse 40% poor sevice and (gasp) mistakes. But as a small business owner, I know what goes on “behind the scenes". Often just a couple of empfoyees are weaning the hats of several dozen workers. The word "busy" <4 an understatement! I feel that the majority of our T/S vendors fake customer satisfaction serious£y. If mot, I don't think they would be dong buscness for Long...but remember, we all mess up once in awhile.

“I have Found the Burglar Alarm program in the last [March/April] issue of TDM to be a useful addition to my TS 2068. However, I have found one problem. Generally speaking, when the program is loaded with the loop closed, the joystick port appears to be stuck in the l's position (pin 1 to pin 8 closure). The program fails to recognize when an open occurs. If the program is loaded with the loop open, the system functions correctly. This situation may be unique to my own computer. However, I suspect that this is a flaw in the software.

The problem is that the closed loop indicator that {s written into Register 14 of the PSG during the load procedure, cannot be cleared when the loop is later opened. The solution is to either load the circuit with the loop open, or clear Register 14 when the program is executed. I chose the latter solution. In the enclosed program(s), line 35 is used to call the machine code routine that clears Register 14 of the PSG. Line 15 calls the routine that POKE's the routine into high memory (lines 200-250). I have also shown the mnemonic listing of the machine code routine. Addresses FFEOQ through FFE6 enable Register 7 of the PSG and set bit 6 in the register. Setting bit 6 in Register 7 enables I/O Port A (Register 14) of the PSG for output. Addresses FFE8 through FFED enables and zeros Register 14 of the PSG. The remainder of the routine re-addresses Register 7 and clears bit 6. This re-enables I/O Port A (Register 14) o* the PSG for input.

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Tip #4- Substitutions: Many tokens on the ZX/TS computers have numeric values and will be interpreted as such while & program is running. Since tokens are usually stored in a single byte whiie numbers take up 6 bytes or so, this trick can save quite a bit of space at the expense cf slowing down the speed at which the program runs. For

example, rather than “LET 2=0", LET Z= “NOT PI", “SIN a BY: ZXTS PI", or “TAN Pi”. Likewise, SGN PI = 1, INT PI = 3, COS Sonscecen| PI = -1, PEEK NOT PI = 211, PEEK PI = 255, PEEK PEEK PI =

135, LEN STRS PI = 9, CODE STR$ PI = 3], INT EXP PI = 23, and PEEK PEEK RND = 209. No doubt there are plenty more of these, and for numbers such as ?, which 1 have not

Quick Tip #l- Next time you have some epoxv mixed up, found an expression for yet, use the function VAL. In- take the time to giue the key into the slot on vour edge stead of LET X = 2, LET X = VAL "2". A whole equation can connectors (RAM Packs, ect.) by placing just a bit of also be surrounded by VAL, such as LET Z = VAL “2+ glue at the top and bottom end of the key. I've had a few (404/17)". You will be suprised at the memory saved by of these fall out and the results of misaligning a RAM utilizing this trick.

| pack could be disastrous when you power up. (Sinclair Tip #5- Word Substitutes: In Print statements, strings Canada does this on all their 16K RAMs.) and prompts, use keywords and tokens to save memory also. Quick Tip #2- If you are using Radic Shack TP-10 Printer Instead of a line like- 20 PRINT “ENTER TODAY'S DATE”, Paper (Cat. No. 26-1332) in your 2040 printer, put two use- 20 PRINT “INPUT TODAY'S DATE”, which saves 4 bytes. pennies at each end of the roll to keep the smaller TP-10 Do this by using the keyword THEN after the first quote roll feeding evenly. (How's that for a cheap fix?) mark, typing the I key for INPUT, and then deleting the Quick Tip #3- If you are still experiencing RA™ pack THEN token. Since it is within the quote marks, the wobbie and the resulting “white-out", place some rubber computer simply prints it. AND, STOP, THEN, NOT, FAST and or felt “sticky pads” under the rear two feet of ycur RUN are also good candidates to use in this way. Ex- ZX/TS. This allows the RAM pack to hang off the edge periment with these and have fun. connector, thus not wiggling loose as you press the key- board. Anthony Willing

Printer Tips

Gorilla Banana

“If I teld you that it was possible to get 100 ribbons for your printer for the price of one, would you be interested?

As most of you, I have been frustrated with the cost and availability of ribbons. The way my printer runs, I have been known to use up more than a ribbon a week. Sometimes I run them until the print is barely legible.

I began to think that spending $7.95 on ai ribbon that is only about 24" long, was a real waste of money. Consequently, I began to experiment with alternative pessibilities.

The outcome of my experimentation, is a simple, fast wav tc re-ink the fabric. And, since each re-inking takes only about four drops of ink, one bottle of ink car certainly re-ink more than 100 ribbons. However, the ink i used is not a standard office supply item that one can find at the corner stere, but a special ink designed only for inking ribbons.

In order to buy the ink at a reasonable price, one Was Teguirec to buy gallen lots...hardly the thing most ef us want to de.

After discussing my idea with Rod Gowen of RMG Enterprises (1419 1/2 *th St., Oregon City, OR 97045), Rec @greed te package a kit containing enough ink to do 100 ribbons, applicator swabs, plastic “ageire

c instructions for $7.95 plus §2.00 shipping the price of one store-bought ribbon).

If you decide to try one of these kits, remeber that there are some tricks te getting the re-inking to work properly and evenly. Ss follow the instructions to the jetter.

I'm sure that if vou own a Gorilla Banana or clone, you will find this kit to be the bargain of the year.”

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Vincent Lyon

GE TXP-1000

“I recently solved the code for usine the GE 3-81004 (TXP1000) Letter Quality Printer with the AERCO printer interface. You use the pr-= coder as described in the instructions, then do the POKES regeuired te use RAND USER 64844 to COPY as the instructions svzresit, then use the following POKE's, and it will work grea::

POKE 64785,22 (Copy function Variable Line Spacing) POKE 64836,24 (Printer Reset)

from Zebra Systems, Inc.) for this printer, the changes are as follows:

I have also modified ZPRINI (‘rtrinter utility scftware

use Epson Rx/Fx code (#5) POKE 64601,24 (Printer Rese*)

POKE 64617,51 (Variable Line Spacing for wide screen POKE 64618,16 copy)

POKE 64625,51 (Variable Line Spacing for regular copy) POKE 64626, 22

POKE 64633,68 (Horizontal Tab for regular copy 17 is the POKE 64634,17 left margin so change as you desire) POKE 64636,9

Also of interest, you can POKE 64801,76 and pet a width regular screen copy. This is mermaliv 75--75=466¢ bit graphics mode and /6=96C bit graphics r:< :


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Users of the Zebra Graphics Tablet will have neo doubt noticed the annoying behavior that I will term “Spray”. lf you don't press the stylus against the tablet very firmly, you get a wild spray of dots.

You may have alse noticed that the “Spray” tends to be directed towards the center of the tablet. This is be- cause there are a pair of centering resistors which cause tablet readings to return to center when there is no con- tact with the graphics tablet. The “Spray” phenomena is essentially micro seperations of stylus contact. The duration of these micro seperations is very short but the cursor instantly centers on each seperation event, there- fore causing the “Spray”.

By eliminating the instant centering of the tablet you wiil be eliminating the “Spray” phenomena. You can do this by removing two resistors and replacing them with 0.1 uf capacitors. Te do this follow the instructions below...

1) Place the tablet upside down and remove 7 screws.

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plug two connections from the pc board inside.

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5) Selder two 0.1] uf ceramic disc capacitors inte

the vacated resistor locations. Put your graphics tablet back together (this may be a bit tricky’ and try it out. You will notice a signigicant improvement in performance.



Special Report:


On Tuesday, April 86th, the news was out...Sir Clive Sinclair had sold his home computer technology and company name to a one-time rival, Amstrad Consumer Electronics PLC. The transaction has been called the "end of an era in British Computers".

While the sale was unexpected, close observers of the U.K. computer market were not completely suprised. Sinclair had been operating in the red for over a year, and just recently rescheduled its overdue debt. Major creditors included Barclays Bank and the Timex Corporation. Sir Clive, in recent

interviews had expressed dissatisfaction in the marketing end of the computer business. "I always said I was an inventor," he said. "Once a product is developed, I want to get out."

TIME DESIGNS had been investigating an unusual situation that was occuring at the Boston office of Sinclair Research, when the sale was announced to the press. No one _ had been anwering the telephone...and a rumor had it that the office had moved to New Hampshire. A call to the Boston telephone company confirmed that their phone lines had been disconnected.

It is evident, that Amstrad, who has been having a successful year in the con- sumer electronics market, wanted an entire corner on the home computer market. The prime justification for the the $7.3 million acquisition of Sinclair. Alan Sugar, chair- man of Amstrad commented that the Sinclair line of computers, less-expensive models mainly designed for home use, would comple- ment Amstrad's line of business’ oriented computers and word processors (which are less entertainment oriented).

The Sinclair deal includes the use of the Sinclair brand name and the world-wide rights to sell and make Sinclair computer products. These include the current Spectrum models, and some other computers that were scheduled for future release. At press time, the Sinclair QL was still up in the air. It has been widely published, Alan Sugar's dis- pleasure of the QOL. An Amstrad spokesperson told Time Designs that "the QL was never the success that Sir Clive had intended...our marketing department is taking a long, hard look at the QL...before any decision will be reached". It should be pointed out that Amstrad's own small business-type computer, the 128K PC, caters to the same market as the QL. A recent American deal with sears, will give the Amstrad models a big boost in sales.

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has retained the rights interests to the Microdrive wafer technology and the C-5 experimental vehicle, among some

other technologies. The flat-screen pocket TV marketing and manufacturing rights were given to Timex to pay-off an outstanding debt. When all of the transactions are complete, Sinclair Research "won't owe any money and will have some assets," Sir Clive has stated.

A new company is being formed by sir

Clive, which will do research for other companies on a contract basis. Most of Sin- clair's key engineers and researchers will

go with Sir Clive. One project that had been previously hinted at before the sale to Amstrad, was an inexpensive portable tele- phone using cellular phone technology. Also, it is known that Sir Clive has privately ex- pressed interest in developing his very own revolutionary computer system...considering that his other computers had gone in other directions than intended. Haven't we heard this one before?

As for Amstrad, they will continue to sell Spectrums (Plus and 128K models) until existing contracts with suppliers have ex- pired...then will shift manufacturing to their own factories. When Time Designs asked Amstrad recently, if they intended to bring the Spectrum to the U.S., a spokesperson replied, "Not at this time, but Amstrad has always had a policy of...if a market exists, we'll be there." It was then immediately pointed out that 100,000 or more Spectrum's were already in use in the form of the Timex/Sinclair 2068.

The British Sinclair market appears to be un-daunted for the time being. There are stock-piles of computers and related s/w and h/w in warehouses. Enough to keep the market going for some time. After that, it's up to Amstrad, or perhaps Sir Clive (?).

“As a last note, the much discussed Sinclair C-5 electric three-wheel vehicle (sold for a short time in the U.S.), will briefly appear on American Network TV. The popular Late Nite With David Letterman Show on NBC will feature the high-tech "tricycle" in a futuristic comedy spoof called "The Regulator Guy". Actor/comedian Chris Elliott will drive the C-5 around the _ stage.

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The American version of the Sinclair QL has been rescued. A Keene, New Hampshire firm, A+ COMPUTER RESPONSE, has purchased the entire U.S. inventory of QL's and will be distributing the computers to a network of 12 established T/S dealers. A+ Computer Response is a PC and small systems. sales, service and consulting company in the New England area. Close ties with Nigel Searle (former marketing director of Sinclair), brought the U.S. QOL market to the attention of A+ managers, George and Carol Whitham, which eventually led to the Sinclair deal.

A+ Computer Response has announced to their OL dealers that there are adequate a | supplys of computers and peripheral support Carol Whitham, General Manager of A+ Computer Response | to last several years. They will also pursue of Keene, N.H., shakes hands with Terry Shurwood of the possibility of securing additional OL Sinclair Research Ltd., Cambridge, England after their

: agreement was finalized for The purchase of the entire stock in the future. inventory of American QL's.


Reported by Tim Woods

The Mid-West TS Computerfest held in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 3rd and 4th was a great success, and enjoyed by all those who attended. It was the largest assemblage of Sinclair dealers, services and nationally- known personalities ever. One individual commented that he had attended the Boston TS Celebration in 1983, and preferred the Mid- West show, as it was geared more to the user and after-market dealer (since the Timex Corporation had dominated the Boston event).

The large Ramada Inn at I-75 and Sharon Rd. was the location of the TS Computerfest. Over twenty exhibitors were featured in the main convention room. Another smaller room was used for special guest speakers and displays. The official Hospitality Suite was

open on Saturday for informal gatherings. Ray Payne and Joe Ayello of Knighted Computers were Good conversation, advice and computing tips very successful at The Computerfest, selling more new abounded. computers (QL's) than any other dealer present. Also

There seemed to be a little something pis Re lg pig new software for the 2068 will be

for everyone. The TS Connection had a table with surplus 2068 and ZX81 spare parts...for those who like to dabble with the soldering iron. The Zebra Systems booth was always crowded, since they had brought a van-load of TS computer merchandise (many items at great prices). There was a booth that had a home-brew banked-memory board for the 2068, with a reported 12 meg. bytes. A QL mouse was demonstrated at the Russell Electronics exhibit. Dave Maccarone of Damco Enterprises featured his excellent new Spectrum Rainbow Interface and the Wafadrive system. Some of the users groups were supplying free "public domain" software for the price of a cassette tape.

. There was so much more at the Mid-West TS Computerfest...more than we have _ space for. I would like to thank the Computerfest committee for the fine job of sponsoring the


, : Jerr Champk | f of AERCO ave an Informal demonstration event. I understand that another show is on oh disk trouble-shooting, shown here at the already being planned for next year. I can TS Computer fest Hospitality Suite. AERCO also demoed

hardly wait! ; their new CP/M system for the 2068.

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Host Gary Solomon of Brice Road Pharmacy (a OL dealer) A correspondent for the Wall Street Journal meets Mark introduces George and Carol Whitham of A+ Computer Fendrick, a correspondent for the U.K. magazine, ZX Response, who donated a complete QL package (computer, Computing Monthly. The Wall Street Journal will run

monitor and printer) for a door prize...a $900 value. an article about the Computer fest.

An attendee browses at the Time Designs booth. The new The gang from Zebra Systems, Inc. (left to right: pro- 2068 Technical Manual (published exclusively by Time grammer Jeff Street, general manager Stewart Newfeld, Designs) was premiered at the Computerfest, and re- and Stewart's brother Bil! filled in for the weekend) ceived quite a bit of attention. sport their large and diversified product line.

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These three smiling gents are members of The Greater Cleveland Sinclair Users Group. Several other groups

from Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana also had displays.

Tom Woods demonstrates one of his new experimenter boards to a customer at the Syncware News booth. Tom

also gave a talk on filing-type programs during one of Sundays small group sessions.

Product/ Dealer News

E. Arthur Brown Co., 3404 Pawnee Dr., Alexandria, MN 56308, (612) 762-8847; has secured the publishing rights to HACKER'S

HANDBOOK in the U.S. This best-selling book from Great Britain is a resource and tech- nical reference guide to telecomputing. Only $12.95 plus $1.95 S&H.

New Larken Disk Drive Interface Board for ZX-81/TS 1000/1500. Controller board is

Similar to Larken 2068 Disk I/F, but has a custom DOS for the ZX-81, and is reported to be user friendly. Board requires double-

sided 5.25" drive. Price: $95.00 (U.S.) for single drive board, or $99.00 for 2 drive capacity. $4.00 for drive cable (all other

cables are supplied); plus $5.00 S&H. Larken Electronics, RR#2 Navan Ontario, Canada, K4B-1H9.

Zebra Systems, Inc., 78-06 Jamaica Ave, Woodhaven, NY 11421 (718) 296-2385; intro- duced two new programs for the 2068 at _ the Mid-West TS Computerfest..."The Banner De- signer" and "The Sign Designer". Combined with the previously available Greeting Card Designer program, there are three members of to Zebra's Graphics Design Series. With a full-size dot matrix printer and a 2068, it is possible to design and create custom 84"x 11" signs, banners and greeting cards. The programs are priced at $19.95 each (plus $3 for total order S&H). Zebra Systems also in- formed TIME DESIGNS that they are extending

the sale and special pricing featured in their yellow Anniversary Sale flyer, until the end of June.

Weymil Corporation, Box 5904, Belling- ham, Washington 98227; has a comprehensive high-resolution graphics software package for the Timex Sinclair 1000, called THRUST. Thrust features both on-screen hi-res and 2040 printer hi-res graphics. The package includes both "Sincartist 1.3" and "Sinc-

artist HR" on one cassette tape for $20 ppd. The Thrust package comes with complete doc- umentation, and is compatible with Paul Hunter's memory board.

New address, and new Sinclair catalog available from: Variety Sales, 325 W. Jersey St. #2D, Elizabeth, NJ 07027 (201) 289-5699,

Free Sinclair QL software and hardware catalog