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The Editor’s Forum

First, without sounding like a lot of hype, I would like to encourage as many of you that can make it, to

so attend the Timex Sinclair Computer Fest in Indianapolis

fthis coming May. Frank Davis and crew have spent an ‘enormous amount of volunteer time and even personal in- vestment, to bring you the largest assemblage of TS vendors and enthusiasts ever seen. I'm hoping that we can show our appreciation by surpassing their an-

ticipated attendance goal. For further details, please check out the news section in this issue. I have received a number of requests for info on

where to get repair work done on Sinclair computers. This made me realize that TDM hasn't reported on this Since one of our early back issues.

Currently, we know of three sources for repairs of the TS1000/TS1500/TS2068: Carver Technologies(Tim Carver is the service technician), 3832 Watterson Ave, Cin- Ccinnati, OH 45227, tel.(513) 271-5575; Timex Product Service Center, 7004 Murray St., Little Rock, AR 72203,

tel.(501) 372-1111 [yep, they still provide "out-of- warranty" service at this time]; Sunset Electronics, 2254 Taraval St., San Francisco, CA 94116, tel.(415)


For QL service, contact either A+ Computer Response (69-B Island St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-357-1800): or Brice Road Pharmacy (1653 Brice Road, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068, tel. 614-861-3600). However, I recommend that you contact the dealer where you purchased the computer from first.

For Spectrum repairs, we have no recommendation, other than consult the back pages of ZX COMPUTING, where several European repair. houses are listed.

Another source of help for that faulty computer might be a new regular feature here in TIME DESIGNS (see elsewhere). It's called the "TS Communique", and is hosted by our own Joe Williamson. Joe, as you may know, was the former editor of SUM. He also studied elec- tronics and earned a degree from Florida State, and is currently employed as service technician for a video store. The TS Communique allows you the reader to send

in questions about troubles you are having with your equipment (including monitors, printers, interfaces, storage devices, etc.). Answers will be printed in up- coming issues.

In closing, I would like to do something that I've never done before in TDM. Let me explain. A couple of months ago, I was having one of those perfectly rotten days (you know, the ones where nothing goes right?). Then in the mail, came a letter which changed all that. It simply read as follows:

Dear Mr. Woods,

Please accept my renewal to your very excellent magazine. I am one of those carry-overs frgn SUM, that you took under your wing last summer. Because of your magazine, my interest in the TS2068 has really grown, and I just wanted to say "thank you".

Respectfully Yours, Jim Preston Gainesville, Florida

Because of this one note, the whole rest of my day had a different outlook. All of those nights I went without sleep to make a deadline, somehow seemed worth- while. If I could renew the interest in a powerful little orphan computer, then my original goals for ‘TDM had been met.

Sadly, a few days ago I learned that Jim Preston had suddenly passed away from a heart attack at the age of 66. He had been a member of the Gainesville Sinclair- Timex Users Group for a couple of years. One of the members told me that Jim was "a heck of a guy. Had a great sense of humor...and would do just about anything for you. He was that kind of person".

Although, I never met him personally, I was touched by that one note that came at just the right time. In this respect, I would like to dedicate our March/April 1987 issue of TIME DESIGNS to the memory of Jim Preston.

I think you would have really liked this issue Jim.

Sincerely, Tim Woods Managing Editor Time Designs Magazine Co.

Special Information for TDM Subscribers

WILL YOU BE MOVING SOON? Or even if you change to a post office box, please let our office know. well in advance. We have found that the U.S. Postal Service will not reliably forward third class mail (like TDM) even if there was only a small change in the address (like an apartment number for example). To ensure that no issues will be lost, notify us a soon as you know your new address.

WHEN TO RENEW? To determine what your date is, read the information in the upper right-hand corner of your shipping label (located on the front cover of this magazine). For an example: "Mar/87" means that the March/April '87 issue will be the last one you will receive until you) renew your subscription again: An early renewal is appreciated. We also send one reminder notice in case you forget. You can also use the form on page 43 to renew your subscription.


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Editor: To "nxecap" a Letter that was printed in the Last (Jan/Feb '87) issue of TOM, from Vince Stimmel; help was requested on saving auto-run cassette programs to the A&J Microdrive. Mr. Stimmel reported that he received a number of responses and a phone call before his copy of the magazine arrived in the mail. Here are two NCS pPOnSeS that were sent in to us directly...

Since we too have recently invested in the "poor folks" mass storage from A&J, we have a feeling of kin- ship. If you have the customized version of MSCRIPT, the "catalog" function can be a help in getting self-

starting and machine code programs onto wafer. Load MSCRIPT; at the HOME menu, set "use" to cassette (just hit the "U" key). Then hit "Cc" for catalog. Play your

program tape, and each program should be listed on the screen, along with memory addresses for all code or the auto-start line number in Basic programs. Now that you have some more information, see if you can break into

the Basic and save it to wafer. Then save the indicated code at the indicated address and length. Branson Wilcox Cawker City, KS Thank you for publishing my program "Character

ANALYSIS" in the JAN/FEB '87 issue. I hope your readers will enjoy and find some use for the program. I will be happy to answer any of their questions regarding it. I am also enclosing a subroutine for SAVING to A&J and/or tape, to answer the question your reader, Vince Stimmel of Hendersonville, NC, asks. It includes error trapping, verifying, and autostart.

William C. Andrews, M.D. San Anselmo, CA

TO SAVE 9000 ON ERR RESET : BORDER 6: @———— GOTO 9999 PAPER 6: CLS : PRINT AT 5,123 P AFER 13 INK 93 BRIGHT 13" SAVE? "SAT 10,7; PAPER 2;" 1 "3; PAPER 6; BRIGHT. @;" ON MICROWAFER ";AT 12,13;" OR "s;AT 14,7; PAPER 2; BRIGHT 13" 2"; PAPER 6; BRIGHT ®;" TAPE CASSETTE ": PAUSE @ 9918 LET Z$=INKEY$: IF Z$="2" TH EN GO TO 994@ 9020 BORDER 1: PAPER 1: CLS : PR INT AT 19,18; PAPER 2; INK 93; FL ASH 1;" RECORDING " 9930 SAVE "@1, TITLE" LINE 9100: GO TO 919@ 9040 ON ERR GO TO 909@: BORDER ®: PAPER @: CLS : PRINT AT 11,10 ; PAPER 2; INK 9; FLASH 1;" RECO RDING " 9950 SAVE "TITLE" LINE 9196 9968 BORDER 1: PAPER 1: CLS : PR INT INK 7sAT 9,2; "REWIND TAPE-- PRESS ANY KEY TO"?**TAB 5; "VERIF Y OR BREAK TO STOR" 9070 PAUSE @: CLS : PRINT AT 11, 14; INK 6; FLASH 1;" VERIFYING " 9989 INK 1: VERIFY "": PRINT AT 11,6; PAFER 2: INK 9;" RECORDING IS O.K. “: BEEP .5,1@: PAUSE 20 G: INK @: GO TO 9199 9098 CLS : PRINT PAPER 2; INK 9 ; FLASH 1;AT 1@,1@;" TAPE ERROR ": PAUSE 2a@ 919 ON ERR RESET : CLS : GO TO

be in sequence for its position on the wafer.

After the , name of program (7 char. max.).

Number after LINE is

the next sequence of

program (could be the auto-start).

For tape--no @. Title



The number after @ must

limited to 10 char. max.

Autostart of program

= 2


I am writing to say thank you for doing a great job with TDM. I especially appreciate the Machine Code pro- grams, utilities for the TS 2068. Thank you also for publishing the Source Code for Michael E. Carver's "BASIC2text" (Nov/DEC '86). I really enjoyed that one. I learn so much from labeled, notated source code about the 2068 and the assembler language itself. Thank you for doing this, hope to see more.

Syd Wyncoop's column has been the best presentation of Beginning Z80 Machine Code I've ever seen. Now that the price has come down on Softsync's programs (now available from Zebra Systems): ZEUS ASSEMBLER, ZEUS MONITOR/DISASSEMBLER..well, they are great programs! Here is a tip for the Assembler, that some users may appreciate. The instructions that are included with ZEUS ASSEMBLER do not explain how to get a minus dis- placement value. For example: you would like to write a program or utility that resides at address 57344 (right at the start of the assembler), and you would like to have your assembled code at address 40000. You would use the ORGinate address 57344. Then to calculate the DISPlacement: 65536 - ORG(address) + assembled code (address) = DISPlacement or 65536 - 57344 + 40000 = DISP 48192. When satisfied with your code, SAVE "name"CODE 40000, length. To test it out, LOAD "name" CODE 57344 or whatever was used for the ORGinate address. Thanks again for a great magazine!

Richard Hurd Warrenton, OR


Editor: Thanks for your continued support, accept both criticism and praise.

Syd Wyncoop repkies: I have an easier way f0A negative displacements in ZEUS. The problem is that my way better Lends itself to use in hex. I will usually assemble my code to address #C000 and then add an offset of #2000 to akk Labels. Using these numbers, the Machine Code would be assembled at 49152 and nun from 57344. These numbers ane not as Strange as they would {inst appear. They rep- resent page breaks between &k sections of memory, but this 48 only obvious when working in hex. The "#" in front of the above numbers is the notation used by ZEUS to denote a hex number. Ads Long as you ane running your code from any 256 byte page break, this technique works very well and is easy to use, if you use and understand hexidecimak numbers. Thanks for your comments.


Dear Tim,

You mentioned in the Jan/Feb '87 issue that I would soon complete debugging the TS2068 ROM software. I would have said "debugging is an on going project" and the corrections that are completed are ready for release at any time. I am working on both the TS1000 and TS2068 software. I have the TS1000 (and TS1500) on 16k EPROM. With the price drop on 32k static RAMs we can now have a four chip computer with 32k bytes internal RAM and 8k space for special ROM code.

The latest bugs corrected for the TS2068 include both the HOME ROM and extension ROM software. ‘These corrections allow a BASIC AROS to operate in the advanced video modes. With these corrections USR (number) also works in the advanced video modes

Bob Orrfelt 3436 Bay Rd. Redwood City, CA 94063

the PRINZ,

- %

I have not been able to figure out how to print a copy of a screen display on my QL Printer. I have tried to interpret the information provided by the QL Users Guide, the QL Printer Manual, and Jan Jones' book "QL SuperBASIC", all to no avail. After spending around $800 for my QL setup, I feel cheated that the capability is not specifically addressed in the manuals, if in fact the capability exists. Must I purchase a program in order to do this, such as a desktop publishing program? Your advice will be much appreciated.

Doug McRoy Laurel, MD

Mike de Sosa answers: The following short program should solve your problem. This and mone useful programs Like At wihk be found in my new book TAKING THE QUANTUM LEAP: THE LAST WORD ON THE SINCLAIR QL, to be published by TIME DESIGNS in Aprik. Always use PAPER 0 (bfack) when preparing a serneen to dump, otherwise you'keR wear out

your printer cartridge ribbon in a hurry. To make sure you capture all of your screen design, Leave about 5 character Spaces and 1 Line Space blank on the top,

bottom, and sides of your screen design.

Save the program on your QL-BG (Easel) backup cartridge. Run the program on MDV1. Key and enter "dscreen" to get a suitable window for your design. Make your screen design. Turn your printer on. Key and enter "dump" to copy your screen on your printer.

If you want to SAVE your. screen design, use:

SBYTES MDV2_anyname, 131072, 32768

To reload your design, use:

LBYTES MDV2_anyname, 131072

1 REMark Gprint., dung

2 a=RESPRC4000)

3 LEYTES mdvyl ogprint prt,

4 OPEN NEW #237 iiedvl d&ode

5 PRINT #23,4

& CLOSE #2


OPEN #3, mcivl deode

9 INFUT #2,a

(‘owe eC :

.) ee 4 0.6 00-5 ,0,0,0,0,0 12 END DEFinge DUPF 2

13 DEFine® FPROCedure DScreen

14 WINDOW Sif, #56,0,0_

15 PAFER Of TNE 7! écs oe 16 PAPER _ #2,0:;INK #2,4: CLS #2 17 END DEFine DiScreen

Build this SUPER SIMPLE MODEM by Joe Williamson

With the popularity of telecommunicating using TS computers, I thought it was about time for a _ simple, easy to build modem to appear on the scene. Using the circuit shown connected to the Mic jack with the program listed, you too can enjoy telecommunicating over your telephone line. WARNING! There may be rules and regu- lations governing connections made to telephone lines in your area. Check first.

The Circuit shown can be made from parts that are available locally, and it uses the Mic jack as the I/O port. The transformer matches the impedance of the phone line to the impedance of the computer and provides iso- lation. The switch allows you to place the circuit "on hook" or "off hook".

The program must be entered exactly as_ shown, particularly the REM statement which contains the code required for proper operation. The BEEP command is used for the different tones. The program is bare minimum for printing to the screen and keyboard entry. Because of this, you should load in the program first and become familiar with its operation BEFORE attempting the hard- ware portion. The USR calls are primarily for keeping track of what is printed where on the screen.

After typing in the program, save it before running so you won't have to type it in again if the program crashes. Once this is done, enter RUN and you should be greeted with the message: "Super Simple Modem Ver. 1.1 Ready". With a flashing cursor here on the next line awaiting keyboard or external entry. Press any key to start.

To go online with some of the different modem services available, turn the switch to the off position and connect to the phone lines and plug into the Mic jack as shown. To dial, use a standard phone and dial up a modem service. As soon as they answer, turn on the switch and hang up the phone. You should be online with who you called.

The simplicity and ease of use of this program will award you great pleasures in use. Try it. Show it to your friends. Enter the world of telecommunicating today. What can you lose?

Ow/oFF S with

To Phone Li “NES

TS2068 Modem Program



10 BORDER 0: POKE 23693,7: CLS


20 LET L=25: LET P=26715: LET C=IN 244

30 DIM A$(L+i)

40 GO SUB 1000: PRINT ’A$

50 LET P=P+L+1: LET L=4

55 RANDOMIZE USR 26757: DIM A&% (L+1)

60 GO SUB 1000: PRINT ’’A$

70 PRINT FLASH 13" *

80 PAUSE 0: PRINT AT 6,0; FLAS H-0;= >

90 LET P=P+L+1: LET L=4: DIM A $(L+1): GO SUB 1000: LET Q=14: LET S=.75: LET C=C+4: GO SUB 40 00

100 LET P=P+L+1i: LET L=5: DIM A $(L+1): GO SUB 1000: LET Q=21: LET S=.7: LET C=C-2: GO SUB 400 .¢)

150 BEEP .2,20: BEEP .2,5

160 BEEP .2,20: BEEP .2,5


999 STOP

1000 FOR N=0O TO L: LET A$(N+1)=C HR$ (CPEEK (P+N))+1)

1020 NEXT N


3999 STOP

4000 LET A=LEN A$

4025 PRINT AT 21,03 INK O;a$ 4030 FOR f=0 TO 8xa-1: FOR n=0 T O 7: IF POINT (f,n)=0 THEN GO TO 4055

4050 PRINT AT Q-N,FxS; INK C3" "


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By Joe Williamson

A forum for people having problems with their 1500 and 2068. If you would like to ask a send it to:

1000, question,

TS Comunique c/o Time Designs Magazine Co. 29722 Hult Road Colton, OR 97017

I have a Panasonic KX-P1091 printer that I use with MSCRIPT on my 2068. I cannot print in italics, pica, elite, or proportional (Cany multi- byte control codes); I have used various symbols (comma, “", -, etc.), but no luck. Underline, bold, and double width print work well, but nothing else.

This-really, tsn’t.a “big thing"s shout it. just bothers me that I can’t use these functions. Any help you can give me would really be appreciated.

Jack Van Nest San Diego, CA

Dear Jack,

You must define a code key for each part of the multi-byte control code. For example, to define for italics print (27+52 turns italics on and 27+53 turns italics off), define the code Keys as_ follows in your first line of text: >#0=27,#1=52,#2=53\

When you are ready to insert them into your text, use the function G to add @0@1 to where you

want italics to start and @0@2 where you want it to end. -Joe

I am using a Panasonic CT-160 composite color monitor and cartridge software. The color display is excellent from my "main" 2068 computer. The display from my “backup” 2068 is also good while using a TV, but no color from the monitor output.

Was this a common factory problem, and if so, is there a repair that can be made at home without sending the unit through the mail?

John Buckmaster Maspeth, NY

Dear John,

Yes to both questions. The video from the 2068 is not really up to standards. The color output seems to deviate the most. Your TV probably is a bit more tolerant of these signals and will work with your backup 2068. To help correct the problem, You must open up your 2068. Make sure that the power is off and be careful!

Pop-off the metal cover near the TV output connector and turn the little adjustment inside with a small screwdriver until color appears on _ your monitor. Be sure and check all the colors to make sure it is stable for all colors. The three adjustments around the speakers also control the display. Adjust VR1i for best jitter free picture. If there is a high-low input impedance switch on your monitor, place it in the “high” position for best operation. VR2 and VR3 control the hue of the colors. VR2 brings out the blues and VR3 brings out the reds. With the tint control on the monitor in the center position, adjust VR2 and VR3 for best hue of yellow, cyan, and magenta. -Joe

Do you Know if anyone has a printer’ interface for the 2068 to connect to a Okidata 10 or 20?

I understand the interface plugs into the printer and is available for the Commodore 64 and IBM PC. Perhaps one could be modified?

I’m told this printer will make color’ trans- parencies or with no ribbon, print on thermal paper.

Nathan Willis Orange, TX

Dear Nathan,

Your best bet would be to go with the IBM type interface and a serial (most likely it’s serial) printer interface for the 2068. You should be able to access all of it’s capabilities with the driver software for the interface. A serial printer interface should be able to be found from one of TDM’s advertisers. If anyone is familiar with this

printer being driven by the 2068, drop us a line and let us Know. -Joe

I have a 2068 with an Aerco parallel printer interface connected to a Smith-Corona TP-II daisy wheel printer. I am using MSCRIPT with it but unfor- tunately, I have a “bug” that no one else I Know has run into.

It seems that randomly it glitches printout. It occasionally forgets to carriage, or it will leave out a letter, add an extra letter, indent when it shouldn’t, or not indent when the main text is all indented. The result is that I still frequently find myself doing “cut and paste”.

I have no way of determining if it is the program, the interface or the printer. I know it is not the computer because I own two and I _ have interchanged them with no improvement. I have just recently ordered a new Aerco interface for my second system so I may soon eliminate that item.

Is it possible that my printer has a quirk in it?! Has anyone else out there encountered this sort of frustration with this program? I think that MSCRIPT is great but this “glitch” is most aggravating.

during a advance’ the

Mel Routt Clearwater, FL

Dear Mel,

Because the “glitch” is so random, it is hard to tell exactly where the problem is coming from but I would suspect the interface and wiring first. Make sure that all connections are clean and tightly fastened. If you have access to an oscilloscope or a logic probe, you can check the data coming out of the cable and work back into the interface making sure that you get good logic levels swinging for less than .5 volts to more than 4.5 volts as data is fed out the cable.

Try flexing the cable while printing to see if the problem exists there. If there is any type of buffer built into the printer, it may take awhile for the results of flexing the cable to appear on the paper. Good luck! -Joe


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Two New Sinclair Computers Announced. Sir Clive’s Z88 and Spectrum +3.

Desktop Publishing for the TS2068.

Desktop publishing software and hardware packages

have taken the personal computer market by storm. By combining’a powerful text editor with a graphics de- velopment system, the user can produce publications and documents for small business applications, with pro- fessional results. Generally, when purchasing one of the commercial desktop packages along with a quality laser printer...the down payment alone could put you into major debt.

Enter Sinclair computers. Already the QL has a budget-priced desktop program called FRONT PAGE. Now the TS2068 joins the ranks with not one program, but two separate offerings.

PIXEL PRINT Desktop Publisher is available for $19.95 ppd., from Lemke Software Development, 2144 White Oak, Wichita, KS 67207. Supports the Tasman, Aerco and A&J printer interfaces.

The TIMEX 2068 DESKTOP PUBLISHER is available for $19.95 + $1.25 for postage and handling, from Charles Stelding, 1415 South Baxter, Tyler, TX 75701.

For several years now, news of a _ battery-powered "lap computer", code-named PANDORA, was reportedly being developed by Sir Clive Sinclair and his engineering staff. In recent months, Sir Clive himself, talked ex- tensively about the proposed portable microcomputer.

Sharp's Inc. of Mechanicsville, Virginia, reported to TDM in mid-February that the long awaited portable had been unveiled at a British computer show. The new machine, all decked-out in traditional black, signifies a comeback for Clive Sinclair, and is appropriately named the "Z88".

The new Z88 is produced by the Cambridge Computer Company, a subsidary of Sinclair Research. Actual manu- facturer of the computer is Thorn EMI. Not surprising, the Z88 will be initially sold by mail order, for about $300 (equivalent U.S. dollars), with an estimated pro- duction capacity of 10,000 units per month. At a later date, it will be sold through retail stores.

The portable Z88 does not have some of the features originally proposed by Sinclair, such as use of flat screen television technology, Microdrives, or CP/M. Instead, it uses a new 8 line by 80 column LCD display designed by Epson. The internal processor is a 2Z80, coupled with on-board 32k RAM. Data and software is stored on battery-backed EPROM cartridges. RAM is ex- pandable to 128k via an optional cartridge. Due to the new wafer scale integration being developed by Sinclair, additional RAM upgrades may be available in the future —~

Another feature of the new computer is IBM PC fi:

compatibility. With an optional software disk for a Pvc and a cable, the Z88 can upload and download files from an IBM. The whole unit with four AA batteries weighs less than two pounds, and measures 11.5 inches by 8.5 inches. The full travel keyboard is specially made from silicon, and is said to be totally quiet in use.

Also built-into the Z88 are software programs written by Protechnic of Cambridge, including a word processor a database, a spreadsheet, and some utilities. Further software development from third party houses is highly encouraged by Sinclair.

In further news, Amstrad announced that they will be releasing a 128k Spectrum model that will have a 3" disk drive built in, as opposed to the cassette tape recorder found on the Sinclair Spectrum Plus 2. The 3" disk is the general format of choice in the Amstrad line. The DOS for the Plus 3, will be a customized version of Amsdos. No CP/M compatibility has been announced for the Plus 3,

Largest Timex Sinclair Computer Fest gears up...jJust weeks away!

An estimated 1,000 Timex. and Sinclair computer users will converge on Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd. Attendees will be coming from all over the U.S. and Canada, to participate in the Second Annual Mid-West Timex Sinclair Computer Fest. The event will be housed at the Holiday Inn-North (just off North I-465 at 3850 Depauw Blvd.). The gates open each day at 9a.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door for $6 (individual) or $9 (for a family).

A banquet on Friday evening for dealers and ex- hibitors will kick off the festivities. A variety of activities are planned for any interest or skill level.

Guest speakers will be giving mini-workshops on suc’™™,

subjects as "Graphics and CAD programs", "Using Yo. QL", "Machine Code Basics", "Dot Matrix Printers", ana "MIDI, Computer Music and Sinclair PC's". Valuable door prizes will be given away hourly, such as new computers, software and books.


Almost every Timex Sinclair vendor will be there, with booths spread over more than 5,000 square feet. Many of these dealers and services have contacted TDM to report that they will be displaying some before" equipment as well as offering substantial Fest price discounts. ¢ Here is an updated list of participating Timex ,inclair vendors and services:

Sharp's Inc. Novelsoft

Variety Sales Foote Software

Knighted Computers The WJDJUP Co.

zebra Systems Inc. A+ Computer Response Time Designs Magazine Co. Kurt Casby/E. Arthur Brown CEM. JRC Software

Brice Road Pharmacy Heath Software

RMG Enterprises The John Oliger Co. Quantum Computing Byte Power

Thomas B Woods/Syncware News Beaver Computer Products Vernon Tidwell Herb Bowers (Abba Soft)

SiriusWare Haltronics Curry Computer Markel Enterprises Aerco Sinclair Information Network

Russell Electronics Lemke Software Development

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A TS1000 CLONE??? Yes sir, and several TDM readers have bought one, after seeing advertisements in Computer Shopper and other magazines. The PC8300 was designed and manufactured by Unisonic in Hong Kong during the heyday of the TS1000/ZX81. Although it is similar to the Timex Sinclair, it does offer some improvements like a pro- grammable sound chip (plus a loudspeaker), a joystick port, a monitor output, a chicklet-style keyboard, and an improved tape loading circuit. The PC8300 will accept the TS2040 printer and the TS1016 Rampack...and most (but not all) TS1000 software will load in. The clone is priced to sell at $29.95 + $5.99 for UPS ship, from American Design Components, 62 Joseph St., Moonachie, NJ 07074, tel.(800) 524-0809 or (201) 939-2710.

John Mathewson, 1852 Appleford St., Gloucester, Ontario, Canada KlJ 6T4, has developed an external key- board interface board that plugs into the TS2068's cartridge port, and allows both the computer's keyboard and the external keyboard to operate at the same time. No modifications to the computer required. Price for the interface card is $39.95 (U.S.); for the interface card plus an external keyboard system (in wood cabinent) is $69.95; also available is an interface and external key- board system for the TS1000/Zx8l--write for details.

The TS2068 version of SPECTERM 64 is completed and currently available for $30 + $2 for postage, from G&C Computer Products, PO Box 2186, Inglewood, CA 90305, tel. (213) 759-7406.

The Spectrum option for the Timex/Zebra FDD disk system is now