Bytes From the Apple

Bytes from the Apple

We always look forward to writing this column each month, for a number of reasons.  One is that since it is usually the last new material writtem ,it is this column that gives us an indication of the length of the current issue will run. Secondly, because we look at it as sort of “our own” column we feel free to let our thoughts wander a bit, and we feel this line sometimes will produce some interestbig material. In any case, it does give us an opportunity to say our piece.

W e have watched with pride 0ur club grow from a handfull of people in mid-February to tnore’ than 50 members in a half-dozen states. We have entered into agreements with four outside organizations at this writing, with which we will exchange software. Our program library has grown. from a half dozen programs in February, to over three dozen.  More members are climbing aboard each week and participating in the group.

We would particularly like to welcome Darryl Aldrich who makes an appearance in this issue as an author of an article, and who is now relieving us of some of the load of assembling our programs into module form, as well as writing his own programs.
We enjoy assisting new members with their problems and questiona while they are still familiarizing themselves with the power of the Apple ][, even though it sometimes becomes a bit hectic. We are glad to know that when we are stumped 0n a question, there is always another member to whom we can turn for an answer.  That is one of the beauties of this organization and it was from this basic thought that we came up with the title for the newsletter. Call-Apple.  Call-A.P.P.L.E.

Because of the recent expansion of our membership, next issue we will repeat some 0f th programming hints from past issues in this space along with many new ones.  The alleys of Apple ][‘s monitor remains largely unexplored and we plan to lead an expedition.

New programs now available include “Dolly Doodler” by Ron Nosek, an excellent HIRES demo.  “HIRES Biorhythm” by Darryl Aldrich, both of which will be in the form of one of our “Apple-Paks”, which are modules consisting of three or more individual programs ensconced in a menu.  Also available will be a “Casino Pak” which will include an updated version of Karl Gauders’ “One Arm Bandit” and Wayne Kraft’s “Pin Ball Wizard”, all in color graphics.   A number of business oriented programs by Darrel Smith will now be handled by Empire Electronics.  These are a property rental program, a universal database , the Appleditor word processor / text editor and a complete inventory system.  Prices range from $50 to $160.  We have our own copy of the Appleditor, and it appears to be an excellent program.  We hope to be able to announce int he near future a BASIC Programming Tutorial for beginners at $40 or less.  We are presently working on the “Applesoft II Workshop”,  a companion program to the popular programmers workshop.  It will contain many of the same routines, along with a rem/print formatter, which appears in the form of a program listing in this issue.

The last item for this month is directed to new members.  To give your own program library a head start, we have put together a cassette of over 20 programs selected from the club library.  This will be available for $5 from selected dealers and directly from the club.  Empire Electronics has agreed to handle this item, and we havent yet had the opportunity to contact the other dealers yet.  We should be able to announce them by the next meeting.

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About the Author

Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.