The Inside Track

in the lead:
Communication has changed through the years. The Greeks were known for their runners, who hand delivered important messages. Our native Indians used smoke signals, Africans used drums, and then … Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Today we use computers and telecommunication packages to send words and graphics across the wires.

Although this subject has been covered in Call-A.P.P.L.E. before, things have changed considerably with the passage of time. Cecil Fretwell’s Telecommunications Software Review examines five products: COMMWORKS, Modem MagiCian 5.13, MouseTalk, Point-toPoint, and PROCOM-A. Rather than reviewing each product separately, he examines all of them in a comparative manner. Topics such as hardware support, configuration of the modem and printer interface, HELP features, automatic macros, modes of operation, text, line, and screen editors are all discussed. You’ll find this review of interest no matter

what version of the Apple II you own.
and … close behind:
Bob Bishop, in his article subtitled A “Dazzling” Start, helps us to create a lo-res module which you can use within your own programs. Bob also wrote a separate article, Using EDASM To GenerateRelocatable Code, for those of us unfamiliar with the concepts of relocatable code and subroutine libraries.

Keith Nemitz is back with a report on the second day of The IIGS Developer’s Conference. Among other things he discusses the memory map in the GS, the control panel and the necessity of using the entry points.

Keith also contribues a short recap of our meeting with Dr. Alan Kay at the Pacific SCience Center on November 18. Alan Kay is an Apple Fellow, one of three select scientists who have independent charters to pursue unusual ideas for Apple’s future. He had a substantial influence in the development of Smalltalk, the high-level object oriented programming language, He also created the Alto computer which was the forerunner to the Macintosh. It was a meeting to remember.

This topic leads right into another feature worth mentioning, Silicon Intelligence: Smalltalk Part 1 by Michael and Lisa Storrie-Lombardi. The Lombardi’s give us some background on Smalltalk-80, a version of the original language which can be used by the Macintosh. So, in a sense there is a lot of communicating going on in this issue. The modes of travel and the languages used vary, but each idea, package, and language is of value.

new article rating system:
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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.