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Article: ac12

                          ADAMCON 12 or OC.....

        
When will all of this happen? Toronto in the summer is usually hot and sunny. It will be nice weather then, even if you don't go outside for the entire schedule. The middle of July is when Toronto area has hosted previous 'Cons, and so I'll keep with tradition.

What will we be doing? As always, AdamCon will be a combination of reunion and enriching sessions on everything from the latest in computer technology (with application relating to the Adam) to discussions of old favorite topics and trivia. It is as always a time of renewal of energy towards this great machine we call the "Adam Family Computer System". In the weeks leading up to an AdamCon there is always a flurry of activity, to prepare seminars on all topics Adam, and as a result the fall out stirs up Adam interest, and spurs more activity.

Why AdamCon 0C? Why you may ask is the twelfth annual international Coleco Adam computer convention called AdamCon 0Ch? Well, it turns out that the official name of the first AdamCon was somewhat jokingly called "01", which I always thought was hexadecimal. Well to prove it, I am calling this AdamCon 0C. It is a tribute to all of the engineers and programmers who ever worked on the Adam, or contributed to the Adam community. As is happening throughout society, the year 2000 is one to look back on past successes and especially future possibilities. That is the philosophy of this upcoming AdamCon.

ATTENTION: The convention date has been set for JULY 20-23.
Make your plans NOW and start saving those dollars!!!

Location! Location! Location! The dedicated AdamCon staff are searching the Greater Toronto Area for the perfect venue. Because the convention is still in the future, we hope to have jet packs, Virtual Reality goggles and gloves for everyone who attends. We are still researching for pricing on those components. The cost for this AdamCon is planned to be $300 US for a regular full delegate sharing a room for 4 nights (Thursday night to Sunday night) including all breakfasts, lunches and of course the Banquet. The big project will be to premier the Coleco Adam repository -- a CD-ROM with all of the best PD, articles, information and guides for the Adam that we can assemble in one place. If you have any electronic donations contact Dale directly.

Your's To Discover The Tourism Ontario slogan is Ontario "Your's to Discover" -- and that applies to before and after the AdamCon. The Toronto Zoo (who just celebrated their 25th annivarsary), is among the 10 top zoos world wide. The tallest free standing building in the world is next to the stadium where the Blue Jays play. Just around the corner from Toronto are the wine regions of Ontario and of course world famous Niagra Falls.

Open casting call...... As with all AdamCons, I am looking for volunteers for all aspects of the conference. That includes speakers to give key notes, lectures or hands on lessons. Also, I am looking for a hardware wizard, and help with other before hand setup issues. Finally, I am looking for equipment that can be brought for the conference for the hands on lab.

More to come! Keep your eyes peeled, because there will be more bulletins on the way with rate schedule and all of the details as they come into focus. look for this bulletin and more at: http://www.adamcon.org/12/

Sincerely, Dale Wick, Chairman of AdamCon 0Ch dmwick@home.com

plies to before and after the AdamCon. The Toronto Zoo (who just celebrated their 25th annivarsary), is among the 10 top

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Article: coleco~1

From: Joseph P. Kobas <sabok@klink.net>
Subject: Coleco 73192 Chip
Date: Tuesday, February 29, 2000 10:45 PM

I have some chips that were never used. They are marked: Coleco 73192, E4002, 8313.

I've been trying to identify what they are. Colecovision, Adam computer, or ???

Can you help??

Joe

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Article: dale4

From: Dale Wick <dmwick@home.com>
Subject: coladam-list maintenance
Date: Monday, February 28, 2000 1:26 AM

Hi all,

Every once in a while, I go through the list, and add users, remove dead email address and send a copy of the subscribers to the list. Today is one of those days. Here is the current list (86 subscribers):

	dmwick@home.com (Dale Wick)
	drushel@apk.net (Rich F Drushel)
	burger@usa.net (Keith Hamburger)
	lmcclure@delphi.com (Lonnie McClure)
	neil@wick.net (Neil Wick)
	ac087@freenet.carleton.ca (Ron Mitchell)

dcobley@island.net (David Cobley) jarnott@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca (Jillian Arnott)

bc430@scn.org (Bob Zimmerman) ao853@freenet.toronto.on.ca (Michael Hurst)

sands@nanaimo.ark.com (Dave Sands) ronaldm@mars.ark.com (Ronald Mitchel) bm042@torfree.net (Doug Gregory) sawseb@AOl.com mcq@integrasys.com (Patrick K. McHugh) kesava@vllyoak.resun.com (Doug Kalley)

sypek@ici.net (Michael F. Sypek) chappell@idirect.com (Doug Chappell) bu015@freenet.toronto.on.ca (Ena Greenshields)

bobs@intertrek.com (Bob Stroud) aa398@freenet.toronto.on.ca (Jack Leamy)

cleechez@tamcotec.com (Frances &/or Richard Clee) lkl4511@mindspring.com (Bart Lynch) aneeley@prodigy.net (Alan Neeley) lkl4511@mindspring.com (Bart "Zonker" Lynch)

vwalters@csonline.net (Jim Walters) cmurray@eagle.ca (Murray McCollough) chrish@knet.kootenay.net (CHRIS HALAREWICH)

gvrancks@crown.net (Jerry Vrancks) uy38700@antel.com.uy (Jorge Martins) spitman@one.net (Steve Pitman) tommyo@bbs.trideja.com (Tommy O) stpeterg@cadvision.com (gerry st.peter)

dann@netins.net (Dann Johnson) pease@juno.com (Dan Pease) gordon@popmail.macconnect.com (Gordon Meyer)

Abrasiv1@aol.com (Abrasiv1) hpowis@tamcotec.com (Harvie Powis) bolan@primenet.com (Mike Belasko) dekogel@giganda.komkon.org (Marcel de Kogel)

Chunk64@aol.com (Chunk 64) coleco-adam.ml@genesis8.frmug.org

r.slopsema@worldnet.att.net (Bob Slopsema) gwelch@jps.net (Gene Welch) gocalt@osceola.k12.fl.us (Ted Gocal)

Whooter@Lnett.com (Ed Walton) pinejac@freenet.tlh.fl.us (Jack William Pines)

hpines9941@oscarnet.net (Howard Pines) enzy20@hotmail.com (Nenzolera) maverick@vcn.bc.ca (Craig Lindholm) chodder@seascape.com (Chodder) oltmansg@email.uah.edu (Oltmans Geoff)

dickc@dickc.cnchost.com (Rich Cossaboon) remav@erols.com (Just_Bob) acj@dos.nortel.com (Alan C. Jones) sloper@megsinet.net (Douglas & Meeka Slopsema)

gocalt@osceola.k12.fl.us (Ted Gocal) pegram@cyberramp.net (James Greer) hpines9941@oscarnet.net (Howard Pines)

DT062999@aol.com (Dennis C. Tinsley) stanhelenearl@perth.igs.net (Stan Earl)

liam1@ix.netcom.com (Liam Busey) jblenkle@sacnews.net (Joe Blenkle) cnet128@bestweb.net (Eric Pearson) rpgraphics@home.com (Rick Perron) brossler@direct.ca (Dean Brossler) adamcomputer@juno.com (Adam Computer)

tonyl@abelsoft.com (Tony La Sala) Scott.Gordon@auc.trw.com (Scott Gordon)

Bonag@megsinet.net (Guy Bona) SctEGordon@aol.com (Scott Gordon) HLM00@aol.com (Hernan Mason) N3XKE@aol.com (N3XKE) dch@neosmart.com (Donald Henderson) engseth@juno.com (Jerry Engseth) talents@wolfenet.com (Lauren Wohlwend)

lguyaz@salmoninternet.com (Loran Guyaz) gmkoczwara@myway.com (George Koczwara)

bbmt2000@gateway.net (bbmt2000) DelaneJ@wcpost.fdles.state.fl.us (Delaney, James L.)

michaelh@ductape.net (Michael Hamblin) srapp@gci.net (Shawn Rapp) rpgraph@maine.rr.com (Rick Perron) david1@tomgreenshow.zzn.com (David G)

decarlo@mx.miracle.ne.jp (James De Carlo) codebangr@netzero.net (Jim Pishlo)

Thanks go to George Koczwara who gave me a much needed nudge.

	Dale
PS. See you at AdamCon in Toronto July 20-23, 2000 -- Dale Wick Maintainer of coladam-list@csclub.uwaterloo.ca Send list

subscribe/unsubscribe requests to coladam-admin@csclub.uwaterloo.ca

http://www.adamcon.org/

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Article: dale5

From: Dale Wick <dmwick@home.com>
Subject: New web page: How to write Super Games
Date: Monday, February 28, 2000 1:40 AM

Back in January I wrote up a pge on how to write Coleco Adam Super Games(tape or disk based). It is built upon the presentation notes for the last AdamCon. In it I've created the shell of a game called "Mayan Adventure". It isn't really playable, but I've included lots of documentation on how to write your own using the AdamEm emulator andsome other programs that I've gotten from other sources. Take a look:

        http://www.adamcon.org/~dmwick/mayan/

and feel free to send me your comments. Anyway I've finally linked to it from my AdamCon.org personal home page. So feel free to take a look and try out the tools.

        Dale
-- Dale Wick (dmwick@home.com) [Somewhat delinquent chair of AdamCon 0C July 20-23 -- new bulletin "real soon now"] http://www.adamcon.org/

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Article: geoff1

From: Geoffrey D. Oltmans <oltmansg@email.uah.edu>
Subject: Really Cool News
Date: Friday, February 25, 2000 10:59 AM

In the rec.games.video.classic newsgroup, someone announced that they discovered some previously unknown ColecoVision prototype cartridges. They were from the label that Odyssey games (Magnavox game system) were sold for other platforms. I can't remember the names of the games or the company. :) If I can find the message, I'll post it for your perusal. The owner of the carts is distributing the ROM code for all to see.

Later!

*Geoff!*

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Article: geoff2

From: Geoffrey D. Oltmans <oltmansg@email.uah.edu>
Subject: New Prototypes
Date: Friday, February 25, 2000 11:34 AM

Here's the original message...

Cool news!

On 2/16/2000, I received an e-mail from Troy Lukkarila, who claimed to have some prototypes created by Probe 2000, the name under which Odyssey was to market games for other systems such as the Coleco- vision. It turns out Troy's father was an engineer at Magnavox and worked on Odyssey products dating from the first "Odyssey 1" console through the never released Odyssey^3 Command Center. Troy still has a bunch of stuff from Odyssey/Probe 2000, including at least two prototypes that had never been discovered before: Creatures and Caverns and Power Lords for the Colecovision.

Troy described the games in detail in his e-mails to me, so I've included them on my website (URL below). And before you ask, Troy has tentatively agreed to send the protos somewhere, probably to Sean Kelley, to get the ROMs dumped! :)

Check it out here:

http://www.classicgaming.com/o2home/newprobe.htm

*Geoff!*

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Article: geoff3

From: Dean Brossler <brossler@direct.ca>
Subject: Re: New Prototypes
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2000 2:36 AM

Hi there just wondering do you think we will be able to get or buy copies of these games? Thanks dean

-----Original Message-----
From: Geoffrey D. Oltmans <oltmansg@email.uah.edu>
Date: Friday, February 25, 2000 8:39 AM
Subject: New Prototypes

>
>Here's the original message...
>
>Cool news!
>
>On 2/16/2000, I received an e-mail from Troy Lukkarila, who claimed
to have some prototypes created by Probe 2000, the name under which Odyssey was to market games for other systems such as the Colecovision. It turns out Troy's father was an engineer at Magnavox and worked on Odyssey products dating from the first "Odyssey 1" console through the never released Odyssey^3 Command Center. Troy still has a bunch of stuff from Odyssey/Probe 2000, including at least two prototypes that had never been discovered before: Creatures and Caverns and Power Lords for the Colecovision.
>
>Troy described the games in detail in his e-mails to me, so I've
>included them on my website (URL below). And before you ask, Troy
has tentatively agreed to send the protos somewhere, probably to Sean
>Kelley, to get the ROMs dumped! :)
>
>Check it out here:
>
>http://www.classicgaming.com/o2home/newprobe.htm
>
>
>*Geoff!*
>
>
>

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Article: james1

From: James De Carlo <decarlo@mx.miracle.ne.jp>
Subject: Re: anyone out there?
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2000 10:50 AM

hey :) great to hear from someone!

the adam was one of the first computers i had (ever heard of the nabu network? i was using that before i got my adam) and it's what i learned on, when i was 12 or 13. i now live in japan with my wife and have started up an english and computer school. so after 10 years i will have an adam computer again (two actually) in a couple more months. i'll be adding them to my computer lab which consists right now of some 486's that i put alot of work into.

i've also got some software on order and i will be using the two adams to teach SmartLogo to children as it serves as an excellent introduction to computers.

i'd like to decompile logo to add a command to it and was wondering if anyone would know of the best approach to this. ie: what decompiler is recommended, and a decent programming reference. i've got some experience with intel assembler, so i'm not afraid digging into things.

so whereabouts are you from?

cheers,

	james

>-----Original Message-----
>From: James De Carlo <decarlo@mx.miracle.ne.jp>
>Date: Thursday, February 17, 2000 10:23 AM
>Subject: anyone out there?
>
>
>>i'm trying to make contact with people in the adam community.
please let me know if anyone is out there!
>>
>>cheers,
>> james
>>
>>
>
>

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Article: james2

From: James De Carlo <decarlo@mx.miracle.ne.jp>
Subject: Re: anyone out there?
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2000 11:22 AM

hey thanks!

i've been trying like hell to find ron mitchell's address. i used to be part of the adam user friendly group in ottawa, canada (that's where i'm from) and if i remember correctly and it's the same ron mitchell, he's the one that was running it for a very long time.

i've actually stumbled across your web page a few times during the various net searches that i've been doing. nice. i read with interest about the adamcon stuff.

thanks too for the webpage and telling me about the conference chat. i'll try to join sometime :)

ttys

	james

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Article: james4

From: Ron Mitchell <ronaldm@mars.ark.com>
Subject: Re: anyone out there?
Date: Monday, February 21, 2000 3:07 AM

Nicely put Bob.

I just replied to James this morning. Had to scratch my head a little, because I remember him only vaguely. He was a member of the ADAM User Friendly Group in Ottawa BEFORE I took it over in 1986. He attended only a couple of meetings after that, and I think he was about 13 or 14 at the time. Remember his Dad dropping him off and picking him up afterwards. He was indeed very interested in LOGO, and he wrote a series of articles about it. Good stuff. Even Guy Cousineau was impressed.

Anyway, thanks for the friendly reply. I got my machines mixed up (again) and only just got to seeing James' original message this morning.

Ron Mitchell
>

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Article: james5

From: James De Carlo <decarlo@mx.miracle.ne.jp>
Subject: Re: anyone out there?
Date: Monday, February 21, 2000 1:02 PM

:) i've been busy reading up on past articles on the website etc and
there certainly has been alot going on over the last several years. it's nice to see. it's nice to see that more is coming. i'm hoping when i get the computer classes up and running late this summer / early fall (the timeframe keeps slipping!) to write a small article about what i'm doing with the adams here in japan. if i have any success decompiling and figuring out smartlogo from the inside out and adding the command i want to, i'll keep logs of my progress :)

in the meantime, let me know what needs to be done :) i don't know if i'll be able to get online for the meeting on march 5th at 8 pm as i'll be visiting canada for the first time in a year, but i'd like to meet and chat with people if i can.

ttys

	james

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Article: james6

From: James De Carlo <decarlo@mx.miracle.ne.jp>
Subject: Re: anyone out there?
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 11:41 AM

i don't recall but it may have been scott that i was joking to about my having the only two adams in japan once they get here.

so, just out of curiosity, i've started doing searches on the japanese search engines on coleco and adam to see what turns up and i found the following:

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/cvs/odyssey/videogames/colecovision/

so there are at least a few people over here that are familiar with it. i'm going to grab the pages so that we have a copy and will get around to translating them sometime "in the near future" or thereabouts!. they won't be much to view if your machine can't display japanese but i thought you and others might find it interesting. if i can get enough info, perhaps i can put together a small article about the adam in japan.

cheers,

	james

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Article: pines

Subject: W2K - what we always suspected - humor
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2000 1:07 PM

What we always suspected. From a MLMUG posting.

>
>
> #include "win31.h"
> #include "win95.h"
> #include "win98.h"
> #include "workst~1.h"
> #include "evenmore.h"
> #include "oldstuff.h"
> #include "billrulz.h"
> #include "monopoly.h"
> #define INSTALL = HARD
>
> char make_prog_look_big[1600000];
> void main()
> {
> while(!CRASHED)
> {
> display_copyright_message();
> display_bill_rules_message();
> do_nothing_loop();
> if (first_time_installation)
> {
> make_50_megabyte_swapfile();
> do_nothing_loop();
> totally_screw_up_HPFS_file_system();
> search_and_destroy_the_rest_of_OS/2();
> make_futile_attempt_to_damage_Linux();
> disable_Netscape();
> disable_RealPlayer();
> disable_Lotus_Products();
> hang_system();
> }
>
> write_something(anything);
> display_copyright_message();
> do_nothing_loop();
> do_some_stuff();
>
> if (still_not_crashed)
> {
> display_copyright_message();
> do_nothing_loop();
> basically_run_windows_3.1();
> do_nothing_loop();
> do_nothing_loop();
> }
> }
>
> if (detect_cache())
> disable_cache();
>
> if (fast_cpu())
> {
> set_wait_states(lots);
> set_mouse(speed, very_slow);
> set_mouse(action, jumpy);
> set_mouse(reaction, sometimes);
> }
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> printf("Welcome to Windows 2000");
>
> if (system_ok())
> crash(to_dos_prompt)
> else
> system_memory = open("a:\swp0001.swp", O_CREATE);
>
> while(something)
> {
> sleep(5);
> get_user_input();
> sleep(5);
> act_on_user_input();
> sleep(5);
> }
> create_general_protection_fault();
> }

*** Lockheed Martin Macintosh Guild ***

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Article: readme

              MARCH 2000 ADAM NEWS NETWORK MEDIA

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This month we have another mixed bag of tricks for you. First we have some text files grabbed from the Coleco ADAM news list on the internet. Then we have a rather interesting disk full (or at least I thought they were interesting and useful) of a PD set of programs to help you put multiple self booting EOS programs onto 1 single media WITH the ability to boot them one by one off that same disk; no more recopying each to another separate disk before being able to use them. Seems like I have seen a program to do such a thing, but I don't belive it came from the SmartBASIC realm and was as easy to use as this one is.

I am including the announcement of last month concerning the upcoming ADAM convention - ADAMCON OC as a reminder to ya'll that there WILL BE another ADAM convention this JULY, held in the immediate Toronto, Canada area. Now, don't let the fact that it is in Canada put you off; the Canadian users AND the Cnadian government would LOVE to have you visit their country. Matter of fact, before ADAMCON 11 last year near Seattle, we ventured into Canadian territory on Victoria Island. The scenery was FANTASTIC, the people superbly friendly, and for us (US) the prices were great after considering the currency exchange rate. I hope we get to go back to that area soon, but having been to Toronto a few years back, this summer will also be an oustanding adventure also!!!

Anyway, enjoy the disk and KEEP IN MIND that the convention and your ADAM need some consideration too!! CHEERS !!!!!

Coleco~1 A user has some Coleco computer chips - do you

              know what they do or what system they fit?

Dale4 Dale Wick has a list of the users who subscribe

              to the ADAM mailing list - informational.

Dale5 The session Dale presented @ ADAMCON11 is pre-

              sented for your perusal.

Geoff1-x Geoff Oltmans has been contacted from a user

              with previously unknown ColecoVision cart games
              Possibly will be made PD and released.

Kames1-x A former Quebec user now trnsplanted to Japan

              makes contact AND comes forth with a rather
              interesting revelation concerning the Coleco
              system in Japan.

ReadME This file!!!

Oh, the rest of the files are pertaining to the PD programs this month. TDOS users will have to bring side B: of the disk over to EOS first; EOS users can simply read the DOC files on the disk and they will explain the setup to you.

                SEE YA'LL NEXT MONTH!!!!

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