[Coladam] australian basic

Joe Blenkle jblenkle at sacnews.net
Tue Jan 19 08:13:04 CET 2010

So was this Basic actually done by someone in Australia? I've seen a French SmartBasic, as well as the many other revisions of SmartBasic, but the Australian one was a new one to me!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ronald Mitchell 
  To: Joe Blenkle 
  Cc: Craig Lindholm ; coladam at adamcon.org 
  Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 10:22 PM
  Subject: Re: [Coladam] Software questions from a newb

  Going on memory (at my age always dangerous), and wishing I still  had it.  Remember it from Ottawa.  As I recall, it had some nice features, like line renumbering and such, but I could be dead wrong.


  On Jan 18, 2010, at 9:32 PM, Joe Blenkle wrote:


    (ie - Autoaid -
    Australian SmartBasic, etc. SmartBasic 2.0 (Coleco)

    This is a new one on me...Australian SmartBasic? I've got a lot of different versions of Basic, but not this one!!!

    Joe B.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Ron Mitchell" <bytehacker at tallcedarskennels.com>
    To: "Craig Lindholm" <eclindholm at gmail.com>
    Cc: <coladam at adamcon.org>
    Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 9:07 PM
    Subject: Re: [Coladam] Software questions from a newb

    > Looks like my first attempt to reply to you last night didn't make it
    > through. This is a retry
    > Craig, I sincerely hope that others will reply to your question about
    > software. This board is for newbies like yourself, and we all need to
    > help as much as we can.  It's probably a good thing to make a list of
    > this stuff.
    > Word Processor.  I like Speedywrite  (David White Software). However
    > there is also VDE.com that operates under CP/M or TDOS. All of which
    > gives rise to a basic division of opinion amongst us, and probably a
    > question that should be asked of you first.  The ADAM was capable of
    > using its own native operating system or CP/M (Control Program for
    > Microprocessors) which pre-dates DOS by at least 5 years.
    > Some of us never took to CP/M, and preferred to stay with software that
    > ran under ADAM's native operating system, Elementary Operating System or
    > EOS. I'm one of those who prefers CP/M, and so my favourite software for
    > ADAM might reveal a bit of a bias. 
    > For the balance of this answer I'll assume that you're not interested in
    > CP/M - which really runs better with a disk drive (better yet, 2 disk
    > drives, and better even still a hard drive)
    > So, back to your question.....
    > Wordprocessor    -   Speedywrite
    > Spreadsheet      -   Adamcalc
    > Database         -   (I don't really have any for ADAM EOS)  There is
    > D-Base II
    > available under CP/M
    > Tape Backup      -  JKL Utilities, AJM Filemanager, Quickcopy
    > Utilities        -  AJM Disk Doctor, Uncle Ernie's Toolkit
    > Graphics         - Powerpaint (Sol Swift)
    > Tape Backup      - Filemanager, AJM Software
    > IDE              - MacAdam assembler
    >                 - Various versions of SmartBASIC with tools included
    > (ie - Autoaid -
    > Australian SmartBasic, etc. SmartBasic 2.0 (Coleco)
    > games           -  I'm not really a games person, and I really couldn't
    > give
    > you any personal preferences.  Hopefully others will address that
    > Multimedia      - Chris Braymen's Sequel 2.0, Chris Braymen's
    > Multi-media  Utilities, 
    > As far as web browsing software is concerned, I'm not aware of it. ADAM
    > users were active on the net when Compuserve and Genie were amongst the
    > chief ways of getting together online. All that ended somewhere between
    > 1990 and 1995. (the exact date escapes me).  ADAM was capable of online
    > communications at speeds of up to 2400 baud, and at the time, that was
    > good enough for Compuserve and Genie. It was even capable of hosting a
    > BBS system that ran under CP/M. Had one running when I lived in Ottawa.
    > However with the advent of the commercialized internet circa 1993, all
    > of that stopped. Some of us CP/M types browsed the net with a text based
    > browser known as Lynx. I'm not even sure if Lynx is useable on the net
    > today. Somehow doubt it.
    > Ron
    > On Sun, 2010-01-17 at 21:57 -0800, Craig Lindholm wrote:
    >> Hello, it's me again....(that darn newbie)
    >> what's the best:
    >> Word Processor
    >> Spreadsheet
    >> Database
    >> Tape backup software and other "must have" utilities
    >> IDE (Integrated Development Environment)
    >> ADAM specific games
    >> Any other "must have" stuff?
    >> (I am on a tape drive only BASE system)
    >> Craig
    >> PS. Sorry for asking all these newbie questions, but it's been so long
    >> since I have done ANY ADAM stuff, I am totally lost with what is
    >> currently out there.
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