[Coladam] A look at NIAD Newsletter

Steve Pitman swp at cinci.rr.com
Sun Feb 21 08:25:12 CET 2010

Yeah, definitely no piracy with NIAD, they were one of the most trustworthy 
businesses that I have ever dealt with.  I wish I could say that about all 
of the Adam related businesses but unfortunately there were a couple of 
dishonest ones.  I received regular orders or payments from NIAD for years 
but there were a couple of other major Adam retailers that I received 
nothing from, except disappointment when some people registered their 
software with me and I found that they were sold copies with non-existent 
serial numbers (back when I was doing the duplication myself and had serial 
numbers). I not a very religious person either but thank god for NIAD,  it 
was refreshing to see that some businesses truly did care about the Adam.

There were a lot of people upset with Solomon Swift back then (Digital 
Express, Nibbles & Bits, Phoenix 2000, etc...),  I don't know all the 
stories but I personally never had a problem with him.  I was shocked when 
he contacted me awhile after he disappeared from the Adam scene just to pay 
me what he owed me,  I never expected that.

Developing software for the Adam was never about the money though, I was 
making games for the fun of it, games that I wanted to play and I was glad 
that some other people found them entertaining as well, at least some of 
them...  I now fully understand now why nobody was able to get the hang of 
Robothief,  it's incredibly difficult!  back then I had so much experience 
from playing it for those several months that I spent writing it that I 
really didn't think it was hard,  it actually seemed easy to me back then... 
but I played it recently and holy cow!!   what was I thinking?  I can't get 
past the first few levels!   lol     hey, I most likely hold the record for 
the most difficult piece of software ever written for the Adam, ha ha!

Oh well, just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents  :)

See Ya

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Notini" <jnoti2 at comcast.net>
To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:32 PM
Subject: [Coladam] A look at NIAD Newsletter

> Daniel,
> Let me first start by introducing myself. My name is Jim Notini and I 
> worked for Lyle Marschand at his computer store where NIAD was also 
> operated from 1988-2002. Shortly after starting work for Lyle, I gradually 
> assumed more and more of the duties of NIAD's operation from tech support, 
> running the mail order, writing articles for the newsletter, etc., etc. 
> and then finally becoming the editor of the newsletter. Lyle took a back 
> seat rather quickly once I came onboard... this is by no means a knock on 
> Lyle as he had started NIAD all by himself in 1984 and spent countless 
> hours building it up into the success that it became (with the help of 
> many others who will go unnamed here) all the while working a full-time 
> job and raising a family, etc.
> Before I get into the main subject, let me thank you for your continued 
> support of the ColecoVision. I have really enjoyed your titles and thank 
> you for making them available in ROM format to be used with an Coleco/ADAM 
> emulator.
> I saw your post regarding the NIAD Newsletter and wish to clearify a 
> couple of points you made.
> First, Lyle was a born-again Christian and everything he did and said was 
> based on those principals of Christianity. I personally didn't like the 
> inclusion of this in the newsletter that was about a computer (especially 
> since I'm not a very religious person) , but it was his business.
> As far as your misconceptions to the ADAM Software that was being sold by 
> NIAD... there was no PIRACY going on unlike what your message might infer. 
> The software titles that started with the name NIAD Public Domain..... 
> were just that, freeware programs for SmartBASIC, SmartLOGO, CP/M, 
> Graphics, Coleco Unreleased software, etc., etc. Other titles listed in 
> the Product List were either distributed by NIAD through agreement with 
> the author, bought in bulk from other ADAM retailers of the time or bought 
> in bulk from the actual software designer. So even though NIAD doesn't 
> exist anymore, please exercise a little caution as to how you phrase your 
> posts.
> As far as the ADAMcon dates, the only thing I can think of is that you 
> have a copy of a NIAD issue that was hand-typed into a computer by someone 
> and the dates were entered wrong. If your in possession of the actual 
> printed newsletter or one that's been digitally copied, then I guess it's 
> simple a typing error on the part of the person that entered the text for 
> the newsletter. I should know cause I was at ADAMcon 01 in Orlando, FL - 
> 1988!
> On a different note, I have been working with Joe Blenkle to organize as 
> complete a collection of ColecoVision & ADAM software to be used with 
> emulators or transferred back to ADAM media to be used on the real thing. 
> Check out  Joe's website for a listing with pictures. Also, Steve Pitman 
> (the author of many great ADAM games like ADAM Bomb 2 and of course 
> Virtual ADAM for Windows) is working on scanning a lot of the user's group 
> newsletters into PDF files. Contact Joe for info on how to get access to 
> all this stuff we've been compiling, he's on the list.
> Jim Notini
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