1986: The Southwest 99ers Newsletter
- Early 99/4A hardware products pioneer
Computing, of Tiburon, CA leaves the TI-99/4A market. Company owners
and Kathy Hunter place partial blame for the decision on John Koloen of
MICROpendium, for a poor review of their CP/M system that resulted in a
severe drop in sales.
is published in the Net99ers Newsletter of Northeast Tarrant County,
Texas that Unisource Electronics in Lubbock,
Texas is going out of business.
Jones of the Dallas, TX TI Home Computer Users Group releases an all
language coded version of the Axel F music program originally released
by college student Robert J. Gagle in 1985, doing business as
(NET99ers TIBBS message base 01/16/1986)
known GG Software of Plainfield, NJ releases a catalog listing programs
on cassette tape for the
TI-99/4A including Backgammon, Blackjack, Checkers, Chess, Keyboard,
Patterns and Poker. The company also provides anti-static accessories
Swiridenko releases SARGON I, a TI-99/4A assembly language adaptation
original computer Chess game SARGON by Dan and Kate Spracklen, written
Jupiter III computer.
Pride of Hatboro, PA moves to a new store in Hatboro, and begins
TI-99/4A customers a toll-free order line.
- The DM1000 controversy heats up as TexComp's Jerry Price
writes a blazing
response on January 27th to accusations made by Ron Albright (about
at the January 5th Houston Users Group meeting.
- Mechatronics GmbH, announces plans to produce an 80 column
card for the TI-99/4A.
- MICROpendium announces intentions of starting a TI BASIC
a regular monthly feature.
- Myarc Inc. is openly criticized in a letter to MICROpendium
many failings it has in reference to the NEW computer, its departure
TI standards and for its poor customer support.
- In a somewhat perverse sense of timing, Myarc announces a
in the shipping of XB II for its 128K card, again despite
announcements that the product was being delivered.
- CorComp's Jackirae Sagouspe warns CorComp customers that
of Irvine, CA is not an authorized repair center for CorComp products.
- T and T Software of Salem, Virginia releases Space
- Datax becomes an authorized dealer for Graphx, and
Extended BASIC programmers utility written by Jim Hollender of
- Controversy between Jerry Price of TexComp and
Craig Miller of Millers
Graphics surfaces on the pages of MICROpendium over use of the name "The
Explorer" for different products that each company sells. It is
only the beginning of a months-long "war" between the two firms
that will ultimately end with no winner.
As one user group editor writes, “It
seems that a small war is going on between TEX-COMP
and a number of other individuals. First,
the Canadian Users Group that distributes DM-1000
was upset that
TEX-COMP was giving away a copy of their fairware program with each
copy of a
program that TEX-COMP was marketing called EXPLORER. (Guess who else
program out called EXPLORER?) The Canadian group felt that someone who
spent $20.00 to get a program (Explorer) would be less likely to send
$10.00 that the Canadian group was asking 'for DM-1000. The Canadian
wrote a letter to TEX-COMP (and sent copies to some users groups)
TEX-COMP to discontinue the distribution of DM-1000. TEX-COMP stated
author placed DM-1000 into public domain and therefore no copyright or
proprietary right can legally be made nor can the program be reclaimed
public domain at a later date. However I haven't seen in the TEX-COMP
lately the offer,of DM-1000. Also, Dr. Albright (author of the Orphan
Chronicles) has accused TEX-COMP of stealing the name EXPLORER from
Miller to use on a product of their own. TEX-COMP replyed that in Dec.
they have cancelled checks showing payment to the author of their
"explorer" and that that TEX-COMP notified Craig Miller before
of his "Explorer" that he should change the name. (Confused yet?)
TEX-COMP shot back at Dr. Albright, saying that if he was so concerned
the TI community then why didn't he distribute the
book that he wrote (originally on disk) as fairware. And
when I logged on Compuserve there was a REBUTTAL to the EXPLORER issue
Miller. In the open letter, Craig Miller states that in June 1985 both
(Craig Miller) and Jerry Price of TEX-COMP attended the same users
meeting in L.A. where Craig demoed his soon to be released
"EXPLORER". At the end of the meeting Price told Miller that EXPLORER
was the best piece of software he'd ever seen for the 4A but never said
about any trademark infringement. After Craig Miller released his
"EXPLORER" he received a letter from Price stating that Miller change
the name of his EXPLORER. Miller states that enclosed in the letter he
from Price was an Application for TRADEMARK and not a completed and
trademark registration but just an application. Miller also states that
customer of theirs has a copy of "DISK EDITOR" that was purchased in
January 1985 and it was called DISK EDITOR (not EXPLORER) as Price
Miller also states that Price sent a copy of the (TEX-COMP EXPOLRER)
the letter he sent. In the manual all the references are to DISK EDITOR
EXPLORER. (Example: insert the DISK EDITOR in drive
1 and the DISK EDITOR may be invoked by selecting
and typing DSK1.EDITOR (NOT DSK1.EXPLORER))". Craig Miller goes on to
state several more examples like the ones I just listed. I will have
of the letters from each party at the meeting if anyone cares to read them. Normally, I would not put
anything negative in the newsletter but lately I have been seeing and
so much about it, that I felt I should
present all sides and lot each parson
draw his/her own conclusions. I hope all of this will be worked out
- Quality 99 Software announces the release of QS-Ramdisk
the Foundation 128K card and Banner Maker, Softkeys, Screen
Dump II and Disk Manager IV.
- Ryte Data of Haliburton, Canada releases a GPL Assembler
the TI-99/4A, authored by Monty Schmidt.
- CompuServe announces the creation of the TI NEWS section in
Forum. It is the creation of Sysop Jim Horn and assistant Sysop, 16
old Jonathan Zittrain of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- COMMODORE -- Nigel Shepherd takes over as General
Commodore North America.
- MISC -- 1985 InfoWorld Product of the Year Awards
- for software -- Javelin Corp.'s eponymously titled
if you don't remember, was a spreadsheet. Some people called Javelin
next-generation spreadsheet and argued that it was what Lotus 1-2-3
become. We said Javelin stood to change the way people looked at and
with numbers. "It can do things that spreadsheets, even the best
spreadsheets, cannot," we wrote, adding that Javelin was a mark of
innovation from "remarkably young people and from a new company --
the stuff from which this industry has always drawn its
Unfortunately, none of that was enough to keep the young company afloat
for long in the face of strong competition from the likes of Lotus
Corp. and (soon enough) Microsoft Corp. Possibly due to poor marketing,
or young management, Javelin faded from the forefront and its assets
acquired several years ago.
- For hardware -- Apple Computer Inc.'s LaserWriter. It
exciting new type of personal computing" -- desktop publishing. For
Value -- Atari 520 ST, for providing "the power of a 68000
the ease of an icon-based graphic user interface, and the ability to do
serious work," all for less than $1,000. In software, we presented
it to Dac Software Inc.'s Dac Easy Accounting, which provided
bookkeeping for well below $100." (Peggy
Wallace, InfoWorld, January 29, 1996 Vol. 18, Issue 5)
FEB 1986: The
Southwest 99ers Newsletter
beginning of the end of COMPUTE! support for the TI-99/4A seems
as the normal monthly article by REGENA and one other TI-99/4A entry
all the coverage that appears.
- Tony McGovern and his son Will release Funlwriter v3.1
- Three members of the Front Range 99ers User Group in
Colorado develop an interface card named "Speech-In-The-Box"
that will allow the speech synthesizer chip to be placed on a card that
can then be installed inside the Peripheral Expansion Box. The card is
supposed to be available in the first quarter 1986, at a price around
dollars. RMJ Home Computer Sales (Joe Nuvolini owner) is scheduled to
the product but it never appears. Although only supposition, the idea
have been sold to CorComp to become their Triple Tech Card.
- Lee Wilkerson is named as the BASIC/Extended BASIC
columnist for MICROpendium.
- Unisource Electronics (Craig Reitan) of Lubbock, TX
last ad in MICROpendium (or any other major publication) before going
- Teacher's Aide is released by JSTI Software North
- Asgard Software releases Artist Companion, Recipe Writer
- The Horizon RAMdisk, developed by Ron Gries, John
David Romer makes its official debut after having been beta tested at
User Groups across the country.
- The first 99/4 or 4A programming proofreader ever published
in a commercial
magazine appears on page 28 of the February 1986 MICROpendium.
- Jim Hollendar announces AAAA Laser Services,
LaserWriter printing of TI-Writer files.
- Myarc Inc. puts its name on a little known (and ultimately
ignored) 300/1200 baud modem.
- An ill-fated User Group Network is born with a letter of
sent to all known 99/4A User Groups. Spear-headed by Terrie Masters of
the LA 99ers, along with six other loyal 99ers across the country, the
effort never comes to anything due to lack of sufficient response from
the over 500 User Groups in the U.S. and abroad.
- Donald Thomson, former partner in M&T Utilityware, now
as Thomson Software, releases version 3.0 of his flagship product Disk+Aid,
a sector editing and exploring utility.
- Asgard Software releases Tunnels of Doom Editor v2.0,
by Chicago Police Officer John Behnke.
- Jerome Trinkl releases SORGAN II through the
network. The same program would be "put in a can" and released
as a commercially available cartridge by DaTaBioTics during the 3rd
- Myarc begins shipping XBII when Triton Products gets
batch on February 2nd.
- Datax issues a news release stating they are considering
of a new programming language for the 99/4A. It never comes to anything
however, and Datax eventually disappears from the TI-99/4A market after
moving from New York to Florida.
- DaTaBioTics begins selling the Super Space
cartridge that was
announced in late December 1985.
- Paul Coleman's Nameloc software company makes its first
in MICROpendium with an ad for Time Travel.
- SIM:WIN Computer software appears with an ad in
MICROpendium for Treasure
Dive and other XB games.
The Southwest 99ers
Software, a Michigan based supporter and vendor of 99/4A software,
the impending closure of his business on April 15th. Thomson accepts a
new job that will reportedly conflict with his TI business.
- The first annual FEST-WEST takes place at the Shrine
downtown Los Angeles on March 1-2. It is sponsored by the LA 99ers.
- T.I.C.O.F.F, the TI Computer Owners Fun Fest, takes place
Park, New Jersey on March 15th.
- Mark Beck of Jacksonville, Arkansas releases the Creative
System data base.
- Thomas Spillane, doing business as DIJIT Systems in San
releases an RGB conversion kit for the TI-99/4A.
- Art Gibson and Bill Crowell of Utilitee Software release Von
- CorComp releases the X-10 Home Sentry System.
- Randy Holcomb leaves his post as TI-99 columnist for
having elected to move on to the Atari 520ST computer. Orphan
author Ron Albright takes over as the TI-99 columnist.
- On March 19 Richard Mitchell purchases the rights to The
and merges his Super 99 Monthly publication under the new name.
announces the merger in the March 86 issue of Super 99 Monthly, which
in June 86.
- Millers Graphics announces a new card for the PE box that
with IBM keyboards. It is never produced.
- Myarc demonstrates XB II at Fest-West in Los
- John Keown releases the poorly received Program Manager.
is designed to allow any TI module to be downloaded to disk and then
from that disk. A separate menu program is also designed for the module
to run assembly programs much like the Super Space cartridge. Keown's
is to be marketed by Pilgrim's Pride of Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
- Texas Instruments officially closes all Exchange Centers on
Effective March 19th, all warranty claims, repairs and exchanges will
conducted through TI's Lubbock, TX facility. The final nail is driven
to the TI-99/4A coffin.
- Chicago Users Group becomes the first Users Group to
for outside members.
- Home Computer Magazine subscribers and supporters receive
by mail that HCM has gone out of business, and that the balance of
subscription is considered "filled" by the one issue of Home
Computer Journal that is sent with the notice of HCM's demise. The
signed by HCJ Subscription Director Robert T. Karau, informs
that Home Computer Magazine ceased publication with the Volume 5,
- Gadego Software of Lubbock, Texas releases the TINet BBS.
program is authored by 14 year old Erik Olson of the Lubbock Users
and it wins notoriety as that group's first BBS.
- Navarone Industries offers a complete cartridge programming
to the general public for $249.
- Following an unresolved dispute with DaTaBioTics, Vaughn
TexComp to be the authorized dealer for their BITMAC drawing
- Quality 99 Software releases the Data Base 99 Sampler,
featured version of their DATA BASE 99 program, except limited to five
- GEnie, the General Electric on-line information service,
first major TI-SIG to offer free on-line time for uploading.
- After a brief stint in Dallas, Texas, Navarone Industries
- Sunn Publishing of Lubbock, Texas releases Golf Profile.
- The Villa-TI BBS starts up in Colorado Springs,
Joe Nuvolini as Sysop.
- The Datax TI 1-2-3 program receives a devastatingly
review in the Lima 99ers Bits, Bytes & Pixels newsletter.
- Glen Groves, dba Software Specialties, moves from
Evergreen, CO to
- E.M. Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee offers "I'm a 99/4A
I love my TI-99/4A. We eat Apples for lunch" sticker for $1.50
each, or three for $4.00.
- The San Fernando Valley 99ers User Group is born when they
"cast out" of the parent LA 99ers User Group. First president
of the new SFV 99ers is Ken Gilliland.
- Franz Wagenbach of Technical Applications Product
shows off Mechatronics' 80-Column card, XBII+ cartridge,
512K card, 128K Gram Karte and the Mechatronics
at the Southern California Computer Group (SCCG) meeting in San Diego.
- COMMODORE -- Thomas J. Rattigan replaces Marshall F.
The Southwest 99ers
Electronics, Lubbock, Texas, a major 99/4A supplier since March 1983
out of business on April 14th.
- The Houston Users Group (HUG) publishes a 3-page letter
Jerry Price listing the compay's responses to accusations made against
his company by Dr. Ron Albright at athe January 5, 1986 HUG meeting. (HUG
Newsletter, Apr 1986, pages 2-6)
- Ralph Fowler releases TIBBS v5.0, which includes
transfer capabilities as well as the existing support for Terminal
II file transfers.
- Mike Dodd releases Disk Manager 99 into the
- Funlwriter v3.2 is released in the United States.
- CorComp Inc. announces a 256/512K "Memory Plus" Ram Disk
for the Peripheral Expansion Box, along with a commitment to develop a
word processor, data base and spreadsheet capable of taking advantage
the new Ram Disk's capacity.
- Myarc Inc. abandons the casing for the new upgrade computer
upon a computer on a card. The idea is met with mixed reviews since it
will require the 99/4A's Peripheral Expansion Box to use it, yet will
cost $495. The new computer makes its debut at the Boston TI Fayuh.
- Andy Desoff of FairSoft in Fairfield, Connecticut releases BasicSort.
- Old Dark Caves v2.0 is released by Donn R. Granros.
- Arcade Hardware of Manchester, England releases Computer
War, River Rescue and Submarine Commander games on
disk that British
entertainment giant Thorn EMI announced they would release as modules
in 1983. Tenex Computer Express in South Bend, Indiana becomes the
- Tenex Computer Express begins selling IBM compatibles in
- PILOT 99 author Thomas Weithofer dies at age
from Cystic Fibrosis.
- Boyd Cone, of AmeriSoft, a Georgia based supplier of TI
the early days of the Home computer, announces that his company is
the TI-99/4A market.
- Texaments releases Artist Companion #2.
- Quality 99 Software releases EZ-Loader II and Chartmaker
- Jerry Kielser is named as the contact person for the newly
Texas TI Users Group.
- c99 release 2 is announced by Clint Pulley.
- Mechatronics GmbH officially releases their 128/512K
in the United States.
MAY 1986: The
Southwest 99ers Newsletter
the United Kingdom, TI*MES magazine sponsors a national show
Leeds. Along with the many UK users that participate, attendance
a 99er from as far away as Ottawa, Canada and another 99er from across
the channel in Holland.
Butcher, writing in the May
1986 Vol 2, Number 11 issue of the TI Riverside, CA newsletter, reports
received a catalog from Control Data addressed to TI-99/4A User Group
Presidents, offering a 25% discount on Plato products for the TI-99 if
purchased in quantity.
- J& KH Software releases Video titles II Accelerator.
- The final edition of the SXBRief Newsletter is put to
to a close the Super Extended BASIC tutorial that Jim Hollendar
started when his SXB programmer's utility was first released. The last
issue is #30.
- Britain Harry Pridmore, owner of New Day Computing,
the release of 4/FRONT magazine on disk or cassette.
- In a letter to User Groups, Ralph Fowler announces the
release of his
TIBBS bulletin board software into the Freeware distribution channel
June 1st. His decision apparently comes as a result of declining sales
and interest in the product.
- Julian Achim of Datax releases The Brain, a math
of programs that is designed to be everybody's everything when it comes
to number crunching.
- Mike Dodd releases Disk Copy 99.
- Walter Tietjen Jr. of Raleigh, North Carolina releases a
for the 99/4A that runs without the TI-Writer module.
- Edgar Dohmann releases Superbug II v2.0 assembly
- Bruce Ryan of Ryte Data in Haliburton, Canada, announces
of a Super Clock program for the Corcomp Triple Tech
plus a $20 BASIC Compiler that is supposed to have the ability
compile multiple statement lines.
- MICROpendium subscription rates go from $15 to $17, with
mail delivery going from $18.50 to $20.50 per year.
- BA-Writer v3.0 is released by Paolo Bagnaresi.
- Asgard Software releases V2.1 of the Tunnels of Doom
by John Behnke.
- Ray Kazmer writes and releases changes to MG's Night
program that allows tracking of high scores.
- COMMODORE -- Production of the 'classic' brown
which had been around since 1982, ends when the white plastic cased
64C is introduced. (www.computingmuseum.com/museum/c64.htm)
The Southwest 99ers
March 1986 sale of Craig Miller's The Smart Programmer
to Richard Mitchell, publisher of the Super 99 Monthly
shows up to subscribersas a merger of the two journals, now called The
Smart Programmer, which will be published from Sulphur, Louisiana.
- Ralph Fowler places his TIBBS bulletin board software v5.0
in the fairware
distribution network on June 1st.
- The first annual Australian TI-99/4A Users Fair takes place
14th in Melbourne, Australia.
- Kent Thompson, doing business as Real Estate Projections,
out of San
Pedro, California releases a console cooling fan for the 99/4A dubbed Console
- Horizon RAMdisk ad makes its debut in MICROpendium.
- Larry Hughes, of Quality 99 Software, and Jerry Price of
an apparent falling out as Hughes runs an ad in MICROpendium announcing
the severing of all ties with TexComp. Hughes announces that Quality 99
Software will not provide support for any of its products purchased
TexComp after June 4, 1986.
- Texaments reaches an agreement with Dave Rose to market
Sets and Graphic Designs (aka CSGD) series.
- Myarc computer-on-a-card appears at the CES in Chicago.
- Tenex Computer Express begins offering MS-DOS and Apple
in their TI-99/4A catalog.
- Thomson Software, makers of DISK+AID and other
products, moves to 436 LeTour Rochester, MI 48063.
- Intelpro, makers of the Companion word processor, announce
firm has moved to 13 Saratoga Dr. Kirkland, Que. Can. H9H 3J9. -Mike
releases TI-Forth Utilities package.
- Paul Coleman releases Labelmaker and Catalope.
- Anders Wested of Aalborg, Denmark submits the TI BASIC word
processor Chicken Text to Jerry Price at TexComp with an offer
to buy the
U.S. distribution rights. Price declines the offer and Chicken Text
never surfaces in the United States as a commercial product.
- In an article entitled "The Top Five Free Programs for Your
published in the June 1986 issue of Compute! on page 33, author Arlen
Levitan lists Fast-Term, Disk Manager 1000,
Funlwriter, Mass-Copy and Neat List
his choices for the TI-99/4A.
JUL 1986: The
Southwest 99ers Newsletter
99 announces the Rave 101 PC style keyboard for the TI-99/4A.
- On July 15, 1986 C. and S. Case PO Box 14130 Huntsville, AL
purchase the rights to Donald Thomson's Disk+Aid, Memory
and Credit Card Data Base programs.
- MICROpendium announces that it has less than 50 copies of
Number 1 left, and only 20 copies of Volume 1, Number 2 left.
- In a letter to MICROpendium, John T. Dow, author of the
flight controls simulator, discusses an assembly language flight
that he has created, but does not intend to release, due to the rampant
piracy of software in the 99/4A Community.
- Steve Davis Publishing of Dallas, TX releases its last book
99/4A named "THE ELECTRIC MAILBOX". It is a book on electronic
mail and not specifically aimed at the TI-99, but it is advertised in
for 99/4A users benefit.
- The Pre-Scan-It! XB programmer's utility written by
Hoddie is released by Asgard Software.
- Asgard Software releases Graphx Pictures and Graphx
- Ed Schaum of Bronx, New York releases the After Hours
- Joyce Corker's 24-page TI-WRITER TIPS AND TRICKS
book is released
by the Boston Computer Society.
- Joy Paint Pal, a companion product to Joy Paint,
by Great Lakes Software.
- Datax lowers the price of The Brain from $49.95 to
- Ray Kazmer of Kazco International releases Rapid Loader
Infocom adventure games.
- Funlwriter v3.3 is released in the United States.
- Disk Manager 1000 (aka DM1000) v3.3 is released,
modifications by Ralph Romans.
- William Warren of Aurora, Colorado, releases PR-Base
The Southwest 99ers
Michael enhancements to Extended Basic and Editor/Assembler modules for
GRAM KRACKER are released.
- Texas Instruments mails Diagnostic software for the
out to all registered User roups.
- MICROpendium announces the impending release of an index
for back issues.
- Steve Patterson releases Disk Machine 1002, an
utility which will convert files of any type to files of any other type.
- A virtually unknown and previously unheard of hardware
product named Megaram is released in North America by Ryte
manufactured by Atronic (of Europe?) is a full megabyte of
memory in a Ram Disk. It fits in the I/O port on the right side of the
99/4A console. The product does not prove to be a commercial success in
the U.S. apparently, as it disappears from future advertisements,
its seemingly reasonable $175.95 price.
- CorComp Inc. announces the impending release of a new word
data base and spreadsheet for the Memory Plus line of Ram Disks
they sell. The word processor will ultimately be released as WRITEREASE
by Galen Read. The data base manager never appears. The spreadsheet
may have been Read's CONSOLE CALC that ultimately was released by
but the spreadsheet mentioned also never appears.
- Jim Peterson releases TIPS FROM THE TIGERCUB Volume #3.
- Steve Venable organizes the Pastor's User Group in
- MISC --
- Eagle Computer files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
- Activision, which started in 1981 producing cartridges
for the Atari
2600 VCS, continues to thrive in the computer gaming business, with the
acquisitions of Creative Software (which bought out Funware, the TI
cartridge maker), Infocom and Gamestar. (Compute!
Aug 1986, p.26)
The Southwest 99ers
last REGENA or any other TI-99/4A article that will appear in COMPUTE!
magazine is published. The end of COMPUTE! support for the 99/4A has
quietly and uncerimoniously.
- Jeff Guide reports in the September 1986 issue of the LA
that he received a letter from Patana Ratanapreux, Customer Relations
for Home Computer Journal, that in essence says HCJ is not responsible
for Home Computer Magazine refunds; this despite the fact that both are
Emerald Valley Publishing products.
- Lee Wilkerson quits as the BASIC/Extended BASIC columnist
after only four months, citing lack of time to live up to the
of writing a monthly column.
- First DIJIT Systems ad appears in MICROpendium appears, as
gears up for mass production of their RGB conversion kit for
- Super Forth, by Jim Wray and Edgar Dohmann is
released by DaTaBioTics.
- Heim Industries, of Clifton Park, New York, release a new Statistics
program for the TI-99/4A.
- Norberto Bettinelli forms the Buenos Aires 99ers User Group
- SST Software of Cedarburg, Wisconsin releases a new version
SST BASIC COMPILER.
- Jeff Guide of Disk Only Software announces that his firm
the rights to distribute a card for the P-Box called the MPB Clock
Analog to Digital Board. The product is manufactured by MPB of
Kansas and is designed for use with Bulletin Board Software.
- Impending release of Bowling League Secretary is
- TI-Artist v2.01 is released, adding the capability
the program from almost any mass storage device such as ramdisks or
- Projectfiles for the Personal Auditor home
system is announced by PRK DataBasics owner Bill Gaskill.
- Myarc releases an Eprom for the Foundation 128K card that
to run Myarc's XBII.
- Bits, Bytes & Pixels, the newsletter of the Lima, OH
Group, reports that Home Computer Magazine ceased accepting advertising
as part of a settlement of a lawsuit they were involved in. According
the article, HCM had inflated circulation figures to advertisers, and
failed to publish the required circulation disclosures, thus misleading
advertisers about the number of readers their ads were reaching. Dr.
Steffen Romano of the Amnion Helpline is quoted as the source. HCM
Gary Kaplan would tell his readers in an editorial that advertising was
no longer being accepted because of the troubles his magazine had in
money from firms who had already gotten their ads published in his
- APPLE -- Apple Computer unveils the Apple IIGS at a
at DeAnza College's Flint Center in Cupertino, CA. The computer is
at the home and educational market and based on its features and
competes directly with the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST.
- MISC. -- Computer maker Vector Graphic of Westlake
CA goes out of business.
OCT 1986: The
Southwest 99ers Newsletter
announces intentions to produce a hard disk controller for the TI-99/4A.
- MG (Millers Graphics) announces a disk of utilities for the
Kracker entitled GK Utility I.
- MICROpendium editorial announces continued support to the
computer and the community behind it.
- Asgard Software releases Graphx Companion III.
- Pesaca Soft of Mendocino, California releases Charamat
- Rapid Copy by Barry Boone is released commercially
- Disk Only Software releases a step-by-step guide to
assembly of the
HORIZON RAMDISK kit.
- Total Filer by Warren Agee, and High Gravity
by Tom Wible
are announced by Asgard Software.
- Ryte Data of Haliburton, Ontario announces the release of GPL
Linker by Monty Schmidt.
- Long time Chicago TI User Group member Gerhard "Barney"
dies on October 24, 1986.
- Navarone Industries, headquartered at 21109 Longeway Rd
Suite C Sonora,
CA 95370, releases it's 4Q/1986 pricelist:
- Anteater $14.95
- Astrology Horoscope $39.95
- Cartridge Expander $29.95
- Chicken Coop $14.95
- Console Writer $19.95
- Data Base Management
- Disk Fixer $29.95
- Extended Graphics Disk $19.95
- Extended Graphics Tape $19.95
- Frog Stickers $14.95
- Hidden Powers of Disk Fixer $9.95
- Homework Helper + $29.95
- King of the Castle $14.95
- Paint N Print (GP-100/GP-700) $29.95
- Paint N Print (GP-500/Okidata) $29.95
- Paint N Print (IBM/Gemini) $29.95
- Speed Reading Adult $24.95
- Speed Reading Child $24.95
- Super Duper $19.95
- Topper $14.95
The Southwest 99ers
magazine receives an award from the Front Range 99er Computer Club of
Springs, Colorado for its continued support of the TI Community.
- Craig Miller, dba MG (formerly Millers Graphics) mails out
which sends chills and thrills through the TI Community: "Awhile back
we were contacted by a large US company to design a piece of interface
hardware and software for the 99/4A to allow it to use both IBM
and IBM software. This unit could be thought of as an IBM Expansion
since it will not only allow you to use IBM softwarebut you can also
IBM cards to the system! That's right, now you will be able to run
like Lotus 123, dBase, Microsoft Flight simulator, Quick Basic,
and the Basic Compilers. That is about all we can say at this time. In
January 1987 this US company will make their announcement as to price
- Ralph Fowler, author and Sysop of the TIBBS bulletin board
Kenneshaw, GA, reports that a Trojan Horse virus program that
floppies and RAM disks was uploaded to him BBS.
- News of the existence of TI WRITER v2.0 surfaces in the
issue of Bits, Bytes & Pixels, the newsletter of the Lima, Ohio
Group. TIW v2.0 was apparently released in Europe or at least in France
according to the Tony McGovern authored article. McGovern tested the
and reported that it included CHARA1 through CHARG1 font files for the
seven languages TI Writer would support. He also reports that the
portion of v2.0 is not wholely compatible with the editor in v1.0
of the way the TAB line is saved. Lastly, the formatter program for
carries a 1983 copyright date.
- The Printer's Apprentice v1.03 is released by McCann
of Omaha, Nebraska.
- DM1000 V3.5 with modifications by Ralph Romans is
- GRAM Packer is released at the Chicago TI Faire by
Hoddie, doing business as Genial Computerware.
- Sidewriter v2.1 by Mauro Tomietto is released by the
- XBII v2.11 is released by Myarc Inc., for their 128K
- Not-Polyoptics announces the January 1987 release of an all
language flight simulator for the 99/4A.
- Texaments releases CSGD III by Dave Rose.
- Ken Hayden of Baltimore, Maryland releases Bowling
- Harry Pridmore introduces his New Day Computing firm to
99ers via a
full-page ad in MICROpendium. Some months later New Day Computing
would be put on the "Watchout List" for failure to deliver paid-for
- W. Irving Crowley of Pine Level, Alabama releases Checkbook
This is version one of the much heralded Checkbook Manager III that
receive rave reviews in MICROpendium three years later.
- Andy Dessoff closes the doors on FairSoft Inc., but
announces that Basicsort is still available.
- TexComp announces an upgrade to Graphx, featuring a
speed loader and other new features.
- Fontwriter by J. Peter Hoddie is released by Asgard
- ORPHAN SURVIVAL HANDBOOK by Ron Albright is released
Disk Only Software.
DEC 1986: The
Southwest 99ers Newsletter
- Word reaches the TI Community that a program named Supertrack,
masquarading as a track-copier, is a Trojan Horse program
to destroy folly disks.
- The National Ninety Niner newsletter, published by
Don and Lucie
Veith out of Bakersfield, California, ceases publication. The
began with Volume I, Number I in November 1983 and was subsequently
- December 1983 - Volume I
- January 1984
- February 1984
- March 1984
- April 1984
- May 1984
- June 1985
- August/September 1984
- September 1984
- October 1984
- November/December 1984
- January 1985 - Volume II
- February 1985
- March 1985
- April 1985
- May 1985
- June 1985
- August 1985
- September 1985
- October 1985
- November/December 1985
- January 1986 - Volume III
- February 1986
- March 1986
- April 1986
- Craig Miller announces that the production of the GRAM
device will cease due to inability to deliver it on time.
- MG releases a new PROM set for the the CorComp
controller card and hints at a new IBM/TI-99/4A product coming in
- James Sleeth of El Cajon, California releases Multiplan
- Ryte Data announces their intent to build the 99AT
- Ozark Software of Neosho, Missouri announces plans for a
Expansion Box. It never appears.
- Jim Peterson announces TIPS FROM TIGERCUB on disk
and he mails
out a letter to User Groups across the country announcing the end of
TIPS FROM TIGERCUB articles.
- Chicago TI Faire attendence numbers are placed at
- The Funlwriter name is changed to Funnelweb
authors Tony and Will McGovern, concurrent with the release of version
3.4 of the program. Version 3.4 contains enhancements which allow it to
run better from the Horizon Ram Disk.
- Funnelweb v3.4 arrives in the United States in the
selected distributors such as Charles Good of the Lima, Ohio 99ers, and
Woody Wilson of the Southern California Computer Group in San Diego,
- Great Lakes Software releases Clip Art Disk 2 v1.1
- The 99 BBS V7.1 is announced by Roger Davis of Whittier,
- APPLE -- Apple ships some 25,000 Apple IIGS
computers with faulty
surface-mounted chips. It is estimated that the mistake will cost some
$5 million to correct.
- KAYPRO -- Kaypro signs an agreement with Amway
sell its PCs door-to-door.
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