1987: The Southwest
- An 80 Column Display Card for the 99/4A is
by Mechatronics GmbH.
- The Printer's Apprentice v2.0 is released by
of Omaha, Nebraska.
- Mark Beck of Jacksonville, Arkansas releases Creative
- Cheryl Whitelaw, aka Regena, joins the staff of
MICROpendium as the
regular BASIC columnist.
- James Schroeder releases Rediskit disk copier.
- Walt Howe, the New England area 99er who met and married a
gal he met
"on-line" as a sysop for the Delphi network, releases Chainlink
- Rumors of a TI-99 version of Turbo Pascal surface
the editorial page of MICROpendium.
- Gene Harter of Not-Polyoptics announces that his firm will
a flight simulator on February 1st.
- Myarc announces that the 9640 GENEVE will be
on your dealer's shelf in February". The computer was demonstrated
at the January 18th Atlanta 99ers User Group meeting by Jack Riley.
- The first TI-TAX templates for 99/4A
Multiplan are released
by William Chavanne of Ft. Meade, Maryland.
- XB II v2.12 is released by Myarc Inc.
- DISkAssembler by Tom Freeman is released by MG.
- CorComp Inc and Will and Tony McGovern are given
Awards by the Front Range 99ers computer group.
- Tunnels of Doom Editor v3.0 is
released by Asgard
- MG releases a message to the TI world of an upcoming
product that will
put IBM compatibility at the finger tips of 99/4A owners. The product
out to be a bridge-box that allows the 99/4A keyboard to be used with a
PC Clone. No real "compatibility" exists.
- TEXNET is discontinued on The Source
effective January 30th.
- Quality 99 Software releases Screen Dump II.
- Commodore Microcomputers magazine and Commodore
magazine are merged into a single publication by their owner,
Marketing Inc. of West Chester, PA.
- Fairware author and freeware champion John E. Taylor (aka
that he has sold his TI-99/4A system and will be moving on to IBM PC
because of his job. Taylor is best know for his popular Checkbook
Budget Manager program, but was also the author of several other
via the fairware/freeware distribution network.
WINTER CES 1987
- Atari announces an ST with 2Mb or RAM and another with 4Mb
- Atari announces a new laser printer for the ST line.
- Atari announces a new IBM PC compatible computer.
- Atari displays a prototype of the 65XE Video Game System.
- Commodore previews the Amiga 500, a under $650 computer and
a new Amiga
2000, both compatible with the existing Amiga 1000.
- Commodore introduces a new A2002 composite/RGB color
- Commodore announces a new IBM PC compatible computer; the
- Commodore shows a new 256K RAM expander for the C64.
- Commodore introduces the C128D.
- Accolade's Comics is introduced by year-old Accolade
C64. It is a graphical adventure centered around Steve Keene as the
character who must thwart evil plots for the Chief of Spystuff Inc.
- Aliens: The Computer Game is introduced by
upon the summer 1986 hit movie. For the C64. $39.95.
- The Bard's Tale is released by Electronic Arts for
- The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight is released
Arts for the C64. $39.95. An Apple version is promised.
- BI Calc, File, Spell and Write are announced
Included for the IBM PC and compatibes. $39.95 each.
- Bop 'N Wrestle, Infiltrator, and Trailblazer
for Atari 8-bit computers by Mindscape at $29.95 each.
- Bureaucracy is released by Infocom/Activision for
//, MAC, Amiga and Atari ST machines. $39.95
- Championship Golf: The Great Courses of the World-Volume
Beach is announced for the Amiga by Gamestar/Activision for $54.95.
- Create A Calendar is released by Epyx for the C64,
and MS-DOS machines. No price given.
- Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future is released by
for the C64. $19.95.
- Data Manager PC is released by Timeworks for MS-DOS
- Deluxe Creativity Series is introduced for the Amiga
//gs. The five programs are all compatible with each other and can turn
the two computers into a home sound/video production studio. The
include Deluxe Paint II, Deluxe Music Construction Set, Instant
Deluxe Print and Deluxe Video. Each programs sells for
- Earl Weaver Baseball is released by Electronic Arts
Commodore Amiga. $49.95.
- GBA Championship Basketball: Two-On-Two is released
for the Commodore Amiga. $44.95.
- GFL Championship Football is released by
for the Commodore Amiga. $44.95.
- GeoFile, GeoCalc and GeoDex are released by
Softworks for the C64 and C128. $49.95, $9.95 and $39.95 respectively.
An 80-column version of GEOS for the C128 is also announced
a release date of the second quarter 1987. Price is set at $69.00.
- GraphicsWorks Version 1.1 is released by Mindscape
for the MAC.
- Guild of Thieves, a followup to The Pawn is
by Firebird Licensees.
- Hollywood Hijinx is released by Infocom/Activision
for the C64,
Atari XE/XL line, MS-DOS machines, Apple //, MAC, Amiga and Atari ST
- Laser Author one of the first offerings from
new business division is announced for the MAC. Price is under $200. It
is a document publishing application.
- Masterpiece, a professional MIDI application, is
Sonus for the MAC and Atari ST. $475.
- Super Sequencer, a professional MIDI application, is
by Sonus for the MAC and Atari St. $195.
- Superscore, a professional MIDI application, is
Sonus for the MAC and Atari ST. $425.
- Music Construction Set is announced by Electronic
Arts for the
Apple //gs. $49.95.
- The Music Studio is announced by Activision for the
- PHM Pegasus is released by Electronic Arts for the
C64 and Apple
- Partner PC is released by Timeworks for MS-DOS
- Partner 64 cartridge is released by Timeworks for
the C64. $59.95.
- PC Voyager, a business application, is released by
Licensees for MS-DOS machines for under $100.
- Portal, an adventure, is released by Activision for
Apple // machines $44.95, MAC, Amiga and Atari ST machines for $49.95
C64 for $39.95.
- PrintMaster Plus is released by Unison World for
for $59.95, and Amiga, C64 and Atari ST machines for $39.95. An Apple
version is said to be coming soon.
- Red Storm Rising, based on the Tom Clancy novel, is
by Microprose for late 1987 release.
- Return to Atlantis is announced by Electronic Arts
for the Amiga.
- Sinbad is announced as forthcoming by
only for the MAC, Amiga and ST machines.
- Springboard Publisher is announced by Springboard
the MAC and Apple // line. No price given.
- Star Trek: The Promethean Prophecy is announced by
Schuster for MS-DOS and Apple //, $39.95 and the C64, $32.95.
- SwiftCalc PC, and Word Writer PC are eleased
for MS-DOS machines. $59.95 each.
- Word Writer 3 is released by Timeworks forthe C64.
- Tracker is released by Firebird Licensees for the
and the MAC and Atari ST for $44.95.
- TRIO, a word prcessor, database and spreadsheet, is
by Softsync for the C128 for $69.95.
- Writer's Choice Elite is released by Activision for
Accolade introduced the Accolade Advantage Line which is a
of old titles including: Spy vs. Spy I and II, Deceptor and Desert
Electronic Arts introduced its Software Classics line, with titles
including Archon II: Adept, Skyfox, Movie Maker, Financial
Mirror. Activision announced it Solid Gold Software line which
includes Pitfall and Demon Attack. Infocom has also bundled
three popular Zork adventures into the Zork Trilogy.
The Southwest 99ers
changes banner to include Myarc 9640 in advertised coverage.
- Warnings are issued within the TI-99 Community about Supertrack,
a Trojan Horse program mascarading as a track copier that deliberately
destroys the contents of any disk it works on. It appears on Bulletin
around the country, but is effectively corraled by most sysops.
- Excellent Extended BASIC tutorials from the McGoverns of
Farm begin to show up in User Group newsletters across the United
- SPAD XIII, the first realistic flight simulator for
is released by Not Polyoptics, written by David Harter 416 High St.
Maryland 21620, who is a partner in the Not Polyoptics firm. The
took about eight months to write.
- A 99AT EXPANSION CHASSIS is announced by Ryte Data
Ontario. The box is said to be able to accept the 9640 computer on a
99/4A PEB cards and up to four disk drives.
- The HFDC (Hard and Floppy Disk Controller Card) is
by Myarc Inc.
- PC-Keys v2.0 is released by Jim Kryzak, owner of
- The Writerease word processor,
written by former
Silver Wolf Software partner Galen Read, is formally announced by
Inc. (Author's Note: the other partner in Silver Wolf Software was
- CSGD User Disk #4 (Character Sets and
from David Rose is released by Texaments.
- AVPC 80-COLUMN DISPLAY CARD is released by DIJIT
San Diego, California.
MAR 1987: The Southwest 99ers newsletter.
Engineering, a consortium made up of Jim Horn, Richard Roseen and Chris
Bobbitt, announce ADOS, AMOS, AC-BASIC and AC-PASCAL for the Myarc 9640
- Jeff Guide's Disk Only Software out of Lorton, Virginia
releases XB:Bug and EPROM for the Horizon Ram
by J. Peter Hoddie.
- EPYX 500XJ joystick is introduced by TexComp as
- Font Writer II by J. Peter Hoddie is
- DataBioTics releases the Junkman Jr. and Star
- Wycove Forth v3.0 is released by Tim MacEachern,
but with no
- File Master and Home Banking programs
are released by E & M Software of Napa, California.
- Ray Kazmer of Kazco International, closes the doors on his
- The Bible Trivia game is released by
of Pittsburgh, PA.
- Myarc's Advanced BASIC is announced and
Walt Howe in CompuServe's TI Forum.
- Triton Products Inc., the company chosen by TI in 1984 to
remaining stock of 99/4A hardware and software, announces a PC Clone to
the TI Community complete with an MG designed bridge box so that you
use your 99/4A keyboard with the IBM clone. Both the Turbo XT clone and
the bridge box idea are universally spurned in the TI Community.
- MICROpendium receives a beta version of Myarc 9640, which
is now a
computer on a card for the Peripheral Expansion Box rather than a
computer as originally planned.
- Funnelweb v3.4 is updated with the
March 30, 1987
The Southwest 99ers
DOS for SuperCart is released by Monty Schmidt.
- The Central Pensylvania Users Group (Harrisburg, PA) elects
officers for the May 1987 to April 1988 term:
- President - Martin Gutekunst
- Vice-President - Nick Varnalis
- Sec/Treasurer - Barry L. Long Sr.
- Executive Board - Dot Schwartz and Nick Varnalis
- Education Chairman - Dave Ratcliffe
- Software Librarian - Barry L. Long Sr.
- Events Co-Chairs - Robert Miller, Dot Schwartz, Henry
- The AMNION HELPLINE, run by former IUG librarian Dr. Guy
gets an award from the Front Range 99ers of Colorado Springs, Colorado
for continued support of the TI Community.
- Diversions Inc. of Sunnyvale, California announces the
release of a
ribbon and pen set for most popular printers that allows text and
images to be printed in an ink that may be transferred to T-Shirts.
- Sort Experiment is released by J.
- The Super Extended BASIC cartridge created
by Craig Miller,
with programming contributions by Danny Michael and Mark Schillingburg,
is released by Triton Products Co.
- TigerCub Software (Jim Peterson) releases Nuts and
- TI-NET BBS is released as Freeware by Gadego
- Paul Coleman of Nameloc Software releases CSGD Support
- Robert Neal begins The FairWare Exchange in Romeoville,
- Asgard Software releases Legends by Donn Granros,
assembly language programming help from Ed Johnson.
- Steven J. McWatty's Graphic Labeler program appears
- Reader's Digest sells The Source to a group of venture
capitalists. (Compute! Jul87,
- COMMODORE: On April 22, 1987 Commodore CEO Thomas J.
is replaced by Chairman Irving Gould. It is unclear why Rattigan was
after turning the company around and posting $28 million in profits
the four quarters ending in March 1987. Rattigan himself claimed that
was forced out by Gould due to personality conflicts and that Gould was
upset about Rattigan getting credit for the company's turnaround. Gould
argued that the comeback in the U.S. was insufficient compared to its
in overseas markets, which accounted for 70% of its sales. In fact,
its profitability, Commodore's U.S. revenues had declined by 54% in the
same four quarters. According to Gould's ideology, the North American
was to be a sales and marketing extension of the company, rather than
unwieldy, semi-independent entity it had become. For the third time in
Commodore's history, a new leader began his term at the helm by
downsizing. Under Gould's reign, the payroll was cut from 4,700 to
including half of the North American headquarters' corporate staff, and
five plants were closed. (http://php.indiana.edu/~rmelick/1.htm)
Writing in the August 1987 issue of compute!
page 62, columnist Sheldon Leemon opines that Rattigan was, at least in
part, ousted because of his reluctance to push the new Commodore Amiga
500 into mass-market distribution channels, which was what Irving Gould
wanted to do.
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Calc, the first (and only) spreadsheet for the 99/4A totally in a
gets a devastating review in the May issue of MICROpendium.
- MICROpendium begins first listing of TI-99/4A User Groups.
- Texaments announces the release of Turbo-Pasc 99.
- Ray Kazmer reveals the secret behind his RLE Digitizer
tell-all expose published in several California User Group newsletters
- Funnelweb v3.4 is updated with the May 14, 1987
- Disk Utilities author John Birdwell moves to
- Schedule Manager v1.2 is released by Asgard
- Doug Warren's Explorer program, formerly marketed
Graphics in copy protected form, is released under the Bytemaster
Services (Richard Mitchell) banner in unprotected format. A bug would
be found in the unprotected version resulting from a byte offset that
used in the copy-protection scheme.
- DaTaBioTics debuts Super Forth at the
Fest-West '87 show
in Los Angeles.
- The LA 99ers introduce "Kracker Facts", a book of
tips for GRAM Kracker owners. The material is a compilation of articles
and other information by Mike Dodd, Tom Freeman, Craig Miller, Walt
- GEnie on-line information service becomes available in
- Fest-West '87 takes place in Los Angeles, CA on May 16-17,
the Shrine Auditorium.
- COMMODORE: Closeout prices on the Commodore Plus/4
at $79.90 by wholesale houses. Similar closeout pricing can also be
for the Commodore 64 software games such as Frogger, Q*Bert,
Popeye, Battlezone and Robotron, all
listed at $7.77. (RUN May87,
- COMMODORE: Street prices for the Commodore 64 are at
Commodore 64C sells for $159, and the C-128 sells for $199. (RUN
- COMMODORE: A 3-year old lawsuit between Atari and
over the Amiga ends in undisclosed terms.
JUN 1987: The
Southwest 99ers newsletter.
Michael announces his departure from the TI Community in the Shoals
newsletter. He has sold his TI-99/4A system and purchased an IBM PC.
- John Willforth of the Pennsylvania Users Group (PUG)
author's an article
about how to put Extended BASIC inside the TI-99 console.
- Myarc receives an award from the Front Range 99er Computer
Colorado in appreciation for its support of the TI-99/4A computer
- Word reaches the TI Community that Bruce Ryan of Ryte Data
ONT Canada is going to release a set of EPROMS for the TI Disk
which will provide support for up to quad density floppy disks. The
are said to be priced at $45.00.
- On June 10th the MBP Clock/Calendar - ADC Kit price
to $31.50. The company producing the hardware peripheral, MBP of 2
Drive Wichita, KS 67206, says that more than 200 of the devices have
shipped to TI owners world wide.
- Pioneer member of the TI Community, Doyle Bynum, co-founder
and Texas Peripherals, dies on June 25th in Lancaster, Texas at age 63.
- Stu Olsen releases Mass Transfer v4.2 (ymodem
added) and v4.3 (same as v4.2 but with support for multilple ram disks).
- Ryte Data's R/D Computing publishes a 64K memory map
- Ryte Data announces that it has a poor subscriber base for
Newsletter, and that operations will cease if more interest is not
- Monty Schmidt releases GPL Assembler / Linker for
- CorComp releases a TI to PC text transfer utility.
- MICROpendium puts out feelers for a c99 columnist and a
- Genisis Systems Software announces a freeware offering on
how to create
TI-Artist fonts. Company owner Lyle Thorogood, a previously unknown
in the TI Community, continues in that capacity as neither Genisis nor
Thorogood are ever heard from again.
- Wayne Stith releases the Kwik Font assembly
- Travis Watford releases the Omega terminal emulator.
- The beginning of the end for Commodore...Chairman of the
Gould, the same person who Commodore founder Jack Tramiel had a dispute
with before resigning, ousts 5 senior corporation executives, including
Thomas Rattigan and Nigel Shepherd. (RUN July87, p.8)
The Southwest 99ers
publishes the history of Disk Manager 1000.
- Rave 99 (John McDevitt) introduces Speech Adapter Card,
that allows the printed circuit board from an existing Speech
(PHP 1500) peripheral to be mounted on the adapter, and then inserted
a card slot in the Peripheral Expansion Box (PHP 1200). The Speech
Card is 100% compatible with all software and hardware. It carries
a MSRP of $49.95 (Mid-South
- ML Systems of Valley Falls, Rhode Island releases an $80.00
that allows any PC keyboard to be used on the TI-99/4A.
- Mack McCormick resigns as Technical Editor for MICROpendium
of job duties in the military.
- Myarc Geneve advertisement in MICROpendium shows up without
of the computer.
- Innovative Programming, a new firm started by Galen Read,
a full-page ad in MICROpendium. The firm offers support through its new
- TexComp releases a ribbon and pen set for Epson, Okidata
and Star printers
that allows text and graphics to be printed in an ink that can be
to T-Shirts. The product was previously announced by Sunnyvale,
based Diversions Inc. in April 1987.
- Franz Wagenbach of T.A.P.E. (Technical Application Product
in Ontario, California announces the release of both TI-Writer and
for the 80-column display card by Mechatronics GmbH.
- Recipe Writer v2.0 is released by Asgard Software.
- FCC plan to tax on-line communications services is
fear the tax may add as much as $5 per hour to the cost of using
GEnie, Delphi etc.
- Ralph Fowler announces that his TIBBS, the first
bulletin board system for the 99/4A, will shut down for lack of use.
Chicago TI Users Group also calims to have had the first TI-99/4A BBS
- Lois Brock, member of the Texas Instruments Consumer
sends a letter to various user groups reconfirming TI's departure from
the Home computer Market on April 1, 1984, with referrals to Triton
and Tenex Computer Express.
- Edgar Dohmann announces his intention to release the Electro
cartridge for the TI-99/4A. It will have 64K of programming that will
an editor, assembler, disassembler, debugger, disk mangaer, sector
and program loader/saver. The caryridge will be built on a 27512 EPROM
and be based upon the Super Space II cartridge.
AUG 1987: The
Southwest 99ers newsletter.
announces Grand RAM and Desktop Publisher. Although the
Publisher program does not give credit to its author, it has the
and feel of a Galen Read creation. The actual authors turn out to be Ed
Johnson, author of Page Pro 99 and Chris Faherty, author of TI-Artist.
- Asgard Software announces the release of EZ-Keys by
and Missile Wars by John Behnke, author of Tunnels of Doom
Editor, The Volcano Fortress and The Haunted Mine.
- John Johnson's MENU v6.3 for the Horizon Ram Disk
- Myarc considers producing the 9640 in a Macintosh-like case
and 3 1/2 inch disk all in one unit. The plan is abandoned however. No
formal announcement of the idea is ever made, but Myarc's Jack Riley
appear at the November Chicago TI Faire with a Sony monitor that has a
3 1/2 inch disk drive built into it, raising the question of just how
Myarc came to actually following through with the idea.
- Charles Kirkwood Jr. is chosen to become the c99 columnist
- Mike Dodd of the K-Town 99ers is chosen to become the
- Bowling League Secretary I program released by
of Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
- GRAPHX Slideshow by Paul Charlton and Ken
released by Asgard Software.
- Asgard Software releases a statement to clarify that his
firm has no
connection with Asgard Industries of Minnesota, a firm that specializes
in Adam Computer products.
Riley joins Myarc as a partner, with the oficial title of Marketing
- John Birdwell releases Disk Utilities v3.2.1,
a version of the program designed especially for use on the Super Cart.
- A new prototyping board for the Peripheral Expansion Box is
by Scott Coleman and John Willforth.
- SPAD XIII is upgraded to SPAD XIII Mk.
- Legends adventure gets a large print manual
with poor sight.
- Alpha Scientific Box 626 Chesterfield, Missouri 63006
advertises a 3.5 inch Toshiba disk drive kit for the TI-99/4A in
- Harry Brashear a Newfane, New York 99er, writes a critical
all 99ers who are moving away from the 99/4A. The letter is posted on
major TI-SIGS for all to read. It draws scathing criticism in return
its fanaticism and insults to Craig Miller and other former 99/4A
- Marty Kroll Jr. releases CATLIB v1.5.3
on August 10, 1987.
- A Myarc Geneve 9640 column debuts in MICROpendium.
- Jumpboot operating system utility, written by Jerry
is released by Jeff Guide's Disk Only Software company as the first
product for the Myarc Geneve 9640. The program is designed to allow
owners to boot their system from a floppy disk as fast as they could
a hard disk drive.
- TPA Toolbox, a utility designed to expand the
The Printer's Apprentice, is released by McCann Software.
- Tony Wagner of Minot, North Dakota circulates information
on his intention
to create a nation-wide hardware projects group in the TI-99 Community.
- Home Accounting Control System (HACS) version 2.0 is
- MEMOcal notes/calendar printing program is released
- Walt Howe, part time Sysop on the TI Special Interest Group
Source, reports that the TISIG is in 'trouble' because subscriber
are so low that it is not paying for itself. Sysop Blaine Crandall asks
owners of The Source for a month to survey TI owners for their
- Bruce Forbes founds the TId Bits bi-monthly magazine for
the TI Community.
It is made available in both disk and hardcopy versions, $8 for six
issues or $12 for six hardcopy issues.
- The Computer Exposition of the Central Pennsylvania Users
place in Harrisburg, PA on September 12th.
- APPLE: The Apple IIGS (Graphics and Sound) is
would be the 2nd-to-last of the Apple II series introduced, the last
being the IIc+ a year later in Sep 1988. It had enhanced graphics and
capabilities, as well as the open architecture that the Apple II series
was famous for. The machine had a number of expansion slots under it's
cover, no internal floppy drive, depending on an 800k external floppy
as well as having a seperate keyboard. The IIGS would have it's own GUI
based operating system, as well as being able to run ProDOS. It was
in December 1992 as the last of the Apple II line. The line would be
discontinued as of November 1993, after a total of approximately 5
machines of all models are sold. (Jeff's Computer Haven Home Page)
The Southwest 99ers
ever checksum program for proofing TI BASIC/XB programs appears in
Written by Los Angeles 99er Tom Freeman.
- CSGD User Disks #5 and #6, along with CSGD
are released by Texaments.
- Artist Fonts Volume 1 is released by Asgard Software.
- Designer Labels by Paul Coleman is released by
- After Hours BBS v1.4 is released by Ed Schaum of
- Funnelweb v4.0 is released on October 20, 1987.
- Ryte Data South, run by Houston, Texas resident Henry
- Wizard’s Lair and Wizard’s Revenge
are released by Rainbow Software of Brooklyn, New York.
- QDE, the Quick and Dirty Editor by Clint Pulley, is
in an 80-column version for the Geneve.
- Video Digitizer and Titling software is rumored to be in
the creation of Seattle, Washington 99er Tom Wynne. It is designed to
on a Peripheral Expansion Box card that will be marketed by Barb
of Queene Anne Computer Shoppe in Seattle.
- Sysop Blaine Crandell reports that TI-SIG, formerly TexNet,
Source, gets a reprieve from extinction when most 99ers report that
will drop The Source entirely if TI-SIG is abandoned. As part of the
to increase interest and participation, the Terminal Emulator 2
protocol is dropped in favor of the more popular xmodem protocol. This
eliminates a major commercial resource and reason for owning and using
the TEII cartridge.
- Boston Computer Society member Walt Howe previews MyArt
the Geneve 9640 in the October BCS Newsletter. Howe is the author of
documentation for the program.
- Ernest Chandler and Frank Paquette of Great Lakes Software
release Certificate 99 v1.0.
- Myarc releases MDOS 0.99 for the Geneve 9640 computer when
Paul Charlton uploads the code to CompuServe and Delphi on October 14th
for free download by Geneve owners.
- The most comprehensive comparison of database managers for
ever published appears in MICROpendium.
- Datax announces move to Florida.
- The DC area 99ers hold a TI Fair on October 24-25, 1987.
- COMMODORE: Commodore finally starts delivering the
drive after announcing it's availability almost a year earlier (RUN
- COMMODORE: The Commodore 128D is officially released
U.S. It first appeared on the scene two years earlier but could not
the FCC's regulations for radio signal emitting devices, so it was
from the North American market and sold outside the U.S. until it could
be redesigned. (RUN Oct87, p.8)
NOV 1987: The Southwest 99ers newsletter.
5th Annual Chicago TI Faire takes place on November 7th.
- Mark Van Coppenole demos the GRAMulator prototype
at the Chicago
- Family and Home Office Computing Magazine ceases
publication of type-in
programs. The magazine, which started out life as Family Computing, is
switching focus to Home Office Computing in an effort ot stay afloat in
a very competitive market. All TI-99/4A and other home computer
are no longer found on their pages.
- Hulk, Claymorgue Castle, Buckaroo Banzai and Spider-Man
adventures by Scott Adams are released by TexComp.
- Myarc Mouse and MyArt are offered as
from the Myarc Geneve computer by Innovative Programming (Galen Read)
Rohnert Park, CA.
- Funnelweb v4.0 is updated with the November 11, 1987
- Graphics Expander and Font Pack I and II are
by Genial Computerware. Graphics Expander allows a TI-Artist or
CSGD (Dave Rose's Character Sets and Graphic Designs) font to be
- String Master is released by Richard Mitchell,
of Sulphur, Louisiana. A Press
Release is posted on the major TI-99 online SIGs.
- TIBM PC to 4A or Geneve file transfer utility is
program authors Daniele Morini and Luigi Grilli of Italy.
- PC-Transfer by Mike Dodd is released by Genial
- AVANTI 99 FORTH CARD for the Peripheral Expansion
Box is announced
by McCann Software. The beta version is shown at the Chicago Faire.
- Miller Communications of Seattle, Washington develops an
to hold the Geneve and TI peripheral cards. The box is said to have a
watt power supply and it will have seven card slots. Millers own
and Frame Grabber cards will fit in it as well as two RS232 cards.
- SUPER CLOCK SUPPORT is released by Ryte Data of Haliburton,
- A newsletter for users of TI's CC-40, and the TI74 and 95
- Remind Me! by John Johnson is released by Genial
at the Chicago TI Faire.
- Inscebot Inc. announces that TI-Artist will be produced in
format. It never comes to pass.
- Ali Ulgen of Seven Hills, Ohio completes a months-long,
survey of 99ers equipment and software inventories.
- Bruce Ryan and Ryte Data of Haliburton, ONT Canada show off
99AT box at the Chicago TI Faire. The 99AT holds a large power supply,
up to four (4) half-height floppy disk drives (including a hard disk
and still has five (5) slots for standard TI Peripheral Expansion Box
cards like those made by TI, Myarc, CorComp, Horizon, Foundation,
GmbH et cetera. The 99AT is priced at $55.00 with a 135 watt power
and a built in system interface.
- Anders Persson of Lund, Sweden releases a complete mapping
of the TI
- Triton Products announces that they will not be carrying
the DataBioTics Grand RAM card when it becomes available,
of the hardware peripheral in their catalog. Instead, they will
a CorComp 512K card. (Pekin, IL
Group Newsletter, Nov87, p.1)
The Southwest 99ers
v1.0 for the Geneve is released.
- Ali Ulgen reports that his survey of TI Users yielded
only 73 user groups out of 220 US and 34 foreign groups contacted!
- TI-Count accounting software becomes available as a
for only $99.95.
- DELPHI on-line information service hosts an archivers
Barry Boone, Al Beard and Barry Traver on December 17th, the first ever
between the three persons most responsible for providing file packing
for the 99/4A community.
- GIF loader is released by Paul Charlton.
- New Day Computing in England, and the 99/4A National
are put on the "hit" list as businesses to look out for, as both
have failed to deliver paid for products to customers.
- Galen Read, of Innovative Programming, maker of Writerease
and Console Calc, announces that his company is changing
the focus of
its business and is moving away from the TI market.
- Rave 99 announces that it will produce a Ram Disk for the
- Robert C. Holland, 6188 Caminito Baeze San Diego,
announces a TI/IBM file transfer program available for the cost of two
- McWare Products, Box 2784 Fairfax, Virginia 22031,
and Easy Tutor, a disk and booklet for the Star NX10.
- First commercially published article on how to put Extended
the TI-99/ 4A console appears in the Dec 1987 issue of MICROpendium.
- BA-Writer v1.4 is released.
- Ray Kazmer makes a gift of his 'Woodstock's Christmas'
to members of the San Fernando Valley 99ers.
- CSI Design Group owners/partners Mark Sumner and Ken Dibble
close the doors on their 99/4A business.
- Pilgrim's Pride Box 2 Hatboro, PA 19040 announces in its
catalog that a company Bulletin Board System is 'coming soon...'.
- APPLE --
- Apple claims to have sold a quarter of a million copies
since its release this past summer, and developers are working at a
pace to put hundreds of "stacks" on the market. Apple says there
are some 300 "stacks" now available.
- Third-party developers will sell add-in cards for the Mac
II next spring
featuring the 68030 chip from Motorola, a move they say will make the
II a competitive engineering workstation for the first time.
- ATARI -- Nintendo asserts that Atari was engaging in
misleading advertising in a TV ad which claimed the Atari XE video game
console was a better buy than the Nintendo home entertainment system.
- COMMODORE -- Rumors surface about Commodore planning
with a 80286-based CPU.
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