To : 999 (All) From : YJ2 (Andrew Snodgrass) Subject: SOLINET (I am member 069 if you want to contactme via the NET) Some of you BEEB devotees may have seenthe news items in the Acorn User andMicro User about SOLINET which is aself help BBC Micro user group like 8BS(not a P.D. software house). SOLINET is based around a bi-monthlydisc magazine which supports the BBC A,BBC B, B+ and Master (128 and compact)and is edited by Ron Marshall. Usefulutilities and programs also appearregularly on the disc. This along withthe user group's extensive library(called SOLILIB) of software makes surethat the members are not short ofuseful programs, games and utilities. Some of the software present in SOLINETand many SOLINET issues, is withpermission from Solidisk technology. So if you have any Solidisk add-onsthere is an even better reason to joinin with the fun. So far there have been 37 (80T DFS)issues spanning over the many yearssince it was founded in 1986. If youjoin these back issues are available at30p per issue as long as you provideyour own formatted discs. Unfortunately SOLINET has a largeshortage of members, and it has beensaid that the group (or NET as theyprefer to call it) may have to end dueto the fact that they only have thirtyodd members!. Now being a member I have found thatthis is indeed a very good user groupand would highly recommend joining theNET considering the lack of support forBBC users from commercial publications.It costs 4 a year to join and themembership year begins in January. 4 isn't really a lot consideringit is 50p a month for an 8- bit issue.If you send Ron an identifiableblank formatted disk in any of thefollowing formats, and if you asknicely, I am sure he will provide youwith a back issue (and informationsheet) before you decide whether tojoin or not. Ron Marshall can take 5.25" discs inthe following forms: Single density 80T DFS (or 40T) and640k ADFS He can also cope with 3.5" discs inDFS OR ADFS, but prefers 5.25" ifpossible. You also need to send RETURN POSTAGEand an ADDRESS LABEL IN AN EASILYRE-USED PACKAGE. If only on 40T remember, ONE 80Tside=TWO 40T sides. The ADDRESS to send your disc to is: SOLINET The BBC Micro User Group 41 Westbrook Drive Rainworth Mansfield Notts. NG21 0FB So what's your excuse?!? Join now or you will surely regret it. I am wondering if SOLINET would beinterested in hearing about 8-Bit Software and what they do. Do 8-Bit members mind if I show off some of their software to SOLINET?!(After all most of it is PD). I wouldespecially like to hear the editor'scomment on this. (YJ2) .......Editor...... Yes Andrew, by allmeans send whatever you want. ALL ofthe software in 8BS is PD. We want togain as wide a circulation as possible.In fact I shall be sending a copy ofthis issue to SOLINET. We also have a membership crisis by theway. But as long as there at least acouple of other members we will notfold. We will hold on steadfastly tothe end!