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                                From: K6N (Brian Raw) Subject: Diary 1997  This is the first offspring of the NotePad program that appeared in issue 51. The only problem with it is the size of disc required; you will need either an 80T double sided DFS or L formatted ADFS disc, smaller formats are not catered for as yet. Again you need to prepare a blank formatted disc for use as the Diary. Whichever format you decide to use simply pop it in the drive and select the prepare option from the main menu, the program automatically senses the format and proceeds accordingly. (Thanks to J.Ripley) Other options available from the main menu are the Epson9dot, select this if you have an Epson9dot or compatible printer. Read TIME$ can be selected if your computer has CMOS memory setup allowing the Diary to open at the day's date. Once these options are set for your setup, edit and save a page of the Diary. This will record these settings so that they will be correct each time you load up the Diary. If Read TIME$ is not set then the Diary will open at the last date to be edited and saved.  From: K6X (Cluke) Subject: Hunt The Snib There are three files which relate to this game; Snib is the original game, Snibzy is my version of it, and Vsnib prints an A4 gamesheet via View if you have it. I have only tried the game on a Master, but I would think that it should run OK on a Beeb. The gamesheet is not essential, but it does help to avoid making the same guess twice. The game is very simple and is really aimed at 7-8 year olds. My son Mathew is learning about co-ordinates and the points of the compass this term, and this program combines both topics. The original game was published in Beebug with the intention that it should be developed. I have gone the other way and pruned it rather a lot to make it more suitable for Mathew and his classmates. In the original game The Snib was also a seeker, and often found me after only three or four guesses. This would reduce the chance for the children to learn from the game before it ended, so I lopped off that part and made The Snib into a hider-only. (By the way, there was one location on the grid where, due to the method employed to determine your location you could more often than not be hidden and not be "got". The Snib knows where you must be, but cannot always get at you. See if you can find where and why that is ? ) Any road up, after much head-scratching, frowning, and thumbing-through of destruction- books, I eventually managed to add some twiddly bits and some colour in order to keep their attention, and to hopefully make it easier for them to use. Just follow the prompts. I have no doubt that what I have done could have been done more easily and elegantly, but then my skills as a programmer lie ( rather obviously! ) somewhere between minimal and nil, so YOU'RE LUCKY YOU'VE GOT IT AT ALL!!!! If nowt else, it might give the little darlings something to do when they've finished playing with the boxes that the presents came in! Merry Christmas, and Happy Hunting.  From: 3WU (Fred Price) Subject: Poem -- A Year Richard Haswell who wrote the Geordie Brown poems also had a serious side to his writing, and it is from that book that I chose this one for you at this time of the year as it is well named: Three Hundred And Sixty-Five Days. It also carries in it my thoughts for you this Christmas so put your paper in the printer and it is all set ready to center up if your printer will accept the command; if not put a REM in line 20 to stop it. So get cracking friends for this next THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FIVE DAYS when you Type in. *********   *********  From: 3WU (Fred Price) Subject: Let's Compute Calendar A new magazine"Let's Compute"was first issued in August 1990 but unfortunately it only made 12 issues then it was withdrawn from the market. Recently I have received a letter from Acorn User: Dear Fred, it would be okay for you to use the programs from Let's Compute as long as they are properly credited and you state they are being used with the permission of IDG Media. Steve Turnbull, Editor, Acorn User. This Calendar works in this and the next century, and if you want you can design you own picture to head your calendar. The first thing you will be asked is if you want a printout or a display; P=Print, S=Screen. Next you are asked for the year (do you know what day you were born?) Try it out. If you answered P to the first question it will print your calendar: if you pressed S the cat will first be displayed. Press any key to see the first part of the calendar. There will be a slight pause while your computer sorts a few things out and then the first few months of your calendar will be displayed. To see more press a key again, (There will be no more messages telling you to press a key) Just take my word for it. Line 40 sets the width of the printout and if you have a printer that lets you have more letters you can change it. The picture of the cat is designed to fit all common printers and at the moment it is 32 letters wide. If it is printed 80 letters wide the whole calendar will be 66 lines long; a common paper size. To make your own design change the data lines 770 to 1000. If you use more than 32 letters in any line, then change 32 in line 150 to the most you use. You can make the picture as tall as you want by putting more data lines in but keep DATA"end" as the last line. I must confess that at this moment I have not tried to make a wider picture so I will have to have a go at it. There are one or two more interesting programs in Lets Compute that I will send in as time goes by, so have a go and see what crazy pictures you can make up for your friends. And now I must give a big Thankyou to Acorn User for letting me send this in to 8Bit for your use, and I hope you enjoy using it. Fred Price 3WU PS The Let's Compute Calendar sign at the top can be changed at line 160.                    