NasPen Problem Revisited
Thank you for the answers to my questions in a recent 80-BUS which have
now been extracted for filing in an appropriate place (not a waste bin).
We do have our wires crossed on the bit “NasPen Problem”. I am actually
running a Nascom 2 with Nas-Sys 3 monitor BUT the NasPen was the same set of
EPROMs that I had for Nas-Sys 1 monitor. It was during the time between
writing to you for help, and the letter being published, and getting more
frustrated in between, that I learned that it was all to do with the off-set
on the READ command. I have since had my EPROMs modified and all is now well.
What did cause some confusion was that in all the literature I could find, no
mention was made that NasPen was different for Nas-Sys 3. (My original 2708
ROMs are labelled NasPen VS 1-1 and NasPen VS 1-2.) It occurs to me that it
might be worth while mentioning this to anyone who might be considering
obtaining NasPen from someone who no longer requires it. In short NasPen to
run with Nas-Sys 3 is not the same as NasPen made to run with Nas-Sys 1.
Incidentally, when I contacted Lucas about it, they would not accept that
my original copy was from a bona fide dealer at the time. I bought my NASCOM
as a kit when
cards were being included for free.
Thanks again for the reply and I felt that the record had to be
Yours sincerely, H.B. Piper, Sheffield.
Here are a number of suggestions I would like to make and they maybe
worth a few words in a future issue:
Submitting programs and/or articles
– Do you prefer “camera-ready” listings or tapes? (We don’t all have disks.)
If tapes are used, which format would be both general or convenient? (We don’t
all have the same word-processor if any.)
– Some feedback on submitted material would be, to say the least,
encouraging! (I submitted a software version of a real-time clock and my last
hope of hearing about it is that it was published in the issue I did not
To be pragmatical why not print in each issue the list of received and not yet
published material? It would be enough to have one line per entry stating for
example the name, status (reviewed or not/will/will not be published/kept for
special issue/ etc.), and any particular comments (unreadable/simplistic/send
more of the same kind/etc.)
Subscriptions Why not print the “subscription due date” on the mailing
stickers? It could be a useful reminder!
Thanks for the magazine quality, Jean-Michel Dasnoy, Brussels, Belgium
[Ed. – Thanks for the suggestions, comments are always welcome and will be
ignored in the usual fashion acted on where appropriate. Some form of magnetic
media is always preferable to hard listings – preferably Nascom 2 or Gemini
RP/M formats if tapes are to be sent, we can’t cope with Nascom 1 tapes. As
far as the actual data format,we can cope with NasPen or WordStar type files,
and failing that just send a straight ASCII file. As far as sub. reminders are
concerned, these are always included in the last mag(s) on your current sub.]
Many thanks for publishing my two programms,
in the (rather belated!) Vol. 2 Iss. 6 80-BUS NEWS. To save you all the
aggro, I’ll tell you where DRH put in the deliberate mistakes when he