Scor­pio News


January–March 1987 – Volume 1. Issue 1

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Finglly, because of the lack of any subsidy, the newsletter has to be totally self-supporting. The carculation size of Scorpio News is extremely Low when, considered against moat other publications – thir is obvious because of its extremely specialise subject matter Production costs are basically fixed Fegardiezs of the circulation size, and are thecefore high p

there are few subscribers, while printing costs are high for’small quantities, but drop dramatically with volume And this beings us full circle to why the subseruption rates are as they sre

So please, do your bit to help increase the number of subscribers Tell your Friends and colleagues about ws “DON’T give them a photocopy of the newsletter s‘we know that thi happened with 60-BUS News at certnin user group that meets JnlindeGct 7 make chen buy thet own This se dot only contravening copyright Inws, and. no doubt costing various employers unnecessary ‘photocopying charges, bur ie Ts alse puceing the on-going production of newsletters such as this at risk” To pat it quite simply end bluntly – if we can’t make ourselves a profit from doing this then there’s no point carrying on, Sorey about t Tectsre ower, but there “enthusiaets” doing « so called ‘favour” for thelr Felends do irritate ws. Support us and we’ll ‘support you


And so now onto a Little product news. There has deen s fair amount of activity Since the last 80 BUS New! wes published and’ so we will try end summarize some oF that here

Newbura burn Electronics, based in Ireland, are becoming an increasing force in the BUS marker. They specialize in T/0 bonede, and now have 5 different on available (see their advert in this issue) They are also the main distributors For memory upgrade kits for various 80-BUS boards. And finally, they have taken over manufacture of the Microcode 14-slot backplane, as Microcode have decided to drap out of the 80-BUS market to concentrate on some of their other projects

Most of Gemini*s efforts of Late have been concentrated on their 68000 based product range. The Challenger comes with a 12Hile 68000 processor, 512K RAM, two Serial and one parallel pores, 1 2MByee floppy (formatted), battery-backed RTC ete, Winchesters of approx 20, 30, 46 or 73 MByte (formacted) and optional 1/4" tape streamer Operating Systems are extra and are currently CF/H-68K, p-system, multi-user BOS (MBOS) and mulei-user, multi-tasking Mirage. Ament Educh 14 ‘that multiple operating systems can de Installed on # single Challenger Winchester alenough only one may be run sta time Expansion boardy available Ere spore Sersal IMByte and 2MByte RAM, and various graphics boards Avajlable shortly will be an LEEE«Gs board and an input/output board with Garious D/A A/D and digital facilieies

on the 80 BUS front there should be a tape streamer available shortly, using Audio cassecte size digital tapes There is an Intel 80186 bared board’ in the Pipeline that should give “reasonable” 18M compatibility, but avaliability 15 Unknown Similarly # 2HByte RAM DISK is also known to be on its way.

EV Computiny Ev-are known to be responsible for the 80-BUS tape streamer software, with Gemini being responsible for the hardware. They have also announced » number of new producte – see their advert in this issue.

Aepew Pluto 1 is rumoured, similar co the old Pluto 1 but complete vith palette. Host of tots efforts of inte have been in I8M compatible Plutos, and they have Sone very impressive software for there, called “Designer”. Arctic Computers of Wetherby can demonsteate most of the Pluto range

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