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Vol. 4, No. 4
The HP Portable/Portable Plus/Portable Vectra Users Newsletter July / August 1989
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Publisher's Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Letters
Not Happy About Portable Plus Discontinuation .
A Good WOl'd For HP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hiding Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Environment Space And More . . . . . . . . . .
Reflection, Subscribers Disks, WordPerfect ... ...
FAX Questions, Editor Trick, Modem Adapter
NEC Ultralite, PS Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Editor II And FormatPlus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
ThinkJet And 9144 Disk Drive Batteries . . . . . . . .
HPllO Terminal And Pulse Dialing . . . . . . . . . . .
Cheap Drives For The Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A Word For MSWOl'd
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Satisfied SKETCH User . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Need Comparison Of File Management For Plus . ..
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Portable Plus To Be Discontinued September 1 HP Will Continue To Sell Popular Accessories
For Another Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
HP Raises Portable Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Opposed To Restricting Portables in Air Travel ..
Disconnecting Your Portable Plus Battery. . . . . ..
Play InfoCom Games On HPII0 & Portable Plus ..
Lotus 2.2 For Portable Plus And HP150 ...... . ..
Format Safety Trick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Kodak Enhances Diconix 150 Portable Printer . . ..
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News From Personalized Software
Squish Plus For Portable Plus And HP Vectras .
PrintMaster For Portable Plus . . . . . . . . . . .
Condor 3 ROMs Available Soon For Plus ...
Non-US Customers May Need Special Video . .
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Portable Vectra Views
Valuable Information For LS/12 Users . . . . . . . . 16
In And Out Of Trouble With The LS/12
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Using HP Portable & HP150 Disks With LS/12
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Fully Discharge Your LS/12 Battery ... . . . . .
Link Portable Vectra, LS/12 To Ethernet IAN . .
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External Expansion Chassis . . . . . . . . . .
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New 5.25" Floppy Drive By WELTEC . . . . . . . .. 19
LS/12 Tape Backup Unit From Tallgrass . . . . . .. 24
Numeric Keypad For LS/12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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No-Squint Makes Vectra Cursor Visible. . . . . .
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Linking LS/12 Or Portable Vectra To A Desktop
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Answers Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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The Savvy User . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Review Of Bridge Modem From Spectrum Cellular
And Cellular Connection From Motorola .... .. 28
Compression Programs: PKPAK And Squish Plus . 32
Through The Looking Glass . .......... 34
Wizadry . .... . ... .. ... ..... ..
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Users' Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 43
Personalized Software
Products and Services in Brief:
Peter Norton has authorized us to include an
extra 3 1/2" disk (formerly only available on
5 1/4" disk). The disk includes The Norton
Utilities, and instructions for running them on
the Portables and the HP150. Version 4.0 and
the advanced edition are now available.
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WORD PROCESSING
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The Editor II
Many features not in MernoMaker, including
search/replace, editing 2 files at once, embedded printer codes, up to 255 columns per
line and block centering and macros. Does
word wrap, right justify. Easy to use. Uses less
than 40 K. Versions for HPllO,Plus,HPI50
Vectra and IBM PC all on master disk.
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Word Perfect 5.0 (and 4.2)
World's best-selling word processor, customized
to Portable Plus. Dozens of advanced features,
including fonts, integrated text and graphics,
style sheets, document compare, text in columns, footnotes, tables of contents and indexes, 115,000 word speller, thesaurus, rnailmerging, and built-in math functions for creating a mini spreadsheet anywhere in your
document. Portable Plus version comes with
PlusPerfect, our own IBM PC emulator that
allows WordPerfect to run on the Plus. Optional ROM Backup saves 384K of RAM.
WORD PROCESSING
UTILITIES
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The Formatter
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Flags errors in grammar, style, usage and
punctuation, inserting comments directly into
your document. Also, produces overall critique.
Works with most word processors. Also available: RightWords dictionary extension
utility: it has 7 auxiliary dictionaries (business,
computers, engineering, etc.), and al-,o lets you
add words of your own to RightWriter's built
in dictionary.
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Webster's Spelling Checker
Rated Editor's choice by PC magazine, Webster's packs a 110,000 word dictionary into
·207K of disk memory. webster's shows you
incorrect spellings in context and suggests
corrections, lets you preview questionable
words before you edit. Exceptionally easy to
use. Customized for the Plus and HP150.
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The Word Plus
An excellent spelling checker with a choice of
two dictionaries- 45,000 words and 35,000
words- plus the ability to input additional
words and abbreviations of your own. Also
does word counts. Customized to the HP Portables.
UTILITIES TO BOOST
YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
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Sophisticated text formatter for large reports,
program documentation, etc. Multiline headers,
footers, page numbers,table of contents, glossary capabilities, and more. Works with almost
all printers. (Note manual is in draft form: no
technical support available.)
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Format Plus
An integrated word processing command center
for the Portable Plus. Let's you run your word
processor, spelling checker, and other applications from a single easy-to-use program. Also
lets you do headers, footers, lines per page,
automatic page numbering and more.
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HPrint
Takes text (ASCII) files you've created with
MemoMaker, The Editor, or other word processors and prints them on an HP Printer. Comes
with italic type font for ThinkJet. Also allows
bold, underlme, compressed, expanded, subscripts, superscripts, headers, footers, page
numbering, double space, and much more-- all
of which you specify from a simple menu or
by means of sensible control codes. HPrint also
does mail merging, and it lets you create your
own graphic characters.
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PrinterTalk and Formatll0:
MemoMaker Enhancers
PrinterTalk lets you change type styles in
middle of document, change number of copies
and lines per page, do automatic page numbering and much more. Formatll0 lets you
format headers, footers, and page numbers;
chain or merge documents; compensate for
"widow" and "orphanu lines and much more.
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1987 Subscriber's Disk
Includes (1) DISKPACK, a disk· packing utility
whose commercial equivalent sells for $ 50 (2)
Time Manager's calendar utility. (3) HP Calculator program. (4) Game, Lotus templates.
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1988 Subscriber's Disk
Contains (1) Time Manger utilities including
calendar program and mail-merge utility. (2)
Some of best public domain software and
"shareware" for the Portable Vectra. (3) password program protect usage of the HP 11 0 (4)
TERM xmodem program for the Portable Plus.
(5) Lotus templates. (6) Games. (7)New DOS
Tools. (8) A file to toggle HP and Alternate
mode from DOS. (9) Lots more.
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1989 Subscriber's Disk
Features: (1) File manager utility that lets you
tag files for mass copying and deleting. (2)
File compressor (3) New RAM-based Time
Manager with Week-at-a-glance screen. (4)
Compuserve Automation program. (5) A menu
program easier to use than PAM (6) Superfast
file finder (7) Directory lister (8) Much more.
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A software program that lets you transfer data
from ~HP·IL device to any other Hp·Il
device. Now you can access your main computer(HP POltable, HP150, or IBM PC) its
unlimited storage capability, and all its peripherals from your HP41,71,75 or series 80
hand-held!
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The Norton Utilities
Allow you to recover deleted Portable files and
organize your electronic and external disks.
v.,Te will convert your data to and from single
sided, double sided, high density 3 1/2 " and 5
1/4 inch formats at a reasonable cost.
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A software program that lets you transfer files
back and forth at high speed between your
Portable Plus and an IBM PC or compatible
desktop computer- without the need for HP-Il
card. Comes with proper serial cable.
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Manzana Disk Drive
These are high-quality drives for IBM Compatibles system to access 3 1/2 " HP or IBM
formatted disks.
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Private File
Protects letters,documents, data files by scrambling your file. Your password unscrambles.
SPREADSHEET
ENHANCERS
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Automatic file compression program that as
much as much as doubles available disk space.
If you know how to save and retrieve files
from your application, you know how to use
Squish Plus. Available on ROM.
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Tiger Fox
A great video game of changing mazes and
double pursuit designed for the Portables.
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101 Macros for Lotus 1-2-3
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Useful in themselves and as learning tools for
novice and experts alike. Includes: recalculating ranges, double spacing spreadsheet prior to
printout, hiding notes next to data cells, addressing form letters, and printing labels
automatically. customized Lotus 1A and 2.01.
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SideWinder
This program allows you to print your spread·
sheets (or other text file) sideways on your
Thinkjet. This means you can print your 60
column by 53 row spreadsheet Portable as
one long printout without cutting or pasting.
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Lotus 123 In RAM Driver
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Time Manager
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This software program allows an IBM compatible computer with a 3 1/2" disk drive to
read and write to HP formatted disks.
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Allows you to use your HP Portable and ThinkJet to produce logos, invitatations, banners,
and other graphics. Customized for Port. Plus.
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Lists the files in two directories simultaneously.
You can tag multiple files and perform actions
(such as copy, delete, move, etc.) on all the
tagged files at once, without having to use
P.A.M. or DOS.
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Disk Conversion Service
ReadHP
From within almost any program, Shelp gives
you immediate access to a notepad and calculator and lets you define up to 26 keyboard
macros~ that is, assign up to 31 character to
a single keystroke. Written for Portable Plus.
FilePlus: File Management
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A software program for high speed transfer of
files between your Vectra CS or 15/12 and
IBM PC or compatible. Versatile (works with
parallel and serial ports), easy to use (simple
manual or automatice file tagging.
PrintMaster
BacTools Disk
Well over 50 excellent Plfblic domain programs
that enhance DOS, !Ill tested on the Portables.
Documentation has been rewritten for clarity
for ease of use, and includes examples, index,
and table of contents.
LapLink
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Contains a wide range of utilities to help you
back up files from a 1 Megabyte or larger
Edisk onto floppy disks. Lets you back up
selected files, automate the entire backup
process, and more.
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DOS Tools: Portable Utilities
Disk, Vol 1
FILE TRANSFER
MADE EASY
Utility allows you to run Lotus 1-2·3 or Sym·
phony from RAM or disk rather than ROM.
The highly acclaimed Portable Plus ROM-based
Time Manager program in a 3 1/2 " disk
version for the HP110 Portable. Does not run
on Portable Plus. (Available to Portable Paper
Subscribers only.)
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Typing Whiz
Better than almost any typing tutor program
on the market- designed specifically for The
Portables and the HP150, Immediate numeric
and graphic feedback or your progress.
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2 Project Management Packages
Milestone is for small to medium projects bit awkward on HP110). Pertmaster: larger
projects - specify which machine.
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report writing, and is highly memory-efficient.
and you can run your HP9114 forever.
Condor 3 runs on the Plus, Portable Vectra,
and HP 150. It is a fully "relational" system,
allowing you to combine data from two or
more files. It includes advanced report generating capabilities, data transfer to and from
Lotus 1-2-3, and more.
Statistics &
Accounting
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A popular (and powerful) accounting package
at an amazingly low price. General Ledger,
Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Purchase Orders, Billing, Inventory, and Forecasting modules are all fully integrated. Easy-to·
use menu-driven system. Generates numerous
journals, aging reports, balance sheets, and
other hardcopy printouts. Version 1.0 (runs on
Portable Plus, HPI50).
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Statistix
A comprehensive statistical package that's easy
to learn and use. Runs on the HP110, Portable
Plus, HP150, and IBM PC compalJ.bles. Data
can be entered from the keyboard or imported
from spreadsheet or database files. Includes
multiple regression, most standard parametric
and non-parametric tests, p-values, plots,
histograms, and much much more.
COMMUNICATIONS
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PROGRAMMING
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Relay Gold
The only RAM-based communications package
for the Portable Plus that handles file transfer
and terminal emulation (for communicating
with mainframe computers). This popular IBM
PC program was modified by Relay Gold
engineers to run on the Portable Plus. It is
easier to use and more powerful than Reflection. Lets you access electronic bulletin boards,
transfer files between computers even if one of
them is unattended, and much more. It even
supports distributed processing. Easy to learn .
even for beginners - yet powerful enough to
handle the most sophisticated data transfer
tasks. Version 2.0.
INTEGRATED PACKAGE
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Turbo Pascal 5.5 and TurbPlus
Integrator
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Turbo Pascal, the HP Portable programming
language of choice, outstrips others in price,
performance, compatibility, and memory
consumption. Our TurbPlus Integrator adds
value, serving as a Turbo Pascal command
center for the Portable Plus. From within
TurbPlus, you can call up your own text editor
(for creating Turbo Pascal code), Turbo Pascal
itself, the Turbo Optimizer, or whatever file
management program you may have - each
by means of a single keystroke.
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Flowcharting 11+
This program creates profession-looking flowcharts and organizational charts using 26
flowchart symbols in 95 sizes. Wide variety of
text fonts for creating labels. Easy to add and
delete lines without disturbing the rest of the
flowchart. " Shrink Screen" feature lets you
view up to 14'x11" chart on 25 line screen.
(Portable Plus only.)
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Logitech Mouse for Port. Plus
A three button mouse for the Portable Plus,
bundled with our propriety Portable Mouse
Software and special connecting cable. Using
the mouse to move the screen cursor makes
using your Plus easier and more fun. Logitech
was rated Editor's choice by PC Magazine.
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Sketch
Exceptionally easy to use alternatives to Terminal for the HP 11 0 and PC2622 / Reflection
for the Portable Plus. Both Termll0 and
TermPlus allow you to send and capture ASCII
information. Both offer fast XMODEM transfer
of programs, Lotus worksheets, and achive
files. Both offer auto-logon, dialing directories,
on-line help, ability to run other programs
without severing phone connection.
A graphics program for the HP Portables. Lets
you draw free-form using cursor keys. Also
draw lines, boxes, circles by pressing a single
key.. Five character sets can be displayed
normally sideways, or even upside-down.
Entire screen can be printed on ThlnkJet at
viltUally any enlargement. Screens can be
saved for future use. Screens can also be
imported into Sketch from Lotus and other
programs. Only uses 44K of memory.
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T/Master and T/Maker
T/Master is a fully integrated word proces·
sor,speller,relationa+ dftabase manager, and
communications package. Also includes graph
making. Runs on the Portable Plus and Port·
able Vectra without modification, and on
HP150 with a PC emulator. T/Maker is an
earlier version; it runs on the HP 100 Portable
with an external disk drive, and does not
include the communication module. Both
programs are more integrated than any other
package. Our reviewer says "I know of no
other application that matches the power,
thoroughness, and elegance of T/Master."
VECTRA CS AND LS/12
PRODUCTS
See discussion in this issue about
LapTape, EtherNet adapter, Welteck 5.25" drive, NoSquint, Diaconix printer, Numeric keypad,
Expansion chassis, LapUnk
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See in File Transfer section.
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FloppyDRNER
A software program for the Portable Vectra
and LS/12 that makes all floppy disk acc~ss
operations (loading and running programs,
copying files, etc.) up to 10 times faster.
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HP-IL Card for Portable Vectra
Fits in Portable Vectra adapter slot. Functions
exactly like IBM PC HP·IL card, allowing
transfer of data to HP·IL devices like the
HP9114, HPll0, and Portable Plus.
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WorldPort Portable Modems
The WorldPort 2400 is a battery powered, highly compact (4''x2''x1 "), lightweight
(6.5 oz), full featured external modem that
transmits data at 300, 1200, and 2400 baud.
Faster than HP's internal modems, the WorldPort 2400 is fully compatible with the industry
standard Hayes AT Command Set, and with
both the CClYY and Bell communications
standards. The WorldPort 1200 modem
transmits at 300 and 1200 baud.
MISCELLANEOUS
ACCESSORIES
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FastPlus
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Portable and Peripherals Cases
Roomy, rugged, high quality, highly padded
cases to protect our ThinkJet, HP9114, and HP
Portable when traveling.
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DATA BASE
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GRAPHICS
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Term110, TermPlus
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External Numeric Keypad
Allows fast numeric entry for Lotus and other
applications. Attaches to Portable Plus via
serial port.
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Condor 3 and Condor Jr.
Database programs customized for the HP
Portables. Enter data, sort, search, manage
files, and print address labels with ease.
Condor, Jr. runs on the HPll0 and Port·
able Vectra, and HP150. It allows limited
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Corporate buyers, users' groups, and HP dealers: Order products and subscriptions from us
in quantity and save.
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Saves run time and storage space by making
your Turbo Pascal programs 10-30% faster
and 15-50% sma1ler. For Version 3.0 only.
CompuServe Starter Kit
Gets you started on the Electronic Information
Service, CompuServe (which includes the HP
Forum). Includes $25 worth of free time and
CompuServe's monthly magazine, Online
Today.
Handsome unprinted 3-Ring binders for back
issues of The Portable Paper. Specify Volume
number (1-4).
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Volume Discounts
Turbo Optimizer
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Mo bUe Recharger
Lets you recharge your HP110, Portable Plus,
ThinkJet, HP9114, Hp hand·held etc. from
your cars cigarette lighter.
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Dac-Easy Accounting
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change, a division of Personalized Software,
buys and sel\s used HP110s, Portable Plusses,
HP9114s, HP ROMs, and RAM drawers for the
Plus. Because of HP quality, used HP products
are a great buy. 30
·day return policy on all used equipment, plus
one·year guarantee (parts and labor).
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By installing a faster processor and increasing
the clock speed of your Portable Plus, you can
run Lotus 1-2-3 and other applications 60%
faster than before. Our trained technicians
perform this upgrade and can have your Plus
back to you the next day. Call for appoint·
ment.
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Video: How to Use the HPll0
and Portable Plus
5-hour set of 3 VHS videotapes gives you a1I
the fundamentals of using the HP110 and
Portable Plus. Saves countless hours learning
on your own or training others. For novices
and intermediate users.
Products
advertised or
discussed in
this issue
Binders ...
16
Condor 3 ..
33
The Editor ......... .
7
Ethernet Adapter .
18
Expansion Chassis . . . . . 18
FastPlus .... .
19
FilePlus .... .
36
The Fonnatter ...... .
7
HPDuette .......... . 35
HP Professional . . . . .
31
Kodak Diconix Printer
9
LapLink ........... . 26
LapTape-tape backup .. . 24
101 Macros
9
Norton Utilities . . . . . . . 27
NoSquint ...
24
Num. Keypad (p.Plus)
15
Num. Keypad (lS/12)
24
PrintMaster
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ROM Backup
20
ReadHP .....
12
Shelp
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Sidewinder. . . . . . . . .. 25
Squish Plus
Back Cover
Tenn110/TennPlus
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Used Computers ...... 17
Video ............. 39
Webster's Speller. . . . ..
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Welteck 5.25 drive
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WordPerfect 5.0 Inside back
WorldPort Modem. . . .. 41
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Software on ROM
Many of our best-selling programs are available on ROM chips via our ROM Back·up
service. (Portable Plus only.) Saves valuable
electronic disk space, minimizes need for disk
drive. Custom ROMs also available.
HP9114 Empowerer
A hardware product that prevents the HP9114
disk drive from running out of juice in the
middle of your work. Plug Empowerer into
your HP9114 and into a normal wall outlet,
TRAINING VIDEO
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Used HP Portable Equipment
The Portable Equipment Ex-
PRlCE UST
Center Spread
Portable Plus users:
At last! Agreat spelling checker
available on ROM!
Webster's
(web/stars) n. The spelling checker
rated Editor's Choice by PC Magatine (Dec. 24, 1985), and now
available from Personalized Software for the Portable Plus and HP150.
-Customized on 3112" disk by special arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc.
PC Magazine rated eight leading spelling checkers for ease of use, flexibility,
speed, overall program size, thoroughness,
and accuracy. WEBSTER'S NEW WORLD
SPELLING CHECKER came out on topfor a number of good reasons:
First, there's sheer size. WEBSTER'S
contains over 110,000 words in its
dictionary-five times the number in
Hayden's Speller, 2% times as many as in
The Word Plus-yet WEBSTER'S dictionary and main program take up only
207K of disk memory.
Second, WEBSTER'S isn't just easy to
use-it's positively a pleasure. It reads your
files at high speed, then displays every
questionable word in context, highlighted.
At the same time, in a "window" off to the
side, it gives you a list of possible correct
spellings. A simple menu gives you the
following options:
• Accept the word as is
• Replace the word with one of the suggested spellings
• Enter the correct spelling manually
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• Add the word to an auxiliary dictionary of frequently used words
• Replace all other occurrences of the
word
• Look up the spelling of any other
word at any time
WEBSTER'S also lets you mark in your
text any spelling corrections that change
length of a word; this lets you quickly
locate portions of text that may need reformatting.
WEBSTER'S will automatically locate
double repetitions (like "and and"). It can
correct transpositions ("itme" becomes
"item"), missing apostrophes ("dont"
becomes "don't"), and typos of all kinds
("spellling" becomes "spelling," etc.).
If you're not sure of a word, you can
even spell it the way sounds, and chances
are WEBSTER'S will supply the correct
spelling. ("Fenomenon" gets corrected to
"phenomenon," for example.)
In addition, WEBSTER'S will let you
preview a list of all questionable words
before displaying them in context; this
saves you time because it lets you
eliminate words from the questionable list
(or add them to your auxiliary dictionary)
befose>you begin the editing pass.
John Dvorak, writing in the San Francisco Examiner, called WEBSTER'S "the
PV users: Please subtract $10 from subscriber price (since we don't have to send you additional customized
II disks
or extra documentation). Be sure to indicate "PORTABLE VECTRA" on your order.
Attention HP110 Users:
Order WordPlus for your
Spell-checking needs!
best spell-checker we've seen in a long
spell." Henry Kisor of the Chicago Sun
Times has called WEBSTER'S "the best
proofreading software on the market." We
agree with them both-and we think you
will too. Order your copy at no risk today.
Webster's Spelling Checker on 3%" disk
customized for the Portable Plus and
HP150, , , , , , , , , ... , . , , . , . , $79,95
$69.95 for Portable Paper subscribers.
PRODUCT NO. WBllNS
Webster's is available on ROM backup
for an additional $179. See ROM ad ~
in this issue for important details. "'"lIllIIY"
WEBSTER'S SPELLING CHECKER works with
any file produced by the Editor, WordStar, and
MemoMaker. It also works with ASCII files
produced by MS Word and Word Perfect.
Our version of WEBSTER'S includes a customized 3.5" disk and simple instructions for running the program on the Portable Plus and
HP150. A special utility allowing WEBSTER'S
to run on the HP150 is included on the disk.
60·DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
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HP has decided to discontinue
the Portable Plus, September
1, 1989. HP will continue
selling accessories for the
Portable Plus such a the Lotus
2.01 ROM, the 1 Megabyte
RAM card, and the HP9114B
for another year.
It's a sad time for those of
us who have been enjoying
the
fruits
of the
HP
engineering genius that went
into creating the HPllO and
Portable Plus. These machines
Hal Goldstein
were a few years ahead of
their time. The Portable Plus
suffered internal HP portable computer strategy
redirections, no real long-term HP committment to
marketing the Plus, and RAM prices that unexectedly skyrocketed.
The Portable Plus is truly a diamond in the rough. It's
too bad for all of us and the industry in general that HP
apparently chose to throwaway its pioneering technology.
Despite the fact that HP has given up on the HPllO
and Portable Plus, we at Personalized Softwre haven't. As
long as you continue to support us, we can continue to
support you.
In this issue we begin an important discussion on file
compression. File compression techniques are particularly
important to portable computer users for whom disk
space is precious. These techniques let you store more in
the same amount of disk space usually at the expense of
convenience or performance. For a nice overview see Ed
Keefe's "Looking Glass" column.
User Not Happy About
Portable Plus
Discontinuation
IZ! Hewlett-Packard's decision to discontinue
the Portable Plus is a very great disfavor
~ to the customers, since this computer is
by far the best portable machine ever on
~ the market.
As a portable the Vectra
LS/12 is a poor replacement, even if it is
~ IBM compatible and has some excellent
features you do not find in the Portable
Plus. Here are my main reasons for
saying so:
1. When you travel a great deal, it is
inevitable that the computer is exposed
to some shock. The Portable Plus is
virtually shock-proof. However, with the
Vectra you have to be more careful than
In particular, Ed Keefe, Tom Page in "The Savvy User",
and I in "News From Personalized Software" take a look at
a truly important software file compression breakthrough
for Portable Plus, Portable Vectra, and LS/12 users. The
product, Squish Plus from Sundog Software, can as much
as double the amount of electronic or hard disk space
available for word processing, spreadsheet, and other data
files.
In this issue's Vectra Views we uncover a gold mine of
products that expand the productivity of the L8/12 and
Portable Vectra. Highlights include an LS/12 expansion
chassis and the Xircom Pocket Ethernet Adapter that lets
you plug your Portable Vectra or LS/12 into a Novell
Ethernet Local Area Network using the printer port.
Many thanks goes to reader and Savvy User columnist
Tom Page. Tom spent much time and his own resources
to research his article on using the HP Portable with
Cellular phone technology. It is possible to be anywhere
in the world that supports cellular phones and log into
another computer with your HP Portable without phone
lines. In addition, I even more appreciate the work Tom
did with Sundog Software. Tom and the Squish Plus
authors were able to nail down and fix the problem that
was impeding Squish Plus to work properly on the
Portable Plus.
Finally, thanks again goes to our readership. We have
become so backlogged with interesting, informative letters
that we have greatly expanded the Letters section in this
issue.
with a sack of raw eggs because of the
vulnerability of the disc drive.
2. With the Plus you have no problems
with charging the battery. You plug it in,
whenever you have an opportunity, and
forget about it. With the Vectra LS/12
you have to be extremely careful
following the instructions if you don't
want to shorten the life span of the
battery.
3. The fully charged battery of the Plus
lasts twice as long as the one in the
Vectra, which is very significant when you
travel...
4. The Vectra is remarkably slow. Before
it ever "wakes up", you have already done
some work with the Plus. Also when you
retrieve a program, it takes much longer
before you are in business. At times I
thought that it did not respond to a
command from the keyboard and pushed
the keys a second time.
5. The Portable has been in use for quite
a few years. All the bugs it had have
been taken out. With the Vectra we have
to wait and see.
I have been traveling for a full three years
with the Portable Plus both in the U.S.
and abroad. No problems at all. I could
not imagine that things would have been
nearly as comfortable with the Vectra.
Martin Koenig Sun City, Arizona, USA
Another User Unhappy With
Discontinuation of Portable
Plus
IZ! (rbis
is a copy of letter sent to John
Yotlng, CEO, Hewlett-Packard)
~ Two and a half years ago I invested in a
new HP Portable-Plus laptop computer,
~ following my introduction to micros on
iSIl an HP-llO. I saw then, as I believe now,
~ that truly portable computing is best
implemented via the technology that the
Portable-Plus embodies. For durability,
ruggedness and therefore reliability it will
JULY / AUGUST 1989
3
THE PORTABLE PAPER
remain at the apex for some time to
upgrades.
The problem is that we
consider ourselves (I refer you to back
come, especially if one is to put it in the
context of today's fragile laptop offerings.
issues of the Portable Paper's readers
letters),
deserted
by
the
HP
This letter is prompted by my extreme
disappointment over the inept HP
organization ... and we are even now
considered a thorn in HP's side as they
marketing support that this product has
are marketing the newest generation
received, compounded by the unkept
Zenith laptops (an unfortunate choice
promise that this open architecture
machine will be supported by HP beyond
over in-house technology, but at least
its introduction date. In recent days my
they are apparently American made).
local HP dealer told me that the PLUS is
Mr. Young, I would like to make a
coming off the HP price list!!
bold proposal to you. Don't take for
Fortunately for those of us who have
granted that customers like me will be
bought into HP's RAM-ROM laptop
there for your next generation of
technology, Hal Goldstein's Personalized
information products. If our PLUS
experience remains an unresolved specter,
Software Company and "The Portable
my next decision will be based on HP's
Paper" have been there as lifelines
deeds, not assurances. I have tried to
supporting us with modest hardware
complements, and with a truly useful
communicate
earlier
with
your
organization, without so much as receiving
software catalog... many of them direct
an acknowledgement of my letter. Yet,
adaptations of up to-date IBM software
you can make a meaningful difference in
such WorkPerfect-5, Lotus-2.1, (to allow
one or more ways. First of all, please
add-ins), etc.
consider providing HP engineering
And what has HP done these past twosupport for a few of the strategic
and-a-half years to support its installed
upgrades for the PLUS. Secondly, support
base of the Portable-Plus?
It has
us via a grant arrangement to one of the
introduced a I-megabyte RAM drawer,
computer science schools (e.g. University
while a third party supplier brought to
of Michigan), and have them provide us,
market a variety of RAM and RAM/ROM
HP PLUS users, with the development
drawers
with maximum 2-megabytes
work for such well defined upgrades.
capacity.
Sourcing support may then be either via
HP has threatened to withhold services
HP directly, or by third parties via
support for users daring to have their
Personalized Software.
PLUS upgraded with the NEC-V30
I urge you to consider this as a
processor (with circa 70 percent better
helpful input, and not miss an
performance than the current Harris
opportunity to heal HP's relation with a
80C86 chip), instead of offering an HP
segment that like myself are serious
upgrade path.
business users of the PLUS. We are
HP has ignored the potential benefit
business people, medical and legal
of enhancing the compatibility of the
professionals and academics, working also
PLUS, thus denying us many software
in sales and service, in the US and
options. One can readily make this list
abroad ... and we have the capacity. to
longer without distortions. In short, HP
influence and steer information-technology
has abandoned a group of users who
purchase decisions well beyond our
believed HP's promises and committed
numbers. Personally, my PLUS is like my
their capital funds (totaling some $8,000
AX card, I don't leave my office without
in my case) to an HP system.
it.
Yet if you asked me if I were willing
Frank Keresztes-Fischer, Brighton,
to trade my Portable-Plus, free exchange,
Michigan
for the "LS/12 " (HP's private labelled
Zenith box), my response would likely be
a long hesitation; I view my PLUS as
A 4Good Word For HP
inherently better... perhaps not as flashy,
recently dealt with HP in Hawaii, and
but definitely better.
was pleased with the service. I needed
And here is the rub, Mr. Young. With ~ a new battery for my 110. I was advised
advances in chip technology over the past
with patience and courtesy. I was even
three years (e.g. more memory capacity
asked to consider installing the battery
in the same chip at comparable pricing), IL%l myself. Instead, I decided to let them do
the PLUS is nowhere near oblivion ... and ~ it, and even took out a service contract.
is readily upgradable in several crucial
As a personal user, and receiving no
aspects. These include larger capacity RAM
compensation at work or through taxes
drawers (drives) perhaps to 4 or even 8
for the cost of my computing, I received
MB maximum capacity), larger capacity
good value from HP. And I believe it
ROM (firmware) drawer utilizing 32-pin
shall continue.
technology (perhaps to 6 MB total
Brian Kim, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
capacity), more mainframe memory and
therefore A-Drive capacity, CPU upgrades,
Some Questions And
and operating system and BIOS upgrades.
Suggestions
My voice is but one of many that have
I have been a subscriber to your
been seeking solutions to these range of
Em (
§]
4
JULY/ AUGUST 1989
THE PORTABLE PAPER
Volume four/Number four
July/August 1989
Editor/publisher
Hal Goldstein
Managing Editor
Richard Hall
Department Editors
Joseph Gerace
Paul Grimmer
Ed Keefe
Cliff Looyenga
Tom Page
Contributing Editors
David Seagull
Rick Finnell
Philip Magnier
Art Consultant
George Foster
Circulation
Vicki Randolph
Barbara Gianino
Deb Quade
Executive Advisor
Rita Goldstein
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publication "The Portable Paper" now for
about one year and have greatly enjoyed
the increased productivity that both my
HP110+ and HP150 machines have
experienced by employing your user tips
and innovative software products.
I have several suggestions and
questions that are of great interest to
myself and probably to your readers
well.
1. One of the great advantages to the 110
and 110+ is their portability coupled with
THE PORTABLE PAPER
the built-in acoustic modems.
This
permits the user to travel and keep in
I touch with his various information services
with ease. Personally, I have need of
stock/options quotes that are available via
rpy1 the "Dow Jones News Retrieval service"
~ which may be accessed using Crosstalk on
~ the HP150 and Termplus on the 110+.
Recently, a company introduced the
software package "Prodigy" for MS-Dos
machines that GREATLY reduces the cost
of using Dow Jones and other such
services (including, I believe, Compuserve,
a favorite service among 110+ users).
The cost of the Prodigy program is about
$40.00 with free telephone service in most
areas and a $10.00/ month is MUCH
cheaper than my Dow Jones Bill which
charges a $30.00/ month fee plus
telephone charges plus by-the-minute user
fee.
I purchased the program and found
that it would not run on the 150 or
110+. I hope that your publication, or
one of its subscribers, can modify the
program for use on these machines. The
result would be reduced database access
charges for your users. The Prodigy
program unites many information sources
ranging from electronic shopping to
national weather forecasts and its
incorporation into the Personalized
Software "Library" would be welcomed
by many of your subscribers.
by mail for clarification/amplification on
their respective contributions?
readers knows about the inconsistency
with the CTRL-S and Stop keys. -Hal]
4. I am in the continuous process of
developing a series of 1-2-3 Templates for
highly accurate analysis of equity and
commodity market instruments and am
interested in corresponding with others
who have need for such templates. Lotus
Corp. 's financial macros are woefully
inadequate, bordering on childish. Our
templates will serve as an easy and
inexpensive way to analyze investment
opportunities using 1-2-3, a software
package many of your readers already
own.
I invite any readers who are inte\ested
in working with me on these templates to
send their ideas to John W. Kercheval,
III, Managing Director, Kercheval & Co.,
L.P, 1509 Hearst Ave., Suite 203, Berkeley,
CA 94703 or by calling me at my
residence at (415) 845-8393.
Environment Space and
More
5. SOLAR POWERED 110/110+. I have
developed a reasonably good 110+ Solar
recharging system. My investment firm's
110's and 110+ 's use it and we have
found it to be reliable. It is quite difficult
to determine actual charging time
particularly since time varies greatly with
the amount of available light, but under
bright roomlight our device can recharge
a 110+ at the rate of about 10% per
hour. The details are somewhat beyond
the scope of this column (and probably
beyond the length that Hal will publish)
but interested parties may contact me at
the above address for details.
2. I purchased the book light described
by Ricardo Posada in the letters column
in your last issue. I was unable to figure
out how Mr. Posada mounted the light
J. W. Kercheval Berkeley, California
on his 110+ since the device (Itty Bitty
Book Light) incoporates a large clip that
cannot be affixed to the computer.
Hiding Files
However, I have found a good solution. fPI!II Is there any way to make a file hidden?
HP makes a handsome all-leather briefcase ~ Also, I am working in MS-FORTRAN which
(part no. 13269Z cost $89.00) that carries
is a subset of the standard FORTRAN. Do
the computer and some accessories. The
you happen to know of any other
lamp and its C-cell battery pack will both §] FORTRAN that fits?
fit neatly into the zippered pocket in the UIl
I don't have a ROM drawer, but I
briefcase. When one needs to light the ~ would like to have 123 from Lotus. Any
computer, the user unzips the pocket and
chance?
pulls out the "neck" of the lamp.
One last question. I am trying to use
Mr. Posada is correct when he says
the Break/Stop key when watching a file
that the lamp will easily light the portable
from DOS type or for looking at program
and the surronding area, but I have found
output, but the results are different from
that regardless of the angle of the beam,
time to time. Sometimes the scroll stops
a nasty glare is cast on the screen. This
and sometimes it doesn't, even if I run
problem can be rectified by another
the same program twice with the same
technique described in Volume 1 Number
data. Any explanation?
2 that involves the mounting of a
Eduardo Andrade, Oeiras, Portugal
non-glare piece of glass over the existing
screen. The result of the combination of
fA progmm on our $39.95 DOS Tools
the booklight and the non-glare glass is
collection, Change, and our file managet~
very easy on the eyes and provides for
FilePlus, ($59.95) allows you to hide
greatly improved low-light use of the
and unhide files (so they don't show up
machine. I highly recommend it.
in File Manager or fi-om a DOS DIR.) I
know of no other Fot'tmn. Our Lotus 123
3. Would it be possible to include the
drivet·s for the plus ($69.95) will allow
addresses of the various users who write
the IBM vet'sion of Lotus 123 to tun out
in to your "Letters" column so that the
of RAM on the Plus. Maybe one of our
subscribers can contact the contributors
II
am First
a thank you for the excellent
Portable Paper. I read every issue from
II cover to cover and mark things of interest
in the margins for future exploration. I
would also like to especially thank David
Seagull for getting me out of many
problems with his excellent phone
support.
Being a semi-literate computer user,
I have blown all my data at least a half
a dozen times. Each time, though, I learn
from the experience. Several things have
become apparent (some found out the
hard way):
1. Your "FilePlus" program is excellent,
and has helped me learn MS-DOS better
than anything else I have used in the past.
It has also helped keep the files in the
root directory to less than the magic
maximum number of 64.
2. One of the things I learned the hard
way was that if you have 64 files in your
A drive on the plus, the PAM.MNU cannot
be changed or added to, and a few of
the other functions don't work well.
3. The program you have in your Jan/Feb
89 issue for increasing the environment
space didn't work even with help from
David on the phone. It simply locked up
the computer and I had to delete the
command.com program to get it to work
again. This, of course, defeated the
environmental space expansion.
The strangest problem I have had with
my Portable Plus to date involves the
environment space. To keep my files
down to less than 64, I had been adding
subdirectories to keep memos, Lotus work
sheets, and utilities. After the last addition
some months ago, I started getting the
message "Out of environment space." As
it did not seem to hurt anything, I didn't
worry about it. But as I used different
functions of the computer over the next
few months, a few things became
apparent. The following functions no
longer worked:
1. Term (remote terminal)
2. Remote log on (reflections)
3. Direct dial to host computer (again
reflections)
4. Security program did not function.
Again, after David Seagull helped me to
increase the environment space by using
a line shift command in the system
configuration, all of the above functions
worked great. (See Vol 4, No 3, P 26).
(continued on P37)
JULY / AUGUST 1989
5
THE PORTABLE PAPER
Portable Plus to be Discontinued September 1 - HP Will Continue to Sell Popular
IIl!JAccessories For Another Year
. . HP has made it official. They will stop selling the Portable
~ Plus as of September 1, 1989 but will continue selling
popular accessories such as Lotus 2.01, the HP9114, and
the 1 Megabyte RAM drawer through September 1, 1990.
According to HP, "the old screen technology and the
16-bit 80C86 CMOS microprocessor has made the Portable
Plus a less competitive product. The sales of the Portable
Plus have been in steady decline due to the industry
technological advances that have progressed well beyond
the 5.33-MHz 80C86.
"Consequently, the Portable Plus and many of its low
volume accessories will be discontinued on September 1,
1989. All of the remaining high volume accessories will
be discontinued on September 1, 1990. The Portable Plus
will enter into a 5-year support life to begin on September
1, 1989."
II
II
PRODUCTS TO
BE REMOVED
CPL
REMOVAL
DATE
DESCRIPTION
U.S. PP with
1200 Internal Baud Modem
U.S. PP
South Mrican PP
English, Europe PP
German PP
French PP
Australian PP
Dutch PP
ICON PP
Norwegian PP
Swiss/German PP
Swiss/French PP
Swedish PP
United Kingdom PP
Belgium PP
Danish PP
Italian PP
45711E
45711F
45711 FA
45711FB
45711FD
45711FF
45711FG
45711FH
445711FK
45711FN
45711FP
45711FQ
45711FS
45711FU
45711FW
4571lFY
45711FZ
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
ACCESSORIES:
45419C
45549K opt.
45554K opt.
45559K
82862K opt.
82867K opt.
82870A opt.
82870K opt.
82981A
82983A
82984A
82985A
82985AK
400
400
400
400
400
400
9114B opt. 011
9114B opt. 012
9114B opt. 014
Programer's Tool
MicrosoftWord ROM
Multimate ROM
Tech. Ref. Manual
Programming Language ROM
Terminal Emulation ROM
Advancemail ROM
Advancemail w/o ROM
128K Memory Drawer
300/1200 Baud Modem
128K Memory Card
Video Interface
Video Interface with
Multilingual Documentation
UK Recharger for 9114B
Australian Recharger
RSA Recharger
~
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
9/1/89
The following accessories will remain on tlle CPL until
9/1/90 due to the relatively high sales volumes and the
fact that these accessories enable customers to significantly
6
JULY / AUGUST 1989
expand the functionality of the Portable Plus.
PRODUCTS TO
BE REMOVED
DESCRIPTION
CPL
REMOVAL
DATE
45504K opt. 400
Memomaker/Time
Manager
Lotus 1·2·3 ROM
Executive Card Manager
Reflections I
(ROM based data communications)
German Version-Executive
Card Manager, Memomaker/Time
Manager and Reflections I ROM
French Version-Executive
Card Manager, Memomaker/Time
Manager and Reflections I ROM
Italian Version-Executive
Card Manager, Memomaker/Time
Manager and Reflections I ROM
HP-IL Interface Card
Software Drawer
1 MB Memory Drawer
Battery Powered Portable
Disk Drive (U.S. Recharger)
Battery Powered Portable
Disk Drive (European Recharger)
9/1/90
45539K opt. 400
45555K opt. 400
82863K opt. 400
82866KD opt. 400
82866KF opt. 400
82866KZ opt. 400
82973A
82982A
82992A
9114B
9114B opt. 013
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
9/1/90
)I
HP Raises Portable Prices
IIl!J The following pricing is now in effect in the U.S. for HP
. . Portable Plus and HP Vectra LS/12 Laptop PC related
~ products.
II Product
II 512K
Portable Plus W/MQdem
512K Portable Plus
1 Meg RAM Drawer
MemoMakr/Time Mgr ROM
Lotus 123, Vs 2 ROM
Exec Card Manager ROM
Reflection ROM
HP-IL Interface Card
Portable Plus ROM Drawer
HP9114B Disk Drive
LS/12 Model 24 (20 Meg)
LS/12 Model 44 (40 Meg)
LS/12 EMS RAM (1 Meg)799999
Old Price
New Price
$2700
2300
1075
195
525
341
395
165
165
645
$3395
2795
1275
245
625
395
525
195
195
795
4879
5479
4999
5559
Personalized Software Opposed to Restricting Portables in Air Travel
In the wake of the deplorable bombing of Pan Am Flight
103, the Department of Transportation is seriously
considering banning portable computers fmm all air travel
- as carry on or in luggage. In the case of the Pan Am
flight the bomb was hidden in a radio/tape player. The
rationale of the Transportation Department is that a
similar bomb could be hidden in a portable computer and
therefore, restrictions should be placed on them.
We at Personalized Software are opposed to such a
FOl" a number of reasons.
Such a plan is more than inconvenient. Portables are
becoming a way of life in many businesses. Access to a
portable during travel has increased the efficiency of
THE EDlTOR U gives ytU 3D these
great text-editing features and m«e:
The EditorH
You won't believe all the word-processing
features this $129 * program contains-and it .
takes up less than 40K of memory!
N
* (only $99.95 for Portable Paper subscribers)
By Hal Goldstein
Let's face it: MemoMaker is an adequate
word-processor, but it has its limits. No search
and replace. No simple way to merge files. No
destructive backspace key. (To delete the last
character you have to use the left arrow key and
the deletion key[s].) No compressed or expanded printing. No ... -but why go on? If you use
MemoMaker, you probably have your own list of
things you wish it could do.
Well we have good news! Now there's an easyto-use text editor that runs on the Portable and
Portable Plus that will satisfy almost every item
on your wish list. And the program comes with
a built-in bonus: It also runs on the HP 150, IBM
PC, and HP Vectra, which means that now you
can use the same program and files on your
desktop that you use on your Portable.
The program is called THE EDI'IDR II. It does
everything MemoMaker does plus a heck of a lot
more. And you don't have to go to the expense
of buying WordStar (for the Portable) or MS
Word (for the Plus) to go beyond MemoMaker's
capabilities.
THE EDI'IDR II's most valuable features are
listed on the chart to the right. It's quite a list,
isn't it? Th me, THE EDI'IDR II is a real blessing.
I use it daily instead of MemoMaker, and I've
silently given thanks to its author, Ed Gilbert,
many, many times. Just a few minutes with THE
EDI'IDR II (that's all it takes to be up and running) and I think you'll be a fan of his too.
In addition to the great features listed to the
right, there are six more I especially want to
emphasize:
1. THE EDI'IDR II's Lotus-like menus make it incredibly easy to use.
2. THE EDI'IDR II creates ASCII files, which
means you can send your files to and from
almost any other program or computer without
special formats or codes.
3. THE EDI'IDR II will automatically back up
your files to protect you against mistakes: When
you save a file, THE EDI'IDR II saves not just the
current version, but the previous one as well.
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•
4. THE EDI'IDR II takes up less than 40K of
memory.
5. THE EDI'IDR II loads and saves files and executes commands exceptionally fast.
6. THE EDI'IDR II comes
with a well-written refHP110 Portable
erence manual and a
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The Formatter
THE FORMATTER gives you advanced formatting
capabilities that even THE EDITOR II can't handlelike: multi-line headers and footers. automatic hyphenation (you can even add your own words to the
built-in dictionary). user-specified page length and
line length· automatic page numbering. tables and
charts. table of contents generation. and more.
THE FORMATTER works by imbedding special formatting codes into your EDITOR II, MemoMaker, or
other ASCII text files. You can customize THE FORMATTER for almost any printer.
THE EDITOR and THE FORMATTER togetherOnly $119.95 total (Portable Paper subscribers only)
Note: The user manual itself is a challenge, and no
technical support is available. We therefore recommend THE FORMATTER for strong computer user.; or
those already familiar with text formatters.
If you need any of the features listed above, and if
you're willing to spend the time it takes to learn the
commands, THE FORMATTER is for you. Order your
copy, risk-free today.
THE FORMATTER ........... , ...... $59.95
Portable Paper Snbscriber price ....... $49.95
II PV users: Be sure to indicate "PORTABLE VECTRA" on your order so we can send you the proper disk format.
• Search and replace.
Just tell THE EDITOR II what word or
phrase to look for, and it will display each
occurrence and/or replace the occurences
either selectively or globally.
• Edit two files at once.
THE EDITOR II will display two separate
portions of text at the same time, one above
the other. You can view and edit two parts
of the same file-or even two different
files-simultaneously.
• Backspace delete.
You can erase the last character with a
single keystroke.
• Block and line centering.
THE EDITOR II lets you center blocks and
lines of text with a few simple keystrokes.
• Powerful macros.
Store any seq uence of keystrokes and play
it back at the touch of a single key. Macros
can be edited, deleted, stored in files-even
autoloaded on startup. THE EDITOR II
comes with over two dozen macros to get
you started.
• No limit on file size.
If you're an HPllO Portable user, you're no
longer confined by MemoMaker's 8l9-linl'
limit. You can have as large a file as intt'l"nal memory allows.
• File merge.
You can merge two or mort' files togl'thpl"
with ease.
• Compressed and expanded.
You can imbed control characters in your
text to tell your printer to print all or
part of your text compressed, expanded,
bold, underlined, or whatever else your
printer can handle.
• Unlimited line length.
Your files are no longer limited to 80
characters per line. This means, for example, you can print 132-character lines
on your ThinkJet in compressed mode.
• Lines per page.
You can specify the number of lines per
page, using the control codes required by
your printer.
• Easy in, easy out.
You can exit from THE EDI'IDR II, run
another program, then type a one-word
command and be back in THE EDI'IDR II
exactly where you left off. This includes
exiting DOS-which means you can
delete, copy, and rename files while run-ning THE EDI'IDR II.
• Right justification and automatic
paragraph indent.
A simple command right-justifies your
text and automatically indents your
paragraphs however many spaces you
wish.
• Undelete.
A simple command will undelete the last
line or block of text deleted.
• Upper/lower case conversion.
Another simple command lets you
change between upper case and lower
case without having to retype anything.
In terms of useful features per dollar,
THE EDI'IDR II is a truly exceptional buy.
I urge you to try it. Order yours today.
©
Copyright 1988 Personalized Software
TIlE PORTABLE PAPER
journalists, salespeople, other business professionals and
private individuals. If portable users and their equipment
traveled seperately, coordinating this would become a
monumental headache. Such a ban would be a giant step
backwards in productivity.
And even the sturdiest portable is a fragile and expensive beast. There's a lot of us who don't like to letting it
out of our sight on a trip.
But I think all of us could live with the inconvenience,
diminished productivity and diminished security for our
personal property if the plan produced the desired results
- but it won't!
Terrorists can simply, and very quickly, find a number
of ways to smuggle bombs aboard airplanes. Some people
have suggested 35mm cameras as a likely candidate for
concealing a bomb. The proposal to ban portables from
flights will not stop a determined terrorist.
The solution is to change people's hearts. However,
it is much easier to pass a ineffective law that can be
easily carried out. There is a good chance that this plan
will take effect if we sit back and let it.
We suggest you write your U.S. senators, representative, or the Secretary of Transportation and let these
people know how you feel. Ypur voice can help ground
this poorly designed plan.
Samuel Skinner
Secretary of Transportation, or
Elaine Chao
Deputy Secretary of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590
(202) 366-1111
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 789-2710
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 224-3121
Disconnecting Your Portable Plus Battery
out will disconnect the battery. You will then see three
pins. The handle or tab you pulled out covers only two of
these at anyone time as it consists of only two female
ports.
The two leftmost pins are the ON pins, the two rightmost pins the OFF pins. By installing the connector you
have just removed on the two rightmost or OFF pins, you
disconnect the battery (the charge will now be retained
indefinitely) .
To reconnect your batteries simply reverse this procedure. Remove the connector by pulling on the handle,
then re-install it in the ON position, i.e. the two leftmost
pins. THEN PRESS THE RESET BUTTON located on the
lower left-hand corner of the battery compartment-just
beside the edge of the cover. Use a pen or pencil to press
it.
Now replace the cover: Usually a warning message
appears on the screen when you press the reset button.
It tells you to press fl to reformat drive A or the space
bar to continue without reformatting. Press the f1 key and
then restore the files your need from your HP9114.
Following this simple procedure could add years to your
battery life.
Play InfoCom Games On Your HPll0 and
Portable Plus
mJReader and strong HP110 user, Gary Goodman, has paved
the way to running InfoCom games on the HP110 and
IZIPortable Plus. InfoCom games that will run are classic
mystery games such as the Zork series and SeaStocker. We
will try to get an updated list of games tested on the
HP110 and Portable Plus.
InfoCom has given permission to use Gary's program
(which slightly modifies the actual game's program file.
We will include Gary's program on the 1990 Portable
Paper Subscribers disk. If you cannot wait, download
HPINFOCM.ARC from the HP forum on CompuServe.
Lotus 2.2 For Portable Plus and HP150
IZI Lotus intends to release two new versions of its popular
spreadsheet program within the next few months. Of the
HP Portables only the LS/12 (and maybe the Portable
Vectra with EMS memory expansion) will be able to host
version 3. Version 2.2 is expected to run on the same
machines that ran version 2.01.
The pel'son who wrote the software drivers that allow
version 2.01 to be run from Portable Plus RAM reports
that there is a good chance he will be able to supply
drivers for Lotus 2.2 for the Portable Plus and HP150. It
may even be possible to put Lotus 2.2 on ROM. Hopefully, we'll have more to report by next issue.
IZI Those of you who bought your Portable Plus new may
remember an important instruction you had to carry out
before you began using your computer - connecting the
battery! Though your manual doesn't ... n'l.ention it, a
reverse operation - disconnecting the battery - can be a
useful procedure to know about as well.
The reason is that batteries left idle for months can
suffer permanent damage. If you're sure you won't be
using your machine for two months upwards, follow the
Format Safety Trick
simple instructions below and you can be certain your milHP110 and Portable Plus users, have you ever formatted
batteries will remain in good shape. Please note that these P.II your electronic, A disk, when you intended to format an
instl"uctions apply to the HP Plus, not the 110.
IiwI external C drive floppy? Vectra users, have you ever
Backup your electl"onic disk before you do anything.
fOl'matted your C drive by mistake. Such an error could
Remember, when you disable the battery you loose
cost you many important files if you have not been
everything on the disk.
diligent in backing up your work. Ironically, the error
Begin the disconnect by removing the battery cover
often occurs because in order to back up your work, you
from the back of the computer. You should then see a
needed to format a floppy disk. Here is the preventive
narrow transparent 'handle' (or flexible tab) emerging
measure I take.
from the bottom of the battery unit. On either side of this
In my HP110 and POl'table Plus I have a file (created in
you'll see the words 'ON' and 'OFF.' Pulling this handle
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mE PORTABLE PAPER
MemoMaker or The Editor) containing the following line:
format c:. I name this (batch) file fmtc.bat. Whenever
I want to format a new disk, I type fmtc.
On the Portable Vectra and LS/12 I take double
precaution. First, I rename the DOS format. com file
arbitrarily to tamrof.com - format spelled backward.
(The format program is built into ROM on the HP110 and
Portable Plus so it cannot be renamed). By renaming
format. com I prevent someone from using my system
and inadvertently formatting my hard disk. Then, as above,
I create the batch file fmta.bat, which contains the line:
tamrof a:. To format my A disk, I type fmta.
Free Cartridge with Purchase of Desla et
II HP has announced the follOwing promotion good through
I!II September 30, 1989. If you purchase a DeskJet Plus, ?,our
... dealer should give you a coupon good for a free Tlmes
Roman or Prestige Elite font cartridge. The DeskJet Plus
works with all HP Portables and produces better than
letter quality 300 x 300 dots per inch resolution. It retails
for $995 and is available from Personalized Software for
$795. See last Portable Paper, page 8, for more details.
AND 2.01
WHAT?! FOR LESS THAN 70 CENTS
A MACRO YOU CAN HAVE ...
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RANGE·CALC TO SHORTEN F8 CALC TIME
A COpy COMMAND THAT STAYS AT THE "TO" CELL
MEMO TEMPLATE WITH WORD PROCESSING & FANCY PRINTOUT
A PASSWORD MACRO TO LOCK UP YOUR FILES
A MACRO DftItIEN SLIDESHOW OF GRAPHS
8 PRINTjlACFlOS, INCLUDING OBL-SPACE & SUPER TINY
A pop-uP CALCULATOR WITH SCIENTIFIC FUNCTIONS .
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Help With HP-IL Cards
.",.An HP technical support number that might help some of
.:. our readers recently came to our attention. The HP
III calculator technical support folks provide HP-IL support.
They might be able to help out with any problems
concerning HP-IL cards and HP-IL ThinkJets and Disk
drives. There number is (503) 753-2004.
Kodak Enhances Diconix 150 Portable Printer
II Kodak introduced it's new Diconix 150 Plus po~table
printer at this year's Spring Comdex. The HP ThinkJet
III and the Diconix 150 have dominated the portable printer
I'!'!fI marketplace the past three years. The Diconix 150 Plus
lUis an enhanced version of the Diconix 150, one of the
li!industry's most popular portable printers. The n~w
printer features improved quality for text and graphics,
20% faster output, and the ability to print on plain paper.
The Diconix 150 Plus weighs 3.7 lbs. (1.7 kilograms)
with batteries. It measures 2" x 6.5" x 10.8" (about the
size of a hardback dictionary). Tractor width is 8.65"- 9.2".
Maximum single sheet width is 9". The 150 Plus prints
single-sheet; continuous form, fan fold and ink-jet transparencies at speeds up to 180 cps (characters per ~econd)
in Draft mode (52 cps in NLQ (Near Letter Quahty) and
36 cps in Quality). No thermal paper is needed. Pr~t
resolution is 192 dots per inch in NLQ and 96 DPI In
Draft mode. Line length is seven inches.
Two new fonts were developed for this printer: Pica 10-pitch, 70 cpl (characters per line) and Elite - 12-pit~h,
85 cpl. These, combined with draft, near-letter quahty,
quality, condensed, superscript/subscript, underlining,
italics, emphasized, proportional spacing, enlarged/condensed, double strike and double wide print modes offer
more than 100 different font variations. Print modes may
now be selected from the operator panel of the 150 Plus
or controlled by software.
The 150 Plus utilizes 152 standard ASCII characters and
symbols, 77 coded graphics characters and 33 country
specific characters.
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The Diconx 150 Plus can emulate the mM Propnnter
101 Macros for Lotus 1-2-3.••$69.95
$62.95 for Portable Paper subscribers
60·DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
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cover or send check or credit card information
(H, expo date, signature) to: Personalized Software,
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quad denSity graphicS. Users choose normal graphics mode
(which condenses image to fit seven inches printing area)
or expanded graphics mode, which truncates one inch
from the right side of the image.
The ink-jet cartridge is easily changed and each cartridge
can print from 300-500 pages of text.
The 150 Plus uses five standard "en size rechargeable
batteries and will print about 150 pages or 50 minutes of
continuous printing before needing recharging (which can
be done in 10 hours). The 150 Plus, unlike the old 150,
can be recharged while in use.
The Kodak Diconix 150 Plus is available with two
interfaces, a Centronics 8 bit parallel or an RS232C 7/8 bit
serial. Also included are a Printhead, AC Adapter, and
User's Manual. Therefore, HP110 and Portable Plus users
can use the Dioconix via the serial port, and Portable
Vectra and LS/12 users will probably prefer the parallel
port version.
ORDERING INFORMATION
The Diconix printer is available through authorized
retailers for $499 for the Parallel Interface and $519 for
the Serial Interface.
Subscriber to the Portable Paper may purchase the
Diconix printer through Personalized software for $399 ~or
the Parallel Interface printer and $415 for the SerIal
Interface.
JULY I AUGUST 1989
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Squish Plus For Portable Plus and HP Vectras
III In Vol
4, No 2, P 6 we briefly discussed a software
product, Squish Plus, that could as much as double the
amount of Portable Plus RAM disk space and of Vectra
m!I floppy and hard disk space. We are ready to strongly
m recommend Squish Plus for any HP Portable Plus, Portable
Vectra, or LS/12 user who needs more disk space.
We will offer two versions of the program, the standard
IBM PC version for the Vectra LS/12 and the Portable
Vectra CS, and a customized version for Portable Plus
users. Thanks goes to Portable Paper columnist, Tom
Page, who worked diligently with Squish Plus publishers,
Sundog Software so that we could have the special version
for the Portable Plus. We loaned Sundog a Portable Plus
and technical reference manual, and Sundog was able to
make the necessary changes to this product so that it runs
correctly on the Portable Plus.
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USING SQUISH PLUS
Installing Squish Plus means using Squish Plus software to
create a "Squish disk" -- an additional partition on your
electronic disk or hard drive. The Squish disk acts as an
additional disk drive (for example, a new D drive). Squish
Plus automatically compresses and decompresses files
when you save and retrieve files to and from the "Squish
disk".
Once you have installed Squish Plus, the compression
and decompression of files happens automatically, without
the user thinking about the process. You can use your
word processor, spreadsheet, data base, DOS, or any
application to save and retrieve files from the D drive,
Squish disk in the normal manner.
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In addition when installing the "Squish disk", Squish
Plus lets you optionally password protect the disk. That
way you can you can make the "Squish disk" unusable to
anyone not knowing tll.e password.
HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU SAVE?
Space savings vary, and there is some overhead. Sundog
advertises that Squish Plus doubles the amount of disk
space available. However, in practice a 50% savings seems
to be closer to our experience. So 200K becomes 300K.
I did create several simple text and batch files and
saved well over twice as much disk space. Squish Plus is
especially efficient when it saves small batch files. In
talking to Squish Plus authors, Alfred Delio and Kathryn
Stone, the Squish disk is structured so that small files
don't eat up a lot of space. For example, on a LS/12 a 60
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byte batch file takes 2048 bytes of actual hard disk space.
Such a batch file might occupy about 70% less space (a
little over 600 bytes) on the Squish disk.
Note: there are two ways of looking at the space
savings that caused me some confusion until I figured it
out. If you save a 30K Lotus file onto a Squish disk the
file might compress 33% or down to 20K. Therefore, that
20K on the Squish disk holds 50% more data since it
stores a 30K Lotus file. The formula to translate between
how much a file is compressed to how much disk space
is increased is: I=C/(l-C) where C is the percent
compression and I is the percent of disk space increase.
So, if you obtain an average 40% compression per file, you
would enjoy a 67% increase in available disk space. 300K
would turn into 500K.
In general there is no direct way of telling exactly how
much an individual file is compressed on a Squish disk.
However, it was possible to determine the savings of all
the files on the Squish disk using the INFO utility
provided with Squish Plus.
In testing the program on the Portable Plus I saved
several 5 to 20K Lotus files -- I saved 45%. Tom Page
reported a savings of 30% when using rather dense Lotus
files containing unusual characters. I currently store
about four megabytes of WordPerfect, The Editor (ASCI!),
and batch files on my LS/12 Squish disk with a savings of
37%. I think it is fair to say that you can expect between
a 30% to 45% savings on data files (files generated from
word processing, spreadsheet, data base, and other
applications) .
The most gratifying results I enjoyed on my LS/12 were
soft font savings. We download Bitstream soft fonts to the
Lasel:Jet to produce The Portable Paper and the Portable
Equipment Exchange brochure. The problem with soft
fonts is that they can occupy many megabytes of disk
space. I received a 51% compression ratio. In other
words I was able to halve the disk space needed to store
font files.
You can also save program files (such as The
WordPerfect, Condor, and so forth) on the Squish disk.
However, depending on how compact the programs are,
the savings can be minimal (typically between 0% and
20%), The authors recommend saving data rather than
program files on the Squish and my experience bears this
out. Squished program files take a little longer to execute
and tend to fill up the preassigned Squish disk file size
quickly. Portable Plus users should find this of little
hinderance since many applications are in ROM.
HOW SQUISH PLUS WORKS
Squish Plus is a device driver. That means you must tell
DOS about a new "device", the Squish disk. DOS already
knows about built-in devices such as the Portable Plus
electronic disk and the Vectra floppy and hard disks. To
"teach" DOS about this new Squish Plus device simply add
a line to the file on the root directory named
CONFIG.syS. If the file doesn't exist, create it. The line:
device=sqplus.sys installs the Squish disk device when
your portable is rebooted.
There are several more steps that must be taken after
the Squish disk device driver is installed. First, you must
"make" your squish disk using the Squish Plus MKDISK
utility. When you make a Squish disk, you are actually
creating a large file that resides on your home drive,
Shelp
Recommended by Hewlett-Packard,
and used by more than 1,000 of their
employees.
"A great, easy-to-use productivity booster. If there's one program every Portable Plus owner
should have, it's Shelp."-Hal Goldstein, Publisher, The Portable Paper
The menu gives you 4 choices: Calculator, Notepad, Key
Macros, and Off.
It's a program called Shelp (shell + help), and it runs
on the Portable Plus from within any norl·graphics pro·
gram. Here's all you do:
Press [Ctrl] [Shift] [Extend char] and up pops the Shelp
menu, right in the middle of your application (Lotus in
this example):
JAH
Instant Access Pop-ups for the Portable Plus:
Calculator • notepad • macros • and more
FEB
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Choose Calculator and get a 4-function calculator that
works just like a pocket calculator with memory. You can:
• save results in ten
• "paste" results at the
different storage
cursor location in
registers and retrieve
whatever application you
them again with two
were using when yo).!
quick keystrokes
invoked Shelp. •
Choose Notepad and a "scratch pad" pops up on your
screen. Type whatever you want into it, exit to your application, and then recall the notepad whenever you want.
No more having to scribble notes on paper to remind
you of phone numbers, things to do, or bright ideas!
Choose Key Macros and you can assign "strips" of up
to 31 typewriter characters to any of the 26 letters in the
alphabet. This saves you having to type the same
phrase over and over again.
Example: If you type "United States" a lot, you could
assign the entire phrase to the "U" key. Just move the
cursor to "U!' in the Keyboard Macros menu and type
"United States."
To recall "United States;' simply press [Ctrl] [Extend
char], then [U]. Presto...!'United States" appears at the
cursor location in your application!
Choose Off and your Portable Plus turns off without
having to return to P.A.M., and without having "iOSaVe
your application file. When you turn your computer back
o~, you'll be in the same place in the same application,
With no data lost.
All the capabilities of IBM-PC programs like Borland's
SideKick and SuperKey? Certainly not, but Shelp's the
only such program for the Portable Plus. It's a clean,
easy-to-use, and highly useful helper you'll want at your
fingertips always.
Shelp runs on the Portable Plus only. It works with
Time-Manager, MemoMaker, Reflection 1, Lotus, and
any other non-graphics program. (Shelp does not run
with MS Word.)
Shelp was written by Randy Salo, the former HP
engineer who authored MemoMaker on the original HP
Portable.
PRODUCT NO. SHUNS
Shelp ............. $55 ($49.95 for Portable Paper subscribers)
SideKick and SuperKey are registered trademarks of Borland International, Inc.
60-day no-risk trial: If, after 60 days you are dissatisfied with this product for any reason, you may return it for a
full refund. To order, use the postage-paid form at the back of this issue, or send check or credit card number to:
Personalized Software, P.O. Box 869, Fairfield, IA 52556 515/472-6330
© Copyright 1987 Personalized Software
typically your Portable Plus electronic disk or your Vectra
hard disk. Squish Plus software then "fools" DOS into
thinking the large file is really a newly formatted disk on
the D drive.
When you run MKDISK you are prompted for the
name of your Squish file, a file size, and an optional
password. Once created, the newly named Squish file
resides on the Portable Plus RAM disk or the Vectra floppy
or hard disk. You can make the file as small as lOOK
bytes. Currently, I have a Squish disk on my Portable Plus
that takes up lOOK (100,000 bytes) and one on my LS/12
hard disk that takes up 6 Megabytes (6,000,000 bytes).
Upon "making" the Squish disk, you are asked if you want
to password protect the disk, and if so, you are prompted
for a password.
Finally, you must "attach" the Squish file to a disk drive
letter so that you can read and write to the file. This is
somewhat analogous to inserting a disk into a particular
disk drive and leaving it there.
ATTACH, a program provided with Squish Plus,
connects the Squish file to the logical drive (disk drive
letter). My attach statement reads: attach d: to sq.dsk
where "d" is the drive I attached the Squish disk to and
"SQ.DSK" is the arbitrary name I gave to the Squish file I
created when I ran MKDISK. This command effectively
creates a D drive. When you save files to the D drive, you
are actually saving a compressed version of the file into
the larger file SQ.DSK.
Upon running the ATTACH program you are prompted
for the password if you chose to give it one when you ran
MKDISK.
The Squish file needs to be attached to the disk drive
letter to become the Squish disk every time you turn on
(or in the case of the Portable Plus, reboot) your system.
To avoid having to type in the ATTACH command each
time, simply add the ATTACH command line (like the one
above) to the file name AUTOEXEC.BAT in your main
directory.
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When you are finished using the Squish disk you can
optionally "detach" it using the Squish Plus DETACH
command. Detaching is like removing a floppy disk from
a disk drive. You might want to detach the Squish disk
for any of the following reasons:
1. You want to delete the Squish file. When a Squish
disk is attached, the file becomes read-only and cannot be
deleted.
2. You want to pack your electronic or hard disk. This
is by far the most important reason for detaching the
Squish disk. If you use the built-in Portable Plus pack
program, or any of a number of commercially available
hard disk pack routines, there is an excellent chance of
losing data in the attached Squish Plus disk. In other
words, never pack a disk when the Squish disk is
attached.
3. If you have not detached your Squish disk when you
turn your computer off (or reboot it), it can take a little
time to attach it again. The time is not noticeable on the
Plus. It takes about 20 seconds to attach my 6 Megabyte
Squish disk on my LS/12 when the system restarts.
4. You might want to detach your squish disk for security
reasons so no one can access any of your Squish disk files.
JULY / AUGUST 1989
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THE PORTABLE PAPER
Now you can use
HP Portable
or
HP150
disks
(single or double sided)
in a 3V2" IBM compatible
disk drive
Even though your HP PortableIHP150 and the new IBM
compatible computers both use 3 112 " disks, the disks are
incompatible-HP disks can't be used in IBM machines.
ReadHP, a "device driver" program developed by
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LIMITATIONS
I am always running out of disk space whether I have
176K on my HP110, 1 Megabyte on my Portable Plus, or
20 Megabytes on my Vectra. I find a program such as
Squish Plus, which saves me almost 40% of disk space
with no extra effort to use, an absolute boon. However,
I see some limitations:
degradation is hardly noticeable.
Similarly, on my LS/12, the degradation usually is not
significant.
Again, I notice a slight delay in large
WordPerfect meso The most noticeable delay comes when
I list and access one of my subdirectories on my Squish
disk containing 225 meso Also, as I fill my 6 Megabyte
Squish disk, delays do become more noticeable.
1. The Squish Plus device drive takes up 36K of main
memory. That means Vectra users have 36K less memory
from their initial 640K of internal memory for programs
and applications.
Portable Plus users may have to allocate 36K more of
internal memory run Squish Plus.
So, for example,
suppose your Portable Plus Main memory I Edisc in
PAM's f6 System Config is allocated as 160K/736K,
and you need that 160K to run certain applications such
as Websters. You would now need to add 36K to main
memory changing the ratio to 196K/700K.
4. The most important limitation would come from
potential data loss. The product has been well-tested and
used by thousands of users for almost a year. There are
two areas that users should be careful of when using
Squish Plus. First, as described above, you must detach
your Squish disk before packing your electronic, floppy, or
hard disk. The second area may not occur to you but
happened to me while testing Squish Plus trying to "break
it". I would fill the Squish disk up with program mes that
do not compress well. In doing so I would get a "Squish
Disk Full" message from Squish Plus and an "Abort, Retry,
Ignore" message from DOS. Normally, if you fill up a
Squish disk, you will get the same DOS "Insufficient disk
space" error message that you would get if you tried to
over fill any disk. However, if mes in your Squish disk
don't compress well, the DOS "Abort, Retry, Ignore"
message can occur.
When I would get this message and run the DOS
CHKDSK program, I would get a report that the Squish
disk internal (FAn directory was a little out of whack. As
documented in the manual, the chkdsk If DOS command
will fix the problem.
In my discussions with program author Kathryn Stone
about this problem, I received some good general advice.
Whenever you get the "Abort, Retry, Ignore" DOS error
message, immediately run chkdsk If to fix any damage
on the DOS disk.
2. The Squish Plus software itself takes disk space. All
the Squish Plus mes take up around 142K. At the
minimum you need the SQPLUS.syS devi"e"driver (16K)
and ATTACH.EXE (36K). Clever Portable Plus users who
disable PAM can actually get away with no mes on their
electronic disk after initial installation from an HP9114
drive. However, this procedure is not recommended
unless an HP9114 drive is accessible in case you must
reboot your system or return to PAM.
Fortunately, the most useful Squish Plus mes (the ones
discussed in this review) can fit on two 64K ROMs.
Having a ROM version of Squish Plus is the ideal solution
for Portable Plus users.
3. There is some performance degradation caused by the
process of compressing and decompressing meso I cannot
notice the degradation on my Portable Plus Squish disk
except when retrieving large data mes and executing
program mes such as The Editor. Even in those cases the
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5. Finally, the Squish disk does not dynamically change
in size. That means you must commit ahead of time just
how large you want to make a Squish disk. You give up
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that space as soon as you make your Squish disk. My
Portable Plus and the ThinkJet. Rick Finnell, our quality
experience is that this is not a severe limitation. It just
control and shipping expert, and also resident graphic
causes me to plan ahead and decide how my electronic or ~ artist has duplicated Gary's success.
hard disk space is to be allocated.
'%l PrintMaster Plus from Unison World is a classic piece of
~ software that has been around for years. You can use
PORTABLE PLUS ROM VERSION
PrintMaster Plus to design posters, sideways banners,
To enjoy large disk space savings Portable Plus users will
greeting cards, logos, flyers, invitatiOns, stationary, and
probably want to purchase the Squish Plus ROM backup
calendars.
package. The program is ideally suited for ROM backup.
The invitation below was created by Rick using
The backup package will include both the disk-based
PrintMaster on the Portable Plus and the ThinkJet printer.
Squish Plus version for the Portable Plus along with two
It was reduced so that it could fit in this column.
64K ROM chips. The two 64K ROM chips will be
available as a backup for those who originally purchase
the disk version only.
HPllO VERSION?
ftI'I!I Neither the IBM PC or Portable Plus version of Squish
IIIlI Plus works on the HPllO. Even if it did work it would be
of questionable utility. Of the 176K available for disk
space 52K would have to be given up to hold the
essential Squish Plus files and 36K would have to
borrowed from the 176K to increase main memory.
Those HPllO users who would be willing to disable
PAM and load Squish Plus initially from the HP9114 might
experience a significant savings.
The program's authors are willing to investigate further
if there is sufficient interest given these limitations cited
here. Give us a call or drop us a note if you are
interested.
CONCLUSION
I am really excited about this program. It offers an
excellent opportunity to add to disk capacity for a
relatively small performance penalty and dollar cost.
Squish Plus on ROM is now a permanent fixture on my
Portable Plus. Squish Plus on my LS/12 and Portable
Vectra increases the capacity of my hard disk while giving
up almost nothing.
ORDERING INFORMATION
Squish Plus is available through authorized dealers or
through Personalized Software. Below is a price summary:
Product/Product #
Price
III Squish Plus For Vectra
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II Squish Plus for Portable
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Price
Subscriber
$99.95
$89.95
Plus (#SQllNS)
$129.00
$99.95
Squish Plus, Portable Plus
ROM Package (#SQ11NK) $264.00
$234.95
(Includes Squish Plus for
Portable Plus and two 64K ROM backups)
ROM backup only
(# KSQ12NR)
$135.00
$135.00
(2 64K ROMs. Must have previously purchased Squish
Plus for Portable Plus from Personalized Software)
PrintMaster For Portable Plus
by Hal Goldstein and Rick Finnell
Gary Aldrich in his letter on page 4 of last issue told us
about PrintMaster Plus and how he made it work on the
PrintMaster Plus requires 192K of internal memory to
run. The master disk comes with about 345K worth of
files. The main PM.EXE program is 94K. Most of the rest
of the files are optional depending on what fonts and
pictures you want to use. To run PrintMaster you need
the PM.EXE and small PM.PRN and SET.UP printer and
screen driver files along with the font and graphics files of
your choosing. PM generates the driver files from larger
files when you first install PrintMaster.
INSTALLING PRINTMASTER PLUS ONTO THE PORTABLE
PLUS
To run PrintMaster Plus on the Portable Plus and ThinkJet
you need several utilities supplied on the 1988 Portable
Paper Subscribers disk, PRNCONF.COM and PCRUN.COM.
First, copy PRNCONF.COM and PCRUN.COM to your A
drive. Then configure your ThinkJet to run in Epson
mode by typing prnconf a from PAM or DOS. To run
PrintMaster Plus, type pcrun pm.
The simplest procedure is to create a batch file named,
say, PMHP.BAT that contains the follow two lines.
JULY / AUGUST 1989
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TIlE PORTABLE PAPER
At last!
COMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE
for the HP110 and Portable Plus
HPllO users: Tired of struggling with the
built-in Terminal program?
Portable Plus users: Is PC2622 or Reflection
too complex for your needs?
In either case we have good news: two of the
easiest-to-use communications programs we've
ever seen.
TermllO was developed by Cliff Looyenga,
who writes the "Wizardry" column for The
Portable Paper. It runs on the HPllO.
TermPlus was developed by Portable Paper
contributer David Hughes from an earlier
prototype. It runs on the Portable Plus.
Both programs allow you to:
• Send and capture ASCII information;
• Quickly send programs, Lotus
worksheets, and archive files via the
XMODEM protocol;
• Log onto electronic bulletin boards
and remote computers automatically;
• Store and access directories of
phone numbers;
• Run other programs without
severing the phone connection.
prnconf a
pcrun pm
If you want to run PrintMaster from PAM, add the
following two lines to your PAM.MNU file on your A drive:
PrintMaster
pmhp.bat
The first time you run PrintMaster, you'll be asked what
screen type you have. You must respond that with
number 1, non-compatible graphics card.
In the
PrintMaster menu system choose "Hardware Configure" to
configure your printer. ThinkJet is one of the choices
under Hewlett Packard.
USING PRINTMASTER PLUS ON THE PORTABLE PLUS
Here are Rick's comments on using PrintMaster Plus on
the Portable Plus:
Printmaster Plus is menu driven. I found that a mouse
really helped to speed up the process of going through
the various menus. The mouse isn't essential though.
With PrintMaster Plus there are only three kinds of
tasks that require you to type: entering a message for a
picture or banner, selecting a date or enhancing a
calendar, and naming graphics and desigas "files that you
want to save or retrieve. The rest of the operation is
simply choosing what you want from the appropriate
menu.
The biggest drawback for HP Portable Plus users is lack
of graphics screen preview. What this means is that you
are working blind when dealing with graphics.
PrintMaster will not write any graphics to the HP Portable
screen. You don't see your design layout until you print
it out.
If you print out your design and don't like what you
see you can easily go back and make various changes to
your design, then print it out again. In practice I found
it took about three tries to get what I want. With use this
should improve, once you get a feeling for the ground
rules.
EXAMPLE: when picking a graphic unit or picture from
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Both programs have on-line help, and use around
25K of electronic disk space.
Most importantly, both programs make efficient,
logical use of function keys and menus to make the
job of transferring files and programs easy.
You won't appreciate how easy until you try
TermllO or TermPlus for yourself. We invite you to
do so today at our risk.
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(Specify which program when you order)
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the menu, PrintMaster gives you a menu list of all
available graphic pictures. You can use the PrintMaster
manual to look up the graphic you want to use and then
use the programs menu to choose the graphic. It works
fairly well.
Once you choose your graphic, positioning it is a little
difficult if you decide you need to do it freehand. You
can also pick several "automatic" positions such as
BACKGROUND (repeats the graphic over the entire
background), DIAGONAL (repeats the graphic in a checker
board pattern over the entire background). If you overlap
text and graphic the text always as far as I can tell,
overwrites the graphic. Graphics come in three sizes,
halfsize, regular, and doublesize.
Another problem for me was the printout time. It takes
a LONG time to printout your masterpiece. Since this is
the only way to view your project, making a banner or
poster can take a long time. It took 11 minutes to print
out the above graphic. The PrintMaster user's guide did
suggest changing the printer buffer but I don't mow if it
can be done with the Portable Plus / ThinkJet system.
When you do print, it is easy to abort if you get halfway
through and don't like what you see. It seems to take
about 15 minutes to print one page, maybe longer.
TO SUM UP This product works well with certain
limitations. The graphics, fonts, and border libraries are
limited and simple. PrintMaster sells additional libraries.
I suspect that the majority of customers will be happy
with the selection that comes with the product.
Despite the limitations noted, PrintMaster was easy to
use and somewhat fun. If your purpose is to bang out a
quick office party banner or poster this product will do
nicely.
PERSONALIZED SOFTWARE PRINTMASTERPLUS PACKAGE
When we sell PrintMaster Plus, we will include the
original packaging that contains 3.5 inch and 5.25 inch
disks and manual.
In addition to the PrintMaster
packaging we will include an extra disk. That disk will
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include the following files mentioned in this article:
PRNCONF.COM, PCRUN.COM, PMHP.BAT, PMHP.DOC,
SET.UP, and PM.PRN. That latter two files preconfigures
PrintMaster for the ThinkJet and the non-compatible
graphics screen. PMHP.DOC contains this article.
To use PrintMaster on the Portable Plus, copy
PRNCONF.COM, PCRUN.COM, PMHP.BAT, PMHP.DOC,
SET.UP, and PM.PRN to the Portable Plus. Then copy
PM.EXE from the PrintMaster disk and any other font,
boarder, graphics files you think you might use. You'll
have to experiment to see which is which if you don't
copy all the files in. Typing pmbp from PAM or DOS
starts the program. Be sure you turn your ThinkJet on
and it is connected to the Plus before starting PrintMaster.
Numeric keypad
speeds data entry
on Portable Plus
If you enter lots of numbers
into your Portable Plus via
Lotus 1-2-3 or other applications, the Thuchstone numeric
keypad is for you.
Unlike ..the lO-button numeric keypad on the Plus, this
one doesn't disable the letter
keys when you turn it on. Nor
does it move the backslash
from one part of the keyboard
to another.
The Thuchstone keypad. actually has 22 keys, including an oversize zero, oversize Enter key, 4 cursor keys, 4 math functions ( +,
-, ., I), decimal point, and backspace.
The unit weighs about a pound, plugs into your Plus's serial port,
and has a firm, responsive key action.
For fast, convenient numerical data entry, order a Thuchstone
keypad today.
ORDERING INFORMATION
Personalized Software will be selling PrintMaster for the
Portable Plus for $79.95, $69.95 to Portable Paper
subscribers.
Condor 3 ROMs Soon to be Available For
the Portable Plus
III Reader and Portable
Paper contributor has spent many
hours developing the contents of Condor 3 ROMs.
Condor 3 is an easy-to-use relational data base - the most
powerful data base program available for the Portable Plus
- reviewed by Rod Sharp in Vol 3, No 6, P26.
Condor 3 will reside on 4 64K ROMs. If our ongoing
project proves successful, and we can create 128K
EPROMs, then we will but Condor on two 128K EPROMs.
Touchstone numeric keypad ................... $139.
Portable Paper subscriber price ................ $135.
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Note: The Touchstone keypad indudes a shift key which lets you {'olltrol the 10 function keys,
horne key, page up and down, and other keys on an IBM Pc. Till:' Touchstone shift key does not
work properly with the Portable Plus, but this is no problem, sinn' t he corresponding keys are
easily accessible on the Portable Plus keyboard.
Check next issue for details.
Personalized Software to Ship Borland's
Turbo Pascal 5.5
III This
is an embarrassing article to ~rite.
We have
previously announced, but have not shIpped, Turbo 4.0
~and Turbo 5.0. We are now announcing (but not
~shipping) Turbo Pascal 5.5. We expect to be shipping by
12 September (probably sooner).
We will publish more
details when we actually ship.
Turbo Pascal 5.5 includes object-oriented capabilities,
the current rage in programming. Turbo Pascal 5.5
includes functional features from Apple's Object Pascal
and extensions inspired by AT&T's C++ object-oriented
C preprocessor.
An ·object-oriented" approach more closely models the
way we think. An "Object" is a data type that allows
programmers to capture data and the procedures that
manipulate the data in a single structure.
Borland bills 5.5 as "the object-oriented programming
language for the rest of us." They claim the OOP
extensions will help programmers reuse code modules,
leading to increased productivity, more powerful software,
and fewer bugs.
TURBPLUSINTEGRATER
The Turbo Pascal editing environment does not work
properly on the Portable Plus.
To compensate
Personalized Software will sell the TurbPlus Integrater that
integrates the Pascal c~mpiler and your Editor and File
Manager.
ORDERING INFORMATION
Turbo Pascal 5.5 is available through authorized dealers or
directly from Borland and retails at $149.95. The
Professional package, including a stand-alone debugger
and assembler, sells for $250 but will not work on the
Portable Plus. Users of the current version 5.0 can
upgrade to the new compiler for $34.95 or the
Professional package for $99.95. Borland International is
located at, P.O. Box 660001, Scotts Valley, CA 950660001. Phone: (800) 331-0877 or (408) 438-5300.
Portable Paper subscribers can order Turbo 5.5 through
Personalized Software for $135 and for $165 with the
TurboPlus Integrater. The TurbPlus Integrate retails for
$49.95, $39.95 for subscribers.
Non-US Customers May Need to Special
FEATURES
Order Video
Turbo Pascal 5.5 features include:
mJApparently there are a number of world-wide standards
inheritance; static & dynamic objects; constructors &
forVHS video tapes. The U.S. uses NTSC. If you use PAL
destructors; object constants, compiles at > 34,000
or SECAM then we will have to special order a video tape
lines/minute; new integrated environment tutorial;
for you and then charge you $250 to cover our costs.
Hypertext Help with copy and paste; enhanced smart
linker & overlay manager.
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THE PORTABLE PAPER
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[Vectra Views contains information which specifically
pertains to the Portable Vectra and Vectra 15/12 Laptop
Pc. In this column we note the latest developments in
Portable Vectra and 15/12 products from Hewlett
Packard, Personalized Software, and other third parties,
and include specific tips for Vectra and 15/12 users.
Please feel free to contribute on disk or letter to
Personalized Software, PO Box 869, Fairfield, IA 52556, or
call (515) 472-6330. You will also find a complete listing
of the products discussed.}
Valuable Information for Intermediate and
Advanced LS/12 Users
by Hal Goldstein
is a world of useful LS/12 information in the
manual section entitled "Vectra LS/12 Laptop PC Utilities
and Drivers Packet". These pages include discussions of
the following:
1) Setting up the HP Disk Cache program to speed up
hard disk access;
2) using the HPMODE command to control many of
the built-in capabilities of the LS/12;
3) using Battery Watch to monitor your LS/12 battery
usage;
4) using the LIM.EMS driver to make use of extra
expanded memory;
5) using the HP driver to read HPllO, HP Portable
Plus, and HP150 double sided disks.
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The appendices in the "Setting Up Vectra LS/12" manual
also contain important information for intermediate and
advanced users including:
A) Using the SETUP program to properly configure
your system;
B) using Battery Watch to monitor your l?attery usage;
C) using the Monotor program for diagnostics, system
control, and programming capabilities;
D) maintaining and servicing your LS/12;
E) keyboard combinations that allow you more control
over your system.
In the next article and in Portable Papers to follow we
will examine some of these features and how you can use
them to make your LS/12 more useful.
In & Out Of Trouble With The LS/12
II COULDN'T START MY LS/12
Within minutes of receiving my LS/12, I managed to make
it unusable. (In my defense, I had no manual or SETUP
disk. HP had been kind enough to loan me a used unit
and the manuals and system disks had not arrived.) I ran
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the SETUP program from my hard disk and started to
experiment with different configuration options.
I am
not quite sure what I did, but soon I could no longer
start my LS/12: When I exited SETUP and the system
rebooted, it could no longer find DOS. It gave me a "bad
or missing COMMAND.COM" message. (Any DOS-based
system, which includes all the HP Portables, requires the
main DOS command interpreter file COMMAND.COM to
be on the start up disk.)
HP kindly provided me with the solution (documented
in appendix E of the LS/12 manual). Holding down the
Ctrl and Alt keys and pressing Enter results in some
cryptic letters and a ---> prompt. Typing? produces a
help screen.
Typing config at the ---> prompt, results in a
configuration screen. (The only item not self-evident on
the configuration screen is the one labeled "Hard disk
drive type". 20 MB LS/12 model 24 is type 6 and 40 MB
LS/12 model 44 is type 44). I reconfigured my system
correctly telling it to look to the floppy for DOS, rather
than the hard disk.
I saved the new configuration
information, the system rebooted, and I was back in
business.
COULDN'T SEE MY LS/12
A few weeks later I took my LS/12 home so that I could
work on The Portable Paper over the weekend. I decided
to connect the LS/12 to a monochrome external monitor
I keep at home for work with the Portable Vectra CS. To
do so I ran the LS/12 SETUP program telling the system
that I was using an external monitor. I then connected
the monitor cable to the port in back of the LS/12 labeled
"crt" and left SETUP. The LS/12 rebooted. As expected,
nothing appeared on the LS/12 screen.
However,
unexpectedly, nothing appeared on my external monitor.
I tried the Ctrl Alt Enter trick (see above). I still
couldn't see the screen to reconfigure it. Then I reasoned
that all I had to do was pull the secondary battery that
backs up the memory (CMOS RAM) that stores the
configuration information. Such a battery exists since the
system remembers configuration information even after it
has no power. If I could remove the battery, then by
default the LS/12 LCD screen should come up.
I turned over my LS/12 and could not find the battery
storage spot. (I did, however, find the embedded carrying
handle that I somehow had never noticed on the bottom
of the unit.) It was time to consult the LS/12 manual.
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My manual revealed (page D-13) that the backup
battery is a 3.6 volt, AA-size, lithium battery that should
last three to five years. The manual states "a new battery
must be installed by your dealer or HP service
representative". In the future we will discuss what it takes
if you want to make the change yourself.
The first thing I did after arriving at the office was to
connect my LS/12 to my EGA color monitor. The system
came up in CGA text mode. (Apparently, unlike the
Portable Vectra, the LS/12 will not work with a
monochrome monitor or produce EGA text.)
Vowing to never let this catastrophe occur again, I
looked through the LS/12 manual and discovered a trick.
It is possible to save the configuration settings to a file
and then tell the LS/12 to use the configuration settings
from that file.
To save the current configuration to a file type
setup /sa from DOS. Enter a new file name at the
prompt (which saves the current configuration to that
name). To use that configuration type setup /r followed
by the new configuration file name at the prompt. Press
Enter three times and the system restarts itself with the
configuration information from that file.
I used the setup /sa command to save all my
configuration information to a file named efg. (My system
is configured as having a 20MB hard drive, no EMS, a 5.25
floppy drive attached to the system, and backlight and
hard drive automatic power down. And, of course, it is
set for the normal LCD screen.)
I created a batch file named cfg.bat with one line:
setup Jr. Now if I ever get into a situation where I need
to use my default configuration, I simply type efg to
execute the setup /r command and then efg again to tell
it that the configuration information is in file efg. Then
I press the Enter key three times and the system restarts
using my configuration values.
SOLUTION TO LS/12-EXTERNAL MONITOR PROBLEM
When I returned to the original problem, the solution
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became obvious. The lettering at the bottom and front
side of many keys indicate secondary values of those keys.
The secondary value of the FlO key is labeled CRT/LCD.
PreSSing the Fn key activates the secondary values built
into many of the keys. Sure enough, holding down Fn
and typing FlO was all I had to do to toggle between the
external monitor and the built-in LCD screen.
In a future column we will be examining the LS/12
keyboard more closely.
Using HP Portable and HP150 Disks with
the LS/12
i.1 If you want to read HP Portable and HP150 disks using
the LS/12 disk drive, you, must follow a simple installation
procedure. With the HP setup disk in the A drive type
a:35instal from DOS. This modifies the eonfig.sys file
on the root directory by adding the following two lines:
DEVICE = \lNDSKBIO.syS /D:O
DRIVPARM = /D:O /F:7 /H:2 /S:18 /T:80
Now evelY time you restart your system the device driver
INDSKBIO.syS gets installed and your LS/12 can read
HP150 and HP Portable Plus double sided disks. To read
HPllO Portable disks, use your word processor (save as a
text file) and add /HPllO to the DEVICE= line so that
the line now reads:
DEVICE = \lNDSKBIO.SYS /D:O /HPllO
If you want to read HP formatted single-sided disks, you
need to purchase READHP from Personalized Software
(that'S us) for $69.95.
The meaning of the DRIVPARM= line is not
documented. However, I suspect you could adjust that
line so the LS/12 could read various HP formats such as
the Portable Plus format /z format that lets you pack
more data on 3.5" disks. If anybody can shed more light,
please drop us a note.
JULY / AUGUST 1989
17
THE PORTABLE PAPER
Fully Discharge Your LS/12 Battery
~ Remember,
the LS/12 battery is a rechargeable nickelcadmium (NiCad) battery. That means you should always
fully discharge the battery and fully recharge it.
Otherwise, it will develop a "memory effect" which severely
reduces its operating period. To rectify the situation use
the HP-supplied Battery Watch utility and deep discharge
your battery and recharge it right away. (See page 1-8,
"Deep Discharging Your Battery", in the Battery Watch
section of the manual entitled "Vectra LS/12 Laptop PC
Utilities and Drivers Packet".)
Linldng the Portable Vectra and LS/12 to
an Ethernet Local Area Network
by Richard Hall and Peter Timaratz
IIWe have just completed testing an innovative new product
m!I that will allow you to directly connect your LS/12 Laptop
.wor Portable Vectra CS to your Ethernet local area network.
The Pocket Ethernet Adapter, recently released by
Xircom, connects directly to the parallel printer port of
the LS/12, Portable Vectra, or any IBM compatible PC, and
allows you to connect to an Ethernet or IEEE 802.3 LAN.
The Adapter is Novell Netware compatible and available in
models appropriate for Thin Ethernet or external MAU
applications including Thick Ethernet (10BASE-5) and
Twisted Pair Ethernet (10BASE-1).
This product supports Novell NetWare Versions 2.0a
and higher. Xircom tells us they are actively investigating
versions of the adapter that will support 3Com, TCPIIP,
Banyon, or 10BaseT.
The Pocket Ethernet Adapter is a little larger than a
audio cassette tape holder (5.15" x 2.45" x .85") and
weighs 5 oz. The Pocket Ethernet Adapter comes with an
external 12 volt ACIDC wall mount adapter that connects
to the unit tl11"ough a six foot cord.
HARDWARE INSTALIATION
We tested the Pocket Ethernet Adapter with our own
Novell system. It was simple and straight forward to
install. First plug in the included 12 volt ACIDC adapter
and connect to the Ethernet Adapter. Next connect the
Ethernet Adapter to your computer's parallel port. Finally
connect a standard Ethernet "T" to the Ethernet Adapter
and the hardware connection is completed.
SOFTWARE INSTALIATION
If your network is running version 2.12 of Novell
NetWare
4
copies of pre-generated IPX and NET.' programs are
included to simplify initial software installation. Choose
the IPX file appropriate to your parallel port (LPT1:,
LPT2:, or LPT3:) and the NET file appropriate to your
version of DOS (2.*, 3.*, or 4.*) and use the DOS copy
command to copy these files to the root directory of
either your hard disk or network boot diskette. Then log
on to you network. Files and installation procedures are
also included for releases below 2.12.
The program worked flawlessly for us. Because the
Xircom adapter does its Input/Output through the parallel
port its truoughput is somewhat slower than a standard
Ethernet adapter.
We tested the adapter on a Portable Vectra, and an
LS/12 and compared them to a desktop Vectra and a
Compaq Deskpro with standard Ethernet cards. We used
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the Norton Utilities S.l.(Systems Information) to
benchmark the relative computing speed of the four
systems and tested the computational speed (in seconds)
on four common functions: Loading file manager XTREE,
Listing of an inventory, generating a shipping report, and
looking up a record. Results are summarized below:
Machine Tested
S.I.
Bench
Load
XTREE
lnv.
list
Ship
Rpt.
Desktop Vectra(8 Mhz)
Compaq Deskpro(XT)
LS/12
Portable Vectra
8.3
1.7
13.4
3.8
15
20
20
30
9
25
11
20
4
15
5
10
Rec.
Look
60
65
60
100
We found that in tests involving extensive Input/Output,
such as loading XTREE and record lookup, the LS/12 with
the Xircom adapter and S.l. rating of 13.4 performed
about the same as the Compaq with the network card and
an S.l. rating of 1.7 (a considerable slow down). However,
on the two tests involving far less I/O, the LS/12 with
Xircom Adapter performed on par with the Desktop Vectra
with the network card and S.l. rating of 8.3.
CONCLUSIONS
The Pocket Ethernet Adapter is simple to install and works
without problems. It slows things down a bit, especially
in I/O intensive programs, but does the job in a
reasonable amount of time. If you want to connect your
LS/12 or Portable Vectra to an Ethernet system, you
currently have no other choice. We recommend the
adapter.
ORDERING INFORMATION
The Pocket Ethernet Adapter was developed by Xircom,
22231 Mulholland Hwy., Suite 114, Woodland Hills, CA
91364. Phone: (818) 884-8755.
The Pocket Ethernet Adapter is priced at $695 per unit.
Price to Portable Paper subscribers when ordered truough
Personalized Software is $629.
External Expansion Chassis
If you're interested in increasing the capabilities of your
LS/12 to include networking, video options, additional I/O
ports, and expanded EMS memory, you'll want to take a
look a the Zenith External Expansion Chassis.
THE PORTABLE PAPER
Speed up your Portable Plus
At least 60 % faster with our
low-cost "FastPlus" upgrade!
By installing a faster processor
and increasing the clock speed of
your Portable Plus, you can run
Lotus 1-2-3 and other applications at
least 60% faster than before.
The upgrade is straightforward,
but requires skill and experience
working inside a Portable Plus.
If you want to try it yourself, see
our instructions in The Portable
Paper Vol. 3, No.1, pp.12-14.
If you want our trained technicians
to do it for you, call to schedule an
appointment, then send us your
Portable Plus and $250.
(This covers the cost of desoldering the Harris 80C86 processor
and replacing it with the faster NEC
V30, increasing the clock speed
from 5.33 MHz to 8 MHz, and
returning your computer to you via
UPS surface. If you prefer overnight
return shipping, add $35.)
.~
In most cases, we'll perform tJl'e
upgrade and ship your computer
back the same day we receive it. In
all cases, we guarantee our work for
60 days.
Please note: This upgrade will
void your HPwarranty, andHP
will be under no obligation to
service your Portable Plus in the
future. However, we will continue to
service upgraded machines, and HP
repair centers may, infact, do the
same.
This "FastPlus" upgrade will make
your Portable Plus more than twice as
fast as the original IBM PC-that's even
faster than the HP Portable Vectra!
The Expansion Chassis is powered by an external AC
power source and is designed to operate at either 115 or
230 VAC at 50/60 hertz. The power supply in the
Expansion Chassis automatically switches to operate at the
voltage level applied.
INSTALliNG TIlE CHASSIS ON TIlE LS/12
To save time running your
spreadsheets, editing your
documents, loading programs,
saving files, and almost anything
else you use a computer for, order
the "FastPlus" upgrade today. You'll
appreciate the difference it makes!
"FastPlus" upgrade for
Portable Plus ........... $250.
PRODUCT NO. FAllNG
(Be sure to call first to schedule
an appointment.)
Overnight return shipping .. $35.
You cannot. disable the floppy or hard disk controllers
in the LS/12j therefore, external floppy or hard disk
controller cards 'cannot be used.
ORDEllNGINFORMATION
The External Expansion Chassis, available through Zenith
dealers, retails for $499 plus installation.
~ The LS/12 requires the installation of a 68-pin connector
before you can use the Expansion Chassis. This connector
must be installed by an authorized Zenith technician.
Personalized Software can install it for you.
Once a technician has installed the 68- pin connector
it is a simple matter to install the expansion card or your
choice into one of the Chassis' three expansion slots and
connect the Expansion Chassis to your system via the 68pin connector.Turning the LS/12 on initializes the
Expansion Chassis. Be sure the Chassis is powered up
(using the external AC power source provided) before
turning on the computer.
The Expansion Chassis is XT-compatible only and most
XT-compatible cards should work.
EXCEPTIONS
EMS memory is supported externally and should work
with the ExpanSion Chassis. However, any memory card
requiring a "refresher cycle" will not work with the Chassis
when attached to the LS/12.
Extended memory, supported internally by the LS/12,
is AT-compatible only and cannot be used externally.
Portable Paper subscribers can order the Chassis through
Personalized Software for $449 and we will install the 68pin connector free of charge. Please call to let us know
when you want the installation done.
New 5.25" Floppy Drive by WELTEC
Digital of Irvine, California has announced the
introduction of their slimline 5.25" floppy disk drive
compatible with the LS/12 Vectra Laptop Pc. WELTEC has
been supplying Zenith and other manufacturers 5.25"
floppy drives for several years.
Configuring the WELTEC (or other compatible 5.25"
drive) to the LS/12 is simple using the SETUP program.
Run SETUP, choose 1, and when it asks you, choose the
appropriate external 5.25" floppy. The WELTEC W525
allows the exchange of data from the 5.25" floppy to the
LS/12 hard disk and 3.5" drive.
WELTEC supports both 360KB and 1.2 MB 5.25" disks.
The drive has international dual voltage power supplies
and can be easily transported if needed.
(continued on page 24)
~WELTEC
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PLU
The most powerful and unique
feature of your Portable Plus is
that it lets you store programs on
ROM (Read-Only Memory) chips
for instant access,
Almost all other portable computers require a disk drive in
order to function. A disk driveeven a portable one-is a bulky
piece of equipment, easily breakable, and slow in loading programs.
By contrast, a ROM chip weighs
next to nothing, is virtually indestructible, and lets you load programs instantly. (Programs on
ROM chips don't take up any
space on your Edisc.)
All of which means that your
9-pound Portable Plus is the fastest, most portable, and most reliable computer you can ownprovided, of course, you take full
advantage of its ROM technology.
YOUR SOFTWARE
DRAWER WAS MEANT
TO BE FULL
The engineers at HewlettPackard designed the Portable
Plus so it could accommodate an
optional "software drawer" containing 12 ROM sockets. Clearly,
their intention was that those
sockets be filled with useful
programs.
But if you're like most Portable
Plus users, you probably are using
Easy-to-use, lightning-fast /
II
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ROM chips save valuable Portable Plus memory \
and eliminate the need for a disk drive.
just a few of the sockets for ROMbased programs like Lotus 1-2-3
or MemoMaker,
That's fine as far as it goes, but
if you aren't using all the ROM
sockets-or if you have to carry
around an HP9114 disk drive
wherever you go-then you are
not using your Portable Plus to
full advantage,
To start using thefull potential
of your Portable Plus, look over
the chart at the far right. It contains more than 50 programs and
utilities available on ROM chips
from Personalized Software.
Taken together, these ROMs
cover every application you're
likely to need-Nom word processing to spr~adsheets to data
OUR exCWSIVE
DOUBLE GUARANTEE
ON ROMS
50-DAY GUARANTEE
OF SATISFACTION
If, within 60 days, you are dissatisfied
with a ROM product for any reason,
you may return it for a full refund.
2-YEAR GUARANTEE
AGAINST DEFECTS:
If a ROM proves defective at any tirne
within 2years, we will replace it at no
charge.
communications, graphics, programming languages, and more,
Which means once you install
these ROMs, you'll have everything you need right inside your
Portable Plus. You'll never have to
carry a disk drive again.
We invite you to browse through
the chart, read the information at
the right, and then order one or
more ROMs today. You'll find
them to be fast, reliable, and an
incredible boost to your productivity.
Whatever your reason: to free
up valuable memory space ... to
eliminate the need for an external disk drive ... or just for the
convenience of lightning-fast program loading, fill your software
drawer with ROMs and you'll
turn your Portable Plus into the
powerhouse its designers intended it to be.
With our exclusive Double
Guarantee, the risk is all ours.
Why not order right now?
P.S. If you have questions about
any of the ROMs, give us a call.
Brian or David will be happy to
make some recommendations as
to which ROMs might best meet
your needs for word processing,
spreadsheets, or whatever applications you're interested in.
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EASY TO INSTALL
We supply clear instructions and
diagrams with every ROM order. If you
prefer, send us your software drawer and
we will install your ROMs for you-and
test them-at no charge.
To remove your software drawer, first
back up your A drive (so you won't lose
your data), then use an ordinary screwdriver to remove the two outside screws
on the drawe~.
You won't be able to use your Portable
Plus without the software drawer, so we
recommend you call us first to make sure
the ROMs you want are in stock, and to
set an appOintment for installation.
That way, we can install and test you r
new ROMs the day we receive your software drawer, then ship your drawer back
that same evening. Return shipping within the Continental U.S. via UPS SecondDay Air is free for all orders over $200.
Please add $15 to your order if you want
overnight return shipping.
(In most cases, if you set an appointment in advance and use ovemight shipping both ways, you'll only be without
your software drawer for less than two
business days. We'll ship the manuals
and other materials in advance by surface carrier so you'll have them by the
time you receive back your software
drawer.)
HOW TO ORDER ROMS
To order, use the postage-paid order
form in the center of this issue. For even
faster service-or if you have questions
about any of our ROMs-give us a call.
5
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT OUR ROMS
We offer two kinds of ROM chips. One
kind we produce ourselves; these are
offered as part of our "ROM Backup
Packages" (see below). The other kind
are manufactured by Hewlett-Packard;
we call these simply "HP ROMs."
ROM Backup Packages
A ROM Backup Package includes both
the disk version of a program and the
ROM version-plus the standard User's
Manual and additional instructions for
installing and using the ROM. (In the
chart, prices of products marked "PS"
are for entire ROM Backup PaCkage.)
According to the agreements we have
with the original software vendors, our
ROM version is considered a backup
copy of the disk version. Unless you
already own the disk version, we cannot
sell you the ROM Backup by itself.
Please note:
1. If you purchased the disk version of
a program from us, we have that in our
records. If you purchased the disk
version elsewhere, you will need to
show us proof of purchase before we
can sell you just the ROM Backup.
2. Prices for ROM Backups alone are as
follows:
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Best of DOS Tools . . • . . . $129.
The Editor • . . . . . • • . . . . . . 95.
HPDuelte . . . • . . • . . • . . • • 95.
HPrint • • . . . . • . . . . • . . . . 95.
Shelp • • . . • • • • • • . . . . . . • 55.
SideWinder . . • . . • • . . • . . • 55.
Shelp + SideWinder • . • . . • • 95.
Sketch . . . • . . . • . . • . . . • • 95.
Squish Plus • . . • • • . • . . . . 135.
SuperROM . • . . . . . . . . . • . . 49.
TermPlus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95.
Turbo Pascal 3 . . . . . . . . . . . 95.
Typing Whiz . . . . . . . • . . . . 95.
Webster's SpeUer . . . . . . . . 179.
WordPerfect . • . . • . . • . . • 295.
3. It is important that you read and
adhere to the licensing agreement that
comes with the disk version of any software you buy, because the same agreement applies to the corresponding ROM
Backup. In most cases, this means you
can use only one version of the software
at a time on only one computer system
at a time. Remember, the ROM is a
backup copy of the software, not an
independent second copy.
HPROMs
The HP ROMs that we sell do not
include (or require) the corresponding
disk versions. They are the same ROMs
that HP sells, except ours are usedwhich turns out to be better than buying
them new. Here's why:
Unlike other used products you can
buy, there are no moving parts on a
ROM, and nothing that can wear out.
Because of this, our two-year guarantee
against defects applies to used HP ROMs
as well as to our own ROM Backups.
(Two years is twice the guarantee against
defects that Hewlett-Packard offers.)
Our used HP ROMs are also covered
by our unique 60-day guarantee of satisfaction.
Best of all, our used HP ROMs are
priced as much as 50% below retail.
Look at the chart at the right and compare! (In the chart, "Retail price" of HP
ROMs is HP's price new. "Subscriber
price" is ou r price used.)
For product details, see individual ads elsewhere in this issue, in our catalog, or refer to articles in past issues. In this chart,
"Type" refers to either HI' (used HP ROM) or PS (Personalized Software ROM Backup Package -price includes both ROM and disk
versions).
CAlL FOR AVAILABIUIY OF USED HP ROMS.
Part
N umber
Product
WORD PROCESSORS
WDllNK
WordPerfect 5
Retail
Price
Subscriber
Price
Type
No. of
chips
6
$919.00
$595.00
PS
pS
The Editor II
ED12NK
224.00
194.95
Editor II Upgrade
ED15NG
58.00
58.00
PS
MSWord
MS20UR
375.00
199.00
HI'
MultiMate
MM20UR
520.00
425.002
HI'
174.95
164.95
WORD PROCESSING UTILITIES
Format110
,~
FormatPlus Upgrade
Fp15NG
58.00
58.00
pS
HPrint
Hp12NK
175.00
170.95
PS
Comes on same chip as Time Manager (see
"Combined ROMs" below.)
Comes as part of SuperROM (see "Combined ROMs")
For SuperROM owners only.
pS
WB13NK
258.95
248.95
SPREADSHEETS AND UTILITIES
Lotus 123,lA
LTl2UR
495.00
295.00
For The Editor I ROM and SuperROM owners only.
pS
Fp13NK
Webster Speller
1
PS
FormatPlus
Mini PrinterTalk
384K of files includes PlusPerfect, main WI'
program, help files, printer drivers, etc.
Does not include required 300K wp.fil file,
spelling checker, or thesaurus.
The Editor version 1 is available as part of
ourSuperROM chip (see "Combined ROMs," below).
HI'
MemoMaker
Notes
PS
Comes as part of SuperROM (see "Combined ROMs")
2
HI'
2
lIP
HP
3
3
Lotus 123,2.01
Lotus 123,2.01
LTl5UR
LTllllR
625.00
625.00
SideWinder
SW12NK
134.95
124.95
pS
Also available on a ROM with Shelp, and on our
SuperROM chip (see "Combined ROMs" below).
DATABASE PROGRAMS
Exec Card Manager
ECIIUR
Exec Card Manager
ECll UR
395.00
395.00
279.002
339.002
I-II'
HI'
(Lotus 1-2-3 can also be used as a database.)
Pricing of new ECM ROM if used ROM not available.
COMMUNICATIONS
PC2622
pC13UR
395.00
239.00
HI'
VT100 and HI' Terminal emulator.
Reflection
RFllUR
525.00
295.00
HI'
Minor upgrade of PC2622
TermPlus
TE13NK
194.95
174.95
pS
Includes FormIBM, Jetctrl, and other great utilities.
PRODUCTIVITY BOOSTERS
Best of DOS Tools
DT12NK
179.00
168.95
PS
2
3rd ROM containing help doesn't have to he installed.
Pricing of NEW HI' ROM if used ROM not available.
Selected utilities from DOS Tools1
FilePlus
FE14NK
164.95
154.95
PS
HI' Calculator
CLllNK
95.00
95.00
PS
From our 1987 Subscriber Disk
HPDuette
DU13NK
194,95
184.95
pS
Contains Portable Plus half of software
Shelp
SH12NK
110.00
104.95
PS
Includes note extraction program. Shelp also
available on a ROM with SideWinder, and as part
of SuperROM chip (see "Combined ROMs" below).
HI'
Comes on same ROM as MemoMaker
(see "combined ROMs" below).
Time Manager
Typing Whiz
lW12NK
144.95
134.95
PS
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GRAPHICS
Sketch
SK12NK
175.00
--------------------
170.95
2
pS
(Lotus 1-2-3 can also be used for graphics.)
HI'
This is not GWBASIC.
PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
MSBasic
MS21 UR
300.00
COMBINED ROMs
MemoMaker/TimeMgr MM21 UR
245.00
119.00
HI'
Shelp,SideWinder
SH13NK
234.95
214.90
pS
Also includes SideWinder enhancement utility.
SuperROM
SU11NK
(5 J,Jrograms on one
Chlp):The Editor,
FormaGl0, Mini
PrinterTalk, Shelp, Sidewinder
474.00
299.00
pS
Mini PrinterTalk is the abbreviated version included
on the PrinterTalk disk; it is functionally equivalent
to Printertalk for most applications. Shelp and
SideWinder are the same versions as on the
individual ROMs described above.
BUNDLES
EditcJr Pack +
FM17NX
823.00
599.00
PS
5
(Editor II, Webster, FormatPlus, FilePlus)
Editor Pack
FM16NX
658.00
499.00
PS
4
(Editor 11, Webster, FormatPlus)
lUtilities induded in the Best of DOS Tools ROM backup Package are as follows. For program details,
PACK
DUMP
TY
CYPHER RENDlR WHEREIS TEE
SDL
FDATE
LABEL
CLEAN
D1RNL ARCE
MOVE
OFF
CHANGE ARC520 MOVEAI~L TRIM
BEEP
VDL
TMA
TJETA
FCOPY
ASK
pRNCONFWAlT
FGREP
XCOPY
FDUMp
Note: ARC520 is shareware; the author normally requests a $35 contribution. However, we've already
see catalog.
DIRS
TRANSLIT
SQpC
SM
COpYNEW
paid your user fee.
2IMPORTANT: All HI' ROM prices given in this chart (unless othewise stated) are for used ROMs. Used HI' ROMs (especially
ECM, Lotus 2, and MultiMate) are sometimes not in stock. Call to verify availability of used HI' ROMs and pricing on new HP
ROMs if used ROMs unavailable.
Official Personalized Software Price List
(Every attempt is made to keep pricing stable. However, prices subject to change without notice.)
THE PORTABLE PAPER
Part
Num.
Product
The Portable PaQer
1 Yr Subscription
PPN1PS
2 Yr Subscription
PPN2PS
1 Yr. Renewal
PPR1PS
2 Yr. Renewal
PPR2PS
1986-8, 3 Yr back issues
PP13PB
1988 back issues
PP12PB
PP99PB
Individual Back issue
1987 Subscriber Disk
SB12NS
1988 Subscriber Disk
SB13NS
1989 Subscriber Disk
SB14NS
PP Binder Vol.1
PBllNM
PP Binder Vol.2
PB12NM
PP Binder Vol.3
PB13NM
PP Binder VolA
PB14NM
PP Binder VoLlA
PB15NM
HP Portable
HP150
Free Catalo~
CATPOR
CATl50
Retail
Price
$55.00
99.00
55.00
99.00
99.00
39.00
9.20
115.00
115.00
115.00
7.00
7.00
7.00
7.00
25.00
Subscr.
Price
9.50
9.50
9.50
0.00
0.00
SOFTWARE AND ACCESSORIES
VVord Processors
The Editor II
ED11NS
Editor Pack
FM16NX
(Editor II, FormatPlus, Webster Speller)
Editor II Disk Upgrade
ED14NG
The Editor II/Formatter
ED13NX
WordPerft 4.2 ss HP150
WD12NS
WordPerft 4.2 ds HP150
WDllNS
WordPerft 5.0 ds HP150
WD13NS
WordPerfect 4.2 P. Plus
WD18NS
WordPerfect 5.0 P. Plus
WD17NS
(Includes PlusPerfect)
PlusPerfect
WD14NS
129.00
289.00
99.95
195.00
35.00
149.95
435.00
435.00
495.00
435.00
645.00
35.00
119.95
339.00
339.00
395.00
339.00
395.00
150.00
129.00
VVord Processing Utilities
Formatl10
FM12NS
39.95
FormatPlus
FPllNS
79.95
FormatPlus Upgrade
FP14NG
35.00
MemoMaker Pack
FM14NX
159.90
(Format Plus, Webster Spelling Checker)
~
Formatter
FMllNS
~ 59.95
HPrint
HPllNS
80.00
PrinterTalk
PTllNS
49.95
PrinterTalk, Formatl1 0
PTl2NS
89.90
RightWords Dictionary Ext.
RW12NS
29.95
RightWriter
RW11NS
95.00
Webster Speller
WB1lNS
79.95
WordPlus Speller
WP11NS
150.00
35.95
69.95
35.00
125.00
49.95
75.95
44.95
59.95
29.95
89.00
69.95
99.00
WP Acoustic coupler
Kermit
Relay Gold (Plus)
TermPlus
Term110
WM16NH
KEllNS
RGllNS
TE12NS
TEllNS
Productivitv
BacTools
Compuserve Starter Kit
DOS Tools
FilePlus
HP Duette
HP150 PC Emulator
HP9114 Empowerer
Norton Uitilities Adv.
Norton Utilitiess
PrintMaster (P.Plus)
Private File
ReadHP
Shelp
Squish Plus (P.Plus)
Squish Plus (Vectra)
Tiger Fox
Time Manager
Typing Whiz
Boosting Utilites
BC11NS
49.95
39.95
CM11NS
39.95
35.95
DTl1NS
44.95
39.95
FE12NS
69.95
59.95
DUllNS
89.95
99.95
PCllNS
19.95
19.95
PR12NM
99.95
89.95
NU12NS
150.00 129.00
NU11NS
99.95
89.95
PRllNS
79.95
69.95
PF11NS
39.95
34.95
RD11NS
69.95
79.95
SH11NS
55.00 49.95
SQllNS
129.00 99.95
SQ12NS
99.95
89.95
TFl1NS
32.95 29.95
SBllNS
9.50
9.50
1W11NS
39.95
49.95
Logitech Mouse
Logitech Mouse
Portable Plus System
P .Plus Mouse Sftwre
P.Plus Mouse Cable
Sketch
Sketch Halftone disk
Flowcharting 11+
GraQhics
MS14NM
MS15NM
MS11NS
MS13NM
SK11NS
SD11NS
FL11NS
79.95
79.95
19.00
19.00
295.00 279.00
99.95
79.95
99.95
79.95
119.00
99.95
219.00 179.95
70.00
60.00
30.00 20.00
80.00
75.95
9.50
9.50
232.00 209.00
SQreadSheet and Statistics
101 Macros
MCllNS
69.95
62.95
Lotus 123/Symphony P.Plus
Software Driver
LTl4NS
69.95
59.95
Lotus 123, Driver
LTllNS
495.00 435.00
SideWinder and Utilities
SW13NS
79.95
69.95
SideWinder
SW11NS
69.95
59.95
Statistix
STl1NS
169.00 159.00
HPDuette for P .Plus
LapLink
Link Plus
ReadHP
File Transfer
DU11NS
LA11NS
LK11NS
RD11NS
Programming
Turbo Pascal 3 Optimizer
TP17NS
TP50NS
TuboPascal 5.0
TurbPlus Integrator
TP51NS
T.Pascal + Integrator
TP52NX
Pascal,Integrtr,Editorll
TP53NX
99.95
89.95
139.95 119.00
90.00
85.95
79.95
69.95
125.00
150.00
49.95
199.95
329.00
119.00
135.00
39.95
165.00
249.00
Project Management
HP II 0
PR11NS
695.00 499.00
P .Plus
PR12NS
695.00 499.00
HP150
PR13NS
695.00 499.00
Vectra
PR14NS
695.00 499.00
MLllNS
99.95
89.95
DatabaseLAccounting Software
Condor 3
CRllNS
495.00
Condor Jr
CR13NS
99.95
Dac-Easy Accounting
DCllNS
150.00
379.00
89.95
129.00
Communications
WorldPort Modem 1200
WM11NH
WorldPort Modem 2400
WM12NH
WorldPort cable
WM14NM
WP 1200 Upgrade kit
WM13NG
PertMaster
PertMaster
PertMaster
PertMaster
Milestone
179.00
319.00
20.00
179.00
Integrated Packages
Symphony, P .Plus Driver
SY11NS
765.00 595.00
T/Maker (HPllO)
TM11NS
99.95
95.00
T/Master (Plus, Vectra)
TM12NS
159.00 149.00
199.00
359.00
30.00
199.00
1
for
for
for
for
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PORTABLE PLUS SOFlWARE ON ROM
LSL12, Vectra Portable-S12ecific Products
Diconix printer - parallel
Diconix printer - serial
EtherNet Adapter
Expansion Chassis (LS/12)
FloppyDriver
HP-IL Card-Po Vectra CS
LapLink
LapTape (LS/12)
NoSquint
Numeric Keypad (LS/12)
Squish Plus
WeI tee 5.25" Drive (LS/12)
499.00
519.00
695.00
499.00
89.95
245.00
139.95
795.00
39.95
129.00
99.95
349.00
349.00
415.00
629.00
449.00
79.95
235.00
ll9.00
695.00
37.95
115.00
89.95
319.00
MZ12NH
385.00
345.00
MZllNH
MZ13NM
TSllNM
200.00
95.00
139.00
189.00
89.00
135.00
DTlINH
DTl2NH
ETlINH
EXIINH
FDllNS
HP16NM
LAIINS
LAIINH
NOllNS
NUllNH
SQ12NS
WE 1 lNH
Peri12herals
Manzana 1.44 Meg, 3.5"
PC External Drive
Manzana 1.44 Meg, 3.5"
PC Internal Drive
Manzana Controller
Numeric Keypad for P .Plus
Accessories
10 3.5" disks/case
DSllNM
10 1.44Meg 3.5" disks
DS12NM
Mobile Recharger
PRIINM
FieldPro Padded Laptop Case CS12NM
FieldPro Padded Case for ThinkJet or
HP9ll4 Disk Drive
CSllNM
64.90
99.95
59.95
99.95
29.95
69.95
49.95
89.95
39.95
37.95
150.00
ll9.00
250.00
250.00
Learning Material
How to Use the HP
Portables Video Tapes
VPllNM
If the product number ends with "UR", it is a used HP ROM. If it
ends with "NK", it is a new Personalized Software disk plus ROM
backup. The price in the "Backup Price" column is valid only for
those who already own the software disk.
Part
Retail SubsBackup
Num.
Price Price
Price
Product
--
VVord Processors
WDllNK
WordPerfect 5
ED12NK
The Editor II
MM21UR
MMkr/TmMgr
MS20UR
MSWord
MultiMate
MM20UR
FM17NX
Editor Pack +
(Editor II, Webster, FormatPlus, FilePlus)
FM16NX
Editor Pack
(Editor II, Webster, FormatPlus)
Editor II ROM upgrade
ED15NG
FAllNG
USED PORTABLE EQUIPMENT
IMPORTANT NOlE TO USED EQUIPMENT BUYERS: Call for
availability before placing order (especially Lotus 2.01, ECM). If
used product unavailable, we'll get you new item at discount.
Used HPllO and Portable Plus Com12uters
512K Plus With Modem
128K Plus With Modem
HPllO Portable
HPII0,ThinkJet,HP9114
PP15UC
PPllUC
PQllUC
PP40UX
$3395
3190 1
3000 1
4300 1
$1595
995
595
995
TJllUC
DJ12HC
DJIIHC
$ 495
995
795
$ 250
795
639
Used HPllO/Portable Plus Disk Drives
HP9ll4A Disk Drive
HP9ll4B Disk Drive
DDllUC
DD12UC
$ 795 1
795
$ 250
350
Used HP Portable Plus MemoIT Drawers
New HP 1 Mg RAM Drw.
384K HP RAM Drawer
128K HP RAM Drawer
128K HP Memory Card
HP ROM Software Drawer
MMllNC
MM12UC
MM13UC
MM14UC
SWllUC
$1275
982
436
273
195
658.00
499.00
58
FP13NK
HP12NK
WB13NK
FM15NG
174.95 164.95 95
175.00 170.95 95
258.95 248.95 179
58
S12readsheets and Database
Lotus 123,IA
Lotus 123,2.01
Exec Crd Mgr
SideWinder
New ROM: Lotus 123, 2.01
New ROM: Exec Crd Mgr
LTl2UR
LTl5UR
ECllUR
SW12PP
LTlIHR
EXIIHR
495.00
625.00
395.00
134.95
625.00
395.00
295.00
395.00
279.00
124.95
495.00
339.00
Communications
PC2622
Reflection
TermPlus
PC13UR
RFllUR
TE13NK
395.00 239.00
525.00 295.00
194.95 174.95
95
Productivity Boosters
DOS Tools
FilePlus
HP Calculator
HP Duette
Shelp
Squish Plus
Typing Whiz
DTl2NK
FE14NK
CLllNK
DU13NK
SH12NK
SQll K
TW12NK
179.00
164.95
95.00
194.95
llO.OO
144.95
144.95
168.95 129
154.95 95
95.00
184.95 95
104.95 55
134.95 95
134.95 95
175.00
170.95
95
MS2lUR
300.00 150.00
TP13NK No longer published
95
Gra12hics
Used Printers For HPllO, Portable Plus, Vectra
HP-IL ThinkJet Printer
New DeskJet Plus Printer
New DeskJet Printer
595.00 295
194.95 95
ll9.00
199.00
425.00
599.00
VVord Processing Utilities
FormatPlus
HPrint
Wbster Speller
FormatPlus ROM upgr
U12grade
FastPlus (CPU upgrade)
940.00
224.00
245.00
375.00
520.00
823.00
$ 995
295
150
125
99
Miscellaneous Used HP Portable Peri12herals
HP-IL Card For IBM PC
ILllUM
ll9
195
HP-IL 7470A Plotter
PLllUM
650
1095 1
P.Plus V.Intfce+Monitor
275
VM12UM
750 1
1Denotes products no longer manufactured. The "Retail
Price" of these items was the price at the time of discontinuance.
These items are excellent buys.
Sketch
SK12NK
Pros;ramming LangQages
MSBasic
Turbo Pascal 3
Combined ROMs
Shelp,SdWndr
SHl3NK
234.95 214.90
SUlINK
SuperROM
474.00 299.00
(Editor I, Formatll0, PrinterTalk, Shelp, SideWinder)
95
49
NEW BATTERIES, INK CARTRIDGES AND CABLE
PLllNM
Standard Parallel Cable
Serial printer cable (llO,Plus) SCl3HC
HP92221P ser.prn cab llO,P+ SC13HC
BTlINM
Portable Plus Battery
ThinkJet Battery
BTl4NM
HPllO Battery
BTl2NM
HP9ll4 Battery
BTl3NM
ThinkJet plain paper cartridge TJ15HC
ThinkJet inkjet paper cartridgeTJ14HC
HP92261N inkjet 2500 zfold TJ12HC
29.95
42.00
42.00
49.95
47.00
29.00
65.00
10.95
10.95
59.95
24.95
27.95
42.00
49.95
47.00
29.00
65.00
10.95
10.95
59.95
THE PORTABLE PAPER
(Continued from p.19)
OTHER DRIVES
There are a number of other 5.25" drives that should
work well with the LS/12.
The LTD ZSSl External 360 KB is available through
Pacific Rim Systems, 2570 Barrington Court, Hayward,
California 94545. Phone: (415) 782-1017.
The PLF360 (360MG) and PLF 1200 (1.2KB)
We tested tlJe WELTECK and Pacific RIM and both systems
worked fine. We will recommend and carry the WELTECK
drive since it has been in the business of producing 5.25"
drives for portables for a long time and because
manufacturers such as Zenith have chosen WELTECK to
built their 5.25" drives. Also, the Pacific Rim has a bulky
power supply and WELTECK uses a normal power cord.
ORDERING INFORMATION
The drive was developed by WELTEC digital, inc. 17981
Sky Park Circle, Suite M, Irvine, CA 92714 Phone: (800)
333-5155 or FAX: (714)-250-1964. The price of the
WELTEC W525 is $349.
Price to Portable Paper subscribers when ordered through
Personalized Software is $319.
LS/12 Tape Bacl{up Unit From Tallgrass
1m TALLGRASS
technologies produces a tape back up unit
call LapTape
for the HP Vectra LS/12 Laptop PC.
According to a Tallgrass official, HP liked the unit so much
that the LS/12 lab purchased the unit they evaluated.
According to Tallgrass, "Along with laptops added
convenience of portability comes an increased risk of data
loss due to hard disk failure, not to mention theft.
"LapTape provides a simple, straightforward solution
for protecting your portable's valuable data. Using the
industry'S most reliable media for data protection, Laptape
offers from 40 to 60 megabytes of convenient, archived
data storage. New data compression software will allow
the tape drive to back up 120 megabytes of information.
It's also a great way of off-loading less critical information
or historical files, freeing up valuable hard disk space.
"Ideally suited for quick stops back at the office, Simply
plug in LapTape and you'll have a failsafe copy of your
latest updates within seconds. LapTape connects in a
snap via your portable's floppy diskette connector.
"In addition, LapTape comes with its own wall-plug
power adapter, eliminating additional power connections
and extra drain on battery life."
~ "
LapTape comes in a small-footprint external cabinet,
complete with detached wall-plug power adapter, and
connects to the LS/12 external drive port via a customized
diskette cable connector.
Completely menu-driven screens enhance ease-of-use
and lead even unsophisticated users through all backup
and restore operations.
Included is a selective file
backup and modified file backup option which backs up
only specified files or only those files that have been
changed since the previous backup, saving backup time
and media. A high-speed search feature can locate any
file on tape in less than 20 seconds for quick and
convenient file restoration.
LapTape supports both 250kb/sec. and 500kb/sec.
floppy transfer rates via a unique autoselect feature,
providing maximum
perfOl'mance
and
increased
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JULY / AUGUST 1989
compatibility. A 20 megabyte hard disk can be completely
archived in less than nine minutes. By utilizing the
industry standard QIC 40 tape format, LapTape guarantees
data or file interchange between any comparable tape
system, creating a direct link to desktop personal
computer.
You can share LapTape between several laptops or take
advantage of DC2000 minicartddge convenience to shuttle
tape across the country to other members of your
organization.
~
•
ORDERING INFORMATION
LapTape is manufactured by Tallgrass Technologies,
11100 West 82nd, Overland Park, Kansas 66214, call 1
(800) TAL-Gras.LapTape has a suggested list price of $795
which includes a Tallgrass 3-year extended warranty.
Subscribers to The Portable Paper can obtain LapTape
form Personalized Software for $695.
Numeric Keypad For LS/12
1m Zenith data systems provides an excellent numeric keypad
for the LS/12. Installation consists of simply inserting the
numeric keypad connector into the keypad port on the
right side of the LS/12.
The numeric keypad consists of an adding machine
style numeric entry pad with numbers and arithmetic
operation keys. Along with useful editing keys such as
page up, page down, end, home, scroll lock, num lock,
Ins, Del, f11, and f12.
The keypad has a solid feel and is useful for anyone
doing a lot of numeric entry.
ORDERING INFORMATION
This detachable 24-key numeric keyboard retails for $129.
Subscribers to The Portable Paper may purchase the
keyboard from Personalized Software for $115.
No-Squint Makes Vectra Cursor Visible
by Hal Goldstein
II If you're like me and have a hard time seeing the cursor
on your LS/12 or Portable Vectra LCD displays then you'll
1m want to take a look at No-Squint by Ski Soft.
No-Squint is an inexpensive software solution to an
annoying hardware constraint. Occupying just l.4K of RAM
this program makes the cursor bigger and allows you to
choose the rate at which it blinks.
The visiblitiy problem stems from the hardware cursor
controller in your portable. It tries to turn the cursor
pixels on and off so fast that the cursor never fully
achieves either state and all you see is a blur.
No-Squint lets you bypass the cursor control hardware
and lets you make the cursor bigger and slow it down.
This makes it more visible.
The program comes on a single 3.5-inch disk and is not
copy-protected. Copy to a bootup disk or subdirectory of
your hard disk. and load the program by typing LCD.
To change the blink rate from very slow to very fast
you could type as follows: led very slow, led normal,
or led very fast. Or type LCD followed by any number
from 1 to 9, l=very slow, 9=very fast. led off and led .1
on turn the program off and on.
~
If you wish No-Squint activated automatically you must
include the appropriate command at the beginning of
your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. For example, LCD SLOW at the
THE PORTABLE PAPER
No more cutting and pasting.~Now you can print it sideways!
,.
SIDEWINDER
SideWinder is published by Southern Software
, , , ,.
At last! Sideways printing
•
•
for the H P Portable,
•
•
•
Portable PLUS, and
ThinkJet'• MS-DOS
(And the HP150, Vectra, IBM PC,
computers, and most HP graphics printers.)
OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Southern Software of
New Orleans, creators of SideWinder, have also
created two companion utilities that work only on
The HP Portables:
HPll0 Portable
.
:
:
_
_
111
Portable Plus
Portable Veetra
HP150
SideChar lets you create your own sideways characters.
IBM PC and compat
Available on ROM Backup
lor the Portable Plus
It's called SideWinder, and it's perfect for Lotus 1-2-3 print
files, MemoMaker files, or any other text (ASCII) file that's too
wide for a normal page.
Just type in the file name, and SideWinder does the rest,
printing up to 53'rows sideways - for as long as your paper
supply lasts. You'll never need to cut and paste again!
SideWinder's high-quality graphics characters are
indistinguishable from ordinary characters, and SideWinder
prints just as fast as your ThinkJet can.
In addition, a built-in mini text editor lets you get inside your
print files and easily create double-""idth
characters and underlines.
SideWinder ............... $69.95
$59.95 for Portable Paper subscribers
......n
t , ..
0 ......
, . " . ....
L_ ... s -
,.1...''''",''U_
~"-"-
Simply fill in a grid on your Portable to modify SideWinder's builtin characters ... create italics ... Hebrew letters ... integral signs ...
whatever sideways characters you wish.
Sketch & Print lets you make line drawings on your screen
using the cursor and function keys.
£
9
It's a lot like those Etch/Sketch toys you played with as a child.
(Actually, it's even better because you can draw not just horizontal
and vertical lines, but also diagonals with a single key.) Sketch &
Print also lets you print - and save - anything you draw on the screen.
o
$10 for both utilities when purchased with SideWinder
For a complete graphics software program, see ad for "Sketch"
in this issue.
Order form and guarantee are on inside back cover or send
check or credit card number to Personalized Software, PO Box
PRODUCT NO. SWllNS
869, Fairfield IA 52556 (515) 472-6330.
SideWinder 1.01 owners may upgrade to current version 2.01, which supports 8 charslinch, by sending
-105 rows for QuieUet Printer
Personalized Software $7.50 or by mailing a self-addressed $.39 stamped envelope and the SideWinder m3.'ier dIsk. - -_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _~-__
©
beginning of your AUTOEXEC.BAT file will give you a
large, slowly blinking cursor.
No-Squint 1.0 was released in September of 1988 and
was a hit with users from the first. It has been well
reviewed and minor bugs found in the initial release have
been corrected. The current release, 1.1, gives a ''Visible
Mode" feature which lets you tell the insert or overstrike
mode on certain word processors.
USING NO-SQUINT ON LS/12 &D PORTABLE VECTRA
At first I found the blinking large box cursor somewhat
obnoxious. Whether I had the cursor blink slowly or
quickly, the blinking bothered me. However, I got used to
it quickly and in practice, it sure beats searching for my
cursor in my word processing file.
-------II
Copyright 1987 Personalized Software
The program works well on both the LS/12 and
Portable Vectra, and I would recommend it for both
systems. If you use the Portable Vectra LCD screen for
any length of time, No-squint is a must.
ORDERING INFORMATION
No-Squint 1.1 is a product of SkiSoft Publishing
Corporation, 1644 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 79
Lexington, MA 02173, (617)863-1876. It retails for $39.95
Portable Paper subscribers may order No-Squint from
Personalized Software for $37.95. Our phone number is
(515) 472-6330.
JULY / AUGUST 1989
25
lHE PORTABLE PAPER
Linking your LS/12 or Portable Vectra to a
Desl{top
ANSWERS PLUS
With the new release III of LapLink; the first, most
popular, and probably most powerful of the file transfer
programs, we can finally recommend it for HP Vectra
-comments from Personalized Software'S
users. Produced by Traveling Software, LapLink transfers
phone sales/support staff
files, directories or entire hard disks between laptops and
desktop computers.
A major new feature is that the new LapLink provides
~ serial and parallel transfer in one package. Previously
We have
LapLink performed only serial transfers.
previously recommended Direct Link to do HP Portable
Tips & Tricks
Vectra file transfer tasks since it was one of the few
by Joseph Gerace
programs that offered both parallel and serial transfer.
HP-IL CARD NEEDS ADDRESS IN CONFIG.syS FILE
Many Portable Vectra users do not have a serial port so
parallel transfer is required. In addition parallel transfer I When most of you call regarding HP-IL cards, you don't
adds convenience. It gives the user more flexibility to find [D remember to put the card address on the end of the
device driver line in your config.sys file.
the free or easiest accessible port, be it serial or parallel.
Remember that you need the file in your root directory
or reference a path to the HP-IL system fild> in another
LapLink works by connecting two computers (usually
directory. Suppose your HP-IL address is ClOO. An
a laptop and a desktop) with a cable joining either the
example of the path reference would be:
parallel (printer) ports or serial ports of the two
device=C:'J!ourname'hpil.sys A/ClOD This assumes that
computers. LapLink comes with a single cable sporting
you have the HP-IL drivers in the yourname subdirectory
a nine-pin and twenty five-pin serial and a standard
on the c drive. The config.sys will look in this directory to
parallel connector on each end. The single cable and one
set
the adress on the card be sure that the card address
program provided can be used with both serial and
and the reference address are the same.
parallel transfer modes. Speed of transfer is over 200,000
baud using serial, and over 500,000 baud using parallel.
WARPED DISK DIRVES SHORTEN BATTERY LIFE
That's over 3 megabytes per minute!
I was speaking to one of the techs at HP the other day
When LapLink runs, the split screen makes it easy to
about the battery life of the 9114A or B. The weight of
follow what's going on. Two windows show the files on
even one other disk drive or a ThinkJet printer stacked on
both computers at the same time, so you know exactly
top of the disk drive will warp the 9114 enough to m~ke
which files you're working with.
the drive work a little harder to spin the disk. This will
Another important new feature is the remote
have an adverse effect on the battery life of your drive.
installation capability. This complicated-sounding term
means you can automatically send the LapLink program to
LOGGING ON TERM PLUS
the remote computer (i.e. the one you're transferring to)
In order to get Term Plus to log on to the disk hit F6
if it doesn't already have it. So no need to worry if you
(download from) and then pick F1, F2 or F3 to choose
can't find your LapLink disks.
the kind of transfere protocol you want. The Plus will
Other nice features of LapLink include selectivity about
ask you to name the download file by displaying
what you transfer. "Tagging" files or subdirectories means
"Download File:" in the command bar at the top of the
you can select groups of files which are new or updated
screen. Type any file name, "myfile.log," for example. The
i.e. you end up transferring only those which have
entire session will be stored in a file called myfile.log. for
changed. Automatic batch transfer allows you to easily
future use.
move tllOse files you transfer on a regular basis.
The device driver option on LapLink permits printer
STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN lATE AT NIGHT!
sharing similar to a computer network. And it's direct disk
While
working late one night at Personalized Software I
access means you can run a program t~t'~ resident on
noticed
something interesting happening with my Time
the remote computer.
Manager program. At midnight the plus said "Please wait
The LapLink package includes both 3.5" and 5.25" disks
while I prepare for a new day." It then transfered all of
and the universal cable.
the todo files to the new day.
We used LapLink to transfer files between the LS/12
and Portable Vectra CS hard disks via the parallel ports,
Which Disk Goes With Which Machine?
and LapLink perfonned flawlessly and quickly.
The
by David Seagull
program was so simple to use with online help available
Did you know the Portable Plus can read and write
tllat we never had to consult the manual.
[DIBM double-sided, double-density disks? This and other
useful information await you in the talble below.
ORDERING INFORMATION
The top of the table lists the computers. The side of
LapLink is produced by Traveling Software,18702 North
Creek Parkway, Bothell, Washington 98011. Phone: (800) ~the table describes how the disk was fol"tllatted (Le. "150,
Single" refers to a disk formatted on the HP150, single343-8080 or (206) 483-8088. The retail price is $139.95.
sided). The key at the bottom explains the codes used in
the table. Fol"llllBM in the table refers to whether an
Portable Paper subscribers can order LapLink through
HP110 or HP Portable Plus formatted a disk in an HP9114
Personalized Software for only $119.
II
II
II
II
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JULY / AUGUST 1989
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Review Of The Bridge Modem From
Spectrum Cellular And The Cellular
II Connection From Motorola
[ZI INTRODUCTION
II Those of us who have used portable computers for some
12ft time know that among their most useful capabilities is the
ability to communicate with other computers using a
modem and the telephone system. Today's rapidly
expanding cellular telephone network makes telephone
service almost as portable as my HP Portable Plus. A
portable telephone is an obvious companion to a portable
computer.
For a few days I had the privilege of using a Motorola
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transportable cellular telephone and two devices for
connecting this telephone to my Portable, "The Bridge"
modem made by Spectrum Cellular and "The Cellular
Connection" made by Motorola.
(Spectrum Cellular is located at 2710 Stemmons
Freeway, 800 North Tower, Dallas, TX 75207, (800) 2332119, Fax: (214) 630-3225. See Vol 4, No 1, P19 for more
information.)
The Bridge modem is a complete modem designed
especially for use with cellular telephones. The Cellular
Connection is not a modem but a device that connects to
a cellular phone and emulates Ma Bell type dial tone
service. Standard telephone equipment such as
autodialers, answering machines, ordinary telephones
(even rotary dial phones), and the Portable's internal
modem may be plugged in to the RJ-11 jack on the end
of The Cellular Connection and be expected to work as
if plugged into a telephone jack in your home or office.
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mE CELLUlAR TELEPHONE SYSTEM
Cellular telephones are low powered (3 watts max) radio
transceivers that vary in size from just larger than a
standard telephone handset (portable or hand held),
to shoe box size (transportable), to vehicle mounted
(mobile). Actually all these types oftelephones are mobile
telephones but the above terms are often used to denote
different equipment configurations. Mobile units are
supported by a network of fixed transceivers which relay
communications from the mobile units to other mobile
units or to the traditional land line telephone system. If
the mobile unit moves out of range of its host transceiver
the call is "turned over" or "handed off' to another base
station.
The area covered by each base station is called a cell.
These base stations carry the exciting nomenclature, "cell
cite unit". It is not unusual to see a cellular telephone
system diagramed as a honeycomb of carefully placed
hexagonal cells but in reality each cell is circular or fan
shaped depending on the type of antennas used at the
cell cite. To insure compete area coverage there obviously
must be significant overlap of cells within a cellular
telephone system.
Cell size is dependent on the number of mobile units
operating in an area. In high traffic areas cellular
operators configure the system into smaller cells. Cell size
is controlled by varying transceiver power. Computers at
the cell cite control the power of the mobile unit.
Adjacent and overlapping cells operate on different
frequencies. Because cellular telephones provide full
duplex service, separate frequencies are used for transmit
and receive. Mobile units transmit on frequencies in the
range of 824,040 MHz to 848,970 MHz and receive on a
frequency 45 MHz higher in the range of 869,040 MHz to
893,970 MHz. Channel spacing is 30 KHz per channel.
The latest model mobile telephones can operate on up to
832 channels.
Cellular telephone service is not a new concept. The
idea traces back to the 1940's but only recently have
electronic and computer technology developed sufficiently
to make cellular telephone service feasible. The key /~.
concept of cellular telephone service is reuse of radio.
frequencies and low power is what make this possible.
Just like land line telephone systems, cellular
telephone systems have a central office. This central switch
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called the mobile telephone switching office (MTSO)
provides the link to the local telephone company and
controls the cellular system. As mobile units move from
cell to cell the MTSO determines the position of the
mobile units and arranges hand offs between various cells.
A hand off may be ordered even when a mobile unit is
stationary. These directed hand offs are normally made to
reduce load within a cell.
Comparing a cellular telephone system to a land line
system is like comparing a jalapeno to a banana. We have
all experienced some pretty lousy telephone connections
but the problems associated with transmitting data over
copper wire are nothing when compared to trying to
transmit data using low power radios. An airplane flying
over my house has never caused the telephone system to
fail. In one instance of using The Bridge modem I lost
carrier just as an airplane flew over the house. The
airplane took the blame even if it was not at fault.
Radio communications are subject to all sorts of noise
and interference: lightning, buildings, other radio
equipment, electrical equipment, sunspots, etc. In a
cellular system, hand offs are a source of trouble. Hand
offs are fast but not instantaneous. In a voice link the
short drop out caused by a hand off may not be noticed
but it can be deadly to data communications. Modems
disconnect if carrier is lost for too long. The time before
disconnect is controlled by the value in the modem's
register 10. Increasing the value in this register can
improve data communication over poor quality telephone
links--Iand lines as well as cellular connections.
THE BRIDGE MODEM
Increasing the value in register 10 will reduce accidental
disconnects but it does not eliminate errors (noise) in
data communication. The Bridge modem goes a step
further. When communicating with another Bridge modem
or Span modem, error free communications can be
achieved by using the SPCL adverse environment protocol.
SPCL protocol on is the default mode for The Bridge
modem. I was told by two separate sources that The
Bridge modem could only communicate with an SPCL
modem. This is not true. Placing a 0 in the modem's
register 32 turns the protocol off and The Bridge is
completely Bell 212A compatible.
I tested the SPCL operation by calling a CompuServe
node in Dallas (214 22.0 1237) equipped with a Span
modem. As prOmised, data transmission was error free.
There was a noticeable reduction in rate of data thruput
compared to a normal 1200 baud link. Occasionally an
unusual pause, probably to retransmit, was spotted. Or it
could have simply been on of those CompuServe pauses
that occur from time to time.
The SPCL protocol is entirely contained within the
modem and is totally invisible to the computer's
communications program and operator. No special
software is required to use the protocol.
SPAN NET
In the ideal world every host would be equipped with a
Span modem but for both economic and practical reasons
they are not. There is, however, a way for a mobile unit
equipped with The Bridge modem to take advantage of
the SPCL protocol when the host is equipped with an
ordinary modem. Cellular operators are installing Span
nets which can receive protocol transmission from a
mobile unit equipped with a Bridge modem, then relay
data received to the host computer via ordinary modem.
I called CompuServe in Houston using Houston
Cellular's Span net. The results were not a good as going
directly to the Span modem in Dallas. I spotted a few data
errors and thruput seemed even slower ..
Using the Span net was quiet easy. I simply dialed the
special access number (*3282 [*DATA)). Upon connection
I had to answer a few questions from the net controller.
The controller first asked for baud rate. All Span net links
are made at 1200 baud but the relay can adjust the baud
rate down to 300 baud if required by the host. Next it
asked if the host required XON/XOFF and finally it asked
for the telepJ:lone number of the host. After I supplied the
telephone number the call was completed and the
CompuServe session proceeded normally.
USING THE BRIDGE MODEM WITHOUT SPCL PROTOCOL
When the SPCL protocol is turned off, The Bridge Modem
works pretty much like any other modem. The only
difficulty I encountered was quickly solved. I was
expecting to see modem commands as I typed. Unlike the
Portable's internal modem or the WorldPort 1200, The
Bridge does not normally echo commands. I suspected
this might be the problem. A check of the well organized
instruction manual indicated this was true and revealed
the command for turning echo on. As in all AT (Hayes
compatible) modems the command to is E1. Another slight
problem resulted from trying to reuse a Reflection
command file subroutine to configure the serial port and
WorldPort 1200 modem. I kept getting an ERROR message
because X4 in not a valid command for The Bridge. To
make a long story short, the final command string I used
with the Bridge modem was:
ATE1X1S32=OS7=100
Let me explain. All m,odem commands begin with "AT"
which stands for "attention". The Bridge like most other
modems will accept commands up to 40 characters. The
other elements in this command string are:
E1
Xl
S32=0
S7=100
Echo commands
Extended results codes
No SPCL protocol
Wait 100 seconds for carrier detect
It takes longer to complete a call in a cellular system than
over land lines. Default wait for carrier detect for the
Potable's internal modem and the WorldPort 1200 is 30
seconds. For the Bridge the default is 45 seconds. Even
this was not sufficient for some calls that I placed, so I
increased the time to 100 seconds which may on the long
side but my call got through.
Without the protocol, communications were more noisy
than over a standard telephone hookup, but usable.
Occasionally I did get hit with a burst of noise that would
cause my Portable to lock up. I have had junk on land
line links lock up the computer too.
Using this setup I was able transfer files in both
directions between my Portable and the T3100 at my
office. In addition I successfully downloaded files from
CompuServe.
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USING mE CELLUlAR CONNECTION
The cellular connection definitely makes a cellular
telephone transparent. Mer connecting this device to the
cellular telephone, just for grins I plugged my Sony
IT-A600 integrated telephone/answering machine into the
RJ-11 jack of The Cellular Connection and gave the mobile
telephone a call from another telephone in my home. The
call was answered just as if it had come over a land line.
I then tried calling the home number from the Sony
telephone connected to the mobile phone. It worked just
as well as if it had been plugged into a wall jack although
it seemed I needed to be a little more careful pressing the
keys to avoid dialing errors. I then selected pulse dialing
on the Sony phone and dialed a number. The Cellular
Connection handled it perfectly.
Next I attached my WorldPort 1200 modem to my
Portable and plugged the modem into The Cellular
Connection and tried to call the computer at my office.
My first attempts were disappointing, the call went
through, the modems connected and before I could get
logged on, carrier was lost. Even though I had not
changed location it is likely that the carrier was lost as a
result of the cellular system handing off to another cell.
I understand that a hand off shortly after connection is
conlmon.
I was about to give up on using the WorldPort with a
cellular telephone but I got smart and adjusted the
modem setup command to increase the time to disconnect
after
carrier
loss.
This
produced considerable
improvement. I was now able to get logged on and
transfer flles. Noise was experienced but it could be coped
with. I also was able to use this arrangement to download
flles from CompuServe. The following setup command
should configure the WorldPort to work fairly well when
used with The Cellular Connection:
ATX4S7=60S10=20
The elements of this command string are:
X4
S7=60
S10=20
Enable dial tone and busy signal
detection
Wait 60 second for carrier
Wait 20/10 seconds after loss of carrier
before disconnecting (this is the same as
The Bridge default value)
Another modem register you should be awar~ of is register
nine. This register controls the time the carrier must be
present before the carrier is detected. The purpose of this
register is to keep the modem from thinking line noise is
carrier and connecting prematurely. The default value for
this register in The Bridge is 7/10 seconds and in the
WorldPort it is 6/10 seconds. The actual time carrier can
be lost without disconnecting is the difference between
the values in register 10 and register 9.
To see how The Cellular Connection would work with
a host system I plugged the modem on the T3100 at my
office into The Cellular Connection, loaded my bulletin
board (RBBS-PC), swiveled around in my chair and gave
the bulletin board a call from my Portable which was on
my desk. Except for dialing a different number and taking
longer to connect there was no difference to speak of as
compared to a call to the BBS when plugged into its
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normal telephone line. I did not have any noise problems
but I did not use this setup long enough to get a good
feel for what noise problems might be present.
A WORD OF CAUTION
The testing I did with this equipment was limited. I was
able to make it do most anything that I tried but I cannot
be sure that using a different cellular telephone system
would not affect the results. For no reason better than a
listing in the Yellow Pages I subscribed to service from
Houston Cellular Telephone Company. I cannot verify
this, but I was later told by one of Spectrum's
representatives that Houston Cellular has one of the more
modem systems. During the week I had the equipment
the weather was generally good so I cannot comment on
the effect of adverse weather. I did not try using any of
the equipment in a moving vehicle and neither did I get
a chance to check using The Bridge modem as a host. As
usual I had to squeeze these tests in between several
other activities. Since I was using borrowed equipment
and also had a deadline from Hal, I was limited to about
one week's time.
One equipment glitch caused some problem. The
cellular telephone I used apparently had a weak battery
or I aCcidentally left the phone on for too long and
discharged the battery. Anyway the telephone battery went
dead twice and delayed some testing. If you are
contemplating a cellular telephone to use with your
portable computer, ask questions about the power supply
and be sure to select one that has powerful batteries.
This is leading edge technology and there are few
experts in the business. If you buy the equipment you will
probably have to be your own expert, but it is an
excellent opportunity to get you hacker's license validated.
The people at First Cellular Superstore in Houston were
very helpful. They programmed the cellular telephone and
gave me much useful information. In addition they were
kind enough to furnish The Cellular Connection. They
were aware of The Bridge modem but they did not have
a working computer and cellular modem in the store.
Spectrum Cellular's technical representative was extremely
knowledgeable and helpful, however I solved my problem
before he returned my call.
mE TEST EQUIPMENT
The cellular telephone used in this evaluation was a
bottom of the line Motorola transportable unit. It weighed
about 9 pounds and was mounted in a padded cloth case
with a side pocket for accessories. Excluding antenna and
carrying strap but including side pocket, it measured
approximately 11.5" x 5.75" x 8.5" Although toting this
and a Portable made a pretty hefty load, slinging the two
over my shoulder was not too uncomfortable. My
neighbor pointed out that the combination was not
complimentary to my new suit. She was right. Perhaps I
should buy the leather carrying case for my Portable.
The Bridge modem weighs about one pound and is
housed in a standard plastic electronics case that measures
7.5" x 4" x 1.125". It fit perfectly into the side pocket of
the telephone carrying case. Electronically The Bridge is
impressive. It has a Z-80 processor, a 16K control program
and 8K of RAM. 6K of RAM is used as I/O buffers.
The Cellular Connection is about the size of two packs
of regular Cigarettes and weighs just a few ounces. It is
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useless for data communications unless a modem is
attached. As indicated I used my WorldPort 1200 as the
companion modem.
IT WORKS BUT WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
Actually I considered this equipment interesting toys.
Personally I have no use for a cellular telephone much
less a cellular modem. Using these products, like using
other computer products, requires some imagination.
Some jobs are obvious. A salesman equipped with a
portable computer and modem could take orders and
then transmit them to the office while on the way to his
next call. Survey and engineering crews could be kept in
the field longer by using a pc/modem setup to send data
back to the office. I read that one of the major New York
law firms is making an effort to computerize and is
equipping its lawyers with Toshiba computers to take to
court. The article indicated that there was unfortunately
no way to communicate with the office. A cellular
telephone
and
modem
would
certainly
make
communication with the office possible. I hope the judges
ban this use. Some things are proper only when done the
old fashioned way.
One use I found interesting. A retired man traveling
around the country in a motor home has equipped his
personal computer with a Bridge modem so he can call
CompuServe. This would be a very good way to stay in
contact with the family.
A large number of bridge modems are used for remote
telemetering. I was surprised to discover the cellular
telephone network completely covers the Gulf of Mexico
from Texas to Florida. Many telemetering units on the oil
and gas facilities in the Gulf use cellular telephones.
Although the rates are high it is cheaper than the
alternative.
with a simple plug making it possible to have a custom
cable made that will mate directly with the HP Portable's
serial port, an AT type serial port or any other serial port
configuration. Since most communications programs do
not use the all the pins in the RS-232 standard, lighting
up only the required pins could result in a much more
manageable cable. Actually The Bridge Modem is an ideal
product for connecting on the HP-IL, but don't hold your
breath waiting for an HP-IL model.
Connecting the Cellular Connection was similar to
connecting The Bridge. The Cellular Connection has a
permanently attached pigtail approximately six inches long
with an RJ-45 plug that plugged into the handset plug of
the transceiver. The handset then plugged into and RJ-45.
Modems and other telephone equipment are plugged into
the RJ-ll jack on The Cellular Connection. Like The
Bridge, The Cellular Connection is powered by the
telephone.
WHAT TO BUY?
Deciding what to buy is a tough call. The Cellular
Connection gives the option of attaching other products
such as fax machines or a modem using either no error
correcting protocol or a modem using another error
correcting protocol. I am not aware of any portable error
correcting modems other than The Bridge. The Cellular
Connection is slightly less expensive than The Bridge
Modem. ($450 vs $595 to $635 depending on telephone).
I was told Spectrum Cellular will soon be producing a
similar device. In addition I have a flyer for a Motorola
cellular telephone that indicates an accessory RS-232
modem is available. I have not seen this product and
neither do I have any specifications for it.
At this time I would choose The Bridge modem
because of the SPCL protocol but I would look at any
other product that my dealer might suggest.
CONNECTION
MAKING THE BEST OF NOISY TELEPHONE SERVICE
Since The Bridge Modem and The Cellular Connection
A little care can improve your ability to transfer data when
must be connected between the mobile telephone's
using a less than ideal data link. Should you be using a
handset and transceiver, they can be used only with
cellular telephone you might try moving to a different
transportable or vehicle mounted telephones. Hand held
location. I am told that sometimes a move of just a few
telephones are single piece units that do not have a
feet can make a difference. If possible try to find a
connection between the handset and transceiver that can
location were there are not obvious impediments such as
be broken for connecting accessories.
large buildings or electrical equipment.
The Cellular Connection, being a Motorola product,
will probably only work with Motorola phones. The
Bridge Modem will work with telephones from a number
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trick that can help with any kind of data link is to keep
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different connectors, the modem must be factory !Ai utility such as the Phil Katz PKPAK (Archive) program.
configured for the telephone it will be used with.
When using this program don't pack all files into one big
The test modem was equipped with two RJ-45 jacks at
archive. Create an archive for each file.
one end. An RJ-45 connector works just like a standard
Phil's new file compression and archiving utility, PKZIP,
RJ-ll telephone connector except it wider and connects
is now available. I have not seen this program. I called
8 wires rather than four. The telephone handset plugs
Phil to get some information on it and he tells me that it
into the jack marked "To:H/S" and a jumper cable is run
compresses files 10-20% more than PKARC. In addition he
from the jack marked "To:XCVR" to the handset jack on
indicated that ZIP files are more reliable that ARC files. I
the transceiver. Power for The Bridge is supplied by the
forgot to verify this with Phil but I understand the new
transceiver. The serial RS-232 cable connects internally.
program can create compressed executable file similar to
The test unit was equipped with a standard 25 pin
System Enhancement Associates AXE program. I will let
(DB-25) female connector at the end of 26" of cable. This
you know what I think about these programs next issue.
mated perfectly with my Portable's 9221M modem cable.
Although connected internally, the modem cable connects
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SQUISH PLUS
r.II I have been using SQUISH on my Plus for several weeks.
IA.t It is the most convenient of all file compression programs
available for the Plus. All I have to do to compress a file
II'.'D is to save it onto the D drive. This can be done from
II
m within any program or by copying the file directly to the
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The D drive is actually a special file on the Portable
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SQUISH is not free. There is considerable overhead
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These calculations are based on the
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The Squish Plus INFO utility indicated that my
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saved on the Squish disk.
I compressed a random
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Another disadvantage of a SQUISH disk is that it is not
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Condor. Jr. is even more memory-efficient:
the main program is only 25K, and you add individual 10K programs for each function you
wish to use.
Also, the SQUISH disk is a little slower than the electronic
drive since files must be compressed and decompressed.
Finally, If you occasionally create very large worksheets
you may have to deinstall the Squish device driver to
make RAM available for the worksheet. When this is done
files stored on the Squish disk are not available.
Squish Plus is a good, trouble-free
program. Its
greatest advantage is its invisibility. Also, since files are
compressed as they are saved no disk space is lost to
intermediate and temporary files as with the ARChive and
ZIP programs. This means that when the disk is nearly
full it may be possible to compress and save a file with
SQUISH that could not be saved without SQUISH much
less compressed with ZIP or ARC because of the necessity
of creating intermediate meso
To get the maximum advantage from Squish, the
Squish disk should be made as large as possible and the
Squish Plus program should be on ROM. An effective way
to use Squish would be to make Squish disks for various
projects and to transfer these files to and from the A drive
as needed.
[Tom works for Natural Gas Pipeline in Houston, Texas
and was one of the first to PC's in the natural gas
industry. His excellent contributions to the Portable
Paper have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he
is truly "The Savvy User. "]
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By Ed Keefe
More Memory For Less (More or less)
IIIi1There's a computer maxim that says "Everyone who uses
a computer wants three times as much memory as they
currently have." To this I say: "too true." To this, tlle
keeper of our household budget replies: "no way! not at
IQI today's memory prices! "
Dl:j
The solution to this contention is to compromise -Spend a small amount of money for a software solution
to the problem rather than a lot of money for a hardware
solution.
The compromise is compression. File compression
software lets you turn a one megabyte electronic disk into
the equivalent of a 1.5 to 2.0 megabyte Edisk.
Fortunately, most of the me compression programs work
well on all the HP Portables including the HPllO.
Most of us have been using such me compression
software for a couple of years. This is nothing new. Such
programs as System Enhancement Associate's ARC program
and Phil Katz's PKARC and PKXARC programs are familiar
to anyone who has ever downloaded software from a
bulletin board.
What is new is the proliferation of such me
compression programs. They seem to have gotten faster
and more reliable in direct proportion to the escalating
prices of computer memory. Now, instead of seeing
compressed mes that end with the extension .ARC, you're
just as likely to see such mes with the extensions, .PAK,
.zIP, .ZOO, .LZH, .SQZ, with the promise of more to
come.
III
II
LOSING BY INTIMIDATION
Until recently there were only two major players in the
me compression market: System Enhancement Associates
and Phil Katz.
SEA set the standards and, by most accounts, Phil
Katz's PKARC program exceeded these standards.
However, Phil Katz ran afoul of the law. He used the
three letters "ARC" in his program. SEA contended that
those letters were part of their trademark and copyright.
So they sued Phil Katz. Phil lost the battle but is
apparently winning the war. He has totally rewritten his
own compression programs and is marketing them with
the title PKZIP and PKUNZIP.
Most bulletin board
operators have switched from the ARC format to the ZIP
format for the mes on their boards. This effectively has
shut out the widespread use of SEA compressed meso SEA
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has lost by intimidating the wrong people.
Both ARC522.EXE and the last version of
PKARK!PKXARC (PK361.EXE) have been distributed, as •
shareware, on the Subscribers' Disks from Personalized ..
Software in the past couple of years. Shareware implies
that, if you continue to use the program, after testing it
for a couple of weeks, you must pay for it.
One more me compression program has entered the
market in the past couple of months: LHARC.EXE. It was
written by a Japanese programmer who has, apparently,
donated the program to the public domain. That means
the program is free. The version of the program, as of
this writing, is 1.13. LHARC has drawn rave reviews, even
from the authors of ARC522. It will compress a me 5% to
15% more than either ARC522 or PKZIP. Version 1.13 of
the program has a manual on disk. It still remains in the
public domain: free. It can be found in the IBMSYS
forum on CompuServe. It will also be on the 1990
Subscribers disk.
ALIKE BUT DIFFERENT
All me compression programs do essentially the same
thing. They turn repeated characters into abbreviated
code. They may also turn commonly used words into
numbers that point to these words in a look up table.
(One of my brighter students used this latter method to
squeeze the New Testament onto three disks with his
Atari 800 computer.) How these compression programs
differ is in the speed with which they operate and the
compression ratios they achieve.
For speed of compression and decompression, PKZIP •
is the fastest. For the best compression ratios, LHARC •
wins. However, LHARC is moderately slow in doing its
work. PKARC/pKXARC and ARC522 have speeds and
compression ratios that fall in between.
If anyone is really interested in exact test results, I
have available a 124K byte me shOwing what tests were
done and how each of these programs fared.
GAIN AND LOSS
What you gain, by using a me compression program, is
the ability to store more data in the same amount of disk
space. For example, if you use your computer for word
processing and spreadsheet applications, you'll find that
compressed mes take up 50% to 60% less disk space.
What you lose with a me compression scheme is
immediate access to a reduced me. Most of the me
compression programs also place the compressed mes in
a library me. Such a me will have the extension .ARC or
.ZIP or .LZH. Once you've tucked a worksheet or report
in an archive (library) me, and have erased the original
from the disk, its name will no longer appear in a
directory listing. If you're like me, you may soon forget
where you've put the meso
NSWP TO TI-IE RESCUE
There are times when I've wanted to view the contents
of an archived me, before deciding to extract it from its
library me. Neither PKARC nor ARC let me do this.
However, the NSWP program, distributed on the 1989
Subscriber's Disk from Personalized Software, does.
NSWP has the ability to Zoom into a compressed, ARC
me, and show the names of the mes contained in it. It
It transfers files both ways between your Portable Plus
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will even let you VIEW the contents of text files contained
in the library. Beyond that it will extract (decompress or
uncompress) any files in these libraries. NSWP is a very
worthwhile program to have on an Edisk. It works with
.ARC type files: not with .ZIP or .LZH compressed files.
NSWP has its own method of compression, called
squeezing. Such squeeZing is not as effective or as fast as
PKARK. It reduces text files by only 25% to 30%.
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After having tried AXE on everything in Sight, I noticed
that my Edisk was not working properly. I ran CHKDKSK
IF and found that I had a corrupted disk. Letting CHKDSK
IF run to completion generated a 43K byte, FILEOOOO.CHK
file that was full of error messages and other odds and
ends from the AXE program.
I immediately retired
AXE.EXE to the bit buck~t.
There is one warning when using either SM.COM or
AXE.EXE. Don't try to compress an .EXE or .COM me that
is meant to be modified or patched by another program.
For example, my favorite word processor, VDE.COM, has
a companion program, VINST.COM, which changes the
assignments of the function keys and modifies the printer
configurations in the VDE program. Using AXE on the
VDE.COM program prevents VINST from making any such
modifications to VDE.
UNUSUAL FILE COMPRESSION PROGRAMS
There are a couple of compression programs designed to
reduce the size of executable files. (Executable files are
those that end with .EXE or .COM.)
Two such programs are SpaceMaker and AXE.
SpaceMaker (SM. COM on the '87 Subscribers' Disk) will
convert some .EXE files to smaller .COM files with
anywhere between 10% and 30% reduction in the size of
THE LATEST IN COMPRESSION: SQUISH PLUS
the program. I have had some luck with SM.COM. It has
reduced some of my larger .EXE programs by about 20%. [ZI Squish uses a unique type of file compression scheme. I
P.'II just received a copy of this package for testing on the HP
The programs still work.
AXE.EXE is another program like SM. COM.
It is .... Portable Plus. It comes from Sundog Software Co.
Squish, on the HP Portable Plus, is like having a
available from Systems Enhancement Associates. Unlike
second Edisk. However, this new Edisk has been given
SM. COM, AXE.EXE will work with .EXE files that are larger
some magic properties. Every me that is saved to this
than 64K bytes. In my estimation, the jury is still out on
new Edisk is automatically compressed.
this program.
When a me is loaded from the Squish disk to working
I tried AXE on all of the executable files on my Edisk.
memory it is automatically decompressed.
The
It did reduce some of the programs. Most notably, it
compression, for text files and for worksheet files is about
trimmed 20K bytes from the Norton NU.EXE program.
50%. The speed for such compression and decompression
AXE tells you if the file cannot be compressed. Most of
is more than acceptable. For example, loading or saving
the files of less than 20K bytes were uncompressable.
a three page document from or to the Squish disk takes
EXE files created by Turbo Pascal 5.0 could not be
about a half second longer for The Editor to do.
reduced 'by AXE.EXE.
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With Squish, one megabyte of memory begins to look
and feel like two megabytes. That's a saving of about
$800 in hardware.
WHAT'S mE CATCH?
Squish seems to work as advertised but it mayor may not
be the solution to the problem. If you use your computer
mostly for document preparation and spreadsheet analysis,
then you would get the greatest benefit from Squish Plus.
However, if most of your work involves running programs
that generate only small amounts of data, you may not see
any advantage to using Squish.
Squish compresses EXE and COM files by only 25% to
30%. As a matter of fact, the owner's manual for Squish
recommends not compressing such files. If you keep a lot
of EXE and COM files on your disk, you won't save as
much space and you will degrade the performance of the
EXE files.
Furthermore, Squish adds about 37K bytes of code to
the operating system of the computer. Thus, on a
Portable Plus, with PAM, DOS and Squish running, you
will wind up having, at most, 430K bytes of working
memory. This assumes that you configure the Plus for the
maximum 512K memory.
430K of memory seems like it should be enough. It is
until you try to load an extremely.large spreadsheet. It is
never enough when you try to compile a large C program.
Squish comes with a battery of utility programs that let
you temporarily disable the Squishing. However, to keep
these utility programs on your Edisk results in an
overhead of almost 60K bytes. Naturally, having Squish on
ROM cuts down significantly on the overhead.
Somewhere in all of this, Squish reaches a point of
diminishing returns. For me, the program reached that
point very quickly since I use my Plus for programming
purposes. On the other hand, if you use your computer
to run MemoMaker, The Editor, or WordPerfect, or to
manipulate spreadsheets and keep to-do lists, Squish Plus
may, indeed, give you more for less.
TURBO PASCAL UPGRADE
. . I fmally found time to make Turbo-Chess and Go-Moku,
~ from the Borland GamesWork Package, run on the
~ Portable Plus. This would not have been possible without
ILS/l the use of Turbo Pascal 5.0. It will probably be the last
~ time that I use this version of Turbo Pascal. Personalized
Software will make these programs along with other
games available in September.
of •
By the time you read this, Borland International will
have, once again, upgraded Turbo Pascal: this time to
version 5.5. This is not a major upgrade. Rather it is an
enhancement. Turbo Pascal 5.5 now features something
called an Object Oriented Programming System (OOPS).
I have had an occasional encounter with OOPS before.
It's a diffet"ent approach to programming a computer: one
that may appeal to people who have previously disliked
programming. In future columns I'll probably have more
to say about OOPS.
HP is using this programming
technology in the design of its New Wave program which
runs on the Vectra line of computers.
The biggest question I had about Turbo Pascal 5.5 was
whether it would work on the Portable Plus and HP-150.
Preliminary tests indicate that it does. I was even able
to set the Portable Plus for 256K of memory and still had
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This is a feature that even some of the most popular IBM compatible file
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2. "Point and Shoot"
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FASTER IS BETTER: SOMETIMES
In the past couple of months I've had Personalized
Software perform brain surgery on my Portable Plus.
The highly qualified technicians at Personalized
Software excised the venerable 80C86 microprocessor and
replaced it with an NEC V30 microprocessor. As far as I
can tell, the only difference is that the computer performs
all internal operations about twice as fast. It does not, of
course speed up the 9114 disk drive.
Twice as fast is twice as good when it comes to
compiling C and Pascal programs. However, twice as fast
is detrimental to sanity when it comes to playing Tigerfox
on the Plus.
Prior to the computer speed up, I could barely manage
to capture the fox and not get eaten by the tiger. Now I
get eaten almost as soon as the game starts. I guess I'll
stick with FastMind and Go-moku.
Until next time, happy porting.
Large:I got the expanded compressed mode.
Very Large:Expanded mode.
Extra Large:Expanded mode.
Small:Compressed mode.
So far everything worked well. I decided to try some
graphics on the left and on the right side. I also snaked
some text around the graphics and printed it. The output
was better than I expected. The graphics and text looked
fine, the only thing was the graphics was closer to the
text than I'd want, but that can easily be adjusted with
the graphics margins. I soon came to the conclusion that
there wasn't really anything I could do to the printer
driver that would significantly improve on it.
I did notice, however, that printing graphics was pretty
slow. Usual(y, the ThinkJet will store 12 lines of graphics
before actually printing once across, but using this printer
driver it printed with every line of graphics characters.
This kept the printer real busy, but the paper moved
extremely slow.
More On Wordperfect in Portable Plus ROM
[Ed Keefe is an author, programmer, and computer
science instructor. He is the president of the FastAid
Company, 314 SW Logan, Ankeny, IA 50021. Ed's
CompuServe ID is 73277.1064.1
~~
by The Wizard, Cliff Looyenga
WordPerfect Thinkjet Driver
IZI For this issue I decided to take the time to put together
maa decent
ThinkJet printer driver for WordPerfect. I ordered
manual from WordPerfect for the PTR program (a
•
program to design or modify a printer defmition), and a
copy of the latest ThinkJet printer driver.
The first thing I did was install the ThinkJet printer
driver to see how much they had implemented. The
original ThinkJet drive I received from WordPerfect a year
ago had no graphics ability at all! I created a file with the
default font being the ThinkJets standard font that goes
80 characters per line. I then tried a number of different
sizes and attributes using the WordPerfect Ctrl f8 Size
and Appearence commands and got the following
results:
Bold:
Underline:
I got bold.
I got underline.
(Lettet·s Continued from p.5)
The Plus really is portable. I do not
pound on the keyboard constantly while
on trips, but do such things as keep up
expense reports on Lotus, write memos,
keep running log of flights and
appointments in Time Manager, and keep
IZI The only other technical thing I looked at this past month
was the possibility of putting a larger file than 256K into
Portable Plus ROM. Accomplishing this would allow larger
applications like WordPerfect to be put almost completely
into ROM. I sat down with my Portable plus technical
reference manual and began reading.
The directory for the ROMs are calculated on the fly
every time DOS requests something out of the directory or
FAT (file allocation table). It does this based on the
ROMs it finds installed. The problem arises in that the
ROM driver only reserves space in each subdirectory for
256k of data clustel·s. To fix this, the basic ROM driver
would have to be rewritten or modified if someone could
get the original code. Rewriting the driver would take
quite an extensive effort so I suspect a solution will come
from a different approach.
One possibility is splitting large files into smaller ones
that would fit into the subdirectories. That's the easy
pal·t. The technical challenge would then be to write
some software that would trap the DOS file functions so
that the application would appear to see a single large file
when accessing it.
There are likely other approaches to this ongoing
problem and I suspect a solution will come in time ...
hopefully not too long.
[Cliff Looyenga prot'ides technical support for lIP PC's
and lIP 3000's, and in those circles he is known as "The
Wizard." lIe has det'eloped a number of HP110 Portable
and Portable Plus utilities. Cliffs CompuSert'e ID # is
75106,2130].
a card file of customer visits and update
it on tdps.
For trips of one week or less I don't
even carry a charger with me anymore.
The battery stays above 60% f01' this
amount of time. For longer trips of two
weeks, the chat'ger comes along and the
battery is kept above 80%.
Some things I will be looking for in
the futUl'e is more of your software
consolidated on ROM (my ROM drawer
is full), Editor II included on the Super
ROM, and a relatively simple personal
finance package such as "Quicken" that
will run on the POl·table Plus. I also look
forward to your subscdber disk every year
JULY / AUGUST 1989
37
THE PORTABLE PAPER
and utilize a surprising amount of the
programs on the disk.
Again, thank you for an excellent
magazine and for the support from all of
your people. I have found them all first
rate and professional in all my contacts
with you.
Richard Aal, Hewlett Packard Co.
Reflection Hints,
Subscribers Disks,
WordPerfect on Plus
I!II For some time. I have in~en~ed to write
. . you with a tiny contribution to the
collective experience with Personalized
Software products. This represents one
small step in that direction.
First of all I found the CompuSecve
logon on the Reflection 1 letter Vol 3, No
6, P40 helpful. However, I ma?e a few
improvements on some of the lines that
were causing some difficulty. Here is my
logon that works without a hitch:
Transmit "AIDT2321072 A M"
wait 0:0:20 for "ECT"
if not found
stop
endif
wait 0:0:1
Transmit "A M"
wait 0:0:5 for "arne:"
if not found
stop
endif
Transmit "CIS A M"
wait 0:1:0 for "ID:"
if not found
stop
endif
wait 0:0:1
Transmit "73517,9999'" M"
wait 0:0:30 for "ord:"
if not found
stop
endif
wait 0:0:1
Transmit "password'" M"
stop
Am I conect in concluding that
TenllPlus has no scripting function even
though Term110 supports scripting?
Next is the subject of instructions for
easy use of the Subscriber's discs. These
are surely goldmines that have allowed
useful features on the HPII0 and Portable
Plus to evolve. It is interesting to see
some of the DOS disc functions and eady
Subscriber disc functions used as building
blocks for the later Subscriber discs and
programs.
. .
However, to encourage creatiVIty to
be developed to tangible programs by
more readers, user explanations would
be helpful.
One of the most useful
additions to future Portable Papers would
be an explanation of the Subscriber Disc
Programs.
Several of them are very
38
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briefly explained, and are of little use to
many of us. Despite the investment of
several hours in some of them, many
questions remain.
In particular we find DW on the 1989
Disk frustrating because it appears to be
a most useful desktop tool for office
productivity. We need to know what all
the options and menu choices mean. For
some games [QIX, LANDMINE, YAHTZE],
there are those of us who do not
precisely know the rules, and the
computer version may vary from what
might be found in a book.
A column or two for each of the
major programs on each Subscriber Disc
would be most useful for everyone
concerned. For the important learning
possible by studying these programs,
understanding what they are supposed to
do is crucial. When enough users master
what has already been done, new
refinements are likely to appear.
I have begun the first steps to make
such a guide for my own use that I call
UtilHelp. This text file is on each of my
Portables to allow me to remember what
the utility is for and what variables and
special conditions I need to be aware of.
Because the utilities themselves are mostly
grouped on discs, I also keep track of
work disc and source disc. I'll send along
my humble beginnings if you are
interested.
WordPerfect 5.0 is running in ROM
on the Pluses in our office, and this can
only be described
as a
major
transformation for the Plus and the way
we can use it. With the RAM/ROM speed
now finally given a chance to excel, there
is renewed justification for selecting the
Plus for most managers, professionals,
and salesmen that are not tied to a desk.
Thus most executives might want to use
a Plu~ and keep it always with them while
their secretaries use desktops to produce
high volume of transcription and finish
work and laserjet printing. We now can
have the choice of Editor II or the
feature-loaded WP5 to complement each
other and miss no bets. I hope we can
get .~rograms like ATO and RefM~n
ru~lOing on the Plus, and that HP Will
soon rediscover that the Portables are
valuable products introduced far enough
ahead of competing laptops that the Plus
is a pioneer product worthy of great
refinement and evolution.
Kent Hermsmeyer, Portlantl, Oregon,
USA
[TermPlus and Tet'111110 m'e easy-touse communications packages for tbe
Portable Plus and HPllO written
independently by POI·table Pa~r
contt'ibut01's David Hugbes and Cliff
Looyenga. Termll0 does have a SCripting
language, Tet'111Plus does not.
If you (or any other 1'eader) would
like to work on a column containing
helpful information on making more use
of the subsc1'ibers disks give me a call.
Whenever possible I'll put you in contact
with the program's author or discoverer.
Please send us any help file you develop
for the subscribers disk. -Hal]
FAX Questions, Editor Trick,
Modem Adapter
Is there a way to get a box cursor in
on the LS/12? Bill Vesely's
box generator (pP 4:2-11) works well and
the box persists in FilePlus, but the Editor
II seems to reset the cursor to a blinking
underline.
Several FAX questions:
1.
Is there any possibility that the
WoddPort 2496 Fax/Modem can be made
to work on the PPlus?
2. Have you talked with CompuServe
about adding a FAX receive facility to its
EMail FAX send facility?
3. Do you know of any other online
service which provides for receiving FAX?
II EDITOR II
Now for the tips. The first is based
on a note in the November 29, 1988,
issue of PC Magazine, but has a wrinkle
added because the PC routine caused me
to run out of environment space. I
frequently shell out of EDITOR and
sometimes lose material by forgetting to
exit and store when I've finished the shell
operation. The following ED.BAT file
modifies the prompt temporarily to show
a reminder during a shell operation to
DOS.
echo off
cls
Set DUMMY=%PROMPT%
SET PROMPT=E (to exit Shell)
%PROMPT%
set edconfig=a:\S
edplus % 1 /ms\edmac
set edconfig=
SET PROMPT=%DUMMY%
Set
DUMMY=abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzab
cdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
In the 5th line, the s should be
replaced by the name of the subdirectory
where the macro and profiles are located.
On the LS/12, edibm and edmacibm
should be used.
Since the variables are quite long, it
will be necessary to expand the
environment space on either the Portable
Plus or the LS/12. On the PPlus, this is
done by including:
DUMMY=abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzab
cdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz in PAM.ENV
(see PP 2:5-41 & 2:6-40).
On the LS/12, use Set:
DUMMY=abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzab
cdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz as the first
command, after ECHO OFF, in the
AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
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• Tutorials on DOS, MemoMaker. Lotus
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-These tutorials get you started and
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• Connecting to ThinkJet printer,
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The second tip deals with a modem
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a portable,
Even experienced computer users who
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the base with a modular plug, the Konexx
is plugged in between the base and the
handset. Most older phones not having
a modular handset do have a mouthpiece
which can be unscrewed, exposing two
spring contacts. An adaptor (a phone jack
with alligator clips) is available from
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Part 5: Demonstrations 01 Products
That Enhance the HP Portables
• SideWinder (prints speadsheets
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• Webster's Spelling Checker
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• The Norton Utilities (quick unerase,
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All this and more in an informationpacked 5-hour presentation by Hal
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Hal has packed these tapes with useful
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advantage of working with digital phone
systems as well as analog systems and it
can be used to connect FAX machines. I
have used it on the Rolm and AT&T
digital systems, as well as a number of
different kinds of hotel and multiple line
office phones, and it works like a charm.
The PPlus internal modem requires a
loop current (owners' manual 3-9) and
the model 107 Konexx provides that
CUl"l"ent. It sells for about $120. Some
FAX machines also require a loop current.
Modems such as the LS/12 internal do not
need a loop current and the model 106
Konexx, which is about $20 cheaper, is
satisfactory.
J. D. Fleming, Jr., Atlanta, Georgia,
USA
[The WoddP01"f people have e:>..p1"essed
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intel'est in wo1'king with us to get their
Po1'table Fax to w01'k with the P01"table
Plus. However, we still at"e awaiting a
unit for testing. Maybe other 1"eadet·s
can help with yom' FAX questions. See
the Vectm Views at"tic/e on No-Squint for
the best box curs01' solution. -Hal]
NEe Ultralite, PS Video
I looked at, played with, the NEC Ultralite
yesterday: 1.5 meg chipdisk, backlit
screen, DOS compatible, communicates
with PC's through laplink. I was nervous
about the machine; thought it was
expensive for something that relies on a
battery and has a short-life - I would run
out of battery on most plane trips.
There was too little discussion of
upgrades. The package reminded me too
JULY I AUGUST 1989
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much of the original 110. A good machine ~ I have waited years for HP to come up
Congratulations!
With 38 years
but no way to make it better. The 4 Ib
with a Portable Computer like the LS/12
experience in the computer industry, my
weight is a big bonus and the case is
Laptop. As soon as it came out on the
number one rule is: "The real world is
beautiful.
market I purchased it in early March.
two sigma wide."
I decided to wait a bit to see what
The LS/12 weighs in a 10.5 Ibs. and
develops. Your discussion of a new backlit
with the battery pack attached it is up to
FormatPlus is also very good,
upgrade for the 110+ is interesting and
14.6 Ibs. Therefore it needs a sturdy,
especially
the
print-to-screen
for
I hope you can bring it in at reasonable
well cushioned carrying case to protect
previewing documents, and ability to
cost. Same for Wordperfect on ROM or
the unit.
store formats.
the development of a bigger ROM drawer.
Just about the 15th time I needed to
Al Collins, San Diego, California, USA
If you can have 1 meg ram, why not
use the case, I put in my LS/12 with the
ROM?
battery attached, two reference books,
Thinluet and 9144 Disk
[ZJ I can see the enormous effort it took
twenty diskettes and some notes into the
Drive Batteries
to put the "How to use Your HP Portable"
case. The books and diskettes weighed 5
Re: Alexander J Banach's letter in
video album together. I think they would
Ibs. and bag itself about 2 Ibs. The total
May-June, I have checked my dead
be extremely useful to anyone not familiar
weight on my shoulder strap was as
Thinkjet battery and can find no sign of
with the HP110 or Portable Plus.
follows:
the small fuse he noticed. All the cells
I am reasonably familiar with both
were directly wired by small flat bits of
LS/12 with battery:14.60 lbs.
and found the tapes to be a good
~ metal. I will shortly find out where the
2 books & 20 diskettes:5.00 lbs.
refresher. And I learned about the
L~ problems were, as I am about to put new
Case itself:2.00 lbs.
f6/extend character combination which I
cells into this battery.
did not know about before.
I have done a similar cheap battery
Totals:21.60 Ibs.
I hesitate to critique such an effol·t,
replacement on my 9144 Disk drive.
but you asked me once for my feedback:
Opening the battery I found the cell was
As I exited my vehicle and attempted to
My overall impression of the tapes is
a National lead-acid battery LCR-226E.
put the strap on my shoulder I found the
STATIC. Maybe the New York pace is just
lbis has (SV, 2.4 Ahj20HR). Checking
case with the computer in it crashing to
too fast, but I kept wanting to say to Hal,
with the local Matsushita Electric people
my feet! One of the plastic hinges failed
"hurry up".
I found this cell is used mostly in burglar
(i.e. snapped) causing the stt·ap to slip
The section that works best, although
alamlS and other security items, and is
off my shoulder like "spaghetti with oil
it could be a little faster, is that of your
sold through Security Services. The cell
Director of Operations, Larry Baldozier.
and garlic sauce." With my LS/12 back at
was $11.90 versus over $100.00 for a
my desk I found that on the outside, the
While he was speaking, the camera was
replacement HP unit. I recently had to
LS/12 showed no damage to its case.
focused on his hands, on how he was
l-eplace the first cell (after 2 years use)
holding the machine, on actually taking
Although the back light would not come,
and found I had to buy a 12 volt
I could boot it and run my Norton
it apart. Hal's best bit was bouncing the
LCR-226P which is two of the previous
110 on the floor. From time to time you
Utilities. I discovered that I had many bad
cells glued together and soldered together
clusters on my hard disk.
That was
had closeups of the 110 screen, showing
at the center leads. It was simple to
almost to be expected after falling two
various operations. Sometimes the screen
separate the two cells_ At $23.00 it still is
was very clear, and sometimes it was
feet onto cement.
a big improvement on buying a HP unit.
The problem is that the high tech plastic
difficult to read.
Fitting the cells into the HP battery is
hinge snapped.
After examining the
I thought the word processing
very simple as the leads are designed so
broken
section,
the
plastic
showed
defects
discussion was a bit difficult, mostly
they only fit one way. I keep my spare
in manufacturing and/or design.
The
because it was difficult to see what was
cell in my first HP battery which I keep
lining on the case is also so thin and soft
happening on the screen and link it to
charged as a spare unit.
the key strokes.
that it is merely enough to prevent
John F Ross, Australia
scratches on the case of the computer. It
The Lotus section was very useful. I
has little or no shock absorbing qualities.
liked the examples and would like to have
Recipe Manager
The strap itself is strong enough to tow
seen more.
!'!'II
Keep up the good work! I just received
a car but it is an overkill compared to the
I did not like the text/summary session
hinges. My recommendation to your ... my Portable Plus from your special
in which a voice read what was on the
February deal and I am very happy for
readers who are considering this HP
screen. It irritated
me, although in
the opportunity to upgrade from my 110.
carrying case is not to purchase it. It is
retrospect it may have worked to
As I was posting the addresses to the
better to go to a fine leather goods store
reinforce the message.
address list of Time Manager a thought
and have one made with extra insulation
I do not suppose there is any way to
came to mind. Being retired, I like to
on all sides (especially the bottom). Make
index the video. The beginning of each
cook once in a while and have become
sure that the strap hinges are solid brass
tape has what amounts to a table of
somewhat
of an amateur gourmet. How
and are at the very least stronger than the
contents, but there is no way for the user
wondel-fut it would be to have a recipe
strap. Otherwise, you may regret it like
to zip forward to the session that he is
file similar to the address file of Time
I did. I should have used my better
most interested in.
Manager_
judgement when I first saw the case, and
I think Larry Baldozier's section could
There would be a master index to call
just returned it.
be expanded - common bugs, replacing
up the recipe desired and the 25 line
M. Nabi Israjil, New York City
batteries, things never to do, tips, cleaning
screen of the Plus could easily handle a
the unit, what to do after getting caught
field for the name of the recipe, list and
in a downpour with the 110, airport x-ray
Editor II and FormatPlus
quantities of ingredients and cooking
problems, upgrades to the screen,
The Editor II is excellent! It is one of
instructions. The automatic alphabetical
cleaning the ThinkJet ports, etc.
those very rare programs that strikes the
sorting of the recipe by name is desirable.
Thomas VitullO-Martin, New York City I!!'I'II proper balance between ease of use and
Perhaps someone of your staff could
... proper features. It does 99% of what you
work on this project and include it in the
Dissatisfied With LS/12
need to do 99% of the time, with a very
1990 Subscribers Disk.
simple, logical command structure.
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I have seen two articles about laptops
lately: one in Business Week and one
somewhere eL'>e. Each article profiled five
or so laptops including NEC, Toshiba,
and Zenith
neither article even
mentioned HP, much less profiled it. How
do you explain this omission? Perhaps
you could answer this in Letter to Editor
response.
As one of your original subscribers, I
continue to enjoy and appreciate the
Portable Paper. Keep up the good work.
Donald Hinman, Lansing, Michigan,
USA
[TIJI-ee programs available for the
Portable Plus will allow you to keep
tmck of 7-ecipes and sort by the field of
your choice. If you use Lotus as a data
base, each column can rep,-esent a field.
The (Data Sort command lets you sort.
ECM,
a
ROM-based file
manage"(Rolodex-type progmm, should
also let you accomplish the task. Finally,
for maximum flexibility and power,
Condor 3 would do the t7"ick. The7-e are
a number of reasons why articles on
computer portables do not include
Hewlett-Packard. Without getting on my
soapbox, I think the main wason is that
HP has no cohewnt strategy
for
developing and marketing its portable
products. That lack of clear diwction
reflects itself in lack of visibility in both
tbe business and computer pwss. -Hal]
Sold On The HPII0
IIIi1
[We will be bappy to wproduce tbe
HPllO Utilities disk tbat came with tbe
original HPI10 as a service to any of
our customers for 19.50. Be suw to ask
for "HPllO Utilities Disk" -Hal]
I am a new customer of yours, having
already ordered around $200 of stuff. I
am extremely impressed with your
HPII0 Terminal & Pulse
Portable Paper - its clarity, presentation,
helpfulness, layout, level of enthusiasm,
Dialing
etc. Also, although tempting laptops of "'" Enclosed is a workaround to an HP110
various brands keep coming out offering .:. Terminal problem to share with the
more and more speed, I am quite happy
HP110 community.
At work, the
with my Portable 110 and am saving
telephone system is pulse and does not
money for a Macintosh.
tolerate the HP110's 20 pulse per second
I am an artist and inventor and work
dialing, hence it is unusable in that mode.
at a metropolitan newspaper as an
The unit is OK; the system check shows
editorial artist. The only laptop I am
it to work properly and it does dial
going to use is this portable and so I am
correctly at 10 pulses per second. The
delighted to find a serious company such
Tone mode also works, as does the
as yours which, for relatively reasonable
TERMINAL.
prices, provides software that I will ~eed
The workaround requires both a pulse
for word processing and other relatIvely
dial telephone and the HP110 connected
complex endeavors.
to the same phone line at the same time
Bl"ian, over the phone, said that
(I use a dual-to-single phone line
Personalized Software, Inc. could generate
connector on the telephone). The HP110
a copy of the utilities disc for me if I
is in TERMINAL mode. On the line for
mailed a copy of the cover of the HP 110
entry of the telephone number to dial, I
Portable Computer Owner's manual
type the single letter 0 (as in Originate).
(enclosed), and would charge $9.50 for
Next, I use the pulse telephone to dial
the service. My built-in Lotus 123 manual
the computer and I wait until the remote
also refers to my need for it, but it was
computer answers and issues its carrier
not inside the plastic sleeve at the back of
signal. At that point, I press the soft key
the Portable manual.
on the HP110 for DIAL and wait a few
Steven Johnson,
Carmichael,
seconds (the HP110 shows the line,
California, USA
"Waiting for Carrier" or something
JULY / AUGUST 1989
41
TIlE PORTABLE PAPER
similar). It may be necessary to push
RETURN key once or twice, but usually
before the remote computer hangs up, I
see CONNECT,
meaning I
have
successfully communicated with the
remote computer and can proceed to
log-on normally.
I expect one could hang up the
handset on the phone, although I haven't
actually tried that. In any event I now
have a means to use my HPII0 as a
terminal to our mainframe computer on
a pulse dial system.
Fred Lipschultz, Storrs, Connecticut,
USA
Cheap Drives For The Plus
IlIiJ Here in England, and probably Europe,
HP9153 drives can be picked up very
IZI cheaply and offer a good and cheap
backup for the portables. I say backup
because the rate of data transfer via the
HP-IL / HP- IB Interface card is very slow
at just under 100 K per minute.
On the 20MB drives the Portables can
only access 16MB. Care should be taken
not to exceed 15MB, as earlier files could
be overwritten without warning. Also, in
common with the HP150, it is not
possible to use the multiple volume
option.
Unfortunately it does not seem
possible to use the even cheaper 9142
tape drive. I tried to set up the drive
using the HP150 driver with predictably
disastrous results requiring a hard reset
on the Portable Plus. Has anybody any
better ideas?
Colin Crowther, London, England
Suggestions To Improve
Personalized Software'S
Customer Service
r.w As
your Mr. Teitzman can inform you, I
... have been a customer of your companyfor
about six months. Prior to that, I was a
generally satisfied user of HP portable
equipment (HPllO, disc drive, printer) for
over 4 1/2 years. I have been generally
satisfied with the service provided by your
company, and I would like to draw your
attention to the few unfavorable
exceptions.
Your staff appears to be young, bright,
courteous and helpfuL Unfortunately, they
are not always as careful and thorough as
they could be, and this has caused me
problems on several occasions, not to
mention
considerable
expense
in
international communications.
The first problem to arise is related to
the non-availability of the Lotus version
2.01 ROM when I ordered my Portable
Plus from you in December.
The
un-availability of the Lotus may not have
been the fault of your company, so I
cannot blame your staff for the very late
arrival of this item. However, eventually
42
JULY / AUGUST 1989
two units were sent; due, I imagine, to a
breakdown in coordination among your
staff. This is a costly mistake for you, and
of course I must arrange to return the
item to you, which is not necessarily a
simple task.
The second problem relates to the
replacement of a faulty 384K RAM drawer.
Again, some confusion seems to have
occurred. Although the unit began to fail
some time ago, the promised replacement
was only recently shipped. This delay was
apparently due to an over-hasty check of
your shipping files which showed that a
unit had
already been shipped.
Unfortunately, the shipping data related
to the original unit which was shipped in
January. Now I am extremely worried
that the replacement unit may not arrive
before I must depart on another extended
overseas assignment.
Basically, I am very happy with your
firm, and your services are indispensable
to me because I fully intend to stay with
HP portable products. They are without
doubt the most suitable products for my
needs and working conditions.
I hope your little problems can be
worked out, and I look forward to a
continued pleasant association.
R. Campbell Ledbury, Herefordshire
England
[We greatly appreciate your feedback
and will stt"ive to do better. -Hal]
A Word For MSWord
Every time I read your ads for Word
IZI Perfect and compare features with what
we WORD 1.1 owners have, I don't see
what I am missing. Just add Webster's
and Paul Gdmmer's HPop and you make
up for most of what WORD lacks - for
less money and less memory! Its too bad
you can't keep WORD 1.1 ROMs in stock.
(At least I am assuming you can't).
SKETCH owners can capture WORD
screens to SKETCH files. You can't do
that with most word processors. The
advantage is that one can compose text
for a graphics screen using all of WORD's
on-screen editing capabilities. You even
get. smallcaps, bold and italics right on
the screen.
For what it's worth I'm enclosing a copy
of a letter I sent to Paul Grimmer about
SKETCH. It says what I like about it and
what I wish it had.
Keep up the good work! I like being
informed. The Portable Paper is the only
'user group' I have access to here in the
Philippines.
Has anyone succeded in configudng
Webster's Speller to work on normal
MSWord files?
Rob Seebold, The Philippines
Satisfied SKETCH User
(Copy of a letter to Paul Gt'immet,)
''Yet another satisfied SKETCH customer
writes his review ... " I'm with SIL working
in the Philippines. My work here involves
promoting literacy and developing
teaching materials for a small indigenous
group living in rural Luzon.
SKETCH has been a fun tool for the
past few projects I've been trying out.
My most involved effort has been creating
large print character sets for word game
cards.
WHAT I REALLY LIKE ABOUT SKETCH
IlIiJ The most used functions are the "partial
screen save" and the "overlay file"
IZI commands. I simply create and save the
building blocks of my picture and then
place them precisely where I want them.
This has saved a lot of repetition on my
part.
I also like the precision I have in
positioning graphics on my Thinkjet page.
(+ 1/64" hodzontally and + 12/16"
vertically). Not typeset standard but good
enough (and the dght price!) for me.
I've ordered HPrint and look forward
to trying it out. If I can get it to position
text and graphics in relation to each other
with at least the above accuracy I will be
happy. I use MSWORD on ROM almost
exclusively. I am hoping to find ways to
get the best of both worlds: use of full
featured
word
processing
and
incorporating graphics.
WHAT I REALLY WANT IN AN UPGRADE
All the changes in SKETCH you
mentioned in your letter to the Portable
Paper (VoL 2, #6, p. 18) sound great!
Especially the ability to move partial
screen areas around in the drawing.
Along these lines I would also like to
see a rotate function by which a partial
screen could be rotated about a set point.
Perhaps the point could be set like the
memory point and the image rotated by
pressing shft-dwn or shft-up while in
rotate mode.
Also, I would like to see more erase
functions. Using the Whole command in
erase mode is great for getting rid of stuff
with vertical and horizontal edges. But it
isn't efficient for erasing stuff around
curves or diagonals. Perhaps a command
that turns off all the dots inside a circle
could be added. And what about another
function that would erase everything
inside a triangle defined by two points
and the cursor?
Finally, I have wished many times for
a 'dot' button which would toggle the dot
at the cursor position on or off. (When
I want to mark the center of a circle
before moving the memory point for
example.) As it is I must put the pen
down, move the cursor one dot then pick
the pen up.
ADDITIONAL TIlINGS THAT WOULD BE
NICE
How about a memory for memory points?
At times I've wished I could pop back to
TIlE PORTABLE PAPER
a previous memory point. If we could
define memory points, (labeled m1, m2,
etc.) and use them with the Goto
command this would be possible.
A mirror image function would be fun.
}efine the partial screen and the edge to
lirror across and hit the button. Some
,nteresting bookmatch images could be
crated this way.
In closing, thanks for filling the void
for Plus owners in the area of graphics
and pdnt utilities. I am looking forward
to trying your Pop-up program when it
reaches the market.
Rob Seebold, The Philippines
[We do have MSWord ROMs available.
Webstel's will not be able to work with
formatted MSWot'd files. -Hal]
connecting Plus To Ethernet
mil You may recall that last year I asked you
m
pc Emulator Lets User Run
Genealogy Program
m
You asked me on the phone to let you
know what the genealogy program is that
I got to work on my Portable Plus. It's
called Roots II (there is an update out
now called Roots III) and is sold by
Commsoft, 2257 Old Middlefield Way,
Mountain View, CA
94043.
It's
obtainable for about $200. I bought the
5 1/4" floppy and had a CE friend of
mine, using Advance Link, copy it over to
a 3 1/2" floppy. Then in order to get it
to work on the Plus he had to go into
the program and remove a "bug"
Commsoft had put there.
Re(!Cnt
literature from Commsoft indicate'S that
Roots III is "clean". I cannot use the
regular keyboard keys for things like the
cursor, quitting, etc. but you get use to
that. I have to use CTRL alot.
Now if only you could come up with
the backlit screen for my Plus, I'd be in
7th heaven.
Audrey
Germain,
Sacramento,
california, USA
whether there is any interface device that
would allow connecting the HP Portable
Plus to an Ethernet Local Area Network.
The purpose is to send/receive files
to/from other computers (in my case
MACs) in the Local Area Network and
also to a laser printer (Laserwriter).
Plus User Wants
I found an issue of The Portable Paper
Comparison of File
that makes reference to an interface card
Management Programs
(Vol.2, NO.2 March/April 1987, page 4,
" Portable to the Mac"); however, in the P.II I'm confused, maybe other readers are
case of the Portable Plus, I think what .,.. too. It would be great if someone could
would be required is an interface device ~ compare and contrast what's available in
file management products for the Portable
outside the Portable, rather than an
interface card. Can you provide more ~ Plus. I want to manage my files more
ILS/l efficiently. What should I buy:
information about this ?
Jose Costa,OttallJa, Canada
~
- FilePlus
[Anybody with ideas? My one tbougbt
- Norton Utilities
is to use a serial to pm'allel conve1'lel'
- BacTools
and eben attacb tbe Xircom adapter
- DOS Tools
l'eviewed in tbe Vectm Views section of
tbis issue. It would be slow but migbt
How do these compare with utilities on
work. We will p1"Obably bave a cbance
your subscriber's disks or with other
eo tty it out and we will report any
public domain software? There is so
success. -Hal]
much out there!
I would like to
seesomeone tie it all together and help us
consumers make decisions on what to
buy.
Rob Seebold, The Philippines
[All the programs you mention do
different things. We try to give a brief
summary in our "Products In Brief'
section towards the center of the
newsletter. However, it is difficult to
summarize a program in one paragraph.
To really find out which programs aur
for you, check out past issues of The
Portable Paper via the index for a
complete review of the product.
Here however is a summary.
FilePlus - A true file manager that
replaces DOS. Two directol"ies can be
listed at once. Tag multiple files for fast
copying, moving, deletion.
Norton Utilities - Undeletes deleted
files. Not"ton has many file management
utilities that extend DOS. One of my
favol"ites pbysically I"eSOt"tS directories
and another finds files by a text phrase.
See ad in this issue.
BacTools - These are a series of
utilities tbat e~pedite backing up your
electmnic disk, espeCially useful if you
have a 1 megabyte drawer.
DOS Tools and Subscribers Disks - A
number of useful public domain utilities
tbat work on tbe HPllO and Plus. SWP
on tbe 1989 Subscriber disk is an
espeCially good file management progmm
f01' tbe HPllO.
I tbink all tbe progmms are of value.
However, I tbink every MS DOS user
sbould possess a copy 01' The Norton
Ulilites or some progl'am that can rocover
inadvet"tently lost and damaged files.
Also, I find FilePlus invaluable fot·
qUickly manipulating my Pot"table Plus
files. -Hal]
Thanks to so many of you who are willing to help organize local users groups. Users groups give an opportunity
to share tips, answer questions, discuss other products, trade free software and Lotus templates, and meet odler
professionals. AJ; you will notice, some areas have more than one contact person and some major areas have none.
If you are in a "missing" area and would like to organize a group, contact us. If your groups
combine, also tell us. We will publish this column each issue, keeping it up to date. Write: Local Users Grollps,
Bo.>: 869, Failfield, IA 52556 515-472-6330. California, Solltbern California We meet 2nd Thur 7-9 at HP sales
office, 5161 L~nkershim Blvd, Nolth Hollywood. Request PORTOVEC Notes Nev.'Sietter, Dave Mark, 818-794-4969.
San Diego Steven L. Eyre 619-452-8530, Dan Butterfield, 619-470-3551. San Mateo, Santa Clara COllnties, San
Francisco Bay Area, BAYCHHU, HP Laptops & Handhelds, meet 2nd Sat of the month, Contact Jim Hom, 707523-4890 eve, or Michael Felsenstein, 415-564-8279 eve. SlItmyvale Interex Int"! Hewlert Packard Users Group,
640 Almanor Ave, 408-738-4848. Colorado, Colorado Springs Dan Ritt, 303-528-8080. De'IlJer call Bob Pressey,
303-777-0326. HawaII, Honolulu Rodney Y. Fukuya if interested, 808-945-3111. Indiana, Indianapolis, Bob
Glass, 317-638-2326. Iowa, Mid Iowa Ed Keefe D: 515-964-6644 E: 515·964-7064, SoutbEast Iowa, Hal Goldstein,
515-472-6330. Minnesota, Mitmeapolis/St.Paul, John Ferman, 612-822-1372 .. Malne, larlllolltb, EvelY last Tues 6:30, US route One, Yarmouth, ME 04096,846-5497. North
Carolina, Cbarlotte and S"""o,mding Area, John Jacob, 704-334-3468. Texas, HOllston, Thomas R. Page D: 713-759-4259 E: 713-528-7138. Utah, Utab COIm~l', Donna
Hoover D: 378-4421,E: 375-4812. Washington, Eastern Wasbington, Nortbern Idabo, Western Montana, and possibZJ' Weslern Wasbington. Bob Sandberg, 509-466-4999.
Eastern Wasbington, Stephen S. 'Varner, D: 509-534-1588, E:509-535-3322. Western Wasbington, Portable Plus, 150 and Veetra users meet first Thurs 7-9 pm, HP sales office,
Bellevue, Pete Ross, 206-342-8875. Portable, 40 & 50 Series: 7-9pm second Wed., U.Wash. computer center, Seattle, Bob Moore, 206-543-7879. Washington D_C., Grealer
Wasbington D.C. area, 8:00 pm, Third Monday of each month, Ballston Tower #1 800 N. Quincy St., Room 519. Call to confirm and say Hi. William F. Cross, D:202-6964112, E:703-845-950S. Australia, S Avoca St. S. Yarra, Victoria, Australia. Nigel S. Ball. 03-267-83H. Central America, I would be happy to form a users group, either
Spanish or English, Apartado Postal 1587, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. England, TraU,ligar I-louse, Grenville Place, Mill Hill, London, NW7 3SA England, Tim Cullis, (01) 9594359. HP Computer Users AJ;sociation, The Twenty One Bldg, 21 Pinner Rd., Harrow, Middlesex, England HAl 4LH 01-4275200, FAX: 01-4278252. Japan, I would like to
help start a users' group. Michael Lazarin, 26-26-502 Moto Ujina; Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734 Netherlands, Mr. R.M. Franquiner, Menthenbergseweg 13, NL-681(; PR, Arnhem,
The Netherlands. Spain, Club de usarios HP 110, Pont Reyes S.A., A la atencion de D. Enrique Serra, Ronda Universidad, 15. 0800 7 , Espana. Sweden, Stokholm. first Thurs
each month 6:30 pm, call to confirm. Jens Pertersson, 08-713-1710. Telex 1·j9 70 gente! S.
HPII0/HPII0+
GROUPS
JULY / AUGUST 1989
43
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version?
A. WordPerfect 5.0 and 4.2 are identical on all
three machines, except:
a.) the on-line tutorial does not run on the
Portable Plus or HP1S0. (However, the
"learning" section of the users manual
covers the same material as the tutonaL)
b.) the "Preview Document" feature (which
shows special fonts and graphics as they will
appear on printing) functions in a limited
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c.) Some extra, unessential utilities that
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Moreover, WordPerfect produces identical files
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of your own to one or more auxiliary dictionaries. The Speller also counts the number of
words in a document or in any block of text.
File merging and mail merging
With WordPerfect, it's easy to produce personalized form letters (mail merging), and to
assemble reports, proposals, and contracts
from pre-written components.
Which Should You Buy?
To determine which version of WordPerfect to
buy-4.2 or the new S.O-follow these steps:
Step 1. Assess your needs.
Please see the column, ''WordPerfect's Newest
Version" (at top right) to learn about the features that are unique to Version 5.0. If you need
these features, then 5.0 is the version for you,
provided your machine can run it (see below).
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Portable Plus:
To comfortably run Version 5.0, you'll need a
machine with 896K of RAM (e.g., aS12K Portable Plus with a 384K RAM drawer, or a 128K
Portable Plus with two 384K RAM drawers).
To comfortably run Version 4.2, you'll need a
machine with 640K of RAM.
You can run either version of WordPerfect with
just S12K of RAM if you're willing to do a lot of
disk access from your HP9114.
Note: You might consider purchasing a 1
Megabyte RAM drawer for your Portable Plus.
This would let you bring the superb WordPerfect
Here are the main features that have been
added to WordPerfect in upgrading it from
Version 4.2 to 5.0:
Fonts and printing
WordPerfect 5.0 lets you set margins, tabs, etc.
using inches, centimeters, and points. Fonts
may be freely mixed and changed without affecting margins, tabs, or column definitions.
Footnotes and endnotes
WordPerfect streamlines the task of creating
and editing footnotes and endnotes. Just enter
information at the appropriate spot, and WordPerfect takes care of numbering and formatting-including allowing just the right amount
of space at the bottom of the page. If you later
add or delete anote, WordPerfect will automatically renumber the others.
Integrated text and graphics
WordPerfect 5.0 lets you insert graphic images
from most graphics programs directly into your
text. You can enlarge, reduce, move, and rotate
most images to your specifications.
Table of contents
Mark portions of your text, specify a format,
and WordPerfect will automatically generate
a Table of Contents and an Index for your
document.
Styles
You can combine text and codes to create a
specific "style," or format, that you can then use
over and over again (for chapter headings,
subheadings, etc.).
Math
WordPerfect lets you use 4-function math for
calculations across columns and for subtotals,
totals, and grand totals down columns, anywhere in your document. Whenever you change
a number, WordPerfect updates the totals. It's
like having a mini spreadsheet at your fingertips-without leaving WordPerfect.
Document compare
WordPerfect 5.0 will compare the on-screen
document to an existing document on disk. Text
that has been added will be "red-lined" (marked
with a vertical bar in the left margin), and text
that has been deleted will be shown in "strikeout."
Sort
You can sort lines, paragraphs-even external
database records-from within WordPerfect.
You can apply logical rules to the sort: It's easy,
for example, to generate an alphabetized list of
all customers in California who have purchased
more than $100 worth of merchandise within
the last 6 months.
Keyboard redefinition and macros
WordPerfect 5.0 lets you store any sequence of
keystrokes so that those keystrokes will be executed upon the press of a single key. This
"macro" feature allows easy entry of repeated
text and commands. One way to use macros
is to change the key assignments for WordPerfect's features. There is no limit to the
number of different keyboard layouts you can
thus define.
Thesaurus
WordPerfect's Thesaurus helps you find the
right word when you need it. Synonyms are
grouped by noun, verb, and adjective, and atthe
touch of akey, you can look at second and third
levels of alternatives.
Step 2. Check your memory size.
WordPerfect 4.2 or 5.0-
Columns
WordPerfect's ColiJmns feature is ideal for
writing a newsletter, glossary, script, or any text
that requires columnar format. Up to 24 columns can formatted in either newspaper style
(snaking) or parallel style (side-by-side). The
columns appear on the screen exactly as they
will print on the page.
speller module wherever you go without having
to load it in from an external disk drive. And with
a megabyte of extra RAM, you'd have lots of
room left over for text files.
HP150:
To run Version 5.0, you'll need S12K of memory
and a double-sided disk drive.
To run Version 4.2, you'll need 2S6K of internal
memory and either a double-sided or singlesided disk drive. (Note: If your HP1S0 uses
single·sided disks, you'll also need ahard disk
drive to run Version 4.2. Neither version of
WordPerfect will run on a dual-floppy singlesided HP1S0 system.)
Our recommendations:
In general: Choose WordPerfect 4.2 if: (a) your
machine demands it, or (b) you're already using 4.2 on other machines and don't intend to
upgrade, or (c) you wish to save some money
and don't need the new features in WordPerfect
5.0.
On the other hand, if you want those new features and your machine can handle it, WordPerfect 5.0 is the one you should get. If you use a
Portable Plus, you'll tie up the least amount of
RAM if you purchase our ROM Backup version
of WordPerfect 5.0.
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