Per your request in the December issue of Softalk, I am taking the time to write and tell you that I really enjoyed your column. In fact, I enjoyed it to such an extent that I typed in the short program submitted by Brad Stone for a "Hello" program. Anything to make life easier and more tricky, right? Well, in this case, tricky it was, as I was not able to detect any typos with my inexperienced eye, something I was specifically looking for as my abilities as a programmer are limited. And we have all seen the corrections to programs that have been listed in magazines run in the next month's issue, right? Well, right at the end of the listing, on line 320, there is a lower-case b. Then right on line 1000 there is a symbol that I cannot find on my Apple keyboard. So I saved the program to disk until such time as I can fix it or read in your column next month how to do it. It is not all that bad, however, for in the process of trying to fix the program I learned some more about Basic and a couple of other items of interest about the Apple, so I consider the time well spent anyway. But just in case I can't fix it, you will print the corrections, right? I have, as you have undoubtedly gathered, an Apple, with two drives, a monitor, and a C.ITOH M-85 printer.
I am stationed in Tokyo, Japan, with the U.S. government and was able to get the monitor and printer at really nice prices as they are manufactured here. The M-85 is the counterpart of the Epson MX-80. There is quite a lot of activity in the area, with both Japanese and Americans getting together for talk and demonstrations, really an exciting atmosphere. Some of the Japanese are really talented at hardware fabrication and machine language, a real joy for a neophyte like me to be around. By the way, Softalk, Softside, Nibble, and C.A.L.L. Apple seem to be the most popular English language magazines here, but the Japanese have a whole slew of publications with quite technical articles.
Well, this was just a short note to say "Keep up the good work," but as usual this is so much fun that I got carried away. Oh, the types of programs that I like are the ones that make life easier, like the one in the December issue. Again, enjoyed your column and hope to see more programs like the above. But I think I will wait until the corrections come out next time, at least until I find out more about programming.
Brant Shockly, Camp Zama, Japan - V2N7