Matthew Bacon tries
to learn his Atari alphabet
Are you baffled by the
technical jargon found in most computer books, magazines
and manuals? For example, do you know the meaning of
ANSI, BCPL, EEPLD and SCSI?
Even those of us who
consider ourselves "computer literate" occasionally
require a good reference book now and then to prevent
us from pulling out our hair! So where can such a reference
be found? Look no further than The
Atari A to Z from Linnhe Computing.
The Atari A to Z
is the result of a great deal of hard work by its author,
Mark S. Baines. Drawing from over a decade of computing
experience, Mark - a former teacher - has written an
extremely interesting and informative reference for
Atari enthusiasts everywhere!
The Atari A to Z was originally published in Spring 1995 as
a 340 page A5 comb bound book. After several revisions
and reprints, Linnhe Computing released the The Atari A to Z in
1998 as Shareware.
The Shareware release (now in ASCII
format) comprises of thirty-seven text files and two
GEM images that faithfully reproduce the original publication.
The book is organised into a preface, title, introduction,
twenty-six chapters (that cover each letter of the alphabet)
and six appendices.
Although the intuitive layout of the
book allows the reader to quickly and easily locate
the information they require, I must admit that I would
have preferred to have seen a ST-Guide hypertext version
released as well. However, if you use a decent text
editor , such as Everest, it really isn't a problem.
With 2,239 individual entires, 101
tables and 128,000 words, you might assume that The Atari A to Z
is yet another technical reference suitable only for
programmers and experienced Atari users. Nothing could
be further from the truth.
The Atari A to Z clearly and concisely explains the technical
terms covered making it suitable for both the novice
user and hardened technical guru.
The Atari A to Z is quite simply one of the
best books ever published for the Atari user. If you
don't already own a copy, you should download it from
the Linnhe Computing web site (www.stsd.demon.co.uk/linnhe.html ) and send your Shareware registration fee
to them today!