August 22nd, 2001 - I've decided to give these old pages
a new home. The content is old, but perhaps it is still useful.
NOTE: Opinions expressed here are mine and mine
only. So there.
The NEW Sub-Etha SoftWEAR!
The 1998 Chicago and Pennsylvania CoCoFests saw the return of Sub-Etha,
but not as a software vendor. This time, offerings include a new book, buttons,
and t-shirts! Most items are created just for sale at the Fest, but mail orders
are also available. Custom t-shirt and buttons also designed by
What happened to Sub-Etha Software?
Sub-Etha Software is no longer in my hands. I began working for Microware
Systems Corp. (creators of OS-9) in 1995, and having my own OS-9 software
development company would have been a conflict of interests. So, for the time
being, I'm out of the software business.
For those curious, Terry Todd (co-founder)
currently co-owns and runs a bookshop called A First Edition which
is really neat. His phone number there is (409) 639-1187. His home page (listed
above) has not been touched in ages (and may not even be there anymore), but
the bookstore itself does have an e-mail address (where Terry could be reached,
possibly) with a website of their own coming
in the future. Joel Hegberg, of our former OSK Midwest Division, currently
works for Motorola near Chicago.
This isn't complete, and isn't likely to be anytime soon, but for those
- Shadow BBS by Terry Todd. RS-DOS bulletin board system promoted
as having "power, speed, and flair." Worked on as little as one disk drive
and the bitbanger port (at 2400 baud with full typeahead buffer). (Sadly,
never fully completed but it was one of the classiest BBS packages I've
ever seen on the CoCo.)
- MiniBanners by Allen Huffman- RS-DOS banner printing utility which
output single and multiple line, multi-font banners on any printer.
Our all time best selling product.
- MultiBasic by Terry - split RS-DOS into multiple banks with variable
sharing, disk chaining, etc. Very easy to use. It's a wonder this didn't
revolutionize BASIC programming. Even came with a public domain runtime
version to give out with programs written under it.
- CheckBook+ by Joel Mathew Hegberg - RS-DOS graphical checkbook
program which generated pie, bar, and line graphs of your account. Fully
menu and mouse driven. Often called the "CoCoMax" of checkbook programs
(from the look of the GUI interface).
- MiniBanners09 - ported to OS-9 with improved speed. This version
quickly outsold the original RS-DOS version.
- CheckBook+09 - ported to OS-9 using a new text screen interface
designed by Joel.
- InfoPatch by Terry Todd - patched old CoCo 1/2 Infocom(tm) games
to run on a CoCo 3 in double speed, 80 columns, etc.
- CheckBook+OSK - ported (by Joel) to MM/1 computer under OS-9/68000.
- MiniBannersOSK - ported to MM/1 by Joel Hegberg.
- EthaGUI by Joel - Graphical user interface for the MM/1, offering
file utilities, icons, and other goodies, such as a trash can.
- WriteRight by Joel - Graphics based MM/1 word processor. Released
at the 1993 Mid America Fest (Des Moines, IA) making that show our single
most profitable ever.
- CoCoFest92 by Allen - Graphics adventure based on the 1992 Atlanta
CoCoFest. A special edition 1-disk version of this game was also made for
the Atlanta Computer Society. Featured dozens of digitized (using a DS-69B)
pictures of folks at the show, including Paul Ward, Kevin Darling, and many
- CoCoFest92/MM1 - ported (by Joel) to MM/1, and actually slower
than the CoCo version due to the on-the-fly graphics conversion.
- MultiBoot by Terry and Allen - allowed multiple OS9boot files on
same startup disk. Probably the most useful thing we ever created.
- Invaders09 by Allen (with assistance from Robert Gault) - Game
for CoCo OS-9.
- Towel by Allen - Disk utility for CoCo OS-9.
1996 - Freeware Releases!
- TowelMM1 by Allen - Updated for the MM/1.
- MegaBanners by Allen - Deluxe banner program for MM/1 featuring
- Wormhole by Joel - Arcade game with digital sound for the MM/1.
(This item was never officially released, but completed far enough to even
have manuals made.)
- Chi94adv.lzh by Allen - ChicagoFest 94 graphical adventure, never
completed but still playable (no room pictures).
- Alstuff.lzh by Allen - Full source code to various utilities and
whatzits I've done over the year, including the 3D maze demo, StG BBS extras,
deluxe prompt/file listers, etc.
- RGB-DOS Stuff by Allen - A dozen or so NEW utilities for RGB-DOS
users, featured in a related article in "the world of '68 micros" magazine.
Specifically written for use with a SyQuest EZ135 removeable SCSI drive,
but applicable to any supported hard drive.
- No released products, but an article was printed on using pipes under
OS-9 Level 2 for the world of 68' micros.
Other items distributed through the years:
- Buttons and T-Shirts - many new, interesting, and funny designs
such as CoCo 2000: Proudly Taking Obsolesence Into the Next Century
and many other designs. (Offered at CoCoFests under the name of Sub-Etha
- CoCoFest Chronicles by Allen - A 192 page book compilation
of all my Fest reports from the 1990 AtlantaFest on up to the 1997 Pennsylvania
CoCo Fest. ORDER
IT ONLINE WITH A CREDIT CARD or check my CoCo
InfoPage for more details.
- N*Johnson Software: 4-D Checkers, Util Disk, etc. (We met Nick back at
one of the original Atlanta Fests, then he appeared the next year with N*Banners,
his version of a CoCo banner program. Nick still remains one of the more
unique individuals I ran into at shows.) Nick Johnson has his own domain
at www.spatula.net and can be reached
as firstname.lastname@example.org. He has now
gone to Unix stuff.
- Carl England Software: Super Boot, 512K Copy, Super Backup, Booklet Printer,
The DEFEATER (1995, copies _ANY_ disk), etc. Also, a deluxe "DIR" boot utility
(boot by typing DIR, not just DOS!) which was released as Pyramid-Ware at
the 1997 Pennsylnvania CoCoFEST. Neat concept!
- Mike Shell's speech/sound pak upgrades and drivers, and his BLOB-stop
OS-9 patches which were incorporated into NitrOS9 at some point I believe.
- JWT Enterprises software: Optimize Util Set.
- Strong*Ware: Soviet Bloc, GEMS, HFE Font Editor, OSK Tools, etc.
- Animajik: Represented them at the 1992 ChicagoFest introducing the OS-9
Underground magazine. Alan Sheltra is married with a child, and uses a Mac.
Some of this stuff is still available -- Just
Ask! If you are interested in any of the products described here, drop
me a note and we'll see what can be worked out.
Allen C. Huffman
P.O. Box 22031
Des Moines, IA 50325