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Introduction
MIK wrote: "Lone News is a CLASS Plus/4 diskmag packed with news, reviews, graphics and sound all about the Plus/4 world today! Theres more to the Plus/4 than meets the eyes and when you start reading you soon be gob sacked of what is happening out there."

"Lone News" has been named that way because of two reasons: first, Luca has created it all alone, coded the program, drew PETSCII logos charset and bitmaps, composed the tunes and wrote all the articles by himself; second, the magazine has born in the worst time for the Plus/4 scene, during the period when the releases ratio per years reached the lowest and almost everybody did loose interest, away from the retro fans wave which would come in the '00 era.

The code itself has been put together when the author had very little knowledge about assembly, and this is clearly evident in the overall roughness of the way the magazine runs. Nonetheless, it has never been changed along the years, apart of including the SIDcard support from issue 11.


Lone News 01
Title:Lone News 01
Category:Magazine/First Issue [ More Issues ]
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Language:English
Size:64K
Machine:PAL Only
Code Type:Machine code
Distribution:Freeware
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Released by:Fantastic Italian Research Enterprise (FIRE)
Created by:C., Luca (Luca)
Uncredited (Additional Coded by):C., István (Coby)
Uncredited (Additional Coded by):H., Levente (TLC)
Notes:Contains an interview with SJP.
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Club Info 37
Signals 9


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Magazine Text
                                        

1 - INTRO......... 4 - CHEATS........

2 - NEWS.......... 5 - REVIEWS.......

3 - CHARTS........ 6 - INTERVIEW.....




- USE UP,DOWN AND SPACE -




INTRO
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WELCOME TO THE 1ST ISSUE OF LONE NEWS!

EVERYBODY OF US COMPOSE THE SCENE,IT'S
OBVIOUS. SO,NOW I'M BORED ABOUT PEOPLE
WHO LEAVES THE PLUS4 BECAUSE 'THE SCENE
IS POOR'! WHAT DO YOU THINK TO BE?
I'M A LUCKY OWNER OF A LOT OF CONTACTS,
ADDING SOME FAST CONTACTS VIA EMAIL,SO I
SAID:'WHY NOT A MAG?'. BECAUSE OF THIS,
SORRY FOR THE LAME CODE:I'M NOT A CODER.

KEEPING LIFE THE PLUS4,I ASK HELP TO
EVERYBODY WHO FEELS A DIFFERENT TASTE
CODING ON PLUS4 COMPARED TO PC'S CODING.
CREDITS:CODE,MUSIC,LOGO,CHARS AND TEXTS
BY ME.
THE MUSIC WAS TAKEN FROM THE
ANIMATED MOVIE 'SILENT MOEBIUS',
COPYRIGHT KADOKAWA-ASAMIYA.

WRITE TO:LUCA CARRAFIELLO
VIA POGGI,6
50129 FIRENZE
I T A L Y

EMAIL:CMSUSER@VM.CHIM.UNIFI.IT



FIRENZE,30.10.96
NEWS
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- LUCA OF FIRE RELEASED A MAG CALLED
'LONE NEWS';I MET A LOT OF
DIFFICULTIES FINDING THIS NEW...

- ULF OF HOT,A GERMAN GUY WHO WORKED ON
PLUS4 UNTIL 1991,UPLOADED SOME OLD
INTROS ON 'FTP.FUNET.FI';IF YOU CAN
USE AN INTERNET LINK AND YOU READ THE
LUCA'S 'ON THE NET' INFOFILE,GET THEM;
OTHERWISE,ASK THEM TO ME.

- PROBABLY,PAUL OF GOTU WILL FIX HIS
PREVIOUS CONVERTED GAME 'STARWARS'.

- LAVINA OF GOTU IS CODING A ROLE-PLAY
GAME CALLED 'KHAIOS';MAIN MUSIC BY
LUCA OF FIRE.

- PETER HANSON RELEASED IN EUROPE A NICE
SOLITAIRE COMING FROM USA CALLED
'SLIDE POKER'.

- SJP OF ELECTRONIC WILL BE ACTIVE ONLY
ON C64,BUT HE MAY RELEASE SOMETHING
BEFORE ON PLUS4.

- MAC OF GFW IS CODING A GAME FOR 4
PLAYERS AND 2 PLUS4 LINKED WITH A
SERIAL CONNECTION.

- PARTY IN GERMANY! ON 04-05 OF JANUARY
'97 IN BERGKAMEN. HERE BIONIC PROBABLY
WILL RELEASE HIS LAST DEMO.

- THE ELDER OF SYNERGY RELEASED ISSUE 8
OF SIGNALS.

- SKORO LEFT SCORPIONS!! HE JOINT HIS
OLD GROUP:ASSASSIN CREW.

- SKORO IS CONVERTING SOME GAMES FROM PC
TO PLUS4. TWO OF THEM ARE ALREADY
CODED. PERSONALLY I HOPE THAT SOMEONE
CONVERT 'LINES'...

- SKORO WILL RELEASE A DEMO CALLED
'IN MEMORIAM'.

- ATI RELEASED HIS 'LYNX PREVIEW' DEMO.

- SKORO CODED A DEMO IDEATED BY PETER
HANSON OF THUNDERBIRDS TEAM:
THUNDERBIRDS DEMO.

- LUCA OF FIRE RELEASED HIS 'MACROSS
DEMO'.

- LAVINA OF GOTU IS TRANSLATING SOME
ADVENTURES TO RELEASE THEM ON MEGADISK
II.

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CHARTS
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IN THIS CHAPTER YOU CAN VERIFY WHAT THE
SCENE IS PREFERING.
I ACCEPT VOTES ON SHEET AND VIA EMAIL;
YOU CAN VOTE ALSO PARTIALLY FOR OLD AND
NEW USERS.
PLEASE,COOPERATE SWAPPING VOTESHEETS TO
YOUR CONTACTS.







TOP 5 TEAMS TOP 5 CODERS
------------------- -------------------
1.SYNERGY.......25 1.BIONIC/SYN....20
2.THUNDERBIRDS..12 2.HEHL/TBT......14
3.SCORPIONS......8 3.HAGAR/SYN.....12
4.FIRE...........7 4.MURPHY/GS......9
5.UNLIMITED......6 SJP/E..........9









TOP 5 GRAPHICIANS TOP 5 MUSICIANS
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1.HAGAR/SYN.....20 1.LUCA/FIRE.....10
2.UNREAL/MX.....17 2.HEHL/TBT.......5
3.ERICH/ULTD.....9 3.SLD/GS.........4
4.REDDI/SCN......6 4.ABJECT/E.......3
OMEGA/EVS......6 5.INSIDE/E.......2









TOP 5 UTILITIES TOP 5 MAGAZINES
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1.BOTTICELLI....11 1.SIGNALS/SYN...24
2.LOGOMAKER......7 2.SCN NEWS/SCN..14
DIR-GOD V3.0...7 3.TRAFF.JAM/ACE..8
SCRIPT PLUS....7 4.NEWSREEL/WLS...5
5.SUPERKIT 256K..5 BYTETIMES/MB...5









TOP 10 DEMOS TOP 10 GAMES
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1.SILENCE/COOP..32 1.REVS/PIGMY....27
2.GENETIC F./GS.18 2.SLIDE PO./TBT.20
3.DREAM WO./SYN.17 3.LASERSQ./TGMS.18
4.INFINITY/EVS..16 4.DIG. BALL/MAD.17
AB. FAB./E....16 5.BATTERY2/TCFS.16
6.PRO2TYPE/MX...13 SUPREM./TGMS..16
7.HIGH TECH./MX.11 7.ELITE/PIGMY...12
AMIGAMAN./EDC.11 WHERE../CSORY.12
9.FUTURE W./SYN.10 9.TWINDOWN/BAG..10
RED LASER/?...10 B.TALE3/PIGMY.10
THUNDERB./ASN.10
FATALMIR./EDC.10


CHEATS
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- BLASTONES

1.KILLER 2.MINDFLAYING 3.CRASHER
4.ENRULEZ 5.FASTER 6.LAMER
7.UNSOLVABLE 8.HIHIHI 9.DEATH

HOLD 'C H A O S' KEYS UNTIL THE CHEAT
MENU APPEARS.

- ROLLING STONES PLUS

THE PASSWORD IS: LOADMENU.




- ROLLING STONES 2

MOVE 9 UP,7 DOWN,5 LEFT,1 RIGHT TO
ENTER A TRAINER MENU.
PRESS THESE KEYS TO GET SOME HELPS:
'H E L P'
'G F W'
'C H E A T'
COMBINING CODES,USE 'G F W',DIE AND
PRESS HELP INSTEAD OF FIRE:YOU WILL BE
IN THE NEXT LEVEL WITH 99 LIVES.




MAC COOPERATED TO THIS CHAPTER. THANKS !
REVIEWS
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NAME:BALL
AUTHOR:SKORO OF SCORPIONS
TYPE:GAME,ONE FILE

CLASSIC 'BREAKOUT STYLE' GAME WITH NICE
GFX AND AVAILABILITY OF SIDCARD. YOU GET
A PASSWORD EACH LEVEL,BUT THE HAPPYLESS
COLLISION ROUTINE BREAKS A BIT THE
PLAYABILITY. THE INTRO SHOWS A REDDI'S
'BALL ' LOGO -VERY NICE- AND A SPRITE ON
A SCROLL. VERY COLOURED HI-SCORES TABLE,
GOOD THE TRIPLE PARALLAX STARFIELD.

GRAPHICS: 76
TEDSOUND: 69
GAMEPLAY: 79
MOTIVATION: 71
OVERALL: 75 OF 100
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NAME:PUZZLE 4
AUTHOR:SKORO OF SCORPIONS
TYPE:GAME,ONE FILE,HI-SCORES

ANOTHER GOOD GAME FROM SKORO.
THE COOL SCN'S TURNING LOGO OPENS THIS
PUZZLE GAME:A SPIDER TRIES TO BRING THE
RIGHT ORDER TO SOME BALLS. DIGICONVERTER
FOR A KNOWN MUSIC,COOL GRAPHICS AND
STORABLE HIGH-SCORES MAKE THIS GAME VERY
BEAUTY TO SEE.
GRAPHICS: 82
TEDSOUND: 80
GAMEPLAY: 79
MOTIVATION: 77
OVERALL: 80 OF 100
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NAME:SKORO DEMO 10
AUTHOR:SKORO OF SCORPIONS
TYPE:DEMO,ONE FILE

4 PARTS SHOWING CHARPLASMAS,BOBPLOTTER,
PIXELPLOTTER WITH SCROLLS AND ROTATING
BOBS. SIDCARD IS ALSO AVAILABLE.

GRAPHICS: 65
TEDSOUND: 70
DESIGN: 68
EFFECTS: 78
OVERALL: 71 OF 100
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NAME:SLIDE POKER U U UU
AUTHOR:JIM HEHL OF THUNDERBIRDS TEAM
TYPE:GAME,MULTIFILE,HI-SCORES

THIS AMERICAN USER CODED A LOT OF CARD
GAMES IN BASIC. AND THIS IS THE BEST!
YOU MUST COLLECT HOW MUCH POINTS IN 9
POKER HANDS CHANGING YOUP CARDS WITH
OTHER 8 -" UP AND 4 DOWN- THAT SLIDE
DIAGONALLY. ANY SLIDE STOLES POINTS.
THIS GAME IS VERY PLAYABLE,IT WILL STOPS
YOU ON THE KEYS FOR A LONG TIME!
GRAPHICS: 38
TEDSOUND: 05
GAMEPLAY: 89
MOTIVATION: 93
OVERALL: 85 OF 100
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NAME:DUST
AUTHOR:BIONIC OF SYNERGY
TYPE:DEMO,ONE FILE

A LITTLE GEM. NOT PARTICULARRY DESIGNED
BECAUSE IMPORTANCE IS GIVEN TO THE GREAT
EFFECT CALLED'EXOFLEX'.
NO SENSE IN DESCRIBE IT:GET IT!

GRAPHICS: 70
TEDMUSIC: 00
DESIGN: 72
EFFECTS: 91
OVERALL: 83 OF 100
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NAME:MATRIX
AUTHOR:MOLDI OF ABSENCE
TYPE:GAME,ONE FILE

COOL 2 PLAYERS PUZZLE GAME. AFTER THE
GOOD INTRO,YOU CAN SEE THE MENU FULL OF
OPTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ISN'T A
CHANCE TO PLAY AGAINST PLUS4.
THE GAME IS IMAGINABLE AS A FUTURISTIC
'AMOEBA' WITH A GREAT DESIGN:EVERY
PARTICULAR IS IN RIGHT PLACE!
ONLY A PROBLEM:HAVE YOU AN AVAILABLE
FRIEND?

GRAPHICS: 89
TEDSOUND: 88
GAMEPLAY: 86
MOTIVATION: 80
OVERALL: 86 OF 100
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NAME:GENETIC FAULTY
AUTHOR:GENTLEMEN SOFTWARE
TYPE:DEMO,ONE FILE,NOTEFILE

PROBABLY THE BEST ONE-FILE DEMO
AVAILABLE ON PLUS4:BOBPLOTTER,FAST
LANDSCAPE,PIXELPLASMA,2D AND 3D MORPHS
WITH VERY COOL DESIGN. MUSIC ONLY FOR
SIDCARD.

GRAPHICS: 92
TEDSOUND: 00
DESIGN: 96
EFFECTS: 92
OVERALL: 94 OF 100
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INTERVIEW
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TO CELEBRATE THIS 1ST ISSUE OF LONE NEWS
I CONTACTED ONE OF THE MOST VOTED CODERS
ON PLUS4:SJP OF ELECTRONIC.
HE GENTLY ANSWERED TO MY QUESTIONS,AND
THIS IS THE RESULT.
IN THE NEXT ISSUES OF THIS MAG YOU'LL
FIND INTERVIEWS OF BIG GUYS AS... TLC OF
CORONERS AND ATTILA TANACS ALIAS TGMS!

AS YOU CAN SEE,THIS SHITTY ONE FILER
DISKMAG BECOMES VERY COOL SOMETIMES...



- PLEASE,GIMME YOUR ANAGRAPHIC DATA.

MY REAL NAME IS AKOS BALAZS. I WAS BORN
ON 29.11.74.
I STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MATHS AT
EOTVOS LORAND UNIVERSITY.

- WHEN DID YOU START TO CODE,AND WHEN
DID YOU BEGIN TO CODE ON PLUS4?

I STARTED IN 1988,ON MY LOVELY C16 WHICH
I STILL HAVE,SO I GUESS I STARTED THE
WHOLE THING ON PLUS4. IT WAS GREAT FUN,
BACK THEN... I ALWAYS WANTED TO CODE,
EVER SINCE I HAD MY 1ST COMPUTER.
THE PROBLEM WAS I DIDN'T ANY INFORMATION
ON HOW TO CODE IN MC,I ONLY KNEW BASIC.
SO I'VE WRITTEN A LOT OF BASIC PROGRAMS
BEFORE I GOT A BOOK ON MC,AND STARTED TO
LEARN IT.

- TALK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE WHO JOINT
EVS AND WHO JOINS ELECTRONIC.

I'M NOT A FOUNDER MEMBER OF EVS,I ONLY
JOINT EVS AT NUKEMAN'S PARTY IN GERMANY
AFTER PRISONERS SPLITTED AND PROKY,DOKY
AND SOME OTHERS FOUNDED SEX'N'SPIRITS.
DALE HAD BEEN ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS
FOR YEARS,WHEN HE FINALLY JOINT EVS
AFTER WE RELEASED 'VIRTUALLY YOURS' AT A
COMPY XMAS. YOU MAY KNOW HIM AS GARFIELD
OF FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS.
OMEGA AND OSCAR ARE FOUNDER MEMBERS OF
EVS,THOUGH NONE OF THEM IS ACTIVE NOW.
I HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT OMEGA FOR AGES. I
SOMETIMES MEET OSCAR:HE SAID HE MIGHT
CODE ON PLUS4 AGAIN,PROVIDED THAT HE HAS
AN IDEA ABOUT WHAT TO CODE...

- WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW ON C64,PLUS4
AND PC?

ON C64 I WAS A MEMBER OF TRIAS, A
HUNGARIAN GROUP,THEN I JOINT EXILE. WITH
EXILE WE RELEASED SOME QUITE GOOD DEMOS,
INCLUDING 'VECTOR OVERDOSE',ALIAS THE
C64 VERSION OF 'INFINITY'. LAST SUMMER
EXILE MELTED WITH ANOTHER GROUP CALLED
CHAOS,AND FORMED RESOURCE,MY ACTUAL ONE.
HERE MY HANDLE IS EDHELLON.
SINCE THE PLUS4 SCENE IS PRATICALLY DEAD
NOW I DON'T DO ANYTHING FOR IT. SORRY.
REALLY,I STILL PREFER CODING ON PLUS4
AND NOT ON C64:I STILL CODE MY DEMO'S
EFFECTS ON PLUS4 AND GIVE THEM TO DALE
TO CONVERT ON C64 IN FEW MINUTES. I USE
TURBO ASSEMBLER V6.0,CONVERTED BY CSORY,
TO WRITE MY CODE,AND NOW I CAN'T EVEN
THINK ABOUT CODING IN MONITOR AGAIN!
ANYONE KNOWS THAT I HATE PCS,ALTHOUGH I
HAVE ONE. THE X86 ASSEMBLY IS PURE SHIT!
WHEN I CODE ON PC I WRITE MODULA-2 UNDER
DOS OR C UNDER LINUX.
- YOU THINK THAT THE BEST GAME,THE BEST
DEMO AND THE BEST GUY ON PLUS4 ARE...?

MY FAVOURITE GAMES ARE PROBABLY THE
FIRST GAMES I EVER SAW ON PLUS4:
MERCENARY-THIS GAME IS INCREDIBLE,I
STILL HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY DID IT!-,
SABOTEUR AND OLD CLASSICS LIKE KIKSTART,
LOCOMOTION,ACE,SCRAMBLE,BONGO,GHOST TOWN
ETC... I COULD GO ON FOR AGES...
CONVERTED GAMES:ELITE,DAVID'S MM AND
MOST PIGMY AND CSORY CONVERTED STUFF.
THIS MIGHT SOUND A BIT ARROGANT,BUT
SINCE CONVERTING DEMOS ISN'T A BIG DEAL,
I PREFER SELFCODED DEMOS,AND THE BEST
OF THEM IS'INFINITY',IN MY OPINION.
OTHER NICE DEMOS ARE AMIGA MANIA AND
IMAGINE BY EDC,THE SECOND BY NST,HIGH
TECHNOLOGY BY MX;CONVERTED:VECTOR
VICTORY FROM CSORY,AND I ALSO REALLY
LIKED MB MEGADEMO WHEN IT WAS RELEASED.
I THINK THERE'S PRATICALLY NO ONE ON
PLUS4,SO THE BEST GUYS ARE TCFS,PIGMY,
CSORY AND MUCSI PROBABLY... THE BEST GFX
-MEN ARE JEVA,OMEGA AND PADI.

- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ACTUAL PLUS4
SCENE?

I'M REALLY SORRY THAT I HAVE TO SAY
THIS,BUT THE PLUS4 IS PRACTICALLY DEAD
NOW... I HAVEN'T GOT ANY NEW PRG FOR
MONTHS... AND I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY.
.. THAT'S WHY I SWITCHED TO C64 TOTALLY.
. ON C64 THERE'S STILL A QUITE BIG SCENE
AND THE COMPUTER ITSELF IS VERY CLOSE TO
THE PLUS4,SO I HOPE I CAN HAVE A GOOD
TIME ON C64 FOR A FEW YEARS... AND WHEN
I'M IN A PESSIMISTIC MOOD,I THINK THE
WHOLE DEMOSCENE STUFF ON ANY COMPUTER IS
HEADING FOR AN END,AS COMPUTERS ARE
GETTING FASTER AND FASTER,THERE WON'T BE
ANY CHALLENGE IN DEMOCODING...

- WHAT IS MISSING IN THE PLUS4 SCENE?

THE SCENE ITSELF:MANY GOOD GROUPS,WHO
KEEP THE MACHINE ALIVE.
- IF THE SCENE WAS MUCH LARGE,HOW DO YOU
WOULD TO CODE?

IF IT WAS AS LARGE AS IN THE OLD DAYS, I
WOULD TO CODE THE SAME WAY AS I CODE
NOW,BUT I PROBABLY WOULD TO RELEASE
DEMOS ON PLUS4,AND NOT JUST ON C64.
THERE WOULD TO BE A CHALLENGE,AND THERE
WOULD TO BE AN AUDIENCE FOR MY DEMOS.

- HAVE YOU SEEN SOME OLD CODERS IN THIS
YEAR? WHAT DID THEM SAY?

A FEW:OSCAR,LARRY,I SWAPPED FEW EMAILS
WITH TLC WHO CODED NICE INTERLACE
ROUTINE FOR PLUS4,AND PLANS TO RELEASE A
DEMO. I DON'T MEET MANY CODERS NOWADAYS.
MOST OF THEM STOPPED CODING OF PLUS4,AND
DON'T COME TO PARTIES.

- PLEASE TELL US SOME NEWS FROM
ELECTRONIC.

WE HAVE A BUNCH OF UNRELEASED EFFECTS
LAYING ON OUR DISCS,SO WE MAY RELEASE
THAT DAMN DEMO SOMETIME. I'M NOT MAKING
PROMISE ABOUT THIS,SINCE I DON'T HAVE
ANY INSPIRATION TO SIT DOWN,LINK THEM
ALL TOGETHER AND RELEASE A DEMO ON
PLUS4... BESIDES,I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR
IT RIGHT NOW:MOST OF MY FREE TIME IS
SPENT ON CODING OUR NEW TRACKMO FOR C64.
- OTHER HOBBIES APART YOUR COMPUTERS?

THE USUAL STUFF:LISTENING TO MUSIC-MY
FAVOURITE BAND IS PET SHOP BOYS,BUT I
ALMOST LIKE EVERY SYNT POP BAND-,READING
-SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY-,ROLE
BLAYING GAMES,AND SOME 'ARTISTIC' MOVIES
-MY FAVOURITE DIRECTOR IS PROBABLY DAVID
LYNCH-.

- WHAT DOES 'SJP' MEAN?

AHH,THAT'S A SECRET... IT MEANS
SOMETHING,BUT I WON'T TELL YOU WHAT IT
IS... SERIOUSLY,NOW I THINK THAT IT'S A
PRETTY LAME NAME,BUT WHEN I CHOSE IT I
REALLY LIKED IT,AND I DIDN'T WANT TO
CHANGE LATER:I THINK CHANGING HANDLER IS
LAME.
FINALLY I WOULD TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
IT'S ALWAYS A NICE FEELING TO KNOW THAT
THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ACTUALLY
ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT I'M DOING RIGHT
NOW,OR WHAT I HAVE TO SAY...







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