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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: Z*Magazine: 6-Jun-88 #109 Date: Wed Jul 28 11:13:56 1993 ZMAGAZINE JUNE 6, 1988 ISSUE #109 American Publishing Enterprises (APEInc) Post Office Box 74 Middlesex, New Jersey 08846-0074 Publisher/Editor: Ron Kovacs Assistant Editor: Steve Godun =========================Contents> <*> Publisher's Desk <*> Recent Happenings <*> BBS Update <*> Rex Reade <*> My Own Headaches <*> Confidential Report <*> Atari Magazine Back Issues <*> GEnie Node Update <*> BBS Spotlight =========================Publishers Desk> by Ron Kovacs As you can see we have changed over to a NEW format. No longer will you find ZMagazine in 39 column. Due to the rather large task of formatting the text to 39 from 80, we have taken an easier route to publishing. I know a few of you will be upset with the changes. Since many readers are accessing ZMag through the online services and local BBS systems, I feel that word wrapping and settings already used on these services, will format the text to your liking. If you are an Express 850 user, you can capture the text with word- wrap enabled. Or if you are interested, you can always convert the text to 39 column after you have captured or downloaded it. Coming soon to these pages, Carina columns written by Larry Mihalik. The return of the Basic Programming Series to conclusion, and a new feature about the systems carrying ZMagazine weekly. Stay tuned for details!!! We welcome Gary Gorski to the staff as Sales Manager. Gary is presently part of the Jersey Atari Computer Group (JACG) as BBS SysOp and sales director. Our newest publication Amiga Report is in final production. Look for the debut shortly. Please pass the word to your Amiga friends about this new online magazine. =========================Recent Happenings> ATARI FOUNDER RENEWS TIES WITH FIRM TO HELP CREATE NEW GAMES SUNNYVALE, Calif. (JUNE 2) UPI - Atari Corp. said Wednesday its founder Nolan Bushnell will renew his ties to the company he created by helping it develop video games for the home entertainment market. Under an ''exclusive'' agreement disclosed by Sunnyvale-based Atari, Axlon Inc., a maker of toys and coin-operated games, will design and develop ''an unspecified number'' of video games for two of Atari's three home entertainment systems, called the 2600 and the 7800. Bushnell is chairman of Axlon. He founded the Sunnyvale-based company in 1983 after selling a then-struggling Atari to Warner Communications for $28 million in 1976. ''I'm very excited at the prospect of working again in the video game industry, especially with my alma mater, Atari,'' Bushnell said. ''I hope my contribution will add to the strong rebound in the industry.'' Sales of video games, which slumped beginning in 1982, have recently been rising on renewed consumer demand and a new focus on games of strategy that test wits as well as manual skills. But Atari, which claims 30 percent of the video game market, faces strong foreign competition, including Nintendo of Japan, which currently dominates the U.S. market. Bushnell was one of the pioneers of the video game craze, cofounding Atari in 1972 with an initial investment of $250 and later introducing the popular game ''Pong''. ''PAC-Man,'' another industry hit, was introduced by Atari in 1981. After selling Atari, Bushnell launched a chain of pizza restaurants and a venture capital company aimed at Silicon Valley entrepreneurs before founding Axlon five years ago. Michael Katz, president of Atari's entertainment electronics division, said Bushnell's ''experience and expertise will be invaluable.'' ''We're anxious for the first few games to hit the market later this year'' he added. Atari has previously promised to launch 45 new video games in 1988. IBM EXPANDS LINE OF PERSONAL COMPUTERS NEW YORK (JUNE 2) AP - International Business Machines Corp. Thursday expanded its 14-month-old line of Personal System-2 personal computers with a range of new machines, including its fastest PC ever. IBM said its new Model 70, available in three configurations, can do jobs up to 1 1/2 times as fast as its previous top-of-the-line PC, the Model 80 which stands on the floor. IBM also introduced the Model 50 Z, which offers up to 35 percent better performance than its current Model 50. Also introduced were a low-priced local area network station, which is used for tying clusters of PCs into groups; new storage features for its small low-end Model 25 PCs; and new equipment for electronic publishing. Prices for the Model 70 range from $5,995 to $11,295, depending on features. IBM said two versions of the Model 70 would be available this month, while the most expensive version would come out in the third quarter. All the other PCs are to be available this month, but some of the add-on equipment will not be available until later this year, IBM said. The company also reduced prices on some of its older Personal System-2 computers, including the Model 60 and Model 80. =========================BBS Systems Update> Please add the following to your BBS Listing of carriers: S109-312 The Crooked Dragon Inn (312) 690-2211 S110-201 Hologram BBS (201) 727-1914 X111-817 The Genesys I (817) 284-1520 X132-615 StarBase BBS (615) 528-7153 S112-403 68000-Mice (403) 242-0706 Please delete the following from the list: X054-502 Bargain Basement Z066-502 WAEL X011-201 Timelink Change status of X009-916 to H009-916 Shadow Haven ST CIS (916) 962-2566 =========================Thomas Rex Reade> ST-Report Editor (Repinted from Issue #38) The rumor mill is hard at work these days, seems Chuck Babbitt has left Atari...if such is the case it seems to me we have lost another refreshing breath of fresh air amid all the hot air and confusion. After having met him at Atlanta, I was left with the impression He would truly get things on the right track. Perhaps he was too truthful with the Atari userbase and third party folks. Not knowing if he is really gone or not, and if he has, the real reasons why he left, we are left in the typical abyss of non-information Atari is so famous for. I certainly want this company to be the number one company because I will always feel they have produced a powerhouse of a computer and can only see bigger and better things come from it. It seems to me though, that attitude of Atari is wild and disorganized.. they show up where they are not supposed to be, the dep't heads in Atari are NOT totally in touch with one another, they have defective and bad sounding answering machines in use, they have NO set policy for true customer relations. (Everybody gets a different deal) and worst of all, their marketing methods are atrocious. Atari truly has a fine product in the ST, but for goodness' sake let's get the show on the road! Another year is slipping by us and still, the US public hardly knows ATARI other than an ARCADE GAME COMPANY. Some of the sharpest folks in the business are at ATARI now, and still they are hampered by the guy who STILL calls ALL the shots. NEW leadership may be the only way to allow Atari to grow in the USA! Personally, I am waiting for the day ......For, in my opinion, only then will Atari become the power in the computing industry it justly deserves to be... =========================My Own Headaches> by Bob Rosendale After reading a newsletter article entitled "Headache #69" in the Michigan Atari Magazine, I decided to compile my own list of headaches and some possible cures. PD is nothing but Junk ---------------------- I don't know how many times I have heard this during the last five years of operating my Atari computers. Public domain comes in all kinds of functions, colors and sounds. There is Freeware, Shareware and of course the newest variety, Begware. How many have used the term programs done by Keith Ledbetter, Trent Dudley or Matt Singer? How many have used the various archiver programs such as ARC SHELL, MAGIC SHADOW, SCRUNCH, CRUNCH, the list goes on and on. How many have collections of picture files done with Neochrome or Degas and view them with a slideshow program? How many have Music Studio, Music Construction Set or converted AMS music files and the various players? There are dozens of other utilities, applications, desk accessories and even games too numerous to go into at this point and most keep getting worked on and improved. Support these programmers and developers with your feedback and financial support. Public domain gives us programs, IF NOTHING ELSE, while we try and save our pennies for the HIGH-priced stuff. My Computer is BETTER than your Computer ----------------------------------------- What started out as a friendly rivalry has grown into a battle for others. If you have ever seen Commodore Kill and/or Apple Kill demos on the 8-bit machines, you can tell they were done with humor instead of hatred. Every type of machine, not just computers, have their own specific advantages or limitations. Look at the number of styles of automobiles, radios, stereos, even toasters. My suggestion to anyone that needs to continue this line of thinking and can't convince others that computing is a worthwhile hobby, no matter what computer they may choose, should find another hobby like sand collecting or cistron decoding. I use an IBM clone at work and my Atari ST at home, I can not even start to compare the two. The clone does not have a graphics card and my ST doesn't have Word Star. Piracy will Kill the Atari --------------------------- I have added this to my headache list because every article written about it, in national publications, reinforces this "idea" to the WHOLE computer industry, not just the prospective software developers, that there is a "severe" problem with "ALL" Atari users. But yet the same magazines that carry the Atari epitaph carry advertisements about who's products "back-up" protected programs so "users won't damage their original disk". This problem is industry wide, but during the last several years it is the Atari userbase that is getting all the flak. Pick up any computer magazine and check out the ads. For example, in the July 1988 issue of COMPUTE!'s Gazette for Commodore users there are 4 separate ads (two companies even have a mini battle going) for backup "systems". One, in particular, has a full page color ad for a cartridge called the "Replay IV", all someone has to do is "just press a button at any point and make a complete backup of any "*" memory resident program to tape or disk". Finding the other "*" on the page proclaims "In our most recent test we were unable to find any program that AR4 could not cope with". Yet COMPUTE! ST has met its demise because of being "unprofitable". If you still have your copies of the last several issues of COMPUTE! ST, read the editorials and see for yourself why it died. Complaining about Atari complainers ----------------------------------- DRAM prices, ROM upgrades, Disk drives, Vaporware, Laser printers, user group support, retailer support, developer support, and even mail order supplies have been some subjects of interest lately. Complainers have been targeted in a number of editorials, teleconferencing sessions and even messages on the commercial services. I, as a CASH paying consumer, have the right to complain or even investigate why something is not up to date, doesn't meet my expectations, or even throws a whole string of "bombs" across my screen. BUT if I do take a course of action and complain, I am handed someone else's set of values and am preached at to "just be thankful for what you already have". I have voiced some opinions in some of the online message bases and then read several days later about what my opinion really SHOULD HAVE BEEN! That really Sux! I really do recommend that you get involved in anyway you can with your computer, if not in your usergroup then with letter writing or even attending some of the online conferences. =========================Confidential Report> Compiled by the Staff LATEST DEPARTURES: CHUCK BABBITT RICHARD FRICK Are no longer with Atari according to our sources..... Atari is SHOWING THE PORTABLE ST AT LAS VEGAS COMDEX AT THIS TIME.... We know they were not supposed to be there but they are.... Atari is reconsidering it's posture on (A) Advertising in the USA, co-op and national network (B) Mail Order Sales [except flagship products]. Atari has contracted with a familiar name, N. Bushnell [Axlon Products] he is the REAL Mr. Atari, he started the whole shibang and will be producing carts for Atari...on a contract basis......interesting? Atari, for all intents and purposes was shutdown by a warehouse inventory...seems it was in such a mess that they had to reorganize the warehouse then take the inventory, during this time NO new units or PARTs were shipped at all. tsk tsk... By The Way, did you know....If you bought a late model (Blit Ready) 1040ST ST, 6 weeks ago or so and found it to be defective, you can send it in to be exchanged for another and if out of warranty, pay 125.00 for another?..That's not bad...HERE IS THE CATCH! You run the risk of getting back an ST (working) of early vintage (NOT BLIT READY)..seems they have no way of telling which is what in the warehouse or, is it that they dont want to be stuck with a bunch of old ST's? Make sense to you? Not me! =========================Atari Magazine Back Issues> ANALOG Accurate back issue information not available at press time. Watch this area next month for more information. 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BOX 717,COOPER STATION NEW YORK,NY 10276-0717 ONLINE TODAY BACK ISSUES FROM 1983-1988 ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE (GO ORDER) ON COMPUSERVE FOR $2.50 EACH. CALL 1-800-848-8990 FOR MORE INFORMATION. START COMING NEXT MONTH! STAY TUNED! COPYRIGHT 1988 ATARI SCENE BBS (502) 964-2924 SYSOP:RICH LINK EDITOR:WEATHERMAN =========================GEnie Node Update> 88/06/2 - Meridian, MS has a new GEnie access number for 300/1200 baud. The old number of 601-693-5425 has been changed to new number 601-482-2655 effective immediately. There will be no $2/hour surcharge on the new number. Please make a note of this change as the old number will be removed on June 6. =========================BBS Spotlight> By Ron Kovacs Connected To The Piscataway Express Running BBS Express! Pro Software *********************************** BBS Express! Professional (c) 1988 by Orion Micro Systems Enter your user number or NEW if a new user: new Thanks for calling The Piscataway Express. You are welcome to become a member if you wish. To become a member, answer the following questions honestly, and you will be validated in 12 to 24 hours, providing you answer all of the questions. If you just want to look around, answer "No" when asked if you would like a permanent password. Unlike the old Express! software you are permitted to choose a pass- word of your own choosing. Please, whatever you do, don't forget to write it and your user number down. Do you want a permanent password? y Is your terminal 80 columns?y What is your REAL name? -> Ron Kovacs What handle would you like to use? (<return> for Ron Kovacs) -> What is your address? -> POB74 Middlesex NJ Enter your city, state (or province) -> Middlesex, NJ What is your zip/postal code? -> 08846 What country are you from? (<return> for "USA") -> What is your phone number? -> 201-968-8148 What type of computer do you have? -> ST What is your age? -> 30 Enter a password of your choice -> ************** Here is the information that you have entered. Press a letter to change any item. [A] Real Name: Ron Kovacs [B] Handle: Ron Kovacs [C] Address: POB74 Middlesex NJ [D] City: Middlesex, NJ [E] Zip Code: 08846 [F] Country: USA [G] Phone: 201-968-8148 [H] Computer: ST [I] Age: 30 [J] Password: *********** [K] V. Width: 80 [L] Auto-read Email at logon: Yes [M] Clear screen after msg : Yes [N] "Hotkey" 1-key commands : Yes [O] Non-stop quickscan mode : No [P] Message view page length: 24 Enter letter to change, OK when done, or <return> to list: ok Wait, finding a slot for you... Your user number will be: *** PLEASE write it down...got it? y Online: Ron Kovacs Ron Kovacs POB74 Middlesex NJ Middlesex, NJ 08846 Welcome to The Piscataway Express! The Insane One....Sysop Preacher..........Co-Sysop Dr. Image.........80 Col. Co-Sysop Pegasus...........Adult Subop System News Last updated: Tue 31-May-88 Your last logon: Read system news (Y/N)? y System News 5-31-88 The Piscataway Express is proud to announce that it's running with one of the latest creations from Orion Micro Systems, BBS Express! Pro. I won't take up too much of your time telling you about it, rather I'll let you see it for yourself. Feel free to leave me comments on your visit in feedback, I'd really like to know how you like it. What can I say? Enjoy! The Insane One Your parms are as follows: Handle: Ron Kovacs Name : Ron Kovacs Pword : *********** Addr : POB74 Middlesex NJ City : Middlesex, NJ Zip : 08846 Cntry : USA Phone : 201-968-8148 Age : 30 CPU : ST Last Call: TL / Call: 10 TL / Day : 20 Min Today: 0 Last Read: 0 DL Ratio : 0:1 Downloads: 0 Uploads : 0 Msgs Post: 0 EM Sent : 0 Tot Calls: 1 Video Wid: 80 Checking for mail... Sorry, there is no mail for you. [2 Min] Command: ? The Piscataway Express __ __ __ _____ __ __ __ __ _____ __ __ __ __ / : / : / : /_ _/ / : / / / : / : / ___/ / : / / / / / / / :/ : / : / / / :/ / / :/ : / /__ / :/ / / / / / / : / /: : / / / / / : / ___/ / / / / / / / : / :_/ /_ / / / :/ /__ / / / /__/ / :__/:__/:__:/__/:__:____//__/:__/ /__/:___/:__:____/ /__/:__/ /______/ ______________________________________________________________________________ [ A ] ASCII/ATASCII Translation [ B ] Browse Files for Downloads [ C ] Call The Insane One [ D ] Download Locator [ F ] Feedback to The Insane One [ G ] Goodbye (Log off the System) [ I ] System Information [ L ] Library Text Files [ N ] System News [ O ] Other BBS's [ P ] Parameter Editor [ R ] Read E-MAIL [ S ] Send E-MAIL [ U ] Userlog Search [ W ] Last 50 Calls to Here [ Y ] Your Statistics [ = ] Go to a Sub Board [ * ] Message Base List [ Q ] Quickscan New Messages [ @ ] Edit Sub Board Scan List [ # ] Ordering Info on Express Pro [ ? ] This Menu [T]Title Screen ______________________________________________________________________ Please Make a selection for your Total Enjoyment! [3 Min] Command: The Piscataway Express Sub List _____________________________________________________________________  Express General  Trading Post  Mets, Jets, Nets  Express/Net  Atari User Sig  Ask Dr. Image  Opinion Line  Live or Memorex  For Adults Only  Top Shelf BBS Express! Professional ------------------------------------ Message Base Scan List Maintenance Please wait, loading base data... 1. View marked status of each base 2. Set marked status of each base X. Exit Selection: 2 BBS Express! Professional ------------------------------------ Message Base Scan List Maintenance 1. Express General Mark? y The Picataway Message Base Commands <Return> reads the next message in the direction you are moving <A> Read the current message again <P> Post a new message <B> Set read direction to backward <Q> Quit reading current thread <-> Set read direction to backward <R> Reply to the current message <D> Delete the current message <S> See replies to current message <E> Edit the current message <T> See thread of current message <F> Set read direction to forward <U> Unlock the current message <+> Set read direction to forward <V> Verbose mode toggle (on/off) <G> Goto a certain message number <X> Exit back to the main menu <J> Goto a certain message number <*> List of active message bases <L> Lock the current message <@> Add/remove base from scan list <M> Message base statistics <K> Search for a keyword <N> Position at first new message <C> Continue keyword search (0/12+) Express General: f Read direction now FORWARD (0/12+) Express General: *Locked* Message: 1 (#1) Title: Welcome! Author: The Insane One To: All Posted: Fri 27-May-88 at 12:23:17pm Replies: 0 Welcome to the "Pro" version of The Piscataway Express. I hope that you don't find things too hard on the changeover. If there are any bugs in the program, please let me know, and I'll fix them as soon as possible. The Insane One (1/12+) Express General: [9 Min] Command: g Leave...Are you Sure? y Closing the connection... Well, goodbye Ron Kovacs I hope that you enjoyed your visit to The Piscataway Express. Time now 11:38:29pm on Fri 3-Jun-88 Hope you visit again real soon... Member of EXPRESS/NET The express was brought to you by: BBS Express! Professional (c) 1988 by Orion Micro Systems Version 1.0 Cutting the connection..........Click! ================================================================================ ZMagazine Issue #109 (c)1988 APEInc June 6, 1988 80 Column Format ================================================================================
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