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From: aa399 (Len Stys) Subject: News - Undated - II Date: Tue Jan 23 16:08:05 1990 Undated Time Capsule -------------------- "Atari Update", Sam Tramiel Federated Compu-Centers Atari's Home Office Target Frank Foster Joins Atari Atari's Calendar Computer and Video Sales Atari Corp. Net Sales Diamond Operating System Diamond Conference Transcript 1988 Year End Results SEA Vs. Us (maybe) "Atari Update", Sam Tramiel --------------------------- -From:aa399:news:601415026:604007026:"Atari Update", Sam Tramiel. -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 017 Sam Tramiel, "Atari Update", THE ATARI REPORT, Winter 1988, p.1. "BUSINESS IS WAR. A strong statement to be sure, but true. This sometimes misconstrued saying was first publicly coined in 1983 by CEO Jack Tramiel during an interview on the McNeil/ Lehrer News Hour. It reflects a business philosophy, not an endorsment of war and its astrosities. According to Jack, 'I compare business to war because each much be approached in the same manner. It takes strategic planning, good organization, and total commitment to win. It's not a sport or a game. Every minute, every hour, you face competition...there are always others much smarter than you. You have to work harder and serve the customer better to get your share of the business.' Lately, the 'Business is War' slogan has been adopted by other companies in their advertising campaigns. It's no surprise. A disciplined, militaristic approach couldn't be more applicable as business faces the tough competition of today's market. Business is war, and Atari is armed with the latest in tecnology and compelling new products to be a major factor in both the computer and video game markets. Our weapons are the skill and experience of our designers, engineers and developers. Our ammunition is the increasing ability to keep a market fully suplied and well served. We are aware that highly developed and well executed marketing strategies are vital to secure Atari's position in the minds of the ultimate target--the costumers. Having just recently returned from COMDEX, the largest domestic computer conference and trade show, I believe we are well positioned for the year- end push, as well as next year. Atari commanded an imposing presence by solely occupying a 6,600 square foot display hall for presentation of new products and software. Among the show's highlights were the new Atari PC4 MS-DOS compatible personal computer; the PC5 OS/2 compatible, the Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW), and an ST laptop computer to be released in summer, 1989. THE QUARTER RESULTS. The growth of the computer segmented continued to be constrained by the continuing shortage and high price of DRAMs. Our margins were negatively impacted by adverse movements in exchange rates and high component costs. A recently signed contract with a major DRAM supplier will assure an expanded, stable supply of components which will allow us to expand our computer business in 1989. The overall results at Federated are disappointing. We have improved our gross margins significantly from 24 percent to 28 percent since the beginning of the year. Also, we have reduced our variable operating costs, including head office overheads, by approximately 40 percent since the beginning of the year. However, while these trends are favorable, the tradeoff for establishing control in this newly acquired enterprise has been an erosion of sales volume. Expect for its severity, this decline was anticipated. During the fourth quarter, Federated, with the assistance of DDB Needham Retail, our recently appointed advertising agency, is launching an aggressive marketing campaign. We anticipate a much improved fourth quarter in our retail segment." Len Stys aa399 Atari Co-Sysop Federated Compu-Centers ----------------------- -From:aa399:news:601432839:604024839:Federated Compu-Centers -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 018 "Federated Opens Compu-Centers", THE ATARI REPORT, winter 1988, p.3. "Soon all Federated customers will know that not only is this the place to buy their consumer electronic products, but it is also the best place to purchase their computer business systems. A new concept for Federated stores, called Compu-Centers, was started this past summer. The 'store-within-a- store' concept consists of about 1500 square feet of retail space. The small office center offers computers, disk drives, printers, modems, FAX machines, copiers, business phones and related supplies. In addition to computer hardware, the Compu-Center carries a full line of Atari ST and 8-bit software, MS-DOS software, and peripherals. Five vertical markets are being targeted with this new program: Desktop Publishing, Graphics, Music, Education, and the Home Office (specifically small business in the home or homes that are used as an extension of the regular workspace). These markets will be reached through onsite seminars and outside sales. There are now 16 Compu-Centers operating in California, Arizona and Texas. Eventually all 60 stores will adopt this concept." Len Stys aa399 Atari Co-Sysop Atari's Home Office Target -------------------------- -From:aa399:news:601450499:604042499:Atari's Home Office Target -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 019 "Atari Targets Home Office Market", THE ATARI REPORT, Winter 1988, p.7. "Recent articles in industry publications indicate that retailers stand to benefit from the multi- billion dollar home office market, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. personal computer market. Home computing has become much more than entertainment and education. Home Computing now means business, with business-oriented applications such as word processing and finance. Atari finds its economical, high- performance computer creating strong inroads into the explosive home office marketplace. The Atari MEGA and ST computers are naturals for the home office, due to their low prices, performance, and versatility. Software is available for any application, and PC and Mac emulation capabilities offer compatibility with any system. Whether the home office is used for a busy household, small business, or an extension of the workplace, Atari computers are the best choice. The Federated Group, Atari's chain of electronics stores has targeted the home office as one of five vertical markets for Federated's Compu-Centers. In addition to Atari computers, IBM PC clones, and the Amiga, Federated's Compu-Centers carry copiers, FAX machines, business phones, and typewriters to meet the needs of the small business person. Research has shown that one out of three new businesses is being run from the home. In fact, in 1987, one- third of all personal computers were shipped to homes. Also, approximately one-third of the U.S. labor force works full- or part-time in their homes. The number of people working in the home has doubled again by 1992 (Computer Reseller News, 11/21/ 88). The personal computer itself is largely responsible for these changes, by bringing productivity to an affordable level, accessible to the average person. According to the Dataquest study conducted early this year, word processing is the software application most oftwn used in home, by nearly half of those surveyed. Databases, file management, spreadsheets, and games are also very popular. Increased usage is found for database managers, spreadsheets, and business accounting packages, due to the increasing number of computers being used for a home office. Dataquest has found that the traditional game/ education system is yielding to serious business machines in the home. Other applications for the home office include graphics programs, household finance, education, programming languages, and bookkeeping packages. Software from Atari and its third-party developers is available for all of these needs. And the price for Atari software always fits the home office budget. Atari offers additional benefits because of its unique emulation capabilities. Using Atari MEGA or ST can run most Apple Macintosh software--twenty percent faster than the Macintosh itself! The Atari also offers a monitor screen that is thirty percent larger than the Macintosh display. Users can use Spectre 128 to run such programs as Hypercard, pageMaker, and Adobe Illustrator, and still switch back to Atari's TOS system to run the wide variety of software written for Atari. Avante Garde Systems offers IBM PC emulation with their software-only package, PC-Ditto. PC-Ditto enables the Atari ST to imitate an IBM PC XT. No extra hardware is required, although a 5.25-inch drive is required for programs on 5.25-inch disks. Programs such as Lotus 1-2-3, Framework, Symphony, dBase II and III+, Sidekick, TurboPascal, and hundreds more, will work "out of the box." PC-Ditto sells for $89.95. Atari software also excels at file portability. Word processors and desktop publishing packages for the Atari accpet ASCII text files transferred from any personal computer. Spreadsheets like LDW Power, from Logical Design Works, and VIP Professional, from ISD Marketing, both accept files from the popular MS-DOS program Lotus 1-2-3/ A number of word processors are available for the Atari MEGA and ST computers. WordPerfect is a popular choice among users seeking a powerful package." Len Stys aa399 Atari Co-Sysop Frank Foster Joins Atari ------------------------ -From:aa399:news:601515206:601515206:Frank Foster Joins Atari. -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 020 "Frank Foster Joins Atari Computer", THE ATARI REPORT, Winter 1988, p.6. "Atari's new manager of specialty markets is no stranger to the MIDI industry. Frank Foster is probably best-known as one of the founders of the music software company, Hybrid Arts, where he helped build the initial Atari 8-bit market back in 1983. Foster has been one of the most vocal proponents of the ST since its introduction. He worked closely with Sam Tramiel to run Atari's first music industry ad in 1986 and in expanding Atari's dealer network to music retailers. Foster notes that users can look for continued high visibility by Atari in music stores and publications. 'Atari plans to continue sponsorship of concert tours and other events, such as the Tangerine Dream North American tour,' he said." Len Stys aa399 Atari Co-Sysop Atari's Calendar ---------------- -From:aa399:news:601616319:601616319:Atari's Calendar -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 021 "Calendar", THE ATARI REPORT, Winter 1988, P.3. "JANUARY 1989 20-22: California. Winter NAMM International Music Market. Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. Call National Association of Music Merchants, (619) 438-8001 for more information. APRIL 22-23: California. World of Atari Show, sponsored ST WORLD. Game machines, 8-bit computers, MEGA and STs, seminars, workshops, exhibits. Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA. Call (503) 623-2259 for more information. MAY 6-7: Michigan. MACE Atarifest, Detroit. Call Patty Rahl at (313) 973-8825 for more information. 13-14: Massachusetts. Atarifest, Boston. Call Jerry Feldman at (603) 881-1135. JUNE 3-6: Illinois. Summer CES, McCormick Place, Chicago. Call National Association of Music Merchants, (619) 438-8001, for more information." Len Stys aa399 Atari Co-Sysop Computer and Video Sales ------------------------ -From:aa399:news:601691855:604283855:Computer and Video Sales -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 022 "Computers and Video Games", ATARI REPORT, Winter 1988, p.5. "Atari's computer and video game division reported net sales for the quarter of $97.0 million compared to $80.4 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 21 percent. Operating income was $11.9 million compared to $15.0 million, a decrease of 20 percent. Net sales for the nine months were $296.3 million compared to $216.2 million for the same period last year, an increase of 37 percent. Operating income was $44.3 million for the nine months compared to $40.7 million, an increase of 9 percent." Len Stys aa399 Atari Co-Sysop Atari Corp. Net Sales --------------------- -From:aa399:news:602034796:604626796:Atari Corp. Net Sales -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 023 "Atari (Consolidated)", THE ATARI REPORT, Winter 1988, p.5. "Atari Corporation net sales for the quarter were $153.9 million compared to $80.4 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 91 percent. Operating income was $5.2 million compared to $15.0 million, a decrease of 65 percent, while net income was $.9 million compared to $9.9 million. Net sales for the nine months ended October 1, 1988 were $487.8 million compared to $216.2 million for the same period last year, an increase of 126 percent. Operating income was $24.2 million compared to $40.7 million, a decrease of 40 percent. Net income was $121.1 million compared to $38.7 million, a decrease of $26.6 million. Reflecting on the past nine months and the status of the company as we entered the fourth quarter, we are extremely confident about prospects for the coming year. From all of us at Atari, we send best wishes to everyone for a healthy and successful New Year!" Len Stys aa399 Atari Co-Sysop Diamond Operating System ------------------------ -From:aa384:news:602220937:604812937:Diamond Operating System -From: DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) -Indx: 024 The following was taken from Zmagazine Issue #139. ############################## <*> DIAMOND UPDATE ############################## Press Release: Diamond OS SuperCart From: Alan Reeve/Reeve Software Attention Atarians, It has been a little over six months since our first press release for our Diamond OS. Since then a lot has changed. We initially intended to ship Diamond as a disk based product and it was to require at least 64K. In August of 1988 we were contacted by Shelly Merrill of Merrill Ward & Associates. Originally Diamond was going to compete against their product, however, things fell apart with the developer and Shelly has been assisting us with the marketing of Diamond. We elected to unite as I felt that his marketing knowledge could greatly boost the sales of our product, and also create a resurgence of interest in the Atari computer. Shelly has since moved on, formed USA Media, and has been very helpful in the marketing of Diamond. We shipped our disk based version of Diamond at the end of September. It did much of what we said that it would, however we have received many comments and criticisms regarding some areas. The most common complaint was that the disk version functioned solely with Atari DOS 2.0. Since the release of our disk based version of Diamond we have spent the last ten weeks adding to it in order to create our much more powerful cartridge version of Diamond. The cartridge version adds a lot of power over our initial disk version: * Supports two windows on the DeskTop. * Supports Quit to Basic and direct return to the DeskTop. * Supports most DOS types (Atari DOS 2.X, DOS XE, and SpartaDOS). * Supports folders (subdirectories) and time/date stamping. * Windows have sliders, and fullers that support full reversing. * It's on cartridge and consumes minimal system memory to function. * Much more... Diamond is also completely programmable. We initially intended to have a separate Programmer's Kit, however, along with the cartridge will come complete documentation for programming the environment...it can even be programmed in Atari Basic. The disk version was also to have memory drivers and be followed up by many external applications. Due to our continued work on creating such a powerful environment we have delayed the applications until the cartridge was completed. We will now be releasing the applications and they will support the cartridge, however, Diamond Paint and Diamond Write will also include versions that support the 64K disk version. We are now pleased to announce that the cartridge version of Diamond is 100% done and will be shipping very soon as we produce the cartridges. It will first be available to users that wish to upgrade from the 64K disk version, and will then be available in stores nationwide. Please contact us for more information: Contact: REEVE Software 29W150 Old Farm Lane Warrenville, IL 60555 (312) 393-2317 or USA Media 7810 Malcolm Road Clinton, Maryland 20735 (301) 868-5494 GEnie ID: REEVE.SOFT CIS ID: 71521,2200 The separate applications will be arriving shortly as Diamond acts as a very solid foundation for external programs. The first Diamond based program will be Diamond Paint. Diamond Write, News Station, Diamond Publish and more will follow. The first three are almost complete. Lastly, we'd like to thank those of you that have been supportive of our efforts to revitalize the Atari community. I believe that Diamond is the most powerful program written for any 8-bit computer and will lead the Atari 8-bits into the 1990's. We hope that you will join us and Diamond as your Atari 8-bit soars to new heights. Doug Wokoun Atari SysOp Diamond Conference Transcript ----------------------------- -From:aa384:news:602299074:604891074:Diamond Conference Transcript -From: DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) -Indx: 025 The following was taken from the Jan.16 issue of ZMagazine (#140)... ############################## <*> Alan Reeves Conference ############################## Ctsy GEnie Atari8 RT <[RT*SysOp] MARTY.A> Welcome to Alan and Shelly, and thanks for joining us here on GEnie to discuss your new Diamond OS cart. I think that there has been a LOT of excitement about this product. Would you like to make an opening statement? <REEVE.SOFT> First I would like to thank Marty for setting up this conference. First, I (Alan) will speak and the appropriate name will appear in the . I would also like to thank all of the many customers that now own a Diamond cartridge for their support. As some of you recall our first conference back in July was geared at discussing the up and coming Diamond...much has happened and now Diamond is a cartridge based system... I believe that the new cartridges addresses many (if not all) of the comments and suggestions that the dedicated Atari users have made. We initially released our disk based version of Diamond to show the Atari world that the creation of such an OS for the 8-bit is possible and the disk has proven itself to be a powerful system...the new cartridge was aimed at pleasing those of you that are 'power' users. The cartridge does all of what the disk did...adds many new features and consumes less memory due to it's ROM based nature... the first batch of Diamond cartridges we're shipped out 2 days ago...the second batch will be sent out on Monday. For this conference we are here to answer your Questions about Diamond and the future of Diamond... ga Marty <[RT*SysOp] MARTY.A> OK! Well, on to the questions.... First off, we have Bob Puff.... ga Bob! <[Hi! I'm ->] BOB.PUFF> Hi Alan! Well, my congratulations go out on completing such a large project! A couple Qs here (which are probably fully explained in the stuff when it comes, but for the benefit of all..) What memory restrictions does the cart put on programs? Like, is there any code that relocates to LOMEM, or is the top 8K always reserved, etc.? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Basically it's in hi memory...this is so we do not conflict with the numerous little drivers that are out there for printers, Ram Disks...etc.. The cartridge leaves approximately 19K free for programs, but that's why we used our new memory driver system...most code doesn't really need to use 19K it's usually large clumps of data that occupy the majority of this region...the memory drivers allow larger system to take full advantage of their capabilities. <[Hi! I'm ->] BOB.PUFF> I see. ok does it mess around with the operating system? Will it work with modified operating systems? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> It's a good thing I tried that last weekend! When I tried it out on the 400/800 series...works with both the 400/800s and the modified OS...believe it was the three-in-one OS from CSS. <ALFRED> I have the disk version and since it comes with essentially zero documentation, can anything be written for diamond without the programmer kit? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Theoretically one could write applications for the disk... but as you know we have decided to include the programmer's kit with the cartridge...the reason being that the disk and the cartridge are not compatible from a programming standpoint at the present and we do not wish to have to have two versions of each application be made...one for disk and one for cartridge. Incidentally I hope that you have sent your warranty card in to us so that we can send you the needed upgrade information. <ALFRED> Ok. Can diamond support multiple applications, like gem? Not yet on that warranty card. <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> If you mean multitasking no...the closest to multitasking for Diamond is the desk accessories...in reality a desk accessory could be used as a full blown application...it would consume a lot of memory though and would require a memory upgrade. Diamond has been written with the future in mind...it is a very open ended system so many things are possible that may not be yet implemented. I don't think a switcher would be very appropriate for Diamond though due to the excessive Ram constraints that it puts on an ST. <[Dominick] TUBBY.TOAD> How will you be working with the new 16bit board for the now 8bits? And do you think you could incorporate MTOS with Diamond to get a Kickstart/Workbench thingie going? Since the new board can address so much memory. <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> I think the 16 bit board offers a lot of potential for the future of the Atari 8-bit and we've indicated our desire to work with it and have sent Chuck a cartridge. As for MTOS I'm not really familiar with it for doing such things as mutiple applications a user must have a lot of memory and a relatively fast system...it may be done in the future but at present the cartridge was not designed for that. <[John Nagy] ZMAGAZINE> ok, Hi alan, I was pleased to see the well organized docs in the programmers kit and it gave me lots of ideas of things to do with it, but I see no help for the basic programmer...now BASIC is mentioned on the cover but I am lost once inside will there be more? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> As you know with the initial batch of carts there are Mac/65 libraries. I have designed the needed Basic routine to call Diamond and will U/L after the conference along with a few other things. We are also working on getting the needed Action! library together. <[John Nagy] ZMAGAZINE> Thanks! I know that users will see that there is a lot more to DIAMOND than a desk. <P.CLUB> I was just wondering how well diamond supports the memory upgrades for the various machines. Such as the Scott Peterson and the 130 upgrades to beyond one meg? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Diamond's memory support routines are among its more powerful capabilities...all upgrades that I am aware of can be supported and as I have indicated in the BB topic I'm looking for people that have the various memory upgrades to test them out on. Most upgrades perform banking via $CFFF or $D301 (tech jargon) but Diamond does not fix this...the cartridge includes a default driver, but another driver can be loaded in...this is also the case for the mouse drivers. nothing is hard wired. <P.CLUB> thank you. Also which DOS's will Diamond support? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Diamond supports DOS 2.X, DOS XE, SpartaDOS and most others such as 2.0, 2.5, and SpartaDOS XE. <[LARRY=>)] THE.LION> Alan, how is it going. How well will Diamond work with a 512K 800. It is a RamCharger Board? And I assume you meant Sparta X ? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Is what a RamCharger board? <[LARRY=>)] THE.LION> Sorry it is a RamCharger Board. <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> To support the RamCharger I believe the switch location is $CFFF...at present the included utilities disk have memory drivers for the 48K, XL and XE machines...but for other memory upgrade the routines only have to be modified slightly. <[Dominick] TUBBY.TOAD> ok, I've got two here, so lets go... 1st, about windows: will the full gadget now shrink them back to the smaller size, and can you have more than one open now? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Yes to both...clicking the fuller twice does a full reverse and the system supports four windows, and two on the desktop. <[Dominick] TUBBY.TOAD> 2nd, are the icons still oversized, and have you kept the ST GEN idea of the 3 icons or gone with, the Workbench/GOE idea of multiple icons stored as files? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> The desktop icons have been reduced and redesigned and we have kept the three icons (as on the ST) for icon displays in a window. <[Hi! I'm ->] BOB.PUFF> ok another tech question Alan... When accessing the extra memory via your memory drivers, is there a "window", and if so, where and how big is it? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> it's not so much a window Bob...we sent up new MemLo and MemHi pointers for the extra memory and when things are moved to it. One just sends a four byte address to the appropriate memory driver routine... That should be set up. <[Hi! I'm ->] BOB.PUFF> so if you want to store data in the extra memory of say a 320K XE at location $100000, how would you go about that? (if it is too complex, don't bother here) <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> just tell diamond the soure and dest ($100000) address and and it's done! for more detailed things I'd recommend waiting until (probably) tomorrow when you get it via UPS. <[Hi! I'm ->] BOB.PUFF> sounds good. so its like a memory move then? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Yes it's exactly that... a memory move... <P.CLUB> I have a couple: first how about hard drive support? Is it dependent on what DOS you happen to be using? Second how about support for the ICD MIO board and the Supra hard drive? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Yes...Diamond supports the DOS types...and the DOS types support the various drive types... I know John Nagy has tested it out and it works on the MIO and it should work with the Supra. OK...we don't tamper with DOS so if Sparta supports 'em them we do. <P.CLUB> Third I noticed you were speaking of using routines from a disk utility to What memory locations are being used for drivers Page6? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> I don't understand the question...are you asking if we use page 6? <P.CLUB> I was wondering if you are vectoring your routines to page 6 locations for the various drivers. <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Page 6 is not used by Diamond...nothing below $8E00 is... <P.CLUB> Thanks much for that we use that page a LOT. Lastly I have heard a rumor that Atari is evaluating Diamond for possible inclusion with its 8-bit line is this true? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Yes <P.CLUB> What kind of reception are you getting or can you say yet? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Warm and coordial. <DATAQUE.1> Hi, all, and Alan..... I have a few Q's concerning file management... 1) does Diamond extend the size and addr range of binary files? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> No <DATAQUE.1> 2) does it take care of paging when a program is loaded on a boundry (16k)? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> I don't understand the question exactly? <DATAQUE.1> 3) does Diamond use published OS vectors only ? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Yes...it makes legitimate calls only. <DATAQUE.1> 2)Clarification: if a file is being loaded by Diamond which is using your mem manager, will it take care of any size file up to 64k? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> the memory manager is not involved when files are loaded..the memory manager is a tool to be used by the software. We retain compatibility with existing files that way. <[John Nagy] ZMAGAZINE> I wanted to affirm MIO support and a hppy HD. Also, tell about the COM line Parameter passing... It is a important feature. <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> The cart you have sets aside the needed space to have its own parameter line (e.g. TTP files on the ST), and also retains compatibility with Spartas command line. <[John Nagy] ZMAGAZINE> thats all here. I am pleased with the handling, particularly with the mouse movement. <[Hi! I'm ->] BOB.PUFF> Anyways, here's my last Q... You said nothing below $8E00, right? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Yep... <[Hi! I'm ->] BOB.PUFF> where's screen memory (8k worth, right?)? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> The screen is at $8000 down to around $6000. <[Hi! I'm ->] BOB.PUFF> what's from $8000 to $8E00 then? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Open program space. <MR.GOODPROBE> Hiya, Alan! How are you doing on the extended memory handlers? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> We've got the 48K, XL, and XE ones... the basic skeleton is the same for all of them though. <MR.GOODPROBE> how about, like, 256k xls and stuff like that? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> That's down the road... I don't have one so I'm recruiting testers. <MR.GOODPROBE> (ahem) I have several, here and at ATARI, so "fire away". <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> How about a loaner. <MR.GOODPROBE> I can give you a NEWELLed XL for a loaner, what say? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Sure... <[RT*SysOp] MARTY.A> Thanks, Jack! The last question is another from Jeff. <ALFRED> one quick q. Are there hard and fast rules about accessories installing themselves. For example could a large accesory hide part of it self under the cart and disable it at times? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Like what kinds of rules? Diamond handles where the ACCs are stored.... and accessories can do everything that an application does. <ALFRED> Are the ACCs always memory resident? <[Alan] REEVE.SOFT> Yes. <[RT*SysOp] MARTY.A> Well, that about wraps it up here for tonight. Did you have any thing that you would like to say in closing, Alan? <or Shelly!> <[Shelly] REEVE.SOFT> Does anyone have any marketing questions? <[RT*SysOp] MARTY.A> I think that the biggest thing would be just how to get Diamond? And the various support files. <[Shelly] REEVE.SOFT> Diamond is available at your local Atari retailer. In some locations there is no dealer, so call us. Doug Wokoun Atari SysOp aa384 1988 Year End Results --------------------- -From:aa399:news:606198877:608790877:1988 YEAR END RESULTS -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 026 March 8, 1989 PAGE 1 OF 3 Contact: GREG PRATT ATARI CORPORATION 1196 Borregas Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (408)745-2349 1988 YEAR END RESULTS SUNNYVALE CA: Atari Corporation reported results of operation for the year ended December 31, 1988. As of year end, Atari began treating its wholly owned subsidiary, the Federated Group, as a discontinued operation. Commensurate with its discontinued status, Atari management is studying the viability of several options including sale, spinoff, or leverage buyout. Atari reported net sales for the year of $452.2 million compared to $362.6 million. Operating income was $59.6 million compared to $72.0 million. Net sales for the quarter ended December 31, 1988 were $152.6 million compared to $146.4 million for the same quarter last year. Operating income was $15.2 million compared to $31.3 million. Net income for the year before extraordinary items and discontinued operations was $39.4 million compared to $46.6 million. For the quarter, net income before extraordinary items and discontinued operations was $9.3 million compared to $21.2 million last year. According to Atari management, "The decrease in operating income for the year and particularly the quarter was mostly attributable to DRAM shortages combined with escalating DRAM costs. The DRAM shortage appears to have peaked in early quarter 1988." An Atari spokesperson said, "To insure that going forward Federated will no longer have any negative financial impact on Atari, management as of December 31, 1988, established reserves and recorded writeoffs related to Federated in excess of $100 million. After provision for these reserves, as of December 31, 1988, Atari's tangible net worth was $83.2 million. Cash and temporary investment position alone of $91.9 million nearly equalled total outstanding short and long-term debt of $93.5 million as of December 31, 1988." It was further stated, "Looking ahead there are indications of an improving environment. Product development activity has remained strong. A number of new items designed to complement the existing ST and MS DOS product lines will be announced this year. Federated will no longer have a negative impact on Atari's financial and managerial resources. The supply of DRAMS is slowly increasing. We expect profit margin improvements as we proceed into 1989. If anticipated demand for our products grows and our new products meet with success in the marketplace, 1989 should be a good year." Atari Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of personal computers, video game systems, a broad line of peripherals and a growing library of computer and video game software. Atari Corporation is located at 1196 Borregas Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Telephone: (408) 745-2000. Fax:(408) 745-4306. Atari's stock is listed on the American Stock Exchange and trades under the ticker symbol ATC. Len Stys (Atari Co-Sysop) SEA Vs. Us (maybe) ------------------ -From:aa400:news:607576415:610168415:SEA vs. Us (maybe) This file does not concern Atari directly but I figured that we in the Atari Community should here this.... ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ --------------------------------------------------------- SEA vs. PKWARE Shareware Company Threatens BBS World That Gave It Life Last April, System Enhancement Associates, vendors of the archive utility ARC, filed suit against Phil Katz, author of the archive programs PKARC and PKXARC, and his company PKWARE. SEA claimed trademark infringement on the name "ARC," and violation of their copyright on the "look and feel" of ARC's command-line user- interface, in addition to charging Katz with appropriating ARC program code. The company demanded all profits from PKARC and PKXARC, treble damages, statutory damages at the highest level allowed, and attorney fees. It also requested that all copies of PKARC and PKXARC, from those owned by bulletin board users to those licensed by businesses, be impounded, and that Katz be barred from ever again selling or distributing the programs. In August, SEA and PKWARE settled out of court. SEA obtained the source code for PKARC and PKXARC, and PKWARE's customer list, and Katz was required to pay SEA royalties on the program back to 1985, in addition to attorney's fees and legal expenses--an amount that, according to documents on file at the Milwaukee County Federal Courthouse, totals $62,500. He also agreed not to use the word "arc" in a trademark sense. Under the settlement Katz is permitted to license his PKARC and PKXARC programs (or PKPAK and PKUNPAK, as they are now called) from SEA until January 31, 1989. (Anyone who licenses PKPAK and/or PKUNPAK from Katz prior to then may continue to use those versions of the program perpetually, even after January 31, 1989.) Recently SEA filed contempt of court charges against Katz. While the company has kept details of their allegations under seal, they appear to be alleging that any use of the word "arc" by Katz, even as a descriptive or generic term (for instance, to refer to the act of achiving a file--whether one is using SEA's ARC or ZOO or any other archiving utility--as "arcing" it) is in violation of the settlement. SEA has lately been contacting other software developers whose products make use of the ARC file format and threatening legal action. Gary Conway, author of NARC, an archive extraction utility, was contacted by the company, which tried to pressure him to license the ARC format and turn over the source code of NARC. Don Kinzer of Polytron received a similar call from Thom Henderson of SEA. Henderson told Kinzer that if a software product had the ability to read an ARC file--not create or extract it, merely read it--SEA would require the vendor to obtain a license from SEA. Settlement Issues and Rumor Mongering As part of the PKWARE-SEA settlement, both parties agreed to refrain from any comment on the settlement. Not surprisingly, unfounded rumors about the settlement have proliferated. One such rumor is that the judge in the PKWARE-SEA case had an outside consultant compare SEA's and Katz's source code. When the consultant found plagiarized code in PKARC, the story goes, Katz settled quickly to save face. Not true. No attorneys for either SEA or Katz had ever met with the judge prior to the settlement, and at no time did the judge ever retain an expert or himself see the source code. The real issues in the case were SEA's charges that Katz had copied ARC's program code and that he had violated the company's trademark on the word "arc." In regard to the first complaint, there are only two pieces of code in ARC with non-trivial algorithm: the squeeze code and the crunch code. SEA copied these almost verbatim from public domain sources. Katz's use of the same public domain sources resulted in a program that ran four times faster than the then current version of SEA's ARC. No competent programmer could ever conclude that Katz had plagiarized SEA code. SEA's claim that it owns a trademark on the word "arc" is, as one UUCP mail user noted, like Digital Equipment insisting that it owns the word "equipment." The word "arc" as an abbreviation for "archive" has been in the public domain long before either SEA or PKWARE entered the scene. Any word which has become a part of popular parlance, as "arc" has, cannot be protected as a trademark. Nevertheless, SEA claims that no one else can use this word to describe their archive utilities, and that Katz used it to intentionally confuse users and capitalize on the popularity of SEA's ARC. Finally, SEA claimed in its lawsuit that Katz violated the copyright on the "look and feel" of ARC's user-interface. Anyone who has ever used both ARC and PKARC knows that neither touts an interface that is anything more than a few commands and switches entered at the DOS command line. There are no menus. There are no full-screen displays. There is nothing artistic or seminal in the interface of either. Yet, SEA argued in its suit that Katz "substantially copied and plagiarized the entire appearance and user interface and screens which result when a computer user interacts with or uses [ARC]." By the same logic the author of Fido bulletin board software may as well sue the designer of RBBS. (Note: If you have any questions about the SEA suit, please see the copy of the complaint filed in that suit which has been circulating on bulletin boards and on-line services. A press statement concerning the settlement is also in circulation.) Why You As a User Should Care Over the past year the popularity of Katz's PKARC/PKXARC programs among both bulletin board and business users surpassed that of SEA's ARC by a wide margin. Many consider the suit that SEA waged against PKWARE, as well as the company's subsequent legal bullying of other shareware archive software developers, as legal coercion intended solely to drive its competitors out of business--a tactic not unheard of in the computer industry. Defending your software against a suit such as the one filed by SEA against PKWARE can run from $100,000 into the millions, as copyright and patent suits are the most costly forms of litigation to defend against. If your product is not grossing over a million in sales, you will be advised (nay, forced by economics) to seek an early settlement--as Katz did. Consider what this means if you're a Dan Bricklin-type programmer running a small software operation out of your home. The program you slaved over for months so that it might win you emancipation from your 9-to-5 job, you might be forced to destroy in a "legal settlement" over a bogus suit. (Some of us know people besides Katz to whom this has happened.) Consider what this means if you're a user. Your choice in software is being dictated, not by a software package's intrinsic merits, but legal manipulation. Legal manipulation that favors the litigant with the most money as opposed to the one with the best product. It also means that great programmers are spending their time in court when they could be busy creating better products for the marketplace. Unfortunately, legal experts are predicting an escalation in such suits over the next decade. What Can We Do? As a user you can stand up and say that you're not going to put up with companies that use the courts to strangle their competition, that employ lawyers and lawsuits to bully companies and independent programmers out of existence, that dish out frivolous suits rather than decent products. No, you do not have to take it anymore, and yes, you do have the power to change things. A number of bulletin board operators, to protest SEA's legal bullying of its competitors, have stopped using SEA's ARC to archive programs on their systems. Some have pulled SEA products from their file collections. We suggest that you likewise boycott SEA's ARC, as well as the company's SEADOG mail program, until the company desists its harassment of archive authors. But boycotts alone are rarely effective. We also ask that you write to SEA. Accompanying this file is a "form letter" to SEA (in the accompanying file LETTER.TXT) that you can print out, sign your name to, and mail. Feel free to add to or change anything in the letter. In addition, please upload this file and the accompanying file LETTER.TXT onto any bulletin board or on-line system that you call. If you are a sysop who supports this campaign we ask that you mention it in your board's introductory screen and ask users to download these files. If enough of us speak up and let it be known that we are opposed to this kind of misuse of the legal system, we will be sending a loud message to software vendors that the computer user community will not tolerate firms that attempt to drive their competitors out of business through legal harassment. Remember that together we have built the PC community into the most vibrant computer user community in history, and by uniting we can make it even better. Matt Anderson Sysop, Alaska EMS RBBS Fairbanks, Alaska 907/463-4988 Rod Bowman Sysop, PC Spectrum San Bernardino-Area, California 714/945-2612 Ed Branley Sysop, Minas Trinith RBBS New Orleans, Louisiana 504/455-8665 Danyaon Coston-Clark Sysop, ACCESS: ONLINE BBS Malverne, New York 516/887-5804 Mike Coticchio Sysop, Beginnings BBS Levittown, New York 516/796-7296 Juan Davila Sysop, Mega-D RBBS-PC Puerto Rico or Thereabouts 809/751-7728 Michael Davis Sysop, Horizon RBBS-PC Dallas, Texas 214/881-9346 Ron Fowler Author of MEX-PC Communications Program Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin John Friel III Author of Qmodem / Sysop, Qmodem PCBoard Cedar Rapids, Iowa 319/233-6157 Judy Getts Contributing Editor/Telecommunications PC World Magazine David Gibbs Sysop, The Midrange System Chicago, Illinois 312/439-9679 James A. Grettum Sysop, RBBS-PC of Fargo Fargo, North Dakota 701/293-5973 Chris Harrower Co-Sysop, Lancaster Area BBS Lancaster, Pennsylvania 717/394-1357 Andrew Hoag Sysop, Satellite RBBS North Dakota 701/232-3811 Jerry Hunter Sysop, DMC Switchboard Network RBBS-PC Arkansas 501/636-2810 Andy Jones Sysop, Everglad RBBS-PC Tampa-Area, Florida 813/992-5993 Bob Jones Sysop, BJ's RBBS-PC Pasadena-Area, California 818/248-1087 Loren Jones Sysop, RBBS-PC of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 312/352-1005 Henry Kisor Sysop, Word Processing BBS Chicago, Illinois 312/491-6995 Jeff Krueger Sysop, A Different BBS Chicago, Illinois 312/589-0074 Rick Lawsha Sysop, STORK RBBS Galesburg-Area, Illinois 309/342-0637 *.* Loban Sysop, Oregon Net Anaheim-Area, California 714/945-2612 Gene Lowry Sysop, Bigfoot II RBBS-PC Arizona 602/886-7943 Robert Mahoney Sysop, Exec-PC BBS Milwaukee, Wisconsin 414/964-5160 Sal Manaro Sysop, Underdog's Mininet Seattle, Washington 206/725-9233 Jon Martin Sysop, Aircomm Bay Area, California 415/689-2090 George Maynard Sysop, OBIE RBBS-PC Cleveland-Area, Ohio 216/684-2059 Jim Oswell Sysop, The Grapevine RBBS-PC Charlotte-Area, North Carolina 704/364-3632 Michael Part Sysop, The Wicked Scherzo Pasadena, California 818/906-8683 Tim Pearson Sysop, LANStar RBBS-PC Springfield, Missouri 417/673-2283 Terry Rossi Sysop, RTC-BBS New Jersey 609/654-0999 Jerry Shenk Co-Sysop, Lancaster Area BBS Lancaster, Pennsylvania 717/394-1357 Don Smith Sysop, NorthWest Ohio RBBS Toledo, Ohio 419/448-1421 Phil Stults Sysop, The LANS Multi-Node BBS #1 Gary, Indiana 219/884-9508 Maurice Thaler Sysop, Power Board BBS and Audio Projects BBS Madison, Wisconsin 608/221-8422 Bill Tulles Sysop, AV-SYNC Atlanta, Georgia 404/320-6202 Paul Waldinger Sysop, Sound of Music BBS Oceanside, New York 516/536-8723 Bob Westcott Sysop, Stateline BBS New Hampshire 603/424-5497 Randall Young Sysop, ATT-PAC BBS The Bay Area, California 415/829-6062 Posted September 5, 1988. [Note: Please do not alter or augment this file. If you are a sysop or software author and would like to add your name to this list of endorsers, please leave a message containing your name, phone number, name of your BBS and/or product, and the name of the city that your board resides in, to Judy Getts on one of the following boards: Exec-PC in Milwaukee at 414/964-5160; Loren Jones' RBBS-PC in Chicago at 312/352-1035; or the Sound of Music in Oceanside, New York at 516/536-8723. We thank you.] --------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you want the letter, just ask. ____-______-______-______-______-______ This Time Capsule file was produced by Len Stys. It may only be reposted with the following information included: REPOSTED FROM: The Cleveland Free-Net Atari-SIG (216)/368-3888 type 'Go Atari' at any menu (C.A.I.N.) ____-______-______-______-______-______ --
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