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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: Z*Magazine: 15-Dec-86 #3.2 Date: Tue Jul 6 09:32:15 1993 ___________________________________ Zmagazine December ___________________________________ December 15, 1986 Issue 3.2 ___________________________________ Publisher: Ron Kovacs ___________________________________ Zmag Staff: Assistant Publisher:Ken Kirchner Editor:Alan Kloza Software Reviewer: Eric Plent Coordinator: Larry Mihalik ___________________________________ Zmag Headquarters (New Jersey) The Syndicate BBS Post Office Box 74 Middlesex, NJ 08846-0074 (201) 968-8148 300/1200 24 Hours ___________________________________ ZMAG TABLE OF CONTENTS 12/15/86...This Week in Zmag..... ___________________________________ <*> ATARI 3RD QUARTER EARNINGS .....LOOKING GOOD! <*> NEWSROOM FOR THE 8-BITS? .....PLEA FOR HELP <*> CHESS FOR THE ST .....A SUPERIOR SIMULATION <*> COMPUTER PHONE FRAUD .....'PHREAKERS' INDICTED <*> NEW UPDATED ZMAG SYSTEMS LIST .....THE WORLDWIDE NETWORK <*> EDITOR'S NOTES .....AND MORE ____________________________________ Xx EDITOR'S NOTE ____________________________________ This is our last regular edition of ZMAG for 1986. We hope you've enjoyed reading it throughout the year and look forward to your continued support in 1987. Our "Special Zmag Systems" issue is in the works now and will close out 1986 with a listing of the network's BBS's. This issue will contain information on each of the Zmag boards. It's our way of saying thanks to those systems that have supported us this year. Look for this edition on or about December 29th. The next regular issue of Zmag will be published January 5, 1987. Zmag goes to Monday publication in the new year, so watch for it each week. In the December 6th edition of Zmag we ran a column devoted to gamehints for several ST games. Unfortunately, the person that sent us these tips neglected to attribute them to an article appearing in Family Computing magazine. We regret this oversight and wish to give credit to Family Computing for these gamehints. In the future, when submitting articles to Zmag, please advise us if your submissions are from sources other than your own. Thanks. Finally, the Zmag staff extends Season's Greetings to all our readers as we wish you Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year! __________________________________ Xx ATARI 8-BIT NEWS ...Facts and Figures....... __________________________________ THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS ====================== ATARI CORP. reported results of operations for the 3 months and 9 months ending Sept. 30, 1986. Sales for the quarter were $59.9 million versus $28.9 million for the prior year--a 107% increase. Net income for the quarter was $9.2 million. Sales for the 9 month period ending Sept. 30 were $165.5 mil versus $76.6 million for the same period in 1985--a 116% increase. Sam Tramiel, President of ATARI CORP., stated "consumer acceptance and retail takeaway continues extremely strong. Demand for the Atari video games and the 16/32 bit ST computers exceeded our expectations." He also said, regarding the successful initial public offering completed during November 1986, "ATARI CORP. is now aggressively pursuing its leadership role in the personal computer industry from a position of strength, that is, we are virtually debt-free and have a solid equity base on which to build the company's future." SOFTWARE BLUES FOR 8-BITTERS ============================ Help needed from 8-bitters by Dave Pettit Ever since I heard about programs to create a mini-newspaper with an 8-bit computer I have been searching for one for my Atari 800. So far I have only found one program for other computers and one from Xlent Software that is apparently hard to use. The first program is 'The Newsroom' by Springboard Software, Inc. Their program allows the user to enter their own text, choose from several fonts and several graphics, and merge it all together to form a fancy 8 1/2 by 11 newspaper. This copy could be printed several times on your printer or used as a master at a professional printing shop. Newspapers could be made for your social club, for your church, for school announcements, for classroom writing activities, your families annual newsletter, and more. Another program by Springboard Software, Inc. is their "Certificate Maker". This program is similar to Printshop but it makes an 8 1/2 by 11 award with border, graphic pictures, and text to the user's specifications. This program, too, could be used by a myriad of people -- probably you, too. The problem is that Springboard Software, Inc. is "not currently planning on converting these programs to the Atari" according to a representative of the company. But it came to me that if enough 8-bit Atari owners expressed a real interest in their software, they would be foolish not to make it for the Atari. I believe this is what happened to Broderbund Software and their Printshop program. Here is what you can do. Write or call Springboard Software, Inc. (7808 Creekridge Circle, Minneapolis, MN 55435, Ph. (612)944-3912) and tell them in your own words that you would like to see both programs converted to the Atari 8-bit computers. Tell them how you plan on using them, giving them the idea that there are more people in the country like you with an Atari. Your efforts may convince Springboard that there truly is a market for their fine products. If it does, it will provide us all with some terrific and useful software and keep me from buying an Apple clone which I will not use except for this software. I thank you in advance for your help. __________________________________ Xx ST NEWSFILE ....Chess for the ST!..... __________________________________ Reprinted From MID-MICHIGAN ATARI MAGAZINE (12/86) by permission. ST NOTES by LeRoy Valley ======================== P-K4, P-K4, P-Q4, PxP... "Would you please stop kibitzing!!!" "Checkmate in three moves"... "Checkmate !"... By now, most of you can probably guess what my column is about this month. For those few uninitiated of you however, the answer is --- CHESS! That's right, chess has finally arrived for the ST, and OH has it arrived! I'm still dazed by my latest loss. CHESS, by Psion Ltd., is simply the best computer chess game I've ever played. Just to give you some point of reference, I am NOT a beginner. I've been playing chess for 13 years and my USCF rating (even if it is 2 years old) is 1856. I've played Chess 7.0 and Sargon III on the Atari 8 bits and numerous other dedicated chess machines (Fidelity, GGM) and nothing compares with this offering by Psion. Psion claims that this program won 1986 World Microcomputer Chess Championships, and I believe it. It's the first machine that beats me consistently at tournament level (at times even decimates me). Anyway, enough of that, you get the idea. It does play a strong game. Now let me tell you about the features it has. When first booted, you are greeted by an impressive 3 dimensional display of a chess board and pieces. By moving the mouse to the top of the screen, you can select a number of options from a menu that only appears when the mouse is actually at the top of the screen. During normal play, the menu is not visible, and therefore will not distract you. Movement is as simple as pointing at the piece and clicking, then moving to the square you want and clicking again. (Don't worry, the computer will not let you make an illegal move.) There are 7 main menus at the top of the screen PSION, GAMES, PLAYERS, LEVELS, DISPLAY, MOVES, and FEATURES. Under the PSION menu you have three choices: HELP, LANGUAGE, and QUIT. The manual included is only 4 pages long (the English version), but HELP describes every option in great detail. LANGUAGE allows you to select any of 6 languages to display all of the options in: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish. I am NOT going to explain the QUIT option to you! GAMES has 4 selections: NEW GAME, to start a new game at any time, OPEN GAME, to load a previously saved game, SAVE GAME, to save the current game, and MASTER GAMES, to access any of the 150 Master games stored on disk. One note about NEW GAME. When you select it, the pieces aren't merely placed back on the board. Each piece left on the board glides back to it's home square. Nice touch. The PLAYERS option allows you to select PLAYER vs ST, PLAYER vs PLAYER, and ST vs ST. In the case of PLAYER vs PLAYER, Psion Chess will monitor each players moves and all options are available to each player (such as Analysis, Hint, and Take Back). LEVELS gives you a full range of levels to choose from. Timed levels include: Novice (immediate response), 2 sec., 4 sec., 6 sec., 15 sec., 30 sec., 45 sec., 1 min., 1.5 min., 2 min., 3 min., 4 min, Equal (Chess will take as much time as you do), and Infinite (Chess will search until it has found it's best move). Unlike most computer chess games, Chess plays very well even at the lower levels. Setting it as low as 6 seconds per move still yields a challenging game. For those of you who think that the 3D board looks a little cluttered (or unconventional), DISPLAY offers a 2D BOARD option. Using 2D BOARD yields a reduced size flat 2D chess board, where movement is the same as on the 3D board. Once 2D is selected, the choice changes to 3D BOARD. You can switch between the boards as often as you like during the course of the game. The nice thing about the 2D BOARD version is that you have a 2nd window opened next to the chess board that shows a record of all moves by both you and Chess. The record (and the board!) can be printed out. This move record is always carried internally whether you're in 2D or 3D. Other options under DISPLAY include HIDE MOVE RECORD, which closes the move record window (it can be retrieved at any time), SHOW ANALYSIS, which, when enabled, will show the current expected line of moves and the relative advantage held by either side, and finally INVERT BOARD, which simply changes the colors of the pieces (you still play your pieces, they're just black instead of white, or vice versa). The MOVES menu allows you to get a HINT, TAKE BACK a move (or moves), CHANGE SIDES so that you're playing Chess's pieces and vice versa, OFFER DRAW, REPLAY (used on a loaded game or on a master game to replay the game), NEXT BEST which tells Chess to take the next best move (this helps when looking for multiple mates), MOVE NOW which forces Chess to move NOW, and BEST SO FAR which forces Chess to use the best move that it's found. The final menu, FEATURES, allows you to SET UP the board (for mate problems or analysis of games), ENABLE RESIGN to allow Chess to resign if the situation becomes hopeless, STOP CLOCKS (yes Chess does keep time for both of you), RESET CLOCKS back to 0, turn the SOUND OFF, PRINT MOVES to print the entire move record (very nice!), and PRINT BOARD (even nicer!). If it seems like this column is long winded, you're right. But this program is worth it! Unlike many programs which play 'I'll wait till he makes a mistake and then get him' chess, Chess plays a very aggressive game. The opening game is complete and endgame play is devastating. For $49.95, you can't go wrong if you want a good game of chess. If you're looking for something to beat, then this might not be the program for you. Well, I've got to go now. This infernal machine just challenged me to a best out of five series. Until next month. ___________________________________ Xx GENERAL COMPUTER NEWS ....And Justice for All........ ___________________________________ THREE INDICTED, TWO MORE ARRESTED IN ALLEGED MCI CRACKING CASE ==================================== Last summer's alleged theft of MCI telephone codes has resulted in indictments of three Baltimore, Md., people and the arrest of two 14-year- olds. Charged in the Baltimore County indictments with theft, unauthorized access to a computer and using a device to avoid telephone charges are James S. Meenen, 28, of Annapolis, Gregory J. Thomas, 26, of Baltimore, and Courtney L. Wood, 21, of Baltimore County. Authorities told The Associated Press more indictments are expected. In addition, E. Jay Miller, Baltimore County police spokesman, says two teenagers were arrested Saturday and turned over to the Juvenile Services Administration in connection with the case. MCI also had begun its own investigation, says AP, "after identifying confidential customer numbers that were being used without authorization." Miller said he had no estimate on the value of the stolen services, but quoted MCI as saying that industrywide, an estimated $500 million in services were stolen from long-distance companies in 1985. --Charles Bowen MICROSOFT RIGHTS CASE EXPECTED TO GO TO SEATTLE JURY THIS WEEK =============================== A Seattle jury is expected this week to get the case of who owns the rights to the MS-DOS operating system used on IBM PCs and compatibles. As reported earlier, Seattle Computer Products Inc. brought a $60 million suit against Microsoft Corp., claiming rights to the DOS, which former employee Tim Paterson wrote. Seattle Computer sold MS-DOS to Microsoft in July 1981, a month before the announcement of the IBM PC. The company received a relatively small sum and the right to receive future versions of the product for free, to sell in conjunction with its own line of computer equipment. Notes The Associated Press, "What the jury must decide is what constitutes a version of an old product and what is a new product, and which of those 'versions' Seattle Computer is entitled to receive." --Charles Bowen ____________________________________ Xx ZMAG SYSTEMS BULLETIN ____________________________________ ALL SYSOPS ARE REMINDED THAT THE DEADLINE FOR MATERIAL SUBMISSIONS FOR ZMAG'S SPECIAL EDITION 3.0 IS DECEMBER 22. PLEASE SEND US YOUR SYSTEM'S TITLE SCREEN, MAIN MENU AND ANY OTHER PERTINENT INFO ABOUT YOUR BBS. KEEP THE INFO BRIEF AS THERE ARE NOW 44 SYSTEMS IN THE NETWORK AND WE'D LIKE TO INCLUDE THEM ALL IN THIS ISSUE. _________________________________ Xx WORLDWIDE ZMAG SYSTEMS LIST _________________________________ What follows is an up to date listing of BBS's in the ZMAG Network. This list is published as a service to you--hopefully, there is a ZMAG system in your area. Please patronize and contribute to it. #1 --THE SYNDICATE BBS (201)968-8148 (New Jersey Zmag Headquarters) #2 --THE LIONS DEN BBS (201)944-1196 BACKSTAGE BBS (201)396-0867 (201)944-1196 #4 #5 -- -- TEMPLE OF DOOM BOTTOM LINE (201)656-6439 (201)991-5546 #6 #7 -- -- THE GATEWAY BBS THE CAVE BBS (609)931-3014 (609)882-9195 #8 #9 -- -- EAST BRUNSWICK BBS THE CULT BBS (201)254-6449 (201)727-2274 #10 #11 --- --- SURF CITY BBS C. CTY BBS (201)929-9351 (609)451-7475 (201)240-7259 #12 #13 --- --- THE DEEP N.M. ATARI (201)583-5254 (505)897-4080 #14 #15 --- --- THE W.C. SYNDICATE M.O.U.S.E BBS (415)825-2952 (219)674-9288 #16 #17 --- --- ONE STONE BBS THE CARINA BBS (219)875-8205 (305)793-2975 #18 #19 --- --- ATARI COMPUTER CLUB NEW YORK CITY (305)734-6026 (718)604-3323 #20 #21 --- --- ATARI CONNECTION THE HELP BBS (315)622-1952 (316)683-7514 #22 #23 --- --- MEGA VISION BBS BALLOON WORKS (216)441-3816 (419)289-8392 #24 #25 --- --- C.H.A.O.S. BBS RUNEQUEST BBS (517)371-1106 (312)430-4234 #26 --- SWEDEN, SORMAN INFORMATION EXCHANGE DIAL 0-11-46-470-22183 #27 #28 --- --- KNOTS NOOK BBS PIRATE BUSTERS (206)631-8056 (216)545-4817 #29 --- WINDY CITY (312)775-2970 (Chicago Zmag Headquarters) #30 #31 --- --- BLUE MOON C.L.A.U.G BBS (312)457-2219 (312)889-1240 #32 #33 --- --- HOUSE OF CHANCE SPRINGSNET BBS (915)757-0788 ??? #34 #35 --- --- RATCOM THE VAULT (301)437-9813 (303)796-0539 #36 #37 --- --- DATELINE BBS THUNDER ISLAND (718)648-0947 (714)653-0447 #38 #39 --- --- SPIDERS WEB BBS ACORN BBS (203)445-4094 (219)693-3485 #40 #41 --- --- OFFICE BBS THE WHITE HOUSE (704)253-3614 (201)388-1676 #42 #43 --- --- THE FACTS BBS MISSING LINK BBS (313)736-3920 (606)271-1466 #44 #45 --- --- WONDERFUL WORLD GREAT FIRE- OF OZ BREATHING BBS (808)423-2754 (NO # YET) ___________________________________ The above list updated 12/15/86 ___________________________________ ZMAGAZINE FINAL REGULAR EDITION 1986 ____________________________________ Thanks to all for your support in '86 and we look forward to a better 1987. ____________________________________ Next Zmag release 12/29/86 Next regular edition January 5, 1987 We will now publish on Monday's! ____________________________________ Zmagazine December 15, 1986 Issue 3.2 Please contribute!!
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