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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 15-May-92 #820 Date: Wed May 20 13:09:01 1992 *---== ST REPORT INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ==---* """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" from STR Publishing """""""""""""" May 15, 1992 No.8.20 ========================================================================== STReport International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205 ~ 6672 R.F. 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Ask for operator 198 You will receive your complimentary time and be online in no time at all! WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (May 15) SOFTLOGIK UPGRADE OFFER SoftLogik announces a special upgrade offer! Please read message #26555 in the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). UPDATES FROM CODEHEAD... A patch for Word Perfect users and an update for MultiDesk Deluxe (from ver 3.4 to 3.4a) Now available in LIBRARY 16 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) Codehead Technologies also announces the availability of a new word processing program. See the file CALLIG.TXT now available in LIBRARY 16 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). A demo version of XBoot: the Boot Manager from Gribnif Software is now available in LIBRARY 8 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). KEYBOARD SURVEY We ask all members to read and respond to the keyboard survey message #32438 in the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS). (This is a new thread, so even if you've discussed this issue previously, please re-post your votes here.) ATTACHED or DETACHED? --------------------- A SHORT SURVEY As published in STReport 818, we would like your feedback about the attached/detached keyboard issue in future computer purchases. PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING THREE QUESTIONS; 1 - Would you prefer a single case (1040 style) unit or a Mega ST/TT style unit with detached keyboard? (pick one or the other only) 2 - If price were a consideration, how much more would you spend for a detached keyboard: A- $50.00 or less B- $100.00 (approx) C- $150.00 (or if price is no object) 3 - Would you prefer (or be satisfied) with a connector that allowed you to plug in a detached keyboard such as that used on the Mega or TT style computers (the keyboard being an extra cost item)? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" We'd prefer your response in the following format: -------------------------------------------------- 1 - detached keyboard (or attached keyboard) 2 - B (or A or C) 3 - Yes (or no) """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Your response is greatly appreciated and will be compiled along with the input received from private BBSs and the major online services. Usergroups are urged to participate; Please, take a vote at your next meeting, and send the results to: STReport Online Magazine via the most convenient means at your disposal. ATTENTION ATARI DEVELOPERS... Atari Developers please read message 60654 in the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for information on how to get your products included in an upcoming software catalog. CONFERENCE IN ATARI 8-BIT FORUM On Sunday, May 17th, in the Atari 8-bit Forum, Bob Puff and Jeff Potter will join us for a formal CO. Bob Puff is the Head of Computer Software Services, a strictly 8-bit hardware company. Jeff Potter has written many fine programs for the 8-bit, and is now working on a fax program. Please join us at 9pm Eastern Time as we talk about keeping an old machine very much alive! ATARI 8-BIT MAGAZINE? A dedicated 8-Bit mag? Why NOT?? If enough people care, it could happen. See Message # 18446 in the Atari 8-Bit Forum (GO ATARI8) for more info on the "Campaign." WE BELIEVE!! CONTEST IN ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM (GO APORTFOLIO) We are now running a NEW CONTEST for Portfolio Programmers. You can submit any program you have written, in any language, in either compiled or source form. Prizes will include free CompuServe connect time, ROM cards, and a subscription to "Take it With You." Please read message # 28538 for complete details. THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ON COMPUSERVE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL SUPPORT SITE BY ATARI CORPORATION "GO APORTFOLIO TO ACCESS THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM" *********************************************************************** > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS ================= Issue #20 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. -- ATARI LOSES $13.8 MILLION IN FIRST QUARTER Atari Corp. this week reported its operations for first quarter ended March 31, 1992. Net sales were $44.1 million as compared to $63.4 million for the same quarter in 1991. A significant portion of the company's business is derived from Europe and as a result, subject to fluctuations in exchange rates. In the quarter ended 1992, the company experienced a loss in exchange of $12.1 million as compared to a $4 million loss in 1991. These losses in exchange when added to operating losses and other income and expense items, resulted in a net loss of $13.8 million for 1992 compared to a net loss of $2 million in 1991. Atari Corp. manufactures and markets video games and personal computers for the home, office and educational marketplaces throughout the world. Atari headquarters are located at 1196 Borregas Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94089. CONTACT: August J. Liguori of Atari, 408-745-2069 -- ADAPTEC, COREL PLAN JOINT SCSI DEVELOPMENT Corel Systems and Milpitas, California-based Adaptec have announced an agreement to work together on SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) products. The two firms, both of which already sell SCSI products, said they will cooperate on both development and marketing. Corel produces SCSI device driver software for peripheral products. Adaptec sells SCSI host adapters and created the Advanced SCSI Programming Interface (ASPI) software. Eleven-year-old Adaptec produces very large scale integration (VLSI) circuits, controllers for the imaging industry, and SCSI products. It employs approximately 1,000 people in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Corel, founded in 1985 develops SCSI and graphics software, and is best known for its Corel Draw software package. -- APPLE SUPPORTS WORLD LANGUAGES Reports from Apple Computer Inc.'s Cupertino, California facilities say that Apple has announced a new software technology which it says will allow its Macintosh PCs to handle most written languages. The new WorldScript reportedly technology "includes support to text input and display as well as for incorporating language attributes, such as date and time formats, for most written languages." Apple officials said the technology provides built-in support to handle non-Roman languages and that WorldScript will be part of Macintosh System 7, Release 7.1 software, which Apple said it expects to be available in fall 1992. -- INTERIM RELEASE OF WORDPERFECT 5.1 NOW SHIPPING An interim release of WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows now is being shipped. It includes enhancements such as "Drag and Drop," "Zoom Edit," "Bullet and Envelope macros" and other features for creating and editing macros. The new disks are dated April 30. The company says the new release also has an updated macro language that allows adding of dialog boxes to macros and a Macro Command Inserter Program, similar to the pop-up menu in the WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS Macro Editor that lists all the macro commands. -- DELL COMPUTERS LOWERS PRICES BY AS MUCH AS 26% Dell Computer Corp. this week lowered prices by as much as 26% on its full line of desktop and floor-standing personal computer systems, as well as its color notebook PC. This is the fifth such price change in the last 12 months. -- 40 MB MEMORY, SUGAR CUBE SIZE Irvine Sensors says it has developed a technology for the US Air Force for quadrupling the amount of memory that can be placed in the same amount of physical space. The company maintains it is currently able to package 40 meg of memory in a physical space the size of a sugar cube. Irvine Sensors says this new technology can be applied to the micro- computer industry, especially to the new flash memory card technology. Called the "memory short stack," it is a stack of memory chips which is physically interchangeable with a single-chip package but offers mul- tiple chip performance. The faster the microprocessor chips get, the more there is a need for speed in relaying information between components. Packing integrated circuits (ICs) closer together provides reductions in travel time and gains faster performance. -- SEGA PAYS $43 MILLION TO U.S. INVENTOR Japan's Sega Enterprises Ltd. says it will pay $43 million to U.S. inventor Jan R. Coyle to use his technology in Sega's video game machines, thereby settling a patent dispute over a mechanism that produces sound signals to control the games' color displays. Sega Vice President Tokuzo Komai as saying the total payment will cover Coyle's losses incurred from the use of his patent, which was registered in the U.S. in 1975, and for future sale of video game software. Komai also expressed regret over the company's earlier decision to appeal a previous verdict by a jury at the federal court of Los Angeles, which ordered Sega to pay Coyle $33 million in April. "We should have compromised earlier," Komai said. -- TI TO BEGIN VOLUME PRODUCTION OF NEW CHIP Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced this week it will begin volume production in September of its TI486SLC chip in an attempt to take more of the market from industry leader Intel Corp. According to the company, the TI microprocessor will provide 486 soft- ware compatibility, as well as serve as an upgrade to systems currently using a 386SX chip without having to redesign the circuit board. "TI's chip, when measured using industry-standard benchmarks, offers comparable 486 performance and twice the performance of the fastest 386SX chip," the company said. -- SPA HOME COMPUTER USE SURVEY A lot of useful information for software marketers was garnered in the recent Software Publishers Association survey of nearly 1,200 home computer and video game users in the United States. One fact is that personal productivity software users own an average of 3.6 programs, while entertainment users own almost ten. Home based business users operate a computer nearly 17 hours each week, while workers who take the office home with them at night spend about one hour per night on average working on the bosses tasks (based on a seven-day week). Education software comes in for about four hours use each week but recreation/entertainment programs get almost the same time. These numbers refer to hours of use in households that predominantly use a particular software category and don't mean that homes use education and entertainment programs about equal amounts, but that education program users run that software about the same amount of time that game players play their games. Personal computer usage at home is about double the video game usage for those with a four-year college degree, while those with some college use computers more than video games, but the numbers are much closer. For those with an education level up to and including high school graduation, personal computer use is less than one third that of video games. PC use is also tied strongly to household income, with 41% of homes with PCs having incomes over $50,000, versus only 23% for those with video games. Nearly 40% of entertainment software homes have no children, while only 22% of education software is in childless homes and personal produc- tivity software comes out highest in homes with no children, but not far above entertainment programs. Forty% of entertainment software users in the survey, along with 26% of education software users admitted to the SPA that they copy software from friends, work, or from school. The SPA did not release any estimate of how much of that copied software would constitute pirated copies but most software in schools or businesses would be copyrighted, licensed programs which can't legally be copied. Resellers and advertisers will be interested to learn that word-of- mouth recommendations are the most important software buying influence, every bit as important as seeing an actual demonstration, and more influential than advertisements or even magazine reviews. 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It's been a long time since Lloyd has been on Delphi and CIS but this week he came through with almost 2 megs worth. So this week and next most of my posts will be from Delphi, and the following two weeks from CIS. ---------------- About Warp 9 from Codehead Technologies - From RMORROW... Well, my copy of Warp 9 (formerly Quick ST) came in a few days ago. As usual, the CodeHeads cleaned it up and did away with most of the com- patibility problems. WordUp 3 bombed with QST 3.04 but not with 2.2 (figure that one!). WUP runs fine with W9 installed; in fact the only prg. I have that doesn't like it is the 4096 color demo I u/l'd here. But probably the best features of it (for me, anyhow) is the con- figurability of it. To get this you must have it's control panel.acc installed. The docs say that this .acc actually speeds things up if you have a bunch of AUTO stuff since it talks to warp 9.prg in auto. Well, anyhow, you can turn screen acceleration on/off, set mouse accelerator speeds, block the mouse from going to the Desktop menus (click and it will cross into that area) as well as a "mouse jump" feature that reads a right click and sends the pointer up to the title bar to access menus-from anywhere on the screen! Plus horizontal and vertical mouse-wrapping. As if that's not enough, you can load background pictures and change the ST system font! They supply about 70 different fonts on the double sided disk. ---------------- Linotype and PageStream 2.0... Question from DRWARBEAU... Has anyone out there used Pagestream 2 to output a PostScript file to a service Bureau? I've been trying to all week with 3 different bureaus here on Long Island without success. I can print the file out fine to UltraScript and the service bureau's laser writer, but when they try to print to a Linotronic L300 it chokes. I called Soft Logik's support line but all they told me was it should work and check the manual under PS output. The bureaus say they can't print direct from DOS like the manual says:(. Not being well versed in the intricacies of the PostScript language or Linotronics, I'm at a loss as to how to accomplish hi rez printing. Any other insights or experiences would be great. Answer from ERSOFF... I use Pagestream 2 ALL THE TIME to print out to a Lino. The service bureau I use does print from DOS. They are networked with 2 Macs and one DOS machine. I use the DOS machine. All I do is type LINOPRINT filename PS X and the file prints perfectly every time. Don't get frustrated. It took me a few tries before I could figure out how to print a Lino.... PS--- Don't forget to format your disk as an IBM (TOS 1.0 -1.2) More from DRWARBEAU... Thanks for your reply, Mayer. I called back SoftLogik today and got a different and much more knowledgeable rep. He spent a lot of time going over the details of Lino printing with me (I wish I could remember his name..) It seems one of the problems was in setting up the PostScript driver's page size. I had it 8 1/2 x 11 when it should have been 11 x 8 1/2 (!). He also suggested how I could convince my bureau that it _could_ be done, if they used a little imagination and would try something a little different than their usual applications. ...to make a long story short, armed with my new found Lino expertise <grin> I returned to the last service bureau, and after a short dis- cussion tried it again. It worked beautifully! I even fielded some questions regarding my "maverick" computer by some curious IBM and Mac-philes. One fellow had "heard rumors" about a DTP computer by Atari (he originally thought it was Nintendo!) Anyway, my faith in my beloved computer and software is restored. ---------------- Now the same questions for Calamus... Question from MRBURKLEY... Can anyone give me the phone # of a place that will do Linotronic output of my Calamus Document? It would be nice if I could modem it there as well! Reply from JBEAU... I have used OMNICOMP several times for 2540dpi film negative printouts of my CALAMUS documents...and I also Modemed. 1270 dpi $13.00 (2pg min.) 2540 dpi $16.00 (?pg min.) (415)398-3377/(415)397-4534 I think they are located in San Francisco, can't remember for sure. But they will BILL you in case you are in a hurry. Here's how we did it: 1) Modem your file(s) and any weird font(s) your using to OMNICOMP. 2) Include the name of your printer and have the neg(s) sent directly to them. Have Omnicomp bill the printer. 3) Printer completes the printing order and sends you ONE bill for negative(s) from OMNICOMP and from them for printing. ALso saves time by cutting out the middleman! ---------------- Can you upgrade a Supra 20 meg hard drive? Question from MRIVARDO... I really hope someone can answer this for me...I have a Supra 20 meg hard drive. Is it possible to take out the drive mechanism and replace it with a larger one? Say 52 or 105? Or is that asking for too much? As usual, any help at all is immensely appreciated as I'm dead broke. Answer from Gordie (Sysop)... The short answer is yes, you can upgrade to a larger capacity drive. But you'll need to know if the mech you have now is SCSI, RLL or MFM, and then make sure to get one that's the same. Beyond that, it should be a fairly simple swapout. More questions from MRIVARDO... Great. Thanks. I assume the information is in the Supra drive manual which I have somewhere around here...) I also assume that I'll need a drive that does not have an imbedded controller... Er, right? Answer from LMCCLURE... Yes...the Supra drive would use their ASCI-to-SCSI host adapter, so with a imbedded SCSI hard drive (such as the Quantum LPS52 or LPS105), it should be as straightforward as removing your old drive and installing the new (assuming you current 20 meg drive is a 3.5" unit. If it is 5.25", there would be a need to adapt the mount). To my knowledge, Supra only used imbedded SCSI drives, so you should not have to worry about dealing with ST506-type MFM or RLL drives. Open up your drive's case. If there is only on circuit board (aside from the one mounted to the drive itself), and the ribbon cable connecting the two is a 50-conductor cable, it's SCSI through and through. Answer from Gordie... If it's a SCSI drive, it has an embedded controller, and will need that in any new mech you install. Otherwise, there should be some kind of controller card inside the HD case somewhere. Either RLL or MFM in flavor. As long as you stay with the same type of mech, you'll be fine. ---------------- Confused about the different Spectrum modes... Question from LAMARTH... Can anyone tell me what the difference between a Spectrum .SPC and a .SPS file? I've got a few Spectrum .SPS files that my viewer apparently won't display. It'll view .SPC files just fine but completely ignores .SPS. Any help would be appreciated! Answer from JBEAU... You need SPCELITE.PRG - SPC is "compressed" Spectrum format - SPS is "smooshed" Spectrum format, even smaller. ---------------- Confused as to what 68000 replacement to buy? Question by RMORROW... I just got the Best Electronics catalog today (what a catalog!!) and it lists a 68000NF8 PLCC MPU for the STE line. However, no real info followed. Answer from KSCHAFER... Thats a 68000 FN 8, right? 68000 means 68000, FN means its a PLCC part, and 8 is the speed. Answer from Norm Wierness... From that number, I believe it is a full 68000, just in square packaging. The clue is that there are no other letters between the 68 and the 000. N generally means plastic (as opposed to ceramic) package, the F like indicates the PLCC and the 8 means 8 MHz. What was the price? Answer from RMORROW... Price of that chip was $18 I believe. In other words, it's just another box-stock 68k CPU chip? Question from MICKEYANGELL... What does the PLCC mean? Answer from LMCCLURE... The words 'Plastic Leaded Chip Carrier' come to mind for PLCC. I assume the 'plastic' part refers to the chip package, as plastic leads typically don't conduct electricity very well! <GRIN> I would however, wait for a confirmation of that definition from a second party before betting anything significant on its accuracy. More comments by Norm Wierness... 'Fraid so. The normal price for a 68000-8, the DIP used in older Atari's is about $10, in single quantity.... PLCC= Plastic, Leadless Chip Carrier. The square chips actually have leads, but they are folded under the case. Instead of being inserted through holes in the printed circuit board and soldered, they are put in sockets. ---------------- From RMORROW... For those looking for various hardware upgrades or simply replacement parts, get the Best Electronics catalog. It's 44 pages long, with parts for stuff going back to the original PONG game! Cartridges, keyboard replacements, trackballs, light guns, CPU's , Math co-processors, etc. Even a 120/230v power supply that fits in without modification (& is better than the stock one). Best Electronics 408-243-6950 ---------------- More from RMORROW... For those looking for Atari 8-bit and ST/TT ham radio programs, you may want to check out The Atari Microcomputer Network by writing John Adams KC5FW, 1011 Impala Isla, Granite Shoals, TX 78654. They have a larger selection of 8-bit than ST stuff. The deal is pretty good-send them a formatted disk and SASE (make sure the postage covers the disk weight!) and tell them what you want based on their list, then they put it on the disk and send it back. No $ involved. Other ham programs they may not have are always welcome-as long as they're PD or S/W. OR, they run an Atari net on 14.325 MHz @ 1600 GMT every Sunday. NCS is Dave, KD7VA in Las Vegas. ---------------- Atari SC 1224 monitor problems... Question from GODRULES... I have an Atari SC 1224 Monitor on which the on off switch seems to have broken. I called my local Atari dealer and he said they can't be fixed. Is this true. My gosh doesn't someone else make a switch that can replace it????? This dealer told me I could bring my broken model in and trade for the newer one, but that seems ridiculous seeing as the part that needs to be replaced probably would cost 4-5$. If I am stuck buying a new model, what is the best way to go, the new Atari SC1435,(with planned obsolescence included?) or the Magnavox 1CM135, which I believe works with the Atari line. Any feedback would be sincerely appreciated. Answer from LMCCLURE... Which model of SC1224 do you have? The original model, with the darker gray bezel, and swoop back? The middle model that looks like the SM124, or the later model that is rather squarish? If worse comes to worse, you could always bridge the switch circuit to the 'on' position and control the monitor power with a powerstrip, or one of those under-the-monitor rocker switch power centers (which some accessory companies in Computer Shopper sell for less than $15). Have you gotten your hands on a Best Electronics catalog to see if they carry the switch? More help from RMORROW... Call Best Electronics @ 408-243-6950. If they don't have it; it doesn't exist! :) More from GODRULES... I have the later model that is rather squarish. I suppose I could try bridging the circuit so it is on. I might give it a try. Thanks for the idea.... Thanks for the phone number, they must be in No. Calif., by the looks of the area code, so they may be within driving distance of where I live. I hope they have the part, it seems like a waste of a good monitor if they don't. Further help from LMCCLURE... I just checked my Best Electronics catalog. The picture identifies your monitor as the model made for Atari by Samsung. It also lists the following: Samsung made SC1224 Color monitor On/Off push button switch (Rhombus shape 1" wide) (less button) C399230.....................$12.00 The catalog lists their phone number as 408-243-6950. This price was taken from the Rev. 9 catalog, page 11. Their minimum order is $12, but they do NOT accept credit cards (or didn't when the catalog was issued), so you would either need to prepay or have it sent COD. ---------------- Should you speed your TT up to 50mhz? Question from SCHUYLAR... All this 50mhz talk has gotten me fired up. Does anyone know what would happen if you switched out the 33mhz '030' inside a TT for a 50mhz model? Any speed up? or nothing at all, and a total waste of $$? Thanks. Answer from Norm Wierness... Total waste. The clocking, the memory, and whole lot of other stuff has to increase to get any advantage. It's like putting 70 ns. RAM in an ST. It works, of course, but gains no advantage. ...[main memory]...That runs at a fixed clock, so faster RAM buys nothing. Cache RAM only needs be fast enough for the processor to read it (or write it) in the minimum processor-memory cycle...anything faster also gains nothing. But it's fairly easy to supply a Motorola processor with memory fast enough for fastest operation. ---------------- About Flash II... Question from LMCCLURE... Has anyone purchased or upgraded to Flash II yet? If so, how about some feedback? Feedback from WAYNEDUNHAM... I received my Flash II update a few days ago and overall it's very nice, but there are a few mixed emotions. Naturally most of that is probably just having to adjust from the original Flash which I've used ever since it first came out. Kind of like a new pair of shoes, at first they hurt your feet and feel 'strange', but after a while they get comfortable. The type ahead buffer (using it now) is a MAJOR joy to use. You now have a full screen width 3 line buffer. You can type 3 lines of text before sending, and also edit it before sending it if necessary. MUCHO better than the old Flash type ahead. I've had good luck with my .DO files, but not all commands work and some not quite the same as in Flash. Some of these discrepancies are going to be fixed in future updates, and others that were left out are being talked about over on that other network. Overall unless your .DO files are VERY advanced you should have no trouble. The commands that are left out are very obscure ones that are rarely used and in most cases aren't necessary. Also all the ones that I've found so far that don't work the same as in the original are being fixed to work the same, but in the meantime only minor changes to your .DO files are required to fix them. There are MANY things in Flash II that weren't in the original Flash. MUCH better ANSI emulation, Zmodem built in, now The transfer path can be set separately from the normal path, etc, etc. One thing I have a major gripe with is the Silent Line background transfer program. It's a double-booter, i.e. it boots your machine twice. To me that is an unacceptable thing. Also no Zmodem in Silent Line yet. I have voiced my opinion about the double boot and they are going to try and eliminate the double boot. They have already said that they are going to try and get Zmodem into Silent Line on the first bug fix/update round. Overall I'm pleased with it. I've only been using it a few days, and am learning more about it all the time and becoming more comfortable with it. More questions from LMCCLURE... Okay...the big question. Is it, in your opinion, for a cash-strapped individual, worth the $30 upgrade fee? I gotta admit, the built-in Zmodem is what holds the greatest appeal to me, but finding out that Silent Line does not yet support it is something of a downer. None of my Flash .DO files use anything more fancy than displaying a dialog box, so I should be in the clear on that point. Answer from WAYNEDUNHAM... Is Flash II worth the $30 upgrade fee? Hmmmm that is something you'll have to decide for yourself. I'll answer any questions you might have to ask to help you make the decision, but the decision will have to be yours ultimately. Where do you find Flash deficient now? Does Flash II address those needs? After totalling up all your gripes about Flash and how Flash II addresses those needs does that come to a value of $30 or more? The built in Zmodem is nice. It also is automatic. If you select Zmodem download on a board or here the Zmodem transfer will automatically start as soon as the other end starts sending. It wasn't a major drawback to me with Flash though because I used XYZ 2.0 by Alan Hamilton (registered) and had it set up on a function key. So all I had to do was press F10 to download with Zmodem anyways. Zmodem uploads will be a bit easier with Flash II. I have Zmodem uploading on a function key with Flash also, but I still have to pump in the filename to upload. After the upload I also have to remember to change my default path back too due to the way I do the Zmodem upload on my function keys.(the function key automatically resets the default path on my downloads) Another major feature to me is the expanded Type Ahead buffer. It's now a FULL 3 lines instead of the single partial line of the original Flash. It can now round-robin style call several boards and keep trying them in rotation until it connects with one of the ones you've selected. After you logoff that board it will continue calling the other ones selected if you like also. There are .DO files out there to do that for Flash although I've never tried them since this isn't a major feature to *me*. Many users find this a very desirable feature though which is why I mentioned it. Although I can't confirm it since I don't have one it's supposed to work better than Flash on big monitors like the Moniterm, etc. Enhanced text editor features in the capture buffer. You now have cut & paste ability. More terminal emulation support. The Ansi is much better but I haven't used it a lot and *to me* it's still not as good as the ANSI emulator for Interlink. The setups for each board is separate. You can set things like the terminal emulation, word wrap, capture buffer on, 7 or 8 bit, duplex, etc, etc. This feature in itself will eliminate a major portion of my logon .DO files. There are many other things too. If you have a question feel free to ask away. More Questions from LMCCLURE... In STR817, there was a message captured from FNET that complained that Flash II seemed slow. More answers from WAYNEDUNHAM... Right now it does seem slow at pumping the incoming text onscreen, but I haven't been losing anything with the couple places I call at 9600 baud. Naturally as with any brand new major application there are some glitches but overall it's not too bad. I'm not going to say waiting would be bad because if Flash is doing the job for you right now there isn't a pressing need to upgrade unless the upgrade offer runs out. There is frank and open talk on *G* with them about the problems, drawbacks, bugs, etc. They seem very receptive to the users at this point so I have high hopes. To some degree the glitches in Flash II are glaring only because the original Flash was so robust and crash-proof. ---------------- A cute post about "Modem Addictus" from the Jerry Pournelle RT on Genie that thought you might enjoy - Cat. 4, Topic 40 - Msg. 24 - From J.HILL57... It's Saturday night and I finally got my wife to sit up with me in front of the old VGA (our little fireplace). I got her interested in another board a couple days ago and today she told me she was ready to start a topic. In the past my wife has called me a nerd, but as I stared at her tonight, as she typed in her topic, I could not believe what I saw in her eyes. She has become "MODEM ADDICTUS", a disease which I have succumbed to. I know it's hard to ..... "What was that dear? ....." "Oh, alright." Sorry, but we have to go. My wife wants to check to see if anyone replied to the topic she started fifteen minutes ago. I think I've created a "NERD- ETTE". ---------------- Until next week..... *********************************************************************** IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= STReport International Online Magazine is available every week in the ST Advantage on DELPHI. STReport readers are invited to join DELPHI and become a part of the friendly community of Atari enthusiasts there. SIGNING UP WITH DELPHI ====================== Using a personal computer and modem, members worldwide access DELPHI services via a local phone call JOIN -- DELPHI -------------- Via modem, dial up DELPHI at 1-800-695-4002 then... When connected, press RETURN once or twice and... At Password: type STREPORT and press RETURN. DELPHI's Basic Plan offers access for only $6.00 per hour, for any baud rate. The $5.95 monthly fee includes your first hour online. 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DELPHI- It's getting better all the time! *********************************************************************** > BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST STR SHOW NEWS "The Summertime Atari Event!" ================================== 1992 Blue Ridge ATARIFEST """"""""""""""""""""""""" Where: Westgate Shopping Center - Asheville, N.C. Take any major highway into Asheville (US 19-23, US 26 or I-40) to the I-240 loop, then take the "Westgate/Hilton Inn Drive exit" into the Westgate Shopping Center parking lot. When: 18, July 1992 Time: 10:am to 6:pm Points of contact: Van Estes, BRACE Pres. Clifford E. Allen, V.Pres. 704-685-8358 GEnie: C.Allen17 INTERNET: callen@UNCA.EDU 704-258-3758 Sheldon Winick GEnie: S.WINICK Computer STudio 704-251-0201 Come for the day or come for the weekend, but do come and enjoy yourself. Great Smokies Hilton Resort Hilton Inn Drive (704)254-3211 Toll-free reservation phone number 1-800-733-3211 Radisson One Thomas Wolf Plaza (704)252-8211 Rate: $62.00 per room (1-4 people) ====== Additional Hotel / Motel Information =========== Days Inn I-26 and Airport Road (704)684-2281 I-40 Exit 55 (704)298-5140 Econo Lodge US 70 East, I-40 Exit 55 (704)298-5519 Holiday Inn 275 Smoky Park Hwy (704)667-4501 Toll-free reservation phone number1-800-HOLIDAY Red Roof Inn I-40 and US 19-23 Exit 44 (704)667-9803 Toll-free reservation phone number1-800-843-7663 Buget Motel I-40 Exit 44 (Enka-Chandler) West Asheville Exit (704)665-2100 Best Western Asheville Central 22 Woodfin St (704)253-1851 ========= Local Bed & Breakfast lodging Information ========= Aberdeen Inn 64 Linden Ave (704)254-9336 Albemarle Inn 86 Edgemont Road (704)255-0027 Applewood Manor 62 Cumberland Circle (704)254-2244 The Bridle Path Inn Lockout Road (704)252-0035 Cairn Brae B & B 217 Patton Mountain Rd (704)252-9219 Carolina B & B 177 Cumberland Ave (704)254-3608 Cedar Crest Victorian Inn 674 Biltmore Ave (704)252-1289 Corner Oak Manor 53 St. Dunstan (704)253-3525 Cornerstone Inn 230 Pearson Dr (704)253-5644 Flint Street Inn 100 & 116 Flint Street (704)253-6723 The Lion and The Rose 276 Montford Ave (704)255-7673 The Ray House B & B 83 Hillside St (704)252-0106 Reed House 119 Dodge St (704)274-1604 The Wright Inn 235 Pearson Drive (704)251-0789] (1-800-552-5724) A more complete listing of Bed & Breakfasts can be obtained through the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Reservations should be made immediately, as July is the height of our tourist season. =========== CAMP GROUNDS ================ (reservations are a must during this time of season): Mount Pisgah: About 20 miles southwest of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 408.6 (National Park Service). 690 acres. Elevation 5000'. One of the nicest campgrounds in Western North Carolina. 67 tent sites, 70 RV sites. For reservations: P.O.Box 749, Watnesville, N.C. 28786; phone (704) 235-9109. No showers. Groceries and resturant. Nature program. 14 day stay limit. Lake Powhatan: 4 miles south of Asheville on State road 191, 3.5 miles west on FR 806. 30 acres. 98 tent/rv sites. Reservation available thru Mistix 1-800-283-CAMP. Disposal station. No showers. Swimming; lifeguard; fishing; nature trails; bicycles. 14-day stay limit. While in the area, you might want to consider a little sightseeing, and include a visit to the Biltmore House here in Asheville (the largest single family residence ever built in the U.S.--its a "castle"). A visit to the Biltmore can be a full-day's activity as you will want to view the house, visit the winery, and walk some of the grounds and gardens. Hours: The House 9 am to 6pm The Gardens 9am to 7pm Conservatory 9am to 5:30pm The Winery Monday-Saturday 11am to 7pm Sunday 1pm to 7pm Other areas of interest include; the Thomas Wolf home (adjacent to the Raddison), the Blue Ridge Parkway and Folk Art Center. A drive up the Blue ridge Parkway to enjoy the higher elevations and incredible views of our mountains. Perhaps a hike up to Mount Pisgah and look back down to Asheville(you can see Mt. Pisgah from most anywhere in Asheville). A short drive from Mt. Pisgah will take you to Sliding Rock (for those of you travelling with kids who are still kids at heart), the Cradle of Forestry (first forest school in the country), waterfalls, trout hatchery, etc. For the adventurous, white water rafting on the Natahala River near Bryson City (approx one and a half hours from here). There's obviously loads more to see and do around Asheville (in addition to the Blue Ridge AtariFest and a visit to Computer STudio :-). If any of y'all would like maps and additional tourist info of the area I might suggest contacting the Chamber of Commerce: Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce 151 Haywood Street P.O. Box 1010 Asheville, NC 28802 704-258-6111 FAX: (704)251-0926 ___________________________________________________________________ > BLUE RIDGE FEST! STR SHOW NEWS BLUE RIDGE DINNER DANCE ANNOUNCED! ============================== BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '92 BANQUET ================================ Prepared by: Sheldon Winick May 15, 1992 Asheville, NC Computer STudio has finalized arrangements for an after show banquet at the Pisgah View Ranch. This will definitely be somewhat different from the usual semi-formal type hotel affairs of the other shows, and will be a real down-home, country party in the mountains! Dinner will be served family-style....... as long as you keep eating, they'll keep serving! And check out the menu: Tossed Salad Country Ham Fried Chicken Cornbread Dressing Rice and Gravy Green Beans Sweet Potato Souffle Homemade Rolls Beverages Homemade desserts After dinner, there will be live entertainment in the air-conditioned barn, guaranteed to bring out he 'country' in everyone! There's also volleyball and shuffleboard if anyone still has the energy after the excitement of the show. Or how about just sitting on the porch and enjoying our clean mountain air. Advance reservations are required for the Blue Ridge AtariFest Banquet as seating space is limited to 100 people. Cost is $17.50 per person (children under 6 are half-price). If you're planning on attending, please return the following reservation form along with you payment check as soon as possible. Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event we should receive more reservations than seating space available, your checks will be returned. cut here and return with your check ===================================================================== BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '92 - BANQUET RESERVATION FORM: Name: _______________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ City: _________________________ State: _________ Zip: ___________ Phone Number: ( ) _________________________________ Number attending: ______ Adults @ $17.50 each = $_______________ ______ Children under 6 @ $8.75 = $_______________ TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED ............ $_______________ Banquet tickets and a map of directions to the Pisgah View Ranch will be mailed to those with confirmed reservations. PLEASE MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO "COMPUTER STUDIO" and mail this completed reservation form along with your check to: Computer STudio Westgate Shopping Center 40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D Asheville, NC 28806 ====================================================================== cut here and return with your check I'm pleased to announce that John Cole will be attending The Blue Ridge AtariFest representing LEXICOR SOFTWARE. He has advised us that the Lexicor booth will not only have loads of desktop video demos to show, but will also have Leonardo and possibly Monalisa (the 'NEW' stuff!!). DON'T MISS IT! Blue Ridge AtariFest Saturday, July 18, 1992 --- 10am - 6pm Westgate Shopping Center --- Asheville, NC _______________________________________________________________ > BCS UVEILING STR FOCUS "It's _ON_Again! ====================== ATARI UNVEILS AT BCS! "IT'S _ON_ AGAIN!" by Dana P. Jacobson Earlier this year, Atari made arrangements to unveil their new computer(s) at the Boston Computer Society's general meeting in April. Atari had unveiled the "new" 520ST at a BCS meeting back in 1985; and this was to have been the first time since then that Atari has utilized the BCS' prominence in the computing arena to unveil its new machines. Unfortunately, Atari cancelled the meeting due to some unforeseen problems. Since the new machine(s) weren't available (production models) for the CeBIT or Toronto shows either, that might explain the BCS cancellation. Regardless, Bob Brodie has _finally_ managed to contact the BCS to reschedule the Atari meeting with the BCS general membership. According to BCS/Atari personnel, the meeting will be scheduled for the Fall, most likely in September, if the BCS docket is open. Specific meeting details are naturally pending until the date is set. According to BCS/Atari President Mike Newhall, Bob Brodie provided the following information about the machine to be introduced at the upcoming BCS meeting ("real and implied" info): The announcement will be for _one_ machine (one main product, questionable _with_ accessory products). It will be a low-end, low-price consumer product, i.e. _not_ a new flagship computer (not a TT replacement), but will possibly take the place of the ST as Atari's baseline machine. (Editor's note: outsiders who have seen the machine have guessed it will cost around $1200) September announcement with BCS if the BCS makes this date available; BCS Resource Center will get one immediately after the showing. Possible Fall availability (just prior to, during, or shortly after the BCS meeting) Reality - 1993? The machine will be an 030. 16MHz - possibly. NO slots. Of course, better sound and graphics, including hardware scrolling. Digital sound in, implied. Implied - analog controller ports (from the STe but dropped on the TT/MSTe). Atari is NOT currently considering marketing this machine as a high-end game machine. (Editor's note: does "currently" mean possibly in the future it _will_ be?) MultiTOS - runs legally written off-the-shelf applications (most games violate Atari's programming rules). MultiTOS _can_ be made available for older machines, but may or may not be (no special hardware required). Middle management is currently trying to convince upper management to do this even though it makes no sense to run MultiTOS on an 8 MHz 68000 machine. (Editor's note: what about those people who have accelerator boards?) Atari IS working on '040' machine(s). Also, all future slotted machines will continue to support the VME bus standard begun on the MSTe and TT machines. As more details are learned, we at STReport will keep you informed. So far, this machine sounds like a contender in the ever-growing price-competitive computer market. Atari needs to get this new machine out into the streets as quickly as possible for any hopes to survive - let's hope so!! ____________________________________________________________ > CALLIGRAPHER STR InfoFile SPECIAL TRADE-UP OFFER FOR CALLIGRAPHER! ========================= For immediate release CodeHeadQuarters Friday, May 15, 1992 ---------------------- NEWS FLASHES..... CALLIGRAPHER IS SHIPPING! SPECIAL TRADE-UP OFFER FOR CALLIGRAPHER! POSTSCRIPT INCLUDED WITH CALLIGRAPHER PROFESSIONAL! FONT DISKS ANNOUNCED! It's an unusual event in the computer industry for a product to be released on schedule, but CodeHead Technologies has done it. Calligrapher Professional and Calligrapher Gold are ready to go. We're convinced that Calligrapher is the Ultimate Writing Machine and we'd also like to convince YOU. As an incentive, we're offering a special trade-in discount to owners of other Atari word processors -- just send us your master disk for any one of the programs listed below and you'll get a $35.00 discount off of Calligrapher's normal price. That's right, you'll get Calligrapher Professional for $140 or Calligrapher Gold for $215 !! Master disks for any of the following word processors will be accepted: Word Writer Microsoft Word Word Perfect 1st Word Plus WordUp Signum Wordflair That's Write Regent Word Write On """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" We made a mistake in our Calligrapher press release when we mentioned PostScript support. We didn't realize that PostScript support is included with Calligrapher Professional also. That's right...you don't have to GO FOR THE GOLD to get PostScript support, it's a standard feature! 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Box 74090 Los Angeles, CA 90004 Phone: (213) 386-5735 (Mon-Fri 9A-1P Pacific Time) FAX: (213) 386-5789 BBS: (213) 461-2095 _____________________________________________________________ > NEWEST RIPOFF! STR FOCUS Should computer users be taxed.......? ======================== THE SOUND OF MONEY ================== Should computer users be taxed to benefit the US record business? They will be if Congress has its way. by Peter Newcomb Should the nation's computer users subsidize the super-rich moguls of the US record business? Congress seems to think they should.e Audio Home Recording Act of 1991 sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now awaiting approval there as well as in the House. Sponsored by Senator DENNIS DECONCINI (D-ARIZ.) and Representative WILLIAM HUGHES (D-NJ), this bill, as well as a related House bill sponsored by CARDISS COLLINS (D-ILL.), WOULD IMPOSE A 3% TAX the record industry prefers to call it a "royalty on all blank digital recording media": DAT cassettes and digital compact cassettes, as well as the anticipated recordable mini disc due on the market by next spring. ON TOP OF THAT, A NEW 2% TAX WOULD BE IMPOSED ON ALL DIGITAL TAPE RECORDING MACHINES. WHO WOULD GET THE MONEY? THE RECORD BUSINESS. The idea behind the bill is that it would protect performers and songwriters from pirates who could use the new digital recording technologies to make perfect copies of songs. Record companies argue that they lose $1.5 billion a year in revenues because of home taping. The cassette, disc and hardware taxes would be collected by the US Copyright Office and distributed by the Copyright Royalty Tribunal. Each year, anyone who feels entitled to royalty payments could petition the Tribunal. Sounds like a fair idea. But is it? For one thing, most DAT cassettes are now used for computer data storage, which has nothing to do with music. Wide-scale consumer audio applications are still another five years away. Within that time the tax could raise as much as $100 million annually with computer users coughing up two-thirds of that amount. Where would the money go? Nearly 40% would go directly to the record companies, including Sony Music Entertainment, and MCA Inc's huge record division, owned by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. These companies are already coining money, selling records and tapes to music-mad adolescents. they really deserve to have the federal government act as a tax collector for them? But the record and entertainment moguls pack plenty of lobbying clout. Another 17% of the tax would go to music publishers. After the costs of administering the royalty fund get deducted, 44% of the pool would go to songwriters and performers. The proposed legislation also mandates that a special anti-taping computer chip be installed in all consumer models of digital tape recorders. Shown as the "serial copy management system," the SCMS chip encodes a message onto every copied tape that instructs the tape not to allow another copy to be made from it. The SCMS chip, made by Sony, will add about $25 to the cost of the DAT recorder -- to be paid, of course, by consumers. If copies can be so easily limited, why are the record companies pushing for the 3% tax on cassettes? Two reasons. The SCMS can be easily bypassed by simply sending the digital message through the analog jacks on the back of the tape unit. But Wayne Green, former publisher of CD Review and owner of a handful of small record labels, gets closer to the truth when he insists: "It's just a way for the record companies to get a tax on blank cassettes." Forbes address (for letters to editor or whatever) Forbes Inc. 60 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10011 NOTE: this particular issue has a lot of other good articles and might be worth buying. Particularly interesting is an article called "The Tax Tree" that shows where America's income and tax revenues come from. same old sample letter to Congress (for those who missed it) Since so many people wrote me privately that they wanted a sample letter to send to "the world's finest deliberative body", here it is... (keep in mind what a politically-savvy person told me: Congressmen assume that for every letter that comes in, there are 1000 constituents who feel the same way, but weren't exercised enough to write -- so a single letter can make a politician think that 1000 votes are at risk) """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Senator [Representative] The Capitol Washington, DC 20510  Dear Senator [Representative]: I would like to know how you intend to vote on the Audio Home Recording Act of 1991 (AHRA). This bill will injure consumers and help foreigners to compete with AMERICAN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS and COMPUTER MANUFACTURERS. Worst of all, by taxing digital audio media that are used for computer data storage, this bill will discourage Americans from efficiently using information technology. 1) To not "promote the progress of the arts," the constitutional justification for expanding copyright. In fact, struggling artists will have to pay more for media and digital audio recorders, thus hindering them in their ability to compete with established stars. Will Michael Jackson produce better music if the AHRA increases his income by 1%? will we be deprived of a future Michael Jackson because an unknown artist could not afford a "professional" digital recorder? 2) To artificially restrain the American computer industry, which, in the absence of legislation, would use the same blank media as digital audio recorders.AT tapes, the only currently available consumer digital audio format, are far more popular for computer data backup than for copying CDs. Why should I pay a tax on tapes I use to backup my Apple hard disk to Apple's foreign competitors (Sony and Matsushita)? 3) To destroy an emerging American industry manufacturing digital audio products and cause a substantial loss of manufacturing jobs. We invented digital signal processing, but to build a digital audio product, a small company would have to pay thousands of dollars of legal expenses to review the AHRA and subsequent administrative rulings to see if it was in compliance. This bill requires cash strapped start-ups to hire lawyers instead of engineers. 4) To help create a Japanese monopoly on manufacturing digital audio equipment.s bill gives a tremendous competitive advantage to big consumer electronics companies that manufacture their own microchips. By mandating SCMS, the AHRA ensures that American companies will be at the mercy of their foreign competition. 5) To injure consumers, especially blind consumers (who do a disproportionate amount of audio recording), by subjecting them to price discrimination and taxes on computer data storage and non-infringing audio storage. 6) To increase the trade deficit as Japanese manufacturers and foreign owned record companies displace American suppliers and collect American tax dollars. 7) To set up a new government bureaucracy to take money out of the hands of consumers and feed most of it to a few big private corporations.I don't care if the new bureaucracy can pay itself with money skimmed off the top. I don't want my government involved in this sort of thing. This bill is completely unnecessary, unwarranted and totally non- productive. Firstly, Congress's own OTA determined that most taping is done on material the consumer already owns. I pay $15 for a CD that costs $1 to manufacture, is it really so unfair that I make a copy to play in my car? And why should Sony get more money a tax? They already sold me the CD player, the receiver, the cassette deck, the blank tape, and the car stereo, if not the car! Haven't they made enough money?? I think it would be much more interesting if Congress investigating why CDs sell for twice as much as LPs even though they cost less to manufacture. That doesn't sound like perfect competition to me. Secondly, we are about to enter into an era of high-band width digital communications and machines that transparently handle computer data, video and audio in the same manner. This legislation will look ridiculously vague and silly in five years. Only lawyers will be happy with the resulting chaos and litigation. Finally, the idea that we Americans are all criminals doesn't sit well with me. We paid $6 billion for prerecorded music last year despite the fact that we all have cassette recorders. We paid tens of billions for publications despite widespread Xerox machines. We paid tens of billions for software despite the ease of copying it with computers. We gave you the benefit of the doubt by voting for you -- please... at least do the same for us the American Voters. Very truly yours, """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" The above article obtained from Usenet on the DAT tax issue, how it insults consumers, and pads the pockets of those who don't need it at the expense of an industry unrelated to the music business. I also like the part in the form letter included at the end where it point's out that congress is accusing it's citizens of piracy before the fact. Act on it as you will. On page 102 of the latest (May 11) issue of Forbes magazine, you will find the only real article on the destructive Audio Home Recording Act of 1991 to have appeared in a widely circulated journal. The article contains some errors, notably concerning SCMS, but it is basically on target. Forbes magazine is by far the best of the business mags and has a reputation for printing meaty stories the other guys replace with fluff. ___________________________________________________________ > STR Portfolio News & Information Keeping up to date... ================================ THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ========================= On CompuServe by Judith Hamner 72257,271 The winners of the programming contest have been announced. First prizemgoes to Don Messerli for PGCPZL, a pictorial version of the classic sliding tile puzzle. Second place is awarded to Hugh Campbell for GOLF10. Dwight Lindley and Tom Showers tied for third place and will receive duplicate prizes. Both had useful programs to supplement the built-in applications. Dwight's DU1 is an add-on to the diary program. Tom's LISTER is a to-do list program. With all of the recent interest in sound for the Port, there has been discussion of the possibility of improving on the built-in speaker. Bruce Coleman has described the construction of the Portfolio lid and given suggestions for possible modification. If you want to void your warranty or are just curious see OPENUP.TXT for a description. Peter Bennett has uploaded QQHELP.ZIP which should be of interest to programmers. It is designed to work with Qedit but can be used with other programs to provide extended help and useful charts from within the editor. CRIB.COM is a version of cribbage for the Portfolio. There was some discussion of the use of the Portfolio to help diabetics in controlling their disease. Look for the thread "Why I wrote Pbasic" to find out how the Portfolio is used in a life-saving application. __________________________________________________________________ > CT SHOW NEWS STR SHOW NEWS CONNECTICUT SHOW NEWS ========================== CT SHOW UPDATE ============== The ACT Group has just announced that there will be an exciting dinner dance Saturday evening featuring luminaries from the Atari market. The core band will be composed of Atari Explorer's John Jainschigg and Peter Donoso, as well as Sam Ash's Fadi Hayek. Interested musicians are invited to sit in. At the cocktail hour, during the buffet, and between the live sets, pre-recorded Atari produced synthesized music will be played for your listening pleasure. With a spacious dance floor, cash bar and plenty of room for schmoozing, this should be a wonderful and fun evening. With some of the best names, latest products, and top vendors in the Atari market, we think you'll find the CT Fest to be both thrilling and educational. With a major emphasis on the musical side of the ST/TT (via major vendors like Sam Ash and Manny's Music). We'll have non-stop performances by live and studio musicians both days. Of course, other aspects like DTP, graphics, video, telecomm, etc. will be equally represented. Raffles, door prizes, swap rooms, hands on DTP classes, desktop video classes and more! Smack dab between New York and Boston, this may be the highlight of the summer! The following are some of the special interest areas we will be highlighting: MIDI - In addition to the Sat. night entertainment, we will have continuous musical activities, involving both performance and classes. Representatives from Sam Ash Music Stores and Manny's Music will be on hand, as will several important software vendors. We will have a synthesizer set up for all who wish to bring in any pre-recorded samples on floppy disk or casssette tape. DTP - Representatives will be on hand to demonstrate Pagestream, Calamus and Publisher 2 in both a booth setting as well as in a classroom environment. Come see some of these exciting new products! Palmtops - The Atari Portfolio will be spotlighted as an exciting link to the desktop environment. Its size, portability, convienience and extensive capabilities will be demonstrated throughout the show. Telecommunications, word processing, P(ersonal) I(nformation M(anagement), file transfer and many other features will be shown. Atari Petting Zoo - Representatives from dozens of User's groups will be showing a wide variety of their created applications, ranging from business to entertainment. Several workstations will be in continuous operation, allowing attendees to work with the systems directly. Come see what your fellow Atarians have created! 8-Bit - We have a strong 8-Bit presence here in New England, and we will be making every effort to support our friends. With the noted 8-bit hardware vendor ICD Inc. present, we expect there will be some wheeling and dealing going on. Finally, we will be having tons of prize giveaways, and a very exciting raffle for the grand prize! For further information, contact Co-Chairpersons Brian Gockley (203) 332-1721 and Doug Finch (203) 637-1034. _____________________________________________________ > PAGESTREAM TRADE-IN OFFER! STR InfoFile UPGRADE OFFER FOR ATARI USERS! ======================================= SOFT-LOGIK ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL UPGRADE OFFER FOR ATARI USERS! ============================================================= Press Release ------------- ATTENTION CALAMUS, PUBLISHER ST, FLEET STREET, PUBLISHING PARTNER AND PAGESTREAM OWNERS! St. Louis, Missouri; Soft-Logik Publishing, the developer of PageStream, the premier desktop publishing program for the Atari ST/STe/TT and Commodore Amiga computers, is proud to announce a special upgrade offer for the Atari version of PageStream. PageStream 2 retails for $299.95. With our special offer, owners of any Atari desktop publisher can upgrade to PageStream 2 at a very low price. This upgrade will make you eligible for future PageStream upgrades. This offer expires on August 31, 1992, so order your copy of PageStream 2 today! This offer is limited to the Atari version of PageStream only. UPGRADE PRICES PageStream 1.x -> PageStream 2 ...$ 75 Publishing Partner -> PageStream 2 ...$100 ANY OTHER ATARI DTP PROGRAM -> PageStream 2 ...$120 HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SPECIAL OFFER: Owners of Programs other than PageStream or Publishing Partner: ============================================================== Send the following to Soft-Logik: - Atari DTP manual title page (any Atari DTP program, but no photocopies) - your original program disk OR a photocopy of a disk or registration card showing your registration number - your name, address, telephone number - the upgrade fee - $5 for shipping ($15 outside of USA and Canada) Owners of Publishing Partner or PageStream 1.x: ============================================== Send the following to Soft-Logik or phone sales for faster service: - your program registration number - your name, address, telephone number - the upgrade fee; $5 for shipping ($15 outside of USA and Canada) - VISA and MasterCard are accepted for phone/fax orders SOFT-LOGIK PUBLISHING CORPORATION 11131 F South Towne Square St. Louis, MO 63123 1-800-829-8608 (314)894-8608 fax: 314-894-3280 Just an update on our current Atari products: PageStream 2.1 - $299.95 - desktop publisher TypeFace Library - $ 12.50/font - 600 PostScript Type 1 fonts Starter Fonts - $ 99.95 - 8 PostScript Type 1 fonts Newsletter Fonts - $ 99.95 - 8 PostScript Type 1 fonts Designer Fonts - $199.95 - 16 PostScript Type 1 fonts Classic Fonts - $199.95 - 16 PostScript Type 1 fonts Graphic Library - $ 99.95/volume - 21 volumes of Illustrator EPS clip art Font Plus Pack - $ 79.95 - screen fonts, font metrics and Soft-Logik font outlines for the standard 35 resident PostScript fonts. Font Disk A - $ 39.95 - screen fonts and font metrics for the standard 35 resident PostScript fonts. Requires a PostScript printer. Font Plus Pack - $ 39.95 - 14 Soft-Logik format outline fonts. Business Forms - $ 39.95 - 40 commonly used business forms in PageStream format. ____________________________________________________________ > A CONSPIRACY? STR Feedback "Don't believe any of this..." ========================== ATARI'S DEMISE PLANNED? ======================= Ctsy Delphi 13361 14-FEB 01:33 General Information Stoned From: VGHOWARD To: ALL (Miscellaneous mail to VG&CE that can't be answered in the magazine for various reasons -- usually legal -- will be done so here whenever time permits by MR. VIDEO GUY. In this installment, MR. VIDEO GUY uncovers the Grand Video-Gaming Conspiracy.) Dear VG&CE: I'm a 16-year-old video-game player and was wondering if you could shed light on the first "Golden Age" of video games, the time when Atari was king. What ever happened to this company? How did they lose their position in the business to what it is today? Thanks, and I also wanted to write to tell you what a fantastic job you guys are doing! --Debbie Debs Rainsalot, CA MR. VIDEO GUY RESPONDS: Upon losing millions by the end of 1983, Atari was sold by its parent, Warner Communications, and, thus, the Golden Age of video games came to an abrupt end. Supposedly, this "crash" came due to Americans' waning interest in playing video-games with blocky graphics and dinky sound. Nintendo revived the industry in 1985, through careful marketing and keen observation of what went wrong the first time around. This is the "truth" according to many, including VG&CE's Arnie "Mr. Video-Gaming Know-It-All" Katz. Don't believe any of this for a second, Deb. This textbook fairy tale is the biggest perpetrated lie in video-gaming today. How could Atari Inc., one of the top American corporations in the early 80's, be deemed a financial loser even though its losses didn't come close to overcoming its past profits, taking inflation into account as well? Why did Warner act uncharacteristically jittery about these losses? Couldn't one of the world's biggest media conglomerates absorb Atari's losses for a lot longer than they actually did? Consider the smaller company NEC and their TurboGraphX-16. In the book ZAP! -- THE RISE AND FALL OF ATARI, mismanagement is blamed for the video-game giant's demise. But even if this were the case (which is dubious), why didn't Warner execs just ax the boneheads in charge of Atari and replace them? And who says mismanagement itself justifies the dismantling of an entire industry? Look at the American auto industry. I know what you're thinking..."Whoa, Mr. Video Guy has gone off the deep end because of his bitterness from not getting a promotion where he works." Yet before you write me off as another conspiracy paranoic, ask yourself these questions: (1) Who would've benefited from Atari's death? (2) Who could've pulled it off? (3) Who could've covered it up? Who? Atari didn't die, Miss Debs. It was killed -- by NINTENDO. Some facts: From the late 1970's to early 80's, Atari dominated the coin-op scene. Clearly, the beginning of the video-game industry was not only American invented but influenced, too. The only stride that the Japanese made during these times was Space Invaders, but they were still too busy hawking pachinko, their lame-o answer to pinball. Eventually, it was clear to the Japanese entertainment industry that America, along with the rest of the world, would never be hip to Japanese pop music and Akira Kurosawa flicks. Already the masters of consumer electronic gadgetry., they, naturally, wanted to produce a cultural export. After all, America's most profitable export is its culture, in the form of bad movies, dumb TV shows, and tone-deaf pop songs. How else do you explain Jerry Lewis and the French? There was only one avenue left for Japanese entertainment to try pervading; video-games. But one thing stood in their way, Atari. Not eve n the American companies Mattel and Coleco could topple Atari's grip. Competing coin-op game makers also failed to break the company's equally tight hold in the arcades, among them Sega. So, you see, Debbie, lots of companies on both fronts wanted Atari dead. Let us now SPECULATE the events that might have occurred leading up to that tragic day in 1983... * - Japan's #1 cheesy LCD "card" game maker Nintendo (overconfident by the success of their Donkey Kong coin-op and sequels) forms a secret alliance with Japan's #1 coin-op game company Sega (producers of pretty looking but quickly boring-to-play arcade games) to look at the possibility of unseating Atari in the video-game marketplace. * - Atari sells over five million units of Pac-Man for their 2600 unit. Sears declares the cartridge the second fastest selling item they've ever carried. Seeing how Atari is so powerful that it can literally slap together an atrociously bad arcade translation and make nearly a billion dollars unsettles the Nintendo/Sega alliance. Prompted also by the fact that Mattel's superior Intellivision still isn't taking off (despite TV endorsements by boring George Plimpton and what Nintendo/Sega feels is its excellent pad controllers), they decide to back off for now. * - (Late 1982) Nintendo cohorts with Coleco to bring Donkey Kong to the former leather company's new ColecoVision system, and Sega contributes their equally bland Turbo. Despite much fanfare and moderate consumer interest, the system only does slightly better than mediocre. The Atari 2600, primitive as it is, still manages to maintain its majority share in the industry. The Nintendo/Sega alliance seems to be going nowhere. * - (Middle 1983) Atari reports losses in the millions since its ownership under Warner Communications. This is not unusual considering that the early years of the Reagan era were a time of recession for most American businesses. To bring them out of this slump, Atari has big plans for the 5200 and even bigger ones for the still-on-the-drawing-board 7800, which promises to outperform all video-game systems. * - In a desperate move, the Nintendo/Sega alliance makes a deal with Warner Communications: Sell off the consumer division of Atari to an idiot who would likely run it to the ground. In return, the alliance would insure that its powerful lobbyists would petition Congressmen to lighten up on antitrust laws barring Warner from acquiring or merging with other media companies. This should be a cinch to do, considering the Reagan administration's "free trade" and "hands off" policy regarding business. Executives at Warner, preferring to control one big pie rather than having to worry about several pies, accepts the deal. * - (Late 1983) Warner publicly announces the financial losses of Atari for the year and states misgivings about the video-game business. Among their statements is that America is tiring of video games. The mass media jumps on the bandwagon, adding that Atari's games are "blocky looking" and "dinky sounding", too. Atari stock plummets. * - Warner announces the sale of Atari's home division to Jack "The Patsy" Tramiel. Tramiel, the mastermind behind the Commodore Vic-20 fiasco, declares that the new Atari, Atari Corp., will be in the business of selling computers which everyone can afford. He fails to add, however, that hardly anyone will want them. * - Warner retains the coin-op division of Atari, renaming it Atari Games. Two years later, in keeping to their agreement with the Nintendo/Sega alliance , they sell it for a killing to the Japanese company Namco, the inventors of Pac-Man. * - In the same year, Nintendo introduces the NES. After "careful evaluation of the previous market", they state that the time is right for a new generation of video games. Among the NES' selling points are Robbie the Robot and its pad controllers, which are essentially improved versions of the Intellivision's. * - Having accomplished their mutual goal, Nintendo and Sega cease their alliance. It's agreed that Sega will stick to the arcade coin-op industry , where it has become #1 after Atari's demise, and stay out of the consumer market. Likewise, Nintendo promises to concentrate only on home video-gaming and keep out of the arcade scene, except for an occasional, badly produced coin-op such as Super Mario Bros. and Rad Racer that will only be available for play in kiddie "pizza-time theater" restaurants. * - Jack Tramiel nearly runs Atari Corp. into the ground, thanks to his purchase of the Federated electronic stores and saying stupid, already known facts such as Apple computers being "too expensive" and IBM systems as "inefficient". * - The temptation for Sega is too strong, and so they ally themselves with Tonka Toys and jointly enter the home market with the Sega Master System, sparking a blood feud with their former ally that continues to this day. This venture fails, but Sega is even more determined to "do it all". * - (1988) Warner Communications merges with Time Inc., forming the Time Warner company. The new company acquires controlling interest in Atlantic Records. Time Warner is responsible for the Batman motion picture and its inevitable, upcoming sequels. * - In the January 9th, 1992 issue of Rolling Stone (with Michael Jackson on the cover trying to look like a man) there's an article on Sigeru Miyamoto, the twisted genius behind Nintendo's "Mario" games. David Sheff writes, "...Japanese software, such as books, movies and recordings, has had little impact outside Japan. The exception is video games. One Japanese writer. ..has noted that Nintendo is Japan's largest cultural export, 'bigger than Akira Kurosawa.'" Ever wondered how Nintendo got off so easily in their recent court settlement with California's Attorney General? Killing off Atari was by no means easy for Nintendo, but they did it. Thus, having their sentence reduced to a paltry $5 rebate plan couldn't have been that difficult for them to do. And look at their past court cases against Tengen, the home division of Atari Games, and their attempts to acquire the Seattle Mariners. Also, why has Sega -- like their trademark mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog been such an annoying, arrogant pest to Nintendo? Because they're aggressive competitors? Right. They're still resentful over their former pact because they felt they got the raw end of the deal. The one thing that didn't go as planned for Nintendo and Sega was that Atari didn't die completely. Today, Atari Corp. would probably be nonexistant if it weren't for the Lynx, originally designed by Epyx, which has turned out to be their lifesaver for the time being. Otherwise, the Nintendo/Sega alliance pulled off the perfect coup. Software support has always been a problem for Atari Corp.'s hardware since the company doesn't have the resources of an arcade division. "Divide and conquer" as the saying goes. I'm not the only one who knows of this insidious plot. I suspect that Arnie Katz and the Game "Bill Kunkel" Doctor know it as well, have known about it all along, and are keeping mum. However, I doubt they're doing this because they're covering up for Nintendo and Sega. Rather, they might've been warned to keep their mouths shut by the perpetrators. You have to remember that in the latter years of Electronic Games (just before the magazine was retitled Computer Entertainment), Katz and the Doc were mysteriously absent from its pages, for reasons they care not to elaborate. Had they discovered the truth and already knew of Nintendo's plans as early as 1984? I'll bet Steve "Arnie Katz Lookalike-and-Wannabee" Harris of Electronic Gaming Monthly knows a lot about all of this, too. His magazine has been bankrolled by Japanese investment from the very start (when it was originally Electronic Game Player). Ever noticed how Harris and Quarterman are a lot like Katz and the Doc in terms of concept, though radically different in style? I doubt this is coincidence rather than by design. Another whom I believe knows a lot more than he's willing to tell is Howard "TV Weatherman Dress-Alike" Phillips, the former Nintendo spokesperson who left his position for a conspiciously ambiguous role with Lucasfilm Games. Did he learn the truth, too, and decide to get out for his own safety, thus, depriving Nester someone to be a sidekick for? A while ago, I got a phone call from someone who sounded suspiciously familiar: "V-Video Guy! Listen -- you've got to get out! You're way over your head!" "Who is this? Howard?? Is this Howard Phillips?!" "Didn't you read the ***damn business section today?? They got the ****ing California Attorney General?! The ****ing Attorney General of California!! Not even Larry Flynt's ****ing lawyers can protect you! I'm warning you as a colleague -- just drop it if you know what's ***damn ****ing good for you!!" Well, I'm not going to drop it, Howard (or whoever you are). The assassination of Atari was the single most horrible event for an entire generation of video-gaming. It tore the heart out from what promised to be a new age of electronic entertainment - - never mind that it had primitive graphics and anemic sound. It robbed the dreams of those who were the first to put their hands around a joystick. And, by golly, you can be sure that I'm going to keep at it -- till all the files and other relevant papers that are locked away in some big government building sort-of-place are released so that the video-gaming public can decide for themselves what really happened on that fateful day in 1983. So there you have it, Debbie. The TRUTH. Now you know why video-gaming is in the state it is. And why movies and pop music have especially sucked lately. I'll tell you, every day I wonder how safe it is to live in the U.S. of A. when even our own video games are dripping with corruption and greed. Oh, and thanks for the kind words. We at VG&CE always strive to do our best for readers like you! ____________________________________________________________ > GEMULATOR! STR InfoFile Gemulator On Schedule ======================= GEMULATOR ON SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE! ============================================ Gemulator, the Atari ST emulator for DOS based PC clones, is on schedule for a release in September at the Glendale show. After a successful demonstration at the recent Toronto ACE show, where Atari ST users were able to try (and see running) dozens of ST software titles on a PC, we have begun production of the plug-in boards that make Gemulator possible, and are ready to begin beta testing. If you are interested in beta testing or reviewing Gemulator, please contact us in writing. Gemulator has already been shown to run major ST applications such as Pagestream and Calamus flawlessly, and is compatible with hundreds of other programs including: GFA Basic, Laser C, ST Writer, Neodesk 3, Degas, LDW Power, Tempus, First Word Plus, Flash, Hotwire, Multidesk, GDOS/G+PLUS, Gemini, Quick ST, Warp 9, Sudden View, and Prism Paint. Even TOS 2.06 runs. Latest Gemulator Newsletter Now Available """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" The April 1992 issue of BraSoft news is now available. This newsletter gives the most up-to-date information on the Gemulator and includes an order form for pre-ordering Gemulator as well as for ordering the demonstration video. Gemulator may be pre-ordered for $199 (U.S. funds) until August 31, 1992, after which time the regular price will be $399. The price includes the Gemulator plug-in board and emulation software. TOS ROMs may also be ordered. Gemulator Demos This Summer """"""""""""""""""""""""""" Gemulator will be shown again at several upcoming U.S. Atari shows this year: - Indianapolis, July 25th - Glendale, September - WAACE, October (tentative) As was done at the Toronto show, if you attend the show, bring along some ST software to see for yourself how well Gemulator works. Gemulator Demonstration Video ============================= If you didn't get a chance to see Gemulator at the Toronto show, and you won't be able to attend any of the other shows, then why not order the Gemulator Demonstration Video. This short video shows you how simple it is to install Gemulator, how it emulates both color and monochrome ST screen modes on the same PC monitor, how it can run different versions of TOS (including TOS 2.06) on the same PC, and even how it can multitask ST and PC software at the same time. The video includes demos of several ST programs including Pagestream and Calamus. The video is on a VHS cassette. Sorry Betamax users. The cost of the video is only $5 (shipping included). U.S. residents only. Show the video to your friends and at user group meetings. Still Have Questions? ===================== If you still have questions about Gemulator, phone us between 8 pm and 11 pm Pacific time Monday through Thursday nights. Branch Always Software 14150 N.E. 20th St., Suite 302 Bellevue, WA 98007 Phone/FAX: 206-885-5893 ______________________________________________________ > AUA TELLS ALL STR FOCUS The real facts about what's going on. ======================= AUA TELLS ALL ============= Atari User's Association """""""""""""""""""""""" The following press release has been authored by Eric Lambeth. It has been read, edited, and approved by Derek Signorini and Tony Parry. This is our attempt to satisfactorily explain the current condition of the AUA, how it got that way, and what will be done about it. There will be those who dislike what they read, but this is the situation that we face, and we can't change that. We have decided to be completely honest with our members and the Atari Community at large, and the following is the uncensored truth of what happened to us. We would like to thank those individuals who have helped us to distribute this text, and those who have continued to support the AUA despite our virtual disappearance in recent months. We hope that we can live up to your expectations, and prove that your trust was not misplaced. WHAT IS THE ATARI USER'S ASSOCIATION? For those who weren't familiar with the AUA, I thought I'd include this brief explanation of what the organization was. Essentially, it was an international user's group, which brought together users, developers, and dealers, under one roof. The goals and activities of the AUA were many: combating piracy, sponsoring a free software library for members, running a member's BBS, a bimonthly diskette/newsletter, etc.. To put it simply, the AUA was dedicated to improving the visibility of, and supporting the users of, the Atari ST line of computers. WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD MUCH FROM THE AUA IN RECENT MONTHS? Last summer, the AUA undertook a very strong anti-piracy campaign, which included, among other things, the forwarding of certain information about certain pirate BBS's/individuals to the authorities. Although it may be a coincidence, it appears that someone did not like this campaign very much. The next month, a total phone bill of $1864.00 was received due to phone "phreaking." Of this amount, we settled for approximately half of it with the PUC and Ma Bell. The only option available to us was to use to the AUA budget, in its entirety, to help pay for the charges. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY MEMBERSHIP MONEY? The AUA budget, including all membership dues, was paid out to cover the phreaked phone charges. All AUA equipment and materials, except for valueless items such as membership records, were sold to help cover costs. Even so, Derek Signorini, AUA founder, was forced to sell a great deal of his personal property, including all computer equipment and software. He had to do it immediately, which meant that he sold at fire-sale prices. The process completely sapped all financial resources of both Derek and the AUA, not to mention Derek and Tony's morale. They boxed up all the remaining AUA property, and, under the advice of an attorney, tried to reduce the visibility of the organization, to prevent legal entanglements and allegations of fraud. WHY CAN'T YOU REFUND MY MONEY? Maybe you've seen the Steve Martin movie, "The Jerk." In it, Steve plays a bum who is catapulted into fabulous riches by the profits from an invention of his. One day however, a consumer advocate group discovers a defect in the invention, and the defect causes damage to everyone who uses the product. 100 million consumers file a class-action lawsuit against Steve, and win. The court awards them each $1.02. That may not seem like much, but since it was paid out to such a large number of people, it sent Steve back into bankruptcy. After all, $1.02 times 100 million is quite a substantitive amount of money. The AUA faces a similar problem. I understand that a lot of you who are reading this may feel ripped off, deceived, and angry. Anyone who reads my occasional comments in the GEnie ST roundtables knows that I'm the first to cry "foul" when I feel that I've been taken in, and if I were an average AUA member, by now I'd have filed a complaint with every authority on Earth in an attempt to get my money back and get revenge on the jerk who ripped me off. To all outer appearances, it may have seemed as if the AUA was a con operation from the start. In fact, I have absolutely no proof that that isn't exactly what happened. But the simple, ugly truth is this: The AUA treasury is GONE, stolen by an inconsiderate hacker with a grudge. You have lost money, along with others, but we did not purposely take it from you for that purpose. I know that you may feel like we should send you a refund, but please consider our scenario: there are many others just like you who want a refund, too. $10 or $15 is really not a great amount, but to us, it is tremendous, since we'd have to multiply that number by 253 (the number of members who purchased the AUA disk package and have outstanding subscriptions.) All I can ask is that you consider how much Derek & the AUA as a whole have lost, and not hold any of us responsible for the theft of your money. If it is any consolation, I pledge to try to honor all outstanding AUA memberships, as finances permit. Many honest ST users joined the AUA simply to fight piracy. The way that I look at it, is that this entire nightmare can't be allowed to wipe us out: it would be another victory for the pirates and crooks who are slowly but surely killing the Atari ST. That's why I've volunteered to take over operation of the AUA, and to rebuild it into the organization it once was, and beyond. WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE AUA? On March 10 of this year, I returned from a 9-month stay in Germany. Shortly thereafter, Derek told me the basics of what had happened. Up until that point, I had had some contact with the AUA, writing a few articles and managing the software library, but I was never highly involved with the management of anything. I was shocked by what he told me, as you probably are as you read this. I was informed that the AUA was essentially a bunch of files and miscellany stuffed in a garage and put out of mind. Understandably, Derek is somewhat bitter about the entire ordeal, and wants no further involvement with the Atari community. I offered to take up the operation of the AUA, as I still have faith in the Atari community and would like to try to breathe some life back into the organization. Derek expressed some surprise that I would even want to attempt to revive things after being dumped on so badly, but he agreed to ship all remaining AUA materials from his residence in Pennsylvania to me in Missouri, and he authorized me to continue to operate using the AUA name. Since that time, I have been going through all the paperwork, data, and other information which has been forwarded to me. I have also been working on a plan for reorganization and resurrection of the AUA, which I am finally ready to present to the public. As of today, the AUA has officially reopened. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? The rebuilding of the organization will proceed in stages. I have several things in the pipeline, and one of the most important is honoring those outstanding subscriptions. But, first and foremost, the AUA needs to save face in the eyes of the Atari community. STAGE I: Relaying the Foundations Beginning immediately, I am reopening contacts with user groups. In the near future, the AUA will operate as a limited confederation of user groups. Essentially, we will offer three services: a software library, a directory of user groups for those who are seeking local support, and a support base of articles for user group newsletters. These will both be primarily aimed at user groups, and are not generally intended for individual end users. The software library will work as follows: I am currently in possession of the old AUA/STX library, which numbers over 400 public domain disks. User group librarians may "swap" disks; that is, librarians can request as many disks from the library as they want and they will receive these disks at no charge. However, they must submit an equal number of disks with new software to the AUA. For example, a librarian who waited to obtain our 50 latest disks could do so at no cost to the user group, but he would need to mail in 50 disks with other public domain/shareware/etc. in order to receive the disks he wanted. In this manner, I hope to help user group libraries nationwide grow and prosper. There should always be something new and exciting in the AUA library, since user group submissions will be continually "feeding" it. The costs of return postage will be passed on to the user group, but there will be no handling fees or any other hidden charges. I have always felt that quality freeware is a wonderful & ethical antidote to piracy. By helping to distribute freeware, I hope to indirectly combat the forces that are destroying the Atari market. After all, if you could play a public domain game, or play a similar commercial game and erode the Atari marketplace (not to mention, damage your conscience as well,) which would YOU choose? As for the database, it will work in much the same manner. Interesting articles and information that can be used in user group newsletters may be submitted and swapped for other such files at a ratio of 1K to 2K. This may be done by US Mail or GEmail. Finally, the AUA will continue to distribute local user group information to users in search of such support. Individual users who wish to be members of the AUA at this stage are strongly encouraged to find a local user group and join via the group. If this is absolutely impossible, however, users may join as members of the "home chapter." They can use the software exchange just like a user group, and can trade as much as they desire. However, there will be an additional fee of 10 cents per disk. There are two reasons for this. First of all, I have no desire to undercut local usergroups and/or PD distributors, and I feel that a small fee may discourage users from using the AUA when they could obtain software at a more local level. And secondly, individual users tend to submit much smaller disk exchanges than groups. It is much easier and less expensive for me to handle large orders, and I don't want to receive hundreds of single-disk exchanges. (For example, it would be much easier for me to box up and ship out 100 disks to one address than it would be to separately pack and ship 100 disks to different people.) Former AUA-UGAP member chapters will be receiving a library catalog and other pertinent information on a disk in the mail. (Last minute addendum: My disk supplier is running behind, so this may take a few weeks, but the information WILL get to you!) Other interested user groups or individuals should send a SASE (or an international reply coupon) and a blank disk to the address at the end of this text. The catalog and information will be copied onto the disk and it will be shipped back to you. (Unfortunately, this information may not be distributed on most of the major commercial computer networks, since they prohibit transmission of any information relating to software trading.) I do ask that once you have tried the new program, and if you find that you like it, you send a small donation to help keep the AUA going. This is entirely voluntary, and I would like to suggest $5 for individuals and $25 for groups. (Larger amounts would be _greatly_ appreciated.) Not only will it make you feel good, but it will help the AUA rebuild a financial base and advance to stage 2 of the reconstruction! STAGE II: BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Once the user group network is firmly established, most of the features of the "old" AUA will be brought back. Individual memberships will be encouraged, and the AUA Disk Magazine will resume publication. Outstanding subscriptions will be honored, and the AUA will take an active stance in the Atari community, including (but certainly not limited to) show appearances and BBS net support. STAGE III: NEW & IMPROVED Finally, when the AUA has successfully recovered its position and its support in the Atari userbase, I will introduce several new projects that I have in the pipeline. I am hesitant to say what these are, because at this point they are just vaporware, and I hate that as much as anyone. I will mention, however, that I plan to hire additional staff for a few major, full-time campaigns. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE AUA IN THE FUTURE? Only time will tell. The success of the "new" AUA is dependent on many things. For now, the response I receive to this press release will help me decide how much of my personal time & effort to dedicate to the Association. But, to speak truthfully, any organization of this size is really too much for one person to handle. Not only am I a full-time college student, but I also work 2 jobs and am in the Army Reserve; I'm hardly the ideal candidate for President of a massive, time consuming project. In the end, I suppose, it comes down to whether or not the Atari community is willing to continue to support the AUA. Not only does the Association require financial support, but it also needs manpower to write newsletter articles, copy disks for the library, keep records, answer mail, and a million other things. If there are enough interested parties who are willing to help out, the AUA will thrive. If not, it will wither and fold. Frankly, with the departure of Derek Signorini and Tony Parry, it lost two individuals of outstanding ability, and it may not be able to recover. But I'm willing to contribute my resources to benefit something that I see as a worthwhile project, and I'd be honored if you, the end user, would be willing to do the same. Thank you for your time, Eric Lambeth P.O. Box 1062 Springfield, MO 65714-1062 GEnie: E.LAMBETH ********************************************************************** You are permitted and encouraged to duplicate and distribute this file. Additionally, all back issues of the AUA Newsbriefs Disk Magazine, the AUA/STX catalog, and any and all additional AUA publications are hereby declared freeware and may be openly distributed. ********************************************************************** > BITMAKER V 1 STR InfoFile Fabulous Font Creator Announced! ========================= BITMAKER v1.1(c) PageStream(c) and GDOS(c) users REJOICE!!! MegaType Software is pleased to announce the release of 2 new programs for the Atari ST and TT line of computers. PageStream users can finally use PGS 2.1 without taking a nap during every screen redraw, no matter what format of fonts they are using! GDOS users can FINALLY have a choice of fonts comparable to what Calamus(c) and PageStream(c) users have had from the beginning. BitMaker allows the user to create fonts in the following three formats for use on the ST: 1) Render screen fonts (.12H, .18H, .24H) for use with PageStream (all versions) from .DMF printer fonts. 2) Render screen fonts (.ABF) for use with PageStream 2.x from Adobe Type 1 (.PFB) printer fonts. 3) Render SCREEN AND PRINTER fonts for any GDOS application and printer from PageStream .DMF printer fonts. All bitmap font creation is done automatically with a few simple mouse clicks. No font creation knowledge by the user is needed to create or use the rendered fonts. For PageStream, you just select a printer font, select a point size to create, and sit back and watch the font being created that will save you hours of redraw time when using PageStream. For GDOS fonts, you also have to tell the program whether you wish to create a screen or printer font, and what resolution to use based on your monitor and printer. All this for the remarkable price of $49.95 us GDOS fonts can also be created from Type 1 fonts and Calamus fonts with the help of FONTVERTER(c) and TYPE 1 CONVERTER(C), also from MegaType. Registered owners of the one or two module version BitMaker will automatically receive the updated version by mail, as promissed when you purchased the earlier versions. There is no need to return your master disks. If you did not return your registration card, be sure to do so now so you can receive your update. There are a few serial numbers that we have not got back registration cards for. """"""""""""" MegaKern(c) and MegaKern lite(c) ATTENTION PAGESTREAM(c) USERS!! Auto-kerning has arrived for the ST!! Works on PageStream .DMF and Adobe Type 1 fonts!! Have you ever looked at you PageStream printouts and not been satisfied with the uneven character spacing you see? We all have a LOT of times! This can be from a variety of causes: 1)The lack of kern pairs in the font. 2)The kern pairs that are supplied are not set evenly. 3)All around sloppy setting of the character widths in the first place when the font was created. These problems are present in the majority of public domain .DMF and Type 1 fonts out there, and in a large number of the commercial fonts produced. This is due to the immense amount of time and dedication it takes to produce a full kern set by hand. MegaKern has solved all of these problems. In a matter of less than 5 minutes (2 1/2 minutes on a TT), you can have a precisely kerned font of more than 1200 KERN PAIRS ready to use with PageStream. MegaKern will even create kern pairs which make up for sloppy character widths within the font. The result is a perfectly kerned font, which is much more pleasing to the eye. Fonts that you quit using because of the erratic character spacing could now become your most used fonts, once they are kerned peroperly. Users of some of the expensive genuine Adobe(c) Type 1 fonts, which are usually supplied with a lot of carefully done kern pairs, can attest to the superior appearence of a properly kerned font! MegaKern will be sold in TWO versions: *** MegaKern(c) ($79.95us) *** Kerns both Adobe Type 1 fonts (Mac and PC/ST), and PageStream .DMF fonts. A special version which also kerns .ECF fonts for Font Designer will be available for a very minimal charge for registered owners of Font Designer or Font Designer Plus so both .DMF and Type 1 / Type 3 fonts can be created from the same kern file. *** MegaKern lite(c) ($49.95us) *** Kerns only PageStream .DMF fonts. Great for UltraScript(c) users who can't print Type 1 fonts from PageStream. Also a way to save some money for present users of the MEGATYPE product line who can kern the .DMF font and convert the kerns to their Type using Fontverter, Font Designer and Type 1 Converter, although this would require a four step process. *************** BitMaker 1.1 is Shipping as of Friday, May 8th MegaKern lite is available NOW!!! MegaKern will be shipping by May 22nd. Call MegaType (6:00 to 9:00 EST) or email DFTURNOCK on Genie with any questions or orders. Thank you for your support...... MegaType PO Box 645 South Bend, IN 46624 (219) 288-7468 _________________________________________________________________ > WARP 9 STR Review SPEED CAN BE SAFE! ** WARP 9 IS PROOF! ================= - WARP 9 - THE SOFTWARE GRAPHIC/TEXT DISPLAY ACCELERATOR by Doyle C. Helms Senior Software Editor @ ST Report It is once again my pleasure to review a software product from Codehead Technologies. The staff at Codehead have had a long standing reputation for producing relativity bug free and solid-to-the-core software. With Warp 9, the tradition continues. Most veteran Atarians are familiar with the name Darek Mihocka of the 8-bit Atari emulator fame. A couple of years ago Darek began developing a software screen accelerator which he called Quick ST. At the time there was really only one other competitor in this market, Turbo ST. Turbo ST was a tough cookie to dethrone. Darek's initial releases of Quick ST were shareware. Once the program reached a relative stage of maturity, Darek transformed the program into a commercial release. Darek soon added features to Quick ST that were quite unique. These features included things such as custom fonts (screen) and background images that replaced the rather drab Desktop of GEM. The user could not only design their own background picture, but could also create a custom fill pattern as well. Darek has since moved on to other projects and has allowed Codehead Technologies to continue support and development of his excellent software accelerator. Warp 9 is the an appropriate name for an extremely FAST software accelerator. Warp 9 comes to the user on a non-protected disk that allows the easy installation on your hard drive or floppy system. The manual is very well written (as always) and very informative as to the nuances of the programs features and functions. Relative graphic examples follow the step-by-step set-up and use of Warp 9. Warp 9 is a program that is installed via the AUTO folder. Warp 9 also has an accompanying Desk Accessory that not only allows custom font/fill/background picture configurations, but also aids in acceleration of the graphic display offered by Warp 9 program. Once the user has Warp 9 installed and working, there is really nothing else the user HAS to do. All operations from this point are transparent to the user. If the user wishes custom screen fonts or fills or background Desktop pictures installed, the Warp 9 CP (Control Panel Accessory) will allow the user EASY point and click set-up. The mouse acceleration factors can also be configured from the Warp 9 CP. Before Warp 9 CP, I was using HotSaver (from Codehead also!) as the mouse accelerator program/Screen saver and SWITCH.ACC as the custom screen font install program. Now I have all these options in ONE Accessory. Let's take a quick look at the differences between Warp 9 and Turbo ST 1.84. In the past Turbo ST (TST here on out) has enjoyed the honor of being more compatible with more software for the ST than Warp 9's predecessor, Quick ST. Warp 9 has changed all that. Warp 9 now is as compatible with current software offerings as TST. Probably more compatible if Codehead is true to form. TST and Warp 9 are pretty close in the majority of the operations in terms of acceleration speed. There are however a few of the more important screen acceleration functions where Warp 9 blows away TST. The GEM Dialog display is one of the areas that Warp 9 is clearly FASTER than TST. The Warp 9 CP and its configuration capabilities are another plus that TST cannot touch. So if you are on the verge of purchasing a software screen accelerator or are thinking of switching, all I can say is "Engage"... Now if you are like me(gawd, I hope there aren't too many more of me running around loose) you will want some more facts before you drop your money on a different accelerator or on a new purchase altogether. Let's look a little closer at the hard facts in nose-to-nose comparisons. JUST THE FACTS MA'AM... Here's the scenario. MSTE4 with TOS 2.05. The only program (TSR) will be the software accelerator that is being tested. There will be no accessories loaded other than Warp CP Acc. when necessary for testing purposes. The test results will be discussed with the BLITTER chip in the ON mode and the OFF mode. I will likewise note the status of the BLITTER. The two operating speeds will be tested, the 8Mhz "standard" mode and the 16Mhz cache ON mode. The 16 Mhz cache OFF mode will not be shown for reasons of brevity. I will show the results of the software accelerators in the MEDIUM and HIGH resolution ST modes. There is a difference in acceleration times between Color and Monochrome. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 8MHZ--COLOR-- BLITTER ON DEFAULT TST Warp9 w/CP Warp9 no CP ------------------------------------------------------------- CPU MEMORY | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU REGISTER| 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU DIVIDE | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU SHIFT | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% TOS TEXT | 100% | 341% | 347% | 342% TOS STRING | 100% | 1996% | 2016% | 2016% TOS SCROLL | 100% | 104% | 104% | 104% GEM DIALOG | 100% | 248% | 443% | 249% ----------------------------------------------------------------- 8MHZ--COLOR-- BLITTER OFF DEFAULT TST Warp9 w/CP Warp9 no CP ------------------------------------------------------------- CPU MEMORY | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU REGISTER| 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU DIVIDE | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU SHIFT | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% TOS TEXT | 93% | 341% | 347% | 342% TOS STRING | 95% | 1996% | 2016% | 2016% TOS SCROLL | 78% | 103% | 103% | 103% GEM DIALOG | 76% | 246% | 385% | 230% ----------------------------------------------------------------- 8MHZ --MONOCHROME-- BLITTER ON DEFAULT TST Warp9 w/CP Warp9 no CP ------------------------------------------------------------- CPU MEMORY | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU REGISTER| 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU DIVIDE | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU SHIFT | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% TOS TEXT | 100% | 307% | 314% | 310% TOS STRING | 100% | 1282% | 1364% | 1364% TOS SCROLL | 100% | 103% | 103% | 103% GEM DIALOG | 100% | 257% | 455% | 263% ----------------------------------------------------------------- 8MHZ --MONOCHROME-- BLITTER OFF DEFAULT TST Warp9 w/CP Warp9 no CP ------------------------------------------------------------- CPU MEMORY | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU REGISTER| 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU DIVIDE | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% CPU SHIFT | 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% TOS TEXT | 100% | 341% | 347% | 342% TOS STRING | 100% | 1996% | 2016% | 2016% TOS SCROLL | 100% | 104% | 104% | 104% GEM DIALOG | 100% | 248% | 443% | 249% ----------------------------------------------------------------- 16MHZ CACHE ON --COLOR-- BLITTER ON DEFAULT TST Warp9 w/CP Warp9 no CP ------------------------------------------------------------- CPU MEMORY | 165% | 165% | 165% | 165% CPU REGISTER| 204% | 204% | 204% | 204% CPU DIVIDE | 204% | 204% | 204% | 204% CPU SHIFT | 208% | 208% | 208% | 208% TOS TEXT | 111% | 587% | 568% | 572% TOS STRING | 117% | 3383% | 3119% | 3119% TOS SCROLL | 102% | 104% | 104% | 104% GEM DIALOG | 120% | 306% | 545% | 348% ----------------------------------------------------------------- 16MHZ CACHE ON --COLOR-- BLITTER OFF DEFAULT TST Warp9 w/CP Warp9 no CP ------------------------------------------------------------- CPU MEMORY | 165% | 165% | 165% | 165% CPU REGISTER| 204% | 204% | 204% | 204% CPU DIVIDE | 204% | 204% | 204% | 204% CPU SHIFT | 208% | 208% | 208% | 208% TOS TEXT | 158%* | 589%* | 568% | 572% TOS STRING | 155%* | 3383% | 3119% | 3119% TOS SCROLL | 88% | 109% | 109% | 109% GEM DIALOG | 124%* | 374%* | 579%* | 359%* ----------------------------------------------------------------- 16MHZ CACHE ON --MONOCHROME-- BLITTER ON DEFAULT TST Warp9 w/CP Warp9 no CP ------------------------------------------------------------- CPU MEMORY | 165% | 165% | 165% | 165% CPU REGISTER| 204% | 204% | 204% | 204% CPU DIVIDE | 204% | 204% | 204% | 204% CPU SHIFT | 208% | 208% | 208% | 208% TOS TEXT | 111% | 506% | 488% | 492% TOS STRING | 117% | 1923% | 2046% | 2046% TOS SCROLL | 102% | 104% | 104% | 104% GEM DIALOG | 120% | 348% | 564% | 363% ----------------------------------------------------------------- 16MHZ CACHE ON --MONOCHROME-- BLITTER OFF DEFAULT TST Warp9 w/CP Warp9 no CP ------------------------------------------------------------- CPU MEMORY | 165% | 165% | 165% | 165% CPU REGISTER| 204% | 204% | 204% | 204% CPU DIVIDE | 204% | 204% | 204% | 204% CPU SHIFT | 208% | 208% | 208% | 208% TOS TEXT | 153%* | 505% | 488% | 491% TOS STRING | 152%* | 1923% | 2046% | 2046% TOS SCROLL | 86% | 109%* | 108%* | 108%* GEM DIALOG | 120% | 365%* | 568%* | 365%* ----------------------------------------------------------------- Please note that the above "*"'s represent a interesting surprise I encountered while doing this review. The BLITTER OFF setting while in the 16 MHZ CACHE ON mode yields FASTER results than with the BLITTER is ON! The 16 NO CACHE mode and the "standard" 8 MHZ mode results in FASTER times with the BLITTER in the ON mode. Well friends, these are the facts as told to me via the QUICK INDEX 2.2 program. I CAN detect a noticeable difference in "real world" operations like PageStream, Touch-up and MANY other graphic/text intensive programs. The Codeheads plainly state that the computational speed of the system is not enhanced by a software screen accelerator, but by golly it sure seems like it to me. Warp 9, the software graphic display accelerator, is the Next generation of speed for the Atari... CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGIES P.O. BOX 74090 Los Angeles, CA 90004 (213) 386-5735 __________________________________________________________ > NEWDESK ICON EDITOR STR InfoFile Software Development Systems ================================ SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS TO ANNOUNCE NEW PRODUCTS AT THE BLUE RIDGE ATARI FEST FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Software Development Systems is proud to announce attendance at this years' Blue Ridge Atarifest. We will be showing off our Newdesk Icon Editor CPX for the newest TOS (>=2.05) from Atari Corporation as well as the updated version of our top-selling Deskjet Utilities Pak called the Printer Utilities Pak. In addition we will be premiering at least two new products on or before the date of the show (details forthcoming). The Newdesk Icon Editor CPX is a control panel extension for Atari's Extensible Control Panel which allows editing, import/export, and assignment of the Atari's system icons. Users can import .ICE, .NIC, .RSC, .XIC, and .ICN format files as well as beign able to pull icons from any program using 32x32 icons. The Newdesk Icon Editor CPX can also be used to edit icon files for use with Hyperlink and the Resource Construction Set. We also include a GDOS Icon File Printer and a public-domain library of more than 1000 icons. The Printer Utilities Pak is a compilation of utilities designed to better implement the features of the HP Deskjet Series, HP Laserjet Series, and Atari SLM line of printers. Among the programs included is a setup accessory to control font/pitch/margins/printer fx, a powerful envelope printer that prints Postnet bar coding, does mail merge (with zip sorting), and maintains multiple return addresses, a disk labeler, and a mailing label printer. All of these programs can optionally use GDOS (SLM owners _must_ use GDOS). In addition drivers for Wordwriter, 1st Word, and ST Writer are also included. We've even been able to add Deskjet 500C color support to some of the programs! For more information on these products stop by on the day of the show or send E-mail to S.SANDERS2. We also maintain active support for Deskjet/Printer Utilities Pak owners here on GEnie (Cat 4 Top 9), Deskjet 500C users (Cat 2 Top 3), and Newdesk Icon CPX owners (Cat 2 Top 39). Other topics will be opened as new products become available. Scott Sanders, Owner Member IAAD Software Development Systems 996 Redondo Ave. #404 Long Beach, CA 90804 Info: (310) 595-9799 Orders: (800) 237-4SDS Fax: (310) 987-2205 (specify #404) """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" EDITORIALLY SPEAKING - STR CONFIDENTIAL - MAILCALL """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > STReport's Editorial Page "Saying it like it is." From the Editor's Desk ---------------------- The times are a changin' so they say.... It sure looks that way. Changes coming up at Atari Explorer, Sam coming back from an extended trip to the Orient and more rumors or changes in Sunnyvale. Judging from the various financial reports currently circulating, perhaps its time to make some sweeping effective changes. Its obvious far too much company time and energy is being spent on frivolous "obsessions". The important points to dwell upon is the new software appearing for the Atari Computer Platform. It refreshing to see new goodies appearing at the rate they are. Many of which are explained in this issue. We are trying to remain the informative, well rounded online magazine you have been accustomed to reading and now, with our added responsibilities the task has become even more interesting. The summer Atari shows are shaping up to become a superb prelude to the Fall extravaganzas. Like Comdex Fall'92 (Las Vegas) and WAACE'92 (Washington D.C.). Atari is still producing the best hardware value in the computing community its simply an outrageous shame that NOBODY knows it but the staunch Atari users. When, in heaven's name, are they gonna advertise to fresh markets? <sigh> Hang in there my friends, someone out there is bound to wake up one day and when it happens Atari will once again be on the top of the heap. Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STReport's Staff DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU! ---------------- Publisher - Editor ------------------ Ralph F. Mariano PC DIVISION AMIGA DIVISION MAC DIVISION ----------- -------------- ------------ Roger D. Stevens Charles Hill R. ALBRITTON STReport Staff Editors: ----------------------- Lloyd E. Pulley Sr. Dana P. Jacobson Michael Arthur Lucien Oppler Brad Martin Judith Hamner John Szczepanik Dan Stidham Joseph Mirando Steve Spivey Doyle C. Helms Contributing Correspondents: ---------------------------- Michael Lee Richard Covert John Deegan Brian Converse Oliver Steinmeier Tim Holt Andrew Learner Norman Boucher Harry Steele Ben Hamilton Neil Bradley Eric Jerue Ron Deal Robert Dean Ed Westhusing James Nolan Vernon W. Smith Bruno Puglia Clemens Chin IMPORTANT NOTICE ================ Please, submit letters to the editor, articles, reviews, etc... via E-Mail to: Compuserve.................... 70007,4454 GEnie......................... ST.REPORT Delphi........................ RMARIANO BIX........................... RMARIANO FIDONET....................... 112/35 FNET.......................... NODE 350 NEST.......................... 90:19/350.0 ____________________________________________________________ > STReport CONFIDENTIAL "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips" ===================== - Sunnyvale CA. ATARI POSTS DISMAL REPORT CARD! ------------- From the San Jose Mercury News Atari lost $4.4 million on sharply lower sales Mercury News Staff Report Late Friday, troubled Atari Corp. reported a loss of $4.4 million for its fourth quarter on sharply lower revenues. The 8-cents-per-share loss for the Sunnyvale maker of personal computers and video-game hardware came on revenues of $96.2 million. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 1990, the company made a profit of $8.8 million, or 15 cents per share, on revenues of $151.9 million. The 1990 quarter's profit figure, though, included $28.8 million in extraordinary credits. The 1991 quarter included a $2 million credit for debenture repurchases. The company cut its operating loss for the 1991 fourth quarter to $9.4 million from $22.2 million in the 1990 quarter. For the year, sales dropped to $258 million from $411.5 million in 1990. Net income for the year was $25.6 million, compared with $14.9 million for 1990. But the 1991 figure includes a gain of $40.9 million on the sale of the company's manufacturing plant in Taiwan. And the 1990 profit included $35.7 million in extraordinary gains. The operating loss for 1991 was $18.7 million, compared with a loss of $25.2 million in 1990. Buying back debentures helped the company cut interest expense, which fell from $4.1 million in 1990 to $287,000 in 1991. In a statement, Atari President Sam Tramiel said, "The company has restructured its overhead and is focusing on the improvement of its balance sheet and the development of new products." On Wednesday, the company notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would delay reporting results for the fourth quarter. ATARI CORP <ATC.A> Q1 LOSS WIDENS 1992 1991 Share loss $0.24 loss $0.03 Net loss 13,848 loss 1,987 Revs 44,079 63,444 (All Data Above 000s Except for Per Share Numbers) NOTE: 1991 FIRST QUARTER loss includes $1,960,000 or $0.04 per share gain on the buyback of 5 1/4 % debentures. - Sunnyvale CA. EXPLORER TO MOVE TO SUNNYVALE? WHY???? ------------- In what can only be termed a surprising move, one of our Atari observers reports of a rumor that Atari Explorer's base of operations may be moved from Astoria, N.Y. to Sunnyvale, CA.. If such a move were to occur, it was also stated that its highly successful Publisher/Editor John B. Jainschigg, would not be part of the move. Although all the facts surrounding this matter are not evident at this point in time, one can't help but recall the last upheaval Atari Explorer went through. Most observers agree that; "without Jainschigg's capable guidance, the recovery of Explorer was indeed doubtful." Also rumored was that a publisher/editor combination "familiar with the Atari community" would take over the operations of Explorer in California. The current edition of Explorer, (about to hit the stands) and the next issue or two will be last to enjoy Jainschigg's expert guidance. - Exton, PA PRATT NOW PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER --------- Intelligent Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: INEL) today announced the appointment of Michael R. Shabazian to the newly created position of vice chairman and Gregory A. Pratt to the position of president and chief operating officer. "Mike's legacy of achievement at Intelligent is one of determination and commitment to driving excellence in customer satisfaction," said Richard D. Sanford, chairman and chief executive officer of Intelligent Electronics. "The company has grown to a point where it has become important to allocate a separate area of the business to ensure our world class service to our customers. Mike will oversee this critical area." Shabazian joined Intelligent in August of 1989 as president and chief operating officer. In July of 1990 he was elected to the company's board of directors. Pratt, who joined the company in April of this year as executive vice president, will report to the CEO. Said Sanford, "I have worked with Greg in the past and watched his career development for the last 13 years. His bright sensitive management style, combined with his well rounded background in finance, manufacturing and consumer retailing, are already contributing significantly to the company's growth and strategic development." Sanford said Pratt would focus on building synergies and maximizing efficiencies in the business. Pratt came to Intelligent from Atari Corp., where he served for the past seven years as president of Atari Computer Corp. and vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Atari Corp. A certified public accountant who spent five years with the big six accounting firm Arthur Andersen, Pratt holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Intelligent Electronics is a leading source of office productivity solutions. Its network of 82 BizMart Supercenters and more than 1,500 reseller and affiliates serves businesses in all 50 states and more than 700 communities nationwide. "Way to Go Greg!" ____________________________________________________ > STR Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" ============= STReport's MailBag ================== FROM THE FNET Conf : Atari 16/32 Bit Msg# : 30212/30222 Lines: Extended Read: 1 Sent : May 12, 1992 at 9:40 PM To : WHITE DRAGON From : Stargazer at Fnet Node 657, The Round Table BBS - Node 657 Subj : Re: <30090> Atari TT TT030 COMPATIBLE GAMES """""""""""""""""""""" Title comments ------------------------------------------------------------------- 3-D Pool HD installable, fast on the TT A.G.E 2 disks, HD installable Advantage Tennis too fast on TT Afterburner auto-boot Another World 2 disks, HD installable Arkanoid, Revenge of DOM run from desktop Baby Jo auto-boot Ballistix Barbarian (old) run from desktop Barbarian II (old) auto-boot Battle Chess HD installable Battle Zone run from desktop Battlehawks 1942 HD installable, turn off cache Battletech Black Tiger auto-boot Blue Max 2 disks, HD installable Burgur Man auto-boot Captain Fizz Auto-boot Colorado HD installable Crime City HD installable Day of the Viper auto-boot DeathBringer 2 disks,HD installable Disciples of Steel HD installable Dive Bomber 2 disks, run from desktop Eagle's Rider auto-boot F-15 Strike Eagle II 2 disks,auto-boot Falcon (Spectrum Holobyte) HD installable, V. 1.2 or higher Flight Simulator II HD installable Flight of the Intruder HD installable Floyd the Droid runs from desktop, and HD Forgotten World 2 disks, auto-boot Full Metal Planete auto-boot Garfield Use "24bit.prg" to fix Hard Drivin' Use "24bit.prg" to fix Hard Drivin' II run from desktop Heavy Metal Heroes auto-boot Hoyle's Book of Games I HD installable Hoyle's Book of Games II HD installable I-Ball very old Ikari Warriors auto-boot Indy 500 run from desktop Joust run from desktop Knights of the Sky 2 disks,HD installable Lotus Turbo Challange II auto-boot Marble Madness run from desktop Metal Masters Metal Mutant very good advanture game Mig-29 SuperFulcrum HD installable Narco Police Night Shift HD installable Ninja Mission auto-boot Pacland very fast on the TT PowerDrome Recovery auto-boot Red Storm Rising run from desktop Return of the Jedi auto-boot Rolling Thunder Runs from desktop and HD Rubicon 2 disks, auto-boots from floppy Satan Sex Olympics Runs from desktop Shadowgate Run from desktop Shufflepuck Cafe 2 disks, runs very fast Silent Service II HD installable Space Quest I use "24bit.prg" to fix Star Raiders Run from desktop Stratego auto-boot Strider auto-boot Stunt Car Racer run from desktop Super Space Invaders 2 disks Team Yankee HD installable Test Drive auto-boots Tetris (Spectrum Holobyte) HD installable The Duel, Test Drive II HD installable, better on TT The Last Duel Auto-boot The Light Corridor auto-boot The Pawn run from desktop The Secert of Monkey Island 4 disks The Ultimate Ride 2 disks, killer motorcycle sim Their Finest Hour HD installable Torvak the Warrior auto-boot Total Recall 2 disks Violators Auto-boot Vixen run from desktop Volifed HD installable (Qix type game) Warhawk run from desktop Willow 2 disks, auto-boot Zero Gravity auto-boot Some of these games are not 100% compatible. Those that are not 100% compatible may not have any or part of the sound of the game. Some may bomb at times. The best games I've seen yet that run on the TT are the Flight/Combat sims. The higher clock speed of the TT really improves these games and make them more playable and enjoyable. My Favorite games for the TT030 are: F-15 SE II Test Drive I and II Knights of the Sky Falcon Their Finest Hour Silent Service II This list is only the games that I have been able to run on the TT. There are of course many that I haven't been able to try. From the FNET Conf : STReport Online Msg# : 20105/20113 Lines: Extended Read: 1 Sent : May 06, 1992 at 10:42 PM To : Ty Hampton From : Jason Alexander at Fnet Node 736, The MIDI Clinic BBS Subj : Re: <20039> Keyboard Survey Here's my little tid-bit to this whole survey. I would like to see a lean, sleek looking machine, preferably as thin as possible (no high IBM type things, we all have monitor stands for THAT:-) and preferably with a front-loading floppy, none of this side-mounted stuff where you must keep the 1040 a good half foot out from the U-type monitor stand. I like the MEGA STe/TT case, however, do away with the funny indentations, ridges etc. You don't have to make it look like a space ship to make it powerful. Make it smooth, rounded, but thin and solid. I wasn't a fan of the 1040 simply because the case buckles (on the top when you put something heavy on it) and the side-mount disk drive. Oh, also, do away with the crappy ST keyboard. Get the Mega/TT keys that have a bit of 'click' to them so you KNOW you've made contact with the board. Oh, and perhaps..god, I know this is REALLY stretching my hopes, but for gosh sakes, why did they decide on "FALCON"???? I have mentioned this name to five of my IBM friends and they all came up with rude remarks about it being a toy. And as if Falcon wasn't bad enough...what is this "Sparrow" all about? Man, what's the palm-computer version of this thing going to be called? "Chickadee"?? Oh, and semi-gloss black is a good idea. Not flat, and not glossy, just in between like the NeXT. Forget the grey though. ALso, if you're going to have a black computer, of course this means new monitors with black casings. However, I have one comment on a black monitor. Make the border molding around the CRT anything but black. A black border may not be the best of colors next to a black screen. Maybe it would. Who knows. I'm babbling, but I would like to have Atari come up with not only a terrific computer, but a cosmetically appealing one as well! Jason Alexander - MIDI Clinic BBS - From CIS Date: 09-May-92 09:01 EDT From: bill devonshire [73707,1656] Subj: Keyboard issue Hello there. Thank you for putting my letter about ACE Toronto into your issue of ST Report! I thought I would drop you a line about the keyboard issue for the new Atari computers. I would like to see the new computers incorporate a happy medium method of keyboard addition to the new line. Detached has the advantage of allowing you to source a keyboard of your choice for your machine, but it poses a pain when used as a portable system. It really becomes just another component to have to pack and lug around. This is particularly important to musicians that cart the ST with them to the concerts or gigs. The attached keyboard removes all flexibility in choosing your style or preference in keyboard feel and response (for instance, I like the ST's keyboard). I would like to see a combination method used, where the key- board can be attached or detached from the main chassis. As far as desk space is concerned it would be nice to be able to attach the keyboard to the computer and make it one unit, and then at another time, remove the keyboard (to sit it on your lap or a remote location). This can be done with the present ST design by designing the case to accomodate a depress- ion where the present keyboard sits. A separate keyboard can then be dropped into the 'keyboard' area and attached by use of the foot tabs that generally come with a detached keyboard. Atari could design several types of keyboard to give everyone a price and quality choice. At anytime, the user can detach the keyboard (with little detrimental effects to the overall appearance of the machine). Thanks again. from CIS #: 32636 S8/Hot Topics 11-May-92 13:05:28 Sb: #32123-TinyTurbo 030 questions Fm: George Richardson 75275,1363 To: Jim Ness 75300,3155 I would have to say that the full blown Turbo '030 is probably going to be more than "a tad" faster than the SST, probably at least 20% faster I would guess. However, look for a price much higher than the SSTs. As far as compatibility goes, it should be pretty much the same. Jim seems to have made some patches to the TOS, but that shouldn't bother anything. He does have the ability to go back to the 68000 though, so that help a lot. The Turbo 030 can only have 4 or 16 megs of fastram (using 4 meg DRAM) though. And it has no expansion capabilities. You also have to buy the entire thing from Fasttech. George Richardson Merlin Group, Inc. P.S. That's the *full* 4 meg Turbo 030. The Tiny Turbo will never touch the SST in performance. 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