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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 22-Apr-94 #1017 Date: Mon Apr 25 10:14:19 1994 SILICON TIMES REPORT ==================== INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ============================= from STR Electronic Publishing Inc. April 22, 1994 No. 1017 ====================================================================== Silicon Times Report International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 R.F. 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So will Paramount's Box Office popularity in the coming months. You just don't "fool" with Mother Nature and Star Trek Fans. You are guaranteed to lose! As we wait patiently for the Spring Shows to begin, more upgrades and patches continue through the pipeline. The PC marketplace is truly vibrant with "new life". Delrina Corp. has released WinFax Pro v4.0 and WinComm Plus v 1.0b. We are looking forward to offering you in depth reviews of both programs. I can tell you this much so far; WinFax Pro 4 is a powerhouse it literally dwarfs 3.0 and it was the industry standard for Fax software. WinComm Pro is the only comm program that interfaces with all the major online services with no hassles or major "quirks". It also allows one to be connected to two different services at the same time performing different functions at the same time in two different windows. It has all the power of the old, familiar term progs of days gone bye along with the horsepower and features demanded of modern term programs. WinComm Pro is a strong and pleasantly easy comm program to use and enjoy. Happy Earth Day. Ralph..... """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STReport's Staff DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU! """""""""""""""" Publisher -Editor """""""""""""""""" Ralph F. Mariano Lloyd E. Pulley, Editor, Current Affairs Section Editors """"""""""""""" PC SECTION AMIGA SECTION MAC SECTION ATARI SECTION ---------- ------------- ----------- ------------- R.D. Stevens R. Niles R. Dean D. P. Jacobson STReport Staff Editors: """"""""""""""""""""""" Dana P. 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NODE 350 ITC NET...................... 85:881/253 NEST........................ 90:21/350.0 GEnie......................... ST-REPORT Internet.............RMARIANO@DELPHI.COM """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS """"""""""""""""" IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I) =========================== Computer Products Update - CPU Report ------------------------ ---------- Weekly Happenings in the Computer World Issue #17 by Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. ******* General Computer News ******* ** Time Warner Ups Stake in Atari ** Atari Corp. has agreed to sell Time Warner Inc. 1.5 million shares of its common stock at a price of $8.50 per share for a total of $12.8 million. A statement from Atari's Sunnyvale, Calif., offices says the tran- saction increases Time Warner Inc.'s interest in Atari to about 27%. ** 500-Disk CD Changer Developed ** Japan's Pioneer Electric Corp. has begun selling a 500-disk CD-ROM changer priced at $14,500. The changer, designed for use with IBM- compatible PCs, could be used on computer networks to supply online information. Pioneer currently sells six- and 18-disk changers. Pioneer officials said the company will begin marketing the tower- shaped, three-foot, 10-inch changer this summer and expects to sell 100 units a month, mostly for corporate, government and health care applications. ** Aldus Ships Power Mac FreeHand ** Aldus Corp. has started shipping Aldus FreeHand 4.0 for the Power Macintosh. The company says the $595 product is the first professional design and illustration application available in Power Macintosh "native" form. It claims that the software performs up to eight times faster than its counterpart running on the fastest Macintosh Quadra computers. The firm notes that performance improvements can be seen in such operations as screen redraws, complex graphic movements and path- editing shortcuts. ** IBM Reports First Quarter Profit ** IBM Corp. this week announced it earned $392 million (or 64 cents a share) in the first quarter of 1994, marking its second consecutive quarterly profit. This compares to a loss of $399 million (or 70 cents a share) a year ago. Revenue for the quarter ended March 31 was $13.4 billion, a 2% increase from the $13.1 billion reported for the first quarter of 1993. ** Corporate Software Market Surges ** A new survey projects the market for corporate software will grow by as much as 24% in 1994, the biggest jump in seven years. ** New Windows to Be Wired ** According to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, we can look for the next- generation version of Microsoft Windows to include built-in access to online services. Bill Gates, said this week that the "Chicago" version of Windows, due out by the end of the year, will include a single information manager interface that also will allow users to scan their electronic mail or voice mail messages and access faxed documents as well as connect to Internet and other online systems. In his speech, Gates also said new modem chips that will begin ship- ping in the fall will offer dual voice and data transmission capabi- lities, further enriching communications possibilities for PC users. "All these things," he said, "can be brought together by the right type of architecture." Gates estimated Microsoft will ship at least 40 million copies of the Chicago version of Windows next year. ** Lotus Profits Jump 75 Percent ** Lotus Development Corp. is reporting earnings of $21.3 million, or 45 cents per share, for the first quarter ended April 2, a 75% increase over earnings of $12.3 million, or 29 cents per share, in the first quarter of 1993. ** Compaq's Earnings Jump 108 Percent ** Compaq Computer Corp. this week reported first quarter profits that jumped 108% to a record $213 million from $102 million a year ago. Quar- terly revenues also hit a record $2.3 billion, up 41 percent from $1.6 billion in the first quarter of 1993. ** Two Executives Leave Apple ** Two executives are leaving Apple Computer Inc. to pursue other business ventures. -:- Gaston Bastiaens, general manager of Apple's Personal Interactive Electronics division, which develops and markets Apple's Newton technology, is setting up his own business. -:- Morris Taradalsky, vice president/general manager of Apple Business Systems Division, is becoming president/CEO of data storage products company MicroNet Technology Inc. ** Cray Unveils New Supercomputer ** The Cray C90D series, a new generation of supercomputer systems designed for scientific and engineering research, has been unveiled by Cray Research Inc. Reports say the systems combines the company's Cray C90 supercomputer technology with the latest 16-megabit DRAM memory chips "to provide up to two billion words of real main memory." Pricing for the system starts at $3.5 million. ** Work Continues on PowerPC Chips ** Versions of the third PowerPC microprocessor - the PowerPC 604 - now is ready to be sent to computer makers wanting to use it in future machines, officials at IBM and Motorola Inc. This stage of the development is called "first silicon" because the chips have gone from the design lab to production lines where they are created from silicon. Third in a line being co-developed by IBM, Motorola and Apple Computer Inc., the chip is designed for premium desktop PCs, graphics workstations and servers that feed data to a network of PCs. Apple and IBM plan to use the chip in future PCs. Also IBM, Groupe Bull, Thomson CSF and Harris Computer Systems have said they will use the chip in workstations. Those machines will take more than a year to develop. ** AST Rolls Out Multimedia Units ** AST Research Inc. is unveiling new multimedia PCs in its Advantage line for the home that also will store, record and forward both voice messages and faxes. In addition, the new machines contain software called AST Works, which reports say "brings a simpler appearance to the screen than the normal icons that represent programs." Packard Bell Inc. made a similar change to its models two months ago, but AST Works has more features, including video explanations from its technicians for running the computer. ** Compaq Offers High-end Systems ** A new high-end PC family called the DeskPro/XL, targeted at large corporate users with deep pockets, is being announced by Compaq Computer Corp. The new models also include ergonomic features. The features of the machines include a microphone and speakers built into the keyboard, a mouse that plugs into the keyboard, networking adapters built into the system and slots that upgrade to the next version of Intel Corp.'s chips. ** Motorola Unveils 68060 CPUs ** Motorola's High Performance Microprocessor Division this week intro- duced the 68060 microprocessor series. The first generation of the 68060 product line consists of the 68060, 68LC060 and 68EC060. The company notes that the family offers many of the same performance enhancements used by RISC microprocessors. Motorola says the line's key benefits includes hardware and software compatibility with 68040 microprocessors, cost- effective memory systems requirements and a power efficient architecture. Each of the CPUs incorporates 2.5 million transistors on a single piece of silicon. The chips are capable of simultaneously processing up to 250 million operations per second at 50MHz. The 68060 devices deliver an average performance level of 90 VAX MIPS at 50MHz. ** World Chip Market Seen at $100 Billion ** Dataquest Inc. predicts that the worldwide semiconductor market will top $100 billion this year and consumption in the Asia/Pacific region will exceed Japan's consumption in 1995. Dataquest Vice President Gene Norrett, director of Dataquest's World- wide Semiconductors group, said in a statement from San Jose, Calif., "Dataquest increased its consumption expectations in Asia/Pacific because we anticipate the region's explosive growth in 1993 to continue. Another major shift in market dynamics will occur in 1995 when microcomponent ICs will surpass memory ICs as the dominant semiconductor product." The researchers add the North America region is expected to consti- tute 34.7% of the total market in 1998, which is the highest total for that region since 1986. ** Apple Media Kit, Version 1.1 Debuts ** Apple Computer Inc. this week introduced the Apple Media Kit, Version 1.1, the company's cross-platform multimedia authoring tool. Comprised of the Apple Media Tool for designers and the Apple Media Tool Programming Environment for programmers, the Apple Media Kit's new features improve the designer's and programmer's ability to assemble and add interactivity to sound, picture, text and movie files. Reports say that Apple is also introducing a new licensing structure and reducing the product's price to $1,495. Included with the Apple Media Kit is a demo CD that provides an elec- tronic version of the technical documentation, as well as sample code and several demo projects. ** Lotus Says No to Power Mac Apps ** Lotus Development Corp. says it won't develop business desktop software for Power Macintosh computers. Lotus has never been a major player in the Macintosh market. Older, Macintosh-compatible versions of Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus' word processing and graphics programs will still be able to run on the new Power Mac, Lotus spokesman Richard Eckel sad. But the products won't run as fast as "native" PowerPC programs. Lotus will retool its office communications programs -- cc:Mail and Notes -- for the Power Mac, according to Eckel. _______________________________________________ > WPWIN 6.0 INFO STR InfoFile """"""""""""""""""""""""""" WordPerfect Corporation InfoShare Information Fax Service (800) 228-9960 Title: WPWIN 60 Caused a GPF in SHWIN20.DLL... Error Message Product: WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows Number: 1078-4/94 Problem One of the following error messages appears: * The *.BIF file could not be created or found. * Cannot initialize. Most probable cause is insufficient memory. * Unable to load menus. * WPWIN 60 caused a GPF in SHWIN20.DLL at 0007:07D8. (This address does not change.) Concept These error messages can be corrected by renaming the .BIF file. The WPCSET.BIF file is found in the Windows directory. These errors with the .BIF file are scheduled to be corrected in the next interim release of WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows, WPWin 6.0a. If you are experiencing these problems, we will send you WPWin 6.0a when it is released (it is currently under development). Please contact the WordPerfect Orders Department at 1-800-321-4566 to place an order for WPWin 6.0a. Solution To rename the .BIF file, 1 Rename the WPCSET.BIF file as WPCSET.OLD. The next time you start WPWin 6.0, a new WPCSET.BIF will be created in the Windows directory. 2 Start WPWin 6.0. 3 Choose Preferences from the File menu. 4 Double-click the File icon. Listed below are the default paths for each section (assuming that WPWin was installed to the C drive). Documents C:\WPWIN60\WPDOCS (unless you have another directory that you keep your documents in) Templates C:\WPWIN60\TEMPLATE Macros C:\WPWIN60\MACROS Graphics C:\WPWIN60\GRAPHICS Printers/Labels C:\WPC20 Label File C:\WPWIN60\wp_wp_us.lab Hyphenation C:\WPC20 5 If all directory paths are correct, click OK, then click Close in the Preferences dialog box. Once you have changed the .BIF file, you no longer have a default printer listed. You need to select a printer. 6 From the blank document screen choose Select Printer from the File menu. Highlight the desired printer, then click Initial Font and select a font. When your printer selection is complete, click Select. 7 Make a backup copy of the new WPCSET.BIF file; place this copy in another directory or save it on a diskette in case you have problems with the new .BIF file. Title: The *.BIF File Could Not Be Created Or Found Error Message Product: WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows Number: 1075-4/94 Problem One of the following error messages appears: * The *.BIF file could not be created or found. * Cannot initialize. Most probable cause is insufficient memory. * Unable to load menus. * WPWIN 60 caused a GPF in SHWIN20.DLL at 0007:07D8. (This address does not change.) Concept These error messages can be corrected by renaming the .BIF file. The WPCSET.BIF file is found in the Windows directory. These errors with the .BIF file are scheduled to be corrected in the next interim release of WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows, WPWin 6.0a. If you are experiencing these problems, we will send you WPWin 6.0a when it is released (it is currently under development). Please contact the WordPerfect Orders Department at 1-800-321-4566 to place an order for WPWin 6.0a. Title: Running WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows Under OS/2 Product: WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows Number: 1116-1/94 Running WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows under OS.2 Running WPWin 6.0 under OS/2 2.x requires a special setup. Most of the information presented here is specific to OS/2 and is not found in the reference manual. What's in this document? * Installing WordPerfect 6.0 from an OS/2 Full Screen Session * WIN-OS/2 Settings * Additional Settings for WPCorp DOS Products Installing WordPerfect 6.0 from an OS/2 Full Screen Session 1 Double-click the OS/2 System icon. 2 Double-click the Command Prompts icon in the OS/2 System - Icon View window. 3 Double-click on OS/2 Full Screen 4 Insert the installation disk for WordPerfect in drive A:. 5 Type WIN/3 a:install at the OS/2 command line. 6 Follow the instructions on-screen. WIN-OS/2 Settings Setting Name Default Minimum Suggested Setting Setting Setting WIN_RUN_MODE Standard Enhanced Enhanced DOS_FILES 20 70 100 DOS HIGH OFF ON ON DOB UMB OFF ON ON DPMI_MEMORY_LIMIT 4 6 8 EMS_MEMORY_LIMIT 2048 0 0 IDLE_SECONDS 0 5 5 IDLE_SENSITIVITY 75/95 95 95 XMS_MEMORY_LIMIT 2048 6144 6144+ The minimum or suggested settings can prevent several serious problems that may occur when running WPWin 6.0 under OS/2. Customers who run WPWin 6.0 with the default WIN-OS/2 settings have experienced frequent General Protection Faults (GPFs) and "out of memory" errors. These problems commonly happen while trying to print, using Grammatik, editing large documents, or doing anything that makes heavy use of memory. Giving WPWin 6.0 more memory usually solves these problems. Even if you have not had any problems with WPWin 6.0 in a WIN- OS/2 session, it would be a good idea to use the minimum or suggested settings for more efficient performance. Every icon that starts a Windows program from the OS/2 desktop has its own WIN-OS/2 settings. To change the settings for WPWin 6.0, the first step is to create an icon that starts WordPerfect. Create an icon by migration or by dragging out a template. To migrate WPWin 6.0 to the OS/2 desktop, click on the following nested icons in the listed order: OS/2 System, System Setup, ane then Migrate Applications. Refer to your OS/2 documentation for further information on migration and templates. Next, you will need to change the WIN-OS/2 settings that apply to WPWin 6.0. 1 Click the WordPerfect for Windows program icon once with the right mouse button. A pop-up menu will appear next to the WordPerfect for Windows icon. You will see an arrow next to the Open selection. 2 Click once directly on the arrow to bring up a submenu. 3 Click the Settings option in the submenu, and a settings notebook will appear. Clicking the tabs will turn the pages of the notebook. 4 Click the Session tab. At this point, you can select which screen mode you would like to operate under. The options for WPWin 6.0 are either WIN-OS2 Window or WIN-OS/2 Full Screen. 5 Select WIN-OS/2 Full Screen. 6 Click the rectangular WIN-OS/2 settings... button. A long alphabetical list of settings appears. The following list details the WIN-OS/2 settings that should be changed for the optimal performance of WPWin 6.0: DOS_FILES 70 DOS_FILES are usually sufficient. Setting it higher will not increase performance. However, in some circumstances, OS/2 will not give the WIN-OS/2 session all of the requested files. To compensate for this, we recommend setting DOS_FILES to 100. If any of the following error messages still occur, set DOS_FILES to 255 (the highest value allowed). * ...insufficient file handles... * Cannot initialize, most probable cause... * Not enough local/global memory... DPMI_MEMORY_LIMIT DPMI_MEMORY_LIMIT is the total amount of memory (measured in megabytes) available to the WIN-OS/2 session. With many systems WPWin can get by with 6, but setting this number to 8 will further improve performance without inhibiting other programs. Set DPMI_MEMORY_LIMIT to 8 even if the machine only has 6M of RAM. OS/2 will create virtual memory on the hard drive to make up the difference. Even more DPMI memory will be needed if other Windows programs will be running in the same WIN-OS/2 session. DPMI rule of thumb: DPMI_MEMORY_LIMIT should be at least 2M higher than the sum of XMS_MEMORY_LIMIT and EMS_MEMORY_LIMIT. Note that XMS and EMS memory limits are measured in kilobytes: 1024 kilobytes = 1 megabyte. EMS_MEMORY_LIMIT EMS stands for expanded memory. WPWin 6.0 does not use expanded memory. Most users should set this to zero. NOTE: Running any Windows program that uses EMS memory in the same WIN-OS/2 Full Screen session with WPWin 6.0 would be the only reason for setting EMS higher. 2048K (i.e., 2 megabytes) is usually sufficient. After you raise the EMS_MEMORY_LIMIT, review the DPMI rule of thumb: DPMI_MEMORY_LIMIT may need to be raised as well. IDLE_SECONDS IDLE_SECONDS is the number of seconds that must pass before OS/2 begins monitoring the application for idle detection. An application is considered idle when it is repeatedly polling the keyboard for user input. Constant keyboard polling can bog down the performance of concurrent applications. When OS/2 determines that an application is polling too much, it lowers the application's priority in order to give other applications better performance. With the default settings in effect, OS/2 mistakenly thinks that WordPerfect is idle when it is performing such functions as text conversion or merging. This can turn what should be a 4-second operation into a 1- minute operation! Setting IDLE_SECONDS to 5 means that OS/2 will wait at least 5 seconds before lowering WordPerfect's priority. IDLE_SENSITIVITY The value entered for IDLE_SENSITIVITY represents a percentage of the total amount of CPU time given to an application. A value of 95 means that WordPerfect can spend up to 95% of its allotted time polling the keyboard before OS/2 lowers its priority. Setting IDLE_SENSITIVITY to 100 disables idle detection since no application can spend more than 100% of its allotted time polling. XMS_MEMORY_LIMIT WordPerfect uses XMS memory. Most customers have been able to eliminate out-of-memory errors with XMS_MEMORY_LIMIT set to 4096. Nearly all Windows applications use XMS memory. If WPWin 6.0 is running at the same time as other applications, then set XMS_MEMORY_LIMIT higher~we suggest anywhere between 6144 and 16384. You may have to raise DPMI_MEMORY_LIMIT to make sure that the DPMI rule of thumb is not violated. If, after making these changes, you are still having problems, you need to make sure that the new settings are in effect. The following conditions may cause problems: * The settings you changed are saved with the WordPerfect for Windows icon, not with WPWin 6.0. Should you need to create another icon that starts WPWin 6.0, be sure to change the settings for the new icon. If WPWin 6.0 is started from the WIN-OS/2 Program Manager, or from an OS/2 prompt, the desired settings will not be in effect. * Starting WPWin 6.0 with the WordPerfect for Windows icon does not guarantee that the WIN-OS/2 session will use the new settings. Before you start WordPerfect, make sure that a WIN-OS/2 session is not running. Also, verify that no other Windows software (even the Windows Clock) is running. Then start WPWin 6.0 by double clicking on the WordPerfect for Windows icon. The new settings should be in effect. There is a way to make sure that the WordPerfect for Windows icon will always start WPWin 6.0 with the desired settings, even if a WIN-OS/2 session is already running: 1 Open the settings notebook for the WordPerfect for Windows icon. 2 Click the Session tab. 3 Click the box next to Separate session. WordPerfect Corporation 1994 WordPerfect Corporation 1555 N. Technology Way Orem, UT 84057-2399 WordPerfect is a registered trademark of WordPerfect Corporation within the United States and other countries. WordPerfect Office, WordPerfect Presentations, WordPerfect Rhymer, and WordPerfect Works are trademarks of WordPerfect Corporation worldwide. ____________________________________ > QEMM 7.04 RELEASED STR InfoFile Quarterdeck Support among the BEST """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""" QEMM 7.04 UPDATE RELEASED! ========================== This is an excerpt from the QEMM 7.04 readme file: The following enhancements and changes have been made in the QEMM 7.04 package. 1) QEMM's DOS-Up feature has been enhanced to work more easily with Novell DOS7 and DR DOS 6, and to eliminate incompatibilies with Novell DOS 7. See the technotes NOVELL7.TEC and DRDOS6.TEC (included with QEMM 7.04) for more information. 2) The Stealth ROM feature has been enhanced so that EXCLUDE and STEALTHEXCLUDE parameters will no longer be needed for some video BIOSes, including those on video cards with S3 chip sets. 3) QEMM has been enhanced for greater compatibility with some IBM ThinkPad systems. Formerly, these systems needed the XBDA:L parameter to work well with QEMM. 4) QEMM will now load successfully on old Compaq Portable 386 systems. 5) QEMM and its associated programs have been enhanced to increase compatibility with DR DOS/Stacker systems. 6) Both QEMM and QDPMI have been enhanced to work around problems with Microfocus COBOL. 7) QEMM now provides support for the DESQview/X 2.0 display server to increase its speed when it uses VESA display modes. 8) QEMM can now manage up to 256 megabytes of memory. 9) The LOADHI programs will properly handle situations in which QEMM is not loaded. LOADHI.SYS has also been enhanced to be compatible with more block device drivers. 10) Optimize has been enhanced to work around problems with some ASPI disk drivers. Cache-flushing routines on Stacker and DoubleSpace systems have been improved, and problems with read-only configuration files and with the Optimize /EMM switch have been resolved. 11) Manifest has been enhanced to improve reporting of video adapters, Pentium timings and benchmarks, baud rate, Novell DOS 7 internals, and QEMM overhead. Manifest's CONFIG and AUTOEXEC screens should now be compatible with all patch levels of DR DOS 6. 12) Stealth DoubleSpace has been enhanced to eliminate problems with making certain DoubleSpace calls from within a Microsoft Windows 386 enhanced mode window. This upgrade patch is free and available in Quarterdeck's CIS Support area. __________________________________________ > WILDCAT 3.91 STR InfoFile """"""""""""""""""""""""" MUSTANG CONTINUES WITH THE TOP NOTCH SUPPORT ============================================ This file contains documentation of changes made in WILDCAT! since v3.0. It is included as a reference as to when new features were added, and for the use of customers updating from PRIOR RELEASES WITHOUT NEW MANUALS. All features listed in this file, with the exception of those for v3.90 and v3.91, are documented in manuals dated 2/15/93 and later on the title page. All features are listed in reverse chronological order, grouped by version number. ======================================================================= HISTORY & ADDENDUM TO MANUALS ======================================================================= WILDCAT! v3.91 Release Notes: (4/11/94) Version 3.91 is a free patch update that fixes a problem within Wildcat! when indexing messages. If a message header contains more than 25 characters in the TO: field improper index would be generated. This situation was seen when mailers or other third party utilities added messages to the database with names longer than 25 characters. This release includes new WILDCAT.EXE and .OVR files, new TOMCAT.EXE and OVR files. ======================================================================= WILDCAT! v3.90 Release Notes: Version 3.90 is an update to v3.60/3.55/3.50/3.52/3.51/3.50 and includes the following new features and fixes: WILDCAT! v3.90 ---------------- - The primary change in this release is support for REMOTE IMAGING PROTOCOL (RIP), a graphic script system for communications. The addition of RIP support doesn't impact a BBS system in any way unless the sysop elects to offer RIP support to callers. RIP support is only available if the RIP switch in MAKEWILD is activated. Because the RIP graphic standard is new to most system operators, it may represent a challenge to properly implement and offer to callers. Although it is our intent to thoroughly describe the standard and its implementation in WILDCAT!, the actual creation of RIP graphics and screen files is beyond the scope of our support. In an effort to provide the most comprehensive information on RIP and WILDCAT! we have prepared a separate RIP support addendum to the manual. This printed addendum will help with your understanding of the RIP standard, and how it can be successfully integrated with your WILDCAT! BBS. [last-minute RIP notes:] 1. The RIP menus distributed with the program can be editied as desired. We added a text window command at the end of each menu to provide a text display area for callers that are either paged by another node or need to receive a message that the inactivity timer is about to log them off. Without this text window the above text messages are simply not seen by the caller while he is viewing a menu. The down side to this text window is that it also displays the callers selections as they are made with the mouse or keyboard, which the sysop may find is not a pleasing effect. The text window can be removed from the menus by simply removing the last command with a text editor: |w0012271410 This will cause the menus to be totally graphic, but will inhibit display of text sent by the BBS or another node until a text selection is made. 2. Unlike most other text commands, the text commands from the Sysop menu cannot be activated from remote with a mouse since they are not included in the WCTEXT.DAT file, and therefore cannot be edited to include RIP commands. They will be added to the prompt file in the next major update when changes to structures are permitted.) - Added support for automatic RIP detection, if found will try to send .RIP, then .SCR, and finally .BBS for display files. - Added ability for user to select No color, ANSI Color, RIP or Auto-detect from [Y]our settings menu. If Auto-detect is selected the user will get the screen type that Wildcat! detects at login. NOTE: This caused a change in line 4 of USERINFO.DAT. Line 4 used to indicate whether Wildcat! detected ANSI at login. Now line 4 will contain one of the following: R = RIP, Y = ANSI, N = NONE. - New users now default to Auto-Detect for their screen display type. - Changed the entry in the activity log that used to show "ANSI Detected: YES/NO" to now show "Detected:RIP/ANSI/NONE". - If user attempts to logoff the BBS and files are still marked the user is asked if they want to download them now. - Now we check for the presence of an EMS page frame before trying to put the overlay into EMS. This will solve problems with DOS 6 and WINDOWS which can signal that EMS is present but no page frame is present. - Wildcat! used a 80 character buffer when reading quotes, this caused truncation with quotes with color, etc. This buffer has been exapnded to the full 255 that Wildcat! supports. - Fixed a situation where at 300 baud, Zmodem downloads could timeout before the other side responded to the ZEOF. - Fixed a problem with the screen not being cleared properly when reading locally with 43/50 line mode turned on. - Modified DOOR.SYS so that the line that displays whether color is enabled is now changed to RIP to indicate that RIP is active. - Now allow for negative numbers in userinfo for download and download k lines in USERINFO.DAT. - Event file was being checked once a second at waiting for call screen, now it checks once a minute. - Now check for carrier while running SCANFILE on uploads. If user hangs up during process then the modem is taken off hook to prevent the phone from ringing while the BBS isn't ready to answer. - Made change in low level async code to deal with Twincomm firmware problem. - User voice and data phone numbers are now logged in the activity log for each login. - Previous versions of Wildcat! would check to see if the stored path field of a file record contained a path. If it did and the file existed on the path then that file path was used. If it did not exist then Wildcat! went ahead and checked the regular file area path. The problem with this was that it meant people that rotated CD's ended up having users download the 0 byte token files when someone tried a CD that was not in the machine. To solve this Wildcat! has been modified so that if the stored path is set in a file record Wildcat! will only try the stored path. - Added a field to the status line that indicates the last display file Wildcat! sent to the caller. This is an aid to help the sysop know what a RIP caller is doing. In the two line status this new item replaces the 'since' field. In 5 and 15 line status lines there was room for new fields. - Fixed a problem that prevented passwords with spaces in them from being entered at the first name prompt. (ex. Scott Hunter Test Test with password being "test test") - Was using key mask of !.! in file area search command which caused files beginning with more than one ! characters to not be found. - Checking of baud didn't display ANSI colors if they were used in NO(BAUD).BBS. WCMHS ----- - Now deletes temporary file used for message packet creation. MKWCTEXT -------- - Modified to use the new 160 byte sized prompt file that 3.90 utilizies. MAKEWILD -------- - Added toggle for RIP support on General Information Part 3. Enabling this will turn on RIP detection which will then display .RIP files along with .BBS/.SCR. - Max daily downloads and max daily download k now accept up to 65535. MAKEQUES -------- - Changed color question to display question to match Wildcat! - Changed color user field to display user field to match Wildcat! wcPRO (for those that have wcPRO) ----- - Added wcFAX, a new FAX door that allows preparation and sending of text and .PCX files as requested by callers. wcFAX can be configured to allow callers to select from a list of documents based on security level. FAX documents are sent to the phone number entered by the caller, and allowable numbers can be limited by security level. Calls can be prohibited or allowed for international calls, long distance calls, regional calls, metro calls or local calls only. wcFAX requires a Class 1 or Class 2 FAX modem, and includes FAX Door software for callers to select documents, and FAX Server software to send requested FAX documents. The FAX Server can be run as an event after every call (or as often as desired) to check for FAX documents waiting to be sent, or can be run as a dedicated process in a separate DESQview window or network PC. __________________________________________ > WP WATERMARKS STR InfoFile """""""""""""""""""""""""" TITLE: Creating Watermarks (Enhancement) PRODUCT: WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS Enhancement You can now print graphics and text on the background of a page using the new Watermark feature of WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS. Concept A watermark is a shaded graphic or shaded text placed behind a printed document. It is a generic page format which prints on every page, such as a header or footer, though it can be printed anywhere on the page. For example, the word COPY could be printed diagonally across the width of the page in a very light shade to indicate that a document is a copy rather than an original. Watermarks are specified as A or B to help you tell them apart. There is no difference between Watermark A or Watermark B. You can, therefore, create Watermark B before you create Watermark A. You can have several Watermark As and Watermark Bs in a document, but you can only have two watermarks active on any given page. You can have them appear on alternating pages. You can also suppress a watermark for several pages. A watermark is stored as a graphic image, so you can edit a watermark. Refer to Graphics: Editing the Box Appearance in the WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS reference manual for information on editing the watermark graphics box. A watermark does not display in the document window regardless of the viewing mode you are in. To see the watermark, use Print Preview or print the document. How Do I Use It? To create a watermark, 1 Choose Header/Footer/Watermark from the Layout menu, or press Format (Shift+F8) and choose Header/Footer/Watermark (5). 2 Choose Watermarks (3), then choose Watermark A (1) or Watermark B (2). 3 Select the pages where you want the watermark to appear, then choose Create. You are at the watermark editing screen. 4 To use a graphic in your watermark, choose Retrieve Image from the Graphics menu. To use text in your watermark, type the text you want to appear behind the document. When you have finished creating the watermark, 5 Press Exit (F7) to return to the document editing screen. Once you create a watermark, it will automatically print on every page you indicated in step 3 until it is turned off. To turn off a watermark, 1 Choose Header/Footer/Watermark from the Layout menu, or press Format (Shift+F8) and choose Header/Footer/Watermark (5). 2 Choose Watermarks (3), then choose Watermark A (1) or Watermark B (2). 3 Choose Off. 4 Choose OK, then choose Close to return to the document editing screen. As stated above, you cannot view a watermark in any document window except Print Preview. To use Print Preview, 1 Choose Print/Fax from the File menu or press Print (Shift+F7). 2 Choose Print Preview (7). See Also InfoShare document #1402: Changing the Brightness of a Watermark Watermarks in the WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS reference manual """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT: _________________________________ Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo) Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). Wait for the U#= prompt. Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN. GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ___ ___ _____ _______ /___| /___| /_____| /_______/ The Macintosh RoundTable /____|/____| /__/|__| /__/ ________________________ /_____|_____|/__/_|__|/__/ /__/|____/|__|________|__/ /__/ |___/ |__|_/ |__|_/____ Managed by SyndiComm /__/ |__/ |__|/ |__|______/ An Official Forum of the International Computer Users Group *** STReport available in MAC RT *** ASCII TEXT for ALL GEnie users! MAC/APPLE SECTION (II) ====================== R. Dean, Editor (Temp) We are still looking through a bunch of applicants for the MAC Editor position here. If you have not let Ralph know you are interested, do so now. A decisionn will be made shortly. Leave Ralph email at any of the STReport address on the various services. Thank you Bob... > A SINCERE PLEA STR FOCUS! Helping Matt Deatherage """"""""""""""""""""""""" an Apple Employee and former Genie Sysop SHOULD HE BE MADE AN "EXAMPLE" OF? ================================== =BEGIN DOCUMENT= ANYONE WHO HAS EVER KNOWN OR CARED ABOUT MATT DEATHERAGE NEEDS TO READ THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE, WHICH IS BEING POSTED ON ALL INFORMATION SERVICES. This document is being distributed with the help and support of a number of friends of Matt Deatherage, whose names and e-mail addresses are listed at the bottom. MATT NEEDS YOUR HELP, AND HE NEEDS IT BADLY. By now, most of you have probably read news accounts and seen public discussions describing Matt Deatherage's recent run-ins with the law. In brief, Matt was arrested in late March and charged with three felonies related to sexual misconduct with a 14 year old boy. There have been a number of sensationalistic news stories describing the incident. What you need to be aware of is that these news stories are cases of the news media simply reporting the statements of the people prosecuting Matt. Everything we are hearing from the news media is the prosecution's side of this story, with no effort being made to report Matt's side of things. Since Matt has not contested the charges against him, you may be thinking that it's not relevant what Matt's side is -- but it is quite relevant. Some of us have spoken to Matt and his attorney. Here's what Matt had to tell us: "I made a mistake. I know what I did was wrong. I should not have done it. I take full responsibility for all of this and for everything that has happened. During this whole thing I have not hidden anything I've done or denied anything that happened. That's why I pled 'no contest' to the charges. I realize now that even though I thought I was in love with this kid and felt he was very mature, I broke the law and I should have to face the consequences. I take full responsibility for this. I feel horrible about this whole thing." The specific charges against Matt all revolve around a sexual encounter he had with someone under the age of 16. Matt emphasizes that everything he did with this person was fully consented to by both parties. According to Matt, there was no coercion whatsoever involved; the young man contacted Matt, expressed an open interest in sexual relations, and pursued Matt on the matter. Even during the sado-masochistic sexual acts (yes, that's what they were), there were signals arranged between the two of them at every stage so that the entire thing could be brought to a complete halt at any time either party wanted to. This was not an act of rape. In fact, none of the charges are termed as rape. Matt has not contested the charges which ARE placed against him, all of which revolve around the fact that the person he had this encounter with was under-age. The charges in court are NOT that he forced himself upon this person. Even the prosecution, very much out for blood, has not attempted to charge Matt of crimes other than simply having sex acts with an under-age person. Had this been an 18 year old instead of someone just under 15, there would be no case, because nobody was forced into anything here. Matt acknowledges, however, that he still shouldn't have done this. He says that he fell in love with what he thought was a very worldly, very mature person capable of making his own decisions. He sees now that this was wrong of him, because someone that age may not really be as mature as he seems, and might easily be emotionally scarred or damaged by something like this even if it was consensual. It was wrong, and again, he recognizes that he should have to face whatever consequences he must for his crime. Again, you may ask the question, what relevance is this? He's admitted to this thing and will now be sentenced, and that, as they say, should be that. HOWEVER, THERE IS A PROBLEM. The prosecution in this case is attempting to make a great deal more out of the incident. Rather than simply acknowledge this for what it is -- a case of an adult having sexual relations with a teenager -- the prosecution is attempting to paint a portrait of Matt Deatherage as a sexual predator in the online world, using his various system accounts as a means to stalk and pounce upon innocent children so that he might do nefarious and unspeakable things to them. Because the world at large does not understand what the national online services are, they tend to form nebulous, half-baked ideas of how they work and what people do there. They (and now the news media) are easily able to dream up a bizarre and frightening image of Matt somehow stalking the alleys of a mysterious online world, sneaking into children's homes to molest them. Those of us who understand the world of national online services, and how much time and energy these activities take up, and how people really encounter each other on them should know better. Does anyone honestly believe that Matt would spend years hanging out on the national services, spending enormous amounts of time there outside of his full-time day job at Apple, just so that, in whatever time he might have left in his schedule, he could hope to find children living near his home who also happened to be on the same national services, in order to act out a frustrated desire to be a serial child molester? Let's be frank: if hunting down children were the sort of thing YOU were going to do, couldn't you think of a ways to carry out such a task that were at least more efficient... and maybe a little more practical? :) Is not the more logical explanation that Matt, hanging out in the gay chat areas on AOL, got into an online conversation with someone who turned out to be younger than Matt would have initially thought? And that it turned out by coincidence that this person lived relatively near him, and that they got to know each other better because of that? NOW WE COME TO THE QUESTION BEFORE YOU. The question is not whether you approve of what Matt did. The question is not whether you are friends with Matt Deatherage. The question is not whether you even LIKE Matt Deatherage. WE consider Matt our friend, despite whatever shortcomings he may have as a person that led to this situation, but that is not we are asking of YOU. What we are asking those of you who have known Matt as part of our online world is this: Of all you have seen of Matt, could you ever believe that Matt is some sort of horrible, twisted, predatory monster who uses his online access as a tool to waylay unsuspecting waifs into some horrible sexual abyss? Is that really in character with what you've seen? Or is what you know of Matt more what we his friends know of him -- that for all that he may be an irascible or grating fellow at times, he's also a funny guy who knows plenty about computers and spends a lot of time trying to share that knowledge? That he's the kind of person who goes out of his way to be of help to those who need it? That he's someone who is essentially honest and forthright and driven to help people? Heck, if nothing else, can you see where he'd have the TIME to skulk about hunting for local children online? SO WHAT'S THE POINT OF ALL THIS? Matt will soon go before a judge to face sentencing. We repeat yet again that he admits his crimes, has never contested them, has expressed deep regret for them, and has never been charged with doing anything against anybody's will. He himself says that, regardless of the circumstances, he should NOT have had sex with this young boy -- he was highly attracted to this young high-schooler, and believed at the time that this person was mature enough to make this choice, but acknowledges now that he was wrong. He does not wish to hide anything and stands ready to face whatever consequences he must for his actions. Matt now faces up to four years and four months in prison for these charges. But, it could be better. He could get only two or three years. Maybe only one year, plus some form of probation. There's even some reason to hope that he might be sentenced to a minimum-security prison with a work-release program, with perhaps some sort of psychiatric treatment, so that he would be able to keep his job while staying in jail nights and weekends, with a few years of probation thereafter. Needless to say, what happens to Matt and what his life is like from this point onward will depend a great deal on what the judge decides Matt deserves. OKAY, WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP? ---------------------------- The Santa Clara County District Attorney, currently facing a re-election bid, is making as much of a public hoopla over this case as possible. The prosecuting attorneys are using every conceivable scrap of data they can to paint a picture of Matt Deatherage as the most despicable and evil human being imaginable. This is being presented to the judge (and passed on by an uncritical media) in an effort to get Matt the most severe possible sentence. The defense, of course, will attempt to show that most of this is nonsense, that this was a consensual act with an underage person by a man who made a mistake. Among other things, evidence attesting to Matt's good character will be taken into account by the judge in deciding the sentence. And what we're asking for everyone in the online community who knows Matt at all to do is to write letters in support of Matt. You are not being asked to support what Matt did -- Matt himself does not defend what he did. You are not being asked to write letters saying you believe Matt is innocent -- Matt himself does not claim to be innocent. You are being asked to write letters in support of Matt as a person you have encountered, in the hopes that the judge will give him a humane and temperate sentence. WHERE DO I SEND THE LETTER, AND WHAT SHOULD IT SAY? Your letter should be addressed to: Judge Charles Gordon Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County c/o Dennis Lempert 100 Saratoga Avenue Santa Clara, CA 95051-7305 The letter should give your full name and address, and should say a bit about yourself -- who are you, what you do, how old you are, and how you know Matt (that's all very important). It should also state that you are aware that he is being sentenced on a number of felonies relating to sexual misconduct with a minor. And it should give your opinion of Matt Deatherage; essentially, how you feel about him as an individual, and what you feel about the idea that he is some sort of dangerous, malicious person given to preying upon young boys sexually. You might say other good things about him, such as that it's clear that he's a knowledgeable, productive member of society. (We've spoken to people at Apple who work with Matt who wanted us to say he is well liked there and did good work for the company.) You could mention that the knowledge he gained through his job allowed him to do many helpful things for people online in his spare time. You might mention that he's never seemed to you to be a disturbing sort of person prone to talking about sexual matters with you online (i.e. he never seemed sleazy or disgusting). You might also want to keep in mind the following things when writing to the judge: - Matt is penitent. - He admits his crime. He has never attempted to lie about this thing. - It is his first crime. - We have every confidence that he will not repeat his crime. - Just by the news exposure he's getting, he's already begun to pay, and will almost certainly be paying for the rest of his life. - He'd likely be harmed in a real prison. (Matt is a large man, but anyone who knows him personally knows that he is very unthreatening in personality and probably easy to victimize physically.) - Justice would probably be better served by work-release probation and some sort of treatment that would give him a chance to put his life back together after all of this. What you write is up to you. You should NOT send form letters or simply copy and paste the things in this document. Most important of all, you should not make things up or say things that you couldn't possibly know about Matt. Just be honest and write what you feel, written in your own words. The judge isn't going to check your spelling and grammar, he just needs to know how you feel. Matt has also suggested that any young people who know him who would care to write and tell how they feel about him might be particularly helpful, since any young people he's encountered online should know full well that he is not predatory toward them. We must emphasize again that these are not letters asking you whether or not you are "friends" with Matt. The question is how ANY of you who have watched or seen or encountered Matt, whose lives online have been affected by this man, feel about what the prosecution is saying... and whether you can find it in your heart to do something about it. Every letter written will help Matt. Every letter NOT written by someone who believes Matt's story is a blow against Matt. Matt wishes it to be known by the people who know him online that he has no desire to share the intimate details of his private life with anyone. He is very uncomfortable with this entire matter being discussed in public, and it is only because of these dire circumstances that he is asking for this help. ALL LETTERS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN APRIL 27, 1994. Letters received after April 27 will be of no help whatsoever. Matt needs your help and he needs it right now -- delaying action will be the same as no action whatsoever. We, the below-named persons, have read the contents of this document you are now reading, and support with what it says. We are not saying we support Matt's actions. We are saying that this is a person we know who we respect in other contexts, who we wish to support against the extremely negative portrayals by the prosecution and the news media. We ourselves intend to write to the judge to urge sentencing that is appropriate to the actual crime he admits to, and to who he is as a person. We urge you to do the same: Dean Esmay Eric Mueller (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Kent Fillmore Roger & Pam Wagner (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tom Weishaar Dennis Doms (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dave Lyons Jim Murphy (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mark Baumwell Joel Cannon (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Randy Brandt Jerry Cline (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Patti Birse Jim Merritt (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ellen Rosenberg Jerry Kindall (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Gary Utter C. Stephen Gunn (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) John E. Rahn Dave Ely (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tara Dillinger Hangtime (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tim Buchheim Jim Zajkowski (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) L. Bruce E'Sex Richard Bennett (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Susan MacGregor Gena Saikin (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) David D. Miller Nick Passino (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Earl Childers David Hecker (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Joe Schober David Ramsey (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Greg DaCosta J. Nathaniel Sloan (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Bryan Pietrzak Nate Trost (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Andy McFadden Jawaid Bazyar (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tom Zuchowski Doug Cuff (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jay Jennings Mike & Patty Westerfield (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) We wish to express again that we do not support Matt's actions here. Our support is for Matt -- again, not for what he did, but for who he is and out of a desire to see a fair portrayal and treatment of someone we know and respect as a part of our online community. If you know Matt from online, even if it's not as a close acquaintance, please help us to help him. Please don't think that your letter doesn't count. Every letter will make a difference. =END DOCUMENT= Editor Note: It is indeed a very ominous sign in our society whe we find the blatant use of someone else's heartbreaking troubles being used by an opportunist to promote the advancement of their own career. The picture depicted of the Santa Clara DA as doing so comes as no surprise. You see, it apparently goes on all over the country. In fact, Hollywood has made movie after movie about the horrid practice. Its despicable yet it is commonplace. God forbid one you love, maybe even a close member of your own family might, one day, get caught on the wrong side of the law. You'll soon see the "eager beaver" prosecutors hard at work trying to grab the "brass ring" at the expense of your loved one or some other poor soul. If you can find the mercy and understanding in your heart... write a letter today. Now, please.. when help is needed, time is of the utmost importance. ********************************************************************** IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= STReport International Online Magazine is available every week for your reading pleasure on DELPHI. STReport's readers are invited to join DELPHI and become a part of a friendly community of enthusiastic computer users 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. 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When you get the Password: prompt, type IP26 and press <RET> again. Then, just answer the questions and within a day or two, you'll officially be a member of DELPHI! DELPHI-It's the BEST Value and getting better all the time! ********************************************************************** ATARI/JAG SECTION (III) ======================= Dana Jacobson, Editor > From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""""""""" It's been an interesting past few days. The weather has finally taken a turn for the better in the Northeast, which is certainly a welcomed departure of this past winter. I could really get used to this! I don't usually discuss local happenings in STReport, but I thought that I'd mention a few tidbits of interest. First of all, I attended one of my user group meetings last Friday, probably the first in about 3-4 months. Our guest speaker was Lexicor's Yat Siu. I've always been a fan of computer art, graphics, and animation ever since I saw my first Cyber animation, courtesy of Antic Software and Tom Hudson. Yat brought along the only "Medusa" in the U.S. (impressive machine!) and a Nova-enhanced TT. The various products that Yat demonstrated were impressive; and the results were simply gorgeous. My envy of those people who can do computer-generated artwork grew another notch! Yat was very informative discussing these products without boring people with a lot of technical jargon. He answered questions, lots of them! If you're interested in computer graphics, you're going to want to take a look at the variety of products that Lexicor supports. I know that this sounds like a shameless plug, but after this meeting, I don't really care! <<grin>> The least that you should do is to obtain Lexicor's newsletter and see what they have to offer. We hope to have him back in the not-too-distant future if he's not booked-up by other group members who also attended our meeting! Also locally, on a sad note, we've lost 2 of the longest-standing bulletin board systems that supported Atari users, among others. I realize that a BBS going down is a common occurrence as most don't last for more than six months. But, these two systems combined were responsible for almost 15 years of online support. Needless to say, the Boston area (and worldwide for that matter) lost two irreplaceable online sources. I'd like to publicly thank Harry Steele for his longtime devotion to the BCS/Atari BBS (the Boston Computer Society's Atari support BBS) and to Kevin Champagne and Ed George for their longtime support with Question Mark BBS (nee Neponset Lite and Harbour Light BBS). Their losses are partly indicative of the current Atari computer market which has continued to wane over the years. They will be missed. Atari has apparently won another court victory this past week, as a defendant for a lawsuit by a former Atari dealer, Bill Yerger. Although I only have hearsay information, allegedly, Yerger filed suit claiming that he lost his Atari dealer status over accusations that he was burning/selling pirate TOS ROMs. There were other accusations that were included in his claims which, apparently, had a detrimental effect on his business. While no specific details have been reported publicly, as yet, Atari has reported that they have successfully defended themselves against the charges and that Yerger's suit came up empty. Since Yerger did not win anything, he is eligible to opt for the appeal process. Our CIS man about town, Joe Mirando is getting married in two weeks. I understand that just about every Atari user in the Hartford, Connecticut area was in attendance at his recent stag party trying to convince him not to take the plunge!! We'll have to wait and see how married life is affecting his online activity after awhile. I have a feeling that his CIS coverage may be limited for awhile until the honeymoon is long past!! I wonder how much trouble I'm in now! Although our usual Jaguar coverage last week was scant, we will maintain our usual schedule nonetheless. I had considered including the material destined for that ill-fated issue in this week's, but decided to keep things status quo. Look for reviews of Tempest 2000, Crescent Galaxy, and Cybermorph next week. We'll also have a lot more interesting Jaguar-related information slated. Well, there's a lot of information ahead, so let's get to it! Until next time... Delphi's Atari Advantage! TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (4/20/94) (1) STZIP 2.5 *(6) PHOTOCHROME 4 (2) LHARC VERSION 3.00 (7) TLC ADDRESS BOOK 5.0 *(3) ANSI INSTEAD OF VT52 *(8) CPX MAKER PROGRAM (4) TRIPLE YAHOO (9) GEMVIEW 3.02 (5) WHATIS 6.7 *(10) ST_RIP.ZIP * = New on list HONORARY TOP 10 The following on-line magazines are always top downloads, frequently out-performing every other file in the databases. STREPORT (Current issue: STREPORT #10.16) ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE (Current issue: AEO - VOLUME 3, ISSUE 6) Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database. > Gadgets by Small STR InfoFile - Spectre 3.1 Done!! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" Per Dave's request, here is recent GBS and Spectre 3.1 news from Genie. Topic 33 Thu Mar 24, 1994 DAVESMALL [Dave] at 01:28 EST Sub: Spectre 3.1 is DONE! (yeah!) Hey, folks, 3.1 is done. Whew! Category 1, Topic 33 Message 1 Thu Mar 24, 1994 DAVESMALL [Dave] at 01:49 EST "It's been such a long time..." -- Boston, Album 1 Spectre 3.1 is done. We'll be posting more details *quite* shortly about how to get your hands on it and what it does. Let me give you a brief overview of where I've been (and why). In mid-November, 1993, I got a mild taste of what Eric got with a car. This time, it was Man's Best Friend, our Dog "DimWit NumbSkull". German Shepherd, regrettably overweight. I was sitting in the vet's office, had her on the leash, she was bouncing all over the place. I had my left foot on my right knee -- you know how ya can sit? Well, D.N. Dog jumped towards me, wrapped her leash around my left ankle neatly. Well, I was just untangling it when the door opens, and another dog comes in. ZOOM! DimWit NumbSkull races to check out the other dog. Leash snaps really taught (call her 100 lbs.) and my foot got yanked out, knee snapped forward. The ABSOLUTE WORST thing you can do to a knee is to move it in or out with your foot turned in, or out. (That's one way they check for knee damage. Try it. Don't press if it hurts, back off.) Wow, did it hurt. I hope her annual shots hurt. I mean, I'm a dog person, but for heaven's sakes... So, it swelled up and all, went into ER, looks like knee cartilage torn. Go see a specialist. Went to see same exact guy who worked on Eric (put rod in his leg). He said, "absolutely classic cartilage tear. Let's fix it." We tried for before Christmas, but the insurance people moved too slow. It was then delayed for vacations and such, and they "did" me in mid February. I got a "Welcome Daddy" hug from Jamie (5) who didn't know my knee was bad, which accelerated it coming apart, about two weeks before the operation. I was actually glad when the day arrived. Hey, WOW is it fun to have someone stick a needle into your knee under your kneecap! It got better several years later, as the painkiller started to work, but it was no fun at all. They do this three places. Then they start water (or saline or whatever) running through the joint to flush out junk. They have this TINY probe with a fiber optic light and camera hookup and "nibbler". The "nibbler" looks like the baby alien in "Alien". No kidding. They hooked it up, and in full living color, S-Video (spiffy!) was my knee! Of course, there was some horse leaning IN on my knee from the left, and some mule pushing OUT on my leg, bending the knee sideways, so the surgeon could get a clear look at the tear. It was far back. He said "absolutely classic". They took pictures, said it was perfect for a book he was writing! (I'm not kidding). Meantime, the anesthesia guy was asking me up and down how to buy, connect, and run a CD drive on his Mac LC-III (I think). Not enough RAM type problems. (Surgeon grumbled to my wife "I talked all through the operation!"). Another amazing thing is the refrigeration in those operating rooms. Waaay cold. Anyway, it's all fixed now, I have some scars to compete with Sandy's, and the knee works better than it has since before college. (Really). Lots of stuff in there came out that needed to and a lot of rough surfaces got smoothed down. And Gee, I got to see it all on S-Video! (This is a higher quality video than like NTSC, the normal.) The video was odd -- it looked like Jacques Cousteau movies precisely -- all underwater -- some Alien thing nibbling at the cartilage tear, smoothing it down so everything would work smoothly again. It did the trick. But it was weird, I tell ya. (The swelling is just finally going down, here in late March. THAT is how hard HORSE and MULE were leaning on my knee. Ouch.) Anyway. From November on I found it a bit hard to work, what with this knee brace and all, and the pills they feed ya. They do improve your mood, but your focus and concentration just fly away ... the brace is LOTS of fun, about 700 feet of Velcro and many steel rods you wrap around the knee to ensure it doesn't bend. Trouble is, steel rods work their way up and out into a "sensitive" anatomy region (shall we be delicate about it) especially at night. Never did find a solution to that. Okay, next note will talk about 3.1. The knee is back, I'm going to be back online a lot more since I need to be, and the limited time I can work won't all be focused on 3.1. I also needed a bit of a break to get my perspective back. I understand people need 3.1's capabilities, but when it just plain crashes, it just plain crashes. I can't ship that! I got 8 faxes from someone with "3.1" in HUGE letters covering the page. (Maybe I should have just shipped it to him and said, "look, it don't work yet?) -- thanks, Dave Small / VP etc Gadgets by Small ------------ Category 1, Topic 33 Message 2 Thu Mar 24, 1994 DAVESMALL [Dave] at 02:13 EST OK. Here's 3.1's status. As you know, we looked at System 7.0 when it came out. It crashes with an "out of memory" error. We traced that to an IPL (Interrupt Priority Level) test, which was simple: If you were running IPL 0, you passed; if not, you crashed, with the error selected as "Out of Memory". Since Ataris MUST run at least 2-3 to avoid horizontal blank interrupts (and dreadful slow speed), I could almost believe this is an attempt at an emulator killer. I don't know. I DO know it took an all-night trace, the trace running 9600 baud into a fast PC clone that stored it in a disk file (ever tried to find a telecomm program that can do SUSTAINED 9600?) and waited until it crashed NEXT MORNING. At the end of this huge file (ever tried to EDIT a really big PC file? WordStar finally did it.) I found the IPL crash. WEIRD. They also had unhooked the 128K ROMS from everything ... serial interrupts, mouse interrupts, Line A, Bus Error, Vertical Blank, One Second tick, and so on. I really don't know how much or little of the ROMs they even use on 7.1. 3.1 gradually became stable. There were the usual bugs in development, because we added and changed a lot in preparation for what's coming (Spectre does NOT stop at 3.1!!!) The CONFIG file would not save SCSI status. You could not select a boot drive more than the first drive displayed. Things like that -- annoying, and all in "C", a language I'm real expert in (hoot! *haw!*) But found and fixed. There are now two menu entries, ACSI and SCSI. If you don't have SCSI (e.g., not TT) then SCSI is grayed. Each has 12 or 16 partitions (can't remember, it's midnight) displayable. You can turn on/off/format into OOP partitions either ACSI or TT SCSI drives. Then, basically, you can use your TT SCSI drives as Spectre drives. It sounds simple, it was really BAD to implement. I had to finally bring in a SCSI whiz to help me debug it. Simple: SCSI problems on the motherboard. (1st production run TT). We had a "newer" TT, that fixed it, essentially. We also did our best to de-timing-loop the machine, so you can set your TT or SST or whatever to warp drive. As far as we know, you're safe up to whoever knows Mhz. Maybe that 64 Mhz 040 board would fail, I don't know. (Like to try!). But this should get rid of the annoying "turn off caches" stuff. It seems very solid; I used it a lot while debugging 7.1. So, in 3.1, you have the boatload of little fixes we've been adding from bug reports since Jan. 1991 (3.0's release date!), a machine independence for speed (although 8 Mhz cruises along just nicely), TT-SCSI support (and in general, that sort of speed support). I know several people who would chew my arm off for TT-SCSI drive support, and others that want to turn up their accelerators, and I can dig it ... I like it too. That's why the Camaro. As it happens, we "froze" the code in January, and I went after 7.1 when I was, errr, mentally able. (quit smirking, you!) I believe the problem is the CLASSIC MultiFumbler zero-READ (not write), which does not cause a bus error. It is not reading 0, it's like reading 2 or 4 or 6, the ROM locations. Bad data, etc, crash. I have to sic the Zax on this one to find and fix it. Good news is we FIXED this stuff before -- this was what crashed Microsoft Word 3.02 (remember that war?) and MultiFinder 6.x.x. So rather than hold you up any longer on 3.1, I'm going to "shoot the engineers" (old saying: "Somewhere in the life of a project, you're going to have to shoot the engineers and actually ship.") and ship this thing out of here. 3.2 will follow on with the 7.1 with MultiFumbler fix. (Remember, when they went to 7, MultiFumbler became mandatory... no more Finder.) About TT Memory -- I've done some really tricky experiments (in terms of getting them to run) in swapping TT memory around to speed up performance. I have to do several BIG changes to Spectre before this can be fully done and you have like a 12 meg machine. (Caution: Not all programs will tolerate 12 meg of freespace. A common bad MacHabit is to request 8 megs of memory, knowing it will fail "because of course a Plus has 4 megs only", and that causes a memory compaction in the Heap. Well, if you have 12 megs and it works, that program may flop. 8 Megs appears more stable, and is a more "supported" Mac size, whatever that means -- programs are more willing to "see it"). I have solved the problem of getting TT memory to be ST memory, which one Pundit has been telling folks is impossible. However, there are such big changes required, like a whole new buffer setup, that I am not comfortable putting them into this code. I think it is a far far better thing to get the TT users and high Mhz users up and solid than to crash them on an untested RAM scheme. I have a 12 meg TT, I understand you want it, but hang in there a bit longer. The memory menu thus goes to 14 Meg (Falcon, remember), but above 4 meg will probably be grayed, since the 3.1 is frozen and I'm working on 3.2 now. You never change a frozen version except for bug fixes, and then you line up various ST versions and test. So far, so good. Even the Mega STE no longer has the 4 meg bug, where non 4-meg Mega STE's would crash (a cache conflict). The Falcon030 is not yet supported. It's just greatest good for greatest number; System 7.1 is needed by more people. Color Quickdraw I won't comment on, because of all the work I've done. Enough said. For now, there isn't much point in Revving the manual, since it will change in 3.2, when other things come up. (For example, you will see menu options to enable or disable ST and TT RAM, to do it YOUR way.) But they're not going to let you select all TT RAM yet; not until people run the new buffer scheme and I'm sure it works. MMU stuff can be mighty tricky, and persuading a 24-bit machine (e.g., Mac) to allow me to swap in 32-bit memory (where TT RAM is "past the end" of 24-bit memory, past 16 Megs; it starts at 16 megs) was most entertaining. Jeeze, I can feel the knee brace still digging into my, errrr, ankle. I would recommend the bug fixes to anyone. We found a couple lulus that should not have gone out in 3.0. Ooops... well, it worked well. 3.0 was a VERY good release. I believe the "disk hiccups" and "keyboard freezes" some users have reported will stop with 3.1. The disk routines are TOTALLY REWRITTEN (again!) with an eye for machine speed independence. This is really not easy; there is no easy way to force a given time on the machine, when you can't easily find out what sort of machine you're running on, if there is an accelerator, and so forth. For you programmers, just TRY doing a tst.b on MFP bit 5 (GPIP) to slow you down. Everyone SAID that would cause an 8 Mhz cycle. On a ST, it does. On a TT in cache, it runs twice as fast. Without cache, 1.5 times as fast. I don't know why, I just measured it on the scope instead of taking it on faith. The timing-independence was difficult but the TT seems steady now, been using it for months (on 3.1, of course). But I'll head back to the Zax now, and that's 68000 only, on one of the Megas. The next two goals are to finish stomping 7.1 into the ground, and to bring online the extra TT RAM. Most of the code is there, the menu options are there (grayed sometimes), but I know there are borderline situations I am going to HAVE to test. (Border conditions between ST and TT RAM are especially tricky, and they positively will happen). All the goodies like tailorable menus remain the same. On XGM (Atari's past 4 partitions formatters since AHDI 3) WE NOW SUPPORT XGM PARTITIONS. We can handle 14 per drive, since Atari more or less set that limit. (Actually we could go higher, but good heavens, 16 icons on your desktop?!?) We have an adjustable total of 16 partitions mountable; I can increase that if someone needs it. (What, running a 5 gig hard disk?) XGM partitions required a plane trip up to Oregon and seeing an old pal again. Hint: He's helped me before a lot with "C" stuff. The SCSI stuff required bringing in a pro and logic probes and stuff, until we figured out the out-of-sync condition was the machine (which we could regularly lock up as it got hot). Welp, that's how ya learn. GCR code was already pretty time independent, since it slams on the cartridge port so much. This just gives it more overhead to work with than on 8 Mhz machines. So. With XGM, we're current with Atari's disk drivers. With SCSI, we're current with TT. With high Mhz independence, we can handle various accelerators, even one called SST at 40 Mhz. That is trans-warp drive, folks. And the bug fixes are ever-welcome. So. That's the delay, what we have NOW, and what is coming soon. I no longer walk the dog with a leash; I never want to get shots under the kneecap again. Whooooooo. We'll post some details about how you can get your hands on this as soon as the literature is complete (I'm writing, I'm writing!). Sandy just got a pack of 1500 fonts and is dying to use them, too, to format this. Tell you what. There are a LOT of people not on GEnie who would like to know that Gadgets is still alive and 3.1 is done. If you feel like it, could you repost these as necessary to the Net? My Visa/MC just ran out (of course) and my Internet access is closed until the new card "wakes up". (I have the card; Visa/MC does not have it in their blasted computer yet, nor given me the PIN code.) Probably comp.sys.atari.st would be a nice place to put this; it goes to a great number of Spectre customers. (Let's not have 15 posts of it, though, ok?) Thus, for reposting, while these notes on 3.1 are copyright, you are free to reproduce them as long as you do so completely, so the next person gets the news same as you did. Questions I won't answer: What was the stupidest thing you did programming while taking weird stuff a week before your operation? (Fortunately, I can't remember a lot of them.) Anyway. I'll try to be online more now that the intense war for 3.1 is behind, and if any bugs show up, we'll catch them in 3.2. I don't think it will take long to show up (knock wood) because we spent so much time researching how to find and kill zero-reads... We have had someone answering our Gadgets line (or at worst, returning calls) for quite some time now. PLEASE DON'T BUG HER ABOUT 3.1 EVEN IF YOU NEED IT YESTERDAY. Until we have something to ship, we don't want to say "Go!", ok? It takes time to get disks duped and CHECKED (we have been loused up so many times we must check them!), and I kinda wanta do a new PD disk if time allows. Naturally, when it's "Go" time (which is a LOT sooner than "Real Soon Now"), feel free to call. I'm sure I've forgotten some things in 3.1, but the point is, we're moving and have a definite direction. And yes, we think a lot about Spectre 4.0 on the horizon, with all those neat color cards out there. I wonder how hard it really is to program a Tseng Labs ET-4000 chip? It's good to be back. Thanks for being patient with us, folks. Wow, have we had our share of fun. Enjoy 3.1. -- thank you, Dave Small / bottle washer, coder, VP / Gadgets by Small ____________________________________________ > Mastering AtariWorks! STR InfoFile - New From Spar Systems! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Released on 4/9/94 Announcing... MASTERING ATARIWORKS Mastering AtariWorks is a Hypertext Personal Training Guide for the novice, intermediate and advanced user. The novice user will find the simple step-by-step approach and tutorial files an easy way to lessen the learning curve, while the intermediate and advanced user will benefit from the referencing feature. Each AtariWorks command is explained in detail with all the necessary information given on how to use it. Tips and tricks are offered as well throughout the guide to give you ideas on how to exploit each command. The 52 page booklet has over 60 screen-shots of AtariWorks in action explaining documented and undocumented functions. The step-by-step tutorials is just like having a private tutor, but without the expensive cost of a tutor. The package includes example files on disk, user manual and the Hypertext Personal Training Guide software. A few of the topics discussed are line spacing, GEM Metafile, initial caps, macros, formats, graphics, page numbering, text alignment, SpeedoGDOS information, newsletters, business cards, brochures, database records, multi-columns, rotated text, spreadsheet & chart tutorials, block handling, database overview, Control commands and much more. o Supports the Word Processor, Database and Spreadsheet modules. o Quick Start support for the novice user. o Send online summary to printer, file or clipboard. o Retrace help summaries. o Use together with AtariWorks. o Resolution independent. Supports ST, TT and Falcon resolution modes, and third party video cards. o Software comes on a double sided disk. o Requires only 99K of memory. AtariWorks is the first integrated (Word Processor, Spreadsheet and Database) SpeedoGDOS software package ever to be offered for the Atari, and Mastering AtariWorks tells you everything you need to know to start creating documents, while learning the software. Mastering AtariWorks is fast paced and to the point. Prepare to become an AtariWorks power user! Now shipping. Available from your local Atari dealer throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. To order from us, send: (United Sates) $44.95 + $3.00 shipping in check or Money Order. (Canada) $44.95 + $3.00 shipping in Postal Money Order made out in US currency. (Europe) $44.95 + $5.00 shipping in Bank Draft made out in US currency. and mail to: Spar Systems 381 Autumn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11208 USA Phone: 718-235-3169 ________________________________________ > ROMWARE! STR FOCUS! - CD-ROM Publisher Seeks Authors! """"""""""""""""""" ********************************** * * * ROMWARE ATARI CD-ROM * Call for contributing authors * * ********************************** The CD-ROM publisher ROMWARE is compiling a new shareware and public domain CD-ROM for ATARI. Now we are looking for authors in the CompuServe Atari Forums who would like to see their products on our upcoming CD-ROM. The deadline for authors to contribute their files to this CD-ROM is May 1, 1994 (my birthday BTW). Authors, please tell me the name of your program, actual version number and where to get it via CompuServe. And do not forget to give us your permission, if necessary. Every program is going to be tested by me. If it stands the test, it will be added to the CD-ROM. What we demand is: - Normal applications must run with any TOS based computer - Applications should be resolution independent - Special applications like MOD players should at least abort with an error alert if they do not run on a particular machine - All rights of the software must be with the contributing author. What we do is: - We state clearly what the shareware concept is: Try Before Buy - We do include always the newest versions - We include versions in different languages, if available - Our CD-ROM is going to be the cheapest on the market If you want to know more about ROMWARE, our products or the ATARI CD-ROM do not hesitate to contact me via email and ask. Regards, Hayo Schmidt ROMWARE Verlags-und Produktionsgesellschaft mbH Mendelssohnstr. 15d D-22761 Hamburg GERMANY Phone (D)+40-899 58-601 FAX (D)+40-899 58-112 CIS 100101,407 _________________________________ > Audio CD Master! STR InfoFile - Audio CD Access, NOW!! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" Audio CD Master 3.0 Audio CD Master allows you to use all audio CD's with your computer's CD rom drive. Just place your standard audio CD in your CD rom drive and click on Play from the handy desktop accessory. Custom controls let you play selected tracks in the order you want to hear them, play a range of tracks from a CD, or play the entire CD. Audio CD Master works with all monitors, color, monochrome, and broadcast TV. Works with VGA on the Falcon along with color, monochrome or broadcast TV. Audio CD Master works with the entire Atari computer line. Use Audio CD Master with the ST, STe, and Mega series using the ICD AdSCSI Plus or Link. You can direct connect a SCSI-2 CD rom drive to the Falcon and TT for use with Audio CD Master. All SCSI-2 CD rom drives are supported. A special control file is included for use with NEC drives that use a slightly modified form of CD audio sound playback. The Audio CD Master accessory displays both time and track information for the disc being played. For MultiTOS users who prefer to use the application as a program rather than an accessory, you can do so. Audio CD Master works with or without ExtenDOS, MetaDOS, or MultiTOS XFS CD rom drivers. Work on your letters, use a modem, or do some graphics design while CD audio plays in the background. Use your CD rom drive to its fullest potential. Add CD sound to your system. Bring your system into the world of computing in the 90's. You can use Audio CD Master with the phones out on your CD player for personal listening or connect your CD rom drive to your home stereo system or powered mini-speakers. FALCON FUN Want to add surround sound to your home stereo? Want to sing along with Billy Joel but find him singing an octave too high for you. Bring him down to match your range. Match the high note in Johnny Mathis' version of Oh Holy Night. Find out what Bob Dylan would sound like if he was a Cyborg. Add flanging and other special effects. Add room effects ranging from club to Wembley. See your CD audio on a graphic spectrum. Audio CD Master allows you to control and pipe your CD audio sound into the Falcon for DSP effects using the Audio Fun Machine that comes with your Falcon 030. Using Audio CD Master and the Audio Fun Machine all the above are possible. On the Falcon, CD audio sound can be used with the internal speaker, monitor speaker, or piped out to your stereo system after applying Falcon DSP effects. Digital sound and audio CD can be mixed to add background music to your presentation's narrations or slide shows. Great for us with Photo Show Pro presentations using Kodak Photo CD. HOW DO I GET Audio CD Master Ask for Audio CD Master at any of the better Atari dealers. They should have it available shortly. I CAN'T WAIT Audio CD Master is available for $29.99 US, postpaid, worldwide, from It's All Relative Software, 2233 Keeven Lane, Florissant MO 63031 USA. ______________________________________ > SPARTACON II! STR InfoFile! - Electronic Gaming Convention! """"""""""""""""""""""""""" The San Jose State Fantasy/Strategy Club presents: SPARTACON II ...a gaming/comic book/electronic gaming convention. The event will be held on Saturday, April 23, 1994 at the San Jose State Campus inside the Student Union. The public is welcome to attend. Convention hours are from 10am to 11pm. A swap meet will be held from 5:30pm to 7pm. Registration to attend is from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are $7.50 each at the door. Anticipating a modest crowd of 500, this will be the perfect opportunity for gamers in the San Jose area to get up close chances to see popular games, buy and sell collectables like comic books and trading cards and participate in organized Tournament Gaming. Gameaholics Game Club plans to demonstrate the Atari Jaguar on site! Although this event is not endorsed or affiliated with Atari Corporation in any way, I thought everyone in the area might like to know. Don Thomas ________________________________ > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" THE OLD FISHIN' HOLE ==================== -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters. by John R. Duckworth Once upon a time there was one online service. If you needed to send a message to a friend or colleague all you needed was their mail address to complete the task. Sending binary files, such as program archives or pictures, was fairly simple as well. Such a task would be accomplished by the service's built in 'binary mail' option. Those were the good old days. Now, everyone has a different online service to call home. While sending text between system (thanks mainly to the internet) has remained just about as easy as before, mail containing binary information (non-ascii) has increased in complexity. This week I'll delve into a great utility designed to streamline such tasks for all Atari TOS users. "ESS-Code 5.06" by Michel Forget is a freeware program which will allow the user to transform binary files into ascii text so they may be sent via ascii-only mail channels. The most common method for transforming files in called UUencoding (or UUdecoding depending on the direction of conversion) which is a standard across most popular platforms. While I am not exactly sure of the specifics of the protocol, UUencoded files are those which have the binary information changed into ascii text so they may be sent over 7-bit mail avenues. Such files are likely to be larger than the original file and are often divided into several segments since some systems have limits placed on the size of mail messages. "ESS-Code" is not the first UUencoder available for the ST series of computers, the first was a TTP program which, in my usage, proved more trouble than it was worth. Another UUencoder was called "UUcoder" by Steve Yelvington, and while it was the best in it's day, it hasn't been updated to reflect advances in the Atari operating systems or coding methods. Michel Forget has one of the best reputations for updating his programs and he often listens to user input, two of the reasons I will stick with using "ESS-Code" for my encoding needs. Using the program is simple, it is entirely GEM based and the menu items are mostly self-explanatory. If the user ever feels lost, all he/she needs to do is call up the online help system available just a key press away. "ESS-Code" can process files using the UUencode or BTOA standard. In my travels, the UUencode method has been generally utilized, but according to the author the BTOA method allows file to be more compact. Size though is paid for in speed of encoding/decoding and BTOA files aren't automatically segmented like UUencoded ones can be. In addition to the menu items for encoding/decoding files there are also ones for splitting/concatenating raw files such as long BTOA encoded messages. The segmentation size of the files created (encoded) may be specified from several standard sizes or the user may elect to choose a completely different size of their own. Instead of running the program from the GEM menu, "ESS-Code" may be installed as an application under GEM to automatically decode files, say with a .UUE extension. I prefer to give the application it's own icon on my desktop and simply drag a file or several files at once to automatically have the program encode/decode. Several options may be specified by the user as default including having the program ask the user before overwriting files, asking the user to specify all of the segments to be processed, selecting a default conversion method, and displaying progress bars. I'll be the first to admit that this business of UUencoding/UUdecoding files can be tricky at first. I'm just now beginning to feel comfortable about it thanks mostly to the professional, and user friendly work of Michel Forget. God bless you Mike! If you have ever needed to transfer binary files between systems or through internet mail or perhaps grabbing pictures from one of the Usenet newsgroups, then by all means download "ESS-Code 5.06" immediately. +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box * | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | ESS-Code 5.06 | | GEnie: Atari RT- # 32564 | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ * The Tackle Box is meant to provide assistance in finding files mentioned in the column. It should not be considered a COMPLETE listing and is provided for convenience only. Delphi Atari Advantage files should be found in the Recent Arrivals section of the database until moved to their appropriate sections. ______________________________________ > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" PEOPLE... ARE TALKING ===================== On CompuServe ------------- compiled by Joe Mirando Hidi ho yet again friends and neighbors. Well, that noose just keeps getting closer and closer. Yep, just a few short days 'till I march up to that altar and say "I do". My fiancee already considers herself a computer-widow but hasn't made me promise to 'forsake all computers'... yet. My local computer dealer, a good friend for many years, told me that the first time that I have to work on a Saturday Lisa will hold an "impromptu computer tag sale". Well, I guess that only time will tell. At any rate, let's get on with the purpose of this column: all of the great news, hints, tips, and discussion that goes on every week on CompuServe. From the Atari Computing Forum ============================== Russell Yonkers tells us: "I am looking for addresses for Atari ST magazines .... I just bought myself an atari st and am looking for help on more indepth knowledge as well as mail order places to by software and hardware." Mike Mortilla tells Russell: "You find several online magazines there as well as hundreds of public domain and shareware programs. Also lots of other users ready willing (but not necessarily waiting) to help you. As far as mail order goes, you might want to check out the shareware accessory (ACC) called Vendor.ACC in the libraries there. This is an Atari ACC that lists *ALL* the vendors active now (or as many as Jim Ness -the prog author- has heard of!) Welcome to the forums! When you leave a message in the Atari Computing area, be sure to leave details on your model, set-up (printer, modem, screen, amount of RAM, etc) so we can really get you going." Sysop Bill Aycock, the creator of VENDOR.ACC, tells both Mike and Russell: "Actually, Mike, I've replaced Vendor.ACC with ADB.ACC... the former isn't online any more. ADB still comes with the vendor list, though. Russell, if you have any problem finding it, let us know! Welcome aboard!" Mike Mortilla tells Bill: "Ooooops! I thought for sure Jim Ness had done the Vendor acc, all you programmers look the same to me on CIS <Very Big Grin>..." Russell replies: "Thanks for the quick reply. I am really enjoying the computer so far. I have a 1040 st with 2 floppy drives. The primary use will be for midi for my wife but I am also wanting to get some good games and such for it as well. Mainly two player games. I do have two joysticks. I am also looking for an adapter that I saw one time that allows you to keep both joysticks plugged in as well as the mouse or at least some joystick extension cords to make connections easier." Donavon Facey posts: "I'm not sure I'm in the right place and I have to admit that I'm not a seasoned Atari user. Nevertheless, my girlfriend has a TT030 that she needs some info on and I volunteered to look here on Compuserve. First, she is looking for a manual for the machine or a place to order one, she seems to think that Toad Computers would be a good place to start but she doesn't have the number for them. Second, she needs to know the dip switches on a Seagate ST157N, I assume that we can probably get them from Seagate but thought I would mention that here in case there's more to that drive than meets the eye! Third, she's looking for any info on a program called "Data Diet" from DD software? Any help or a point in the right direction would be much appreciated." Sysop Ron Luks tells Donavon: "I can't help on the DIP switches for the Seagate, but I can tell you Double Click Software is no longer in business. I dont know if someone took over the Data Diet program or not." Sysop Bill Aycock tells Donavon: "Data Diet v2 is handled by Trace Technologies, PO Box 711403, Houston TX 77271, phone (713)771-8332 1-5pm. If you contact Toad, they will most likely either have DD in stock or will be able to order a copy for you." Jonnie Santos jumps in and adds: "Toad's numbers are: ORDERS (800) 488-8623 INFO (410) 544-6943 FAX (410) 544-1329 ...and I've had real good luck with them and their products. :) As for Data Diet... I was using it when I had a small 20M drive and it worked fine..." Brian Caufield asks about PostScript printing: "I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I'm looking for a good postscript interpreter for the ST. I have a mega 4 with a slm804 printer, and I'm trying to print postscript files that have been created with Windows 3.1 applications. I have a version of Ultrascript version 1.1 but it doesn't seem to work." Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Brian: "You can find GhostScript in the library which is a clone PostScript interpreter. Also you might check Windows v3.1 generated postscript files too. It puts a control D (ie ^D) at the beginning and the end. In all other normal PS files it is only at the end. Since your PS interpreter (Ultrascript) hits the control D as the first character it thinks it has reached the end of the file. You can open the PS file in a text editor and remove the offending control D from the file. It is best to work with a backup copy of the file. MS Windows does have a feature that can turn off the CONTROL D at the beginning of the file but I'm not sure how. You can also try the (GO ADOBE) forum for details. Section 4 of that forum is the postscript section I believe. Also you can look up the details in the "red book" also known as the PostScript Language Reference Manual, 2nd edition ISBN 0-201-18127-4. Look under server loop, eof or end-of-file." My pal Brian Gockley of ST Informer Magazine, as well as one of the driving forces behind the Connecticut ACT AtariFest, adds his own thoughts: "I think that the best one out there is CompoScript, from Compo Software. It has the distinct advantage of working with Type 1 fonts, so you can use you one set of fonts for both PPageStream nd CS! Compo can be reached at: Mr. Robert Engberson Compo Software 104 Esplanade Ave. 121 Pacifica, CA 94044 Fax :415-355-0869 Work Phone : 415-355-0862" Peter Joseph asks: "While we're (not) on the subject, can you speculate why Atari's stock is doing so poorly despite the seemingly positive response to the Jaguar? Am I out of touch more than I know?" The big Kahuna himself, chief sysop Ron Luks, tells Peter: "A few analysts have postulated that even if Atari sold all the Jag's they predicted, the full value of the stock would be in the $4 range. When it was trading up to 10-12, it was reflecting what the company would be worth if they sold 3 million units per year. obviously, they arent selling that much and the stock is now nearer its computerd value." Peter has a few more questions for Ron: "Do you think that as the Jaguar becomes more widely distributed the stock will begin to rise again? I'm not asking as a potential buyer but as a past buyer who'd like to think he can turn a profit yet. Also, on the subject of widespread distribution, how _is_ that going. Has Atari started nationwide distribution yet? Am I apt to be able to go down to the Portland, Maine Electronics Boutique and come away with a Jaguar this weekend? :)" Sysop Bob Retelle tells Peter: "Actually, Peter... there is a lot of Jaguar news and info in the Atari Gaming Forum now... (GO ATARIG) Basically though, we're still waiting for the big "national rollout" of the Jaguar. Atari has targeted 10 major markets in the US for its next move. I've seen Jaguar Tempest ads on MTV recently, but nothing on my local stations (I'm in the Detroit area, which is one of the 10 markets). On the other hand, it IS possible that you might be able to go to your local Electronics Boutique or Babbages store and find a Jaguar, as those chains apparently are shipping Jaguars to their local stores without regard to Atari's "official" marketing plan." Dazzz Smith tells Bob: "I noticed someone selling the Jag in the Electronic Mall here on CIS, in the May issue of Compuserve magazine." Bob replies: "Ah..! I guess if the Jaguar is available via the CompuServe Mall, it means it's available "world wide" then..!" Ron Luks, who is no stranger to the world of stocks, tells Peter: "I think that as the installed base of Jags get bigger and production increases, you could again see a rise in the stock price. However, you must remember that Atari has not yet started to turn a profit from the Jaguar sales (the last qtr was still showing a loss due to start up costs). What is the worth of a company not earning a profit? Damn small. As I said, one analyst estimated the value per share to be $4 when atari is shipping between 300-500,000 units per year. For the stock to be worth more that that, the underlying fundamentals would have to improve over these levels." Henri Tremblay asks: "Is there anything on PC/Windows comparable to Universal Item Selector?" Sysop Bob Retelle tells Henri: "There really isn't anything comparable to the UIS for DOS programs, mainly because there's no "standard" way of hooking into all programs like there is in GEM... There ARE some directory/file management utilities available (like Norton Commander) that make a lot of things much easier, but they don't work automatically from within programs. With most programs you can "shell to DOS" to use Commander, then return to the program where you left off. I'm not really very familiar with Windows, but I'd imagine it would be a lot easier to do a third-party "UIS-like" utility.. but then again, it looks like the regular Windows file selector is pretty full-featured..." Henri explains his dilemma to Bob: "The problem with Windows File Manager is that it is a program that has to be loaded and it is not as easy to use as UIS. I think UIS is marvelous and I will miss it a lot on my PC (but I keep my ST, which I am using now). Maybe I'll get used to the File Manager then. I understand that Windows 4 may be more similar to System 7 on the Mac. Let's wait and see." Jay Nussbaum asks: "Am I to understand... that adding a cd rom with the ExtendDOS software I will be able to use the cds i see advertised ie encyclopedias, maps, made for DOS based machines? if so will it also operate the built in sound of the falcon i have external spkrs connected. J " ^C Albert Dayes @ AOE am I to understand by your answer and the others notes i've seen, that adding a cd rom with the ExtendDOS software I will be able to use the cds i see advertised ie encyclopedias, maps, made for DOS based machines? if so will it also operate the built in sound of the falcon i have external spkrs connected." Greg Kopchak of It's All Relative explains the ins and outs of reading a CD ROM to Jay: "Using ExtenDOS or XFS will allow you to read any standard CD rom disc. You still can only run programs that would run on a Atari from a regular floppy disk. You can make use of graphics and images on a CD with the appropriate Atari software. e.g. You can view all the GIF files on the Space & Astronomy disk using the Atari GIF viewers on the CD. You would not be able to run the PC programs in the PC folder for viewing. If you have a Kodak Photo CD disc and a Falcon, you can make full use of the disc using the Atari software, Photo Show Pro, Calamus SL and others." Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine draws a parallel of the situation: "Its similar to the IBM and Atari floppy disk problem. You can read data files and pictures (such as GIF, TIF, etc) but you can't run IBM programs on the Atari. The same is true for CD-ROMs. Unless the CD-ROM is Atari specific (like Walnut Creek's GEMini) you will not be able to run the programs." Sean Collins asks... "A question: I just bought a Mega ST. It works fine, except that a couple of the keys on the keyboard sometimes need to be hit more than once before I get a response. I am wondering if this is a common problem and if it might be easily repairable. Any advice from anyone?" Brian Gockley of ST Informer tells Sean: "I have taken a few computer keyboards apart in my day, cleaned the dust and gunk out of them, and they have worked much better." Sean Collins asks about one of my favorite utilities, the Universal Item Selector: "I have been reading some messages on here about a program called UIS that sounds great. I'm wondering where I can get a copy. I looked in the libraries, and found a patch program for UIS, but not UIS itself. Can anyone give me advice on that?" Boris Molodyi tells Sean: "UIS is a commercial program. It is available form A&D SOftware or form Atari dealers. In the libraries here you can find Little Green Selector and Selectric that have similar features. OTOH, UIS is very inexpensive..." Sysop Ron Luks jumps in and tells Sean: "UIS is available from MacDonald and associates. They are represented online here by Brian Gockley. They are the publishers of STInformer Magazine. UIS is a *great* program and I wouldnt boot up my Atari without it." Brian coins the conversation and tells Sean: "UIS is available at any remaining Atari dealers, through mail order sales or directly form A&D Software at 1-800-800-2563. We are currently shipping UIS 3.32, and are working on an upgrade for this summer. Thanks for your interest, see you around." Ron Luks who, like most of us, wants to have the most current version of the programs he finds most useful, tells Brian: "I'm running ver 3.3 of UIS. Whats different in 3.32?" Brian tells Ron: "3.32 added a wormhole button that sends you through cyberspace into a dimension that is remarkable similar to Las Vegas. It is a little buggy, and occasionally crashes your computer (which by then has metamorphed into a Vanna White hologram ) and occasionally leaves the user stranded in that dimension. A few users have found a way to return after a few years of indentured servitude, and are threatening us with a class action suit. Oh yeah, it also fixed some keyboard routines that were buggy. ;)" Tony Barker gives us... "Just a little bit of Atari Australia info for anyone who cares. They dissappeared up their own a*s in the past few months and an auction was held for the remaining stock this past Saturday. There were about 20 Falcons, that went for an average of $400 AUD, thats about $288 US. A whole palette of 19inch monitors went for $100 each (gee I can remember when they were $2500AUD). And all sorts of other crap, 2600 games systems went for $5. This should give you an idea of poor management, there were multiple palettes of European power supplies for 2600 machines, they are completely useless here, why were they in the wharehouse. The head honcho over here came to Atari after running Commodore Australia into the ground, then his own business and now Atari. Thats 3 for 3, how do people like this get jobs. I can't wait to see where he pops up next. There's so much more to say, but I'm holding my tongue (don't speak ill of the dead :-), maybe one day I'll tell a few stories about the timely death of Atari in Australia." Shawn Laughlin tells Tony: "Sorry to hear it but not at all surprised. You wonder what type of company would hire someone with a bad track record - well of course Atari would. It is not the machines or the OS the sent Atari into the toilet but the management. Probably the only company in existence that counts on customers to be cheerleaders in order to survive - Lord knows they don't advertise. One good thing is Atari makes(made?) durable machines (my original ST is still up and running and I expect my STe has about 10 years life left) so hopefully this forum will be around awhile to help us with our "other" machine. But really, its only a matter of time before Atari is just the answer to a trivia question. Still, I think I would've bought a Falcon for $288 <g>." Peter Joseph posts this little retreat into "The CyberSpace Game Show": "Woop! Woop! Woop! It's the Daily Double! <Me> I'll take 'Management Foibles' for $2000, Alex. <Alex> "This U.S. company had it all with sales in the millions and popularity, only to lose their shirts later in the decade." Ding! Ding! Ding! <Alex> Peter? <Me> What is Atari Corp? <Alex> That's right! Next category, Peter. <Me> I'll take 'Cubed Roots' for $400, Alex. <Alex> "This team of three family members couldn't run a red light." Ding! Ding! Ding! <Alex> Peter, again! <Me> What's a Katzenjammer? <Alex> And you're right again. Choose another category. <Me> How about 'Sinking Ships' for $4000. <Alex> "This diehard Atarian held on for over a decade before finally succumbing to the reality that, in order to keep up with technology and make a career with computers, he had to finally jump ship and get a full blown Pentium system." Ding! Ding! Ding! <Alex> Peter, you're on a roll! <Me> Who am I? <Alex> That's right, Peter, and with that decision, you win. <Me> Not the way I really wanted it to go Alex, but that's the way the wheel spins right? Wait, that's 'Wheel of Fortune'. Can I buy a vowel? Anything but the letter A." Ethan Mings tells Peter: "[That was] a great posting. I too use an Atari Mega ST2 with a upgrade 250 MB hard drive. Since Atari 'ran' out of canada, I have seen the death rattle rattle on Atari Corp. One can say it is a management diaster but I would say it represents a diaster in ethics. Somewhere along the line, Atari corp lost is soul. In todays market place where relationships with customers are key to long term survival, Atari misread its customer base. I'll hang onto my machine as long as I can keep it running. However, I'm looking at my 486 DOS machine which I use on a regular basis for my statistical applications. 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