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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: Jun.17,1990 Newletter Vol.I No.1 Date: Sun Jun 17 23:58:18 1990 On Fathers' Day, June 17, 1990, the Atari SIGOps announced the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG Newsletter: - / \ / \ / \ / \ ___________/ \__________ \ / \ June 17, 1990 Vol.I No.1 / \ / ______________________________________________|______________ /________________ __________-_____________/ /___|_|_|_________ CLEVELAND FREE-NET _________| |___________/ /____|_|_|_________ ________| |_________/ /____/__|__\________ ATARI SIG ________| |________/ /____/___|___\_______ ______| | | |_____/ /____________________________________________________________/ / / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ -___________________________________________________________- // ______ _______ \\ // / \ / \ \\ () /________\ ON-LINE NEWSLETTER /_________\ () /|| | ______ | | _______ | ||\ //_________||ATARI ||_________________________|| ATARI ||____________\\ -\|| || ST || || XE || ||/- \| ||______|| Supporting the ||_______|| |/ |\ /|________|\ /|_________| _/| ||\_ /____________\ Atari XE, ST, | / || || \__| /|\ ___ | | |\___/| / || || _|____________| Portfolio, & | ___________ ____ || || | \| ///////// | | __ | || || \ ____________ _ Lynx systems |___________| | __ | || || |/////////// | \ |______/////| | __ | || |LLLLLLLL LLL| _ |LLLLLLLLLLL| | __ | |LLLLLLLL LLL||'| |LLLLLLLLLLL| |____| |_[____]_____| - |__[_____]__| \_-/ (aka C.A.I.N. - Cleveland Atari Information Network) __________________________________________________________________________ 216/368-3888 | 300/1200/2400 bps | type 'Go Atari' at any menu __________________________________________________________________________ Atari SIG, P.O. Box 21815, Cleveland, Ohio, 44121 ___________________________________________________________________ Contents Words from the Editor...........................Len Stys What to do About Atari..........................Kevin Steele The Atari Portfolio (Review)....................Tony Thomas The "Atari Advantage" is a real advantage.......Len Stys Free-Net Online Magazines and Z*Net............. Sparta DOS X (Review)...........................Doug Wokoun Police Quest II (Review & Hints)................Robert Stys Alpha Music Utilties (3 Reviews)................Michael & George Polly What is new in the Cleveland Atari World?.......Mark Leair Free Registration and Membership Offer.......... New Sierra Games for the Atari ST............... Lynx and new Lynx game cards.................... About the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG.......... ______________________________________________________________________ Accessing Free-Net by Internet- IP address: "freenet-in-a.cwru.edu". ____________________________________________________________________ Sending Atari SIG e-mail from Compuserve or other systems through Internet: >INTERNET: firstname.lastname@example.org __________________________________________________________________________ Sending Atari SIG e-mail from BITNET systems usually found in colleges: xx004%cleveland.freenet.edu@cunyvm ______________________________________ Words from the Editor Happy Father's Day and welcome to the first issue of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG's On-Line Newsletter. WE hope you enjoy it and will continue to bring you news, reviews, and articles every other month. It may seem a little ironic that we would start a newsletter at probably one of the most depressing times in almost every Atarian's life but that is exactly why we started one. In this newsletter, we will not concentrate on what Atari is doing wrong but instead we would like to concentrate on what great things there are for your xomputer and how you can better use your Atari. The Lynx is out and it is being advertised by Atari and just in time. It seems as if Nintendo, NEC, and Sega are all bringing out new portable game systems. Each of these new portable systems will be able to run games from their existing home system - something I'm sure Atari didn't think they would do. But Atari has a chance if they get in a lot of America's homes by this Christmas. The Stacy's hard disk drive problem is being fixed and already the Stacy is said to be the ultimate MIDI tool not to mention an ultimate Mac Portable! Rumor has it that the "Atari Advantage" package will be out by Fall in the U.S. and will consist of the STe (hopefully!) and a bundle of software to be sold in K-Mart type stores. A few rumors have it that a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to promote the STe and Stacy computers in the U.S. has indeed been signed. Of course, I cannot guarantee that all of this is true but is seems as though it is about time that rumors like these start becomming true. The last bit of hope that I can give you is from Sam Tramiel himself. I received a letter from him about two weeks ago that said, "Please keep the faith strong in Atari" and "you won't be disappointed at year's end." I believe I won't. Hmmm. What do we have for you in our very first issue? Everything. We formally introduce the Portfolio by giving you a review on it. A review for probably the most powerful product for the Atari 8-bits that brings you past MS-DOS is SpartaDOX X. SpartaDOS X as you will find out is why 8-bitters are still 8-bitters- it is probably the best kept secret. We bring you tons of reviews of software and products for the Atari ST. We bring you an article on what to do about Atari. What new titles are coming out from Sierra for the Atari ST. And much much much more! Len Stys What to do about Atari? by Kevin Steele Recently, with the continuing slide of Atari's US market share, there have been a large number of angry voices crying out, demanding that Atari get its act together and release all those wonderful new machines it has been promising for the last two years. Many have threatened to sell their equipment and get Macs or clones if the new computers aren't out in this month or that month. For those of you bemoaning the current status of the ST market in the United States, I'd like to propose a little experiment: 1. First, sit down in front of your ST. Okay, are you seated? 2. Next, say these words directly at the monitor: "Atari has abandoned the US market!" 3. Observe any reaction from your ST. Did your machine stop working? Did it evaporate before your eyes? Did it run screaming from the room, spewing floppy disks? I thought not. Point is, odds are your ST neither knows nor cares what the current state of the U.S. ST market is--no matter what kind of strangeness goes on down in Sunnyvale, odds are your ST will continue to do what it has always done, unperturbed by rumors or vaporware, undaunted by the now-famous Atari 'revolving door' employee policy. You have to ask yourself one very important question: "Does my current computer meet my current computing needs?" If it does, then there is no reason for you to panic every time a new computer is a couple of months or years late. Why be panic-stricken that the STe, Stacy, TT, or whatever is late when you really aren't going to buy one right away anyhow? I don't know about you, but my current system more than meets my needs, and I'm not going to start worrying about which computer to buy until such time as I see a genuine need to buy a new computer. My ST system has more than enough muscle for my needs, and my needs are pretty big. As a freelance technical writer, I spend eight hours or more a day in front of my ST, churning out page after page of manuals, diagrams, invoices, and such. I've gotten nothing but positive remarks on the quality of the work I've created with my Atari ST, and as long as I can continue to produce professional-quality work in an expedient manner with this system, I see no reason to waste time worrying about what my next type of computer will be. However, don't interpret any of the above as any sort of 'glossing-over' of the current status of Atari and their US policy -- my personal views of Atari's management style really aren't that positive. However, unlike many notable ST owners, I've made a conscious decision to stay out of the pulpit when it comes to the ever-popular "Atari-Bashing" sermon. If you've owned an ST for more than a month, you're bound to have heard it -- that endless diatribe on the evils underfoot in Sunnyvale, about the doom that each of us faces if Atari doesn't tow the line and submit to our wishes. Why do I avoid "Atari-Bashing" when I share the same negative views? Well, think of it as a cost/benefit analysis: what will bashing cost me, and in what way will I (and others) benefit from it? In my opinion, bashing tends to simply make one look like a whiner, especially since it really doesn't yield any tangible benefits. If you're not a member of Atari Corp., you're powerless to instigate changes, and all of your angry Atari-Bashing screaming is just so much hot air in the wind. You'll save yourself (and others) an ulcer by avoiding this practice. Owning an Atari computer these days is discouraging enough with the scarcity of dealers and support--there's no need to add to the doom and gloom with endless tirades on the evils of Atari Corp. The ST user community would be greatly enhanced if everyone who is currently spending their evenings "flaming" about Atari on local BBS's would instead upload a PD program, send in a shareware payment, participate in a user group, or spend a minute or two with another user who needs some help with their system. Take things in stride -- if your ST isn't affected by the current antics at Atari, then you shouldn't be either! Kevin Steele The Atari Portfolio (Review) by Tony Thomas If you were to tell me a few years ago that there would be a full-function, 8088-based computer that you could hold in the palm of your hand, I wouldn't have believed it. Yet, I'm writing this article on just such a marvel of computer technology - the Atari Portfolio. The Portfolio redefines the word "portable". When I bought my first portable computer - a CP/M-based Kaypro 2X - over five years ago, it weighed in at a hefty 25 pounds! Soon thereafter, I picked up another "portable" - a NEC 8201 (similar to Tandy Model 100) - which was a vast improvement, weighing in at about 5 pounds. The Portfolio, by contrast, tips the scales at just over a pound! In fact, I was even able to weigh it myself on a tiny Pelouze postal scale!! Now, the obvious question is: Just how powerful is it? While the Portfolio won't do away with the desktop computer, it is the perfect portable supplement to it. Since it fits into a coat pocket and runs for more that fifty hours on a single set of batteries, the Portfolio is the perfect traveling companion that will be at home on a plane, in a hotel room or even at the beach. Files can be transferred to and from the Portfolio to your desktop computer via the optional serial interface or to an IBM-PC or compatible via the optional Smart Parallel interface. Long term storage is also available via memory cards - an expensive medium (about $2-3 per Kilobyte) - limiting the Portfolio's usefulness as a stand-alone computer. How compatible is the Portfolio with a PC? First of all, its internal memory is only 128K, making it only possible to run the most miniscule PC applications. Secondly, its operating system - DIP DOS - is similar to MS-DOS 2.11 in nearly every respect, except in the area of graphics. Since it does not permit direct screen cal<s(and since the screen is only 40 characters by 8 lines), only simple programs that address the screen through DOS can be used. They mostly fall into the category of simple utilities. The Portfolio, however, does contain some very useful application programs which replicate some of the more powerful mega-programs. The word processor is a simple ASCII editor with basic cursor movement and search and replace functions. It is adequate for routine tasks or for material that will be later edited and formatted on a desktop computer (though the Portfolio does offer some print formatting options allowing material to be printed directly from that machine). The spreadsheet emulates the basic functions of Lotus 1...2...3 Release 1A. Lotus spreadsheets (memory permitting) can be loaded into the Portfolio and vice-versa. The other applications (Address Book, Diary, Calculator) are similarly straightforward and simple to use. Is the Portfolio worth it? If you need desktop power in a tiny package, the answer is a resounding yes! While not as powerful as laptops like the Toshiba T1000, the Portfolio stands head and shoulders above PIMs (Pocket Information Managers like the Sharp Wizard and the Casio Boss) which are an electronic replacement to a Day Runner - address book/notepad/dairy. The Portfolio is a palmtop powerhouse that will enable you to untether the capabilities of your desktop computer and take it with you. Tony Thomas The "Atari Advantage" is a real advantage by Len Stys In the beginning of this year, I wrote Sam Tramiel, President of Atari a letter. In this letter I stressed the fact that the "Power Pack" as it was then called was a great idea. The "Power Pack" now called the "Atari Advantage" was to consist of a 520STfm with a bundle of software to be sold at K-Mart type stores. What???! Put the precious Atari ST in K-Mart stores to make it a game computer? What about dealers? What about beig a serious business computer? How could I dare to even condone such a thing? Calm down and I will explain my reasoning. Let's face it folks, Atari has no more than two dozen dealers in the U.S. and almost half of them rip us off because we have no one else to turn to. Need a TOS 1.4 chip installed? Sure, that will be $150 please. Or how about a 512k memory upgrade for your fm? That will be $250 please. I have never purchased hardware from my dealer that wasn't at retail price. The small number of Atari dealers may also explain why we don't see national commercials or magazine ads for the ST computer. Everyone is yelling, WHEN IS ATARI GOING TO ADVERTISE! What I would like to know is- how does Atari suppose to make any money when they advertise and their dealers only have a handful of computers on hand! They would not make enough money to pay back for the advertisements let alone make a profit. If Atari advertises in a city and there are one hundred people who want the computer and there is only one dealer with ten computers on hand, Atari will be losing out. They must have enough computers in a city to meet the demand when the advertisements create it. This brings up another question: why doesn't Atari just recruit more dealers? They have been trying but a lot of dealers would rather play it safe and stay with IBM and compatibles. The big cry about the Atari Advantage package is that faithful dealers will get hurt by it. I do not see the logic in this whatsoever. I believe that Atari dealers will make out the best out of this deal. It is safe to say that these discount stores will not sell all the extras involving the ST line of computers. Even if they do sell floppy drives, printers, and color monitors, they probably will not sell removable hard disks, hard drives, modems, laser printers, and monochrome monitors. As a new Atari Advantage user wants to expand his or her new system, they will go to Atari dealers to do it. So in this case, the Atari Advantage is really an advantage for dealers. Professional users who are into Desk Top Publishing or MIDI will no doubt go to Atari dealers for professional advise and help. This is where dealers will be able to sell the Mega ST professional computer system not to mention the Portfolio and hopefully new TT computer. As for the ST becomming a serious business computer- you can forget it- or at least in large corporations. The new IBM and Macintosh computers have past the ST up in technology not to mention the new Amiga 3000. Why would a business purchase an Atari ST when they can buy faster and better computers from well known business computer companies? The TT will have to attack this market alone. What about becomming a game computer? This is probably not a bad idea. Atari has equipped the new STe with 6 joystick ports, 4,096 colors, stereo sound, and better scrolling. I believe Atari will be trying to drive out the kiddies from Nintendo to the ST computers. Have you noticed? There are NO home/personal computers on the market? Remember what happened a few years ago? The video game market crashed and everyone who owned a video game system flocked to home computers. With the ST looking so attractive to children as a possible video game system and parents seeing the ST as taking their kids out of video games and into serious computers, Atari may have something hot here. The ST may be another C64 or even another Nintendo in the personal computer world but without competition for now. The Atari Advantage package may be a way of getting some desperately needed users in the Atari world. With more users, there is more software, with more software, there is more users. I for one am willing to give up my ST as a professional system with only a few users to talk to in exchange for a personal/home system with thousands of users to talk to. I have seen user groups dwindle in size, I have seen Atari magazines go out of business, I have seen bulletin board systems close up due to lack of users, I have seen it all and I am getting tired of it. It is time Atari gets the ST out of its prototype stage and into America's homes. The only thing that I was concerned about was the fact that the "Power Pack" was to introduce the 520STfm into the package. This would leave users with 512k even though most software being produced now requires 1 meg. This would actually put Atari back a step when they have the 1040STe ready to go. The STe would be perfect in the Atari Advantage package for it can be expanded easily in memory and has tons of nice features. I am glad to say that I am now hearing that the STe will be in the package instead and to me this was a great move by Atari. The final question is when will this Atari Advantage be out? It should be out this Fall. The only thing holding it up is contracts with software manufacturers that Atari wants to include the STe with. Rumor has it that Atari has signed many major stores to carry the Atari Advantage already. A rumor also has it that a multi-million dollar advertising campaign has also been given the OK for the STe, Megas, and Stacys. So you may want to consider saving up your money for this new package by Atari and get it for yourself, your children, or for me- it looks as if it will be a hit. The Atari Advantage package should retail for around $400 and will include a disk drive, and tons of software. Len Stys ____________ T ||ATARI | h || ON-LINE | e || MAGAZINES| A ||-----------| ut C || | t a l || | | | | h r Free- || | | | | on- i v || | | | | r Net || | | | | line l S || / | \ | magazine Atari || / | \ | e n g || | dealer d ||1990 - ????| ||___________| Cleveland Free-Net with Z*Net Several weeks ago, the Cleveland Free-Net became a proud official carrier of Z*Net Online Magazine as well as having an article about Free-Net published in Z*Net. 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The SpartaDOS X cartridge a review by Doug Wokoun The SpartaDOS X cartridge is the latest incantation of SpartaDOS for the 8-bit Atari and very possibly the most powerful Disk Operating System available for any 8-bit computer. The SpartaDOS X cartridge consists of 64K of ROM, with 48K (or 6 cartridge banks) formatted into a ROM-disk, and the remaining 16K used as the main DOS core. The ROM-disk contains files and drivers used by the system and SpartaDOS X versions of several utilities found in the SpartaDOS ToolKit. It also contains a very versatile ARC utility package. Some of the new features of SpartaDOS X (referred to as SDX): o built in, memory resident FORMAT utility. Old versions of SpartaDOS could only initialize Atari format disks using 'AINIT'. To initialize a SpartaDOS disk required the loading of a program called 'XINIT'. Now, any time an XIO #254 call is made, the SDX format menu is brought up. With this, you can select a variety of disk densities and types. It will also allow "1-second" formatting by simply rewriting the root directory on a formatted disk. o High speed disk I/O with U.S. Doubler, Atari XF551, and Indus GT disk drives. o New file loader supporting relocatable files (certain disk based commands can be held in memory and later removed) and symbol linking. o Probably the lowest MEMLO of any DOS. The DOS can load drivers under OS-RAM, into extended memory on an XE or at MEMLO on an 800. o Environment variables: user definable PROMPTs, search PATHs, parameter passing on batch files, and a CARtridge or BASIC memory save capability will retain programs even if the machine is shut off. o The ability to go from a cartridge to internal BASIC without rebooting. The CAR command enters the external cartridge, "BASIC" enters internal BASIC. You can go from Turbo BASIC XL to Atari BASIC to BASIC XE without rebooting! (with some provisions) o Support of up to 1 Meg internal memory as a RAMDisk. o "Persistent" batch files. Continued batch file processing even after loading binary programs. o Fast, powerful, versatile ARC utilities. Supports ALF files. With these, you can Add files to an ARChive, Move (delete after Adding), Freshen (update files by date), Update (Freshen with Add capability), Delete files from an ARChive, View files in ARC, eXtract files, and Print ARC'd files to screen. The ARC utilities also support password encryption and can function with the screen off to increase speed. Also, all files are sorted in alphabetical order when added to the ARChive. o A new MENU program very similar to the MS-DOS XTREE.EXE program. This program allows multi-file operations and displays the entire directory tree, so files anywhere on a disk can be accessed easily. o Command compatible with MS-DOS. Directory commands have several aliases. CWD from disk based SpartaDOS can also be accessed as CHDIR, or CD from SDX. o Drives can be referred to by letter or number. o Drives can be remapped. D1: can be SWAPped with D2:, etc. and from that point on, any referrences to D1: will be sent to D2: and vice versa. SDX can be configured to take advantage of different hardware. A file placed on D1: called CONFIG.SYS is used for this, or the default configuration can be used. SDX can be configured to use OSRAM, or an extended bank of memory for its drivers. With the right setup, MEMLO can be pushed to below memory location $1000! SDX uses a series of drivers to control most disk functions. SPARTA.SYS is the main driver and must be installed. 'DEVICE SPARTA' is used in the CONFIG.SYS file to do this. The number of sector buffers and file buffers can be control by passing parameters to this driver. Another driver is ATARIDOS.SYS used to read Atari DOS 2.x disks. Not installing this driver saves memory, but then Atari DOS disks cannot be read. The SDX cart also contains a RAMDisk driver which can be used to install up to 3 RAMDisks of any size. An INDUS.SYS driver is used to program the INDUS GT to operate at high speed. There are also two clock drivers, used depending on whether or not you have an R-Time 8 cartridge. A major change with the X cart is the way devices are addressed. Since ICD wanted drives to be addressed by letter or number, conflicts would have occured with existing devices. Also, ICD wanted SDX to be more similar to MS-DOS, so those conventions were adopted. E: has become CON:, P: has become PRN:, and D1: D2: and D3: are A: B: and C:. Switching between an IBM machine and SpartaDOS X is much easier with these changes. Another feature of SDX is its I/O redirection. With this, you can send the output of a program to another device. Ex: DIR >>PRN: would do a directory, but the results would be sent to the printer. Also, you can use a file to "feed" a program with input redirection. Ex: BASIC <<file.ext would call up internal BASIC and send it file.ext as if the contents of that file were being typed into the machine. This would be used in place of batch files because you can no longer send input to BASIC from a batch file. SDX recognizes two new file attributes in addition to protected, hidden and archive. Hidden files do not appear in the directory, and archive is used to mark files for backup. This is normally used with a hard disk backup program. When a file is updated, the archive bit is cleared, telling a program like Flashback that the file needs to be backed up. All of these are set with the ATR or ATTRIB commands (same thing). You can also scan directories for files with certain attributes. Two new commands, PEEK and POKE make many operations easier. Instead of going to BASIC to execute these commands, they can be sent to the command line. PEEK will also display the value of the memory word stored at that location and the one following in hex and decimal. Parameters can now be passed to batch files. In the batch file itself, these are referred to as %1 through %9. With this, you can create general purpose batch files to automate tasks. Internally, SDX is very different from earlier versions of SpartaDOS. All of the files on the cartridge are relocatable and can be held in memory. COMMAND.COM, the command processor is one of these files. It is non-resident in nature and is unLOADed from memory when binary files are run. This saves about 4K of memory. It is reLOADed when the program is exited to DOS. Disk based programs written in relocatable format could be loaded at MEMLO, and held, eliminating the need to reload from disk each time. Unfortunately, information on how to write these modules is almost non-existant, so for now, only the programs on the cartridge can be held. Some of the new commands and changes with SDX not mentioned above: CHTD/CHVOL - now built in COPY - now checks to see that there are two files specified. Files could be lost with disk based SpartaDOS by accidentally not specifying a second filename DIR - /p directive pages output, /c directive gives file count. DUMP - Hex dump of file FIND - search all drives for filename MEM - displays banks available, extended memory PATH - Set search path PROMPT - set system prompt with meta-strings RS232 - now built in SET - display/set environment variables UNERASE - restore file(s) X - load file/disable cartridge (for long binary files) This is an incomplete listing of the features of SpartaDOS X. There are many others and new uses for the functions appear constantly. While learning to use SDX will take some time, it is well worth it in the end. SDX is available direct from ICD. The ICD BBS contains a listing of ICD products available direct at prices much lower than through a store or even mail-order. Check for the latest price. ICD BBS: 815-968-2229. Doug Wokoun ______ _____ _ __ _____ _____ | __ \ / \ | | | | | | | | | | | | | _ | | | | | | _ | | ___| | |__| | | | | | | | | | | | |_| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ___ | ___/ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ___| | | | | | | | | | | | | _ | | | | | |_| | | |___ | | | |_| | | |___ | | | | | | | | | | | | |_| \_____/ |_____| |__| |_____| |_____| _____ _ _ _____ _____ ______ / \ | | | | | | | | | | | _ | | | | | | ___| | _ | |_ _| | | | | | | | | | | | | |_| | | | | | | | | | | | |___ | |__ | | | | | | | | | | | | | \ | | | | | | | | | | | ___ \__ | | | | | | | | | | | | | _ | | | | | |_\\| | |__| | | |___ | |_| | | | | \\ | | | | | | | | \_____\\ |______| |_____| |_____| |__| - _________ _________ | | | | |___ ___| |___ ___| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ___| |___ ___| |___ | | | | |_________| |_________| Review & Hints by Robert Stys In Police Quest II, you are Sonny Bonds, a promoted Police Officer from the first Police Quest to Homicide Officer. You are to capture or kill escaped criminal Jessie Bains. In the first Police Quest game, you put Jessie behind bars for his criminal activities and he is out to get anyone who had anything to do with sending him to jail. I would first like to say that I enjoyed Police Quest II completely. I thought it was great and well worth the money I spent for it. It had great graphics and great sound. If you happen to have a musical keyboard, I would strongly advise you to hook it up to your ST and have the game play the music through the keyboard. And if you don't have a keyboard and play a lot of Sierra games, I suggest you get any kind that you can plug MIDI cables into from your ST into it. You will find hours and hours of enjoyment before finishing the game and when you do, you will say to yourself, this was a great game. If you like danger, romance, mystery, and excitement, Police Quest II is for you. Is there anything that I didn't like about it? No, I can't say there is. Everything down to the Homicide Officer's Guide that comes with it is great. I wish however that Jim Walls, the designer of Police Quest would reconsider making a Police Quest III. He has just recently made Code Name: Iceman and it is suppose to be a big hit. He claims that he has run out of ideas but I can think of many. Perhaps he can try getting all the drug pushers off the streets or maybe gangs. I wouldn't even mind if some of the things he used in Police Quest I & II were repeated as long as they were in a different situation. I have put together a list of hints for you in order to get through the game. In order not to spoil the game, I put them in the order of how you would need them. 1) Save your game often! 2) Try looking on the Captain's desk. 3) Try turning over the card that you have. 4) A bin is in the hall by counter that holds things. 5) Try going to the shooting range and adjusting your gun about 3 times during the entire game. 6) In the car, if the captain keeps calling you back, try getting in the car and type where you want to go before he starts calling you. 7) Be careful at Cotten Cove someone might be waiting for you... 8) Don't mind the stink, search it anyways!!! 9) Look at each tank and get the one that measures 2200lbs before diving. 10) Search the waters carefully for evidence. 11) Try looking in one of the toilets for a surprise! -not what you think. 12) Try drying the gun some how. 13) Remember- every officer even at an Inn may need backup sometimes, and if it helps, a search warrant wouldn't hurt! 14) Be careful when openning that door!!! 15) Have you looked in any jackets or under any turbans lately? It may just save a lot of people! 16) When all else fails, go to the bathroom! If that fails, go look for some towels! Only 70 seconds left, hurry! 17) Do the opposite of that of what you read. 18) Contact Keith when the mugger appears. 19) Look for the sewer hole, keep going even when you feel the gas is getting to you, then find the mask. 20) Tell your girlfriend to keep quiet for once! If you need anymore help, send the Atari SIG a letter and I will be glad to help. Robert Stys Alpha Systems Music Products (Reviews) by Michael and George Polly When it comes to making the ST into a sound digitizer one of the best programs out is Digisound ST Professional by Alpha Systems. In the package comes a digitizer which slides into the card slot, the main program and a play routines for your own programs. The digitizer has 2 inputs, one for a mic and the other for any normal audio signal. It has 2 knobs, one to control the input level and the other to adjust the level of the output. The program itself has many options and many ways to manipulate the sound. It supports full editing, fade in, fade out, reverse, echo, pitch change, volume change and many others. You can play a digitized sound or sample at various pitches by pressing different keys on the computer or by way of a MIDI connected keyboard. Digisound can sample at rates from 5000 to 40000 samples per second and store the sound on disk in Digisound, ST replay, or Hippo formats. For testing the input level, an oscilliscope is built in. I find it fun to just stare at it or see what your voice looks like in the mind of the computer. A real time echo can be applied to the input which is quite interesting. All of this is tied together in GEM windows for easy use. I have used Digisound for a long time now and I still find it fun and somewhat useful to use. Beat Box, also by Alpha Systems, is a drum machine that uses sampled sounds from Digisound or other digitizing programs to make drum patterns and sequences. Beat Box can play 4 sampled sounds at the same time from a selection of 11. Making the pattern is as easy as pointing and clicking. Playback is through either any digitizer hardware or the ST monitor. The final product of this series, Jam Master, turns your ST into a four voice polyphonic sampling keyboard. Jam Master allows a MIDI keyboard to play sounds sampled by Digisound. The included four track MIDI sequencer lets you play along with a previously recorded song. You can even define the keyboard to play up to 32 different sounds depending on the keys pressed. As with Beat Box, Jam Master works with ST-Replay and Hippo hardware and sound files. Michael and George Polly What is happening in the Cleveland Atari World? by Mark Leair Press Release - Pro! BBS News Returns - Press Release: Back by popular demand! Pro! BBS News, an official online newsletter for Pro! SysOps and users is returning. Issue one of volume two should be available for download July 1,1990, and should be available on the support board (assuming it's up...) and The Basement BBS node x127 216-381-7859 3/12/24oo bps. Once again PBN will like to hear from users and SysOps of BBS Express Pro! BBSs, articles gladly accepted to be considered for publication. The newsletter will also run bi-monthly/6 times a year. Atari S.I.G.'ware: All summer volunteer programmers are working on public domain programs for the Atari computer. The idea behind this project is simple. To spread the word on the great service the Cleveland Free-net has to accomodate for Atari Users and to hopefully add some more enjoyment to Atari computers. If you would like to volunteer to write a public domain program for this great project, contact Mark Leair via Free-net at aa338 or on The Basement BBS (telephone number above). Lastly, if you don't program, but would like to help, contact Mark on details on how you can write a game with no programming knowledge or for other positions. -Editor's Note: You can also contact Mark through the Atari SIG's address in the beginning of this newsletter. - TCP BBS II: Just as a lot of Atari boards are going down, TCP is being enhanced to a new and better version. Call the old TCP BBS for more information at 216/228-7335. Time Zone: Time Zone is a new Cleveland BBS that seems like it will stick around for awhile. The SysOp has also just added an 8-bit section to the board so Atari 8-bitters won't feel left out. The number for Time Zone is 216/786-1701 at 300/1200/2400bps. Free-Net Registration Fee Waiver and Free Membership! Now for a limited time only! You may sign up for an account with the Cleveland Free-Net for absolutely no charge. And if you hurry, you may be one of our lucky users to get a free membership account. This means no timely fee for use of the system. To show the Cleveland Free-Net Administration how big the Atari community is, please include that you are an Atari computer user. Thanks! ----------- Start of first page INSTRUCTIONS Thank you for downloading this registration infor- mation for the Cleveland Free-Net--a free, open-access, community computer system brought to you by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in conjunction with the Information Systems Division of AT&T and University Hospitals of Cleveland. The registration process is very simple. Below you will find three forms. The first of these is an agreement-- the terms, if you will, of your participation on the system. This form MUST be signed and dated. The second is the registration form which provides us with, among other things, the information necessary to set up your "account" on the system and to enter you into the user directory. The third form is an optional one, but one we think is very important. It provides us with the basic information necessary to study the system and its utilization. To register, simply fill out these forms and mail ALL THREE of them to: The Cleveland Free-Net Project c/o Community Telecomputing Laboratory Wickenden 319 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio 44106 There is NO CHARGE for this registration process and NO CHARGE to utilize the system. We will send you your ID number, a temporary password and a brief Users Guide as soon as possible. In the meantime, feel free to use the Free-Net as a visitor. The number is (216) 368-3888 (300/1200/2400 baud). Thank you. T.M. Grundner, Ed.D System Administrator ------------ New Page AGREEMENT In exchange for the use of the Cleveland Free-Net Computer System, I understand and agree to the following: 1. That the use of the Cleveland Free-Net is a privilege which may be revoked by the administrators of that system at any time for abusive conduct. Such conduct would include, but not be limited to, the placing of unlawful information on the system, and the use of obscene, abusive or otherwise objectionable language in either public or, upon registra- tion of complaint, private messages. The staff of the Cleveland Free-Net will be the sole arbiter of what constitutes obscene, abusive, or objectionable language. 2. That the Cleveland Free-Net reserves the right to review any material stored in files or programs to which all users have access and will edit or remove any material which the Cleveland Free-Net, in its sole discretion, believes may be unlawful, obscene, abusive, or otherwise objectionable. 3. That all information contained on the Cleveland Free-Net is placed there for general informational and entertainment purposes and is, in no way, intended to refer or be applicable to any specific person, case, or situation. 4. That the Cleveland Free-Net does NOT warrant that the functions of this system will meet any specific requirement you may have; nor that it will be error free or uninterrupted; nor shall it be liable for any indirect, incidental or con- sequential damages (including lost data, information or profits) sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operation, or inability to use the system. 5. To abide by such rules and regulations of system usage as may be promulgated from time to time by the administrators of the Cleveland Free-Net. 6. In consideration for the privilege of using the Cleveland Free-Net and in consideration for having access to the information contained on it, I hereby release the Cleveland Free-Net, its operators, and any institution with which they are affiliated for any and all claims of any nature arising from my use of the Free-Net. ____________________________________ Signature ____________________________________ Date ------------ New Page ID#: _____________ _________________________________ Ent: _____________ Dte: _____________ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- DO NOT WRITE ABOVE THIS LINE REGISTRATION FORM Except where indicated, the following information will appear in the system's directory of users. "Affiliations" and "Interests" are optional, but we would like to suggest you fill these items out. The ability to easily locate others with interests and affiliations similar to yours is a major feature of this system and of tele- computing in general. Please PRINT each item as you wish it to appear but, please, no "handles" or obvious false names or cities. Required Items: (Please PRINT) Name: _____________________________________________________________ City (add State if NOT Ohio): ___________________________________________________ The following information is requested in case you should lose your ID or password. (It will allow us to identify that you are really you.) THIS INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SHOWN IN THE USER DIRECTORY. Mother's Maiden Name: _____________________________________________ YOUR Date of Birth: __________________________ ------------------------------------------------------------------- To where/whom should we send your ID number and temporary password: THIS INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SHOWN IN THE USER DIRECTORY (And, again, PLEASE PRINT) Name: _____________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ City: ______________________________ State: _______ Zip____________ ------------ New Page OPTIONAL PERSONAL INFORMATION The Cleveland Free-Net is essentially an experimental system. It is a significant "first" in the field of computing and, because of that, we believe it will be the source of a great deal of study in the years to come. To help facilitate our ability to learn more about this system and how it is used, we are asking that all registered users complete a brief questionnaire about themselves. This information will be kept completely confidential. At no time will it be made available in a form that is linked to your name, nor will it be made available to anyone for commercial purposes. Answering these questions is optional. You will still be a fully registered user of the system if you do not fill them out. However, because of the unique nature of the system and the unusual opportunity we have here in Cleveland to study it properly from the beginning, we would like to urge you to help us out by completing these items. Please fill in or check off the following: 1. What is your age? _____ 2. What is your sex? _____ 1. Male _____ 2. Female 3. What is your race? _____ 1. White _____ 2. Black _____ 3. Asian _____ 4. Hispanic _____ 5. Other (Please specify ________________________ 3. What is your educational background? _____ 1. Completed a graduate degree _____ 2. Completed a 4 year college degree _____ 3. Completed at least one year of college _____ 4. Completed high school _____ 5. Completed the 10th or 11th grades _____ 6. Completed the 7th, 8th or 9th grades _____ 7. Completed less than the 7th grade 4. What is your occupation? (Please PRINT) ___________________________________________________________ 5. What is your total approximate household income? ___________________________________________________________ THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! ----------- End of page New Games from Sierra for the Atari ST (Reprinted from Sierra News Magazine Vol.3, No.1) Three New Products for ST Coming Soon! At a time when many publishers are discontinuing or cutting back development on computers other than MS-DOS and Macintosh, Sierra On-Line is moving outside of these large markets to increase; development for the Atari ST, both in the U.S. and in Europe. In the first quarter of 1990, Sierra has plans to ship no fewer than three new Sierra titles, with two of these planned between April and July. Due out soon are new Hero's Quest, Leisure Suit Larry 3, and The Colonel's Bequest. Later in the year, Conquests of Camelot and Codename: Iceman will be released for the ST in the U.S. and European markets (the ST is a particularly strong contender in Europe, especially in Germany). According to Sierra Marketing Analyst Tony Caudill, "Although the Atari ST continues to be the smallest software market Sierra sells to, we are still looking for continued growth. In the U.S. the rolleplaying game cateogry, which is the cornerstone of Sierra's Atari ST business, is one of the few gaming categories that saw actual growth in the last 12 months. With our imminent release of German language versions of our most popular adventure games, we see great promise in our international ST business in the next year as well." - Editor's Note: I have contacted Sierra and they tell me that most of these games should be out by the end of this month. I also heard that Space Quest IV is on its way!!!! For the ST, look at the beginning of next year. I would also like to remind you of ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING... remember to send back your warranty registration card. This tells Sierra how many ST software titles have exactly been sold. The more of these they receive back, the more faster you will see new titles for the ST. - Lynx and new Lynx game cards The Lynx is the only color portable video game system available. It has 4,096 colors, a 16-bit chip, 4 channel sound, super zoom and scrolling. The most fascinating thing about the Lynx is that you can connect up to 8 other Lynxs together to play real great games with each a different perspective. Other portable systems are in the works to challenge the Lynx but they probably won't be here until next year and with a higher price tag. The Lynx has a retail price of $179.95 but can be purchased for cheaper. What a Christmas gift! What good is a portable? The next time you are in a trafic jam, the next time you are waiting for your wife to get done shopping, the next time you have to wait for something with nothing to do, think to yourself that you could have had a Lynx. Title available for the Lynx now are: California Games, Blue Lightning, Electrocop, Gates of Zendocon, Chip's Challenge, & Gauntlet- The Third Encounter New game cards coming by this Christmas include: Flying Ace, 720, Paperboy, A.P.B, Rygar, Football, 3D Barrage, Road Blaster, Super Soccer, Checkered Flag, Tournament Cyberball, Zarlor Mercenary, Xenophobe, Klax, Rampage, Vindicators, Ninja Gaiden, Slime World, Turbo-Sub, Junkyard Dog, Ms. Pacman, and many more... Up to 25 new game titles will be available by the end of the year. Rampage - You're a huge monster trashing 175 different cities. The army will try to stop you, so eat as many soldiers and tanks as you can. Burp. Klax - The latest arcade hit from Atari Games. You must form "Klax" from colored tiles tumbling down the conveyor belt. 100 levels. Chip's Challenge - Help Chip through 144 challenging levels without getting nailed by cherry bombs, water traps, and literally hundreds of other hazards. Gates of Zendocon - the hideous spider Zendocon has sent you deep into its web of 51 deadly universes. Survive each universe if you hope to return home. Vindicators - 2 player version of the Atari Games Arcade hit. Drive your tank through alien stations to find and destroy main control areas. Blue Lightning - You're flying the top secret Blue Lightning combat jet. But you have to survive missiles, ice fields, canyon walls and the dark of night. Zarlor Mercenary - Fight your way through multi-layered 3-D landscapes. Fight well, and you will be rewarded with better armor and weapons. Guantlet - The enchanted Star Gem has crashed to earth. Capture it from evil creatures before they use its magical strength to destroy man. 1 to 4 players. Xenophobe - Four player version of the arcade hit. Aliens have infested the space stations. You lead an ill-equipped group of Astronauts to abolish the Alien Menace. About the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG The Atari SIG is a Special Interest Group servicing all Atari computer users. In the Atari SIG, there are many different sections which you may use. One of the first sections that you may use is the User Group Information listing. Here you will be able to access information pertaining to the Atari user group meetings for the Cleveland area. It will contain the time, location, and date of the meetings. The Atari News section is the place to go for all of the latest news being released that is related to Atari. The General Bulletin Board is the place for Atari computer users to meet and discuss any problems, suggestions, or experiences that they might have. The Specific Computer Boards option leads to several bulletin boards of different computer types. It doesn't matter what Atari computer you have, the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG supports it. The Programmers' Forum is a section of the Atari SIG dedicated to all of the Atari programmers. This is where programmers can discuss with other programmers about any problems or solutions that they might have dealing with programming. The Wanted & For Sale Board is the market place for Atari users. This is where users may post messages to sell their equipment or just let others know what they are looking to buy. Another section which you may select is the Software/Product Information section. This part of the Atari SIG contains information on all of the software and products available for the Atari computers. This section includes reviews, summaries, and discounts on various software and products. The Atari Library section is a place where you can get old Atari SIG information, On-Line Magazines, and User Group Newsletters. You may also find various documents in the Information Base. The Help-Line is the place to ask specific technical questions about your Atari computer. The SIGOps manning the Help-Line are ready, willing and able to help. Your question will be answered as soon as possible. And finally there is a directory of all the Atari SIG members. This section is a database of all the Atari SIG members. _____________________________________________________________________________ If you have any articles, reviews, product releases, or news that you wish to contribute to this newsletter, you are welcome to send them to us. We cannot guarantee that your contribution will be published in the next newsletter but probably will be. If you wish to send us a letter, or your contribution, you can send it to us by our U.S. mail address, Internet address, Bitnet address, or Free-Net address that can be found in the beginning of this newsletter. You will receive full credit for any contribution published. _____________________________________________________________________________ SysOps of the Atari SIG are: Phillip M. Chow, Jim Haynes, Mark Leair, ____________________________ Scotty Meredith, Len Stys, Doug Wokoun, Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG| and honorary SysOp Kevin Steele. Newsletter (c) 1990 | _____________________________________________________________________________ The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG Newsletter is a bi-monthly released publication covering the Cleveland Atari Community as well as nationally. Opinions and commentary included in this newsletter are that of the authors and do not reflect those of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG in any way. The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG Newsletter is copyright 1990 by the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG. Any article included in this newsletter may be reprinted as long as they remain unedited and the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG, Issue Number, and author is included at the top of the article. The Atari name and symbol are copyrighted by Atari Corp. This newsletter is in no way affiliated with Atari Corp. Information contained in this newsletter is believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. ____________________________________________________________________________ Thanks and until next time, keep the faith strong in Atari. Your Atari computer is and always will be #1. --
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