ST Report: 02-Mar-90 #409

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/21/90-11:42:50 AM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: ST Report: 02-Mar-90  #409
Date: Wed Mar 21 11:42:50 1990

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 > The Editor's Podium?

     Odds are,  many of  you have  heard the  cliche; "When  the going gets
 tough, the  tough get  going".   Certain of Atari's more enthusiastic reps
 have taken this familiar expression a  step further.   They  are trying to
 keep  things  afloat  and  active  while others on other networks are busy
 making "waves"... read on McDuff!

     The amusing picture that evolves from  all this  is astounding.   At a
 time  when  Atari  and  its  online  people  should  be taking extra steps
 everywhere to keep the troops smiling, there is  this oddity  occurring on
 Usenet,  where  one  of  Atari's  "quiz  kids"  is  busy doing his best to
 thoroughly alienate the press at an  international level.   Before anybody
 thinks we  are blaming  this young  man for  his actions, we do not, we do
 however, look to a higher authority at Atari.

     Its times like this  that perhaps  best show  the mentality  of Atari.
 When  the  assumption  of  a  'positive  low  profile' by Atari and/or its
 representatives and employees would be most advantageous, they do just the
 opposite.   The shame  of it  all is;  these actions are not helping Atari
 one iota at a time when Atari needs all the goodwill it can garner. 

     In this area, the dealers are  perhaps the  most neglected  and abused
 group in  the Atari  userbase.   The dropout rate of delaers is atrocious,
 another in  Florida  has  closed  his  doors.    The  dealer list/customer
 database recently  distributed by Atari to its developers has proven to be
 rather outdated.  After doing a casual check of the dealers listed, a good
 21% were no more...

     In the  future, this  author is  determined to focus on the actions of
 Atari's folks who seem to care about the  future of  Atari.  Additionally,
 we will concentrate on the third party developers (software and hardware).
 Most of all, the dealers desperately need our support and encouragement.

     In fact, next week's  issue will  carry our  first annual presentation
 of:  "THE  STREPORT  MVP  AWARDS"    (Most  Valuable Performer). The award
 winners will be chosen from three areas, Atari itself, Developers  and the
 userbase.   The criteria  for an award is simple, how useful/helpful etc..
 and individual or product (its creator/author) is to the userbase.

                               thanks once again for your support,




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 Software Library and the Real Time Conference area.

 The Bulletin Board contains messages from Roundtable members  on a variety
 of Topics,  organized under  several Categories.   These  messages are all
 Open and available for all to read (GEnie Mail should be used for private

 If you have a question, comment, hot rumor or an answer to  someone else's
 question, the Bulletin Board is the place to share it.

 The Software  Library is  where we  keep the  Public Domain software files
 that are available to all Roundtable members.   You can  'download' any of
 these files  to your own computer system by using a Terminal Program which
 uses the 'XMODEM' file-transfer method.  You can also share  your favorite
 Public Domain  programs and  files   with   other  Roundtable  members  by
 'uploading' them to the Software Library. Uploading on  GEnie is  FREE, so
 you are encouraged to participate and help your Roundtable grow.

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   Issue # 56

 by Michael Arthur

 Remember When....
       In  1957,  several  MIT  Engineers  set  up a company called Digital
 Equipment Corporation in Maynard, Massachusetts, and  in 1963,  when DEC's
 PDP-5 minicomputer  was introduced,  or in  1970, when DEC's PDP-11 became
 the first major 16-bit computer standard, upon which Unix and C were first

       Also,  in  1977,  DEC's  VAX-11/780  became  a  32-bit  minicomputer
 standard, whose speed later  became one  of the  first industry benchmarks
 for measuring processor speed, or MIPS? 

 CPU Systems Roundup? XXIV

          IBM's RISC System/6000:  Industry Standard, or Last Stand?

       Before  the  IBM  PC,  IBM's  revenue  was  mainly  involved  in the
 minicomputer and mainframe market.   Therefore,  IBM mainly  looked at the
 PC as  a significant,  but minor  part of  its product  line.  By 1984 IBM
 dominated the microcomputer  industry,  and  microcomputers  had  become a
 significant part  of its  product line.   In  an attempt  to reproduce its
 success, IBM introduced the first major computer utilizing RISC chips, the
 IBM RT  Workstation, in  1986.  However, due to marketing problems, faulty
 product positioning, and a  basically  underpowered  product,  the  IBM RT
 became one of IBM's worst computing endeavors.
       IBM has  recently experienced financial difficulties, with increased
 competition in the mainframe market,  and  its  PS/2  microcomputer market
 share being  taken away  by IBM Clone Vendors like Compaq.  Meanwhile, the
 workstation market  grew into  a billion  dollar industry.   Recently, IBM
 introduced  the  RISC  System/6000,  so  as  to retake market share in the
 workstation market.  In order  to  understand  its  future  impact  on the
 computer industry, let us take a look at the RISC System/6000:

       The IBM  RISC System/6000  uses a new RISC chip architecture, called
 the "Performance Optimization with Enhanced RISC", or POWER chip.  Capable
 of computing  up to  41 million instructions per second (MIPS), as well as
 13 million floating point instructions per second (MFLOPS), the POWER chip
 will be  2-4 times as fast as the Intel 80486 chip, Motorola's 68040 chip,
 or any other microprocessor currently  available.    The  RISC System/6000
 line  uses  an  improved  version  of IBM's MicroChannel Bus Architecture,
 capable of a much faster data transfer rate than the IBM PS/2's version of
 the  MicroChannel.    IBM  has  also reportedly licensed Silicon Graphics'
 Geometry  Engine,  a  graphics  coprocessor  used  in  SG's  Personal Iris
 workstations  which  supports  anti-aliasing,  raster operations, and many
 other graphics functions....

       Named  the  POWERstation  320,  the  low-end  model  of  IBM's  RISC
 System/6000 line  has a  processing speed  of 27 MIPS and 7.5 MFLOPS, at a
 cost of $13,000.00  Given that  other similarly  capable workstations cost
 over $40,000.00, many industry analysts consider this an example of "Power
 Without the Price".

       IBM  is  targeting  the  POWERstation  mainly   at  the  Engineering
 Workstation Market,  which the  IBM RT workstation was swiftly rejected by
 in 1986.  The POWERstation could also gain significant market share in the
 general workstation  industry, which  is expected  to be worth $10 billion
 dollars a year by 1992.   Interestingly enough,  IBM is  manufacturing the
 RISC System/6000 in Australia, as well as setting up two IBM Porting Sites
 (where IBM will help software  vendors  port  their  software  to  the new
 workstations) in Australia and Texas.... 

          A/IX Version 3, Operating Environments, and the IBM PC

       Along  with  its  new  workstations, IBM has introduced A/IX Version
 III.  This update of IBM's  incarnation of  Unix features  improvements in
 disk  management   and  virtual  memory  control,  as  well  as  in  IBM's
 Transparent Computing  Facility  (TCF),  a  new  utility  for implementing
 distributed processing in a LAN Network.

       In addition  to licensing  Silicon Graphics'  Geometry Chip, IBM has
 licensed Display Postscript from  Adobe Inc.   It  is an  extension of the
 Postscript  page  description  language  which  acts  as a unified display
 environment which  can  both  generate  on-screen  computer  displays, and
 produce  printed  images  using  Postscript.    Display  Postscript is the
 underlying imaging model for  the  IBM  RISC  System/6000,  which actually
 features two different operating environments:

       - AIXwindows  Environment 6000, an X/Windows-compatible version of  
     the OSF Motif Unix User Interface.

       - AIX NextStep Environment/6000, a port  of the  NeXT Computer's    
     operating environment,  which comes  with Workspace Manager, Interface
     Builder, and other features  found in  the NeXT  Computer's version of
     NextStep.   NeXT Inc. also licensed NextStep to IBM, anticipating that
     the IBM  RISC System/6000  would bring  added industry  support to the
     NeXT Computer....

 Several  major  computer  companies  plan  to support the RISC System/6000
 workstations, including:

       - Interleaf Inc., with Interleaf Publisher (a workstation DTP       
     program) and its full line of publishing software.

       - Alias  Research, with its popular Alias 3D CAD/Industrial Design  
     software for workstations.

       - Since software written for the NeXT Computer can easily  be ported
     to the  POWERstation line, products which are being developed for     
     the NeXT (such as Informix' Wingz Spreadsheet, and DBase IV) will     
     also be quickly ported to the RISC System/6000....

       Also,  several  software  programming  tools  (including  NextStep's
 Interface Builder) will be available for  IBM's new  workstation line, and
 3Com is  also supplying  Ethernet LAN  Adapters, which IBM will market for
 its machines.

       IBM's situation with the RISC System/6000  has many  similarities to
 the IBM  PC's in  1981.  Given that (like the IBM PC) the RISC System/6000
 is a relative newcomer to its respective industry, IBM will  have to  do a
 job of  garnering industry  support at  least as  successful as that which
 aided the IBM PC.  Also,  IBM's clout  in this  industry does  not seem as
 overwhelming as  in the  1981 Microcomputer industry.  However, given that
 there were two "failed" predecessors to  the  IBM  PC,  while  the  IBM RT
 Workstation  preceded   the  RISC   System/6000,  IBM's   chances  in  the
 workstation market may be virtually unpredictable....


              Apple Lowers Prices, as Mac IIxi Nears Introduction

       Within the past few years, Apple has consistently lowered the prices
 of  older  members  of  the  Macintosh  computer  line shortly before they
 introduced a new version of the Macintosh.  Recently, Apple announced that
 they were  lowering their  prices for  the Macintosh  SE, SE/30, and their
 Laserwriter series of laser printers.  

     Here, we present the announced prices:

                                        New Prices       Previous Prices
                                        ----------       ---------------
 - 1 Meg Macintosh SE w/o Hard Drive     $2600.00            $2900.00
 - 2 Meg Mac SE with 40 Meg Hard Drive   $3400.00            $4100.00

 - 1 Meg Mac SE/30 w/40 Meg Hard Drive   $4400.00            $4900.00

 - Apple Laserwriter IINT  Printer       $4500.00            $5000.00
 - Apple Laserwriter IINTX Printer       $6000.00            $7000.00

       Interestingly enough, Apple is  reportedly  going  to  introduce the
 Mac IIxi, a new model of the Macintosh aimed at the High-end Microcomputer
 and Low-end Workstation markets, in March 1990.   The Mac  IIxi is rumored
 to feature  a 33  MHZ 68030  and a  68882 math  chip, and  may utilize the
 68030's Burst Read Mode.  The  latter innovation  could potentially double
 its data  transfer speed,  and provide an even greater speed increase than
 simply using a faster 68030....

 But ponder, if you will, these questions:

 1)   How dominant  could IBM  become in  the workstation  field, given the
     popularity of Sun and Apollo workstations in the workstation industry?

 2)   What are the implications of the great economic potential of both the
     European Economic Community, and West Germany?

 3)  Do any of these  implications have  any meaning  towards Atari Corp.'s
     actions in the area of marketing and sales for the Atari ST?


 - San Jose, CA                  ***** TELEVIDEO BEGINS RESTRUCTURING *****

     Televideo Corp.  has recently  cut prices on its line of 286/386-based
 computer  products,  including  network   file  servers,   low-cost  video
 terminals, and  ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits), up to 20
 percent.  This was done in a new campaign to rebuild the  company's market
 share.    Televideo  used  to  hold  a  dominant  position in the computer
 industry, but now has been "in the red" for over six years....        

     As part of its restructuring, Televideo  has invested  heavily in R&D,
 and hired Sig Hartmann as Executive Vice President. As part of his efforts
 to help rebuild Televideo (as he  helped  Jack  Tramiel  bring  Atari from
 near-bankruptcy to  the status  of a Fortune 500 company), Sig Hartmann is
 establishing a new marketing strategy for Televideo in Europe....

 - Tokyo, Japan         **** NEC, CRAY, ENDORSE UNIX ON SUPERCOMPUTERS ****

     NEC has recently introduced a Unix-based operating system for its line
 of SX-3  supercomputers, which has added parallel processing utilities and
 other modifications to facilitate Unix's  use  on  supercomputers.   Also,
 several companies,  such as  Amdahl and  Cray Research, already have Unix-
 based operating  systems available  for their  supercomputers, and Hitachi
 plans to  use OSF/1 (a version of Unix being developed by the OSF, or Open
 Software Foundation),  which  has  mainly  been  supported  by workstation
 vendors, on its supercomputer line....

 - Yorktown Heights, NY   ** IBM SHOWS SPECS OF ITS 16-MEGABIT DRAM CHIP **
     IBM  recently  announced  at  a  Solid State Circuits Conference trade
 show that it had managed to manufacture a  16 Megabit  DRAM chip currently
 in  development  using  CMOS  (complimentary  metal  oxide  semiconductor)
 technology, on a production line now used to make 4 Meg DRAM  chips.  Many
 Japanese  have  engaged  in  efforts to build new manufacturing facilities
 for their upcoming 16 Meg DRAM  chips.   Also, IBM's  16-Megabit DRAM chip
 will run  at a  speed of  50 ns  (nanoseconds), which  is faster than DRAM
 chips currently available.  However, IBM plans to  introduce its  new chip
 in two years....


 > STALKER/STENO CONF. CPU/STR Feature?   E. Rosenquist & Strata Software

                           February 28, 1990

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 On behalf  of the  Atari ST Roundtable, I welcome all of you to the Strata
 Software  RealTime  Conference  on  GEnie.    Our  guest  tonight  is Eric
 Rosenquist of  Strata Software.  Eric is the author of STalker, a terminal
 program that runs as an accessory on the ST.  Eric has also written STeno,
 a word/text  processor that  is also  an accessory.  STalker and STeno are
 marketed as a single commercial product.

 Welcome, Eric, and thank you for being here.

 Do you have any  opening remarks  you'd like  to make  before we  open the
 floor to questions?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Greetings  to  all,  and  thanks  again  for attending.  I'll start with a
 little bit about myself.  I'm a professional programmer with  a Bachelor's
 Degree in  Computer Science from Carleton University in Ottawa.  I've been
 programming for I guess about 13 or 14 years now, starting with  a PDP 8/e
 we had  in our  high school (16K of good ol' core RAM and a removable hard
 disk).  I started writing for the ST almost as soon as I got  one, back in
 the fall  of '86.  I'm 26 years old now and as far as any of you know, I'm
 a 6'2" blonde who is built like Arnold Schwarzenneger.   Ok, to  be honest
 I'm closer to 5'7", but I really am blonde!

 As  a  programming  exercise  to  teach  myself GEM (I'd done a bit of Mac
 programming in University and hence was already familiar with many  of the
 concepts) I  started writing what eventually became Termite - a rinky-dink
 terminal emulator DA that I  released  as  PD,  which,  after  a redesign,
 became  STalker.    I  started  Strata  Software  in early 1989, primarily
 selling STalker 1.0 at the local user's group,  to local  dealers, and via
 mail order.  During the spring and summer I began working on a new product
 - a  companion text  editor accessory  to STalker  that would  serve as an
 editable capture  buffer.   By about  September the combination of STalker
 and STeno was out on the streets.

 STalker is a terminal emulator accessory that runs in a GEM window and can
 function -completely-  in the  background by  exploiting GEM's cooperative
 multitasking system.  If  you're currently  using something  like Flash or
 Interlink you  may not realize how nice it is to have a comm. program as a
 DA until you've started using  it.    Ask  just  about  anyone  who's used
 STalker for  a while - it's like having an accelerator board, or a product
 like TurboST, QuickST, G+Plus, UIS, etc.  When you try  to go  back to the
 'old' way  you find it annoying and very restricting, especially having to
 sit around and wait for sequence dialing or file transfers to complete.

 STeno is a text editor accessory  (both products  can be  used as programs
 just by renaming them) that has a very simple interface plus all the usual
 features.  It has  word-wrap, variable  tabs, printer  configuration (left
 margin  offset,   #  lines/page,   etc.),  search   &  replace,  paragraph
 reformatting, choice of the 3 system font sizes,  etc.   It also  has some
 stuff  that  not  many  other  programs  have:    very  Mac-ish text block
 selection  and  cut/copy/paste  using  the  mouse,   background  printing,
 cut/copy/paste to  STalker via  the standard GEM clipboard, and a GEM menu
 bar -inside- the desk accessory window.

 Demos of both programs are here in the library area.  The STeno demo (file
 #11665) is  pretty close  to the  commercial version  but the STalker demo
 (#10126) goes back to STalker 1.0.  Some of the nice new 2.0 features such
 as  text   selection  from  the  scroll-back  buffer,  capture  mode,  and
 auto-logon settings aren't there.  Nonetheless it will  give you  a pretty
 good feel for the user interface and basic program capabilities.

 Time for  me to  shut up  I guess and start taking question... over to you

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 Thank you.

 I might mention that there is a STalker support topic in Category 8, Topic
 29 of the ST Roundtable Bulletin Board.

                        <[Charles] C.F.JOHNSON> 
 Howdy,  Eric.    I  was  wondering  if you have any plans for a Flash-like
 script capability for STalker?  That's one thing  I use  heavily in Flash,
 and it  would be  hard to  go back  to manual log-ons and message scans at
 this point.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 If I add scripts I don't think I'd  make them  Flash-like.   Since I added
 auto-logon  capability  I  haven't  had  too many requests for scripting -
 that's what most use it for I have no firm plans, but  there is  some talk
 underway in  the ATARIDEV area about adding a full GEM message pipeline to
 STalker (it already has some features in that  regard).   This would allow
 me (or  others) to  add fancy scripting.  The basic answer is "no definite
 plans right now".

                        <[Charles] C.F.JOHNSON> 
 Well, let me just put in my request for scripting, then (even  if it isn't
 'Flash-like') because  the ability  to write little "programs" to navigate
 around the different services is a very important  part of  my online biz.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 No  problem  Charles,  glad  to  have  official  requests.   Zmodem is top
 priority for V3 though.  Wanna write a script ACC :-) ?

                        <[Charles] C.F.JOHNSON> 
 Let's have lunch.  <grin>

 Um, I seem to recall downloading STalker some time back  and discarding it
 as  not   too  user  friendly...has  that  improved?    And  what  is  the

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Not too user friendly?  I guess everyone  has their  own opinion  on that,
 but that vast majority of comments that I get are to the effect that it is
 much more user friendly  than other  comm. programs,  no doubt  due to the
 fact that it stays with a GEM window and screen for everything rather than
 flipping between text & GEM screens.

 Retail price is US$30 (CDN$35).  Many stores in the states seem to have it
 in stock  now, I know of a couple in specific but that doesn't necessarily
 help you.   You  can also  order from  Strata directly  (cheques and money
 orders only though) but I just as soon see a local dealer make the sale.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 If my  local dealer doesn't have STalker in stock, what distributors can I
 point him to for ordering STalker?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 By the  way, that  $30 gets  both STalker  *and* STeno.   Pacific Software
 Supply is currently the only US distributor.

 I'll be  in ST  Louis next  week, (no  local dealers  in FL panhandle) are
 Randall's a dealer?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Sorry, I don't know since I've only been  selling to  PSS.   Maybe someone
 else here knows and can /SEND you the answer.

 <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 If you're into mail-order I *do* know that Joppa has it.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 JR...You might call Randall's tomorrow and ask him to hold one for you.

 If I  understood Charles'  point correctly,  you can't  automate an online
 session. Doesn't this limit the usefulness of working  the program  in the

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 That's right, there is no script language per-se, so you can't write fancy
 scripts to jump  to  different  areas  etc.,  but  there  are  auto- logon
 prompt/response macros.  Regarding the limiting of background usefulness I
 think you'd find it to be more the opposite.  When you don't have to stick
 around and  wait for  the program  to go about its work while you browse a
 file etc. you  don't  find  yourself  wanting  to  write  a  script  to do
 everything unattended.  All you do with STalker is close the window and go
 about your other tasks, then check up on things later.  If  you're doing a
 file transfer  or a  sequence dial  STalker plays a little tune to let you
 know when the operation completes.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 One more thing I should mention, you also  have semi-automatic  access via
 function key macros.

                         <[DD&John] D.D.MARTIN> 
 First, thanks  for sitting  in the hot seat tonight!  I just want to agree
 with Charles.  I do  everything  by  scripting,  from  uploading  mail and
 messages to  the BBS, downloading files, and navigating around the system.
 I also make extensive use of the programmable  function keys  available in

 I also  am a heavy user of the chat mode.  What does STalker offer in this
 regard in the way of split screen or type ahead buffer?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Hmmm, scripting seems to be getting more important by the minute...

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 The Public has spoken.  <grin>

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 The current (2.03) version of STalker doesn't do anything special in terms
 of split-screen/type-ahead,  but the STalker 2.04 / STeno 1.02 combo which
 should be ready in another month or so  (more details  later if  you like)
 makes  use  of  the  combo.    You  type in STeno and it feeds the data to
 STalker.  I'm using the beta versions  right  now.    I've  got  the STeno
 window in  the bottom 1/4 of my screen and the STalker window is scrolling
 away as I type above it.  There  is a  bit more  info in  CAT 8  TOP 29 as
 we've been  discussing this  over the  last month  or so  (getting ideas /
 opinions etc.).

                         <[DD&John] D.D.MARTIN> 
 That sounds good.  The split screen option. I've always said FLASH needs a
 bigger type ahead buffer.  grin

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 This way  you essentially  get a  buffer as big as you want.  I've got all
 the text that I've sent so far still here so  if neccesary  I can  edit it
 and resend.  What I tend to do is just capture a BRO NOR and then read the
 stuff offline.

                         <[DD&John] D.D.MARTIN> 
 But, I probably wouldn't buy your product if I can't script it.   A script
 buffer responds  so much  faster to  GEnie prompts  than I can do and this
 saves money while online.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 If you're staying online to reply anyway then the script  isn't saving you

                       <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> 
 What enhancements  (other than  Zmodem) are  planned for STalker 3.0? I've
 got 2.0X now & it's a great acc.  Oh, add my name to the list of those who
 want scripting ...

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Maybe  I  should  talk  about  2.04  first....  that's  in  the  immediate

                       <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> 
 OK, have it your way :-)

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 2.04:  The aforementioned type-ahead features;  a 'remote  mode', aka mini
 BBS, aka  host mode;  and one  I had been saving for 3.0 Video attributes!
 2.04 will support all the VT100 attributes:  bold, underline, inverse, and
 blinking (shows up as 'light' text).  Also, ANSI-style text colour support
 may be included.

 There are some other  minor  enhancements,  user  suggestions,  bug fixes,
 optimizations, etc., but those are the biggies.

 3.0:   This is  well into the future (no earlier than mid-summer), but the
 plans are for ZModem - probably via loadable  protocol modules.  I've been
 experimenting and it seems to be feasible.

                       <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> 
 What will it cost the current 2.0X users to upgrade to 2.04 ?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Cost to  upgrade:   nothing if  they're online.   As with the other "minor
 upgrades" a patch file will be posted when the time comes.   Users without
 access to online services can upgrade for $5 plus their original disk.

                       <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> 
 Good deal, what's the possibility of loadable terminal emulations?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 I'd have  to say  "slim".  Anything can be done of course, but I don't see
 it as a big  seller given  the effort  it would  take (not  to mention the
 amount of documentation I'd have to write, extra support costs, etc.).

                             <[bob] B.O.B.> 
 Hi.   I used  to use  Flash.   I recently switched to InterLink.  What can
 STalker/STeno do for me?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Good question.  What do you want it  to do?   In  the local  stores anyway
 when it's  put head to head with Flash/Interlink it wins  99% of the time,
 mainly because it looks more like a real GEM program,  and is  much easier
 to get started with.  Lots of people buy it for its background dialing and
 file transfers, some buy it for STeno alone. If you're into DTP, STeno can
 be tremendously  useful since it gives you a complete, fast text editor as
 a DA.

                             <[bob] B.O.B.> 
 Great.  I am into DTP...Sounds great...Thanks

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Check out the STeno demo - you'll like it I'm sure.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 Tell us a bit about STeno, Eric.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Jeff - why don't I talk about STeno... :-)

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 Good idea, Eric!

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 The demo is my best salesman, so if you are genuinely interested  take the
 time to download it.

 STeno  is  probably  more  like  a  typical  Mac program than a typical ST
 editor.  You can use the mouse to select blocks  of text  (yes, it scrolls
 if  you  go  past  the  window  boundaries).    It  also has very Mac- ish
 cut/copy/paste capability.

 It  deals  with  plain  ASCII  files  and  has  a  very   zippy  paragraph
 reformatting command (much quicker than 1st Word or Word Writer).

 You also  get your  choice of  the 3 system fonts.  If you really want to,
 you can edit in the 6x6 font.

 Both STalker and STeno work perfectly on the Moniterm, the  Image System's
 colour board  (1024x768), overscan  equipped ST's,  and according to Atari
 the new TT modes.

                         <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Enough of that, specific questions would probably be better at this point.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 I think one of the most unique things  I've seen  about STeno  is the menu
 bar in the GEM window.  That is slick!  I didn't know you could do that.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Anything is  possible Jeff,  remember :-)   3K or so of code and we've got
 menu bars in windows.

 Another nice thing about  STeno  is  that  its  name  in  the  "Desk" menu
 includes the  file you're currently editing.  This is especially useful if
 you've got 2 STeno's loaded since  it helps  you remember  which is which.
 Since  STeno  and  STalker  use  the  GEM clipboard you can cut/copy/paste
 between them.  Load 2  or 3 STeno's and  cut &  paste till  you're blue in
 the face.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 I think  it's nice  also that  STalker and STeno are separate accessories.
 The user can use one or both of  them.   They have  the choice.   Makes it
 nice for memory tight systems.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Yes -  that was  done on  purpose so that 520 owners would be able to pick
 how much memory then  wanted to  chew up.   It's  also helpful  since some
 people are only interested in STeno.

                       <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> 
 Eric, I  know we've  talked about this in the BB but, what do you think is
 the probability of more programs supporting the "standard" clipboard & why
 do you support it if so few others do ??

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 I wanted  a capability  like that  for STalker  and STeno, it was there, I
 used it.  I'm lobbying  a  few  other  developers  to  do  the  same.   In
 particular I'd  like to see a word processor and a good spreadsheet handle
 the clipboard.  I'm only one voice though  - we  need more  users to lobby
 the vendors.   I understand that the GEM clipboard is starting to catch on
 in Germany.  Hopefully it will spread to North America.

                            <[Bill] ABGRAF> 
 does the steno program need a printer driver?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 No  -  I  just  sends  standard   ASCII  data.     There   is  a  "Printer
 Configuration..." menu  item in  STeno but  this is for parameters such as
 left margin offset, # lines per page, send LF after CR, send FF at  end of
 page, and a few other things.

                            <[Bill] ABGRAF> 
 So how do you use more than the standard font?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 The font  is only  for the  screen display - you just get tiny, medium, or
 large characters in the STeno window.   You  *can* specify  a printer init
 string and have it change your printer to compressed printing if you like,
 but STeno assumes nothing in particular about the printer.

                            <[Bill] ABGRAF> 
 I see.  What about that host prog you mentioned is that available yet?

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 The mini-BBS in the next release, Bill?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 

 Good question.  Anything specific or should I just spout off?

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Spout away.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Yes Jeff - it will be in 2.04, ie. not in the current version.  There are,
 lemme see,  7 commands.  [B]rief dir listing, [F]ull dir listing, [C]hange
 dir,  [U]pload,  [D]ownload,  [G]oodbye,  and    [R]un  shell.  First  and
 foremost,  like  the  rest  of  STalker  the  remote  mode operates in the
 background, so you can  be sitting  there in  a GEM  program while someone
 dials into your machine and uploads a file.

 Most of the commands are probably obvious; the [R]un shell command invokes
 a user-specified command shell  by  redirecting  its  stdin/stdout  to the
 serial  port.     This  would  be  especially  useful  if  you  wanted  to
 move/rename/delete files, use ARC to arc or unarc something, or just about
 anything else you can do from a well-behaved .TTP style program.

                            <[Bill] ABGRAF> 
 when will 2.04 be out? and how big will it be?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 2.04 should  be going out for beta testing in a couple of weeks, so unless
 they have major changes  I would  guess that  it should  be ready  by late
 March.   I'd like  to have  it ready for the Toronto show on April 1 but I
 can't promise that right now.  So far 2.04 is about 10K  bigger than 2.03,
 meaning that a minimal configuration uses a grand total of about 110-115K.
 Since video attributes are in 2.04  it means  that two  bytes are required
 for each  screen character,  so the memory used for the scroll back buffer
 is higher.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 Will there be a caller log with different security levels and passwords?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Jeff:  there is a second password for the [R]un shell program  (there is a
 logon password).  I wasn't planning on going any further than that however
 feel free to make suggestions in CAT 8/29 though!  One neat  thing is that
 you can use the remote mode locally (an oxymoron?). If STalker is in LOCAL
 mode, all the I/O is to  the STalker  window (no  uploading/downloading of
 course  since  it  wouldn't  make  sense).    If  you're in ECHO mode then
 everything that the remote user types and all the prompts  show up  in the
 STalker window.   You  can turn  on Capture  or the printer to permanently
 record the session.  In FULL (duplex) mode nothing is shown in the window,
 but  the  status  line  always  shows  what  the user is up to (uploading,
 entering a command, logging on, etc).

 One of my beta testers is telling me to up the price  once remote  mode is
 available :-)  I'm not, but it'll probably go up for V3.

                         <[Joel] J.DANNELLEY1> 
5"!Q%9Q=%11see how things progress.  For those who don't know,
 Y-Batch downloads are supported but uploads are not.

 What BBS/service do you use that accepts Y-Batch?

                         <[Joel] J.DANNELLEY1> 
 It's just a easier way to  transfer files  between people,  I HATE sealink

                       <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> 
 Can the shell be another accessory or does it have to be a TOS program?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 As  it  stands  now  it  would  have  to  be a TOS-style program.  For the
 programmers, STalker just redirects the I/O  and then  Pexec()s the shell.
 Naturally  you  lose  the  background  functionality  while  the  shell is
 running.  In theory it would be possible to write  a shell  that makes GEM
 calls and hence keeps the system alive.

 If you're  interested in  having it invoke a DA bring it up in the STalker
 topic and we can discuss the possibilities.

                       <[Vince-Cubed] V.AVERELLO> 
 So, as it stands ACCess & the NeoDesk CLI won't work.

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 I would be surprised if their stdin/out could  be redirected  in the first
 place.  Maybe I should get in touch with the Gribs and Rock Digital.  Good
 idea there Vince, remind me if I forget!

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 STalker works with DC PORT.  What's DC PORT and how does STalker use it?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 DC-Port is a hardware  enhancement from  Double-Click that  plugs into the
 cartridge port  (when Spectre  isn't in there :-) and gives you additional
 serial ports.  STalker supports  it  directly  -  in  the  "Port Settings"
 dialog there  are 4  choices for  comm. port:   AUX, Midi, DCP1, and DCP2.
 Since STalker is a DA you can actually load 2 or 3 STalkers and  have each
 one using  a different  port.   I've actually  had a GEnie BRO NOR capture
 going on one modem  while another  STalker was  uploading a  file.  Pretty
 heavy-duty stuff!

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 Thanks.   Before getting  your closing  comments, Eric,  I'd point out for
 everyone here that while writing all these enhancements for STalker/STeno,
 Eric is  also dealing  with being  a new daddy!  How's little Sarah doing?
 She's about a month old now, right?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 One month tomorrow Jeff.   She  just had  her first  doctor's appt. today.
 She's  doing  very  well  -  she's  gained 1.5 pounds already and is doing
 everything a new baby is supposed to do :-)

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 I hope she's sleeping at night for you.  <grin>

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 Luckily my wife is handling the evenings - she's on maternity leave  so at
 least she can sleep a bit during the day.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 I guess that about wraps up the Strata RTC.  Any closing comments, Eric?

                        <[Strata] E.ROSENQUIST> 
 I'd  just  like  to  thank  those  that  attended  - especially those with
 questions, and of course  GEnie for  doing such  a good  job supporting ST
 users and developers.

 I'm looking  forward to  meeting as many of you as possible at the Toronto
 and Anaheim shows.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W> 
 Thank you, Eric!    Remember  everyone,  next  week  we  will  have Nathan
 Potechin of  ISD here  to talk  about Calamus  Outline and the rest of the
 Calamus family of software!  Live from Australia.

 = 1989 by Atari Corporation, GEnie, and  the  Atari Roundtables.   May be
 reprinted only  with this  notice intact.  The Atari Roundtables on GEnie
 are    *official*    information    services    of    Atari  Corporation.

 > Quick ST NEWS CPU/STR InfoFile?


                    Branch Always Software presents...

                       Quick ST II      Quick Tools
                             Quick ST II Demo


 Hello  from  Canada!  For a few weeks now we've been hinting  that  today 
 would  be  the  day that we would announce  some  new  products,  and  we 
 certainly don't want to disappoint anyone.  We have information about our 
 new products,  Quick ST II and Quick Tools, as well as a look back at the 
 good  and the bad of 1989.  This announcement is about 7 pages  long,  so 
 pour yourself a cold one, grab a chair, sit down, and start reading.

 The  first Quick ST was just voted the best shareware program of 1989  by 
 the readers of ST WORLD (U.K.) magazine.  We hope these new products will 
 rank high in the commercial categories for the 1990 vote.

 Quick ST II - Software Screen Accelerator and Desktop Customizer

 Price: $19.95 U.S., $22.95 Canada,  19.95 U.K.  Now shipping.

 Quick ST II is a major enhancement of the Quick ST software  accelerator, 
 and includes 5 new screen utilities.  Quick ST II is a must have  package 
 for anyone concerned with the performance of their ST. It includes:

      - version 2.0 of the Quick ST software  screen  accelerator,
      - the Quick ST II Desktop Customizer,
      - the Art-ST graphics editor,
      - version 1.8 of the Quick View fast file viewer, and,
      - version 1.8 of the Quick Index speed benchmarker.

 Quick ST 2.0 speeds up text and GEM screen output,  which makes most  GEM 
 or  text  based programs redraw faster,  respond  faster,  and  thus  run 
 faster.  Compared to earlier versions of Quick ST,  version 2.0 is up  to 
 100% faster,  and is now compatible with almost all ST software.

 Quick  ST 2.0 is a software accelerator.  That means that it requires  no 
 hardware  modifications,  replacement of ICs,  or voiding of  warranties. 
 Quick ST 2.0 does its job by making TOS more efficient at outputting text 
 and graphics to the screen.  It runs on all STs, from TOS 1.0 to TOS 1.6, 
 color or monochrome, blitter or no blitter.

 In  most cases,  there is a 200% to 300% increase in the speed of  screen 
 output.  This  was  verified  by not  one,  but  three  different  screen 
 benchmarking  utilities  (including our own Quick Index).  This  is  even 
 faster  than  the  performance of  hardware  accelerators.  How  is  this 
 possible?  A  good hardware accelerator (such as the T16 board) can  only 
 provide  about a 50%-100% speed increase,  and those cheaper  boards  are 
 only good for about a 10%-30% speed increase.  But instead of using  this 
 brute force approach,  Quick ST 2.0 replaces slow screen drawing code  in 
 TOS  (which  contains a lot of compiled C) with small and  fast  assembly 
 language code.  In one case (printing strings of text to a color monitor) 
 our code is over 15 times faster than that originally found in TOS.

 Quick ST 2.0 now makes even better use of the blitter chip (if  present), 
 so that even machines that do have blitter chips will execute GEM faster.

 If a hardware accelerator is present,  Quick ST 2.0 still provides almost 
 the  same level of speed increases as without the  board.  In  fact,  the 
 combined performance of a Mega ST containing a T16 accelerator and  Quick 
 ST 2.0 almost equals the performance of the Atari TT! (Based on benchmark 
 figures of TOS 3.0, the version of TOS found in the TT).

 Quick  ST 2.0 has many other features.  It supports the 19 inch  Moniterm 
 monitor,  making the large screen faster than ever. It is compatible with 
 the  Atari Monitor Driver and ZZ Driver,  and also works with other  high 
 resolution screen drivers.

 Quick  ST 2.0 uses only 20K of RAM,  which is a lot less than most  other 
 utilities,  which makes it ideal for use on 512K or 1 meg  systems.  Even 
 the Control Panel uses more memory!

 Quick ST 2.0 runs from the AUTO folder.  Simply copy Quick ST 2.0 to  the 
 AUTO folder of your boot disk and reboot.  It is not copy protected,  for 
 easy  installation  on  a hard disk.  Once installed,  Quick  ST  2.0  is 
 invisible and worry free.

 Quick ST 2.0 supports the installation of custom desktop backgrounds  and 
 fonts,  to make your ST feel more friendly.  Any DEGAS compatible  medium 
 resolution or monochrome picture can be installed.

 Like other software accelerators and the blitter chip,  Quick ST 2.0  can 
 only  speed  up well behaved applications (programs that  do  not  bypass 
 TOS). This excludes most video games, 8-bit, Mac, and PC emulators. Quick 
 ST  2.0  does not significantly speed up low  resolution  (320x200  mode) 
 since most well behaved applications do not run in low resolution.

 The only other product that comes close to Quick ST 2.0's abilities costs 
 more  than twice as much as Quick ST 2.0,  uses twice as much  memory  as 
 Quick ST 2.0, doesn't support the Moniterm, has trouble supporting custom 
 backgrounds and fonts,  and most of the time isn't even faster than Quick 
 ST 2.0. There has never been a better time to get Quick ST!

 The  Quick ST II Desktop Customizer is a companion program for  Quick  ST 
 2.0,  which allows for the installation of custom background patterns and 
 desktop  images.  Although there are other public domain  and  commercial 
 utilities that install custom desktop images,  none of them are as  fast, 
 as easy to use, or support the installation of background patterns (which 
 saves memory).

 Here's how it works.  When you first turn on your computer,  Quick ST 2.0 
 checks its configuration. It will be in one of three modes:

      - normal green or gray desktop background
      - custom pattern
      - custom background image (requires an extra 32K of RAM).

 A custom pattern allows you to replace the solid green (in color) or gray 
 (in monochrome) desktop background with your own custom designed pattern. 
 No  extra RAM is required.  We liked the way this feature looked  on  the 
 Mac, so we just had to give the ST this ability too. 

 The third option loads a DEGAS compatible picture into memory,  and  uses 
 it as the desktop background.  Most GEM based programs will also use this 
 background image.  There are plenty of images that can be on the desktop. 
 Calendars,  reminder messages,  digitized pictures, or just plain bizarre 

 The  Desktop Customizer,  which runs as either a desk accessory or  as  a 
 regular program,  allows the user to instantly change modes,  from normal 
 background  to  custom fill to custom image,  to  load,  edit,  and  save 
 patterns,  and  to  load desktop images.  The desktop background  can  be 
 changed as often as one wants,  without rebooting the computer.  And  all 
 configuration  information  is  written directly into the  Quick  ST  2.0 
 files.  There  is no renaming of files required,  and the  desktop  image 
 files (.PI2 or .PI3 DEGAS pictures) can be located anywhere on the disk.

 The  Desktop Customizer contains a built-in pattern editor,  and  as  the 
 pattern  is  edited,  it is displayed on the whole desktop.  On  a  color 
 monitor, the pattern can include up to 4 colors.

 To help users create that desktop image that is just right,  Quick ST  II 
 includes  the  Art-ST shareware graphics editor,  by  Robert  Birmingham. 
 Users of Quick ST II are encouraged to use this program and send a  small 
 shareware  contribution to the author,  who will then provide an  update. 
 Art-ST has all the features needed,  including circles,  boxes, text, cut 
 and paste, and is compatible with DEGAS files.

 The  fourth program in the Quick ST II package is Quick  View  1.8.  This 
 latest  version of our text file reader runs as both a desk accessory  or 
 as a regular program,  and can also be installed to replace the desktop's 
 "Show Print Cancel" function. Simply double click on any text file and it 
 will quickly be display in 80 columns, and in 25 or 50 rows (in mono). No 
 other  text  file viewer can flip back and forth through a text  file  as 
 fast as Quick View.

 Use Quick View to read README files,  online magazines,  source code,  or 
 any other text,  or near text file.  Quick View supports standard  ASCII, 
 UNIX text files, and Atari 8-bit text files. Because it can run as a desk 
 accessory,  it  is  possible to do things like read  documentation  files 
 while running a GEM program.  

 Readers  of ST Report online magazine will especially like  the  built-in 
 table of contents generator.  Just load in an issue of ST  Report,  press 
 the Tab key,  and instantly get a table of contents of the entire  issue. 
 Then  just  press a letter to choose a topic,  and Quick  View  instantly 
 jumps to that article.  Nothing could be simpler or snappier!

 The  fifth program in the package is Quick Index 1.8,  an upgrade to  our 
 famous  benchmarking  utility that is used the world  over  to  benchmark 
 hardware and software upgrades for the Atari ST. Quick Index 1.8 has been 
 expanded with reference benchmarks for the new Atari STe.

 Quick  Index  benchmarks  your  computer  in  various   categories:   CPU 
 performance,   disk  drive  performance,  and screen  output  performance.

 Quick  Index will show you just how much slower your ST is without  Quick 
 ST. It can also be used to test various hardware accelerators.

 Quick Tools Volume 1 - Useful Utilities And The Quick Manager

 Price: $19.95 U.S., $22.95 Canada,  19.95 U.K.  Available in April.

 Quick  Tools Volume 1 is the second commercial offering by Branch  Always 
 Software.  It is a collection of 9 different multi-configurable utilities 
 (that term will be explained below!) plus the Quick Manager.  The package 
 includes the following programs (most are version 2.0):

     - Quick View    (smart file viewer)
     - Quick Find    (fast file finder, catalogs disks)
     - Quick Label   (label printing utility /w mail merge)
     - Quick Inf     (DESKTOP.INF file editor)
     - Quick Env     (system environment editor)
     - Quick Index   (the de-facto Atari ST benchmarking software)
     - Quick CLI     (simple but powerful command line interface)
     - Quick Control (our own easy-to-use control panel)
     - Quick Lock    (drive & partition read/write protector)
     - Quick Manager (manages Quick Tools, calls file selector,
                     displays time, date, TOS version, free RAM)

 As stated above, each Quick Tool is multi-configurable. This is a term we 
 use  to  describe  a  program's  ability to  work  as  either  a  desktop 
 application  (which  can  be double clicked from  the  desktop),  a  desk 
 accessory  (loadable  at boot time) or as a  Quick  Manager  Overlay,  by 
 simply  renaming  the filename extension.

 But  you  may be wondering,  "what is a Quick  Manager  Overlay???"  This 
 question is most easily answered by explaining the function of the  Quick 
 Manager itself.  When we started creating more and more Quick  Tools,  we 
 realized that sooner or later,  somebody would try to install them all as 
 desk  accessories and run out of room.  GEM only provides support  for  6 
 desk accessories at a time on the desktop's menu bar.  What was  required 
 was  a  program  to manager the Quick Tools,  and so  Quick  Manager  was 

 The  Quick Manager is desk accessory which enables the user to  load  and 
 run any of the Quick Tools as if they were desk accessories,  but without 
 using  any desk accessory slots.  The secret lies in the fact that  Quick 
 Manager has its own drop down menu for installing up to 16 overlays.

 A  Quick  Manager Overlay is simply a Quick Tool installed for  use  with 
 Quick  Manager.  It can be considered to be both a desk accessory and  an 
 application,  and has the benefits of both.  It can be called up any time 
 the Quick Manager accessory is visible (such as from the desktop or  from 
 within  another  GEM  program),  and  unlike  regular  desk  accessories, 
 overlays are not permanently memory resident.

 In fact,  Quick Manager itself uses only 15K of memory,  and with all  of 
 the  Quick  Tools installed,  less than 60K of memory is used! 

 Every one of the other Quick Tools is multi-configurable. So the user can 
 run each Tool in one of three ways:  as a standard desk accessory,  as  a 
 standard  application,  or  as  an overlay.  Remember  that  there  is  a 
 substantial savings of memory when using overlays.

 Almost any desk accessory can be converted into a Quick Manager  Overlay. 
 Any  developers interested in converting their desk accessories  over  to 
 Quick Manager Overlays can contact us for more information.

 But  Quick Manager does use a desk accessory slot itself.  So to make  up 
 for this, Quick Manager has other features which themself replace several 
 commonly  used  desk  accessories.  Quick Manager can call  up  the  file 
 selector  at  any time by simply clicking on the "FSel" button  on  Quick 
 Manager's window. Users of custom file selector programs can thus call up 
 their favorite file selector with a single mouse click.

 Quick  Manager also displays the current time and date,  version of  TOS, 
 and  free  RAM.  The  time/date display is  user  configurable,  and  all 
 configuration  information  (including the position  of  Quick  Manager's 
 window) can be saved.
 Hopefully,  this  gives you a flavor for the functionality of  the  Quick 
 Manager and the concept of overlays and multi-configurable utilities.  As 
 Branch Always Software develops further releases of Quick Tools they will 
 easily become a part of your desktop configuration.

 Now, a few words about the individual Quick Tools themselves.

 Quick View 2.0 is the latest generation viewing program for the Atari ST. 
 It  will automatically determine what type of file is being  viewed,  and 
 display  that  file appropriately.  This means that a text file  will  be 
 displayed as a text file,  and a picture will be displayed as a  picture, 
 and  so on.  Even ARCed files are displayed as a verbose listing  of  the 
 contents. Quick View 2.0 can be thought of as a "smart file viewer".

 Quick  View  2.0 can be installed to replace the  desktop's  "Show  Print 
 Cancel" function (using another Quick Tool,  Quick Inf). Simply by double 
 clicking on any non-program file on the desktop, Quick View 2.0 will load 
 it in and display it appropriately. No more screens of Hebrew characters!

 If Quick View 2.0 can't recognize the file type,  the file can be  viewed 
 in hex mode,  raw ascii,  or as raw graphics. This is ideal for examining 
 files at the byte level.

 Quick  Find  2.0  is a fast file searching  utility.  If  you  have  ever 
 wondered,  "where  is that .DOC file",  you can find it using Quick  Find 
 2.0.  It  has  the  ability  to search  any  combination  of  drives  and 
 partitions simultaneously,  with informative directory style output going 
 to the screen,  printer or any filename you wish. Searches can be done on 
 any  drive,  or  even  subdirectory within a  drive.  As  well,  a  "non-
 recursive"  search  may  be  done  if you do  not  wish  to  search  into 
 subdirectories.   Quick  Find  2.0  can  completely  scan  all  the   the 
 directories on a 20 meg hard disk in only 5 seconds!

 But  wait,  that's  not  all.  Quick  Find 2.0  also  allows  group  file 
 modifications  as  well.  This means that you can  write  protect,  hide, 
 touch, delete or even set the TOS 1.4/1.6 fast file load bit on any group 
 of  files  you  search for.  And that's just a  short  list  of  possible 
 operations available.

 Quick  Label 2.0 is a multi-purpose label generation system.  It  has  10 
 buffers to handle even the biggest of multi-label jobs you can dream  of. 
 It has provision to create and load any printer driver,  plus has a  full 
 suite  of text editing commands to make that label look as slick  as  can 
 be.  It  also contains a very simple to use mail merge facility,  so  the 
 generation of mailing labels is a snap with Quick Label 2.0.  It too  can 
 be configured as an installed application which acts on *.LAB files  (the 
 label files generated).

 Quick Inf 2.0 is the Atari ST DESKTOP.INF file editor.  It allows you  to 
 edit  the  normally uneditable features of the  desktop,  such  as  drive 
 search  masks (have you ever wanted a window to display only *.DOC  files 
 when  looking  for  the  document you want  to  edit?),  or  the  default 
 installed text file reader.  (An ST fact:  when you click on a text file, 
 any  program  you wish can be given that file rather  than  the  standard 
 "Show  Print Cancel" utility built into the desktop!  It's just  that  up 
 until  now,  you couldn't change it unless you knew exactly what line  in 
 the DESKTOP.INF file to change!)

 Thus,  with  Quick Inf 2.0,  you can customize your desktop  with  simple 
 button clicks, and even save and load multiple versions of your favourite 
 desktop configuration!  This is a real boon to multi-user STs:  each user 
 can have their own .INF file and by configuring Quick Inf as an installed 
 application,  you can simply double click on any *.INF file to change the 
 desktop configuration. It's that easy!

 Quick Env 2.0 is another handy utility since it allows the user to  alter 
 and edit,  load or save the current system environment strings.  This  is 
 especially useful for program development since all compiler  information 
 can  be placed into the environment strings,  negating the need to use  a 
 bulky command line interpreter to run your favourite compiler.  More down 
 to  earth  users will appreciate the ability to take all  your  program's 
 resource files (*.RSC files) and place them in a subdirectory,  and  edit 
 the  system  environment string which tells the ST where  to  find  these 
 files.  Never  again worry about remembering where those  pesky  resource 
 files reside!

 Quick Index 2.0 is of course,  the de-facto benchmarking utility for  the 
 Atari  ST,  as  described under Quick ST II.  Quick Index 2.0  has  Quick 
 Manager support.

 Quick  CLI 2.0 is a small but useful command line interpreter  which  has 
 the  advantage  of  being able to run as  an  accessory.  It  contains  a 
 complete suite of commands including DIR, COPY, RENAME, DELETE and a host 
 of  other  commands  which make life easier in  those  moments  when  the 
 desktop just won't do. Also, Quick CLI 2.0 supports changes to the system 
 environment  strings,  as  well as supporting the new Atari  ST  Extended 
 Commandline Specification released a few months ago.  Since Quick CLI 2.0 
 is multi-configurable, you can even run it as a desk accessory, for those 
 emergency  file operations (such as having to clear out space on  a  disk 
 before saving an important file).

 Quick Control is,  as the name suggests, our own Control Panel. It allows 
 complete customization of the standard system parameters, but, since it's 
 a Quick Tool,  you can run it in any of the three ways described earlier. 
 Use it to change the time and date,  edit screen colors,  change the baud 
 rate, reconfigure the printer, and many more things.

 And finally, Quick Lock 2.0 is the drive/partition protection program. It 
 allows  the user to select drives or partitions available to  the  system 
 and either write protect them,  read/write protect them (which makes that 
 drive basically locked to the outside world) or leave them alone. It also 
 has password protection so that you can lock your system,  and leave your 
 ST unattended until you come back and enter your passoword to unlock  the 
 system. This is especially useful for protecting a multi-user system from 
 prying eyes.

 Hopefully  the above information allows you to get a feel for  the  power 
 and versatility that the Quick Tools package offers.

 Look for the Quick Tools Demo,  soon to be uploaded to online information 
 services and bulletin boards everywhere.

 Quick ST II Demo

 A lot of Quick ST users have commented that they didn't fully  appreciate 
 what  Quick ST did for them until they had to use a computer without  it. 
 It's  like  trading in 10 speed bike for a 3  speed  bike.  They  thought 
 something  was wrong,  because everything became a lot slower,  but  then 
 they realized that Quick ST was not installed.
 We would like all Atari ST users to experience this,  so we have released 
 a demo of Quick ST II.  The demo package includes demo versions of  Quick 
 ST  2.0 and the Desktop Customizer,  and several sample desktop  patterns 
 and pictures.
 This  demo is now available for download from the Atari ST  libraries  of 
 the online services Compuserve, GEnie, Delphi, BIX, and Usenet. We expect 
 that  it will soon be available from most Atari ST bulletin boards as  it 
 gets copied around by other users.


 The demo has certain limitations,  otherwise it wouldn't be a  demo.  For 
 one  thing,  the  demo  runs  slower  than  the  real  thing,  but  still 
 considerably  faster  than just plain old TOS.  The demo of  the  Desktop 
 Customizer has all Save options disabled.  The demo displays a prompt  to 
 remind you that it is a demo,  and also uses more than 20K of RAM. To get 
 the full speed 20K no limitations version, simply buy Quick ST II.

 Speaking of demos, be sure to drop by the Branch Always Software booth at 
 the  Second  Canadian Atari Users Convention,  being held on April  1  in 
 Toronto,  Canada,  at the Airport Hilton. The show is being put on by the 
 Toronto Atari Federation user group, and promises to be a blast. Later in 
 April, catch us at the Atari show in Pittsburg.

 Our products will also be on sale at the World Of Atari show in April.

 Ordering and Upgrading

 We  are expanding our dealer network,  so that the new software  will  be 
 available  through more dealers in Canada,  the United  States,  and  the 
 United Kingdom.  We should have dealers in other European countries soon. 

 Quick ST II is now shipping and should be available at all dealers within 
 a few weeks.  Then we will begin shipping Quick Tools,  and also  release 
 the Quick Tools Demo to the public.  As we found out the hard way,  it is 
 impossible  to  ship  two products simultaneously when  both  members  of 
 Branch  Always Software are also trying to write exams and graduate  from 
 college. So bear with us. Two more months and we're free!

 If for some reason your Atari dealer does not stock our products,  or you 
 just wish to order direct, send a check or money order to our address:

      Branch Always Software
      PO Box 2624, Station B
      Kitchener, Ontario
      Canada    N2H 6N2

 In Canada or the U.S.,  add $3 for postage and handling. In the U.K., add 
  2.  All other countries,  add $5. We accept payment in Canadian dollars, 
 U.S. dollars, and pound sterling. For fastest service, please enclose the 
 correct amount. Residents of Ontario, please add 8% tax.

 A  disk  containing  the Quick ST II Demo and the  Quick  Tools  Demo  is 
 available for $2, plus postage and handling as above.

 We  are  also setting up a VISA card order line,  and we will  ship  just 
 about  anywhere in the world.  If calling from outside of North  America, 
 remember to dial the appropriate codes for Canada.

      Order line: 519-570-4340
      Inquiries:  519-747-0386

 Registered users of Quick ST can upgrade to Quick ST II for the usual  $3 
 upgrade fee and by sending back their original disk. This only applies to 
 users who have already sent in their registration cards.  If you haven't, 
 we don't know about you yet.

 Registered  users  of  the Quick Utilities can receive  an  upgrade  disk 
 containing the Quick Tools. The cost is $3 and the original disk.

 All  previous  discount  offers and  upgrade  offers  have  expired.  Any 
 shareware contributions received will be treated as orders, provided that 
 the correct amount is sent.

 Please call our inquiries line for more information.
                         Inquiries:  519-747-0386

      Press release for immediate distribution to all Atari ST users.
       By Darek Mihocka and Ignac Kolenko of Branch Always Software.
                       = 1990 Branch Always Software.


 > INTERNATIONAL FEUD CPU/STR NewsPlus?    USENET carries Hot Feud!


          captures of usenet strings of Atari Corp.'s
          badgering members of the international press...

 From: (Vision Newspapers)
 Subject: STE DMA sound
 Date: 22 Feb 90 21:23:00 GMT
 Sender: daemon@ucbvax.BERKELEY.EDU
 Organization: The Internet
 Lines: 209

     OK,  here  is  the  documentation  for  STE  DMA  sound  output.  More
 documentation when I've typed it in. Screen blanker postings when I've got
 a copy of uuencode       ... please be patient

 ----------------------- cut here ----------------------------------

 STE DMA Sound registers

 Register    Access      Description
 FF8900      R/W      00 - sound disabled (reset state)
                      01 - sound enabled, disable at end of frame
                      11 - sound enabled, repeat forever

 FF8902      R/W      Frame base address (high)
 FF8904      R/W      Frame base address (middle)
 FF8906      R/W      Frame base address (low)

 FF8908      RO       Frame address counter (high)
 FF890A      RO       Frame address counter (middle)
 FF890C      RO       Frame address counter (low)

 FF890E      R/W      Frame end address (high)
 FF8910      R/W      Frame end address (middle)
 FF8912      R/W      Frame end address (low)

 FF8920      R/W      Sound mode control: 
                      xxxx xxxx m000 00rr
                      Where for m:
                        0 Stereo mode
                        1 Monophonic mode
                      Where for rr:
                        00  6258 Hz sample rate (reset state)
                        01 12517 Hz sample rate
                        10 25033 Hz sample rate
                        11 50066 Hz sample rate

 FF8922      R/W      MICROWIRE data register
 FF8924      R/W      MICROWIRE mask register

 Volume/controller commands (device address is always 10)

 011 DDD DDD Set master volume
     000 000 -80 dB
     010 100 -40 dB
     101 XXX   0 dB

 101 xDD DDD Set left channel volume
      00 000 -40 dB
      01 010 -20 dB
      10 1xx   0 dB

 100 xDD DDD Set right channel volume
      00 000 -40 dB
      01 010 -20 dB
      10 1xx   0 dB

 010 xxD DDD Set treble
       0 000 -12 dB
       0 110   0 dB
       1 100 +12 dB

 001 xxD DDD Set bass
       0 000 -12 dB
       0 110   0 dB
       1 100 +12 dB

 000 xxx xDD Set mix
          00 -12 dB
          01 Mix GI sound output (ST sound chip)
          10 Do not mix GI sound output
          11 Reserved

     Sampled sound data is  stored in  memory as  a series  of bytes, which
 represent a  speaker displacement  from -128  to +127. Zero represents the
 neutral or  middle speaker  position. Playback  is programmable  at one of
 four rates : 50kHz, 25kHz, 12.5kHz or 6.25kHz.

     During the  horizontal blanking phase, samples are fetched from memory
 by  the DMA sound chip, and  fed  into  a  Digital  to  Analogue Converter
 (DAC).   The output  of the  DAC is  then filtered by a four-pole low pass
 filter to  a frequency equal to around  40% of  the sample  frequency. The
 signal then  passes through a two pole 16kHz low-pass filter, and fed into
 the   National Semiconductor  Volume/Tone controller  (LMC1992). The final
 output is  available from  the RCA jacks on the back of the STE, which can
 be fed into an amplifier and hence to speakers, headphones etc. 
 Both stereo and mono sample replay is provided, but both stereo channels 
 are mixed along with the ST's sound chip output for monitor speaker 
 output. Sound chip output can also be sent to the stereo output jacks as 

     In stereo playback mode, the same data is regarded as  words, with the
 high byte  of the  word being the sample for the left channel, and the low
 byte the right channel sample. In mono mode, each byte  is output  to both
 left and  right stereo  channels, but  data is still fetched one word at a
 time. This means that mono sample data must  always be  an even  number of

     Samples are grouped together in frames. Each frame can be played once,
  or repeated automatically  forever  (until  stopped).  Two  registers are
 loaded  with  the  frame  start  and  end  address  -  the  end address is
 actually the first byte  beyond the  end of  the sample.  Thus a  512 byte
 sample  with  a  frame  start  address  of  101024  would have a frame end
 address of 101536. Table One gives  the location  and description  of each
 DMA sound register.

     Actually,  playing  a  sample  is really quite straightforward. Simply
 assemble the data  in  memory,  load  the  start  and  end  addresses, set
 stereo or  mono mode  and the  playback frequency. Finally, write a one to
 the sound control register, and the sample will play once.

     Producing continuous sound and  linking frames  together are  the next
 steps,  and  hardware  support  is  provided  for these processes. The DMA
 sound chip produces a 'DMA sound  active'  signal  which  is  connected to
 the external  input of  MFP Timer A. This signal is a one when samples are
 being played, and zero  otherwise. At  the end  of a  repeated frame, this
 line  goes  from  one  to  zero,  and then back to one again. Thus setting
 Timer A into event countdown mode  allows  you  to  generate  an interrupt
 when a frame has been played a set number of times. 

     Frame repetition  is seamless - there is no time delay between the end
 of  a sample, and the start of  it's replay,  because the  frame start and
 end   registers are  double buffered.  Writing to these registers actually
 places the data into a holding  area,  and  the  contents  of  the holding
 area actually  go into  the true  registers when  the chip is idle (at the
 end of the frame, if one is currently being played).

     Thus, if you wanted to play  two consecutive  frames, you  would write
 the   start and  end addresses, and set the control register to three. The
 first frame will start playing, and  you can  immediately write  the start
 and end  addresses of  the next frame, without waiting for the first frame
 to finish. There will still be  an interrupt  from Timer  A at  the end of
 the first  frame, and  you could use that to load the address of a further
 frame, and so on.

     One further thing to  note is  that the  'DMA sound  active' signal is
 also   exclusive-ORed with the 'monochrome monitor detect' signal, and fed
 into  the GPIP I7 input of the MFP. This was provided  to enable interrupt
 driven  sound  without  using  the  last  free  timer  of the MFP. It is a
 little more difficult to use, since you will  get a  different signal edge
 depending on  whether a  mono or colour monitor is attached, as well as an
 interrupt at the end of every frame.

     Monochrome monitors ground the 'mono detect' line, resulting in a zero
  when the  bit is read from the MFP. Colour monitors don't ground the line
 (it is left floating), and the bit reads  one. When  DMA sound  is active,
 this  situation  is  inverted  (because  of  the  XOR  with the 'DMA sound
 active line'). TOS  actually  looks  at  this  bit  during  vertical blank
 time,  to  see  if  the  monitor  has been changed, but TOS on any machine
 with  the  DMA  sound  chip  has  been  appropriately  modified  to  avoid

     Finally, the  'DMA sound active' line goes from active to idle (one to
 zero) after the last sample has  been fetched.  There is  a four-word FIFO
 (First In,  First Out)  buffer inside the chip, so it will be eight sample
 times (in stereo mode) before the sound actually  finishes. If  you do not
 reload the  frame registers  in this  time, then  the join between samples
 will not be seamless.

     The volume and tone controller of the STE is connected via a MICROWIRE
  bus interface.  The idea behind this is that further devices can be added
 to the bus in the  future.  The  MICROWIRE  bus  is  a  simple  three wire
 serial  connection,  with  a  protocol  to  allow  multiple  devices to be
 controlled individually.

     In the general case, the  data  stream  consists  of  N  address bits,
 followed by  zero or  more don't  care bits,  and then M bits of data. The
 actual hardware interface in  the STE  consists of  two 16  bit read/write
 registers,  one  for  the  data  to  be shifted out, and a mask indicating
 which bits are valid.

     A one in any bit of the mask indicates that  the corresponding  bit in
 the   data register is valid. Data transmission starts as soon as the data
 register has been written to, so the mask  register must  be loaded first.
 Sending  takes  approximately  sixteen  micro-seconds,  and  if  the  data
 register is read  during  this  time,  a  'snap-shot'  of  the  data being
 shifted  out  will  be  obtained.  This  means that if you wait for either
 register to return to  its original  state, you  can be  sure that sending
 has been completed.

     The volume/tone  controller is addressed by a two bit address field of
 %10 (binary) and a  nine bit  data field.  Table One  details the commands
 that  can  be  sent  to  the  device,  and  the addresses of the MICROWIRE
 registers in the STEs  memory  map.  Actually  sending  these  commands is
 easier than  it looks.  Simply set  the mask  register to $07FF, and place
 the data in the lower nine bits with %10 in the upper two bits.

     For example, setting the mask to $07FF and the data  register to $04C4
 will set the master volume to $14. That's all there is to it!


                                             Mathew Lodge

 From: apratt@atari.UUCP (Allan Pratt)
 Subject: Re: STE DMA sound (documentation posted)
 Date: 24 Feb 90 02:15:10 GMT
 Organization: Atari Corp., Sunnyvale CA
 Lines: 13

     Why was  this article  posted?   That information  is available to all
 developers, is of limited  interest to  anyone else,  and is  protected by
 the nondisclosure  agreement between  developers and Atari.  It's not that
 this particular information  is  all  that  secret,  but  posting  it does
 constitute a  violation of  that agreement.   I don't want to be a bad guy
 about this, but you shouldn't just key in Atari documentation and post it.
 Among the  reasons is  that you  can get  it wrong, or leave out important
 stuff, and people will complain to  us  about  things  which  are  not our

 Opinions expressed above do not necessarily -- Allan Pratt, Atari Corp.
 reflect those of Atari Corp. or anyone else.       ...ames!atari!apratt

 From: (Vision Newspapers)
 Subject: STE documentation - why it was posted
 Date: 25 Feb 90 17:30:00 GMT
 Sender: daemon@ucbvax.BERKELEY.EDU
 Organization: The Internet
 Lines: 43

     This  article   is  primarily   in  reply  to  Allan  Pratt's  posting
 questioning  the  reasoning  behind  my  posting  of  the  STE  DMA  sound
 information.   Since Allan  posted his  complaint to the net, I'm going to
 post my reply similarly.

 Allan, I realise that you're not "The Villain  Of Atari  US", and  I would
 like to give my reasons for the posting.

 1)   My STE documentation was obtained from Atari UK.  However, I am not a
     developer - I just write for a computer magazine.   I am  also not the
     only UK  computer journalist  with a  copy of  the documentation.  But
     what did Atari UK think computer journalists were going to do with the
     it?  Lock it away in a safe?

 2)   The amount of mail I received requesting that I post the info to this
     group clearly indicates that  this  information  is  _NOT_  of limited
     interest to anyone.  One of the biggest problems with writing software
     for the ST is the lack of correct  technical information  available to
     non-developers (i.e.  the guy  who is fairly serious about programming
     his ST, and wants the facts, but who doesn't want  everything else you
     get when  you pay to be a registered developer).  I would imagine that
     my column in ST World would not run to six  pages every  issue if such
     information was available.
 3)   I agree  that simply  keying in Atari documentation and posting it is
     bad (and also a breach of  copyright).   Although, what  was posted is
     fairly  close  to  the  original  Atari  text, it is not the same. The
     wording is mine.

 4)  Since the wording is mine, I will carry  the can  for any  mistakes or

     As  you  might  guess,  I'm  not  convinced  that  posting programming
 information on the STE is wrong. I still  intend to  post some information
 on display hardware soon. 

                                                  Mathew Lodge

 Subject: Re: STE DMA sound (documentation posted)
 Date: 26 Feb 90 06:24:50 GMT
 Organization: The Portal System (TM)
 Lines: 31

 Allan Pratt asks, in reference to the posting of some technical data about
 the STE's sound:
 -> Why was this article posted?  That information is available to all
 -> developers, is of limited interest to anyone else, and is protected by
 -> the nondisclosure agreement between developers and Atari.
     Well, it was probably posted by someone who's tired of Atari's stupid,
 restrictive  policies  about  who  gets  to  know  the  details  about the
 computers they've purchased...   only the "elite" developers who've passed
 the initiation  rites and  paid the initiation fee prescribed by Atari are
 worth Atari's time or effort.. (as recently noted by KenB@Atari)
 -> I don't want to be a bad guy about this, but you shouldn't just key
 -> in Atari documentation and post it.

   I don't think anyone here thinks Allan (or  Ken) are  "bad guys" because
 they follow company policy...  (not even *me*... would you believe it..??)
 -> Among the reasons is that you can get it wrong, or leave 
 -> out important stuff, and people will complain to us about things which
 -> are not our fault. 
 OK, "people"... go ahead and write us the  most incredible  sound programs
 we've ever  seen (or  heard), but  if they're based on the information you
 read here, and not  on "official"  Atari documentation,  don't complain to
 Allan, or Ken, or anyone at Atari... OK..?  

 From: rehrauer@apollo.HP.COM (Steve Rehrauer)
 Subject: Re: STE DMA sound (documentation posted)
 Date: 27 Feb 90 16:37:00 GMT
 Sender: root@apollo.HP.COM
 Reply-To: rehrauer@apollo.HP.COM (Steve Rehrauer)
 Organization: Hewlett-Packard Apollo Division - Chelmsford, MA
 Lines: 52

 In article  <>  
 (Kevin Clendenien) writes:

 -> In article <22463@uflorida.cis.ufl.EDU> (Chris   
    Roth) writes:

 ->>   I am glad that SOMEONE at least is posting information about Atari
 ->> machines, Atari sure isn't going to do it!  It is a sad state of
 ->> affairs when you have to spend a couple of hundred bucks just to get
 ->> information on your machine.  

 ->    Don't be so glad.  If people keep breaking their agreements with 
 -> Atari not to publish this information, Atari will have no choice but
 -> to restrict the information even further.

     Sorry, that line of reasoning seems retarded.  I understand that Atari
 cannot afford to give  away  disks  and  manuals  and  software.    And if
 developer  information  includes  advance  notice  of  corporate  strategy
 (e.g.: notice of pending new products), then yes, Atari must  ask for some
 restraint.  They deserve it, in that case.

     But  what  was  posted  hardly  warrants  any concern from Atari -- if
 anything, they should be happy to see such information spread  to the four
 winds.    No  one  at  Atari  had  to  type  it  up & post it, nor pay for
 distribution.    If  it  makes  a  feature  of  their  product  line  more
 accessible, then  what in  god's name  is the  harm in  that?   So what if
 someone propagates the information  and doesn't  dot their  i's correctly?
 It's regrettable, but hardly a tragedy or legal liability for Atari.  What
 do you think disclaimers are for? 

 ->    As far as having to spend a couple of hundred bucks just to get
 -> information on your machine, this is no different than IBM, Mac, or
 -> Amiga computers.  When you buy IBM and DOS, do you get a technical
 -> reference manual?  NO!


     What was posted wasn't  source  code.    It  didn't  cause  a  loss of
 whatever  competitive  edge  Atari  may  have.    I'm  not  flaming  Kevin
 Clendenien, and Atari may  have the  legal rights  to build  fences around
 anything they damn well please, but it sure seems dumb in cases like this.
 What, are they in business to sell hardware or developer kits?? 

     Sure it's available, but at a cost.  This same scenario is  played out
 with both  Mac and Amiga computers.  You can find information on the Atari
 line of computers without having to become a developer.  But, just as with
 the  above  mentioned  computers,  you  will  have  to pay for it.  I wish
 information was free, but we all know that just ain't so.  Knowledge makes
 the world go round.  Not just in the computer field, but in every field. 
 Right, so don't defend arbitrary suppression of knowledge.

 >>"Aaiiyeeee!       Death   from   above!"<<   |   Steve   Rehrauer,
    "Flee, lest we be trod upon!"    | The Apollo System Division of H.P.

 From: (John Logajan)
 Subject: Re: STE DMA sound (documentation posted)
 Date: 27 Feb 90 18:53:24 GMT
 Organization: Network Systems Corporation, Mpls., MN
 Lines: 16 (Kevin Clendenien) writes:
 ->    Don't be so glad.  If people keep breaking their agreements with 
 -> Atari not to publish this information, Atari will have no choice but
 -> to restrict the information even further.

     This is an empty threat.   It is  in Atari's  interest NOT  to further
 restrict information -- so it won't happen.

     Atari representatives  are just  trying to delay the inevitable -- the
 word of mouth, jungle telegraph spread of useful  information.   They have
 no hope  of ultimately  suppressing it,  and they  have no  legal basis to
 suppress it in most cases -- regardless what they claim.

 - John Logajan @ Network Systems; 7600 Boone Ave; Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
 -,, 612-424-4888, Fax 424-2853

 From: (D.C. Halliday)
 Subject: Re: STE documentation (Why the ST sells in the UK.)
 Date: 27 Feb 90 14:32:43 GMT
 Organization: Computing Laboratory, U of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK NE17RU
 Lines: 26

 Mathew Lodge says:

 -> 1)  My STE documentation was obtained from Atari UK. However,  I am not
 -> a  developer - I just write for a computer magazine. I am also not the 
 -> only UK computer journalist with a copy of the documentation.  But what
 -> did  Atari UK  think computer journalists were going to do with the it?
 -> Lock it away in a safe?

     I think Mathew has hit on  one of  the main  reasons why  the ST sells
 better on  this side  of the  Atlantic.  Since Atari UK, Germany, ... etc.
 release information to mags to aid  in producing  articles, they  get lots
 of coverage  (free advertising.)   It  is worth noting that Atari actually
 advertises more in the US than here! (I have only  EVER seen  one Atari ad
 in a UK publication in over a year and a half!) 

 ->  As  you  might  guess,  I'm  not  convinced  that  posting programming
 ->  information  on  the  STE  is  wrong.  I  still  intend  to  post some
 -> information on display hardware soon.

     I too,  will take  alot of convincing that this information should not
 be posted to the net, If you can read it in a magazine then why not on the

                                                  Dave H.


 Editor Note:
     The big question is......


     We too, find no fault with the young men who have come forward wearing
 the Atari banner and championing the Atari cause.  There is no  doubt that
 they, Pratt, Badertscher, etc.. are given direction by a boss.  The levels
 of intimidation evidenced in  the Atari  community have  gone too  far and
 must be  brought to  a screeching halt.  It is outrageous to see this kind
 of "GOODWILL" coming from a company which is  dragging its  feet while the
 rest of  the industry  soars past  them.   However, the position Atari has
 taken is truly self destructive, indicative  of a  company whose executive
 corps. have apparently lost sight of the future and most of all, a company
 whose overall  objectives  for  the  future  seem  grievously  clouded and
 misguided.   Once again  to be fair, we feel the Tramiels are being misled
 by their subordinates who, evidenced by Atari's performance in the last 36
 months and  especially in the last year, haven't the foggiest idea of what
 they are doing or what they should be doing.
     This attitude  of secrecy  and the  punitive measures  being taken has
 become the  "joke of  the year"  in the industry.  Sure, there is doubt or
 argument that corporate planning and strategy belongs in  the safe, secure
 from  the  competition.    But  when  one  observes  what Atari's reps are
 apparently directed to squawk about we must say,  it appears  this is only
 good  information  that  will  foster  support  for the currently released
 machines, NOT something destined for future release.  

     Atari's  constant   attempts   at   controlling   the   press  through
 intimidation  is  contemptible.    It  smacks of a total disregard for the
 users, ("tell 'em only what we want them to know"), we feel the users have
 every right  to know  what is  going on  in the  Atari community.  We will
 above all else, strive to bring to them all the facts.  

     Perhaps the time has come, to begin a series of articles detailing the
 eye  opening,  EXACT  activities,  demands  and  pressure  directed toward
 various members of the press and commercial information services attending
 to the  Atari community.   Actions, when presented to the userbase will no
 doubt,  show  how  seriously  misguided  and  incompetent  certain  lesser
 executives at Atari truly are.  


 > Stock Market ~ CPU NewsWire?

                                                    THE TICKERTAPE

 by Michael Arthur

 Concept by Glenn Gorman

       Information was  not available on Monday.  Atari Stock went down 1/4
 of a point on Tuesday, but  recovered  by  going  up  1/2  of  a  point on
 Wednesday.   On Thursday  its price  did not  change, but  on Friday Atari
 stock went down 1/8 of a point.  Finishing up  the week  at 7  1/4 points,
 Atari stock is up 1/4 of a point from the last report.

    Apple Stock was down 1/2 of a point from Friday, February 16, 1990.
           Commodore Stock was down 1/4 of a point from 2/16/90.
              IBM Stock was down 7/8 of a point from 2/16/90.

               Stock Report for Week of 2/19/90 to 2/23/90

 STock|  Monday  |   Tuesday    |  Wednesday  |  Thursday  |    Friday    |
 Reprt|Last  Chg.|Last     Chg. |Last     Chg.|Last    Chg.|Last      Chg.|
 Atari|   ----   |6 7/8    - 1/4|7 3/8   + 1/2|7 3/8  .... |7 1/4    - 1/8|
      |          |              |             |            |  41,400 Sls  |
  CBM |   ----   |8 1/8    .... |  8     - 1/8|8 1/8  + 1/8|  8      - 1/8|
      |          |              |             |            |  19,900 Sls  |
 Apple|   ----   |33 1/4   - 1/4|  34    + 1/2|  33    - 1 |33 1/4   + 1/4|
      |          |              |             |            | 1,338,900 Sls|
  IBM |   ----   |102 7/8  - 5/8|104 7/8   + 2|103 1/4     |102 5/8  - 5/8|
      |          |              |             |      -1 5/8| 1,562,900 Sls|

      'Sls' refers to the # of stock shares that were traded that day.
      'CBM' refers to Commodore Corporation.
      '----'  means that info on the stock was not available for that day.



 Thu Mar 01, 1990
 BOOJIBOY; posts at 22:39 PST
     Well, I am one of those saps who actually believed that when Bill Teal
 promised an immediate return of new PALS, send in my  old PALS  on 2-13-90
 by next  day mail, only to learn the truth... that A-G didn't have the new
 PALS and wouldn't be sending them out until they were  received by  one of
 their infamous suppliers.  

     Once again, Mr. Teal puts his foot in his mouth.  Taste good Mr. Teal?
 I understand  that  A-G  plans  to  attend  the  World  of  Atari  show at
 Disneyland on  April 7  & 8.   That  is D-Day.   He better have ALL of the
 boards he shipped working by the time the show starts or he  might as well
 not show up at all.  If they aren't working, there will be a mob of people
 with a noose waiting for him... not to mention a few subpoenas.  And if he
 doesn't show  up, that  will be  a clear sign that A-G is not long for the
 world and you can kiss your investment good-bye. 

     Believe me, I have been extremely uncritical of  A-G, but  after being
 told to  send in the money for a 4 to 6 week wait, and then waiting 4 to 6
 months, you would  think  he  would  know  better  than  to  use  the word
 "immediately". Mr.  Teal may  be a  brilliant programmer, and I admire him
 for his talent, but a marketing genius, he ain't.   He better  get his act
 together right  now, or  he will  not have  any customers  waiting for the
 $299.00 product when they are finally  available in  quantity.   He should
 upload a text file with the names of all he has shipped to of the PCD2 and
 start uploading names of all he  has shipped,  if any,  the new  PALS.  At
 least that  would give  some of  us hope.   The  above is my opinion and a
 constructive criticism.  And reality.

 Editor Note:

     It is indeed unfortunate  that users  should get  to a  point of utter
 frustration  and  have  to  make  demands  and threats.  Granted there are
 extenuating circumstances in every  difficult situation.   That's Murphy's
 Law.   AG should  have made  a better effort at keeping the users informed
 about what  was actually  happening.   But since  this is  water under the
 bridge,  it  is  best  said  that  we  must  give  this  firm the time and
 encouragement  to get  things set right.   The  latest info we have  is AG
 expects the PALS this coming Monday or Tuesday.  03/05-06/90

     The best advice we can offer  to  those  who  cannot  wait  for  AG to
 resolve the situation, is to obtain PCSPEED available now from MichTron or
 Supercharger which is awaiting FCC approval and will be available by April



      *                                                      *
      *                                                      *

      Duggan DeZign  Inc. is  proud to  announce a new promotion that  will
 put money right into the user group's pockets.  We  will   REBATE MONEY to
 any official  Atari users  group whose members buy  our new product called
 STIK-GRIPPER.  Over 18% of the $18.95  purchased price will be  rebated to
 the Atari  users group  whose   members purchased it.  In other words, for
 every STIK-GRIPPER  purchased by an Atari user  group member,  their Atari
 user group   will  receive $3.50.   Imagine if you had one hundred members
 that  purchase it - thats a $350.00 in your club's treasury!

      Why are we doing this?  We are doing this because of the many  loyal
 Atari users groups who promote Atari computers simply   because  they like
 Atari computers,  and don't  often get  the credit  they deserve for their
 efforts.  In addition, I myself am a member  of RIACE  (Rhode Island Atari
 Computer Enthusist) and would like  nothing better than to see groups like
 this receive the support  they need in  order to  expand or  in some cases
 just continue to operate.

                        WHAT IS STIK-GRIPPER?

      STIK-GRIPPER is  a new  product that  was released in December  1989.
 It will be announced and advertised starting in February in   many  of the
 Atari magazines.   What  this product does is clamps your  Joystick to the
 table top allowing one-handed Joystick operation.   It is fully adjustable
 to fit  any Joystick  up to  4 5/8"  wide.  It  will clamp large Joysticks
 such as the WICO BAT or smaller  Joysticks such as the  Atari 2600.   This
 product works well with  games like Falcon, Dive bomber, or any other game
 requiring both  Keyboard and Joystick control, as you won't have to let go
 of the  Joystick to operate the Keyboard.  Beyond that, it gives any games
 the 'ARCADE FEEL' because you don't  have to  hold the  Joystick in   your

      One of STIK-GRIPPER's best feature is that its made out of  all steel
 and is very rugged.  It also comes  complete with   protective  pads so it
 won't scratch you table top.

                            THE REBATE DETAILS

      Here's how it works:

     In order for a user group member to take advantage of this offer
     you must do the following:

 1.  Fill out the order form attached completely.  All items must be
     filled out in order to qualify for the rebate.

 2.   Mail the  order form  with a check or money order for  $18.95 + $2.50
     for shipping & handling to the address on the form.

 3.  At the end of the promotion (June 30th, 1990) Duggan  DeZign Inc. will
     total  all  purchases  by  Atari  user group members and issue a check
     along with a list of members who purchased it to their respective user
     group Presidents.   The  amount will  be for  $3.50 (three dollars and
     fifty cents) for each one sold to a member.

 4.  No phone orders will qualify for the rebate.  All orders must  be done
     thru the mail directly to Duggan DeZign Inc.  Visa and Mastercard will
     not be accepted.  All payments must be check or money order.

 5.  This offer will expire on June 30th, 1990.  Rebates will be made based
     on orders received prior to this date.

 For more information, contact Duggan DeZign Inc. at:
            (401) 826-2961 or leave E-Mail (GEnie) to K.DUGGAN.

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 NAME _________________________   USER GROUP ________________________

 ADDRESS ______________________   PRESIDENT  ________________________

 CITY  ________________________   PRESIDENT'S PHONE #  ______________

 STATE & ZIP ______________________  YOUR PHONE #  __________________

 ORDER QTY ___ X ($18.95 + $2.50 SHIPPING)  TOTAL ___________________

 USER GROUP ADDRESS _________________________________________________

 CITY, STATE, & ZIP _________________________________________________

 Mail order form to:

                            Duggan DeZign Inc.
                       300 Quaker Lane - Suite # 7 
                            Warwick  RI  02886

                           clip here


 > CPU NEWSWIRE CONFIDENTIAL?         Sayin' it like it is.....

 - Pittsburgh, PA         ****  SPRITZ-WATER KING HAS BOAT - NO OARS!  ****

     Mead Ames-Kline  or Meade  Ames-Klein, (whichever), President of Atari
 US operation,  including  the  computer  and  entertainment  divisions, is
 facing quite  a task.. Not only must he overcome the apparent indifference
 from those immediately above  him, he  must also  remain unscathed  by the
 corporate warriors  battling beneath  him for "THE KING'S" favor.  He then
 must contend with the Aircraft Carrier Commander whose  ship has  a broken
 rudder, (keeps  going in  circles).   It seems this commander likes to pit
 his  subordinates   against  each   other  thus,   affording  himself  the
 opportunity to  always appear  to be  the stabilizing, in control type, so
 admired by the King's men.  Hopefully, if we can see through  this act the
 King and his men eventually will too.  In any case, there are those in the
 Atari community who have set the timer at  between 78  - 110  days and the
 old faithful revolving door will do its thing....  we shall see.

 - New York City, NY            ***  COMPUSERVE NOW OPEN FOR EUROPEANS  ***

     (March 1)  CompuServe is  pleased to  announce that members located in
 Europe now have the benefit of local access  and customer  support through
 our  new  European  service,  CompuServe/Forum.  CompuServe/Forum features
 connection to the world's  most comprehensive  information service through
 new,   lower-cost   local   network   arrangements.  CompuServe  also  has
 discontinued its foreign handling fee.  Customer service  is provided from
 Europe,  eliminating  the  inconvenience  of  time-zone  differences  when
 seeking answers to questions.   

     In addition, a special top menu is designed  specifically for European
 members.    Soon,  European  sections  of  CompuServe  forums will address
 specific hardware and software  needs.   These enhancements  are the first
 steps in  a multifaceted plan to offer CompuServe throughout Europe. Later
 this year, a version  of CompuServe  Information Manager  will support the
 European  networks   and  keyboards.    In  addition,  European  full-text
 searchable databases with a CompuServe-like interface  will be  released. 
 CompuServe/Forum is  marketed through  TeleServe of  Berne, Switzerland, a
 partnership  of  CompuServe  Incorporated   and  TeleColumbus   of  Baden,
 Switzerland.    In  Europe,  customer  service  is available in the United
 Kingdom at 0800 289 458;  in  Switzerland  at  031-509  800;  or  in other
 European countries at +41-31-509 800. 

 - Sunnyvale, CA.          **** A ROSE   ..IS A ROSE   ..IS A ROSE  .. ****

                         THE "TOY" COMPUTER IMAGE?

 Recently heard in the hallowed halls of Sunnyvale...  

     The STE  is expected  to be  certified by  FCC in two weeks.  Atari is
 also building  more 520's,  1040's and  STE's and  all are  expected to be
 available in the US in 3 to 4 weeks.
     Atari is  also about  to launch  a new promotion selling a 520 bundled
 with games, word processor, and drawing  program for  $399.00 (no monitor)
 through  Sears,  Montgomery  Wards,  and  some  other  similar chain.  The
 package will be offered in California first and expanded to other areas if
 they sell well.  I guess you would call this a test marketing by Atari and
 the involved retailers.  

     So, here we go again.   The  ST  "GAME  MACHINE"  reappears  in  a toy
 department with COMPUTER ILLITERATE SALES CLERKS.  This reminds me of when
 they had the ST in Toys-R-Us sitting between Barbie Doll, Ken, GI  Joe and
 the Goo  Monster.  They might sell a few computers, but people looking for
 impact on the dealer they are undercutting.  Perhaps they think that a 520
 marketed as a game machine won't get in the way of a dealer's sales due to
 the possible difference in customers.
     We'll have  to wait  and see  which way the winds blow on this effort.
 Will the promotion make it out  of California  to other  states?   Will it
 make  the  Sears'  and  Ward's  catalogs?    BETTER  YET,  How many of the
 developers will applaud this  latest move?   Atari  "may" get  an enlarged
 userbase,  but  will  this  type  userbase  pursue quality application and
 productivity software.  The answer is yes, but only if  Atari aggressively
 advertises the  fact that the new wave of "game machines" are capable of a
 great deal more than a trip to lala land.

 - Toronto, Canada          *****  GERMANY LEADS IN SUPPORT FOR STE   *****

     A new feature-rich 4096 colour paint  program called  Megapaint II has
 been released  in Germany.   Wonder when it will hit the Canadian and U.S.
 market.  There are also numerous impressive STE audio demos,  and a number
 of games  that take  advantage of  the STE's  power.  One of which was the
 first game made for it, White Water Madness.  Space Ace also came out, and
 the delays were due to ensuring compatibility with the new STE.  Space Ace
 uses the  STE's enhanced  colour pallete,  4096 colors  and terrific sound
 output.  The other exciting product out is JRI Genlock for the STE!

 - San Francsico,  CA.          ****  ANTIC BURNS DEALERS NATIONALLY!  ****

     After interviewing a certain large dealer,  we felt  it was absolutely
 imperative to  let the  users see another reason why we are losing dealers
 so fast. The program, Phasar 4.0,  is for  sale at  $89.95 list  price, of
 course, one  may purchase it for about $55-59.95.  The dealers pay between
 $44.95 - $53.95 for the program.  The  wholesale price  to distributors is
 approx $40.48.   Now  that you  have the  whole breakdown, some of you may
 already see where this is going, since you may have  already received your
 special offer  to purchase  Phasar 4.0  for $39.95  direct from  Antic.  A
 "special deal" Antic has extended to its subscribers.   Not  bad, when one
 considers that  Antic is  cutting the  throats of  the majority of dealers
 left in this country who stock and sell  Antic's software.   From  what we
 are told,  the angry  dealers and  distributors are prepared to return all
 existing inventory.


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 > A "Quotable Quote"?

   "To make mistakes is only human, to admit to those mistakes is DIVINE!!"

                               ...from: ALSOP'S "Doin' the Right Thing"


 CPU/STR?           "Your Independent News Source"           March 02, 1990
 16/32bit Magazine         copyright = 1990                     No.4.09
 Views, Opinions and Articles Presented herein are not necessarily those of
 the  editors,  staff,  CPU  NEWSWIRE?  CPU/STR?  or  CPU Report?.  Reprint
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