ST Report: 04-May-90 #418

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 06/10/90-09:33:18 PM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: ST Report: 04-May-90  #418
Date: Sun Jun 10 21:33:18 1990

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 > The Editor's Podium?
     The PACE show in Pittsburgh last weekend had many things that can be
 said for it, most of which are not too complimentary.  However, for now
 lets look at a few of the more positive comments made and heard at the
 show for the first time.
     During the STReport seminar a strong indicator of things to come in
 future was clearly illustrated.  After polling the audience to see if any
 realized just what the indicator was, (most had no idea) the indicator was
 described.   Atari has set a marvelous precedent with the STe.  Not a soul
 in the hall realized the outstanding significance of the STe.  It is the
 FIRST machine ever released by Atari (under the Tramiels) that is
 upgradable in the field. And further, it was indicated that this was
 designed into the machine at its inception.  This landmarks the fact that
 Atari is listening to the users and has indeed begun to positively
 respond.  Hopefully its not too late.  The time is right for the userbase
 to continue its valuable input to Atari Corp.  Never, in Atari's history
 have they been so responsive as now.  Even though, the handwriting is on
 the wall, if they don't get the product out to market NOW the developers
 are not going to hang on to empty promises and broken dreams.
     The course of current events is truly unbelievable at this time, the
 software theft going on in the Atari arena is at what appears to be an all
 time high or, in our opinion the level is the same, its the brash, blatant
 manner in which they are going about their activities that is making it
 all the more visible.  The final analysis is that Atari has to get off its
 duff and begin to ship machines in the USA earnest.  This business
 of "talk with no action" has really gone far enough.  The userbase has,
 because of Atari's inactivity, received a far different message than most
 of us who are in closer contact with Atari have received.  They feel that
 Atari has forsaken them and that its "free-for-all" time.  This is sad.
     While a frustrated and deprived userbase is a very dangerous and
 volatile situation Atari continues to seriously procrastinate.  This is
 now MAY 1990 and still NOTHING of note has hit the dealers.  What the heck
 is going on out there?  Another dealer has sadly closed his doors right
 here in Jacksonville, Fla.  The userbase appears to be of the opinion that
 Atari is "not interested in the USA market and they (the users) are going
 to "get what they can" while the getting is good.  This is Atari's fault
 plain and simple.  Sure, time can correct this situation, but really, time
 is getting quite scarce.  Five months into 1990 and we still wait...
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   Issue # 65
 by Michael Arthur
 Remember When....
     In 1981, a company called Metacomco Inc. introduced its first product,
 a Portable BASIC Interpreter written in the BCPL language (a predecessor
 of C), and how that very product was later modified to become ST Basic?
     Or how (in the process of trying to get Amiga Corp. to license their
 68000 Pascal Compiler) Metacomco first became involved with Commodore,
 later porting what became AmigaDOS (which was also written in BCPL) to the
 CPU Systems Roundup XXVII?
                Dream Systems VI:  The More Things Change....

     Part I of this  Series featured  a list  of "Peripherals  of Note", or
 computer  peripherals  and  systems  which  are  both  innovative  in  the
 microcomputer industry, and are unique in their perspective markets. While
 there were  probably newer  computers and peripherals that could have been
 included, the list was  generally accurate.   In  this section,  a list of
 "Dream Systems",  or configurations  of several powerful computer systems,
 has been formed in order to  analyze how  far current  computers can truly
 approach the "State of the Art" using current hardware peripherals.

     I  have  chosen  not  to  include variables like operating systems and
 software in  this analysis,  and to  concentrate on  the actual computers'
 hardware  capabilities,  the  greatest  amount  of  mass storage you could
 attain, and the best graphics that system could provide.   While operating
 systems and  software are a definite factor in a computer system, software
 can generally be easily added or  ported to  a computer  system.   Also, I
 wanted to  aim for  the best  hardware itself,  to which you could add the
 necessary software.  However,  since many  of the  high-end microcomputers
 featured here  are beginning to rival workstations in both performance and
 price, this essay  will  now  include  some  low-end  workstations  in its
 analysis, in  order to  both study the state of high-end microcomputers as
 compared to low-end workstations, and to see whether  these microcomputers
 outperform some workstations in certain aspects....

     After doing  some research,  I found several configurations that could
 truly claim to be "Dream Systems".  Shown in no particular order,  here is
 my list:

         (Warning:  Do not be surprised by the Retail Prices Shown.)

 System #1
              - ALR Power VEISA 110, with 33 MHZ 80486 Module -

 Total Cost of System: $22,670.00 Dollars

      This IBM Compatible is a system with a 33 MHZ 80386 chip, 5 Megabytes
 of RAM (and a 64K CPU Cache) onboard, 3 PC AT and 3 EISA Expansion Slots,
 and a Cheetah DTP Disk Controller, which (with 4 Megs of RAM onboard as a
 disk cache) provides for greatly increased Disk I/O speed....

      To further enhance this system, I would add a 1 Gigabyte Magneto
 Optical Drive made by Maxtor, which uses Removable Cartridges to store
 data, a Hercules Graphics Station Card with a TI 34010 Graphics Processor,
 a 3Com Etherlink II Card, which provides an Ethernet port, and an
 NEC Multisync 4D Monitor.

 So with this system, you would have:

        ALR PowerVEISA 110 w/4 Megs of RAM  (Cost: $5800.00)
        ALR 33 MHZ 80486 Upgrade Module  (Cost: $3200.00)
        Cheetah DRAM Board, w/4 Megs of RAM  (Cost: $1000.00)
        Cheetah DPT Disk Controller  (Cost: $1500.00)

        Maxtor 1 Gigabyte Magneto-Optical Cartridge Drive  (Cost: $8000.00)
        Hercules Graphics Station Card  (Cost: $1024.00)
        3Com EtherLink Card  (Cost: $345.00)
        NEC Multisync 4D Monitor  (Cost: $1800.00)

 VGA Graphics Resolution: 320*200 with 256 Colors out of 256,000
                          640*480 with 16 Colors Displayable out of 256,000

 SuperVGA Resolutions: 640*480 with 256 Displayable Colors out of 256,000
                       800*600 with 16  Colors out of 256,000

 TIGA Resolutions:   512*480 w/16 Million Displayable Colors
                     1024*768 with 256 Colors out of 16 Million

 Faults with System:  None whatsoever.  Unless you think that a system's
                      quality is based solely on its cost....

 System #2

   - Macintosh IIfx w/SuperMac Video Board - Total Cost:  $23,750.00

       This Macintosh uses a 40 MHZ 68030 with a 40 MHZ 68882 Math Chip,
 Four Megabytes of RAM (and a 32K CPU Cache), 6 NuBus Expansion Slots, and
 a 1.44 Meg High Density Disk Drive.  It uses the SWIM (Sander-Woz
 Integrated Machine) Disk Controller chip to allow the Mac to read/write to
 MS-DOS and OS/2 formatted disks.  Also added is a Mac IIfx DRAM Expansion
 Board, with 4 Megs of RAM, 

       To FURTHER enhance this system, I would add Mirror Technologies'
 RM600 Magneto-Optical Drive, which uses 650 Megabyte Removable/Erasable
 Cartridges like those found for the NeXT drive, an Adaptec Nodem, which is
 an Ethernet LAN Interface Unit that plugs into the SCSI slot, and a
 National Semiconductor Maccelerate Board, which is a DMA (Direct Memory
 Access) Controller that makes data transfer operations up to three times
 faster than before.  Also, I would add a Taxan Ultravision 1000 Monitor to
 accompany the SuperMac Spectrum/24 Video Card, which lets the Mac have a
 1024*768 display with 16 Million colors at the same time, and makes Mac
 Quickdraw operations display 5 - 10 times faster than before.

       The reason I didn't include Apple's 8/24 GC Video Board (which uses
 an AMD 29000 RISC chip to perform QuickDraw operations 30 times faster
 than normal) is because it only supports a 640*480 resolution, while the
 SuperMac Board supports a larger 1024*768 resolution....

 So with this system you would have:

       Macintosh IIfx w/4 Megs of RAM  (Cost: $9900.00)
       One Apple Mac IIci 4 Meg DRAM Expansion Kit  (Cost: $1000.00)
       Maccelerate DMA Controller Card  (Cost: $600.00)

       Adaptec Nodem Ethernet Unit  (Cost: $500.00)
       Mirror RM600 Magneto-Optical Cartridge Drive (Cost: $3500.00)
       Spectrum/24 III Video Board  (Cost: $4500.00)
       Taxan 980 20-Inch Monitor  (Cost: $3700.00)

 Macintosh II Resolution:  640*400 with 256 Colors out of 16 Million

 With Spectrum/24 it has 1024*768 with 16 Million colors at the same time.

 Faults with System:  An extreme amount of add-in peripherals.  But other
                      than that, it is a SUPERB system....

 System #3

    - SGI Personal Iris w/Geometry Engine - Total System Cost: $25,500.00

      This is a Silicon Personal Iris with a 20 MHZ R3000 RISC chip from
 MIPS Computer Systems, a R3010 Math Chip, and SGI's Geometry Engine chip,
 which is a graphics processor capable of calculating over 90,000 3D
 Vectors per second.  It also has 8 Megs of RAM standard, a 170 Meg Hard
 Drive, a built-in Ethernet Port, and a color monitor....

  So with this system you would have:

       SGI Personal Iris system w/MIPS R3000 chip (Cost: $25,500.00 total)
       SGI 170 Megabyte Hard Drive (Included in System)

 Iris Resolution:
                 1024*768 with 16 million display colors at the same time

 Faults with System:  Hard Disk storage is mediocre, at best....

 System #4
              - Amiga 3000/16  w/33 MHZ CSA Mega-Midget Racer -

 Total Cost of System: $15,500.00

      This is an Amiga 3000 with a 16 MHZ 68030 and a 16 MHZ 68881 Floating
 Point Math Chip, 2 Megs of RAM (with no CPU Cache) onboard, 2 PC AT
 Expansion Slots and 4 Zorro III (32-bit) Slots.  It also has an improved
 version of the Amiga's Enhanced Chip Set, which both boosts its graphics
 capabilities and features a Display Enhancer Chip (known in the Amiga
 world as the Amber "FlickerFixer" chip).

       The reason I featured the CSA Midget Racer Accelerator instead of
 the A3000/25 (which has a 25 MHZ 68030) is because the Amiga 3000 has a
 16 Mhz memory subsystem that slows down system performance by inserting
 wait states on a A3000/25.  Meaning that the A3000/25 only provides an
 increased processor clock speed (and a relatively minor speed increase)
 compared to the A3000/16....

      With this system would be a GVP Impact SCSI Hard Disk Controller with
 6 Megs of RAM Onboard, a 650 Meg Magneto-Optical Tape Drive from Briwall
 Inc., a CSA Mega-Midget Racer with a 33 MHZ 68030 and a 33 MHZ 68882 Math
 Coprocessor, a Taxan 980 Monitor,  and an Ameristar Internet
 Package (an Ethernet board for the Amiga).

 So with this system you would have:

        Amiga 3000/16 with Enhanced Chip Set  (Cost: $3500.00)
        GVP Impact SCSI HD Controller w/6 Megs of RAM  (Cost: $1200.00)
        CSA Mega-Midget Racer Accelerator  (Cost: $1700.00)

        Briwall 650 Meg Magneto-Optical Drive  (Cost: $4500.00)
        Taxan 980 20-Inch Monitor  (Cost: $3700.00)
        Ameristar Ethernet Board  (Cost: $900.00)

 Amiga Resolutions: (Not including Overscan)
                   320*200 with 32 colors out of 4096
                   320*200 with 64 colors out of 4096 (Extra Half-Brite)
                   320*200 with 4096 colors at the same time (HAM Mode)

                   640*200 with 4 to 32 colors
                   640*400 with 2 to 16 colors (interlaced)

 With Enhanced Chip Set:

      640x256, with 64 displayable colors out of 4096
      1280x400, with 4 colors out of 64 (interlaced)

 Faults with System:   No CPU Cache, and its DMA (Direct Memory Access)
                       capabilities aren't fast enough to compensate for
                       such a lack.  Meaning that the CSA Accelerator Board
                       may have a lesser effect on overall system
                       performance than normally expected....

 System #5

   - IBM RISC System/6000 Model 320 - Total System Cost: $17,000.00

       This is a IBM PowerStation 320, with a 20 MHZ POWER Processor
 Chipset, 8 Megs of RAM (and a 32K CPU Cache), 4 "Enhanced MicroChannel"
 Expansion Slots, a Color Graphics Adapter with a Geometry Engine Chip and
 a color monitor, and a 1.44 Meg Disk Drive.  Along with this would be a
 3Com Ethernet Card for the RS/6000, and a 240 Megabyte Hard Drive.

       Interestingly enough, while the POWER Chipset does NOT use either
 ROM Chips or Microcode, it IS installed into the RISC System/6000 as a
 CPU Planar Board.  Meaning that one can easily upgrade from a 20 MHZ Unit
 to 25 MHZ or 30 MHZ performance by simply replacing the CPU Planar Board,
 but that the POWER Chipset itself cannot be upgraded via the use of faster
 ROM Microcode....

 So with this system you have:

       IBM RS/6000 PowerStation Model 320  (Cost: $17,000.00)
       3Com Ethernet Card  (Bundled with System)
       240 Megabyte Hard Drive  (Bundled with System)
       Color Graphics Adapter w/Monitor  (Bundled with System)

 RISC System/6000 Resolution: 1280*1024 with 256 Colors out of 16 Million

 Faults of System:  Hard Drive Storage is comparatively lacking....

 System #6

  - Abaq Transputer w/300 Meg Hard Disk - Total Cost of System: $30,000.00

       This is an Abaq Transputer with a 20 MHZ T800 Chip having a built-in
 Math Coprocessor, 4 Megs of RAM, and 4 Expansion Slots.  Along with this
 would be two Abaq M112 Expansion Cards, each having 4 T800 Chips and 4
 Megs of DRAM onboard, and one Abaq F104 Expansion Card, with 1 T800 chip
 and 1 Meg of RAM standard, for a total of 10 T800 chips and 13 Megs of
 System RAM.  Since Helios can read/write to MS-DOS disks, and the ATW
 uses a Mega ST Motherboard as an I/O processor, an ABCO 300 Megabyte Hard
 Drive for the ST should be able to be used.

 So with this system you have:

       Abaq Transputer w/4 Megs of RAM  (Cost: $8000.00)
       Two ATW M112 Expansion "Farm" Cards  (Cost: $12,000.00 total)
       ATW F104 Expansion "Farm" Card  (Cost: $2000.00)

       ATW X100 Ethernet Interface Card  (Cost: $1100.00)
       ABCO 300 Megabyte Hard Drive for the ST  (Cost: $3200.00)
       Taxan Ultravision 1000 Monitor  (Cost: $3700.00)

 Abaq Resolutions:  1280*960 with 16  Colors out of 16 Million
                    1024*768 with 256 Colors out of 16 Million
                    640*480 w/256 Colors out of 16 Million (Double Buffered
                    screens for high speed animation)
                    512*480 with 16 Million Colors at the same time

 Faults of System:  Hard disk storage is decent, but comparatively
                    weak.  Also, it is the highest-costing system....

 Here is a Graph of the features of each Dream System:

                            Dream Systems List:
              (Comparison of each Systems' Optimal Features)
 Dream      |Main Chips,|MHZ Rate|Mass      |Expansion|Graphics Displays/ |
 System     |Megs of RAM| & MIPS |Storage   |  Slots  |Best Resolution(s) |
 IBM 486    |Intel 80486| 33 MHZ |1 Gigabyte| Six  (3)|512*480*16 Million |
 System     |Eight Megs |        |Tape Drive|EISA  Bus|1024*768*256 Colors|
 Mac IIci   |68030/68882| 40 MHZ |650 Meg   | Zero (3)|640*400*256 Colors |
 System     |Eight Megs |        |Tape Drive|NuBus    |1024*768*16 Million|
 SG Personal|R3000/R3010| 20 MHZ |170 Meg   | One (1) |    1024*768       |
 Iris System|Eight Megs |        |Hard Drive|VME Bus  |w/16 Million Colors|
 Amiga 3000 |68030/68882| 33 MHZ |650 Meg   | Four (2)|640*256 w/64 Colors|
 System     |Eight Megs |        |Tape Drive|Zorro III|1280*200 w/4 Colors|
 IBM RS/6000|POWER  Chip| 20 MHZ |240 Meg   | Four (3)|    1280*1024      |
 System     |Eight Megs |        |Hard Drive|M-Channel|w/16 Million Colors|
 ATW        | 10 T-800s | 20 MHZ |300 Meg   | Zero (4)|512*480*16 Million |
 System     |  13 Megs  |        |Hard Drive|Abaq     |1280*960*16 Colors |

                             Dream Systems List:
                        Basic System Performance List
 Dream      |Dhrystones |Data Transfer|  Linpack  |  Memory  |Size,Type of|
 System     |in VAX MIPS|    Rate     |   MFLOPS  |Path Width| CPU Cache  |
 IBM 486    |13-16 MIPS | 33 Megabytes| 1.2 - 1.5 | 64-Bits  |128K Static |
 System     |           |  Per Second |   MFLOPS  |   Wide   |RAM (SRAM)  |
 Mac IIfx   |7 - 8 MIPS | 10 Megabytes|  0.2900   | 64-Bits  |  32K SRAM  |
 System     |           | Per Second  |   MFLOPS  |   Wide   |            |
 SG Personal|  16 MIPS  |    N/A      | 1.4 MFLOPS|   N/A    |     N/A    |
 Iris System|           |             |           |          |            |
 Amiga 3000 |  5.8 - 7  |    N/A      | .12 - .15 | 32-Bits  |No CPU Cache|
 System     |    MIPS   |             |           |   Wide   |            |
 IBM RS/6000| 27.5 MIPS | 40 Megabytes| 7.4 MFLOPS| 128 Bits |  32K SRAM  |
 System     |           | Per Second  |           |   Wide   |            |
 ATW        |  60 MIPS  | 20 Megabytes| 125 - 150 | 32 Bits  |4K SRAM Per |
 System     | Sustained | Per Second  |           |   Wide   | Transputer |

       In the Mass Storage column, Tape stands for removable storage, and
 HD stands for fixed, or hard disk storage.  VAX MIPS is approximately
 1750 Dhrystones per Second.

       Also, the Expansion Slot Column now measures the number of available
 expansion slots in each Dream System AFTER installing the various add-in
 boards in each System Configuration.  The number in parentheses is the
 total number of expansion slots in the system.

 CPU MacNews?

            Apple Lowers Price of Mac Portable - Color Laptop Rumored

       Apple Computer has recently announced that they are reducing the
 price of their Mac Portable line by $1000.00, as well as a $150.00
 reduction in the cost of the Portable's 1 Meg DRAM Expansion Kit, which
 now costs $500.00.  The Basic Model of the Macintosh will now cost
 $5000.00, while the 40 Megabyte Model will cost $5500.00.  Interestingly,
 Apple says that this price decrease has been made in order to "jump start"
 sales, which have dropped dramatically since January.  Also, rumors abound
 that Apple is planning to introduce a new version of the Mac Portable with
 a Color LCD Screen.  It seems that the Japanese manufacturer of the Mac
 Portable's monochrome active-matrix LCD Screen is also developing a color
 LCD Display....

 CPU AmigaNews?
                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 NEW YORK,  NY -- April 24,  1990 -- Commodore Business Machines  President
 Harold Copperman and his  aggressive  management  team  today dramatically
 defined multimedia  as the  company introduced  the latest  in its popular
 line of Amiga personal computers at a live multimedia demonstration at the
 Palladium.   The powerful  and elegant  new Amiga (R) 3000 brings enhanced
 performance capabilities and a new  AmigaDOS (TM) 2.0 operating  system to
 the company's line of multimedia products.
     "The  3000  marks  the  first  step  in  Commodore's new Amiga product
 marketing strategy and  reinforces  our  serious  bid  to  capture greater
 market  share   within  the  business,  government  and  higher  education
 markets," said Commodore Vice  President of  Marketing C.  Lloyd Mahaffey.
 "We've delivered an incredibly competitive hardware system featuring lower
 cost, higher performance and added communications capabilities."
     Mahaffey said key product features  include  a  16  or  25  Mhz, 68030
 Motorola  processor,  a  68881  or  68882  math coprocessor, a true 32-bit
 architecture, 2 MB of memory standard (with an  address space  of over one
 gigabyte)  and,  as  in  all  Amigas,  true  multitasking capability.  The
 standard Amiga 3000 comes with a 40 MB  hard drive  and a  3.5-inch floppy
 disk  drive   and  features  a  SCSI  interface  for  added  communication
 capability. Commodore also offers a 100 MB configuration.
     Suggested retail price is $3,299 for  the 16  Mhz version,  $3,999 for
 the  25  Mhz  version  and  $4,499  for  the 100 MB version. Shipments are
 expected  to  begin  in  July.  Demonstration   units  are   available  at
 participating Authorized Commodore Amiga Reseller locations.
     Commodore  Director   of  Product  Marketing  Walt  Simpson  said  the
 price/performance of the A3000 results from  the effective  integration of
 the  Amiga's  three  custom  chips  with five new custom gate arrays which
 serve  a  variety  of  functions  including  bus  arbitration,  RAM memory
 handling, SCSI device handling and video enhancing.
     The Amiga  3000 also  features a  new operating  system, AmigaDOS 2.0,
 which significantly enhances the look and  functionality of  the platform,
 Simpson said.   Besides  the new look, standards have been created for all
 system  utilities, icons, requesters and gadgets to  permit ease-of-use by
 both users and programmers, he said.
     In  addition,  Commodore  announced  the  inclusion  of the AREXX (TM)
 interprocess  communication  protocol  and  programming  language.     The
 integration of  AREXX into  the AmigaDOS  operating system will facilitate
 the control of external  programs from  within any  application supporting
 AREXX,  Simpson   said.    This  feature,  coupled  with  Commodore's  new
 AmigaVision  (TM)  authoring  system,  creates  a   powerful  multitasking
 environment for the creation of multimedia presentations.

 Along  with  the  A3000  announcement,  Commodore  introduced  a number of
 strategic products ..including:
   *     AmigaVision authoring system;

   *     Networking products providing connectivity with Arcnet,
         Novell (R) NetWare, Ethernet, TCP/IP and NFS standards;

   *     Monitors, including 2024 high resolution monochrome and
         1950 color multiscan; and

   *     Commodore Amiga 10 Stereo Audio Compact Speakers.
     Commodore further announced an AmigaDOS  2.0  enhancer  kit  for A2000
 series  machines  to  be  available  in  September.  Availability of a 2.0
 enhancer kit for A500 series machines will be announced at  a future date.
     Commodore Business Machines, Inc., based in West Chester, Pa., markets
 a complete  line of  personal computers  and peripherals for the business,
 education, government and  consumer markets.
     The multitasking Amiga (R)  line  includes  the  Commodore  Amiga 2000
 (TM),  the  Commodore  Amiga  500  (TM)  and  two enhanced products:   the
 Commodore  Amiga  2000HD  (TM)  and  the  Commodore  Amiga  2500/30  (TM).
 Commodore's line  of MS-DOS  (R)-compatible computers  includes the Select
 Edition (TM) and Professional Series III (TM).
     For more information on the Amiga 3000, contact Walt Simpson, director
 of product marketing, Commodore Business Machines, 1200 Wilson Drive, West
 Chester, PA  19380 or call 215-431-9100.


     Commodore  Business   Machines   President   Harold   Copperman  today
 strengthened the company's leadership position in the multimedia market by
 introducing powerful multimedia authoring software.  The new system can be
 used  to  create  innovative  applications  ranging  from complex business
 presentations to daily courseware.
     Commodore Vice President of Marketing C.  Lloyd Mahaffey  said the new
 software  system,  called  AmigaVision  (TM),  significantly  expands  the
 multimedia market by providing  an easy-to-use  and affordable  method for
 business,  education,   government  and  consumer  users  to  develop  new
 applications by  creatively  combining  graphics,  text,  video  and audio
 components.  Shipping is expected to begin in May.
     The announcement was made as part of a live multimedia presentation at
 the Palladium.  The company also  introduced the  latest in  its Amiga (R)
 family  of  personal  computers,  the  Amiga  3000,  and  a  full  line of
 networking products.
     Previously  the  domain   of   programmer-level   professional  users,
 multimedia  can   now  be  a  tool  for  creative  teachers,  presentation
 professionals, computer-based trainers, instruction specialists as well as
 exhibit and  display professionals.  AmigaVision does not require previous
 programming  experience  and  is   operable  through   an  intuitive  user
     Mahaffey  said  the  Amiga  is  the  only computer that was originally
 designed as  a multimedia  class machine.   "AmigaVision  is a significant
 development in  multimedia," said  Tim Bajarin, vice president of Creative
 Strategies International, a Santa  Clara, California-based  research firm,
     "With today's  round of announcements, Commodore is positioned to make
 a major play for personal computer  sales.   David Archambauu  director of
 business  markets,  said  AmigaVision  takes full advantage of the Amiga's
 built-in graphics, video and  music capabilities.   The  system used  the 
 Amiga's  native  multitasking  capability  to  allow users to run programs
 simultaneously.    Unlike  other  authoring  systems,   AmigaVision  is  a
 non-intrusive  environment  which  allows  applications to run without the
 AmigaVision menus being visible,  he said.   Enhanced  design capabilities
 allow for  immediate on-screen  preview while  the presentation program is
 running.  This allows the user  to create  unique user  interface elements
 quickly with ease.
     AmigaVision  provides  a  flow-chart type iconic interface programming
 environment featuring a single control screen/menu.   The  Amiga operating
 system's AREXX (TM) communications protocol support allows applications to
 interact with programs on the same or other networked machines.
     The system will  be  bundled  with  all  Amiga  2000  and  3000 series
 machines.   For existing  owners, AmigaVision  is  available at Authorized
 Commodore Amiga Resellers for a suggested retail price of $149.
     Mahaffey said AmigaVision is  a key  component of  Commodore's product
 marketing  strategy  for  the  Amiga  family.    While  professional users
 comprise the majority of  multimedia related  markets today,  future plans
 call  for  penetration  into  the  consumer  market as home users begin to
 discover the benefits of multimedia.
     For more information on  AmigaVision (TM),  contact David Archambault,
 director  of  business  markets,  Commodore Business Machines, 1200 Wilson
 Drive, West Chester, PA  19380 or call 215-431-9100.

 But ponder, if you will, this question:

 1)  Has any of Digital Research's GEM-based productivity software (like
     GEM Draw Plus, GEM Artline, or GEM Presentation Team) appeared for the
     Atari ST?

 2)  In what areas of the computer industry could Commodore successfully
     market the Amiga 3000, and how should Atari market the 68030 TT?



       X/Open, an independent consortium of computer vendors currently
 developing a Portability Guide for Unix-based software, is selecting Sun's
 Network File System as one of its Standard Protocols for interconnecting
 different systems on a LAN Network.  While NFS itself has been a de-facto
 standard for several years, and is featured in AT&T Unix System V 4.0,
 X/Open's announcement indicates that NFS will also appear in OSF/1, the
 new operating system being developed by the OSF, and in several other
 dialects of Unix....

 - Santa Clara, CA                           INTEL SUES 80287 CLONE MAKER

       Intel Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
 which charges that AMD has infringed on Intel's microcode copyrights for
 the 80287 Floating Point Math Chip.  This lawsuit was made after AMD
 recently said that it was incorporating Intel Microcode into their
 upcoming 80C287 coprocessor.  AMD and Intel have a long-standing
 cross-licensing agreement which (among other things) allows AMD to copy
 Intel Microcode, but not to distribute it in their products. Interestingly
 enough, AMD recently sued Intel, charging that this agreement meant that
 Intel would have to reveal the 80386 chip's design to AMD....

 - Sausalito, CA                    AUTODESK ANNOUNCES AUTOCAD RELEASE 11

       AutoDesk Inc., has recently introduced Release 11 of the AutoCAD
 Computer-Aided Design program.  It will feature an advanced programming
 environment called the AutoCAD Development System (ADS), which allows
 other applications to dynamically link with AutoCAD to utilize its
 features or access data.  It will also feature multiple-view plotting (for
 laying out, organizing, and plotting AutoCAD drawings from different
 perspectives), file locking and other Network Tools, commands to help
 reconstruct damaged AutoCAD Files, as well as several other improvements
 to AutoCAD's dimensioning capabilities and User interface.

       AutoCAD Release 11 will cost $3500.00, and will first be available
 for the 80386 chip.  Previous AutoCAD owners can obtain upgrades for
 $500.00.  Shipping Date:  August - November 1990..

 CPU Addendum:  Last week's issue featured a story on the new PARSEC video
 ============   board for the ST.  Datel Computers has recently announced
                that it will be selling the Topaz GEMulator (a Development
                utility allowing GEM-based Programs to be converted, so as
                to take advantage of the PARSEC's imaging and graphics
                processing capabilities) as a separate product.  It is
                rumored that the Topaz GEMulator may only be available to
                ST Developers....


 > SOFTWARE THEFT  CPU/STR PROBE?            Enough is Enough!

                                             IS IT EVER RIGHT???

 by R.F.Mariano

     From the onset of my computing experiences I have been more than aware
 of the dangers of software theft.  

     First, let's get one thing straight, there is relatively little or no
 danger of prosecution to the user or the BBS operator who downloads or
 offers for download copyrighted software.  This is the most common
 statement heard today throughout the industry.  Folks, this is so
 callously untrue that it actually could mislead or "recruit" a newfy into
 the conclaves of the software thieves.  There is always the ever present
 danger of legal action, loss of equipment and reputation.  

     Second, in most cases when a program is documentation intensive a
 person may download it from a bbs and then purchase it after finding that
 they wish to use the program to its fullest potential.  Again,
 horsefeathers!  What actually happens is the author manages to sell a copy
 only to find out that there are a half dozen thieves that will benefit
 from the legit set of docs.  (ala photocopier)
     Third, we find the most reprehensible act of all, the thief or
 prospective thief downloads the file, finds it not to their liking then
 proceeds to badmouth the product.  This is their way of justifying the
 "try before you buy" premise.  The problem is, there are those users who
 may have been discouraged from even investigating the product's potential
 at filling a need merely on the negative bleating of the software thief.
     The most deplorable situation is the "usergroup" who establishes a
 "lending library" under the club banner thus, making a feeble attempt at
 legitimizing this despicable practice, for the specific purpose of
 allowing its dues paying members to 'share for a fee' copyrighted
 software.  There are those blather at every opportunity that this practice
 of renting is not illegal and will, once again, allow the user the
 opportunity to "try before buying" well these days 99% of the publishers
 provide FREE demos of their program offerings thus nullifying the "try
 before you buy premise" and the need to "rent" a fully working version of
 the program.  
     STReport has always been a staunch supporter of Usergroups, yet we
 find ourselves facing a perplexing situation, this reporter is aware of
 the acute danger the ST market is in at this time.  Part of which is the
 negative effect software theft has had on the developer community.  Atari
 itself is greatly to blame for the serious problems that exist in our
 userbase, the dearth of machines the lack of proper publicity, and most
 of all the obvious absence of Atari the "computer company" in the public
 eye.  But, getting back to usergroups, we find that there are those
 groups who, by their sleazy back room activities and/or their self
 righteous proclamations of legitimacy, cast a jaundiced aura of suspicion
 on all usergroups.  These low-life groups must be brought to either an end
 or, at least, a full re-organization by eliminating the thievery they
 seem to by all appearances, through the use of rental libraries, condone
 and thrive upon..
     STReport believes that education is the answer pure and simple.  Sure,
 there are costs involved, some rather high.  These costs must be met by a
 combination of the developers, users and Atari Corporation.  All parties
 involved will benefit by a significant reduction in software thievery. 
 The time to start is now, and start we must each and every one of us. 
 Those who steal the software must be made to understand that everytime
 they boot, copy or trade the stolen program its the same as if they put a
 gun to the developer's head.


 > PACE REPORT CPU/STR SHOW NEWS?        The Bright Spots....

                                   NORTHEAST ATARIFEST '90 REPORT

 by Daniel Stidham

     This past weekend the Atari world converged on Chartier Valley  High
 School in suburban Pittsburgh, PA for the 1990 edition of the  Northeast
 Atarifest.  Bruce Markey, president of the Pittsburgh Atari  Computer
 Enthusiasts(PACE), organized an impressive collection of Atari 
 developers in an idealy large and centrally located venue.  Although it 
 was apparent that the heroic efforts of Bruce and dedictated developers 
 and vendors did not recieve a proportionate recompense of reward, let me 
 defer critical commentary to those older and wiser.  Allow me to proceed 
 with--"just the facts".

     The PACE show definitely did not want for dedicated developer/ vendor
 support.  Personally I would like to thank and commend the  following for
 making my attendance both informative and entertaining: Alpha Systems,
 Branch Always Software, Best Electronics, Codehead  Software, Diverse Data
 Products, Double-Click Software, Enigma Software,  Gribnif(Neodesk folks),
 ICD Inc., Innovative Concepts, Michtron, Talon  Technology, Toad
 Computers, Unicorn Publications, WizWorks Software, and  Multi-Byte
 Computers. Vendors included Joppa, 1ST STop, Rite-Way, Cal-Com Inc.,
 2econd Childhood, and Music Sweet Music(I know that I _omitted_

     Attending in official capacity, greeting show-goers and generally 
 spreading good-will and cheer with her sweet smile and lovely appearance 
 was Darlah J. Pine, successful and dedicated sysop of GEnies Atari 
 Roundtable.  Nathan Potechin of ISD Marketing(DynaCadd, Calamus), Canada, 
 was very active throughout both days of the show.  Nathan gave two 
 excellent and thorough seminars on the Calamus DTP family of products.  
 These seminars alone would have made this show a worthwhile trip.

     On Sunday Ralph Mariano hosted a lively ST Report workshop and 
 introduced as his special guest, Bob Brodie, user-group co-ordinator of 
 Atari Corp. worldwide.  After some initial comments and rabble-
 rousing(grin) Ralph opened the workshop to questions.  The "Ask  Bob
 Brodie" show was very lively with the liveliest exchanges centering 
 around Atari's future plans for 8-bit computer support (for more coverage 
 of the ST Report seminar see the PACE VIDEO press release elsewhere in 
 this issue of CPU Online).  Needless to say Mr. Brodie was gracious and 
 patient throughout, answering all questions and addressing every concern 
 at length. Speaking of Ralph Mariano, he flew into Pittsburgh from 
 Florida and was actively greeting showgoers/developers/vendors both days 
 of the show.  As a courtesy of ST Report he also passed out several 
 hundred copies of a Calamus created Chaos Strikes Back spell list,  which
 I'm sure he will include free with all hard drive purchases.. (smile).

                 Plethora of PACE show releases/upgrades...

 Most developers delighted showgoers with exclusive PACE show scoops on
 their latest software/hardware releases and upgrades:

          -ALPHA SYSTEMS...
 George Morrison debuted St Protection Techniques, a software authors
 security cornucopia giving him versatile security tools. George was also
 demoing JAM MASTER, an inexpensive program that turns any midi keyboard
 into a four voice digital sampler.

 Demoed a new version of Sound-Off that is able to create outputted sound
 files of any format. Also debuted at the show: a slim-line version of
 their popular and rugged MFD 720 renamed the 720GS; the MFD 1440 dual 3
 1/2 inch drive unit that contains a built-in drive B switch; MegaBoard II,
 a solderless SIMMS upgrade board that will install in _any_ ST system and
 allow plug-in SIMMS memory upgrades up to 4  megs; KX prototype being
 displayed--a hardware/software combo that allows hookup of an IBM AT style

          -CODEHEAD SOFTWARE... 
 Debuted HotWire! 2.1 and Multidesk 2.1.  The HotWire! upgrade fixed some
 minor bugs, allows you to disable its screen saver animation, and install
 assign.sys files with the press of a key or click of the mouse.  Alarms in
 HotWire! were also dramatically enhanced allowing 16 alarms and greater
 power over these alarms.  Just one of the many new alarm features is 
 a "snooze bar" radio button not unlike your bedroom alarm in function. 
 Say you have an alarm go off when you are talking on the phone, you can
 hit the space key and send it into a timed snooze--it in effect causes the
 alarm to be put on hold until you can attend to it.  MultiDesk upgrades
 include the ability to remove as many acc's as you want and the ability
 to chain MLT set-ups to a program, thus allowing custom accessory set-up
 for each application(no need to have the PageStream Appendix Acc in
 anything but PageStream!).

         -BEST ELECTRONICS... 
 Was demonstrating their new Mega Click product that gives a Mega keyboard
 IBM style clicking along with their cornucopia of dynamite goodies for the
 Atari computer lines.

 Chet Walters was demoing a pre-release version of Mug Shot, a professional
 police mugger or entertainment giver.  Chet will release many seperate
 data files giving this program endless possibilities for various apps
 including police work and all at the low price of 34.95!  The tame version
 of Mac-A-Mug for the Mac is 250.00, so the value is apparent.  Slated for
 release on June 14.  W. David Parks of WizWorks was non-chalantly debuting
 his Multi Viewer Graphica commercial release 1.3(MVG). He plans on adding
 a scanner interface for the Migraph hand scanner. MVG looks like it may
 surpass Touch-Up! in many features, but as of yet, does not run on the
 big-screen monitors. Nothing like good ole American competition.  Chet
 also announced ImageCat will soon be GEM-based(though it already uses a
 mouse in each seperate module) and have the ability to catalog GEM pics
 and Neodesk files.  Keep an eye on Chet!


         -ATARI USER'S ASSOCIATION(AUA) was making its first of many 
          show appearances. Derek Signorini and Tony Parry were on 
          hand to explain to showgoers what the AUA was all about.  A 
          free raffle was given courtesy of the AUA and included the 
          following prizes donated from various developers: four Stik 
          Grippers(Kevin Dugan donation), dBMAN V, Scan Art, Draw Art, 
          Genius mouse, and Diamond Back and Cache among others.

         -MULTI-BYTE COMPUTERS displayed their Portable Power Case for 
          the Stacy. The unit comes standard with a 4 hour battery(16 
          hour battery optional), extra space and fasteners for 
          Spectre GCR and any other large cartridge, shoulder strap, 
          extra pockets for books-diskettes-the charger-and two 
          batteries, a zip-off top, quick blow fuses, and much more.  
          Intelligent charger allows the 4-hour battery to be charged 
          in one hour! Very attractive looking. $348

         -DIAMOND BACK II was to be debuted at the PACE show but a 
          last minute bug forced Bob Luneski to cancel out. From the 
          flyers he brought it looks like quite an upgrade with the 
          ability to back-up Spectre partitions on GEM formatted disks!

         -GRIBNIF was allowing sneak peeks at their booth of something 
          very incredible that is due out very shortly...wait a minute, 
          Dan and Rick swore me to secrecy-- I _promised_ I wouldn't say
          anything. All I can say is stay tuned!


         Oh, and when in Pittsburgh eat at the Greentree Inn--great 
 soft-shell crabs!  My thanks to Ralph Mariano for the tip-off.  It 
 makes me shudder to think what a changed and cultured man I would be
 if I got to hang out with Ralph _every_ weekend! 

 'Til next time... 


 > PACE ON TAPE!  CPU/STR InfoFile?   The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly!

                         "I WANT MY PACE VIDEO!" 
     Have you ever wondered  what  your  favorite  Atari  developers looked
 like in  the flesh?   You've talked to them through GEnie and by phone and
 you've put all kinds of  funny  faces  to  their  voices.    Before  I met
 Charles F.  Johnson I  imagined a conservative, balding fellow in his mid 
 to late forties--anyone who has met  Charles  knows  how  far  off  I was!
 Wonder no more!  

     Order your  PACE video and enjoy 90 minutes of professionally scripted
 coverage of the 1990 Northeast Atarifest held in Pittsburgh, April  28th &
         o  A 20 minute video collage of all developers and  
            vendors, set to music to make it all go down better! 
         o  Four(4) revealing and informative interviews with top  
            US market developers: 
            - Charles F. Johnson and John Eidsvoog tell all! 
               Little Green Footballs--THE UNTOLD STORY! 
            - Dan Wilga and Rick Flashman of Neodesk fame  
               reveal, "What's a Gribniff?" 
            - Mike Vederman  
               Double-Click's Veder-Man Uncensored! 
            - Nathan Potechin of ISD Marketing 
               Can you pick up his Canadian accent? Great 
               interview! Hear Nathan sing "Oh Canada!"--or  
               was that me... 
                Discover the favorite pizza toppings of the software  
               gods.  Find out who's married, who's not and who's too  
                 busy enjoying life to care! Plus much, much, more! 
                Ralph Mariano/Bob Brodie seminar footage. Some good,  
                   some bad, and some ugly questions made this an  
                          interesting and lively workshop! 

         o  PROFESSIONALLY SCRIPTED(no home-movie mish-mash) 
         o  Would have been rated G but because of the Michael  
            Vederman interview parental guidance is suggested 
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 > Stock Market CPU NewsWire?     Watchin' the Sheckles Grow!

                                                     THE TICKERTAPE

 by Michael Arthur

 Concept by Glenn Gorman

     The price  of Atari  Stock stayed  the same on Monday and Tuesday.  On
 Wednesday, it went down 1/4 of a point, and on Thursday, went up 1/8  of a
 point.   On Friday, the price of Atari Stock remained the same.  Finishing
 up the week at 6 points, Atari Stock went down  1/8 of  a point  since the
 last report.   Interestingly  enough, while  computer stocks  were (on the
 whole) down, trading on Atari stock declined to a snail's pace....

      Apple Stock was down 1 1/8 points from Friday, April 20, 1990.
           Commodore Stock was down 3/4 of a point from 4/20/90.
                 IBM Stock was down 2 points from 4/20/90.

                 Stock Report for Week of 4/23/90 to 4/27/90

 STock|   Monday   |   Tuesday   | Wednesday  |  Thursday   |   Friday    |
 Reprt|Last    Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last    Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last     Chg.|
 Atari|6 1/8   ----|6 1/8    ----|5 7/8  - 1/4|  6     + 1/8|  6     ---- |
      |            |             |            |             | 15,200  Sls |
  CBM |7 1/2   -1/4|7 1/4    -1/4|  7    - 1/4|  7     ---- |  7     ---- |
      |7 3/4       |             |            |             | 84,100  Sls |
 Apple|39 3/4  -1/2|38 3/4   - 1 |38 3/4  ----|38 7/8   +1/8|39 1/8  + 1/4|
      |40 1/4      |             |            |             |1,039,400 Sls|
  IBM |109 3/8 ----|108 7/8  -1/2|109 3/8 +1/2|108 3/4  -5/8|107 3/8  -3/8|
      |109 3/8     |             |            |             | 981,600 Sls |

        'Sls' refers to the # of stock shares that were traded that day.
        'CBM' refers to Commodore Corporation.
        '----'  means that the stock's price did not change for the day.


 > MR. USERGROUPS CPU/STR Spotlight?    "And now ladies and gentlemen.."

                                                  ATARI CALLING!

 by Hank Vize

     Well lightning  can  strike  twice.  Thursday,  April  26,  I received
 another call from Bob Brodie. It was exciting hearing from Bob again. This
 time I was able to get over the excitement faster.  I  was already sitting
     Bob related  he needed  a favor. I told him I would be more than happy
 to help if I  could. He  stated a  group of  performers and  an electrical
 engineer were  in route to St. Louis from Berlin, West Germany. (Or should
 that now read GERMANY) He said they needed equipment to  use until Atari's
 equipment could be shipped to our local dealer, Randall's Home Computers. 

     Bob said  the group  needed a 1040 ST, 20 Meg Hard Drive, and Monitor.
 Michael Fioretti, a St. Louis based  video production  specialist, was the
 contact person.   EAUG Club member Larry Hutchison offered his system, but
 he did have a hard drive. Half an hour later, I called Bob to  tell him we
 had secured  all but  a hard  drive. He then gave Jeff Randall a call.  He
 let him know of the upcoming special shipment and asked for help  with the
 hard drive.  Jeff and Tim spent the balance of the day and evening piecing
 together a hard drive from spare parts.  Jeff called  me the  next day and
 said they finished at 10 PM and that it was a 20 Meg drive. 

     Now that  all the  equipment necessary  was accounted for, I needed to
 get in touch with Mike.  Bob had given me his number.  So I called  to ask
 how to  get the  equipment to  him. No luck, an answering machine.  I knew
 the musicians were to arrive Friday  and I  guessed that  Mike was picking
 them up at the Airport. I left a message for him to call. 

     Friday afternoon he returned the call and was appreciative of the good
 news that we had equipment for the group  to rehearse.  I told  him we had
 the 1040  ST, HD,  and a  color monitor  for him.  Mike inquired about the
 second system. Somewhat shocked I asked  him what  second system?  He said
 they needed  another system  that would  need to be comprised of a Mega 2,
 HD, monitor. This caught me off guard. I told him  I would  need more time
 to  try  secure  the  second  system.  Mike  said that would be fine. That
 rehearsals were put off till Monday because the  musicians equipment would
 not clear customs till then. He said the engineer, Werner Schaller, was 
 mainly  concerned  about  the  computers  and their compatibility with the
 programming code generated in Berlin. He  wanted the  computers as quickly
 as possible  to begin  any necessary  adjustments of  code.  I told Mike I
 could understand his concern and asked him what would be  the best  way to
 get the  computer system(s?)  to him.   He  stated that the visitors would
 probably not see much of the city or area while they were  here. Knowing I
 lived in  Alton, Il. 25 miles North of St. Louis, he thought it would be a
 good idea to come to my house to pick up the equipment. A Sunday morning 
 appointment was set.  

     Its now Saturday and a call goes out to Ray Perry of the MDC RCC Atari
 SIG. I relay the story to Ray and ask for help. He said they could come up
 with a Mega 4, Megafile 20, and monitor. Fantastic!   Everything seemed to
 be falling into place.

     Saturday afternoon  I made the usual trip to Randall's to see what was
 new and pick up the hard drive. Much to my surprise was to see  the German
 musicians, engineer, and Michael Fioretti at the shop. Great timing. After
 exchanging pleasantries.  Mike  informed  me  that  the  monitors  must be
 Monochrome. WOW!  Another obstacle.   Mono's are hard to come by. I knew I
 could get one but the second might be more difficult.  Again I  told Mike,
 we would try to get that second monitor.  

     That evening I received a call from Ray. He said everything was set up
 and needed to know how to get the  equipment to  the musicians.  I invited
 him to  my home  Sunday to  meet the  visitors.  I also asked if the color
 monitor could be exchanged for a monochrome. Ray said he would try  to get
 one.  Meanwhile  I  secured  a  second  monochrome  from another EAUG club
 member, Dave Holden, just in case.

     Sunday morning  the  visitors  arrive  and  we  all  share  coffee and
 doughnuts. Wolfgang  Thierfeldt, Michael  Rodach, Werner Schaller, Michael
 Fioretti, Dave Holden, his daughter, Erin(who kept the Germans entertained
 with her first year German), Ray Perry, and myself had a great visit. Mike
 brought with him a press kit of the performance, "Sanctuary".  I will give
 details in another article. 

     After a  couple of  hours of discussing the  groups computer concerns,
 and sharing the excitement they have  of their  performance, we  loaded up
 the equipment for the trip back to St. Louis.

     Sunday afternoon,  reflecting on  just what took place. I was thinking
 that if someone told me this time last week that  I would  be entertaining
 visitors from  Berlin, West Germany, I would have told them no way! What a
 wonderful world we live in. If I hadn't been affiliated with an Atari user
 group  none  of  this  would  be  happening. Makes being a group President


 > A CITY DIVIDED!  CPU/STR Spotlight?   Pittsburgh has real problems....

                                                  OF PIRATES & POLITICS

 by R.F. Mariano

     To picture any of the developers I know personally on a bread line,
 simply put, infuriates me.  For any developer to have to look to the
 linings of the cupboard is an outrage.  Especially in our ST world.  We
 have some of the finest software available for any computer and its all
 reasonably priced.  Without hesitation, the lending library of one
 usergroup must be brought to a screeching halt and the crumball politics,
 the backbiting, threats, lies and innuendo coming from both usergroups
 must cease before anything positive can ever come to this area's users.

     Below, STReport presents a number of candid remarks exchanged by
 usergroup members of two opposing groups in the Pittsburgh area.  It is
 quite clear that before this entire matter in PGH is cleared up it is
 going to get very nasty... The bottom line here is that the PACE show was
 torpedoed by software thievery and rediculous intra-club fighting and
 petty rivalry.  It becomes difficult to understand how members of one
 local group can bemoan the activities of the 'other' group when there's so
 many "joint memberships".  Clearly a choice must be made and above all
 else, the Rental of software must be halted.

 Msg#:16876 *ATARI_ST*
 04-30-90 23:55:50 (Read 3 Times)
   To: ALL

 Well, the PACE show is now over!  What a horror it was!  The dealers
 heard these things all through the two days.  Oh, your selling that?  My
 friend has that....I'll copy it off of him!  Atari and the vendors now
 consider Pittsburgh as a BIG Pirate community!  Atari and the vendors
 also expressed a deep concern for a user organization called the ATari
 Elite.  The Atari Elite is a group that rents software.  Atari is asking
 that all members of the Elite resign immediately and put an END to the
 rentals!  The different vendors are planning to NO longer support members
 of the Elite when they call for help.  With Pittsburgh being such a
 pirate community and with the Elite renting the software and making it so
 mucheasier to pirate....

 Pittsburgh will NOT have any new dealers until the Elite is disbanded! 
 One individual even had the guts to go to a vendor and ask for his money
 back after telling the vendor that the software sold to him could be
 downloaded!!!!!  As a member of the echo you can show your support, John
 Graham is the echo moderator (who has really been doing a lowsy job) and
 is one of the board members of the Elite express your anger with what this
 group is doing to the Atari community.  Help us clean up Pittsburgh!

 Msg#:17255 *ATARI_ST*
 05-02-90 00:54:48 (Read 1 Times)

 Let me put an end to that JOe.  I openly resign as a member of the Elite!
 for the above stated reasons.

 Msg#:17705 *ATARI_ST*
 05-01-90 12:42:46 (Read 3 Times)
   To: PHILIP HANZE (Rcvd)

 Your message has NO place in this NATIONAL echo!  I am shocked that
 youfeel the need to continue to BASH the area's largest Atari computer
 group!  Just because PACE is dying (dead?) you feel the need to fire
 another shot into a war which is LONG over.  For your information, the
 Elite is RESPONSIBLE for the areas ONLY ST dealer!  Get SOMETHING
 straight!  Also, Graham has been doing a fantastic job after he got the
 messages into his BBS.  Stop saying that he has not as if what  you say is

 Software rental is LEGAL, what you propose is not going to work. The
 membership of pace must feel tha same way, look how many you have lost
 over the years.  If members of the Atari community feel that Pgh is a
 pirate haven, remember who ran the show!  The ELite was not even present
 at the show, so it only follows that PACE must be presenting such an
 image.  I know that you  moderate this BBS phil, but since you posted the
 first volley, I feel that you should let a response go out nationally as
 well!  If you do not have the guts to allow another point of view hit the
 nets, let me know!  I am quite angry with you and your attitude toward the
 Elite.  Atari cannot MAKE dealers choose to carry or NOT carry the product
 in an area.  The people can with their dollars.  The Elite has the largest
 ST membership, so it would be wise to be an ally of the Elite in
 Pittsburgh and not an enemy of your own cause!

 Msg#:18089 *ATARI_ST*
 05-01-90 14:22:50 (Read 4 Times)
   To: JOSEPH MUHA (Rcvd)

 Joe, let me post what Bob Brodie had to say about PACE and the ELITE in 

 Category 11,  Topic 11
 Message 95       Mon pr 30, 1990 
 BOB-BRODIE [AtariCorp.]     at 19:21 EDT

 The group in question did not have a booth. They did have members present
 at the show, I am told.  What was incredible was the blatant way they
 discussed their practices *RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DEVELOPERS*!!!!! They had
 an obvious affect on the sales of software at this show.  GRIBNIF sold
 about 1/10th of what they usually do.  An example: someone bought a new
 paint program at the show from one of the software companies.  About 45
 minutes after making the purchase, he brought it back, requesting his
 money back.  The vendor was surprised, as he gave an excellent price on
 the product, and it was still shrink wrapped. The explanation was that he
 wanted to return it because "his friend knew where he could get one for

 As far a future show for that area, good luck. I can't go to Atari and
 recommend we go back to that area.  Word reached me before I got to the
 show about what was going on, and I was angry when I got there.  Angry
 because these developers are my personal friends, angry because there are 
 complaints about Atari not having a dealer (and now we know why!), and
 angry that the people at the show would be so cavalier in their attitude
 toward the  developers.  

 We all have to fight this type of activity any way we can. Here's what I 
 did: I had gotten approved a very nice selection of door prizes for this
 show,  a MegaFile 60, six sets of TOS 1.4, Gauntlet for the Lynx, Airball
 for the eight bit, AtariWriter 80 and an XEP-80.  Quite similar to what I 
 did for the MidWest Swapfest, except it was a 60 Meg HD instead of a 44
 Meg removable. When I heard what was going on in that show, I decided to
 return all of the prizes to Sunnyvale. It is a shame, as perhaps some
 legitimate users might have won a nice door prize. But from what I saw, we
 just would have helped the wrong people out.  So, all of the product came
 home with me, over $1000 worth of door prizes. I'm not going to go to
 Atari and ask them to support a group/show that doesn't support the
 developers and dealers that show upto support them. It just isn't  right.

 BTW, I was in Rochester the day before, and I did give away everything to
 them that I planned to. They got the same prizes that I had planned to
 give at the PACE Show.

 that... was on GEnie JOe!  Much more national than this!  Wait to you read
 STReport this time around!  The Elite MUST stop rentals NOW!!!  Atari is
 demanding it!  Your comments will be sent to Atari so they know whereyou
 stand......also, we are distributing the list to software companies who
 plan to not support people that endorse piracy.

 Msg#:18091 *ATARI_ST*
 05-01-90 15:06:43 (Read 3 Times)
   To: PHILIP HANZE (Rcvd)

 Atari cannot "DEMAND" the stop of rentals by the ELite!  Send my name to
 Atari, just make sure you SPELL it correctly!  No one is endorsing
 piracy.Also, if you read what you posted from Brodie, you will see that he
 stated that "The group in question did not have a booth.  They did have
 members present at the show I AM TOLD.  (My emphasis on the last THREE
 words).  "Obviously this means that Brodie HIMSELF did not see this, and
 was merely TOLD by others about this.  For all *I* know, it could have
 been PACE members, or people of NEITHER group, both groups, whatever!
 Rumours do NOTHING to help either group!  You continualy preach about the
 need to stop computer wars, why not make the first step in stopping "group

 Message: 150  (#6101) - Reply to #149
   Title: What will THIS accomplish?
    Base: General Messages
  Author: Joseph Muha
      To: Philip Hanze
  Posted: At  4:15:52 pm  On  5/01/90
 Replies: 0

 I am not a subscriber to GEnie. I did read your post on Harvester.  Also,
 I might add about your threat to send my comments to Atari, if you in
 ANYway are implying that I am promoting piracy, please have the guts to do
 so in-front of some witnesses. I could use a good lawsuit. If you are NOT
 implying this, I would like to know exactly what your point of the threat

 Phil, Brodie said, according to your post, that he HEARD that the group
 (he did not say Elite, but it was only a PARTIAL post, so I will give you
 the benefit of the doubt here and assume that is what he was refering to)
 was doing this. How can HE be sure that the people inquestion were Elite
 members if HE did not see it for himself?  

 Why would ANYONE who pirated be so STUPID as to do it in front of
 developers. Now, I do not know a whole lot about piracy, nor do I advocate
 it, but ANY 3 year old knows that if you are going to steal cookies from
 the cookie jar, youdo not do it in front of mom and dad.  Surely NO ONE is
 that stupid!  If they are, then they should be prosecuted immediately! 

 If I were to tell you that there is not a SINGLE pirate in the Elite or
 PACE I would probably be wrong. I am sure that there are pirates in every
 facet of the community and probably some non-aligned people as well, but
 that is no reason to attack an entire group with these petty wars.  Just
 because one Democrat/ Republican/Liberal /Conservative/ Black / White /
 Moslem /Jew / Christian / European / American /Elite member / Pace member
 ... does something wrong we SHOULD not attack the entire group. These wars
 are childish and you should have enough sense to stop them now!

 Joseph Muha
 The Digital Man
 Bush Quayle '92
 _/|\_ Atari Power!

 Msg#:17217 *ATARI_ST*
 05-01-90 16:45:49 (Read 10 Times)
   To: JOSEPH MUHA (Rcvd)

 Sorry, Joe, but it was member(s) of the Elite that told Bob Brody that
 other members of the Elite were there.  Be that as it may, this whole
 subject WAS NOT brought up by PACE, nor by ANYONE in PACE.   It was
 brought up by Atari and by the vendors and developers at the show.   THEY
 told us, not PACE telling them.  Whether or not YOU believe software
 rental is legal, THEY don't - and they are going to take legal action
 against the Atari Elite AND their members if it is not stopped.   My
 suggsetion to YOU is to get out of the way, before you find yourself in
 too deep.

 Msg#:17231 *ATARI_ST*
 05-01-90 21:10:23 (Read 8 Times)
   To: RICK GIERL (Rcvd)

 While I appreciate your suggestion, I would like to point out TWO things.I
 am not a member of the Elite nor have I been since December. I am moving
 and for that reason decided NOT to renew my membership.  The second this
 is that there is at LEAST one software rental company that I can think of.
 Wedgewood Rental.  

 I beleive that rental is OKAY UNLESS there is something in/on the package
 that states that is is forbidden.  I can only say that I am 100% AGAINST
 piracy without a DOUBT!  I also can say that I was not at the show (I
 wanted to go, but I was at work...RITE AID (sat) Mercy Hospital (sun) so
 *I* do not know what happened by NOT being there).  

 I guess my entire point to you, Phil and everyone else is to let a court
 decide what action needs to be taken.  Individual bickering only divides
 the Atari community and we REALLY need a unified voice! 

 Msg#:17250 *ATARI_ST*
 05-01-90 22:36:00 (Read 5 Times)

 Joe, I know there is at least one software company, as you mentioned. And, 
 there is at least one other organization that rents Atari software. 
 *I* will do nothing MYSELF to try to legally stop either as I have neither
 the resources nor the legal standing to do anything about it (as I am not
 a developer and/or vendor, I can't show any claim that those rentals have
 caused me (legal) damage.  But others can, and will.  I am glad to see
 that you are no longer a member of the Elite - although I will also say
 that your reasons don't include at least one that SHOULD be there.   Be
 that as it may, just be aware that OTHERS (NOT PACE, not local people) are
 going to do everything in their power to put a stop to the ILLEGAL abuses
 of software rental.  

 Msg#:17252 *ATARI_ST*
 05-01-90 23:14:25 (Read 2 Times)

     As a the only LOCAL/Regional Computer distributor in the Pittsburgh
 area,I  would like to post my views in regard to the statements made here
 inregards to the dealer support for Atari product. I beleive I can
 speakwith some expertise on the subject. First off, as Joe Muha has
 stated, TheAtari Elite is  responsible for the ONLY Atari dealer in the

 As a distributor, the  definition of a Dealer is one who:
     #1. Sells a full selection of the product line. 
     #2. Gives accessory/software support. 
     #3. Is authorized to repair and service product under contract to     

     If The Elite, as they are called, are responsible to this dealer, it
 must be in spite of themselves.  As a distributor, I've been approached on
 countless occasions to stock Atari & Atari related accessories and
 software.  I have a large and somewhat vocal dealer base...loyal as well. 
 And before I decided to carry these product lines, I took a poll to see if
 it had the dealer support in the region. 

     Let me preface my next statement with a fact.  Distributors and
 dealers sell hardware at relatively low margins.  In order to make any
 product line profitable, we must be able to make our profit margins
 somewhere.  That margin must be made in the selling of accesories and
 software. So.... as a result the effects of these rental practices are
 obvious, I am quite hesitant to even carry any related products in the
 Atari line.  As a favor to a friend, I brought in 24 pieces of ST software
 last Xmas.  12 pieces I sold to a dealer, the other 12 still remain in my
 warehouse.  The dealer that I sold this software to, returned the product
 3 weeks ago. 

     As a result of the rampant piracy in the area of this product,
 Pittsburgh is even lucky to have 0NE dealer selling the full line of
 product.  And as a distributor, I'm not one to commit financial suicide by
 bringing on an unprofitable line.  As those in this area well know, the
 dealers that carried Atari hardware... be it 8 bit, 16bit or second party
 product, have scurried to get out of the product line.  Groups such as the
 Atari Elite and their rental policies of software do little to further
 dealer to user good will.  A good way to kill a product is, to kill the
 support.  And this group has done a good job to kill both.

     If a users group would like to promote support for their products,
 they should first show a move in the direction of good will and drop this
 questionable practice of renting software.  I bet those developers that
 attended the Atari Show held this past weekend had coronaries when they
 found out that such a group existed here.  And after reading some of the
 posts here this evening, I wouldn't blame them is they started to develop
 programs for other manufacturers instead.  Anyway, you've got an opinion
 from a person who knows and understands this market. They are the facts of
 life, anyway you look at it.  Sad... but true.


 Msg#:18081 *ATARI_ST*
 05-02-90 11:13:05 (Read 6 Times)
   To: JOSEPH MUHA (Rcvd)

 Dear Joe... every dealer I have, as a distributor, in this territory must 
 contend with mail order competition. It is very naive to believe that a
 dealer stopped carrying Atari as a result of it!  I'm sure is was a
 combination of things that made this dealer drop the line.

     All manufacturers have production and supply problems.  It too, is a
 fact of life in this business! Since you are a person that relies on
 facts, let me make this statement.  Every dealer I approached regarding
 the Atari product line, be it 8 bit, software, or accessories had almost
 the same standard answer.  And that answer was negative.  

     Many of these dealers remarked that there was a user group in the area
 that rented software. And be that as it may, they were more than hesitant
 to carry a product that had no software user support.  That fact is quite
 evident by the results of the show held for Atari this weekend in

     Secondly, I was doing anything BUT complimenting the Elite for being
 responsible for having the ONLY dealer in the Pittsburgh region.  Much to
 the contrary, it's a direct result, that groups such as the Elite have
 discouraged dealers to get into the business here in Pittsburgh. Also a
 distributor such as myself, who stocks a multi-million dollar inventory,
 I too find it hard to step up to the bar and become a willing 'victim'. I
 would appreciate it, that in the future, that you don't turn my remarks
 and intentions to suit your own feelings, as you did in your reply to me.

     Let me also make it abundantly clear, that these types of groups will
 never get any sponsorship from me OR any of the dealer base in this
 territory.  I do, however, have a great amount of sympathy for the 'GOOD' 
 Atari users in this region.  I also have a great amount of sympathy for
 those  who came here this past weekend to promote Atari product, only to
 find that their efforts were being thwarted. Atari has proven themselves
 to be an extremely innovative company.  I commend them! It's most
 unfortunate that groups such as PACE must be the unwilling victims to such
 a questionable and debilitating rental policy, carried on by another group
 that just happens to be here in the same area. 

     I had my own User's show 2 years ago. PACE called me and asked if they 
 could attend this show.  I in turn, welcomed them.  They acted like Ladies
 &  Gentleman.  Their behavior was beyond compare.  And the members of PACE
 can be proud of their groups high standards.  In conclusion, I would like
 to state, the only reason I decided to post my feelings here about this
 situation that occurred here at this past weekends Atari Show, was to let
 in be clear how it appears to a computer distributor.  

     Joe, you know me, so you know that I know practically every dealer in
 Western Pennsylvania. As just about the only stocking distributor in
 Pittsburgh, I think my feelings echo those of the majority the dealers I
 service. I wish all the Atari users well in this area.  And I hope they
 can overcome this problem.  I am sure, that if the dealers could see a
 profitable reason to support this product in the future, that they would 
 have no problem what so ever in doing so. But as it stands now,  We/They
 cannot, as a result of the untennable climate that exists here.

 Msg#:16822 *ATARI_ST*
 05-01-90 10:00:02 (Read 7 Times)
   To: ALL

 If you have a membership to Genie....get on it and read about the
 frustration of the vendors with the show because of the piracy and the
 rental group called the Atari Elite!


 > AUA News CPU/STR NewsPlus?     Atari Users Association News

                             A.U.A. NEWSBRIEFS

 by Derek Signorini

     The buzz word for  the week  is the  Northeast AtariFest  1990 held in
 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this past weekend.  Everyone is talking about it.

     Many are  calling it  a disaster,  as you  probably will  read in this
 publication or on the networks.  From the AUA standpoint, many good things
 came out of this show.

     First of all, let me tell you that  the AUA  had a  booth at  the show
 where both  Tony Parry and myself met many key people and also distributed
 about 500 copies of the AUA NewsBriefs newsletter  to the  show attendees.
 We  also  handed  out  many  AUA  Applications  and  answered  many (MANY)
 questions about the AUA.  We  both were  very pleased  with the  amount of
 information we were able to hand out at the show and are confident that we
 were very successful in getting the AUA publicly  known.   We also  held a
 raffle of  about 15 pieces of software including:  Nevermind by Psygnosis,
 DrawArt and  ScanArt  by  Migraph,  a  Z-Time  Internal  Calander/Clock by
 Terrific  Peripherals,  and  DBman  V  by Verasoft.  Late additions to the
 raffle include 4 Stik-Grippers donated by  Kevin Duggan  of Duggan Dezign,
 and 5  software packages  donated by  Data Innovations, Inc. which include
 Mystery Mansion(3), Diamond Cache, and Full  Count Baseball.   Many thanks
 go  out   to  Duggan  Dezign  and  Data  Innovations  for  their  generous
 contributions to the AUA.    We  appreciate  your  strong  support  of the
 organization.    I would also like to add that the PACE organization did a
 fantastic job in preparing for the show and  carried on  all activities at
 the show  in a  professional manner.   Tony and I felt very comfortable at
 the show and thank you for your support of the AUA.

     During the course of the weekend,  Tony and  I met  several developers
 and many  other "VIP's"  in the  Atari community  including Bob Brodie and
 Darlah Pine of Genie.  I can not stress how important it is to place faces
 to  names  and  to  meet  people  who you have communicated with but never
 actually met.  Both Tony  and  myself  feel  that  we  were  successful in
 representing the  organization both  professionally and  accurately.  I am
 sure that those people whom we spoke with will relate the same experience.

     Most importantly, we were able to  meet several  key usergroup people,
 including representatives from W.A.C.O., S.A.G.E., NEO-STAG, and NOVATARI.

     While most of these people were aware of  the AUA  and its activities,
 the AUA was still a mysterious organization to them.  We hope that we were
 able to dispel this view and we look forward to  working closely  with you
 in supporting the Atari community.

     Furthermore, and  most importantly,  the AUA  was greeted with a great
 deal of enthusiasm.  The people that we met, and the users that joined the
 AUA this  weekend were  happy to see that the AUA was gaining momentum and
 were very optimistic of the future of the AUA and the ST community.  Thank
 you all for your support and encouragement!

     On to  business.  As many of you are already aware, the AUA has broken
 ALL ties from the Atari Elite organization in Pittsburgh.  As a  result of
 this past  weekend, both Tony and I have taken this break one step further
 by dropping the disk based magazine that the Atari Elite  published to its
 members as  a benefit of AUA membership.  We have instead, decided that it
 would be in the  best interest  if the  AUA published  its own  disk based
 magazine, name  pending, that  will offer more of an inclusive view of the
 AUA and its activities.  With the Electronic Chronicles, we were unable to
 provide the type of newsletter that our members of the AUA deserved, so we
 will take this task at hand and  publish  our  very  own  journal.   Those
 members  who  have  contributed  to  the AUA to receive this magazine will
 still receive the AUA disk magazine on time.  We hope that  you will enjoy
 what the new disk magazine has to offer!  I am confident that it will be a
 great success!  In  that light,  we are  currently accepting  articles for
 publication.   If you have a desire to write, then do so!  We will publish
 as many articles as we can in the new disk magazine.  We are  also looking
 for an  artist skilled  with Degas  Elite who would like to contribute art
 work to the disk magazine.   Please contact  me at  the address  below for

     Next  on  the  agenda.    The AUA has changed mailing addresses again.
 This time, we have moved out  of Pittsburgh  about 15  miles south-west of
 the burgh  to Canonsburg.   Tony and I both agreed that driving 45 minutes
 one way to get our mail in order  to have  a "large  city mailing address"
 was  pointless  and  a  waste  of  time.    So, we have once again changed

                        THE ATARI USERS ASSOCIATION
                               P.O. BOX 123
                            PENNSYLVANIA, 15317

     We are in the process of having all of our mail forwarded from the old
 address to  the new address and are also engaging in making all changes to
 existing printed material and ascii files.  Whew! 

     The AUA also has a new home base so to speak as  far as  Fnetting.  We
 will now  be supported  by Node  #350, *  The Bounty ST BBS * and are also
 talking with the people  of S.A.G.E.  for support  on their  BBS.   So for
 those members  who need  to contact  me or to get updated info on the AUA,
 please call the Bounty at 1-904-786-4176 for the  latest info  on the AUA.
 I can  be reached  on that BBS as DC Signorini.  I am also pursuing access
 to Usenet and hope to have an account there in the next few weeks.

     On a larger scale, the AUA is holding informal conferences on GEnie on
 sunday nights  at 9:00  EST.   If you  can show up, then do so and give us
 your support.  Both myself and  Jon  Clarke,  from  New  Zealand,  will be
 hosting the  conferences.   We can  think of  no better  place to meet and
 bring our members (and others) up  dated information  on the  AUA.  During
 our conference, which usually lasts about one hour, Jon brings news of the
 AUA activities  down-under, and  I follow  with new  news from  the US and
 Canada.   This is  a perfect  time for you to ask questions!  We encourage
 your participation and look forward to meeting you there!

      That is all for this article.  Next week, I hope to bring you new
 news on the AUA.  Also, for those contributing members, the AUA NewsBriefs
 should be on your coffee table as you read this.  I hope that you enjoy
 the first issue of the NewsBriefs!  See you all next week.

               Derek C. Signorini, AUA Coordinator
          THE AUA, P.O. Box 123, CANONSBURG, PA  15317


                                                       April 30, 1990

 The Atari Elite, Inc.
 P.O. Box 18293
 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15236


      Please accept this letter as my resignation from the Atari Elite
 organization.  I find that I am unable to participate in your user group
 activities as long as you are practicing software rental.

      While I am not a legal expert, I am however, concerned with the all
 the issues that surround copyrighted software rentals.  As most folks
 know, I have expressed my concern surrounding the practice of software
 rental for the better part of 1 1/2 years and as a result, most are aware
 that I have pleaded continually to put the rentals of software to an end. 
 Seeing that I am unable to convince you to do so, I am therefore left with
 no other choice than to disassociate myself from the organization and
 tender my resignation.

      I hope that you will reconsider the continued practice of renting
 commercial software. 


                                   Derek C. Signorini

 It is fully expected that there will be many more resignations submitted
 to Atari Elite before the situation in PGH is improved, but one thing must
 be pointed out..

     STReport has it on ultra good authority that certain folks have been
 threatened with physical violence by demented and misguided individuals if
 they should "resign".  

     As publisher of STReport first and as a concerned user second, let me
 tell you this.. Most emphatically, I would not hesitate to trip back to
 PGH to testify in a trial to bring down any clown who resorts to threats
 violence or intimidation.

     BE WARNED ...If anything happens to any persons opting to resign, 
 ANYTHING!  BE FULLY ADVISED, a complete report of all the threats we have
 records of will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Attorney General's
 Office in the form of full affidavits of disclosure.  This publication
 will not rest until such time as the perpetrators are behind bars should
 anything occur. 



 For Immediate Release

                            WAACE AtariFest '90

     The Washington Area Atari Computer Enthusiasts will hold WAACE
 AtariFest 1990 on October 6 and 7 1990.  This event will be the premier
 East Coast event for people who are interested in software and hardware
 for Atari computers.  The show will be staged at the Sheraton
 Reston Hotel in Reston, VA.  Show hours will be from 10 am to 7 pm on
 both days.  In addition to the shopping bargains available from over
 thirty vendors there will be a full round of demonstrations, tutorials,
 and seminars.  A banquet on Saturday evening will feature a special
 speaker on Atari matters and Current Notes Magazine's "Author of the
 Year" award.  Special mixers will cap off the evening's festivities. 
 Approximately 3000 visitors from all over the USA, Canada, and other
 foreign countries attended the 1989 edition of the show.

     Admission charges are $5 for one day, with a 2-day pass available at
 $7.  A discount rate is available for ticket purchases by user groups.
 Children under 12 will be admitted free.

     The Sheraton Reston Hotel is a spacious, attractive facility located
 in a parklike setting near Washington, DC. The hotel is offering a
 special room rate of $59 per night plus tax to Fest goers who reserve by
 August 6th.  The hotel room rate includes 2-day passes to the show for
 room occupants. 

     The WAACE show has established itself as the premier Atari event for
 East Coast Atari fans.  Bob Brodie, Atari Corporation's, goodwill
 ambassador, has labelled the WAACE show as one of the two "must see"
 events for Atarians held in the USA.


 ---------             Atari Vendors and Developers

         The above press release sets forth a bare bones outline of
 WAACE's plans for AtariFest 1990.  This event has achieved considerable
 stature as a well organized, well attended, feast for Atari computer
 users.  The 1990 event will be the 7th edition, and it marks the first
 time that the show will be held in commercial exhibit space with setup
 and layout handled by a professional firm.  This will provide you, the
 vendor, with a more attractive and convenient setting.

         Since we no longer have to make way for other users of the
 facilities we will be able to offer longer show hours on Saturday and
 Sunday.  Our demonstration rooms will also be open on Sunday.  The space
 for sales areas, demonstration rooms, and seminars is arranged so that
 access to all facets of the show will be more convenient, thus making for
 a livelier, more "interactive" event on both days.

                              Exhibit Booths

         The basic unit of exhibit space is a booth with dimensions of 8 ft
 x 8 ft.  Each space will be provided with an electrical outlet.  The
 attached diagram shows that there are approximately 60 such spaces
 available.  Larger booths can be created by combining these basic units. 
 We should be able to handle the requirements of 30 to 40 different
 vendors.  The price for basic exhibit space is $500, with substantial
 discounts for early registration and for larger booth spaces as shown on
 the attached price schedule.  Booth spaces are separated from one another
 by "pipe and drape" dividers.  Setup and auxiliary services are provided
 by Arata expositions inc, a professional exhibit firm with experience at
 shows like the Federal Office Systems Expo, The Federal Microcomputer
 Expo, and the Washington MacWorld show.

 contractorand they will work with you to arrange your booth space, to
 handle shipments of materiel, and other such matters.  Arata will be
 notified when you have registered with us and you will deal directly with
 them to make final arrangements, at your own expense, for the layout of
 your space and the services that you require. 


         Atari Corporation no longer supplies computers for use by
 exhibitors at shows.  Those of you who are unable to carry the equipment
 that you need to the show may attempt to rent them from a pool of
 personal equipment that we will endeavor to assemble from our members. 
 Past experience has shown that this pool is limited.  WAACE will charge a
 rental of $100 for each machine and we will require a check for an
 additional $100 per machine as a security deposit.  The security deposit
 check will be returned when the user is satisfied that his machine was
 returned in proper working order.  Machines from the pool will be
 assigned on a first-come first served basis.  Washington Area dealers may
 be another source of rental machines, but you will have to make your own
 arrangements through this channel.


         Our exhibit space is no longer essentially free.  The WAACE show
 has no deep pockets or personal fortunes behind it.  We will, therefore
 need your money soon to cover substantial "up front" costs and to
 provide the kind of advertising that will attract visitors to the show. 
 In order to encourage organizations to book early we are offering
 substantial discounts (see order form).

         Since WAACE is a NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION, the money you spend
 will be used to directly benefit the show.  Advertising in national
 Atari media requires long lead times.  Local advertising in Washington
 Area mass media will be scheduled as our resources permit close to show
         The attached pricing schedule reflects increased costs associated
 with space rental, exhibit space setup, security, and utilities.  This
 year's price also includes advertising in the show program, which was a
 separate item last year.  We recognize that small developers will find
 this price schedule burdensome.  We advise such organizations to explore
 alternative ways to participate in the Fest.  Some of these are
 described below.  Combining forces to share a booth is one obvious way
 to keep costs down.

                            Hotel Reservations

         The Sheraton Reston Hotel is a very attractive place to hold an
 affair of this kind.  All of you are, I am sure, aware that the cost of
 exhibit space is directly tied to the number of hotel rooms that they
 rent out.  Early hotel reservations on your part will keep the cost of
 exhibit space down and thus allow us to spend more on advertising.  The
 $59 per night rate that they are offering is a good one for this area in
 October, which is one of heaviest convention months.  Please reserve your
 hotel rooms early.  Only space reserved by August 6th will be credited to
 our room count for pricing purposes.

                         Alternative Participation

         It should be noted that all interests from the Atari community are
 welcome at our show, whether they rent booth space or not.  We only
 require that everyone selling directly to the public use paid exhibit
 space to do so.  Developers and publishers may, however, elect to forgo
 direct sales and participate in our demonstrations and seminars.  Such
 participants may bring their products to the show for distribution to 
 dealers for resale to the public.

         We have lots of space on our seminar schedule for people who want
 exposure to the public.  Interaction with users in our demonstration
 rooms is also a good way to put your best foot forward.

         We will assist people who are introducing new hardware and
 software in obtaining exposure for their products in our demonstration
 rooms.  We have a talented pool of sophisticated users who will work with
 you to set up your product and demonstrate it.  If you require
 confidentiality we can arrange that, too.  We hope that many of you will
 take advantage of this.  The best way to do this is to give us plenty of
 lead time so that the users can be properly trained in the installation
 and use of your products.

         People who are introducing new products may find this show a good
 place to get the exposure they want.  If these products can be featured
 in our advertising so much the better for all of us.

         Advertising space is available in the printed program at a modest
 cost.  People who cannot make the show or who want to participate in the
 demonstration rooms may find this an effective alternative form of
 exposure (see pricing sheet for details).

                             Icing On The Cake

         Right at the moment we have not lined up a banquet speaker with
 the necessary stature.  We are also scheduling auxiliary events such as
 leadership workshops for users groups.  We will be happy to add other
 special events to the program. Developer tutorials, programming
 workshops, MIDI Concerts, hardware clinics, press conferences, etc can
 all be arranged if you want to work with us.

         We want and appreciate your help in adding such features as will
 make this show even more attractive.


         We are asking that organizations who intend to participate in this
 show provide us with early notification of their intent.  We will accept
 letters of intent to participate immediately.  These letters should
 indicate the amount of booth space you expect to use and the amount of
 additional advertising space that you will need.  Organizations
 submitting such letters of intent will be given first opportunity in
 choice of space once the official table layout diagram is published.

                Exhibitor Pricing for WAACE AtariFest 1990

         Exhibitor Space consists of one 8 ft x 8 ft area divided from
 adjoining area by "pipe and drape".  Layout of table space to be
 arranged between exhibitor and Arata Expositions Inc.

         Price includes booth space with appropriate signs, 1 table, one
 electrical outlet, and a half page ad in the printed show program. 
 Additional booth space is discounted according to the table given below:

               Pricing         Before          After
                               1 July 1990     1 July 1990

               1 space         $400            $500
               2 spaces        $680            $850
               3 spaces        $880            $1100
               4 spaces        $1080           $1350
               5 spaces        $1280           $1600

         Additional electrical outlets are available through arata
 expositions inc for an additional charge.  Telephone services must be
 negotiated between the vendor and C and P telephone company.
         Advertising space is available in the printed program at a rate
 of $75 for a half page ad and $125 for a full page ad.  Vendors may
 increase their half page ad to a full page for an additional $50.  A 20
 percent discount will be applied to orders paid for before 1 July. 
 Advertising space can be reserved in advance, the final deadline for copy
 submission is 8 September.


         Binding assignments of exhibit space will be made as soon as
 WAACE receives a deposit of one half of your total fees for space and
 advertising.  Selection of exhibit space is on a first-come, first
 served basis.  Only orders fully paid by 1 July will be eligible for the
 advance discount on space and advertising.  All space not paid for by 1
 July will be reassigned as payments are received.


         Further Information or clarification on matters not covered in
 this document is available from either of the people listed below:

 General Chairman:   Russell Brown, 13757 Mapledale Ave, Dale City, VA
 22193.  Phone (eves) 703-680-2698. GEnie: R.BROWN3

 Vendor Activities:  John Barnes, 7710 Chatham Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. 
 Phone (eves) 301-652-0667, GEnie: J.D.BARNES


 > ROCHESTER REPORT CPU/STR OnLine?      Bob Brodie does it again!


                                        ATARI IN ROCHESTER

 by Marty Saletta

     Yesterday (4/28) Bob Brodie gave a talk at the Rochester Institute of
 Technology.  I went with 8 members of my local ST user group, The Buffalo
 Region Atari Group (BRAG-ST).  In total, I would estimate the total number
 of people who attended the talk would be about 80 at the Webb Auditorium
 at RIT.

     Mr. Brodie brought along with him a 4 MB 4160(?)STe, a 4MB Stacy, a
 Lynx, a Megafile 60 HD, and a 44 MB removable HD system.  He spoke about
 each uni which lasted about 40 minutes, then took Q&A for about 1-1/2 to 2
 hours(!). Maybe longer, I lost count...:^)  Mr. Brodie mentioned that all
 the product he was showing were *not* vaporware, and were shipping
 "somewhere"...  For you Lynx fans, he mentioned that he hoped that there
 would be over 20 games for the Lynx by X-mas. (The STe is shipping, but I
 believe Atari is having doubts about shipping the 4 MB version.)  Bob then
 showed the Lynx commercial that was test-run in NYC and other places.  I
 see it quite often living near Canada on the CBC.

 Mr. Brodie also mentioned that Atari feels that the 130XE is no longer a
 "power without the price" computer, and will phase-out the 8-bits.  I am
 sad to hear this (I started out with a 400 many moons ago), but at the
 same time it is understandable.  A 130XE + disk drive is just about the
 price of a 520STFM.  He said that the last 130XE has been produced (a
 50,000 run? but they'll be used in house for the exchange policy.  Argue
 if you want, but the 8-bit era is over in the 90's.  After the Q&A
 finished, there was a raffle of the 80-col card and the  word processor
 built for it (8 bit), 5 or 6 TOS 1.4 upgrades (both 6 and 2 chip sets) and
 also the Megafile 60 HD he used for the demo.  (Although I didn't win
 anything, other members in my BRAG group won the Megafile 60 and three
 TOS 1.4's...hey- gotta BRAG, right?  :^)  Oh yes, tickets were only $1 ea.
  for the raffle, and I guess the show was free.  Also the *new* Lynx cart,
 Gauntlet, was a prize in the raffle.

     The show concluded with an auction of Atari products of a store that
 phased-out their Atari line.  Several titles went under $4.  VIP
 Professional, still in the cellophane wrapping, went for $10.  I picked up
 Infocom's "Deadline" (ST), a Chinese cooking database (ST, for my
 girlfriend; I'm a vegetarian...:^), a Logo book (was bundled with the
 cooking program), and the 130XE and DOS 2.5 manuals (XE) all for under $6
 total.  After the auction the group left the Auditorium and went to a
 pizza party with Mr. Brodie, with tickets costing $4.  BRAG did not stick
 around for the pizza.

     After seeing the show itself, I left disappointed.  Not at all with
 Mr. Brodie; I was very impressed with him.  I've been to several shows
 along these line (Atari, Apple, NeXT, etc.) and Mr. Brodie is one of the
 best speakers (and perhaps more importantly, *listeners*) I've seen.  He
 is a real credit to the Atari family, and I hope he sticks around for a
 while (lifetime contract would be ok...:^)  I think Atari can sleep at
 night knowing that Mr. Brodie is one of the people contacting the users
 who use or want to own and use Atari computers.  If any Atari junkie has
 the chance to see and hear him talk, I recommend it.

     So why was I disappointed?  Maybe because I am sick of the "game
 machine image Atari has.  My girlfriend who also attended teases me about
 how my ST is a game machine (friendly, but others aren't that nice.) 
 Although I am very happy with my ST (I couldn't have survived college
 without 1st Word, Thunder, Uniterm, etc.), I would like a faster unit and

     Faster unit and Unix.  Ah ha!  The TT!  Let me state that if Atari
 introduced the TT (Unix, 68030, runs ST software too) for under $3000 a
 year ago I would have been first line for one (well, maybe not first, at
 least until I could have raised the money.)  Now I'm not so sure about
 getting one ASAP, if at all. The great majority of questions was about the
 Lynx, local dealer problems, etc.  There was one or two about the TT, but
 nothing much was said.  Of course, this is because it is not being
 manufactured now which is understandable, but there seemed to be zero
 interest in the machine.  One of the reasons I went to the show was to
 find info on it, but all I got was that the TT passed FCC tests and
 software was being worked on now.  Mr. Brodie did not give a release date
 (i.e. "very soon", "September", etc.) which I think is a good thing. 
 Instead of the "very soon now" or "{1,2,3,4 Quarter of next year", saying
 nothing about a release date will not make him (or Atari) look bad should
 the machine fail to appear (nah...that would it happen, would it? :^)

     If the TT appears late this year or early 1991, I will not buy one for
 at least two years.  Why?  First, I bought my ST in October of 1985, and I
 thought that this would be the machine that would defeat the Mac (or at
 lea come very close to it.)  I didn't think that even Atari could mess it
 up. But what happened?  Instead of getting the (then) under-$1,000 512K
 68000 based machine (i.e. power) into colleges and business applications, 
 it's sold through Toys R Us.  Toys R Us?  Think of Toys R Us.  What do you
 think of?  I think of 3-to-5-year-olds running up and down the store.  If
 I don't want to buy a computer there, would upper-level executives?  Or
 people in charge of universities?  And what about support?  I thought that
 Atari, having a reputation problem then, would give away ST's (or at least
 make a *huge* discount) to universities to follow Apple's lead.  That
 would at least get them "in the door".  And I don't think many places
 would turn down a free Atari computer because at least they would have
 been able to play games if nothing else.   Let's hope Atari doesn't make
 the same mistake with the TT.

     So, to get back to the meeting: with three user groups represented, I
 should be able to assume that there was a deceint sample of Atari users.
 And if nobody had enough interest to press about the TT (at least get a
 few more "no comment at this time"'s from Mr. Brodie, should I, an Atari
 ST user, be worried?  That is one thing I haven't figured out yet.

     Who is Atari going to aim the TT at?  (Let me assume that the TT will
 be 68030-based, run some flavor of Unix, and be ST upward-compatable.)
 Will Atari try to sell the TT to the current ST userbase as an upgrade? I
 hope not, at least as a major source of sales.  Sure, there are some of us
 who would love getting a much faster ST *and* Unix, but the majority (at
 least a good number) I'd guess of current ST users don't reall want Unix. 
 (This will be debated here since about >90% of you reading this via Usenet
 are probably using Unix right now, either rn, readnews, etc.) I got to see
 for the first time a bunch of ST users (ok, just 70), but they didn't seem
 to know what a Unix is or if you have to feed it and burp it. That's fine,
 but why should Atari try to sell them a TT?  I think they shouldn't.  You
 can have a zillion computers sold, but how many will push Unix to the
 limit?  How many will even use the Unix end of the machine?  Ok, then who
 should Atari sell the TT to?  How about schools?  If they could offer a
 big-fat discount to high schools and colleges for a machine that runs
 both Unix and the pre-existing ST software line and bundle a bunch of PD
 and/or commercial ST software that shines on it, I think Atari would
 advance to the next plateau from "game machine company" to whatever in
 many eyes (important ones at that.)

     I would love to hear in about a year or so, people from the
 educational and business world saying "Atari finally made a *real*
 computer this time!" and us past and present ST owners (and 8-bitters for
 that matter) would just smile and say welcome to the world of Atari...

     Last week I attended a NeXT demo at my school, and I really liked the
 machine.  The problem I have is that at over $10,000, I don't see myself
 getting one (unless I win the lottery or something, but since I don't
 play I don't see myself winning.  It's a really fine computer that's
 worth the >$10K, but for the low-to-medium user like me?  It's just not
 practical for what I'd use it for at home (little word processing, and
 Really-Not-Professional C least not the commercial type...)
 I suspect that there are a few others out there who would like to have a
 Unix computer, but can't afford the current crop.  If the TT could fill
 this void (be under $3000) Atari's got a hit on their hands, *if* they
 sell it as a Unix computer first, ST compatable second.  "Runs Unix and
 has a library of programs that can already be run on it too!" would be a
 nice pitch for the TT.  I just can't see Atari hoping to sell the TT
 *only* to the current ST user base.

     To conclude (finally...), I hope no one takes the above as
 Atari-bashing, which has in the past been fashionable in these newsgroups. 
 I've used an Atari computer since 1983, going through a 400,600XL,130XE,
 and finally a 520ST w/1 MB.  I've sold everything except the 600XL (still
 16K, no drive) and the ST.  I am hoping I will not have to leave the Atari
 world.  I'm really hoping Atari breaks into the "serious" market with the
 TT.  Should they start to sell the TT to a more serious user market (not
 through Toys R Us), I'll be in line to get one.  If I can play Kreskin for
 a moment, in five years time, I think I'll be working on a newer computer
 with a little Fuji symbol on it...


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

 - New York City, NY          **  COMPUTER SHOPPER TO DROP ST COVERAGE! **

     According to our investigative sources, Computer Shopper Magazine, the
 very  popular  bargain  tabloid  and  virtual  source  of  the majority of
 products available for  the  US  computer  market  has  plans  of dropping
 support for  the Atari  St computers  and has  already dropped support for
 other 'orphaned' computer systems.

 - Baltimore, MD               **** EUTHANASIA PLANNED FOR DESK SET II ****

     Reportedly, Desk-Set II has not been as well recieved by  the userbase
 as expected.  Atari is exercising its new found wisdom by planning a quiet
 retirement of this software offering, this info has been confirmed  with a
 number of well informed members of the DTP community.  


     NEOCEPT has mailed notices containing upgrade information for Word Up,
 version 3.0.  Recipients of this notice are to return their original Word
 Up disks, the mailing labels enclosed with the notice, a check or money
 order in the amount of $31.00 ($28 upgrade fee + $3 S&H). Purchasers of
 Word Up after 12/31/89 need only send proof of purchase (i.e., original
 dealer receipt, canceled check, or charge receipt) and $3 for S&H.  For
 orders outside the US & Canada, add an extra $3.  Upgrade requests
 received by May 15, 1990 will be processed by then.  No upgrade requests
 will be honored after June 31, 1990.

  1) Proximity/Merriam-Webster Spell Checker dictionary with 116,000 words 
     (140,000 for an additional fee).  Dictionary is disk-based with small 
     RAM dictionary and cache for speed. 

  2) Proximity/Merriam-Webster Thesaurus has 470,000 synonyms and is disk
     based to save memory.

  3) Version 3.0 comes with a new set of higher quality and greater variety
     of fonts.  There are eight typefaces - Serif, Book Serif, Sabns, Book
     Sans, Typed, Corporate, Distinctive, and Math in sizes ranging from 8
     to 72 points.

  4) Version 3.0 is fully functional even on a 520ST!  All of the fonts are
     available and usable.  Word Up 3.0 bypasses GDOS and automatically
     loads only the printer fonts needed to print a particular document.

  5) The print quality is twice as good as before.  For example, 9-pin 
     printers can now output in 240x144 dpi (instead of the present
     120x144) and there are now true 360x360 dpi fonts for 24-pin

  6) There is a new super fast text printing mode that uses your printer's
     built-in fonts (also includes pictures, bold, and underline).

  7) Word up 3.0 can now import and export Word Writer and 1st Word/1st
     Word Plus documents.  The 1st Word Plus import/export supports
     pictures and footnote/endnote conversions.

  8) Multiple colunmns are easier to do.

  9) The Automatic Hyphenation is 100% accurate.

 10) Boxes and lines can be drawn around and in between paragraphs of

 11) Page Preview will show a full page on the screen just as it will

 12) There is now a Word Count and Free Memory indicator.

 13) There are now Delete Word left and right keystrokes.

 14) Dialog boxes features better numeric entry, with free-form placement
     of the decimal point.

 15) To print with an Atari SLM804 Laser Printer or an HP LaserJet/IIP 
     /III/DeskJet/Plus printers, Word Up 3.0 requires a new version of
     TurboJet which will be offered soon with an upgrade fee of $10.

 - ST. Louis, MO.          *** SOFT-LOGIK ANNOUNCES PAGESTREAM 2.0 ***

     During  an  online  conference  last  night,  Deron  K.  of Soft Logik
 Publishing Corp. announced the release of Pagestream 2.0.
    PageStream 2.0 is  fully  integrated  with  Agfa  Compugraphic's hinted
 outline  fonts,  as  well  as  Adobe  Type  1  IBM format (without hints.)
 PageStream displays these outline fonts on the screen plus prints  them to
 dot  matrix,  laser,  and  PostScript  printers  with  exquisite  quality.
 PageStream draws polygons with Bezier cubic  curves as  well as  the usual
 straight lines.
    PageStream 2.0  will load  and save  tags separate  from a document. In
 addition, 2.0 will save a document  as  a  template  for  future  works of
 similar design.   Version  2.0 allows  for specifications of beginning and
 ending angles of arcs in 1/100 degree increments  and allows  for rotation
 in 1/100 degree increments. 2.0 allows the specification of font sizes in
 1/100th point  increments, and  positions and  sizes an object to the same
 1/100th of a point.
    PageStream 2.0 allows larger maximum page dimensions (billboard  size &
 beyond) plus the ability to easily 'bleed' objects off the page.
   THE UPGRADE FEE will be $75, and PgS 2.0 will retail for $299.95. 
    Soft-Logik is  also proud  announce that  it has signed an agreement to
 distribute the Image Club series of clip art and PostScript  fonts for the
 Amiga  and  Atari  markets  in  North  America and Australia. The clip art
 library contains over 2000 EPS files.  The images can be reduced, enlarged
 or distorted  without losing  any resolution.  The type  library, which is
 Adobe Type 1 compatible, contains over 600 licensed faces. Image Club has
 been developing art and type for the Macintosh for several years.  This is
 a significant  advancement that  will bring  professional PostScript fonts
 and EPS clip art to the Amiga and Atari markets.
 > Hard Disks CPU/STR InfoFile?      Affordable Mass Storage....

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