ST Report: 22-Jun-90 #625

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 06/30/90-03:14:17 AM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: ST Report: 22-Jun-90  #625
Date: Sat Jun 30 03:14:17 1990

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 > The Editor's Podium?

     Here we are, on the doorstep  to Atari's  "New Beginning"  and we find
 that the  temper tantrums  and the  behind the scenes nonsense have yet to
 slow one  iota.   Elsewhere in  this issue  we examine  the 'long awaited'
 release of  the STe.   Atari's  market needed this release and there is no
 doubt it will have a lasting effect on  the future  of Atari  as has every
 other major product release from Atari.
     Amazingly,  the  grapevine  tells  us that the snippets emanating from
 "The Day Care Center" have yet to subside, in fact, we have it on reliable
 information that  one 'trustee'  in the  center has sworn to step up these
 nefarious activities. Oh well, 'Small things amuse small minds".
     With the advent of  Atari showing  the TT  in Canada,  there now  is a
 glimmer of  hope in the future for both Atari and the revival of its North
 American marketplace.  Of course, there are those who ask;  "when is Atari
 going to  allow the  USA to  enjoy the ...."  The answer is we are part of
 North America, are we not?  There  are  reports  that  the  CD  Rom  is in
 limited distribution  and that  the STe is in full distribution to through
 out the USA, including  major  electronics  distributors  like  Almo etc..
 Perhaps, Atari's  leadership is  beginning to listen to the users, they've
 only been begging for positive action for almost two years.
     STReport, in keeping  with  the  tradition  of  not  masking  or sugar
 coating the  facts has,  in the past few weeks, noticed that a good number
 of long time users have also decided to say it like it is.  Perhaps a good
 percentage  of  the  entire  userbase  is  now ready to deal with Atari on
 mature head to head level instead of the condescending treatment Atari has
 dealt to  the userbase  in the  past.   Of course, there are those who say
 Atari is doomed etc...  STReport says  there is  always hope  for a bright
 future as  long as  the leadership  is willing  to listen and make changes
 when the changes are in the  best interests  of both  the company  and the
 loyal users supporting the company.  Time, will tell all......
                                     Thanks for your support,

 OF NOTE: Atari Corp. may be moving to either Canada or the northeastern
 United States.  As this story develops, we will, of course, keep you up
 to date.  Half the warehouse facilities are already leased out....   If
 Atari is moving, it now becomes very clear that the good folks who work
 at Atari  have also been placed in  a very nasty  position,  especially
 those who have recently  relocated and  bought homes in  the  Sunnyvale
 area.   According to our sources,  certain employees have known of this
 possible move for approximately 7 - 10 days....


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   Issue # 72

 by Michael Arthur

 Remember When....

     In 1975,  Bill Gates began licensing his version of BASIC to a company
 called MITS, which sold it for the Altair 8800 microcomputer?

     And, after Bill Gates wrote an open letter to many  computer magazines
 saying that  "if computerists did not stop stealing his software, he would
 stop writing it?", he  began a  company called  Microsoft, with  its first
 product called Microsoft BASIC?



     The Interface  Group, the  organization which  holds the Spring Comdex
 and Fall Comdex shows  in the  US, has  recently announced  that its first
 Comdex/Europe show,  held in  April at Paris, was "very successful".  This
 show, which  attracted 335  exhibitors and  over 140,000  people, has been
 viewed as an alternative to the annual CEBIT Show, held in Germany.  While
 the CEBIT show is the largest such computer  exhibition in  the world, the
 Interface Group  predicts that  Comdex/Europe will  quickly become a major
 contender.  Over 60 US firms have registered for Comdex/Europe Fall, which
 is taking place on October 3-6, 1990, and 90 companies have already signed
 up for the next Comdex/Europe Spring show, in April 22-27, 1991.

     However, while Comdex/Spring (or  Spring  Comdex)  is  faring  well in
 Europe, it  is experiencing  harsh problems in the US.  The most recent US
 Show, held in Atlanta,  wasn't  attended  by  several  computer companies,
 (including IBM, Apple, Lotus, and Compaq, because of its traditionally low
 attendance levels.  Instead, many of these companies choose to attend Fall
 Comdex which  usually has twice the amount of attendance.  Other companies
 plan to follow their  footsteps, because  they "don't  have to  exhibit to
 throw a party".

     This  comment  may  refer  to  an  incident  at  Spring  Comdex  where
 Microsoft, even though they didn't exhibit at the show, gained significant
 press coverage  nevertheless.  It seems that rumors of a "Microsoft Party"
 led many reporters to a small contingent of  Microsoft employees,  who led
 them across the street from the World Congress Center (where Spring Comdex
 is held), to a group of limousines which took the press to  a private home
 in Atlanta  where Microsoft gave a short party/seminar on its Windows line
 of software.  Interestingly enough, Microsoft says that this was  one in a
 series of "road shows" aimed at users and Developers....

     The Interface  Group has  also had  to fight  off a  rumor that Spring
 Comdex would be held in Chicago next year.  This  rumor was  partly caused
 by a  few who  believed that  Atlanta lacked the quantity of exhibit space
 needed for a show the size of Comdex to be held there.  But one reason for
 Comdex/Spring's troubles this year may have been scheduling problems.  The
 Interface Group originally planned the show  to take  place in  Atlanta on
 April, but  then changed the location to Chicago.  It then doubled back on
 its decision, but by then exhibit space in Atlanta was already booked, and
 Comdex/Spring had  to be  held in June.  However, the CES Show was held at
 the same time, and the PC Expo (which IBM and Apple ARE exhibiting at) was
 being held  later in June.  Also, these same shows are usually attended by
 many corporate executives intending to make firm buying decisions....

 CPU Systems Roundup? XXXI


     A day after a  regional US  District Court  reinstated a  ruling which
 banned Motorola  from manufacturing or selling its 68030 microprocessor in
 America, Motorola obtained a temporary stay on the  68030 ban  from the US
 District Court  of Appeals in Washington D.C.  In March 1990, Judge Lucius
 Bunton (of the US District Court in Austin, Texas) had ruled that  the MMU
 (Memory Management  Unit) used in the 68030 infringed on a Hitachi patent,
 but he had temporarily delayed the 68030 ban until June 18.  Motorola (who
 earned $100  million dollars  worth of 68030-related sales last year) then
 appealed the  ruling to  the Federal  Patent Appeals  Court in Washington.
 Under the  terms of  this stay,  Motorola will  file a formal motion for a
 stay this week, but will be allowed to make and sell its  68030 chip until
 a decision  is reached  on whether  it can  do so while the District Court
 hears its case....

     The original series of lawsuits between Hitachi and Motorola came from
 difficulties  arising  after  Motorola  and  Hitachi ended a long standing
 technology sharing agreement  in  January  1989.    Motorola  charged that
 Hitachi's H8/532  chip had infringed on its patents, while Hitachi charged
 that the MMU used by the 68030 and 88000 microprocessors its '271' patent.
 Both companies  have been  successful in  their lawsuits,  as Bunton ruled
 that neither the H8/532 chip and the 68030 chip could  be sold  or made in
 the  US.    In  his  ruling,  Bunton  urged both companies to settle their
 disputes out of court.....

     Ironically,  while  Judge  Bunton  delayed  his  ruling  to  give both
 companies time to settle their difficulties out of court, Hitachi may have
 little incentive to do so.  While Hitachi cannot sell  the H8/532  chip in
 the US,  it hasn't  sold many  of those  chips in the US anyway.  In fact,
 Hitachi may decide to sue Motorola over the 68040, if the MMU  design that
 the 68040 chip uses is similar to the 68030's MMU....

     Interestingly, this already-convoluted situation has taken yet another
 turn.    Yesterday,  Hewlett-Packard  announced  that  it  has  signed  an
 agreement with  Hitachi, which  allows it to use the Hitachi MMU circuitry
 which is the basis for the  Motorola/Hitachi  lawsuit,  or  to  have other
 companies make the circuitry for them.  Under the terms of this agreement,
 HP believes that the US Government would allow Motorola to  make the 68030
 for Hewlett-Packard,  if the  US District  Court of Appeals decides not to
 repeal Judge Bunton's ruling.

     This means that Hewlett-Packard has the  best chance  of maintaining a
 secure supply  of 68030  chips, no matter how the Motorola/Hitachi lawsuit
 turns out.  Because of this announcement, there have been speculation that
 HP might  be able  to resell  68030s that it gets to companies like Apple,
 but Hewlett-Packard has refused to comment on this possibility....

     In its appeal, Motorola  has  revealed  that  the  U.S.  Patent Office
 granted its  request to  reexamine Hitachi's  '271' patent.   Motorola has
 found evidence  that this  patent (upon  which Hitachi's  suit against the
 68030 is based) may be invalid, based on a patent issued in 1966. For now,
 Motorola will try to get the  US District  Court of  Appeals to completely
 stay the  lower court's  68030 ban, pending the outcome of its appeal.  If
 Motorola is successful in obtaining this,  then Motorola  will be  able to
 make  and  sell  68030  chips  in  the  US  until the US District Court in
 Washington rules on Motorola's appeal.

 CPU MacNews?


     In a recent  interview,  John  Sculley  (Chairman  of  Apple) recently
 stated  that  price  cuts  are  "more  or less over for this year" for its
 existing Mac Plus, SE, and Mac II line of computers.   He  also reaffirmed
 his commitment  to making  a Low-end Macintosh capable of utilizing 32-bit
 QuickDraw, and commented that sales were shifting from  the Apple  II line
 (which earns  small net  margins for  Apple) to  the Macintosh, which make
 higher margins.  In making this point, Sculley  commented that  this would
 allow  Apple  to  go  after  the  low-end of the computer marketplace more
 competitively.  Sculley also indicated that Apple was working on a lighter
 portable Macintosh....

     Several  technology  analysts  say  that  the  market  for  home/small
 business computers  is  growing  by  over  70  percent  a  year,  and many
 investors have  criticized Apple's lack of competitiveness in this area of
 the industry.  In order to  remedy  this,  Apple  has  indicated  that its
 upcoming low-end Macintosh will be in the $1500 - $2000 price range. Also,
 it may reportedly use a 16 MHZ 68020.  To cover the software compatibility
 concerns of the current Apple II userbase (particularly in the educational
 field),  several  have  indicated  that  Apple  may  develop  an  Apple II
 coprocessor board  for the  Macintosh.  However, some feel that a low-cost
 Macintosh may also cut into Apple's profit margins, even though  Apple has
 recently performed  several cost control procedures (including a layoff of
 400 people) to ensure its profitability.

     Apple has also not fared well  from  other  sectors  of  the Macintosh
 universe.  In its latest issue, Macworld published an article warning that
 low-frequency electromagnetic emissions from  cathode  ray  tube  (or CRT)
 computer monitors  may, in  the long  term, cause several health problems.
 Many in the news media quickly interpreted this as saying  that "radiation
 emissions from  Macintosh monitors were 'worrisome'", and Apple stock then
 dropped almost a dollar a share.  In contrast to its previous reactions to
 Macworld's  inquiries  on  the  matter (before the article was published),
 Sculley said that Apple has hired several outside experts to  research the
 possible existence, extent and danger of this problem....

 But ponder, if you will, this question:

 1)   Is there  any truth  to public  opinion that  a significant amount of
     "hackers"  nowadays  are  people  who  use   computers  for  malicious


 - Mountain View, CA                    ADOBE INTRODUCES POSTSCRIPT LEVEL 2

     Only a  few months  after it released Postscript's specifications into
 the Public Domain, Adobe Systems Inc. has introduced an updated version of
 the language.   Called  Postscript Level  2, it  consolidates and improves
 many of Adobe's extensions  to Postscript,  such as  forms handling, color
 support, and  faster graphics  and text  operators.  In addition to making
 these changes, Adobe has made its  Postscript interpreter  faster and more

     In order to further improve Postscript's performance, Adobe is writing
 new  system-level  drivers  to  improve  printing  time  and  support  for
 printer-specific features  like duplex  printing and multiple paper trays.
 These drivers will be made for the Macintosh, OS/2, and Windows 3.0.


     Hosiden Electronics plans to spend over $227 million in the next three
 years to boost its production of LCD (liquid crystal display) screens.  It
 will spend $27 million in improving a current factory, but will spend over
 $200 million  over the  next three years to build a new factory.  While it
 currently  makes  $87  million  a  year  in  this  growing,  but  fiercely
 competitive market,  it hopes  to be  making $324 million by the time this
 new factory is built.  The fortunes of this company's  efforts may greatly
 affect  Apple,  as  Hosiden  currently  manufactures the active-matrix LCD
 screens used by the Apple Portable.   Interestingly,  it ships  10,000 LCD
 screens to Apple a month....

 - Washington, DC                    ANTI-PIRACY ASSOCIATIONS PLAN TO MERGE

     The Business  Software Alliance  (or BSA) has announced plans to merge
 with the Software Publishers Administration, in order to better coordinate
 their efforts  in such things as fighting software piracy and representing
 software companies more effectively in major issues.

     The BSA is a group of six major software companies (all of  which were
 already  part  of  the  SPA)  which  focused  on  both  fighting worldwide
 software piracy and copyright infringement, and  representing the software
 industry  in  international  trade  issues.    It  will  now perform these
 functions as a part of the  SPA, which  represents more  than 650 software
 companies.   The SPA will continue to focus on fighting software piracy in
 North America,  and (with  the BSA)  will fight  software piracy worldwide
 through educational campaigns and litigation....

 - Tokyo, Japan                     HITACHI SHOWS MEMORY CHIP BREAKTHROUGHS

     Hitachi has recently announced that it has made a working prototype of
 a 64-megabit memory chip.  While  other memory  chip makers,  like Fujitsu
 and TI,  have expressed efforts to make such a chip, Hitachi is one of the
 first to successfully produce one.  Running at 50 ns (nanoseconds), it has
 circuit lines  which are 0.3 microns wide.  However, Hitachi has said that
 such a chip won't be commercially available until 1995....

     However, Hitachi has also started manufacturing  the first  DRAM chips
 that can  operate at  35 ns.   This  new series  of chips,  which is first
 appearing in the Cheetah 433 (a 33 MHZ  80486 IBM  Clone), is  fast enough
 for many  computers using processors with clock speeds of 20 MHZ and above
 to perform effectively without needing a CPU Cache or Static  RAM.  Before
 this, the fastest commercial DRAM chips operated at 55 - 60 ns.

     Hitachi  and  Texas  Instruments  have  also  announced plans to begin
 sample shipments of 16 Megabit DRAM  chips in  Fall 1990,  as a  result of
 their  joint  development  efforts.    Hitachi and Texas Instruments began
 these efforts, which involved both joint development of a 16  Megabit DRAM
 chip and  the exchange of DRAM manufacturing expertise, in late 1988.  The
 announced shipment date is  a year  earlier than  was originally expected,
 and is  1 -  1 1/2  years earlier  than other  DRAM vendors  (like IBM and
 Fujitsu) have announced for their 16 megabit DRAM production....

 CPU Addendum:   In CPU Report Issue 71, people who perform activities such
 ============    as illegally breaking into private networks or systems
                 using computers were referred to as  computer "crackers".
                 This name  became attributed to them because some have
                 compared themselves to safe crackers, just as software
                 thieves compare themselves to pirates....



 NOTICE:   This is  the THIRD  in a  series of eight (8) articles which are
          designed to stimulate thought and bring to the light of  day, the
          underlying  causes  behind  the  very  apparent  decline of Atari
          Computers worldwide.  We will be taking a  very thorough  look at
          every aspect  of Atari's management, procedures and policies that
          continually  seem  to  send  the  same  message  to   the  users,
          developers,  contractors,  dealers,  distributors and prospective

                           ATARI'S HALL OF SHAME

 by Ralph F. Mariano

     Never, in the history of the computer world have so  few done  so much
 to  injure  a  great  concept,  design  and  product  line as the ST.  The
 Katzenjammer have proven ,beyond  a  shadow  of  a  doubt,  just  how much
 apparent thought went into the overall decision making process.  Below, we
 present a table of a few of  the  most  memorable  decisions  that  had an
 everlasting effect on all of us....

     This is  a classic;  all over  the USA, there users utilizing only TOS
 1.0, a slow, buggy OS that was 'the best available' up to  the point where
 users began  to find  out about the existence of TOS 1.2.  Ironically, the
 manner in which the release of TOS 1.2 was handled  would have  a profound
 effect on  the release and acceptance of the newer TOS 1.4 (that's another
 story).  Users, usergroups and dealers soon found that Atari  was allowing
 the newer  TOS 1.2  to appear first in the new machines they were shipping
 and were not available to  the  users  as  an  upgrade  either  direct, or
 through their  dealers.   This action  on the part of Atari caused such an
 uproar that even dealers were ready to remove the chips from the new units
 to placate  their 'preferred'  customers who  want to  maintain up to date
 machines.  As time has shown  this release  of TOS  1.2 made  for strained
 relationships throughout  the US dealer network.  Actually, to bring us up
 to date for a moment, the MEGA roms are STILL  HAUNTING THE  USA USERBASE!
 All ST  computers coming  into the  States are still arriving with TOS 1.2
 installed in the from the factory!  

     Hot on the heels of the TOS 1.2 footshot, the very nasty and extremely
 aggravating drive dilemma became known.  Atari was made very well aware of
 the media change recognition problem with  a particular  production run of
 the now  infamous Chinon  AA drives  being shipped in the mega/1040 units.
 Oddly enough, only the DS/DD drive  were effected.   Instead  of a general
 bulletin advising users of this problem, there had to arise an uproar from
 the userbase  itself before  Atari came  forward and  allowed exchanges to
 take place.  The next hurdle was the once again or as always, depending on
 how you look at it, problem of a lack of sufficient dealers.   In  the end
 Atari allowed  users to send in the drive mechanism for exchange directly.
 This was a good decision brought about by  much clamoring  by very unhappy

     Not surprisingly,  after Federated  was acquired,  the assurances flew
 hot and heavy.  All directed  at the  existing dealers  in areas  that had
 Federated Outlet(s)  nearby.   These dealers were told that they would not
 be placed in direct competition with the mass  merchandiser/discount house
 image Federated  presented.   Thus assured,  the dealers  went about their
 business.  Shortly thereafter, it was discovered by  the wife  of a friend
 of one  of the  dealers who  worked at a federated outlet that the 520STFM
 units Federated was receiving had DOUBLE  SIDED drives  installed from the
 factory in  them.  Meanwhile the "loyal" dealers had 520STFM units with SS
 drives in inventory.  The outcry was loud  enough to  be clearly  heard on
 the east coast.  Atari then allowed the dealers (after many complaints and
 bitter confrontations) to either discount the  units  or  send  in  the SS
 drives  for  DS  drives.    Still,  the dealers had a serious problem, the
 Federated Stores were selling the 520STF  DS units  at retail  prices LESS
 than  the  dealers  in  those  areas  were able to buy them wholesale from

     There is nothing much left to  be  said  concerning  this  dilly  of a
 decision, except perhaps, the thoughts of what wonderful things could have
 come to pass had  the  blown  bucks,  (Millions  ..down  the  tubes), been
 invested  in  the  USA's  Atari  ST  market.   Another in the long line of
 successful decisions by the  present leadership  that have  "helped" Atari
 achieve its present stature in the USA's computer market.

     The Userbase,  now very  well tuned  in to  the 'on  again, off again'
 Atari attitude of support for the USA market watched, with great care, the
 development and  release of  TOS 1.4.  They had just cause to do so.  From
 the very beginnings of the  TOS  1.4  era,  we  saw  countless revelations
 pertaining to its development and fine tuning, from requests by Al Ferrara
 for bug reports placed in the public fora both here and in Europe to false
 starts  pertaining  to  its  release (Chris Roberts).  Additionally, there
 were dealers who received  pre-release  chipsets (4/89)  for the customers
 who had  purchased Moniterm Monitors. NB.. the Moniterm Monitor works with
 only TOS 1.4 or greater.  TOS 1.4 will long be remembered as the  TOS with
 an extremely  checkered beginning.   It certainly was the most controversy
 ridden TOS up to  that time.   In  fact, we  may never  see an  end to the
 problems  arising  from  the  mis-managed  release of this version of TOS.
 Still, (06/1990) they (Atari) continue to ship the  new ST  units with TOS
 1.2 while 1.4 is on sale around the globe.  WHY?

     Untold hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in these two programs
 by Atari and where  are they?   Ask  any any  dealer to  compare these two
 "GEMS" to  any of the competitive programs available, and you will find an
 overwhelming majority of the  dealers  will  point  in  any  direction but
 toward these two "jewels".

     Almost  immediately  after  the  STe  was released all over the world,
 except of course the USA, it  was  discovered,  among  other  problems DMA
 etc..., that  due to  a bug in the new TOS 1.6 the O.S. would only boot in
 LOW REZ.  So, an auto folder patch  program was  released to  correct this
 situation and  a new  chip version,  TOS 1.62  was destined  to emerge.  A
 short while later the  USA finally  gets the  good news  that the  STe was
 awarded FCC  approval.   Dealers and users alike rejoice knowing they will
 soon be able to enjoy selling and using the new STe machines.   Toward the
 end of  spring 1990,  there is  one thousand  brand spanking new STe units
 ready to ship to  the USA's  dealers.   Somebody decided  to unbox  one of
 these 'gems'  and see  what it  was like.  Lo and behold, it won't boot in
 anything but LOW REZ!  As  the word  buzzed through  Sunnyvale expressions
 like; "but  they had  the chips and the instructions to install TOS 1.62",
 could be heard.  Almost at the same time, we are told that there  would be
 a slight  delay cause  by this  and that  Atari was  going to do the right
 thing and make sure TOS 1.62  would be  in the  machines destined  for USA
 marketplace.   The strongest  of assurances  came from  Atari stating that
 they would "make sure the new STe units destined for the USA  market would
 have the  newer TOS  1.62".   Most all  the dealers  and users  in the USA
 breathed a sigh of relief and exclaimed; "well,  maybe their  attitude has
 changed and they are now concentrating on doing the right thing".  

 Ah yes  here we  are, a short while later.. and we find that the STe units
 shipping in the USA have, at this time,  the "BROKEN"  TOS 1.6.   Now, the
 big question  is will those who buy the STe with TOS 1.6 be able to obtain
 the "good version" TOS 1.62 and  either install  it themselves  or have it
 installed at  NO EXTRA  COST?   Or, are  these folks going to face the old
 "handling fee" routine?  We find that certain 'online reps'  have taken it
 upon themselves  to call  this latest occurance a "non-issue" and one felt
 it necessary to pass off a  snide remark  or two,  the fact  remains.. the
 machines are  out there  now with an autofolder patch program, while there
 is a fixed version 1.62 'in the wings'.  The big question now is  will the
 current batch  of purchasers  be 'forced to buy' the fixed version or will
 it be provided?  

 Editor Note:
     STReport invites our reader to participate.  If  you have  a memorable
 "NON-ISSUE" you  wish to  submit by  all means let us know.  Please submit
 the item in this format; 

               ~ time period                (spring'89)
               ~ the event/decision         (brief description)
               ~ the decision maker/cause.  (brief outline)


 > STR Mail Call?                   Letters to the Editor

 From: The GEnie STReport Area..

 Category 26,  Topic 2  
 Message 388       Tue Jun 19, 1990
 B.PISCHKE                    at 21:18 EDT
     I am disgusted how you always  tell  YOUR  side  of  the  story.   For
 example, in  STR624, you post messages from the Forem crossnet ... but not
 the replies. You post only the ones  that  tell  what  you  believe.   You
 always put  things in  the worst  possible light.   I am not saying that I
 like what Atari is doing; don't get me wrong.  I just  don't like  how you
 report your  "news".   If one  deleted all the "flames", the file would be
 reduced to around 10K or so. You just lost a reader.

 Its important to understand that STReport relates the  stories exactly how
 they are  received.  In many cases, the submitted story carries an opinion
 included or, as in most cases, the story comes by way of  a phone  call to
 the editor  and the  reactions of  the caller  are included.  Although the
 reader seems to agree  with the  facts that  Atari is  far from  doing the
 right thing,  the impression  left is that of well, leave it quietly said.
 Or, not said at all.  Perhaps "it will go  away by  itself?"   That is all
 well and  good had this year been the first year of grief, frustration and
 on the part of the USA users.  This is  the fifth  year and  we agree with
 the general  opinion that  all that's  left is  the shouting  and if Atari
 can't 'hear' that, then all is truly lost.

 Sent : Jun 19, 1990  at 9:49 PM
 To   : STReport
 From : D. MCGUIRE at The SAGE BBS!
 Subj : Atari Exchange Program

 Ralph, I think your  article  on  Atari's  exchange  program  is  right on
 target!    The  exchange  program  was  Atari's  most  effective effort at
 product/user support.  Their  attempt to  steer users  to the  dealers for
 service rather  than have them use the exchange program would be all right
 IF they had dealers!!!  Lacking  a  viable  dealer  network,  the exchange
 program was  a very  reasonable way  to go.  It's a little hard to believe
 that someone would send in a  working 520  STFM and  $115 just  to get one
 with  a  double-sided  drive!!!    I  would  think they would offer direct
 exchange at the "dealer" price to users who don't have a dealer  within 50
 miles of them.
   What does Bob Brodie have to say about this???

 Bob Brodie made mention of this entire situation at the PACE show recently
 in Pittsburgh, where he  stated the  reason you  mention above  as being a
 major excuse  for the  now extremely  high rates  of the exchange program.
 One would think though that the working 520stf and $115.00 would more than
 cover the  cost of  the swap  to obtain  the DS drive.  In retrospect, how
 smart Atari would have been  to  institute  an  exchange  policy  for just
 drives in  all 520SFTM  that were  sold within  say, a 90day period at the
 time the first 520stf units appeared with the DS drives in them.   But no,
 another magnanimous policy blunder to engender plenty of hard feelings and
 scorn.  The "beancounters at Atari" pull off another dilly...<sigh>



                      WITH CHARLES F. JOHNSON
                           JUNE 12, 1990
    Hi, folks,  and  welcome  to  DELPHI's  ST  Advantage.    Tonight we're
 pleased  to  have  Charles  F.  Johnson from CodeHead Software in a formal
 Conference.  Because this  is a  formal conference,  we need  to have some
 rules, so let's get those out of the way first.

    To keep  things under  control, we ask that you not "talk" until you've
 been given the floor by the conference moderator (me).  If you  would like
 to ask  Charles a question, signal the moderator by typing a question mark
 (?).  Your name will then be put on a list, and you will  be notified when
 it is your turn to speak.

    When you  have the  floor, please  keep your  questions and comments as
 brief as is reasonable.  We  want  to  keep  things  moving  fast  so that
 everyone gets  a chance  to participate.  When you have finished speaking,
 signal us by typing GA.

    With that out of the way, I'd like to welcome Charles Johnson
 from CodeHead Software.

    Charles, is there anything you'd like to say to get things started?

    Sure.  I don't really have anything prepared, but I do want  to mention
 that we're  about to  release some neat new products that should fit right
 in everyone's CodeHead collection.  Our  new package  is going  to contain
 two new  programs both  written by Doug Harrison (of OPUS spreadsheet fame
 known as MEDSTUD here on Delphi).  One is called  PopIt!'s a program
 that lets  you "HotWire"  your desk  accessories.   In other words, assign
 each accessory a certain "hot  key"  and  bring  it  up  instantly  in any
 program by  typing that  key.  (Yes, it also works with accs loaded inside
 MultiDesk!)  The other program will be called LookIt!   And please believe
 me when  I tell  you that  this is  the _ultimate_ file viewer/binary file
 editor.  We're really looking forward to getting these programs out there,
 and we're shooting for a release within a month/6 weeks.   That's all.  :)

    Sounds great!  Thanks, Charles.  Okay, GA Scott.

    Will any of your programs work on the 68030 used in the TT?

    Scott:   Yes, all  of our programs will work on a 68030 processor. Some
 of them will  require  updates,  but  the  latest  versions  of everything
 definitely do work.  (We got some after-hours time on a TT at the WOA show
 in April, and made sure of it.)  :)

    GA, David.

    Since you were voted  "Best Shareware  Author" last  year, how  has the
 response been  ($) to  LGF Software?   Are  you thinking of developing new
 products or just supporting/enhancing the old ones?

    David: The response to my shareware  programs  _has_  picked  up  a bit
 since  the  award  in  Shareware  Connection,  and  I'm really grateful to
 everyone who's paid the registration fee for one of my  products.   But to
 give a  little perspective  on the  shareware market,  I recently released
 version 1.7 of PinHead. Over on GEnie (sorry, Clay!), there have been over
 800 downloads  of the program in a little over a month.  (Which means that
 who-knows-how-many people actually  have  copies.)    Well,  in  my entire
 database for  all four  of my  shareware products  I have  a few more than
 _half_ that many people.  All  in all,  not really  a great  score for the
 "honor system"  I think. I know a lot of people just don't think about it,
 and put it off or don't  have  time,  etc.  ....but  so  far,  even though
 shareware is picking up, things are pretty slim.

    You're up, Dana.

    Well, Charlie,  I really don't have a question, but a comment. I'd like
 to congratulate you and John for all of your products thus far.  You folks
 seem to  come out  with products  that are  useful for  everyone, and it's
 appreciated, especially  in a  dwindling ST-support  group. I  also have a
 question, and  Clay should probably delete it from the final draft of this
 CO, but I was wondering if  it's still  possible to  upgrade HotWire! with
 MaxiFile,  perhaps  even  while  online  here  Sorry, Clay, it wasn't that
 bad!! Upgrade, as in, take an order for it  :)

    Well....the upgrade offer to  HotWire Plus,  for owners  of HotWire 1.3
 and earlier  has been  expired for  several months now, unfortunately.  At
 this time, we aren't  doing online  upgrades, because  of the  expense and
 time involved.

    I meant  to be  able to  order it  while online,  rather than an actual
 updated file in the downloads.

    Dana: Sure, actually you can indeed order MaxiFile online if  you wish.
 Although,  to  be  honest,  it  might  be cheaper to just call us at (213)

    Okay, Walter.  You're up.

    Charles: I'm not up to date--sorry...

    That's OK, Walter.  I'm not that up-to-date either.  :)

    ...but, re: the question about the 68010. What about your software with
 archaic equipment like the ATR8000?

    The ATR8000?  Wow!  We're talking 8-bit stuff here, right?


    Well, all  the CodeHead  products are for the ST.  I did own an ATR8000
 at one time, but those days have past.  Sadly.  :)

    Charles wrote some marvelous programs for the 8-bit--a long time ago!

    I loved my 8-bit Atari.  <sob>  Excuse me while I get maudlin. :)

    GA, Bill.

    Charles, I purchased G+PLUS here while back and I can't  seem to locate
 any support  in the  way of  printer drivers.  I have  a Demo version of a
 manual maker that uses  GDOS and  it works  great but  I'm having problems
 with the printer and the graphics handling.

    What kind of printer do you need a driver for, Bill?

    SEARS SR1000 and a SR5000.

    Hmmm.    Those  are  two  printers  I've  never  heard of.  I'd suggest
 contacting Migraph and/or Neocept.   Both  of those  companies market GDOS
 printer drivers and they may be able to help you.

    The  SR  1000  works  great  its  the  5000 I can't seem to get to work

    Okay, Scott.

    What do you think about the general state of the ST in the USA?  Do you
 think that  if Atari  ran an ad campaign for the ST like they have for the
 Lynx, it would revive the ST in the USA?

    Wow, a loaded question, eh?  Like most  people, I  guess, I'm  not very
 happy with  the way Atari has handled the US market.  Just about every one
 of their promises to  advertise the  ST has  failed to  materialize, while
 developers and users move on to other machines.  Atari has to perform some
 emergency surgery _soon_ or the US market is going to be a  dead issue for
 them.   Call me a die-hard, but I do think it's still possible for them to
 come back.  However (and that's  a big  "however"), it's  going to  take a
 real commitment,  in terms  of advertising  dollars and user support.  The
 next six months are going to be very revealing.

    Are you moving on too,Charles? Maybe to the European market?

    Scott: I'd be less than honest if I said that I wasn't looking at other
 platforms for my software right now.

    GA, Dana.

    Since Scott  opened up the door real wide, regarding CodeHead's support
 of the US market, does CodeHead  have  any  user  group  support, possibly
 through  donations  of  new  products  and/or  advertising  in local group
 newsletters?  I've talked with John in the past, and  he's been  more than
 cooperative  in  regards  to  verbal  help  with  product  info on various
 products for newsletter articles, reviews, etc.  Can  CodeHead _afford_ to
 support, however minutely, groups with products or advertising?

    Yes, we've  advertised in user group newsletters in the past and we are
 interested in talking to _any_ user group about any kind of support we can
 give.   If you have a specific proposal, just call us and we'll talk about

    I will do that, personally--thanks.

    GA, David.

    Was the enormously fast Auto Organizer written in GFA BASIC, or are all
 CodeHead products 100% assembly?  When will FatBack be available?

    Yes,  Auto  Organizer  was  written  in  GFA  Basic, with some assembly
 modules.  That's the only product of ours (to date)  that was  not written
 in  pure  assembly  language.    Fatback  is still under development (it's
 actually John's project) I know it's been a while since  we first promised
 it, but  believe it  or not,  we're still  planning to release it.  It all
 depends on when John can get  time to  work on  it.   (It's tough  being a
 two-man operation sometimes.)

    For those who don't know, Charles, what is FatBack?

    Fatback is  our hard  disk backup program.  It has a somewhat different
 approach than other backup systems; it does an  "image" backup  that still
 lets  you  extract  individual  files  from  the  backup  if you need to. 
 Unfortunately, it's also our only "vaporware"  product at  this point....a
 series of  setbacks and time conflicts have prevented us from releasing it

    Thanks, Charles.  GA, Bill.

    Concerning your hands-on experience with the  TT. In  your opinion, was
 it better than the ST or merely faster?

    The TT is a nice machine, with several important improvements on the ST
 model.   The VME  bus alone  holds immense  promise for  expandability.  I
 liked it.  I wish it was in the stores right now.

    You're up, Drona.

    Charles, first  I want to say, for the _benefit_ of any newcomers, that
 Codehead software  products are  absolutely the  greatest!!! PopIt! sounds
 like another  absolute must-have revolutionary first! Does the exclamation
 point go with the name? LookIt!  sounds  cool  too,  but  I'm  not  sure I
 understand what kinds of uses it might have. Would it allow viewing a text
 file anytime in the middle of a program?

    LookIt! is a stand-alone program  that  not  only  lets  you  view text
 files,  but  also  edit  them,  mark and save/delete blocks, and much much
 more.  It's one of the  nicest  binary  file  editors  in  existence, too.
 (You  can  finally  throw  away  Disk  Doctor.)  :)  In  addition  to  its
 functionality, it has a really nifty new approach  to the  user interface,
 that mimics  the Macintosh  in some  ways.   Doug Harrison's written a new
 object-drawing library that is quite unique.

    GA, David.

    Have you ever considered writing  a  reference  guide  for  aspiring ST
 assembly programmers?   I  really enjoyed your Assembly Line articles from

    That's a good idea, David, and yes, I have considered it but as always,
 it's very hard to find time to devote to a large project like that.

    GA, Scott.

    Charles, why haven't you been on Delphi lately? You seem to be on GEnie
 all the time. Delphi's cheaper, you know.

    Well....he see, I had  this  big  argument  with  Clay and...
 (just kidding,  folks!). Actually, it's just been impossible to keep up on
 all the online services.  In the future, I'm going to try to get up here a
 lot more often, so you may be seeing more of me than you want. 

    GA, Bill.

    Charles,  I  just  wanted  to  mention  that  we  have a dealer here in
 Memphis, and he carries all of your products including shareware {disk for
 disk}. I  wish all  ST'ers could be as fortunate to have as good access as
 we do here.

    So do I, Bill!  Unfortunately, I've been hearing rumors  (uh, "rumors")
 that one  of the  few remaining ST dealers here in Los Angeles is going to
 be closing soon.  <sigh>

    Okay, Gordie.

    I know this may be difficult to narrow down, but...

    I think Gordie got knocked off line. While we wait for him...GA,

    Will PopIt! be able to "hot-key" DAs that aren't in a slot or MultiDesk
 while within a program without memory fragmentation?

    PopIt! lets  you call  up DAs  that are already loaded; it doesn't load
 them at  the time  you press  the "hot  key."   The ST's memory-allocation
 scheme  is  a  very  hard  taskmaster  and  fragmentation  is  just  about
 impossible to avoid in situations like that.

    Gordie, you want to try again? <GRIN>

    Yeah, where was I when the 520 went south?   Oh,...If you  could change
 one thing about Atari US, what would it be?



    Are you  trying to  get me  in trouble?  :) Actually,  I'd change a lot
 more than one thing if I could,  but  it  ain't  my  company,  and  at the
 present time,  I don't  think I'll  have the  capital to  buy them out any
 time soon.  I suppose the main thing I would  change if  I could  is their
 attitude towards  advertising.  They can have the greatest computer in the
 world, but it doesn't mean nothin' if nobody  knows about  it. They _have_
 to start advertising soon, if the US market is important to them at all.

    RE: Advertising.  Do you think that maybe it's too late for large-scale
 advertising to be effective?   Where will people go to buy  the equipment?
 There are almost no dealers left.

    Yep, I  know, Clay.   Like I said, emergency surgery is called for. I'm
 not (quite) giving up on Atari  yet, but  they'd better  DO something, and

    There  have  been  rumors  that  Atari  is  in even worse shape than we
 suspect.  I sure hope they're wrong. GA Gordie.

    I'm not so sure  it's a  matter of  advertising, as  marketing overall.
 Atari doesn't  know who  to try  to sell to.  The ST/TT isn't another C64,
 and they don't really  have the  marketing background  for niche marketing
 beyond  the  MIDI  market.    Although  the  president  of Atari US should
 understand niche marketing a little better.  He used to sell Koala Springs
 soft drinks, hardly a major player in the soft drink market.

    Good points,  Gordie.   I've heard  some things  lately that lead me to
 think that they may be beginning  to understand  just how  bad off  the US
 market really  is.   As I  said, the  next six months are going to be very

    What have you heard?  Can you share it with us?

    Well, one thing I find  encouraging  is  that  Elie  Whatsisname  :) is
 coming from  Atari France  to help  out with  US marketing.   This man was
 almost single-handedly  responsible  for  bringing  Atari  France  up from
 $0.00 to  $50 mil  a year.  All reports are that he's very sharp, and that
 he won't have to answer to the Tramiels.  Again....time will tell.

    That sounds hopeful.  But--and it's a big but--the Tramiels  are famous
 for hiring  experts and  then firing them two weeks later. Let's all cross
 our fingers on this one!

    Very true, Clay.

    GA, Drona.

    Charles, do you think that  the  strength  of  the  European  ST market
 specifically for  MIDI and  musicians, is  such that you would recommend a
 musician to buy an ST for MIDI? And  would you  mind sharing  with us what
 sequencer software you use?

    There are  some terrific  MIDI applications  for the ST, and I wouldn't
 have any pangs of  conscience  recommending  the  ST  as  a  MIDI machine.
 However, it's also true that there are some terrific MIDI applications for
 other computers too; in fact, I  recently had  occasion to  use the VISION
 sequencer on a Mac II, and I was quite blown away.  VERY nice program.  On
 the ST,  I'm still  using Hybrid  Arts SMPTE-Track  sequencer; it's always
 done everything I need a sequencer to do.

    For all who may not know it, Charles is also a professional musician.

    I have  an ST,  of course, but I've been advising friends that with the
 Euro MIDI software and ST use is so strong that even if things die out for
 Atari in  the US  that MIDI  ST support  will remain  from Europe. Is this
 valid, Charles?

    I dunno, Drona. I would suppose the European MIDI developers  will keep
 going as long as there's one person out there using an ST for music.

    You're up, Bill.

    What kind of memory requirements do PopIt! and LookIt! have? And how do
 SW developers choose their test base {if any}.

    PopIt! uses only about 20K; it's a desk  accessory.   LookIt! uses more
 memory, but  it's not really an important issue, since it's not a resident
 program.  I'm not sure what you mean by "test base."  Can you elaborate?

    Do you do all of the  debugging yourself  or do  you enlist  the aid of

    Actually, we  have 10  (or maybe  11) beta testers as our programs have
 grown in scope  (and  size)  it's  become  impossible  to  do  all testing  we've  tried  to  enlist  a  representative  group of ST
 (ab)users to test our stuff to destruction.

    That's the word! {beta} I was wondering because of the different models
 of machines nowadays.

    We've got  one question  left.  Maybe it ought to be the last.  What do
 you think, Charles?

    Yeah....I've gotta be toddling along pretty  soon!   Fire when  you see
 the whites of my eyes.

    Okay, Scott, you get to close things up.

    Charles , do you know anything about this Midi-Tasking vs Multi-Tasking
 controversy? Will Atari's program work will all ST  software or  will just
 multitask music  (MIDI) software? Also do you know when Atari will release

    I haven't actually seen  Atari's MIDI-tasking  software yet  but I HAVE
 spoken to  several MIDI  developers about  it. Apparently, the software is
 going to be of most use to MIDI programs that are specifically  written to
 use  it.    From  what  I've  been  told,  there  are very few "normal" ST
 applications that will be compatible with  MIDI-tasking "out  of the box."
 But if  it does become popular for MIDI, we may see some non-MIDI software
 updated to take advantage  of it.   (I  know I'd  be very  interested in a
 workable multitasking standard myself.)

    Okay, I  'd like  to thank Charles for taking the time to visit with us
 here, and thank all of you for attending. And remember  that the  best way
 to support  the ST is to support its developers.  So buy a lot of software
 ..especially from CodeHead!  <GRIN>

    Get down, Clay!  <grin>

    This CO is officially over!



                 -----> EXCLUSIVE EYEWITNESS REPORT <-----

                           VANCOUVER ATARI SHOW

 by Oscar Steele

     It seems  that  everywhere  you  look,  controversy  and  bad feelings
 surround  Atari  shows.    Most  recently,  Rich Tsukiji, of ST World, has
 attempted to put on a show that would cause a  conflict with  the Glendale
 Atarifest's schedule.  Last year,  the same thing happened, and both shows
 were canceled.  Many  users and  developers still  have vivid  memories of
 this year's PACE show because of accusations of mass piracy by show goers.
 Even though the show was well advertised and  hyped, it  failed to surpass
 500 attendees  (compared to other Atari shows of the past which had six to
 eight thousand users). The  stability  of  yesteryear's  Atari  user group
 shows have been shattered.

     With this  in mind  I didn't  know exactly  to expect at the Vancouver
 Atari Show.  It wasn't touted as a major show, as PACE was, but word of it
 did spread  in local  user group  newsletters and  on GEnie, where I first
 heard about  it.   Most descriptions  were vague,  mentioning the location
 (Vancouver), date  (June 16th),  and that the TT would be shown.  I wasn't
 even aware of the exact location  until the  day before  the show.   Since
 Vancouver is relatively close to me, my curiosity was sparked.

     I  went  to  a  local  Atari dealership, Cave Creek Computers, and was
 lucky enough to find an ad for  the  show  in  PSAN,  a  local  user group
 newsletter.  Later  on  that  day,  I  went  to  a  user group meeting for
 STarbase.  Derek Mihocka, of Branch Always Software, stopped by on his way
 to Vancouver.   The  user group  was having a swap meet that night, and he
 fit right in selling copies of Quick  ST.    Derek  told  me  that  he was
 planning to  test the TT with a version of Quick ST modified specially for
 the TT.

     Although my plan was to be  at the  show in  the morning,  a flat tire
 caused me to roll in at 3:30.  I missed the crowd, but was told that there
 were quite a bit of users  earlier.   The vendors  included a  few dealers
 selling various  items and  several developers.  Derek was selling version
 2.1 of Quick ST.  Cherry Fonts' Todd  Johnson occupied  the booth  next to
 Derek's  and  was  selling  fonts  for  Calamus.  And N.I. Software, which
 produces an educational product to teach French, was close to the TT.

     As you may have guessed, the TT occupied  most of  the people  most of
 the time.  The Atari reps said they hoped that it would be released to the
 general public in August (which is  a distinct  possibility since  the STe
 was released close to schedule).  Programs that adhere rigidly to the ST's
 environment work fine on the TT (see Chart  II for  more information about
 the  TT).    Ron  Grant,  who  was demoing the TT, showed off some Migraph
 products, which ran quickly and smoothly.   Having  some free  time, Derek
 tested his  modified Quick  ST on  the TT.   He was able to get it to work
 with noticeable speed increases (see Chart I at the end of this article).

     The STacy was also on  display,  but  it  seemed  to  get  very little
 attention compared  to the  TT.   The Lynx  and a  Mega 4 with Megafile 40
 received some casual spectators.  I talked to the Atari  rep to  confirm a
 rumor that  Atari US  and Atari  Canada would  be merging into Atari North
 America.  He replied that the marketing departments  would be  merged into
 Atari North America.  This may be an indicator that we will actually start
 to see the ST/TT pushed in terms of advertising.

     So, even though the show wasn't pumped, as PACE was, it did  very well
 for the  amount of  advertising that was placed.  It was a good solid show
 that made 289 users happy.  In the future, the coordinators would  have no
 problem in  creating a large scale show like PACE was intended to be.  The
 geographic location, the user group  support,  and  other  factors  are on
 their side.   But  for now, it's good to see that the image and quality of
 Atari shows is improving, one show at a time.

 Chart I

 Derek's results of Quick ST running on the TT:

 w/o Quick ST

                        no cache                   w/ cache

                 TOS 1.0   STe    TT         TOS 1.0   STe      TT

 Text            140       126    103        205       184     151
 String          142       136    101        196       187     140
 Scroll          259       148    101        398       228     155
 GEM             219       125    101        289       164     133

 Zoom                 12.64 seconds                10.9 sec.

 w/ Quick ST

                 no cache                    w/ cache

                 TOS 1.0   STe     TT        TOS 1.0   STe     TT

 Text            514       462     380       715       642     528
 String          3022      2893    2154      4633      4436    3302
 Scroll          350       201     136       380       218     148
 GEM             684       390     315       875       498     403

 Zoom                  4.86 seconds             3.83 seconds

                 no cache                w/ cache

 CPU Memory      158   97                361   221
 CPU Register    203   101               409   203
 CPU Divide      452   101               509   114
 CPU Shifts      1574  102               1734  112

 Derek said that the TT's results were within  a couple  of seconds  of the
 one he saw earlier at the Toronto TT unveiling.

 Chart II

 Highlights of a spec sheet on the TT from Atari Canada:

 * 3 New Graphics modes:
     320 x 480 with 256 colors from a palette of 4096
     640 x 480 with 16 colors from a palette of 4096
    1280 x 960 high resolution monochrome

 * Stereo 8 bit PCM sound (STe compatible)

 * Motorola MC68030 running at 16 MHz

 * Motorola MC68881 Floating Point Co-Processor
     Socketed, so that it can be optionally upgraded to a MC68882

 * 2 Megabytes RAM, expandable to 26

 * SCSI and ACSI with DMA

 * Internal hard disk (30 MB)

 * SCC LAN port with DMA

 * 4 serial ports
     2 low-speed asynchronous (up to 19.2 K baud) and 2 high-speed
     asynchronous/SDLC ports

 * Mega standards: MIDI, Parallel, Detachable keyboard (supports 3 mouse

 * Internal A24/D16 VME card slot

 * Real Time Clock with NVRAM (50 bytes of non-volatile RAM)

 * 1.44 MB floppy drive

                 Amiga 3000      Mac IIcx        TT030

 CPU             68030           68030           68030
 FPU             Yes             Yes             Yes
 RAM (MB)        2 to 17         1 to 32         1 to 26
 Burst Mode      Yes             No              Yes
 ROM             512K            256K            512K
 Graphics        1280 x 480      Optional        1280 x 960
                 Interlaced                      Non-interlaced
                 32 colors                       256 colors
 Sound           Stereo          Stereo          Stereo
 Expansion       Proprietary     NuBus           VME
 Hard Disk       DMA             Non-DMA         DMA
 Floppy Disk     Proprietary     Proprietary     PC Compatible
 Network         No              Yes             Yes, DMA
 Serial          1 RS232         2 RS422         4 RS232
 Parallel        Yes             No              Yes
 MIDI            No              No              Yes
 Cartridge       No              No              Yes


                           Cave Creek Computers
                            8541 Greenwood Ave.
                           N. Seattle, WA  98103
                              (206) 783-0933

                          Branch Always Software
                            Box 2624, Station B
                    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada  N2H 6N2
                              (519) 747/0386

                               Cherry Fonts
                         Unit #4 - 2250 Tyner St.
                           Port Coquitlam, B.C.
                              Canada  V3C 2Z1

                               Atari Canada
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                           Markham, Ont., Canada
                              (416) 479-1266


 > ATARI'S FUTURE STR OnLine?       Clear Skies and Calm Seas???

 The following  is a sampling of a number of networks depicting the mood of
 the users in general.  

 About the future of the STe and its abilities.....

 Ctsy CompUserve;

 21-Jun-90  22:27:15
 Sb: #21048-#STE
 Fm: BOB DOLSON 71036,213
 To: J.R. McCullough 70003,5521 (X)

     I just received my  new STe  today! It's  pretty neat!   MUCH improved
 sound but  the resolutions  and number of colors in low and medium res are
 the same  as before.   You  do have  a 4096  color palette  to choose from
 though.  I have a question about the SIMM modules on the STe though.  Hope
 someone out there can answer it..

     The question is: What kind of SIMMs are used in the STe??  I  have 2-1
 meg. by  9 SIMMs  here but was told that the STe needs to have 1 by 8s....
 Does it make a difference???  Also, I note that seemingly the  only way to
 install the  upgraded SIMM  modules is to take that sticker off the bottom
 of the case that covers up one of the screw holes, and  thus void  the (90
 day) warranty!   Well, at least it IS easier to upgrade (I think).

     Also, the  STe's DMA  chip will not work properly with an Atari SH-204
 or 205 hard drive.  This is due to the Atari host adapter I  am told.   It
 will seem  to work ok, but will get write errors if you use it for a short
 while..  I hope someone will be able to answer  these questions...  Also I
 hope an ICD Advantage Plus host adapter will work with the STe ok....

 ..ED;  Have  no  fears,  the  STe  works  just  fine with all the ICD host
 Adapters its a shame that the older Atari 204 & 205 HDs  have problems... 
    <sigh>  ...typical, so very typical.

 22-Jun-90  03:40:43
 Sb: #21228-STE
 Fm: Bob Retelle 71550,3312
 To: BOB DOLSON 71036,213

     The STe  that I  saw the  innards of  was upgraded  by adding 1Meg x 8
 SIMMs ("Macintosh" SIMMs).  I think someone said that the  1Meg x  9 SIMMs
 would also fit (and work), but I haven't seen that myself...

     Yes, you  assumed correctly  that opening  your STe to upgrade the RAM
 will void your warranty.  Atari Corp did  NOT go  to SIMM  modules to make
 things easier  for the end user (although that is one unintended benefit).
 SIMMs can be cheaper and easier for them to install, and take  up far less
 PC board space, allowing higher density boards to be designed.

     If end  user upgradability  had been their intention, an access "door"
 would have been designed into the machine.   As it  is, you  have to break
 the warranty  seal, open  the case, take off the main RF shielding, remove
 the disk drive, take out the power supply and then pull the 256K SIMMs and
 replace them  with 1Meg  SIMMs...  then reverse the process and reassemble
 all the pieces and parts.

     It's far easier than any other memory upgrade, and much  more reliable
 than any  of the kludges needed to upgrade earlier STs, but it's not quite
 the walk in a park that everyone had hoped it would be...


 ctsy GEnie

 Category 14,  Topic 40
 Message 121       Thu Jun 21, 1990
 M.KENNEDY3                   at 18:44 EDT
 As far as I can see...there IS NO  POSSIBLE WAY  that Atari  could offer a
 free upgrade  to TOS 1.62 to the people in the US...I have heard that this
 bug exists in ALL STEs throughout the world...      If  Atari gave upgrade
 ROMS to  the US...they would need to give them to just won't

 I don't know what the fuss is...I have had an  STe for  5 months  and this
 little bug  isn't a  big bother.   If  you have  a mono monitor you rarely
 encounter it!  (how  many of  you with  BOTH monitors  actually use medium
 res!)   The error  seems to  be in  the way the STe writes the desktop INF
 file...I could  swear  that  sometimes  when  I  boot  with  certain disks
 (without the  patch) boot  correctly to  medium.  I am assuming that these
 disks have INF files that were made on my old 1040 or the 520.  No one has
 ever specified what the actual bug is.  Is it the file or the way it reads
 it or writes it or what ( or or or )?  Perhaps we should stop  calling the
 US  STEs  'defective'...a  term  like  that  tends  to damage the machines
 reputation, and that's the LAST thing we need.

 BOB-BRODIE [Atari Corp.] posts;

 Check the demo library online here. I have uploaded some really nice demos
 of the STE capabilities online. Be warned though, the files are large...


 Thanks. I needed that. :) 

 Mine works great, too.


 Still waiting for an address to mail the cartridge I owe ya!  UPS will not
 deliver to a club PO box.

 STACE [Mark] posts;
  I totally  agree that  the med-res  boot bug is relatively insignificant.
 However, seems a crying  shame that  it wasn't  fixed and  released in ROM
 given  the  extended  period  Atari  had  between  the  time  the  bug was
 discovered and the actual release of the US machines.

 Funny, I seem to remember somebody  assuring  us  that  the  bug  WOULD be
 fixed in the U.S. released machines.  


 C.F.JOHNSON posts;

 Yes, I  remember hearing  assurances that those bugs would be fixed in the
 STe Roms before the US release, too.  In fact,  wasn't one  of the reasons
 given  for  the  lateness  of  the  STe's  release that someone had made a
 mistake in Taiwan and the STe's had the old buggy ROMs installed?  Sheesh.

 - Charles

 Editor note:
     While the actual bug in TOS 1.6 may be "insignificant",  the principle
 of the  entire matter is "extremely significant".  The shipping of the STe
 units in the States with the  'broken TOS  1.60' clearly  demonstrates the
 attitude Atari has toward this market.  Only a short time ago the userbase
 in the USA was vociferously assured  that the  STe units  destined for the
 USA market  would indeed  have the  'fixed TOS1.62' installed.  After all,
 "Atari wanted to start off on the right foot".  

     Like the stripes of a tiger, the past performance and  attitude of the
 executives  at  Atari  are  difficult  to  change,  the machines have been
 shipped throughout the USA with the 'broken TOS  1.60.   Oh well,  so much
 for the  new beginning.   Three  to five  months from  now the dealers and
 distributors will have their hands full with folks wanting the  better TOS
 version 1.62.  And they, also going by Atari's past performance, will have
 to PAY for it.

 About the future prospect of reliable service and accessability.....

 STACE [Mark] posts;
 Dan and Nathan,

     Let's say that you just bought a brand new Ford  Taurus.   You quickly
 discover that you LOVE the car.  You feel it is probably one of the finest
 made autos you have ever driven.  You  feel that  you got  great value for
 the price you paid and are very happy with your purchase.  Wouldn't you be
 somewhat discouraged  if you  discovered a  couple years  later that there
 weren't any more dealers left to repair your vehicle?

     Wouldn't you begin to worry about getting replacement parts?

     Wouldn't  you  be  upset  if  it  turned out it was not any particular
 dealer's fault why all the dealerships disappeared, but rather, it was the
 fault of Ford for not supplying product, support, advertising, etc...etc?

     Wouldn't  you  start  thinking  that  maybe you should buy a different
 company's product next time?

     Yes...until my ST breaks, burns in a house fire, or is stolen  it will
 still be  a VERY  useful and powerful computer.  In my opinion, one of the
 BEST computers you can buy!!  Easy to use.  Fun to use.  Fun to show off!

     However, given Atari's current track record with keeping  promises and
 meeting  dealer's  needs  I  find  it HIGHLY unlikely that I will purchase
 another Atari computer in the future. 

     We use to have 10 places to purchase ST computers here in San Diego (4
 Federateds and  5 full service dealers and 1 minor dealer) and now we have
 basically 1 full service dealer left.  A couple of the other dealers still
 carry some  software but they are not ordering anything new...just selling
 out on what they have.  These  former  Atari  dealers  all  sing  the same
 tune... they hated dealing with Atari Corp!

     And, lastly,  to anyone thinking that we "complainers" should just dry
 up and blow away I leave you  with  this....    A  MAJOR  part  of Atari's
 success (however  small) was  partly born  out of Atari enlisting the User
 Groups and end Users as its "sales force".   It  was repeatedly  stated by
 more than  one Atari  executive that WE should spread the word about Atari

     I did just that!

               Atari, in my opinion, has stepped on my neck.

     At any being one of Atari's "foot soldiers" I believe I have
 already paid for the right to complain!


 S.COLLER [Steve] posts;

     Can Atari  make a comeback in the U.S.?  After having pronounced Atari
 dead of self-inflicted wounds a couple of weeks ago, I  would now  like to
 offer some  suggestions on  what Atari  needs to do to resurrect itself in
 the U.S. market place.

     To begin, Atari management needs to set some priorities.  

 The first two being: 

                    (1) Product Availability
                    (2) Dealer Relations.

 Product Availability:  
     Management needs to pull out whatever stops are necessary to ensure an
 adequate supply  of products  for the  dealers.    If  Atari does not have
 products to sell to the dealers then dealers do not have products  to sell
 to the  consumers hence  no one  in the chain is going to make any money. 
 And Atari management will be managing a phantom corporation.

 Dealer Relations:  
     At this point in time Atari should not  be attempting  to sign  up any
 new dealers.   Instead  they need  to hire  Dealer Service Representatives
 whose sole purpose will be to contact, in person, every  authorized dealer
 in  the  country.    It  will  be  the  job of these Reps to find out what
 problems the dealer is  having/has  had  with  Atari  and  to  solve these
 problems.   To do this Atari management must be fully committed to solving
 these dealer concerns.  Talk is cheap and the dealer  network is  tired of
 hearing just  talk.   They will  only believe  that these Reps can do what
 they say they can when the dealers see concrete results.   One  thing that
 the dealers  are going  to want  to see from the Reps is PRODUCT.  They do
 not want to here that the next shipment will arrive in a month.  They want
 to see  systems on  their shelves.   Once Atari has proved to its existing
 dealers that it really means business,  then Atari  will be  a position to
 attract new  dealerships.   If the  effort is  made to sign on new dealers
 without addressing the concerns of the present dealers  any marketing plan
 will have  the net  result of  spitting into the wind. Working parallel to
 the Dealer Reps should  be  a  similar  program  that  is  devoted  to the
 developers.  Atari has a lot of fences to mend here, too.

     And again,  you must  address the  concerns of  those who are still on
 board as developers before you have a prayer of attracting new ones.   The
 proposed  520ST  Advantage  Program  should  not  be done through the mass
 market channel.  Rather it should  be  done  through  the  existing dealer
 network.    Why?    Because  if  this  program is turned over to the local
 dealers they will see that Atari really is serious about  addressing their
 concerns.   Also, the  local dealers  are the  ones that  are qualified to
 answer questions that the Advantage Buyer will have about the system.  The
 local dealer  is also  going to  be the Authorized Service Center when the
 Advantage Buyer has problems with the Hardware.

     If the local dealers are part of the Advantage Program  they will also
 be more motivated to promote the ST system.  Putting the Advantage Package
 in the mass market channel MAY put more systems in the market  faster, but
 by doing  so Atari  will win  a battle but lose the war.  What few dealers
 are left will abandon ship overnight.  The local dealers need the leverage
 in the  marketplace that  the Advantage Program will give them.  There has
 been a  reported change  in the  management structure  at Atari Computers.
 Now we will just have to see if they are serious about the U.S. market, or
 still attempting to spit in the wind.

                                                  Steve Coller President, 
                                             Central Missouri Atari Group
                                                       Columbia, MO
 GEnie:  S.Coller
 CIS: 73637,1235


 > Stock Market ~ STReport?                  The Band Marches On....

                                                     THE TICKERTAPE

 by Michael Arthur

 Concept by Glenn Gorman

       The price of Atari stock went up  1/8  of  a  point  on  Monday, and
 stayed the  same on  Tuesday.   On Wednesday, it went down 1/4 of a point,
 and went down 1/8 of a point on Thursday.  On Friday,  the price  of Atari
 stock stayed  the same.   Finishing up the week at 5 1/8 points, the price
 of Atari Stock is down 1/4 of a point since the last report.

        Apple Stock was up 1 1/4 points from Friday, June 08, 1990.
           Commodore Stock was down 3/8 of a point from 6/08/90.
                IBM Stock was up 1 5/8 points from 6/08/90.

                 Stock Report for Week of 6/11/90 to 6/15/90

 STock|   Monday   |   Tuesday   |  Wednesday  |  Thursday  |   Friday    |
 Reprt|Last    Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last    Chg.|Last     Chg.|
 Atari|5 1/2  + 1/8|5 1/2   ---- |5 1/4   - 1/4|5 1/8  - 1/8|5 1/8    ----|
      |            |             |             |            | 60,500  Sls |
  CBM |8 1/2  + 1/8|8 3/8   - 1/8|8 1/8   - 1/4|7 7/8  - 1/4|  8     + 1/8|
      |            |             |             |            | 49,600  Sls |
 Apple|  39   + 3/4|40 1/2 +1 1/2|39 3/4  - 3/4|39 3/4  ----|39 1/2   -1/4|
      |            |             |             |            |1,287,000 Sls|
  IBM |119 7/8     |120 1/4  +5/8|121 3/8      |120 7/8 -1/2|120 3/8 - 1/2|
      |      +1 1/8|             |       +1 1/4|            |2,111,900 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.



                                             NEW ENGLAND ATARIFEST '90

                    OCTOBER 27, 1990   9:00am - 4:00pm
                        University of Massachusetts
                           Boston Harbor Campus
                             Boston, Ma. 02125

 By Kevin Champagne

     I was involved with the aborted  attempt at  planning an  AtariFest in
 1988 with The Boston Computer Society's Atari User Group; a lot of work by
 a lot of people came to nothing. We are determined that this  time will be

     I would  have been  the first  person to  tell anyone who would listen
 that the time had past to hold an AtariFest in the New England area.   The
 stumbling  blocks  were  just  too  great;  the  dealer  base  had  shrunk
 drastically, the unavailability of  product  was  sure  to  have  caused a
 shrinkage of the user base, and developers were dropping out of the market
 in droves.  Yet there were positives.  This may  actually be  "The Year of
 Atari", as some of the long announced products were finally actually being
 shipped. If there is to be a U.S. presence for Atari at all, it almost has
 to happen  this year.  What better way to help foster this presence but to
 hold an AtariFest and do our part to bolster the local Atari market.

     Initially, the AtariFest was actually just  a User  Group get together
 to host a visit by Bob Brodie, Atari's Manager of User Group Support.  Mr.
 Brodie was invited to the Boston area by Norman Boucher of the South Shore
 Atari Group and subsequently by Jerry Feldman of the BCS/Atari group.  Bob
 accepted the invitation, but was unable  to fit  Boston into  his schedule
 before September  or October.  It was finally decided that Bob would visit
 on the last weekend in October.

     A few days after Brodie confirmed his Boston visit, Harry  Steele, the
 system operator  of the  BCS Atari BBS (617 396-4607), visited this author
 at his  home.    We  were  working  on  the  May  issue  of  the BCS/Atari
 Newsletter,  as  well  as  planning  some  strategy  for attracting former
 members back to the  user  group.  Evidently  Harry  had  been  doing some
 private  thinking  on  the  subject,  as  out of the blue he presented the
 outlines of a plan  for a  complete AtariFest,  to be  held in conjunction
 with Bob's  October visit.   Harry  even suggested a viable meeting place,
 UMass Boston.   Being  a  born  pessimist,  I  brought  up  every possible
 problem and roadblock against the plan that I could imagine, but Harry was
 not just persistent, he had also  done his  homework, and  countered every
 argument that  I presented  against the  AtariFest with a viable reason to
 hold it.  After an hour or so of this, I finally  began to  come around to
 Harry's way  of thinking.  He had convinced me that the idea was workable,
 now it was up to us  to get  a group  of volunteers  together and convince
 them as well.

     Harry and  I agreed  to invite  four people each to join an 'executive
 committee' of sorts.   This committee  would form  the nucleus  of an even
 larger group  of volunteers  as time  passed.  For now, with time being an
 issue, the smaller the group, the quicker things would get  done.   One of
 the problems  I originally  foresaw was an inability to attract vendors or
 dealers without a professional organization backing us.   Harry suggested,
 and I  agreed, that  the only  way that we could solve this problem was to
 get  the  support  of  The  Boston   Computer  Society.   With  the  BCS's
 sponsorship,  we  would  be  assured  of  the financial and administrative
 underpinnings necessary for an undertaking of this sort.  

     With this in mind, Harry invited  Jerry Feldman,  the director  of the
 BCS/ST User Group, Bill Niemi, Treasurer of the BCS/ST User Group, and Don
 Burgess, Co-Director of the BCS's 8-Bit Atari Group to join  the executive
 committee.   I invited Dana Jacobson and Norman Boucher of the South Shore
 Atari Group, and Ed George, a long time local Atari activist.  Ed declined
 due to  time constraints,  but Norman and Dana joined the group and agreed
 to attend the first ExeComm meeting,  which was  held at  the BCS Resource
 Center conference  room on April 30th.  Also in attendance at this meeting
 was Jeff Lomika, President of the  NaVAUS group  (and proprietor  of TiBit
 Software Engineering,  publishers of  the Good  Back-Up Utility), and John
 Koumoutseas,  proprietor  of  Syntronics  Computer  Center,  who  would be
 representing  the  local  dealers.    These nine people presently form the
 Executive Committee of the New England AtariFest '90.  Also  attending the
 first  meeting  was  Mary  Ryan,  a  member  of  the BCS's Member Services
 Committee, the group that would determine whether the  BCS would  agree to
 support the 'Fest.

     That first  meeting saw  Harry and  I prepared  with draft copies of a
 letter to Vendors, dealers  and User  Groups inviting  them to  attend the
 'Fest. Much  was accomplished; Dana came to the meeting with a draft press
 release that was approved by the  membership.   Norman came  prepared with
 three different draft electronic press releases, one of which was approved
 for immediate release.    Many  possible  problem  areas  were  raised and
 addressed, and all left the meeting with the feeling that this thing could
 really happen.

     In the weeks following the meeting, the press release was  sent to all
 ST related  periodicals, the electronic press release has been uploaded to
 BBS's and electronic services all over the country, and the  final form of
 the vendor, dealer, and user group letters was completed. 

     On May  21st, the  BCS Member  Services Committee met and approved our
 budget and  officially agreed  to sponsor  the New  England AtariFest '90!
 The invitations  to all  known developers and vendors nationwide have been
 mailed, the floor plan and layout of the  display area  has been detailed,
 and we have already received confirmations from a number of attendees.

     On May  30th, the second ExeComm meeting was held at the BCS  Resource
 Center conference room.   In attendance  were Dana  Jacobson, myself, Jeff
 Lomika, Jerry  Feldman, and Norman Boucher.  Harry Steele had the audacity
 to have to attend his son's  graduation,  and  thus  informed  us  well in
 advance that  he would be unable to attend.  Also missing the meeting were
 John Koumoutseas, Bill Niemi,  and Don  Burgess.   Don has  since resigned
 from the  committee, as  his wife is expecting a baby, and he is unable to
 give the time required for participation.

     Many of the smaller issues that  will  need  to  be  addressed  as the
 summer  progresses  were  raised  at  the  second  meeting.    Norman  was
 'volunteered' to  assume responsibility  for all  security issues  at  the
 show, and Dana Jacobson assumed the mantle of publisher and  editor of the
 AtariFest show program.  

     As  of  June  17,  the  following   attendees  have   confirmed  their
 participation in the 'Fest:  

          Atari Corporation                   Fast Technology
          Gadgets by Small                    Gribnif Software
          TidBit Software Engineering         The Bit Bucket
          Computer Zone                       Syntronics Computer Center
          SSAG                                VAST
          NaVAUS                              BCS/Atari Group

     We expect to issue an update with considerably larger participation in
 the coming weeks.

     We have set up a New England AtariFest '90 hotline. This line  has the
 latest  confirmed  participation  figures,  as well as any other pertinent
 'Fest info.  The number is (617) 527-4952.

     If anyone would like additional information regarding the   AtariFest,
 or would  like a  vendor packet,  please let me know.  I can be reached by
 modem at the BCS/Atari BBS at (617) 396-4607, or drop  a note  in the mail
 to my  attention to:  New England  AtariFest '90,  C/O The Boston Computer
 Society, One Center Plaza, Boston, MA  02108.  I  look forward  to hearing
 from you.



                            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.

     The Sheraton Reston Hotel is a  spacious, attractive  facility located
 in  a  park  like  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.  Call 703-620-9000 for reservations.   Be sure  to mention
 AtariFest '90.

 Admission charges:
                             $5.00 for one day
                          $7.00 for a 2-day pass.

          Discount ticket purchases are available for usergroups.
                 Children under 12 will be admitted free.

                            HOTEL INFORMATION

     The  following  information  was  taken from the Sheraton Reston Hotel
 informational brochure.

     The Sheraton Reston Hotel has 302  beautifully appointed  guest rooms,
 including 10 executive parlor suites (excellent for hospitality purposes).
 The conference center and banquet rooms  are  all  located  on  the ground
 floor  surrounding  a  large  courtyard  and  outdoor swimming pool.  Each
 multi-purpose  room  is  equipped   with   individual   sound  facilities,
 individual temperature control and conference lighting systems, as well as
 the capability for closed circuit television.  A full line of audio-visual
 equipment is available.

     In addition, it provides complimentary shuttle van service to and from
 Washington Dulles International Airport 24 hours  a  day  ,  and  has free
 parking for over 900 cars.

     At the end of a tiring day, enjoy a nice swim in the outdoor pool or a
 fast game of tennis,  volleyball,  or  basketball.    Golf  privileges are
 available  across  the  street  adjacent  to  the  Sheraton  Reston Hotel.
 Guests have access to a twin cinema, a  full-service bank,  and many small
 shops and restaurants. 

     Scheduled  and   direct  commercial  limousine  service  to  and  from
 Washington National Airport.

     Situated in the heart of  the  Washington-Dulles  corridor  in Fairfax
 County,  Virginia,  the  Sheraton  Reston  Hotel  is  central to business,
 cultural and tourist attractions.

     Immediately adjacent to the Washington-Dulles Toll Road and  5 minutes
 to Wolf  Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Sheraton is conveniently
 located 20 minutes from downtown Washington via the Washington-Dulles Toll
 Road or I-66.

     Only  minutes  from  Washington  Dulles  International Airport and the
 corporate headquarters  of major  industries and  businesses, the Sheraton
 Reston Hotel  is in  the hub  of Fairfax  County's rapidly growing Hi-Tech
 space-business community.

     Dine in the elegant Derby  Restaurant  and  select  from  an extensive
 American menu.  For a  more casual atmosphere, enjoy the Derby Lounge with
 entertainment nightly.

     Reservations can be made at the Sheraton Reston Hotel by calling voice
 (703),  620-  9000  or  by  FAX  (703),  860-1594. Remember to ask for the
 AtariFest rates; $59.00  for  a  single/double  or  $66.00  with breakfast
 buffet, and $66.00 for a triple or quad.

                           BANQUET INFORMATION

     The 1990  WAACE AtariFest  Banquet will be held at the Sheraton Reston
 Hotel at 8:00 pm,  Saturday,  6  October  1990.    The  dinner  will  be a
 non-smoking event  this year.   Ample  smoking areas will be provided near
 the dinner area for smoking breaks.  The  Banquet will  be proceeded  by a
 social hour  held in  the hotel.  Dinner will  be served  at 8:00 pm.  The
 dinner will be followed  by the  Current Notes  Author of  the Year Awards
 presentation and  then the  featured banquet  speaker.  This years banquet
 speaker will come to us from Codehead Software.

     The banquet will be  a sit  down dinner  this year  and a  ticket will
 cost $23.50. Please make checks payable to WAACE. 

 The menu is as follows:

               Sliced Top Sirloin Merlot OR Chicken Europa
               Salad with house dressing
               Vegetable (to be determined)
               Starch (to be determined)
               Beverage (choice of ice tea or coffee) 
     The Chicken Europa consists of chicken breast served in a mushroom and
 brandy sauce.  Please specify with  your  ticket  request  your  choice of
 entree, beef or chicken.
     Please  send  all  ticket  requests  to the WAACE Banquet Coordinator,
 Johnna Ogden. Johnna's address is,

                               Johnna Ogden
                         WAACE Banquet Coordinator
                           213 North Lincoln Ave
                            Sterling, VA 22170.

     Tickets requests are being accepted now.  Tickets  will be  mailed out
 starting in August. If you have any questions please call Johnna at (703),

                         ATARIFEST '90 COMMITMENT 

 The following organizations have provided written indication of their
 desire for vendor space:
          Atari Corp           D. A. Brumleve + Debonair Software
          Joppa Computers      Toad Services
          Alpha Systems        Fast Technology
          Double Click         GEnie
          Branch Always        Cal Com
          Wizworks             Talon Technology
     These account for about 22 of the 60 booths.   There is  still lots of
 room  for  everyone!    Remember,  1  July  is the deadline for submitting
 deposits in order to receive discount pricing!
 Several of the organizations listed as vendors have also indicated their
 desire to present seminars.


     Seminars will  be presented  at the  WAACE AtariFest  on both  6 and 7
 October  1990  from  1100  am  to  6:00 pm. The seminars will be concern a
 variety of topics of interest to  the Atari  User community.  If you would
 like to participate in the Seminar series then contact the WAACE AtariFest
 Programs  Coordinator,  Charles  Smeton  at  (301),   465-8628  or  Genie:
 C.S.SMETON, CIS:73047,2565.

               Speaker                       Organization

          Ralph Mariano                 ST Report Online Magazine

          David Troy                    TOAD Computers

          J. Wrotniak                   Debonair Software

          Nathan Potechin               ISD Marketing, Inc

          D.A. Brumleve                 Educational Software

          Paul Lee                      Double Click Software
          Keith Gerdes
          Mike Vederman

          Bob Brodie                    Atari Corporation USA

          TBA                           Codehead Software

          TBA                           Gribnif

                    DIRECTIONS TO WAACE ATARIFEST 1990 
     Take the Beltway I-495 Exit 12 to Washington Dulles Airport. Then take
 the Washington Dulles Tool Road (Rt.  267) Exit.  Follow Washington Dulles
 Toll Road  to the  Reston Ave, Exit 3. Turn left at the traffic light onto
 Reston Ave. Left again at the 2nd  traffic light  onto Sunrise  Valley Dr.
 Follow Sunrise Valley Dr. to the Sheraton Reston on  the left. 
     From DC,  take I-66  West. Follow  the exit signs to Washington Dulles
 Airport. Then  take  the  Washington  Dulles  Toll  Road  (RT.267). Follow
 Washington Dulles  Toll Road  to  the Reston Ave, Exit 3. Turn left at the
 traffic light onto Reston Ave. Left again at the 2nd   traffic  light onto
 Sunrise Valley  Dr. Follow  Sunrise Valley  Dr. to  the Sheraton Reston on
 the left. 
     Take Interstate 66 to Vienna Exit 16, Rt. 123 North. Continue 1/2 mile
 to Rt.  674   (Hunter Mill Road) left on Rt. 674, 4.5 miles to entrance to
 Reston. Continue straight to  Sheraton Reston Hotel on right. 
     Call the Sheraton Reston Hotel, (703), 620-9000 and  ask for  the free
 hotel shuttle.   If  you have a rental car then take the Washington Dulles
 Toll Road and go to Exit  3, Reston Ave. Turn right  at the  traffic light
 onto Reston  Ave. Left again at the 2nd traffic  light onto Sunrise Valley
 Dr. Follow Sunrise Valley Dr. to the Sheraton Reston on the left. 

 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL?               Sayin' it like it is..... 


     Interesting for Portfolio fans, maybe,  is  a  new  promotion upcoming
 that will  include the parallel interface.  This device allows the user to
 interface the Portfolio with MS-DOS units only.   At least  now, the Atari
 exec who  is busy  promoting the ST computer lines will be able to hook up
 his Portfolio to the "386" on HIS desk.....  

 - New York City, NY                     ATARI INTROS EDUCATION PC NETWORK!

     As has been Atari's standard operating procedure, they have introduced
 an  educational  networking  system  in  Montreal, Canada.  "We're serious
 about computers in education.  We're  making  an  aggressive  move towards
 having ATARI  computers in  schools all  across Canada", explains G. Earle
 general manager of Atari Canada.   The network,  called ATARI  GemNet, has
 been  approved  for  Ontario  schools  by  the Ministry of Education.  The
 network interfaces with the XT, AT/286, 386sx and 386 machines.


     Remember when?    Well  here  we  go  again  folks,  verified  by ALMO
 Distributing  and  Southern  Distributors,  are  stocking  Atari  products
 including the STe, SC1224  Color Monitors,  SM124 Monochrome  Monitors and
 Megafile 30  units.   About three  years ago,  these types of distribution
 networks were frowned upon, well  it  looks  like  they  may  just  be the
 "salvation" of  Atari!   Its great to see that someone at Atari is finally
 waking up and smellingthe coffee. 


 > Hard Disks STR InfoFile?           Affordable Mass Storage....

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 > A "Quotable Quote"?

                    .....ONLY LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE"

                                                     ... Franklin

 STReport?             "Your Independent News Source"         June 22, 1990
 16/32bit Magazine           copyright = 1990                    No.6.25
 Views, Opinions and Articles Presented herein are not necessarily those of
 the  editors,  staff,  STReport?  CPU/STR? or  ST Report? .  Permission to
 reprint articles is hereby granted, unless otherwise noted.   Each reprint
 must include  the name of the publication, date, issue #  and the author's
 name.  The entire publication and/or portions therein may not be edited in
 any way  without prior  written permission.   The contents, at the time of
 publication, are   believed  to  be  reasonably  accurate.    The editors,
 contributors and/or  staff are  not responsible  for either the use/misuse
 of information contained herein or the results obtained therefrom.



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