Z*Net: 22-Sep-90 #538

From: Kevin Steele (aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 10/07/90-01:32:05 PM Z

From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Subject: Z*Net: 22-Sep-90  #538
Date: Sun Oct  7 13:32:05 1990

      Z*NET ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE   September 22, 1990   Issue #538
                 Acting Publisher/Editor : John Nagy
   Z*Net New Zealand: Jon Clarke      Staff Columnists  : Terry May
   Advertising  :  J K Tarpinian      Z*Net Canada: Terry Schreiber
   Distribution : Bruce Hansford      Z*Net Germany  : Mike Schuetz
   Z*Net England : Paul Glover        Contributor  : Dr. Paul Keith
     Acting Editor's Desk ............................John Nagy
      Troubled Times, mixed with great shows.
     Z*NET NEWSWIRE ...........................................
      New GEM, maybe a MEGA STE, The FLASH, and more...
     GLENDALE: GEM OF THE WEST .......................John Nagy
      Full Eyewitness Review of the West Coast Show.
      Resolution may be soon... over 30 threats of lawsuits.
     WAACE SHOW UPDATE .......................Press Information
      THE East Coast show is COMING... ATARI WILL ATTEND!
     TT IMPRESSIONS .................................Jon Clarke
      The new GEM in DETAIL, courtesy of Z*NET NEW ZEALAND.
     Z*NET ECHOS: FOREM IS ALIVE! ..............Terry Schrieber
      Z*Net's Canadian correspondent with news from the North.
     CODEKEYS! ...............................Press Information
      The latest product from CODEHEAD SOFTWARE.
 The Acting Editor's Desk....
 by John Nagy
 This is a troubled time for Z*NET and the Atari community.  Threats of
 lawsuits are being made to many individuals (see the story below). 
 Although it already appears that a resolution may be close, one of those
 so threatened is Ron Kovacs, editor and publisher of Z*NET Atari Online. 
 His attorney has advised him to withdraw from any written contact with
 the Atari community until he receives a letter stating that the matter
 is resolved.  While there is an expectation that this may be very soon,
 for now, Z*NET ONLINE is in my hands.  We are sorry for any disruption
 or delay in our service which may occur due to being short-staffed.  I'd
 like to extend my thanks for the rapid and supportive reaction of most
 of the Atari community to our report of the Elite lawsuit threat.  It
 was, in my opinion, exactly what Elite needed to witness in order to
 re-evaluate the effectiveness of their tactics, which they claim were
 made to reclaim their good reputation in the community.  It appears to
 me to have had the opposite effect.  Perhaps a new plan, being made now,
 will be more effective and less offensive.
 Keep in mind that Ron and I (and all of our writers) have real-life jobs
 where we work hard and do what we don't necessarily want to do, in order
 to support ourselves and families.  Z*NET is what we do in our spare
 time (with our spare money!) just for the pleasure of doing it.  When
 things like this strike (and it has been all too often), the pleasure is
 not there.  I hope Z*NET will be able to continue.
 This week we have a lot of GLENDALE news to cover... last week's issue
 was VERY late getting out due to the business of doing the show all
 weekend.  In case you missed issue 537, it's still worth going back to
 get, as it covered the DEUSSELDORF Atari show (the largest in the world
 with tens of thousands of attendees), as well as some early Glendale
 impressions.  Now we will cover more about the show itself, with future
 articles covering some of the seminars in some added depth.
                        ~~~ Z*NET NEWSWIRE ~~~
 Leonard Tramiel officially announced last weekend that the production
 TT030 computer would indeed have a 32 Mhz 68030 CPU, a fact reported by
 Z*NET over a month ago.  It is expected to perform about 1.7 times
 faster overall than the "prototype" 16 Mhz TT's that have been sold to
 some developers.  Another new announcement was that GEM has been totally
 re-written for the TT.  The resulting desktop is much more versatile and
 pleasing to look at and work with.  Developers with the old TT's are
 being offered both the CPU and desktop upgrades.  Z*Net had an
 opportunity to see the new GEM and found it to be remarkably like
 NEODESK in appearance and operation.  We talked to Gribnif Software's
 Rick Flashman, who confirmed that while Gribnif had no hand in the
 design of the TT desktop, Atari acknowledged that the public acceptance
 of NEODESK influenced their design concepts.  Custom editable icons for
 any program, programs on the desktop, "live" icons that allow dragging a
 data file to an application to simultaneously load the application and
 the data, and a fancy new Control Panel are some of the features of the
 new desktop.  It will NOT be adapted by Atari for the ST line of
 computers, but the new Control Panel is to become standard with the STE
 computers.  It features clever images including a turning head wearing
 earphones to graphically show stereo balance, etc.  Further, it is said
 that the MEGA STe idea is still alive at Atari, and that if it is ever
 committed for production, the MEGA STe will probably carry the new
 desktop, as the Mega line will then be seen more as "small TT's" than as
 "big STe's".  It was observed that perhaps Atari could have left Gribnif
 to design a TT NEODESK, but as another developer sagely explained while
 pondering the fact that his own hard drive host adaptor would be
 unnecessary on the new TT, "It's the third party developer's place to
 patch holes we find in existing hardware, not to dictate where we want
 the holes to be in future hardware."  (See a more complete look at the
 new TT DESKTOP later in this Z*NET.)
 The popular BBS program, BBS Express! ST, was purchased from ICD, Inc.
 by Rick Taylor, a longtime Atari enthusiast and programmer, but new to
 the commercial scene.  Written by the well respected Keith Ledbetter,
 and marketed by ICD since its inception, Express will now be marketed
 under Rick's new "T-Squared" software company.  Rick is a longtime
 Express sysop, and has shown to be a fine programmer with his BBS
 utilities such as "ChatPerfect" and "Quotes."  Although popular, BBS
 EXPRESS hasn't been updated since 1987.  New development is expected to
 begin almost immediately on an update, but no specifics are known (even
 by Rick) at this time.  The new support BBS number for Express is (714)
 357-6806.  However, it may be a few days before the conversion from
 personal BBS to support BBS is complete.
 Reported in Z*NET a few weeks back, the new TV series "THE FLASH" is to
 have Atari computers featured in many scenes... but on the premier
 episode last Wednesday, the only computers seen were... old IBM PC's. 
 It may be that the pilot episode was filmed some time before the rest,
 and that Atari's will be seen on later shows.  A question that comes to
 mind is "who will see them"?  "The Flash" is slotted against THE
 SIMPSONS and COSBY.  Can you say "Cancelled"?  I knew that you could.
 A wholly different FLASH, this one the telecom program favored by most
 Atari users, will soon be updated to version 2.0 by Antic Software. 
 Rumored for some time, START MAGAZINE's Tom Byron spilled the details at
 lunch at the Glendale Atari Show.  SOON.  BETTER.  More when we can tell
 it to you.
 From Nathan Potechin comes news of availability of a new version of
 CALAMUS, the very popular Desktop Publisher.  New features in it are a
 Text Raster option (text can be any shade or intensity) and the ability
 to define the weight of a text outline.   The overall speed and
 stability has been enhanced as well . Calamus 1.09N is now available for
 release.  For the first time since December 1988, there will be a charge
 to update: US $29.95 or $34.95 CDN. Visa, Mastercard or Money Orders
 only.  Further, Nathan adds that he picked up another clip art library. 
 Again it's GEM Metafiles. This new library (#3) has a selection of over
 300 files and will cost US $49.95 or $59.95 CDN.
 "It's True.  Almost a year ago I purchased the Calamus Font Editor and
 soon thereafter I began work on a Cyrillic version of Times.  Then came
 Opiate, then Carolina, then a few more.  In all twelve font families
 have come out under the Mirthful Fonts! label. As many of you know, I
 have recently joined the Cherry Fonts team.  I had always been impressed
 with Todd and Gregg's work - and not a little envious! - and apparently
 they liked my work too.  The hook-up was natural and the offer was just
 too sweet to pass up. (By the way, Cherry Baskerville is now
 available!). Anyway, the upshot of this all is that I have a whole bunch
 of disks, a whole lot of labels, and a lot of other things that I just
 want to get rid of and to do that I am offering a special deal on the
 purchase of the entire set of fonts en masse.  You get all of the
 various cuts (39 total!) for just $50!  Isn't that absolutely shocking?! 
 Send/Make Payable To: Mark N. Crislip Box 5311 Columbia, SC  29250. 
 Offer ends October 17, so act now!"
 "It came to our attention that a bug in earlier versions of our font
 rendering software causes our previously released fonts to react
 adversely to the new version 1.09n of Calamus (Sept. 90).  If you're a
 registered user of any Cherry Fonts, and expect to order this new
 version of Calamus then you'll need to contact us and request the
 updated fonts.  The update is FREE!  We can only replace the fonts that
 we have received the registration cards for.  If you have bought lots
 and only sent in one card we can only replace the fonts represented by
 THAT registration card.  Its serial number is coded to let us know which
 FontPak it was in.  Make sure you send in ALL of your registration cards
 (throw them in an envelope and save on postage!)  If you bought directly
 from us before we used registration cards then we have your purchase
 information on file.  Simply drop us a line and request the update.
 Cherry Fonts, Unit #4 - 2250 Tyner Street, Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada
 V3C 2Z1 Phone: (604)944-2923"
 Epson announced a 5.8-pound personal computer that includes an 80386SX
 processor, black-on-white VGA graphics, a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive and
 a 20 MB or 40 MB hard drive.  The Epson NB3s includes standard I/O ports
 that allow it to connect to serial and parallel printers, external VGA
 monitor or a numeric keypad, and the 20 MB and 40 MB hard disk drives
 are removable.  The NB3s has a black-on-white screen that produces 16
 shades of gray with 640-by-480 resolution.  Available in late 1990, and
 will be displayed at the Comdex show in Las Vegas, Nov. 12-16.
 Nippon Steel announced this week that it would start to market portable
 computers in the United States in November and granted $15 million in
 funding for its new U.S. subsidiary to promote the sale of the computer.
 Toshiba announced a new hard-disk drive for small personal computers
 this week and claiming it more than doubled the capacity of conventional
 2.5-inch drives currently available on the market.  The new drive has a
 memory capacity of 43 megabytes compared with the maximum storage
 capacity of around 20 megabytes on existing 2.5-inch hard-disk drives.
 Show Review by John Nagy
 Billed as "Perhaps the Largest Atari Show Ever in the USA", the Southern
 California Atari Computer Faire, version 4.0b, also called the GLENDALE
 SHOW delivered at least part of the promise.  While less than 3,000
 total visitors filled the huge Glendale Civic Auditorium on September 15
 and 16, those who came saw more ST developers and dealers than had ever
 been assembled for previous domestic Atari shows.  Over 40 exhibitors
 and groups filled 55 floor tables plus the entire stage in this fourth
 in the series of user-group Atari shows held in Glendale.  As before,
 the host for the show was John King Tarpinian and the HACKS Atari
 Computer Club, although many other clubs were also represented at the
 Glendale Show.
 Official paid attendance was 1607 on Saturday, and 852 on Sunday for a
 total of 2,459.  It is estimated that as many as 200 more visitors were
 admitted each day without tickets, due to working at the show or via
 press passes, to courtesy passes, or to whining.  Although a smaller
 turnout than was anticipated, the show was a roaring success when
 measured by sales, satisfaction, and participation.  Most vendors
 reported significantly higher sales at Glendale than at any recent Atari
 show of any size.
 A major reason for the high spirits that prevailed throughout the show
 was the dynamic involvement of Atari in all parts of the show. 
 Attending to the large and varied Atari Corporation booth that took the
 entire stage of the auditorium were Bob Brodie, Don Thomas, Art Morgan,
 Ken Badertscher, Dan MacNamee, John Townsend, and more.  Even Leonard
 Tramiel and Elie Kenan (the new Manager of Atari USA) spent all day
 Saturday at the show, talking to visitors, looking at displays,
 participating in seminars, interviewing developers, and generally adding
 whatever they could to make the show succeed.
 Seminars were very well received, with Bob Brodie kicking off the first
 one on Saturday with a polished and personal talk, while Leonard Tramiel
 kibitzed from the sidelines.  Bob gave us hope for what is to come from
 Atari under Elie Kenan.  Other highlights of the seminars: Dave Small
 singing Neil Young favorites while reminiscing about MAC emulation
 coding; Rick Flashman debuting NEODESK 3 to an amazed audience; a frank
 talk about the TT given solo by Leonard Tramiel; a panel of developers
 in the IAAD talking about how they can work together to help us all; and
 a panel of ST magazine publishers.  Look for detailed reports of a few
 of these seminars in coming weeks in Z*NET.
 Highlights from the show floor - exhibitors and what they brought with
 ATARI CORPORATION: Filling the stage with all the current hardware, and
 a special mini-studio setup featuring the HOTZ MIDI TRANSLATOR was
 manned by Jimmy Hotz throughout the show.
 LYNX PLAYGROUND: Continuous play at dozens of LYNX machines on new
 release game titles (and even several that are not yet available to the
 public!) covered the entire area in front of the stage.
 AMERICAN MUSIC: This North Hollywood music dealer is also one of the
 country's largest movers of Atari hardware.  They showed the latest in
 MIDI and music applications and were frequently surrounded in name
 BECKEMEYER DEVELOPMENT TOOLS: One of the original developers of Atari ST
 software, Beckemeyer now offers a range of systems that allow a
 unix-like multitasking environment for the Atari.  They also talked a
 lot about their new systems that will be compatible with the TT030.
 BEST ELECTRONICS: Brad Koda brought his amazing collection of bargain
 Atari trinkets, parts, and products for every need you might imagine.
 BILL SKURSKI ENTERPRISES: Bill's books and videotapes on using the Atari
 computers have helped thousands of new users.
 BRE: Brad Roltgen offered a remarkable and massive library of public
 domain and shareware disks and popular commercial software at great
 BRANCH ALWAYS SOFTWARE: Seattle based Branch Always Software offered the
 world premiere release of Quick ST 2.2 at Glendale.
 CODEHEAD SOFTWARE: CodeHead debuted a brand new product at Glendale
 called "CodeKeys". A press release is elsewhere in this issue of Z*NET.
 COMPUTER NETWORK: The newest Atari dealer in Southern California,
 Computer Network hadn't even held their grand opening before the show. 
 They literally brought the store, and set up walls of racks for ary
 lage assortm of hardware and software deals.
 COMPUTER OFFICE PRODUCTS: Another dealer, this one offered eye-popping
 assortments of MEGA-COIL colorful extension cables for Mega Keyboards.
 D.A. BRUMLEVE: Although her luggage was missing for Saturday's showing,
 Dorothy Brumleve did well in sales of her programs focusing on children. 
 A new title in her line, TELEGRAM, was able to be shown and sold Sunday,
 when her bags arrived at the hotel.  Dot remained chipper, regardless.
 offered their innovative utilities at attractive prices.
 GADGETS BY SMALL: New from Gadgets for Glendale was MEGATALK.  Retailing
 for $299, it was sadly NOT available for sale.  Dave and Sandy Small
 also gave us a look at the newest version of the SPECTRE GCR software,
 version 3.0!  The 68030 board was not shown.
 GOLDLEAF: The first true "document processor" for the Atari, WORDFLAIR,
 had a new version released for the first time at the Glendale show. 
 Version 1.1 is smaller, faster, and has utilities included to help make
 it easier to use.
 GRIBNIF SOFTWARE: New for Glendale was NEODESK 3!  This evolution of the
 Atari desktop was one of the most popular items at the show and sold
 like wildfire.
 GROVE SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Offering classes both in music and computer
 application in music.  Interesting!
 ICD, INC.: The first showing of ADSPEED, ICD's new hardware accelerator
 for any ST or MEGA computer, was at Glendale.  The $299 board was
 profiled in ZNET #536, and drew lots of attention and orders.  It should
 be available for sale at WAACE in October.
 THE KING'S DOMAIN: Another public domain software company, they sold
 MICHTRON: One of the oldest and best known developers, importers, and
 distributors of Atari software, Michtron offered good deals to the
 public and to other dealers as well.  Rumor has it that Michtron might
 be bought by Talon, the original Supercharger importer.
 MID-CITIES: Another major dealer in the Los Angeles area, they had a
 very large display and a very good price schedule.
 MIGRAPH: Liz and Kevin Mitchell showed off the Hand Scanner with
 Touch-Up.  Dazzling on the Moniterm!
 NEOCEPT: WORD UP version 3.0 has been a hit in its several months of
 release, and sold well.
 RIO/DATEL: A major distributor of unique hardware and software for the
 ST, RIO/DATEL also was selling the SUPERCHARGER IBM emulator.  Talon,
 thought to be the exclusive importer, said that this was a limited (500
 unit) test by the makers of Supercharger.
 SOFT-AWARE: Richard Skraley demonstrated and sold the remarkably easy to
 use relational, graphic database system called THE INFORMER II.
 SOFT-LOGIK/SAFARI FONTS: Jay Pierstorff of the Computer Safari displayed
 his original PAGESTREAM FONTS and represented SoftLogik.
 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS: A new developer offering a new databasing
 system for the home.
 SLICCWARE: Another desktop replacement system, SliccTop will be a
 multitasking environment... when it is finished.  Looked promising, but
 it has been shown incomplete for many months.
 SPROKITS: Tim Lewis has a variety of original and imported items for the
 Atari line, including custom travel cases for everything from the LYNX
 and the STACY up through monitors and hard drives.
 ST INFORMER: The popular monthly newspaper/magazine of the Atari world,
 here to participate and to report for the next issue.  ST INFORMER also
 is the developer of the UNIVERSAL ITEM SELECTOR, and they showed a
 UNIVERSAL NETWORK system that will allow any network system to be
 interconnected.  Although not finished, it looked promising.
 ST JOURNAL: The newest ST magazine, featuring comprehensive reviews and
 a no-playing-around attitude, ST JOURNAL offered their third issue even
 before general release. They sold 700 copies... that's one for every
 four people in attendance!
 TALON: Original importers of the amazing SUPERCHARGER IBM EMULATOR for
 the Atari, Talon showed how versatile it is. 
 WUZTEK: The respected makers of Multisynch Monitors for the Atari,
 WUZTEK showed "Softswitch", which for the first time lets your color AND
 monochrome programs co-exist!  Also, their DEKA PC keyboard adapter.
 XOTERIX: A newcomer to the Atari market, Xoterix offers applications and
 hardware for the tiny PORTFOLIO computer, including a 20 meg hard drive! 
 It was remarkable!  Can a local area network be far behind?
 ZUBAIR INTERFACES: Affordable and versatile memory upgrades and now
 Z-KEYS, an IBM keyboard adapter for any ST, were offered by Zubair. 
 Also showing ATONCE, the 80286 IBM board for the Atari, which looked
 like a jewel of engineering.  Zubair also showed their hand scanner, to
 be available soon with software from Germany that will be real
 competition for MIGRAPH.
 User group tables were busy all through the show, and there were plenty
 of candidates for membership.  John King Tarpinian tells Z*NET that only
 one in 20 attending the show used the $2 user group discount, which was
 posted clearly and promoted in all advertising.
 Advertising for the show was in both the major L.A. newspapers as well
 as on a popular rock music radio station.  Atari invested over $20,000
 in the advertising, managing it directly from Sunnyvale.
 The "disappointing turnout" is only one of comparative degree... the
 Glendale show did as well as any other "major show" this year.  It may
 be that the shrinking userbase of Atari computers, along with the
 growing attitude of "computers as appliances" is cutting the interested
 public back to where 3,000 is all one can hope to reach at such a show.
 Overall, the Glendale show was largest, best organized, most positive
 event held on the West Coast in years... more proof that User Group
 shows need never be "second rate".
 coverage by John Nagy
 Z*NET offered a Z*BREAK special report this week with news of legal
 threats to many individuals in the Atari community.  Due in part to the
 immediate outcry of concern on the part of developers, users, and Atari
 Corporation officials, that threat has been at least placed on hold. 
 Here is the original text of out Z*BREAK (#10) - Please note that the
 text of the actual letter has been corrected for spelling in this
 release, a fact not known to Z*NET when it was published.  The original
 letters have many obvious typing and spelling errors.
 Z*BREAK #10, 9/19/90
 Z*NET publisher Ron Kovacs, ST children's programs developer
 D.A. Brumleve, and reportedly as many as 31 other persons,
 publishers, and companies in the Atari community have been sent
 letters from ATARI ELITE's attorney, threatening legal action
 for libel.  Atari Elite is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Atari club
 that was named in numbers of allegations of piracy related activity
 affecting the PACE Atari show, held in April '90.  The show had
 the lowest attendance of any nationally promoted Atari show to
 date, and some observers tied both the failure of the show and
 what appeared to them to be widespread open piracy to the Elite
 group.  Many well known persons in the Atari community commented
 or questioned those commenting.  Z*NET and other media covered
 the event with reprints of several messages from both sides of
 the resulting dispute.  Now, those persons and companies are
 being served an ultimatum: present a public admission and apology
 or see the Elite in Court.  Here is an excerpt of a typical
                     WILLIAM E. SPEAKMAN, JR.
                          AND ASSOCIATES
                         ATTORNEYS AT LAW
                     WASHINGTON TRUST BUILDING
                  WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA 15301
                          (412) 228-4465
 September 12, 1990
 This office represents The Atari Elite and has been retained to 
 seek redress from you and others for defamatory utterances and 
 You have apparently disseminated to the general public statements
 which indicate that it is the policy of the Atari Elite and the 
 practice of its members to:
 1. Engage in criminal conduct.
 2. Consciously and repeatedly violate copyright laws.
 3. Disparage other user groups and attempt to sabotage an annual 
 Particularly shocking is the fact that you have little, if any, 
 first hand knowledge of the facts.  Your assertions were 
 evidently based on secondary and tertiary sources.
 You actually published unsubstantiated defamatory remarks, 
 obviously without making any effort to verify the veracity of 
 Your actions constitute libel per se which renders them 
 actionable without necessity of showing damages.
 I am authorized to inform you that the board of directors of The 
 Atari Elite will consider the matter closed if you issue a public
 apology and admit your accusations of piracy and other misconduct
 were baseless and without foundation in fact.  Should you not 
 make the apology and admission, the board has authorized me to 
 institute suit to seek vindication and damages through the legal 
 process.  If the apology and admission is not made by October 12,
 1990, I will conclude that you do not intend to do it and will 
 proceed accordingly.
 The lawsuit, if filed, will name you and others as defendants.
 Very truly yours,
 William E. Speakman, Jr.
 cc: The Atari Elite
 Mr. Speakman is not presently available for comment.
 It seems to Z*NET that this letter is more of an attempt to
 prevent fair comment than to promote fair investigation.  Ms.
 Brumleve and Z*NET have not as yet formulated their response to
 this threat against free speech and freedom of the press.  We
 encourage all developers or others who may have received similar
 letters from the Elite to contact Ron Kovacs as soon as possible. 
 We have not been given a list of those who are being threatened,
 and we are concerned that the letter may pressure some recipients
 to admit to acts or opinions that may be untrue, perhaps even to
 the detriment of other recipients who wish to preserve their
 legal rights in this matter.
 Preliminary reaction at Z*NET has been a decision to suspend any
 further coverage or attendance of any future user group Atari
 show until such time as the legal rights and limits of
 liabilities can be determined.  Z*Net has also received word that
 Atari Corporation is now considering taking a similar stance and
 may cancel their WAACE appearance scheduled for October, pending
 verification of the situation and charges being made.  Atari's
 Bob Brodie attended the PACE show and was one of the many who was
 vocal about the show, and it is not known at this time if Brodie
 or Atari are among those who are to be threatened by ELITE.
 Anyone affected by this situation is encouraged to call Ron
 Kovacs immediately in order to help reach a group consensus on
 appropriate action.
 Ron Kovacs: (908) 968-2024 (Voice, courteous evening hours and
 weekends Eastern time, please.) BBS: (908) 968-8148 24 hours.
 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> (End of Z*BREAK #10)
 Almost instantly upon the posting of this report, the Atari community
 mobilized in both word and deed, and Atari Elite was made to know that
 if their intent by this action was to clear their name, it was NOT
 working!  After many calls, major discussion of the situation at an
 online conference on GEnie, and messages on GEnie and BBS's, the
 community made it's point clearly.  Interference in the WAACE show due
 to ELITE's action would be VERY badly taken.
 Finally, Bob Brodie of Atari came forward with a public joint statement
 for Atari and the Elite.  Here is the complete text:
 The following is a joint statement from Atari Computer Corporation, and
 the Atari Elite user group.
 There has been concern in the Atari community this past week concerning
 the upcoming W.A.A.C.E. Atarifest, and Atari Corporation's planned
 appearance there. There has also been concern regarding the threat of
 some legal action by the Atari Elite user group against a number of
 individuals, as reported by Z*Net.
 From Atari's standpoint, the company did not want to find themselves
 embroiled in another highly charged emotional confrontation, like they
 did at the PACE Show.  At the PACE Show, a large wound was inflicted on
 the Atari community. Allegations of flagrant piracy were made, and the
 people of the Pittsburgh area were outraged by all the inflammatory
 dialogue concerning their community.
 The Atari Elite had made it known to Atari Corporation some time ago
 that they felt the accusations against them were in fact groundless. Bob
 Brodie agreed to listen to their side of the story. The president of the
 Atari Elite, John Karlovich, promised to send information to Bob Brodie
 that would demonstrate that the Atari Elite was not the type of group
 that they have been portrayed to be.   However, the material has not yet
 been received by Brodie. Apparently it has been lost in the mail.
 Without the material that they Atari Elite has promised, Bob Brodie has
 taken the position that none of the material exists, and that the Atari
 Elite has made empty promises.  The Atari Elite has taken steps to
 rectify this, and has assured that the material to prove their position
 will be delivered to Brodie no later than the W.A.A.C.E. Atarifest.
 In the aftermath of the PACE Show, many people have the impression that
 the Atari Elite is an organization whose sole purposes are to operate a
 lending library of commercial software, and to promote software piracy. 
 The Atari Elite is very upset about this misconception, and after much
 consideration, retained an attorney to seek legal redress. The attorney
 was instructed to review the information that had circulated among the
 Atari community, and to seek a public apology from those that had
 defamed, slandered, or otherwise injured the Atari Elite. At the
 conclusion of his examination of the evidence, the attorney for the
 Atari Elite issued letters to a number of people. The letters demanded a
 public apology from these individuals. If an apology was not received by
 a particular date, the letter threatened legal action. Unfortunately,
 the attorney was not advised of the impact to the Atari community of
 this action just before another show. As is now known, the letters
 arrived less than one month before the W.A.A.C.E. Atarifest.
 Bob Brodie of Atari Corporation had been told by the membership of the
 Atari Elite months ago that they had chartered a bus for the W.A.A.C.E.
 AtariFest, and would be there in large numbers. At the time, Brodie did
 not have any problem with that, as he was hopeful of seeing another side
 of the group than had been projected. However, with the promised
 material of the Atari Elite not delivered, plus the threatening of a
 suit just before the show, Brodie felt that the group was determined to
 cause havoc at the W.A.A.C.E. Show.  Rather than permit that to happen,
 Brodie reported to his superiors his concerns, and consideration was
 given to not attending the W.A.A.C.E. Atarifest. From Atari
 Corporation's position, the time would be better spent preparing for the
 1990 Fall Comdex than dealing with another controversial show. 
 Naturally, the organizers for the W.A.A.C.E. Atarifest were appalled to
 learn that Atari Corporation might withdraw from the show.  Atari
 Corporation had committed thousands of dollars to the show for print and
 radio advertising, a large contingent of personnel, equipment for
 developer use during the show, and promised developers access to the new
 TT computers in a private setting for de-bugging sessions. Atari had
 also proposed a contest for Lynx players, where Atari would award a Lynx
 to winners in the competition. Clearly, the withdrawal of Atari
 Corporation's support would be a major blow to the shows chances for
 success. Further, as developers learned of this possibility, they began
 considering not attending the show.
 The Atari Elite was contacted, and questioned about their intentions for
 the show. They had not taken into consideration the timing of the
 attorney's letter, and not considered the impact on the W.A.A.C.E.
 Atarifest. When informed of Atari Corporation's intentions, they quickly
 realized that they could once again be painted as scapegoats for a
 disastrous east coast show. This was not the intention of the Atari
 Elite. All that they were seeking was a public apology that they feel
 they deserve. Further, John Karlovich, president of the Atari Elite had
 been under the impression that all of the material promised to Brodie
 had long ago been delivered.
 During a telephone conference call with ST-Report, the Atari Elite and
 Atari Corporation have established a working agreement for this problem.
 The Atari Elite has promised to attend and promote the W.A.A.C.E.
 Atarifest. The Atari Elite has given assurances that they will not be a
 disruptive influence at the show. The Atari Elite has further agreed to
 instruct their attorney to notify all parties that received letters
 threatening suit that all action is being postponed.  At the W.A.A.C.E.
 Atarifest, John Karlovich of the Atari Elite will meet with Elie Kenan
 and Bob Brodie of Atari Corporation to resolve these problems. Atari
 Corporation has agreed to attend and support the show in the fashion
 originally planned. The Atari Elite is pleased to have an opportunity to
 present their case to the new head of Atari's U.S. subsidiary, and
 recognizes the magnitude of this offer.
 To conclude, both Atari Corporation and the Atari Elite wish to express
 their sincere apologies to the organizers of the W.A.A.C.E. Atarifest
 and to the rest of the Atari community for any problems that their
 actions may have caused.  Both organizations wish to encourage everyone
 to attend the W.A.A.C.E. Atarifest. This is the first time a  show on
 the east coast that has received this level of support and involvement
 from Atari Corporation.  Let us makes this a time of coming together for
 the Atari community to resolve any other problems in a productive
 manner. We are grateful to ST-Report and Z*Net for their involvement in
 the resolution of this matter.
 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>(End of Joint Statement)
 While Z*NET is pleased to see that the WAACE SHOW is not threatened any
 longer, the legal threat to those who received the letters is only "on
 hold" until the meeting at WAACE.  This is not completely reassuring. 
 Some readers have asked why this particular threat is being treated more
 seriously than several other lawsuit that have been bandied about
 before.  Our position is that this one is very different than any before
 - it is by user groups against other users.  It symbolizes a major split
 with the tradition of teamwork and common goals within the Atari
 community.  As such, the Elite threat may mark a turning point in
 coverage and treatment of Atari events in the online and print press. 
 We will continue to follow this story here in Z*NET.
 by Mike Brown
 This is in reply to your recent bulletin regarding legal action by the
 "Atari Elite".
 In my opinion, this legal action will serve no useful purpose at this
 time - such action only further tarnishes the image of not only the
 parties initiating the action, but the entire Atari community.  The PACE
 show episode was injurious to many parties, and now, just as the injury
 appears to be healing, it is re-opened by this unprecedented legal
 Like it or not, Usergroups and those who promote Usergroup shows are
 subject to the glare of public exposure and opinion.  This is a risk
 that we must accept in our attempts to serve our membership, and educate
 the public about Atari and their products.  We must face the comments,
 good or bad about our efforts, like adults, and take appropriate steps
 to change those things that the public and media feel are wrong and
 It is particularly unfortunate that a side result of this legal action
 is a re-evaluation of participation by Atari Corp in Usergroup shows.
 Now is the time when Atari Corp needs to be encouraged to step up its
 support of Usergroup shows, not to be discouraged and made to feel
 As you know, LCACE (of which I am an active member, officer and board
 member), is well along in the process of organizing "Chicago AtariFest"
 for November 11th of this year.  One of the last things that we (or any
 other show organizer for that matter) needs to face, is fear of legal
 action against their show or participants in the show.  There are enough
 work and risks involved in producing Atari-related shows for the public
 without these additional concerns.
 As a temporary measure, I will propose to our board that we formulate
 some sort of a document that will protect the rights of our participants
 and the press to make fair and honest statements or opinions relating to
 our show.  Our exhibitor contracts currently state that "no pictures or
 recordings may be taken of the show for the purpose of advertising
 without written permission of the (above named) show organizers"; this
 is the only statement we currently have in writing that fits coverage of
 our shows by media or participants.  I'm looking for guidance in the
 wording of this proposed document, so any help, other ideas, or opinions
 would be appreciated.
 If any organized protest against the proposed legal actions by the
 "Atari Elite" comes about, I and LCACE would "be interested" in
 Mike Brown, Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts
 WAACE AtariFest '90 - Update and Vendor List
 (from Press Releases)
 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 approximately thirty
 vendors there will be a full round of demonstrations, tutorials, and
 seminars.  A banquet on Saturday evening will feature Charles Johnson of
 CodeHead Software with the topic, "Atari Through the LOoking Glass" 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.  Call 703-620-9000 for reservations.  Be sure to mention
 AtariFest '90.
 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.
 AtariFest '90 Vendor List as of 16 September, 1990
 Alpha Systems                    Application & Design Software
 Atari Corp                       Best Electronics
 Branch Always Software           Chuck Levin Music Center
 Codehead Software                Computer Digest
 Current Notes, Inc               D. A. Brumleve
 Data Innovations                 Debonair Software
 Double Click Software            Dr Bobware
 FAST Technology                  Frontier Software (UK)
 Gadgets By Small                 GEnie
 Goldleaf Publishing, Inc         Gribnif Software
 ICD                              ISD Marketing, Inc
 Joppa Computer Products          L & Y Electronics
 Michtron                         SLICCware
 Step Ahead Software, Inc         Talon Technology, Inc
 Toad Computers                   WizWorks!
 Zubair, Inc
 1990 WAACE Atarifest Seminar List 
 Saturday, October 6 
 11:00 AM   "Live & Uncensored: Sex, Lies and Video Games"; Mike 
             Vederman & Paul Lee, Double Click Software 
 12:00 PM   "Desktop Publishing with Calamus"; Nathan Potechin, 
             ISD Marketing, President 
  1:00 PM   "Atari Corporation : Live!"; Bob Brodie, Atari 
             Corporation, Manager of User Group Services 
  2:00 PM   "Everything you've wanted to know about Wordflair & 
             Wordflair II"; Lauren Flanagan-Sellers, Goldleaf 
  3:00 PM   "Neodesk 3: The Ultimate Desktop"; Rick Flashman & Dan
             Wilga, Gribnif Software 
  4:00 PM   "ST Report"; Ralph Mariano, ST Report Online Magazine,
  5:00 PM   "Mass Storage Devices for the Atari ST"; David Troy, 
             Toad Computers 
 Sunday, October 7 
 11:00 AM   "Introduction to Desktop Publishing using Timeworks 
             Publisher ST";  Joe Waters, Current Notes Magazine, 
 12:00 PM   "Kid Progs"; D.A. Brumleve 
  1:00 PM   "Atari Corporation: Technically Speaking!"; John 
             Townsend, Ken Badertscher and Cary Gee, Atari 
             Corporation Technical Staff 
  2:00 PM   "Software Acceleration"; Darek Mihocka, Branch Always 
  3:00 PM   "The GOOD Way to Back Up Your Hard Drive"; Jeff 
             Lomika, Tid Bit Software 
  4:00 PM   "Software that Shines"; J. Andrej Wrotniak, Debonair 
  5:00 PM   "International Association of Atari Developers"; 
             Featuring members of International Association of 
             Atari Developers headed by president Nathan Potechin 
             of ISD Marketing 
          ~~~ TT IMPRESSIONS ~~~          COMPILED BY JON CLARKE
 This is a message captured from UseNet and written by Tomas Felner.
 From: felner@b.inf.ethz.ch (Tomas Felner)
 Subject: TT desktop & prices
 Today I finally had a chance to see the 32MHz TT live on a big trade
 show here in Switzerland.  What impressed me most and what seems not to
 be known so far to the general public, is the new TT desktop.  Do you
 like shells like NeoDesk and Gemini?  Well, now you can have most of
 their functionality on your TT, in the official Atari TT TOS.  Here are
 some first impressions from the new desktop after playing around with
 the TT for about an hour:
 - quite a few new menu entries have been added in the desktop
 - most (all?) menu entries can be invoked with a single keystroke and
   those keys are user configurable
 - you can assign a full pathname to the function keys and thus invoke
   your favourite programs with a single function key keystroke
 - you can now have an unsorted index (nice for auto folders)
 - you can choose the background color from a menu entry
 - there's a menu entry 'Desktop Configuration' where you can set and
   configure quite a few things, which I don't all remember
 - you can select a number of logical drives and then search for a file/
   folder on all those drives.  When the search was successful, a window
   with the file/folder opens.  And this search is very fast!
 - you can read another .INF file and change the look of the desktop
 - you can switch between several different color tables
 - you can have a different border, text and background color for each
   part of a window (like close button, expand button, title bar,
   vertical scrollbar, left arrow, up arrow, etc ...)
 - you can drag any files on the desktop, leave them there, assign
   different icons to them, and give them different names (i.e. move the
   1stWord icon to the upper left corner, change the icon to something
   cute looking, and name it "Wordprocessor")
 - those icons apparently can be edited somehow and you can add you own
   ones (I didn't see this but someone told me)
 - there's a completely new control accessory with many new options
 - there's a new and fast GDOS
 - and probably there's a lot more I didn't find out about ...
 I really liked all those new features.  I am only surprised that no one
 ever mentioned this so far.  How come? The version I played with was in
 German.  Maybe it's a product of Atari Germany and not yet available in
 English, but I have no idea?  Anyway, congratulations to those Atari
 hackers (Ken, Alan ?) who came up with this!!!
 But now for the big question: Are those poor users who cannot afford to
 get a TT also going to see this new desktop on their 520, 1040 and
 Megas?  If the answer is yes, when is this going to be the case?  And
 here comes an answer to the question 'How much will I pay for a TT?'.
 The following are the official prices from Atari Switzerland. The TT is
 supposed to start selling these days here in Switzerland (and also in
 Germany I think).  (US$ 1.- = SFr. 1.30)
 Basic set:  TT, 68030, 32MHz, 40MB disk, 720KB floppy, mouse, keyboard
 Basic set with  4MB: SFr. 4990.-  (US$ 3850.-)
                 6MB: SFr. 5690.-  (US$ 4380.-)
                 8MB: SFr. 6290.-  (US$ 4850.-)
 Extra: PTC1426  Multisync color screen, 14"     SFr 990.-  (US$ 760.-)
        PTM146   Mono screen, 14"                SFr 330.-  (US$ 250.-)
        TTM194   Mono screen, 19", 1280x960      SFr 1890.- (US$ 1450.-)
 So, a 4MB multisync system is approx US$ 4600.-
     an 8MB multisync system is approx US$ 5600.-
 Tomas Felner, felner@inf.ethz.ch
 Disclaimer: I am not affiliated to Atari at all. I am just a user who
 reports to the net what he has seen on a big trade show in Switzerland.
           ~~~ Z*NET ECHOES ~~~              BY TERRY SCHREIBER
                                              Z*NET CANADA CORRESPONDENT
 Yes FoRem BBS is alive and doing better all the time. The program is
 being updated and with the current conflicts in regards to Turbo BBS we
 might see some users switching back.
 Full Moon is now the official Support BBS for FoReM ST and FoReM PC.
 Please direct your questions, problems and bug reports to me.
 If you wish to have access to the recent updates of FoReM ST by Bill
 Turner you must do one of the following:
 1) Mail a copy of your original receipt for FoReM ST to Bill Turner or
    to me:
                STeve Rider
                20 Cargill Ave
                Worcester MA 01610
 2) Mail a copy of the front cover of your FoReM manual to Bill Turner or
 3) Convince Bill Turner or myself that you are a legitimate owner of
    FoReM.  Describe in detail from whom you purchased FoReM and explain
    why you cannot meet one of the criteria above.  These cases will be
    treated on an individual basis.
 This procedure will give you access ONLY to Beta versions of FoReM and
 the now released general update which is version 2.5.1a of FoReM ST.
 Bill Turner is now producing further enhancements to FoReM ST.  Access
 to these NEW versions (above version 2.5) will be given only to those
 who have submitted payment of a $40 per year upgrade fee to Bill Turner.
 (Do not send payments for upgrades to me please!)
   Bill Turner's address is:
     211 Echo Lake Rd.
     Watertown CT 06795
 New customers purchasing FoReM from me will be shipped whatever version
 is most currently released.  The price will remain $74.95 + $5.00 S&H
 even after Bill adds new features.
 If you are running a copy of FoReM which you obtained in other than a
 legal fashion please consider purchasing FoReM which will instantly give
 you access to updates here.
 Version desired (circle one)        FoReM ST      FoReM PC
 Type of diskette (circle one)
    If ordering FoReM PC      360K 5.25"   1.2meg 5.25"  720K 3.5"
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 (please note, depending on the media you select we will try to include
 at no extra charge some popular PD or shareware utilities as well )
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 Price is $79.95 ($74.95 + $5.00 Shipping and Handling)
 Payment must be made in form of cash or check made out to: 
 Stephen Rider
 Send completed form to: 
                Stephen Rider
                20 Cargill Ave
                Worcester MA 01610
 We will ship the most current released version of FoReM ST or PC.  You
 will be welcome to call Full Moon BBS for various programs which are
 often used with FoReM such as doors, the FNet mailer, CrossNet and more.
 Full Moon can be reached at (508) 752-1348 at speeds up to HST/9600.
 I originally wrote this article for the Puget Sound Atari News for
 people who were complaining that the Atari wasn't taken seriously, but
 a friend of mine was asking about Vax emulation on the ST so here is a
 short article covering both.
 TRIUMF at the University of British Columbia is a large Cyclotron or
 particle accelerator that is used in nuclear research.  They use a
 mainframe VAX system which is networked into over two hundred Atari ST's
 throughout the complex.  The Atari is used as a terminal running the ST
 640 VAX emulation software.  The ST's are networked through the serial
 ports to the main computer.
 The VT640 emulator allows for graphics so that any part being designed
 can be shown on screen an rotated on an "X" or "Y" axis.  Most systems
 in use are monochrome because of the resolution permitted.  Look for
 VT640.ARC on Genie, Z-Net BBS or your local bulletin board.
 Quality Learning Systems developers of "Schoolware" educational software
 for the MacIntosh and IBM markets is looking into the Atari market.  In
 a discussion with Kelly Kroeker (Chief Executive Officer) I pointed out
 the merits of the Atari systems pricing and ease of use for the younger
 market as well as the programs that were now available for the Atari. 
 Kelly informed me that should they decide to release an Atari version
 that the developement time would be minimal as most of the program was
 written in Turbo C and could probably be brought accross with minimal
                Quality Learning Systems
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         |  CodeKeys - The Macro Tool  |
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 There are other keyboard macro programs available for the Atari ST, but
 we at CodeHead could not find one that has the features, compatibility,
 ease of use, and flexibility that we like, so we put Charles F. Johnson
 to work and he has created a brand new macro program worthy of the
 CodeHead name.
 Macros are sequences of keypresses and mouse actions which can be
 "played back" by simply pressing a key or combination of keys.  CodeKeys
 consists of an AUTO folder program and an accessory.  Here are some of
 its features:
  o Record or play back macros at _any_ time, no matter where you are,
    in or out of any application, GEM or TOS.
  o Macros can be recorded in real time for realistic playback with exact
  o Any combination of keypresses may be used as the "trigger" key to
    start a macro's playback.
  o Any combination of keypresses and mouse button presses, along with
    mouse positions and timings, can be included in your macros.
  o Macros can be later edited to tighten timings and make them fly. 
  o Full macro editing features include copy, cut, paste, replace,
    delete, and append. 
  o The CodeKeys accessory has keyboard commands for all functions.
  o Up to 32 macros can be defined with up to 128 events each.
  o Macro definition files can be loaded and saved.
  o Macros can call other macros for incredible power and flexibility.
  o Repeating and delayed macros allow automated tasks such as periodic
    saving of data files within applications.
  o Macros can be played automatically upon bootup.
  o CodeKeys can be disabled or re-enabled at any time.
  o A special feature allows HotWire users to automatically load macro
    files for use with specific programs.
  o Macros may be named, displayed on screen, and printed for handy
  o Resolution-dependent macro definition files can be automatically
    loaded for 6 different resolutions.
  o CodeKeys runs in all resolutions, on all STs and the TT.
 CodeKeys is excellent for creating keyboard equivalents for menu items
 in programs which don't offer them.  And unlike other programs which
 claim to do the same thing, CodeKeys does so with complete compatibility
 -- all programs, all TOS versions.  You can also create macros which
 will produce any string of characters which you frequently use such as
 your name and address, allowing you to easily enter letterheads with a
 single keypress.  Another powerful use for CodeKeys is to have it load a
 particular data file after running a program.  Since CodeKeys allows you
 to go in and out of programs, the possibilities for automation of
 frequently performed tasks are staggering.  Your own imagination is the
 only limitation of CodeKeys.  Suggested retail price: $39.95.  CodeKeys
 and all of the other fine CodeHead Software products are
 available from your local dealer or from:
        CodeHead Software
        P.O. Box 74090
        Los Angeles, CA 90004
        Phone: (213) 386-5735
          Fax: (213) 386-5789
 We accept most major credit cards.  If ordering by mail, include a check
 or money order for the amount indicated plus $2.00 shipping ($3 Canada,
 $5 Europe).  If your dealer doesn't have CodeKeys, ask him/her to order
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