Z*Net: 28-Sep-90 #539

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From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Subject: Z*Net: 28-Sep-90  #539
Date: Sun Oct  7 13:38:19 1990


   Z*NET ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE    September 28, 1990    Issue #539

 Publisher/Editor : Ron Kovacs            Assistant Editor  : John Nagy
 Z*Net New Zealand: Jon Clarke            Staff Columnists  : Terry May
 Advertising:    J K Tarpinian            Z*Net Canada: Terry Schreiber
 Z*Net Germany:   Mike Schuetz            Z*Net England:    Paul Glover
 Contributor:  Dr.  Paul Keith            Assistant:        Lisa Kovacs

               EDITORS DESK..........................Ron Kovacs
                         Atari Elite VS The Community
               Z*NET NEWSWIRE..................................
                Bob Brodie celebrates 1 year with Atari, WAACE 
                       Show A Go, and more news first!
               DON'T BUY ATARI???.....................John Nagy
                      Reprint from ST-Journal Magazine.
               REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPTS.............Donald Thomas
                        "Setting the Record Straight"
               Z*NET CANADA.....................Terry Schreiber
                              Canadian Newswire
               Z*NET NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIA...........Jon Clarke
                      Down-Under Newswire and BBS Watch
               NEW ENGLAND ATARIFEST..............Press Release
                                Status Report
               TRACY PORTABLE ST..................Press Release
                        Austech Computer Announcement
               ST-PLUG DISK MAGAZINE UPDATE.......Press Release
                                Latest update
               SHAREWARE CONNECTION UPDATE.........Stan Swanson
                     Previews and latest revision numbers

             ~~~ EDITORS DESK ~~~              BY RON KOVACS

 I was advised by my lawyer to stop publishing and posting messages until
 the Elite matter was resolved (See Z*Net Issue #538).  I am obviously
 not taking his advice at the present time.  Letters were alleged to
 have been sent out after a last week's discussion with Bob Brodie of
 Atari, Ralph Mariano of ST-Report and John Karlovich of the Elite.  An
 agreement was reached and the Atari Elite matter was put on hold until
 after the WAACE Atari Show.

 One week has past since the letter announcing this was supposed to be
 sent and Z*Net has NOT received one.  In issue #518, I wrote a
 Commentary (ie: opinion), based on reports received from Bob Brodie.

 These comments were based on information from Bob Brodie and not
 invented to damage the creditability of the PACE members or the Atari
 Elite.  It is not my or Z*Net's intention to release information to
 intentionally hurt any event, person or prejudice anyone in matters not
 yet proven.  I took the comments of an official Atari representative
 seriously and based my personal comments on them.  Having great respect
 for Bob Brodie I find it highly unlikely that the reports were made up.
 Journalistic practice demands such commentary to be sprinkled with 
 "alleged", "supposed", "reportedly", "if this is true then...".  These
 are wiggle words that indicate that the author doesn't want to take
 responsibility for what he says.  These words work in court.  I didn't 
 use them.  I apologize or not using them.  And I say this seriously not 
 with humor because no person or group deserves to be declared guilty by 
 the press.  Our purpose and intent is to report both the information and
 the source of that information and it is the readers duty to judge the
 creditability of the report.  I was out of line.  I was wrong to have
 phrase my Commentary in terms that declared Bob Brodie's report as
 unchallenged fact.
 The Elite had and continues to have the opportunity to see to it that 
 their side is told.  I would encourage them to use that opportunity and
 tell their side rather then try to use force of law to prevent the
 original side from being told.
 The original request received from Mr. Speakman, the lawyer representing
 the Atari Elite Board of Directors, states that I issue a public
 apology and admit that my accusations of piracy and other misconduct
 were baseless and without foundation in fact.  If I do not make this
 admission and apology I will be sued to seek vindication and damages.
 THis is a very difficult position for me.  My Comments were not 
 baseless, they were based on Bob Brodie's reports.  Their foundation in
 fact is yet to be proved based on the correctness or completeness of
 Bob Brodie's report.  So, If I make the statement that will satisfy the
 Atari Elite and avoid this law suit, I must lie.  I am certain that the
 Atari Elite would prefer a true vindication to an empty per forma
 It is my hope that the meetings between Bob Brodie and the Atari Elite,
 schedule to occur at next week's WAACE Atari show will result in 
 findings of fact and agreements that will vindicate any wrongly injured 
 parties.  If this is the case, we will be pleased to publish that
 information which will clear the record.  We hope that will end this 
 matter and the legal matters of the Atari Elite.

                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE
                             Atari News First
 Z*Net congratulates our former Z*NET correspondent who has just passed
 his one-year anniversary at Atari Corporation.  Bob Brodie, Manager of
 User Group Services since September 1989, went to Atari after being both
 a staff writer for Z*Net and President of ACAOC, the Orange County,
 California user group.  He was also instrumental in the organization of
 the original Glendale Atari Shows.  In a year, Bob has become the most
 sought after public speaker for Atari, and the most respected source of
 information about Atari.  Thanks for everything, Bob!
 Like this weekend, for instance... Bob Brodie will be attending the
 Grand Opening of the Los Angeles Area's newest Atari dealer.  "The
 Computer Network", in Glendale, California, has their official Grand
 Opening ceremonies this weekend after 30 days of startup business.  Bob
 will be there, along with many area Atari developers and publishers, to
 welcome another ALL-ATARI, ONLY ATARI dealer.  The Computer Network will
 feature entertainment and productivity software and hardware, a rent-a-
 workstation and printing service, and complete repair facilities.
 Owners and operators Tony Lee, Bryan Cleano, Rick Vonk, and Mark Krynsky
 also are arranging a "classroom" in the store where they expect to tutor
 in both basics and advanced applications for the Atari.  The Computer
 Network, 1605 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91201, 818-500-3900.
 Frank Foster, formerly Atari's music division head, left the company
 early in September.  Frank came to Atari from HYBRID ARTS, a respected
 software development company that lead the way for early MIDI
 applications on the Atari.  Although there is no official statement from
 Atari regarding his departure, it is believed to have been a mutual
 decision of Frank and Atari.  It is known that Foster did not agree with
 some of the new policies of the new administration at Atari, and had
 recently failed to follow through on sales appearances and other
 commitments.  Friends of Foster have said that he has moved on to a
 graphics company, a field Foster has had considerable experience and
 success in even while at Atari.  His departure leaves Atari with no
 individual directly in charge of MIDI development and music industry
 It is rumored (via frequently reliable sources) that Viking, makers of
 the big-screen Moniterm Monitors for the Atari, has shipped all
 remaining stocks of the much-desired 19" Atari monochrome monitor to a
 single location for final sale.  This probably reflects their decision
 to concentrate on the 21" model and to leave the 19" market due to
 coming competition from PHILLIPS, who are expected to underprice and
 outperform the pricey Viking unit by a considerable margin.  Still, if
 the 19" Moniterm gets cheap enough in the final sales, it is a VERY fine
 full-page-plus monitor... collect your spare change!
 As Atari prepares for COMDEX, November's big Computer Marketplace of the
 World, the ATARI ADVANTAGE is being once again prepared for
 presentation.  The Las Vegas, Nevada, show draws hundreds of thousands
 of people, and thousands of vendors to show their wares.  Atari has said
 that they will have the TT READY FOR SHIPPING by the November show, and
 now, the focus is widening to cover the 520ST system (or possibly an
 STe?) bundled with an array of software for a blockbuster price.  This
 time for SURE...?
 The editor of the largest computer magazine in the world, COMPUTER
 SHOPPER MAGAZINE, told his writers and contributors this week that his
 magazine will end its regular Atari coverage with the November, 1990,
 issue.  Editor in Chief, Bob Lindstrom, said that it was a hard
 decision, and one that was just made in the last 30 days after
 considerable market and supplier research.  Earlier rumors of their
 dropping Atari were neither based on fact nor were they an influence on
 the final decision.  Computer Shopper is moving more and more towards
 being MS-DOS only, with Amiga and even MAC coverage under careful
 scrutiny now.  Shopper will probably continue to run major stories
 covering Atari products when it is warranted, such as when major new
 hardware is introduced.
 In a half-million dollar chip piracy bust that closed over two months
 ago and was reported by a Cincinnati newspaper in September, Dennis
 Hayes of Cincinnati plead guilty to operating a scheme in which he sold
 more than 5,000 bogus Macintosh ROM computer chips between 1988 and
 1990.  Macintosh 128K ROM software information was copied into the chips
 which Hayes sold for between 130 and 195 dollars per set.  Hayes pleaded
 guilty to money laundering, copyright infringement, and structuring a
 financial transaction.  Seized were $180,000 dollars in cash, $2,000 in
 traveler's checks and various guns, including four (4) Uzi semi-
 automatic weapons, Hayes' private airplane, etc.  Hayes was one of
 several major chip suppliers for MAC ROMS, also used in Gadgets by
 Small's SPECTRE Mac Emulators for the ST.  Small does not supply chip
 sets for their unit, and had no dealings with Hayes, although many Atari
 users bought chips from Hayes at several Atarifests.  Rumors that tied
 the bust to a shortage of the Gadgets company's GCR product are
 unfounded and have drawn heavy commentary from Small and others on the
 major telecommunication services.  The GCR emulator is simply more
 popular than production can keep up with, and was further put behind
 demand by a production problem in the mid-summer.
 Next weekend the WAACE show will include Atari reps and many Atari
 developers.  This is one of the premeire east coast Atari shows and
 one of the longest regular events for Atari enthusiasts.  Please make
 an effort to attend this show next week!

 Western Digital announced late last week that its WDAB130 and WDAH260,
 a pair of AT compatible, 2.5-inch, intelligent disk drives.  The WDAB130
 and WDAH260 are the industry's first 30 and 60 megabyte 2.5-inch disk
 drives.  The WDAB130 features a formatted capacity of 31.5 megabytes
 with a 19ms average seek time.  The WDAH260 features a formatted
 capacity of 62.9 megabytes with a 19ms average seek time.  Evaluation
 units of both drives will be available in the fourth quarter, 1990, with
 volume production slated in the first quarter, 1991.  Prices for
 evaluation units are $325 for the WDAB130 and $495 for the WDAH260.

 Accolade announced this week the release of the Milton Bradley game
 Stratego for the Mac.  Stratego: The Computer Game is scheduled for
 release later this month for IBM PC, Tandy and compatible computers.
 The game's suggested retail price will be $49.95.

 MissionSix has been formed by a group of veteran marketing and technical
 managers from the magnetic media and software duplication industries.
 The new company is to develop, manufacture and market a complete line of
 systems and equipment for various applications within the software
 duplication industry.   MissionSix products will be marketed through
 distributors worldwide under the trade name of Xpress.  The first
 products will be a series of diskette labelers in both automatic and
 manual models.

 Commodore's UK subsidiary has introduced the C64 Games System, a C64-
 based games console for Western European markets.  The C64GS comes with
 a joystick and a port for cartridge-based software.  Cartridges will
 include four games, a feature designed to give the C64GS a competitive
 advantage against other game-only computers.  The product will be sold
 in European countries, including the UK, which has become a new center
 for C64 software developers. 

 Nashua announced this week that it has acquired PHD Computer Services,
 a remanufacturer of Canon cartridges, based in Brentwood, N.H.
 Cartridge remanufacturing involves replacing the worn parts, installing
 a new drum, and replenishing the cartridge with new toner.  Properly
 remanufactured cartridges offer performance characteristics equal to
 those of new cartridges.  Canon cartridges are used in more than 80
 percent of all laser printers sold.
 Ashton-Tate has announced that it began beta testing of the dBASE IV
 Server Edition, its front-end database product for the client/server
 marketplace.  Designed for Intel 80286-, 80386- and 80486-based systems,
 the Server Edition will permit multiple personal computer users to
 access and manipulate data across client/server-based local area
 networks through the dBASE environment. 

 Lotus announced it has begun shipments of an enhanced edition of its
 1-2-3 Release 3.1 spreadsheet designed specifically for users in the
 government market.  Features unique to the new Government Edition
 include spreadsheet file translation capabilities for Multiplan version
 4.0, Enable version 2.0, and SuperCalc version 4.0, enabling government
 users who work with different spreadsheet programs to easily exchange
 information with 1-2-3.  Also included is Sideways, an add-in product
 from Funk Software that allows 1-2-3 users to print wide reports on dot
 matrix printers, and a DataLens Driver that provides direct access to
 information residing on Microsoft SQL Server databases.  For more
 information contact Lotus (617) 693-1580.
 Sierra On-Line announced that it will assume European distribution
 rights to Sierra and Dynamix products on Oct. 1, 1990.  Sierra will also
 distribute more than 12 new titles for the 1990 Christmas season, with
 the much anticipated King's Quest V, Space Quest IV, Quest for Glory II,
 Oil's Well, Jones in the Fast Lane and updated versions of King's Quest
 and Mixed-Up Mother Goose.  Dynamix, a Sierra subsidiary, will offer a
 mixture of products including Stellar 7, Red Baron, Rise of the Dragon
 and Heart of China.

 ===========================DON'T BUY ATARI???=========================
                               by John Nagy
 This feature is a reprint from the October/November ST-JOURNAL MAGAZINE,
 their third issue, and is presented here by permission.  THIS ARTICLE
 EXPRESS PERMISSION FROM ST-JOURNAL, 113 West College Street, Covina, CA
 91723, 818-332-0372.  Individual copies of the first issue of ST JOURNAL
 are available from the above address for the cover price of $4.50, and
 subscriptions are $29.95 a year.
 Is ATARI going to make it?  Should we jump ship now, later, or never?
 What will happen to the ST?  Frankly, I have no better answers than
 anyone else.  But I suspect that across the next two years, the Atari ST
 and TT lines will continue at their current level of "success", or
 improve at least somewhat.
 So what do we do now?  More of what we have been doing, I suspect.  We
 writers will continue to alternately whine and praise the machines and
 the company, developers will continue to alternately drop out or return
 to the Atari market, and users will... keep using.
 As in the last of the 8-bit days, users can realistically say of their
 ST's, "Well, the company can fold tomorrow, and I'd still have enough
 great software to meet my needs for the next few years."  But more of a
 problem for some of us is WHAT TO SAY TO OTHERS ABOUT ATARI.
 Sure, I am very proud of my Atari equipment, and even moreso of the top
 quality results I get from it.  Co-workers are dazzled by the DTP work I
 do I home (the PC at work just doesn't compare...), the writing I do
 quickly and easily at home, the graphics I can create or display... and
 the games I can play (or at least show, who has time to play?).  But the
 time comes over and over when a friend or co-worker asks for help
 choosing a computer for themselves.  What can I say?
 Occasionally, I can confidently and honestly recommend that they buy
 ATARI computers.  This tends to be when the person is a musician, a
 casual computer hobbyist-to-be, or a close friend who has witnessed the
 trials and triumphs of Atari in a continuing second-hand view by our
 association.  These groups of users can be assured that they can
 affordably get what they want and need from the Atari line, regardless
 of what the future holds.
 The next group of people are just as easy for me to form my
 recommendation.  These are usually co-workers or business associates who
 are looking for a "computer for home".  You know the type, the secretary
 or partner that has used the PC at work for a couple years, gotten
 comfortable with it at last, and now wants to do some work at home.
 Many of these users should get exactly what they are used to and exactly
 what they think they want... an IBM or clone.  They want to continue to
 do what they have done, and don't want to even think about a new
 operating system or compatibility problems.  No Atari ST for these
 folks. (Of course, if Atari ever gets their PC line marketed in the USA,
 I could still recommend THEM... as I do PORTFOLIOs for some of our
 mobile friends who need far more than a notebook but far less than a
 laptop computer.)
 The hardest group to face is the middle ones.  People who could REALLY
 gain a lot from the versatility of the ATARI, but who stand to lose in
 terms of compatibility, availability, and diversity in software
 selection.  Last month, I was one of a group being interviewed for a
 study on desktop publishing needs at the State Bar of California.  We
 had brought in samples of things we had done at work or at home to help
 identify what the real needs of the State Bar might be for DTP.  It
 seems that a vocal contingent wants to get a lot of MACINTOSH
 workstations.  Cooler and more frugal heads want to keep from buying
 new, high dollar hardware, but wonder about the capabilities of the PC
 for ease of use in DTP.  Even there, they know that big dollars will go
 for expanded memory in both the PC's and the laser printers, not to
 mention needing mice...  I was asked what I used... I said "ATARI"
 without pause, though noting condescending smiles from some corners of
 the room.  To my surprise, one of the interviewing consultants
 responded, "ATARI! ALRIGHT!".  He asked me to explain the reason I use
 Atari, and he was pleased to hear about the power, price, speed, and the
 best of the MAC interface for ease of use.  He then asked if I would
 recommend that the State Bar buy and use Atari computers for DTP...
 The room suddenly got smaller and hotter.  I felt the eyes of my boss
 drilling into me, with a half-scared look.

 "Not really," I said in a weak voice.  My boss looked relieved.  The
 consultant asked why not.  I responded with a set of reasons paralleling
 those of why I thought we shouldn't invest in new MAC's... we already
 have hundreds of PCs... and then, I finished with the sad additional
 admission, "and I don't really know what Atari will be doing a year or
 two from now.  You need to make platform decisions that can last and 
 grow.  The PC platform will be here, for better or worse, probably
 forever.  As much as I know the Atari will meet your needs in DTP right
 now, I can't promise what tomorrow will bring."  After a short pause,
 the topic changed, and the Atari consideration was history... if it ever
 was more than just a courtesy question.
 I felt like a Judas.  When the spotlight came up on my chosen machine, I
 blinked.  But I would do the same tomorrow.  And feel just as bad.  I
 hope the new administration at Atari can make a new tomorrow for Atari.
 I know that the ST is the best possible machine for my needs today, and
 that it deserves consideration by far more users and potential users
 than it does.  But what will happen next?  Frankly, I have no better
 answers than anyone else.   [Reprinted by Permission of ST-JOURNAL

                      REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPTS PART 33
                       Setting The Record Straight
            by Donald A. Thomas, Jr. (c)1990 ARTISAN SOFTWARE
 (This is PART 33 of a series of articles published and distributed by
 Artisan Software.  Please feel free to copy and distribute this article
 as you please provided you include all unedited text.  Also feel free to
 upload to boards and communication services.  These articles are
 designed to entice you to take constructive action.  Write to involved
 parties and tell them how YOU feel about the subject.)
 This article is in response to Frank Sommer's STUPDATE in the September
 issue of Current Notes.
 I have a clearly unique opportunity to not only be a software publisher,
 but to also be a part of the Atari Management Team.  When reading
 articles and perceptions in various publications, I maintain an insight
 that few authors may enjoy.
 I deliberated with myself whether to respond publicly or privately with
 an article I recently found in Current Notes (Sept. '90) by Mr. Frank
 Sommers.  The debate was largely influenced by my high regard for Frank
 and his writings.  He is usually very credible and accurate, not to
 mention a consistently entertaining author to read.  I obviously have
 chosen to address the subjects Frank wrote of in this particular
 article.  I trust Frank will appreciate my effort to clarify the gray
 areas that are inevitable side effects of reporting.
 First off, I am glad Frank made an expedient apology to Mr. Ames-Klein.
 The story for which he apologizes was totally inaccurate and I believe
 it is to blame for a highly vocal and unreliable source.  Mr. Ames-Klien
 has been actively concentrating on the challenges related to the Lynx
 and we have seen him responsible for never-before promotions which will
 be revealed in the near future.
 Mr. Elie Kenan is, indeed, on board and actively involved in the
 decision making at Atari for the marketing and sales of Atari products
 in the U.S.  We all are aware that Atari has suffered great obstacles
 (some self-provoked and most trend based).  I should hope he spends a
 great amount of time interviewing staff and collecting data from dealers
 and developers before making pertinent decisions.  I suspect it will be
 many more 30 day periods before his influence is clearly visible by
 outsiders.  I am not certain of what complaints or rumors Frank feels
 exist "around the corridors of Atari".  I personally hear very positive
 things and unprecedented oohs and ahhs for his insistent desire to
 understand the marketplace and determine action and direction.  Those
 who may doubt that may ask the exhibitors at the recent Glendale show
 where Elie spent two solid days visiting local dealers and interviewing
 the exhibitors themselves.  Kudos to Elie!  It has always been my
 contention that our leadership MUST get to the front lines and be
 prepared to absorb a few bullets while attempting to fully understand
 the situation.
 Frank Sommer's criticism of Dave Small's recent article (following brief
 praise) was, I think, out of place.  David was successfully bringing in
 to perspective our habitual urge to bash Atari for the same things other
 computer companies can be found guilty of.  Frank's association to
 Atari's lack of advertising is unclear to me.  I can say this...  If
 Frank is so certain that simply running millions of dollars worth of ads
 will solve Atari's problems, then I submit that he loan Atari the money
 to do it.  I am certain Atari will gladly repay Frank should the
 campaign be successful.  (Obviously I do not have the authority to
 guarantee that, so get it in writing first, Frank.)
 The truth is, Atari has spent a great deal of money on the Portfolio and
 the Lynx.  The Portfolio's most successful response has been from
 airline magazines, so if you haven't seen the ads, you haven't flown
 lately.  Lynx has been heavily promoted in gaming journals.  No, I
 haven't missed the point...  I know we all want extensive advertising on
 ST/MEGA/TT, but it will take more than just advertising to convince
 students to use a computer not used in the real world (DTP,CAD,etc.).
 And it will take more than just ads to convince users to buy something
 other than what they learned on in schools.  There is a definite need
 for creative marketing and I know it is being looked at and I know I
 have to leave it at that for now.

 Frank then approaches several regrettable problems in some new product
 releases and these need to be addressed too.  The STE did have hard disk
 problems.  My understanding of what Garry Tramiel said was not that the
 accusation of faulty drives "was a bloody lie", but that releasing
 faulty STEs KNOWINGLY was untrue.  In addition, any number released in a
 faulty condition is too many, but I am under the impression that
 everyone that received them spoke up making the entire issue look bigger
 than it was.  There is a tendency to think that their must be a silent
 majority when, in this case, I think we just heard all of the few speak
 at one time.  I have been told that everyone has had the opportunity to
 get the STE fixed.  How much more fair can Atari be?

 The Portfolio was halted for shipping for about one week due to a short
 supply of File Manager ROM cards.  This is entirely accurate except the
 halting was partially due to the fact that some of the people Sam
 Tramiel needed to counsel with on the matter were tied up at CES in
 Chicago.  Sounds like a wise decision to me.  After CES, the problem was

 Jumping to Frank's question as to why Sam Tramiel would not talk about a
 32MHz TT.  Simple.  It's not Sam's responsibility... it's Elie's and, if
 it is true, Elie will announce it at the appropriate time.

 Frank spoke of the consumer not seeing the "Atari Adventure Package".
 What is that?  Could he be referring to the "Atari Advantage Package",
 nah...  writers do not make errors like Atari is accused of.

 Finally, Frank's article ended with a farewell to a Stalwart Atari
 Dealer.  Hey Frank, why didn't you welcome the Computer Network in
 Glendale, California.  Isn't it news when a new dealer opens up?
 Look, my effort here is that I think we need to be responsible and
 accurate.  I happen to know about the ones above and can address them,
 but I see reporters attempting to sensationalize the news all the time
 in Atari Journals.  I hope we can ban together.  Atari needs our help.
 I am doing what I can to get new or potential users of Atari computers
 to subscribe to Atari magazines, and I do not think it is accurate
 reporting to have them read nothing but how Atari screws up.  So what,
 we do screw up and there are a lot of people to blame not just one or
 two and not the Tramiels who have done a lot more than what we give them
 credit for.  Maybe my days are numbered too, but I have discovered a
 direct relationship between positive mental attitude, productivity and
 job longevity at Atari.  A lot of changes have occurred over the last
 decade.  It's easy to cast stones, but someone has got to wake up and
 notice how long Atari has held in there against an IBM/MAC orientated
 marketplace.  Any of you convinced you can do it without mistakes?
 P.S.  Frank, I noticed many typing errors in your article.  Thought I
 would tell you before you released it to the public.
 For information on how you can "JOIN THE REVOLUTION" and actively
 support the exposure of Atari computers, write: ARTISAN SOFTWARE, P.O.
 Box 849, Manteca, California 95336.

                               Z*NET CANADA
                            by Terry Schreiber
 The long awaited brainchild from Jimmy Hotz the "Hotz Box" is scheduled
 for test marketing next month.  Murray Brown, British Columbia's local
 Atari representative attended the Glendale Atari Show where Jimmy was
 exhibiting.  Murray, who has a former background in music as well as
 previously being an Atari music dealer, has been appointed by Atari to
 do a market study on the Hotz Box.  The "Hotz Box", said to be the non-
 musicians answer to music, was first previewed about two years ago.
 Since that time it has been shown at many Atari Shows and been the
 subject of Atari's video tapes.  The machine will be sent out to a few
 educational test sites as well as a recording studio in the Vancouver
 "Atari Canada's "Back to School" 520STfm promo met and broke all
 expectations" said General Manager Geoff Earle.  Literally hundreds of
 these units were shipped during the last quarter with many dealers
 re-ordering a second and third time.  The computer was bundled with ten
 pieces of software, seven Arrakis educational titles, Neochrome, Crack'd
 and Superbreakout with a suggested retail of $499.00.
 Atari Canada's MIDI promotion of last quarter met with such success that
 they are expanding on it.  General Manager Geoff Earle stated that the
 promo they ran as a test marketing was accepted so widely by dealers
 that they are now looking into three new MIDI keyboards to offer.  At
 publishing time there were no names set in concrete but they are
 definitely brand names well respected in the music industry.  Along with
 these packages, look for some highly sophisticated entry level software
 for beginners as well as the novice.
 Over the last three months that I have been doing this column I have
 reported things that are happening here in Canada.  To those of you in
 the U.S. it must seem like Canucks are eating their bowl of porridge
 whilst the Americans wait around to like the spoon.  I have many friends
 in the Seattle area and we converse often about Atari in the U.S. and
 their short-comings, how we Canadians see everything first.  I have it
 on very good authority that this is about to change.  Watch for all hell
 to break loose after Comdex.


                            Z*NET NEW ZEALAND
                              by Jon Clarke
 Phillips New Zealand has dropped the price of its LTP 3230 laptop by
 $nz1000, from $nz7999 to $nz6999.  This laptop features a 12mhz 80C286,
 with a 40 megabyte hard disk, and a backlit VGA screen.  Leatham
 Electronics has also dropped it prices on the Psion laptops and
 Palmtops.  These are the competition for the Atari Portfolio here in NZ.
 The Psion MC200 now sells for $nz1796.23.
 Ashton Tate has announced a network version of the MS_Dos based word
 processor called Multimate 4.0.  Being a network version it allows users
 to share documents, macros, libraries, thesaurus and spell check
 dictionaries.  It also has standard features like electronic mail,
 grammar-checking, and graphics for multi user systems.  Ashton Tate also
 points out that all previous versions of Multimate are compatible with
 the new network version.
 Hewlett-Packard announced the introduction of several new printers last
 week, including the HP Deskjet 500 which replaces the Deskjet Plus.
 Below is a list of features...

            [1] three text pages per minute.
            [2] two graphic pages per minute.
            [3] extra fonts.
            [4] better font spacing.
            [5] Microsoft Windows 3 compatible.
            [6] cost $nz1555

 HP also announced a new 'Water resistant, smearless ink'.  The new ink
 cartridges will be available in December of this year for $nz43 each.
 These will be able to be used with the Deskjet and Deskwriter.  Also
 announced was a new eight-page-a-minute LaserJet IIId printer which will
 replace the IId model.  Below is a list of it's features...

            [1] Designed for shared printer environments
            [2] Advanced paper handling
            [3] Advanced duplexing
            [4] PCL 5 compatible
            [5] Cost $nz7950.
 KODAK MAKES MOVE INTO EP, [Electronic Photography]
 Building on the widespread acceptance of compact disk technology, Kodak
 last Tuesday launched a product that will allow people to store their
 photo and slide images on special CD_ROMS and play back the images
 through a TV set, and even some computer monitors.  The Photo CD was
 developed jointly by Kodak and Phillips of Holland.  It is expected on
 the US market in 1992 with a retail price of $us500.  Each CD_ROM will
 hold 24 pictures and cost about $us20.
 Telecom International and Networks limited will complete a nation wide
 upgrade to the  V22bis / 2400 Public Data Network in NZ called 'PacNet',
 this Monday the 1st of October.  It will allow for full Xon-Xoff flow
 through the x25 pads, and elevate the existing problems.  Along with the
 upgrade Telecom have allowed and increase in usage and installed further
 stepping groups for remote areas of the country.
 Recent checks on virus detecting/killers here by a prominent computer
 based company came up with some startling results.  Of twenty four
 MS_DOS based virus detectors only four of them could find the more
 common virus's like "Stoned" and "Friday the 13th".  They concluded
 programmers will have to do a lot of catching up. [ more on this next


 STarlight BBS, an Atari ST based BBS here in Auckland has had rave
 reviews on the new on-line game called "Cows" by its users and seems set
 to top the chart on this BBS as the most used game.  STarlight is the
 beST on-line games system in Auckland for Atari users.  [Express ST]

 Harbour BBS, the W.A.C.E BBS in Wellington has had it share of ups and
 downs over the last few years and is rumored to be on the move the next
 few months.  WACE is the largest Atari User group in New Zealand and is
 one of the oldest user groups for that matter, having been formed in
 late 1980.  [FoReM ST]

 MACE BBS, the M.A.C.E BBS in Blenheim {in the South Island} is awaiting
 the CDAR504 CD_ROM for their users.  (This will make three Atari BBS's
 in New Zealand running CD_ROM's.)  Martin Lees Public Domain list for
 schools is on the here.  MACE is one of the few NZ BBS's catering for
 the local schools as well as the Atari Users.  [Express ST]

 Pandora's Box, an Atari 8bit BBS in Auckland has just added a 40
 megabyte Hard disk for its users running on Oasis software under
 SpartaDos.  This BBS is a true blue BBS run on a 800xl with 256k, things
 BBSing are made of.  The comments from the users has been one of
 elation.  [Oasis 8bit]

 STaTus BBS, an Atari ST BBS, has added several new items this week.
 Usenet replies for all its users.  Two new on-line magazines.  For all
 the southern users in NZ STATUS has gained access to the Paxus Fax
 Network which will allow users in Wellington to call toll free to them
 via this network.  I am lead to believe this may extend to Sydney,
 Australia in the next six months when Paxus Fax-Net put a node [2 meg
 line] over there.  This BBS is one of the other BBS's in NZ to run a
 CDAR504 CD_ROM.   [MichTron Version 3]

 Mumblings that Tinkerbell may resurface in Auckland after this BBS went
 on the move with its author several months ago.  Southern Express, an
 Atari 8bit Express BBS has moved from Dunedin to Christchurch {in the
 south Island}, and Phill is thinking of putting it back on the now
 spring is here and he has a a little more time. This will make 3 Atari
 BBS's in Christchurch.

                   //////NEW ENGLAND ATARIFEST '90\\\\\\
                          S*T*A*T*U*S R*E*P*O*R*T
                  Confirmed to exhibit as of 25-Sep-1990:
 ////////////////////Manufacturers, Developers, Etc.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
 o Atari Corporation (U.S.)          o Gribnif Software
   Sunnyvale, CA                       Northampton, MA
   Bob Brodie                          Rick Flashman, Dan Wilga &
                                       Tricia Metcalf
 o Beta-Cad                                           
   North Attleboro, MA               o Bill Jensen
   Dick Barlik                         Jamaica Plain, MA
 o Codehead Software                 o Chor-Ming Lung
   Los Angeles, CA                     Boston, MA
   John Eidsvoog         
 o Dr. T's Music Software            o Taylor Ridge Books
   Boston, MA                          Manchester, CT
   Al Hospers                          Clayton Walnum
 o Fast Technology                   o TidBit Software Engineering
   North Andover, MA                   Maynard, MA
   Jim Allen                           Jeff Lomicka
 o Bit Bucket Computer Store         o Granite Computers
   West Newton, MA                     Nashua, NH
 o Computer Bug                      o Micro National
   Hadley, MA                          Danvers, MA
 o Computer Zone                     o Syntronics Computer Center
   North Attleboro, MA                 Boston, MA
 o ERM Electronic Liquidators
   Melrose, MA
 ///////////////////////////////User Groups\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
 o Atari UG of Greater Hartford         o Rhode Island ACE
   Hartford, CT                           Providence, RI
 o BCS/Atari                            o South Shore Atari Group
   Boston, MA                             Hyde Park, MA
 o Nashoba Valley Atari Users' Soc.     o S.T.A.R.R.
   Acton-Boxboro, MA                      New Haven, CT
 o N. Attleboro Atari Computer Club     o Valley Atari ST
   North Attleboro, MA                    Methuen, MA
 /////////////////////////Seminars (Titles Tentative)\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
 0915   "GEnie STAR*SERVICES"
        Darlah Pine, GEnie Atari RoundTables
        Nevin Shalit, Step Ahead Software
        Nathan Potechin, ISD Marketing, Inc.
        Rick Flashman, Gribnif Software
        Jim Allen, Fast Technology
 1500   "ATARI SPEAKS"
        Bob Brodie, Atari Computer (U.S.)
 Susse Chalet Boston                 $43.70/night single
 900 Morrissey Boulevard             $47.70/night double
 Dorchester, MA                      Phone (617) 287-9200
 ///////////////////////////Show Information\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
 Location: UMass/Boston              Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm
           Harbor Campus
           Dorchester, MA            Admission: $5.00
 Date: October 27, 1990              Free Parking
 /////////////////////////////For more info\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
 o GEnie: Email D.JACOBSON2          o DELPHI: Email DPJ or NORMAN238
   ST RT Cat 11 Top 20                 ATARI/SSAG sig, DELPHI/Boston
 o BCS/Atari BBS (24h, 3/12/24/96)   o N.E. AtariFest '90 info-line
   (617) 396-4607                      (617) 527-4952 (recording)
 o Write: New England AtariFest '90
          c/o Boston Computer Society
          One Center Plaza
          Boston, MA 02108
 Tables are still available ($150 single, $275 double, $35 UG single).
 Address inquiries to any of the sources listed above. Make checks
 payable to Boston Computer Society, and send to the address above.

                            TRACY PORTABLE ST
                              Press Release
 The "Tracy" Portable ST will be a possible alternative to the Stacy
 Laptop Computer.  Austech Computers in Australia has just completed the
 first prototype of the new portable ST and is fully functional.  The
 Unit is based all on the 520STFM within the standard Atari case, which
 * "Built in" 40 M/B voice coil hard drive 720K Floppy Drive
   (soon to become 1.44 Megabyte)
 * 286 Pc Emulator
 * Spectre 128  (Possible Spectre GCR in near Future)
 * Tos 1.4
 * 2 Megabytes of Ram expandable to 4 Megabytes
 All the above all resides in the Atari Standard Case, and the only
 differences that can be spotted is a hard drive activity LED located
 above the function keys near the floppy drive.  The case has been
 modified for a new drive and a switch on the back to disable the
 Spectre 128 so the cartridge port still works as normal if required.
 "We will be looking into doing the same thing to an STe in future as
 well as a 68030 from Fast Technology, yet to be fitted."  This unit
 will be very useful to musicians and teachers.  A teacher will find the
 unit easy to carry around and easy to use by just plugging into a
 television or the Kodak Datashow overhead projector unit.
 The other possiblity is getting a carry bag made up that is similar to
 the Macintosh Plus bag and have it hold a Mono Monitor and the ST
 sideways.  Once we have standardized the Base features of the unit, we
 will look into making a "KIT" available for dealers.  The individual
 components may be sourced through convention channels (ie: 286 Emulator,
 Spectre and Hard Drive while our Kit will Contain all Cables, Mounting
 brackets, Interface Board and Instructions.

 For more information:
 Lucas Lozo
 Austech Computers
 157 Whitehorse RD
 Blackburn  3130
 Victoria, Australia

 Ph 61 - 3 - 894 1652
 Fax 61 - 3 894 1161
 BBS 61 3 894 2155   ccitt

                          ST-PLUG DISK MAGAZINE
                              Press Release
                       1670 Heron Road, Box 22026,
                             Ottawa, Ontario
                             Canada  K1V 0C2
                           Tel. (613) 731-2779
 ST-PLUG is a North American disk-based Atari ST newsletter containing
 news, reviews and software for the Atari ST.  Each disk is crammed full
 of the best software available to ST-PLUG from around the world.  These
 files are compressed into self-extracting LZH files to give the ST-PLUG
 purchaser the 'most' for his/her money.
 Each ST-PLUG issue also contains the ST-PLUG newsfile.  This file is
 read through our text reader program called 'PERUSER'.  With the help of
 PERUSER, readers can find out the latest Atari ST news, read product
 reviews, as well as view screen dumps of the products mentioned in the
 ST-PLUG is now being sold world-wide!  A recent agreement with Budgie UK
 in England has indicated a massive growth of distribution for ST-PLUG.
 ST-PLUG is very reasonably priced.  Only $5.00 for each issue for what
 we consider to be 'a superb information source'.
 * A minimum of 1 and a maximum of 12 ST-PLUG disk magazines may be
   subscribed to at one time.
 * All ST-PLUG disks are guaranteed free from defect.  Should any error
   appear, return your disk to ST-PLUG and a working version will be
   returned to you free of charge.
 * All ST-PLUG subscriptions are guaranteed.  If at any time you wish to
   discontinue your subscription, write to ST-PLUG and request your
   refund.  All remaining issue monies will be returned to you.
 * ST-PLUG will try to publish every 4 to 8 weeks, or as often as
   reviews, programs, etc. can be gathered to produce a complete and full
   ST-PLUG disk.
 ST-PLUG will allow User Groups to reproduce its disk magazine by simply
 purchasing ONE original disk and additional ST-PLUG disk labels.  Each
 ST-PLUG disk sold MUST have the ST-PLUG label attached. These labels can
 be purchased for $2.00 each (in American or Canadian currency).

 Issue 12 - April 1990
 Issue 13 - June 1990
 Issue 14 - August 1990

 (Before issue 12, ST-PLUG was published in a newsletter format.  These
 issues are no longer available.)
 ST-PLUG has obtained the distribution rights to Floppyshop's disk
 magazine, STUFFED.  Based in Aberdeen, England, STUFFED is touted as
 being 'The No. 1 Disk-Magazine For The Atari ST'.  Published four times
 a year in February, May, August and November, STUFFED is a welcome
 compliment to ST-PLUG's already successful North American Atari ST disk-
 based magazine selling under the name of ST-PLUG.
 STUFFED is priced at $7.00 per single issue with a subscription rate of
 $24.00 for 4 issues.  This is a direct monetary exchange from the
 selling price of the STUFFED disk-magazine in Europe.  Should you wish
 to obtain an issue of STUFFED or subscribe, please use the order form
 attached to this document.  Back issues are available.


 Issue 2 - May 1989
 Issue 3 - August 1989
 Issue 4 - November 1989
 Issue 5 - February 1990
 Issue 6 - May 1990
 Issue 7 - August 1990

 ST-PLUG is also the sole North America distributor of BUDGIE UK
 products.  For a complete list of all our products simply drop us a
 letter, phone, or leave us your name and address on the following

 CompuServe: 73257,2635


                             by Stan Swanson
 Welcome to the first Update Edition of The Shareware Connection.
 Beginning with this month's issue, we will try to upload an Update
 Edition around this time of the month to cover some of the things which
 may have missed that month's deadline and any other information which
 may be of interest to ST enthusiasts.
 Subscribers to The Shareware Connection should be receiving the
 September issue about this time.  Our focus for September is Word
 Processing and we take a look at several great programs and utilities in
 this area.  Other areas of interest in this month's issue include our
 regular Quickview and Update features, our Current Versions list and
 much more.  We've also included a complete listing of our Disk-of-the-
 Months from May 1989 to the present.  Readers will also find Part 1 of
 our TSC Cross-Reference Guide which covers all of our articles from our
 very first issue!
 If you're a shareware author you might want to check out the newest
 concept in advertising which now appears monthly in The Shareware
 Connection.  Our new MARKETPLACE feature is basically "shareware
 advertising".  The response has been great!  "You and your newsletter
 are certainly trailblazing into new types of advertising with this
 revolutionary concept," says shareware author Gerry Genson.  Programmer
 Albert Baggetta told us "Thanks for the opportunity to advertise at
 reasonable rates.  You are certainly doing your part to support the
 shareware concept."  And Gordon Meyer of Do Not Stamp Software said "I
 think your marketplace offer is a darn fine idea!"  If you need more
 information about the Marketplace or would like to look at a sample copy
 of The Shareware Connection, drop us a line or give us a call...
 If you enjoy writing and you enjoy telling other ST users about your
 machine and all the great shareware and public domain software that's
 available, we can put your talents to good use!  We are currently
 looking for reviewers and/or columnists for our publication.  Contact
 Stan Swanson at CPU for more information.
 There's always something new and interesting in the ST world.  Warren
 Standiford's ST COMICS certainly falls into this category.  This unique
 concept combines the arts of computer animation, colorful graphics and
 clever story lines to bring these comic book adventures to life.  Clever
 puzzles and other mind twisters are included to keep the "reader"
 entertained.  And if you haven't had a chance to check out ST COMICS,
 now's your chance.  The first 5 issues are now being offered for just
 $10.  They are available from W.S. Publishing Co., P.O. Box 2713,
 Sunnyvale, CA 94087.
 And all of you football fanatics and prognosticators should take a look
 at Gerry Genson's newest version of the NFL ANALYST.  Version 2.5 is
 ready for the 1990 NFL season (new 17 week season) and will help predict
 NCAA games as well.  If you hate to spend hours typing in stats, then
 NFL ANALYST is for you as it uses just each week's scores to calculate
 the outcome of upcoming games.  NFL ANALYST is available from Gerry
 Genson, 131 Lincoln Blvd., Kenmore, NY 14217.
 If any of you still haven't finished Dungeon Master from FTL, now's your
 chance.  (And if you haven't ever even played it, you don't know what
 you're missing.)  FTL/Software Heaven has now officially released the
 newest version of the DUNGEON MASTER ADVENTURER'S HANDBOOK authored by
 yours truly.  They've done a great job with updated and extremely
 accurate information.  (Yes, I admit I missed a few things here and
 there...)  It looks terrific and I'm very proud of it, of course.  Next
 time you drop into your local computer store, take a look at it...
 Our September issue also introduced another new feature as our Picks-of-
 the-Month premiered.  Each issue of The Shareware Connection will now
 designate 3 public domain/shareware programs as the best of that month.
 There's always room for more credit and special honors for ST
 programmers and this is our way of giving them a little more recognition
 for their endeavors.  Our Picks for September were BIG COLOR 2 (a great
 color emulator for all you monochrome owners out there), STDCAT (one of
 the best disk/file librarians available for the ST at any level) and
 SIMPLE CINEMA (a nifty little animation program for the younger set from
 Al Baggetta).  For more information on these great programs, check out
 our current issue...
         BLINK............. 2.0          BR UTILITIES........ 1.7
         DATA HANDLER...... 3.0          DESK SWITCH......... 1.1
         DJ ENVELOPE....... 1.2          GRAND PRIX.......... 2.1
         HAGTERM ELITE..... 4.0          HYPERSCREEN......... 1.31
         NFL ANALYST....... 2.5          POSTAL.............. 2.0
         PILE UP........... 3.0          RAM PLUS............ 1.22
         SHREDR............ 1.1          STDCAT.............. 4.3
         ST SENTRY......... 3.0          TAC CAT LIBRARIAN... 2.12
         VALGUS............ 2.0          ULTRA DELETE........ 1.04
 Lots of interesting things coming up.  Our October issue will focus on
 Business and Personal Productivity software.  We'll also have Part 2 of
 our TSC Cross Reference Guide.  In November we'll have a special issue
 focusing on shareware authors with our Programmer's Profiles feature in
 which you'll be able to "meet" several shareware programmers up close
 and personal.  In December we'll take a look at PD disk dealers.  Who
 are they?  Where are they?  What do they have to offer?  A great look
 behind the scenes... And in January we'll bring in the New Year right
 with our 2nd Annual CPU Awards for Public Domain and Shareware Software.
 (So if you haven't subscribed, do so now!)
 Published Monthly by Computer Publications, Unltd.
 P.O. Box 2224, Arvada, Colorado 80001-2224
 GEnie Address: S.SWANSON1
 Editor/Publisher: Stan Swanson

 12 Issues:        $14 (Renewals: $12)
  6 Issues w/Disk: $28
 12 Issues w/Disk: $48

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