ST Report: 12-Oct-90 #641

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 10/21/90-03:15:11 PM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: ST Report: 12-Oct-90  #641
Date: Sun Oct 21 15:15:11 1990

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     Charles Johnson's speech at the WAACE banquet delivered much more than
 a few  humorous quips to all of us.  It had a number of excellent messages
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 had a opportunity to read and  re-read its  eloquently delivered messages.
 You can  bet on  one thing,  I let  me know  that the critiques of certain
 Atari execs got old fast.   And  that  the  use  of  a  certain 'nickname'
 accomplished nothing more than obtain a few smirks from those who knew the
 meanings of the "cutesies"  If any of  the execs  involved were personally
 offended, STReport then owes an apology for that situation.  And does take
 the opportunity at this  time to  apologize for  the use  of the nickname.
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     The WAACE  Show is  behind us  and it  was a  GREAT show.  They really
 outdid themselves this year.   The  coverage  this  week  is  slanted more
 toward the  impressions the  show made on the writers.  The actual reports
 on the various pieces of hardware and software will be forthcoming.
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                              WAACE ATARIFEST

     The WAACE show was a big success.  Details of the event can be found
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 on WAACE for the Atari Forums!


     CALCOM.ARC is available in ISD Marketing's Library (LIBRARY 17) of the
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 > WAACE SHOW 1990! STR SHOW NEWS?               Comprehensive Reports

                           "THE SHOW OF SHOWS!"

 by R.F. Mariano

     For weeks  I had  been hearing the apprehension of many folks relating
 to the successes of the remaining shows for 1990.   And after  the "bottom
 line" reports  trickled in  from the  west coast,  the was good reason for
 concern as to how the "Premier Event on the East Coast" would fare.   As I
 stepped into  the Reston  International Inn at about noon, I couldn't help
 but wonder if the guys at WAACE had  bit off  a bit  more than  they could
 ever chew.  "This place is laid out very nicely", I thought to myself as I
 walked the semi-circular perimeters of the show areas.  The  more I looked
 the entire  floor plan  over, the  more excited I became.  The people flow
 will be perfect and the exposure for everything  will be  equal, I thought
 to myself.
     Friday evening  rolled around  and I finally caught up with Bob Brodie
 who graciously took the time to bring me up to date.  After my  visit with
 Bob, I met Gordon Monnier, of MichTron, in the main lobby of the hotel and
 joined him  for dinner.   Well,  the tables  (specially arranged) actually
 wound up  seating over  twenty people directly across the dining room from
 Dave Small's entourage of an equal number.  I knew, at this  time, judging
 from everyone's upbeat attitude, that this was gonna be a great show.
     The  welcoming  party,  had  in  attendance the who's who of the Atari
 Community.  As always the developers and the  folks commonly  known as the
 movers and  the shakers  in the  Atari world kept this party humming until
 the wee hours of the morning.
     Saturday morning couldn't have come any  quicker.   After breakfast, I
 found my way to the main show areas and as if miraculously, everything was
 setup and looking great!  GEnie's display was adjacent to Atari's and were
 the grand  hallway's main  attraction.   Aladdin, written by Tim Purves of
 Michtron, was being shown by Neil Harris, Darlah Hudson, Jeff Williams and
 JJ Kennedy  at the  GEnie booth.  Aladdin for the ST is GEnie's soon to be
 released term program for  navigating GEnie  quickly and  economically for
 all Atari ST users.
     As will  be said  many times  this show  was great!!   When one ambled
 through the crowd, or should I say allowed  the crowd's  flow to  move one
 along, the  action at  every booth  was quite strong.  I decided that with
 the enormity of the crowd and the not  wanting to  bug the  vendors during
 their busy time, I went about seeing the peripheral displays.  They inclu-
 ded the emulator room, the midi  room, the  usergroup room,  the swap meet
 room and  last but  not least the LYNX room.  All the rooms were also busy
 but the Lynx room was dyn-o-mite!  To watch the faces on the youngsters as
 they attempted  to achieve high scores was treat in itself.  The depths on
 concentration reach obviously were unknown to mankind until that day.  
     Elsewhere in this issue is a copy of Charles Johnson's  Banquet Speech
 is presented  for your  reading enjoyment  it was  a true highlight of the
 evening if not this year.  

     Through the course of the next few weeks STReport will be presenting
 extensive reviews and reports of the  excellent products  that were avail-
 able at WAACE.

 ctsy GEnie 
                    WAACE ATARIFEST '90 FROM THE INSIDE

 by John Barnes

  I'm sorry  that our  friends on  GEnie have  not gotten  much more on the
  doings in Reston, VA, last weekend.  Those, like Darlah and Jeff who were
  working the  event, were  much too  busy to  post anything, as there were
  things happening pretty much (in my own case too much) around the clock.

  Unfortunately I was too busy helping to keep  things running  smoothly to
  spend much  time at  the rear  of the crowds gathered around the vendors'
  and developers' booths trying  to understand  the things  that were being
  shown.  You could say that I missed the Fest.

  Russ Brown  has the  attendance figures.  More than one vendor told me at
  the end of Saturday that they had done more business in that one day than
  they had  in the  four days  of San  Jose and  Glendale combined.  It was
  Christmas in October for the folks in the East.

  There were often four  or five  demonstrations or  seminars going  at the
  same time.   The  MIDI room  especially attracted  more attention than in
  previous years, largely through  the good  offices of  Jim Pierson-Perry.
  The game room revolved heavily around Lynx.  The swap room supposedly did
  quite well.

  One repeated comment from  vendors concerned  the demeanor  of the crowd.
  The folks  were said to be in a good mood.  No doubt this encouraged them
  to dig deeper into their pockets.

  It was especially nice to see  some different  faces from  Atari.  People
  like  John  Townsend,  Ken  Badertscher,  Cary  Gee,  J. Patton, and John
  Morales left very good impressions.

  The entire appearance of the thing, from GEnie's  and Atari's  booths, to
  the  sales  floor,  on  out  to  the  surroundings, left an impression of
  tidiness and comfort that  certainly must  have contributed  to an upbeat

  As I  started out  to solicit vendors for the event some people gave me a
  lot of heat about the jump in  booth  prices.    Other  people  signed on
  willingly  and  worked  cooperatively  with  us.    In the end, by taking
  advantage of discounts for  early signup  and booth  sharing, the typical
  vendor got  his package  of booth  space and advertising for around $450.
  Some of the people who  squawked  the  most  paid  much  more  to exhibit
  elsewhere  with   less  return.    Those  who  were  late  coming  aboard
  experienced some problems because we could not got information to them in

  The  Sheraton   Reston  is  a  little  remote  from  the  hurly-burly  of
  Washington, which may have encouraged folks  to stay  close to  the hotel
  and enjoy each others' company.

  Perhaps the  biggest blunder that we as organizers made were the inhumane
  hours for the sales area.  10 am to 5 pm each day should  be long enough.
  be  able  to  relax  and  clean  up a  bit  before the cocktail  hour and
  banquet.   Exhibitors  would also  be less rushed in tearing down to make
  their  outgoing  plane connections.  Some people  who failed to read the 
  documentation  or,  who  signed on  too late  too receive it  found some 
  mechanical  surprises  awaiting them upon arrival.  The need to pay extra
  for chairs in their booths was a big source of  irritation, but I suspect
  that one  only needs to be more  careful about warning people  about that
  in the future.  The baseline configuration that  we offered was a minimum
  one.   Those who  need extra  services should pay more.  People were free
  to bring their own chairs and not everyone needed chairs. 

  Smoking control was another glitch that would be hard to remedy without a
  corps of  proctors to politely remind people of the "No Smoking" rule.  A
  few of the booth inhabitants had some problems with this.

  We suffered a serious shortage of  "Sherpas" to  do things  like moderate
  the seminars  and demo  rooms.   It is  a real  problem when someone in a
  local user group essentially misses the  show because  he is contributing
  to it for two solid days, as some of our people did.

  On the whole, however, the demo rooms were well visited because they were
  right in the main flow of things and there was  plenty happening.   There
  was room  for many  more demos, and perhaps users from far away should be
  encouraged to contribute to these in the future.

  One aspect  of these  events that  is not  mentioned often  enough is the
  "Woodstock" aura.   People who travels for miles and miles to book into a
  hotel for the weekend are not doing it simply to  pick up  bargains. They
  believe in  what they  are doing  and they pursue each scrap of knowledge
  avidly.  Many are from areas where there are few other users  and rubbing
  elbows with fellow Atarians may be a kind of reaffirmation of the faith.

  From our  standpoint we  had to get some heavy education in the realities
  of upgrading from a  high  school  social  to  a  trade  show atmosphere.
  People who  handle these  things have  professional tricks all their own,
  and we had to pick up some of these by total immersion.  The  only people
  who  complained  were  a  couple  of  locals  to  whom  nothing  is  ever

  I think the admission charge filtered out most  of these  people, leaving
  those who took what they were doing seriously.

  There was  a lot  of talk about "next year", and it would be nice to have
  something similar.  Over the next few weeks  WAACE will  be reviewing our
  performance and  examining other options.  We would like to hear from you
  about locations, timing, fees, etc.

  The WAACE team has worked to improve its formula over the years, with the
  result  that  this  was  a  reasonably  polished,  if  imperfect  effort.
  Experience and practice in an arena close to  home would  seem to  be key
  indicators of  success in  these efforts.  Similarly, timing is important
  because people seem to plan way ahead for these affairs.

  I have been given to understand that Atari is looking  at the possibility
  of doing  a major East Coast show themselves.  It would be nice to have a
  truly collaborative effort between user  groups  and  Atari  in something
  like this.   If, however, such an effort is to succeed, the time to start
  is now.

    Thanks to the many people who said such nice things about the show.

                          WAACE - A REAL WINNER!

 by Dan Stidham

     Whether or  not Atari  Corp would openly admit it, the WAACE Atarifest
 '90 was  almost universally  looked upon  as a  bench mark  for the future
 success of Atari's ST/TT line of computers in the United States.  Although
 to say it was 'do or die' time might have  been overrating  the importance
 of this  premier east  coast Atari  event, many developers were looking to
 WAACE to provide an accurate barometer on the health of the US marketplace
 so as  to take  appropriate action  in mapping out future strategies.  I'm
 quite sure that Russ Brown, J.D. Barnes, Charles Smeton and  the volunteer
 corps of  WAACE were  well aware  that this  show would somehow blossom to
 full maturity before the eyes  of  a  hopeful  and  loyal  Atari community

     The  stage  was  set.  After  being  excluded from the Adult Education
 Program that they had previously  taken  advantage  of  to  stage previous
 WAACE shows  at a  local high  school, WAACE  organizers went ahead boldly
 with plans to move  the show  to a  hotel convention  center, the Sheraton
 Reston International Center.  Talk about turning lumps of coal into diamo-
 nds or lemons into  lemonade.   Twenty-thousand square  feet of exhibition
 space, 950  free parking  spots(the State of Virginia has a law that every
 room has to have its own parking spot),  500 rooms,  tennis and basketball
 courts, picnic areas surrounded by lush vegetation, nautilus, swimming, an
 extremely friendly and helpful staff, etcetera.  You could almost hear the
 orchestra pit tuning up and the audience murmuring expectantly just before
 the curtains rise.

     The show was a smashing  success,  critically  acclaimed  by  the most
 finicky of  prognosticators. Over  3600 Atari faithful made the pilgrimage
 and lined the pockets of those with a stake, not only with  good to excel-
 lent sales  but with,  more importantly,  renewed hope in the vitality and
 verve of  the market  place. Most  developers, at  least the  ones I spoke
 with, were  very satisfied with the response.  I spied Charles Johnson and
 John Eidsvoog of Codehead  Software, producing  extra copies  of their hot
 new product,  CodeKeys, on  the fly to meet exceeding customer demand--and
 this on the first day of the show.   Charles  reported great  sales.  Chet
 Walters of  WizWorks Software  declared that  the show  exceeded all goals
 and expectations he had set for WizWorks, and  that he  and his  staff now
 face the  interesting dilemma  of either  retiring on  the profits or con-
 tinuing to  churn out  great software  for the  fun of  it (just kidding).
 WizWorks and  Dr. Bobware  were demoing  the sensational  MugShot and MVG,
 the graphics manipulation tool extraordinaire.   Gribnif Software reported
 brisk sales  of Neodesk 3.  Although it is not being distributed as of yet
 nationwide, for the WAACE  show  Gribnif  made  special  arrangements with
 Toad  Computers to sell show special copies at fifty dollars apiece.

     Upon arrival  at the  Sheraton Reston on friday evening, WAACE organi-
 zers held  a special  reception in  a small  banquet room  for vendors and
 developers.   The show itself encompassed all of the 20,000 square feet of
 convention exhibition area as there were no other events scheduled for the
 weekend.    This  meant  that  the  entire convention wing was filled with
 developer booths,  demonstration rooms  for such  computing specialties as
 MIDI, DTP,  games, etc.   WAACE handed out attractively laid out and bound
 programs for  showgoers.    In  this  program  they  had  a professionally
 rendered layout  of the entire show, pointing out areas of interest to the

     Atari's presence was very strong and not just confined to a large main
 display area  where they demo'ed the STe, the Mega ST4 DTP workstation, an
 Atari PC with a portfolio card  drive attached,  and several  Lynxes. They
 had one  of the smaller meeting rooms set-up as a complete Lynx playground
 with several stations set-up around  the  room,  attractively  and profes-
 sionally designed. At each station two children/adults could play individ-
 ually or compete via the ComLynx cable. This was a  very busy  room. Atari
 also put on two seminars, one with User Group Coordiantor and Vice Presid-
 ent Bob Brodie and another very interesting and revealing seminar with the
 software development team of John Townsend, Ken Badertscher, and Cary Gee.
 Ken revealed to a packed room the intricacies that are involved in releas-
 ing a  new version of TOS. He also came out of the closet with the dope on
 the STe bug, TOS 1.6 booting problems, and other faux  pas.   The talk was
 humorous and  revealed a  very human  side to  the technical  goings on at
 Atari. Ken, Gary and John came across very  personably, willing  to answer
 ALL questions and showed great personality throughout. 

     GEnie unveiled Aladdin for the Atari ST and was giving demos constant-
 ly, explaining its completely GEM driven interface.  Timothy   Purves, the
 author of  the ST  version of  Aladdin, did  alot of the demos himself and
 revealed that the project had been  three months  in the  making and would
 be  completely  ready  for  downloading  by  the end of the second week of
 October.  Let me say this  and maybe  it will  sum up  the impact  of this
 release--from  what  I  saw,  telecommunicating has finally befriended the
 friend of the user, the graphical interface, GEM on the Atari ST.   Nearly
 every   application for  use on  the ST  has a thoroughbred GEM entry into
 the marketplace, and with  Aladdin,  modeming  wears  the  GEM  ring also.
 Understand that  Aladdin isn't  merely a navigator for use with your exis-
 ting telecommunications software package,  its  a  complete  modeming tool
 whose  many  powerful  tools  include  built-in zmodem protocol (how about
 that!). Darlah Pine, Jeff Williams, JJ  Kennedy, and Neil Harris were also
 on hand  to demo  Aladdin and man a large booth in the main hall that also
 included aerial modem  battles and  other features  of GEnie  and its Star

     Best Electronics was there selling their usual potpourri of electronic
 parts to repair or enhance your present ST system. Of  note they also were
 selling the  Megamater Cable  by Sprokits, a cable that allows a 520 to be
 attached to a Mega ST keyboard  by unplugging  the internal  keyboard from
 its connector  and plugging in the Megamater cable with the Mega ST telep-
 hone jack on the other end.

     Frontier Software came all the way from Britain and was displaying and
 selling their X-tra Ram memory expansion module as well as their Forget me
 Clock, a cartridge clock that allows for attachment of another  cart via a
 pass through  port.  I found the ram expansion board particularly interes-
 ting.  Its installation appeared completely painless with no soldering and
 after selling  8,000 of  these units  in Europe they reported no problems.
 Show special on the  expansion board  to 2.5  megs was  $79, regular price
 being $89.

     Gadgets by  Small was  present and showing their 68030 expansion board
 up close and personal.  They had it  installed in  a Mega  ST and  had the
 cover off  so that  showgoers could inspect it to their hearts content.  A
 unfortunate accident erased programs on a hard disk  that was  loaded with
 programs designed  to show its compatibility, but I was able to boot up my
 newly purchased Wordflair program and it ran flawlessly.  Doug Wheeler who
 helped man  the booth  with Dave  and Sandy  Small, stated  that the 68030
 board, dubbed the 68030 SST, may be out by the  end of  the year  or early
 next year.   It  boasts 12 megabytes fastRAM turning your Mega into a Mega
 12, that's at the optimum as its memory  expansion function  allows 8 more
 megabytes, boosting your Mega 4 to 12.  Gadgets claimed that most programs
 written for the St will run, by  and large, just fine on the 68030 SST.

     Fast Technology's Jim Allen was also  there showing  Turbo 16  and his
 own 68030  expansion module.  Jim's expansion module will require Turbo 16
 to operate. Speaking of Turbo 16, Jim had good news for Moniterm and other
 large screen  monitor owners.  Turbo 16   will now cache screen memory for
 the larger screen monitors off of the solo expansion port inside the Mega.
 Jim  reported  that  the  speed  increase is incredible. I'm getting it in
 about two weeks  and I'll let you know how it turned out.

     Charles Smeton  was also  demonstrating his  new Joppafax  modem at an
 incredibly low  price of $139 for the modem, fax capabilities and software
 to run the fax.  Presently the fax only sends documents.  Some of the many
 incredible features  are   drivers for  PageStream, Calamus and other apps
 that allows the document to be saved in a faxable format.  And all of this
 for the  price of  the modem!   Charles  announced that  soon, his product
 would have receiving capabilities for an upgrade cost of $80.  I  saw many
 people taking Charles up on his product and purchasing it.  Good luck with
 this one Charles. Looks like a real winner.

 Of course  there were  the usual  other faithful  developers showing their
 latest updates and releases.  It seemed as though anyone who was anyone as
 a developer, with few  exceptions, was  present in  banquet room  G at the
 Sheraton Reston  this past   weekend.   ICD was showing its line of AdScsi
 adapters and their new AdSpeed ST accelerator.  ICD promises to support it
 until, as they  say in their literature passed out at the show, it will be
 the  best of its kind, it will be a good value  and it  will be  fully and
 enthusiastically supported. Its installation promises no jumper  wires, no
 mouse, I/O or blitter conflicts, software  selectable speed adjustments(on
 the  fly),  and  many  other  features, including  full compatibility with
 everything under the Atari sun (excluding  those tenacious  8 bit machines
 of  course).    Goldleaf  was  there with Lauren Sellers and Craig Daymon,
 demoing Wordflair and giving  hints  about  their  impending  Wordflair II

     Before I  shove off  I thought  I might  mention that Atari was giving
 attractive Lynx tee shirts away for  the asking.   They  were also passing
 out  little  balsam  wood  airplanes  with the words,  "Atari Flying High"
 printed on them.  My two little girls  gave a  big thumbs  up to  them and
 felt that  they were a good omen of things to come--but what do two little
 girls know?   More  encouraging was  the giant  thumbs up  given by nearly
 4,000 showgoers  in the  direction of  the faithful  core of developers in
 the US.

                                        Til next time!

 ctsy GEnie
                           THIS SHOW WAS GREAT!
 by Dave Small
     Hi, we're just back Wednesday night from the show. (We took a few days
 to tourist  DC. Monday  was a little slow; lots of things were closed with
 the budget fiasco, but we did okay.)

     The show's a blur to me; I never can figure out how  people write such
 coherent summaries  of it.  One minute spent demoing the 030, one minute a
 Mac CD-ROM drive, another wiping up a Pepsi that Jennifer spilled, another
 firing up the Tesla Coil and drawing a three inch arc to my finger (that's
 a head-turner, I tell ya ... Bob Brodie looked downright pale. Didn't even
 volunteer!). Just a bundle of impressions.

     THIS SHOW  WAS GREAT! The WAACE show has always been a major upper for
 me -- this is my fourth or fifth year, and the *people* are so psyched and
 enthusiastic that  it's great. I said last year it was my favorite show of
 them all, and that hasn't changed. That's why I went  to some  trouble and
 brought a  Tesla Coil;  I burned up a hundred or so dollars of 811-A tubes
 ($25 a pop) doing the demos. But I'd written about Tesla in Current Notes,
 the WAACE  area magazine, and figured also the people there deserved some-
 thing special.  BTW, my  thanks to  Ralph Mariano  for pointing  out I was
 melting down  a plate in a tube; turns out Ralph's an old radio hacker and
 knows this stuff.

     Let's see. Lauren was patiently demonstrating Wordflair over  and over
 --  and  brought  some  wickedly  good  after-show Scotch that saved me on
 Sunday. It was good to see Jim Allen and his  brother Garrett  as well; we
 had a lovely chat about an SS396 Camaro and how to restore its engine. The
 DoubleClick guys  were right  next to  us clicking  away; we  even tried a
 double-clicker in  the Tesla  Coil. Whups.  The Codeheads  were awesome as
 usual, and Charles Johnson's speech at the banquet was excellent; a lot of
 work went  into it.  L&Y (dealer)  looked very busy, Frontier from England
 was there having fun, Dave Link and others from HiSoft hopped the Atlantic
 to show  up (!!),  saw many familiar faces, from Nathan to John Morales to
 Darlah to Jeff Williams to Jeff Greenblatt to  Ron Luks  to Joe  Waters to

     The place was pretty crowded Saturday -- hard to get around -- and far
 harder to get around after I fired up  the Tesla  Coil (it  took awhile to
 "debug" a  bad tube.)  Really drew a crowd, that did. Sunday the crowd was
 lighter, but very steady, and gave people a  chance to  talk with vendors,
 not just glance quickly in the crowd.

     We showed an ST running a Mac CD-ROM drive (620 meg of software), a TT
 running Spectre, a 68030 @ 18 mhz w/ 8 meg RAM extra ("Mega 12"),  and the
 Tesla Coil. 

     Things blur  in my  mind ... it is one long, long, long airline flight
 back to Denver with two kids, I'll tell you. I'll bet the  Atari guys were
 wrecked. Many of them came and they did a good session on Atari's stuff.

      A weekend full of positives and without negatives. Such a deal!

     My thanks to the people that threw this bash, the people who came, and
 everyone who made it such a good time.

                              I guess next stop is Comdex, huh?

                                   -- thanks, Dave / Gadgets


 > CHARLES JOHNSON'S BANQUET SPEECH       A true high point of the show!

                           CFJ's BANQUET SPEECH

     Good evening, ladies and gentlemen (and Atari fanatics  -- who  may or
 may  not  fit  into  either  of  the above categories).  I hope everyone's
 enjoying the show so far, and enjoying your  dinners.   A lot  of chickens
 and cows  made the  supreme sacrifice  so that we might dine well tonight,
 and I'd like a minute of silence in their honor.

                   Well, OK.  Maybe not a whole minute.

     When I first came  up with  a concept  for the  speech tonight,  I was
 going  to  draw  a  complicated  parallel between the Atari saga and Lewis
 Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.  I pictured Jim  Allen as  the White Rabbit
 (if you  know Jim, you'll know what a funny image that is...Jim in a bunny
 suit...), Dave Small as the Mad  Hatter,  and  maybe  Sam  Tramiel  as the
 Cheshire  Cat.    As  I  thought  about it some more I realized that Atari
 itself would make the perfect Alice....only when she got to the part where
 she had  to drink the potion to make her larger, she read the labels wrong
 and accidentally kept drinking the one  that made  her smaller,  and smal-
 ler...and smaller... 

     Anyway, as  I thought  about this some more, I started to realize that
 pointing out mistakes we all  know  about  (and  there  are  many) doesn't
 really  do  much  to  help  our  situation  in  the  Atari community.  And
 besides, I couldn't think  of a  good person  to use  for that caterpillar
 guy that smokes the hookah.

     This last  year has  been a very hard one for Atari users and develop-
 ers; there were several months at the beginning of the year when absolute-
 ly NO product was coming out of Sunnyvale, and many dealers were forced to
 close their doors because they simply couldn't get computers to  sell.  At
 the Glendale  show last  month, I  talked to  a charming old gentleman who
 bought a T-shirt from us.  He explained  that he  would have  loved to buy
 something else, but he had no money to spare....because the Atari store he
 used to work at had closed, and he had lost his job.  He looked at me with
 sad eyes and said, "I'm sure you know what I mean."

     So  what  does  help  our  situation?  Sarcastic tirades against Atari
 execs?  endless conferences on Genie?  a bottle of great chardonnay? Well,
 all of  these things  have their  place, but I'm not sure they're going to
 solve anything.

     It seems to me that what the Atari  world needs  more than  ever right
 now is  a clear  vision of the future.  There are some developments on the
 horizon that are going to pose great challenges for Atari in the months to
 come.   Apple has awoke from its long, sated slumber and decided that they
 just might be interested in the home market  after all;  they've announced
 no  less  than  three  new  low-cost Macintoshes, starting at about $1000.
 Steve Jobs has announced a new model of the NeXT computer that will have a
 color display,  and sell  for a  much lower price.  And of course, Windows
 3.0 is making rapid strides toward a total takeover of the IBM world.

     The unique quality of the Atari line of computers has  always been its
 combination  of  a  high  performance,  user-friendly  interface  (the GEM
 operating  system)  with  a  very  low  price  tag.    But  both  of these
 advantages may  soon be  stripped away, because the big boys have woken up
 and noticed our niche.

     It remains to be seen whether Atari is going to be able  to muster the
 combination of  planning, dedication, and vision that it will need to even
 hold on to its present  small  share  of  the  market.    Perhaps  the new
 leadership will  be able  to get  things back  on track...and perhaps not.
 Unfortunately, my crystal  ball  gets  very  cloudy  when  I  ask  it this

     Many  Atari  developers  are  starting  to look at other platforms for
 their products, and my company, CodeHead Software, is no exception.  We're
 working on  Mac and  PC versions,  not because  we love  those systems (we
 don't), but because of simple  economics,  and  the  simple  need  to keep
 putting  food  on  the  table.    We're  NOT planning to abandon the Atari
 market...but it's gotten harder and harder to stay  in business,  with all
 of our eggs in one basket.

     Atari still  does have one edge left, however...the incredible loyalty
 and dedication of its users.  You won't  find a  more passionate  group of
 computer  users  on  any  other  platform;  Atari  people care about their
 computer, they  care about  the decisions  made in  Sunnyvale, and they're
 not reluctant to say so....loudly and in as many places as possible.

     So what  does loyalty and dedication have to do with Big Business? How
 can our passion translate  into useful  effective choices  that serve both
 the  users  and  the  manufacturer?   What does involvement and commitment
 mean in the bigger picture?

     There are some signs that things  may be  changing on  the Atari side.
 There's a  new president (Elie Kenan), who just may turn out to be the new
 broom that sweeps clean.  There  are rumors  of new  product announcements
 coming at  Comdex that will surprise the industry the same way the announ-
 cement of the ST surprised everyone back in 1985.   And Atari  seems to be
 much more  committed to  its developer support program than at any time in
 the past.

     On the software developer's  side, one  important occurrence  has been
 the formation of the Independent Association of Atari Developers (known as
 the IAAD).  This group shows  promise of  becoming an  invaluable resource
 for software  manufacturers, giving them a forum for discussion of issues,
 a united voice with which to speak to Atari, and a way to approach some of
 the problems  that still  plague our the grim spectre of
 software piracy.

     It seems that there just  might  be  hope  for  a  mutually supportive
 environment to  develop.   What we,  as Atari  users, can  do to help this
 happen is to keep speaking out, to keep protesting when  we feel something
 is wrong,  and to  keep coming up with ideas and suggestions to help Atari
 along the road to success.

     The past year may have been rough...but the coming year is gonna  be a
 doozy!   Atari's going to have to be very quick on its feet to survive the
 Apple and IBM market blitzes that are imminent.

     Apathy has never been a  least on  the user's  side.  But
 now, it's  more important  than ever for each and every one of us to think
 carefully about our own personal commitment to Atari,  and our  own vision
 of its future....and to speak out about it, loudly and sincerely.

         So in closing, I'd like to leave you with a short prayer.

                 Our users, who art in Germany
                 Vanishing be thy name
                 Thy TT come, thy Lynx be fun
                 If you can find a local dealer
                 Purchase this day our daily disk
                 And forgive us our bugs
                 As we disembowel those who pirate our software
                 Lead us not into Cupertino
                 But deliver us from evil MS-DOS
                 For thine is the Fuji
                 And the power without the price
                 For ever and ever (or until the warranty expires)



                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

      To sign up for GEnie service: Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.

               Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                         Wait for the U#= prompt.

                 Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

                       **** SIGN UP FEE WAIVED ****

           The system will now prompt you for your information.

               -> NOW!  GENIE STAR SERVICE IS IN EFFECT!! <-


 > PageStream 2.0 STR FOCUS?       "Version 2.0 is a major upgrade"

                              PAGESTREAM 2.0

 by Brad Martin

     Note,  the  following  is  a  preview  of  PageStream  2.0.  Currently
 PageStream 2.0 is only available on  the Amiga,  but the  ST/TT version is
 being worked on and should become available in three to four months.

     PageStream, for  those not  familiar with  it, is one of the two major
 Desktop Publishing programs for  the Atari  ST/TT (Calamus  is the other).
 There have  been a  number of  upgrades to  PageStream over the years, the
 current version is 1.82, but these mostly have  been bug  fixes, with lim-
 ited new  features added.   Version  2.0 is  more of a major upgrade, with
 many new features added,  along with  a few  bugs stomped,  and on overall
 increase of the speed of the program.

     The most  important advancement  in PageStream 2.0 is support for AGFA
 Compugraphic's hinted outline fonts and Adobe  Type 1  IBM format (without
 hints).  With Compugraphic fonts, your output will appear crisp and clean.
 Combining this with on screen display of the outline fonts,  PageStream is
 much closer to true WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).

     PageStream 2.0  incorporates AGFA's  Bullet outline font technology, a
 faster version of the Intellifont technology.  The  intelligence in AGFA's
 font  outlines  ensures  that  typefaces  look good even at low and medium
 resolutions.  This gives quality type on inexpensive  dot-matrix printers,
 and takes the HP Deskjet, HPLaserJet, and Atari SLM804 to new heights. 

     Both the screen and printed output looks great at 6 points to over 600
 points.  The collection  of typefaces  included with  PageStream allow for
 varying styles  to become  truly powerful in print.  CS Times Roman, Bold,
 Italic and Bold Italic, CS Triumvirate,  Bold, and  Garamond Antiqua, Kur-
 sive, Halbfett  and Kursiv  Halbfett make-up the collection Soft-Logik has
 licensed from Compugraphic.  For further typefaces, you can use  any Adobe
 Type  1  IBM  compatible  typeface  library and convert the files to Amiga
 format.  PageStream 2.0  has also  added Bezier  Curves to  it's extensive
 graphics tools.   This  allows you  to have smooth curves (which text will
 wrap around) in your document.   PageStream's graphics  tools are powerful
 enough  that  for  graphs,  diagrams,  and simple pictures, you don't need
 another program.  And of  course  Postscript  (and  Ultrascript)  is still
 supported.    The  speed  of  the  program has also been improved.  Screen
 refresh rate is a lot faster.  And printout speed is also improved.

     This is a very big upgrade to PageStream.  It is vastly  improved over
 the older  versions of  PageStream, with  plenty of  new features too make
 upgrading worth the money.  If you are an owner of PageStream  do upgrade,
 and if  you are  shopping around  for a  Desktop Publishing program take a
 good look at this program.

            Below, is a partial list of PageStream's features:

     * Definable tabs 
     * Print color separations
     * Cut, copy, paste
     * Import most graphic files
     * Import most text formats
     * Supports nearly all printers
     * Search and replace by attributes
     * Tiling of pages for posters
     * Create columns on multiple pages 
     * Long document page manipulation
     * Undo command
     * Display and print Compugraphic
     * User edited snap to grid and guides
     * Intellifont and Adobe Type 1 fonts included
     * Rulers showing cursor position
     * Text size .01 pts to over 200'
     * Definable view options 15-1500%
     * Eleven scalable fonts included
     * FULL Zoom features
     * Full Text & graphics editing
     * User-definable super and subscripts
     * 100 levels of greyscale
     * Text justification commands
     * Multi-line styles & widths
     * Leading to .01 points
     * Tracking to .0001 ems
     * Full-color ability & color printer support
     * Auto or manual kerning to .0001 ems
     * Full tag and style sheet capability
     * User edited coordinate control for all objects
     * Save documents as templates
     * Auto or manual hyphenation
     * Object alignment feature
     * Spell checking
     * Rotation three ways in .01 degree increments
     * Text flow around irregular graphics
     * Full Macro Implementation
     * Duplication feature with definable offsets
     * Complete PostScript support including Adobe Type 1 typefaces
     * Reshape command 
     * Definable "bleed area
     * Bezier cubic curves
     * Up to 1,000 pages per document

          The Suggested Retail Price is: $299.95

 Soft-Logik can be reached at:

                     Soft-Logik Publishing Corporation
                              P.O Box 290070
                            St. Louis, MO 63129

                               Voice Phone:
                     (800) 829-8608 or (314) 894-8608
                            BBS: (314) 894-0057


 > 030 ACCELERATORS STR InfoFile?      68030 Accelerators "ON THE MOVE!"

                          FAST TECHNOLOGY'S ENTRY

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                !      !!!   !  !  !!!    !!!    !!!!  !!!!  !!!!


 by Jim Allen

 TURBO030 is a 68030 based accelerator for the Atari ST. TURBO030 is desig-
 ned to fit in a MegaST or any ST placed in a "PC" style case. TURBO030 has
 the following features:

     * 32Kbytes of 30ns CMOS Cache Ram
     * 100ns TOS roms (25Mhz) or 45ns TOS roms (33-50Mhz)
     * Motorola 68030 CPU and optional 68881/2 FPU
     * Available in 25Mhz, 33Mhz, and 50Mhz versions...user upgradeable.
     * Includes 68000 chip for backward compatibility
     * TOS 1.6 modified to work with TURBO030 exclusively.
     * 32bit expansion bus...for heaven knows what ;-)
     * $999 US for base 25Mhz system.

 TURBO030 uses static ram caching just  like  T16  to  provide  the largest
 speedup at  the lowest  cost. TOS is held in superfast eproms that allow 0
 wait state acces at  all speeds.  The cache  is also  0 wait  state at all
 speeds, and makes the most of your current memory investment.

 TURBO030 is  the culmination  of 3  years of  work developing the premiere
 speed upgrade to the ST computer line. TURBO030 has been designed to be as
 compatible  as  possible  to  the ST while providing serious acceleration.
 Most current  productivity SW,  including all  the major  titles, are com-
 patible with TURBO030 and immediately take advantage of the acceleration.

 TURBO030 has a full 32bit expansion bus that allows future enhancements to
 the board, like high speed video  and 32  bit ram.  TURBO030 is  an system
 that is designed to be upgradeable in both clock speed and features by the
 user. TURBO030 is designed to work up to 50Mhz and  reflects the knowledge
 and experience  that Fast  Technology has gained in providing the premiere
 68000 based ST accelerator.

             When there is a NEED for SPEED, call Fast Tech!!!

 The TURBO030 has been tuned  to  compliment  the  current  crop  of HI-RES
 video  boards  and  greatly  enhances  both  the ISAC and Moniterm boards.
 TURBO030 also works with the Supercharger and ATSpeed. 

 As with T16, TURBO030 is  manufactured  with  the  latest state-of-the-art
 surfacemount techniques  that ensure  longterm reliability and reduce both
 size and cost.

 TURBO030 has been designed to be installed in  Meag STs  that use  the ICD
 internal HDrive  kit, and  is completely compatible with all ST hard drive

 TURBO030 allows the Atari BLITTER  chip  to  reach  its'  true performance
 potential providing unparalleled graphics performance.

   Benchmarks will be posted soon, units will be available as of NOV 1.

 The installation is equivalent to the T16 in difficulty, we do recommend a
 dealers assistance for the inexperienced.

          TURBO030 is OUR answer to YOUR speed enhancement needs.
     I will have an upgrade policy for those who have  been kind  enough to
 purchase my products.

     The TURBO030  comes with  32K of  cache ram designed to run full blast
 all the way up to 50Mhz.  We do no have ram on the board because we wanted
 to provide  the maximum  speedup for  your current ram investment, a 32bit
 ram board will be available in the future but awaits Atari's publishing of
 the  complete  TT  ram  allocation  mechanism.  Additional ram, NON-ST ram
 entails a number of basic incompatibilities that require SW patches.   The
 ST was designed around the ram system, so DMA, VIDEO, and BLITTER activit-
 ies are all focused on the ST's 4Meg  of ram.   The  caching design allows
 TURBO030 to get the most out of the current system with no incompatibilit-
 ies other than those an 030 chip itself presents.   Going to  32bit non ST
 ram is  a featured  that has  been introduced with the TT computer and en-
 tails extended BIOS calls that allow programs to load into the new ram.  

     The  TURBO030  was  designed  with  the  intention  that  an "optional
 feature" board  would be  made once  the specs on this mechanism have been
 released. High speed 32bit ram is expensive so  we have  made the TURBO030
 provide a  serious speed increase without it, at a later date the user can
 upgrade to a ram?? board  when  the  budget  permits.    We  also  felt it
 important to  have a  very low  profile board that would fit in the system
 under any addon Mega expansion cards, and under an internal  hard drive as
 these items are popular among our targeted market.

     The TURBO030  is also  totally CMOS  construction that  uses only half
 again as much power as the original 68000 chip.   The 68000  chip used for
 compatability is  also CMOS.   The  ST power  supply is  only suited for a
 certain level of addons and a large chunk of ram will lead to a need for a
 beefier 3rd party power supply.  Luckily, Best Electronics is selling just
 such a power supply so the ST's lack  of power  capacity has  been addres-

     For anyone  considering purchasing a Moniterm Monitor for use with any
 accelerators, I would suggest buy an ImageSystems monochrome monitor and a
 Matrix adapter card from Germany. The Matrix card is totally CMOS and adds
 little load to the power supply. It even has a graphic accelerator chip on
 it for use with Calamus!!!

             ADDITIONALLY; for the 16MHZ ACCELERATOR BUFFS....

 Here are the latest T16 benchmarks, using QINDEX 2.1 from Darek Mihocka of
 Branch Always Software, performed at the WAACE show:


                            T16      ADSpeed
                            ----     -----
                            164      164
                            204      204   register    
                            203      203   divide
                            207      207   shift
                            167      161   text
                            155      158   string
                            139      114   scroll
                            207      166   draw

                         Mega4,1.4,monochrome,TurboST 1.8

                            T16      ADSpeed
                            ----     -----
                            164      164   memory
                            204      204   register
                            203      203   divide
                            207      207   shift
                            535      521   text
                           1981     2001   string
                            144      137   scroll
                            470      438   draw

     This should make Gordon happy as he was  interested in  the benchmarks
 for the  T16. The  minor differences  are due to different custom chips in
 the machines, IMP vs Ricoh.

     For your added convenience and information, I post the speeds  for the
 T16 on the Moniterm and ISAC boards in mono (duo) chrome mode:

                              T16        T16 + TST1.8
                              ---        ---
                              164        164    memory
                              204        204    register
                              203        203    divide
                              207        207    shift
                              172        552    text
                              158       2197    string
                               31         31    scroll
                              190        468    draw


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                             THE GADGETS 68030

 From G. Richardson
     The Gadgets 68030 is currently a Mega only expansion board that repla-
 ces the 68000 in your machine.  Remove  the 68000,  put in  a socket, pull
 the TOS chips from the motherboard and plug in the '030. No other wires or
 connections are required. There is no "68000 compatiblity  mode", although
 most stuff  that doesn't  depend on the 68000 stack size should work.  For
 those of you with  520's, 1040's  and Ste's,  after this  board is  on the
 market, Gadgets hopes to market reduced implementations for your machines.
 Now the specs: The board is completely asynchronous  to the  ST bus, which
 means we  can run  it from  a minimum  of about  16.2mhz anywhere  up to a
 possible max of 33mhz. 

     At the  time of  the show  we only  had 16  mhz 68030  chips, but were
 running them at 18.4mhz.  More speed, more cost seems to be the only limit
 so far.  The board has TOS 1.6 on board.  Atari has  commited to licensing
 TOS 1.6 to Gadgets for use in the board.  This is required because earlier
 TOS's we re not processor independent.

     The board has a socket for a 68881/68882  math coprocessor.   There is
 also a  full 32  bit expansion  bus connector  on the  card. Unlike the TT
 which has only a 16 bit VME bus, the '030 has a connector which brings all
 the 68030  processor signals  out for use by expansion boards.  I'm afraid
 to talk about all the ideas that have been proposed for using this bus. 

 Now the gotcha: 
     The board has no  cache outside  of that  inside the  processor.  Why?
 Because it  can have  up to  8 megabytes  of high  speed ram that supports
 68030 burst mode for up  to  0  (yes  ZERO)  wait  states!    This  is the
 equivalent of the TT FastRam.  It cannot support video or DMA (same as TT)
 but any programs run from Fast  ram are  more than  just fast.   Let's say
 that you're  running at  exactly 16 mhz and your freind has a 16 mhz 68000
 board with cache. 

     Both boards have a clock cycle of 62.5 ns.  The 68000 board requires 4
 clocks for  one access.  Assuming that all the  information required is in
 the cache, to access 4 long words (32  bit wide)  would take  32 clocks or
 2000 ns.   On  the 68030 board only 2 clocks are required for an access to
 the 32 bit wide fast ram. And in  burst mode  the next  3 accesses  can be
 done in 1 clock each!  So, with one wait state on the 1st access (3 clock-
 s) and no waits on the next 3, (3 more clocks) the total access time would
 be 6 clocks or 375 ns!  That's 5.33 times as fast as ANY 68000 accelerator
 at the same clock speed (and the board can go more than  twice as  fast as
 the fastest  68000), and  10.66 times  the speed  of the standard ST at 16
 mhz. Who needs a cache?

                                        George Richardson
                                        Biased Designer
                                        Merlin's Associates

 ctsy GEnie

 From Dave Small;
     Nope, that's executing plain-Jane 68000 code. That's why  the 68030 is
 such a screamer when running in our system -- the way George did it.

     We'll  be  posting  benchmarks  as  soon as we're done with the system
 software end. The board is very, very strong. 

     We now have 33 Mhz 68030 chips and can start  getting into  third gear
 with the system, and the fastRAM support really isn't all that bad to code
 up. I don't perceive that as a time factor.

     Interest at the show  was extreme.  We gave  out three  boxes (the big
 Xerox ones  that hold two 8 1/2" reams of paper side by side, a foot deep)
 of literature  in *one  day* --  and I  can tell  you, the  board has nose
 prints on it from being looked at so closely.

     The wonderful  thing about fastRAM, to me, is that it's 8 megabytes of
 RAM that runs at warp speed (the realistic  limits are  WAY above  16 mhz)
 and  the  video  contention  inside  the  ST doesn't strangle things. Good

     Anyway, this was the world-wide debut  of the  board, and  we're happy
 it's done. (Chuckle: I toasted George at a dinner Friday night. Next table
 over in the restaurant were some ST people, including Gordon  and Ralph --
 you should  have heard the dead silence when I congratulated George on the
 68030 board being done!)

     We have  some software  to do,  and George  has normal  cleanup on the
 board to polish off, then we're set.

     Price cannot be set until we get quantity pricing on parts.  But we'll
 keep you up to date.

     Incidentally, yes, we split with Jim Allen during the summer,  and are
 trying to keep things amicable between us. 

     The comparisons  between the  two boards ought to be quite interesting
 especially depending on who writes them!

                                    -- thanks, all / Dave / Gadgets

               p.s. Mega-12/68030. Now that's a machine.


 > ONLINE TODAY  CPU/STR OnLine?                The wires are hummin'!

                       THE ONLINE SERVICES OFFER...

 First in series of informative articles
 about the commercial services offerings.

 by Oscar Steele

     Welcome back to Online Today.  There's much  that has  happened in the
 last week  on CompuServe.   First  of all,  Bob Retelle, a very active and
 occasionally "outspoken" CompuServe member, is now officially part  of the
 CIS SysOp staff.  Congratulations Bob!

     And there have been quite a few files added to the download area.  The
 online services are one of the best places  to get  freshly made software,
 and there's  been quite  a bit of it recently.  I'll give you a rundown of
 some of the new downloads on COMPUSERVE this  week.   Hopefully, this will
 give you  some insight  into whether  the files  are ones that you want to
 download.  Coming soon, separate articles  of in-depth  overviews of GEnie
 and Delphi.

 B/STAT 2.362

 File Size     : 234411
 Transfer time : 17.75 minutes
 Type          : Graphical and Statistical Analysis
 Compression   : LZH

 This is  quite a  large graphics  and statistical analysis package.  It is
 very complete and complicated.  This version is a shareware product with a
 commercial equivalent  available from  the author.   The shareware version
 has some functions disabled.  The decision to download is easy.  If you're
 looking  for  a  Statistical  Analysis  package, download it.  Compared to
 commercial versions (in the hundreds of dollars) which were once produced,
 the asking  shareware price  is trivial ($30).  The LZH file will unARC to
 approximately 600+ K, so a hard drive or double sided disk is necessary.

 GEMINI 1.18c

 File Size     : 375936
 Transfer time : 28.48 minutes
 Type          : Desktop Replacement
 Compression   : LZH

 Gemini is a well-known desktop replacement from Germany.  The  majority of
 the documentation  is in German; however, there is an English READ_ME file
 to get you going.  This version also has a  fairly complete  English reso-
 urce file,  which means that GEM items such as the menu bar are written in

 The program itself is very functional.  A desktop replacement is a program
 that essentially  functions as  the GEM  Desktop does,  but in an improved
 manner. Thus, with Gemini, you can have numerous icons for different types
 of files,  and you  can create more for your own uses.  With the GEM Desk-
 top, you're limited to the few that are  pre-programmed.   This is  just a
 small example of the powerful functions a replacement desktop can add.  If
 you don't want to shell out big bucks for the commercial programs (NeoDesk
 or DC Desktop), then it's definitely worth the download time and shareware
 fee.  And since it's shareware,  you can  obviously try  it to  see if you
 like it!   As  with B/STAT,  Gemini requires  a hard drive or double sided
 disk to unARC to.  And also included is AMC GDOS, a supposedly better GDOS
 than USA Atari's.

 IDLE 2.2

 File Size     : 14976
 Transfer time : 1.13 minutes
 Type          : Screen Saver
 Compression   : LZH

 Eric  Rosenquist,  the  author  of  STalker  and STeno, has released a new
 version of his Idle screen saver.    If  you're  without  a  screen saver,
 download this  now.   Don't risk burning a permanent image on your screen.
 One Idle's benefits over other screen  savers  is  that  it  works  on any
 monitor, including the MoniTerm.  Idle is also quite sophisticated when it
 comes to watching for certain events.    It'll  check  for  RS-232 (modem)
 activity, mouse  movements, or  printer output.  And the screen can be set
 to blank or twinkling stars.  Idle also has a  corner clock  and caps lock
 indicator.  All in all, it's a nice small power-packed package.


 File Size     : 51088
 Transfer time : 3.87 minutes
 Type          : CIS Navigator
 Compression   : LZH

 Last, but  definitely not  least, is  Quick CIS.   If you're even a casual
 CompuServe user, this is the one program that  you should  not hesitate to
 download.    With  QCIS,  you  can set your computer to automatically call
 CIS, read your mail,  read new  messages, download  files you've selected,
 and log off.  Very nifty.  This new version has many improvements, includ-
 ing a much improved  user interface.   Please  note, however,  that if you
 have not  used Quick  CIS before,  you must  get an  earlier version which
 includes all documentation.  This file only contains an update  notice for
 this Beta version #4 and the beta version.  A note: I was restoring mater-
 ial from a backed up hard drive.  Then I began downloading  with Quick CIS
 and ran  into a  rare quirk.   It  seems that the folder which I set up to
 save downloads to was not restored.  Quick  CIS kept  on downloading (thr-
 ough Shadow), but when it finished I found that it did not save the infor-
 mation!  This is obviously a rare occurence, but one that I  thought would
 prevent someone  from wasting valuable time downloading nothing. Make sure
 that the  download path  in the  Configuration menu  exists!   In the next
 Online Today column, I'll delve deeper into CompuServe!


 > Stock Market ~ STReport?           And the Band Marches On....

                                                     THE TICKERTAPE

 by Michael Arthur

     The price  of Atari  stock went  up 1/4  of a point on Monday, but was
 down 1/8 of a point on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, it stayed the same, but was
 down 1/8 of a point on Thursday.  On Friday, the price of Atari stock went
 up 1/8 of a point.  Finishing up the week at $2.625 a share,  the price of
 Atari's stock had gone up 1/8 of a point since September 28, 1990.

       Apple Stock was down 1 point from Friday, September 28, 1990.
               Commodore Stock was up 1 point from 9/28/90.
               IBM Stock was up 1  3/4 points from 9/28/90.

                Stock Report for Week of 10/1/90 to 10/5/90

 STock|    Monday    |   Tuesday   |  Wednesday |  Thursday  |   Friday   |
 Reprt|Last      Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last    Chg.|Last    Chg.|Last    Chg.|
 Atari|2 3/4    + 1/4|2 5/8   - 1/8|2 5/8   ----|2 1/2   -1/8|2 5/8  + 1/8|
      |              |             |            |            | 13,300 Sls |
  CBM |4 5/8     ----|4 5/8    ----|5 3/8  + 3/4|5 5/8   +1/4|5 5/8   ----|
      |              |             |125,300 Sls |            |221,400 Sls |
 Apple|30 1/2  +1 1/2|29 5/8  - 7/8|  27  -2 5/8|  28     + 1|  28    ----|
      |1,389,800 Sls |             |            |            |888,300 Sls |
  IBM | 109   + 2 5/8|108 1/4  -3/4|107 3/8 -7/8|107 7/8 +1/2|108 1/4 +3/8|
      |1,851,300 Sls |             |            |            |1,570,000 # |

  '#' and 'Sls' refer to the # of stock shares that were traded that day.
                  'CBM' refers to Commodore Corporation.



                    //////NEW ENGLAND ATARIFEST '90\\\\\\
                               STATUS REPORT

    The following Manufacturers, Developers, Dealers, Vendors, User
    Groups, etc. will be represented at New England AtariFest '90, as
    of 09-Oct-90.

  o Asgard Productions                o Gribnif Software
    Jamaica Plain, MA                   Northampton, MA

  o Atari Computer (U.S.)             o GT Software
    Sunnyvale, CA                       Cleveland, OH

  o Beta-Cad                          o ICD, Inc.
    North Attleboro, MA                 Rockford, IL

  o Bit Bucket Computer Store         o ISD Marketing, Inc.
    West Newton, MA                     Markham, Ontario

  o CodeHead Software                 o Joppa Computer Products
    Los Angeles, CA                     Abingdon, MD

  o Computer Bug                      o Chor-Ming Lung
    Hadley, MA                          Boston, MA

  o Computers, Etc.                   o Micro National
    Fairfield, CT                       Danvers, MA

  o Computer Zone                     o On-Line Computers
    North Attleboro, MA                 Salem, NH/North Reading, MA

  o Dr. T's Music Software            o ST Report
    Chestnut Hill, MA                   Jacksonville, FL

  o Duggan DeZign & Hawkware          o Step Ahead Software
    Pawtucket, RI                       New York, NY

  o ERM Electronic Liquidators        o Syntronics Computer Center
    Melrose, MA                         Boston, MA

  o Fast Technology                   o Taylor Ridge Books
    North Andover, MA                   Manchester, CT

  o GEnie                             o TidBit Software Engineering
    Rockville, MD                       Maynard, MA

  o Granite Computers                 o WizWorks!
    Hillsboro, NH                       Girard, OH

  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.

         Tyson Gill, GT Software

         Rick Flashman, Gribnif Software

         Jim Allen, Fast Technology

  1500   "ATARI SPEAKS"
         Bob Brodie, Atari Computer (U.S.)

         Ralph Mariano, ST Report

  /////////////////////////How To Find The Show\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

  Location: UMass/Boston, Harbor Campus. Next to JFK Museum & Library.
            Take exit 15 from I-93S, exit 14 from I-93N. Free parking.
            McCormack Hall - 3rd Floor.

  /////////////////////////////For more info\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

  o GEnie: Email D.JACOBSON2          o DELPHI: Email DPJ, NORMAN238

  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


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

                      NEW LOW PRICES! & MORE MODELS!!

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 > A "Quotable Quote" 


                                             .... The "Hopeful" Masses

 STReport?             "YOUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SOURCE"      October 12, 1990
 16/32bit Magazine           copyright = 1990                   No.6.41
 Views, Opinions and Articles Presented herein are not necessarily those of
 the editors, staff, STReport?  CPU/STR?  or  ST  Report?.    Permission to
 reprint articles  is hereby granted, unless otherwise noted.  Each reprint
 must include the name of the publication, date, issue #  and  the author's
 name.  The entire publication and/or portions therein may not be edited in
 any way without prior written permission.   The  contents, at  the time of
 publication,  are    believed  to  be  reasonably  accurate.  The editors,
 contributors and/or staff are  not responsible  for either  the use/misuse
 of information contained herein or the results obtained therefrom.


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