ST Report: 19-Oct-90 #642

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 10/21/90-10:39:03 PM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: ST Report: 19-Oct-90  #642
Date: Sun Oct 21 22:39:03 1990

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 > The Editor's Podium?

     The OFFICIAL version of Aladdin for the ST  written by  Tim Purves, of
 Griffin High  Tech Software,  for GEnie  is now  available on page 1000 of
 GEnie.  After having the had the opportunity  to try  the new  program and
 interface,  it  reveals  itself  as  a full featured terminal program that
 offers many benefits to the ST  user.   The description  of Aladdin simply
 put, "its  an automatic  communications tool  designed to provide the user
 with the most efficient use of the features and services of Genie."  Alad-
 din is  FREE!  All one need do is access page 1001 and download STALAD.ARC
 from GEnie.  Aladdin is designed to be used on all Atari ST, STe, Mega and
 TT computers.   Over  the next few weeks STReport will provide a series of
 articles about Aladdin and all its money saving features.
     The NEW ENGLAND ATARIFEST is on  for this  coming weekend,  once again
 the Atari  faithful will  band together and celebrate the joy of using one
 of the best home computers available today.  Elsewhere in this issue  is a
 complete listing  of those who will be in attendance at this fest to offer
 support and information.  Also, many  NEW products  will be  available for
 sale too.   GEnie's head sysop, Darlah will be on hand providing copies of
 Aladdin and answering questions about GEnie.  Of course, that's  after the
 informative seminar about GEnie she has scheduled for Sat. morning.
     Atari, its  users, developers  and dealers  are looking forward to the
 rebirth of the Atari 'surge' that's expected to  be generated  by the rel-
 ease of  the TT  and other new products at Comdex.  Atari's display of its
 new products  will be  in the  NEW Sands  Hotel display  center along with
 other notables like Commodore and Poquet.
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                 WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (Oct. 19)


     Atari Corp. uploaded copies of their developer newsletters from Decem-
 ber, 1989 thru June, 1990.  All are  available in  LIBRARY 7  of the Atari
 Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO).

     If  you  are  a  registered  Atari developer and do not currently have
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     The transcript from the Lexicor conference held on  October 18  is now
 available in  this week's issue of STReport; # STR642.ARC and in LIBRARY 1
 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS) as LEXCO.ARC.

                              LEXICOR ONLINE

     Please join us in welcoming LEXICOR  Software to  the Atari  Forums on
 CompuServe.   LEXICOR will be joining the Atari Vendors Forum very shortly
 to provide official online  customer support.   Until  their debut  in the
 Vendors Forum,  we've opened  up Message  Section 11 and LIBRARY 11 in the
 Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS) for messages and  files relating  to LEXI-

 The following files are currently available in LIBRARY 11:

               LEXLST.TXT  -  ASCII Catalog of LEXICOR's Products
               BTRFLY.LZH  -  Butterfly animation by Lee Seilor
             NET.LZH      Ball and Net animation by Lee Seilor
               SPIDER.LZH  -  Spider animation by Lee Seilor

    Lee Seilor [76106,3024], Robert Birmingham [73637,1120], and David
       Ramsden [76703,4224] will be answering messages for LEXICOR.

                         TRADE SHOWS MESSAGE AREA

     We've  established  Message  Section  12  in  the Atari Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for "Trade Shows."  You'll find news  and conversation relating
 to  upcoming  Atarifests  and  computer  industry  trade shows in this new
 message section.

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     Our ST REPORT Message Section in the Atari  Arts Forum  (GO ATARIARTS)
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 > LEXICORE CONFERENCE STR Spotlight?             Lee Seiler Online!

                          CIS ONLINE CONFERENCE
                           LEXICOR & LEE SEILER

     Please, join  me in  welcoming LEE  Seiler of  Lexicor Software to the
 first of many AtariArts Thursday night conferences with developers here on

     Lexicor has recently joined the AtariArts Forum with their own message
 and download  areas  (Section  11).  Currently,  Robert  Birmingham, David
 Ramsden,  Mark  Kimball  and  Paul  Dana  are helping LEE provide official
 online customer  support, and  this will  continue when  Lexicor joins the
 Atari Vendors  Forum soon.   Lexicor  has some "animating" ideas for their
 area when they do join the Vendor Forum.

     Lexicor has some exciting new  products  for  the  ST  including their
 Phase-4 and Prism series.  I'll let LEE tell you about them, but before we
 get started, let me ask the CO-ers  to  not  type  while  LEE  is talking.
 Also, if  you'd like to ask a question, please /sen me a message, and I'll
 take the questions in the order received.  To /send a message, type /sen 1
 PATTIE, I have a question for Lexicor.  To start off ... LEE, can you tell
 us more about your products and Lexicor itself!

     Yes...First let me warn all that I am  an artist  and take  comfort in
 the idea  that all  of you  can spell!  I can't...with that said.. Lexicor
 is, in fact, the product of Antic's decision to stop  supporting the Cyber
 line of products.  All of us save Robert Birmingham stem from this source.
 We are a group of developers that formed  a corporation  for developers to
 have a safe place to work from and create new software.

     The products  really speak  for themselves, they were designed by some
 of the best programmers in the  Atari computer  field.   At this  point in
 time, their  programs have  been impressive enough that no less than three
 (3) international ATARI corporations have  requested  that  we  supply our
 programs for bundling with ATARI computers.

     Our products are designed to allow the ATARI computer owner to use his
 machine as a true  "Off-Line" graphics  workstation.   The first  of these
 products  is  PHASE-1,  called  Rosetta-3D.  This  program  is the link or
 linchpin to the "outside world."  With it, the user can import  and export
 CAD  objects  for  use  as  animation  subjects.  Written by and the Brain
 child of David Ramsden, this program is truly one of  the fastest interac-
 tive programs ever written for the ATARI.

     This program  does much more than just translate.  It is more properly
 a library and housekeeping program that provides an uninterrupted platform
 to begin serious animations.  In addition to all this, Dave's program is a
 remarkable "Draft Animation Tool."  I have done  some seemingly impossible
 animations already, and in the hands of a dedicated animator, I suspect it
 could do commercial animations.

     Shawn Gordon has a question for you...Shawn, GO ahead!

     LEE, is the Nov. 1 release date a go?

     Yes and NO...we have confirmation on  hardware deliveries  for the 1st
 and  15th  of  November,  which  means  that I will release to our USA and
 European Distributors, from there it may take up  to three  weeks for them
 to process  and ship  product.  We are all working 'round the clock on the
 documentation and final feature  or two.   So,  barring some  disaster, we
 hope to make our deadline.

     So the  hang up would be with the hardware protection key?  I did want
 to say that I DL'd all the stuff in the Lexicor library and it is amazing.

     Bill, you have a question for LEE?

 Bill Rayl/AIM)
     LEE, I understand Lexicor is officially coming online with an  area in
 AtariVen. What  kind of things can we expect to see there? PATTIE's opener
 hinted at something special?

     Yes there is something special coming, but first let me comment that I
 missed Shawn's  question about  the safe  key.   We have  had some serious
 problems in that area, but this should not delay release??? We hope....

     Something special indeed.  We will be offering to any  interested user
 a  one-year-long  tutorial  on  computer graphics and computer animations.
 This course will consist of monthly topics with weekly lectures, files for
 downloading and homework assignments.  We will be covering many aspects of
 contemporary computer graphic applications. "THIS" means that it  will not
 be an ongoing sales pitch for our products.  We will be demonstrating many
 other products and teaching the  user  how  to  combine  an  assortment of
 applications to create both desktop graphics and time.

 Harjinder Nagra)
     Could you  give us  an overview of the 16 million colour board for the

     The 16 million color board is a true 24-bit board which will be usable
 with any  ST and  SC1224 color  monitor.  At this point it is designed for
 fast animation graphics.  It will have two resolutions, 1)  256X256 and 2)
 512 X  512 when  installed with  a "pixel stretcher board."  This is a new
 device just incorporated to support NTSC and PAL full screen on the ATARI-

     LEE, that's great news! Let's move on to JR Wenzel....

 J R Wenzel)
     LEE, I have 2 questions and a followup comment...

         1) To what extent will the Phase 4 products support the special
            features and added resolutions of the TT?

     Pattie if you don't mind, I would Like Paul Dana to address this ques-

     The Phase 4 products support all of the new TT resolutions for starte-
 rs!   Prism Paint  is a  beautifully device-independent  program.  It will
 configure itself to the number of colors and  the current  screen resolut-
 ion.    It  also  does  not require "double buffering" techniques and will
 therefore also run on a Moniterm and an ISAC high res 16 color. Rosetta-3D
 also  supports  the  high-res  ISAC  board  and makes beautiful depth cued
 images on it.  It can also run  in the  640x480 TT  mode which  is another
 nice high-res 16 color resolution.

     Chronos, the  Key Frame  Animator, is also device independent and will
 make use of however many colors your computer has.  It makes use of all of
 the new TT resolutions and also runs on the ISAC 16-color board.

     Also I should mention that Rosetta-3D and Chronos both make use of the
 new TT system calls to use TT "Fast" RAM to speed up handling data.

 J R Wenzel)

      2) There was some mention of a service being offered by
         Lexicor to produce hard copy of graphics produced by your
         products...could you expand on this?

     At this point there are only two possible approaches, The 1st is using
 an "AIR" interface to get the image on any other medium than Disk.

     The 2nd is through file translation. I have not addressed this, but if
 any of my LEXICOR team has  a comment  as to  PageStream or  other desktop
 publishing format....comment...

 J R Wenzel) 
     Comment - Thank you for your answers to my ?s ... I would just like to
 express my best wishes for Lexicor in its endeavors.

     We'll let Rob R. ask LEE his question!

 Rob R.)
     Is the Phase series mainly an improvement on Cyber?  Is this a        
 replacement for Cyber?

     Yes  in  a  way  it  is...but not directly.... Phase-4 really picks up
 where the Cyber series left off.    The  biggest  problem  with  the Cyber
 Studio for  the non-computer  artist was  the requirement of a "scripting"

     What we have done is build on the solid foundation of the  Cyber prog-
 rams and  provided tools  that allow "anyone" to do animations without the
 requirement of programing or artistic  skills.    Although  both  of these
 skills can only help the aspiring computer animator.

 Rob R.)
     Thanks LEE.

     Harjinder has another question, LEE...

 Harjinder Nagra)
     Going back  to the colour board.  Does it have overscan?  Will it work
 in a TT?  How difficult is the installation? And  finally, when  can I buy
 this baby?

     Overscan is  really an  misnomer these  days.  The Atari just does not
 have the right frame around the screen?  Seriously, the color board  and a
 little adjustment  of the  sc1224 will  create a "full screen" of 512x512.
 The screen ratio will never match commercial film  or TV,  so the animator
 must plan his "actual screen" size based on the intended end use.

     So far as I can tell there are an assortment of screen shapes for dif-
 ferent end use. I understand what you are asking and, in comparison to say
 the Amiga  screen, "No." This means you will see some borders depending on
 how you use the palette.

     As to when it will be ready, that is uncertain at this  point. Mark is
 doing our  engineering and  as soon  as we  can finish  the prototypes and
 software they will be made available. Mark, this is really  your area...if
 you wish  to clarify  or correct  my understanding  of our board please do

     I got in late, so I can't comment on specifics.  But  the timeframe is

 PATTIE) Is the board TT Compatible?

 LEE) Mark we have never discussed this, but I think NOT?

     The board right now occupies only about 16 bytes of memory space. That
 memory can be mapped anywhere, so  it can  be MADE  compatible, since it's
 not a  part of the TT OS.  The actual graphics are handled by the graphics the display in itself  is  independent  of  what  kind of
 680x0 it runs on.

 We have time for only a few more questions ... Jim...

 Jim Ness)
     LEE, it  sounds as  though you  have a  solid and complete package co-
 ming...I am wondering how reasonable it would be for a young artist/anima-
 tor (a  Birmingham wanna-be)  to try and get into this with just a base ST
 system.   No extra  hardware, just  software. How  decent a  piece of work
 could he do?

     Well in  fact R.B.  is going  to be doing just that in our LEXICOR ON-
 LINE. Very professional results can be  had with  the stock  ATARI. If you
 look at  our Butterfly  demo you will see an example of pure vanilla 520ST
 animation using all three Phase-4 programs...

 Jim Ness)
     Okay, thanks.  Gotta d/l that stuff.

     If Jim is done... Keith had a question!

     LEE, I heard somewhere that  the  24-bit  board  would  allow  for RAM
 expansion beyond  the current  4 meg  limit of the ST/Mega/STe
 this true or wishful thinking?

     You almost heard right,  We are  also developing  a 15-bit  true color
 capture board  that will  have 3.5 MEGs of RAM... Dave, you were in on the
 technical development.  Could you field this last one...PLLLLLLEEEEAAAAAS-

 David R.)
     The 24-bit  graphics board (this includes our own board and the Parsec
 24-bit board, by the  way) has  its own  internal memory;  however, in its
 current form  (unless it changes), this memory is not directly addressable
 by the 68000 on an Atari ST.  Theoretically, you  could use  the memory on
 the board  for other  purposes, but it would just be for temporary storage
 (you could possibly use it as a giant RAMdisk...a slow one, that is.)

     If a special TT/VME-bus version  of  the  board  is  created  then you
 _could_ address  the memory on the board from a TT since VME RAM is acces-
 sible by the 68030.

     Dave, I thought it was too good :-)  Thanks!

     Thank you Keith, Jim, Harjinder and JR for your questions ...

     Thanks....PATTIE I would like to make a few closing comments to all?

 Go ahead, please!

     Thanks again, and thank you all for joining us this evening.   I would
 like to let all of you know that we have some very good news for all Atari
 users and that we hope we will be able to not only  sell our  programs but
 begin to  share the  vast body  of our  joint experience  with the general
 Atari user.  We are the future  of  the  ATARI..  that  is  the  users and
 developers...  Everyone else is just along for the ride... TTFN.

     Thank you  all for  participating, and  thanks to the staff of Lexicor
 (Dave, Mark, Paul and Robert) and LEE Seiler for being here with us tonig-
 ht! Join  the crew  of Double Click Software on Thursday, Nov. 1st here in

     Lexicore holds a great deal of promise for the future of Atari and the
 Atari  userbase.    Their  R&D  represents the attitude of the developemnt
 community for the Atari platform; they want to push envelope  at all times
 in an  ongoing effort  to produce  superior programming  and hardware. Bar
     Last, as of two days ago, Lee Seiler informed us  t even  thouge
 and his  crew of  developers have all paid their developer fees, they have
 yet to gain access to the  developer area  on GEnie,  this stems  from the
 time A.  Salerno decided, for whatever reason, to have everyone locked out
 and force them them re-apply. Seiler said.  Also, he affirmed that  he was
 assured by  Leonard that  the problem would be corrected.  It has not been
 as of yet, he sadly added.


 > CPU REPORT?               "The Finest Overall Coverage of Computers"

   Issue # 87

 by Michael Arthur



 Part II

     With the introduction of their NeXTstation systems, NeXT Inc. hoped to
 eliminate the  reasons that its original NeXT Computer had fared poorly in
 the computer industry.  While the NeXTstation addressed  the flaws  in the
 NeXT Computer's  hardware, it  had to have much more support from Software
 Developers than the old  NeXT Computer.   Now,  several software companies
 have introduced products for the NeXTstation line, including:

     NeXT  machines.    Designed  specifically  for the NeXT platform using
 NeXT's Interface Builder, PowerStep includes such  features as  3-D graph-
 ics,  voice  annotations,  spreadsheet  publishing capabilities and an in-
 tuitive, easy-to-use graphical user interface. 

 PowerStep is in beta test now; availability and  pricing were  not announ-

    1) Ashton Tate, who has announced a spreadsheet package called
 PowerStep.  Designed using NeXT's Interface Builder utility, Powerstep

       - A 16,384 X 16,384 cell matrix, for the largest of spreadsheet
         needs.  One can install financial, math, and string functions into
         each cell.  It also can read/write Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet files.

       - Presentation Graphics features, allowing users to place charts,
         text, and graphics on a page that has spreadsheet data.  PowerSTep
         also uses NeXTstep's support for "voice annotation", allowing
         users to insert voice messages into a spreadsheet.

       - PowerStep automatically updates all graphs and charts as
         spreadsheet data changes.  Also, several spreadsheets can easily
         be merged (or consolidated) into one.

       - Over 13 types of graphs and charts, including pie, bar, line,
         scatter, and 3D-surface graphs.  PowerSTep users can also adjust
         the rotation, elevation, and perspective of 3D graphs as they are
         found onscreen.

     Ashton-Tate has also built a macro language, called WILMA, into Power-
 Step.  WILMA macros can be called from spreadsheet cells, and can  be used
 by  software  developers  to  develop  modules  for Powerstep.  Currently,
 Ashton-Tate is beta-testing PowerStep, and is reportedly porting  dBASE IV
 to the NeXT Computer....

     Lotus Inc.  has also introduced a spreadsheet for the NeXTstation line
 called Lotus Improv.  The result of three years of  research, Lotus Improv
 can import/export spreadsheet files made with Lotus 1-2-3 Release 3.0.  It
 has an online, context-sensitive Help System that is arranged with a table
 of contents and an index, allowing users to look up the program's features
 through a resizable window.

     Like PowerStep, Lotus  Improv  allows  users  to  create presentations
 using spreadsheet  data and  text/graphics/sound elements, and has dynamic
 "live links" between its  3D graphs  and spreadsheet  data.   One can also
 control the  perspective and  view of 3D bar/stack/area graphs, but Improv
 also has built-in graphics utilities, allowing one to  create pictures for
 a presentation.

     Improv also  introduces a  new concept called "Dynaview", which incor-
 porates many aspects of  financial modelling  into a  spreadsheet program.
 Spreadsheet cells and formulas can be expressed using plain English phras-
 es, instead of numbers and letters.

     For example, a formula to calculate a company's Total Revenue could be
 expressed by  typing, "(Price * Quantity Sold)", instead of (A1 * B1).  In
 this way, the structure/logic of a spreadsheet can be understood much more

     Dynaview  can  compare  relationships  between two sets of information
 without having to recalculate or re-enter  any data,  macros, or formulas.
 In addition,  Improv allows  users to display different views of a spread-
 sheet by manipulating icons.  For  example, one  could first  view company
 advertising expenses, and quickly switch to viewing the company's payroll.
 Improv formulas can also be debugged more easily  than with  other spread-
 sheets, and  can be  made to  apply to all spreadsheet cells that need the
 formula.  This allows Improv spreadsheets  to use  far less  formulas than
 regular spreadsheets, and for those formulas to be reused more quickly.

     Lotus says that DynaView could be useful in areas like market analysis
 or sales forecasting, and claims that  Improv is  a revolution  in spread-
 sheet technology.   Improv  is now being beta-tested, and Lotus expects to
 ship it in early 1991.  Cost:  $700.00.

     WordPerfect Inc. has announced that Version 5.0 of WordPerfect will be
 available for the NeXTstation during the first quarter of 1991.  This port
 will use the NextStep  user interface  to display  documents in  a WYSIWYG
 fashion (unlike  WP 5.0  for DOS), and allows picture images on a document
 to be easily scaled, rotated, or moved.


 - West Chester, PA            X/WINDOWS, 24-BIT COLOR CARD SHOWN FOR AMIGA

       Commodore has announced that Amiga Unix (its port of AT&T Unix
 System V Version 4.0) is being beta-tested in Universities worldwide, and
 that X/Windows is being ported to both Amiga Unix and the AmigaDOS
 operating system.  Educational facilities in the US, Canada, and the
 Netherlands are participating in this beta-test process.

       Commodore has also shown the A2410 Graphics Card, which has a
 1024*1024 resolution, and can display 256 colors out of a 16 million color
 palette.  It uses the Texas Instruments 34010 Graphics processor to speed
 up its display, and supports a 800*800 resolution using Commodore's 1950
 Multisync monitor.  Both products will reportedly be introduced in the US
 at next month's Fall Comdex trade show....


       Verbatim Corp. has introduced one of the first 3.5-inch floppy disks
 on the market that is capable of storing up to 4 Megs of Data.  Called the
 DataLife ED, they will be sold for $15.00 EACH, or $150.00 for a box of
 10 disks.  They are also shipping a line of 5-1/4 inch optical cartridges,
 which are capable of storing up to 640 Megabytes of data.  Designed to be
 used in magneto-optical disk drives (like the type used by the NeXT
 Computer), these cartridges can store data for over 10 years.  This is
 far longer than hard or floppy disks are capable of.  Cost:  $353.00.

 - Sunnyvale, CA               AMD WINS RIGHT TO SELL CLONES OF 80386 CHIPS

       In an arbitration hearing between AMD and Intel, Judge J. B. Phelps
 recently ruled that AMD has the right to produce clones of the Intel 80386
 chip and the 8087 floating point chip.  AMD is now asking for Intel's
 80386 microcode, as well as $500 million dollars in damages.  It appears
 that Intel "decided" in 1984 to breach the terms of a 1982 Technology
 Agreement made between the two companies.

       Judge Phelps ruled that the Intel/AMD Agreement allowed AMD to use
 Intel's microcode in making an 80386 chip.  Interestingly, he commented
 that Intel's attempts to stop AMD were "a classic example of....preaching
 good faith but practicing duplicity."  Under the agreement, the Judge
 ruled that Intel may have to transfer its designs and microcode for the
 80386 and 8087 chips to AMD.  AMD also presented evidence that Intel's
 withholding the 8087 design kept it from entering the math coprocessor
 market until Intel had cornered the market.

       In this dispute, Judge Phelps also ruled that Intel committed
 several "breaches of the agreement" when it DID send AMD its plans for the
 80286 microprocessor.  Apparently, the information sent to AMD was
 "deliberately incomplete, deliberately indecipherable, and deliberately
 unusable by AMD engineers...."  Because of this, AMD had to reverse-
 engineer the 80286 design in order to correct the information sent by



 10/16/90 ORIGINALLY POSTED to GEnie...

     If..... Elie is truly gone, it is encumbent upon all of us to wait for
 a realistic  explanation of  what actually happened.  Speculation and sup-
 position will get accomplish absolutely nothing.

     No, I am not becoming an apologist, just a realist.   There  is a very
 real reason  why Elie  is not  part of the program, we simply must look to
 Sunnyvale for a very truthful, straight forward, answer  detailing what is
 actually happening.   There  is too  much involved in the entire Atari USA
 marketplace to allow confusion through hysterical supposition to cloud the
 real issues. Too many third party folks and users have small fortunes tied
 up in the Atari marketplace, it would be a gross  injustice to  them if we
 allowed confusion and double talk to cloud or mask the truth.

     Therefore, it  would be wise and prudent to * steadfastly wait * for a
 true and complete accounting of what is actually going on.

          How about it Atari?   It's ONLY the right thing to do.

     I AM INCLINED to * VERY MUCH * believe that  Elie is  history.   It is
 rumored that  the man  was very  unhappy with the prospect of bringing his
 family here from France.  (family ties, culture, schools etc.)
     Be advised, Sam is travelling with Elie to back to France for  a major
 Atari show.   You  can be  sure that the efforts to convince Elie to go on
 with the original plan will be diligently pursued by not only Atari but by
 all of  the US developers in attendance at the French Atari show.  Most of
 all, please keep the faith, I am sure Elie will have a very strong hand in
 the future affairs of Atari in any case.


     There are  many things  to take  into consideration  when something of
 this percieved magnitude occurs:

 - What will the overall effect be?  
 - Will the users accept this, the latest setback they must face?  
 - How should the coverage be approached?  
 - Should these issues be covered at all?  
 - Should speculation and alleged educated guesses be part of the coverage?

     The answers are not  easy to  come by.   But  the bottom  line for the
 press presents only one major question:  

     Will the press present this situation in an objective manner where the
     probabilities of creating a negative stir are nil  or will  they blast
     ahead and present the "grandiose grandstand shot" of the month?
     In all fairness to Atari, we must find the time to temper our approach
 primarily for the benefit of the users and the future of Atari.  Most will
 agree that  Atari must  make the turn around and begin to realize that the
 customer is ALWAYS right, regardless of  the situation.   Elie  Kenan, has
 the right stuff all set to go.  He maintaines that the input users provide
 to the company reflecting what THEY  want  is  THE  SINGLE  MOST IMPORTANT
 RESOURCE ATARI  HAS for the future.  Also, he acknowledges that THE FUTURE
     Atari merely  provides the  tools, ie;  computers etc..  the users and
 developers absolutely  breathe LIFE  into the  hardware Atari designs, for
 without the users (paying customers) and developers (catalytic  agents who
 bring it all together) there can be NO future for Atari or any company for
 that matter.  Elie Kenan realizes this fact and will act upon it positive-
     The userbase is advised, in any case, to remember the overall strength
 of Atari and its  new product  lineup.   Comdex promises  to re-kindle the
 bursting pride  we have  all enjoyed  at one  time or  another while using
 these superb products. 


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

                 Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

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 > NEODESK 3.01 STR Review?             In-Depth review of NEODESK 3.01

                               NEODESK 3.01

                         GRIBNIF'S PERFECT DESKTOP

 by Erik Williams

 FNET:  SunFox @304 {The Twilight Zone}

     We have all seen the press releases in  ST-Report and  elsewhere abo Grif's   von NeoDesk.  Well,st Wednesday I took the plunge
 and ordered a copy directly from  Gribnif  (at  this  writing,  NeoDesk is
 still waiting  for bulk  shipments of manuals so they can start delivering
 to the distributors).

     I couldn't wait for the UPS man to knock on my door, and unfortunately
 I had  to go  to class  to drop  off an assignment.  Yes, I got the yellow
 slip telling me that I had missed him and that they would be delivering it
 tomorrow.  WRONG!

     I tracked  down that UPS truck!  I caught him in a cul-de-sac where he
 couldn't escape.  I finally had my precious copy of NeoDesk 3.01.   Let me
 tell you,  this program  is well  worth the  wait (as well as the multiple
 traffic tickets I received  after that  hairy pursuit,  but that's another

     Naturally, with  a program  like this,  you don't immediately open the
 package.  You just kind of look at it, savoring the moment.   This  is the
 time for the doubts to come in:  "maybe they sent me the wrong version" or
 "the disk may be defective" etc.  That lasted for about three seconds!

                      WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR DOUGH...

     NeoDesk comes in a very professional looking box with a beautiful 140-
 page  manual  (completely  typeset  in  Calamus  and printed on a SLM 804,
 extremely nice output which will show the world the true capabilities of a
 ST), a  warranty card, and two NeoDesk disks (one a Master disk, the other
 with extra programs for use with NeoDesk).

                         INSTALLING THIS PUPPY...

     The introducing of NeoDesk 3.01 to my hard  disk was  simple and pain-
 less.   Gribnif has come up with a novel way of protecting their hard work
 from being put up for download on every pirate BBS.

     You must first run a program that registers your copy of NeoDesk, thus
 binding you to the licensing agreement.  Once it has been registered, then
 you can copy it all over the place, but it will have your name  and serial
 number  plastered  all  over  the  place  which makes it easy to track the
 original pirate and nail him to the wall.

     Registering is simple, but Gribnif advises you to  make sure  that the
 warranty card  and the  information you  give REGISTER.PRG are one and the
 same.  Once you have given  Register  all  the  information  it  needs, it
 proceeds to  activate your  copy of  NeoDesk.   When this is done, back up
 your disks (I suggest putting them on a double-sided disk (both the Master
 Disk and  the Extras Disk will fit in a 9/80 formatted double-sided disk).
 Put your originals in a safe place.

     Now that you have registered the  program and  copied it  to a backup,
 now comes  the installation  to your  hard disk (if you do not have a hard
 disk, you may skip this section...better yet, run out and get'll
 never go back to just floppies!).

     First copy  over the  NEODESK3 folder to your boot disk (for hard dri-
 ves, this is usually Drive C).   Then  copy all  of the  other folders and
 files into the NEODESK3 folder.

     Now look  in NEODESK3  for NEOLOAD.PRG.   This is the program that ac-
 tually loads NeoDesk.   It waits  for all  other programs  and desk acces-
 sories to  finish loading before executing NeoDesk (to eliminate conflicts
 between programs).  If you have  a program  like Superboot  that autoboots
 applications, then  stick a  copy of  NEOLOAD.PRG in your boot disk's AUTO

     NEOLOAD must be run  at least  once before  NeoDesk can  load (with an
 autoboot  setup,  you  end  up  running  it from the AUTO folder, it stays
 resident until everyone  else  has  finished  loading,  and  then executes

     NEOLOAD will  also work  with StartGem, HeadStart, Hotwire (my current
 setup, to get around a bug in TOS 1.4), or any similar program.

     You will also need  to copy  the NeoDesk  accessories and  the NeoDesk
 Trashcan to the boot disk's root directory in order to use these wonderful
 programs (more on them later).

     You are now ready to take NeoDesk out for a spin!


     I am going to detail using NeoDesk in high resolution  monochrome, but
 using NeoDesk  in the  other resolutions is a similar process (NeoDesk now
 supports ST Low Resolution as well as the new TT modes except TT Low).

     When you first run NeoDesk, you will be confronted with a message that
 tells you  that there  is no  information file  for this resolution and it
 will use the built in defaults.  Getting  past that  dialog, you  will see
 the  NeoDesk  desktop  with  all  of  your available drives, a trashcan, a
 clipboard, and a printer icon.

     If you have been using NeoDesk 2.02 or greater, then you have a facil-
 ity that  will convert  your current  NeoDesk desktops  to the new version
 rather painlessly.  Run INF_CONV.NPG (a NeoDesk program that will run only
 under NeoDesk)  and just  select what .INF file you want to convert to the
 resolution that YOU ARE  CURRENTLY IN  and then  select the  items that it
 will convert.  Once it is done converting the information, it will redisp-
 lay the NeoDesk desktop.

     It hasn't updated your actual .INF  file,  though,  just  set  up your
 desktop with  those parameters.   Customize the desktop as you want it and
 then choose SAVE CONFIGURATION  under  the  Options  Menu  and  select the
 appropriate choice  (it should  be the  default choice, so usually you can
 just click on OK).

     If this is your first version of NeoDesk, then you will have to manua-
 lly arrange your desktop icons, change their descriptors using the INSTALL
 DESKTOP ICON command under the Options  Menu, add  icons for  a RAMdisk if
 you choose  (though NeoDesk virtually eliminates the need for one with the
 file clipboard).

     Once you have the desktop as you want it, SAVE  CONFIGURATION will set
 the default startup file for that resolution to your current desktop.

     Setting up NeoDesk is rather painless.  It's a lot like setting up the
 DESKTOP.INF file with GEM, it's something you do  once and  then forget it
 (I still  have yet  to update  my original  desktop's .INF files to remove
 extra drives that I haven't had for the last year or so!).


     This is one of the neatest  features  of  NeoDesk,  and  the  one that
 really sold me on the program.

     You  can  pull  a  program  icon  out onto the desktop, put him in any
 convenient place, and execute that program just by clicking on  that icon.
 No more searching through the hard disk trying to find an application!

     Just find the application, and pull the icon to the desktop.  Once you
 have the icon out there where you want it, then SAVE CONFIGURATION.

     You can execute the program directly, or you can drag a file or set of
 files to it as "parameters" if your program supports an "Install Applicat-
 ion" facility.  I  did this  with WordPerfect  by dragging  this article's
 file to  the WordPerfect icon and voila!  I am editing my file again (this
 is one neat little feature).

     The Install Application also  works as  well, and  a whole  lot better
 than the  built in  desktop's!   One of  the things you have to be careful
 about is where you set the directory upon  execution.   NeoDesk allows you
 to set  the directory  to the  program's or  the datafile's directory upon
 execution.  You have to be very careful with this one as some programs are
 picky about  which directory  will allow  the program to work (WordPerfect
 wants it's directory to be pointing  to the  program's directory,  but the
 data file  will still  be pointing at it's correct directory).  Experiment
 to see which directory works best for your application.


     You heard me right.  Folders on the desktop, finally!   Just  drag out
 the folder icon in a similar fashion to a program icon and SAVE CONFIGURA-

     Clicking on the icon will take  you directly  to that  folder which is
 great if you have those couple of folders that you are constantly going to
 for data and programs.


     Just double click anywhere on the  desktop and  you can  scribble some
 notes to  yourself (like  if you are on the phone and the nearest thing is
 the computer).  To make the notes permanent,  just SAVE  CONFIGURATION and
 choose Notes.


     One of  NeoDesk's most innovative features is the file clipboard.  The
 manual describes it as a "automatically  expanding and  shrinking RAMDisk"
 which is  an apt  description.  You can use the clipboard in much the same
 way as a RAMDisk, just drag your files  to the  clipboard.   One essential
 difference is  that the clipboard uses all of the available memory in your
 machine (which on a Mega4 translates  to about  3.5 megs,  the actual size
 depends on what machine you are running with what accessories).

     You can  open the  clipboard, rearrange  files in  the clipboard, do a
 SHOW INFORMATION, essentially anything that you can do  to a  RAMDisk, you
 can do to the clipboard.

     The  clipboard  is  especially  useful  for those of us with removable
 media drives such as the Syquest  555 (in  my system,  the Syquest  is the
 only drive).   I  used the  clipboard to move about 660K worth of Spectrum
 pictures from  my main  cartridge to  my graphics/demos  cartridge (I will
 admit that  I saved all of those Spectrums just to test this feature!).  I
 copied everything  to the  clipboard, rearranged  the files  to my liking,
 switched cartridges, and then copied everything to the new cartridge.

     With a  hard disk,  you will  not notice any decrease in speed dumping
 the files from the clipboard to the disk.  Floppies are another
 seemed to me that the clipboard wasn't doing the copy in the same way that
 NeoDesk normally does (read in all of the  files to  all of  the available
 memory).   Hopefully, the  copy routines  can be  optimized by temporarily
 freeing the memory not used by the clipboard to speed copying.   This is a
 minor caveat considering the usefulness of this feature.

     One interesting little quirk of the clipboard is that it will dump all
 of it's contents when you go to execute a program (to free  up all  of the
 memory to the new applications).  However, it does warn you before dumping
 the clipboard to give the user a chicken exit.

                        USING THIS SUPER DESKTOP...

     Using NeoDesk is quite similar to using your regular desktop.  You can
 still Shift-click  items for  multiple file manipulations (in NeoDesk, you
 can even click on  the scroll  bar while  still holding  the Shift  key to
 select items  that aren't  visible in  the window  while still keeping the
 other items selected).

     NeoDesk gives you an option of moving or copying files (or it will ask
 you which  operation you wish to perform on particular copies/moves).  The
 same rules apply, select the items you want to move or copy  and drag them
 to their destination icon/window.

     The directory windows have a lot more features built into them.  These
 windows still have the  old familiar  close box,  full box,  resizing box,
 scroll bars,  and the vertical scrolling arrows.  However, the new windows
 have even more than that!

     Clicking on the "x2" box will give you  a duplicate  menu of  the same
 directory that you are in.  This is useful if you are dealing with several
 folders and you are either combining items or segregating them.

     The horizontal scrolling arrows allows you  to scroll  the information
 bar.  This information bar will tell you how many items and the total size
 of the files in the directory you are looking at.  When you select a file,
 the bar  will tell  you the  information on  that one  file, including the
 read/write/archive bit status and whether it has an executable boot sector
 or not (useful for detecting viruses).

     To the immediate left of the full box is a "<<" button which will send
 the current window to the back of a stack of windows and activate the next
 window in line.

     Just below  the information bar is a double-line.  Click and drag this
 bar down  into the  directory window  itself and  you have  just split the
 window!   This is  extremely useful  for those  directories with  a ton of
 items in it and you have a need to see two different locations of files.

     Two buttons in the bottom left corner are the Icon/Text toggle and the
 Select-All button.  The Icon/Text toggle will switch between icon and text
 displays (different windows can have different  displays, it  is no longer
 an all-icon or all-text option).  The Select-All button does just that, it
 selects all the items in the  directory  (for  those  mass-moves  or mass-

     Between the Select-All button and the resizing box is a bar that tells
 you the volume name of the disk you are looking at.  NeoDesk allows you to
 give your disks custom names (i.e. my data partition is labeled the "Anxi-
 ety Closet" for all you Bloom County  fans  out  there).    It  saves this
 volume name  in a 21-byte hidden file named NEODESK.DAT in the root direc-
 tory of that particular drive.

     NeoDesk is getting to be like using the  Universal Item  Selector with
 all of the features available on the directory window!

                      NOT YOUR USUAL COMPUTER MANUAL!

     In  the  words  of  Monty  Python:   "And now for something completely
 different!"  No review of this program would be complete without a discus-
 sion of the manual.

     As alluded to earlier, NeoDesk's manual is an 140-page marvel that was
 typeset using Calamus and output for the publishers  on an  Atari SLM 804.
 It is a truly professional looking manual.

     But the  most important  part of that manual is the fact that the wri-
 ting is very clear and concise.  This  is one  of the  few manuals  that I
 have ever read that doesn't qualify for "obtuse" or "confusing".

     It's written  in a  rather conversational  style that isn't too formal
 nor is it too cutesy.  Rick Flashman  has exploited  that happy  medium in
 technical writing that is so hard to find.


     It should  be very obvious that I am very impressed with this program.
 Try as I might, I could  not crash  NeoDesk no  matter what  I did.   Dan,
 you've written  some very  solid and bulletproof code here that makes Neo-
 Desk 3.01 worth the price of admission.

     Also, some users who already have NeoDesk may notice that  this review
 is rather  incomplete.   That's because  you can't do justice to a program
 like this in just one review.  I plan on following up  this review  with a
 couple of  articles detailing the NeoDesk accessories, the NeoDesk support
 programs, and possibly the most important one, the new NeoDesk Icon Editor
 (which will  be a  big review  in itself).  Stay tuned for these follow-up



                          AUA EXPRESSES GRATITUDE

 by Derek C. Signorini
     AUA Coordinator

     To say that the WAACE show  this past  weekend was  a complete success
 for our organization is an understatement.  Reston, Virginia was the sight
 of the 1990 AtariFest and from all of people we spoke with at the show and
 after, the  general consensus is that the people of WAACE have been pulled
 of another fantastic show.  Tony Parry, Rob Maretsky and myself manned the
 AUA booth at the show, and we spoke with many enthusiastic people while we
 distributed samples of  the  AUA  NewsBriefs  Newsletter,  NewsBriefs Disk
 Magazine, and flyers. 
     Going into  the show, we jotted down some goals we hoped to meet while
 at the show, and I am happy to say that we met each and every goal we set.
 Our membership  grew by  over 250 individual members this past weekend, we
 had close to a dozen user  groups affiliate  with the  AUA under  the User
 Group Affiliation Program, and last but not least, we made the AUA acronym
 known to many people.  Unfortunately,  none of  us were  able to  get away
 from our  booth to enjoy the other booths at the show, since the AUA booth
 was packed all weekend long and we barely had time to grab a bite  to eat.
 We are  projecting that  once all of the necessary paper work is completed
 for the User Groups who joined  our UGAP  program, AUA  membership will be
 well close  to 1500  members.   We will have to wait until all of our data
 arrives before we can report an exact count, however, without  taking into
 consideration the UGAP members, total AUA membership has climbed above the
 1000 mark making our organization and our efforts unprecedented.

     The people of  WAACE,  and  the  users  of  the  DC-VA-MD-PA  area are
 responsible for the great turnout.  WAACE provided the AUA the opportunity
 to work in a  very professional  setting where  we were  in turn,  able to
 portray our  organization in  the same  manor.  I can not say enough about
 the great efforts that WAACE has put forth to present the community with a
 fantastic show.   Job  well done!   I  hope that next year's show will top
 this one!

     I am  happy to  announce that  Tony has  won this  year's first annual
 donut rolling  contest, and  that Rob  has won the Iron Man Competition in
 the Marathon category.  To say the least,  we had  fun.   None of  us were
 happy with  the 4  hour drive  from PA,  but the ride home was an exciting
 one, since we were all 'pumped' up with adrenalin because  of the turnout.
 All of us would like to thank everyone we spoke to this weekend for taking
 the time out to  first, come  to the  show and  showing their  support for
 Atari, and  secondly, for stopping by the AUA booth to hear what we had to
 say.  The reception AUA received at WAACE made our trip very  worth while,
 and in  doing so,  have made  the possiblity  of future show appearances a
 must on our schedule.


 > The Flip Side STR Feature?              "...A different veiwpoint"

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

  by Michael Lee

  Wow!!  This has been an exciting time for the ST community.  The WAACE 
  show was a wild success (as you've probably already read),  there have 
  been  TWO  68030 boards introduced for the  ST,  a  new  multi-tasking 
  desktop and so many other new products that I can't keep up with  them 
  (but  I'm sure that Ralph will keep you filled in).   Atari has  shown 
  how they're  committed to the ST in the USA  and ST developers for the 
  first time in months are starting to smile again.  I think the next 12 
  months  are  going  to  see  some  exciting  things  happening  in  ST 


  I  just stumbled over the following advertisement in  another  Germany 
  Atari Magazine:

    SM 124 Multisynch II - 1 monitor, 3 resolutions
    100% software compatible, help programs on disk
    After  a  proper installation your SM 124 is capable of  working  in 
    all three resolutions.  Colors will be displayed as shades of  grey. 
    The  high  resolution  does  not  loose  its  brilliance.   Software 
    compatibility is 100% since the modification is a hardware solution.

  Besides listing an in-house modification of DM 250,- the company  also 
  offers 2 kinds of kits to do it yourself:

    1. completed  board (together with GERMAN installation  manual)  for 
       DM 149
    2. 'empty'  board together with all parts (still to be  soldered  on 
       board - also with GERMAN manual) for DM 129.

 Here is the address:
    In der Au 22  7516 Karlsbad 4 / GERMANY
    Telephone: 01149-7202-7687

 (From Mike Schuetz on GEnie)


  Have  you wondered why some folks don't have any problems  with  their 
  PC's reading ST disks and others do?   Here's a tip from Rick Flashman 
  (Gribnif Software) on GEnie:
  Here's the scoop, according to a friend in the industry:

  MS-DOS  3.21  or  above  can  read any  standard  type  of  3.5"  disk 
  regardless  of fat size.  They just check for the MS-DOS boot  sector. 
  Disks formatted with TOS 1.4,  NeoDesk,  etc. will read fine under MS-
  DOS 3.21 or later.
  Older versions of MS-DOS cannot read a 3.5" disk. If you find one that 
  can,  it  is  because  the manufacturer has "patched"  it  to  do  so. 
  Therefore  those  earlier  versions may be MUCH more  pickier  on  the 
  requirements of their 3.5" disks.
  For  example,  my Toshiba 1000 which runs MS-DOS 2.11 will  only  read 
  3.5"  disks that have the words MS-DOS in the boot  sector,  something 
  that legally only a true copy of MS-DOS can put on the disk.  But if I 
  boot up MS-DOS 3.3 on the same Toshiba,  it has no problem reading any 
  TOS 1.4, NeoDEsk 3.5" disk.

  Does that make sense?  If I somehow happen to be incorrect, please let 
  me know. As I said, this comes to me from an 'industry expert'.

  Therefore MicroSoft only "officially" recommends using MS-DOS 3.21  or 
  above to read a 3.5" disk...


  Are  you needing a good hard drive optimizer (keeping your hard  drive 
  optimized, can keep the system running at it's maximum speed).  Here's 
  what Dave Beckemeyer (BDT Products) has to say about his product:

  ....but  way  back,  someone asked if HD SENTRY (the  Beckemeyer  disk 
  test/repair/optimize  utility)  could  handle  >16MB  partitions.  The 
  answer is YES!

  ...running  out  of disk space on the hard drive...Sentry  takes  this 
  into  consideration and it won't hurt anything even if you  only  have 
  one block free (it won't be able to do anything if you don't have some 
  free space).

  Sentry  is  very careful to make sure that it's steps are  simple  and 
  safe   with   very   brief   periods   of   "file   structure    state 
  inconsistencies". Even if the ST crashes in the middle of optimization 
  (not a really good thing to have happen),  you will usually find  that 
  the  Disk  is mostly okay and with a little repair work by  Sentry  is 
  fine  again.  This means Sentry takes a little longer to  de-fragment, 
  but it is much safer than some other programs because it always  keeps 
  the  disk in a "real" state.  It's kind of hard to describe and I  can 
  tell I'm doing poorly at it, so I'll just leave it at that.

  The disk de-frag program is called HARD DISK SENTRY and it retails for 
  $49.95.  The  package  actually includes a  file  system  checker,  an 
  optimizer  and a separate program for testing disks for low-level  I/O 
  problems (disk sector test and markbad).

  Any  BDT product can be ordered directly from our offices in  Oakland, 
    PO Box 21575
    Oakland, CA 94620
    (415) 530-9637
    We accept checks, COD, or MC/VISA. Thanks for asking.


  Until next week.....



                   //////NEW ENGLAND ATARIFEST '90\\\\\\

                               STATUS REPORT


     Things are getting down to the  wire, so  everything should  be pretty
 much in place. Unless anything changes drastically, this will be the final
 update. New  England AtariFest  '90 will  be held  27 October  1990 at the
 University of Massachusetts at Boston - Harbor Campus. 

                           DOORS OPEN AT 9:00AM.

     The following  will be  represented at New England AtariFest '90. Ent-
 ries marked with a (*) indicate exhibitors, while those marked  with a (o)
 indicate alternative participation.

     * Asgard Productions              o ISD Marketing, Inc.
     * Atari Computer (U.S.)           * Joppa Computer Products
     * Atari UG of Greater Hartford    * Chor-Ming Lung
     * BCS/Atari                       * Micro National
     * Beta-Cad                        * Nashoba Valley Atari Users Soc.
     * Bit Bucket Computer Store       * N. Attleboro Atari Computer Club
     * CodeHead Software               * On-Line Computers
     * Computer Bug                    * Dennis Palumbo
     * Computers, Etc.                 * Rhode Island ACE
     * Computer Zone                   * South Shore Atari Group
     * Dr. T's Music Software          * ST Atari Road Runners
     * Duggan DeZign/Hawkware          o STReport Online Magazine
     * ERM Electronic Liquidators      * Step Ahead Software
     * Fast Technology                 * Syntronics Computer Center
     o GEnie Information Service       * Taylor Ridge Books
     * Granite Computers               * TidBit Software Engineering
     * Gribnif Software                * Valley Atari ST
     * GT Software                     * WizWorks!
     * ICD, Inc.


    0915   Darlah Pine                "GEnie STAR*SERVICES"

    1000   Nevin Shalit               "COLOR DTP WITH PAGESTREAM"

    1100   Nathan Potechin            "CALAMUS AND OUTLINE ART"

    1200   Ralph Mariano              "STREPORT & THE CHANGING TIMES"
                                       (This promises to be lively)

    1300   Rick Flashman              "NEODESK 3: THE ULTIMATE DESKTOP"

    1400   Jim Allen                  "WHATEVER COMES TO MIND"

    1500   Bob Brodie                 "ATARI SPEAKS"

    1600   Tyson Gill                 "DATA MANIPULATION WITH DATAKEN"

    UMass/Boston's Harbor  Campus is  easily accessible from I-93 (south-  
 bound, take exit 15; northbound, exit 14, and follow the  signs to  "U. of
 Mass./JFK Library"). Parking is free.

 By public transportation (MBTA), take the Red Line outbound to the JFK/UM-
 ASS stop.

             The show is in McCormack Hall, on the 3rd floor.


 > Stock Market ~ STReport?                             IBM STOCK PLUMMETS!

                                                     THE TICKERTAPE

 by Michael Arthur

     The price of Atari stock went  up 1/8  of a  point on  Monday, but was
 down 1/4 of a point on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, it was down 1/8 of a point,
 and stayed the same  price on  Thursday.   On Friday,  the price  of Atari
 stock went  up 1/4  of a  point.  Finishing up the week at $2.625 a share,
 the price of Atari's stock stayed at the same price since October 5, 1990.

      Apple Stock was up 1/4 of a point from Friday, October 5, 1990.
            Commodore Stock was up 7/8 of a point from 10/5/90.
               IBM Stock was down EIGHT points from 10/5/90.

                Stock Report for Week of 10/8/90 to 10/12/90

 STock|   Monday   |    Tuesday    |  Wednesday  | Thursday  |   Friday   |
 Reprt|Last    Chg.|Last       Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last   Chg.|Last    Chg.|
 Atari|2 3/4  + 1/8|2 1/2     - 1/4|2 3/8   - 1/8|2 3/8  ----|2 5/8  + 1/4|
      |            |               |             |           | 63,400 Sls |
  CBM |  6    + 3/8|5 3/4     - 1/4|6 1/4   + 1/2|  6   - 1/4|6 1/2  + 1/2|
      |            |               |             |           |100,700 Sls |
 Apple|29 1/2      |  28    - 1 1/2|26 1/2 -1 1/2|27 3/4     |28 1/4  +1/2|
      |      +1 1/2| 1,076,600 Sls |             |     +1 1/4|2,041,500 # |
  IBM |109 1/2     |105 3/8  -4 1/8|103 1/2      |101  -2 1/2|100 1/4 -3/4|
      |      +1 1/4| 1,418,600 Sls |       -1 7/8|           |2,308,100 # |

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


 > NEWDESK STR Spotlight?                 USER INPUT IS ATARI'S FUTURE!


     Atari's new TT computer  has many  new features  not found  on the ST.
 One of  the most  profound and unique changes is immediately apparent when
 you first boot up the TT...a greatly enhanced desktop. 

     The TT's new desktop is truly exciting, with many of the features that
 users have  been wanting and seeking elsewhere since the ST first appeared
 in 1985.  These include everything from custom  icons for  different files
 and folders to loading desktop setups from disk. 

     In fact,  Atari has a version of the new desktop which loads from disk
 and runs on the ST.  Unfortunately, they have announced  that it  is their
 decision not  to release  the disk-loaded  version of  the new desktop for
 the ST, stating  as  their  reason  that  they  don't  wish  to  put those
 companies who make alternative desktops out of business. 

     This puts  us at  CodeHead Software  in a rather awkward position.  As
 one of the companies which markets an alternative  desktop for  the ST, we
 feel partially responsible for Atari's position regarding the new desktop.
 In deference to their rationale, we'd like to go on record as being stron-
 gly in  favor of  their releasing  a disk  version of the new desktop.  We
 feel it should be packaged with every ST/STe sold by  Atari in  the US and

     Such a release could be a real boon to the ST, spawning a rebirth of a
 dying computer...something  that could  only benefit  us all.   When Atari
 released the  ST in 1985 there was an excitement that flowed even into the
 PC and Macintosh arenas.  Now  after  five  years  of  stagnation,  the ST
 could proudly  display a  new facelift  and walk  hand in hand with the TT
 back into the public eye.  This resurgence would mean new buyers  of Atari
 computers and new potential customers for _all_ software developers. 

     We certainly  don't want  it on  our conscience  that the progress and
 possible rebirth of the ST  was  held  back  because  of  the  two  of us.
 Furthermore, an  illegal and buggy version of the new desktop has begun to
 circulate through pirate channels.  Atari, please don't  allow the pirates
 to be  the only  ones using  the new desktop.  Release it to the public so
 that we may all benefit.  We want our new ST desktop. 

                               John Eidsvoog
                            Charles F. Johnson
                             CodeHead Software


 Category 14,  Topic 40
 Message 153       Wed Oct 17, 1990

 W.PARKS3 [Dr. Bob]           at 20:06 EDT
     It certainly sounds nice that Leonard  made such  a statement  (ie not
 wanting to  compete with  existing alternative desktop developers) but was
 this just a boardroom decision? Did management ask for any  input from the
 "alt-desktop developers"  ?   Or does management simply discard "external"
 input as an annoyance?

     With all the ups and downs,  rumors, hype  and bad/good  mouthing that
 has been  in this  arena.... the  only people  who listen to the users are
 those who have little control over  decision making...  and it  has ALWAYS
 been the decision making that has lacked true insight.

     I'm glad  we have such good guys here on GEnie, but it must get really
 tough on them sometimes, having to listen to all of our whining.  They act
 as buffers-  sometimes the  big guy(s) get some comment that trickles thr-
 ough but for the most part, I don't really feel that we get very  far- and
 that is just what reinforces our whinings.  How long has it been since the
 "problem" with the STE and  the  HARD-Drive...  not  much  of  an official
 announcement has  been made- Bob Brodie has said all that he can say- it's
 once again up to the big boys to "authorize" any further mention... 

          So... I ask... "can we petition the lord with prayer?" 

              I hope so... as I live and breathe, I hope so-

     Atari has made a fine machine, well... the technical people _MADE_ it,
 It's been  upper level  management that  I feel (IMHO) that has constantly
 dropped the ball-   What does one  do when  the team  manager bats  .050 ?
 When the quarterback keeps fumbling the ball- ?

                So... "Now I lay me down to sleep.... Jack"

                                                  Bye: Dr. Bob

 Category 14,  Topic 34
 Message 26        Thu Oct 18, 1990
 W.PARKS3 [Dr. Bob]           at 19:08 EDT
     If it  matters at  all what  I think, then, "I think: It wouldn't be a
 bad  idea to  release the  new desktop.  We know,  of course,  that it may
 compete  in some manner with the 'alternate-desktops' and that it wouldn't
 be taken as a good gesture to simply throw it out onto the market  and let
 the 'other-desktop'  makers simply  discover that they're suddenly knocked
 down a peg or two or three...whatever. A  little advance  notice, perhaps,
 to them  stating Atari's yet-pending decision, mayhaps a voice phone call-
 I think it would really boost Atari's reputation  if they  actually called
 the 'now  targeted' devs  and asked for input... <eg "Look, we're thinking
 of releasing this new  desktop for  the ST/STe.  We feel  it'll be  a real
 boost for  machine... but  we also understand that it'll compete with your
 product so we're wondering (in advance) what  we  may  be  able  to  do to
 maintain an  amicable relationship..."   or  something like that-something
 that shows some sincerity>

     I'm certain that the new desktop isn't going to be an end-all desktop.
 There's always _more_ that can be done- -- 

     I don't  want to  go on record saying that we should simply ignore the
 alternate- desktop makers and toss (no pun intended)  this on  the market.
 Ask  their  ideas-  or  simply  state your intentions to them- don't leave
 them in the cold if the decision  is  already  made-  give  them  a little
 lead-time- they do help machine sales- don't cut them off.

     ... dare  I mention it ? I've been trying not to;) Give those devs (at
 least) tech info on the new desktop so they can provide future enhancemen-
 ts...   Hey- what  do I  know about  cooperation? I'm  just a programmer;)
 The big boys are supposed to  be good  at management,  no? They  know what
 needs to be done with me telling them;)  So... I guess my vote is a (soft-
 ly spoken) Yes, release it.

 ps: I hope that vacations are  in store  for the  'front-line' troops here
 after the  big show  at comdex.  (the Bahamas  are always nice;)  Ahhhhh a
 week or two basking in the sun....)

 Bye: Dr. Bob

 Category 14,  Topic 34
 Message 27        Thu Oct 18, 1990
 TIMPURVES                    at 20:00 EDT
 The existing Desktops should be able  to "hold  their own"  against the TT
 desktop.   Releasing the  new desktop could be the "shot in the arm" Atari
 needs NOW!. Not a year from now.

 Category 14,  Topic 34
 Message 28        Fri Oct 19, 1990
 DOUG.W                       at 04:48 EDT
 I agree with Tim.  After seeing the TT desktop, I still prefer NeoDesk 3.0
 by a LONG shot.



     While there  are now  many "yes  votes" being cast from many different
 directions, Atari would be well advised to note  that many  users are very
 well aware  of this  situation and  are getting  involved by casting their
 votes.  Most users spoken to say they are becoming involved for  two major
 reasons, first;  is to show they want this disk based version released and
 second; to show a sort of  'vote of  confidence and  continued support' to
 Atari.   STReport finds  this revelation to be a fine example of the faith
 the users still have in the ability of Atari to continue forward  with the
 TT and other new innovative products while facing uncertainties. 

     A number  of methods  are being  used to facilitate their being heard,
 for example, they may write to Atari to cast their vote or cast their vote
 online in the appropriate areas of CIS, GEnie, UseNet, Delphi, Bix and all
 other networks where it is known Atari company folks frequent.  

 To all Atari users, let Atari know you want this disk based version relea-
 sed, let  them know  by your  response that your support and enthusiasm is
 still there, let them know that you care enough to respond.  In our humble
 opinion, posting online for all to see is among the very best ways to cast
 your vote.  
     STReport supports this premise  of  allowing  the  entire  userbase an
 excellent opportunity  to use the NEWDESK desktop in a reliable form, such
 as the disk based form, as suggested.  Since there are a  number of varia-
 tions already  in circulation,  it would most definitely be in Atari's and
 the user's best interests to have Atari release this disk based version.
     What better way, that's obviously cost effective, could there possibly
 be to  propel the  elegance of  the TT  to within  reach of each and every
 user?  So, please vote!  Allow Atari the opportunity  to actually  see how
 many users  really care  and are  enthusiastically looking  forward to the
 future for both Atari and themselves.  


 > LCAC V 2.0  STR SHOW NEWS?                  Chicago AtariFest V2.0

                   **** Chicago AtariFest V2.0 ****

     Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts are  proud to  present "Chicago
 AtariFest" to  be held  November 11th (Sunday) 1990 at the American Legion
 Gurnee Post located at W. Grand and Il. Rt. 21 (just 1  mile east  of I-94
 and the  "Great America"  theme park). The show will open to the public at
 10:00 AM and will run until 4:00 PM.  General admission  will be  $2.00 in
 advance, $3.00  at the door. Children under 6 will be admitted free with a
 paying adult.

     All paid admissions will have a chance at one of several valuable door
 prizes  to   be  awarded  at  various  times  during  the  day.  For  more
 information on advance ticket sales and  general show  information, please
 contact LCACE  at P.O.  Box 8788,  Waukegan, IL 60079-8788. A special show
 message base is available on the Python BBS,  (708) 680-5105 300/1200/2400

                   ------ Exhibitors/Developers --------

          CodeHead Software                 DataQue Products
          P.O. Box 74090                    P.O. Box 134
          Los Angeles, CA 90004             Ontario, OH  44862
          John Eidsvoog                     Chuck Steinman

          Brumleve Software                 M-S Designs
          P.O. Box 4195                     611 W. Illinois
          Urbana, IL  61801-8820            Urbana, IL
          D.A. Brumleve                     Carl Stanford

          Reeve Software                    Atari Interface Magazine
          29 Old Farm Lane                  3487 Braeburn Cir.
          Warrenville, IL  60555            Ann Arbor, MI
          Alan Reeve                        Bill and Pattie Rayl

          Atari Portable Ent. Magazine      ICD, Inc.
          2104 Kostner                      1220 Rock Street
          Chicago, IL  60639                Rockford, IL
          Clinton Smith                     Tom Harker

          Compuserve Information Service    WizWorks!
          P.O. Box 20212                    P.O. Box 45
          Columbus, OH 43220-0212           Girard, OH  44420
          R. Retelle                        Chet Walters

                     GEnie Information Services
                     Rockville, Maryland
                     Jeff Williams

                    ------- Vendors/Dealers ----------

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           15 W. 615 Diversey                220 1/2 W. Main Street
           Elmhurst, IL  60126               St Charles, IL  60174

           Paper Express                     H and H Computer Supplies
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           Moline, IL  61265-1036            Aurora, IL  60506

           Kolputer Systems                  CSA Limited
           18 Burgess Dr.                    P.O. Box 567530
           Glendale Hgts, IL                 Harwood Heights, IL  60656

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           1005 S. Hamlin                    866 Tower Rd.
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                      -------- User Groups ---------

           L.C.A.C.E.                              S.C.A.T.
           Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts  Suburban Chicago ATari
           P.O. Box 8788                           8702 Osceola
           Waukegan, IL  60079-8788                Niles, IL  60648

           MilAtari                                M.A.S.T.
           Milwaukee Atari Users Group             Milwaukee Atari ST 
           P.O. Box 14038                          P.O. Box 25679
           West Allis, WI   53214                  Milwaukee, WI  53225

           G.C.A.C.E.                              R.A.C.C.
           Chicago Atari Comp. Enthusiasts Rockford Atari Computer Club
           P.O. Box 6706                           4658 Black Oak Tr.
           Chicago, IL  60614-6706                 Rockford, IL  61103

           L.A.U.G.                                T.U.G.
           Local Atari Users Group                 The Users Group
           1N361 Ridgeland Av.                     P.O. Box 66583
           W. Chicago, Il 60185                    AMF O'Hare. IL  60666


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL?                  "ATARI NEWS, ALWAYS FIRST!"

 - SAN RAFAEL, CA                                      NEW LUCASFILM GAMES!

     Lucasfilm  Games,  a  long-time  supporter  of  Atari  computers,  has
 recently released THEIR FINEST HOUR: THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN.   The new game
 is  similar  to  BATTLEHAWKS  1942  and,  in fact, is authored by the same
 programmer.  THE BATTLE  OF BRITAIN  is an  action/simulation which allows
 players to fly German and British missions in historic confrontations.  As
 evidenced by the many messages on the online services, this new air combat
 simulator  has  been  long  anticipated  by  many users.  And best of all,
 according to Brandy Wilson, of Lucasfilm Games, a third game in the series
 titled SECTRET  WEAPONS OF  THE LUFTWAFFE will most likely be available by
 the end of this year (the IBM version is tentatively sedul for release
 on October 15, 1990).

 - Alameda, CA                   FALCON MISSION DISK II -> AMIGA & ATARI ST

     Spectrum HoloByte  today announced the release of OPERATION: FIREFIGH-
 T, the FALCON MISSION DISK II, for Commodore Amiga and Atari ST computers.
 Like its  predecessor, OPERATION:  COUNTERSTRIKE,   the program works with
 the company's award-winning F-16 fighter simulation,  FALCON, expanding it
 to a full campaign with non-stop action.

     Twelve new,  never before  seen, missions  comprise the game's overall
 campaign and present the player  with  all  new  challenges,  strategy and
 adventure.  The missions are designed for successive play with the overall
 objective to defend the player's home  territory against  ongoing land and
 air invasion and to gain numerical superiority of tanks over the enemy.  

     The original  Mission Disk  is an offensive attack on the enemy's bat-
 tlefield with primarily air-to-ground combat.   In contrast,  the enemy in
 Mission Disk II invades the player's territory and ignites fierce air-to--
 air fighting.   Both  programs  present  different  challenges  and combat
 situations and  add new  dimensions to the popular FALCON fighter simulat-

     A deadlier breed of air combat enemy confronts the pilot in OPERATION:
 FIREFIGHT.    Enemy  forces  include three types of air opposition--MiG-21
 Fishbed, MiG-27 Flogger, and Mi-24 Hind  helicopter  and the ever-menacing
 T-80 tanks.   Players will find the new Hind helicopter quick, elusive and
 challenging one-on-one.    For  even  greater  competition,  selecting the
 "Extra Aircraft"  option will prompt the enemy to send out a second set of
 aircraft for the pilot to contend with. 

     While defending the Headquarters sector and his plane  against assault
 from threatening  MiGs and Hind helicopters, the fighter pilot is asked to
 fly missions to destroy  the enemy's  pontoon bridges,  vital supply lines
 and T-80  tanks.  Timing and strategy are essential as each mission mounts
 an increased challenge.  For example, as enemy planes approach Headquarte-
 rs, the pilot can concentrate on fending them off, knowing that no hostile
 tanks can enter the territory because the pontoon bridge was  destroyed in
 a previous mission.   The player's F-16 is loaded with today's state-of-t-
 he-art weapon systems.  Two  new  missiles  have  been  added:  the AMRAAM
 (Advanced Medium-Range  Air-to-Air Missile) for long range attacks and the
 HARM (High-Speed  Anti-Radiation Missile)  for accuracy  and power against
 SAM sites.   Another  effective defense is the ASPJ (Advanced Self-Protec-
 tion Jammer) which emits signals that jam the enemy's radar.   

     Just as in the original FALCON, every enemy target destroyed contribu-
 tes toward success, but points are awarded for destroying specific targets
 depending on which mission has been selected.  Five levels  of difficulty,
 designated by rank from 1st Lieutenant through Colonel, are the same as in
 the original  FALCON.   Also retained  is the  awards system.   Pilots who
 display sufficient merit may be decorated with one of five medals from the
 Purple Heart to the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is awarded only for
 achieving numerical  superiority of  tanks while  flying at  Major rank or
 higher (top three levels).

     The original FALCON has  won numerous  awards, including  three awards
 from the Software Publishers Association--Best Simulation, Best Action/St-
 rategy Game, and Best Technical Achievement.  

     OPERATION: FIREFIGHT,  for the  Atari ST  and the  Commodore Amiga are
     available through regular retail channels.  

     The original FALCON program is required to run the new programs.  

     512K  RAM  is  needed  for  basic  features  and  one megabyte RAM for
     enhanced sound and graphics.

     Category:  Flight Simulation     Suggested Retail Price:  $29.95

 - New York City, NY                       APPLE'S "SECRET" WEAPON ON SALE!

     Reports from NYC state that  the  "CLASSIC"  machines  are  already in
 distribution and  for sale.  Apple dealers are selling the MAC Classic for
 $759.95 after rebate.   Last  tuesday's  issue  of  the  NY  Times carried
 advertisements to  this effect.   The Classic machines from Apple are rum-
 ored to be Apple's answer to Atari and Amiga. 

 - New York City, NY                        PAYNE WEBBER RELEASES LEE ISGUR

     According to sources close  to Wall  Street's Payne  Webber Lee Isgur,
 long famous  for promoting Atari and having software named for him, "Isgur
 Portfolio", is no longer  associated with  Payne Webber  as of  this week.
 Coming at  a time  when ATC  stock is hovering at the 2.00 mark, one can't
 help but wonder if the events  are related.   Isgur  could not  be reached
 directly for  comment.   An associate of STReport did however, confirm the


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 > A "Quotable Quote"?

                     "A pea-brain is one who feels....
                 ...they are a legend in their own mind!"

                                             ...Ziggy's Zercons

                  ....QUISLING-LIKE BEHAVIOR IN HUMANS!"

                                             .... The "Observant Few"

 STReport?             "YOUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SOURCE"      October 19, 1990
 16/32bit Magazine           copyright = 1990                   No.6.42
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