Z*Net: 02-Nov-90 #544

From: Greg Lindahl (gl8f@bessel.acc.virginia.edu)
Date: 11/24/90-08:43:42 PM Z

From: gl8f@bessel.acc.virginia.edu (Greg Lindahl)
Subject: Z*Net: 02-Nov-90  #544
Date: Sat Nov 24 20:43:42 1990

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                                Z*NET ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE
                                     November 2, 1990
                                        Issue #544
                              Publisher/Editor : Ron Kovacs
                              Z*Net New Zealand: Jon Clarke
                              Z*Net Canada: Terry Schreiber
                              Z*Net Germany:   Mike Schuetz
         ~ EDITORS DESK...............................................Ron Kovacs
         ~ Z*NET NEWSWIRE.......................................................
         ~ Z*NET GERMANY.........................................Michael Schuetz
         ~ CHICAGO ATARIFEST UPDATE V2.0...........................Press Release
         ~ Z*MAGAZINE ARCHIVES: Sam Tramiel in Conference.............Ron Kovacs
         ~ BBS EXPRESS! ST UPDATE..................................Press Release
         ~ START ONLINE SURVEY..................................................
         ~ STE GAME UPDATE............................................Ken Newman
         ~ Z*NET CANADA..........................................Terry Schreiber
         ~ PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE....................................Keith Macnutt
         by Ron Kovacs
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                                                              Latest News Update
         Commodore announced earnings this week of $7.0 million, or $.22 per
         share on sales of $200.3 million for the first fiscal quarter ended
         Sept. 30, 1990.  This compares with a loss of $6.5 million, or $.20 per
         share on sales of $165.3 million in the year-ago.  Net sales for the
         quarter increased by 21 percent, attributable to a 50 percent growth in
         unit sales of the Amiga product line and to favorable exchange rates of
         major European currencies.
         Mediagenic announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with
         a group led by EGL Holdings to sell ZSoft Corporation, a wholly owned
         subsidiary of Mediagenic.  Mediagenic will continue to manufacture and
         distribute ZSoft products for a period to be negotiated.  Mediagenic and
         EGL are expected to complete the transaction by the end of November.
         Sierra On-Line announced late this week that it has commenced testing of
         a new multi-player game technology.  Sierra is in the process of testing
         a prototype product in the Los Angeles area with nearly 1,000 volunteer
         testers.  Each of the testers has signed a nondisclosure agreement.
         Macronix, a small California company said this week it had found a chink
         in the protective wall Nintendo has built around its video game systems.
         Macronix stated that court documents filed by Nintendo in a patent
         infringement suit with another company granted three U.S. companies
         "tacit approval" to sell non-licensed game cartridges for use on the
         Nintendo system.  In that filing, Nintendo listed the products of
         Macronix and two other companies as examples of ways the Nintendo system
         could be used without violating its security patents.  Nintendo stated
         in the filing that, "Atari asserts in its motion that "Nintendo has sold
         a product - the NES control deck - that cannot be used without
         practicing the patented process or combination, Atari knows this is
         untrue.  Nintendo and Atari both are aware of game cartridges that will
         operate in the Nintendo control deck without violating the 635 patent."
         Macronix's general manager said Nintendo's admission was "incredibly
         significant" for Macronix and the video game industry as a whole.
         Moniterm will be showing its new Viking Gold series at COMDEX.  The
         Viking Gold series is a full line of high-res, large-screen PC
         (including Windows 3.0) and Macintosh monochrome, grayscale, and color
         Z*NET GERMANY
         by Michael Schuetz
                                                              Latest News Update
         Atari Germany announced the closure of a very important business deal:
         The German branch of the American computer company succeeded in the
         matter of of a very important order against strong Asian computer
         Atari obtained the contract for one of the biggest educational orders,
         ever placed by the Soviet Union so far.  The Youth Computer Centre of
         Eriwan invests more than DM 100.000 (approx. US$ 65.000) for Atari
         Computer systems together with the necessary peripherals and software
         packages.  In this free educational facility young Soviet students are
         computer orientated trained for their future computer related
         Two thirds of the Atari shipment consists of Atari ST systems while the
         rest are PCs and other peripheral hardware devices.  Due to this very
         flexible and versatile range of application, the Atari ST is the ideal
         computer for this kind of training.  This was the decisive factor
         against the strong competition from the Far East.
         The order was placed by the president of the science academy of the
         Soviet Union, Abel Aganbegyan.  Atari Germany has maintained good
         business relations with the Soviet Union for a long time.  This latest
         important order is another sign that proves how promising the new
         Eastern Europe markets are especially for Atari.
         The development of the Atari distribution logistic in the new Eastern
         part of the Federal Republic of Germany is well under way.  Everything
         works exactly as it was planned.  The first aim that Atari Germany had
         set before opening its new subsidiary in Weimar this May, has now been
         reached: Half of the area that used to be East Germany is now supplied
         with qualified Atari dealers.
         About 30 dealers were contracted by Atari so far.  All these new German
         dealers were trained and prepared extensively for their new business
         tasks.  Atari Germany was pleased about the professionalism of the new
         partners.  The company looks forward to effective and fruitful
         cooperation in the future.
         The second step that Atari Germany is working on right now, is to fully
         close the small still existing gap in its Eastern German distribution
         network.  After this has been accomplished Atari will divide the area
         that used to be East Germany into two sales areas (north and South).
         The South part will cover the two new Bundeslaender Thueringen and
                                                                   Press Release
         Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts are happy to welcome exhibitors
         SKWare One (Sterling K. Webb), Mega Type software, and User Group (*9*
         in all!), STar (Ed Baker).  To the Nov. 11th Chicago AtariFest.
         AtariFest will be held 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 $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 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 24hrs.
         >>>>>> Seminar Schedule <<<<<<
               10:30 AM - DataQue T816 8-bit Accelerator Demo.
                          8-bit extended memory programming techniques
               11:15 AM - Codehead Software Product Demo - Q&A Session
         The above seminars will be held in the American Legion "Canteen"
         adjoining the exhibit areas.  After the seminars, we are promised that
         the Bears - Falcons game will be on TV in this area during the
         afternoon, so...no excuse for you Bears fans to not make the show!
         >>>>>> Exhibitors/Developers  <<<<<<<
         CodeHead Software                 DataQue Products
         D.A. Brumleve                     M-S Designs
         Reeve Software                    Atari Interface Magazine
         Atari Portable Ent. Magazine      ICD, Inc.
         Compuserve Information Service    WizWorks!
         GEnie                             Closer To Home Software
         Mega Type Software                SKWare One               
         >>>>>>> Vendors/Dealers <<<<<<<<<<
         Mars Merchandising                Computer Cellar
         Paper Express                     H and H Direct
         Kolputer Systems                  CSA Limited
         Apple Annie                       
         >>>>>>>> User Groups <<<<<<<<<
         L.C.A.C.E.              S.C.A.T.
         MilAtari                M.A.S.T
         G.C.A.C.E.              R.A.C.C.
         L.A.U.G.                T.U.G.
                                                                    OCTOBER 1988
         =====Sam Tramiel Conference=>
         Captured and edited by Ron Kovacs for ZMagazine.  This material is
         Copyright (c) 1988 CompuServe SIG Atari.  Reprinted by permission.
         % The ATARI President Sam Tram conference is beginning
           Your moderator is Job 11  SYSOP-Ron
         (SYSOP-Ron) Hello everyone.... Tonights special CONFERENCE with Sam
         Tramiel, the President of ATARI Corp., will begin in just a few seconds.
         To ask Sam a Question, you must type /QUE to get into the queue.  I'll
         recognize the next person in line one at a time.  Please keep your
         questions simple and ask only one question at a time.  Mark Jansen of
         ATARI will be typing for Sam tonight.  Does Sam have any opening
         statement before we open the floor for questions? (ga Mark)
        (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) Sorry for not being available last Monday night.
         There was a conflict with a Jewish holy day.  There is another Jewish
         holy day today but I dared not do it again.  :-) So here we are.
         (SYSOP-Ron) thx Sam.  We all appreciate you showing up here to answer
         some very nagging questions.  okay first user.
         (Mark Woolworth) I really dont want to start out on a negative point,
         but here goes.  I was one of the people that was demonstrating the new
         machines at the fall COMDEX show last year, and most of these machines
         were promised for sometime this year.  At least at the present point I
         have not seen any of these machines released.  What is the status on
         them, and when will they be out in the United States?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) You were clever not to mention the model names.
         At present I think that we are shipping all the models in Europe, even
         the Abaq, to developers.  We will start shipping in earnest to the US
         market in early 1989, including the st and the line of pc compatibles
         and our new members of the ST family.  The Abaq is now called the ATW
         (Atari work Station) ga
         (RICHARD MATAKA) Hello Sam...first of all, i want to congratulate you
         and your sons and others who have resurrected Atari from an almost
         certain death....but, I am still somewhat questioning the support from
         Atari US.  As you know, there are only a few US publications supporting
         the ST.  Now Compute ST has decided to no longer publish and with the
         questionable support from Atari, Word Perf Corp seems to have put their
         product development on hold.  Also other software 3rd party companies
         are not supporting the ST.  How will you convince these companies and
         others who may start a company to support the ST?  What kind of
         incentives will you be offering or will you just let everything come out
         of Europe which is where the current bulk of ST support is based?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) Thank you for the fine complement regarding my
         sons but they are only 7 and 4 years old respectively.  I am the son of
         Jack Tramiel and Leonard and Gary are my brothers.  I am as frustrated
         as you are and probably more so.  The present problem is that the dram 
         problem is causing us great delivery problems and we can not keep up
         with the demand in Europe and other parts of the world.  We just signed
         a major deal with a big Dram supplier and the situation will get better
         I hope in early 1989.  We will and do support developers all over the
         world and suggest that US developers learn how to export which would
         help themselves and the economy.  I am sorry to see Compute drop the ST
         mag but I hope that they will revisit the issue when they see tens of
         thousands ST's sold monthly in the US.
         Last month I was in Germany for the Annual Atari Fair in Dusseldorf.
         It was incredible, over 30,000 over the weekend.  ga
         (RICHARD MATAKA) Sam, i appreciate your answer but while the support in
         Europe,(I agree), is great, here it is another story.  As you may or may
         not know, I was an author for ST XPress for about a year writing Critics
         Corner and the public view of Atari support is quite contrasting to
         Atari's version.  How will you and Atari hope to change this US view of
         your marketing strategy so that support will be forthcoming for the
         Atari computer products?......ga
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) Right now we do not really have a major marketing
         thrust as you know.  However, we do think that we have user support and
         good in house people at Atari US that are more than willing to help.
         (RICHARD MATAKA) Sam, I think that that maybe where your main problem is
         user support is excellent however, development support is very very 
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) with almost any problem.  WE definitely plan to
         bring in software from Europe but "development support is very very...
         (RICHARD MATAKA) strained..and it is the development people that you
         have to win over if you are going to be a serious computer competitor
         in the US.
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) We are not strained, and are happy to help anyone.
         I am sure once we are selling large quantities in the US, any strains
         that exist will disappear.
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) In the meanwhile, export to Europe.  We do, and we
         like it!  :-)
         (charles medley) OK.... I have 3 questions.
         1)  What is REALLY in the NEW TOS.
         2)  What is the final news on the 68030 TT?  Can a MEGA be used for it.
         3)  What is the fate of the 68030 box?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) We have already published the details of new TOS
         to developers and will do so for the rest of the users when it is
         released.  We are working on the TT, and hope to show it in early '89.
         (Michael Lynch) Do you have any plans for an IBM 286 board for the ST
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) No.
         (Steve Mortimer/NNQ) Many developers and dealers are not going to
         support the ST anymore or are on the brink of that decision.  It is
         essential to retain what support we have left.  Will you consider
         advertising to increase awareness till the "big push" or sign up a
         national computer chain stocked with a few STs diverted from Europe?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) We feel that advertising without product
         availability is helpful in selling our competitors' machines, and
         therefore, will just waste money.  As far as a national computer chain
         is concerned, we are already diverting machines to the US and ship them
         to our few but loyal ST dealers. ga
         (=Bandit= (tm)) BALLPARK Date/Price of new TOS ROMS to USERS?  Who is
         Neil's replacement?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) Date:  early 1989, depending on ROM deliveries...
         Price - Reasonable.
         (SYSOP-Ron) C'mon Sam.  "Reasonable"???? How about a price range?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) You know that we are always reasonable, Ron.
         (Ed Waldorph) There has been much talk from dealers and former dealers
         and employees about the difficulty of making a business selling the ST
         line in the U.S..  Much criticism has been leveled at Atari for lack of
         dealer support.  There is some indication that the situation is changing
         but in this entire forum only _one_ dealer has spoken out to defend the
         What is Atari doing to increase its dealer support?  How are you going
         to increase the dealer base?  Have you considered setting up a section
         for dealers here or over at Genie so they can talk directly to Marketing
         and Service and among themselves, and encouraging them to use it?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) We already have a system for Service Centers,
         Sales Reps, and dealers, run from Sunnyvale.
         (Rex Reade) Sam, Why was Mike Dendo [VP-SALES] telling people in
         Michigan that Atari HAD 3 soft quarters and needed strong 4th to
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) We just had three RECORD quarters, and I am sure
         that someone misquoted Mike.
         (Bob Dolson) Why don't you provide an easier upgrade path for memory,
         drives, etc, so that the 'poor' owners of 520 STFM's for instance would
         find it easier to get double sided drives, and more memory?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) It is a trade off between cost and upgradability.
         Adding the upgradability will increase the cost of _every_ unit.
         (Joe Fowler) Mr. Tramiel.  We heard a lot about the ST tonight.  I would
         like to know what future plans Atari has for the 8 bit line of machines,
         the best made on the market?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) We agree that the Atari 8-bit line is the best
         available.  However, the US market seems to want more powerful machines.
         We are selling many tens of thousands of the XE/XL line in Europe, and
         in the middle east, and in Latin America.  We are trying to push the XE
         Game System in the US, as a computer and a game for the same price as
         the Nintendo, with an exercise mat.  (i.e. $149)
         (edward giertuga) You folks make a beautiful machine, but your marketing
         strategy is scaring the heck out of me.  Have you read David Small's
         message (#111539) regarding Neil Harris' resignation?  It's worth
         reading.  Any comments?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) By the way, there is now a fifty dollar rebate on
         the XE Game machine.  To be honest, I have not read David Small's
         message, but I
         The conference is ending due to a system shutdown.
         (Ed)  At this point, CompuServe ended the conference via an unwanted
         shutdown of the area.  After a short pause and minor confusion, the
         conference restarted and continued)
         (Dave Groves) could Sam answer Ed's query? ga
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) As I was saying before that "glitch"  I wish Neil
         a lot of success in his new job it was a pleasure to work with him over
         the years that I have known him.
         (SHAWN SMILEY) Are you planning to make any additions to the ST like
         stereo sound and speech synthesis?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) No comment.  Sorry, but we do not want to promise
         new things until they are ready.
         (tc) What about the portable ST?  Fact or fiction? ga
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) Fact.  We are working on it, and will ship it as
         soon as it is ready.
         (Steve Mortimer) Do you forsee any major changes at Atari or the ST
         market in the near future?  This includes the possibility of a revamped
         ST based on new technology like the 68020/30 while remaining ST
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) I hope so...we plan for Atari to be number two or
         number three in the world personal computer market and we hope to make
         the ST one of the standard machines in the US during 1989.
         (Steve Mortimer) Any specific plans to achieve that goal?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) I would prefer not to comment on details of future
         ST or TT machines at present.
         (SYSOP-Ron) I would like to apologize, But I just have been informed by
         Sam T. That he has to leave in 5 minutes.  He is willing to reschedule
         another CONFERENCE in the (near) future.  So Since we have so many
         unanswered questions.  I dont know if it would be fair to all concerned
         to let 1 or 2 more go, so I'll just end it here.  Would Sam like to make
         some general closing comments in his last few minutes?
         (Sam Tramiel @ Atari) Closing comments: I appreciate the support of all
         of you, and I really hope that in 1989, you will not be such a minority
         in the US personal computer world.  It is a pleasure to see Atari so
         successful in Europe and I'm sure that with more DRAM as we expect in
         '89, we will be able to be successful in the US as well.  Good night.
         (SYSOP-Ron) I'll throw the CO facility open to all folks....
         % The conference has ended    Thank you for attending
                                                                   Press Release
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                                     (C) Copyright 1990 by Antic Publishing Inc.
                                                             All rights reserved
                          Published in the October 1990 issue of START magazine.
         In the May 1990 issue we asked you to tell us who you are, how you use
         your ST and what you would like to see in START.  We had an overwhelming
         response, including many detailed letters.  We've read all your
         comments, tabulated your preferences and made some decisions about the
         editorial direction of the magazine.  We now present a profile of the
         START reader and a blueprint for the new START magazine.
         First, we want to say thank you to all the people who took the time to
         fill out the survey and send us kudos and criticisms.  Second, we want
         to say that we analyzed your responses carefully and paid special
         attention to your likes and dislikes.  You obviously know what you want
         from START, which makes it easy for us to tailor the editorial content.
         Over the next few months watch for changes in START, changes you
         The most frequent request we received was for more -- more articles,
         more programs, more reviews, more tutorials, more new products.  We're
         happy to announce that START has grown.  From now on we'll publish 124
         pages each month, and we're expanding our coverage to encompass new
         Atari products -- the Portfolio, TT, Stacy and Lynx -- as well as the
         ST's forerunner, the 8-bit machines.
         We're also packing more into the pages we have.  Last month the expanded
         "Products Update" debuted, along with the buyer's guide list of
         available commercial software.  You've made it clear that what you want
         is information on tools to help you better use your ST.  You've chosen
         the best personal computer value on the market -- power without the
         price, as Atari brags -- and you look to START to help you boost that
         The typical START reader is a 40-year-old male subscriber, earning
         $36,000 a year.  He bought his Atari computer -- a 1040ST with a double-
         sided drive and a color monitor -- for his personal use and considers
         himself an intermediate user.  A dot-matrix printer and a modem are part
         of his setup, and he either owns or is considering buying a PC emulator
         and a memory upgrade.  He's isolated from his peers; he doesn't belong
         to a user group or dial bulletin boards.  He uses his ST for word
         processing, game playing, desktop publishing and MIDI applications.
         In general he's satisfied with START's coverage, but, of course, would
         like to see a thicker magazine, especially more hints and tips and
         hardware and software reviews.  He thinks the way to improve the disk is
         to publish more utilities, product demos and public domain software.
         What you want is what you get.  The new START magazine will continue to
         focus on products and productivity, and we'll be adding features that
         will give you more understanding and control of your machine.  For
         example, the START Bookshelf and a glossary will accompany all Getting
         Started lessons, like this month's on desktop video.  At your request,
         the reviews will become more critical, and we will run more comparisons.
         We're re-publishing popular, time-tested programs, START Classics, so
         that every new user has access to the best ST tools.
         Furthermore, we're announcing a new department, User Interface, wherein
         you, the readers, will share with each other hints and tips on
         applications, ask for help and information, and exchange all the power-
         user tricks you've learned over the years.  The greatest resource within
         the Atari community is the users, and START is pleased to provide a
         forum for them.  Write to START User Interface, 544 Second St., San
         Francisco, CA 94107.
         In the November 1990 issue are the first columns from two contributing
         editors.  Dan Fruchey will handle the extremely popular applications of
         word processing and desktop publishing.  Former editor Andrew Reese,
         whose interests lie in graphics and multimedia, will expand our Cyber
         Corner coverage to encompass all aspects of the cyber arts, such as
         animation, rendering and computer-aided design.
         Ex-Atari employee Christopher Roberts also joins our list of
         contributing editors, taking on the duties of telecommunications guru.
         Not only will he lead you through the information maze available via
         modem, he'll also research the best public domain and shareware
         programs, which will be published on your START disk.
         In addition to the public domain programs, the START disk will include
         demos of new products, something which has proved very popular for the
         British magazines.  And we will hunt for the best utilities available
         for the ST and publish them.  As you told us, productivity is important
         to you.  Soon we'll be giving you a larger disk.  After dropping the
         double-sided Heidi format, we vowed to find a more accessible, problem-
         free way to format the disk.
         In the end we decided on the most basic format of all.  Beginning with
         the January 1991 issue, the START disk will be straight double-sided,
         with only the largest files ARCed.  We're announcing this early so that
         the 10 percent of our readers with access to only a single-sided drive
         can upgrade their system or find access to a double-sided system.
         We asked some survey questions in order to gauge your feelings about
         certain ideas raised by readers.  Based on your answers, we've decided
         to 1) get a Delphi account; 2) closely track the TT and provide coverage
         when it sees general release; 3) publish more monochrome games; and 4)
         keep the program documentation in the magazine.
         Your answer to the most significant question we asked, about your
         preference for a disk or non-disk subscription, was surprising.  Almost
         half of you were interested in a non-disk subscription.  Antic
         Publishing is currently analyzing the cost and mechanics of splitting
         our subscription list.
         1) How many people read your copy of START magazine?
            We're pleased to see that you share your magazine; about 1.5 people
            read each copy.
         2) Do you subscribe?
            Yes 77.4%
            No  22.6%
         3) If you don't subscribe, why?
            Several people checked more than one reason.  The most frequently
            cited explanation, given by 33.7 percent, is that you want a non-disk
            version.  Preferring to see the contents before buying was picked by
            25.9 percent; 21.2 percent don't subscribe due to the price; and 19.2
            percent find START easy to buy from their local retailer.
         4) Would you buy a non-disk subscription?
            Yes 48.7%
            No  51.3%
         5) Are you male or female?
            Male   95.3%
            Female  4.7%
         6) What is your age?  The average age is 40 years old.
            Less than 20 years old =  4.6%
                20 to 25 years old =  7.4%
                26 to 35 years old = 26.4%
                36 to 40 years old = 19.4%
                41 to 50 years old = 24.6%
                51 to 60 years old = 10.4%
                 Over 60 years old =  7.2%
         7) What is your income?  The average income is $36,000.
              $0 to $19,999    = 17.5%
            $20,000 to $29,999 = 19.5%
            $30,000 to $39,999 = 21.5%
            $40,000 to $49,999 = 16.7%
            $50,000 or more    = 24.8%
         8) Do you belong to a user group?
            Yes 33.6%
            No  66.4%
         9) What BBSs do you use?
            Only 42.7 percent of you have an account with an on-line service;
            57.3 percent don't use them.  Many people are heavy
            telecommunications users, with 34.8 percent of those with accounts
            subscribing to more than one BBS.  Of the people who subscribe to
            on-line services, 64.9 percent use GEnie, 50.8 percent use
            CompuServe, 12.7 percent use Delphi, 1.0 percent use BIX, and 16.7
            percent use a specialized service.  The specialized services run the
            gamut from local BBSs to national databases like Dow Jones, Prodigy
            and Knowledge Index.
         10) Do you use your ST for business or personal use?
             business  3.2%
             personal 58.8%
             both     38.0%
         11) How many people use your ST?
             On the average, at least one other person uses the respondent's ST.
         12) What system do you own?
             Only a small percentage, 15.9 percent, have installed TOS 1.4 in
             their machine.
            520ST with 512K RAM = 11.1%
             520ST with 1MB RAM = 12.3%
             520ST with 2MB RAM =  3.8%
             520ST with 4MB RAM =  1.2%
            1040ST with 1MB RAM = 47.4%
            1040ST with 2MB RAM =  4.5%
            1040ST with 4MB RAM =  2.0%
              Mega with 2MB RAM =  6.9%
              Mega with 4MB RAM = 10.8%
         13) How many disk drives do you own?
             The majority of the people have bought an extra disk drive; 50.1
             percent own multiple disk drives, at least one of which is a double-
             sided drive.  The next largest category is of one double-sided-drive
             owners, 40.0 percent.  About 10 percent indicated they have only a
             single-sided drive; 8.5 percent have one and 1.4 percent have
             multiple single-sided drives.
         14) How many monitors do you own?
             one color monitor       51.1%
             multiple color monitors  1.9%
             one monochrome monitor   9.7%
             multiple monochrome monitors   0.7%
             at least one of each    36.6%
         15) I own: Will buy:
             90.0%    4.7%   a dot-matrix printer
              5.6%   11.6%   an Atari laser printer
             66.1%   14.9%   a modem
             43.1%   21.3%   a fixed hard drive
              5.7%   26.1%   a removable hard drive
              1.0%    7.4%   a tape backup
             12.9%   19.3%   a Mac emulator
             26.0%   23.6%   a PC emulator
             28.9%    9.6%   MIDI equipment
             25.7%   29.0%   a memory upgrade
             11.3%    8.7%   another ST
              0.3%   22.4%   a TT
              0.6%   10.0%   an STE
              0.3%   14.7%   a Stacy
              1.1%    2.9%   a Portfolio
             15.7%    6.4%   a non-Atari computer
             42.0%   16.9%   a CD player
             79.9%    5.8%   a VCR
         16) Please list, from most frequent (1) to least frequent (14), the
             things for which you use your ST.
          For reasons of space, we're listing the first three choices only.
                                   1      2      3
         computer-aided design  | 1.9% | 2.7% | 3.1% |
         databases              | 4.5% | 8.3% | 9.7% |
         desktop publishing     | 8.6% | 8.8% |10.0% |
         drawing/graphics       | 3.8% | 6.2% | 8.3% |
         education              | 1.6% | 2.9% | 6.8% |
         games                  |15.5% |11.2% |11.5% |
         home finance           | 4.1% | 9.5% | 7.3% |
         Mac/PC emulation       | 1.6% | 2.7% | 3.1% |
         music/MIDI             | 7.6% | 2.4% | 4.2% |
         programming            | 6.1% | 4.2% | 5.3% |
         spreadsheets/business  | 4.7% | 5.4% | 7.8% |
         telecommunications     | 7.3% |10.0% |10.7% |
         word processing        |32.8% |24.5% |11.7% |
         other                  | 0.4% | 0.8% | 0.5% |
         17) What level of computer user are you?
             beginner       11.3%
             intermediate   62.9%
             advanced       25.8%
         18) I think the START articles are:
             simplistic     12.9%
             informative    73.3%
             too technical   2.9%
             easy to read   66.3%
             hard to read    1.6%
             too short      18.1%
             just right     58.1%
             too long        0.9%
         19) I think the START reviews are:
             incomplete         14.0%
             comprehensive      24.6%
             helpful when buying products   79.9%
         20) I think the START programs are:
             useful       52.6%
             limited      34.4%
             fun          22.9%
             interesting  45.3%
             better left un-ARCed   9.6%
         21) Do you want the program documentation removed from the magazine and
             put on disk?
             Yes 28.7%
             No  71.3%
         22) I want START to devote magazine space to the following:
             More   Less   Same
             46.9%   3.3%  48.7%  Atari news
             29.6%  16.6%  50.1%  beginner tutorials
             40.6%  13.9%  41.0%  business applications
             32.1%  15.7%  46.0%  CAD/graphics
             23.6%  29.3%  41.9%  children's educational products
             43.1%   8.3%  45.7%  desktop publishing
             14.4%  19.3%  60.7%  events calendar
             21.1%  26.4%  41.6%  game reviews
             30.6%  10.4%  54.1%  general computer issues
             57.1%   7.0%  32.9%  hardware how-tos
             55.0%   1.4%  38.9%  hardware reviews
             74.0%   1.4%  22.3%  hints and tips on applications
             27.3%  18.9%  49.4%  Mac & PC emulation
             20.0%  29.1%  39.4%  MIDI/music applications
             50.6%   1.0%  36.9%  new product notices
             22.6%  15.3%  50.6%  opinion
             10.6%  37.3%  39.7%  people/company profiles
             34.7%  19.7%  34.7%  programming tutorials
             47.9%   6.9%  34.3%  public domain software
             18.6%   7.9%  62.4%  reader mail
             30.4%   6.0%  49.7%  reference books
             51.0%   1.9%  36.4%  software reviews
             35.9%  10.3%  41.9%  technical material
             23.3%  12.4%  50.7%  telecommunications and BBSs
             22.6%  13.9%  51.4%  trade show news
             36.7%  12.0%  41.4%  TT, Stacy and Portfolio
         23) I want the START disk to include the following:
             More   Less   Same
             37.3%  11.7%  37.4%  business/finance
             23.6%  31.3%  32.7%  children's programs
             34.1%  12.6%  40.0%  database programs
             27.0%  25.6%  36.1%  games
             41.7%  13.4%  32.7   graphics/CAD
             24.0%  13.7%  45.0%  indexes (like Softguide)
             29.4%  20.1%  37.4%  math/statistics packages
             24.6%  28.9%  33.7%  music/MIDI
             49.1%  13.0%  25.7%  new product demos
             40.0%  18.1%  28.4%  programming tools
             49.0%   9.9%  30.9%  public domain software
             33.4%  16.1%  34.7%  scientific applications
             17.4%  36.2%  31.9%  source code
             27.6%  15.6%  42.7%  telecommunications
             69.0%   3.7%  18.1%  utilities
             32.4%  10.7%  43.7%  word processing
         As we mentioned before, some of you included detailed letters with your
         surveys.  Here's a sampling of your comments:
         "I feel the issues of March, April and May 1990 are the best string of
         issues I have seen -- and I have been a subscriber since issue two."
         "It sure would be nice if you could somehow get companies to provide you
         with demos of their games, so that you could include them on your disk."
         "I don't want less of anything.  I rely on START for all my info and
         mail order advertisers."
         "It looks like you guys are dying.  Dying from lack of ideas, lack of
         craft, lack of pride."
         "How about picking up the ST-XPRESS archives for us to buy?  Same with
         Compute ST and ST Log or any other magazines that went down."
         "Another article idea is to do a comparison of the various commercial
         telecom services available.  Don't forget to list the amount and quality
         of Atari support available."
         "One problem I do have about the magazine is the lack of software on
         disk for monochrome monitors, especially games."
         "In the past you have failed to update useful software (like CardStack)
         but have updated Slither."
         "Reviews do not seem to cover all products in a category, but are
         complete on those they cover."
         "Publish a special issue that has all the hardware and software reviews
         for that year."
         "I've never seen such support in any other industry.  The people who run
         your organization by phone are by far superior to those in any business
         that I've dealt with."
         "Your current publication doesn't compare well with the very helpful,
         more technical and tutorial version provided during the first year or
         two of publication."
         "I'd also like to see more artwork and pictures at the start of each
         "You need more nuts and bolts type writing.  Start with regular columns
         on programming in C, GFA BASIC or ST BASIC."
         "Shoot Small."
         "I eat up anything Dave Small writes.  More!"
         "Being a slick, color magazine, your deadlines are too far ahead to be
         any good at trade shows, news, etc."
         "Have you ever considered starting a software club, a la the book- of-
         the-month clubs?  Such things exist in England."
         "I would rather see a few good quality programs instead of a lot of
         useless junk."
         "Bag the source code."
         "Just be sure to include at least one good game on every disk."
         "I'm glad you dropped the Heidi format."
         "Bring Heidi back -- had no problems."
         "I'd like to see a double-sided disk with programs and support files un-
         "More cyber articles."
         "I am a rank beginner in using my Atari 1040ST.  Most of the articles in
         your magazine are way over my head."
         "START lacks meat most of the time.  Is it because START is for the new
         ST owner?"
         "You do a fine job considering the broad type of readers."
         "I have yet to find a START article I didn't enjoy and I have learned a
         by Ken Newman
         The following is a list of games that don't work on the Atari STe
         (TOS 1.6) as of Summer/Fall 90.  The list was originally published in
         the British magazine ST Action, but I've amended it slightly.  Several
         games they said didn't work actually do work, such as the Falcon Mission
         Disk (I tried it - no problems).  They might have used a 520STe, which
         is only available in Europe.  I used a 1040STe.
         TOS 1.4/1.6 might use more RAM, so things that barely fit in an old 520
         might not fit in a 520STe.  Most games that don't work with 1.6 also
         don't work with 1.4; the big changes happened with 1.4.  I only tested
         a couple games on 1.4.  Those remaining from the original list I have
         either verified myself or didn't have the game to test.
         3D Pool
         Beyond the Ice Palace
         Captain Blood              * +
         Carrier Command
         Conflict Europe
         Dark Side
         Defender of the Crown      *
         F16 Combat Pilot
         Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
         Heroes of the Lance        * +
         Hound of Shadow
         Karate Kid 2
         Kick Off
         License to Kill
         Menace                     * 
         Microprose Soccer
         Mr. Heli
         New Zealand Story
         Ninja Warriors
         Operation Wolf
         Rick Dangerous
         Star Wars
         Time Scanner
         Times of Lore
         Total Eclipse
         TV Sports Football
         Winter Games
         Weird Dreams
         * = verified myself     + = doesn't work in 1.4 (verified myself)
         Z*NET CANADA
         by Terry Schreiber
                                                                  News and Views
         Pirate Bulletin Boards
         I am writing this as Vancouver becomes temporary home to yet another
         pirate BBS system.  We all know about these systems, the ones where the
         sysop feels he is making friends by stealing someone else's work and
         mass distributing it to all.  "Hey, give my board a call for all the
         latest wares!"
         These are the people that couldn't make it as a public domain board and
         are ripping off other people.  These systems cost all of us in software
         prices and support.  The System operators justify it by quoting the high
         price of software as the cause.  I really can't see that being
         justification for an endless distribution of copyrighted material, hell
         for that matter it is as legal as stealing your neighbour's stereo from
         his locked car.
         If it sounds as if I am a little peeved well your right.  One system was
         charging for access, not only did he steal someone elses property but
         was also selling it to others.
         When will it sink into people's heads that piracy is a crime with a
         punishment that makes driving without a driver's license look like a
         hand slap.
         To add insult to injury I personally sold one of the operators his BBS
         program with a warning at that time.  Well that's it Pirates - No more
         warnings!  Your BBS numbers will be posted on other BBS systems with a
         full explanation of what is transpiring as well as being turned over to
         the proper authorities.
         How do we fight Piracy?  The same way we fight any other organized
         crime, and Pirate BBSes are organized.  The average system can carry as
         much as $30,000 or more in retail value of software.  In effect this is
         grand theft and should be treated as such.
         Editors Note:  There are captures we have of many systems that are
         practicing piracy.  These captures will be forwarded to Atari developers
         and also the proper authorities.  After some period of time yet to be
         decided, we are going to name and produce these captures with hope of
         stopping some of these systems.  If you know of a BBS pirating software,
         please make it public knowledge so that we can, as a group, help put an
         end to their existence.
         Some of these systems know about captures and have made some changes.
         (So they say)  In the future we will make these captures available as
         download files.
         New Public Domain
         You may notice a new writer this week's issue - Keith MacNutt.  Keith
         has written articles for ST World, ST Informer and Puget Sound Atari
         News and will be reviewing Shareware/Public Domain software each week.
         "Welcome aboard!"
         Pedestal Saga
         It has been more than two weeks since Mr.Kenan packed his bags and
         returned to France.  As yet I have not found any official release from
         Atari of why this occurred although speculations roam wild on the online
         Mega STE
         Yes there indeed is such an animal under developement but you can forget
         the standard Mega design, this one is in a TT style case and sports
         Speed Cures
         In amongst the online chatter the other night I happened into Dave Allen
         of fast Technologies.  Dave, who designed the Turbo 16 and more recently
         the new "030" upgrade was telling me he is currently working on a 50mhz
         model and should know something solid by the end of next week. (Drool)
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         by Keith Macnutt
         QUICK DIALER V1.0  by HA0 NG0
         Quick Dialer is a very powerful dialer shell that works on its own or
         can work in conjuction with DTERM.  Quick dialer will dial your
         favourite BBS and upon connection you may run an external program or
         exit and have a choice between
           1) loading QDIALER and automatically load DTERM upon connection.
           2) load DTERM and load QDIALER whenever you wish to make another call.
         Quick Dialer allows up to 100 numbers in each dial directory, with 10
         showing at any one time.  Beside each of the 10 numbers in the window is
         a F1 to F10 key, which when pressed will quick dial that number.  To
         scroll down the list you use the up and down arrow keys.  Using the
         space bar you are able to run an external program.  Other features
           1) loading of other saved dial directories (each directory can contain
              up to 99 numbers)
           2) chain dial.  This allows you to tag up to 5 numbers and dial one
              after the other.  (Useful when you encounter busy boards.  This
              program will skip over the busy number and proceed on to the next
              number in the list.
           3) Configure dialer options such as bootup baud rate, dial prefix and
              delay between retries on busy numbers.
           4) manual dial a number.
           5) Organize the list of numbers by bbs number or name.
           6) give each BBS listing a 20 letters to describe the board.
         The above features are only some of the many that this program can do.
         I found this program to be very easy to use.  The menus are well layed
         out and much thought has gone into making the program powerful but at
         the same time instinctive in the use of one letter commands to carry out
         most of the features.
         The only Negative that I really could find is that sometimes my mouse
         would become inoperative in the menus.  This did not happen all the time
         and with all the features.  Some of the blame could be the fact that I
         ran the program on a STE, and I'm finding not all utilities are
         compatible with the operating system.
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