ST Report: 25-Jan-91 #704

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 02/03/91-12:36:47 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 25-Jan-91 #704
Date: Sun Feb  3 12:36:47 1991

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 > The Editor's Podium?

     Mega STe shipping, TT030  shipping and  SLM 605  shipping.... All good
 news.   Atari has  got all  these goodies shipping in the USA at this time
 but of course, in limited quantities and to vars in the case of the TT030.
 Elsewhere its  been made mention that the Mega STe has been FCC certified,
 well that's not quite right.  The Mega STe has  passed all  the certifica-
 tion tests  performed by an independant test facility that's FCC approved.
 Now, all that remains is for the FCC to corroborate the lab's findings and
 issue the  certification.   Of course,  of this  there is no doubt that it
 will happen as its a mere formality.  The TT030 and the  MegaSTE represent
 the future  of the  Atari computing platform's positive, forward movement.
 You can be sure they will  forge the  actual computing  environment of the
 future for  Atarians worldwide.   The  VME port is most definitely a major
 step in the right direction.  There will be a number of expansion enclosu-
 res  available  shortly  that  will  take full advantage of the VME port's
 power and versatility.

     Desert Storm has really taken up most of  my attention  as I  have one
 son  in  the  Navy  and  another  three  who are of eligible military age.
 Saddam Hussein is regrettably and in my humble  opinion, a  carbon copy of
 Adolph Hitler.   The  only notable difference is Saddam Hussein is running
 in fast forward toward a violent end for  both himself  and the  nation he
 leads.   For example;   He has used the most henious of means, (chemicals-
 gas), to kill the Kurds,  people  of  his  own  nation  and  the Iranians.
 Hitler used  chemicals (Gas  - Zychlon B) in the showers of the camps like
 Auschwitz, Buchenwald, etc...  It took  Hitler  three  years  to  stoop to
 slaying his  top generals  in fits of psychotic rage after the Allies took
 up the battle.  It took Saddam only two weeks to do  the same  thing after
 the 15th  of January,  the beginning of the Allied engagement in enforcing
 the UN resolutions.  Saddam Hussein may have  been moderately  strong aga-
 inst the  Iranians, but  against the  USA?  He hasn't a prayer.  There are
 those who now reccommend mercy and negotiation.  Why give him a  chance to
 regroup and strike again?  This maniac must be totally neutralized.

     The time  has come for the environmentalists to start a massive letter
 writing campaign to the UN Sect'y Gen'l and Iraq's UN  delegate protesting
 the malicious  generation of an enormous oil spill.  This spill is roughly
 twelve times greater than the Exxon Valdeze was and is growing in enormity
 by the  hour.   Is this  the best  this character can do?  Make war on the
 sea, its inhabitants and the ever so fragile environment?

     Of course, these actions are characteristic "last ditch  efforts" of a
 maniac who  is desparately  trying to draw the allies into a ground war by
 any means possible.  Once involved in a ground war,  you can  fully expect
 his  tactics  to  be  quite  similar  to those of the 'divine wind' attack
 pilots ('Kamikaze') of Japan during WW  II.   Only this  time, it  will be
 Iraqis on  the ground in Kuwait.  I fervently hope and pray the Leaders of
 the Allied Forces make every effort to stay  with the  saturation Air War.
 And thereby  keep the  folks on ground secure and safe from suicidal waves
 of Iraqi zealots.

     Sorry, I apologize for going astray by delving  into the  severe poli-
 tics of the middle east, but the entire mideast situation is very much, at
 this time, a strong factor in  all our  lives.   I too,  have relatives in
 Haifa and Tel Aviv, (On my wife's side of the family) and my oldest son is
 stationed in the Red Sea so naturally, it  becomes a  strong point  of ex-
 treme personal concern and involvement.

     To twist a statement made by Saddam Hussein's father to fit the situa-
     tion more appropriately;


     Please excuse my self-indulgence but I hope you enjoy my  little ditty
 about "Saddam & Co."

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                 WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (Jan. 25)

 Available in  LIBRARY 1 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO)  New
 version! WHATIS 4.3 recognizes 77  types  of  files:  ARCs,  LHarcs, PRGs,
 pics,  ACCs,  animations,  etc.    No  more  "what  kind of file is this?"
 problems!  Runs as either a PRG or an ACC  (just rename  the file)  on any
 ST/TT in any resolution.

 Available in  LIBRARY 1 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO)  New
 version! A few more features and tweaks! See  calendar of  any month/year.
 Attach 'events'  to days  by date  or position  in month -- never forget a
 birthday again!  Browse events,  find a  specific event,  etc. Custom Desk
 menu entry  makes it  easy to  distinguish multiple copies (for Birthdays,
 Holidays, etc).


 Available in LIBRARY 13 of the  Atari Vendors  Forum (GO  ATARIVEN) DC MAX
 TRACK is  a FREEWARE  program for  you from  Double Click Software. DC MAX
 TRACK will determine the maximum number of tracks  your floppy  disk drive
 can write  to. Run  DC Max  Track, pop in a scratch disk and test it! 100%
 assembly.  ST, STe and TT compatible.


 The Atari Portfolio Forum (GO APORTFOLIO) is happy  to announce  the three
 winners of our helpfile writing contest which ended 12/31/90.

 The winners of the Euro-massage tape produced by PLAYBOY for Sharper Image

                        Peter DeGroot     72567,707
                        Marty Mankins    73217,3305
                        BJ Gleason       73337,2011

 The single best entry was Peter DeGroot's FAKEDB.TXT  file which  gives an
 excellent  example  of  how  to  use  the PORTFOLIO's built-in programs to
 function as a database.

 All entries will be relocated to  LIBRARY 17  and have  the phrase CONTEST
 ENTRY in the keywords or title field.

                       Congrats to all the winners!




   Issue #5

 Temporary Editor - Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.


 - London, England                             INTEREST IN LYNX ON INCREASE

 After investing more than 6 million UKP in advertising, Atari UK reports
 that interest in the Lynx games console is increasing.  Recent marketing
 statistics show that 34% of TV viewers recall ads for the Lynx,  26% for
 Nintendo  and  17% for Sega.   According to Atari UK,  there  are  about
 500,000  Atari  computers in use in the UK and the Lynx sales  are  soon
 expected to reach the 75,000 mark.

 - Washington, DC                               COMMODORE EARNINGS DOWN 97%

 Published reports stating that for the fiscal year of 1990,  Commodore's
 earnings  were  down  $1.5 million,  97% from last  year  were  recently
 confirmed  by  a spokeswoman for Commodore.   However  it  wasn't  clear
 whether this figure referred to the Commodore Business Machines division
 or Commodore International, the mother company.

 - Washington, DC                    COMMODORE'S REVOLVING DOOR TURNS AGAIN

 After  last weeks reassignment of Commodore president Harold  Copperman,
 James  Dionne has been named president of Commodore  Business  Machines,
 Inc.   Mr. Dionne, the former head of Commodore's Canadian unit, will be
 the fifth Commodore president in slightly over six years.

 According to rumors, things are in a turmoil at Commodore and there will
 be changes in the company by next year.   Some of the changes  suggested
 might  be that Mr.  Dionne will have less control over the company  than
 the previous president and the company would probably drop its  business
 oriented marketing and return to emphasising its consumer products.

 - Cupertino, California                APPLE EARNS $150.5 IN FIRST QUARTER

 For the first fiscal quarter which ended Dec. 28, 1990,  Apple  Computer
 reported  that their new revenues rose 12% compared to the same  quarter
 this time last year and up 33% from the first quarter in the prior year.
 Net  revenues for the quarter were $1.676 billion,  compared  to  $1.493
 billion for the previous year.  International revenues accounted for 45%
 of  the  total,  compared to 36% for the previous  year.  John  Sculley,
 chairman and chief executive officer, attributes the figures to "The new
 products we introduced this past quarter - Mac Classic, Mac IIsi and Mac
 LC - have been well received".   Shipments of Macintosh computers are up
 50% during the first quarter compared to a year ago.

 - Tokyo, Japan                           IBM'S OPEN ARCHITECTURE TO JAPAN?

 So  far,  11 Japanese computer manufacturers plan to participate in  IBM
 Japan's  Open Architecture Developers' Group.   The groups aims  are  to
 encourage Japanese makers to produce IBM-compatible PCs.  IBM Japan will
 provide  technical  information as well as IBM's latest DOS  version  to
 help the hardware makers in the group produce IBM-compatible  PCs.   The
 Video Graphic Array or VGA will be supplied by Japan's ASCII.

 The  participating  computer makers include major firms such  as  Sharp,
 Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Hitachi, Matsushita and Sanyo.  Seiko-Epson, an NEC
 ally,  has also decided to participate in this group. Seiko-Epson boasts
 about an 8 percent share in the PC market in Japan. The figure is almost
 the same as that of IBM Japan.

 - Zuepak, Papau New Guinea           SOLAR-POWERED LAPTOP HELPS MISSIONARY

 All of the 160 teams of missionaries in PNG from the Summer Institute of
 Lingustics (SIL) who are attempting to translate the Bible into some  of
 the  700-plus local languages are now using  Personal  Computer's.   The
 vast  majority of the PC's are Toshiba laptops.   Since most  of  native
 villages  where the teams work don't have electricity,  the most  common
 power source is a combination of solar panel and 12v car batteries.

 A  typical system has two or more,  two amp  panels,  feeding  batteries
 which supply all the power for day-to day use.  As well as the computer,
 the batteries also power the printer,  lighting, 2-way radio, as well as
 tape  recorders  and short-wave radios.  Normally the PCs are  run  from
 their  internal  NiCad batteries,  charged from the solar panels  via  a
 Toshiba  car adaptor connected to the 12v car  battery.   The  batteries
 used are normal general purpose, sealed lead-acid car batteries.

 - Moscow, U.S.S.R.                     RUSSIAN COPYRIGHT LAW TO BE CHANGED

 Computer  materials are excluded from protection under  current  Russian
 copyright laws but a recent draft of the U.S.S.R.  Civil Code Basics has
 suggested changes in the law.

 Article  123  of the draft says that "computer programs  and  databases"
 will be protected by copyright in the Soviet Union.  Article 127 states,
 however, that "copying [of copyrighted materials] in single quantity for
 learning  or  education or scientific purposes without  earning  profits
 from  that" is possible without an author's prior consent and a  payment
 to the copyright holder.

 The Civil Code Basics draft was published by the Supreme Soviet and will
 probably become a law later this year, according to published parliament

 - Tokyo, Japan                              SHORTAGE OF WHIZ-KIDS IN JAPAN

 With the success of Nintendo's Family Computer and the recent release of
 the  upgraded  16-bit  Super  Famicon,  many  Family  Computer  software
 manufacturers  in  Japan  are  suffering from  a  shortage  of  software
 engineers. In order to combat this problem, many Japanese companies have
 begun their own games software schools and are also holding seminars for
 potential young engineers.  Nintendo,  Hudson and Human are three of the
 companies involved.

 - Cambridge, Massachusetts             LOTUS CANCELS BUSINESS AND CONSUMER
   ------------------------                        CD-ROM DATABASE

 Citing  privacy  concerns and misunderstandings  by  the  public,  Lotus
 Development  has  cancelled its MAC based MARKETPLACE  CD-ROM  database.
 Marketplace  was a database containing names,  addresses  and  marketing
 information on millions of US businesses and consumers.  The US business
 version has been shipping since October and the US Household version had
 been due to ship in march.

 Lotus  president,  Jim Manzi said that the cancellation of the  products
 was  disheartening because "...we feel that  many...misperceptions...add
 a  layer of cost and complexity that is beyond us....Households did  not
 contain  any  information  not already available through  a  variety  of
 publicly  accessible  databases."  Manzi emphasized that  the  data  was
 designed  to  protect  privacy;   Telephone  data,   actual  income   of
 households,  credit  history  and  purchase  history  were  not  in  the
 database.   He said "Consumers should demand that any future products in
 this area be as scrupulous."


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 > Sam Tramiel Conf. STR FOCUS?  "ASK ATARI" - Realtime Conf. w/Sam Tramiel

                      Sam Tramiel to "FACE THE NATION"



     Atari Corporation president Sam Tramiel will  be the  special guest of
 GEnie's ST Roundtable during our January 30, 1991 Realtime Conference.

     Atari Corporation  manufactures a  line of  68000 and 68030 based home
 computers and professional workstations, as well  as handheld  and desktop
 MS-DOS compatable systems.

     Mr. Tramiel  will be  on hand  to make some announcements and to field
 questions and comments from those who  attend the  conference. Everyone is
 invited to  attend and participate.  The conference will begin at 10pm EST
 / 9pm CST / 7pm PST.

     Unlike other conferences  sponsored  by  the  ST  Roundtable,  the Sam
 Tramiel Conferece  will be  held in  GEnie's Grand Hall, instead of in RTC
 room 1 of the  ST Roundtable.   The  Grand Hall  easily accomodates larger
 audiences and  it provides  unique facilities to allow a formal conference
 to move along at a faster pace than in an ordinary RTC room.

     The most significant difference  is  in  how  audience  members direct
 their  questions  and  comments  to  our Speaker (Mr. Tramiel). Instead of
 waiting for the Meeting Leader to  let an  audience member  'speak,' Grand
 Hall attendees  may submit their comments and questions for the speaker at
 any time during the conference.  The questions are held in a queue for the
 speaker.   When the speaker is ready to address the next question from the
 audience, the question will be displayed  for the  entire room  to see and
 the speaker  will respond.   This  method of submitting comments and ques-
 tions for the  speaker  completely  eliminates  any  time  lost  while the
 audience member types in his or her question.

     On the day of the Conference, you will be able to enter the Grand Hall
 just as you would normally enter  the ST  Roundtable RTC.   Just  use menu
 item 2 on page 475.

     Between now and January 30th, there will be an extra menu item on page
 475 labeled "Practice In The Grand Hall."   You can  use this  to practice
 the Question Build commands of Grand Hall.  Another way to enter the Grand
 Hall is to type  698 at any GEnie page prompt.

     The next section describes  the commands  that are  used in  the Grand
 Hall.   Folks familiar  with our regular RTC will see that many of the RTC
 commands work exactly the same way in the Grand Hall.


  About The Grand Hall

     GEnie's Grand  Hall is  an electronic  auditorium where  you and other
 GEnie users  can observe  a lecture  by a guest speaker. You also have the
 opportunity to ask questions and view the Speaker's responses.

     The meeting is conducted by a Meeting Leader who acts  as a moderator.
 The Guest  Speaker  may  be  a  famous  person such as a politician, sport
 figure, writer,  entertainer,  etc.  The  Meeting  Leader  will  start the
 meeting by introducing the Speaker.

     The Grand  Hall is  similar to  the CB  Simulator in that you can send
 messages to other users who are in the  hall.   However, once  the Speaker
 has 'taken  the podium'  you will  not be allowed to broadcast messages to
 other users.  You may still  use the  /SEND command  to send  a message to
 another user.   This  allows you to discuss the content of the proceedings
 while listening to them.

  Entering a Question

     You may enter up to 800 characters for each question you wish  to ask.
 Your question  is maintained  in a  "question buffer". In order to enter a
 question you  must be  in "Question  Build Mode".  Do this  by issuing the
 '/QBUild' command.  While in this mode you will still see all events going
 on in the hall.  However, any text entered (non '/' commands)  are assumed
 to be  lines of  your question.   The '/QXIt' command exits you out of the
 mode.  Your "question buffer" will  retain  any  question  which  has been
 built so far.  To send your question you have built type '/QSEnd'

                        FOR USE IN THE GRAND HALL:

 /HELP -
     The '/HELP'  command or  '?' displays a command summary.  Each command
     is displayed along with a short description.

 /BYE -
     The '/BYE' command logs you off The Grand Hall and also off of GEnie.

 /ECH -
     The '/ECHo' command causes messages you input to be echoed.   The echo
     does not  take place  if you  are in  "Question Build Mode".  The ECHO
     feature is  in effect  when you  enter the  Grand Hall.   The '/XECho'
     command turns it OFF.

 /EXI -
     The '/EXIT'  command is used to leave The Grand Hall and return to the
     Grand Hall menu.  This is identical to the /QUIt command.

 /NA  -
     The '/NA e' command is used to prefix  a name  to your  address in the
     Grand Hall.   For  example '/NA E Chris' would prefix the word 'Chris'
     to your address.  The '/NA E' command issued by itself removes  a name
     which was previously added to your address.

 /QHE -
     The  '/QHElp'  command  provides  a command summary for those commands
     which deal with the submittal of questions to the Speaker.

 /QUI -
     The '/QUIt' command is used to leave The Grand Hall and return  to the
     Grand Hall menu.  This is identical to the /EXIt command.

 /SEN -
     The '/SENd  jj m' command sends a one line message 'm' to a particular
     user via the users job number 'jj'.    This  command  is  used  when a
     broadcast to  all the  users in The Grand Hall is inappropriate or not

 /STA -
     The '/STAtus' command is used to  display all  the users  in The Grand
     Hall. The  users "handle"  is displayed  along with their city, state,
     and job number.

 /TI  -
     The '/TI e' command is used to display the current date and time.

 /USE -
     The '/USErs' command displays the total  number of  users currently in
     The Grand Hall.

 /WHO -
     The '/WHO jj' command displays the address of the job numbered 'jj'.

 /XEC -
     The 'XECho'  command turns  OFF the echo mode.  Messages you enter are
     NOT echoed back to you.


 /QBU -
     The '/QBUild' puts you into question build mode.  Up to 800 characters
     of text  may be  entered as  part of  your question.  Any non-commands
     (i.e. commands not beginning with a  slash '/')  entered are  taken as
     part of  the question.  Any partially built question which has not yet
     been sent to the Speaker will be displayed to you.

 /QCL -
     The '/QCLear' command clears the question  currently in  your question
     buffer and also exits "Question Build Mode".  This command can be used
     to wipe out or clear a question being built.  NOTE -  This command has
     no  effect  on  any  questions  you  have  previously submitted to the

 /QLIst -
     The '/QLIst' command displays  your  current  question  buffer.   This
     should be  used before  sending the  question to the Speaker to insure
     that the question is in the proper format, etc.

 /QSE -
     The '/QSEnd' command sends your question  to  the  Speaker.    It also
     takes you  out of  "Question Build  Mode".   NOTE - There is no way to
     cancel a question once it is sent.   However, the  Speaker or   eeting
     Leader always  has option  of "skipping"  any questions that they feel
     are inappropriate.

 /QXI -
     The '/QXIt' command removes you from  "Question Build  Mode".   If you
     have a question in you "buffer" which you have not sent to the Speaker
     it will be retained until you send it to the Speaker or clear it.


     In the list above, the only commands that are uniquely different from
     the normal RTC commands are:

      /QHE           (Display Question Build Command Summary)
      /QBU           (Go Into Question Build Mode)
      /QLI           (List Contest Of Question Buffer)
      /QCL           (Clear Contents Of Question Buffer)
      /QSE           (Send Question To Speaker & Exit Question  ode)
      /QXI           (Exit Question Build Mode Without Sending

 RTC commands that DO NOT work in the Grand Hall are /JOB and /BLA.

     If you would like to practice these commands at any time, you can
 enter the Grand Hall by using option 7 on page 475 or just type  698
 at a GEnie page prompt.


 > Lattice C v.5.0 STR Review?              "....the "Atari Library Manual"

                       LATTICE C VERSION 5 COMPILER

 Part III

 by R. Covert

     This is the third  is a  series of  articles describing  the Lattice C
 compiler, Version  5.06, as distributed and developed by HiSoft Company in
 England.   This week  I will  describe the  LC5 Volume  III Library Manual
 with empathsis on the unique LC5 functions.

     Volume III  is called  the "Atari  Library Manual"  since it documents
 the Atari ST specific functions dealing   with  TOS, such AES/VDI/GEMDOS/-
 BIOS functions.   Section I is the Introduction which describes the format
 of the manual pages.   The  remainder of  this Volume  are devoted  to the
 various  LC5  Libraries.    I  will  not  attempt to document each library
 function, but will highlight functions unique to the LC5 package.



     Hisoft implemented the new  TOS1.4 and  beyond extended  file selector
 function such  that it  is usable on ALL version of TOS without modificat-
 ion.  The new extended file selector allows  the dialog  box to  display a
 message.   LC5 implemented fsel_exinput() such that in earlier versions of
 TOS an additional dialog box is displayed above the file selector.


     Objc_walk is a new LC5 function which traverse an object tree (such as
 a dialog  box with  children).  A small code fragment is given showing the
 correct use of objc_walk().


     Lattice has defined a data type  called GRECT  which has  four members
 containing the  x, y,  width, and  height co-ordinates  of a rectangle.
 Objc_xywh() returns  the screen  coordinates of  the given  rectangle in a
 GRECT  variable.    Other  LC5  functions  use the same GRECT data type as


     Lattice has added several functions to manipulate rectangles using the
 GRECT data type. They are:

     rc_constrain()      - constrain one rectangle within another
     rc_copy()           - copy one rectangle to another
     rc_equal()          - compare one rectangle with another
     rc_inside()         - test  wether  one  rectangle  is  within another
     rc_intersect()      - find the intersection of two rectangles
     rc_union()          - find the union of two rectangles

     Each function contain a code fragment showing its use.


     Lattice has added functions concerning windows. They are:

     wind_info()         - change the information line of a window
     wind_new()          - re-initialize window data structures
     wind_newdesk()      - use a new object tree for the Desktop
     wind_redraw()       - window redraw utility routine
     wind_title()        - changes a window's title

     Each function contain a code fragment showing its use.



     V_font()   is used  to change  the   default   alpha text  font.  This
     functions is used in BATCHER to  provide  a  50  line  high resolution
     screen.  There is a code fragment showing the use of v_font().


          V_offset() changes  the console  screen offset.   This  is an un-
          documented feature of the TOS operating system.


     The other Lattice enhancment to the  GEMDOS library  is the _mediach()

          _mediach() forces a media change on a device and should ALWAYS be
          called before the getbpb() function.


     There are no Lattice enhancements to the BIOS Library.

     THE XBIOS Library

     There are no Lattice enhancements to the XBIOS Library.

     THE Line-A Library

     There are no Lattice enhancements to the Line-A Library.

     Most of the functions in Volume III "the Atari Library  Manual" follow
 published guidelines.   I have documented those functions which HiSoft has
 added to their Atari ST implementation of the Lattice C compiler.


 > B.O.B. STR Review?                    AERIAL FIGHTER COMBAT AT ITS BEST!

                            "BATTLE OF BRITAIN"

 Released by LUCASFILM

 by Paul Varn

     Those familiar with the Lucasfilm game  Battlehawks, will  have a good
 idea what  this WW  II re-creation  is like.  Based on the battle for con-
 quest of the sky over southern England early in the  war, German  and Bri-
 tish forces  are represented by the most famous and numerous craft used in
 that battle.   Again,  historical and  mechanical detail  are given minute
 attention with several added in addition to those in Battlehawks.

     First, there  are more  types of craft with custom gauges and controls
 for each type of  craft.   In addition  to the  flight characteristics and
 armament for  each, you  have to  learn the instrumentation that is unique
 to the aircraft.  For the RAF, there is the Spitfire and  Hurricane fight-
 ers which  did 95%  of the  fighting for  the British  during that battle.
 The German forces are represented by six craft and their  variations.  One
 of the  treats here  is that  three of  them are  medium bombers that have
 multiple gun turrets.  You can toggle between these guns  while your plane
 is in  auto-pilot and take pot shots at the attacking fighters.  Or, place
 any or all of the turrets in auto-fire so you can concentrate  on piloting
 or bombing (with appropriate level bombsight included of course).

     Affects such  as flak,  explosions, and  air frame  hits are even more
 detailed than before, enhancing  the  realism.    The  3-D  camera re-play
 feature  is  retained  and  enhanced  with  full control given over to the
 mouse and  well placed,  implemented icon  controls.   I have  to give the
 programmer extra  credit as this kind of interface has been the failing of
 many would-be good games,  but works  very well  here.    Dramatic "films"
 can be saved to disk and played at will, even on other machines.

                                 GAME PLAY

     There are  four basic modes of play.  Pre-programmed historical situa-
 tions re-enact a particular battle.  There are many to choose from.  There
 are also  non-destructive training  scenarios.  The meat of the game is in
 the campaign area.   Here, using  a map  of the  region you  re-create the
 whole three  to four month conflict and try to duplicate the successes and
 correct the historical errors.  As a guide, the nearly 200 page  manual is
 half devoted  to an  entertaining overview packed with photos, quotes, and
 eye witness accounts.  In addition, you can create your own battles with a
 builder program  that puts  every detail  at your  control.  This may be a
 creative way for friends  to challenge  one another  and provide increased
 variety (of which there is no lack).

     An aspect of roll playing exists as well.  You create pilots and crews
 which you select for the various planes in the group you are  flying with.
 Not only  the pilot/crew  in your  plane, but the others you've chosen for
 the planes flying with you benefit  (and possibly   advance)  from current
 mission successes.   As  these crews  gain experience  and promotion, they
 can be relied on to fulfill  combat objectives  (and are  missed more when
 lost to enemy action).

     Air  and  ground  targets  abound which include radar, factories, air-
 fields, ships, and more.   Some  missions may  involve ground  strikes and
 escort for  bombers.   You can  direct the  flight paths of the craft from
 take-off, mission objective, to landing  by  setting  up  way  points that
 include altitude.   Up  to four  mission objectives  can be pursued simul-
 taneously.  In the campaign game,  other similar  targets are  attacked by
 friendly aircraft  who's success  is dependant  upon yours.   A successful
 mission will not only promote the surviving pilot crews but inflict damage
 far beyond what your one strike would.

                            INTERFACE AND DISKS

     As  in  Battlehawks,  complex  action can greatly reduce the scrolling
 smoothness and response.  Possibly even more so  here.   A useful addition
 is the  ability to  select the amount of ground detail (which really isn't
 much to begin with) and speed things up  when the  going gets  real rough.
 Mouse and  joystick are  implemented.   I liked  the mouse better although
 like most games of this kind, it's a little too  sensitive.   The joystick
 is way  too sluggish.   The  manual mentions a joystick adjustment feature
 which doesn't seem to exist in the European ST version I own.

     The controls are easy to learn and most are identical  to Battlehawks.
 Unlike  Battlehawks,  take  off  and landing is implemented adding realism
 although not always necessary to accomplish for successful game play.  The
 game comes  on two  double sided  disks labeled  1,2 and 3,4 respectively.
 They are not copy  protected and will install on hard drives.  When played
 from floppies,  (as I  have to  do) swapping disks is frequent and tedious
 (not to mention SLOWWWW).

     In addition,  the file  search and  sorting routines   associated with
 pilot/crew management  cause up to 30 second additional  delays when there
 are more than 15 or so  created.   A possible  solution   for floppy users
 might be to keep smaller numbers of pilots on separate disks.

                        GRAPHICS AND FINAL COMMENTS

     Again, as in Battlehawks, the aircraft images (I assume digitized from
 photos of models) are  superb.   Computer adversaries  are intelligent and
 crafty, the  battles fast  and furious.  Time can be accelerated to absorb
 lapsing moments.  Alternate views  containing  your  own  aircraft details
 are held  in ram  but may take up to 4 seconds to display which has caused
 some impatience for me.

     Price at the time of this writing hovers around the $50 mark which now
 seems typical for the current run of the highest quality simulation games.
 Although I tend to view this  as getting  close to  the limit  of what I'm
 willing to  pay for games, this one has done well to justify its cost with
 authentic detail, intelligent adversaries, variety, and  excellent manual.
 There is a protection code wheel that is better done than others I've seen
 and is cleverly integrated into  the  game  design.    Better  yet, unlike
 Battlehawks,  you  are  most  likely  to  have to enter the code only once
 during play.

     If historical air combat simulation appeals to you, this game  packs a
 lot of entertainment power.


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

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 Not being a game player,  I've always had the game area on Genie and CIS
 locked out when I capture my messages.   This week I decided to open the
 areas  up  so  I can get you "gamers" some of the  new  information  and
 rumors.   I don't know much about the new games,  so I can only hope the
 information I publish with be of interest to some of you.


    From Corey Cole (Sierra) on Genie...

 Hero's Quest has been re-released as Quest for Glory I: So You Want To Be
 A Hero.  Try it under both names.

 We're shooting for March or April for the release of Quest for Glory II:
 Trial  By  Fire for the ST.  It will require 1 Meg RAM  and  I  strongly
 recommend  a hard disk.  (It's on NINE double-sided  floppies,  about  4

 Silpheed  was converted to the ST (by an outside  contractor),  but  the
 port was judged substandard, so never released. I don't know the current
 status, but we won't release it unless it's up to Sierra's standards.


    From Dana (DPJ) on Delphi...

 Omnimon  and WuzTek are selling multisync  monitors.  They're  currently
 advertised for $550. All the necessary hardware is included, which means
 no  switchbox is required to change resolutions...with 99% of  STs,  the
 monitor is plug-in and go.  There are a few exceptions,  as I discovered
 being  an  owner of an early 520,  but WuzTek sent  me  instructions  to
 modify my 520.

 The  monitor  is  very  nice.  It has a larger  screen  than  the  Atari
 monitors  and  I  can't tell if there's any loss  of  quality  with  the
 Omnimon. Quality is just as sharp to me. The benefits of this monitor is
 the availablity of all three resolutions in one monitor.  Larger screen,
 swivel base,  switcher,  etc.  all make this a very attractive piece  of
 hardware. Check out the November issue of ST Informer for a review.


    Many ST users are confused as to when they need to use FOLDERxxx  and
 POOLFIX  (POOLFIX  is  only  needed  with  TOS  1.4).   Ken  Badertscher
 (Software Engineer for Atari) attempts to tell us the difference...

 The  bug  that  POOLFIX fixes is different from  the  "OUT  OF  INTERNAL
 MEMORY" problem (that FOLDERxxx handles).  Unlike the POOLFIX bug,  this
 problem  isn't  really  a bug,  it's a fact of life  with  a  statically
 allocated OS memory pool.  GEMDOS,  like MS-DOS before it, uses a fixed,
 configurable amount of memory for its internal uses.  What FOLDRxxx does
 is beef up the amount of memory available for GEMDOS to use.

 The  difference  is that GEMDOS also uses this fixed pool of  memory  to
 keep track of allocated blocks of memory.  So, if you have some TSR auto
 folder programs,  and a couple of DA's, the amount of pool available for
 files  and  folders gets smaller.  If you run enough  of  them,  and  an
 application that tries to allocate a lot of blocks of memory, eventually
 you'll see "SYSTEM HALTED..."

 Without POOLFIX installed, GEMDOS may actually corrupt memory before you
 see that message. With lots of pool, GEMDOS probably won't put itself in
 the situation where the POOLFIX bug bites. Clear as mud?


    From  S.Winick on the differences between Initial and  Regular  Toner
 for the SLM804 - from Genie...

 You  only  need to use "Initial Toner" when you start with a  new  Toner
 Hopper that has never had toner in it before. Normally, you'll only need
 to  use regular toner for refills.  Changing the drum has nothing to  do
 with the type of toner your SLM804 needs.

 As best I understand it, the initial toner (for the SLM just as for most
 copy  machines  as well) is formulated slightly  differently  to  adhere
 better  to the bare metal distribution roller at the base of the  hopper
 (I believe it is made slightly more metallic to accomplish this).


    From John Eidsvoog (CodeHead) on Genie...
 Any  TT-compatible  product of CodeHead Software will work fine  on  any
 ST/STe machine.  We currently have no plans for writing anything that is

 I'd  also  like  to take a moment to explain why  most  of  our  earlier
 products did not work correctly with the TT when it was  released.  It's
 not  because  our  software  uses  illegal  techniques  as  many  people
 (including many at Atari) think. HotWire is the only one of our programs
 which  "breaks the rules".  We accepted the responsibility from day  one
 that  HotWire  would require updates for each new ROM that  came  along.
 Actually,  beginning  with  version 2.4,  HotWire should work  with  all
 future least those that use the NEWDESK technique of  starting
 programs with function keys...because it now uses "legal" techniques for
 bringing itself up from the desktop.

 The main reason that G+Plus,  MultiDesk,  HotWire, and MaxiFile (as well
 as a few of the Utilities) "break" on the TT is that they all  intercept
 vectors to monitor system routines.  Beginning with the 68010,  Motorola
 changed the location of variables passed on the stack during  interrupts
 and since Atari uses the stack to pass variables, our programs needed to
 be  modified  in order to detect that they were  running  on  processors
 other than the 68000 (the TT uses the 68030).

 So there are basically three reasons that our programs were not able  to
 immediately run on the TT:

    1. We  like to do some neat tricks that can only be  accomplished  by
       intercepting vectors.
    2. Atari  passes  parameters  to some of their system  calls  on  the
    3. Motorola changed the architecture of their 680x0 processors.

 We  have  the  mistaken reputation in some circles as  a  company  whose
 software "breaks every rule in the book", but it's just not true.


    From Nevin Shalit (Soft Logic RT sysop) on Genie...

 Yes,  certain print spoolers will greatly increase the speed of printing
 with PageStream and the DeskJet.  Calamus will still be faster,  often a
 LOT faster.   The programs are both very good. Try them both out and see
 which one better fits your needs.  In a nutshell, I would say that PGS's
 advantages  over Calamus are multiple dox open at a time,  with cut  and
 paste between the open dox,  full color support, rotate graphic objects,
 and  a nice duplicate (or "step and repeat")  function.  And  Postscript
 support.  Calamus's advantages over PGS are printing speed (by a country
 mile),  beautiful on screen fonts (even rotated) with true what-you-see-
 is-what-you-get,  adjustable spacing between _paragraphs_ (both programs
 allow  you  to change general line spacing),  and a fast  built-in  text

 I am sure there are more differences then those I listed,  but that's  a
 good  start (and my personal opinion,  of course).   Both  programs  are
 superb. Check them both out and then choose your weapon!


    A  compilation  of  posts from Mike Squire on  Genie  about  the  new
 version of Word Perfect...

 I  have  just received the new 12/6/90 release of Word Perfect  for  the
 Atari  ST.  Unlike  the previous 11/1/90 release of  Word  Perfect,  the
 latest   release  is  extremely  well-behaved  with  the   three   mouse
 accelerators which I tested with it. Those mouse accelerators are:

    o  Atari's "Mouse Accelerator 3" (MACCEL3)
    o  Kyle Cordes' latest version of "Mouse Doubler" (MOUSE2)
    o  John Harris' "RAM Plus" (RAMPLUS)

 I tested each of these three mouse accelerators using Word Perfect's own
 Alt-V, Print Preview, macro and they all worked flawlessly.

 I  also tested the Print from List Files menu which did not work at  all
 in the 11/1/90 release. This bug -has- been fixed in the 12/6/90 version
 and my printing using this method was successful.

 Other  changes  to Word Perfect introduced in the  12/6/90  release,  as
 indicated in the README file which comes with the new release, are:

    o  Atari ST Word Perfect is now compatible with the TT030.
    o  Scrolling with the window off the screen will no longer cause  the
       display to leave residual marks.
    o  Apparently,  Word  Perfect's initial color palette  will  resemble
       that of your GEM Desktop.  If you change the color palette used by
       Word Perfect,  it will retain those selections for future use  and
       restore  your Desktop color settings when you exit  Word  Perfect.
       It  appears that Word Perfect now requires the use of the  Control
       Panel  desk accessory or some other similar desk accessory to  set
       the program's colors which are then saved into the SYS___.WPC file
       when you exit the program.  The capability to set colors by  using
       the  Word  Perfect  "Screen Colors" command is no  longer  in  the
       program itself.
    o  The Reveal Codes feature better uses its window space.
    o  Word Perfect claims that the new update is TT030 compatible.

 Word  Perfect  is  charging you $15.50 (includes S&H)  for  the  12/6/90
 release  even if you had previously upgraded to the 11/1/90  release.  I
 felt  that it was worth it.  While some users may feel that  this  added
 charge  is unfair,  my feeling is that I would have gladly paid $31  for
 the  original 11/1/90 release (in a bug-free condition) just to get  the
 Word  Perfect 4.2 file conversion capability and the new  implementation
 of Print Preview in a GEM window so I elected to upgrade notwithstanding
 the charge.

   Ask for "Word Perfect for the Atari ST, Version 4.1, 12/6/90 release".

               From WP.DAVE (Word Perfect Roundtable sysop)...

 As  a result of all your expressed concerns about paying for the  latest
 release  after already paying for the "buggy" November release,  I  just
 called WordPerfect Corporation's Atari support folks.  It seems that the
 KEY  factor in the December release is the support of the new  Atari  TT
 computer.   The  main  two  bugs  cleaned  up  were  evidently  on   the
 "incidental" plus factor [my words, not theirs].

 Now the bottom line: whether folks with the November release pay for the
 December  release or not is being handled on a case by case  basis.  So,
 call  in for your upgrade and report your difficulties in  detail.  That
 seemed to be the best answer available as of 4:15 p.m. Eastern 1/14/91.


 Until next week....


 > STR Portfolio News & Information?                  Keeping up to date...

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Walter Daniel  75066,164

     The  thread  about  WordPerfect  on the Portfolio continued this week.
 Many forum   members  indicated that  they would  be interested  in such a
 product.   One possibility  would be  to squeeze the files for WordPerfect
 Executive on the new 512k ROM cards that Atari can now make.   One  of the
 sysops is  working to  get the people from Atari and WordPerfect in touch,
 so keep watch for further news.

     Several bits of news appeared in messages this week.  For example, did
 you know   that  the Atari Portfolio Forum has "over 2000 active members?"
 You can find some Portfolio coverage in Atari  Explorer magazine  in addi-
 tion to  what you are now reading in STReport Online Magazine.  PowerBASIC
 from Atari will likely be released in several weeks and  retail  for under
 $100.    BJ  Gleason's  free  PBASIC interpreter continues to be improved.
 PBASIC 4.0, currently in  beta test,  will be  out around  February 1; new
 features include  files, more math functions, menus, and faster execution.
 The printed manual will be  available for $25 at that time.

     There were some more messages about  interfacing the  Tandy PDD-2 por-
 table floppy   disk drive (for use with the Tandy Model 102 computer) with
 the Portfolio using the  serial interface.  No success  to report, though.
 Another enterprising  user tried  to use  the Pacific Rim Systems parallel
 port floppy drive.  While it  worked with  his desktop   PC,  it would not
 work  with  his  Portfolio.    Pacific  Rim Systems may take a look at the
 interfacing and develop a Portfolio version if there  is a  market for it.
 The Pacific  Rim drive  is an  MS-DOS compatible drive with access to 720k
 and 1.44M formats while the PDD-2 stores 200k in a non-compatible format.

     Uploaded this week is sysop Ron Luks' gathering  of Atari  press rele-
 ases relating  to the Portfolio from the Winter Consumer Electronics Show.
 Some new software titles were introduced.  Look for PORTF.PR  in Library 1
 (New Uploads).

     If you  have any Portfolio news or suggestions for this column, please
 leave me a message in the forum.

 Editor's Note:

     LATE BREAKING NEWS...... The  Compuserve  Portfolio  Forums  have been
 designated the  official Beta  Testers in  two areas;  Power Basic for the
 Portfolio and Hyperlink for the Portfolio.  Now users can  stay abreast of
 the  very  latest  developments  concerning the ever popular Atari Palmtop
 Computer, Portfolio.


 > STR Portfolio Software Updates?                    CES Release Notes....


  ctsy CIS Portfolio Forum

     To meet the growing needs of today's sophisticated  on-the-go computer
 user,  Atari  Computer  and  third-party   developers have unveiled 14 new
 software titles  for Atari's  Portfolio palmtop  MS-DOS command compatible

     The  compact,  one-pound  personal  computer, which starts at $299.95,
 comes equipped with five internal  software  packages,  all  of  which are
 menu-driven    and  viewed  in  frames  and overlapping windows.  Standard
 software includes a  Lotus  1-2-3  (R)  file-compatible  spreadsheet, text
 editor, calculator with editable paperless tape, personal appointment book
 with a reminder alarm, address book and phone directory.

     All of the new software programs are available through Atari Portfolio
 dealers across the country.  Software programs for the Portfolio include:

     POWER BASIC, BY SPECTRA PUB. is a full-fledged powerful basic compiler
 that allows users to write application programs for the Portfolio that can
 be tailored for specific needs.

 stocks, bonds,  annuities, options,  cash, mutual  funds, treasury issues,
 warrants, real  estate, hard  assets, autos  and any other investments the
 user defines.  The program allows for hardcopy printout.

 proximately  1,000  phrases  and  2,000 words into six languages (English,
 Swedish, German,  Italian, Spanish and French).

     PERSONAL FINANCE, FROM BYTESIZE  SOFTWARE, is  an easy-to-use tracking
 program that  allows input and sorting by category.  This software package
 can also be used to record time/expenses for attorneys or  anyone who must
 keep an hourly time sheet for billing.

     SCIENTIFIC  CALCULATOR  contains approximate scientific transcendental
 functions.  With this program, users no longer need to  carry a scientific
 calculator in addition to their organizer.

 want to learn how to play Bridge  or  improve  their  game  strategy.   It
 includes 91  challenging deals as well as a variety of both elementary and
 advanced declarer strategies.

 catalog their wines, choose just the right wine for the occasion and track
 their wine cellar value and composition.  This  package has  been a strong
 seller in the PC world.

 astrological calculation  bases  (Placidus,  Koch,  and  Equal  House), to
 provide a  complete natal  chart, influences,  a planetary map, daily data
 and even the  interpretation of the data.  The program allows for hardcopy

     CHESS,  has  all  the  strategy  and  challenge the game is known for.
 Assisting in the design of this Portfolio game was the  renowned chess and
 computer chess authority, David Levey.

     HYPERLIST  performs  outline  functions  with  main topic headings and
 sub-headings.  Hyperlist is ideal  for  anyone  who  must  manage  a tight
 schedule or prepare a  presentation on short notice.

 you monitor your caloric  intake as  well as  fat consumption  for a total
 dietary evaluation  according to  official U.S. government RDA guidelines.
 The programs are based on official U.S. government tables for food evalua-
 tion and  compensate for  the user's  lifestyle, activity  level, sex, and
 age.  The Portfolio Diet/Cholesterol  Counter  is  essential  for everyone
 who is interested in their health and in maintaining a proper diet.

 to most major continental  U.S. citys  (including Canada).   24-Hour phone
 numbers,  emergency  services,  restaurants,  hotels,  transportation, and
 entertainment listings are all at the  user's fingertips.   The Traveler's
 Guide is ideal for both novice and seasoned travelers.

 to most major European cities.  It offers  the same  features as  the U.S.
 version  of  the  Traveler's  Guide  and  is  certain to be as integral to
 European travelers as their passports.

     THE SPELL  CHECKER/DICTIONARY/THESAURUS can  be run  in an interactive
 mode with the Portfolio's ROM-based editor or as a standalone program that
 can be used for a text-based file that was previously  saved.   This soft-
 ware package  gives users  the security  of knowing that even text changes
 made on-the-go won't need apologies or explanations when  they are presen-

     "We plan  to help  make the  Portfolio even  more popular by providing
 maximum support to individuals  and  organizations  that  want  to produce
 special applications  software for their own firm's use or for sale to the
 general public," said Greg Pratt, general manager of Atari Computer.

 originally introduced  in early  1989.  The one-pound system is powered by
 three standard "AA" alkaline batteries that  provide an  average of  up to
 six weeks  of normal  use.  The compact size and sleek look of the Portfo-
 lio, as well as  it's capabilities  and the  latest software applications,
 make  it  easy  for  this  powerful  computing system to quickly become an
 essential part of the user's daily routine.

 For more information, contact:

                        Greg Pratt, General Manager
                              Atari Computer
                           1196 Borregas Avenue
                            Sunnyvale, CA 94088
                    (408) 745-2000, FAX (408) 745-2088.


 > IBM vs ST  STR FOCUS?                               ...Atari - IBM - MAC

                       WHAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE HERE?

 by Dana Jacobson

      Well, it appears that I put my foot in my mouth, and  must now follow
 through and  put this  article together.   What  a way  to begin a writing
 "career" for ST Report!!

      I'm given the task to find out what users of  multiple platforms (STs
 and Macs,  PCs, or  Amigas) find useful in their daily endeavors.  What do
 they enjoy on one platform and not  the  other.    How  do  they  rate the
 various machines  they use, the various applications that they have avail-
 able, what they "prefer" given the choice of one over the other.

      It would be a  big enough  task if  I personally  used more  than one
 machine myself!   Alas, my ST serves my every needs.  What work I might be
 able to do on our office PC, I'd rather do at home  on my  ST.   So, I set
 out to  learn what  others feel,  and posed  the question on various local
 bulletin boards and on Delphi.   The responses  came back  rather quickly.
 I tried  to eliminate  the responses  that were based on emotions only ("I
 love my ST and will never use an IBM", or "The PC  is so  far advanced and
 supported than  Atari will  ever be so that's all I use now").  While good
 reasons for some, they really don't tell you much.

      While I don't have the experience  with other  platforms to  agree or
 disagree with  the following  statements, I've  related them to you so you
 can base your own opinions.   There's been  a _lot_  of controversy lately
 about the  benefits of  the IBM world and Windows, and people dropping out
 of the Atari arena to pick up on  other platforms.   While  many have per-
 fectly legitimate  reasons to do so, many are considering doing so for all
 the wrong reasons.  Perhaps the following can provide some information and
 give you  some insights  as to  what others feel.  Afterall, they use more
 than one  type of  computer and  have a  better idea  of what's available,
 impossible, and worthwhile using.  Let's see what they have to say!  (I've
 edited somewhat where it appeared necessary)

      My usage of computers is for both business  and pleasure.   I  use an
 Atari 1040 ST, Mac Plus, IBM PS2/30 every working day (ST at home).

      Functionality:   All three  can get  any job  done.  Word processing,
 data entry, productivity...but with significant speed differences.

      Office activity/Productivity (WP, spreadsheets,  phone dialing, etc.)
 My use  of the  IBM is  primarily limited  to data entry.  Productivity is
 confined to my desk machine which is a Mac Plus.  IBM  PS2 is  used with a
 database data  entry format.   One  interacts in standard computer fashion
 with highly proceduralized line by line dictates.  Errors are difficult to
 correct.   This is  the third version of a similar program tied to the PC.
 It is only good if you have not (sic) other experience with other kinds of

      The Mac  Plus -  I have  been using this machine for 1.5 years and am
 thoroughly integrated into the MAC scheme of things.  Much like an  ST, it
 has some  very annoying  characteristics.  It is very slow with high over-
 head programs like Word 4 WP and full spreadsheets.   Calls to  the system
 for files,  etc. are  very slow  (System 6.02).  Method of setting up Desk
 Accessories (DA) is cumbersome,  but the  system holds  an infinite number
 (if you  don't run  out of RAM).  Many DA's create conflicts with programs
 and especially Microsoft Mail which is  still buggy  in the  latest incar-
 nation.   Dialing and  address DA's  are indispensable in my ten hour work

      Much of my office activity is  duplicated at  home.   The ST  is much
 faster except  for floppy calls (EVEN TOS 1.0).  Screen is easier to read.
 Programs run much faster (except for WordUp).  If you  glean anything from
 this, I can respond to specific questions...good luck.  Bernie Gregoire

      I use  an ST for my personal use, but I frequently work with IBMs and
 Macs at work; and I've used everything  from  Apple  IIs  to  an  IBM 3090
 mainframe.   For me,  the single  biggest advantage  the ST  has over most
 other machines (and EVERY machine that's anywhere near  its price)  is the
 stability  of  the  monochrome  monitor.   Because it refreshes 70 times a
 second, it doesn't flicker, as most other monitors  do (this  is something
 that I notice; others don't notice and/or aren't bothered by it - individ-
 ual difference, 'ya know).

      For user interface, the Mac and  the ST  leave the  IBM in  the dust,
 though  this  comment  doesn't  necessarily apply to IBMs running Windows,
 since I've never used  WIndows.   Overall, I'd  call the  Mac and  ST user
 interfaces about  equal in  quality.  The Mac's is more complex, which has
 both advantages and disadvantages - you can do things you can't on the ST,
 but these  things are  often not obvious, and can be tedious (just look at
 some of the Mac's bizarre "keyboard shortcuts").

      My 520 ST recently died, and I decided to replace it with  a 1040 STe
 rather than get a Mac or IBM.  Part of the reason was financial, especial-
 ly since I had money invested in things like my ST's monitor and software;
 but I  might have  gone the  ST route  even if  the entire system had been
 fried.  I wouldn't have been able to afford an IBM I could live  with, and
 the Mac  Classic, though  tempting, is sort of the cripple of the Mac fam-
 ily.  Now if I could have got, say, a Mac IIcx for $1,000.....
                                                            Rod Smith

      I'm a  college professor.   I  use the  ST to  connect to  a VAX (via
 UNITERM - one of the best VT 100 emulators around), to write (Word Perfect
 - quite a good program, and files are portable to  the ubiquitous clones),
 to keep  records on  (usually I  use INFORMER II - a really nice database)
 and to keep grades on (OPUS - a fairly good spreadsheet.   I've been fool-
 ing around  with getting  LDW, but  so far  OPUS has been adequate).  I am
 also director of a program, and  faculty secretary,  so I  use DTP  a fair
 amount.   Mostly, I  use Pagestream,  though I'm  currently fooling around
 with Fleet Street 3.0 (it has nicer printout from a 24-pin printer).   All
 the programs are quite good - the major limitations are imposed on me, not
 by the hardware or software (Hemingway wrote his  books with  an old type-
 writer, so I can't easily blame a difficulty I am having in writing an "A"
 on Word Perfect - wish I could!!)   DTP takes  talent and  design ability.
 I'm not sure if the top-of-the-line IBM or Mac programs will do more than
 Pagestream, Fleet  Street or  Calamus, though  I doubt it.  I AM sure that
 the ST programs allow plenty of room to  grow.   The ads  that show people
 turning out  dazzling copy  the first  time they use the new software with
 all its bells and whistles is a joke.  Kind  of like  thinking that  a new
 camera will turn you into a great photographer...

      For fun,  I like  to play  with new programs (Mac and IBM, as well as
 ST).  I still play with Degas Elite  (I know  that some  of the  new paint
 programs are  better, but my talent is limited), do some programming (very
 little now, though I've  been thinking  of getting  C-Manship and  C), get
 onto Delphi and GEnie and play some games.

      I get  more out  of my computer, and do more with it than people with
 386's and Mac II's - mostly because  they  don't  know  how  to  use their
 computers but knew they wanted "power".  I have fooled around with getting
 one of the IBM emulators so I could run some of the  educational software,
 but it  easy enough to run them at the school; and the ST/VAX combo that I
 use is really quite powerful.  I love the computer, concede that  a 386 is
 better, and might buy a NEXT someday.  I wish it was easier to get some of
 the new stuff from Europe - maybe a revived MichTron will do it.

      Whoa.  That's a very open-ended letter!  I own  an ST,  and daily use
 Mac's and  IBM's (I'm  a chemist).   For me, by far the most useful is the
 Mac (you know like the commercial says, The most powerful  computer is the
 one people  use").   The Mac's  ability to run several applications at the
 same time, to share data easily, and to load fonts and accessories off
 of a disk make it the platform of choice, for me.  It's continually impro-
 ving (the) operating system, I think, is its greatest advantage, especial-
 ly over the ST.  Contrary to what some may  say, I  see far  more software
 conflicts in the ST world, with the slowly evolving TOS, than I see in the
 Mac world, where the system changes every several  months.   With the rel-
 ease of Windows 3.0, PC clones are a more useful tool, but the windowing
 environment has far to go.

      In short,  I believe  that the  strength of  the operating system far
 outweighs minor advantages in computing speed.. The ability of a clone, or
 even the new TT, to perform at multi-mip levels isn't going to help you if
 your applications don't interact smoothly and you can't share data.

      I do feel, however, that there are good niche markets appropriate for
 the ST.   Music  and desktop  publishing are  obvious ones (i.e. where the
 user only wants his machine to perform a dedicated task).

      What I tried to convey in my first  note (Lee  left two  replies) was
 that I consider CPU speed to be secondary to the richness of the operating
 system.  In the case of  the Mac,  the smoothness  with which applications
 interact is  its strong  point, in  spite of  its relatively high hardware
 cost (relative to PC's).  The fact that Finder is now multitasking is also
 a plus.   Windows  3.0 has  hurled PC's  into the  same ballpark as Mac's.
 Although it is a much less mature environment, it has some real strengths,
 such as pre-emptive multitasking, and dynamic data exchange (DDE).

      Sadly, Ataris  have lost  so much  ground that  I think that they are
 doomed, except for very small uses such as  in music  and desktop publish-
 ing.   The ST  was a clever piece of hardware for 1985, but essentially no
 technical development was done (especially on the software side).
                                                            Lee Herman

      I have just recently looked into  the OTHER  two major  platforms for
 some MIDI work I am involved in.  I have a really nice program I am finis-
 hing on the ST  in GFA  Basic, and  it goes  very smoothly;  but I  am now
 finding limitations  on the PC and Mac systems that would have been enough
 of a stumbling block that I never would  have attempted  my project  had I
 had one  of those  other machines.  (Follow me?)  Anyway, major advantages
 of the ST: Can reserve OOODLES of contiguous memory (like DIM X%(700000),
 Y%(700000), and also the 200Hz system clock.  Real easy to write real-time
 music playing  routine with this.  The Mac seems to only have a 60Hz timer
 available, and the PC, without special  interrupt programming,  only has a
 timer updated  every 18th  of a second!  Virtually impossible to do smooth
 real-time stuff on a PC.  The Mac falls down when it comes to screen size.
 I NEED  80 columns  of text, which means 640 wide, not 512.  I will TRY to
 get by with the 60Hz clock when I port over, but I doubt I can do anything
 with the PC.

      Oh also,  I use  the PC  at work;  and also  use the ST at work to do
 editing of BASIC programs that will eventually end  up on  the PC.   I use
 Easy Draw to do illustrations for the manuals that go with the PC programs
 when we sell them (the manuals themselves are  printed using  Word Perfect
 on the  PC), and I do the ad layouts for advertising the machines that use
 the software, using Pagestream and UltraScript.  I have yet  to see  a DTP
 program that is as good for ad layouts, but then I have been using Pagest-
 ream since it was Publishing Partner and am probably biased.   I  also use
 Microsoft C  on the  PC, and  much prefer  Laser C  on my ST; and also use
 Microsoft QuickBasic and sort of prefer  GFA Basic  on my  ST (close call,
 that).   Main complaint  about QuickBasic  is that it's final linked files
 are HUGE!!
                                                       Ron V. Webber

      Well, the PC world is so huge, there are many high quality applicati-
 ons, but  I would say that RELATIVELY SPEAKING, ST applications are higher
 quality on average, and good applications appeared sooner; but as  I said,
 absolutely speaking, the best IBM applications are better than the best ST
 applications.  Also, because of extensive and well-defined  standards, the
 Mac  world  has  the  best  integrated  applications, and some of the best
 applications period.
                                                       Tom Nolan

      I don't expect any of this to be taken as the ultimate "gospel".  The
 point that  I intended to prove, is that there are many reasons why people
 use different machines.  There is no clearcut  "one" choice.   We  all use
 different machines for different purposes.  Some use more than one type to
 get the best of all "worlds".  Some use more than one machine because it's
 the only  option available  to them in different environments (work versus
 home use).

      To simply state that one machine is better than another  is, at best,
 a matter of opinion by the user.

      A friend  of mine  on the  local boards here summed up my opinions of
 the ST, although I would have  broadened it  further.   His remarks seemed
 appropriate as  a perfect ending:  "My two machines are: an Atari 520ST (1
 meg) and a pencil, paper, and calculator.  I definitely  prefer the Atari.
 It's more fun and, sometimes, quicker.  Sorry you asked?  :-)
                                                       Alan Reed


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL?                             "ATARI NEWS & EVENTS"


     How do  you spell relief?  Try..... QMS/Imagen's Ultrascript as a TSR!
 A [T]erminate [S]tay [R]esident program.   (A joint  venture between Atari
 Corp. and  QMS/Imagen).   What does  all this  mean?   For starters, its a
 superb method to access US from  within  other  programs  ie;  Calamus and
 Pagestream...    Uh  oh  almost  forgot  Publisher.  Although its going to
 happen very shortly, its not quite ready yet... seems there's  a few minor
 hurdles yet  to overcome.   Seems  it may  appear by  early Fall.   Do not
 direct any inquiries to  QMS/Imagen as  Atari will  be the  sole source of
 this program  and all  support.   The bottom line is... Atari & QMS/Imagen
 are currently working together to provide long term support of  the Ultra-
 Script [PostScript] solution for the Atari ST/STe/TT lines of computers.

 - St. Louis, MO                            PAGESTREAM 2.0  IS ALIVE & WELL

     According  to  our  ever-faithful  little  birdy...  Pagestream 2.0 is
 already 'together' and now  going through  its finalization  and polishing
 stages.   Seems it will take full advantage of the Outline Font technology
 and is due to appear in all its glory by early Fall.

     A bit of wishfull thinking: The new Pagestream 2.0 with a switch  in a
 drop down menu to turn FSM GDOS on and off.  A neat idea and wonderful way
 to take advantage of all those great FSM  Fonts.   You might  want to drop
 Soft-Logik  a  line  and  ask  about  the possiblity of including FSM GDOS
 support in this new version.

 - Oakland, CA                                    DVORAK INTERVIEWS REHBOCK

     John Dvorak interview Atari's Bill Rehbock on KNBR Radio.   During the
 interview,  Mr.  Rehbock  pointed  out  that the 1040STe, Mega STe and the
 TT030 are  available and  shipping... even  in the  USA!   In a subsequent
 interview by  this reporter  Bill Rehbock has affirmed that Atari's direc-
 tion and support of the userbase is on the upswing.  In fact, the level of
 enthusiasm exhibited  by Rehbock  during the conversation was commendable.
 And he backed it up by hinting at "things to  come" that  this reporter is
 sworn to  keep 'under  wraps' until told to do otherwise. This much can be
 said though, ..."there are good things afoot McDuff!"

 - Rockford, IL                                 DOUG WHEELER JOINS ICD INC.

     ICD welcomes Doug Wheeler to  its  famous,  high  powered, development
 team.   Wheeler is well known for his support and work with Dave and Sandy
 Small, Dan Moore, and  the Gadgeteers  along with  writing the Transverter
 and Double Page.

     ICD  has  always  recognized  the  need to support great hardware with
 great software.  Doug will be writing software  for ICD  hardware products
 which include  SCSI host adapters, accelerators, memory expansion systems,
 mass storage systems, printer interfaces, and display adapters.   You will
 also continue  to see  him on the major online services providing the high
 level of support on numerous topics that he always has.

     Doug will be joining others in  Rockford, Illinois  on the  ICD engin-
 eering staff  which include  Mike Gustafson, Howard Peters, Craig S. Thom,
 Jerry Horanoff, Curt Lewis, Dan Rodriguez, and Tom Harker.

 - Sunnyvale CA                             STE CONTEST PARTICIPATION HIGH!


     As Atari Computer Corp.  gets into  full swing  for 1991,  dealers are
 requesting as  many demonstration  programs as possible to "show off"  the
 abilities of  our hardware.   We  are looking  for demos  that feature DMA
 sound, digitized speech, and advanced color graphics that will make people
 want to buy the STe/MegaSTe/TT series of computers.


     o  Demos that take advantage of the expanded STe/TT color palette.
     o  Demos that show off the abilities of existing presentation
        graphics packages such as the Cyber Series, Deluxe Paint, and
     o  demos along the lines of Cool STe and Tony Barker's.
     o  Interactive demos -- self running demos that a shopper in a store
        can get involved with.

     All submitted demos will  become property  of Atari  Corporation, with
 all  rights  reserved  and  may  be  freely distributed to our dealers and
 users.  Judging will be done by Atari staff in Sunnyvale and all  decisons
 made by  the judges  will be  considered final  and not  reviewable by any
 other person or agency.  Employees (and their families) of Atari Corporat-
 ion, its advertising agencies, and its subsidiaries are ineligible.

   One winner and two runner-ups will be selected from the files either
             uploaded to our Email address on GEnie (ATARIDEV)
      CompuServe (70007,1072), or mailed directly to our offices at:

                             Atari Corporation
                           1196 Borregas Avenue
                           Sunnyvale, CA 94086
                          Attention: Bill Rehbock

 Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 26, 1991 and
 received by us in-house by April 5, 1991 to qualify for entry.

 The contest prizes are listed below.


                    1ST PRIZE..........32MHZ TT030/8-50
                   1ST RUNNER-UP......16MHZ MEGASTE/4-50
               2ND RUNNER-UP.......LYNX & 2 ADDITIONAL GAMES

     Contest  entries  have  been  excellent  both  in participation and in
 quality... so much so that... rumor has it  there may  be prizes  added so
 that the many fine submissions do not go unrewarded.  So...  Atarians show
 Atari what you can  do!   Send in  that Demo  or Two  and "mesmerize" 'em!
 Maybe even an autographed photo of ......!


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