ST Report: 08-Feb-91 #706

From: Ed Krimen (al661@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 02/19/91-10:50:42 PM Z

From: al661@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Ed Krimen)
Subject: ST Report: 08-Feb-91 #706
Date: Tue Feb 19 22:50:42 1991

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                 WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS - (Feb. 8)


     The transcript of last nights Conference  with Bill  Rehbock, director
 of technical  services at ATARI Corp, is now available in LIBRARY 1 of the
 Atari ST Arts Forum as BILLCO.ARC.

                       ATARI REGISTERED DEVELOPERS.

     Please download file CPXDOC.ARC  from LIBRARY  7 of  the Atari Produc-
 tivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for the new control panel specification (XCont-
 rol) for the ST/Mega/ STE/TT computers.  Contains source code of examples,
 bindings, startup module, and header tool.

     Atari Developer  Support has  uploaded NEWLAN.ARC  to LIBRARY 7 of the
 Atari Productivity  Forum (GO  ATARIPRO) for  Atari Registered Developers.
 This is  a replacement for TTLANG.ARC.  Contains changes to HINSTALL, HDX,
 and the way GENERAL.CPX will handle cache on the TT or Mega STE.

               Please note that Library 7 is only accessible
                      to Atari Registered Developers.
               To gain access, please send a CompuServe Mail
                          message to 70007,1072.


     MAXWELL CPU announces that EXPOSE is now shipping.   Read  the announ-
 cement in EXPOS1.ARC now available in LIBRARY 6 of the Atari Vendors Forum


     A new FAST version  of PGSHOW  is now  available for  downloading from
 LIBRARY 1  or LIBRARY 11.  Other new files available in LIBRARY 1 include:
 a graphics  demo and  a utility  that lists  fragmented files  on your RAM




 Compuserve Presents:





     Tonight we  have Bill Rehbock, Atari's developer coordinator, with us.
 Bill joined the Atari staff a few months  ago, and  is an  avid Atarian in
 his own right!

     Please don't  talk during  the Conference unless it's your turn to ask
 Bill a question.  If you'd like to ask a  question just  type ?  or /sen 2
 Pattie, I have a question for Bill.

     Welcome Bill  Rehbock, and  thank you  for joining us.  Before we take
 questions, please tell us a bit about yourself and any opening remarks you
 may have. 

 Thank you Pattie.  My title is actually Director of Technical Services.  I
 have been with Atari since September of 1990.  I  have been  an Atari user
 since the  400 &  800 days... When I worked security at McCormick place in
 Chicago at CES when they were unveiled.    I  have  been  a  registered ST
 developer since  July of  1985 when I purchased my dev kit with 520 ST for
 ~$4000 :-)  In other words I'm ready to roll. <g>

 My, $4,000 that's a dedicated Atarian! :)

 Ok..Jim Ness starts us off tonight...

 Hi, Bill.  I have seen a  lot  of  Bob  B...and  even  some  John  T. here
 lately... Can  I dare to hope that this could mean that non GEnie services
 will be getting a larger share of time from you folks? Or  don't you know?

 After I  get fully  settled in  here in CA (I'm going back to Chicago next
 week to help my wife finish up with getting things ready to  make the 'big
 move') I intend to keep up a little more here.

 Keep in  mind that my primary responsibilities are to get the Software tap
 open again so we have something to do  with the  machines we've  spent our
 pennies on.

 Yes, but more online services will help spread the good news.  Thanks.

 I realize  the importance of the users that exclusively use CIS and intend
 to take advantage of the situation :-) 


 Ok... Ron Luks has a question for Bill... 

 Ron Luks)
 Bill:  Speaking about the PORTFOLIO  for  a  minute....There  are  a large
 number of  machines in  the users hands now....but they are all based upon
 a non-industry standard memory card.....

 Has ATARI  made any  decision whether  to keep  supporting.... the current
 format card  or somehow  switch over  to the  new industry standard?  (and
 will this affect any software now under development)

 It _is_ possible to do a JEIDA-BEE CARD  adapter so  that one  can use the
 JEIDA  cards  with  the  Portfolio.  Atari  was  involved  on  the  PCMCIA
 committee that came up with  the  JEIDA  standard,  and  obviously  we are
 looking  at  supporting  the  standard we were instrumental in creating...
 HOWEVER, there is nothing stopping a clever third  party entrepreneur from
 beating us to the punch and building an adapter. :-)

 Ron Luks)
 In other  words, even  if future PORTFOLIOs use the new card
 won't abandon the current owners? 

 The one thing that we have to (and are) considering is the  over a quarter
 of a million PF users out there that will have to use the adapter. 

 Ron Luks)
 (done. thx)

 john barnes)
 Bill, could you please elaborate on the role of "Technical... Services and
 the personal experiences that brought you to your current position?

 The position is actually a new one for  Atari, my  predecessors all worked
 for Atari  Corporate... and my role is much, much more closely situated to
 the sales side of things...

 john barnes)
 so your position is with Atari US?

 Yes, I work directly for Greg Pratt.

 john barnes)
 Are there plans for further enhancement of developer  support?   That's my
 last question.

 Yes, we  have instituted  a two-tier  developer program...that will enable
 _anybody_ to purchase the  software developer  documentation with periodic
 updates. for $125.00

 The Tier-1  developers _do_  have to have a commercial product on the mar-
 ket, or must submit a plan that describes what they are working on...

 BobR's next...

 Bill, we get a lot of questions here on CIS from people who would  like to
 become registered  developers.. the  "top tier", I guess it would be under
 the new program...  usually we just refer them to Gail Johnson  to get the
 details, but  could you  briefly elaborate a little on what qualifications
 are necessary, and what the benefits to the developer are..?

 The main reason for instituting the  two-tier  plan  was  simply  that the
 commercial developers  whose living  depended on Atari needed _a lot_ more
 support than they've ever received...  In the past, most devs couldn't get
 answers very often...  Because I've been a beta-tester for so many produc-
 ts... and an Atari user so long, I can't help take advantage  of the posi-
 tion to get all the things I need fixed.... and to get the software I need
 (and you need :-) written.

 However, I'm a flexible guy... and  realize that  there are  some cases of
 devs that  don't produce  commercial products, but still are invaluable to
 other developers...programming tools, etc) and they can be Tier-1 also. 

 Thanks, Bill..!

 Bill, Ron Hunt has a question for you...

 Bill> I was wondering if there  were  any  other  advantages  for...tier 2
 developers besides  the updates....access  to developer ...areas....breaks
 on hardware etc.?

 We intend to set  up a  Tier-2 dev  area... Do  you think  that the Tier-2
 'hobbyist' developers  shouldn't support their local dealers? In the past,
 one of the complaints of developers was that  the old  program simply gave
 people a  way to  spend $250  to get $500 off on a piece of hardware. That
 must stop now.

 The documentation is pretty expensive...  to  reproduce  and  Alan Pratt's
 debugger is  a very  nice piece  of software.  The kit by itself is _defi-
 nitely_ worth $125.   It also  comes with  the Resource  construction set,
 Alcyon C compiler, etc.

 then "regular" developer areas won't be open to Tier 2 people?

 I need a place to communicate (with a high degree of confidentiality) with
 the commercial developers whose mortgage is at the mercy of  the next turn
 Atari takes.

 I see....thanks 

 Most queries  a Tier-2  developer would have should be able to be answered
 E-mail, don't you think.   (This  is one  of the  most difficult  issues I
 wrestled with during construction of the plan :-)

 Anthony has a question ...

 Anthony Arnoldi)
 Well Bill,  a friend and I were discussing Atari and how these new systems
 are being released by Atari.  This would  mean that  alot of  new software
 would have  to be  written over for the new systems.  Will this effect the
 regular users of the ST of companies abandoning the ST.  Because  with the
 new hardware  features in the new systems new software is needed. Will the
 ST lose support or will it continue for us regular users?

 No, by no stretch of the imagination. Easy Draw worked  perfectly and took
 advantage of  everything the  new video  of the TT had to offer because it
 was written correctly.  The  system  software  is  written  (and  is being
 written) with backward compatibility in mind.  One of the main things that
 I have to do is to keep developers on track so that  when they  want to do
 'enhancements' that at one time was considered breaking the rules, they do
 it in a way that will make life more pleasurable for all of us :-)

 Anthony Arnoldi)
 That's it thanx.

 Bill Rayl has a question

 Bill Rayl (AIM))
 Thanks... First, Bill, thanks for  coming  to  visit  us...  For  the past
 couple of  years, most  developers have found it increasingly difficult to
 keep going. What plans, if any, does Atari have to turn things  around for
 them?  Is it going to get better or still get worse?

 I think  the best  thing that  Atari can do is get product back out in the
 market.  It's one of the  reasons  that  I  am  _very_  closely  tied into
 pricing decisions,  etc.   I truly  believe that  things are headed in the
 right direction...  the 1040STE is now available to dealers through distr-
 ibutors...  The "It takes $20,000 to be an Atari dealer" is gone...and the
 new pricing is right.

 On the developer side... I need APPLICATIONS.  Nothing against anyone, but
 we've got more darn utilities than Peter Norton would ever know what to do
 with ...:-)

 If the effort was spent  in  developing  application  software,  the world
 would be a better place. Bill@Atari) 

 Bill Rayl (AIM))
 As a  followup, are  there still plans to release a SoftSource CD ROM disk
 to dealers (and possibly user groups) filled with developer demos?  If so,
 any specific dates?

 SoftSource is Dan MacNamee's puppy, and he works for corporate, SoftSource
 is definitely alive and well.  We are waiting for  the entries  to come in
 from Australia...  and the  rework of  the CDAR504 to be finished.  Chinon
 discontinued the mechanism that we were using in the 504, but we WILL have
 a replacement very soon.

 Until then....there  is no  reason why  developers can't take advantage of
 MetaDOS (the device driver  for  things  like  CDROM  players,  CDROM Juke
 Boxes, etc.)  and do software for anybodies CDROM drive. SoftSource should
 be live within 30 days by the way.

 Bill Rayl (AIM))
 Thanks, Bill. (done)

 john barnes)
 Bill, I  applaud your  sentiment about  APPLICATIONS.   I would personally
 like to  see a  port of  something like  Kaleidograph and  a good Laserjet
 emulation for the Atari Laser printer.  Is there  any prospect  that Atari
 could seed such things?

 I've got  some good  Presentation Graphics in the pipeline (Atari will not
 be selling or marketing it, a well known developer will:-) and UltraScript
 is going  back in  full swing.  TT-compatible, one version for everything,

 FSM (Font Scaling Module) GDOS is really, really  great, and  will solve a
 lot of problems for everyone.

 john barnes)
 The news  about Ultrascript is good.  One neat thing might be a Postscript
 to JoppaFax driver.  Thanks, Bill. I'm done for now.

 I have thought about a FAX driver for FSM and  it is  under consideration.
 I will  be happy to give anyone (that is capable of writing it) the infor-
 mation they need to do a FAX driver.

 john barnes)
 I'll pass that along to Joppa.

 Ron has another question and then the last question will be from Anthony.

 RonH) Bill>
 just a short followup to what I asked before first of all, I think the two
 tier developer  system is  very positive.   Also, I didn't mean to suggest
 that tier 2 people receive all the perks of the top line  guys however, in
 light of  the current  Atari software  market perhaps  some "extras" might
 entice developers on other systems to give the Atari a try.

 Extras such as?

 small......tiny (grin) price breaks on hardware.

 What developers from other platforms are we talking about?

 I was speaking in general.

 Microsoft has been _GIVEN_ lots of hardware and it's gotten us nowhere :-)
 Seriously, the  thing that  will entice COMMERCIAL developers to write for
 the Atari is sales figures, the 1040STE going back into  wide distribution
 is ALREADY making that a reality...

 We  can't  afford  to  damage  dealer  sales any longer with the developer
 program.  The amount  of equipment  purchased is  sooooo out  of line with
 what is being written, it's ridiculous.  Any other q's?

 Bill, the last question comes from Anthony...

 btw....I wasn't talking about me...I'm a lover, not a programmer.  ooops.-
 ...I meant "user"

 Anthony Arnoldi)
 Bill,  I was wondering what's going on  about the  STE demo  contest right

 I'm glad  you asked that question. We have received many responses... from
 here and on GEnie.  Some have been quite good,  and I  can hardly  wait to
 see what the demos that are coming look like.  It seemed like a neat thing
 to do, I mean GIVING AWAY the most sought after computer of the decade :-)

 The dealers are very hungry for demo software and I  saw the  contest as a
 good way  for Atari to give the STE & TT some attention, and an excuse for
 getting the STE DMA sound & scrolling documentation released to the public
 so that  software can  be written  for the machine.  :-)  (in the past, as
 you know it has been difficult:-)

 It should be in  the Software  Library here  on CIS,  btw. The information
 from upstairs (SW Engineering) is flowing rapidly and Leonard and the rest
 of the guys have some real neat stuff in store for all of us.

 Bill, do you have any closing remarks before we end the formal part of the
 CO and go into frenzy mode?

 In closing...  Keeping the computers in stock is a very high priority now,
 the dealer program for the first time in 4 years  makes sense,  and if I'm
 crazy enough  to relocate from Chicago to Sunnyvale (I _really_ like pizza
 :-) you should all hang in  there just  a little  longer to  see how Atari
 performs.  There are no promises this time, just action :-)

 The TT  runs rings  around a  386 with Windows-3, Microsoft is starting to
 get the 'emperor has no clothes' press it  deserves, and  Macintosh dealer
 margins are falling.  We could surprise a few people very soon.

                                                  Thank you very much.

 Thank you  for taking  the time to spend an evening with us, Bill. We wish
 you and Atari the best of luck, and  hope to  see you  often here  on CIS.
 Thank you again!  Now, it's frenzy mode all!



   Issue # 98

 by Michael Arthur

 CPU Systems Roundup?

 Dream Computer Systems II:

                      THE STATE OF THE COMPUTING ARTS

 by Michael Arthur

     In the computer user's quest for faster and more powerful systems that
 will do more in less time, the computer industry has always focused on the
 "state  of  the  art."    Even  the  most  practical computer user eagerly
 anticipates news of the  fastest microchip,  best graphics  board, or some
 other  new  gadget  to  be  available  "real soon now", whether he/she can
 afford it or not.  In  satisfying  this  insatiable  need  for  power, the
 microcomputer  industry   has  pioneered   innovations  in  RISC  (Reduced
 Instruction Set Circuitry)  chips,  graphics  technology,  and  many other
 areas  that  promise  to  incorporate  computers  into every aspect of our
 society.  While all of this is very  good for  progress, it  does bring up
 some questions.

     As financial  realities start sinking in, an otherwise normal computer
 user may begin wondering such sensible things as,  "Is all  this computing
 power really  necessary?   Do I really need more than 60 Megabytes of sto-
 rage capacity?"  Of course, all  true computer  users quickly  reject such
 obviously irrational/naive/heretical  questions.  But the spectre of worth
 soon reemerges as computer users try to determine what their  systems (and
 their friends'  systems) are  truly capable of.  For many users, the focus
 of such efforts have inevitably led to the  search for  the "upper limits"
 of current  computer technology's capabilities.  The search for "the state
 of the art."

     In order to explore this topic well while  providing a  broad timespan
 in which  to cover  new developments,  this "Dream Systems" series appears
 once every three months.  Since Local Area Networks are  a "real-life" use
 for most  Dream Systems,  all of the Dream Systems featured here have some
 type of  LAN  port.    Note  that  all  Unix  workstation  vendors include
 Ethernet ports as standard equipment. 

     To attempt  to determine  the "state  of the  art" of the computer in-
 dustry, I have compiled a list  of microcomputer/workstation  systems that
 have some  of the most powerful capabilities now available in the computer
 market.  I have ignored variables like operating systems and software, and
 concentrated  on  the  actual  computers' features and speed, the greatest
 amount of mass storage you could attain, and the best graphics that system
 could provide.  While operating systems and software are a definite factor
 in a computer, I wanted to aim for the best hardware itself,  to which you
 could add the other items.

     After doing  some research,  I found several configurations that could
 truly claim to be "Dream Systems".  Shown in no particular order,  here is
 my list:

         (Warning:  Do not be surprised by the List Prices Shown.)

 System #1:     ALR Business VEISA Model 101 with 33 MHZ 80486 CPU Module

              Total Cost of System: $13,849.00 (US Currency)

     This IBM  Compatible is  a system with a 33 MHZ 80386 chip, 1 Megabyte
 of RAM onboard, and 6 EISA  Expansion Slots.   Some  "necessary" items for
 this unit  would be  ALR's 33  MHZ 80486  Upgrade Card, a SmartConnex/EISA
 Floppy/Disk Controller from DTP  Inc, and  two sets  of 4  Meg SIMM Memory
 Chips to provide a total of 9 Megabytes of system RAM.

     For this  system's disk storage needs, an HP3176 Magneto-Optical Drive
 made by Hewlett-Packard (which can store 650 Megabytes of data per Remova-
 ble Cartridge),  and InfoChip's  Expanz data compression card (which would
 enable the latter drive to store up to 1 Gigabyte  of data  per Cartridge)
 seems suitable for a Dream System.

 For video displays:
     A Hercules  Graphics Station  Card (with a TI 34010 Graphics Processor
 and support of the TIGA Graphics Standard) and  an NEC  Multisync 4D moni-
 tor.    As  a  final  touch,  an 3Com Etherlink II Card (which provides an
 Ethernet port) is included.

 So with this system, you would have:

        ALR Business VEISA 101 w/1 Megabyte of RAM  (Cost: $2000.00)
        ALR VEISA 33 MHZ 80486 CPU Module (Cost: $3000.00)
        Two sets of 4 Megabyte SIMM Memory Chips (Cost: $225.00 each)

        DPT SmartConnex/EISA Disk Controller  (Cost: $730.00)
        Infochip Expanz data compression card (Cost: $200.00)
        Hewlett Packard 650 Meg Magneto-Optical Drive  (Cost: $4300.00)

        Hercules Graphics Station Card  (Cost: $1024.00)
        3Com EtherLink Card  (Cost: $345.00)
        NEC Multisync 4D Monitor  (Cost: $1800.00)

 VGA Graphics Resolution: 320x200 with 256 Colors out of 256,000
                          640x480 with 16 Colors Displayable out of 256,000

 SuperVGA Resolutions: 640x480 with 256 Displayable Colors out of 256,000
                       800x600 with 16  Colors out of 256,000

 TIGA Resolutions:   512x480 w/16 Million Displayable Colors
                     1024x768 with 256 Displayable Colors out of
                                  a 16 Million Color Palette

 System #2:     - Macintosh IIfx w/SuperMac Video Board -

               Total System Cost:  $21,100.00 (US Currency)

     This Macintosh uses a  40 MHZ  68030 with  a 40  MHZ 68882  Math Chip,
 Eight Megabytes of RAM (and a 32K CPU Cache), 6 NuBus Expansion Slots, and
 a 1.44 Meg  High  Density  Disk  Drive.    It  uses  the  SWIM (Sander-Woz
 Integrated Machine) Disk Controller chip to allow the Mac to read/write to
 MS-DOS and OS/2 formatted disks.

     To further improve this system,  one  could  add  Mirror Technologies'
 RM600  Magneto-Optical  Drive  (which uses 650 Megabyte Removable/Erasable
 Cartridges like those found for the NeXT Computer),  and an  Adaptec Nodem
 (an Ethernet LAN Interface Unit that plugs into the Mac's SCSI slot).

 Other necessities:
     An NEC  Multisync 4D  Monitor, and  a SuperMac Spectrum/24 Video Card.
 The latter lets the Mac have a 1024x768 display with 16 Million  colors at
 the same  time, and  makes Mac  Quickdraw operations  display 5 - 10 times
 faster than before.  The former is recommended if the latter is to be made

 So with this system you would have:

       Macintosh IIfx w/8 Megs of RAM  (Cost: $10800.00)
       Mirror RM600 Magneto-Optical Cartridge Drive (Cost: $3500.00)
       Adaptec Nodem Ethernet Unit  (Cost: $500.00)

       NEC Multisync 4D Color Monitor  (Cost: $1800.00)
       Spectrum/24 III Video Board  (Cost: $4500.00)

 Macintosh II Resolution:  640x400 with 256 Colors out of 16 Million

 With Spectrum/24 it has:  1024x768, with the ability to simultaneously
                                     display 16 Million colors.

 System #3:         Atari TT030/8 with 33 MHZ 68882 Math Chip

                Total System Cost: $10,600.00 (US Currency)

     An Atari  TT030/8 system  features a  33 MHZ  68030 chip with a 33 MHZ
 68882 floating point math unit and 8 Megs of RAM onboard.  It also  has an
 80 Meg  Hard Disk  Drive, an  AppleTalk Port,  and 1 VME Expansion Slot as
 standard equipment.

     To fully use the  TT's Graphics  capabilities in  a Dream  System, one
 would probably  wish to have an Atari PPC-1246 Multisync Color Monitor and
 an Image Systems M24LMax 1280*960 monochrome monitor.

     To boost such a system's storage capacity, one  could also  add a Hew-
 lett Packard  650 Megabyte  Magneto-Optical Cartridge  Drive, using an ICD
 Host Adapter to interface it with the TT.

 So with this system you would have:

       Atari TT030/8 with 80 Megabyte Hard Drive (Cost: $3500.00)
       Atari PPC-1246 Multisync Monitor (Cost: $550.00)
       Image Systems M24LMax Monochrome Monitor (Cost: $2000.00)

       Hewlett Packard 650 Megabyte Removable Drive (Cost: $4300.00)
       ICD Hard Disk Host Adapter (Cost: $250.00)

 Atari STe Resolutions:  (Supported by TT)

       320*200 with 16 displayable colors out of a 4096 color palette
       640*200 with 4 Colors out of 4096
       640*400 in Monochrome

 Atari TT Resolutions:

       320*480 with 256 Displayable Colors out of 4096
       640*480 with 16 Colors out of 4096
      1280*960 in Monochrome (with Image Systems' Monitor)

 System #4:       MIPS Magnum 3000 with 25 MHZ MIPS R3000 RISC-based Chip

              Total Cost of System: $18,000.00 (US Currency)

     MIPS Computer Systems makes the Magnum 3000, which has a  25 MHZ R3000
 microprocessor and  a 25  MHZ R3010 Math Coprocessor.  It has 16 Megabytes
 of RAM  onboard  (with  separate  32K  Instruction  and  Data  Caches), an
 Ethernet port, and no expansion ports.

     This  system  comes  with  two  200-Megabyte Hard Drives and a 150 Meg
 Cartridge Tape Backup Drive.  The Magnum 3000 has a  1280*1024 resolution,
 with 256 colors displayable out of a 16 million color palette.  Since MIPS
 also includes  a Sony  Trinitron Color  Monitor, its  graphics and storage
 capabilities are all parts of the complete package.  

 So with this system you would have:

        MIPS Magnum 3000  (Cost: $18,000.00)
        Sony Trinitron Monitor (standard)

 Magnum 3000 Resolution:

             1280x1024, with 256 displayable colors out of 16 million.

 System #5:       IBM RISC System/6000 Model 320 with Ethernet Card

                Total System Cost: $17,000.00 (US Currency)

     This is  a IBM  PowerStation 320,  with a  20 MHZ P.O.W.E.R chipset, 8
 Megs of RAM (and  a 32K  CPU Cache),  4 "Enhanced  MicroChannel" Expansion
 Slots, and a 240 Megabyte Hard Drive as standard equipment.

     It also  has a  Color Graphics  Adapter with a Geometry Engine Chip, a
 bundled color monitor, and a 1.44 Meg Disk Drive.  IBM also bundles a 3Com
 Ethernet Card  made for the RS/6000.  Like most Unix workstations, the IBM
 RISC System/6000 is available only as a complete computing package.

 So with this system you have:

       IBM RS/6000 PowerStation Model 320  (Cost: $17,000.00)
       3Com Ethernet Card  (Bundled with System)
       240 Megabyte Hard Drive  (Bundled with System)
       Color Graphics Adapter w/Monitor  (Bundled with System)

 RISC System/6000 Resolution: 1280x1024 with 256 Colors out of 16 Million

 System #6:       ATW Transputer w/300 Meg Hard Disk

               Total System Cost:  Approximately $24,900.00

     This is an ATW Transputer with a 20  MHZ T800  Chip having  a built-in
 Math Coprocessor,  4 Megs of RAM, and 4 Expansion Slots onboard.  To boost
 its processing capabilities, one could add  two Abaq  M112 Expansion Cards
 (each having  4 T800  Chips and 4 Megs of DRAM onboard), and one Abaq F104
 Expansion Card (with 1 T800 chip and 1 Meg of  RAM standard),  for a total
 of 10 T800 chips and 13 Megs of System RAM.

     The ATW's  Operating System  (Helios) can  read/write to MS-DOS disks,
 and the ATW uses a Mega ST Motherboard as an  I/O processor.   However, as
 the ATW  isn't commercially sold in the US, its hard disk capabilities are
 unknown to us.  In any case, an NEC 4D  Multisync Monitor  is also needed,
 as well as an ATW Ethernet Interface Card.

 So with this system you have:

       ATW Transputer w/4 Megs of RAM  (Cost: $8000.00)
       Two ATW M112 Expansion "Farm" Cards  (Cost: $12,000.00 total)
       ATW F104 Expansion "Farm" Card  (Cost: $2000.00)

       ATW X100 Ethernet Interface Card  (Cost: $1100.00)
       NEC 4D Multisync Monitor  (Cost: $1800.00)

 (Caution:   Since Atari  does not sell the ATW commercially in the US, the
 above price figures may not be accurate.)

 ATW Resolutions:   1280x960 with 16  Colors out of 16 Million
                    1024x768 with 256 Colors out of 16 Million

                     512x480 with 16 Million Colors at the same time

                     640x480 with 256 Colors out of 16 Million (this mode
                     has double-buffered screens for high speed animation)

      Graphical representations of the features of each Dream System:

                            Dream Systems List:
              (Comparison of each Systems' Optimal Features)
 Dream      |Main Chips,|MHZ Rate|Mass      |Expansion|Graphics Displays/ |
 System     |Megs of RAM|(Speed) |Storage   |  Slots  |Best Resolution(s) |
 IBM 486    |Intel 80486| 33 MHZ |1 Gigabyte| Two (6) |512*480,16 Million |
 System     | Nine Megs |        |Tape Drive|EISA Bus |1024*768,256 Colors|
 Mac IIfx   |68030/68882| 40 MHZ |650 Meg   | Five (6)|640x400, 256 Colors|
 System     |Eight Megs |        |Tape Drive|NuBus    |1024x768,16 Million|
 Atari TT030|68030/68882| 33 MHZ |650 Meg   | One (1) |640x480,  16 Colors|
 System     |Eight Megs |        |Tape Drive|VME Bus  |1280x960,Monochrome|
 MIPS Magnum|R3000/R3010| 25 MHZ |400 Meg   | None (0)|    1280*1024      |
 3000 System|  16 Megs  |        |Hard Drive|         |    256 Colors     |
 IBM RS/6000| P.O.W.E.R | 20 MHZ |240 Meg   |Three (4)|    1280x1024      |
 System     |Eight Megs |        |Hard Drive|M-Channel| 16 Million Colors |
 ATW        | 10 T-800s | 20 MHZ |300 Meg   | Zero (4)|512*480, 16 Million|
 System     |  13 Megs  |        |Hard Drive|Abaq     |1280*960, 16 Colors|

     In the Mass Storage column, Tape stands for removable storage,  and HD
     stands for fixed, or hard disk storage.

     Also, the  Expansion Slot  Column now measures the number of available
     expansion slots in each  Dream  System  AFTER  installing  the various
     add-in boards in each System Configuration.  The number in parentheses
     is the total number of expansion slots in the system.

                             Dream Systems List:
                        Basic System Performance List
 Dream      |Dhrystones |Data Transfer| Linpack  |Size of Bus|Size,Type of|
 System     |in VAX MIPS|    Rate     |  MFLOPS  |Architectr.| CPU Cache  |
 IBM 486    |10-12 MIPS | 33 Megabytes| 1.2 - 1.5|  32 Bits  |  32K SRAM  |
 System     |           |  Per Second |  MFLOPS  |    Wide   |            |
 Mac IIfx   |7 - 8 MIPS | 10 Megabytes|   0.29   |  32 Bits  |  32K SRAM  |
 System     |           | Per Second  |  MFLOPS  |    Wide   |            |
 Atari TT030|5 - 7 MIPS |     N/A     |   N/A    | 16/24 Bits|    N/A     |
 System     |           |             |          |    Wide   |            |
 MIPS Magnum| 21.3 MIPS |     N/A     |   N/A    |  32 Bits  |  64K SRAM  |
 3000 System|           |             |          |    Wide   |            |
 IBM RS/6000| 27.5 MIPS | 40 Megabytes|7.4 MFLOPS|  32 Bits  |  32K SRAM  |
 System     |           | Per Second  |          |    Wide   |            |
 ATW        |30-60 MIPS | 20 Megabytes|125 - 150 |  32 Bits  |4K SRAM Per |
 System     | Sustained | Per Second  |  MFLOPS  |    Wide   | Transputer |

     MFLOPS - Million Floating Point math Operations performed Per Second.
     SRAM - Static RAM memory (much faster than DRAM chips).

     VAX MIPS - a unit of measurement of a computer's Integer processing
     speed.  It is equal to approximately 1750 Dhrystones per Second.


 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

 - Cupertino, California                                    MAC CLONE NEAR?

 Nutek  Computers  has announced it has developed the  logic  chipset  and 
 software necessary to form the heart of an Apple Macintosh compatible.  A 
 spokesperson  for  Nutek  said  the company  is  already  discussing  the 
 possibility of supplying its Mac BIOS software,  on chip and disk,  on an 
 original equipment manufacturer (OEM) basis with several companies.

 Unlike other Mac clone system software,  Nutek said that its software  is 
 perfectly legal and has hired the services of Gervaise Davis,  a  Silicon 
 Valley  computer law and copyright expert.   Davis said he believes  that 
 the  Nutek  BIOS software does not infringe on  Apple's  copyrights.  The 
 Nutek software runs to more than 250,000 lines of code.

 - Toronto, Canada                         DYNACADD NOW AVAILABLE FOR AMIGA

 Ditek  International  has  announced  the release  of  DynaCADD  for  the 
 Commodore  Amiga.   DynaCADD is currently available  for:  MS-DOS,  Atari 
 ST/TT and now Commodore Amiga.

 According to Nathan Potechin of ISD Marketing Inc.,  who is handling  the 
 distribution of the package, "DynaCADD maintains its compatibility across 
 all three of the platforms for which it is currently  available.  Besides 
 the  fact of accessing things like multi-tasking that the Amiga  has  and 
 the  Atari  ST/TT does not or running under GEM for the IBM  version  all 
 three versions are almost identical in terms of user commands.  The  user 
 interface  takes  complete advantage of the graphic capabilities  of  the 
 Amiga,of  course,  and also automatically accesses the math chip  in  the 
 higher end Amigas."

 - Remond, Washington                      WINDOWS/OS-2/DOS 5.0 INTERTWINED
 Microsoft  is developing MS-DOS 5.0,  the next version of MS-DOS,  so  it 
 will be more "complementary" to Windows.   Also,  "Windows libraries" are 
 being  offered  that  allow OS/2 to run  Windows  applications.   In  the 
 planning stages is a "New Technology" OS/2 kernel that will not only  run 
 Windows applications,  but will include integrated network functions  and 
 the sharing of device drivers with DOS and Windows.   All indications are 
 that  Microsoft has intensive plans to "intertwine" MS-DOS  5.0,  Windows 
 and OS/2.

 - Tokyo, Japan                                 WINDOWS OPENING UP IN JAPAN
 IBM is developing a Japanese Windows 3.0 for its IBM PC's and is expected 
 to be released this spring.   NEC has already released Windows 3.0,  with 
 Fujitsu  and  Toshiba expected to release Windows in February  and  April 

 - Sunnyvale, California                        64-BIT RISC CHIP INTRODUCED

 The  new  R4000 RISC (reduced instruction set computing)  chip  has  been 
 introduced  by MIPS Computer Systems.   With the 64-bit R4000  installed, 
 workstations  will be capable of running up to ten times faster than  the 
 current 32-bit models.  RISC processors have fewer instructions than most 
 other  microprocessors  and because of that,  are  designed  to  simplify 
 software  development,  and  speed  a  machine's  execution  of  software 

 - Columbus, Ohio                                     COMPUSERVE BEING SUED

 Prodigy isn't the only online service with problems, CompuServe is having 
 to  defend itself against a class action suit brought by former users  of 
 The Source,  which CompuServe bought and closed in 1989.  There were over 
 50,000  users of The Source when CompuServe bought  it  out.   CompuServe 
 succeeded  in  getting  one complaint dismissed  but  a  second,  amended 
 complaint has been allowed to go forward.

 The suit,  filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, alleges that Source 
 members  inherited  by CompuServe in the deal were forced  to  accept  an 
 "Executive  Option"  membership to the system when  their  accounts  were 
 transferred.  The  suit,  filed by Chicago attorneys Paul  Bernstein  and 
 Barry  Neil Lowe,  notes that the Executive Option costs $10/month  while 
 regular CompuServe membership carries a minimum charge of just $1.50  per 

 - Cupertino, California                 LOTUS, IMPROV AND NEXT ON SCHEDULE

 Lotus Development Corp. has announced it has begun shipping Lotus Improv, 
 its new spreadsheet for the Next computer.   Lotus Improv has a suggested 
 retail  price of $695.   However,  customers who buy and register any  of 
 Next's  new  68040 computers or who upgrade their current NEXT  with  the 
 68040  upgrade  kit,  get a free copy of Lotus Improv (promotion  to  end 
 March 31, 1991).

 - Newport Beach, California               NEW MODEM/FAC CHIP SET ANNOUNCED

 Rockwell announced at the ComNet communications trade show, the RC9624AC, 
 a new 2-chip chip set designed for laptop computers which can double as a 
 2,400  bit/second data modem and 9,600 bit/second fax  modem.   The  data 
 modem follows the V.42bis data compression standard and also includes MNP 
 data compression.   The whole unit requires less power and takes up  less 
 space  than previous products,  and it's planned it will be  usable  with 
 cellular protocols in the future.

 - Englewood, Colorado                               TRUCKERS AND COMPUTERS

 Cellular Automated Transmission (CAT) has been introduced by  Information 
 Solutions,  Inc  (ISI)  for  professional truckers.   CAT  is  the  first 
 computerized on-board communications system which will enable truckers in 
 the  field  to  create  an  immediate  and  direct  computer  link   with 
 headquarters.   This  will  aid in managing various  activities  such  as 
 processing delivery receipts, bills of lading and scheduling.

 CAT uses a personal laptop computer (IBM compatible), cellular telephone, 
 high speed modem and a mobile fax machine installed in the truck cab  and 
 will have a price tag from $1000 - $2000, depending on configuration.

 - Mountain View, California                   ADOBE STREAMLINE VERSION 2.0

 Version  2.0 of Adobe Streamline which features improvements to the  user 
 interface,  import and export capabilities and converting grey-scale  art 
 will start shipping this month.   Version 2.0 will be sold at $195, which 
 is less than 1/2 the price of the current version.  Registered users will 
 be upgraded for free and will be able to buy any Adobe type-face for only 

 - East Farmingdale, New York               PHREAKER "PHIBER OPTIK" NABBED!

 After  a year long investigation,  the New York State Police and  the  US 
 Secret Service have arrested 18-year-old Mark Abene (aka PHIBER OPTIK) of 
 Queens, New York.  Through the use of a stolen credit card, Abene is said 
 to have tampered with a New York Telephone computer so that he and others 
 could have unbilled access to a "900" telephone.

 Abene  has been charged with felony counts of computer  tampering,  first 
 degree  and  computer  trespass  and a misdemeanor  charge  of  theft  of 
 services.   Each of the felony charges carries a maximum sentence of from 
 1 to  4 years in prison.   Since Abene was arrested under New York  state 
 statues,  he will be classified as an adult;  while if he'd been  charged 
 under federal statues,  he would have been considered a minor at the time 
 of the alleged acts.


 Because of component shortages,  market uncertainties,  and the need  for 
 new  business  partners,  some Soviet computer factories which  make  IBM 
 360/370,  DEC,  and  PC clones have nearly shut down.   According  to  an 
 anonymous  source,  "In  the  situation where  money  means  nothing  and 
 factories  are  refusing to follow the "plan," they were forced  even  to 
 exchange RAM chips for food supplies to get lines running".


 > STR Mail Call?                                    Letters to the Editors

                             NEWS from GERMANY

 by Oliver Steinmeier

 Dear Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Boucher:

     One of your club members, Fred McGhee, showed  me a  copy of  the Sep-
 tember issue  of your club magazine (excellent, looks quite professional).
 During the last five months Fred  and I  translated and  revised my German
 book "PC/AT-SPEED  gewubt wie".   The English edition, "The Official Guide
 to PC/AT-SPEED" will most likely be  available in  the States,  Canada and
 UK in March, 1991.

     In the  magazine you  asked for  articles and  reports.  Here are some
 'news items' you or other members of SSAG might be interested in:

     In December the developer of PC/AT-SPEED released a new version of the
 PC-SPEED  software.    V1.5  now  offers a GEM-based installation program,
 nearly exactly the same  as that  coming with  AT-SPEED.   This allows for
 most convenient  installation.   It is  now also possible to use the Atari
 SLM laser printer with PC-SPEED and MS-DOS.   The new  PC-SPEED driver can
 be installed  as accessory.   This makes it possible to easily switch over
 from TOS to DOS and back to  TOS  without  loosing  [sic]  the  TOS memory
 contents (possible with ST with more than 1 MB RAM).

     The AT-SPEED  software (currently V2.24) offers all these features and
 also monochrome VGA and EGA support.  Talon Technologies is the new distr-
 ibutor of the PC/AT-SPEED products in the US.

     CCD Software  (Eltville, Germany) eventually released TEMPUS WORD V1.0
 in December, 1990.  I'll get a version within the next few days to write a

     Bela Software,  former German  distributor of CodeHead Software produ-
 cts, announced the introduction of a new 'software  blitter' called 'NVDI'
 (New VDI).   This  program reportedly replaces the complete VDI with a new
 and faster one.  Also included is a  GDOS.   The announced  price for this
 German product is DM 99.00 (currently $1 is about DM 1.50).

     Maxon, another  German company,  plans to  release a multi-tasking GEM
 for the ST.  No details are known so far.

     Omikron Software released 'Mortimer Plus', a new and  enhanced version
 of the  (at least  here) well-known utility.  The editor now offers autom-
 atic word-wrap, some other new functions (including control panel options)
 are available.  Mortimer Plus works on the ST and also on the TT.

     I plan  to visit the US this Spring (probably March 3 - April 15).  Is
 it possible to visit one of your club meetings?  As I  mentioned before, I
 work for  a German  ST magazine and plan to write some reports about Amer-
 ican Atari clubs and  companies developing  hardware and  software for the

     Do you  know of  any (Atari)  computer fairs  taking place in March or
 April?  Of course, Fred told me about your show last October.

                                   Sincerely yours,
                                        Oliver Steinmeier


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 > Greg Pratt STR OnLine?               ONLINE WITH ATARI'S GENERAL MANAGER

 GEnie Presents:





 <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Thank you for coming back!  We  have  with  us  this  evening  Greg Pratt,
 General Manager of Atari Computer Corporation.  Last week's conference was
 complicated by a number of problems so Mr. Pratt has  been kind  enough to
 visit us  tonight to  set some things right.  Hopefully, we will have much
 better luck system-wise than last week.

 <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Mr. Pratt...Do you have any opening remarks before  we start  taking ques-

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Good evening  everyone.   I am happy to be with you here tonight, and hope
 that we will have better luck this time in sharing  our thoughts  with one
 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 I'd like  to start  out by telling you a little about myself.  I have been
 an associate of Jack  Tramiel's for  the past  twelve years.   During that
 time frame,  we went  through the  most explosive portion of the home com-
 puter growth with the Commodore 64.  I was President of the  US operations
 for Commodore  during that  time frame.  After Jack left Commodore, I came
 with him, and was part of a new start up  company called  Tramiel Technol-
 ogy.  This  was  the  beginning  of  the company that ultimately purchased
 Atari.  I am one of the six  people in  the management  team that  came in
 when  Jack  purchased  Atari.    Since  that time, I have held a number of
 positions with the company,  the  latest  one  being  the  Chief Financial
 Officer for Atari Corp.
 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 I'd also like to fill you in on some of the current happenings here at the
 US subsidiary.  
 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE> 
 We will use our Strategic Partner Program, where  we will  be working with
 approximately 100  key dealers  located throughout  the US.  These dealers
 will be especially qualified to provide high end  customers with  the type
 of support  that they  require.  As part of the Strategic Partner Program,
 we will be working with key developers in each of their areas of applicat-

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE> 
 We will  be using  distributors as  a secondary method of distributing our
 products.  The Lynx, the Portfolio, and the  STEs are  all in distribution
 now.   The only  products that will be held back from distribution will be
 the TT.  We feel this will enable us to have a greater penetration throug-
 hout the US market.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 We have lowered our suggested retail prices on our machines.

                      The new prices are as follows:
     1040 STE      $ 599.95
     Mega STE      $1699.95 (2mb), $1849.95 (4mb) - both w/50mb HD
     TT030/2-50    $2399.95
     TT030/4-50    $2799.95
     TT030/8-80    $3799.95
     Megafile 30   $ 599.95
     Megafile 44   $ 899.95 w/cart.
     Megafile 60   $ 799.95
     SLM605 Laser  $1295.95
 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 With that, let's open the floor to questions, Jeff.

 <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Okay.  We'll start with Terry.

 Are any  cutbacks planned  in the  User Group  show category? If so by how
 much?  Do you feel these shows are important to Atari?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE> 
 There are no plans to reduce support for User Group shows in the U.S.   On
 the contrary, such shows are extremely important to us at Atari.

 <[Sysop] JEFF.W>

 By this  time, most  of us are aware of the existence of the Lynx II.  Two
 questions: 1) Is it in fact smaller?  2) If so, How in relation to GB?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 The basic unit is smaller, but the screen  size remains  the same  and has
 all of  the functionality  of the  original unit.  Versus the GameBoy, the
 unit is approximately twice the thickness of Gameboy.  

 <[Sysop] JEFF.W>

 Good evening Mr. Pratt.   My  question is:  is ATARI  really aware  of the
 state of its market and the condition of the third-party companies that...
 support the ATARI computer; for example: START magazine is going bi-month-
 ly, Practical  Solutions, Michtron  and many  others are  gone.  Companies
 that we  all thought were here to stay, are now history.  That should mean

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE> 
 Atari is very aware of the  condition of  third party  companies.   We are
 initiating a  Strategic Partner  program whereby we will work very closely
 with important developers to  help  with  current  conditions...  One more
 question...can I?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE> 
 Our understanding  is that  Michtron has  been sold, not gone out of busi-
 ness, and that Start  is re-evaluating  its decision  to go  bimonthly and
 that we  are actively soliciting bundle proposals from developers, so that
 we are no longer just working with them to build  customer bases,  we have
 become a customer ourselves.

 We  all  know  that  if  ATARI  were going to spend one million dollars in
 advertising, still it wouldn't help much. What, if any, are  ATARI's plans
 to spread  the word?   Will  it include the so-called "Revolution"?  about
 its products, that is.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Atari supports the "Revolution" and we recognize that word of mouth is the
 strongest form  of advertising, still we intend to spend approximately 10%
 of sales on advertising media for the computer line.  We anticipate stable
 supply lines for 1991.

 <[Mark] STACE>
 The possible  introduction of  a Mega  STE with  only 1 meg and no HD con-
 firmed by Sam last week.  Couple questions... 
 #1:  Retail price?   #2:  Will this  unit require  extra hardware.. (other
 than the HD itself) to add a HD to it? IE, host adapter..etc?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 The retail  pricing is  not final,  and we  haven't made  a decision about
 adding the HD host adapter.  Any thoughts on that?

 <[Pattie (AIM)] UNICORNPUB>
 Thank you for joining us Greg!  I'd like to ask what  form the advertising
 for Atari's computer line will take.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Advertising  will  take  the  form  of mainly print media, specializing in
 computer magazines, however with some general, broad-based coverage.

 <[Pattie (AIM)] UNICORNPUB> 
 Greg, what type of  general, broad-based  coverage?   (just to  put you on
 the spot!)

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 We  would  anticipate  being  in  Magazines like INC., Forbes, Money, Home
 Office, Newsweek, Omni, etc... 

 <[Mark] STACE>
 Greg...regarding the  host  adapter  in  the  Mega  STE...add  it!!   More
 thoughts.   Try to  retail price  it UNDER  $1000.   I don't need a 50 meg
 HD...I need 100+ meg!  I don't want to pay Atari for that!  :-) Thank you!

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE> 
 Back to Mark, you realize that this will add possibly $100.00 at retail to
 add the host adapter.  This will jeopardize your $1000.00 price level.

 <[Mark] STACE>
 Then let ICD have one early so they can come out with  a cheaper solution!

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 ICD already has a Mega STE as of last week.

 Hello Greg.  How are you planning to target the Mega STE considering it is
 $200 more than a similar but less powerful Mac Classic.  Also,  do "stable
 supply lines"  mean that  shortages of product will be substantially redu-
 ced?  Follow up??

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 First of all, the Mega STE is a 16MHz machine,  not an  8MHz like  the Mac
 Classic.   It also  has color capability and is more easily expanded.  Our
 machine with no HD will  be  extremely  competitive  to  the  Mac Classic,
 according the feedback from the Pacific Rim show in Vancouver.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Stable  supply  lines  means  shortages  of  product will be substantially
 reduced in 1991.

 Still just being a Mac means a lot and it has much more software  than the
 Atari.  Anyway, will the Mega STE be the main thrust in the general market
 advertising to go against IBM and Apples? Thanks.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 In my opinion, a Mac Classic without a HD is not a usable machine, while a
 Mega STE  without a HD is very usable.  Apple has a problem, in that their
 developers are not making software geared for the 68000 anymore.  They are
 now writing mainly for the 68030 machines. 

 <[Mike*Germany] HILCHNER2>
 Hallo Greg!  This is Michael Schuetz from the German mag Atari PD Journal.
 I have two questions :

 1.) Can you give some specifics about the Unix system announced
 last week by Sam?

 2.) It was said that Atari would announce two new biggies at CeBIT in five
 weeks. Will the 2nd one be the new Portfolio ?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 1) The  Unix is  based on System V.4 using the Motif standard.  We have no
 final information right now on  price  and  availability,  further comment
 will be made at CeBIT...

 2) No comment... Sorry.

 <[Larry rymal] LRYMAL>
 Greg, any push into the schools?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 We are  currently in  the process  of recruiting  an educational marketing
 specialist.   We continue  to work  very closely  with Computer Curriculum
 Corporation, a major Integrated Learning System marketeer.

 <[Larry rymal] LRYMAL>
 That is  great!   Apple succeeded  largely by  investing in  the future of
 America, its students.  Can't we begin the same?  MIDI music labs, DTPing,

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 In 1991, we will focus on specific market segments where we have an advan-
 tage.  We will aggressively prospect in new markets when  the new machines
 in quantity.

 <[Ralph] ST.REPORT
 In light  of the  terrific success  of the Lynx and Portfolio, are similar
 promotional plans in the works for the computer lines?   How soon for full
 distribution  of  the  new  computers  &  related goodies in the USA?  The
 market desperately NEEDS a strong shot in the arm now.
 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 I'd refer back to my opening comments.   We are  overhauling the distribu-
 tion network.   We believe that within the next 30-60 days, we will have a
 very effective network of very highly  motivated dealers...  Our Strategic
 Partner program  is in  effect our implementation of the "shot in the arm"
 so desperately needed in the USA.

 <[Ralph] ST.REPORT>
 Who said 286/80col Portfolio,   thanks for stopping by Greg!

 Thank you for coming tonight, Greg. I have two questions.   The  first is,
 does Atari have any plans to go mass market with the 1040? Commodore has
 been very successful getting the Amiga 500 into Software, Etc and other
 chains which creates a nice userbase which developers can survive on.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Yes, the  1040STE is  our mass-market machine.  We are targeting that mac-
 hine to go into mass market retailers now.  I  agree the  additional soft-
 ware base is important, and we have not overlooked that segment.

 My second question concerns public relations.  Ever since Neil Harris left
 Atari, the ST has become the "invisible computer" as far  as the  US press
 is concerned.  Jerry Pournelle  of Byte  magazine said on GEnie that since
 Neil left, he had not heard a peep from Atari.  Does Atari have  any plans
 to hire  someone to  be the point man for the press or do you feel this is
 not necessary. 

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Jerry Pournelle received a TT030-8/50 from us about  three weeks  ago.  If
 there are  other key people you are aware of who should receive a  machine
 please advise us of them. Contact Bill Rehbock about that.  As  far as the
 "point man for the press" goes, we have Sam Tramiel :->

 Thanks  for  being  with  us....  After the news of the Atari/Soviet D-RAm
 deal, I'm curious if Atari is interested in marketing the ST line into
 the SovUNion. The 68000 is unrestricted now, I'm told. .

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Yes, we are interested in the  Soviet  market.    We  have  several groups
 attempting to  market computers  in the  Soviet Union.   The lead group is
 Atari Germany.

 <[_Mac_ST_] DAVESMALL> Should I contact them at CeBIT? .

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>

 Thank you very much. Next?

 <[Sheldon] S.WINICK> 
 Greg. Bob mentioned in a message this week on GEnie  that there  are now 4
 classifications  of  dealers.  Can  you explain what those different clas-
 sifications are?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 In order to simplify matters, we are in the process of reducing  the types
 of dealers  to one.   This will eliminate all of the confusion, paperwork,
 and hassle associated with prior plans.  As mentioned in my opening state-
 ments, we intend to have a number of dealers with whom we will work direc-
 tly.  The remainder of the business will be put through distribution.

 <[Sheldon] S.WINICK>
 Perhaps in this light then, you should expound a little  on the "Strategic
 Partner" program that you mentioned earlier.  Is this the current program
 of only  one dealer category?  And does that mean the concept of the Busi-
 ness Computer Center is a dead issue?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 The dealer program will the subject of a  separate conference,  wherein we
 will discuss  the various market segments.  Your dealership is the kind of
 dealer that will qualify as a Strategic Partner...  For us,  you are  in a
 strategic location, catering to the CAD and MIDI marketplace.

 Hey Greg, how the frig are ya? Thanks for dropping in, I have 3 questions:
 a) Will the UNIX be available for 030'd STs in general or TT only?
 b) What mass market outlets are being looked at...type, etc.?
 c) There  is a  rumor about the addition of an "ATspeed" like appendage to
 the 1040STE, can you comment at all? Thanks...

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 To be honest, I don't know about Unix on other machines than  the TT.   We
 are having  discussions with  consumer electronic stores, regional depart-
 ment stores, and computer superstores.   Re: ATspeed  rumor, do  you think
 it's a good idea?

 You bet  your bippie!! It kills the "PC" compatibility concern.  Please do
 it!!! Thanks.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Thanks for your input

 Hello Greg, Bob. I'm the president  of ACEC,  Columbus, OH.   I  wanted to
 know what support Atari can offer for a small, but enthusiastic club?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Bob is  online daily,  as a resource to answer any questions that they may
 have either publicly or via EMAIL (GEnie mail = BOB-BRODIE).  We have some
 plans for a user group promotion that we will be announcing next month.

 I met  Bob at  WAACE.   Unfortunately, he was a bit too busy to talk.  One
 observation about the value of advertising: I work weekends at  one of two
 stores  that  still  support  Atari  in  this market. During the Christmas
 season, the only STe's we sold were to Atari owners.  No one looking for a
 new system knew anything about Atari.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Sorry I  didn't have  time to  speak to you at WAACE, but I am online here

 When the TT gets class B certification will  Atari start  shipping a large
 quantity of  them to  the US  or will  Europe be  the market to be pushed?
 And, in the Electronic Engineering times there is an article  that Atari's
 TT will  be marketed towards CAD/CAM.  Is this your major focus for the TT

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 We will start shipping  large quantities  in the  US immediately  upon FCC
 Class B  approval.   The CAD/CAM market is an important market for the TT,
 as we are positioning it as a low-cost graphics workstation.

 <[Sheldon] S.WINICK>
 With essentially the entire line  of  Atari  products  going  into general
 distribution, how  do you  propose maintaining minimum standards for Atari
 dealerships -- or do you now feel that any retailer or mail-order discoun-
 ter should be able to market Atari computer systems?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 The TT product line will not be available through distribution, and as you
 know, the TT is our crown jewel.  On the other hand, the 1040STE is a mass
 market machine  and we want to have it sold everywhere.  The real concern,
 then, is how to manage the mid-range MEGA STE product.  We  will make sure
 that our Strategic Partners receive priority shipments, priority allocati-
 ons, market development funds,  to enhance  their profit  opportunity.  We
 will be very selective in appointing distributors.  We also are installing
 a system which will enable us to track serial numbers which will  allow us
 to identify the path a machine took to the user.

 Hi again Mr. Pratt... a few questions:
 1.  What is the status of the MIDI marked, from ATARI's point of view.

 2.   Is ATARI  developing any high end graphic boards for the TT, specifi-
 cally aimed for the CAD/CAM and the ANIMATION (TV) market.

 3.  Why is ATARI considering Puerto Rico an international market?   As you
 may know,  P.R. is  part of the U.S. and therefore, has a lot of influence
 in the latin countries in central and south America.  Thanks.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Judging from the positive feedback from  NAMM,  we  are  confident  of our
 position in the market.  Did you notice the STACY on the Arsenio Hall show
 the last two nights, with the  Atari Logo  prominently displayed?   Re the
 graphics board,  we aren't prepared to discuss our plans right now, but we
 are working with third-party  developers that  our addressing  this issue.
 As for  Puerto Rico, please call offline so we can discuss this issue.  Or
 leave EMAIl to BOB-BRODIE with your phone number so we can call you.

 What types of VME products do you know of that work with the Mega  STE and
 TT (TOS and UNIX)?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 The Green  Springs Computer  Products Industry-Pak  3U cards (octal serial
 port, ram expansion, A/D - D/A converters) all work quite nicely, however,
 they are  a bit  pricey.   There are  over 3000  VME cards  on the market.
 Contact B.REHBOCK via EMail for more specifics on  which ones  work in the

 <[givemeaSTE:)] C128.JBEE>
 What  kind  of  software,  hardware,  etc, show and marketing support does
 Atari offer for small developers/direct marketers  that are  interested in
 the Atari ST and Lynx lines?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 We  offer  substantial  hardware  discounts  to  our registered commercial
 developers, as well as software/technical support  for all  of our product

 <[kidprgs] D.A.BRUMLEVE>
 Atari UK has enjoyed some success with power-packs featuring the 520ST and
 520STe bundled with various commercial software offerings.   Are there any
 plans to  bring the  520STe to the US market?  Are there plans to continue
 to sell  the 520ST?   It  seems to  me that  these machines  would be more
 appropriately mass marketed than the 1040STe.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 We are  currently discussing  bringing over  certain packages from the UK.
 With the recent price reduction on the 1040STE we feel it is a very affor-
 dable machine for the masses.  The utility of a 520STE in the US market is
 suspect.  The differential in price due to  RAM is  minimal, therefore, we
 prefer to give more.

 <[kidprgs] D.A.BRUMLEVE>
 My nephew  just bought  a 520STe  and he  is quite happy with it.  I think
 American kids would be happy with it too.  Thanks. 

 What new Lynx products  were shown  at the  CES (especially  Warbirds) and
 anything on the Panther?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Warbirds is  still in  development, it  may have  been at CES, but I don't
 recall.  No comments on Panther,  see the  transcript of  Sam's conference
 from last week.

 <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Quick question...When do we see the SLM605 laser printer in the USA?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Now in stock.

 <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Dealers can order now?  What list price?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE> 
 Dealer price is private, list price is $1295.95

 [Sysop] JEFF.W>
 It's getting late folks.  I can only take two more folks.  Sorry.

 Will this  new focus on education will you hit the university store market
 for educators and students to purchase  at  a  discount  like  Apple does?
 Students definitely  like the  capabilities of  the Atari with Spectre and
 color (for games :-)) at its price.

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 We will have a very aggressive program for students and schools.

 Will there be a student purchase program put back into place?   Also these
 new dealers,   What  is Atari doing to make sure these dealers will indeed
 support their sales?  We have seen the low ballers  and the  pickpockets -
 what about support, sales and service.  You already got the first part but
 if you are going to mass  merchandise who  is doing  the support?   Surely
 Atari does not expect the user groups to do it for nothing?

 <[Greg Pratt] BOB-BRODIE>
 Re: the student program, we just answered that.
 Re:  the  new  dealers,  again  we indicated we're putting a serial number
 tracking system to allow us to  track  down  where  problems  happen.   As
 problems occur, we will take appropriate action.

 Editor  note..  Florida's  famous  sparky  nailed us here we lost power at
 this point.. but the conference was almost over.

 (C) 1989 by Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the  Atari Roundtables.   May be
 reprinted only  with this  notice intact.   The Atari Roundtables on GEnie
 are    *official*    information    services    of    Atari   Corporation.

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

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 There's been much discussion on Genie recently about Shareware programs, 
 what makes a program shareware instead of P/D or Freeware,  what are the 
 legalities of writing and using shareware,  etc.  I think I can condense 
 these 100's of posts into one paragraph....
 Shareware  is copyrighted,  commercial software just like  the  software 
 that you buy from your local dealer's or via mail order.   The two  main 
 distinctions between the two are:
    1) the mode of distribution and
    2) the  authors  of shareware programs allow you to try  out  a  full 
       working version of their program before you spend your money.
 Shareware  doesn't  mean  "free" nor "public  domain".   If  you  use  a 
 shareware program, you _have_ to pay for it, just as you do the programs 
 that you purchase from your dealer.   Using a shareware program  without 
 paying for it is illegal (i.e., piracy), plain and simple.


    From C.Klimushyn on GEnie...

 Role  players take heart!  Pool of Radiance and Might and Magic II  work 
 fine on the Spectre GCR!  I know PoR is suppose to be release for the ST 
 but I couldn't wait anymore...

    From T.Bushaw (Quidnunc Software) on GEnie...

 Way  last  spring,  ST  Informer reported that  Version  2.00  would  be 
 released in the fall of 1990.  Well,  that's exactly what we told  them; 
 but,  alas,  it's not ready yet.  We ran into some hardware problems  in 
 July  which  we JUST RECENTLY solved.  We're now  working  furiously  on 
 finishing up the new revision -- and getting close.

 For those of you considering buying Stalk the Market; you can buy it now 
 (registered owners get Version 2.00 FREE),  or you can wait (there  will 
 be NO price increase for Version 2.00)...feel free to call us at  (214)-
 243- 0663 (after 5PM CST, unless you want to leave a message).

 In case your wondering, some of the new stuff in Version 2.00 includes:
    - Integrated downloading from CompuServe,  Dow Jones  News/Retrieval, 
      and GEnie.
    - Portfolio capabilities (consolidated ledgers,  performance reports, 
      "batch" downloading, etc.)
    - Dividend and Capital Gain transactions
    - Various convenience features:  "Desktop" Save & Load,  Save  Window  
      Size and Price-Time Range,  Movable Dialog Boxes,  and Auto-Desktop  
      Load on Startup.
    - and more...


    Question from Jeff Sims Diadem on GEnie...

 I'm finally ready to by a scanner -- what are my choices?  I have around 
 $700 to work with. Is the Migraph unit still the way to go, or are there 
 some real alternatives in that price range?

    Answer from Sheldon Winick (owner of Computer STudio) on Genie...
 Your budget is more than enough to buy Migraph's Hand Scanner  (actually 
 you have almost enough to buy 2 of them!).  Migraph's package is bundled 
 with "Touch-Up",  which gives excellent editing capabilities (although a 
 little slow at certain tasks).

 Providing you have a real need for full page scans,  and can justify the 
 cost, a flatbed scanner will give far superior results. Navarone bundles 
 a Cannon flatbed scanner with their interface and software.  We've  been 
 using (and selling) the Panasonic FX-RS505 flatbed scanner and have  had 
 excellent  results  with it.  The interface cartridge and  software  are 
 imported from Germany.  Either of the above systems will cost about  the 
 same  price (well above your current budget though).

    Answer from Warren Tryk on GEnie...

 I just recently purchased my scanner from a fellow in Princeton,  IL. He 
 has excellent prices on Canon IX-12 full-page scanners and the  Navarone 
 ST interfaces (which plug into the cartridge port):

    SCANNER......  $295  (sheet-fed),  $495  (flat-bed)
    NAVARONE.....  $295  (includes cable and ST software)

 Both units are brand new and come with all docs. The actual scanner that 
 I got wasn't labeled "CANON" but "The Laser Connection from QMS" but the 
 docs  say  that it is 100% CANON IX-12  compatible.  (BTW,  Mike  called 
 before shipping to inform me of the different labeling in case I  didn't 
 want it!)  If you are interested you can contact him (Mike Lange)  voice 
 at (815) 875-4728 {after 6pm central} or by Snail Mail:

    Simple Solutions 122 N. Euclid Princeton, IL 61356 the results of the purchase:  Everything arrived as promised  via 
 UPS  C.O.D.  and was up and scanning in under an hour.  I purchased  the 
 sheet-fed model after consulting with a friend who owns one and am  very 
 happy  with  its  output.  You  can scan  whole  pages  and/or  portions 
 (windows) on a page and save them as DEGAS,  Postscript,  EPS,  IMG,  or 
 TIFF files. Scan either as line art or half-tone from 75 to 300 dpi with 
 density control. 32 grayscale levels are supported.


    From Janoyan (Atari Corner Publishing) on GEnie...

 ....HagTerm  Elite v4.7 is now available.  Very few features were  added 
 since  v4.5;  instead,  the new version was mainly intended to fix  some 
 bugs and quirks that were left in v4.5 and v4.6 (Sorry,  but IGS is  not 
 in v4.7).  Small updates like these will be made to fix bugs and  quirks 
 and  add  the promised features;  I hope to get v5.0 to be the  last  of 
 these updates,  and thus make that a sturdy version that will run on all 
 Atari ST and TT systems.

 After that,  I am planning on adding some major enhancements that I have 
 thought about for a long time.  Hopefully,  this will include using  GEM 
 windows for the editor and incorporate it with the Main Menu.

 If  you are having some problems with Ymodem Batch Downloads,  or  don't 
 like  the  capture to buffer slowing down when you do a "Clear  Half  of 
 Buffer," then you need v4.7.  Since v4.7 is not a major upgrade, you may 
 get it by sending your original disk along with a SASE to:

                         Atari Corner Publishing 
                             515 Wing Street 
                            Glendale, CA 91205
                              (818) 242-5692

 ...the new "HagTerm Elite General Manual" is still not available.  There 
 are  several  reasons for the delay of this manual...but it  _is_  being 
 made as I speak,  and I hope to have it available as soon as possible... 
 However,  the  new HagScript manual has been available for the past  few 
 weeks and I have many copies available.  The new General Manual will  be 
 shipped  (free  of charge) to all new purchasers of HagTerm  Elite  (and 
 also  those  who purchased it after the creation of the new  manual  was 
 announced) when it is available.


    Thinking  of buying a new DeskJet?   Confused as to which version  to 
    buy?  Here's some help from Joe Meehan on Genie...

 The DeskJet 500 is the current model.  The DJ and DJ+ have been replaced 
 but  can be upgraded by HP to the 500 level (I understand the DJ gets  a 
 new drive and both get some new electronics). The DJ 500 adds additional 
 fonts and will run a little faster (I believe).

 The end result of all this,  if you are considering a purchase is to  be 
 sure  to compare cost of machines that have all the features  you  want; 
 add the upgrade cost if needed to the DJ or DJ+ to compare.

    From Don Vinicor (D.VINICOR) on Genie...

 ....DeskJet 500,  since this is the current model.  I'm going to upgrade 
 my venerable original DeskJet just as soon as I can get enough ahead  of 
 everything to get along without a printer for two weeks.  The HP deal of 
 doing it for only $225 is great for a low output system like mine...


    From Wayne Buckholdt (Turbo ST - SofTrek) on GEnie...

 Effective  immediately,  the suggested list price of Turbo ST in the  US 
 has been lowered from $49.95 to $39.95.  Anyone paying more than $39.95, 
 between Feb. 1, 1991 and March 31, 1991, will be refunded the difference 
 if  they  include their sales receipt when they send in their  Turbo  ST 
 registration card.  The maximum refund is $10 and applies only to  sales 
 in the United States of existing Turbo ST packages (serial numbers 12032 
 and below).

 For those of you that live in North America and wish to buy direct  from 
 SofTrek,  you  can phone in your order by calling (407) 657-4611 or  you 
 may order Turbo ST via , by sending $39.95 by cash, check, or money order.

 Now  every  TURBO16  owner  can accelerate their  machine  to  the  same 
 lightning speed that TURBO16 buyers enjoy today!   Until March 31, 1991, 
 all existing TURBO16 owners may purchase Turbo ST for only  $25.  Simply 
 send proof of purchase along with $25 cash, check, or money order.

    Send orders or inquiries to:

                               P.O. Box 5257
                           Winter Park, FL 32793

 VISA  and MasterCard are accepted and shipping within North  America  is 
 now free.  If by chance, you get the answering machine, leave your phone 
 number and your call will be promptly returned.

 Florida residents,  please include $2.40 for sales tax and for those  of 
 you that live overseas,  please add $5 for shipping.   All prices are in 
 US funds.


    A compilation of several posts from JB.Davis (DreamPark  Development) 
    on GEnie...
 A  mailing to all registered users in in the mail,  but we thought  we'd 
 better  post  this for those who haven't sent their  registration  cards 
 in... Send 'em in folks. $5.00 to upgrade.

 We are releasing a new software package, the DreamPark Utilities!
    New formatter with capabilities never seen in ST formatters before
    Hard Disk utility to write your HD free space to the Desktop.
    AUTOMATIC floppy virus protection when formatting
    Virus protection of already formatted floppies without harming data
    Fast,smart copy utility for ST floppy duplication.

 DP  Utilities  will  retail for $19.95,  in keeping with  our  push  for 
 affordable ST software.

 We will SOON be announcing an upgrade for PowerDrive owners!
    New Formatting and utility software release!

 We have an overstock of 720k 3.5" and 360K 5.25" cases, so we've decided 
 to blow them out by offering our customers (present and future) a  GREAT 

    720k 3.5" drives for the ST -----> $129.95 complete
       Low Profile, external power supply for small footprint

    360k 5.25" drives ---------------> $119.95 complete
       Clean  IBM compatible 5.25" drive for 2nd ST or IBM emulator  use. 
       Absolutely the best price on the planet!

    Contact us at:
                           DreamPark Development
                      1390 South 1100 East, Suite 104
                        Salt Lake City, Utah  84105
                   (801)484-9809 voice  M-F  11:00-4:00
                             (801)466-2541 Fax
               (801)569-1949 you can even order from our BBS
             The Dreamer - 24 hours a day, 300/1200/2400 baud

    When these are gone, that's IT! So call us today!

 We now have our own Support BBS - (801) 569-1949 - 24 hours a day - 300/ 
 1200/2400 baud.  Come talk to us, get tech support and ask questions any 
 time.  You  can  even get a current price list of all our  products  and 
 order online!


 R.  GOFF  mentions  our  hardware mod,  but says  "it's  not  completely 
 debugged yet".   Not true...It has been out for 8 months,  and is  fully 
 mature.   We are readying a new,  more powerful software utility package 
 for the PowerDrive,  but the hardware is solid as a rock.  Our *biggest* 
 problem  reports from users,  have to do with Atari's lack of chip  spec 
 standards.  Bad or weak DMAs,  crappy power supplies, timing differences 
 between supposedly 'compatible machines', etc.

 We pride ourselves on top notch customer support and we all use our  own 
 product  everyday.  It works like a charm on the  Supercharger,  and  we 
 would point your attention to Leroy Valley's review in ST Informer,  and 
 Paul Gittins review in Atari Interface. It works, it's good engineering, 
 and it's the only way around the corner Atari engineered themselves into 
 with  the 1772...We expect to be selling a lot of them for TTs,  if  you 
 know what I mean...


 Until next week....


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

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Walter Daniel  75066,164

     I mentioned  a problem  I had  with PGC Grabber for the Macintosh last
 week.  It turns out that the problem  was not  with XMODEM  file pads, but
 rather the Macbinary header that my Mac terminal program was sending to my
 Portfolio.  Macbinary headers mean nothing to MS-DOS machines, so  you Mac
 users make  sure that  you have Macbinary turned off in your terminal pro-
 gram when you transfer files to your Portfolios.

     I received detailed information about the Portfolio HPIL  adapter from
 Interloop that  I mentioned last week.  HPIL, or Hewlett-Packard Interface
 Loop, is a computer  communication system  that includes  the protocol for
 transferring information  between devices.  Most of the other HPIL devices
 seem to be motor controllers, analog-to-digital converters, and  other lab
 equipment, but  printers, modems,  and other  general-use hardware can use
 HPIL.  The Interloop Model #170 Portfolio to HPIL Interface  Adapter lists
 for $275  (one or  two units) and includes a device driver for interfacing
 with user software such as Quick BASIC and Turbo Pascal.  If you need some
 sort  of  small,  relatively inexpensive, programmable computer controller
 for lab equipment, the Model #170 with a Portfolio and other HPIL gear may
 be the way to go.  For more info, contact Interloop at (408) 922-0520.

     The Portfolio  can execute  .RUN files directly from a RAM or ROM card
 (ie., the file is not loaded into memory first), but the .RUN files cannot
 be fragmented.   At  the present  time, there is no Portfolio defragmenter
 utility.  One user reported that he could use PC Compress (part  of the PC
 Tools package)  on RAM cards with his desktop machine and card reader.  BJ
 Gleason uploaded a program that will list defragmented  files on  your RAM
 cards (LISTFG.COM).   Until somebody develops the proper utility, you have
 to reformat your RAM cards and copy files back to defragment them.

     The effort to get WordPerfect on  the  Portfolio  doesn't  seem  to be
 going as  well of  late.   It seems that WordPerfect Corp. has a policy of
 only developing for 80 by 25 character screens.  If you want to see WordP-
 erfect for  the Port,  reply to message 8667 so that the WordPerfect folks
 know there's a market out there.

     BJ Gleason uploaded version  4.0  of  PBASIC  this  week.   PBAS40.ZIP
 contains the  full package  while PBUP40.ZIP  contains only the executable
 files and documentation.  Version 4.0  adds files,  the ability  to import
 from Portfolio worksheets, increased speed and other goodies.  The printed
 manual has been pushed back to a March  1 release.   I'll  cover PBASIC in
 depth in the near future.

     A really useful (and cool!) upload from David Stewart is called 80cols
 (80COLS.ZIP).  80cols will display a  text  file  and  allow  you  to flip
 between the left-hand 40 columns and right-hand 40 columns by pressing the
 return key.  You move through the file line-by-line by  pressing the space
 bar.  If you've ever struggled to use the built-in editor to read a docum-
 ent formatted in 80 columns, this program is for you!

     I'll get to the help file contest entries next week.  If  you have any
 news, views, or diatribe about the Portfolio, please leave me a message in
 the forum.


 > 68000 Story STR Feature?                   The History of the 68000 chip

                     THE LIFE & TIMES OF THE 68000 CPU

 Part I

 by Brian Converse

     In late 1977, the 68000 began to take  shape at  the Motorola  MOS In-
 tegrated Circuits  division in  Austin, Texas.   The idea of a new, 16 bit
 microprocessor in the heyday of 8 bit chips  was a  logical extrapolation.
 16 bit  chips from  National Semiconductor and Texas Instrument would soon
 be available, and the  PDP 11  minicomputer architecture  had already been
 implemented in silicon (as a pair of chips).  

     The  PDP  11  design,  which  used  a new concept in which the control
 registers of any peripherals in the  system were  not operated  by special
 instructions but instead written to and read from as memory locations, had
 powerful influence.  Another influence was the IBM 360 series of mainframe
 computers.   The '360' was essentially a ghost architecture. Some powerful
 360 mainframes executed instructions such as 32 bit multiplies and divides
 directly in hardware while smaller models of the same series would execute
 the very same instruction by means  of many  smaller steps  not unlike the
 way students are taught to do long division.  

     The concept of a visionary architecture that would carry Motorola thru
 successive generations  of microprocessors  was a  powerful one.   The new
 chip would  be 10 times as powerful as the 8 bit 6800, and would be called
 the 68000.  Well, just about any new  design of  a 16  bit microprocessor,
 using new  semiconductor processes,  would be  10 times as fast.  But this
 was a vision beyond the next step, so just 16 bits was not enough. 

     The DEC VAX was well into its reign as the premier 32 bit minicomputer
 by 1977;  many mainframes  were only  32 or 36 bit designs.  So, the 68000
 architecture became a 32 bit architecture. Unlike the 8 bit micros, it was
 DESIGNED  to  run  programs  other  than assembly language.  At first, the
 architecture had 16 bit registers like the PDP 11, but  added 32  bit 'ad-
 dress' registers  which are nice for assembly programs but wonderful tools
 for implementing the 'pointers' of C and Pascal.

     By the end of 1977, the 'registers' had grown to 32 bits  as well, and
 the  idea  that  started  in  1976: to make an advanced microcomputer that
 worked with 16 bits had grown to a vision of  a long  dynasty of microcom-
 puter chips  based on one universal architecture.  Essentially, code could
 be written  NOW (or  as soon  as the  first prototypes  or simulators were
 available) and then reused as the various 680x0 chips appeared. 

     In retrospect,  we might  prefer that the 'visionary architecture' had
 been based on a 64 bit or 128 bit design with more internal registers.  It
 is also  clear that  to reuse  early programs,  one might  want to do some
 'cleaning up', and that the prescient architecture cannot  help when third
 parties use  it to  build completely  incompatible computers: the programs
 can be moved, but don't do anything useful  on the  different machine. The
 best contrast is the 80x86 design, which seems somewhat ad hoc. 

     If there  is any  'visionary architecture' to the 80x86, it is that of
 the original 8 bit microcomputer, the Intel 8008. Sure enough, 8008 progr-
 ams will  run on  an 80486.  80486 programs may or may not run on an 8008.
 Then, 68040 programs may or may not run on a  68000, either.  But the 8086
 design certainly  did not  anticipate expansion  to 32  bits. The 8086 and
 80186 and 80286 were not 32 bit microcomputers. By the time the  80286 had
 been reliably  shipping for  3 months  or so, Motorola was introducing the
 68020, a full 32  bit implementation  of the  68000 architecture.   In ad-
 dition, programmers  had been  writing 32  bit programs for the 68000 from
 the time the first chips appeared in 1981. 

     The first 32 bit Intel microprocessor  in  the  80x86  series  was the
 80386, introduced  after the  68020.   These two chips, with some external
 logic or support chips, could  finally  run  UNIX  and  other multitasking
 operating systems  efficiently. Aside  from this, and some internal debug-
 ging and mode additions, the 386 was an 8086 with  32 bit  registers and a
 few new  instructions.   It can  be argued  that since the 8086 only HAS 4
 registers, suddenly 'extending' them to 32 bits is not all that traumatic.

                    .....continued in next week's issue



 Part I


                      THE ANSWER: GET RAINBOW-CIZED!

 by Dana Jacobson

     Let me preface this article by stating unequivocally that my technical
 prowess with  regard to  my STs  is extremely  limited.  Before I make any
 major purchase for any peripheral, I want to be sure that I can just "plug
 and play",  or have  someone readily  available to make sure it's ready to
 go.  I hate to make a purchase and find out that it's only simple when you
 know _exactly_ what you're doing.  That said, let's get to it.

     A few  months ago, I found myself in a predicament.  I had run into it
 a few times in the past  prior to  this, but  found a  temporary solution.
 What was  that predicament?   I  needed to  use a  program that ran in low
 resolution only; or in the case of desktop  publishing, was  better suited
 to using high rez.  I do have two ST systems at home.  The BBS I run has a
 mono monitor; my personal  machine has  (had!) a  color monitor.   My tem-
 porary solution,  as you  may have  guessed, was to take the color monitor
 offline, and use the mono monitor from the BBS.  With my set-up here, that
 was a  real pain in the donkey!  It wasn't worth the bother for occasional
 use only.  I  could have  bought a  second hand  mono monitor  and Monitor
 Master, but  I had absolutely no place to put it.  If you're anything like
 me, your workspace is severely cramped, and available space is a luxury.

     I found that I was going to start using high res programs  more often.
 Also, I'm the editor of our user group newsletter.  Our art director, Dave
 Anderson, offered to redesign our format, but he preferred Pagestream over
 Timeworks Desktop  Publisher.   The few  times I've  used Pagestream was a
 strain on my eyes.  I was using it in color, and  could only  read text at
 200% magnification.  It was  tough to  make out  anything at normal sizes.
 Since I had no choice - I had to use Pagestream now, I had  to be  able to
 see what  the pages looked like.  I knew my answer was using Pagestream in
 high res.  My problem was I didn't want to  keep switching  between my two
 monitors and  I didn't  want to replace my color monitor  because I needed

      I had little choice now, I needed a  multisync monitor.   I  needed a
 monitor that  I could  use both  color and mono programs.  The problem was
 that I knew very little about multisyncs.  All I knew was  I had  the abi-
 lity to use all three resolutions, but I'd have to have a special cablebox
 built so I could use one on the ST.  I needed  a multisync  monitor that I
 could just  plug in  and start using immediately.  I had an opportunity to
 buy a monitor that a friend  was selling,  and it  included a  box already
 built.   By the  time I convinced myself to buy it, it was sold.  A couple
 of weeks later, I found the answer within the pages of ST Informer.

     In the pages of the November 1990 issue of ST  Informer was  an exten-
 sive review by LeRoy Valley of WuzTek's Omnimon Rainbow multisync monitor.
 I read it with earnest.  I discovered that this monitor was exactly what I
 was looking  for _and_  it came  with its own cables and switchbox.  All I
 had to do was plug it in.  The review  was very  favorable, and  there was
 also talk  on Delphi  with a few people praising it.  I re-read these mes-
 sages and review a number of times, and convinced myself  that I  need not
 search any further.  I ordered one.

     In case  you don't  read ST Informer, let me take some time to briefly
 give you an idea what this monitor is like.  The Omnimon Rainbow, like all
 multisync monitors,  gives you the capability to use all three resolutions
 within one monitor.   You cannot  switch between  color and  mono from the
 "Set Preferences" option on the desktop, but utilize a switcher that comes
 with the monitor that  is attached  to what  Omnimon calls  the OMNIX con-
 troller box.  All the available cables go from either your ST to the OMNIX
 or from the monitor to the  OMNIX.   Attached to  the box  is a two-button
 wired remote switch.  All you have to do to switch resolutions is to touch
 the appropriate mode desired: color or mono.   On doing  so, your computer
 will perform  a warm  reset and  the chosen resolution will come up.  Very
 simple, and painless.   The OMNIX  is also  equipped with  an audio output
 jack,  so  you  can  hook  your  monitor  to  your stereo or other speaker
     The Rainbow is much different than either of  the two  available Atari
 monitors.   First of all, the monitor screen is larger than normal monito-
 rs: it's a 14-inch screen, while I believe  the Atari  monitors are either
 12 or  13-inch.   The Rainbow  is also  mounted on a tilt and swivel base.
 The Atari monitors have excellent clarity on both color and mono; but I've
 found very  little difference with the Rainbow.  Some people say there's a
 little less sharpness with  the Rainbow,  and some  say it's  as sharp, or
 better.  I can't tell any differences.

     Operating and adjustment controls are either located on the back or in
 front under the bottom right corner.  In  the front  are the  contrast and
 brightness controls.   Located  on the  back are  the power switch, V-Size
 (vertical size), V-Position (adjusts vertical position of display), H-Pos-
 ition  (adjusts  horizontal  position  of display), power cable connector,
 analog video connector, and a "text mode" switch.  I have no idea what the
 text mode  switch does,  but it  supposedly only  works with a PC; there's
 nothing in the manual about it.

     As I mentioned early on, I  bought this  monitor primarily  because of
 the review  and especially  because it  was "plug and play".  Well, when I
 received the monitor, I realized plug  and play  had its  limitations.  It
 only took  me a  few minutes  to hook up the monitor.  It probably took me
 longer to untangle all the cables  to my  color monitor  and disconnect it
 from my  machine than it did to hook up the Rainbow!  Once I hooked it up,
 I powered it up and was immediately disappointed.  What I saw  was a fuzzy
 green-tinted medium resolution screen.  It looked terrible.  I tried every
 adjustment possible, but I couldn't clear it up.  I  hit the  switch to go
 to mono  to see if that was any better, but either the switch didn't work,
 or something else was drastically  wrong.  I read  and re-read  the manual
 from cover  to cover.   There  was no explanation for this problem.  Since
 it was the weekend, I couldn't even call  WuzTek for  help.   I was devas-
 tated.  I left messages on Delphi describing my problems, but no one had a
 solution.  Most people said that my monitor was defective  and recommended
 that I  ship it  back.   I packed it up, and put my color monitor back on-

     I called WuzTek from work (I couldn't wait to get  home and  call).  I
 explained my  problems.  As soon as I said "green tint", the rep knew what
 the problem was.  It was verified when he asked me what version of  TOS my
 machine was,  and how  old the  ST was.   I should tell you that I have an
 early model 520 ST with TOS 1.0.  I was  told the  Rainbow didn't  work on
 this  model  ST.    My  first  thoughts were why wasn't I told the Rainbow
 wouldn't work on all ST models.  Before I ordered the monitor,  I asked if
 the Rainbow  was compatible  with the 520; I was told that it was.  That's
 all I had to know.   Okay, I  have an  old ST  and the  Rainbow; was there
 anything I  could do to make it work?  I was told my ST had to be modified
 because the Rainbow needed to draw power from  the monitor  port.   On the
 older 520s,  the monitor port was grounded, so no power was available.  Uh
 oh, this was getting technical and I had no idea what to do.  The rep gave
 me step-by-step instructions over the phone.  After about the second step,
 I lost him completely.  I asked if  he could  send me  the instructions by
 mail, and  he promised  to do so immediately.  Now, I waited, knowing that
 even once I got the instructions there was little I could do  myself.

     Then I thought of my friend from whom I lost  the deal  with the other
 monitor.   He wasn't a close friend, so I sent out a feeler with my broth-
 er-in-law, who knew him better.  We left  a few   messages  online, and we
 set up  the time  to make  the modification.  Now all I needed was to rec-
 eive the instructions from WuzTek.   It  was  getting  late,  so  I called
 WuzTek back  and asked if they could FAX the instructions to me.  I recei-
 ved the  two-page instructions  the next  morning.   What was surprisingly
 ironic to  me when  I saw  the instructions was that the instructions were
 pre-designed.  That meant that WuzTek  was previously  aware of  the prob-
 lem, but  hadn't told  me that when I called about compatibility problems.
 That bothered me a little.

     The instructions included two schematics,  and  a  description  of the
 problem with  the steps  to rectify  it.   I was  starting to feel better.
 Once I got the monitor and  my 520  to my  friend, we  discovered WuzTek's
 solution wasn't  entirely correct.  There was more to it than the solution
 provided.  Fortunately, my  friend had  the knowledge  to circumvent this.
 Just so you don't think my friend is inexperienced, let me state that he's
 a registered Atari developer and he's had a  lot of  experience inside STs
 and other hardware.  He knows what he's doing.

     Let me  spell out the problem, and WuzTek's solution.  I will then add
 Joe Mardo's solution and comments.   With  all  of  this  information, you
 should have  no fears  about getting  the Rainbow if you have an early ST.
 Most Atari dealers who  do repairs  should be  able to  make any necessary
 modifications to your machine should it warrant them, and inexpensively.

     WuzTek  states  that  the  problem  is that the "OMNIX will not switch
 resolution, OMNIX stays in one resolution and the screen is  tinted."  The
 reason is  that "there  is no  power source  on the monitor jack.  On some
 very early 520STs, Atari cut off the 12V  power that  is connected  to the
 monitor jack.   If  you are one of the early 520ST owners, there is a good
 chance that you may encounter this problem."  The solution: "You will need
 to connect  a jumper  wire from  the pin number 8 of the monitor jack to a
 +12V power source.  The easiest way to  do this  would be  to work  on the
 solder side  of the  motherboard.  Locate the resister [sic] array next to
 the power transformer of the power input connector.   The  right hand side
 of the  fourth resister  [sic] (C103)  away from the transformer gives you
 +12V.  Check with a  voltmeter  before  soldering  a  wire  to  this post.
 Connect in  series a resistor [sic] of at least 2K ohms and hook the other
 end to pin number 8 of the monitor jack."  That's it.


     "A friend of mine recently purchased an Omnimon monitor for  the Atari
 ST, brought  it home  and connected  it to his 520ST only to find that the
 resolution switch would not work and the monitor displayed a  strong green
 raster background with very fuzzy text.  After several calls to WuzTek and
 receipt of a fax'ed Tech note, we proceeded to rectify the problem.  These
 notes are  intended to  clarify the  situation and save the installer some
 time by directing him immediately to the solution."

     "It appears that WuzTek's external box for resolution  change requires
 power be drawn from the computer.  Specifically, there must be +12V avail-
 able on pin 8 of the video connector.  

     Unfortunately, on many early  520's, pin  8 is  tied to  ground.  This
 connection to  ground is  underneath the video connector in the 520 on the
 top motherboard.  You must CAREFULLY remove the  video connector  and con-
 nect +12V  to pin 8 thru a 2K ohm resistor on the bottom side of the moth-
 erboard.  I picked the +12V  from pin  14 of  the 1488  chip (U14  on some
 machines) because  it is  closely located  to the  video connector.  Use a
 piece of shrink tubing or other  insulating mechanism  around the resistor
 to ensure it doesn't come in contact with any other circuitry!"

     "There you have it!  Not a difficult modification, just a little tough
 removing the video connector without damaging the motherboard.   If you're
 not  experienced  in  delicate  de-soldering operations, then I'd strongly
 recommend that you take  the  machine  to  an  Atari  dealer  or qualified

     A few side notes to let you know what else is involved when and if you
 decide to purchase the Rainbow, or any other multisync monitor.   First of
 all, unlike  your Atari monitors, multisync monitors have no speaker(s) or
 volume controls.  If you want sound, and I'd imagine most of  you would at
 one time  or another, you need to purchase an external speaker.  The Rain-
 bow's OMNIX box includes a speaker jack.  I suggest that you get an ampli-
 fied external speaker.  The one I got was a Radio Shack (MPS-5) and it was
 just under $20.00.  The problem  I had  hooking up  this speaker  was that
 the audio  jack doesn't  fit tightly  into the OMNIX box.  To get a secure
 connection, I had to "shave" a little off the plastic end of  the jack for
 a tight fit.  It works fine.

     Another "addition" that comes with the monitor is some software.  This
 disk includes SX.PRG (Softswitch) for use with Intersect Software's Revol-
 ver program;  and also Atari's Mouse Accelerator II program.  An accessory
 is reported to be forthcoming  which  will  allow  you  to  toggle between
 resolutions from the desktop instead of using the hardware switcher.

     For those  of you who need a color and mono monitor, whether for space
 restrictions or ease of  use all  in one  monitor, I  highly recommend the
 Omnimon Rainbow  multisync monitor.  It has made my life a lot easier; and
 it has been one of my best hardware purchases ever.   The  folks at WuzTek
 were very  supportive and  understanding.  Even though my problem was per-
 haps avoidable, they did provide  me  with  the  necessary  information to
 rectify it.   They  even offered  to make  the modifications for me, but I
 didn't want to ship my machine out to California.  You won't be sorry when
 you get Rainbow-cized!!    


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL?                    "ATARI NEWS FIRST!"

 - Sunnyvale, CA                                      ATARI TO ATTEND CEPS!

     Regarding April  8th-->11th; those  are the  dates for  the CEPS (Cor-
 porate Electronic Publishing Systems) show at McCormick place  in Chicago.
 We do plan on attending that one. It's a big-ee :-) Bill Rhebock.

 - San Diego, CA                            TT030 UPGRADE UNIQUE, BUT EASY!
     About configurations  of TT's that could use some hard data is memory:
 you can't buy a 2MB TT and some SIMMs and get an 8MB TT out of it.  The ST
 RAM of a TT doesn't use SIMMs, and the TT RAM uses SIMMs, but you can only
 get the daughter board and memory controller from Atari.   The RAM  is the
 primary cost,  of course, but the custom chip is also expensive.  It would
 probably not pay to buy the board and controller from us with  empty sock-
 ets and  then buy your own RAM.  It is certainly not the case that you can
 buy just RAM and upgrade your TT.

 - Minnetonka, MN                      MONITERM -> NO LONGER MODIFIES UNITS

     The Tech support and Service  departments  at  Moniterm  have  made it
 known that as of three weeks ago, they no longer do modifications to their
 monitors.  The reason; "it takes too much time and is'nt worth  it to them
 to do  any more modifications."  A letter writing campaign to convince the
 policy makers at Moniterm  that they  should either  modify or  provide an
 upgrade kit  with instructions  to those  faithful users who have invested
 in their monitors is definately in order....



 > MULTIBYTE STR InfoFile?                        Casey Units are shipping!


                       ATARI STACY BATTERY PRODUCTS

      Multibyte Inc, manufacturer of the Atari Stacy Battery products  and
 cases, is ALIVE and  doing WELL.  The products  we are  currently manufac-

   CASEY Plus - semi rigid powered case for ZXthe Atari Stacy computer. 
         Allows for the use of the Stacy and cartridges devices while 
         in the case. Comes with 4.5 hour battery, case and battery 
         charging adaptor.  SRP $368.00

   CASEY - semi rigid powered case for the Atari Stacy computer only. 
           Comes with 4.5 hour battery, case, and battery charging 
           adaptor. SRP $348.00

   CASEY Jr. - soft carry case (unpowered) for the Atari Stacy 
               SRP $135.00

   CASEY Jr. Internal Battery - 2.8 hour internal battery pack that 
         fits inside battery compartment the Stacy computer. Comes 
         with battery pack and charging adaptor. Does not require 
         modification of computer. SRP $198.00

     Our  Casey  line  of  products  DO  NOT void Atari Corporation's Stacy
 warranty. NOTE: all time tests  have been  made on  a Atari  Stacy 4 using
 floppy access,  hard drive  tests, memory tests running consecutively with
 out a screen saver. Times will vary on different computer models. 

     This product line has been under  development since  December of 1989.
 This project  has had  a number  of setbacks  due to the complexity of the
 engineering for the  battery  packs,  the  charging  adaptors,  and custom
 building the cases.  Due to vendor supply problems, we have been unable to
 meet our production needs until now.

     In the past our suppliers have proven to be unreliable and unable   to
 meet our  demands until recently (anger has it's uses).  Fortunately these
 little (lengthy)  and (extremely)  costly delays  are over  as of February
 5,1991. Our shipments are due to come in on a regular schedule.

     We received  our first  production shipment  of batteries and chargers
 January 31, 1991. These products will be shipping  to our  customers star-
 ting February  1, 1991. If you have paid for and not recieved your product
 by February 10th, 1991 PLEASE call us immediately  so that  we may correct
 our error.  If you  have product  on backorder and have not recieved it by
 March 1,1991 let us know! Right now things are extremely hectic and we now
 have over  150 backorders to process please hang in there. We are shipping
 product as fast as it is  assembled.

 I would like to take a moment to thank each  and every  customer for their
 patience, trust,  comments, suggestions,  complaints, and perserverance. I
 would also like to apologize to our loyal  and frustrated   customers from
 the depth  of our hearts for the frustration and gray hair we have caused.
 Please accept this apology for the delay in processing your  orders. After
 6 months  of waiting,  false hopes, and broken delivery dates we are star-
 ting to get things rolling properly. Forgive us  our transgressions (plea-

     Thank you  for your  patronage and  if you have any questions, sugges-
 tions, comments, or complaints please call (703) 406-9139  anytime between
 9:00am and 9:00 pm EST Monday through Friday.


                                             Johnna Ogden


 > TRACKER/ST 2.5 STR InfoFile?                        TRACKER ST UPGRADED!

                        ANNOUNCING TRACKER/ST 2.5!

 Step Ahead  Software is  pleased to  announce TRACKER/ST  v2.5, the latest
 update to our popular mailing list/mail merge/person tracking software.

 Version 2.5 of  Tracker/ST  incorporates  many  of  the  suggestions we've
 received from our registered owners. Here is a summary of some of the more
 important improvements we've made to our program:

 >>>Tracker/ST now supports WordFlair II!
    The biggest change to Tracker/ST is that our program now
    fully supports WordFlair II, the exciting new document
    processor from Goldleaf Publishing. Now you can use
    Tracker/ST to print mailing labels and keep track of people
    for business or home needs, and then export your names from
    Tracker for use with WordFlair II's powerful merging
    capabilities (which allow you to incorporate various fonts,
    images, and dynamic graphic and calculated regions). The
    combination of Tracker/ST and WordFlair II just can't be
    beat! Of course, Tracker still has its own powerful mail
    merge system for those times when you don't need the features
    of WordFlair II. WordFlair II owners: look for a SPECIAL
    OFFER coupon for Tracker/ST in your WordFlair II package.

 >>>Tracker/ST now supports the Atari TT in all resolutions!
    We've just finished new screens for the Atari TT's new higher
    resolution color screens (640 x 480 in 16 colors). The new
    screens are beautiful! Tracker/ST runs perfectly on the TT
    and at a much faster clip.

 >>>Tracker/ST's convenient Quick Letter has been improved!
    By order of Bill Rehbock at Atari, it is now possible to add
    a template while in Tracker's Quick Letter area, and not just
    from the Power Station. Also, the Quick Letter now makes use
    of the offsets you've selected for a mail merge. This makes
    using Quick Letters with printed letterhead even faster than
    it was in the past.

 >>>Tracker/ST now incorporates the Country field in mail merges
    and Quick Letters!
    Bowing to the will of our international users, Tracker/ST's
    automatic Merge and Quick Letter functions now include the
    Country field.

 >>>CodeKey files included free of charge!
    We've worked overtime to create a bunch of nifty CodeKey
    files which make Tracker/ST even faster to use. Now, by
    purchasing CodeKeys from CodeHead Software and using our
    TRACKER.KEY files, you can string together a series of
    Tracker actions so they'll run with a single keypress! No, we
    don't get a commission on CodeKey sales, but we do think it's
    a nifty program and one which makes Tracker/ST even more
    wonderful to use. CodeKey files are included for every single
    resolution (Monochrome, ST Medium Res color, Moniterm and TT
    Hi Res, and TT Medium Res), and separate files are included
    for floppy and hard drive users.

 In addition to these changes numerous tweaking has  been done  to our code
 to make  Tracker/ST sleeker and more solid than ever before. The update is
 completely finished and we will begin shipping v2.5 on Wednesday, February
 13th, 1991.  Best of all, Tracker/ST's suggested retail price remains only


     After 2 free upgrades, we will now begin charging a very small
 processing fee for new versions of Tracker/ST. Registered users
 may upgrade by sending a check for $7.50 along with their name,
 address and daytime phone number (phone number required), along
 with their Tracker/ST serial number, to:

                            Step Ahead Software
                            Tracker/ST Upgrade
                      496-A Hudson Street, Suite F39
                         New York City, NY  10014

     If you wish to upgrade and  have not  sent in  your registration card,
 include your card with your upgrade order.

     Those who have purchased Tracker/ST in the past 30 days will be upgra-
 ded free of charge. Please enclose a dated sales receipt, filled in regis-
 tration card, and your phone number with your free upgrade request.

     Tracker/ST  is  the  leading  mailing  list/mail merge/person tracking
 software for the Atari ST and TT series of computers.  Ideal for  home and
 business use,  the program  features an unlimited number names in its mai-
 ling lists, unlimited notes for each person in those lists  (notes are not
 limited to a few words), label printing to all dot matrix, daisy wheel and
 laser printers, a built in mail merge system,  a unique  "almost form let-
 ter" Quick  Letter function  and much  much more.  For a  demo disk or for
 answers to any questions about Tracker/ST please contact us at 212-627-58-

                               Nevin Shalit
                   President, Step Ahead Software, Inc.
                            February 7th, 1991


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

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