ST Report: 22-Feb-91 #708

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/17/91-01:46:27 PM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: ST Report: 22-Feb-91 #708
Date: Sun Mar 17 13:46:27 1991

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 PLANS." First,  let's not  confuse the subject here, (a) mass marketing of
 "STE" means the 1040STe computers will be mass  marketed through  the cha-
 ins, (b)  mass distribution means the remainder of all the products EXCEPT
 the TT030 line will be available through National Distributors.  Now, with
 that made  clear.. let's  proceed.   One cannot  help but wonder if that's
 indicative of all dealers, the USA, the world or the UNIVERSE! 

     Unfortunately, the statement is offensively misleading in a  number of
 ways.    It  does  not  illustrate how many dealers are actually remaining
 throughout the USA nor does it indicate the true number of those  left who
 are actually  "upset".   However, judging by information received from our
 readers about the 'proximity' of a  "local  dealer"  they  each  enjoy, it
 appears the  squawk comes mainly from dealers who can easily be counted on
 one or two fingers.  Rest assured my friends, one  may firmly  believe the
 new  aggressive  marketing  plans  Atari has announced and implemented are
 excellent and will provide  the much  needed vehicle  to once  again place
 Atari Computers in the spotlight of the nation's computing consumers.

     Mass distribution  of all  but the  TT030 is  the best  move Atari has
 made since its disastrous decision to  yield to  the special  interests of
 dealers as  the majority  of us know occurred a couple of years ago.  That
 move almost finished the entire ballgame  for everyone.   Eventually, even
 the most enthusiastic of dealers began dropping out of the network because
 they could not measure up to the buying power and  levels of  product con-
 sumption the  mass marketeers  had previously  generated for  Atari.  They
 simply couldn't continue to meet  the  criteria  established  by  them and
 needed by  Atari to maintain a similar level of national product distribu-
 tion and consumption.  The number  of dealers  nation-wide has continually
 dwindled since  then, creating  an absolutely  wonderful situation for the
 sparse few dealers who are left.

     There is no doubt that those making the loudest of negative noises....
 would simply love to corner the market.  Perhaps they'd even try to hamper
 and impede the aggressive mass marketing agreements Atari has entered into
 and begun.   They  are, unfortunately, not satisfied with having preferen-
 tial treatment under the Strategic Partner Program and  exclusivity as far
 as the  TT030 is concerned.  They still unfortunately, covet it all.  Pity
 they didn't learn anything from the past.  With the economy as  it is, its
 now a  buyer's market  and will be for some time to come.  Thank goodness!
 The consumers will ultimately have the final say.  They'll  buy where they
 wish, when  they wish  and not  where a "select few" dealers would like to
 unfairly coerce them to buy.

     The amount of positively enthusiastic and  supportive mail,  (e-mail &
 hard copy),  STReport has been receiving concerning Atari's mass distribu-
 tion program have been overwhelmingly in favor of Atari's current and very
 correct course  of action.   If  an iota of a possibility existed of Atari
 paying any attention to a recent loud complaint concerning the mass market
 approach, the result would undoubtedly be a denunciation from the userbase
 directed at first the complainant and  then unfortunately,  Atari.  Accor-
 ding to information acquired through recent conversations with a number of
 folks at Atari, "Atari is not entertaining any thoughts of yielding to the
 self serving  wishes of a loud minority when the future of so many current
 and future enthusiastic supporters, worldwide, are truly at stake."

 The bottom line is;
     Atari's plans are  constructively  precise  and  assuring.    The much
 anticipated USA  market penetration, lateral growth, (increased demand for
 software &  hardware)  and  accompanying  benefits,  (specialized support,
 usergroup growth),  will definitely be achieved with Atari's announced and
 implemented mass distribution and aggressive marketing plan.
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 Atari advising them of your support  for the  current revitalization plans
 and fully encourge their continued superb efforts.

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 Your moderator is Sysop; Ron Luks  JOB 4

 (Sysop Ron Luks)
     Welcome to  the SAM  TRAMIEL Conference on CompuServe.  To repeat what
 most of you already have heard, there will be NO  CompuServe connect char-
 ges during this CO.

     Before we  begin the  Question and  Answer session, I'd like to remind
 you that this will be a moderated CO.  To ask Sam a question,  you will be
 required to  enter the  "/QUE" command.   When it is your turn, the system
 software will signal you to ask your question.  You may then  type in your
 question, OR, to save time, you may pre-type your question into the system
 BUFFER with the /BUFFER EDIT command and then transmit the buffer with the
 /BUFFER SEND command when your turn is called.

     In order to keep things moving, please ask only ONE QUESTION per turn.
 This CO is planned to be 2 hours in length.  If you do not get a chance to
 ask SAM  all your  questions, you  may send them via ELECTRONIC MAIL after
 the CO to BOB BRODIE; 70007,32400.  And he will pass them along to SAM who
 has promised to reply to all of them.  [Thanks Sam!]

     Now, I would like to welcome Sam Tramiel, the president of ATARI CORP.
 We would like to give Sam (and his team) the  opportunity to  make a short
 opening statement, then open the floor to questions.

 (Sysop Ron Luks)
 Okay Sam.  The floor is yours.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 Hi everybody, it's a pleasure being here with you on Compuserve.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 If any  of you  need lessons in the game "Red Dog" please contact Ron Luks
 :->  I'll be happy to answer almost any question.  Let's begin.

 (Sysop Ron Luks)
 (ouch!  That cost me)

 (Sysop Ron Luks)
 go ahead, Bruce Barr.

 (Bruce Barr)
 Sorry, I was in the editor.  As a business user I  must say  first, I love
 the  Portfolio.    It  has  become  an  indespensible part of my work day.
 However, I find that your dealer network has no interest in me  as a busi-
 ness user.   At least that is the impression I get when I walk in and they
 are too busy copying a game for someone  else to  look up  and acknowledge
 me.   Are there plans to move into the business market?  Even the Musician
 market is non-existant outside of NY and possibly LA.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 First of all, no dealer should be copying games for  anybody.   We have to
 stop all  piracy and  you guys  out there have got to scream at people who
 are doing this.  Portfolio is my everyday machine and  I equally  love it.
 Your dealer should be able to help you.  If he cannot, please call us here
 at Atari, or leave EMAIL to Bob Brodie at 70007,3240. 

 (Bruce Barr)
 I can't actually say WHAT they were doing, just ignoring me...

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We have addressed the business market in our more recent ads.  i.e. bundof
 PC card drive & ram card w/Portfolio.

 (STATUS (VA Beach))
 Can you  please tell  us when  the TT/030  system be READILY available for
 sale in the U.S. (Class B acceptance).  Secondly, will  it come  with UNIX
 operating system, including X-Windows?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 I cannot  exactly tell  you when  the TT030 will be available Class B.  My
 educated guess is sometime in March.

 STATUS (VA Beach))
 (Sam Tramiel)
 Unix will be shown on March 13 at the Hanover faire in  Germany.   It will
 be Unix  System V.4,  X-windows, Motif,  and a  front-end named "Wish" and
 I'll ignore the "1991" comment.

 STReport [Ralph]  
 Good evening Mr. Tramiel.  If you please, two questions;
 Since the most recent online conferences, there seems  to be  a great deal
 of  confusion  pertaining  to  the  directions  in which Atari is going in
 reference to mass marketing and national distribution.  Is it  safe to say
 the 1040STe  will go  into mass marketing ie; K-Mart etc.. and the remain-
 der of product except the TT030 will be available through  national whole-
 sale distribution  organizations?   The Portfolio  is terrific!  I use the
 daylights outta mine, is there any truth at all to  the rumor  that a 286-
 80col version is to debut in March?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We think  that we have a very clear marketing direction.  We are trying to
 sell personal computers to people at the best possible price.   Of course,
 we consider  back-up and  service by our dealers, and we want to develop a
 good dealer network.  We do plan to sell customers like Circuit  City [god
 willing].   We have no plans at present to sell at K-Mart.  The TT030 will
 definitely be sold through  qualified  dealers  who  can  explain advanced
 computer use.   I  cannot make any projections on new product from a hard-
 ware point of view, but we  are definitely  working on  new portable mach-
 ines.  If I announce one now, and don't deliver on time, you'll kill me in

 (Garth Wood)
 Does Atari plan to make a Parallel Transfer  Protocol available  for users
 of the  Portfolio who own an ST but NOT a PC-compatible?  It would be VERY
 nice to have such a beast, and I'm  sure owners  of both  (such as myself)
 would be  willing to  pay for  it.   At present,  I have to beg, borrow or
 steal a PC to transfer textfiles onto disk and then to my ST, and  I DON'T
 want to  spend $119.00  (CDN) to  buy the  Serial Adapter, too.  Thanks in
 advance for your reply.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 I use a serial port to transfer data back and forth to my ST.   At present
 we have no plans to support the Parallel adapter with the ST.

 Sysop (Ron Luks)
 Sam-- Any plans for making an ST version of the CARD READER device?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 I will  track down why the serial adapter is so expensive in Canada.  As a
 Canadian, we cannot rip off you Canucks.  We have no plans  at present for
 this.  Thanks for the idea.

 (Bobby Dyer)
 Hello Mr. Tramiel--thanks again for answering my letter concerning the new
 Atari 16-bit home system.  I also received letters from 2 other  depts. at
 Atari as  well; I  am glad  to see  Atari values their customers.  Can you
 tell us anything about the new system tonight? Thank you.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 I assume that you are talking about Panther.  This  is a  68000 running at
 16MHz game machine which we will probably ship in early 1992.  Software is
 now being written for the Panther.  It will even allow for Lynx to network
 with some games.

 (Walter Daniel)
 What is  the future of the Portfolio line?  Will there be new machines and
 new software?  Will they continue to be 8088 based (Walter Daniel)  or use
 the 68000?   Will  they be  Dos compatible  or license  DOS in the future?
 (Walter Daniel) I'd like to follow up after your response.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We plan to make  more applications  software and  peripherals available on
 the Portfolio.   We  are definitely planning to make small notebook-l like
 machines which will be  68000 ST-based.   As  far as  the Intel  family is
 concerned, I  have no  comment at present, except that we will continue to
 support the Portfolio.

 (Walter Daniel)
 Gathering info from the Portfolio forum, users would  like to  see a 80x25
 screen most  of all.  Other possibilityies would be more memory and use of
 standard RAM cards.  Would this be along your lines?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 I agree that this would be a great feature, except  in the  Portfolio dis-
 play area,  80x25 is  too small for an old man like me, and many other the
 40-something age group.

 (Ken Helms)
 Thanks Ron and welcome Mr. Tramiel.
 What was the main reason for putting the  ST product  line into distribut-
 ion?   The bulk of Atari's STs have always gone to Europe.  Has production
 increased or has sales in Europe  dropped off  or just  not enough dealers
 left in  USA? Does  this affect  Atari's policy on no ST mail orders. Will
 the STe be bundled with any software?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 The reason why we have been short of STs in  the US  goes back  to the RAM
 shortage days.   Today,  RAM is  not in  short supply, so we are trying to
 grow our US distribution.  We are selling through some regional distribut-
 ors and  directly to dealers.  We do not condone mail-order because of the
 lack of follow-up for our users.   We  are doing  STE bundles  at present,
 please go  to your local dealer for more info, or call Bob Brodie at (408)

 (Jerry Cross (GAG))
 Can you give some details of what you  are looking  for in  "Key Dealers".
 Will there  be more  then one in certain cities (such as Detroit)?  I bel-
 ieve this system will really upset some of the long time Atari dealers who
 have supported Atari but now find themselves as "second class" dealers.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We plan  to support  our long-time  dealers even  more than we have in the
 past.  Greg Pratt, who was our corporate  CFO, is  now President  of Atari
 US, and  is making  a big  effort to build up a team to support all of our
 dealers.  We are looking for  dealers who  really understand  our products
 and who will be there to support you.

 (Steve Ward)
 Good Evening  Mr. Tramiel,  a short question about the future of the Atari
 computer as a vaible home office computer.  I currently have a  Mega 2 and
 Mega 4.   I would consider buying a TT030, EXCEPT for the apparent lack of
 adequeate  software  and  the  disappearing  products  (UltraScript, etc).
 Finally, when  will Atari  join thereal  world and offer currently offered
 hardware such as a 1.44 MB drive and a network card?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 To answer the first of your  short questions  :->, we  feel that  there is
 terrific  software  available  for  home  office  use.  Calamus is but one
 example.  Please let me know what you can't get, and need.   2nd question,
 QMS/Imagen  is  the  supplier  of  Ultrascript.   They have gone through a
 reorganization and I'm quite  sure they  will re-release  Ultrascript.  We
 are working  with them  closely on  a number of products.  Your last ques-
 tion, we are planning a 1.44  mb drive  in the  future and  will also make
 this available  as an  upgrade on  TTs and Mega STEs.  You can, of course,
 plug in a network card on a TT or Mega STE as they both support VME.

 (Michael Mortilla)
 I represent myself and my company,  MIDI-Life Crisis,  which creates (Mic-
 hael Mortilla) music for film, theatre and dance using a 1040 STf (4 meg).
 My questions are mainly regarding the STE: 

 1-I've  heard  of  TOS  1.6  bugs  (improper screen re-writes, ST software
 incompatibility, unexplained crashes, etc) and wonder what has  Atari done
 and will do to remedy this?

 2-Along these  lines, is this the reason the price of the STE was recently

 3-These issues become *very* important  since  Atari  dealers  seem  to be
 "dropping like  flies" in  this country  and the nearest service center to
 Santa Barbara, CA, is nearly three hours away!  We die hards are trying to
 hang in there, but most of my fellow musicians are getting macs because of
 poor support locally.  Is Atari planning to  increase  activity in  the US

 (Sam Tramiel)
 The current  version of  TOS in  the 1040STE is v1.62, which fixes many of
 the problems with v1.6.  There is a file, STEFIX.PRG, which patches  v 1.6
 for these  problems.   Most of the incompatibilities are with games, which
 break TOS rules.  This is not the reason why the STE is priced  the way it
 is.   We are  trying to  compete in the market.  As I mentioned before, we
 are planning to expand  our dealer  base in  the US,  and have  hired very
 qualified  personel  to  accomplish  this.    If any of you out there have
 suggestions for dealers who want to  make money  in the  long term, please
 call Greg  Pratt at 408-745-2349 and give him the name and address of such

 (David Sheafer)
 I am still using an Atari 8 bit system a 130xe with hard drive,  2400 baud
 modemetc, 2  floppy drives.   This  system supports most of my needs but I
 really would like to see some  more  commercial  software  for  the  8 bit
 system.   Will this  happen at  all?  ALSO is there any plans for KLAX for
 the Atari 7800?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 I appreciate that you love your Atari 8-bit  system.   Unfortunately, most
 users in  the US  have been convinced that they need 16-bit or 32-bit sys-
 tems.  Because of this, very few 8-bit machines are being sold  in the US.
 And therefore,  little software is being developed.  If you have needs for
 commercial software, come on, let's go for it!  Buy an ST!  Klax is in the
 final stages  of development  for the  7800, and  will be released by this
 summer.  Great Game, isn't it?  Have you heard it and seen it on the Lynx?
 (Sam Tramiel) ga

 (Peter J. Joseph)
 First, thank you for taking the time to  be here.   My  question:   Do you
 think Atari  will/can be  the company it was in the early '80s and are you
 trying for this?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We hope we will NOT be like Atari in the 80's.   We want  to be  like Com-
 modore in  the early 80's.  Joking aside, we have great aspirations in the
 US, you are right.  The only way we can change this  perception is through
 marketing, ie.  advertising and  user groups and users telling people that
 we make more than just great video games.  In Europe today we are definit-
 ely known as a computer company that also makes video games.

 (Bob Schubring)
 Sam, when  is the  best time  to call  your offices in Sunnyvale?  All the
 lines seem busy all the time!  Our company, Coralizer Corp, is planning to
 write  a  package  for  the  fire service, which will enable responders to
 chemical spill emergencies to assess quickly the hazards present.  We want
 to use the Portfolio or a 68000-based portable as the system platform, and
 hope you would help operations at night!

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We are planning to change our  telephone system,  and have  had some minor
 hiccups.  Sorry for any busy signals.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 If you  call direct  lines, this will not happen.  Try Bob Brodie at (408)
 745-2052 or EMAIL to 70007,3240 and he will be happy  to contact  you.  Or
 fax him  at 408-745-2088.  Also, there are developer support phone numbers
 given in the developer newsletter.    The  Portfolio,  of  course,  is not
 backlit.   And we  do not  at this  time plan  to add  a backlight, due to
 battery issues.

 (Bruce Barr)
 One comment on the business market...I  know that  the main  developer for
 Wingz on  the Macintosh  and Windows/PM was VERY interested in Atari mach-
 ines (Bruce Barr) when we first started.   He had  first programmed  on an
 Atari and it was a personal favorite of his.  (8bit machine)  We ordered a
 ST, but decided that the machine wasn't a  serious machine.   My  point is
 developers are  out there,  but they don't precieve your market as serious
 and the UNIX machines are going to need REAL dealers.   What  type of sup-
 port  are  you  offering  developers  and  what inroads into the Unix/Open
 Systems market are planned?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 I am not clear what you mean by  a "serious"  machine.   The ST/STE/TT are
 all serious  machines, and  have some fantastic software developed here in
 the US and all over the world.  We have a good team of support people here
 in Sunnyvale  for US developers and we would be more than happy to support
 more.  I am not sure what you  mean by  "inroads" into  Unix/Open Systems,
 our Unix  is System  V.4, uses  X-windows 11.4, and will conform to Motif.
 We are doing all the "right" things.  We also will support  developers and
 have a  Unix group  led by  Henry Plummer,  who can  answer Unix developer

 (STATUS (VA Beach))
 What is the status of the MIDI Multitasking Environment.  When will  it be

 (Sam  Tramiel)  MIDI-tasking  is  currently  in  beta-testing, and will be
 released as soon as it is finished.
 STReport [Ralph]
 Not really a question,  more an  observation.. The  userbase's response to
 the recent  marketing revelations  has been  superb.   The majority of the
 userbase seems solidly in favor of the recent changes in marketing strate-
 gy.   I am  solidly in  favor of  them.   Just wanted to say thank you and
 give my vote of confidence. 

 (Sam Tramiel)
 Ralph, we really appreciate your support.

 (Bob Schulze)
 Hello, Mr. Tramiel.
 You mentioned only certain US dealers would be dealing in  TT's, how, then
 will I  purchase one  if I  have no  dealer nearby?  mail-order? Drive *.*
 kilometres?  (And I *will* be buying one! :-)   Please kick  rear, get the
 TT's out and about.  <--naked desire

 (Sam Tramiel)
 I assume from your "out and about" and "kilometres" that you are Canadian.
 We are going to try to have TT dealers throughout North America and if you
 cannot find  one in  your area,  just give  us a  call and we'll make some
 special arrangements.

 (Jim Ness)
 (via Portfolio - heh heh) Hi, Sam.  First, I  want to  say that  I am very
 impressed end  by the  recent changes in business approach taken by Atari.
 I suppose that some would say that you only got around to doing things the
 way they  should have always been done.  But I appreciate the improvement,
 in any case. Emulators  are always  on our  minds. Do  you think  an Atari
 produced product  which contained an emulator, part and parcel, would be a
 good idea?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 This is an interesting idea that you have,  and we  are investigating such
 things all the time.  I cannot say more than that.

 Hello Mr.  Tramiel.   I have  2 questions.   The first question is: I have
 seen the ads for the Atari Portfolio and they all  say that  it is  a 128K
 machine, upgradeable  to 640K.  When will this upgrade be in effect? or is
 there one planned?  BTW, I too am on my Port.   Second question:  How many
 major s/w companies have plans to develop for the Port?  I work at WordPe-
 rfect and Ron is familiar with our push to marry Atari and WP for  a great
 wp for the Port.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 For expansion to 640K,please call Xoterix at (818) 888-7390.  Retail price
 is $299.  We would be happy to work with Word Perfect on a  word processor
 for the  Portfolio.   Please call  Bill Rehbock at 408-745-2083.  Where is
 Word Perfect 5.1 for the ST?  :->  My kids are waiting for it.

 (Doug Anderson)
 I too am a business user - publishing: 4 Mega 4's, 2  520's using Pagestr-
 eam -  love it. I went with Atari 3 1/2 years ago.  At the time given what
 IBM and MacIntosh were doing in the DTP  market, it  was a  fairly logical
 choice; however,  Atari hardware  has not  kept up  with my needs.  I have
 been disappoited with Atari's marketing to  the business  sector.   With a
 machine as  powerful as the ST and later the Mega, the business market was
 a natural but it hasn't happened.  Users like myself  are the  very people
 who were  capable of  making the Atari into a business alternative and yet
 whenever I have dealt with your offices in  Canada, there  was no recogni-
 tion that  there was  a business  market out  there.   One of my principal
 beefs was  the fact  that nobody  had any  desire or  willingness to bring
 European business  software over  to N.  America for people like myself to
 use.   High end  scanning software  with OCR  was available  in Europe two
 years ago  and would  have been  very useful  in my business yet no one in
 Atari has shown any interest. Any comments?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We realize the importance  of  bringing  high-end  software  to  the North
 American market.   And  the easiest way is to bring it in from Europe.  We
 are talking with most important developers in Europe and making  sure that
 either we  or another publisher will make their software available on this
 side of the Atlantic.  You've pointed out a major issue which I assure you
 we are working on.  Thank you.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 Just a few more last questions, please.

 (Ron Carter)
 When is ATARI going to take the US marketplace serious and open up a chain
 of Atari stores with the entire Atari product  line available  at a relia-
 ble, well staffed, well stocked easily accessible location?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We plan  to support  dealers rather  than open  up our own stores.  And we
 hope to make sure that these dealers will  be well  staffed, well stocked,
 and accessible.

 (Bobby Dyer)
 Thanks again  for coming tonight Mr. Tramiel.  I have 2 questions.  First,
 what new software are you  planning  for  the  Portfolio  this  year (i.e.
 business, travel guides) and second, could you possibly mention any softw-
 are titles being developed for the Panther. Thank you.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 New software that is being released can be found in our new "APB" bulletin
 on the  Portfolio.  Please call and leave your address and we will mail it
 to you.  New titles include: Hyperlist, Power Basic, City  Guide, etc.   I
 will not  announce titles  for the Panther at this time, but I promise you
 they will be exciting  and unique  games.   Please let  us know  what your
 favorite titles are, so we can add them to our "possible" list.

 (Sysop Ron Luks)
 Folks, we'll have time for just 3 more questions. If we dont get to yours,
 EMAIL it to BOB BRODIE 70007,3240.

 (Eric Lambeth @ AUA)
 I paid $600+ for a 1040STE  with some  MAJOR defects,   including  the DMA
 bug.   I then had to spend more $$$ to send it back to Atari (Eric Lambeth
 @ AUA) and have it replaced.  Now,  atari  has dropped  the bottom  out of
 the prices  of STEs....   I  have seen them selling for $379.  Is this the
 type of corporate policy we can expect in the future?  Don't you feel that
 such policies  tend to  alienate and engender hostilities in the userbase?
 Why would I buy a TT or Mega STE now when the price could drop 20%  a year
 down the  road?   I have  read several  messages from you during this con-
 ference that 'VME cards will be available for the mega STE and  TT 1.44 MB
 drives will  be available for the MegaE/TT.   WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US???
 There are LOTS of  1040STEs out  there..... and  MANY more  STs and Megas.
 Are you abandonning us????

 (Sam Tramiel)
 Correct me  if I'm wrong, we fixed your DMA problem, which I apologize for
 the problem occuring in the first  place.   Your dealer  should have fixed
 this for you and therefore, you would not have had the grief of sending to
 us.  As you are well aware, our industry is quite unique.    We offer more
 power, features,  for less money over time.  If we do not lower prices and
 offer more features, we would quickly  be out  of business.   The  1.44 mb
 floppy is  being designed  at present  and when  the Mega  STE and TT were
 designed, this was taken into consideration.  We  are not  trying to aban-
 don, and will not abandon, 1040 owners.  However, we cannot always satisfy
 issues like this.   The VME  card is  a whole  different issue.   To offer
 expansion requires larger power supplies and other components which incre-
 ases the cost of the computer.  The  1040 is  a lower  priced machine, and
 therefore cannot  have such features.  If you don't buy it now, and always
 wait for the next price reduction/feature  improvment, you'll  never buy a
 computer.  You'll always be waiting.

 (David A. Johnson)
 I've heard  rumors about a new TT that has greatly enhanced graphics.  Can
 you make any comment on this machine (does it exist; might it be a TT040)?

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We are not making any comments on any unannounced new products.  Sorry.

 (Sam Tramiel)
 Last question.

 (Steve Mays)
 Thanks. As much as I would like to see the dealer base expanded (especial-
 ly here  in Atlanta),  there must be people who want to buy St's and TT's.
 What plans are there to bring the msg  of Atari's  commitment and machines
 to the  masses? Will  we see an effort to boost Atari's presence in th US?
 As another ST-using musician, I don't want to see hardware  and especially
 software support  erode further  because of  a shrinking user base. Can we
 look forward to a day when we see as many  magazines for  ST and  TT users
 as for the Amiga (a good indicator of mass acceptance)?  I've hung in this
 far--I hope to say that years from now.  Thanks for  listening and answer-
 ing.   Oh yes, what is the final word on STacy?  (And will we see an Atari
 show in the South?!?)

 (Sam Tramiel)
 We plan to advertise in the US through our dealers.   And  as this network
 expands, we will do national advertising.  This will not occur until we do
 have a national network.   We  feel that  advertising through  our dealers
 will get  us good exposure and will start to expand the user base.  We are
 also bringing in MIDI software from  Europe  and  will  work  closely with
 developers to  assure its  availability.   We are, as you know, supporting
 our own  magazine, Atari  Explorer.   And are  happy to  support any other
 magazine as  well.   Stacy is available for professional use, ie. Musicia-
 ns..  We have them in stock, and can ship now.  If you have any particular
 questions in the music area, please call James Grunke at 408-745-4966.  He
 is our new MIDI guru and ex-Beach Boy member.  We will be happy to support
 an  attend  any  coordinated  effort  for  a user group show in the south.
 Contact Bob Brodie at 408-745-2052.  

 (Sam Tramiel)
 Good night, it's been real nice.  Please.. pray for rain in California.
 (Sysop Ron Luks)
 Ok folks.  Thank you for attending... Goodnight all.   If we  didnt get to
 your question, send it directly to Sam c/o BOB BRODIE 70007,3240.


   Issue #100

 by Michael Arthur



     Recently,  a  lot  of  attention  has been placed towards the specific
 types of 9600 baud modems.  It seems that as developments such  as Magneto
 Optical Cartridge Drives, Megapixel displays and versatile microprocessors
 like the 80486 and 68040 appear so frequently in the industry, that in our
 endless pursuit  of faster  and more  powerful computer technology (and to
 download that large file as fast as possible), we have come to  expect the
 same rate  of progress  from our  modems.   But with the promise of faster
 modems have come controversy,  as many  modem manufacturers  come out with
 incompatible products,  each claiming  to be  the best.   But  in order to
 understand the current situation, we must  take a  look at  the history of
 high-speed modems.

     Modems were  perhaps the  first kind  of computer  network.  Until the
 late 1980's, large corporations and the government were by far the biggest
 users of  modems, looking  more at reliability and power than the price or
 size of modems.  In maintaining compatibility in  data communications, (as
 compatibility is  necessary in  a global  marketplace), the job of setting
 standards for modem transmission protocols fell to the CCITT, an agency of
 the United  Nations that  specifies standards  for all aspects of the com-
 munications industry.

     When 9600 baud modems were first  developed  in  the  early  70's, the
 CCITT  drew  up  a  recommendation,  called V.29, which was the first such
 standard for these modems.  But  as only  large corporations  could afford
 them at that time, V.29 only covered synchronous modems communicating over
 leased lines, as well as 9600 baud Facsimile, or Fax Machines.  CCITT V.29
 is still  used today in all Fax Machines, but modems would eventually take
 a divergent path.

     In 1984, when advances  in chip  technology made  it feasible  to sell
 9600 baud  modems for less than 5000 dollars, the CCITT again set up a new
 standard for 9600 baud modems, designated as V.32.  This specification was
 a great  improvement over  V.29, as  V.32 modems  could be used on regular
 phone lines, and had some support  for asynchronous  transmission and full
 duplex operation.   The  one problem with this otherwise adequate protocol
 is that it was expensive to implement.

     In order to accomplish  full duplex  operation, V.32  used a technique
 called echo  cancellation.  When both modems transmit data simultaneously,
 first each modem remembers  what it  has sent,  then each  modem uses echo
 cancellation to  separate the  data signal  that it  sent, and process the
 incoming data.  At 9600 baud, though, it  requires the  use of  high speed
 Digital Signal  Processors (or DSP's), and DSP's have only recently become
 available commercially, as well as the other circuitry required for a V.32
 modem being expensive to produce.

     This was not a great factor in 1984, though, as high speed modems were
 primarily sold to the business market back then, in a  comparatively small
 market.    However,  when  the  user  demand for 9600 baud modems began to
 increase in 1986, many  modem manufacturers  found the  cost of developing
 the circuitry  for V.32  modems prohibitive,  and looked  to other ways of
 making moderately priced 9600 baud modems.

     One method of sending data at 9600 baud is to  compress the  data that
 is being  sent through  the modem.  In all modems, this data is sent in 10
 bit segments (8 bits of data  plus a  start and  stop bit).   Modems using
 data compression algorithms first compact these data segments to a smaller
 size and transmit them.  The receiving modem then decompresses the data as
 it gets it.  This enables modems running at a slower baud rate (2400-4800)
 to emulate 9600 baud transmission.

     In another way, called the ping  pong method,  both modems  buffer the
 data to  be transmitted,  and flow  control is implemented, so stop and go
 signals are sent to each modem at a quick rate,  telling each  when it has
 the line  free to  transmit data.   This,  by the  way, is  similar to how
 packet switched networks operate.

     Ping pong is necessarily  a half-duplex  method (where  only one modem
 sends  info  at  a  time)  because although full duplex operation does not
 require echo cancellation at lower transmissions (since the signal sent by
 both modems  can both  fit on  the phone  line's bandwidth), a single 9600
 baud signal can take up all  of the  line's bandwidth.   Echo cancellation
 removes this  problem by cramming both signals together, and leaving it up
 to both modems to sort the data out.  Ping pong, however,  cannot do this,
 but gets  around full  duplex operation  by acting  as a  "traffic cop" to
 manage the time that modems have to transmit data.

     Another problem  with 9600  baud modems,  whether they  use ping pong,
 echo cancellation,  data compression,  or any  other method to achieve its
 transmission rate, is the increased probability of flawed data being sent,
 as a result of line noise or a poor connection.  Because of this, the need
 for error correction in modems (where  the modem  would decrease  its baud
 rate to  reduce the chance of data errors, or simply retransmit the flawed
 data) became apparent.  Into this   situation,  a company  called Microcom
 arrived onto the scene.

                MNP, CCITT V.42, and the future of Modeming

     Microcom is  a modem  manufacturer selling primarily  to  the business
 market.   They saw  the need  for error  protection in all types of modems
 (not just  the high  speed variety)  and invented  the Microcom Networking
 Protocol, or MNP.

     MNP was one of the first protocols to  implement point  to point error
 correction.   This meant  that if an MNP-equipped modem called another MNP
 equipped modem, then they would have the benefit  of error  free data, but
 if a  non-MNP equipped   modem  was called, then another protocol (such as
 V.22) would let the modems communicate, but without  MNP error correction.
 There  are   9  classes   of  MNP,  representing  its  various  stages  of
 development.  MNP Classes 1 to  3 only  had error  protection, as Microcom
 worked to make the error protection 100% efficient.  But at around Class 4
 or 5, Microcom saw that data compression would  also be  needed in modems,
 resulting that MNP Classes 5 and above provided a very efficient method of
 error  protection,  and   excellent   data   compression.      Many  modem
 manufacturers recognized MNP's capabilities and started licensing MNP. The
 result was that many of the earlier 9600 baud modems were MNP-capable.

     So why hasn't MNP become THE 9600 baud  standard today,  with Microcom
 emerging as  the modem  industry's new  Hayes?  As in many other tragedies
 in the computer industry, this was  caused by  greed.   Microcom, who also
 sold MNP  modems to  the business  market, wished to have an edge over the
 licensees of MNP, who they began  to see  as their  competition instead of
 their best  allies.   In order  to do  this, they  started offering higher
 classes of  MNP for  their OWN  modems than  they licensed  to other modem
 makers.   As some of the other modem makers saw that they were being given
 less powerful Classes of  MNP just  so Microcom  could become  a standard,
 while  Microcom  itself  took  measures  to put them out of business, some
 began looking for other  protocols that  implemented data  compression and
 error  protection.    Even  though  MNP  became  a  de facto standard, and
 Classes 5 and 6 of MNP were adequate for the job, these modem makers (many
 of whom  weren't willing to openly shun MNP) delegated it to the status of
 an aging relic.

     This was a master stroke of luck for Hayes Microcomputer.  In the late
 70s and  early 1980's,  Hayes had made a de facto standard of the AT modem
 command set by both selling aggressively to businesses  and by considering
 the needs  of the home market in the area of 300-2400 baud modems.  But in
 1986, modem  technology had  progressed to  the point  where 300-1200 baud
 modems were a lot less expensive.  The resulting competition (and the boom
 in the modem market) caused Hayes modems (which  were still  pricey) to be
 overlooked in  favor of  less expensive  and equally  efficient Hayes com-
 patible modems.  So when MNP began to  be joined  by alternative protocols
 which provided  error protection,  Hayes saw  an opportunity to regain its
 once monolithic stature in the industry.

     The  International  Standards  Organization  (ISO),  made  up  of  the
 organizations in  many countries that are responsible for standardization,
 (such as ANSI),  designed  X.25,  the  primary  protocol  used  to connect
 synchronous computers to packet networks, in 1976.  The LAP B protocol, or
 Link Access Procedure-Balanced, as well as LAP D (an extended   version of
 LAP B  used for ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) communications)
 are implemented in this protocol.

     Since LAP B is an error correction protocol  that is  an international
 standard (since  it was designed by the CCITT), Hayes decided to use it in
 their V-Series SmartModem 9600 modems. The SmartModem also uses a modified
 version of  V.32 which,  instead of  using echo cancellation at 9600 baud,
 uses the ping pong method at half duplex.  Many of the  other modem makers
 who    rejected  MNP,  though,  used  their own proprietary methods, which
 resulted in VAST incompatibility problems.

     In order to establish a standard  that would  end these  problems, the
 CCITT  developed  a  new  standard,  called  V.42, in 1988.  The CCITT has
 developed a new protocol for V.42, called LAP M (Link Access Procedure for
 Modems).   LAP M  is based  on LAP B and LAP D, and provides the necessary
 error correction for V.42, while also providing 7 and 8-bit  data compres-
 sion which  is 30  percent more efficient than MNP Class 5.  V.42 is desi-
 gned for full duplex modems, and achieves 9600 baud by the use of isynchr-
 onous (asynchronous to synchronous) converters, which convert asynchronous
 data to synchronous data which the modem can interpret.

     V.42 itself has not been fully defined by  the CCITT,  as neither data
 encryption  (something   which  is   VERY  important  to  businesses),  or
 half-duplex operation are included, but will appear in  LAP M  as optional
 features.  However, the vital components necessary to modem operation have
 been set, and  modem  manufacturers  (such  as  Hayes  and  Microcom) will
 contribute  to  the  process  of  establishing  standards for these areas.
 Until a standard for data compression has been  established, however, V.42
 has "system  hooks" in  it, allowing  modem manufacturers to use their own
 proprietary protocols.  Also,  since V.42  has regulated  that this appear
 as an option, potential incompatibility problems are avoided.

     MNP Classes  1-4 will  be supported  in CCITT V.42, for an alternative
 error protection protocol included to maintain compatibility with the vast
 user base which has accepted 9600 baud MNP modems.  However, MNP Classes 5
 or 6, which also have data compression algorithms,  will not  be supported
 in CCITT  V.42.   But since  the American National Standards Institute (or
 ANSI) would be the  final determinant  of the  US implementation  of V.42,
 these Classes of MNP may be supported in the United States.

     V.42 promises  to be  an excellent 9600 baud standard, which sets both
 rules for the internal makeup and data transmission between modems (except
 for the  modem command  set) and which establishes an adequate bridge/link
 for the  present crop of incompatible 9600 baud modems.   MNP-only modems,
 such as  US Robotics'  old models, will not become obsolete, due to V.42's
 support of MNP.  Old versions of Hayes 9600 baud V-Series SmartModems have
 minimal incompatibility  problems, since LAP M is a superset of LAP B.  In
 addition, almost all major modem manufacturers now support  the CCITT V.42
 standard  in  some  form,  so  virtually  all  future  modems will use the


    Issue # 9

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

 - London, England                    HARD DRIVIN' II READY FOR ST & AMIGA

 Hard Drivin' II,  a racing package, is now available from Domark for the 
 Atari ST,  Commodore Amiga and IBM PC's.  This version is supposed to be 
 a  major improvement over the original,  which received acclaim  in  the 
 computer  press.   It  includes a specially designed track  editor  that 
 allows  the  user to redesign the course,  allows two  computers  to  be 
 hooked  together for competitive racing and faster execution  speed  and 
 frame updating.

 - Racine, Wisconsin                CD-ROM, FRED FISH, AVAILABLE FOR AMIGA

 The  Fred Fish Collection,  a well-known source of shareware and  public 
 domain software for the Amiga,  has been released on a CD-ROM (read only 
 memory)  disk by Hypermedia Concepts at a budget price of  $69-95.   The 
 CD-ROM  disk  contains the equivalent of all 410 current  disks  in  the 
 collection.  Hypermedia  plans  to  update the CD-Rom  disk  every  four 

 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania                 VIRUS HITS DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

 The personal computers in the Duquesne University computer lab have been 
 reported  to  be infected by a computer virus knows as the  Ohio  Virus.  
 The 400 personal computer systems will be inspected during the  February 
 18-24 spring break at a cost of $3,200 for program disinfectants.

 - Cupertino, California            SONY MIGHT MAKE PART OF NEW MAC LAPTOP

 Sony Corp. has reportedly confirmed that it will build major portions of 
 the  rumored new Macintosh laptop computer.   Sony Officials  said  that 
 while the final contract had not yet been signed,  the Japanese  company 
 will build significant portions of the new laptop machine.

 Apple said that the report was "purely rumor and speculation" and stated 
 that  "We certainly won't comment on unannounced products".   Apple  did 
 confirm  that they would have a new notebook computer by the the end  of 
 the year.

 Apple's  current model,  the Macintosh Portable weighs approximately  15 
 pounds and Apple has been careful not to call it a "laptop".   Published 
 reports  have  said that the rumored Apple laptop will weigh  about  5.5 
 pounds, contain a 40-megabyte hard drive and cost about $2,500.

 - Dubai, Abu Dhabi                    MID-EAST PIRACY PUT AT $100 MILLION

 According  to  an executive of Lotus  Development  Corp.,  the  software 
 industry looses $100 million a year in the Middle East and $2 billion  a 
 year  worldwide due to piracy.   Lotus estimated it lost $24 million  in 
 the  Middle East alone to illegal copying.   Lotus is calling  for  more 
 stringent copyright laws in the region.

 - New York, New York                      PRODIGY'S GULF COVERAGE PRAISED

 Prodigy  has gone from getting criticism because of its message  editing 
 policies to receiving praise for the same actions.  Only now, it's being 
 applied  to  news  from  the Gulf  War.   According  to  Joshua  Harris, 
 president of Jupiter Communications,  the result is the slickest  online 
 news coverage ever.   Harris, who in the past has criticized Prodigy for 
 its  editing  tactics,  says of the coverage,  "It's  good.   They  have 
 pictures, and planes that move around, a little slide animation and it's 
 easy to use".  Regarding the competition, he says "Everyone else is just 
 stripping stuff out of the news or offering forums."

 - Washington, D.C.                   MEXICAN SOFTWARE PIRACY IS PANDEMIC

 The Software Publishers Association (SPA) Wednesday told the U.S.  House 
 Ways  and  Means Subcommittee on Trade that it could  support  the  Free 
 Trade  Agreement  with  Mexico  only if  Mexico  immediately  enacted  a 
 national copyright bill which would protect U.S.  intellectual property, 
 particularly, copyright protection for computer programs.

 SPA  cited  its  reasons as pandemic software piracy  losses  which  are 
 estimated to reach at least $100 million in 1991,  estimates that  there 
 are  eight  illegal  copies of software packages in use  for  every  one 
 legitimate  version,  and  Mexican copyright laws that  have  a  maximum 
 criminal fine for infringement of 10,000 pesos ($3.40 US).

 - Munich, Germany                        FIRST EVER AMIGA SHOW IN BERLIN

 AMI Shows Europe will be using all 45,000 sq.  ft of the Berliner  Messe 
 convention complex to hold its first Amiga '91 Berlin show on April  25-
 28. More than 80 exhibitors are expected to attend with an attendance of 
 over 40,000 people.

 Alexander Glos,  general manager of AMI Shows Europe,  said that he felt 
 that  the  Amiga  was  going  from  strength  to  strength  in   Europe, 
 particularly  in Western Germany and the United Kingdom,  and that  this 
 interest was reflected by the number of people that his company was able 
 to attract to its shows.


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

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

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

                 Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

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

           The system will now prompt you for your information.

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


 > THE FLIP SIDE STR Feature?                   "A different viewpoint...."

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

    If you are like myself and use the ICD hard drive software,  you have 
 probably  been curious as to how to configure all of the  buffers.   The 
 docs' explanation leave much to be desired.   Or you might have wondered 
 how ICD software compared to CACHExxx program.

    Doug Wheeler (ICD) has done an excellent job of explaining both to us 
 on Genie...

 Perhaps  I can shed some light on this (it's also explained fairly  well 
 in the newest ICD AdSCSI host adapter manual).

 HDUTIL lets you adjust the size of 3 different caches:

   - TOS Data Buffers - this is equivalent to CACHExxx's 'D' buffers 
   - TOS FAT Buffers  - this is equivalent to CACHExxx's 'F' buffers.
   - ICD cache - this is an intelligent caching system with read-ahead
                 and elevator sorting (and more)

 So,  setting the TOS Data Buffers to 90 and the TOS FAT Buffers to 90 is 
 the  same  as  running CACHE090.PRG.  The  TOS  buffers  are  maintained 
 entirely by TOS, so the speed improvement should be the same.

 The ICD cache, on the other hand, is handled entirely by ICDBOOT, and is 
 very fast.  Basically,  this cache can store a given number of blocks of 
 data  (number set by HDUTIL's "Blocks in Cache" option) of a given  size 
 (set by HDUTIL's "Block Size" option). For example, if you set them both 
 to 20,  you'd have 20 cache blocks which can each store 20  sectors.  If 
 you're using standard 512 byte sectors, that'll take 200K.

 When a disk read occurs,  if the requested data is in the cache, it will 
 come from there.  If the data is not in the cache,  it will be read from 
 disk.  At the same time,  ICDBOOT puts that data into the cache and  may 
 even read more data off the HD at the same time and cache it (reading  a 
 block  of 10 sectors takes almost no more time than reading  1  sector). 
 The  size of the cache blocks determines the limit on how much to  read-
 ahead.  So,  if  a  program read 19 sectors and your block size  was  20 
 sectors,  it  could only read-ahead 1 additional sector.  On  the  other 
 hand,  if a program read 1 sector,  it could read-ahead 19 more sectors. 
 So,  if the program then wanted to read the next sectors, they'd already 
 be in the cache.

 BTW,  to see if you have the latest manual,  look for the number "36-90" 
 on the lower-right corner of the back cover.


    In the past,  there have been rumors that Best Electronics carried  a 
 power supply for the ST that was more powerful than the normal one  that 
 you get from Atari.  Here are some comments concerning that...

    From J.Strand on Genie...
 I  check with Best on their power supply because it slips right  in  the 
 Atari  case.  They told me their power supply only puts out about  35-40 
 watts, that their power supply was just made from better components than 
 the Atari one.

    From George Richardson (Merlin Group - Gadgets by Small) on Genie...
 ...I've tried a Best power supply.  Although the fellow told me it could 
 supply  more current than an ST supply,  I found  *NO*  difference.  The 
 supposedly superior components may make it more reliable,  but I've only 
 had problems with the capacity of the supplies, not the reliability.

    From Mike Valent on Genie...
 ...I bought a Best power supply in December and can attest that it's the 
 same  rated capacity as Atari's original.  What Mega owners really  have 
 needed is a larger CAPACITY supply that fits in the same space.


    Question from Javier del Rio on CIS....
 I have a 520STfm hooked to a TV.  I would like to know if it is possible 
 to connect a Samsung RGB monitor (for IBM CGA) to my ST?

    Answer from Mike DeMetz on CiS...
 Not really.  Since IBM CGA is TTL and the Atari is Analog. You could use 
 that monitor that Radio Shack has for the COCO 3 although it is not high 
 rez but better than a TV.


    From GRIDBUG on Delphi...
 I called Electronic Arts and they admitted...that Powermonger does  have 
 a problem formatting saved game disks. Shame!


    Speaking of power supplies.  It seems that Gadgets new SST might need 
 a larger one...

    From George Richardson (Merlin Group) on Genie...
 ...Dave  and  I have been aware of the power supply  problem  since  way 
 back....Unfortunately, the only adequate solution to the internal supply 
 problem looks like a custom made job.  There's no way Gadgets could make 
 back  the  money  required  to do this,  now  that  the  Mega  has  been 
 discontinued.  As a result,  we're considering an external "brick"  type 
 supply  that  will be switched on by a relay board that plugs  into  the 
 extra  power connector in the Mega.  The new supply will only power  the 
 SST board,  the normal Mega power supply will handle the Mega itself and 
 the expansion board, if any. I realize that this is less than ideal, but 
 it's all I've been able to come up with that's affordable.

    Question by Mike Valent on Genie...
 How much power is this board going to require?  Is the -030 that much of 
 a power drain,  or is it the load of a full set of RAM chips?...Remember 
 that  some  of us will have the Moniterm board plugged  into  the  extra 
 power connector.

    Answer from George Richardson (Merlin Group) on Genie...
 ...the '030 is no problem at all,  but four 1 meg x 8,  80ns SIMMs  draw 
 almost  3  amps  when active.  Since only one bank  of  SIMMs  is  being 
 addressed at a time, the current draw on the board stays at about 3 amps 
 maximum and quite a bit lower when Fastram is not being accessed.

 The  relay board will have a pass through connector so that things  like 
 the  Moniterm will still be able to plug in.  The SST also has  a  power 
 pass through connector.  So does the Megatalk board, now that I think of 


    Question from Bob Retelle, Sysop on CIS...
 Here's a question for everyone who's done any modifications to STs  with 
 internal drives.   Would it be possible to disable (unplug) the internal 
 "A"  drive,  and  use two external drives as "A" and "B"  by  using  the 
 normal "in and out" ports on the external drives?

    Answer from Bill Healton on CIS...
 ...From my understanding of how the disks are setup,  I would expect the 
 drive B select is on the "normal" drive A pin of the external connector. 
 This  would force the first drive to drive B.  I would  further  suspect 
 that  the  pass-thru on the external drives swap the  two  drive  select 
 lines  so  the  second drive in the chain sees the  other  (normally  B) 
 select  as its A select.  For the Internal drive systems IF the drive  A 
 select IS on the external connector, it would be on the "normal" drive B 
 pin. The result would look something like this:

                 DRIVE A---------DRIVE A-\/---------(DRIVE B) DRIVE A
  Standard ST    DRIVE B---------DRIVE B-/\---------(DRIVE A) DRIVE B
                 DRIVE B---------DRIVE B-\/---------(DRIVE A) DRIVE A
  Internal ST    DRIVE A---------DRIVE A-/\---------(DRIVE B) DRIVE B
 This  would  mean if the internal drive is  disconnected,  the  external 
 drives  would work,  however their sequence would be reversed  (Drive  B 
 first  then  A).  You could check external pins 5 &  6  while  accessing 
 drives A & B to see how they are mapped.


    Question from Ron Weldin on Genie...
 The clock just died inside my 14 month STHD.  I would like to try a  new 
 battery in it. What size/kind do you recommend and is it soldered in ?

    Answer from Tom (ICD) on Genie...
 It is a 3 volt lithium cell.  We presently use a DL2430 (Duracell) in  a 
 battery socket.  We started using battery sockets about 2 years ago.  If 
 your  battery is soldered directly in,  you can remove it and  solder  a 
 socket in its place. BTW "2430" means 24 mm diameter coin cell that is 3 
 mm thick. It will function down to about 2.2 volts.


    Question from Marc Lacombe on CIS (slightly edited)...
 ...I  am thinking of buying...a Syquest 44mb removable hard  drive...can 
 it  could also be used on an IBM?...If I buy an IBM in a few  years,  it 
 would be nice to know that my Atari hard drive could do double duty.

    Answer from Bob Retelle (Sysop) on CIS...
 ...most hard drive mechanisms,  including the SyQuest can be easily ins-
 talled in an IBM style system.  All you need is a compatible  controller 
 card and you're in business!

    Answer from Bob Brodie (Atari User Group Co-Ordinator) on CIS...
 The heart and soul of the Syquest is a true SCSI device.  Just unplug it 
 from the host adapter that it's connected to, and your ready to rock and 
 roll.  You can use it on a Mac,  you can use it on an Amiga, you can use 
 it  on an IBM,  you can use it on ANYTHING that understands SCSI or  can 
 interpret SCSI.


    Speaking of hard drives....

    Question from Kurt Schmidt on Genie... 
 Has  anyone...any information as to how to upgrade my Megafile 30  drive 
 to a higher capacity drive?  Do I need SCSI or MFM or ???  Plus, if I do 
 upgrade,  what HD driver do I use to format with? The one that came with 
 the  Megafile  will only format 30,  45,  or 60 Mb.  Any help  would  be 

    Answer from Doug Wheeler (ICD) on Genie...
 ...The  Megafile 30 has an integrated host adapter and  RLL  controller. 
 Unless  you plan on doing a LOT of soldering,  you can only replace  the 
 drive with another RLL drive (which works great).  If you do  this,  you 
 will  have to play with Atari's WINCAP file to add the  information  for 
 the drive you install (unless it happens to be one Atari uses in one  of 
 their other drives).

 Little  known tidbit:  The controller in the Megafile 30 is  a  modified 
 Adaptec 4070 which can handle 1:1 interleave (the real Adaptec can't)... 
 if  you  have already formatted your Megafile 30 with  Atari's  software 
 then it is already 1:1 interleaved.  If you used Supra's or ICD's  soft-
 ware you would have had to explicitly specify 1:1 interleave.


    Question from R.Randall5 on Genie...
 I  had received a copy of I decided to give it a  try...My 
 question  is:...Are  there potential conflicts?  Could  the  performance 
 obtained  with FATSPEED be obtained with proper tuning of ICDHOST  para-
 meters  alone...This is by far the best disk performance that I've  seen 

    Answer from Nevin Shalit (PageStream Sysop) on Genie...
 Fatspeed is great. I've used it for at least 2 years on both TOS 1.0 and 
 TOS 1.2 machines,  with Atari and ICD hard drives.  You need Fatspeed as 
 the ICD software does not duplicate its functions.

    Answer from Tom (ICD) on Genie...
 Fatspeed  addresses  a problem with TOS 1.0 and 1.2  versions.  TOS  1.4 
 fixed  it so fatspeed is not necessary.  Since 1.4 was shipping when  we 
 came out with caching (at least to developers) and Fatspeed was  already 
 there, we didn't see it as necessary.  By all means, use Fatspeed if you 
 have TOS 1.0 or 1.2.


 Until next week.....


 > 88MB SYQUEST! STR InfoFile?          88mb removable-cartridge hard disks

                          SYQUEST "88"  TO DEBUT!

     SyQuest removable-cartridge hard  disks,  for  three  years  a fixture
 among  desktop  publishers,  multimedia  developers and others who need to
 transport or archive large files, will soon grow  to double  their current

     SyQuest Technology,  developer of  the expandable storage system, this
 week will announce a  new  generation  of  its  drives  and double-density
 cartridges, which  together will  be capable of storing up to 88 Mbytes of
 data per cartridge. Called the SQ5110,  the  new  mechanism  is  slated to
 ship in  limited quantities  early in  the second quarter and in volume in

     At least three leading Macintosh storage  vendors -  Mass Microsystems
 Inc., MicroNet Technologies Inc. and Peripheral Land Inc.- plan to release
 systems based on the enhanced technology as soon  as it  is available. All
 three vendors  apparently plan to price their drives at about $1,800, with
 extra high-density cartridges at $200 to $250.

     The new drives will read but not write to the 44-Mbyte SyQuest format.
 The current  SQ555 mechanism, of which the company sold 150,000 last year,
 will remain in production for the foreseeable future.

     Described by  SyQuest  officials  as  an  "evolutionary"  product, the
 SQ5110 will  deliver the  same 20-millisecond  average seek time as recent
 versions of the lower-capacity drives. Overall  performance, however, will
 be improved  25 percent  to 30 percent, according to the company, by a new
 32-Kbyte buffer and better buffer-management techniques.   The  new models
 also should prove more reliable than their predecessors. SyQuest rates the
 SQ5110 at  60,000 hours  MTBF (mean  time between  failure), compared with
 30,000 for the current model.

     Among vendors  announcing support for the SQ5110, Mass Microsystems of
 Sunnyvale, Calif., said it plans five configurations under  the DataPak 88
 name,  including  two  dual-drive  versions  and three footprints matching
 various Mac  cases. The  company said  single-drive models  will be priced
 "below $2000"  and its preformatted DataCart 88 cartridges will retail for
 less than $200.

     MicroNet Technologies of Irvine, Calif., plans to list  its drive, the
 MR-90,  at  $1,795;  extra  cartridges  will  be $238.  Peripheral Land of
 Fremont, Calif., said its  entry, the  Infinity 88  Turbo, will  be priced
 "below $1,800." The company also plans to offer an optional SCSI-2 card in
 a bundle with the drive.

     For now, SyQuest said, it will offer the  SQ5110 only  to selected OEM
 customers, not  to distributors.  The policy, while it lasts, is likely to
 keep prices relatively firm. The 44-Mbyte  drives, introduced  three years
 ago at  the same  $1,800 retail level, are now available from direct-sales
 outlets for as little as $500.

     This week's announcement represents a major challenge to  Iomega Corp.
 of  Roy,  Utah,  SyQuest's  chief  competitor in the Mac removable-storage
 market. Iomega offers 42-Mbyte Bernoulli cartridges  in several configura-
 tions. Officials  said the  company is  working on  products with the same
 capacity as the new SyQuest that will be  announced later  this year "when
 fully tested and ready to ship into the channel".

     The 88-Mbyte  drives will also bring SyQuest into competition with the
 3.5-inch, 128-Mbyte erasable optical systems, which  several companies are
 now  shipping  in  limited  volume. SyQuest officials claimed their drive,
 although its capacity is lower, will  deliver three  times the performance
 of the opticals at not much more than half the price.


 > MASS WHAT??? STR FOCUS?     "parasites".... coming out of the woodwork."

                        ATARI MARKETPLACE IN CRISIS

 by Sheldon Winick

 (GEnie address: S.WINICK)
 Computer STudio - Asheville, NC

     Earlier today  I got  a call from Ralph Mariano to discuss the current
 state of affairs of the Atari  marketplace in  this country,  and our con-
 cerns about the future for Atari's existing dealer base.  In this vein, he
 also requested that I write an essay for ST Report that would  express the
 concerns of  Atari's dealers  regarding Atari's  recent announcements of a
 return to general distribution of its  products, a  major slash  in retail
 pricing, and a return to mass merchandising Atari systems.

     As most of you know, Ralph and I have been involved in many, how shall
 I put it.... "interesting" debates in  the  past  on  both  GEnie  and the
 National ST  Echo.  We have agreed on some things and disagreed on others.
 In fact we still do.  But one thing we  definitely are  in total agreement
 on is  the current state of affairs in the Atari marketplace, and the fact
 that current market conditions will prevent  new dealerships  from picking
 up the  Atari line  as well  as threaten the very existance of our current
 meager dealer base.

     Many of  us warned  that the  results of  Atari's recent announcements
 would be exactly what we are currently witnessing.  And all is not well in
 the Atari marketplace.    Atari's  recent  marketing  decisions  have been
 interpreted by  the price-gouging  mail-order marketers to mean that Atari
 is condoning a return to a completely uncontrolled  marketplace. They hope
 to grab  up Atari products and market them at rediculously low prices on a
 national level to reap a quick  volume  profit  on  a  sudden  increase of
 sales.   They are  doing just  that from a self-created buying frenzy from
 the existing Atari user base anxious for the opportunity to upgrade to new
 equipment at  bargain prices,  usually at  just a few dollars above normal
 dealer cost.

     And that is exactly what is  happening  as  the  Atari  marketplace is
 rapidly  blossoming  with  all  of  those price-gouging merchants (who, in
 order to save space we shall herinafter refer to as  "parasites") who seem
 to be coming out of the woodwork.  They are making a quick buck at the ex-
 pense of potentially destroying the existing base of Atari's "real" deale-
 rships.   They do  not care about the overall health and well-being of the
 Atari user base and are only in this to make  a quick  buck.   They do not
 care that  the customers they are selling to are abandoning support of the
 local "real" dealerships that can provide ongoing service  and support for
 their customers.

     These  parasites  are  the  same  ones that nearly destroyed the Atari
 marketplace in past years, and helped create the "image" of  Atari systems
 as "cheap"  and incompetent  systems not  deserving of support from "real"
 dealerships.  They are the same parasites that  helped destroy  the dealer
 network in the mid-80's and helped prevent establishment of "real" dealer-
 ships who could properly  introduce Atari  systems to  "new" customers and
 provide the  training, service and support necessary for business users to
 consider purchasing Atari systems and take them seriously.

     Atari's marketing announcements in  and of  themselves are  not neces-
 sarily detrimental  to the  Atari marketplace.   Cutting retail prices can
 spur new excitement.  Putting Atari systems into  general distribution can
 make their products more readily accessible to dealers on a regional basis
 for quicker delivery.  And placing appropriate products into the  hands of
 mass-merchandisers can  serve to  give Atari products increased visibility
 in the marketplace and introduce many more people to Atari computers.

     But there is a great difference between placing Atari products  in the
 hands of  legitimate mass-merchandisers  such as  K-mart or Sears who will
 guarantee they get maximum exposure to  a  large  portion  of  the general
 population, and  could serve  to greatly  increase the base of Atari users
 in this country, as opposed to allowing all these mail-order  parasites to
 flood  the  market  of  existing  Atari  users  with cheap upgrades at the
 expense of harm  to  the  existing  dealer  base.    The  mail-order price
 gouging parasites  cater to  "existing" Atari owners and do little or not-
 hing to introduce new customers to Atari's systems.   They  offer no major
 exposure of Atari products to the general population, and will not provide
 ongoing service and support to the Atari user base.

     I have always felt  there is  a need  for Atari  to mass-merchandise a
 "power pack"  or "advantage  package" in  major national retailers.  I may
 disagree with Ralph on exactly  which  products  should  be  part  of that
 package, but the advantages of such a marketing approach would benefit the
 Atari community in the long term  regardless  of  whether  the  package is
 based on the 520 or 1040STe system.

     Personally, I  feel the 520 would be a more appropriate package at the
 present time.  Perhaps, once we dealers have  access to  the more powerful
 Mega STe's  in a dealer configurable form, as well as the TT030 systems in
 quantity as an FCC class B  device, then  having the  1040STe in mass-mer-
 chandisers might  not be such a bad idea.  But... at the present time, the
 1040STe remains the bread and butter  machine for  most dealers;  it's the
 one that  pays the  rent and  keeps bread  on our family's tables while we
 work, and struggle, to make headway in the business community for our Mega
 business systems.

     Losing that  could be  very costly  to many of Atari's dealerships and
 could mean the difference between whether or not  the marginal dealerships
 can survive  as Atari  dealers.   Those of us who are well-established are
 not the ones that will be most hurt by mass- merchandising the  1040STe --
 it's  those  small,  marginal  dealers  who don't have a business oriented
 customer base who will suffer most.   And  like it  or not,  those are the
 dealerships that make up the bulk of Atari dealers around the country.

     But none of us will survive very long if Atari allows these uncontrol-
 led market conditions to  continue.   No real  dealership can  survive for
 very long  if they are forced to compete in price with those price gouging
 hoare merchants.  No real  dealership  can  survive  for  long  on selling
 expensive computer  products at  just a  few dollars  above cost.  No real
 dealership can continue to offer his customers quality  selection, service
 and support  if he  is not  allowed to make a fair margin of profit on the
 merchandise he sells.  No real dealership can afford to pay for  an expen-
 sive storefront  and a large volume of stock if he has to compete in price
 with someone working the mail-order marketplace out of a garage or wareho-
 use with a 1-800 phone line.

     And worse still is the fact that if these mail-order parasites are al-
 lowed to continue, what do you think the chances will be that  you'll ever
 see  Atari  products  in  legitimate  mass-merchandisers  such as Sears or
 K-mart?  And the chances you'll ever have  a real  local Atari  dealer are
 even less than that!

     Atari ---  you CAN  stop this  before its  too late.   These marketing
 conditions are identical to those that cost Atari the majority of its real
 dealer base  back in the mid-80's and alienated those dealers so much that
 even when Atari changed  their  marketing  approach  in  1988,  most still
 wouldn't even consider carrying Atari products again.

     Atari can  put controls on who is authorized to sell its products, and
 they can set minimum requirements  for  dealerships.    But  they  must be
 willing and  able to  enforce those  restrictions.   And the consumer must
 understand that the real cost for those fantastic bargains from the paras-
 ites is  the destruction of real dealerships, the ultimate loss of support
 from major developers, a reduction in the availability of peripherals, and
 a complete  loss of  the real  dealers who  won't be around to provide the
 Atari owner with ongoing service and support.

     And Atari must realize  that  no  matter  how  great  their "business"
 machines are, they will NOT have a market for them in the United States if
 there are no dealers around who are qualified  to market  them properly to
 the business customer.

     This  is  a  no-win  situation  for  everyone..... everyone except the
 parasites who will grab a quick  profit at  everyone else's  expense.  And
 that includes  you consumers,  us dealers,  and Atari  themselves.  And if
 those of you who are rushing to grab up those  bargains don't  realize the
 consequence of your purchases, you're just kidding yourselves.

                                   Happy (Atari) computing,
                         Sheldon Winick (Computer STudio -- Asheville, NC)


 > HOTWIRE 3.0! STR Spotlight?                          THE NEXT GENERATION

   *                                                                   *
   *              CodeHead Software Announces HotWire 3.0              *
   *              ---------------------------------------              *
   *                                                                   *
   *             MORE POWER -- NO WAITING -- NOW SHIPPING!!            *
   *                                                                   *

     CodeHead's HotWire now offers even more power than before!
     With a SINGLE keypress or mouse click you can start up to

                      74 (SEVENTY-FOUR) 74

     Programs, Documents, Menus, ASSIGN.SYS files, MultiDesk Setup
     Files, or Work Files!!

                                HOTWIRE 3.0
                            THE NEXT GENERATION

 HotWire is  still the  FASTEST, EASIEST,  way to run programs on the Atari
 ST, STe, or TT.   Don't  be deceived  by copycat  claims...for all  of its
 incredible power,  HotWire 3.0  is amazingly  easy to  use.  It's far more
 intuitive than any other desktop...just ask a non-Atari  user to  try both
 HotWire and the GEM desktop and you'll see what we mean!

 With seventy-four  programs or menus available by a SINGLE action, you can
 access over 5,000 programs with just  TWO actions!!   Try  doing that with
 any other utility or desktop on ANY computer can't!

 HotWire 3.0 now has a Global Block of 20 entries.  These programs, docume-
 nts, and menus are  available ALL  of the  time, no  matter which  menu is
 currently loaded.

 HotWire 3.0  is now fully compatible with the Atari TT as well as the Mega
 STe...all resolutions  on all  Atari computers  including all large-screen
 monitors!  The many auxiliary programs included in the HotWire package are
 also now TT-compatible.

 You can now choose any available color for any menu entry, allowing you to
 create  attractive,  colorful  menus  with  emphasis on certain entries or
 groups of entries.  Color entries are available on the  TT as  well as the
 regular  ST  medium  and  low-res  modes.   You can also choose from eight
 different background patterns in any color  to  change  the  look  of your
 HotWire screen. 

 HotWire includes  a special version of Charles Johnson's Button Fix acces-
 sory that communicates with HotWire to let you enable or  disable BUTTNFIX
 automatically for  each program.  This solves the notorious "double button
 press" problem with TOS versions 1.4 and higher. 

 Many other enhancements, bug  fixes, and  user interface  tweaks make this
 new version of HotWire a MAJOR upgrade.

                               HOTSAVER 1.3 

 Also  included  with  HotWire  3.0  is HotSaver, the HotWire screen saver.
 HotSaver is not only the ultimate screen saver for Atari  computers, it is
 now the  ULTIMATE MOUSE  ACCELERATOR, too!  HotSaver is the FIRST ST mouse
 accelerator that lets YOU determine how  fast  or  slow  the  mouse cursor
 moves!  You can choose from eight different, completely configurable mouse
 setups.  Mouse movement can be adjusted for  both horizontal  and vertical
 motions, with  values of  0-99 settable for each amount of movement from 1
 to 10.  You can even slow down your mouse movement by using a mouse divis-
 ion factor. 

 HotSaver is  also the  first "triple  state" program  for the Atari ST ...
 you can run THE SAME FILE as an AUTO program, a desktop  application, OR a
 desk accessory!   This  gives you  the utmost flexibility in memory usage,
 and lets you reconfigure HotSaver at any time.   It  also includes  a time
 and/or date  display within  its "floating"  logo --  you can even replace
 its logo with your own (available through an  optional package).   There's
 also an  option for  automatically or  manually parking and unparking your
 hard drives. 

 The HotWire 3.0 package  also includes  a new  HOT file  editor (HOT files
 are HotWire  menus saved  on disk).   HotEdit  was formerly HotPathSetter,
 but it now allows you to change ANY aspect of  your HOT  file menu entries
 while viewing  all of  the entries' settings.  This makes it easy to clean
 up your menus with regard to  settings such  as ledgering,  clock, command
 lines, return options, titles, and much more. 


 And don't forget all of the powerful and unique features we pioneered in
 earlier versions of HotWire:

  o Up to 16 alarms may be set for one-time, daily, weekly, or monthly
    reminders.  Alarms will ring in any program, GEM, TOS, or the
    desktop, complete with a descriptive message.  There's even an
    unparalleled individualized configurable multi-regenerative "snooze"
    feature that allows you to quickly silence an alarm but be reminded
    again a short time later if you didn't have time to respond to it.

  o Ledger function records the time spent in programs of your choice,
    also showing the total elapsed time since you began working. 

  o PASSWORDS may be used to restrict unauthorized access to certain

  o Configurable on-screen CLOCK, appears in the programs that you choose.

  o Programs can be CHAINED or looped so that the next program
    automatically runs when you quit the current one.

  o RELIABLY auto-start any ST program at bootup on any version of TOS.

  o Choose from among over 400 possible "hot" key combinations for
    starting programs, documents, menus, etc.

  o HotWire runs as either an ordinary ST program, or as a "resident"
    program that's always at your beck and call.  Summon up the HotWire
    Menu any time you're on the GEM desktop simply by clicking the right
    mouse button or by typing Right-Shift-Help.

  o DOCUMENTS can be installed in the HotWire menu, so you can simply
    click on the file you want and it will start up the appropriate
    program, loading that document automatically.

  o COMMAND LINES can be easily entered and saved with your menus to
    provide unlimited possibilities for customizing your operations.

  o Unlike other shells, HotWire works correctly with ALL PROGRAMS, just
    like the GEM desktop.

  o Programmable command lines allow you to create your own powerful
    shells, similar to ArcShell.

  o Special features, including environment parameters, make HotWire an
    excellent shell for developers, no matter what programming language you
    use.  It is used at CodeHead to develop all of our products.

  o Written in 100% ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE for optimum speed and compact size.

 HotWire is  the command  center of the CodeHead Integrated Desktop System.
 Our programs have many invisible communication links that allow you  to do
 things like:

  o Load accessories into MultiDesk by clicking on a HotWire menu entry.

  o Load an ASSIGN.SYS file into G+Plus by clicking on a HotWire menu

  o Bring up MultiDesk or MaxiFile by clicking on its icon or pressing
    a function key.

  o Double click on ANY program, document, or file in MaxiFile and
    HotWire will take over, running the program or installing the
    document into whatever application you've defined.

  o Each time you run MaxiFile as a program, it will reappear in the
    same state as you last left it...without saving your configuration.

  o HotSaver will automatically adjust your ledger entries based on
    actual activity within the program, subtracting the time that the
    screen saver was active.

  o Install resident programs from HotWire and clear accesories from
    MultiDesk without losing those resident programs.


 The combination  of all these features is what makes HotWire the choice of
 the discriminating power user  as well  as the  average user.   HotWire is
 equally useful  with a  hard disk  or a  floppy based  system.  Every day,
 more and more Atari owners put  their other  desktop systems  on the shelf
 as they  discover that  HotWire can  increase their productivity more than
 any other single application or utility for Atari  computers.   HotWire is
 used by  more Atari developers and programmers (including Atari employees)
 than any  other alternate  desktop.   If you  haven't experienced HotWire,
 maybe it's time that you did, and you might also be saying things like:

   "HotWire is the next best thing to a direct mind link interface."
                                            - Chet Walters, WizWorks
                                              (author of MUG SHOT and
                                               IMG CAT) 

   "Once you use HotWire it is hard to fly the ST without it.  HotWire
    quickly changes the way you use your ST."
                                            - Ron Robinson, ST Informer
                                              August 1989

   "WARNING: If you're not using CodeHead Software, you're wasting
    computing power."
                                            - Joe Meehan, satisfied
                                              CodeHead user and extremely
                                              intelligent individual

   "...all I want is sheer unadulterated POWER.  That's what I get from
                                            - John Gilmore, another
                                              satisfied CodeHead user
                                              with a taste for power

   "I dreamed I flew through the air in my spiritual uplift bra..."
                                            - A San Francisco user, from
                                              a registration card

 And for  still another  view of HotWire, be sure to take a look at Richard
 Gunther's tutorial/review in  the  January-February  and  March-April 1991
 issues  of  Current  Notes!  This  two  part  article  is  a well written,
 step-by-step introduction to the power of HotWire and MaxiFile. 

 Remember...don't be fooled by cheap imitations that promise  the world but
 deliver  Poughkeepsie,  or  expensive  over-hyped  systems that offer less
 power.  The overwhelming  reason that  our customers  are so  satisfied is
 that CodeHead  software works  as advertised  and it  works WELL!  Look up
 "bullet-proof" in  the  dictionary  ...    and  you'll  find  the CodeHead
 Software logo.


 As a  current owner  of HotWire,  you can obtain an update by sending your
 original HotWire master disk and $10 to the address listed below.   If you
 still have  the old  red and  black manual, include an additional $5 for a
 new manual (you'll need it).

 Suggested retail price for HotWire 3.0 is $44.95,  or you  can get HotWire
 Plus --  HotWire packaged  together with MaxiFile -- for $69.95, a savings
 of $15.  CodeHead  Products are  available from  your local  Atari dealer,
 through mail-order houses, or directly from CodeHead Software:
                             CodeHead Software
                              P.O. Box 74090
                           Los Angeles, CA 90004

                           Phone: (213) 386-5735
                           FAX:   (213) 386-5789
                           BBS:   (213) 461-2095

 CodeHead Software accepts Mastercard, Visa, and American Express, as
 well as checks, money orders, and cash.  Shipping charges are $3 US, $4
 Canada, and $6 elsewhere. 

 Current office hours are Monday-Friday 9A-1P Pacific time.  Prices and
 hours are subject to change without notice.

                                             Thank you for your support!


 P.S.    And  just  wait  until  you  see  the  new  version of MaxiFile!!!
 CodeHead's ultimate file maintenance utility has  taken a  QUANTUM LEAP in
 power, and  now includes  unique features  available on  NO OTHER PERSONAL
 COMPUTER SYSTEM!   More  details  will  be  forthcoming  on  this exciting
 upgrade very soon... 


 > NO DOUBLE TALK!  STR FOCUS?                        MASS WHO?  MASS WHAT?

                          THE RIGHT THING TO DO!

 by Ralph F. Mariano

   "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 throughout the US market."
                                                   Greg Pratt, 02/06/91
     This spectacular revelation was presented to the users during a recent
 online conference.   It  has engendered  a large  measure of  hope for the
 future of  Atari and  its marketplace  in the  USA.   Participating in the
 recent conference was Greg Pratt with Bob Brodie  at the  keyboard.  While
 the announcement  created a  wave of  hope for  the future it also allowed
 very familiar voices to raise old objections from  the past.   With  a NEW
 TWIST added  for good measure.  Of the Atari dealers still in operation, a
 few have found it necessary to make some  rather loud  and absolutely con-
 fusing claims and statements concerning the new marketing AND distribution
 plans Atari has announced.

                       MASS MARKETING:  RETAIL LEVEL
 Sales of certain hardware and software items through mass marketing  es-
 tablishments. ie; CIRCUIT CITY, etc.

 These firms are involved in consumer  direct  sales  only  and  then  on a
 massive coast to coast basis.

 Sales of  all products  offered in  the USA,  except the  TT030 series, to
 National Distribution centers. ie; Pacific, Almo, American, Avnet, etc.

 These firms are solely  involved in  selling wholesale  to their  own, es-
 tablished dealers.   In  most cases,  these distributors  have more astri-
 ngent requirements for who wish to be dealers than Atari has.

     The breath of the  speakers has  not had  time to  chill in  the night
 air.., And already an "outspoken" dealer or two were voicing "opinions" on
 how "they" would do it.   True, STReport  has done  the same  in the past.
 And will  probably again.   In this particular situation however, Atari is
 completely ON TRACK and CORRECT.
     STReport finds Atari's decision;  that..  "key  dealers"  in  the new,
 "Strategic  Partner  Program",  will  be  among  the outlets for the TT030
 series of computers which  will not  be allowed  to flow  through national
 distribution channels is an excellent and far reaching positive decision.
     Further, STReport  applauds Atari for having the courage and fortitude
 to make such a strong decision  fully knowing  that certain  dealers would
 jump up  screaming "foul"  for allowing  the MEGA STe into national distr-
 ibution.  STReport emphatically asserts the Mega STe belongs there!  Atari
 must not allow these folks an opportunity to fragment the decision.

     Allowing all  the STE units including the MEGA STe into national dist-
 ribution channels is 100% correct.  Haranguing aimed at this type decision
 by  those  involved  in  Niche  markets, SIGs, and self interests have all
 added to the problems  of the  past.   Atari mustn't  allow this  to occur
 again.  The entire Atari arena is on the road to recovery!

     To those  who find  it so  easy to create boondoggles and confusion we
 say; STOP NOW!  Please, let the  new,  future  enhancing  plan  work!   Be
 creative in  your own plans for the future.  Consider the large numbers of
 new users who will require all types of  assistance.   Business opportuni-
 ties and  dealer enrichment  programs can abound if this new plan is given
 an opportunity to work.  ATARI must stand  firm on  this decision.   ATARI
 and only ATARI can fully decide on, and influence its future and destiny.
     In the  past, Atari  seemed "compelled"  to cater to the wishes of the
 special interest  groups ie;  DEALERS.    For   example;  the "dealer only
 decision", remember  when mail  order houses could no longer obtain produ-
 ct??  Remember all those  huge ads those mail  order houses  had strategi-
 cally placed  throughout the  entire computing marketplace and their cata-
 logs that we ALL saw?   Since that time, the entire market has been slowly
 falling into  the dismal abyss of stagnation with most of us, screaming at
 and begging Atari "to do something!"  Some of "us" :-) even went so far as
 to  "energetically  suggest"  what  Atari  should  be doing to improve the
 situation.   Atari has responded positively.  As a result, STReport  is in
 full agreement  with this decision and encourages everyone's participation
 in supporting Atari's decision.
     The time has truly come for all the users to  "RALLY 'ROUND  THE FUJI"
 by making  Atari aware  that you  too, fully  support the latest marketing
 decision made known recently by Greg  Pratt.    This  decision  will fully
 establish the  presence of  Atari products,  (The Lynx, the Portfolio, and
 the STEs) and their availability coast to coast in the  USA.   STReport is
 completely supportive of the decision to place all but the TT030 series of
 computers into mass distribution channels.  There is no better  way to get
 the product  to everyb-  ody.   The entire USA Atari community needed this
 and the reaction of the Stock Market also reflects it as the  "right thing
 to do".


 > 2 TIER DEVs STR InfoFile?                         ATARI DEVELOPERS GROUP

                          ATARI DEVELOPERS GROUP
                 Tier 1 and Tier 2 Membership Requirements

     Membership in  either Atari Developers Group has many benefits, but it
     also has obligations.

                       To be an active Tier 1 member
               you must fulfill the folllowing requirements:

 1)  You must be currently developing or marketing at  least one commercial
     product for use with Atari computers.

 2)   You must register with the Tier 1 group.  This consists of paying the
     $250.00 registration fee, completing  the Application  form, executing
     the Non-disclosure  Agreement, and  completing one Product Information
     form for each of  your products.   (If  you have  no current products,
     please submit a business plan.)

 3)   You must complete a new Product Information form for each new product
     you release.

 4)  You must  provide Atari  with three  copies of  each of  your products
     (hardware  developers  should  contact  us  directly  if  the  cost is
     prohibitive.)  One of the copies  is used  by Atari  for compatibility
     testing on  new equipment,  another copy goes into the Atari archives,
     and the last copy is for Atari's internal use.

 5)  You must make additional copies of your products available to Atari at
     dealer cost.

 6)  You must re-register annually (currently, no charge).

             Benefits from this program include the following:

 1)  The ST/TT Developer's Kit with updates

 2)  The "Resource File" developer newsletter

 3)   Access to  ATARI.RSC, the  Atari Developer  Roundtable on  GEnie.  We
     strongly urge you to take advantage  of the  support that  we offer on
     GEnie.   It is the primary source of information regarding updates and
     trends in the Atari environment.
 4)  Online technical support

 5)  Telephone technical support

 6)  Early access to new Atari products

 7)  Product compatibility testing for TOS owners

 8)  Marketing databases (owners, press, user groups, developers)

 9)  Internationalization assistance

 10)  Opportunities for bundling

 11)  Opportunities for co-marketing

 12)  Discounts on Atari products

                     To be an active Tier 2 developer
               you must fulfill the following requirements:

 1)  You must register with the Tier 2 group.  This consists of  paying the
     $125.00  registration  fee,  completing  the Application form, and ex-
     ecuting the Non-disclosure form.

 2)  You must re-register annually.  This consists of paying a $50. renewal
     fee for continuing developer kit upgrades and GEnie support.

 3)   In the  event that it becomes your desire to join Tier 1 of the Atari
     Developers Group, you must  pay  the  difference  in  the registration
     fees, and complete the requirements outlined for Tier 1 developers.

 Benefits from this program include the following:

 1)  The ST/TT Developer Kit with updates

 2)  Access to a Tier 2 Developer category on GEnie in the ST Roundtable

     If your  circumstances are  unique, and  you feel that you don't quite
     fit into either tier, please send us a letter describing your situati-
     on.  We will do our best to adapt to your needs.



                              "THE REAL DEAL"

 by Lloyd E. Pulley

 "Hurray for me,  to hell with thee."  How apropos that passage seems  in 
 todays ST market.  While Atari struggles to make radical changes in  its 
 product  distribution  network  and breathe life back  into  the  US  ST 
 market,  there  are a few vocal dissidents that wish to keep the  status 
 quo  and  maintain  their  monopolistic  strangle-hold  on  their  local 
 markets. Atari is attempting to resuscitate a market that is on its last 
 gasps while these few wish to continue their practice of leaching of the 

 For  you  who  are scratching your heads and  wondering  what  Lloyd  is 
 ranting  and raving about this time,  let me  explain.   Recently  Atari 
 announced  it  was going to go back to using distributors and  was  also 
 going to put the 1040STe into mass market  i.e.,  Sears,  Wards,  Kmart, 
 etc.  The distributors and mass market would be limited to the "low end" 
 systems while the full service dealers would be the only ones that could 
 get the TT and laser printers.   Some of the more vocal dealers  started 
 screaming "this will drive us out of business,  we can't compete against 
 the  mail  order houses and mass marketers".   At  first  glance,  their 
 complaints seem reasonable, but let's take a closer look.  (For the rest 
 of this article,  I'll use the term "mail order" to include mail  order, 
 "low ball" dealers and mass marketers.)

 Three years ago,  these "verbal few" (or ones just like them) told Atari 
 that  if the ST was taken away from the mail order  houses,  "low  ball" 
 dealers,  and the mass marketers, then the legitimate dealers could make 
 money,  they  could reach the non-game customers and their  sales  would 
 increase.   Atari bowed to their pressure and made the ST "dealer only".  
 Now here it is three years later and what do we have?   ST sales in  the 
 US are almost non-existent, we've dropped from approximately 300 dealers 
 down to 40-60, and the users and developers are leaving the ST market in 
 droves.   But these "verbal few" are up in arms over the idea that Atari 
 might try to change things for the better (anything would be better than 
 we what we have today).

 These "verbal few" attempt to tell us that prospective customers may get 
 turned off by seeing a mail-order advertisement for an Atari product  at 
 a cheap price because it will make him think that the ST is a "cheap" or 
 "incompetent"  machine.   If that is true,  then why do  businesses  buy 
 MILLIONS  of IBM's/clones each year.   You can't pick up a newspaper  or 
 computer magazine without seeing 100's of mail-order advertisements  for 
 these systems, but yet they don't seem to have problems with the "cheap" 
 or "incompetent" image and still manage to sell to professionals.

 These "verbal few" also attempt to tell us that customers won't buy from 
 local  dealers once they've been introduced to heavily discounted  mail-
 order pricing.  Or that new dealers won't want to take on the Atari line 
 if they see it heavily discounted.   Again, I wonder if these folks have 
 ever  picked  up a newspaper or computer magazine and  seen  the  prices 
 quoted  for Macs and PC/clones?   There are "umpteen" Mac  and  PC/clone 
 dealers in every town and more waiting in line to get a chance to  carry 
 the lines.   Even when the ST was sold via mail-order,  there were  five 
 times as many dealers as there are today.  It was _after_ mail order was 
 stopped that these dealers either went out of business or dropped the ST 

 Why is it that stores that carry competitive systems can compete against 
 mail  order,  can sell to professionals and businesses in spite of  mail 
 order,  and can stay in business and support their customers even though 
 mail-order thrives in their market places?   Is it because all of  these 
 dealers  are  "fly  by  night" (as the "vocal few"  would  like  you  to 
 believe) and won't be around to service their "cheap" products?  In some 
 cases,  that's true.  But in the majority of the cases,  it's not  true.  
 Dealers that sell name-brands and at full retail go out of business just 
 as  much  as  the  ones  who  have  "cheap"  prices.   Can  it  be  that 
 professional  people will only buy name brands and from stores that  can 
 give service (again,  the "vocal few" would like to believe that)?   No, 
 there's more "clones" and "cheap" computers in businesses than there are 
 _real_  IBM's.   Can it be that the dealers who sell "cheap" don't  give 
 good service?   Nope!  I've gotten good and bad service from dealers who 
 charge full retail and dealers who sell "cheaply".  As a matter of fact, 
 I've  found  the full retail salespeople to be a  little  less  computer 
 literate and a little more sales orientated than the "cheap" dealers  (I 
 guess to sell full retail,  it's better if you can sell the "sizzle" and 
 not the "steak").
 So what's the secret?   There is no secret, it's public knowledge.  What 
 worked  five  years  ago doesn't work  today.   In  todays  marketplace, 
 businesses have to learn to be competitive,  competitive price-wise  and 
 service-wise.   The  dealers that take advantage of the  situation  will 
 prosper, the ones that whine and cry will go out of business.
 There are many ways to take advantage of the situation.   One is to work 
 with the mass marketers.   A year or so ago, Atari dumped a bunch of 520 
 packages in the Price Club stores (Price Club is a wholesale/ membership 
 store).   They  were  selling  the system with  the  packaged  soft-ware 
 cheaper than my local dealer could buy them for.  So what did he do?  He 
 and I went to the local Price Clubs and showed their salespeople how  to 
 sell  the  systems!!   He  didn't make any money from the  sale  of  the 
 initial  system,  he  made his money from the referrals the  Price  Club 
 sales  people sent his way.   Price Club only sold the  system,  nothing 
 else.   So they sent their customers to him for additional software  and 
 hardware.   Price Club got the initial sale (at a low profit), Atari got 
 to  handle  the warranty hassles and he got the profit from all  of  the 
 after market sales.
 You ask,  "wouldn't these people have bought from him at full retail  if 
 Price Club hadn't been "low balling" the system"?   No...for a couple of 
 reasons.   One, the majority of the people who bought these systems from 
 Price  Club had never heard of the ST (or his store).   The only  reason 
 they  knew  about it was because they saw it in  Price  Club.   Two,  in 
 general,  the type of people that buy from stores like Price Club  (mail 
 order, mass market, etc) don't buy from stores that sell at full retail. 
 These are people that are looking for a "deal".
 This leads me right into my next point...the additional exposure that  a 
 system gets in a mass market store.  Currently, Commodore is selling the 
 A500  in  Wards.   There are 1,000's of people walking through  a  Wards 
 store  everyday seeing that system.   The vast majority of these  people 
 have never heard of an Amiga before (the only system less well known  to 
 the  general  public than the Amiga is the ST).   But  people  start  to 
 recognize the brand name and look for it elsewhere.   One of the  places 
 they will look will be their local dealer.   Not all customers are price 
 shoppers,  many  will pay extra for the dealers' support and  expertise.  
 If a dealer only gets to see 10% of the people that have seen the system 
 in mass marketers and from mail order houses, that will 10-20 times more 
 than he's currently seeing.   A good dealer will increase his sales if a 
 product is in a mass market store.  More exposure, more sales.
 You don't increase your sales by whining and crying over spilt  milk.  A 
 real dealer grabs a glass and catches all of the milk he can!  But these 
 "vocal  few" can't realize that.  They would rather try and  upset  "the 
 apple  cart" than learn to compete.   Some of the suggestions  that  the 
 "vocal few" have come up with?  Here's four....
 One,  allow  the mail-order and mass marketers to only carry the  520ST.  
 First they complain because they don't want people to think of the ST as 
 a  game machine and a "cheapy",  but they want to push a  system  that's 
 almost six years old,  isn't upgradable (easily) and doesn't have enough 
 memory  to handle many of todays applications (and some of  the  games).  
 What kind of image will Atari project to the 1,000's of people that  get 
 stuck with one of these "lemons"?  I don't think they'll want to buy any 
 of the top-of-the-line products from Atari after that experience.
 Two,  only honor warranties on systems sold by legitimate dealers, i.e., 
 dealers  like  themselves.   This is another way to  drive  people  into 
 buying competitors systems.
 Three,  stop the spread of pricing talk on all national nets and on-line 
 networks.  According to them, this would allow individual dealers to set 
 their own pricing to suit their individual needs.   In other words,  the 
 dealer  wouldn't have to be competitive and his customers wouldn't  know 
 any better.
 Four,  force  Atari to set forth a clearcut list of dealer  requirements 
 and  marketing  guidelines for authorized  dealerships.   This  is  just 
 another way of saying "price fixing".   Any dealer who's prices are  too 
 low,  as far as the "vocal few" are concerned,  would somehow find  that 
 he'd violated a dealer requirement or marketing guideline and would  get 
 no more systems to sale.

 None  of the four above ideas talked about how to increase  sales,  they 
 all talked of ways of limiting sales and/or competition.

 At  a time when Apple and IBM are realizing that the business market  is 
 starting  to  slow down and want to get more into home  computer  market 
 these  "vocal  few"  want to alienate the personal  computer  buyer  and 
 concentrate  on  the "professional" businesses.   Don't they  know  that 
 Apple has sold more of their low-end Classics in the six months of  it's 
 existence than Atari has sold ST's in the US in the _whole_ 5 1/2  years 
 that  they've been available?   Don't they realize that there was  Apple 
 dealers "low balling" the Classic from the 1st day it appeared but  that 
 hasn't slowed the sales for the _real_ dealers (Apple is 3 months behind 
 production schedules).

 At a time when Apple,  who has 1,000's of full line dealers, is starting 
 to  expand into lowcost,  high volume electronics stores and  warehouses 
 that  will be required to give only minimal support,  these "vocal  few" 
 want  a "closed shop" and want to lock out the mass marketers  and  mail 
 order houses.

 I  think someone needs to tell these "vocal few" that this is  1991  and 
 not  1985.   You  have to change with the times if you want to  stay  in 


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

                     THE LIFE & TIMES OF THE 68000 CPU

 Part III

 by Brian Converse

     What Motorola  could have  done was  to drench  IBM with every kind of
 support known to man and beast. IBM was partial to the 68000  'vision', as
 is evident  from their  later interest in the chip for other projects. But
 Motorola's effort would have needed to be extreme  to counteract  the pop-
 ular vision of how they were marketing the 68000. It was a disaster. There
 were notable  'wins' as  the Sun  and Apollo  workstations became popular.
 Despite a  discouraging level  of support from the manufacturer, many 'em-
 bedded' industrial computers used the  powerful,  easy  to  program 68000.
 Year after year, however, Intel produced more 80x86 chips.

     The real  strategy in  semiconductors is  volume. RISC proponents will
 tell you that these simple, easy to produce chips are cheaper. Unfortunat-
 ely, the  major cost  in semiconductors  is the  design and  the fab. Chip
 designers are not cheap; computers can help, but can't do it alone; micro-
 computers cannot be designed 'yesterday'. The RISC proponents will concede
 this point; if you point out that a  microcomputer chip  fabrication faci-
 lity ('fab')  may cost $50 million US or more, they point out that you can
 contract that out. No matter how the  fab  is  done,  costs  go  down with
 volume. If  you only  sell 1000 chips per month, you'll never see the 'ad-
 vantage' of your cheaper to produce design. Pretty soon, too,  you'll have
 to match competitors with a NEW design, and that will cost you money. Each
 new improvement in production  of chips  involves enormous  costs as chip-
 makers switch over to an entire new set of machines; each generation costs
 more than the last. Currently, the  most advanced  'sub micron'  fabs cost
 over  $100  million  US.  In  3 years, you'll need another generation, and
 it'll cost even more! Due to  the enormous  success of  the PC,  Intel can
 better afford these enormous costs.

     Motorola's early  marketing strategy  is now  beginning to hurt badly.
 Year after year is proclaimed to be 'the year of UNIX', but  not many UNIX
 machines are sold. Sun and other workstation vendors are highly profitable
 and successful, but all  the UNIX  based machines  sold in  a year  do not
 compare well  to, say,  the month's  sales at Compaq. High volume PC clone
 makers like Dell and Gateway are probably now investigating machinery used
 by M&M  Mars or  General Mills'  breakfast cereal divisions. Most of these
 machines contain an Intel chip. Motorola has succeeded in many  areas than
 just UNIX  boxes. The 'A' machines: Apple Mac/Atari ST/Commodore Amiga are
 examples. Most laser printers use a 68000 controller. The basic 68000 chip
 used in the ST, Amiga, and Mac is now only $5 in modest quantities.

     The Intel  80x86 chips  have a  good head  start. Even if the 68000 or
 68030 were FREE, there is a horrible software deficit. 68000 machines have
 made solid  inroads in desktop publishing, graphical (Mac style) operating
 systems, MIDI music, and UNIX realms. In general terms, however,  there is
 an order of magnitude more software available for the Intel chips than the
 68000 and the surfeit verges on TWO orders of magnitude! That the 68000 is
 spiffy inside the chip or wonderfully easy to program is of little comfort
 to the user who cannot run  Autocad on  his Amiga.  This part  of the game
 belongs to the computer companies; there is little Motorola can do direct-
 ly to make more software appear for the  68000. One  hopes that  they move
 heaven and  earth to help the remaining 68000 based computer makers, espe-
 cially those like Atari with pricing aggressive enough to generate volume.
 More volume  means more  chips means cheaper chips means more profit means
 enough money to build that next fab and 680x0 chip without going  into the
 red. Since  August, Motorola  stock has dropped twice on volume due to bad
 earnings projections.

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


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL?                            "ATARI NEWS & EVENTS!"

 - ALBANY, OR.                                 SUPRA MODEM UPGRADE DEAL!

 From Supra;
     You can do this one of two ways:  First, we can sell you the new modem
 at full  retail price and then we credit your credit card once you send in
 your modem and we check it out.  Second, you  can send  you the  new modem
 after you  send us  your old  one along  with the payment.  Either way, we
 send you a complete brand new package.

 To: Supra Modem 2400 MNP (external)  $199.95 retail

          Returning:      Upgrade Cost:     Credit Amount
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          Just modem - OK       $109.95              90.00
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 To: Supra Modem 2400 Plus (external)  $239.95 retail

          Returning:         Upgrade Cost:        Credit Amount
          Full package - OK     $124.95            115.00
          Full package-defect   $149.95             90.00
          Just modem - OK       $129.95            110.00
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 You can call our sales dept. at 1-800-727-8772 or send in your modem to:

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 - Lynwood, WA.                       NEW!!   CALAMUS FONT RESOURCE GUIDE

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   products distributed by ISD, GENUS (formerly TypeCad), FontVerter,
   Font Designer, The Calamus Font Utility, and WP to GEM.

   Whether you use Calamus, Outline Art, or FontVerter (to convert to 
   the PageStream format), the Calamus Font Resource Guide is an 
   indispensible tool.

   The Calamus Font Resource Guide is distributed by:

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   The Guide is available directly from PDC or from your local Atari 
   dealer for $19.95.

 - South Bend, IN.                         EPYX "500XJ" JOYSTICK IN STOCK!

     Tenex Computer Express, has the ever popular Epyx  500 XJ  joystick in
 stock and is shipping them now.  Their price is two for $24.95!

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 > STR "Sign of the Times"?

   "Please, pray for the safe return of all our Folks in Desert Storm!"

                 STReport International Online Magazine?
     Available through more than 10,000 Private BBS systems WorldWide!
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 16/32bit Magazine        copyright = 1987-91                   No.7.08
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