ST Report: 14-Jun-91 #724

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 06/16/91-10:35:57 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 14-Jun-91 #724
Date: Sun Jun 16 22:35:57 1991

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     Last week, we published a piece to "set the record straight" about the
 beginnings of  a representation group for developers.  Never, in a million
 years did we expect  the emotional  'over-reaction' from  the ever present
 "crew" that  everyone saw along with the very sad exploitation of the mat-
 ter by other, "Oh so interested" parties.  However we  thank them  all for
 coming  forward  to  verify  and  confirm our information.  Unfortunately,
 there were some strange, but expected, casualties.   It seems  two "highly
 informed professionals"  came forward  and tried  to state that the press,
 (STReport's R. Mariano), was asked to leave his own hotel  room during the
 meeting! (Both  were very much in character).  The item in last week's is-
 sue was a _minor_ correction as we stated  and, in  our opinion,  is still
 just that.  In any case, thanks for the verification folks.

     Elsewhere in  this issue,  the Crystal Ball is detailed.  As we stated
 last week,  the information  we presented  was verified  by four different
 folks  who  had  access  to  the  information,  they all corroborated each
 other's story.  To find "responsible"  leaders in  the industry attempting
 to "sidetrack or de-rail" the issues by clowning around only amplified the
 serious, deep reaching effect  and validity  of the  information.  Believe
 me, if  the rumors  presented had  been totally  wrong, it would have been
 vociferously pointed out.  One point must be made, nowhere in the "Crystal
 Ball" article  was it  ever said  that the rumored incidents were "cast in
 stone".  I wouldn't be surprised if, because of the special "Crystal Ball"
 article, they  're-thought' the entire situation to one degree or another.
 Oh well, another week's worth of paychecks for the workers out there.

     As has always been our policy, STReport's first responsibility is str-
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 some bizarre concept of loyalty.   STReport has  always felt  the readers,
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 very high degree of intelligence and when presented  with information, can
 and do  readily make  up their  own minds.   Besides it is they who really
 have the "serious money" invested, in  their ST  computer systems,  out of
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     It  becomes  necessary  to  point  out that STReport was "threatened",
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     How odd indeed, that so much fuss should be made  over "false rumors".
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 information in our CRYSTAL BALL SERIES comes forth,  we must categorically
 state; Atari  has neither  denied nor confirmed the existence of any item,
 situation or plan discussed in our  Crystal Ball  Series.   The series was
 designed to  give the  users an idea of what's in store in the future, un-
 fortunately, it was not a picture of roses and ice cream.

     As we have stated before, our  first  allegiance  is  to  the readers.
 Those folks who are the users, they are the bill payers.  The top BRASS at
 Atari still HAS NOT learned this.  My guess is they never will.   The cus-
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 - Redmond Washington              MICROSOFT INTROS DOS 5.0

 Microsoft  has  rolled out the latest version of  its  MS-DOS  operating
 system.  MS-DOS  5 makes more memory available for DOS applications  and
 data files, including those running under the Microsoft Windows environ-
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 appearance to multitasking, and an undelete utility. DOS 5 is an upgrade
 and will install on machines that have DOS 2.11 or higher.  The cost  is

 The product is already in some 7,000 stores and is available through the
 retail  channel for the first time.  This is the first upgrade  on  this
 widely used operating system since 1988.

 - New York, New York               APPLE-IBM CHIP DISCUSSIONS ACCORDING
   ------------------                    TO REPORT FROM NY TIMES

 According to a New York Times report of June 10th by Andrew Pollack, IBM
 and Apple are engaged in talks concerning "a far-ranging technology  al-
 liance that could have a major impact on the computer industry." The ar-
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 IBM's Armonk headquarters.

 The New York Times article comes three days after a Wall Street  Journal
 story  which said that Apple was considering licensing IBM's  RISC-based
 processor for use in a new line of microcomputers.

 While  neither company has any official comment,  an IBM  executive  who
 preferred  to remain anonymous stated,  "Such an arrangement would  make
 sense. The licensing of our RISC technology is part of our overall stra-
 tegy to better utilize our production capability.  The recent  agreement
 with Hitachi that allows them to put their label on our 3090  mainframes
 is another indication of this strategy."

 Speaking  to  the  part of the story that has IBM  interested  in  Apple
 software  technology,  he said,  "It is no secret that our  relationship
 with  Microsoft is a marriage of convenience and that we are  interested
 in lessening our dependance on Microsoft." He added that he has not been
 a party to any discussions with Apple that "may or may not be going  on"
 but that such discussions routinely go on within the industry.

 The report in the Times broadens the supposed scope of the  discussions,
 saying that IBM may "even help develop basic software for a new line  of
 Apple computers that will be a successor to its Macintosh family."

 One  rationale given for the talks is the firms' supposed common  desire
 to reduce the role of Microsoft as the dominant firm in determining  the
 industry's  direction.   Microsoft  is  the  leading  provider  of  word
 processing  and spreadsheet software for the Macintosh and is  the  sole
 source  for  the MS & PC-DOS,  OS/2 and Windows  operating  systems  and
 environments for IBM personal computers.

 - White Plains, New York           IBM OFFERS TRADE IN AND TOUCH SCREEN

 IBM has introduced a family of 386SX PS/2 personal computers.  Addition-
 ally,  IBM  announced a trade-in program for owners of earlier  systems.
 The trade-in program,  announced as running through the end of the year,
 will  allow customers with older IBM personal computers as well as  cer-
 tain models of computers from Apple Computer Corp.  and Compaq  Computer
 Corp to receive rebates toward purchases of IBM PS/2 systems.

 Also introduced was the PS/2 8516 Touch Display, a 14-inch color display
 that  provides touch-sensitive response directly on the screen with  the
 touch  of  a finger,  the point of a pencil or any other  touch  medium.
 IBM's announcement positioned this device as an "ideal tool for  product
 merchandising, interactive training and business transactions."

 - Santa Monica, California            UNIX SYSTEM V RELEASE 4 SHIPPING
   ------------------------                 FROM INTERACTIVE

 Interactive  Systems announced that it has begun shipping Unix System  V
 Release 4 for the Intel i386/i486 platforms. The i386/i486 are the chips
 used in the top-of-the-line IBM personal computers and compatibles.

 - Cupertino, California              APPLE-ONLY STORES, MASS MERCHANTS
   ---------------------                   APPLE'S NEW STRATEGY

 Apple Computer has changed tack on its distribution strategy and  signed
 up  with discount superstore CompUSA and Dallas-based  reseller CompuCom
 Systems.   Additionally,   the   company  has  allowed  its   Apple-only
 distributors  to  open  stores in Europe in an attempt  to  boost  sales
 there, particularly of its low-end Macintosh Classic.

 The  low-end  Macintosh Classic and color Macintosh LC  were  introduced
 late  in  1991  in an effort to increase market share  in  the  face  of
 heavier  competition from IBM and compatible  DOS-based  microcomputers.
 The  current  agreements are seen as an extension of the  policy  and  a
 further attempt to penetrate the low-end market.

 - West Chester, Pennslvania        COMMODORE ANNOUNCES NEW CDTV FEATURES

 Commodore  International  has  announced  new  features  for  its   CDTV
 multimedia  computer that improve the device's video  capabilities.

 One new feature,  CDXL,  will let developers display video images from a
 CD-ROM disk on screen.  CDXL can display about 12 frames per second,  or
 half what is normally used for full-motion video. No additional hardware
 or software is needed to use CDXL, software developers simply need spec-
 ifications from Commodore to know how it works.

 - New York, New York               VERBATIM SHIPS 3.5-INCH OPTICAL DISCS

 Verbatim is the first company to announce that it is shipping both read-
 only and rewritable versions of the new ISO 3.5-inch optical media.  The
 new  IBM 3.5-inch drive discs are designated O-ROM to  distinguish  them
 from  the  larger  CD-ROM read-only discs because  the  CD-ROM  standard
 includes a specific size.

 - Deerfield, Illinois                  TOSHIBA PREDICTS IBM TO SPUR
   -------------------                      4MB DRIVE DEMAND

 Toshiba is predicting that sales of the four megabyte (MB) "superfloppy"
 disks will increase from $20 to $300 million in the next 4  years.  This
 prediction is based on IBM's inclusion of the 4MB  (2.88MB after format-
 ting) 3.5" floppy disk drives in its new Personal System/2 (PS/2).

 The  new 4MB 3.5-inch drive is downwardly compatible,  which  means  the
 drive  can read and format 2MB disks (1.44 MB formatted) and  1MB  disks
 (720MB after formatting).  It also "senses" the type of disk and formats
 or  reads accordingly,  without the parameter passing in the  formatting
 commands that is required now.

 With  the availability of DOS 5.0,  which can recognize the 4MB  drives,
 and the fact that IBM sets the industry standards,  it is expected  that
 other  compatible manufacturers will follow also include the 4MB  drives
 in their systems.

 The new drive does require a new controller card,  a newer Basic  Input/
 Output System (BIOS) and DOS 5.0,  so the expectation is consumers  will
 purchase new,  more powerful computers,  rather than add the drive to an
 older computer.

 - Detroit Michigan                  MOTOROLA REPLACES INTEL AS FORD'S
   ----------------                             CHIP SUPPLIER

 Ford Motor Company has announced that it is replacing Intel  Corp.  with
 Motorola as the supplier for computer chips that control car engines and

 Intel has been supplying the custom designed chips since 1983,  and Ford
 is  the company's largest automotive customer.  The change will be on  a
 phaseout basis,  with Motorola chips replacing Intel's by the year 2000.
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 > The Flip Side STR Feature                 "...a different viewpoint"

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 Do you remember my discussion a couple of weeks ago about CIS and how it
 handles topics, how the 'threads' come unraveled sometimes?  This week I
 have included a prime example of how the threads can change directions.
 It is a nice discussion from CIS about 1.44 meg disks, drives, and the
 TT.  I found the discussion very entertaining and in-formative, I hope
 you will also.

 This will be my last article for a few weeks.  It's summer time and my
 family and myself will be out of town quite a bit for a while.  So,
 until I see you again...

               Goin' fishin', instead of just a wishin'


 More on the new version of STeno and STalker - From RMORROW on Delphi...
   I called Gribnif today to find out the details on STeno 2 for pre-
   viously registered owners of STeno 1.03, the last release. They will
   support up-grades and should have a price available by the end of the
   week. STeno 2 and STalker 3 (when it's released late July or so) will
   not be sold to-gether as in years past. However, registered owners of
   the combined STalker/STeno package will be able to upgrade to both.
   Basically, I took that to mean that we'll be upgrading twice off of
   the same registration card they have now.


 From  Jim  Allen  (FAST Tech) about his new '030  boards - from  the  ST
 Roundtable on Genie...
   ...I will introduce the TinyTurbo030 and Turbo030 later this month...
   both have a 68000 to run old SW. It's doubtful that ANY up-grade will
   be usable inside the MSTE unless its guts are moved into another case.
   There is just no room, especially around the 68000 chip.

   ...the Turobo030...basically uses multiple mechanisms to achieve
   speed. It has a cache like the T20, only using 20ns rams instead of
   100ns ones, and it also optionally has 4/16 Meg of 32bit ram. The ram
   is optional because the cache alone gives the system a healthy boost,
   and when the 32bit ram is installed the cache is there to speedup
   video accesses...ST or video card.

   The 32bit ram is real "page mode" in that we really use the page mode
   operation, a page is 128 longwords in length, so when the 030 is
   hanging around "on page" the rams run almost like static rams. We use
   1Megx4 static column rams just like the Amiga3000, for maximum speed,
   and low power usage. It's a very sophisticated ram design with 030
   burst cycles as quick as 325ns, which compares to 4000ns on a stock ST
   to move the same amount of data. The Turbo030 is 40Mhz, and we will
   only be making it at that speed.

   That's mighty quick, but the 030 price is still reasonable thanks to
   the MacIIfx and Apple's volume buying. The floating point performance
   of the Turbo030 is 78% the speed of the MacIIfx...a cache card later
   will even up the score. I am planning on a 32bit cache card for the
   T030 that also fits the TT, killing two birds with one stone. You will
   be amazed how much quicker a TT is with a cache card, the TT video
   memory is only twice as fast as the ST...same speed, twice as wide...
   the cache card will spiff it right up. Hope that wets your lips.

   I don't know what will be required to get Spectre to deal with the
   ram, the TURBO030 is an ST accelerator.

   As of September this year we will be able to provide 16Megs of 32bit
   ram, which is in addition to the 4Meg in your Mega....using only 8
   static column drams...I'll have one 16Meg machine for Dusseldorf and
   WAACE show demos. The chips will be on sale in Sept. Only engineering
   samples are available now.

   Pricing will be introduced later in the month....


 Question about the STacy from Michael D. Mortilla on CIS...
   ...Does anyone else have a STacy with a blinking drive A light?  My
   STacy drive A light *always* has a very slight blink happening! All
   help is greatly appreciated.

 Reply from John Davis (Sysop) on CIS...
   My STacy winks at me a lot too! Sometimes, the 2nd light will flicker,
   and I hear a hard disk access. I've checked for virus', loose plugs,
   etc, but haven't found anything wrong. I guess it's normal - I don't
   worry about it anymore.

 Reply from Bob Retelle (Sysop) on CIS...
   ...your blinking drive light could possibly be just a somewhat more
   visible example of the normal polling of the disk drives that the ST
   does. On a regular ST, you can sometimes detect the drive activity
   lights flashing very briefly as the ST stays in contact with its
   drives. Maybe the STacy has more sensitive LEDs? If that's all it is,
   it shouldn't be a problem, it's normal.

 Reply from Tom Schwarz on CIS...
   ...all the 1040's here at work have "blinking" A drive lights. You
   cannot see it unless you open the case and look straight on the LED
   that is inside. It's nothing to worry about.

 Reply from Gordon Meyer on CIS...
   ...It sounds like the normal polling of the disk drives that all ST's
   do. If you turn out the lights in a room, and watch the drive lights
   on your 1040ST you'll see the same thing happening.

 Reply from Bill Rayle (Atari Interface Magazine) on CIS...'s not only Stacy that this happens on. Our Mega STE's floppy
   LEDs have a constant, faint flicker as well...


 About the newest version of Quick ST - From Darek Mihocka (Branch Always
 Software) on Delphi...
   ....Quick ST 3.0 is going to start shipping in a few days to people
   who are upgrading or have pre-ordered it.  It will start shipping to
   dealers in July. In a nutshell, the upgrade from 2 to 3 costs $15.
   This includes the upgrade to 3.0 as well as another upgrade some time
   after that. You do not need to send your Quick ST 2 disk back.

   All registered Quick ST 2 users will be receiving their summer BraSoft
   Newsletter in a few weeks giving more details about it as well as in-
   formation about the GEMULATOR. Unregistered users can also receive the
   newsletter by sending a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) to:

      Branch Always Software
      14150 N.E. 20th St.
      Suite 302
      Bellevue, WA  98007

   Make sure we have your CURRENT mailing address by about July 15th if
   you want to receive the newsletter.


   An interesting discussion about HD floppy drives (1.44 meg) and their
   disks from CIS...

 Question from Peter J. Joseph...
   Since HD [High Density] disks cost about twice as much as regular 720k
   disks, what is the advantage of a 1.44m floppy other than not having
   to swap disks as much. Dollar for storage there's really no
   difference, right?

 Answer from Bob Retelle (Sysop)...
   ...half as many disks for the equivalent storage is an incredible
   advantage. lets you pack more large files onto a disk, with fewer "wasted"
   holes, or empty spaces. Fewer disk swaps is very nice too.
   ...Another advantage is being able to keep programs and their data
   files all on one disk, like a word processor and the text files you're
   working on. Makes it nice and neat without cluttering up a hard drive.

   You can always punch DD disks and pretend they're HD, just like
   formatting SS as DS, or "flipping" a SS 5.25" disk. You weren't
   supposed to do those kinds of things, but they worked. So does this.

 Comments from Randy Walters...
   Punching the hole in a DSDD disk to allow the drive to format it is
   not always a good idea...If the coating on the DSDD disk is not the
   same as the HD (cobalt coating) you are asking for trouble.

   The 1.44M mode formats at twice the magnetic strength of the 720K
   mode. This causes bleed-over between tracks on a 720K coating, which
   is why you may see fewer good sectors when formatting for 1.44M. Even
   if it formatted OK, I wouldn't leave valuable info on those disks for
   long. After a period of time the disks may suddenly start losing info
   due to the coating not being able to maintain track separation.

   This is all based on the disk manufacturer. If they use the same
   coating, but only have a difference in the case GO FOR IT and save
   some $$$$.

 Comments from John Davis (Sysop)...
   I've had exactly the same problem, only backwards - I've tried using
   1.4 disks on 720K Atari, and they seem to format and copy fine.
   However, I can come back a few days later, put the copy in the drive,
   and 'The Disk in Drive A May Be Damaged...' The same disks worked
   fine, as long as I only used them in a 1.4 meg drive.

 Reply from Gary Gray...
   Don't use high density diskettes in the Atari ST. You are absolutely
   asking for trouble. Most STs can't format or even read a HD at 720k. I
   am a dealer and have seen this problem often.

 Reply from Jeff (INTERSECT Software)...
   It's similar to using "metal tape" on a tape player without that
   ability. It will usually play OK but you can't record on it properly.
   The bias is different! Metal tape doesn't require bias. HD disks also
   use the same type of media. Once written on by a 1.44 meg in 720k mode
   the ST can read it but you can't properly write to it with a ST (too
   much bias).

   1.44 meg drives in PC's do two things when you install a disk in them.
   The notch tells the computer that it has a 1.4 meg disk in it and the
   drive uses a different bias when recording to the disk. The second
   thing is related to the format size you require: when formatting 1.44
   meg the disk drive slows down.

 Comments by Willie Pelzer...
   ...I thought the 1.4 meg drives used a stronger mag field to punch
   thru on the HD disks? Maybe the ST drive doesn't have the strength to
   write to a HD disk?

 Reply to Willie from Randy Walters...
   The 1.44M drives do use twice the magnetic strength when writing in
   1.44M mode. But they use the standard magnetic force when they write
   in 720K mode. That is why most drives (except IBM PS2 drives) have the
   hole sensor built into the drive. The sensor automatically adjusts the
   drive to the correct write current for the disk that it sees. That is
   why you shouldn't punch out the extra hole in a 720K disk to try to
   format it to a higher capacity (Unless of course you are absolutely
   sure that the disk manufacturer puts 1.44M coatings [usually cobalt]
   on their 720K disks.)

 Another reply to Willie, from Bob Brodie (Atari User Group Coordinator)
   That has nothing to do with using a high density floppy. The *only*
   consideration is the disk controller chip...

   ...The 1772 in use at present in TTs is the same chip that we've used
   all along in the ST, STE, Mega STE. It has not changed. In order to
   get to 1.44 meg floppyies (or higher) we need a chip that can handle
   the higher bus speeds that computers like the TT030 have. So, we
   are/have reverse engineered the 1772 to handle high density floppy
   drives and higher bus speeds. That chip, when available, will be pin
   compatible with the existing 1772s. All present TTs and Mega STEs are
   being sold with the 1772 socketed, for easy removal and replacement
   when the new chip becomes available...We could have abandoned the WD
   1772, and with it, a heck of a lot of the software that runs on the ST
   *and* the TT.

   Since the chip is pin compatible, it should work in all existing mac-
   hines.  Then all you will have to do is go out and get the best deal
   you can on a 1.44 meg floppy mechanism.

 Question for Bob Brodie from Bob Retelle (Sysop)... the reason a lot of ST software wouldn't work if Atari went with
   a different floppy controller (for high density drives) because of
   copy protection relying on quirks of the Western Digital controller

   I think I recall something about some protection schemes using illegal
   calls to the controller chip, or formats that the controller couldn't

 Reply from Bob Brodie (Atari User Group Coordinator)...
   I was told that the reason was that we are closely tied to that chip
   on the bios level. To change from that chip would screw up lots of

   At this level, it's appropriate to say that I'm at the limit of my
   expertise on this particular topic. If you want/need more information,
   I'll be happy to get it for you. I'm not that techie, I'm just telling
   you what I was told.


 About DEKA Upgrades from Paul Wu (WuzTEK/OMNIMON Peripherals) - from the
 ST Roundtable on Genie...

                         ***** DEKA UPDATES *****

   DEKA Firmware version 530 is now available to those who have phantom
   mouse click problems. This update adds a delay when DEKA sends data to
   the ST and has apparently eliminated any problems associated with the
   mouse. If you do not experience mysterious mouse clicks, you do not
   need this new chip. Version 426 was our previous release version and
   worked rather well with most system and programs...We are asking $19
   for the upgrade to cover the cost of the micro-processor.

 About OMNIMON Rainbow monitor from Paul Wu (WuzTEK/OMNIMON  Peripherals)
 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   The specs for the OMNIMON Rainbow monitors:
      Physical        : 14" CRT, 0.28mm dot-pitch, non-glare tube
      Resolution      : Maximum 800x600 non-interlaced
                               1024x768 interlaced
      Video Bandwidth : 35Mhz
      Scanning Freq.  : Horizontal 15-36 Khz
                        Vertical 45-90 Hz
      Compatibility   : Atari STs (via supplied OMNIX2 video controller)
                        TT (via optional TT cable)
                        PC CGA/EGA/VGA (via optional EGA or VGA cable)
                        Macintosh (via optional Mac cable)

   Spec on OMNIX 2 video controller:
      size    : 2" x 3.5" x 1"
      control : 2 button wired remote control
      audio   : miniature phone jack

   *OMNIMON Rainbow monitor comes complete with the OMNIX2 video con-
   troller and a 1 year warranty. Regular price is $599. Mention GEnie
   Atari RT to receive $50 discount.

      OMNIMON Peripherals Inc. (formerly WuzTEK)
      1 Technology Drive, E-301
      Irvine, Ca 92718
      Tel: 1-800-429-OMNI (in California)
      Fax: 1-714-753-9255


 Question from Timothy Tech - From CIS...
   I am interested in any users out there with Calamus and an Hewlett
   Packard LaserJet IIp.  How is the speed and quality?

 Answer from Bill Rayl (Atari Interface Magazine) - from CIS...
   While I don't own a LaserJet IIp, I do use a LaserJet II and Calamus,
   as well as PageStream and a PacificPage Postscript cartridge. The
   output on any LaserJet with Calamus is very good. In fact, it's as
   good as Postscript output from PageStream. Comparing HP laser output
   from Calamus and PageStream, Calamus is the winner every time....for
   text and graphics.

   Almost asked about output speed for Calamus. Calamus is
   impressively fast when outputting pages on our HP LaserJet. To really
   see Calamus fly, you should see it print to an Atari laser! Talk about


 Information about the new UIS 3.3 from Bill Aycock (Sysop) - from CIS...
   ...Universal Item Selector 3.3 has been released now (I just got my
   disk in the mail today). This version is supposed to be compatible
   with Mega STe and TT computers, though I can't test either claim.

   For those who haven't heard of UIS: it's a replacement for the Atari
   item selector, very nicely done. Besides the usual item selector
   enhancements (like drive buttons, selectable extensions, saved paths
   and keyboard navigation), UIS also lets you copy, move, rename,
   delete, view, print, or change the attributes of files, or format
   floppies, any time you see the item selector.

   This version has a number of nice enhancements. My favorite: you can
   now re-size the UIS window by dragging the lower right corner of the
   box; this lets you fit a couple extra filenames in the UIS display.

   Also, UIS's 'quick extension' buttons have a new feature. You still
   have the four extension buttons always available, but in addition, if
   you right-left click on the left '*' button, up pops a menu of your
   favorite 24 extensions.

   There's one new feature that will take getting used to. In previous
   versions, you moved (or copied, or whatever) a group of files by first
   selecting the group, then dragging the group to one of the action
   buttons. That's not necessary any longer - once you select the files
   you want, simply click on one of the buttons to perform the desired
   action. (Lucky for me, the old way still works! :-)

   There are also scads of keyboard commands which may be handy.

   To upgrade, send in your original disk and $10, and they'll send the

   For more info, you can contact:

                       Application & Design Software
                               280 Peach St.
                           Merlin, Oregon 97532


 About Masterblazer, a game like the 8-bit classic, Ballblazer - From
 E.BAIZ - Cat. 9, Topic 6, Message 1 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
   I just got this game and I must say I love it. It was everything I
   hoped it would be. The graphics are smooth & FAST and the sound is
   great. But I will admit the sound when playing the game is better on
   the 8-bit. I do like the feature that lets 8 people play in the
   tournament. Great game and a must for every gamer.

 About Speedball II, the sequel to Speedball - From E.BAIZ - Cat. 9,
 Topic 7, Message 1 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
   This one is great. The gameplay is fast and furious. The sound is just
   what you would expect from the Bitmap Brothers. There have been some
   new twists to the scoring (you do not have to score goals to win). The
   playing field has been tripled from the original game. This adds to
   the excitement. I just wish there was music playing while the game was
   going on like in the first one. But anyway, a great job again by the


 Until next week.....


 > MAINLINES STR Spotlight           "straight from the horses' mouth"

                      STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSES' MOUTH

 Issue #2

 By Lloyd Pulley

 Well, I'm back...with some more information "straight from the horses'

 Recently there's been some rumors floating around the ST RoundTable on
 Genie about Interlink, Masterlink and refunds.  With all of the conf-
 licting information, I decided to call Jeff Rigby at Intersect Software
 Corp. and get the 'straight scoop'.

 Intersect IS offering a refund to the Interlink owners who upgraded to
 Masterlink.  If you are one of the 400 Masterlink owners, just send back
 your original Masterlink disk and you will receive a $20 refund.  Make
 sure that you include your name and current address (you'd be amazed at
 the number of people who forget).  There's a small catch.  There is only
 $6,000 in the refund account and $7,000 worth of Masterlink's upgrades
 were sold.  When the refund account is empty, there will be no more

 According to Jeff Rigby of Intersect, the reason we have not heard much
 from Intersect recently was the result of several factors.  He admitted
 that Intersect 'bit off more than it could chew' with Masterlink.  After
 several months of fighting to get it working smoothly, they gave up. You
 might say they suffered 'burnout'.  About the same time, Randy (the main
 Interlink programmer) moved to Texas.  To 'add insult to injury', soft-
 ware sales picked that time 'to fall through the floor'. Sales went from
 $60,000 the year before, down to $18,000 last year.

 Now for some exciting information. To paraphrase Mark Twain, "the rumors
 of Interlink's death have been greatly exaggerated".  Future upgrades of
 Interlink are in the planning stages.  BUT don't start calling them to
 find out when they'll be available.  They'll be upgrading Interlink for
 _their_ use and will pass these upgrades along to us.  As Jeff said,
 "the upgrades will not be driven by the market, but by what _we_ want.
 Like many people, we're hooked on Telecommunications."  He added, "there
 is just not enough market to warrant the cost of normal upgrades."

 One of the first things they will be working on is a TT compatible ver-
 sion of Interlink - all resolutions except ST LOW RES will be supported
 (It works now in 'legal ST modes' but because of the ON-LINE screen the
 new TT modes crash).  Text and background colors for the on-line screen
 and Buffer editor will be selectable.

 Another new feature being considered is a new script language for Inter-
 link by writing hooks for use by a compiled basic language.  This would
 require a small library of Telecommunication specific basic subroutines,
 probably written in HiSoft or GFA basic.  There's a ZModem protocol also
 in the works. Again, none of these ideas are 'set in concrete' and there
 is no definite date on their completion.

 Jeff gave me a hint to make Interlink load even faster if you have TOS
 1.4 or above. Just set the FASTBIT on your .EMU or .TXF files. By doing
 this, you can shave 2-3 seconds when you execute Interlink. There are
 several programs available that will handle this.  Both MAKEFAST and
 PRGFLAGS (from Atari) work very well.  Just rename your .EMU or .TXF to
 .PRG and run MAKEFAST or PRGFLAGS. When you're finished, restore the
 original extensions back to what they were. Maxifile from the Codeheads
 is even easier to use. With it, you don't even have to change the file

 All copies of Interlink that have shipped after 6/5/91 all have had the
 program and loadable protocol directory bits set for FASTLOAD. Also, the
 disks have an auto folder which includes a demo version of QUICKST 1.7
 and the TOS 1.4 patches that are required to fix memory management,
 necessary if you are loading and unloading protocols, and the CTS/RTS
 patch, which is necessary for MNP and v.42 modems to work properly.

 The DESKTOP.INF is set to AUTOLOAD Interlink when booting from the
 floppy disk (TOS 1.4 or higher) and a recording loads a tutorial into
 the editor window to help the beginner get started.

                            Intersect Software
                              3949 Sawyer Rd.
                          Sarasota, Florida 34233
                            Work:  813-923-8774
                            BBS:   813-924-4590


                    :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!! <-

         GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric
            Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission


 > BLUE RIDGE FEST!! STR SHOW NEWS            Big doings in ASHVILLE!

    The Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts (BRACE) invite you
    to our 2nd Annual Blue Ridge AtariFest.


    Confirmed exhibitors:

    Atari Corp. (Mgr of User Group Services) ..... Bob Brodie
    Compuserve Atari Forem Sysop ................. Bill Aycock
    Double Click Software ........................ Mike Vederman
    Dragon Studio - MIDI demo .................... Mike Cloninger
    GEnie ST Roundtable SysOp .................... Darlah Pine
    Goldleaf Publishing ..........................
    ICD Inc ...................................... Jeffrey Williams
    ISD Marketing (Calumus, DynaCADD, etc.)
                   and Pres. of the IAAD ......... Nathan Potechin
    KAUG; MIDI demo .............................. Eric White
    KAUG ......................................... Mary Pinckard
    kidprgs ...................................... D.A. Brumleve
    K5/K5M voice librarian demo .................. Dr. Timothy Brumleve
    ST-Report .................................... Ralph Mariano
    Step Ahead Software  (Tracker ST) ............ Nevin Shalit
    Willard Productions (DeskTop Video) .......... Clifton Willard

    Tentative exhibitors:

    JMG Software (HyperLINK)...................... George Geczy


  Bob Brodie ........   Atari Corp
  D.A. Brumleve .....   "Empowering Young Learners Through Technology"
  Dragon Studio .....   MIDI demo/performance by Mike Cloninger
  Goldleaf Publishing .
  Tim Brumleve ........ K5/K5M Voice librarian Demo MIDI
  STReport ............ Ralph Mariano
  Step Ahead Software . Nevin Shalit

    We would  like for anyone  interested to add  his or her name to
    the list above  in putting on a demo  of what you  do best  with
    the  Atari  computer.   (Word  processing,  Desktop  publishing,
    games, graphics, etc.).  Developers, individuals and user groups
    are welcome to reserve a booth space -- cost is FREE!

    Where: Westgate Shopping Center - Asheville, N.C.

      Take any major highway into Asheville (US 19-23, US 26 or
      I-40) to the I-240 loop, then take the "Westgate/Hilton Inn
      Drive exit" into the Westgate Shopping Center parking lot.

    When:  20 July 1991

    Time:  12:00 to 6:00+

    Points of contact:

         Van Estes, BRACE Pres.       Clifford E. Allen, V.Pres.
         704-685-8358                 GEnie: C.Allen17
                                      INTERNET: callen@UNCA.EDU

                              Sheldon Winick
                              GEnie: S.WINICK
                              Computer STudio

                 Come for the day or come for the weekend
                  But please, do come and enjoy yourself.


 > SYS 7 GOOD? STR FOCUS                  " a backward step"

                          THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?

 by S. Michael Hallack

      One of the enhancements of Apple's new System 7 is not an enhancement
 at all; it is a backward step implemented to keep its GUI  unique compared
 to Atari's.

      This new  feature removes one of the original innovative functions of
 the Mac: the control panel document as an  extension of  a desk accessory.
 In Apple's new system, control panels may no longer be used through a desk
 accessory.  In System 7, control panels are changed by actually going into
 the system  folder, finding  the folder  which contains  the control panel
 devices (CDEVs), and then double clicking on each separately.  Previously,
 all that  was needed  to change  a user preference was to pull down a desk
 accessory  named "control panel" and pick from the  list  of CDEVs.  Atari
 evidently admired this innovation and coded its own version of the control
 panel desk accessory and its control panel extensions (CPXs) for  use with
 its own line of computers, earlier this year.

      Apple has  also made  it possible to drag any document or application
 into the DA folder in order to add it as a desk accessory.   Why would Ap-
 ple,   in the midst of simplifying and expanding the desk accessory system
 decide to drop one of its key elements?   It would  seem that  Atari's ac-
 ceptance of this concept could possibly be the only reason.


 > MISSIONWARE STR InfoFile            "...a brand new company"


       Missionware Software  is a  brand new  company that will be focusing
 it's development efforts for  the Atari  ST/STE/TT line  of machines.   We
 herald from  Palatine, Illinois, and plan to be around a long time, depen-
 ding of course on your support for our products.

 About The Company and it's Founder...

       The President of Missionware Software  is  John  Trautschold.   John
 has been  programming computers of all types for over 15 years.  His first
 computer was the veritable Altair 8800  (which  still  runs  by  the way!)
 Later, he  moved on  to MSDOS  machines, and of course, the Atari ST line.
 His experience ranges from assembler through C.

       Through  the  present,  John  has  worked  in  television  and radio
 broadcasting as  an engineer,  both hardware and software.  In between the
 time he spends programming the ST, he works for CBS  Television in Chicago
 (WBBM  TV)  as  an  engineer  doing maintenance on high-end video tape and
 graphics systems.   Additionally,  he's developed  a number  of hardware &
 software microcontrollers  for use  at CBS.  When John isn't programming a
 68000  in  the  ST,  he's  programming  and  designing  around  the 68HC11

 About Our Products...

       Missionware Software begins its existence with two packages.


       The first  is called  "lottODDS" and  is a lottery number generation
 program.   If you  enjoy playing  your state  or local  lottery, then this
 program  will  make  that  much  easier  and  more  fun to boot!  lottODDS
 (pronounced "lotto  odds") will  help you  maintain a  database of numbers
 chosen over  the years,  which can then be used either for generating num-
 bers to  play (using  7 statistical  and proprietary  methods developed in
 house by Missionware) or for your own statistical analysis.

       lottODDS picks  numbers using a "least" or "most" algorithm, statis-
 tical averaging, "hot" numbers,  and statistical  "between", "consecutive"
 and "pairs" match ups.

       But lottODDS  does much  more than  that!   We've designed a special
 wheeling method that distributes the numbers picked more evenly and over a
 greater and  more flexible  range than  any wheeling system yet developed.
 You have total control  over how  your numbers  will be  distributed.  But
 that's not  all!   The program  also permits you to enter your own numbers
 (if you wish to play birthdays, special dates, or any  special numbers you
 wish).   It will  also generate  random numbers  (our own version of quick
 picks) and then permit you to wheel them for best distribution.

       Once the numbers to play have  been chosen,  by whatever  method you
 decide to  use, you  can now  print them  out for transfer to your lottery
 playing tickets, or you can  use  the  handy  on-screen  dialog  to scroll
 through the chosen number.

        If you play a lot of games each week, lottODDS will also keep track
 of the numbers you've played.  When the actual numbers have been picked by
 the lottery agency, all you have to do is enter those.  lottODDS will then
 do a comparison between those numbers and the ones it (or you)  picked and
 display the games that have matching numbers in them.

       lottODDS permits you to play in lotteries that pick between 3 and 10
 numbers out of a field of 99 numbers.  And  that covers  any known lottery
 currently in  existence.   You can  also use  the program to play multiple
 lottery games...just load in the file for the game you  wish to  play, and
 you're off!   Everything is handled through the easy to control GEM inter-

       lottODDS is not copy  protected (although  you must  "register" your
 software  before  it  can  be  used)  and  is  usable on either a color or
 monochrome system.  It's also installable on your hard disk.   The program
 lists for  $34.95 and can be purchased directly from Missionware Software.
 Dealer distribution is also being setup, and for now you can also purchase
 directly from Pacific Software Supply.

                         Printer Initializer

       The second program available from Missionware Software is called the
 "Printer Initializer".  This is an ultra-handy utility  program that's ac-
 tually two programs in one!

       But first,  just what  is "Printer  Initializer" and  what can it do
 for  you?    The  programs  (installation  and  desk  accessory)  give you
 something  you've  *never*  had  before...quick, total, and *easy* control
 over your printer's control functions.   Now we  know that  most programs,
 such as  word processors and database programs, have printer configuration
 menus.  But for the most part, they're a pain to use  and setup,  and when
 you need to make a quick change in font style, line spacing, etc. not only
 do you need to remember how to do it within that program, but you probably
 have to  dig out the printer operations manual to look up the codes.  That
 all takes time, and time is  what Printer  Initializer gives  back to you.
 It's there, waiting for you at the click of the mouse.  Want to change tab
 spacing to 4 from within your  spreadsheet?    Good  luck!    With Printer
 Initializer, it's easy!

       So, what  are the two programs you receive and how do they work? The
 first is called "Printer Install" or "pinstall.prg".  This is  the program
 you use  to generate  your own  printer drivers.  You can generate as many
 drivers as you wish, although you'll be permitted to use only six later in
 the desk  accessory.  You can generate multiple drivers for one printer or
 for multiple printers.  As you generate the  drivers, you  can easily test
 the  functions  too...just  to  make  sure that what you've created really
 works!  The printers can be used from either the parallel or  serial port.
 If you have multiple printers online (one to each port or through a selec-
 tor switch) the program will  automatically  set  internal  printer output
 redirection so that your GEM host program knows where to send it's printer

       The other part of the program is a desk accessory  called, strangely
 enough,  "Printer  Initializer",  or  "prt_init.acc".  This is the program
 you'd normally use on a day-to-day.  The  desk accessory  is usable within
 any GEM based program that permits the use of DA's  When activated, you'll
 see the same dialog screen that you saw when you initially configured your
 drivers, but now, instead of doing the configuration, you'll be activating
 the functions in your printer.  that includes the output  redirection bet-
 ween serial and parallel ports discussed earlier.

       The distribution  disk includes  two ready-made drivers, one for the
 Epson FX80 series of printers, the other for those cute  Kodak Diconix 150
 portable printers.

       The programs  started out  as an in-house utility for us at Mission-
 ware, but quickly became so useful, we decided to polish  it up  and offer
 it for  sale.  We think you'll quickly find the program indispensable too,
 and at only $24.95, it's truly  a  bargain.    As  do  all  of Missionware
 Software's  products,  these  programs  run  in both monochrome and color.
 Although not copy protected,  you must  "register" the  program before you
 can run  it (a  very simple  software procedure!) and once registered, you
 can can use the programs on either a  floppy or  hard drive  based system.
 You  can  order  this  directly  from Missionware Software, or through the
 distribution network described earlier.

 Demonstration Programs Available...

       Demos are available of both of  these  programs.    The  demo itself
 (based on  Atari's DemoPlay  program) will  run in  medium res color only,
 although the programs themselves will run  in either  color or monochrome.
 In both  cases, the  demo programs  are fully  functional except for being
 able to save a file.  You can find the lottODDS program  uploaded as "lot-
 tODDS.arc" and  Printer Initializer uploaded as "prt_init.arc".  Demos are
 also available free of  charge directly  from Missionware  Software.  Just
 send  us  a  blank,  formatted  disk  with a self-addressed stamped return
 mailer and we'll get the demos out to you ASAP.

       Our address is:

                           Missionware Software
                           354 N. Winston Drive
                         Palatine, IL   60067-4132

       Thank you in advance for your support.  We promise to support you as
 well on  most of  the major  online services.   We're currently working on
 setting  up  support  on  BIX,  CompuServe  and  GEnie.    See  you there!
 Telephone support  is coming  as well...  Thank you, and we hope you enjoy
 Missionware Software products.

       Missionware Software is always  looking  for  products  to  sell and
 support...if you  have a product you'd like to have us consider publishing
 for you, please  contact  us  either  online  or  via  our  address above.


 > UPGRADE OR NOT? STR FOCUS      An overview of cost effectiveness.

                       UPGRADE THAT FAITHFUL MEGAST?

 by Hugh Akston

     Okay, you've  been hearing  a lot  about the  new Atari TT030, and you
 figure that the TT might just be the  ticket to  increased productivity in
 your business,  so you  open up the latest Atari magazine to check out the
 prices.  YIKES! A TT030/8 with an 80  meg Hard  Drive and  a Atari PTC1426
 color  monitor  would  be  around  $3800!   There must be a cheaper way to
 upgrade your Mega to make it a "baby TT".

     Let's examine the costs  involved in  upgrading a  Mega ST  to make it
 just like a TT030.  First of all, a TT has a 32 mHz 68030 CPU with a 68882
 coprocessor. To bring your Mega up to that level, you need a  68030 add-on
 board.   That will set you back $599.  That is just for the board.  To get
 a 33mHz 68030 and a 68882 coprocessor (and 4 megs memory to bring us up to
 TT030/8 level),  you must  shell out  another $800  for a  total of $1399.
 Wait! you're not done yet.  A TT030 has a LocalTalk port.  To add  this to
 your Mega,  add another  $300 which  brings us up to $1699, but that's not

     Everyone who has used the TT030  is impressed  with the  keyboard.  It
 has an excellent feel, and is much better than the Mega keyboard.  You can
 add an excellent IBM compatible to  your  Mega  though.    The  adapter is
 around $100  and the IBM keyboard is around another $100.  This brings our
 total up to $1899 and we still don't have the  equivalent of  a TT  on our

     The PTC1426  is a  14" .29  dot pitch  color monitor  which allows the
 TT030 to run in all ST resolutions, and  also allows  two of  the three TT
 resolutions (TT  Low with  256 colors  and TT Med with 640/480/16 colors).
 Even though we've added a 68030  board to  our Mega,  we still  only get 4
 colors in ST med resolution, to get anything better we have to add a video
 board to our Mega.  None have been released yet,  so you'll  have to guess
 at a  price, but,  for the  sake of argument, we'll say that a video board
 for our "baby TT" will run about $300.  We also need a new  monitor to let
 our Mega  match the  TT030/PTC1426 combo and that will run about $450.  We
 are now up to $2649!

     Oops! Almost forgot.  The TT030/8 has an 80 meg  hard drive.   Tack on
 another $625 which brings us up to $3274.

     Gee, I'm  getting forgetful. I forgot to mention that adding all those
 boards to your Mega will be too much for the Power Supply.  A new one will
 run about  $100. While  we're at it, all that stuff has to be installed so
 let's figure another $100.  This brings us to a GRAND TOTAL of $3474.   We
 now have a "baby TT", right? Wrong.

     The TT030  uses TOS  3.05 which  allows for  all kinds of neat window,
 color and sound options.  Our "baby TT" has TOS 2.05 which assumes that we
 are using  a Mega STe and so, we don't have those options available to us.
 Not too bad, but we still came in a little  over $300  less than  buying a
 TT030/8 with an 80 meg HD and a PTC1426 color monitor.

     Think about  this though.  If you sold your Mega and your monitor, you
 could probably get at least $500 for it.  Buy a TT030, sell your  Mega and
 you come  out $200  ahead! What a deal.  You also get the advantage of the
 industry standard VME bus on the TT030.

     The bottom line is:   Check  it out  before you  spend a  lot of money
 trying to save a few bucks.  You might be surprised at what you find.


 > NEW WARES! STR InfoFile                 GREAT NEW WARES FOR THE ST


     Stealth,  a  revolutionary  modem  telecommunications terminal for the
 Atari ST, has been  released.   A major  new stand-alone  terminal has not
 been released  for years and people have been out of touch with the latest
 technological enhancements.

     Stealth is perfect for new and experienced users alike.   But most in-
 teresting is the concept of Stealth's emulation of other terminals such as
 Flash or Interlink.  Users of these old and outdated  terminals can easily
 start using  Stealth right away!Stealth will convert data files from these
 terminal programs and will actually emulate them.  Yes, that's  right.  We
 had to  use Flash  for years and it'd be tough to learn new menu bar slots
 and keyboard shortcuts.  It's just like using  one of  your under-the-sink
 cabinet doors  to hold the trash can for the past number of years.  If the
 can gets placed in another door, you'll be opening the  old door  a couple
 of dozen  times.  The same goes for using a program.  Not only that, but a
 construction-kit will be included in  the  near  future.    It  will allow
 users to  setup commands  how they  want them to be set up.  What a simple
 yet revolutionary concept.

     But that's only the beginning.  Stealth includes a built-in  GEM based
 word processor  that functions as its capture buffer (in fact, two capture
 buffers are offered).  And it's  just  a  click  or  keypress  away.   The
 Stealth interface  is designed  with somewhat  of a concept of letting the
 user decide the best method of interfacing whether it be via keyboard, the
 menu bar, or icons.

     Stealth  supports  all  major  transfer  protocols including X, Y, and
 Zmodem (as well as several variations such as  Ymodem G).   Stealth  has a
 powerful script  language with  over 90 commands.  It blows away Flash's .
 DO file system.  Enclosed is ST Whiz,  a GEM  Desktop replacement program;
 and it's  free (it  normally sells for $15).  Also free is a GEnie sign on
 pack.   GEnie is the official support network of Atari and is very active.
 PDC will  be offering tech support directly via GEnie.  There's much more;
 Stealth is "one helluva program."

 Stealth retails for $39.  95 with shipping/handling an additional $4.

                         MONSTER STEREO CARTRIDGE

     The ST's sound capability is just  now being  tapped with  TCB Tracker
 and amazing  game programs being released with sounds that blow you away.
 The only  problem is  that it's  hard to  be blown  away by  the ST's puny
 monitor speaker.  And it is very puny, ja?  It needs to be pumped up.

     That's where the Monster comes in.  The Monster Stereo Cartridge (MSC)
 that is.  MSC allows users to pump the ST's sound through  a stereo, boom-
 box,  or  mini-speakers.    There  have  been others, but nothing like the
 Monster.   Tweetyboard required extensive installation.   MSC is  a simple
 plug in  device, no soldering! Playback from MichTron is not only more ex-
 pensive, but it also ties up the cartridge port, and that's a  major pain.
 MSC plugs  into the  printer port,  and is easy to unplug without damaging
 the delicate cartridge port.

     What does it do? Specifically, it  channels all  ST sound  through the
 MSC into  any sound  equipment (via RCA jacks).  It utilizes newly written
 stereo software (such as TCB Tracker) to play  in true  stereo.   Now your
 ST can have the power of an STe!

 TCB Tracker  and many other programs have been updated to support the MSC.

 The Monster Stereo Cartridge retails for $69.95 + $4 shipping/handling.


     PDC proudly announces that PDC is now the exclusive supplier  of Fron-
 tier Software  products in  the USA.   Frontier offers the best in quality
 RAM upgrades for the ST and STe line of computers.   The  Xtra-RAM upgrade
 for ST  computers comes  in three formats: Unpopulated, .5 MB (which upgr-
 ades a 1/2 meg ST to 1 MB), and 2.5 MB (which upgrades Mega 2 ST's to 4 MB
 and other  STs to  2.5 MB).   The Xtra-RAM STE upgrades STE's to 2 MB to 2
 Xtra-RAM STE's will upgrade  the STE  to 4  megabytes).   All upgrades are
 solderless and very easy to install.  They are totally compatible with all
 software.  Each Xtra-RAM  upgrade is  supplied with  free RAM-testing, RAM
 disk, and printer spooler software.

     Also available  is the  Forget-Me-Clock II, which is a clock cartridge
 that doesn't tie up the cartridge port.  Other cartridges can plug into it
 while  the  Forget-Me-Clock  II  remains  totally  invisible to them.  The
 package also is supplied with time/date setting software, as well  as with
 an auto-run  program that  automatically sets the clock.  Built-in setting
 software offers the ability  to stop  the Forget-Me-Clock  II to  save its
 battery life when it is not being used.

     All products  include professional  and colorful packaging, as well as
 complete documentation.  But what's especially amazing is  that PDC offers
 a  10  day  money  back  guarantee.    If the user is dissatisfied for any
 reason, he or she may return it for a full refund within  10 days  of pur-
 chase!   No other  RAM upgrade house offers that!  But the support doesn't
 stop there!  All RAM upgrades carry a  full twelve  month guarantee.   And
 the Forget-Me-Clock II carries a two year guarantee.  The RAM upgrades are
 guaranteed to use new memory chips  to make  sure that  the upgrade boards
 are the most reliable anywhere!

 PDC is introducing these products at a special introductory price.
 Prices are as follows:

 Standard Retail Special Price

          Xtra-RAM Unpopulated     $129.95        $ 99.95

          Xtra-RAM .5 MB           $179.95        $139.95

          Xtra-RAM 2.5 MB          $299.95        $199.95

          Xtra-RAM STe 2 MB        $149.95        $129.95

          Forget-Me-Clock II       $ 69.95        $ 49.95

 Shipping is $6 per order.

 PDC will  have a representative at the Vancouver Atari Show demoing all of
 our products, as well as selling them at massive discounts.  Be there!


 > STALKER 3.0!!!! STR InfoFile          UPGRADING STALKER & STENO

 Gribnif Software Press Release                            June 12, 1991

 For Info Contact: Gribnif Software
                   P.O. Box 350
                   Hadley, MA 01035
                   Tel: (413) 584-7887
                   Fax: (413) 584-2565

                         GRIBNIF SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES
                         OF STENO(TM) AND STALKER(TM)

 HADLEY, MA -- Gribnif Software announced today its  upgrade plans  for the
 STeno(TM) and  STalker(TM) programs,  recently acquired from Strata Softw-

 Since the  new  STeno  2.0  and  STalker  3  packages  are  being released
 independently, the  legitimate owners  of previous versions of these prog-
 rams have two different upgrade plans available:

 1.  Upgrade to STeno 2.0  (available  immediately)  for  $15.00.   Upgrade
     includes the  new 2.0  version of  the program,  a 40 page illustrated
     manual, and free technical support from Gribnif Software.

 2.  Upgrade to STalker 3 (available July 31st, 1991) for $20.00.   Upgrade
     includes  the  new  version  3.0  of  this  amazing  terminal  program
     (including the  new  BackTALKTM  script  language,  GDOS  support, and
     more), a  complete illustrated  manual (still being written), and free
     technical support from Gribnif Software.

 If you upgrade to both now  (for only  $35.00), you  will receive  the new
 STeno 2.0 package first.  The STalker 3 package will be shipped as soon as
 it is released (July 31st, 1991).  Or, if you  want, just  upgrade one now
 and later  on upgrade  the other.   To get the upgrades, follow these easy

 1.  Mail us your original STeno/STalker disk.

 2.  Include a note with your name, address, and daytime phone number (in
     case we have some questions about the order).

 3.  Enclose a US Bank Check, US Money Order, or Credit  Card for  the cor-
     rect upgrade  fee (see above) and the additional shipping and handling

         Shipping charges are $2 for U.S. orders, $3 for Canadian
         orders, and $5 for all other Foreign orders.

       Note: If ordering by credit card, it must be a MasterCard,
             EuroCard, or Visa.  With the order you should include:

             1)  Credit card number.
             2)  Expiration date.
             3)  Name as it appears on the card.
             4)  Cardholder's signature.

 4.  Wait between 3-4 weeks.  The orders will be processed and sent out on
 a "first come / first serve" basis.

 If you have any questions regarding the STeno  and STalker  software pack-
 ages, please feel free to give us a call at (413) 584-7887.

 STeno and STalker are trademarks of Strata Software.  Exclusive world wide
 marketing and distribution by Gribnif Software.



                         AT WHAT PRICE? -> LOYALTY

                "Are you FOR or AGAINST the Atari platform"

 by Ralph F. Mariano

     In most every situation in today's  fast moving  world, there  must be
 decisions to  either support,  quietly not  support or  vocally oppose the
 ideals or policies of others.  Especially when it directly  effects you or
 your circumstances.  Its usually these times that try, to the very limits,
 the patience of friends and acquaintances alike.  A time  such as  this is
 upon us  now and its a dilly.  Just last week, I was asked .. "Are you FOR
 or AGAINST the Atari platform".  The answer to such  a question  is intri-
 cate and  really, to  be replied  to properly, would take the writing of a
 book.  Neither I nor you have the  time to  invest.   But.. I  will try to
 answer this question briefly.

     At  first  glance,  I  felt  utter  revulsion at being hit with such a
 loaded question that was  obviously  aimed  at  drawing  out  an emotional
 reply.   Thankfully I waited and after having read and re-read the passage
 in which it appeared, things began to fall into place.  What is this ques-
 tion really asking?  I said to myself a number of times.  Finally, it came
 together... It was asking if I cared to follow the 'faithful few'  with an
 unquestioning loyalty.  Honestly speaking, I am not and will not.

     Politicians  utilize  'platforms'  all  the  time.  Certainly you have
 heard of the "party platform" and the "platform" the candidate  is running
 on.   This platform  business is,  when boiled down to its simplest terms,
 nothing more than one person's opinion that some followers have  agreed to
 support.  Nothing more and nothing less.

     In the  business world, "platforms" per se, have absolutely no realis-
 tic justification.  Why?  Because  the bottom  line in  business is profit
 and growth.   Not ideals and/or surrealistic beliefs.  To this end, I must
 say I hold positively no feelings  pro or  con to  any so-called platform.
 If  however,  one  were  to  ask..  do  I  recommend  the  Atari  hardware
 (computers, etc.) there is an "emphatic" YES.   Do I  support the company?
 Again YES.   Do I embrace all of the company's policies and decisions?  No
 way, in fact I  would be  the first  to say  I disagree  with many  of the
 decisions made in the last few years.  From mid 1989 'till now it has been
 a steady, progressive comedy of errors.   Of  course to  go back  and list
 them all  is redundant as most of us are very well aware of the "litany of

     I am FOR the success of the hardware and the company and  I am AGAINST
 the continued  blunders and  permissiveness of  allowing "special interest
 types" to assert themselves upon Atari.  This vertical market  business is
 the latest  that needs  addressing.   Last year  the expression; "the tail
 wagging the dog" appeared to be an appropriate phrase to describe the good
 the  vertical  market  was  doing  in bringing the Atari computer into the
 light of positive notoriety.  How very true.  The  DTP "spoke"  in the big
 wheel  of  the  Atari  marketing  scheme  of  things  does  indeed  highly
 compliment the computer and its potential.  Whatever became of  the highly
 publicized Midi market, the Hotz Box, Application and accounting and last,
 but certainly not least, the Entertainment markets?

     Once most folks got  past the  tail of  the dog,  they'd find  the dog
 really had  NO TEETH.   Where are the substantive application programs for
 the Atari computer.  When was the last time we saw a major NEW application
 released for  the Atari  Computer.   And why hasn't there been?  And whose
 responsibility is that?  The developers?  The users?   Atari itself?   The
 major  portion  of  the  responsibility  is  Atari's.  The USA marketplace
 demands a definite set of marketing and sales rules that  simply put, must
 be followed.  They NEVER have been even closely adhered to.

 In a nutshell;

                         - SELL AND SHIP THE PRODUCTS

     This is  the time  proven formula  prescribed universally to achieve a
 sales and marketing success.  Its no secret.  Really it isn't.

     On the other hand, Atari's people have been  the most  responsive they
 have been  in quite  some time.   The users, developers, dealers and other
 interests have all expressed great  pleasure  in  their  ability  to reach
 someone at  Atari and  be heard.  The credit for this belongs to Bill Reh-
 bock, Bob Brodie, Don Thomas and the others  who have  realized that Atari
 desperately  needs  their  input  to  help formulate plans for the future.
 These folks are doing a great job for Atari and  deserve both  our support
 and thanks.


 > USERGROUP IV STR Feature       The Organization of a Usergroup

                    SO YOU WANT TO START A USER GROUP?

 Part IV

 A primer for starting your own user group

 by Tim Holt
 ACCEPT of El Paso

 Hello, meet Uncle Sig...

 Hello again!  Last time  out, we  looked at some ways to keep your members
 interested and  coming  back  for  more.  Hopefully,  you  saw  that using
 "non-traditional" topics is a good way to keep then coming back. Today, we
 will look at special interest areas  within your  group, pros  and cons of
 multiple platforms, and some common problems faced by user groups all over
 the place.

 Each user group has a variety of people in them, unless you  only have two
 people in  your group,  that can  serve as "experts" in a particular area.
 Why did you buy your computer? Chances are, the guy that is vice president
 of your  club has a very different reason, and that little kid in the back
 has another  reason as  well. Music,  games, word  processing, data bases,
 video production,  animation, all  are very well served by the Atari plat-
 form. The  larger your  group, the  greater the  chances of fragmentation.
 This is where the idea of SIG's, or Special Interest Groups comes in.
 Becuase of  time limitations, chances are, you cannot cover everything you
 want to in your regular club meetings. But,  who ever  said that  you were
 set to just the "official meeting" time and places?

 When your  club gets  enough people,  it is  time to  start thinking about
 SIGs. A sig group can meet at the same time as the regular meeting, a sort
 of "meeting  within a meeting", or you can even schedule them at different
 times, when  it  is  convenient  for  those  that  are  interested  to get
 together. The  sig can  meet at a membrs house, and can be quite informal.
 Whenever there is a special interest, there can be a  sig meeting.  Let me
 give you some examples:

 Say Paul  and Pete  and Suzy all use WordPerfect at work. Well, Paul knows
 all the tricks of WordPerfect, Suzy knows a few less, and Pete just got it
 slapped on  the computer and he stares blindly at the screen at work. This
 is a great time to start a sig. Meet a Paul's house,  have a  few refresh-
 ments, and  review, and  enjoy the single topic of WordPerfect. The entire
 club doesn't have to show up, only those  that are  interested in learning
 WordPerfect. The pace is relaxed, and they don't have to talk over the din
 of the rest of the meeting. However, it is important that ALL members of
 the club are aware of this sig meeting, and that  they are  all welcome if
 they choose.  you don't want to start little groups within your group that
 feels superior  to everyone  else.(And we  all know  how those WordPerfect
 people feel superior to us peons...evil grin) Always make the sigs open to

 Okay, so you have a WordPerfect sig.  Do  you  see  how  ANY  program that
 people express an interest in can work here? Let's take another example:

 Falcon is  (or was)  a very  popular game for the ST. It is REALLY neat if
 you hook your Falcon game up to another ST through  a null  modem cable. I
 can easily  imagine a sig for just Falcon players.  They have Falcon tour-
 naments, and have a Falcon Championship.    Again,  everyone  in  the club
 should feel  welcome to  the tourney,  but if they do not want to show up,
 fine. There are several games that allow hookup through null-modem cables,
 like Falcon. Midi Maze comes to mind immediately.

 Just as  you can  have unlimited  types of demos (see last column) you can
 also have unlimited types of Sigs. A Mac sig, an  IBM sig,  etc. The limit
 again, is  your imagination. However, some warnings about sigs: You do not
 ever want the sigs to become more important than the club itself.  If that
 happens, the  people in  the sig will be reluctant to renew the membership
 for next year. This  is a  reason many  clubs have  sig meetings  inside a
 club's regular meeting.

 Multiple Platforms:

 There is a serious question for you to consider when you are starting your
 club: Do you wish to limit it to JUST the  Atari platform?  There are good
 arguments on both sides. I will try to give you both:

 If you  decide to  go with  multiple platforms,  you have  to decide which
 platforms you want to go with. Just Macintosh? Just MS Dos? Or both? well,
 let me tell you what our club has done:

 We sat down one afternoon, and talked about the future of Atari computers.
 Perhaps it was a after a bad week for Atari, or maybe  Pete's stock dipped
 into the  $1.00 range.  Whatever the reason, we decided that Atari was not
 going to be around in the computer arena for as  long as  Macintosh, or MS
 Dos. Maybe  it will  be around  for as  long as  our club is in existence,
 maybe not. We were losing members, many of which were not quitting because
 they disliked  the club,  but because  they had sold their Atari's and had
 bought another type of  platform. We  wanted to  keep members,  but we are
 wise enough  to know that folks are not as impressed with their systems as
 they once were. We changed then and there. Atari Computer Club of  El Paso
 Texas (ACCEPT)  became Advanced  Computer Club  of El Paso Texas (ACCEPT).
 Any type of computer platform that the Atari ST could emulate was now wel-
 come to  join our  club.   Has this helped? Yes and no. Yes, now the other
 members are not afraid to admit that they  use IBM's  at work,  and now we
 have a real Mac expert at each meeting. No, we haven't gotten many more
 non Atari members, but we really haven't tried.

 To the  minus side of this is that you do not want the Atari members, your
 bread and butter, to be alienated by the  new group.   Everyone  should be
 equal.  You  do  not  want  the  famous  "My  computer is better than your
 computer" argument  to rise  up. In  this case,  and really  in all cases,
 anybodies cmputer  is just as good as anyone else's. be on the lookout for
 these types of problems.

 Problems problems everywhere...

 Eventually, you will run  into problems.  As sure  as the  sun rises, your
 club will  face the  following: No money, apathy, losing members, low tur-
 nouts, and bad demos. Let's look at all of these:

 No money: Okay, even  though you  have 200,000  members and  each has paid
 their membership  fee, you  find that  the costs of newsletters, and other
 fees has drained the treasure chest. How do you raise money? Well,  one of
 the best  ways our club has found was to have auctions. These work by mem-
 bers bringing  used original  computer goods,  and trying  to auction them
 off. In  our club,  we charge a 10% fee to the SELLER of the final auction
 price and let the seller get 90%. You would be  surprised how  many people
 have  relatively  new  programs  and  equipment that they just do not use.
 Suppose you sell WordPerfect at auction for $75. Well, the  club would get
 $7.50, and  you would  make $67.50.  Not bad, especially if the program is
 just sitting on the  shelf collecting  dust. I  have a  rule when deciding
 what to  sell: If  I haven't  used it  in 1 year, then it goes to auction!
 Please make sure, however,that everything that is sold is original!

 Another nice way of getting money is to  have doorprizes,  and raffle them
 off. 50  cents a ticket for the doorprize. You won't get a lot of money on
 doorprizes, but it is money, and could pay for this month's issue  of AIM.
 You can  also have special raffles, at Christmas, like raffling off a LYNX
 like our club did. However, you want to  make sure  that the  prize is not
 more than  the amount  of money  you will  get in the raffle. Raffle off a
 Spectre GCR, or even a 1040 ST if you wish!

 A membership drive is another way to get  new money.  have a  contest. The
 member that gets the most new members to join wins a prize. If each member
 gets one new member, then you double your membership! Pretty good!

 Apathy is the scourge of all clubs. I don't know about you, but when  I am
 asking folks  to help,  and only one person out of 20 says boo, then I get
 pretty upset. You can plead, you can beg, you can cry, and  they still sit
 there and  look like a bunch of stumps.  I have found that the only way to
 get people to get  off  their  duffs  is  to  just  ASSIGN  someone  to do
 something. Bob, would you do this for me and have it done by Friday? Pete,
 could you please scan this for me? I  really need  it. Just  ask, it might
 surprise you  how many  actually do  what you  want. many club members are
 like lost sheep, and really are pretty impressed  when the  President asks
 them to  do something. You could go the old threat route, "I won;t show up
 until you guys get to work", but that rarely works.  If you do  it enough,
 the club realizes that you are crying wolf, and won't do anything for you.

 Low turnout at meetings is seasonal. Christmas and  summer are  the worst.
 The best way to get folks to show up is to have the best meetings at those
 times. Have the auctions in July, and December.  Also, have someone in the
 club call  all the  members before  each meeting, reminding them about the
 meeting. Please make sure however, that you get someone reliable.  The kid
 that plays  games all  day probably  won't want  to spend two hours on the
 phone calling  people  he  doesn't  know.  Don't  get  discouraged  if the
 meetings don't  set attendance  records every  time. You are going to have
 low turnouts, you are going to have times when everyone forget there  is a
 meeting! Our club meets the second Saturday of each month. When the Satur-
 day is on the 8th, members tend to think that is the first Saturday of the
 month.  Once,  we  had  2  members  show up at the regular meeting, but 22
 showed up the next week, a week late! get that caller calling!

 And speaking of meetings, sometimes, an expected demo just will  not work.
 No matter what you do, that scanner won't scan, the hard drive won't boot,
 etc. Always have a "plan B". This could be a  pd program  that hasn't been
 demoed, like  ArcShell or Vanterm, or something like that. It WILL happen,
 and it will be embarrassing.  However, if the members see that the leaders
 are on top of things, they will get a warm fuzzsy feeling inside and elect
 you president again next year!

 Next time, where to turn to for help, and how to keep those pirates out of
 the club...


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

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Judith Hamner  72257,271

     A new upload by B. J. Gleason, DRYACT.ZIP, will convert .dry files for
 use with the ACT contact manager software. Another new upload, HP9114.THD,
 captures the thread on the Interloop HP9114 disk drive.

     On the  hardware front,  Craig   Davis reports his experience with the
 Megabyte 512K upgrade. Sysop Marty Mankins has posted  the commands needed
 to use the Practical Peripherals Pocket Modem with the Portfolio.

 The latest  word in  software is  that Power Basic should be ready to ship
 soon.  Watch for an official announcement.  Jim Straus reports that  he is
 re-coding his outliner in assembly for speed and compactness.


 > WAACE/'91 STR SHOW NEWS              "The Premier East Coast Show!"

                        WAACE/'91 ATARIFEST UPDATE

     This posting  is an  attempt to  answer some  questions that have been
 posed in recent weeks.  Hardcopy vendor packets will  be  sent  out around
 the 15th of June.

 WAACE, Inc. AtariFest '91 Dates:

     The Fest  is scheduled  for 12  and 13 October '91. The show hours are
 from 10 to 5 both days.  We also expect to sponsor some special  events on
 Friday evening.

      The show  will feature  a full  round of seminars and demonstrations.
 There will also be a swap meet.  There will be a cocktail party and a ban-
 quet on Saturday evening.


      The Fest  will be  held at  the Sheraton  Reston Hotel in Reston, VA,
 which is within 20 minutes of downtown Washington, DC and within 5 minutes
 of Dulles International Airport.

      This is  the same  location we used last year.  For those who did not
 make the '90 event let us  simply say  that this  is a  pleasant, spacious
 conference facility  located in a parklike suburban setting with plenty of
 free parking.

 Hotel Rates:

      Hotel rates are $59 per night for single or double occupancy, $66 for
 triple and  quad.   These rates  are valid  from October  10th through the
 13th. Virginia hotel tax (4.5%) must be added to the above prices.  In or-
 der to obtain these rates you must mention WAACE AtariFest '91 when making
 your reservations.

 Admission Prices:

     The admission price has  not been  determined yet  except to  say that
 show visitors  who are  guests of the hotel will receive a free ticket for
 each night that they book (limited  to  two  tickets  per  room  per day).
 Registered show workers will also receive free two-day passes.

     Members of  non-WAACE Atari  User groups  may register as show workers
 and receive a free two-day pass. Please contact  the WAACE representitives
 below for details on registering as show workers.

 Vendor Information:

     The basic  rate for  a single booth will be $500.  There is a 30% dis-
 count for vendors who reserve their booth space before 31 July (by includ-
 ing a 50% deposit with their reservation).

     The booth  payment is  for a  single 8  x 8  ft booth.  Pipe and drape
 decoration, electrical outlets, tables, and chairs  are provided.   Prices
 for multiple booths are as follows: 2 - $850, 3 - $1100, 4 - $1350.

     A one  half page  ad in the WAACE Atarifest '91 Program is included in
 the single booth price. Vendors may  upgrade the  half page  ad to  a full
 page for $75. Standard full page ads may be purchased for $125.

     Small  vendors  that  wish  to  pool their resources and share a booth
 space may do so, but must elect a single point  of contact  with WAACE for
 vendor business transactions.

 Misc. Information:

     In addition to participating as a vendor at the AtariFest, WAACE prov-
 ides additional areas for Atari developers and User Groups to participate:

     Seminars : One hour long presentations  of topics  of interest  to the
 Atari community.  Interested seminar presentors should contact the General
 Chairman below to reserve  a seminar  slot. Please  indicate the  topic of
 discussion as well as a preferred time slot.

     Demo Rooms:  On going  demonstrations of special interest topics (i.e.
 MIDI, DTP, Games, MAC & IBM Emulation, Productivity, Swap Room). Any Atari
 User Group  or individuals interested in helping out in a demo room should
 also contact the General Chariman.

     Demo rooms also feature periodic demonstrations by Atari Developers of
 the latest hardware and software.

     Fest  Program:  Features  articles  written  by  many popular magazine
 authors in the Atari community. Interested authors should  include a brief
 summary of their article to the General Chariman.

 Further Information:

 For additional Information please contact either of the following:

     General Chairman               Vendor Coordinator
     Charles S. Smeton              John D. Barnes
     P.O. Box 0122                  7710 Chatham Rd
     Columbia, MD 21045-0122   Chevy Chase, MD 20815
     GEMail: C.S.SMETON             GEMail: J.D.Barnes
     CIS: 73047,2565                DELPHI: JDBARNES
     FNET: Charles Smeton          Internet: JOHNBARNES@ENH.NIST.GOV
             Node 500

         WAACE Inc. 1991 AtariFest Vendor Price List

 Booths    Ad Pages    Standard Price      Discount Price **
   0    1/2         $  75                $  53
   1    1/2         $ 500                $ 350
   2    1/2         $ 850                $ 595
   3    1/2         $1100                $ 770
   4    1/2         $1350                $ 945

   0     1          $ 125               $  88
   1     1          $ 575               $ 403
   2     1          $ 925               $ 648
   3     1          $1175               $ 823
   4     1          $1425               $ 998

 ** To  qualify for the discount price a 50% downpayment must be received
 with the reservation by July 31, 1991.

 Payment may be in the form of check or money  order for  all payments made
 by September  12, 1991.  Payment after  this date  must be  in the form of
 money order, travelers check or cash (sorry, no exceptions).


 > FAST TECH'S T-20! STR InfoFile
           "...sweet and to the point"

                              THE GREAT T-20
                              FAST TECHNOLOGY

 by Doyle Helms

                   "But officer, I was only doing 20...
          Sonny, couldn't you see that the Chip is posted at 16?"

                          T-20. FaST. 'Nuff said!

      The following will  be  short,  sweet  and  to  the  point.    I have
 attempted to  capture some  of the  "real world" times (or benchmarks) for
 some of the most common programs.

      For safety sake, let  me  first  list  the  results  of  some  of the
 benchmarks programs  available for  those of  you who  hold great faith in
 them (grin).

      Quick Index 2.1

      Auto programs: NONE

      Accessories: NONE

      Monochrome          8Mhz           20Mhz
      Function   B.on   B.on
      CPU memory     100     100       197     197
      CPU register   100     100       254     254
      CPU divide     100     100       254     254
      CPU shifts     100     100       259     259
      TOS text       100     110       202     196
      TOS string     100     106       189     187
      TOS scroll     100     132       115     141
      GEM dialog     100     133       195     239

      Now let's load the system down (or up) some.

      Auto programs: TurboMono 1.84, G+Plus, LGSelect, Hotwire 3.0,
                     DCshowit, DCmshift, Codekeys
      Acc.'s:        G+Plus (mini), Hotsaver, Multidesk, Codekeys

      Monochrome          8Mhz           20Mhz
      Function   B.on   B.on
      CPU memory      91      91       189     189
      CPU register    91      91       244     244
      CPU divide      91      91       244     244
      CPU shifts      91      91       248     248
      TOS text       172     172       406     406
      TOS string    1161    1168      2558    2558
      TOS scroll     124     127       139     139
      GEM dialog     232     245       448     473
      Now for one more benchmark program from Jim Ness(NBM 0.7)
                        |       8Mhz       |       20 Mhz
      Function          | B. off    B. on  |  B. off    B. on
      Math test(cache)    16.55     18.07     7.51      7.86
      Memory fetch/store  16.23     17.71     8.88      9.37
      Dialog box draw     22.84     16.14     13.40     9.43
      Floppy read/write   59.35     38.98     59.35     38.38
      Now to the "Real World BenchMarks"(or what the mind perceives
      as real).
      I will be running the RWBM's with the system "loaded" as
      shown above in Quick Index 2.1 (BM #2).

      Test 1:  CALAMUS
      Calamus load and display a full page DOC file of 127K
      (390 frames):

           8Mhz= 49.9 secs      20Mhz= 23.3 secs

      Change view and redraw from FULL page to ZOOM setting:

           8Mhz= 7.8            20Mhz= 3.8

      From ZOOM to FULL view:

           8Mhz= 12.3            20Mhz= 6.4

      Print file in Landscape Mode(180x180 Epson LQ510 24 pinner):

           8Mhz= 4min 56 secs    20Mhz= 4min 15secs

      TEST 2:  PageStream 1.8
                Load and display DOC file(306492bytes)

           8Mhz= 12 secs       20Mhz= 6.3

                Change view from NORMAL to FULL:

           8Mhz= 6.14          20Mhz= 2.52

                Change view from FULL to 200%:

           8Mhz= 16.3          20Mhz= 6.3

                Change from 200% to NORMAL:

           8Mhz= 7.3           20Mhz= 3.1

                Print file 180x180 dpi on Epson LQ-510 (24 pin)

           8Mhz= 5min 35 secs  20Mhz= 3min 41secs

      Now for a couple of the commonly used program among

      TEST 3: UNLZH172.PRG
              UnLZH of a file (1029532compressed/2196729uncomp.)
              Total files in LZH is 10 (219672 bytes average size)

           8Mhz= 3min 31 secs       20Mhz= 1min 26 secs

      TEST 3b:LHarc 1.1319 (Quester)
              Move 10 files (219672 average size) into Archive.

           8Mhz= 16minutes     20Mhz= 6min 47 secs(wow!)

              UnLZH (Extract) same file w/ Quester 1.1319

              8Mhz= 4min 41 secs  20Mhz= 2minutes

      TEST 3c:ARC 6.02
              Move same 10 files into archive using 6.02:

           8Mhz= 13min 37 secs      20Mhz= 5min 43 secs (oh yea!)

              UnARC (Extract) same w/ 6.02

              8Mhz= 5min 4 secs   20Mhz= 2min 13 secs

      TEST 3d:Dcopy 3.6
              Move same 10 files into archive using Dcopy 3.6:

           8Mhz= 6min 6 secs        20Mhz= 2min 41 secs

              UnARC (Extract) same w/Dcopy 3.6

              8Mhz= 4min 3 secs   20Mhz= 1min 50 secs

  Now for something completely different...

      These two tests will consist of using some of the functions (options)
 in Touch-Up and MVG.  This will also include load times for compressed IMG

      TEST 4: TOUCH-UP & MVG

           Program load:
           8Mhz= 7.7secs      20Mhz= 4.3secs

           8Mhz= 2.4          20Mhz= 1.9

           Load IMG file:   TOUCH-UP                  MVG
 Filename  size     sec(8Mhz)   sec(20Mhz)  sec(8Mhz) sec(20Mhz)
 1.IMG     85658          59           24      5.2       2.5
 2.IMG     54922          68           27      4.3       2.3
 3.IMG     79614          58           23      4.6       2.5
 4.IMG     109771         70           28      6.2       3.0
 5.IMG     67487          64           25      4.4       2.4
 6.IMG     19932          13           5.7     1.4       0.9
 7.IMG     114377         69           28      6.2       3.2
 8.IMG     45431          28           11      2.8       1.5
 9.IMG     42818          31           13      2.8       1.5
 10.IMG    41376          31           13      2.8       1.5
                          22avg.       49avg.  4.06avg.  2.13avg.

      TEST 4a: TOUCH-UP function times:
               10.IMG file used for below tests.

          *Clean up(Both):

           8Mhz= 22secs        20Mhz= 10.8secs


           8Mhz= 15.6secs      20Mhz= 7.9secs


           8Mhz= 25.9          20Mhz= 9.9

      TEST 4b: MVG function times:
               7.IMG file used for below tests.

          *Rotate 90:

           8Mhz= 20.7secs      20Mhz= 8secs

          *Dither(option 1 Lighten & Darken):

           8Mhz= 21.8secs      20Mhz= 8.5secs

          *Flip Horz:

           8Mhz= 7.5secs       20Mhz= 3.4secs

          *Flip Vert:

           8Mhz= 1.2secs       20Mhz= .9sec


           8Mhz= 23.2secs      20Mhz= 8.8secs
           8Mhz= 12.7secs      20Mhz= 5.0secs
           8Mhz= 5.1secs       20Mhz= 2.1secs

          *Shrink (Darkest & Lightest):

           8Mhz= 14.8secs      20Mhz= 5.6

         TEST 5: Word Writer
                (Search for xxxyyyzzz & Replace with aaaaaaaa)
                Test file STR 720(xxxyyyzzz planted at end of file)

                STR 720 Load:

                8Mhz= 28.1          20Mhz= 13.4

                Search & replace:

                8Mhz= 27.5          20Mhz= 14.1


      After using this board for only a few days I have found  it VERY dif-
 ficult to  return to  8Mhz mode!  The speed increase is EXTREMELY nice and
 the "wait states" are almost none existent!

      I cannot say enough good stuff about this high quality  product, so I
 will just  let the  above stated  numbers do  the talking(they can be much
 more eloquent).  Customer service at FaST Tech is above  reproach.   I had
 some slight  trouble with  MY Mega and not T-20 and Jim Allen helped me to
 rectify it when he was under NO obligation to do so!  Thanx Jim!!!

      Hopefully  the  above  information  will  help  in  your  decision to
 purchase the new T-20(Turbo 20) accelerator board from:

                              FaST Technology
                              14 Lovejoy Rd.
                             Andover MA. 01810
                             (508) 475-3810).

 Any questions concerning the T-20 test results should be directed to me at
 D.HELMS(GEnie) or STARTWO (Delphi-The ST Advantage!)


 > STR Crystal Ball                             THE DETAILS.......

     As promised, the details of last week's revelations.


                      "THE IDES OF MARCH IN JUNE?!?"

 Not really, the Ides belong in  March not  now!   The moves  being done or
 contemplated are  hoped to  do the right thing by helping to provide Atari
 added strength, cash and perhaps, an ability to grow and prosper.

     The CRYSTAL BALL is glowing WHITE HOT!  Could it be true?

 Sure its true, the Crystal Ball IS glowing WHITE HOT.  How do you  think I
 am keeping  my coffee  hot?  I know, bad joke.  Truth is its still glowing
 white hot and will for some time to come.

          Is there going to be anywhere between a 30-50% layoff?

 More than likely, if at all, it'll be considerably less -> 1/5 - 1/3.

                        IS... "HE BACK IN CHARGE?"

 HE...Jack, has always been there.  Lately he's made his  presence a little
 more obvious.   What?  Did you really expect that he'd sidetrack all three
 and run the whole thing himself?  Get Real.  I'd like  to see  that but it
 will never happen.

       Is there really going to be a consolidation of subsidiaries?

 Atari Canada and Mexico have already "trimmed the fat" and there is a pos-
 sibility of the operations being "centralized" in Sunnyvale.


 As stated last week, these contemplated actions were verified.  Whether or
 not they actually occur is of course, another story.  After all, its mere-
 ly good business sense to do so with a tight economy at hand.

         No "TAMALES OR MAPLE LEAVES" just one big bag of tricks?

 Tamales refers to Atari Mexico and of course,  the maple  leaves refers to
 Atari Canada.  The bag of tricks refers to the whole thing being put under
 a common umbrella.

                    "DOWN UNDER" being throttled back?

 Down Under refers to Atari Australia and its exercise in "trimming fat".

                 What do you mean; YOU DON'T LIKE RIDDLES!

 Only those who fantasize  old Batman  scenarios do!   And  that's strictly
 kidstuff, what's happening at Atari is for real and NO laughing matter.

                    How about; "TV STARS FINISH LAST!"

     Refers to  a TV  interview conducted  at Atari with Gregg Pratt as the
 center of attraction.  G. Pratt was the person being  interviewed when the
 discontinued Panther  and its alleged CD-ROM Drive was inadvertently shown
 repeatedly as they panned the Atari lab as part of  the interview.   Pratt
 has his  own problems  now, (Mercury  News, San Jose, CA. (06-12-91).  The
 incident in the San Jose Mercury  News is  SAD!   And may  drag Atari into
 even more mud.

        Yo Adrian!  We ain't talkin' about the Johnny Carson show!

 How very true... Jay Lenno IS!

                  For the whole story ..... stay tuned!!

     Now, how  about all the hack 'n' slashers who immediately cried impen-
 ding doom?  Here's the real  scoop, four  independant sources  from around
 the country  verified the  information presented  above and last week.  In
 any case, if anyone were to stop and THINK for a moment or two,  the moves
 described are  the moves a company would most definitely make only if they
 were "hell bent" on succeeding.  Certainly, if Atari were in the  midst of
 doing anything  but, the  least expensive  way would be to simply shut the

     I, like most of you have always admired  the business  prowess of Jack
 Tramiel.   And, I  might add  this is  not the first time its been rumored
 that "he is back" it was done last year by another publication.   You see,
 Jack is  a very  positive symbol of success to most all of us.  That image
 will never change.  He is "good medicine".

     Marken Communications, a Public Relations  firm,  is  no  longer under
 contract to  Atari.  The contract has been terminated.  That too, has hap-
 pened before.  It appears  "in-house  folks"  at  Atari  will  be assuming
 Marken's duties.

     But the big picture here is very informative.  Atari seems to be trim-
 ming away  expenses, consolidating  its power  and reserves  to ensure the
 smooth flow of product to its markets.

     Personally, I find all the moves Atari has made or is about to make to
 be quite positive and for the ultimate good  of both  the company  and its
 future.   This does  not by  any stretch  of the imagination mean I am now
 "blinded by the light".  There are policies at Atari I still disagree with
 and I am sure there will be more in the future.


 > STR Mail Call             "...a place for the readers to be heard"

                            STReport's MailBag

 In response  to STReport's  request for  reader opinions  on the future of
 Atari and ideas that may help......

 from GEnie
 Category 26,  Topic 14
 Message 74        Sat Jun 08, 1991
 R.WATSON15 [Wayne Watson]    at 12:20 EDT

     First, let me say that I have been a LONG time user of Atari products.
 I first  bought the  Atari 400  then moved  up to the 800, 65XL, 130XE and
 then finally the 1040ST. I love the Atari  ST and  would not  trade it for
 anything.  I  have  supported  Atari  from  the  day  I started user their
 computers and will probably continue to  use  Atari  computers.  But...
 Atari's future  in my  opinion does  not look good. I don't think that the
 ones in charge want the Atari ST/STE/TT to really succeed here in  the US.
 They act  like they  are trying  to mess things up so that the other stock
 holders will pull out and leave them with the full  ownership of  the com-
 pany again. I feel like the crap that goes on at Atari is done on purpose.
 Maybe those that saw the revolving door knew too much  and they  were can-

     Atari in  my opinion  is constantly  screwing things  up in a computer
 that could blow the doors off of the other computers. First, they fixed it
 so that  you could  not upgrade  the 520STFM  to 1  meg by redesigning the
 board. The same goes for the Mega ST  2. Now  comes the  TT and  they say,
 "Yeah, you can expand the memory but, you have to pay dearly for it". From
 my understanding, in order to upgrade the memory in the  TT (TT  Ram), you
 have to  purchase a  daughterboard from  Atari. What  a crock! Look at the
 price difference between a TT030/2  and  a  TT030/4  or  a  TT030/4  and a
 TT030/8. They  have got  to be crazy. I can purchase 1 MEG 80 ns SIMMs for
 $50 dollars on the market now.

     Why does Atari continually limit their computers. They should have pl-
 aced a  6U VME  bus in the TT instead of crippling it with the 3U. Whoever
 makes these stupid decisions at Atari needs to see the revolving door.

     Until Atari gets their  heads screwed  on straight  and act  like they
 want their  computers to  succeed, they  will not have a future. It is the
 same old story all  over again.  When Warner  owned Atari,  they did minor
 enhancements to  the computer just to keep others happy so that they could
 use Atari for a tax write off. I  do not  believe Atari  wants to succeed.
 Jack should  sell the  company to  someone who  wants ATari to succeed and
 truly produce a computer that will make others stand up  and listen. Atari
 by now  should have  been in  the position that when someone says 'Atari",
 they listen. Jack and his sons  have made  Atari a  laughing stock  of the
 computer world.  Just mention  Atari and  watch people laugh and say, "You
 program on a game machine" and you sit there while they walk  off laughing
 so hard that tears come to their eyes.

     I say  it is  time for  Jack and company to either get off their lazy,
 greedy butts and make the Atari computer a  computer that  people will beg
 to get their hands on or sell it to someone who will. They have screwed up
 the company and the computer long enough.

     I will still keep my ST as long as I can. I will by  an SST  board and
 upgrade my ST before I purchase a TT though.

 *** NOTE ***
 This message  may be  re-printed with  minor changes  to correct spelling,
 etc. The context should remain though. I am  not that  good at  writing so
 please, bear with me.


 In STReport  7.23, Ed  Krimen presented  an essay about Atari... Here is a
 comment about that article....

 Category 26,  Topic 9
 Message 228       Thu Jun 13, 1991
 S.WINICK                     at 07:04 EDT

     As you know, I periodically wander over here  and share  some opinions
 and ideas.   Generally,  it seems my disagreements with Ralph and his wri-
 ters get more attention than anything else.  Ralph an I actually get along
 quite well,  although we  obviously don't  agree all the time.  But that's
 what makes life interesting, isn't it?   ;-).

     But we do agree on enough  things about  the Atari  platform that he's
 not only coming up to Asheville for next month's Blue Ridge AtariFest, but
 he'll also  be participating  by conducting  a seminar  session during the

     But to  get back to my real reason for this post.  There has been some
 discussion in other categories  about  the  general  negativeness  of this
 week's issue of ST-Report, including the essay by Ed Krimen.  So I decided
 to read it carefully myself.

     I've corresponded with Ed previously on  the national  ST-Echo (before
 our local  access BBS  went down),  and he and I have not always agreed on
 everything there  either.    But  after  carefully  reading  his  essay in
 ST-Report, I'd like to compliment him on a fine piece of work.  He offered
 an excellent analysis of  the  Atari  marketplace,  his  own  feelings and
 opinions, and most importantly, constructive criticism and suggestions for
 improvement.  Ed's essay conveys his knowledge about the Atari marketplace
 through years of experience, as well as his knowledge of the principles of
 successful merchandising in general.

 Lets hope that his offering isn't misinterpreted as an excuse  for another
 round of  emotional bantering,  but is  instead analyzed  carefully by our
 friends at Atari as the feelings of a devoted Atarian  seriously concerned
 about the  current state  of affairs in the American marketplace.  Thanks,
 Ed, for sharing with us your observations and recommendations.

                                   Sheldon Winick (Computer STudio/IADA)


 Here we present a selection of the replies from our  recent request,   as-
 king for our reader's opinions pertaining to Atari's future.

 from CIS
 Date:  09-Jun-91 23:11 EDT
 From:  bill devonshire [73707,1656]
 Subj:  Atari Live/Die

 The Future of Atari

     I can't  help but think that I am a fortune teller or sooth-sayer as I
 sit to type out my impressions as to  the future  of Atari.  Usually, as I
 tend to predict the future of anything, I look to the past to see what has
 happened.  The history of any Company is the stockmans key to  the future.
 We too  are alot  like investors, wondering what Computer will be the best
 investment for the future.  Track record plays a big  part. When  you have
 an ocean  of preference  staring you  in the  face against a tablespoon of
 water, it is hard  to say,  "I'll go  with the  tablespoon thank  you very
 much".  In bold print PC/MAC/AMIGA far outweighs ATARI, and support for it
 dwindles with every passing day.   I live  in a  small town,  and felt the
 dread of  death when  the Towns  name was removed from the local maps.  So
 too I have felt this dread when I no longer saw new  software listings for
 the ST  in Compuserve  monthly, and the same when Atari appeared under the
 old "Other" computer category.  At work we wade through volumes of uploads
 to the  PC forums  weekly, while  I can wait a week to get a smattering of
 uploads for the  ST.    I  see  magazines  dropping  the  line, developers
 switching enmass to PC's and software companies discontinuing support.  My
 closest Atari dealers are an hours  drive away,  so I  rely on  mail order
 quite a  bit.   The dealers I do confer with seem lacking in knowledge and
 drive to actually sell the Computers that gather  dust beside  the PC's in
 their show rooms.  This is not a good sign for the future!

     On the  up side, the developers that are in the game are very keen and
 are struggling hard to make their products known and available.  Atari has
 upgraded  the   ST  line  and  produced  some  very  nice  new  computers,
 completely upward compatible with the existing line.  VME, UNIX and upward
 compatibility  will  help  Atari  to  maintain  its  existing  base  while
 attempting to open up new areas,  and new  user bases  for its  higher end
 machines.   This new  influx of  equipment cannot overcome the existing PC
 user base and its massive influence on the future of hardware and software
 development for  the Computer community at large.  To stay alive and kick-
 ing, even Atari has been forced to enter the DOS market.   There is  a lot
 of potential  in the  ST/TT line,  but it is being eclipsed by the present
 state of the art, and very little is being done to promote this potential.
 The one  thing that I do not see is dealer participation and drive.  There
 must be at least 20 Computer shows a year in my area, and not  one is fre-
 quented by Atari.  Instead, all I find is a terrain of PC's smattered with
 MACs.  Maybe the Atari dealers are there, but they are pushing PC's!!  How
 is the  public going  to know that Atari even exists if no one ever brings
 it out of the closet and shows it off.  The Industry is only now beginning
 to reach the system enhancements that we have been living and working with
 for years, and even then, the others are making a  botch of  attempting to
 copy the interfaces.

     The  best  I  can  say  is  that the Atari line of computers has great
 potential. Some of its power has been tapped by a few developers  over the
 years, and  they have  produced some very dynamic software packages (ahead
 of their time).  Without the  drive  and  determination  to  show  off the
 prowess and  potentials of this true "family of Computers" and to get this
 message out to people enmass, the ST/TT line will fade into the history of
 the computer revolution. Atari will, however, survive!

                                              Bill Devonshire
                                       Compuserve:     73707,1656


 Date:  04-Jun-91 03:29 EDT
 From:  Name withheld at request of sender..
 Subj:  STR Feedback

 To: 70007,4454
 You requested feedback in ST Report - here's my 2 cents worth:

     All I  know is  what I  read about STEs and TTs not being available in
 the US.  It seems rediculous  that nobody  can buy  one, as  I'm sure they
 could be  put to  good use.   I would like to have a 1040 STE, if just for
 the expanded colors and stereo sound.  They say the  Atari software market
 is drying  up as a result of Atari abandoning the US market.  Well, I have
 trouble keeping up with the many recent upgrades of the ST software  I use
 - mainly MIDI, other commercial software like Codehead, and programs writ-
 ten by people on CIS and uploaded there.  Since using my ST is strictly my
 favorite hobby,  I can take my time learning how these many programs work,
 and believe it or not, there's still a  lot I'm  fascinated with  in Degas
 Elite and  learning how  to use  GDOS fonts.   I guess I'm way behind, but
 there just seems to be enough ST software to keep me busy for a  very long
 time (not to mention the hundreds of games I haven't  tried yet).

     It is  heartbreaking how Atari has such loyal users in the US but they
 have been abandoned.  But if Atari won't do anything to fix  this, I don't
 see what  the users  can or should do.  Surely they're aware of all of us.
 Meanwhile the upgrades from software companies  keep coming  faster than I
 can absorb them.

     There's a  psychological angle  that I can't ignore.  In a way, I like
 my ST being a well-kept secret.  Mine can do  tricks that  other computers
 can't easily  do, and  I don't feel like I have to blow my horn about this
 to the world.  Part of this is fear, I  admit, that  people will challenge
 me with the "game machine" rap and put me on the defensive (very uncomfor-
 table.) In another way, I do want to show it off and be able to brag about
 the great  Atari support  for my baby, but then I realize it's my ego wan-
 ting a few strokes.   So, if  I'm ranting  and raving  about how  Atari is
 dragging it's feet, I just have to ask myself why.  It's OK to be that way
 - we are human after all, kind of like feeling proud of a new  sports car.
 But what  it comes  down to  is how  I use  my computer and if I enjoy it.
 Even if Atari went under, I get this feeling that the userbase  would sur-
 vive.   And if  some users  move on  to other  brands, so what? It doesn't
 change it's usefulness to me.

     When I first got an Atari 400, then an ST, it WAS because of the games
 at first,  then I  began to  learn on  my own  about other programs (midi,
 First Word, Degas, etc.) I always  felt like  I was  in elementary school,
 though,  because  I  knew  NOONE  ELSE  who  had  an ST.  Seriously, I got
 depressed over feeling like  I wasn't  getting anywhere,  and being looked
 down on  from the Mac and IBM users.  But then...THEN somehow I decided to
 get a modem and everything changed when I got on CIS a few years  ago.  It
 was  like  night  and  day  -  these new people were ^[very supportive and
 knowlegable, and yes, numerous (compared to what I  had before.)  All of a
 sudden I  could do what I had been wanting to do - use my ST productively.
 Next thing I know, everybody's bashing Atari and  predicting certain doom,
 while I'm sitting in this huge pile of new software surrounded by knowlege
 and inspired ideas, and I'm going "Huh? I don't know what Atari's up to or
 not up  to, and  I'm sure I don't have any control over it, and it doesn't
 seem to be real anyway because look at all of this!"


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 Msg# : 12778  Lines: Extended  Read: 1
 Sent : Jun 2, 1991  at 5:32 PM
 Recv : Jun 4, 1991
 To   : Ralph Mariano
 From : Gaius Salvius Liberalis at ///Turbo Board Support BBS
 Subj : Re: <12729> The "NEW" Atari?????

     The incompetent Tramiels are  still  heading  Atari,  and  Atari still
 isn't doing  much in  the way of marketing -- Atari Canada does place ads,
 but not nearly as many as they should.   To  top it  off, Atari  is losing
 market share  in Europe,  and from  reports in this very base, Atari UK is
 screwing its customers, developers and dealers.

     What would I like  to see  Atari do?   Aside  from doing  some serious
 marketing, I  think what  they should do is improve their OS.  GEM and TOS
 are nice, but one can't deny  the fact  that they're  limited.   GEM still
 can't multitask,  and there  is no inter-application communication whatso-
 ever (If you count Atari's clipboard,  there is,  but only  three programs
 use it. Atari needs to completely re-do it, and support it.)

 Yesterday, I  was watching  the show  "Tomorrow Today", a technology show,
 on Newsworld (Canada's 24-hour News channel),  and they  had a  segment on
 System 7.0.   They  showed shots  of it  in use,  and it  looked even more
 impressive than it sounds in print.  Now why can't Atari do something like
 that?  One could reply that Atari doesn't have the time, but Atari doesn't
 have anything that comes even *REMOTELY* close.

 Atari makes FSM/GDOS (admittedly, it sounds nice), but it is non-standard.
 To top  it off,  they want  $100 for it.  That's too much, if you ask me.
 I'd imagine that most people wouldn't want to pay that much, either.


 Conf : Atari 16/32 Bit
 Msg# : 18476  Lines: Extended  Read: 1
 Sent : Jun 1, 1991  at 9:29 AM
 To   : NINJA
 From : Electron Beam at Bloom County #75 Mtn. View, CA
 Subj : Re: <18437> MegaSTE

 In reply to:

 - As for the Tramiels and Atari, when I do see something wrong I don't
 - hesitate to  point it out.  In fact, sometimes I go overboard and really
 - insult Atari.  You try to see things clearly I  understand.   But in the
 - process of bashing the Tramiels, you end up damaging the ST's reputation
 - and help drive away potential ST users.

 Ninja, I saw your message the other day appropriately laying the blame for
 the Word  Perfect Fiasco at the feet of the Tramiels.  Now, I thought that
 was the first time I ever saw you  do this.   If  you say  it has happened
 before, I'll  believe you.   But,  I did almost have a heart attack when I
 saw that...  8-)

     I would like to point out one thing to you and all  others afraid that
 criticizing  Atari  will  sink  the  machine.  Not criticizing them is FAR
 WORSE!!  US car manufacturers did  not start  listening to  the public and
 start making  better cars because they felt like it.  They were responding
 to huge sales losses and incredible pressure from the buying public.

     The Tramiels will  never  start  behaving  like  responsible corporate
 managers  unless  they  are  subjected  to  enough  pressure  to make them
 respond.  As long as enough people excuse their endless mistakes they will
 continue to  be the  incompetents they are...  Think about it...  Atari is
 already all but matter  how  rosey  the  glasses  are  you are

     If the  Tramiels don't  get their act together soon, Atari is history.
 And I don't consider hollow lies  from Sam  Tramiel to  constitute getting
 one's act together...

     So  far,  STReport  has  received  well over 50 responses to our "open
 opinion poll and suggestion campaign.    We  will  continue  to  present a
 cross section  of those  responses here.   We  will send all the responses
 received to Atari at the completion of this campaign.  Of course,  we will
 remove all  names and IDs of those so requesting.  STReport can sympathize
 with those who do not want  to leave  themselves open  to retaliation from
 certain people  at Atari.   Temper tantrums and revenge seem the "norm" at
 the "kinder and gentler" Atari.


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