ST Report: 30-Aug-91 #735

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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 30-Aug-91 #735
Date: Sun Sep  1 10:42:07 1991

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     SOFTWARE SUIT                                         --------------

 The University of Oregon has announced that it will pay $130,000 to set-
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 university employees violated software copyrights.

 Specifically the suit alleged that employees at a university micro-
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 PrairieTek Corporation, the company that pioneered the 2.5-inch disk
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 PrairieTek was founded in 1986, and a year later introduced the first
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 Tandy showed sales and operating revenues for fiscal 1991 as $4.562
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     Transcript of DELPHI's ST Advantage weekly conference of Tuesday, Aug-
 ust 27, 1991.  DA Brumleve, of DA Brumleve Software, and Paul Wu, of Omni
 Peripherals/Wuztek, were special guests, giving a wrap-up of the
 AtariMesse in Duesseldorf, Germany.  They had both returned from
 Germany that day.

    How's Germany?  (You're there, right?)

    No, I'm BACK!

    Did ya see the 'Book?

    Yes, in fact, Atari US in the person of Bob Brodie and Tracy Hall --
    -- who is a major developer of the Book -- brought one by to each of
    the US developer's booths...Otherwise, we might not have seen it, as
    the crowds around the display model were tremendous most of the time.

    How was the attendance?

    Norm, it's really hard to say...I have heard no official figures,
    but even when they have official figures, you have to understand that
    the totals refer to attendance at TWO unrelated shows.

    I should think so!  I have my sights on one.  No need for a backlit
    display.  Dot, maybe you should try STalker/STeno for conferencing?

    My type-ahead gives me five lines on other services, but not this
    one, Bob.

    Dorothy, what is the "second show"?

    It was a sports/outdoor living show called "aktiv leben".  You buy one
    ticket, and you can go to both shows, which of course some did.

    I got mail from Oliver Steinmeier yesterday; he said attendance was
    noticeably lower than last year's

    I see, so the fair grounds had two events going at the same time.

    But most people went to one or the other.  I'd guess (ballpark)
    20-30K attended the AtariMesse.  I wasn't at last year's, so can't
    compare.  The aisles were wider, I'm told.

    The adavnce publicity said "20,000 square meters"; that's about
    4 acres.  Did that seem about right to you?

    Yes, JD, it sure does.

    That is about equivalent to 4 football fields.

    It was like Comdex, but on a smaller scale, like a 20th of Comdex

    Oliver said even Jim Allen was all alone at times!  That gave him
    plenty of time to grill Jim :)

 DABRUMLEVE> Well, Jim was working from his distributor's booth.  Most
    had plenty to do.

    Oliver got to talk with Small and Allen; another month before we see
    the real accelerators, in the States, of course.

    Now, about how many developers were there altogether in the Atari

 .Paul @ OPI>
    The developer's party was packed. I think there must be at least 100
    people at the party.

    Gee, I don't know, John, but I've got a book that lists them all.

    How many US devs were there?

    100?  Gee, I'd sure say a lot more.

    Okay, consider this formalized folks.  If you have a question, signify
    with a ?, and I'll call on you in order.

    Let's see...Dave Small, DC, Jim Allen, George Geczy of JMGSOFT...
    ...Paul and me, Gribnif... CodeHead...and some portfolio guys.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Many people couldn't attend because they didn't get enough tickets for
    everyone.  However, ALL the US developers were there.

    Oh, Paul is answering as to who was at the party.  I'm answering as
    to who was at the show.  Add ICD to my list.

    Okay, Dana...

    OK... It's a two-parter... What was your overall opinion of the show,
    and what, if anything, is on the horizon for us with regard to new
    and exciting products?  GA  Either Paul or Dot  <<grin>>

 .Paul @ OPI>
    The show was definitly larger than I had expected it.  As far as new
    product goes, many graphics cards were shown and lots of DTP and CAD
    softwares. ga.


    I was impressed that there's a trade-show aspect to it, distributors
    meeting devs, dealers meeting distributors, etc., from all over the
    world, literally!  There were users, there were sales, but my own
    greatest advantage in being there came from these industry contacts.
    And it was HUGE.  Not gymnasium-size at all. GA

 .Paul @ OPI>
    If I might add, this was the most professionally done show I have seen
    for a show like this.

    Bob Morrow, you had one...

    Dana already asked my question :( ga


    What prospects do US products have in this market?  Are people
    interested in them or are they set in their ways with regard to the
    things they already know?

    It all depends, JD; they have a lot of software over there, and when
    our duplicates it, I doubt there's much chance for a US competitor.
    But often ours is quite different.  People seemed most interested in
    our booths.

    Paul?  GA

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Dorothy has some very unique products.  For us, it was a matter of who
    has the best implementation of the particular hardware.  We have a
    better product and people recognize it.  The Germans have an advantage
    though, since they have one less level of distribution to go through.

    Anything on the new computers?

    The Book is absolutely cool, Lena.  Fits in my new little briefcase
    with much, much room to spare.  And works!  5 hours on a charge, and
    charges in the case.

    Are they going to releasze anytime soon. Or are they being closed
    mouthed on that one?

    I believe I heard the announcement that the Book would ship in Sept
    in Germany.  But I heard it in German... ;-)

    Would you say the US devs came back with a little more of an optimism
    about the ST market, or what?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    I certainly feel alot better after being there.

    You mean, the ST market in general?

    Yeah, and their place in it.

    Well, did anyone mention the possibility of selling retail in the
    States of hardware or software, and what kind of charges might there
    be?  (If I went I think I would have asked...)

    No, not that I saw, but we would get hardware from the factory, not
    from Germany.

    What about the "optimism" question?  GA

    As to Gordie's question...I went into newstands again and again and
    ALWAYS found at least 2 ST-specific mags for sale.

    In German, I trust. <g>

    There are 4 from Germany and another German-lang. mag from Austria,
    and they are out there and being purchased.  One store was sold out
    of 3 mags.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Many German firms are interested in  a US distributor or partner.
    You can find 1040STes in all department stores, too.

    Yes, but I don't think it would be true to say the ST _leads_, but
    it is visible.  It is known, it is respected.  The regular press
    covered the show.  The Frankfurter Allgemeine had a feature article on
    it this morning.  That's like the New York Times here.

    But, Dorothy, would you say the US developers have some hope, now, or
    was it just an interesting vacation?

    I certainly have hope of expanding my market, and not just to
    Germany... but to Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden...and, amazingly,
    the UK!

 .Paul @ OPI>
    For us, the trip to Germany meant the possibility to at least
    quadruple in our sales overall.  And that is a conservative estimate.

    That'd make me optimistic.  JD...

    Good Luck, Paul on quadrupling your sales.  As regards the European
    hardware, I find it horribly overpriced and unsupported by software.
    How does that stack up against your impressions?  I also often sense
    that it lacks polish.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    The Germans are more tolerant than the US counterpart. The cost of
    manufacturing is also much higher over there..

    The press is no less critical there, though, when a product doesn't
    meet its promise.

    Well, the market on other platforms here demands perfection.
    What software did you bring home, Dorthy?  GA.

    Well, I got the famous Mortimer utility.  Haven't tried it out, but
    it's very popular there.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    We picked up two programs for possible distribution. a PCB design
    program and Easy Base from Omikron. Mortimer is very nice, Dorothy.

    A lot of the same kind of exchange that occurs at Comdex goes on


    OK, let me ask this question and then skedaddle!  What was your
    impression of Atari Germany with their regard to their users compared
    to the US counterparts?

    Good question, Dana.


 .Paul @ OPI>
    I don't really know how to comment on that one. I think Atari Germany
    has it much easier than Atari US.

    How so?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    The ST is respected in Germany so the users do not complain as much. :)


    By the way, Dorothy was about to fall asleep, so I think she's gone for
    the evening.

    Thank you, Gordie.  Now for the question... In the U.S., I almost get
    the impression that Germany and much of Europe are somehow smarter or
    whatever than the average U.S. ST user.  What do they know and think of
    the situation in the U.S.?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    They don't really understand how small the US Atari market compared
    to theirs as we didn't know how big the European market until I went

    I knew the European market was big... I suppose I could ask, do they
    know that in the US that the ST is practically derided by the general
    Computing community at large?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Sorry, I didn't understand that question.

    Paul, I think he was trying to get a feel for whether the German ST
    users realize how bad the US situation is.

    Well, again, do Atarians in Germany think something must be wrong
    with computer users in general in the United States, since we basically
    frown on a fine computer like the Atari ST?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    I don't think users in Germany know how bad the US market US market

    I promise not to tell, and for my part, respect the folks in Europe
    on general for their smarts.

    Paul, what do you think the distribution of machines is among the
    various markets?  The estimates I have heard give the US about 100,000
    vs 800,000 in Germany.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    The PCs have the majority of the market.  Followed by Amigas for games,
    and Atari for general computing.  Apple is making real progress with
    their low cost computers.

    In other words the "serious" machines are just getting established in
    the German market.  Does that mean the end of the line for Atari?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Many people are waiting for Atari to make their move.  I heard that the
    TTs haven't been moving at all.

    Make their move in Germany?  Or here in North America?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    In Germany, of course.  People in Germany don't really care what
    happens in North America.

    Gerry, you had one...

    Paul, did Atari show anything else new besides the ST Book?  For
    example, did they show a new TT030 with 1.44 meg floppies?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    If they did, I didn't get to see it. They promise that they are
    working on a 040 machine though.

    A 68040 based TT?  That sounds good.  Did they show any new software
    such as FSM-GDOS?  Is FSMGDOS out already?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    I don't know about FSM-GDOS but I couldn't find KAOS at the show.

    Last question.  Have you seen any signs of increase production from

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Increase production?  Atari just sold their Taiwan factory and is
    now sub-contracting all their work so supply shouldn't be a problem.
    I don't know about demand though.


    Just wanted to mention that Paul has a new catalog he wants to send to
    all here. Leave me your address in DELPHI mail if you want one.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    It will include a special issue for the Dusseldorf show.  Of the
    newsletter, that is.

    Paul _and_ NORMW will be at Glendale!


    Thank you, was any mention made of the deal Atari was supposed to
    be working out with the Russians, something to do with memory chips
    for barter for equipment, presumably ST's?...

 .Paul @ OPI>
    I heard about that but not while I was in Germany.


    For those who can't get to Glendale, Paul and Dorothy are going to
    be at WAACE in October.  Paul, is there any truth to the rumor that
    Atari is going to move its management to Russia?  It would make them
    appear more competent.

 .Paul @ OPI>

    Paul, do you have anything else about the AtariMesse that you'd like to
    talk about?  If not... Tell us about Norm's video board!

 .Paul @ OPI>
    It was a good show overall and I think Atari will be around for
    a while..

 ***  At this point the formal portion of the CO was ended.  ***

    Yeah, more on the video board!

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Yes, the video board.. Well, we have given it a name now... and it is
    called the OmniChrome and it will come in three configurations.  Level
    I will offer the user 640x200x256 colors out of a 16.7 million color
    pallet on a standard Atari SC1224 monitor.  Level II will give you
    640x400x256 colors and Level III at 800x600x256 colors.


    Delivery Date!!! Supported software?

    Paul, will I be able to use it with my STe and an Omnimon Rainbow?

    Less than $1 million, more than $100....<hee hee>

    How do you install these video boards?  Mega Slot?  VME?  Or something

 .Paul @ OPI>
    It is tenatively set at $299, $399, and $499.  It looks like we will
    be able to ship before Chirstmas and it will have a VDI driver.

    Do you plan to finance? :)


    Will it work with Lexicor's stuff...

 .Paul @ OPI>
    We have not tested Lexicor's software but it will be one of the
    first ones to be tested.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Gordie, Omnimon Rainbow works with an STe.

    I know that, but with the OmniChrome?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    STe will not be supported at the current configuration.


 .Paul @ OPI>
    We will start to work on the STe version after we ship the current

    Well, as long as it doesn't take as long as the STe adaptor for the
    accelerator boards.  <grin>

    Gordie ... ------ R.S.N. !!!


    Could somebody translate what the "VDI" driver means as far as
    existing applications are concerned?

    JD, we use VDI compatible color planes, but can't be sure yet what that
    will portend.

    Can you upgrade between levels?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Gerrymon, it is upgradable between levels

    These boards sound excellent!  And the price sounds right too!

    Where does it install?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    The OmniChrome is an internal board and it plugs into the shifter

    If it comes with a VDI driver, then a lot of software should work on

    Very clever, Paul, about the shifter thingy.

    Paul, is there an official description of this and will you be
    demoing prototypes at the shows?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    I will send a printed description to whomever is interested.  Just
    send address via email to Norm.  (NORMW)  We will be showing this at
    the WAACE show for sure.  We are working on the Glendale show.

    Is the shifter socketed or soldered in the Mega ST4?

    Gerry, it should be socketed.

    Yeah, socketed.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    All Shifter chips are socketed.

    Wow, then it should be relatively easy to install!

    How about Chicago, Paul?  That's the one I can afford to go to.

    Does the board come with it's own video ram?


 .Paul @ OPI>
    Level I comes with 128K of VRAM.  Level II and III uses 1MB of fast

    That's 128K BYTES of Vram

    I will want more.

 .Paul @ OPI>

    Do you plug the old shifter on the board to maintain compatibility?

    Gerry, yes again!

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Gerrymon, that's correct.

    Does the BLiTTER have access to the Vram on the board?


 .Paul @ OPI>
    Yes, in a way.


    Oh, a developer/designer conflict.  Goodie.

    OK. Paul, you wanna fight??

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Your answer, please, Norm.

    Yankee ingenuity at work, what MIRACLES are made of!!!!!

    It is hard to explain, Gerry, without giving the competition all our

    We won't tell!

    Especially if you don't tell us...

    Your board uses an interleaved bit-plane, doesn't it?

    Thanks a heap, AP   :))


 .Paul @ OPI>
    One thing is for sure. Your Atari thinks it is accessing normal
    video memory.

    Yeah, You're welcome!!!

    The color planes are exactly GEM style.

    The BLiTTER was specifically designed to handle this.

    But will we be able to look at all those neat GIF pics that are out

 .Paul @ OPI>
    You'll be able to access TIFF, GIF, PICT, or what ever.

    That would open up a whole new realm of cross-platform compatibility.

    Pizza Man delivers!!

 .Paul @ OPI>
    All it takes is a proper translation software which we are already
    working on.

    Isn't that what it's all about, Norm?

    Speaking of food, and insulin shots...I must go. You give great
    conference, Gordie.

    Gee, thanks, Norm.  I think.

    Now, will the ST be able to use the OmniChrome in MS-DOS emulation

 .Paul @ OPI>
    Gordie, it depends on if the PC emulator software writes to screen
    memory directly.

    But it's reasonable to expect at least one of them to work with it,

 .Paul @ OPI>
    It is reasonable to assume that if a software uses standard BIOS
    calls or VDI calls, it will be compatible with OC.  Okay, any more

    Paul, you mentioned before that you had good products and fared quite
    well against the German products you saw.  How about with the
    OmniChrome?  Was there anything in Duesseldorf that looked as good as

 .Paul @ OPI>
    There are at least 6 or 7 different graphics card at the show.  All but
    one are designed for high end graphics (ie. 1Kx1K+)

    Sounds like you might have a niche to yourself, then.

 .Paul @ OPI>
    The only product similar to ours is called the ODIN and it is more
    expansive and less capable.  One thing I forgot to mention about the
    Dusseldorf show is that Ataris are actually used to drive industrial
    machines (ie. Robots, drills...etc.)

    Now that could be of interest to some Industrial Engineers I know.

    Paul .. sounds great!  I am always glad to hear our "game-machine"
    doing other things!

    By the way, just how high does the resolution on my Rainbow go?

 .Paul @ OPI>
    1024x768 interlaced or 800x600 non-interlaced.

    Entirely sufficient for OC and beyond!  Kinda makes sense, though,
    doesn't it...  <grin>

 .Paul @ OPI>
    The concept of OC can be extended to infinite resolution but then
    high-rez = high-cost.

 ***  At this point, line noise knocked Paul Wu offline, thereby
 ***  effectively ending the second portion of the CO.


 > Dusseldorf Report STR SHOW NEWS


 Compiled by Michael Lee

 From Dorothy Brumleve,  Category 11, Topic 12, Message 1 - From the from
 the ST Roundtable on Genie...

                 My trip to the AtariMesse in Dusseldorf

 Up and down major thoroughfares in Dusseldorf, banners and posters
 announced the commencement of the fifth annual AtariMesse at the city's
 exhibition complex, an amazingly extensive facility with fifteen exhi-
 bition halls, restaurants, snack bars in each hall, entertainment faci-
 lities, etc. I saw billboards at the airport and on kiosks out in the
 community as well. Every cab driver knew about the AtariMesse.

 The AtariMesse is not at all what we North Americans think of when we
 hear "AtariFest"; in fact, it's much closer to the image conjured up by
 the word "Comdex". Two huge halls were filled with vendors. The show
 brochure lists 184 vendors by name, but there were also "specialty
 booths", huge displays in which vendors in related areas were grouped
 together, and the vendors in these booths sometimes were not given
 separate mention on the main vendor list. The specialty themes for such
 grouped booths this year focussed on the Portfolio, Atari and Music,
 Atari and Computer Graphics, Atari in Education and Science, and Games.

 A basic small booth provided 12 square meters of space. While the
 Germans regarded such booths as too small, the North American exhibitors
 enjoyed that kind of space for the first time -- and some of us had
 trouble filling it. Most of the vendors opted for larger booths, some
 outfitted with private consultation rooms. Atari's own central stand
 included a large room for press conferences and a welcome center for the
 press. Of course, there was also a lecture hall devoted to demonstra-
 tions and workshops.

 It seemed odd to me that there would be a _need_ for consultation rooms,
 but this show has another feature in common with Comdex besides its
 sheer scale; it provides a meeting place for distributors, developers,
 dealers, and Atari personnel from throughout the world. There was cer-
 tainly plenty for the casual or serious Atari enthusiast to see, do, and
 buy, but another focus of the show was on opportunities for professional
 industry contacts.

 Many North American vendors already have representation in Germany. Jim
 Allen of FastTech and Rick Flashman of Gribnif showed their products
 from the booths of their German distributors, for example. This year,
 Atari US facilitated the participation of North American vendors who
 have not already established distribution in Germany. A row of booths
 was provided to US developers. ST developers participating included D.A.
 Brumleve (yours truly), CodeHead, Double-Click, JMG Software, and
 Wuztek Omnimon Peripherals.

 One of the more impressive booths was that of 3K ComputerBild, the
 German distributors of WordFlair. GoldLeaf representatives John Fox and
 Lauren Flanegan-Sellers were assisting users in that booth. The booth
 had a huge black wall; on one side of the wall were alcoves with demons-
 tration computers manned by experts who could provide hand-holding as
 users experimented with their high- end offerings. On the other side of
 the wall, an actor presented lectures several times a day in both German
 and English to an appreciative audience.

 One booth specialized in Atari-related paraphenalia on a grand scale.
 Various articles of clothing, elegant backpacks, etc. were available
 with the Atari logo. PD booths and dealer booths seemed to do a bang-up
 business; although the aisles were wide, it was often hard to get
 through in these areas. I saw an industrial ST etching circuit boards.
 There were more utilities and applications related to high-end MIDI and
 DTP than you could shake a stick at. There were many booths with spe-
 cialized hardware, such as for overscan, color high-rez, and the like.
 There were relatively few offerings for the games-player.

 You'll notice I can't report terribly much on products shown at the
 show. As a vendor, I was responsible for manning my booth most of the
 time, and had only a little time available for browsing on my way to and
 from the snack bar or the bathroom. I hope that others who had more time
 to devote to show-going can contribute more detailed information on new

 Because we were virtually chained to our booths, most of us would not
 have had the chance to fight the crowds and have some hands-on exper-
 ience with the ST Book (five production models were on display). On
 Saturday morning, Atari's Bob Brodie, Bill Rehbock, and Tracy Hall
 brought both the Book and the Stylus around to the US devs for a per-
 sonal view. I must say it's an incredibly neat little machine. I under-
 stand that it will run off its internal rechargeable battery for over 5
 hours, certainly enough for most users. The battery recharges in place.
 The look is elegant, the keyboard size is perfect for hands the size of
 mine (it's just a bit more compressed than the regular ST keyboard), the
 mouse-replacement is ingenious, the size is tiny! I was impressed with
 the ergonomic design and the obvious thought devoted to users' needs.

 Bob Brodie also escorted the major ST-specific magazine editors and
 reporters to the booths of US-based developers. Germany has four major
 glossy ST magazines: TOS, ST Computer, ST Magazin, and AtariJournal
 (formerly PD Journal). There is also a German-language Atari magazine
 from Austria called XEST. I had a chance to visit several newsstands
 while in Duesseldorf. Every stand had at least two ST-specific magazines
 to offer; when I questioned the proprietor of one shop, he said he
 carried all four magazines from Germany, but had sold out of the
 September issue of two of them already. PC and Amiga magazines were also
 in evidence, and sometimes the number of PC offerings exceeded the ST
 offerings. A few times I spotted magazines devoted to the Mac. In
 addition to the ST-specific magazines, ST products are also covered by
 the general computer press.

 Even with the knowledge that there was good press support for the ST in
 Germany, I was very surprised to find a reporter for the Frankfurter
 Allgemeine dropping by my booth. I read his show wrap-up on the airplane
 on the way home; nearly a quarter page of the newspaper was devoted to
 this final show report, and the focus of the article was innovative DTP
 products. For the uninitiated, the Frankfurter Allgemeine has the same
 kind of respect and influence in Germany that the New York Times has

 The support is there from publishing houses as well. While the computer
 sections of our bookstores are filled with books about living with MS-
 DOS and mastering Windows, German STers have a multitude of books to
 choose from. Some are basic beginner books of the same variety as Ralph
 Turner's series, and there are primers for getting the most out of
 general-use programs such as 1st Word Plus. But there are also a variety
 of books for the high-end musician or desktop publisher, for the pro-
 grammer, for the hardware hacker. Many of these could be found at
 department store bookstores, and, indeed, the same stores are likely to
 offer STs in their electronics department.

 If you'll remember the debate in the US over whether children should use
 calculators, you'll better understand the current German controversy
 over computers in schools. There is a large segment of the population
 which views computers as anti-creative and inappropriate for schools;
 fortunately, most educators do not share this point of view. There has
 been a major effort in the past year to put the ST into German schools.
 One academic organization has declared the ST _the_ best choice for
 schools and software support has begun to emerge. While most emphasis is
 being placed on software for junior-high-level students and older, there
 are efforts to use STs with young children, and I am hopeful that my
 products will be well-received by paedagogues and the early childhood
 and primary-level academic community.

 At my booth, I met teachers from Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Denmark,
 who were all most eager to use my products in their classrooms. My
 products are currently available only in English, German, and Icelandic,
 but I was able to make contacts at the show which should ultimately
 result in translations to Dutch/Flemish, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish
 as well. I made it a point to visit (briefly) the Education and Science
 specialty display. In one booth, I found my own philosophy of computer
 use with children prominently displayed on the wall. I immediately
 sought out the booth's representative for a lengthy discussion. It is
 really wonderful to know that there are like-minded folks halfway around
 the world.

 On the personal side, it was a terrific trip! My husband, left at home
 to see our five children off to their first day at school, was abso-
 lutely furious, but I didn't let that stop me from having a great time.
 I spent an hour of madness and confusion as Dave and Sandy Small and
 Dave Troy and I tried desperately to locate my hotel; nothing like
 getting lost to start off a fun evening. The CodeHeads are always good
 for an interesting evening, and as their booth was next to mine, we were
 also able to make evening chit-chat extend into the next day. I met for
 the first time a Dutch friend with whom I've corresponded for some time,
 and he helped me out in my booth sporadically. My Australian distri-
 butor, Phil Reeves, was there, as was Michelle from Atari Australia. In
 fact, representatives from Atari Italy, Norway, Sweden, Holland, and of
 course Germany came by my booth. A few of my customers from Germany
 dropped by as well. I spent an evening with GEnie online personality
 MIKE.SCHUETZ, who with some friends has started a software company in
 Germany. We ate at the first good Greek restaurant I've ever been to.
 Tom Harker of ICD, Nathan Potechin of ISD, the gang from Atari US...all
 of these contributed to my enjoyment of the trip, socially and
 professionally. The tv set in my hotel room provided the German view of
 goings-on in the USSR. And Star Trek in translation seems new all over

 Meeting the "public" is always interesting, but it becomes even more
 interesting when you don't know which language to use when first addres-
 sing another. An American and I carried on a five-minute conversation in
 German before it occurred to us that we might communicate more effec-
 tively in English. I tried English on Germans, German on Dutchmen, Dutch
 on Britons, Norwegian on Americans, all with about the same effective-
 ness and lack of grace. Fortunately, I am strongest in the two languages
 nearly everyone understood, but I found that my German skills varied
 greatly from hour to hour. I could nearly always understand what was
 asked, but couldn't always formulate a comprehensible reply. It seems my
 German was most effective with cab drivers and waiters, and not so
 effective with professional contacts. If I go next year, and even if I
 don't, I think a refresher conversation course would be in order, with
 an emphasis on vocabulary related to computers, software, distribution,
 and business.

 In the US, I've often heard the German ST market pooh-poohed (God, did I
 say "pooh-poohed"?) by the cynics. Is Germany _really_ Atari Heaven? At
 the AtariMesse, I heard a few Germans and Dutchmen say they thought
 Atari was "slipping". I even met a fellow who had switched to the IBM a
 year ago and was now unhappy he had. His six children spent an hour at
 my booth, all the while asking him if "der neue Computer" had any
 "wunderbare Programme" like mine. I also met people who were extremely
 enthused about the Messe and, especially, the DTP-related products
 shown. I can't make comparisons with last year. I wasn't there. I didn't
 see evidence that the ST is the #1 computer in Germany, but I saw plenty
 of evidence that it is a respected line with a sizeable market share.
 And that, to me, _is_ Atari Heaven. The AtariMesse is, indeed, the
 mother of all road trips.


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 > The Flip Side STR Feature            "...a different viewpoint.."

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 Are you confused about the new modem protocols?  Don't feel like you're
 alone, so are many others.  Here's some posts that might help clear up
 some of the confusion.

 Some compiled replies from Jim Ness - from the ST Roundtable on Genie -
 (The following is compiled from 5-10 different posts and two different
 Categories, so if it seems a little disorganized, it's my fault.)
    If the modem is indeed MNP5 only, and not v.42bis, then it is not the
    fastest thing around. But, still fine for most of your uses.  It will
    work here on GEnie and on CIS.

    It won't give you 14400.  Depending on what you are connected to, if
    it runs across an uncompressed text file, it will compress it as it
    sends it, resulting in as much as a 2:1 throughput.  But, you will
    very rarely be transferring an uncompressed text file. When trans-
    ferring a .ARC or .LZH file, it can actually slow down the xfer.

    MNP 2 through 4 are error correcting protocols. When they sense an
    error, just like zmodem, they resend the data. So, in some cases,
    they are SLOWER than non-EC modems.

    MNP 5 is error correcting with compression. Same problem.

    In the process of error correction, MNP will collect a packet full of
    data, then send it on to the other modem.  When the data is flowing
    quickly, this is not noticeable.  When the data itself is coming in
    spurts, ala xmodem downloads, the data spurt and the modem spurt
    sometimes combine to slow down a download.

    For instance, an MNP modem hates to send just a few bytes. It wants
    to error correct a larger packet. In an example xmodem download,
    GEnie sends me a packet, and I send an ACK byte back. MNP doesn't
    want to give GEnie just that one byte, it wants to give GEnie a
    packet. So, it waits awhile. Finally, it gives up and feeds GEnie the
    byte. In the meantime, GEnie has been holding the next packet, not
    willing to send it until it receives the ACK. The download has been
    slowed down by 1/5 second or so. Now do it 800 times, for a 100k

    The only way an error correcting modem can speed up an xfer is if it
    uses data compression. And none of the on-line services do that yet,
    only some BBSes.

    If you hardly ever experience noise problems, you don't have need for
    an error correcting modem.

    MNP5 and v.42bis are competing methods. The v.42bis is usually con-
    sidered to be superior. It compresses text files better, and is able
    to recognize already compressed data, and not waste effort trying to
    compress it again.

    A v.42bis modem can do up to 4:1 on a text file, and turns off comp-
    ression when it recognizes something that is already compressed.

    Even though it is superior, if the destination you are connecting
    with (GEnie, for instance) does not support v.42bis, it is good to
    have a modem that can "fall back" to other methods. MNP5 or MNP4 or

    GEnie supports MNP4 at all speeds (error correction, but no comp-
    ression).  CIS supports MNP4 at speeds up to 2400, and v.42bis at
    9600.  Delphi can support MNP4 if you dial through Tymnet.

    Networks have a problem supporting MNP5 and/or v.42bis, because inc-
    reasing throughput via data compression puts additional demands on
    their hardware. If, for instance, they try to pump data to you at 2-
    times 9600bps, it takes more resources than pumping at a straight

    So, most commercial networks draw the line at MNP4. CIS is the excep-
    tion, but only at first glance. You can get a v.42bis connection, but
    the data flow is still restricted to a non-compressed rate. I receive
    messages there at just under 900 chars per second. And file xfers go
    at just over 900. 960 would be the theoretical uncompressed maximum.

    On GEnie the data flows slightly slower, but still fast. If you use
    Aladin, you are limited to about 600cps. But Aladin is the limita-
    tion, not GEnie. If I were to guess, I would say that GEnie sends
    text at about 740-760cps.

    None of the online services currently takes advantage of data comp-
    ression in modems. With no data compression, there is no increase in
    speed. At 2400, GEnie and CIS use MNP4 error correction.


 From Rich Bruns - Category 9, Topic 47, Message 70 - from the ST Round-
 table on Genie...
    I called SSI two days ago (I've called every month since December) to
    find out about STORM ACROSS EUROPE for the ST and they told be the
    project was cancelled. "A problem with the compiler", they said. They
    have been assuring me month after month that it would be comming out
    the following month. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE???!!!!!

    I called Avalon Hill they promised Third Reich by the end of Sept.
    Any news on any other wargames coming down the pipe? How about SSG's


 Do you own a TT and have problems with the internal drive?  Do you own a
 Mega and GCR combo and have problems with the internal drive when you're
 in the GCR mode?  Here's some posts that _might_ help you.

 From Jim Allen (Fast Tech) - Category 28, Topic 19, posts 1, 4 & 8 -
 from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    There is also a problem with floppies on the [TT] internal drive.
    This was a lot like the internal Mega drive problem. I found that by
    adding a second 7406 driver chip on top of the original chip...
    piggyback...that the TT would not have trouble with the floppy
    anymore. I cured lots of Megas using this fix.

    The 7406 is just that, not "LS" or "HC", etc. Just a 7406. It is the
    driver that sends all the info to the floppy drive. Boosting output
    by using two of them helps improve the S/N ratio. At least it worked
    for me, before adding it, Mega no format Mac disks, after adding it
    Mega now formats Mac disks. Same circuit on the STEs and TT too.

    ...there is a monitor-vs-floppy conflict reported by some people, try
    moving the monitor away from the floppy, off to the side, first. It's
    always possible that this little change could help, I just don't
    know. Since the chip costs $.25, try it, it can't hurt anything.

    Your mileage may vary, the fixes might or might not work for YOUR TT,
    but they have worked for least my borrowed TT ;-)

 Response from one satisfied user - from Lloyd Pulley - from the ST Round
 table on Genie...
    Jim, I want to thank you for the information, it works like a

    A friend of mine just bought a used MegaST4 that would not handle the
    internal floppy drive when it was in 'Mac mode' (i.e., with his GCR).
    I told him about your 'fix' and he had Henry (Computer Works) install
    it for him this morning. He just called me 'pleased as punch', he can
    now read/write/format Mac disks again!!!


    According to sources at Atari, some of the earliest Mega STe's might
    have had TOS 2.02 installed, but the models currently being shipped
    contain TOS 2.05. Any program that works on a 1040STe that has TOS
    1.06 or 1.62 installed should also work with TOS 2.02 or TOS 2.05.


 Sometimes it's confusing for TT owners to know how to setup their pro-
 grams, whether to run in TT Ram, ST Ram, etc.

    According to sources at Atari, there are two bits in the program
    header that tell GEMDOS where to load a program in the TT's memory
    and how to allocate that memory for useage.  The two bits are the
    'Run in TT Ram' flag and the 'Use TT Ram' flag.

    If the 'Run in TT Ram' flag is set, then GEM will try to load the
    program into TT Ram, assuming there is enough TT Ram available. If
    the 'Run in TT Ram' flag is not set, or if there is not enough TT
    Ram available, then GEM will attempt to run the program in ST Ram.

    Some programs, depending on several different factors, will not run
    in TT Ram and have to have the 'Run in TT Ram' flag NOT set before
    they'll run properly.

    If the 'Use TT Ram' flag is set and the program does a Malloc() call
    (i.e., needs additional memory once it's loaded), GEM will attempt to
    allocate that memory from TT Ram (i.e., Fast Ram) if it's available.
    If the 'Use TT Ram' flag is not set, or if there is not enough TT Ram
    available, then GEM will attempt to allocate memory from ST Ram.

    Some of the things that will not work if the 'Use TT Ram' flag is set
    are, if a program tries to directly access the ACSI DMA port to drive
    the laser printer or a hard disk, DMA stereo sound, or the video
    systems screen memory. This does not mean that they can't run with
    the 'Run from TT Ram' flag set.

    Basically, if a program doesn't seem to work properly on your TT, try
    changing this two bits/flags in the program's header.


 About the Chicago ST Show - From Bob Brodie (Director of Communications
 for Atari) - Category 11, Topic 10, Message 113 - from the ST Roundtable
 on Genie...
    Not to worry about this show coming off! The contract has been
    signed, and Atari has committed to bring this show to the users!

    We are very excited to have this opportunity to present to the North
    American users all of Atari's latest and greatest technology! The
    timing of this show, fully 30 days AFTER Comdex, and the weekend
    before Thanksgiving, puts us at a perfect place in time to be able to
    share any new products that might be shown at COMDEX right before the
    beginning of the Christmas buying rush! I am very excited about the
    prospects of the show, and look forward to a fabulous experience in


 A hint for you Calamus owners from Michael Gater (Gater Graphics) -
 Category 16, Topic 9, Message 111 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    I don't know if this has been mentioned before, so I thought I would
    post it for the benefit of those who may not already know:

    It is often desired to emphasize some text such as a title, word or
    phrase. To achieve this it is necessary to load an italic font or a
    bold font and restyle the title, word, or phrase.

    For many, loading another font to achieve a bold effect for one word
    might seem like a waste of memory, and could add to the number of
    fonts sent to a service bureau for professional output.


    Say you had a nice public domain font, but either didn't have a cor-
    responding bold font, or didn't want to use it for lack of memory or
    to cut down on a modem bill to the nearest service bureau. Here's
    what you can do instead:

    1) Check the type you want to make bold with the magnifying glass.
    This will insure that all of the text settings match the surrounding

    2) Select "Shadowed Text" from the styles menu and restyle the high-
    lighted title, phrase or word.

    3) Go to the miscellaneous settings menu and change shadow raster to
    100%, and change the vertical shadow offset to 0.

    4) In this same menu, set the horizontal shadow offset to a number
    which is roughly .03 times the point size of the affected text (That
    is, for 12 point text, .03 x 12 = .36 = .4 pts). However you do not
    need to be a mathematician to get the job done. With Calamus' ex-
    cellent WSYWIG display, you can just change the setting until it
    looks bold enough for you (starting at .3 pts and increasing to about
    1 pt for headlines).


    Because we are changing the shadow text settings for the entire
    frame, any other shadowed text in the frame (i.e. special effects
    type text) will be affected. Of course, how often do you use shadowed
    text in a frame set up for the body of text?

    If you have gigabytes of memory left after loading all your fonts,
    then the you would only need to use this method to get a bold effect
    for a font that does not have a bold counter part.

    Obviously this only works for faking a non-existent bold font, there
    is no workaround for faking a non-existent italic font within Calamus
    that I know of (but if you know, go ahead, surprise me!)

    How it works:

    In case you haven't seen the "magic" by now; you are simply telling
    Calamus to duplicate the image of your text, but move it to the left
    .x points. This is not very much, so the human eye just sees a
    thicker typeface. Try it, it works.


 Until next week.....




 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 10,  Topic 15
 Message 2         Fri Aug 30, 1991
 MINDOVERMIDI                 at 00:28 EDT


 MIND over MIDI proudly announces bold new music products for the Atari ST.
 RESIDENT MIDI is the heart and definition of MIND over MIDI's new direc-
 tion - fully multitasking application/accessories which feature complete
 background processing and compatability with other MIDI software products,
 written in 100% assembly language.

 The first to be released will be MIND EDIT, a desk accessory/program that
 allows full editing, playback and recording of Standard MIDI files.  All
 events provided in the MIDI file spec can be entered/edited, including
 copyright notices, cue and text events, lyric events, and System Exclusive
 messages.  Sequence playback and recording are entirely background proces-
 ses, which means that you can edit events or even go work in your word
 processor or sample editor while a sequence is playing, with never a
 glitch or pause.  Multiple ports, MIDI clock and MIDI Time code are all
 supported.  Both tempo and smpte time based tracks can be created or
 edited, and files can be converted from format 0, 1, or 2.  Full integrity
 checking/correction is done on files, which makes MIND EDIT ideal for
 those wondering why some some programs crash or write erroneous MIDI
 files.  Never wonder if your sequencer saved a MIDI file correctly again!
 Version 1 will provide an event list editor, with all the editing, quan-
 tizing, and mask display functions needed to quickly create and edit your
 music.  Future upgrades are planned which will also allow graphic track
 and event editing.  All versions are designed to fit your RAM and your
 wallet very tightly.

 MIND over MIDI will be releasing a freeware version of MIND EDIT in Sep-
 tember, which allows playing/displaying of MIDI files.  The commercial
 version is scheduled for release in December 1991.

 RESIDENT MIDI is the granddaddy of both MIND EDIT and SLAVE DRIVER.  Like
 MIND EDIT, it is fully multitasking - all sequence playback and MIDI
 processing happen in the background - realtime screen updates draw around
 other applications' windows, processing continues whether the RESIDENT
 MIDI window is open or not, and new sets can be loaded while a previously
 loaded set is still playing.  RESIDENT MIDI takes SLAVE DRIVER's
 improvisational sequence playback and MIDI mapping abilities to
 frightening new heights.  Maps are created on a completely graphic
 instrument representation.  Up to 32000 songs can be resident in memory.
 MIDI output can be directed out to the Atari's MIDI ports, passed to
 another running sequencer application, to serial and parallel ports, or
 selectively to any combination of the above.  48 tracks can be controlled
 independantly at different tempos, allowing "DJ" style overlapping of song
 starts and endings, or tracks can lock to other tracks, waiting for or
 rounding off to the nearest defined beat.  Like SLAVE DRIVER, tracks can
 be started, stopped, looped, loaded or erased based on incoming MIDI data,
 allowing sequences to follow what you are playing on your instrument.
 Lick Recognition allows you to cue a section of a song with a "lick" or
 "fill", instead of just a note.  Masters can be assigned a count, so that
 it will generate a certain Slave the third time the master occurs, for
 instance, allowing you to use one controller to step through various out-
 put events.

 In addition to the ability to map events you play on your instrument, you
 can also map the output of a sequence, allowing a one channel line to play
 on 6 different channels, or an event in a sequence can change rerouting
 maps or start other sequences.  A complete generic bulk librarian is built
 in, which allows you to edit SYSEX messages and requests in decimal, hex,
 and binary.  And our Permanent Record feature will catch anything you play
 anytime your compuer is on in a circular buffer, so you'll never miss your
 first inspired performance.

 RESIDENT MIDI will be available mid 1992.  SLAVE DRIVER owners will be
 able to upgrade to Resident MIDI.

         all specifications are subject to change without notice.


 > Tracker/ST STR InfoFile                 "A Tiny Update!"


     I wanted to let Tracker/ST owners know that we have made Tracker/ST
 just a little more MultiGem compatible.

     As it is, all versions of Tracker/ST run perfectly with MultiGem.
 Depending on how much memory you have, you can run Tracker/ST along with
 your favorite telecommunications program, desktop publishing program, and
 so on, switching between them with just a single mouse click.  The only
 problem is that since Tracker/ST does not allow you to resize the window,
 accessing your other applications is a bit more difficult than it need be
 (you must use the Accessory Menu Bar).  We will send a new version of
 Tracker/ST to any registered owner of our program who also owns MultiGem
 and wants to be able to resize their Tracker/ST screen.  No other changes
 have been made to Tracker/ST, and this update is really very minor.

     To receive your new version of Tracker/ST just send a check or money
 order for $3.00 (to cover our mailing and disk costs) to us at the address
 in the Tracker/ST manual.  If you have not registered your copy of Track-
 er/ST you must include your registration card at the same time.  If you
 have any version below 2.5, you must sent $7.50 instead of $3.00, as that
 is our update fee to upgrade to version 2.5.

     I hope this is clear.  It is a very small update, but since MultiGem
 is apparently selling quite well, I wanted to make this offer to any new
 MultiGem owners.

     For more information about Tracker/ST, the leading Atari mailing list
 and mail merge program, contact STEP AHEAD SOFTWARE at 212-627-5830.

                               Nevin Shalit
                         Step Ahead Software, Inc.


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 > Dusseldorf Show STR FOCUS       *** EXCLUSIVE EYEWITNESS REPORT! ***

                        IMPRESSIONS FROM DUSSELDORF

 by Oliver Steinmeier

     For the fifth time Dusseldorf (Germany) was the Atari Mecca, when the
 annual Atari show took place at the end of August.  Exhibitors and
 visitors from all over the world came to the city at the Rhine to see
 what's new on the Atari market and to buy hard- and software at special
 fair rates.

     This report does not provide a complete list of new things that could
 been seen at the fair.   Although spending two days at the fair I didn't
 see too many things that I was personally interested in.  I was there to
 gather information for Germany's famous 'Atari Journal', but also to
 demonstrate the whole palette of CodeHead products, and this kept me pret-
 ty busy.  I probably missed a lot of nice new products, but you can read
 about them in STReport, Z*Net or any other source.

     At the Atari booth the ST Book was shown again, and it already had a
 German keyboard.  The batteries are said to last at least five hours.  I
 was really impressed by this new ST, the design is surprisingly good.  The
 technology inside the case, however, isn't the state of the art.  Every-
 body was wondering why Atari is using an 68000 CPU with only 8 MHz in this
 otherwise impressive machine.

     Double Click Software from Houston, TX showed their software for the
 first time in Germany.  The Dusseldorf show was the premiere of a new
 Double Click product called DC NoveTalk.  It allows the connection of
 Ataris with PC/AT-SPEED to Novell networks.  And one thing that really
 surprised me was the fact that they used a Stacy with a built-in AT-SPEED.
 This was the first time that I saw this machine making use of the
 emulator.  The PC/AT-SPEED developer claimed in an interview with me about
 1 1/2 years ago that it is impossible to equip the Stacy with an internal
 emulator board.

     Jim Allen and Dave Small both showed their 68030 boards.   Both said
 they would start shipping the board soon, but first in Germany and then in
 the US.   Gadgets by Small gave away buttons saying 'I saw the world's
 fastest Atari ST'.  A German company, PRO-VME, sold their 68030 board
 Hypercache 30 at the fair.

     The newest German versions of CodeHead's Hotwire, Codekeys, and Multi-
 desk were sold for the first time in Dusseldorf.  It also was the world
 premiere for the new Multidesk Deluxe, that now allows the use of not per-
 manently installed accessories, which are only loaded into RAM when
 needed.  Charles F.  Johnson confirmed that the long awaited CodeHead book
 will be out in a couple of months.  It contains a lot of tips and tricks
 concerning CodeHead software and probably is very useful for every user of
 CodeHead products.

     A lot of new graphics cards could be seen at the Atari fair.  More
 were just announced.  The great competition on this sector of the market
 should result in a fair price for higher resolution with more colors.

     Vortex showed its 386SX emulator board.  Omega Computer again
 announced its Delta Modul, another 386SX emulator, that was announced for
 the first time in November 1989.  Although they said they'll start ship-
 ping the board it wasn't possible to see the emulator working.  All they
 were able to show was a board placed in a show-case.

     The Mac-emulator Spectre makes use of the monochrome Megascreen
 graphics card and is able work in a resolution of 832*624 pixels.  Spectre
 should be able to co-operate with every graphics card that addresses the
 screen memory linearly, not with extensions such as Overscan, though.  The
 Megascreen adaptor is pretty cheap (about $170).

     Application Systems Heidelberg, the developer of famous programs such
 as Signum! or Script is now shipping Pure C, the former Turbo C.  Borland
 Germany is no longer selling software for the Atari, and when they
 returned the rights to the developer, a small German software house, they
 contracted Application Systems as their new distributor.  Application Sys-
 tems used to distribute Megamax/Laser-C in Germany, but that's history
 now.  I asked one of the Application Systems managers whether they would
 ship Pure C to the US, and he said that this decision has not been made
 yet.  He seemed to be reluctant, however, because of the situation on the
 American Atari market.

     There were a couple of American developers showing their products in
 Dusseldorf.   Beside Double Click, Fast Technologies (Jim Allen) and
 Gadgets by Small (Dave Small) there also were the CodeHeads and Omnimon
 Peripherals (DEKA keyboard adaptor, OmniChrome graphics card).

     Atari expected some 50,000 people to come to the Atari fair.  There
 has no official number been released yet (rumors say there were only
 25,000!), but one thing is for sure: most exhibitors were very surprised
 and disappointed by the lack of visitors.  There were no real crowds even
 at those booths that showed sensations.  No baseball bat was needed to get
 a glimpse of the ST Book, for example.

     The traditional 'Get Together Party' for exhibitors took place Friday
 night.   The press wasn't invited (so I had to hide my press sticker), and
 even the hard-working exhibitors had problems to get in.   Atari gave away
 tickets for the dinner.   Every booth team got one (!) ticket for each 12
 square meters of floor-space.   For those of you who still aren't used to
 the metric system: one square meter equals about 10.8 square feet.   For
 the American companies - most of them had a 12 square meter booth - this
 limitation meant that only one person was supposed to go to that party.
 The problem was the same for other companies with larger booths, because
 most of them had a lot more people working at the booth than tickets for
 the so-called get-together party (should have been called 'separation par-
 ty!').   Nobody was happy about these restrictions, and Atari's stinginess
 lead to a very bad mood at some booths.   When the time came for going to
 the party a high-ranking American Atari official (let's call him Bob
 <grin>) took a large group of mostly American developers (plus me) with
 him to the party.   The changing of the expression on the face of the Ger-
 man Atari official who 'guarded' the entrance to the party room was very
 interesting when Bob arrived with his group of 30 people without tickets
 and got them all in.

     At the party Mr.  Stumpf and Sam Tramiel gave brief speeches announ-
 cing new and 'very, very, very, very, very' (the actual number of very's
 in Sam Tramiel's speech is unknown) interesting new products for 1992.
 Sam Tramiel also promised the ST Book to be out in September (I just hope
 he meant 1991), the ST Pad will follow later this year.   He also
 explained that they had some problems getting machines to the dealers,
 because they sold their production plant in the far east to get cash.   He
 said Atari financially is in a very good condition now (very true, if I
 sold my car I'd have a lot of cash, too, but no car anymore!) and plans to
 buy a new production plant within the next 90 days.   In the meantime con-
 tractors are producing the computers for Atari.   Tramiel also mentioned
 that they'll use the 68040 in new machines next year.

     The buffet at the party wasn't too good and extremely crowded.  I had
 to line up for about 15 minutes to get some food.  A band (I forgot the
 name, but it wasn't Dire Straits) played music from the 60's (not too
 good, though), and Stumpf said that he hired this band because one of the
 guys is an old college from his former company (he probably meant
 Commodore).  Maybe he got the band for free, and that's why they were

     There were rumors that Atari had something very new in one of their
 back rooms at the fair.  It was so top secret that a press tag such as
 mine definitely wasn't the ID that would have got you in there (if there
 was anything at all).

     I'm aware that I forgot to mention a lot of companies and their
 products, but although it wasn't as interesting and crowded as expected
 the Atari fair in Dusseldorf still is the world's largest Atari fair, and
 it is therefore not too easy to see everything, even with a press tag.


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

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


on CompuServe

Judith Hamner  75300,2161

     David Stewart has discovered how to use the editor hooks. He has
created  several add-ins for the built-in editor.  MACRO.ZIP lets you add
macros to avoid  having to type frequently repeated phrases.  TIMEDA.ZIP
will place the time and date in your file. COUNT.ZIP will do a word count
of the file currently loaded in the editor.

     GARDEN.ZIP is a program modified from the Good Earth Forum.  It will
help you calculate the crop requirements and yield for your garden.

     Some interesting utility programs appeared in the new uploads.
CLDBT.ZIP lets the user do a cold boot without the inconvenience of
removing the batteries.  FBECCS.ZIP is a driver that allows you to select
from multiple boot configurations.  STAT.ZIP is a statistic program that
runs on the Port.

     The big news this week is the release of Power Basic for the Port.
PWRBAS.PR is the press release. PBCMDS is a list of the commands included
in Power Basic compiled by Don Thomas.

     Don Thomas reviews the Aportfol forum itself in CIS.TXT. He offers
some conclusions reached from his experience with the forum over the last

     For graphics fans Artisan Software has some new screens for use with
 PGSHO2.EXE. CIS.PGC offers the ConpuServ logo and "go Aportfolio".  Artisan
also has a new version of PGF Maker.  PGF-20.ARC gives the capability to
exchange PGF files with DEGAS images from the Atari ST/MEGA computers.

     Steve Schlanger and Craig Davis reported that problems with the
Flashdrive have been solved.  It turns out that the problem was with DOS
format.  DOS is upward compatible but not downward compatible.  What this
means is that drives must be formatted with the oldest version of DOS you
intend to use.  In many cases this is ver 2.11 found on the Port.  There
has been a lot of interest in external portable drives.  The Flashdrive is
becoming one of the standard tools for sharing files between the Port and
other computers.

     In Forum Business you will find an ongoing debate over the merits of
the HP95LX vs. the Portfolio.  Also, Don Thomas has been promoting a free
giveaway  to anyone who requests it via email.



                   WAACE Status Report - Labor Day, 1991

 WAACE, Inc. AtariFest '91 Dates:

      The Fest is scheduled for 12 and 13 October '91.  The show hours are
 from 10AM to 5PM 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 deadline for discount booth pricing at WAACE '91 has passed and
 the deadline for submission of Ad copy (September 5th) is closing in fast.
 Hardcopy vendor packets have been out for over amonth now.  If you have
 not seen your packet, please request another one by sending GEmail to

      We have cash in hand (or promises of same) from:

                              D. A. Brumleve
                             Codehead Software
                           Phil Comeau Software
                          Current Notes Magazine
                             Debonair Software
                                eSTeem Inc
                              FAST Technology
                                  ICD Inc
                             ISD Marketing Inc
                               JMG Software
                          Joppa Computer Products
                             L & Y Electronics
                              Micro Creations
                             Musicode Software
                               Rio Computers
                            Step Ahead Software
                        ST Informer/A & D Software
                               Toad Services
               Unicorn Publications/Atari Interface Magazine

      Vendor space is starting too run short, so those who have missed out
 need to get cracking.  Our ads in AIM, AtariUser, Current Notes, and ST
 Informer are starting to show results. According to the hotel we are 40
 percent of the way toward our room guarantee.  There are still plenty of
 room available, but now is the time to make your plane reservations and
 line up your hotel rooms.  Call the Reston Inn: 703-620-9000 and mention
 the WAACE AtariFest.

 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
 order to obtain these rates you must mention WAACE AtariFest '91 when
 making your reservations.

      Seminar slots are starting to run short.  There is plenty of time
 available in the demo rooms.

      There is a lot of MIDI interest cropping up, so the MIDI room
 promises to be lively.

      Look for upcoming announcnements on the banquet, worker registration
 (lots of fringe benefits), user group participation and more.

     In a couple of recent phone conversations people have started off by
 asking: "is the WAACE show really going to take place?".  I am afraid that
 these people do not understand what makes a show tick.

      The first crucial item is solid vendor support, particularly in the
 form of exciting products.  Anyone who reads my previous post has to be
 aware that WAACE '91 has that kind of support.

      The second thing is the attitude of people towards the event itself.
 WAACE is more than justr an opportunity to buy Atari goods at a cheap
 price.  It is a gathering point for people.  We take care to offer
 interesting entertainment and forums for relaxation during those hours
 when the show floor is silent.  I think it is fair to say that we have
 established a tone that many people enjoy.

      The third item is continuity.  We have a nucleus of workers who have
 experienced the little thrills that the Atari world can toss up to
 distract people.  We have been through it before and we know that none of
 thse little items will bring the world to an end.  In fact I suspect that
 it would take some event like the prelude to the second comiXng to cancel
 the show this fall.

      In short, tell everyone you know that WAACE '91 IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
 We already have enough people coming to make a wonderful party.  I am
 looking forward to seeing all of you there.

  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, Node 500          Internet: JOHNBARNES@ENH.NIST.GOV


 > UPCOMING EVENTS! STR SHOW NEWS         Connecticut and Florida too!

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 11,  Topic 3
 Message 8         Thu Aug 29, 1991
 BOB-BRODIE [Atari Corp]      at 21:45 EDT

 I'm pleased to announce that I will be visiting the state of Florida on
 Sunday, September 8th. I will be attending the meeting of the Mid Florida
 Atari Computer Club in Orlando, FL.

 Bob Smith, President of the Mid Florida Atari Computer Club welcomes your
 inquiries regarding the exact time, and location of the meeting.  You can
 contact Bob at the following numbers: work 407-740-5550, home
 407-299-5374, or via the MFACC BBS at 407-290-0404.

 This is going to be another exciting time for us all to visit!  I look
 forward to seeing many of my Florida friends at this meeting.

 Hope to see you there!

 best regards,

 Bob Brodie
 Director of Communications
 Atari Computer Corporation

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 11,  Topic 13
 Message 1         Thu Aug 29, 1991
 BOB-BRODIE [Atari Corp]      at 21:29 EDT

 September 7th 1991:

     The first ever Connecticut Atarifest sponsored by Computers Etc,
 F.A.C.E. and S.T.A.R.R. users groups is being held at the Bridgeport Hil-
 ton in Bridgeport, CT. Show hours will be 10am to 5pm. This event is also
 being billed as a Bobfest in honor of Mr. Brodie, the Speaker of Note.
 John Jainnshig of Atari Explorer magazine and Nevin  Shalit of Step Ahead
 Software will show some of the publishing abilities  of the Atari while
 several other demonstrations are planned as well as a Group will also be
 on hand demonstrating their exciting new DTP-Direct to Press - equipment.
 Fast Technologies, Good Backup Utility, GFA Basic, Tracker ST, Gribnif,
 Dr. T's, Computers Etc, Atari Explorer and Atari themselves are some of
 the exhibitors. Free sodas and snacks will be available over at Computers
 Etc. after the show, and there will be significant price reductions
 available. You won't believe how fast a 40mhz board from Fast Tech is, but
 save your pennies cuz you'll want one.

     Located just 45 miles outside of New York City, this show looks to be
 a lot of fun. So hop in your car, take a train, take a plane, just be
 there or be square.

 For further information contact Brian Gockley at 203-332-1721


     The above is a reprint of Message 6 in Topic 3, but I thought that we
 should provide the show a topic of it's own, since we're getting quite
 close to the event.

     In addition to the other information here, I'm also happy to report
 that the Hilton has extended a very special room rate to show attendees of
 $49! This makes it even more attractive for a get-a-way weekend for the
 family! Come to the show, and enjoy all the fellowship of your fellow
 Atarians while your family enjoys spending a weekend in a very nice hotel
 for a a very reasonable rate!

 Hope to see you at the show!


 Bob Brodie
 Director of Communications
 Atari Computer Corporation


 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 11,  Topic 13
 Message 2     Thu Aug 29, 1991
 B.GOCKLEY     at 23:09 EDT

                     //////CONNECTICUT ATARIFEST '91\\\\\\
                    Confirmed to attend as of 15-August-1991:


   o Atari Corporation (U.S.)          o Atari Explorer
     Sunnyvale, CA                      Astoria, NY
     Bob Brodie & Mike Groh             John Jainschigg

   o Fast Technology                   o TidBit Software
     North Andover, MA                  Maynard, MA
     Jim Allen                          Jeff Lomicka

   o Gribnif Software                  o GEnie
     Northampton, MA                     Fairfield, CT
     Rick Flashman                       Darlah Pine

   o Alternative Harware               o Step Ahead Software
     New Haven, CT                       New York, NY
     Leo Taylor                          Nevin Shalit


   o Fairfield Atari Computer Enthusiats    o S.T.A.R.R.
     Fairfield, CT                            New Haven, CT

   o BCS/Atari                              o South Shore Atari Group
      Boston, MA                              Hyde Park, MA

   o Nashoba Valley Atari Users             o Long Island Atari Group
      Acton-Boxboro, MA                       Islip. NY

 ////////////////////////Show Information\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

   Location: Bridgeport Hilton            Date: Sept. 7th, 1991
             1070 Main St                 Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm
             Bridgeport, CT               Admission: $5.00

 /////////////////////////////For more info\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

         o GEnie: Email B.GOCKLEY  or call 203-332-1721 or

          o Write: CT AtariFest '91
            18 Elmwood Ave.


 To: Business/Technology Media From: Connecticut Atarifest '91
 Re: Upcoming Events Contact:
 Brian Gockley, Chairman
 Connecticut Atarifest '91
 (203) 332-1721

 BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Hundreds of personal computer manufacturer, software
 developers and end-users, are making plans to attend the first Connecticut
 Atarifest, slated to run at the Bridgeport Hilton hotel on September 6th
 and 7th. Trade show organizers say the event, the first of its type in
 Connecticut, will be composed of two professional Desktop Publishing semi-
 nars on Friday, followed by a full scale trade show between 10  a.m. and 5
 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibition is being sponsored by Fairfield County
 and New Haven area Atari computer user groups and Computers Etc, a Fair-
 field computer dealer.

 Connecticut Atarifest is the first area computer show endorsed by Atari
 Corporation of Sunnyvale, Calif. Bob Brodie, Atari's Director of
 Communications, always full of suprises, is scheduled to appear as the
 keynote speaker. Another highlight will be an exposition by John
 Jainnschig, Publisher of Atari Explorer, a trade journal for Atari users
 produced on an Atari computer, and Nevin Shalit, President of Step Ahead
 Software, New York, NY, exhibiting the complexities of publishing
 magazines using computers. Other confirmed exhibitors are Fast
 Technologies Jim Allen, GFA BASICs John Barger, Good Backup Utilities Jeff
 Lomicka, Gribnif Software's Rick Flashman and many others.

 Visitors to Connecticut Atarifest will get a preview both days of the
 latest desktop publishing systems that enable them to go "Direct to Press"
 with creative ideas. Atari DTP systems were unveiled at this year's Cor-
 porate Electonic Publishing Show in  Chicago, and are beingtouted in
 Europe, where Atari has competed more successfully and recieved more
 recognition than in the states. Representatives from Professional Systems
 Group will be on hand in Bridgeport to demonstrate the new Direct to Press

 Two sponsors of the upcoming Bridgeport show -- Fairfield Atari Computer
 Enthusiasts and ST Atari Road Runners (user groups) -- promise great buys
 on equipment, hands-on tips and chances to question experts while
 comparing products for Atari computers.  FACE and STARR say there will be
 raffles, door prizes and pleasant surprises for those in attendence. Ad-
 mission is just $5 which qualifies the holder for one of several door
 prizes that will be given away.

 For more information about attending or exhibiting at the Sept. 7 show,
 contact Connecticut Atarifest Chairman Brian Gockley at (203) 332-1721, or

                          Connecticut Atarifest
                              18 Elmwood Ave
                           Bridgeport, CT 06605


 > GLENDALE SHOW STR SHOW NEWS  Southern California ATARI Computer Faire

                             THE GLENDALE SHOW



 The Southern California ATARI Computer Faire, Version 5.0 (AKA The Glen-
 dale Show) is expected to be the largest show of its type, ever, in North
 America.  The show will be held at The Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N.
 Verdugo Road, Glendale, California, USA.  Local directions can be found by
 referring to the Thomas Brothers Guide for L.A. County page 25-E2.  Take
 the Glendale Blvd. exit of the 134 FWY and go North two miles or take the
 Mountain St. exit of the 2 FWY and go West one block.  The Faire dates are
 September 14 & 15, 1991 and show hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4.

 General admission is $6.00 per person.  Anybody planning to attend the
 show who resides outside of Southern California may send a SASE to
 H.A.C.K.S., 249 N. Brand Bl. #321, Glendale, CA 91203 and receive a pass
 for free admission.  This offer is limited to no more than two people per
 pass and one request per household.

 A special hotel rate has been made available at the Burbank Airport Hilton
 Hotel.  That special rate is $59 per night for single or double occupancy.
 For reservation call 818-843-6000 and mention ATARI.  If you have problems
 with the rate ask for Roy in Convention Services.  Do not call the 800
 number, unless you want to pay the National rate of $119 per night.


 ATARI Corporation * The Computer Network * Mid-Cities Computers *
 Goodman's Music * Musicode * Safari Fonts * Sliccware * Clear Thinking *
 Micro Creations * Rio Computers * Best Electronics * Branch Always *
 Michtron * ADG Productions * CodeHead Software * Omnimon Peripherals *
 Gadgets by Small * Zubair Interfaces * ICD Magazine * PDC * COMPO Software
 * Beckemeyer Development Tools (expected) * RIMIK Enterprises * McDonald &
 Assoc. *  GoldLeaf Publishing * Soft-Aware * Talon Industries * JMG * Wiz-
 Works * Gribnif (expected) * Phil Comeau Software * Double Click *
 Sudden, Inc. (expected) * D.A. Brumleve * Artisan Software * BSE Company
 (expected) * Z*NET Online Magazine


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                      ****** SPECIAL - SPECIAL ******

                       SPECIALLY PRICED ** $1019.00 **
                         Includes TWO cartridges!

         - Syquest 44 Model [555] and the following hard drives -

             50mb SQG51   $ 819.00     85mb SQG96    $ 1019.00


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           Listed above are a sampling of the systems available.
      Prices also reflect various cabinet/power supply configurations
    (over sixty configurations are available, flexibility is unlimited)

           LARGER units are available - (Custom Configurations)

                      *>> NO REPACKS OR REFURBS USED! <<*

       - Custom Walnut WOODEN Cabinets - TOWER - AT - XT Cabinets -

            * SLM 804 Replacement Toner Cartridge Kits $42.95 *
                       * Toner Starter Kits $49.95 *
                       * Replacement Drums $183.95 *

               >> MANY other ATARI related products STOCKED <<
                      ALL POWER SUPPLIES UL APPROVED

                       -* 12 month FULL Guarantee *-
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 > A "Quotable Quote"                 STReport's Editorial "Cartoon"

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         to think better of, and was indeed inclined to bestow the
           suspicion or dislike upon those who found pleasure in
               pointing out the defects of another person."

                                        .... a wise and prudent observer

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