ST Report: 8-Nov-91 #744

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 11/12/91-06:14:40 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 8-Nov-91 #744
Date: Tue Nov 12 18:14:40 1991

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                WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (November 8)


 Now that CompuServe's Forum Libraries support  "Across Library Searching",
 we have  closed down  our exclusive  "NEW UPLOADS"  Library. All new files
 will now be made available in whichever Library can best classify them.

 Use the powerful BRO LIB:ALL command  to browse  through all  of our Forum
 Libraries.   Files will  be displayed in reverse chronological order -from
 most recent to  oldest.    Download  file  NEWLIB.TXT  from  LIBRARY  1 of
 ATARIARTS or ATARIPRO (now called "Forum Help/Info") for complete informa-
 tion on other new and powerful Library commands.


 Starting this coming Saturday,  November 9,  the Lexicor  Online Animation
 Class  will  be  beginning  a  three-part  tutorial on the creation of the
 T-1000 Polyalloy Terminator from the film TERMINATOR II.   When completed,
 the animation you can create will look just like a scene
 from this fantastic film.

 Don't miss  this chance  to discover what "Power without the Price" really
 means! Join us Saturday at 10 PM EST here in  the Atari  Vendors Forum (GO


 Download file  MPAINT.TXT from  LIBRARY 16  of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO
 ATARIVEN) for information on MegaPaint Professional -- the brand new, com-
 bination bit-map and vector graphics powerhouse from CodeHead GT!


 Cal 6.0  lets you  look at  any month/year,  and schedule  events by date,
 position, or every so many days.  All new  screens, more  room to describe
 each  event,  cyclic  events,  save/load/merge events, keyboard shortcuts,
 auto conversion from previous versions, much more! Includes new Calshow to
 show  upcoming  events  at  boot,  full  docs.  Download file CAL.ARC from
 LIBRARY 6 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO).


 Download file EDHAKD.LZH from  LIBRARY 2  of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO)  for a  full demo of EdHak version 2.25. This version can be
 used with the soon-to-be-released QuickCIS version 1.70. Craig Harvey (the
 author of EdHak) has also announced a special discount for CompuServe mem-
 bers who which to  order the  full functioning  version. Contact  Craig at
 User ID number 73047,600 for details.


 The CompuServe  Modem-to-Modem Challenge Board (GO CHALLENGE) now supports
 the following two modem games by Forum member David Becker.  Both of these
 games are  available in  LIBRARY 2  ("Games") of  the Atari Arts Forum (GO

 Download these games, find  an opponent  through the  Challenge Board, and
 even play them against your opponent through CompuServe at reduced connect
 rates via the MTM Gaming Lobby (GO MTMLOBBY):

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 over the phone line with a friend! Monochrome freeware.

 BGAMMO.ARC -  Online backgammon  can be played over the phone lines with a
 modem. Many options including the ability to play the computer make this a
 fun and challenging monochrome game.  Freeware.


 BJ Gleason, Don Messerli, and David Stewart have accepted the challenge to
 upload a new program to our Portfolio Forum Libraries EVERY DAY, beginning
 November 1st, through the end of the year !!!!  (And in return, they chal-
 lenge the rest of the collected membership to  match their  output with an
 equal number of uploads)

 The  programming  marathon  continues  to  provide  some  of  the greatest
 Portfolio programs anywhere.  Check out the latest  entries by  going into
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  -- Sega Sues Accolade

 Sega has filed suit against Accolade alleging that Accolade is marketing
 software compatibles with Sega's 16-bit Sega Genesis without being a
 licensed Sega third-party developer.

 Sega claims Accolade is unfairly competing and "causing confusion in the
 marketplace by having programmed many of its software products in such a
 manner that end users are informed that such products have been either
 produced by Sega or under a license from Sega."

 Sega recently announced a deal with Atari Games Corp under which Tengen,
 a wholly owned subsidiary of Atari, would duplicate Atari games to run
 on the Sega home and portable systems as a third-party developer.

  -- Accolade Vows to Fight Sega's Suit

 Software publisher Accolade Inc. promises to fight game-maker Sega En-
 terprises Ltd.'s allegations.  Calling Sega's suit this week "frivolous,
 without merit, and in some cases facetious," Accolade said in a state-
 ment it will "vigorously defend its right to develop and market software
 for the Sega Genesis video game system and intends to file counter-
 claims against at least the Japanese corporation."

  -- Virus Wrecks Disk Drives at Queen's University

 A virus, a variant of the 1575 virus also known as the Green Caterpillar
 virus, has wrecked three disk drives at Queen's University.  The virus
 forces repeated accesses to track 0 of the diskette until it wears out
 the drive mechanics if not stopped in time.

  -- Apple Goes To Moscow

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 $47,000 worth of Macs to a local video company.  According to Computer-
 Land/Moscow, the Macs will be used by "Russkaya Troyka" to make video-

  -- Two New Chips from Motorola

 Motorola has announced the 68LC040, a new, lower-cost version of the
 68040 microprocessor.  The 68LC040 is aimed at price-conscience personal
 computers such as the Mac Classic and LC systems, and operating system--
 dependent embedded control applications such as high-end network devices
 like routers and concentrators, telecommunication switches and cellular
 network systems.

 The company claims that it optimized the 68LC040 by removing non-
 essential features such as the floating-point processing unit. Without
 the extra circuits the 25 megahertz chip executes 22 million instruc-
 tions per second.

 Also announced was a low-voltage version of the 68340 that has direct
 memory access, which Motorola claims is suitable for powering handheld
 and battery powered equipment such as computers, instruments, data-entry
 and communications terminals, games, weapons guidance systems, CD-ROM,
 and CD-I systems.

  -- National Semiconducter Announces Voice Recognition Chips

 National Semiconductor has announced a line of small and power efficient
 single chip voice recognition products.  These products will allow users
 to give spoken commands to their toasters, for instance, or have a wrist
 watch that can also double as a dictation machine.


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 > Delphi's Kerr Conf. STR FOCUS          Cap't Midnight's Game Room

                  Transcript of formal CO with Drew Kerr,
                  Publisher of Capt. Midnight's Game Room
                        Tuesday, November 5th, 1991

 Tonight, Drew Kerr will discuss the notion that the ST is a game
 machine. Drew is the creator of Capt. Midnight's Game Room, a new online
 games magazine. With no further ado, Drew, the floor is yours!

 And a nice floor, too. First, let me correct your intro -- the ST is
 much, much more than a games machine... As a matter of fact, if we keep
 track of who shows up tonight, I may make my point -- that it is rapidly
 fading from this function!

 I use my ST for DTP, WP, database, you name it. And it seems that
 ironically, as the ST still carries the tag of "games machine," it is
 losing that very base. This may be Atari's bid for survival, and
 although it is admirable, we are probably losing game support faster
 than other areas. The question is -- can we survive on the ST for all
 the work and DTP stuff, and sacrifice the games support to a small

 But, the h**l with all the deep talk, I still play the h**l out of my
 ST!! I do want to make a couple of brief announcements....

 First, if any of you have Populous and it doesn't work on your STE, I
 understand EA is fixing that problem. You can send your game to them and
 they'll replace it. This game is too valuable to not play.

 Second, and here's the big one -- I am announcing Captain Midnight's
 Railroad Tycoon Scenario Contest! Now that the fix is out and the game
 is being played, I'd like to see some mean-lookin' railroads built.

 The object: to build the most efficient railroad in any time period.

 The deadline: December 31, 1991.

 I am assembling some pretty hefty judges and there will be a grand
 prize. The prize will be a grab bag of games and books and other
 assorted goodies I am assembling. I am trying to get Russell Sipe,
 author of the RRT book, to be a judge.

 I have been up all night for the past week on this thing and I've got to
 say, it's amazing. I am encouraging all of you, if you don't have this
 one, buy it and join the contest. Official rules and info will be posted
 very shortly.

 Are the "fixes" reliable on all ST(e)s and what is the current price...?

 Yes, the fix, which is MAKE1MEG.TOS, works perfectly. It can be found
 here in the ST databases.  No price -- freeware.

 I meant for RRT...<g>

 The game can be bought from anywhere like $30-$40. I'd advise mail
 order. This game will give you more long lasting action and thought than
 the average release.

 Drew, I thought EA had dropped support for the ST.

 EA dropped ST support, but they have a Populous fix. Call them for

 Oh, that figures.  Thanks!

 Would the IBM'ers be calling the ST a 'game machine' because they're
 either not familiar with it or jealous of it's ability to blow their
 machines out of the water? Or what?

 I think most IBM-ers have never seen an ST! It's just that the ST made
 its reputation over the years as a games support system, especially
 with the popularity of its video games. Also... Since the ST fell
 behind in DTP and other functions, but games companies still continued
 to support it, it retained a games image. That was the visible part.

 Do you think that the "games support" is completely leaving Atari, or
 just being redirected to the LYNX etc?

 In the US, Atari doesn't give a second of thought to games support. They
 want to be taken seriously. That's why support has dropped off the face
 of the earth here. In the UK, they are very games serious and that's why
 it's still such a big market there. Atari already has a foothold with
 Lynx and they are playing it for all it's worth. But they never speak
 with Sierra, Spectrum Holobyte, etc.

 Drew, any feeling on why the domestic software companies are so lagging
 in bringing over games from overseas?

 Almost all games we see these days are imports from the UK. US firms
 have entirely dropped the ST because it's not worth their time
 domestically. We usually get games released here right when they are
 released in the UK, unless they don't work on American machines.

 Although the FOTI flap was due to a delay in releasing the NA version,

 That was their last domestic release. Everything from now on will be
 imported. A very big screw-up on their part, if you read the new CMGR.

 With the recent announcement of IBM compatible machines coming out in
 the Atari line of machines, do you think Atari is "giving in" to the
 inevitable? Or do you think they will take these machines and use them
 to stem the tide of Atari abandonment? ...specifically in the games

 Well, I don't think it has anything to do with games, Jerry, but I think
 it is to stay competitive in the US. Whether they can market this in the
 US against other IBM machines remains to be seen. They need to make as
 much $$$ as possible in their condition. If you can't beat'em, join'em!

 Don't you feel this might encourage ATARI SW developers to go ahead and
 become IBM programmers

 It takes a lot of money to switch platforms to develop. To become a
 registered devloper requires a steep fee, especially for IBM.

 I read an article by Richard Brown of GEnie fame called "Atari, IBM, and
 the Real World" and it makes a killer comparison argument between the
 two machines...I'm scared this kind of passionate defense of Atari is
 becoming a thing of the past...

 Actually, Al Fasoldt, the tech editor of the Syracuse, NY, paper just
 syndicated two columns on his ST and how great it is, despite the
 dwindling numbers.

 Let me throw out this question -- if there was any game you'd love to
 see ported to the ST, what would it be??

 Space Quest 4 & 5, Ultima 6

 Wing Commander!

 Wing Commander?

 Mario brothers <g>

 The Might and Magic series.  Maybe the Wizardry series.

 Yes!!!!! Wizardry, I knew I had others but couldn't remember...

 I like Carmen Sandiego.

 Actually, I'd like to see Atari put some of their older arcade video
 games on ST disks, or make the 2600 cart's fit on our cartridge port

 Unfortunately, we will never see Spellcasting, Earl Weaver Baseball, and
 many others. But in the next issue of Captain Midnight, I will be asking
 everyone what game they would like to see ported and then presenting it
 to that company.

 I just bought an IBM and have loaded 2 games that I have for each. One
 is Lemmings, and I like the graphics on the ST best.

 What's the other?

 The other is Elvira and they are equivalent graphically.

 So far no one has used the higher graphics (800x600 or 1024x768) VGA
 that I have available. But I got to admit the GIF's I have are

 I believe the latest version of Ultima is VGA only.  Or one of those
 fantasy rpg type games.

 (At this point Drew was knocked off by line noise. The rest of us
 chatted informally until he returned.)

 Welcome back, Drew!

 Where is Captain Midnight available and any chance of it becoming a
 DELPHI regular publication? And add the latest SIERRA releases. I have
 everything they've made available to the ST to date!

 The latest issue of Captain Midnight is now in the ST Advantage
 databases in the Recent Arrivals section. Sierra has Space Quest 4 all
 ready to go, but no one knows what they are going to do with it.

 Selling it is my suggestion...<g>

 Parts of Captain Midnight will be reprinted in Atariuser magazine, by
 the way.

 While you were off line, Ron made an interesting point about VGA and
 game playing.

 .Ron <ym>
 I'll resend it...

 I'd just like to point out that a VGA screen really slows down the IBM
 computer. At work we have people who use 20 MHz 386SX computers and play
 games with them at lunch. The display is very sluggish. One of them
 commented that the EGA version worked MUCH faster. These computers are
 all fairly new (less than one year old) and have the best VGA boards and
 Super VGA boards available out there. (Also, about half of the games
 they play are pirated copies.)

 We may have a great computer, but unfortunately, in the marketing race,
 we are well, well, well behind! The US is a IBM and Mac country. We may
 have a computer that moves quickly, but it doesn't matter. Most people
 don't know from Atari. It's our little secrret.

 Okay, if there are no further questions for Drew, I'll let him make a
 final comment.

 Just that I appreciate all you're downloading. This place is real
 friendly. I hope that you will all particpate in the RRT contest. I hope
 to do something similar with SimCity afterwards. Thanks for dropping by.

 Thank you, Drew! This CO is officially over!


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

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 Have you been waiting for Jim Allen's Turbo030 (68030 accelerator)?
 Here's some information straight from Jim Allen (Fast Tech) - from the
 ST Roundtable on Genie...

    In a general sense, we have placed special circuitry on the Turbo030
    that allows our 32bit ram to REPLACE the 16bit ram on your mother-
    board...for ALL purposes. So your Mega ST becomes a true 32bit

    The Turbo030 is not an appendage that bolts on to add some ram and a
    new cpu chip, instead it's a complete system enhancement, so your
    system acts as though Atari had gone back and purposely built a 32bit

    The TT is not a 32bit ST, it's much more, with other major architec-
    tural enhancements beyond being a 32bit computer.

    The Turbo030 also has special circuitry built in that converts your
    current video board into a 32bit board. With the Turbo030, you don't
    need to buy a seperate 32bit video card to get your video up to
    speed, the Turbo030 does the whole job. You don't get more resolu-
    tion, or more colors, but we had assumed that if you wanted such
    things you'd purchase the currently available options...Moniterm,
    ISAC, Matrix, Omnichrome, etc. We instead committed ourselves to
    speeding up all the other addons, giving you the maximum flexibility,
    and protecting your already heavy investment in one of the currently
    available video boards.

    As for "ports", well, the 68030 socket itself leaves the whole world
    of opportunities open to us in the future. Heaven only knows, there
    are already 040 cards for the Mac that do nothing more than plug into
    the 030 processor direct slot, there is no "technical" reason some-
    thing like that can't be done someday for the T030., or any other
    wild, fantastic, outrageous, even nutty possibility.

    And all this is accomplished with a few pals, some buffers, and 8 ram
    chips. So it does all this, and lives happilly with your video board,
    without forcing you to get a new power supply...a viable alternative
    to which does NOT exist ;- )

    I won't discuss HOW this is done. When the patent is issued, I will
    post the number, and you can go read about it. Needless to say, such
    an amazing feet has never been done before, not on the Mac, no on the
    Amiga, not on the PC. It's a real breakthrough!!!

    BTW, we have also licensed the new QuickST with 32bit code, and it
    does indeed run great. As an example, the NBM 1.1 benchmark "DRAW"
    test has the "cahce- only" T030 getting a.....3.66 secs...using
    QuickST. Way to go Darek!!! So we will be bundling QuickST with the
    T030 board, and we will also be bundling QuickST 3.0 with the Turbo20
    boards from now on.

    Again, many thanks to Darek for allowing us to benefit from his ex-
    cellent work in improving the STs video performance!!!


 Discussion on CIS about the new GE service contract - From Jim Ness...
    The GE service contract thing was announced at Glendale, in one of
    the seminars. I think Bill Rehbock was the speaker. The rest of us
    then read about it in the online mags.

    Part of the deal is that the new TT motherboard is/was redesigned
    with test points that meet GE's requirements. I have to think that
    the service contract will not apply to older machines, since they
    don't meet those same requirements. Just my guess.

 Response from Bob Brodie (Atari) on CIS...
    The proposed contract (yes, still not in effect- sigh) covers all of
    our products that we currently sell, with the lone exception of any
    8-bit products. So it will apply to STEs, Megas, TTs, Portfolios, and

    The re-designing of the TT motherboard had nothing to do with the
    contract. It's easy to mix it in, though, since Bill Rehbock
    mentioned the re-layout of the TT motherboard in the same
    presentation at Glendale.


 About the Golden Image Master drive from STACE (Sysop) on the Gadgets by
 small RoundTable on Genie...
    It has been brought to my attention that Golden Image is shipping a
    new version of the Master 3S drive...called the Master 3SN.

    As reported earlier, there is also a Master 3SD (with track display)
    that has proven NOT to be reliable with Spectre GCR.  The 3SD was
    contained in a plastic drive casing with a little red LED readout for
    the track.

    Well, the "N" in Master 3SN apparently stands for NO track display.
    From what I've been told, the 3SN is also housed in the same plastic
    casing as the 3SD. Coincidently, the Master 3SN has now been reported
    as NOT working with Spectre GCR.

    The only known-reliable (with Spectre GCR) Master 3S drive is just
    that...the 3S. It is housed in a METAL casing and does not have any
    track display.

    Other than that, the Atari SF-314 external drives are also known to
    be reliable with Spectre GCR.


 About TIP OFF from E.Biaz - Cat. 9, Topic 6, Msg. 1 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...
    The November issue of ST Action contained an for a new game called
    Tip Off. It is a basketball simulation and from the screen shots
    (even though they are from the Amiga) it looks to be quite a winner.

    Here are some of the game's features: multi-directional scrolling
    screen, five skill levels, facility to practice skills and tactics, 2
    types offers ability to create own team, each player has individual
    attributes, each has five player on each side. This looks to be a
    super game. Should be out soon.


 Comments about the supposed problems with TOS 1.62 that was reported in
 last week's STReport - From Bob Brodie (Atari) on CIS...

    Frankly, to the best of my knowledge [the problem that was reported
    in the article] is not true.  If you'd be so kind as to refer the
    developer who is having problems with his 68010 uprgade, I'll be
    happy to get him the assistance that he requires...right after I ask
    him why he's doing a 68010 instead of an '030 or '040! <grin>


 Discussion on CIS about upgrading to 68030 and 68040 - Jeff (Intersect
    An upgrade to a 68040 should be easier than from a 68000 to a 68030.
    The powers that be are pretty sure that TOS 2.0 and up is compatable
    with 68020/68030/68040 machines.

    If I understand correctly from talking to the Motorola salesmen at
    COMDEX the 68040 is just a faster 68030 with math coprocessor built
    in. It's 50% faster than a 80486 at the same clock freq. The 80486 is
    only 20-30% faster than a 68030 (overall).

    The IBM world is touting 60 Mhz 486 machines which are 16 Mhz paged
    memory machines with CACHE running at 32 Mhz and only the MPU running
    at 60 Mhz. You don't get 60 Mhz performance out of it but because of
    the cache in the MPU and the 32 Mhz cache it an impressive performer.

 Response from Bob Brodie (Atari)...
    Not to worry about TOS and any future Motorola processors. We speak
    to them on a regular basis. TOS on the TT is currently at 3.06, and
    I'm confident that the gang upstairs is hard at work with something
    else, too. <grin>

 Reply from Jeff (Intersect Software)...
    Thanks Bob. It didn't seem possible, knowing Motorola's concern with
    upward compatability and the new push at Atari for High end profes-
    sional systems, that there would be any problem Implementing a 68040
    on a Atari machine.

    Everything I've heard for the last year or so is that there is a big
    push internally to "catch up" (my paraphrase). By catch up I mean
    offering State Of The Art machines again as you did in 85 with the
    most powerful personal computer available (The ST).  The TT goes a
    long way to providing this.


 Some more interesting chit-chat about the 68030 from E.DOMANGUE - Cat.
 4, Topic 44, Msg. 176 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    I just received my copy of Communications of the ACM. They report on
    the annual computer chess contest that they sponsor every year. This
    year's first place was a tie, with Deep Thought/88 and Mephisto.

    Deep Thought is a Sun 4 with a couple of special processors. But
    Mephisto, although not a general purpose computer, it was built
    specifically for chess playing, is based upon the Motorola 68030 CPU.
    Yep, the same CPU that the SST (and TT) uses (if anybody reading this
    didn't already know.) This machine beat others based on Sun's,
    80386's, MIPS 6000, etc. - some pretty high class hardware.

    Although this doesn't really say anything about the '030 being better
    than other types of CPU (those programmers did a heck of job - 128K
    of assembler?) it just sort of gives me the warm fuzzies knowing that
    RSN (that's Real Soon Now) my ST will have the same CPU that won the
    ACM Computer Chess Championship.


 A few comments from Bob Brodie (Atari) - Cat. 14, Topic 3, Msg 126 -
 from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    Actually we have used a company to place our products in TV shows for
    quite some time now. Last year for example, they placed our computers
    in episodes of Growing Pains, Working Girl, Matlock, Night Court, and
    some made for TV movies, like Nasty Boys. (That's all off the top of
    my head...there were other placements this year as well)

    I'm not a big fan of the placements either, as a rule. Unless you
    really *know* your looking at an Atari, all you see is a computer.
    It's actually pretty good for the Portfolio, and the Lynx though!

    Another example is that we've had a Stacy on the Arsenio Hall Show
    for close to a year now, and there are still people that are just
    noticing it! We even place a much larger ATARI label on the Stacy,
    just so that the Atari name would be more prominent.

    We'll continue to pursue these, though. They have possibilities of
    opening up other opportunities for our company.


 About installing a second 3.5" hard drive inside the case of your Mega-
 file 44 - From Bill Rehbock (Atari) - Cat. 14, Topic 9, Msg. 121 - from
 the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    Tom, Rich, and anyone else interested in installing a second 3.5"
    drive inside the case of your Megafile-44....................

    1) This will void your warranty.

    2) Some Megafile-44 cases have all of the necessary brackets to do
    the installation easily, others do not, we don't carry the brackets,
    but you can rig it yourself rather easily.

    3) Atari, myself, etc. will not be responsible for any type of
    inconveniences this may cause you.


    1) After you have it all opened up, you'll see that the Syquest is
    connected to J1 on the host adapter.

    2) The whole thing is fairly easy: BOTH DRIVES GET SET TO DEVICE ZERO
    (the Syqest already is, BTW), BOTH DRIVES SHOULD BE TERMINATED, the
    host adapter does all of the work for you.

    3) The switches on the bottom are the important part. Switches 3 & 2
    select the starting address of the entire box, that is the device
    number of the deveice connected to J1.

       Switch 1 tells the host adapter that you have a second device in
    the box. It should be turned OFF. (Think of the switch as upside-down
    and backwards, when a switch is 'OFF', it is Logical-1, Switch
    position 3 is the least significant digit of the address #, switch
    position 2 is the most significant digit of the address #, and switch
    positon 1 tells the host adapter that there are two devices.

      | |X| |
      |X| |X|
       ^ ^ ^+--- 1's
       | +------ 2's
       +-------- Flag that there are two devices.

    With the switch setting that is shown, multiple devices are enabled,
    the device that is connected to J1 (usually the Syquest) is DEVICE-1,
    the device connected to J2 will be DEVICE-2.

    The device connected to J2 is always device1's ID + 1.

    If you configure the switches to OFF-ON-ON, the box will come up as
    J1-ACSI#0, J2-ACSI#1.

    (The terms address, device#, ACSI# are used interchangeably) I hope
    this was clear... It's about as clear as I get at 3:15am <grin>

    If you have any questions, feel free to leave me e-mail. (Leave an
    evening phone number)  -Bill Rehbock, Atari Corp.


 Until next week.....



                              ATARI SYSTEM V

 Developer's Kit

     The newest addition to Atari's palette of TT software products is the
 Atari System V {ASV} Developer's Kit available in Alpha test form to key
 developers interested in creating new or porting existing applications
 onto the powerful TT/030 low-cost personal workstation.

     The kit contains a rich set of developer's tools conforming to a wide
 range of industry standards.  The foundation is Atari's implementation of
 UNIX System V Release 4.0 for the Motorola 68000 series processors.  Built
 on this strong foundation is the Atari's workstation graphical user
 interface.  The interface based on the X Window System is designed to
 operate over a network or within a stand-alone machine, offering the
 developer the ability to work with clients running on other machines or to
 share clients with others on the network.

     To provide the most intuitive interface available and to be consistent
 with industry standards. Atari has adopted the OSF/Motif style, giving ASV
 applications a sculptured 3-D presentation Manager look.

     Designers of ASV applications can quickly create OSF/Motif conformant
 application front ends using XFaceMaker 2.  The designer can paint an
 applications screen from a palette of OSF/Motif objects such as labels,
 push buttons, scroll bars and message boxes.  Using FACE, a built-in, C-
 like programming language, the interface designer can easily mold the
 behavior of the interface.

     Included in the Developer's dKit is the Atari Style Guide an
 enhancement to the Motif style.  By following the standards set in this
 guide, developers are assured of creating applications with interfaces
 consistent with other ASV applications.

     In addition to the rich set of development tools standard with System
 V, the efficient GNU C and C++ compilers, plus the GNU debugger, are all
 available in the ASV Developer's Kit.  The C compiler is fully compatible
 with the System VELF object format and with the ANSI C Issue 5

     Developers using the ASV kit are assured of maintaining compatibility,
 portability and interoperability with other workstation vendors conforming
 to open systems architecture and technical workstation industry standards.
 Standards, such as, POSIX, X/OPEN XPG3, FIPS, NFS, X Window System and

     The TT030 ASV developer workstation requires a minimum of 8-Mbyte RAM,
 a 213-Mb hard disk drive and a TTM195 monitor.  Connectivity with
 workstation networks is simple with the addition of a Atari VME/Ethernet

                              ATARI SYSTEM V

 Developer's Kit

                               XFaceMaker 2

 XFaceMaker 2, the key to fast and easy interface design

     XFacemaker 2 is an interactive tool for designing application
 interfaces.  By creating windows, dragging widgets to the windows and
 setting resources in easy-to-use dialog panels, the developer can quickly
 design the screens for an OSF/Motif compliant application.

     As a prototyping tool, XFaceMaker 2 allows the designer to create
 sample screens in a minimum amount of time.  Modifications in the
 resources panels provide quick visual feedback, without having to compile
 any code.

     As a programming tool, XFaceMaker 2 provides both speed and power for
 the programmer.  It provides a significant time savings in programming
 applications, reducing costs to software houses and bringing products to
 market quickly.  Also, it provides the ability for programmers to test the
 dynamic behavior of the interface while the application is being created.
 The programmer can simulate the end user's actions by clicking on buttons,
 displaying menus, or moving scroll bars.

                           XFaceMaker 2 Features

  *  OSF/Motif Toolkit
  *  X/Open XPG3 internationalization
  *  FACE:An interpreted language for specifying the interface's dynamic
  *  Fast prototyping tool
  *  Test mode that simulates end user actions

                              ATARI SYSTEM V

 Developer's Kit



     32 MHz MC68030 / MC68882
     18-Mb RAM: 2-Mb ST RAM/16-Mb TT RAM
     3-Button Mouse
     200/340-Mb Hard Disk Drive
     TTM195 19-in. Monochrome Monitor


 ATARI System V Developer's Kit Packages

 Included in the package:

 AT&T System V Release 4.0
     BSD and XENIX Convergence
     Virtual File Systems {VFS}
     Virtual Memory Management {supporting Memory Mapped Files}
     User-Controlled Process Scheduler
     Device Driver Interface {DDI}
     Device Kernel Interface {DKI}
     Extendible Linking Format {ELF}

 Graphical User Interface
     X Window System Release 11.4
     OSF/Motif User Interface, Version 1.1.2
     WISh2 Desktop Manager

 Language Compilers and Debuggers
     FSF GNU C compiler {version 1.30}
     FSF GNU C++ compiler {version 1.39}
     FSF GNU gdb debugger {version 1.39}
     AT&T System V sdb debugger
     Network File System {NFS}
     Remote File Sharing {RFS}
     TCP/IP {the DARPA protocols}
     BSD Sockets


 Developer's Kit Documentation

     Atari Style Guide
     Atari System V Developer's Guide
     NSL WISh2 User's Guide
     NSL Wx2 Users Guide
     NSL X FaceMaker 2 Users Guide

 Recommended off-the-shelf Documentation

     AT&T UNIX System V Release 4, available from AT&T and Prentice Hall
     OSF/Motif Version 1.1, Manual Series, available from Prentice Hall
     X Window System, available from various sources

                        PROFESSIONAL SYSTEMS GROUP

 "Direct To Press" Products Achieve Higher Quality, Faster Throughput,
 Extra Features

     The Professional Systems Group, a division of Atari Computer
 Corporation, will show its Direct To Press digital publishing solutions at
 the Comdex trade show on October 21-25 in Las Vegas.  At their booth, the
 professional Systems Group will demonstrate the superiority of solutions
 that utilize their new TT030 computer as a publishing platform.

     Each of the pre-press solutions possesses clear advantages over the
 existing competition.  Those advantages are manifest in a richer feature
 set, quicker speed of operation, and visibly higher output quality.  As if
 that weren't enough, the Direct To Press systems are priced compared to
 other alternatives.  Direct To Press systems provide output quality one
 would expect from much more expensive, dedicated typography systems.

     Direct To Press includes full-featured, high quality, and high
 performance tools for every phase of pre-press work from document
 processing and design to photo retouching and imagesetter film output.

     Direct To Press is a solution provided by the Professional Systems
 Group.  This solution combines software, hardware, and support to
 implement a superior publishing system.  Design and typography output
 workstations take advantage of the sophisticated graphics and pure
 processing power of the Atari TT030TM, the company's high performance
 computing platform.  Available as custom-configurable systems, Direct To
 Press is targeted at pre-press and printing service bureaus and in-house
 design and production departments, as well as freelance designers, artists
 and publishers.  Systems based on the Direct To Press products and concept
 are distributed through a network of value-added resellers and dealers.

 Publishing System Hardware Platform

     The Atari TT030 provides the ideal computing platform for the Direct
 To Press publishing tools.  It features a 32MHz Motorola TM 68030
 microprocessor with on-chip cache and memory management as well as 68882
 math coprocessor, 8 MB of RAM {expandables to 26 MB}, an 80 MB hard disk,
 and a wide range of video and storage expansion options.  Output for
 proofing purposes is provided by the 300 dot per inch Atari SLM605TM laser
 printer.  The SLM605 features a small footprint, high quality output, and
 fast 6 page per minute operation.

     The TT030 performs even better in graphics-intensive applications than
 the specifications would indicate.  Several factors help explain this
 phenomenon.  First, the machine's architecture vastly reduces screen
 redraw time by using a 64-bit wide video data path.  Next, the TT030 uses
 DMA {Direct To Memory Access} channels for disk, video printer, and sound
 data transfer.  And, up to 10 MB of video RAM can be used.  These hardware
 advantages are leveraged by an operating environment that minimizes
 overhead without sacrificing ease of use or power.

     "We designed the TT030 to be a great platform for sophisticated
 graphics applications," said Greg Pratt, President of Atari Computer
 Corporation.  "But the performance and output quality that our strategic
 software and hardware partners have achieved makes these systems a
 compelling choice for publishing applications.  When you consider that
 most system selections are based on output quality, speed of operation,
 ease of use, and affordability, we really have superior solutions across
 the board.  You can't afford not to look at the TT030 and the Direct To
 Press system solutions."


 > TOS UPGRADE INFO STR InfoFile           TOS 2.06 & 3.06

                        UPGRADES OF TOS 2.06 & 3.06

 Information on TOS upgrades

 Pricing and procedures
 will follow this announcement.

 TOS 2.06 Upgrades - November 1, 1991

 ---> For MEGA STe, ST/STe*

 * Atari ICON (Fuji) displayed at Boot.
 * System memory check after a cold boot, pressing any key aborts test
   to reduce attendant delay.
 * A shrinking bar is displayed at boot, during hard disk intialization,
   pressing any key aborts process and attendant delay.
 * Pressing the Control key at boot bypasses autofolder preventing the
   loading of .ACC, NEWDESK.INF and Deskicon.rsc files.
 * Holding down the ALT key and typing a decimal number on the numeric
   keypad inserts an ASCII code character into the keyboard buffer.
 * Media Change detection on floppies works better, uses FAT checksums,
   MS DOS 4.X  serial numbers and many other features permitting superior
   detection when a floppy has been changed.
 * Less floppy spin-up delay in systems with a hard drive.
 * Vacant drives detected sooner with quicker time-outs.
 * Floppies with only one FAT are supported to allow greater
   compatiblility  with some DOS disk formatters.
 * Serial Port functionality improved.
 * Some programs that use Timer-A will work better (compatability
 * Multiple AES events when scrolling are reduced.

 NOTE:  TOS 2.06 for ST or MEGA ST requires hardware adaption,
        Atari (Canada) will shortly announce the process for users
        to upgrade. TOS 2.06 is available as an upgrade for STe

 ---> TOS 3.06 for the TT

 * High Density floppy supported.
 * Atari ICON (Fuji) displayed at Boot.
 * Boots up in 640x480 resolution, press ALT key when Fuji displayed
   for 320x200 resolution.
 * System memory check after a cold boot, pressing any key aborts test
   to reduce attendant delay.
 * A shrinking bar is displayed at boot, during hard disk intialization,
   pressing any key aborts process and attendant delay.
 * VDI improved for BITBLT operations.
 * Pressing the Control key at boot bypasses autofolder preventing the
   loading of .ACC, NEWDESK.INF and Deskicon.rsc files.
 * Holding down the ALT key and typing a decimal number on the numeric
   keypad inserts an ASCII code character into the keyboard buffer.
 * Media Change detection on floppies works better, uses FAT checksums,
   MS DOS 4.X  serial numbers and many other features permitting
   superior detection when a floppy has been changed.
 * Less floppy spin-up delay in systems with a hard drive.
 * Vacant drives detected sooner with quicker time-outs.
 * Floppies with only one FAT are supported to allow greater
   compatiblility with some DOS disk formatters.
 * Serial Port functionality improved.
 * The 68882 is now reset at boot time.
 * Some programs that use Timer-A will work better (compatability
 * Multiple AES events when scrolling are reduced.

                           Atari (Canada) Corp.
                                Rob McGowan

  QNet3 NANet: Canada Remote Systems, Mississauga, Ont, Home of NANet


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

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Judith Hamner  72257,271

         The Programming marathon is yielding results. If you haven't
 started yet get something ready to upload to the forum by the end of the

 New Uploads:

         PA00.TXT, PA04.TXT, PA05.TXT are three issues of Portable Addic-
 tion uploaded by bj Gleason. Also, AU0891.TXT and AU0991.TXT are the
 Portfolio Columns from the August and September 91 AtariUser.

         PB49UP.ZIP is an upgrade of Pbasic by bj Gleason. This new version
 includes new options for the menu and cmode functions. Also the print
 command now works for different size text.

         JEOPAR.BAS is a Pbasic program by bj Gleason to help keep track of
 your score when you watch Jeopardy. Now you'll really know whether you can
 beat the studio contestants.

         DIAL2.ZIP is a phone dialer by David E. Stewart. This nifty little
 program will let you dial a number directly or from the address book. It
 can also be used as an editor hook to dial a number in your document.

         EDIR.ZIP by Don Messerli lets you view directory listings from
 within the Portfolio's editor. It supports wildcards and pathnames.

         FEET.BAS was written by bj Gleason in response to a Wish List
 entry. It will calculate with feet and inches so that you can easily add
 and subtract mixed fractions. It will also calculate area and volume.

         WC.ZIP is another editor hook by Don Messerli. This program works
 from within the built-in editor to count the lines, words and characters
 in the file you are editing. As a bonus it will also tell you how many
 bytes the file will require on disk when saved.

         LAUNCH.ZIP is a menu program which will scan your current direc-
 tory for files with extensions: TXT, DOC, BAT, BAS, WKS, ADR, and DRY.
 When you select the desired file, the correct program is launched

         CHESS.ARC is an actual PGC format screen dump of Atari's new CHESS
  program for the Portfolio. Ordering information is included.

         Dave Stewart has uploaded a new price list for Atari Products.
 See PRICES.DOC for prices on Atari's new software releases.

         Don Thomas announced that Chess and InstaSpell have joined Power
 Basic in Atari's lineup of new software for the Portfolio. Also, Hyperlist
 is is expected to be released soon.


 > STALKER/STENO STR InfoFile   Stalker 3.0 & Steno 2.0 "A Powerhouse"


 A few notes.....

     After waiting for what seemed to be forever, the box finally arrived.
 I just knew from all I read online, that I'd be installing this very
 carefully.  To my surprise, it installed quickly with minimal effort.  It
 re-configured itself quite well with the converter program too.  The con-
 verter took my "old" Stalker files and converted them to be compatible
 with the newer version 3.0.

     This is the third day I am using this communications package and I had
 to call the folks at Gribnif and let them know I was delighted with the
 system's performance.  So much so that I'd removed both Interlink and
 Flash from my main system.  Interlink WAS my main telcom program and I
 used Flash for any quickie text editing that was needed to be done.  Steno
 more than capably takes care of that need.  Stalker, with all the primary
 transfer protocols built-in, is very powerful and its still the ONLY fully
 screen size compatible Term program available.  My only wish is that it
 had Quick CIS "B".  I am told that this xfer protocol will be in the next
 upgrade revision.


                  ==  STalker 3 - Telecommunications  ==

  STalker 3 is a brand new and completely GEM window based telecom-
  munications program for the Atari ST/TT, its many features include:

  o Full GEM based operation         o Runs 100% in the background
  o Runs as an ACC or PRG            o Emulates VT52, VT100, & PC-ANSI
  o Built-in X/YModem and ZModem     o GDOS support for different fonts
  o Complete Scripting Language      o Complete 220+ page documentation

  Regular Suggested Retail Price:  ...................      $49.95
  Special STReport Reader's Price: .................... ==> $39.95 <==

  To order just call Gribnif's TOLL FREE order line: 1-800-284-4742 and
 mention that you are an STReport Reader wanting the "Special Offer".


 > CHICAGO SHOW NEWS STR SHOW NEWS    "The Midwest Atari Event!"

             ----- Chicago ComputerFest by Atari Update -----

 During the past week, we have added a number of exhibitors to our listing,
 rather than just list the newcomers, here is an updated complete press
 release. Please note that the 8-bit exhibitors are broken out for your

 ----- EXHIBITORS (as of November 1st):
  ABCO Computer Consultants         Mainstreet America
  Apple Annie                       Mars Merchandising
  Application and Design Software   MaxWell C.P.U.
  ASTMUM                            MegaType
  Atari Interface Magazine          Michtron
  Best Electronics                  Micro Creations
  Borland International             Migraph, Inc.
  Branch Always Software            Missionware
  Clear Thinking                    M-S Designs
  Codehead Software                 Motorola, Inc.
  CompuSeller West                  Newell Industries
  CSA Ltd.                          Oregon Research Associates
  D.A. Brumleve                     Phil Comeau Software
  Double Click Software             Rising Star Computers
  Electronic Spinster Graphics      Rimik Enterprises
  GEnie's PC and ST Aladdin RT's    Roland Corporation
  Gribnif Software                  Soft-Logik Publishing
  Goldleaf Publishing               Step Ahead Software
  Guitar Plus                       Sudden, Inc.
  Hybird Arts                       Toad Computers
  JMG Software                      WizWorks!
  Innovative Concepts               Wuztek/OPI

 ----- 8-Bit EXHIBITORS:
  Newell Industries                 Mars Merchandising
  Palette Imaging                   ICD
  Computer Software Services        ReeveSoft
  LJK                               DataQue
  AGDA                              Atari Corp

 ----- BANQUET:
  Gala Chicago ComputerFest by Atari Banquet
  7:00 PM, November 23rd, 1991
  Ramada Hotel O'Hare - Plaza Dining Room
  Capacity- approximately 300

  Tentative Program:
 Bob Brodie and Greg Pratt of Atari Corp present the Midwest Atari
 Regional Council (MARC) Excellence Awards.  Atari Lombard Lynx game
 programmer Steve Ryno will speak about future game systems from Atari.

  Dinner Choices:
 Roast Sirloin of Beef, Marchand de Vin
  Tender Slices of Midwestern Beef with a Rich Red Wine Sauce
 Roast Loin of Pork Calvados
  Roasted Pork Loin Topped with an Apple Cream Sauce
 Chicken Kiev
  A buttered breast of chicken stuffed with herb butter and cheese sauce.
 Grilled Halibut Steak, Sauce Choron
  A Center Cut Halibut Steak accompanied with a buttery herb sauce
  infused with tomato.

 Each of the above include Soup of the day, Gardner's basket salad, a
 seasonal selection of vegetable and potatoes, and Chicago style
 Cheesecake with your selection of Strawberry, Pineapple and Mandarin
 toppings. Coffee and Tea included- cash bar will be available with choice
 of Beer, Wine and Cocktails.

 All of this $25.00 per person (tax and gratuity included).
 Send your banquet ticket order NOW to:

                       Chicago ComputerFest by Atari
                                 c/o LCACE
                               P.O. Box 8788
                         Waukegan, IL  60079-8788.

 ----- PAYMENTS:
 Credit Card Payment is available for banquet and general admission
 tickets! Call the show hotline at 708-566-0682 to order. Be sure to

   Your Name as it appears on the credit card
   Address where to send tickets
   Your Credit Card Type (Visa or Master Card)
   Card Number and Expiration Date
   Your phone number (in case there are questions)
   What tickets and the number you are ordering.
   Your Choice of Entrees (banquet only).

 We will add a $1 service charge for each credit card order, all banquet
 orders must be received by November 8th; advance show tickets by November
 15th. If paying by personal check or money order, please make checks
 payable to "Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts".

 Each general admission ticket entitles the holder to a chance at the
 TT030/8 Color system donated by Atari Corp. Many other valuable prizes
 will be given away during the course of the show. You need not be present
 to win the TT030!


 > STReport's Editorial Page

   From the Editor's Desk

     Being an avid sports fan... most any sports will do, I find myself
 finally angered at Uncle Sam.  I've watch a number of movie greats succumb
 to AIDS along with the tragic depictions recently in Congress.  My anger
 stems from the recent announcement by Magic Johnson.  Why?  Why has the
 government dragged its feet for so long?  Aids and its sinister effects
 were well documented before Reagan took the oath of office.  Yet, till
 this day, the government is STILL not in high gear attempting to find a
 cure for this disaster.  According to a report broadcast this afternoon
 Dr. Salk, the doctor who provided the world with the Polio vaccine, is
 working on a vaccine for the HIV virus.

     The weather has turned snowy and cold over a large portion of the na-
 tion thus encouraging many folks to spend more time indoors.  What a great
 opportunity to get re-acquainted with their ever-faithful Atari computers.
 The TOS upgrades are about to hit the market, the newer designs for the
 MSTE and TT are on the way.  (1.44hd flop, etc..)  The hardware, as always
 is great and getting better all the time.

                       Thanks for the great support....



  STReport's Staff              The regulars and this week's contributors!

                            Publisher - Editor
                             Ralph F. Mariano

          -----------         --------------           ------------
          Robert Retelle      Charles Hill             R. ALBRITTON

  STReport Staff Editors:
          Michael Arthur      Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.     Dana P. Jacobson
          Lucien Oppler       Brad Martin              Judith Hamner
                    John Szczepanik          Dan Stidham

  Contributing Correspondents:
          Michael Lee         Richard Covert           Roger Stevens
          Brian Converse      Oliver Steinmeier        Tim Holt
          Andrew Learner      Norman Boucher           Ben Hamilton
          Neil Bradley        Eric Jerue               Ron Deal
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 > A "TIME OUT!"

                   "Our Prayers and hopes for the future
                        with Ervin _Magic_ Johnson"

                                        ....The Staff of STR


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                             (when available)
                   Call for ABCO's Introductory prices!


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            Odds are, we either have it or, can get it for you!
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                         Includes TWO cartridges!

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

             50mb SQG51   $ 819.00     85mb SQG96    $ 1019.00


                   WE PAY SHIPPING!!!  >BLUE LABEL UPS!<

           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 -

                Atari SLM 804, SLM 804PCV Laser Toner Kits
                            Memorex 2108, 5287
         Oasys Laserpro 5287, 5308, Express 830, Express Series II
                       Silver Express, Gold Express
                      ** $54.95 shipping Included **

                      Atari SLM 605 Laser Toner Kits
        AT&T 593, CAF Laser, DSI Laser, DTP Systems, Epson EPL-6000
         Facit P6060, Fontx Syslaser, Harris3M 2006, M-Tally MT905
       Microtek Turbo PS, OAS Laserpro Executive, Packard Bell 9500
                     TEC LB 1305, Toshiba PageLaser 6
                      ** $41.95 shipping included **
                          (TWO Toner Carts Incl.)

                        Panasonic Laser Toner Kits
           Panasonic KX -P 4000 series, Panafax UF-750 Facimile
                      ** $41.95 shipping included **

                    -- ALL TONER KITS  * IN STOCK * --

                       * Toner Starter Kits-$62.95 *
                    * Replacement (804) Drums-$186.95 *

                    ABCO's Replacement Toner Advantages

     A Few Pointers about the NEW and SUPERIOR replacement Toner Cartridges
     for the SLM 804 and SLM 605 Laser printers.


      o  Better density the OEM Toner under all testing conditions.
         (AVG 1.40-1.50)

      o  Formulation completely compatible with the OEM initial toner and
         supply toner.  This replacement Toner may be added to the Laser
         Printer along with OEM initial toner or supply toner.

      o  The NEW replacement initial toner will maintain a high level of
         quality "much longer" using the replacement toner.

      o  Much smaller drop in density is realized when printing in the
         continuous mode.

     Test Pattern:
                     10 graphic pages
                     1000 text pages  (3 alternating pages)

     Time Schedule:
                     330 prints continuously
                     1 hour pause, 3-4 times a day
                     normally 1000 copies a day
                     maximum 1400 copies a day

                   OEM                        ABCO'S NEW STANDARD
                   ---                        -------------------

     Density       1.30 - 1.40                        1.40 - 1.50

     Yield         92.1 g/1000 copies                 95.3 g/1000 copies

     Waste toner   20.3 g/1000 copies                 14.3 g/1000 copies

     Transfer Rate       78%                                85%

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

                       -* 12 month FULL Guarantee *-
                         (A FULL YEAR of COVERAGE)

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                     DEALERS and DISTRIBUTORS WANTED!
                         please, call for details

                 Personal and Company Checks are accepted.

                        ORDER YOUR NEW UNIT TODAY!

           CALL: 1-800-562-4037   -=**=-    CALL: 1-904-783-3319
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