Z*Net: 30-Nov-91 #9150

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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 30-Nov-91 #9150
Date: Mon Dec  2 15:38:38 1991

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 |    ((    |         November 30, 1991            Issue #91-50
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 |          |  * The Editors Desk............................Ron Kovacs
 | (((   (( |  * Chicago ComputerFest Report.................Mike Brown
 | ((((  (( |  * Chicago ComputerFest By Atari Action...Steve Kostelnik
 | (( (( (( |  * MARC Awards of Excellance....................Hank Vize
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 | ((   ((( |  * Z*Net Newswire........................................
 |          |  * Perusing The Internet...................Bruce Hansford
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 Hope your Thanksgiving weekend has been enjoyable and you ate your
 share of the bird.  I know I did and still feel full!  Sheesh!!

 Starting next week we begin our annual Year In Review series.  This year
 we have changed the format and have some surprises planned.  If you
 would like to participate please leave email!

 Also, next week we will include the transcript of Greg Pratt's speech
 at the Chicago ComputerFest, and more news from the show.

 Happy Holidays!

 * CHICAGO COMPUTERFEST REPORT           by Mike Brown, President- LCACE

 The following is Copyright 1991, Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts,
 and Atari Corp.  Permission is granted for inclusion in Atari User Group
 newsletters as long as the entire text is kept intact.  Other use must
 be approved by LCACE, Atari Corp. and Z-Net Online.

 As most of you probably know, last weekend the Chicago ComputerFest by
 Atari was presented jointly by LCACE and Atari Corp.  Before I get into
 talking about details of the show that most likely won't be covered in
 other reports, I'd like to take a moment and praise LCACE's Special
 Events Chairman, Larry Grauzas, and the members of the Chicago
 ComputerFest organizing committee (in no particular order): Dwight (JJ)
 Johnson, Steve Kostelnik, Dave Moriarity, Joe Julian, Larry Grauzas Sr.
 and Steve Yeaton.  These gentlemen, (and their families) put their
 personal lives, non-show interests, and in some cases, their jobs, "on
 hold" for months to assure that we would have a professional and well
 presented show for all of you.  I have nothing but praise and admiration
 for the fine performance shown by all of "our people" involved.

 I would be remiss if I did not call your attention to the significant
 contributions made by our sister Atari User Groups - MilAtari (gaming
 area), MAST (security), RACC (8-bit and staff), SCAT (staff), and GCACE
 (staff).  The 9 member groups of the Midwest Atari Regional Council (ACE
 also contributed significantly by supplying volunteer labor for set-up,
 breakdown, and day-of-show activities; not to mention sponsoring the
 first annual MARC Excellence awards (more on that later).

 Those of you out there who believe in "no Atari support", should have
 been there to help unload the _two truckloads_ of computers, display
 equipment, literature, promotions and handouts that Atari sent to the
 show site.

 Each and every volunteer worker reporting to the Ramada convention
 center Friday night for show set-up nearly fell over with the sheer
 volume of equipment sent by Atari to be loaned to exhibitors or intended
 for show sales stock.  Added to that were the nice cloth patches and
 other promotional items provided to the show by Atari for the attendees
 (was there anything left in Sunnyvale, Bob?).

 Atari Corp. supported our efforts to get the news of the show out to the
 general public by sponsoring a LYNX giveaway contest on WLUP radio's
 "Steve and Gary" show, "Chet Coppuck on Sports", as well as the award-
 winning "Jonathon Brandmeier" morning show.  In addition, we placed
 newspaper ads in all of the local college papers, and well-designed ads
 appeared in the "Friday" section of the Chicago Tribune (thanks Dave!).
 Our advertising budget alone for this show eclipsed the total show
 budget of both prior LCACE- sponsored AtariFests.

 In addition to hardware, Atari provided over 25 Atari employees.  They
 were not nameless folks either; Greg Pratt, Geoff Earle, Mark Campbell,
 Bill Rehbock, Mike Groh, Mike Fulton, Bob Schuricht, Art Morgan, James
 Grunke, Don Mandell, Sue Ruck and Don Thomas all joined Fest-meister Bob
 Brodie in working the show (just to drop a _few_ names).  The Atari
 staff didn't just stand around and "look cool" either - they were
 clearly in attendance to "take care of business", and did just that!

 Greg Pratt was particularly impressive, always having time for even the
 smallest of questions posed by the show-goers.  I saw Mr. Pratt in
 attendance at many of the seminars, including sitting in on the DTP
 hands-on classes (more about that later too!).  I was left with the
 impression that Mr. Pratt cared very much about the success of this
 show, and truly enjoyed being in attendance - Mr. Pratt is truly "one of
 us" and we should be happy that under his guidance Atari Corp. is
 willing to take significant risks, like the Chicago ComputerFest.

 Atari Corp's display - taking up a full 60 feet of floor space, was
 dominated by the same professional display stands as used at COMDEX and
 CEPS.  All manner of professional solutions were shown in this area -
 there was an Atari representative or Atari business partner at each
 workstation smiling and offering assistance to the attendees.

 Somewhat of an unexpected surprise for most show-goers was the showing
 of Atari UNIX system V running on the TT030.  Art Pruzynski and Diane
 Gurrero of Atari's UNIX team were in attendance to show off their
 progeny.  I only got a peek at UNIX on the TT - but it looked quite
 complete.  BTW - the version being shown is the UNIX version currently
 being shipped to developers.

 Nearby, the Atari Entertainment display offered a row of LYNX kiosks
 loaded with the latest releases (and a few not yet in release) for the
 Lynx system.  Atari provided game designers and staff members to help
 the new players get started, and to provide insight into the secrets of
 the games for experienced Lynxsters.  I hate singling out people, but in
 this case it is really deserved - Louie Moskalski of Atari Entertainment
 was the "man who got things done" for Atari Entertainment.  Gawd, I wish
 I had that level of energy during the show days, Great job Louie!

 Hours prior to the actual opening of the show on Saturday, people were
 beginning to line up in anticipation of getting one of the free
 promotional items offered by Atari Entertainment and Atari Corp.  As a
 matter of fact, when I stumbled down to the foyer of the convention
 center at 7:00 AM Saturday, there were already people in line waiting
 for the 10:00 general show opening.

 I would estimate that there were more than 300 people waiting for the
 opening of the doors at 10:00 Saturday - the waiting line stretched from
 just outside the convention center, past the Quest nightclub and the
 gift shop, nearly to the front desk itself.  The crowd was most patient,
 and the extra security that th hotel provided was not needed.

 To ease the crowd situation somewhat, the Gaming Area in Grand Ballroom
 "B" was opened at 9:30 by the MilAtari crew.  This enabled people to
 relax and have something to do prior to the actual opening of the show.
 I must interject that the MilAtari crew led by Lee Musial did just an
 OUTSTANDING job of handling their area - but this is no real surprise as
 they have been doing an excellent job of handling the computer gaming
 portion of the GenCon gaming fair for many years now.  Sincere thanks to
 Clinton Smith of Atari Portable Entertainment newsletter for helping in
 the gaming area with the LYNX competitions.

 The Chicago ComputerFest was the debut of the Lynx "Value Pack", which
 adds an AC Adpater, Game, ComLynx Cable and carrying case to the basic
 Lynx package - all for a very special price.  The Lynx value packs sold
 so well during the show that Atari had to take back some of the units
 that were loaned to MilAtari for the gaming room so that customer orders
 could be filled!  More than one Gameboy diehard had their mind changed
 by the "hands on" sessions with the Lynx.  If Atari would set up a few
 manned Lynx kiosks on the weekends at malls around the Chicago area
 (Gurnee Mills, anyone?), they would move a ton of Lynx systems before

 The opening of the show was barely controlled pandemonium as you would
 expect - the exhibitors being VERY, VERY busy for the first few hours of
 the show.  Advance ticket sales through local user groups eased the job
 of the ticket sales people, but attendees were still buying additional
 tickets at a furious pace all day Saturday.

 Most of my time Saturday and Sunday was devoted to keeping the 48
 general seminars humming; unfortunately, we had a couple of AV equipment
 failures that required projection equipment to be shuffled around from
 room to room so presenters would have what they needed.  The presenters
 took it all with good humor, even those that were scheduled against more
 popular presentations that drew big crowds.

 In addition to these more conventional "presentation" seminars, we
 offered a series of "instructional" seminars geared to teaching
 participants the basic and advanced techniques of page layout and
 desktop publishing on Atari systems.  Atari loaned us enough equipment
 for 20 "hands on" workstations and instructor equipment; we provided a
 color LCD projection system so that all in attendance could see what the
 instructor was doing.

 ISD Marketing provided master instructor Mario Georgiou to present
 Calamus classes, and SoftLogik provided the highly talented Dan Weiss to
 teach the secrets of PageStream.  Although some balked at the $15.00
 materials cost for these 3-hour presentations, those that attended the
 sold-out sessions (SoftLogik scheduled a second Intro Class Saturday
 night to handle those that were on a waiting list and Tim working
 together at the show; the cross pollination can only do both "worlds"

 I must say that our exhibitors were truly generous with their door prize
 donations - among them were the 105 MB HD unit donated by ABCO, the
 Migraph Hand scanners, and the TT030 Color system donated by Atari.  A
 good estimate of the retail value of the goods given away would approach

 Saturday night brought the Gala Chicago ComputerFest by Atari Banquet
 and MARC Excellence awards ceremony.  The banquet had it's share of
 surprises (a fire alarm was pulled just prior to the actual start of the
 Banquet by one of the many Jerry Garcia fans in the hotel for a concert
 at the nearby Rosemant Horizon), but the biggest surprise was the
 outstanding turnout - we had to ask the hotel to bring additional tables
 in for latecomers!  The formal portion of the program begun with the
 presentation of the first annual Midwest Atari Regional Council awards
 for excellence.  The MARC award winners were selected for their
 outstanding contributions to the betterment of the Atari community by
 the officers of the previously mentioned 9 MARC member-groups.

 MARC chairman Hank Vize gave the attendees a brief overview of the
 purpose and goals of MARC before the actual presentation.  It was my
 pleasure to present Double Click Software, SoftLogik Publishing, and
 Codehead Software with their nicely enameled plaques as a reminder of
 their fine work.  John Eidsvoog and Charles Johnson clowned on stage
 during the presentation, but the "table talk" afterwards revealed that
 both Charles and John were truly moved by the recognition of their

 Next, Bob Brodie, Atari's spokesperson said a few short words, then
 introduced Atari's President - Mr. Greg Pratt.  Mr. Pratt gave a very
 moving talk about the importance of everyone seated in the room as
 "Atari's Business Partners" and outlined the immediate plan of attack
 for Atari in the domestic and international markets.  Mr. Pratt's
 remarks gave the folks assembled a first-hand flavor of what Atari
 exceutives are thinking and planning for the immediate future.  The
 assembled group apparently liked what they heard based on the standing
 ovation given Mr. Pratt and the assembled Atari guests.

 After the banquet, most participants beat a path for the Double-Click or
 MilAtari sponsored cocktail parties which (I am told) went on _very_

 One of the most gratifying things about hosting a national show of this
 nature is the cross-section of the Atari community that you meet.  One
 of the more colorful groups in attendance at this show were the
 Electronic Music / MIDI folk.  The music-industry personalities ranged
 the full spectrum from the dynamic Kest Carter-Morgan and the people of
 ASTMUM (Montreal Canada User Group), to the multi-talented Bob Lytle of
 Guitar Plus, to the beautiful Dana Byrd (redheads get my attention every
 time) of Hybrid Arts.  Guitar Plus sponsored a series of "hands on" MIDI
 instructional seminars that were, unfortunately, sparsely attended.  I
 guess that musicians don't really get cranking until later in the night
 on weekends, right Bob?

 Press coverage of the show was outstanding, with John Jainschigg and
 Peter Donoso representing Atari Explorer with John Nagy representing
 AtariUser magazine, and an international contingent representing such
 far-flung places as Peru!

 The one question that was on everyone's lips during and after the show
 was "will you do it again next year?".  I must say that ball is firmly
 in Atari's court - LCACE, as the "little group that could", does not
 have the financial resources to handle the equipment, hotel, and
 advertising commitments that Atari was able to guarantee.  On the other
 side of the coin, the physical and emotional demands on the LCACE staff
 were truly crushing, we are just now starting to recover from the strain
 of squeezing this puppy out; thinking about next year is just unbearable
 right now.

 Will there be a Chicago ComputerFest by Atari 1992?  If you think that
 there should be, you can help by sending a letter of thanks to Mr. Jack
 Tramiel or Mr. Greg Pratt of Atari Corporation for their sponsorship.
 Bob Brodie tells me that letters of this kind make a _big_ difference in
 shaping Atari policy.  Please take the time to make your opinion heard!

 I feel badly that I was not able to spend more time with each of our
 exhibitors and participants - problem solving and unexpected situations
 kept me busy both days.  When I finally did sit down on Sunday after
 breakdown, I developed severe verigo due to the my body not being in
 motion.  I realize that this is a poor substitute for a personal
 handshake, but thanks to everyone who participated.  I hope that you all
 enjoyed our efforts as much as it appeared you did.

 For myself, after I catch up on a week's worth of sleep, I plan to get
 my guys together and buy them a beer, maybe two.

 Eyewitness Report by Steve Koselnik, LCACE

 * The following article is Copyright 1991, Lake County Atari Computer
 * Enthusiasts and Atari Corporation.  This article may be reprinted in
 * user group newsletters as long as the article is reprinted in its
 * original form, with no deletions or additions.  Any other use must be
 * approved by LCACE and Atari Corp.

 Saturday 11-23-1991

 At 8:00 am they were waiting in the halls for the Show to open at 10:00
 am.  The vendors were busy making final adjustments and finishing their
 booth setup.  Atari Corporation had used two semi-trailers to ship
 systems and components for the exhibitors to use in their booths.
 Everyone was busy.  At 9:30 am the pressure was on.  Tickets were being
 taken for those who wished to enter the MilAtari Gaming Area.  MilAtari
 sported two 16 ST computer MIDI rings setup for competition.  ST and
 Lynx Systems were available for open gaming.

 At 10:00 am the doors opened and the show filled with the attendees.
 The main show floor was made up of 58 booths.  Attached ballrooms were
 used for the MilAtari gaming area with 25 tables and the 8-Bit area
 utilizing 15 tables.  The 8-Bit area held surprises for most.  Atari
 Corporation had used part of one of the semi-trailers to clear out
 remaining 8-Bit equipment at very low prices.  As an example, 65XE Game
 Systems were going for $25.00, also available at very low prices were
 trackballs and light pens.

 The attached "D" concourse was used to house the four seminar rooms and
 the swap areas.  Across the Ramada Hotel was the Plaza and Salon areas.
 The Plaza area was used to host the hands on Desktop Publishing classes
 given on Calamus and PageStream.  SoftLogik scheduled an additional
 class to handle the overflow from the first class.  Only six people
 showed up for the second class, but SoftLogik did not turn them down,
 they gave it anyway.  The Salon area was used for the large
 presentations by Atari Corp.

 By 11:00 am the Fest was in full swing.  The hall was filling up, the
 first two seminars had started, a third was about to begin, the Calamus
 "Beginning Desktop Publishing" class had started, the 8-Bit area had
 people going crazy after the GOOD deals, the gamers were just finishing
 their first hour in the MilAtari gaming area, and the Swap area was
 going strong.

 Atari had the ST Book in their booth and the Atari PC 386DX in the GEnie
 booth.  The Atari area was shared with the Entertainment Division.
 There were Lynx's everywhere.  Some Lynx's had unreleased games in them
 for you to play.  The whole design staff from the Entertainment division
 was there.  Atari Computer division had over 25 people in from
 Sunnyvale.  Don Thomas had a area set up just with all the latest
 Portfolio goodies.

 The day continued to be very busy with seminars scheduled hourly until
 4:00 pm.  The official count was 1,700 attendees on Saturday.  Vendors
 reported sales a bit slow, but Sunday was yet to come.

 Saturday evening a Banquet was held in the Salon Area for over 150.
 Greg Pratt - President, Atari US, was the featured speaker.  He talked
 about Atari's marketing plans and the contract with GE for Atari
 computer repair service.  The MARC Excellence Awards were awarded to
 Soft-Logik and CodeHead for their support of the User Groups, and Double
 Click for their program a week releases of public domain software.

 Editors Note:  See following article on the MARC awards.

 Sunday 11-24-1991

 Saturday night it started to storm as the Fest closed.  Sunday continued
 with everything outside covered with ice and a very cold brisk wind.
 This apparently didn't stop some from attending the Computerfest.  At
 7:50 am there were a few early birds trying to find out what the days
 activities had to offer for them.  The Computerfest opened at 10:00 am
 with a small crowd lined up and waiting to enter.  The "Advanced Desktop
 Publishing Class" presented by SoftLogik started at 10:30 am. was sold

 The Sunday Seminar schedule was full.  Seminars started at 11:00 am. and
 ran hourly throughout the day.  Most vendors said they were having a
 very good sales day even though the crowd was smaller than Saturday.  A
 few vendors were sold out of product by 2:00 pm. Sunday.  The official
 Sunday attendance was 675.

 A TT was donated by Atari Corp. as a door prize and was won by a Tod
 Latam of the Windsor Atari Users Group.

 The Volunteers and Officers of Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts
 wish to thank all those who attended the Computerfest.

 * MARC ATARI EXCELLENCE AWARDS                             by Hank Vize

 MARC Selects First recipients of the "MARC Atari Excellence Awards"

 Last weekend, at the Chicago Computerfest, MARC awarded plaques to three
 developers that showed continued support to our beloved computer
 platform.  The awards were not restricted to developers.  Any and all
 computer events, Atari periodicals, software and hardware developments
 were considered.

 The plagues were presented Saturday night at the Chicago Computerfest
 Banquet by Mike Brown of LCACE, the co-sponsor of this excellent event.
 Preceding Mike, was a brief explanation of MARC, its concept, and goals,
 presented by Hank Vize of EAUG.

 The Midwest Atari Regional Council's first selection went to Soft-logik
 for introduction of PageStream 2.1 and its continued support of user
 groups by offering each registered User group two free copy's of their
 DTP program.

 The second award went to DoubleClick Software for their public domain
 "Program of the Week" campaign. The weekly efforts to the benefit of the
 general Atari community are truly appreciated.

 The final award went to Codehead Software. Dynamic duo, Charles Johnson
 and John Eidsvoog, were selected for their improvements to their utility
 programs.  Hotwire 3.0, Maxifile 3.0, and introduction of Multidesk

 MARC was founded in February 1990 as a means to link local
 communications for ACE-St Louis, Eastside Atari User Group of Alton, IL,
 MDC-RCC Atari SIG and STar of Belleville, IL.  The focus of the group
 was expanded shortly thereafter to a truly regional entity now serving
 12 user groups in the midwest area.  MARC's goal is to act as a common
 communications channel between the member groups, and from the member
 groups to the manufacturers including Atari.  MARC is a non-profit
 organization and charges no dues to groups for membership in MARC.

 User groups, Software and Hardware Developers, etc., can submit requests
 for information via GEnie E-Mail to Hank Vize. GEnie address: H.VIZE.
 Please consider supporting or joining this worthwhile endeavor.


 Atari's first attempt at a co-op show with user groups was a success in
 Chicago last weekend, with over two thousand attending.  Read the
 details in the eyewitness reports in this issue.

 A new corporation has been formed by Double Click Software and Rimik
 Enterprises, two Atari developers.  Eye See, Inc. is intended to be a
 channel into the IBM PC marketplace for developers of Atari products.
 Venture capital is available for full scale marketing and world-wide
 representation of PC converted ST software.  According to Rimik's Rich
 Betson, Eye See Inc. will allow ST developers to remain in the Atari
 market that they enjoy by allowing the PC market to fund them.  Contact
 Eye See at 619-630-1217.

 A 24 page two color booklet from the Independant Association of Atari
 Developers premiered at the Chicago Computerfest last weekend.  An
 impressive layout of offerings of the many IAAD members, the book is a
 primer for showing the scope of available products for Atari computers.
 Of course, phone numbers and addresses of the developers are included.
 The booklet will be included with all new computers sold, and should go
 far to keep "Discovery" bundle buyers from using the machine for the
 proverbial doorstop.  Atari Corp. paid for the production of the booklet
 in support of the IAAD.

 The Discovery XTRA and Home Curriculum packages were available for sale
 at the Chicago show, and are in the Atari warehouses for delivery now.
 The bundles are to feature an upgradeable 520STe, Color Monitor, and a
 software selection worth over $1,000 and sell for around $600.  The XTRA
 pack includes Sim City and other hot games, while the Family Curriculum
 goes far beyond education with a competent word processor, database, and
 spreadsheet that many experienced users will recognize as mid and high
 line products.

 Infamous for their closing of operations of START magazine without
 payment of authors, printers, and disk duplicators, Antic Publishing,
 Inc. is said to be planning to dissolve the corporation at year's end,
 1991.  The company solicited renewals on subscriptions (some $80 and
 more) even after it announced the suspension of publishing, and has been
 unresponsive to subscriber inquiries.  Insiders have said that START
 revenues were regularly diverted into the production of PC HOME JOURNAL,
 Antic's other publication, which will be spun off to a legally new and
 unrelated corporation as of January 1, 1992.  The debts of START are
 apparently intended to die with the name ANTIC, but legal responsibility
 might be proven by lawsuits to survive into the new corporation.  A
 development group has been researching the liabilities of producing a
 START MAGAZINE CD to include all of the text, graphics, and programs
 ever included in the magazine, but are worried that their efforts will
 only bring them lawsuits as well, regardless of contractual protections.

 According to Bill Rehbock, Director of Technical Services at Atari
 Corporation, the announced and expected CDAR505 will NOT be produced at
 any time soon.  Intended for a fall 1991 release, the unit is really a
 Chinon CDX451, readily available at many dealers today.  The sole Atari
 influence was to be the silkscreened name on the front panel and the
 METADOS driver software to be included.  It now appears that these
 additions, along with Atari packaging, will drive the minimum price of
 the CD ROM players to about $50 above what everyone else can get the
 drive for, making it a loss proposition for Atari.  Now, Atari plans to
 promote the use of the 500+meg devices by encouraging production of
 disks and software by releasing METADOS into the community as freeware.
 This will enable any Atari user to buy any SCSI CD player and use it
 immediately on any TT, or with a host adaptor, on any ST.  ICD is
 expected to shortly release a revised HOST software system that will
 allow their Advantage series of host adapters to address the CD devices
 without effort or confusion.  Chinon CDX451 drives are currently
 available at prices as low as $380 from discounters.

 Where's the STylus?  Maybe gone.  The pad-based ST that was said to be
 the future of computing and was at one time expected to be the "WOW"
 unit at COMDEX has been tabled by Atari.  Market studies show that
 everyone is interested in pad computers, but nobody expects to buy one.
 Rather than offer a machine without a market, Atari is putting the
 project into mothballs until and unless the market shows that money is
 to be made.  Despite the 98% accuracy of the outstanding Atari
 handwriting recognition software as compared to the 75% accuracy of most
 PC based units, the STylus is presently judged to be a novelty whose
 time has not yet come.

 Atari's President, Greg Pratt, said while addressing the banquet crowd
 at Chicago's Atari show last week that the new machines coming in 1992
 from Atari will be shown at the Spring CeBIT show in Germany, and will
 be dazzling.  However, he then added that the machines will then see a
 12 to 18 month development before commercial availability, and that the
 current TT and Mega STe will be the mainstay of Atari for most of the
 next two years.  This realistic comment throws cold water on some of the
 hopes of the Atari community who expected an Atari Falcon 68040 on their
 desks in 1992.  A full transcript of Pratt's address will be included in
 next week's Z*NET.

 Atari's move to standardize their ports and accessories has born fruit
 in the closing of a support deal with PLI, billed as "the most trusted
 name in removable hard drive technology".  Atari will be added to Apple
 and NeXT in the lines that PLI will offer Syquest technology removable
 drives, hard drives, rewritable optical library systems, and more.  The
 sexy and tiny PLI boxes are as affordable as any in the market, and the
 Atari name and symbol will begin appearing on all PLI literature between
 those of Apple and NeXT.  SCSI devices, the PLI units work instantly
 with a TT and Atari's HDX software, or with a host adaptor, on any
 Atari.  CO-OP ads with PLI and Atari will begin appearing in Atari and
 other magazines in January.  PLI, 47421 Bayside Parkway, Fremont CA
 94538, 800-288-8754.

 After years of restriction in Atari support due to a CEO that appeared
 to have a grudge against it, Hybrid Arts is happy to announce that a new
 boss and a new outlook is allowing a new growth and support for Atari.
 One of the pioneers in MIDI software and hardware, Hybrid "fired" their
 old boss and replaced him with Chris Pelzar.  The result is a complete
 turnaround of attitude, support, advertising, and development for the
 Atari platform.  Genedit 2.0, an outstanding MIDI editor, was marketed
 many months ago in germany, but was withheld from the US market by the
 old Hybrid.  It was shown and sold to enthusiastic musicians last week
 at the Chicago show.  Digital Master is also going over big, part of a
 new effort by Hybrid to sell what they have rather than what they
 thought they could eventually produce.  Efforts have also begun in
 payment of royalties and fees that have been owed for years to some
 developers of Hybrid's early products.  Hybrid Arts, 8522 National
 Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-841-0340.

 You couldn't buy it yet, but a coupon offered at the Chicago Atari show
 will give a discount on "FLASH II", to be marketed by Missionware
 Software of Illinois.  Flash II is a totally new product, not related in
 any way to the original and very popular FLASH terminal software that
 was sold by Antic Publishing.  Rights to the name and appearance were
 bought by an Australian developer who has created an impressively
 updated clone.  Loaded with new features and protocols, the new Flash
 will be familiar in operation to all the owners of the original.
 "Upgrade" discounts will be offered despite no real obligation to do so
 by the new company.  It'll be well under $50 when it is released,
 hopefully in January 1992.  Missionware is doing the documentation,
 packaging, and worldwide marketing.  354 N. Winston Drive, Palatine, IL
 60067-4132, 708-359-9565.

 Maker of AlberTT and ISAC resolution and color enhancement boards Jay
 Craswell brought his just-completed "LEONARDO 24" card to the Chicago
 show.  Using a standard monitor, it gives over 16 million colors on
 screen at once.  To be eventually bundled and sold with Lexicor's
 software by Lexicor, Jay's company Dover Research offered a $400 price
 for those few who buy the board now from him directly.  The final price
 will be higher, but has not been set as yet.  The pictures shown by Jay
 in the Atari booth were incredible.  Unlike the AlberTT and ISAC boards
 which offer increased resolution and more colors available from a
 palette, the 24-bit Leonardo card works within the "normal" Atari
 resolution but offers all the colors at one time.  More details to come.

 Sony, Apple and Motorola will link up to develop multi-media personal
 computers.  The personal computers are part of the next generation of
 machines that will allow users to store and retrieve moving images,
 voices and data.  Representatives of the three companies had no
 immediate comment on the report, although IBM, which recently announced
 an agreement with Apple, is expected to be a part of this joint

 IBM Chairman John F. Akers announced further actions to streamline the
 company and outlined a plan to reshape IBM into an organization of
 increasingly independent businesses and companies.  The streamlining
 action will primarily involve additional reductions in the company's
 worldwide workforce, resulting in a charge to earnings.  The primary
 focus of the restructuring will be an additional worldwide workforce
 reduction of approximately 20,000 employees.  This will result in a
 charge of about $3 billion against fourth-quarter earnings.  The
 restructuring actions are expected to result in savings of about $1
 billion in 1992 and about $2 billion each year thereafter.

 W. Axl Rose has confirmed that rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin' has
 resigned from Guns N' Roses (GNR).  According to Rose, the band and
 Stradlin' were "going in separate directions and he's not really into
 touring or video or anything like that."

 Mercury Records and the members of Kiss, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and
 Bruce Kulick, today released the following statement:  Eric Carr, our
 drummer for the past 11 years has died after a relentless and valiant
 battle against cancer.  The end came Sunday night, Nov. 24, 1991.

 Family and close friends, including Elton John, gathered Wednesday for
 the cremation of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock group
 Queen, who died of AIDS during the weekend.  Wreaths lined the entrance
 of the West London Crematorium where a 25- minute private service was
 conducted by two Parsee priests.

 * PERUSING THE INTERNET                      Compiled by Bruce Hansford

 Date: 16 Nov 91 20:47:42 GMT
 >From: ....transfer!bu.edu!bucsf.bu.edu!harryk@arizona.edu
 Subject: MultiGEM

 Well, I just received MultiGEM and I'm very *very* impressed...

 Guys (listen Greg and Richard), this beast blows MultiFinder away.. it
 does everything MultiFinder does, plus that you can specify a list of
 programs with each program running in a different configuration.  For
 each program you can set the following:

 -  max amount of memory to be used by the program
 -  if the app is a desktop alternative or a shell you can tell MultiGEM
    to unload the parent every time a child is launched, and load it back
    after the child has terminated (save memory space)
 -  some programs like demos, mac/pc emulators, games, etc replace
    completely the current contents of memory and they take complete
    control of the system...you can have MultiGEM to warn you every time
    you try to run such a program so you can save your work
 -  you can set up to 6 autostart programs (to be loaded automatically at
    bootime), and you can even specify data files to be read by these
 -  any program can be set to execute in Single-Mode...meaning that when
    this program runs all others progs stop multitasking (but remain
    resident in memory)

 Furthermore, TOS and TTP programs are run in their own GEM window,
 accessories are executed by just double-clicking on their icons (as if
 they were normal programs)...you can still have accessories loaded
 normally in the Desk menu but then you limit the number of applications
 you can multitask....

 MultiGEM requires TOS 1.2 or later and it's said to be compatible with
 most applications....

 However I haven't managed to marry it with Gemini successfully...during
 installation MultiGEM says that Gemini has to be autostarted from the
 GEM desktop...but I think it assumes I have TOS 1.4 or later...alas, I
 have TOS 1.2 and I tried to "autostart" Gemini with "startgem.prg"
 through superboot...although they both run successfully (MultiGEM
 *after* startgem) while inside Gemini I had several problems ... and try
 quitting Gemini resulted in system freezing

 Does any of our german friends have a solution for my problem?
 Unfortunately the manual (which is not lengthy at all) does say anything
 about alternative desktop programs and MultiGEM.


 Date: 18 Nov 91 17:59:42 GMT
 >From: ...mips!apple!fernwood!portal!atari!kbad@arizona.edu
 Subject: FSMGDOS - GDOS

 (Gerald Greenberg) writes:
 |> I am currently using WordUp3 and Turbojet drivers for an HP Deskjet

 FSMGDOS requires its own drivers because of the new features of scalable
 fonts.  Drivers are supplied with FSMGDOS for the following printers:
 DeskJet 500, Epson FX80, HP LaserJet, Star NB15, NEC P-series, NX1000,
 Oki 120, HP PaintJet, SLM804, SMM804, Canon BubbleJet.  Of course these
 drivers will work with printers compatible with those above.  Other
 printer drivers are also available.

 (Greg Granger) writes:
 | So much for the famed FSM GDOS.  You need *at least* 2.5 megs to run

 Not true.  With some creative configuration, you can run FSMGDOS in a 1
 meg machine.  All you have to do is use the FSM CPX to set the font
 caches small enough for your machine.  You obviously can't print to an
 Atari laser printer, but other printers use spooling so they don't
 require a full-page buffer in memory.  On the other hand, a hard disk is
 pretty much required if you want to use scalable fonts.

 If memory is really really tight, you can use FONTGDOS.  Smaller than
 FSMGDOS, this new version of GDOS gives you unlimited bitmap font
 availability.  It's also more flexible and MUCH faster than older GDOS
   |||   Ken Badertscher  (ames!atari!kbad)
   |||   Atari Corp. System Software Engine
  / | \  #include <disclaimer>


 Date: 19 Nov 91 04:36:54 GMT
 >From: psinntp!ultb!ritvax.isc.rit.edu!JGM8260@uunet.uu.net
 Subject: More Atari Sales Info

 Again, more information you would never have wanted to know if I didn't
 post it :

 Atari sales, 1989 :
 European : 73%
 N. Amer. : 18%
 Exports  : 4%
 Other    : 5%

 Atari sales, 1990
 European: 83%
 N. Amer.: 11%
 Exports : 3%
 Other   : 3%

 Because of so much overseas sale, Atari's profit/loss also depends a lot
 on exchange rate fluctuation .........

 Can't prove it or post it as yet, but I came across something, I believe
 a SEC filing or something of that nature, where Atari mentions "table-
 top game consoles" for release in the first quarter(?) of 1992 ....
 guess the Jaguar isn't all rumor after all ..... Unless they've socketed
 a 68030 into the 2600 VCS machines .......



 Date: 19 Nov 91 08:15:41 GMT
 >From: ....uhccux!uhunix.uhcc.Hawaii.Edu!jww@ames.arpa (Jack W. Wine)
 Subject: Motorola/Atari article

 There was mention earlier of a Computer Design article about Atari's use
 of Motorola processors in their present and planned computer/game
 systems.  The article in the Oct. '91 issue deals with the theme of RISC
 processors providing tough competition for Motorola in the embedded
 control market.  The authors are Jeff Child and Dave Wilson.

 The sections regarding Atari and some of the Motorola processors being
 considered/used by Atari are excerpted.

 -------------------- Begin article...

      "RISC Champions Challenge Motorola In Embedded Control"
 /    \S the dark ages of CISC-based embedded control draws to a close,
 the curtain seems certain to rise on the RISC renaissance.  But CISC is
 unwilling to abdicate it's throne.  Instead of playing dead, it produces
 many heir willing to fight for the future of CISC in embedded control.

 [The right panel illustrates a jousting match with Motorola as a lone
 knight astride a stallion in elaborate panoply, readying a lance against
 a line of knights who wield weapons and shields bearing their corporate

 The assault on the 68000 family is coming from RISC-based embedded
 machines that promise a two- to five-time performance improvement at a
 similar cost.  To counter this attack on its design base, Motorola has
 dressed up and stripped down the 68000 in an attempt to make it appeal
 to a broader audience.  Currently, the company offers an integrated 32-
 bit microcontroller family, the 68300, as well as a cost reduced family
 of derivatives, dubbed the 68EC000 series.  The result is a range of
 processors that offer "near" 68K software compatibility at prices that
 will eventually start at $1.

 Through the EC series of processors, Motorola is trying to accelerate
 the adoption rate of 68000 family processors in embedded system designs.
 Cost-reduced EC versions are becoming available just month after the
 mainstay 680X0 processor line.  The company has already announced EC
 versions of the 020, 030 and 040, and has divulged that an EC050 will be
 available six months after the introduction of the 050.

 Motorola currently offers the 68EC030--an 030 without an on-chip MMU.
 Next will come the EC040, a 040 derivative processor without the MMU or
 floating-point unit.  Somewhere in between the 040 and EC040 will be a
 processor that may incorporate the MMU, but not the FPU, or vice versa.

 Rather than strip functions, the 68300 processor family lets Motorola's
 chip designers add modular microcontroller peripherals to the 68000
 architecture via an on-chip bus.  In addition to a 68020 core, the 68300
 series sports smart peripherals that can help off-load tasks from the
 core processor.  One example is the timer processor unit (TPU) found on
 the 68332.  The CPU can assign tasks to the TPU, and the timer controls
 the task to completion, only then interrupting the CPU.  This approach
 minimizes the interruptions to the CPU, freeing it to perform other

 [Parts skipped about Houston Instruments and other companies using

 Like Houston Instruments, Atari has used the 68000 as a workhorse
 processor for years.  But unlike Houston Instruments, Atari's game
 applications could use all of the power that dedicated RISC processors
 could deliver--if only they were less expensive.  Presently, a common
 Atari design approach uses a 680X0 as a system controller, talking
 across a common bus to several pipelined digital signal processing (DSP)
 chips that perform dedicated graphics operations--matrix, perspective,
 translation, clipping and filling calculations.  The results of the DSP
 chip calculations are fed to a common frame buffer, where a Texas
 Instruments TMS34010 performs the graphics drawing function.

 The 68EC020, an EC part is now being designed into a new Atari arcade
 game.  The EC020 has helped Atari improve the graphics performance of
 the system.  "The removal of the MMU wasn't critical in our
 application," explains Richard Miller, Atari's vice-president of
 engineering.  "What helped was the reduction in the processor cycle time
 that meant memory accesses were preformed faster.  For a standard
 operation like a memory fetch, a 68K takes about four cycles.  The EC020
 brings that down to three," he says.  That feature helped improve the
 graphics performance.  Having previously used the 020, Miller said it
 was easy to use the EC020.  "Even though Motorola added a couple of new
 instructions in the instruction set," he explains.

 Beyond the EC020, Miller admits that he's interested in RISC.  "But
 we're limited in the prices we can charge for our products.  We have to
 go to the lower end for processors," he says.  "typically, we max out
 the capability of whatever system we design.  What happens is that the
 programmers have to write some of the key software routines in assembly
 language.  The big benefit we would get out of RISC is that our
 programmer can write code in C, saving them the time of having to
 optimize the code.  It's a question of time-to-market and being more
 efficient with the design staff," he concludes.

 Atari has looked at a number of RISC processors.  "But to move over to
 RISC, the price/performance would have to be there," say Miller.  "At
 present, most RISC solutions aren't quite where we would like them."
 Another concern Miller raises is the availability, quality and cost of
 development systems, languages and compilers.  "Poor to good," is how
 Miller describes them.  "It seems like the best processors that are
 being supported by tools are in the PC family, and that's not really
 suitable for our particular applications," he adds.

 ---------------------- End article

 Something that isn't clear in the article is whether Atari will apply
 their game design to their ST/TT systems.  I'm also not sure if the
 "arcade game" actually was something for the home.   Someone posted that
 a Mega STe with a 68020 was being designed, but it seems likely that it
 will use a 68300 series chip.  And if Atari is looking for a RISC chip
 that is cheap, then the PgC 7600 deserves a look, because it is 200 mip/
 $20.  I don't have the address for Sinclair Research/PgC Ltd/Taos
 located in Cambridge, U.K., but I would trade a can of macadamia nuts
 for the information.


 Date: 19 Nov 91 08:30:38 GMT
 >From: ....uhccux!uhunix.uhcc.Hawaii.Edu!jww@ames.arpa (Jack W. Wine)
 Subject: ST ads in mags

 Although Atari may not advertise much, there's still some indication of
 their presence in Japan.  The October '91 issue of Ascii magazine has an
 ad for two types of 1040 STe music packages, the "Midia Pack Alpha" and
 the "Midia Pack SL/2."  The bundle consists of a 1 MB STe w/ the C-Lab
 Notator ALPHA or a 2 MB STe w/ the Notator SL (Ver. 3.1).  Also included
 with the packages is an SM-124 monitor.  The price for the systems
 sounds very high; the "Pack Alpha" costs about $1400 and the "Pack SL/2"
 costs about $2000!

 I don't know anything about MIDI software, but the prices seem too high,
 especially when the same issue has ads with Mac Classic packages (2 MB,
 45 MB internal HD) selling for about $1500.

 Besides the Mac, Amiga and Atari, there is another 68K-based machine
 >from Sharp called the X68000 and they recently introduced an enhanced
 version called the X68000 XVI ("ex vee eye").  Some of its features are
 a 16 Mhz 68000, 1024x1024 display w/ 16 colors (768x512 w/ 65,636
 colors), hardware sprite support, 8 voice 8 octave AD PCM and FM stereo
 sound, and video digitisation capability.  It runs with an OS called SX-
 Window and also has OS-9 as an option.  A two-drive system with a 14"
 color monitor sells for about $2500.

 The ad for the Sharp XVI seems to be directed toward the rebel, because
 it depicts a guy in half-shadow (looking more grim than happy :| ) and
 it touts the 16 Mhz speed and performance of the Motorola 68000 CPU
 everywhere.  The actual computer is housed in a dark, "Manhattan-style"
 mini twin-tower case.  I know it won't be sold outside of Japan, but it
 would have provided incentive for the other companies to deliver
 innovative products (though I'm not sure why Sharp doesn't have a 68020/
 30 version).

 If there's something to rebel against, it's the stranglehold of NEC who
 holds about 50% of the PC market with its line of 98-series systems
 which are based on 80x86 processors.  To break NEC's dominance, IBM
 Japan formed the Open Architecture Developers Group (OADG) to which 23
 manufacturers like Hitachi, Toshiba and Sony have joined.  Their goal is
 to provide systems that are compatible with each other, like the IBM
 compatibles that are mostly made for export.  Current IBM ads proclaim
 WAO ("We are open"), but only show machines like the PS/2 50Z which is
 based on an ancient 80286 processor.  (There are also ads which have an
 Intel slogan "Intel in it," which makes it sound like they are deep in

 Ascii also has an article about computer magazines in Europe and the
 pictures of German shop windows show lots of stuff!  Under the heading
 of "Das Magazine fur aktive PC-anwender," there are mags like Personal
 Computer World, ST Magazin, c't, Kick Start, Amiga, 64'er, 128'er,
 68000'er, (er 49'er?), a mag with a dark title but shows a /|\ ("Fuji"),
 alles uber, VMEbus, Power Play, etc, besides the well-known American
 mags.  I don't understand why U.S. shops don't have that kind of


 Date: 19 Nov 91 21:51:06 GMT
 >From: .....nucsrl!tellab5!chinet!saj@arizona.edu (Stephen Jacobs)
 Subject: Atari earnings

 Atari released their quarterly earnings report last week.  The quick
 summary looked cleaner than any report of theirs in the last 18 months.
 They reported 3 cents a share earnings for the quarter.  This is right
 in line  with the $1.75-or-so stock price and a modest amount of

 Regarding other recent postings on Atari's business: while Papa Jack
 (saves having to spell THAT NAME) is technically not an insider, and The
 holdings of Warner Communications are technically not in the hands of
 insiders, for any practical purpose they really should be counted as
 insider holdings.  That means Atari is about 80% owned by insiders, so
 those of us who own a  few Atari shares really are just spectators.


 Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1991 21:46:35 -0600 (CST)
 Subject: Info-Atari16 Digest V91 #612

 Jason at jdemlow@andy.bgsu.edu asks:
 >I'm looking for a monochrome SM124 monitor or equivalent and either a
 >good laser (Atari model is fine) or ink jet printer.

 A great equivalent replacement for the SM124 is the NEC GS2A white
 phosphor multisync.  I have used one for three years on both my Atari ST
 and more recently on my Macintosh LC and it works great on either

 Ink Jet printer recommendations from here would be the Hewlett Packard
 DeskJet, any model.  Not only does it work great with the ST *and* the
 Mac, but also has a vast library of utilities located on the various
 nets.  I have had my old tried and true DeskJet "Classic" ever since the
 first month it was released (never upgraded) and am still quite happy.

 Larry Rymal <Z_RYMALJL@CCSVAX.SFASU.EDU>|>ST & Mac Users of East Texas<|
       Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas


 * PERUSING GENIE                                         Compiled by EK

 Copyright (C)1991, Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the Atari  Roundtables.
 May be reprinted only with this notice intact.  The Atari Roundtables on
 GEnie are *official* information services of Atari Corporation.  To sign
 up for GEnie service,  call (with modem)  800-638-8369.  Upon connection
 type  HHH  (RETURN  after  that).   Wait  for   the  U#=  prompt.   Type
 XJM11877,GEnie  and  hit  RETURN.  The system  will  prompt you for your

 Games on the Mega STE and TT

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 9,  Topic 28
 Message 53        Wed Nov 27, 1991
 MIKE-FULTON                  at 04:36 EST

 I saw a few older messages that indicated some confusion about why some
 games would work on a TT030 or Mega STE and why some games will not.  I
 think I can offer a little insight here which may help.

 Some games use a standard GEMDOS-readable format.  These games have an
 AUTO folder which is supposed to get executed at boot time.  We'll call
 these games Category 1.

 Some games do not use a standard GEMDOS directory format, and therefore
 do not have files and folders that GEMDOS can understand.  These games
 do not have AUTO folders.  Instead, they have a small amount of
 executable code on the very first sector of the disk, which is called
 the boot sector.  We'll call these games Category 2.

 When _any_ Atari TOS-based machine is booted, the system looks at the
 boot sector of drive A to see if it is executable.  If it is, then it
 loads it and gives control to the program in it.  This program can
 either do something and give control back, or keep control altogether.

 With Category 2 games, the program on the boot sector primarily loads a
 larger program from the disk which loads the rest of the game.

 However, if the boot sector on drive A is not executable, then the
 system looks for a Drive C boot sector before continuing to boot from
 drive A.  On a Mega STE and TT030, however, there is a built-in delay
 period before this happens.  This is designed to give hard disk drives
 time to come up to speed, so that the boot sector will be accessible
 when the system asks for it.

 Here's where the problem occurs, but it's easy to work around.  On the
 Spectrum Holobyte games, they use the regular GEMDOS-style disk format
 with an AUTO folder.  However, if you're on a TT030 or Mega STE with a
 built-in hard disk, once the hard disk is up to speed, then the system
 isn't normally going to end up booting from a floppy disk that fits in
 Category 1.

 There are three ways around this (at least).

 First, hitting a key during the delay period ends it, even if the hard
 disk is not up to speed.  And if the hard disk is not up to speed, then
 the system will boot from floppy.  Generally, if you hit a key within
 the first five seconds after turning on the machine, you are guaranteed
 to not have the hard disk up to speed yet.

 Second, with the Atari Hard Disk Driver, holding down the Alternate key
 during booting will disable it, and the system will boot from floppy
 instead.  (They may use a different keystroke, but all non-Atari hard
 disk drivers should have a similar feature.)

 Third, there is a program in the library named NOROACH.  It writes out a
 small program to the boot sector of a floppy disk, but without affecting
 the GEMDOS information stored there.

 The boot sector program written out to the floppy does two things.
 First, it displays an icon in the top right corner of the screen when
 you boot.  This lets you know that there is no virus on your disk
 (because the icon takes up the space where a virus would go).  Second,
 it allows you to customize the delay period on a TT030 or Mega STE, so
 you don't have to hit a key to abort the delay period.

 Normally, NOROACH is used to set the delay to just slightly more than
 how long your hard disk takes to come up to speed (most hard disks take
 10-25 seconds).  However, it could also be used to set the delay to just
 1 second, insuring that your hard disk won't be ready (if booting from
 power-off) and that the system will therefore boot from floppy.

 This method will work in many cases but it carries a warning:  Make sure
 your disk doesn't already have some information in the boot sector that
 the game depends upon, and that the disk does indeed have an AUTO
 folder.  Also, do this on a backup of your original disks only.  (Most
 disks which are eligable for this method will probably not be copy


 By the way, I found a method from Cary Gee upstairs to get FOTI up and
 going on my TT030.  I'd tried before without success.  Since I've done
 it this way, I have had no problems with using it from the hard disk,
 and it may also work on a Mega STE.

 First, _have nothing active_ in the AUTO folder, and _NO_ desk
 accessories. Nada.  Zip.  Zilch.  I don't care what it does.  Leave
 things active at your own risk.

 Second, put the machine in ST-low rez.

 Third, turn the 68030 cache off.  (I'd try 8mhz, with no RAM cache on a
 Mega STE)

 Fourth, run the program.

 Fifth, have a blast.  The program is _VERY_ smooth on a TT030.  Screen
 updates are marvelous.


 Future multitasking on the ST

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 14,  Topic 13
 Message 86        Tue Nov 26, 1991
 TOWNS [John@Atari]           at 15:23 EST

 I would like to respond to a couple of the comments here.

 1. Atari hasn't specifically said that 68000 multi-tasking is out of the
    question.  I believe that we have said that we are looking into the
    possibility of multi-tasking on 68000 machines and we are working on
    multi-tasking in general.  However, we are not and have not done
    anything specific to limit multi-tasking to the 68030.

 2. The 68000 doesn't have the ability to do hardware memory protection.
    This is really needed to do multitasking.  Otherwise, programs can
    and do occasionally step all over each other.

 3. I don't believe a decision has been made.  I think we will evaluate
    the situation and see what we can do.

 4. Multi-tasking on a 8Mhz 68000 is going to be VERY slow.  As they say,
    be careful what you ask for.. you may get it! ;-)

 I will let you know when I hear more on the subject.

 -- John Townsend, Atari Corp.

 32meg TT-RAM board

 Atari ST-Roundtable
 Category 28,  Topic 13
 Message 78        Fri Nov 22, 1991
 K.BROOKS1 [New Horizon]      at 01:08 EST

 Ok people......the board is HERE NOW!!  The GE Soft TT RAM board arrived
 and is redesigned from what Jim Allen saw this fall.  The layout is more
 organized.  It has vertical SIMM panel slots with two sets of banks
 identified in the literature as Banks 1 & 2.  These are used in varying
 RAM configurations for the 4Mb-8Mb-16Mb-20Mb and 32Mb setups.  It is a
 honey of a board.  Note from GE Soft *DO NOT USE SIEMENS 4MBx8pin or
 4Mbx9pin SIMMS.  Recommended RAM is Samsung or Toshiba as these are the
 units GE Soft has reliably tested with the board.  Not sure why a TI or
 NEC or Hyundai etc wouldn't work but Samsung and Toshiba are apparently
 guaranteed to work properly.  We've brought in some page-mode RAM and
 nibble-mode to try in the board.  We'll benchmark the TT using both and
 let you know the results.  We're also sourcing RAM prices in a variety
 of locations.  Maybe some of you are interested in trying mail-order RAM
 but not me when I've got that much $$$ wrapped up in the board and the
 TT - I don't want anything going south because I used the wrong SIMMs.

 The board is larger than the Atari unit.  On earlier TT's it is
 necessary to alter the metal RF shielding to go over the end of the
 board with the RAM installed.  You must also put down non-conductive
 cardboard (I prefer non-static plastic) between the bottom of the board
 and the larger metal shielding so there's no chance of shorting the ends
 of the pins.  Newer TT's with the painted RF shielding should have no
 problem whatsoever with installation.

 We'll be posting new, confirmed prices for the populated boards very
 shortly as soon as the selected RAM suppliers get back to us with
 pricing - again its hard to pin down good prices when we have no idea of
 quantity yet.  If you have a TT and want to go this avenue to get up to
 42Mb of RAM on board (ST/TT combined), then let us know....see CAT 4/
 TOPic 19 for details.

 More by this weekend.  Any questions, let us know here or over in CAT 4
 or by EMail to myself of Bruce (B.KLASSEN) and keep in mind GE Soft
 tells us the boards will go out of stock very quickly on the next
 production run as those European folk snap them up quickly!  Nuff said I
 hope.... ...if ya wants one, speak up sharply!

 Keith Brooks New Horizon Computer Systems Ltd. Calgary, Alberta
 Telephone - 403-225-1160 (M.S.T.) FAXsimile - 403-271-1398

 Flash 2

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 8,  Topic 5
 Message 72        Wed Nov 27, 1991
 J.TRAUTSCHOL [jtrautschold]  at 21:00 EST

 Hi all!

 (My ears were burning...)

 Yes, we did show Flash 2 at last weekends Chicago ComputerFest and the
 interest in it was just short of fantastic.

 We have not yet announced a release date.  Earlier we had hoped for a
 release around the middle of December, but I doubt that we'll make it by
 then.  Quite honestly, it's looking to be closer to the end of January..
 possibly February.

 The one thing we definitely want to do is to make as sure as humanly
 possible that there are no bugs floating around and that the manual is
 complete.  We figure that you'd rather wait a few extra months than get
 a buggy product!

 And what Jonsey said is true...we've got a slew of beta testers banging
 away not only at the various emulation modes but at the basic program
 itself.  We want to make sure that it runs on all ST/TT machines.  (You
 ought to see my office...I've got a 1040ST, 1040STe, Mega STe and TT
 sitting here just trying to break the program!)

 Once the program is released, we'll open up a special topic for Flash 2
 to answer all of your questions.  For now though, if you didn't attend
 the show and would like to latch on to the information we handed out
 about the program, I'd be more than happy to send you an information
 sheet.  Just send me a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) and I'll
 get you the promotional literature as well as a form for latching on to
 our "show special"!

 Our address is:         Missionware Software
                         354 N. Winston Drive
                         Palatine, IL   60067-4132

 Thanks for your interest!

 BTW...the reason we haven't opened a topic on it yet is purely time.  We
 are literally working around the clock trying to get the program ready
 and that leaves little time for answering questions.  Thanks in advance
 for your patience.  I will try to answer as many questions as humanly
 possible though!

 And for those that are curious...the program is a brand new program by a
 brand new author down in Australia by the name of Paul Nicholls.  He's a
 part of Sunsoft Systems Pty Ltd.  Missionware Software is writing the
 manual and will be handling worldwide distribution.

 - John T.

 News from the Chicago Computerfest

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 11,  Topic 10
 Message 366       Mon Nov 25, 1991
 D.A.BRUMLEVE [kidprgs]       at 19:09 EST

 I want to thank the folks from LCACE, the legions of volunteers from
 other participating clubs, and Atari for the Chicago ComputerFest this
 weekend!  It was a very unusual fest indeed...So what was different, you

 I'll tell you!  First of all, the show had been promoted to the general
 public, and at least a portion of the general public showed up!  There
 were radio ads and promotions (Lynx give-aways) before the show.  Many
 devoted 8-bit, ST/TT, Portfolio, and Lynx users did come, but we also
 met many people who didn't know Atari made computers, who came to find
 out about desktop publishing in general, to play in the game contests,
 etc.  Since non-users did come, I think it's safe to assume that other
 non-users also heard the ads and thus grew in Atari awareness.  There
 are pros and cons to a mixed audience such as this, but it was most
 gratifying to see new users walking off with a Discovery Pack or Family
 Curriculum bundle.

 Did I say "bundle"?  Sure did!  Atari brought their new hardware/
 software bundles (adopted from Atari UK) for participating dealers to
 sell in their booths.  I was disappointed that the STBook was not yet
 ready for sale, but they did have one for show-goers to play with in the
 professional display stand area.  This area used the same workstations
 that have adorned the Atari displays in professional trade exhibitions
 such as Comdex and CEPS.  Various professional "solutions" were shown

 Most fests I've been to offer demonstration-type seminars: a developer
 presents his product(s) to the audience, takes questions from the
 audience, sings Neil Young tunes, and provides insights on his
 experience in the Atari marketplace.  This show had seminars like those,
 but it also had training workshops, opportunities for people to gain
 skills in a hands-on situation with an expert teacher.  In this case,
 the training sessions dealt with desktop publishing with Calamus and
 PageStream.  These classes were so popular that they even had to add an
 additional session of the beginning PageStream class!  I wish I had been
 free to attend one myself.  While I have seen the opportunity for
 education at other shows, especially WAACE, this is the first time I've
 seen it formalized in the form of workshops.  It would be great to see
 more of these kinds of seminars covering a wide variety of interest

 Atari brought truckloads of equipment, and part of this included Atari-
 related paraphenalia.  I'm a paraphenalia freak myself.  I collect
 buttons and patches and stickers and mugs and balloons and pins and pens
 and hats and anything that has the Atari logo.  While the show-goers
 weren't treated to quite _that_ much variety, there were two kinds of
 shoulder patches, balsa planes, copies of Atari Explorer...Plenty of
 "free" stuff for the price of admission.  (For a small fee, I picked up
 a nifty Atari pin at the EAUG user group booth, too.)

 Atari brought an amazing amount of equipment for use by developers, for
 sale by dealers, and for door prizes.  This is the first time I remember
 a grand prize as exotic and expensive as the TT.  But it's also the
 first show I remember at which 8-bit XEs were given away as prizes
 courtesy of Atari.  Atari had cleared a warehouse of all sorts of 8-bit
 equipment, and devoted 8-bitters had a veritable feast.

 Atari and the IAAD debuted a joint venture at this show.  Participating
 IAAD members had contributed information on their products which was
 published by Atari (via Atari Explorer) to help inform the public on
 software and hardware products available to support Atari's ST/TT
 series.  These brochures were available at the main entrance and at the
 Atari Explorer booth.

 It really was a show for "firsts".  Greg Pratt spoke at the banquet
 Saturday night.  Now, I admit it's probably _not_ the first time Greg
 Pratt has given a speech, but it's the first time _I've_ heard him give
 one, and that was surely true also for most of the people in the room.
 It was also the first banquet I've attended that was preceded by a fire
 drill, complete with alarm and yellow-coated firemen.

 OK, it wasn't the first show at which the MidWest Atari Regional Council
 had been mentioned.  In fact, back at the MIST show in Indianapolis in
 the summer, MARC organizers had been in evidence.  They had held a
 meeting for interested groups at that time.  But the Chicago
 ComputerFest was the first show at which this new coalition of users
 groups in my area offered their "MARC Excellence Awards"!  Nifty plaques
 were awarded to the CodeHeads, Double-Click, and SoftLogik.
 Congratulations to the _excellent_ winners!  [Say, any group in our
 general midwest region who is interested in learning more about MARC,
 please contact H.VIZE (Hank) or W.LORING1 (Bill) here on GEnie.]

 There were disappointments (no remote control in my hotel room!),
 glitches, no-shows, but my overall impression of the show is one of warm
 enthusiasm.  Over half the members of my own user group attended, and
 all were glad they had.  One of our main MIDI-enthusiasts spent Saturday
 talking to Roland's representatives.  One member won a t-shirt from OPI.
 Another won one of those Atari XEs _and_ a computer toolkit.  One
 brought his family and concentrated on the gaming areas.  Another friend
 claimed to have seen and done _everything_; I don't really think this
 was possible. ;-)

 I brought my sister along to this show as I sometimes do.  She's a
 computerphobic from way back, but she really got into this show.  She
 strutted around in her ComputerFest shirt, helped me lug my equipment,
 attended the banquet and _enjoyed_ it!  I had my educational consultant
 on hand tending my booth, so I was free to do some shopping myself.

 While I'm on this subject, I should mention the well-planned show
 program.  The LCACE desktop publishers did a fine job, from the color
 scheme selected (blue on gray) to the arrangment of the segments.
 Believe me, my ad's appearance on the inside front cover has no bearing
 on this judgment. ;-)

 I debuted my Learning Games Packet, a collection of 10 mainly pd/
 shareware instructional programs.  I also debuted my fuji rubber stamps
 in the guise of "instant tattoos".  We offered a one-time tatooing free
 of charge; to maintain the effect, customers would just have to shell
 out for the actual rubber stamp.  Didn't sell very many of 'em, but I
 sure did see a lot of skin!

 Weird, fun show!  Thanks to Mike, Larry, JJ, Joe, and all the LCACE and
 other volunteers!  Thanks to Mr. Pratt (somehow, I just can't quite say
 "Greg" here ;-), Bill, Bob, John J. and all the Atari crew!  Same time,
 next year?

 --D.A. Brumleve
   Member, IAAD, speaking for herself but just pointing that out in case
   somebody wonders what the IAAD is and wants to ask me

 Atari-ST RoundTable
 Category 11,  Topic 10
 Message 369       Tue Nov 26, 1991
 JMGSOFT [George @ JMG]       at 00:11 EST

 David and I got back this morning from Chicago (for some insane sort of
 reason, David decided to check out last night and spend the entire night
 driving back home, a good 8 hours in normal weather; with the blowing
 snow and iced roads, it took over 10 hours).

 I must give a big thanks and "good job" to both LCACE and Atari, each
 did a terrific job in putting this show together.  Well organized, lots
 going on, and Atari support to an extent I've never seen before.

 It is a pity about the snowy, blustery weather on Sunday, many think
 turnout would have been more with a little nicer day.  Still, turnout,
 especially on Saturday, was quite good, and there were lots of
 interesting people to talk to.

 We ourselves managed to show a few firsts at a trade show, and impressed
 a lot of people by showing them new things that the didn't know there
 Atari's could do.  Among our list of new things was demonstrating
 HyperLINK running on a network, in this case between a TT and Mega STE.
 We were showing loading applications and accessing databases over the
 network, including file sharing.  To my knowledge, this is the first
 "regular" Atari application to use network database features if present,
 supporting Atari's new file and record locking specifications.  The
 network driver we were using was Universal Network, also being shown at
 the A&D Software booth at the show, and it performed very well indeed.

 Another show first for us was being able to show off HyperLINK running
 on a large screen monitor, in this case a TTM194 19" screen.  Sure, we
 had ordinary machines and monitors showing as well (HyperLINK was
 running on a Stacy, a MegaSTE, and two TT's at our booth), but a large
 screen monitor shows off some of HyperLINK's features even better.  We
 were able to show five or six things going on at the same time in
 different HyperLINK windows.

 And the Chicago show also represented the introduction of our latest
 version of HyperLINK, 1.6, and our new "point and click and drag" report
 generator.  In the end, our demos were very well received and sales were
 pretty good too.

 A final thanks to everyone who dropped by, whether to buy a copy, to see
 a demo, or just to say hi.  It was a fun show for both David and myself.

 In this case, I can't say that much about the rest of the show, since
 most of my time was spent in our own booth, but from my brief wanderings
 I can say without hesitation that anyone who missed this show missed one
 of the most diversified, impressive displays of ST software and stuff in
 North America to date.

 As this was the last show of the season, David and I can now get back to
 every day sort of work (putting out a new newsletter, adding to our
 manual, putting some more demos together, etc); however I look forward
 to seeing everyone sometime next year.

 -- George @ JMG Software.


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