ST Report: 17-Jan-92 #803

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 01/19/92-10:19:19 AM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 17-Jan-92 #803
Date: Sun Jan 19 10:19:19 1992

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                WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (January 17)


 DO YOU HAVE THIS FILE?  STARTKEY - A desk accessory keyboard  macro system
 for your  Atari ST.   This  programs enables  you to assign commonly typed
 phrases and command strings  to  a  single  keystroke.    Also  useful for
 accessing foreign symbols directly through the keyboard.

 File: STARTK.ARC in Library 4 ("Utilities").  Also download...
 File: STARTK.DOC in Library 4 ("Utilities") for documentation.

 DO YOU  HAVE THIS  FILE?   CAPITAL FUN  - A  program for the Atari ST that
 makes discovering the  fundamental  capitalization  rules  fun!   Features
 color and digitized sound.
 File CAPFUN.ARC in Library 5 ("Applications").


 For MIDI  Enthusiasts, Maxwell CPU has released a freeware MIDI controlled
 slide show program.  DEGAS  image  colors  are  controlled  by  the tempo,
 dynamics, chords  and notes  input through the MIDI port.  GO ATARIVEN and
 download file DANCE.LZH from LIBRARY 6 ("Maxwell CPU").


 Please read file SUPRA.V32 in LIBRARY  15  ("Supra  Corp.")  of  the Atari
 Vendors Forum  (GO ATARIVEN) for information on Supra's new 9600 and 14400
 baud fax-modems.


 Just a  little teaser  ... We've  already received  commitments from Atari
 Corp. and  other vendors  who have  donated prizes to be given away during
 the 24-hour Port-A-thon to be held on Feb 21-22. So  far over  54 hardware
 and software  prizes have been donated.  A list of prizes and vendors will
 be published shortly.

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   Issue #03

 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  -- Each US Home to have 2.2 Computers by 1999

 According to a survey by Channel Marketing Corp., there could be more
 PCs than children in each US home by 1999 with an average of 2.2 PCs in
 each home.

 It is estimated that 7 million home computers were purchased in 1991, up
 from 5.1 million in 1990 and there were a total of more than 30 million
 PCs in use in more than 28 million US households.

  -- IRS Expects 10 Million Electronically
     Filed Returns This Year

 According to the Iternal Revenue Service, taxpayers in every state may
 file their returns electonically this year even if they owe taxes. The
 IRS expects 10 million couples and individuals to take advantage of this
 electronic filing, up from 7.5 million last year.

  -- "Blue Book" Estimates Used Computer Values

 After publishing automotive "Blue Books" for 18 years, Orion will be
 introducing a new "Blue Book" for the computer market in March.  The
 Orion Consumer Computer Blue Book will have 25,000 listings of the
 estimated value of computers and related equipment and will contain no

 According to the company, the computer blue book will offer consumers
 the opportunity to search alphabetically, then by model for the new,
 used and wholesale prices of computers. The book also takes into account
 the condition of the item, whether or not it is in "mint" or average
 condition, in estimating the wholesale value.

 A clip from the computer blue book shows an Apple IIe, with 128K of RAM,
 a 10MB hard disk, and a 143K floppy disk drive as retailing for $3,495,
 but when used is only worth $245. The new Apple Quadra 700, type 68050
 with a keyboard, 4MB of RAM, 400MB hard disk, and a 1.44 MB floppy disk
 drive is listed as retailing new for $7,699 and worth less than half the
 new price used, or only $3,400.

 Orion says that the 1992 computer blue book will retail for $39.95. The
 book will contain disks, faxes, modems, monitors, plotters, dot matrix,
 band ink jet, thermal and laser printers, scanners, computer systems,
 tape, and terminals.

  -- Ten Computer Firms Adopt 3-D Standard

 A technical standard for the way computers display three-dimensional
 graphics has been endorsed by 10 computer firms, including Hewlett-
 Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Digital Equipment Corp.

 According to reports, the firms say the standard should make it easier
 to link different brands of workstations in networks and give all of
 them the ability to display the same 3-D graphics.

 The 10 said the standard also should help 3-D break out of narrow
 markets such as scientific and engineering fields and allow for
 increased use in such things as computer animation and business
 graphics. However, the standard is not compatible with the technology
 used by Silicon Graphics Inc., a leading 3-D computer maker, the wire
 service noted.

 The seven other companies are Convex Computer Corp., Evans & Sutherland,
 Hitachi Ltd., Ithaca Software, Kubota Corp., SHOgraphics Inc. and
 Tektronix Inc.

  -- Apple Unveils 16" Color Monitor

 Apple Computer has unveiled a 16" color monitor for its high performance
 Mac line that features a Sony Trinitron picture tube with a 832 x 624
 pixel display area. The new display also features many ergonomic fea-
 tures such as a tilt/swivel base, anti-glare, anti-static coating, and
 up-front ports for plugging in a mouse, keyboard, microphone and

 The display has a suggested retail price of $1,599.

  -- Wordperfect 2.1 Ready for the Mac

 According to Wordperfect Corporation, Wordperfect 2.1 is ready for re-
 lease for the Macintosh and is scheduled to ship this month.  WP 2.1 is
 compatible with Apple's System 7 operating system, and can take
 advantage of "publish" and "subscribe" features, TrueType, Apple Events,
 and Balloon Help, as well as Apple's new QuickTime technology.

 The suggested list price for the upgraded program is $495 in the US, and
 $595  in Canada.  Present users of any previous version of Wordperfect for

 Macintosh can upgrade for $89 in the US and $110 in Canada. Users can
 also purchase a disk upgrade, which includes disks and license only, for
 US$39. Owners of Wordperfect 2.1 receive toll-free support.

 The company also has a trade-in offer for owners of some competitive
 programs. Owners of Microsoft Word for Macintosh, MacWrite II, WriteNow,
 FullWrite, or Nisus, can switch to Wordperfect 2.1 for US$150 or C$179.
 The trade-in offer is available through resellers or directly from
 Wordperfect until March 31, 1992.

  -- Japanese to Increase Purchase of Foreign-Made Chips

 The Japanese government has sent a letter to 226 Japanese manufacturers,
 asking them to purchase general-purpose foreign-made chips in order to
 help foreign firms gain a 20% share of the Japanese market.

 According to reports, foreign chips had a 14.3% share of the Japanese
 market in the July-September period last year, according to US figures,
 though Japanese figures showed a 16.2% foreign share.

  -- DEC to Cut PC Prices by 50%

 According to a company spokesman, Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) has
 intentions of becoming a major player in the PC market and is set to
 launch a major marketing campaign next week by cutting prices on its
 personal computers by about 50% and offering the machines by mail-order.

 The company has set aside $5-$6 million for advertising through June for
 the campaign and will also use direct mail and catalog sales.

  -- Wyse Cuts Prices of Six PCs

 Wyse Technology today reduced prices by 7 to 37% on six of personal
 computers, including its SX PCs, two 486-based models and the
 DecisionMate notebook PC.


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 From the ST Roundtable

               NAMM Realtime Conference Transcript Available

        The transcript of the Jan. 15, 1992 RTC with Atari's James
    Grunke is available in Software Library 13.  Download NAMM_RTC.ARC
        (file #22311) for news about Atari's push at the NAMM Show.

     Announcements about the formation of Atari Music, a new marketing
       co-op, the Music Developers Council, an upcoming ad campaign,
          the selection of a national rep firm, and much more are
                        included in the transcript.

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 > GENIE NAMM CONFERENCE STR FOCUS    "Online with James Grunke"

                            January 15, 1992

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Before I upload my prepared text, I want to point out that Bob Brodie
 is with James, so both James and Bob are available to answer your

 Now, on with my prepared text...

 On behalf of the Atari ST Roundtable, I welcome all of you to the
 Atari/NAMM RealTime Conference.  Before getting started, some business
 about how an RTC works.

 While the RTC room is in Listen-Only mode, you can only address our
 guest when I let you talk.

 To get my attention, just /RAIse your hand.  Just enter this from your
 keyboard: /rai

 I'll acknowledge your raised hand as soon as I can, but please be
 patient.  I -WILL- let you know when your turn is coming up.

 Some other RTC commands are:
    ?     -  Lists all RTC commands.
    /sta  -  Status (list) of everyone in
        the RTC room.
    /exi  -  Exit the RTC, but you remain
        logged onto GEnie.
    /bye -   Log off of GEnie directly from
        the RTC.
    /rai  -  Raise your hand.  Lets me know
        you wish to address our guest.

 And now, let's get started.

 We have James Grunke as our guest this evening.  James is Atari's
 Corporate Director of Music Markets.  James is representing Atari at
 this year's NAMM show.

 This show is attended by music professionals, including music dealers
 and musical artists.

 James is here to tell us a bit about what's happening at NAMM, where
 Atari fits in, and to answer your questions about Atari's future in
 the music industry.

 Let's get this rolling now...

 James, do you have any opening remarks to make before I start taking
 questions from the floor?

 First of all, I'd like to recognize and welcome our friends from the
 MIDI RTC that are here tonight to join in the Atari RTC.

 Thanks for your support online.  We've been watching with great
 interest and working closely with John Morales to make things even
 better in the MIDI RTC.  We're interested in your input in what we can
 do to make things better for you in both the Atari and the MIDI RTC.

 We have some announcements that we will make in a few minutes, but for
 now, we'd like to take some questions from the floor, to get things
 rolling, Jeff.  So let's rock!

                         <[Flakes] A.KELLOGG2>
 James, What, IYHO, is the most exciting new product you saw today?

 I'm really excited about Cubase 3.0 on the TT.  I think that is going
 to open up a level of performance for all musicians that is going to
 outshine any other platform.

                         <[Flakes] A.KELLOGG2>
 Oh, how I wish I could convince my wife to afford a TT.

 I'd also have to say that Hybrid Arts gets an award for the quickest
 turn around for new product and development direction.  And of course,
 MIDI Spy is going to be a close friend of mine!  :)

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Let's cover some basics...James, explain what the NAMM Show is and why
 it is important to Atari to attend.  Then please tell us about the
 Atari exhibit (what are you showing, how is the interest, etc.)

 The NAMM Show is the National Association of Musical Merchants It's
 held once a year in Anaheim, and it's the premier showcase for new
 musical products and technology.

 The show officially opens this Friday, and we will be online live from
 the show floor, with a promotion that we're calling NAMM COMM, so feel
 free to log on and chat with us live from the show floor.  Bob Brodie
 will be handling NAMM COMM at the show.

 We will be showing the ST Book, the only Notebook that we know of with
 MIDI Ports.  We're sure that musicians are going to love the product.

 And of course, the TT will make it's musical debut, and the 1040
 remains a huge seller in to music channels.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Where will NAMM COMM be taking place? Here in the ST Roundtable or in
 the MIDI Roundtable? And what hours will you be online?

 NAMM COMM will be taking place in the ST RTC and the MIDI RTC, and in
 Basic Services as well.  We're going to be showing everyone just what
 they're missing by not being online here.  We'll be online 10-6 PST
 here in Calif.  So feel free to look for us for a chat.  We don't have a
 set schedule on this yet.

                       <[DragonWare I] S.FREIER>
 Have you seen any Midi thru boxes that have ST phantom power yet? We
 are working on an 18 output box now but don't want to be ....

 Wouldn't phantom power disrupt data integrity?

                       <[DragonWare I] S.FREIER>

 We have a working proto now.

 Sounds interesting.  Please send me e-mail on the product.  Are you
 close to production and distribution of this product?

                       <[DragonWare I] S.FREIER>
 We are finalizing (sp) with a off-shore mfg now hope to have FCC and
 all by June!

 Good luck, I'll look forward to your mail.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 For the unwashed (like me), what is phantom power?

                       <[DragonWare I] S.FREIER>
 Phantom power is a way of supplying power from the ST midi port not
 BATT or ac.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Thanks for the definition.  Do you have a follow up for James?

                       <[DragonWare I] S.FREIER>
 Yes.  Will the ST book MIDI ports have the same config and power req
 as the ST/TT?

 It should be identical to the ST, but the MIDI plugs are smaller than
 on an ST in order to get them on board.  Product option will be
 available to adapt to spec size plugs as an accessory.  If you're a
 registered developer that info is available.  If not, please contact
 Bill Rehbock (B.REHBOCK here on GEnie) or write him at Atari.

                       <[DragonWare I] S.FREIER>
 Thank you, James, for your time!!

 First of all S.freier, the documentation I have on the ST book
 recommends limiting the current used on the NEW st book bus so I'm sure
 that this phantom power product of yours is out of the question on the
 ST BOOK it would drain the battery.

 My question to James is You mentioned that you are highlighting the ST
 BOOK at NAMM will Atari dealers who support MIDI be given priority
 over other dealers if ST BOOK supply becomes short? And if so when
 will MIDI dealers begin to receive ST BOOKS?

 We don't prioritize any category of dealer.  Priority is first come,
 first serve.

 I don't want to promise a firm date on the ST Books, until we really
 know.  I hope that you understand that we'd like to talk about what's
 here today.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Thanks, A.RIDLEY1.

 At NAMM we're launching an International Division called Atari Music.
 This division consists of a cooperative group of dealers, developers,
 and sales representatives.  The function of this group will be
 marketing, sales, and development support.

 The first salvo we're firing is the FOSTEX Co op ad.  This co op ad
 combines C-Lab, Dr.  T's, and Steinberg along with Fostex and Atari in
 a major advertising, PR, and sales effort.  Some of the publications
 will be KEYBOARD, EQ, and Electronic Musician, as well as some
 regional campaigns.

 We're also excited about the inception of the Music Developer Council.
 Through this organization we will combine our efforts in marketing and
 development directions.

 We are happy to also announce that we have retained the services of
 D.K.  Sweet to handle PR for the Atari Music Division.

 Another major, significant development is Mike Groh's organization of
 a National Sales Force.  This will be a major benefit to all the Atari

 Many of the reps have extensive music and pro audio backgrounds.  And
 we're looking to cross pollinate DTP and other markets within the
 music channels.

 Last but not least, I just saw the Atari Music issue of Atari
 Explorer.  The insert, entitled Atari Artist, is probably the most
 important piece of marketing collateral that Atari has ever produced
 for the Music market.  It is also the most complete guide for music
 software we know of.  It's excellent for everyone, from the beginner to
 the professional.  RUN, don't walk to EXPLORER's email with your
 subscriptions!!!!  <grin>

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 You guys haven't been TOO busy lately, have you? <grin>

 This is the beginning of a strong push by Atari.  The idea is to sell a
 lot of Atari systems to music professionals.  But what about after-
 the-sale support.  Any news on the GE service agreement?

 Jeff, the contract is signed.  We're just cleaning up the details on
 implementing the program.

 Does Notator run on the TT yet? That's crucial if I'm going to

 Not yet, and I can't speak for them...but we're encouraging them to
 make the adjustments in their software to make it happen as soon as
 possible for our users.

 If you really want it to happen, please contact C-Lab, as they are
 really responsive to user feedback.

 I'd just like to say I hope you keep the power without the price
 philosophy.  That's a major reason why I went with Atari over Apple
 because the software is there, and I liked the price.

 Thanks, sometimes you have to spend a little less to get a lot more.

                       <[Flakes;MIDI] A.KELLOGG2>
 James, I'm pretty much a devoted Dr.  T's fan.  What can you tell us
 about any new hardware at NAMM?

 P.S.  Are you using Aladdin?

 P.P.S.  Is "EQ" worth subscribing to?

 P.P.P.S.  How do you pronounce your last name? (Sorry, I'm musing.)

 Omega screams on the TT, and the Copyist is being upgraded.  Dr.T is
 making a strong showing in our booth.

 Yes, I use Aladdin, on my system at home.  Bob's inflicting FLASH on me

 EQ is a very good magazine, if your interested in audio it's very
 worthwhile subscribing to.

 Can you say FUNKY....<snicker>

                         <[John Cole] J.COLE18>
 James, With the new Cubase 3 for the TT, will there be enough TT's in
 the US to go around for the DTP/CAD/UNIX/MIDI markets?

 We don't see any problem in long haul, but supplies are short at the

                         <[John Cole] J.COLE18>
 Also, I'd like to know how up on the competition you are, so could you
 size up what Apple is planning for NAMM and how Atari is going to beat
 them :-)

 Well, for starters, I have on NAMM letterhead that Apple is not
 showing this year.  In fact, I am looking forward to their first salvo.
 The extra competition is going to triple our business.  If I were going
 to open a music store, I'd open it on 48th ST in New York City, I'm
 really proud to compete with Apple and IBM there, or on any main
 street in the US.  We have the finest computer for music applications.
 I could have had any computer I wanted, I chose Atari.

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 On the subject of available TT's, what's the latest on Class B
 systems? I know the music pro's can run with the Class A FCC-certified
 systems, but is Class B available now (or soon)?

 The machines continue to be class A at the present time.  I'm sorry,
 but I don't have any further information on that at this time.

 Howdy, James.  We're going to have to start calling you "funky Grunke"

 Oh gee Geoff, that's funny!  I've never heard that before!
 :) :)

 Yeah, like I've never been called Gomer Pyle before.


 So how has set-up been today??

 The booth structure is up, and looks great.  We have a sound room where
 your demonstration will be looks awesome.  This is the biggest NAMM
 Show ever for Atari!!!

 I'm really looking forward to seeing it.  I spoke with Chester Thompson
 today.  He and I will do a little chit chat, followed by an impromptu
 jam session right into Cubase.

 For those that don't know, that's Chester Thompson, drummer for Phil
 Collins and Genesis.  I'm sure that your demo is going to be one of the
 major highlights of the show!!

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Thanks, Geoff.  I wish I could see your demo!

 We need to let James get to a meeting he has shortly.  Any closing
 comments, James?

 Thank you everyone for coming.  I'm really excited about the Namm Show.
 I'm looking forward to spending more time on GEnie this year.  Thank
 you, and good night!!!

                            <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Many thanks for taking time out of a very busy day to be with us,
 James.  (And you too, Bob!) Please feel free to drop in on us on
 Wednesdays any time.

 Also...please let us know your schedule for the NAMM COMM when you
 have it ready so we can banner it here and in the MIDI RT.

 Thanks again!

                          <[Bob] JAMES-GRUNKE>
 I'll get back to you on that as soon as possible, Jeff.

   (C) 1992 by 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.


                             ANAHEIM NAMM 1992

 by John Deegan

     The Show Hours are:
                         Friday   January 17 - 10:00a - 6:00p
                         Saturday January 18 - 10:00a - 6:00p
                         Sunday   January 19 - 10:00a - 6:00p

 Booth Allocations

               AB Systems                          656
               Allen & Heath                      1510
               Atari                              2701
               Audio Technica                     1573
               Cerwin-Vega                         433
               Denon                              9203
               DOD/Digitech/Audio Logic            430
               Gallien-Krueger                    1829
               Hybrid Arts                        1006
               Kawai                              2000
               Leprecon/Littites                   259
               Mackie Designs                     4193
               QMI/Genelec/Drawmer                2167
               Renkus-Heinz                       4769
               Steinberg-Jones                    2631
               Sabine Manufacturing               3332
               Stewart Electronics                3200

     Its only the first day, and some of the booths are not fully
 operational yet.  But this is, without a doubt, a Musician's show with a
 very heavy Atari presence.  John Eidsvoog is here (an Atari codecrunching
 Guru for Codehead Software) demonstrating his prowess as an accomplished
 professional musician.

     Sound, Sound everywhere.  From Denen's superb twin drive CD player to
 the new Audio Technica DT100, a fantastic teleconferencing system.  The
 DT100 is a true, digital second generation teleconferencing interface
 unit.  It contains everything needed to run a full tilt teleconference.

     Atari's Band in a Box promises to be a big hit at the show.  Of course
 the real demand is for the ST Notebook!  Every midi lovin' musician is
 asking for one.

     Atari's booth is quite impressive.  In fact, its a pleasure to see the
 "big push" going on here by Atari.  The booth is bright, well stocked and
 quite lively.  A number of Atari luminaries are present and showing
 Atari's goodies off.  You can be sure they'll put Atari's best foot
 forward.  I'll have much more in next week's installment about this show.


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

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee


 From Charles Hoffman - Cat. 1, Topic 26, Msg. 1 - from the ST Roundtable
 on Genie...

      The Washington Area Atari Computer Enthusiasts are currently
   planning the 1992 W.A.A.C.E Atarifest. This show in the past has been
   called "the premier East coast Atari event".

      We are holding the show on October 10th and 11th at the Sheraton
   Reston hotel in Reston, Virginia.

      We feel that the best way to plan a new show is to first evaluate
   the previous show. We would like to make this the best Atarifest ever,
   and to do this, we would welcome your comments on the previous show.
   If you were not at Atarifest 1991, then we would like you to tell us
   what you would like to see at Atarifest 1992.

      Thank you for your comments and suggestions.

      Charles Hoffmann
      Acting President, WAACE Inc.


 Discussion about the HP Laserjet IIP printer from Delphi...

 From Gordie (sysop)....

   I just thought I'd jump in and say that I'm very happy with my HP
   Laserjet IIP. The disadvantage to any inkjet printer is that the ink
   is water-soluble, which means that if you aren't going to photocopy
   it, or spray it with a fixative, any moisture that hits the ink will
   cause some blurring or running. That may not be a problem with what
   you want to use it for, but it would be for me. But the output of an
   inkjet printer is very good, and I'd recommend it over a dot-matrix

   By the way, non-scented hairspray can be used as a fixative. Spray it
   lightly and let it dry before folding or stacking the sheet. And the
   cheaper brands work just as well as the expensive ones! And either are
   cheaper than the spray fixatives specifically marketed for image

 From Michael Burkley...

   Re. paper for the DeskJet 500. You need to use a high quality smooth
   non absorbant paper when you print with a DeskJet. Otherwise the ink
   is absorbed into the paper and is spread out causing a bad case of the

 From Bryan (BBKBRYAN)...

   Something that not everybody knows about the DJ500C is that it only
   uses the three primary colors when in color mode. That means that you
   can't do true blacks w/ color. You get a really muddy brown (combo of
   all of the colors).

   The new inks for the DJ's are no longer water based. In order to smear
   the new inks, you have to touch them when they are wet.

   Lasers, BTW, do a great job for labels! Just look at the C-manship
   Complete disk labels! All you have to do is purchase laser labels,
   from Avery. I know they are more expensive that fanfold, but they work


 About Shaeffer Skrip ink - From Fred Percival - Cat. 4, Topic 9, Msg. 96
 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   ...I've tried several times to refill cartridges using colored
   Shaeffer Skrip ink. Each time I've done this, I had good performance
   while the color changed from black to blue/red/green. Then, when the
   color was finally pure, the cart would suddenly clog up between
   printer uses, and nothing I did could unclog it.

   My conclusion is that the Skrip colored pigment particles must clump
   and become too large for the perforations in the cartridge. I would
   sure like to hear from someone who has successfully done a home refill
   with color ink!


 Discussion about whether the TEC board w/TOS 2.06 is over-priced or not
 - From Lloyd Pulley - Cat. 14, Topic 8, Msg. 210 - from the ST Round-
 table on Genie...

   I believe that $139 is a very fair price for the TEC board and TOS
   2.06. Before I heard the price announced, I figured it would be in the
   $160- $199.

   When you figure in development and manufacturing costs for both, a
   nominal profit for both, duty costs on importing the TEC board, a
   nominal profit for both manufacturers, then add in packaging and
   documentation, shipping, and a nominal profit for the Codeheads and
   you'll find that a $139 price tag isn't bad at all.

   I feel, it is _ONLY_ the TOS 2.05 owners who should get a discount
   from Atari to upgrade to TOS 2.06.


 Question and Answers - From John Carter - Cat 4, Topic 4, Msgs 43-44 -
 from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   Does it matter if I have 7 out of 32 memory chips on my Z-ram a
   different speed? All but 7 of my chips are Siemens HYB511000A-10 and
   the 7 are HYB511000A-70. I have had this for about a year and NEVER
   noticed the difference in chips when I was putting them in.

 Answer from Mark Dodge....

   ...The ST requires a refresh rate no slower than 120 nsec. So the
   chips that you are using should work just fine. I have mixed speeds in
   the past on several different types of computers and have never had a
   problem. As long as the slowest speed meets the minimum demand of the
   computer design, all should work fine.


 About the ST Book - Cat. 14, Topic 7, Msgs 190-191 - from the ST Round-
 table on Genie...

 Question from Steve Johnson...

   One big question that arises in my mind is whether or not the ST BOOK
   at around $2000 can compete with the Mac PowerBook 100 and 140, both
   of which give you a 16MHz 68000, backlit 640x480 display, a 1.44MB HD
   floppy drive in addition to the built-in hard drive for around the
   same price?

 Answer from Bill Rehbock (Atari)...

   The PowerBook 100 does _not_ come with a floppy drive, the external
   floppy for the STBOOK is 1.44meg. You can not even begin to compare
   the power management systems between Atari and Apple, the way that
   'save and resume' on the PowerBooks work is ridiculous! Please go to
   an Apple Dealer, run an application and in the middle of the
   application, put the PowerBook to 'Sleep'. Now remove the battery. Ask
   how long the battery life is. Ask how long it takes to recharge the
   battery. There are enough comparisons that we best the PowerBooks at,
   that the price is fair.


 Discussion about TOS 2.06/1.44 Meg drives - Cat. 14, Topic 8, Msgs 227,
 235, 238, 251 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

 From Bill Rehbock (Atari)....

   If you are interested, please place your orders for TOS 2.06 now.
   Dealers that are on-line on GEnie were notified as of Thursday night
   that they will be available. They should be on their way to dealers
   toward the end of next week. The retail price on the Two-Chip set is

   These are 32-pin EPROM packages. There are some STE's with 28-pin
   masked ROMs that are either soldered in or in 28-pin sockets that will
   have to be removed and have 32-pin sockets installed.

   I am giving advanced notice to dealers and end-users, so that no one
   is suprised when they open up their STE to "pop the chips in". A very
   good percentage of the STE's in the field have the 32-pin EPROMs, and
   it will be just a swap. When going from the 28-pin package to the 32-
   pin package there are solder pads that need to be altered.
   Instructions will ship with the ROMs.

   By the way... the 1.44 megabyte drive kits are on their way too. The
   price on the upgrade kits are: $139.00 for the MegaSTE --- $149.00 for
   the TT The kits include: 1.44 meg floppy drive, AJAX High-Density
   Controller, and the corresponding TOS, either 2.06(MSTE) or 3.06(TT)

   -Bill Rehbock, Atari Corp.

   Permission is granted to reprint this posting only if it appears in
   its entirety.

 Question from Lloyd Pulley...

   What about 1.44 megabyte drive kits for the MegaST owners that have a
   T16 we already have the 16mhz spped?

 Answer from Jim Allen (Fast Technologies)...

   ...I would think that a couple extra parts, plus the stock 1.44/2.06
   Atari upgrade could make your Mega act just like a MegaSTE as far as
   the floppies are concerned. The Wuztek kit, my TOS installation kit
   for T16/T20/T25 folks, and Atari's 1.44drive/2.06rom kit are the parts
   you need. I'm sure Paul will figure out how to make 2.06 happy with
   his 1.44 floppy adapter board.

 Some wise advise from Sheldon Winick (Computer Studio)...

   You can order the new TOS ROMs from any authorized dealer. However,
   keep in mind that they are NOT yet available. Atari has announced
   their pending release, but they have NOT yet begun shipping them. I
   really don't expect a long delay, but until any new product actually
   arrives at the store, my position is that it still doesn't actually
   exist (at least as far as I and my customers are concerned).

   Choose any reputable dealer you prefer to order from and place your
   order, or get on his waiting list. BUT..... as with any product that
   isn't yet actually available, my recommendation is to choose a dealer
   that DOES NOT require prepayment and will NOT process a charge or
   check until the product actually ships, or is willing to accept your
   order for a C.O.D. shipment to ensure you won't be prepaying for
   something that he cannot guarantee you a delivery date on. And no
   dealer can guarantee a delivery date on a product that is not in stock
   or has not yet been released.

   If you don't have a local dealer, you should have a good choice from
   among the better dealers who are active here on GEnie. Drop one a note
   in E-mail for specific ordering information.

   One note of caution to anyone planning on doing their own upgrading.
   The internals of your computer contain sensitive electronics, which
   can be easily damaged through improper handling. Unless you are
   qualified to do the work yourself, and know how to properly handle
   IC's, please have the work done by a qualified service technician.
   You'd be surprised how many systems we see in our service department
   that wouldn't be there at all if the user hadn't chosen to open the
   system up and do something himself.


 Need to contact Fujitsu? - Cat 4, Topic 2, Msgs 97-98 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

 Question from Joe Mardo...

   Can anyone explain the switch settings on a Fujitsu 2249SA? Anyone
   have a phone number for Fujitsu??

 Answer from Bill Rupp...

   The phone number to Fujitsu is 1-800-826-6112.  This is one of those
   computer run voice databases. I'm sure it will have the jumpers for
   ya. I did have to talk to a rep. though to get the parity jumper. For
   some reason it wasn't on there recordings. I run a 2611 45Meg unit..
   It performs flawlessly.


 Cheap floppy disk storage - Cat. 8, Topic 2, Msg 53-54 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

 From D.D. Martin (Swampy)...

   I've found that the cardboard boxes for 3x5 index cards are GREAT disk
   storage boxes for floppys. You can get about 50-60 diskes in one box.
   There are two styles of boxes.. one with a lid and the other that is a
   pull out drawer. I prefer the drawer style. These are available at any
   office supply store. Office Depot sells them for about $14.00 each.

 From Jim Kudron...

   Have you tried old Velveeta boxes? They're a lot cheaper<G>.


 From A. Bitton - Cat. 9, Topic 26, Msg. 37 - from the ST Roundtable on

   I talked to Peter Molyneux at CES, and this is what he said:

   "Populous II will be out in 2 days (ie: Sat 11th Jan '91)."

   "There will be 2 different versions of it. One for 512K machines, and
   one for 1 meg machines. Read the sticker on the box."

   "Powermonger Disk 1: WWI will be out in 2 months."


 From Paul Wu (Wuztek Opti) - Cat. 4, Topic 17, Msg. 47 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

   HDrive is compatible with ALL TOS versions. The only difference with a
   TOS 2.06 is that you'll be able to format a HD under the format disk
   option on the Desktop. If you have an older TOS, you must format HD
   diskette with our program or other software such as Diamond Back II
   which supports High Density disks.

   On the note of disk drives, we may be selling a version of HD disk
   drives with the same face plate as the Atari disk drive "real soon
   now". This drive will only fit in newer STe and TTs. The price will be
   a little higher than our Teac drive and will require our new HDrive+
   controller board which will contain a special chip. More on that


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 > SST UPDATE STR InfoFile  Update info about the SST and shipping dates

 Item    8125045                 92/01/16        18:57
 From:   DAVESMALL                       David M. Small
 To:     ST.REPORT                       R.F. Mariano
 cc:     DAVESMALL                       David M. Small

 Sub: SST Status Jan. 16

                        SST STATUS: JANUARY 16 1991

 Howdy folks --

     I thought I'd let you know what's been going on with the SST, and why
 you're not unwrapping them by now.  It's been REAL interesting, like the
 ancient Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times."

     They've been SO interesting that I've not been online much; I've had
 some real high priority interruptions here and zero time.

                        INTERESTING SOFTWARE STUFF

     We had originally planned to be well into shipping by now, and had the
 software pretty well whacked.  The Beta Testers were happy.
 Unfortunately, I was still getting VERY odd intermittent crashes, with no
 rhyme or reason to them.  The Beta Testers were solid.

     'twas one of those things where you crash, and there is totally no
 debugging information available.  I wasn't getting "bombs", which would
 have left some "blood marks" in the $380 crash area; it would just freeze.
 There are so many different things that can cause this that I was really
 stuck as to the problem.  Were MMU tables being clobbered and we were
 double-bus-faulting? Was there a defect in the hard disk support software?
 And why were my Beta Testers not reporting problems? I replaced hardware
 like mad (found a slow PAL in the process, by the way)...  didn't help.

     I call these bugs "hair pullers" when I can't use hideously obscene
 language, because you have NO IDEA WHERE TO EVEN START! I've written well
 over 20,000 lines of code for this project -- was it there? Were two
 programs fighting? Was it a conflict with TOS? Already I've worn out my
 welcome at the Atari software dev group discussing possible TOS bugs that
 turned out not to be their callbacks there!

     I pulled out my hair, then ran Minoxodil over my head to make it grow
 back.  (See, that's how the computer biz works.  You pull your hair to
 make money; you make money to grow your hair back).  But it IS getting
 mighty thin in back, as Patty Rayl pointed out.  I did many, many sessions
 that ended with the sky growing light outside.  Those are really bad when
 you have kids that must be driven to school.  I played Neil Young on CD,
 trying to help exorcise the software.

     Well, a common factor showed up that was too obvious for anyone to see
 at the time (because I was convinced the bug was elsewhere).  The people
 who ran fine were running Atari's Hard Disk Software, AHDI/HDX 4.03 or 5,
 and I was running ICD software, 5.2 or 5.4.2 (newest, I believe).  They
 had no, zero, absolutely NO BUGS.  They were *astounded* that I wasn't
 shipping -- but I kept crashing!

     What on earth?, I thought.  I started looking intensely (and I do mean
 with a microscope) at the hard disk software interface.  I made
 absolutely, positively, and 12 other Federal Express advertising words
 that I was feeding ICD the proper parameters for a hard disk call,
 including all the rwabs() parameters in the read/write flag that most
 people don't know about, and the buffer=0 media-change hack, too.

     You see, this was deep trouble.  The manual was on its final editing
 pass, you know, where you clean up the places where you spell "the" as
 "teh" and such.  And I had already written up the hard disk section
 believing all was well, because at the time I thought I was fighting an
 MMU bug.

     Sandy was NOT PLEASED when I told her the manual had to be put on
 "hold" and could not go out for duplication.  We'd already been through
 interesting hassles on test prints (one time they got the cover SR-71A
 Blackbird art *reversed*, so the "USAF" was backwards -- wow, I thought
 that would impress people a LOT!) and so forth.  Sandy was busy doing a
 good, good index on the manual (which is a *lot* of work -- if you didn't
 know, there are professional indexers that make their living doing just
 that!) and I had just told her that parts of her index might change.

     There are times that working with one's marital partner can be
 stressful.  I didn't *quite* have to go sleep at the Ramada Inn after
 telling her I hadn't nailed the hard disk problem completely.  I emphasize
 "Quite" to show you that Sandy is really a very fine person; I had told
 her I felt the software was okay, and I was just having some flaky machine

     So my hard disk fumble had just held up about all the shipping parts
 of the operation.  We could not proceed on the manual without a "working"
 hard disk chapter; we could not make master disks, get sample
 duplications, and get a production run (you *must* check first items; I
 have been badly burned by duplications that copy, say, 9 of 10 sectors per
 track "because it was so obviously an IBM format disk.")

     In desperation, I called up Doug (Wheeler), at ICD, who used to work
 here and who is no fool at all.  Doug and I chatted about possibilities
 for bugs to show up, the _FRB buffer (a 64K disk transfer area Atari ruled
 Shall Exist on a TOS 2 or 3 machine) that hard disks and floppy disks
 worked.  He gave me some very intelligent suggestions on trying to "catch
 the crash".  In all honesty, I wish I had had Doug here during this debug;
 he has a devious mind that works in a different way than my devious mind,
 and we find more bugs that way.

     I wrote a lot more software, and wrote a baby debugger (ok, I ripped
 part clean out of Spectre; *I was in a hurry!*) to try to catch bugs.  I
 made self-booting floppies that rammed things into the system "Cookie Jar"
 at early-boot time.  I pulled more hair.

     See, I still couldn't get ANY debugger information on WHERE the
 crashes were! If I could get that, I could look at the code and go, "aha."
 And the crashes were maddeningly random.  I crashed a lot just loading up
 the debugger!

     For a while, I have to tell you, I thought it was the ICD software.  I
 eventually reached a point where I could make it bomb with 2,3,4, or 11
 bombs fairly reliably by doing things in a certain order.  (Wow!  What an
 accomplishment!  He broke it!)  But this made no d*mn sense to my
 intuition.  As I said, Doug is no fool, and he worked on that stuff with

     Then, in a mad coding session, I added a LOT more debugging code, and
 suddenly, BAM! ...  -all- the crashes stopped.  I had added code to
 "catch" the 2,3,4, 11 bombs, and was sitting there literally rebooting and
 rebooting, running Boink and NBM11 and Tempus and DB and TRYING TO CRASH,
 and it wouldn't crash (to my debugger, where I could see what was wrong).
 I was totally hacked off because NOW I WAS READY to stomp the bug, see
 what was wrong ...  and it WOULD NOT CRASH.  I was doing every foolish
 thing you can do to an SST/ST to try to crash.

     I'm still mad it didn't crash.  It was a WIMP way for a bug to go
 away, and maximum-effort way.   And a very, very old thing came to mind.
 It was from back in CP/M days (I kid you not) and when I did an 8080
 emulator for a machine called the Dimension 68000.  (I really ought to
 give that code away.  Remind me.  It's interesting -- emulates 8080 on
 68000.  I learned 68000 while doing it.) Anyway, I had had a bad disk
 buffer problem there.

     I started checking REAL carefully just where every one of the disk
 buffers was.  Random crashouts, like I had just seen, can result when your
 program gets overlayed, or stepped on, by data coming in off disk, and I
 had had that problem on the 8080 emulator, talking to the 68000 portion of
 the machine.

     Guess what?  Oh, yes, there was a problem! After getting a debugger to
 load (tenth try or so), I found it out.  One disk buffer was pointed at
 the heart of the disk handler code.

     Adding all that debugger code had made the rest of the code *JUST FAR
 ENOUGH* farther down in memory that the runtime code was not clobbered by
 a disk input to one of the disk buffers.  In short, by adding debugger
 code, I sort of fixed the problem.  (The true fix is making enough room
 for the disk buffer, of course).

     I had been fooled by the stuff you need to do to write a program that
 stays in memory after it ends, a "terminate and stay resident".  For some
 reason (which I could detail, but this is getting long), the TOS was not
 telling everyone to stay the heck out of my program's section of memory.
 or did not kill off my disk handling code.  DB was long; it killed things
 off.  QIndex was short.  It did not.   The key was 64K.

     In addition, the Atari GEM Desktop was using SST RAM (TT RAM
 equivalent; Fast-RAM) as a place to store files in memory while copying.
 And, you guessed it.  If the file to be copied was too long, crash.

     What really hacks me off is that I should have triple checked that
 after asking for X amount of memory to be locked away, it really DID lock
 it away ...  and all the time I spent tracing bugs that didn't exist, like
 with ICD's software.  I had just never seen this lock-away thing fail and
 didn't suspect it.

     And poor ICD.  ICD was getting an "avalanche error", where things get
 so screwed up at the start of the avalanche that they are hopeless by the
 time ICD had any part to play.  It was NOT THEIR FAULT.  The carefully
 traced-out calls were made, of course, with DB in there, shielding the
 disk handler by its sheer length from the disk.


     I went and tested Atari's AHDI/HDX 3.02, 4.02, and 5, ICD 5.2.0 and
 5.4.2, and Supra's 3.43 hard disk software (can you tell I was seriously
 not going to tell Sandy again that the hard disks were flaky?) and ALL
 WORK FINE.  Oddly, Atari's 4.02 and 5 DO NOT REQUIRE the disk handler code
 -- hey, guess why the Beta Testers were flying? The others do.

     In fact, on Atari's software, someone seems to have done a
 particularly excellent error-checking job in their code.  Ken, tell Min
 she did good, will ya?

     Net result is that NOW, I have right here the master "SST Software
 1.2" floppy disk and have re-written the manual to reflect all that I
 learned the really hard way.  If you read that portion of it and it seems
 a little like I was stressed out while writing it, I was.

                             Interesting TOS:

         But then a funny thing happened on the way to shipping...

     *Because* we had been delayed in shipping while I researched the hard
 disk bug, suddenly TOS 2.06 became available.  We looked over 2.06 (we
 were running 2.05, which required considerable "life support" for things
 like floppy disks talking to SST RAM and other patches) and 2.06 was
 really cool; someone even bent Allan's arm and he kicked on the IFDEF
 equate that puts TT fastRAM for floppies into the code.  (Thank you,
 someone; I owe you about a thousand chocolate chip cookies).  This was
 SERIOUSLY COOL.  It fixed other bugs, too, but I was twitchy on the floppy
 code.  And the funny thing was because we had been delayed, there was
 still time to erase and go for TOS 2.06 in the SST.

     I spent some time Ultraviolet Erasing the EPROMs that hold TOS, and
 tried to make some new TOS chips.  When I stuck them into an SST and
 turned it on, they spat out, "ROM CRC ERROR ON CHIP E" or something like
 that, indicating Atari or someone had built in a self-test for the ROM
 chips (YEAH!!) and it was seeing a problem in the TOS ROMs.  Applause for
 Atari on this one, folks...

            So I burned another set, and it did the same thing.

     I "dropped back five and punted" (a phrase any Denver Bronco
 fan should know!), went to the original chips, and made a VERY CAREFUL
 copy of them through the EPROMmer, making every paranoid assumption I
 can think of.  Gee, maybe the SCSI card in there for the WORM drive is
 conflicting.  Out.  Perhaps it's because it's an 8086 processor instead of
 an 8088 with effective faster throughput.  And to this raving paranoid
 approach, I added, yes, Neil Young: Live Rust, CD-ROM, auto-repeat.

                    These next EPROMs worked perfectly.

     Hokay, I said, let's find out what went wrong with those other idiot
 ROMS.  I compare/tested them on the IBM EPROMMER system.


     I stuck both sets into the SST, read them in, and did a file compare.


     I have NEVER SEEN THIS before and don't know why it happened.  It
 could be I just happened to get two bad sets of EPROMS that used to work
 perfectly and killed them somehow, just a little bit, enough so they still
 worked, but not all the way.  Except the Atari cannot see the problem, the
 IBM cannot see the problem ...  except if I plug in the bad ones.  I don't
 know what's wrong.  Help! (Doug?)

     All I can think of in my bag of tricks is the EPROMMER went funny the
 first burn runs, when I wasn't being paranoid, and over-voltaged the
 EPROMS or something else really weird, so they are slow or aged or crusty.
 Perhaps there is sorcery involved.

     Anyway, after reporting to Sandy that I could not reliably burn EPROMS
 on our machine, and being nearly exiled to the couch where the cat sleeps
 (it just smells ..  great ..), I could now tell her I could make them.

                     Miscellaneous Interesting Times:

     When you put the new After Dark modules on to the Mac IIfx where the
 manual is being edited, and your husband (choke) forgets to tell you about
 the Installer, they cause a VERY HARD TO FIND crash.  Yes, the manual
 tells you to use the Installer.  Looks like the System file was getting
 corrupted -- thing would try to wake up, and say, "Finder has been
 damaged, you can use System Tools to re-make it." After re-making it a
 couple times and selectively killing INITs, we narrowed it to After Dark,
 completely deleted and re-installed it, right this time, and got it

     It's so easy AFTER you know the problem, but there are so many things
 that could be wrong.  For a time it looked like a SCSI termination bug,
 which is no easy AT ALL on the FX -- even worse than the original Mac
 Plus, where termination is state of the art Vodun (voodoo).

     This lost Sandy three days work on the manual when the main Quark
 X-Press file became corrupted.  The manual right now is 2.5 megabytes in
 length, including all the EPSF diagrams and stuff.  Like I tell people,
 she graduated Computer Sci with a far better GPA than I did, and she had
 done a good job on backups, so it wasn't a disaster -- just really
 annoying.  It runs to around 120 pages of 8 1/2 x 11.  We Tell All.

     Then, your 3-year old collides with an 80 pound German Shepherd and
 breaks his nose, as they both round the corner of the stairs.  Dog flees
 in terror when child cries.  Off to the doctor.  X rays.  (Imagine how
 much fun this is by turning your radio to, oh, Motley Crue howling on
 Volume=10, and driving around; Jamie is LOUD).  Turns out his nose wasn't
 broken; he wasn't grown enough for the bone to be out there.  It was just
 going to be one of those Kid's Tylenol things for a week or so.  (The
 doctor was sure it was broken, too!).  Jamie looks like me; we both have
 "raccoon eyes", me from lack of sleep, him from That Dog.

     Cat likes sleeping on the UNIX-PC (AT&T 7300, an older machine)
 because it is real warm.  Cat also likes the FAX machines, but we were
 getting mad about the number of cat hairs in the outgoing faxes (thin
 vertical lines -- LOTS), so we "encouraged" her not to sleep on the FAX.
 Cat apparently took a jump to wake up one morning, and our "out in the
 open" phone wiring got scrangled; the wiring is only a foot above the 7300
 and has some hand-twisted "pairs" where we've had to run new phone wiring
 for the FAX, etc.  One side of the phone wires snagged twists with the
 ground I keep around for de-static'ing for computers.  It spazzed out the
 phones; they would give around half a ring, then abruptly stop.  It took
 me a few days to find this one; we thought the snow (it has been
 blizzarding here several times) had, like before, seeped into the
 underground phone wiring and screwed it up, so we expected the Telco to
 find it.  We expected wrong; the underground portion was fine.

     If anyone technically into phones (*chuckle* - not THAT way!) wants to
 tell me the effect of grounding one "side" of the phone line, I would
 really like to know.  It was eerily quiet in here.  I know the 48V - 6V DC
 part; I don't know how it relates (or IF it does) to ground.

     People tell me they got weird half-rings or busy-outs or That Phone
 Number Sucks messages.

          So, after all these interesting times, as of Thursday:

     The boards have long been done.  They are starting to yawn when I walk
 by.  Ever seen a SIMM yawn? "Ship me, Dave, Ship me." Honest, they're
 talking.  It is NOT too much Neil Young.  Last night it was the D-RAM
 controllers arguing with the SIMMS, real distracting.

         The software is now at 1.2 and is going into duplication.

     The manual is on final-typo-edit; we laserwrite it, then off to the
 printers for..  well, printing!, and heaven help them if they reverse the
 SR71 again! We've tried very hard to make this better than the GCR manual.

     The current plan, Murphy's Law Willing, is to ship this Monday,
 January 20, 1992

     Sandy and I are both very sorry for the delays in getting the SST out;
 we sure didn't plan it this way, but it happened.  I'm sorry for not
 keeping more up-to-date online and answering questions, but as you can
 see, *I didn't have answers* ...  until that hard disk bug was found,
 there was NO shipping, for example.  Still, with network systems, people
 are not used to us dropping offline; I should have checked in with a
 status report earlier.

     It's just a hard thing to say, "Well, I still don't know what the heck
 is wrong." when you're the Shell Answer Man, so to speak.

     I hope that this detailed report on where we went off the rails and
 got back on them will help you out.  Feel free to re-post it if you know
 someone that needs the information.  This isn't copyrighted and can be
 freely copied; please don't alter it if you do, ok?

     (That's why software people hate weekly progress report meetings at
     companies; it shows how little they've accomplished all too well.)

     As you might imagine, when I focus this tightly on a problem, I try
 not to switch gears.  System 7  hasn't seen a lot of work other than
 tracking a get-extended-parameter-RAM into location 0 and above!! call
 (which is a BIG mistake for the 680x0 processor!); need to look into it.
 The MegaTalk boards have had their defective PAL's swapped out and are
 being tested, about 75% of the way through on that.  (The serial I/O PAL
 was bad; we have been seeing some really bad failure rates on these
 chips.) I didn't do many of the dishes, need to make that up to Sandy.
 Jennifer didn't do her Mt.  Fuji picture (I kid you not) until the night
 before, up late, and WOW was she grouchy this morning at 6:30 AM; she's
 doing a report on Japan and needed to draw a landmark.

         And I grew a beard.

          Sandy says it isn't scratchy, quote, "anymore".

     When they actually, definitely are in the mail, we'll post a note.
 Murphy Never Sleeps, neither does Neil.

                                   -- thanks, Dave Small

                              Software Engineer & Bottle Washer
                                   Gadgets by Small, Inc.


 > CHEEKY! STR FOCUS    An article about Atari in Business Publishing!

                          A CHANCE TO BE CHEEKY!

 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Category 15,  Topic 23
  Message 1         Sun Jan 12, 1992
  D.VICHA                      at 16:01 EST

  Jeff Williams asked me to start this topic in the midst of personal
  uproar in my moonlighting time. Nonetheless, we've put our foot in the
  door at a mainstream magazine that could help Atari promote the TT and
  its superb desktop publishing capabilities. Thus, I'll try to explain
  how it came about that Business Publishing is running a feature article
  on Atari computers in its January 1992 issue.

  Business Publishing, I must quickly point out, is the new name for
  Personal Publishing, a magazine that has been covering DTP for six
  years and one which has in the past covered Atari computers quite
  fairly and in good, measured doses. Over the past few years I have made
  attempts to get somemthing going in this locally based magazine--Carol
  Stream is a boonie subarb of Chicago.

  This summer, the new editor of Personal Publishing contacted Bill
  Rehbock, Director of Technical Services at Atari for information
  concerning Atari's Professional Systems Group and Direct to Press
  systems, apparently in response to the recent Corporate Electronic
  Publishing Show (CEPS).

  I was in the process of contacting them, having learned of the
  editorial change, and so a certain synchronicity presented itself: the
  new editor wanted to have a feature in its January issue on alternative
  DTP platforms. Amiga, Atari, NeXT, and Unix would be covered as
  alternatives to Macs and PCs. I was given the task of writing about
  Atari in 1,000 words or less. Not easy: give a brief history, describe
  hardware and prominent software, and provide an example of a business
  (they preferred 100-plus employees) using Atari computers for DTP. A
  thousand words go pretty quickly.

  The editor-in-chief originally discussed taking a cheeky, chip-on-the-
  shoulder approach, but that would have required spending valuable words
  denigrating a PC system in comparison with an ST system. I could have
  done that with my experience using networked PCs and Ventura Publisher
  where I work. I could have used 2,000 words just for that! The
  Technical Editor, who was in-charge of handling my article, kept me
  away from "cheeky" and more on the course of the way the article turned
  out. My problem with the whole thing was it needed cheekiness, it
  needed length. You can describe all the virtues of any of the systems
  mentioned, but if you don't take the swipes that Macs and PCs deserve,
  I don't think you can make DTP managers change direction, even with an
  economic crunch going on.

  Nonetheless, Business Publishing is a mainstream magazine, with a
  90,000 circulation. Atari users need to respond, both in terms of
  letters and in terms of subscriptions. Actually, you might check your
  newsstand to see if its even carrying BP. A Software Etc dealer told me
  he thought Personal Publishing went out of business!

  The January 1992 issue has BUSINESS in tall yellow letters, flush right
  above a short gradient- scaled bar and PUBLISHING in white caps below.
  It gets a little weird from there, mixing purplish blue, little robot-
  type figures, and boxes with the respective logos of PC, NeXT,
  Commodore, Atari, and Unix. The main headline says: "Shoping For
  Something New?" In smaller letters, it reads: "Check out the Amiga,
  Atari, Unix, NeXT."

  The editor-in-chief and tech editor both discussed the possibility of
  having an Alternative Platforms column, revolving among the four
  platforms covered. I would hope to be able to handle the Atari coverage
  in the future, but I haven't been contacted in regard to such an
  endeavor. If I weren't so occupied with other projects, I would try to
  get the tech editor over to see my system and ask about whether they're
  ready to print reviews of Atari software.

  I hope that's what Jeff wanted. From here, I'll let everyone else
  comment. I don't need to be stroked. Give Bill Rehbock and Atari the
  strokes for making good impressions at CEPS and Seybold shows, and for
  getting the Euro software into the competent hands of people like
  Flashman, Eidsvoog, and Flannegan-Sellars. If you've got a dramatic
  story about how you've used Atari DTP to outgun a PC or Mac system,
  leave it here in detail for all to marvel and for me to use to continue
  Atari's case in the mainstream. I may yet get a chance to be cheeky!


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

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Judith Hamner  72257,271

 As soon as the programming marathon was ended, plans were announced for a
 new marathon.  See the file THON.DOC for news of a 24 hour on-line
 marathon scheduled for February.  Mark your calendars, you don't want to
 miss this.

 The entire set of 1991 forum reports has been archived by BJ Gleason.
 If you just joined or missed some of them check out NEWS91.ZIP.

 Atari marketing is looking for volunteers. The details are in TGTEAM.

 Don Thomas has announced a new product from his Artisan Software.
 FSELEC.ZIP is a file selector program that runs with PowerBasic. Source
 code is available for Basic programmers.

 Another file selector offering comes from David Stewart.  FILSEL.ZIP
 contains the code for a bare-bones file selector.  FF.BAS is a code
 example for doing the wildcard filename searches necessary for creating a
 file selector program.

 Don Messerli has brought another breakthrough to Portfolio graphics.
 FLIXRT.ZIP is a program that will let you creat a stand-alone PGX
 animation.  It will no longer require PGfliX to run. Don Thomas has
 created another animation for us. GE.ZIP will display the GE logo.

 We had previously described rle.exe by BJ Gleason which would display
 weather maps.  Now we have MAPS.TXT to explain how to download the maps
 from CompuServe for viewing with the program.


 > TURBO BBS V2 STR Review    "makes everything else.. seem second rate"

                         TURBO BOARD ST VERSION 2

 by Steven Leser,

 President of P3ACE
 SysOp of Laser BBS
 fidonet 1:128/78

     I have seen reviews of other BBS systems in AIM magazine and
 elsewhere, so... I had to make sure I had an opportunity talk about my
 favorite BBS program, ///Turbo Board ST.  Turbo Board is written by Bill

     Version 2 of Turbo Board makes everything else out there seem second
 rate.  Like Michtron advertised about its own BBS , Turbo 2 is FULLY user
 configurable.   You can set up your own menus, and affix whatever function
 to whichever key your heart desires.  You can also have Turbo 2 run any
 external program from any menu.  With these options at your disposal,
 submenus, submenus within submenus etc.  are possible.  (In fact, I have a
 Main menu for P3ACE members only, from my setup, with a separate games,
 and utilities menu underneath that one).  These menus are all in addition
 to the standard main menu, and games menu that other users see.

     The advantage of Turbo 2 is that there is no cryptic language to have
 to learn.  You can accomplish basically anything using simple batch file
 commands in conjunction with the configurable menus.

     Turbo 2 is modular in design.  Bill Miller realized that he could not
 incorporate all of the features that he wanted to provide for us in a
 standard stand alone system, and still keep memory requirements down
 enough for a 512K system to be able to run it.  His solution was that he
 created 11 separate system modules.  When a user selects the file transfer
 area, for instance, the BBS exits the standard system module, and loads
 the files  module.  This opens up enormous amounts of memory for TSR's,
 more complicated games, and makes running Turbo with external mailers
 (i.e.  Binkley for FidoNet) much more stable than under any other
 platform.  Amazingly, switching between modules is lighting fast.  My
 users never knew the difference.

     One of the huge advantages of Turbo 2 is its message SIG system.  No
 longer are you stuck with one message area filled (Often with several
 pages) of message bases.

 Now, you can organize your similar message areas into SIGS.

 For example, my BBS is organized into seven SIGS.

 1 - Local message areas (with 8 message areas)

 2 - P3ACE message areas (8 local message areas on Atari Computers)

 3 - FidoNet computer areas (7 FidoNet network areas on Atari computers
     anti Virus areas, antipiracy areas, etc...)

 4 - FidoNet Domestic issues! (8 message areas on cooking, crafting, and
     various other domestic type issues...)

     You can assign access levels to each SIG, and you can still allow
 different people access to only certain areas under each SIG.  This is
 probably my favorite feature of Turbo.  It is more of the roundtable idea.
 As GEnie and Compuserve have discovered, organizing common message areas
 in this manner is a VERY much more comfortable operating environment for
 the user.

     Batch uploading is another wonderful feature! Users simply hate having
 to sit by their computers while uploading files one by one.  Now, with
 batch uploading, the user can upload dozens of files at once, and return
 near the end of the session merely to type in descriptions.  Turbo offers
 Ymodem, Ymodem G, Sealink, and Zmodem batch uploads!!!!

     Turbo BBS Ver 2 is also fully FoReM compatible, that is to say, that
 virtually every program, online game, nifty doodad that works with FoReM
 and Turbo 1 will run on Turbo 2.  Turbo creates Forem.dat, and
 Dorinfo1.def files that most external programs and games look for when
 they run.  Most games are made to be run under these platforms!

     As the Millers, of Bitblit Software say, Turbo 2 is simply the most
 advanced, and powerful BBS system available for the ST, period!

                Turbo Board Version 2's additional Features

 - Expanded User privileges and Bitmaps for Passwords

 - KByte/File Ratio System

 - BBS Handles/Real Name system

 - Full User File Editor

 - Masked Sysop commands ( For Co-sysops)

 - Many NEW Sysop Functions, including new File Editor and Password Editor

 - Execute files from Main menu commands

 - Many New Copy and Save Functions for Fmail, and other files

 - Quick help edit prompt in message editor

 - NEW Database, you can use  archives, and users can easily upload new

   database entries, entries have access levels

 - BBS handles line answering instead of modem

 - NEW Turbo System Generator with expanded features

 - UPDATE program for Turbo V1 and Forem ST Sysops to convert to V2

 - New Version 2 Manual (addendum for Version 1 Turbo Owners)

 Version 2.1 is now under development and will be a free upgrade for those
 Sysops running Version 2.0

 New features will include:

 - New Gem BBS Executive Version 3

 - Qmail system in Message Base

 - Integrated Full Screen Editor

 - Some new Surprises...

                              Bitblit Systems
                             1580 Liveoak Dr.
                             Mississauga, Ont.
                              Canada  L5E 2X6


 $89.95 US - USA and International MSRP

 $69.95 US - Special price for FOREM ST V2 and EXPRESS ST SYSOPS
             (With proof of ownership - manual cover or valid Fnet node)

 $29.95 US - Special Update offer for Registered Turbo Version 1 Sysops
             (Canadian residents may send CDN dollars instead of US)


 > CRAZY DOTS! STR InfoFile       Crazy Dots video display adapter card

  Gribnif Software News Release                           January 15, 1992

                         =                         =
                         =       Crazy Dots        =
                         =  Video Display Adapter  =
                         =                         =

     Gribnif Software has announced the imminent North American release of
  their new "Crazy Dots" video display adapter for the Atari Mega ST, Mega
  STE, and TT/030 personal computers.

     The Crazy Dots video display adapter allows the Atari computer to
  drive a variety of VGA, Multi-Sync, and other high end color and gray
  scale displays. The adapter supports resolutions up to 1,664 x 1,200
  pixels, and can display up to 256 different colors or gray levels at

     Developed by TKR in Germany, the adapter is the fastest of its kind,
  offering the ability to switch the display's physical resolution from
  within any GEM program. Its numerous features include:

     o Display up to 256 colors or grey levels from a palette of 16.7
       million, in any resolution from 320 x 200 up to 1,280 x 800 pixels.

     o Extended resolution support up to 1,664 x 1,200 pixels in mono,
       four, eight, and sixteen color modes.

     o Software uses an exclusive "line-a-emulator", for maximum software
       compatibility (depending on the selected display mode).

     o Mouse controlled hardware panning, which allows for the display of
       any virtual resolution, regardless of the monitor's maximum physical

     o Connects to any Multi-Sync displays via a regular 15-pin VGA

     o Uses Tseng Labs's powerful ET-4000 graphics controller.

     o Includes one full megabyte of display memory, with full Blitter

     o Complete math co-processor support.

     o Megabus model includes a bus "pass through" and socket for an
       optional math co-processor.

     o Includes a special "Video Application Slot" for future expansions
       options, including: ECL adaptor, Genlock, and True Color display.

     Crazy Dots is available in two models. The "Crazy Dots Megabus" model,
  designed to fit into Atari's original Mega ST2 and Mega ST4 computers, is
  available for $949. The "Crazy Dots VME" model, designed to fit into
  Atari's Mega STE and TT/030 computers, is available for $999.

     To place an order, or for more information, please contact Gribnif
  Software directly:

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


 > Supra Specials! STR InfoFile     SUPRA'S NEW 9600 MODEMS

                        SUPRA'S NEW 9600 MODEMS!!!

    Supra will be releasing 2 new 9600 modems - the 9600 Supra FaxModem
 v.32 and the 14400 Supra FaxModem v.32bis at a retail price of $299.95
 and $399.95 respectively.  The v.32bis will be available in late January
 1992 and the v.32 will be available in February 1992.  Supra will offer
 these two modems at a special price for Sysops.

    Both modems support 300-2400bps (Bell 103/212A, V.21 / 22A&B / 22bis
 / 23), v.32 (9600bps), MNP 2-5/10, V42bis, 9600 send/receive fax
 (v.27ter/29), class 1/2 (fax software-fax modem communication standard),
 caller ID and voice. (Voice and caller ID can be enabled through low-
 cost, user-installable firmware upgrades available mid-1992.) The
 v.32bis model adds v.32bis (14400bps) and v.17 (14400 fax).  This is all
 packaged in Supra's famous small case (1" high x 4.5" wide x 6.5" long).

    The modems will have 4 lights (RD/SD/OH/TR) and a LED display.  The
 display will show the connection rate, compression protocol, error
 correction protocol, etc. in a rotating fashion.


    This year the price of v.32/v.32bis technology will tumble to new
 lows.  Supra is continuing its proud tradition of being a leader in
 using new chipsets to lead the modem industry to a new price point.


    Supra is using a new Rockwell chipset which condenses several of
 their older chips into 1 chip.  Rockwell is the leader in building modem
 chipsets.  A majority of current 9600 modems are based upon the older
 Rockwell v.32 technology.  We do not foresee any problems, but if a
 problem does occur, Supra is committed to solving it as quickly as
 possible.  Supra also offers a 30 day Money Back Guarantee for products
 that are purchased directly from Supra.


    The maximum baud rate you will connect at with a HST modem is 2400.
 Depending on the age of the HST modem, you may also get a v42bis data
 compression connection.  If the user uses the USR Dual Standard modem,
 and it is setup correctly, you will connect at a baud rate of 9600 (or
 14400 if using v.32bis).  We expect that most owners of the HST modems
 will be upgrading to v.32 modems.


      Supra Corporation has been providing personal computer users with
 high-quality, low-cost peripherals since 1985.  In addition to
 manufacturing a very successful line of modems, Supra makes a variety of
 peripherals for Mac, IBM, and Amiga computers.  Supra has excelled
 because of its unique combination of quality products, competitive
 prices, and excellent customer support.

      Supra has a complete line of modems from a standard 2400 modem to a
 2400 v.42bis, a 2400 FaxModem, a 9600 FaxModem and a 14400 FaxModem.  We
 have internal versions of most of these modems for the IBM and Amiga.
 As with most of our products, every modem that we manufacture is tested
 and burned in on our test machines.

    To obtain one of the new modems under this Sysop offer, please
 complete the following information and send it to:

                             Supra Corporation
                             7101 SW Supra Dr.
                             Albany, OR  97321

 ATTN: Sysop Order or FAX the information to 503-967-2401.

 If you  have any questions, please contact either Supra's Sales Department
 or the Technical Support Department at:

                        503-967-2400  (main 8-5pst)
                            503-967-2401  (Fax)
                       503-967-2410  (Sales 7-5pst)
                       800-727-8772  (Sales 7-5pst)
                    503-967-2440  (Tech Support 9-4pst)
                    503-967-2444  (BBS, 2 line v32bis)

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                        Bix              SupraCorp
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 Supra Breaks Price Barrier With Powerful SupraFAXModems

 14,400 bps Fax and Data (V.32bis) Modem for only $399

 ALBANY, OR, January 1992

     A wide range of features - fax, data, voice, caller  ID, unique status
 display, small  case, and very attractive price - all combine  to make the
 new  SupraFAXModem(tm)  family  of   modems  from   Supra  Corporation  an
 intriguing  new  opportunity  for  computer  users.  The SupraFAXModem(tm)
 V.32bis   features 14,400  bps fax  and data  for $399.95  retail, and the
 SupraFAXModem V.3atures 9600 bps fax and data for $299.95 retail.

     On  the  fax  side,  both  modems  feature  Class  1  and  2 commands,
 compatibility with   Group  3 fax  machines, and  the ability  to send and
 receive faxes  directly from  the computer.  On the data side, both modems
 support communication at speeds ranging from 300 bps  to 14,400  bps (9600
 bps for the SupraFAXModem V.32), plus they also support CCITT V.42bis, MNP
 2-5, and MNP 10 data compression  and error   correction  protocols.  When
 using V.42bis (4:1 compression), the SupraFAXModem  V.32bis provides up to
 57,600 bps throughput, and the  SupraFAXModem  V.32,  up  to    38,400 bps

     Both modems  also feature a revolutionary status display, which allows
 for an unlimited number of status  messages.    In  a  display  that looks
 similar to  a digital  clock, the  modems presently give the user up to 25
 different messages, conveying things like connection  rate and  type (FX),
 dialing (DI),  ringing (RI), and transmission error (TE).  This display is
 a great advantage compared with  most other modems, whose finite number of
 indicator lights  limit how much  information they can convey to the user.

     All of these features are packed  into a  case about  the size  of two
 decks of  playing cards  placed side  by side  (1" x 4.5" x 6.5") - a case
 that is half the size of many other V.32 and V.32bis modems.

     All that's needed to use an external SupraModem is a computer (or ter-
 minal) with  an RS-232C interface, communications software, and a cable to
 connect the  modem to  the computer.   Everything  else is  included:  the
 modem,  operator's   manual,  quick-reference  card,  power  adapter,  and
 telephone cable.

 Voice & Caller ID
     SupraFAXModems also support two important features - voice  and caller
 ID  -  that  can  be  enabled  through low-cost, user-installable firmware
 upgrades available  mid-1992.

     The voice feature allows the  modems  to  send  and  receive digitized
 voice and  implement several voice functions.  The modems can compress and
 uncompress voice data for efficient storage, generate and  recognize touch
 tones, and  sample at  various frequencies, depending on the quality level
 desired.  This feature  will be  useful for  interactive applications such
 as voice mail, answering machines, and digital announcers.

     Caller ID  (where available)  allows the number from which an incoming
 call was dialed to be displayed on the  user's screen  before the  call is
 answered.    This  will  be  useful  for  secure communications, automatic
 identification of incoming calls, and interactive voice applications.

     Innovation & Chip Sets  Combine  For  Killer  Pricing  At  $299.95 and
 $399.95  retail,  respectively,  the  SupraFAXModem V.32 and SupraFAXModem
 V.32bis are about 1/2 to 1/3 the price of similar  modems.   Supra is able
 to offer  these prices  because of innovative designs and state-of-the-art
 chip sets from Rockwell  International.   "We are  very excited  about the
 power we're putting into our customers' hands, and the outstanding quality
 we are able to deliver at these very affordable prices,"  said John Wiley,
 President of Supra Corporation.

     In addition  to the  stand-alone modems,  packages that include cables
 and software will be available for IBM PC and Macintosh computers.  IBM PC
 internal models  will also be available.

 About Supra Corporation

     Supra  Corporation,  based  in  Albany,  Oregon,  has  been  providing
 personal computer  users  with  high-quality,  low-cost  peripherals since
 1985.    The  SupraFAXModems  (including the previously announced 9600 bps
 fax/2400 bps data SupraFAXModem   Plus)  are the  latest additions  to the
 popular SupraModem(tm) family.

     Since the original SupraModem 2400 was introduced in 1987, SupraModems
 have been  popular  among  consumers  looking  for  excellent  value  in a
 reliable  modem,  and  have  been  recommended  by a variety of sour, from
 respected PC Magazine and MacUser columnist John C. Dvorak to the Berkeley
 Macintosh User's  Group (BMUG).   In  addition to manufacturing a complete
 line of  fax and  data modems,  Supra makes  a variety  of peripherals for
 Commodore Amiga computers.

 SupraFAXModem  Packages  for  Macintosh  and  IBM  PC  Compatibles Provide
 Everything User Needs

 ALBANY, OR, January 1992

     Supra's two  newest  modems  -  the  SupraFAXModem    V.32bis  and the
 SupraFAXModem V.32  - are  available as  stand-alone units  that work with
 any computer with an RS-232C port, and as  packages that  include software
 and cables  for Macintosh  and IBM  PC compatible computers.  The packages
 provide  everything  the  user  needs  to  get  started  using  the  modem
 immediately.    The  Macintosh  packages  are compatible with System 7 and
 include  FAXstf(tm)  fax   software,   award-winning   MicroPhone(tm)  1.5
 telecommunications  software,  a  CompuServe  Information  Manager kit and
 software, and online service  offers.    Also  included  in  the Macintosh
 packages are a modem cable, phone cable, and manuals.

     IBM packages  are available  with internal and external SupraFAXModems
 for DOS  and Windows.   Windows packages  include Winfax  software, online
 service offers,  and all required cables and manuals.  (Windows comes with
 its own telecom software.)   DOS  packages include  FaxTalk Plus software,
 Mirror  telecommunications   software,  online  service  offers,  and  all
 required cables and  manuals.

 SupraFAXModem Retail Prices

     SupraFAXModem V.32bis    Stand-Alone             $399.95
     SupraFAXModem V.32       Stand-Alone             $299.95

     SupraFAXModem V.32bis    Macintosh               $479.95
     SupraFAXModem V.32       Macintosh               $379.95

     SupraFAXModem V.32bis    IBM PC external         $449.95
     SupraFAXModem V.32bis    IBM PC internal         $389.95
     SupraFAXModem V.32       IBM PC external         $349.95
     SupraFAXModem V.32       IBM PC internal         $289.95

                          DOS or Windows package

     Various upgrade offers will let owners of earlier  SupraModems upgrade
 to fax   capabilities.  Supra also has a sysop program for the stand-alone
 versions. The  Supra Sales  Department  can  provide  customers  with more
 information at 1-800-727- 8772 or 503-967-2410.

  SupraFAXModem Features

 Feature                          SupraFAXModem V.32bis       SupraFAXModem

 Retail Price (Stand-Alone)    $399.95                     $299.95

 Maximum Fax Rate              14,400 bps                  9600 bps
 Class 1 and 2 commands        X                           X
 Group 3 compatible            X                           X
 Send and receive fax          X                           X
 CCITT V.27 ter                X                           X
 CCITT V.29                    X                           X
 CCITT V.17                    X                           X

 Maximum Data Rate
 (without data compression)    14,400 bps                  9600 bps
 Bell 103/212A                 X                           X
 CCITT V.21/V.22/ V.22bis      X                           X
 CCITT V.23                    X                           X
 CCITT V.32                    X                           X
 CCITT V.32bis                 X

 Error correction              X                           X
 MNP 2-4, MNP 10               X                           X
 CCITT V.42                    X                           X

 Data compression              X                           X
 MNP 5 (2:1)                   X                           X
 CCITT V.42bis (4:1)               X                           X
 Max. throughput, MNP 5        28,800 bps                  19,200 bps
 Max. throughput, V.42bis      57,600 bps                  38,400 bps

 Digital status display        X                           X
 Connection status (digital)   3, 6, 12, 24, 48, 72,         3,  6, 12, 24,
                               96, 120, 144, FX            96, FX

 Error correction status (digital)  LP (V.42bis LAPM),      same as V.32bis
                                    M2 (MNP 2), M3 (MNP 3),
                                    M4 (MNP 4), M5 (MNP 5),
                                    M10 (MNP 10)

 Data compression status (digital)  DC                      same as V.32bis
 Action status (digital)            DI, RI, AA, CD, TE, TM  same as V.32bis
 Single LED status display          OH, RD, SD, TR          same as V.32bis

 Case size                        1" x 4.5" x 6.5"              1" x 4.5" x

 Upgradable to Voice            X                           X
 Upgradable to Caller ID        X                           X

 5 year limited warranty        X                           X
 Made in the U.S.A.             X                           X
 "AT" command compatible        X                           X
 Asynchronous operation         X                           X
 Synchronous operation          X                           X
 Compatible with popular
 telecommunications software    X                           X
 Automatic adjustment to
 optimal protocol and rate      X                           X
   (tone or pulse)              X                           X
 Two modular phone jacks        X                           X
 Adjustable-volume speaker      X                           X
 Front panel ON/OFF switch      X                           X

 Stand-alone version            X                           X
 Macintosh(tm) package1         X                           X
 IBM(tm) PC Windows(tm) pa      X                           X
 IBM PC DOS(tm) package3        X                           X

 1)  Macintosh packages are compatible with System 7 and include FAXstf(tm)
     fax  software,  award-winning  MicroPhone(tm)  1.5  telecommunications
     software, CompuSeormation Manager(tm) starter kit and software, online
     service offers, modem  cable, phone cable, and manuals.

 2)   Windows packages  include Winfax(tm) software, online service offers,
     cables, and manuals.  (Windows comes  with its  own telecom software.)
     DOS   packages   include   FaxTalk(tm)   Plus   software,   Mirror(tm)
     telecommunications    software,  online  service  offers,  cables, and

 Supra Modem Upgrade Prices 10/91

     This is  the retail  price of  our modems and the cost to upgrade from
 our older modems to our newer models. You  need to contact Supra for a RMA
 # to  return the  old modem.  Once we receive it, we will ship out the new
 modem.  Or you can order a new modem from us and send the old one back for
 a credit.   Full means that you return the older modem, manuals, and power
 supply (if it has one).

 SupraModem 2400 Plus            $199.95
         Full-OK                 $ 99.95
         Full-Defect             $124.95
         Just modem-OK           $104.95
         Just modem-Defect       $129.95

 SupraModem 2400I Plus           $179.95
         Full-OK                 $ 89.95
         Full-Defect             $114.95
         Just modem-OK           $94.95
         Just modem-Defect       $119.95

 SupraModem 2400 ZI Plus         $199.95
         Full-OK                 $129.95
         Full-Defect             $154.95
         Just modem-OK           $134.95
         Just modem-Defect       $159.95

 SupraFaxModem 2400 Mac $249.95
         Full-OK                 $174.95
         Full-Defect             $199.95
         Just modem-OK           $179.95
         Just modem-Defect       $204.95

 SupraFaxModem 2400I DOS $169.95  (Avail 11/15/91)
         Full-OK                 $109.95
         Full-Defect             $134.95
         Just modem-OK           $114.95
         Just modem-Defect       $139.95

 SupraFaxModem 2400I Wind $199.95  (Avail 11/15/91)
         Full-OK                 $129.95
         Full-Defect             $154.95
         Just modem-OK           $134.95
         Just modem-Defect       $159.95

 SupraModem 9600 $699.95
         2400/2400I              $475.00
         2400 MNP                $460.00
         2400 Plus               $450.00

 SupraFaxModem v.32 $349.95  (Avail 1/1/92)
         2400/I                  $259.95
         2400MNP                 $249.95
         2400Plus                $239.95
         9600                    $179.95
         MacFax                  $229.95
         WindFax                 $239.95
         DosFax                  $249.95

 SupraFaxModem v.32bis $399.95  (Avail 1/1/92)
         2400/I                  $299.95
         2400 MNP                $289.95
         2400 Plus               $279.95
         9600                    $219.95
         MacFax                  $269.95
         WindFax                 $279.95
         DosFax                  $289.95

 If you have any questions, please contact Supra via:

                                Supra Corp
                             7101 SW Supra Drv
                             Albany, OR  97321
                            503-967-2400  Main
                             503-967-2401  Fax
                   503-967-2440  Tech Support (9-4 pst)
                             503-967-2444  BBS
                         800-727-8772  Orders Only

                              CIS - 76004,565
                             GEnie - SupraTech
                              Bix - SupraCorp


 > Usergroup Starts STR FOCUS          "Getting off on the right foot!"

                    SO YOU WANT TO START A USER GROUP?

 Part V

 by Tim Holt


 In the past four articles, we have looked at the pros and cons of getting
 a user group started, and what it all entails to do so.  You, as a club
 founding member, must realize several things by now:

 1. You will spend money on the club from your own pocket.

 2. You will spend lots of time getting people to just show up at
    the meetings.

 3. You will run into members that don't agree with you, and won't
    help you.

 4. You will run into members that want to pirate programs at the

 5. You will "burn out" mentally if you do not get help.

 In this column, we will look at how to solve problems 4 and 5.

                    Hey Buddie, got any new programs???

 It will happen.  Some of the members of your club will try to use the club
 meetings as monthly copying parties.  These people don't care if it is the
 latest programs, 10 year old programs, or programs that haven't even been
 released yet.(Our club once had a member that prided himself on the number
 of programs he had that were still in the beta test version stage.  This
 guy had every thing.He had a software version of the Spectre GCR! I don't
 know how he did it, but it worked somehow...) And don't just assume it's
 the kids that act this way.  Our "would-be pirate" was about 55 years

 There is only one way to deal with pirating in your club: Sternly.   From
 the very outset, your club should have some type of anti-pirate statement,
 either in the bylaws, in the newsletter, something.  Every member should
 be made aware that at the time of getting a membership, pirating
 activities will not be allowed.   Plain and simple: The board, the
 president, or some club officer, will have the authority to dismiss a
 member for pirating
 activities during club activities.  The member shall forfeit any and all
 membership fees, and, will be dismissed from the club forever.  I know it
 sounds harsh, but face the music folks, pirating killed many a company's
 interest in the Atari.   Just ask the folks at Spectrum Holobyte.  Your
 club is a forum to support the ST/TT, not a place to do it more harm.

 Please note however, that your authority is limited to the club only.
 What members do outside the club meetings, however unfortunate, is their
 business.  Billy Bob may be the worlds biggest owner of non-purchased
 software, but if he keeps his nose clean during the meetings, then you
 cannot, and should not, take any actions against him.  Also, be on the
 guard for rumors.  Seeing is believing, and that's the only way it should
 be.  There will be times when someone will offer you a program.  Politely
 state that as an officer of the club, you cannot possibly copy software.
 Set the example for the rest of the club.  It may not impress everyone,
 but that kid in the back might remember it, and that makes your example
 worth it.

                               H  E  L  P  !

 There will be times when you simply need help in the club.   Here are a
 few hints and tips to keep things moving smoothly...

 1.  Remember that the ST/TT line of computers can emulate the Macintosh
 and MS DOS worlds very easily.  Therefore, any demo that has been placed
 out for the IBM and Mac world is fair game.   Believe me, almost any
 Macintosh program released has a demo that the company released for it.
 All are disabled somehow, but all can be used for your next club's
 meeting.   Okay smarty, where do you get these demo's? Simple.   If your
 town has a Mac club, they have MAC PD software, and demos.  Ditto for the
 Ms Dos world (No pun intended.)

 2.  European magazines always have demo disks with them.  ST Format, ST
 User, etc, always come with a disk full of demos.  Lot's of games.  You
 can get these magazines from your local dealer or through the mail order
 places.  Also, the magazines themselves make nice reading for members.

 3.  Atari User magazine is one of the best buys a user group can make.
 Why? Because it's FREE! That's right, FREE.  All your group has to do is
 pay for the shipping.  Atari USER is very up to date, and very nicely laid
 out.  A great magazine at a great price.

                           Quill Publishing Co.
                            113 W.  College St.
                          Covina, Ca.  91723-2008

 4.  Make a magazine such as AIM, your newsletter.   You save tons of time,
 and the product is probably a zillion times more professional looking than
 you could do.   Of course, you lose some of the intimacy associated with a
 locally produced mag, but the members in our club howl like coyotes when
 they don't get the monthly AIM.

                        ATARI INTERFACE MAGAZINE
                           3487 Breaburn Circle
                           Ann Arbor, MI.  48108

 5.  Remember to go for the unusual speaker: Have a policeman give a demo
 on home security, have a computer scientist give a speech on the history
 of the computer, have a local computer store owner demo his wares, even if
 he doesn't sell Atari.(he may change his mind after seeing 50 computer
 users sitting there with checkbooks in their hands...)  Get a musician to
 give a concert at your meeting, or have an artist come in and try some art
 programs with the computer.

 6.  Use Atari.  Atari has this guy named Bob Brodie (Saint Robert to his
 friends.), that can answer all types of questions, may be able to point
 you in the right direction, or will darn near kill himself trying to find
 out something for you.  Drop him a line at Atari, or leave him a message
 on GEnie.  Really, for all their faults, Atari does sometimes, every once
 in while, send out warm fuzzies to user groups.  Who knows, it may be your
 turn to get a fuzzy..

 By getting help, you will feel a lot better about the club, and you will
 avoid getting burned out by doing all the work yourself.

 Well, I hope that this series of articles has helped you set up a user
 group in your town.  Drop me line sometime, and let me know how your club
 is getting along.  I would like to know any unusual ideas that your club
 has used successfully in the past for a future article.  My address is:

                                 Tim Holt
                             10953 Yogi Berra
                        El Paso, Texas  79934-3283




 By Staff Editor: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

 In our STR750 issue, we printed some posts from the ST Round Table on
 Genie concerning complaints about Zephyr/ST Plus.  As always, there are
 two sides to a story. The following is Bill Yerger's (Zepher/Microworld)


  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Category 18,  Topic 3
  Message 67        Sun Jan 12, 1992
  W.YERGER                     at 01:52 EST

  A few days ago someone notified me of this topic. They read it in ST
  Report. Thanks, Ralph, otherwise I might not have known.

  Zephyr/Microworld has been an Atari dealer since 1985.  We have been
  told that we were the largest retail reseller of Atari computers for
  various long terms by Atari sales staff. We have thousands of satisfied
  Atari customers, many of whom would not have bought Atari if not for
  our enthusiastic support. We are currently in litigation with Atari
  over several matters including lack of support for dealers and users by

  The shortage of TT's in 1991 was not limited to Zephyr and all persons
  who did not want to wait beyond thirty days either got their money back
  or a TT. Although we do not buy TT's directly from Atari, this merely
  adds a few days to the process of a purchase.

  David Beckmeyer was hired by my company in 1989 to produce point of
  sale software which would track all credit card purchases successfully.
  He failed to do so and then failed to show up with the promised
  upgrade. Less than one in five hundred ever gets mischarged but human
  error does happen. When it does refunds are made.

  The point is, my company and myself are well known as Atari supporters
  and Atari critics.  While it seems I may have critics also, I know that
  I have supporters. However, when you work seven days a week, 10 hours a
  day for going on seven years, primarily selling Atari's and losing
  ground to clones and Macs, one tends to get irritable on occasion. I
  hope that my good points outweigh bad ones because I like people and I
  like Atari computers. I would also like to make a good living selling
  Atari. I think we have treated most people honestly and well, and most
  people who come, leave feeling glad they have an Atari because at
  Microworld the Atari ST/TT is king, and it is used more than any other.

  But Atari sales are declining. Do we need to turn to backbiting while
  we witness that decline? I hope not. I think rather we should try to
  stick together. In the interest of that, I will try to correct any

  Microworld has grown from one desk, a half dozen 520's in 700 square
  feet to two stores totalling 4300 square feet and a very large selec-
  tion of ST software.  Everyone of our technicians and salespeople has
  an ST in their home.

  If you wish to see if Microworld is an honorable establishment, I in-
  vite you to come to one of our two locations, either 2434 Dwight Way at
  Telegraph or 1514 University Ave., and judge for yourselve whether we
  deserve your support.

  I do know that when an earnest ST user comes in he or she has their
  loyalty and intelligence more honored than in any other place that I
  know of. Some come in every few days, some less frequently. Most are
  helped and all get a twenty per cent discount. We are staunch anti-
  pirates and suffer shoplifting of valuable products such as four
  Notator keys, one DynaCadd key, and three Spectres.

  I am honorred to have been Published in Current Notes and hope that
  these writings have been informative. I also apologise for any
  inaccuracies of myself or any others. I do believe that Current Notes
  is the best written and most informative Atari magazine in America.

  Once again, Zephyr/ Microworld has many supporters. We will also take
  seriously any criticism just as we have taken accolades from users,
  user groups, and even at times from Sam Tramiel, and endeavor to be an
  honest imaginative and fun dealership. Of course that has always been
  best when Atari money was flowing.

  As for software coming into America, F Card represents hundreds of
  hours and thousands of dollars to try to bring quality ST software to
  America. Is this irresponsible?


  Zephyr will will investigate and attempt to satisfy all complaints. If
  anyone wants to speak with me directly with any criticism or compliment
  I am available 10-6 seven days (510) 845-2000 or on the Microworld
  Bulletin Board, since 1986, (510)845-1789. Thank you for your help and I
  will read any comments in this topic now that I am aware of it.

  Bill Yerger/STMAN


 > STReport's Editorial Page           "Saying it like it is."

  From the Editor's Desk

     This week's issue is BIG because, for a change, there's a great deal
 going on to 'perk up' the Atari Userbase.  ISD is getting close to the
 "magic time" with Calamus SL.  The Namm Show is on for this weekend in
 fact, it starts today in Anaheim Ca..  The announcement detailing the
 offering of the Dev kit is encouraging in as much as there will now be new
 developers on the Atari Platform with more to offer the users and
 especially, the potential new users.

     The time is now at hand, for all Atari users who care to join together
 and urge Atari to make the big push.  We have asked, cajoled, begged and
 petitioned Atari to advertise.  To 'sing the song' to the US marketplace.
 It has always, seemingly, fell on deaf ears.  The time to do it is now,
 the machines are cost effective and easy to learn to use.  The other
 platforms are dropping prices and the OS used on those platforms is either
 difficult to learn or from the time of kerosene lamps.  Atari pursuing the
 US market now in a tight but moving economy makes good sense.  The
 products all of them have the charm, the eyre appeal and with a userbase
 having the chutzpa it does.  No question or objection will go unanswered.
 Will the "call" go unanswered?  I hope not.

     The entire US home computer market is a real (not imaginary) computer
 hungry, sleeping giant.  The companies on the other platforms are now
 beginning to realize this fact.  All one need do is take note of their
 marketing targets.  This is a golden opportunity for Atari, as it always
 has been.  Please Atari... take advantage of it.

     The future of Atari series will resume next week with a look at the
 apparent goals Atari has had and appears to have at this time.

     I'd like to take a moment to thank the user who sent us a note
 mentioning the fact he was on the Well and someone "even is posting
 STReport up to USENET for worldwide distribution.  Now, that's an
 audience..."  Thanks a bunch for that info!

                         Thank you for all your wonderful support!!



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

                            STReport's MailBag

 From GEnie's ST RT

 User uneasy over Pratt's departure...

 Category 18,  Topic 20
 Message 141       Sat Jan 11, 1992
 S.JOHNSON10 [Steve]          at 00:38 EST

 After hearing that Greg Pratt has now ALSO left Atari and thinking about
 the STE/TT being the mainstay for Atari for the next 2-3 years, I am
 finally seriously considering, after 12 years as an Atarian (6 as an
 ST'er!), selling off my entire STE system and getting <ick!> an IBM
 compatible (at least a 20MHz '386 w/ SVGA).

 I'd like to stay with the Motorola processors, but I can't stomach the
 thought of buying an Amiga and can't afford the color Mac's at present.
 I've already gone over 4 years without ANY local support and a low level
 of national support for the ST which gets lower and lower every day. It's
 FINALLY gotten to the point where I just cannot fight for the support any
 longer.  If and when the new Atari machines DO come out, I may consider
 buying one if they have the right features and the right price.

 Otherwise, I think I'll buy a Mac further down the road!  All of you who
 are staying with your Atari, you have my utmost respect as you certainly
 have MUCH more patience than I (and I think waiting patiently for Atari
 for over 5 years has been quite a lot!). I will still certainly stand up
 for Atari computers and continue to defend them when IBM'ers/etc. laugh at
 them. However, I can NO LONGER truthfully recommend that anyone buy an
 Atari as any kind of "general purpose" computer.  As a specialized
 computer (MIDI and maybe DTP), I may still recommend it, though.  If I DO
 leave, I DO promise to drop by this RT BB and harrass all of you every now
 and then! <grin>


 From GEnie ST RT

 Atari Online Rep calms user's fears.....

 Category 18,  Topic 20
 Message 142       Sat Jan 11, 1992
 TOWNS [John@Atari]           at 03:00 EST

 I can assure you that Greg Pratt's depature will not have a negative
 effect on the marketing and sales here in the United States. Bill Rehbock
 Art Morgan, and James Grunke handle the marketing and have been since
 Greg took over the US Corp. Sales is still being handled by Mike Groh
 and the rest of the sales group. We are still continuing our plans for a
 vastly improved 1992 and Greg's departure will not have any negative
 effect on those plans.

 As for your comments about the STE and TT being the mainstay for the
 Atari line for the next 2-3 years.. well, I can say with some amount of
 certainty that Atari is working on some really neat things that you will
 see long before the end of the 2-3 year period you mentioned.

 Another point: Have you ever really _used_ a DOS machine? If you have,
 then you would probably think twice or maybe three times before
 purchasing  one of them. They are horrible. They have have a large
 software base to draw from, but if they are hard to use and make your
 life harder, what is the point?

  -- john


 From GEnie ST RT

 Good advice from S. Winick of Computer Studio

 Category 18,  Topic 20
 Message 143       Sat Jan 11, 1992
 S.WINICK                     at 08:26 EST

 Steve (Johnson):

 Spend a little time on one of those MesSyDOS machines before making such a
 committment.  Play with "Windows" a little -- gosh, didn't my old 8-bit
 Atari scroll text faster than that 386/25 with Windows?  How may of those
 'great' DOS utility programs will you have to buy and install just to give
 you a useable level of utility to that cludge of an operating system?
 Lets see...... Windows looks really neat onscreen but is a kludge and
 quirky as hell.  Norton makes some really good patches.  Perhaps Deskview
 might be better.  Well...... all those levels of subdirectories we're used
 to using on our Atari's that keep the directory structure so simple.....
 why do they seem so complex and unwieldy on that 'clone'?  Lets, see.....
 how 'bout adding a couple more SIMMs.... hmmmmmm, which jumpers do I have
 to change on the mother board just so the stupid thing knows they're
 there?  And where the heck did I put those instructions on how to modify
 the CONFIG.SYS file to tell DOS they're there?  Gosh, it was so easy on
 the ST.  Hmmmmm, that external modem worked just fine on my ST. Oh, yes, I
 have to go back and reconfigure the system to tell it something's
 connected to COMM port 1 --- or is it 2?

 How 'bout looking at a directory of a program.  Gosh, it's so simple and
 short on the Atari ..... just the main program, perhaps an INF file or two
 to store our defaults, and a few supplemental files for the rest.  Ever
 wonder why the DOS versions of even the simplest of programs require a
 directory full of independent files?  Ever watch how busy the hard drive
 gets on those DOS machines whenever you do ANYTHING?  Hmmmmmmm..... seems
 like they're really running at disk access speed more than that 33MHz the
 processor is rated at, aren't they?

 The bottom line is that any computer is merely a tool to accomplishing a
 task.  Select the best tool for the task at hand.  If you have a task that
 requires a software package that's only available in an MS-DOS version,
 then by all means that SHOULD be you computer of choice.  Or if you want a
 great 'game machine' with VGA graphics, stereo sound (you'll need to add a
 SoundBlaster or equivalent and a set of powered stereo speakers, of
 course) and a good selection of game software, then a clone may also be a
 good choice.  But better plan on a real large hard drive --- the current
 crop of games and simulations in DOS versions frequently require between
 6-9 megs of hard drive space, EACH!  And while the clone market offers a
 huge selection of software, I'm sure that you'll quickly discover that
 perhaps 90% of it is going to be 'trash' when compared to what you're used
 to on the Atari platform.  And.... better be prepared to spend around
 $50-150 for each of those really neat utilities and accessories that
 you're so used to seeing as PD or shareware on the ST platform.

 On the other hand, if you're looking for a great all-around computer that
 offers real ease of use, and excellent selection of well-written software,
 look no further than that 1040STe sitting peacefully on your desk.  Your
 concerns about the shortage of local dealerships and support are quite
 valid.  Those problems are being addressed, and the situation will
 hopefully improve as time goes on.  But in the meantime, there are several
 excellent dealers right here on GEnie that are more than willing to assist
 you in whatever your needs or desires require.  And Atari's online
 representatives are ready to provide you with accurate information
 regarding what's really going on.

 Don't let Mr. Pratt's leaving affect your decision.  Personnel changes are
 not all that uncommon in any business.  People move around between
 companies all the time.  We're all going to miss Mr. Pratt, and wish him
 our best in his new position.  But I'm certain that Atari's FUJI will not
 crumble merely because of his departure.  Under his reign, we saw many
 personnel changes, including the coming onboard of many of the Atari folks
 who are so active right here in this category providing direct sources of
 communication between ourselves and Atari.

 I realize that it's hard to not get disillusioned when you're faced with
 such overwhelming sheer numbers of MS-DOS machines and users, but an
 occassional visit to an Atari user group, regional dealership or AtariFest
 once in a while for a dose of Atari-pickup will do wonders for morale.

 Sheldon Winick (IADA/Computer STudio - Asheville, NC)


 From GEnie's ST RT

 About TOS 2.06 & 1.44mb Drives...

 Category 18,  Topic 23
 Message 222       Sat Jan 11, 1992
 B.REHBOCK [Bill@Atari]       at 03:30 EST

 If you are interested, please place your orders for TOS 2.06 now. Dealers
 that are on-line on GEnie were notified as of Thursday night that they
 will be available. They should be on their way to dealers toward the end
 of next week. The retail price on the Two-Chip set is $60.00  These are
 32-pin EPROM packages. There are some STE's with 28-pin masked ROMs that
 are either soldered in or in 28-pin sockets that will have to be removed
 and have 32- pin sockets installed. I am giving advanced notice to dealers
 and  end- users, so that no one is suprised when they open up their STE to
 "pop the chips in". A very good percentage of the STE's in the  field have
 the 32-pin EPROMs, and it will be just a swap. When going from the 28-pin
 package to the 32-pin package there are solder pads that need to be
 altered. Instructions will ship with the ROMs.

 By the way... the 1.44 megabyte drive kits are on their way too. (Sorry
 that this part is a little off topic :-) The price on the upgrade kits
 are: $139.00 for the MegaSTE --- $149.00 for the TT The kits include: 1.44
 meg floppy drive, AJAX High-Density Controller, and the corresponding TOS,
 either 2.06(MSTE) or 3.06(TT)

  -Bill Rehbock, Atari Corp.

 Permission is granted to reprint this posting only if it appears in  its


 From CIS RE: UNIX & Atari

 #: 55374 S10/New Products
     16-Jan-92  00:59:38
 Sb: #55275-Mice for the ST
 Fm: Greg Wageman 74016,352
 To: bob wilson 72355,1637


 Someday, Unix may be come the home-computer operating system of choice,
 but if it does, Atari Corp. is not going to be the driving force for it.

 If I were shopping for a Unix box, Atari/IBM/Apple/Commodore would be the
 *last* systems I'd look at, because their Unix solutions (if any) are
 second-rate at best.  I'd look at the vendors who have been providing Unix
 solutions all along: Sun, Apollo, Silicon Graphics, etc.  I prefer Sun
 because I work with them and know them, but any of the others will be

 The small-computer Unix offerings tend to be crippled in some way or make
 compromises that are limiting.  I see the TT as a way to extend my ST
 investment into a later generation of computing hardware, with the
 possibility of moving to Unix if it proves practical, but I'm not counting
 on it.

 By the time I outgrow the TT, Suns may be affordable... or something
 entirely new may be available, like Crays-on-a-chip.  One can only


 From the FNET

 Conf : STReport Online
 Msg# : 18094/18094  Lines: Extended  Read: 3
 Sent : Jan 17, 1992  at 10:14 AM
 To   : Mr. B
 From : -=[the Geek]=-

 Well, Atari insists that there are over 4000 programs availale for the
 STe/Mega STe/TT030 computer line in their literature.  Unfortunately, they
 are also touting the availability of Microsoft Write (which is still at
 version 1.0) and DeskSet (Leonard Tramiel's software project which works
 only with the Atari laser printer, I believe).  They also do not state
 of the 4000 programs available, a _HUGE_ chunk haven't been upgrade since
 late 89/early 90 (and even that time limit is being gracious!).

 I had read a book about marketing high-tech products, and the author gave
 Atari a thumbs off for blowing fluff...  The book is called "How to Market
 High-Tech Products".  Interesting...


 This message was copied over from the 16/32 base... Its topic and
 strength is that its an almost identical string thats now appearing on the
 major services.  It would be a great idea to pursue this string.

 Perhaps the whigs at Atari will get the message.  Mark Williams C,
 remember that program?  Well, WE DO... it seems that STReport carried an
 item about 18 months ago about them dropping (quietly) ST support for a
 number of reasons including the Atari market.  Well, a certain individual
 at Atari went "ballistic" over the matter and demanded a retraction.  We
 didn't.  So a parallel story was pumped out saying the story came from a
 software tech at MWC who was recently fired and therefore, the story was
 sour grapes.  Now, the facts are clear by the performance of MWC.

 Folks here it is 18 months later, MWC has yet to do a thing for the ST
 platform.   Shall we now begin a constructive thread in this base about
 the software available on the Atari platform and its lack of updates and
 support?  Wouldn't it be wonderful if the software we are using was able
 to take full advantage of our new 1st. class hardware?  How sweet it would
 be indeed, if the software companies like Word Perfect etc., aggressively
 updated and upgraded their software on the ST platform as they do on the
 MAC and IBM platform.

 What programs do you use and how is the support for them.  Also, what
 programs do you wish would be updated and suported on the ST platform?

 Let's her from you...  maybe just maybe... Atari will listen and DO some-
 thing constructive instead of another dumb vendetta.

                                   Ralph @ STReport
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