ST Report: 7-Feb-92 #806

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 02/08/92-02:43:18 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 7-Feb-92 #806
Date: Sat Feb  8 14:43:18 1992

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                WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (February 7)


 In response to the  increased sales  of Atari's  LYNX, the  first handheld
 8-bit  videogame  unit  with  a color LCD screen, multiplayer capabilities
 and stereo sound, the  staff of  the Atari  8-Bit Forum  has recruited the
 services  of  two  well-known  LYNX  gaming  experts, Jeff Kovach and Todd
 Ellering.  A new library devoted to LYNX files will  include game  maps in
 GIF graphics format, help and hint files, and press releases detailing new
 game introductions.  Kovach and Ellering  will be  online daily  to answer
 LYNX questions  and will  host special conferences with playing tips.  For
 more information, GO ATARI8.

                        NETWORKING AN ATARI TO A PC

 If you've ever wondered about hooking  up your  Atari computer  to a local
 area  network  (LAN),  please  visit  the  Atari  Productivity  Forum  (GO
 ATARIPRO) and read and respond to  message  #56532.    (Especially  if you
 want to hook it up to a PC network.)

                         **** NEW FROM ATARI! ****

 Atari has  uploaded the latest version of their Hard Drive Utilities! Look
 for ATHDX5.LZH in Library 4 ("Utilities") in the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO) for version 5.0 of these utilities.


 Charles F.  Johnson has  uploaded the  latest version  of PinHead, version
 2.1, to Library 6  of the  Atari Productivity  Forum (GO  ATARIPRO).  This
 version works  with ANY version of TOS...  Download PINH21.ARC and get the
 fastest bootup you have ever seen!

                              ATARI OVERSEAS

 The Sysops have opened up a  new message  section (15)  of the  Atari Arts
 Forum  (GO  ATARIARTS)  entitled  ATARI  "OVERSEAS" especially for our new
 members from the UK, Europe and Australia.


 We've made a slight modification to the names  of our  message sections in
 the Atari  Productivity Forum  (GO ATARIPRO).   Sections 4 and 5 (Personal
 Applications and Business Applications) have been  combined into  a single
 section  named  APPLICATIONS  and  a  new section has been setup under the
 subject NETWORKING ATARIS.  Both  sections  are  available  to  the entire
 membership, but adjust your individual section settings accordingly.

                         PORT-A-THON COMING SOON!

 Just a  reminder --  *the* social  event of  the year,  our online PORT-A-
 THON will be held  in the  conference rooms  of the  Atari Portfolio Forum
 (GO  APORTFOLIO)  on  Feb  21-22.    Tons  of  prizes  (both  hardware and
 software).  Spread the word! (Black Tie optional)

                          HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AN




    Issue #06

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  -- Apple Cuts Mac Prices

 This week, Apple Computer announced 9-37% prices cuts on many models of
 its Macintosh computers.  The low-end Macintoshes, the Mac II, Mac LC,
 and Classic, will experience the highest cuts.  While no price cuts were
 announced for the Quadra or Powerbook 140 or 170 lines, the low-end
 Powerbook 100's price was cut between 12-13%.  Also, the Stylewriter
 printer was cut 33% bringing its retail price to just under $400.

 Apple has said it was planning to more aggressively pursue the U.S.

  -- Microsoft Dumps President

 In a surprise move, Microsoft replaced president Michael Hallman with a
 triumvirate.  Mike Maples of applications, Steve Balmmer head of systems
 and Chief Financial Officer Francis Gaudette, will be assuming the res-
 ponsibility of running the company.

 Under the new structure Ballmer will become chief of sales and service.
 Maples will take over development of operating systems as well as
 continue leading the applications software division. Gaudette, who will
 continue as CFO, will also oversee the company's manufacturing, distri-
 bution, human resources, and other business operations.

  -- Sierra Posts 3rd Quarter Profits

 Sierra On-Line announced net earnings of $2.5 million from revenues of
 $16.4 million for its 3rd fiscal quarter ending December 31, 1991. Over-
 all earnings for the nine month period were $33.6 million compared to
 $25.7 million for the nine months of the previous year.

 Sierra On-Line, known for its games including King's Quest IV and the
 Leisure Suit Larry series, has introduced several new game titles in-
 cluding the newly released Ecoquest -- the Search for Cetus and The
 Castle of Dr. Brain.

 The company says it publishes software game titles for the IBM personal
 computer and compatible, the Apple Macintosh, and the Commodore Amiga
 computer platforms, but has also licensed "King's Quest V" to Konami
 which develops for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

  -- IBM to Start Two Computer Magazines

 IBM this week announced that later this month it will be starting two
 new computing magazines intended for customers and potential customers.

 According to reports, the magazines will be distributed by controlled
 circulation and will come out every other month. They will be sent free
 of charge to those that meet the qualifications.

 The magazines will be called Profit and Beyond Computing and essentially
 are to be marketing vehicles for IBM, though they will accept ads from
 competing computer and software companies.

 Profit will be aimed at small business owners, while Beyond Computing
 will target executives at medium and large companies. According to IBM,
 each will have circulation of 200,000.

  -- IRS Computer Goofs

 Due to a computer glitch, the IRS mistakenly told more than 36,000 tax-
 payers filing electronic returns that they were getting about $40
 million in refunds.  An IRS spokesperson said that they glitch has been
 corrected and that the only returns effected were ones filed with the
 Witchita, Kansas center between Jan. 10-27.

 According to reports, many taxpayers have already borrowed money against
 the refunds, so banks now stand to lose millions of dollars.

 One advantage to filing a computerized return is that the IRS can give
 quick confirmation by computer of the amount the taxpayer can expect in
 a refund. Many people then use that information to borrow from a bank
 while they wait for the refund. The IRS then sends the refund directly
 to the bank.

 Netherlands "Hackers" Arrested; Charges Pending

 Two computer hackers have been arrested in connection with allegedly
 gaining unauthorized access to a variety of computer networks around the
 world.  The two men "hacked" into the Bronto on-line computer system at
 Amsterdam's Free University late last year.  Following the November
 accesses, the pair then used the Telnet and Usenet links to gain onward
 access to a number of computer networks in Italy, Norway, and Spain, as
 well as the United States.

 According to reports, the pair were the first hackers to be caught by a
 special computer crime operations unit in the Netherlands. It seems
 likely that they will be charged with forgery, computer fraud, and
 criminal damage.


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 everyone in the Conference area can see what you type immediately, and can
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 > The Flip Side STR Feature          "...a different view point"

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee


 From the folks at the new Atari Advantage magazine - Cat. 15, Topic 4,
 Msg. 7, 13 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   Are you intrigued by the inside stories and the best late breaking
   news in the Atari market?  We extend a warm welcome to NEVIN SHALIT
   and his famed RUMOR CITY column starting in the CHARTER issue of ATARI


   Are you ready for personal fame, fortune or fun? ATARI ADVANTAGE is
   expanding coverage of the Atari market. We are looking for additional
   reviewers experienced in products and applications ranging across the
   following areas:

        * Graphics Programs                 * Desktop Publishing
        * Business Applications             * Utilities
        * Hardware                          * Tutorials (all areas)

   Please leave email to Mike Lindsay at AT-VANTAGE if interested.

            ***** ATTENTION ATARI DEALERS and DEVELOPERS *****

   We at Atari Advantage Magazine have an offer you just can't pass up...

      A FREE AD!

   Here's the deal. If you are going to advertise with us in our first
   few issues, with at least a 3 time contract, we will run your ad for
   free in our first issue. If you decide not to sign a contract with us,
   we'll only charge half price for the ad. Also, we're asking that you
   submit an ad similar in size to what you are going to be running in
   the future.

   We've spent the last couple days trying to call everyone with this
   offer, but we're not reaching everyone fast enough. We want to give
   anyone interested in advertising with us a chance to take advantage of
   this offer. If this sounds like the deal for you, call and let us know
   what size you are going to send in, and then get your ad in the mail
   to us! We are trying to put our first issue out by February 19-21, so
   we need to know RIGHT NOW if you are interested in this offer! We only
   have so much space to give away, so ads will be placed on a first come
   first serve basis--don't be the last one in!

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 From Jim Allen (Fast Tech) - Cat. 4, Topic 11, Msg. 123, 142 - from the
 ST Roundtable on Genie...

   We have the fastest 68000 accelerator in the world, the T20 and T25,
   which run a 20 and 25Mhz.


   These fit all 520, 1040, and Mega STs. With a small adapter they fit
   the 1040STE also.

      STE adapter...$49.00US

   We also offer TOS 2.06 to our customers, along with an installation
   kit, to allow you to upgrade any 520, 1040, or MegaST.

      TOS 2.06....$60.00US option

   We also have in limited release the TURBO030, 40Mhz 68030 accelerator.
   It comes in two versions, half populated, and fully populated. Full
   surface mount design, the only user installable option is the FPU
   upgrade, comprised of a 60Mhz 68882 coprocessor.

   TURBO030 cache-only...$1,199.00US...$999.00US to T16/2x and ISD users

   TURBO030 4Meg........$1,999.00US...$1,495.00US to T16/2x and ISD users

   As soon as the 16Meg DRAMs are available, there will be a 16Meg
   version, hopefully by this summer.

   The FPU option is for Dynacadd and Lexicore SW users....$299.00US

   We are also working on a Virtual Memory SW option, to allow your
   system to have up to 128Meg of ram. Price to be set, but we are
   targeting $299.00US.

   ...the upgrade [from T20 to T25] to 25Mhz is $50, plus shipping.
   Anyone out there with a T20 who wants to move up, I would be more than
   happy to grant your request. In fact, there have been a couple
   enhancements, interface-wise developed that will be incorporated into
   any units upgraded.

   The TOS [TOS2.06 upgrade], and requires some soldering, but if you can
   handle putting a T2x in you can handle the TOS no sweat...


 Question from Christian Schmitt on CIS...

   I've been using a 2400bps for a couple of years now and had no trouble
   with it.  But now, when I learned about the new line of low-priced
   Supra v32 modems, I am really thinking about upgrading.

   I read now that you (or your computer) should talk to the modem at
   38400bps for best results. But as far as I know the ST's serial port
   can only be set to 19200bps. So, working with v32bis, v42 and v42bis
   my maximim throughput is at approx. 1920cps.

   Is there a way to set the RS232 port to higher speeds than 19200bps or
   should I go with v32 and not v32bis?

   What do the people who already own and use a high speed modem think?

 Answer from Pat Augustine on CIS...

   Even at 19,200 baud you are doing ok. V32bis only goes 14,400 baud.
   All other speed improvements are due to compression. Yes, being able
   to set the port to 38,400 would be nice. I have a DA that says it does
   that, but whenever I attempt to use it, I lose a LOT of data from the
   drive, so I've pretty much given up on it. The DOCS are in German,
   though, so maybe I'm doing something wrong.

   In any case, if you spend a lot of time downloading compressed files
   (files that are ARCed or LZHed) you are not going to get any
   additional compression. Things that will be compressed will be text
   (like getting new messages from here, but then CIS doesn't allow
   compression, so it doesn't gain anything).

   I've got a USR Dual Standard V32. I called them to see what it would
   cost to upgrade to V32bis, but they don't do upgrades, according to
   the guy I talked to. No big deal, V32 is wonderful. But for the price
   difference Supra is asking, the V32bis allows for the future.


 Good comments about JRI from Michael Burkley on Delphi...

   I have the JRI SIMM upgrade and I love it. It was hard for me to
   install (but I am a total flop as a solderer). I managed to bungle it,
   but John Russell took the ST and fixed it right up. He even said that
   since I had done most of the work he wouldn't charge me [anything] but
   shipping and $5.

   It has a connector for an external GENLOCK device that he sells, and
   another socket for a video chip that he also sells that allows your ST
   to display as many colors as the STe. It's a very good upgrade....


 From Ron Martin (Network 23 Software) - Cat. 14, Topic 40, Msg. 191 -
 from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   Be careful. Some places that sell SIMMs at very low prices only ship
   FedEx - meaning $9 and up to get them to you.

   I bought my SIMMs about 2-3 weeks ago from The LLB Company. At the
   time they had...

   100ns for $34.00
   80ns for $36.00
   70ns for $38.00

   Don't be concerned about speed, though. You don't get any speed
   improvement with SIMMS faster than 120ns. I don't know if you need
   faster SIMMs for the TT or if you add an accellerator to your STE, but
   unless you'll be upgrading, save your money and buy 100ns. I think my
   machine has two 70s, one 80, and one 100. How's that for hodge-podge!

   A little off the subject, but they are also selling 44meg Syquest
   carts for $66.00.

   The LLB Company: 1-800-848-8967
   Overnight : $6
   Ground UPS: $3
   Orders before 7:30pm EST weekdays ship same day.
   They're located in Bellevue, WA.


 From Dave Seberg - Cat. 4, Topic 41, Msg. 14 - from the ST Roundtable on

   ....There are several H.P. support numbers depending on what your
   needs are. They are as follows:

   For supplies and accesories ..................... 1-800-538-8787

   For information on products and nearest dealer .. 1-800-752-0900

   For help with printer operation or set-up and for
   nearest H.P. authorized repair center ........... 1-208-323-2551


 Comments about the M24LMAX monitor from Chris Kehoe (Finer Details) -
 Cat. 4, Topic 25, Msgs. 129, 130, 133 - from the ST Roundtable on

   To Whom It May Concern,

   I got my M24LMAX today. I'm sorry to say I'm not at all impressed.

   First off, although it's supposed to be a 24 inch monitor, I could
   only get it to give me a 19 1/4 inch working area with a 2 inch black
   frame around all edges. Using the four little knobs on the back, I
   tried for hours to get the screen bigger but anything beyond a 19 inch
   screen was distorted.

   Not only is the usable screen not much bigger than my old 19 inch
   Moniterm but the imagery is not as sharp either. The center may be
   focused while the edges are fuzzy. And the mouse pointer has a ghost
   1/4 inch to the right of it unless I turn up the brightness to the
   point of making everything blurred. And while straight lines are
   straight at the bottom and left sides of the screen the top bows in at
   the center and the right side is anything but staight.

   I'm p***ed! The liturature I got from Image Systems has a photo with
   the usable screen almost to the corners of the tube with no distortion
   or bowing at the top. That's what I expected.

   Lemon or no lemon, this piece of $#!+ gets shipped back to Image
   Systems first thing tomorrow. I'm keeping my Moniterm.

   ....I just talked to Joe Lloyd at Image Systems. He gave me authori-
   zation to send the unit back so he could check it out. I told him I
   didn't want the moniter if it couldn't match the usable screen size
   and clarity of a 24 inch Viking Moniterm. I'll post what happens.

   BTW, measuring the LMAX's tube diagonally from left bottom corner to
   top right corner gives you a 22 1/2 tube, not 24 inches.

   ...Joe @ Image Systems was very understanding and wanted to do what-
   ever was necessary to fix my situation. He suggested I send the
   monitor back and he'd have his tech check it out. He even offered to
   set it up himself and adjust it to the largest possible usable screen

   I told him that if he could not get the LMAX's usable screen size to
   match or better the usable screen size of the 24 inch Viking Monitern
   then I would not be satisfied with it. He then said a full refund of
   my money would not be a problem but that he'd do his best to get the
   LMAX to perform to my expectations.

   Just to be on the safe side, I had Wells Fargo Bank put a "Stop
   Payment" on the check I gave to UPS for the LMAX. I doubt I'll be
   seeing the LMAX again because personally, from what I've seen, I don't
   think the LMAX can match the Moniterm's screen size. In a side by side
   comparison the 24 inch Moniterm's usable screen is as big as the Image
   Systems whole tube! Although the LMAX claims to be a 24 inch monitor,
   it's tube is only 22 inches (diagonally).

   Not only that but, one of the selling points of the LMAX was that it
   "provides twice the brightness of most other monitors, greatly
   reducing eye strain in ambient lighting conditions". Well, when I
   explained to Joe that if I turned up the brightness on the LMAX to
   anything higher that what I was used to on the Moniterm, everything on
   the LMAX became fuzzy, out of focus. He told me that was normal and
   that some people are willing to sacrafice some clarity for brightness.
   He also said that it is also normal for the corners to be a little out
   of focus on any 24 inch monitor. My freind's 24 inch Viking Moniterm
   is crisp to the edges, just as is my 19 inch Viking Moniterm. I
   expected no less from the LMAX.

   For what it's worth, the LMAX's appearance isn't as refined as the
   Moniterm's either. My freinds older 24 inch Moniterm looks a lot more
   together/polished than the LMAX. The LMAX looked more like a prototype
   than a finished product. But then again, that's only my opinion.

   Anyway, Alex @ ALX Technology fixed my 19 inch Moniterm and unless I
   run into an exceptionally good deal on a 24 incher, I'll be quite
   content with my Viking 2/91.


 From Bill Rehbock (Atari) - Cat. 14, Topic 18, Msg 66 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

   I'll put together a listing of the printer drivers, etc. that are
   included with FSM GDOS. Off the top of my head...

   FSMGDOS.PRG...The O/S extension itself, scales fonts from 4 to 1000
   points, gives the VDI GEM/3 Bezier drawing capability and enhanced
   polyline/polygon functions, caches old GDOS bitmap fonts and uses
   separate cache for FSM Font information and bitmaps.

   FONTGDOS.PRG...Alternate non-scaling version that uses only GDOS
   bitmap fonts and not FSM scaleable ones. Doesn't slow the VDI down by
   30% like the old GDOS did. (Neither does FSMGDOS :-) Extends the
   drawing capabilities of the VDI also. Caches bitmap fonts for more
   efficient use of memory. Designed for the user that is squeezed for

   FSMGDOS.CPX/ACC...Allows user to configure FSM Caches, current library
   of fonts to use, special options are provide for maximum compatibility
   with old, poorly written programs.

   FONTGDOS.CPX/ACC...Primarily a "Printer- Picker"; never edit an
   ASSIGN.SYS file again! Allows Draft/Final quality control of printer
   driver, installation and configuration of GDOS bitmap fonts and
   extended drivers for Metafiles, Plotters, Screen Drivers, etc. Also
   sets up Driver/Bitmap Font path configuration.

   FSMPRINT.CPX/ACC...Allows user to customize printer drivers to set
   page size, default quality, and in the future paper tray selection,

   Printer Drivers include...SLM, FX80/LX (standard & wide), NX1000, JX80
   (color), Oki Color, LaserJet, DeskJet, Canon Bubble Jet, NEC P6/P7,
   Epson Compatible 24 pin (B/W & Color), and the new Epson LQ570. (I am
   sure that this list is not complete.)

   But that's not also get a very user-friendly Install program
   that sets everything up for you.

   One happy and important note...Atari is making the FSM Printer Driver
   Builder Kit available to qualified developers AT NO COST under the
   following stipulations:

   1) The driver must be approved by Atari before it is released by the
   2) The developer must not attempt to add functionality to the driver
      without first consulting Atari. (To ensure maximum upward
   3) The developer must give Atari non-exclusive rights to the source
      code of the driver. (To ensure that the driver library is available
      to all users, and can be updated quickly should the need arise.)


 From John King Tarpinian - Cat. 11, Topic 12, Msg. 7 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

                       *-*-*-*-* ATTENTION *-*-*-*-*

   Due to a possible conflict with the preferred four week distance
   between shows, THE GLENDALE SHOW has been able to change it's dates to
   September 12 & 13, 1992.

   For future reference, The Glendale Show has reserved September 18 &
   19, 1993 for next year's show.

   John King Tarpinian
   Faire Chairperson


 Until next week.....


 > TAF SHOW 1992! STR SHOW NEWS                 SHOW NEWS & UPDATES!


 CONTACT: John R. Sheehan, SJ
          TAF President - (416) 926-1518
          GEnie: J. Sheehan14

                               + + +

     On April 4th and 5th, Atari  Canada and  the Toronto  Atari Federation
 will host  what may  be the  most exciting Atari event in North America in
 1992.  To be held  at  the  Skyline  Hotel  on  Dixon  Road,  near Pearson
 International  Airport,  ,  ACE  '92,  the  Atari Canadian Exposition will
 feature the most outstanding developers in  the Atari  world with  some of
 the latest  programs and  program updates.  Local dealers will exhibit the
 latest hardware and peripherals,  and user  groups from  across Canada and
 the United  States will  be on  hand to  share Public Domain and Shareware
 programs and exchange knowledge.  Door prizes throughout both days  of the
 show, special  show prices  and several major door prize packages will add
 to the excitement.

     Facilities will include  a  22,000  square  foot  convention  area, an
 additional 7,000  square foot  display and  exhibit space,  and 7 separate
 meeting rooms that will host a wide range of seminars,  demonstrations and
 mini-concerts.   On Saturday evening, a formal banquet will bring together
 local users with major figures in the present and future  course of Atari.

     This is  the third  major convention that the Toronto Atari Federation
 has hosted in recent years.  As one of the largest user  groups in Canada,
 if not  all of  North America,  TAF has consistently helped bring the best
 and  most  contemporary  computer  technology  to  Toronto  users.    With
 membership of approximately 300, TAF will provide the core volunteers that
 make an event like this possible.  However, other user groups will also be
 invited to  participate, to  help stimulate  exchange of information among
 the various Atari groups in this region and  to help  broaden the  base of
 support for this special event.

     Atari  Canada  General  Manager  Geoff  Earle has said that this April
 event  could  easily  surpass  the  recent  Chicago  convention,  both  in
 attendance and  participation by developers and programmers.  Basing their
 participation on the successful  Chicago model,  Atari Canada  will assume
 many  of  the  initial  commitment  costs,  including  facility  costs and
 advertising.  TAF will coordinate activities  and provide  volunteer help.
 TAF President  John R.   Sheehan, SJ noted, "The enthusiasm of our members
 is the reason we felt this was a good time  for a  show.   So many members
 had been  asking about  a show,  and volunteering  to help that we felt we
 really could present a spectacular two-day  event.    We  couldn't  try it
 without our  volunteers, but with their help, this April will see the most
 exciting Atari show Toronto has ever seen!"

     Packets for dealers and  developers are  being prepared  and should be
 mailed by  the end  of January.   Information packets for user groups will
 be available at around the same time.  The Skyline Hotel will  be offering
 special room  rates to  participants, and special travel plans should also
 be announced shortly.

     To be placed on  the mailing  list for  Convention information, please
 send your  name, address,  and affiliation (developer, user group, dealer,
 etc.) to TAF's mailing address, 5334 Yonge Street, Suite 1527, Toronto, ON
 M2N 6M2 or leave a message at (416) 425-5357.

                        ATARI TALENT SHOW ANNOUNCED

     As  part  of  the  Atari  Canadian  Exposition,  ACE '92, April 4/5, a
 special talent competition has  been announced.   To  demonstrate the many
 ways  that  Atari  computers  can  be  used in creative entertainment, two
 divisions will be open for submissions.  The contest is open to  all Atari

     Since Atari has long been an industry leader in MIDI applications, one
 division will be open for applications of sound and music.  Entries may be
 live  performance,   combination  of   live  and  pre-created  or  totally
 pre-created arrangements of music and  sound.    Entries  may  be original
 compositions  or  adaptations  of  existing material.  (Initial submission
 must  be  made  on  cassette  tape;  if  accompanied  by  visual  effects,
 appropriate disk program or description must also be included.)

     Since  Atari  can  manipulate  over  sixteen  million separate colors,
 visual arts provides another rich field for creative work.  In this field,
 entrants may  submit animated segments, or graphics displays.  Submissions
 may include "slide shows" of created works, demonstrations  of works being
 created, or  animated creations  of any type.  Entertainment value will be
 the criteria for judging.

     Individual presentations should last no more than 10 minutes.  Entries
 will go  through preliminary judging, and those who are accepted will make
 public presentations or performances throughout the day on Saturday, April
 4th,  at  ACE  '92.    Performances  will  be  open to those attending the
 Exposition at no charge, and judging of finalists will take place prior to
 4PM.    Winners will attend the evening banquet as guests of Atari Canada.
 Each contestant will present their entries or performances  at the evening
 banquet,  at  which  time  they  will  be judged a second time, and prizes
 awarded.  Judging will be on the basis of creative use of the computer and
 entertainment value.

 FIRST PRIZE  in each  division will  be a $700 gift certificate from Atari
 Canada, good towards the  purchase of  any Atari  product, and  a one-year
 membership in the Toronto Atari Federation.

 SECOND  PLACE  WINNERS  will  receive  a  $200 gift certificate from Atari
 Canada, and their choice of 10 disks from  the TAF  Library.   Third Place
 Winners will receive a $100 Gift Certificate, and their choice of 5 disks.

                       For an entry form, contact:
                             ACE '92, c/o TAF
                       5334 Yonge Street, Suite 1527
                           Toronto, ON  M2N 6M2
                                 Or call:
                            John R. Sheehan, SJ
                               TAF President
                              (416) 926-1518
                      leave a message on the TAF BBs
                              (416) 425-0318.


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 General Videotex Purchases BIX Online Service from BYTE Magazine

 General Videotex Corporation (GVC) announced today  that it  has purchased
 BIX, the  online service developed by BYTE magazine. Terms of the purchase
 were not disclosed.  No stock was transferred between the parties.

 BIX  is  an  online  service  for  computer  professionals  that  features
 interaction, advice, and programming code from top programmers, designers,
 and consultants. BIX is  popular  with  hardware  and  software engineers,
 system designers,  independent consultants,  technology buffs and computer
 industry celebrities.

 A close alliance will continue between BIX and BYTE magazine, and BIX will
 remain  the  privileged  means  by  which  BYTE's  audience  and  computer
 specialists worldwide can gain electronic  access  to  the  BYTE editorial
 team.   In addition,  the full  text of  BYTE magazine, BYTE's online news
 service, MicroBytes, and  BYTE    program  listings  will  continue  to be
 distributed through BIX.

 GVC also  operates DELPHI, a consumer online service.  Accessible with any
 computer and modem, DELPHI  is popular  for its  extensive information and
 entertainment services  and for  the friendly community of people who make
 up its membership.  The addition  of  BIX  enhances  GVC's  position  as a
 worldwide leader in the online services market.

 "We're happy  to add  BIX to  our family," said General Videotex President
 and CEO Dan Bruns.  "BIX addresses the needs of the high-tech professional
 while DELPHI appeals to the consumer and personal computer market.  BIX is
 a perfect fit for General Videotex."

 BYTE publisher Ronald Evans  cited the  increasing specialization required
 to operate  an electronic service as a prime motivator behind the sale.  "
 We decided that we  wanted  to  devote  our  resources  to  our publishing
 operations  and  work  closely  with  General Videotex who will be able to
 enhance and extend BIX at the pace of the industry.  BIX  subscribers will
 come out  ahead because  of the  expertise General Videotex already has in
 this marketplace, and BYTE will come out ahead  because of  our continuing
 editorial contribution to the new alliance with GVC."

 Steve Laliberte,  Director of  BIX for BYTE, will join GVC as its Director
 of Computer-Related Services.   "The strength  of GVC's  product portfolio
 will translate  into greatly  enhanced services  as BIX  and DELPHI grow,"
 said Laliberte.  "GVC's expertise will  ensure BIX's  continued leadership
 in the high-tech market."

 GVC plans  a transition  of ownership  to ensure continuity of service for
 BYTE's BIX subscribers.  GVC's purchase  includes the  computer system and
 software used  to operate BIX.  The command structure and menu design will
 remain unchanged. All present  products, such  as binary  mail attachments
 and the MicroBytes daily newswire, will be available.

 GVC  has  assumed  all  BIX subscription and customer-service obligations.
 Callers to the BIX toll-free help  line  will  be  assisted  through GVC's
 Member Services department in Cambridge.

 GVC also  designs and  develops interactive services for other media.  GVC
 currently  distributes   information  through   cable  television,  telex,
 Regional  Bell  telephone  gateways,  and  throughout  Latin America.  The
 combined scope of DELPHI, BIX,  and  these  media  partners  gives  GVC an
 electronic publishing mix unmatched in the industry.

 Interested parties  may join BIX by using their computer and modem to call
 1-800-225-4129 (617-861-9767  from within  Massachusetts). Once connected,
 press return.   When asked to log in, type "BIX" and then enter "NEW" when
 asked for a name.

 General Videotex, based in  Cambridge, Massachusetts,  began operations in
 1981. It  is located  at 1030 Massachusetts Ave., 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA
 02138, (617) 491-3342 or (800) 695-4005.


 > A STUBBED TOE! STR FOCUS           ".. youthful indiscretion.."

                          EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF?

 by John Barnes

     On January 25th John Townsend, a well-known employee of Atari
 Corporation posted a collection of small utility programs designed to
 control the cache and speed of the Mega STe computers.  In most instances
 such an act would be seen as a gesture of corporate good will aimed at
 providing potential buyers with a little something extra for their money.

     The MEGASTE.LZH package, however, contained something different: a
 notice that programs were shareware, that the rights were reserved to Mr.
 Townsend, and a request to send the $5 shareware fee to his home address.

     Even today, after 11 years of savings and loan scandals, tax evasion,
 and profiteering most America corporations do not look kindly on such
 actions by their hirelings.  Employees of corporations are almost never
 permitted to publish anything related to their work without company
 approval. Such publications do, after all, reflect the professionalism of
 the company and its staff as well as company's attitudes and policies
 toward its products and its customers.

     Use of company resources for private gain is normally prohibited
 because the potential for fraud and abuse is too great.  Even employees
 who leave a company and subsequently make use of their specialized
 knowledge can be punished.

     While John Townsend was not operating on the scale of Michael Milkin
 or Charles Keating, what he did was wrong, and I so advised him in a
 private GE Mail letter on Sunday, February 2nd.  By February 5th the file
 was gone from GEnie.  In the absence of a reply from Mr. Townsend I have
 no idea whether the letter played a role in this action.  I hoped that
 Atari would release the files without the shareware statement and that the
 most Mr. Townsend would suffer would be a mild rebuke for his youthful
 indiscretion.  Since more than 100 people had downloaded the file during
 the 10 days that it was posted on GEnie, it would seem that some sort of
 public explanation is necessary.

     If Atari lacked a formal company policy on such matters before this
 incident it is to be hoped that they now have some means of keeping the
 ethical compasses of their employees pointing in the right direction. A
 corporate culture in which "Every Man for Himself" is the prevailing
 attitude is one that is on the verge of total disintegration.


 > CRYPTOLOGY 101 STR Spotlight     Exploring the "real" meanings.

                              CRYPTOLOGY 101

                   Fourty-Five different definitions of
                      what the initials IBM stand for

 Compiled from about 30-40 different posts...

                    1)  <I>'ve <B>een <M>ugged
                    2)  <I> <B>uy <M>oney
                    3)  <I>t's <B>etter <M>anually
                    4)  <I> <B>ought <M>acintosh
                    5)  <I>'ve <B>een <M>isled
                    6)  <I>t <B>it <M>e
                    7)  <I>tty <B>itty <M>achines
                    8)  <I>t <B>ombs <M>any
                    9)  <I>gnorant <B>ull <M>anure
                    10) <I>diotic <B>ovine <M>anure
                    11) <I>ncessant <B>owel <M>ovement
                    12) <I>ttiy <B>itty <M>orons
                    13) <I>nferior <B>ut <M>arketable
                    14) <I>diotic <B>rainless <M>utants
                    15) <I>ncredibly <B>oring <M>achinery
                    16) <I>tty <B>itty <M>icroprocesser
                    17) <I>ntroverted <B>rain <M>auler
                    18) <I>mbeciles <B>ecome <M>anagers
                    19) <I>nstall <B>igger <M>achines
                    20) <I> <B>ecame <M>acintosh
                    21) <I> <B>lame <M>icrosoft
                    22) <I>cky <B>lue <M>achines
                    23) <I>diotic <B>ull Meter
                    24) <I>diots' <B>ewilderment <M>achines
                    25) <I>diots <B>ought <M>e
                    26) <I>mmense <B>ins of <M>oney
                    27) <I>mperialism <B>y <M>arketing
                    28) <I>mpractical, <B>ut <M>arketable
                    29) <I>n a <B>efuddled <M>anner
                    30) <I>ncest <B>reeds <M>orons
                    31) <I>ndustry's <B>iggest <M>istake
                    32) <I>nert <B>lue <M>onoliths
                    33) <I>nstalled <B>y <M>asochists
                    34) <I>nstitute of <B>roken <M>inds
                    35) <I>ntrepid <B>ureaucratic <M>adness
                    36) <I>nvoluntary <B>owel <M>ovement
                    37) <I>t <B>eats <M>attel
                    38) <I>nescapable <B>ut <M>ediocre
                    39) <I> <B>arely <M>ove
                    40) <I>ll <B>egotten <M>achine
                    41) <I>t's a <B>roken <M>achine
                    42) <I>nternational <B>it <M>anglers
                    43) <I>nteresting <B>ut <M>eaningless
                    44) <I>dolized <B>y <M>orons
                    45) <I> <B>e needing more <M>oney


 > VOODO & YOUR ST! STR Spotlight           What's going on here????

                        DOES VOODO WORK ON YOUR ST?

 by Lloyd E. Pulley

 On August 13, 1991, Jim Allen (Fast Technologies) left a post on the ST
 Roundtable on Genie (Category 28, Topic 18, Message 1) concerning a pos-
 sible fix that he had discovered for a problem that some GCR (Gadgets by
 Small) users were experiencing.  The problem was that _some_ Mega ST's
 and TT's internal floppy drives didn't read or write properly when in
 Mac mode.

 Jim's fix was to add a second 7406 driver chip (a $.20 chip) on top of
 the original chip, i.e. piggybacking it.  Jim mentioned in that post and
 in several others that he couldn't guarantee that the fix would work for
 everyone, that it worked for him.  NOTE: at this time Gadgets did not
 have an official fix for this problem, they now do.

      Post #1 - "Your mileage may vary, the fixes might or might not work
      for YOUR TT, but they have worked for least my borrowed
      TT ;-)"

      Post #4 - "At least it worked for me, before adding it, Mega no
      format Mac disks, after adding it Mega now formats Mac disks. Same
      circuit on the STEs and TT too."

      Post #4 - "It helped out a borrowed TT too, so all I can say is
      give it a try."

 Jim admitted that he didn't know exactly why the fix worked and why it
 only worked on certain systems because basically all it was doing was
 "Boosting output by using two of them helps improve the S/N ratio."  In
 two posts in Category 4, Topic 11, he said...

      "...I don't pretend to explain it, I don't have the SPECTRE code to
      use to try and understand it. It works in some cases, that's all I
      can say. Since it can't hurt, and since it cost about $.20, what's
      the problem?"

      "There are things in this world George that simply never get
      explained. Like gravity, time, the Joule-Thompson effect, etc."

 Jim's post was re-printed by Michael Lee in one of his columns for STR
 and it was also re-printed by Atari User magazine.  And that is when the
 problems started for Dave Small (Gadgets by Small) and George Richardson
 (Merlin Group - who now does all of Gadget's warranty and service work).

 Some people who tried the 7406 fix found out that it didn't work for
 them.  So they started calling Gadgets and George blaming them because
 Jim's "7406 fix" didn't work on their systems.  They forgot, or ignored,
 that Jim said in his post(s) that he couldn't guarantee that the fix
 would work on all systems, it just worked on his...also that his fix was
 an unofficial one and that Gadgets was not responsible for it.  Needless
 to say, and very understandably, with the hassle of trying to get the
 SST out the door, Dave and George didn't appreciate people blaming them
 because Jim's unofficial fix didn't work for everyone.  (NOTE: Dave
 started shipping the SST's this week!!)

 So to help clarify the situation....

 Jim Allen's "7406 fix" only works on some systems - and no-one knows why
 it works. His fix is not an official fix that is endorsed by either Fast
 Technologies nor Gadgets by Small, it was just a helpful hint from one
 ST owner to other ST owners. The fix does not in any way "...infer that
 there is anything wrong with the GCR. The problems experienced with TTs
 are solely due to differences between the ST cartridge port and the Tt
 cartridge port, which Gadgets could hardly have anticipated."

 If you have tried the fix and it did not work, don't blame (or call)
 Gadgets complaining about it.  In some machines it works, in others it
 does not (it worked on my friend's - Mark Kiel - Mega).  Gadgets in NO
 way endorses nor advocates this fix.  Gadgets now has their own official
 fix for attempting to take care of this problem.

 Finally, in NO case should you attempt any hardware modifications to
 your system unless you are a qualified technician...and even then, they
 sometimes mess up.  Neither Jim nor Dave should be held responsible for
 any problems resulting in attempting to install this, or any other fix.

 Below is Gadget's _official_ position about this problem...

      Atari-ST RoundTable
      Category 28,  Topic 19
      Message 21        Sat Nov 02, 1991
      G.RICHARDSO1 [George]        at 08:54 EST

      Gadgets by Small now has a tech note available on modifying your
      GCR to improve compatibility with the TT.

      This does not solve all problems, but does resolve all the problems
      with the GCR hardware. In some cases this may actually correct
      problems with the GCR & some other types of STs as well.

      The most common problem it fixes is the "You have bad or Switched
      ROMs" message. It may also fix some problems with Mac format disk
      reading, writing and formatting, although there seems to be some
      interaction between this and the 68030 cache as well.

      To Get the bulletin, either call or fax Gadgets at:

      Phone: (303) 791-6098 from 8:30am to 2:30pm Mountain time on
      Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

      Fax: (303) 791-0253 anytime.

      George Richardson
      Merlin Group, Inc.


 Disclaimer: This article was put together right before STR "went to
 press".  I've attempted to consolidate 35k+ of posts into a quick 5k+
 article. If there are any mistakes in the article, they were inadvertent
 and I apologize.


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

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Judith Hamner  72257,271

     We have some handy new uploads this week.  Craig Davis has uploaded
 PKL113.EXE.  This is the latest version of PKLite.  This program will
 compress EXE and COM programs so that they take up less room on your ram
 cards.   Programs are ready to run in the compressed form with no extra
 de-compress step.

     VBRUN.ZIP is the Windows DLL file needed to run PRTCRD.ZIP and
 PRTCAL.ZIP.  These are programs from the library.  PRTCRD will transfer
 data between the Windows 3 cardfile and the Portfolio's .adr files.
 PRTCAL is for exchanging data between the Windows calendar and the Port's
 .dry files.  VBRUN  is a library which is required to run these programs
 on your desktop.  Thanks  again to Craig Davis for locating these files
 and posting them here.  Craig Jacobson has created several batch files to
 allow you to send  faxes from the Portfolio.  PRTFAX.DOC contains all
 three files.  Craig makes use of Jim Ness's program Portcis which is also
 available in the forum library.

     Katsumi Nakamura has given us another use for the Portfolio.  PLM.ZIP
 is a program to allow the Portfolio to be used as a serial line monitor.

     For those of you old enough to remember, there are fond memories of
 the Infocom series of text adventures.  These have just been re-released
 in a  collection called "Lost Treasures of Infocom".  The games were text
 based and ported to several 40 column computers.  This makes them
 adaptable to the  Portfolio.  Bill Oakes offers some pointers for set-up
 in INFOCO.TXT.  Also, some of the games may require ANSI.SYS.  There is a
 version suitable for the Portfolio in the forum library.

     There has been interest expressed in the use of the Portfolio in
 medical  applications.  We have news of a few of these this week.
 TROPME.ADR was uploaded by Theo Guentert.  This address book file compiles
 the usage of drugs in tropical countries.  It includes indicators,
 toxicity, side effects along with general remarks.

     BJ Gleason has shared a marvelous story with us which is printed here
 in its entirety:

 #: 24799 (H) S1/Forum Business
     02-Feb-92  22:17:48
 Sb: #Why I Wrote PBASIC...
 Fm: SYSOP*bj gleason 75300,2517
 To: All


     Something really nice happened to me tonight, and I wanted to take a
 moment to tell you about it, because I am rather proud of this "event."
 [The names have been changed to protect the innocent.]

     I just got back from dinner, with a PBASIC user, who happened to be in
 DC this weekend.  At home, he is a doctor, and works with children who
 have diabetes.  He told me a story about a young boy with diabetes.  The
 boy's parents are slightly retarded, and deaf.  They were having a hard
 time dealing with the child's illness.  So this doctor wrote a PBASIC to
 analyze the boy's blood sugar reading, and print out exactly what should
 be done [get some exercise, drink water, call doctor], and to help the
 parents, it also displays the information in sign language.

 This is why I wrote PBASIC.

     PBASIC is like a child to me.  I am very proud of it.  But I am even
 prouder of the programs that people write using PBASIC.  I consider these
 programs to be my "grandchildren."  And like all grandparents, I am very
 proud.  I just wanted share this with you all.


 > BCS IS CHOSEN! STR FOCUS   "...this new machine will be the 68040 TT."


         Boston Computer Society To Host the North American Debut!

 by Dana P. Jacobson

     In a recent casual phone conversation with Bob Brodie, Director of
 Communications at Atari, early last week, I became involved with helping
 to initiate the planning of Atari's North American debut of its latest
 machine(s) in Boston at the Boston Computer Society's (BCS) General
 Meeting.  Since the BCS is in a transition period now while looking to
 fill its leadership position; and the BCS/Atari group is also in
 transition, I referred Bob to Harry Steele, STR Correspondant, long-time
 BCS/Atari member and BCS activist.  Harry has been an integral part of the
 planning of many BCS/Atari events in the past and seemed the logical
 person for Bob to initiate discussions of this proposed event.

     According to Harry, "Bob Brodie called my home last week.  Bob
 informed me that Atari would like to make a first U.S. showing of its
 newest computer at a BCS monthly General Meeting.  Having been a loyal
 Atari owner and BCS member for the past 11 years, I helped make the
 necessary arrangements for Atari to attend ASAP.  The staff of the BCS was
 thrilled that Atari wanted to unveil their newest product at a BCS
 meeting," Harry added.

     Rumors are flying in an attempt to learn what new machine will be
 unveiled at the BCS, but Harry states that "Bob could not tell me at this
 time what machine will be announced at the BCS meeting.  A non-disclosure
 agreement is in the mail."  Best guesses at present is that this new
 machine will be the 68040 TT.  Harry added that "at this present time, we
 do not know exactly who from Atari will be attending to announce Atari's
 newest computer."

     This will not be the first time that Atari has unveiled its newest
 machine at a BCS meeting.  According to Harry, "in 1985, Atari made its
 initial showing of the 520ST at a BCS General Boston.  At
 that meeting in '85, over 600 members were in attendance."  Atari is not
 alone in its consideration of the Boston Computer Society as the
 organization to announce new products.  Harry added that "in the past,
 many giants of the computer industry have shown new products or given
 talks to the BCS members at our monthly meetings, including (to name a
 few):IBM, Commodore, Apple Computer, Lotus, Microsoft, Compaq, Digital
 Equipment Corp., USRobotics, and NeXT."

     I asked Harry why he thought Atari decided on the BCS; and what the
 BCS had to offer to be considered for this honor.  "I believe that Atari
 wants to announce its new product to as many non-Atari owners as possible
 at the BCS meeting and to show them what we already know - that Atari
 Corporation is still an innovative leader in the computer field,"
 responded Harry.  "The Boston Computer Society is one of the largest
 non-profit computer organizations in the world.  The BCS has over 25,000
 members in all of the 50 United States, and 48 countries.  Of these, over
 800 members actively volunteer an average of 10 hours per month to the
 BCS.  Currently, there are approximately 300 Atari BCS members.  Our
 mission is twofold: to make personal computers understandable and
 accessible to everyone; and to help people get the greatest possible
 benefit from the technology.  We achieve this by providing more than 150
 educational services to our members and the public.  The BCS sponsors more
 than 1,500 meetings and educational programs each year to 50 computer user
 and special interest groups."

     Even though specifics are sketchy at the present time, response has
 been good.  "Everyone whom I have talked to is excited that Atari has
 chosen the BCS and Boston," said Harry.  "I view this event as something
 really positive from Atari.  Having been involved in the planning of two
 AtariFests in Boston (1987 and 1990) and currently co-Director of the
 Atari user group and the SysOp of BCS/Atari BBS, I'm looking forward to
 attending this Atari guest appearance at the Boston Computer Society."

     According to BCS representatives, "at this present time, the BCS does
 not have a president.  A Transition Committee has been formed for the
 daily operations of the BCS.  Dan DiBartolomeo and the BCS/Atari user
 group are coordinating the presentation by Atari.  For more information,
 please contact:

                        The Boston Computer Society
                            One Kendall Square
                            Cambridge, MA 02139
                              (617) 252-0600

      You can also contact Harry Steele via the BCS/Atari BBS, at (617)
 396-4607.  Information may also be available from this STReport editor on
 FNET Node 350 (DPJ), Delphi (DPJ) or GEnie (D.JACOBSON2).

      The BCS monthly General Meeting is open to all BCS members and their
 guests.  All non-BCS members are welcome to attend this meeting.  The
 presentation/meeting will take place April 22nd, 7:30 p.m. at the New
 England Life Hall.  New England Life is in Copley Square in Boston, at 225
 Clarendon Street.  The Boston Computer Society hopes to see many of you


                       "Atari Unveils New Machine!"
                              April 22, 1992
                           New England Life Hall
                           225 Clarendon Street
                                Boston, MA
                                 7:30 p.m.


 > FLOW CONTROL EXPLAINED STR FOCUS        "Know your Modem's Power!"

 A primer on using:

                        WITH THE ATARI ST COMPUTER

 David B. Chiquelin
 Author of FMAILER.TOS
 FNET Mailer program

     I, like I'm sure nearly everyone else, has gone through a learning
 curve on using Flow Control with the ST computer.  To help you avoid the
 same mistakes I made I have put together this info file.  I hope you will
 read it.  It might be too basic at times, but if you bear with it you
 might learn something and avoid problems or the spreading of

     At the end of the section on Flow Control I have added a section on
 general modem info.  I found a good source and wanted to share the data
 with everyone, as it is often confusing on what V.32, V.42, Bell 208A, etc
 exactly are.

             Why use flow control?

     This is explained in the modem literature that comes with modems that
 can benefit from flow control, but I will try to cover it for those who do
 not have one of those modems but are nonetheless interested in its use.

     Some modems can perform what amounts to data compression when
 connected with compatible modems.  What this means is the amount of data
 transferred can exceed the amount that would be sent using 2 "standard"
 modems.  To understand how they perform this feat you need to understand
 how a standard modem operates.

     Modems communicate with the computer using the RS-232 port, an
 asyncronous device.  Asynchronous means Not Synchronous.  So, what does
 Synchronous mean? Well, a synchronous device sends a steady stream of bits
 no matter what.  The bits may just be saying "nothing being sent", or they
 may contain data.  Because the bits are always there the modem and
 computer are constantly communicating and in synch.  An asynchronous
 device only sends bits out the port when there is data.  That would seem
 more efficient, but the computer and modem need to know when data is
 coming and for how long.  That is why you have the familiar 8 bit, No
 parity, 1 stop bit type settings in terminal programs.  (Or 7 bit, Even
 parity, 2 stop bits, etc) All asynchronous protocols have a start bit that
 tells the modem/computer "Here comes some data".  This is because bits are
 represented by a voltage level, and if 0 volts is a 0 and 12 volts is a 1,
 the device receiving a byte represented by 00100110 would not know what
 was being sent, since the first "bit" of data it would receive would be
 the third bit which is the first voltage signal.  Using a start bit and
 end bit the device would then see 1 (12 volts) 00100110 and 1 (12 volts
 for the stop bit).  It can then figure out the 0s and 1s of the data byte
 by the voltages and timing between the start and stop bits.  So when you
 are operating 8-N-1, which is the normal mode for data transfers, the
 computer and modem send:

                    Start bit - 8 data bits - Stop bit

     That works out to 10 bits for every byte of data sent out or coming in
 an asynchronous port.  This is why a 300 baud modem sends and receives 30
 characters per second instead of 37.5, and why a 2400 bps modem sends and
 receives 240 cps instead of 300.  (2400 (bits per second)/8 (bits per
 byte) would equal 300 characters per second, if only the data was being

     As you can see, if you could strip some of those start and stop bits
 from the data stream you could achieve higher transmission rates, which is
 exactly what certain modems do.  Microcom Network Protocol (MNP) modems at
 service class 3 are one example.  The international standard V.42 modems
 are another example.  MNP is an error detection and correction protocol so
 it has overhead that takes away from the gain you would expect by removing
 the start and stop bits.  This means you end up with an 8% speed increase
 instead of the 20% expected.  MNP service class 4 modems use a streamlined
 protocol to reduce the overhead and achieve about a 15% transmission speed
 increase.  Service class 5 adds actual data compression to achieve
 variable transfer speed increases, depending on how "compressable" the
 data stream is.  A file being transferred that is already compressed may
 actually take longer to send than if service class 4 was used, since the
 data can't be compressed any further and the added protocol overhead
 comes into play.  But when transferring something like a text file, speed
 increases of about 200% are not unusual.

     However, speeding up the transfer of data between modems, which is all
 the data compression type modems can do, can't help you at all if your
 computer only sends to the modem at the connection speed.  In other words,
 if you set the ST to 2400 bps and send data as fast as you can out the
 RS-232 port, you will achieve 240 cps.  It doesn't matter if the modems
 could transfer that data at 400 cps, you are only giving it to them at 240
 cps.  That is exactly what happens when you set a computer port to a
 certain speed, the port will not send data faster than that rate.  It will
 also not receive data faster than that rate.

     So why not send data out the computer faster? That is exactly what you
 do to take advantage of MNP (or V.42) type modems.  Using a standard setup
 with the RS-232 port set to 2400 bps, lets imagine we connect using an MNP
 modem to another MNP modem at 1200 bps.  Your computer sends data at 240
 cps to the modem.  The modem compresses the data and transfers it to the
 other modem at 240 cps over the 1200 bps signal.  The other modem uncompr-
 esses the data and sends it to the other computer at 240 cps also (as-
 suming the other computer was also set to 2400 bps).  All fine and dandy.
 But lets now suppose you send something that can't be compressed very
 much.  Your computer sends it at 240 cps to the modem.  The modem tries to
 compress it and achieves maybe 140 cps between the two modems.  Where are
 the other 100 characters each second going? Well, into the big bit-bucket
 in the sky! Your data will NOT get through...  There must be some way to
 solve this problem and the answer is Flow Control.

                               Flow Control

     There are two types of flow control commonly available, hardware and
 software.  Software uses certain characters to start and stop transmission
 of data.  Those characters are the XON and XOFF characters, or ASCII(19)
 which is a ^S to stop the data transmission, and ASCII(17) which is a ^Q
 to restart transmission.  Software flow control isn't very useful if your
 data being transmitted contains these two characters.  The software must
 intercept those characters when they appear in the data stream and somehow
 code them to other characters for transmission.  The receiver must then
 intercept the coded characters and change them back to the original ^S and
 ^Q data characters.

     Hardware flow control takes advantage of the control lines that are
 part of the RS-232 standard to control the transmission of data instead of
 using characters.  The modem can raise the CTS (Clear To Send) signal line
 to signify that it is ready to send data and it is ok for the computer to
 send it to the modem, or lower it to tell it not to send any more.  The
 computer can lower the RTS (Request To Send) signal if it needs to tell
 the modem not to send any more data (to the computer) that it has received
 from the other modem, and raise it when it is ok to send.

     This sounds simple enough, but the control via hardware is not as
 automatic as it seems, at least not on the ST.  First, the ST Operating
 System (TOS) was not written properly at first to handle CTS/RTS flow
 control.  In TOS 1.0 when the modem lowered the CTS line the computer
 would stop sending, and when the modem raised the CTS line the ST
 continued to not send data! Not a very effective method of hardware flow
 control.  In TOS 1.2 they corrected the problem, but for some reason in
 TOS 1.4 they screwed it up again and flow control could not be turned on,
 or when it was on it simply had no effect.

     For TOS 1.0 a patch program was written by someone called TURBOCTS
 that you could use to correct the CTS bug.  Unfortunately, the added
 overhead of the program reduced the speed at which data could be sent and
 received.  It worked, but because it had to constantly do its thing to the
 RS-232 port, slowed things down a little.  Slow when compared to what
 would be sent/received if the port was functioning properly without the
 need for a fix that is.

     For TOS 1.4 Atari itself provided the patch to correct the bug.  Their
 corrected code replaces the code in the ROMs, so no slowdown in data
 transmission occurs.  If you have TOS 1.4 you must use TOS14FIX.PRG if you
 want to use hardware flow control.  TOS 2.05 users look for SERPTCH2.PRG.

     However...  Just having hardware and an OS that properly supports it
 does not mean you can use CTS/RTS flow control on the ST! You would think
 from the name (hardware flow control) and its use of the RS-232 signal
 lines, that you wouldn't have to do anything in software in order to use
 it.  Unfortunately that is not the case.

     The software communication programs, whatever they are, must check the
 status of the output port before they send each byte of data in order for
 hardware (CTS/RTS) flow control to work on the ST.  This adds a little
 overhead to the code, which slows down the actual data transfer rate out
 the port.  Many earlier programs did not check the port setting, and with
 the ST rendition of hardware flow control that means that having CTS/RTS
 turned on may be doing nothing at all.  Also, any data that has made it
 into the ST's RS-232 buffer is still sent even after the CTS signal has
 been lowered.  (I always assumed that since "hardware" flow control was in
 use, and the modem signaled the ST to stop sending data, that the ST
 *would* stop sending data.  The ST though doesn't work this way, and
 continues to send data from the buffer.  It simply "tells" the software
 not to send any more.) The ST's default RS-232 output buffer is 256
 bytes, so you could have over 200 bytes sent to the modem *after* it says
 stop sending, even if your software immediately stopped sending data to
 the port.  The modem though, has its own buffer and can normally handle
 the extra 200 or so bytes that it would be receiving.  I say "normally",
 as there is an option on the HST modems that allows you to reduce the
 modem's internal buffer to 128 bytes on non-MNP connections.  By doing
 this you reduce the amount of data that is "in-transit", and make the
 entire data exchange seem more "lively" to the user.  You also take the
 very real risk of overflowing the modem's buffer unless the software is
 configured properly.

                          Setting up Flow Control

     Now that we understand how flow control works, how do we set it up? As
 I already mentioned you *must* have an OS that supports it.  This means
 TOS 1.2 or TOS 1.4 with TOS14FIX.PRG in your AUTO folder.  You can also
 use TOS 1.0 and TURBOCTS.PRG, but your results will not be as good as
 using a higher TOS version.

     If you have an appropriate TOS setup the next step is to configure the
 ST's RS-232 port.  When running flow control you can only achieve higher
 cps rates if you have the ST-modem interface running faster than the
 modem-modem rate.  With most modems this means you set the RS-232 to 19.2K
 bps.  The original EMULATOR.ACC did not have a setting for 19.2K, so you
 must obtain a version that has this setting.  There is also a CONTROL.ACC
 that includes the RS-232 port setting function and it handles 19.2K.  Set
 the port speed to 19.2K and click on CTS flow control.  Be sure and have
 XON/XOFF or software flow control OFF.  Do not enable Strip bit, as this
 removes the high bit from each character going out the port! After you set
 the port up, save your desktop.  This will save the port settings so every
 time you boot your RS-232 port will automatically be set to 19.2 with CTS

     Now you need to set the modem up.  The exact settings will depend on
 your modem, so I'll just give the items that must be set based on my
 experience with the HST and the HST commands.

     Data Terminal Ready Override.  Set so the RS-232 port controls the
 modem.  On the HST this is switch 1 in the UP position.

     Data Rate, terminal-to-modem (DTE/DCE) variable or fixed.  Set this to
 fixed.  *IMPORTANT* you must set this with your terminal program at the
 rate you want the modem to remain fixed at.  In other words, send this
 command at 19.2K bps.  If you send the modem this command at 2400 bps,
 your modem will continue to send data to the ST at 2400, even on a higher
 speed call.  On the HST this is the &B1 command.

     Link Data Rate (DCE/DCE) variable or fixed.  Set to variable.  On the
 HST this is the &N0 command.

     Transmit Data flow control.  Set to Hardware (CTS, Pin 5) flow
 control.  On the HST use &H1.

 Received Data software flow control.  Set OFF.  On the HST it is &I0.

     Received Data hardware flow control.  Set this to Received data output
 to terminal on RTS high.  On the HST it is &R2.

     Data Set Ready (DSR, pin 6) override.  This is not a flow control type
 setting, but should be set so the modem controls DSR.  The command is &S1
 on the HST.

     MNP Level 5 Data Compression.  Your setting will depend on the type
 data that will be exchanged.  If you will be sending compressed files
 (ARCed, LZHed, etc) you are probably better off leaving this turned off.
 To set it so compression is only enabled when the terminal-modem rate is
 faster than the modem-modem rate (the only time it can do you any good)
 use &K1 on the HST.  To turn it off the command is &K0.  To force it on
 all the time the command is &K2 on the HST.

     Transmit Buffer Sizes.  On the HST the transmit buffer is normally
 3.5K for ARQ calls (MNP) and 1.5K for non-ARQ connections.  You can reduce
 the transmit buffer for non-ARQ calls to 128 bytes by setting S15=8 on the
 HST.  Whether you want to or not is a personal decision.

     That takes care of the OS setup and the modem setup.  Now all you need
 is software that use flow control properly! If you use ST-TERM it does not
 handle flow control, unless you can pick up a "fixed" version.  FLASH, at
 least the early versions, also does not.  I am not sure about any other
 terminal programs although I would suspect that any terminal program that
 is still being supported would have flow control working if you obtain the
 newer releases.

     If you are running a FoReM or ///Turbo BBS then in the FOREM/TURBO.OPT
 file you need to put HST on the first lien of the file.  This is the baud
 speed to use for sending commands to the modem, and tells the BBS to
 always remain at 19200 bps.

     If using the Fmailer you also need to tell it to always use 19200 bps.
 You do this by placing the Fixed Link command in the node 0 area of the
 FNETLINK.DAT file.  Note: If you use the Fixed Link command but you do not
 have a TOS that supports flow control, or do not have the fixes that
 enabled flow control to work, you will have ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS.  You
 *must* use CTS flow control if you have Fixed Link in your FNETLINK.DAT
 file.  If you have CTS enabled but do not use the Fixed Link command it
 won't hurt you, but it won't help you either.

     Everything said so far about setting up the system is geared toward a
 high speed (9600 bps or higher) modem.  However, there are many 2400 MNP
 capable modems in use.  If you have one of these the only change in
 setting things up is the ST's port speed setting.  Instead of using 19.2K,
 you just want to use the fastest speed the modem can recognize data at.
 This is probably going to be 9600 bps, but your modem documentation will
 give you the exact speed.  Make sure you send the Data Rate command at
 9600 bps.  If using the Fmailer you would use the Fixed Link 9600 command
 instead of just Fixed Link.

     The V.42 modems are becoming more and more common also.  The setup
 should be similar to setting an MNP modem since the theory and operation
 concerning flow control is the same.

                               - * - * - * -

                         General Modem Information

  (Or everything you wanted to know about standards but were afraid to ask)

 Source: Black Box Catalog, May 1991

                           CCITT V.XX Standards

     The Consultative Committee for International Telegraph and Telephone
 (CCITT) is an association that helps to establish worldwide communications

 V.22, V.22 bis - synchronous/asynchronous data transmission, full duplex
 operation over 2-wire leased or dialup lines; 1200-bps data rate (2400 &
 1200 bps for the V.22 bis).

 V.25, V.25 bis - provides for automatic calling and answering circuitry
 for use in the public switched telephone network (dialup lines).  V.25
 defines a dialup parallel interface; V.25 bis defines a dial serial inter-

 V.29 - synchronous data transmission, full-duplex operation over 4-wire
 lines, half-duplex operation over 2-wire lines, leased lines; 9600-,
 7200-, or 4800-bps data rate.  [The V.29-compliant modem is the next step
 in high speed modems.  It specifies high-speed service over 4-wire leased
 lines in multipoint networks.  By using a unique signal modulation techni-
 que called QAM, a V.29 modem can send more bits of information in the same
 time period than with most older modulation techniques.]

 V.32 - synchronous/asynchronous data transmission, full-duplex operation
 over 2-wire dialup or 2-wire/4-wire leased lines; 9600-bps data rate
 (fallback to 4800 bps).  [The V.32 recommendation is the first universal
 standard for 9600-bps modems on both types of phone lines.  V.32-compliant
 modems are the industry standard for high-speed networks.  The main featu-
 res of a V.32 modem are: synch or asynch data transmission to accommodate
 any computer device; full-duplex operation (two-way, simultaneous data
 transfer) for the most efficient data exchange; trellis encoding modula-
 tion (an advanced form of QAM) that enables high data speeds and reduced
 errors; data is sent over standard dialup lines - a lot less expensive to
 use than leased lines.  And V.32-compliant modems will work anywhere in
 the world, providing universal compatibility.]

 V.33 - synchronous data transmission, full-duplex operation over 4-wire
 leased lines, 14,000- or 12,000-bps rate.

 V.13 - This standard provides for simulated half-duplex (switched-carrier)
 control.  V.32-and V.33-compliant modems that support this standard can be
 used in synchronous IBM RJE environments, allowing these types of networks
 to take advantage of the benefits of V.32/V.33 technology.

                            The Bell Standards

     In the 1960s and 70s, Bell Labs created carrier standards for use with
 Bell equipment and lines, and to accommodate customers' fledgling

 Bell 103 - asynchronous data transmission, full-duplex operation over
 2-wire dialup or leased lines, 300-bps data rate.  Comparable to CCITT

 Bell 201 B, Bell 201 C - synchronous data transmission, full-duplex
 operation over 4-wire leased lines and half-duplex operation over 2-wire
 leased lines; 2400-bps data rate.  Bell 201 C - synchronous data
 transmission, half-duplex operation over 2-wire dialup lines; 2400-bps
 data rate.  Comparable to CCITT V.26.

 Bell 208 A, Bell 208 B - synchronous data transmission, full-duplex
 operation over 4-wire leased lines, half-duplex operation over 2-wire
 leased lines; 4800-bps data rate.  Bell 208 B - same as 208 A, but 2-wire
 dialup lines.  Comparable to CCITT V.27.

 Bell 212 A - synchronous/asynchronous data transmission, full-duplex
 operation over 2-wire leased or dialup lines; 1200-bps data rate.
 Comparable to CCITT V.22.

            Protocol for Error Correction and Data Compression

 Error correction and data compression protocols ensure accurate, swift
 data transfers.  The protocols are applied during the data exchange
 between two modems.  The following protocols are the most widely used in
 today's modems.

 MNP Levels 1-4 - The Microcom Networking Protocol (MNP) developed be
 Microcom, Inc., enables error-free asynchronous data transmission.
 Although MNP is a proprietary protocol, it became an industry standard in
 the 1980s by default because users demanded it from manufacturers.  Both
 modems in a connection must implement the same MNP protocols.

 MNP Level 5 - Incorporates the first four levels and employs a data
 compression algorithm.  It "compresses" data by a factor of 2 to 1,
 allowing you to send twice the data of the modem's top transmission speed
 (for example, modems that transmit data at 4800 bps would send an amount
 of data equal to an uncompressed 9600 bps).

 V.42, V.42 bis - These "V Series" protocols were developed by the CCITT
 and are now internationally recognized standards for error control and
 data compression.  V.42 is the CCITT's recommendation for error control;
 it contains two algorithms (LAPM, or Link Access Protocol, and MNP 1-4).
 When two V.42-compliant modems establish a connection, they use LAPM to
 control data errors and retransmit "bad" data blocks.  If one modem
 supports V.42 and the other only supports MNP, then the two negotiate to
 use MNP protocol.  In both cases, the error-control process is automatic
 and requires no special user actions or software programs.  V.42 bis
 roughly corresponds to MNP Level 5.  The difference is the amount of data
 compressed.  V.42 can usually generate a 4:1 ratio of data compression
 (depending on the type file transmitted).


 > STReport's Editorial Page           "SAYING IT LIKE IT IS!"

  From the Editor's Desk

     This past week, the userbase was made aware of the imminent closing of
 another well known and respected Atari dealer.  The news came in a
 message posted on GEnie from T. Seigal.

 Category 14,  Topic 2
 Message 122       Tue Feb 04, 1992
 T.SEIGAL                     at 00:01 EST

 Just thought some people at ATARI should know that another DEALER is
 closing down.........This one shows how much ATARI is hurting in the
 U.S.A.  The name is "HORIZON COMPUTERS" in Denver CO, and they were a
 major wholeseller for the ATARI COMPUTERS..........


     At first, I felt a twinge of the old, "here we go again" feeling.
 But I must admit that after giving this news some thought and when coupled
 with other reports filtering in I came up with the following thoughts.

     While I deeply regret the closing of another dealer, I cannot, in all
 fairness, blame Atari entirely for these tragedies.  One of the swiftest
 killers of Atari's dealers are the LOW BALL ARTISTS.  Those dealers who
 are just coming on board and of course, those who are 'old timers' must
 resist getting "sucked in" to participating (trying to compete) in this
 catastrophic practice.

     An effective method to employ in protecting the vitality of the
 dealers out there now and for the future would be to agree upon not
 posting _any_ prices in ALL advertisments.  Perhaps, a statement along the
 lines of;

          give those     who insist on lowballing and advertising
          the lowball prices an indication that even with the
          lowball tactics they will face stiff competition.

     That suggestion was made to me by a very successful and responsible,
 dealer for whom I have the greatest respect.  I might add... its a great

     What prompted this??  Why the rehash the grief caused by lowballers?
 Try this on for size, this past weekend a very prominent mail order dealer
 generating _any_ real quantity of sales and profits.  They advertised
 prices, in three states*, that ARE AT OR BELOW the average dealer cost
 price!  The smaller dealers in the vicinity of this lowball artist were
 advised by us to buy up as much of the product as they could aford.  After
 all, they would be buying the product for less dollars than they could
 from Atari.  They also would be protecting their own market area while
 providing a savings to be passed on to their loyal customers.

  *  Three state's newspapers, but those very newspapers are shipped and
     mailed all over the world...

     Once again for clarity, the actions of any low baller cannot and must
 not be considered Atari's full responsibility.  After all, once Atari
 sells the product.. the buyer may do what they wish with that product.
 The 'aftershocks' of such practices cause the "real damage" which is yet
 to be felt.  As an example, the lowballer effectively removes the VALUE of
 the product and dimishes the credibility of the product, as a real
 contender, in an already weakened marketplace.

     So you have noticed, no mention is made of the lowballer's name.  Why
 give them any publicity at all, let 'em spend to spread their word.  The
 lowballers may provide a "bargain" or two, but in the long run, anyone who
 patronizes these parasites is, in reality, only contributing to the demise
 of the market as we know it today or, what's left of it.

     Atari may signing on 200+ dealers at shows etc.. That's good but the
 REAL "trick", is to KEEP all those NEW 'enthusiastic' dealers.  With
 lowballers actively pulling the rug out from under a perilous market as we
 know it now, keeping the newly signed on dealers will indeed be quite a
 task.  Imagine if you will, Mr. "New Dealer" receives in his initial
 order, sets it all out on his shelves and proudly places his ads.  When
 the newspaper comes out, he anxiously flips through the pages to see HIS
 advertisement.  He reads it with pride and then decides to look at the
 sports pages.  DISASTER!  He spots "Joe Glotz's" LOWBALL AD with the price
 SO LOW the new guy is literally STRANGLED.  There you have it.  That is
 exactly what is happening at this time to some of the new guys.

     The older, more experienced dealers have been 'hanging' in there for
 almost umptyump years and enjoy what they are doing for a living.  Along
 comes our friend "Glotz" with the MARKET CRUSHING ADS and our friendly,
 dealer is now threatened and feels he must retaliate.  What does he do?
 Also takes out an ad in hopes of competeing with Glotz!  Bad move unless
 the little guy has bottomless pockets.  Why?  Because Glotz bought a
 boxcar load and got a _very_ good price.

     Almost at the same time, another fine dealer sent us a note detailing
 his impressions of the entire affair.  Of course, to protect his
 dealership, we have witheld his name but his words are ever so profound.

     "Horizon was unfortunately fighting an uphill battle in this tight
     economic market.  Their wholesale distributorship provided excellent
     personalized service, but in these tough economic times, they were
     simply not able to meet the lower pricing structures of the larger
     distributors.  With everything they sold being offered direct to the
     consumer through lowball mail-order merchants, dealers purchasing at
     Horizon's regular dealer pricing were simply unable to remain
     competitive with others who were purchasing from the larger
     distributors at lower prices.  In any event, they will be sorely
     missed.  It is indeed a sad day whenever we lose such an excellent
     supporter of the Atari platform."

     The situation is slowly changing, with Atari becoming more and more
 involved in the mass market arena, we should see the "lowball, quickie
 kill artists" neutralized rather handily.  Atari must penetrate the
 marketplace in the USA and to this end, they are seemingly making the
 right moves.  When one considers they are in the wholesale distribution
 channels and at the same time appearing on the shelves in national chain
 stores, the future holds some real promise.

     CeBITT is coming up fast... it has been told to us Atari will be
 showing the NEW machines at this show.  This should give this year a real
 shot in the arm.  Can you imagine the marketplace if they were to ship
 these machines they are showing this year??

                            Thanks for the support!

             Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine
                 "Reporting ABOUT Atari, not FOR Atari!"
                 Friday, February 7, 1992 - 5:05:08 pm


                            STReport's MailBag

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

 From GEnie's ST RT

 Category 36,  Topic 20
 Message 270       Sun Feb 02, 1992
 D.ENGEL [Thunderbird]        at 11:06 EST

 Don't gave the expandability of the PC _too_ much credit for it's success.
 The _real_ reason that so many have sold is simple: Many people had see
 and used PC's at work because it was originally designed as a business
 computer. These people chose to buy a PC for their home computer because
 they had a lot of interesting and expensive programs at work which they
 could take home and use (pirate). Soon, these people found that there were
 games and entertainment software available for their machine, so they
 bought some. At this point, they brought their programs to work because
 they realized that their other friends there with PC's could trade
 (pirate) their new software with them. These individuals knew many people
 who didn't use computers at work, but wanted to get one for home use.
 These people looked closely at the attractive platforms offered by Apple,
 Atari, and Amiga, but soon discovered that none of these poor computers
 could run the extensive library of PC programs which their friends offered
 to give to them (pirate). So, they put up with the klunky old PC and lived
 frustratedly ever after (DOS).

 The story you have just read is true. I know several people at work who
 were convinced to buy a PC over anything else, because they could take
 home copies of things like WordPerfect, Norton Utilities, Windows,
 Microsoft C, Turbo Pascal, Ventura Publisher, Corel Draw, Arts & Letters,
 etc., etc., etc., and so on.

 As far as the expandability of the PC is concerned. It isn't really a
 cause for it's success. It's merely the reason that the PC hasn't died
 yet. Take a good look at the latest PC's, and what do you have? A
 kludged-up obsolete antique on steroids!  Having an expandable game system
 would be nice, but the added expense might hurt the sales of a consumer
 type item such as this. Putting the expandability in the computer versions
 would be a welcome change.

 By the way, designing the graphics chips for this game machine, and then
 using them in a new line of computers is sheer marketing genius. Think
 about it. If you can sell millions of consumer game machines with the same
 chips in them, you get to purchase or manufacture them in bulk, and get
 better prices. You also have less R&D cost per component because you
 divide the R&D cost by a larger total of components made.

 I really hope they use "game machine" chips in the new computers... it's
 what really gave the 400/800 it's edge over everything else at the time.



 Category 36,  Topic 20
 Message 272       Sun Feb 02, 1992
 ERIDDLE [Vidiot]             at 13:50 EST

 D.ENGEL [Thunderbird]:  As the FORMER owner of many Atari based products
 and the current owner of a 25MHz 486 Tower & 20MHz 386SX Notebook I must
 say that PC Clones are definetly the way to go!

 Not because they are better than the Atari machines, not because the
 Atari's suck, not because of the piracy (On either platform (Atari or
 IBM)... how many US developers are STill developing for the ST/TTs?).  But
 because I like to be able to walk into ANY software store any buy what
 ever I want.  Not having to drool over stuff like Wing Commander, Eye of
 the Beholder, F- 117A, Red Baron, etc, etc... and saying "I wonder if this
 will EVER come to the Atari platform?"

 And it's not the developers fault, it's Atari's fault.  I have always said
 that they make great products... but as a marketing company they can't
 handle it.  The ST/TT based machines are great, Calamus DTP is
 unstoppable on ANY platform period!  And there are other such products
 available also that are not available for the PC world (Stienberg/Jones
 Cubase... The best MIDI Sequencer program!). But Atari dosen't know how to
 market their products.  Hell, the one thing that they really advertised
 besides the Lynx was the STacey laptops, and they were the biggest joke
 ever... great machine if your screen lasted for more that three months!

 Then we get to the Lynx, it is probably the best handheld available from a
 technical aspect but it still suffers in one respect... it has an Atari
 backing.  If the Lynx had been purchased by Nintendo (If you remember Epyx
 designed the machine and sold it to Atari) EVERYONE would own one and we'd
 been playing with Super NES Handhelds before the Super NES was released!

 Stepping off my pedistal...

 Vid the Ripper...



 35700 5-FEB 01:17  General Information
      From: RMORROW      To: ALL

 I called Atari Customer Support today to check on this "ST-to-STe (+$300)"
 deal I had heard about months ago.  Well, I called (they answered on the
 2nd ring), and said that the person (name?) I needed to talk to was out at
 lunch, but would be back and they she took my number, saying he'd call
 back.  Sure enough, about 2 hours later he called back saying that there
 IS NO such offer, HAS NEVER BEEN such an offer, and was most likely the
 result of someone trying to 'play a game'.  He said that he gets quite a f
 ew calls like mine.

 (The "deal" was, as I remembered, you could exchange your old ST and $300
 for a new STe.)  However, he did give me the number of a local
 Sunnyvale-area Atari dealer that did take trades and I called them.

 The two that I dealt with at Atari were quite professional and I hope that
 continues!  I'll give them an A in customer relations. (seriously)


 30889 S17/Community Square
     05-Feb-92  23:05:12
 Sb: #30869-Wash Apple Pi
 Fm: SYSOP*John Davis 76711,127
 To: Jim Ness 74415,1727 (X)

 There are a couple of reasons why I don't think the ST Book will have
 that much impact. First, the MIDI ports aren't standard size, and will
 require some type of adaptor.  Not a big deal at all, but I suspect that
 the competitions' loyalists will bring it up enough that new purchasers
 may look at more 'standard' solutions.  Actually, that may not be an
 issue at all, but the fact that you can't take off-the-shelf software and
 put it directly into the book will be the biggest problem.  An ST MIDI
 developer at NAMM asked to borrow the ST Book, so that he could see if
 his software would run ok.  He couldn't, because there wasn't any way to
 transfer his software to the ST Books hard disk. Even if he could have,
 this particular developer uses copy protection, which practically demands
 that the computer running it has a standard floppy disk, so he would
 still have been out of luck.

 The issue with the TT is compatability.  Although many of the more popular
 apps are being re-written for the TT (or already have been), much of the
 older stuff just won't work.

 Luckily, the older ST's still fill the bill just fine - I still don't
 think you'll find any better MIDI software on any other platform.


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 - Ann Arbor MI                         AIM HITTING THE "BIGTIME!"

     AIM magazine's distributor has recently succeeded in placing the Atari
 dedicated magazine in approx 250 ADDITIONAL Walden Bookstores.

 - Littleton, CO                                SST IS SHIPPING

     Gadget's SST shipped at the beginning of this week in quantity.
 Shipped were the  bare-board, Option A, B, C, and C&D configurations.  The
 unique packaging sports an eye catching box with an SR-71A Blackbird
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 - Lake Oswego, OR                    PHANTOM OF THE LASER "POPULAR"

     There is an affordable, high quality product known as the "Phantom of
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 - Sunnyvale, CA                     IS IT TOS 2.06 OR 2.07 OR WHAT!

     It seems now, that the word is out that the NEWDESK TOS 2.05 was going
 to be called 2.07 after being fixed.... The "powers that be have now
 decided to call it 2.06 after all!  Apparently, the 'fix' to the bug
 introduced when the fix to the double scrolling bug was fixed was not
 serious enough to warrant a name change.  Wonder if the SERIAL PORT
 PROBLEMS have been fixed and the FLOW CONTROL "features", have they been
 refined?  Is it is....??  OR is it ain't?!  Who's on first?  :-)


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