ST Report: 13-Mar-92 #811

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/19/92-12:51:03 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 13-Mar-92 #811
Date: Thu Mar 19 12:51:03 1992

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     Please join us on Thursday, March  19th, in  the Atari  Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for  a special  conference with  guest speaker John Jainschigg,
 publisher of Atari Explorer  magazine.    Atari  Explorer  covers  all the
 Atari  products,  and  is  published  six  times  a  year.    John will be
 available to answer your questions  and  listen  to  your  comments.   The
 conference begins at 10:00 PM Eastern Time.


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     MacDonald Associates  has also  uploaded a patch to update version 3.3
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  -- Microsoft Predicts 1 Million Windows 3.1 Sales in First Month

 Windows 3.1, an updated version of Microsoft Corp.'s graphical user en-
 vironment, is expected to begin shipping in April.  Microsoft predicts
 it will sell more than one million copies of Windows 3.1 in the first
 month of sales.  Windows 3.1 will be released in seven languages inter-

 Microsoft has sold some nine million copies of Windows since it was
 introduced two years ago.

  -- AT&T Unveils Modem Chip Set

 AT&T has unveiled its LapTop Complete Modem Chip set, which it says en-
 ables modem makers to build a high-speed, battery-powered pocket modem
 or notebook PC modem.

 Computergram International says devices made with the chip set can oper-
 ate "at a striking 38.4Kbps for data -- 9,600 bps with data compression
 -- as well as the usual 9,600 bps for facsimile."

 The newsletter quotes AT&T officials as saying the chip set implements
 modems "that typically draw no more than 800mW when working -- AT&T
 claims that is about the same as many 2,400bps modems -- and takes only
 15mW in built-in sleep mode."

 Included in the chip set are DSP16A, T7525 Codec and V32INTFC, which
 implement the data-pump function including CCITT modulations specified
 in V.32, V.22bis, V.22, V.23, V.21, Bell212A, Bell103 for data communi-
 cations and V.29, V.27ter and V.21(ch2) for send-and-receive facsimile
 communications and echo cancellation.

 Also included is the LMC Laptop Modem Controller, a microprocessor that
 supports the AT Command Set, V.42/V.42bis and MNP4 and MNP5 compression
 protocols and EIA/TIA 578 Class I AT Command Extensions.

  -- $399 v.32BIS Modem Soon Available

 CompuCom Corp. says its new SpeedModem Star, a v.32BIS high-speed modem,
 supports the highest industry-standard speed, CCITT'S v.32.BIS at 14,400
 bps.  The new modem will be available for an introductory price of $399
 through May 31, which CompuCom says is the lowest price on the market.
 The price rises to $539 June 1.  The company promises to add voice mail
 and fax as low-cost field upgrades.

 CompuCom says in a statement the new modem incorporates two separate
 digital signal processors with a combined operating speed of more than
 100 million mathematical calculations per second, "twice the raw signal
 processing power of general-use modems that rely on common third-party

  -- Three Japanese Companies to get California Technology

 Rambus Inc. is licensing its design for a new type of computer memory
 chip to three Japanese electronics giants.  Rambus officials say the
 technology boosts the speed of the chip ten times and can display PC
 graphics 3-5 times faster.

 Geoff Tate, chief executive officer of Rambus, told AP he thinks system
 designers will use the new chips to design "video computers" that will
 allow users to hold video conversations on one part of a PC screen,
 while watching television or doing spreadsheet calculations at the same

 In fact, the system will be able to handle digital video data at such a
 fast pace, the user could participate in the video conference dressed in
 blue jeans while the system drew a suit on him.

 Tate boasted that his company has solved the problem of memory not
 keeping pace with the speed of microprocessors. Rambus' solution allows
 chips to transfer data at 500 megabytes per second, which is ten times
 faster than DRAMs.

 Rambus predicts the new chip will be all that is needed to run a PC,
 making a typical workstation installed with the chip costing about
 $1,000 less than current models.

 The three Japanese companes, NEC Ltd., Toshiba Ltd., and Fujitsu Ltd.
 expect to make the chips later this year.

  -- IBM to Unveil New Notebook Computer

 According to PC Week, IBM is scheduled on March 24 to unveil a new 16MHz
 386SLC- based notebook computer.

 The machine is expected to list for about $4,000, would join IBM's 16MHz
 386SX-based N51 SX notebook, a 20MHz 386SX- based CL57 SX color laptop
 and an upgraded L40 SX laptop also slated for release on that date.  The
 SLC-based notebook will offer about an 80 percent performance boost over
 the N51 SX.

  -- SIA Reports Record Chip Orders

 The Semiconductor Industry Association says domestic orders of semi-
 conductors set an all-time record last month at $1.52 billion, an
 increase of 4.9 percent from January.

 The February bookings (orders based on a three-month average) are re-
 ported to be up 12.5 percent from the $1.35 billion of bookings in
 February 1991.

  -- SPA Wins Again

 The Software Publishers Association has won a $30,000 settlement from
 the Denver-based Melco Industries Inc. in a copyright infringement suit.

 The software trade group says the products involved were made by
 Microsoft Corp, Lotus Development Corp., AutoDesk Inc. and WordPerfect

  -- Chips & Tech Gets Go-Ahead in Court

 According to Chips & Technologies Inc., the judge in US District Court
 in San Jose, Calif. has denied Intel's request that Chips be restrained
 from transferring its technologies to other companies, thus giving the
 company a a go-ahead to continue producing microprocessors compatible
 with Intel Corp.'s 386 chips.

 Chips introduced the family of 386-compatible microprocessors last fall,
 claiming it spent three years and $50 million engineering its chips
 specifically to avoid infringing Intel's patents. This came after Intel
 filed suit last month against Chips despite being in private settlement

  -- Michelangelo Might Have Been Taiwanese!

 While experts have said last week's Michelangelo virus was discovered in
 the Netherlands, Dutch police now say they've learned the rogue program
 actually was unwittingly spread round the world by a single Taiwanese
 software copying house.

 Computer fraud expert Loek Weerd in Amsterdam said, "Taiwan is the
 source of the mass distribution of the virus. The Taiwanese authorities
 have not so far given us the name of the software copy house." He noted
 that, since copy houses legitimately copy software for customers, this
 one probably mass-produced the virus when a customer gave the firm an
 infected disk.


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

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee


 From John Townsend (Atari) - Cat. 14, Topic 8, Msg. 256 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

   ...TOS 2.06 can format HD disks. I believe the system does them in the
   same Twister "style" format that the previous versions of TOS use. As
   for whether or not you can get 10 Sectors and 84 tracks out of an HD
   drive.. I have no idea. So far, I think the Desktop is one of the few
   "programs" that is able to format 1.44 Meg Floppies and it doesn't do
   "extended" formats.


 From Tom Zenthoefe - Cat. 8, Topic 4, Msg. 117 - from the ST Roundtable
 on Genie...

   ...if you think that you can hold on for a couple of months, Supra
   will be releasing two new modems for less than $400. The less
   expensive of the two is 9600 bps and the $400 one is 14400 bps.

   Also from what I have seen, other companies are also getting ready to
   release some new high speed modems in the next couple of months.


 From Jim Ness - Cat. 8, Topic 4, Msg. 115 - from the ST Roundtable on

   Supra has admitted elsewhere that it jumped the gun a bit with its
   product announcement. It will be a few more weeks before it or any
   other modem manufacturer can begin shipping the new cheaper modems.


 From Cat. 14, Topic 40, Msgs 49-50 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   Question from S.Standiford...

   Star Raiders doesn't run on an STE? I could have sworn that it worked
   on mine... I'm going to try it out.

   Answer from K.Schafer...

   It's only the MegaSTE that it dies on, something to do with the way
   floppy access is handled that is different from earlier versions.


 From Holobyte - Cat. 9, Topic 34, Msg. 115 - from the ST Roundtable on

   Unfortunately, none of our products (including FALCON, the FALCON
   Mission  Disks or FOTI) is compatible with the newer TOS versions in
   the Mega STE and TT.

   Based on sales of Atari ST products in the last 2 years, there just
   isn't enough financial incentive for our developer to fix this
   compatibility problem, alas :-(


 From Cat. 4, Topic 39, Msgs 159-161 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   Question from Rich Thurow...

   Now with Atari's new HDX5 software, can I replace the old and tired
   Seagate with ANY SCSI drive in my Megafile 30 without buying a new
   host adaptor? I want to put a quantum 105 meg in (and kill the fan, I
   hear the quantums run cool enough). Am I kidding myself? Please help!

   Answer from DOUG.W...

   The MegaFile 30 does not have a SCSI hard drive in it. It has an RLL
   drive (and a dual-purpose host adapter/SCSI interface (Adaptec)).
   You'll need to find an RLL drive for a simple plug-in replacement.

   Answer from Tom (ICD)...

   Or hack a SCSI host adapter into the case.


 From Dave Small - Cat. 4, Topic 44, Msg. 89...

   Sandy wanted me to post this online.

   There's a chip from Motorola called the 68EC030.

   It's a 68030 without the MMU. (I don't know if it's 68030's whose
   MMU's don't work or don't have them designed in, but it doesn't

   The 68EC030 costs less than a full 68030, so we've gotten calls and
   FAX's (one fella FAXed us all the tech docs ... talk about paper!)
   about whether or not it will work with the SST.

   The 68EC030 will not work with the SST properly. It will probably
   cause you hard disk read/write errors and lose you data, or possibly
   your whole hard disk if it wipes clean a directory. We had Beta
   Testers lose data on hard disks because of a bug similar to what the
   68EC030 would cause, but fortunately our Beta Testers are long used to
   backing up EVERYTHING before trying a Beta ANYTHING.  DO NOT USE A
   68EC030 ON THE SST!

   (We specify a 68030 as required for the "SST" if you get a bare board,
   not a 68EC030, but wanted to be real clear on this.)

   If you're interested:

   First, they made the 68000, and It Was Good.

   Then, they made the 68010, and it handled Virtual Memory (minor

   Then, they made the 68020, and it powered the Mac II and many things.

   Then, they made the 68851 Paged Memory Management Unit chip, and it
   made memory management -- say, moving virtual memory around -- real

   THEN, they MERGED the 68020 and 68851, and we got the 68030. It is
   only minus a few 68851 things I don't consider that important and
   barely different from the 68020 in 68020 things.

   Then, they made the 68881/68882 Floating Point Chip.

   THEN, they MERGED the 68030 with the 68882, a heck of a job, and made
   the 68040. Again, they eliminated a few FPU instructions, but no

   The 68020, 68030, and 68040 are available in the Real Thing packages,
   or in the EC packages, which aren't the full chip -- pieces is
   missing. I guess Motorola things "EC" means "Embedded Controller" and
   thinks embedded controllers don't need MMU's. Whew; I've worked at a
   shop that made remote sensors and VM would have helped them a lot.
   Without the MMU, which is a 68EC030, it probably cannot be done
   without massive external hardware (oh, fun).

   But the *cost* of the EC series is much lower, so people are naturally
   checking into them. Don't do it, folks -- if you EVER want the MMU to
   do nice things to your ST, like what I'm writing (MMU's are software
   programmmable memory thingos of awesome power!) then PLEASE don't go
   EC now, save a few bucks, and lose bigtime later.

   An SST with an EC in it might switch on ... I don't believe its SST
   RAM could even initialize, and other programs would blow up, too. I
   didn't design it for chips that were half there.

   If somehow you bring it up, you positively WILL have DMA troubles to
   floppy and hard disk, and heaven knows what else.

   -- If you get weird problems, it never hurts to turn off the blitter.
      The blitter flops around awhile when done and while that doesn't
      worry a slow 8 MHz CPU, it definitely worries a 33 MHz CPU!

   -- ICD's new 5.5 software *may* not be working right with SST; we
      don't know for sure, but have had reports both ways. I know that
      5.4.2, the last version I had, works fine.

   -- If you have a Moniterm board, the power supply load of both SST and
      the Moniterm will overload your ST supply. You will need George's
      new supply, which is nice and overkill and runs cool.

   -- If you have a Moniterm, you will want George to massage it slightly
      so that it doesn't develop "glitches" (black lines on screen) as
      you kick into warp drive. George originally developed this fix for
      the bridge monitor of the Enterprise; above Warp 8, black glitches
      would show up. No more! [grin]

   There are variations on Moniterm boards; some work better than others.
   Some glitch at 8 MHz, for instance. I found the GROUND cable to be

   This is just a summary of the important stuff from the Gadgets RT.

   System 7 is currently under heavy artillery attack and bugs are
   dropping away under the Zax. I'm trying, folks.

   (Oh, yes -- DO NOT try to run Spectre in SST RAM until > 3.0 ! it will


 Misc. comments about the SLM-804 - Cat. 14, Topic 11, Msgs. 36-40 - from
 the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   Question from Philip Nereo...

   I have a problem with a used SLM-804. I call it the 'phantom paper
   jam'. Can anyone shed any light on this? Every time I power up the
   machine, (which has Phantom of the laser installed), the first 5 or 6
   sheets of paper I try to run thru set off the paper jam indicators.
   This happens whether trying to print a document or just running the
   test program. Then it works fine. It also works fine, right from the
   start, if I set it for manual feed. Any suggestions or similar
   experiences that could shed light would be appreciated!

   Suggestions from Gregg Anderson...

   Just a couple of suggestions.... make sure the paper guides are tight
   and lined up.... and check the rubber rollers & pawls that pull the
   paper from the tray. If the rollers/pawls have hardened they might not
   be getting a good grip on the paper until everything warms up from
   use. Also check the rubber bands that drive the rollers.... though I
   doubt if they will be the problem since it goes away after warming up
   (unless one of them is slipping on a pulley. Clean everything you can
   reach with a Q-Tip and alchol.... nothing stronger! I had similar
   problems for a while, the cleaning & a re-allignment of the paper
   guides fixed it.... A good outfit with experience fixing SLMs is XANTH
   up in Washington State.....

   Warning from G.E.M....


   Do NOT clean rubber rollers and belts with alcohol, it will cause them
   to harden. Instead dampen a CLOTH rag with Simple Green diluted about
   15 to 1. I have been servicing photocopiers and related equipment for
   15 years and know from where I speak, alcohol will cause more problems
   that it solves. Also Q- tips tend to shed fibers which work their way
   into clutches and bushings and attract dirt and other abrasive
   substances, so always use a cloth rag to clean inside the machine.

   Question from Sandy Wilson (Sysop)...

   What the heck is Simple Green?

   Answer from G.E.M....

   It's the brand name of a non-toxic, organic, all purpose cleaner that
   should be available everywhere. It can be used on virtually every-
   thing. The only place that it cannot be used is on the drum, it will
   strip off the organic photoconductor material.


 Update on Third Reich - From Ted Evans - Cat. 9, Topic 4, Msg. 18 - from
 the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   I don't remember who made the post here last week, about getting Third
   Reich to work on his STe using MAKE1MEG.TOS.....

                          ** IT DOES WORK ** !!!!

   I have a 4 meg STe with TOS 1.62 and I have played/saved and re-played
   the game several times...

   So Avalon Hill is wrong...The problem is not the higher TOS's, it's
   the more than a 1 meg thing again..

   So go buy the game... Avalon Hill's toll free number is 1-800-999-
   3222. $39.95 + 3.00 shipping... It is a neat war game...


 About a virus on Deuteros - Cat. 9, Topic 14, Msgs. 44-45 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

   From A.Bitton...


   There is a virus on disk 2 of Deuteros (the data disk)!!

   The virus is of the Signum BPL type. It's waiting for another virus to
   come along to trigger it. This virus copies itself to other disks. If
   you always turn off your ST after playing Deuteros, you're safe. You
   would have to boot your ST with disk 2 in the drive for the virus to
   spread itself!

   It's safe to kill the virus, the game will run fine. But don't do
   anything to disk 1!! Virus killers can't really tell viruses from
   special game disks!

   From J.BUDIL...

   Electronic Arts is quite good about exchanging old Populous disks for
   newer, STE-compatible ones. I sent them my old disk with a short
   explanatory note, and they sent me a new disk, as well as a new box
   and new instructions. The box looked nicer than my old one. I was
   quite pleased.


 From John Trautschol about the new Flash II - Cat. 8, Topic 2, Msg. 122
 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   Well, maybe it's time to post a list of Flash II features. We're
   within a month of release now. The plans are to offer it for sale for
   the first time at the Toronto Atari Show, April 4 & 5th. Quite
   honestly, we've been so busy getting everything ready, I haven't had
   the time to put together a list of Flash II's features. So, here we
   go. Mind you, this isn't an official press release (that'll come
   later). Here we go...

   * DO scripts are enhanced. Old script files continue to work with new
   features added for support of Flash II's new features.

   * DO scripts are no longer needed, however, for automating your logon
   process.  All board parameters are now set via dialogs.  These para-
   meters are saved in the board configuration file and automatically
   configure Flash II when the board is activated.

   * Now permits the use of up to 30 function key macros. 10 macros are
   considered global, and are accessed by holding down the Control key
   and F1 thru F10 keys. The other 20 macros can be programmed separately
   for each board and are accessed with the unshifted and shifted
   function keys. The macros automatically load when the board is

   * Flash II can be used to display, either on- or off-line RLE and GIF
   pictures. (Particularly handy on CIS which permits the use of online
   graphics viewing.)

   * Includes a new Review Mode. Save your online session to disk and
   later review it as if you were online!

   * Supports the following terminal emulations: TTY, VIDTEX, VT52, ANSI,
   VT100, VT101, VT102, VT200, VT300 & Prestel.

   * Supports ST, IBM and DEC characters sets.

   * Flash II is designed to work on any ST or TT, in any resolution,
   from 80 to 132 columns, and 24, 29 or 48 lines.

   * A new type ahead buffer is included. It supports up to three lines
   of text which is fully editable using the cursor, delete and backspace
   keys. The [Return] key and [Enter] key perform different functions,
   depending on the configuration. One can be used to enter forced
   carriage returns into your message, the other is used to send the

   * You can configure the amount of memory you wish Flash II to grab at
   startup. Older versions of Flash grabbed everything available. With
   multitasking on the horizon, you don't necessarily want to do that.
   You can continue to <Free> unwanted memory once in the program.

   * Includes command support for an automatic answer mode.

   * New, full-featured GEM text editor with more flexible block commands
   (you can now start and end blocks anywhere in a line), cut & paste
   commands, search & replace function, paragraph reformatting, user tab
   settings and page widths, automatic word wrap & text wrap modes, and
   much more.

   * The editor now permits you to select the type of display mode
   desired. Whereas older version of Flash always displayed carriage
   returns, you can now turn those on or off, as well as all other
   control characters.

   * Almost all menu functions have keyboard equivalents, such as Alt-L
   to "Load" a file. Where appropriate, these keyboard equivalents match
   the terminal mode keyboard equivalents.

   * Includes Silent Line, a new background file transfer program
   (replaces "Shadow").

   * Internally supports the following protocols: ASCII, Xmodem, Ymodem,
   Ymodem-G, Zmodem, Modem7, WXModem, CIS B+, Kermit, SEAlink, and
   Telesoftware (for Discovery/Prestel systems).

   * Includes a new "Statistics" feature. Keeps track of all of your
   online time and upload/download information, and calculates your fees
   based on the BBS' rates.

   * Includes built-in timing functions. Flash II will autostart an
   online session using this timer.

   * Includes a totally rewritten, 226 page manual, fully indexed along
   with a table on contents. The manual includes a tutorial, detailed
   section on all functions of the program, and a 50-page section
   explaining (with examples) the DO script language.

   There are a bunch more features too, but this highlights the majority
   of them. The program will be sold for the introductory price of
   $49.95. (It'll probably go up to $59.95 four to six months later.)

   We also plan on offering upgrades to existing owners. The price will
   be $30 to upgrade, and you'll have to send in your original Flash disk
   in order to qualify. The upgrade offer will last for a limited time
   only, and although that period hasn't been set yet, it'll probably be
   about 3 months after the official release. Naturally, as upgrades to
   Flash II become available, we'll make those available to all
   registered users at greatly reduced prices.

   Hope that covers it all. (I'm sure this will generate a whole *slew*
   of new questions now! :-)


 Announcement from C.F. Johnson (Codehead Technologies) - Cat. 11, Topic
 6, Msg. 99 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   Well, it looks like the Toronto show is going to mark the public debut
   of ....

             CodeHead Technologies' new version of Quick ST!!!

   We'll have more details soon. For now, I'll just say that Quick ST has
   become the most compatible, the fastest, and the most feature-packed
   screen accelerator for the Atari line of computers. _ALL_ known bugs
   have been fixed, and many new features have been added. It's fully
   compatible with FSM GDOS, and with the TT030. (In fact, a TT just
   SCREAMS with the new Quick ST installed.)

   And by the's also going to be sporting a new name. So folks,
   be SURE to bring your Quick ST disks to the TAF show. The upgrade fee
   for the new version will be $20, which will include the new manual.
   Don't wait 'til the second day either...we anticipate that our stock
   of upgrades will go FAST. (Like Quick ST itself.)


 Until next week.....




 March 11, 1992
 GEnie RTC

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 On behalf of the Atari ST Roundtable, I welcome all of you to the Fast
 Technology RealTime Conference.  Before getting started, some business
 about h ow 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.

 Fast Technology's Jim Allen was the first to break the 8 MHz speed barrier
 on the Atari ST with the commercial release of Turbo16.

 Since that time, Jim has been wringing more and more speed out of the ST
 with products like Turbo20 and Turbo25.  But there's only so much you can
 expect from a 68000 so Jim has added the 68030 to the Atari arsenal with
 the much anticipated Turbo030 and the recently announced TinyTurbo030.

 If you folks haven't done so already, check out Category 4, Topic 11
 starting with message 82 for more specifics about TinyTurbo030.

 But in the meantime, we have Jim Allen here to tell us more about the Fast
 Technology product lineup and to answer your questions.

 Jim, thank you very much for joining us this evening.  Do you have any
 opening remarks to make before I start taking questions from the floor?

 (You folks can start /RAIsing your hands now.)

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>

 Hi Folks!!!! Thanks for coming...

 Fast Technology is about to start shipping the latest in a long line of
 great accelerator cards.

 I'll list what is available and for how much:

 Turbo20 a 20Mhz 68000 card....$329

 Turbo25 a 25Mhz 68000 card....$379

 STE adapter for these...$49

 And now TinyTurbo030 a 40+Mhz very tiny 68030 card....$999

 As an introductory price, the TinyTurbo030 will be available at the
 fantastic price of $599!!!!

 This addition to the lineup gives you a choice of speeds ranging from 2
 TIMES faster all the way up to 6-7 TIMES faster than the stock ST!!!

 The TinyTurbo030 is a real breakthrough product, putting more power in a
 smaller volume than any accelerator maker has done before!!

 The TinyTurbo030 includes a 40Mhz 030 at its heart, with a 32K 20ns static
 ram cache, and Atari's TOS 206 operating system.

 A stock 68000 chip is also onboard, so at the flick of a switch you can go
 back in time and technology, and enjoy your favorite older software, or
 run time critical music software.

 The TinyTurbo030 comes in two different configurations, one for the STs,
 which looks like a larger Turbo25 and another designed specifically for
 STE/MegaSTE computers which is a simple plug in, only a screw driver and
 pliers are needed!!

 Two options are available, a super fast math co-processor, the 68882 50Mhz
 model, which we run at 40, 50, or 60Mhz!!!

 And our own customized Virtual Memory software, which eats up 512K to 1Meg
 of your ST ram, but lets the system "think" it has up to 128 Megabytes of
 TT ram...even in your old trusty 1985 520ST!!!!

 All of this is made possible by the great folks at Atari Corporation, who
 have created one heck of a nice new TOS....TOS 2.06!!!!

 So Fast Technology has a speed choice for everyone, and a price to match
 every budget!!!

 To take advantage of the super introductory price on the TinyTurbo030,
 simply place and advance order before April 30th, 1992, and include a
 deposit of we know you're a serious customer!!! THe TinyTurbo030
 is such a nice product, so well polished, that it comes with a 30day
 moneyback guarantee!!!!

 The Math coprocessor option is only $299, and for Dynacadd and Lexicor
 customers, it offers a 30-50 TIMES increase in rendering speed...well
 worth the price. Only a $50 deposit is required with the order.

 The Virtual Memory option is also $299, which we pass on to the inventor,
 and includes an upgrade to a 50Mhz 68030 chip...great price for 50Mhz and
 128Megabytes of ram!!! The deposit is only $50 also.

 That's it, let me take questions, and pass on what information I can.....

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Thanks, Jim.

 I have a question or two and then we'll take more from the floor.  What
 are the functional differences between Turbo030 and TinyTurbo030?  Are
 there any compromises needed to fit it into so small a package?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 The Turbo030 is a full size...5.5"x5.5"...board for MegaST computers only,
 it has a sram cache to speed up motherboard activities...just like the
 TinyTurbo030 (coincidence?) and also has 4or16 Megabytes of real 32bit
 super fast Fast Ram. We'll be releasing it in a week or two, and do
 another RTC on's also $1495 ;-)

                              <[Steve] S.GOLD6>
 Jim, Hi. Why would I purchase your board over the competition.

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 At the offset, I'd like to keep comparisons to competitor products to a
 minimum.  Jim can fairly represent his products, but he's not an expert on
 competitors' products.

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Depends on what you need and what you want to spend.  The TinyTurbo030 is
 one MIGHTY fast little power house. It fits ALL ST or STE computers,
 includes a stock 68000 to insure TOTAL compatibility.  It only costs $599
 complete, including the speed ;-)  The Tiny030 is aimed at the "low end"
 of the competition, it BLOWS AWAY the ProVME board in Germany, and gives
 your ST/STE the feel and speed of a TT...for $599.

                              <[Steve] S.GOLD6>
 Would VM software slow down a system. Also when is projected delivery on
 the Tiny Turbo boards.

 Thanks Jeff and Jim.

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 The Virtual software does slow things down a bit...compared to running
 flat out on the 030, but not enough to be a pain. Anyone exposed to SUN
 3/60 Unix workstations knows about how much things will bog down, but the
 benefits outweigh the speed hit BIG TIME.

 I'd HIGHLY recommend dedicating at least a piece of a fast Quantum hard
 disk for use with the VM, it will require a piece of your hard disk equal
 to the amount of "RAM" you're adding to the system as VM.  The faster the
 disk the better...dedicating a $250 LPS52 is not unreasonable if you have
 older slow disks.

 The PCBoards are being designed in New Hampshire now, then they'll go to
 Taiwan to be made, then back here to be stuffed (surface mount parts) and
 then shipped!!!

 This process will require 8-10 weeks.  I wish I didn't have to go to
 Taiwan, but I've had nothing but trouble with local PCBoard manufacturers,
 quality is definitely not job one...bummer.

                              <[Dave] D.SHORR>
 Hi Jim, can your TT030 use an ST's existing memory as 32-bit RAM, or is
 the Virtual Memory option intended for this purpose?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Dave, the VM software uses a piece of ST ram, and "pretends" that it is
 official TT ram.  So the control panel CPX says....128Meg of TT ram!!! ;-)
 While the rest of your ST ram is left available for use, like for video
 and SLM printers, etc.

                             <[Dave] D.HAEFNER>
 Can a MEGA bus be added to a stock ST via your card?  (To allow use of
 expanded video,etc)  Or is this now obsolete, unused, impossible,
 whatever?  And have you tested Spectre GCR compatibility?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Dave, JRI makes a nice FPU adapter card that includes a Mega bus addon.
 The FPU part can be left un populated, and you can use this in your ST,
 now, and after TinyTurbo030 ;-)

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 It lets you use a Moniterm, etc.  But you'll need to do something cabinet-
 wise, otherwise you'll have a big board hanging out on your desk...not a
 good thing to do ;-)

                             <[Dave] D.HAEFNER>
 Case is not a problem... What about Spectre?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 The TnyTurbo030 works just fine on Spectre 3.0 now, but Dave will be
 coming out with a version 3.1 down the road that should be a little more
 "030" aware.  There are some potential problems with critical timing
 areas, but I've used it and had little if any trouble as-is.

                             <[Dave] D.HAEFNER>
 Thanks Jim!

 Jim, Hello, Congrats' on the TURBO030!! I have two questions...
 The First, have you heard of any problems with the CodeHead TEC board when
 using the TURBO-16 or ICD AdSpeed (in 16MHz mode) on a MEGA ST?  It's
 "off-topic", but I need to know!

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 I have heard a couple complaints re: Turbo20/25 in Germany, but nothing on
 T16.  The Codeheads have T16s and have tested's a GO!!!  If you
 do experience and thing, we'll fix whatever is needed to make it work, not
 to worry!!


 Second, My friend Mark (M.SANTORA2) won a TURBO-25 at the WAACE show and
 would like to know when they will be back in stock?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Marks unit, along with another persons, went out days ago, the T25s took
 some time to polish 100% but now, they're golden!!!

 Ok, I'll let him know! Thank you (again).

                             <[Joe] J.MIRANDO1>
 Will the 68000 on the Tiny 030 be 8mhz, or will Fast Tech be using a
 faster, speed-switchable, 68K?  Is there any need or use for an
 accelerated "alternate" processor in a product like this?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 The 68000 SOCKET is a raw 8Mhz, we plug a stock 68000 in it, but you can
 plug anything you want into it.  It's made to support the Leonardo card
 when it's released in MegaSTs, and you can stick a T25, an ATSpeed, or
 whatever in the socket.

                             <[Joe] J.MIRANDO1>
 Sounds like a killer item!  Thanks, no more questions.

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Is this a regular 68030 in the TinyTurbo030 or one of the 68EC030s?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Depends purely on what is cheapest at purchasing time, we've been getting
 real 40Mhz units for LESS than our Motorola rep can quote an EC for!!! ;-)

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Are there any performance differences between them?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Nope, only the MMU portion missing on the EC, otherwise they're the same.
 In fact, I've done some surgery on one, opened it up, and altered the
 connection of the MMUDIS signal inside...using the RP package (plastic pin
 grid) the chip is actually glued to a PCboard, with a small aluminum cover
 on it, you can pull it off and mess with the insides!!!  The MMU seemed to
 work just fine...neat.  You can see this opened package by looking at a
 DOVE computer add in MacUser, they show pictures of their accelerators
 with this funny "chip" on it, looks like a PCBoard with a goop of glue in
 the middle...the 030 is under the glue ;-)

                            <[John@Atari] TOWNS>
 Thanks, Jeff..

 Hi Jim.  Just wanted to ask about Compatibility.  Have you had the chance
 to do some compatibility testing and how does it fair?  Is it more
 compatible than a TT?  What kinds of things have you done to make sure
 that your product is as compatible as possible?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 I'd say it's a "little" more speed...since it is always
 24bit addressing mode.  For instance, TEMPUS 1 and 2 work OK, in fact all
 the big productivity stuff does...except Timeworks DTP 1.

 The key compatibility modes are, the roms answer at $FC as well as $Ex,
 the unit is 24bit rather than 32bit as far as address map is concerned.
 We've patched in all the TT equivalent MMU and cache controlling code,
 cold booting, etc.  And above all we've kept the 68000 chip available, so
 you can switch back, and the TOS can be set to be OFF in 68000 mode, so
 the motherboard roms will work...TOS 1.0/1.2, etc.

                            <[John@Atari] TOWNS>
 Great!  Best of Luck with your product, Jim.  As Sig would have said, I
 hope you sell "jillions." <grin>

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Thanks John, and NICE JOB on TOS 2.06, real NICE!!!!

 Thanks, Jeff.  Q-1, Jim.  If I compile with the 030 mode in Turbo C will
 your accelerator run the "030" code?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Yes it will, and if at all possible I'd make your SW detect the CPU type
 and run 68000 code if no 030 is found, but yes, the 030 will definitely
 run 030 instructions.  The OS has lots of them in it.  BTW, Turbo C works
 too, the debugger needs a little tweaking though ;-)

 You mentioned that it uses 24bit addressing and that concerned me that if
 the Turbo C compiler is doing 32 bit it would crash.

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 By 24bit addressing I mean the upper 8 address pins on the 030 chip itself

 are not connected to anything.  So it doesn't matter what is contained up
 there for information in an address...just like now with a 68000 chip...
 ignored.  It will matter only when running the Virtual Memory SW.  This
 was important for programs like Tempus and some GFA Basic programs which
 used the upper bits for flags in the code.

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Anything else, Tim?  [By the way, folks, Tim is the author of SILHOUETTE,
 the auto-tracing program from Maxwell CPU.]

 Q-2: How much RAM can you put on your board and with what type of SIMM
 chips are needed (size, speed)?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 The board doesn't have provisions for any "ram", that takes too much
 space, it will speed up whatever ram you have in your system already.  We
 chose the VM route as the cheapest and smallest method of adding ram.

 Not to mention VM doesn't use any more juice from the power supply!!

 OK, so the VM software manages strictly hard drive memory as virtual RAM?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Yes, it uses hard drive ram and makes it "look" like TT Fast ram.  In
 doing this it eats up 512K to 1Meg of your ST ram, leaving you with 3Meg
 of ST ram.

 Can one increase the amount of SRAM cache RAM on your board?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 No, we did extensive research in cache ram size over the years, and 16K of
 data space is really quite sufficient.  Any larger becomes inconvenient
 physically and too costly.  Motorola has found that 8K is actually the
 best speed/cost trade off.

 How do you get 16 Bit Ram to act like 32 Bit Ram?  Sounds like a pretty
 good option for those how don't want to buy a new machine.

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 The application doesn't know what the ram is actually, it only runs and
 accesses certain address ranges, the VM software just fakes out the OS
 into thinking there is actually a bunch of real chips out there, when
 there aren't any ;-)

 Thanks, Good luck!

                              <[Dave] D.SHORR>
 Now that we have the power<ahem>, can we expect to see switcher or
 multi-tasking type software that will allow us to load all of our favorite
 ST programs into memory at once?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Dave, beats me ;-)  I know Atari is cooking up something really really
 NICE!!  But I don't know what will happen with regards to the
 TinyTurbo030, 030's in general, and in fact all the older ST/STE units?
 We'll see.  If TOS 2.06 is any indication, we've got some great stuff to
 look forward to!!!

                              <[Dave] D.SHORR>
 Thank you Jim.

                               <[Nathan] ISD>
 I just wanted to state that I have been lucky enough to have one of Jim's
 68030's in my Mega ST4. I use it daily with Calamus SL, Flash and, Calamus
 v1.09N.  Its fast and it flawless.

 In fact, its faster than my TT and that's a fact in real life.  I never
 could read all the index numbers everyone seems to have but I can tell
 when Calamus runs faster than normal!!  I have a 24" monitor that would
 not have plugged into the TT so I now have the best of both worlds.  So,
 this card is a reality. it works and I love it!!  :-)

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Thanks Nathan!!  Nothing like good endorsements...just ask Gov. Clinton

                               <[Nathan] ISD>

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 You may order any Fast Technology products through either Fast Technology,
 or through ISD Marketing, J.ALLEN27 or ISD Email here on GEnie!!

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Once you put in some real speed...REAL SPEED...and the new TOS 206, you
 will have a completely new computer, the difference is AMAZING!!!!

                             <[Joe] J.MIRANDO1>
 Jim, in your press release you made mention of a few enhancements to TOS
 2.06 for the '030 boards.  Are these enhancements of use only to '030
 users, or are they things that T16/20/25 users could benefit from?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 We've put in a couple neat things.  If you have a real time clock, we put
 the bootup delay into the unused alarm ram space, which lets you have a
 real user selectable boot delay...but also user settable ;-)
 There's other things we do the same with, but it's too early to talked
 about them.  These all DO work for 68030 and 68000 ;-)

                             <[Joe] J.MIRANDO1>
 Sounds like you've been thinking these thing out well!  When will this be
 available to the public?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 The TinyTurbo030 will be about 10 weeks away, the Turbo030 is only a few
 days away, and we have units in stock, with 4 Megs of ram, and one HECK of
 a speed nothing you can imagine ;-)

 Jim, How is the board designed for future expansion?  The 040, will you be
 able to upgrade at a later date to take it past the present 25 mhz?  Also,
 what is your policy on buying a "used" board.  IE Support.

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 We've always had a "he who owns it is THE customer" on our products, so
 whether it's a used board  or a new one, you get total support!!!!

 Thanks Jim, Helps me make a decision as to who's board to buy, YOURS!!

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 It's unlikely the 040 will be usable in the ST architecture, without even
 more MAJOR work.  Nothings impossible, but it's not even on my list of
 "it'd be nice" things ;-)

                        <[Steamy Wreck] MYECK.WATERS>
 I don't _normally_ believe in omens, but your special price announcement
 arrived here on the very day I received the check from refinancing my
 house - how'd you manage that one?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Good planning!!!! ;-)

                        <[Steamy Wreck] MYECK.WATERS>
 I have a UK keyboard - any chance of getting a UK TOS on this thing!

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 No sweat, just specify it with the order, I have US UK and German

                        <[Steamy Wreck] MYECK.WATERS>
 Cool!  Thanks!  Nathan, you can _keep_ yer US keyboard!  I'm done.

                             <[Ralph] ST.REPORT>
 I wanted to jump in for a moment and say that I too am using an 030 setup
 in my Mega4/DTP system with an Image systems 24" and an SM147 mono
 monitor.  The increase in performance over the T16 is outstanding... more
 than one can possibly imagine!

 Its fully like as if I got a brand spanking NEW Computer.  Jim left out
 only one small item and that's the Air Bag for the sudden stops when the
 work is done.  Everything is hyper-fast.

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 Thanks Ralph, another example of a satisfied customer.  The Turbo030
 family is the result of a year's worth of research.  The buggies have long
 since been excised, and I look forward to pure bliss, with no problems
 when you receive your new Turbo030 product.

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Anything else, Ralph?

                             <[Ralph] ST.REPORT>
 I am done and ready for bed.

 Jim, I have been salivating over just your 20Mhz board.  Can I say what
 this new 030 board does to me, i.e. can't say :-).  Will your board be
 able to handle the TT uxix?  Thanks.

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 That's a real tough one, it's possible with enough ST targeted device
 drivers, the TT Unix will be able to run on an ST030, but it's going to
 take some effort.  I'm kind of hoping a Unix guru who is also an ST user
 will jump in and try to make this happen.  We haven't spoken to Atari
 about it, we'll see what happens after the Unix hits the streets!!

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 Anything else, Tim?

 That's all here.

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 With that, we'll bring this show to a close.  Thank you, Jim, for spending
 your evening with us.  Do you have any closing statements?

                         <[Jim@FASTTECH] J.ALLEN27>
 I'd just like to close by saying THANK YOU for stopping by, and thank you
 to all Fast Tech's customers for your patronage, you have made all this
 possible.  You can order any of our products from Fast Technology direct,
 or from ISD Marketing, and see us in CAT 4 TOP 11 for more information and
 continued support.  Thanks!!!

                              <[Sysop] JEFF.W>
 My thanks to all of you who came and participated as well!

 NEXT WEEK:  Joppa Software and their Straight FAX send/receive software!

 (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.

 > FAST TECH 030 STR Review      "Only thing missing is the Air Bag!"

                         FAST TECHNOLOGY TURBO 030

 by Ralph F. Mariano

     Fed Ex arrived on Saturday morning two weeks ago.  As the driver
 walked to the door, I mentioned to my son Victor that "this must be from
 Jim Allen".  After all he said he was gonna use FedEx.  Allen's got real
 class.  As I opened the cardboard box, my heart sank!  I could hear
 "rattling" inside.  No.... it wasn't a snake!   I removed the remainder of
 tape on the cardboard box and finally got inside where I found another
 box.  This one was a special, "electronics shipping container" one corner
 was crunched, (the front left), a piece was broken off both the top and
 the bottom in that corner.

     Once the tape was removed from the rigid box, I opened it too.  In it
 was found a very well cushioned PCB whose design was, IMHO, gorgeous.
 When held up to a bright light, it became evident that this board was of
 the highest quality and deeply multi-layered.  Light simply would not
 pass through where the layering was.

     The Board had the 68030 and its companion math co-processor installed.
 The appearance of the board and its layout is very impressive.  Every inch
 of available space is put to good use.  Ok, so much for the good looks of
 this zoomer, let's get to the good stuff.  The actual installation took
 all of 2 minutes!  It took 15 minutes to remove and replace the cabinet
 screws.  <sigh>  The sweet aspect is there were NO ancillary programs to
 run, no software patches for the auto folder and absolutely no initial
 bootup problems.  The board arrived with a disk and very simple, easy to
 follow, installation instructions.  On the disk were the normal TOS 2.06
 files, cpx files and a few normal files like Pinhead, etc..

     Almost every major software package in my library was checked with
 Fast Tech's 030 40 Mhz Zoomer.  The moment the system was turned on, the
 change was more than evident.  Bootup speed was lightning fast and of
 course the new TOS 2.06 was dynamite.  The entire system responded
 beautifully to the 030.  Everything was "smiling".  Now for a closer look.
 Let's consider Pagestream's print speed for a normal file with two images
 in it, (8 secs), everyone, myself included, makes noises about how slow it
 is when printing.  Imagine.. Pagestream running as fast, if not slightly
 faster than Calamus 1.09.  Better yet, NOW imagine my pure amazement when
 I ran Calamus and printed a similar file. (4.5 secs)  It printed so fast,
 that the "print screen" hardly had time to arrive!!  The screen redraws on
 both of these programs where a sheer _delight_ to watch.  Jim Allen has
 certainly outdone himself with this 'rocket' design.  Pagestream has all
 the fast bits set for fast loading (including the drivers & importers) but
 I've never seen it load in 3 seconds.  Almost "eyeblink fast".  Calamus
 ran like the thoroughbred it is.  It "seemed to sense" the increased speed
 and zipped right along effortlessly in every function I tried.  During our
 Usergroup Meeting, one of our members, Scott Lemmon, tried the system and
 remarked at fasssst the scrolling moved in the desktop's windows.

     Moving right along, I booted Touch-Up and proceeded to load in my
 favorite image file.  The Enterprise was drawn in a moment or two, the
 real speed increase was also incredible with the re-draws.  MegaPaint was
 absolutely divine at this speed.  "Eyeblink fast" is an extremely
 conservative description of the performance the 40Mhz 030 gave my DTP
 system.  Mind you now, this was all on a 24" monitor, you know the ones
 that everyone says "take longer to do their thing because of their size"?
 Let me tell you this the Image Systems monitor was "rockin 'n' rolling
 right along."  It was as fast, if not faster still, than my SM147 at 16Mhz
 doing normal everyday things.

     Now comes the moment of truth.  I mean... what program do I use the
 most?  Hard to say, but between the Archivers and Word Perfect it runs
 about equal.  Which means to say I have plenty of experience with both.
 Now that I've established that, let's look at LZH.  Coming from a quick
 16Mhz Mega4 system (T16), to the 030's 40Mhz certainly removed ALL "the
 wait" out of LZHing or UNLZHing a file.  The hash marks dropped in 1/4
 sec. increments.  Very Impressive.  ARC 602 threw smoke the first time I
 ran it went so fast.  40 Mhz is quick ...really.. VERY quick.

     Word Perfect 4.1 (April 18, 1991) was about to get a double dose of
 hyper-adrenalin.  If WP's people could see this baby smokin' along they'd
 probably re-think their position on upgrades.  I use WP every day and most
 all day on Fridays.. <grin>  The Spell Checker is slooow or should I say
 is usually slow, with Mr. 030 in the Mega4, the Spell Checker did a 160k
 file in a matter of seconds.  Next the Ascii Printer would taste the
 effects of the 030.  Every week, STReport is printed to disk as a
 formatted ascii file.  Every week, like clockwork, I can take a short hike
 as this event takes place.  For two weeks though, the time to print the
 entire issue to disk was almost momentary when compared to the usual 10 to
 12 minutes it normally takes.  The longest it took with the 030 installed
 was 2 3/4 minute for a 160k file.  I can remember a while back when I was
 on the phone with one of the support people at WP, I asked about the
 Dictionary Optimizer, he said it takes forever but he said it too late.  I
 had already booted it.  It was running under the T16 and was completed in
 less than a minute and a half.  The support person was astounded.  Can you
 imagine the surprise they'd get now when they saw the Spell Optimizer
 complete its task in 54 seconds?  It normally takes well over 3 minutes to
 do a well used dictionary.

     In closing, if you are contemplating the addition of this fine upgrade
 to your system, don't hesitate go for it!  The remarkable improvement is
 more like installing a new computer instead of an internal upgrade.  The
 installation, once again, requires absolutely no soldering or the use of
 _any_ special bootup or patch programs.  This unit is well worth the
 investment.  Its design is truly professional in every sense of the word.


 > CEBIT - EARLY REPORTS! STR SHOW NEWS      "Falcons & Sparrows"

                        PRELIMINARY NEWS FROM CEBIT

 Topic 33        Fri Mar 13, 1992
 F.BELL1 [Frank @ Home]       at 14:49 EST
 Sub: The Falcon

 The Falcon has been announced at CeBit

 I can't beleave it.  Rumors flying around like mad.  Everbody and his
 mother-in-law have their own opinion as to what Falcon is or should be or
 whatever. But when its announced nobody says anything.  Not even Atari.

 Anyway, although I wasn't at the CeBit I do have some first, second, and
 third hand information.

 First of all - the machine was only shown to a closed group of people,

 -   The Falcon 030 is considered a follow-up machine to the 1040s, its
     contained in a 1040 case (or at least very similar), and black ala

 -   68030 CPU running at 33Mhz, I beleave the whole machine runs at 33 Mhz
     or at least most of it.

 -   DSP 56001 Signalprocessor (NeXT).

 -   Up to 14MB RAM in simms.

 -   Screen sizes, all ST/STE/TT resolutions except 1280*960, plus
     640x480x65535 (out of 256000 colors), plus some other stuff which I
     forgot (ah, ability to connect to external signal source).

 -   Built-it 2.5" SCSI harddisk (this may still be rumor).

 -   All normal MegaSTE/TT connectors, ST and STE joy stick ports (4 in
     all), plus a built-in LAN connector and other toys (remember that
     signal processor).

 -   Multi TOS, ya, real live Multi TOS, NOW!.  Thanks guys.  Multi TOS
     alone is worth dumping my expanded MegaST for a Falcon.

 -   Delivery before September (this year).

 -   I heard the Falcon should cost less than $1200.00, but with exchange
     rates the way they are and my bad ears, I may have heard the wrong

 Anyway, its plain to see that Atari has a new and wants a new 'low end'
 machine (or a super game machine - the choise is up to you) which isn't
 designed to replace the MegaTT, but designed for the masses and which can
 be sold to the masses.

 Rumor has it that the Falcon 040, the 'high end' machine, is almost ready,
 it didn't make it to CeBit by just a few days, and will be announced in
 September.  Atari didn't say one word about the '040' - the rumor came
 from other sources.

 Great going Atari, meaning everybody who worked on getting the Falcon out.

 I wish you my best.

 Now lets hear for Bob and John and...



 Editor Note;

     STReport has representation at CeBit, and as soon as the stories are
 filed with us, we'll present anything NEW and different immediately.
 Otherwise, expect a full report from our represetatives in next week's
 issue.  Remember where you heard about "Falcon" first.  Now we shall see
 what the Sparrow is.. if its not the toned down Falcon.  Our information
 has it that the Sparrow is the toned down Falcon.  In fact, the 2.5 inch
 hard disk is also rumored to be paired with a 1/3 height 1.44mb floppy
 drive.  We have been told of both the "1040 style" case and a trimmed down
 "Wedding Cake" style case for the Sparrow.


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 > MEGAPAINT 4.0 STR Review       ".. powerful features found only..."

                               MEGAPAINT 4.0

                           CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGIES

 by Doyle C. Helms
 STaff Editor @ STReport

     In the last installment I covered some of the functions that included,
 in case some of you missed it, the system set-up. This is where the user
 can configure the MegaPaint to their own particular needs.  Loading and
 saving of the various file types was covered. Using external modules, one
 very powerful feature that allows external programs configured as
 "MODULES" to enable MegaPaint to perform many functions not found in the
 original version.  Printing to various devices were explained and also the
 ability to create your own printer driver.  The block menu options, sheer,
 rotate, cut, copy, paste, move, invert, lasso and more were covered.  Most
 all of the options are shared with the vector "part" of MegaPaint and are
 identical in function and use.  I will not cover these functions for the
 vector portion again because it would be ever so redundant to do so.

     I admit that I may have gone into a little to much detail covering
 some of the tools functions in the last installment.  I will try to be a
 little more concise (at the cost of finer details) and combine the tools
 functions of both "parts" (Vector/Raster) into a more readable format that
 is less time consuming for both you and I.

     Let's take a look at the OBJECT commands of MegaPaint. Remember that
 these descriptions will apply to both the Vector and Raster portions of
 MegaPaint. I will note any differences in use or command and point out to
 which the difference will apply.

     Where else would you find point, line, polyline, triangle, rectangle,
 rhomboid, parallelogram, polygon, circle, and ellipse together in one
 program? Let me not forget that the CIRCLE option also includes CIRCLE

     Many of the above mentioned tools can be accessed in several ways.
 One is via the drop down menu, another is a keyboard command or through
 the previously mentioned POP-UP MENU (user definable).  A difference
 should be noted here in the raster choices and the vector functions.  Once
 a RASTER object is placed(pasted down), it is there permanently, like any
 other "paint" program.  A "VECTOR" object can be moved, re-sized etc. much
 like you would find in EasyDraw GEM objects.  Let me also note that
 objects can be placed via an x/y coordinate input.

     The user will also find the standard "painting" tools such as FILLS,
 AIR BRUSH and PAINTBRUSH options.  Of course ALL of the choices are
 user-definable/adjustable.  The fill patterns included with MegaPaint,
 approximately 6 sets of 32 fills in each set, are selectable for different
 printer set-ups(either pin or laser).

     Let's move onto some of the TEXT handling features of MegaPaint.  One
 of the first drawbacks I found with this powerful program is the native
 TEXT format.  SIGNUM fonts.  The availability of SIGNUM fonts in this
 country (U.S.A./North America) is dismal.  From all that I have heard and
 read about SIGNUM in Europe is that it is a excellent TEXT processing
 program.  Luckily, the CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGY folks have released a MODULE
 that allow the use of CALAMUS fonts to be loaded in as SYMBOLS.  MegaPaint
 allows TEXT to be entered as an ASCII file or through its own text editor.
 If you choose to LOAD a text file, the user must define a TEXT area via
 the mouse.  If the loaded text exceeds the defined area, the text will be
 cut.  The user must then redefine the text area and try again.  The text
 editor has standard editing capabilities, cursor control etc.  Once the
 user "pastes" the text down, that is it.  The text cannot be move or
 redefined.  Upon "pasting" the text the user is given the option of
 selecting the text to JUSTIFIED, CENTERED (LEFT or RIGHT) or CANCEL.  One
 small feature of the TEXT function allows the creation of TEXT FIELDS for
 database information.  I have not tried the feature called "SERIES
 LETTERS" from within MegaPaint, but the manual states that the TEXT FIELDS
 can be used to produce flyers etc.  and use the TEXT FIELDS to
 automatically insert pertinent information within the information such as
 personalized names and information.

     The VECTOR portion of MegaPaint allows the importation of a raster
 image so that the user can trace the object.  The raster image is loaded
 in at either 25%,50% or 75% so the user can easily see contrast between
 the "background" image and the trace lines.  The tracing of objects is NOT
 automatic like Avant Vektor or Silhouette, but is manually done by the
 user.  the tracing option allows use of Bezier curves and or polylines.

     Well I believe you have some indication now of the power and ease of
 use that MegaPaint offers the user in production of professional graphics.
 CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGIES is continually adding to the MODULE library for
 further power increases and the support offered by CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGY is
 unsurpassed by any other software distribution company in the North
 American continent.  If you need or want a professional graphic/DTP
 editing package for the ST/STe/TT then this product is definitely worth
 the price (well below $200.00 US Retail).  The combination of features
 found in this one program are without equal on any platform for the price.
 CODEHEAD/MegaPaint brings new life to the old saying, "POWER WITHOUT THE

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 > DATABASE? STR FOCUS       "...another use for single line catalogs"

                     WHERE DID I PUT THAT DARN THING!

                      What file, What BBS or Service?
                           Do I have it already?
                     What's in those ARC or LZH files?
                             Did they test OK?

 Part III

 by Bruno D. Puglia

     DATABASE, part 3 brings us to another use for single line catalogs.  I
 call them SLB_cats - Single line BBS catalogs.  These single line catalogs
 change the BBS's file listings into a common format.  The volume name
 reference is filled with various coded information like file numbers, BBS
 or Service name like GEnie, Sig or LIB numbers or other coded information.

     BBS and services like BB/ST, Express, Forem, GEnie, Michtron and
 STadel (among others) can all be converted into the single line catalog
 format.  I assume most BBS listings can be converted into a SLB_Cat.  In a
 few cases, user opts to convert either a BBS's short form or the long form
 file listings into a SLB_cat.

     Listed below are some catalogs to show how the volume name position is
 converted to handle important BBS information.  I have chopped off a few
 of the letters on the right side of these lists for this article but
 normally they are cut off at 80 characters.

     Below is an example of a converted GEnie service  "GEN" file listing.
 GEnie uses both a file number and a library number.

                               Numb Lib BBS
 10EMPMAP.ARC    6528 12/25/91 22036_08.GEN 10 EMPIRE MAPS, NEW & DIFF
 1857SRC_.ZOO  448512 12/23/91 22017_03.GEN Sources for the ST port of
 2COL103 .LZH   11776 11/30/91 21758_02.GEN 2 column text printout pro
 2DESTINY.LZH   19968 12/31/91 22086_17.GEN Companion file to "ATTACK!
 91_TOP10.AR     6272 01/01/92 22111_21.GEN Top 100 Access Minus Mags
 ADDAMS_F.LZH    5760 12/02/91 21784_30.GEN The Addams Family- Font -C
 ARCSHL30.ARC   55424^12/08/91 21852_02.GEN Version 3.0 of CFJ's ARC S
 ARCSHL31.ARC   59776^12/12/91 21893_02.GEN Version 3.1 of CFJ's ARC S
 ZSTONER1.LZH   47744 12/13/91 21902_17.GEN The Zoso-Stoner! Hilarious
                               ||||| || ^^^-GEnie

                         File Number Lib.
 In this listing, the volume name position carries GEnie's file number,
 Library number and "GEN" for GEnie.

 Below is an example of an EXPRESS BBS (ICD).  Express does not use file
 numbers, so just sigs are shown - 12,11,10, and 09:

                                Sig     BBS
 ADSCSI  .CPX   11044 02/05/92 [12]    .ICD ICD's new Control Panel!
 WHEREIS .TOS   25694~02/05/92 [12]    .ICD This is an ICD version of
 UARJ210A.LZH   39808 01/21/92 [11]    .ICD to unpack .ARJ files Vers
 MSTESET .LZH    9984 01/26/92 [11]    .ICD Mega STe util pack.  4 pr
 XTIME2  .ARC   17267 11/02/91 [10]    .ICD This is a handy little de
 XYZ     .ARC   30720 11/02/91 [10]    .ICD x/y/zmodem protocols. Thi
 XYZ2    .ARC   47104 11/02/91 [10]    .ICD XYZ v2.0 - Upload/Downloa
 TXTPRO  .TXT    2887 11/02/91 [09]    .ICD This little text file con
 UPGRADES.ARC    9818 11/02/91 [09]    .ICD This is an arc file conta
 WOA     .ARC    6294 11/02/91 [09]    .ICD My personal views and obs
                          ||      |||
                               Sig     BBS
 Since Express does not have file numbers, only the sig and BBS code of
 "ICD" are used in the listing.

 Below is an example of TOAD HALL, a Michtron 3.0 BBS   "TH_" The file
 number and sig are listed in the cat:

                               Numb sig BBS
 1CLIPART.ARC   13952 05/13/88   691d13.TH_ CLIP ART FOR PUBLISHING PA
 38WILLY2.ARC   29696 01/02/88   130pc9.TH_ IBM game (MS-DOS)
 3D_DEMOS.ARC   19200 03/06/88   510gr4.TH_ DEMO AND PROGRAM FOR DRAW
 VIRUSHLP.TXT    1408 01/02/89  1340p10.TH_ How to help prevent it.
 VOLUME  .ARC    2944~05/13/88   683ut5.TH_ Change floppy disk volume
 VTEST10 .ARC    5248 03/31/88   599st2.TH_ virus test - detects "boo
 WHEEL_9 .ARC   58286 12/19/87    99ga6.TH_ Wheel of Fortune
 ZOO     .ARC   71552 04/23/89  1604ut5.TH_ New .ZOO archiver now ava
 ZXYM    .ARC   23552 07/02/88   880ga6.TH_ Xevious-like game
                               \|||/||| |||
                              File# Sig BBS

     The coded sig labels are embedded in the listing: st2 = ST, gr4 =
 Graphics, ut5 = Utils , pc9 = PC, p10 = Programming, D13 = DTP etc.
 Important items like Filenames, size, date, file number, Sig or LIB, and
 first part of the file description is listed. The first 8 places of volume
 name reference will vary as required to carry the data such as file
 number, sig or Library.  The last 3 digits is always the BBS or service
 which the file is located. Merging, sorting or comparing of the SLB_cats
 is possible since all catalogs are ASCII, column-aligned and dates which
 are 0 filled are  all the same format.

     Here are some comments about related BBS items.  One problem file
 up_loaders should not is that the descriptions are cut off  short in
 SL_cats and many times 'important' file information does  not appear in
 the SLB_cat's description.  Uploaders writing file  descriptions should
 put important file description information in  the first 30-35 characters
 and drop less important data in the  first part of the description string.
 Up_loaders should note that a user may elect to use the 'short' form BBS
 file listings and the descriptions are cut short in normal BBS short form
 listings.  Important information is lost. Stay away from poor descriptions

  "This is the latest version of..."
  "This is an arc file containing..."
   |        |         |         |

     Re-sorts of SL_cats can present a problem when filenames are unrelated
 to the program.  "READ_ME's" are the worst because there is no excuse to
 use READ_ME type names in the first place when one considers sorting file
 names.  You can could have 100's of   READ_ME's in a sorted list. Here is
 an example where read_me is  not used.

 SL_CAT.MAN, .DOC, .REA etc., or .TXT to indicate it's an ASCII file,
              but not an unrelated sort name like "READ_ME".

     While using SLB_cat BBS lists, I have noted that some Atarians have,
 without thinking about it much, alter the original file name, and/or
 remove parts of the original ARCed or LZHed file and reupload it on a BBS.
 This creates confusion and many times extra downloads are made and the
 downloader finds they already downloaded the same file earlier; or user
 gets a file/s where some of the original files are missing! Think twice
 before changing a filename or  deleting file/s from are existing ARC, LZH

 Getting back to SLB_cats, once the SLB_cats are made, they can be compared
 to other single line catalogs and various output lists can be created.
 Files that exist on both files (dupes) or files that exist 'only' on list
 1 or list 2 can be generated.  Other options for compares can be made with
 user-defined limits such as 1st 8 (or #) characters of the file name or
 include byte size comparisons.  Even with size + - limits such as 1024

     Another part of a total single line catalog system is SLV_cats
 (verbose type) which could be made with a recursive non_stop auto - de_arc
 and de_lzhers that would do drive/s, floppy/s and makes use of multi
 wildcard options to provide verbose type listing in a single line format.
 An option to do a "true test" of the LZH or ARC file would be a nice
 feature.  You might want to make these test lists when you are sound
 asleep because they can take hours to do.   The errors could be listed in
 the catalog.  Below is what a  SLV_cat/Test would look like.  I did not
 have an .ARC file in this  listing below, but if I had, the program would
 have switched to  de_arc routines and the data would appear in the format
 as the LZH  data shown below. This cat does not have embedded folder LZH
 files  but this can be handled with a "\s".

                        Verbose SLV_CAT

 filename       bytes    date   bytes   err  File        \Folders
 ANTIBOMB.DOC    7678 07/12/89     3126.     ANTIBOMB.LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 ANTIBOMB.PRG   12620 07/12/89     5953.     ANTIBOMB.LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 EXCEPTIO.PRG    7214 07/12/89     3762.     ANTIBOMB.LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 BLITMODE.DOC    3328 06/28/87     1003.     BLITTER .LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 BLITTER .MAN   53804 11/20/85    14762.     BLITTER .LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 CACHE   .TTP    1051 08/04/89      769.     CACHENNN.LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 CACHENNN.REA    6488 08/04/89     3041.     CACHENNN.LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 ELECTR_1.TNY    6014 11/20/85     2818.     CLIPSYMB.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 ELECTR_2.TNY    5048 11/20/85     2237.     CLIPSYMB.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 HOUSE_1 .TNY    4407 11/20/85     2532.     CLIPSYMB.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 HOUSE_2 .TNY    5078 11/20/85     2774.     CLIPSYMB.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 S_CLIP_3.TNY   13419 11/20/85     9167.     CLIPSYMB.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 CONTROL .ACC   20096 08/27/88     8151.     CONTROL .LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 CONTROL .ACC   15449 09/03/86     6460.     CONTROL2.LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 CONTROL2.ACC   15616 09/03/86     6469.     CONTROL2.LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 CPANEL  .ACC   52909d03/26/89    23723.     CPANEL  .LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 CPANEL  .ACC   52909d11/20/85    23723.     CPANEL0 .LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 CPANEL  .DOC    1365 03/10/89      783.     CPANEL0 .LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 CPANEL  .SET     180 03/10/89      129.     CPANEL0 .LZH\_TOS_D__.820\
 DISNEY1 .TNY   12776 06/24/87     8127.     DISNEYCA.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 DISNEY2 .TNY   13600 06/24/87     9009.     DISNEYCA.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 HOLIDY12.TNY   10532 08/19/87     7131.     HOLIDAY3.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 HOLIDY13.TNY   13950 08/19/87    11155.     HOLIDAY3.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 HOLIDY14.TNY   17419 08/19/87    14348.     HOLIDAY3.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 HOLIDY15.TNY   17054 08/19/87    14038.     HOLIDAY3.LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 TESLA   .SEQ   80568 04/22/87    38697.     TESLA   .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
 APE     .TN1    9538 09/27/91     3661.     TINYS   .LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 WOLF    .TN1    4411 09/27/91     1667.     TINYS   .LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 YOGI    .TN1    5784 09/27/91     2194.     TINYS   .LZH\_TNY_D__.320\
 STARTREK.3D2   43806e06/19/87    29574.crc  TREK3D  .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
 STARTREK.CTL     635 06/19/87      438.     TREK3D  .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
 STARTREK.DOC    3096e06/19/87     1559.crc  TREK3D  .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
 STARTREK.PI1   32066e06/19/87     3703.end  TREK3D  .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
 STARWARS.3D2   38812 06/30/87    22973.     X_WING  .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
 STARWARS.CTL   10076 06/30/87     2449.     X_WING  .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
 STARWARS.PI1   32066 06/30/87     1976.     X_WING  .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
 STARWARS.TXT    5685 06/30/87     2509.     X_WING  .LZH\_3D2_D__.200\
                                             file____.___& folder>>>>>>s

     Goodies can be included within a catalog.  You might have already
 noted characters and letters instead of normal spaces. "<" for a bad date,
 "+" from ICD tape, "d" for dupe file, "~" is a downloaded file, "^" go
 download this file, etc.  In the case of the GEnie listing above, the
 program looks for any characters put at the end of the first line and
 simply copies that character into the catalog if the option to include
 flag characters into the catalog is turned on.

     Single line catalogs generally are smaller the the original file
 listings.  Examples of reduction for an ICD tape catalog are :

                               ICD  SLT_cat
                               416k  > 229k
                               144k  >  90k
                               395k  > 237k

     In an ICD tape SLT_cat, the size of the catalog is much smaller than
 the normal catalog, yet, it has all the information of the original
 information, plus 'each' file line carries 'full' tape information on tape
 and part (plus more) in the volume name reference area.  In addition, the
 catalogs have advantages of single line catalog systems like merging,
 sorting, searching,  comparing, finding dupes and killing them before
 taping a new  tape part/partition.

     In case you missed it, you may want to go back read the information on
 single line cataloging in Database, Part 2 that appeared in last week's
 STReport.  Much of that information, advantages and disadvantages, does
 apply to the catalogs above. As I said in Part 2, much of what you see
 here is from my live notebook, "SL_plus.prg".  I don't plan on releasing
 it as a program.  Besides being poorly written, it's almost impossible to
 keep the program current since any slight change made in an original file
 listing format will generally render the scan section of the program for
 the file useless.  As an example, one company decided to add one
 "return/line feed" in their listing.   That addition totally wiped out the
 conversion scan I used.  I  did a fix of that section so it does work
 again.  This is one of the reasons I refer to SL_plus as a live notebook
 rather than a  program.  It's better to write your own scanners so you
 keep it current.

     The catalogs and program can be expanded to cover items like archive
 bit control/changes, date/time compares and changes which could be used as
 a simple backup system.  More then simple dates  can provide a GOOD backup
 system. There is a lot of power in date  and archive bit file handling.
 Other crazy ideas like a "Kill" dupes mode (manual and auto modes) also do
 have merit.  Items like  multi-wildcarding (not 'fully' covered here) lead
 to many other  options for super programming. I will leave real programs
 to real  programmers but, any and all algorithms that have been presented
 can be used by anyone.

     Once again, I wish to thank STReport and Mr. Helms for opening up the
 platform on "DATABASE" with a special thanks to the STR Editor.


 > D.A.BRUMLEVE - NEW GOODIES! STR InfoFile  "..absolutely new product.."

 compiled from:
 GEnie ST RT

 D.A. Brumleve will debut a completely, absolutely new product at the Atari
 Canadian Exposition on April 4th and 5th:



                        MULTIPLAY is a math program
                        for all children ages 5-11

     Multiplay is designed  to  help  children  commit  basic  addition and
 multiplication  equations  to  memory  and  to offer opportunities for the
 discovery of math patterns.   Among  the  multitude  of  basic  math drill
 programs, Multiplay  is unique  in the  freedom of choice extended to both
 the child users and their parents or teachers, in its  open-endedness, and
 in the opportunity for creative thinking and expression.

     The  program  consists  of  a  Main Screen and three play screens: the
 Pattern Screen, the Puzzle Screen,  and  the  Make  Puzzle  Screen.   Each
 screen's primary  component is a grid.  The x and y axes form the elements
 in an equation and the grid square at which they converge is  the solution
 to the  problem, the  "answer square".   The  parent or teacher can choose
 whether the grid deals with the  elements 0-9,  0-19, or  0-29 (limited to
 0-19 on  a 520ST).   There  is also  a choice  of whether the program will
 offer multiplication or addition or both.

     On the Pattern Screen, the child clicks on a square and sees  the full
 equation, answer and all.  The answers remain highlighted (until the child
 turns them off), so the child can go clicking about the grid,  guessing at
 each answer  before it is shown -- and using neighboring answers as an aid
 to the guess.  The patterns involved in the concepts of multiplication and
 addition and the relationships between neighboring and analogous equations
 can thus be discovered and internalized.   A  TEST option  facilitates the
 play of various games and helps children keep track of their progress; the
 test option can also be  used  to  assist  children  in  the  discovery of

     The Puzzle  Screen offers a game for one or two players.  Children can
 play the built-in puzzles  or the  ones they  have made  themselves on the
 Make  Puzzle  Screen.    Players  take  turns clicking on squares and then
 typing the answer to the problem displayed.  The score  is the  sum of the
 player's correct  answers.  Thus, children who choose to tackle 29 x 29 --
 and do so successfully -- will have a much higher  score than  if they had
 chosen easier  problems.   Each successful  answer causes  the computer to
 fill in all the puzzle squares  which have  the same  color as  the answer
 square.  As the squares are filled with color, a picture is revealed.

     The  Make  Puzzle  Screen  allows  the  child to make and save his own
 puzzles.  Puzzle design is a challenging undertaking in and of itself.  An
 separate editor  program allows  parents and teachers (and older children)
 to delete unwanted puzzles.

     Multiplay,  like  all  commercial   kidprgs,  is   accompanied  by  an
 installation program  which allows  the parent or teacher to configure the
 child's disk to suit his/her needs and interests.  The adult can  pick and
 choose the  options which  will be  available to  the child  and rerun the
 installation program to add options as the child's skills increase.   This
 "grow  as  you  grow"  approach  allows  Multiplay  to  appeal to children
 throughout a wide age range.  In fact, Multiplay appeals  to beginners and
 math wizards alike!

     The Multiplay package contains two green single-sided disks, a 28-page
 manual, a one-sheet children's manual, and  extra labels  for your child's
 copies.  The recommended retail price is US $40.

     The program  will be  available on  or before  March 15,  1992.  We do
     accept MasterCard  and  VISA;  please  include  your  expiration date.
     Personal checks in US$ should include $3 for postage.



 D.A. Brumleve is very pleased to announce a major upgrade to:


                       A Desktop Publishing Program
                       for Young Writers ages 5-11

     Kidpublisher  Professional   is  a   desktop  publishing  program  for
 children.  Most children use the program to  write and  illustrate stories
 and reports,  but it  can be  used to print any kind of document requiring
 both text and graphics (posters, personal letters, etc.).   It  includes a
 WYSIWYG word  processor and  drawing screen.   Printouts have a picture on
 the top half of the page with 7 lines (32 columns) of text at  the bottom.
 Four font  styles are  built into the program, and a teacher or parent may
 design an additional font using any DEGAS-compatible drawing program.

     The previous version (6.2)  worked quite  well, so  this upgrade (6.4)
 involves added  features rather than bug fixes, though we have also worked
 on memory conservation and other improvements  which will  be invisible to
 the user.  The new features include the following:

     Kidpublisher Professional now contains a built-in coded font set.  The
 child types a message in a normal font  and then  can convert  the text to
 code  by  simply  selecting  the  coded  font set from the FONT dialog.  A
 decoder card is included in the package.  The code  used is self-decoding:
 a child who receives a message written in the coded font set can type that
 message into his own computer and then load the coded  font set  to _read_
 the deciphered message as well!  Kids really enjoy this feature.

     Children  who  use  both  our Kidpainter and Kidpublisher Professional
 have  asked  us  time  and  time  again  to  add  the   MIRROR  option  to
 Kidpublisher, so  we have.   The  drawing portion  of the program will now
 automatically create mirror-images (horizontal, vertical, or  both) as the
 child draws with the FREEHAND, LINE, BOX, and CIRCLE drawing tools.

     Children  can  use  Kidpublisher  Professional  to  print a title page
 without graphics.  The title  and  author's  and  illustrator's  names are
 automatically centered, and the title itself is underlined.  Teachers have
 asked for a date on the title page,  and we've  added this  facility.  The
 date  is  derived  from  the  system  clock and presented to the child for
 editing as part of the TITLE option sequence of dialogs.

     Using the included  Installation  Program,  parents  and  teachers can
 choose whether  or not  to allow each of these new features.  If the TITLE
 option is permitted, parents and teachers can choose whether the date will
 be presented in European (5 March 1992) or US (March 5, 1992) format.

     The package  contains a  red disk,  a 28-page parent/teacher manual, a
 one-sheet children's manual, extra labels, and a decoder card.

     These enhancements make Kidpublisher  Professional  more  powerful and
 more stimulating  than ever  before.   Registered users  may upgrade their
 copies for just US  $5 (plus  $1 shipping).   The  list price  for the new
 version is US$ 40.

     This  upgrade  will  be  ready  to  ship  on  or  before March 15.  An
 announcement is on its way to registered users.   We  do accept MasterCard
 and VISA;  please include  your expiration  date.  Personal checks in US $
 should include $3 for postage.

     [Please note  that version  6.4 is  available in  the English language
     only.  The current Dutch, Icelandic, and German versions are 6.3.]

     We'll  be  offering  our  complete  line of commercial programs with a
 special discount for purchasers of 2  or more  items. All  kidprgs require
 any  color  ST/STe.  We've  learned  how  to  cope  with cross- the-border
 MasterCard and VISA charges, so you can use that plastic with confidence!

     We're out to show North America  that  the  ST  is  *the*  computer of
 choice for  use with young children!  The Atari Canadian Exposition is the
 computer show of choice for kids, too!   *Don't* leave  those young'uns at

 For more information contact:

                               D.A. Brumleve
                               P.O. Box 4195
                         Urbana, IL 61801-8820 USA
                            VOICE: 217 337 1937
                             FAX: 217 367 9084
                   GEnie: D.A.BRUMLEVE  CIS: 71451,1141
                            Delphi: DABRUMLEVE




 Ctsy GEnie

 USER TO USER - SL Tips and Tricks

 In this TOPic, SL users share tips and tricks they have learned. We will
 support this forum in a material way. Users will be credited with points
 for the information they provide. These points will be converted to
 monetary discounts on ISD products.

 Four levels of projects will earn compensation for their authors. Each has
 a designated point range which may, at the project administrator's
 discretion, be exceeded for outstanding work.

 Level 1 - 10 to 25 points

 An ASCII file describing a problem and solution OR providing additional
 information to clarify an existing solution or explanation. This file will
 follow the project guidelines described below.

 Level 2 - 10 to 50 points

 An ASCII file describing and solving (or supplying a workaround) for a
 problem not described in the manual. This file will follow the project
 guidelines described below.

 Level 3 - 25 to 75 points

 A CDK file which describes a problem and solution, or an improvement on a
 given explanation, or an improved workaround on an existing procedure.
 This file will follow the project guidelines described below.

 Level 4 - 25 to 100 points

 A Level 3 CDK project which is enhanced by the inclusion of cleanly
 presented graphics in the same style and quality as provided in the
 manual.  A Level 4 project must follow the guidelines described below.


 For Joint Projects  The cooperative venture of two or more users will
 accrue a bonus of 10% for approved projects.

 For Tested Projects  Users who submit a project that has been tested and
 verified by at least three other users will earn a bonus of 10%


 The administrator will record the points earned and notify the author(s)
 and ISD.

 Each point earned will be applied as a $1.00 US discount against any ISD
 product to a maximum of 50% of the MSRP of the product. The list of
 available products and their respective prices are subject to change
 without notice.


 All project proposals can be submitted either by email to the TOPic
 administrator or uploaded to a private library established for this
 purpose. The project administrator will give approval to the project
 proposal based on need and applicability.

 Approved projects will then be eligible for project compensation. The
 administrator will designate the project level and compensation range
 based on the submitted proposal. The decision of the administrator is

 All projects submitted to the administrator will be checked for accuracy
 and clarity by a validation team before project points are awarded.

 *** NOTE:
 A special arrangement has been made to allow you to upload your projects
 into Library #43 where they will be accessed by the Project Administrator.
 Once they have been checked and verified, they will be released into the
 ISD Library #30.

 A list of suggested titles/topics will be posted for user reference.

 All approved and credited projects will become the property of ISD



   Detailed Statement of Problem or Procedure

   Identification of module, command group and command icons

   Appropriate manual references

   Bulleted sequence of steps

   Use of 2 fonts in 12 pt size

   The preferred fonts are CG Times and CG Triumvirate

   GEnie address of author(s) and tester(s)


 A sample ASCII project has been uploaded to provide a model for Level 1. A
 Level 2 project file will be uploaded soon.

 A sample CDK project will be uploaded to provide a model for Level 3 and
 Level 4 projects.

 A template CDK with the required text style list and master page will be
 uploaded for authors to use.

 Note: Files have already been uploaded into our ISD Library #30. Please do
 a search by USER to USER TIPS Forum for an up to date list.

                             PROJECT CONTACTS

                           ISD [Nathan Potechin]

                         L.ROCHA1  [Administrator]


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

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Judith Hamner  72257,271

     Don Thomas of Atari announced this week that Hyperlist is finally
 shipping.  Hyperlist is an outliner program which will run on the Port or
 on an IBM compatible PC.  See HYPERL.TXT for the press release.  In
 celebration of the big event Don has also created one of his famous
 animations.  HYPER.COM is an animation of the Hyperlist logo in a
 standalone format.

     If you are travelling with your Portfolio you'll appreciate another
 upload from Don Thomas.  NODES.ZIP contains a listing of the CompuServe
 nodes in address book format.  You could add the phone numbers of the
 nodes for places you intend to visit.

 A new paint program is available for the Portfolio. SPAINT.ZIP is a
 shareware paint and drawing program for the Portfolio. It has drawing
 tools including lines, circles and boxes.

     CABLE.TXT has directions for building your own serial and parallel
 cables for the Port.

     Phil Payzant has good news for adventure game fans. ADVPLA.ARC
 contains the public domain version of Colossal Cave, the original
 adventure game.  It requires a 128k card to run.

     Don Thomas and Artisan Software have a new batch of graphics screens.
 FBI.COM is an animation of the FBI warning screen. It will run standalone.

     WTRVL.ZIP is an animation for a hypothetical world travel program.
 Forum members have been lobbying for such a program.  Perhaps Don's
 creation will inspire them.  ASPIRA.COM is an animation of the logo for
 Aspira foster family services.  BELL.PGC is a graphics screen for the Bell
 telephone logo. This one requires PGSHOW which is available in the

     PRTAMI.ZIP is a tool for Windows users. It is a macro for AmiPro which
 will access PortCard. PortCard is also available in the forum library and
 converts .adr files to Windows cardfile format. This macro allows access
 to your Port .adr files from within AmiPro.  Mike Delugg uploaded the NY
 Expo report on Palm/Laptops.


 > PALMTOP EXPO! STR SHOW NEWS     " already own the best...."

                           NYC LAP/PALMTOP EXPO


 by Mike Delugg

 Report from the show:

     Well, I've got to say it's a bit disappointing.  I mean, I figured by
 now that someone would have come up with a system to make this lil ol
 PORTFOLIO user really uncomfortable.  I was ready to get clammy, and feel
 my blood pressure rise at the low prices of high power productivity that
 would also let me type at least as easily as I can on my PORTFOLIO.  I
 expected to see at least ONE 286-based sub-notebook, but alas.  At least
 for my first go-round, the Laptop/Palmtop Expo, currently running at the
 Sheraton New York, is not the glitter & romance I was hoping for.

     Now don't get me wrong.  I love my PORTFOLIO!  I'm working on the
 documentation for an application I've written for the PORTFOLIO.  I think
 the PORTFOLIO is the best platform for the application I've written, and I
 hope to have it out soon.  But I'm a gadget freak, and I'm always looking
 for something to drool over.  (I get a bit sloppy around new technology

     I've read a lot about the PSION Series 3, and I've wanted to play with
 one for a while now.  I stopped by the PSION booth.  Nice little machine
 they have there, but for me it's not nearly as usable as the PORTFOLIO.  I
 do a good amount of note-taking, to-do lists, and such.  The PORTFOLIO is
 actually not difficult to touch type on, and I like the machine: It does
 everything I need it to do.  As for the Series 3, IMHO, it gets a bit
 confusing to see sooooo mannnny dialog boxes and buttons on a miniature
 form-factor.  I know all this stuff is there just to guide the user,
 especially the new user, to quick (instant?) productivity.  But I question
 its value in this arena.  (I ran a MACINTOSH exclusively for a number of
 years, and love the machine -- so you know I don't just inherently dislike
 icons.)  I'm also happy with plain old DOS. I just feel that trying to put
 so many little clues (icons, membrane app keys...) on a little teeny-tiny
 machine leaves me with not enough room for real work, and clutters up a
 small machine.  (The screen and keyboard are both too small.)  I feel a
 better way of accessing internal apps is the way ATARI has chosen:
 Combining the /|\ key with (ie) "D" for Diary, or "A" for Address.  It's
 easy enough for most people to remember, and obviates the need for special
 dedicated keys for internal applications (as on the PSION).

     OK, I'm not here to bash the PSION, but I was expecting something more
 usable, and I think, judging from this show, our little giant, the ATARI
 PORTFOLIO has no competition.  I haven't even TRIED typing on the HP95LX,
 but if I found the PSION difficult, the HP can only be nearly impossible.
 I did not see an HP booth, altho some VARs are running their wares on the
 HP, so I haven't gotten a chance to try it out.  I'll try and get a couple
 of minutes on it tomorrow and let you all know what I think <chuckle>.
 (Who me biased?, well, yes -- just a bit.)  I couldn't get near the few
 POQETs on display at that booth, but I'm sure, from what I've seen and
 heard so far, that this machine will impress me.  That's on tomorrow's

     So what was good?  The APPLE MACINTOSH Powerbooks are definitely good.
 There's APPLE, at one stall, showing off THE DEFINITIVE GUI on a notebook
 size machine.  I'm sorry DOS users, but if you want a MAC interface, as
 the song says, "Ain't nothin' like the real thing baby."  (I run straight
 DOS applications on DOS machines, it works for me.  It's real fast that
 way too <grin>.)  Is Apple too pricey?  Well, just a bit, but they (APPLE)
 are finally seeing the light, and the prices keep getting reasonabler and
 reasonabler. Right next to them was a round table with APPLE software
 publishers strutting their stuff.  And they were some really nice people
 with INSANELY GREAT software (sorry).  In fact, everyone at the show is
 nice, low-key, and easy to talk to.  The economy is in such bad shape,
 nobody's pushing anybody.

     All was not lost, however.  I saw a "notepad" computer I want!  The
 company is WEN TECHNOLOGY CORP. They have 2 nice machines.  One is your
 standard 386SL "notebook" (INTEL's new 25mhz chip for portables).  At
 $1995, it's one of the best notebook values I've seen.  It's nice and a
 bit slimmer than most machines I've seen with these features.  It's also
 light (6 lbs with HD & battery & floppy!).  (I am a bit concerned about
 the hinge on this one, tho.)  But the machine I want is their smaller (and
 =lighter=) "notepad."  That's got AMD's 386sx-type 20mhz brain.  OK, it's
 5mhz slower (give a guy a break, huh?!?)  On this machine they've also
 adopted John Dvorak's philosophy (which I agree with, in this case), and
 bundled the 3.5" floppy external, instead of weighing down the machine
 with an internal floppy that *I* don't really need to use outside of my
 office or home.  The "WenPad" is only $1495 with 2meg ram and 20mb HD.
 (Hmmm, they might be offering a bonus during the show, like a larger HD?)
 And both machines have some nice options.  For one, they both output SVGA.
 Their internal displays are paper-white VGA, and quite handsome.  The
 PAD's display isn't quite as impressive as its big brother, but it's damn
 good.  It has 32 gray shades, and the BOOK has 64.  Numeric keypad is
 available, etc, etc.  I'm falling asleep, so that's all for now, folks.


 > HYPERLIST! STR InfoFile           "...a unique filing system.."

                           P R E S S    R E L E A S E
                              For Immediate Release

                Contact: Don Mandell            Don Thomas
               Phone: (408) 745-2000    OR    (408) 745-2000
               Fax  : (408) 745-2088          (408) 745-2088

                         ATARI RELEASES HYPERLIST
                        DATABASE FOR PALMTOP DOS PC

  SUNNYVALE, CA (March, 1992)

     Atari Computer Corporation has released a new software application for
 thePortfolio handheld computer.  Hyperlist is a unique filing system which
 revolutionizes the way data may be organized inthe Portfolio.  Often
 described as an "outliner" or"database", Hyperlist provides the
 opportunity to createextensive lists, then attach "child" lists to each
 item inthe "parent" list.  On paper, the data flow resembles
 anorganizational or flow chart.

     "This new system on the Portfolio opens many doors of opportunity",
     states Donald A. Thomas, Jr., Marketing Manager at Atari Computer
     Corp.  "The software is easy to use, powerful and flexible; all at the
     same time."

     Hyperlist has been in development for almost an entire year. A hand
 picked team of BETA testers worked with early versions to assure that a
 wide variety of uses could be applied by using the finished product.
 Specific target markets include education, sales, medicine, law and
 general purpose.

     Students and educators enjoy Hyperlist for the ability to easily
 establish timelines. Each entry at the top reveals expounded details as it
 is selected. Class schedules and assignments can be arranged by due date,
 instructor or course study. Research materials can be collected in an
 impressively organized manner with references to sources, authors, dates
 or topics.

     Salespeople depend on Hyperlist to sort through parts by category,
 region or client. Established price lists and component specifications are
 instantly recalled by use of logical prompts created by entries on each
 level of the list.

     The Medical Community benefits by creating functional patient
 reference logs or developing custom reference notes on medicines, dosages
 and drug interactions. Attorneys find refuge in Hyperlist by recording
 step by step case procedures logical notation. HomeMakers store recipes,
 home businesses log business contacts, big businesses create departmental
 reporting plans... Hyperlist seems to do it all.

     Hyperlist is one of many optional applications developed specifically
 for the Portfolio computer by Atari. The Portfolio computer is about the
 size of a videocassette and weighs less than one pound. Often regarded as
 the ultimate organizer due to five powerful built-in programs, the
 Portfolio rivals the productivity of other palmtops or notebooks for a
 fractional price (299.95 MSRP). Other optional software titles for the
 Portfolio include Finance, Dos Utilities, Chess, Instant Spell, PowerBASIC
 and more. Over 700 files exist in the public domain for the Portfolio and
 are accessible on CompuServe and GEnie on line services.

     Hyperlist is value priced at only $49.95 manufacturer's suggested
 retail price and is available from Portfolio resellers. Portfolio is
 available from better computer dealers throughout the world. Most dealers
 will be happy to order it if they are out of stock.

   For more information on the Portfolio and its applications, contact:

                                Don Thomas
                        Portfolio Marketing Manager
                            1196 Borregas Ave.
                           Sunnyvale, CA  94088
                              (408) 745-2000.

 Atari is a registered trademark; Portfolio and ST are trademarks of Atari
 Computer Corporation.

 Other products are trademarks of their manufacturers


 > CODEHEAD NEWS! STR InfoFile     Special TRADE-IN deal for MEGAPAINT!

 For immediate release
 Friday, March 13, 1992


 We'd  like  to  put  the  power  of MegaPaint Professional into your hands
 today.  As an  incentive, we're  offering a  special trade-in  discount to
 owners of  Touch-Up, Easy Draw, or Degas Elite -- just send us your master
 disk for any one of these three programs and you'll get a  $35.00 discount
 off of MegaPaint's normal price of $175.

 That's right, you'll get MegaPaint Professional 4.0 for $140 !!

 For a  price that's  less than  either Easy Draw or Touch-Up alone, you'll
 get  the  power  of  both  plus  a  whole  lot  more.    MegaPaint   is  a
 full-featured  vector  and  bit-mapped  (raster)  graphics program with an
 incredible array of features.  We don't  have  time  to  list  all  of its
 options here  (the manual  is over 400 pages long), but if you'd like more
 information, there's a detailed  description in  a previous  press release
 from the same source as you've obtained this one.

 Here's what reviewers have been saying about MegaPaint so far:

  ST Informer:

  "All in all, MegaPaint Professional is a powerful and welcome addition
  to the monochromatic artist's arsenal of tools at an excellent price."

  "The more I've used the program, the deeper I get into it, and the more
  impressed I am by its multitude of features."


  "If you are considering the purchase of MegaPaint, don't
  CodeHead Technologies NOW!"

  "I can comfortably recommend the purchase of this excellent program..."

 The Beauty of MegaPaint

 One  of  the  most  powerful  features  of  MegaPaint  is  its support for
 external  modules.    Many  other  European  software  imports  are closed
 systems.    Adding  requested  features  to  them  is  difficult,  if  not
 impossible, due to geographical and language  barriers.   But MegaPaint is
 open-ended  and   allows  us  to  easily  enhance  it  by  using  our  own
 programming skills to provide the features our customers request.

 External modules  appear directly  in MegaPaint's  drop-down menus, making
 them  as  easy  to  use  as  any  of the internal features.  We've already
 written modules to allow importing of Degas Elite  and Tiny  pictures, the
 loading of  Calamus outline  fonts, vector  graphics, and page images, and
 instant access to CodeHead's own MaxiFile III.  Another module  allows you
 to scan  images directly into MegaPaint with any of the scanners supported
 by ScanLite, an accessory available from  WizWorks.   (ScanLite interfaces
 with Migraph, Golden Image, Geniscan, and DaataScan scanners.)

 But we  won't stop there.  We're currently planning additional modules for
 EPS output, and the loading and saving of GEM, GEM3,  GIF, TIFF,  IFF, and
 PNT files  as well  as GDOS  and FSM  fonts!  And all of these modules are
 absolutely free with your purchase of MegaPaint.  It's a program that will
 never become obsolete.

 Time is Money

 What good  are fancy features and expandability, though, if you spend most
 of your time waiting for your  graphics  program  to  catch  up  with your
 creativity?   Well, this will never be an issue with MegaPaint, because in
 addition to all its power, it's also lightning fast -- both in the loading
 of files  and the  manipulation of graphics data within the program.  Some
 operations are over 50  times faster  than the  competition! MegaPaint can
 rotate even  very large  blocks in  just seconds, while other programs can
 take up to ten minutes or more.

                        Here are some test results:

              Rotating a medium-sized       Loading a
                block by 47 degrees       284K .IMG file
 MegaPaint          2.37 seconds            3.69 seconds
 Touch-Up         140.06 seconds           75.06 seconds

 Vector file with                                  Re-display
 6765 objects       Loading          Saving         on screen
 MegaPaint         1.20 seconds    1.26 seconds    8.48 seconds
 Easy-Draw        60.87 seconds   98.01 seconds   15.37 seconds

 Can you really afford  to waste  your time  using an  inefficient graphics
 program?   Send us your Touch-Up, Easy Draw, or Degas Elite disk today and
 start enjoying tomorrow's graphics progam now.


 MegaPaint Professional 4.0 runs  on any  Atari ST/STe/TT  computer with at
 least one  megabyte of  memory and  a monochrome  monitor.  MegaPaint demo
 disks are available  from  CodeHead  for  $10,  and  this  charge  will be
 credited  toward  the  purchase  of  MegaPaint.   Only one $35 discount is
 allowed per customer.  This  offer  is  good  while  supplies  last.   The
 shipping charge  is $4  in the US and $5 to Canada.  Visa, Mastercard, and
 American Express are accepted.   For  more  information,  or  to  place an
 order, contact:

                           CodeHead Technologies
                              P.O. Box 74090
                           Los Angeles, CA 90004

              Tel: 213-386-5735  (Mon-Fri 9A-1P Pacific Time)
                             Fax 213-386-5789

     Migraph,  Easy  Draw,  and  Touch-Up  are  trademarks of Migraph, Inc.
     Degas Elite  is  a  trademark  of  Electronic  Arts.    ScanLite  is a
     tradename of Dr. Bobware.


 > STReport & FNET STR InfoFile        Reaching out to people......

     Below, is a listing of the private BBS systems participating in the
 STReport Crossnet on a daily basis.  The current messages range from the
 future of Atari to enthusiastic dialog pertaining to the NEW TOS releases.
 The active participation of these BBS systems is greatly appreciated and
 we felt giving them a "thank you" in our issue was appropriate.

   *** CrossNet Conference Node Listing - as of 03/12/92 at 09:05 AM ***
                  Conference:  "STReport Online" (34813)
         Generated From "Lead" Node:  350 - * THE BOUNTY ST BBS *
                   Last Node List generated on: 03/12/92

   18 - ///Turbo Board Support           19 - Autoboss/Atari Elite BBS
   46 - Cheyenne Mountain                75 - Bloom County BBS
   78 - The Stun Bolt!                   80 - Bit Heaven
   99 - The Time Warp BBS               135 - Batcave BBS
  266 - The Patch House                 287 - Starlight BBS
  299 - Critical Mass                   307 - PayBax BBS
  321 - microTalk                       322 - ACEY BBS
  345 - RAM Wasteland                   350 - * THE BOUNTY ST BBS *
  363 - ComNet Luxembourg               378 - Little Lulu's Playground
  410 - ACE Information Service         422 - Virtual Reality  (PRIVATE)
  429 - MASATEK                         440 - {{{{ Realm of Chaos }}}}
  442 - CMFM Blaster-Mix BBs            462 - The Atari ST Connection
  469 - The Outer Region BBS            475 - Top Gun Systems #1-Las Vegas,
  478 - Spectrum Atari Group of Erie    484 - microTalk II
  489 - STeal Your Face                 504 - Media 2000
  508 - The SenTinel BBS                512 - The Asylum BBS
  513 - The Forgotten Realms            532 - Bill's BBS
  546 - Bear Swamp BBS                  548 - The Metal Shop
  555 - The Grid BBS                    556 - Thieves Guild
  557 - The Software Syndicate          591 - The Melting Pot
  595 - Temple of Doom                  602 - Cartoon Haven BBS - FNET 602
  610 - The Songwriter's Den BBS        618 - The Sword's Blade
  620 - Leif's World                    625 - Phil's Hangout
  633 - The Dark STar BBS               637 - The Source Machine BBS
  639 - The Million Dollar Saloon       642 - Hero's Haven
  643 - The Ringworld                   647 - E.H.C.R.
  648 - The Mosh Bit                    657 - The Round Table BBS
  668 - ARGONAUT'S BBS                  669 - Dateline: Atari BBS
  675 - Motherboard                     678 - A.C.O.R.N.
  680 - The Revolution                  687 - R.A.T. III
  689 - Speedy's Raceway                690 - Progressive Atari ST Enthusia
  701 - The Conqueror Connection        702 - The Mother of All BBSs
  707 - RevelSTone BBS                  712 - H. B. Smog
  715 - //The Fast ST Connection\\      716 - The STronghold
  731 - The Gamers Guild               1010 - Micro-Mola
 1027 - Track 83                       1028 - STealth BBS
 1029 - System X BBS                   1031 - <<<InterNet>>>
 1042 - The Tavern                     1047 - -[> T.G.M <]-
 1049 - < Fortress BBS >               1054 - STatic BBS


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

  From the Editor's Desk

     Some folks in the Atari community have passed rather acidic remarks
 about our expression of "saying it like it is".... Its sad to see this
 happening as that is the assurance that we plan to make every effort to
 bring to our readers the WHOLE story, not just the "teasers" or only those
 parts of stories others may feel sound "right".  As editor, I take a great
 deal of pride in knowing the very best effort possible is being made to
 bring you, the reader, ALL the news, views, and rumors.  After all, that's
 what the expression; "Saying it like it is" is all about.  STReport is for
 the users, because we too, are users.

     Atari is still our computer by our choice and with all the news coming
 in, its likely to be our computer of choice for a long, long time to come.

                                Thank you for the strong support!



  STReport's Staff                      DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU!

                            Publisher - Editor
                             Ralph F. Mariano

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 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - London, UK                           CONDOR PHONES NOT WORKING

     A few reports are trickling in from the UK that Condor Trading's
 telephones are not being answered.  Also, from those who have friends who
 'worked' for Condor, they are reporting to they have gone without
 paychecks and have subsequently quit.


     Seems a rather over exhuberant rep for Atari has made mention of the
 the new, trimmed down version of the Falcon may be shipping by "April 1st"
 and that the unit will be in a 1040st type cabinet.  Time will tell.

 - San Francisco, CA.                  MAJOR ATARI DISTRIBUTOR UPSET!

     This particular distributor reports that they are backordered rather
 deeply in the SM147 and feel the current ongoing "price wars" on the East
 Coast are not in Atari's best interests.  They feel the depth of the
 backorders may be dramatically trimmed until such time as the lowballing
 price war is brought under control.

 - Pittsburgh, PA.                     TOS 2.06  DOING GREAT!

     According to sources located in this area, they've received
 considerably large numbers of positive reports from all over the nation
 about how the users are excited about TOS 2.06 and its "marvelous"
 features.  According to the reports, the Codehead Package (TEC) is doing
 much better than ever expected.


 > A "Quotable Quote"                 "....a sign of the times"

                         A SERIOUS MASTER BAITER!"

                                           ....JOCKO BURNUP


 > ABCO SPECIALS! STR InfoFile      * NEW 1992 Prices!  MORE Products! *
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                SGN6277      65Mb  5.25"     Y       469.00
                SGN1096      85Mb  5.25"     Y       549.00
                SQN1055     105mb  3.5"      Y       599.95
                SQN2055     170Mb  3.5"      Y       689.00
                SQN3055     240Mb  3.5"      Y       939.00
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           Call for ABCO's * VERY SPECIAL * Introductory prices!

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          - ICD Utility Software        - 3' DMA Cable
          - Fan & Clock                 - Multi-Unit Power Supply
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                --->> SPECIAL! NOW ONLY __$ 645.00__ <<---
                   **** SCSI UNITS -> ONLY $549.00 ****

                   WE PAY SHIPPING & INSURANCE!  >UPS!<
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           Listed above are a sampling of the systems available.
      Prices also reflect various cabinet/power supply configurations
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           LARGER units are available - (Custom Configurations)

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

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

                Atari SLM 804, SLM 804PCV Laser Toner Kits
                            Memorex 2108, 5287
         Oasys Laserpro 5287, 5308, Express 830, Express Series II
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                      ** $41.95 shipping Included **

                      Atari SLM 605 Laser Toner Kits
        AT&T 593, CAF Laser, DSI Laser, DTP Systems, Epson EPL-6000
         Facit P6060, Fontx Syslaser, Harris3M 2006, M-Tally MT905
       Microtek Turbo PS, OAS Laserpro Executive, Packard Bell 9500
                     TEC LB 1305, Toshiba PageLaser 6
                      ** $41.95 shipping included **
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                        Panasonic Laser Toner Kits
           Panasonic KX -P 400 series, Panafax UF-750 Facsimile
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                    -- ALL TONER KITS  * IN STOCK * --

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

               ABCO is  PROUD to announce the acquisition of
               the exclusive U.S.A. distribution  rights for
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               This  fine  Atari  ST BBS system software and
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