ST Report: 21-Aug-92 #834

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 08/23/92-09:07:38 AM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 21-Aug-92 #834
Date: Sun Aug 23 09:07:38 1992

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 > From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"

     This is  the week... Atari Messe in Dusseldorf, Germany and the Falcon
 being excitedly spoken of throughout the Atari worldwide  community.  Last
 weekend was  the Atari Fest in Hartford, Connecticut.  There's two indepth
 eyewitness reports of that  show  in  this  week's  issue.   Additionally,
 there is  a report  about the  tense dealer meeting held on friday of last
     Also in this issue  is a  well written  item about  mathematics by Sol
 Guber don't  miss this  or the files it relates to.  Above all else please
 enjoy the spoof of 'unknown' Lynx games by Tim Holt.  We  will be carrying
 full reports  about Dusseldorf  as soon  as they  are in from Europe.  The
 excitement over the Falcon is high over there as it is here.  Hopefully we
 are on the brink of witnessing the new Atari ...we shall see.
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                "There is no comparison!  The Atari Falcon
                   is far superior to the PC platform."Sam Tramiel, 08/92

   Issue #34

   Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  -- Commodore Posts $21.9 Million 4th Quarter Loss
 Commodore International Ltd. has reported a fourth quarter net loss of 
 $21.9 million, or 66 cents per share, compared with earnings of $3.3 
 million, or 10 cents per share, a year ago. Sales fell to $140.7 million 
 from $216.5 million.  For the fiscal year Commodore saw earnings drop to 
 $27.6 million, or 82 cents per share, from $48.2 million, or $1.45 per 
 share. Sales declined to $911 million from $1.05 billion.
 Commodore cites a soft market for its C64 computer in Eastern Europe and 
 the discontinuation of an inexpensive computer line for these losses.

  -- Hayes Introduces new Smartmodem OPTIMA 144 Data + Fax Modem
 Hayes Microcomputer Products has announced Hayes OPTIMA 144 + FAX 144, a 
 data/fax modem that supports CCITT V.32bis and V.42bis for data through-
 put of up to 57,600 bps and Group 3 fax standard V.17 for 14,400 bps.

 Hayes OPTIMA 144 + FAX 144, available for a suggested retail price of 
 $519, comes bundled with free Smartcom FAX communications software and 
 Smartcom EZ data communications software.

  -- Rumors of a New Mac
 There are reports that a new product line, mainly designed for distribu-
 tion in the mass market channels, will soon be introduced by Apple and 
 will be called the Performa.  There will be three new models in the 
 Performa series, one being the Macintosh Classic II, one being the 
 Macintosh LC II and the third is reported to be a version of a new 
 Macintosh expected for business customers.
 The reports say that the Performa won't have any expansion slots for the 
 addition of chip boards to add functions, and the high end Performa will 
 be minus the math coprocessor chip which will be available on the new 
 business Macintoshes to be introduced.
 Prices are supposedly to be in the $700 and $1,800 range and Sears has 
 already agreed to carry the new computers.
  -- Feds Propose New Benchmark Standard
 The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory this week has proposed a 
 single benchmark by which any computer -- PC or supercomputer -- can be 
 compared. Dubbed SLALOM (Scalable, Language- independent, Ames 
 Laboratory, One-minute measurement), the technique is said to have 
 strong support from such companies as Intel, IBM and Cray.
 Originally developed in 1991, SLALOM is now being patented because of 
 its extraordinary ability to compare the computing equivalent of apples 
 and oranges. It readily benchmarks Macs and Crays while crediting each 
 with its own particular strengths. Existing benchmarks simply decide 
 which of two computers is "best."

  -- Apple Powerbook Freezes Out Sharp
 When a Sharp notebook, and its LCD display froze so that it couldn't 
 display anything at the Swiss event, an Apple Mac Powerbook computer and 
 an Australian skier helped pull a World Cup skiing event out of trouble.
 Ian Pidgeon, an ex-Australian freestyle skiing champion, and developer 
 of ski scoring software was there, and was able to set up a scoring 
 system on his Powerbook in minutes allowing the event to continue. He 
 said his machine has given faultless performance in skiing conditions 
 for the past seven months in Europe and Canada.

  -- Windows Ships Over 4 Million Units in 4 Months
 Industry sources report that unit shipments of Microsoft Windows has ex-
 ceeded one million per month in each of the last four months.
 The Software Publishers Association says that Windows- based application 
 sales in the first quarter of 1992 were double those of the same quarter 
 a year ago, and the trend is continuing.

  -- SPA Pushes To Make Piracy A Felony
 The Software Publishers Association or SPA has come out in favor of a US 
 Senate bill which would make intentional software piracy a felony from 
 the current status of a misdemeanor.
 Senate bill S-893, introduced by Orin Hatch, Republican Senator from 
 Utah, would only target big-time pirates, including: illegal bulletin 
 board operations, dealers who "sweeten" hardware purchases by loading up 
 computers with illegal copies of desirable software, and those who 
 specifically make copies to resell them at deep discounts on a regular 
 The Piracy Felony bill would cover illegal copying for "purposes of com-
 mercial advantage or private financial gain" making it a crime punish-
 able with a fine of up to a quarter million dollars and up to five years 
 for those making more than 50 copies in a single 180-day period.
 The same $250,000 upper fine limit and a maximum prison term of two 
 years could be imposed for those "willfully" making and selling between 
 10 and 50 copies.


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine              The wires are a hummin'!
                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
 On CompuServe
 compiled by Joe Mirando
 From the Atari Productivity forum.

 David D. Hagood asks:

 "Do you know of any 386 boards for the TT? While I LOATHE Macrosloth Dross
 as a working environment, I am forced to use it at work. There are times
 I'd like to be able to work at home (e.g. when I am both sick and behind
 schedule)."   Sometimes the simple answers are the best.  Steven Gold
 answers David:

     "Vortext in Germany has a 386sx board for the VME slot."

 David then asks:

     "Tell me more! How much does it cost, how compatible is it with dross,
     does it allow running a dross app within GEM, does it like MultiTOS &|

 Well, okay, so maybe short answers aren't a end-all and do-all.  Sometimes
 you just have to ask more questions.  Steve answers:

 "How much does it cost?

     If I remember the article it said that it costs 389Dm

 >how compatible is it with dross?

     dross?  If you mean ms-dos it's fully compatible, after all it only
     uses the Atari for I/O.

 >does it allow running a dross app within GEM?

     No idea,  I think there is some software that allows hotkeying with
     some of the emulators out there.

 >does it like MultiTOS &| MiNT?

     Since MultiTOS isn't available I have no way of knowing.  Since I
     don't own the board I can't check on MINT."

 Even though Atari has big plans for machines in the near future, there is
 a fairly common thought that runs through some St users' minds at certain
 times.  This thought is voiced by Boris Molodyi:

     "So, GEM is still alive? What are this machines GEM works on (besides
     PC)? Are they popular?

     I really like GEM, and specifically Atari GEM, so I'd certainly like
     to see it as good as it can be... Is it the best? ;-)"

 Sysop Bob Retelle gives Boris a bit of background on GEM:

     "Boris, the IBM PC is the only other computer I know of that can run

     Also, the GEM that's available on the PC is a FAR different program
     than what we have on the Atari.

     Soon after the ST appeared on the market, Apple sued Digital Research,
     saying the "look and feel" of GEM was too close to the way the
     Macintosh appeared.  Rather than fight Apple, DRI agreed to change GEM
     to be less "Maclike".  The resulting product was a pale shadow of its
     former self..

     One of the things Apple insisted upon was that the windows could not
     overlap... so you have TWO windows, side by side.. period.  You can't
     resize them or move them..  If you've seen Norton Commander for the
     PC, or DOSSHELL, you've essentially seen what GEM looks like now.

     Fortunately for us, the version of GEM that Atari licensed from DRI
     was not affected by the Apple suit, so we can still enjoy the BEST
     version of GEM...!  (Also, it appears that DRI might have been
     premature in giving in to Apple..  other products like GeoWorks and
     Windows have appeared which are VERY "Maclike" in appearance...  but
     that won't help GEM...  too bad, because it was a great idea..)"

 Meanwhile, back at the Sunnyvale computer ranch and stable, work
 progresses on the FALCON, Atari's new, kick the competition in the butt,
 computer.  As with any computer project, questions and opinions abound. 
 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine posts his wish:

     "I still hope the future includes some slots for hardware developers
     to add on.  Atari should make a machine with the same number of slots
     = the number of years they have owned Atari.  Slots increase the
     selling point of the machine since everyone usually wants a video
     card, a networking card (ethernet), fax/modem card, and the list goes
     on and on.  Another good part is Atari doesn't have to do any work on
     the hardware that goes into the slots since it is completely 3rd
     party.  More hardware add-ons = more software and then more machines
     being sold."

 Jeff at Intersect Software replies:

     "Well.....the current machine, which "I" assume was to be the SPARROW,
     or the scaled down version of the Falcon which was to be released
     later, is perfect the way it is now.

     The machine to be released later, now probably called the EAGLE
     <grin>, or some such superior name....higher on the food
     chain....should have slots as well as a faster clock and more powerful
     MPU (68040).  The powers that be get very nervous about our talking
     about machines that haven't been released yet, they feel that it will
     kill the sales of existing machines.

     Atari really has a winner with the new "Falcon" or Sparrow,
     >whichever< <grin>. I've heard that the TT might get a price reduction
     to "put it in line with Clone pricing".  I guess it wouldn't be
     possible to design a VME 56001 card for the TT or as a add on to later
     Falcon type computers for multiple 56001's because of the need for

 Again the simple, concise message makes it's way into the conversation. 
 This time Albert Dayes says:

     "We want slots!   We want slots.  I guess the FALCON has 1 slot
     (processor direct)."

 Sysop Bob Retelle asks Albert:

     "Albert... not having seen the article and photos (or.. I don't
     remember.. did Atari pull the photos..?) in Atari Advantage, I'm not
     sure..  is the Falcon "slot" a true expansion board slot, or just a
     processor expansion connector, a la the Mega..?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine replies:

     "No the only photos are of the outside of the case, side and the back
     so one can see all the ports.  Legal issues were involved for not
     showing motherboard shots, etc.

     I assume the processor direct slot is more than the Mega ST since I
     assume it has all the pins of the 68030 available.  Commodore Amiga
     3000 has a similar processor direct slot also.

     I noticed from reading STReport on the conferences that the video
     seems to be quite capable considering the TT color resolutions (VGA)
     ... 640 * 480 * 65,000 colors.  I don't think I have seen anything on
     the PC with similar resolution and colors without paying $1500 and

 Bob Retelle continues the discussion:

     "What I'm wondering is about the physical arrangement of the "slot" in
     the Falcon...   the much touted "Mega slot" was really only a socket
     on the motherboard and a removable panel on the back of the case...

     Not a "slot" in the normally understood sense of the word..

     The last prices I read about for True Color boards for the PC were in
     the $800-$999 range, although a 16bit board that would give you 65K
     colors should be a lot less than that.
     I think I'd be satisfied for a while if my Atari system could match
     the capabilities of my 8bit VGA PC now...  but it would be great if it
     was upgradable too..!"

 Albert tells Bob:

     The physical arrangement, from the Atari Advantage article from what I
     recall it was a 50pin + 30 pin connector.  I wonder if they said
     anything more about how it was connected in Atari Explorer on-line
     edition ... hmmm. I guess I can only speculate on your question Bob.

     Considering a 16-bit by 65K colors is around $400 or so and by the
     time you add up all the components on the PC not counting a DSP it
     should be well above the $1500.  Plus the addition of SCSI II port and
     a few other things a PC configuration can be very expensive.

     "but it would be great if it was upgradable too ..."

     3rd party developers always seem to be able to things that even Atari
     says is impossible.  Writing to the cartridge port, running MAC
     programs, displaying 512 colors at the same time, genlocking devices,

     Since developers have had the FALCON for quite a few months this week
     is and next is going to be very interesting to see what fruits will
     appear first."

 Bob Retelle adds a bit of nostalgia to the conversation:

     "That's all true, Albert...   Atari laughed at a certain developer
     when he told them he had ideas for using Macintosh ROMs directly in an
     ST to make it emulate a Mac, and we know where that went...  So you're
     right, I have no doubt we'll see lots of hardware bits that will stick
     onto the Falcon in various ways...  what I'd like to see though is
     some kind of "standard" expansion facility so the accelerator board
     doesn't get in the way of the memory expansion kludge, which is pushed
     over out of the way of the disk drive upgrade stick-on, while the
     keyboard adapter dangles outside the case on a wish and a prayer... 
     Of course, maybe it'll be so good the way it comes that no one will
     even be tempted to add anything..."

 John Barnes says:

     "I wonder if we ever will get the real story on Atari's decision to go
     with 1040-style packaging (which effectively precludes extra slots).
     Do they really believe they can ignore the hacker market and go
     after the "computer appliance" crowd?"

 Bob Retelle replies to John:

     "John, that's an interesting question...

     I've recently known a number of people, both absolute novices and
     relatively experienced, who've bought IBM style systems as complete
     packages...  "computer appliances"...

     Many of them barely know which end of the power cord to stick in the
     wall outlet..  most of them will NEVER open up the case of their pcs,
     and in fact would be aghast at even the thought..

     BUT...  almost without exception, one of the things that helped sell
     their systems was that it  *COULD*  be expanded...

     I'd wager that most of these systems will never be expanded beyond the
     "package" that was originally purchased.. but the possibility of that
     expansion was a powerful selling point."

 Jeff of Intersect Software adds:

     "From the little I've been able to read between the lines, the new
     computer, now officially being called the Falcon was to be a middle of
     the line computer (probably supposed to be called Sparrow).  Thus the
     16 Mhz 68030 and no slots.  I assume that the upper end of the Atari
     line (don't know what it will be called now) WILL HAVE SLOTS and at
     least 32 Mhz 68030 but probably a 68040.  The PRICE is very right for
     the Falcon.....The features are fantastic.....  "I" have NO complaints
     with the design or price of this computer.  >>BUT<< I have
     reservations about the marketing.  "Marketing" includes support,
     quantity produced and B/O times for orders, Advertising and software."

     Well folks, I'm sorry, but it seems that I've taken up all of the room
 I've got with talk about the FALCON 030.  Maybe that shows just how
 psyched-up people are about this new machine.  With the big show going on
 right now in Germany, we can expect much more news to hit the press soon. 
 So tune in next week to find out what they are saying when...

                            PEOPLE ARE TALKING.



 CompuServe Mail  

 Date:  20-Aug-92 15:16 EDT
 From:  Ron Luks [76703,254]
 Subj:  Comments and response


                         Ralph Mariano/Ron Kovacs:

         I received a copy of a posting by John Nagy on GEnie where he
    makes a number of misstatements and draws conclusions that are    
    simply not true.  I'd appreciate it if you could post my comments 
    in your magazine.                                                 


 Category 24,  Topic 2
 Message 14        Sun Aug 16, 1992

 Z-NET                        at 16:07 EDT
  John Nagy here.

  DD: GEnie and CIS are not the press.  If you doubt that they play the
  support game by different rules, and that it is in fact the job of the
  services to woo the corporations like Atari, reconsider just WHO it is
  that pays for Atari ads to be on NBC, then consider just WHO it is
  that pays Atari to be on GEnie.  Atari gets a cut of the action here.
  GEnie gets more action by making that action happen.

  CIS has not done anything like GEnie or Delphi to make an attractive
  atmosphere for Atari to participate in.  CIS hasn't taken the
  agressive role in innovative support ideas for years now.  You don't
  see a "CIS LAMP", you don't see -very- regular formal conferences, you
  don't see much but a few nastygrams in the message bases.  Some even
  from the boss there, many, many, many from the sub-ops.  I think you
  get what you create.  You attract like-minded people.  CIS has become
  Bashnia, a complaint that some have about STR as well.  And like Tom
  so adeptly said, Atari may indeed have decided that it can best use
  its resources in places that seem to want it.  I generally don't
  frequent places where I am insulted and complained of eternally (this
  CAT excepted?  ;^} ).  I bet you don't either.  And Atari is doing the

  A freind of mine's step-father spent years demeaning and abusing him
  as he grew up.  He no longer will have anything to do with said step
  father.  His mother is dead now, and the step father is ailing.  The
  step father really wants my freind to come over and help him, and my
  freind really feels he should, but he han't been able to get in the
  door before the insults start up again.  He's finally done with it,
  and the stepfather now contents himself with telling the rest of the
  family how ingrateful and disrespectful his stepson is.
  My freind does NOT try to tell his stepfather what to do.  He does
  NOT try to control the content of the phone calls his stepfather
  makes to his family.  He simply won't participate.  Sure, he might
  say something like, "If he were nice to be with, and if he would stop
  trying to tell me what to do and how stupid I am for what I have done
  - regardless of what portion of that might be true - I'd sure be
  happier to spend more time there."

  Why is this SOOOOOOOOO hard to generalize to what is going on with
  Atari and the magazines and services, or shows for that matter?  To
  make matters worse, some people have chosen to make very personal
  attacks on Bob Brodie.  He's human, and prefers not to be abused.  He
  quite reasonably would prefer not to take an extended weekend away
  from his family to travel for many hours by plane (Bob's not the
  petite' type that air seats were designed for...) only to be abused,
  harranged, blamed, insulted, and generally made into the target of
  every frustration, real and imagined, that anyone every had concerning
  Atari. And the simple fact is, some places that happens, and happens
  with a vengence, and some places it simply doesn't.  Guess which place
  I'd choose to spend my limited time.  Same as Bob does, in places
  where they're glad to see me.

  CIS has taken the smug position of "We're BIG, Atair needs us.  We
  can say or do anything because Atari needs us.  They'll come to us.
  Just wait.  You'll see.  We have more overseas nodes.  Atari can't
  afford to blow off Europe.  They need us."  Meanwhile, GEnie has
  worked their tail off to create a productive, active place for Atari
  and supporters to get what they need and want, in a very very big
  way.  And heck, Gordie at Delphi is one of the hardest working guys I
  have met, trying admirably to get more going there.  The CIS way has
  been to rest on its laurels and expect Atari to do the work.  What
  has resulted can be called a "shunning" only by the most extreme

  By the way, Bob Brodie works for Atari US, not Atari Corp.  His
  interest, by virtue of who pays his salery, is Atari USA (and now,
  North America...).  If the CIS European coverage is so good, it would
  behoove the management there to court the European Atari people for
  support and activity on CIS.  If they did reach out for Atari, instead
  of waiting for Atari to reach for them, they'd very likely find Atari
  more interested when they DO interact.

  A final note, I'm absolutely astonished to see Ralph imply that
  someone else is trying to do that satanicly evil thing--control
  content on FNET conferences.  CONTROL was absolute in the old days of
  king-node making, when sysops lived in fear of a phone call or
  threatening message from node 350.  If sysops let their users stray
  from the topic or politic specified by the lead node of the STR
  conference, there was hell to pay, lockouts to be suffered, routes to
  be lost, connect expenses to be considered, ostricization to be
  assured.  These days, the practice seems less palatable to the peole
  who pioneered them with an iron hand that makes Bob's efforts look
  wimpy.  How many dozen sysops do we need to call for tesimony here?
  None.  The pot has called the kettle black.  Maybe both could use
  some brillo.

  This is all 100% via my observation and opinion, and is completely
  available for reprinting in any magazine or publication where thinking
  is encouraged.  I'm refreshed at the new involvment Ralph has pledged
  here, and the near-assurance of an open forum in this CAT.


 Mr. Luks' reply;

     I must take strong exception to the way Mr. Nagy characterizes the
 activity and plans of the Atari Forums on CompuServe.  John talks about
 our messages bases as being nothing but "a few nastygrams."  Nothing could
 be further from the truth. The overwhelming number of the messages on our
 system are quite supportive of Atari products and the people that use
 them.  John may not be aware of this since he has chosen, by his own
 admission, NOT to use CompuServe.  Strangely enough, he purports to talk
 quite knowledgeably about what goes on there in spite of the fact that any
 knowledge he has of our operations is second or third hand at best.

     As for the Atari Forums not offering innovative proposals, he once
 again speaks without direct knowledge of the many proposals offered by
 CompuServe to Atari Corp over the recent years.  One such proposal would
 have offered the Atari user the lowest cost, widest ranging online access
 proposal in the industry.  It would have beaten all existing plans
 currently in service.

     Unfortunately the executive at Atari responsible for negotiating this
 proposal is no longer with Atari and for various reasons the plan could
 not be implemented without Atari's cooperation.  A variation of this plan
 is currently under consideration and I hope to have good news for the
 Atari community in the months ahead. In fact, the Atari Forums have
 offered innovative proposals to Atari Corp, some of which have been
 accepted leading to Atari naming the Portfolio Forum as their official
 online support network, the establishment of the largest online support
 area for the Lynx, an ongoing support effort for registered Atari
 developers for the ST/TT and Portfolio line, and a special testing area
 for the upcoming MultiTOS operating system.

     In addition, CompuServe has made "innovative proposals" to
 Atari-related groups, like our IAAD 90-day trial program whereby any IAAD
 member can request 90-days of free access to the Atari Forums on
 CompuServe to check us out.  Even if Mr. Nagy  is not a member of the
 IAAD, I'd be happy to extend this offer to  him as a courtesy to actually
 view our areas firsthand.  I'm not at liberty to publicly discuss some of
 the other business plans CompuServe has on the table, which would also
 explain why Mr. Nagy is unaware of them.  Nonetheless, they do exist.
     As for the second contention, that all you will see on CompuServe are
 "nastygrams," again I must take exception.  The overwhelming percentage of
 messages in the Atari Forums are positive in tone and supportive of the
 equipment.  That especially includes messages from the staff.  My
 assistant sysops have been selected for their knowledge and enthusiasm for
 the Atari computer as well as their ability to relate to the membership. 
 I'm justifiably proud of their service to the atari community.

     However, it has never been a requirement of the assistant sysops job
 to give up their rights to free speech and, on occasion, both myself and
 my staff have posted critical comments about Atari.  We have always strove
 to make them constructive rather than what is blindly labeled as 'Atari
 bashing.'  Some have called us unsupportive of Atari because we don't
 censor these comments.  In my view, we are even MORE supportive of Atari
 because we DO allow these comments and criticisms.  We care about the
 company and its products and especially the end users.  Anyone who would
 claim that allowing only 'positive comments' is the correct way to go, is,
 in my opinion, very short-sighted and bound to fail.

     Mr. Nagy goes on to describe the attitude CompuServe has taken towards
 Atari (and he is very, very wrong again here) and then suggests some steps
 that we should follow to improve our position.  In fact, CompuServe has
 never been "out of touch" with Atari Corp and has constantly attempted to
 increase our lines of communication and support with the company and its
 employees. Many of our efforts have been successful and the members have
 benefitted from this.  Admittedly, there are still some major problems to
 be overcome.

     To be fair, additional support from Atari seems predicated on the
 content of messages and news magazines.  I have been told by the director
 of communications that before we (CompuServe) see any more cooperation
 from Atari (or at least from his department) that we would have to stop
 any negative comments from the Atari Forum staff and that we would need to
 drop any support of STReport.

     I told him that while I would make every effort to make sure that only
 constructive criticisms would be made by my staff, that I could not, in
 good conscience, promise that they would be censored from making any
 statements that could be interpreted as negative by the company.

     As for STReport, I pointed out that STReport was an independent online
 news magazine and that our policy towards STReport and Atari Explorer
 Online and other similar magazines were to accept the uploads without
 editing the content which was the sole responsibility of the publisher. 
 Furthermore, I didn't consider it reasonable or fair to expect CompuServe
 to cancel the free account of STReport when the same magazine and
 publisher was regularly uploaded to other services, including GEnie, using
 complimentary accounts granted by those services.

     On these issues we seem to be at an impasse, but contrary to Mr.
 Nagy's assertions, we have not taken the position that we expect Atari to
 come to CompuServe.  We have actively pursued Atari to provide information
 to its customers through our network. We intend to continue this pursuit
 for the benefit of our users just as the staffs of GEnie and Delphi do for
 their members.

     We realize that Atari's resources are not unlimited, but we know that
 we reach a significant number of Atari users, both in North America and
 worldwide.  In the months ahead, during the critical introduction of the
 new Falcon, we have offered a large number of complimentary accounts and a
 significant amount of system resources for Atari and its employees, in
 addition to the amount of time and effort put forth by myself and my
 staff.  We intend to support the introduction of this computer to the best
 of our abilities.  Since our actions will benefit the company and help
 them sell computers, we ask that the director of communications join us in
 these efforts without imposing unreasonable or unfair conditions and focus
 on the task at hand.

                                           Ron Luks
                                           Atari Forums on CompuServe


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 > Atari Advertise NOW? STR FOCUS!    Name Recognition is important too

                            ADVERTISING & ATARI
                    MAYBE NOT SUCH A GOOD THING...YET 

 by Gordon W. Meyer   
    Copyright 1992

     Many in  the Atari community have expressed an impassioned belief that
 Atari needs to advertise more.   They  see  advertising  as  some  kind of
 ultimate  solution  to  all  of  Atari's  woes.    Well, that's a somewhat
 unenlightened view of what advertising is about.  The truth  of the matter
 is that  advertising can  kill a business as fast as it can save one.  And
 maybe faster.

     Now, don't misunderstand.  Advertising, properly done, is  an absolute
 must for  business.   Without it, potential buyers either don't know about
 the products you have for sale or don't  know that  you even  exist.  But,
 improperly  done,  the  results  can  spell  doom  for  the  company.   To
 paraphrase an old Orson Wells commercial, you should  advertise no product
 before its  time.   Creating a  demand for  a product through advertising,
 before the supply of that product  is adequate  to fill  that demand, only
 creates negative  feelings about  the product,  and the company that sells
 it.  And that's not what  the kind  of results  that Atari  needs from its
 advertising dollars.

     Remember, too,  that advertising  is only  a small part of the overall
 marketing of a business.   It  shouldn't be  viewed as  something separate
 from  the  entire  scheme  of  things.    And, advertising itself is not a
 single-purpose endeavor.  You don't just use it to sell a product.   While
 'product' advertising  is the most common use, advertising can be, and is,
 done for a wide variety of purposes.  Name recognition, building good will
 in  the  community  and  'event'  advertising  are all different reasons a
 company might advertise.  

     But perhaps the most important purpose of advertising is to  gain "top
 of mind  awareness."   That means establishing yourself well enough in the
 mind of the buying public  that  when  they  think  of  the  categories of
 products you sell, they think of you first.  For example, when most people
 think of fast food  chicken  restaurants,  they  think  of  Kentucky Fried
 Chicken.   KFC has  worked long and hard, and spent lots of money, to gain
 "top of mind awareness" in the majority of consumers.  

     But, advertising is not the only way to  gain "top  of mind awareness"
 with  the  public.    And  probably  not even the best way.  Nothing sells
 better than a personal recommendation from  someone you  know and respect.
 That's called  "word of  mouth" advertising,  and you can't buy it for all
 the money in the world.  You have  to do  it the  old fashioned  way.  You
 have to  earn it.   That  is probably the place Atari needs to first focus
 their energies, if they intend to regain any  of the  market they've lost,
 if  for  no  other  reason  than  it  is  the least expensive and the most

     It's easy  to sit  in front  of a  monitor and  spout lofty platitudes
 about  what  a  corporation  half-way  across  the country should do.  But
 that's often done  by  some  so-called  leaders  of  the  Atari community.
 Rarely are  any reasoned solutions presented.  Oh, solutions are presented
 all the time, but few have any real  consideration of  the reality  of the
 situation put into them.  

     Atari is  not IBM.  Atari is not Apple.  Atari is not Nintendo.  Atari
 is a small company, with limited resources in both personnel  and capital.
 It cannot  use the  same kinds  of tactics as its major competitors, or it
 will fail horribly.  So instead  of trying  to go  head-to-head with them,
 Atari  should  consider  using  what  has  been  described  as  "guerilla"
 marketing techniques.  In  fact, Atari  has already  been using "guerilla"
 techniques in many of its marketing moves.  

     The  recent  Lynx  display  and  give-aways  at  the  Taste of Chicago
 festival are  excellent examples  of what  Atari needs  to continue doing.
 Likewise, the  Atari computer game room at GENCON has been quite effective
 in building name recognition.  These are both  relatively inexpensive ways
 that  Atari  can  develop  both  "top of mind awareness" and some positive
 "word of mouth" advertising.  

     Continued placement of Atari brand products  in movies  and television
 shows is  another "guerilla"  technique that  should be pursued.  Seeing a
 'celebrity' using  an Atari  product enhances  the perceived  value of the
 product  to  people  who  don't  already  know  how  good they really are.
 Sponsorship of music concerts by artists  who use  Atari's in  their music
 production is another good way to get Atari's name in front of the public,
 and build toward some "top of mind awareness" for Atari.  

     But the public is quick to  lose  that  "top  of  mind  awareness" and
 positive "word  of mouth"  advertising can turn negative in a hurry if all
 the good things end when the money changes hands.  Service after  the sale
 is an  absolute necessity  if the  gains are expected to be retained.  And
 that brings up an area that just might be the most important  for Atari to
 closely evaluate for changes.  

     Atari needs  to improve  its customer  service policies.   Getting the
 initial sale is great.  But without decent customer service,  any positive
 "word of mouth" advertising they might gain from a satisfied customer will
 be lost if that customer becomes dissatisfied.  It is  that possibility of
 dissatisfaction that  needs to  be guarded against. There are no 100% sure
 ways to eliminate that  possibility, but  some changes  to Atari's current
 customer  service  set-up  would  vastly  improve its capacity to maintain
 customer satisfaction.  Of course, no one can change things  overnight, so
 changes would  need to be phased in over a one to two year period of time.
 But, the time to start the improvements is now.  

     The first thing that should be  considered is  a company-wide customer
 service training  program of  some kind.   Every  Atari employee who might
 answer a  phone,  or  otherwise  be  confronted  with  a  question  from a
 customer, should  be knowledgeable  enough about the Atari product line to
 be able to adequately deal with  basic questions.   And  be able  to refer
 that  customer  to  someone  who  can  handle questions they are unable to
 answer.  Perhaps the next step might be  the establishment  of a toll-free
 customer  service  telephone  number,  with sufficient staffing, to handle
 basic problems.  Those toll-free calls could be limited to  a short period
 of  time   each,  with  more  involved  problems  getting  referred  to  a
 non-toll-free number.  That would  provide  a  means  of  getting  help to
 customers,  yet   still  be   inexpensive  when  compared  to  building  a
 wide-spread dealer network.  

     That doesn't mean a dealer network  shouldn't be  built, however.   If
 Atari is going to build on the foundation its "guerilla" marketing tactics
 establish, they must provide solid, local support for  their products. The
 low end  machines should  be relatively  easy to use, with little need for
 outside support.  But, the more complex a system is, the more  important a
 solid support  program becomes.  And the only way to provide that support,
 at a reasonable cost, is through a  dealer  network  of  some  kind.   The
 dealer network is another step along the path to success.  

     Once a dealer network is established, and there is sufficient coverage
 of a given market area, Atari  can then  begin advertising  in earnest, in
 that market area.  To build a demand for a product, without having a solid
 underlying support structure, is foolish.  Products will be sold,  but the
 resulting negative  response to  the lack  of needed support will outweigh
 any gains.  A general rule of thumb is that for every negative experience,
 the  'victim'  will  tell  9  other people.  Positive experiences are only
 related to 2 others.  It  is  easy  to  see  how  important  each positive
 experience is  in developing  good "word  of mouth"  advertising.  And how
 important it is to limit the number of negative experiences.  

     Any gains that might be made  with  the  introduction  of  Atari's new
 computer  products  must  be  protected  with an improved customer support
 system.  Those improvements can start  to  be  made  now,  before  the new
 machines are  market-ready.  Then, when new products hit the market, there
 will be a growing customer satisfaction response, that  will in  turn help
 build the  demand for  Atari products.   Which will in turn make it easier
 for Atari to attract good dealers to its ranks.  The name  of the  game is
 profit, and Atari products can be as profitable for a dealer as any other.
 But, the dealers need to see that there is a real commitment from Atari to
 support  its  products  and  the  dealers  who  sell  them.  Improving the
 customer support system will do a lot to  show that  Atari's commitment is

     Atari's path  to success isn't going to be a stroll in the park.  But,
 with a little creativity, some well-reasoned decisions and  a lot  of hard
 work, there's no reason Atari can't be a major success once again. 

   This article may be freely reprinted, so long as no changes are made.



                           CONNECTICUT ATARIFEST
                                August 1992

 by Joe Mirando

     This past weekend, ACT Atari (Affiliated Connecticut Groups) held the
 Connecticut AtariFest at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International
 Airport in Windsor Locks.  The two day show was attended by approximately
 five hundred people searching for hardware, software, and information on
 the latest projects at Atari.

     Although I have attended many computer shows, this is the first time
 that I have had the privilege (?) of working at one.  Although I have
 always heard of how much work is involved in putting on a show such as
 this, I never fully appreciated the sheer volume of the things that need
 to be done.

                         The Show Before the Show

     On friday, dealers were treated to a preview of the FALCON 030 and
 given a run-down on its abilities.  Dealers were disappointed to find out
 that they would not be available in the U.S. in time for Christmas.  Many
 estimates placed actual shipments of FALCONS and no earlier than April of

                             The Exhibit Room

     Vendors included Atari, Barefoot Software (formerly Hybrid Arts),
 Maxwell CPU, Joppa, Gribnif software, Codehead Technologies, Atari
 Interface Magazine, Toad Computers, and ICD.

     ICD's new device driver, The LINK, made its first public appearance. 
 The link you to interface up to eight SCSI devices to a single ST series
 computer.  Aside from being able interface four times as many hard drives
 to a computer, The LINK allows the use of CD-ROMs and other SCSI devices. 
 For all of The LINK's capability, it looks like nothing more than a cable
 connector.  Because of the space limitations, I can't mention all of the
 terrific products I saw at the show.  I mention The LINK only because it
 made its first appearance at the show.

     Inside of the exhibit room, was a "DTP Center".  This area was
 dedicated to producing a one page newsletter twice a day.  PageStream was
 used for the layout and printing of the originals.  Copies were then made
 using a plain-paper copier.  An interesting side-note about the DTP
 "kiosk" is that it was set up with two monitors running at the same time. 
 One was for the computer operator while the other was a big-screen
 television type monitor that faced the crowd.  Since the technical aspects
 of running two monitors simultaneously proved to be more than could be
 handled on short notice, we took a shortcut.  a video camera was set up to
 face the computer monitor and fed the signal to the big screen monitor. 
 The results, while not outstanding, were much better than anticipated and
 attracted attention from quite a few "techies".  All of them were
 impressed until they found out how it was being done.  They then walked
 away looking like they had been cheated.  All I can say is "Sorry, guys."

     The seminar room, although small in size, played host to a full range
 of seminars from Toad's David Troy to "Golf in Connecticut" author Brian
 Harvey, to Rick Flashman of Gribnif Software, to B.J. Gleason, the
 Portfolio programming machine, to CodeHead John Eidsvoog, Pagestream
 seminars for beginners as well as advanced users, and of course, Bob
 Brodie of Atari and our own STReport seminar.

     In Bob Brodie's seminar, as well as the STReport seminar, the main
 focus was on Atari's new machine, the FALCON 030.  Users and developers
 are ready and waiting for this machine to hit the streets with an
 anticipation not felt since the ST line of computers was announced.

     As a side note, I'd like to make the observation that over the years,
 computer users in general, and Atari users in particular, have become much
 more aware of the technology involved in their computers.  The questions
 asked in the seminars show that users are interested in all aspects of the
 machine and its place in the market.

                                The Banquet

     On Saturday evening a banquet was held in the hotel.  The meal
 featured soup, roast beef and desert with a cash bar.  After dinner, John
 Jainschigg and Peter Donoso, late of Atari Explorer, along with other band
 members played into the wee small hours.  The most memorable moment of the
 evening for me will always be when we heard the dull rumble of activity at
 the entrance of the banquet hall and saw a large group of people standing
 there looking sheepish.  They had attended a wedding in the hotel and were
 drawn in to our hall by the band's music.

     The people were invited to join us and they soon felt at home among
 the "young folks" (I would estimate their average age as 65 with a range
 of from 55 to 70).  They sat down at any table that there was room at and
 soon you could not tell who was with the computer show, and who was with
 the wedding.  Everybody was enjoying themselves.

     It wasn't long before some of the women from this group of new
 arrivals decided to make use of the dance floor.  It is a sight that I
 will see in my mind's eye for a long time to come:  A handful of senior
 citizens dancing to Santana's "Black Magic Woman".

     After a while one of the women at our table decided to ask what the
 party was for.  When I replied that we were "with the computer show
 downstairs", one of the women said "Oh, is that the Atari thing I saw
 signs for downstairs"?

                "Yes Ma'am," we replied.  "That's the one".

     "Oh," she said, " I thought they went out of business years ago.  My
 grandson had one of those.  Y'know, the kind you put the little boxes in
 and play the games on the TV"?

           "No, Ma'am," I replied, "These are real computers". 

     "C'mon, Honey," said her husband, "You remember when he was talking
 about those computers years ago?  Atari was one of them.  I don't remember
 which one he got though".

     Soon the table was abuzz with talk of computers and Atari.  I was
 amazed to find that they were interested in it at all, but they kept
 asking questions.  They were beginner's questions to be sure, but they
 were questions none the less.

     My least favorite part of the Banquet was that Bob Brodie did not
 attend.  Bob had made plans to go out for a seafood dinner.  As He put it: 
 "I can get deli in California.  When I'm in New England, I want lobster".

     I understand Bob's taste for Lobster:  it's my favorite also, BUT... 

     In closing, I'd like to thank everyone involved with the ACT '92 Fest. 
 Especially Brian Gockley and Doug Finch.  Their efforts made this show a
 success.  Next year expect to see the Connecticut AtariFest held in April
 or May to avoid conflict with, as Brian Gockley put it, "Just about every
 Atari show on earth".

 Report II

                             CT ATARIFEST '92

                          "GROWING WITH FRIENDS"

 by Dana P. Jacobson

     The recent show in Hartford was an enjoyable weekend of mingling with
 Atari users of the Northeast and various developers and vendors from
 various parts of the U.S.  Over a dozen user groups were also on-hand in
 the showroom with their demos, magazines, newsletters and Public Domain

     This was the 2nd annual show in the Greater Hartford area. This year's
 show was moved closer to Hartford to allow easy access to the show; the
 airport terminal area was right there! Organizers Brian Gockley and Doug
 Finch are to be commended for the positive changes made from last year's

     There were a good number of developers and vendors at this show.  What
 I enjoyed was the number of developers/vendors who don't normally make
 some of the other shows, mixed in with those whom we are accustomed to
 seeing.  Just to give you a few of my personal highlights of the show:

     Brian Gockley and Doug Finch, the co-organizers of the show, were
 terrific hosts.  I had an opportunity to talk with both throughout the
 show.  They, and the support people from the various Connecticut user
 groups, did a fantastic job of making sure that everyone was provided
 whatever they needed for the show.  Not only were Brian and Angela
 (Gockley) running the A & D Software booth, but they acted as Information
 Booth guides as well!  I also want to extend my appreciation for the warm
 support provided to me in my role as an STReport representative _and_
 participating user group attendee (S.S.A.G.).

     It was nice to be able to talk with Pattie & Bill Rayl from Atari
 Interface Magazine again.  Pattie and Bill were handing out the latest
 issue of AIM as well as selling subscriptions.  They were also selling
 their AIM "cover" teeshirts.  If you've ever seen AIM and some of the
 unique covers, you'll know what I mean.  I proudly walked away with the
 May '91 cover shirt!!  They were also selling some of their PD software.

     Dana Byrd and Jeff Naideau of Barefoot Software were showing off
 various Hybrid Arts products.  Both were interesting to talk with and
 their love of music and MIDI blended well with their products. No offense
 toward Jeff, but with Dana behind the booth, it was no wonder that there
 were always people surrounding their booth!!

     Darek Mihocka, of Branch Always Software, was showing off the
 GEMulator.  I have read quite a few messages about the GEMulator, and seen
 a portion of the video, but to see it running live was certainly an
 opportunity worth talking about!  Darek was running GEMulator on a 486
 laptop and the ST programs that he tested while I was watching, ran
 flawlessly!  GEMulator runs all ST software except for some copy-protected
 games (Dungeon Master _does_ work!).  Programs like Pagestream 2.2 and
 Calamus run with no problems!  GEMulator supports any version of TOS, from
 1.0 up to 2.06.  It will run using any of the three ST resolutions: high,
 medium, and low.  It will support the STe color palette of 4,096 colors. 
 You can have your own ST partition of hard drive use much the same as you
 can format a Spectre partition on your ST's hard drive now.  There's ST
 mouse and printer support.  It can run from Windows or DOS.  With the
 STacey discontinued, and the ST Book unlikely here in the U.S. anytime
 soon, a GEMulator-stocked PC laptop is a great substitute for an Atari
 user on the move!  If my boss' threat to get me an IBM computer at work
 comes about, I plan to attach GEMulator to it immediately!!

     I was glad to see that John and Julie Eidsvoog of CodeHead
 Technologies was there.  Early on, it didn't look like CodeHead was going
 to be there, but other plans fell through so they made it.  Unlike other
 shows I've attended with CodeHead present, lines weren't stacked up all
 the way out the door at this show for upgrades!  However, sales were quite
 good, according to both John and Julie.  I wanted to see Calligrapher
 demo'ed before I decided which version to purchase; unfortunately, I was
 never available whenever John was putting it through its paces.  By the
 time I decided to buy it without the demo, all of the Professional copies
 were gone.  I walked away with the Gold version and after seeing it
 briefly once back home, I'm glad that I wasn't tempted to buy purely on
 prices alone.  Calligrapher Gold was a great purchase! Now all I have to
 do is decide which additional font packages I want to add to it!

     Kevin Champagne, a former Boston-area Atari dealer, was there
 representing Computers a la Carte, a northeast Massachusetts computer
 dealership.  CAC was offering SyDOS 88's (Syquest 88-meg removable
 cartridge drives) for terrific prices.  They sold all but one by the end
 of Saturday!  They also were selling various hard drive mechanisms,
 cables, Supra .v32 bis 9600 FAXmodems, the LINK, stereo speakers, and
 various other products.  According to Kevin, they did quite well at the
 show.  Look for them to appear at WAACE, if all goes as planned.

     ICD was in attendance with their usual assortment of hardware and
 software products.  We were also able to see the newly-announced LINK.

     Joppa Software drove all night to make the show.  They had some great
 deals on game software and magazines.  Joppa was also selling their latest
 version of STraightFAX! software, which turns your ST and modem into a FAX
 machine.  With my recent purchase of a Supra 9600 modem, I decided to pick
 this gem up!!  I'm looking forward to testing this stuff out soon!

     MegaType Software was quite busy selling a variety of Pagestream and
 Calamus font packages at _half_ price (I nabbed a couple!). I wish that I
 had read through some of their literature earlier pertaining to their font
 design and converter programs; I would have picked one or two of them up
 also!  These included Font Designer which is used to create fonts with a
 host of added features, including Type 1 Converter which will convert Type
 1 fonts for use with the ST.  MegaType also offered FontVerter which will
 convert fonts between Pagestream, Calamus, and Font Designer with just a
 few mouse clicks!  They also offered Bit Maker and MegaKern, two more
 terrific-sounding font utilities.  If you're a heavy user of Pagestream or
 Calamus, you should check these products out the next chance you get.

     Clay Walnum, of Taylor Ridge Books, was displaying his various
 assortment of books, including C-Manship Complete and his latest book,
 Assembly Language Workshop, Volume I.  If you're a current or aspiring
 programmer, these will offer you some great insights and help.

     If you're an Atari Portfolio user, everything you could ever need was
 available from BJ Gleason of Thin Air Labs.

     Toad Computers was there with a little bit of _everything_!!

     Wizztronics introduced a new product called the Cartridge Port
 Expander.  This is a great product which allows the user to install up to
 four cartridge devices at once and select via accompanying software!!  A
 definite must for those who use more than one cartridge.  These folks were
 also showing and selling Stowaway Professional, a fantastic disk labeler
 for pin-feed printer users.  Unfortunately, there are no plans to upgrade
 this program for laser printer use, sigh.

     There were a number of seminars, classes, and demonstration projects
 of interest.  One of the projects was students putting together a show
 newsletter.  I dropped by the DTP area on occasion to see their progress
 and it was quite good from what I saw. There were memory and speed upgrade
 lessons for the do-it-yourself people; or if you managed to pre-arrange an
 appointment, upgrades were done for you right at the show.  There was also
 a demonstration of data transfers using a Ham radio and computer!

     The buffet-style banquet and post-banquet party was somewhat of a
 disappointment.  Don't get me wrong, it was enjoyable but not up to the
 standards as the other aspects of the show.  The $25.00 dinner price was a
 little high, but that figure also included defraying the cost of the
 all-Atari member band.  Talking with organizers, the "cold-cut" dinner was
 the least expensive option so they went with it.  There were some great
 highlights from the banquet and ensuing party, however.  Darek Mihocka
 showed us that saving dessert for last was an archaic dinner custom; he
 managed to put away at least two pieces of that delicious cake _before_ he
 started the main course!  It had to do with something about an addiction
 to chocolate...  BTW, Darek, that small fork at the head of your
 place-setting was for dessert!  In all seriousness, however, just about
 everyone "forced" themselves to a second (or third) slice!

     The band was quite late getting started, waiting for John Jainschigg
 to arrive.  What a difference from the last time that I saw John J. in a
 three-piece suit and carrying Atari Explorer. Here he was in jeans and
 carrying a lead guitar!  Peter Dinoso, John J. and the rest of the band
 played a very mixed assortment of tunes.  It was easy to tell that they
 haven't been playing together long, but aside from that, they were
 entertaining.  The "Atari Ladies" - Angela Gockley, Dana Byrd, and Maura
 Jainschigg kept everybody dancing for most of the night.  Probably the
 highlight of the evening was when a group of wedding guests "crashed" the
 festivities!  If you've ever been to a Jewish wedding, you know that the
 40-65 year-old ladies had a grand time dancing among themselves.  Their
 only complaint: the band couldn't play "Hava Nagilah"!!

     Other than the banquet fare, my only real complaint about the show was
 the layout of the showroom.  The room was not huge and some of the aisles
 were quite narrow.  Since there was no "pipe and drape", there was little
 room behind each vendor table so vendors kept bumping into each other. 
 Unless you had multiple tables, there was little "storage" space except
 for under your booth.  I was also disappointed to learn that some of the
 vendors and developers scheduled to attend, didn't.  Some of this was due
 to a lack of coherent communications (or none at all) between those who
 were considering attending and the organizers.  Some cancelled at the last
 minute.  It was too bad because they would have had a successful weekend.

     Was it worth the 2-hour trip (or longer for others)?  I'd say yes. All
 of the vendors and developers that I talked to said that they did well
 with sales, and that included high-price items.  The showgoers came with
 money to spend, and did so.  The various user groups that I talked with
 also stated that sales were great.  The organizers were satisfied with the
 results of the show although Brian Gockley vowed he didn't want to see
 another microphone for a _long_ time; plenty of door prizes went out to
 happy winners.  Would I attend the next CT AtariFest?  Absolutely!


 > THE LINK STR InfoFile          NEW!   External SCSI host!


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                          ALL ATARI ST COMPUTERS

     THE LINK  provides a convenient way to connect an Atari ST computer to
 standard external SCSI devices.  This means that peripherals like external
 SCSI hard  drives, floptical  drives, Magneto  Optical Drives,  and CD ROm
 Drives, which were originally  designed for  the Apple  MacIntosh, IBM PC,
 Commodore Amiga,  NeXT, Atari TT and Flacon computers can now be used with
 any Atari ST model computer with a DMA port.  This includes  all models of
 the Atari  ST, STe,  Stacy and  STBOOK computers.  Installation is simple.
 Just plug and go. Since the majority of  drives require  no modifications,
 THE LINK won't affect the drive manufacturer's warranty.

     THE LINK,  combined with  ICD's famous  software, provides the fastest
 transfer rate possible  on  an  Atari  sT  computer.    ICD's Professional
 Software Package  which is  included with THE LINK is now fully compatible
 with the STBOOK, TT and Falcon  computers  supporting  DMA,  SCSI  and IDE
 devices.   This package  supports virtually every embedded SCSI hard drive
 both fixed and removable media type and SCSI-2 compatible CD-Rom Drives.
     THE LINK supports  the  full  SCSI-2  command  set  including  Group 0
 through  7  commands.    Multiple  devices  are  supported  and SCSI IDs 0
 through 7 may be used.  THE LINK will connect to any DMA (ACSI) port.
     Highly  sophisticated,  state-of-the-art,  VLSI  circuitry  has  never
 before been  used to this level in an Atari host adapter.  This circuitry,
 combined with SMD packaging and  unique  case  design,  contribute  to the
 sleek look  and compact  size of just 63x76x19mm.  THE LINK could actually
 be mistaken for part of a computer cable.
     Because  THE  LINK  is  an  external  host  adapter,  installation  is
 effortless and  does not require any technical knowledge.  Simply plug THE
 LINK into the 50 pin centronics type SCSI port of  the external  drive and
 then connect  your DMA  cable from  the computer to the link.  Parity must
 also be disabled and the drive's SCSI ID should be set.  Since THE LINK is
 powered by the Termination power line of the target drive, no power supply
 is needed.
     A DMA Cable (DB19P to DB19P) is required and is  available separately,
 for connection  to the  Atari ST.   Parity Generation and SCSI arbitration
 are not supported.

     THE LINK was designed, developed and manufactured in the USA by ICD, a
 leader in SCSI connectivity.

     THE LINK  is a  trademark of  ICD, Incorporated.  Other trademarks are
 those of their respective holders.

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 > GADGETS BY SMALL STR Spotlight          "Wondering where they are?"

                              "WHAT HAPPENED
                            GADGETS BY SMALL?"

 From the Desk of Dave Small;
 "For those of you who've  been  wondering  "What  happened  to  Gadgets by
     Our ten  year old  son, Eric was hit by a car and _severely_ fractured
 his right thigh bone (femur).  I  got  to  call  "911".    There  were two
 ambulances,  a  fire  truck,  police  cars,  lights flashing and neighbors
 standing around gawking, just  like on  TV!   Anyway, after  his ambulance
 ride,  Eric  ended  up  in  the  hospital  for  awhile,  with all sorts of
 traction devices  with ropes,  weights and  pulleys through  and into him.
 Doctors  simply  call  it  traction;  we felt it more resembled a medieval
 torture device.  And... we'll all remember "the  elevator ride  from hell"
 for a _long_ time.
     Anyway, things  came to  a _complete halt_ at Gadgets as we took turns
 staying with  Eric at  the hospital.   No  one's Faxes  were answered, the
 phone wasn't  answered; we  even left  a message on the machine about what
 happened.. Gadgets is a _family_ business.
     Despite the fact that  kids heal  fast, its  taken Eric  awhile to get
 back to  his old self.  He had to have surgery to install a metal rod down
 inside his thighbone, with three screws to hold the bone to the rod.  Eric
 says he's like the Terminator now, at least with _one_ of his legs!
     When we  finally got to take him home, there was the dreaded "physical
 therapy" which happened every _fifteen minutes_,  and was  no fun  at all.
 Since his leg muscles were traumatized, Eric was also blessed with _severe
 muscle spasms_ at many hours of  the day  and night;  this also  took away
 from Gadgets time.
     Anyway, now  that we've  mostly recovered  from Eric's accident, we're
 ready to get back to work answering the phone, opening  the mail, shipping
 products and all that _normal stuff_.  (Well at least as normal as it gets
 around Gadgets)  Those of you who sent Faxes and  called to  inquire about
 Eric are  much appreciated;  thank you!  It really helped him to know that
 people he didn't even know cared about his broken leg.
     We still have things  coming down  the pipeline,  like a  new batch of
 GCRs.   We are starting to ship MegaTalks as fast as we can, and we are in
 the middle of testing more Megatalks and the latest batch of SSTs,  all of
 which will  be shipped as soon as they are ready.  If you were supposed to
 have heard from us and didn't or, we  made an  error somewhere,  now.. you
 know why.   We're  sorry for  any problems; we'll get everybody taken care
 of just as soon as we possibly can.
                         Thank you very much for your patience!
                                 Dave, Sandy and Eric


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 > THE FLIP SIDE STR Feature  "... a different view point..."

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee
 After a nice long vacation, I'm back!  Things sure have changed a lot 
 since my last column, both in the ST community and in STReport.  Due to 
 some of those changes, you'll be noticing some changes in my column.
 Since we now have coverage of CIS, my column will now only contain posts 
 from the ST Roundtable on Genie.  Also, due to my changed work schedule, 
 my column will now only appear every other week.
 That said, it's time to get back to work.

 From Michael Verderman of Double Click - Cat. 30, Topic 2, Message 153 - 
 from the ST Roundtable on GEnie...
   Sorry for the long delay on posting, folx... I recently had all of my 
   computer equipment (and modems) zapped by a bad lightning storm and am 
   in the process of getting it all restored. This is why the BBS is 
   down, also. Currently, I'm using a friends computer and modem to check 

   Now, let me give you a brief 'scoop' on what is going on... I'm not 
   trying to make excuses, and I'm certainly not very pleased at the way 
   things have been occurring lately.

   Briefly, at the beginning of the year, both my partners decided that 
   they wanted out of the Atari market, which left me holding the ball of 
   wax on everything. I found a new partner in San Diego, and we entered 
   into a preliminary agreement to test the 'waters' and see if the new 
   partnership would work out... I, personally, have a full-time job now 
   (have for the past year), which means my time has been reduced dras-
   tically from what it was during the first part of lst year (yes, I 
   previously worked for DC full-time).

   Anyway, as part of the new partnership, all work was going to be 
   handled out of SD. I have no manuals, originals, files, or anything in 
   Houston. However, my new partner seems to have many other interests, 
   and has not been tending to the necessary business. On Monday of this 
   week, I called up and left a message to the effect of: It's not 
   working, send _everything_ back to Houston.  I've been unable to 
   contact my 'partner' for several weeks now, and don't even know if he 
   got the message on Monday.

   So, I sincerely apologize for the lack of responsiveness of late. I 
   accept full responsibility, and hope to have DC back on track as soon 
   as I get the supplies and files back here... Let's just say this is a 
   lesson learned.

   I hope to have good news for everyone ASAP.

   In the meantime, again, please accept my apologies.


 STOS information from John Dillenburg - From Cat 3, Topic 9, Msg. 89...
   To people interested in STOS on a TT:

   I just got a reply from Europress software about getting STOS to work 
   on a TT. Here's what they said:

     Ref:  your letter on STOS
   - at present the STOS programmer Francois Lionet is on holiday but on 
   his return I'll fax him your letter and see what information he can 
   We are planning to upgrade STOS when we've finished AMOS Professional 
   so it may be that Francois knows what to do already.
   For now, we'll keep your letter on hand and write to you again when we 
   have news of the update.

 Comments from Rich Brown [GEnie Lamp ST Columnist] concerning the 
 Bubblejet BJ-10e vs. the Deskjet 500C - From Cat. 4, Topic 5, Msg. 16...
   Having been lambasted in the HP Deskjet area due to my comments on the 
   Bubblejet, I thought I'd see what's what here.
   I am a multi-printer owner and user, from 3,000 to 300 dpi PostScript 
   - to Deskjet 500C - to Bubblejet BJ-10e - to 24 pin Toshiba. I have 
   tremendous experience on these various systems, going through paper by 
   the case, rather than by the sheet, in my many and various projects 
   filling very busy 100-135 hour weeks.
   Regarding price, I believe you can find the BJ-10ex for _under_ $300 
   in most areas, $279 being a price I remember from recent ads. That's 
   without the requisite sheet feeder.
   Additionally, as an owner of the HP 500C and BJ-10e (the original 
   model) I can report that after more than 12,000+ miles of traveling 
   with the BJ, it still hands-down outperforms the HP, which never left 
   the desk, for black ink printing, absolutely every time and in every 
   Line weights on the BJ-10 vastly outperform the HP, especially in sub 
   1 point weights. It is very easy to see a difference between .1 and .2 
   points on the BJ, with the HP giving up at about .3 point, which is 
   itself a misnomer, as the Deskjet line weights are about twice as 
   heavy as the BJ in all weights under 1 point. Where the BJ prints a .1 
   point line, the DJ is lucky to do .5 or so.
   Gray scale photos print with decisively more grays than the HP, this 
   being due to the added gray handling ability of the 360 dpi resolution 
   of the BJ. Additionally, photographs have to be lightened 
   significantly (40-50%) when going from the BJ to the HP. This I do in 
   PhotoShop on the Mac via the Spectre GCR. Photos also tend to have 
   better contrast on the BJ. Deskjet photos tend to look "muddy."
   Large black areas print with far greater uniformity on the BJ than the 
   HP, as the HP's ink supply leaves a tell-tale mottling not unlike 
   dichroic fog within the photographic process. Additionally, the HP's 
   ink is not uniform in glossiness.
   However, the single greatest difference between the BJ and the HP is 
   in the uniformity of the printed page through the life of the 
   cartridge. While the BJ tends to exhibit absolute uniformity from the 
   first to last drop of ink in the cartridge, the DJ cartridge tends to 
   clog easily and otherwise degrades in quality so significantly as to 
   warrant replacement long before the ink supply runs out. I have run 
   both machines dry, though, and can report a tremendous advantage in 
   the BJ's ink supply, which far outstrips the DJ cartridge in 
   Additionally, the DJ cries out for "corrective maintenance" very 
   regularly, while the BJ is a "set it and forget it" environment.
   On my last trip to L.A., BJ in tow as luggage, I actually had to 
   replace pages in an otherwise PostScript laser printed document. The 
   BJ, running PageStream, was able to sufficiently match the laser 
   printed output as to _completely_ fool everyone who viewed even direct 
   "this is laser - that is Bubblejet" side by side comparisons.
   To accomplish laser-grade results, you must use the right paper:
   Strathmore Legacy Pen Plotter Paper Product Number 01-075 Premium 
   Quality, 24 pound, white 250 sheets, 8.5x11, about $8.95
   Pricey, yes. Laser grade results? Yes. None of the capillary bleed or 
   other problems associated with virtually _all_ other papers.
   BTW- Pen Plotter Paper does _not_ work _at all_ on the HP Deskjet. 
   Totally wrong (different) ink composition.
   On the BJ, when the ink dries (more slowly here as it does _not_ soak 
   in), the printout will actually feel similar to a laser printed page, 
   where the ink (carbon) rests on the _surface_ of the page, giving a 
   'bas-relief' tactile effect.
   Strathmore Legacy is a division of Hammermill Paper Company, which 
   also makes a popular long grain laser printer paper, which, by the 
   way, is comparatively awful on the BJ.
   Sorry for the long post. I've just gotten tired of the narrow-minded 
   status quo over on the HP DJ category, and this was a nice venting.
   Th-that's all for now...
   --Richard Brown
     GEnie Lamp ST Columnist
     Read it! It's a free download!

 Hard drive problems from Wendell Gragg - Cat. 4, Topic 10, Msgs 108-111
   I recently received a hard drive (50 MB Seagate, ICD+ host, shoebox 
   case). I have had trouble ever since I got it, and have finally 
   concluded that it is probably my computer and not the drive.

   It seems to be a thermal problem, as the drive has to be active for 
   about an hour before the problem shows up. It usually starts with 
   Write Fail msgs and then proceeds to msgs stating the data on one or 
   more partitions may be damaged (or drive not responding). If I run 
   ICD's Hdutil prg, I will get flaky bad sectors that do not show up in 
   the same place a second time.

   A friend brought over his STE and I hooked it up for 2hours, with no 
   problem. I then took the case off of my 1040 and found the DMA chip. I 
   let the machine warm up until I started having definite failures, 
   blasted the chip with freeze mist, rebooted (warm) and didn't have 
   another problem for about 25-30 minutes.

   My question is that since the DMA chip is socketed, could I have a 
   problem that just requires reseating the chip, or should I just go 
   ahead and replace it?

 Answer from Tom at ICD...
   Replace it. HArd drive errors are nasty and DMA chips are cheap 
   compared to the amount of time you may have to spend recovering your 
   hard drive...DMA chips also have a reputation as one of the more 
   likely chips to cause problems.

 Suggestions from Joe Meehan...
   I have two easy and cheap suggestions. First how about increasing the 
   cooling to the chip?

   Second try another trick. Play with the cable locations and shielding 
   them. I know it does not sound like this is it (heat sensitive and all 
   that, but it is worth a try.

 Another suggestion, from Bob Morrow...
   I'd try replacing the power supply. Those suckers get hot. Best 
   Electronics has a better one than the stock p/s. It puts out more 
   power and less heat. I doubt replacing the chip would do much good-
   after a while the new one might start to show the old symptoms.


 Information from Jim Allen about Fast Tech's new TurboRam board - From 
 Cat. 4, Topic 11, Msg. 104 & 106...
   ...What is it?

   TurboRam, a 2,4,6,8 Megabyte ram expansion that adds to the 4Megabytes 
   you already have. It is ST ram, but isn't completely compatible, as 
   some things can't be done from DMA sound, etc. It uses up to 
   16 standard 1MegX4 page mode ZIP packaged DRAMs. You add them in sets 
   of 4 chips, so you can start out with 2 and add till you reach 8 
   additional megabytes.

   Installation is a simple plug in, but adding ram to the board requires 
   soldering the chips on. We can't use SIMMs due to height limitations 
   under shielding, etc. If SIMMs would fit I'd have used them.

   The price will be $199 for 0K, and the chips are around $10 each now, 
   so 8Megabytes costs $160, or $359 total for an 8 Megabyte add-on...  
   giving you a total of 12 Megabytes of ST ram. Just what the doctor        
   ordered for folks using Calamus SL or looking forward to using 

   It's compatible with most software that doesn't have fits if there's 
   more than 4 Megs, and the T25 and Turbo030 boards all know about the 
   ram and there is a "back door" built in to design which allows faster 
   than normal accesses by an accelerator.
   It will be demo'ed at the Dussledorf show next week. This is what I was 
   working on while waiting for the T25s and Tiny030 can 
   only watch so much TV ;-)

   Since it'll be a few weeks till I have them I don't want to get folks 
   all whooped up about this, try and forget about it till September, 
   please. Sorry about the premature announcement.

   ...Yes, Pagestream and Calamus SL and even Calamus 1.09 like the ram, 
   most programs that have any need of more ram will be tickled pink. The 
   blitter and CPU have total access, other things have limited access. 
   It is "contiguous" in that it makes the ram go from 0 to $BFFFFF...12 
   Megabytes of ram.


 Question from Joe Rice about the new Falcon - From Cat. 4, Topic 11, 
 Msgs 109-110

   I saw that Sam Tramiel indicated that the Falcon couldn't be upgraded 
   to a 68040. I assume you know something he doesn't, right?

 Answer from Jim Allen at Fast Tech...
   Yep, the design of the Falcon doesn't have any built in "gotcha's" 
   that make using an 040 impossible...which IS the case with the ST(E) 
   design. Also, the OS has been "fleshed out" in many ways by Atari, so 
   that MultiTos knows what to do with each of the possible processors it 
   might end up running on.

   I've done a study of what's required and it will be possible to put a 
   board in, although it may be in the $1,100 range. I've also scopped 
   out the Tiny030 for the Falcon, and will provide swap-grades for 
   Tiny030 owners in the future when they want to move to a Falcon.

   I'll probably yank out a design I have for a Mac monitor compatible 
   high-res monochrome and slap that onto the Falcon Tiny030. Since the 
   ram system is 32bit on the Falcon...not burst mode but 32bits 
   wide...the cache for it will be 32bit and I've got a really neat 
   design done. It should be a serious screamer...40 or 50Mhz 030, cache, 
   and 1152x870 19" mono video circuit.


 Question from Warren Jessop about Pagestream 2.2 - Cat. 4, Topic 28, 
 Msgs 150-152...
   Can anyone tell me whether Pagestream 2.2 will take advantage of the 
   16 colors in high resolution? Am I barking up the wrong tree, or will 
   I be able to design my brochures with 16 colors at 640 x 400 pixels?
 Answer from Ringo at Lexicor...
   I don't have a AlberTT but I do have a TT and PageStream 2.2 and it 
   works great with the 640 X 480 resolution with 16 colors. Importing 
   color pictures only display in black and White but you can do color 
   separations or print them to color printers.

 Answer from Jim Allen at Fast Tech...
   ...yes the ISAC/AlberTT cards give you 1024x768x16 colors and 
   Pagestream is a dream running on them. The folks at Softlogic usually 
   use an ISAC or AlberTT at shows in the demo machine.


 Panasonic monitor question from Paul Griffith - Cat. 4, Topic 34, Msgs 
   Does anyone know if a Panasonic C1381 multisync monitor will work with 
   my Mega 4? I know that I will need a switchbox, can anyone recommend a 
   GOOD one, and how much it will cost? How good is the monochrome on 
   these things?

    Specs are: 30Khz-37Khz Hor. sync.      50Hz-90Hz vert. sync.
               1024x768 max res.           .28 dot pitch

 Answer from Ron at Atari Advantage...
   The spec's you have show horizontal sync frequency does not go low 
   enough for ST color, you need 15.7 KHz:

                               Vertical            Horizontal 
   SM124 Mono (hi res)            70 Hz               35.1 KHz 
   SC1224 Color                   60 Hz               15.7 KHz

 Answer from MYECK.WATERS....
   The Panasonic C1381 will work on the STs Mono mode but not in the 
   color modes. Horizontal sync has to go down to 15.7Khz to work with 
   the color modes.


 Great news from Anna Mason - Cat. 7, Topic 4, Msg. 168...
   GREAT NEWS!! Just rec'd the Migraph newsletter a couple of days ago 
   and TouchUp 1.8 is ready for shipping. PLUS, they have PC Scanner 
   which will allow you to use your hand scanner with both your Atari and 
   PC!! It comes with the kit and PC version of TouchUp that is 
   compatible with the Atari version!!

 Flash II info from John Trautschold [Missionware Software] - From Cat. 
 8, Topic 2, Msg. 60...'s been quiet here lately... :-) I hope that's good news!

   Although the full maintenance update of Flash II is not yet quite 
   ready, is getting closer by the minute. DO scripting incompatibilities 
   are being fixed, as are many of the other problems you have reported 
   to us. Each beta received is looking better and better.

   We are continuing to ship version 2.01, and interim update. If you 
   just purchased 2.0 and would like to update, the cost is only 75 cents 
   worth of stamps and your master disk. The 75 cents covers the return 
   postage to send the disk back to you.

   There has been a bit of confusion over version 2.01 upgrades. This 
   version is NOT being sent automatically to all registered owners. It 
   doesn't fix all know problems, just a significant number of them. 
   That's why we're offering it on an "as requested" basis. Those of you 
   that really want it, can get it.

   If you aren't sure what version you have, just load the program and 
   click on About Flash II menu item in the Desk menu. Or, look at the 
   label on your disk.

   If you wish to update to 2.01, just send the 75 cents in stamps, along 
   with your 2.0 master disk to:

                           Missionware Software
                           354 N. Winston Drive
                         Palatine, IL   60067-4132

   We'll turn it around within a day or two.

   EVERYONE that is officially registered (by sending in the blue 
   registration card) will receive the full maintenance upgrade (probably 
   version 2.1) when it's ready, for free, without any action on your 
   part. Naturally, we'll post a notice here when that's ready to occur.

   Thanks for your comments, patience, and help.


 Formatting question from David Fisk...
   Could someone please tell me what exactly is the difference between a 
   low level/high level format? How do you go about getting a low level 
   format on an Atari? (this was suggested for my dead ST 277 RLL)

 Answer from Doug Wheeler at ICD...
   The format function of the hard disk utilities available for the Atari 
   (ICDFMT, SUPRAFMT, HDX, etc.) perform a low-level format of the drive. 
   The partitioning function is the high-level format. The only exception 
   to this is with Quantum drives which can not be low- level formatted 
   through software.

 Until next week.....



                      ALDUS--SNARING A PIRATE CHIEF!

 by Albert Silverman

 From the Mac RT on GEnie


 This is the sixth article in a series on "piracy"--with a reverse twist.  
 This series currently includes the following articles:

        (1)  Great Software Licensing Hoax   (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY1)
        (2)  Software Copyright/License Quiz (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY2)
        (3)  Great School Copyright Robbery  (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY3)
        (4)  San Diego County--Truth Squad   (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY4)
        (5)  ADAPSO and SPA--Trade Pirates   (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY5)
        (6)  Aldus--Snaring a Pirate Chief!  (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY6)




 The following definitions apply  to  the  terms  as  they  appear  in this

 "Aldus" means the Aldus Corporation.

 "Software" means  the computer  program contained in this package, and all
 updates to the computer program.  The term also includes all copies of any
 part of the computer program.

 "Documentation"  means  the  user's  manual(s) and other printed materials
 accompanying the Software.

 "Product" means the Software and Documentation.

     The Product is owned  by Aldus  or its  suppliers and  is protected by
 United  States  and  international  copyright laws and international trade
 provisions.   You  must  treat  the  Product  like  any  other copyrighted
 material.    This  license  and  your  right  to use the Product terminate
 automatically if you violate any part of this agreement.  In the  event of
 termination, you  must immediately  destroy all  copies of  the Product or
 return them to Aldus.

     Aldus grants you a nonexclusive license to:

     Use one copy of the Software on a  single computer  terminal connected
 to a single computer.

     Make  one  copy  of  the  Software  for archival purposes, or copy the
 Software onto the hard disk of your computer  and retain  the original for
 archival purposes.  You may not copy the Documentation.

 You may not:

     Modify, translate,  or merge the Software with another program, except
 for your  personal use  on a  single computer.   Any  modifications to the
 Software are subject to this agreement.

     Reverse-engineer,  disassemble,  decompile,  or  make  any  attempt to
 discover the source code of the Software.

     Sublicense, rent, or lease any portion of the Product.  You may, after
 written notification  to Aldus, transfer the entire Product on a permanent
 basis to another person or entity,  provided you  retain no  copies of the
 Product and  the recipient  agrees to the terms of this agreement.  If you
 have received an update  to the  Software, any  transfer must  include the
 update and all prior versions of the Software.  If you want to operate the
 Software on a network, please contact Aldus to  request a  Network License

     If the Product contains both 3 1/2" and 5 1/4" disks, then you may use
 only the disks appropriate for a  single-user computer.   You  may not use
 the other  disks on  another computer,  or loan,  rent, lease, or transfer
 them to another user except as part of the permanent transfer (as provided
 above) of the Product.

     Aldus warrants  the disks  on which  the Software is distributed to be
 free from defects in materials and workmanship and that the  Software will
 perform substantially in accordance with the Documentation for a period of
 90 days from your receipt of the Product.  Any written or oral information
 or advice  given by Aldus dealers, distributors, agents, or employees will
 in no way increase the scope of this  warranty.   If the  Product fails to
 comply with the warranty set forth above, Aldus' entire liability and your
 exclusive remedy will be  replacement of  the disk  or, at  Aldus' option,
 Aldus' reasonable  effort to  make the Product meet the warranty set forth
 above.  This limited warranty applies only if you return all copies of the
 Product, along  with a  copy of  your paid invoice, to an authorized Aldus
 dealer within 90 days of the date you received the  Product.   If Aldus is
 unable to  make the  Product conform  to the above warranty, Aldus, at its
 option, will refund all or a fair portion of the  price you  paid for this
 package.   Any replacement Software will be warranted for the remainder of
 the original 90-day warranty period or  for  30  days  from  the  date you
 received the  replacement, whichever  is longer.   These  remedies are not
 available outside of the United States and Canada.


     In no event shall  Aldus or  its suppliers  be liable  for any damages
 whatsoever (including,  without limitation,  damages for  loss of profits,
 business interruption,  loss  of  information,  or  other  pecuniary loss)
 arising out  of the use of or inability to use this Aldus product, even if
 Aldus has been advised of the possibility of  such damages.   Because some
 states  do  not  allow  the  exclusion  or  limitation  of  liability  for
 consequential or incidental damages, the above limitation may not apply to
 you.   The foregoing  limitations of  warranty and  liability inure to the
 benefit of Aldus' licensors having an interest in the package.

     Aldus product support is only available to you (1) through Aldus' 
 Registered User Support Service and Extended Technical Support Service 
 (2) if you live in the United States or Canada.  To receive these 
 services, you must follow the directions accompanying the registration 
 card in  this package.   This  agreement constitutes  the entire agreement
 between you  and Aldus  and supersedes  any prior agreement concerning the
 contents of this pack age.   It shall  not be  modified except  by written
 agreement  dated  subsequent  to  the  date of this agreement signed by an
 authorized Aldus representative.  Aldus is not bound  by any  provision of
 any purchase  order, receipt, acceptance, confirmation, correspondence, or
 otherwise, unless Aldus specifically agrees to  the provision  in writing.
 This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Washington.

     The Product  is provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS.  Use, duplication, or
 disclosure by the government  is  subject  to  restrictions  set  forth in
 subdivision  (c)(1)(ii)  of  the  Rights  in  Technical  Data and Computer
 Software clause at 48 CFR 252.227-7013, or in  subdivision (c)(1)  and (2)
 of the  Commercial Computer  Software--Restricted Rights  clause at 48 CFR
 52.27-19,  as   applicable.      The   contractor/manufacturer   is  Aldus
 Corporation, 411 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104-2871.

                       Rev.  8/89  Printed in U.S.A


     Well aware  that Aldus  is a  current leader in the formulation of the
 software industry's  "licensing"  strategy,  I  decided  to  expose Aldus'
 legal-rights  piracy  by  querying  the  company about the validity of its
 so-called "License Agreement."  To this  end, a  routine request  was made
 for  the  legal  authority  under  which  Aldus  proposes  to  enforce its
 "licensing"  restrictions   upon  reverse   engineering,  disassembly  and
 decompilation of the software.

     As you  were made  aware in the first article of this series (Software
 License--Fact/Fiction?), the decision  in  Vault  v.  Quaid  declared that
 these   specific   restrictions   within   a   licensing   agreement   are
 UNENFORCEABLE.  Since the Aldus License Agreement contains  a clause which
 forbids the  software user  from engaging in conduct which lies within the
 exclusive province of the copyright law, the answer  to this  question was
 eagerly awaited--and  awaited--and awaited!   The  first letter of inquiry
 was innocently sent to Aldus'  Customer Service Department on  January 13,
 1992.  It is presented below:

 January 13, 1992

 Customer Sales and Service
 Aldus Corporation
 411 First Avenue South
 Seattle, WA  98104


     A  question  has  arisen  with  regard to the ALDUS License Agreement,
 revised in 8/89.  There is the statement:  "You may  not reverse engineer,
 disassemble, decompile, or make any attempt to discover the source code of
 the Software."  Please  provide  the  legal  authority  under  which these
 restrictions  upon   my  conduct   after  purchasing  ALDUS  software  are
 enforceable in a court of law.  I assume that answering this  request is a
 routine matter  on the  part of your legal department.  Therefore, I shall
 expect to receive a very prompt reply to this request.  Thank you.


 Albert Silverman

     After waiting for two weeks without a response, I sent a second letter
 to the  Customer Service  Department on January 29, 1992.  It is presented

 January 29, 1992

 Customer Sales and Service 
 Aldus Corporation 
 411 First Avenue South 
 Seattle, WA  98104


     On January 13, 1992, I sent  to you  a letter  (a copy  of which  I am
 enclosing) which  asked for  answers to  some routine questions about your
 Software License Agreement.  I asked for a VERY PROMPT  reply; yet  I have
 to date  not received  it.   Please reply  to these questions immediately.
 Thank you.


 Albert Silverman

     After waiting two more weeks without receiving a  response, the author
 placed a  telephone call  to Aldus'  Customer Service.  What transpired in
 that telephone call is  explained below  in the  letter to  Paul Brainerd,
 Aldus' president, dated February 13, 1992.

 February 13, 1992

 Mr. Paul Brainerd 
 Aldus Corporation 
 411 First Avenue South 
 Seattle, WA  98104

 Dear Mr. Brainerd:

     On  January  13,  1992,  I  wrote  a  letter  to your Customer Service
 Department,  requesting  specific  information  about  the  ALDUS  License
 Agreement.   A copy  of this  letter is enclosed.  Having requested a very
 prompt response to this letter and  having received  no answer,  I wrote a
 second  letter  dated  January  29,  1992.   A copy of this letter is also

     Still having received no  response, I  called your  Customer "Service"
 (if that  is what  you wish  to call  it) Department on 2/12/92 to inquire
 about the lack of response to my two  letters.   A young  man answered the
 phone and  claimed that he could not trace my letters, since they were not
 addressed to a specific  person in  the Customer  Service Department! Does
 this mean that you automatically throw such letters into the round file?

     He asked  me what my questions were about the License Agreement.  When
 I told him, he then took my telephone number, stating that he  would "talk
 to somebody about them." He then asked why I wanted this information! This
 is high order arrogance,  since  anyone  who  is  supposedly  operating in
 accordance with  an agreement  is entitled to understand EXACTLY what this
 agreement is  about.   He stated  that I  might not  get any  answer to my
 questions, and "that's that"!! When I asked for his name, he replied "it's
 not important."

     Well, Mr.  Brainerd, notwithstanding  the comments  of Mr.   X, that's
 NOT that.   I  happen to  believe that  it IS important that your Customer
 "Service" Department start living up to its name.  Pronto.  I also fail to
 see you  how your employees can hope to avoid the responsibility for their
 actions by refusing to  disclose their  names.   Perhaps his  name will be
 important to YOU.  Do YOU see anything wrong with such behavior?

     Please  furnish  me  with  PROMPT  answers,  in  writing,  to  the two
 questions which I have asked your company about its License Agreement.  No
 ifs, ands, or buts.


 Albert Silverman

     In response  to this  letter, a  telephone call was received four days
 later by someone who identified herself only as  a "legal  assistant." She
 promised that  Mr. Curt  Blake, Aldus' General Counsel, would respond with
 a  letter  which  answered  both  the  original  question   about  reverse
 engineering,  etc.,  plus  a  second  question  (which  was  raised in the
 telephone call) to the customer service  department) about  Aldus' attempt
 to  restrict  the  customer  to  the  making  of but one backup copy.  Not
 surprisingly, however, no such letter was received.  Following up  on this
 continued silence,  I wrote  a second  letter to  Mr. Brainerd on February
 27, 1992.  It is presented below.

 February 27, 1992

 Mr. Paul Brainerd 
 Aldus Corporation 
 411 First Avenue South 
 Seattle, WA  98104

 Re: my letter dated February 13, 1992
 Dear Mr. Brainerd:

     In my  letter dated  February 13,  1992, I  asked that  you furnish me
 PROMPTLY  with  the  legal  authority  for the enforcement of two specific
 clauses in your so-called "Software License Agreement."   Two weeks later,
 I have not yet received this reply, which I have been attempting to obtain
 from your company since  January 13,  1992.   Six weeks  is far  more than
 enough time to answer rudimentary questions about enforceability (I am NOT
 referring to an interpretation of any law), which  SHOULD be  available at
 the tip of your legal department's tongue.

     Or is  it? Your  failure to provide me with these answers, mirrored by
 the failure of your Customer  "Service"  Department  to  address  my query
 after two  letters and a telephone call, strongly suggests that either (1)
 your legal department does not KNOW the answers, or (2)  they do  not care
 to  answer,  for  obvious  reasons.    If (1), then it would seem that you
 should consult the Software  Publishers  Association  for  the  answers to
 these questions,  since it  has apparently failed to explain to your legal
 department the  legal basis  for the  broad "licensing  strategy" which it
 adopted several years ago for industry-wide use.  If (2), then ???

     If you  are so  proud of this "license," with which you are attempting
 to intimidate legally-ignorant software  users, then  you should certainly
 be  willing  to  answer  basic  questions  about the enforceability of its
 provisions.  Certainly no  party to  a bona  fide legal  arrangement would
 object to  answering these  questions.  But if you are unwilling to do so,
 then this so-called "agreement" is clearly fraudulent and  it is  time for
 you immediately to withdraw it from use with your software.

 You must realize, of course, that the very integrity of your company is at
 stake in this matter.  Need I remind you that the software USER is not the
 only one who indulges in "piracy"?


 Albert Silverman

     One might  think that  this letter  would stir Mr. Brainerd to come up
 with a response.  Not  surprisingly,  however,  the  stonewall  of silence
 continued.   Hence a  third letter was sent to Mr. Brainerd on March 5, in
 which my questions were reworded in a manner  which could  not possibly be
 misunderstood.  It is presented below.

 March 5, 1992

 Mr. Paul Brainerd

 Aldus Corporation 
 411 First Avenue South 
 Seattle, WA  98104
 Re: the Aldus "License Agreement"

 Dear Mr. Brainerd:

     Perhaps it  is not clear what I have been requesting from you over the
 past several weeks.   Hopefully  this  correspondence  will  clear  up any

 The current Aldus "License Agreement" contains the following clauses:

 (1) "Aldus grants you a nonexclusive license to:

     Make  one  copy  of  the  Software  for archival purposes, or copy the
 Software onto the hard disk of your computer  and retain  the original for
 archival purposes."

 (2)"You may not:

     Reverse-engineer,  disassemble,  decompile,  or  make  any  attempt to
 discover the source code of the Software."

     Please  furnish  me  with  the  legal  authority  for  enforcing these
 particular  restrictions  upon  the  one  who  purchases an Aldus computer
 program under this so-called "License Agreement.  If your legal department
 does not  know the answer to this question, please say so.  Alternatively,
 if you do not believe that I am entitled to  this information,  please say
 so.  I expect your IMMEDIATE reply.


 Albert Silverman 

     This  third  letter  to  Mr.  Brainerd at long last evoked a response!
 However, this response, dated March  11,  1992,  did  NOT  come  from Curt
 Blake,  as  was  promised.    It  is  clear  that  Mr.  Blake  was  hardly
 enthusiastic about answering my questions.    Instead,  the  response came
 from a Ms. Leann Nester (Corporate Counsel).  It is presented below.

 March 11, 1992

 Dear Mr. Silverman,

     I don't  have a copy of your letter of January 13, 1992 (inadvertently
 not enclosed with your 1/29/92 letter),  but  I  think  I  can  derive the
 substance of  your questions  from your  subsequent letters,  and from the
 conversations you have had  with Aldus  employees in  our Customer Service
 and Legal departments.

 Why can I only make one back-up disk?
     The end-user  license agreement  you received with your product states
 that you may only make one back-up disk.  You agreed to  this by  means of
 the  "break-the-seal"  licensing,  wherein  you  agreed  to  the terms and
 conditions of licensing when you broke open the disk pack.   Most software
 companies agree  that only one back-up disk is necessary, and that further
 copying often invites software piracy.

 Why can't I disassemble the code?

     Aldus owns the source code.  Again, as an end-user, you agree to terms
 and conditions  of the  licensing agreement  when you  break open the disk

     Basically, by purchasing  product  and  breaking  the  seal,  you have
 accepted the  offer of  a contract  of license between you, the end- user,
 and Aldus.  The license states at the top that if you do not  agree to the
 terms and conditions of use, that you should not break the seal and should
 instead return the product for a full refund.

     Finally, I  understand from  your telephoned  conversations with Aldus
 employees  that  you  have  been  using Superpaint software, but are not a
 registered owner.  I encourage you to send  in your  registration card, if
 you  purchased  the  product.    If  you  are using illegitimate copies of
 Superpaint, I  encourage you  to "legalize"  them and  purchase product of
 your own.   This  will ensure  that you receive documentation, information
 regarding updates, and you are eligible for technical support.

     If you have further  general  questions  regarding  software licensing
 arrangements, I  encourage you to contact legal counsel of your own, or to
 visit your local law library.


 Leann Nester
 Corporate Counsel

 cc:  Paul Brainerd, President, Aldus Corporation


     Bulls-eye!  Here is a very rare written confirmation of the industry's
 "licensing" strategy,  stripped of any attempt to justify the restrictions
 under the copyright law,  which of  course has  the ultimate  say in these
 matters.   Note that  the legal  authority for enforcing the two specified
 clauses within the "agreement" was not even mentioned, despite the crystal
 clear request  in my  third letter  to the company president.  Ms.  Nester
 patronizingly explains just what conduct Aldus  "permits," instead  of the
 conduct which  the software  user is permitted under the copyright law! In
 other words, her response explains Aldus'  self-serving "revision"  of the
 copyright law, with which it hopes to intimidate the user, under the guise
 of a phoney "license agreement." Nice try, Ms.  Nester--or whoever.

     Note also her statement that "you have been using Superpaint software,
 but are not a registered owner"!  Apparently she failed to take the simple
 step of checking  my  registration  of  this  program  with  Silicon Beach
 Software,  a   subsidiary  of  the  Aldus  Corporation!  This  interesting
 pronouncement, implying my piracy of Aldus software, is a superbly fitting
 statement  from  a  company  which  is  ITSELF dedicated to "pirating" the
 software user's legal rights.  There is an  old saying:  "It takes  one to
 know one."

     Refusing  to  accept  Ms.  Nester's  attempt  to close out any further
 efforts to obtain an answer to his question about enforcement authority, I
 followed with yet another letter to Mr. Brainerd.  It is given below.

 March 17, 1992

 Mr. Paul Brainerd 
 Aldus Corporation 
 411 First Avenue South 
 Seattle, WA  98104

 Re: the Aldus "License Agreement"

 Dear Paul:

     It  is  time  to  quit  beating  around  the  bush  and  start  acting
 Presidential.  So ANSWER THE QUESTION.  Send  in your  Big Gun,  who KNOWS
 the  answer  and  can  produce  it  in  two seconds flat.  Enough with his
 lackeys--let's go right to the horse's mouth.  Incidentally, Paul,  why is
 it that  OTHER software  companies all seem to know what "Legal Authority"
 means, when your Mr.  Blake (who is hiding out in a corner somewhere) does

 'Fess up, Paul.  The game is over.


 Albert Silverman

     This letter  apparently did the trick.  A few days later, I received a
 telephone call from Curt  Blake, Aldus'  "Big Gun."   The  essence of this
 conversation  is  contained  in  the  letter which was then written to Mr.
 Blake.  It is given below.


 March 26, 1992

 Mr. Curt Blake 
 General Counsel 
 Aldus Corporation 
 411 First Avenue South 
 Seattle, WA  98104
 Dear Mr. Blake:

     In the light of our telephone conversation yesterday, I should like to
 summarize  the  essence  of  my  views  on  the use of the common industry
 sponsored contract of adhesion in the "licensing" of computer software.  I
 would hope  that you  (and your boss) will read it very carefully.  First,
 let me emphasize that it is not my purpose here to discuss  any particular
 "interpretation" of the software copyright laws.  Rather, it is to discuss
 the use of a so-called "license agreement" in  an attempt  to enforce upon
 the  user  certain  software  handling  restrictions  which lie within the
 exclusive province of the federal copyright laws.

     As such, conduct which  is regulated  under the  copyright law  is OFF
 LIMITS within  a license agreement.  This includes (but is not limited to)
 the making and/or use of  unauthorized  copies,  transfer  of unauthorized
 copies,   modification,   adaptation,  reverse  engineering,  disassembly,
 decompilation, use  of the  copyright notice,  software RENTAL,  etc.  The
 list is  long.   What does this mean, in practical terms? First of all, it
 means that the  software  user  CANNOT  "agree"  with  Aldus  to  obey the
 copyright  law--a  nonsensical  contention.    It also means, as a typical
 example, that Aldus CANNOT grant the user a license to make ANY  number of
 backup copies--  another nonsensical  wand-waving.   Whatever the user may
 seek to do, vis-a-vis the making of backup copies, is  regulated under the
 copyright law  and has  no place  (not even a mention!) within a contract.

     In point of fact,  out of  all of  the various  restrictions which are
 imposed upon the software user in the Aldus "license agreement," there are
 just THREE which  are  enforceable  under  state  contract  law authority.
 These are:
 (1) the  requirement that  any transfer  include the  update and all prior
     versions of the software..
 (2) the prohibition upon lending or leasing (but NOT rental,  which is now
     regulated under the copyright law) the software

 (3) the  prohibition upon  the simultaneous  use of  software which may be
     provided  on  dual  media.    The   remaining  restrictions   are  all
     UNENFORCEABLE (i.e.,  by agreement) and are therefore merely taking up
     valuable space.  Sorry about that, Mr.  Blake.
     It  is  no  secret  that  software  publishers  are  unhappy  with the
 Congressional   "balance-of-copyrights"   spelled   out  in  the  software
 copyright laws.  Since he does  not get  every last  thing that  his heart
 desires in  this compromise, it is quite understandable that the publisher
 should seek to evade  the  "objectionable"  provisions  of  these  laws by
 "rewriting" the  copyright law  to his own liking, while incorporating the
 rewritten law  (which  of  course  runs  contrary  to  the  intent  of the
 Congress) as  restrictions within a so-called "license agreement."  If the
 legally-ignorant  software  user  can  be  intimidated  into  obeying this
 rewritten and self-interested version of the law, under the threat of some
 vague and ill-defined penalties for "violation" of his/her  agreement, the
 publisher will  have achieved  his devious purpose.  Were the publisher to
 admit, however, that his "license  agreement"  indeed  possesses  no legal
 authority to  backup such  restrictions, then  the coercive effect of such
 UNENFORCEABLE restrictions would be absent.

     This being the case, it is quite understandable that you  have refused
 to name,  in writing,  the legal  authority behind  two specific licensing
 restrictions which I  have  identified.    Were  you  to  admit  that this
 authority is  the copyright  law, it would be tantamount to admitting that
 your "software license" is a FRAUD.  On the other hand, were  you to claim
 that  it  is  contract  law  which  is the enforcement authority for these
 restrictions, you would then  have to  explain exactly  WHY you  are STILL
 using a  "license agreement"  which was declared to be invalid almost four
 years ago in the federal appellate court in  the case  of Vault  v. Quaid.
 As you  are well  aware, this case was heard in Louisiana in order to test
 the validity of Louisiana's Software License Enforcement Act  (SLEA).  The
 decision  was  hardly  to  the  industry's  liking,  although  it is still
 attempting to "discount"  its  impact  NATIONWIDE,  as  confirmed  by your
 statements during our conversation.

     Your  lame  excuse  that  the  decision  in  that  case  has no proven
 applicability in the federal district  covering  the  state  of Washington
 lacks all  credibility.   The question  of the enforceability of the Aldus
 license agreement is identical with the  model industry-sponsored "license
 agreement" laughed  out of  court in Vault v. Quaid.  And this despite the
 fact that Washington has no comparable software license  "validation" law,
 as existed  in Louisiana.  The fact remains that the federal copyright law
 preempts Washington state law in regulating  the above-mentioned  areas of
 software user conduct--and that is that.  Contrary to your statement about
 "different circumstances" in that case, the nature of  preemption of state
 law by  federal law  is precisely the same in Washington state as it is in

     Likewise,  your  feeble  claim  that  you  cannot  provide  the  legal
 authority for the enforcement of your license agreement in writing because
 "the laws are constantly changing" lacks  all credibility.   Regardless of
 the state  of fluidity of the law, one has no viable option but to go with
 the current state of affairs.  Of prime  importance, however,  is the fact
 that,  despite  the  inevitability  that  the software copyright laws will
 indeed undergo future change, the one  thing which  is destined  to remain
 constant is  the preemption of state contract law by the federal copyright
 law.  Period.    So  don't  give  me  any  of  that  nonsense  about legal
 uncertainty as  a cover for your refusal to put the unchanging enforcement
 authority for your restrictions in writing.  If I were engaged in the same
 kind of devious and deceptive tactics used by your company (and indeed, by
 the software industry as a whole),  I  would  of  course  be  unwilling to
 acknowledge it  with my signature.  The way to avoid such embarrassment is
 simply to abandon the use of such tactics.   Small  wonder, then,  that it
 has taken  me some  2-1/2 months to receive any meaningful response (and I
 don't mean that absurd letter from Leann Nester) to a  routine enforcement

     The time  is long  overdue for  the software  industry to clean up its
 "antipiracy" act.  You are riding a dead  horse and  you know  it; its now
 time to  dismount.   In other  words, stop  this nonsense  and abandon the
 shopworn and discredited unsigned "software license."  That  is, leave the
 enforcement of  user software  handling conduct to the copyright law where
 it belongs, and where  it MUST  reside when  push comes  to shove.   While
 being very  quick to  accuse the software user of software piracy, with or
 without foundation, your company (indeed, as does the entire industry) has
 no qualms  whatsoever about  making a  very determined attempt to "pirate"
 the legal rights of the ignorant software user  by means  of UNENFORCEABLE
 clauses within a so-called "license agreement."  Not only are such tactics
 the height of arrogance, they are also HIGHLY UNETHICAL.

     What can ETHICALLY  be  done  to  "educate"  the  user  about software
 piracy?  Simple.    Any  explanation  (interpretation, if you will) of the
 copyright laws can be  included on  a SEPARATE  sheet within  the software
 package, and  identified for precisely that.  While it is of course asking
 too much for the software publisher to abandon  his grossly  distorted and
 self  interested  "interpretation"  of  the  copyright  laws  (such as the
 ludicrous claim that only a single backup copy can be  made, for example),
 any interpretation  must NOT (repeat: NOT) be camouflaged as a restriction
 within a phoney "license agreement." Period.

     The ETHICAL software company  (any  of  these  around?)  will  have no
 objection to  such an  approach which  is likely, in the long run, to have
 the desired effect, assuming that the  intent  of  the  law  is accurately
 portrayed--a very  big IF.   On  the other hand, the UNETHICAL company, of
 which Aldus is currently a typical example, will continue in  its attempts
 to bamboozle  the unwary  software user with a phoney "license agreement,"
 thrown out by the  federal courts  long ago.   Is  it any  wonder that the
 software industry is held in such low esteem by the computer-using masses,
 even though they are generally unaware of the nature of the "pseudo-legal"
 scam which  is being  perpetrated against  them by the entire industry? If
 anything is guaranteed to perpetuate the current state  of legal ignorance
 among software  users, it  is devious  tactics such as these.  So you have
 only yourself to blame.   Perhaps  software  users  will  remain abysmally
 ignorant, forever and ever, of the laws which govern the handling of their
 computer software.  Perhaps not.  We shall see.


 Albert Silverman

 cc: Paul Brainerd



     You have  now witnessed  a classic  encounter with  an industry pirate
 chief! It  took FOUR  letters to the company president in order to pry out
 any meaningful  response  to  a  routine  question  about  the enforcement
 authority for  Aldus' phoney  "license agreement"!!  Along the  way, I was
 accused of pirating Aldus' software, when Aldus had records on  hand which
 belied the  accusation! When  finally pinned  to the  mat after some 2-1/2
 months, the Aldus General Counsel still refused to  answer my  question IN
 WRITING.   This is  of course  characteristic of  one who has something to
 hide.  The first rule is: don't put your signature on it.  In  the wake of
 this illuminating  encounter, the  worth of the Aldus License Agreement is

 Read all about it in:
                         THE COPYRIGHT GAME, ETC.
             A Strategic Guide for the Computer Software User
                            by Albert Silverman

                            ISBN 0-9527435-1-8

 330 pages in  nominal  8-1/2"x11"  format,  softbound  with  an attractive

     What is  the purpose  of this  book?   Replacing the legal Mumbo-Jumbo
 with plain English, it provides an all-inclusive, detailed,  and impartial
 explanation  of  the  computer  software  copyright laws, using past court
 cases for clarification of obscure language in the  written letter  of the
 law.   Since there  is NO  commercially-generated distortion, it is likely
 that you will  find  some  surprises;  i.e.,  which  run  contrary  to the
 industry's self-serving  "interpretation" of the law.  Thoroughly debunked
 is the industry's attempt  to pirate  your legal  rights by  the use  of a
 phoney  "licensing  strategy."    Included  is a detailed and entertaining
 analysis of several leading Software License Agreements.   In summary, you
 are  provided  with  sufficient  and accurate information (i.e., the legal
 FACTS) to permit you  to  handle  your  computer  software  in  the manner
 intended  by  the  U.S.    Congress,  while safely ignoring those industry
 perversions of the law which seek to gain  for it  an unfair advantage--at
 YOUR expense.

     Exposed in  great detail is the outrageous software industry piracy of
 the  legal   rights  of   unsophisticated  software   users  (directed  by
 unconcerned  educational  administrators)  within  the  California  public
 schools.  For the  first  time  ever,  this  well-hidden  scheme  has been
 unearthed  (with   supporting  and  incriminating  documentation  from  my
 extensive research into the inner educational  sanctum) and  is being made
 public.   Although this  ongoing effort  is particularly well-organized in
 California, the premier "computer state," it  blankets the  entire nation,
 leaving no educational level uncovered.

     The disastrous  result of this exceptionally cozy relationship between
 the computer software industry and the California Department  of Education
 is explained.   If  you are  at all  concerned about the way in which this
 illicit  educational-commercial  "partnership"  affects  the  integrity of
 computer education  in your  public schools and drains away your tax money
 to line the software industry's  pockets  with  unwarranted  profits, this
 book is essential reading.

     What will  NOT be  found in  this book?  Since its  sole purpose is to
 ensure that  you understand  precisely what  conduct is  required for your
 (simultaneous) compliance  with federal  copyright law and state licensing
 law, there  are no  sermons about  your "moral"  or "ethical" obligations.
 That  is,  it  is  only  your  hard  and  fast LEGAL obligations which are
 addressed.  The industry's  "moral suasion"  is most  often an  attempt to
 get the  software user  to obey  the law; i.e., it is a substitute for the
 economically-unfeasible prosecution  of  small-  scale  violations  of the
 copyright law.   On  the other hand, there may also be a piratical attempt
 to make an end-run around the law.  That is, when there  is NO  ground for
 legal action  against the software user, the industry may seek to gain its
 own way,  either  by  shaming  the  user  with  claims  of  immoral and/or
 unethical  conduct  or  by  the  use  of  a  phoney (and usually coercive)
 "license." This book sorts it all out for you.

     The  price  of  $19.92  (check  or  money  order)  includes  $4.50 for
 handling,  shipping  by  UPS,  and  sales  tax  if shipped to a California
 address.    A  street  address   is   required   for   shipping  purposes.
 Off-the-shelf delivery from:

                             INTELLOGIC PRESS
                              P.O.  Box 3322
                            La Mesa  CA  91944


     Any questions?  If you  want information  about the  subject matter of
 this article, or if you want  more information  about my  book, send  me a
 message by  GE Mail.   My  GEnie mail address is A.SILVERMAN4.  Or you may
 write to me at the  above  address,  enclosing  a  stamped, self-addressed
 envelope if you would like a reply.


 > MATH & COMPUTING! STR Spotlight      "...all things are similar..."

                            MATHEMATICS IS FUN!

 by Sol Guber

     I love mathematics because mathematics is fun!  The field of
 mathematics encompasses much more than addition and multiplication
 tables, or proving geometric theorems, or even solving differential
 equations.   However, it takes a great deal of education and awareness to
 achieve the level where you are doing something interesting, new,
 delightful, innovative, and just playing with concepts.  Subtraction and
 division are not fun since this is only rote memory work.  Exploring the
 complex plane looking at objects that no one has even seen before is

     Besides being fun, mathematics is exciting.  We are living in another
 great age of mathematical exploration, not because there are more
 mathematicians performing esoteric math, but because common ordinary
 people, like you and I have some of the tools that are necessary to
 accomplish something innovative in math.  This is similar to what occurred
 in the 1600's when many new mathematical tools were invented, allowing new
 concepts in mathematics to be discovered.  Today, the two new accessible
 concepts are fractals and chaos.

     Chaos theory is a mathematical concept that has become one of the new
 buzz words.  A slightly counter-valent interpretation of a chaotic
 equation is one that cannot be used to predict either the future or the
 past from present information.  This is a very bothersome quality for an
 equation.  Suppose that orbital mechanics equations were extremely
 chaotic.  If you knew that the Earth was 93,000,000 miles from the sun
 today, then yesterday, it could have been only 85,000,000 miles and
 tomorrow, it could be 120,000,000 miles with equal probability.  You
 cannot predict what will happen from first causes.

     However the real world is full of chaotic systems.  The stock market
 might be one, since it is difficult to generate equations that will
 predict its value correctly.  If the market went up 20 points yesterday,
 will it go up or down today, and how much of a change will be affected by
 the 20 points.  Weather is another chaotic system.  The wind blew from the
 northwest at 15 miles per hour at 3:30 PM.  What will be the wind velocity
 at midnight and from what direction?  This is a very difficult problem to
 solve correctly.

     The other set of revolutionary concepts is that of fractals.  This
 might be considered the converse of chaos.  A simplistic explanation of
 the idea, it is that all things are similar except for their scale.  If
 you take a picture of a grain of sand under a microscope, it might look
 the same as a picture of a mountain.  There are a set of rules that tells
 a tree how to place its branches to maximize its exposure to sunlight. 
 Little trees obey the same rules as big trees and should look the same. 
 Blow up a little branch and you will have a big branch.

     The person that defined the fractal concept, Benoit Mandelbrot,
 invented what is known as the Mandelbrot set.   The characteristic shape
 of the set is well known.  However if you take a small piece at a border
 area, and enlarge it many times, you will see another Mandelbrot set, just
 like the one that you started out with.

     Both of these new methods of looking at the world have been helped by
 the advent of computers and graphics that allow equations and systems to
 be displayed on the screen.  Clifford Pickover has published several books
 showing how these two concepts of fractals and chaos can be used to
 produce interesting pictures.  I have spent the last year programming some
 of the concepts that Pickover and others have discovered.  All of the
 programs will run in ST and TT resolutions and will use a math coprocessor
 chip if it is there.  I hope that you will download these programs from
 GENIE and play with them.  None of them take any real knowledge of
 mathematics to use, and for most of them, just put a number into a
 dialogue box, and a picture will be generated.
 The following is a description of the programs that I have produced.

     This program is the quintessence fractal program.  Three sets of
 formulas have been found that will create ferns, triangles, and trees. 
 They are formed from a combination of rigid equations and random numbers. 
 Perturbations in the parameters will subtlety change the figures.

     Now that I have gotten all of the complicated gobbledygook out of the
 way, this is why this program is fun.  Start it up and pick the fern
 option.  Let it run for several minutes and a very realistic fern will
 appear on the screen.  The formula for the fern is not drawing a fern, but
 rather putting dots on the screen at random, that looks similar to a fern. 

     Now for the fun.  Change a parameter.  If you pick the correct
 variable, then the stem will be a little bit longer and the leaves
 slightly different.  Change another value and now the angle of the leaves
 are different.  Change another value and now the spacing between the
 leaves of the fern are different.  Are all of these parameters valid?  I
 don't know. Since ferns have been around for many million years there is a
 chance that the very fern that you have created has already been created
 by Mother Nature, or perhaps not, and you have picked an equally valid
 leaf and stem pattern for the coming Ice Age.  See how easy creation is,
 just a combination of fractals and random numbers?

     This program is almost the opposite of the Fern program. It uses a 
 mathematical object called the Pascal Triangle whose numbers are
 generated by a relatively simple formula.  By choosing a number, you can
 choose which Pascal triangle to be shown on the screen.  The picture is
 sort of fractalish since the small patterns form the large patterns and in
 between the large patterns there are many small ones.  However, it is not
 a truly fractal picture because you cannot magnify any area. 

     The patterns for each integer are very distinctive and after some
 practice, you can even tell the patterns apart.  All of the integers will
 work and give a sightly different pattern.  Prime integers give simple
 elegant patterns.  Numbers that are the product of two primes, give a
 combination of the patterns generated by the individual primes.  Numbers
 that are products of four or more primes, are also interesting showing the
 relationships between individual Pascal triangles. 

     All this has been explored by others.  What makes my program special
 is that I do not believe only in integer values. There are quite a few
 numbers between each of the integers and each of these will show a
 pattern.  While all mathematicians can tell a 5 Pascal triangle from a 7
 Pascal triangle, very few can tell a 7/3 triangle from a 7/4 one.  This
 program allows you to explore many more of the possibilities.  Looking at
 the pictures will show some sort of patterns and none of the values that
 you have picked will have had a Pascal Triangle generated before.

     What is a million dot picture?  I have used the formula that Clifford
 Pickover present in his book "Computers and the Imagination", with several
 slight modifications.  He has called them "artistic chaotic
 patterns..representing mathematical objects called attractors".  This
 means that when you change the numbers in the formulas, or change the
 formulas you will generate a very much different picture.

     This is the quintessence chaotic program.  You select the parameters
 and then a random dot is placed on the screen, which generates the next
 random dot, which generates the next random dot, and so on.  After a
 number of dots are on the screen a picture may appear.  Some of them look
 like two dimensional scarves floating in an etherial four dimensional
 space, some of them appear like faces appearing in the mist, and some of
 them are just random dots that look like specks.  But they all appear
 slowly on the screen, being generated in a random pattern, depending on
 the initial parameters.  Many of them are quite attractive nevertheless. 
 However all of them are distinct depending on the values that you use for
 the attractors.

     This program might be considered deterministic chaotic.  It uses
 integer values, sine functions, and two variables that you choose.  If is
 almost impossible to predict how the pattern will materialize, but it has
 a strangely repetitious pattern like wallpaper.  The same numbers will
 always give the same pattern, but since you cannot work backwards from a
 pattern to calculate the variables, this is really a chaos program. 

     This is another deterministic chaotic program.  It puts a dot on the
 screen if a bit is set in a number calculated from the dot's x and y
 position on the screen and a factor that you choose.  The dots seem to
 form a pattern like Moire patterns.  Slightly different numbers give
 different pictures, and even choosing another bit to be looked at,
 generates a different picture.  While these are not art, they are quite
 interesting looking. 

     The next few programs introduce a different concept.  In kindergarten
 when you learned about numbers, the number line was introduced.  It was a
 line heading east with dots at constant intervals for the integers.  
 Several years later, you learned that there were numbers called negative
 numbers to the west the zero.  Several years later, you learned that in
 between all of those numbers were other numbers called decimals.  

     If you are like most people, that was the last time that you thought
 about the number line.  Now you will learn the real truth!  There really
 is a number line, but there are numbers north of zero and numbers south of
 zero.  All of these numbers make up the complex plane.  (There are also
 numbers up and down of zero, but that might be explained in a much later

     The complex plane combines imaginary numbers with the real numbers. 
 Imaginary numbers are based on the square root of minus one and are
 represented by the letter "i".  While in most mathematics, imaginary
 numbers are not needed, the complex plane is very significant in
 electrical engineering for alternating current calculations, so imaginary
 numbers are really not that fantastic.

     Newton discovered a method of determining the roots of an equation. It
 uses a combination of the function and its first derivative.  Halley
 invented a more complicated method that also uses the second derivative of
 the equation.  This program does shows how many times you have to go
 through the procedure before you reach the root.  If it takes five tries,
 it will be one color, six times another color and so on.  The region that
 is examined is in the complex plane with coordinates of -+ 5 to -+5i. 
     The colors that appear in the picture form a set of contour lines
 with the roots being a nadir in the plane, using either the Newton or the
 Halley method.  The equation whose roots are being determined, is of the
 form (x^m) x (x^n + 1).  For example, when m=1 and n=2 then the roots of
 the equation are 0,+i, and -i.  As m and n vary, the roots will become
 more complicated.  

     As you might expect, around each of the roots the colored contours
 appear, not quite as circles, but as jagged ovals with various
 protrusions.  As the ovals approach the ovals from another root,
 multicolored parabolic orbits appear.  Along the orbits there are
 periodic nodes of colors of various sizes, like the unopened blooms of
 flowers. These blossoms allow you to explore the patterns further.
     By pressing any key, you can choose the magnify option which will put
 a dotted square on the screen.  You can decrease the size of the square as
 well as move it along the screen.  When you press the RETURN key, the area
 inside of the square will now occupy the complete screen.  Depending on
 what you have enlarged, another section of the pattern will appear, with
 its own mysterious areas which can be expanded further.

     This program combines a fractal concept with a chaotic system.  There
 is a vast difference in the patterns when the factors change slightly. 
 This becomes more evident when sections of the screen are magnified.  It
 has fractal properties since the magnification can go on for ever.  Inside
 of some nodes are a catseye pattern, which has a small node at one side,
 which can be magnified to another catseye both the colors of the lines has
 shifted.  Magnify another area along a parabolic orbit, and who knows what
 you will find.

     This program is related to NEWTON.  Rather than showing how fast the
 roots converge, each point in the complex plane is used to determine which
 root that point will converge to.  The points that have the same root will
 have the same color.  While this sounds like a monotonous program, it is
 not.  Suppose we have the equation x^3+1=0.  This will have three roots at
 locations -1, .5+-SQRT(3)i.  Rather than having the screen divided into
 three colored regions, similar to a triangle, it is a little bit more
 complicated.  Along the edges where the colors come together, there are
 small circles.  Inside the circles are patterns like a Yin-Yang symbol,
 but the colors are reversed, with some of the third root color being
 present in the circle.  

     As with the Newton program, you can magnify any region.  Look inside
 of one of the circle, and you will find that it is made up of more
 circles, and as you keep expanding an area, you will find that the
 circles seem to go on endlessly, with the colors rotating as you keep

     One of the beauties of this program is that you do not have to use
 integers for these equations, and the non-integer values give even more
 exotic pictures that can be expanded forever.  There are also another set
 of equations that can be used to further increase the infinite number of
 possible patterns.

     This program generates fractal type pictures.  They are really very
 fascinating to watch and it is unbelievable how complex these pictures
 really are.

     This program is similar to NEWTON, however it uses a different set of
 equations.  Chebyshev discovered a set of equations that were Orthoginal. 
 They are relatively easy to generate and have roots in the domain of +-
 1.0.  This gives very pretty pictures that are easy to generate. 

     Again, the contours around each of the roots is generated.  Two
 methods are used to determine the roots, either the Newton method of
 convergence or the Halley method.  They will both give the same results,
 but the patterns are very much different with each of these methods.  I
 have programmed seven of the Chebyshev equations and you can select which
 one you want.  The area between the roots, where the contour lines smudge
 into one another is where all of the fun exploration can occur.

     The following is a list of these programs on GENIE with their numbers. 
 Download them and play with them.  Even though the explanations are a bit
 intimidating, using them is very easy.  Sit a child on your lap, run one
 of these programs, pick a number and start exploring a new world.  Perhaps
 you will learn to love mathematics too.

                              24974 BTITSY.LZH
                              25164 CHEBYSHV.LZH
                              19532 FERNY.LZH
                              21536 MILLION.LZH 
                              24710 NEWTON.LZH  
                              21489 PASCAL.LZH   
                              24365 PATTERNS.LZH 
                              25141 ROOTSY.LZH


 > GOODWILL? STR Spotlight    "Winning Friends & Influencing People"


 The following  was translated  from the "Application Systems News" of June
 15th 1992.  The  material  was  distributed  to  customers  of Application
 Systems Heidelberg,  a leading German software house with special links to
 the Atari ST computer line.   While the events described herein took place
 quite a  while ago,  the eve  of the Duesseldorf show seems like as good a
 time as any to ruminate on a little history.

 The relevant section follows:

                           THE ATARI FALCON/030

     The new computer from Atari was  introduced to  the press  at CeBit in
 quite an  unusual fashion.   From  conversations with  journalists we were
 able to find out that this entire presentation  occurred really strangely,
 in that  Leonard Tramiel  (from the upper Atari-Clan USA) was perhaps more
 concerned with  shielding  this  prototype  in  its  1040-style  case from
 curious eyes than with informing anyone about it.

     In the  way of  statements there  were such  informative items as "the
 sound  is  outstanding"  and  "there  is  enough  memory".    We  can well
 comprehend  that  the  news  people  did not find this especially funny in
 their articles, and we hope that at, the next presentation  takes place in
 a more  appropriate manner.     Maybe one of the locals could show Leonard
 Hannover while it is taking place...

     Our encounter with Leonard  Tramiel played  itself out  on a similarly
 professional  plane.    After  offering  to  adapt  our  programs  to  the
 Falcon/030 as quickly as possible, we got a  sort of  reaction, from which
 we obtained  the impression  that we  might as well have been telling Bill
 Gates that IBM had just taken over a majority of his firm.     Actually we
 had only  asked, in  a relatively  diplomatic manner  (as was only proper)
 how me might best adapt Signum!3 for printing.

     In a choleric outburst we were given to understand that the driving of
 the  printer  port  was  none  of  our  business, we should simply use the
 Diablo-driver from Atari.    Our  argument,  that  experience  showed that
 printing by  way of  the operating system drivers takes 20 minutes instead
 of 4 minutes on a 24-pin printer, was  dismissed by  saying that  this was
 proper and  better for the user since the program could be integrated into
 the environment more cleanly.

     We are  relatively accustomed  to criticism,  however, if  a couple of
 nice  Atari  people  (thanks  to  Bill  and Norman) had not taken us aside
 following this conversation  and  taken  some  of  the  sharpness  off the
 unqualified  remarks  by  the  promise  of the necessary documentation, we
 might well have gone immediately to the Commodore  booth and  started with
 the adaptations for the C64.

     Nevertheless one should simply take another look at the Falcon/030 for
 himself.  If it appears in a timely manner and  the price  is right.   The
 specifications with  respect to  graphic resolution, speed, and sound look
 very good.  We will in any case try hard to have  our software  adapted to
 the Falcon at the time of its market introduction.


 > UNKNOWN TITLES! STR FOCUS!     "Lynx titles that never made it"


                       (A look at several Atari Lynx
                    titles that never made it to your 
                             store shelves.) 

 by Tim Holt
 ACCEPT of El Paso

     Sources close to this reporter have released details from deep within
 the game development labs at Atari and Tengen Games, of several Atari
 Lynx games that were planned for release but never made it to the shelves. 
 These sources would not reveal the reasons these games never were
 released, but those close to the development of these games stated that
 "the games were much too difficult for the average player."  Upon further
 investigation, it appears that all of these games were in fact shown, in
 complete working form, to a secret group of LYNX developers at last
 year's CES in Las Vegas.  One developer, who asked not to be identified,
 claimed that the games "were too confusing for normal humans."   He went
 on to say "Frankly, after playing these games, those of us in the room
 could not see when they ever ended.  They were games without end."  He
 went on to say that the graphics were "state of the art", and that the
 sound "was really neat-o."  It is now believed that all of these games
 have been "put on the back burner", at the request of "higher ups".  

     In an effort to keep our readers informed, we have obtained
 descriptions of several of the secret "Lynx Loners"  as they have been
 dubbed.  Perhaps in time, these games will indeed be released, perhaps as
 stand alone games, or perhaps as part of a package.

 Here then, is a brief description of all known LYNX Loners:

 Atari X-Country Grand Prix II:
     Players can pick one of ten Grand Prix racing cars, choose engines,
 tires, fuels, etc.  The entire interstate highway system of the United
 States with scenery is placed in this tiny credit-card sized game! 
 Players must drive the car they choose from New York City, cross country
 and end up in Sunnyvale, California.  What's the catch? Players must
 drive only from cities with Atari dealers, to other cities with Atari
 dealers on one tank of gas!  Only cities with Atari dealers have gas
 stations.  Watch the good times roll as you drive aimlessly from city to
 city, only to find out the last Atari dealer closed shop years before. 
 Listened to the digitized sound of the gas station attendant telling you
 that Atari PLANS to open up a dealership in that city, but there isn't
 one there yet!  Sorry, no gas.  Can you drive from New York to Sunnyvale?
 Only the most dedicated drivers can!

 Curse of Count Vaporware's Castle:
     A Dungeons and Dragons type masterpiece.  You and up to eight other
 players are stranded on a dirt road, your car broken down.  The only
 light comes from that spooky castle up ahead.  As the butler shows you
 around, you become helplessly lost in Count Vaporware's Dungeon.  Can you
 ever get out? There is only one way: Collect all of Count Vaporware's
 promises and use that spent energy against him.  Each level has hundreds
 of broken or delayed Atari promises, from the grotesque CEEDAR, the CD
 ROM drive from HELL, to SATAN's Falcon, a lost bird who should have been
 hatched years ago, all the promises and dreams of Atari users comes at
 you at blinding speed.  Finally, you must confront Count Vaporware
 himself, and kill him using the Jewels of the Long Lost AD Campaign, so
 cleverly hidden in the castle that not even the Count knows where they
 are.  State of the art graphics and sound!  The truly FIRST 1 meg card
 ever made for a hand-held system.

 Inside Leonard's Brain:
     Life And Death IV: The first true to life "reality"  based game for
 any hand held system.  You are a neurosurgeon, and you must operate on
 the brain of a corporate executive.  So what?  Well, you are shrunken
 down to the size of a molecule, and are injected into the brain of your
 patient.  Fight off lymphocytes, and other body immune systems.  Then, you
 reach your destination: The Brain.  And what a wonder it is.  Learn why
 the executive has a closed mind, and try to open it up.  You must implant
 positive ideas onto his crusty neurons.  The more ideas that you imprint,
 the higher your score.  Watch the stock market (your score) go up or down,
 depending on whether or not the executive can understand your simple
 commands, such as "AD Campaign", or "Listen to Users".  You have hundreds
 of commands to imprint in your executive's brain, but only a few actually
 make any sense to the nearly dead patient.  If the patient dies, you must
 make it back in time to start a new career, or you can choose to stay with
 the carcass, as a demonstration of your loyalty.  A real winner, but not
 for the squeamish.  (Not recommended for children.)

 K.L.A.C.(Kill Logical Ad Campaigns):
     Perhaps the greatest puzzle game of all time: Figure out the logic of
 the Atari Advertising Campaigns!  In the grand tradition of Tetris and
 KLAX, you must get three stupid ad campaigns in a row to form a KLAC. 
 You may put them in any order at all, it doesn't matter.  Spread the ad
 campaigns out over such long periods of time that no one remembers them. 
 Put MIDI ads in Science magazines.  Tell the public that you are a
 computer company, then start a multimillion dollar ad campaign for a the
 LYNX, a game machine!  Rack up the score as more and more users buy cheap
 MS DOS clones, and Macintoshes, because they think you are out of
 business!  Make struggling dealers pay for YOUR ads!  Tell unsuspecting
 gullible dealers that ATARI is the most recognized computer name in the
 world.Move to Europe and forget the United States for years!  Make up a
 series of excuses, like "We don't have any hardware, so why advertise
 it?", or "We can't get FCC approval on something that was designed and
 built three years ago".  The real challenge comes in getting the three ad
 campaigns in a row, because unless you have super-duper batteries, you
 will never see a series of three!  Ad campaigns only come once every three
 or four years!  So be patient with this game.  Turn it on, and let it run
 for several years before a true Atari ad is seen!  What fun!  The
 challenge is yours!  True three-D graphics.  Run in "TURBO MODE"  and
 watch the ad campaigns come once every two years!  

     Rumor has it that there are several other LYNX Loners in the hallowed
 halls of Sunnyvale.Other titles that we are pretty sure exist, but were
 unable to confirm were:

     Collect all the shareware, pd, and commercial products that have been
 produced for the Atari ST/TT computers that have "just like a MAC"  in
 their instructions or descriptions.

     Create a world where Atari has a leader, a vision, and a eye on the
 future instead of the bottom line.  Ad campaigns, people that listen to
 the user groups, and products that are delivered when promised, are all a
 part of Utopia III.  A true fantasy adventure.

 Stock Market Crash:
     Try to keep all Atari stock at $1.50 per share.  Do everything within
 your power to keep people from investing in your company.  Buy, sell,
 trade, cancel products, cancel R&D, lay off workers, sell warehouses,
 anger the entire Israeli government, move headquarters, do it all!  The
 person with the lowest per share total at the end of one year wins!

     All sources at Atari that we have contacted, including several
 custodians and cafeteria workers, have denied the existence of these games
 for the Lynx.  Although one gardener did in fact say that he has heard
 several Atari executives say "I wanna MAC without the mayo", which leads
 us to believe these games are for real.  Will we ever learn more about
 them?  Only timex will tell.  :-)   


 > CHANGING TIMES STR FOCUS!              The Reality of it all...


 An Opinion

 by Dana P. Jacobson

     Various events in the past few weeks have led me to a 180 degree turn
 with regard to the potential of the new Falcon 030 machine to turn Atari
 around in the computer marketplace.  It appears that Atari will do nothing
 more than "business as usual" with this new machine.  The attitudes of the
 company and some of its key employees leads me to believe that Atari is
 more of a "toy", or hobby, rather than a business.  How can Atari manage
 to survive without changing with the times?  Can it be possible that the
 Tramiels are stuck in a time warp and can't get out of the mid to late

     Let's start with this year's annual stockholders report.  It showed
 some heavy losses.  It showed a number of six-figure salaries and
 six-figure outstanding loans.  These losses apparently warranted some
 cost-saving short-term (maybe long-term) plans.  Atari Explorer magazine
 has moved to Sunnyvale.  The Lynx division has moved some of its operation
 to Sunnyvale.  Atari Canada is a sales office; apparently Atari Canada and
 Atari U.S. have been unofficially consolidated into Atari North America.
 Other Atari offices worldwide have been down-sized as well.  Why all the
 secrecy?  It's going to come out sooner or later, so why not just announce
 these decisions and the reasons behind them? The economy is tight these
 days; the moves are financially wise.  With the Falcon's pending release,
 Atari needs to consolidate as much as possible to be able to market it
 effectively.  But will it? 

     The recent Forbes article reaffirmed _many_ of the same things that
 STReport and Atari users worldwide have been stating for the past few
 years.  Forbes did not portray a pretty picture of things past.  Forbes
 did state that a change in business methods could turn things around for
 Atari with the release of the Falcon.  Atari users everywhere have made
 the same claims.  Atari cannot keep going under the premise that they will
 continue to simply maintain the current userbase only.  Let's face it,
 that userbase is rapidly declining; Atari needs to mass produce and market
 the Falcon to expand its userbase dramatically in order for it to succeed. 
 Word of mouth just ain't gonna cut it any longer.  Who's going to buy the
 Falcon if no one knows about it?  And if they know about it, where are
 they going to buy it?  And if they find a place to buy it, where can they
 get it repaired or upgraded?  What about software?  Will there be
 developers for it?  Will Atari be able to bring back former developers and
 dealers into the fold?  It's going to take a massive effort to convince
 all concerned that this time is going to be different.  No longer will
 these people be suckered into believing that this will be the year without
 proof!  So far, I haven't seen or heard anything that will convince me
 that those of us in North America will see anything drastic or positive
 change the current status of our market, if there even is one any longer. 

     The recent Sam Tramiel conferences on GEnie and Delphi, while a
 terrific public relations decision, did little to inform the North
 American userbase.  The Forbes article was pooh-poohed as "mish-mash, full
 of half-truths" and a good laugh around the office"!  Yet, an Atari
 employee was _quoted_ as stating that the article was "frighteningly
 accurate"!  Sam Tramiel's attempt to ignore the article was a sham.  Admit
 your mistakes and attempt to correct your shortcomings, Sam.  Mr. Tramiel
 was also close-mouthed about marketing plans.  We were told those plans
 would be announced at the AtariMesse in Dusseldorf this week.  Isn't
 Dusseldorf in Germany?  What do the North American plans have to do with
 Europe?  I'm not in Germany, or any other European country.  Why wait for
 Germany to announce plans; if the plans are made, make them known.  These
 two conferences were a perfect opportunity to do more than list the Falcon
 specs and tell us it will run our current software.  You had our attention
 then; we aren't going to be with you in Germany!  You could have hyped
 this machine and provided those in attendance with some positive comments. 
 Instead, we're told to wait.  What was the point of these conferences if
 you weren't prepared to answer questions about your plans for North
 America?  Yet another blown opportunity for Atari to renew some faith in
 the company. 

     The recent Hartford show was another display of lack of interest in
 the North American market by Atari, _especially_ with the Falcon's debut
 imminent.  The Falcon _was_ shown to dealers and developers on Friday
 night.  From those with whom I talked to attending that showing (names
 withheld to protect the innocent!), some were less than impressed.  The
 showing turned into a very heated and verbal display of dissatisfaction. 
 Even though it was announced that the Falcon will be released here in
 October, it won't be released in any substantial numbers.  What this boils
 down to is yet another lackluster Christmas for dealers, developers, and
 users.  If things go as predicted, it will be a pretty good tax-return
 season.  Definition: quantities, maybe, by the Spring of '93.  The Falcon
 has been talked about for how long?  Why can't they manage to be prepared
 for the biggest buying season of the year?  Bob Brodie must have felt like
 a verbal punching bag at that Hartford showing of the Falcon! 

     Speaking of Bob Brodie at the Hartford show, what was his purpose for
 being there other than showing the Falcon to a select few?  He certainly
 made himself scarce for most of the weekend.  As director of
 communications, you would have thought that he'd make himself available to
 as many attendees as possible.  The Atari booth was nothing more than a
 spot to place a small smattering of leaflets and developer literature. 
 Ultimately, that space could have been put to better use, if nothing else
 but to provide more breathing space.  To Atari's credit, there were a
 number of TTs and MegaSTes provided for use by developers and vendors,
 along with the numerous Lynx machines.  Bob was around for most of the
 show on Saturday, and he did conduct a seminar that afternoon which
 STReport editors, Joe Mirando and myself, attended. 

     Brodie's seminar provided little information other than a repeat of
 the online conferences.  Like the conferences, he wouldn't get into the
 Falcon's marketing plans.  Perhaps after his meeting the night before, Bob
 was a little apprehensive because his attitude, at times, bordered on
 arrogance toward some of the attendees' questions.  Even though there was
 at least one in the audience who may have deserved such treatment (no, Joe
 and I were silent throughout the entire seminar!), as director of
 communications, Bob was Atari's representative at the show and probably
 should have maintained his composure better.  The person to whom I'm
 referring wasn't a heckler, but he was certainly insistent in asking his
 questions.  Although I can understand Bob's hesitance to look in the guy's
 direction for a question, that's what Bob was there to do, answer
 questions as best he could.  It was unnecessary to maintain that arrogance
 whenever this person asked a question. 

     After the showroom closed for the day at 6:00 pm, there was a small
 gathering for showgoers upstairs for a cocktail hour.  Most people
 probably chose to take a short rest before the banquet started at 7:00,
 understandably.  I didn't expect to see many of the developers and vendors
 at this gathering because it was a long day for them.  What did surprise
 me was that Bob and a number of developers chose _not_ to attend the
 banquet and, instead, went out to eat elsewhere.  Okay, I understand that
 the meal was not what you'd expect or desire at a facility such as the
 Sheraton. And, knowing Bob's penchant for seafood, he may have wanted to
 avail himself of a seafood dinner elsewhere.  But, he and his entourage
 (whoever that may include) never even bothered to drop by when they
 returned from dinner!  This banquet was one of the show's events and the
 proverbial guest of honor was not present. Why not?  Everyone that was at
 the banquet was asking why.  Many wanted an opportunity to perhaps sit,
 share a drink, and talk with Bob in a relaxed atmosphere!  He may have
 been a bit tired, but so was everyone else who attended.  You have no idea
 how many times I heard someone ask Brian Gockley or Doug Finch, "where's
 Bob?", to which all they could do was shrug their shoulders and say "I
 don't know."  People were legitimately upset that Bob didn't feel that
 this function warranted his presence, even for a little while! 

     On Sunday, Bob didn't even make it into the showroom until after noon
 (the doors opened at 10).  More people were disappointed that they
 couldn't at least say hello.  I was surprised to see Bob at the STReport
 seminar, even if it were for only the last 10 minutes or so.  When he sees
 the video of the seminar, he'll know that we were nothing shy of positive
 throughout our talk and question & answer period although we were asked a
 few poignant questions.  <<grin>> 

     I think that one of the things that bothered me the most about Bob's
 attitude toward the whole show, and perhaps a few shows in general, was a
 comment that he made during his seminar. First of all, it's my opinion
 that Bob was not overly pleased to be at this show.  His lack of interest
 was obvious to more than just me.  Secondly, with the release of the
 Falcon imminent, it behooves Atari to be overly visible, especially at
 these scheduled Atari shows, regardless of size.  Now to the comment. 
 Without being asked about Atari's schedule of appearances for upcoming
 shows, Bob remarked that he "didn't think Atari would be attending the
 WAACE show this year."  He was very careful that he didn't come out and
 clearly state that Atari would not attend.  He also claimed that the west
 coast users were complaining that Atari was spending too much time on the
 east coast and ignoring those on the west.  Now, I can understand people
 on the west coast wanting to have a piece of Atari's attention, or
 specifically Bob Brodie.  But, they haven't been ignored.  There have been
 Atari shows in the western half of the country already this year, and at
 least the Glendale show soon to come.  So, why the comment, and why now? 
 All of the preceding shows have been planned well in advance, including
 Atari's participation.  So, all of the sudden, Atari might not attend this
 year's WAACE!!  Bob, or whomever directed you to make that statement, how
 stupid do you think people are?  When are the games and politics going to

     IF Atari were going to attend only certain shows to play up to this
 notion that someone might be offended, then Atari should either attend
 every show possible (a great idea in lieu of the Falcon coming out), or
 determine, somehow, which shows will provide the most support for those
 users who will be likely to attend.  But, do it at the beginning of the
 year, when most show dates have been at least tentatively announced; you
 don't do it with less than two months to go!  WAACE, as past experience
 has shown, is _the_ premier show on the east coast.  It is a highly
 visible and well established show that warrants Atari's attention. 
 Similarly, the Glendale has established itself as _the_ show on the west
 coast.  Would Atari consider the possibility of not attending that show? 
 Of course not, and it shouldn't. 

     So let's stop playing games and politics, Bob and/or Atari, shall we? 
 Why don't you tell people that you're not satisfied with opinions
 expressed by past WAACE show planners?  Why don't you tell people you're
 upset that you did not get an opportunity to sit on this year's planning
 committee?  Why don't you tell people that you're not happy that you
 couldn't persuade the WAACE planners to disallow an STReport seminar with
 Ralph Mariano?  Why don't you tell people that since you couldn't control
 what went on with the pending WAACE show, you've all but decided that
 Atari will not attend, as a ..payback.  Shall I go on? 

     The time for the games and politics are OVER.  Atari is about to
 embark on a new adventure which could determine its fate in today's
 marketplace.  You can ill-afford to split the userbase any more than has
 been done already.  It is time for you to begin the healing process and
 focus all of your efforts to promote this new machine.  We at STReport are
 here and waiting to help support the Falcon with all that we can.  We'll
 also be here to report the failings, should that be your desired path.  I
 hope that you choose the most positive direction; the entire userbase,
 worldwide, awaits you. 


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

     This  past  weekend,  (08/14/92)  in Hartford Connecticut, there was a
 meeting prior to the actual AtariFest.   It  was  for  dealers  only.   In
 attendance were  the pride  of Atari  as far  as top  quality dealers were
 concerned.  When Ron Smith, the new marketing guru for Atari made it known
 that this Christmas would also be a bleak affair product wise, the dealers
 could stand no more.  They let Smith and Brodie  boisterously know,  in no
 uncertain terms,  of their outrage and intentions for the future as far as
 Atari was concerned.  One dealer, who shall remain unnamed, claimed it was
 "business as  usual" with  the old  "hooray for  us and the hell with you"
 attitude in full  blossom  again.    Our  reporter,  (in  attendance), was
 informed by at least four dealers that they were going to sell what was on
 hand and then that would be it.  One other dealer was  overheard saying he
 had been "had" for the last time by Atari's hype. 

     Another dealer  said of  the Falcon; "Its a 1040STe on STEROIDS!".  He
 embellished further; he would be "hard pressed to present this  machine in
 a serious  environment... say alongside a TT030 and a MSTe."  He did point
 out; "though the machine has impressive specs, its appearance is the pits.
 Serious computerists seek out units with a separate keyboard and expansion
 slots.  I don't see this machine making any inroads  into the  business or
 commercial computing community."

     The general  opinion after the meeting's close was if Atari didn't get
 these machines out and in quantity before the end of  the year  it was all
 over.   The same dealer said; "Of the twenty some odd full service dealers
 around the USA, they'll all be gone before long if things don't change and
 change fast."


                      STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON"

 > A "Quotable Quote"     "Another typical Atari Dealer's Christmas!"

          "Dealers  were  disappointed  to find out that they
          would not be available  in  the  U.S.  in  time for
          Christmas.    Many  estimates  placed actual U.S.A.
          shipments of FALCONS and  no earlier  than April of

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