ST Report: 11-June-93 #924

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 06/12/93-06:22:54 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 11-June-93 #924
Date: Sat Jun 12 18:22:54 1993

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Download file  20Q_01.TXT  from LIBRARY  15  of the  Atari  Arts Forum  (GO
ATARIARTS) for  the first 20 QUESTIONS  file of questions  submitted by the
members to Atari  Corp and answered  by Bob Brodie,  James Grunke and  Bill


Download  file  AGIT.ZIP from  LIBRARY  2  of  the  Atari  Arts  Forum  (GO
ATARIARTS) for Agitation.  Agitation is easy to learn, tough to solve. This
is the  most indescribably difficult, infuriatingly  impossible program you
could choose to run!

        * create custom puzzles
        * upload and share
        * point and click puzzle solving
        * multiple cheat, peek and help modes
        * watch the computer solve puzzles
        * custom graphics and dialogs
        * check out the other puzzles here online! mono freeware


Download file BSTAT4.LZH from LIBRARY 5 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO
ATARIPRO) for  version 2.46 of B/STAT.   B/STAT is  a shareware statistical
analysis  and business graphics program.  It requires a  1 megabyte machine
and double sided  drive at a minimum. B/STAT   makes use of GDOS  or SPEEDO
GDOS if installed but requires neither. This is version 2.46  of B/STAT and
offers some improvements in  graphing over earlier versions. B/STAT  may be
registered online by GOing SWREG and selecting ID # 263.


Message Section 12 and Library 12 have been established  for online support
of Oregon Research's products.  Please read OREGON.TXT in Library 12 of the
Atari Vendors  Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for an overview of the company. Also, be
sure  to check out the other files  in the Library for in-depth information
on their entire product line.


Download  file FLAGS.LZH  from LIBRARY  11 of  the Atari Vendors  Forum (GO
ATARIVEN) for Sample EPS (Adobe Illustrator) files of the new  Flags of the
World clipart collection  now being sold  by Soft-Logik  Publishing.    The
archive contains four flags.

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

     As the "heat wave" waves... and the Falcons continue to fly... the
computing community is enjoying its lazy, hazy summer days.  From all
'round the country we hear about the great things coming in the fall from
many platforms and directions.  Computers in the home are certainly coming
of age in the latter part of 1993.  Comdex'93 is expected to be the event
that 'shakes' the industry by it's 'you know what'.  
     The CTFest is on this weekend be sure to read the entire overview of
the show this week and the reviews of the show next week.  STR hopes to see
many shows this summer and fall.  May they all be resounding successes.


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                 Computer Products Update - CPU Report
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                Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                               Issue #24
                            By: John Deegan
Silicon Graphics Inc. and Time Warner Inc., teaming up on interactive TV 
hardware to replace the standard cable TV box, say they will install 
prototypes of a "full service interactive digital cable television 
network" in Orlando, Fla., by year's end.

   The plan, announced at the National Cable Television Association 
meeting in San Francisco, is another the recent slew of interactive TV 
projects that will let customers shop at home using a remote control, 
call up statistics while watching baseball games or play video games 
with other viewers.

   According to sources, Silicon Graphics will develop the servers to 
deliver programming and the digital multimedia set-top device.

   HP, MICROSOFT UNVEIL OMNIBOOK - The HP OmniBook 300, a mobile, hand-
held personal computer, has been unveiled by Hewlett-Packard Co. and 
Microsoft Corp.  The OmniBook uses Microsoft's Windows 3.1 software and 
comes with a built-in-mouse. The unit measures a 11.1 by 6.4 by 1.4 
inches and weighs 2.9 pounds.  The companies say the device is priced at 
$1,950 with a 40MB hard disk and $2,275 with 10MB flash disk.

   NINTENDO EXEC MOVES TO SEGA - Nintendo of America's director of mar-
keting and corporate communications, William White Jr., will be moving 
to competing game-maker Sega of America Inc and will take the position 
of president of marketing.
   INTRUDERS GETS PROBATION - In Seattle, two computerists convicted of 
illegally infiltrating systems at Boeing Co and the U.S. District Court 
have been sentenced to five years probation and 250 hours of community 
service.  The two, Charles Anderson and Costa George Katsaniotis, also 
were ordered to pay a combined $30,000 in restitution.

   U.S. Magistrate David Wilson said that Boeing, which said at the time 
that none of its systems or data had been damaged by the unauthorized 
entry, will be paid $28,000 of the amount and the federal court will get 

   FORMER NEXT PRESIDENT JOINS XEROX - Peter van Cuylenburg, former NeXT 
Computer Inc. president and chief operating officer, has been appointed 
executive vice president for operations at Xerox Corp., filling the 
position left vacant a year ago following the sudden death of Vittorio 

   HAYES SUES SUPRA, TANDY AND 9 OTHERS - Modem maker Hayes Micro-
computer Products Inc. has sued Supra Corp., Tandy Corp. and 9 other 
companies, contending they manufacture and sell "Hayes-compatible" 
modems without a license from Hayes.

   Computergram International reports that Hayes seeks unspecified dama-
ges and a court order forcing the companies to stop infringing on the 

   The newsletters says the others named in the suit are AMT 
International Industries Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif.; Angia Corp., 
Provo, Utah; Best Data Products Inc., Chatsworth, Calif.; Cermetek 
Microelectronics Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif..; Computer Peripherals Inc., 
Newbury Park, Calif.; General Datacomm Industries Inc., Middlebury, 
Conn.; Global Village Communication Inc., Mountain View, Calif.; Penril 
Datacommunications Networks Inc., Gaithersburg, Md.; Shiva Corp., 
Burlington, Mass., and Supra Corp, of Albany, Ore.

Houston's Compaq Computer Corp. says it is the only PC maker to increase 
its share of the U.S. notebook computer market during the quarter ending 
March 30.

   A Compaq spokeswoman said the firm estimates the market for its 
Contura and LTE Lite laptops stands at 17.6% for all sales channels. Its 
share of the traditional PC reseller market was put at 21%.

Sculley admitted this week that Apple will post earnings in the second 
half of the fiscal year that are lower than last year's levels.

   Sculley, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Cupertino, 
California-based firm, blamed the earnings drop on "an extremely 
aggressive pricing environment" despite strong unit shipments of the 
Macintosh personal computer.


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

Hi there friends and neighbors!  Time to check out the "STuff" (that one's
for you, Ron  ;-) that's available in the way of information here on

This week's column will be much shorter than usual due to the fact that
I've got a lot of stuff to get done for the Connecticut AtariFest.  If you
went to the 'fest and stopped by the Portfolio table, chances are that you
met me.

Well, let's get on with the show (pun intended).  Here we go...

>From the Atari Productivity Forum

Sysop Ron Luks posts this on the subject of when people like to log on to

"Thanks to Don Thomas and his insane idea that we hold a 24-hour online CO
for the Portfolio a couple of years ago, we were able to see how users
preferred to log on at various parts of the day.

Since it was a 24 hour marathon, everyone worldwide had the choice of times
and (no surprise here) the vast majority of people worldwide decided to log
on and participate for an average of 1 1/2 hours when they came home from
work.  Only the lucky few who could log on from work did so.  I'd say that
80%+ chose to log on between 7-10pm in their local time zone.

This differs from our experience of people running automated telecomm
programs (where people tended to log on during the early mornings when
system response was best) but it confirms the difficulty of picking a
single best time-period for worldwide users."

That veritable fountain of information, Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer
Magazine, tells us:

"I just saw on (GO NEWSGRID) Atari launches the Jaguar.  A 64-bit RISC
multi-media entertainment system.  24-bit color graphics with up to 16
million colors also real-time texture mapping.  Audio is 16-bit stereo
CD-Quality and a DSP.  Price is approximately $200."

Jim Ness must have been reading my thoughts, because he posted exactly what
I had been thinking:

"Only $200?  Sheesh..."

Well, I guess that great minds really do think alike!  Albert replies to

"Yes only $200.  There was quite a bit more to the press release including
CD-ROM, 32-bit expansion bus an more.  I see someone posted the whole press
release in the (GO ATARI8) forum too."

And for anyone who doesn't know, NEWSGRID is a news service available here
on CompuServe.  Check it out when you get a chance.  Jim adds some of his
other thoughts on the Jaguar:

"From the descriptions I've seen, it sounds as though the Jaguar is
"infinitely" expandable.  The $200 must be for a base unit, to which you
can eventually add $1000 worth of peripherals.

It bothered me a little bit to see the press release say it will be
released on the East Coast by the end of this year, and elsewhere sometime
next year. I know they've been working on the Jaguar for quite awhile, and
it should be ready soon, but you gotta wonder about Atari's track record in
releasing products on time.  If they say a year, what's it really going to

Did you notice the small mention of it being made in America?  That's
unusual for Atari, and it leads to various speculations.  Did their far
east supplier of computers balk at competing against Nintendo?  Does Atari
have some agreement with an important US manufacturer?"

Albert replies:

"I always thought "made in America" is funny term.  So many companies claim
everything is made in America.  From the car companies, furniture, etc,
etc.  They may purchase parts or accessories from American suppliers but
that does not guarantee all parts are made in America.

Also if one purchases parts from an American subsidiary of an overseas firm
is that made in America?  If a US firm makes parts in Mexico and then ships
it from its US address is that made in America since its from a US firm?

I think its very good that Atari put a time frame into their press release.

I can't wait to see it in action.  I will be nice to have Tempest right
next to its 1980 arcade game cousin Missile Command. <grin>"

Sysop Ron Luks adds his thoughts:

"I think the "Made in the USA" label is simply to help clear up the
misconception that Atari's are made in Japan (just like the Honda
commercial) and to exploit the current wave of 'support US products to
protect US jobs..'

Lets face it.  It usually always costs more to manufacture in the USA
instead of the far east, and as long as Atari is paying the higher prices,
why not get a little PR mileage out of it?"

Jim explains the reason that "Made in USA" caught his attention:

"It struck me that there was no obvious reason to build it in the USA. 
That's why I wondered if there were some partnership with a USA company
that made it logical to build it here.

Or, I suppose the custom chip may have made it strategically smart or
necessary to keep the whole thing local..."

Sysop Bob Retelle tells Jim:

"Actually, Jim..  I was talking with Jez San (the author of the StarGlider
games for Atari and Amiga, and the new StarFox for SNES) over in the GAMERS
Forum, and he said the Jaguar chipset had originally been designed by a
company in the United Kingdom.

I didn't bother to capture the messages, and naturally when I went back to
check, they'd scrolled off.."

Tim Myers posts:

"I thought Ataris were made in Taiwan, certainly Atari have/had a
line running out there because it says Made in Taiwan on my Stacy. Putting
made in the USA on a product actually made elsewhere is deceiving the
public who might have thought they were buying a 'home industry' product."

>From the Atari Vendor Forum

John Amsler Posts a short note to Atari:

"...Sigh. Too bad, Atari -- in
1985 you not only could have had the brass ring, you could have had the
mold for the brass ring, the brass factory, the patent on the ring design,
etc. etc. etc."

Thomas D'Alimonte tells John:

"Instead, they melted the ring down for its brass!  ... 3 cents worth."

George Cingolani posts:

"i have vip professional and am looking to update my version to the latest
rev.does anyone know where i can contact the mfg to return my maser disks
for the latest revision. i'm currently running v 1.2

i also have cad-3d v 2.0 and would like to get the latest version for that
as well. does anyone know how i can find the mfg to upgrade.

i have degas(batteries not included)neo and rainbird arts packages.does
anyone know how to find the mfg'rs so i can upgrade. i don't even k know if
these folks are still in business. any help you can give would be

Nathan Potechin of DMC, formerly ISD, the North American distributor of VIP
Professional, tells George:

"The last version of VIP Professional is version 1.2."

>From the Atari Portfolio Forum

Tom Bundrick posts:

"This morning I replaced the double AA batteries in my port with new ones.
Since that time, whenever I press the keyboard I get symbols I do not
Pressing the Enter key gives me a + symbol, pressing the space bar gives me
a "J" and so on.  I have tried several things to correct the situation, all
with no luck. I pressed the button on the underside of the Port and
performed a reboot. Nothing. I placed the "File Manager/Tutorial" card in
the card slot thinking this might help.  Did the keyboard short out (does
anyone know)? Can anyone provide some possible solutions for this problem.
I have become very dependent on the Port for school and work and the
thought of not having it available to me even for a short time is troubling
to me.  Also, the machine is less than a year old (purchased last August). 
Does Atari replace units which have problems like mine?  Thanks in advance
for any help."

JF Davignon asks Tom:

"Have you tried a cold boot? Remove the batteries and you'll find a button
you push for about 10 seconds.  This will totally reset the Port and scrap
anything you might have on the C drive.  BTW, the reset on the bottom does
need too be pressed a few seconds too."

Tom replies:

"Thanks for your response. I tried several things and the one which seems
to have done the trick was to replace have fresh batteries in, the AC
adapter plugged in, and press the reset button on the bottom.  Thank you
for telling me about the button on the inside near the batteries.  I was
unaware of this and will try it next time I experience this problem."

Don Thomas of Atari tells Tom:

"Sounds as if the language of the keyboard may need to be reset. The quick
solution would be to reset the keyboard to English from the setup menu. I
would prefer to see you make sure all your files on the C: drive are backed
up and follow the directions on performing a "cold boot" through the
battery department."

BJ Gleason tells us:

"There are three ways to upgrade the Portfolio's memory:

       1. the Megabyte Internal Upgrade, 512k
       2. The Memory Expander+ [available outside the us] 384k, 2nd card
          drive, but it is larger than the parallel port.
       3. The 512k Universal I/O from BSE...  640k, Parallel Port, Serial
          Port, internal ROM drive with PBASIC and other programs.

If you remove the BSE or ME+ units, you will have to do a COLD REBOOT."

Joe Lensbower asks:

" Does anyone know of any BBS's that support the Portfolio?

 I know of two:

  Atari Base  (408) 745-2196  File area
  PayBax BBS  (302) 836-4816  File area, Message base

Are there others?"

Les Bartiromo tells Joe:

"My BBS has a Portfolio DL section.  New Haven BBS 203-776-9867."

Stephan Sayer adds:

" My information server, MaxMac, 313-747-8352, has a Portfolio SIG with
message forums and a large number of files, many of which have come from
the libraries here."

Joe replies:

"Thanx! That's FOUR BBS's now with a Portfolio area...."

Joe Lensbower asks about his latest Portfolio purchase:

"I just bought a 128K ramcard from someone who said it had been sitting in
a drawer for about a year. I put it in the Port, turned it on, and the Port
recognized it (I even copied a file onto it to test it). Knowing how old
the battery in it was I immediately replaced it with a new one. I then put
turned on the Port and it would not recognize drive A:! I then went out to
a different store and bought another battery (thinking the other one may
have been bad).  Same thing happened! I even polished the battery with a
cloth in case my fingerprints had gotten oil on it... So then I put the
original OLD battery back in and, NOPE! - it still won't recognize the
card! I put another card in and all is well. Now I'm afraid to change the
batteries in any of my other cards... This was the first attempt at a
battery change (I've had my Port about 3 weeks now).  What can I do??"

Peter Bennett tells Joe:

"I think I can help because the same thing happened to me the first time I
changed a memory card battery! To retain the data on the card you must
change the battery with the memory card in the Port and the Port switched
on but even then it is possible to lose your data. When you removed the old
battery it sounds like the power was lost somewhere along the way and when
that happens you lose the format on the card as well as the data. The Port
will not recognize a card until it is formatted. So, try the command
'Format A:' and you should be up and running again.

If this doesn't work then it sounds like you may have a duff card. although
as far as I know, they are very rare."

Kent walker asks:

"Does anyone know a good supplier of Portfolio memory cards 32K,  128K
and/or bigger? I am calling from Canada and haven't been able to find
anything in those sizes. I read in a magazine article recently that the
Portfolio uses Mitsubishi cards. Perhaps the Mitsubishi prices are more
competitive? Lastly, does the card reader for the PC use larger cards than

TIP: I have discovered that the CWEEP.EXE file manager program for the PC
also works on the Portfolio. Compressed with PKLITE it only takes up 11K.
Can anyone recommend another file manager?"

Dave Stewart tells Kent:

"My company, Re:Port, can supply you with the following card sizes:

Atari's 64K RAM Card: As low as $80.96 (or *free* with the purchase of a
Portfolio!) Atari's 128K RAM Card: As low as $134.96 Optrol's 524K FlashRAM
Card: As low as $180

Prices are in US dollars, and are "subscriber" prices, for people who are
subscribers to Re:Port newsletter.  Regular prices are a bit higher, but
still *lower* than retail."

Well folks, I told you that this week's column would be shorter than
normal.  Now you've got plenty of time to go outside and enjoy the summer
sun, cut the grass, or... recover from the Connecticut 'fest.

Tune in again next week and listen to what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


> Syndesis 3D-ROM STR InfoFile                Over 500 Examples!

                           THE "SYNDESIS 3D-ROM"
                    A CDROM COLLECTION OF MORE THAN 500
                       FREELY DISTRIBUTABLE 3D MODELS

     Announcing  a  spectacular  demonstration  of  a  new  3D  translation
technology called InterChange Plus...

     The "Syndesis 3D-ROM" is  a CDROM collection of  more than 500  freely
distributable 3D models, all  present in AutoCAD DXF, 3D  Studio, Wavefront
.obj, Video Toaster LightWave and Impulse's Imagine PC/Amiga formats.  It's
also got  more than 400  tileable, wrappable texture  maps.  It  includes a
fully indexed, cross-referenced catalog of the objects.

     The  disc  includes  demonstration   models  from  companies  such  as
Viewpoint Animation Engineering.  All 28 Viewpoint demo models are present,
including  the  yet-unreleased Siggraph  93 set.    More demo  objects were
contributed  by Noumenon Labs, VRS Media, Mira Imaging and other commercial
modeling companies.

     The  3D-ROM  is  a  demonstration  of  the  translation  abilities  of
InterChange Plus, Syndesis's system for converting between 3D file formats.
InterChange Plus translates between  AutoCAD DXF, 3D Studio,  Digital Arts,
Wavefront,   Swivel,  Sculpt,   VideoScape,  LightWave,   Imagine,  CAD-3D,
PAGErender  and  Vista  DEM  formats.     Soon  to  come  is  support   for
StereoLithography,  Macromedia  3DGF,  Super 3D,  Alias  StyleGuide, Topas,
Softimage,  Inventor  and Vertigo  formats.    All material  and  hierarchy
information is preserved as best as possible.

     This ISO-9660  disc is fully accessible from Atari, MS-DOS, Macintosh,
Amiga and Unix workstations.

     If you'd like to find out about this CDROM, we'd be glad to add you to
our mailing list.  See us at Siggraph 93!

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> CT FEST'93 STR SHOW NEWS               The Summertime Atari Event!

                           THE CT ATARIFEST '93!

                  JUNE 12 & 13, AT THE WINDSOR COURT HOTEL
                     WINDSOR, CT. (JUST ABOVE HARTFORD)

     Free Parking!
          Low Room Rates!
               More Vendors!
                    More Floor Space!


     More  than 1,000 Atari  computer enthusiasts are  expected to converge
here June 12 and 13 at Connecticut AtariFest '93, and are certain to debate
whether the  star of  the show  -- THE LONG-AWAITED  FALCON030 COMPUTER  --
lives up to its advance billing.

     Yep,  that ACT Atari Group is running another major NorthEast computer
event.    Last year's  successful  CT Fest  had  over 700  attendees, which
merited a  larger location, so  we've moved a  mile away (exit 42  on I-91)
into bigger  and better  quarters.   We're just as  convenient to  reach as
ever,  and only  two hours  from  Boston or  New  York! The  new hotel  has
excellent  room rates ($35.00 per  room), free and  plentiful parking, easy
access from Interstate 91, I-95, I-90,  I-84, I-80, an in house Sports Bar,
a  bigger ballroom and  is located just  1 mile from  Bradley International
Airport (free shuttle service for hotel guests).

     The Falcon030 is a perfect low  cost tool for the professional artist,
with 8 track, 16 bit musical capabilities, truecolor graphics  and a 32 bit
DSP  chip.   The  Falcon  will  be bundled  with  several  music  programs,
including a 4 track 'Direct to Disk' editing and recording program, a sound
sampler and an all purpose productivity package called AtariWorks.

     The  Hartford  show will  likely be  one of  the first  encounters the
general public has with the new machine and software leading designers have
produced for it.  Atari was  performing quality control tests on the latest
production models shipped to the Sunnyvale headquarters in mid-April.

     The  two-day event  will feature  more than  40 exhibitors,  including
several of the top names in music software  development and MIDI equipment.
Tentative  music  exhibitors  include  Barefoot  Software  (formerly Hybrid
Arts), Digital F/X, Steinberg/Jones, Pro Musica, Compo Software and others.
The show, sponsored by ACT  Atari Group, will be held at  the Windsor Court
Hotel, just off Interstate 91 at exit 42.

     Connecticut  AtariFest'93 promises  to  showcase the  work of  several
musicians and will include some live music sessions.

     Other vendors will demonstrate new equipment and software that will be
of interest to musicians  whether they're on or  off the job.  Among  them,
organizers have received tentative  nods from A&D Software, ABC  Solutions,
Baggetaware,  Barefoot Software,  Compo Software,  Computer  Studio, Derric
Electronics,  East Hartford  Computer Repair,  Gribnif Software,  ICD Inc.,
MegaType Software, Soft-Logik Publishing, Toad Computers, Wizztronics. Last
year 14  user groups participated, and  that number is expected  to grow by

     A  Home Business and Entertainment  Expo that will  focus on high-tech
gadgetry designed  for home use is  also planned.   Central activities will
include a  New England Lynx  Tournament for the  gamester in the  family, a
Portfolio  corner  for  the  on-the-go palmtop  computer  user,  and  other
technology such  as VCRs, lap/palmtops, voice  messaging systems, satellite
receivers,  CD-ROM,  fax-modems,  large screen  TV,  printers,  audio-video
components, cellular phones,  office supplies, video games or  add-on units
and accessories.

     We'll have  our  annual New  England Lynx  Competition, with  multiple
Comlynxed competitions underway  at all  times.  Last  year's winners  took
home prizes ranging  from games  to accessories to  complete Lynx  Systems!
Bring your best player and join the fun.

     We'll have  the Portfolio Corner,  staffed with  industry pundits  and
filled with  every imaginable palmtop peripheral!   Last year we  had a few
Portfolios disassembled at  the booth,  a real insight  into surface  mount

     For  those of  you with an  eye towards  seminars, we'll  have them in
abundance, last year's  question and  answer session with  Bob Brodie  drew
standing only crowds! In addition, we had John Eidsvoog's  walk through the
Codehead  graphic  tools, Jeff  Naideau  of Barefoot  Software  showing off
EdiTrack Platinum, Dave Troy  of (Guess[ribbet]) Computers, STReport's Dana
Jacobson and Joe Mirando and many, many others.

     And to  top things off,  come out  and see the  Falcon 030 in  all its
glory.  By then  we expect to see some rad new programs out and some really
excitement!  All in all,  we hope to have the best Northeast  show yet, and
we look forward  to your participation.   Make your plans now  for the most
exciting Atari Weekend this spring!

                          10 DAYS TO CT ATARIFEST

Hi, This is Brian Gockley with CT AtariFest '93. Our show is just  ten days
away, and I'm sending out a call for three things:

            1) Last minute vendors
                      2) Door prizes 
                              3) Show Guide advertising 
                                              4) Paperwork.

1)  If there are  any companies  that plan on  attending, but  have not yet
contacted us, we need to hear from you asap, since space is _very_ limited.
If you want to take advantage of the biggest Atari show  on the east coast,
then  you need to make your decision  fast. We currently have forty booths,
with an additional 25  at our sister Home Business  and Entertainment Expo.
This  might be your  only oportunity to  sell to hungry  east coast buyers.
We're located  just two hours from  NY and Boston, right  near the Hartford
Airport, so we're easy to reach.

2) We are also canvasing for door prizes for the show, donors get listed in
our show  guide, and  receive a  free  announcement/advertisement when  the
prize is given away.  If you attended last  year's show, then you know  how
much of a plug we gave all the donors!  It is a great way to get publicity,
and  help to  support the  show if  you  are unable  to attend.  This year,
winners  will not  have to  be  present to  win,  and will  be notified  by
postcard of their winnings.

3) We also  are soliciting  ads in our  show guide. Last  year's guide  was
given out to all the  attendees of CT Fest '92. In addition to carrying the
seminar list,  the booth layout and  door prize donors, we  also listed all
the active user groups, dealers and developers so the guide  can be kept as
a year round  reference. A business card ad is only $30, call for our other
ad prices.

4) If you're  already planning on coming,  we need to  ask you to get  your
paperwork  back immediately.  We  need to  know  your specific  needs,  and
whether you'll  be participating in our  $12.99 all you can  eat pasta bar,
and whether you'd like a seminar slot. THE MAIN THING IS THAT WE  HAVE YOUR
time, so please make your plans quickly and follow through. Thanks for your

attention, we appreciate you involvement.

                            For more information
                            Phone (203) 637-1034


     If you run a fledgling company from an office in your home or have
dreamt of turning a hobby into a full-time enterprise, seasoned experts
who've been there will discuss trade secrets at the Home Business &
Entertainment Expo (HBEE), June 12 and Sunday & 13 at the Windsor Court
Hotel, Windsor Locks, Conn.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The home technology
expo will showcase trends in home productivity and leisure and the tools
and toys of the trade.

Twenty-two commercial vendors, home-based businesses, educational
organizations and individuals will participate. Featured guest speakers
include Janet Attard of Attard Communications, the host of GEnie's Home
Office/Small Business RoundTable, its Business Resource Directory and Air
Force Small Business RoundTable. Attard also hosts the Microsoft Small
Business Center on America Online and is author of The Home Office & Small
Business Answer Book, due out in July.

In addition, Work From Home Association (WFHA) chief Bob Korngold will
advise owners of small firms how to look like a big business without the
overhead of the giants using desktop publishing, fax broadcasting and
electronic "prospecting." Members of the Home-Based Business Group of the
Boston Computer Society (BCS), one of the nation's oldest and largest
high-tech organizations, will advise home business novices (and veterans)
how to set goals, stay motivated and decide what office gadgets are right
for them. Stan Rosenzweig, marketing columnist for Reseller  Management
magazine, will explain how small businesses can profit from advanced

On Sunday, entrepreneur David Alemian will show how he's turned an
electronic "visitor" to area schools into a teaching tool that reaping big
profits for his Massachusetts robotics firm.    

Several leading business organizations targeting home work activities will
be on hand. In addition to BCS and WFHA, representatives from Connecticut
Home Office, a monthly tabloid, ProblemSolvers, a consultant to inventors
and start-up firms, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, the
National Association for the Self-Employed and North Central Connecticut
Chamber of Commerce, will answer visitors' questions about starting their
own businesses at home.

Other commercial and educational exhibitors include the American Radio
Relay League, ASAP, B & L Distributors, The Car Phone Store, CAS
Associates, DataBlue Associates, Fairfield Marketing Group, GEnie, Pitney
Bowes Mailing Systems, Robotic Education Devices, Simsbury Electronics,
United Computer Resources and Video Art Works Productions.

The Home Business & Entertainment Expo is sponsored by the ACT Atari Group,
a statewide network of computer users. It is holding its annual computer
show in an adjoining hall at the Windsor Court Hotel, where some 30
commercial exhibitors and user groups will meet.

Ticketholders to either show are free to visit the other event at no
additional charge. One-day admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children
under 12.


The following seminars  are scheduled  for Home Business   &  Entertainment
Expo and CT  AtariFest '93, to be held  June 12 & 13 at the   Windsor Court
Hotel,  Windsor  Locks, CT  (just north  of  Hartford). The  event combines
exhibits of technologies aimed at improving personal productivity &  fun in
a home setting. In addition, several organizations and experts specializing
in  home-based business issues will  provide both seminars  and  one-on-one
advice for visitors.

    The joint event is sponsored by the ACT Atari Group of Connecticut, but
also  features  computers, software  and  advanced  technologies for  other
platforms. Ticketholders to either show - held in  adjacent halls -are free
to attend the other exhibit and its seminars.

    The tentative seminar schedule includes:
    Saturday, June 12

    11 am  - Health coverage for  home business operators -  who can afford
it? District Manager June Davis of the Nat'l Assn. for the Self-Employed
discusses some options. (Home Business)

   12  noon -  Augmented  Computation -  President  John Yanosy  shows  how
computer-based modeling  can help managers find  better business decisions,
whether  they're  in the  corporate  boardroom or  the  office next  to the
laundry. (Home Business)

    1 pm - Janet Attard Communications - Author of new book The Home Office
& Small Business Answer Book and sysop of GEnie and Online America services
explains  "showstring  marketing" --  how  to  find  your  first  customers
business through word-of-mouth advertising, publicity  efforts, direct mail
and on-line services. (Home Business)

    2 pm  - Clear  Thinking -  Craig Harvey, creator  of the  popular EdHak
program, discusses the software. (AtariFest)

     3 pm - Office Technology Consulting Inc. - "20 Ways to Make More Sales
without Spending Money"  -  OTC President Stan Rosenzweig is also "Heads-Up
Marketing" contributing editor for  Reseller Management magazine. The title
of his talk says it all. (Home Business)

    Sunday, June 13
    11  am -  Janet Attard Communications  - Attard returns  (see above) to
take inventory  of on-line offerings  and to  show how they  can help  your
business.  Gather news clippings, make credit checks, find distributors and
much more. (Home Business)

    12  noon - Thin  Air Labs -  Academic B.J. Gleason is  the developer of
many programs  for the  Portfolio, Atari's  palmtop computer,  examines the
advantage  of  computing  portability.  The Portfolio  runs  many  programs
designed  for MS-DOS computers, so this session  will be of interest to all

    1 pm - Wizztronics -  Leading developer of add-ons for  Atari computers
discusses product line, including its new 14 mb upgrade for the Falcon030. 
Steve Cohen hosts the Q & A session. (AtariFest)

    2  pm   - Gribnif  Software -  Rick Flashman  and Dan  Wilga provide  a
run-through of current products, fielding audience questions. (AtariFest) 

     3  pm  -  ST  Report -  Dana  Jacobson  and Joe  Mirando,  two  of the
industry's keenest observers, examine the latest news in the world of Atari
and predict the future. (AtariFest)

     All seminars  will be  held in  the American Heritage  room, which  is
designed for discussion groups of up to 25. The seminar schedule is subject
to change,based on the availability of  speakers and seating. We advise all
attendees to reserve a seat for seminars as they register for the show.

     All sessions have been identified as seminars that will be of interest
primarily  to AtariFest or Home Business showgoers, however, the topics may
contain  information that is useful  to computer users  or entrepreneurs on
all platforms. Feel free to visit these speakers at their show booths prior
to the seminar to determine whether it will suit your needs.

    For  more information about Home  Business & Entertainment  Expo, or CT
AtariFest '93, contact  Doug Finch  or Brian Gockley  at the Windsor  Court
Hotel at (203) 623-9811 or consult prior postings on this service.
                              Brian D. Gockley
                              ACT Atari Group


> FALCON INFO STR InfoFile      This Bird's got some good Stats!



>From  the point of view of an  application writer, the most important thing
to realize     about  the  Falcon030 is  that it  is  an ST  compatible TOS
machine.   This  means  that software  written  to  take advantage  of  the
operating  system  features  via operating  system  calls  of the  previous
machines will work without modification. In fact a great deal of effort was
expended  to  insure  that a  large  precentage  of software  that  runs on
previous machines will continue to operate.  The changes that the user will
see between Falcon  and previous  TOS machines involve  improved video  and
sound abilities.

The video system has the following characteristics:

1) The system supports both VGA and broadcast system monitor types.
   For this document "broadcast type monitor" means a TV as well as an
   analog RGB monitor such as the SC1224.

2) The number of vertical lines can be either 200 or 400 (approx.)
   This is done by using interlace on broadcast monitors to get 400 lines
   and doubling each line on VGA monitors to get about 200.

3) The number of horizontal pixels can be approximately either 640 or 320.

4) The number of bitplanes can be either one, two, four or eight.

5) Characteristics numbered 1-4 can be mixed in any combination.

6) The color palette is 262144 in 1, 4 or 8 bit per pixel mode and 4096
   in 2 bit per pixel mode.

7) Overscan is available in all broadcast video modes.

8) A 16 bit per pixel, true color mode exists that will operate in all
   modes except 640 pixel wide VGA mode.

   All of these modes can be accessed via the GEM VDI. In the case of 
   true color mode there is no color palette to allow for changing the 
   color of pixels that have been already drawn. The GEM VDI provides 256
   virtual pens to use for drawing. These pens act just like the physical
   pens in the other modes except that once a pixel is drawn, it cannot be
   changed using vs_color().

The sound system has the following components:

1) 56001 Digital Signal Processor

2) DMA sound engine that can playback or record one, two, three or four
   16 bit stereo channels at 12.5, 25, or 50 Khz.

3) 16 Bit stereo codec allowing both input and output of sound via built-in
   headphone and microphone jacks.

4) An external port (DSP) that allows external I/O for a wide variety of

Falcon030 Hardware Reference Guide

The Falcon030 hardware specification can be summarized as follows:

CPU: 68030, 16 Mhz

FPU: Socket for optional 68881 or 68882 running at 16 Mhz

RAM: Custom module. 1 to 16 Mbytes of RAM.

ROM: 512 Kbytes

Blitter: Graphics coprocessor running at 16 Mhz

           Resolution   BPL   Colors       Palette colors
ST Low-res    320 X 200      4      16      4096
ST Med-res    640 X 200      2       8      4096
ST High-res   640 X 400      1       2      4096

True color    640 X 480      8     256      262144
              320 X 200     15   32768      N/A. 1 bit for overlay   
VGA or Video  X:320 or 640 1,4    2,16               (Overscan 
              Y:200 or 400   8     256       262144   selectable)
All modes can also be Genlocked, to provide multi-media capabilities on
monitors  or  televisions. The  true  color  modes also  directly  supports

An on board RF modulator allows for direct connection to TVs. Monitor
connector allows  connection  to  VGA monitors,  ST  monochrome,  or  color
monitors (via an adapter plug). 

Horizontal scrolling is supported, compatible with STE.

Built in stereo 16-bit analog to Digital convertor.
Built in stereo 16-bit DACs.
Stereo  microphone  input  and  stereo  headphone  output  jacks.  Internal

Sophisticated multiplexer connects DSP, Codec and DMA.
3 channel PSG sound (compatible woth ST)
8 channel 16 bit PCM digital record/playback I/O
Stereo 8bit PCM sound (compatible with TT030,STE and MSTE)
Digital Audio/DSP connector

DSP: 56001 32Mhz Digital Signal Processor with 32Kx24 zero wait state SRAM

Parallel port
Modem/RS232 port (9 pin)
MIDI out/thru
Cartridge port
SCSI II (50 pin connector) with DMA
LAN Local area network (compatible with TT030 and MegaSTE)

Joysticks:  Two  STE compatible  enhanced  joystick  ports supporting  four
paddles a light gun, and up to 21 buttons each.

FDD: 1.44 Mbyte Floppy Disk Drive

HDD: Internal optional hard disk drive on IDE bus.

Keyboard: 94/95  key keyboard  (with enhanced controller  IC wich  supports
faster keystrokes, up to 300 DPI mouse, and prevents overrun and underrun)

Mouse: 100 DPI mouse supplied as standard.

Real time clock with battery backed, non-volatile RAM.
Optional internal HDD
Internal expansion connector

     I hope this has cleared up some  of the confusion and killed/confirmed
some of the wild rumors that has been spread about the Falcon030.

If you want more information then contact me at Synchron City BBS...

                               Pylon X

This is a list I got at a Falcon party. It's a preliminary list of hard-and
software for the Falcon030, dated 7 december 1992.  It's in Dutch, but I'll
try to translate it. Note: I didn't assemble the list, I only pass it


Das Buch zum Falcon Data Becker Germany is being sold



Voice-mail package


Falcon Speed
ready for production
IBM-emulator based upon a '286. Bigger versions under development.


Llamasoft, Jeff Minter
almost ready

Space Junk
Mirage Technologies
under development
Space adventure with 100 digitized full color characters

Road Riot 4WD
plan: jan-jun '93

Steel Talons
plan: jan-jun '93

plan: jan-jun '93

Cyber Assault
plan: jan-jun '93


For all systems, including Falcon030, processes TIFF, PCX, IMG, XIMG.

Digital Arts
Available for demonstration since june 1992, is being still further

Art package working in True Color mode. A.o. TGA, TIFF.

almost ready
True Color drawing package

Trade iT
Art package for various graphic boards and Falcon. Can handle 16.8
Mcolor. A.o. TIFF, PCX, IMG. Price: DM 699,-

DA's Vector
H3-Systems/Digital Arts
Vector-based animation program (images can be filled with IMGs).
Price: DM 298,-

Application Systems
Art package for all systems and Falcon VGA mode. A.o. XIMG, Doodle,
STAD, Degas, NeoChrome, MacPaint, IFF, GIF. Price: DM 198,-

Rendering/animation package.


4096 color digitizer

A.o. use of overlay bit. Price: DM 699,-

A.o. use of overlay bit and chroma-keying. Price+ $599

Under development
True color digitizer, currently 2 img/s. A realtime-version is being
developed. Price: DM 698,-

Zubair Interfaces
Memory board for low profile SIMMs, memory expansion to 4 or 16 MB.

A/D64x audio interface
D2D Systems
Audio interface for direct linking of CD-player to Falcon030 DSP port.
The D2D-Edit software uses this interface.

D2D Systems
Expansion for DSP port for 4 (stereo) track record/playback. Needs
4T/FX software. Price: $599

D2D Systems
Digital interface for DSP-port for D2D-Edit software for recording at
44.1 and 48 kHz. Ideal for CD or DAT recording. Price: $299

Effects such as delay, echo, flanger, Karaoke (80% reduction of voice
in recordings). Price: about Fl 120,-

Trade iT
Multiple-track digital recorder, with Echo and Hall, harddisk
recording, time code sync with videotape possible. Price: DM 198,-

Cubase Audio
under development

D2D Systems
Stereo direct-to-disk recording/editing software. Price: $299

D2D Systems
Multitrack recording/editing software, needs the 4i/4o hardware.
Price: $599


DSP Debugger
Brainstorm/Atari Corp.
Almost ready
Developers are already working with it. Price: $80


Kobold v2.0
Kaktus Software
Multitasking copying program. Price: DM 129,-


880x608 in 256 colors on SVGA-monitor or Multiscan. Driver in
AUTO-folder + external hardware between machine and monitor. Price:
DM 149,-

Title generator with effects such as animation. Price: DM 199,-

Some software houses have adapted existing software for the Falcon030,
such as

Application Systems (a.o. Signum 3)
TMS Germany
Steinberg (Cubase 3.1 works)
HiSoft UK

Sander SToks


> BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST'93 STR SHOW NEWS    "The Summertime Atari Event!"

                         1993 Blue Ridge ATARIFEST


The  Blue  Ridge Atari  Computer  Enthusiasts (BRACE)  and  Computer Studio
invite you  to participate  in the  Fourth Annual  Blue Ridge AtariFest  in
beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.  Show dates and times are:

                     Saturday July 24, 1993  10am - 6pm
                     Sunday   July 25, 1993  Noon - 5pm

Just as in  previous years, we have arranged for FREE Booth space for Atari
developers!!  (We're only requesting the donation of a door prize).

We can promise  both developers  and show-goers an  energetic and  exciting
show with as enthusiastic a crowd of Atarians as you'll find anywhere, plus
the support of Computer Studio in the mall.

We're once  again taking over  the Courtyard Shop  (mall) area at  Westgate
Shopping Center for the show (location of Computer Studio), plus the use of
vacant store  spaces for  seminar sessions.   Seminar  sessions will  be 45
minutes in length, and developers are welcome to conduct a seminar on their
product  line or  approved  topic of  their  choice (seminar  sessions  are
limited, so first come, first served).

This year's show  dates also  coincide with Asheville's  annual Bele  Chere
street festival, when downtown Asheville is closed to vehicular traffic and
becomes  what must  be one  of  the largest  street fairs  in the  country.
Westgate  Shopping  Center  is  one of  the  primary  Park-and-Ride shuttle
centers for transporting people to and from downtown, and we've arranged to
have the shuttle service pick up at the front entrance of the mall and drop
off at the rear entrance, so everyone taking the service from Westgate WILL
walk through the AtariFest  exhibition area sometime during the day.   This
will be  a great opportunity  to showcase Atari and  Atari related software
and  peripherals, and  introduce them  to people  who aren't  already Atari
owners.   Bringing in NEW blood is the  key to the growth of this platform,
and  this will  be our  opportunity to  begin that  process with  a captive

Additional  discussions of  the  show, as  well  as confirmations  of  your
participation, are welcome in GEnieMail and in the Blue Ridge
AtariFest topic 13 in Category 11 here on GEnie.

                         HAPPY ATARI COMPUTING.
                                   IT'S HAPPENING IN ASHEVILLE!

Where: Westgate Shopping Center - Asheville, N.C.

Take any major  highway into Asheville  (US 19-23,  US 26 or  I-40) to  the
I-240  loop,  then  take the  "Westgate/Hilton  Inn  Drive  exit" into  the
Westgate Shopping Center parking lot.

                            When: 24-25, July 1993
                          Time: 10:am to 6:pm SAT
                               12 Noon 'til 5pm SUN

Points of contact:

                  Come for a day or come for the weekend,
                      but do come and enjoy yourself.

Great Smokies Hilton Resort  Hilton Inn Drive        (704)254-3211
                 Toll-free reservation phone number 1-800-733-3211

Radisson                    One Thomas Wolf Plaza    (704)252-8211
                 Rate: $62.00 per room (1-4 people)

          ====== Additional Hotel / Motel Information ===========

Days Inn                       I-26 and Airport Road     (704)684-2281

                               I-40 Exit 55              (704)298-5140

Econo Lodge                    US 70 East, I-40 Exit 55  (704)298-5519

Holiday Inn                    275 Smoky Park Hwy        (704)667-4501
                   Toll-free reservation phone number    1-800-HOLIDAY

Red Roof Inn                   I-40 and US 19-23 Exit 44 (704)667-9803
                   Toll-free reservation phone number   1-800-843-7663

Budget Motel                    I-40 Exit 44 (Enka-Chandler)
                                  West Asheville Exit    (704)665-2100 Best
Western Asheville Central  22 Woodfin St                 (704)253-1851

       ========= Local Bed & Breakfast lodging Information =========

Aberdeen Inn                64 Linden Ave                (704)254-9336
Albemarle Inn               86 Edgemont Road             (704)255-0027
Applewood Manor             62 Cumberland Circle         (704)254-2244
The Bridle Path Inn        Lockout Road                  (704)252-0035
Cairn Brae B & B           217 Patton Mountain Rd        (704)252-9219
Carolina B & B             177 Cumberland Ave            (704)254-3608
Cedar Crest Victorian Inn  674 Biltmore Ave              (704)252-1289
Corner Oak Manor            53 St. Dunstan               (704)253-3525
Cornerstone Inn            230 Pearson Dr                (704)253-5644
Flint Street Inn           100 & 116 Flint Street        (704)253-6723
The Lion and The Rose      276 Montford Ave              (704)255-7673
The Ray House B & B         83 Hillside St               (704)252-0106
Reed House                 119 Dodge St                  (704)274-1604
The Wright Inn             235 Pearson Drive             (704)251-0789]

A more complete listing of Bed & Breakfasts can be obtained through the
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Reservations should be made immediately, as July is the height of our
tourist season.

                 ===========  CAMP GROUNDS ================

           (reservations are a must during this time of season):

Mount Pisgah:
     About 20 miles  southwest of Asheville  on the Blue  Ridge Parkway  at
mile post 408.6 (National Park Service). 690 acres. Elevation 5000'. One of
the  nicest campgrounds  in Western  North Carolina.  67 tent sites,  70 RV
sites.  For reservations: P.O.Box 749, Watnesville, N.C. 28786; phone (704)
235-9109. No showers.  Groceries and  restaurant. Nature program.   14  day
stay limit.

Lake Powhatan:
     4 miles  south of Asheville  on State road  191, 3.5 miles  west on SR
806.  30  acres.  98  tent/rv  sites.  Reservation  available  thru  Mistix
1-800-283-CAMP. Disposal station. No showers. Swimming; lifeguard; fishing;
nature trails; bicycles. 14-day stay limit.

     While in the  area, you might want  to consider a  little sightseeing,
and include  a visit to the  Biltmore House here in  Asheville (the largest
single family residence ever built in the U.S.--its a "castle"). A visit to
the  Biltmore can be  a full-day's  activity as you  will want  to view the
house, visit the winery, and walk some of the grounds and gardens.


          The House 9 am to 6pm         The Gardens 9am to 7pm
                         Conservatory 9am to 5:30pm 
          The Winery Monday-Saturday   11am to 7pm Sunday 1pm to 7pm

     Other areas of interest include; the Thomas Wolf home (adjacent to the
Raddison), the Blue Ridge Parkway and Folk Art Center. A drive up  the Blue
ridge Parkway  to enjoy the  higher elevations and incredible  views of our
mountains.  Perhaps  a hike  up  to  Mount Pisgah  and  look  back down  to
Asheville(you can see Mt. Pisgah from most anywhere in Asheville).  A short
drive from  Mt. Pisgah  will take  you to  Sliding Rock  (for those  of you
travelling  with kids who are still kids  at heart), the Cradle of Forestry
(first  forest school in the country), waterfalls, trout hatchery, etc. For
the adventurous, white  water rafting   on the Natahala  River near  Bryson
City (approx one and a half hours from here).

     There's  obviously loads  more  to see  and  do around  Asheville  (in
addition to the Blue Ridge AtariFest and a visit to Computer Studio :-). If
any of  y'all would  like maps and  additional tourist info  of the  area I
might suggest contacting the Chamber of Commerce:

                     Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
                             151 Haywood Street
                               P.O. Box 1010
                            Asheville, NC 28802
                      704-258-6111 FAX: (704)251-0926

The  Blue  Ridge Atari  Computer  Enthusiasts (BRACE)  and  Computer STudio
invite you  to participate  in the fourth  annual Blue  Ridge AtariFest  on
Saturday,  July 24 and Sunday  July 25, 1993.  The  show will take place in
the Courtyard Shop  area of  Westgate Shopping Center  in Asheville,  North
Carolina (Home  of Computer STudio).   We  are still signing  up additional
exhibitors,  but those who  have already made a  firm committment to attend
include (Alphabetical Listing):

 Accusoft-ST ............................. PD/Shareware Software
                                           (Clip Art Libraries)

 Barefoot Software ....................... Professional MIDI Software
                                           applications (SMPTETrack,
                                           EditTrack Platinum,
                                           GenEdit, EZ Score Plus,

 Codehead Technologies ................... Productivity software &
                                           enhancements (G+Plus,
                                           MultiDesk Deluxe, HotWire,
                                           CodeHead Utilities, Warp 9,
                                           Calligrapher, MaxiFile,
                                           Lookit & Popit, Avant
                                           Vector, MegaPaint, TOS
                                           Extension Card, etc.)

 Computer STudio ......................... Visit a 'real' Atari
                                           Dealership in the mall
                                           (Atari computer systems,
                                           software and accessories)

 DMC Publishing .......................... Desktop Publishing System
                                           Solultions (Calamus/SL,
                                           PKS Write, Outline Art,
                                           Invision Elite, tms
                                           Cranach Studio, etc.)

 GEnieLamp/GEnie ......................... Telecommunications and
                                           Electronic Publishing

 Magic Software .......................... Entertainment Software
                                           (New products unveiling!)

 Missionware Software .................... (Flash II, lottODDS,
                                           Printer Initializer, etc.)

Showtimes are 10:am - 6:pm on Saturday, and noon - 5:pm on Sunday. Seminar
sessions will be scheduled throughout the show.

Since  this year's show coincides with Asheville's annual Bele Chere Street
Festival, we are  not having a  Saturday evening banquet,  but are  instead
encouraging guests to hop the shuttle bus at the front entrance of the mall
and spend Saturday evening downtown enjoying the outdoor  festivities (live
entertainment, food booths of all types, dancing, etc.).

Advance registration is only $3, or $4 at the door.  Additional information
about the  show and Asheville's Bele  Chere festival will be  mailed to all
who pre-register in advance.  Door prize winners will also be selected from
registered  guests.    Advance  registration  checks  should  made  out  to
"COMPUTER STUDIO" and mailed to:

                              Computer STudio
                          Westgate Shopping Center
                       40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D
                            Asheville, NC  28806

 For additional information, please contact either:

     Sheldon Winick                     Cliff Allen, Show Coord.
     GEnie:  S.WINICK                   GEnie:  C.ALLEN17
     Computer STudio                    Internet:  CALLEN@UNCA.EDU
     Westgate Shopping Center           phone:  (704) 258-3758
     40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D
     Asheville, NC  28806
     (704) 251-0201


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RIP-Based Duo is Industry's First

     BAKERSFIELD, Calif.,  June 15, 1993  -- Mustang Software,  Inc. (MSI),
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communications software (v1.5) that support the new Remote Imaging Protocol
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graphics to callers' and lets mouse  users select BBS commands by  clicking
on selection  buttons or screen  prompts --  very much like  popular online
services such as  Prodigy and America Online.   WILDCAT! 3.9 still  retains
full support for standard text and ANSI.

     In order for a caller to access the WILDCAT! v3.9's  RIP graphics, the
caller needs to use RIP-equipped  Communications software such as QmodemPro
v1.5.  Like its WILDCAT! counterpart, QmodemPro v1.5 allows callers to view
full-screen  graphics and use  a mouse when  connected to  a RIP-ready BBS.
RIP also  lets the  QmodemPro  caller select  BBS commands  by clicking  on
graphic selection buttons or screen prompts.

     "Adding  RIP  support  to  QmodemPro  makes  this  new graphics  level
available  to the  millions  of  WILDCAT!  users,"  said  Jim  Harrer,  MSI
President and CEO.  "Our goal is to make  QmodemPro the tool of  choice for
connections to mail systems, whether it  is a BBS, CompuServe, MCI or other
online services."

New WILDCAT! FAX-Send Module Gives Sysops Custom Control

     In addition to  its RIP interface,  WILDCAT! v3.9 now  has a  FAX-send
module  included with  the wcPRO  utility package.   The FAX  module allows
WILDCAT!  Sysops with  fax modems  to  make text  and  graphics .PCX  files
available  to callers via the FAX.   Callers can select FAX documents while
online  and have  them sent  to  their FAX  machine or  to another  number.
Because accessing the FAX  module is security-defined, the sysop  has total
control over the FAX access feature.  The sysop has  the customizing option
of  making packages  of  FAX documents  available  to different  groups  of

     Information on  the FAX cover  page is entered  by the caller  and the
document(s) is prepared for sending by the FAX module.  The caller then has
a choice  of having  the  requested FAXes  sent after  hanging  up or  sent
immediately over another communications port or PC on a network.

Addition WILDCAT! v3.9 features include:

     1.  A "gentle reminder" notification to the caller if BBS log-off is
     attempted before downloading all files that have been marked for

     2.  Automatic detection of a remote caller's emulation (ANSI, RIPscrip
     or Doorway) -- allowing callers to dial in over different terminal
     packages with WILDCAT! deciding "on the fly" which emulation is best.

     3. Increased selections of No-color, ANSI-color, RIP or Auto-detect
     from the [Y]our settings menu.  If Autodetect is selected, the user   

     gets the screen type that WILDCAT! detects at log-in.

QmodemPro v1.5 Continues Adding Features

     In addition to its RIP-ready interface, QmodemPro v1.5 has added modem
pool support for the NCSI/ACS network interface; the Articom interface from
LANtastic; and Rockwell's RPI modem chip interface, adding v.42bis and MNP5
support for 2400 baud modems using the Rockwell chip.

     "These new features, led  by RIP, continue the  growing sophistication
of  communications software and mark another step in the ongoing maturation
process of BBS and communications software," Harrer said.  "We expect broad
market acceptance plus a new level of corporate communications users."

     WILDCAT! v3.9 is available  immediately to any WILDCAT! v3.x  user for
$20 plus shipping and  handling.  Standalone retail pricing begins  at $129
for a single-line version.

     QmodemPro v1.5 is  available immediately at  no charge for  registered
QmodemPro  1.0 users and $35  for Qmodem-registered users.   For first-time
users, the retail price is $99 plus shipping and handling.

     Mustang Software, Inc. (MSI) is the leading single-source supplier of
bulletin board  system (BBS) software and  related communications software,
with more  than 22,000  registered users of  its WILDCAT! BBS  software and
80,000 registered users of its Qmodem/QmodemPro communications software.

     MSI, formed in 1986, is headquartered in Bakersfield, Calif.

Editor Note:

QmodemPro is  the only Commercial Terminal Package  at this time to support
RIPscrip.   MSI  is  providing a  free  QmodemPro v1.5  update  to existing
QmodemPro customers via a patch  which can be downloaded from MSI's  BBS or
from any support forums  on CompuServe, GEnie or America  Online. QmodemPro
customers can also order a new QmodemPro disk pack which has the upgrade on
diskette media for $20.00 plus shipping.

RIPscrip is  a trademark of  Telegraphic Corporation, Huntington  Beach, CA
they may be reached by dialing (714) 379-2131.

          Jim Harrer                         Bill Pritchard, Senior AE/PR
          President/CEO                      Robert J. Fisher, AS/PR
          Mustang Software, Inc.             Fisher Business Communications
          Tel:  805/395-0223                 Tel:  714/852-1313
          Fax:  805/395-0713                 Fax:  714/852-8432
          BBS:  805/395-0650                 BBS:  714/852-9660


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             Friday Night Special Edition Real Time Conference
                                June 4, 1993

                      Dateline Atari! with Bob Brodie

Host - Lou Rocha

<[Lou] ST.LOU> Welcome to the June installement of Dateline Atari! with Bob
Brodie, Director of Communications for Atari Corp. We are indeed privileged
and  appreciative  to  have  Bob  participate  in  this  exclusive  monthly
conference  with  Atari users  here  on  GEnie. As  June  flowers begin  to
blossom, Atari users are posting news  of Falcon purchases. In the Bulletin
Board there are daily messages from ecstatic  new owners. New Falcon topics
are opening  as software notes  are shared and  compared.  There is  a very
definite upbeat mood in the Atari ST RoundTable now that the Falcons have 
arrived in large numbers.  If that were not enough, we  have heard that the
65 meg hard drives have  been upgraded to 80 meg units at NO  EXTRA COST! I
guess that is the reward for being patient :-) Tonight, Bob has returned to
bring us  the latest news on  Falcon availability. He will  also give GEnie
users  the  first  official  announcements about  Atari's  newest  product.
Bob.... the curtain is rising.

<BOB-BRODIE> Welcome  to the June  '93 edition  of Dateline Atari!   Settle
back into your  chair for a  few minutes. Make sure  you have your  capture
buffer turned on,  or be sure to go to the  library tomorrow morning to d/l
the transcript from tonight's session; I've got lots of info  to share with
you tonight!

First,  I'm pleased to announce that shipments of Falcon030s are continuing
with units for  dealers to sell at this  point. We presently have  over 140
(yes, that is One  Hundred Forty) dealers on board, in over 40 states. This
is much better  than where we were a year ago.  We're very pleased that our
decision to  go with the  new dealer agreement  has brought us  leverage to
bring on new dealers! In fact, earlier today I got a call from one of our 
"holdout", older dealers that hadn't signed the agreement yet.  He's having
a change of heart, and I'm looking forward to him carrying Falcon030s. This
is a very good sign!!!

Also, we're pleased  that we've  brought on board  another of our  longtime
partners,  Pacific Software  Supply,  to be  a  distributor for  the  Atari
Falcon030. We will  be working very  closely with them  to ensure that  the
dealers that they sign up meet all of the criteria that we have established
for Atari dealers. All of the dealers that Pacific Software brings on board
will  be signing  the same dealer  agreements as  the dealers  that we deal
directly with.

Of  course, this  means  that  Pacific  is  now also  carrying  a  host  of
accessories for the  Atari Falcon030  as well, like  the sometimes  elusive
SCSI-II cables,  a host of Falcon software, VGA monitors, and lots of other
goodies for our dealers. In short, the dealers are getting another terrific
resource to work with!!

Some of you may recall that I indicated in the last Dateline Atari! we were
still  a ways  off  from being  able  to ship  SpeedoGDOS  and MultiTOS  to
existing Atari owners. Both of these products are shipping with Falcon030s.
Today we received the diskettes back  from the duplicators, and the manuals
arrived a couple of days ago, so we're actually ahead of schedule at this 
point! We  have begun assembling the packages so our customers will be able
to purchase MultiTOS and SpeedoGDOS along with 14 BitStream fonts within  a
couple of weeks!!!

The manuals for Atari Works have still not arrived, which means that we are
still ON  SCHEDULE <grin>  for that  product. Works should  be in  stock in
approximately fourteen more  days.  The  retail price for  the products  to
current users has been slightly adjusted, and is now as follows:

                            SpeedoGDOS - $64.95
                              MultiTOS- $59.95
                            Atari Works- $118.95

We  have also  done an incremental  upgrade to  the Atari  Falcon030 in our
on-going efforts to provide our users  with the best units we possibly can.
We have upgraded the Atari Falcon030 from a 65 meg internal hard disk drive
to  an 80  megabyte  hard  disk  drive. We  were  able  to secure  the  new
mechanisms at the  very same price as the 65s, so there will be no increase
in price to our customers! 

Currently, Atari Falcon030s are shipping with the following programs on the
                               Talking Clock

They are also *supposed* to have on them Atari Works, System Audio Manager,
Audio Fun  Machine, and FalconD2D. A  small number of machines  got out the
door without  these programs installed on the drives. We will be shipping a
mail-in card  to the  dealers  that got  these machines  a  card for  their
customers to mail  into Atari so you will receive  these products via mail.
We apologize for the mistake.

We are  now in  anticipation of  another shipment of  Falcons in  about two
weeks. Included in this shipment is going to be a number of units that will
not  have hard drives built in, specifically  the Falcon030 with one meg of
RAM  and no hard disk,  and with four  megs of RAM and  no hard disk. These
units WILL NOT  come with SpeedoGDOS, Atari Works, or  FalconD2D. They will
have everything else,  including the hard disk  utilities in case you  have
your own SCSI hard disk. We will be selling at a later date a hard drive 
upgrade kit,  which  will ship  with  Atari Works,  SpeedoGDOS,  FalconD2D,
MultiTOS, etc. on the hard drive.

Regarding  applications for the Atari Falcon030, Bill Rehbock has passed on
to  me  some  information  concerning  products  and  availability.  Please
understand that  I am not professing  literacy in all (or  for that matter,
any) of these products. I am simply passing on some interesting information
to our users. I hope that this will prove encouraging, and help demonstrate
that the  interest for Atari  Computers is  continuing to grow.  In several
cases, these applications  will not only  run on  the Falcon030, but  other
Atari computers as well. Where I have commented about who  will be carrying
the product in  North America, this is based on the best information I have
at this time, and is subject to change.

Notator  Logic,  a music  applications, by  E-Magic  Cubase Audio,  a music
application, by Steinberg

Inshape, a  rendering application by  Roald Christesen,  carried by  Oregon

TruePicture, a retouching application, by HiSoft, carried by 
Oregon Research

Harlekin3, a utility, by HiSoft, carried by Oregon Research

OverGenlock, video software by Overscan, carried by COMPO

Screenblaster, graphic expansion by Overscan, carried by COMPO

Overlay, a video application by Overscan, carried by COMPO

DA's Vector, a  graphics application  by Digital Arts,  carried by  Pacific

Convector 2, an auto vectorization application from SHIFT, carried 
by Gribnif

Zoom, an icon editor from SHIFT, carried by Gribnif

MusiCOM, a music application from COMPO

MusiCOM 2, a music application from COMPO

Digitape, a music application from Trade iT, carried by Codehead

Falcon Speed, a PC board, from COMPO

TruePaint, a graphics application from HiSoft, carried by Oregon Research

Pure C, a programming language from Pure GmbH, carried by Gribnif

Pure Pascal, a programming language from Pure GmbH, carried by Gribnif

Studio Photo, a retouching application from Eurosoft, carried by COMPO

Chagall, a graphics application from Trade iT, carried by Codehead

GT-Look II, scanner software, carried by Pacific Software 

Interface, a programming tool, from SHIFT GmbH, carried by Gribnif.

As you can see, there really is a lot going on!!!

In addition to all of that, we've been  busy on the game side of things  as
well! We're ready  to release three  more titles for  the Lynx: Gordo  106,
Lemmings,  and Jimmy Connors Tennis. I've  seen eproms of these titles, and
expect to have news on production in the near future.

Also on the game  side of things, as CES is going on  in Chicago even as we
speak, we've announced the Jaguar, our  oft discussed new game machine. For
those of you who haven't had a chance to hear about the Jaguar, here is our
press release:

Atari Corp., the founder of the video game industry and  the creative force
behind some of the world's best-known titles, has announced the launch of a
revolutionary new  multi-media entertainment system, the  Atari Jaguar. The
launch will be supported by aggressive advertising, promotion and marketing
efforts to be  centered in the New York market in the fall, with a national
roll-out of the product within one year.

The  Atari Jaguar,  housed  in  a  futuristic  casing,  is  an  interactive
multi-media  system  based on  an  Atari-designed  proprietary 64-bit  RISC
processor. The 64-bit system is four times the technology currently seen in
the market  today. The  Atari Jaguar  features  over 16  million colors  in
24-bit  true-color  graphics  and  produces  shaded  3-D   polygons  to  be
manipulated  in a  "real" world  in real  time. The  Atari Jaguar  also has
real-time texture mapping and creates spectacular video effects.

The  sound  system is  based  on Atari's  proprietary,  high-speed, Digital
Signal Processor  dedicated to audio. The audio is 16-bit stereo CD quality
and processes  simultaneous  sources  of  audio  data,  allowing  for  very
realistic sounds, as  well as human voices, which are  essential for future
multi-media applications.

The  Atari Jaguar is truly  expandable and will  include a 32-bit expansion
port  which allows for future connection into cable and telephone networks,
as well as a digital signal processing port for modem use and connection to
digital audio peripherals such as DAT players.

The  unit  will  also  have  a  compact  disc  peripheral,  which  will  be
double-speed  and will play regular CD audio,  CD + G (Karaoke) and Kodak's
new  Photo-CD(R).   Currently,  there  are  multiple   software  titles  in
development, which will  be available  on MegaCart(TM).   Atari, known  for
such  groundbreaking  3-D  titles  as  "Battlezone  2000(R)"  and  "Tempest
2000(R)," will issue spectacular new versions for the Atari Jaguar. New 3-D
game titles will include  "Cybermorph(R)," "Alien vs. Predator(R)," "Jaguar
Formula  One  Racing(TM)" and  many  more. Atari  will  license third-party
publishers to join the Jaguar family.

"The Atari Jaguar system will revolutionize the state of home entertainment
as we see it today," said  Sam Tramiel, president of Atari. "The idea  of a
64-bit  system is earth  shattering and kids  and adults will  be amazed at
both  the imagery and manipulative capabilities. And  we are proud that our
entry into the  multi-media entertainment  category will be  fully made  in

The Atari Jaguar will  retail for approximately $200 and  will be available
nationwide  next  year. The  Atari Jaguar  packaged  unit will  include one
software experience  and a Power Pad(R)  Controller with a ten-key  pad and
other special features.

We did not  show the  Jaguar on  the floor  of CES.   We  have a  videotape
demonstrating  the units capabilities that we are showing to developers and
key retailers.   We have  been shipping Jaguar  developer units for  awhile
now, and are very excited at the reception of our new unit.

Rather than  invest in an incredibly expensive  rollout at CES, we've opted
for a "special event" kind of rollout.  We will conduct our event at a date
to be announced in the fall.

We are extremely excited about this project!!!! It has been much awaited by
all of us in Sunnyvale, and  we forsee it as a product that  will recapture
the  attention of consumers throughout  the world!! I've  been pleased that
already, in less than 24 hours after the press release has hit, a number of
publications (even the foreign  ones!) are calling in,  and looking for  as
much information  as possible. For the  most part, we're sticking  with the
press release at this time. We will release specification sheets at a later

One thing that I know the Tramiels are particulary excited  about with this
product, is that it will be an American prodcut, manufactured in America! I
hope that all of you share our enthusiasm for that!!!

With that, I'm  ready to field  any questions that  our members might  have
tonight, Lou. Let's talk Atari!!!

<[Lou] ST.LOU> Thanks Bob. It does sound like more good news! Here 
come the hands.......:-) Our first guest in Charlie Townsley.

<[Sexy] ARCHIVIST> Hi again Bob, thanks for being here. A little 
question about the pricing of the new programs from Atari: You 
quoted Atari Works as having a price of $118.95, does this include 
SpeedoGDOS as was suggested earlier? Or is Speedo extra at at the 
price of $64.95?

<BOB-BRODIE> Speedo is included with Works for the users that 
purchase a separate product, Charlie. They will also 
get the fonts.

<[Just Folks] ARCHIVIST> Ah, OK I just wondered at the price jump. 
that's all.

<BOB-BRODIE> I think it's actually lower, Charlie. We were going 
to charge for Works $129

<[Lou] ST.LOU> Thanks Charlie. Next is Bruce Welsch of the KC 

<[Bruce] B.WELSCH> Hi Bob, Great news about the Falcon. Will the 
manuals ship with the computers? And can we get a copy of the 
Jaguar Video to show at the show? And where can we get the Kodak 
CD drivers?

<BOB-BRODIE> Bruce, as I indicated in my opening remarks, there 
were a few units that went out the door without the products, 
and the manual. The manuals for System Audio Manager, Works, Audio 
Fun Machine, FalconD2D are coming. We will be providing those 
via mail for the customers that already have them. Re the video, 
no...I'm sorry. That is not available at this time. Re the Kodak 
Photo CD stuff, please send email to B.REHBOCK, he will be happy 
to fill you in on the drivers.

<Y.SIU> What will be the RRP for the Jaguar? And what price should 
the games be retailing at for the Jaguar?

<BOB-BRODIE> RRP, you mean MSRP??

<Y.SIU> Sorry....Retail Price I meant.....:-)

<BOB-BRODIE> Under $200. And no pricing on the games at this point 
in time.

<Y.SIU> And more importantly, Atari appears to have lost many of 
its professional base in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. What 
will Atari do to regain those losses?

<BOB-BRODIE> Yat, the professional users that you are referring to 
are by and large DTP people. We expect to be able to reclaim those 
people as more of the apps start to take advantage of the things 
in the Falcon030 like the DSP chip.  On the other hand, your 
question seems to imply that we have lost ALL of the 
professionals, which is simply not true. We are GROWING a new, 
higher level, professional audio/sound/ music class of users that 
recognize the Falcon030 as a world class sound system!!! These 
users will continue to give credibility to the Atari line of 

<[Brad] B.SUSLOVIC> Bob, just wanted to say that I had no idea of 
the broad nature of the Jaguar. WOW. How does one develop software 
for the Jaguar? What immense potential!!!  go team

<BOB-BRODIE> Brad, our developer support group here in Sunnyvale 
for the Jaguar is headed up by John Skrutch. Please feel free to 
write him, or contact him via Bill Rehbock here on GEnie and tell 
them that you are interested in becoming a registered developer 
for the Jaguar, and we'll be happy to pass along the necessary 
info to you. We appreciate your interest in developing for the 

<[Dave Munsie] D.MUNSIE> Thank you! Good Evening Mr. Brodie..I 
have two questions... First..Does Atari plan on having any 
regional reps to handle dealer sales regarding the Falcon?

<BOB-BRODIE> Yes, Dave, we have a team of over 16 regional reps in 
place now.

<[Dave Munsie] D.MUNSIE> OK, there are two two dealers in the 
Dallas/FT worth area....with over 2000 users in this area we are 
waiting for the Falcon to show up...any word on Megabyte and 
Computer Discoveries? thanks..

<BOB-BRODIE> David, I really don't care to discuss each dealer's 
status in public, as I think that it is unprofessional as a 
rule...but I will in this case say that we just got the app from 
Megabytes a couple of days ago, and we're still waiting for the 
rest of the package to come back from Computer Discoveries. So, 
with that in mind, I'd also like to point out there are two 
dealers already selling the Falcon in the Dallas Metroplex area, 
they are both Guitar Center locations. One is in Arlington, and 
one is in Dallas proper. Would you like the address and phone 
numbers so you can contact them to purchase one?

<[Dave Munsie] D.MUNSIE> Maybe you could post it so I can pass it 
on to the others here? Thanks.

<BOB-BRODIE> Send email, Dave.

<[James] J.FRENCH2> Is the Falcon a transitional machine?? Jaguar 
seems to have more advanced technology thaty would fit nicely in a 
full blown computer.

<BOB-BRODIE> No, the Falcon is not a transitional machine. They 
are 100% different animals. The Jaguar doesn't have many of the 
Falcon hardware "computer things", like SCSI, floppies, a monitor 
port, etc. The Jaguar will have many other features that are more 
focused toward entertainment and multimedia. But the Falcon is a 
versatile computer.

<[James] J.FRENCH2> Can you tell us about the video hardware by 

<BOB-BRODIE> The hardware is really by Overscan, not Compo. Compo 
is going to be carrying it here in the US for Overscan. It will 
allow greater screen rez, like 800x600x256. It's shipping now in 
Germany to good reviews. I don't have pricing at this time, and 
suggest that you email COMPO, or bring it up in one of their 
topics here in the ST RT.

<[Jeff] J.WHITE99> Naturally, most of my questions center on 
availability. Will the forthcoming shipment of F030s be of a size 
similar to the last? When is peak production anticipated? Did you 
mention D2D Systems in your application-compatible list?

It is naturally reassuring that there is going to be some sort of 
effort by corporate to promote some of their products. Seeing that 
the Jaguar is only a consumer product and the Falcon really has a 
lot of direction to that market as well, what's the possibility of 
directing some of those efforts towards the birds as well as the 

<BOB-BRODIE> Jeff, we never comment publically on the size of the 
shipments. If you look at the marketplace as a whole right now, 
(computer hardware that is) there are a number of well known 
manufacturers that are being very cautious about their productions 
capacities. Certainly, that is in repsonse to the still poor 
economy, where growth in the retail end is still quite small 
overall. We have seen at Atari, a number of our "traditional" 
marketing partners disappear over the last few years, like the 
Highland Stores in the midwest, which were once gigantic, and are 
now closed. So we will earmark production as the economy continues 
to slowly rebound.

Re the sharing of the technology... I think that there is no 
question that there are things that can be used in future products 
(note the DSP stuff in the Jag) and we will apply those across all 
of our products. But the Falcon is a much different product than 
the Jaguar, make no mistake about it. I hope I answered all of 
your question, Jeff. All the /sends coming in made it pretty hard 
to read. Give me a call next week...we'll talk.

<E.NIKOLAISE2> Bob I was just wondering if you have contacted 
Sculptured Software about becoming a Jaguar Developer. Also, can 
you tell us what video output the Jag. will have? SVHS

<BOB-BRODIE> Erik, we'll release the spec sheet at a later time, 
not tonight. And I'm not at liberty to say who are developers for 
the Jaguar are at this point in time, sorry.

<[ken] K.BURKENHEIM> I have one of the new Falcons with the 80 
meg hd. I also am waiting for the software. I LOVE the machine and 
am typing to you on it in High REz and In color.

<BOB-BRODIE> Ken, that's great to hear, I'm glad you're so pleased 
with your Atari Falcon030!!! We will do our best to get you the 
software as quickly as we possibly can. We got another rev of SAM 
today and I'm told that it is solid, as well as D2D. So, it should 
be working on the F030! Just a question of getting the manuals 
done now that the software is *FINALLY* solid.

<[Brian G.] B.GOCKLEY> Hi Bob, Two Questions: Glad to hear you're 
on schedule with Falcon shipments. Will there be any for sale at 
the CT show next week? We have three dealers attending who have 
signed their ADAs, but don't _yet_ have any product to sell. We're 
looking forward to our best show ever, June 12-13 in Hartford, 
sorry you can't join us this year.

<BOB-BRODIE> Yes, the dealers that we have authorized to sell 
Falcons at the CT Atarifest are The Computer Zone of North 
Attleboro, Mass and East Hartford Computer Repair. Both of them 
should have Falcons at the show.

<[Brian G.] B.GOCKLEY> Thanks, Re: the Jaguar, what about a bundle 
of some old favorites like Asteroids, Space Invaders, Frogger for 
those users who cut their teeth on Ataris. (That's from Angela!)

<BOB-BRODIE> Brian, those are great ideas.

<C.CASSADAY> Bob, how does one go about getting apps 
like Talking Clock, ProCalc, CalAppt, Landmine, and Breakout? I'm 
not going to purchase a Falcon030, but I will purchase MTOS as 
soon as it becomes available. Are some of these programs included 
with MTOS?

<BOB-BRODIE> Chris, no those programs are not included with 
MultiTOS. MultiTOS and SpeedoGDOS both come with a text file 
telling every user how to sign up for GEnie, that I personally 
wrote! :) Re the other programs, I don't know what to tell you 
right now. CalAppt is a comprehensive program, and requires (at 
least I required) a manual in order to use it. The games....I 
don't know what to tell you yet about that. I'll see what can be 
done. They are written to take express advantage of the Falcon, 
but will work on other machines as well. My wife is cutting into 
my computer time at home on the TT so she can play Breakout. :)

<[Stevan] B.STEVAN> Bob, From a dealers perspective will we get 
some sort of an upgrade from the 65MB HD to the 80MB as well as 
the other programs that were not shipped with the dealers units?

Also with regard to service parts we have been unable to get just 
about anything since Atari Canada closed up...what is the 
situation with that. Also is Canada going to be getting any of 
those reps you were mentioning?

<BOB-BRODIE> Stevan, No...there will be no upgrade from the 65 meg 
units. It was intended to be an incremental upgrade. Frankly, we 
were very surprised that it happened this fast. We thought that it 
would be longer before we got the newer drives. Sorry. Re the 
programs, I indicated in my opening remarks that there were a 
limited number of machines that went out the door without the 
programs that were supposed to be installed on them, and we 
apologize for the mistake. We will be sending the affected 
dealer(s) post cards for them to provide to their customers so 
that the can get the programs mailed to them once the manuals are 
ready. Re the Canadians, we have signed on a rep for the music 
side, and I'm attempting to bring on one for the Computer side as 
well. We'll see how it goes. I know that parts are a problem right 
now and we're trying to correct it. Right now, fax Shirley Taylor 
with your orders at 408-745-2088 and she will do the best that she 
can to help you with your parts needs. Also, don't forget that 
there are other suppliers than Atari, like BEST Electronics in San 
Jose, that stock just about anything and everything for Atari 

<[Yat] Y.SIU> Concerning the Central European market...there was 
much criticism about the fact that thre was no Falcon coming in a 
TT-like design, with a VME bus and/or '040? How are the plans for 
such a future computer...and if not an 040...what about the 
16Mhz....MTOS is still too slow in my opinion to run on a 

<BOB-BRODIE> Yat, I remind you of what I told you last month. I do 
not work for Atari Corporate, or the Europeans. I work for Atari 
US which also has Canadian responsibilities. Not Europe. I really 
am not in a position to comment on what the plans are for 
specifically for our European markets. I suggest that you take 
those issues up with Bob Gleadow, the GM of Atari UK. I will be 
happy...IN EMAIL, to provide you his contact info.

<[Yat] Y.SIU> question was not meant to focus on 
Europe, but on the future of maybe some probable Falcons..i.e. 
Atari Products... Thanks for your answer....

<[pat] P.FORISTER> Bob, when using a Falcon030 without MTOS loaded 
will I still get the 3D gadgets?

<BOB-BRODIE> No, Pat. The 3D gadgets are a result of loading a 
new version of the AES specifically designed for MultiTOS.

<[Rob] R.ANISKO> Bob, - are there any plans to release any special 
filesystems for MultiTOS in the near future? I've heard good 
things about the Minix filesystem, for instance (in terms of 
speed, and breaking the 8.3 filename limit), and would be 
interested in seeing MultiTOS take advantage of such things. It 
would be nice to simply add a filesystem, and then pop in *any* 
disk format (like an Am*ga or M*cintosh formatted disk) and go 
from there.

<BOB-BRODIE> Yes, Rob...I have spoken with Eric Smith, and there 
is some new things in the works for the file system, espcecially 
the extensions to the MINT file system.

<[Rob] R.ANISKO> One other question - what would be your thoughts 
on maybe bundling some shareware titles on the Falcon's harddisk 
(like Gemview, ConNect, etc) that should already be suited to take 
advantage of the Falcon's capabilities?

I'm not sure of the legal stuff, but it would be nice for those 
folks without modems to get a look at some of these programs 
(actually, bundling a modem wouldn't be a bad idea either |-)

<BOB-BRODIE> I doubt if we'll bundle modems, Rob....not until we 
have our own DSP modem available. Most of the time, I think 
including shareware diskettes are a good tool for a dealer to use 
to make the customer feel that he is getting a enhanced value for 
his purchase. I got a ton of free software back when I bought my 
original 1040, and really felt good about my purchase.

<SAM-RAPP> Hey Bob! What were the factors that lead to the 
decision to market the Jaguar in the New York Area as opposed to a 
nationwide roll out? Also, please elaborate on the Lynx situation. 
What happened to the new games? (2 a month!) What about the RPG's 
in specific? I can buy ST stuff easier than Lynx around here!

<BOB-BRODIE> One of the major factors in the roll out in NY is 
that it is a densely populated area, with terrific media exposure 
that makes it easy to both sell and promote a product greatly, 
rather than doing a big rollout all over the US. Re the two games 
a month, right now it's been more like two games a quarter. I 
suspect that part of the reason for that is the emphasis has been 
to get the Jaguar ready, and we've made some sacrifices in order 
to ensure that that happened.

<SAM-RAPP> One more question... any pricing/availability on the 
16(14) meg boards for Falcon? GA. (and thanks!)

<BOB-BRODIE> I should know that, but I don't. I know that we have 
a limited amount of them in stock right now, but I'm also told 
that Zubair is producing a 14 meg board, too. So you might want to 
check with them, and see what they're doing.

<[Connor] CAN-ASST> Hi Bob! Part of one of my questions was 
already answered, but I called Atari a week or so ago to find out 
about Canadian dealers for pricing info and was told that there 
were only 2 authorized Falcon dealers in Canada...

<BOB-BRODIE> Whoever told you that was mistaken.

<[Connor] CAN-ASST> I called the one in Toronto and they weren't 
sure of the pricing.

<BOB-BRODIE> The pricing is posted in the BB here in the ST RT.

<[Connor] CAN-ASST> Thanks, Bob. 

<[Lou] ST.LOU> Connor, I believe Bob is saying that only US 
pricing is posted because of the fluctuating exchange rate. :-) 

<BOB-BRODIE> Actually, I can post it again right now if you would 

<[Connor] CAN-ASST> Ok, that would be great Bob. Thanks.

<BOB-BRODIE> OK, Connor. The  prices for the Atari Falcon030  follow. These
are in  US dollars, due to  the fluctuations in the exchange  rate that are
presently happening. All prices are MSRP, GST and Duty are additional:

                            Falcon030 1/0 814.98
                           Falcon030 4/0 1018.98
                           Falcon030/4/65 1324.98
                          Falcon030/14/80 1936.98

The price on the 4/65 is really for a 4/80, sorry. Old habits. :)

<[Jeff] J.WHITE99> Trying not to incur wrath and still be pointed 
is difficult. Marketing... Any retailer of any product will tell 
you it is easier for them to support a product people are asking 
for. Why not advertise F030s as aggressively as Jaguars? ;-) You 
had mentioned the 'futuristic' aggressive advertising for the 

<BOB-BRODIE> Tell me  about the  Jaguar commercials you've  seen, Jeff?  :)
It's like this...we recognize that we need  to do more things to market the
product. The problem is to do it a cost effective way that is going to make
sense, and not  burn up hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. In
looking at the most recent issue of Computer  Reseller News, I see that for
the top ten computer mfgs of desktop computer systems last  year, there are
only TWO that I recognize as doing any TV  advertising for at all. In fact,
a  couple  of  them  are  people that  I  don't  remember  ever  seeing any
advertisement  for at  all, anywhere!!!  So, on  the one  hand, building  a
demand for the  product is a big  item, but clearly, there are  a number of
different  ways to go  about it.   Dealers always want  to see you spending
big, so they  don't have to spend.  On the other  hand, being from the  Bay
Area, you've  seen how effective  a good partner  in promotion can  be used
like Fry's Electronics. Virtually NO TV, but major print and radio ads. And
their stores are full...I know, I shop there, too. So, we'll be looking for
the  Falcon at doing some cost  effective things in conjuction with quality
partners, both retail  and developers. We want to  resume doing things like
the campaign we did with FOSTEX, Dr. T's, Steinberg, and  C-Lab once before
where  we shared the cost of the promotion between all of us. It was great!
And  we also need  other things, too,  like POP materials.  They will come,
Jeff. Promise. <whew>

<[Lou] ST.LOU> I want to thank Bob for bringing so much information to us
tonight in the longest Dateline Atari! session so far. Given the numbers
who attended, I am sure you realize how important these sessions are to
Atari users. Thanks. I would like to thank all of you for attending
tonight. It was great for me to see so many new and old names! Any closing
comments, Bob?

<BOB-BRODIE> Thanks, Lou. Another great job tonight in moderating such an
excitable group. Well done, and thanks to all for attending. 

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