ST Report: 17-Sep-93 #938

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 09/18/93-08:21:10 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 17-Sep-93 #938
Date: Sat Sep 18 20:21:10 1993

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


                     14,400 BPS INTRODUCED IN 10 CITIES

     CompuServe now offers 14,400-bps access capability in ten U.S. cities:
Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago;  Columbus, Ohio; Los Angeles;  New York; Newport
Beach, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Rochelle Park,  N.J.; and Santa
Clara,  Calif. This service will be offered  in other U.S. locations within
the next year, and will eventually be extended to Europe.

     Pricing for  14,400-bps access is the  same as for 9,600  bps: $16 per
hour for Standard Pricing Plan members, and $22.80 per hour for Alternative
Pricing Plan members.

     The 14,400 bps service  supports V.42 error correction and  requires a
V.32bis modem.  To log on  at 14,400 bps  using the  CompuServe Information
Manager,  enter the  Session Settings  and  change the  bps rate  to either
14,400 or 19,200. If you have problems logging on, change the modem type to
the Hayes Compatible (default) setting.

     For  more information  about using  14,400 bps,  GO FEEDBACK  or visit
CompuServe's software  support forums  (GO CISSOFT). To  obtain the  14,400
local  access numbers, GO PHONES.  To read more  about CompuServe's pricing
plans, GO CHOICES. The  information areas are all included  in CompuServe's
basic services.

Download file  MGIF42.ZIP  from LIBRARY  14  of the  Atari  Arts Forum  (GO
ATARIARTS) for  an extremely fast monchrome  GIF viewer for  ALL ST's, TT's
and  Falcon's.  Tons of  new features  added  in this  version,  to include
JPEG/JFIF  view of files. faster  and more accurate  dithering, support for
GIF 89a's as well, plus a lot more.

This program displays GIF and JPG pictures so well, it's nearly like having
a mono equivalent of Photochrome.  Due to the technique used, pictures look
best when viewed from 4-6 feet from the screen.

The history of Atari is posted as file ATARI.TXT in LIBRARY 17 of the Atari
Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) (from the Internet system).

The  second set  of "20  QUESTIONS" submitted  by Atari  Forum  members and
answered by Atari  Corp (specifically  Bob Brodie, Bill  Rehbock and  James
Grunke) is available for download  as file 20Q_02.TXT in LIBRARY 15  of the
Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS).

See files OMEGA_.ZIP and OMEGAF.ZIP  in LIBRARY 12 of the Atari  Arts Forum
(GO ATARIARTS) for a very well done European demo for the  STE and TT. Well
worth the download time.

Download file JAPANE.ZIP from LIBRARY 4 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO
ATARIPRO) for a program which makes it possible to display the Japanese and
input single-byte katakana, double-byte katakana,  hiragana  and more  than
ten different series of special symbols which are assigned to symbol keys.

Download file DRIVRS.LZH  from LIBRARY 11  of the Atari  Vendors Forum  (GO
ATARIVEN) for the  latest PageStream  import modules.   Updated  10-AUG-93.
This archive contains  ALL of  the import modules  currently shipping  with
PageStream  2.2b.   Included  are new  Illustrator,  EPS, and  TIFF  import

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

     What is really going on with the Lexicor/STRT/IAAD thing?  Seems that
while everyone is getting set for the Glendale show this weekend, more of
the true perceptions are surfacing.  That's good.  It might very well be
the last show for many of the developers.  Across all the services, we see
the blind zealot-like defense of the IAAD's actions by a multitude of ONLY
three people!  Its amazing, no actually its quite revealing.  In two of the
cases the people making the defensive motions soon discovered they had no
defensive posture at all. They had their entire premise based on emotional
loyalty.  The third, well his nonsense is becoming so much "run of the mill
banter" that he is little noticed any longer.  In reality, after the
actions of the present board and of course, the questionable elections they
held last year, it all adds up to  ...its time for a real change.  A change
in the board members, policies, by-laws and attitudes.  If these things do
not occur, its certain curtains for the tattered remnants of the IAAD at
this time.
     "CONFLICT OF INTEREST" has been bandied about quite a bit and I
believe it has real and solid merit.  Oddly enough, nobody has brought
forward any real defense of or, explanation as to why there is no conflict
of interest when it comes to Nathan Potechin of the STRT, IAAD, ISD/DMC and
the Nathan & Darlah Show.  Until very recently, Nathan was openly
exercising sysop powers and using the title throughout the RTs including
Category 75 (the "secret" IAAD area) of which Darlah is contract holder of.

Now, it appears he is not.  Coincidence?  I doubt it.  Wanna bet somebody
got to somebody about the "CONFLICT OF INTEREST"?  Dropping the "RT-Sysop"
title is not enough.  The potential for further abuse is still very

     Next week, look for an in-depth report on the conflict of interest,
the "leaks" and the true masters of double speak.  Don't miss the item
about one of Nathan's business associates presented elsewhere in this
     The Glendale Show is on this weekend, we wish all the success in the
world to the folks putting on the show..  To all the attendees enjoy to
the max!



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                           SPEAKING OF CREDIBILITY.....


      The following  is a  series  of excerpts  from various  PUBLIC  POSTS
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 June  'til now.   Names  are  not really  necessary,  only the  hysterical
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 months, its  no wonder  the  credibility of  those who  "scream,  protest,
 lament and condemn" STReport  has eroded to nil.  Especially now  when one
 considers the events that are total common knowledge at this time.

 Summer, 1993 

      ".....STReport 922,  claimed that Lexicor had lost their free flags
 on GEnie, which is a lie. It went on to claim that messages were deleted
 in the Lexicor topic on GEnie which is a lie. It went on to state that
 Lexicor was thrown out of the IAAD, a third lie. I am asking Ralph Mariano
 here publicly, in front of you all, to explain why he used his magazine in
 this fashion and printed these lies....."

      ".....I was speaking specifically of the Lexicor comments and will
 say this again:

 1. Lexicor still has ALL their free flags intact in the Atari RT's on     

 2. Lexicor has not been thrown out of the IAAD. 

 3. Messages were not deleted.  Those are the facts, not my side of        

      ".....The IAAD issue is the business of the IAAD.  It was Ralph that
 printed that Lee had been thrown out of the IAAD.  That statement was
 wrong, as I mentioned earlier.  I have no idea from where he got that
 erroneous information.  Why don't you ask him. But heah, I forgot, Ralph
 only prints the news, right?"

 September 1993

 "Actually, STReport is trying to create the impression that an injustice
 has been done, to better fit the agenda of Ralph Mariano."


 This is now September, 1993.  Instead of being accused of lying, the tune
 and tone has dramatically changed.  STReport is now being called an
 advocate of some kind having some sort of agenda.  The agenda part is
 correct, we are in pursuit of the TRUTH.  From rhetorical noise thrown out
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 is "blowing smoke".

                  It most certainly hasn't been STReport!

                Our main Question STILL remains unanswered!



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                 Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #38
                             By: John Deegan

    10,000 NEWTONS SOLD - John Sculley, chairman of Apple Computer Inc., 
 said this week that the company has sold about 10,000 of its Newton 
 hand-held, computers in the product's first month, despite criticism 
 that it has trouble recognizing handwriting, which is how it collects 
 data.  A person enters data into the machine with an electronic pen on a 
 small screen, but critics say the handwriting software is inadequate.
    PSION UNVEILS NEW PALMTOP PC - Psion has introduced the Series 3a 
 handheld computer. The Series 3a offers expanded display, software and 
 processing capabilities. It is the first palmtop PC to offer on-board 
 digital voice processing. It can run for months on it's powered by two 
 AA-size batteries, and can fit comfortably inside a jacket or jeans 
 pocket. The 256k model is priced at $495 and the 512k model at $595.
    COMPAQ INTRODUCES ITS 'Concerto' - This week Compaq Computer Corp. 
 introduced its newest notebook computer, the Concerto.  Sources say the 
 Concerto uses both a keyboard and a pen, and features a new design that 
 has an adjustable built-in handle that also doubles as a stand, and a 
 detachable slimline keyboard.
    The Concerto comes with either a 25MHz or a 33-MHz 486SL processor, 
 250MB hard drive and up to 20MB of system memory, local bus graphics and 
 pre-installed software and has a $2,499 base price.
 selling the Tandy 2100, the first Radio Shack '486 system to be priced 
 under $1,100. Radio Shack officials say the unit will ship with Windows 
 3.1, Microsoft Works for Windows and America Online software preinstal-
 led.  The system comes with 4MB of RAM (expandable to 32MB) a 130MB hard 
 drive, two-button mouse, Super VGA graphics, one game port, one parallel 
 and two serial ports.
    IBM, MICROSOFT ALLIANCE TO END ON FRIDAY - After working together for 
 over a decade, the IBM and Microsoft operating system alliance will for-
 mally end this week. Under an agreement that was signed over a year ago, 
 Microsoft and IBM will not share information about any operating system 
 software developed after this week.
    Experts say that in the near term, this will mean that Microsoft will 
 be able to develop new features in its Windows and DOS operating systems 
 that IBM will not be able to immediately match.
    SOFTWARE SALES UP 13.9% - According to the Software Publishers Assoc-
 iation, U.S./Canadian application software sales reached $1.6 billion in 
 the second quarter, an increase of 13.9% from the same quarter last 
 year.  Sales have increased 16.6% to $3.05 billion for the 1st half of 
    Sources say that Windows applications sales, which accounted for 48% 
 of industry revenues, grew 52.7% in the quarter.
 Clinton this week fired his opening salvo in a campaign to turn the idea 
 of a vast "information superhighway" into a reality by signing an 
 executive order  establishing an advisory council that will work with a 
 government interagency task force to coordinate efforts on the 
 information system. The data network will link schools, businesses and 
 local governments across the United States.
    Vice President Al Gore said, "We are going to push as hard as we 
 possibly can to put this national information infrastructure in place," 
 "It is critically important to the economic future of the United States 
 of America," said Gore, adding that the network will allow millions of 
 Americans to gain quick access to computerized information.
    Private companies and the government will need to jointly coordinate 
 and cooperate to create the national electronic networks where computer 
 data would flow across the country over fiber optic lines.
 Kodak would confirm the rumors, industry sources say that Eastman Kodak 
 Co. and Apple Computer have produced a digital camera they will unveil 
 at Comdex in Las Vegas in November. One source said the film-less camera 
 is code-named Venus and will retail for $1,000 with a street price of as 
 little as $600.
    Also rumored is that Apple will release a system that uses Kodak 
 hardware and Apple software to write digital pictures and sound onto 
 compact discs. Selling for $5,000, the mastering system will include a 
 version of Kodak's Photo CD writer 200 disc-writing unit.
    CRIME DOESN'T PAY - Two Los Angeles businessmen, Chung Lim and Peter 
 Luk, have been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of receiving computer 
 chips stolen in a 1991 robbery at a St. Petersburg, Florida, company. 
 Each is charged with two counts of receiving and conspiring to receive 
 stolen computer chips and if convicted, they face up to 20 years in 
    WHO'S THE MOST SATISFYING? - According to market researcher J.D. 
 Power and Associates, it's Dell Computer Corp.   Based on J.D. Power's 
 1993 Desktop Personal Computer Satisfaction Index, Dell ranked highest 
 in customer satisfaction with an index score of 121.  Compaq was second 
 at 118 and Gateway third at 103.
    Some well-known names - Apple, AST, CompuAdd, Hewlett-Packard, IBM 
 and Packard Bell - ranked below the industry average of 100.
    The rapid acceptance of Microsoft Windows has changed the user dyna-
 mics of satisfaction. In 1992, "Ease of Use" represented 45% of the end 
 user's overall satisfaction, in 1993 "Ease of Use" had dropped to only 
 18%.  "User Support" has displaced "Ease of Use" as the key area of 
 differentiation among business users' overall satisfaction with their 


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 Hidi ho good neighbors!

      Did  you  hear  about  Vice  President  Gore's  "electronic  highway"
 proposal?   From  what I've  seen so  far, the  veep wants to  ensure that
 everybody  has access to  information whenever  they want it.   The report
 says that this high-tech system should be "on-line" in only a few years...
 HEY AL!  C'MON 'A MY HOUSE!  I'll show you information access that'll make
 your head spin!  That's right Al, information transferred around the world
 at speeds up  to 14,400 baud  for a much lower  price than what your  plan
 will end up  costing us.  Hey, I've  got an idea... why not just  have the
 government give everyone who uses CompuServe a great big tax credit?

      Well,  at any  rate, you  don't have  to wait  for the  government to
 construct their electronic highway!  You can sign up for CIS and meet  the
 future head-on starting right now!

      Okay, enough of this.  Let's get to the  hints, tips, and information
 available on CompuServe...

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 Henri Tremblay asks a question about something that I have often
 wondered about:

 "What is the meaning of the '+' sign beside a forum name?  Does it
 mean there are extra charges.  I just noticed it today although I have
 been her for many years.  Typing 'help +' doesn't help..."

 Sysop Don LeBow tells Henri:

 "The + sign was added a while back to remind folks that this, like
 all regular forums, isn't part of the Basic Services package, and time
 here is charged at the normal hourly rates. You'll see it on all of
 the forums, outside of the free CIS support areas, like HELPFORUM and

 Curtis Laird asks:

 "Does anyone know of a utility that will convert Atari ST Wordwriter
 text files to IBM ascii?  We have over 1000 files we need to convert."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Curtis:

 "I can not think of any off the top of my head.  You might be able to
 get someone with an Atari and Word Writer to help you.  By loading all
 the files into Word Writer and saving them in ascii format."

 Brian Gockley of ST Informer Magazine (gee, these magazine guys sure
 are active, aren't they) tells Curtis:

 "There is a program called XLATE that is in the libraries (I think).
 The newest version is far superior, if you can't find it, I'll upload

 But things are never that easy to answer, are they?  Sysop Bob
 Retelle jumps in and asks several pertinent questions:

 "Do you need a translation program that runs on PCs, or do you have
 access to an ST to do the conversions?

 As Brian mentioned, we should have a utility program that will work,
 but only on an Atari ST.  (Then again, if you had an ST, you could
 just resave the files in ASCII as Albert suggested.)

 Unfortunately, if you don't have access to an ST, I can't think of an
 IBM program that will do the conversion."

 Hal Scheie tells us:

 "I just found out about the virus in sgdos (Speedo GDos) after I
 installed it, I cleaned the disk but what do I have to do to sanitize
 my hard drive?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Hal:

 "Most viruses that infect the ST world do not affect hard drives..

 What virus was it that was on the floppy disk that you found..?"

 For everyone's information, the virus found on the Speedo disk (disk
 #3, I believe) is a Signum BPL virus, which is a key virus.  It
 writes itself to every disk written to or read by a floppy drive.  It
 then waits for another program or virus to tell it what to do.  As
 far as I know, the "command program" for this virus has never come
 around, but the virus will still overwrite any info in the bootsector
 on any floppy that it encounters.  This screws up most autobooting
 games.  Always either cold-boot with a "safe disk" or turn the
 machine off, wait for 15 seconds, then reboot with the game disk (or
 whatever) in drive A.

 Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Jonnie Santos tells us:

 "Of all weekend to experience computer failure mine had to crash on
 Labor Day Weekend...  I had planned to do a lot of catching up until
 my monitor (SC1224) decided to go dark and emit a funny smell.
 Although the little green indicator light was pulsing kind of
 interesting - you'd had to of been there to appreciate it.

 So...  I called my local guy here in town and he has used SC1224's
 and didn't have and wasn't too interested in a SC1435.  So I did my
 usual mail order routine and am back online with the SC1435.  It's
 cheaper than what I paid for the SC1224 in 1987 and I like the front
 panel controls better.  Of course the stereo sound (with my STe) is a
 plus and so is the headphone jack.  I like the bigger size (about 13"
 diag) and the absence of the big black border.  The picture quality
 isn't quite as sharp but then this isn't a $600 multisync (if one were
 available with the correct scan rate) either.  Gee, my hard drive is
 about the same age - keep your fingers crossed folks!

 Speaking of hard drives...  What does anyone think about going
 floptical versus a hard disk?  I mean you can only get about 20M on a
 floptical but I'm wondering if it isn't more convenient in some ways.
 It's just a thought."

 Sysop Bob Retelle, one of the long-time travelers on the electronic

 highway, tells Jonnie:

 "I don't think anyone really thinks of floptical drives as a complete
 *replacement* for hard drives, but more as an "enhancement" for your
 hard drive system..

 For example, doing backups of your hard drive is a LOT easier with 21
 Megabytes per disk, and being able to read normal 3.5" disks is a real
 plus too.

 Flopticals are slower than regular hard drives, but faster than
 regular floppies, so that puts them sort of in the middle."

 Myles Cohen shares his experiences:

 "My hard drive died several weeks ago during a heat wave...Luckily I
 had all partitions backed up on floptical discs...

 I have been using the floptical only since then...and y'know what...I
 hardly miss my hard drive at all...

 What I do is call the Floptical the C partition and put all the
 programs I use over and over on it...takes a little juggling and
 getting used to...

 Turns out...there is not that many that I use it
 works for me...

 Yes it is slower than a hard drive...but so much faster than a floppy
 that you don't really mind at all...

 For those on limited budgets who are agonizing between a hard drive
 of low capacity or a floptical...I say get a floptical...

 PS... I got my floptical from Purple Mountain Computers..."

 I (Joe) would just like to take this opportunity to say "Hi" to
 Myles...  Hi Myles!

 For anyone who's never met or spoken with Myles all I can say is that
 you don't know what you're missing.  He's a great guy and always
 (well, almost always) has information to give.  It's always fun (not
 to mention enlightening) talking to him.  See ya at the Connecticut
 'fest next year Myles.

 Well, back to the Forum.  Jonnie tells us:

 "I was looking at a sale paper for hard drives and some of the cases
 say they hold or can hold two drives.  I've seen some of them with a
 hard drive and a removable cartridge drive but I wonder if you could
 have a hard drive and a floptical in one case?  That would make a lot
 of sense to me and like you said doing backups would be a breeze
 versus doing them to regular 720K disks."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Jonnie:

 "That would be an ideal setup..!

 There should be no reason why you couldn't do that, put a hard drive
 and floptical both in the same case.  It would be easiest of course if
 the hard drive was a SCSI unit, as the floptical drive is too.

 I have an "ANTRA Expander" hard drive which is an "under the monitor"
 flat style case, that came with a "Drive B" floppy drive in it.  I've
 thought about using the opening to mount either a SyQuest style drive,
 or possibly a floptical, to do exactly what you suggested.."

 Chris Gray jumps in and posts:

 "...I've seen a UK dealer advertising Flopticals as "add-ons" to
 their hard drives ( so you save on adaptor and PSU).

 What bothers me is the proliferation of comparable media - floptical,
 streamer tape, magneto-optical,... whichever one I buy will surely be
 Betamax not VHS..."

 Ouch!  I'm still catching heat for telling a friend that Beta was
 better quality than VHS (Vertical Helix Scan... did you know that?).
 I didn't tell him to buy the thing, I just told him that the picture
 quality was better (which it was).

 John Damiano of Transierra tells Jonnie:

 "I have a couple of shoebox cases with a 130 meg Hd and a Syq.44 in each.
 Way cool as they say.  I think a Floptical must be standard size and
 should fit fine too."

 Jon Sanford posts:

 "Is this an old joke here?

     The hidden ingredient of electronic parts is *smoke*.

     Notice they don't work when you let the smoke out."

 Jonnie Santos tells Jon:

 "You know, if I had known that, I would have taped all the vents
 closed and kept the smoke in!  And I think the other trick to keeping
 electronics running forever is to keep their sounds inside too - my
 old hard disk is quite loud and I'm totally convinced that if I seal
 it inside of some type of sound proof enclosure it will run

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 John Clarke posts:

 "In reply to plea for information about STOS I can provide the
 following Info.  For those of you who don't know STOS is a french
 games creation language which can do a lot more than just games.  It
 is very popular in the U.K. and in France.

 Stos is basically an implementation of Basic which concentrates on
 graphics and games orientated programming.  It is a tad slow in
 comparison to GFA basic however the compiler makes up for this.  It is
 not as structured as GFA Basic since it doesn't have formal pascal
 like procedures (and no local variables which is my main gripe about
 STOS) this means gosub statements and hence the use of line numbers.

 STOS is quite powerful, it is grate for experimenting because it has a
 CLI. STOS is more flexible than most other basics because you can add
 your own commands to it in the form of extensions some of these
 extensions can enable you to do amazing things.  For example the
 shareware Misty extension enables you to throw graphics and data
 around at amazing speed.  The STOS 3D extension allows you to
 incorporate reasonably fast 3D graphics (That is,however, if you can
 decipher the STOS 3d manual).  The STOS maestro extension allows you
 to play sampled sounds.

 STOS has a few bugs and problems,  the most obvious one is that STOS
 doesn't use graphical windows so no Gem.  The Gem traps have been
 replaced with STOS's own ones.  The major problem with this is that
 every time Atari bring out a new version of TOS STOS refuses to run.
 There are lost of other minor bugs most of which have been patched,
 and since they don't affect every day usage you can live with them.

 ST stos will run on the falcon but it doesn't exit properly, however
 AMOS professional (Amoeba STOS) is being ported to the falcon.  This
 should be interesting.  I have never heard STOS being mentioned on
 Compuserve so I can only assume that it hasn't reached America."

 Carl Barron tells John:

 "STOS has reached the USA once, was marketed through Antic Publishing.
 However STOS's ROM version dependence killed it. STOS programs will
 not work too well via multitos, based on your description. Side note:
 Why are the 'cheating' languages always popular.  STOS and GFA do some
 of the worst violating of 'atari rules of order' than anybody.  I
 don't like either GFA or STOS.  I do own copies of both. Reason #1 "We
 cheat for you".  In my opinion a computer language system should leave
 the cheating to the programmer, not be self-installed.   Also I don't
 write games.... May be lack of print ads or online support does not
 help the STOS cause. GFA had a good foothold before the magazine
 collapse.  STOS did not. Personally it would not bother me not to see
 any STOS or GFA code."

 John Clarke also posts:

 "I know this has probably been asked before but I have a problem with
 disappearing messages.  When I log on all the messages are there,I log
 off to compose any messages to save time, however when I try to post a
 reply the entire message thread disappears, Why?"

 Now THAT is the way to ask a question about what you think are
 disappearing messages... it's much more socially acceptable than
 raving like a maniacal Napoleon-type and then finding out that you
 were way off base... isn't it??

 Jim Ness tells John:

 "Each time you come back to the forum, the read commands default to
 NEW msgs only.  You have to specifically ask for older messages, by
 specifying an age with the DAYS command, or by specifying a message
 number to begin at."

 Master Sysop Ron Luks joins in:

 "As Jim indicated, all the messages are still here... it's just that
 to avoid making you see old messages every time you log in, CIS will
 normally only show you messages that are new since the last time you
 were here.

 You can REPLY xxxxxx   to reply to a specific message number, or you
 can READ xxxxxx  to read a message and then reply.

 Also, as Jim mentioned, the  AGE  option on the messages menu can be
 set to show you messages received over any time period you specify..
 1 day ago, 7 days ago, etc.

 Another good solution is to use QUICKCIS to automate the process of
 reading and replying.  QWICKCIS will automatically send your replies
 to the right place when you log back in after reading and composing
 replies offline.

 It's available in the ATARIPRO software libraries..."

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Kirk Sattley asks Mike at Soft-Logik Publishing:

 "Soft-Logik still isn't talking about a
 PgS 3.0 for the Atari, are they?  Such a great program ..."

 Mike tells Kirk:

 "...we will not make a decision on PageStream 3.0 for the Atari until
 after the release of the Amiga version, which at this time looks like
 late October. At this time such a move appears unlikely given the
 current state of the Atari market. Hopefully this will improve by then
 and Atari will be selling lots of computers to new users."

 Lee Hoffner asks Mark at Gadgets by Small:

 "Can you please tell me about both of the boards that Gadgets
 markets for the ST; what they do and how much they cost?"

 Mark tells Lee:

 "Gadgets sells the following products for each stated ST product:

 ST (all models), STE, TT - Spectre GCR: The Macintosh Emulator
  (I figure you already know all about that!  <grin>)

 MEGA ST (not STE) only -  2 products

  SST/030 - 68030 accelerator board.  Supercharge your Mega ST with up to
  40mhz of 68030 speed.  Includes space for 68882 math chip and up to 8
  megs of onboard FAST RAM.  VERY fast!  (Full blown SST is actually faster
  than a TT.)  Suggested retail price: $599 for bare board.  Other
  configurations are available and prices >probably< have dropped.  I
  don't have that information at my disposal.

  MEGATALK - Add two Mac-compatible serial (AppleTalk) ports and one       

  Mac-compatible SCSI port to your Mega ST/Spectre combo.  Allows the
  use of Mac hard drives, CD-ROM drives, PostScript printers (AppleTalk),
  etc. on your Mega ST with Spectre.  SRP: $299"

 Lee asks:

 "Is the FAST RAM on the SST board accessible to Spectre? (I'm running
 CAD programs under Spectre and want more speed and memory for Spectre.
 I've heard that Spectre basically emulates a Mac II if you're running an
 SST board behind it.)

 Also, I FINALLY got a reply call from Gadgets who tell me that
 they're no longer making either board. Does this mean that boards are
 likely not available?"

 No answer on that one yet, folks, but we'll keep you posted.

 Boris Moldyi tells us about the new ROMs for his Supra modem:

 "Today I received new 1.8 ROMs (and even installed them :-) but there
 were nothing describing improvements in them. Could you please tell me
 if there are any new commands and/or S registers to know about. When I
 do AT&V, I get at least 1 S register not described anywhere: S91. What
 does it do?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer tells Boris:

 "You might try the (GO SUPRA) in the modemvendors forum.  Most of the
 improvements are for bad line noise conditions for falling forward
 and backward as the conditions change.  In the library in the
 modemvendors forum there are a couple of files which should list some
 of the S registers not documented in the manual.  Also your
 installation guide for your upgrade should include a list of some of
 the improvements as well."

 Boris tells Albert:

 "The problem is, that Installation Guide does *not* list any
 improvements. Guess I'll go and haunt Supra's BBS again..."

 Albert tells Boris:

 "Actually its not the installation guide but a single sheet that came
 with the upgrade that listed the improvements."

 From the Atari Portfolio Forum

 Barry Childress tells us:

 "I scrambled my flash card once and ... what a mess to unscramble.
 About power supplies, A long time ago I had a client whose Commodore
 64 power supplies kept dying about every 3 to 6 months. When I went in
 I saw that the power supplies were not getting much ventilation. So we
 moved them out into their own space and placed them on a pie cooling
 rack to work sort of like a heat sink. For the Port you could get the
 adapter away from the wall by placing it on an extension cord. If the
 only good place you have to let the adapter rest is on the carpet,
 then get something metal for it to rest on. The grocery store is often
 a good source for things like little cooling racks or splatter screens
 that would work well for this type of thing..."

 Mark Reeves tells Barry:

 "I will say this: I have had an Atari power supply for 2 years, in a
 small space I have not had one problem with it ( this was not a paid

 Grant Flemming posts:

 "I am new to using the portfolio and new to compuserve...when I
 bought my port used and have no software.  I NEED the file transfer
 utility (FT.COM?)  Can you help?"

 Don Thomas, Atari employee (but don't worry, he's really a good guy)
 tells Grant:

 "Check your E-mailbox. Something tells me Santa came early this year."

 See, I told you that he's a good guy!

      Well folks, that's it for this week.  'Till next time we meet on  the
 electronic highway, be safe,  be happy, and be cool.   Tune in again  next
 week, same  time, same channel,  and be ready  to listen to  what they are
 saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


 > CIS' WINCIM STR FOCUS!   Compuserve's Information Manager

                              HOW SWEET IT IS!

 by R. F. Mariano

      This past  week, while looking over the vast wonders of Compuserve, I
 came across a great  deal!  Compuserve's Windows Information Manager.  Its
 superb.  The D/L charges are suspended while one obtains the software.  It
 installs itself  in a breeze....   Below is  a sampling of  the menus  and
 choices presented to  the user along with WinCIM's features  and benefits.
 If you're using Windows  and would love the opportunity to use  effortless
 software  to enjoy  CIS immensely,  then Compuserve's  WinCIM is  just the
 ticket for you.  For those who enjoy DOS, there is a CIM for DOS too!

 CompuServe(FREE)   WinCIM


 The CompuServe  Information Manager  for  Windows(r)  - WinCIM(tm),  is  a
 software product developed by CompuServe that brings new dimensions and  a
 new  look to using  the CompuServe Information Service.  WinCIM allows new
 CompuServe members to quickly get acquainted with and use CompuServe  more
 productively. Existing  CompuServe members  can access,  sort, and utilize
 the online information and services more effectively.

 WinCIM features a Windows interface with pull-down menus and dialog boxes.
 It  frees you  from having  to memorize  navigational and  service related
 commands.   With the  ability to  see and  manipulate multiple  objects or
 windows on your screen, you can access many sources of information without
 getting lost or wasting time.

 WinCIM interacts  with CompuServe's  network and computer  systems using a
 layered  protocol  approach  to  which  CompuServe   has  given  the  name
 Host-Micro Interface (HMI). HMI defines a formal, effective,  and reliable
 method for  microcomputer applications to interact with CompuServe.


 * An IBM or compatible personal computer.

 * An 80386SX processor (or higher) and, at least, 2MB of RAM

 * Microsoft Windows Version 3.0 or higher (Version 3.1 or higher
   is recommended).

 * An IBM EGA or higher resolution monitor compatible with the
   Microsoft Windows graphical environment.

 * A Hayes-compatible modem is recommended.

 * One hard disk (4 free megabytes available - with Windows
   installed) and one high-density floppy drive.

 * A mouse (or other pointing device) that is compatible with
   Microsoft Windows.


 * Microsoft Windows environment; makes CompuServe easy to learn
   and use.

 * Reliable data transmission; all data communication uses
   CompuServe's B+ Protocol - for error detection and correction.

 * Local (offline) message creation - saves you money.

 * Integrated filing cabinet to organize information; save time
   by retrieving message to your local storage, then reading and
   responding locally (offline).

 * Integrated local address book; maintain a list of your
   CompuServe friends and associates.

 * Familiar desktop metaphor for messages; In and Out Baskets
   function much as they do on your desk.

 * Favorite Places; a local, personal menu contains places you
   access regularly.

 * Message Maps; a message map visually represents the flow of
   Forum messages in a Forum topic.

 * Electronic Conferencing Support; split-screen window support
   for conferencing.  You can participate in more than one
   conversation at the same time.

 * Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) Support; You can view GIF
   images online or offline.

 CompuServe(FREE)   CWD-44

 The DOS, Mac,  and Windows versions of the CompuServe  Information Manager
 can be ordered online for members through the CompuServe Store  (GO ORDER)
 or by continuing into the Online Order area at the end of this message.

 NOTE TO PACIFIC MEMBERS: WinCIM is not available for ordering through the
 CompuServe Pacific Store.  This new software will be available for Pacific
 members to order online by late Autumn 1993.

 WinCIM Supplementary Files Installation Notes

  *Note: You may want to print these instructions out for
         later reference.


 This file contains  the most recent version  of the electronic  version of
 the CompuServe  Directory.   This file  must be extracted  to your  WINCIM
 directory, e.g. C:\CSERVE\WINCIM. This will replace ALMANAC.HLP and  has a
 date of 3/26/93.


 This file  contains the most  recent version of the  WinCIM(sm) Help file.
 The WINCIM.HLP file is dated 1/15/93.  This file must be extracted to your
 WINCIM directory, e.g. C:\CSERVE\WINCIM.


 This file  contains the  Windows support files listed  below (these  files
 would be present on WinCIM(sm) disks shipped from CompuServe).  ONLY users
 of  Windows 3.0  will need  to download  this file.    This file  contains
 several support files.  After extracting this archive, the resulting files
 must be placed in two directories:

    - WINHELP.EXE must be placed in C:\WINDOWS
    - SHELL.DLG must be placed in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM
    - COMMDLG.DLL must be placed in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM
    - SMALLE.FON must be placed in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM
    - SMALLF.FON must be placed in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.



  1 Installation Instructions
  2 Download Directory (7/21/93)
  3 Download WinCIM Help (1/15/93)
  4 Download Support Files For Win 3.0


 One moment please...

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                        Users Guides (Windows, DOS &
                               Mac Versions)


                        CompuServe Gift Certificates

                               AND REMEMBER,
                      THERE'S NEVER A CONNECT-TIME FEE


                           THE COMPUSERVE STORE!

 CompuServe Store
  1 Welcome

  2 Shipping & Ordering Information

  3 Order from CompuServe Store
       * CIM Users Guides (all versions)
       * CompuServe Gift Certificates

  4 Check on Your Order

      There, now you have all you need to know about obtaining WinCIM. 
 After you've ordered your guide for CIM you be right on top of all the
 wonders CIS has to offer!  


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 ST Advantage on DELPHI.  STReport readers  are invited to join DELPHI  and
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 receive 5 hours  of evening and weekend access  during this month for only
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 the calendar month with no further obligation.   If you keep your  account
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 $10 monthly charge, with additional hours  available at $3.96.  But hurry,
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 twice.   When  you get  the Password:  prompt, type  IP26 and  press <RET>
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 > KING COM 2.0 STR InfoFile

                            KingCOM Version 2.0


 - COM  Port Contention  Problems in  Windows Can Now  be Eliminated  Using
   KingCOM From OTC.

 - DOS Communications Applications  Running in a  DOS Virtual Machine   Can
   Now Share COM Ports With Windows Communications Applications.

 - KingCOM Now  Fully  Supports  the Advanced  Capabilities of  the  High
   Performance 16550 UART.

 New COM Port Manager for Windows eliminates "COM Port  busy" and "COM port
 in use" problems and allows efficient high speed throughput utilizing  the
 16550  UART.  An additional  capability of KingCOM Version  2.0 allows DOS
 virtual machine COM Port sharing with Windows communications applications.

 OTC Corporation has  released KingCOM, Version 2.0.  KingCOM,  the Windows
 COM Port Manager, which eliminates COM Port contention problems that users
 experience when  attempting to  use fax and communications  software on  a
 single fax/modem  board under  Windows, now  fully  supports the  advanced
 capabilities of the 16550 high performance UART.  This allows customers to
 not only share COM  Ports in Windows, but also take  full advantage of the
 new  high speed  modems and  hard-wired data  links.   In addition,  a new
 capability in KingCOM allows  DOS communications applications to share COM
 Ports in a virtual machine with Windows communications applications.

 Until now, fax and data communications, under Windows have been integrated
 on  the  hardware  level  only.  KingCOM  now  integrates  fax  and   data
 communications on the software level. KingCOM manages all data/fax traffic
 to communications hardware,  eliminating contention problems that  develop
 when  multiple  applications attempt  to  access  the  same communications
 hardware. KingCOM allows users to  access their fax/modem for both fax and
 data communications without experiencing the frustration of receiving "COM
 port busy" or "COM port in use" error messages.

 In response to  customer demand, KingCOM now  takes full advantage of  the
 advanced capabilities found in the high performance 16550 UART to  provide
 improved throughput and reliability for high speed communications.

 WINFAX Users!    KingCOM  Version 2.0 is fully compatible  with WinFax and
 can be used as a replacement for  the WFXCOMM.DRV, providing all the  high
 speed capabilities present in the WinFax driver  - PLUS MORE!

 KingCOM now  allows  your DOS  communications applications  running  in  a
 virtual   machine  to   share   COM  Port   with   Windows  communications

 Key Features of KingCOM:
 COM Port Sharing  and Management - Now Works in Both Windows  And in a DOS
 Virtual Machine!
      Advanced  Windows communications  driver (COMM.DRV  replacement) that
 manages up to 9  communications programs at one time under a  single modem
 or fax/modem in both the Windows and the DOS virtual machine environments.

      Automatically detects  the location  of COM  Ports and communications
 hardware and reports their I/O Address and IRQ settings.  Also detects the
 presence of the 16550 UART.

      Manages communications  hardware device contention  to eliminate "COM
 port busy" and "COM port in use" problems.

      Users define their own set of rules to govern communications hardware
 access by various applications.

      Users  can choose which  applications will answer calls  to modems or

      Users  establish  primary   send  devices  for  each   communications

      Users assign alternate COM Ports that will  automatically be accessed
 when a primary port is unavailable.

 High Performance 16550 UART Functionality

      With  KingCOM, you can  achieve communications speeds of  up to 115.2
 Kbps without dropping characters or experiencing character overruns.

      KingCOM  makes Windows 16550 aware.   KingCOM  provides 16550 support
 for  Windows applications  and access  to the  16550 capabilities  for DOS
 applications running in a Windows virtual machine.

      KingCOM allows the setting of the  level sensitive interrupt triggers
 for the 16550  16 byte receive  buffer, which are  the key to the  16550's
 operation.  These triggers can be set to different positions.  This allows
 you to fine tune your communications sessions.

      KingCOM supports the transmit FIFO of the 16550 UART.

      KingCOM provides  a  DOS  virtual  machine  system RAM  buffer,  that
 provides complete buffer support for those times when the DOS  application
 does  not have  a time  slice.   This results  in enhanced  throughput and
 reliability in DOS based communications.

 Pricing, Ordering Information and Systems Requirements:

      Customers desiring to order KingCOM or obtain further information  on
 the product can call OTC at:

               800/769-6344, call the OTC BBS at 714/832-0658
      contact Steve Lefler of OTC through CompuServe (I.D. 75720,767).

  KingCOM  requires an IBM PS/2,  IBM Compatible 286,  386 or better, under
 PC/MS-DOS 3.3 or higher, and Microsoft Windows 3.1 or higher.

                              OTC Corporation
                       17300 17th Street, Suite J-117
                             Tustin, CA 92680.

 OTC and  KingCOM are trademarks of OTC Corporation.   Microsoft and MS-DOS
 are  registered  trademarks  and  Windows  is  a  trademark  of  Microsoft
 Corporation.  IBM  and PS/2  are  registered  trademarks  of International
 Business Machines Corporation.

 > PEACE IN OUR TIME? STR FOCUS!    Valiant efforts at resolution.

      The following post was sent to Compuserve and Delphi in hopes of
 generating some positive results in the resolution of the
 Lexicor/STRT/IAAD Fiasco.

 #: 43011 S14/ST REPORT
     11-Sep-93  22:56:38
 Sb: #Peace in our time?
 Fm: LLOYD PULLEY 72637,745
 To: All


  After thinking about it for a while, I decided that Ron Kovacs, and some
  others, have made a good point. Everyone is talking about this issue but
  no-one  seems concerned with finding a solution (including  the  parties
  involved). So the following is a first (to the best of my knowledge).  A
  STReport online _guest_ editorial.  This editorial might,  or might not,
  agree with the opinions of the Editor/Publisher of STReport.   Remember,
  an editorial is only an editor's opinion and this editorial is only THIS
  editor's (editor emeritus - that'll teach Ralph to give me a title  <g>)

  You folks who have known me for a while know I'm a great believer in why
  use 10 words when 1,000 will do. <g> So the editorial will be divided up
  into two (long) parts.

  I believe that BOTH Nathan and Lee,  and their companies, are two of the
  remaining  cornerstones in the US ST market.  When someone asks me  what
  large,  stable developers are left in the market, their names are at the
  top of my list.  In my opinion if either, or both, left our market there
  would be no viable US ST market left.  The mainland would sink into  the
  sea  like another Atlantis,  causing a tsunami that would wash over  the
  few isolated islands remaining (Codeheads,  Gribnif,  etc.)  While these
  islands  might be able to survive the tsunami,  it's very doubtful  they
  could also survive the vacuum created by Atari's lack of support and le-
  adership  in the US market.   While both companies remain to give  their
  support to the US ST market, I still have hope that this market might be
  saved.   Without both companies in the market,  I feel there would be NO

  Note: When I say "US ST market", I mean "North American ST market" - the
  former is just easier/faster to type. <g>

  No matter how much I might disagree with one or the other of the two  on
  certain  issues - and I've fought...oops, 'disagreed' <g>...with Lee  in
  the past almost as much as I've disagreed with Nathan - I  have  _NEVER_
  questioned the quality of their products nor the support they give their
  customers. In fact, both go beyond just supporting THEIR customers, they
  both support the whole market and all of the US ST users. I know I could
  call Nathan about a problem with one of his competitor's products tomor-
  row and he would give me help with that product (assuming he knew how to
  fix the problem). The same goes for Lee.

  That's why this conflict between the two of them, the expulsion from the
  IAAD  of Lexicor,  and the charges of conflict of interest bother me  so
  much. Disregarding for the moment the potential harm this conflict might
  be doing to the two companies and the IAAD,  the issue/charges are  also
  splintering  the  rest of the Atari community.  Contrary to what  a  few
  might believe, this IS an important issue (and thus 'news') in the Atari
  community today.  I have spoken to several developers and users,  and no
  matter which side of the issue they are on,  the general consensus is...
  "We  don't need this problem,  we have enough problems in the  US  Atari
  market without this one." This is NOT to say that they believe it should
  be swept under the carpet or ignored, just that it should be settled.

  A settlement appears nowhere nearer today than it was a month ago.   All
  that  has happened is all three sides  (Lexicor/Lee,  DMC/Nathan,  IAAD)
  have  'gone to the mattress' and pop up occassionally to take a shot  at
  the other side. Each issues press releases or posts that keep saying the
  same thing - it ain't our fault, it's their fault.

  The online community is falling into line behind their favorite - "It is
  not XXX's fault, it is YYY's" or, "it is not an real issue, let's ignore
  it and it'll go away",  or "their side is just trying to muddy the water
  and hide the real issues".  Everyone accuses the other side of not doing
  anything to solve the problem, of just making it worse.

  So  I am going to 'stick my head into the Lion's mouth' and  attempt  to
  make some POSITIVE suggestions to help settle these issues (blessed  are
  the peace makers - because they will be attacked by everyone <g>).  I am
  sure  that these suggestions will make no-one happy - that's what  makes
  them workable (IMO). I'm going to ignore who was right and who was wrong
  in the past - who will really ever know.

  First, forget what's happened in the past. There isn't anything that can
  be done to change it, so let's concentrate on the future instead.

  Second,  since there is an appearance for a potential conflict of inter-
  est in the GEnie ST RoundTable (RT) - the co-contract holder is  married
  to one of the parties in this conflict - do away with the problem. Since
  Nathan's company,  DMC, is getting ready in the near future to go multi-
  platform  with Calamus,  move him out of the ST RT and give him his  own
  RT. There is ample precedent for this already. SoftLogic, Michtron, Gad-
  gets by Small and ICD are just four who have had their own RT's.   Since
  all of GEnie now has the same hourly cost,  Nathan's customers  wouldn't
  have  to pay any extra to visit his RT instead of Darlah's.  Of  course,
  this would have to be okay'd by GEnie management but with the hullabaloo
  this has already caused,  they probably would be willing to consider the

  Third, setup a Lexicor Category on the ST RT. No posts in this Cat could
  be  deleted until Lexicor was notified and allowed to discuss the  issue
  with Darlah.  NOTE: I did not say that Darlah couldn't delete the posts,
  she  _is_ the contract holder for the ST RT and legally responsible  for
  what happens on the RT.  I said she couldn't delete a post until she had
  talked to Lexicor. Darlah has the power to hide a post from public view,
  so  if someone posted something that was really  objectionable  (vulgar,
  profane,  promoting illegal actions,  etc.), she could hide it until she
  discussed the post with Lexicor.

  Fourth (and maybe it should be third),  Darlah should work with GEnie to
  re-establish Lexicor's free-flags.   A company as large as Lexicor, that
  gets  as  many online posts and d/l's shouldn't be required to  pay  for
  their online time to support their customers _AND_ make the ST RT money.

  Fifth, re-admit Lexicor back into the IAAD.  If they were at fault, they
  have  learned enough about what is and what is not allowed not  to  make
  the same mistake again.  If they were not at fault,  then they should be
  in the IAAD.

  Once they were re-admitted,  if they wanted to resign,  they could do so
  "with honor" - there is a world of difference between saying,  "we quit"
  and saying "we were expelled". This way both sides 'save face'. The IAAD
  can say,  "we don't feel we were wrong,  but in the interest of fairness
  we re-admitted Lexicor to the IAAD".   Lexicor can say, "See, we knew we
  weren't guilty and this is their way of admitting it - without admitting
  it.")  It's a win/win situation.

  Sixth - and last - have  all of the involved parties talk on the  PHONE.
  Online discussions (whether via EMail or open posts) is one of the worst
  forms of communications ever invented by man.

  There you have it, PULLEY'S SIX-STEP SOLUTION to this problem.  Maybe it
  isn't perfect,  and maybe it will need some modification, but over-all I
  think it could work IF the three involved parties are really  interested
  in a solution - and not just interested in being right.

  Lloyd Pulley, Editor Emeritus, STReport




                           What Price 'Privacy'?

  by Lloyd E. Pulley, Editor Emeritus, STReport
  For the last few weeks I have been involved in a lengthy discussion  on 
  CIS concerning the Lee/Lexicor/IAAD/Nathan/GEnie ST RT/conflict of int-
  erest  discussion.   Unless you've spent the last month or so in  Outer 
  Mongolia (or on the GEnie ST RT) you have probably heard or read  some-
  thing about the issues in this situation.  One issue is the leaking  of 
  posts and information from the IAAD Cat on GEnie (Cat 75). The messages 
  posted  there  are supposed to be confidential and  any  developer  who 
  wants to be a member of the IAAD has to sign an agreement stating  that 
  they will never talk about what is said in the IAAD area to anyone out-
  side of the IAAD (the Mafia 'OMERTA OATH' is mild in comparison).
  The  penalty for breaking this 'code of silence' is expulsion from  the 
  IAAD, being locked out of the IAAD Cat, and being declared "persona non 
  grata" to the rest of his developer peers (after all, how can they talk 
  to him,  they might accidently repeat some information that was  posted 
  in the IAAD Cat and be expelled themselves).   The Mafia only kills you 
  for  breaking their 'code of silence' - which might be considered  mild 
  in comparison to the punishment that the IAAD hands out.
  This editorial is not about whether Lee/Lexicor was innocent or  guilty 
  of  inadvertently releasing confidential IAAD information,  I doubt  if 
  either side will ever change their opinions on this.  And while I might 
  have an informed personal opinion, I still don't have all of the facts. 
  Nor will this article discuss the morality of the people who leak  this 
  private information,  that's a subject for another article (people leak 
  information for many reasons). No, this article is about 'right of pri-
  vacy' and how we define that term.
  No one denies the individual's right to privacy but just like any other 
  'right' there are also limitations.   We have the right to free speech, 
  but we don't have the right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded  theater.   We 
  have the right to a free press but there are times when that right must 
  be subordinate to other rights and/or the nations interests.
  The same goes for the right to individual privacy.   No one cares  what 
  color underwear a person wears,  how often they change it, or how often 
  they belch.  If they get together with other people with similar inter-
  ests, that's also okay. But people don't have the right to get together 
  and plot a bank robbery,  or interfere with the civil rights of others, 
  or to libel people not in their group.  When these types of actions oc-
  cur,  the  individual's right to privacy becomes secondary to the  pub-
  lic's right to know and its protection.
  Also,  it has long been established that public  figures,  politicians, 
  and  businesses (among others) lose some of their rights to privacy  by 
  just  being who they are and who they can effect (I can say that  trees 
  cause pollution and people will ignore me,  if Jane Fonda says the same 
  thing,  the next day there will be a crowd of people cutting down those 
  nasty polluting trees.)  Most, if not all, of the IAAD members fall in-
  to  that last category - BUSINESSES.  Some might  be  sole-owner,  some 
  might be partnerships and some might be corporations,  but in the  end, 
  they are still the same - businesses.
  But while businesses might have fewer rights to privacy than an indivi-
  dual,  they still have some.  I don't think any of us mind them getting 
  together and discussing programming tips and ideas, how to market their 
  products,  how to do credit-cards, etc.  And if they want to talk about 
  their new cars, children, favorite tv shows - that too is their right - 
  and should be private.   Even when they discuss what type of Mac or  PC 
  is the best to buy for their family and/or friends, that is still their 
  private business.
  The problem comes when they go beyond these 'private'  discussions.   A 
  developer recently told me that it's none of the public's business what 
  goes on in their private IAAD Cat.  I have to say he's wrong.
  When  one developer takes another developer to task (in the IAAD  area) 
  for  telling the truth in public (about what he thinks about Atari  and 
  the Atari market) and the second developer says,  "You are right,  from 
  now  on  I'll say what I really think here and  won't  talk  negatively 
  about Atari or the Atari market in public", (translation "we need every 
  sale we can get and if the public knows the truth,  they might not  buy 
  our software.)  I think that is information the public has the right to 
  When developers (in the IAAD area) are talking about how bad the  Atari 
  market is, that's one thing.  But when they also say the market is dead 
  and  has almost no hope of revival - but are saying something just  the 
  opposite in public and  ridiculing anyone who says the same basic thing 
  (translation "we can't let the public know that we think the market  is 
  dead,  they might not buy our software")   I think this is  information 
  the public has the right to know.
  Or if a developer says,  "If I can't get this project out the door real 
  soon,  I'm just going to declare bankruptcy and move to Australia" (and 
  means what he's saying), I think the public has the right to know. What 
  about the 'rights' of the 100's of people who have given the  developer 
  tens of thousands of dollars in deposits?
  Yes,  developers have the right to 'talk shop' among themselves or even 
  gossip about each other but when they start talking about non-IAAD mem-
  bers - people who can't defend themselves, or even be told what's being 
  said about him (that would break the "code of silence" and subject  the 
  "leaker"  to expulsion) - I feel they have lost their 'right'  and  the 
  public,  or at least the individual under discussion,  has the right to 
  know.   And when some of these statements could potentially be libelous 
  (I'm not a lawyer),  the public/individual also has a right to that in-
  I know, the members of the IAAD are going to say that type of talk does 
  not happen in their Cat.  But Bill Rehbock of Atari recently took  them 
  to  task for just that very thing (I think some of the members  calling 
  him a "Butt head" might have upset him)...
      "I do have to seriously wonder how some of the IAAD members can 
      have the conscience to throw stones at Ralph when it appears as 
      though the same sort of rumor-mongering seems to be standard 
      operating procedure in the IAAD category.  (I am in no way, shape 
      or form condoning Ralph's existence, btw :-)  The difference, 
      however, is that a comment like, "I don't think he got it" can be 
      made by Dorothy, definitely altering the attitudes of many people, 
      without my knowing it or my being able to rebut the statement.  
      Whats more, because of the "oath of silence" surrounding membership 
      to the IAAD, developers pretty much can't come to me and say, 
      "Bill, [so-and-so] said that you said all developers don't bathe; 
      is this true?"  Libelous statements can be made on a daily basis 
      without my knowledge and can adversely affect the health of the 
      development community.  False statements about Atari's business 
      dealings can be made that affect business decisions of developers."
  Just as their statements can adversely effect Atari, similar statements 
  about other non-IAAD individuals can also adversely effect those  indi-
  viduals.  IMO, if some non-IAAD individuals knew what had been said ab-
  out  them in the "private area",  these individuals would have  a  very 
  different view of "the right to privacy" than the IAAD members do.
  Yes,  the IAAD members do have a right to privacy, but at the same time 
  they have to remember that with every right comes a responsibility.  If 
  they  would take that responsibility as seriously as they do  enforcing 
  their 'code of silence' they would not have to worry about leaks.   Who 
  wants to read 4 megs of IAAD posts about real developer  stuff - except 
  another developer?
  If I have the time,  next week I will talk about the right of 'innocent 
  until proven guilty' and how at least one developer feels "I don't care 
  if he is innocent,  my business comes first" (paraphrased - the develo-
  per doesn't want to be quoted).  I find it interesting that "the  right 
  to privacy" is sacred to this developer but the right of "innocent  un-
  til proven guilty" - one of the most basic rights upon which this coun-
  try was founded - isn't as important.
  In closing,  remember,  an editorial is only one person's  opinion - in 
  this case,  my opinion.  STReport is always glad to print opinions that 
  differ with its own (just keep them polite and legal <g>).


 > WARP 9 UPDATE! STR Infofile

 For immediate release
 Friday, September 17, 1993

      :                                                   :
      :   CodeHead Technologies announces Warp 9 3.80     :
      :                                                   :
      :             Including Extend-O-Pak                :
      :                                                   :

 The long-awaited upgrade to Warp 9 is here!

  Feature List

 o Fully compatible with the Falcon 030 computer.

 o Fully compatible with SpeedoGDOS.

 o Seven completely new Extend-O-Save modules!

 o Seven of the previously-released modules have been enhanced, adding
   Falcon compatibility and new features, such as Alternate Screen, Test
   mode, Falcon "true color" support, and more. 

 o A newly-designed Warp 9 Control Panel provides easier access to all
   options and allows you to configure which page of features will appear
   upon the opening of the accessory. 

 o A new program, Extend-O-View, runs as an application for Extend-O-Save
   modules so that you can simply double-click on modules to load and view
   them!  Or install Extend-O-Save modules right in your HotWire menu to
   select them with a single keypress or mouse click. 

 o A new accessory, EOS Timer, handles a new generation of Extend-O-Save
   modules which operate through the GEM event system.  This allows
   modules to do disk access, and make many other types of system calls
   previously unavailable to Extend-O-Save modules.  The Slide Show module
   mentioned below makes use of these new features. 

 o New MakeFast program provides users of TOS 1.0 and 1.2 a faster bootup
   of Warp 9.

 o Now comes on two floppy disks containing over 1.3 megabytes worth of
   files.  Disk two contains 20 Extend-O-Save modules from CodeHead
   Technologies and eight modules from other authors. 

 o Includes a 30-page manual addendum documenting all new features and
   Extend-O-Save modules.

 New Extend-O-Save Modules

 Slide Show - Picture files are displayed in an automatic slide show.  The
 slide show displays pictures in any of the formats supported by Warp 9,
 including beautiful 256-color pictures on the Falcon 030. 

 Flying Thrones - A take-off on the popular Flying Toasters screensaver
 available on other platforms.  Flying Thrones includes a separate program
 which allows you to load your own images/animations.  Due to trademark
 restrictions, we can't release a clone of Flying Toasters, but now you
 can create your own version. 

 Rain, Man - Expanding circles appear on the screen, like drops of rain
 water hitting the ground. 

 Things That Go Bump...  - The blinking eyes of various creatures randomly
 appear and disappear, accompanied by optional night sounds. 

 Spotlight - A circular section of the screen roams around a dark
 background as if a flashlight or searchlight were lighting it. 

 Filled Shapes - Random shapes with variable number of sides appear
 randomly, filled with random fill patterns.

 RAM Page - The screen fills with an ASCII representation of the internal
 memory of your computer, providing page after page of interesting and
 unique screen displays.  You might be surprised at what you've got inside
 -- and it's not Intel.


 Warp 9 3.80 with Extend-O-Pak is available now.  The retail price remains
 at $44.95.  Owners of previous versions of Warp 9 can upgrade to v3.80
 for $25 plus $3 shipping ($4 Canada, $6 overseas).  Send us your master
 disk and $28 to receive the upgrade.  For more information, contact your
 local dealer, or:

   CodeHead Technologies
   PO Box 74090
   Los Angeles, CA 90004
   Tel (213) 386-5735
   Fax (213) 386-5789
   BBS (213) 461-2095


 > NOVA CARD NEWS! STR InfoFile              NOVA SPECS and UPDATE NEWS!


                          SPECIAL NOVA CARD UPDATE

 Announcement from Lexicor Software Corp.

 The NOVA Mega and the NOVA VME 16M now both have the same price of $599.99

 The price for the SUPERNOVA has not changed and it will cost: $999.99 U$D

 The 32K Graphic Card is only  available on Special Order and will cost 429
 U$D both  the Mega and the  VME. For  these Card's there  may be an  added
 handling Price.

 Shipping cost are excluded from these prices.

 Technical Specifications

 NOVA Megabus 16M

 Maximum Frame Rate        : 90Mhz
 Video RAM                 : 1 Megabyte
 RAMtype                   : DRAM
 Maximum Color's           : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit)
 Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1024x768 in 256 Color's
 Maximum Resolution (15bit): 768x512
 Maximum Resolution (24bit): 640x400
 Virtual Resolution        : YES
 Automatic REZ Switch      : YES
 Upgradeable               : YES
 VDI for 24bit             : YES
 VMG                       : YES
 HARDWARE Accelerator      : NO


 Maximum Frame Rate        : 90MHz
 Video RAM                 : 1 Megabyte
 RAMtype                   : DRAM
 Maximum Color's           : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit)
 Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1088x832 in 256 Color's
 Maximum Resolution (15bit): 800x600
 Maximum Resolution (24bit): 640x480
 Virtual Resolution        : YES
 Automatic REZ Switch      : YES
 Upgradable                : YES
 VDI for 24bit             : YES
 VMG                       : YES
 HARDWARE Accelerator      : NO


 Maximum Frame Rate        : 135MHz
 Video RAM                 : 2 Megabytes
 RAMType                   : VRAM
 Maximum Color's           : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit)
 Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1280x1024
 Maximum Resolution (15bit): 1024x768
 Maximum Resolution (24bit): 800x600
 Virtual Resolution        : YES
 Automatic REZ Switch      : YES
 Upgradable                : YES
 VDI for 24bit             : YES
 VMG                       : YES
 HARDWARE Accelerator      : YES

 For more  information check our previous  releases on  the NOVA Card.  The
 Virtual Resolution are programmable  via the VMG. The VDI of the  NOVA has
 proven  to be very  compatible with  our Software and many  other Software
 applications as well.

 There  is also  a NOVA  Special disk  available soon  that  has some  NOVA
 Specific program's on it, including NOVA Mines, the game,  and the special
 Calamus  SL  driver that  will  enable Calamus  SL to  run in  15/16bit in
 15/16bit color mode.

                                                   Yat Siu
                                              Lexicor Software Europe

                      LEXICOR SOFTWARE CORP.
                        1726 Francisco ST.
                        Berkeley, CA 94703

                        Phone 510-848-7621
                        FAX   510-848-7613


 > QualiType FontHandler STR InfoFile   "professional strength"

                           QUALITYPE FONTHANDLER

 Announcing QualiType FontHandler: Professional Strength Font Management
 for Microsoft Windows

 QualiType  Software  offers  the  long-awaited  version  1.0 of  QualiType
 FontHandler,  the  first  truly "professional  strength"  font  management
 program for users of Microsoft Windows v3.1 or later.

 FontHandler  allows users  of TrueType  and Adobe  Type 1 format  fonts to
 easily install and uninstall fonts from their system,  either individually
 or  in specialized  Font Groups.  Both formats  may be  mixed in  the same
 group, and FontHandler automatically  manages both the WIN.INI and ATM.INI

 In  addition  to   basic  font  management  chores,  FontHandler  includes
 facilities  for a  myriad of  other font  related functions  like renaming
 fonts, printing  font sample  sheets, searching for  fonts, and previewing
 fonts before or after  they are  installed. FontHandler's unique  "Install
 and Run" feature is especially helpful for people who manage many projects
 using different fonts.

 "My favorite FontHandler feature is  Install & Run," says Sandy Garrett, a
 FontHandler  beta tester.  "With all  the nifty  fonts available  cheap, I
 still haven't settled  on a standard batch,  and there's no  telling which
 assortment I might have used for a particular document. Setting up  groups
 to install a  particular set of fonts and  then automatically open my file
 saves a lot of time and frustration, not to mention all that nastiness of
 switching back and forth between Program Manager."

 Other features include compression of uninstalled fonts and the ability to
 print  any of  four styles  of font  sample sheet.  Sample  sheets may  be
 printed individually  whether or  not the font  is installed,  or in batch
 mode for  groups of  installed fonts.   FontHandler's compression  feature
 saves  fonts   into  a   file  format  which  is   100%  compatible   with
 industry-standard   *.LZH  compressed   archive  files.   FontHandler  can
 transparently work with  compressed format font files, even off  of floppy
 disks  or   other  removable  media.  FontHandler   compression  is  fully
 compatible  with  on-the-fly  disk  compression  systems like  Microsoft's
 DoubleSpace or Stac Electronics Stacker software.

 The FontHandler  package also  includes a copy of  "QualiType Keyboard"  a
 stand-alone   utility  program   for  remapping   the   Windows  keyboard.
 QTKeyboard allows you  to easily type Windows' extended characters  - like
 the  copyright  symbol   or  foreign-language  accented  characters  -  by
 user-programmable  mnemonic keystrokes.    QTKeyboard can  also  remap any
 single key-press to almost any other character and run simple macros of up
 to 124 keystrokes.

 Published by  QualiType Software,  a developer  of  high-quality fonts  in
 TrueType  and  Type  1  format  for  Microsoft   Windows,  FontHandler  is
 QualiType's  first  non-font  product  in the  company's  planned line  of
 Windows utilities and accessory software.

 The FontHandler/QTKeyboard package has a suggested list price
 of $79.95. 

 For more information, contact QualiType at:

                 (313)822-2921 or (800)950-2921 for orders
                             QualiType Software
                  29209 Northwestern Highway, Suite #611,
                         Southfield, MI 48034 USA.

           CONTACT   : John Colletti or David Mackey, QualiType Software
           PHONE     : (313)822-2921
           FAX       : (313)822-2921

           COMPUSERVE: 70672,2335
           INTERNET  :

 FontHandler  is a trademark  of QualiType Software.   All other trademarks
 are property of their respective owners.


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

      Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo)
                      Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
               Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                          Wait for the U#= prompt.

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

          GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric
            Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission
 | Welcome to the GEnie - MUG RT
 | ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 |   The GEnie - Macintosh Users Group RoundTable
 |   ============================================
 |=[]==================== Tonight in the RTC ===========================|
 | MAC HARDWARE RTC w/Nick Passino & "J"   9:45pm EDT in ROOM 2 (605;2) |
 | ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Join Nick and J tonight and find out about your Mac |
 |                  computer, hard drives, monitors, printers, and all  |
 |                  the hardware that goes into making your computer    |
 |                  productive. Bring questions, leave with answers!    |
 |                                                                      |
 | Hackers' Nite with Jeff Iverson....... 10:30pm EDT in ROOM 1 (480;2) |
 | ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Tonight: posting & removing events; mouse, cursor,     |
 |               keyboard; clock; speaker and event related resources.  |
 | Help Desk - Have a problem with your Mac? Check the HD for answers!  |
 | ^^^^^^^^^ in RTC from 9pm to 12am EDT in ROOM 1............. (605;2) |
 |=[]======= Hosted by... ==========[]=== Top 10 Downloads - 08/93 =====|
 | Kent Fillmore ............ DRACO || 1. 29855 GREG'S BUTTONS 3.1.SIT  |
 | Erik C. Thauvin ....... MACSPECT || 2. 29833 STAR TREK DEMO.SEA      |
 | David W. Reid .. (Unk) DAVE.REID || 3. 29865 GALACTIC EMPIRE 2.0.SIT |
 | Eric Mueller ...... (DLAND.ERIC) || 4. 29824 DOWNER, 1.4.3.SIT       |
 | ---{ SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS }-- || 5. 29813 COLOR7, 1.1.SIT         |
 | Education .... (Rob) R.WHITELOCK || 6. 29811 AD TOOTHPASTE.SIT       |
 | Hardware ...... (Nick) N.PASSINO || 7. 29803 COPYDOUBLER 2.0.1 PATCH |
 | Games ......... (Bart) MAC.GAMES || 8. 29827 JURASSIC PARK.GIF.SIT   |
 | Telecommunity ..... (Kent) DRACO || 9. 29805 CD 2.0.1 PATCHER INFO   |
 | PowerBooks... (Doc) D.E.JOHNSTON || 10. 29828 FILE BUDDY 1.7.SIT     |
 | ------{ SOFTWARE LIBRARY }------ || ________________________________ |
 | Chief Librarian .... RANDY.SIMON || For COMPLETE info and TIPS on    |
 | Asst Librarian... (Steve) S.MACK || d'ling be sure to read: item #4  |
 | Asst Librarian. (Anne) ANNE-INDA || on p.605, "About The RoundTable" |
 |=[]===== Weekly RTC Schedule =====||=[]===== Help Desk Schedule ======|
 |        (All Times Eastern)       ||         (All Times EDT)          |
 |                                  ||                                  |
 | Educational Mac Mon. 9:45pm Rm 3 || Rm 1   Mon-Fri    9:00pm-12:00am |
 | Hackers Nite M480;2 10:30pm Rm 1 || Rm 1   Sunday    10:30pm-12:00am |
 | About PowerBooks Tue 9:45pm Rm 2 || ________________________________ |
 | HyperTalks (M480;2) 10:30pm Rm 1 ||    To enter the GEnie-MUG RTC    |
 | Telecommunity   Wed  9:45pm Rm 2 ||         type MOVE 605;2          |
 | Macintosh Games Wed 10:30pm Rm 3 |!__________________________________!
 | Macintosh H'ware Thr 9:45pm Rm 2 |.__________________________________.
 | Hackers Nite M480;2 10:30pm Rm 1 ||=[]==== Online Servant RTC =======|
 | Sunday Night Fights  9:00pm Rm 3 ||""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""|
 |                                  ||   Every 2nd Sunday of the month  |
 |  Type M605;2 to enter the RTC    ||  in the MacPRO RTC, page 480;2   |

 GEnie-MUG NEWS issue #27 talks about Karl Bunker's latest creation, the
 right way to save fonts in a binder (like moonbeams in a jar), Jurassic
 Park: The Game(tm), legal paper and other legal options from Apple just
 for legal types, babysmash (it's not a cocktail), NuBUS slots, and
 processor direct slots. I'm getting excited, just typing about it, and you
 can be excited, too, by picking option #5 on the next menu!

   | * GEnie-MUG NEWS *              for the week of 9/13/93 - issue 27 |
   | What's Hot and Happening This Week In GEnie's Macintosh User Group |
               GEnie-MUG News Editor: Eric Mueller (DLAND.ERIC)
              entire contents copyright 1993 by Eric C. Mueller

 WELCOME to the GEnie-MUG  RoundTable newsletter! This quick bulletin gives
 you  an  idea  of  what's  cooking  in  the  GEnie  Macintosh  User  Group
 (GEnie-MUG). I'm  Eric Mueller, and I  write this file  every week so that
 you  can find  the  action in  GEnie-MUG:  the latest  controversy in  the
 bulletin board, the hottest files in the library, and the hippest chats in
 the RTC  rooms. I'm always interested  in your comments  on this file, and
 would love to hear them.

 If  you're  new  to  GEnie  or  GEnie-MUG, you  can  read  about GEnie-MUG
 (including information on  what GEnie-MUG has to  offer and the layout  of
 the system) by typing  "M 605;4". Additionally, the GEnie-MUG help desk (a
 live hotline) is  available six days a  week, in the  Chat Lines (type  "M
 400;4"  then choose  channel 3) and  in the GEnie-MUG RTC  (type "M 605;2"
 then choose room 1). For more information and a schedule of times, type "M

 FONTS BUILDING UP, like plaque on teeth, or mildew on the tile? Forgetting
 how they  all look? GEnie-MUGgers who  use a lot of fonts,  and even those
 who don't but have access to a lot of fonts, know what it can be like when
 you have  100 fonts at your fingertips: which ones  are best for this job?
 Which  are script fonts, which  are block fonts? There's different ways of
 storing fonts  and different  ways of keeping them  together. Some  people
 prefer a  "typebook" approach,  containing the same text  sample in  every
 different font;  others prefer a "scrapbook,"  with different specimens of
 each font  in its  'native use.' GEnie-MUGgers Dan  Robinson (a  font type
 from way  back) and Ramon Castaneda  (another font type) discuss  the best
 way to archive paper  samples of typefaces in category 2 ("SOFTWARE: Daily
 Business"), topic 5, messages 67 through the end of the topic.

 that's  right, it's Jurassic Park,  the Mac game! You  are the intelligent
 Raptor,  trying to defeat your  opponent, the vicious T-rex, and take over
 the park--- and  then the world. Your opponent  may use the poisonous spit
 of the  dilophosaurus to destroy  all the animals in an  entire section of
 the park. The  game has three  levels of "fascinating strategic play"  and
 an animated ending. Excited? You're  not the only one... or maybe you are.
 In any case, check  out file #30003 (yeah, over 30,000!) in  the GEnie-MUG
 libraries and enjoy(tm)! (To  visit the GEnie-MUG libraries, type "m605;3"
 and then "6" to download a file.)

 THOSE NEW AV MACHINES are awfully sexy.  Have you seen them? They  feature
 full sound and video digitizing capabilities, built in to the machine, and
 also have  monitors with  stereo speakers and a  microphone! The  machines
 aren't  all cherries  and whipped cream,  though; some  GEnie-MUGgers have
 reported (admittedly minor)  problems with their AVs. Interested? Curious?
 Or  just playing along because you're bored? Any of those reasons are good
 ones to see category 23 ("MACINTOSH: Quadras & Centris"), topic 7 ("Quadra
 840AV and Centris 660AV"), messages 36 to the end.

 ARE YOU  A LAWYER OR  LAWYER WANNA-BE? I'm  so very, truly  sorry. But, if
 you're  willing to admit that you are part  of the legal profession with a
 straight  face and a strong will, then you should check out Apple's "Legal
 Solutions Guide,"  a list of Macintosh  products and  Mac-related products
 that are of interest to  the legal community. My favorite is the Sue-Proof
 Laser Printer,  which is  also guaranteed not  to print  invoices for less
 than $200. Remarkable, isn't it? All this and more, in file #30009. 
 "BABYSMASH"  ISN'T THE NAME of a new rock band or  even the name of a kind
 of  perverted sickness that  harried babysitters can get,  but rather, the
 name  of  a  new  Macintosh  game  written  specifically  with  the  under
 represented 0-to-5-year-old  set in mind. The  game simply displays random
 shapes  and plays random sounds, "when your kid smashes on the keyboard. I
 know  it sounds  really stupid,  and I'll  admit it's  my  first real  Mac
 program, but it's  surprisingly catchy to those under  the age of 5," says
 the author.  I know  I'm interested--- so  I'm going  to run  down to  the
 GEnie-MUG libraries and download file #30040 right now.

 NuBUS  SLOTS AND PROCESSOR DIRECT SLOTS are something of an enigma to many
 Mac  owners---what are they good for?  Who really uses them?  Does it have
 anything to  do with  fluoridation of  drinking water?  GEnie-MUGger Allen
 Barnella  was wondering  all  this  (mostly), and  more, when  he  started
 category 28 ("MACINTOSH: General Hardware questions"), topic 14 ("NuBus or
 PDS  Slots"). Turns  out  that  those slots  aren't necessarily  good  for
 hooking up  another hard   drive (that's  when your SCSI  port comes  into
 play), but they're  fabulous for  memory expansion, video  digitizers, and
 neat-o stuff like that. Tune in and find out what your Mac's cavity  could
 be filled with.

 ALWAYS FORGETTING  TO BACK  UP your  hard disk?  It's a common  problem in
 today's  hustle-bustle Macintosh community,  and it's  time to  stop using
 that  as an excuse. With Backup  Reminder, a new utility  from Karl Bunker
 (of---yes!--Dogpaw fame),  you  will be  reminded at  a selected  interval
 (from 2  to 14 days)  that it's time  for your  backup to start! The  only
 requirements are that  you're running  System 7,  that you  "don't have  a
 fancy, automatic,  runs-in-the-background, "you never have  to think about
 it" hard  disk backup system," and that you start  your Mac daily (more or
 less)  rather than leaving it on  all the time. Backup  Reminder is small,
 simple,  and smart, my three  favorite things in any application. Check it
 out: it's file  #30068 in the GEnie-MUG  libraries, and it's awaiting your
 download right now.

 THAT'S ALL for this week. Until next week, continue to be free ('cause you
 just gotta be...) with Macintosh!


 > TRAPWISE 2.0 STR InfoFile        ...for the Apple Macintosh

                               TRAPWISE 2.0 
                               THE MACINTOSH

 BIRMINGHAM,  U.K., September  7, 1993-Aldus  Corporation today  introduced
 Aldus  TrapWise  2.0  for  the  Apple  Macintosh, a  new  version  of  its
 electronic  trapping  software  that  will   build  upon  and  extend  the
 technology of TrapWise 1.0 for  Windows. The announcement was  made at the
 IPEX '93 show. 

 TrapWise  2.0 for the  Macintosh will have several  new prepress controls,
 including image trapping, color-separation capabilities, batch processing,
 and the ability  to trap up to  16 colors at  once. It will  trap not only
 single-page EPS files that conform to Adobe's color conventions, but  also
 multipage PostScript files that  conform to the Adobe Document Structuring
 Convention  (DSC) 3.0. Users will  also be able to  launch Aldus PressWise
 2.0  directly  from  TrapWise  to  automate the  imposition  phase  of the
 prepress process. 

 "The development of TrapWise for the Macintosh continues our commitment to
 the electronic prepress market,  which is  strategically important to  the
 industry and  to Aldus' future as  a leader in publishing  software," said
 Eric Bean,  Aldus prepress  program manager. "This version  will have  the
 same popular  features as  its Windows  counterpart, plus  significant new
 features suggested by customers." 

 The case for TrapWise
 In  multicolor printing,  two or  more layers of ink  must be  laid onto a
 sheet of paper and  precisely aligned  so that the  colors abut  properly.
 Often, however, slight misregistration occurs on the press, and small gaps
 can  appear  between  objects.  Prepress  operators  compensate for  these
 potential gaps  by trapping  adjacent objects-that is,  by adjusting their
 edges until they overlap slightly. 

 Quality  trapping has  always  been achievable  on  traditionally produced
 jobs. Electronically  produced files, however,  are particularly difficult
 to  trap  with  traditional  methods,  for they  often  contain  very thin
 elements,  many  graduated  fills,  and  hundreds  of PostScript  objects.
 Software such  as Aldus TrapWise helps  professionals produce  the precise
 traps required for these electronically generated pages. 

 What's new in TrapWise 2.0
 TrapWise 2.0  for the  Macintosh will offer  many new  features to improve
 operators' productivity. Users will be  able to both trap and output color
 separations  directly from  TrapWise, thereby  speeding up  their prepress
 cycle. New batch-processing  tools will allow them to group  multiple jobs
 (with  or   without  similar   trapping  parameters),   and  process  them
 unattended. The  program's ability to trap  up to 16  colors at once (four
 process-color inks  plus twelve  spot) will  help prepress  operators make
 their documents press-perfect in minutes  rather than hours. And operators
 will be able to smoothly trap the perimeter  of continuous-tone images, as
 well as objects within images. 

 Like the  Windows version,  Aldus TrapWise for the  Macintosh will  accept
 conforming files from  any platform, such as Macintosh, Windows,  or UNIX.
 It  will extend  this support,  however, to  include both  single-page and
 multipage files  that conform  to the  appropriate PostScript conventions.
 Applications that can produce these files include Aldus PageMaker 4.x  and
 5.0,  Aldus FreeHand, QuarkXPress,  and Adobe Illustrator. Once  a file is
 processed, users will be  able to output the resulting PostScript pages to
 any  PostScript-compatible imagesetter,  platesetter, printing  press,  or
 other device. 

 Other standard features
 In addition to the new  features mentioned above, the Macintosh version of
 TrapWise will have all the features  of its Windows counterpart.  It will,
 for example, produce  precise traps for process- and spot-color  jobs, and
 handle  complex trapping  situations  easily, including  graduated  fills,
 small text, and multicolor intersections. 

 TrapWise's controls  let operators  apply their  professional knowledge to
 the traps. Users can define "keep away" rules so that black support layers
 are properly hidden; define unlimited, rectangular "trap zones"  to refine
 and control variables in a particular area; apply ink-by-ink controls  for
 spot  colors  and  overprinting;   and  treat  spot-color  inks  as  their
 process-color  equivalents for  trapping purposes.  In addition,  they can
 define  a minimum color contrast  to control  when TrapWise will  create a
 trap;  specify the percentage of black ink that  TrapWise will consider to
 be  true  "black"; and  reduce  a  trap's color  based  on percentages  of
 component inks. 

 Pricing and availability
 Aldus TrapWise 2.0 for  the Macintosh will be  available worldwide in  the
 fourth  quarter of  1993 for  a suggested  retail price of  $4,995 (U.S.).
 Customers  will  be  able  to  purchase it  from  graphic  arts resellers,
 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of high-resolution output devices,
 and directly  from Aldus.  Registered  owners of  Aldus TrapWise  1.0  for
 Windows will  be able  to buy  TrapWise 2.0  for the Macintosh  for $1,000
 (U.S.) in the United States and Canada. 

 System requirements
 The recommended configuration for TrapWise 2.0 will be a Macintosh  Quadra
 series computer, 16MB of RAM,  a 200MB hard drive, an 8-bit color monitor,
 and System 7 or later. A PostScript-compatible output device is required.

 Aldus  Corporation (NASDAQ:ALDC) creates computer  software solutions that
 help people  throughout the world effectively  communicate information and
 ideas.  The company focuses  on three lines of  business: applications for
 the  professional publishing  and prepress  markets; applications  for the
 general consumer market; and service and support programs for professional
 end-users. Aldus  has subsidiaries  in Europe, Asia, and  the Pacific  Rim
 serving a worldwide network of dealers and distributors. 

 Aldus,  the  Aldus logo,  PageMaker,  and  Aldus  FreeHand  are registered
 trademarks and PressWise and TrapWise are trademarks of Aldus Corporation.
 Other  product  and  corporate  names  may  be  trademarks  or  registered
 trademarks  of other companies, and  are used only  for explanation and to
 the owners' benefit, without intent to infringe.


 > NE DEVELOPER WOES! STR FOCUS    Of Glass Houses & Throwing Stones

                       AND POSSIBLE CRIMINAL ACTION 

                A few weeks ago we presented the following;

 Reports are rapidly filtering in about a NE developer of custom hardware
 accelerator cards having more to do with lawyers than he cares to.  Seems
 there is a group in the NW USA in hot pursuit of this developer to the
 tune of $25,500 plus interest.  The group claims the developer received
 the funds for a specific job to be done under contract.  The group claims
 nothing was ever done in relation to the contracted project the money was
 paid for.  Further it was rumored, the money had been spent on unrelated

 In a another matter, during a recent deposition, taking place in
 Springfield, N.J., a signed contract was produced by the defendant's
 attorney while the developer (witness for plaintiff) was busy stating
 "there was no signed contract".  Additionally, it was indicated there were
 another thirty one irregularities discovered in the developer's "sworn"

 Further in another, totally different and separate action, it appears a
 group of users have banded together in hopes of bringing suit to recover
 funds deposited with this very same developer for product the users claim
 they've waited over a year for.  Allegedly, there are well over one
 hundred users who have come forward and claimed they are involved at
 approximately three hundred dollars each.  Reportedly, this action is
 reaching all the way into Canada, thus becoming international in its


 Subsequently,  further stories are trickling  in about  the possibility of
 criminal  proceedings  and that  certain law  enforcement agencies  may be
 looking into  the  merit  of filing  in  this matter..    Apparently,  the
 investigation is not  complete and  nothing has been filed  at this  time.
 STReport will keep you informed as further developments occur.

 This week, STR received this FAX from the President of Application
 Specific Computer Corporation;

 Gene Mosher              Tue Sep 14, 1993 5:18 AM      Page 1 of 1

 A NE  hardware developer was  paid 85% of a $30,000.00  signed contract in
 May  of 1993 by Application  Specific Computer Corp. to  design a computer
 for our corporation.  He agreed to complete the design in four weeks.   As
 of today,  Sept. 14, 1993,  he has provided absolutely no  evidence to our
 company that he has even started  the design of the computer which  is the
 subject of the signed contract.

 During April and  May of this  year, the  developer made  dozens of  phone
 calls to  me and to other  stockholders of ASCC,  whining and pleading for
 money with which to  pay off  $12,500 in credit  card bills  and design  a
 computer for our company.   He state that all of his credit cards had been
 cancelled, except  for  one,  and that  he  had borrowed  money  from  his
 eighteen year  old brother to pay  his phone bill.   During this  time the
 developer  talked  about  his  dream  to  design  accelerators  for  Apple
 computers with  which to  earn royalties of $60,000.00  to $80,000.00  per

 Upon receipt of 85% of the agreed amount, on May 28, the developer changed
 the message on his phone answering machine to state; "The ____ ____ Boards
 are DONE,  and we  are preparing  to ship  them."   The developer  made an
 appearance at the MAC Expo in Boston in August, displaying  a 68040 50 Mhz
 accelerator  for the MacIntosh.  I cannot but suspect the funds ASCC Corp.
 paid to the developer for our design  were subverted, and used to  develop
 this MacIntosh  product and  that no  measurable work was  done on  ASCC's
 computer during the period from May 28 even to today.
 I  have  been  informed  that  the  developer  has  informed  one  of  our
 shareholders  that he is  bound by legal agreements  of nondisclosure with
 Motorola, Intel and other third parties to  not send ASCC's design to  our
 company.  He further states its because it contains "unreleased  technical
 information" for which he  has signed non-disclosure agreements in effect,
 and which we both as officers and as shareholders (!) have not yet signed.
 Our company  has not, as  of yet,  received copies of  these purported non
 disclosure agreements and the request of one of our  shareholders that the
 developer provide  the names  of the developer's attorney  along with  the
 contact  persons in the legal  departments of Motorola, Intel and even the
 identities of these other  third parties has not been responded to  by the
 developer.   Pending receipt  of this information and  our verification of
 it, it is  my opinion that the developer's  assertion of being required to
 sign such agreements to be able to design a 68030 computer is a bold-faced
 lie.  I categorically doubt he has  been sworn to secrecy... more  certain
 is it that he knows he cannot unilaterally declare the design  we paid for
 to be unfit for  public discussion, review and  analysis, he is attempting
 to pass to  our company a  lie that  he has been  sworn to secrecy  by the
 legal departments of these named and un-named companies.

 I  have  also  been  informed  the developer  has  asserted  our company's
 computer is 80% designed, but he  will not release it to us unless,  among
 other  things, our  company's  officers  and shareholders  (!!!)  agree in
 writing to a  series of new, unilateral demands.  Among  these is a demand
 that our corporation and  each of its shareholders  consent in writing  to
 the  developer's  demand   that  the  design  we  paid  for   be  declared
 "confidential" and that  absolutely no communications involving the design
 we have  purchased or  the developer's  relationship with  our corporation
 take place between our corporation and  its shareholders on the  one hand,
 Ralph Mariano,  George Richardson,  Dave Small or  his wife  Sandy on  the

 I am now told the developer further demands a new contract be signed which
 includes a new clause  that states that  if any information regarding  his
 relationship with  our corporation is revealed  to any of  these four, the
 developer  will thereby  be allowed,  without delivering  any part  of the
 design to our  company, to unilaterally declare his obligation  to fulfill
 the design  contract will be  fully completed and he will  have no further
 legal obligations to ASCC of any kind nor would  he be obligated to return
 any of the monies paid to him by ASCC!
 I am further informed the  developer's new, unilaterally amended contract,
 would also prohibit our corporation and its shareholders from even talking
 with ANYONE either about  our company's relationship with him or about our
 company's experience with  him!  It would further prohibit  disclosing any
 information  about the design  we have already purchased  except with ASCC
 shareholders  who have also  returned signed  agreements to  the developer
 which  swear them  to secrecy!!   This  would easily  be the  world's most
 secret  68030 computer, designed by the world's most non-disclosed person,
 for the world's most sworn to confidence stockholders!

 At best  self serving  intimidation - At worst,  blackmail and  extortion.
 The developer  demands that  unless our corporation  AND its  shareholders
 provide him with the darkness of secrecy that he  maintains is REQUIRED by
 the lawyers at  Motorola, Intel and other  un-named third parties, he will
 not release the design to  our corporation which we  paid for in May.   In
 April and May,  before he had  our money,  he was  an obliging,  friendly,
 assuring fellow,  but since  the money has been  paid, he  has essentially
 refused to answer our messages left on his answering machine and delivered
 no results of the  work we paid for  to our company.  Nor  has he provided
 any  written explanation to  our company whatsoever.   Lots of ASSURANCES,

 It  is my understanding  that the developer recently  testified under oath
 that  no timeline  nor  written  agreement existed  relative to  a  design
 project with our company, but thereupon when confronted with a copy of the
 agreement he signed  which contains a timeline, the developer  changed his
 testimony  and admitted  that he  had indeed  signed a  document with  our
 company and  that  it did  contain a  timeline for  completion of  certain
 specific phases.
 Our company has contacted an  attorney who has a long standing familiarity
 with the developer and we have been advised  that the developer's behavior
 toward our  company is neither new nor unique.  The developer may have our
 money for now, but  he will not have  our acquiescence to his  attempts to
 throw the story of our company's paid-up-front funds and his real soon now
 never  arriving design  into a  black hole  of phoney  confidentiality and
 preposterous non-disclosure  agreements from un-named  companies and legal
 personalities.   To  all who  have read  this developer's  public comments
 about being  to sure to  get the money  up front, to all at  ASCC who have
 read his  demands to receive all  of his money  up front, to  all who have
 been enticed  to send the  developer advance payment for  a product which,
 after a year and a half,  is still not shipping, surely there  are lessons
 here.  Among one lesson is clear more money up front, or in advance
 for someone who will not or cannot deliver the goods.
                                            Gene Mosher,
                                          President, ASCC

 Further, this message appeared in the FNET on the 10th of Sep.
 Packet: Node 
 Date: 09-10-93 (02:00)             Number: 
 From: GENE MOSHER                  Refer#: NONE
   To: ALL                           Recvd: YES
 Subj: ..                             Conf: ST Corner
 If anyone is thinking about sending Jim Allen, aka Fast Technology, any
 money, I'd like to hear from you.

 *Origin: Fnet Node 168, C.C.B.B.S. - Bridgeton, N.J.

 Editor Note:
      The time has come to ask a few questions about this IAAD VOTING BOARD
 MEMBER and his business activities.  This reporter is lead to believe he
 plans on attending the upcoming Glendale Faire and allegedly, take more
 orders for his, yet to be delivered, TinyTurbo accelerator products!

 To wit;
 MARCH 1992

 Category 4,  Topic 11                     
 Message 2         Tue Mar 10, 1992
 J.ALLEN27 [FAST TECH]        at 23:56 EST


              FAST TECHNOLOGY proudly announces.....


     TinyTurbo030 is our entry level 68030 based accelerator for the Atari
 ST and STE computer line. There are two versions, one for the ST, the STE
 (including MegaSTE). They are identical in function and feature, differing
 only in physical layout.

     The TinyTurbo030 has the following features:

     * Motorola's advanced "030" running at 40Mhz!!!!
     * a spot for an optional 68882 FPU chip running at 60Mhz!!!
     * Onboard 8Mhz 68000 chip for _100%_ compatibility, hard/software
     * The most compact 030 accelerator design available anywhere
     * Fits all models of the ST and STE line, even the STacy
     * Optional Virtual Memory software for up to 128Megabytes of "ram"
     * Super fast static ram cache design to speed up program AND video!!
     * Makes your ST or STE up to 6 TIMES faster in real world use
     * Equipped with Atari's new TOS 2.06, with some further enhancements!!
     * Bundled with CodeHead Technology's QuickST acceleration software
     * Specially designed to support and speedup Mega ST/VME video boards
     * Fully BLiTTER chip compatible, works with them all!!!
     * No auxiliary or replacement power supply needed!!!!
     * Only 3.5" by 2.5", fits in the palm of your hand!!!

      Fast Technology has been honing this design to perfection for a full
 year now, we have numerous beta test sites and customers around the world,
 so TinyTurbo030 customers are assured of solid performance and a no-hassle
 installation and above all a _very_ high degree of compatibility in 030
 mode, and total compatibility in 68000 mode.  When you buy a TinyTurbo030
 you are buying a proven design from the Atari accelerator design!!!

      The 68000 onboard the TinyTurbo030 lets the user boot up as a stock
 machine, able to run any software, or use any peripheral which isn't
 compatible with an 030 chip...simply at the flip of a switch!! The 68000
 may lso be set to boot off your original TOS roms, just in case TOS 206
 compatibility is in doubt.

      The 030 is running at a minimum of 40Mhz, when the final printed
 circuit boards are here, we'll decide on 40...42...46......

      The Virtual Memory option is a sneaky software way of making your
 system "think" it has lots more than the standard 4Megabytes of ram ST/STE
 computers are capable of. This does require you to have 4 Megabytes of
 real ram in your ST/STE, but for those who need ooooodles of memory,
 that's no big deal. The Virtual Memory option also includes an upgrade to
 the 50Mhz 030 chip and perhaps a bit high clock speed ;-)

      There is a spot for a 68882 math coprocessor. We say "spot" because
 due to height restrictions a socket is not possible in most ST/STE
 systems.  Here at Fast Technology we have the ability to install and
 remove PGA chips easily, so being soldered in is not a problem. We use the grid array...package because that's the only one the 50Mhz 882
 chip is available in. We've been using 50Mhz 882's at 60-75Mhz for months
 without a single failure. The temperature range that desktop ST/STE
 computers live at is low enough to allow this.

      The TinyTurbo030 has been tested with Moniterm, ISAC, Matrix, Crazy
 Dots, and a few other obscure video addon boards. When you dive into the
 world of serious DTP and CAD work, and have invested in a big screen
 setup, you REALLY 

      The basic design of the TinyTurbo030 is similar to that of the now
 "World Famous" Turbo25. A small super highspeed static ram cache combined
 with a very fast 030 processor produces a very healthy speed increase in a
 Tiny package.  Combining the proven design of the Turbo25, with the
 tremendous speed of the 030 chip seemed a natural, and the TinyTurbo030
 was born.

      Using Atari's TOS 2.06 the TinyTurbo030 brings you the latest and
 greatest of Atari's operating systems. This new OS has been enhanced and
 made immune to speed, your system will feel like it was designed from
 scratch, custom, just for you!! We've added some nice features too, like a
 user settable boot delay, and other "goodies".

      How fast is it? Take a look...

     QINDEX 2.2, MegaST4, Blitter on, ST high resolution, QuickSTE(TT)
                         speed comparison versus Tos 1.4

       Test              TinyTurbo030             AtariTT
       ----              ------------             -------
       Memory                497                    812
       Register             1024                    827
       Divide               1268                   1024
       Shift                4457                   3661
       Text                 1032                    894
       String               5121                   4756
       Scroll                158                    426
       Draw                 1508                   1003
       Tos                  2.06                   3.06
       Mhz                    40                     32

       Dynacadd 3D Cup      43seconds                50seconds

     In real world use, like CalamusSL, the TinyTurbo030 is without
 question faster than a fast ram equipped TT, just ask a Tiny user!!

     How much does it cost?

     The TinyTurbo030 has a list price of $999.00 US, compared to other
 accelerators of similar speed on other platforms, like the Amiga and Mac,
 this is a very reasonable price. But wait....

     For a limited time only...till April 30th, 1992...the TinyTurbo030
 introductory price is $599 !!!! Yes, only $599 will get upgrade your
 ST/STE to the latest technology, with a massive speed increase, the new
 Atari TOS, and still allow you to maintain total compatibility with your
 favorite oldies!!!

     The only requirement to lock in this price is that we receive your
 deposit for 50%...$300...before April 30th. The other 50% due when your
 TinyTurbo030 is shipped.

     The FPU option is $299 ($50 deposit) and the Virtual Memory option is
 also $299($50 deposit). Include with your order a COMPLETE description or
 your system, and your option choices if any.


 As the months slowly drag by....

     March '92 - April '92 - May '92 - June '92 - July '92 - August '92
  September '92 - October '92 - November '92 - December '92 - January '93
    February '93 - March '93 - April '93 - May '93 - June '93 - July '93

 AUGUST - 1993
 #: 31794 S17/DMC Publishing             (CTSY cis)
     15-Aug-93  17:05:24
 Sb: #31779-Turbo020
 Fm: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246
 To: Pierre Deschenes 71563,206 (X)

 I contacted Jim Allen at Fast Technology regarding your interest in an
 accelerator board for your Atari. He says:

    In answer to the inquiry of the person on CIS, the Tiny030-STE will
 work in his 1040STE. It comes with TOS 2.06, so it would be best not to
 buy that seperately. It is made in two versions, 40Mhz and 50Mhz, which
 cost $599 and $699 respectively. He may purchase one in a couple of weeks,
 once the dust settles on the pre-ordered units. That should do it.

 Jim hasn't yet shipped his new TinyTurbo accelerators. He expects to do so

                                    Thank you for your interest.


                                              Nathan @ DMC

 #: 43159 S14/ST REPORT
     15-Sep-93  16:58:48
 Sb: #43146-#Fast Tech WOES!
 Fm: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246
 To: LLOYD PULLEY 72637,745 (X)

 There you go, putting words in Ralph's mouth again Lloyd. ;-)

 If you are referring to the TinyTurbo boards, they have not yet started
 shipping.  No TinyTurbo boards will be available for general sale until
 ALL backorders have been filled, of course.


 Nathan Potechin - DMC Publishing

      Nathan Potechin, who seemingly is never at a loss  for a snide remark
 or two, of DMC/ISD is the Canadian representative for Fast Technology, Jim
 Allen's  Andover MA. firm.  Apparently, he is a spokesperson for Fast Tech
 in addition  to being a foreign representative  for them too.   He is also
 "the Nathan" of the INFAMOUS NATHAN & DARLAH SHOW of the STRT.  

      We  are  also informed  of;  "there being  a  firm  in Tennessee  who
 apparently has a  Fast Tech "prototype" Mega  ST system where  its alleged
 the mega computer  itself belongs  to one user from  Sunnyvale, the  board
 inside  belongs to another  user from Baltimore...." etc..  One can't help
 but wonder if  the owners of the  equipment are aware of  its being out on
 "permanent loan".  

      To add  insult to  injury, we  were informed;  "the Tn folks  are not
 going to return the  "display unit" at this time....  or,  possibly not at
 all."   The horror  stories seemingly are  becoming more  abundant as each
 week goes by.  We are also apprised that Fast  Tech is reportedly planning
 on attending a computer show in Glendale California where their "products"
 are anticipated to be on display and more orders are foreseen being taken.




                       OREGON RESEARCH NEW PRODUCTS!

 Continuing our commitment to bringing the highest quality software to  the
 Atari ST/TT/Falcon030  line of  computers, Oregon  Research is  pleased to
 announce the following new products:
 Personal  Finance Manager Plus is the perfect solution  for home and small
 business finance  and accounting  needs.  An easy  to use,  mouse  driven,
 multiple windowed interface give you access to multiple accounts, budgets,
 reports, and graphs.  Automate your personal or small  business accounting
 with standing entries posted to multiple accounts and review you financial
 progress with  budget and  spending trend  analysis.  Compatible with  all
 Atari Computers including TT and Falcon030.  Retail price: $69.95
 3D Calc is a true 3-dimensional spreadsheet  with an integrated editor and
 programming  language,   graphics  and  extended  statistical   functions.
 Features include: 3D spreadsheets - 13 pages x  2048 rows x 256 columns, 3
 spreadsheets open  simultaneously; up to 3  windows per spreadsheet; works
 in mono or color  and supports all ST,TT, Falcon resolutions; full version
 requires 1MB  of memory but  includes reduced  half-meg version;  graphics
 module includes  bar and line diagrams,  pie chart, multiple  bar and line
 graphs, stacked bar  graphs, function graph; enhanced statistical analysis
 including  averages and  distribution  parameters,  scatter  diagram  with
 best-fitting curve, regression and correlation, and many more; easy-to-use
 GEM  interface; reads  ASCII and  Lotus 1-2-3  files; Compatible  with all
 Atari computers including TT and Falcon030.  Retail Price $54.95
 Quartet is a 4-voice  music composition and sound sample sequencer for the
 Atari. It can run on  any Atari ST or TT and  does not require any special
 hardware. Compose music on four scrolling staves by mouse input or playing
 on a MIDI instrument. Choose from over 100 instruments and sounds included
 with Quartet, or import your own from the Replay 16 or Stereo Replay sound
 samplers (sold separately). Up to 20 instruments can be used in a piece of
 music. Play  back through  your television, monitor, Replay  16 or  Stereo
 Replay's  sound sampling  cartridge. Digital  processing is  available for
 manipulating samples.  Routines are included for playing songs from GFA or
 Hi-Soft BASIC 2, C, or assembler. Retail Price: $79.95
 Replay 16 
 The first  low cost 16-bit sound  sampler for the  Atari ST.  The hardware 
 cartridge  contains  16-bit  Analog  to Digital,  and  Digital  to  Analog
 converters. The system can  record from any suitable sound source such  as
 CD  player or any 'AUX' or  'Line" level signal source  through the stereo
 phono  inputs.  Stereo  phono  outputs  are provided  for  playback  to an
 amplifier  of mixer. The Replay  16 Editor  software is fully  desktop and
 window-oriented, allowing  samples to be loaded and edited separately. The
 editor contains many sophisticated editing and effects commands as well as
 a sample  track sequencer, and MIDI sample dump. Drumbeat 16, included, is
 a  fully  configurable   sample-based  drum  machine.  MidiPlay  16,  also
 included, transforms  your  ST into  a flexible  multivoice MIDI  keyboard
 emulator. Samples can be assigned to any individual note or range of notes
 in  a  9  octave  range.  Replay 16  is  fully  compatible with  Breakthru
 software. Retail Price: $249.95
 Stereo Replay 
 High quality stereo  sound sampler and output  cartridge for the  Atari ST
 range  of computers. Record  in high-quality stereo from  twin phono input
 sockets. Twin phono outputs provide  the user of a standard ST, STF, STFM,
 or Mega computer with high-quality stereo output. Atari 1040STE, Mega STE,
 and  TT users  may  play  samples through  the  stereo  outputs  in  their
 computers. Included is the advanced  Stereo Editor software, allowing  the
 user to load 8, 12, or  even 16-bit samples in mono or stereo formats, and
 freely   convert   between   them.   Sample   translations   are   handled
 automatically,  allowing effortless  cut-and-paste  between  sample types.
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 > HIGH SPEED MODEMS STR FOCUS! "...after the high speed modem arrives."

            Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitters (UARTs)

 by Robert J. Niland

 re: What to do after the high speed modem arrives.       

 Edition 01 Apr 93

 This article applies only to Windows 3.0 and 3.1, and not to NT, OS/2
 or DOS apps not running under Windows.

 One  of the unadvertised limitations  of most current  Windows PCs is that
 their RS-232C (serial,  COM) performance is seriously  deficient.   Almost
 everyone  who purchases  a high-speed  modem (V.32bis,  V.32, PEP  or HST)
 discovers the problem the first time they try to download a file or accept
 an incoming FAX (at  9600+) after upgrading the modem.  Overrun  and retry
 errors abound, even when  the only active  application is the datacomm  or
 FAX program.   If the transfer completes at  all, it may take  even longer
 than with the old 2400bps modem.

 There are three reasons for the problem:

 1. The Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitters (UARTs) used in most
    PCs are primitive Ns8250 devices with single-byte FIFO buffers.  If the
    operating system/driver cannot read and flush each character at high
    interrupt rates, the next incoming character overwrites the FIFO and
    the previous one is lost.  DOS, being a fairly single-minded
    environment during datacomm, can usually keep up. Windows can't.

 2. Windows has more operating system overhead than plain DOS, and
    interrupts often take longer to service.  Overruns are much more likely
    than under DOS.  As soon as you report to your PC/modem vendor that you
    are losing data, you may be advised that "you need to upgrade to a
    16550". More likely, since there seems to be a conspiracy of ignorance
    about this issue,  you'll get no useful advice at all.  Most of the
    store-front and mail-order sources I spoke with in attempting to solve
    my own problem had never heard the term "16550" and many didn't even
    know what a UART was.

 3. Even your PC has Ns16550A UARTs (and PS/2's do), or if you can upgrade
    your mother/COM board or add a new COM board, you may STILL experience
    errors and overruns because the standard MicroSoft Windows COM drivers
    don't take full advantage of the 16550. Windows 3.1 is improved in this
    regard over 3.0, but I still recommend a driver upgrade.  Applications
    like ProComm+/Win (which is what I use) cannot get around this problem
    by themselves.

 If you have a modem CARD, you may not have a problem, as the modem part of
 the card can be designed  to be aware of the state  of the UART, and avoid
 overrunning it;  however, I wouldn't want  to bet that  the card designers
 were that clever,  and will insist on a  16550 UART if I ever buy  a modem
 card.   Some modem cards don't  even have conventional UARTs,  but if they
 are to work with standard Windows drivers, they need to simulate one.  Use
 MSD.EXE (below) to see what the modem card is, or is pretending to be.

 The Hardware Situation.

 The UARTs on most PC COM ports are based  on National Semiconductor Ns8250
 or Ns16450 chips (or  megacells inside VLSI chips  where you can't replace
 them).  You can ID  the UART type on your system  by running the MicroSoft
 diagnostic program \WINDOWS\MSD.EXE.   Be sure to  run it in  DOS *before*
 bringing  up Windows.     The  Windows  serial  API may  prevent  MSD from
 accurately identifying a 16550 if you run it from a Windows DOS prompt.

 The  Ns16550 UART  has separate  16-byte transmit  and receive  FIFOs with
 configurable trigger  levels, and can run  reliably at  clock rates up  to
 460,800 bps, although  with current modem technology, there's no  point in
 pushing your luck by going  over 115,200 bps. The 16550 has shorted access
 cycle times than the  16450 or 8250.   The 16550 also has DMA  capability,
 but it is not clear that any PC drivers ever use this.  For more technical
 info, see National Semiconductor Application Note AN-491.

 So, what UART component do you have?

 Try  to locate the UART on your mother board, multi-function I/O card, COM
 board or ISA/MCA modem card.  If you can't find a socketed  component with
 the numbers "8250" or "16450", your COM ports are probably buried in VLSI,
 and you won't be able to perform  a chip replacement.  If you  can DISABLE
 your  VLSI  COM ports  (as  I  chose  to do),  you  can at  least  add  an
 aftermarket COM board.

 If you have one or more socketed 8250 or 16450 chips, you  can buy plug-in
 Ns16550AFN  or PC16C550CN  (low  power  CMOS  version)  ICs  from  several
 suppliers typically for $9 to $15 each.  The "N" chip is the normal 40-pin
 dual-in-line package.   Other styles are available, but avoid  any Ns16550
 chips without the "A" (the 16C550C are presumably all OK).

 Early Ns chips have bugs, although National will reportedly exchange those
 of their own manufacture for free.  Clone chips are available from various
 IC makers other than National.  The manual for the TurboCom drivers states
 support for the following (apparently equivalent) chips:

           National Semiconductor: 16550A, 16551, 16552
           Chips&Technology:       82C607
           Texas Instruments:      t16c550a
           Silicon Systems:        73M550
           VLSI                    16C550

 TurboCom warns about the pre-"A" Ns16550 and Western Digital 16C550,  says
 that problems have been reported with early  IBM PS/2 55SX and 70  systems
 (IBM reportedly will upgrade them).

 If you DON'T have socketed 8250/16450 chips  on your card, you'll need  to
 buy an after-market  COM or multi-function board. If  this is a modem card
 situation, you  may be  hosed. To add  a new COM  or multi-function  card,
 you'll need to  either disable  the COM1/2 port(s) you  are replacing,  or
 re-assign them  to COM3/4  (although watch out for  IRQ conflicts  without

 Although cheaper  cards are  available,  in the  interest of  getting  the
 problem  solved  quickly  I  elected buy  the  Modular Circuit  Technology
 MCT-AIO+ card from:

                JDR Microdevices
                2233 Samaritan Drive
                San Jose  CA  95124
                (800) 538-5000 voice US
                (408) 559-1200 voice other
                (800) 538-5005 FAX US

 The MCT-AIO+ (and the "+" is important) sells for $89.95.  It is an  8-bit
 ISA card providing:

      Port Type  Connector  Address and IRQ        Comments
      COM        DB9M       COM 1,2,3 IRQ 2,3,4,5  Ns16550AFN in socket
      COM        ribbon     COM 2,3,4 IRQ 2,3,4,5  Ns16550AFN in socket
      Parallel   DB25F      LPT1,2,3  IRQ 5,7
      Game       ribbon

 The kit includes a ribbon cable and DB25F connector  for the secondary COM
 port, a ribbon cable/connector for the  game port, two bulkhead plates for
 the ribbon-based connectors and a 9F-to-25F adaptor cable.   Each port can
 be  individually disabled, and the COM  ports have TX, RX,  RTS, CTS, DTR,
 DCD, and DSR jumpers.

 JDR also sells a Super-I/O m-f card that also has IDE.

 I have heard from  several people about less expensive m-f I/O  cards with

                                TSD Systems
                               (407) 331-9130
                 $19.95 for the card, plus $9.95 per 16550.

                    Greenfield Trading and Distributors
                (518) 271-2473 (voice), (518) 271-7811(FAX).
  Their card is $33 w/one 16550, $45 w/2, and they sell 16550AFNs for $13.

                           R&S DATA SYSTEMS, INC.
                            820 East Highway 434
                            Longwood, FL  32750
                           PHONE: (407) 331-1424
                            FAX: (407) 331-8606
                   2COM/LPT/Game card w/2 16550s for $39

 I have no personal experience with any of the firms except JDR.

 Meanwhile,  back at  the MCT  card from  JDR... I  only needed  two serial
 ports, and  am running  out of IRQs on  my PC,  so I disabled  my built-in
 VLSI-based 8250 ports. However, with the TurboCom driver (below), I  could
 have set the internals as COM3 and 4, using IRQ sharing.

 The Software Situation

 Simply upgrading to  16550 UARTs will not completely solve  common overrun
 problems.  The standard MS serial drivers don't take full advantage of the
 16550.  The Windows 3.0 drivers are even less capable, and the Windows 3.1
 drivers have the following limitations:

  - They enable only the receive FIFO, and only at rates above 2400 bps.
  - They never enable the transmit FIFO, which  results in an interrupt
    rate of 10x during uploads.
  - They set the trigger level at 14 bytes (too high - it's easy for 2
    more bytes to arrive before the driver can read the FIFO).
  - The Ports menu of the Control Panel only allows speeds up to 19200.
    With a V.32bis modem,  sparse data and text can easily compress 3:1
    or more, suggesting that a host DTE connect rate of 57,600 bps would
    be effective.
  - The API won't accept rates above "CBR_128000".
  - The API won't let DOS programs know there is a 16550 there, and even
    if it did, DOS programs that aren't 16550-aware get little benefit
    from a 16550 port with the standard drivers.
  - They don't allow IRQ sharing for COM3,4.
  - The BIOS doesn't initialize COM3,4 properly in many systems.
  - Windows provides no workaround for apps that don't provide port
    speed options above 19200 bps.

 These problems are reportedly NOT solved in Windows NT or DOS 6.0, and may
 or may not  be addressed in  any Windows  releases after  3.1 (but  before
 4.0). Rumors suggest they "may" be solved in Windows "4.0".

 You can get replacement drivers that solve all of those problems by buying
 a copy of "TurboCom", current version 1.2, from:

                          Bio-Engineering Research
                         Pacific CommWare Division
                            180 Beacon Hill Lane
                          Ashland  OR   97520-9701
                            (503) 482-2744 voice
                             (503) 482-2627 FAX
                             (503) 482-2633 BBS
                            MCImail:    344-5374
                           CompuServe: 71521,760

 Price was around $50 as I recall.  Bio-Eng is not set  up to accept credit
 cards, so I had to send a check.  Egghead and 1-800-Software list TurboCom
 but as far as I know,  they don't stock it.  Bio is not a software company
 per se.   They apparently needed reliable hi-speed serial  connections for
 an in-house  instrument application, wrote their own  driver, discovered a
 market for  it, revised it to be a general  purpose COM driver suite. They
 recently upgraded it for Windows 3.1.  It is run-time licensed.

 I now have  my host  (DTE) connect  rate set  to 57,600  bps most  of   my
 datacomm  apps, and I am having ZERO problems  with downloads. I routinely
 see transfer rates that exceed 2,000 bps. I am also using 115,200 bps when
 linking an HP95LX to my PC, with lossless bi-directional  I/O.  Uploads to
 various  remote systems are  another matter, because many  hosts are still
 using antique UARTs and drivers.

 Note that 19200 is still the highest  rate that the Windows 3.1 Port  menu
 in Control  Panel will  allow in configuring  a COM port.   TurboCom  gets
 around this by allowing  you to specify, on each port,  a factor that will
 set  the real  UART rate  to a  multiple of  the rate  passed through  the
 Windows APIs and dialog boxes.

 I also have CTS/RTS hardware  flow control enabled, and I suggest that you
 do the same.  Even if you only ever transfer 7-bit ASCII data, Xon/XOff is
 not a  sufficiently reliable method  of flow control.   The informal (DEC)
 standard for Xon/Xoff  hysteresis is that the sender may  transmit another
 16  (yes, sixteen)  bytes after  receipt of  the Xoff  from the  receiving
 system or device.  The 16 byte FIFO in the 16550 is clearly not big enough
 to  let  us  rely  exclusively  on Xon/Xoff.    A  well-respected datacomm
 engineer has informed me  that the 16550's can't really do CTS/RTS  all by
 itself in the  DOS/Windows environment, so using data rates  above 115,200
 may still be risky.

 Even  with  hardware  flow  control,  a  16550  with  TurboCom  can  still
 experience overruns in  very busy systems, with  lots of apps running  and
 serious swapping in progress.  If this is your situation, you may  need to
 buy  a  co-processed  COM board,  but  this  will cost  you  more  than  a
 16550/TurboCom upgrade.   A  review of  two such  boards, and a  review of
 TurboCom, can be found in the Feb'93 issue of "Windows  Sources" magazine.
 I suggest  trying a  16550/TurboCom  upgrade  first, and  experiment  with
 process  priorities  and time  slices  if  you are  a  "power  user" whose
 thrashing system still runs into comm problems.

 Closing Soapbox Comments

 The  state of RS-232C  serial datacomm support is  an embarrassment across
 the computer industry.  Because  it is the oldest  standard I/O interface,
 the  job of  designing hardware  and writing  software often  seems to  be
 assigned  to the  least  senior  or lowest  ranked engineers  at  computer
 companies.   The design of the average  serial port is at  least ten years
 behind  the state of  the art.  In my  last job, with a  major workstation
 vendor, I  lobbied for  improved serial  ports when  they  were doing  the
 initial designs of a new system.  That family of machines was subsequently
 introduced with  16550  ports.   However,  this  is the  exception.    Few
 computer companies seem to have any champions for decent

 You  may  as well  learn  what  you can  about  serial  I/O,  because this
 situation  shows no sign of improving soon.  When V.FAST arrives, I expect
 cries of outrage from  Windows users world-wide whose  8250 PCs "sort  of"
 work today  with V.32,  but will  fail miserably  with V.FAST.   Without a
 hardware-buffered UART (like the 16550) and  without software drivers that
 use that UART to best advantage, a V.FAST modem will be a waste of money.

 Regards,                                          1001-A East Harmony Road
 Bob Niland                                        Suite 503
 Internet:                            Fort Collins CO 80525
 CompuServe: 71044,2124                            (303) 223-5209

                      Copyright 1993 Robert J. Niland
                            All Rights Reserved

 Permission  is granted for  automatic redistribution of this  article, via
 electronic, magnetic and  optical media, in an unedited form,  through any
 Usenet newsgroup where the article is posted by the author.  Permission is
 granted for each  CompuServe and Usenet reader subscriber and  each person
 who received this  article from Compuserve, an ftp site authorized  by the
 author or via  electronic mail from the  author, to retain one  electronic
 copy and  to make hardcopy  reproductions of this edition  of this article
 for  personal non-commercial use,  provided that  no material  changes are
 made  to the  article  or  this copyright  statement. All  other  copying,
 storage, reproduction or  redistribution of this article, in any  form, is
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 > STR Mail Call             "...a place for the readers to be heard"

                             STReport's MailBag

                    Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

 From CIS RE: Lexicor/STRT/IAAD Fiasco

 #: 42130 S14/ST REPORT
     31-Aug-93  17:48:18
 Sb: #42128-Positive + Constructive
 Fm: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246
 To: STReport - Ralph 70007,4454

 Sure Ralph. I'll answer your question this time. Please do not delete it
 as has been your previous response.

 I expected no less than you'd hide behind STReport rather than face any of
 us in public one to one. Probably a wise decision on your part,

 In answer to your question:


 I have no idea. I can offer an opinion on who stands to lose the most
 though, Lexicor's customers.


 Nathan Potechin - DMC Publishing

 #: 42138 S14/ST REPORT
     31-Aug-93  21:51:00
 Sb: #42130-Positive + Constructive
 Fm: STReport - Ralph 70007,4454
 To: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246

 Hide??  ......HIDE???  Surely you jest!!

 You still haven't ANSWERED the question.....  as I fully expected you
 twisted right around it.   I'll ask again....


 There you go.... another chance ....

                Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine

 #: 42135 S14/ST REPORT
     31-Aug-93  21:06:10
 Sb: #42127-Positive + Constructive
 Fm: - Dazzz - 70374,2241
 To: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246

 >The malicious nonsense has significantly increased since GEnie MANAGEMENT
 >revoked the free account of Mr. Ralph Mariano. Using the journalistic
 >intergrity for which he is famous (Hahahahahahaha) Ralph now blatantly
 >uses STReport as his personal vehicle to take cheap shots at myself and
 >my wife and a few others that refused to be intimidated by his outrageous
 >tactics and journalistic style.

 I dont support Ralphs editorial style which is altogether too rabid for
 me, but I cant argue with SOME of the things that have come out via
 STReport. His style has definitely become more hostile towards the ST RT
 since he was forced out/left but thats hardly surprising given the past
 history between them.

 >Since this is Compuserve, it's possible that some of you aren't aware
 >that the Atari Roundtables on GEnie are VERY successful. They've managed
 >to thrive without Bob Retelle and even without Ralph Mariano. There are
 >many customers online all the time, far more than Compuserve and Delphi

 As the ST RT is the base for Atari on-line support its hardly surprising,
 however I bet CIS has more non USA ST users, since Genie doesnt make
 itself available worlwide it cant be considered a serious proposition
 outside of the USA.

 >I have always felt it in bad taste to discuss GEnie on Compuserve but
 >many of you insist on bringing it up again and again. I seek here to
 >allow a small does of balance to enter into the discussion.

 I think we can let you off this once Nathan, as you say it does seem to
 coming up a lot lately, but then its hardly surprising...

 >While I'm on the subject, next time anyone sees a post from Mr. Mariano
 >of few YEARS for the Atari community that might be interpreted as

 I think that bringing out some home truths and exposing a number of lies
 over the past few years have been quite constructive, you may not think
 so, but many do.

 >I realize that Mr. Luks would prefer I stuck to product support
 >of Calamus SL and left the politics in this Forum alone BUT I have a
 >tough time simply ignoring it all when I seem to get drawn into it again
 >and again by the likes of Ralph Mariano.

 Ah the problems of resisting temptation.... :-)

 >Thanks for listening.

 Actually I read it, I didnt know you were releasing it on Vinyl and CD


 #: 42131 S14/ST REPORT
     31-Aug-93  18:21:38
 Sb: #42127-#Positive + Constructive
 Fm: Jim Ness 75300,3155
 To: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246

 Having, just yesterday, caught up on Delphi messages, I see that you and
 Ralph are saying the same things here as you both did over there.

 I'd like to point out that comparing activity levels of Atari forums on
 different services is a bit futile, since the Atari computer market is
 dwindling to such a low level that I guess you could say there is no
 longer a legitimate sampling to be made.  But, that's all subject to

 I will say that my own research indicates that CompuServe itself has over
 four times the active members that GEnie itself has.  I don't have figures
 for Delphi.  I don't know what those numbers tell us about Atari members,
 but I wanted to throw them your way anyhow.

 Whatever level of support the GEnie Atari RT has offered its members in
 the past, current conditions are such that major Atari figures are
 involved in shouting matches and even lawsuits, and the public airing
 thereof. That's not the type of example that attracts new users - assuming
 there are any - or endears existing users to you.

 Having witnessed all that's been said about you and Darlah by STR, I can
 sympathize with your position.  But, I believe you have to take a certain
 amount of the blame, based on your own actions against Ralph and his
 people  over the past two years.  I won't say that anything you've done
 has earned the level of lambasting you've received, but at the very least,
 it has served as the trigger for all of this.  Sometimes the best action
 to take is none at all.  Sometimes the best path is the least provocative
 one.  In hindsight, I don't think your policy toward Ralph has served you
 well at all.


 #: 42132 S14/ST REPORT
     31-Aug-93  20:35:23
 Sb: #42127-Positive + Constructive
 Fm: Shawn Laughlin 76547,1032
 To: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246

   I have only two questions and would be grateful if you would answer them
 directly. They are quite simple so personalities and rhetoric need not be
 brought into it.

  1) Did the IAAD expell Lexicor software for video taping an online
     session with the (obvious) dummy password "no flags" ?

  2) Did any member of the IAAD who was directly competing with Lexicor
     vote to expel Lexicor and if so why didn't that member abstain citing
     conflict of interest?

  The IAAD could be very helpful to the average Atari user in recruiting
 new developers leading to more and better software. What a pity if it is
 being used (abused?) to line someone's pocket. That should be of concern
 to *all* Atari users. "Positive and Constructive" are just buzz words if
 not backed up by action.


 #: 42147 S14/ST REPORT
     01-Sep-93  06:32:14
 Sb: #42140-Positive + Constructive
 Fm: Shawn Laughlin 76547,1032
 To: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246 (X)

  You answered neither of my questions. So I ask them again:

  1) Was Lexicor software expelled for video taping an online session using
     the *obvious*  dummy password "no flags".  I might add this video has
     been reported to have been made to prove that Lexicor's flags were

  2) Did any member of the IAAD in direct competition with Lexicor vote to
     expel Lexicor and if so why did that member not abstain citing 
     conflict of interest.

  It is really quite simple. Are the allegations true or false ?

  If you refuse to respond directly to the questions I have no other choice
 but to believe the reported allegations.  In that case the IAAD should be
 damned ashamed of itself and expect the consequences it brings.

  I can not believe you completely avoided my questions in your response.
  They were quite direct.

  And please Nathan, spare the rhetoric and the attacks on other people.
 STReport is not the problem here. If STReport erroneously reported that a
 member of the IAAD in direct competition with Lexicor voted to expel
 Lexicor, then say

  I am asking for simple facts.

  Obviously *no* answers of substance have been given or I would not ask
 these questions.  So please do not quote the previous responses of the
 IAAD that avoided the issue entirely. Are the allegations mentioned above
 true are false??


 #: 43234 S14/ST REPORT
     17-Sep-93  03:24:01
 Sb: #43226-#Peace in our time?
 Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763
 To: Jim Ness 75300,3155


       Currently you could look at just one competition which has been
 raging from the beginning and answer that question.

       The Cyrell was priced at around $1,500..before they started using
 WAR-SURPLUS and dropped the Price to $1,100 or so I understand. Just take
 the initial price of $1,500 and calculate how many sales they won't make
 because of the potential customers purchased a NOVA card at a much more
 reasonable price.

       Lexicor has now sold in it's cumulative markets 50 dozen cards. That
 is 50X12X$1,500 =   :-)

       This is what they won't make...and considering that Lex- is starting
 the fall sales with more software and new versions of the cards and a new
 prices....I would suspect that Lex- introducing the NOVA just as CyberCube
 started selling their own card is about as competitive as it gets......We
 are talking about a substantial amount of money. I don't think there is
 much question as to motives on that score.


 #: 43250 S14/ST REPORT
     17-Sep-93  04:36:34
 Sb: #43192-#Peace in our time?

 Fm: LEXICOR Software 75300,763
 To: Nathan @ DMC Publishing 76004,2246 (X)

 Why not try answering the questions?

 In my Opinion, you are at the heart of the problem, not Genie.

 You are right there from the time you intruded in the gemview topic to
 posting the crap about Lexicor paying Rolf for it's gemview registrations,
 to Lexicor's expulsion from the IAAD and further expulsion from genie.

 As I mentioned you have done your worst.....all your angry letters and
 calls to CIS to pursue Lex- are a joke should hear the it...Ho
 HA HA HA snicker have no Idea .... the fact is we are
 still here, still selling NOVA and many new and even better applications
 for the NOVA means that while you have managed to disconnect the many
 Genie Users over their you have failed to stop your competition. I am
 still offering great trade ins on Calimus and the Cyrell to NOVA and
 2ndWORD buyers.

 It was a mistake to accuse me of things I just did not do. There are many
 who know the truth and the fact that the leak you always said was lurking
 around the corner continues and now has an excuse to post is a situation
 created by The IAAD not me.  While I might be tempted to leak stuff I was
 smart enough to hand it all over to Lex- legal counsel just in case I was
 accused.  That's right I am being very careful about the situation, just
 speaking what I "believe" to be true and waiting for the wheels to turn.

 Waiting for...well you know.

 I am waiting to see if you do the right thing and restore what was ...put
 the post back, recluse yourself and just mind your own business.


 #: 43260 S14/ST REPORT
     17-Sep-93  06:52:55
 Sb: #43250-Peace in our time?
 Fm: Ralph @ STReport 70007,4454
 To: LEXICOR Software 75300,763

 At last!   The bottom line is out.

 As for the "leak"... Once again... it was not Lexicor a year ago, not two
 years ago or, longer and it was not Lexicor or _anybody_ connected with
 Lexicor who "gleefully" informed me of Lexicor's ouster from the IAAD.  It

                Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"


 The Nova Card and the Super Nova Card have won world wide acceptance.  The
 recent figures reflect over 50 dozen units sold.  As a result, the card
 manufacturer has made it known an adapter is right around the corner
 that'll enable 520 and 1040 owners to own a Nova card too.  Bear in mind
 though, you must have more than 1mb of ram.  Additionally, Lexicor is
 about to announce a NEW highly compatible top end Desk Top Publishing


 According to our sources, the first shipment of Falcons had a problem with
 the Chroma and thus, a choke is installed in the circuit to stop the
 erratic color output from being seen.  The black & white is fine. 
 Subsequent shipments are fine.  The problem was/is fixed.  To see if you
 have a B&W "bugfix", connect a TV to your Falcon and see.... if you have a
 fine color picture.  If not, you might want to call Atari for information
 on how to correct this situation.

 - Sunnyvale, CA                    FALCON SALES NOWHERE NEAR EXPECTATIONS!

 According to recent reports filtering in from Sunnyvale, the sales track
 of the Falcon030 are not what they were expected to be.  As one observer
 stated, "to say they are slow sellers is an understatement."  Bear in mind
 though, the obvious lack of advertising and promotion have a great deal to
 do with the poor sales being posted.

 Our ever vigilant observers have reported the Jaguar is now expected to
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 plans announced detailing a drive to ship to New York City and Los Angeles
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 The Power PC, the future of computing according some highly informed
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 information pointing toward the Power PC as being the top contender in the
 way to go for the future.  At this time however, since the reports of the
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      Unlike  other countries,  the USA's  Constitution upholds  people are
      INNOCENT  UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.   The IAAD brazenly defies  the law of
      the land and "declared" Lexicor guilty!   Then subsequently demanded,
      in what appeared to be the ultimate expression of insidiousness, that
      Lexicor prove themselves innocent!

                                              ...a concerned observer

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