ST Report: 3-Dec-93 #949

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 12/05/93-11:01:39 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 3-Dec-93 #949
Date: Sun Dec  5 11:01:39 1993

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

   And.... they said it wouldn't or couldn't be done.  They were wrong
 I do know how to congratulate Atari's people for a job well done.  The
 Jaguar is surfacing in many place around the USA.  In fact, its even
 surfacing in some very strange places.  Heck, even Jacksonville Florida
 has a real reason to boast about Jaguars.  Not only the kinds found at
 Regency or OP Mall.  The Jacksonville Jaguars!  Being an avid sports fan
 and especially of Football and Baseball... I'm overjoyed with the
 establishing of an NFL team here in my backyard!  Now with Atari's Jaguar
 becoming the darling of the game machine set, I can't wait to see the
 double barreled headlines when the Jax Jaguars hit the gridiron.  It'll
 be "Jaguar" heaven.  I can see it now.. the half time ads showing the
 Jaguar's powerful NFL Football Game Cart while the real Jaguars are on
 their way to the Super Bowl.  Amazing... all simply amazing.
      As Christmas rushes upon us.. it is, once again, "that time of the
 year".  My most fervent wish is to find everyone in fine spirits and good
 health.  That is the finest holiday gift of cheer one can ask for. 


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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #49
                          By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

                  ******* General Computer News *******

         ** 15 More Companies to Write Software for the Jaguar **
    Atari Corp. has announced that 15 additional leading software compa-
 nies have signed agreements with Atari for Jaguar -- the world's first 
 64-bit system.  This brings the total number of Jaguar licensees to 35.  
 The following new companies have signed with Atari:
    Accolade, 21st Century Software, Activision, UBI Soft, International 
 Software, UBI Soft Inc., Microprose Ltd., Interplay Microprose Ltd. 
 (U.S.), Millenium Interactive Ltd., Phalanx Software, Brainstorm Gremlin 
 Graphics Ltd., Virgin Interactive Entertainment Ltd., 3D Games
    "We're pleased to add more of the top software companies to the 
 Jaguar family, " said Sam Tramiel, president of Atari. "With jaguar, 
 developers enjoy unsurpassed ease in creating real-time, 3D virtual 
 worlds. They are not bound by the technological limitations of 
 antiquated systems or stringent programming requirements. Jaguar gives 
 developers the freedom to spend more time on the creative process, 
 producing games for Jaguar players that are rich in color, animation, 
 texture and sound."

    Jaguar is the only video game system manufactured in the United 
 States. Atari has contracted with IBM Corp. to manufacture the Jaguar in 
 its Charlotte, N.C., facility.

                ** High Speed PC-Cable TV Modem Demo'd **

    Intel Corp. and General Instrument Corp. have demonstrated high-speed 
 modem technologies that will enable home PC users to access a new range 
 of services via the cable TV at speeds that are 1,000 times faster than 
 present modems.

    The Intel-GI development effort is aimed at providing the increasing-
 ly powerful home PC with richer, faster data transmission through what 
 is known as "broadband" communications used in the cable network. Both 
 companies are contributing technologies and expertise from their respec-
 tive fields to enhance the home PC using the cable network as the data 
 pipeline to the home.

    The home PC market is the fastest growing segment in the PC arena, 
 with approximately 31% of U.S. households owning at least one PC, 
 according to market researcher Link Resources Corp. of New York. Cable 
 TV is present in more than 60 million homes.

    The companies say the combination of PC and cable TV technologies 
 will offer consumers virtually instant response from familiar online 
 services as well as a range of new services as program developers take 
 advantage of the fastest communications pipeline to the home.
  ** Five Companies to Jointly Develop New Telecommunications Services **

    Five U.S. companies have agreed in principle to form a joint venture 
 to develop new telecommunications services using digital video, fiber 
 optic and wireless technologies.

    Comcast Corp, Continental Cablevision Inc., Cox Cable Communications, 
 Tele-Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Entertainment plan to create 
 new telecommunications business lines that are enhanced and differenti-
 ated from those currently offered by existing wired or wireless commun-
 ications providers.

    The potential new business lines include Personal Communications Ser-
 vices (PCS), video telephony, energy utility communications and data 
 communications services. The joint venture will also include local 
 business and competitive access services provided through Teleport 
 Communications Group.

    In addition, national service organizations and local service pro-
 viders will be established through the joint venture. The five companies 
 are seeking additional participation and investment by cable operators 
 in various local regions.
                  ** Online Service Make Cable Moves **

    Three major players in the online computing have announced plans to 
 test data delivery through cable television.

    CompuServe Inc. announced it has allied with Continental Cablevision 
 and the Teleport Communications Group for a test of delivery of online 
 information via cable lines beginning this week. The pilot program links 
 Continental Cablevision subscriber households in Exeter, N.H., to 

    In a prepared statement, David Eastburn, CompuServe vice president of 
 product marketing, said, "As the market leader, we're pleased to involve 
 our members in determining the future direction of online services. Cab-
 le access is one of several alternative delivery methods we are explor-
 ing as we move toward multimedia delivery of a wide variety of informa-
 tion via CompuServe."

    Prodigy and America Online Inc. also announced plans to deliver con-
 sumer online services through cable in a project with Intel Corp. and 
 General Instrument. America Online's experimental services will be 
 delivered as part of Viacom International Inc.'s trial in Castro Valley, 
 Calif. and a Comcast cable market trial, both planned for early 1994.
                  ** SIA Says Resin Shortage Averted **
    The Semiconductor Industry Association says a potential shortage of 
 high-grade epoxy resin used to package computer chips has been averted.

    The SIA said this week's resumption of operations at Sumitomo 
 Chemical Corp.'s plant in Niihama, Japan -- rocked by an explosion last 
 July 4 that shut down the facility -- will boost production of the resin 
 to meet worldwide semiconductor industry needs for the foreseeable 
 future. One person was killed in that blast.

    As noted earlier, prior to the explosion, the Japanese facility prov-
 ided the chip industry with 50% to 60% of the world's supply of epoxy 
 cresol resin.

                     ******* General PC News *******

          ** Astound Multimedia Presentation Prgm For Windows **

    Move over Mac, Gold Disk has unveiled a Windows-based counterpart to 
 Astound for Macintosh 1.0, a presentation program initially introduced 
 last December.  Like the existing package for the Mac, the new Astound 
 for Windows 1.5 allows for the creation of multimedia as well as static 
 presentations, company officials said.
    Astound for Windows 1.5 will read Astound for Macintosh 1.0 files in 
 fully editable form. In addition, an Astound for Windows file can be 
 saved as an Astound for Macintosh file.
    The new release for Windows is also bundled with a CD-ROM containing 
 more than 1,200 animations, graphics, sound effects, and musical and 
 video clips that can be added to presentations.
    Astound for Windows 1.5 is available for a special introductory price 
 of $129 through January 31, 1994.   After that, the software will be 
 priced at $395.
         ** Canon To Show Interactive 3D Software For Windows **

    Canon says it is getting into the software development business to 
 offer workstation performance without a big price-tag. The company is 
 holding a conference on Friday to demonstrate software from its new 
 subsidiary formed to develop interactive, three dimensional (3D) 
 software for the Microsoft Windows graphical environment.
    Historically, workstation computers have been known for their power-
 ful performance in manipulating 3D graphics, but at a cost that makes 
 these computers unrealistic for the mass market. Canon is claiming, how-
 ever, that its new software will provide interactive 3D graphics at one 
 tenth the cost of current workstation-based products.
    Canon has said the new software it will announce on Friday will not 
 only work with Microsoft Windows, but with the Motorola microprocessor-
 based Macintosh and with Sun's workstation hardware as well.
       ** Radio Shack announces new Tandy Sensation! MPC for '94 **

    Tandy Corporation continues to lead the way in personal computing for 
 the '90's with the 1994 Tandy(R) Sensation!(R) Multimedia Personal Com-
 puter. Available at Radio Shack(R), the '94 Sensation has new state-of-
 the-art features that make it even better than its award-winning 
    The system includes a fast 486-based processor, advanced audio and 
 video technology, send and receive fax capability, Photo CD compatibi-
 lity and an incredible array of bundled software in a fully integrated, 
 energy-efficient, cost-saving package. It is ideal for use in a home, 
 home-office, small business or educational setting.
    With a one-year warranty, the suggested retail price for the 1994 
 Tandy Sensation MPC is $1,799 ($1,999 with a SVGA color monitor).

     ** AMD Intros Local Bus SCSI Controller, Single-Chip PCI SCSI **

    The PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) local bus specification 
 continues to gain in popularity, as does SCSI (Small Computer Systems 
 Interface) technology. Now Advanced Micro Devices has announced, what 
 the company claims is, a "complete, low-cost hardware and software 
 package facilitating the design of SCSI onto PCI local bus personal 
 computer motherboards."

    AMD says that its PCSCSI is a single-chip Fast SCSI-2 controller 
 paired with software in order to support a wide range of operating 
 systems and SCSI peripherals. It is reportedly optimized for use on PCI 
 local bus motherboards and provides a "glueless interface to the PCI 

    AMD claims that the cost to implement SCSI on the motherboard with 
 PCSCSI (including all passive components and software) is less than $30.
           ** Microsoft Cuts Price Of Works For Windows 3.0 **

    Microsoft has temporarily reduced the price of Works for Windows ver-
 sion 3.0, and will bundle it with its personal financial management 

    Until January 31, 1994 buyers who purchase Microsoft Works for 
 Windows 3.0 will get the integrated software suite for $89. If they buy 
 Works before January 1, 1994 the company says it will throw in a copy of 
 Microsoft Money 2.0.  Once the introductory period is over the suggested 
 retail price for either version of Works for Windows will be $199.

    Current users of Windows or DOS versions of Works can upgrade by buy-
 ing the new product and sending in the $10 rebate coupon that is in the 
 product box.

    System requirements include at least a 386 microprocessor, four mega-
 bytes (MB) of memory, a hard disk with at least four MB, and preferably 
 15MB, of available space, MS-DOS 3.1 or higher, a VGA or better display, 
 Windows 3.1 or higher, and a high-density (1.44MB) floppy drive. To use 
 the multimedia edition a CD-ROM drive is required, along with a sound 
 board and headphones or speakers.

                        ** Dell In Black Again **

    Dell Computer Corp., has returned to profitability in the third quar-
 ter of this fiscal year. Dell says earnings for the third quarter are 
 60% below what they were a year ago, and Chairman Michael Dell said 
 sales will not meet the company's $3 billion sales target for the year.

    The company reported earnings of $12 million, or $0.26 per share, for 
 the third quarter, which ended October 31. For the same period last year 
 earning were reported at $29.6 million, or $0.72 per share. Revenue for 
 the third quarter was $757.3 million, up 33 percent from the $570 
 million reported for the same period last year.

                      ** C Learning Center Opens **

    ITC, a developer of interactive multimedia training products, has 
 announced the opening of its first ComSkill Learning Center franchise.

    The new learning center is located in Wilmington, Del. Over the next 
 several years, ITC plans to establish a nationwide network of ComSkill 
 Learning Centers.

    ITC describes its ComSkill Learning Centers as innovative, state-of-
 the-art personal computer educational facilities. It notes that students 
 will gain hands-on experience and master a broad range of PC skills, 
 applications and operating environments. The centers will also sell and 
 rent courseware and provide individual student training.

    ComSkill's courseware combines full-motion video, audio and graphics 
 on a PC. Instruction is both self-paced and interactive.
                  ** Hitachi Rolls Out Parallel Units **

     Massive parallel computers are to be introduced on the Japanese 
 market next year by Hitachi Ltd., which says it is aiming to sell them 
 mainly to government agencies. Hitachi will sell a machine with 128 pro-
 cessors and a processing speed of 20 giga flops (or 20 billion instruc-
 tions per second).

    Sources say that massively parallel systems, which use more proces-
 sors than ordinary computers, "have won kudos from the supercomputing 
 community for their high speed." 

        ** Compaq Offers Software Distribution CD with Presario **

    Compaq Computer Corp. and InfoNow Corp. announced that they are 
 offering users of Compaq's multimedia Presario personal computers the 
 ability to purchase software directly from a compact disc.
    The Compaq QuickChoice CD, developed and supported by InfoNow, is 
 shipping with each Presario CDS model and enables users to read elect-
 ronic literature, test drive and instantly purchase industry leading 
 applications including Microsoft Excel, Word and Office.

    The disc allows Compaq users to purchase nearly 100 business and 
 entertainment software titles that are loaded on the QuickChoice CD in 
 an encrypted or locked form.
                      ** New Line of Pentium PC's **

    A new line of PCs based on Intel Corp.'s new Pentium microprocessor 
 has been introduced by Zeos International Ltd. Officials of the company 
 said the new line, called "Pantera," includes the PC interface technology, 
 Peripheral Component Interconnect, as well as business audio 
 capability in every system.
               The prices for Zeos Pantera start at $3,495.


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                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                             Randy Noak, Editor

 by Randy Noak

      If you're a regular reader of Mac Report, you know I've been doing a
 lot of ranting and raving lately about the wonders of CD-ROM. A couple of
 things happened this week that reinforced my convictions. First, the CD-
 ROM from Club Kidsoft arrived. If you recall, Club Kidsoft is a mail-
 order software company just for kids. Subscribers receive 4 issues of
 Club Kidsoft's catalog/magazine each year along with a CD-ROM version of
 the catalog. The neat thing about this is that the CD-ROM allows you, the
 parent, to search for software appropriate for your child's age. Just
 click the proper age and you are presented with all the software that
 Club Kidsoft carries that is suitable for children in the selected age
 group. Click on the picture of the software box, and a complete
 description of the selected software is presented. But wait! Look on the
 bottom of the screen. For many of the software packages there is a button
 labeled, "Demo". Call your child and have him/her click that button and
 you are saved from spending money on a piece of software that your child
 just, "had to have" only to find out that, once at home, "It's not fun
 Dad". Your child can spend some time with the software before they start
 bugging you to shell out your hard-earned dough. Most of the packages
 featured on the CD-ROM have a demo, and, it is promised that the next
 issue will have quadruple that number. One other thing. If your child
 really, really, really just has to have a particular piece of software,
 call Club Kidsoft and they'll give you the unlocking key and your child
 can start playing/learning immediately. Club Kidsoft is only $9.95 for 4
 issues and you can order it by calling 1-800-354-6150.

      The other thing that happened is that my wife found the free
 Nautilus CD that I got a couple of weeks ago. Normally a typical, "I only
 spend time with a computer 'cause I have to" type of person, she spent 2
 hours exploring the issue. After she was done, she said, "We ought to get
 this." Unbelievable, but that's the reaction you'll get from people that
 have a  chance to use a CD-ROM. From games like Iron Helix to Adobe
 Illustrator's CD-ROM upgrade to  catalogs on disk to fully interactive
 magazines on CD-ROM, CD-ROM is the future. Get one, you won't regret it.

           I've been spending some time cruising the on-line services
 lately in preparation of an article I plan to write for a future issue.
 This last week I've been spending a lot of time on America On Line and
 have been very pleased by what I've seen. The navigation software is easy
 to use (and free), the system is pretty responsive even at 2400 baud
 (full 9600 baud is due soon), and STReport is now available there. That's
 right, in addition to Compuserve and GEnie, I'll be uploading STReport to
 AOL each week. I usually  upload to all the services on Saturday mornings
 and the sysop's usually release the file as soon as possible, so you can
 start looking on Sunday. On Compuserve we are in the Mac Community Club
 Forum, on GEnie we are in the GE-Mac User Group RoundTable, and on
 America On Line we are in the Mac Games and Entertainment area. Check us



                                Pax Imperia

 by Randy Noak

      Did you ever say to yourself, "Gee, if I were king, things would
 sure be different"? Me too. That's why I've been spending a lot of time
 with the game Pax Imperia. We're talking "staying up until 3 AM" lot of
 time here. In Pax Imperia you're the Emperor. You get to name your
 Empire, build various types of space ships, send colonists out into the
 ether, select planets for your colonists to settle on, build factories,
 cities, ports, and bases, design weapons systems, collect taxes, name
 advisors, engage your human or computer opponents in interstellar
 warfare, and do all sorts of interesting emperor type things. Whew!

      The game starts with you, the Emperor, in charge of one measly
 region on one tiny planet, in one insignificant solar system, in a small
 corner of the galaxy. Your job is to build your empire. You build your
 empire by building infrastructure and conquering other solar systems.
 You'll start out building factories, cities, shipyards and bases on your
 home planet but soon you'll run out of room and resources. Check your
 solar system. There might be some other planets or moons that you can
 exploit by building factories to mine whatever resources are available.
 Since your default species are oxygen breathers (but you can make them
 hydrogen, nitrogen, or carbon breathers if you like), you'll want to
 check out planets with oxygen atmospheres first. You can set up a colony
 on a planet (or moon) with non-oxygen atmospheres, but it will cost you
 more to support that colony. Once you have checked out your solar system
 and done all the exploiting you can do, it's time to send your scout
 ships out in to the void.

      Send out your scout ships to explore alien star systems while your
 shipyards construct ships of your design. Everything from giant
 dreadnought battleships to transports to tenders are available for
 construction. Each ship requires differing amounts of capital, population
 and resources, but if you don't have enough, you'll receive a  message
 showing you which component is lacking. At the beginning of the game,
 you'll only be able to build slow, lightly armored ships, so you'll have
 to make sure you devote some of your empire's income into R & D. The more
 you invest the quicker your scientists will develop faster star drives,
 nastier weapons, and better shields.

      Sooner or later, in the midst of all your space ship building,
 factory and city building, planet exploring, tax collecting, naming
 advisors, and designing awesome weapons of war, you'll come across
 another emperor bent on making his empire the only empire in the galaxy.
 What are you gonna do? Declare war? Send a peace initiative? Attempt to
 trade with your opponent?

      Declare war and you'd better have a fleet of fast, heavily armed
 warships standing by because you'll have to slug it out with your
 opponent ship -to-ship, fleet-to-fleet, and planet-to-planet. You'll also
 have to increase your Espionage budget or else you'll find your advisors
 suddenly turning up dead as your opponent  assassinates them one by one.
 Choose peace and you may have to fight anyway if your opponent decides he
 doesn't like the way you comb your carapace. Attempting to trade may
 work, but let's face it, it's much more satisfying to initiate
 interstellar warfare.

      When the sensors on one of your ships pick up the enemy, you are
 automatically switched to Tactical Control. In the Tactical Control
 window you target your enemy and decide on your ship's movement. Click
 "Done", and the battle begins. If your ships are more technically
 advanced than those of your opponent, you'll have an easy win. If not,
 well, be prepared to loose a ship and crew. Don't be too upset though.
 After all, your subjects should be happy to give their lives for you,
 their Emperor. More problematic is the loss of a good, expensive warship.
 Time to raise taxes again. If your subjects don't like it, too bad.
 You're the Emperor. 

      Assemble a fleet of warships and assault the enemy's planets and
 wipe his populations off the face of the galaxy. While this is great fun
 when you are on the giving end, it's not too much fun to be on the
 receiving end of an assault by starships, so you'll want to make sure
 that each of your planets is supplied with an adequate defensive system.
 All of this costs money, so you'll have raise more taxes, explore more
 planets, set up more colonies, and, hey, this could go on forever. Slowly
 but surely, if you manage to balance the needs of your populace with the
 needs of the Empire, you'll wrest control of the entire galaxy!

      All in all, if you liked Sim City, you'll love Pax Imperia. 
                                Pax Imperia
                            Changeling Software
                             List price: $69.95
                            Street price: $39.95



      Just in time for the Holiday Season comes a few tips on purchasing a
 computer. Clip this out and give it to your friends and relatives when
 they ask you which computer should they buy.

  A Holiday Gift Guide To Buying A Home Computer
  Ten Tips to Putting Technology Under the Tree this Year

  CUPERTINO, California December 1993 Once upon a time, purchasing a
  family computer was more complicated than finding four calling birds,
  three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.
  But with recent price drops for personal computers and a
  proliferation of easy-to-use software, there's never been a more
  affordable or better time to bring your home into the 21st century.

      Children's holiday wish lists can be daunting enough without adding
  bits and bytes, RAM and ROM, to the equation. In her new book,
  Parents, Kids & Computers,  Robin Raskin, executive editor of PC
  Magazine and a parent with three computer-literate children, shows
  how buying a home computer can be a springboard to years of family
  fun and learning. That's good news for every parent who's felt
  distressed when expensive holiday toys fail to keep children
  interested beyond New Year's Eve.

       The options you get on a computer far exceed those on other home
  entertainment systems,  notes Raskin.  And a computer offers much
  more than entertainment. Every new software program presents you and
  your child with a whole new range of options for using the computer.
  And there are new easy-to-use computers that come already loaded with
  all the software you'll need for a home computer.  They can even be
  purchased in department and consumer electronics stores. 

      Raskin co-authored her book with children's technology expert Carol
  Ellison after noticing  how few activities are available to parents
  to help them connect the computer experience their kids get in school
  with the activities they perform on the computer at home. 

      Parents, Kids & Computers is a road map for the first-time computer
  buyer.  It was intended to help parents navigate through the maze of
  computer brands, technical jargon, hardware and software to make the
  best choice for the family.

      Since many first-timers purchase computers as holiday presents, here
  are Raskin's Top 10 Tips for buying a computer the whole family will use
  for seasons to come:

  1.  Assess your family's computing needs.

  You'll want a computer that serves the entire family.  Begin by
  asking yourself some pertinent questions:  What type of computers do
  our kids use at school?  Most schools use Apple  computers.  Do I
  need to bring work home?  If so, does my office use a Macintosh  or
  DOS-based system?  Will we be using the computer for personal
  management like family finances and record-keeping? Do we want a
  computer that comes with built-in sound and multimedia? Will we want
  to make additional equipment purchases later on?  If so, how easy and
  economical is this? These questions will lead you to the next step:
  choosing a brand.

  2. Go with a recognizable brand name.

  There are two major personal computer families. This means you'll be
  choosing an Apple computer most likely from the Macintosh Performa 
  line or one of the DOS-based systems.  Both provide a vast range of
  software options and service and support for your hardware.

  3.  Look for pre-installed software.

  Many of the best buys today are computers that  come already
  "bundled" with hundreds of dollars worth of software.  But consider
  both quality and quantity when making your decision.

  4. Buy enough memory so your system can grow with your family.

  The hard disk is your computer's storage space. These days, the hard
  disk is a necessity if you expect software programs to run smoothly
  and efficiently. Hard disks are measured in megabytes (MB). Consider
  buying a hard disk with 80 MB or larger. You also will want to think
  about RAM, which stands for random access memory. Make sure to have
  at least 4 MB of RAM, especially if you plan to use the computer for
  spreadsheets and graphics.

  5. A printer is essential.

  The three types of printers are dot-matrix, inkjet and laser. The
  dot-matrix printer is the most basic, while laser printers are more
  sophisticated and necessary for high quality printing and graphics.
  Recent price drops have made laser printers more affordable and worth
  the extra expense.

  6. Kids love color.

  If your computer will be used almost exclusively by children, color
  is an option you should explore. The best children's games fill the
  screen with vivid hues and wondrous graphics that captivate children
  and encourage them to explore further.

  7. Make sure your system is easy to expand.

  The latest wave in computers is multimedia, the ability to show video
  footage and play digital-quality sound using a CD-ROM (read only
  memory). Buying a system with a CD-ROM can be expensive, but the
  benefits will pay off.  For example,  you can purchase an
  encyclopedia on CD-ROM that would cost hundreds of dollars less than
  if bought in a book store.  If you're not planning to buy a computer
  already equipped with multimedia now, but want to add it in the
  future, make sure your system makes it easy and affordable to add
  these options when you're ready.

  8. Get the kids involved.  
  Don't worry about spoiling the surprise. You'll make a better choice
  for the whole family if the kids are included in the decision-making
  process. Kids are remarkably sensitive to differences between
  keyboards and screens, and you'll probably appreciate their input.
  Also, many retailers allow families to test demonstration computers
  before making a purchase.

  9. Protect your investment..

  Always find out about the manufacturer's warranty and the store's
  return policy before you buy.  Also, think about purchasing your
  computer with a credit card that provides an extended warranty at no
  additional cost.

  10. Choose your software carefully.

  A good computer game does more than entertain, it challenges kids to
  explore the world around them and helps them develop problem-solving
  and creative thinking skills.  I encourage parents to build a
  software library with their children as soon as they bring home a
  computer.  And, software is the perfect stocking stuffer!


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

                             STReport's MailBag

                    Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

      Let's see if I've gotten anything interesting in the mail this week.
 You remember the routine. If a piece of mail doesn't say, "THIRD AND
 FINAL NOTICE" it goes into a pile on my desk until my wife starts griping
 at me to get rid of the mess, at which time I sit down and write this
 part of the column, thus reducing the pile by a minuscule amount and
 satisfying my wife's cleaning urge.

      Well, it's about time! Aldus finally sent me an upgrade notice for
 Freehand 4.0. Lots of new features such as multiple pages in multiple
 sizes, new type handling controls, new floating palettes, new drag-and-
 drop features, and much more. Disappointingly, the upgrade is not
 available on CD-ROM. The upgrade price is $150 to registered users. They
 are also touting their Service programs and offering special deals on the
 upgrade if you sign up for the programs. Call 1-800-685-3542 and have
 your serial number and credit card ready.

      Ahh, this is more like it! A new catalog from CD-ROM Warehouse.
 Lotsa CD-ROM stuff here and you get a free CD storage case with every
 order. Bundles abound and the prices are good too. Since these are the
 Mac Warehouse people, shipping is only $3.00 for overnight shipping. Call
 1-800-237-6623 and ask for a free catalog.

      Sierra Software sent me a copy of "InterAction" a "blatantly biased
 look at games from the Sierra Family".  Biased it is, but it's also
 pretty interesting. This issue has an article all about CD-ROM along with
 previews of some new games. I hope some of this new stuff makes it over
 to the Mac. Call Sierra at 1-800-757-7707 or visit them on CompuServe.

      From Silver Graphics comes a "Competitive Upgrade" offer. They ask
 for no proof whatsoever. Oh well... That and $69.00 will get you Acme
 Fonts, a neat looking package of either Type 1 or True Type display
 fonts. Call them at 1-800-888-1550 for more info.

      Ray Dream is selling addDepth for $99. addDepth adds a 3D effect to
 2D graphics. This looks tempting. Call Ray Dream at 1-800-846-0111

 That's it for this week. Next week, I hope to have a review of Carriers
 at War and lots more stuff. As always, please feel free to send  your
 comments or questions to me at:

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                          ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                        Dana Jacobson, Atari Editor

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

      Brrrrr!!  Unbelievable that it's December already!!  It's
 been colder and colder outside; fortunately, the snow hasn't
 arrived yet.  But, being in New England, all we have to do is wait
 a minute and the weather can change from bad to worse.

      So, what's been happening lately on the Atari front?  Well,
 if you're into gaming or football, the name that's being [still]
 heard nationally is Jaguars!!  Jacksonville, Florida is the home
 for the latest NFL expansion team and Atari's latest expansion to
 their family has been on the market for a week or more.  The
 Jaguar (Atari's) seems to be all that's on people's minds these
 days.  Nothing really new has been said about the machine, but the
 enthusiasm that it's generated has been phenomenal.  It's truly
 enjoyable to see the name "Atari" and enthusiasm displayed
 prominently side by side these days.  I hope that once the initial
 push for the holiday season creates a huge demand for these
 machines, that the new year will generate into a banner year for
 Atari.  Let's face it, for the computer side to have any chance to
 succeed, Atari has to be successful enough to be able to parlay
 some of those profits into future R&D for the current/future
 Falcons.  Once that happens, it stands to reason that Atari will
 have created for itself some respectability again and use that to its
 advantage for the computer line.  And, at the same time, we can
 enjoy the positive atmosphere while playing the latest in Jaguar
 games!  In the meantime, we hope to have some Jaguar reviews,
 including game reviews, once the Jaguar starts to make its way
 into the claws of some of our correspondents.  You can be sure
 that I'll have one as soon as I can, but unlikely until after the
 first of the year.

      The latest in major announcements about 3rd-party support for
 the Jaguar has been promising:

 SUNNYVALE, Calif, Nov 29 (Reuter) - Atari Corp said it signed 15 more
 software companies as licensees for its new 64-bit home game system,
 Jaguar.  The announcement brings the total number of companies that have
 pledged to write games for the Jaguar system to 35, the company said.
 Atari said among the new titles that will be written for Jaguar are
 Activision's "Return to Zork," and id Software's "Wolfenstein 3D."  Also,
 Accolade sport titles such as "Charles Barkley Basketball," and "Jack
 Nicklaus Power Challenge Golf" will now be written for the new
 entertainment system.

      With the tremendous enthusiasm being generated by the Jaguar these
 days, it is giving the online services reason to make some changes along
 with it.  It was recently announced on CompuServe that the Atari Forums
 will undergo some changes to accommodate the increase in Jaguar online

 *** NOV. 30 ***


 Please pardon our dust while we reorganize the Atari 8-Bit Forum to
 accommodate the changing Atari marketplace.  In the coming days, this
 Forum will be renamed to the "Atari Gaming Forum" and will contain
 new sections which will expand our support for current and future
 Atari Gaming products.

 Stay tuned! 


 Note to all:

     The reconstruction work continues.

     You can now reach this forum [ATARI8] by typing any of the

     GO ATARI8
     GO LYNX
     GO ATARIGAMING (or 'G ATARIG' for short)

    Again, thanks for your understanding and patience during our
    reorganization.  Look for more updates daily.

                                    Ron Luks

      And, from what I've been seeing daily in this Forum, the
 message activity certainly warrants these supportive changes.  Ron
 Luks has stated that Atari 8-bit support should not suffer because
 the databases will have little in the way of Jaguar material
 except the possibility of screen shots and game reviews, still
 leaving plenty of room for 8-bit files.  Also, since current 8-bit
 message activity is not overwhelming, there's room to support the
 Jaguar activity.  So, in the long run, it should be a good way to
 continue to support the 8-bit as much as possible while adding
 capabilities to support the Jaguar activity better.

      On the computer side of things, there's been rumors floating
 around, especially on CompuServe, of the pending release of a TT
 clone.  Well, Yat Siu, of Lexicor Europe, finally let out some
 pertinent information about this new machine, called the Medusa.
 Here's what Yat had to say about this new machine:

 LEXICOR SOFTWARE is proud to announce that it can make available to
 the Atari Community an Atari'040 Clone.


 The Medusa specs are as follows:

 -68040 Clocked at 64Mhz
  internal FPU and PMMU
  Mips are around 26 Mips, 4.5 MFLOPS

 -FastRAM can have either 8-128 Mbyte on board

 -Atari I/O such as
         -FLOPPY (DD, HD, ED)
         -2 SERIAL TT MODEM
         -IDE BUS
         -ISA BUS For Graphics Board (custom design)

 -VME Bus
         Vme Bus 16bit
         Mega Bus
         Laserprinter (not sure why, all on the VME Bus Board)

 Additionally you can get:

 -SCSI Card with
         TT SCSI
         SCSI II

 and a DSP Board for a DSP96002

 Planned for the summer of 94 is a MC68060 Board

 TOS is a slightly modified version of 3.06

 The price for this setup is roughly 3,000 U$D without IDE Drive and
 without RAM.

 The System was originally constructed and designed in Switzerland
 by MEDUSA Systems.


 ps: Its screaming fast *grin*

      Wow!  With the lack of TTs out there presently, and further
 developments/production of Falcons, the Medusa should be able to
 fill the current hardware void in the market.  I also hope to be
 able to see one in the near future, if it can be arranged!  Yat
 happens to live "in the neighborhood," so a user group demo or two
 may provide a great opportunity to get a hands-on look at this new
 machine!  Look for more information in a future issue!


      The IAAD has held  their annual election for  new officers and  board
 members.   Congratulations to  the new  board members  and the  re-elected
 ones.   Also, a  special  thanks to  those former  board members,    Nevin
 Shalit and  Jim Allen,  who have  served well  these past  years but  have
 stepped aside to allow some "new blood" in the ranks.

 The  Independent Association  of  Atari Developers  (IAAD)  is pleased  to
 announce  the results of  the annual  election of our  Board of Directors.
 Newly-elected Board members  include Greg  Kopchak of  It's All  Relative,
 David "Dr.  Bob"  Parks of  Dr.  Bobware, and  Charles  Smeton of  NewSTar
 Technology Management.   Nathan Potechin of  DMC was reelected to  a fifth
 term,  and Dorothy  Brumleve of D.A.  Brumleve was reelected  to the Board
 and to the Presidency by a unanimous vote.
 The  Board wishes  to  thank outgoing  Board  members  Jim Allen  of  FAST
 Technology and  Nevin Shalit  of Step Ahead  Software for  their years  of
 The  IAAD  is  an  organization  of  third-party  commercial  hardware and
 software  developers  supporting   the  Atari  ST  family   of  computers,
 including  the  ST/STe,   TT030,  and  Falcon030  series.     The  current
 membership includes most  active developers in  North America  as well  as
 some  from  abroad.   Unique in  the industry,  the organization  works to
 provide  its  membership  with help  in  marketing,  packaging,  technical
 matters, and other  issues of interest to third-party developers.  Working
 in concert with Atari, the IAAD  strives to raise Atari product  awareness
 and to ease the  introduction of new products into the marketplace.   Such
 support  takes   place  through   member-to-member  exchanges  and   group
 projects.  Past  projects have included anti-piracy  advertising, a  "Meet
 the IAAD" online conference, a  dealer mailing, and a  brochure containing
 descriptions of participating members' products.  Last year's  major focus
 was  a study of  software piracy  in North  America, the results  of which
 were published and uploaded to BBSs and  information services all over the
 world.    An  IAAD Membership  Directory  including  product  listings  is
 updated regularly and made available on major online services.
 Commercial  developers are encouraged to  apply for  membership by sending
 GEMail to the PERMIT$ address on GEnie.  Developers who are not  currently
 GEnie  members  may  contact  D.A. Brumleve  at  217  337  1937  for  more
 information.   User  groups, magazine  publishers, and  others wishing  to
 reach a large  number of developers may send  ASCII mailings to DABRUMLEVE
 on GEnie  or Delphi, to on the  Internet, or to
 76004,3655 on CompuServe.


      John Duckworth's debut column last week garnered a few comments from
 readers over the past weekend.  Unfortunately (I think), the issue was
 released a day late due to technical problems and over the holiday
 weekend it may have been overlooked.  Anyway, all of the messages that I
 saw were positive and readers were pleasantly surprised.  If you missed
 last week's column, in issue #9.48, please check it out.  And, John is
 really interested in receiving feedback and suggestions for future
 columns, so please drop him a line if you can.  Anyway, let's go


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

   Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  I don't know about you but I'm still
 working off that Thanksgiving meal (I gained four and a half pounds by
 "doing" dinner four times on Thanksgiving Day).

   As I sat at my computer that evening, I took a moment to think of all
 the things that I have to be thankful for.  I guess that we all have
 lots of things to be thankful for... and I'm glad that we have a day
 set aside for the purpose remembering them.  I also saw my first
 "JAGUAR" commercial over the weekend... not the most impressive piece of
 advertising I've ever seen, but it was a good showing of a good product
 from a company that we've come not to expect advertising from.  The last
 time I saw an Atari product advertised on television was the "Big
 Lynx/Batman Promotion" of a few seasons ago (and we all know how far
 that one went, don't we?).

   One of my reasons for being thankful is all my friends on
 CompuServe... Ron Luks, Bob Retelle, BJ Gleason (as well as all the
 other Sysops), users like Myles Cohen and Dazzz Smith (to name only
 two), developers like John Trautschold, Charles F. Johnson, and Stefan
 Daystrom.  Thanks for your help and information.

   Now let's get to the good stuff...

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 James Port talks about the ability of QuickCis to set the clock of an ST:

 "It is a neat feature, but since I've added a hard drive, the clock is
 always running.  The problem is, it is typically running slow, but not
 slow enough to trip the auto reset from the network.  Can't figure
 that out though.  The watch I wear maybe gains a minute every couple
 of months or so.  My computers tend to lose a minute or more every
 week.  It would seem to me they should be able to keep better time
 than that."

 Sysop Dan Rhea tells James:

 "There are a couple of causes to drift in clocks in computers, the
 worst, is a faulty crystal (this usually leaves the clock totally
 non-functional, so we can pretty much rule that one out). The most
 common is that your local power company is letting the line frequency
 slip a bit (it's normally 60 cycles a second in the States, and 50
 cycles in the UK, and most everywhere else). A more subtle item is
 that the trimmer in the clock circuit needs to be tweaked a bit
 (Trying to adjust it is usually more trouble than it's worth).
 Personally, I reset my system clock once a month. It doesn't drift
 more than a minute a month. I don't need anything more exact than

 Sysop Bob Retelle adds:

 "Another thing that can affect computer clocks, although I don't know
 of any specific instances on the Atari platform, is programs that muck
 about with the system timers that are used to maintain the "time of
 day" clock.

 Some games on the IBM platform are notorious for changing the timers
 and not restoring them, thus leaving your clock running at double
 speed...  even the programs (mostly games) that do reset the timers
 properly may affect the clock during the time they're running.

 Actually, electronic clocks that run from the 60hz line frequency
 reference of the power lines may be more accurate, over time, than
 crystal controlled clocks..

 The power companies typically compensate for low frequency occurances
 by tweaking the AC up slightly above 60hz for an equivalent time, and
 vice versa.  Thus, over a relatively longer period of time, the errors
 tend to cancel out.

 Crystal controlled oscillators are _potentially_ more accurate, but
 only if they're adjusted right on.  A crystal oscillator that's
 slightly slow will ALWAYS be slightly slow, and thus will accumulate
 an increasingly greater error over time.. same for one that's slightly

 Unfortunately, unless the trimmer capacitor in the crystal circuit is
 easily accessible, as Dan's was, it might be difficult to adjust an
 internal clock.  (The one in my ST is "potted" in epoxy in the middle
 of an IC socket adapter)

 I imagine the reason wristwatches are generally more accurate is that
 they're adjusted more carefully when they're manufactured."

 Stefan Daystrom at Barefoot Software adds:

 "In some cases on the Atari, depending on where the clock is in the
 system and what software has update access to it, the clock can drift
 slow (lose time) if you reset/reboot too much.  One of the reasons is
 that some versions of the Control Panel (or possibly other
 time-setters) read the current time and then write it back, dropping a
 little bit of precision (anywhere from dropping fractions of seconds
 to fractions of minutes!); if your system is plagued by this, it'll
 keep perfect time as long as you keep it on 24 hours and never reset
 it, but the time may get less perfect the number of times you cycle
 power and/or the number of times the clock setter runs (typically on
 every reset)."

 James tell Dan, Bob and Stefan:

 "Well, it isn't as though I'm doing anything that is that time
 sensitive, I have to have the accurate setting all the time.  I think
 I'll just not worry about it and reset them every now and then.  I'm
 not using any software that should muck about with the clock, don't
 have time to play games anymore. Okay once in a while I manage to get
 in a game or two of Solitaire in Windows, but otherwise all my game
 software is just collecting dust.  I'm not exactly into trying to get
 at the trimmers.  I've had enough of opening up my ST with its
 thousand screws and bending, triming or who knows what with the RF
 shield.  From the looks of things, I'd have to pull out nearly every
 card in the 386 to get at the mother board, so that's out too.  Thanks
 for the information, but I think I'll just live with it."

 Dan Dixon asks:

 "Does anyone know how to move Standard MIDI files created in CUBASE to
 a Mac?  I can get them to the Mac via a floppy mounting utility, but
 my Performer software will not recognize the files when I go to open
 them.  Do they need further conversion?"

 Mike Mortilla, one of the MIDI gurus here on CompuServe, tells Dan:

 "The best way to accomplish this is to save the MFF to an IBM (ST)
 disk and have the MAC read it from a utility that reads IBM on a MAC.
 Doing it the other way (writing a MAC file from the ST or IBM) is more
 trouble than it's worth. The prolblem is that the MAC disk drive is
 variable speed and ST/IBM drive if fixed speed.

 A Syquest and the proper utilities could accomplish that, but I think
 the prog to have the MAC read the IBM disk is a PD and the simpliest
 way I know of to do that. Also, make sure that Cubase or whatever you
 use, saves the file as an MFF."

 Dan tells Mike:

 "I could get the file to the Mac; I just couldn't get the app to
 recognize it.  But I finally solved the problem--the file's type code
 must be changed to read "Midi".  Once that's done, the program "sees"
 the file and will import it."

 Bob Dolson tells Alan Page, the author of STORM:

 "That's the spirit Alan! You're doing a very fine job with STorm and I
 realize that you are very busy with Ditek...  And the multiple buffers
 on STorm are even MORE wonderful than the single one in Flash! It's
 lightyears ahead of anything else!"

 Ian Braby tells Alan:

 "I've been playing with STORM but have had one little problem -
 auto-logons wont!

 I've set everything up for CIS - ran CIS.BAS to enter my details, set
 the Terminal settings and auto-logon file etc. and tried to log on.
 That worked because CIS.BAS was resident.

 Trying to log-on to CIS directly, without pre-loading the CIS.BAS
 file, doesn't load CIS.BAS as it should - I have to manually load and
 run the file!"

 Alan tells Ian:

 "In the Dialer Edit dialog there is a button at the bottom labelled
 Auto-Logon Path. Click on this button and use the file selector to
 tell Storm where your auto-logon files are located. I suggest creating
 a Basic folder and putting all your auto-logon and Basic files there."

 Beverly Chisolm tells us:

 "I would like a modem for an Atari but don't know how to find one.
 There are no Atari dealers in my town (St. Augustine, FL)  Is it
 possible to order through CompuServe?"

 Boris Molodyi tells Beverly:

 "Any modem works with Atari (assuming that you have an ST or TT or
 Falcon; if you have an 8-bit, you need a special cable). Personally, I
 would recommend Supra's modems, but really it all depends on your
 needs and budget."

 Boris is one hundred percent correct!  Supra modems offer the best mix
 of functionality and affordability that I've seen in a long time.  (I
 use a Supra v.32bis)  And with CompuServe offering 14,400 access
 (in addition to the more common 300, 1200, 2400 and 9600 access),
 downloads scream!  It also allows you to send FAXes right from your
 computer (assuming you have a FAX program like STraight Fax).

 Tom Mynar asks:

 "Does anyone know if the Insite Floptical will connect to the ICD Host
 Adapter with it's regular software - or do I need the PRO version to
 use this puppy.

 Of course, I should have my answer later tonight after I get the
 drive in from UPS and try and use it...

 But, if anyone else has any experience... (I have the Advantage card)."

 Myles Cohen tells Tom:

 "You need the LINK version...or the PRO version...but as far as I
 know...the regular version of the software won't handle it..."

 That's right Myles, but you forgot to tell him that he also needs a LINK
 in addition to the LINK software.  Although most peole would figure that
 out, some (not Tom) may not realize that the LINK adaptor (hardware) is
 needed to access the drive itself.

 Bill Turczynski tells us:

 "I just got a SupraFax v.32bis modem to use on my STacy with
 Interlink.  I have my old 8-bit on a Supra 2400 and it's been a while
 since I had the STacy on the Supra 2400.

 If I'm just capturing msgs. for off line reading with the STacy, I
 get a herky-jerky response.  A stop/go action that I don't get on my

 Do I just have the SupraFax setup wrong or is it Interlink?  I don't
 remember if it acted that way on the Supra 2400."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine asks Bill:

 "What version of the roms does your SUPRA v.32bis modem have?  Type
 ATI3 to determine what version.  The most current version is 1.8 of
 the roms.  Also you might download serial fix 2.x if you haven't
 already.  The program fixes errors in the hardware flow control
 portion of the roms.  This is in addition to other minor problems aas

 Also it might just be the way your hardware flow control is working."

 Bill tells Albert:

 "I have the most current ROMs, v1.80-03.  I found the problem(me)<g>. I
 thought that I read that when you turn on the flow
 control(RTS/CTS),XON/ XOFF gets turned off automatically in the term.,
 when it didn't, I did it. Now I get non-stop flow and I had this
 problem on GEnie too.

 I have SERFX2.PRG now but it says that it's used with XCONTROL.ACC.
 Looking in the libs, there are sereral.  Should I get the current,
 Falcon version or the older ST version?  I have a nonX version on a
 disk that came with my STacy."

 Master Sysop Ron Luks adds:

 "Sometimes that herky-jerky motion is caused by network load. Try
 running your program again during off peak hours and let us know if
 its any smoother."
 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Hal Dougherty posts:

 "I just got a new Mac Performa and I've found a shareware program that
 displays Spectrum pictures on it.  It's the only Spectrum 512 display
 program I've ever found for a computer, other than an ST!"

 Boris Molodyi thinks aloud:

 "Hmm. It displays Spectrum pictures on Mac? Some Atari renegade done
 it, no doubt :-)"

 Mike Mortilla posts:

 "When Barefoot starts including "audio tracks" in the SmpteTrack prog,
 I'm gonna *HAVE* to buy a Falcon! I still say SmpteTrack (EditTrack)
 is the best sequencer made on any platform. I've tried a lot of 'em
 and none are as useful for me."

 Eric Mercer talks about his brother's ST problem:

 "My brother told me that during a session, after the computer crashes
 the first time, it will crash immediately each time the computer is
 rebooted (until it has time to rest).  To me, this screams hardware
 problem.  However, the computer is supposed to be ok."

 Stefan Daystrom at barefoot Software tells Eric:

 "Not necessarily.  First of all, there are three kinds of "reboot":
 software warm boot (Control Alt Delete), software cold boot (Control
 Alt RightShift Delete), and power cycling (turning it off and back

 Each in order reboots the machine with different thoroughness.
 However, with some Atari models (I don't remember which one you have),
 the power supply can keep supplying _some_ power to the memory for a
 while after you turn it off, and if the _right_ memory location was
 corrupted as part of the crash, you may need to turn the computer off
 for a minute or more to _completely_ clear it out.

 So see if a rest of a minute or so does it, or much longer is needed.
 If less than a minute, it _could_ be that a critical part of memory is
 being corrupted, but that the "magic" word which says that memory is
 ok isn't being cleared.  Also, try the software cold boot (Control Alt
 RightShift Delete) and see if that helps; sometimes that can clear the
 memory, I think, _more_ thoroughly than a very quick power cycle
 (because I think it _forces_ one of the "magic" words to be bad, which
 too short a power cycle might not).  (However, it doesn't reset some
 of the support chips the way a power cycling does, so _both_ a power
 cycling and an immediate software cold boot are needed for the most
 through cycling with the least delay.)"

 When Micky White posted that  "Interlink VIOLATES MEMORY under
 MultiTOS", Stefan Daystrom asks:

 "Can you please explain what that means?  That it does something with
 memory it has not officially gotten?  Is it low system memory?  There
 are, unfortunately, some things that are needed by programs, like
 having to do with key repeat as I recall for example, that have never
 been brought out to a documented call or memory location and so those
 of us that need to use those need to go down there.  But conceptually
 I consider it quite different to "violate memory" by clearing the key
 repeat flag in the system memory (to avoid the key chatter bug in
 certain situations) than to violate memory by stomping on some memory
 you _assume_ was free but didn't actually allocate or receive; the
 former will not harm another program (if it doesn't harm the OS, of
 course <grin!>), but the latter will..."

 Jim Ness, who is no stranger to terminal programs, tells Stefan:

 "The most common way to "violate memory" in MultiTOS is to share
 something with another program.  For instance, both QuickCIS and QCMsg
 can share a buffer with EdHak to speed up message replies, etc.

 To make this work with MultiTOS, each program has to have the memory
 checking flag turned off.

 In Interlink's case, Interlink is probably sharing a buffer with one
 of its emulation modules."

 Kevin Champagne gives us some info on Comdex:

 "I just came back from Vegas yetserday.  I spent all week in town, but
 only went to the show Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (one has to have
 SOME time for fun!).  I have t ell you that I saw absolutely no
 evidence that Atarfi was anywhere in evidence.  I did see the 3D0 in
 operation, among other fun items...

 I saw both the Motorola and IBM 'booths', and saw no evidence of
 either the Jaguar or Falcon, but both companies had areas so large
 that I suppose I could have missed them..."

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Dom Alvear asks about ICD utilities:

 "Will Bootfix work with a TT SCSI port?  I was under the impression that
 it had to be connected to an Advantage or AdSCSI host."

 Tony Barker tells Dom:

 "It will work with the TT SCSI port, I had occaision to use it myself
 just the other day."

 Todd Thedell asks about using Flash 2:

 "It seems I have to slect Terminate Call when I first load FLASH II.
 Then I got a new error today; when I tried to Dial Board as I usually
 do to get to cis, then Terminate Call, I got a ! dialog saying
 "Intelligent Modem requires non-zero Connect Time."  I thought it had
 something to do with Silent Line because I also got an error Silent
 Line is connected to Compuserve Ok" I have tried warm & cold boots but
 still getting the same.

 Also, when I load FLASH II something is switching my baud rate to
 9600 so I have to change that before I do anything."

 John at Missionware Software tells Todd:

 "When FLASH II first boots, it looks at the status of the DCD line
 coming from the modem (DCD = Data Carrier Detect).  If that line is
 active, it thinks it is already online and therefore, doesn't fool
 around with the serial port.  Assuming your modem is not online, the
 reason you are getting this is because your modem is set to keep DCD
 (or CD) active all the time. Almost *all* modems are shipped this way
 from the factory.  Don't ask me why.

 If you have a Hayes compatible mode, you *should* be able to change
 this by sending the modem a AT&C1 command.  It's probably set to &C0
 right now. After doing this, make sure to save the new configuration
 in your modem's internal memory with either a AT&W0 or AT&W1 command,
 depending on which internal profile you wish to store this in.  for
 more information, see your modem operations manual.

 The reason you got an "Intelligent Modem" warning is because you've
 got your "Connect Time" set to '0' in Modem Options.  Version 2.2 now
 pops up a slightly better message.  You should set Connect Time to 30
 seconds or greater.  '0' should only be used in special circumstances
 (meaning connecting to devices other than a modem).

 Finally, the reason FLASH II is switching to 9600 at boot up, even
 though you've got something else stored in modem options, is because
 of the DCD problem noted above.  Flash II is *not* resetting the port
 at bootup because of DCD being active.  You've probably got 9600 set
 in your Atari Control Panel (or XControl Panel if you are using

 Todd tells John:

 "The Connect Time was set to 0 but I have no idea how it was set since
 it worked fine before.  I am not sure how to deal with the DCD; I use
 a dip switch to change from line signal to forced on.  I will sort it
 out though."

 John replies:

 "Oh, ok, if you need to set a dip switch, then that's ok too.  Just
 makes sure it's set to follow the line signal and DCD should then work
 just fine.

 The only other reason DCD might not work after that is if your modem
 cable doesn't have the full compliment of wires and pins.  You may end
 up having to get a new cable too.  But try the dip switch first.

 What type of modem do you have?  It must be an older version since
 most newer ones use software "switches" these days."

 Rob Rasmussen asks the CodeHeads about importing graphics into

 "When I save a scan as an IMG, then insert it as a graphic into a
 Calligrapher page, it looks squashed and out of proportion. The scans
 are usually 8 or 9 inches long, and I use a SC1224 monitor. What can I
 do to make these pictures look right on my screen?"

 Charles F. Johnson, CodeHead extrordinaire, tells Rob:

 "We tried to duplicate this problem and couldn't; when we loaded a
 very tall IMG into Calligrapher in medium resolution, the aspect ratio
 looked about as correct as medium resolution can ever look.  It's
 possible you're encountering some kind of limit in Calligrapher, or
 maybe TouchUp is doing something unusual with its IMG files; I'm not
 sure what to suggest, except to maybe scale the image smaller with
 TouchUp before importing into Calligrapher.

 It is true that when you start getting into stuff like full-page
 scans and such, you might be better off with a full-fledged page
 layout program; but that depends on how complex your layout is.  I
 find Calligrapher to be much quicker than a DTP program for
 uncomplicated layout work."

 From the Palmtop Forum

 Martin Leighton posts:

 "I've got a portfolio, with both the serial and parallel ports.  How
 can I use this to access Compuserve? (I'd like to use it on the road
 for getting mail & talking to forums,etc).  I've got access to a large
 desktop modem, but I'm thinking of getting a small portable one. So,
 questions are:  What software would I need to run on the portfolio?
 How do I use it?  Which peripheral (ie serial or parallel)  do I use,
 and how do I wire it to the modem? Any advice on modems?

 Does anyone have any hints on how best to use the combination?

 All thoughts would be gratefully received, especially since I don't
 have much technical skill in this department."

 Sysop BJ Gleason tells Martin:

 "A number of users use the Portfolio to Access Compuserve.  You might
 want to look at the file PORT.FAQ in lib 9, which conatins answers to
 questions like these.

 The short answer is that you need the serial port, modem, cable to
 hook them up, and a terminal package, such as ACOM or XTERM [both in
 LIB 9], and away you go...

 The modem that most people seem happy with is the PPI modem..."

 Barry Childress posts:

 "I just wanted to let the members here know that I'm working on a
 project with a small religious school that my kids go to. The goal is
 to get some computers in the classroom. Do to a real tight budget I
 think that the Port would be an excellent choice.  So part one of the
 project is to solicit used (or new) Ports for donation to the school.
 We are also interested in some RAM cards (any size) and AC adapters.
 Any (tax deductible) donations would be gratefully received.  We are
 looking to get at least 3 Ports and some extra RAM cards to hold
 different subjects.

 I will be doing the programming for Port but if you are aware of any
 educational software for the Port (pre-school thru 1st grade) let me

 Dave Stewart, being the nice guy that he is, tells Barry:

 "I'll mention this project in Re:Port and see if any of my readers can

 For anyone who doesn't know, Re:Port is a newsletter devoted to the
 Portfolio.  If you have a Portfolio and don't get Re:Port, you're
 missing out on some great stuff!

   Well folks, that's it for this week.  Perhaps I'll get rid of this
 bloated feeling before next week, but with the turkey sandwiches, turkey
 soup, turkey croquettes, and turkey jerky (yep, we smoke it just like
 beef), it's not likely.

   Be sure to tune in again next week (same time, same channel), sit back
 in a comfortable chair, kick off those shoes, relax and listen to what
 they are saying when...

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 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature

                            The Old Fishin' Hole

 -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth
     Greetings and welcome to the second edition of "The Old Fishin'
 Hole". This week brings us another bucket full of programs for our
 beloved Atari computers. I'd like to thank all of the public
 domain/shareware programmers who continue to program (usually getting
 nothing but a thanks in return..if that) for our systems and hope
 that they will continue to throw their often innovative creations
 into the online world. Now, without further delay...let's see what we
 have to choose from...

      A program designed to help make a teachers life easier is what
 we'll take a look at first. "Class 4.6" by Gary Wren is a shareware
 application which allows a class and their grades to be tracked and
 manipulated via the ST. The program is very versatile and teachers
 have several ways to track grades and class members. A class roster
 can be sorted by name or grade (any test or assignment grade can be
 the sort criteria as well as the students' GPA). Assignment scores
 may be weighted according to how important the teacher wants them to
 count toward the students' final grade. While the usefulness of this
 program is hard to beat (for educators...which is the target
 audience), I do have a few problems with the program's interface.
 While "Class" uses GEM menus, the rest of the program seems to follow
 no particular GEM convention. The program's main display does not run
 in it's own window, which will cause problems for those wanting to
 run it under MultiTOS. "Class 4.6" only works in ST modes (med/high)
 but should work fine on any TOS computer capable of such modes. A $20
 registration fee entitles the user to a 31 page users guide, plus
 several other programs done by the author. If you are a teacher, I
 recommend taking a look at "Class", and by supporting the author,
 perhaps the package will continue to be updated.

     Next is an educational game title "Magic Spell" (version 2.1) by
 T. Savino. This game is reminiscent of the online chat game
 "Scramble". If you've never played, the mechanics are simple; A group
 of random letters are drawn at the start of a round. The player must
 try to make words out of the letters, with more points being made for
 longer words, before a certain amount of time elapses. "Magic Spell"
 uses this same concept, but adds a few twists. First, letters MAY be
 used more than once (making it easier to come up with words), and
 second, the player is allowed to make only ten words (so they better
 be the best possible). After playing a few rounds, I came to the
 conclusion that the provided dictionary was a bit small. Usually half
 of my words weren't recognized by the game, so I had to manually
 accept them. Children will probably use shorter words, so this might
 not be a problem. The program does allow words to be added to the
 dictionary, so after playing a while it should become quite complete.
 The game will run ONLY in ST medium or high modes, and one complaint
 I had while playing in color was the lack of it. While some color
 borders were provided in medium resolution, it is obvious that
 allowing it to run in that resolution was an afterthought. The game
 will be most appreciated by children, although difficulty can be
 increased to make it more interesting for adults. I hope the author
 continues to refine the game perhaps by adding Falcon resolution
 support, and more colorful displays and sound.

     "KittyLock 2" is a small but potentially helpful shareware
 utility by Erin Monaco. The program (which can be run as an accessory
 as well) allows the user to lock his/her system to prevent children
 or pets from destroying their work while away from the keyboard. A
 password must be typed in to allow the system to return to normal
 operation. The password is completely configurable, as well as the
 amount of time before the program kicks in when loaded as an
 accessory. The only fault the utility has is that the program
 displays a dialog box when frozen, so tasks being run concurrently
 in MultiTOS will cease to operate. Maybe a future update will place
 the password entry into a window and lock out mouse movements (so
 that other windows can't be topped) so that tasks running in the
 background can continue (I'm actually not even sure it's possible...
 but something to look into).  As the program stands now however, I
 recommend it highly. The days of wandering fingers from little hands
 are over.

      Again, I welcome comments from readers or email
      address is: . Until next week, happy
     |   Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box     *                             |
     |   Class v. 4.6                                                 |
     |        GEnie (Atari RT - #30833                                |
     |        CompuServe (Ataripro - CLASST.ARC, CLASS6.ARC)          |
     |   Magic Spell v. 2.1                                           |
     |        GEnie (Atari RT - #30889, #30890)                       |
     |   Kitty Lock v. 2                                              |
     |        GEnie (Atari RT - #30893)                               |

  * The Tackle Box is meant to provide assistance in finding files
  mentioned in the column. It should not be considered a COMPLETE
  listing and is provided for convenience only. Delphi Atari Advantage
  files should be found in the Recent Arrivals section of the database
  until moved to their appropriate sections.

      Well, that's about it for this week.  With the Christmas season upon
 us, we hope to be able to provide you all with a few X-mas "goodies" in
 the next few weeks.  Also, I hope to be able to provide a "Year in
 Review" column for either the last issue for 1993, or at the first of the
 year.  That should be interesting column!  We also hope to have a review
 of Gribnif Software's Geneva before the end of the year, as well as some
 other recent releases or updates.  And, we're still working to provide
 additional support staff to help round out various coverage of "things"
 Atari in order to provide our readers a well-rounded issue each week.  As
 usual, suggestions, ideas, complaints, or just plain feedback is always

      Until next time...



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