Z*Net: 5-Mar-94 #9402

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/19/94-11:37:21 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 5-Mar-94 #9402
Date: Sat Mar 19 11:37:21 1994

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    Z*NET: ONLINE MAGAZINE * Copyright (c)1994, Syndicate Publishing
                 Volume 9, Number 2    March 5, 1994
              Call the Z*Net News Service BBS (908) 968-8148
 * Publisher/Editor..........................................Ron Kovacs
    America Online Representative.........................Bruce Hansford
      |#|  The Editors Desk...............................Ron Kovacs
      |#|  Z*Net Telecommunications News............................
      |#|  Z*Net Newswire...........................................
      |#|  Cleveland FreeNet...........................Press Release
      |#|  Monochrome Monitor Fix.....Randy Constan, Elfin Magic Co.
      |#|  DPA News - January 1994......................Ron Albright
      |#|  Transcendence BBS Goes Freeware..............Announcement
      |#|  Connect Magazine Offer......................Press Release
      |#|  The Music Of The Bytes.........................Jeff White
      |#|  Lexicor Update..............................Press Release
      |#|  Jaguar Games...................................CompuServe
      |#|  Hard Drive Tech Support.............................GEnie
      |#|  Lynx FAQ.........................................Internet
      |#|  Atari Vendors Listing...............................GEnie
 ######  By Ron Kovacs
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 A little over three weeks ago, the first edition of the new year was
 released.  Lots of comments have been read and the email has been very
 nice.  I really didn't realize how much we were missed.  I am looking
 for a few writers to assist with specific topics.  If you are interested
 in assisting, please leave email on any of the areas listed in this
 The 1993 Year In Review that was scheduled for a few issues has been
 cancelled as a few of you have asked me to put an end to it.  Consider
 it done as I agree with your comments.
 Happy Birthday to my son Adam who turned six this week.
 ######  Latest Telecommunications Update
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 Computer Reseller News reported last week that Microsoft would launch
 an online service by the end of the year.  However, a spokesman at
 Microsoft had no knowledge of the "Marvel" service quoted in Computer
 Reseller.  The weekly magazine says Marvel will be part of Chicago, the
 code name for Windows 4.0 scheduled to ship by the end of 1994.
 According to Reseller, Marvel will initially provide access to technical
 information such as technical notes, forums, and third-party vendor
 The Federal Communications Commission has finalized its rules for re-
 regulating cable rates.  Under the rules, local governments must file
 with the commission to regulate basic cable rates, but the FCC itself is
 regulating "expanded basic" rates, those most people pay.  Charges for
 pay- per-view and premium channels like HBO remain unregulated.
 Technically, the action by the commission was a re-consideration of
 actions it took last year.  There are also exceptions for operators who
 now charge abnormally-low prices, and for small systems.  Local
 governments which want to learn more about how to get in step with the
 new regulations should call 202-416-0940.
 America Online has added more features to its already popular service.
 Reuters, Scientific American and the Interactive Services Association,
 and licensed new messaging software.  Reuters will now offer
 continuously updated top news, sports, business and entertainment
 stories on AOL's "Top News" area, and soon add other forms of news as
 well.  Scientific American signed a deal putting editorial content
 online and offering interactive discussions.  The Interactive Services
 Association, which has 200 members, will have its own section on the
 service, with bulletin boards, e-mail, and other services -- AOL itself
 is a member of the group.
 Viacom has won Paramount Communications for roughly $10 billion.  The
 company announced that 75 percent of Paramount's outstanding shares were
 tendered to it, beating a rival bid from QVC Network.  Under the terms
 of the agreement, Viacom will pay about $104 in cash for 50.1 percent of
 Paramount, then pay stock for the rest.  In addition to its movie
 studio, home of "Star Trek" and other films, Paramount also owns the
 Simon & Shuster book publishing company, which in turn owns both
 Prentice-Hall, a leading producer of computer books, and Macmillan,
 acquired in an auction during the takeover battle.  Other holdings 
 include Madison Square Garden and its tenants, the New York Knicks
 basketball club and New York Rangers hockey team. 
 NBC has signed a deal with GEnie to go along with agreements signed
 earlier with Prodigy and America OnLine.
 CompuServe has inaugurated the Republican Forum, which began February
 9.  The new forum is billed as a platform for the Republican National
 Committee and offers the headings of Library, General, GOP news, Rising
 Tide, X-ray, and Monday Morning Briefing.  The new forum will have
 real-time conferences with various Republican leaders and the various
 forum sections will offer current GOP news, history, the latest press
 releases, transcripts of the latest speeches, new political strategies,
 reviews of legislative action, responses to public opinion polls and
 others.  CompuServe also offers a Democratic Forum.
 If you watched CBS late night during the Olympics, you might have had
 the chance to access CBS reporters online.  The networks are now 
 entering the online community and will be using the computer air-waves
 to promote their telecasts.  NBC has already announced deals with both
 Prodigy, America Online and GEnie.  NBC will offer a comprehensive
 service, including announcements, detailed information on hit shows, a
 bulletin board, a contest center, and an "NBC Store."
 Delphi has signed an agreement with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and its
 PostLink service.  This is the first agreement for Delphi which was
 purchased by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp. last year.  Under the agreement,
 Pulitzer's PostLink will gain a direct link with Delphi and its
 connection to the Internet.  The two companies will also work together
 on an upgraded graphical user interface for PostLink.  In addition to
 carrying the full text of the Post-Dispatch, the service also offers
 local resources like calendars and listings for local sports and
 educational TV.  This summer, the service will add an online discussion
 section so editors can communicate directly with readers. 
 Newbridge Microsystems has announced an asynchronous transfer mode (ATM)
 adapter for personal computers.  The NM 121 ATM Adapter is meant for PCs
 running Novell NetWare, NetWare Lite, DOS, and Microsoft Windows.
 According to Newbridge, it is the first ATM network interface card that
 works with NetWare servers and PC clients.  The adapter is also
 compatible with ATM hubs and switches from a variety of vendors,
 including Newbridge, Synoptics, and Fore Systems.  The device supports
 throughput as high as 100 megabits per second (Mbps) over multi-mode
 fiber, as many as 4,000 permanent virtual circuits, comprehensive remote
 management using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and such
 industry standard protocols as Transmission Control Protocol/Internet
 Protocol (TCP/IP) and Novell's Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX).  The
 NM 121 will be available in March.
 Senators John C. Danforth (R-Mo.) and Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hi.)
 introduced the "Telecommunications Infrastructure Act of 1993" (S. 1086)
 last June.  The so-called Danforth-Inouye bill contains many of the same
 provisions as the pair of bills (Brooks-Dingell and Markey-Fields)
 introduced in the House of Representatives during 1993.
 S. 1086 provides for: preemption of local and state laws which block
 cable companies' entry into local telephone service and telephone
 company entry into data communications; promulgation of FCC regulations
 that would enforce universal access to local communications networks;
 universal consumer access to service; local telephone companies to
 provide cable (video and data) services within their own service areas;
 local buy-outs of rural cable operators by telcos, but blocks such buy-
 outs in more populous areas (many rural cable operators provide very,
 very limited service); steps to ensure that rural areas also have access
 to high-quality telecommunications facilities and network connections;
 and guaranteed access for disabled individuals.
 The Brooks-Dingell telecom bill, designated H.R. 3626 and titled
 "Antitrust Reform Act of 1993" and "Communications Reform Act of 1993,"
 establishes conditions under which the regional Bell telephone companies
 can begin competing in the long distance service and equipment
 manufacturing areas.  The second half of the bill sets up regulatory
 guidelines which would prevent unfair competition by the local telephone
 companies in equipment manufacturing and electronic publishing.
 Provisions of H.R. 3626 include: the requirement that the RBOCs
 (Regional Bell Operating Companies) apply for FCC approval and Justice
 Department wavers before entering the long distance or alarm services
 business; setting a timetable for RBOC entry into such services
 including the provision that an RBOC may not even apply to enter the
 alarm services business for more than five years; provision for judicial
 review of FCC and Justice Department rulings by the D.C. Circuit Court;
 and one-year delay before the local telephone companies can enter the
 manufacturing arena. 

 Regulatory requirements imposed by the bill would include a provision
 that RBOCs set up separate divisions for the delivery of information
 over networks.  Electronic publishing services covered by this provision
 include the delivery of news, sports, and columns, but excludes Caller
 ID, video programming, translation services, and electronic delivery of
 white pages-type telephone number listings.  The RBOCs would be
 forbidden to discriminate against other information providers by
 preventing them from gaining access to the telephone company's wiring
 and switching infrastructure.  Manufacturing must be done in the US and
 this also must be done by a separate affiliate.  There would be a
 domestic content provision for all hardware made by the RBOCs.
 Five new hardware and software forums have been added to CompuServe.
 The new Epson America Forum provides support directly from Epson for the
 its full range of computers, scanners, modems, printers and other
 products, GO EPSON to access.  SunSoft, the Sun Microsystems subsidiary
 responsible for Solaris SPARC, Solaris X86 and Interactive Unix, has
 joined the SunSelect Forum, renamed the SunSoft & SunSelect Forum, GO
 SUNSOFT or GO SUNSELECT to access.  The Intuit Forum, which provides
 online support for Quicken, Quick Books, and Intuit's other personal
 finance and small business management software products, GO INTUIT to
 access this area.  The Sybase OpenLine Forum, which offers online
 support for a full range of Sybase products, including the SYBASE SQL
 Server, system administration tools, Sybase education, PC products,
 connectivity products and more, to access the forum, type GO SYBASE.
 The fifth new forum supports products from DiagSoft, maker of the QAPlus
 and other PC quality assurance and diagnostic software products, type GO
 DIAGSOFT to access.  Forums on CompuServe are available for $4.80/hour
 when accessing with a 1200 or 2400 bits per second modem and $9.60/hour
 at 9.6 or 14.4 kilobits per second.  In addition, CompuServe members pay
 $8.95 per month for unlimited connect time access to more than 60 basic
 services.  For CompuServe membership information call 800-848-8199.
 CompuServe announced this week, the availability of special-benefit
 CompuServe VISA Gold and VISA Classic credit cards for members of the
 CompuServe Information Service.  The cards, available to CompuServe
 members in the U.S., are being offered in conjunction with H&R Block,
 and Columbus Bank & Trust of Columbus, Ga.  Benefits include no annual
 fee for either card if used at least six times each year, a 12.9%
 variable APR interest rate for VISA Gold, and a 14.9% variable APR
 interest rate for VISA Classic.  For more information or applications
 for enrollment online (GO CARD), or by calling CompuServe Cardholder
 Services at 1-800-487-5391.

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 Supreme Court justices heard debate last week in a case that may prove
 vital to how future appeals are handled.  Digital Equipment Corp. is
 asking the court to overturn a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
 Appeals in Denver, which said a company could sue Digital, even after a
 pre-trial settlement, when it discovered alleged fraud in the
 settlement.  According to court documents, Desktop Direct Inc. developed
 and marketed software in computer magazines.  Later, Digital allegedly
 developed a new product in 1991 and marketed it under the name of
 "Desktop Direct."  In February, Desktop filed a complaint against
 Digital in federal court in Utah, saying the computer giant was
 infringing its trademark.  Digital told Desktop that the confusion was
 an honest mistake, and settled with the smaller company by paying an
 unknown cash amount in 1992.  However, Desktop later allegedly learned
 through an inside source that Digital had known all along about the
 smaller company's use of the trademark, but had used it anyway against
 the advice of its lawyers.  Desktop went back to federal court and sued.
 Digital lost bids to have the suit dismissed at both the trial and
 appeals court level and asked the Supreme Court to review.  A decision
 by the court is expected before next fall.
 The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), announced today that "SIA
 strongly supports President Clinton's decision to reinstate the 'Super
 301' provisions of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.
 SIA believes that the identification of priority practices and priority
 countries under Super 301 was effective in reducing foreign barriers to
 U.S. exports in 1989 and 1990 and believes that the reinstatement of
 Super 301 is entirely merited given the wide array of restrictions to
 U.S. exports in countries around the globe."  The U.S. semiconductor
 industry long has faced barriers to entry in the $24 billion Japanese
 semiconductor market.  Although the 1986 and 1991 U.S.-Japan
 Semiconductor Agreements have led to some improvement in foreign access
 in Japan, the foreign share of the Japanese semiconductor market dropped
 for three consecutive quarters in 1993 and now is about two percentage
 points lower than the minimum 20 percent level called for in the 1991
 Apple Computer made six announcements this week regarding new products,
 computer connectivity and developer tools.  The announcements include
 the following: The Newton MessagePad 110 which incorporates new
 improvements, features, and design modifications which are based upon
 suggestions from customers and licensees.  The Newton Messagepad 100
 will give customers a choice between the original Newton MessagePad form
 factor and that of the new MessagePad 110.  Also announced was an
 Upgrade Program For Original MessagePad Owners To enable Newton
 customers to benefit from the rapid evolution of Newton technology,
 Apple will offer existing owners of the Newton MessagePad an attractive
 upgrade program.  The upgrade will be available in the United States
 starting April 1994 by calling 800-SOS-APPL, in the United Kingdom in
 April 1994, and in some other international markets later in 1994.
 Newton Connection v 2.0 enables users to exchange and share their
 MessagePad information -- notes, letters, name-cards, to-do lists,
 appointments, and even information created with many third party
 applications -- with common desktop personal information management
 (PIM), word-processing, spreadsheet and database applications, running
 on the Macintosh platform.  A new Version of the Newton Toolkit will
 also be shipping soon.  The Newton Toolkit is a powerful, sophisticated,
 yet easy to learn development environment designed to reduce
 significantly the time taken to develop creative Newton applications.
 Seventeen American and European computer software vendors told business
 leaders of their plans to incorporate STEP, the international Standard
 for the Exchange of Product Model Data, in their products.  Details of
 plans to produce STEP-compliant computer software came at a joint
 meeting of the executive boards of PDES, Inc. and the National
 Initiative for Product Data Exchange.  As a neutral standard to which
 all software can adhere, STEP will enable users to digitally represent
 and exchange product information, via computer, both between corporation
 departments and with manufacturing partners and suppliers.  The removal
 of barriers with STEP- based software is expected to facilitate multi-
 enterprise, multi-vendor, multi-supplier manufacturing efforts.  The
 following companies presented STEP plans:  CADDETC, CIMIO,
 Computervision, Dassault Systemes, Digital Equipment Corporation, EDS
 Unigraphics, Grumman Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intergraph,
 International TechneGroup Incorporated, Mentor Graphics, PDA
 Engineering, ProSTEP, SDRC, Sherpa, and STEP Tools, Inc.
 CONNER announced this week that it plans to raise certain prices by 4-5
 percent effectively immediately for its 170MB and 340MB 3.5-inch hard
 disk drives.
 HEWLETT-PACKARD has introduced the HP Vectra VL2 PC series with entry-
 level pricing starting at under $900.  The five new HP VL2 models
 include accelerated local bus video, power management and plug-and-play
 features unavailable on similarly priced brand-name PC models.
 CEBIT'94 takes place later this month in Hanover Germany.  The show
 begins March 16 and runs through March 23, 1994.
 SOFTWARE PUBLISHING has announced Professional Write 3.0 for DOS, a new
 version of its popular managerial word processor.  Professional Write
 3.0 will be available this month for a suggested retail price of $249,
 and a special upgrade price of $65.
 ######  Press Release
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 Cleveland, OH--February 25, 1994-- In an effort to bring professional
 support to Atari users at absolutely no cost, the Cleveland Free-Net
 Atari SIG has released a new version of its SIG.  The main goal of the
 Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG is to offer the most support possible to
 Atari users.  The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIGOps feel that this new
 version is comparable to that of Atari SIGs on pay systems.
 The additions to the Atari SIG include:
 o Direct access to Atari related International Usenet newsgroups.
 o An enhancement of the already popular "8-Bit Computers Support Area"
   which now includes ALL the issues published of Z*Magazine and a new
   and improved Technical Forum for 8-bit programmers and hardware
   hackers.  While other online systems are decreasing support for the
   8-Bit Atari, the Cleveland Free-Net is increasing its support!
 o A restructured "16/32-Bit Computers Support Area" which now includes
   more information text files than ever before.  The support area
   includes a large list of files that can be received from popular FTP
   sites like atari.archives.umich.edu.  Over 400 online magazines are
   included online with every issue of Z*Net & ST Report from 1989.  All
   issues of Atari Explorer Online are also available.
 o An improved "Lynx Support Area" which includes invaluable information
   text files that are maintained by the readers of Usenet's
   rec.games.video.atari.  These text files include the Lynx FAQ, cheats,
   record high scores, comlynx users list, reviews, and more!  The
   support area also includes a unique game card rating system where Lynx
   players vote their opinion of each game.
 o A new "Jaguar Support Area" which was created to be the best online
   information source available for Jaguar players.  The support area
   includes: news, summaries, reviews, information text files, game
   ratings, press releases and articles, and online publications.  Many
   of the Jaguar information text files are also maintained by readers of
   Usenet's rec.games.video.atari.
 o An "Atari Library" that is truly a library for Atari users.  The Atari
   Library includes: many information text files and documents, a "Time
   Capsule" for old, but important information, online publications,
   Usenet newsgroups, CAIN Newsletters, and Atari SIG logs.  The Atari
   Library also includes the Atari SIG's "Who's Who in the Atari
   Community" e-mail address directory.
 o An area for the construction of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG's
   monthly CAIN Newsletter.  "CAIN Online Newsroom" is where editors,
   staff, and contributors meet to share information that goes into each
   newsletter.  Anyone interested in helping to put together CAIN
   Newsletter should visit CAIN Online Newsroom.
 The Cleveland Free-Net Community Computer System is a multi-user system
 that supports hundreds of users online simultaneously.  Internet users
 may access the Cleveland Free-Net at the following telnet addresses:
 freenet-in-a.cwru.edu,, kanga.ins.cwru.edu
 freenet-in-b.cwru.edu,, kanga.ins.cwru.edu
 freenet-in-c.cwru.edu,, nextsun.ins.cwru.edu

 The Cleveland Free-Net is accessible via modem by the phone number:

 If there is a Free-Net in your city, the Cleveland Free-Net is
 accessible through the "Teleport" option.
 The Cleveland Free-Net is not just a local community computer system.
 Atari users from all over the world access the Atari SIG on the
 Cleveland Free-Net daily to participate in bulletin board conversations
 and to contribute news and information.
 Atari conferences are usually held once a month on the IRC (go irc).  If
 interested in participating in these conferences, check the Cleveland
 Free-Net Atari SIG's General Bulletin Board for time and date
 If you would like to be a guest speaker at one of these conferences or
 have any questions or comments about the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG,
 please write: xx004@cleveland.freenet.edu.
 Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG
 est: 1986

 ######  Randy Constan, Elfin Magic Co.
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 If you have an ATARI SM124 Mono monitor that has recently gone belly up,
 read on.  In particular, this pertains to those of you who have tweaked
 the coils and trim pots in your monitor to get a full raster display,
 although it's quite possible that unmodified monitors have been affected
 as well.  Also, if do have a modified monitor that's behaving fine, you
 still may want to consider the suggestions described in this article, as
 it could save you a surprise monitor failure that (you _KNOW_ ) will
 definitely happen at the worst possible time.
 Finally, this text describes a problem particular to the monitor
 manufactured by "Gold Star Co", which has the Brightness, Contrast, and
 Off/On Volume controls recessed on the right side-panel.  There may have
 been other manufacturers of SM-124's with completely different
 electronics, so if ANY of the physical component layout descriptions
 written here do not seem to jive, then all bets are off and the
 information given here may or may not have any practical value.  In
 addition, the monitor 'fix' I'm going to describe should only be done by
 a trained electronic technician, or at the very least a knowledgable
 electronics hacker with good soldering AND de-soldering skills!
 Disclaimer: You can easily get knocked squarely on your butt by the
 voltages present in your monitor.  Weather or not it kills you probably
 depends on just what you fall on, your present health, and where the
 resulting flying monitor lands.
 In any case, your decision to implement the changes described herein is
 completely your own.  I disclaim all responsibility for your health,
 safety, or any damage to equipment or property caused by fires,
 implosions or explosions, earthquakes, global flooding, or galactic
 imbalance resulting from your use of any information in this writing.  I
 think that about covers it ;)
 So... once upon a time, we all got our nifty HI-RES mono monitors,
 powered them up, and the very first thing we all said was, "Ah..
 MAN!!... This monitor is screwed up".  Perhaps stronger language was
 used, but the fact was that we all thought something had to be wrong.
 Alas though, the tiny picture on that screen was exactly what the ATARI
 mystics had intended!  Of course, it wasn't long before many daring
 hackers boldly removed the monitor's covers, cast their warrantees
 aside, and discovered a way to expand the tiny picture to full size.
 The information spread quickly through the worldwide internets, spider-
 nets, and fish nets, and soon all mere mortals had full screen displays
 and could actually read that 6 X 6 font!  And so, the all lived happily
 ever after.  But then one day years later, a curse fell upon the land,
 and darkness fell upon the faces of many of these monitors.
 Ok, enough with the story narrative.  By now, you're beginning to get
 the picture (no pun intended).  The modification to fill the screen does
 indeed place an additional stress on a portion of the monitors
 circuitry, which coupled with a design error quite common to many types
 of computer monitors, ultimately caused the failure.  The good news is
 that I've now seen quite a few monitors with this identical failure
 which is 100% repairable, and should leave you with 'good as new'
 results.  The bad news is that you do need some technical skills, but
 even if you don't, finding a techie friend to help will be abundantly
 easier having a possible procedure for repair.
 Brief technical summary.  Right near the coil you adjusted to spread the
 horizontal width of your display, there's a 2.2 uF capacitor.  More
 specifically, it is a non-polarized electrolytic capacitor, which is
 actually 2 polarized capacitors wired 'back to back' in a single
 enclosure.  As the screen is widened, the peak voltage level across this
 part increases, thereby causing more internal stress.  This situation is
 further aggravated by the type of part as well.  All capacitor types
 have certain advantages and disadvantages and when it comes to
 electrolytic types, the advantage is smaller size.  It's disadvantage
 however is that at higher frequencies, it has high 'leakage' current and
 acts more like a resistor.  The Horizontal frequency passing through
 this capacitor is in fact quite high, and the resistive qualities at
 these frequencies cause the capacitors to generate significant heat.
 Over time, that heat will cause the part to fail even in un-modified
 monitors, but the modification certainly speeds up the process.
 If your monitor has fallen victim to this failure, in a way your lucky.
 There's a fair chance that the problem (as said earlier) would happen
 one way or another anyway, and at least now you have a possible fix.
 First, you need to disconnect the monitor and open it up.  If you have
 the chassis I'm describing there will be two screws on the upper sides,
 visable from the back; two more screws on the bottom; and a single screw
 on the back above the power plug, which is a removable 'spade' type AC
 connector.  After removing the screws, you can remove the back cover,
 but be sure to be careful of the speaker connections.  The speaker is
 mounted to the inside of the cover, and connects to the monitor's main
 PC board via a small removable plug.  It's a bit tough to get to, but
 trust me, it IS removable.
 Once the cover is free, there are 2 fuses to check first.  From now on,
 all references to right and left will assume you are behind the monitor,
 with the screen pointing away from you.  There is a small PC board
 mounted vertically on the right side of the chassis which contains a
 0.75 amp fuse.  There's also a 2 amp fuse immediately to the right of
 the speaker plug you removed on the main board.  Check both fuses with a
 DVM or other suitable instrument.  Most likely, you'll find that it's
 the 2 amp on that is gone, but either one blown is possible.  You can
 buy these tiny fuses at Radio Shack, and while your there, you can pick
 up a much more modern replacement for the capacitor we mentioned
 earlier.  There's also a resistor that often cooks when this failure
 occurs, so you might as well get all this stuff at once.  If the problem
 turns out to be something else, at least you'll be prepared for the
 eventuality.  In any case, read on to do a 'walk through' before buying,
 to make absolutely sure your chassis physically matches the one we're
 At your local Radio Shack, pick up the following items:
          fuse      (pkg of 4)     3/4 amp             270-1048
          fuse      (pkg of 4)     2.0 amp             270-1052
          fuse      (pkg of 4)     5.0 amp*            270-1056
          capacitor  buy 2!        1 uF, 200v metal    272-1055
          resistor  (pkg of 2)     680 ohm, 1/2 watt   271-021

                    * optional purchase, see text.
 Since we have plenty of extra fuses now, start by just changing them,
 and setting up the monitor (still uncovered) with your ST.  If the
 display comes up normally, leave everything powered up and wait a few
 hours.  If all goes well, you can either make the fix were going to
 describe anyway to save future grief, or put the other parts away, along
 with this text, in case the problem returns.
 Assuming the problem did not go away (no display and/or fuse blown
 again), there are two paths you can take from here.  You _can_ just go
 ahead and change the suspected components without really knowing if they
 are at fault, since they'll probably need replacement eventually anyhow.
 The other possibility is that you don't want to to this until you're a
 bit more sure it's necessary.  If that's the case, read the next few
 paragraphs.  Otherwise, just skip over to "Making the Repair".
 If you do want to do some checking, here is a possible (but not
 foolproof) procedure to see if the suspected capacitor is indeed the
 culprit.  If the 0.75 amp fuse on the vertical board was blown,
 temporarily replace it with a 2 amp.  If the 2 amp fuse on the main
 board has blown, temporarily replace it with one of the 5 amp fuses.
 Set up the monitor, still open, near your ATARI, and connect the monitor
 cable to your machine.  Boot the ATARI with the monitor still off.  We
 want to keep our 'powered up' time with the larger (wrong) fuses to a
 minimum.  Now, hook up the power cord and turn on the monitor, being
 ready to instantly kill power at the first sign of any unsafe condition
 such as smoke or electrical arcing.
 With the higher current fuses installed, the display will probably still
 be out, but the green pilot light on the front panel _should_ light.  If
 it doesn't, then either the new fuses have blown, or a problem exists
 somewhere else in the circuit.  Of course, the pilot light could just be
 shot, but if the higher current fuses do actually blow, then forget
 about the remainder of this discussion and just try implementing the
 suggested repair.  Also, if the screen display _does_ appear with the
 larger fuses, don't be to happy yet!  Twice now I've seen the 'crippled'
 capacitor seem to work fine for awhile before the final breakdown.  So
 weather the screen display comes up or not, proceed to the next step as
 long as the fuses are not blowing.
 Locate Capacitor C714.  It will be the round cylinder on the left side
 of the main board (from the back), in-between the coil you adjusted when
 you increased the width and the flyback transformer.  The coil is the
 only adjustable coil on the board, so you can't miss it, and hopefully
 you know that the flyback transformer is the thing-y with the wire that
 goes into the top of the picture tube!  Locate the capacitor... but
 don't touch it yet!  The flyback puts out thousands of volts, and if
 there is a flaw in it's insulation, it could arc right into you hand.
 Just leave the unit powered up for a few minutes, and then turn it off.
 Now, with your finger, move close to, and finally touch the capacitor
 from the top.  What you're looking for is a _HOT_ part, so be careful!
 If in fact the part is really hot, it probably has shorted and needs to
 be replaced. 
 Also, immediately to the right of the coil, also on the main board is a
 diode (D-709) and a resistor (R-221).  Take a good look at the resistor
 to see if it looks stressed or burnt.  If you want, you can do an in-
 circuit check with a DVM to see if it has opened.  You can make this
 measurement from the bottom of the board if you want since it's pretty
 cramped on top.  Even if it has not died, you should consider
 replacement if it appears stressed, or the underside of the board
 appears burned and discolored at the location of the resistor.
 Making the Repair
 Making the repair is simply a matter of changing the parts, BUT...
 there's some special considerations here.  You may or may not be aware
 that radio shack does have 2.2uF, 50 volt non-polarized electrolytic
 capacitor in stock!  But using that part would be dumb since the
 conditions that caused it to die in the first place have not changed
 AND, the part was a poor design choice to begin with!  We're going to
 use the two 1.0 uF metalized film capacitors which are NOT electrolytic,
 AND have a working voltage 4 times that of the original part!  We will
 have to parallel both capacitors to get 2.0uF, which is reasonably close
 to 2.2 and in fact works just fine.  First though, you'll have to de-
 solder the existing C-714, which will probably be a bit of a chore.  Do
 that, and also get rid of the existing R-221 if it shows the signs of
 heat stress (or is open) as we discussed earlier.  You can just cut it
 out if you want, since we'll be soldering the new parts to the underside
 of the board.
 Now, take the two 1.0uF capacitors, and solder them together in a neat
 parallel arrangement, that has a pair of leads bent to accommodate the
 spacing of the leads on the original capacitor.  Look at the underside
 of the board and observe the original C-714 solder pads, as well as the
 clearance to the bottom when the cover is replaced.  Give it a little
 thought and come up with a mechanically sound and visually sensible
 combination.  The capacitors again, are not polarized so direction does
 not matter.  And remember... parallel, NOT series!!!  Solder the
 parallel combination to the C-714 pads under the board.  Try to push the
 leads right into the holes left by the removal of the old capacitor.
 R-221 should also be replaced from the bottom side of the board unless
 you're really patient, and have some small tools.  It's much easier to
 just trim the leads and tack solder it in place under the board.  If the
 board looks a bit burned in this area, you may want to clean it up a bit
 prior to installing the new resistor.
 Finally, don't forget to put the proper fuse values back into BOTH
 locations.  The original fuse values are important protection and do not
 normally blow unless there is a real problem.  I definitely do not
 recommend leaving the larger fuses values in place.  Do a bench check on
 the ST again, still with the cover off.  You may need to re-adjust the
 horizontal width, or the position tabs on the neck of the picture tube
 to center and set up the display.  Once this is done, you can put the
 cover back on, and you're back in business.  If the fix does NOT help,
 just double check your soldering and connections to make sure you didn't
 wire something wrong.
 Hope this fix was helpful.  If so, I'd like you to drop me an EMAIL,
 since I'm curious as to just how many fried monitors out there had this
 problem.  Also, if you're not able to make the repairs yourself and live
 anywhere in Islip, Long Island, NY area, send me E.Mail and maybe I can
 help you out.  My GE mail address is R.CONSTAN, or Internet:

 ######  Volume 3, Number 1, January, 1994
 ######  Copyright (C) 1993/1994 Ron Albright
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 If you have an IBM or compatible computer be sure to obtain the
 electronic edition of this newsletter.  Look for DPA-22.EXE and
 On to a NEW YEAR!.......
 Now that the Quill Awards are behind us, it is time to start thinking
 about the new year and what our activities should be for the coming
 twelve months.  We would like to be the first to formally declare 1994
 as "The Year of the Electronic Publisher."  It should be an exciting 12
 months as we all concentrate on bringing the wonderful world of
 electronic publishing to not just the computer world, but the reading
 world at large.  Certainly, enough has been done to set the stage for
 the "big push" and now is the time.  We ask each and every member of the
 DPA to give a great deal of thought to what they can do, individually,
 and the DPA can do as whole to make this public education blitz a
 successful one.
 We are asking for feedback from everyone.  Members and non-members,
 alike, all interested in the electronic publishing industry.  It is time
 we took the next step in putting our industry in front of the public.
 We need your help.  It cannot be done in a vacuum.  What do we do next?
 How best do we proceed?  Where should we concentrate our efforts?  The
 public libraries?  The universities?  The bookstores?  The computer
 users?  Book buyers?  We really need your input.
 It is also time to hold our annual meeting.  How best to do this is also
 open to suggestions.  We hope we can do it electronically, either on
 GEnie and/or the DPA BBS (205-854-1660).  Over the next few weeks we are
 hoping for some input from you as to (a) how best to pull it off and (b)
 what the agenda should include.  Clearly, it is time to elect new
 officers.  If you haven't gotten the point as yet, let usclarify: We
 NEED YOUR HELP! Write us, call us, send us electronic mail.  Anything.
 Just let us know where we go from here and what we should do to make the
 next year a pivotal one for the DPA and the digital publishing industry
 as a whole.  We await your input.  We know you will come through.
 CD-ROM "How To" from John Galuszka....
 John Galuszka (Serendipity Systems, P.O. Box 140, San Simeon, CA 93452;
 publisher of numerous on-disk books and the popular "Electronic
 Publishing Forum" newsletter) has taken the time to put together a
 superb resource guide on how to self-publish on CD-ROM ("compact disk -
 read-only memory").  It is included in a special supplement at the end
 of this newsletter issue and can also be found on the DPA BBS and
 GEnie's "Digital Publishing" RoundTable.  John, a "founding member" of
 the DPA and long-time digital publishing advocate and practitioner, has
 gone to great length and effort to produce the definitive short guide to
 producing your own CD-ROM publication.  If you have any interest in
 expanding your computer-readable publishing efforts to CD-ROM, this is
 must reading.  We thank John for taking the time to research and write
 this wonderful resource guide.  Included in the guide is a proposal for
 several digital publishers to cooperatively produce a CD-ROM disk.  We
 suggest all read this and see if your publishing efforts would fit into
 a cooperative publishing effort as John proposes.
 The Annenberg Grant . . . A boon for Digital Publishers?
 On December 17, billionaire publisher Walter Annenberg announced a $500
 million donation to foster school reform and inspire action and
 philanthropy in public education.  Annenberg's was the largest single
 gift ever made to public education.  The $500 million donation will be
 awarded over five years, and Annenberg said he hoped it would inspire
 others to take action and support public education.
 Educators on the federal and state levels and at private educational
 institutions plan to use the money to take advantage of the achievements
 in model schools and spread those successes to districts around the
 country.  They also hope to use some of the money for retraining
 Annenberg, the only son of a Jewish immigrant, made his fortune selling
 horse racing results to bookies and mobsters and went to prison in
 disgrace.  He accumulated most of his fortune from TV Guide as well as
 other magazines and newspapers.
 The most exciting thing about the Annenberg grant is his vision of
 establishing a network of computer capabilities for all schools - rural,
 inner-city, poor, etc.  - to somehow be linked together by computer so
 that all schools have equal access to literature and books.  It seems to
 imply, at least to us, that electronic publishing will play a major role
 in getting education materials of all types into computer-readable
 We should all give some thought to what Annenberg's money should mean to
 us, as digital publishers, and how we can best present our cause to
 those in charge of establishing the access to publications for the
 schools involved.  Digital publishing is the key to getting school
 systems, regardless of budget, on equal footing when it comes to access
 to books and literature.  Somehow, We firmly believe we can play a part
 in Annenberg's vision of cheap, easy access to books for all schools.
 Think long and hard, dear reader, and let us know where you think we
 might fit in.
 The Health Act on CD-ROM
 According to Jacqueline Emigh writing for "Newsbytes," the widely-read
 daily computer industry electronic newsletter, Allegro New Media has
 published Bill Clinton's "Health Security Act" on a fully searchable
 multimedia CD-ROM title for Windows priced at $14.95.
 According to Emigh, the CD-ROM presents a multi-faceted view of the
 issues involved, including White House commentary, along with
 interpretations of the act by a variety of outside organizations, in
 text and in over two hours of video.  Also incorporated are dozens of
 pictures, tables and charts, aimed at illustrating the Health Security
 Act and its implications to consumers and businesses.
 The textual materials include all 1342 pages of the Health Security Act,
 plus the President's Report to the American People, the President's
 Transmittal Letter to Congress, and analysis of the proposed legislation
 by the American Bar Association, the US Chamber of Congress, the US
 House of Representatives Republican Conference, Benefit Solutions, the
 Health Insurance Association of America, and more.
 The 60 interactive video clips range from President Clinton's Address to
 Congress and Hilary Clinton's Address on Health Care to interviews with
 external industry experts.
 Officials noted that the White House was quite cooperative with the
 CD-ROM project, providing extensive materials.
 For more information, you can contact Barry Cinnamon, Allegro New
 Media, at 800-424-1992.
 Winding Down ...
 That's it for this month.  Now that the holidays are over, it's time to
 get back to business of making digital publishing a household word.
 Just as we are ready to proclaim 1994 "The Year of the Digital
 Publication,"  We also ask for your help in guiding the DPA during this
 coming year.  We will go nowhere without your input, ideas, and support.
 We really need your help now, friends.  Let's make it happen.  It's up
 to you.
 Use either of the following three electronic addresses to correspond
 with us at the Digital Publishing Association.  You may contact us with
 questions, suggestions, or to obtain information on becoming a member.
 CompuServe: 75166,2473
 GEnie: RALBRIGHT              
 MCI Mail: 370-7474 (RALBRIGHT)
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 Digital Publishing Association 
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 Birmingham, AL 35215
 DPA News is sponsored by the Digital Publishing Association.  It
 features news, product developments, and information of interest to
 authors, distributors, and readers of electronic publications.  Items
 presented here serve to inform the public of the electronic publishing
 industry which covers authorship and publication of reading materials in
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 ######  By Jeff White
 ######  Reprint by Permission
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 The Following Article is Reprinted by Permission of ATARIUSER MAGAZINE.
 It is an original article first printed in the October 1993 issue,
 Copyright Jeff White and AtariUser.  Further reprinting is PROHIBITED
 except by specific permission of AtariUser, 249 North Brand Boulevard,
 Glendale CA 91203, phone 818-249-6277.  A Special Mini-Subscription to
 AtariUser is available for a limited time for just $5 for 3 issues.
 Contact AtariUser for Details.
 Atari has long touted the multimedia potential of their newest computer
 - the Falcon030.  Now that it's here, just how well does it live up to
 the expectations created by many months of marketing hype?  Let's
 explore the AUDIO promise and yield of...
 The Music of the Bytes
 The Atari Falcon030 and the future of Audio
 by Jeff White
 Given that computers have been beeping and blurping in one form or
 another for about as long as they have been around, one wouldn't think
 that producing sound from within the computer should be that big a deal.
 Indeed, in the last several years it has become chic to do quite
 exceptional audio manipulation with a variety of add-on products that
 fit into other popular platforms, of course at some additional expense.
 However, the Atari Falcon030 is the first computer on the market to not
 only incorporate all the standard "extras" we have come to expect on
 Atari computers, but to also include 16-bit digital audio input and
 output capability as well.  But wait, that's not all.  Not content with
 just offering stereo input and out- put of digital audio, Atari elected
 to be generous in their development process and make provision for
 handling up to eight digital audio channels, (yes, all stereo at 16-bit
 CD-quality resolution).  Now how much would you pay?  Well, don't answer
 yet....  They even include a special signal processor that's dedicated
 to doing, well, nothing at all!  Enough dramatics - let's get on with
 Enter the Falcon
 Atari thought it would be nice if, besides handling up to eight channels
 of audio, we were able to treat that audio with some additional
 processing, courtesy of that undedicated processor - the Motorola DSP
 56001.  A common myth that has been circulating about this system is
 that this processor is the main engine behind doing digital audio on the
 Falcon.  This is understandable, since the majority of add-on boards on
 other machines do it that way.
 One factor in propagating this misunderstanding is the fact that other
 platforms, by and large, employ a SCSI controller that impedes the flow
 of data.  That, in turn, requires the use of faster peripherals to
 compensate.  In other words, you pay for faster peripherals to run on a
 slower computer.
 Such is not the case with the Falcon030.  Audio data is handled on the
 SCSI/DMA bus.  It's permitted to enter and leave the system in analog
 form via the stereo mini-jacks conveniently located between the SCSI
 port and, interestingly enough, the DSP port.  Think about it; the hard
 drive is where digital audio information is stored to and retrieved
 from, and the DSP port does not have to be connected in any way to this
 data path.  This frees up many speed issues that cramp other computers.
 The Falcon's internal hard drive is quite slow by most standards,
 benchmarking in at 63 milliseconds access time.  A removable 44 meg hard
 drive tests out at around 57 milliseconds.  That's way too slow for most
 systems on the market, with a typical recommendation lying somewhere
 under 28 milliseconds access time.  But on the Falcon, it's plenty fast.
 And we still haven't used the DSP...
 Now if some clever developers choose to avail themselves of the DSP's
 existence, they can allow us to enhance the audio signal already passing
 through those mini-jacks with, what else, a digital signal.  This can
 take the form of an effect such as delay, chorus, flange, reverb,
 harmonization, even MIXING!
 Software Meets Hardware
 The most practical way to discuss the characteristics and possibilities
 of audio work on the Falcon is to examine one of the first serious
 multitrack applications to reach the market - D2D Systems 4T/FX.  While
 this may read like a review for D2D (and that's OK!), consider it to
 also be a primer of what one developer has done in software using just
 what comes in every stock Falcon030.
 As the name (cryptically) implies, D2D 4T/FX it is a four track system
 with effects.  You can use it to record audio into the Falcon one or two
 tracks, (channels) at a time and playback up to four at one time -
 without any additional hardware!  And just like some of its mechanical
 analog counterparts (tape decks and mix consoles), it includes a
 utilitarian mixer as its main control device.
 Each of the four channels is supported with:
  *  Stereo "effects send";
  *  Master output level controls;
  *  Channel mute and solo buttons;
  *  Record "arm" and playback select buttons.
  *  Stereo effects return, with level controls.
 Use It!
 So where do you send those signals to and return them from - your
 (stock) Falcon hardware has only got two discreet channels in and out!
 Use the built in effects processor, of course, that's why they call it
 "/FX."  Included are an array of useful effects like the aforementioned
 delay, flange, chorus, and a bunch of reverbs.  Except for the reverbs,
 all of the effects have adjustable parameters to allow you to tailor the
 sound to your personal taste.  In the case of the reverbs, D2D gives you
 a variety of preset room sizes with a variable gain control to allow you
 to determine how "wet" or processed the signal(s) will be.
 Where this really starts getting interesting is when you realize that
 the effects are all "real-time."  It's possible to record a track with
 the effects processor engaged (for your monitoring pleasure or preview)
 and not alter the recording audio with that effect.  That's very useful
 if the "take" was right, but the effect needs adjustment - just do it
 afterward.  Any of the parameters can be changed, and you can even
 change a delay into a reverb or a flange, or back again.  Using multiple
 effects simultaneously is simply a matter of "bouncing" a track with the
 effect set the way you like, then changing the effect on playback.  This
 way, you can have a chorused vocal take, a flanged acoustic guitar, a
 delayed flute, and a ring-modulated saxophone all playing back through a
 large room size reverb.  Since the bouncing is taking place in the
 digital domain, there is no signal degradation due to tape generation
 loss.  Like most digital audio recorder systems coming to market today,
 there's a striking resemblance of the D2D 4T/FX screen to an analog
 four-track tape deck for an easy learning curve.
 The latest release of D2D (1.9) includes individual time code displays
 for each track as well as the main display to allow for independent
 track offset or delays.  But wait, there's STILL more!  Synchronization
 to external sources can be performed several ways, making this package
 extremely flexible.
 Make Mine MIDI
 Incoming MIDI Time Code (MTC) from an external source can be connected
 to the Falcon's MIDI in port.  MTC can also be recognized from a
 sequencer program, running on the Falcon AT THE SAME TIME!  In this
 situation, one merely loads 4T/FX as a desk accessory rather than a
 program, and enables MTC output from the sequencer.  While this method
 works very well, the best way to have the audio record and playback in
 time with your MIDI music is to use a note-on event as a trigger.
 Simply by placing a note-on on an unused track and MIDI channel, it's
 possible to automatically punch in and out for record.  Then when you
 play back your sequence, the exact same note-on in the exact same place
 plays back your digitally recorded audio.  Need to nudge that audio
 forward or back - just ed- it/move that trigger note one way or another.
 Given that time code offers a maximum of 30 frames per second
 resolution, it's clear that a sequencer's ability to sub-divide time
 events far more precisely would make it a better choice for placing
 events accurately.
 Deepest Cuts
 Recording, playing, mixing, effecting, bouncing, slipping, synching -
 not much else left, other than...editing.  This is the part that all the
 audio production fanatics with razor blades and golden ears have been
 waiting for.  Digital editing is cleaner, clearer, quieter, stronger,
 and best of all, doesn't alter the original recording at all.
 The main premise to remember in digital audio is that the vast majority
 of the functions are non-destructive.  Your edits are recorded as tasks
 to be done in real-time to the untouched source audio when you want your
 composition played back.  They don't consume unnecessary hard disk
 space in the process.
 While our example program, 4T/FX, provides absolutely no way to edit the
 recordings that you have created with it, you can perform some rather
 extensive editing in another D2D Systems creation called D2D Edit.  It's
 a complete stereo record/playback/edit environment that provides
 waveform display editing and cue sheet playback.
 Files can either be recorded directly into D2D Edit via the analog
 inputs on the Falcon030, or transferred from already recorded takes in
 4T/FX.  Once a file is loaded into D2D Edit, it's displayed in a window
 as the complete waveform associated with that file.  The GEM window can
 be resized and you can open several files at once.
 4T/FX and D2D Edit are some of the first programs to take advantage of
 the Atari Falcon030's DSP audio capabilities.  As such, they represent
 a significant advance to the home project studio process by making
 functions that were previously the domain only of high-end studios
 available on an affordable platform.
 D2D Edit is available for $299.00 and 4T/FX for $599.00.  For a limited
 time, D2D Systems are bundling D2D Edit with 4T/FX at no additional
 charge as an introductory incentive.  The potential here is staggering -
 a complete audio studio system with the Falcon computer, software, and
 peripherals costs less than either the "other" computer itself or the
 soft/hardware add-ons required for that other platform.

 Again, while we've concentrated here on D2D products, they're just part
 of the vanguard of audio software and hardware that make the most of the
 remarkable Falcon030.  And audio is just one part of the multimedia
 potential of the new Atari.
 It's going to get REAL INTERESTING around here.

 -Jeff White
 Jeff White is a manufacturer's representative of professional audio
 equipment in the Southern California area.  He currently consults
 privately on MIDI and digital audio systems.  His credentials include
 store management as well as a degree in quality assurance.


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 * PHOENIX U.S.A. - XENOMORPH Update (Version 2.0) *
 LEXICOR SOFTWARE is proud to announce the release of PHOENIX 2.0 in the
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 and Distribution at your closest Lexicor Dealer.
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 Pricing Structure is as follows (these Prices are valid for North
 America, European prices vary from Country to Country!)
 PHOENIX 1.0 Upgrade Policy, return the original disk and payment of
 49.95 U$D and you will receive your PHOENIX 2.0, PHOENIX 1.0 will be
 known as entry level PHOENIX and be still available for 69.95.
 PHOENIX 2.0 Standard Price will be only 89.95!  All Prices do not
 include, tax, shipping and handling costs.
 = Now to some inside information on Phoenix 2.0 =

 Runs Completely under MultiTOS (tm) and supports it completely i.e. you
 can Render your images in the background! so now rendering your images
 will not tie up your computer completely.
 Options to render in
 You can now also preview in the resolution of your choice, when
 Rendering Phoenix will open up a window of the rendered image and a
 status bar.
 New Palette options, next to best and fixed, you can now render with the
 Palette of your choice in the option custom designed palette!  This is a
 very important new feature that is extremely useful for 8bit animations
 and fast playback!
 Shadows, No Shadows, Caustic Shadows
 This New set of features will allow you to turn off the Shadows for
 individual objects, this would decrease rendering times for objects that
 may never need to cast shadows.  Caustic Shadows will simulate the
 caustic focusing of lights due to refraction, works best with partially
 transparent objects.
 As well as.....
 the usual powerful functions such as specular refraction, break points,
 individual glow factors for objects and object transparency and a new
 Surface Texture and enhanced Color Texture Menu!
 New improved Textures
 Alongside the old wood grain, marble and image mapping many new texture
 as well as bump mappings have been now included!
 Surface Textures
 - Ripples creates a rippled water appearance with small somewhat random
 - Waves creates ocean type waves
 - Bump Mapping produces a bumpy surface
 - Eroded very similar to bumps, a small variation of it
 - Image Mapping will allow you to use an image (SPC, GIF, TGA) to
   pertubate the surface.
 Additionally you can control the animation factor to every respective
 Surface Texture for example in Waves or Ripple produce an animation
 cycle of any frames per cycle of your choice!  Create realistic moving
 waves and ripples!
 Color Spline Textures
 This is the new texture mapping in Xenomorph that allows you to have a
 lot more control over the individual texture rather than the old
 textures.  You can specify the texturing method, describe the color
 spline, sequence of colors thus adding various texture layers over each
 other.  It is nearly like a user defined texture mapper with Bozo,
 Gradient, Agate, Granite, Marble, Wood type layers per texture layer.
 Color Spline has to many features to go in detail about them, check out
 our 24bit Color Texture Images (TEXTURES.TGA) to see just some of the
 power of this new option.  On the disk there are over 100 new textures
 and texture layers available to the user.  A Texture list at the end of
 this message.
 - Fog Create your own fog effects of your rendered images.
 - Background Color, select the color to render in the background of your
 - Background Image, select the image of your choice to render in the
 Now Xenomorph can light an image with a user-specific light so you can
 produce a red-light spotlight, mix it with other lights of different
 colors to produce some amazing and interesting effects.
 Control your textures in animation so your texture will flow with your
 animation as if it is a real part to a moving object! With the new
 morphin lock function this can be now be done with morphing animations
 done with Chronos and combined with ANM-Link the missing link to render
 CHRONOS animations with the power of the Phoenix Rendering Engine!
 Standard Features of Phoenix
 o Render Objects with smooth shading, no more polygon edges!
 o Objects will render with highlights
 o Objects may be textured with wood grain, marble, or wrap and image
   around the object
 o Each Object may have it's own color palette
 o Number of Objects is limited only by memory
 o 4 different light source type, up to 21 lights in a scene.
 o 3 different camera types. Maneuver the camera anywhere in a scene.
 o Graphical object, light and camera positioning editor.
 o View and save rendered images as 512 color Spectrum SPC files, 2 to
   256 color GIF files, or true color (24bit) Targa files at any
 o Simple animation capabilities, or render CTL script animations (Cyber
   Control v.1.1 required for CTL animations) or use the new ANM-LINK
   (relativity) to render Chronos Key-frame animations with morphs and
 o Several tutorial and sample objects included
 o Runs in any 80 column color or monochrome resolution
 o Full math co-processor support
 o Plus much much more!
 There is a lot more to the new Phoenix, especially the new powerful
 Color Spline to give you close to absolute texture control.  Lexicor
 Software will soon come with a special disk of over hundreds of new
 textures for use in Phoenix, but here a small list of the Textures
 available straight away in the Phoenix 2.0 disk.
 - Wood 
 User definable with grain color and width, Object Texture Ratio, view
 - Marble
 User definable with color bands, turbulence, base color, grain, view,
 Object Texture Ratio and more
 - Image Mapping
 Load SPC, TGA or GIF to map in S map (Plane, Cube, Cylinder or Sphere),
 O Map (Reflection, Obj Normal, Obj Center, S Map Norm), Tiling (single
 or tiled, morph lock, view control, turbulence and Mask (no mask,
 foreground or opaque mask) on the object of your choice with your own
 created image.
 Brand new Textures that come with Phoenix 2.0 (and only useable in
 Phoenix 2.0) can be altered in the Color Spline Texture Control, also
 only individual layers of that Texture can be saved, loaded and/or
 WOOD Types:     STONE Types:    SKY Types:      MISC Types:
 ===========     ============    ==========      ===========
 Cherry Wood     Agate Blue      Apocalypse      Brass
 Dark Wood       Agate Brown     Clouds          Candy
 Pine Wood       Agate Sapphire  Sky Blue1       Cork
 Rose Wood       Gradient Pink   Sky Blue2       Fire/Flame
 Sandy Wood      Jade            Sky Blue3       Peel
 Tanned Wood     Marble Blood    Sky Bright      Rust
 Toned Wood      Marble Red      Sky Blood       Iron Rust
 White Wood      Marble White 
 Yellow Wood     Pink Lab
 and 7 more      and 24 more Stone
 Wood types      types! that have each their own indiv. characteristic!
 * Texture Layers not included on the list, only complete named Textures
 * All in all 125 Textures are included on the Phoenix 2.0 disk for the
 And LEXICOR will be releasing texture disks loaded only with brand new
 textures such as Popcorn that will look like real popcorn when rendered!
 Absolutely amazing! 
 The true strength of Phoenix lies in its ease of use, and this ease of
 use has been thankfully preserved in Phoenix 2.0, don't be baffled by
 the wealth of new Textures and the incredible new functions, it will
 only take a very short while to master it.
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 This post sounded interesting so I brought it here.  What I like about
 this list is the fact that it puts the games in monthly slots.  *EVEN*
 though it lists AvP for February, which has been reported here to be in
 April.  (lots of circumstances could've attributed to this)  At least I
 can get excited again, and anticipate the forthcoming games.
 Now, don't everybody jump up and down at Atari when end of Feb comes
 along and the listed games are not available... There is only 24 hours
 a day still <g>.  Can you imagine if Atari announced the Jaguar in
 Christmas '92?  Everyone would then be beating down Atari's door and
 critcize Atari if the deadlines are not met.  What I'm trying to say is,
 all these dates are *BONUS*s.  Lets get excited when they are sitting
 comfortably in our Jags!!!

 From: nj1@ukc.ac.uk (N.Jones-Rodway)
 Newsgroups: rec.games.video.atari
 Subject: Jaguar Games List.......
 Date: Thu, 03 Feb 94 19:17:15 GMT
 Organization: University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.
 I got a copy of ST Format through the door this morning (UK Mag) and it
 has a list of Jaguar games in the works.....
 Quite a lot of 'em.......

 Thought you all may be interested.  The list is as follows:

 Available Now
 Cybermorph                     ATD
 Crescent Galaxy                Atari
 Evolution Dino Dudes           Imagitec (Atari)
 Raiden                         Imagitec (Atari)

 February '94
 Alien vs Predator              Rebellion (Atari)
 Chequered Flag 2               Rebellion (Atari)
 Club Drive                     Atari
 Tempest 2000                   Jeff Minter (Atari)
 Tiny Toon Adventures           Atari
 March '94
 Kasumi Ninja                   Handmade Software
 April '94
 Battle Wheels                  Beyond Games
 Casino Royale                  Telegames
 Jukebox                        All Systems Go
 Kick Off 2/World Cup           Anco
 Zozziorx                       Retour 2048
 May '94
 Double Dragon                  Tradewest
 Mechtiles                      Beyond Games
 June '94
 Battle Chess                   Interplay
 Brutal Football                Millenium/Telegames
 Indiana Jags                   Retour 2048
 Mortal Kombat                  Iguana
 July '94
 Doom                           ID Software
 Flashback                      US Gold
 August '94
 Another World                  Interplay
 Soccer Kid                     Krisalis
 September '94
 Arena Football                 V-Real
 Navy Commando                  Microids
 Pinball Fantasies              21st Century
 October '94
 Horrorscope                    V-Real
 Jimmy Connors' Pro Tennis      UBI Soft
 Power Slide                    Elite
 Zool 2                         Gremlin Graphics
 December '94
 Gunship 2000                   Microprose
 Sometime.... (No Release Dates For These Title)
 Aero The Acrobat               Sunsoft
 Al Michaels' Hard Ball         Accolade
 Alone In The Dark (CD)         Infogrames
 Batman (The Comic)             Atari
 Battlemorph (Cybermorph 2)     ATD
 Battlezone 2000                Atari
 Blue Lightning                 ATD
 Brett Hull Hockey              Accolade
 Bubsy                          Accolade
 Car Wars                       Midnite Software (sic)
 Charles Barkley Baseball       Accolade
 Commando                       Microids
 Dracula The Undead (CD)                
 Dungeon                        Rebellion
 Dungeon Depths                 Midnite Software
 European Soccer Challenge      Telegames
 Evidence (CD)                  Microids
 Hosenose and Booger            All Systems Go
 Jack Nicklaus Golf             Accolade
 Return to Zork                 Activision
 Robinson's Requiem             Simarils
 Space Pirates (CD)             Atari
 Star Trek: The Next Generation Spectrum Holobyte
 Ultimate Brain Games           Telegames
 Ultra Vortex
 There was also a list of 13 new develpors for the Jag (although these
 are ONLY rumoured to have signed up).....
 3D Games                Epic Megagames               Origin
 All Systems Go          Handmade Software            Phalanx Software        
 Domark                  ICD Inc.                     Photosurrealism
 DTMC                    Infogrames                   V-Real Productions
 Although some of these appear in the Release Date List.......
 Just thought you may like to know, anyhow.... and please, don't quote
 me on this - I just read it in ST Format - God knows if it's correct!!!
 All the Best,

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 Hitachi               408 773-8833

 Maxtor                800 262-9867
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 Micropolis            800 709-3325

 Quantum               408 894-4000
                       900 740-4433

 Seagate               800 468-3472
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 Toshiba               800 334-3445
 Western Digital       800 832-4778


 Syquest               510 226-4000

 ######  LYNX FAQ
 ######  Created by Darius Vaskelis
 ######  File Maintained by Robert Jung
 ######  From the Internet
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 This file is not maintained by, overseen by, endorsed, or otherwise
 associated with Atari Corp. or any of its subsidiaries.  It's just a
 collection of questions and answers, with a few news tidbits thrown in.
 This file is posted on a monthly basis, usually around the first of the
 month.  It is maintained by Robert Jung at rjung@netcom.com on the
 Internet.  Send corrections, news, updates, comments, questions, or
 other stuff to that address.  All mail is welcome!
 Updates since the last publically posted FAQ have a vertical bar in the
 first column.
 Q. What is the Atari Lynx?
 A. The world's first hand-held color video game system.  Sold by Atari,
 the Lynx offers true multi-player competition, built-in 3D and
 distortion graphic effects, reversible controls, and fast arcade action
 for under $100.
 Q. What's the relationship between the Atari Lynx and Epyx?
 A. The Lynx was originally conceived by Epyx in 1987.  It was called the
 "Handy" at that time.  Two creators of the system, Dave Needle and R.J.
 Mical, were also members of the Amiga design team.  Atari bought the
 rights, and the rest is history.
 Due to a recent lawsuit settlement between Epyx and Atari, Epyx no
 longer has any connection whatsoever with the Lynx.  Atari was required
 to pay a lump sum to offset back royalties owed, cover damages from
 breach of contract, and an additional amount to buy off Epyx royalty
 Q. What are the specifications of the Lynx?
 A. Physical dimensions:
 Size: 9.25" x 4.25" x 2" (10.75" x 4.25" x 1.5" for original Lynx)
 Screen: 3.5" diagonal (3.25" x 1.88" approx.)
 Speaker: 2" diameter
 Buttons: Two sets of fire buttons (A and B)
          Two option buttons (OPTION 1 and OPTION 2)
          Pause button
          (OPTION 1 + Pause = Restarts the game
           OPTION 2 + Pause = Flips the screen, which allows the Lynx
           controls to be reversed)
 Power on light (Not on original Lynx; indicates unit is on)
 Power on button
 Power off button
 Backlight button (Not on original Lynx; turns off the screen, but does
 not turn off the game.  This saves electricity use when a game is
 Joypad: Eight directional
 Controls: Volume
 Ports: Headphones (mini-DIN 3.5mm stereo; wired for mono on the original
 ComLynx (multiple unit communications)
 Power (9V DC, 1 A)
 Game card slot
 Battery holder (six AA)
 For the technically minded, the Lynx has two basic chips that form a
 cooperative set of co-processing subsystems that maximize the Lynx's
 performance by sharing the work of executing a game program.  These
 chips are called Mikey and Suzy.
 Mikey (16-bit custom CMOS chip running at 16MHz)
 - MOS 65C02 processor running at up to 4MHz (~3.6MHz average) 8-bit CPU,
   16-bit address space
 - Sound engine
   4 channel sound, 8-bit DAC for each channel
   (4 channels x 8-bits/channel = 32 bits commonly quoted)
   Atari reports the range is "100Hz to above the range of human hearing"
   spectrum analysis shows the range may go as low as 32Hz.
   Stereo with panning (mono for original Lynx)
 - Video DMA driver for LCD display
 - System timers
 - Interrupt controller
 - UART (for ComLynx)
 - 512 bytes of bootstrap and game-card loading ROM
 Suzy (16-bit custom CMOS chip running at 16MHz)
 - Blitter (bit-map block transfer) unit
 - Graphics engine
   Hardware drawing support
   Unlimited number of high-speed sprites with collision detection
   Hardware high-speed sprite scaling, distortion, and tilting effects
   Hardware decoding of compressed sprite data
   Hardware clipping and multi-directional scrolling
   Variable frame rate (up to 75 frames/second)
   4096 color (12-bit) palette
   16 simultaneous colors (4 bits) from palette at one time
   160 x 102 "triad" standard resolution (16,320 addressable pixels)
   (A triad is three LCD elements: red, green, and blue)
   Capability of 480 x 102 artificially high resolution
 - Math co-processor
   Hardware 16-bit multiply and divide (32-bit answer)
   Parallel processing of single multiply or divide instruction
 The Lynx contains 64K (half a megabit) of 120ns DRAM.  Game-cards
 currently hold 128K (1 megabit) or 256K (2 megabits) of ROM, but there
 is a capability of up to 1 megabyte (8 megabits) on one game-card.  In
 theory, this limit can be exceeded with extra bank-switching hardware in
 the card.  The first few hundred bytes of the game card is encrypted to
 prevent unauthorized developers from writing Lynx software.  This scheme
 was introduced by Epyx as an effort to enforce game quality.
 With alkaline batteries, the reasonable average battery life is 5 hours.
 (4 hours with the original Lynx)  The Lynx can run off rechargeable Ni-
 Cad batteries, but average battery life drops drastically to 1.5 hours
 per recharge (1 hour for the original Lynx).  Your mileage may vary.
 Q. What are the differences between the original Lynx ("Lynx Classic")
    and the new Lynx ("Lynx II")?
 A. The new Lynx is a bit smaller and lighter than the original Lynx.  It
 has a slightly longer battery life, and can also just turn the screen
 off during a game pause to save batteries.  (The original Lynx had a
 five minute auto-power shut-off that would have prevented this from
 being useful.  It is gone in the new Lynx).  A power LED has been added
 (which also blinks when battery power is low), and cartridges are easier
 to insert.
 The only differences in a technical sense is that the new Lynx has a
 more efficient internal design, and the headphone jack supports stereo
 sound.  The speaker in new Lynx is also not as loud as the original
 Lynx, although it's more than adequate for all but the noisiest
 Also, the new Lynx can experience what is called "blinking pixel
 syndrome".  With certain game cards, one pixel on the screen (usually
 stationary) cycles through all the colors very quickly.  It does not
 affect game play, and isn't always noticed unless it's looked for.  It
 seems to be fixed in later Lynxes, making it even less of a factor.
 The power consumption in the new Lynx is only slightly less than in the
 original Lynx, and is not enough to account for an extra hour of play
 time.  The extra hour is claimed by assuming that the user will turn off
 the backlight for some of the running time, which could be counted as
 dead time, not game time.
 Q. Is the Lynx an 8-bit or 16-bit system?
 A. If 16-bit refers to the main CPU, (such as the Sega Genesis/
 MegaDrive) then the Lynx is an 8-bit system.  If 16-bit refers to the
 graphics engine, (such as the NEC TurboDuo/PC-Engine) then the Lynx is a
 16-bit system.
 Q. Why does the Lynx use a 6502 and not a 68000?
 A. "Some people believe it's less of a processor than the 68000, for 
 example.  That series of chip was used in the Amiga, but it wouldn't
 make our machine do things any better.  In fact, it would only make the
 unit larger and more expensive.  It's also harder to write 68000 code,
 so we definitely made the right decision."          --R.J. Mical
 "The real answer for the choice for the 6502 vs. 68000 was price.
 Secondary considerations (that did not really enter into the decision
 making process): 68000 code is very fat compared to 6502 code.  An
 application that takes 1K of 6502 code averages 2.5 to 3K of 68000 code.
 The 6502 is very bus-efficient, the 68000 has lots of dead time on the
 bus.  As for it being harder to write 68000 code, that is probably not
 true, and in any case was not part of the reason the decision was made."
 --Stephen Landrum
 Q. What do I get when I buy a Lynx?
 A. The Lynx is available in two packages:
 The Lynx "Deluxe Package" costs $129.95.  It includes the Lynx unit, a
 copy of the CALIFORNIA GAMES game card, a carrying case, a ComLynx cable
 and six AA Alkaline batteries.
 The Lynx "Base Package" costs $79.95.  It comes with only the Lynx, and
 includes no accessories.
 Q. What accessories exist for the Lynx?
 A. The following products are known to be available:
 * ComLynx cable.  Connects multiple Lynxes together for multiplayer
 * AC adaptor.  Powers the Lynx from any AC wall socket.
 * Cigarette lighter adaptor.  Powers the Lynx from any automobile
   cigarette lighter.  Will support one or two Lynxes simultaneously.
 * Atari Lynx Sun Shield.  Folds down to protect the Lynx screen, and
   pops open to shade the Lynx screen from sunlight for outdoor play.
   (NOTE: There are two models; you need the one appropriate for your
 * D-cell battery pack.  Holds six D-cell batteries, and can be attached
   with a belt clip.  Alkaline batteries provides power for up to 20
   hours of playing.
 * Atari Lynx carrying pouch.  Holds a Lynx, several game cards, and a
   ComLynx cable.  Attaches with a wrist strap/belt loop.
 * Atari Lynx Kit Case.  Holds a Lynx, up to 24 game cards, and assorted
   accessories.  Padded interior with Velcro dividers, can be customized.
   Carried with a handle or a shoulder strap.
 Q. Is there a TV tuner option for the Lynx?
 A. No.  Atari's official position is that market research shows that a
 TV tuner, while a neat idea, would not be bought by most players.  The
 unofficial word from Stephen Landrum is that the Lynx screen display is
 not capable of handling a broadcast television picture.
 Q. What can I use to carry my Lynx game cards?
 A. A cheap and easy solution is the plastic cases used to hold trading
 cards.  They're transparent, sturdy, and lock shut when closed.  Most
 hobby and comic book stores will sell them; a large case costs $0.50 to
 $1.00, and can hold up to 14 Lynx cards.
 Another solution are Lynx card wallets.  Sold by Realm, a wallet costs
 $5.95, holds up to 18 cards, padded for protection, and folds flat.
 Write to Joey Sherman at Realm, 10504 Easum Rd., Louisville KY 40299.
 On GEnie, send e-mail to REALM.
 For Lynx owners who don't care about brand names, a Gameboy plastic
 cartridge case holds two Lynx cards easily.  The cases can be bought
 from Nintendo at 800-255-3700, part number 21648.
 Q. What does "ComLynx" mean, exactly?
 A. Some Lynx games allow multiple players to play together
 simultaneously.  This works when each player has a Lynx game machine,
 and all of the machines are connected to each other via cables.  The
 connection is the ComLynx port, and the cables are ComLynx cables.
 Games that support this mutiplayer simultaneous play are usually
 identified by the phrase "1 to N players Lynx up" on the box, the
 instruction manual, and/or the game card.
 Q. Do all players "Lynxed up" via the ComLynx need a copy of the game
    being played?
 A. Yes.  All players need a copy of the game card.
 Q. What's the ComLynx port like?
 A. There is limit of 18 players via ComLynx.  In practice it may be
 possible to connect more units together, but to operate within
 specifications, the drivers in the Lynx cannot drive over more than 17
 units with pull-ups on the serial ports.
 ComLynx runs from 300.5 to 62.5K baud.  It works on a "listen and send"
 structure.  Data transmission between Lynxes is done in the background,
 freeing up the CPU to run the game instead of communicating.  It's
 called "RedEye" in-house at Atari, named after an early idea of having
 Lynxes communicate with infra-red transmissions.
 It uses a three-wire cable (+5V/Ground/Data) and allows for bi-
 directional serial communications.  The system frames messages in terms
 of 11-bit words, each consisting of a start bit, eight data bits, a
 parity bit, and a stop bit.  The ComLynx port is used solely for
 communications; it can't be used to control other aspects of the Lynx,
 though in theory it can be used to send signals to external devices.
 Q. Sometimes a multiplayer ComLynx game will freeze up.  Why?
 A. A ComLynxed game will freeze if communication between the Lynxes is
 interrupted.  If communications can be restored, the game will continue.
 The most common cause of this problem is a fray in one of the ComLynx
 cables, or a loose seating in one of the ComLynx jacks.  Communication
 is broken, and the game "freezes".  Jiggling the cable or reseating the
 jacks may fix the solution temporarily, but the best cure is a new
 Q. I hear there's a ComLynx port on the Atari Jaguar.  How does that
    work?  Can I connect my Lynx to it?  Will there be a Lynx adaptor for
    the Jaguar?
 A. The ComLynx port allows communication between Jaguar units and Lynx
 units.  In theory, it would be possible to daisy-chain multiple units of
 either machine type for multiplayer games.  At the current time,
 however, no such plans are in the works.  Instead, it is seen as
 allowing Lynxes to be used as peripherals: software can be developed to
 allow Lynxes to be part of a Jaguar game as controllers.
 An adaptor to allow the Jaguar to play Lynx games is not currently
 Q. What are the current Lynx games available?
 A. The following is a list of Lynx games currently available in the
 United States.  The notation "(x)" means to refer to footnote number x:
    Title              Players  Publisher      Type
 |  -----------------  -------  ------------   -------------------------
 |  A.P.B.                1     Atari          Arcade
 |  Awesome Golf         1-4    Atari          Sports
 |  Baseball Heroes      1-2    Atari          Sports
 |  Basketbrawl          1-2    Atari          Action/Sports
 |  Batman Returns        1     Atari          Action/Platform
 |  BattleWheels         1-6    Beyond Games   Action/Driving
 |  Block Out             1     Atari          Action/Strategy
 |  Blue Lightning        1     Atari          Action
 |  Bill & Ted's         1-2    Atari          Action/Adventure
      Excellent Adventure
 |  California Games     1-4(1) Atari          Action/Sports
 |  Checkered Flag       1-6    Atari          Sports
 |  Chip's Challenge      1     Atari          Puzzle
 |  Crystal Mines II      1     Atari          Puzzle
 |  Desert Strike         1     Telegames      Action/Strategy
 |  Dinolympics           1     Atari          Puzzle
 |  Dirty Larry:          1     Atari          Action
      Renegade Cop
 |  Double Dragon        1-2    Telegames      Arcade/Fighting
 |  Dracula the Undead    1     Atari          Adventure
 |  Electrocop            1     Atari          Action/Adventure
 |  European Soccer      1-2    Telegames      Sports
 |  Fidelity Ultimate    1-2(2) Telegames      Strategy
      Chess Challenge
 |  Gates of Zendocon     1     Atari          Action/Shooter
 |  Gauntlet: The        1-4    Atari          Action/Adventure
      Third Encounter
 |  Gordo 106             1     Atari          Platform
 |  Hard Drivin'          1     Atari          Arcade/Driving
 |  Hockey               1-2    Atari          Sports
 |  Hydra                 1     Atari          Arcade
 |  Ishido: The Way of   1-n    Atari          Strategy
      the Stones          (2,3)
 |  Jimmy Connors Tennis 1-4    Atari          Sports
 |  Joust                1-2    Shadowsoft     Arcade
 |  Klax                  1     Atari          Arcade/Strategy
 |  Kung Food             1     Atari          Action/Fighting
 |  Lemmings              1     Atari          Strategy
 |  Lynx Casino          1-2    Atari          Strategy
 |  Malibu Bikini        1-2    Atari          Sports
 |    Volleyball
 |  Ms. Pac-Man           1     Atari          Arcade
 |  NFL Football         1-2    Atari          Sports
 |  Ninja Gaiden          1     Atari          Arcade
 |  Pac-Land             1-2(2) Atari          Arcade
 |  Paperboy              1     Atari          Arcade
 |  Pinball Jam           1     Atari          Arcade/Action
 |  Pit-Fighter          1-2    Atari          Arcade/Fighting
 |  Power Factor          1     Atari          Action
 |  Qix                  1-2(2) Telegames      Arcade
 |  Rampage              1-4    Atari          Arcade
 |  Rampart              1-2    Atari          Arcade/Strategy
 |  RoadBlasters          1     Atari          Arcade/Driving
 |  Robo-Squash          1-2    Atari          Action/Sports
 |  Robotron:2084         1     Shadowsoft     Arcade
 |  Rygar                 1     Atari          Arcade
 |  Scrapyard Dog         1     Atari          Platform
 |  Shadow of the Beast   1     Atari          Action/Strategy
 |  Shanghai             1-2    Atari          Strategy
 |  Steel Talons          1     Atari          Arcade
 |  S.T.U.N. Runner       1     Atari          Arcade
 |  Super Skweek         1-2    Atari          Action/Strategy
 |  Switchblade II        1     Atari          Platform
 |  Todd's Adventures    1-8    Atari          Action/Adventure
      in Slime World
 |  Toki                  1     Atari          Platform
 |  Tournament           1-4    Atari          Arcade/Sports
     Cyberball 2072
 |  Turbo Sub            1-2(3) Atari          Action/Shooter
 |  Viking Child          1     Atari          Action/Adventure
 |  Warbirds             1-4    Atari          Action/Strategy
 |  World Class Soccer   1-2    Atari          Sports
 |  Xenophobe            1-4    Atari          Arcade
 |  Xybots               1-2    Atari          Arcade
 |  Zarlor Mercenary     1-4    Atari          Shooter
 (1) Manual says 1-2 players, 1-4 is possible
 (2) Multiple players on one Lynx, alternating turns.
 (3) Players can compare scores, but not interact directly
 Q. What are some of the upcoming Lynx games?
 A. Upcoming Lynx Games List:
 Note: This list is hardly definitive.  It's based on many sources, and
 in some cases, it just might be dead wrong.  Games also often change
 from pre-release to production.
    Title              Players  Publisher      Type
    -----------------  -------  ------------   ------------------------
 |  Aliens v. Predator    1?    Atari          Action
 |  Battlezone 2000      1-2    Atari          Action/Arcade
 |  Blood & Guts Hockey  1-2    Atari          Action/Sports
 |  Cabal                1-2    Atari          Arcade
 |  Cybervirus            1     Beyond Games   Action
 |  Daemonsgate           1?    Atari          Adventure
 |  Defender/Stargate/    1?    Atari          Action/Arcade
       Defender II
 |  Eye of the Beholder   1     Atari          Adventure
 |  Full Court Press     1-2    Atari          Sports
 |  The Guardians:       1-4    Telegames      Adventure
       Storms Over Doria
 |  Heavyweight          1-2    Atari          Sports
 |  Krazy Ace Minature   1-4    Telegames      Action
 |  Mechtiles            1-4    Beyond Games   Action/Strategy
 |  Ninja Gaiden III:    1-2?   Atari          Action/Platform
       Ancient Ship of Doom
 |  Ninja Nerd            1     Atari          Adventure
 |  Operation Desert      1     Atari          Strategy?
 |  R.C. Destruction     1-4    Telegames      Action
 |  Relief Pitcher       1-2    Atari          Arcade/Sports
 |  Raiden               1-2    Atari          Arcade/Shooter
 |  Road Riot 4WD        1-2    Atari          Arcade/Action/Driving
 |  Rolling Thunder       1     Atari          Arcade
 |  720                   1     Atari          Arcade
 |  Spacewar             1-2?   Atari?         Action
 |  Super Asteroids &     1?    Atari          Arcade/Action
       Missile Command
 |  Super Off-Road       1-4    Telegames      Arcade
 |  Ultra Star Raiders    1?    Atari          Action/Strategy
 |  Ultra Vortex         1-2    Beyond Games   Fighting
 |  Vindicators          1-2    Atari          Arcade
 Q. Where can I get a review and/or comments about <insert game name
    here>?  Where can I find secrets, tips, and hints for
    <insert game name here>?
 A. Peter Hvezda maintains the Usenet Lynx Guide.  It offers the Lynx
 FAQ, every Lynx game review written by Robert Jung, and the Lynx cheats
 list.  Send e-mail to phvezda@pnfi.forestry.ca, with one or more of the
 following in the body of the message:
  send faq     - A copy of the Lynx FAQ (this file)
  send reviews - A copy of every Lynx review ever written -- over 200K!
  send cheats  - Tricks and cheats for many Lynx games
  send help    - Detailed instructions, including how to get reviews
                 for individual/specific games
 Also, Robert Jung has written detailed reviews for every Lynx game ever
 released.  If you want copies of specific reviews, or just general
 Lynx-related questions, you can reach him at rjung@netcom.com on the
 Atari Corp. has established a game tip hotline, at (900) 737-ATARI
 (2827).  The cost is $0.95 per minute; minors should get their parent's
 Q. Hey! I think I just set a new high score!  How can I brag about it?
 A. Jim Leonard is maintaining a running list of high scores achieved on
 Lynx games. This list is posted to the Internet on a semiregular basis.
 If you've got a new high score, send it to jleonard@falcon.depaul.edu
 or jim@mwc.com on the Internet.  Include all pertinent information,
 including your name and difficulty settings used to set that record.
 Q. My Lynx screen is badly scratched!  How can I fix it, what can I do?
 A. Get some "plastic scratch remover" or "plexiglass scratch remover".
 You can find it in hardware stores, or look in your Yellow Pages under
 Q. Agh! My Lynx is broken! How can I fix it?
 A. For $50, plus $5 shipping and handling, and your old/broken Lynx,
 Atari will replace it with a new Lynx II unit.
 Send your Lynx to:
 Lynx repair service
 Atari Computer Corporation
 390 Caribbean Drive
 Sunnyvale, CA  94088
 Q. How do I disassemble my Lynx II (assuming I want to)?
 A. The original Lynxes were easy to take apart, for whatever reason you
 needed.  The new Lynx IIs are more puzzling, but not impossible.  The
 following set of (edited) instructions are provided by Ken Small
 "It's not hard, but there are a lot of fragile pieces and the
 electronics are sensitive to all the things that electronics are usually
 sensitive to, like static.  PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
 "First, remove the rubber pads from the bottom of the Lynx.  They're
 glued on, but they peel off pretty easily.  Beneath them are screw holes
 -- remove them.  Note that it's *very* easy to tell if your lynx has
 been opened, since you leave holes in the glue stuff.  Take off the back
 of the case.
 "Remove the screw located inside the battery area.  Be careful when
 replacing this; it can strip easily.  Mine is stripped, but the rest of
 the case holds the battery bay in place.  Remove the battery bay piece.
 "You will see a circuit board with a couple of wires and circuit ribbons
 attached to it.  Carefully unplug all of these.  The ribbon in
 particular seems flimsy.  Do not puncture or otherwise damage it.
 Remove the circuit board.
 "Beneath the circuit board is an assembly screwed to the inside of the
 case, which contains the screen, button contacts and buttons.  A warning
 when unscrewing this-- the are LOTS of small pieces in here, and they're
 particular about how they go back in.  In particular, be careful about
 the A/B buttons, which are slightly different sizes, and the rubber mat
 around the LCD screen, which has nothing to hold it in place.
 "The last thing is the joypad contact itself.  This is a small rubber
 mat held in place by a snap-on piece of plastic.  You can carefully
 remove the plastic to get under the apron, where the contacts can be
 cleaned.  Clean in-between the contacts, being careful not to abrase the
 contacts themselves.  They look like half-circles with a small (half-
 millimeter or less) space between.  Grunge between them can register an
 intermittent false contact, which looks to the player like the joypad is
 being quickly, repeatedly pressed in one direction."
 Q. How can I reach Atari Corp.?
 A. Customer Service:         (800) GO-ATARI
    Mailing Address:          Atari Corp.
                              1196 Borregas Avenue
                              Sunnyvale, CA  94089-1302
 Company spokesman Bob Brodie can be reached by electronic mail on GEnie,
 via the address "BOB-BRODIE".  E-mail can be sent over the Internet
 with "bob-brodie@genie.geis.com".
 Also, Atari Corp. sells Lynx units, games, and accessories by mail.
 Their number is (800) 221-EDGE.
 Q. What are other sources for Lynx information?
 A. Publications:
 - A.P.E. Newsletter               Dedicated Lynx newsletter ("A.P.E."
   2104 N. Kostner                 stands for "Atari Portable
   Chicago, IL 60639               Entertainment").  Write to Clinton
   GEnie: C.SMITH89                Smith.  Published five times per year,
                                   cost is $6.00/year.
 - Die Hard Game Fan               General video-gaming magazine with
   18612 Ventura Blvd.             Lynx coverage.
   Tarzana, CA 91356
 - Electronic Gaming Monthly       General video-gaming magazine with
   1920 Highland Avenue            some Lynx coverage.  Will often get
   Suite 222                       screen shots and reports of new
   Lombard, IL 60148               games before other publications.
 - Gamemaster                      Dedicated specifically to the Lynx,
   Gamemaster Computer             including reviews, tips, and buy/
   Publications Ltd.               sell/trade activity.  10 issues/year
   P.O. Box 2224                   for $10, free sample issue available
   Arvada, CO 80001-2224           on request.  (303) 423-6805
 - Gamepro                         General video-gaming magazine with
   P.O. Box 3329                   some Lynx coverage.
   Redwood City, CA 94064
 - Portable Atari Gaming System    PAGS is a quarterly newsletter with
   P.O. Box 37692                  reviews, editorials, news & info, and
   Raleigh, NC 27627-7692          gaming tips.  One year costs $12.00.
 - Video Games                     General video-gaming and computer-
   9171 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300  gaming magazine.  Lynx news often in
   Beverly Hills, CA 90210         news articles and reviews.
 Internet/USENET newsgroups:
 - rec.games.video.atari   Contains news of all Atari video-game systems.
 - rec.games.video.misc    Often contains Lynx reviews and discussions.
 - alt.games.lynx          Lynx-related discussions, often crossposted to
                           rec.games.video.atari and rec.games.video.misc.
                           Superceded by rec.games.video.atari
 Internet FTP sites:
 - atari.archive.umich.edu or terminator.cc.umich.edu (
       /pub/atari/portadd  has back-issues of Portable Addiction, a
                           newsletter about the Atari Lynx, Sega Game
                           Gear, and Atari Portfolio.  Subscribe by
                           sending a note to tjerk@nikhef.nl.

       /pub/atari/misc     contains lynx.txt.Z, a compressed file with
                           some GEnie roundtable discussions on the Lynx.

 Internet TELNET site:
 - Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG
 freenet-in-{a,b,c}.cwru.edu or or nextsun.INS.CWRU.edu
 Access via modem at (216) 368-3888.
 You can log on as visitor to explore the system and apply for a Free-Net
 account online.  At the opening menu, enter "2" to log in as a visitor.
 At the next menu, enter "2" again to explore the system.  You will then
 read an opening disclaimer and a login bulletin, then be sent to the
 main menu.  Once inside, type "go lynx".  Follow the menus to read
 discussions, reviews, news, and information.  In order to post messages
 and send e-mail, you need a Free-Net account.  Apply for a Free-Net
 account by entering "1" at the second menu instead of "2".
   - MADNIX BBS (608) 273-2657, 300/1200/2400 bps
 It's located in Madison, Wisconsin (USA) and has a Lynx section.
 Login as "bbs" and create an account.  Once on the BBS enter "go lynx".
 MADNIX has game reviews and hints from the net as well as old message
 threads from UseNet on LYNX related topics.
   - Star-Linx BBS (602) 464-4817, 300/1200/2400 bps
 It's located in Mesa, Arizona (USA) and has a Lynx Club.  Be sure to
 have your California Games game-card handy when you call to gain higher
   - Video Game Information Service. (201) 509-7324, 300/1200/2400/9600
 Located in West Orange, New Jersy (USA).  The BBS is completely
 dedicated to video gaming, and maintains files of cheats and reviews for
 all game systems.  Carries video-game-related conferences from other
 computer networks, including Fidonet, Worldnet, and Globalnet.
 Online service:
 - GEnie Atari ST Roundtable BBS, Category 36
 - CompuServe, Lynx Data Library and Message Group, in the ATARI8 forum.
   Reviews, discussions, tips, and a monthly contest. (Type "GO ATARI8",
   and join the forum)
 International clubs:
 - Germany:     Internationaler Lynx Club
                Hans-Jorg Sebastian
                Siegfriedstr. 3
                3684 Schmitten 3
 - Netherlands: International Lynx Club
                Leon Stolk
                Vanenburg 2
                7339 DN Ugchelen
                The Netherlands
 - Austria:     Internationaler Lynx Club
                Christian Lenikus
                Obertraun 27
                4831 Obertraun
 - Switzerland: Swiss-Lynx-Info-Club
                Eugene Rodel
                Sangeliweg 45
                4900 Langenthal
 Q. What's the Lynx developer's kit like?
 A. Hardware:
 - Commodore Amiga computer: 3M RAM and hard disk.
 - "Howard" board: A parallel-interface module that has the electronics
   of the Lynx, also with debugging tools.  A large PC board inside of a
   metal case with power supply, and connections on the back for cable to
   connect to the Amiga, and to the "Howdy" unit.
 - "Howdy" unit: A small PC board in a plastic case with buttons and a
   Lynx display, and a cable that connects to the "Howard" board.
 - Handy-Bug: A powerful symbolic debugger, also contains a disassembler.
 - Handicraft: Graphics translator that takes IFF files and turns them
   into coded Lynx sprite definitions.
 - HSFX: Sound editor
 - Macro libraries
 - Example programs
 - Notebook of system documentation ("about 3 1/2 inches thick... we've
   stopped counting pages") plus updates
 A full Lynx Developer's Kit currently costs around $5,000.

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 This list of Atari related developers and vendors was compiled by fellow
 users who did so for the purpose of helping other Atarians.  This list
 is not an endorsement for these businesses.  Some of the information may
 be outdated.  Rule of thumb when dealing with mail order or unknowns....
 byer beware.
 Accusoft ST, P.O.Box 355, Edmonds, WA 98020, (800) 676-2402
 public domain/shareware software
 Application & Design Software, 280 Peach Street, Merlin, OR 97532
 voice:  (503) 476-0071, orders: (800) 800-2563
 Universal Item Selector, Universal NETwork
 Apprentice Software, 22205 Swan Road, South Lyon, MI 48178
 (313) 437-0526  Neural-network Construction Set
 Atari Corporation, 1196 Borregas Ave., P.O.Box 61657, Sunnyvale, CA
 94088 (408) 745-2000
 Atari Advantage, P.O. Box 610121, Houston, TX 77208, (713) 526-6436
 Atari Advantage magazine
 Atari Explorer, P.O.Box 6488, Duluth, MN 55806, subscriptions: (218)
 723-9202, editorial/ads: (408) 745-2000, cust. service: (800) 346-0085
 Atari Explorer magazine
 Atari Systems, 118 West Broadway, Suite 6 Altus, OK 73521, voice: (405)
 477-3777, fax: (405) 477-3780, orders: (800) 942-6227
 ATY Computer, 3727 13th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610, (510) 482-3775
 B & C Computervisions, 2730 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050
 (408) 986-9960
 Barefoot Software, 19865 Covello St., Canoga Park, CA 91306, voice:(818)
 727-7143, fax: (818) 727-0632
 Genedit, Easy Score, SMPTE Track, SMPTE Mate,, MIDI Plexer, Ludwig, Edit
 Track, Hybriswitch
 Beckemeyer Development Tools, P.O.Box 21575, Oakland, CA 94620
 voice: (510) 530-9637, fax: (510) 530-0451
 Hard Disk Sentry, Hard Disk Toolkit, SCSI Tape Kit
 Best Electronics, 2021 The Alameda, Suite 290, San Jose, CA 95126
 (408) 243-6950
 Brainstorm, 56, Rue Sedaine, Paris, France 75011, voice: 331 47008907
 fax: 331 47003798
 Adebug, Assemble (development package), Atari DSP debugger, Frac! X25
 driver, Fast JPEG decoder/viewer, FLI/FLC movie viewer
 Branch Always Software, 14150 NE 20th Street, Suite 302, Bellevue, WA
 98007, (206) 885-5893
 BRE Software, 352 W. Bedford Avenue #104, Fresno, CA 93711, voice: (209)
 432-3072, fax: (209) 432-2599, orders: (800) 347-6760
 public domain/shareware software, books
 E. Arthur Brown Co., 3404 Pawnee Dr., Alexandria, MN 56308, voice: (612)
 762-8847, orders: (800) 322-4405
 D.A. Brumleve, P.O.Box 4195, Urbana, IL 61801-8820, voice: (217)
 337-1937, fax: (217) 367-9084
 Kidpublisher Pro, Kidpainter, Super Kidgrid, Telegram, Learning Games
 Packet, Multiplay, Creative Discovery Packet
 C-Lab Software, P.O.Box 750, Neveda City, CA 96959, voice: (916)
 265-6481, fax: (916) 265-0263
 Cali-Co. Superior Software, P.O. Box 9873, Madison, WI 53715, (608)
 Mah-Jong Solitaire
 Canoe Computer Services, 1671 - 42 Street, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 2R8
 (403) 461-6903
 Warp 16 accelerator
 Carter Graphics & Computers, 520 North 200 East, Washington, UT 84780
 (801) 628-6111
 chro-MAGIC Software Innovations, 516 N. Jackson, Joplin, MO 64801, (417)
 623-7393, (417) 782-2364
 Clear Thinking, P.O.Box 715, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, (313) 971-8671, bbs:
 (313) 971-6035
 EdHak text editor, Metapsychology Primer
 CodeHead Technologies, P.O.Box 74090, N. Hollywood, CA 90004, (213)
 386-5735, fax: (213) 386-5789
 HotWire, MultiDesk, CodeKeys, Avant Vektor, MegaPaint, Repro Studio,
 Genus, LookIt/PopIt, Utilities, G+Plus, MaxiFile, MidiMAX, Midi Spy, TEC
 Board, Calligrapher, Warp 9, etc.
 Compo, 104 Esplanade Avenue Suite 121, Pacifica, CA 94044, (415)
 355-0862, fax: (415) 355-0869
 That's Write, Write On, C-Font, CompoScript, That's Address, Musicom,
 PC Speed, AT Speed, AT Speed C16
 Computer Safari, 606 West Cross Street, Woodland, CA 95659, (916)
 Safari Fonts
 Computer Software Services, P.O.Box 17660, Rochester, NY 14617, (716)
 429-5639, fax: (716) 247-7158, bbs: (716) 247-7157
 8-bit Atari products
 Computer Studio, 40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D, Asheville, NC 28806
 (704) 251-0201, orders: (800) 253-0201
 Current Notes, Inc., 122 N. Johnson Road, Sterling, VA 22170, (703)
 Current Notes magazine
 Cybercube Research Ltd., 126 Grenadier Crescent, Thornhill, Ontario,
 Canada L4J 7V7, (416) 882-0294, fax: (416) 886-3261
 CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 and SERENADE M16-1280, True Color High Resolution
 Graphics Cards, CyReL VidiMix8 Desktop Video Module, CyReL Serial Mouse
 Manager, CyRel Palette Master
 D & P Computer, P.O.Box 811, Elyria, OH 44036, voice/fax: (216) 926-3842
 orders:  (800) 535-4290
 Debonair Software, P.O.Box 521166, Salt Lake City, UT 84152-1166
 cis: 70611,2552
 El Cal, Min Cal, Star Base, Big Sky
 Ditek International, 2800 John Street, Unit 15, Markham, Ontario, Canada
 L3R 0E2, (416) 479-1990, fax: (416) 479-1882
 DynaCADD 2D
 DMC Publishing, 2800 John Street Unit 10, Markham, Ontario, Canada
 L3R 0E2, (416) 479-1880, fax: (416) 479-1882
 Calamus, Calamus SL, Calamus Font Editor, The Guide to Calamus Desktop
 Publishing, Outline Art, INVISION Elite
 Double Click Software, P.O.Box 741206, Houston, TX 77274, (713) 977-6520
 bbs: (713) 944-0108
 DC Desktop, DC Squish, DC Utilities, DC Shower, Game Workbench, etc.
 DragonWare Software, Inc., P.O.Box 1719, Havre, MT 59501-1719, (406)
 GMan, Dragon Battery, SmokeArt, PowerNet, FLEXOR, FontKit Plus,
 AtariTalk2, Satellite Locator, D_Graph @@elan software Elan Software 550
 Boul. Charest Est P.O. Box 30232 Quebec G1K 8Y2 Canada voice: (418)
 692-0565, fax: (418) 683-9189
 Electronic Clinic, 4916 Del-Ray Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 656-7983
 vendor, authorized service
 Electronic Spinster Graphics, P.O.Box 1517, Lawrence, KS 66044
 clip art packages
 eSTeem, inc., 72 Shades Crest Road, Hoover, AL 35226-1014, (205)
 941-4910, fax: (205) 943-8390
 Pilot language
 Fair Dinkum Technologies, P.O.Box 2, Los Alamos, NM 87544, (505)
 Crossword Creator, Word Search Creator, The Cryptographer, Cyberdrome
 Fast Technology, 14 Lovejoy Road, Andover, MA 01810, (508) 475-3810
 Turbo25, TinyTurbo030, Turbo030, TurboRAM
 Fouch Software, 1823 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16505, (814) 455-1294
 Mailing Manager ST
 Gadgets By Small, Inc., 40 W. Littleton Blvd., #210-211, Littleton, CO
 80120, (303) 791-6098
 Spectre, Spectre GCR, SST accelerator, MegaTalk
 GFA Software Technologies, Inc., 27 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970
 (508) 744-0201, fax: (508) 744-8041
 computer languages
 Goldleaf Publishing, Inc., 700 Larkspur Landing Circle Suite 199,
 Larkspur, CA 94939, sales: (415) 257-3515, support: (415) 257-3513
 WordFlair II
 Gribnif Software, P.O.Box 779, Northampton, MA 01061, (413) 247-5620,
 fax:  (413) 247-5622, orders: (800) 284-4742
 NeoDesk, Geneva, STalker, STeno, CardFile, X-Boot, Arabesque
 Professional, Convector Professional CardFile, Crazy Dots
 GT Software, 12114 Kirton Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44135-3612, (216)
 CardFile (distrib. by Gribnif)
 Global Drive Solutions, 7351 Victoria Park Ave #101, Markham, Ontario
 L3R 3A5, 905-475-1964, FAX: 905-475-8102
 Doug Harrison, P.O. Box 66236, Baton Rouge, LA 70806-6236
 Opus (shareware), Lookit/Popit (dist. CodeHead)
 HiSoft, The Old School, Greenfield, Bedford, England MK45 5DE
 voice: +44 525 718181, fax: +44 525 713716
 Devpac, HiSoft BASIC, Lattice C, HighSpeed Pascal, FTL Modula-2, WERCS,
 Harlekin, HiSoft C, ProFlight, K-Spread, K-Comm, K-Word, K-Data (HiSoft
 products dist. Oregon Research Associates)
 IAAD, Indep. Assoc. of Atari Developers, D.A. Brumleve, President,
 ICD, Inc., 1220 Rock Street, Rockford, IL 61101-1437, (815) 968-2228,
 fax: (815) 968-6888, orders: (800) 373-7700
 hard disk systems and software
 Intergalactic Development, Inc., 1427 Washington Street, Davenport, Iowa
 52804, voice: (319) 323-5293, fax: (319) 323-0407
 UMS: The Universal Military Simulator, UMS II: Nations at War, The UMS
 II Planet Editor, Jack the Ripper
 It's All Relative, 2233 Keevan Lane, Florisant, MO 63031, (314) 831-9482
 It's All Relative, BookMaker, Forecaster3, AbbreviatorST, PhotoCD
 JMG Software International, 892 Upper James Street, Hamilton, Ontario,
 Canada L9C 3A5, voice: (416) 575-3201, fax: (416) 575-0283
 Joppa Computer Products, P.O.Box 226, Joppa, MD 21085, voice: (301)
 676-1948, fax: (301) 676-2989, orders: (800) 876-6040
 L & Y Electronics, Inc., 13644C Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodbridge, VA
 22191, voice: (703) 494-3444,  metro 643-1729, fax: (703) 494-3663
 Lexicor Software Corp., 1726 Francisco Street, Berkeley, CA 94703,
 voice: (510) 848-7621, fax: (510) 848-7613
 Phase-4 graphics programs, Phoenix 2, ANM link, Cybercolor, DA products
 M.P. Graphics Systems, P.O. Box 501289, Indianapolis, IN, 46250-6289
 (317) 335-3775
 MacDonald Associates Publishers, 909 NW Starlite Place, Grants Pass, OR
 97526, voice: (503) 476-0071, fax: (503) 479-1825, orders: (800)
 ST Informer magazine, G-Print GDOS shell, Tax Wizard
 Machine Specific Software, 278-1 San Tomas Aquino Road, Campbell, CA
 95008, (408) 370-9039
 HAYAI hard disk backup software
 MajikSoft, 348 Meredith Square, Columbia, SC 29223, orders: (800)
 Maxwell CPU, 2124 West Centennial Drive, Louisville, CO 80027, (303)
 Silhouette, Expose, Fractal Fantasy
 Medical Designs Software, 3235 Wright Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98310
 voice: (206) 373-4840, bbs: (206) 479-2157
 MegaByte Computers, 907 Melbourne, Hurst, TX 76053, (817) 589-2950
 MegaType Software, P.O.Box 645, South Bend, IN 46623, (219) 288-7468
 PageStream and Calamus fonts
 Merlin Group, Inc., 96 Hoyt Street, Kearny, NJ 07032-3311, voice: (201)
 998-4441, fax: (201) 998-0932
 MichTron, Inc., 3203 Drummond Plaza, Newark, DE 19711, (302) 454-7946
 3D-Calc, Stereo Replay VIII, Hard Drive Toolkit
 Micro Computer Depot, 224 O'Neil Court, Suite 14, Columbia, SC 29223
 voice: (803) 788-5165, orders: (800) 845-3070
 Micro Creations, 4609 Millbrook Way, Bakersfield, CA 93313, (805)
 397-9414, (800) 333-3963
 G.I.M.E. Terminal/BBS, @@mid-cities, Mid-Cities Computers, 9406 Flower
 St., Bellflower, CA 90706, (310) 867-0626
 Migraph, Inc., 200 South 333rd Street, Federal Way, WA 98003, (206)
 TouchUp, OCR, Scan-It, Merge-It
 Missionware Software, 354 N. Winston Drive, Palatine, IL 60067-4132,
 (708) 359-9565
 Flash II, lottODDS, Printer Initializer
 Morrison Computers, 311 West Robinson, Orlando, FL 32801, (407) 649-8733
 Atari sales & service
 MS Designs, 611 West Illinois St., Urbana, IL 61801, voice: (217)
 384-8469, fax: (217) 351-6412
 FontPaks, Wheeler Quick Art CD-ROM, Wheeler Quick Art Image Disks
 Muller Automation, Number 5, Third Ave., Belton, MO 64012, (816)
 Mega Check 2, custom programming
 Music Loft, 2140 Lawndale Drive, Lawndale Shopping Center, Greensboro,
 NC 27408, (919) 378-1068
 MusiCode, 5575 Baltimore Drive, #105-127, La Mesa, CA 91942, (619)
 Blackjack Plus 3, Voice Development System
 New Dimensions Computer Center, 9026 W. National Ave., West Allis, WI
 53227, (414) 327-3311
 NewSTar Technology Management, P.O. Box 0122, Columbia, MD 21045-0122
 voice: (410) 544-6943, fax: (410) 544-1329
 STraight FAX
 Nice & Software, 1295 Britannia Road, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada
 L0P 1B0, voice: (416) 332-0075, fax: (416) 332-8679
 Cricit Bar Code +, Lantech network
 Oak Springs Software, P.O.Box 16529, Bear Creek Postal Station, Surrey,
 BC, Canada V3W 2P5, (604) 597-5775
 public domain/shareware software
 Oregon Research Associates, 16200 S.W. Pacific Highway, Suite 162,
 Tigard, OR 97224, voice: (503) 620-4919, fax: (503) 639-6182
 Diamond Back II, Diamond Edge, Knife ST, True Paint, Ultimate Virus
 Killer, ProFlight, HiSoft products
 Paradigm Software Products, 1369 Concord Place, Suite 3-B, Dept. NC-11,
 Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (616) 372-5972, ext. 313
 Omni-Banker ST MIDI software
 Power Thought Software, 116 Sumach Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 M5A 3J9, (416) 594-9355
 INVISION Elite (distr. by DMC)
 Purple Mountain Computers, Inc., 15600 NE 8th St. Ste. A3-412, Bellevue,
 WA 98008, voice/fax: (206) 747-1519
 STealth, Freedom Floptical Drive, Xtra-RAM ST, ST News newsletter,
 recycleWARE, etc.
 Quidnunc Software, P.O.Box 819081 Suite 175, Dallas, TX 75381-9081,
 (214) 243-0663
 Stalk The Market
 Quill Publishing, AtariUser Magazine, 249 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 332,
 Glendale, CA 91203, voice: (818) 246-6277, fax: (818) 242-2129
 AtariUser magazine
 Rimik Enterprises, 836 Osborne Street, Vista, CA 92084, voice:(619)
 630-1217, fax: (619) 630-5869
 MultiGEM, DTPaint, Menu Plus, Beetle Mouse
 Rising Star Computers, P.O.Box 20038, Dayton, OH 45420, voice: (513)
 254-3160, fax: (513) 254-7970, orders: (800) 252-2787
 Roland Corporation, 7200 Dominton Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90040,
 voice: (213) 685-5141, fax: (213) 722-0911
 MIDI hardware manufacturer
 RUN PC, 524 West Laurel #2, Ft. Collins, CO 80521, voice: (303) 493-5565
 orders: (800) 326-2344
 San Jose Computer, 1278 Alma Court, San Jose, CA 95112, voice: (408)
 995-5080, fax: (408) 995-5083
 SKWare One, P.O.Box 277, Bunkerhill, IL 62014
 Seurat, ColorScan, Auto-Art
 Soft-Logik Publishing Corp., 11121F S. Towne Square, St. Louis, MO 63123
 phone:  (314) 894-8608, orders: (800) 829-8608
 PageStream, ImageClub Clip Art, ImageClub Fonts, Business Forms
 Software Development Systems, 996 Redondo Ave. #404, Long Beach, CA
 90804, voice: (310) 595-9799, orders: (800) 237-4SDS
 Newdesk Icon Editor CPX, Deskjet Utilities Pak, Printer Utilities Pak,
 Fotoman Digital Camera, Labeleaze!
 Sothan Software / IB Computers, 9395 North Wall, Portland, OR 97203,
 (503) 286-8816
 IB Harddisk Backup
 Spar Systems, 381 Autumn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208, (718) 235-3169
 PageAssistant (PageStream help)
 ST Plus, P.O.Box 1197, Berkeley, CA 94701, voice: (510) 548-2119,
 orders: (800) 759-1110
 Step Ahead Software, 496-A Hudson Street, # F39, New York City, NY 10014
 (212) 627-5830
 STerling Connection, P.O.Box 4850, Berkeley, CA 94704, voice: (510)
 655-2355, orders: (800) 624-2355
 LogoLibrary, Qwikforms, Cliptomania, Templicity
 STeve's Software Sales, 5 West Street, Woodlands, CA 95695, voice: (916)
 661-1234 or (916) 661-3328, fax: (916) 661-1234, bbs: (916) 661-1538,
 orders: (800) 487-7753
 Sudden, Inc., 5081 South McCarren Blvd., Reno, NV 89502, (702) 827-2996
 Sudden View text editor
 Supra Corp., 7101 Supra Drive S.W., Albany, OR 97321, voice: (503)
 967-2410, fax: (503) 926-2401, orders: (800) 727-8772
 mnufacturer, modems and hard drives
 Suzy B's Software, 3712 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14305, (716)
 PD/shareware software
 Resources, 754 N. Bolten Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219, voice: (317)
 356-6946, fax: (317) 231-4158
 GEMvelope!, SynthView DW-8000, SynthView K1
 Taylor Ridge Books, P.O.Box 78, Manchester, CT 06045, (203) 643-9673
 TCN - The Computer Network, 1605 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91201
 (818) 500-3900
 Team Computers, 22205 Kelly Road, East Detroit, MI 48021, (313) 445-2983
 TEAM Software, P.O.Box 7332, Washington, DC 20044, voice: (703) 533-2132
 fax: (703) 538-4598
 Tech Specialties Co., 909 W. Crosstimbers Street, Houston, TX 77022
 voice: (713) 691-4527, (713) 691-4528, fax: (713) 691-7009
 hardware/software vendor
 Toad Computers, 570-F Governor Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146-3818
 voice: (301) 544-6943, fax: (301) 544-1329, bbs: (301) 544-6999, orders:
 (800) 448-8623
 full service vendor
 Trace Technologies, P.O.Box 711403, Houston, TX 77271-1403, (713)
 771-8332 [weekdays 1PM-5PM Central Time]
 Data Diet, Data Rescue
 Unicorn Publications, 3487 Braeburn Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, voice:
 (313) 973-8825, bbs: (313) 973-9137
 Atari Interface Magazine
 Weinress Consulting, 3236 Velma Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068, (213)
 Steve Whitney, 655 South Fair Oaks Avenue I-103, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
 (815) 968-6888
 Wintertree Software, Inc., 43 Rueter Street, Nepean, Ontario, Canada
 K2J 3Z9, voice: (613) 825-6271, fax: (613) 596-1575
 The GramSlam Grammar and Style Checker, Grammar Expert, Spelling Sentry
 WizWorks!, P.O.Box 45, Girard, OH 44420, (216) 539-5623
 scanLite, Image Cat, Mug Shot, The Tray, Coalesce, MVG (Multi Viewer
 Wizztronics, 31 Hewes Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11776, (516) 473-2507
 Cartmaster, Comp.Plus, TOScard
 WordPerfect Corporation, 1555 N. technology Way, Orem, UT 84057, voice:
 (801) 225-5000, fax: (801) 222-5077
 Wuztek/Omnimon Peripherals Inc., One Technology Drive, Building 1E,
 Suite 301, Irvine, CA 92718, voice: (714) 753-9253, fax: (714) 753-9255
 DEKA keyboard interfaces, Omnimon monitors
 Zephyr Distribution, 514 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703, voice:
 (510) 548-8999, orders: (800) 759-1110
 Z*Net News Service, Post Office Box 59, Middlesex, NJ, 08846, Voice:
 (908) 968-2024, bbs: (908) 968-8148, fax: (908) 820-0409
 Z*Net Newswire Online Magazine, Z*Net PC Online Magazine
 Interfaces, Inc., 5243-B Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712, voice:
 (213) 408-6715, fax: (213) 408-6748
 Z-Ram, Z-Keys, STime hardware

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