Z*Net: 13-Apr-90 #515

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 04/14/90-02:12:48 PM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: Z*Net: 13-Apr-90  #515
Date: Sat Apr 14 14:12:48 1990

     //////       //    //  //////  //////   Z*Net Atari Online Magazine
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     //    ///  // // //  //////    //              APRIL 13, 1990
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 //////       //    //  ///////   //                  Issue #515
                    (=) 1990 by Rovac Industries, Inc.
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                       Middlesex, New Jersey 08846
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         CompuServe 71777,2140 * Cleveland Free-Net * GEnie Z-NET
     New Magazine and more................................Ron Kovacs
     Exclusive Report......................................John Nagy
     World of Atari and Industry Update.............................
     Weekly PD-Shareware Update..........................Alice Amore
     Weekly PD-Shareware Update...........................Mark Quinn
     29 Myths explained...................................Jon Clarke
     ...................................................Stephen Knox
     ....................................................Robert Ford
     Press Release..................................................
     Preview of the First Edition.........................Ron Kovacs

 *****************************[ THIS WEEK ]*****************************
 **************************** by Ron Kovacs ****************************

 Atari Manager of User Group Relations Bob Brodie is mourning the loss of
 his father-in-law this week.  His in-law died Sunday, April 8, after a
 long illness.  Bob and his wife, were at his side when he passed.  The
 Atari userbase has come to know Bob as our best friend and resource in
 memory.  He should be back to work at his Sunnyvale office by April 16.
 Bob is like most of us- he enjoys his computers often to the "perceived"
 exclusion of family on too many occasions.  A card or letter addressed
 to the entire Brodie family and mailed to Bob at Atari might be a timely
 and warm way to let them all see that, at the other end of these wires,
 real live warm humans do indeed appreciate and sympathize with Bob's
 loss.  Write to: Bob and Jean Brodie and Family, Care of Atari
 Corporation, 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale California.

 Gateway Associates has pooled efforts to introduce the Mechanics
 Information Network.  The first product of this venture is the Mechanics
 Online Magazine with Rovac Industries which debuted this week in
 CompuServe's Motor/Racing Forum.  This first issue is located in Data
 Library 16, Motoring Topics of the forum.  The current schedule of
 release is bi-weekly with hopes of weekly release in the near future.
 A preview of the contents is available in this issue!

 John Nagy reports exclusively for Z*Net News on the happenings in and 
 around last weekend's show.  The full report is available below!

                      1990 DISNEYLAND WORLD OF ATARI
 Exclusive Eyewitness Review by John Nagy
 [Pictures from the World of Atari show will be available online at
 COMPUSERVE, GENIE, and the Z*NET BBS this weekend.  Once again, using
 the VIDI-ST video digitizer, Z*NET lets you SEE the news.]

 The World of Atari returned to Disneyland this April 7-8.  And once
 again, what was billed as the biggest show ever was neither the biggest
 nor a failure.
 Official figures are not being widely distributed but are said to claim
 a total crowd of 7,000.  Experienced show goers and vendors peg the
 number closer to 4,000, near 3,000 on the first day and perhaps just
 over 1,000 on Sunday.  That's still a healthy number, but short of last
 year's performance at WOA Disneyland.  That show claimed over 10,000
 people a year ago, with more conservative estimates at under 6,000.
 There WAS advertising for this show, with Atari picking up the tab for
 $2,000 or more in (ugly!!) display ads in the local and major papers.

 The show may have had a particularly uphill battle, competing with a
 nearby pair of HUGE computer swap meets that very likely sucked up any
 computer user who is not totally invested in the Atari platform.
 Saturday's swap featured 250 booths (!!!!) in Pomona, while a Sunday
 show in Reseda had more than 100 vendors in a mixed-bag computer swap
 'n shop.

 Numbers aside, the latest in the WOA tour was perhaps the most enjoyable
 to date, with plenty of booths, a scattering of new products and
 announcements, a plush setting, and a crowd that was sufficient to
 satisfy most vendors without making it hard to navigate.

 Atari Corporation was present in force, with an impressive layout at the
 center of the exhibit hall.  While the rest of the show was laid out in
 standard cubicles and isles, the Atari area was a diagonal extended "X"
 shape, with access to both sides of all tables.  A welcome plus (at
 last) was a custom professional portable booth backdrop at one corner,
 overlooking the literature table.  Overhead were a set of four huge
 satin ATARI banners, suspended from the ceiling.  Very nice to see Atari
 finally making show appearances that not only match but surpass the
 always outstanding MIGRAPH and MICHTRON booths!

 On display at Atari:  A PAIR of TT 68030 machines!  This was a real
 treat for most users who have had to take the media's word for the
 existence of these new computers.  They were a hit, as were the six or
 more LYNX machines on display.  The Lynxes were never idle, usually
 dazzling a group of players and hopeful players with linked-up
 competitions.  A 4160STE provided some stellar demos and sock-knocking
 stereo music, providing most owners their first look at the machine that
 will be flowing into the USA now that it has passed the FCC.

 Other items at the Atari booth included a slew of PORTFOLIOs and
 accessories, a STACY 4 connected to a small MIDI Synthesizer, the CD-ROM
 player showing quick access to the D&C ST PD software disk, a Megafile
 44, and several Mega and ST computers.  Desk Set II was being
 demonstrated on a Moniterm big screen monitor, one of only two at the

 On hand for Atari were Charles Cherry, Dan Macnamee, John Townsend, Ken
 Badertsher, Elizabeth Shook, Don Thomas, and more.  Notably absent was
 Bob Brodie, who was in Washington DC early in the weekend, promoting
 Atari to a group of perhaps 400 dealers.  Bob was to participate at WOA
 on Sunday afternoon, but had to immediately go home when he received
 word of that his gravely ill father-in-law was failing.

 A "developer" meeting on Saturday night after the show turned into more
 of an "anyone" meeting, with over 200 people dining on Atari's treat of
 ribs and Mexican food, beer or pop, etc.  Charles Cherry introduced Dave
 MacNamee, who in turn deomoed SOFTSOURCE live online at GEnie.  Other
 agenda items might have been planned for the meeting, but due to the
 size and mix of the crowd, the desire of many of them to eat and run out
 to DISNEYLAND's amusement park next door, and the length of time it took
 to demo SoftSource, that's about all that happened.  Most attending
 enjoyed the company of fellow developers, users, and writers from all
 over the USA.

 Details of specific new announcements or products are in the NEWSWIRE in
 this issue of Z*NET, but here's a quick run-down of the vendors.

 Tom Byron was on hand along with David Plotkin and other START/ANTIC
 regulars.  Free issues of both magazines ran out early on Saturday.

 Showing GEOGRAPHY TUTOR, an outstanding and unique educational

 One of the country's largest and best known PD software vendors for the

 As usual, the most unusual and bizarre little Atari goodies and
 accessories.  Everything from REV B ROMS for your Atari 400 to a MEGA 4
 nameplate to complete your memory upgrade.

 A great selection of hard drive systems featuring the Syquest removable
 media drives... at good prices!

 Showing the new Version 2.0 of both HOTWIRE and MULTIDESK, as well as
 the full range of Codeheads famous products.

 One of California's largest retailers as well as a software and hardware
 importer.  CG+ was also demoing VIDI-ST and talking about a color
 version that may be available by summer.

 Well known for her series of programs designed for children, Dot
 attended WOA as her first commercial exhibition.  She sold KIDPUBLISHER
 PROFESSIONAL as well as her other titles, and handed out very popular
 "jumping Dots".

 Mike Vederman and company brought DC DESKTOP to show and sell, along
 with their popular Utilities package.

 Jim Allen showed his TURBO 16 next door to Gadgets...

 The new name for Blue Chip, Lauren Sellers brought and sold WORDFLAIR
 for a show-special $75.

 Dave and Sandy and Doug and Mark and... lots of folks in "I WANT MY MAC-
 ST" tee shirts demoed the fabulous SPECTRE GCR running a variety of MAC
 applications.  Also, the 68030 board and APPLETALK board were big
 attractions (see Z*NET NEWSWIRE).

 The Neodesk folk, Rick, Trish, and Dan, with their famous desktop

 Showing a hard drive host adaptor so small it needs no mount, just put
 it between the drive and the cable!  Plus the FAST Tape Backup, hard
 drives, and more.

 The Ultrascript people, doing lots of POSTSCRIPT demos on different
 kinds of printers, even color.

 Several GENLOCK machines were doing perfect superimposed computer
 animations over live video, plus an upgraded STACY (!), their color
 enhancement board, speedup board, etc.

 It's not just "C" anymore for Megamax, who showed a new import word
 processor and a drawing system (see the NEWSWIRE).

 Kevin Mitchell and Jay Crosby demoed the power of TOUCH-UP and the
 MIGRAPH hand scanner, and offered a $100 coupon for a discount on their
 package though MID CITIES COMSOFT, just a few booths away.

 Their usual wide and varied spread, with Gordon Monnier and George
 Miller presiding.  Fleet Street 3.0 got plenty of attention, and PROTEXT
 was marked down to $29.95 as a show special!

 Offering a new terminal protocol that sends graphics in real-time even
 at 1200 baud.

 Another major Southern California retailer, with discounts on almost

 The language specialists, with C. Pascal.  Fortran, and now a Developers

 Another discount retailer, this one from up the California coast.

 Their DVT hard drive backup for video tape was their main display, with
 a special on IMG-SCAN.

 The makers of extraordinary games played them on the equally
 extraordinary Roland Sound Module, making Leisure Suit Larry, Police
 Quest, and Space Quest (all versions) sound better than most CDs!

 Showed yet another desktop/environment system that shows lots of promise
 but won't be ready for sale until this summer.

 The Pagestream folks, with their latest update to their upscale
 performance desktop publisher.

 A new importer/developer, showing everything from custom carry cases for
 the LYNX to a remarkable color graphics board.  Their German connection
 attended as well.

 STALKER and STENO, from Canada, a pair of matched desk accessories,
 provide all you could hope for in a terminal and editor.

 nother videotape backup device.

 Showing the SUPERCHARGER (and selling a lot of them!) as well as their
 multisynch monitor adaptor/switcher.

 Multisynch monitors that KICK!

 Memory upgrades for any flavor ST or MEGA.

 No-Shows included WORD PERFECT, ROLAND, DR. T's, and DATAFREE.  Also
 scheduled for demos was SGS and LANTECH, each with their network
 solutions... but neither appeared.  Roland was particularly missed
 because they were supposed to give continuous seminars all day Saturday
 and Sunday.  Their display area was instead filled with tables and
 chairs for resting, near the food vending area.

 Seminars were generally popular, with Dave Small packing in a SRO crowd
 as usual.  Look for excerpts from his talk in Z*NET soon.  Other
 scheduled talks included ones from Nathan Potechin on Calamus and ISD,
 George Miller on Michtron products, Gribnif, Sierra, ICD, FAST TECH, and

 Many vendors agreed that the show was enjoyable and profitable, if
 smaller in attendance than they were hoping.  A few exceptions included
 D. A. Brumleve, who left after the first day, both feeling ill and
 having insufficient sales to make it worth staying.

 User groups were heavily involved in the setup and takedown of the Atari
 booth, as well as in the distribution and accounting for the loaned
 equipment from Atari.  The close-down and accounting was done in record
 time by the well organized volunteers, who amazed Atari officials with
 their thoroughness and efficiency.

 Some observers expected more displays of user group dissatisfaction with
 Richard Tsukiji, WOA show promoter.  Last time WOA come to Disneyland,
 it left with a sour taste in most UG mouths after they volunteered their
 assistance to WOA, only to be shouted at and promised t-shirts that
 never came.  Matters got worse when a suddenly scheduled San Jose area
 WOA scheduled only a week away from the popular and major User Group
 Show at GLENDALE caused the cancellation of BOTH fall '89 shows.  While
 there were undercurrents of grudges, the only obvious display of it was
 in the fact that no user groups volunteered to help Richard for this
 show - only to help Atari directly.  What little communications that
 were attempted by UG officers were snubbed early on by Tsukiji.  It is
 said that some reduction in the attendance this year might be due to
 residual hard feelings across the board.

 Feelings were quite positive about California shows, and lots of vendors
 are looking forward the this fall's Glendale show in early September
 which typically turns crowds the same size as this WOA at lower costs to
 vendors and users.  However, Richard Tsukiji has told several
 representatives at Atari that he may be again announcing a San Jose or
 other Northern California WOA for sometime in August.  This is sure to
 become a controversy if it occurs.

 Overall, the Disneyland WOA was a hit, if a smaller than anticipated
 one.  A mix of products and new announcements, along with a crowd small
 enough to be able to get some hands-on time at most displays made it
 pleasant and low-key.  And the great turnout by Atari and developer
 "personalities" made it a great socializing time for all die-hard

                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE

 Atari's DTP and writing specialist, Elizabeth Shook, gave her notice
 last week that she would be leaving Atari to take a position with a
 small commercial publishing house.  Elizabeth has been with Atari for
 several years, and has been the primary public representative for
 demonstrating DESKSET II at shows.  Most observers found it unusual that
 Elizabeth attended the World of Atari show, again to exhibit DESKSET II,
 despite having already given notice.  Atari typically does not allow
 employees to work after they have been notified of a termination.  This
 circumstance underlines Atari's long standing satisfaction and
 confidence in Ms. Shook.  We wish her luck in her new pursuit.

 Dave Small premiered his 68030 adapter board and an APPLETALK network
 adapter at the Disneyland WOA.  The 68030 is "still and experiment"
 which may or may not ever see commercial production.  The first version,
 just up and running before the show, offers a four-fold speed increase
 over a standard ST/MEGA.  The potential remains for tuning and
 redesigning the system to yield a theoretical tenfold available
 increase.  The board would go in any existing ST, and might result in a
 faster machine than the Atari TT itself, although TT specific programs
 would not likely be accessable by Small's system.  The TT is expected to
 run at about 5 times the ST speed on ST applications.  The other
 surprize for GADGETS is a network adaptor that is almost ready for
 marketing.  Although the perilous FCC approval process lies ahead, the
 APPLETALK compatible card will attach internally to the MEGA buss and
 will provide an extra pair of serial ports to any MEGA.  They may be
 addressed as standard serial ports (allowing multiple modem sessions at
 once, for instance), and in SPECTRE MACINTOSH mode, will allow instant
 access to MAC peripherals and networks.  A price was not announced.
 Later versions may include a unit compatible with ST and future STE/MEGA
 STE computers.

 The newest glossy magazine entry to the Atari marketplace was not
 available in time for the Disneyland Atari show last weekend.  Although
 intended for mass release at the show and immediately afterword, Editor
 Tim Lewis said that problems with the linotype unit at the printer
 resulted in extra delays.  The layout was apparently too complex for the
 memory in the linotype interface, and simpler page designs had to be
 revised at the last moment.  A few proof pages of the completed layout
 were passed around on Sunday, April 8, and the striking art direction of
 Steve Lesh looks outstanding.  And complicated.  Look for ST JOURNAL to
 debut at almost any moment.

 For $349 up, Wuztech offers a family of multisynch color/monochrome
 monitors for the Atari ST line.  SOFTSWITCH, the most recent of their
 developments was shown at the WOA show in April.  This is a proprietary
 resolution switching scheme that allows the co-existence of both color
 and monochrome software.  A remote electronic switch also toggles
 between resolutions whenever you want.  In demonstrations, REVOLVER (By
 INTERSECT) was shown running both monochrome and color partitions
 simultaneously, and switching between them did not require rebooting.
 Nice!  1130-E North Kraemer Blvd., Anaheim CA  92806, 714-544-7888.

 The long discussed SOFTSOURCE program will debut shortly on the GENIE
 Telecommunication system.  Atari Corp is running the international
 developer support resource, and announced last week that it would be on
 the GEnie system, a fact that was being kept secret until now.  It is
 already open for developers, who are being heavily encouraged to post
 their product information as soon as possible.  When sufficient data is
 entered for the area to be an asset to the general public, SoftSource
 will be opened publicly.  This is hoped to happen in the next two to
 four weeks, but will depend on developer action.  When complete, users
 will be able search the data for information on commercial programs that
 fit their need and budget, then the user will be able to download a
 working demo of that software.  Later, the data and programs will be
 distributed on CD ROM disks for dealers and user groups to reference

 Atari announced that the long awaited FCC approval for the STE has
 finally been awarded.  The replacement for the ST computer line will be
 a welcome sight to dealers who have been waiting for computer stock for
 many months.  Atari had been out of 1040ST and 520ST models but was
 postponing going back into production, hoping for the STE approval that
 will allow U.S. distribution of the machine they have been selling
 worldwide since December, 1989.  Dealer delivery dates have not been
 announced, but as the unit has been in production, it should take little
 time to get the FCC stickers attached and in the pipeline.

 JRI has demonstrated the first memory upgrade for the STACY portable ST.
 Known for their remarkable internal hardware products for the ST
 including the GENLOCK system, JRI was given a one-meg STACY on Thursday,
 April 5, and by the evening of April 6 and before the opening of the
 Disneyland World of Atari, they had installed four meg of RAM and had it
 working fine.  Asked about a hard drive, JRI responded that their STACY
 1 didn't have one yet, but that they would have a 100-plus meg hard
 drive in it and running within days.  No comments were made about
 commercial availability of these projects, but they are reassuring to
 those who like their system to grow with their needs.

 What is sure to be the most desired if not the most popular IBM emulator
 available for the ST and MEGA computers, the SUPERCHARGER from TALON is
 now both better and more expensive.  Early reviews of the tiny external
 box that goes in the hard-drive chain off the back of any ST revealed
 two major flaws: inability to operate in cooperation with ICD hard
 drives, and the failure of the software system to recognize the "\"
 backslash character used in the USA flavors of DOS to control sub-
 directories.  BOTH of these problems are fixed in the current
 SUPERCHARGER, which also now comes with 1 MEG of RAM onboard, along with
 MS DOS 4.1 plus utilities..  Better yet, the meg of RAM in the self
 powered unit is addressable as a RAMDISK or mini-hard disk by the ST
 when in ST mode.  However, the price reflects these improvements: now
 $450, up from $399.  Talon Technology, 619-792-6511.

 STV is a new company showing their V-C-ARCHIVE videotape backup device
 for the first time at World of Atari last weekend.  For $399.95, you can
 store up to 40 MB per tape in a system reminiscent of the DVT from
 Seymor/Radix.  This unit attaches directly to the DMA port rather than
 as a cartridge, and includes some sophisticated options for use with
 Alpha Microsystems remote control VCR's.  This would make completely
 automatic backup and restore operations, which are more difficult with
 the manual DVT system.  The unit on display at WOA did not appear to be
 a production unit, but operated well.  STV may find the going rough, as
 their price, plus the remote VCR, makes a more expensive package than
 the light years faster Tape Backup from ICD.  STV, 15161 Vermont Street,
 Westminster, CA  92683, 714-892-9018.

 Michtron released the upscale publisher FLEET STREET PUBLISHER 3.0
 "about six weeks ago" according to George Miller when asked at the WOA
 show.  FLEET 3 is expected to compete against CALAMUS and PAGESTREAM
 with a full featured application.  Fleet 2.x was a major disappointment
 to many as it offered limited "special effects", no GEM graphic
 importing, and only single-page files.  Version 3.0 is more in line with
 the competition but pricey at its $399 retail price.  Owners of earlier
 FS versions can upgrade for under $150.  Details soon...

 MEGAMAX (the folks who brought you LASER C) are trying a new market as
 they premier two new consumer applications for the ST: SCRIPT and
 SKETCH.  These are German imports, being revised and enhanced for the US
 market and to be ready for sale within days.  SCRIPT is a "high speed"
 editor that lets you work on up to four documents at once, in a
 graphical environment.  It does NOT use GDOS but sports the features of
 WORDFLAIR and WORD UP, integrating proprietary text imaging and giving
 full resolution on 9 and 24 pin dot matrix printers as well as inkjet
 and lasers.  The fonts are expected to be interchangeable with SIGNUM,
 with lots of new fonts becoming available soon at $25-$50 a family.
 Full "what you see..." screen handling is fast and innovative.  Pictures
 can be imported as well.  Mono monitor and 1 MEG RAM is required for the
 suggested retail of $79.95.  SKETCH is the US version of STAD, a high
 resolution paint and 3D modeling art application listing at $99.95.  It
 features most of the familiar drawing AND painting tools, plus the
 ability to use SCRIPT/SIGNUM fonts.  The 3D portion will include
 wireframe, extrusion, and rotation in real time, perspective, and bit
 image copy into the paint module.  Megamax, 1200 E. Collins #214,
 Richardson TX 75081, 214-699-7400.

 SPROKITS is a new California company with a wide range of new products
 for the Atari.  At the WOA, they showed handcrafted and VERY nice
 carrying cases for the LYNX, PROTFOLIO, and STACY.  Travel cases were
 even offered for monitors, 1040ST and MEGA computers!  Another
 innovation is a TOWER CASE, available with YOUR computer installed into
 it (about $400 complete).  It offers unified power supply and room for
 all the hard drives and such you could want, plus front-panel TURBO 16
 control and indication.  We will have details of their new hard drive
 host kit and other hot imported and domestic products soon.  SPROKITS,

 G.I.M.E. (pronounced GIME like DIME or GIMME? I don't know!) is a
 Graphics Interface Modem Environment.  What that means in real life is
 the Micrto Creations has developed a means of transferring picture
 information over modem line at a remarkable speed.  In only a couple
 seconds at 1200 baud, a picture of DEGAS ype and resolution with
 multiple sized text overlay can be sent by a BBS to a user with
 compatible software.  It will do boxes, circles, fills, colors, and
 more, as well as all the "standard VT52/ANSI color graphics.  This was
 an impressive product at a rediculous price.  $30.00 gets either the
 terminal or the BBS, or $40 gets BOTH.  If this becomes a standard
 protocol for graphic transfer, modeming will never look the same.  Both
 programs also include X, Y, and ZMODEM and standard telecom features.
 Look for a full review soon.  Micro Creations, 805-397-9414.

 CMS Enhancements announced new products for Macintosh and Apple IIe/IIgs
 personal computers.  These new products were featured at the Macworld
 San Francisco Show, April 10-13.  For Apple, an upgraded version SCSI
 interface card.  The new card will allow users to connect any of CMS
 Enhancements' existing Macintosh hard disk subsystems to their Apple II
 machines and has a suggested retail price of $199.  A ROM upgrade kit is
 also available for a suggested retail price of $69.  BackupMaster, a new
 SCSI tape drive subsystem for Macintosh computers was also announced
 and will store 150- and 250-Mbytes of data per tape cartridge. 

 Xerox Imaging Systems announced the new Datacopy GS plus flatbed scanner
 designed for desktop publishing.  The GS plus scans full page, 256 level
 grayscale images approximately 20 seconds faster than most scanners.
 Standard size documents can be scanned at 300 dots per inch in 10
 seconds in binary mode.  Supporting Macintosh SE series and Macintosh II
 series systems, the IBM PC AT, XT, PS/2 or compatible, this scanner
 offers adjustable resolution between 75 and 300 dpi in increments of 1
 dpi.  In addition, the Datacopy GS plus provides a scan window of 8-1/2
 inches x 14 inches for reading full-size legal documents in a single-
 pass without any loss of information.  An optional Automatic Document
 Feeder with a 50-page capacity input hopper is also available for the
 Datacopy GS plus.  Like a copier, documents remain on the platen for
 multiple scans without refeeding. 

 Abaton announced the LaserScript, a 300-dpi PostScript-compatible laser
 printer for the Macintosh and PC environments.  LaserScript is a
 multihost, multiapplication desktop page printer, and is priced at
 $2,995.  The printer was introduced at the Macworld Expo in San
 Francisco, April 10-13.  The LaserScript will begin volume shipping in
 May, and includes a 1-year warranty and 90 days on-site service.

 Motorola said this week that Judge Lucius D. Bunton of the U.S. District
 Court for the Western Division of Texas delayed his decision until June
 18 on Hitachi's motion to lift a stay of the judge's earlier injunction
 in the Motorola-Hitachi patent infringement case.  Motorola said that it
 continues marketing and selling its 68030 microprocessor, which has been
 involved in the litigation.  Motorola said that it also intends to
 appeal Judge Bunton's original March 29 decision to the U.S. Court of
 Appeals for the federal circuit, and anticipates that it will take at
 least eight months for the court of appeals to hold hearings and render
 a favorable judgment on that appeal.  Judge Bunton's March 29 decision
 enjoined Hitachi from marketing or selling its H8/532 microprocessor,
 and enjoined Motorola from marketing or selling its 68030 micro-
 processor.  The judge stayed that judgment on March 30, thus allowing
 Motorola to continue sale and marketing of its 68030 microprocessor
 pending appeal. 

 Mr. Rory Freeman, founder of COMPUTERS ETC., INC. announced that
 effective immediately, COMPUTERS ETC. has been officially reorganized,
 with new and greater financial capital and additional corporate
 personnel.  Mr. Freeman stated that steps have been taken to allow
 COMPUTERS ETC. to offer a greater selection of software and hardware
 products, as well as expanded services, to the Atari ST and IBM
 communities.  This reorganization will assure CE's ability to remain
 competitive in the '90's without sacrificing the highly personalized
 service its so well known for.  Mr. Paul Helgesen, a well known
 professional in the computer industry, is now a new active partner in
 COMPUTERS ETC. and CE's day-to-day General Manager.  Ms. Lisa Freeman
 and Mr. Jim Hill will continue to provide the usual high levels of
 personal service that CE's Atari ST customers have come to expect.
 Computers Etc., Fairfield, CT  06430, (203) 336-3100

 Hewlett-Packard introduced a new HP PaintWriter XL color-graphics
 printer for the Macintosh.  It was demonstrated at this week's Macworld
 Exposition.  Four other printers were also shown for the first time,
 including the Macintosh/PostScript versions of the HP LaserJet III, IID
 and IIP printers an improved version of the HP DeskWriter printer, which
 allows users to connect the printer on Apple's AppleTalk networks.  The
 PaintWriter XL lists for $2,995 and is designed to be shared by Mac
 users on an AppleTalk network.
 Electronic Arts has agreed to develop and market video games for
 Nintendo.  Nintendo will manufacture the games and allow Electronic Arts
 to use Nintendo's trademarks in the marketing.  The first game released
 under will be "Skate or Die 2," a sequel to "Skate or Die," which sold
 more than 1.3 million units on all formats and should be ready to ship
 the new game in September.
 Seagate was informed by the IRS this week about $112 million in back
 taxes.  For the tax years of 1981 thru 1987 the IRS stated that Segate
 would have to cover "deficiencies".  Seagate intends to challenge the
 request and will petition the Tax Court within the 90 day time frame.
 The battle over special rates for BBS lines in Texas is over.  COSUARD,
 a coalition group that represents many system operators in the Houston
 area, has voted to accept a restrictive rate policy proposed by
 Southwestern Bell.  June 1, the policy will take effect and allow
 residential phone rates for any BBS that does not receive monetary
 compensation from its users, also, no more than three telephone lines
 could be connected to the BBS.  Any system that does not adhere to the
 new policy will be billed at higher business rates.  The company also
 made clear that "donations" would be considered compensation.
 Lotus Development unveiled a CD-ROM package for the Macintosh.  The $695
 Lotus Marketplace is designed for direct mail service users.  Lotus was
 also expected to introduce a Mac version of its Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet
 earlier this year, however, they are not ready to make any announcements 

                         ST STack - by Alice Amore
 THINKWRK.LZH              Programmer:  Markus Fritze    
 This game, called "Think And Work", will drive ya nutz.  Similar in
 some ways to the popular PD game STONE AGE, this one is far more
 exasperating and will cause you to ask yourself why you are spending so
 much time figuring out your next move.  After all, life is short.
 Suffice it to say that Think And Work is a strategy game, so you'll be
 doing a lot of thinking.  One false move and you must start over again.
 Don't take a move lightly.
 In the game, you are a little green man, and you must push what looks
 like little green olives (honestly, I don't know what else they could
 be) around the screen until they're lined up on their markers.  In order
 to move an "olive", you must stand beside it, under it, or over it.  To
 prevent you from doing that, there are walls here and there, to say
 nothing of the screen edges.
 The first screen is demo'd at the start of the game, and by watching the
 little man shove his olives around, you can figure out how the game is
 played.  The game contains 25 screens, and any screen can be played at
 any time.  There's also an editor to allow you to design your own

 Think And Work was written with the Omikron Assembler and runs in color
 or monochrome.  There is also a version available for Atari 8-bit

 BOINGSTE.LZH               Programmer:  Tony Barker
 Being an American, I don't own an Atari STe.  In fact, I've never even
 seen one because they're not yet available here.  But they are being
 sold in other countries.  Canadian STe people will be happy to know
 about BOINGSTE, a dynamic demo featuring the STe's enhanced sound and
 color capabilities.  Music for the demo was digitized at 6258 Hz, and
 about 400 colors are on the screen at once.  (For you techno-heads, this
 demo illustrates the speed of the Atari blitter at performing bit-
 oriented memory moves.)
 Thanks to Tony Barker of Sydney, Australia, for writing this demo.  It
 is supposedly the STe version of those eye-popping Fuji-Boink demos that
 were so popular on the 520ST when it first appeared.

 HP_5260.LZH            Programmer:  Chet Walters    * SHAREWARE *
 Now you can print labels on your Hewlett Packard DeskJet printer.
 However, you must use Avery's 5260 mailing labels, or Avery 5260 clone
 labels.  (They must be cut-sheet, three-across, ten-down labels, with a
 built-in 1/2" margin at the top).  Six lines (up to 38 characters per
 line) are available for each address.  Sets of labels can be saved, and
 ASCII mailing lists from databases can be imported.  HP_5260 can be run
 either from the desktop or as a desk accessory.

 The programmer reminds us to be creative by using HP_5260 (in a pinch)
 as an appointment calendar, for sorted hard copies of mailing lists, and
 as a mini-diary.  Plus he details an interesting new way to print disk

 MONSTER.ARC (V03)     From:  Branch Always Software
 "MonSTEr 0.3" requires TOS 1.2 or higher.  It causes GEM to "emulate" a
 large-screen monitor (such as the Moniterm).  No doubt it does work on
 an STe (since the programmer uses one),  but for the life of me, I
 couldn't get it to work on my Mega 2.  We hope fixes will be posted,
 since this program would be a hoot to use with the likes of PageStream
 (to display an entire page on the screen at once).

 DORUNRUN.LZH       Programmer:  Donald A. Thomas, Jr.   * SHAREWARE * 
 For those who are dedicated users of STWriter, the excellent PD word
 processor from Dr. Bruce Noonan (courtesy of Atari Corp.), here's a
 program which gives you various and sundry information about your data
 files, and lets you preconfigure various options.

 MCSCNVT.ARC        Programmer:  Greg Ozbirn
 This is a beta version of a program which will convert 8-bit "Music
 Construction Set" files to ST "Music Studio" format.  As far as the
 programmer knows, no such program existed before he tried his hand at
 writing this one.
 BUBLEM.ARC         Programmer:  David Tassone         * SHAREWARE *
 Feed the lizard three times, run through caverns and mazes, avoid
 falling rocks and rising lava, and collect the energy crystals.

 Here's an arcade game that offers a real challenge.  I couldn't get very
 far.  No doubt others will do better.  Written in Megamax C.


                    PD/SHAREWARE STop - by Mark Quinn
 (The following program runs in monochrome ONLY.)

    File name:  WORLD.LZH                Author:  Bernd Werner
 Program name:  WORLD                 File type:  Educational
 WORLD is yet another in a series of English translations of German PD
 software.  This program is a geography tutor.  The student may choose
 between maps of West Germany, the USA, Central America, South America,
 Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.  Drills can be given on countries and
 capitals.  Choices are made by clicking on small squares in the centers
 of the correct regions.  Correct answers are rewarded with a flashing
 symbol and points.  Clicking on an incorrect choice causes the correct
 answer (box) to flash.

 The translator makes an educated guess by stating that ninety-nine
 percent of the names of countries/capitals were changed to their English
 equivalents.  (I don't know how many times I've heard that "The job is
 ninety-nine percent done".  Probably more than ninety-nine times.)

 "There are still a few countries, especially around Oceania, that
 haven't been translated--yet," says Mr. Fass.  "That's because we
 couldn't even find them in the "TEACHER'S EDITION OF WORLD GEOGRAPHY".
 Also, I haven't translated most of the West German countries/capitals
 except for the really popular ones like Munich, etc."  He goes on to say
 that interested parties can edit the program's data file with a text

 "...don't know much about geography..." If the words to this song ring
 true for you or someone you know, or if you want to try your hand at
 fully translating this program to English (a good translation would be
 indispensable in the classroom), then you owe it to yourself to download
 WORLD.  (Imagine:  the whole thing is around 83K.  It's amazing what
 file compression will do.)

 (The following program runs in monochrome ONLY.)

    File name:  GOUP.LZH                 Author:  Rudiger Wurth
 Program name:  GO-UP                 File type:  Game
 It seems we are enjoying a deluge of Deutschland data lately.  Will it
 end soon?  We hope not.  Surprisingly, GO-UP is an above average Lode
 Runner clone that is so far above average that it warrants a closer

 The game can be played with a mouse or a joystick, allows for one to
 four players, has two "level libraries" that may be loaded, and has an
 editor that is refreshingly easy to use.  The object of the game is to
 pick up all the gems.  Once you do, you can go to the next screen full
 of screen gems and do it again.  There are some "nasty guys" out to foil
 your attempts at completing your mission.  You can foil them by blasting
 a hole in the floor, temporarily trapping them.

 The game has a clean look to it, essentially due to its being in
 monochrome.  The objects are black on a white background, which (at
 least, for this reviewer) should prove to be easy on the eyes.  The
 objects are small, however.  Game play is straightforward:  By keeping
 the pointer ahead of your man with the mouse (we're men and women, not
 mice), or by directly controlling him/her with the joystick, you can
 climb ladders and 'hit the bricks' until the whole idea makes you silly.
 A gem is worth 100 points.

 Players will quickly find that, as with most games, there are a number
 of different 'patterns' that can be followed to success.  So if you love
 problem solving in the context of an arcade classic, this game's for

 Quinn's Quickies"

  For TOS 1.4 users.  Make a program slow loading, fast loading, or
  check its fast-loading status.  Command lines allowed, wildcards
  allowed.  The first file contains the program, the second the source

  Not exactly a "Breakout-style game", LAZER BALL can be addictive.  The
  object of the game is to deflect a "Lazer" with a paddle at the top and
  bottom of the screen off mirrors and other objects and hit a target a
  number of times.

  Watch the SPINNING BOXES.  Another TOPCAT animation from GATOR GULCH
  BBS.  MIDI sound effects.  Hypnotic.  I'd like to see Freddy in
  monochrome (this one's in color).

  A very nice, playable demo of SWIFTAR, a shoot-em-up.  Reminiscent of
  about thirty other games of this type, but the second screen is still
  a lot of fun.

                WHEN "Z" IS "ZED" AND "COLOR" IS "COLOUR"
 by Jon Clarke
 Ever listened to a couple of people from outside your state chatting and
 thought " Hmmm where are they from ? "

 Ever thought "aha, New Zealand is part of Australia and found you were a
 long way of the Mark?"

 Ever heard the expression "in a fortnight's time?"

 Ever seen Color spelt Colour ?

 Ever heard "Tomato" pronounced Tom-art-o ?

 Ever heard the letter "Z" pronounced as "Zed" rather than "Zee" ?

 Ever heard that "Atari is alive and well out side of North America?"
 Well here we are then!  Reading 'Z*Net'.  Now how did that go?  Are you
 reading 'Zed'*Net or 'Zee'*Net?  I for one am reading 'Zed'*Net and a
 lot of you are reading 'Zee'*Net.  Interesting thought that world wide
 people read the same on-line magazine and call it by a different name.

 "The other day a bloke down here was chatting about an article in an
 issue a fornight ago, and how it helped him with a problem he had."

 Did you understand that?  Now all the readers down-under and in Europe
 will all stand up and say "Yep, not a problem".  But I suspect many of
 you will read it again and say to yourself "what's this all about?"

 "The other day a guy down here was talking about an article in an issue
 two weeks ago, etc etc"

 The problem with a global community is that while you may say one thing
 it can mean a totally different thing to someone elsewhere.  If I was to
 write this article in the way we speak, and in the local terms we use
 you would find yourself 'up-a-Pine tree' trying to figure out what I
 meant.  So I thought I would take a minute to explain a few of the
 differences between my country, New Zealand and the USA.

 Myth #1
 New Zealand does not belong to Australia.
 Myth #2
 Our countries Nick-name is "Kiwi", not to be confussed with the "Chiness
 Gossberry" or "Kiwi-Fruit" which is marketed in North America as "kiwi",
 the saying comes from one of our native birds called the "Kiwi".
 Myth #3
 Australians are called "ockers" from the "land of OZ"
 Myth #4
 If we live Down-under, where do you live? "UP-Over ?"
 Myth #5
 Australia is the little Island of the west coast of New Zealand
 Myth #6
 Colour is spelt Colour NOT color
 Myth #7
 Tomato is spelt Tomato not Tomatoe
 Myth #8
 Tomato is pronounced "Tom-art-o" not "Ta-mate-oe"
 Myth #9
 Dance is pronounced "Darn-ce" not "Daan-ce"
 Myth #10
 Six is pronounced "Sicks" not "Seex"
 Myth #11
 The letter "i" is pronounced "eye" not "E"
 Myth #12
 Petone a Town in NZ is pronounced "P-tone-ee" not Pet-one
 Myth #13
 Wanganui is not the home of "Wang-computers".  It is pronounced "Wonga-
 Myth #14
 Auckland is not to be confused with Oakland in CA.  It happens on the
 airlines all the time, stuff ends up in Oakland or Auckland instead of
 where it should be...
 Myth #15
 New Zealand population is only 3.3 million, our Sheep population is 75
 Myth #16
 We are the World Champions of "Football" or 'RUGBY' as we call it, not
 this nandy-pandy NFL stuff <grin>.
 Myth #17
 America did not win the America's Cup, We did.
 Myth #18
 Two New Zealand Ketchs' are winning the "Whitbread" around the world
 race, "Steinlarger" and "Fisher and Paykel".
 Myth #19
 Who designed the orginal "PAC-MAN Mechanism" a Kiwi.
 Myth #20
 Atari is alive and well Down-under.
 Myth #21
 The User group scene is well and truely Alive Down-under.
 Myth #22
 The BBS's scene is Alive and over populated, we have 36 BBS's in
 Auckland alone.
 Myth #23
 We are the first country in the World to issue in the New Day and you
 thought you were advanced <grin>.
 Myth #24
 We still watch re-runs of M*A*S*H <FOR THE 25TH TIME>, and see most of
 the Network and cable TV on our TV's down here.
 Myth #25
 U2's top 10 pop song "One Tree Hill", is named after One Tree Hill here
 in Auckland <near my house>, and the drummer the song was dedicated to
 was a Kiwi.
 Myth #26
 We have NO snakes or deadly animals.
 Myth #27
 We have no trees on our SKI fields <neato>.
 Myth #28
 Our currency is called you guessed the "Dollar", conversion to USA $$ is
 for every $USA 1.00 you get $NZ 2.00 <rats>.
 Myth #29
 New Zealand is NUCLEAR FREE period.
 The list goes on and on. By now I think you get the idea.

 Now for a sample of the most popular "Kiwi Sayings" <quotes> ...

 Quote : "She'll be right"
 Means : " It will be ok "

 Quote : "Such is life", "Ya get that", "Jeeze Wayne"
 Means : " To bad, so what, who cares "
 Quote : "A real Kiwi Bloke"
 Means : " A guy from New Zealand "
 Quote : "Chela  or pronounced 'Shee-laa'
 Means : " Woman <opps I will be called a sexist here> "

 Quote : "Mate"
 Means : " Pal, buddy, friend "
 Quote : "Tiki-tour"
 Means : " Travel, go for a trip, a for a Sunday drive  "
 Quote : "Spot ya"
 Means : " see you later "

 Quote : "Ocker", "Ozzie", "Digger"
 Means : " An Australian "

 Quote : "Pom"
 Means : " Person from England "
    o( )       Happy Easter Weekend.
   /  /\   Till next time mate, "Spot ya"
  //   Support the revolution and join the Atari Users Association    //

                           8-BIT OWNERS UPDATE
 by Stephen Knox, S*P*A*C*E
 (Reprinted from the Puget Sound Atari News, April, 1990)
 Contrary to popular belief, the Atari 8-bit is not dead (not yet
 anyway.)  There is an abundance of NEW software out there, as well as
 hardware, if you know where to look.  I have found several new graphics
 programs on some of the more popular Bulletin Boards, and I'll list a
 This is a program that allows you to read, display and save GIF
 (Graphics Interchange Format) pictures of any size and any resolution,
 which is a vast improvement over the older Atari-View 8 program.
 APACVIEW uses the APAC mode that was discussed in Analog magazine a
 while back.  APAC (Any Point, Any Color) combines a mix of Graphics 9
 and Graphics 11 resolutions to create a FULL color picture that can be
 saved as a standard 62 sector file and displayed using the same program
 or APACSHOW.OBJ.  These are shareware programs written by Jeff Potter
 and are well worth the money.  He has also written a program called
 ILBMREAD.OBJ, which will allow you to read and display AMIGA IFF
 pictures, using the same format as APACVIEW.OBJ.  These programs display
 the pictures quite well.  And, if you're a graphics nut (like I am) you
 will want to get several pictures to try out.

 There are a couple of companies that have new hardware available for the
 Atari 8-bit.  One is KP Industries, who markets a Hard-Drive interface.
 Formally the Supra Interface, it is a compact little unit that plugs
 directly into the serial bus in the back of the 800 XL.  Another is CSS,
 which has a number of products for the Atari 8-bit.  One, of course, is
 the "Black Box" which has several functions including a Hard-Drive
 interface.  There is also the Multi-plexor, which allows you to have up
 to 8 computers hooked-up together.

 There is a lot more software out there, and I would like to encourage
 all of you Atari 8-bit people to "hang-in there."  We still have the
 best 8-bit computer there is, and the new software, even though it is
 sparce, is of good quality.  So, in conclusion, if you want good
 software, look around.  You will find it,  And, if you like something,
 send the authors a donation so that they will continue to write good
 software.  If you have any questions or comments please leave me E-mail
 on SUB-SPACE BBS (for "Weird Al"), or you can get my number from Nick
 Berry or Jim Chapman.  Thanks, Steve.

                    PROTEST REQUEST AND EARTH DAY 1990

   **                                                               **
   **                        RALLY AGAINST                          **
   **                                                               **
   **                     ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM                      **
   **                                                               **
   Join us in protest:  Saturday, April 14th, 1:00pm.
                        Tea Street Field by Talmage Ave.
                        Bound Brook, New Jersey
 Protest is against American Cyanamid for:
           * Exploiting South African Labor
           * Supporting Apartheid in South Africa
           * Exporting Deadly Mercury Waste to South Africa
              - About 100 more than international safety standard!
           * Poisoning New Jersey With Toxic Pollution
 For more information call:
               GREENPEACE - (202) 319-2575
                          - (212) 941-9145
 Supported by:       GREENPEACE
                     Bound Brook Citizens Association
                     Educators Against Racism & Apartheid
                     Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
                     New Jersey Anti-Apartheid Mobilization Coalition
                     Raritan Valley Students for Environmental Awareness
 Raritan Valley Students for Environmental Awareness, SEA, present...
                          EARTH NIGHT
                  "In Celebration of the Earth"
                 Raritan Valley Community College
                      Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd.
                         North Branch, NJ
                 Saturday, April 28, 1990 - 7:00pm
                         Student Cafeteria
                    Beth Feberici "GREENPEACE"
               Lou Gold "SISKYOU REGIONAL PROJECT"
                        A representative of the 
               addressing Global, National and Statewide 
                        environment issues.
             Environmental exhibits by local organizations.
                               * * *
                                * *
            For more information call Jeanie at (201) 707-4495.
                                * *
                               * * *
                     Remember EARTH DAY is April 22!
                     For events in your area contact:
                              Earth Day 1990
                                 PO Box AA
                       Stanford University, CA 94305
                          Phone:  (415) 321-1990
                          FAX:    (415) 321-2040


                         X-10 POWERHOUSE SOFTWARE
 Press Release
 From: MAX Systems      &     DataQue Software
       Sacramento, CA         Ontario, OH  44862

 Date: April 7, 1990

   re:   X-10 PowerHouse Software Development
 MAX Systems, and DataQue Software are pleased to announce a "joining of
 forces" for the development of software for the programming and control
 of the CP290 Computer Interface made by X-10 (USA), Inc..

 The X-10 PowerHouse system is a wide collection of hardware for use in
 controlling electrical devices of nearly any type ranging from simple
 home lighting control to security system control to certain industrial
 process control.

 The X-10 PowerHouse is able to accomplish this control WITHOUT the need
 for expensive custom electrical wiring by sending the control signals
 through the existing building 120vac wiring system.  The X-10 system is
 completely FCC approved, and carries the Underwriter's Laboratory seal
 of approval.

 The applications possible with the X-10 PowerHouse system are limited
 only by the imagination of the user.

 MAX Systems has been, for the last month, in the development stage of a
 system called MAX-10 for the Atari 8-Bit computers to allow
 sophisticated X-10 control by means of  a "dedicated" computer to
 increase the abilities of the X-10 controller by adding, in effect, at
 least 64K of RAM, a disk drive, and a CPU.

 MAX-10 will allow for user-written "modules" for special applications,
 an "artificially intelligent" ability to make decisions based on input,
 much more detailed timed events, and many other features that will move
 the X-10 PowerHouse into the range of much more expensive dedicated
 control devices.

 DataQue brings to the MAX-10 project: many years of programming
 experience; a wealth of information in the Heating, Ventilating, and Air
 Conditioning <HVA/C>; and a strong background with many personal
 computer types.

 These valuable skills will allow, among other things, for MAX-10 to be
 "ported" to many different personal computers, including: Atari 8-Bit;
 Commodore 64/128; IBM PC/"clone"; Atari ST; and Amiga.

 While each version will take advantage of the host computer's abilities,
 there will be much in common in the user interface so that moving from
 one version to another will be a simple matter for the MAX-10 user.

 The planned release for MAX-10 will be in several stages, with the Atari
 8-Bit version being first, followed by the Atari ST, IBM PC/"clone",
 Commodore 64/128, and Amiga.  For all machines, there will be several
 "stages" of the  program: A Public Domain demonstration; A Shareware
 version that will support access to the X-10 unit; An "entry level"
 commercial version with more features than the Shareware version; And
 the complete commercial version with full abilities.

 Upgrade paths for owners of the "lower level" versions will be provided.
 Exact release dates have not been set as of this date, nor have exact
 prices been set.  Any comments or suggestions are welcomed!

 For more information, you may contact:
 MAX Systems                      DataQue Software
 4005 Manzanita Ave.  #6-216      PO Box 134
 Carmichael, CA  95608            Ontario, OH  44862
 GEnie:  MARTY.A                  GEnie:  DATAQUE.1
 BBS:    The Breakfast Club       BBS:   DataQue Support
         300/1200/2400bps                300/1200 Bps
         (916) 331-4722                  (419) 529-5197

                        MECHANICS ONLINE MAGAZINE
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