Z*Net: 22-Jun-90 #525

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 06/23/90-03:22:14 AM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: Z*Net: 22-Jun-90  #525
Date: Sat Jun 23 03:22:14 1990

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 //////       //    //  ///////   //                  Issue #525
                    (=) 1990 by Rovac Industries, Inc.
                            Post Office Box 59
                       Middlesex, New Jersey 08846
                     Z*Net Online BBS: (201) 968-8148
 CompuServe 71777,2140                                       GEnie Z-NET


 THIS WEEK......................................Ron Kovacs and John Nagy
 Z*NET NEWSWIRE.........................................................
 MACINTOSH VIRUSES.....................................Kristofer H. Cruz
 NEW HEADQUARTERS BBS.........................................Ron Kovacs
 TOP 20 GAMES IN THE UK.......................................Jon Clarke
 CHEAP DISK STORAGE.......................................Jere W. Frazer
 PD/SHAREWARE STOP............................................Mark Quinn
 ATARI TT WORKSTATION...................................................
 ST JOURNAL MAGAZINE REVIEWED................................John Strand
                                THIS WEEK
                       by Ron Kovacs and John Nagy
 In issue #19, 5/11/90, Z*Net made charges of download falsification
 ("pumping") on GEnie telecommunication service.  In an editorial, we
 presented evidence that led us to conclude that some party was
 deliberately inflating the online magazine file access counts on that
 system, sometime of one, and sometimes of both major magazines.  Since
 that editorial, there has been a flurry of comments from readers, system
 administrators, and other magazines, variously agreeing or disagreeing
 or even accusing Z*Net of inventing the matter either to cover up our
 own dishonest actions or to try to avoid admitting to having less
 popularity than other magazines.
 Fortunately, time has provided additional perspective on the matter.
 During the week after June 25, GEnie administrators posted messages
 saying that they had been monitoring downloads, and that "neither
 magazine" was discovered to be altering the counts at that time.
 However, they also said that they did discover and talk to a user who
 was found to be deliberately pumping the magazines.  Details have not
 been released as to whom it was or what the degree of pumping might have
 been.  More recently, here are a few messages from GEnie on the subject,
 posted just this week:

 Category 26,  Topic 2
 Message 389       Wed Jun 20, 1990
 M.MEZAROS                    at 00:58 EDT
 [Edited] ...Ralph/John/Ron, I'm glad to see that the d/l number
 controversy has cured itself. It seems to me that the numbers haven't
 changed much, so the people doing the "pumping" are still at it.  But at
 least all the readers now know that the d/l numbers are not to be taken
 as the gospel.
 Category 26,  Topic 2
 Message 390       Wed Jun 20, 1990
 NHARRIS [Neil]               at 11:07 EDT
 On the contrary -- we've been keeping track of who downloads the issues,
 and we believe there is not currently any tampering being done with the
 download counts.
 Category 26,  Topic 2
 Message 391       Wed Jun 20, 1990
 STACE [Mark]                 at 18:19 EDT
 Wow !!  Maybe that explains why Z*Net is now proving to be more
 "popular" ...just as I suspected that it always should have. 
 Thanks Neil!



 These messages are reprinted from GEnie.  Neil Harris is a senior
 administrator at GEnie.

 In fact, the access numbers have changed SIGNIFICANTLY since the matter
 was discussed openly.  Both Z*Net and ST-Report have had their average
 counts drop measurably.  Numbers here (as of 6/21/90) are split into
 those from 1990 before the controversy was brought forward, and those
 since GEnie announced that they are monitoring:

                                      Z*NET      ST-REPORT
 AVERAGE COUNTS BEFORE ISSUE #19      589.8        639.1
 AVERAGE COUNTS AFTER ISSUE #21       517.0        476.3
 DIFFERENCE IN AVERAGE COUNTS         -72.8       -162.8
 PERCENTAGE OF DROP                   -12.4%       -25.1%

 It should also be noted that ST-REPORT has logged the lowest access
 numbers that it has had in the last 15 months, and has had them for
 three weeks running in these three weeks since GEnie has monitored the
 file accesses.

 ZNet applauds GEnie for having taken the matter of download
 falsification seriously enough to monitor the numbers and announce their
 actions.  We are pleased to hear that, for now at least, we can believe
 the access numbers on GEnie, and that they confirm (again, for now at
 least) what we have thought all along - that Z*NET is your first choice
 in Atari Online Magazines.

                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE

 Dealers have been showing and selling the 256K RAM expander for the
 Portfolio computer.  Priced between $200 and $300, the unit
 substantially increases the size of the palm-top computer, plugging in
 on the end of the machine like a triple-sized serial adapter.  It also
 has a card slot, allowing the use of expanded "internal" RAM memory AND
 a pair of memory cards all at once.  Also now available is the IBM
 compatible "card reader" device that makes the Portfolio memory cards
 look like a disk to the computer for ease of file transfers.  However,
 the card reader is ONLY for IBM compatible computers and CANNOT be used
 on a ST, even in an IBM emulation mode.  Included with the reader unit
 itself (which many Atari owners will find looks frighteningly like an
 old XM-301 300 baud Atari Modem) is an IBM internal card, which must be
 mounted in a "real" IBM or clone.  Sorry, but we know of no plans for an
 ST compatible reader.

 Atari's MSDOS computers allow students to interact with the computer in 
 a classroom setting.  This state of the art system allows teachers to 
 provide resource and presentation material through the network.  It's 
 like having and interactive color blackboard for each student.  The 
 network, called Atari gemNet, has been approved for Ontario schools by 
 the Ministry of Education.
 New software packages include a micro-bookeeper, which  puts the 
 accounting power of a full sized computer in the palm of your hands - 
 perfect for small businessmen.  The TimeKeeper for Portfolio takes 
 charge of the tedious bookeeping and keeps track of billing and helps 
 prepare time-sheets.  With Transport Logger, truck drivers can quickly 
 and conveniently keep their driving logs.
 While owners of the SUPERCHARGER IBM emulator from TALON have been able
 to use their units with ICD hard drives for several months now, ICD has
 released a new software set that makes it easier.  "This current release
 includes full software support for the Supercharger PC emulator," says
 a DOC file included with the new drivers, available only on the major
 telecommunication systems and ICD's own BBS.  Operationally, the user
 tells the software ONCE which ID number the SUPERCHARGER is using, and
 then all ICD programs will not do any SCSI commands on this ID.  "This
 means that you need no longer hold down the reset button when booting
 the computer with the Supercharger attached.  You must also disable
 write cacheing when running the Supercharger, otherwise you will never
 write to your hard disk."  You can set up your booter to disable write
 cacheing, or permanently enable write cacheing and turn it off
 temporarily with the DESKTOP.ACC or with the CACHEOFF.PRG, included in
 the new software.  There is also a CACHEON.PRG to turn the cacheing back
 on.  "Please note that the Supercharger is fully compatible with OLD ICD
 Host Adapters.  It is NOT compatible with early release versions of the
 ICD Advantage and Advantage Plus host adapters.  In addition to the
 software you will need a hardware upgrade kit which replaces one of the
 GAL chips on the Advantage and Advantage Plus boards.  The cost for this
 upgrade kit is $15.00."  ICD Advantage ST Upgrade Offer, 1220 Rock St.,
 Rockford, IL 61101.  "Note that Advantage and Advantage Plus host
 adapters shipped from ICD after the date of this file will have hardware
 upgrades in place to be compatible with the Supercharger."

 Dealers across the USA received their first shipments of the long
 awaited STE computers this week.  They appear to be available in good
 quantity, and are selling quickly for prices between $600 and $700.
 However, the STE computers Z*NET tested at Los Angeles dealers still has
 the "buggy" TOS version 1.6, while the promised version 1.62 is not to
 be found.  The major problem with 1.6 seems to be the inability to use
 most (or possibly any) existing hard drive with the STE... it just won't
 find it.  Other tell-tale signs of TOS 1.6 is the inability to boot the
 computer into MEDIUM resolution, regardless of the settings saved in the
 desktop information file.  Many prospective buyers we talked to about
 the STE are not put off by the lack of the newer TOS, and it is expected
 that the replacement TOS 1.62 will be made available for early STE
 buyers once it is in sufficient supply.

 A super SUMMER SPECIAL is being offered through Z*NET from PRACTICAL
 SOLUTIONS.  For only $29.95, just HALF the regular price of $59.95, you
 can get the remarkable TWEETY BOARD stereo sound adaptor for the ST and
 MEGA computers.  This unit mounts easily inside the ST on the sound
 chip, and separates the three distinct and separately programmed sound
 channels into three high fidelity outputs.  Plug into your stereo system
 for sound far superior to what you are used to coming through the single
 3 inch speaker in your monitor.  It really does sound three dimensional,
 and the clarity is astounding.  Call PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS and ask for the
 Z*NET TWEETY BOARD SPECIAL.  PS, 1135 North Jones Blvd., Tucson, AZ
 85716, phone at 602-322-6100.

 Michigan Bell will provide the personnel and Facilities for a new
 service that will bring quality telecommunications services to the
 hearing and speech impaired statewide.  The relay service expands the
 usefulness of the Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDDs),
 instruments with a small screen and keyboard on which messages are
 typed, then sent over telephone lines.  Currently, hearing and speech
 impaired customers can use the TDD to converse over the phone only with
 someone else who is using a TDD.  With the new service, customers using
 a TDD will call a statewide 800 telephone number to reach an operator in
 a relay center.  The operator reads the typed message to the called
 party, and in turn types that person's spoken reply into the TDD.  The
 system works in reverse for persons calling a hearing- or speech-
 impaired person.  It is projected that in its third year of operation,
 the system will handle at least 100,000 calls a month.  Users will incur
 no additional charges using the relay system; only the normal local or
 toll charges based on the calling and called numbers will apply.  It is
 expected the majority of calls will be local and involve no toll
 charges.  More then half a million people in Michigan stand to benefit
 from the system, according to the Michigan Association of Deaf, Hearing
 and Speech Services, which estimates as many as 600,000 Michigan
 citizens are hearing and speech impaired.  "Thousands of people in this
 state can't use the telephone or routine things like keeping in touch
 with friends, conducting business or calling for help.  The relay system
 is going to change that," said Mark Doman, General Manager-public
 markets.  "We also are creating 100 new jobs at Michigan Bell as a

 TOS 2.0 or TOS 3.0?
 Last week, Z*Net made mention that Atari had denied having plans to make
 major modifications to the TOS operating system version that was
 presently powering the TT 68030 computer.  We had reported that at the
 recent Toronto show, Derek Mihocka had been told by a Canadian Atari
 representative that the "TOS 030" was much slower than the eventual "TOS
 2.0" that would be in the final production TT.  Derek got back to us
 since that issue was distributed with additional information.
 Specifically, Derek was told by a member of the technical development
 department at Atari Canada that TOS 030, which shows up as TOS 3.0 when
 checked by QUICK INDEX or other version-checking software, is compiled
 from the "C" source code using a 68000 based compiler.  The
 representative stated that once ALCYON C for the 68030 was available,
 the code would be optimized for the 68030 and recompiled, and that the
 resulting code would be significantly faster when run on the chip it was
 compiled for.  Derek concurs in that conclusion, and plans to also
 optimize his QUICK ST screen speedup program for the TT.  At the Toronto
 show, Derek was able to do a port-over of QUICK ST for the TT.  Derek
 explains, "The results were that Quick ST on the TT sped up graphics
 operations by the same factor as on any other ST. i.e., GEM redraws are
 about 300% faster that the regular TT with cache on, 5 times faster that
 the STE or a Mega ST, and 9 times faster than a blitterless ST.  Screen
 scrolling was 4 times faster than an ST, and the text benchmarks were up
 to 46 times faster than the TT.  In other words, instead of offering
 graphics and text performance of less than 100% faster than the STE,
 Quick ST running on the TT offers about 5 times the performance of the
 STE.  Now, getting back to TOS 2.0, if Atari is seriously not going to
 optimize TOS 3.0 for the 68030 and make up for the fact that they
 omitted the blitter from the TT, then all I can say is... ...how can you
 ship a "graphics workstation" and provide the very minimal graphics
 support?  Once Quick ST is optimized for the 68030, the numbers will
 improve (considerably I hope).  I expect at least 10 times the graphics
 performance of an ST."

 (1) When drawing expanding zoom boxes with dotted lines, the blitter is
 no longer used if it is present.  As it turns out, our 68000 code was
 faster.  (2) The code to display VDI text was rewritten to save space.
 In addition, a new faster algorithm to display non-byte aligned text on
 monochrome and Moniterm monitors was used.  (3) Several other minor
 improvements were made to either save space or improve the speed of VDI
 The following corrections have been made to Turbo ST, since the 1.8
 release on March 25, 1990.
 (1) Text in low and medium resolution is now clipped correctly to the
 right hand edge under all circumstances (fixed 3/29/90).  (2) The screen
 will no longer get dimmer when the Atari control panel is used with
 Turbo ST on color monitors (fixed 4/5/90).  (3) The Hippo Disk
 Utilities, which sometimes passed invalid character codes, will no
 longer crash with Turbo ST.  (4) The public domain SELECTRC program,
 which allows foreign characters to be displayed when using an english
 keyboard, now works correctly with Turbo ST.  (5) Transparent colored
 text on a colored background, as used primarily by TRACKER-ST, will now
 always be displayed correctly.  (6) When zooming in with DEGAS on a
 monochrome monitor, the fill colors will now always be correct.  (7) Key
 presses will no longer disappear from the keyboard buffer, when a
 program makes a GEMDOS call to display characters.  This had the
 potential to affect PHASAR and some unix like shells.  (8) The THUNDER
 spelling checker should work again with Turbo ST (the 1.8 release broke
 it).  One beta tester, however still reports problems.  (9) Very large
 circles on the Moniterm monitor are now drawn correctly.  (10) A few
 other minor changes were made to either better mimic the behavior of TOS
 or protect against potential errors.

 Apple announced this week a program that will make it easier for
 developers to offer the Macintosh computer's interface when providing
 networking services.  AppleTalk is a set of local-area networking
 protocols built into every Macintosh and used for connecting Apple and
 other manufacturer's computers with each other and with shared
 resources.  The AppleTalk Licensing Program makes it easier for
 mainframe and pc manufacturers to offer network services that are
 compatible with Macintosh pc's networked today.  This program is part of
 Apple's goal to extend AppleTalk to all computer environments.

 At the recent PC Expo (held this week) NYNEX and Apple unveiled the
 first commercial installations of both electronic and print advertising
 media produced on Macintosh computers, using one production staff. 

 The Supreme Court this week let stand a ruling that dismissed a
 stockholder lawsuit alleging securities fraud by Apple and its top
 officers for making misleading, optimistic statements before it
 introduced its Lisa computer in 1983.  The justices declined to review
 a federal appeals court ruling that there was no evidence that Apple and
 its officers did not believe the statements were accurate. 

 Motorola stated this week that it had been granted a temporary stay by
 Judge Howard T. Markey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal
 Circuit in Washington, D.C.  Under the terms of the stay, Motorola will
 file its formal appeal to the court no later than Friday, June 22.  In
 the meantime, the company indicated that it is continuing its
 negotiations to settle its dispute with Hitachi.

 Acclaim has entered into an agreement with Nintendo who will become the
 publisher of two Acclaim Game Boy titles in Europe.  Acclaim's Kwirk
 and Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear for the Game Boy compact
 video system will be marketed by Nintendo in Europe under the Nintendo
 brand name.
 Microsoft announced the availability of a new Mouse package.  The new
 package is identical to other Microsoft Mouse packages except that it
 provides no application software.  The Mouse package has a suggested
 retail price of $125.
 MCI unveiled a long distance service aimed specifically at an $18
 billion business market.  MCI Vision is designed to provide small and
 mid-size businesses with features and capabilities that have
 traditionally been available only to the largest national firms.  It
 offers customers a menu of long distance features that can be tailored
 to their business, new billing and management aids and broad volume
 discounts based on combined long distance usage for all of a company's
 calling -- all at prices based upon a flat per-minute rate, regardless
 of the distance or volume of calls.  MCI customers can sign up for MCI
 Vision now, with service beginning in mid-July. 

 Nintendo added its 50 millionth player to the growing list of home video
 game enthusiasts earlier this week.  In addition, sales of the Nintendo
 Entertainment System continue to be strong.  Nintendo will satisfy
 player demand with 80 new games for the second half of 1990; providing
 annual sales projections of 70 million NES game paks.

 Nippon Columbia Co of Japan said this week it has developed a compact
 disc that can store four times as much information as a conventional CD
 of the same size.  The new disc measures 3.14 inches in diameter, and
 can hold 80 minutes of music, almost as much as a standard 4.72 inch CD.
 Originally developed to record music, the disc can also be used to store
 other data.  The company expects to start selling the new disc in two
 or three years, after new CD players are developed.  The disc cannot be
 used on conventional CD players.

 The Eighth Annual PC EXPO exceeded 65,000, a record crowd for the spring
 event for corporate volume buyers and resellers of computer products and
 services.  Show officials also reported that exhibitor re-sign for space
 in 1991 has exceeded expectations, resulting in PC EXPO expanding into
 two additional halls at the Javits Center in New York.  More than
 150,000 net square feet was sold, generating over $5 million in sales
 revenue in three days for next year's Ninth Annual PC EXPO in New York,
 June 25-27.  More than 200 new products were introduced at the 1990 PC
 EXPO.  WordPerfect, Apple Computer, Intel, Toshiba, Texas Instruments
 and IBM, launched their latest hardware and software.

 Beginning in November, when you call Paris or Tyler, Texas; or other
 cities in north and northeast Texas, you will need a new area code: 903.
 The new 903 area code for north and northeast Texas will be introduced
 Nov. 4 and will affect 194 cities in Texas generally north, east and
 southeast of the Dallas metropolitan area.  Those cities are now in the
 214 area code. 


                            MACINTOSH VIRUSES!
                           by Kristofer H. Cruz
          (Reprinted from the Puget Sound Atari News, June 1990)
 When Dave Small boasts about Spectre GCR compatibility with the Mac, he
 catches himself realizing that it really IS compatible!  Unfortunately,
 this compatibility includes the Mac viruses too!  Here are some more
 recent ones....
 The first one is called WDEF.  It is most unusual because it escapes
 most virus detection programs.  It has been found at Eastern Washington
 University as well as other Inland Empire Institutions.  It attaches
 itself to the desktop file when it infects a disk.  From then on, any
 disk that is inserted will become infected.  If your disk or folder
 icons take unusually long to open - suspect this virus.  It can be
 killed by rebuilding the desktop.  To do this, simply restart your hard
 disk and hold down the COMMAND and OPTION (GCR owners: CONTROL and
 ALTERNATE) until you are asked if you wish to rebuild your desktop.
 Answer yes.  Do this to all of your disks suspected of the WDEF virus.

 Zucchini Strikes!

 (MacWeek 4/3/90) The next one to hit the scene was discovered by an
 Italian consultant.  It is known as the Zucchini virus.  It disables the
 mouse pointer and renders the Mac useless.  Virus Detecive, a shareware
 desk accessory, can be programmed to detect the Zucchini with this
 search string (put on one line):

 Resource Start & Pos -1256 & Data 082A#F1655#30832 ;for finding Zuc.

 Version 4.0 of Virus Detective will incorporate this addition.

 Trojan Horses
 (InfoLink 04/90) The University of Alberta has reported two Trojan Horse
 public domain programs that are extremely damaging.  Trojan Horses are
 applications that promise to do one thing but are actually intent on
 deleting your files or entire hard disk.  It has been discovered in
 Canada (MacWeek, 13 Feb. '90) that the public domain packages MOSAIC and
 FONTFINDER were embedded with code that will activate after February 10,
 1990 and will destroy the directories of all mounted disks when run.
 This warning is a little late, but maybe one person out there will be
 saved data loss.

 Compatability does have its price!

                        NEW HEADQUARTERS BBS ADDED
                              by Ron Kovacs
                            Art by Ethan Rider

 In an effort to provide more local distribution of Z*Net Online, we have
 added a few BBS systems to our growing list and selected a few as local
 headquarter systems, providing atleast 5-10 of the past issues.
 Steve Rider is the SysOp of the Full Moon BBS in Massachusettes and will
 be assisting Z*Net as a local distributor.  The following is artwork
 provided by his son Ethan.
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                          TOP 20 GAMES IN THE UK
                          Compiled by Jon Clarke
               _|_    Gallup Software Chart June 1990   _|_
              The top 20 selling Games in the United Kingdom
 This   Last            Title                   Company    Marks from 10
 month  month
  1     8              Rainbow Islands         Ocean           8
  2    new             Midwinter               Microprose      9
  3    new             Italia 1990             Codemasters     7
  4    11              Captain Blood           Smash 16        10
  5     2              Operation Thunderbolt   Ocean           8
  6     4              Advanced Ski Simulator  Codemasters     7
  7     7              Player Manager          Anco            7
  8    new             Manchester United       Krisalis        9
  9     5              Chase HQ                Ocean           9
  10    6              Batman-The Movie        Ocean           8
  11    1              Chaos Strikes Back      Mirrorsoft      9
  12   new             SAS Combat              Codemasters     8
  13    9              Ghouls and Ghosts       US Gold         9
  14    3              Bomber                  Activision      9
  15   12              Extra Time              Anco            8
  16   new             Ninja Warriors          Virgin          8
  17   10              Hard Drivin'            Domark          9
  18   20              Treasure Island Dizzy   Codemasters     6
  19   new             Supercars               Gremlin         7
  20   new             Prohibition             Smash 16        9
        Please note not all these games are avalible in the USA

                            CHEAP DISK STORAGE
                            by Jere W. Frazer
          (Reprinted from the Puget Sound Atari News, June 1990)
 This article is intended to suggest two types of economical, compact
 storage for 3 1/2" floppy disks.  I don't claim that either of these
 ideas is original, but anybody who hasn't heard about them already might
 find them useful.  And the prices are right: a dustproof container that
 holds 50 disks for $2.00 and a two drawer filing cabinet that stores 400
 disks for $10.00.
 I ran across the first suggestion in PSAN (I think) several years ago.
 A 4"x6" card file will hold 50 disks.  The old fashioned wooden ones
 with fancy joinery and nice wood grain look particularly handsome, if
 you can find any in thrift shops or somewhere.  I don't know if the
 metal ones are a good idea or not.  (Could they get magnetized and
 destroy your data?  If anyone knows, please tell me.)  I do know they
 usually look pretty battered by the time they are old enough to be
 affordable as second hand items.  Last year when I discovered how cheap
 disks could be when purchased by the hundred, I went shopping in office
 supply stores.  Several types of plastic ones are available.  Often they
 are extremely overpriced for our purpose.  Would you believe a smoky
 plexiglass card file for $16.00?  The most common variety is made by
 Sterling Plastics.  Avoid these, because they taper too much at the
 bottom to hold computer disks.

 I finally found the W.T. Rogers "New Traditional Home Office 4"x6" Card
 File", also called "Office Basics 4"x6" Card File".  It holds 50 disks;
 the lid snaps down to exclude dust; the design is pleasing with well
 defined lines set off by smooth and matte textures; it comes in several
 pastel colors (in case you want to color code your containers); and they
 only cost $2.00.  (Just last week I saw them at Pay 'N' Save for $1.99.)
 They work fine as is, although I recommend putting a piece of corrugated
 cardboard, cut to size, on the bottom.  This keeps the disks from
 hanging up on the little plastic ridges on the bottom.  I find these
 quite useful for storage of bulk purchased blank disks.  They are

 The other suggestion came from the May 1990, issue of START Magazine.
 An article by John Damiano entitled "Night of the Overflowing Disk
 Storage Boxes; VHS Tape Holders Make a Great Place to Store Floppies"
 started me off.  The WhereHouse had two-drawer cabinets for storing 24
 video casettes for $9.99.  Other places have the same sort of thing in
 the same general price range.  Some are made of wood and plastic; others
 of particle board and plastic.  (You can't tell the difference by the
 package.)  All are covered by a simulated Walnut finish.  These units
 are shipped and sold inside a corrugated cordboard box.  Do not discard
 these boxes.

 The videocassette storage units have two drawers with small flimsy
 partitions inside.  Break them out with a pair of pliers.  These drawers
 are about 7 3/4" wide inside (or just a little bit wider than two disks
 side by side).  You need to make a tray of some kind that will fit
 inside each drawer that will allow two rows of disks with a partition
 between them.  The material will obviously need to be very thin.  The
 author of the START article made his out of door skins (a very thin
 plywood that comes from lumber yards only in 4'x8' sheets).  This is
 expensive overkill.  Corrugated cardboard will work very well.  It is
 also easy to work with and can be measured, cut, folded and glued into a
 sturdy box shape that will fit into the drawer.  The cardboard box that
 you bought the videocassette unit in is just the right size to make two
 sturdy trays to fit the two drawers.  You will still have to scrounge
 two more pieces of cardboard (4"x13 1/2") for the center partitions of
 the drawers.

 Blocks of wood or cardboard or styrofoam, etc. can be used to keep the
 disks in unfilled rows from falling over, or to separate categories of
 disks when you have gotten around to sorting them out.  Since I
 converted two units, I know that these disk file cabinets are quite

 I hope you have as much fun as I did on this one evening project.  I
 again want to thank John Damiano, the author of the START article (May
 1990 issue), for this excellent idea.  Now if anybody out there knows a
 good storage unit for commercial software packages, I would like to hear
 about it.  I am reluctantly being forced to use book shelf space for
 them (which I would rather use for books).

                             PD/SHAREWARE STop
                              by Mark Quinn
 Author:  The Knowledge Vine          File name:  KV_PARK_.ARC
 File type:  Educational Game     Program names:  BUTTERFLY IN THE PARK
 In BUTTERFLY IN THE PARK, a child can reveal moving and stationary
 objects with the aid of a roving butterfly (and the mouse).  As more
 objects are revealed, the scene (and what a scene!) takes shape.  There
 is a zoom feature, too.
 If you or someone you know has a very young child, do him/her a favor
 and download this game/adventure.  This file, as well as the two other
 Knowledge Vine files I've mentioned in past issues of Z*NET, are well
 worth the download time, and then some.

 Author:  James R. Glenn        File names:  VSQUARED.LZH; VALGUS.ARC
 File type:  Game            Program names:  VALGUS SQUARED; VALGUS
 From the docs to Valgus Squared:

 "...In VSQ, the seven familiar Valgus pieces are back, but they are
 tired of falling straight down the screen!  Instead, they will come at
 you from all four sides of the 27x27 playing area.  In the middle of
 this area is a solid 3x3 block.  When a piece hits this block or any
 other pieces that have fallen before it, it will become locked into that
 place, and a new piece will drop from a randomly chosen side.  The
 object of the game, instead of completing lines across the screen, is to
 complete squares around the center block.  The first square out is 5x5,
 the next is 7x7, and so on.  To help you keep track of which square each
 position on the screen belongs to, once a piece has fallen, each of its
 four constituent blocks will change colors.  Thus, at the beginning of
 each round, blocks in the 5x5 square will be blue, those in the 7x7 will
 be green, then yellow, orange, red, purple, and back to blue again to
 restart the cycle.  When you complete a square, all the squares on top
 of it will move in.  Once you complete a certain number of squares (5 on
 the first level, 7 on the second, and so on) the round will end and you
 will be awarded a bonus.  Your bonus is determined by the number of
 empty squares around the perimiter and how far you are into the game.
 The playfield is then cleared and a new round begins..."

 As you can see, Valgus Squared is Tetris with a good twist, a twist that
 should keep PD/shareware game players happy until the next variant comes
 along.  The program ran well...until I finished a round and let the game
 run for awhile on _my_ machine.  Then I got a "FATAL ERROR" and was
 forced to go back to the desktop.  Shucks.  But as you can also see from
 the clear docs above, VSQ has a lot of potential.

 On to Valgus.  Yo, ho-ho!  After playing it for about half an hour, I
 could tell this game has a couple of nice touches.  Valgus is much more
 faithful to its parent than its brother above.  The one major difference
 I noticed between Valgus and Tetris was a vertical wall that had been
 added to each side of the 'well' on one of the levels.

 I got an error on my machine when I ran the game from a floppy, but I
 got no such error when I ran it from the same floppy with the hard drive

 Quinn's Quickies"

  Shareware, by Albert Baggetta.  Reproduce a mixed up tune.  Don't worry
  you don't have to know how to read music to play the game.

  Shareware, by Albert Baggetta.  "Children's Animation Program", and
  that it is.  Your kids will have a lot of fun with this one.  Kids can
  save their animations to disk.

                           ATARI TT WORKSTATION
 The following specifications are extracted from Press Releases received 
 from Atari Canada Corp.

 Technical Specifications
 CPU: Motorola MC68030 running at 16MHz (Optional MC68881/MC68882)
 Memory: RAM 2 Meg standard, available expansion up to 8 Meg RAM, 26 meg 
 using 4 MBit DRAM
 Data Storage: Built-in 3.5 Inch floppy disk with additional floppy port, 
 30 meg hard disk
 RGB and Monochrome monitor support
 4096 color, 320x200 to 320x480 with 256 colors
 640x480 with 16 colors, 640x400 duochrome mode
 1280x960 Hi-Res monochrome
 Keyboard: Standard QWERTY typewriter format, seperate key cluster, 
 seperate numeric keypad, 94 keys and 10 function keys.
 Mouse Interface and Joystick Port built in
 SCSI and ASCI with DMA, both built in
 Two asynchronous serial ports, expandable to four
 Parallel and MIDI ports
 AppleTalk Interface
 Internal A24/D16 VME card slot
 Stereo 8-Bit PCM sound
 Real Time Clock with NVRAM
 Atari TOS and GEM in ROM


                           ST JOURNAL REVIEWED
                              by John Strand
          (Reprinted from the Puget Sound Atari News, June 1990)
 In these times when many ST magazines have gone under, a new ST magazine
 has emerged.  This new magazine is the ST JOURNAL.  Key staff members
 include: Editorial Director - Tim Lewis (who was previously the Editor
 in Chief of ST X-PRESS for their last issue); Senior Editor - Marion
 Carter; Senior Correspondent - John Nagy; and Staff Columnists Jim
 Allen, Margaret J. Carter, John King Tarpinian and Norm Weinress.  The
 Publishing Director is Steven W. Lesh.
 The issue I received was the preview issue (April/May 1990), so some of
 the news was old but not all of it.  There was an article on a Russian
 text processor called PolyText that will be marketed in the U.S.  But,
 don't kid yourself, this is a very professional looking magazine.  Every
 one of it's 72 pages was glossy like START (76 pages counting the front
 and back covers).  The layout, I think, was very well done.  There were
 about 20 pages of advertisements, 15 of them were full page and even one
 from Atari on the Stacy 4 saying "This computer was made for music".
 Many of the advertisements I have seen in other ST publications before,
 but there were others that I had not.

 Looks like ST JOURNAL will carry Z*NET each month just like PSAN.  They
 have also teamed up with BRE Software to sell a monthly disk for $7.95
 plus $2.00 for handling.
 Well, how much is this fancy new magazine going to cost me?  ST JOURNAL
 will cost $29.95 for a yearly subscription (Canada and foreign add
 $25.00).  Is it worth it?  I think so.  This magazine reminds me very
 much of ST X-PRESS and if you liked ST X-PRESS, you will like ST JOURNAL
 even better.

                                ST Journal
                          113 W. College Street
                             Covina, CA 91723
                              (818) 332-0372

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