Z*Net: 10-Aug-90 #532

From: Kevin Steele (aa596@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 08/25/90-10:33:15 AM Z

From: aa596@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Subject: Z*Net: 10-Aug-90  #532
Date: Sat Aug 25 10:33:15 1990

                      Your Weekly Atari News Source
     Published by Rovac   Editor: Ron Kovacs   Asst Editor: John Nagy
              Staff Columnists: Jon Clarke, Terry Schreiber
                     Advertising: John King Tarpinian
                       Distribution: Bruce Hansford
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 - EDITORS DESK...............................................Ron Kovacs
 - Z*NET NEWSWIRE.......................................................
 - WORLD OF ATARI SAN JOSE REPORT..............................John Nagy
 - Z*NET PRESSWIRE......................................................
 - SCRIPT REVIEW............................................Rod Dickison
 - Z*NET DOWN-UNDER...........................................Jon Clarke
 - Z*NET ECHOS...........................................Terry Schreiber

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 Changes are taking place around the publication.  This week with regret
 I accepted the resignation of Alice Amore and Mark Quinn who have moved
 on to new projects.  In case you haven't noticed, Alice is the editor of
 the new online magazine presented by GEnie.  It is released bi-weekly
 and covers all the areas offered by GEnie.  Please take a look at the
 issue which is available in ST Roundtable library and support Alice's
 new effort.
 Alice has been a contributing editor for Z*Net and ST*ZMagazine and also 
 wrote for ST-Report when we were running the magazine.  Her expertise 
 has been the public domain and shareware arena with weekly reviews of 
 the latest files available on the pay services.
 Alice can be reached on GEnie in ID: Newsletter.  I want to thank Alice 
 and Mark for their contributions and best of luck in future endeavors.
 There is a rumor circulating that Avante Gard is dropping the PC-Ditto
 II line.  They are NOT going out of business, just discontinuing the
 product.  This is just a RUMOR so don't take this a gospel.
 If your BBS is interested in carrying Z*Net on your system, it is as
 simple as 1-2-3:
          1.  Do NOT edit any issue.
          2.  Tell us who you are...
          3.  Tell us when you drop us....
 Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your summer........

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 Atari reported this week operating results for the second quarter 1990.
 Sales for the three months ended June 30, 1990 were $84.9 million as
 compared to $82.7 million last year, an increase of $2.2 million.  Net
 income was $1.5 million as compared to $300,000, an increase of $1.2
 million.  Sales for the six month period ended June 30, 1990 were
 $170.4 million as compared to $171.5 million for the like period last
 year.  Net income was $3.1 million as compared with $3.6 million for the
 like period last year.  Atari President Sam Tramiel was quoted in a
 press release, "The company is continuing to make progress in the
 rollout of its new products including the Lynx color handheld portable
 video game and the Portfolio, a handheld MS DOS command compatible
 computer.  The Atari TT030 computer, based on the Motorola 68030
 microprocessor, is being shipped during quarter three.  We are pleased
 by the continued broadening of our distribution base for our new
 products and we will continue to direct our resources toward building
 market share as we enter the traditional selling season ahead."

 Plans are going well for the Southern California Atari Faire, Version
 4.0b.  Organizer of the user-group show, John King Tarpinian, says that
 he is nearly sold out of the original floor space planned for use in the
 Glendale Civic Auditorium.  He adds that if demand keeps up, convenient,
 quality additional space can be arranged.  John says that all of the
 developers that appeared at the recent San Jose World of Atari show are
 booked for Glendale, plus lots more.  Publicity for the Glendale show,
 including the vendor list, has been low key until now to avoid drawing
 attention away from last week's World of Atari show.  Here is the
 Glendale Show List of both Confirmed and "Expected" exhibitors (those
 not yet confirmed but that have expressed intentions to do so).  There
 are 44 of them so far, making Glendale perhaps the biggest US Atari show
 of all time!

 ATARI Corporation        American Music         Best Electronics                                Bill Skurski Enterprises
 Branch Always Software   BRE                    Beckmeyer
 Carter Graphics          CodeHead SoftWare      Computer Network
 C.O.P.                   D.A. Brumleve          Datel
 Double Click             Gadgets by Small       Gold Leaf
 Gribnif                  Groves School of Music
 ICD                      ISD                    King's Domain
 Lexicor                  Logical Computing      MegaMax
 Michtron                 MicroCreations         Mid-Cities
 Migraph                  Neocept                Practical Solutions
 Safari Fonts             S.D.S.                 Sierra
 Seymour-Radix            SliccWare              STart
 ST Informer              ST Journal             Sprokits
 Supra Corp.              Talon                  WuzTek
 Zubair Interfaces        Z*Net News Service
 The Glendale show will be held September 15 and 16.  More information is
 available from John King Tarpinian, 818-246-7286.  The seminar schedule
 and advertising space in the program are being arranged now, so please
 call if you are interested in giving a seminar or in advertising.  An
 attendance of over 4,000 is anticipated at the Atari Faire, the fourth
 held at this site.  Last year's Glendale show was canceled due to
 conflicting dates with another San Jose World of Atari show, which was
 then itself cancelled.

 Atari and American Music, a large music store in North Hollywood, CA,
 held "MIDI-FEST '90" last Thursday, August 9th in the Ballroom of the
 Beverly Garland Hotel, also in North Hollywood.  Live MIDI
 demonstrations were presented for a crowd of as many as 400 customers
 and music mavens.  The speaker list included Mick Fleetwood, Jimmy Hotz,
 Scott Gershin (sound for many motion pictures including BORN ON THE
 DREAM and THE POINTER SISTERS band, and other musicians who
 enthusiastically demonstrated the use of the Atari and its software in
 professional applications.  It was also the retail commercial debut of
 the HOTZ MIDI Translator, produced under the ATARI name.  The program
 was very similar to a combination of that presented at the ill-fated
 "concert" at last year's Disneyland World of Atari show and the demos
 shown at the more recent NAMM shows.  It was well received by this
 audience, made up of professional (and some quite famous) musicians,
 songwriters, producers, film score makers, and serious musical
 hobbyists.  The display again established Atari as the technology and
 price leader for MIDI.  Surrounding the demo/concert floor were many
 displays of equipment and software for MIDI use on the Atari computers.
 Steinberg-Jones, C-LAB, DR. T's. Hybrid Arts, MIDIMAN, and other
 representatives showed their wares, and American Music offered Atari
 Hardware (including NINE Stacy Laptop ST computers!) for sale.  The
 evening was arranged through Atari's Frank Foster, who had the
 misfortune to have his car broken into the day of the show, losing his
 personal STACY.  We wonder if the thief is still trying to get to the
 "C:>" prompt.  Help in setup for the show was provided by volunteers of
 the Southern California user groups, coordinated by John King Tarpinian,
 who is also the Glendale Show manager.  American Music, 5100 Lankershim
 Blvd., North Hollywood CA, (818) 762-9749.
 The new larger color monitor used with the Atari TT030 computers has
 received a "Type A" acceptance from the FCC.  This enables it to be sold
 in the USA for business and industrial use.  Another color unit is on
 its way to the FCC now for further testing, required for "Type B"
 acceptance and sales to homeowners.  Additional word from Atari in
 several countries is that a new large-screen monochrome monitor may be
 offered for all Atari computers that is said to give a picture that is
 "really superior" to the $2,000 Moniterm monitors from Viking.  The new
 monitors are made by Phillips, and should also be cheaper than the

 Spotted recently is more evidence that the TT030 may be about to become
 commercially available.  Yet another configuration of the 68030 computer
 from Atari was seen briefly by a select few developers after the San
 Jose World of Atari show.  This one bore the label "TT030/8" and sported
 8 megabytes of RAM onboard.  It is not known whether this machine also
 had the anticipated 32MHZ CPU or the 16 MHZ 68030 which is still the
 officially announced configuration.

 Apple announced a new collection of Apple development tools for serious
 Macintosh programmers.  E.T.O.: Essentials-Tools-Objects, which is
 distributed on CD-ROM, features the most widely used Apple development
 tools and printed final documentation.  It is revised quarterly through
 a special update program. 

 Tandy introduced the new Tandy 1500 HD portable computer, the first
 under six-pound (including battery) notebook PC equipped with both
 standard floppy and hard disk drives.  The system sells for $1,999
 and will be available in September at more than 7,000 Radio Shack
 Computer Centers, Radio Shack stores and dealers nationwide. 
 Hewlett-Packard announced three additional software products, 16 value-
 dded resellers and 18 independent software developers for HP NewWave
 Office.  The new software products are:
 - HP NewWave Mail, an electronic-mail product that enables customers to
 send messages, video objects and other data types, such as spreadsheets
 and graphics, to other computer users.
 - HP AdvanceLink for HP NewWave, terminal-emulation software that allows
 users to transfer MS-DOS files to and from HP 3000 and HP 9000 computer
 - HP OfficeFax, software that allows users of electronic-mail products
 such as HP AdvanceMail and HP NewWave Mail to send facsimiles directly
 from their computers.
 National Semiconductor introduced two new products for Apple Macintosh
 computers.  The adapter cards join CEG's Ethernet solutions for IBMR
 PCs and compatibles introduced in June 1990 and allow Macintosh
 computers to connect to Ethernet Local Area Networks (LANs).  National's
 new boards, the first products to come to market as the result of the
 company's technology agreement and joint engineering development with
 Dove Computer Corp., are designed for Apple's Macintosh II and SE/30

 Toshiba announced a dramatic $800 price cut on the T1200XE notebook PC,
 from $3999 to $3199.  Other price reductions were also implemented, all
 of which are effective immediately.  Other affected models include the
 Toshiba T1200HB, T1600/20T1600/40 and T1000XE.  The T1600/20 (20
 megabyte hard disk version) is now $3499, reduced from $3999, the
 T1600/40 (40 megabyte version), is now $3999, reduced from $4699.  The
 T1000XE, previously $2699, is now selling for $2399.

 Commodore reported net income of $1.5 million or $.05 per share on sales
 of $887.3 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1990.   In the
 prior year net income was $51.3 million or $1.59 per share on sales of
 $939.7 million.  For the fourth fiscal quarter ended June 30, 1990,
 Commodore reported a net loss of $3.5 million or $.11 per share on sales
 of $198.1 million.  In the prior year quarter Commodore reported a net
 loss of $8.9 million or $.28 per share on sales of $180.3 million. 
 Although fiscal year sales declined by 6 percent, sales increased by 10
 percent during the fourth quarter as growth of the Amiga and PC product
 groups more than offset the decline in C64 sales.   Moreover,
 profitability for the fiscal year was significantly affected by the
 sales and marketing investment required to build a presence in the PC
 and Amiga professional market.
 Japanese semiconductor companies may cause a massive surplus of RAM
 chips in 1991 due to large investments requiring production wars, say
 some analysts in a Reuter's News Service story this week.  This time, it
 will be 4 megabit dynamic RAM, which are being produced largely by the
 Japanese, and additional production by South Korean, Taiwanese, U.S.,
 and European companies could further bloat the microchip market.
 Already, low prices for four-megabit DRAMs are pressuring the newer
 chipmakers to outproduce their older rivals, who may have no choice but
 to produce more, too, thus increasing excess supplies.  The companies
 are, taken together, building a production capacity that could easily
 exceed demand, a situation that in the mid-1980's forced chips to record
 low prices and caused a major trade dispute with the USA.  While market
 analysts make this prediction, industry representatives say that they
 learned from their mistake in the '80s and will not repeat it.  "We now
 know how to control prices and supply", said a Toshiba spokesman.


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 A moderate turnout to a small presentation made last weekend's San Jose
 World of Atari show appear satisfyingly crowded, but the final
 attendance numbers are the smallest for any WOA to date.  Seasoned
 showgoers generally agreed that about 1,500 people visited the two day
 show in Northern California.  The show was announced only four months
 The hall in the Hyatt San Jose, near the 101 and 880 expressways, was
 configured to make the small display of 17 vendors look beefy enough
 when filled with visitors.  The divided one quarter of the
 "Mediterranean Center" held three short isles that were as busy as any
 larger show, often making navigation slow.  Those in attendance seemed
 happy with the selection of name developers and large dealer displays,
 and the usual price-cutting made for many happy buyers.  Having gone
 several years without a local Atari show, the San Francisco area
 welcomed whatever came, and I heard no local complaints about the size
 or breadth of the showings.
 Developers at the show included:

 CodeHead Software, with John Eidsvoog and Charles Johnson doing
 breakneck speed demos of their growing crop of utility products.
 Popular new items were POPIT (hot keys for activating desk accessories)
 and LOOKIT (a superior file viewer and editor), reviewed in previous
 issues of Z*NET.
 Branch Always Software, with Darek Mihocka showing his QUICK ST II and
 Quick tools... and challenging visitors to "find the bug" in his code...
 on his new BRA-SOFT t-shirts.
 Zubair Interfaces had the most interesting new product, an interface
 board to attach a standard IBM AT type keyboard to any ST or MEGA
 computer ($99.95).  Zubair also displayed and sold their wide line of
 memory upgrades.  Zubair Interfaces Inc., 5243-B Paramount Blvd,
 Lakewood, CA 90712, (213) 408-6715.
 Computer Safari, in the person of Jay Pierstorff, was there showing
 Jay's line of original PAGESTREAM FONTS, including several never
 released before this show.

 Carter Graphics had their line of hard drives and Syquest units, and Don
 Carter showed how affordable his quality systems can be.

 JRI attended, all the way from Pittsburg (California), with John Russell
 demonstrating his flawless GENLOCK system, as well as offering his JATO
 accelerator, 4096C color board, and a new $200 math-coprocessor unit
 that just presses on to the CPU in any ST or MEGA.  JRI, Box 5277,
 Pittsburg, California 94565, (415) 458-9577.

 Talon showed their very successful SUPERCHARGER, the external PC
 emulator for MEGA and ST computers, imported from Germany.

 MEGAMAX was there with their new pair of import products, SCRIPT for
 graphical word processing, and SKETCH for drawing.  Part One of a
 review is included in this weeks edition.
 Michtron appeared to be doing well selling their usual line of software
 and hardware, with many people seeing FLEET STREET PUBLISHER V.3.0 for
 the first time.

 BRE's Brad Ralken had a good display of both commercial and public
 domain software.

 King's Domain showed and sold their PD software disks.

 Arriving late was Beckmeyer Development, long a respected developer of
 serious applications in their unique multi-tasking operating system.

 Sliccware Software also arrived mid-show, and demoed their still
 unavailable desktop replacement system.

 Paradise Systems, the SGS Network people, are said to have been in
 attendance on Sunday, but they were not on the vendor list.

 Dealers on hand included B&C Computervisions, with a great selection of
 software and hardware old and new.  Many visitors to the show were heard
 to say, "WHAT Atari hardware shortage?" when viewing the San Jose
 Computer display of SIX Stacy laptop computers FOR SALE, and a big stack
 of 520STFM computers at a mere $350 each.  BEST Electronics had their
 usual plethora of the arcane parts and trinkets for the Atari's, going
 back well into the 800 days.  

 Rounding out the vendor list was START/ANTIC, with a number of the
 editors and regular writers manning the booth.  Editor Tom Byron also
 passed out a letter outlining major changes being made in START
 magazine, not the least of which is the cancellation of the September
 issue and rolling the 8-bit ANTIC coverage back into START magazine.
 The full text of the announcement is included in this issue of Z*NET.

 No-shows that had been booked to appear and were listed in the
 promotional materials were SEMOR-RADIX (DVT Backup, IMG Scan), GOLD LEAF
 (WordFlair), GADGETS BY SMALL (Spectre GCR), and ICD INC. (hard drive

 User groups were at tables outside the show.  Present were DACE (Diablo
 Valley) and SCAUG (Southern Santa Clara County), but several other
 groups, even groups more local to the show itself, were said to have
 asked for tables or booths.  They were rebuffed by Richard Tsukiji,
 World of Atari show promoter, who said that there was no room.  However,
 the booths for the non-appearing vendors, at least some of which had
 given Richard early notice that they either would or could not appear,
 remained empty throughout the show.  Oddly enough, the sign for GADGETS
 BY SMALL was moved by Tsukiji himself from the empty booth at the end of
 an isle to a much MORE visible location mid-day on Saturday, prompting
 many visitors to stay longer in hopes that it signalled that the popular
 Dave Small, maker of the SPECTRE GCR Macintosh emulator, was about to
 appear.  Dave had announced that he would not be coming to the show
 several weeks ago.

 For some of us in attendance, there was as much in the AUDIENCE to hold
 our attention as there was at the booths.  Making casual appearances on
 Saturday afternoon were Sam Tramiel, Leonard Tramiel, new USA/CANADA/
 FRANCE Atari Manager Elie Kenan, User Group Manager Bob Brodie, Gail
 Johnson, Atari technical staffers John Townsend, Jim Tittsler, Ken
 Badertscher, and Dan McNamee, and others from the halls of Sunnyvale.
 Most were in very casual garb, meshing easily into the crowd and
 avoiding detection by most showgoers.  When spotted by knowledgeable
 users, they graciously and enthusiastically discussed matters of sales,
 support, and plans for the future.  Visiting notables from outside Atari
 but from the Atari arena were Paul Wu of WUZTECH, Mike Fulton of
 NEOCEPT, the remarkable Bill Wilkinson formerly of OSS, and many others.
 New boss Elie Kenan is still on his "fact finding" phase at Atari, and
 was no doubt sobered by seeing the small show, virtually at the home
 base of Atari's international operations.  He is friendly, easy to talk
 to, and very interested in the national perception of Atari.  Elie
 reminds me a lot of Sig Hartmann.  While Sig's heavy German intonations
 embellished every phrase with gusto and verve, Elie's quieter French
 accent communicates a similar feeling of continental dignity and self-

 It was good to see that Atari employees were able to give at least some
 time to the San Jose show, even if in an informal manner.  The weekend
 engagement list for shows is particularly busy lately, and this was, for
 some, the only weekend this month that could include any family time.
 Richard Tsukiji, the promoter of the World of Atari series, was fully
 informed of Atari's other commitments long before he made this
 particular show into a firm date, and he was advised that Atari could
 not formally attend or support this short-scheduled show.  In fact, in a
 series of letters that have since been FAXED around the country by
 Tsukiji, Atari clearly stated that they very much would like to support
 a San Jose area show, but that Richard's scheduling this date without
 consultation from Atari simply tied their hands.  Atari offered to fully
 support a rescheduled show, but Tsukiji declined that option.

 A number of exhibitors at San Jose did not know that Atari had never
 committed to appear at this show, and were surprised to find them
 absent.  Several even claim that they were led to believe that Atari had
 "cancelled" their appearance, and those vendors were quite vocal in
 their criticism of Atari until they learned the facts.

 Atari's equipment has been just as busy as their employees, with every
 available LYNX and display for the portable game occupied at a DC COMICS
 convention in San Diego.  Much more computer and gaming equipment was
 already shipped to Milwaukee for next weekend's GENCON gamer convention
 (look for reports from GENCON soon in Z*NET).  Nevertheless, Atari was
 able to go the extra mile to find enough additional computer systems to
 meet the relatively modest requirements of the San Jose WOA, and
 delivered them to Richard Tsukiji before the show.

 Incredibly, even after getting the equipment and agreeing to be
 completely responsible for the safe return of it all to Atari on Monday,
 Tsukiji cornered Sam Tramiel at the show to complain that WOA had no way
 to return the show stock, and asked Sam to intervene.  Once more into
 the breach, Bob Brodie was asked to do what he could to help.  Bob again
 dutifully interrupted his rare weekend at home, returned to the show
 site on Sunday with the family van, and picked up the Atari equipment so
 that Richard and company could leave on their Sunday evening schedule.
 Apparently Tsukiji had made no attempt whatsoever to arrange for the
 safe storage or shipment of Atari's loaned equipment, despite his
 Even more incredibly, during and after the show, Tsukiji was overheard
 by several people, repeatedly and openly discussing his plans for Bob
 Brodie's demise at Atari.  The WOA promoter was heard to boast of the
 "ammunition" against Bob that he had to go to Sam Tramiel with after the
 show.  It seems that Tsukiji blames Bob for WOA's failures in user group
 relations, for Atari's decision not to support the San Jose show, and
 for considerable negative publicity regarding the WOA series' scheduling
 practices.  Tsukiji has been quoted by a number of developers as having
 vowed to see Bob Brodie fired from Atari.
 However, most observers have stated their opinion that Tsukiji's
 problems are entirely of his own making, by his continued attitude that
 his own commercial shows are both superior and more important to the
 Atari community than user shows or Atari's other commitments.  Tsukiji's
 disregard for previously scheduled events has sparked inter-usergroup
 warfare, cancellation of established shows, and friction with all of the
 top officials at Atari.

 Typical Tsukiji quotes that are verifiable by perhaps hundreds of users
 and developers: "Atari has no choice" but to appear when and where
 Tsukiji decides to do a show... "Atari wouldn't DARE not support MY
 shows... Imagine the press I'll get when I say I am using my money to
 promote Atari with a massive show tour, and Atari won't attend, they
 can't afford to look that bad"...  "By the end of 1990 I'll be doing ALL
 the Atarifests, everywhere"... "I have Atari in a corner"... and "I
 don't need Atari anyway.  THEY need ME."  In fact, Atari has spent more
 money on most of the WOA shows than was either spent by Tsukiji or
 reported as earned by the shows.  Tsukiji has variously used, abused,
 ignored, insulted, buttered up, and/or threatened lawsuit against users
 and groups in every city he has visited in the ever-shrinking WOA tour.
 In every case, the glittering promises of the World of Atari - massive
 showings with lots of promotion - proved to be far in excess of the real

 Many groups as well as Atari executives agree that Bob Brodie has in
 fact gone far out of his way to try to minimize the impact of the
 problems with both Atari and user groups.  It appears to most of us that
 if Tsukiji attempts to create a situation where Atari must choose
 between Bob Brodie and Richard Tsukiji, that Richard will be the one
 receiving the farewell.

 Speculation that the San Jose World of Atari would injure the vendor
 showing or attendance of the well-known user group show at Glendale was
 fortunately in vain.  The suburban Los Angeles, California "Glendale
 Atari Faire", scheduled for September 15 and 16, is doing very well in
 confirmed bookings.  With five weeks yet to go before the show, Glendale
 organizer John King Tarpinian reports well over double the number of
 vendors already committed to his show as attended in San Jose.  ALL of
 the developer vendors from San Jose are expected to be at Glendale,
 which may sport over 45 exhibitors altogether to become the largest
 Atari show EVER, plus a major presence and support by Atari.  Any damage
 done by the close scheduling of the two California shows was clearly
 done to the World of Atari show and not to the Glendale show, which was
 scheduled over a year in advance.

 All in all, the San Jose show was satisfying to many users in the Bay
 area who have been starved for a local Atarifest.  Measured by "small"
 show standards, the World of Atari in San Jose was a clear success.  The
 many political and scheduling problems may well have been what prevented
 this show from being a contender in the "national" league to which the
 WOA series pretends, and on which level it was just as clearly a

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                    * C-Manship Book For The Atari ST *
                  * Start Magazine - Announces Changes *
                 * My Fingertip Business - 8-Bit Update *

 Taylor Ridge Books
 P.O. Box 48
 Manchester, CT  06040
 (203) 643-9673


 Manchester, CT. August 8, 1990--Taylor Ridge Books has announced the
 release of C-manship Complete, the popular C and GEM programming
 tutorial originally published in ST-Log magazine.  Written by Clayton
 Walnum, the former editor of ST-Log, C-manship Complete guides readers
 through both the basics of C programming and the complexities of the GEM
 operating system.  The 400-page book is $19.95.  A disk version, which
 includes both the book and two single-sided disks, is available for
 $29.95.  "C-manship is the only book that teaches both C and GEM
 programming," says Clayton Walnum.  "Everything you need to know to
 program your Atari ST in C is covered in C-manship Complete."  C-manship
 Complete begins with the basics of C programming, then progresses to
 such advanced topics as the VDI, alert boxes, customized mice, file
 selectors, raster operations, dialog boxes, windows, desk accessories,
 animation, and more.  The book concludes with an in-depth "take-apart"
 of a large-scale GEM application.  Dozens of sample programs are
 included.  C-manship Complete can be ordered from Taylor Ridge Books,
 P.O. Box 48, Manchester, CT 06040 at the prices listed above plus $2.00
 P&H. Connecticut residents must include 8% sales tax.
 Press Release
 San Francisco, Aug. 3 -- Antic Publishing Inc. today announced that
 publication of START Magazine will be suspended for one month in order
 to make several major editorial and circulation changes.  All current
 subscriptions will be extended one month.  In addition, START has agreed
 to fulfill the ST-Log and Analog subscription obligations, doubling its
 circulation.  When START reappears with the October 1990 issue (on sale
 Sept. 1), it will contain a monthly, 16-page section for Atari 8-bit
 computer owners, boosting START's pages to 124-plus.  Antic, the
 publishing group's long-running 8-bit magazine, will cease publication.
 START Editor Tom Byron also announced staff changes.  Jim Burton joins
 the magazine as technical editor; Rick Braden is the new art director.
 Burton is a journalist and past START contributor with a thorough
 knowledge of GFA BASIC.  See "GDOS Printer Drivers in GFA BASIC" in the
 January 1990 issue and "GDOS Tutorial" in the August 1990 issue for
 samples of his work.  His main responsibility will be the START disk,
 which, beginning with the January 1991 issue, will be a straight double-
 sided format.  Braden comes to START from Portland, Ore., where he
 designed a number of successful regional and national business and
 technical journals.  In addition to his talents as a graphic designer,
 Braden is a MIDI aficionado and ST owner.  Several popular ST authors
 have been named contributing editors, with responsibility for areas of
 increasing interest to ST users.  The new contributing editors are:
 Dan Fruchey - Word Processing/Desktop Publishing, John Russell and David
 Plotkin - Hardware, Christopher Roberts - Telecommunications.  Jim
 Pierson-Perry continues to cover MIDI and music, while former START
 editor Andrew Reese covers graphics.
 PRESS RELEASE                      MY FINGERTIP BUSINESS (Version 1.1)
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 Written entirely in ATARI BASIC, this small business package is the
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 Conditional Sales Agreement            General Release
 Notice of Dishonored Check             Final Notice Before Legal Action
 Indemnity Agreement                    Request for Price Quote
 2nd Request for Payment                Limited Power of Attorney
 Notice of Overdue Account
 Promissary Note & Disclosure Statement

 All forms are designed with an easy to use "fill in the blanks" design.
 Monthly payment computations are automatic, but interest computations
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 Each form can be saved to disk or printed (Epson compatible printers).
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 be entered into your word processor for final adjustments and your own
 personal refinements.
 MY FINGERTIP BUSINESS also includes a full featured invoicing program.
 The FTINVOICE program includes:

 Automatic Sub & Grand totals           Extension Totaling
 Complete Print Out                     Suitability for Window Envelopes
 Invoice Message Areas                  Saving to Disk
 Viewing Saved Invoices                 Invoice copies/Customer Profile
 Running Monthly Total of Invoices      Much, Much More

 Also included in MY FINGERTIP BUSINESS is daily date with "Inspirational
 Quote of the Day", Screen clock, DOS Functions (format a disk,
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 65XE, 130XE, or XE Game Machine with at least 64K of ram.  The program
 disk is sent to you in 1050 density and is not copy protected.

 Future planned interactive modules include: Appointment Calendar,
 Reports, Mailing Labels, Phone Book, and more.  Customer support is
 essential for the future development of any and all modules.

 At only $14.95, MY FINGERTIP BUSINESS should be in every Atarians
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 (((((((((((((((((((|*|        Rod Dickison        |*|))))))))))))))))))
        A New Monochrome Only Word Processor With Grfx For Europe!
          (Reprinted from the Puget Sound Atari News, July 1990)
 One handy thing about doing a review of a word processing program is
 that you can use the program to write the review.
 To start with, SCRIPT is a fun program to use.  It has all the standard
 gem drop-down menus.  I'll only explain the ones that are different from
 some other Word Processors.  Under the file menu is INSERT ASCII and
 SAVE ASCII.  To load an ASCII file you don't use the Load command, you
 open a NEW document and INSERT ASCII.  Or you can insert an ASCII file
 in your present document at the current cursor location.  The other
 thing is the load PICTURE.  More on this later....
 Edit commands include: Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Search and Replace,
 Spell Check.  Additionally, there is Examine Document, which tells you
 how many characters, words, lines, and paragraphs your document has.
 PROTECT and UNPROTECT PARAGRAPH prevents a paragraph from being split
 between pages.  SELECT ALL lets you block (highlight) all paragraphs.  I
 should explain here that this program does all its formatting by
 paragraphs.  You will have to think ahead if you want to do anything
 with a single line or two.  Anything in between Return (or Enter)
 characters is considered a paragraph.
 To format a paragraph you place the cursor somewhere in the paragraph
 and clicked on the RULER BAR at the top of the page, which has the
 formatting instructions in the form of icons showing left, right and
 centered justification as well as left, right, centered and decimal tabs
 (this last lets you line up columns of dollar amounts under where you
 place the tab).  This can be done before or after you type the
 paragraph, or the whole document.  All tabs are placed by dragging the
 icon you want to where you want it.  The other icons are left and right
 margins, indent, line spacing (single or double), and a new one - line
 spacing by point size, up to 99 points.  The Single/Double (line
 spacing) is a nice feature.  I use Double for my typing/text entry, and
 then just click on the icon to change it to Single to see how things
 will look when printed.
 The FORMAT MENU has tab left and right, header and footer, footnotes,
 page number, date, hyphen, and page break.  The FONTS MENU lets select
 the font you want.  This is ROKW11A.  ROKW15A, ROKW-BA, ROKW-IA, ROKWO7A
 come on the disk.  More fonts are available including Times, Future,
 outline, Arabic, Hebrew, and Greek, plus many more.  (Fifty dollars per
 commercial disk, fifteen dollars per shareware disk, from the
 distributor in Texas.  Several fonts per disk.)  Laser, 9-pin and 24-pin
 printers are supported.

 Attributes are used to change font styles: Normal, Bold, Italics,
 Underline, Large, Small, Superscript, Subscript.  Small is compressed,
 Large is twice size.
 To change a word you have already typed, double click on it.  It becomes
 high-lighted and you then use the drop-down menu (or control+letter
 equivalent) to set the desired attribute.  This selected attribute
 remains in use for any follow-on typing - until changed.  When a word is
 high-lighted SCRIPT automatically defaults to the 'Typeover' mode.
 Hitting the Space bar will cause a high-lighted word to be deleted.  (Of
 course, all of this also applies to sentences or paragraphs.)  Pressing
 'Undo' will bring back these deletions.  That is, until you click the
 left mouse button; then that text is lost forever.  'Undo' buffers
 whatever you type or high-light between left mouse clicks.  You can also
 high-light words, sentences, and paragraphs by holding down the left
 mouse button and draging the cursor over them.

 All the default settings are set using the PARAMETERS menu.  The choices

 Before you can use SCRIPT, it must first be installed.  This means
 running the INSTALL PROGRAM, where you select the drive you will use,
 and the program puts every thing you need on that drive - that's all
 there is to it!  Then you pick your parameters.  The well written manual
 reminds you three times at the first part of the tutorial to install and
 configure SCRIPT.

 The last menu is OPTIONS, where you can choose whether or not to show
 the format ruler, the symbols/icons for headers, footers, page number,
 etc.  You can assign fonts and font attributes to the function keys so
 that you can choose them without using the mouse.

 Next month I will go into the graphics and printing functions of SCRIPT,
 as well as show some other things peculiar to the program.  SCRIPT is a
 fun and easy program to use.  However, I may have uncovered some serious
 problems that could significantly reduce it's usefulness.  These require
 further innvestigation.  I want to be fair to the program and to you,
 the readers, so a 'two-parter' is needed.  Tune-in next month!
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                  ::The Humble BBS bites back::Part 2::

 Before we get into the ins and outs of BBS networks I think this would
 be a good time to explain a few of the terms used in these articles.
 BBS        Bulletin Board Service.
 BT         British Telecom.
 Compuserve A major on-line service for all computers.
 Echo's     Mail group/ store here and we will 'Echo' it on another BBS.
 Fido_Mail  World-Wide mail network.
 Flame      As it sounds, a heated discussion.
 Flash      An Atari communications program.
 FoReM      A popular Atari and IBM BBS program.
 Gateway    The lead BBS/system for mail/files, 1st point of entry.
 GEnie      A major on-line service for all computers.
 HagTerm    An Atari communications program.
 IPSN       International Packet Switch Network.
 Modem      MOdulate-DEModulate, lets computers talk to each.
 Network    A group of computers talking to each other/transmittion line.
 Node       Another BBS/Phone line on your BBS.
 Nodelist   List of Fido_mail BBS's in the network.
 PSN        Packet Switch Network.
 ST         Well I ask you! Need I say more?
 Tymenet    A ISPN/PSN network carrier.
 Usenet     World-wide mail/file network.
 VAN        Value Added Network.
 Unix       An operating system.
 Vanterm    An Atari communications program.
 VAX        A computer system.
 Zone(s)    Areas/location(s).

 So where, what, who is Fido_mail?
 Where do you find 'Fido_mail'?
 Fido_mail can be found on many BBS's world wide.  All you have to do is
 call you local BBS's and have a look at the local BBS list.  In here you
 more than likely find a notation next to the Fido BBS's.  Now all we
 have to do is logon to that BBS, get ourselves validated and the world
 is our oyster.
 What is 'Fido_mail'?
 Fido_mail is a little like old game we all played at school, "pssss, The
 teachers are coming, PASS IT ON".  That is it in a nut shell.  We enter
 a message in the fido_echo_message_base, where it is collected or sent
 to an other Fido_mail BBS.  From this BBS it is passed to another Fido
 BBS and so on and so on.  In the end it goes all the way around the
 world and back to your local BBS.

 Fido_mail is split into 5 basic Zones or areas of operation world-wide.
 [1] USA / North America
 [2] Europe
 [3] Oceania
 [4] South America
 [5] Africa

 Within these zones , countries are broken down into various numbers
 along with the BBS that sent/wrote the message.
  For instance .. 3:771/60
                  ^ ^   ^
                  ^ ^   Where 60 is the BBS in this case A.C.E.S. BBS.
                  ^ Where 771 is the country in this case New Zealand.
                  Where 3 is the Zone in this case Oceania.
 Who runs Fido_mail?
 Good question. Down here we find Fido_mail on predominately IBM/PC
 BBS's.  The BBS's are normally run like any normal BBS and offer Fido as
 a value added service for their users.
 How does Fido_mail become world wide mail?
 Now that we have entered our message and your local BBS has called his
 areas collection node, your message is forwarded to the 'Gateway' of
 your country.  The 'Gateway' collects all the mail and forwards it to
 the next link in the chain, the closest country, or Zone Gateway.  From
 here the mail is split up into zones/countries.  Then all the mail is
 packaged up and sent off on their way.
 What are some of the topic's on Fido_mail?
 Below is a SMALL sample of some of the topic's.
     Board                     Messages  New
  K- FIDO: Gaia Greenies ........ [ 71]  [ 11]
  L- FIDO: Science Fiction ...... [150]  [150]
  M- FIDO: Ask the Doctor! ...... [ 55]  [ 55]
  N- FIDO: Science topics ....... [250]  [250]
  S- FIDO: Prog.  Languages ..... [150]  [150]
  V- FIDO: Internation Echo ..... [400]  [374] <- A Brilliant topic.
  W- FIDO: U.K. News & Views .... [180]  [124]
  X- FIDO: All SYSOP's corner ... [167]  [ 23]
                         Totals  [3054] [2406]

 A Sample message explaining some of the Fido_Net Zones, or areas.
 [Thanks to ACES BBS In Auckland, New Zealand for this message] For those
 of you chasing the rare nodes in Africa this may throw some light on
 what is happening out there.
 Msg #272 of 400                 Date: Sat 30/06/90, 18:47  [I]
 From: John Bone                  Read: 3 times
 Subject: FidoNet ZONEs
 To: Michael Barnes
 That first digit ("2:") is the zone number.
 Other Valid FidoNet Zone numbers are

 1 (USA)    Canada, and America
 2 (Europe) East and West !
 3 (Oceania) PACIFIC rim countries
 4 (SOUTH_AMERICA) Latin / spanish / portugese speaking BBSs
 5 (AFRICA.)

 Zone 5 is the whole of Africa.  There are nodes in Botswana and Zimbabwe
 and perhaps Namibia, as far as I know.  Fidonet is spreading Northwards,
 in Africa.
 MB> There'll be a BBS in the Sahara next!
 I know that other Zones exist, as special Networks, EG. Disabled Links
 but these are not in the FidoNet nodelist.
 Below is a small sample of BBS's participating in Fido-Net World-wide.

 = Australia =
 * Origin: The Lamb Exchange - Point! - Perth, Australia. (3:690/601.6)
 * Origin: Micom - Australia's longest running BBS (3:633/371.0)
 * Origin: Eastern Plains, the 1st Searchlight BBS in Oz! (3:632/350.1)
 * Origin: Datamation, Hobart, Tasmania (3:670/203)
 * Origin: **Sawasdee** Hampstead Gardens, South Australia (3:680/803.15)
 * Origin: RANDALLS MAIL CENTRE (3:636/406)
 * Origin: Sun Central  The Hot Spot of Brisbane. (3:640/390)
 = New Zealand =
 * Origin: IBM Auckland New Zealand (Opus 3:772/20)
 * Origin: InfoBoard BBS - Auckland - New Zealand (3:772/140.0)
 * Origin: TONY'S BBS - Gateway to New Zealand. (3:770/101)
 * Origin: Daniel's Point Mk II, Christchurch NZ (3:770/101.286)
 * Origin: "The Waikato" Hamilton N.Z.{Fido-Net:3:772/250.0}(3:772/250)
 * Origin: Love Over Gold, Wellington, New Zealand. (Opus 3:771/100)
 * Origin: A.C.E.S... 300, 1200, 2400, 9600, MNP 5 (Auckland NZ)
 * Origin: PC FORUM BBS * ERITH KENT UK * +44-322-335348
  (RAX 2:254/17.30)
 * Origin: [London BB, England] [+44-1-455-6607] [V22bis]  (2:254/162)
 * Origin: * THE ALCHEMIST * Tetbury * UK * +44 666 504597 * (2:252/15)
 * Origin: [From 2/1] Via ChatGate to Fidonet (2:2/544)
 * Origin: The Spooky Ghost BBS 0245 494010 - THE PLACE TO BE!
 * Origin: Winchester-Remote UK +44-962-69322 (Quick 2:252/22.2)
 * Origin: Eazilink on Mersea Island (Quick 2:250/403.8)
 * Origin: Diamond Opus (07918) 6504/6901 Sussex, England (2:252/185.0)
 = JAPAN =

 * Origin: <<< Axa >>> Avxia_bbs [81-3-355-4395] [HST/V32] Tokyo
 * Origin: Rndebosch,Cape Town,SA,Africa,Terra,Sol,Milky Way
  (RAX 5:492/155)
 * Origin: The Capricorn.Johannesburg.RSA.Binkley/PcBoard.[5:491/9]
 * Origin: Sheldon's Fido Cape Town RSA Binkley/QuickBBS (5:492/1)
 * Origin: Stusoft BBS.Johannesburg.RSA.Binkley/PcBoard.[5:491/12]
 * Origin: Point without a cause (Randburg, South Africa) (5:491/1.12)
 * Origin: Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa. BRUCE MINOTT 
 * Origin: (33x50'S 18x31'E) a POINT near Cape Town S.Africa.
 If you get the oppitunity to call and use a Fido-Mail BBS, be in and be
 sure to look for all us Atari users out here in the modem world.

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                         CANADIAN DEALER MEETING
 Dealers from all over Canada converged this week to have their Tarot
 cards read for the next year and what they were greeted with was a
 little staggering.  A wall of monitors wired into a control unit that
 looked as if it came right out a sci-fi movie, hardware and software
 displays that indeed rivaled most Atari shows.  This "knock-your-socks-
 off" graphic display was just an intro for the days events.

 Promo Packages
 The reason most dealers attend dealer meetings is to find out what
 promotional packages and or bundles will be scheduled for the coming
 year.  Atari, this year has released seven packages:
                           $$$$ PACKAGE ONE $$$$
     520STFM            Typing Tutor            Memory Master Vol.I,II
     General Store      Mag.                    Math II
     Magical Anagrams   Equation Builder        Planetarium
     Crack'd            Neochrome               Super Breakout
                          $$$$ PACKAGE TWO $$$$
     1040STE            SM124 Monitor           1ST Word Plus
     Lombard Rally      2 Arrakis educational titles
                         $$$$ PACKAGE THREE $$$$
     MEGA 4             SM124 Monitor           SLM 804 Laser Printer
     Megafile 30 HD     Calamus                 Outline Art
     Ultrascript        PS 35 Font Package
                          $$$$ PACKAGE FOUR $$$$
     Portfolio          64k Ram card            AC Adapter
                       $$$$ MUSIC PACKAGE ONE $$$$
     520 STFM           SM124 Monitor           Casio MT260 Keyboard
     Note Wizard        Play Today Tutorial
                       $$$$ MUSIC PACKAGE TWO $$$$
     520 STFM           SM 124 Monitor          Casio CT 670 Midi Keybd
     Scale Master midi software
                      $$$$ MUSIC PACKAGE THREE $$$$
     1040 STE           SM124 Monitor       Slave Driver midi software
 Yes!  Atari has seen the light and added midi packages to their line-up
 of fall promotions.  Computer dealers will now be able to pick up a low
 end midi package to round out their Atari stock.
 On a sour note let's once again look at these packages.  Package number
 two contains "Lombard Rally", a game that works in color only.  Glancing
 down at package number three, we see Calamus, Outline Art, Ultrascript
 and it's font package.  Ultrascript does not work with Calamus perhaps
 maybe a better package to put in would be Microsoft Write as I
 understand they still have loads of them.

 On a lighter note Atari staff handed out Neilson's chocolate bars
 carrying the win a lynx labels but that was just a start on the new
 national advertising campaign which incorporates the television radio
 and printed media formats.  Atari again stressed it's dealer co-op
 advertising and stated that many dealers don't use the money in their
 co-op accounts to advertise.  It is up to the dealers as well to get the
 word out.  The word is Atari is getting aggressive as quoted from these
 other fine sources.

 Dealer reactions were mixed with some stating the same old plans re-
 hashed again and again but majority again were again revitalized with
 new enthusiasm with the corporate plans.  Many dealers in attendance
 were enticed into an immediate commitment to order by a lottery giving
 away a free music package number one. 

 Reprinted from Atari News - Canada's Dealer Product News
 August 8th 1990

 New Dealer Online Service - Dealers in touch 24 hours a day

 To improve communication with our dealers we have implemented an ONLINE
 BBS service.  The system operates 24 hours per day 7 days per week.
 On Saturday, when you need a price on a product, or need to know what
 the DIP switch settings are for a PC2, or you are doing an ad after
 hours and have to know when our ads are running, just phone 416-479-

 The service is available to all Atari dealers and their staff.  Cost
 pricing is available to store owners only.  LOG on to the system to
 register or phone us beforehand.
 What's on the system?  Specs, Tech bulletins, Retail pricing, Cost
 pricing, the current promotions, Advertising schedules, Service
 bulletins, ETA on backorders and more.
 Electronic Mail - Have a need to tell the shipper to change the
 transport company, chasing a back order, problem with your account
 statement, give us a call and leave a message.  You can optionally
 prepare your message OFF-LINE and upload it when you log on.  You can
 type out your orders and upload them.
 Equipment required?  Equipment needed to connect, any Atari using any 
 terminal emulator.  If you have any question on operation or
 understanding what is involved feel free to contact the support
 department for advice.
 Long Distance?  Yes, initially, if the system is used regularly we will
 explore ways to connect you to a local phone number.

 Winning Moves 
 Atari has had major success with the educational school board
 marketplace.  The PC4x and more recently the ABC 16/60 range of PC's
 have been sold to many boards across the country.
 The success has been due to the hard work of Bruce Corbett, Educational
 Sales Manager, and the strength of the product.  Whenever the PC's are
 benchmarked against our competitors they clearly out-perform them all.

 New MIDI 520 Promotion

 The ST/Notator is a favorite with the pros but what about the average
 consumer.  What about the average dealer.

 Home MIDI Starter:
                   Casio MT260
                   MIDI Mouse Note Wizard
                                1088.00 Retail

 Home MIDI Pro:
                   Casio MT670
                   MIDI Mouse scale Master
 These packages are your opportunity to capture an exciting new growth
 area.  Keyboards are strong sellers, bundled with the 520 you have an
 opportunity to plug into the MIDI world.

 The keyboards sound particularly good, they come with a broad range of
 digital sounds, beat box, and automatic chording.

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