Z*Net: 31-Aug-90 #535

From: Kevin Steele (aa596@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 09/05/90-01:41:24 AM Z

From: aa596@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Subject: Z*Net: 31-Aug-90  #535
Date: Wed Sep  5 01:41:24 1990

                      Your Weekly Atari News Source
     Published by Rovac   Editor: Ron Kovacs   Asst Editor: John Nagy
         Staff Columnists: Jon Clarke, Terry Schreiber, Terry May
      Advertising: John King Tarpinian   Distribution: Bruce Hansford

 Z*NET NEWSWIRE.........................................................
 PORTFOLIO PD UPDATE..........................................Ron Kovacs
 10 COMMANDMENTS OF TELECOMMUNICATING...................................
 Z*NET SYSOPS CORNER...........................................Terry May
 Z*NET ECHOES............................................Terry Schreiber
 8-BIT PD UPDATE..............................................Ron Kovacs
                             Happy Labor Day!
                    |*|       Z*NET NEWSWIRE       |*|
    September 15 & 16 will bring the largest collection of Atari 
    exhibitors ever to Glendale, California.  The vendor list is firming
    up, and next week we will have a new all-confirmed compilation of
    those who are coming.  The Southern California Atari Computer Faire,
    Version 4.0b, is being managed by John King Tarpinian, who can be 
    reached for last minute bookings or other information at (818) 246-
    7286.  Atari has let it be known that they have some very special
    things planned for this show, and even Elie Kenan, new General
    Manager at Atari, has taken part in coordinating the advertising for
    the show in major papers and on radio.  Bob Brodie and many other
    Atari employees will be attending.  A first for any show will be a
    LYNX-LINK PLAYOFF, similar in concept to the Midi-Maze competitions
    that have been popular at many events.  Prizes for those competing
    in the continuous multi-player LYNX games will include , of course,
    Lynx game units and lots of game carts.  Late word says that 
    Portfolio developer Xetoerix will display a remarkable 20 meg hard
    drive for the palm size Portfolio computer.  New seminars being
    planned include a hands-on HOTZ MIDI TRANSLATOR session and a pair
    of PORTFOLIO "classes".  Look for more detail next week in Z*Net.
    John King Tarpinian is offering FREE tickets to the Glendale Atari
    Show.  Regular admission will be $5.00 each day and only $3.00 for
    any Atari user group members with membership identification.  In the
    interests of helping to support a wide mix and representation of
    Atari users from other states, John will also send up to 10 pairs of 
    FREE tickets ($60.00 worth), to any requesting user group based
    outside of the Southern California area.  Requests should come from
    a club officer and tickets are not for resale except to members for
    the benefit of the club treasury.  Act soon to allow mailing time.
    Remember, the show is this September 15 and 16.  Call John at (818)
    246-7286 at reasonable times.  (Pacific Time)
    Sources close to Atari have let it known that the hard drive
    operation problem in the Atari STe computers has been eradicated
    completely in the new production machines now leaving Sunnyvale.
    Since no official statement has as yet been made by Atari regarding
    the resolution of the nastyu DMA problem, Z*NET has asked Bob Brodie
    to investigate and make an official respons to our inquiry about it.
    We hope to have the last word on this and on the handling of
    exisiting machines by next week.
    A joint statement is expected shortly from Atari Corp and former ST-
    World Magazine owner Richard Tsukiji, explaining that investigation
    of the "Bob Brodie FAX" incident has determined that the fax was in
    factsent from the ST-World offices, but from persons unknown.  The
    FAX in question falsely purported to be from Atari Manager of User
    Group Services, Bob Brodie, and urged a boycott of World of Atari
    shows.  ST-World Magazine offices were closed and Tsukiji was
    allegedly out of the state on July 2, 1990, when the FAX was sent.
    Tsukiji is said to suspect that disgruntled former ST-World
    employees sent the damaging FAX.  Tsukiji transferred ownership of
    the magazine to several employees for the sum of $1.00, bypassing
    other employees and editors who had expected to take over the ST
 => ICD ADSPEED TECH INFO  - From GEnie ST Roundtable Topic 4 Cat 16
    AdSpeed ST has been tested with and is fully compatible with Spectrum
    512 in the 8 Mhz mode!  We have also successfully tested AdSpeed ST
    with Calamus, Omikron BASIC, and other software.  No blitters have
    caused any problems but we are still searching for some of the
    elusive "bad" blitters to test.  If you have one you would like to
    sell or trade, please leave me EMAIL (ICDINC).  Big screen monitors
    will be tested shortly.
    Quick Index 2.1 was used to run the following benchmarks (the same
    times also result using Quick Index 1.5)  The computer under test was
    a USA version Mega 2 with TOS 1.4 using floppy disk drive A:  With
    the Blitter OFF and AdSpeed ST in 16 Mhz mode and no resident
    software loaded.
    CPU memory    164%        CPU register  204%      CPU divide    203%
    CPU shifts    207%        DMA 64K read  100%      GEMDOS files  100%
    Disk (RPM)    300         TOS text      161%      TOS string    158%
    TOS scroll    114%        GEM dialog    166%

    With the Blitter ON and AdSpeed ST in 16 Mhz mode and no resident
    software loaded.

    CPU memory    164%        CPU register  204%      CPU divide    203%
    CPU shifts    207%        DMA 64K read  100%      GEMDOS files  100%
    Disk (RPM)    300         TOS text      122%      TOS string    123%
    TOS scroll    133%        GEM dialog    163%

    With the Blitter OFF and AdSpeed ST in 16 Mhz mode and Turbo ST 1.82

    CPU memory    164%        CPU register  204%      CPU divide    203%
    CPU shifts    207%        DMA 64K read  100%      GEMDOS files  100%
    Disk (RPM)    300         TOS text      521%      TOS string   2001%
    TOS scroll    144%        GEM dialog    461%

    With the Blitter ON and AdSpeed ST in 16 Mhz mode and Turbo ST 1.82

    CPU memory    164%        CPU register  204%      CPU divide    203%
    CPU shifts    207%        DMA 64K read  100%      GEMDOS files  100%
    Disk (RPM)    300         TOS text      521%      TOS string   2001%
    TOS scroll    137%        GEM dialog    438%

    With the Blitter OFF and AdSpeed ST in 8 Mhz mode and no resident
    software loaded.

    CPU memory    100%        CPU register  100%      CPU divide    100%
    CPU shifts    100%        DMA 64K read  100%      GEMDOS files  100%
    Disk (RPM)    300         TOS text      100%      TOS string    100%
    TOS scroll    100%        GEM dialog    100%
    With the Blitter ON and AdSpeed ST in 8 Mhz mode and no resident
    software loaded.

    CPU memory    100%        CPU register  100%      CPU divide    100%
    CPU shifts    100%        DMA 64K read  100%      GEMDOS files  100%
    Disk (RPM)    300         TOS text      110%      TOS string    106%
    TOS scroll    132%        GEM dialog    133%

    Tired of lugging that power supply around for your Stacy?  Most
    people will never run their Stacy on batteries due to the short duty
    cycle.  You now can have your power supply mounted inside the battery
    case and use a standard power cable to plug in your unit.  This
    modification leaves your present power plug available for use in
    other applications such as a car cigarette lighter and gives you the
    alternate plug for running on standard current.  For further info:
    Quay Computers, Unit 233b, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster B.C.,
    V3M 6B9
    Delta Controls, a major supplier of heating and air-conditioning
    units for large office complexes has developed new software for the
    Portfolio.  Using the Portfolio's serial interface and connecting to
    the buildings environment system, the user is supplied with all
    programming data such as area temperatures, run cycle time, duty
    cycle time, on/off times for each floor and/or rooms.  The unit can
    even tell if it is functioning properly through it's own self-test
    mode.  The temperatures can then be adjusted to maximum efficiency
    for occupancy and energy conservation.  Data can then be stored in
    the Portfolio and transfered to a PC via the card drive for storage
    or further analysis in a graphical representation of the building.
    Are you tired of scanning through page after page of Nintendo stuff
    in video game magazines just so you can find a little Lynx news?
    Don't you wish there was... oh,I don't know...a newsletter that was
    devoted solely to Lynx news and game tips.  Well now there is.  APE
    (Atari Portable Entertainment) is a quarterly newsletter that covers
    the Lynx exclusively.  The June Premiere issue features Summer
    Consumer Electronics Show news, Lynx Game Secrets, tips and hints
    for California Games, Blue Lightning, Chip's Challenge, Electrocop,
    Gates of Zendocon, and Gauntlet 3.  The editor of APE is Clinton
    Smith.  Smith is an avid Atari game player and has written several
    reviews for Atari Explorer and has some coming up in STart.  If
    you're interested in subscribing now, (you'll receive the free
    Premiere issue automatically) send your Check or money order for
    $6.00 to:
    CHICAGO,IL 60639

    The Haystack Company we will be offering $7.00 for your dispensed
    Desk Jet Ink Cartridges.  Just send us the empty cartridge, being
    very careful not to damage it, and we'll send you a check for $7.00
    immediately.  The units are needed for testing.  This is a limited
    time offer since we only need a fixed amount.  Depending on the
    response, the offer could expire at any time.  However, they will
    guarentee the offer until September 23, 1990.  Send to:  The Haystack
    Co., 215 West 88th St., Room 8G, New York, N.Y.  10024.
    Apple responded to criticism regarding the pricing of its Macintosh
    computers by planning to introduce three models in October including
    a version expected to sell for less than $1,000.  Apple has not
    disclosed prices or details about the new machines.
    Sears rolled out the IBM PS/1 in about 800 Sears Brand Central
    stores and 60 Sears Business Systems Centers.  Sears will also
    introduce the PS/1 in its catalog, which will be issued to 12.3
    million households in September. 

    Hewlett-Packard introduced an improved, lower-priced HP DeskJet
    printer this week labled the HP DeskJet 500.  This printer replaces
    the HP DeskJet PLUS and DeskJet printers and will be priced at $729.
    The HP DeskJet 500 printer will be offering more fonts and better
    font spacing, water-resistant ink and compatibility with Microsoft
    Windows 3.0.

    Hewlett-Packard now has a US only toll free telephone number
    (1-800-233-5153) that customers can call to determine if their HP
    LaserJet IIP printer is one of approx 70,000 manufactured during the
    early months of the printer's release that have faulty power
    supplies.  HP will replace the power supply of affected HP LaserJet
    IIP printers at no charge.  Customers in Canada should contact their
    local HP-authorized dealer or HP customer-service center.  The
    failures do not represent a safety hazard but will result in a front
    control panel message "50 NEEDS SERVICE" that halts operation of the
    printer.  Owners of this printer purchased before March 1990 are
    encouraged to call the toll-free number.  Customers who have printers
    with faulty power supplies will be given the option to: 
      - contact their local HP authorized dealer or HP customer-service
        center to have the power supply replaced free of charge
      - return the printer to HP and receive a remanufactured printer
        with a full one-year warranty in exchange
 => NEW MOTOROLA 68300
    Motorola announced the 68331 (331), the newest member of the 68300
    family for embedded control this week.  The 331 is similar to
    Motorola's 68332 (332) with cost saving changes which allow Motorola
    to make 32-bit power available to cost-sensitive applications.
    Motorola also announced reduced pricing for the 332 and a new
    development system for the 68300 family.  The 68331 is sampling now
    and is priced at $36 in 1K quantities.

    The GEnie online service announced this week the introduction of a
    flat subscription rate of just $4.95 (U.S.) per month including
    unlimited, non-prime time access to more than 100 products and
    services.  The rate for US access to those GEnie service products/
    services not covered under the flat monthly rate has been set at
    just $6 per hour during non-prime time for all three access speeds of
    (300, 1200 and 2400 baud).  The prime time rate will remain at $18
    per hour for all three access speeds.  In Canada, the monthly
    subscription rate is $5.95 (Canadian), with a non-prime time rate of
    $8 (Canadian) per hour for all three access speeds.  The $29.95 sign
    up fee for the GEnie service also has been eliminated for all new
    subscribers effective immediately.  If a subscriber does not like the
    new service, they can cancel their membership and the GEnie service
    will refund the $4.95 subscription fee to them.
    Compaq's notebook-sized laptop computers have been developing
    hairline cracks after a couple of months of use.  The cracks are
    developing along the sides of the LTE and the LTE 286 models, which
    were introduced in October 1989.  The tiny fractures are the first
    widespread defect Compaq has experienced on a product shipped to the
    market.  Compaq is reimbursing dealers for replacement of the plastic
    cases on the laptop machines and until a cause is found, Compaq has
    extended the one-year warranty on the computers an extra year to
    cover the plastic case.
    Nintendo has launched three television commercials which showcase
    Nintendo's creative philosophy: having fun through game play
    transcends all ages.  Incorporating real-life scenarios in all three
    commercials, Nintendo demonstrates how its Game Boy portable video
    game system can play a role in the lifestyles of two disparate age
    groups:  kids and teens, ages 6-17; and adult males, ages 18-49. 


                    |*|    PORTFOLIO PD UPDATE     |*|
                    |*|       by Ron Kovacs        |*|

 Filename: MACPF9.SIT
 This is a MacWrite 5.0 document that explains how to use a Portfolio
 with a Macintosh.  Included in this file are tips on using Mac
 utilities to extract ARC and ZIP archives.
 Filename: MUSICJ.ZIP
 Three short music pieces in PBASIC 2.1.  Included are Bach, Beethoven,
 Happy Birthday along with a text file on how they were written.
 Filename: ADDRES.SIT
 This Hypercard Address Book provides a means to export addresses into a
 format that can be ported directly into the Portfolio Address Book.

 Filename: PBAS21.ZIP
 PBASIC 2.1.. Fixes the bugs in 2.0 and adds a few new statements: DATA,
 READ and RESTORE, for the Portfolio.
 Filename: TETRAD.EXE
 This is Tetrad7, a Tetris-like game for the Portfolio with a twist:
 The player has the option of changing the keys used to control the
 pieces and also which direction (left or right) the pieces fall.
 Documentation in not included in this file and available seperatly.
 Filename: A86V32.ZIP
 This is A86 version 3.22 which will work on the Portfolio.  Earlier
 versions of this assembler would not (they would cause a system crash
 on reboot.)  This is a powerful, fast and small (26k) assembler that is
 very well documented.
 Filename: PVIEW.COM
 A Page Preview program.  Will display the text as dots, much like the
 thumb nail display on Wordstar.  Two pages per screen, any key to
 display the next two pages, <ESC> to exit.  Not arced.
 Filename: SPELLP.ZIP
 The is a small dictionary program.  It needs 70k of disk space and 90k
 of memory to run, but has a built in dictionary of 40k words.  Displays
 the mispelled words and what line they are on.  You might  want to set
 the screen to tracked mode so you can scroll back in the list.
 Filename: ADDTIM.BAS
 A small PBASIC program to add up running times.  Helpful to those
 involved in broadcasting and entertainment production.  Very
 straightforward.  NOTE: Modified to run under PBASIC 2.1
 Filename: PCHESS.ZIP
 Portfolio Chess, version 1.0.  Based on Qchess.
 Filename: SM.COM
 A simple program to set the display mode to STATIC, NORMAL or TRACKED
 from the command line or inside a batch file.  If in a batch file,
 recommend that you place a CLS instruction immeditaly before it.
 eg:  SM S to set to static. by BJ Gleason, Thin Air Labs.

                    |*|      10 COMMANDMENTS       |*|
                    |*|    OF TELECOMMUNICATING    |*|
 1.    Read all notices. Including New User notices, system bulletins
       and messages left by the Sysop in the message base to the users.
       This is where you learn about how the system runs and when
       changes are made.
 2.    Follow the rules. You are a guest in the Sysops/Owners computer.
       The Owner has a right to set the rules just as you have a right
       to set house rules for your guests.  Alot of systems are set up
       for a particular reason.  It is not polite to try to force your
       way in someone else's system.
 3.    Take your time and use the menus.  Almost all BBS systems allow
       you to enter something like ? when you need a Menu.  Some also
       have a "panic" command like "Menu" that brings you back to the
       Main Menu if you get lost.  Most things are clear if you take
       your time.  One suggestion is the first time you get on try all
       the choices on the Menus to wee what they do.
 4.    Leave a message once in awhile.  If nothing else say something
       about yourself.  Someone has to start talking before a
       conversation can get going.  I've seen a lot of conversations on
       BBS systems start with "Why did you buy a computer/ modem?".
       Only going to the File sections of a BBS is like going to a
       party and sitting by yourself at the food and eating.  Sounds
       kind of strange when put that way.
 5.    Keep your language and discussions clean and legal!  BBS systems
       are used by all kinds of people of all ages.  Unless the Sysop
       has a Smoking section...don't smoke.  Before you type something
       ask yourself if you would say it in Church.  That's a good rule
       of thumb.  You can express yourself without getting vulgar, can't
       you?  It only start the ball rolling to worse things.
 6.    Type in lower case and take your time.  HAVE YOU EVEN TRIED TO
       CORRECT THE MISTAKES.  Grammar is only important to the extent
       that other users can understand what you are trying to get across.
       It's not a term paper or formal letter, but we would all like to
       understand what you are saying.
 7.    Stay on the topic.  If you change the topic, change the message
       header.  All BBS system message bases that allow this.  If the
       message base you are in is about ST Support, talk about something
       to do with ST Support.
 8.    If you find a good PD or Shareware program upload it to the proper
       section.  This is how the new programs got there that you see.
       Either someone uploaded it to a BBS that the Sysop calls or
       someone uploaded it to this BBS.  Someone was nice enough to see
       that you got it.  Alot of people only call a few BBS systems and
       don't come across programs that the others don't have.  We are not
       all rich.  Just upload when you have them and use the message base
 9.    Don't use BBS systems that allow stolen software.  This will hurt
       you in the long run.  Do you want to see a computer system die
       fast?  Then you will have a $1000 paper weight on your hands.
       Would you work for free?
 10.   Last but not least, leave the Sysop(s) suggestions and comments
       nicely.  They, like all people, do not like to be commanded to do
       something, or being cursed at, because the download section is
       acting up.  You can be sure if the suggestion is worth while it
       will appear.
                                             -Author Unknown
                    |*|    Z*NET SYSOP'S CORNER    |*|
                    |*|        by Terry May        |*|
 The last issue of each month, starting with this issue, I'm going to be
 taking a break from the normal Public Domain/Shareware reviews and write
 a column for SysOps.  I've been running a BBS since October '85,
 starting with the infamous BBCS software for the 8-bits, graduating from
 there to BBS Express! 850, then BBS Express! ST and currently STark,
 with a small stop with MichTron 3.0 along the way.
 Sysoping remains my greatest love in computers, and hopefully this
 column will reflect that, though it's not my intention to gloss over
 anything.  Each month I'll be covering the latest BBS news, including
 reviews of the latest BBS software, utilities, games, etc.  If any of
 you sysops have anything to add, by all means let us know!
              STark Authors 'Charged' With Credit Card Fraud
 The big news these days is the news from Twilight Zone Software (TZS)
 that they (the two authors of STark) have been charged with illegal use
 of a credit card number.  TZS had previously maintained their problems
 (there hasn't been an update since early April) were the result of
 hardware failures due to a lightning storm.
 TZS originally consisted of David Brown and Jason Dickens.  David and
 Jason have since had a falling out, leaving TZS with David by himself.
 David is now accusing Jason (a minor) of falsely supplying him with the
 credit card number, telling David the number belonged to him (Jason).
 David further contends that the Kentucky legal system wants to make an
 example in this case, and since Jason is a minor, they are going after
 him, instead.
 It's hard to know whether David is lying or just plain naive -- I would
 have a difficult time believing that a minor could have his own credit
 card.  In any event, the case goes to trial in November.  In the
 meantime, David is without the source code to STark, making updates
 impossible.  I feel STark is potentially the finest BBS software for
 ANY computer, so I certainly hope this is resolved soon -- for the good
 of all ST sysops.
 Jason Strautman      [*>  Second Generation  <*]        Commercial: $70
 GEnie: SGDEMO.ARC (#16228)            CIS (PRO): SGDEMO.ARC, SSGFEA.TXT

 Second Generation (SG) is the latest entry into the ever growing ST BBS
 software market.  It is very new in the development stages, and as such,
 any criticisms will possibly be corrected as the program matures.
 It's extremely difficult to get a handle on this program.  While it has
 an abundance of features, it's not very user-friendly, even for an
 experienced BBS caller (not to mention sysop) such as myself.  It is
 also very sluggish, both from the caller's perspective and the sysop's
 (using the demo).  I tend to think the user-friendliness problem could
 be overcome by a good sysop (Jason seems to be better at programming
 than actual sysoping).  Hopefully the sluggish problem will be
 corrected as the program develops.
 The program revolves entirely around a script language, the 'brain'
 being a MENU.CTL file that tells SG what to do.  SG's script language
 does not appear to be a full fledged language, as with Express and
 MichTron, but rather a simple command processor.  In other words, don't
 expect to do anything fancy, like games and such with this language.
 Still, there is a lot of room for customization with this script

 SG allows you to have multiple SIGs, with each SIG containing its own
 message bases and file sections.  It's like having multiple BBSes
 within your BBS!  Of course, each SIG can have its own sysop.  Imagine
 having an entire BBS devoted to the ST, another to the IBM, etc. -- each
 one almost transparent to the other.

 I could go on and on about SG's features and shortcomings, but it would
 be like writing a novel!  Suffice it to say, this is a POWERFUL program,
 but with some annoying shortcomings.  It seems to be geared more towards
 the 'power sysop' than the rookie, what with all the files to edit, and
 the script language.  If you are just starting out, you're probably
 better of with something like Express.  Otherwise, I urge you to take a
 look at the demo and see if SG is for you!
 Joe Blenke               [*>  Cows v7.0  <*]                   Freeware
 GEnie: COWS_70.LZH           Grade: USDA!         CIS (ART): COWS70.LZH

 Cows is a text adventure full of graphic violence and borderline adult 
 language.  It is highly offensive to animal lovers, puritans, cows and
 k.d. lang.  If none of those apply to you, you're going to LOVE it!
 Cows should run on virtually any BBS software that allows 'doors,'
 though some might require the caller to manually enter their name.  It
 is chalk full of humor, and if you're not easily offended, chances are
 you're going to find yourself laughing throughout; or at least smiling!
 The object of the game is to infiltrate the "Moovian Cow Base" and blow
 up their secret weapon.  Along the way you are confronted with guards of
 the cow persuasion.  Cows are not real intelligent, so even if you are a
 dimwit, chances are you'll get by the guards, usually by removing them
 in a graphically described manner.  In fact, I've found the secret to
 higher scores is to NOT try to win, but rather do what's FUNNY!
 Cows v7.0 - "Nothing fancy, but then cows are stupid anyway"

                    |*|        Z*NET ECHOES        |*|
                    |*|     by Terry Schreiber     |*|
                         ATONCE 286 AT EMULATION
                      General Specs from the manual
  - 16 bit, 8MHz 80286 CPU
  - Norton factor 6.7
  - 704kb DOS-Memory (in ST's with at least 1 MB RAM)
  - up to 3 MB(e.g. Mega ST 4) Expanded/Extended memory for example as
    RAM-DISK or as RAM for certain programs
  - Administration of up to 24 GEM-DOS-compatable partitions under DOS
  - DOS can be booted directly from one of these partitions
  - Supports hard disk and removable hard disk subsystems (for example 
    votex HDplus, vortex DataJet) (Ed.note: commonly refered to as
    Syquest mechanism)
  - Video-Emulations: CGA, Hercules, Toshiba T3100, Olivetti (with the
    Atari color monitor CGA only)
  - Use of the Atari Mouse as Micro-soft-Mouse (on COM1 as well as COM2)
  - Supports the parallel and serial interface
  - Complete integration of the internal 3.5" floppy drive as 720KB DOS
    floppy drive, as well as one external 3.5" or 5.25" as 720KB/360KB
    DOS floppy drive
  - Sound support
  - Adapter for 1040STE and Mega ST (optional extra)

 The first striking this about this product is the guarantee.

 "Votex guarantees that on leaving the premises of vortex the product is
 in a faultless condition and is manufactured to the product
 specifications.  No further guarantee is given."
 With this in mind I suggest that you have an experienced tech install
 this unit, although I did install my own and it took about 35 minutes.
 The manual is quite informative as to the install in all the Atari
 product line excepting the Stacy.  The size of the ATonce makes it an
 instant sell in the Stacy as the board measures 2 3/4" X 3 1/4" by
 5/8" height requirements.
 After the install I did find that being used to Supercharger and it's
 handling of GEM partitions I became spoiled.  All partitions to be used
 as DOS partitions need to be formatted under dos therefore making most
 drives need re-formatting and/or re-partitioned for the size that you
 need.  A 16 meg partition is the maximum you are allowed.
 After the install you are ready to boot.  There is a noticeable
 difference in speed in the boot-time as compared with the Supercharger,
 the ATonce is about 1/3 faster.
 As for benchmarks and speed checks I didn't do any but the speed
 increase is very noticeable.  I tried it on both color and monochrome
 and the color was somewhat lacking.  A future upgrade to some software
 emulations for color would be nice so that you can run Hercules and EGA,
 VGA would also be nice but I would, for now be satisfied with Hercules.
 Running Better Working's "Eight-in One" software I connected a modem and
 Voila'- connect 9600 ARQ to a local system.  As for Atari Laser printer,
 the manual doesn't state anything regarding the laser.  I will try it
 out in the next week and see what happens, hopefully it will work as
 well as the Supercharger.
 Personal conflicts continue to flare in messages through-out the F-Net.
 As in reported in last weeks issue (Z-Net 533) the arguements for and
 against Atari continue but something new has been added.
 Each cross-net message base or sig (special interest group) has it's own
 lead node or main B.B.S. which hosts the conference.  The sysop's job as
 lead node is to keep the messages of that base on topic, not at all an
 easy task.
 Due to some conflicts between users and lead nodes some sysops (bulletin
 board system operators) are pulling the plug on some bases and some have
 even gone the extra mile to re-route their system through other systems.
 There has even been some talk of nodes being blacklisted or deleted so
 they no longer have a route to many of the major routes.  This all may
 sound like childish games but it has escalated to a point where I feel
 it is worth mentioning.
 There has also been some talk of re-routing of most of the network.  If
 one of the main hub boards should go down or decide that he didn't want
 to route anything from a particular conference, he could shut off a base
 to a major portion of the network.  I do like the hub idea the best as
 information is passed along much quicker and more efficiently than an
 open network but an alternate plan must be implemented to make sure that
 the routes remain open and that no one is capable of cutting off the
 flow of messages either by accidental or deliberate.
 Plans are going into effect to direct connect to three of the main hubs
 and should provide a small buffer to any of the problems that the net
 might encounter.
 All F-Net nodes are invited to join the Z-Net Online conference current
 lead node is #448 Crash St BBS - conference code 20448.

                    |*| 8-BIT PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE |*|
                    |*|       by Ron Kovacs        |*|
                  (Reprinted from ZMagazine Issue #184)
 Printer utility to setup your printer from DOS.  Uses Sparta command
 line with parameter passing or a menu with less capable DOS's.  Written
 in ACTION! with source for easy reconfiguring with other printers.
 Latest version of APACSHOW, the slide show program.  This version works
 correctly with DOS 2.0/2.5, displays in an interlaced mode, (gets rid of
 those annoying black lines in APAC), and fixes a few other bugs.
 Latest version of APACVIEW decodes and displays GIF images in APAC (256
 color) mode.  It also allows you to create color-separations (.R, .G,
 .B) for viewing with COLRVIEW in 80 x 192 resolution with 4096 colors.
 This version also has some additional fixes noted in the doc file.
 Use COLRVIEW to view.  RGB source files of digitized woman, done on an
 Amiga with a flatbed scanner in overscanned HAM mode, then converted to
 the 8 bit with a program under development.

 COLRVIEW source RGB files of some raytraced chess pieces.  Converted
 from an Amiga HAM pic.

 RGB source files for use with Jeff Potter's Colorview.

 SpartaLibrary 1.2. Disk cataloger program.  Runs under SpartaDOS only.
 Reads SpartaDOS, DOS 2.x, maybe MYDOS, disks.  Features automatic
 subdirectory reads, describes and sorts by volume name, subdirectory
 name, file name and file description.  Fixes bugs in version 1.1 and
 contains support files.

 This file is an update to an early version vt52/vt100 terminal emulator.
 A bug in the old version that affected the backspace (and a few other
 keys) in half duplex mode only.  This program is 100% machine language,
 offers a very complete emulation of a VT100 as well as VT52 terminal,
 and has xmodem and ascii file transfer capabilities.

 Touchtablet RGB picture of Fido.  Lots of anti-aliasing around the eye.

 This file contains all the distribution files in an archive.  This
 would include: Installation, Usage, Examples, Hardware upgrade 
 nstructions, Software (TOS) version differences, PAL usage, OS cross-
 reference, 65816 Macro file, TOS Include file, Bus connector, memory
 maps, and much more.

 This archive contains the current price list and product list available
 from DataQue Software.  Included are the Turbo-816 system components,
 Turbo-Calc, MV-80 etc.

 This is a text file describing some simple modifications that allow
 Daisy-Dot III to more easily print 3.5 X 15/16" continuous labels for
 addresses, disks, etc., from Roy Goldman.

 This file must be expanded using Diskcomm 3.2 or higher to create the
 MFD 3.5 disk.  Atari DOS 3 and XL/XE machine required.  This is the
 newest version of the Master File Directory also known as the File
 Organizer.  It includes all features of older version plus more, like
 the ability to delete unwanted records and new ways to search records.
 If you use any one of the older versions (1.5 or 2.0) you need, along
 with this file, the upgrade kit.  New users only need this one.  You
 MUST read the docs before using the program because it can't be used as
 it comes from the archive.  Some setup is needed before using the
 program for the first time.  Due to a minor quirk related to screen
 handling (which DOES NOT affect program operation) you should hold
 OPTION during boot-up even though the docs tell you this isn't
 necessary.  Not doing this may produce annoying garbage in the screen
 when you search records.  This can also be fixed by re-starting the
 program by pressing RESET once it has booted.  Documentation is NOT
 included in this archive.

 This file contains the docs for the new Master File Directory 3.5.  If
 you use any of the older versions be sure to get the upgrade kit.

 This is intended only for users of the older versions of the Master File
 Directory also known as the File Organizer.  This archive contains a
 program that will convert the data files you use with your older version
 to the format used in the new 3.5 version.  Included are the docs to
 this program.  You need to have Atari DOS 3 and XL/XE machine with at
 least 64K.

 This archive contains the source to GameLink (by itself) and the
 GameLink code loaded into BASIC data statements.  An example file
 showing how to use this data, in BASIC, is included.  The GameLink.Doc
 file also is included, to show how the cable is constructed, in addition
 to other GL information.

 Read the GEnie library list as you would normally see it.  Search on
 different fields.  You must download a library listing from GEnie and
 store it in a disc file.  The program was written in ICD/OSS BASIC XE
 but will run under BASIC XL. It will NOT run under Atari BASIC!

 ARC file with PS icon fonts and a text file demonstrates how to
 incorporate Print Shop icons (converted with PSTODD3B) into documents to
 be printed with Daisy-Dot III.  Included are 4 Icon fonts and a total of
 over 50 fonts (fancy alphabet, Atari icons, horoscope and Bart Simpson).
 The demo itself doesn't require PSTODD3B but does require the registered
 version of DD3.  You will need PSTODD3 to make your own icon fonts.
 From DD3, choose ROMAN2 as the initial font and TEST.TXT as the text
 file.  Make sure all other font files in ARC file (*.NL?) are on the
 default drive.  Demo prepared by John McGowan from Columbia, MO.

 ARC file with program and documentation by John McGowan of Columbia, MO
 for conveniently converting Print Shop icons from "OTHER" disks into DD3
 fonts that can be easily used within a document.  Very impressive and

 A model of diffusion limited aggregation: a particle is released from
 the edge of a circle and wanders on a random walk until it hits a
 central dot and becomes "stuck" in place.  This continues with
 additional particles until a "dust-ball" of accumulated dots fills the
 screen.  This program is released by the author to demonstrate one of
 the educational disks available from Bresnik Software.

 This is an archive of the GameLink, and TT2 source/com/docs.  Included
 is the source, and specifications for the GameLink serisk (serial)
 driver.  TT2 is a two player tic-tac-toe game in 100% assembly language.

 28 AMS tunes.  It will fit on a single density disk (it's 317 DD sectors

 This file contains 33 AMS tunes.  It is 304 DD sectors long and will fit
 on a single density disk.

 Change BASIC rev. B to C; quiet the noise during disk access; speed key
 repeat; increase screen contrast; autoload a program in BASIC that is
 named "HELLO" [no extension].  This program loads into memory on page 6
 and is protected against "RESET".

 This is a short text file telling how to get DOS 2.0, DOS 2.5, SmartDOS,
 and DOSXL to recognize the underscore character.  This will let you
 batch download from GEnie using these DOS's.

 The Music Player plays AMS I or AMS II tunes.  If you have a 2nd pokey
 installed it will play in 16-bit stereo, 8-bit stereo, or 8-bit mono.
 Up to 69 files can be seen on the screen.  Autoplay, Tag, Untag, and
 Play Tagged are some of the options.  You can switch modes (16-bit S,
 8-bit S, or 8-bit M) while a tune is playing.  The name of the song 
 being played is displayed on the piano screen.  This is a GOOD AMS
 player.  If you haven't done Chuck's Gumby upgrade yet, this should give
 you a reason to.

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