Z*Net: 02-Aug-91 #9132

From: Dave Churchill (ar473@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 08/06/91-11:11:06 AM Z

From: ar473@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Dave Churchill)
Subject: Z*Net: 02-Aug-91 #9132
Date: Tue Aug  6 11:11:06 1991

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                             August 2, 1991 
                               Issue #91-32

                       Publisher/Editor: Ron Kovacs
                            Editor: John Nagy
                      Z*Net New Zealand: Jon Clarke
                      Z*Net Canada: Terry Schreiber
                        PD Editor: Ron Berinstein

         * COMPUSERVE: 75300,1642 * DELPHI: ZNET * GENIE: Z-NET*

         THE EDITORS DESK.............................Ron Kovacs
         ZNET NEWSWIRE..........................................
         MIST ATARIFEST SHOW REPORT...................Bob Brodie
         GENIEUS UPDATE.............................Announcement
         Z*NET NEW ZEALAND WORLD TOUR - Part 1........Jon Clarke
         LYNX NEWSLETTER...........................Press Release
         BRACE ATARIFEST SHOW REPORT..........Staff - Bob Brodie
         CPU UPDATE................................Press Release
         ATARI 8-BIT OWNERS UPDATE.....................AtariUser
         LEXICOR/CIS ONLINE CLASSES................Press Release
         INTERVIEW WITH BOB-BRODIE....................Ron Kovacs
         DIGIFLY...................................Press Release
         Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF.....................Ron Berinstein
                             THE EDITORS DESK
                              by Ron Kovacs
 This week's issue was released 12 hours late for another problem.  After
 completing the issue, I started to feel very ill and in a matter of 20
 minutes, I was located in a local hospital.  By my side was my son Adam, 
 3 years old, also sick.  The two of us had eaten some bad food, as the
 doctor said, and it felt like it.  I am home again with my son and will
 attempt again to release the issue.  Apologies for releasing the issue
 late, but some things can't be controlled!
 Last week's editoral was focused on the possible pirate activities that
 are taking place in FNET.  If you remember, FNET is a network od BBS
 systems running FoReM BBS software which communicate daily with the
 purpose of transferring message bases and conference file transfers.
 I want to apologize again here for the poor editing I actually did on
 the piece.  I was in a two hour race to get out the door last Friday and
 paid little attention to the structure of the comments.
 Well, to save myself possible work next week, I will leave you with
 appreciation and thanks for the support of Z*Net.  Have a great week!
                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE

 Atari is back advertising in Keyboard magazine, the most widely read
 professional musician's magazine in the country.  In the August issue
 (with Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman on the cover), Atari has taken co-op
 ads with C-Lab (Notator, Creator) and Dr. T (numerous editor/librarians
 and sequencers).  The Atari logo is large and clearly seen in both ads.
 There will be an Atari/Dr. T ad in Electronic Musician this month as
 well.  Bob Brodie of Atari says "We've also done similar things in PC-
 related magazines with some of our Portfolio developers."

 Four promotions were announced this week by Geoff Earle at Canadian
 headquarters in Markham Ontario.  Package One (BTS Mono) includes a
 1040STE, SM124 Monochrome monitor, Star NX1000, First Word Plus and
 HyperPaint II.  Package Two (BTS Color) inlucdes a 1040STE, SC1224 Color
 monitor, Star NX1000, First Word Plus and HyperPaint II.  Package Three 
 includes same products except a Mega 2STe in place of the 1040STe.  The
 final package #4 (MIDI) includes a 1040STe, SM124 Monochrome monitor and 
 Super Librarian.
 As previously reported in Z*Net, Damark has purchased a number of Atari
 SX212 300/1200-baud Hayes-compatible modems.  The latest Damark catalog
 (September 1991), shows a reduced price of only $19.99, a full $10 off
 their earlier price.  Shipping and handling is an additional $5.50.  (A
 large picture of the modem appears on page 5 of the catalog; while the
 word "Atari" had been difficult to read in the previous catalog, it's
 quite legible now.)  Damark's order lines are open 7 days a week, 24
 hours a day: 800 729 9000.  When ordering, purchasers will be asked to
 supply the item number for the modem (B-375-181504) and the "Damark
 Code" on the catalog (B-375-2006).
 The August 3rd Conference in conference room 5 is a GO.  Join Ralph
 Mariano of ST Report and AABCO fame in talking about current events in
 the Atari market.  Be there at 7pm western - 10pm eastern time THIS

 The Atari Special Interest Group (SIG) of the McDonnell Douglas
 Corporation Recreational Computer Club (MDC-RCC) in St. Louis, Missouri,
 will be holding their fourth annual Computer Fair at the North County
 Recreation Complex in St. Louis on August 31, 1991.  This will be a
 general-interest show, with many different kinds of computers
 represented (not just Atari).  The Fair will open to the public at 11:00
 a.m. CDT and close at 7:00 p.m.  For more information contact: Ray Perry
 (GEnie address R.PERRY6) MDC-RCC Atari SIG Director.
 Plans to build a plant in Israel are nearly gone.  Atari is alledged to
 be attempting to borrow money from the Israeli government for building
 the plant.  Talks on this have failed and it looks like Atari will be
 searching for another area.  As previously reported, Atari has been
 closing plants in Taiwan and sub-contracting work to other manufacturers
 in the United States and abroad.
 A Sony spokesman said this week that it will produce notebook-size
 personal computers for Apple.  However, an Apple spokeswoman denied the
 article, saying that although Apple deals extensively with Japanese
 firms, no contract has been struck with Sony or any other company
 regarding the production of its computers.

 This was the week to snap up three of the first compact disc recorders
 to be marketed in the United States, each of them having a pricetag of
 $20,000.  The Denon DN-7700R CD recorders, which can record music onto
 blank compact discs, went on sale at Dow Stereo in La Jolla, a San Diego
 suburb.  The blank discs for the machine are available at $40 apiece.
 Sony is expected to introduce a recordable CD, dubbed a Mini Disc
 because it is half the size of the standard 5-inch disc, late next year.
 Sears and Toshiba announced that Toshiba's T1000LE and T1200XE notebook
 computers and accessories will be available in about 350 more Sears
 Brand Central departments beginning in early September.  The laptop
 computers currently are available in 22 Office Center at Sears
 departments.  Sears was the first national department store to sell
 Toshiba laptop computers.
 Logitech announced a new breed of mouse pointing device for a variety of
 applications and hardware.  The Logitech 3-D Mouse is a five-button
 pointing device providing input capability for applications and hardware
 supporting multi-dimensional, spatial graphics, such as CAD/CAM and
 virtual reality workstations.  It also works as a conventional Microsoft
 /Logitech- compatible three-button mouse.

                              by Bob Brodie, 
             Director of Communications, Atari Computer Corp.
 For the last two years, a small gathering of Atarians has met in
 Bloomington, Indiana.  The groups have used the gathering as a chance to
 have a swap meet, and attract a few small developers.  MIST is an
 association of three users groups that has shared members, and needs
 over the past few years.  The groups that form MIST are ASCII- located
 in Indianapolis, BLAST- located in Bloomington, and PAUG- located in
 West Lafayette on the campus of Purdue University.  Their goal has been
 to share information, ideas, make new friends.
 In making the move to Indianapolis, the members hoped that they would
 share the burden of putting on the event a little bit better.  This
 years show was put on at CADRE, Inc, a local CAD firm.  The show area
 was a comfortable seminar area at CADRE, with carpeting, air
 conditioned, and easy access to hotels and local eateries.  The wide
 open seminar room was laid out logically, so visitors would have an easy
 path in making their way around the show.
 Exhibitors at this event included:
 Atari Corporation                 MP Graphic Design
 Gribnif Software                  CompuServe
 AT/Com Electronics                Clear Thinking Software
 Unicorn Publications              Randall's Home Computers
 MegaType                          Electronic Spinster Graphics 
 Mar's Merchandising               Touch Technologies
 SKWare One                        Softlogik
 Computer Works                    ICD
 Cal Com                           DA Brumleve
 Apprentice Software               One STop
 MS Designs                        Wiz Works

 also attending were a number of user groups:

 Milwaukee Atari ST of Milwaukee, WI
 Cin'tari of Cincinnati, OH
 STar of Belleville, IL
 Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts, Waukegan, IL
 Eastside Atari Users Group, Alton, IL
 From the moments the door opened, the show was very, very busy.  Show
 organizers were pleased with the turnout for Atarifest III!  Once again,
 the combination of inexpensive tables for developers ($50 a table!) and
 low admission made this event a can't miss affair!  While the turnout
 was great, and the crowd was active, I never felt like I was in a rush
 to get to the next person.  Instead, I found people to be quite patient
 waiting for their turn to talk with me about what was going on in the
 Atari Community.  I was quite surprised at the distance that some people
 drove to attend this event.  Spotted in the crowd was Paul Plants of the
 WACO User Group from the Pittsburgh, PA area!  Attending from
 Huntsville, Alabama was John Cole, ST Vice President of the Huntsville
 Atari Users Group.  Other people told me that they had driven up from
 Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, and Michigan.  I met so many new faces, I'm
 sure that I've overlooked a number of people in this report.
 The MIST organizers set up the exhibition area in a large open area of
 CADRE's conference center.  In addition, they had seminars set up in a
 room down the hall from the main area, which sat around 150 people.  The
 entrance to the show was in yet another area, which also had a MIDI-Maze
 ring set up in it.  Dan Ward from ASCII set up a large "white board"
 that he posted all door prize winners on.  Nice touch, Dan!  There was
 even a convenient Coke machine!
 A number of developers that couldn't attend this show demonstrated their
 support for MidWestern Atarians by sending along door prizes or
 advertising in the show program.  Among them was ISD Marketing, which
 donated Calamus, Outline Art, The Calamus Font Editor, a copy of the
 Guide to Calamus Desktop Publishing.  Current Notes, the Washington D.C.
 area based magazine offered a subscription to Current Notes, as well an
 ad in the show program.  Fonts by Guber sent 3 PageStream font disk

 The show organizers kept trying to tell me that they only had 250 people
 or so that had shown up.  I couldn't believe it, I've been to enough of
 these events that I just *knew* that the crowd was much better than
 that!  Sure enough!  During teardown the show officials acknowledged
 that they had miscounted.  The attendance was 450+!  Now there's a
 number I can believe in!

 The developers expressed great satisfaction with this event.  Tricia
 Metcalf from Gribnif Software told me that sales were better than they
 had been at the Windsor Show, which was a two day event with much higher
 booth prices!  ICD sold out of a number of items.  Wiz Works was
 badgered by people all day that wanted to buy Migraph scanner modules to
 use with MVG, and I was one of them!  Some of the user groups expressed
 disappointment with the sales of their PD libraries, while others did
 just great.  The LCACE gang did a bang up business, and EAUG had a
 terrific looking booth.

 For me, one of the highlights of the day was the MARC Meeting.  Under
 the leadership of Hank Vize, MARC (Midwest Atari Regional Council) is
 trying to make sure that all of the groups in the midwest stay in good
 contact with each other.  This meeting was open to user group officers
 only, and had a fine turnout.  MARC started in the St. Louis area.  I
 visited them in late '89, and just kind of casually remarked to Hank
 that it was a shame that the local groups didn't talk more.  He took the
 idea and ran with it, and now MARC has an e-mail list that goes from St.
 Louis to South Bend, Indiana!  Keep up the good work, guys!  Look for
 the gang from St. Louis to have a bigger role in next years MIST Show.
 Maybe they'll have to give the show a new name!

 Another bright spot was a tour of Purdue University.  Professor Dennis
 Short of Purdue's Technical Graphics Department is an Atari fan!  He's
 got a number of labs at Purdue that are crammed full of IBM/PS2's and
 Macs.  But in his office, he's got an Atari TT, running DynaCadd and
 NeoDesk3!  Professor Short is excited about the high speed performance
 of DynaCadd.  He's proposed a lab of TT's to Purdue University, all to
 be running DynaCadd! Professor Short is faculty advisor to the Purdue
 Atari Computer Enthusiasts, and spent several hours at the show.  During
 dinner on Friday night, he expressed sincere appreciation for all of the
 support Atari developers have provided him as he's learned the ins and
 outs of the TT030!  Not without a fun streak in him though, I caught the
 professor taking a hard look at a Lynx!  Hmmm, what that line about all
 work and no play?  MP Designs is the Indianapolis based VAR that is
 servicing Purdue's Atari needs.

 I'm grateful to the organizers of the MIST Atarifest III for allowing me
 to participate in this event.  Congratulations on a job well done!

                              GENIEUS UPDATE
                            GEnie Annoucement
 Hi there--me again.  Your charming and delightful GEnie Users' SysOp,
 with word of a couple of Hot Summer Nights RealTime Conferences I
 thought you might be interested in.
 This Thursday, August 1st, at 9pm Eastern time, GEnie General Manager
 John Barber and VP Chip Chiappone will be our guests in the GENIEus
 RealTime Conference, in Room 3.  If you have any questions about how
 GEnie is being run, what the plans are for the future or why things are
 the way they are, you can find no one better to ask than these two, I
 assure you.  Plan to be there early, to meet GEnie's management staff
 and find out what's in store for GEnie in the '90s.
 And Saturday, August 3rd, we'll be hosting the GEnie programming staff
 in our regular Saturday Night GEnie-Jam!  If you've ever wondered what
 kinds of computers GEnie runs on, or what language GE Mail is written
 in, or how the Bulletin Board software works, this is your best chance
 to find out.  The conference is open to programmers and non-programmers
 alike.  All you need is an interest in the code behind the node to enjoy
 this one.  Again, that's Saturday night, at 9pm Eastern time, in RTC
 room 3.
 We hope to see you there, and in future Hot Summer Nights RealTime
 Conferences, movers and shakers of the online world.  Remember to check
 in with Category 14 to find out what's going on, and mark your calendars
 for the GENIEus RealTime Conferences that most interest you!


                            Z*NET NEW ZEALAND
                           World Tour - Part 1
                              by Jon Clarke
 Three weeks ago I was sitting in my office in Auckland contemplating
 popping onto the weekly GEnie RTC when in wandered my boss and said
 "what do you have planned for the next two weeks, Clarkie?"  Checking
 the local diary (2 seconds later) I saw I had nothing on so I said "not
 much why?"
 What a silly question that turned out to be.  "Well we want you in New
 York and when you have finished there we want you to pop into London,
 Germany and then head office in Hong Kong.  "Getting my breath back I
 said "what, ok when?"  To cut a long story short two weeks later and a
 few zillion phone calls, fax's, telexes, swift and email messages later
 I was on the plane jetting off towards Hawaii.
 I had by this time managed to contact a few friends and the Z*NET crew
 world wide to say I would be there in their towns and lets met each
 other for a social hour or two (or was that three or four).  I had the
 pleasure or as I was later to discover the displeasure of flying on
 Continental Airlines.   They are a little like their old adverts "We
 know the Pacific"  "Yes sure, you have been in it enough" we always used
 to joke.
 For those of you (most of you) who have flown in an commercial airline
 you will have read the emergency information in the seat pocket in front
 of you (hmmm I am even sounding like a hostee) or seen the
 demonstrations where they show what to do if the emergency air supply
 drops down.
 Picture this if you will.  A lovely winters Friday evening.  We takeoff
 into the sunset out of Auckland on our first leg to Hawaii.  I am
 sitting next to a MAC fanatic from a place called Christchurch.  With
 all the formalities out of the way like why do you have a MAC and why do
 I use an IBM and a what, an Atari?  We are half way down the runway
 heading for the big blue yonder.  Now forced firmly back in my seat as
 the Boeing 747-400 tries to defy nature and become lighter than nature
 intended and become airbourne.
 When all of a sudden there is a row of oxygen masks in my face.  Well I
 can not be called slow but I had the sucker on my face in a few seconds
 flat.  Then I realised.  Opps!  We were the only ones with the Oxygen
 masks.  Now either we were the only lucky ones or we had a fault with
 the aircraft and it spat them at us to make sure we stayed awake all the
 trip.  I am lucky to say it was the later and after a quick whiff of
 recycled air (they did not work, YIKES) the hostess crawled up to us and
 said in a pleasant voice "Don't worry false alarm (in her best American
 accent)"  We spent the rest of the haul talking about the new Macintosh
 packages and the new products they were about to release on the world
 markets and how great Spectre GCR is even if it is on an Atari.
 It was interesting to note the comments about the Atari from people I
 speak to and this conversation was no different.  The chap next to me
 had seen, heard and used "A-MAX" for the (dare I say it) Amiga but was
 suprised to hear there was on for the Atari ST.  I then informed him
 that Otago University, the largest MAC dealers in New Zealand and only a
 few hundred miles from his home used them.  I guess this got his juices
 going as he was a principle of a high school in Christchurch.  To hear
 the author of A-MAX was from Wellington my old stomping ground suprised
 him even more I think. (Wellington is NZ'z capital city)
 Well after another attack of the oxygen masks we landed at Hawaii.  I
 guess half the population of Japan was on holiday (Vacation) this
 Saturday.  There were 2000 of them along with our plane all trying to
 clear customs and immigration.  I wonder who was looking after the

 Now as I said before we left home in winter .  It was 10 degrees celsius
 at home and here we are in summer at 30 degree celsius (you work out the
 conversions to F.) so the old body suddenly rebelled and dropped 10lbs
 of water all over my face.  We cleared customs and officially entered
 the USA.  This all over we headed for the flights to Los Angles in
 another building via the local bus.
 Now a word of warning here for all confirmed smokers out there.  This
 jolly flight from Hawaii to LAX takes five and a half hours and _NO_
 SMOKING_ .  Ah heck my body can handle three to four hours but five
 hours!  Hmm so I took the easy way out I went to sleep for four and a
 half hours of the flight.
 For those of you who love statistics here is a good one for you.   I
 arrived in Los Angles one before I took off from New Zealand.  I arrived
 at 6pm on Friday night and I flow out of New Zealand at 7pm on Friday
 night.  I always say you chaps are behind the times.
 While I was on the plane I meet several couples from NZ doing the same
 sort of trip I was so we decided as we had a six hour stop over in LAX
 (Air Port speak for Los Angles) we would go to one of the lounges we
 belonged to.  We to cut a long story short we ended up in the Air
 America Lounge.  If it was not for this oasis in the wilderness so to
 speak I would have gone nutty waiting in the Continental lounge for six
 hours.  Heck these guys even had New Zealand and Australian beers.
 Well after a few hours and a quick phone calls later (Help I could not
 fly the phones.. grrrr) it was "here's Johnny time".  I had arranged to
 meet John Nagy at the airport a few days earlier and low and behold here
 he was along with John King Tarpinian.

 John (which one there were three of us) Nagy mentioned Bob Brodie was
 going to try and get down to say hi.   But I guess Bobs wife was
 swapping recipes with Nacy and Bob had to entertain Ronny, times are
 tough Bob.  But thanks for the thought anyway.
 Now I guess it is an old American habit to take "care packages" for
 those from countries less fortunate than the USA.  What John had with
 him was incredible.  I must confess I had never seen such goodies, that
 most of you take for granted each and every day.  John (yep the Nagy
 one) had a bag full of goodies, from the ATARIUSER magazine, to Licence
 Plate holder which say ATARI  (these are now on my car John, thanks) to
 cups and hats with the Lynx logo's on them.
 We sat for a while over several beers talking about what was happening
 in the Atari world here in the USA and at home in New Zealand and the
 Pacific.  My first shock was to find out the lack of retail outlets in
 the USA.  When I explained to the John's that my countries population is
 3.3 million (1/8th of LA`s population) and we have a total of 32 dealers
 throught both the North and South Islands.
 You see over the years I have come to believe as others have, that as
 the USA is the home of Atari Inc. all things that are Atari were to be
 found in there.   I guess you could say alot of us out there think of
 the USA as the "Land of Oz" (like Alice in Wonder Land) for Atari
 Well if nothing else this confirmed what I had read on all the On-line
 systems I use in the USA.  Alice packed her bags and went to Germany,
 but more on this next week.
 All of a sudden I realised it was nearly time to catch my connection to
 New York so I said my farewells and was about to give some duty free
 cigarettes to John and John when I realised they did not smoke.  So I
 guess by now they will have had a headache from the Scotch Whiskey
 instead.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Nagy and
 John King Tarpinian for popping over to see me it was great guys.  Next
 time we do it in Auckland or at the "Green Onion" down the road from LAX
 For those of you who have not read ATARIUSER yet may I suggest that you
 get a copy and read it.  I am sure you will be more than suprised at
 the quality as I was.  I had several copies I dropped off all over the
 world in the next fourteen days and the comments were the same
 everywhere, "great stuff" , and the most common remark was "where do I
 get from ?"
 So it was onto another flight to New York this time.  Another four hours
 and yet again no smoking. Guess what?  I slept all the way again.

 On Saturday morning the 20JUL91 (or 20/07/91 as we write it)  I arrived
 at Newick airport.  I am sure Dan McNee knew that I was flying into here
 and did a rain dance from the comfort of his home in California as I
 arrived to 12 inches of rain.

 Next week New York "What a neat city" to Germany .

                             LYNX NEWSLETTER
                              Press Release
 Cumberland, RI.  July 8, 1991.  E&M Publishing in cooperation with
 "Computer Zone" of North Attleboro, MA is proud to announce the shipment
 of "On Target", a newsletter devoted entirely to the Atari Lynx Portable
 Color Entertainment System.  Published bi-monthly, "On Target" covers
 the world of the Lynx from software to accessories right down to secret
 playing hints.
 Each issue contains up to the minute news, reviews of the latest
 software and Lynx related products, previews of upcoming software,
 rumors about the Lynx, tips and hints to the latest games and much more.
 Subscribers around the world will be able to "Lynx Up" with other Lynx
 owners by posting their names in the "Lynxing Up" column where you can
 meet Lynx owners near you for the purpose of connecting two or more Lynx
 systems together to play multi-player games.  Your first listing is free
 while non-subscribers will be charged.
 A sample issue costs only $1 ppd or a six issue (1 year) subscription
 for only $4.  For more information or to order use the form below or
 call (401)-658-3917.
 Genie: R.Levetin
 Compuserve: 73267,101
 ------------------------------cut here----------------------------
 ___ YES, please send me a sample issue.  Enclosed is $1.
 ___ YES, please enter my six issue subscription. Enclosed is $4.
 ___ NO, I do not wish to order but would like more information.

 Send to:
 On Target
 18C Boyle Avenue
 Cumberland, RI 02864-2306 USA

                       BRACE ATARIFEST SHOW REPORT
                    by the Z*Net Staff and Bob Brodie,
          Director of Communications, Atari Computer Corporation
 Saturday, July 20th was a great day in Asheville, NC. Atarians from all
 over the southeast came together once again to enjoy their hobby at the
 second annual Blue Ridge Atarifest.  The event is co-sponsored by the
 Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts, and the local Atari dealer,
 Computer STudio.  Sheldon Winick is the well known owner of Computer 
 This was the second time Atarians had come to Asheville for the Blue
 Ridge Atarifest.  Last year was the first event, inspired by a visit
 from Bob Brodie of Atari.  When Bob arrived, he found an exceptional
 Atari dealership, and excited users.  A total of about 150 people turned
 out for the inaugural Blue Ridge Atarifest.  Most of the rest of the
 exhibitors at the first "show" were other Atari owners who enjoyed
 sharing their expertise in particular areas of their hobby.  Included in
 last years exhibitors was a number of members from KAUG, the Knoxville
 Atari Users Group.  Clifton Willard, a video professional, returned with
 the rest of the gang from KAUG for the second Blue Ridge Atarifest.
 No one has ever accused Bob Brodie of hiding a good thing!  He was sure
 to tell one and all about the great impression Asheville's fine folk had
 made on him.  This year, the show moved itself up by several notches!
 There were a number of other professional developers that attended the
 Blue Ridge Atarifest this year, and even more people!  As before, the
 show was held in the lovely Westgate Shopping Center, in which Computer
 STudio is located.  In a major switch from the norm of most other Atari
 shows, BRACE and Computer STudio made this event *FREE* to everyone!
 There was no charge for admission, and no charge to any of the
 developers that chose to display their wares in Asheville for the day!
 Computer STudio is a full service Atari retailer, carrying the full line
 of Atari products.  On display in the store was the TT030, with 8 megs
 of ram, a Mega/STE with four megs of ram, 1040 STEs, Stacys, Lynx, and
 the Portfolio palmtop computer.  Computer STudio is a well stocked
 dealer, with over 500 software titles available on the shelf.
 Folks from all over the southeast came to see this event.  User groups
 were reported present from KAUG, the Knoxville Atari Users Group, the
 East Tennesee Atari Computer Enthusiasts, and other groups from North
 Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and even Florida was
 represented at this event.
 Among the people that drove up to this southern style gathering was the
 colorful and controversial Ralph Mariano.  Most Atarians recognize Ralph
 as being the publisher of ST Report, a weakly rumor column distributed
 primarily on the FNET.  In addition to ST Report, Mariano also has his
 own hard drive business, ABCO Computer. The vocal Mariano, ever a
 curiosity to the end users and developers alike, elected not to take a
 booth to show his famous ABCO hard disks, but rather opted to try to
 mingle with the crowd at the event.  Bob enjoyed an opportunity to meet
 Ralph's sons, who also came for the journey north.  Hmmm, wonder if they
 read ST Report?  The once influential journalist hosted his own seminar
 toward the end of the day entitled "Current Events".  It was an event
 not to be forgotten: entertaining, humuorous, and unclouded by facts.
 D.A. Brumleve and her family took time out from their vacation to swing
 through Asheville.  Dorothy had her KIDPRGs on display, and enjoyed
 speaking to the many new users that she encountered there.  Unlike many
 of the booths at shows, Dorothy's is one that the parents can encourage
 their children to use the computer!  No worries about lost data at
 Dorothy's booth.  She's always glad to get the little ones up to the
 screen.  It's usually not too longer after the kids get busy with the
 KIDPRGs that Mom and Dad notice that maybe their kid isn't too young to
 use a computer after all! Always a seminar favorite, Dorothy gave a
 session on "Empowering You Learners Through Technology".
 Located down the hall from his wife, was Dr. Timothy Brumleve, who has
 written his own librarian for a Kawai synthesizer.  Tim hosted a MIDI
 seminar to demonstrate his K5/K5m Voice Librarian.  Many of the great
 sounds heard throughout the Westgate Shopping Center this day were
 courtesy of Tim Brumleve!  Along with Tim, Mike Cloninger was on hand
 from Dragon Studio to show off some his stuff, done with Cubase.
 GEnie was well represented by Darlah Pine, head of the Atari Roundtables
 on GEnie.  Hooked up live to GEnie, Darlah showed how to get around the
 system to the new users.  Most of them were impressed with Atari's
 official online service!  Genie's Basic Services are an exceptional
 value!  Darlah also showed the new subscribers how to locate the
 developers of their favorite programs, most of whom are probably online
 on GEnie now!  Got a problem with a program?  Here's how to send
 electronic mail to the company!  Did you say that you were interested in
 public domain software?  GEnie has simply the *best* online libraries
 around!  Darlah remarked how wonderful it was to find so many new users
 at a show!  It had been a long time since so many new folk had appeared
 at a show.
 John Fox of Goldleaf Publishing was on hand, his usual wacky self, to
 wow the crowd with WordFlair II.  Word Flair II takes advantage of
 Atari's FSMGDOS, utilizing scalable outline font technology.  A truly
 unique product, a document processor, Word Flair II let you integrate
 text, graphics, and data all on one page!
 Jeff Williams is a familiar sight to show goers as one of the syops from
 GEnie.  Jeff has long been a fixture as the moderator of the Wed. night
 conferences on GEnie.  Now Jeff is also with ICD, and ICD sent him to
 Asheville with an ample supply of host adapters, AdSpeed accelerators,
 and great deals on close out 8 bit stuff!  Jeff displayed a STacy 4 with
 an AdSpeed up and running.  ICD's products just seem to get better and
 Located inside the Computer STudio store, hidden behind a wall of people
 that constantly surrounded him was none other than Nathan Potechin of
 ISD Marketing.  Nathan was showing off Calamus S/L on the Atari TT030 at
 Computer STudio.  People were lined up three and four deep from opening
 till about 2:30 to speak with Nathan, and to see the power of Calamus
 S/L.  Nathan also gave a seminar later in the day on Atari Desktop
 Publishing using Calamus.  Always easy to approach, Nathan spent time
 with new friends discussing Calamus, Outline Art, DynaCadd, and the
 Independent Association of Atari Developers.

 Nevin Shalit of Step Ahead Software is the author of Tracker/ST.
 Tracker is a powerful application that offers a complete mail manager
 with a quick letter option, label printing and more.  Nevin is one of
 the sysops of the SoftLogik Roundtable on GEnie, and also gave folks a
 look at the powerful new version of PageStream.  Better known in some
 circles for his Rumor City column in ST Informer, Nevin proves every
 month that you can kiss & tell if you do it right!  Everyone likes to
 keep up with the latest scoop on the Atari community.  Nevin shares his
 rumors with little flash and no slash, and lots of class.  Refreshing
 reading for everyone!  Other pseudo journalists would do well to
 consider his approach!  Nevin sold out of Tracker/ST at this show!  In
 addition to Nevin, ST Informer was also represented by Brian Gockley.
 Brian and his lovely wife had great supplies of ST Informers' A & D
 Software, including the Universal Item Selector and the Universal

 Down from Virginia for the Blue Ridge Atarifest came Don and Carole
 Terp.  These longtime Atarians might be remembered by some for their
 writings in the Atari community.  They started ST Business magazine, and
 then published their original material in ST Applications.  Now under
 the name of Reed Mountain Press, Don discussed the business side of
 desktop publishing.
 Clifton Willard was again on hand from Knoxville to show off his
 fabulous video creations, all generated using an Atari computer.  Those
 doubters that the ST's video capabilities should have been present.  His
 creations are simply fabulous!

 While not showing an Atari specific products, author Ralph Roberts spent
 time discussing Computer Viruses...the topic of his book.  He has also
 written a series of Leisure Suit Larry hint books.  Ralph autographed
 copies of his book as a special bonus to show attendees.
 Although not exhibiting per se, any report would be remiss if it didn't
 mention the attendance of Bill Aycock, Compuserve Sysop.  Bill was easy
 to approach, and quite open about discussing the current state of
 CompuServe.  If your a Portfolio user, CompuServe has an excellent
 Portfolio forum!
 Last, but certainly not least was Bob Brodie of Atari Computer
 Corporation.  Bob spent most of his time helping out Darlah Pine showing
 of GEnie, and meeting new friends from the south.  Bob especially
 enjoyed being right across the way from Computer STudio.  It made it so
 easy for him to refer people to a great store just a few feet away to
 have their needs met.  Instead of having to suggest that a dealer
 *might* have what the user needed, chances are that Computer STudio
 would already have the product in stock.
 And speaking of Computer STudio, Sheldon Winick and staff were on the
 go from almost before opening the store to the very end of the day.
 Lines are the cash register were typically about 4 deep.  Sheldon was
 all smiles by the end of the day.  I'd bet that this day goes down in
 Computer STudio history as one of the best.  Did you say *the* best?
 Could be!  The many specials that were run were sure to please any
 budget, and developers seemed to be all aglow as well.  Beyond a doubt,
 this gathering brought together a fine balance of buyers and sellers!
 Clearly, credit for this event must go to the Blue Ridge Atari Computer
 Enthusiasts and Computer STudio.  How many other shows in recent memory
 offer to provide developer space for free, and *no admission* charge?
 Hmmm, sounds like a pretty REVOLUTIONARY idea to me!  A show in a
 shopping center??  Even more REVOLUTIONARY stuff!  Don Thomas would be

 And could there be any doubt that there will be a repeat performance?
 How could it go wrong!  With free booths for the developers, the major
 cost that they will have to deal is more like transportation and hotels.
 What a pleasant change from other recent shows!  Look for this event to
 grow into an even bigger event than the 500 people that attended this
 year.  Look for the friendly people at Computer STudio to be host to
 *the*  gathering point for southern Atarians!  Sheldon told Bob that he
 is already in discussions with a major mall in Asheville to relocate
 Computer STudio there.  Imagine how many non-Atarians will see next
 years show!  Kudos to Sheldon and his fine staff, and the Blue Ridge
 Atari Computer Enthusiasts for putting on such a fine event!  I'm
 looking forward to next year!!

                                CPU UPDATE
                              Press Release
 Lots of exciting news and information from Computer Publications, Unltd.
 this month.
 It's getting close to press time and we're getting excited about our
 "new" publication.  Each issue of the ST Connection will now be a
 minimum of 16 pages (we're shooting for 24 by the first of the year),
 include color on several pages, feature original artwork for the cover,
 include our new ST Link desktop publishing section and much more.  In
 addition to all that, beginning with the September issue, ST Connection
 will be available on many Atari dealer shelves.  If you can't find STC
 the next time you visit your favorite dealer, have him contact us at
 303/423-6805 or get in touch with our distributor at 303/777-3883.  If
 you've never seen our publication, we'll be happy to send you a sample
 issue if you just give us your name and address.
 CPU is trying to bring the 'power without the price' theme back into the
 ST arena with its new Artistik Design Software label.  The first
 commercial release from Artistik is MAKE*A*DATE, a personal information
 manager written by Jonathon Carroll.  Look for an offical press release
 on this excellent Scheduler/Phone Book/Notes/ToDo List package very soon
 as well as a demo version which will be available in the software
 library on GEnie.  The projected release date for MAKE*A*DATE is
 September 1, 1991 and everything is right on schedule.  Future products
 tentatively include the Border Design Set, QwikArt and WordWar!  If
 you're a programmer interested in our new label, please don't hesitate
 to contact us via E-Mail or visit our new Category on GEnie (See below).
 If you're a Lynx enthusiast you might want to leave us your name and
 address so we can send you a free sample copy of our newest publication,
 GameMaster.  This newsletter will carry Lynx product release
 information, news, reviews, hints, clues and more.  Subscription cost is
 $10 for 10 issues.
 The deadline for our popular Atari Users Coupon Book is rapidly
 approaching.  We must have coupon confirmation by August 1st and copy by
 the 10th of August.  Users groups will be receiving the same amount of
 books as they did the first time around.  If you need more (or less)
 than last time around, please let us know and we will adjust our
 database.  Books will be distributed to users groups in time for October
 /November meetings.  Copies will also be sent to ST Connection
 subscribers and will be available at several major Atari shows this fall
 as well.
 Get ready, all you programmers out there.  CPU and Artistik Design have
 announced their 1st Annual Programming Competition.  The contest is open
 to all ST users with a public domain/freeware division as well as
 commercial division competition.  Cash and prizes will be awarded to
 winners in both categories.  Complete information will appear in a
 future issue of the ST Connection and posted on GEnie as well.  Stay
 tuned for more details...
 With so many different products to discuss, we've thought it was about
 time to make it easy for customers and interested ST users to get in
 touch with us and discuss the things we're doing.  If you have any
 questions about any of our products, please drop by and discuss them
 with us.  CATEGORY 15 - TOPIC 21
 HOW TO REACH US: Computer Publications, Unltd.
 P.O. Box 2224, Arvada, Colorado 80001-2224
 PHONE: 303/423-6805
                        ATARI 8-BIT OWNERS UPDATE
                    Reprinted from AtariUser Magazine

 The following column is reprinted from the July 1991 ATARIUSER magazine
 by permission.  It may not be reprinted in any other form or publication
 without specific permission of Quill Publishing Co.  Information and
 subscriptions to AtariUser are available: 113 W. College Street, Covina,
 CA 91723, phone 800-333-3567.
 8-bit ALERT:

 Are you a die-hard Atari 8-bitter, looking for an upgrade path with more
 horsepower?  Check CATegory-16, TOPic-11, on GEnie, called "Turbo-
 Babbleware!"  Ideas being kicked around include an 8MHz 1600XLE computer
 system design, which would fit into a baby-PC chassis, and have eight
 expansion slots.  If 4 times the speed of a normal XL weren't enough,
 the processor mentioned is the 65816, the 8/16-bit version of the 6502,
 which means it would address a whopping 16Mb of memory.
 Trade-in deals are being offered by Atari Canada now, and soon from the
 USA too, to get 8-bit owners into ST's.  Atari is ending their support
 and liquidating their stock of 8-bit items by year's end '91.  The
 Canadian deal is $250 and an 8-bit Atari (any condition) in exchange for
 a new-old-stock 520STFM.  US is expected to soon follow with similar
 terms.  Of concern to some of us is "What will Atari do with all those
 perfectly good 8-bit computers?"

 THE 8-BIT STATE: Connectivity with your Classic Atari 400/600/800/XL/XE
 Connecting your 8-bit system to other computers provides exciting new
 possibilities for gathering and sharing information and programs.  Ways
 to expand the communications capabilities of your system include modems,
 direct connection, and special diskettes.
 The most popular method used to connect 8-bit computers to other systems
 is the modem.  Several models are available which were designed
 specifically for the classic Atari.  The SX-212 from Atari features
 direct compatibility with the Atari 8-bit systems.

 The SX-212 features both the Atari SIO (the custom 13-pin Atari
 peripheral interface) and standard RS-232 connections.  It'll allow
 connection between your Atari and other systems at either 300 or 1200
 baud using standard telephone lines.  While prices vary, you may be able
 to find the SX-212 modem priced as low as $18 to $40.
 "Baud rate" is the speed at which data bits are transferred.  A higher
 number means your data will take less time to be moved from one system
 to the other.  If you divide the baud rate by 11 that will give you a
 rough estimation of how many characters per second you can expect to be
 transferred.  Systems like Compuserve, Delphi, and GEnie which are
 servicing hundreds of users at any given time will usually take longer
 to transfer files than a single user BBS.
 If you're using a standard (non-Atari brand) modem, you'll need an RS-
 232 interface for your computer.  These devices convert the Atari SIO
 signals to the industry standard RS-232 levels.  There are several
 different types with varying features and costs.  Some are small and
 simple, like the P:R: connection from ICD, Inc., or the 850 interface
 made by Atari.  Both of these interfaces provide connections for RS-232
 serial devices, and a parallel printer.  If you have a few more bucks in
 your budget and own a computer with a PBI (600XL/800XL) or ECI (130XE)
 expansion connector, the ICD MIO or CSS Black Box interfaces provide not
 only the serial and printer ports, but also connections for hard drives.
 If you happen to own a PC, ST, or other computer with a standard RS-232
 port, you can connect to your classic Atari directly.  By using what is
 called a "null modem" cable, both computers will think they are talking
 via modem, when none is there.  The big advantage is that you can
 transfer files at 9600 or 19200 baud (depending on your interface).
 Once connected in this fashion, each computer can access the resources
 of the other system.
 To support the connection between your 8-bit and either a modem or
 directly connected computer, you'll need a telecommunications program
 ("terminal").  A popular program, written by Bob Puff and called
 (strangely enough) BOBTERM, offers all of the popular file transfer
 features plus a few special ones.  The option to translate ASCII to (and
 from) ATASCII (Atari's own version of text that includes graphics and
 inverse characters) during binary transfers is a useful and unique twist
 that only BOBTERM offers.  BOBTERM is shareware, available from all of
 the services, most bulletin board services, and of course Bob himself.
 Another direct connect solution offered by Nick Kennedy, is the program
 SIO2PC.ZIP, a shareware offering.  The nice thing about this package is
 that you don't use a terminal program with it, because it makes your PC
 look like a normal disk drive!  You can access the PC's memory as a
 RAMDisk, or the PC's disk drives and Printer.  Instructions are included
 on how to construct the custom cable required.  It's a fairly easy
 project, only using a handful of readily available components.  Nick
 also offers a pre-assembled cable, for a reasonable fee.  Remember--
 shareware is NOT free, so if you use it, don't forget to pay for it!

 Charles Marslett (author of A65 and MYDOS) has produced a unique program
 for the IBM type PC's to allow them to format diskettes which can be
 read by both the PC (using his program) and the 8-bit.  This shareware
 program, MYDOSPC.ARC, is available on most bulletin boards and services.
 It features commands to format, read, write, catalog, and list files on
 the modified format disks.  There is the option to automatically
 translate ATASCII and ASCII control characters as files are copied to
 and from the diskette.

 For those of you which own an ST computer (as your second system <grin>)
 get the shareware program ST-XFORMER by Darek Mihocka.  This program
 will allow you to actually run, although slowly, many 8-bit programs on
 the ST, provided that they are written "by the book."  The later
 versions of this emulator also support a custom cable which allows you
 to connect your 8-bit disk drive directly to the ST.  This simplifies
 moving files to the ST, so make sure you get most recent version (2.55)!
 - Chuck Steinman

 ICD Inc., 1220 Rock Street, Rockford IL 61101, 815-968-2228
 Computer Software Services (CSS), P.O.  Box 17660, Rochester NY
 14617, 716-586-5545
 Nick Kennedy, 300 South Vancouver, Russellville Arkansas 72801
 Darek Mihocka, 14150 N.E. 20th St. #302, Bellevue WA 98007, 206-885-5893
 BIO: Chuck Steinman is one of those fellows which just will not let the
 classic computers die.  Often snubbed by them sixteen/thirty-two dudes,
 he continues to support and develop hardware and software for the
 machines with the REAL hidden power.  He can be contacted on GEnie,
 Delphi, and CompuServe.

                              Press Release
 Fairfax, CA -- Lexicor Software, makers of the new Phase-4 animation
 products currently available on the Atari ST/TT computer, has announced
 the start of their online animation classes.  The classes, which go into
 full swing on August 1, will be held each Saturday at 5 PM Eastern time
 in the Atari Vendor's Forum on CompuServe.
 The classes are open to the public, with no special fees being charged.
 Users of all computer systems interested in learning more about
 animation are invited to attend and participate.  The classes are not
 Atari-specific and deal with concepts and information useful to all
 computer animators.
 The first introductory class is scheduled for August 1 at 10 PM Eastern.
 This class is merely to "get to know" each other.  It is not essential
 that you attend this first class in order to participate.
 Formal classes begin on Saturday, August 3 at 5 PM Eastern in the Atari
 Vendor's Forum (GO ATARIVEN).  Classes are currently planned to run from
 August to December.  General categories for the classes are:
 August/September -- Animations Using Paint Programs
 September/October -- 3D Object/CAD Animations
 November -- Color and Animation
 December -- Putting It All Together

 Specific topics within these broad categories will be dealt with in-
 depth via lectures written by Lexicor's Lee Seiler, an EMMY award
 winning animator.  At the end of each lecture, the class will be opened
 for a Question and Answer period.  Actual homework assignments will be
 "handed out" after each lecture class.  Picture files, CAD objects and
 animations necessary for each homework assignment will be provided.

 In order to give students ample time to complete each assignment, there
 will not be a lecture delivered during each and every class.  Classes
 not containing a lecture will be used for Q&A and further discussion of
 the topic presented in past lectures.

 Prior to beginning a new lecture, students will be asked to "turn in"
 their homework to be graded.  Some of these turned in assignments may,
 at the discretion of Lexicor's staff, be made publicly available so that
 students can download them as examples.

 All lectures, homework assignments, animations and picture files
 necessary for each class will be made available for download in the
 Lexicor Library (LIB 9) of ATARIVEN prior to the lecture.

 If you're a novice animator or just a user with an interest in computer
 animation, these classes will teach you the animator's "tricks of the
 trade."  If you're a traditional "pen and ink" animator, these classes
 show you how you can use the computer in place of the traditional paper,
 pencils, film and paint.  Regardless of your level of computer animation
 expertise, these classes should have something for everyone!

 See you there!

                        INTERVIEW WITH BOB BRODIE
                by the Z*Net Online Staff, and Bob Brodie
 Z*Net:    Bob, Atari has announced their first AEGIS Conference to be
 held in Sunnyvale this next week.  What exactly is the intent of the
 Aegis Program?  Some people seem to think it's the same as the old
 "Business Computer Center".
 Bob:      Nothing could be further from the truth.  The old BCC has
 nothing in common with the AEGIS Program.  The AEGIS program is designed
 to aid, and train our dealers.  Under the BCC program, dealers had to
 spend money to keep certain minimums on hand.  Yet with the AEGIS
 program, we're charging them NOTHING for their involvement.  All of the
 training is provided free of charge.
 Z*Net:    Is training the dealers all that is involved with the AEGIS
 Program?  Or is there more to it than that?
 Bob:      I'm not at liberty to discuss all the details at this time,
 but I can assure you that it involves much more than just training the
 dealers.  We have additional opportunities for the dealers that we'll
 share with them next week.  It would be inappropriate for them to be 
 shared with your readers before the dealers all hear the program.
 Z*Net:    So, what about some of the other things people have been
 reading about?  Like minimum sales orders, monthly volume, etc.?

 Bob:      I've read some of those things as well. (Laughing) It's really
 kind of weird to be here, see the program developing and then read
 online what the program is supposed to be!  All I can tell you is to
 consider the source of the information your reading.  I don't have much
 to say to National Enquirer type of publications.

 Z*Net:    Sounds like a reasonable suggestion to me! But does the Aegis
 program in any way slow down the process of signing up more dealers for

 Bob:      Not in the least!  Atari has returned to distribution with
 their products with the specific intent of making Atari Computers more
 readily available to any dealer that wants them!  We are presently
 dealing with a number of distributors nationwide, including one that is
 a MIDI specialist!  While it's true that the TT will not be in the
 distribution channel, we think that's an appropriate move.  Customers
 who purchase the TT deserve the finest support that they can get, from
 dealers that really know the product. 

 With the lone exception of the TT products, all the rest of our products
 are available to any dealer via distribution!  That includes laser
 printers, Mega STE's, hard drives, 1040 STE's, etc.  We've even invited
 some significant distributors to the AEGIS training seminar.

 Z*Net:    Anything else about the AEGIS seminar our readers might be
 interested in, Bob?
 Bob:      The AEGIS seminar is most assuredly NOT just an Atari program.
 We have also secured the assistance of our developers in training our
 dealers at the AEGIS seminar.  Only by the dealers understanding our
 products, and recognizing the *power* of the developers products will
 sales be generated.  I've seen some comments online from some of the
 developers about their products in response to questions from new users.
 Frankly, some of their descriptions surprised me!  It was some of the
 best presentations that I have seen on their products.  Since we
 recognize that not all of our customers are online, it only makes sense
 to pass that information along to the resellers that will directly
 interface with the customer.  That can best be accomplished by having 
 the developers present at this event.

 Some of the developers that will at the AEGIS seminar include Nathan
 Potechin of ISD Marketing, Nevin Shalit of Step Ahead Software, Darin
 Kazmaier of SoftLogik Publishing, Lauren Flanagan-Sellers of Gold Leaf
 Publishing, Rick Flashman of Gribnif Software, Lee Seilor of Lexicor
 Software, and John Eidsvoog of CodeHead Software.  Those are the ones
 that I can think of off of the top of my head.  I'm sorry I don't have
 the list in front of me at the moment.  James Grunke has arranged for
 some significant MIDI developers to be there as well, from Dr. T's and
 Steinberg Jones.

 Z*Net:    This looks like a good mixture of products to me, Bob!  Atari
 has provided a balance there between productivity packages, utilities,
 and MIDI.  Certainly not just high end unaffordable applications!!

 Bob:      This was exactly our goal.  As always, there are people that
 wish they could have attended this event but could not.  That includes 
 both developers and dealers.  The important thing to recognize is this
 is the first step!  We're making some good moves with this, and it gives
 us a foundation to build on.  We've considered the needs of *all* of our
 users, not just the high end ones.

 Z*Net:    Thanks for taking time to speak with us, Bob!  We're sure that
 our readers will appreciate this information on the Aegis program. 


                              Press Release
 Are you serious about capturing that "FLYING" sensation?  Then you must
 start flying with a flight yoke! Nothing else will do.  After all, how
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 Let's get serious about how to interface the yoke and your computer.
 DIGIFLY is the analog to digital interface that translates the yoke
 movements into signals that the computer can understand.
 DIGIFLY is powered directly by the mouse port and the yoke replaces the
 mouse.  True smooth, proportional control is present at all times, not
 the jerky joystick action!  The sensitivity of the yoke is fully
 adjustable, and DIGIFLY is extremely stable.  There is no cursor
 wandering or other undesirable effects!!
 What about the kit assembly?  A double sided plated epoxy pre-drilled
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 If you know how to solder PC boards, then you can build DIGIFLY!  If
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 DIGIFLY interface will work perfectly!
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                           Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF
                            by Ron Berinstein
 Summer is the perfect time to clean up the house.  After all when during
 the year do you host more cook-outs, have more guests over after having
 gone to the beach, host more parties, or, have more relatives visit?
 So... don't forget your computer!
 It is with great pleasure and pride that we at Software Shelf announce
 and bring you the "First Annual Summer Tune Up" edition!  That's right,
 clean up that hard drive, attack those files that don't belong to
 anything anymore, check your filters, change your programs, and put your
 computer in shape!
 So it's been a while since you've done that?  Well, to break the ice and
 to help you recognize those files that you don't, make sure you download
 WHATIS.ARC   WHATIS 4.6 recognizes 84 types of files:  ARCs, LHarcs,
 PRGs, pics, ACCs, animations, etc... no more "what is this one, did the
 kids use my computer again?" problems!  It runs either as a .PRG or an
 .ACC, on your ST or TT and in any resoulution.  WHATIS the new version's
 difference?  It allows wildcards, and adds keyboard equivalents, plus
 covers data on Opus and Wordflair files.
 And now that you've identified those loose ends, why not download some
 new versions of those other programs you have as well.  Remember this is
 Summer Tune Up!  But, to do it you'll need to tune up your Arc Shell as

 ARCSH26A.ARC   Following closely on the heels of ARC Shell 2.6 comes --
 ARC Shell 2.6a!  With a new feature that adds more configurability to
 the 'Quester Mode' switch.  ARC Shell is shareware  (remember to pay for
 it if you use it).  Copyright 1991 Charles F. Johnson & LGF Software,
 and it makes downloading a real pleasure.
 If you have a desire to expand your computer's duties and maybe start a
 BBS, or if you just plan to talk to BBS's in order to find those new
 program files...

 OMNI_101.ARC  For those of you who are future sysops, and you would like
 to investigate a Mutiline BBS program, you might download this file and
 see what it is all about.  Prior to OMNI, I believe that there has been
 only two other multiline BBS programs written for the ST.  This is a
 public domain release.

 UTERM2.TOS  is UniTerm V2.0e a very good file transfer VT100 emulator.
 Works well if you have Vaxen in mind.  Additional UniTerm utilities are
 in the ATARIPRO Telecom section on CompuServe.

 And while I'm on the subject of modem fun...

 TELEB1.LZH    TELEBASE Version 1.61: NEW VERSION!  Keep track of all
 your phone and fax numbers; plenty of room for notes with each number!
 Dial out through a modem!  A variety of print options; features so you
 can remember appointments!  V1.61 ADDS ability to control when or if
 modem disconnects (full modem config.!); more control of printer! (use
 any printer easily!) (c) but FREEWARE!
 POSTDE.LZH  This file allows users of Flash 1.6 (Antic) to compose a
 message offline, and after they log on just hit F1 to go to the desired
 Forum and post the message.
 Desktop Publishers Alert!  A FONT-Tain of SUMMER is at your beck and
 call!  A lot of fonts, and things to do with them for some Font-Tastic
 fun, have been recently posted.
 DIANE.ARC  is based on a Broadway type face called Dolmen.  This font
 was created with the Calamus Font Editor, and it's soon to be released
 replacement called 'Type Art,' that will be available soon from ISD.
 TIEMPOLI.ARC   TIEMPO LIGHT ITALIC are now added to the TIEMPO 2 font
 family, giving a total of 6 TIEMPO typefaces.  A Calamus Font.
 FORMSSET.ARC   Here is a collection of forms from business cards to work
 orders.  Uses mostly Times and Swiss fonts.  Complete useable forms,
 customize them for your use.  Perhaps you will at least find the
 business card form very useful.  For use with Calamus!

 LASERCPX.ARC   This is a new CPX file that checks your SLM's Status and
 ID# for you.  It reports all ERROR messages and Status message and can
 come in handy  when the Laser starts acting up.  If the author feels
 that his program is being supported he will provide updates, including
 one for the Diablo Emulator.  A good bet for Laser Printer owners.
 FONTS.DOC   is a Pagestream 2 doc file of the Compugraphics fonts (39)
 just posted on Compuserve.  These are PD fonts converted from the MAC.
 You must have 4 megs to print this file but a 2 meg machine can display
 the doc file.
 Pagestream users will find these converted fonts:

 MACTOI.ARC   This program will convert a large percentage of Mac Type 1
 fonts into IBM format which PageStream can recognize (PGS 2.0 and
 greater).  Tested on a variety of fonts with about 75% success rate.  It
 all depends on whether the Mac font has the correct files.  If it does,
 you are in business.
 RECODEPS.ARC  provides a sample of how to recode the ASCII mapping for a
 Postscript font in order to gain better compatibility with, for example,
 *** And voila! ***  Why not consider printing Pagestream files out a
 little faster?  <smile>

 FPPRNT.LZH  <---  Put this program in your auto folder and it will speed
 up your printing with PageStream!
 ST_ENV42.LZH  Demo of v.4.2 of the envelope program.  Some bugs are
 fixed and a new option has been added.  You can now choose the font and
 type style of the print for the labels and Envelope's, as well as all
 the other options in the old version.  Another version is also planned.
 Now to update your Game files...

 BEYOND.ARC  As the world was created there arose a sign upon the
 horizon.  Slowly as one walked in that direction one could read that it
 was a billboard announcing TETRIS.  Then it seemed with every new day
 another billboard became visible announcing another clone.  And today is
 no different!  Yet another clone!  The object of this game is to keep
 the screen clear and build the highest score.  

 WARSHIPS.ARC faithfully recreates classic ship-to-ship battles from the
 golden age of sailing.  The first version of this game allowed for large
 fleet actions.  It was accurate, but too slow and a single game could
 last up to six hours!  Then it was decided to try single ship
 engagements.  Try it and see..
 JEPARDY3.ARC   Here it is...the final version of jeopardy! (Yah, well
 time will tell!) Now included is a dispute key so you never get
 penalizied for an answer which is correct.  Four new games to play are
 included.  This is the ultimate game for jeopardy lovers.

 STARTREK.ARC  322688 bytes of Galactic Fun!  You can guess the rest!
 And three ways to skin a cat... Choose your favorite...

 FRMD12C.LZH  The FormDoIt! program replaces the parts of the GEM 
 environment that handles the standard dialog and alert boxes that appear
 in most Atari programs.  Enhancements that FormDoIt! offers include
 Keyboard Equivalents for dialog and alert box buttons and much more!
 This is version 12c.
 LETEMFLY.ARC  A  dialog box manager like Form_Do_It. It  lets you drag
 around the dialog box (solid if you have a blitter).  It also can turn
 off the grow/shrink boxes and a lot more.  Plus it has a great
 configuration CPX for XControl.  Freeware from Germany!

 FORMRN.ARC  New version, adds key equivalents for buttons!  Assembler
 source for a replacement form_do function.  100% compatible plus these
 features: definition of command keys for exiting the dialog, extended
 character entry allows any ASCII character to be entered in an editable
 field, up/down arrows can 'wrap around' first to last editable field.
 In a PRG, objects can highlight or exit when mouse pointer passes over
 them.  Demo included, docs in the source. (v2.1)
 Fan response...

 NEW_WRK.ARC  is another product from a Happy CodeHead Camper fan!  That
 is a happy Hotwire user has put this together as an aid for other
 HotWire users.  This set of programs were designed to minimize the work
 involved, and the possibility of errors, when changing from working on
 one program to another.
 Summer is a great time for Music!

 LOC_1_2.ARC   is "Local Control" is a little utility written to access
 the "Local On/Local Off" modes of MIDI keyboards.  By turning Local Off
 only note coming in through MIDI are played, and not notes played on the
 keyboard.  This is very useful for keeping these notes from being
 triggered twice. Ver. 1.2  Mono, Low Fixed!
 MAPIT.LZH   This is the first release of MapIt!  It works with High and
 Medium resolutions only.  It allows you to re-assign any incoming MIDI
 note on/off event to another Note / Channel.  You can even set the
 velocity to be a constant, or to be passed through!  Hence, now there is
 no need to buy an expensive mapper box.
 PANIC_09.LZH  Version .9 of the "Panic Button"  This small .ACC (.5k)
 sends an 'All Notes Off' command on all 16 MIDI channels.  This can
 'unstick' a 'stuck' note.  This especially useful with a few PD
 algorithmic composers which get ocassional stuck notes, or any GEM MIDI
 program.  *all rez*  GFA .LST file included.
 JUKEBOX.LZH  plays back Amiga MOD song files in the background while you
 do other things!  It also lets you control the speed as well as the
 tone.  This DA requires an STE or TT.
 Now for Summer School... Pretend you are a doctor, imagine this: Doctor
 Atari, Room 1040 STAT, STAT!  Doctor Mrs. Processor has no heart beat
 what do we do?  -  Well, see how you react to this medical situation

 CODEBLUE.LZH  Cardiac Arrest Simulator, Teaches you how to run a code.
 This is a fully working demo version that only will run for a short
 while then stop. (hopefully, not like Mrs. Processor's heart, though)

 AIDOCTOR.ARC   Artificially Intelligent Doctor.  Have fun diagnosing you
 and your loved ones illnesses using baysian logic in an expert system.
 Includes GFA source code and docs.  Shell could be used for other expert
 systems by using a new data file, i.e. teach it to do something else.
 And for your Demo collection...
 SILODEMO.ARC   is the DEMO version of Silhouette, version 1.0, a new
 commercial program for the Atari ST/TT.  It is a bit-image and vector
 graphics drawing program with auto-tracing feature.
 ACCTS3.ARC  V. 3.00 of the Hi-Tech Accounting Series including General
 Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.  This is a complete
 system with entry limited to 50 records per file, for evaluation
 purposes only.  Includes extensive data management, lists, reports and
 much, much more.
 INVPRO.ARC  is V5.75 of the popular Inventory-Pro from Hi-Tech Advisers.
 This is a complete working copy of the system with the only limitation
 being 50 records maximum entry.  Provides complete inventory control,
 reorder lists, labels, many reports, etc., etc. 

And last, but not least..    

 BLRUT1.ARC  contians Rasmussen's ST utilities - version 1.8 - 26 general
 .PRG and .TOS programs plus a doc file which describes each program -
 all are written in assembly language, and all are inter-active.
 The above files were compiled by Ron Berinstein co-sysop CodeHead
 Quarters BBS (213) 461-2095 from files that were either directly
 uploaded to CodeHead Quarters BBS, or downloaded from GEnie, Compuserve,
 and Delphi online services.
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Dave Churchill                      "I'm always sober enough to 
david10@garfield.cs.mun.ca           know when I'm drunk." 
ar473@cleveland.freenet.edu                 - Andy Capp  
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