ST Report: 23-Aug-91 #734

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 08/25/91-12:28:47 AM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 23-Aug-91 #734
Date: Sun Aug 25 00:28:47 1991

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 August 23, 1991                                                    No.7.34

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 > The Editor's Podium

     According to recent letters to the Editor, STReport has discovered
 that the "little guy", you know, "Joe average user" is very disappointed
 with Atari and the directions they seem to be taking.  "Apparently they
 have forgotten who put them on the map.  It was us, the bread and butter,
 everyday Joes."  A reader states.  Another mentions, "Who can afford these
 "Blue Blood" price tags?  Only the Pros.  You know, the guys who make it
 all a business!"  What happens to all of us?  Yeah, us, the guys in the
 usergroups who hung in there with Atari all these months.. For what?"
 According to our reader mail, the common complaint seems to be the little
 guy is very worried about being "left in the dust of the high rollers."
 STReport offers that there will never be such a condition, if Atari puts
 its eggs in such a basket, all that'll be left is the echo of bleating
 about how the truth hurt them.  Surely Atari would not forget all the lit-
 tle people who stretched tight budgets to put Atari on the map!  Not
 everyone wants to print out a book.  The ST/STe/TT are great sources of
 entertainment too.

     On to other things, the big show in Europe is making everyone "over
 there" smile.  And that in itself is good news.  Atari is planning to
 strut their stuff...  A full report and analysis of the show is planned.
 Bob Brodie, former manager of Usergroup Services at Atari, now "Director
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 STReport International Online Magazine and for such a valiant effort we
 owe him a debt of gratitude.  Many thanks Bob for making many more good
 Atari users aware of our humble publication.

     Its the end of the summer and the Softball Tournaments are going full
 blast.  Since we are directly involved with a number of teams, I must cut
 this missive short and get busy for the weekend's Sports activities.

                    Thank you one and all for your strong support!


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    Issue #34

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  -- ST CONNECTION MAGAZINE IS                           ARVADA, COLORADO
     CLOSE TO LAUNCH                                     ----------------

 According to Computer Publications, its ST Connection magazine is now
 close to launch.  The magazine is free with 16 pages of editorial, and
 is distributed via Atari dealers throughout the US and Canada.

 According to Computer Publications, however, the magazine is financed by
 advertisers.  Computer Publications has some ambitious plans for the
 monthly magazine. By the end of the year, editorial should have been
 boosted to 24 pages, with distribution being complete to virtually all
 Atari ST dealers in the U.S.

 While the magazine is free of charge at dealers, Computer Publications
 is also offering it by mail order. Precise costs have yet to be decided,
 but will, say the publishers, be offered on an "at cost" basis.

     TO DEBUT                                    ------------------------

 "On Target", a new magazine that's aimed exclusively at Atari Lynx games
 console owners has been announced. According to the publishers, E&M
 Publishing, the new bi-monthly magazine will cover the world of the Lynx
 from software, to accessories, right down to secret playing hints.

 E&M says it is pitching the publication at the international market-
 place. As part of this idea, readers are encouraged to advertise for
 other Lynx users around the world, so that they can "Lynx up" for games

 In the U.K., sales of the Lynx continue to power ahead. Initial ship-
 ments of the Lynx Mk II are now reaching the stores. The Lynx Mk II has
 a slightly smaller case and screen, and retails for around UKP 129.

 The first issue is available by mail order now at a special offer price
 of $1.  Subscriptions to On Target cost $4 in the U.S., which gets you
 six issues of the magazine.

     KEYBOARDS                                       --------------------

 Zubair Interfaces has announced a keyboard adapter for the Atari ST
 called Z-keys. The "plug in and go" unit allows almost any PC keyboard
 to be used with almost any Atari ST.

 The $99.95 adapter is claimed to be easy to fit, and plugs in under the
 520 or 1040 ST's existing keyboard, leaving a trailing keyboard adapter
 port. The PC keyboard can then be plugged in as normal. On the Mega ST
 and STe series, a further extender cable is needed -- this adds $20 to
 the kit price.

 According to the company, this is first keyboard adapter for the Atari
 ST that allows the user to select which PC keyboard s/he uses with the
 ST. The 520 and 1040 ST series have been criticized by some users as
 having too "spongy" a keyboard.

     PANEL FOR THE ST/TT                               ------------------

 Atari U.S. has released the new control panel, a graphics front end, for
 the ST and TT machines.  According to an Atari representative, "it will
 work on all ST, Mega, Stacy, STe, Mega STe and TT systems."  Basically,
 the principle seems to be, if it's TOS driven, the computer will run the
 new control panel.

 So what is the new control panel?  Depending on where you first heard
 about it, the new control panel comes under several names - the "new"
 control panel, X-control, and the extended control panel. Despite these
 working names, its official title -- in Atari circles at least -- is the
 "extensible control panel" or ECP for short. The ECP is a replacement
 for the old control panel seen on the ST.

 Like the first control panel, the ECP allows users to configure the ST's
 systems: double-click rate, key repeat rate, colours, modems, and

 What makes the ECP different, says Atari, is that it loads in individual
 CPX program modules as it needs them.  This cuts down on the amount of
 memory required for each different function.  This procedure is similar
 to that supported by Borland with its latest versions of Sidekick on the

 According to Atari, the new ECP can easily be customized. The new ECP is
 available for download on most U.S. online systems and BBSs.


 According to the San Francisco Mercury newspaper, Apple is readying a
 new range of portables for launch this October.  The paper asserts that
 Apple will unveil a blistering array of new products at Fall Comdex.
 These include a small Japanese-manufactured notebook, thought to be made
 by Sony, as well as a five pound portable plus two heavier laptops.

 Also being readied are two additions to the high end of the Mac range
 plus a new version of the budget Mac Classic. Both the new high-end
 machines are based around the Motorola 68040 microprocessor.

 The three lightweight portables are bound to capture the Mac market's
 attention. The Sony-produced notebook is the Powerbook 100, a 2MB RAM-
 equipped machine with a 20MB hard disk. Based around a 68000 CPU, the
 machine is said to be as powerful as the existing Mac Portable, which
 tips the scales at 16 pounds.

 The two lightweight portables are the Powerbook 140 and 170. The 68030-
 based Powerbook 140 comes with 2MB of RAM, a 20MB hard disk and tips the
 scales at 8.8 pounds. This is said to be a Mac IIcx in a portable case.

 The Powerbook 170 comes equipped with 4Mb of RAM, a 40MB hard disk and,
 like the 140, is based around a MOtorola 68030 CPU.

 According to the Mercury, prices have not yet been fixed. Sources sug-
 gest that the Powerbook 100 will sell for under the magic $2,000 mark,
 while the 140 and 170 will price, respectively, for under the $3,000 and
 $4,000 price points.

 Apple is making no comment on the leaks.

     SOFTWARE AMNESTY                                --------------------

 Ashton-Tate has announced it is allowing users of unlicensed versions of
 Applause II, Multimate and dBASE IV to register their software at re-
 duced prices.

 For unlicensed users the company said it is allowing corporations to
 schedule an amnesty day per location between now and September 30, 1991.
 On the day scheduled, any number of users can register unauthorized
 copies of dBASE IV, Multimate 4.0 and Applause II at amnesty prices of
 around 70 percent less than suggested retail prices.

 Registration entitles users to software license agreements, with manuals
 available but at an extra charge. Amnesty prices have been announced as
 $339 for dBASE IV, $110 for Multimate and Applause.

     HACKER-HUNTING "FUN"                          ----------------------

 Kenneth Citarella, assistant district attorney in charge of computer
 crime for Westchester County in New York State says that "Computer crime
 is fun,".  Citarella however, is not referring to the practice of com-
 puter crime but rather the investigation of it. Citarella spoke on a
 panel on computer security at the National Conference on Computing and
 Values held last week at Southern Connecticut State University in New

 "Computer criminals are smart," and that makes them more challenging to
 track down, catch, and prosecute, says Citarella, with an attraction
 reminiscent of Holmes' thrill at chasing professor Moriarty.

 The amount of prosecution done is small, and being a computer crime spe-
 cialist is far from a full-time job. Many prosecutors shy away from it
 because they don't understand it, but for those who do, it can be more
 challenging than a typical assault case. However, many victims of com-
 puter crime simply never press charges, and so Citarella's caseload has
 numbered only about 20 with only six prosecutions (with convictions in
 all those cases) during his tenure.

 Citarella denies there is a "hacker hysteria" among local prosecutors.
 Most local prosecutors have more than enough work to keep them busy
 dealing with more serious crimes, and there is no requirement that they
 seek out those among the "hackers" who break into computers. Others have
 recently been highly critical of the Secret Service, which has engaged
 in nationwide seizures of computers and bulletin board systems allegedly
 involved in computer crime. Citarella declined to comment on what
 hysteria there might be at the national level.

 Citarella likes New York's computer crime statutes and contributed to
 the drafting of some. However, even when the statutes are broad, he pro-
 secutes only in cases where damage was done and the intent was mali-
 cious. Kids who play around and do no damage are likely in the current
 system to receive primarily a stern warning.


    Issue #7

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

     ANTI-PIRACY ACTIONS                            ---------------------

 Autodesk claims it has been aggressive in protecting its software from
 theft since starting an anti-piracy program in 1988 that has netted the
 company more than $5 million from parties who illegally copy its

 Autodesk says that the success of the program is due to the public's
 increased awareness of the issues of intellectual property and copy-
 rights, better legislation and increased assistance of law enforcement

 Autodesk says that the illegal copying of software is a global problem
 and lost revenue to the software industry are estimated at $10 to $12
 billion annually. In the U.S. the penalties are up to a $25,000 fine and
 up to a year in prison. Civil actions allow the recovery of actual
 damages based on the number of copies produced or liquidates damages of
 up to $100,000 for willful copyright infringement.


 IBM has announced the introduction of the 9075 PCradio, a notebook-
 sized, ruggedized, battery-operated computer containing the necessary
 components to connect to remote computers via radio or cellular-based
 communications, or through conventional telephone lines by using
 integrated modems. The PCradio is scheduled for 4th quarter 1991

 The system will be offered in three models with the choice dependent on
 communications requirements -- radio, cellular or telephone. The model
 for radio communications operates with the ARDIS data radio network, a
 partnership of IBM and Motorola.

 The system is based on a 80C186 microprocessor and operates at either
 five or 10 MegaHertz (MHz). According to IBM, the 80C186 was chosen
 because of its low power consumption.

 The system includes a 79-key keyboard, an adjustable liquid crystal
 display and a 'drive' to read and write data and programs to and from
 removable, compact integrated circuit memory cards.

 Serial, parallel, telephone and battery-charger ports are built in and
 an integrated thermal printer that uses a 3-1/8-inch wide paper roll is
 optional. According to the IBM, the PC radio sends and receives
 facsimile copies via cellular communications networks and can receive
 facsimiles via telephone lines. On cellular communication networks it
 can be used as a telephone with an optional handset.

 Announcing the product, Ralph W. Clark, IBM vice president and president
 of IBM's General and Public Sector Division said: "PCradio gives mobile
 workers the electronic link they need to be efficient and responsive to
 their customers. It's designed for use by a broad range of industries,
 from transportation to public safety to utility companies."

  --New for the PC....
    Accelerator Kits For Windows, LaserJets

 According to Ergon Systems, its new XLR8-IT (say `accelerate it') card
 will speed up Microsoft Windows and when combined with the company's
 printer adapter it will also boost the speed of Hewlett-Packard LaserJet
 and compatible laser printers.

 Ergon is now shipping the XLR8-IT card, which fits in a 16-bit, AT-bus
 slot in an IBM or compatible personal computer. The card uses Chips &
 Technologies' Programmable Universal Micro Accelerator (PUMA) chip set
 to speed up the redrawing of screens in Microsoft Windows by offloading
 much of the work from the PC's central processor.

 An additional circuit card, which fits an adapter slot in the HP Laser-
 Jet and many compatible laser printers, bypasses the printer's own
 electronics and provides faster printing of Windows documents, the
 company said.

 The XLR8-IT Windows accelerator card costs $499. The printer adapter is
 an additional $129. Both are available now.

  --New for the PC....
    Lexmark Intros New 24-Wire Printers

 Lexmark International has announced two new 24-wire models in its IBM
 Personal Printer Series II. Lexmark manufactures and markets printers
 which utilize a nearly straight line paper path, minimizing the possi-
 bility of paper jams, the company claims.

 Suggested list prices range from $499 for a narrow carriage to $699 for
 a wide carriage model. All models come with a two-year limited warranty.
 Lexmark printers can be used with IBM PCs and close compatibles.

 The 24-pin models allow higher quality graphics and print enhancements,
 including shadow and outlines, and come with eight built-in fonts. Both
 nine and 24 wire models will accept multi-part forms. Lexmark introduced
 its nine wire models in both 80- and 132-column models last month.

  --New for the PC....
    Mailing List Software Cuts Costs By Barcoding

 Mysoftware has announced that version 3.0 of its software package
 "Myadvancedmaillist" now makes it affordable for small businesses to get
 postage rates reduced by as much as 5.2 cents a piece, by barcoding the
 "zip plus four" data on the envelope.

 The company claims that, until now, small businesses have never taken
 advantage of the capability because the necessary software was too

 In version 3.0 of "Myadvancedmaillist", the software can be instructed
 to send to the printer "zip + four" and/or the barcode along with the
 regular mailing information for labels, envelopes or postcards.

 Retail price on "Myadvancedmaillist" version 3.0 is $59.95. The package
 is available at Egghead Discount Software, Software Etc., Waldensoft,
 Babbages, and Electronics Boutique, CompUSA, Office Depot, Wal Mart, K
 Mart, Target and Sears

  --New for the PC....
    SPI Unveils Windowbase

 Software Products International has introduced Windowbase, a stand-alone
 relational database management system for Microsoft Windows that sup-
 ports structured query language (SQL).

 The company claims that a novice with little or no knowledge of SQL can
 execute simple or complex queries to get the information they want from
 the database via button selections, edit controls, scroll bars and check
 boxes and then perform operations on the results.

 According to Software Products International, WindowBase has an easy-to-
 use graphical user interface, customizable menus, uses Windows Dynamic
 Data Exchange (DDE) and has full support of SQl.

 WindowBase retails for $495, but SPI has announced it is making the pro-
 duct available for $149 until the end of the month.  WindowBase requires
 an IBM AT personal computer or compatible, PS/2, and two megabytes of
 RAM is recommended.

  --New for the PC....
    Uniterruptible power for FAX machines

 Upsonic is now offering the Magician, which it claims is the first power
 back-up system for facsimile machines.  The company claims the Magician
 actually has three functions: power-line surge protection, phone-line
 surge protection, and a battery back-up for the ability to transmit even
 during a power failure.

 The Magician weighs six pounds, and is slightly longer and wider than a
 roll of fax paper. It supports all manufacturer's fax machines and can
 maintain power for up to 45 minutes during a power failure. Installation
 is simply a question of plugging the fax into the Magician, then
 plugging the Magician into the wall.

 Retail pricing on the Magician is $179 with the product expected to ship
 at the end of August, the company said. More information is available
 from Upsonic directly by calling 800-Upsonic; (800) 877-6642.

  --New for the PC....
    Logitech FotoMan Digital Camera For PCs

 Logitech, best known for computer pointing and input devices, has an-
 nounced FotoMan, a portable digital camera for use with IBM PCs and
 compatibles. FotoMan allows users to take photographs and download them
 directly into Logitech's FotoTouch, a Windows-based image editing soft-
 ware program.

 Using FotoTouch, images can be stored in a standard image file format
 and used for applications such as desktop publishing, image databases or
 presentation graphics. FotoMan can store up to 32 images on an internal
 RAM chip, and does not use any type of removable media, as do some other
 digital camera products.

 Once the images are stored, they can be transferred to a desktop, lap-
 top, portable or notebook computer through the computer's serial port.
 No intermediate hardware is required. Since FotoMan is a digital camera,
 no special boards or frame grabbers are required, the company claims.

 FotoTouch stores images in PCX or TIFF format. The TIFF files can be
 compressed or uncompressed. Fotoman uses a camcorder screw-mount lens.

 Logitech says that FotoMan will be available in late October or early
 November of this year, and will carry a suggested list price of $799
 including the FotoTouch image editing software. The user must provide a
 copy of Windows 3.0.

 FotoMan comes standard with a camera docking unit, built in flash, base
 unit with power supply, a six-foot serial cable to transfer images to a
 computer, a NiCad battery, and a neutral density filter and adaptor for
 use outdoors.

 When the user sends in the registration card, Logitech will send out a
 carrying case for the camera. Optional accessories such as additional
 lenses are available through local camera stores.

  --New for the PC....
    Lotus Promises 1-2-3 For Windows Sept.

 Lotus plans to 1-2-3 for Windows on September 3. The company also said
 that French and German versions of the product will begin shipping on
 September 6.

 Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows includes SmartIcons, a customizable set of icons
 that provide single-click access to basic and advanced spreadsheet func-
 tions; and 1-2-3 Classic commands, which give users the option of acces-
 sing the familiar 1-2-3 menu by pressing the "/" key. It also features
 point-and-click file linking, a select-by-example graph gallery, and
 Adobe Type Manager scalable font technology.

 Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows will be priced at $595. Network Server and Node
 Editions will be $895 and $595, respectively. All customers who purc-
 hased a version of 1-2-3 since January 8 of this year are eligible to
 upgrade to 1-2-3 for Windows for $49. Every other owner of a version of
 1-2-3 can upgrade for $150.

 In order to entice other spreadsheet users and match the competition's
 ploy for defectors from 1-2-3, Lotus is offering the $150 upgrade to
 users of Microsoft Excel and Quattro Pro.

 Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows requires an IBM PC AT or compatible (286 and
 higher) including most IBM PS/2 and Compaq models; Windows compatible
 displays; a mouse (recommended); 2 MB system RAM; 5 MB hard disk space;
 Microsoft Windows 3.0 or higher installed; and DOS 3.0 or higher.


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 registration card, then please accompany your entry with your properly
 filled-in registration card.)

 You may enter as many times as you choose but any one individual may
 only win once. Although the author shall retain any copyrights to their
 entry, all winning files shall be considered 'publicly distributable
 files' and may be made available for downloading from CompuServe, Delphi
 and GEnie. As well, the winning entries will be published in Atari
 Explorer magazine, our official magazine sponsor, with the appropriate
 Author quoted and the prize won indicated.

 Following is the current list of contest prizes. It is possible that
 additional prizes will be added to in the near future.

 The winners will receive the following prizes:

    1st Prize: $1,500.00 worth of AGFA Compugraphic fonts for use in
               either Calamus or Outline Art.

    2nd Prize: Calamus SL

    3rd, 4rth and 5th Prizes: $100 connect time credit from CompuServe,
               to be applied to your CompuServe account, GEnie applied to
               your GEnie account or Delphi, to be applied to your Delphi

 As well, Atari Explorer will provide one year subscriptions to each of
 our winners.

 The Judges for this contest include: Geoffrey Earle, General Manager of
 Atari (Canada) Corp., John Jainschigg (Editor) and Marc Needleman (Art
 Director) of Atari Explorer and Mario Georgiou (Graphic Artist) of ISD
 Marketing, Inc..


 1.   The ISD Marketing, Inc. Creativity and Design Contest is a skill-
      based contest for any member who is a properly registered Owner of
      any of the Calamus family of products.

      Participation in this contest is open to residents of Canada,
      United States, Australia and New Zealand, providing that their
      Calamus product is the one published by Ditek International.
      Employees of CompuServe, Delphi, GEnie, ISD Marketing, Inc., Ditek
      International, DMC, Atari Explorer, Atari Corp. and all Atari
      Subsiduaries, SysOps, GameOps, their affiliates, subsidiaries,
      advertising agencies, and immediate families are ineligible to win
      prizes. This contest is subject to all local, state/provincial and
      federal regulations and is void where prohibited by law. All taxes
      are the sole responsibility of the winners.

 2.   From August 20, 1991 at 12:01 AM EST to November 30, 1991, 11:59
      EST those who meet the above eligibility requirements can enter the
      contest. The files can be uploaded directly to the ISD Marketing
      Email accounts on CompuServe, Delphi or GEnie at ISD or submitted
      by mail directly to ISD at our mailing address indicated above.
      (Note: Entries will not be accepted by courier. Use regular mail
      only.) One winner and 4 runner ups will be named.

 3.   The decision of the judges is final and not reviewable by any other
      person, agency, or tribunal. Winners will be notified by Compu-
      Serve, Delphi or GEnie EMail and/or regular mail on or about
      December 31, 1991, and their names will be published online in the
      Atari Forums on CompuServe and Delphi, the Atari RT on GEnie and in
      Atari Explorer along with their winning submission.

 4.   This contest may be publicized outside those venues indicated
      above. No prize may be exchanged, substituted, modified, or
      redeemed for cash. Prizes are not transferable. Prizes won by
      entrants under the age of 18 will be awarded to the winner's parent
      or legal guardian. All prizes will be awarded and mailed to the
      winner's address contained in their Registration form. By accep-
      tance of their prizes, winners consent to publication of their
      names, likenesses, and/or User ID without further compensation for
      advertising or promotional purposes. Prizes not claimed after 21
      days of the day of notification, for any reason whatsoever, will be
      forfeited. Prize winners may be required to execute an affidavit of
      eligibility and publicity release within 21 days of notification.
      Non-compliance within this time period will result in disquali-
      fication and an alternate winner will be selected if possible.

 I wish all entrants the best of luck.  Let the contest begin.

                              Nathan Potechin
                      President, ISD Marketing, Inc.
                              August 20, 1991


 > THE FLIP SIDE STR Feature    "... a different viewpoint.."

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 Normally I do not get involved in controversies but recently, something
 came up that involved my column and myself, forcing my involvement in one.

 While I was on vacation, Ralph had an online conference on Genie.  When I
 got back into town and read a transcript of the conference and saw the
 following questions from Mike Fulton at Atari, I was shocked!

    <MIKE-FULTON> Some months back, you solicited permission from people
    to reprint messages from GENIE...I denied permission for this, but a
    few issues back, you reprinted one of my messages from GENIE. Please
    explain what the situation here is. ga

    <MIKE-FULTON> You are the editor, right? Aren't you responsible for
    the contents?

    <MIKE-FULTON> I said I might give permission for specific messages on
    a one-by-one basis, but that I wouldn't give global permission for
    reprints. ga

 First, the reason Ralph couldn't answer the question was because it was
 not him who asked for permission, it was me. I had been out of town for
 a lot of the summer, so Ralph hadn't been able to get in touch with me
 about Mike's inquiry.  The permission that I solicited was only for my
 column (more on this later), not for any other portion of ST Report. To
 make sure that everyone I sent these permission letters to understood
 that they were from me, I sent them all using my personal account

 Second, Mike had not denied me permission to print his messages, only to
 reprint portions of them (more on this later).

 Third, after going back through the last 12 weeks of my column, I could
 find no posts (or quotes) by Mike that I had used.

 To give you some background on what lead up to this, around the first of
 April, the ST Roundtable on Genie passed new rules about the duplication
 of messages from that RT.


    Category 1,  Topic 20
    Message 1         Thu Apr 04, 1991
    DARLAH [RT~SYSOP]            at 16:13 EST

    Rules for duplication. These rules were compiled by my staff, for-
    warded to GEnie and agreed upon by all parties.

    1. Prior permission to reprint partial messages must be obtained
    from the author of said message, and with the knowledge of the RT

    2. All requests and approvals must be done in GE-mail.

    3. The RT staff will copy or forward requests and approvals/
    rejections to each of the message authors involved.

    4. At all times the GEnie signup information must be included in the
    magazine or newsletter as well as the source of the material
    whenever anything is duplicated.

    5. At all times it must be noted where the information came from as
    in the name of our service and the category, topic and message

    6. Anyone posting in the Roundtable may request in GEmail or a
    designated topic in Category one that NONE of their messages will
    ever be reprinted in whole or in part.

    7. Messages may be taken in their entirety without express permis-
    sion of the author, GEnie or the Roundtable Staff unless stated by
    the author that NONE of his messages may be duplicated ever. To do
    such, you must post your request in Category 1, Topic 12 and in


 Until this time, I had been allowed to edit the posts that I printed
 without getting permission from each author. I only edited to make the
 posts more readable or to take out parts that were extraneous. I've now
 been printing this column for almost a year and have printed 100's of
 full and partial posts. In that time, I have never been accused of
 taking any post out of context, nor of editing one to mean anything
 other than what the author intended.

 After the new rules went into effect, if I wanted to only print part of
 a post, I had to get permission from the author first. This lead to some
 problems which I've discussed with you in previous columns.  I attempted
 to work around this problem by sending a 'permission letter' to the 60-
 70 people on the ST Roundtable who write most of the information filled
 posts. This permission letter simply asked for blanket permission to use
 and edit their posts without having to write and get permission for each
 one.  (Of all of the 'permission letters' that I sent out, 53 said
 'yes', 9 said 'no' and the rest didn't reply.)


    Genie ST RoundTable members,

    My name is Michael Lee and as some of you might know, I write a
    weekly column for ST Report. This column is devoted to circulating ST
    related information from the three major on-line services, CIS,
    Delphi and Genie. Due to the shrinking ST magazine and information
    arenas, I feel this type of column is necessary more than ever be-
    fore to help keep the ST users abreast as to the happenings in the ST
    community and informed as to the new software and hardware being

    Each of you, as ST RoundTable members, seem to be willing to share
    your knowledge of the ST, its software and hardware with the rest of
    the ST community through your informative posts in the ST RoundTable
    message base. Many times your posts have information in them that can
    be used by all of the ST community, not just the limited few who are
    able to log onto Genie.

    The ST RoundTable recently adopted new rules which allows entire
    posts from the message base to be re-printed without getting per-
    mission from the ST RoundTable or from the person who posted the
    original post. However, if only part of a post is to be re-printed,
    the person who posted the original post must give permission for it
    to be used and the ST RoundTable sysops notified.

    This creates a problem for me. As you are probably aware, many posts
    have 20 lines of "Hello, how are you" type of information and only 5
    lines of information actually applicable to the topic being discus-
    sed.  Also, with more people using Aladin, many replies are 40-50
    lines long and addressed to 2-5 different people; it is impractical
    for me to reprint all 40-50 lines just to use the one or two para-
    graphs that are pertinent to the topic. In the past, I edited out
    the non-essential information and just printed the 'meat and
    potatoes' stuff.

    I'm writing this letter to ask each of you for 'blanket' permission
    to use and edit, if necessary, any of your posts from the ST Round-
    Table in my column. I'd guarantee to do my best to make sure that
    your comments would be kept in context (in almost 9 months of writing
    this column and  re-printing 100's of posts from all three major on-
    line networks, I've never been accused of taking anything out of
    context). Naturally, you would have the right to retract your per-
    mission anytime, for any reason.

    This 'blanket' permission, if you decide to give it, would only apply
    to my column and would not apply to any other part of ST Report.

    Whether or not you give your permission, I want to thank you for your
    time and also for being willing to share your knowledge with ST users
    on Genie.

    Michael Lee


 I thought the 'permission letter' was fairly straight forward.  It ack-
 nowledged that Genie had given me permission to use any posts without
 asking permission if I didn't edit them. I explained the problem with
 using some of the posts without editing them first and asked for per-
 mission to 'use and edit' their posts. I didn't just ask for permission
 to 'edit' because I didn't want someone later saying, "I gave you per-
 mission to edit, but not to print" (and yes, it might have came up). I
 specified that this permission was only for my column, not for any other
 part of ST Report.

 One of the people who denied me permission to do partial reprints of
 their posts was Mike Fulton at Atari. He sent me the following EMail
 (since Mike brought this out into the public, I feel it's okay to re-
 print his EMail to me)...


    From: MIKE-FULTON                       Mike Fulton
    To:M.LEE35                              Michael Lee

    Sub: permission

    Reply: Item #0276640 from M.LEE35 on 91/05/07 at 09:39

    I would prefer _not_ to give "blanket" permission for using quotes
    from  my messages. I would, however, have no problem with doing
    things on a  quote-by-quote basis. That is, if you want to quote me,
    send me EMAIL  asking me for permission for that quote, along with
    the text of what  exactly you want to use, and if I don't have a
    problem with the quote,  I'll grant permission _for that quote_.

    I know it might be a pain, but I would feel much more comfortable
    doing things this way.



 Since Mike said "quotes from my messages", "quote-by-quote basis",
 "permission _for that quote_", I understood him to deny me permission to
 use any of his posts which I might need to edit.  So you can see why I
 was so shocked by Mike's comments at the ST Report conference.

 Of course Mike does not have to give me, or anyone else, any reason for
 denying reprint permission, that is his right under the ST Roundtable
 rules.  As long as he follows the ST Roundtable rules and denies per-
 mission to reprint to any publication, ST Report and myself won't use
 his posts, either full or partial.

 So now you have the full story behind this reprint mini-controversy and
 it isn't exactly as Mike tried to portray it during the ST Report con-

 But speaking for myself, I still believe that as an Atari on-line repre-
 sentative, _speaking for Atari_, Mike's posts are 'public' and quotable.
 I am not talking about when he is obviously stating a personal opinion,
 but when he is speaking for Atari and supplying facts.  Facts that are
 needed by the entire Atari community and not just the few who can afford
 to get on-line.

 Just a few weeks ago in the ST Report conference, Bob Brodie asked why
 ST Report and its editors doesn't cooperate with Atari and why can't we
 be more professional.

 Acting like professionals and working together works both ways.  When I
 try using facts and quotes, one of Atari's online representatives seems
 bent on denying me that right and forcing me to paraphrase. In the past,
 Atari has accused ST Report of spreading rumors and not being factual,
 but by refusing me permission to reprint posts which contain facts and
 needed information (I'm not interested in gossip or scandals), we have
 no choice but to paraphrase.  As everyone knows, paraphrasing can lead
 to information being incorrect.

 So readers, you will not see any posts in my column from Mike Fulton. I
 will be forced to strip out the viable information from his posts and


 Until next week....


 > BLACKJACK +3 STR InfoFile  "comes in 2 versions: 'ADVANCED' & 'BASIC'"

                            "BLACKJACK PLUS 3"

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    *    lost at the game of blackjack!  Stop leaving your        *
    *    money at the casinos!  Practice alone, or play with      *
    *    friends using joysticks, mouse and/or keystrokes.        *
    *                                                             *
    *         NOW IT'S EASY TO LEARN TO WIN AT BLACKJACK!         *

   "BLACKJACK PLUS 3" - comes in two versions: 'ADVANCED' & 'BASIC'

    >>>>>>>>>   For all IBM PCs & compatibles (EGA/VGA)   <<<<<<<<<
    >>>>>>>>>   For all Atari St computers (Color & Mono) <<<<<<<<<

   These programs include ALL the features necessary to accurately
   provide you with a real casino environment.  Both versions come with
   'basic' strategies, which teach you what to do in every situation.

                           LIBRARY # 10 (ATARI  RT):  BJ_DEMO.ARC

   The demo is the 'BASIC' version.  It is fully functional, and you
   may play for approximately five minutes, before it times out.
   Find out why you have been losing.  You can WIN next time!


       DOUBLE DOWN (according to casino rules you set)
       DOUBLE after SPLIT

   You may specify:
       One to seven active players (just like at the casino)
       Each player's mode of play  (see explanations below)
       Each player's playing strategy
       Each player's betting strategy
       How many decks to use (1-9) & dealing depth (when to shuffle)
       Casino rules (not all casinos use the same ones)
       Playing speed (your comfort level)
       Display card totals?

   Play Modes:
   MANUAL     - you play the game, just like in the casino
   AUTO       - play is automatic, according to any chosen strategy
                (put other players at the table with you!)
   FEEDBACK   - you are informed of mistakes in play (learn a strategy)
   BACKGROUND - test strategies quickly (100 hands-8 seconds)

 THE 'ADVANCED' VERSION allows you to:

      Display card counts - Running count, True count, # of cards left,
                            # of Aces, Adjusted count
      Keep a log - All play action is recorded
      Extended statistics display - Information is calculated for you!
      Print log and statistics for evaluation
      Save all setups to disk

  You can quickly examine how different strategies perform.
  The play log records how every hand was played and the statistics
  tally information so you may determine a winning method of playing.

 NOTE:  A player's card counting strategy may use any counting system:
          Programmable running count
          Selectible true/exact count adjustments
          Count adjusted playing and betting strategies
          Ace side count adjustment for betting
          Insurance decision based on count

  You can:  Set the value of each card for the running count
            Select from various methods to determine the true count
            Make playing and betting decisions based on the true count
            Use an Ace side count adjustment for betting
            Make insurance decisions based on the count
            Set up and play any playing, betting and counting strategy.
            Try those from Canfield, Revere, Thorp, Uston or come up
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              Two preset basic playing strategies
              Programmable win/loss betting strategy
              All features of the advanced program except as noted below:

              Programmable playing strategies
              Programmable counting systems
              Play log and save setup features


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                   WAACE Status Report - 22 August 1991

 WAACE, Inc. AtariFest '91 Dates:

      The Fest is scheduled for 12 and 13 October '91.  The show hours are
 from 10AM to 5PM both days.  We also expect to sponsor some special events
 on Friday evening.

      The show will feature a full round of seminars and demonstrations.
 There will also be a swap meet.  There will be a cocktail party and a ban-
 quet on Saturday evening.

      The deadline for discount booth pricing at WAACE '91 has passed and
 the deadline for submission of Ad copy (September 5th) is closing in fast.
 Hardcopy vendor packets have been out for over amonth now.  If you have
 not seen your packet, please request another one by sending GEmail to

      We have cash in hand (or promises of same) from:

                              D. A. Brumleve
                             Codehead Software
                           Phil Comeau Software
                          Current Notes Magazine
                             Debonair Software
                                eSTeem Inc
                              FAST Technology
                                  ICD Inc
                             ISD Marketing Inc
                               JMG Software
                          Joppa Computer Products
                             L & Y Electronics
                              Micro Creations
                             Musicode Software
                               Rio Computers
                            Step Ahead Software
                        ST Informer/A & D Software
                               Toad Services
               Unicorn Publications/Atari Interface Magazine

      Vendor space is starting too run short, so those who have missed out
 need to get cracking.  Our ads in AIM, AtariUser, Current Notes, and ST
 Informer are starting to show results. According to the hotel we are 40
 percent of the way toward our room guarantee.  There are still plenty of
 room available, but now is the time to make your plane reservations and
 line up your hotel rooms.  Call the Reston Inn: 703-620-9000 and mention
 the WAACE AtariFest.

 Hotel Rates:

      Hotel rates are $59 per night for single or double occupancy, $66
 for triple and quad.  These rates are valid from October 10th through the
 13th. Virginia hotel tax (4.5%) must be added to the above prices.  In
 order to obtain these rates you must mention WAACE AtariFest '91 when
 making your reservations.

      Seminar slots are starting to run short.  There is plenty of time
 available in the demo rooms.

      There is a lot of MIDI interest cropping up, so the MIDI room
 promises to be lively.

      Look for upcoming announcnements on the banquet, worker registration
 (lots of fringe benefits), user group participation and more.

     In a couple of recent phone conversations people have started off by
 asking: "is the WAACE show really going to take place?".  I am afraid that
 these people do not understand what makes a show tick.

      The first crucial item is solid vendor support, particularly in the
 form of exciting products.  Anyone who reads my previous post has to be
 aware that WAACE '91 has that kind of support.

      The second thing is the attitude of people towards the event itself.
 WAACE is more than justr an opportunity to buy Atari goods at a cheap
 price.  It is a gathering point for people.  We take care to offer
 interesting entertainment and forums for relaxation during those hours
 when the show floor is silent.  I think it is fair to say that we have
 established a tone that many people enjoy.

      The third item is continuity.  We have a nucleus of workers who have
 experienced the little thrills that the Atari world can toss up to
 distract people.  We have been through it before and we know that none of
 thse little items will bring the world to an end.  In fact I suspect that
 it would take some event like the prelude to the second comiXng to cancel
 the show this fall.

      In short, tell everyone you know that WAACE '91 IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
 We already have enough people coming to make a wonderful party.  I am
 looking forward to seeing all of you there.

  For additional Information please contact either of the following:

 General Chairman                        Vendor Coordinator
 Charles S. Smeton                       John D. Barnes
 P.O. Box 0122                           7710 Chatham Rd
 Columbia, MD 21045-0122                 Chevy Chase, MD 20815
 GEMail: C.S.SMETON                      GEMail: J.D.Barnes
 CIS: 73047,2565                         DELPHI: JDBARNES
 FNET: Charles Smeton, Node 500          Internet: JOHNBARNES@ENH.NIST.GOV


 > Atari STBOOK STR InfoFile         SPECS - Ins and Outs - In Depth!

                               Atari STBook

 ctsy CIS ATARI Portfolio Forum

 by Don Thomas
    CIS ID: 75300,1267

     I have mentioned the forthcoming Atari STBook in some messages and
 have obtained some spec sheets from Bill Rehbock just before he left today
 to take two of them to a big show in Germany.  Bill says I may share them
 with you.  Specifications are always subject to change and I may leave
 some out that I consider most "changeable", but having said that, they're
 pretty solid.  (Just tryin' to cover my bases).

     Let me say first that STBook and the Portfolio are as marketably
 different as they are the same.  The STBook appeals to an established
 worldwide market of Atari ST/Mega users by sharing OS compatibility.  I am
 campaigning that it can also be perceived as a step up product from the
 Portfolio in that it offers superb lightweight productivity, access to
 thousands of established software programs, but also as much share ASCII
 files with other computers as the Portfolio can through the Serial Port.

 On with the specs .  .  .

     This new laptop entry by Atari sports an 8.5" x 11" footprint, is only
 1.4" thick (37mm) and weighs only 4.3 lbs.  A 7 "AA" battery pack is
 provided for 10-12 hours of operation.  An optional rechargeable battery
 pack will be available which recharges in just 2 hours while the computer
 is running.  It offers MIDI IN/OUT ports (another musicians dream in the
 Atari collection), RS232 Serial port, Parallel port and a floppy disk/ACSI
 DMA port for an external drive, hard disks, CD-ROM, lasers, etc.  Built-in
 hard drive capacities include the options of 40, 60, 80 and 100 mb.

     The highly defined LCD screen offers 640x400 resolution (mono) and it
 has a 3 voice, programmable sound generator.  The specs say 84/85 key
 keyboard (?) which partially consist of 10 function keys and 4 cursor
 keys.  There is a connector for a standard size Atari keyboard and an op-
 tion for an external 18-key numeric keypad.

     Those not familiar with the Atari OS should know that it is graphics
 based (as easy as a MAC [I think easier]) which means that point and
 click mouse operations are intergral.  The STBook introduces a unique new
 mouse alternative for portability.  It has a built-in Atari pressure sen-
 sitive Vector-Pad(tm), using FSR technology.  What that means is that the
 pad is not only directional sensitive, but pressure sensitive as well.
 The mouse moves faster, the harder it is tapped.

     It will be available with 1 or 4 MEG RAM and 512K ROM (enough for
 everyone?) and includes the popular Atari BLiTTER(tm) chip for faster
 graphics draws.  An internal 2400 baud modem OR 9600 baud/fax modem will
 be available.

     The system archetecture is 68000 cpu based operating at 8MHz with a
 32-bit internal bus, 24-bit external address bus and 16-bit external data
 bus.  The expansion bus is a 120-pin full-function connector.

     I did not notice statements of built-in applications although there
 are hints of them as the computer may be set in sleep mode to monitor
 alarms and appointments.

     The operating system is already supported by thousands of
 professional, home and entertainment offerings.  CompuServe supports the
 environment very well (Type GO ATARIPRO).  All existing mono apps are

     I urge interested developers to get in touch with Atari immediately.
 There is a wealth of development support in place for the platform and I
 think this will become quite a hot ticket.  I do not have prices, but
 (like the Portfolio) Atari's trademark will always be associated to "Power
 Without The Price".

     I would be happy to answer what I can, but be forewarned that this is
 all I have in writing at this point.

     To contact Atari call (408) 745-2000 and ask for Developer Support.  I
 am happy to help anyone too.


 > STR Portfolio News & Information           Keeping up to date...

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Judith Hamner  72257,271

 CBOOT.THR has been revised and is available in the library.  This file
 gives advice on the tendency of Ports to go into a coma when batteries run

 down. If you missed the lively debate over expansions and upgrades for the
 Portfolio then check out EXPAND.THR.

 David Stewart has created a program that offers a macro-like feature for
 the built-in editor. MACROS.ZIP is a shareware version. The full-featured
 version is promised in a future issue of his new newsletter. Marty Mankins
 has uploaded TAKEIT.NWS, a description of his new newsletter.

 Coming attractions?  Don Thomas has uploaded a description of the Stbook
 which is to be released soon. STBOOK.TXT has the information.

 Craig Davis has been keeping forum members advised on the progress of ef-
 forts to adapt a hard drive for his 512k Port. Steve Schlanger of BSE will
 upload the new drivers when they are ready.

 John Feagans followed up the discussion of battery drain of the Port with
 his comparison of the drain from a 512k unit with that of a standard one.

 The best method for transferring files between the Port and a Mac is a
 topic being discussed in the Port to Mac section.

 There were several interesting "limited time offers" posted.  Atari
 Explorer is offering a discount to user groups and forum members.


 > PIRACY HURTS WHO? STR FOCUS       "..suspicion is not enough..."

                          "PERILS OF WITCH HUNTS"

 By Dana P. Jacobson

      A couple of weeks ago, in STReport #7.32, I began what will most
 likely be an ongoing discussion of piracy and its effects on the entire
 Atari community.

      While there are agencies to help track down and prosecute the most
 prolific and dangerous pirates, the pirate BBS, but as was mentioned in
 the first article, users like yourself usually make the biggest difference
 by reporting these boards.

      Now, before you start to recall all of those bulletin boards which
 you considered to be pirate, think out a few things first.  One of the
 worst things that you can do is file a report about a BBS and then find
 out that your suspicions were false.  Having suspicions is fine, but witch
 hunts went out back in the 17th century.  Making claims against an
 innocent BBS can cause irreparable damage to the integrity of the BBS; and
 this includes damage to its SysOps and users.

      The purpose of this article will be to let you know how easy it is to
 formulate opinions that might lead you to believe that you've "located" a
 pirate BBS, but in actuality, you probably haven't.  Without sufficient
 proof, logical suspicion is not enough.

      The BBS system that I am most familiar is MichTron, because I run one
 and call many others.  I am familiar with other systems because of my ac-
 tivity on them; and I've also seen others from the "inside" so I have an
 idea what can be done.  I feel comfortable saying that all BBS systems
 have different access levels and can provide access to some users while
 withholding it from others.  For whatever reasons, SysOps can and do exer-
 cise this ability, myself included.  These abilities can be perfectly
 legitimate, for reasons detailed later on.  But, on a pirate BBS, these
 access levels usually mean that something "crooked" is going on; and
 until a user's integrity (or lack of it) is determined, certain access
 will be held back.  In most cases, pirate boards are a secretive system.
 Those running such boards are not going to openly display the fact that
 they're running a pirate board.  New users are going to have to "prove"
 their intentions before being given access to commercial software or
 reading about piracy topics in the message bases.

      So, let's discuss what occurs on most boards that _could_ lead a
 typical user to think something is going on behind the scenes that could
 be suspicious, but in actuality, isn't.  Since I brought up the fact that
 I run my own BBS, let me use mine as an example.  As I stated earlier, I
 run MichTron software.  Most MichTron SysOps take advantage of all 16 SIGs
 available for setting up topics for the message and files bases.  With
 MichTron, the SysOp can determine which SIGs will be available to any
 user, for whatever reason.  I use all 16 SIGs, but only 14 of them are
 available to the average user.  The last two are reserved for my SysOps.

      Another option available to MichTron systems is access levels.
 MichTron has five levels of access: unregistered, registered, asst. SysOp,
 SysOp, and WizOp.  First time callers on my board are automatically listed
 as unregistered.  This means that access is extremely limited for a first
 call.  These users can look around - read messages and check out news
 items, play a few online games, and the like.  They _cannot_ leave any
 messages and they do not have access to the downloads.  Registered users
 are those who have been "validated"; and this is the level of access
 granted to 99% of my users.  This access will provide the user all func-
 tions and options other than those reserved for my SysOps.  Asst. SysOp
 and SysOp access levels are essentially the same as the registered users,
 but their access also provides functions which can be summarized as system
 maintenance.  SysOps can view new uploads and validate them and open them
 up to the public.  Until these new uploads are validated, they remain hid-
 den to the userbase.  This function is the most important for this discus-
 sion, as all other SysOp access is quite limited.

      Okay, since piracy in the context of this discussion means downloads,
 let's see where people can innocently suspect a BBS of having something
 going on "behind the scenes".  When a user uploads a file to a BBS, it
 remains "hidden" until a SysOp checks it out to make sure it's intact,
 complete, and public domain.  If a caller logs on after this new upload,
 he will be shown how many new uploads are available since his last call.
 When this user goes to check out the new uploads and sees "less" than he
 was expecting, there is a reason for it.  Usually, this means that a
 SysOp has not validated the file yet, so it remains hidden from the
 general public.  This process may take an extraordinary amount of time.
 For example, some of my SysOps only call once or twice a week to check for
 new files in their areas.  So if there are some new files, they won't be
 available for some time!  Makes sense, right?

      So, can this same process occur on pirate boards?  Absolutely, yes!
 But, there can be a difference here.  For the sake of argument, let's as-
 sume that a pirate BBS has both commercial and public domain software
 available to its users.  Now, if a user calls and sees that there has been
 50 new uploads since his last call, and he cannot "see" them six months
 from now, something is wrong.  This user might not have sufficient access
 to view these files, i.e., he doesn't have access to the "elite" areas.
 Seeing large gaps in the downloads numbering system is another way to
 suspect there's something hidden.  On MichTron systems, the downloads are
 numbered sequentially, regardless of the SIG they're uploaded to.  So, a
 large gap between 1000 - 1100 suggests something to me.

      There is a flaw in this logic, however, at least for MichTron
 systems.  SysOps have the ability to delete files _without_ altering the
 numbering sequence.  For example, if I delete files numbered 950 - 955,
 someone listing all available files will see 949 and then 956.  So, you
 can see that logical suspicions aren't always what they appear to be, and
 more sufficient proof is necessary.

      There are other things that you should avoid believing when dealing
 with the possibilities of piracy.  A few years ago, one of my users sent
 me a message on my BBS which included a listing of my downloads.  This
 list had been "doctored" to reflect that I had commercial programs
 available for downloading.  He told me that if I did not give him SysOp
 access, he would forward this "information" to the authorities.  What do I
 mean by "doctored"?  He edited the file names and descriptions to reflect
 commercial files were available.  Naturally, knowing that the integrity of
 the board was in little danger, I ignored this user and deleted his
 account (I don't like users who make threats).  A few days later, I was
 told by another user that this edited listing was now making its way to
 many of the other local boards.  Well, I wasn't able to get to all of
 these SysOps informing them of what had occurred, but I did manage it on
 some of them.  If someone then called my BBS, they'd see that the listing
 was false.  Some people refused to believe that the current listing was
 legitimate, but that was their problem.  I could prove the legitimacy of
 the listing should I ever need to do so, and offered any truly concerned
 user that proof at any time - only one ever took me up on that proof, and
 he was pleased with the results.

      Well, the above example was something that happened a few years ago.
 Lately, I've seen something similar occur on another system.  Ironically,
 the system that was accused was The Bounty BBS, home of STReport!!  From
 what I have been told, a similarly edited version of The Bounty's download
 listing appeared somewhere, and the integrity of the BBS was questioned.
 This information, at "best", was passed on to another Atari publication
 and the "news" was printed publicly.  Not only was the download listing
 edited, but edited very poorly.  It was obvious to the folks at The Bounty
 that the file names were a victim of a poor "search and replace" techni-

      What happened to my board a few years ago was not as "vicious and
 fraudulent" as what happened to The Bounty.  A few years ago, my BBS and I
 were relatively unknown to the local BBS community, nevermind quite
 unknown nationally!  All it took for me to "clear" my name was to inform
 those systems that were given the information that it was false, and the
 false listing and related messages were deleted.  For those who were never
 notified, the information was soon forgotten.  On the other hand, The
 Bounty BBS is more widely known on a national level, and even
 internationally.  After all, it is the home BBS for STReport.  The BBS
 number is listed in every issue of STReport!!  For someone to make accusa-
 tions that this system is a pirate operation is insane.  For anyone even
 considering that this system is "crooked" is ridiculous.  Just consider
 what the ramifications would be if _any_ highly visible Atari user ran a
 pirate BBS!  Can you imagine if any developer were discovered to be run-
 ning a pirate BBS?  How about if it were learned that GEnie was a pirate
 service?  Absurd, of course it is.  The same goes for The Bounty. STReport
 may have its "enemies"; but to go through all of the trouble to edit a
 download listing as proof and have people believe it is foolish.  I think
 one possible reason for this "accusation" is Ralph's "presence" in some of
 the FNET "elite" conferences.  Elite refers to areas which might be
 involved in piracy, or at the least, the promotion of piracy.  Anyone ever
 heard of "investigative reporting"?  There are times when a reporter has
 to visit the worst of places to get the story; in this case, pirate

      I could go on and on to describe various scenarios which could lead
 people to suspect bulletin board systems of piracy.  But, I think that
 you're beginning to get the picture.  I'm not attempting to downplay
 piracy whatsoever.  On the contrary, piracy is a cancer needing to be
 destroyed.  The point is that the innocent need not be taken down along
 with these pirates.  I still maintain that it's the user who can better
 monitor pirate activities and report them when discovered.  But remember,
 proof is necessary to do anything permanent to these guilty systems and
 their operators.  Your suspicions may be enough for the proper authorities
 to monitor these systems, but elaborate proof will be needed to shut them
 down.  Too many "gut feelings" will tie up the process of getting the real
 crooks adequately and permanently.

      Until next time...


 > GLENDALE SHOW STR SHOW NEWS  Southern California ATARI Computer Faire

                             THE GLENDALE SHOW



 The Southern California ATARI Computer Faire, Version 5.0 (AKA The Glen-
 dale Show) is expected to be the largest show of its type, ever, in North
 America.  The show will be held at The Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N.
 Verdugo Road, Glendale, California, USA.  Local directions can be found by
 referring to the Thomas Brothers Guide for L.A. County page 25-E2.  Take
 the Glendale Blvd. exit of the 134 FWY and go North two miles or take the
 Mountain St. exit of the 2 FWY and go West one block.  The Faire dates are
 September 14 & 15, 1991 and show hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4.

 General admission is $6.00 per person.  Anybody planning to attend the
 show who resides outside of Southern California may send a SASE to
 H.A.C.K.S., 249 N. Brand Bl. #321, Glendale, CA 91203 and receive a pass
 for free admission.  This offer is limited to no more than two people per
 pass and one request per household.

 A special hotel rate has been made available at the Burbank Airport Hilton
 Hotel.  That special rate is $59 per night for single or double occupancy.
 For reservation call 818-843-6000 and mention ATARI.  If you have problems
 with the rate ask for Roy in Convention Services.  Do not call the 800
 number, unless you want to pay the National rate of $119 per night.


 ATARI Corporation * The Computer Network * Mid-Cities Computers *
 Goodman's Music * Musicode * Safari Fonts * Sliccware * Clear Thinking *
 Micro Creations * Rio Computers * Best Electronics * Branch Always *
 Michtron * ADG Productions * CodeHead Software * Omnimon Peripherals *
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 * Beckemeyer Development Tools (expected) * RIMIK Enterprises * McDonald &
 Assoc. *  GoldLeaf Publishing * Soft-Aware * Talon Industries * JMG * Wiz-
 Works * Gribnif (expected) * Phil Comeau Software * Double Click *
 Sudden, Inc. (expected) * D.A. Brumleve * Artisan Software * BSE Company
 (expected) * Z*NET Online Magazine



 - Jerusalem, Israel                    ISRAEL -> "The Deal is still on"

     The August 17th issue of the Jerusalem Post International Edition,
 under the heading; "ATARI SAGA GETS WEIRD", presented the following;

 "The Ministry of Industry and Trade's Investment Center a fortnight ago
 approved Atari's plans to set up a factory in Israel - just a week after
 the Atari Chairman Jack Tramiel informed the ministry that he was no lon-
 ger interested.  Tramiel had reportedly announced the cancellation - which
 he attributed to an inability to wait any longer for the government to
 make up its mind - in a fax addressed to the ministry's director-general.
 The ministry has consistently refused to recognize the fax as official

 - Sunnyvale, CA                UNIX GURU HITS THE 'REVOLVING DOOR'

     Although only rumored, it has come to our attention that the resident
 "Unix Guru" at Atari is the latest victim of the ever, so popular revol-
 ving door.  Unfortunatly STReport was, at press time, unable to confirm
 this information.  However, the importance of Unix for both today's market
 and the future, dictates that the information be brought forward.


     Its a yellow slip of paper with the word "INVOICE" in big, black let-
 ters on the top left corner.  Very attention getting.  It seems the old
 adage of there "being no free lunch" is quite true.  While Quill must meet
 expenses, they are forced to find revenue to offset these expenses because
 of any number of serious reasons.  One of the biggest is the lack of time-
 ly payments of advertising fees by the "biggies" in the Atari world.  Tis
 a shame.  And now, once again, the usergroups are called upon to help.
 While the magazine is free, the cost of shipping is not.

 Shipping Costs...
                   per  25 copies...      U.S.  $   7.00
                   per  50 copies...      U.S.  $   8.00
                   per 100 copies...      U.S.  $  10.00

 Further it states;
 "If we do not receive payment you will be removed from our distribution


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 > A "Quotable Quote"                 STReport's Editorial "Cartoon"


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