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 Report 1

                           WAACE ATARI FEST 1991

 by D. D. Martin
 Lake Placid, Fl.

     I find myself hard pressed to even know where to begin writing this
 review of the WAACE show held in Reston, Virginia over the weekend of Oc-
 tober 12-13.  If you really want to know all the vendors and developers
 that were at the show and what they were showing I suggest you read the
 full thread on GEnie (CAT 11-Topic 6) where you will find a complete lis-
 ting of vendors and seminar speakers and a list of activities.

     This was my first WAACE show.  I was impressed by the fantastic job of
 organization done by J.D. Barnes, Charles Smeton and Tom Stoddard (and I'm
 sure a host of other volunteers).  The Sheraton Reston Hotel was a
 comfortable setting with excellent facilities.

     From the eyes of this "typical user" the general atmosphere of this
 show was enthusiastic.  The attendees were really up on Atari.  Developers
 were selling product like hot cakes.  The general consensus was that this
 was their best show for their bottom line.  In general, it showed me that
 Atari users are more than willing to spend their money on top grade
 hardware and software.  Most folks I talked to said they didn't have an
 Atari dealer in their area and wanted to upgrade and expand their systems
 and programs.  They were willing to travel many miles to see it all in one
 convenient location and spend big bucks in spite of a statement made at
 the "Atari Speaks" seminar that Atari users are "...notorious for being

     I know at least eight people attending the show were from Florida.
 WAACE is not just a NATIONAL SHOW, it has become an INTERNATIONAL SHOW.  I
 met users from Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Australia and Canada.  The last
 figures I heard were that six or seven out of every ten attendees were
 from out of town.  When you consider the expense of travel, hotel and
 meals, those of us who traveled long distances paid higher prices for the
 goodies we bought than if we could walk into a local dealer and purchase
 the same products.  This indicates to me that Atari users are not "cheap"
 and that the lack of available dealerships was a major contributing factor
 for such a frantic feeding frenzy.

 So, what did I see and how did I spend my hard earned money?

     The Codehead booth was one of the most popular at the show.  There was
 a long waiting line for obtaining upgrades for MultiDesk Deluxe.  Copies
 were sold out before the end of the first day and John Eidsvoog and Char-
 lie Johnson spent a long night duplicating more copies. It is often said
 that the CodeHead programs (MultiDesk, CodeKeys, MaxiFile, HotWire etc.)
 are among the most solid and reliable utilities available on the market.
 I stood in line for my upgrade ($20) and returned often to the booth to
 enjoy the congenial chatter.  John was busy selling while Charles sat at a
 TT demonstrating Avant Vecktor on a moniterm monitor.  Avant Vecktor is a
 new  entry into the DTP and graphics realms and features the best auto
 tracing capability available on the ST.

     Programmers of Gram-Slam, a grammar checker for the Atari, Phil and
 his wife had probably the most "dignified" booth at the show.  I was
 disappointed that they didn't have a computer up and running to demo this
 program, but that didn't prevent me from buying this $35.00 package.

     Joe Waters and family were busy selling CN's public domain disks.  Joe
 reminded me of a jolly Santa in overalls.  He really made this country
 girl feel at home.  I purchased two disks of p/d utilities and ordered
 eight Spectre p/d disks.  At $3.00 a disk it was like Christmas. The $30
 receipt for ten disks more than saved me the down load time on GEnie.

     I hope you all got your Toad Computer catalogs that were mailed the
 week before the show.  David Troy, 19 years of age, received the Current
 Notes Author Of The Year award at the banquet on Saturday night. This
 young man is delightful!  I had the opportunity to spend some time with
 him at a cocktail party and was taken by his quick wit and vast knowledge.
 Keep your eye on this "kid", he's going to go places.  His booth was
 literally crammed with Atari goodies.  Hardware and software and all kinds
 of neat accessories.  He has a gift for knowing what the users want and
 need and searches for the very best productivity tools.  We picked up a
 Golden Image Mouse and Word Perfect from the "Toads".  We also purchased
 an icon editor for the TOS desktop icons that runs as a CPX under the new
 XCONTROL.ACC.  We dropped a cool $220.00 bucks on the "Toad Guys".

     Rick Flashman and Dan Wilga (the coat and tie guys) had five computers
 demonstrating their five major products STeno, STalker 3, CardFile 3, Neo-
 Desk 3 and Arabesque Professional.  I really liked what I saw in STeno/S-
 talker and plunked down my money.  The STalker-3 manual is very well done
 and is over 200 pages.  The scripting capability of this communications
 software is awesome, but Rick assured me that if I can make it through the
 tutorial I will be able master any scripting task.  Another $63.00 on the
 Visa Card.

     George Geczy and David Thompson have given us the hottest data base
 program to hit the Atari market!  Hyperlink is a DBMAN based object
 oriented program that is the Atari equivalent to HyperCard on the MAC.
 There is real power potential here.  Their demo of its capability was
 impressive.  They had a stack of cards on Canada.  Click on the opening
 screen and you were presented with an outline map of Canada (the program
 uses scanned IMG files for artwork).  Click on any of the providences in
 the map and a "linked" text file appears with geographical information
 about the providence.  Key words in the text file were linked to other
 cards with more specific information.  For instance, under the topic of
 animals the word BIRD brought up a card with an IMG picture of a loon.
 They plan to add other modules to the program for such things as sound so
 you can hear the call of the loon.  The program retails at $149.00 but the
 show special price of $100 got my attention.  George and David have
 announced many additions and upgrades to this program and I see it as
 being a "must" for Atari users in the months to come.  There is a demo
 file on GEnie, but there have been several improvements to the program
 since the demo went up on the boards.  Check it out!

     A great telecommunications package that features graphics.  I
 purchased a $5.00 demo disk.


     (Atari Interface Magazine)-- Bill and Patty Rahyl are delightful folks
 who publish one of the best Atari magazines in the US.  I put up $18.00
 for a subscription.  The disk of the month subscription runs $50, but
 since I have access to the p/d stuff on GEnie, I passed this option.
 Unicorn Publishing supports both 8 bit Atari and the ST/TT machines.

 Rod McDonald picked up $20.00 for my subscription.  Lots of news and
 rumors in this publication.

     David Small has to be the GRAND PHOOBAH of the Atari world.  It's been
 my experience that most computer "nerds" are not people oriented.  Of all
 the people I have ever met in the Atari community, this man has the most
 heart and soul of all.  To open his first seminar (he gave three of them
 during the show) he expressed his gratitude to all for their support and
 encouragement over the years by passing out 100 Spectre 128s!  Yes, free
 Spectres!  He only asked that if you received one and already had one,
 then please "pass it on".  David regaled us with stories of Hacker's Con,
 practical jokes he's played on fellow hackers, potty training techniques,
 a wild and crazy video demonstration of "burst mode" and so much more.  He
 discovered he could make "thunder" by blowing into the microphone which
 made a baby in the audience cry.  On hearing this, David presented his
 business card to the parents asking them to return the card with a note
 saying "You made my baby cry" to receive a free GCR.  There is absolutely
 nothing phony about this man. At the banquet he lead his table in doing
 the "wave" (ala football stadiums) when kadoos and recognitions were made
 from the podium.  I will long cherish the memory of his "Sweet Adeline"
 serenade to me.  Dave is a true genius with a heart of gold.

     After 6 years of being a GEnie subscriber, I finally got to meet Dar-
 lah.  She is a cracker jack sysop and the GEnie booth was one of the busi-
 est at the show.  Upgrades for Aladdin (a fantastic GEnie navigation tool)
 were available for $1.00.  I was so busy when I got home that I didn't
 have time to install the new version and this was a blessing. ***VIRUS
 ALERT***  Yes, the disks were infected with the "KEY VIRUS" (it installs
 itself into every executable program's boot sector and waits invisibly for
 instructions to "do it's thing")  I don't know what havoc was intended,
 but my disk was infected.  GEnie has tracked the source of the virus to
 the company that mass duplicated the disks.  A fine example of why you
 should check EVERY disk you purchase for virus.

     This was probably the biggest disappointment at the WAACE show.  Atari
 was well represented in body but not in spirit.  Bob Brodie, Ken
 Badertscher, John Townsend, John Jainschigg (Atari Explore Magazine) and
 others luminaries from Atari were present, but Atari did not have a booth.
 I can certainly understand if the WAACE organizers feel snubbed.  I know
 they appreciated the donation by Atari of a STacy that was given as the
 grand door prize, but Atari donated a TT for the Glendale show.  If Glen-
 dale is the "premier" west coast show and WAACE is the "premier" east
 coast show they deserve equal treatment.  To add insult to injury, the
 donated STacy was not even present.  It will be shipped to the winner.  I
 know that Bob Brodie, Atari's Director of Communications, has been on the
 road and deeply concerned about extensive medical tests his wife has been
 going through, but there were others there from Sunnyvale that could have
 picked up the slack and brought the STacy for presentation.

     At the Atari seminar it was explained that the current thrust of the
 Corporate Marketing Plan was toward high end users with the feeling that
 there will be a "trickle down" effect generating more products and service
 for the general usership.  There was also discussion of the talks with
 General Electric (GE) to provide the service and warranty aspect for
 Atari.  This left me with a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.
 Atari seems to be distancing themselves from the user base that has sup-
 ported their product through thick and thin.  Here's a scary thought.  Do
 I want my washing machine repairman servicing my computer?

 The EXPENSE list reads like the NATIONAL DEBT!

                    Plane ticket            $218.00
                    Hotel                   $177.00
                    Meals and miscellaneous $150.00
                    Purchases               $512.00
                    Grand Total            $1057.00

 Who says Atari users are "CHEAP"?

     There was so much more to this show.  There are many developers who
 attended that I didn't mention.  (Dave Small will be glad I didn't mention
 the food fight).

                              WAACE was fun!
                  WAACE made a big dent in my pocketbook!
                          WAACE was informative!
   WAACE was everything I expected and more.  Will I go again?  You bet!

                                             Dee Dee Martin
                                             GEnie: D.D.MARTIN

 Report 2

                            WAACE ATARIFEST '91

 by Scott Lapham
 Special CIS Reporter

     Well, here's another article about an Atari computer show.  It seems
 like there is one almost every weekend these days.  I'll be the last per-
 son, though, to complain about "too many" Atari shows.  The more the mer-
 rier.  I just wish more of them were closer to the east coast so I could
 attend instead of just reading about them.  But if you are only going to
 be near enough to one, it might as well be the WAACE AtariFest here in
 Virginia because it's always been a good one.  And this year is no excep-

     As there was so much to see (and buy), I didn't do much "reporting"
 until my wallet was devoid of cash and I had "charged" as much as my wife
 had allocated that I could.  This didn't leave much time for me to
 "report", get home to write this, then make it back to the Sheraton in
 time for the banquet.  So this part will deal mostly in who was there,
 what they had to sell and a little about some of the seminars.

     Atari Interface Magazine
     They had a booth which sold their magazine and represented Branch Al-
 ways Software and QuickST.  Bill and Patti were BUSY ALL the Time!

     CodeHead Software
     Charles and John were (as usual) very busy at their booth.  John was
 taking care of a very long line of people that had disk(s) in hand for
 upgrading to the latest version.  Charles was sitting at a TT showing
 everyone how powerful Avant Vector was.  And boy, was it powerful.  If you
 haven't downloaded the demo, do it.  You've got to see it to believe it.
 The only show special I remember was Avant Vector for $445.00.  I was so
 impressed with this program that I forgot to write anything else down.
 This thing is awesome.  Charles Johnson was running through things with
 the program so fast, doing spectacular work, you could hardly keep up.  He
 didn't expect to sell too many, given its price, so only brought six
 copies along.  Well, all six sold.  And who knows how many more might have
 sold if he had had them!  A demo is available and shouldn't be missed.
 Charles also said they sold 100 copies of MultiDesk Deluxe (although I
 don't know how many of those were upgrades).  Overall, he said it might
 turn out to be the best show they've ever done!

     Phil Comeau Software
     Phil had both GramSlam and Grammar Expert ready to go at his booth
 plus a few others.  Tree Saver, a program that prints text files on both
 sides of paper and puts two pages on one side in two columns, also looked
 interesting.  Show specials included Grammar Expert for $55.00 and
 GramSlam for $35.00.  The big seller was GramSlam.  Phil reported a good
 show, about the same as Glendale.  He was very happy about it and will be
 back next year.

     Current Notes, Inc.
     Joe was there with his excellent magazine.  He was selling new
 subscriptions, renewing subscriptions, selling back issues and lots of PD
 disks.  Joe Waters' show special included extra copies of his Current
 Notes magazine with subscriptions; 1 extra issue for 1 year and 2 extra
 issues with 2 years (I renewed mine there and got the extra issue).  He
 reported selling a lot of subscriptions but not too many of his PD disks.
 Joe said it was generally slower than last year.

     D.A. Brumleve
     Dorthy had all of her outstanding kid's programs to sell.  Her two
 computers always had a smiling child trying out one of them.  Dorothy's
 show special was $10.00 off any purchase of 2 or more of her titles.  She
 had Kid Publisher Professional at $35.00, Kid Painter at $35.00, Super
 Kidgrid at $25.00 and Telegram at $25.00.  For her it was a great show
 with sales as good as last year.  And by next year, she hopes to have a
 new program available for kids a little older.  Can't wait to see it as my
 kids are always getting older too.

     Debonair Software
     As what seems to be the normal arrangement, Debonair was right next
 door to Dorothy (a coincidence or because they both begin with the letter
 "b"?).  J. Andrzej Wrotniak had El Cal running on a Stacy and Star Base on
 an ST.  Both top notch programs.

     Double Click Software
     The DC guys had DC Data Diet for sale and it looked like they were
 going fast.  They were also updating software at the show.  DC's show spe-
 cial was the premiere of Data Diet, their newest program.  Its cost was
 $59.95 and almost sold out (of 70 copies brought).  Data Diet compresses
 your files on your disk and uncompresses them when you run them,
 automatically.  It's almost like doubling the size of your drive for sixty
 bucks.  I know my brother will be buying it soon (30MB hard drive, 3 bytes
 unused).  Of course they also had their other popular programs DC
 Utilities, Desktop, Shower and CPXtensions all at good prices.  They
 reported this as being the best show of the year for them.  I managed to
 squeeze DC Utilities into my fest- budget and look forward to using it.

     eSTeem Inc.
     They were selling their PILOT software language program.

     FAST Technology
     They had their excellent line of Super High Powered Accelerators.
 Including the new T-20s and the 68030.  Their show specials included the
 Turbo 20 (20Mhz) for $300.00, the Turbo 20 (25Mhz) for $350.00, Turbo 030
 with cache only for $999.00 and the Turbo 030 with 4MB of RAM for
 $1499.00.  Jim said sales were good (about the same as last year) and that
 the 20Mhz Turbo 20 was his best seller.

     Gadgets By Small
     Dave had the SST 68030 board up
 and running demos and lots of interested people looking on.  I didn't get
 to talk with him today but hope to tomorrow.  The board sure looked fast!
 Dave Small wasn't selling anything at the show but was taking advance or-
 ders for his SST.  He took enough advance orders (and usually fully loaded
 versions!!) to sell through to the third production run of the board!!
 And the first production run hasn't shipped yet!!!  Better get those or-
 ders in fast if you want one of these!

     Gribnif Software
     All the Gribnif stuff was there plus some.  NeoDesk, CardFile, STalker
 3 and STeno were being sold and advance orders were being taken for
 Arabesque, their new graphics program.  I didn't catch their show specials
 but they said they did real good in their 4th year at WAACE.  STalker 3
 almost sold out.  Their new graphics program, Arabesque, generated a good
 number of advance orders.  They were also taking programs to upgrade but
 will be sending them to their customers by mail after the show.  They
 report WAACE was as good as the Glendale show.

     They had all their hard drives, tape backup units, AdSpeed and AdSpeed
 STe for sale.  Business looked brisk.  ICD reported a very good show.  AD
 Speed sold well.  This was the first show they sold AD Speed STe and it
 sold very well.  We'll be sure to see them again next year.

     ISD Marketing, Inc.
     There were plenty of copies of Calamus, Outline Art and DynaCADD here.
 All the latest versions, too.  ISD had some great show specials but asked
 that I not write about them as they were "too low to mention"!  Believe
 me, they were low.  I ended up buying Outline Art for only (garble...line
 hit) dollars!!  This was the first show that they were actually selling
 the products (they usually just demo the programs) and did quite well.
 Hope to see them back next year.

     JMG Software International, Inc.
     HyperLink was the main draw at this booth.

     Joppa Computer Products
     These guys had tons of stuff to sell.  I think they brought their en-
 tire store with them.  Good prices, too.  Believe it or not, Joppa sold
 twenty (20) Atari STe's at this show (16 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday)!
 They also reported selling lots of software and lots of MiGraph hand scan-
 ners (at $225.00!).  A sort of auction was held the last two hours on Sun-
 day at this booth to see how much they could sell at the last minute.
 Guess he didn't want to carry much home with him (to the benefit of all
 that remained this late).

     L&Y Electronics
     Suzy didn't have as much space as she usually does, but did pack a lot
 of products in what she did have.  L&Y is my "local" Atari dealer, so it's
 always good to see them here.  Suzy and John reported that business was
 not too bad.  About the same as last year, although this years Saturday
 was not as good as last year and this years Sunday was better, so it equa-
 led out.

     MacDonald Associates
     The publishers of ST Informer, Universal Item Selector and the new
 Universal NETWork were there.  They had a long line of people at the
 booth, too.  MacDonald Associates, The makers of ST Informer reported an
 excellent show.  Better than last year.  They sold out of Universal NET-
 work (which was awesome to see work between the two MEGA STe's they had
 connected together).  Lots of UIS-III upgrades were sold and many ST In-
 former subscriptions.

     Megatype Software
     If you needed fonts or graphics, this was one booth you shouldn't
 miss.  Not only did they have their own FontDesigner, FontDesigner+,
 FontVerter and MegaType Fonts, but they were also representing MS Designs
 Fonts, Safari Fonts, Dennis Palombo (spelling?) Fonts and Electronic
 Spinster Graphics!  All quality stuff.  These guys had too many products
 to list them all.  They said they did OK and the show was successful.
 Font Designer sold out and FontVerter was a big seller, too.  There seemed
 to be more desktop publishing types at this show than at Glendale so had
 better sales.

     Michtron, Inc.
     Michtron was selling their entire line of computer products for Atari.

     Micro Creations
     They had their G.I.M.E. (Graphics Interface Modem Environment)
 program.  I'll go in more detail tomorrow but basically it's a powerful
 terminal program with some unique features.  One being a text editor that
 provides features traditionally seen only in word processors and another a
 graphics editor that adds pictures to any ASCII bbs message.  They
 reported making a lot of contacts but not selling as much as they wanted
 (making the show not profitable yet).  But since their product, G.I.M.E.,
 is not well known yet, they hope to do better soon.  I think they will.
 G.I.M.E. is a powerful terminal program.  Some of the features include X,
 Y and Z modem protocols, C-like script language, full GEM environment,
 quick keys, unique dialer, scrolling type-ahead buffer, full- featured
 text editor, graphics editor (to create pictures for within ASCII bbs mes-
 sages), multiple buffers, 40 function keys, capture buffer stores VT52
 colors and disk utilities provided.  The show price was $35.00 (normally
 $49.95).  Take a look at this one if you use terminal programs.  It might
 make you switch.

     Musicode software
     They had Blackjack+3 for sale and were having a blackjack contest
 every few hours with prizes.

     Rimik Enterprises
     MultiGEM was the star of this booth.  Show specials included DTPaint
 at $39.95, Menu Plus at an incredible $14.95, Multi-GEM at $79.95, Multi-
 -GEM+ at $99.95 and Multi-GEM Utilities at $24.95.  Rimik reported doing
 really well at this show.  Multi-GEM sold out early Sunday morning.  They
 will be back for sure next year.

     These guys had a booth but it was empty the whole time I was there.

     Step Ahead Software, Inc.
     Nevin was busy selling Tracker/ST 3.0 and demoing ReTouch Professional
 and Didot Professional.  And if that didn't keep him busy enough, he was
 also handling WordFlair II as a favor.  And this version had FSM GDOS
 included!!  Nevin Shalit's show special had Tracker ST/3 selling for
 $49.95.  He reported lots of sales and upgrades.  Better than last year.
 He was also selling Word Flair II with FSM GDOS included but didn't report
 any sales figures on it.  I also saw him giving PageStream pointers on his
 demo machine a couple of times I passed his booth.

     Sudden Inc.
     What can I say about Sudden View.  It would take a whole separate ar-
 ticle.  If you edit a lot of text files or are a programmer, you need this
 program.  I'll go into more detail tomorrow but will say this; you won't
 believe this program until you see it.  Download the demo.  Rod Coleman
 had one product; Sudden View.  But what a product.  I told Joe Waters
 (Current Notes) to go see it because he wouldn't believe it unless he did.
 He went, he saw, he bought.  It is simply an amazing program.  You would
 think a text editor couldn't be very exciting.  This one is.  It has
 things like "Instant Access" (allows you to be at any point in any size
 file instantly), "Dynamic Scrolling" (allows you to directly position the
 text anywhere in the window simply by dragging the mouse with the left
 button down...the text moves as your hand moves!!), "Implied Editing Ac-
 tion" (no insert or replace mode...its editing action is implied by cursor
 position...if the cursor is over a space immediately to the left of any
 text, it inserts, otherwise it replaces), just to name a few.  A demo
 version was available for $9.95 or the full program could be had for
 $59.95.  I got a "press package" demo version but am pretty sure I'll be
 upgrading to the full program soon!  See this one if you can.  Demo is
 available on-line, too.  Rod said that sales were very good, even better
 than Glendale, and hopes to be back next year.

     Toad Computers
     Another "sort of local" dealer with lots to sell.  "Author of the
 Year" Dave Troy had lots of products at good prices.  Too many specials to
 mention here.  Business was pretty good, as expected.  He reported that
 two days at the WAACE AtariFest equals about three weeks of business back
 at the store.  No wonder he doesn't mind closing the place for the

     Chet and Dr. Bob were busy as usual at their booth.  Besides ImageCat,
 MugShot, MVG and all its modules, they had lots of good clip art disks.  I
 particularly liked the "car art" and "aircraft art" disks (bought both).
 A steal at 20 bucks for both (close to 1000 clips).  Show special included
 Mug Shot for $35.00, Image CAT 2.0 for $35.00 and MVG 2.0 for $40.00.
 They were also giving special deals for MVG modules, Mug Shot data disks
 and puzzle disks and had lots of clip art disks for a very good price.
 Chet Walters said that sales were brisk with Mug Shot selling very well
 and MVG almost selling out.  He believes it was a better show for him than
 last year.

     WuzTECH/OMNIMON Peripherals, OPI
     This booth generated a lot of interest.  Besides the nice multisync
 monitors, there was a 1.44 meg floppy drive (internal).  Hmmmm.  Sure
 would cut down on the amount of disks I use to back up my 105 meg hard
 drive!!  Show specials included their Rainbow monitor at $499.95.  It was
 a good enough price to sell all the units they had.  They say the show was
 very good and will be back next year.  They said there were less people at
 this show than Glendale but more spenders here.  They also took a lot of
 advance orders for their 1.44MB floppy drive.  I'm looking seriously at
 that one myself.

     Zubair Interfaces, Inc.
     They had all their great add-ons to increase your memory (like the one
 inside my 4 meg 1040ST).  Their show specials included the STe/ST/MEGA
 Z-Keys for $69.95, Z-Keys with keyboard for $119.95, STe Z-SIMMS 1MB SIMM
 for $51.95, Z-Ram 2.5 for $69.95, Z-Ram 2.5 with 2MB RAM for $169.95,
 Z-Ram 3-D/4 Meg for $89.95, $189.95 and $279.95 (empty, 2MB RAM and 4MB
 RAM), and the ST/STe Time Clock Calendar for $44.95.  They said it was a
 good show and that they met a lot of new people.  And in the first quarter
 of '92 we may be seeing a 32MB TT upgrade from Zubair!  Watch for it.

     At 12:00 Atari Corporation held their "Tech Talk" seminar with "Ken"
 and "John" from the Software Engineering division.  These are the guys
 that know TOS inside and out.  They announced that the latest TOS versions
 were just released about a week ago: TOS 3.06 and 2.06 for the TT and STe
 respectively.  These are completely "patch free" versions.  And also have
 support for 1.44 meg floppies built-in.  Lots of other little
 improvements, too.

     TOS 2.06 should be available as an upgrade for ANY ST, STe or Mega in
 the near future, although the normal ST would require a small board to
 plug in the new (larger) chips.  A multi-tasking TOS was also said to ex-
 ist.  The biggest problem with it, though, is its speed; it's real slow.
 And it only runs on a TT (or 68030 upgraded ST).  UNIX (System 5
 version/release 4) is shipping to developers now and will use x-windows.
 Although over $2,000.00 for the package, it is quite competitive with
 other platforms (and includes a 200+ meg hard drive).

     FSM GDOS is ready but only available with WordFlair II for now.  Stand
 alone package to be available soon.  Also good news for laser users.
 Atari is working on a SCSI laser printer.  And it will still use the
 memory in your computer.  HP and Epson emulation is being worked on for
 it, too.  It was admitted that two new computers will be coming out of
 Atari soon, but not a word about them would be uttered (lest they lose
 their heads!).  Something to look forward to, though.

     At 1:00, Dave Small had a "seminar".  He basically talked about
 numerous things for an hour and had everyone in the room riveted.  It was
 funny, serious and informative.  Hope to hear him speak again soon.  Oh
 yeah, at the beginning on his hour, he opened a box that he had his wife
 fed ex to him FULL of Spectre 128's and GAVE THEM ALL AWAY TO THE CROWD!!
 No, ROM's were not installed, but hey, free is free!  He ended his hour
 thanking everyone for supporting him for the last 6 years and received a
 long (and partially standing) ovation.  Well deserved.

     Had a real good time at the banquet.  Even was lucky enough to have
 been sitting at the table of the new "Author of the Year", Dave Troy of
 Toad Computers.  As this was not previously announced, Dave was quite
 surprised to hear that he had won.  I found out later that Dave was going
 to go out and eat fast food for dinner instead of going to the banquet!
 But his parents (also there) were told he was going to be the recipient
 and asked to make sure he makes it to the banquet so he could receive his
 award.  I also found out that Dave has been involved in Toad Computers for
 five years and is only 19 years old now!!  Talk about starting young.

     It was also announced at the banquet that Saturday's attendance was
 approximately 1200.  Not quite as much as last year but the fewer people
 seemed to be spending more.  Later in this article I'll tell what each of
 the vendors I talked to said about sales.

     Guest speaker Nathan Potechin (President of ISD Marketing, Inc.) gave
 a humorous speech comparing people at Atari Corp and the Atari field in
 general, to characters from "The Lord of the Rings".  It was to be given
 with the help of visual aids but his artist had injured herself and was
 unable to come through.  He said the project may still be completed and
 made available to the public at a later date.  Keep an eye out for it.

     There was an unscheduled seminar (announced over the hotel speaker
 system) at about 10:15 Sunday morning with Ken Badertscher and John
 Townsend coming back as they thought Saturday's hour didn't answer all the
 questions.  Nothing new to report from this one.  They talked more about
 the two new TOS' (3.06 and 2.06) and FSM GDOS mostly.  Both look like they
 are going to be "must haves" when they are available.  Bob Brodie did add
 one interesting comment about FSM GDOS.  Seems when he first used it he
 loaded it with 155 fonts!  He found out this was a bad idea after he went
 to lunch, came back and the computer was still loading!!  There is a
 lesson here somewhere.

     The scheduled 11:00 a.m. seminar was on 68000 accelerators and was
 given by Dave Small of Gadgets by Small and Jim Allen of FAST Technology.
 In case you think this might have been a bad situation, Dave made it clear
 at the start of his talk that although he and Jim are competitors, they do
 not hate each other.  He admitted they both had a different philosophy
 about how to build a 68030 board, but that that was OK and gave us, the
 customers, a choice instead of being tied to one product.  He said that if
 you decide not to buy his board, you should then buy Jim's because it too,
 is a very good board.  I don't think you can lose with either product.

     Jim Allen talked about his product at the beginning of the seminar and
 started with his 68000 boards for use in 520, 1040, MEGA ST and 1040STe
 computers; the Turbo 16, Turbo 20 (20Mhz) and Turbo 20 (25Mhz).  Good,
 fast products for people not looking to go to the 68030 for even more
 blazing speed.  He even mentioned that a 32Mhz version was being tested!
 Not bad for a chip that is only "rated" at 16Mhz!  The Turbo 030, special-
 ly designed for MEGA ST computers, was the biggie though, with a 68030
 processor running at 40Mhz!  You can really zip along with this one and it
 comes in two versions; with cache only for $1199.00 or with 4MB of RAM for
 $1999.00.  This may sound like a lot of money, but you'll be even faster
 than a TT with this upgrade.  A discount is available for owners of other
 FAST Technology accelerator products.  Options include a 68882 math
 co-processor (running at up to 60Mhz) and virtual memory software, for up
 to 128 Meg!!

     Dave Small talked after Jim about Gadgets SST 68030 board.  It too, is
 very, very fast.  And available in more than one version.  Dave sells a
 bare bones board for $600.00 and lets you add the components as you can
 afford them, including the processor chip and up to 8 megs of memory.  The
 upgrades can be added as: A) a 16Mhz 68030 for $200.00, B) a 16Mhz 68030
 and 4 1Meg SIMMs (80ns) for $460.00, C) a 33Mhz 68030, 68882, and 4 1Meg
 SIMMs (80ns) for $800.00 and D) 4 additional 1Meg SIMMs (80ns) for B or C
 for $260.00.  Daves advises that either A, B or C is required for the bare
 bones board to operate.  A head-to-head speed test has not yet been con-
 ducted between Dave and Jim's boards, but for now, let's just say they are
 both faster than you could believe without actually seeing them in action.

     At the end of the accelerator seminar, Dave proposed, and Jim agreed,
 to provide more information to the user base on their products specifical-
 ly and accelerators in general, so they would have a better informed
 public.  Look on-line and maybe in some magazine in the near future for
 this info.

     Also, in what might have been a first, Leonard Tramiel received an
 ovation when Dave mentioned that Leonard, against heavy protest from
 others at Atari, licenced TOS 2.05 to Gadgets and FAST Tech for use on
 their boards.  No, it didn't snow inside the room, too.

     There was so much going on at this show that I'm afraid I missed a
 lot.  I didn't get into many of the specialty rooms to see what was going
 on there (productivity and desktop publishing, games, midi, swap room,
 emulations, education).  I missed all the users group displays (NOVATARI,
 WACO, MOCC, AURA, ASTMUM).  And I didn't even get to talk to all of the
 vendors.  But it was still a fun show to attend and I hope I provided some
 useful information to some people who weren't able to come.  And I
 apologize in advance to anyone if I didn't include some information you
 would have liked to see appear in this article.  After all, I'm not a
 professional writer (this is only the second time I've written an article
 for anything) and will miss things until I get more of the hang of this
 kind of work.  But again, it was fun and I hope I get a chance to do it
 again next year.  And hope the show is even bigger and better (and my wal-
 let fatter)!  Cheers.

 Report 3

                       REFLECTIONS -- WAACE/FALL'91

 by Harry Steele
 Boston, Ma.

     WAACE AtariFest '91 was billed as "The Premier East Coast AtariFest"
 At the last minute, I changed my mind about going to my 3rd WAACE show and
 boy, am I glad I did attend.  I'll tell you right now, it was a
 BlockBuster, WAACE '91 was GREAT!  WAACE '91 was a First Class AtariFest
 Over 2,000 Atari enthusiasts attended and had a wonderful time.   Most
 everybody was on a buying spree, like kids in a candy store, for the
 latest software and peripherals.  Vendors were very busy doing upgrades
 for their latest software releases and demoing new products to sell.  Many
 of the vendors told me that this was the best WAACE show that they have
 ever attended.  Support from the Atari community was just great.  I must
 tell you that it was a joy to meet and to talk to all of the vendors.  A
 lot of them I have met before at the other two WAACE shows that I have
 attended and also the New England AtariFest '90 in which I helped to or-
 ganize last year in Boston.

     I only managed to attend a few of the seminars.  From what I heard,
 most of the seminars were well attended.

     Bob Brodie, Director of Communications for the Atari Corp, was his
 usual self in talking about Atari.  ALL Atari products now have FCC Class
 B (home use) certification.  No more "Real Soon Now" excuses.  Bob was
 available to those who wanted to talk to him to answer any and all ques-
 tions concerning Atari Corp.  The only disappointment was that Atari did
 not show any new products.

     Dave Small of Gadgets by Small at his seminar did something that I
 thought was a stroke of marketing genius.  Dave gave away for Free:
 Spectre 128 cartridges to be passed out to his seminar attendees as a
 Thank You for the support given to him over the years. We were instructed
 by Dave to buy the Apple ROMs, borrow and copy, with his permission, the
 needed software and manuals from a friend. The 'genius' part, I believe,
 is that after people get to like using Spectre 128 for a while, that they
 will want to upgrade and go out and buy Dave's Spectre GCR cartridge.
 Having just bought my own Spectre GCR cartridge last month, I gave my
 Spectre 128 cartridge to my friend Dana Jacobson.

     Dana Jacobson, STReport Editor, gave a short talk on his opinion of
 Atari's future.  Dana's real concern was that Atari is putting a lot of
 effort into the high end Desk Top Publishing and MIDI market and not too
 much effort into the home and educational market.

     Joe Mirando, STReport correspondent, gave reasons to the *No More* RSN
 (Real Soon Now) badges that were handed out to the seminar attendees just
 prior to Ralph Mariano's seminar.   As luck would have it, Bob Brodie was
 one of the last to see and receive a *No More* RSN badge. Some of the ex-
 tra badges were given to Bob Brodie to take back to Sunnyvale with him to
 give to friends back home as a reminder of *No More* RSN !

     Ralph Mariano, Publisher/Editor of STReport International OnLine
 Magazine also talked about how he saw the future for Atari.  As in the
 past, he relied on the question period of the seminar to present his
 various views.

     WAACE AtariFest Banquet, guest speaker: Nathan Potechin, President of
 ISD Marketing gave his rendition of "Atari in the Middle Earth", a
 light-hearted look at the world of Atari computing, which brought many
 a laugh from the contented diners.

 An election was held prior to the banquet and Nevin Shalit was elected to
 be the new President of the International Association of Atari Developers

                         CONGRATULATIONS NEVMAN!!

 Report 4

                            WAACE AtariFest '91

 by Dana P. Jacobson
 Boston, Ma.

      I attended my first WAACE show, last year.  Actually, it was my first
 AtariFest of any kind.  It was an exciting experience.  It was there that
 I knew, really knew what it was like to be a member of the Atari
 community.  This year's show was even more of an educational experience.
 Not only was I there as an avid Atari user, but I was part of the
 experience as a representative of STReport.  I was treated to another
 side of the WAACE show that the "average" attendee didn't witness.  This
 made the show doubly enjoyable.

      After an 11-hour drive down from Boston (and a rainstorm and wrong
 turn later), we arrived at the Sheraton Reston early Friday evening.  We
 dumped our luggage in our room and met Ralph and John "J.D." Barnes for
 dinner.  We relaxed with talks about the show, Atari, and whatever else
 came up to relax.  We then met a few other folks and joined the
 festivities of the Vendor party.  It was here that everyone could relax
 after setting up for the show and meet the other show participants.  It
 was an interesting time.  I met quite a few new people and was
 reacquainted with many others.  It was here that I also met a number of
 people who have been supporting ST Report, but only knew as "names" on the
 online services.  It was here that I got to meet D.D. "Swampy" Martin and
 received my "battle gear" and "first-aid kit" of bandaids!!  Thanks,
 D.D.!!  Glad we had no need and I have a souvenir!  Surprisingly, we
 didn't leave this party until after 'last call'; and would you believe
 that a bunch of us hit the lounge for a nightcap or three??!!  Finally, we
 were fortunate to get a couple of hours sleep before the show started!

      My wake-up call came all too quickly, but I did manage to crawl out
 of bed and grab a bite for breakfast.  We made ourselves available to
 catch the registration desk early to see all of the people lining up to
 get into the show.  People were lined up almost an hour before the show
 started, and the line was growing.  I had all of my disks that needed
 upgrading, so I figured to get in early and get that taken care of so I
 could roam around and meet and talk with as many people as possible.

      Knowing the CodeHead booth was going to get busy quickly, I planted
 myself in that line first.  I walked in at 10:05 and the line was already
 6-7 deep!!  While I was waiting, I bided my time by alternately
 "threatening" John Eidsvoog with a few infamous Delphi "pastry missiles"
 and watching Charles Johnson demonstrating Avant Vector.  What an
 incredible program!  I only wish that I had the need to justify buying it.
 It is an expensive, but versatile piece of software.  Talking with John
 later Saturday, he told me that they brought 5 copies to sell.  They ex-
 pected to sell maybe 1 or two, but had sold 7 (and eventually a few more)
 and had to make up some more disks!  It goes to show you that Atari users
 _are_ willing to purchase expensive software if it has a valuable use!
 I managed to get my upgrade to MultiDesk Deluxe and a few minor upgrades
 to a few various other CodeHead products, so I had a successful upgrade
 day.  I resumed my trail of upgrades...

      Dorothy Brumleve was busy showing a young user her various kidprgs
 software.  That young girl had a grin from ear to ear!!  Debonair Software
 was next door to Dorothy with Andrzej Wrotniak showcasing El Cal and Star
 Base.  You may also recognize Andrzej's name as a regular columnist for
 Current Notes magazine.

      It was next door that I had to visit next!  Here were the wild guys
 from WizWorks: Chet Walters, Dr. Bob, and Dave Rudie.  These guys were
 demoing/selling IMG Cat, MugShot, MVG, and various incredible clip art and
 other add-ons.  They were also selling MugShot mugs filled with goodies
 (they were also trying to pass out 5-year old "Ho-Ho's"!).  Darnit, I for-
 got to get another mug to add to my collection.  Hey Chet, have any left?
 Send me a couple in the mail and I'll treat your son to a fish dinner at
 his choice of pizza joint!!

      Roaming along....Next was Zubair showing their various upgrade boards
 and other products.  I next saw the folks of Gribnif Software.  Rick
 Flashman and Tricia Metcalf (and friends) were busy showing off the new
 STalker/STeno upgrade, along with another new addition to their catalog -
 Arabesque Professional.  STalker is their newly-acquired complete telecom-
 munications software while STeno is terrific text editor.  Arabesque is a
 vector drawing program that is very powerful, and affordable.  They were
 also showing NeoDesk and CardFile.

      MacDonald Associates was next, with ST Informer and U.I.S.  My
 subscription to ST Informer was recently renewed, but I needed to upgrade
 my U.I.S.  A few lines later, and a brief power outage near their booth, I
 finally managed to get the upgrade and an I.O.U.!!  It seemed that
 everyone was running out of change very early (but I got it later!).

      Jim Allen was busy showing off Turbo20, Turbo030, and "Tiny" Turbo.
 If you need speed, Fast Technology is the place to go!!  Some of the demos
 that Jim was showing reflected incredible increases in speed!!  It's al-
 most time to break into my piggybank!  Next to Jim was ISD Marketing, home
 of the Calamus family of DTP products.  Nathan Potechin (for once and all,
 it's pronounced Po-tetch'-in!) and company was showing off some incredible
 output, and had some beautiful color samples.

      Dave Troy and others were manning the Toad Computers tables, packed
 with all kinds of stuff.  Even with my affection for Toads, I had to
 restrain myself from getting too close as I probably would have been
 caught drooling over all of the various hardware being sold!  L & Y
 Electronics and Joppa Computer Products took the rest of the front wall
 alongside Toad.  All three were having a good weekend with sales.

      Joe Waters and various staff from Current Notes were busy
 selling/renewing subscriptions and PD software.  Joe was also selling ear-
 ly copies of the magazine, and I regret not having picked up a few of the
 early issues.  It would have been enjoyable to see the early days of Cur-
 rent Notes, although I've been an avid reader/subscriber since 1988.

      On Sunday, I "forced" Nevin Shalit, of Step Ahead Software,
 to give me a tutorial of Tracker/ST.  I had always been interested
 in Tracker/ST, but had never really seriously looked at it.  With
 a new version available _and_ a great show price, I wanted to see
 it, finally.  Nevin took the time to go through just about every
 feature, and I was sold - I grabbed a copy!  Next to Nevin was
 Sudden Inc.  I had never heard of them before, but the program
 they were demoing caught my eye.  The program was called Sudden
 View, a text editor unlike any other that I have seen before.  It
 was incredible, and I got a thorough tour of it.  It was like a
 paint program that used text instead of colors.  Cut and paste was
 no longer a chore with this program; and the features were
 extensive.  I was impressed and bought a copy.  Unfortunately, the
 full-working version wasn't available so I had to bring home the
 beta version only and wait a few days for the full program.  It
 will be worth the wait.

      I finally managed to get close to the Unicorn Publications booth and
 meet Bill and Patti Rayl of Atari Interface Magazine.  I had read AIM in
 their early days, but had never subscribed.  I finally decided to do so at
 the show.  Next to them was Omnimon Peripherals Inc. (formerly WuzTek).  I
 already own their Rainbow multisync monitor, but I had to meet Paul Wu,
 finally.  OPI was showing a few incredible demos on the Rainbow, so I con-
 vinced Paul to copy a few of them for me so I can show 'em off at home.
 Paul also showed me the prototype of the OmniChrome board, allowing more
 colors for any model ST, impressive.  OPI was also selling 1.44 meg floppy
 drives, and they were affordable!

      ICD was there with their full complement of hardware and software.
 Chuck Leazott was doing his best to get me to buy everything in sight, but
 I could only be persuaded to upgrade Clean-Up and the ICD hard drive
 utilities.  He didn't have the tape drive software upgrade, but I did
 manage to get a couple of tapes.  He was so busy running around, but I
 noticed that he took my advice late Saturday and he decided to put
 sneakers on for Sunday.  It looked a little odd with his suit, but he was
 finally smiling knowing his feet were comfortable!!

      Gadget's Dave Small was at the back of the hall showing off his
 latest hardware.  As usual, he was his typical zany self.  Those demos
 were really flying!!

      I know that I missed naming a lot of the other vendors and developers
 that were in attendance, no slight intended I assure you.  There was just
 so much going on in the vendor area that I could go on forever!  I'm sure
 other reports will include those that I didn't include here.

      Out in the hall were the WAACE user group tables showing off various
 demos and selling PD software.  It was nice to see these folks in a more
 visible area this year.  Darlah Pine, of GEnie, was busy showing off
 various areas of the ST RoundTable, while using ST Aladdin.  Also in the
 hall was John Jainschigg of Atari Explorer magazine, Atari's in-house
 publication.  I used to read AE before "The Editorial" came out and the
 magazine floundered for a bit.  I hadn't picked up a copy since.  But,
 after talking with John over a couple of drinks in the lounge, I decided
 to grab a couple of sample issues and subscribe.  We talked for a bit, and
 I discovered that John wasn't the person I had expected him to be.  I had
 expected an older person who was all business.  I had expected a real
 hard-liner who was completely opposite of his predecessors, but John
 turned out to be a serious but enjoyable person.  I enjoyed talking with
 him and will continue to correspond with him in the future.  I will also
 look forward to reading Atari Explorer again.  Perhaps I'll even submit an
 or two!!

      Probably the busiest spot to be outside of the showroom was the Swap
 Room.  That room was so busy the entire weekend that they were eventually
 keeping people _out_ because it was so crowded.  Many people were selling
 used software and hardware; and I kept hearing and seeing that sales were
 going very well.  Most of the items available were 8-bit, but there was
 also a lot of ST stuff, at great prices.  The Education Room was filled by
 a group of young students.  It was really heartening to see these kids
 enjoying the Atari machines.  The Games Room was filled, as usual, with
 everyone getting a feel of the Lynx.  I never found out if the Turbo Sub
 contest was held; I couldn't get anywhere near the machines!!  The other
 rooms were equally as busy.

      The seminars were something that I really enjoyed last year.  Regret-
 tably, I knew that I wasn't going to have much time this year to see as
 many.  I did get a chance to listen to Bob Brodie, Director of Communica-
 tions at Atari.  I always try to hear him speak whenever I can.  Bob
 related Atari's progress this past year and he included a few humorous
 anecdotes.  He briefly described the new AEGEIS dealer network and how it
 operated.  He mentioned  a few things about their niche market plans and
 how well it went with such shows as CEBIT, showcasing high-end DTP and
 amazing everybody.  I left as the question-answer session began.

      I was surprised when Ralph asked me to be part of the ST Report semi-
 nar.  He wanted to do something different this year; and he wanted the
 readers to be able to meet other ST Report editors.  It was different, and
 I was "honored" to be a part of a WAACE seminar.

      Before the ST Report seminar began, we passed out a hard-copy
 "mini-issue" of ST Report, along with an ST Report button and a "No More
 RSN Atari" button.  Ironically, Bob Brodie was one of the last to get the
 buttons, and he had a very curious look on his face trying to figure out
 what we were passing out.  He did manage to get a few extras to take back
 to Sunnyvale <G>.

      My short speech related to my impressions of the future of the Atari
 market, and where _I_ thought it should aim.  The crux of my comments was
 that I feel, and Nathan Potechin will still disagree with me <g> about
 this) that Atari should not stress the niche markets such as MIDI and DTP
 and give the impression that they're abandoning the general user.  Nathan
 will argue with me saying that Atari needs to stress Atari's strong
 points, but I still feel that the Atari line of computers best selling
 point is its strength as an all-purpose computer.  Stress some of its
 finer uses, but don't ignore the general use.

      Once I was finished with my role in the seminar, Ralph introduced Joe
 Mirando, one of our writers, who explained the "background" to his "No
 RSN" buttons.  Since all of the new machines are all Class-B, there's no
 reason for Atari to have to use the phrase "Real Soon Now" when asked
 about availability.  We hope that the phrase will never be uttered again.
 Joe was also responsible for the "guest" editorial in the hard-copy ver-
 sion of STR, an enjoyable insight to read.

      Ralph then related some of his feelings, unusually positive, and
 predicted a solid future for Atari if they played their cards right.  He
 then followed up with what he considers the best part of any seminar, the
 question and answer period.

      I was later involved with another seminar, which was a "Meet the
 Press" event.  Along with Ralph and myself, Joe Waters of Current Notes,
 John Jainschigg of Atari Explorer, and Bill & Patti Rayl of Atari Inter-
 face were on the panel.  Each of us gave a little background of the
 magazine we each put out; and then answered some interesting questions.  I
 believe that this was the first time at any Atari show where a seminar of
 this type has been held.  It was an interesting concept which I hope
 catches on for future shows.

      This year's banquet was my first, and I wasn't disappointed.  The
 meal was good.  Joe Waters spoke, and awarded Current Notes' Author of the
 Year to Dave Troy, of Toad Computers.  Dave, as Joe described, wrote many
 interesting articles and deserved a lot of credit.  Congratulations,
 Dave!!  Nathan Potechin was the Fest's guest speaker this year.  Nathan
 based his speech around an unique analogy to J.R.R. Tolkien's  "The Hob-
 bitt" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.  He substituted many of
 Tolkien's characters with people from the Atari community.  It was an in-
 teresting speech, but I'm dying to know who he characterized Gollum as!!
 If you want to read the speech, it's available on the onlines and worth
 the read.  As an aside, I was glad to learn that I wasn't the only nervous
 speaker at the show - thanks, Nathan!  Nathan also announced that the IAAD
 held an election for a new president of the IAAD.  Unanimously, Nevin
 Shalit was elected.

 Congratulations, Nevin!!

      Overall, everyone had a great time at this year's show.  The atten-
 dance figures, for those who cared, were high.  This show will go down in
 the annals of AtariFests as one of the best.  I was proud to be a
 participant in more ways than one.

                                        See you all next year...

 Report 5

                        WAACE ATARIFEST '91 REPORT!

 by S. Plotch
 New York City, N.Y.

     This year, I had the pleasure, honor, good fortune etc.  to attend my
 first ever Atari show; the WAACE Atarifest! Boy was it great! Vendors,
 dealers, developers and Atari geeks from all over were in attendance sel-
 ling, trading and demonstrating.  Let me get to the details!

     This year's Fest was held for the second straight year at the Sheraton
 Reston Hotel, appropriately set in Reston, VA.  The place was PACKED! I
 had to convince my father for us to go, but he didn't think there would be
 many people, after all, how many people use Ataris? WRONG! When we got
 there, the line was so long that it actually led all the way outside! Not
 to worry though, the registration is quick and easy and once you get
 through it you are swarmed with a world of Atari.  Every time I saw some-
 body carrying a piece of software, I glanced over to see what system it
 was for.  I was not used to being surrounded by 2,000+ Atari freaks!

     The setting was the lobby, and the Fest took up every room they had.
 One was for smoking, another for concessions and one for headquarters but
 the actual display rooms were: a seminar room, a games room, a Portfolio
 and Emulations room, a productivity room, a MIDI room, an education room,
 a swap room and a room for all the dealers/developers/discount houses un-
 der the sun!

     I'll start with the hottest news, that coming from the seminar room.
 Rick Flashman from Gribnif software (makers of Neodesk, Cardfile 3 etc.)
 demonstrating the great stuff they have.  The lecture was geared towards a
 beginner audience, as he was explaining exactly what Neodesk does, what's
 a desktop etc.  Unfortunately, that didn't appear to be the way to go; the
 audience was at MOST 15-20 people.  At most.  It's a shame, it was actual-
 ly interesting.  I'll say more when I get to the vendor room, because
 there you could actually "play" with the software.

     Dave Small (maker of the revolutionary Spectre series) was HILARIOUS!
 While he didn't really get around to hardware and software that much
 (other than the fact that Gadgets got Mac CDs to work on the CDAR504 days
 before it's discontinuation), he did crack up the entire audience on
 numerous occasions, talking about everything from why he married his wife
 to using Minoxidil.  He described how on his 386 when he wants to copy
 files he has to type "Copy, File, D:\ C:\" etc.  while on his Atari, he
 just has to point, click and drag.  "That is, if it doesn't crash!" His
 appearance with his shirt being half tucked in and half out and his hair
 up on one side really helped his comedy.

     He also said he had discovered things with the 68000/68030 that
 Motorola didn't even know.  I don't think anyone was surprised, the man is
 brilliant and everybody loves him.  He was loved even more though by the
 end of the seminar, as he brought out a whole box of Spectre 128
 cartridges and GAVE them out to the crowd.  We're talking about 150-200
 Macs given away FREE! (Well not exactly, the ROMs weren't included but it
 was still great.) Dave said to the Atari Corp.  people in attendance that
 "this is what Atari should do." Well done Mr.  Small, well done.

     The best part of the day was when the Atari people showed up.  I
 didn't really like Bob Brodie, he seemed to avoid questions and not give
 enough detail, but I guess if he did he probably wouldn't be back next
 year with an Atari Corporation badge on him! (Mr.  Brodie, if you read
 this, I was the kid wearing the Yankee cap in the back.) One interesting
 note that he did point out was that yes, Atari has finally FIRED THEIR FCC
 TESTING LAB! That got a big standing o from the whole crowd.  His excuse
 for not doing this earlier was that the FCC had always mentioned the
 previous lab as the one to use, but whenever they told Atari "yes, we've
 tested it.  Give it to the FCC it'll pass Class B with no problem" the
 FCC not only didn't pass it, but they also put the lab out of business and
 made Atari lose some excruciating amount of money.

     Doesn't make sense when the FCC recommended that lab does it? Oh well,
 it may just be an excuse.  The point of the matter is that Atari's new
 head of testing's name is "Sparky" so all should be in good hands.  This
 guy got the TT motherboard and in two weeks (or two days?) rearranged it
 and it passed Class B.  Looks like the days of "available soon" are behind
 us.  (Footnote: Are you tired of getting junk mail? Looks like in case our
 beloved company goes out of business you're gonna keep getting it.  Mr.
 Brodie explained that Atari computers are responsible for maintaining the
 computers that produce the junk mail for TWO AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE!)

     The highlight of the Atari people though was not Bob Brodie; it was
 two other people who work in software development for Atari, who helped on
 TOS.  Many things were hinted towards both before and after the lecture.
 I'll start with the new hardware coming up: ST Book or Maxi (they changed
 the name to STBook, I don't have to explain why)-Portable, notebook, power
 computer said to retail for about $1200.  The final touches are being
 placed on it, but we should see it within the next couple of months, per-
 haps even November! It will have 1 or 4 megs of RAM, a mouse pad and a
 hard drive port.

     At first I was excited, but when I found out that it is only 8 Mhz, no
 socket for external mouse, no internal floppy, no backlighting and no
 sound, I was a little skeptical.  My advice is wait until they make an STe
 Book, as this one seems to fall short in too many categories, even though
 at the Dusseldorf show people loved it.  The size and weight are great,
 but it just doesn't have enough specifications wise.  STylus or ST
 Pad-Small and sleek! This portable doesn't have a keyboard.  "What then?"
 you ask.  It has a LIGHT PEN which you write on A PAD.  Magnavox is coming
 out with one of those for retail: $4,995.  STylus: $1800.  Not only that,
 but STylus (they changed the name from ST pad) will understand CURSIVE
 handwriting.  IBM has announced that such technology is about 4 or 5 years
 down the road.  STylus has a release date of about March or April '92, but
 don't hold your breath, this is Atari time, not real time.  Still, this
 machine sounds like a winner.

     TT/040-Could it be? A 68040 TT?  That doesn't seem to have a release
 date in '92, (HHmmph! If Apple is doing it next month, why can't Atari??)
 however there were some hints towards it.  Don't worry if you have a TT
 already though, it will still be fully supported even if/when the 68040
 comes out.  If any of you read in the September (?) issue of Current Notes
 that the TT will be "shelved before it reaches the shelves" it is not to
 be concerned about; in the words of the two Atari guys (I forgot their
 names unfortunately) "the TT will be supported for a very long time."

     New ST- What you say? A new ST? Details about this are scarce, but
 they did say after the seminar that a new ST with better graphics and
 sound may be in the works.   Jaguar is my personal favorite, this is the
 one that is gonna take the video game market by storm!  If Atari can
 market this product right (look! Pigs are flying outside my window!) you
 can kiss Nintendo, Sega, NEC, (Turbo Grafx) and SNK goodbye.  Have you
 heard of the Panther? That was the 16 or 32 bit system that Atari was
 going to market for '91, and a 64 BIT JAGUAR was scheduled for release a
 couple years down the road.  The Panther turned out to be too hard to make
 and the Jaguar easier than expected (figure that one out) so they
 scratched the Panther idea.

     When someone mentioned Jaguar at the seminar the speakers wondered why
 the conversation had suddenly switched to British cars.  Of course, they
 were kidding, but they said they couldn't give any information.  AtariUser
 said that Jaguar would be run on multiple 68000 chips and retail for about
 $200!!! That's a great price and it's slated for release in mid '92.

     Although none of these extraordinary items were actually viewable, the
 speakers said they had kicked, shoved and begged for ST Books but were
 unable to receive them.  For the first time, Atari wasn't at WAACE in full
 swing because, according to Bob Brodie they had "priorities with Comdex"
 which took place the same weekend as opposed to the usual third week in
 November schedule.  Just as well I guess, these guys did fine.

     Other things that they noted is that MULTITASKING TOS IS CURRENTLY IN
 ATARI'S LABORATORY! Unfortunately, this won't be available from Atari for
 a long time because it is slow and buggy and could cause the system to
 crash frequently.  In Sam Tramiel's words "that would be a bad thing."
 Just buy Multigem or some other third party multitasking software.  What
 there is however is TOS 3.06 and 2.06 that fix various bugs.  3.06 is for
 the TT and it has an Atari logo at bootup, so you would no if you have it,
 as well as other minor improvements.  Current TT owners CAN upgrade.

     The 2.0.x series is for ALL ST/Mega/STe/Mega STe series.  It'll plug
 right in to the Mega or Mega STe, but for the ST/STe cases you have to buy
 a separate hardware card to plug it into.  Fortunately, it is available.
 Yet another good thing coming are 1.44M drives built into TTs.  It's about
 time, but all the class B TTs will have them.  They should be available
 any day now, as the TTs passed class B about 3 weeks ago.  Don't despair
 current TTers, if you open up your TT, you will see that the floppy chip
 is SOCKETED, not soldered, so all you have to do is take out the chip and
 put in the new one.  Simple enough.

     For STers who want one or for TT people who want a second, a 1.44
 drive from PowerDrive has been available for about a year.  The last thing
 said was that Tom Hudson, maker of Degas and Degas Elite and frantic Atari
 user made special effects for Terminator 2 and other things.  Interesting

     Well enough about the seminars.  Moving right along brought me to the
 swap room.  This place was great! Bargains everywhere, hardware, software,
 magazines everything! One guy was giving out free back issues of Current
 Notes! Everything from 400s to Mega STes were being sold, all at discount
 prices.  For used Atari related items, this was the place.

     Next came the education room.  Maybe I missed something.  There were
 just a bunch of kids playing with programs that looked primitive and
 boring.  I was confused by this place.  Just an empty room with parents
 and kids and a couple of computers.

     After this was the emulations room.  Again, maybe I missed something.
 I saw a Portfolio on one side of the room (with a Stacy) and some strange
 program that was surrounded by a million people on the other.  Nowhere did
 I see Spectres or Superchargers.  Strange.

     The next place was the MIDI room.  WOW is all I can say.  Even though
 I don't know the first thing about MIDI except when I hook up my Casio to
 play Sierra games, I do know that the ST has long been considered the
 ideal music machine with it's built in ports.  NEVER was I expecting
 anything like this.  I walked by the MIDI room and stopped.  I turned
 back.  "What the heck is that?"  I thought.  Did they bring Guns N Roses
 to an Atari convention?  I walked in, and to my astonishment I saw 4 STs
 playing music with better sound quality than CDs!!  The music was
 unbelievable and it brought a big crowd.  What made it even more
 spectacular was that it was a PD sequencer from Current Notes playing
 tremendous music!  Imagine what TCB Tracker could do....You truly had to
 hear to believe.

     Then came the biggest disappointment; the games room.  In Milwaukee
 back in August, they had a computer/video game show, to which Atari
 donated 60 (!) computers and many more Lynxes.  Being an avid gamer I was
 anxious to get to this room.  To my dismay, I found just 2 STs, one STf
 and a couple of 8 bits running PITIFUL primitive games with horrible
 graphics and sound.  Come on Atari!  If there is ONE thing that Atari can
 win in the market it is games, after all, what is Atari known for?  What
 word is Atari synonymous with?  What do your friends think of when you say
 the word Atari? GAMES!  (Actually, Atari means "check" as in chess in
 Japanese) They should have had STes with stereo speakers playing games
 from the Space Ace/Dragons Lair series or something else that has such a
 caliber of graphics and sound, not 800XLs playing Miner 2049er.  It
 probably would have resulted in more purchase since I saw Ace being sold
 for $10 in the swap room.  The only good part about this room was that it
 had 4 Lynxes, with 2 playing the latest games and the other 2 playing Tur-
 bo Sub.  Everybody had one shot to play, and whoever had the high score at
 the end of the day won a Lynx 2, Chips Challenge and Blue Lightning.

     The last room before the vending room was Productivity and Desktop
 Publishing.  It didn't look too snazzy so I didn't go it.  They were
 giving a few talks though, probably about Calamus S/L and the like.

     Then came the vending room, full of dealers, developers and vendors
 from all over the place.  The three metro Washington discount places; Jop-
 pa, Toad and L & Y were there in full swing, with Toad bringing their EN-
 TIRE inventory.  Joppa had a great deal.  A 520 STe with one Meg, PD
 software and your choice of either 3 free games or word processing or DTP
 software for only $349! These were flying like hotcakes.  Unfortunately,
 nothing else was offered at special 'Fest prices for anything, but I guess
 that's okay because these places are dirt cheap anyway.  It probably would
 have boosted sales because all three booths were swarmed by people at all
 time.  There wasn't good security on it though, I saw a couple people in-
 dulging in the "five fingered discount".

     The developers were trying to compete too, dropping their prices by
 about $10 on each item off retail, but the dealers did better; Joppa sold
 out of STalker 3.0 in about 2 hours.  My hats off to all the magazine com-
 panies there except Atari Interface; every mag was giving away free trial
 issues except AIM who did nothing but chop the price off by 95c (big deal)
 off the cover price.  There were also many TTs there, I played with the
 Toad TT for about 1 hour, just the desktop! These things fly! All programs
 load in less than a second, except Pagestream 2.1 which took a "whole" 3-4
 seconds.  (Perish the thought) One developer had a TT hooked up to the
 $1000 19" TTM195 mono monitor.  The thing is huge, sharp, and great.  ICD
 and Gadgets were demonstrating their 68030 boards which ain't that shabby
 either.  Did you know you can get a 25 Mhz board for $360? It's worth
 looking into if you don't have the money or need for a TT.  Below is my
 holiday wish list of the best things to buy that I saw at the show: 25 Mhz
 board-$360 can't go wrong!

     GramSlam-Phil Comeau software were showing their GramSlam grammar
 checker.  If you do extensive word processing, BUY THIS! STalker 3.0-New
 from Gribnif software.  The ULTIMATE in telecommunications for the ST/TT.
 It runs in the background, supports VT52, VT100, PC ANSI, has XYZmodem
 built in, the works.  An alternative to this if you don't need VT100
 emulation is the G.I.M.E.  terminal.  Neodesk-Also from Gribnif.  I don't
 see how any human being can live without it.  The ultimate accessory for
 the Atari ST/TT, the replacement desktop.

     Behind the vending room was an area for various local user groups and
 GEnie.  They had some nice MIDI demos but basically they were looking for
 users and selling PD disks.  There was but one thing I didn't understand
 about the show.  BlackJack 3 Plus was selling for $49.95.   $49.95 for a
 game of Blackjack?  If anyone can explain this to me, I'd be much obliged.

     Regrettably, due to emergency family medical situations, I was forced
 to rush back home to New York and I didn't stay for day two.

                              S. Plotch; a 13 year old Atari enthusiast.

 Report 6

                          WAACE '91 - An Overview

 by Joe Mirando
 Bridgeport, Cn.

     On October 12th and 13th the Washington Area Atari Computer
 Enthusiasts (WAACE) put on their annual users group show.

     The show was held at the Sheraton-Reston Convention Center in Reston
 Virginia.  The Sheraton made rooms available to show goers at a special
 group rate that made it hard to pass up.  And since I've never passed up a
 good price on anything to do with computers, I made a point of going to
 the show again this year.

     By all accounts WAACE '91 was a resounding success:  Dealers and
 developers did a brisk business, users got to see and buy every type of
 software and hardware imaginable, and everybody went home happy.

     By most accounts, attendance was down just a bit from last year
 although it was still a large and active crowd.  As an interesting side--
 note, some vendors that I talked to said that, although the crowd may have
 been a bit smaller this year, show- goers participated in a veritable
 buying frenzy that surpassed previous years.  Many of the developers I
 spoke with had sold out of key products well before the end of the show.
 Codehead Software, for example, left the show with no leftovers in their
 MultiDesk Deluxe or Avant Vector baskets.

     Douglas Mackall of Michtron told me after the show that although they
 also go to IBM and Amiga shows, the Atari shows are the ones they look
 forward to the most.  "The people are just so much nicer" said Mackall.

     The Swap Room, set aside for users who wished to sell or trade
 software and hardware, was full to overflowing.  This does not mean,
 however, that sales in this area were sluggish.  The merchandise in the
 Swap Room was bought up at a healthy rate and was, just as quickly,
 replaced by other merchandise.  While in the Swap Room, I happened to see
 a woman going from table to table until she found an Atari 800.  She
 seemed happy with her find and gladly paid the seller.  As she turned to
 leave, someone looked at the 800 in her arms and asked "What will you do
 with an 800 ?"  The woman just smiled and countered with her own question:
 "What can't I do with it?"  She went on to say that she already owned an
 800, but since Atari has discontinued the 8 bit line she wanted to have a
 backup machine in case her original machine broke down.  The Atari
 community never ceases to amaze me.  The look on the woman's face screamed
 one thing loud and clear:  'I LOVE my machine!'

     The Seminar room was in use throughout both days.  Seminars ranged
 from talks on Desktop Publishing to Macintosh emulation and were generally
 well attended.  Although I usually avoid seminars, I did find the question
 and answer session in the "Meet the Press" seminar not only informative,
 but entertaining.

     Perhaps the highlight of the show for me was getting to meet John
 Townsend and Ken Badertscher of Atari.  This was one of my major goals
 last year but every time I went to the Atari table and asked for them I
 was told "Oh, Ken is still up in the suite showing the new machines to
 developers" or "Hmm, John just went over to see..."  At this point, I'd
 like to make it clear that I'm not implying that either of them were
 "hiding" or "goofing off".  They really were, by all reports, running
 their heads off.  This year I got lucky right off the bat.  As I walked
 into the main vendor area, I spied John and Ken talking to a user.  I
 waited until they were finished (Far be it for me to be rude) and then
 introduced myself.  I have spoken with both of them over online services
 through E-mail or in open chat-line type online discussions and had seen a
 digitized picture of them, but had never met them face to face.  Even
 though user group shows must be getting tiresome to them they were very
 pleasant and more than willing to talk. More importantly, they were wil-
 ling to listen.  My only embarrassing moment came as I walked up to them
 and glanced at their name tags. For some reason, I had gotten the names
 and faces confused and it took a moment to recover from the uncertainty.
 I found both of them to be personable and of good humor and I look forward
 to seeing them again.

     Also at the show on behalf of Atari was Bob Brodie, Atari's director
 of communications.  I have met Bob on several occasions and am always
 pleased to see him at any users group show.  With representatives like
 these, the fact that Atari did not bring computers to the show in no way
 diminished their presence or the success of the show.

     As I've said before, and will, no doubt, will say again, above and
 beyond the fact that Atari computers are the best machines for the money,
 the thing that makes the Atari market so special is the user base.  Atari
 users are not usually content to just take whatever the manufacturer gives
 them.  We have learned to take our machines above and beyond their
 original specifications.  I agree with Doug Mackall of Michtron about the
 Atari users.  They are a great group of people.  Atari users tend to stick
 together and to help one another.  I hope that this function of Atari life
 continues well into the future.  I met several people at WAACE that I've
 talked to online and several more that have attained near-mythic stature
 in the Atari community.  People such as Jim Allen of Fastech, Dan Wilga of
 Gribnif, Mike Vederman of Double Click, and Charles F. Johnson and John
 Eidsvoog of Codehead, the crew from Atari, and all of the people like me
 as well, made my visit to the Washington area something to remember.

     A show the size of WAACE can only be successful if it is a team
 effort.  Judging by the results, WAACE and their volunteers are one hell
 of a team.  Thank you, WAACE for a great experience.


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 > The Flip Side STR Feature        "... from a different viewpoint"

                    A Little of This, A Little of That

 by Michael Lee

 Further comments by Drew Kerr (Captain Midnight's Game Room) about
 Railroad Tycoon - Cat. 9, Topic 10, Msg. 6 - from the ST Roundtable on
    Forget it, folks...If you are over 2 megs and you own this game, it
    is completely UNUSABLE!!  Even avoiding the Return and Mouse until
    after copy protection does not do anything!

    Do not purchase this game until you hear that the bugs are fixed. If
    you do own the game and you have more than 2 megs, return it
    immediately and address a note e-mail to MICROPROSE here on GEnie,
    saying you are very interest in this game and will purchase it again
    when it works properly. EVEN if you planned on buying it, send a note
    to MICROPROSE saying you are interested in Railroad Tycoon when it is
    properly fixed. They must know that Atari ST users purchase their
    games, but they must be usable!

    I have already posted a notice in the Games RT and Quentin of
    Microprose is giving a copy of it the the VP of product development
    in the US and faxing to Microprose UK. As soon as I hear from him, I
    will post his reply. He may post it himself.

    A serious blow for Atari game lovers.


 Some comments about The ULTIMATE RIPPER from G.RICHARD5 (R.GUYS) - Cat.
 4, Topic 41, Msg. 9 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    Having owned the Ultimate Ripper for approx. 3 weeks now I can also
    attest to it being the Ultimate Rippoff!. I went so far as to FAX a
    message to the parent company pointing out that it did not do
    anything that it was advertised to do.

    The doc file is anything but complete, and is a very poor trans-
    lation, it addresses items that are not even part of the software,
    and leads you through totally fictitious examples of ST programing,
    Totally BOGUS!.

    I received a FAX reply all the way from France, apparently my FAX
    message was explicit enough to get their attention. The program
    manager in France stated "while there are shortcomings to the doc
    file due to translation to english from it's original state, the
    cartridge will perform as advertised. He also stated that his company
    had hired someone english to document taking the cartridge to it's
    full potential. I had also mentioned my distrust in the statement
    that it would be supported through software upgrades (there was no
    registration card or anything else in the box). He stated that there
    was no need for regist. card as POWER COMPUTING would keep track of
    all sales and addresses.

    I then called POWER COMPUTING and inquired as to what record they
    kept on a Ultimate Ripper sale, they had no idea what I was talking
    about, nor did they have a record. I could go on and on, but in my
    opinion, this is not a product I would even recommend to people I
    don't like!. P.S> I have read a DISK DIRECTORY sucessfully, but at
    what a price!


 What will a SST (Gadget's '30 accelerator) really cost you? Well, it all
 depends. Mark Booth (Gadgets by Small) sets the record straight - Cat.
 4, Topic 44, Msg. 34 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    In my many telephone conversations with Gadgets products owners, as
    well at shows such as Glendale, I've had more than one person comment
    that they would love to purchase the SST but just can't swing the
    $1400 it would cost. Now, granted...if you buy a SST with a 33mhz
    68030/68882 and 4 megs of 80ns fastram DIRECTLY from Gadgets then the
    retail price *is* $1400.

    Problem is, you don't have to go that route! You can buy the board
    alone (complete with everything EXCEPT CPU, Math Chip and SIMMs) for
    $599. You can then add options as you see fit at MUCH lower prices!
    That is the nice thing about can expand WHAT you want WHEN
    you want.

    I contacted the folks at HI TECH (805-966-5454 ask for GENE) and got
    the following prices on 030 and 882 parts:

      20mhz 68030...........$75               33mhz 68030...........$175
      20mhz 68882...........$55               33mhz 68882...........$140

                         50mhz 68030...........$225
                         50mhz 68882...........$154

    Currently, THE CHIP MERCHANT (619-268-4774) is selling 80ns 1meg
    SIMMs for $34 each.

    Using these sources one could put together the following killer

      20mhz SST with 68030 and 4 meg fastram:  $810
      20mhz SST, 68030, 68882, 4 meg fastram:  $865

      33mhz SST with 68030 and 4 meg fastram:  $910
      33mhz SST, 68030, 68882, 4 meg fastram:  $1040

    As you can see, buying and installing the parts yourself can save you
    big bucks! If you want, you start off with just the SST board and a
    20mhz 68030 and 4 meg fastram. You can upgrade to a 33mhz 030 at a
    later date. As for the math chip....unless you use DynaCADD or want
    the speed advantage of the math chip in Mac mode...don't bother. If
    you don't use DynaCADD or Spectre...the math chip is just sitting
    there doing nothing.


 Some interesting comments by George Richardson (Merlin Group) - Cat. 4,
 Topic 44, Msg. 39 & 44 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    Plugging a 68030 into a system designed for a 68000 is not a simple
    matter. Throw in the peculiarities of the ST system and it gets even
    worse. We've spent quite a bit of time & money perfecting the
    interface. When compared to the price of an SST, you'll find it's
    just not worth it.

    At the least you'll need:
      PC board design & prototype capability
      PLD programming capability
      A *thorough* knowledge of both 68000 & 68030 bus functionality
      Documentation on the chips in the STe or failing that, a good
      logic analyzer so you can watch how they fail.

    Since we don't even have documentation on the chips in the ST series,
    you'd better have that logic analyzer.

    After you get done, you'll have duplicated a large part of our work,
    and spent a large amount of time & money. It was interesting even
    though I'm not sure I would have done it if I'd have known what I was
    going to end up going through.

    Unfortunately, no-one will be able to give you details on this, since
    most companies consider details of the interface to be proprietary.

    ...Also, for the moment Spectre will only run from ST ram. If you
    need to run Spectre with the 68030 you will either have to wait for a
    new version of Spectre, or get more ST memory. If you're planning on
    putting an SST into a 520, you will have to put into a larger case
    anyway. You'll then have room for a memory expansion if you want it.


 Question by John Brubaker - Cat. 4, Topic 44, Msg. 42 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...
    Stace - In your opinion, how much normal ST ram is it necessary to
    have if you have 4 meg. of fast ram? The reason I ask is that I just
    picked up a 2nd ST (520 STFM) just for the purpose of sometime adding
    a 68030 board. Since it only has 520K in it, I'm wondering if I will
    also need an ST memory expansion in addition to the fast ram on the
    68030 board? After using the SST for a while, how often do you need
    to run in regular ram?

 Answer by Mark Booth (Gadgets by Small)...
    Mostly it is paint type programs (CyberPaint..etc.) that must be run
    from ST ram. That and games. Otherwise, the vast majority of programs
    run fine from fastram. So, to answer your question...I don't know. It
    depends on which programs you use. If you have games or paint
    programs that require more than 512K then you will need a memory


 A little bit of "horse-sense" from Matt Chandler - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...
    Thought I'd relay a bit of "horse-sense" for people having troubles
    with their hard-disks.

    I had trouble with my hard-disk for a -very long time-. Sense code
    errors, errors nobody even heard of, sudden refusal to write captured
    data and (mainly) bad cold boots. Just a general unreliablity for a
    couple of years. Not enough to bring it in for repair, although I had
    been close to ripping the drive out by it's roots and bashing through
    the window! Very frustrating.

    After many accesories were replaced, the drive still was malfunc-
    tioning every so often, and still no solution.  After -2 years-, it
    finally struck me that it might be electrical interference!

    I'd read (quite a few times) that floppy drives could sometimes
    malfunction because of electrical interference from monitors. And I'd
    read that some people were using aluminum foil to protect componants
    from interference. I don't know the exact term of the interference,
    but it seemed to make sense that if these types of componants could
    have problems, maybe my hard-disk could too.

    Looking at my hard-disk, I realized that (although encased), my host
    adaptor was no more than 3" from the left side of my color monitor.
    An older monitor. Hmmm...

    The big FIX:

    All I did was turn my hard-disk around 180 degrees, and that made the
    host adaptor at least 15" from my monitor.

    Since I did this, I've had -no- hard-disk errors! Not one! And cold
    boots are working -perfectly-.

    It's been working fine for 5 days now, and I'm fairly convinced that
    maybe this time I've really found the problem. I may be wrong, but
    it's the first time that cold boots have -ever- worked properly.

    If you've ever have weird hard-disk errors, and occasional
    malfunctions, it might be worth it to shift your componants around a
    bit, and see if it helps.

    Thanks to GEnie, and all the brilliant people who post. I may have
    never figured it out otherwise.


 Until next week.....


 > NEW FONTS OFFER! STR InfoFile  NEW additions Soft-Logik Typeface Library

                        SOFT-LOGIK TYPEFACE LIBRARY


 Soft-Logik Publishing:
 1-800-829-8608 Sales

 Oct. 1991: Soft-Logik Publishing Corp., developers of PageStream, the
 premier desktop publishing program for the Atari ST/STe/TT and Commodore
 Amiga computers, is proud to announce the Soft-Logik Typeface Library.

 Soft-Logik has licensed professional quality fonts and clip art from IMage
 Club, a leading Macintosh developer. With this agreement, Soft-Logik is
 now the foremost publisher of PostScript fonts and graphics for the Amiga
 and Atari.

 The 600 fonts are in PostScript Type 1 format, suitable for use with
 PageStream 2 and any PostScript font compatible application. With
 PageStream 2 dot matrix, ink jet and non-PostScript laser owners can use
 these fonts. Amiga and Atari owners can also enjoy the font collection
 that once was a Macintosh and MS-DOS exclusive.

 The Soft-Logik Typeface Library contains four bundles: Newsletter Fonts,
 Starter Fonts, Classic Fonts and Designer Fonts. The Newsletter and
 Starter Fonts packages each contain eight PostScript fonts and will retail
 for $99.95. The Classic Fonts and Designer Fonts packages each contain 16
 PostScript fonts and will retail for $199.95.

 Soft-Logik Publishing will mail a poster to each registered owner, which
 will demonstrate all 600 fonts and illustrate examples of the clip art
 volumes. This poster will be mailed with the next issue of DTP World,
 Soft-Logik's free newsletter for registered owners. Full ordering
 information on these four bundles and the other fonts will be included.

 Users wishing to purchase any of the above font packages should contact
 their local dealer, or Soft-Logik Sales at 1-800-829-8608. The Soft-Logik
 Typeface Library is available now. Watch for another press release in the
 new future for the upcoming Soft-Logik Graphics Library.


 > NEW TONER! STR InfoFile         SUPERIOR replacement Toner Cartridges

                    ABCO's Replacement Toner Advantages

 by Ron Deal

 A Few Pointers about the NEW and SUPERIOR replacement Toner Cartridges for
 the SLM 804 and SLM 605 Laser printers.


  o  Better density than OEM Toner under all testing conditions.
     (AVG 1.40-1.50)

  o  Formulation completely compatible with the OEM initial toner and
     supply toner.  This replacement Toner may be added to the Laser
     Printer along with OEM initial toner or supply toner.

  o  The NEW replacement initial toner will maintain a high level of
     quality "much longer" using the replacement toner.

  o  Much smaller drop in density is realized when printing in the
     continuous mode.

 Test Pattern:
                 10 graphic pages
                 1000 text pages  (3 alternating pages)

 Time Schedule:
                 330 prints continuously
                 1 hour pause, 3-4 times a day
                 normally 1000 copies a day
                 maximum 1400 copies a day

                   OEM                        ABCO'S NEW STANDARD
                   ---                        -------------------

 Density       1.30 - 1.40                        1.40 - 1.50

 Yield         92.1 g/1000 copies                 95.3 g/1000 copies

 Waste toner   20.3 g/1000 copies                 14.3 g/1000 copies

 Transfer Rate       78%                                85%

     More for less!! That's what you get when you get a SLM804 Toner
 replacement from ABCO computers.

 This toner supply kit for use in:

 Tec LB-1301, Atari Slm 804, Slm804pcv, Memorex 2108, 5287, Oasys Laserpro
         5287, 5308,Express, Express Model 830, Express Series II,
                       Silver Express, Gold Express.

    Contents: 1 Toner Cartridge
              1 Waste Toner Bottle
              1 Cleaning Wand
              1 Cotten Swab

    Ingredients: Magnetite, Styrene Acrylopolymer, Polypropylene,
       Nigrosine, Carbon Black.

                              Made IN U.S.A.

     After many many long distance phone calls all over the United States
 tring to find a low cost toner replacement I have finally found a low
 cost alturnitive With ABCO computers SLM804 toner replacement kit.  I had
 been looking for toner in bulk to maybe shave a few bucks off the normal
 price of the Atari Toner replacement kit, But I couldn't find any.  This
 replacment Toner from ABCO is less expensive than most mail order
 suppliers in the U.S..  But the value is equal if not better, since it has
 a better density than the original toner an avg. of about 1.40 to 1.50
 under all testing conditions.  The formulation is completely compatible
 with the original initial toner and regular toner.  The original initial
 toner will maintain high quality "MUCH LONGER" using the ABCO replacement
 toner!!  A much smaller drop in density if you print continuously!
 (recovers after pause)

     What this means to the average Atari SLM804 user is a savings in ini-
 tial cost as well as better output and Qualitiy!  More Toner stays on the
 paper for darker more uniform coveredge less waste!!

     Thanks to Abco Computers for getting a top manufacturing company to
 supply them with this replacement Toner all Atari SLM804 users will save
 money in the long haul!!


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

                       To sign up for GEnie service:

      Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo)
                     Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
               Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                         Wait for the U#= prompt.

                 Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

 GEnie costs only $4.95 a month for unlimited evening and weekend access to
 more than 100 services  including  electronic  mail,  online encyclopedia,
 shopping, news, entertainment, single-player games, and bulletin boards on
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 the biggest collection of files to download and the best online games, for
 only $6 per hour.

 MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!  Any time during your  first month  of membership if
 you are not completely satisfied, just ask for your $4.95 back.

        GEnie Announcements

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  3. SWEATSHIRTS  Only 70 pcs. left............................*ORDER
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  6. WIN GENIE TIME... Help design our "Front Door"............MAINFRAME
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 10. Disney World Super RTC Trivia Contest October 27 in >>>...FLORIDA
 11. Patricia Kennealy, 9:30 Eastern, Live in the..............SFRT
 12. Macintosh RoundTable Members have more FUN. Come Visit....MAC
 13. SALE! Modems, Disks, Ribbons & Software at................DIRECTMICRO
 14. Test drive your favorite Computing RT in November.............
 15. Better Than Ever:  The NEW IBM 386SX PS1..................SEARS

 The ST RT

 Take the time to check out the LATEST Genielamp issue. You will find NUME-
 ROUS hints, tips and the latest info contained on GEnie but you  will also
 get "highlights" of the WAACE show. See file# 21273 (LMP_234.LZH) TX2 for-
 mat or #21263 (GELM234.ARC) Ascii format  GEnieLamp is  also available un-
 compressed with option 5 on this page.  Check it out TODAY!!!

 We are  now accepting  LH5 compressed files. Please use the latest QUESTOR
 LZH utility to extract. Latest at this time is #21260  LZH201G.LZH

 If you bought a disk from the GEnie booth at WAACE, you  may have  a virus
 on it.  Please use  VIRUS KIller  to erradicate it. Do not worry. It is of
 the harmles persuasion.

         GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric
            Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission


 > "THE SPEECH!" STR Feature        The infamous "Middle Earth Speech"

 by N. Potechin

 First of all, allow me to thank the WAACE committee for giving me the op-
 portunity and honor to speak here today. I've never done this before,
 speaking in front of a large group of people, at least not without a copy
 of Calamus in front of me. Before I forget, I'd also like to thank WAACE,
 on behalf of myself and my fellow Developers, for presenting yet another
 excellent show.

 I gave a great deal of thought to a subject this evening and basically
 arrived at the decision that fantasy best suit my mood. I came to WAACE to
 enjoy myself, meet some of my customers, meet some of GEnie's customers,
 meet many of my friends, all of whom share a common interest, and relax.

 All those that haven't read Tolkiens excellent works, The Hobbit and The
 Lord of the Rings trilogy are about to begin wondering what I'm talking
 about, for which I apologize. It cannot be helped. I decided to go off on
 a tangent and I've got the mike. I used Tolkiens stuff because his Middle
 Earth became the model for my generation of fantasy Readers.

 My original concept was to provide a small scenario in which leading
 members of the Atari community each played some part. Our setting is
 Middle Earth, our title, aptly enough, would have been... "Atari in Middle
 Earth." Sounds about right. However, a few months back when I initially
 started thinking along these lines I immediately encountered a problem;
 which well-known member of the Atari community plays which part. The end
 result of giving my imagination free rein, is that I had so much fun and
 literally enjoyed myself so much figuring out who would be whom, that I've
 dropped the scenario part altogether and have instead decided to present
 to you this evening, for the first time anywhere, Nathan's Guide to Atari
 in Middle Earth, a glossary. ( Beta version C )

 At this point I must add that this was intended to be a joint
 presentation. Most of you know my better half Darlah Pine of GEnie fame.
 What many of you do not know is that Darlah happens to be a very credible
 artist. It was our intention that I would provide descriptions, as I am
 about to do, and Darlah would render them in living color. The end result
 should have had us all falling off our chairs, at least this was my
 sincere hope. Unfortunately, Darlah managed to burn two of her fingers bad
 enough doing the mundane task of ironing and pressing clothes that she was
 unable to create the drawings that would have made this a truly memorable
 event. So, if what is about to follow appeals to you, perhaps we can ask
 Darlah, once her fingers have healed, to draw and scan in the results one
 way or another and put them on GEnie. (Please post your thoughts on this
 issue in the new topic I am about to start in Category 12, topic 3.)

 When I mentioned to Sam Tramiel last weekend what I had intended, he
 promised to read Lord of the Rings at once, something that he had not
 previously done. I'd rarely met anyone before that hadn't read Lord of the
 Rings. How many here have read The Hobbit or the Trilogy? (Editor's note:
 almost every single hand in the entire banquet room went up at this
 question.)  Anyway, Sam then asked, with a smile, if he got to be the
 Lord. Now I could have responded in many ways to that little gift from Sam
 but I refused to take advantage of his lack of knowledge, advised him to
 read Tolkien's works and promised him that he'd get to be the leading
 character. He seemed satisfied with that.

 I mention that little anecdote so that you begin to understand the
 quandary in which I had placed myself. Who got to be whom. Who, in fact,
 was the central character, the hero. The answer is that works such as
 "Lord of the Rings" provide lots of heroes; from Frodo and Bilbo to Sam,
 Pippin and Merry, to Gandalf the White who starts out grey and gets
 better. Classic adventure characters such as Gimli the Dwarf and Legolas
 the Elf meet as opposites with artificial prejudices that vanish when
 faced with the reality of each other as they actually are.

 Aragorn, son of Arathorn is certainly another hero as are the hundreds of
 bit players like the Rangers that did their best to protect the innocent
 with or without their knowledge.

 Let's not forget warriors such as valiant Boromir that failed what was
 perhaps his greatest challenge after surviving so many before. The Eagles
 played their part, as did the elves and the dwarves and even man stood up
 to be counted in that time in Middle Earth right beside the glorious Ents,
 those living trees out of legend.

 Villians played their part as well, from the slimy Gollum who was once
 Smeagol but became less, to the 9 Ringwraiths and Lord Sauron himself in
 Mordor. Saruman the Wizard clearly demonstrated the danger of allowing
 arrogance and ego to affect ones judgement. (Editors note: some of the
 crowd got nervous here, wondering if I was about to lecture.)

 So, my glossary, blatantly abusing Tolkiens excellent work as my guide.

 The Ring centers our glosssary. Lets abuse that first. Engraved on my
 ring in blazing words of fire 9 feet high (or they would be 9 feet if the
 ring were substantially larger) are the immortal words "MARKET SHARE"
 written in a language only those with MBA's or at least Doctorates in
 Nuclear Physics can decipher, on a mostly blue background. So now we have
 our OBJECT and our first picture #1. Next comes our adventurers.

 Our Wizard, in long flowing robes of silvery grey and a tall conical cap,
 must be a serious practioner and believer in MAGIC! Our wizard has the
 task of creating an infrastructure upon the foundation left to him by his
 many, many, many, many, many, many. many, many (7 soto voice) many, many
 etc. predecessors in the US, a flimsy structure indeed. Serious Magic will
 be required. Hence Greg Pratt will now be known as our our wizard, the
 mighty GREG in Picture #2.

 I like Hobbits. Any Middle Earth of which I am a part, must have its
 Hobbits. Frodo Baggins is Tolkiens hero. Ok, some of my heroes will also
 be Hobbits. I picture Hobbits as roundish cherubic and hairy types, of
 small but stout stature and solid bare feet entirely covered by hair.
 Picture, if you will, a hero that manages to arrive at his goal in spite
 of insurmountable odds. In fact, his leadership is often confusing to us
 lessor mortals and mere humans. So who do I know that would appreciate the
 extra hair, besides Dave Flory, Sam Tramiel of course. So Sam is one of
 our heroes, named SAM. Picture #3.

 Every hero needs a most loyal friend and follower, Frodo had Sam. Our Sam
 needs someone that will stick by him through thick and thin, someone to
 interpret to us common folk. This follower must be a salt of the earth
 type, with the respect of the Atari Developers and end-users alike. If our
 loyal person also happens to be tall, then he would have no choice but to
 remain stooped over, as he must be a Hobbit. So picture, if you will, Bob
 Brodie, stooped over, cherubic and hairy. We'll call this big Hobbit
 BOBBIT. (Editors Note: if you like what you read, help me make these
 nicknames stick.) Picture #4.

 We need another Hobbit companion such as Merry, another loyal member of
 the Atari's own family. In this case, we will create one new Hobbit
 character out of two very real people. Our newest Hobbit is not afraid to
 try anything, no limits please, even things everyone thought impossible to
 achieve. Everyone was right of course but that never slowed this Hobbit
 down one little bit. And he does get better with age and experience.
 Visualize a split face, cherubic, hairy, half Ken Badertscher and John
 Townsend. Don't ask me how a Hobbit has half a brush cut, I leave that to
 Darlah's imagination in her picture # 5. The characters name, KTOWN of

 Our fourth Hobbit companion nust be an advisor type, necessary for any
 adventure in Middle Earth. Brought along for both his loyalty and
 technical expertise, of which his knowledge is substantial, this Hobbit
 branched out to advise everyone on every subject, even in areas where he
 had absolutely no previous knowledge or experience, making him a fit
 companion for our little group. In honour of Tolkiens Pippin, we'll call
 Bill Rehbock BIPPIN. His stature naturally makes him another obvious
 Hobbit, albeit a well-fed one in our picture # 6.

 Tolkiens original but now aged hero Bilbo can only have his counterpart
 in Jack, sitting in front of a fire with a blanket over his legs, nodding
 off. He's done his thing. It's the childrens turn. Jack, and we will call
 him exactly that, JACK, wakes up occassionally shouting "Business is War"
 before falling asleep again. He is of course, another well fed Hobbit in
 our picture #7..

 All good adventures need a dwarf. Tolkien's Gimli set an excellent role
 model; a stout, solid companion, shorter than human but very broad, wit as
 sharp as the axe commonly found somewhere upon her person. Likes dark
 places or dressing in black. Our Gimli will teach by example. Hmmm,
 teach, education, educational, prefers black, yup, Dorothy as Gimli. I'm
 no chauvanist, equal opportunity I say. Gimli of course will remain with
 the name GIMLI because who ever heard of a dwarf called Dorothy. This is
 our picture #8.

 Now we need an elf like Legolas; tall, willowy, greenish tinge, light on
 his feet, capable of moving soundlessly through the woods, springing
 gracefully and fast in any direction. He is a factor in our community,
 striving to push the Atari envelope to its limit. This can only be Jim
 Allen under his new name JEGOLIS to be found in picture #9.

 Time for some fierce human warrior types, must have courage and strength.
 Our blond barbarian, with long, flowing locks, heavy muscular development
 and twins, gets off on a tangent every now and then, daring to get
 successfully involved in other markets but is always there, valiantly
 striving to save the indestructible ring MARKET SHARE for Atari, sounds
 like Tom Harker to me, now named TOMRAH. Picture #10.

 We need more warriors, lets see, someone that is a little bit different
 than the rest of us, someone that is a player in our community even if it
 is no longer recognizable as an Atari community. Key words here, off on a
 tangent or out in left field coupled with no longer recognizable can only
 be Dave Small in his role as SMALLROMIR. Make a note that SMALLROMIR does
 an excellent imitation of Neil Young in serious pain, especially when
 concentrating on code. Picture #11 is left entirely to Darlah's

 I have only begun on my glossary. Frankly I ran out of time as my office
 nearly burned down the other day but you get the idea.

 Wait, I forgot, an Ent, I like Ents. Now who could best fill our percep-
 tion of a living tree. Someone that seemed oblivious to the rest of the
 world around him. Someone that was quite intelligent but a bit slow in
 delivery. Someone that came out with product after excellent product
 years after the demand existed, appearing to move and react a bit slower
 than the rest of us. The answer is starting to become clear to a few;
 Leonard plays my Ent. We'll call my Ent, Lent the Ent and depict him in
 Picture #12.

 As for me, perhaps I'll also be an Ent, a living tree. Sometimes
 misunderstood, always striving to make that inndestructible ring named
 MARKET SHARE less blue. It's a slow process, leaving me open for attack by
 strange warriors within and without. Death looks calmly over my shoulder
 while I try valiantly to pervail. Please stop by ISD's booth tomorrow and
 check out the one picture that Darlah already did. I will be happy to show
 it to you. (Editors note: I'll wear the shirt again in Chicago.)

 Fill in your own bad guys, for that matter there are still many good guys
 left in our community. A Gollum or Smeagol type character seemed perfectly
 obvious to so many that I decided it was best to leave well enough alone.
 This is all meant to be fun after all.

 I thank you all for laughing with me or at me, as was my intent or hope,
 especially the characters that I actually used and named, in fun. I invite
 any and all of you to create your own middle earth glossary on known Atari
 personalities, whether in your local group like J.D. or Charles or any of
 our international community. I fully intend to upload my glosssary onto
 GEnie and look forward to seeing extensions, substitutions and additions
 from all comers. Dorothy, consider that a challenge.

 To conclude, our Atari community may not be a large one, but look around
 you, it happens to be a great one!!

                                                       Thank you

                                                  Nathan Potechin
                                                  President @ ISD
                                                  October 12, 1991



    Issue #41

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  -- Gates Donates $12 Million to School of Medicine

 Microsoft Corporation Chairman Bill Gates, according to Forbes magazine
 the 2nd wealthiest American with an estimated net worth of $4.8 billion,
 reportedly has made a personal donation of $12 million to the University
 of Washington School of Medicine, with the money earmarked to create a
 new Department of Molecular Biotechnology.

 The new department, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the
 nation, will develop tools to study DNA and proteins, the building
 blocks of human genetics. The studies could lead to prevention or cure
 of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis
 and diabetes.

  -- 'Pentop' Computer Unveiled

 The Momenta, supposedly the first 'pentop' computer, was introduced this
 week. The Momenta combines the keyboard of a laptop with the handwriting
 recognition capabilities of a new pen-based models and allows users to
 scribble notes on its screen in situations where typing would be inap-
 propriate, such as meetings.

  -- IBM Expands PS-1 Line

 IBM Corp. expanded its PS-1 line of home computers with two higher-
 powered models.  The new machines are powered by Intel Corp.'s 386sx
 processor. The original PS-1 models contain Intel's less-powerful 286
 processor. The new models which are priced from $1,699 to $2,199 are
 available immediately through computer stores, selected department
 stores and other retailers.

  -- More Apple Joint Ventures?

 2 weeks ago CPU Report reported about how Apple and IBM, traditional com-
 petitors, were going to cooperate in several ventures.  This week it's
 reported that Apple Computer and Sony Corp. are considering a joint
 venture that would merge Apple's user friendly software with Sony's
 electronics hardware.

 Apple is supposed to launch its new Macintosh notebook computers, one of
 which was made by Sony, in just two weeks. The prospective alliance with
 Sony is said to have developed as a result of the cooperation between
 the companies in developing the new notebook.

  -- Hewlett-Packard Changing Marketing

 Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) announced it will start selling its popular
 computer workstations through computer retailers. HP currently sells the
 workstations only through its sales force and computer resellers that
 add special software to the machine.

  -- Phylon Announces New Chip Set

 Phylon announced an enhanced version of its new V.32bis or 14,400 bits
 per second (bps) modem universal chipset that Phylon says is the first
 to include all the Comit Consultatif Internationale de Tlgraphique et
 Tlphonique (CCITT) and Bell modem modulation and fax standards in the
 same compact three-chip set at no additional cost.

 The new features added since the introduction of the Universal Modem
 Engine a month ago are ADPCM voice compression and decompression, dual
 tone multi-frequency (DTMF) receiver, caller identification (ID)
 receiver and a voice/data/fax switch, Phylon said.

 Phylon says the Universal Modem Engine consists of two read-only memory
 coded digital signal processors (PHY-10 and PHY-11) and a mixed analog
 front end, the PHY-02. Earlier versions of this chipset have been used
 by Hayes in its modems, Phylon representatives said.

 Phylon is offering the chips to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
 for $50 in volume quantities, Phylon said.


 > STReport's Editorial Page                 "SAYIN' IT LIKE IT IS!"

 > From the Editor's Desk

     Its truly is a wonderfully exhilarating experience to have users walk
 up to you and say "thank you for STReport...for what you do, and how you
 do it...  it really makes it all worth while.  Especially after being told
 by certain of Atari's "luminaries" that our readership was dwindling.
 (Somebody should've informed them about the whole Atari market dwindling!)
 At almost every turn, during the highly successful WAACE Show, folks would
 walk up out of the clear blue introducing themselves and expressing thanks
 for the frankness and honesty of STReport's reporting.

     To all of those fine people, STR, in turn, must express its sincere
 thanks for the ongoing support.  Once again WAACE has proven that great
 shows are made successful by people, the ordinary users.  And this past
 weekend was an exciting, ever so loud example of just that.
     Congratulations to one and all who made WAACE the resounding success
 it was.  No doubt, a few 'whigs' were surprised.

     A button appeared at the show with the Fuji symbol and the words;

              "Responsible Reporting is a Moral Obligation".

     I couldn't possibly agree more with the expression.  In fact that's
 exactly the premise we have followed from the very beginning.  The main
 point to remember is our obligation is to the readers and users.

     A 'dark side'... could there have possibly been a dark side to the
 Fantastic WAACE Show?  Next Week, an in-depth report detailing the
 "highlights" of the show most folks almost never see.  It is an expose`
 you will not soon forget.

                                        Thanks for the support!




 This editorial appeared in our SPECIAL "WAACE HARD COPY RELEASE."

 A "celebration of Atari" at the nation's capitol.

                             HIGH EXPECTATIONS

 W.A.A.C.E. Delivers!

 by Joe Mirando

       This is going be a great show!   We on the east coast have been
 blessed yet again with a good turnout in both the User and Developer,
 dealer departments for this show.

      As I'm writing this, the weather forecast is promising and it looks
 like the government will see fit to keep the monuments and other attrac-
 tions open to the public (unlike last year when budget problems forced
 them closed on the weekends).

     As I think back to the User Group shows that I've attended in the
 past, it occurs to me that we Atarians are a very special breed.  In what
 other computer arena would you find users of the caliber that we have in
 the ST world?  If the market for any of those 'other' brands had reached
 a... shall we call it a lull(?)... as the ST's market has, would there be
 anything left of their userbase?  I think not.  I grant you, the ST is an
 outstanding machine!  But no matter how good a machine is, if momentum is
 lost, the userbase will, in short order, vanish.  That leaves me wondering
 why there are still as many active ST'ers as there are.  I think that it's
 mostly because of the "Grass Roots" following that the ST has, and indeed
 always has had.  We are people who were, for the most part, attracted by
 the "Power without the Price" philosophy of Atari and found that our ST
 could do anything we wanted it to do.  So we hang on despite the current
 state of affairs.  In fact, we may hang on because of and not despite our
 "situation".  You see, as the ST lost prestige in the computer world, the
 users that did not jump ship and turn to MS-DOS tended to cling together
 and support one another.  I know this sounds sappy but sometimes it
 leaves me with the image of a bunch of forgotten campers huddled together
 telling scary stories and singing songs around a campfire.  Oh, of course
 there are a few who would rather skulk around in the shadows and jeer at
 those who sing off-key or sing a different song all together but by and
 large, we are content to help and be helped.  If you don't believe me,
 just look at the faces of the people at the show. You will see people hel-
 ping others in every way possible. So if you need advise, information, or
 any other kind of help, feel free to ask.  Support is one of the things
 that we Atarians have gotten real good at.

     Speaking of support, Atari has promised to send us such luminaries as
 Bob Brodie, John Townsend and Ken Badertscher. All three of these
 individuals represent key parts of Atari, and we are glad to have them
 with us on the east coast for a while.  Since the TT, STbook and Mega STe
 are now all certified as FCC class B (for home use), it looks like we can
 finally say good bye to the phrase "Real Soon Now" (abbreviated as "RSN").

     I know that I've said this before, but, this is going to be a GREAT
 show!  The wares brought by the exhibitors will be a sight for sore eyes.
 It's a shame that Atari may not be supplying computers to WAACE, but I'm
 sure that the dealers and developers will be glad to show you the virtues
 of Atari's new machines (what better way to show off their own wares).
 What?  You haven't seen a TT yet?  Well now is your chance to take a good

     I was absolutely ecstatic when I was told that Atari would possibly be
 bringing an STBook (Atari's new "4 pound, ten hours on a battery" notebook
 sized computer).  Even though I was told, and I'm paraphrasing here, that
 it isn't Atari's policy to introduce new products at User Group shows.
 But since, according to both of the excellent on-line magazine Show
 Reports, there was an STBook at the Glendale show four weeks ago, I hope
 that this represents a change in Atari's product introduction process.
 Like myself, I am sure you want to see this puppy as much as I do.  I was
 told to look for it at or near the GEnie booth.

     The developers that I mentioned are, without a doubt, the best there
 are.  These developers put out some of the best products available for any
 computer at any price.  Thanks to them for the products that they give us.
 We all hope that these developers do well this weekend.  They really do
 deserve it.  After all, their support is as important to the life of the
 ST as our very special userbase is.

                                             Enjoy the show!
                                         Joe Mirando (The JAMmer)


 > STR Mail Call             "...a place for the readers to be heard"

                            STReport's MailBag

 Conf : STReport Online
 Msg# : 15908/15936  Lines: Extended  Read: 3
 Sent : Oct 07, 1991  at 10:25 AM
 Recv : Oct 09, 1991
 To   : Ralph Mariano
 From : Electron Beam at Bloom County 75 Silicon Valley
 Subj : Apologists and Cheerleaders...

     Ralph, this is a verbatim type in of an article from the 9-8-91 San
 Francisco Examiner.  It is John C. Dvorak's column containing a letter
 from an IBM/Mac Apologist and his response.  I think you'll find
 similarities between this and the attacks STR has suffered from a
 different type of Cheerleader:

 Q: I am writing to express some thoughts and feelings I have in response
    to your printing of information "leaks" concerning new products under
    development by IBM, Apple and others.

     Over the past few years there have been several articles that have
 described, in detail, specific features of soon-to-be- released systems.
 I admit that I find them interesting to read. But I question whether you
 are doing yourself, your readers or the computer industry a favor writing
 that type of article.

     I have worked for two of the companies and on some of the projects you
 have written about.  We read your column.  Sometimes your statements are
 accurate and complete, other times not. That, however, is not the point.

     I believe your opinions are valued by thousands of readers. But I
 don't believe the tabloid tone of your information leaks add to your
 credibility or help the industry.  We must wield our pen responsibly.
 Premature release of product specs can be suicidal.  As a journalist, you
 may find it offensive to suggest that discretion is honorable.  But I
 submit to you that it is preferable to poverty.  I will remain discretely
 anonymous.  But be assured I write with sincerity and speak from

 --Anonymous, San Francisco.

 A:  First of all, this note exhibits a terrible misunderstanding of the
     role and responsibility of the press, which is to serve the public
     (the ones who pay for the paper) and not to shield companies from
     examination.  Many out there would prefer it if all technology writers
     were merely rah-rah boosters of everything Apple or IBM did (or
     whoever).  It won't happen.

     Furthermore, to say that discussing public-domain gossip in an open
     forum somehow hurts sales is pure malarkey.  Corporate buyers aren't
     going to freeze their purchases because of what I say, that's for
     sure.  In fact, much of this material is discussed secretly to big
     volume buyers by the manufacturers who show them the future products
     to whet their appetites. Insiders and mavens soon find out about these
     new products from the rumor mill, so none of the information is new
     when I get it.  The general public is left out of this loop, and
     they're the ones who get stuck buying the old equipment the day before
     the announcement of the new product.  This is the crowd I serve by
     discussing the rumors.  I think they should be let in on what's going
     on, don't you?  (Of course, this is all academic anyway.  I discourage
     the purchase of new products and technologies until the bugs are
     ironed out.  Wait one year is my motto.)

     While it's true that the press can cause a run on a bank or the panic
     sale of a stock, open discussion of mere gossip concerning new
     products hurts only one thing: the pre-engineered and carefully
     planned orchestration of a public relations new-product blitz designed
     to bamboozle the public.

                                             --John C. Dvorak

 Conf : STReport Online
 Msg# : 15880/15932  Lines: 14  Read: 2
 Sent : Oct 05, 1991  at 10:37 AM
 From : Wolverine at -= Bit Heaven =-
 Subj : Re: <15763> Atari Management

     Don't mean to just "jump in" if I'm not welcome...haven't posted here
 in a while.  Anyway, you won't have to worry about Atari Management bad
 job much fact, you can stop now.  The guy that runs British
 Atari, Inc. has been transferred over to America.

     In the past two months, the TT has become a reality IN THE STORES of
 America, a 50MHz chip was brought out for the ST (with a replacement MMU
 chip that can handle the speed), a WORKING 16MHz chip was brought out for
 the ST (I know, just picked one up and it's EXCELLENT!!), a tower case
 will be coming out next month, TOS has gone from 1.4 to 2.0 (on order
 now), etc.

     All of these things have been coming off the drawing board where they
 have been sitting for years.  This new management guy is really cracking
 the whip!  You'll see a turn around and a bounce back to AT LEAST Amiga
 standard very shortly...


 Conf : STReport Online
 Msg# : 15881/15932  Lines: 11  Read: 2
 Sent : Oct 05, 1991  at 10:43 AM
 To   : Kurt Kinzer
 From : Wolverine at -= Bit Heaven =-
 Subj : Re: <15809> TT030

 In reply to:

 - I've heard the rumor that one of the TT models might be sold for around
 - $1400.  I"m assuming that would be mail order.  I read also that thats
 - really likely.  Ah, 32 mhz would be nice.

     Actually, Toad Computers is offering it for $1499 base, and then the
 19" monitor is $599 extra.  I think there's also a lower standard monitor
 for less.  I saw it running and was REALLY impressed...16 colors in med
 rez and the processing was awesome.  32 MHz is niiiiicsh!!


 From GEnie

 Category 14,  Topic 31
 Message 186       Sun Oct 06, 1991
 S.WINICK                     at 09:04 EDT

 J.KYLE3 (and an open letter to Atari Computer Corp.):

 Thanks for your post.  The feelings you expressed pretty much sum up the
 ones given by most Atarians who choose to leave for "clone-land".

 Fortunately you expressed your feelings in a logical manner instead of
 the usual "flaming" we're more accustomed to seeing.  Hopefully the folks
 back at Sunnyvale will take note!

 The lack of dealerships, local service, selection and support is one of
 the prime reasons for most who choose to abandon the platform.  The
 antiquated CGA color graphics is another.  Even the cheapest of IBM-clones
 is now coming with at least VGA.  And all offer expansion capabilities to
 easily customize the system to each owners desires.

 Since we're on the subject of suggestions for improving the platform and
 becoming more competitive, let me throw out a few of my own.

   How about:

 *   Fewer variations of each model (currently 4 STe's, 3 Mega STe's, and
     the TT030).  Why not simply an STe, a Mega STe, and a TT030?  And stop
     producing the same plastic in different colors for different machines.
     That just makes stocking and production more complicated.

 *   Drop the custom taylored plastic cases with limited expansion
     capabilities (and in the case of the STe all the metal internal RF
     shielding) in favor of the more flexible metal tower cases which offer
     tremendous advantages in terms of accessibility and expandability.
     How about a mini tower case for the STe, a medium tower case for the
     Mega STe, and a full tower for the TT030?  All with a decent size
     power supply and cooling fan, capable of handling additional floppy
     drives, hard drives, etc.  And all could use the same external
     keyboard!  (I realize the Mega STe/TT030 keyboard costs more than the
     STe, but when you increase production and eliminate the need to make
     and stock both kinds, your cost per unit should drop).

 *   A "standard" tower case would also allow use of industy standard
     drives -- save the cost of the Custom drive faceplates now required,
     as well as the separate cases, power supplies and cabling for
     additional floppy or hard drives.  That would also make servicing
     easier, faster and less expensive (I'm sure GE Service and all your
     service centers and customers would appreciate that).  The extra space
     available inside the tower cases would also encourage our excellent
     developers to come up with all sorts of expansion ideas (Just think
     what people like Jim Allen and Dave Small could do if they really had
     space inside the case and a decent size power supply to work with --
     the "normal" mini tower case 200W or 250W power supply and fan doesn't
     cost any more than Atari's current marginal one!!).

 *   Ship all models with a minimum of RAM -- or none at all.  SIMMs are
     really easy for any dealer to install.  Opening up a tower case is a
     breeze for anyone.  Without all that internal metal shielding to
     contend with, any dealer could be quickly trained to install SIMMs

 *   Bring graphics up to current standards -- at least Super VGA quality.
     Make that your "standard", build it in and the cost shouldn't be all
     that much.  And while on the subject of standardization, why not
     standardize the video connection to allow use of "standard" monitors.
     You've got separate sound jacks anyway for the stereo out on the new
     machines, so the sound pin on the video port is redundant.  And if you
     make super VGA standard, I would think the video shifter chip and
     monochrome detect pin would also become redundant.  Adopt a "standard"
     VGA pinout and allow use of "standard" off the shelf monitors (select
     the one you want to attach your name on and make it the "Atari"
     monitor just like you're doing now -- only you wouldn't have to custom
     configure the cable connection any more).  That would also allow
     customers "upgrading" from a clone to an Atari to use their existing
     monitors to reduce the cost of the "upgrade".

 *   Decide just what market you really want to pursue.  Does Atari
     management want to market the Atari as a high end name-brand system to
     compete with IBM and Macintosh, or do they want to be yet another
     no-name low-cost computer competing on price alone?  It should be
     obvious from posts such as Mr. Kyle's and others who have abandoned
     the Atari platform that the current situation has failed for those
     Atarians.  Until those basic marketing decisions are made and
     implemented, it will continue to be difficult to recruit new
     dealerships and new users.

     I realize the above hardware ideas would require a redesign of the
 PCB, but that's something that needs to be done periodically anyway.  Why
 no do it right the next time?  And while on the subject of doing things
 right -- Atari has obviously been able to consistantly produce excellent
 products at competitive prices, and garner the support of loyal developers
 and users.  And they have been able to do what most in the computer
 industry in the 70's and 80's couldn't -- survive!!  But now its time to
 move beyond mere survival, and set forth policies that will ensure major

     This is the decade of the 90's.  We all saw the huge advances made in
 the computer industry during the last decade.  Just imagine the
 possibilities this time for the companies smart enough and with enough
 foresight to take advantage of it!!

 Sheldon Winick (IADA/Computer STudio - Asheville, NC)

 Electronic Mail
 Sent : Oct 07, 1991  at 10:58 PM
 To   : Ralph Mariano
 From : Philip Hanze at Phil's Hangout ~ ///Turbo
 Subj : My ST

     Ralph, I'm really not sure how I want to say this, so I put it off
 till now.  For any company not to return phone calls, it is not good.  For
 any company to lose track of a computer, it is not good.  I believe Atari
 has several situations that are not good.  I believe one situation is
 their repair/replacement division.

     Although I cannot know the reasons to how they could have lost a file
 about my computer even after they sent me a letter, I don't believe it
 would alleviate any of the responsibility of the people answering the
 phones from returning a call they said they would return even if all they
 were going to say is we don't have any record of your "order".

     I must however,  thank my mother for cutting through red tape.  She
 called Atari for me and when they said they would have someone call us
 back she told them that they already said that and didn't.  She got names.
 The one lady said she would call back and when she didn't call in the
 allotted time, my mom called back again.  (Remember each time, they love
 to put you on hold!)  This time they said that Gregg Pratt would call us
 back and they said that he does return calls.

     It almost sounds funny that they were insisting that someone actually
 does return calls when no one up till that point did.  But, this past
 friday night as I was preparing to go to the game, I got a call from Greg
 Pratt.  I almost fainted when he said who he was.  I thought I was going
 to have to go a different route to get my computer back.  I talked to him
 and answered any questions he asked the best I could so he could find my
 file or computer.

     Within 30 mins (probably a lot less) he was able to find it and called
 me back and notified me that they would send me a new MegaSTe2.  I had
 sent them a Mega ST2, but they no longer make those.  I am glad to be
 getting my computer back.  I'm even happier that I'll be getting a better
 machine back.  I'm not trying to bash Atari, nor am I trying to "praise"
 Atari.  I am just making it known how they handled my situation.  I may
 not be happy about some of the way it was handled, but I am happy with the

     I consider myself fortunate.  It seems that all companies anymore have
 bad customer service.  I am an EE student at Pitt.  I took out a loan for
 this fall term and boy was I surprised to get a notice that I was to
 start paying back that loan December 10 of this year!  The term wouldn't
 even be over.  Please note, this is a GSL loan.  I am happy to say that
 that is taken care of.

     I had knee surgery this summer.  I had my Anterior Cruciate Ligament
 reconstructed using the graft of the Pattella tendon.  It takes about 6
 months of therapy.  I was not happy when my insurance company would only
 allow two months.  Needless to say I have since changed insurance
 companies.  And that wasn't the only reason.  I would list the others, but
 Ralph would have to devote all of ST-Report to this!  All I'm saying is
 that ALL companies can be a pain sometimes, some all the time.  The best
 thing to do is be courteous and be persistent.  To any who have to deal
 with Atari, Good luck and I hope the end result is to your satisfaction.

     To Gregg Pratt:  Thanks for taking the time and taking care of this.

 Electronic Mail
 Sent : Oct 16, 1991  at 6:07 PM
 To   : Ralph Mariano
 From : Philip Hanze at Phil's Hangout ~ ///Turbo
 Subj : my Mega

     WOW!  I FINALLY got my computer!  I think I like the new Mega STe
 series.  CPX seems great.  Well, I've got two important midterms tomorrow.
 One in Digital Logic(should be easy) and one in Semiconductor Device
 Theory (this may be VERY hard!)

                              Ralph, thanks for the help.

 13-OCT 01:53 General Information
 From: JCANNON      To: ALL

 Computibility is now IBM and Amiga only.  Microtyme is dropping Atari and
 only has a small amount of software left... I'm sure there are more.  I
 would appreciate a list and some phone numbers of GOOD mail order outfits.
 I was told about a couple awhile ago, but no longer have the message.  If
 I remember right, one was called Joppa...(?).

 In case anyone besides me is in need of trading in an old, defunct 1040 ST
 to Atari for a NEW STe, Atari Customer Relations has given me this
 info...yes, they actually returned a call!!... Send a note requesting a
 new STe with a check or money order for $300 (got cheaper!), by UPS, to:

                              Atari Computers
                            390 Carribean Ave.
                           Sunnyvale, CA  94809
                         Attn:  Customer Relations

     The woman I spoke with was named Barbara and she said that the old
 computer did NOT have to be insured and the box it came in was sufficient
 for shipping.  She said to allow 3-4 weeks for the new unit to arrive.
 Mine is about to head out.  I will let you know how well this goes and how
 many phone calls it take to find  out who got my money and where my new
 STe is...... :\

                              Jim <this sounds too easy to me> Cannon


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL          "Reporting ABOUT Atari NOT for them!"

 - Sunnyvale, CA.                        Dianna Goralcznyk FIRED!

     Our ever vigilant 'inside' source has bestowed another "gem" upon us
 this week.  A thirteen veteran, Dianna has served as head of the customer
 relations department and helped many Atari users over these years.  She
 has smoothed many rough edges and solved countless problems for the users.
 At the same time it appears that Don Thomas assume her duties.  Oh well,
 she is, undoubtedly in very good company.  Just ask anyone else whose been
 in the "Revolving Door".

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 > POLITICS?  NAH! STR Spotlight   "...a huge success despite Atari.."

                            ATARI IN POLITICS?

 by Dana P. Jacobson

     The '91 WAACE show, as you've already heard, or will shortly, was a
 big success.  But, that's not to say that there weren't any
 disappointments either.  Even though we're all accustomed to equating
 WAACE with the term AtariFest, somehow the term AtariFest didn't fit in
 well this year, or in recent WAACE shows for that  matter.  This year, for
 all intents and purposes, Atari  Corporation was a "non-presence" at the
 show.  Yes, Bob Brodie was there, as was John Townsend and Ken
 Badertscher.  But, that was  it.

     I heard it quite a number of times: where was Atari?  Where's the ST
 Book?  Where are the new machines?  How come Atari didn't bring some TTs
 to look at and touch?  Where was the Atari booth?  Were there any Atari
 Brochures?  None of these things were available, and it didn't make sense
 to many.  This was an Atari show, but the only machines you could see were
 in the developer and vendor booths.

     In Bob Brodie's seminar, knowing that the question was going to be
 eventually asked, explained (and apologized) that the lack of presence of
 Atari personnel and machines was due to the fact that the dates of this
 year's COMDEX show was changed to an earlier date.  He went on to state
 that with such a short period between WAACE and COMDEX, many of Atari's
 staff was gearing up for COMDEX and were unavailable for WAACE.  Say

     Last year's WAACE show was better with regard to Atari staff
 attending; and there was "some" equipment to be seen, albeit little.  This
 year was the 8th WAACE show, although it was only the 3rd "national" one.
 The folks at WAACE have proved themselves to be a first-class operation,
 and frankly, should be insulted at the lack of major commitment by Atari.

     Just because WAACE is held within close proximity to Washington, D.C.
 is no reason for politics.  There's no excuse for the continued snubbing
 of the WAACE show by Atari because they don't "conform" to the standards
 that Atari might feel are warranted.  I don't intend to denigrate the
 folks at Glendale because they put on one helluva show, BUT, compare
 Atari's presence at Glendale to that of WAACE.  I'll grant you that
 Glendale is in Atari's backyard, but that's not really relevant.  I
 honestly believe that our Atari shows should be treated equally by Atari,
 _especially_ those shows who have proven track records.  At Glendale they
 were able to see the new machines and there were plenty of machines to
 "touch".  Atari was the center of attraction, and I believe that I heard
 their booth(s) were onstage.  That was certainly not the case at WAACE.

     Atari has known about WAACE's schedule since shortly after last year's
 show.  They should have committed and stuck to that commitment right from
 the beginning.  How long did they string along the WAACE organizers
 without defining their participation?  It was unfair to WAACE's organizers
 that they were puppets to Atari politics.  Over and over again WAACE has
 proved to everyone but apparently Atari that they are THE east coast Atari
 show.  But what help did Atari offer?  With the almost non-existent
 presence, the answer should be obvious.

     Where are the politics, or as George Bush likes to call it,
 "favored-nation" status?  Atari offered one of the grand prizes for the
 show, as they rightfully should.  But, what was that prize?  A Stacy2.
 Now, I can guarantee that the guy that won that Stacy was thrilled, who
 wouldn't be?  But, let's look at this for a second.  The Stacy is a
 discontinued product (being replaced by the ST Book)!  Wouldn't it have
 made more sense to offer a current machine?  Why an abandoned orphan that
 was an utter disappointment to the Atari line of machines?  It's not even
 a Class-B machine!  Can the winner legally use it in his home??  "Things
 that make you go, hmmmmm!"  Did you know that Atari is offering the
 upcoming Chicago show a TT030 as a grand prize?  Hmmmm.  More politics.
 Was the guy that won the Stacy happy when he was handed his new machine?
 Er, hard to say.  You see, the Stacy wasn't at the show.  What?  The
 "prize" was to send a letter to wherever in order to get the Stacy (I
 presume) mailed to him!  Why wasn't the Stacy at the show?  Every other
 prize awarded was available at the show.  Was the Stacy too big to carry?
 Well, the fellow that won a complete computer system was happy to carry it
 out.  The person who walked out with a complete Calamus set had his hands
 full.  The person who won Abco's 105 MB hard drive walked out with a heavy
 prize.  And so on.  No Stacy.  The guy will be happy sooner or later, but
 I'm willing to bet that he was disappointed to learn that he had to wait.
 I'd love to learn when he actually receives the Stacy.

     But probably the most disappointing news that came out of this year's
 show was learned after the show was all over and a few of us had the
 opportunity to talk with some of the show organizers.  Rumors were flying
 all over the place throughout the weekend, but until this final
 get-together, I didn't pay any attention to them.  It was then that I was
 told that there might not be a WAACE '92.  I was shocked.  It had nothing
 to do with finances, as WAACE had the money.  It had nothing to do with
 the location, the Sheraton Reston was ideal.  It had nothing to do with
 declining attendance, attendance was great.  It had nothing to do with
 poor sales by the vendors, sales were incredibly high.  So, what was the
 major disappointment?  Atari politics.  These folks at WAACE worked hard
 for over 11 months to plan this show, as they have in the past.
 Throughout all of the planning Atari kept being a frustrating factor.
 These people earned more respect than Atari was willing to give them; they
 deserved better treatment.  Sounds typical of how most Atari users feel in
 general, doesn't it?  Most of the WAACE organizers have been doing these
 shows for a number of years, they're tired.  They'd like to pass on the
 "baton" to newer and younger people to continue, but there aren't any who
 can carry the burden of dealing with all of the frustrations from
 Sunnyvale.  To see how these last few shows have been, it's difficult to
 imagine that there were any major problems and frustrations; but to talk
 with these fine people you knew that those problems existed.

     There is no final decision on next year, yet.  The organizers will be
 meeting in a couple of weeks to discuss the possibilities, and then
 decide.  I hope to learn that they decide to continue their fine string of
 shows.  It would be a major catastrophe to users on the east coast to lose
 this show.  I'd recommend to everyone who has ever been to a WAACE show to
 send a letter to Atari and WAACE to show your support.

     To all of those people at WAACE, I personally want to thank you for a
 great show.  To meet and talk with people like Charles Smeton, John
 Barnes, Steve Rudolph, and all of the others was a treat.  We here at ST
 Report hope that we will be part of WAACE for a long time to come; and
 that we will be reporting news of the show in the future.  Gentlemen and
 ladies, a fine show indeed!


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                        EXTRA CARTS:      $  74.50
                        DRIVE MECH ONLY:  $ 349.95

                      ****** SPECIAL - SPECIAL ******

                       SPECIALLY PRICED ** $1019.00 **
                         Includes TWO cartridges!

         - Syquest 44 Model [555] and the following hard drives -

             50mb SQG51   $ 819.00     85mb SQG96    $ 1019.00


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           Listed above are a sampling of the systems available.
      Prices also reflect various cabinet/power supply configurations
    (over sixty configurations are available, flexibility is unlimited)

           LARGER units are available - (Custom Configurations)

                      *>> NO REPACKS OR REFURBS USED! <<*

       - Custom Walnut WOODEN Cabinets - TOWER - AT - XT Cabinets -

            * SLM 804 Replacement Toner Cartridge Kits-$42.50 *
                  * SLM 605 Toner Cartridge Kits-$53.95 *
                          (TWO Toner Carts Incl.)
                  * Panasonic Toner Cartridge Kits-Call *
                       * Toner Starter Kits-$59.95 *
                    * Replacement (804) Drums-$183.95 *

                    ABCO's Replacement Toner Advantages

     A Few Pointers about the NEW and SUPERIOR replacement Toner Cartridges
     for the SLM 804 and SLM 605 Laser printers.


      o  Better density than OEM Toner under all testing conditions.
         (AVG 1.40-1.50)

      o  Formulation completely compatible with the OEM initial toner and
         supply toner.  This replacement Toner may be added to the Laser
         Printer along with OEM initial toner or supply toner.

      o  The NEW replacement initial toner will maintain a high level of
         quality "much longer" using the replacement toner.

      o  Much smaller drop in density is realized when printing in the
         continuous mode.

 Test Pattern:
                 10 graphic pages
                 1000 text pages  (3 alternating pages)

 Time Schedule:
                 330 prints continuously
                 1 hour pause, 3-4 times a day
                 normally 1000 copies a day
                 maximum 1400 copies a day

                   OEM                        ABCO'S NEW STANDARD
                   ---                        -------------------
     Density       1.30 - 1.40                        1.40 - 1.50
     Yield         92.1 g/1000 copies                 95.3 g/1000 copies
     Waste toner   20.3 g/1000 copies                 14.3 g/1000 copies
     Transfer Rate       78%                                85%

               >> MANY other ATARI related products STOCKED <<
                      ALL POWER SUPPLIES UL APPROVED

                       -* 12 month FULL Guarantee *-
                         (A FULL YEAR of COVERAGE)

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                     DEALERS and DISTRIBUTORS WANTED!
                         please, call for details

                 Personal and Company Checks are accepted.

                        ORDER YOUR NEW UNIT TODAY!

           CALL: 1-800-562-4037   -=**=-    CALL: 1-904-783-3319
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