ST Report: 25-Oct-91 #742

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 10/26/91-09:03:48 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 25-Oct-91 #742
Date: Sat Oct 26 21:03:48 1991

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                WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (October 25)


 Download file EDHAKD.LZH from  LIBRARY 1  of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO)  for a full demo of EdHak version 2.25.  This version can be
 used with the soon-to-be-released QuickCIS  version  1.70.    Craig Harvey
 (the author of EdHak) has also announced a special discount for CompuServe
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 Assembly  language  lesson  from  Double  Click  Software!  Check out file
 DCSASM.ARC in LIBRARY 13 for an assembly language  example on  how to view
 Neochrome and Degas picture files.


 Version 4.10  of Supra's  removable device  driver and  SUPRMOD (a program
 that can be used to configure some of  the device  driver's parameters) is
 now available in LIBRARY 15 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) under
 the filename REMOVE.LZH.

 Supra Corp has uploaded  a textfile  detailing their  modem upgrade policy
 and prices.  This rare (but very welcome) policy is another reason why you
 should consider  their  products  when  looking  for  a  new  modem.   See
 MODEMS.TXT in LIBRARY 15 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN).


 Gribnif  Software  announces  the  release  of  ARABESQUE  PROFESSIONAL, a
 complete BITMAP and VECTOR based illustration package for  the TT/ST line.
 See ARABPR.TXT  for a  copy of the press release and ARABDE.ARC for a full
 working demo, both in Library 8,  Gribnif Software,  of the  Atari Vendors


 CodeHead  Software  has  just  released  an  upgrade  to MultiDesk Deluxe!
 Owners of this  fine  program  should  download  MD33UP.ARC,  available in
 Library 16,  CodeHead Software,  of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN).
 This archive contains everything you need to upgrade  CodeHead's MultiDesk
 Deluxe 3.1, 3.1a, or 3.2 to the new version 3.3. The new version includes:
 greatly improved compatibility with Neodesk  3.02,  bug  fixes  that boost
 compatibility  with  other  DAs  and  applications,  and  an important new
 feature! See the included text files for more information.


 A new message section has been opened under the name  *WISH LIST* (section
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 MicroProse Software is sponsoring a Modem  Games Forum  GUNSHIP 2000 tour-
 nament.   Please read file GS2000.RUL in LIBRARY 2 ("Flight Sims & Games")
 of the CompuServe Modem Games Forum for complete details.   Type GO MODEM-
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    Issue #43

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  -- Apple Introduces Three New NoteBook Sized Portables

 Apple Computer Inc., with the help of Sony Corp., introduced three new
 notebook-sized portables called PowerBooks.  These will replace the Mac
 portable which failed to catch on in the marketplace.  Sony, who helped
 Apple miniaturize the internal components of the PowerBook 100, has long
 been a supplier of Apple's computer screens and floppy disk drives.

 The PowerBooks have a basic clamshell design, with full-size, monochrome
 screen.  All three machines have backlit LCD (liquid crystal display)
 screens, but the 170 has an active-matrix screen, giving near-monitor
 performance.  The keyboard occupies the back half of the unit's base,
 with a two-button trackball in the center of the base, in front of the
 keyboard. The space on either side of the trackball is a palm rest,
 allowing the unit to be comfortably used on the lap, according to Apple.
 Each machine comes with at least 2-meg of RAM (expandable to 8-meg), a
 20 or 40-meg hard disk, and an 1.4-meg external SuperDrive.

 The smallest of the three notebooks, the model 100, weighs 5.1 pounds
 and is the size of a sheet of typing paper.  It uses a Motorola 68000
 16MHz chip and has a lead-acid battery capable of 2-4 hours of use.

 The PowerBook 140 includes a 16MHz 68030 processor, weighs 6.8 pounds
 and is slightly larger than the PowerBook 100.  It also has microphone
 and sound capability and a NiCad battery giving 2-3 hours use. Perfor-
 mance is claimed to equal the Mac IIcx, or 150 percent better than the
 original Classic.

 The PowerBook 170 is built around a more powerful 25MHz Motorola 68030
 chip, plus a 68882 math coprocessor but is the same physical unit as the

 Pricing ranges from $2,299 for the PowerBook 100 with a 20-meg hard
 drive, $3,200 for the PowerBook 140 with a 40-meg hard drive, and $4,599
 for the PowerBook 170 with a 40-meg hard drive.  Delivery is to start
 Nov. 4.

  -- New Mac Classic II

 Apple is extending the Mac Classic's market popularity by introducing
 the Mac Classic II series.  It improves on the original Classic range
 with greater performance, virtual memory support under System 7, more
 memory expansion, and sound input capabilities. The system includes
 Motorola's 16mhz 68030 cpu which more than doubles the performance of
 the origanal Classic.

 The Classic II now has a microphone and sound input. Features include a
 math coprocessor socket and a 1.4-meg Superdrive, along with Appletalk,
 SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) and ADB connectors. A 2-meg
 version is available that includes a 40-meg hard disk. Also available is
 a 4-meg version with an 80-meg hard disk.

 The original Classic can be upgraded to Classic II standard with the
 addition of a special motherboard. Pricing for the new system starts at
 $1,900 and includes 2-meg of ram and a 40-meg hard drive and $2,399 for
 the 4-meg of ram, 8-meg hard drive version.

  -- Quadra: The High-End Mac

 Hoping to get more sales in corporations and government agencies, Apple
 introduced the Quadra models 700 and 900. The Quadra's are high-end Macs
 for intensive computing uses or to link other Macs in a network. They
 contain Motorola's most powerful microprocessor, the 68040, a 25mhz

 Both 68040-based Quadra systems have twice the speed of the IIfx, along
 with color, advanced Ethernet and improved SCSI (Small Computer System
 Interface)/Nubus technology. Additionally, the floor-standing Quadra 900
 can incorporate extra RAM up to 64-meg, additional hard disks and/or other

 removable SCSI storage devices.  Macintosh IIcx and IIci users can up-
 grade to the Quadra 700 with a simple logic board upgrade fitted by
 dealers. Each logic board upgrade has 4-meg of RAM and 512kb of VRAM.

 Depending on options, the two Quadra models are priced from $3,499 to
 $9,199, without monitors. One sits on a desktop, the other is Apple's
 first floor-standing model.

  -- Upgrade To System 7

 Apple unveiled a new version of its System 7 operating system.  The new
 System version 7.01 operating system requires 2-megs of RAM and a hard
 disk. The new version of the Mac's operating system is not being billed
 as an upgrade for existing users of System 7.0, but merely as a replace-
 ment specifically for the new machines, Apple officials said.

  -- Communication Programs for the Mac
  ---- PowerModem for the PowerBook

 PSI Integration, of Campbell, California, unveiled the PowerModem, an
 internal facsimile and data modem for the PowerBook with a suggested
 retail price of $299, and Travelcom, a pocket-sized external V.32, 9,600
 bits-per-second (bps) data modem with a suggested retail price of $799.
 Both are available now.

  -- Apple Licenses Access PC For New Powerbooks

 Apple Computer has licensed Insignia Technologies' Access PC for use in
 its Powerbook computers. Access PC allows a Macintosh to read MS-DOS
 high-density and double-density diskettes and perform file maintenance
 operations on them, as well as on Mac diskettes. Access PC comes bundled
 with the Powerbook line of notebooks.

  ---- Lotus Developing cc:Mail Macintosh Remote

 Lotus Development Corporation is developing cc:Mail Macintosh Remote, a
 companion product to its local area network electronic mail system,
 cc:Mail. It will let stand-alone Macintosh computers, including the new
 PowerBook notebook models, exchange text and other material with cc:Mail
 users on networks. The package will support communication with both
 Macintosh and DOS users.  It is due to ship in the first half of 1992.

  ---- MicroPhone II Version 4.0 Available in mid-November

 Software Ventures said it will release MicroPhone II Version 4.0 in mid-
 November. The remote communications software is most often used for
 electronic mail, retrieving information from on-line databases, and
 interoffice data transfers. The new version supports Apple's new Power-
 Book notebook computers and its high-end Macintosh Quadra 700 and 900.

  ---- DataClub Classic and Elite Available for the Mac

 International Business Software announced shipment of DataClub Classic
 and DataClub Elite, file-sharing software for Macintosh networks.  The
 company said that its software will let files on several machines appear
 as if they were all on one server, doing away with the need for dedi-
 cated servers for some users.

  ---- ACI/Acius Shipping 4D D.A.L.

 ACI/Acius announced that it has begun shipping 4D D.A.L., a software
 extension to let its 4th Dimension database software access remote
 database servers using Structured Query Language (SQL). With 4D D.A.L.
 users can develop Macintosh applications that transparently access and
 update information on a variety of host database systems.

  -- Two SCSI-Ethernet Adapters Offered For Macs
  ---- Daynaport to Ship in January

 Dayna Communications' Daynaport SCSI/Link is meant to hook Macs up to
 Ethernet LANs using any cabling system. There are 2 versions, one with a
 connector for thin Ethernet and one meant to connect to twisted-pair
 cabling.  Scheduled to ship in January, it will retail for $399.

  ---- Asante EN/SC 10T to Ship in November

 The Asante EN/SC 10T hooks Macs up to 10BaseT (twisted pair) Ethernet
 through the SCSI port. Due to be available in November, it will cost

  -- Act! Contact Management Software For Mac

 Contact Software International (CSI) has announced that its Act!, its
 PC-based contact management software will be available on the Macintosh
 platform , and will be able to be used on the entire line of newly
 announced Apple PowerBook notebook computers, the first quarter of 1992.

 Act! for the Mac has a contact database and editable WYSIWYG calendar
 manager, custom report generator and a word processor with spell-checker
 and mail-merge capability. The package also includes an automatically
 generated history for each account, unlimited notes per contact, e-mail
 support, Apple events support and auto-dialing.

  -- World's First 1.8 Inch Hard Drive Introduced

 Integral Peripherals announced its Integral Mustang 1820 which it claims
 is the world's first 1.8 inch hard drive. The unit is single platter, 20
 megabytes, and is designed for the subnotebook and pen-based systems

 Also shown was the Stingray 1842, a dual platter, 40-meg unit about the
 same weight and size as the 1820.  Volume production on both will be
 reached by mid-1992.

  -- Microsoft Announces Word 2.0 for Windows

 Microsoft Corporation says it will unveil a new version of its word
 processing program Word For Windows. Microsoft maintains that owners of
 earlier versions of Word for Windows will be able to upgrade to Release
 2.0 for $129.

  -- Hyundai Shows Prototype of new Pen System

 Hyundai Electronics America displayed a prototype of its pen system. The
 pen system is to feature an 8.5" by 11" form factor including a writing
 surface, and a pen stylus.  It will be based on the 80386SL processor
 and configured with 4-meg of RAM, a 1.44-meg floppy and a 40-meg hard
 disk drive.  It supposedly will be compatible with PenPoint from Go
 Corp. and Microsoft's Windows for Pen Computing. It also will use
 Phoenix Technologies' new PenLeader hardware specifications.

  -- First Multimedia Systems Available from Philips

 The first multimedia systems from NV Philips Gloeilampenfabrieken's NV
 Philips Consumer Electronics Co. have been unveiled. They are the Head-
 Start 486SX and the 386SX-20.

 The 486 computer will sell for $2,499, while the 386 machine will cost
 $2,499.  Philips said the latter machine is designed to be compatible
 with any multimedia software using the MPC mark.

 Philips' Multimedia PC-386 contains an Intel 80386SX processor running
 at 20 mhz, 4-meg of RAM, and 512k of video memory.  It comes bundled
 with Microsoft Windows with multimedia extensions, headphones, and a
 mouse. It also has a Super VGA display and comes with a 680-meg CD-ROM
 drive compatible with Multimedia PC (MPC) standards. The suggested
 retail price is $2,499.

 Philips also demonstrated the Philips Advanced Interactive Display
 (PAID), combination display and pen-input device.  PAID can display the
 image of a keyboard, calculator keypad or other input device, which the
 user can then operate using the stylus.

 Philips also launched the first notebook PC to carry the Philips label.
 The Philips LX320 uses the 20mhz Intel 386SX chip, weighs 6.4 pounds,
 and comes with 2-meg of RAM and a 60-meg hard disk. Suggested retail is

  -- Zenith Data Systems Introduces New Notebook Computer

 Zenith Data Systems is introducing a more powerful notebook computer,
 the MastersPort 386SLe notebook, which begins shipping next month and
 carries a suggested retail price of $4,999.

  -- Lotus Unveils Lotus Write 2.0

 Lotus Development has announced Lotus Write 2.0, an entry-level word
 processor designed for, what the company describes as, new users who
 need basic word processing capabilities in an easy-to-use format.

 Based around Lotus' existing Ami Pro 2.0 visual word processor, Lotus
 Write provides the most frequently used word processing capabilities in
 a visual environment.

 Lotus Write will be available for a suggested retail price of $199 in
 the fourth quarter of this year in the United States. Via the Lotus
 upgrade program, Lotus Write users may upgrade to Ami Pro for $149.

  -- Rosesoft Announces Prokey For Windows

 Rosesoft Inc. has released Prokey for Windows, a macro processor which
 is designed specifically for Microsoft Windows 3.0.  PKW is immediately
 available at a suggested list price of $99.

  -- CorelDraw CD-ROM Enhanced

 Corel Systems has announced an enhanced CD-ROM version of its CorelDraw
 graphics software, offering some 10,000 clip-art images. Corel has added
 6,000 new images to the CD-ROM version of CorelDraw. The package now
 comes on two CD-ROM disks. The price of the CD-ROM version by itself is
 $795.  Registered CorelDraw users can upgrade to the new CD-ROM version
 for $99.

 An updated version of CorelDraw for Unix will soon begin shipping. Also,
 Corel said that it will produce a 32-bit version of CorelDraw for IBM's
 OS/2 2.0. To be available in the first quarter of 1992, the new version
 is to have a list price of $695. There is already a version for OS/2

  -- OS-2 Late....Again

 IBM announced it will ship a long-anticipated new version of OS-2 to
 selected customers by year-end, but that it would not be available to
 most customers until March. The company said that it will delay delivery
 until March, 1992, to build in a handful of additional features asked
 for by beta testers. IBM had promised in April it would ship the version
 before 1992 began.

  -- IBM Announces New Versions of LAN Server

 IBM announced new advanced and entry-level versions of IBM's LAN Server.
 They reportedly offer better performance, security, and fault tolerance,
 more flexible support for different types of local area networks, and
 new functions.

 IBM also introduced tiered pricing for LAN Server. LAN Server 2.0 Entry
 costs $795 plus $75 per network node. The Advanced package costs $2,295
 plus $75 per client.

  -- Zenith Data Systems Intros New Notebook Computer

 Zenith Data Systems (ZDS, a Groupe Bull company) showed the MastersPort
 386SLe notebook computer.  The MastersPort 386SLe combines Intel's new
 25mhz 80386SL microprocessor, which offers 25% faster processing than
 any i386 SX-based notebook PC, with an 85-meg hard drive. The Masters-
 Port 386SLe will begin shipping in North America in November with a
 suggested retail price of $4,999.

 Also introduced was the Z-486SX/25E, ZDS's fastest 80486SX-based desktop
 personal workstation.  The Z-486SX/25E includes a Model Z-649 Texas Ins-
 truments Graphics Architecture (TIGA) video card, which delivers 1024 by
 768 pixels resolution with up to 256 colors.

 The Z-486SX/25E comes standard with MS-DOS 5.0 and Microsoft Windows 3.0
 pre-installed on the hard disk drive and a Microsoft Mouse.  The Model
 200, which has a 200-meg hard drive, has a suggested retail price of
 $6,199. The Model 1, with no hard drive or video card, has a suggested
 retail price of $4,049.

  -- Eastman Kodak Shows Off Color Imaging Technology

 Eastman Kodak is exhibiting a new IBM- compatible version of the Kodak
 digital camera system, a high- resolution digital camera that uses a
 Nikon F3 camera body equipped with a Kodak-produced 1.3 megapixel image
 sensor. Current versions of the camera are compatible with Apple Mac

 Also being shown are 3 new thermal printers that produce photographic
 quality color images from a variety of digital or video sources
 including VCRs and personal computers. The printers output images on
 paper, transparencies or for transfer onto souvenir and novelty items
 such as ceramic mugs.

  -- Dell Computer Introduces Entry-level Notebook

 Dell Computer introduced an entry-level notebook computer.  The NX20,
 costs $2,199 and features an Intel 386SX microprocessor running at
 20mhz. The NX20 is targeted at customers who need a notebook computer,
 but who are price conscience.

  -- Dell Announces Color Notebooks

 Dell's color notebook, the 325NC, uses an Intel 80386SL microprocessor
 running at 25mhz.  It has a passive-matrix color liquid crystal display
 (LCD) that can simultaneously display 16 colors. The 325NC weighs 6.9
 pounds. The machine is scheduled for introduction in the first quarter
 of 1992 and according to Dell, it will sell for less than $4,500.

  -- Wordperfect For Windows

 Wordperfect announced that its long-awaited Wordperfect word processing
 software for Windows will begin shipping on November 11th. Wordperfect
 for Windows files are compatible with files created under the DOS
 version, without conversion. Other file formats also convert on the fly
 into the Windows program.

 Wordperfect for Windows carries a list price of $495 in the US. Current
 registered owners of DOS versions can trade up to the new product for
 $99, and will receive a special software license to run Wordperfect
 under either DOS or Windows on the same machine.

  -- PC Document Management System

 Alacrity Systems has introduced a combination of hardware and software
 that turns a personal computer into a single-user document image proces-
 sing system with the ability to send documents by facsimile. The Desktop
 Document Manager has a suggested retail price of $1,995.

  -- VideoLogic Introduces MediaStation

 VideoLogic has introduced a video compression/decompression board that
 will allow users to compress or decompress an entire frame of PAL or
 NTSC video in real-time. This allows random access to single frames or
 sequences of a video, making it possible to play the sequences in any
 direction and at any speed. The MediaStation will be sold in 3 different
 bundles, it will be available in February 1992 at prices from $2,995 and

  --Six New Products Use C-Cube's CL-550 JPEG Image Compression Processor

  ---- VideoLogic is Showing MediaStation

 VideoLogic is showing the new MediaStation, an add-in card for the IBM
 AT and compatibles that symmetrically compresses or decompresses real
 time video, CD quality audio and still images. It handles PAL, NTSC, S-
 Video composite and RGB real-time video in addition to still images.
 Compatible with Microsoft Windows mutimedia extensions, it will be
 available in February 1992 at prices from $2,995 and up.

  ---- New Media Graphic's Introduces Super Motion Compression

 Super Motion Compression is New Media Graphics' full-motion video com-
 pression/decompression engine for IBM ATs. Priced at $1,995 and avail-
 able now, the board connects with the Super VideoWindows board for video
 capture to, and playback from, the hard disk under Windows. Capabilities
 for stereo audio digitizing and playback from the disk are also present.

  ---- Specom Technologies Shows New Vidcom Board

 Specom Technologies is showing its new Vidcom board for compression/
 decompression of color and gray-scale images and video in real time. The
 incoming images and video can be digitized, compressed and stored to
 hard disk for further processing or transmission purposes. The new board
 will display video and images under Windows 3.0, and is scheduled to be
 available at the end of the year.

  ---- Telephoto Communications shows Alice-SPC

 Telephoto Communications is showing its Alice-SPC to the public for the
 first time. Being a high-speed JPEG image and video compression card, it
 takes up one slot on the SPARCstation's S-Bus, and increases storage
 capacity and reducing transmission time by reducing file size of digi-
 tized images and video.  Capable of operating in SunOS and Open Windows
 environments, the Alice-SPC card is priced at $2,545 and will be
 available in November.

  ---- Image Manipulations Systems Shows IMS-1001

 The IMS-1001 is Image Manipulations Systems's real-time JPEG image
 compression/decompression card and multiformat video pass through with
 Genlock and Chromakey. Enhancing the IMS-1000, an image manipulation and
 graphics card that handles true color images, live video and text and
 graphics and is currently available for the IPC and SPARCstation, the
 combination can compress/decompress live video or individual video
 frames for storage and retrieval from SCSI disks. Price is under $2,000
 and availabilty is set for November.

  ---- Intergraph Developes Digital Image Product

 Intergraph has developed a digital image compression/decompression pro-
 duct for the Intergraph workstation. Targeted at the workstation-based
 photogrammetry and digital image processing markets, it will be
 available in the fourth quarter.

  -- Touchstone Demonstrates CheckIt LAN

 Touchstone Software showed their new CheckIt LAN (local area network)
 diagnostic and auditing software. CheckIt LAN is an outshoot of Touch-
 stone's best selling program CheckIt.

 CheckIt LAN works with NetWare versions 2.15 and 2.2. Touchstone expects
 to release a version that works with NetWare 3.11 by December of this
 year. CheckIt LAN sells for $149 for the five node set and $395 for the
 20 node version.

  -- Key Tronic Shows the Future in Input Devices

 The Key Tronic's Compuphone keyboard is a full-sized 101-key keyboard
 with a telephone handset in a cradle at one end. It can be customized
 for PBX systems, the handset can be replaced with a headset, and the
 function keys are programmable.  It is anticipated that the unit will
 sell to end-users for under $200.

 The Key Tronic's Keymouse is a single key on a laptop or notebook
 computer that substitutes for a mouse or other separate cursor control
 device. By rocking the key through a 360-degree arc, the cursor can be
 moved to any position on the screen.

 Both Compuphone and Keymouse are still awaiting FCC approval. Approval
 for both products in expected by January 1992.

  -- Micrografx Intros Windows Draw

 Graphics program developer Micrografx has announced its Windows Draw
 program. Draw provides WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) support,
 and 18 outline fonts, as well as several other fonts. Fonts can be mixed
 within a line or paragraph. A blend feature converts text to curves, and
 text can be fitted to a user-drawn curve.  Windows Draw provides more
 than 2,600 pieces of clip-art, including such items as cars, chairs, and

 Micrografx is so confident that buyers will like Draw that Micrografx is
 offering a full refund if the purchaser cannot learn to use Windows Draw
 within 60 minutes. The offer is valid for 60 days from date of purchase.

  -- Software Shields Users From DOS Structure

 Proteo Technology has launched Way You Work, software that insulates
 users from DOS commands and directory structures. The software presents
 files with longer file names than DOS allows, and organizes them into
 folders much as the Macintosh operating system does. Also like the Mac,
 it allows the user to select a file and have the appropriate application
 software started automatically.

 Now available, Way You Work will sell for $399. It requires a PC with an
 Intel 80286, 386, or 486 processor and at least 640k of memory.

  -- Advanced Gravis Shows Five New and Upgraded Products

 Gravis Ultrasound is a sound board with 16-bit digital audio that Gravis
 says matches the quality of a compact disk.  It provides as many as 32
 synthesized and 32 digital voices.  It'll retail for under $200 and will
 be available in the first quarter of 1992.

 Gravis' PC GamePad is a combination of control pad and joystick for IBM
 and compatible PCs. A removable handle acts as a joystick and without
 the handle the device works as a Nintendo-style game controller. It can
 also be adjusted for left-handed or right-handed use. At a suggested
 retail price of $29.95.

 A PC version of the Gravis MouseStick, a joystick than can emulate a
 Microsoft or Logitech mouse. Already available for the Apple Macintosh,
 the MouseStick will supposedly be available for DOS machines by mid-

 The Gravis Macintosh MouseStick has been upgraded by adding a splitter
 that lets Mac users connect it and still have access to the Apple
 Desktop Bus (ADP) port.

 The Gravis Eliminator Game has been upgraded to be card compatible with
 IBM PC XT, AT, Intel 80386/486-based computers running at clock speeds
 up to 50 megahertz.

  -- Computer Associates Introduces Two New Windows Applications

 Computer Associates has introduced two new Windows applications, CA-
 Textor, a Windows word processor, and CA-UpToDate, a group scheduler.

 CA-Textor is a word processing package that takes full advantage of the
 Windows user interface and includes floating and drop-down menus, pop-up
 dialog boxes, and a user-configurable tool bar.  Retail pricing will be

 CA-UpToDate works over a local area network, providing personal infor-
 mation management functions as well as the ability to schedule meetings.
 It works on all networks supported by Windows, CA said. Retail pricing
 will be $149.

 Shipping on both products will begin before year-end.

  -- Chartersoft to Focus on the Medical Profession

 Focussing on a narrow market, the medical profession, Chartersoft intro-
 duced GraphShow, a new graphics package that contains drawing tools like
 those found in such packages as Corel draw. It offers drawing, graphing,
 and presentation software.  It has 17 fonts and comes bundled with Adobe
 Type Manager.

 The software is available now for $259 with a 2nd release, with improved
 technical graphing functions planned for mid-November.

  -- Ad Lib Offers Three New Add-Ons For Sound Boards

 Sound board maker Ad Lib has announced three add-on products for its Ad
 Lib Gold line of stereo sound adapters. They include a telephone ans-
 wering system, a surround-sound device, and a CD-ROM interface.  The Ad
 Lib Gold 1000 stereo sound adapter sells for $299.95, the telephone
 answering option $99.95, and the surround sound module $89.95.

  -- Fax/Modem/Answerphone, All for Under $500

 Technology Concepts was showing the VDF-9624, a unit that offers a voice
 mail system, a 9,600 bps send/receive facsimile modem, a 2,400 bps data
 modem and the software to run it all.  All on a single internal PC board
 that will sell for under $500.  The system is expected to be ready to
 ship in January of 1992.

  -- Unlimited Systems Intros Portable Acoustic Coupler

 Unlimited Systems introduced an acoustic coupling device to allow note-
 book and laptop computers to transfer data more reliably via public
 access telephones.

 The unit, a newly designed, battery powered, acoustic coupler with the
 rubber cups fitting over the perforated section, rather than around the
 outside, is guaranteed to provide error-free data transfer at up to
 2,400 baud from any Bell system pay phone, and up to 9,600 baud from
 other phones. Retail price is expected to be $149.

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 Microchannel Developers Association (MCDA) held its first annual
 meeting at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel. At the same time, Applied Logic
 Research (ALR) unveiled its Powerpro/MC series, a fast Intel '486 based
 MCA system aimed at the Unix marketplace.  IBM announced that a major
 deal with VLSI Technology will allow third-party PC manufacturers to
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 This is the transcript of a formal Conference held Tues., October 15th,
 1991, with special guests, John Eidsvoog and Charles F. Johnson, the
 principals of CodeHead Software.

 I'd like to welcome the CodeHead software team to DELPHI tonight. If you
 don't know them, they are John Eidsvoog and Charles F. Johnson.

 Do either of you guys have any opening comments?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Charles has.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Sure, Gordie. We're excited to be offering some really amazing new soft-
 ware to the US and Canada, Avant Vector and Repro Studio from TradeiT in
 Germany, and Genus, the font editor for Calamus fonts. These are very
 high quality graphics tools, hence the new moniker, CodeHead GT.
 (Graphics Tools.) Oh yeah... Dot reminds me to say that Genus is from
 Canada, by a guy named Gregg Rodgers.  Gregg works for an ad agency in
 Toronto, and programmed Genus in his spare time. It's quite an amazing
 amazing program, with lots of unique features designed to make font
 creation and editing as painless as possible. All of these programs are
 quite amazing, actually! :) The ST world is long overdue for these kinds
 of applications; we're glad to be able to play some part in bringing the
 ST into the modern computing world in the US and Canada. GA

 Charles, I've played with the demos, and I'm quite impressed,

 Um, do any of the programs use the math co-processor chip?

 .CodeHead GT>
 I believe Avant Vector uses the math coprocessor, but to be honest, I
 haven't asked that question of the Europeans. I'll find out and let you

 Thanks, GT, GA.

 .CodeHead GT>
 It's quite fast, in any case, w/ or without the coprocessor. GA

 What's next for Codehead?  New and exciting things?  Shareware? <grin>

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 We'll be releasing MIDI Spy soon.

 .CodeHead GT>
 We also have the new upgrade to MultiDesk, MultiDesk Deluxe. We've been
 getting rave reviews from the people who have it and we're having
 trouble making enough to keep up with demand.

 What's it do, and does it work with MultiGEM?

 .CodeHead GT>
 Well, John knows more about MultiGem than I do....(I think he struggled
 with installing it one day), so I'll let him talk for a second. GA

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 I've tested MultiGem with HotWire. The trick there is to make sure that
 HotWire doesn't run as a resident program, but rather as a MultiGem
 program. As for MultiDesk, I was unable to get it to work at first, but
 apparently there is a way to run ACCs as if they were programs. I
 haven't had enough time to pursue it further. Shall I expound on MIDI


 Yes...  I'm getting a synth soon...

 .CodeHead GT>
 (and he's got lots of free time.  [nyuk nyuk])

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 MIDI Spy is a MIDI recorder that runs as a program or an accessory. When
 run as a _resident_ ACC, it will record and play back completely in the
 background. This means that it will record anything you play, not matter
 what you are doing on your computer...disk, modem, printer, or any other
 activity will not deter it from its appointed task. You'll never lose
 another valuable idea.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Kinda like the US Post Office.  In a way.

 Only better!

 So would I be able to record some stuff while my BBS is running, and
 then use it later?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 It will load and save standard MIDI files so you can save your ideas and
 load them into your full-blown sequencer for further work.

 .CodeHead GT>
 We're talking _all_ formats of standard MIDI file, too.

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 You can also load MIDI Spy full of songs from other sources and have
 them playing in the background while you do other things.

 I like That!

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 With "chain" play, it will continue playing until you tell it to stop
 with a pause between each song. Start/stop, tempo, and song number can
 all be controlled from hot keys...

 .CodeHead GT>
 And maybe best of all (if I might interrupt <get it?>) is....

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 ...or MIDI command that you define.

 .CodeHead GT>
 ...that MIDI Spy comes with a little utility that can totally resolve a
 lot of the vector conflicts that plague MIDI programs and AUTO (TSR)
 utilities. GA

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 That's right...I've been unable to produce any MIDI overflow errors with
 MIDI Spy. Ga

 OK, how come AV and RS are so expensive?  ga

 .CodeHead GT>
 Baldy: have you priced comparable programs for the Mac or PC? Corel
 Draw, for example, has a list price of $795.

 You're not in Macworld.  We don't even have enough money to buy an
 AWESOME Mac! :)

 .CodeHead GT>
 The mid-level version of Avant Vector has a list price of $445 (until
 Dec 31st), and it actually does a _much_better_ job of vector-tracing
 than Corel Draw. This kind of programming sophistication doesn't come
 cheap. Someone has to work for years to be able to do it. And the simple
 fact is that Avant Vector _blows_Corel_Draw_out_of_the_water_ in the
 vector-tracing arena. So you're actually getting a great deal if you
 look at it that way. GA

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Baldy, these are not programs that we've written. We must buy them from

 Well, it's so much more than the DTP programs.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Also:  because they really _are_ that good.

 If I might interject here. These programs are not 'hobbyist' programs. I
 think we're seeing the first steps towards the ST/TT being perceived as
 a serious business computer. Which means higher priced software.

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 These are professional programs for professional user...they are not

 Neither is CALAMUS SL and it doesn't cost $450.

 Even if some of the existing software _is_ quite good compared to other
 platforms' equivalent software, 'Business' equates 'low price' with

 Thanks. ga

 <pardon interruption> Yeah, it's a toy! It's a GREAT toy! Toys this good
 are WORTH $500...

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 What _is_ the price of Calamus SL? I wasn't aware that it's been
 released yet.

 .CodeHead GT>
 All I can say is that after two months of working with Avant Vector, it
 has more than proved its worth to me.

 I don't think it's been announced officially, but ISD has indicated it
 will be MUCH more than the regular 1.09N Calamus.

 I can get the old calamus for $150.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Yes. In fact, Didot Professional (which is the only program that really
 compares with AV) will have a retail price close to $1000, and that does
 not include plotting and sign-cutting abilities.

 Since we're discussing the price, I'd just like to mention that we've
 now managed to get TradeiT to agree to put the EPS load/save functions
 into the mid-priced version of Avant Vector! This means that the entire
 world of EPS graphics (and there are thousands of high quality graphics
 available from LOTS of sources) is now accessible for the Atari ST and
 TT. With Avant Vector, you can import files created with Adobe
 Illustrator and convert them to Calamus format, and vice versa. GA

 Well, it might be a little off-topic, but have you considered writing an
 ACC version of a transfer-protocol driver (zmodem)...

 .Johnny CodeHead>

 That would 'take over' if it saw the zrinit string so that those of us
 with older term programs could benefit from z-modem without having to
 run an external driver manually? GA

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 As a matter of fact, I've been looking into adding this into CommTool.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Hmmm, interesting idea.

 Oh....yeah....make it run in the background, like MIDI spy...

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 I can't promise anything other than that I'm looking into it. ga

  .O.W.J.III> more short ? if I may, what's the difference between
 Maxifile and Multifile? GA

 .CodeHead GT>
 Whew!  That question would take about a week to answer.  MaxiFile is
 basically just a much much MUCH more advanced version.

 Well, I HAVE maxifile 3.0... ahhh, OK...thanks!!!  GA

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 One thing we'd like to make clear is that MultiFile is NOT PD or

 .CodeHead GT>
 Yes, we had someone approach us at WAACE and say he had the shareware
 version of MaxiFile. Erg.

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 We've found several instances of people thinking MultiFile is down-
 loadable (without breaking the law). In case it's not known or clear,
 MultiFile is part of the CodeHead Utilities package. ga

 John and Charles, I think between you two and ISD, there is the
 beginning of a move to bring the ST/TT into the serious business market.
 I'm sure you're getting quite a bit of flack about the high prices of
 the new stuff (and I think Nathan will hear about the high prices of the
 Calamus packages). Would you address the need to make this kind of move?

 .CodeHead GT>
 Yeah, some people do kinda shut their eyes and break out in a cold
 sweat, Gordie. But hey, folks...time for a reality check! The skills it
 takes to produce the code in Avant Vector really _does_ take a lifetime
 of study to produce. This is almost a miniature artificial intelligence
 engine, for Pete's sake. And the EPS load/save ability essentially means
 that you've got a built-in Postscript interpreter as well. Frankly, the
 price is cheap, considering all AV is capable of doing. GA

 Is the tie-in with the Calamus format due to the fact that Calamus is a
 European program, like these two? ga

 .CodeHead GT>
 Gordie: DMC has made the Calamus CVG format available to other
 developers, as I understand it.

 I wonder if SoftLogik is working on an import module for PageStream 2,

 .CodeHead GT>
 Gordie: the EPS load/save ability means you can _directly_ import the
 files created with Avant Vector into Pagestream and view them onscreen.

 True.  I hadn't remembered that little gem of information.  Thanks.

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Regarding CVG and EPS support; the Germans have about 600 Calamus
 service bureaus!! We had to tell them that there are only 4 in Canada
 and ONE in the US to convince them of the importance of adding EPS
 support to the mid-level version of Avant Vector.

 Can you give a brief description of what AV is.  (call me naive)

 .CodeHead GT>
 Keith: Avant Vector is a vector editing and auto-tracing program,
 similar to Adobe Illustrator/Streamline for the Macintosh or Corel Draw
 for the PC. It converts bit-image graphics (like IMG or Degas files)
 into vector graphics (mathematical descriptions of lines and curves)...
 which lets you scale the resulting images up or down, stretch them, skew
 them, rotate them, etc., without losing any resolution or getting that
 "jaggie" effect. GA

 Will it work on all of the platforms?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 All Atari machines.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Keith: since AV exports Encapsulated Postscript, the graphics can be
 easily ported to other platforms if you wish.

 Thanks, ga

 How much memory is required for each of them, as a minimum?

 .CodeHead GT>
 Minimum requirement to run Avant Vector is 1 meg.

 I got the demo to work on my 520.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Repro Studio will run in 1 meg, but it really needs more to take
 advantage of some of its grey scale editing features.  ga

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 I recently took a friend's IMG file (from his IBM), traced it in Avant
 Vector on the ST, and saved it as an EPS file. He's elated at the
 results when he loads it into Corel Draw. ga

 .CodeHead GT>
 It was really great to check out every vector-tracing program at Seybold
 and see it blow them all away. (It really did, and I can say that since
 I didn't write it.)

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Repro Studio was shown there also. However, Repro Studio will not be
 available for another month or so.

 OK, do you think it's possible to use MultiGEM with MultiDesk to multi-
 task more than 6 progs?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 No, I don't. I'm extremely surprised that MultiGem works as well as it


 .Johnny CodeHead>
 The ST was not designed to multi-task, or switch between programs. Any
 program that tries to force it to do this must break programming rules
 and therefore will have a lot of compatibility problems.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Yep, that's the bottom line. Either break the rules, or set up a new
 protocol, that software has to be rewritten to follow. GA

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 To the operating system, MultiDesk looks like just one ACC so MultiGem
 will not be able to force things otherwise. ga

 Could you use MultiDesk to run a bunch of desk accs in one MultiGEM
 slot? ga

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 It's possible, but frankly my first experience with MultiGem was any-
 thing but inviting of further testing.

 .CodeHead GT>
 Well, we'll try again to get MultiDesk to work with MultiGEM. Our intial
 results have all failed. And by the way, just to present our perspective
 on this, MultiDesk Deluxe works with every major ST application, and
 most major TSRs and desk accessories. And it follows the ST programming
 rules as closely as possible. GA

 Ah, Charles, but which rules?  <grin>

 .CodeHead GT>
 The meager, scanty rules that Atari has provided, anyway.  :)

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Don't you mean "Who rules?"  <grin>


 Oh, also, what's Repro Studio?  (MY naive question...)

 I have Utilities release #3.  Is the update worth doing?  $10?  ga

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Release 4 of the Utilities gives you a lot of extras in the CodeHead RAM
 disk as well as a few new programming tools, a revision of Art Gallery
 and a new program for handicapped people. There may be a few other
 additions but I can't remember.

 $10 and original disk? Correct? ga

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 The new features in the RAM disk include having two disks, and you can
 now have a print spooler in the RAM disk, making it reset-proof. That's
 right, you can do a warm reset while printing and not lose a single
 character in the printout... and there's also a way to save your spooler
 data to disk so that you can print it later without having to re-run the
 program that created it. And yes, the update is $10 plus original disk.

 Thank you, ga

 Is there such a thing as a reset proof disk cache?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 I don't think so, but I don't understand what the advantage would be.

 Ok, what if you saved something to a cached disk and your system

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 The scenario is a good reason not to use a write cache. The ICD cache
 writes to the disk during the vertical blank so if your system crashes
 within a second after doing a write you'll have a problem.

 Someone asked a while back about Repro Studio...

 Yes, what is it?  I've never heard of it before...

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Repro Studio is an image processing system with some very advanced and
 powerful features. We plan to offer it in two versions. The low-end
 version will be just the software and will list for $195. The high-end
 version includes a 256 gray-scale scanner and will list for $895. It
 makes a great companion for Avant Vector. Repro Studio allows you to
 scan images at up to 400 dpi and process them in many different ways

 We did a very interesting test at the Seybold show. We found a flyer
 from another company with a wood-block type of graphic on the front
 cover. We scanned it in two passes with Repro Studio, and put the two
 halves together quite handily. The seam was barely detectable. The image
 created was 350K! We traced this image with Avant Vector. It took about
 ten minutes, although most traces take under a minute. The resulting
 vector graphic required no editing whatsoever (well, we had to change
 one tiny fill pattern from black to white). The CVG vector file ended up
 to be 25K and when we printed it out it looked EXACTLY like the original couldn't tell the difference. We've been showing the two pages to
 people ever since and everyone is blown away.

 I assume we'll see something similar in Chicago?  Maybe?

 Cool...You should've given your copy back to the pamphlet's creator,
 just for cruelty.

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Anyway, enough blowing <grin>.  And yes, Gordie.  GA

 Not a question, just a statement. I think that MultiDesk Deluxe is the
 best thing you guys have ever come up with.  It's so fast with the
 Quantum drive that you don't even notice the Acc's are not in memory!!

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Thanks, Lloyd.  And did you say that you hadn't received your Utilities


 .Johnny CodeHead>
 I'll get that out to you tomorrow, after some disciplinary action
 <grin>.  GA

 No problem...I haven't been in any position to miss it <grin>.  GA

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Yes, it's quite nice to have MultiDesk Deluxe load a list of dozens of
 ACCs at bootup without taking any time at all, and later have them
 loaded in on the fly so fast. GA

 It's amazing how fast it is when you're running off of a fast hard

 John, how was the WAACE show for the CodeHeads?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Funny you should ask...The WAACE show was a wonderful success, not only
 for us but also for most everyone we talked to (vendors). We brought 5
 Avant Vectors to the show, thinking that we might sell one or two...we
 sold ten!!

 There's your airfare.  <g>

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 After the success of the Glendale show, we decided to bring 100 Multi-
 Desk Deluxe packages. They were sold out on the first day!

 And your hotel accomodations.  <G>

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 We also ran out of just about everything else we brought... mostly

 Any guesses why it was so successful?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 Yes, I think there are many contributing factors:
    1) The show was well promoted...
    2) We had some wonderful, exciting new products: MDD and Avant
    3) The dwindling availability of dealers may have been a factor...
    4) Or the Atari market might be getting better.  But...

 Most of our sales were updates, so I think it's pretty clear that the
 existing users are solidly behind the ST/TT but that there is not enough
 new blood in the market to get excited about. GA

 Do you have any contact with developers on other platforms, to know if
 the loyalty of the ST users is unique?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 I don't really know developers on any other platform, but I think the
 other platforms are too large for them to get a sense of loyalty from
 their users. GA

 It has been said that software sales are a diminishing thing. The longer
 you have your machine, the less software you buy. But the ST users don't
 seem to follow that trend. Just an observation, but I think it's worth
 noting. ga

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 As long as we keep putting out either new software or new versions of
 our existing software, our users will be there for us...

 ...and those who pirate our wares are kept happy too (sigh).

 Like that's a consideration.  <frown>

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 My wife would like to ask a question.


 .Johnny CodeHead>
 "When are you coming down stairs to pay attention to ME!!!???" <grin>


 Is that a hint, John?  |-)

 Okay, we'll let you go, then. Wouldn't do to ruin some marital bliss for

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 That's OK. I've been happily married for 12 years... 12 out of 21 ain't
 too bad. <grin> Just kidding.


 .Johnny CodeHead>
 We wouldn't have lasted 21 years if she weren't wonderfully under-

 Seriously, though, I'd like to thank you for being here tonight. Any
 closing comments?

 .Johnny CodeHead>
 I'd like to thank everyone for coming and I'd like to mention that our
 outlook HAS changed in the last two months... Some of you may recall
 that there was a statement in AIM magazine quoting us as saying that we
 have no plans for any new Atari software. As you can see, things have


 .Johnny CodeHead>
 With Avant Vector, Repro Studio, Genus, MIDI Spy, and even some other
 things I can't mention yet, we're definitely planning some new things!
 Thank you all! GA

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 > LANTECH STR Review                   A TRUE, LOCAL AREA NETWORK


      review by
      Joe Mirando

      It seems that one of the things that keeps Atari computers from
      successfully entering the business market is the lack of a
      usable networking system.

      That problem has been overcome by Lantech Systems of Billerica,
      Massachusetts.  The Lantech 10 megabit per second LAN (Local
      Area Network) allows two or more computers to share hard drives.

      What you need:

      1)  Two or more ST, Mega or STe computers (mix and match).
      2)  At least one hard drive.
      3)  Lantech Basic Starter System.
      4)  Co-axial cable
      5)  BNC connectors
      6)  BNC 'T' adaptors
      7)  Digital Multi-Meter

      The Lantech Starter System comes with two Lantech LT101
      cartridges, a 24 page instruction manual and a disk containing
      programs to allow you to configure and run the network, an
      accessory to allow you to pass messages between computers, and
      an accessory to change the printer node for a given computer
      (more on this later).

      The LAN cartridges themselves measure 5 inches from front to
      back, 5 1/4 inches left to right, and are 1 1/2 inch tall.  They
      plug into the cartridge port of any ST, Mega or STe computer.
      On the end of the box opposite computer, there is a BNC (Bayonet
      Nut Connector) mount and a "balance switch" which allows you to
      adjust the network for optimum operation.  On the front of the
      cartridge is an LED that flashes as data is passed over the

      Once the cartridges are connected to your computers and the
      co-axial cables are connected, flip the balance switches on the
      cartridges at either end of the network to the "ON" position,
      and the switches on the "inside" cartridges to "OFF".

      Before going any further, it's very important that you test the
      LAN for a few electrical problems.  I almost destroyed a large
      percentage of my equipment by not testing for ground potential
      difference.  The tests are easily done with a digital
      multi-tester, take only a few moments, and could save you a
      large amount of grief.

      Now it's time to test the network out.

      By running HOSTTEST.PRG on a computer with a hard drive
      attached, and TERMTEST.PRG on each of the others in turn (with
      or without hard drives), you will be able to determine if your
      network will run with few enough errors to be reliable.
      Although the network software checks and corrects transmission
      errors, too many errors will slow things down and could cause
      damage to your hard drive.  If you get to many errors for
      reliable use, the program will tell you so.  Your options at
      this point include shortening the cable length, adjusting the
      balance switches and checking the voltage available from your
      cartridge port.

      This last option has proven that, in most of the cases I've
      encountered, the fault lies with the computer's power supply.
      While the ST's cartridge port is supposed to supply 5 volts
      +/-0.25, some ST power supplies put out less than the minimum.
      Without getting too technical, the components of the LAN
      cartridge should receive a voltage of no less than +4.85 and no
      more than +5.2.  If you are lucky enough to have a power supply
      with a variable resistor on it, you can carefully adjust the
      voltage so that it puts out +5.15 at the power supply when the
      leads are disconnected from the motherboard (this helps to
      assure that you don't get +5.0 volts at the cartridge port and
      +5.3 volts at the motherboard, which could destroy your CPU or
      your TOS chips).  As a last resort, Best Computers sells a
      heavy-duty power supply that installs easily and provides the
      correct voltage.  Both power supply adjustment and replacement
      are supposed to be done by qualified personal, but it's not too
      difficult to do yourself if you don't mind voiding the warranty
      on your computer.

      Now that we've cleared the testing stage, it's time to configure
      your network.

      When you run the LANCONFIG program, you are first asked what
      "Node" you are configuring.  The computer with the hard drive
      should be node Zero.  After you select the node number, you are
      asked to select the drives that will be available.  Configuring
      the network consists of giving the computer a node number,
      selecting which hard drive partitions it will use, deciding if
      this particular node will be allowed to write to each partition,
      and whether it will print to it's own printer port or to a
      printer connected to another "Node".  More than one node may
      have a hard drive attached, but any node that does have a hard
      drive must look at it's own first.  As an example, let's say
      that Node Zero has a hard drive with two partitions, C and D,
      which we'll call Jack and Leonard.  Node One also has a hard
      drive with two partitions, which we'll call Sam and Gary. Node
      Two has no hard drive at all.

      Now, let's configure node Zero.  Since node zero has a hard
      drive, the partitions on that drive must come first.  In other
      words, Jack and Leonard must be Drives C: and D: on Node Zero.
      Since one of the other nodes has a hard drive, we can access its
      two partitions as drives E: and F:.  So the drive order for Node
      Zero is Jack (C), Leonard (D), Sam (E), and Gary(F)  [or Jack
      (C), Leonard (D), Gary (E), and Sam(F)].

      Let's say that Node Zero has a printer attached, so we tell the
      config program that Node Zero will print at Node Zero.  Got it?

      Node One, since it has its own hard drive (Sam and Gary), must
      use them as drives C: and D: followed, if you wish, by Jack
      and/or Leonard (or Leonard and Jack) as drives E: and F:.  Node
      One also has a printer attached, so we tell the config program
      to use the printer at Node One.

      Node Two, the node without it's own hard drive, can be configured
      to use the partitions of the other two in any order and using
      all or some of the partitions.  Although you can configure the
      node to use any of the "remote" partitions in any order, you'll
      probably find it much less confusing to keep the drives in
      sequence (either Jack, Leonard, Sam, Gary -or- Sam, Gary, Jack,

      The last thing to do is select the printer for Node Two.  Let's
      say that Node Two in addition to not having a hard drive, has no
      printer.  you can have this node print at either of the other
      computer's printers.

      Once you set up the configuration for a node, the config program
      will create a program called LANTECH.PRG.  This is the actual
      network program.  It can be run from the AUTO folder or from the
      desktop.  LANTECH.PRG configured for five nodes and eight
      partitions (four each on two hard drives), takes up only 10,242
      bytes of memory.  Obviously, these programs were designed to
      be used even with computers with little memory to spare.

      Something neat happens when booting a computer without a hard
      drive with LANTECH.PRG in the AUTO folder of drive A:.  Although
      it will use the Drive A: AUTO folder, it will install its
      accessories from what ever drive you designate as C: drive.

      I've found it useful to keep a "master disk" with all of the
      different LANTECH programs.  Just rename them NODE_0.PRG,
      NODE_1.PRG, NODE_2.PRG, etc.  I put all of these different Lan
      programs into a folder named (originally enough) LANS.  Then, I
      copy over all of the other LANTECH programs.

      The accessories for messages and printer assignment, while not
      necessary for the operation of the Lan, can come in very handy.
      The message accessory allows you to send notes from one computer
      to another.  Without going into too much detail, you select the
      accessory, choose the node number to send the message to, type
      the message and send it.

      Also included is an accessory to change your current printer
      node.  This way, if your node is configured to print on a node
      with a draft quality printer, but you want to print something on
      the 24 pin printer attached to another node, you can "swap"
      printers for the session.


      The only problem I've encountered with the Lantech LAN has
      nothing to do with the Network, but with TOS itself:  TOS was
      never meant to run networks and has no SHARE command such as
      MS-DOS has.  Therefore, it is not only possible, but probable,
      that if you write to the same partition with two different
      computers, you will corrupt data.  This problem arises because
      neither computer realizes that the other has written information
      to the drive.  When you first open a window to a drive, the
      computer checks the directory and File Allocation Table (FAT) to
      see how much free space there is and where it is.  When you
      write a file, the computer assumes that nothing about the drive
      has changed.  If something has been changed by another computer,
      files could end up overwriting each other, which would leave, in
      technical terms, an "unrecognizable heap of binary garbage".

      The best way to avoid this is not to write to the same partition
      with two computers at the same time.  It's not as bad as it
      sounds.  With word processing on one partition,
      telecommunications on another and desktop publishing on another,
      several computers can use the same hard drive with no problems.

      Since my company purchased the network with the intent of having
      a multi-station office system in which multiple computers could
      do accounts receivable and payable, inventory control and
      shipping all using the same data files  the answer to the
      problem was to (using DBMAN) have a "node" file that kept track
      of what node was using which file and locked all others out
      until that particular node was finished.

      As an alternative, if you have programing experience, is to
      modify the Message accessory so that when a node needs to write
      to a  hard drive, it will first check to see if this machine is
      Node Zero.  If it is Node Zero, it will write the file to the
      disk.  If the computer is not Node Zero, it will pass the data
      to Node Zero, which will write the data for it.  However,
      lacking experience in Pascal, I have not even tried to do this.

      Perhaps the most difficult part of using something like a
      network is customer support if you have a problem.  There have
      been a few times when, although I have not had an actual
      problem, I've had a few obscure questions.  Lantech has always
      answered these questions without making me feel like a computer
      illiterate.  Talking with Paul Swanson is always informative,
      and usually humorous:  Like the time I mentioned that the Lan
      cartridge was just the right size to rest a coffee cup on.  Paul
      chuckled and said "Yeah, and if we put a power supply in the
      cartridge, it would keep the coffee warm too!"

      Knowledge is very important in customer support, but so is
      understanding the customer's point of view and having a sense of
      humor.  I'm glad to be able to report that Paul Swanson fills
      all of these requirements and makes a damned good Network system
      to boot.

      The following list of load-times was compiled using two 1040 STs
      with TOS 1.0 and an ICD AD-SCSI plus host adaptor with a Seagate
      42 meg hard drive:

            |             | To load on    | To load on     |
            |Application  | Host Computer |remote computer |
            |NeoDesk 2.03 | 8 Seconds     | 13 Seconds     |
            |DbMan 5.20   | 5 Seconds     | 15 Seconds     |
            |Flash!       | 6 Seconds     | 10 Seconds     |
            |PageStream   | 6 Seconds     | 10 Seconds     |
            |GFA Basic    | 4 Seconds     |  6 Seconds     |
            |VIP Profess  | 7 Seconds     | 17 Seconds     |
            |WordWriter 2 | 7 Seconds     | 12 Seconds     |
            |126K WW file |34 Seconds     | 36 Seconds     |

      For more information about Lantech's 10megabit per second
      network, contact:

      12 Shedd Rd., P.O. Box R
      Billerica, Ma 01821
      Attn: Paul Swanson
      Phone (508) 663-3776

      The suggested retail price for the starter system, which
      includes two LAN cartridges, a software disk and manual, is

      Suggested retail price for each additional LAN cartridge is


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 > The Flip Side STR Feature         "A casual Overview of Comdex"

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 This is the week of COMDEX, the place where all of the major players in
 the computer market come to show off their new wares.  Naturally, Atari
 was there in all of their glory, showing new products (the new ST Note-
 Book for one), introducing some new STe promo's, and displaying their
 high-end product offerings.

 I wasn't able to attend COMDEX this year, but according to reports from
 friends who did attend and from what I have read on-line, Atari has done
 itself proud.  First SEYBOLD, now COMDEX.  It looks as if our favorite
 computer company is on a roll!!

 If you want to see what Atari's booth at Comdex looked like, watch ABC
 Business Week (ABC BW) this next Sunday morning (10-27-91).  ABC BW con-
 ducted interviews with the owner of the Sands Convention Center and with
 the Interface Group (people who sponsor Comdex) and opened its coverage
 with a sequence of establishing shot's of the Atari booth. Thanks to the
 folks on-line who let us know about this.

 Let's take a brief look at what I've heard that Atari had to show this
 year.  Starting off, Atari showed three PC compatible systems that will
 now be available in the US.

    First is a battery powered 20mhz '386SX Notebook that comes stock
    with 1-meg of memory, a 40-meg hard drive, a 1.44-meg floppy drive
    and a 640x480 backlit LCD display.

    Second is a full-sized 40mhz '386DX (Advanced Micro Devices AM386)
    system. It's SVGA compatible and comes stock with 2-megs of ram, a
    80-meg hard drive, a 3.5" 1.44-meg floppy and a mouse.

    Third is a full-sized 20mhz '386SX system that is SVGA compatible,
    comes stock with 1-meg of ram, a 40-meg hard drive, a 1.44-meg
    floppy, 101/102 enhanced AT style keyboard and a mouse.

 According to sources at Atari, they will be adding the MS-DOS option to
 the line and they will have MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.0 available.

 This is not the same PC line that Atari has sold in Canada and Europe in
 the past, it has been re-vamped for the US market.  The Atari PC line is
 being developed and manufactured by a third party company to Atari's
 specifications and will come in an Atari box with a custom front panel.

 I know that many of our loyal ST owners are wondering why Atari wants to
 get into the PC market when we have such a great system already.  Well,
 I feel there's a couple of good business reasons for Atari to come out
 with these three systems. One is so current Atari dealers can sell PC
 compatibles with the Atari name instead of some other brand. The other
 is that it will allow current Atari owners to keep buying 'Atari' even
 if they need a PC compatible for some reason.

 From what I hear, the ST Book was a huge success at Comdex.  Sources at
 Atari say they are putting the final touches on the ST Book at this
 time.  Atari hopes to have a limited number of 1-meg versions available
 later this year and the full production runs early next year.

 Here's what a couple of others had to say about Atari and Comdex.


 From Darlah (RT Sysop) - Category 11, Topic 9, Message 2 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

    Atari announced their new 520 DISCOVERY EXTRA PACK promo which
    includes: Four Games, Paint Program, Basic & Desktop Tour, a 520STe
    CPU, SC1224 Color Monitor all in a very colorful, attractive box

    They also announced their 1040 FAMILY CURRICULUM promo with: Five
    separate modules, each with three programs, 1040STe CPU, SC1224 Color
    Monitor all in attractive beautiful box sleeve.

    SLM - DTP SOFTWARE PACK with SLM605 300 dpi Laser Printer and a
    choice to the Dealer to purchase either Calamus, Calamus Font Editor
    and Guide to Calamus Desktop Publishing OR Pagestream with additional

    The PORTFOLIO MEMORY PACK including: Portfolio Palmtop Computer, 64K
    RAM Memory Card, File Manager/Tutorial Software Card and a New, easy
    to use manual.

    The PORTFOLIO SOFTWARE PACK with Portfolio Chess, Instant Speller
    Hyperlists and Financial or DOS Utility cards.

    That is the new Dealer promotions.


 From what I've heard on-line, Greg Pratt at Atari says that all Atari
 hardware that was announced for the promo's is already in Atari's ware-
 house. They're waiting on a few odd's-and-end's pieces of software to
 complete the promo's, but the completed product should be shipping some-
 time next week. Next week, Atari's staff will be calling all the dealers
 who were unable to attend Comdex and taking orders.


 From B.J. King - Cat. 11, Topic 9, Message 23 - from the ST Roundtable
 on Genie...
    One of the "bennies" of working for Uncle Sam AND living in Las Vegas
    is that I am able to experience COMDEX.  WHEW!  I walked my little
    legs off today (no exaggeration!).

    For the uninitiated, imagine 5 football fields filled with the latest
    in hardware, software, distribution services, publishers, media,
    glitz, stage shows...well, I hope you get the idea. This year's show
    used the entire (except for the part under construction) Las Vegas
    Convention Center, the Sands Convention Center, and the convention
    sections of the Hilton, Riviera, Ballys and Mirage hotels. Ballys was
    dedicated to Multimedia exhibits and the Mirage was dedicated to

    I started walking at 0900 today, and didn't go home until 1700 (that
    is 5 PM for you civilians). Twice I ended up at the Atari booth, the
    first to kinda wander through and see who (& what) was where and the
    second to zero in on specific areas of interest.

    I spent some time watching John Eidsvoog vectorize a cartoon with
    their new product (I forget the's not something that I have
    a need for just yet) When he finished and printed it out, it looked
    exactly(!) like what he started with!  No scan lines, jaggies, or
    anything.  (If I had not had seen it with my own eyes, I would never
    have believed that I could do that with my Atari...must have really
    knocked them over at Seybold!)

    I saw the Book! It looks impressive! I want one! 10 hours on one
    charge in spite of the hard drive! (no floppy, but that's what I have
    a 1040 for, right?)

    A long and interesting discussion with Bob Brodie...He wants a Book
    too :}. (Thanks for taking the time to 'splain things Bob!)

    An ABC 386DX/40 was on display - Portfolios - the announced bundles -
    and what I assume was the rest of the Seybold demonstration team with
    their line of products...(By the way, it seems they spent more time
    tweaking their apps instead of displaying to the public - just an
    observation I noticed, as compared to the "reach-out-and-grab-
    someone-by-the-lapels" tactics of other vendors on the floor.)

    An extensive Music/MIDI area - I saw a demo where a sound sample was
    modified to raise the pitch but keep the same time slice -- I guess
    the best way to describe it would be to imagine Alvin and the
    Chipmunks voices - raised but not fast (remember, I impress easily!)
    The gentleman demoing the box (and assoc software) held up a stack of
    response forms when I asked how it was going - he said that one man
    was coming back this afternoon with CASH to buy the demo unit on the
    spot! (realize the entire system (w/software/box/Atari Computer) was
    about 4k).

    Other miscellaneous things I noted - DRDOS 6.0 / QEMM 6.1 (note the
    .1) - The COLOR Jet printer at HP (WOW!) - The floptical drive
    developed by Insite - WordPerfect for Windows (about time they caught
    up with the Atari :} ) I got a free disk from TDK with F117A demo -
    lots of free magazines (saved probably $40.00 in November issues
    alone!) - hmm - just had a user-headspace- error...guess I'll stop
    for now.

    All in all an interesting 8 hours - but it just wasn't enough! I need
    two more days to prowl!

    BJ King Dead (Head) Tired (and imagine how the exhibitors must feel!)


 Until next week.....



                          IS THIS THING FOR REAL?
                              YOU BET IT IS!

 part I

 A four part
 investigative series

 by Ralph F. Mariano

     It came in the US Mail last week.  A "plain brown wrapper" affair with
 words emblazoned across the front; "Don't buy any software until you read
 this...  HOT FLASH!  Borrow the latest Commercial Software Programs for
 Peanuts!  Then in smaller print, this offer good for only 30 days!  Spe-
 cial "early bird" premiums if you act within 10 days.

 sat and looked at this thing for some time wondering  about whatever be-
 came of the "Hatch Act" (Sen. Orin Hatch R-Utah) supposedly passed to kill
 rental types of operations.  After a bit of research, it was discovered
 that the law has been effectivly skirted by this recent inroad into legal-
 ly renting out commercial software.  Needless to say, the discovery was
 devastating.  Yes folks... this is a "call to pens".  Read this and the
 subsequent articles.  But... above all else at this time, help us enhance
 our public official's awareness of this new, outrageous threat to our
 developer community.

     The name of the entity who sent this six sheet flyer is "Soft-Eval
 Library Services."  In one portion of the flyer the following declarations
 are found;

 Purpose of the Library

     Soft-Eval is a Georgia non-profit educational institution serving its
     members by lending software for evaluation purposes.

     It is in complete legal compliance with the 1990 software copyright
     laws governing non-profit libraries for educational inquiry purposes.

     We do not provide any technical support or documentation.  The absence
     of documentation is to limit your use to evaluation purposes.

     Most programs have help screens and internal documentation that should
     allow you to evaluate them very well.

 Operating Guidelines

     The library is styrictly a limited-membership institution.  Because of
     the necessity to remain small in order to better serve its members,
     membership in the library is NOT open-to-all.

     The software programs in the library are copyrighted by their
     publishers and authors.  The Archival copies are meant for evaluation
     and not intended as substitutes of these software packages.

     You must NOT remove any write protect tabs or alter the disks under
     any circumstances.  You can make a temporary backup copy or install
     temporarily on your hard disk if the specific software requires you to
     remove the "write protect" tab in order to run the package.

     Since software is loaned only for the purpose of evaluation, you must
     destroy that you may have made when you returnm the original in order
     to maintain the software publisher's copyright protection.

     All disks and sleeves must be handled carefully and returned in good
     condition seven days after you receive them.  Please clearly identify
     the package return so that we will know whjo returned them when we
     check them in.

 more next week....

     "Promise of Quality", "Shipment Procedures", "Costs", "Plea for
     Software Donations", "Total Fees & Obligations" and more.


 Please...let STReport know what you think of this sort of practice, be
 advised, we plan to send your letters along with our complaint to Senator
 Hatch's office and photocopies of same to SPA for 'evaluation'.  In our
 opinion, this sort of thing can bring the sofware industry to its knees if
 allowed to flourish unchecked.  STReport WANTS your input and help NOW.

 Send all letters to:

                               P.O. BOX 6672
                       JACKSONVILLE, FL. 32205-6672


 > WAACE SWAP ROOM STR FOCUS          Fractured Physics & Pandemonium


 by Joe Mirando

     (Aren't computers wonderful?  I have just finished this article and
     have noticed that it's tone has changed measurably from when I had
     started.  So I just moved the cursor up and added this paragraph.  Now
     if I had been doing this on a typewriter I would have had to re-type
     at least the first page.)

     Well anyway, on with my rambling.  I attended the WAACE computer show
 in Washington DC on October 12 and 13.  The show was, by all accounts, a
 great success.

     The aspect of the show that surprised me the most was the Swap Room.
 This was a room set aside for users who had equipment that they wanted to
 sell for one reason or another.  Dealers and developers were not allowed
 to sell items in this room.  The Swap Room was filled above and beyond all
 expectations.  From the time the show opened on Saturday morning until
 just before closing on Sunday afternoon the room was a non-stop deal.

     I have since asked many people why they thought the Swap Room did so
 well.  Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus.  It is
 at times like this that I fall back on a method of reasoning popularized
 by Albert Einstein.  The method is known as a Thought Experiment.

     The main idea behind a Thought Experiment is that if you know and
 understand the physical laws and interactions involved, you don't need to
 use expensive equipment to know what will happen, or what has happened in
 a given situation.

 Let's try to apply this philosophy to a few different possible scenarios:

 Theory #1:  The items intended for sale suddenly disappeared.

     I doubt it.  The Law of Conservation of Matter states that matter can
 be neither created nor destroyed.  Although the Theory of Relativity
 states that matter and energy are interchangeable (via Einstein's 'E=MC2'
 equation in which Mass times the speed of light equals the amount of ener-
 gy), the amount of energy released in such a transformation would have
 transformed most of the Washington area into rubble.  Okay, I think we can
 rule this out.

 Theory #2:

 There were only a few people selling items and the rest of the merchandise
 appeared from thin air.

     I doubt this one too.  Again, using Relativity, it might be possible,
 but the energy needed to create the items involved would have been huge.
 Since I rather doubt that the Sheraton keeps a large nuclear reactor on
 the premises, we must look elsewhere.

 Theory #3:

 The people selling used merchandise were doing so because they were trying
 to "get out of" Atari and "get into" another computer platform.

     When I started this article, it was my intention to prove this
 supposition.  Once I began to put this idea into a thought experiment
 however, I found that it just didn't work out.

     You see, I noticed that, although there were a few complete systems
 being offered for sale, the most prevalent situation (or Event in physics
 terms) was the selling of programs and peripherals.  People who want to
 move to another type of computer seldom keep the computers themselves and
 sell the software and peripherals.

     It was at this point that I changed my "equation" to include not only
 the merchandise and the seller but the buyer as well.  I also added in the
 fact that there were always new faces in the Swap Room on "both sides" of
 the table.  If that many people were selling things, someone must be
 buying them.  After re-checking the previous theories and finding no
 change in the outcome, I moved on to the few remaining theories.

 Theory #4:

 Elvis bought it all.

 Needless to say, I discarded this theory after only about ten minutes.
 Enough said.

 Theory #5:

     Most of the sellers were trying to sell off programs, peripherals and
 older computers that they no longer used, or things that they could do
 without in order to buy more things for themselves.   The buyers were
 anxious to get their hands on computer "stuff" (also a scientific term) at
 bargain prices.

     Hmm... Well, I don't see any obvious flaws or assumptions that go
 against the laws of physics or Virginia so, let's try to put this informa-
 tion into a formula (this is known as quantifying the reaction or event).

 If we use the basic framework of Einstein's famous equation, we can sub-
 stitute our own values for the letters.  The resulting formula will be:

     E=MC2 where E equals enjoyment , M equals the money that changed hands
 and C equals the choices available in the Swap Room.  The exact value is
 not important here, as we were primarily looking to nail down a workable

     I have proven this theory to my satisfaction every time I've sold a
 piece of equipment to my cousin, who also has an ST.  Now do you see why
 they call it the Theory of Relativity?

     As an interesting side note:  I have just realized that if Einstein
 had a hard drive made by a company named Quantum, and if it ever needed
 repair, he would probably have just thrown it away and bought another one.
 The reason for this supposition is simple:  Einstein didn't believe in
 Quantum Mechanics!


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

   From the Editor's Desk

 by Dana Jacobson

      It never ceases to amaze this editor to see the same few people wil-
 ling to read a commentary that is critical of Atari and turn the premise
 of that commentary around in such a manner that the complete initial mes-
 sage is lost amid all the bluster and dust.

      Had the focus of last week's issue of ST Report (741) been complete-
 ly about Atari's near invisibility at the recent WAACE show, I might be
 able to understand.  But, this was certainly not the case.  The majority
 of last week's issue was reserved for reports of the show, one of which
 happened to be from me.  All of those reports but two (mine and Joe Miran-
 do's) were submitted by show-goers and not anyone on the STR staff.  All
 of the reports were extremely positive, a congratulatory group of
 statements for the fine show that the folks at WAACE put together.  They
 (WAACE) certainly outdid themselves this year as vendors and attendees
 alike have enthusiastically attested.

      So, why all the commotion?  Well, certainly every coin has a flip
 side.  In addition to my show report, I also had a commentary which
 reflected the "tail" side of that coin, one that was obvious to many
 silent observers attending the show.  That side was the apparent unequal
 representation by Atari.

     What do I mean by unequal?  All of the developers and vendors that
 attended the show were highly visible - they showed us the latest fantas-
 tic products they offered, supported and they made them readily available.
 In addition, if a user wanted a closer look, they could dig right in, or
 at the very least, be given a thorough demonstration.  What was not
 visible was Atari.  Yes, Bob, John, and Ken were in attendance.  Yes, they
 conducted well attended seminars.  Yes, they were more than willing to
 talk with anyone.  But, there was nothing from Atari for the attendees to
 see or touch.  How very disappointing.  Talking about the latest offerings
 from Atari is certainly not as impressive as talking and showing.

      Let's try using a little imagination with a hypothetical scenario.
 We're at one of the biggest computer shows in the country.  The place is
 packed with developers and vendors.  We, as attendees, are making our way
 along the aisles checking out who's who and what each vendor has to offer.

     In our travels we come across one booth which consists of an empty
 table with a couple of distinguished people standing behind it.  The sign
 on the wall behind them says XYZ Computers.  Ahhh, these are the folks who
 are representing the company that the rest of the vendors are supporting
 and in return, support me as the user of the XYZ computer.

     Let's check out the new machines we've been hearing so much about.
 Huh, the booth is empty.  Well, let's see what's up anyway.  You ask a few
 questions after introducing yourself (break the ice kinda thing).  Hey,
 can I take a look at the new XYZ-ABC2 system, you ask?  Oh, you don't have
 one.  How about the ABCD5?  Not here either, huh?  Well, the folks at XYZ
 begin to tell you about these machines.  It's a really great machine.  It
 has the following configuration and has all of these neat features.  If I
 had one here I could show you what it can do.  Do you have any brochures,
 you ask?  Er no, I didn't bring anything with me - sorry.  You know, the
 representative adds, we showed off the ABC2 last month in Texas, you
 should have been there.  We're also showing it and the ABCD5 in Kansas
 City next week, drop by then.  Oh, you drove 600 miles to see it here?
 Well, I guess you're out of luck, sorry.  Disappointed (at best), you
 resume your exploration of the show's offerings.  Other than your disap-
 pointment with XYZ's lack of presence, you enjoyed the rest of the show.

      Sound familiar?  The focus of my commentary last week was to point
 out that Atari's presence, or lack of it, left a bad taste with many
 people.  If the ST Book was unavailable for unforeseeable reasons, there
 were other things that could have been shown anyway.  I would hope that if
 people were to have learned that the ST Book was stolen, broken, or
 whatever; having other machines in abundance would have made up for it.
 Yes, there would have still been a few people who would have complained
 anyway; there's always a few "you can't please no matter what" (and they
 don't necessarily wear STR buttons <grin>).

      There was a great deal of back room discussion throughout the course
 of the show, both before and after.  Some of these discussions, some of
 which I was privy to, were with organizers, showgoers, and even some of
 the developers.  In many of these discussions, items that I mentioned in
 my original commentary were directly addressed.  There was no conspiracy
 to belittle Atari or any of its employees.  There was no collaboration to
 learn as much "dirt" possible.  Nor was there any fantastic fabrication of
 a 'ficticious story' happening.  What was discussed were the sincere con-
 cerns of hard working folks.  Concerns that Atari _appeared_ to not be
 showing the same kind of open support as other shows had recently

      The fact that the Glendale or Chicago shows were mentioned in
 comparison is only a reference point.  But, continually, there are those
 who would like you to believe that STReport has stirred up an East-West
 coast controversy, a Glendale-WAACE war.  That is simply not the case.
 But it certainly would confuse the issues.  The point is it appears, from
 all public accounts, that the Glendale attendees were treated to a more
 visible Atari, period.  It could have been East Oshkosh, USA or ANYTOWN,
 USA.  It happened to be Glendale.  It doesn't matter.  But, there are
 those same individuals who would rather create a diversion than focus on
 the point being made:

           All shows are not and have not been treated equally.

       The bottom line is support.  It should always be equal among the
 shows in which Atari plays any kind of role.  Let the groups organize the
 shows.  We know that the folks at Glendale and WAACE have the ability to
 organize great shows.  Atari has the ability to complement these shows
 with their support, and should do so.  Had this been done at WAACE, the
 "little" things that also cropped up would not have had much significance.
 Had this been done at WAACE, there would be no reason for ST Report, or
 anyone for that matter, to bring it to light.  But, if it takes a commen-
 tary such as mine last week, and resulting discussions to bring out an
 important issue and cause the situation to be equitably resolved, then
 something positive has been accomplished.

      From my own experience, having Atari at a show compliments both Atari
 and the Show itself.  Many will say; "Having Atari at a show will possibly
 have a positive influence on the show's success."  Do all shows _need_
 Atari to succeed? - Probably not.  Would they be better off _with_ Atari
 involved? - Most likely yes.  Let's hope that Atari and show organizers
 can get this situation resolved so that all involved can move forward and
 start to plan next year's shows.

                    It's really time to move forward...


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

                            STReport's MailBag

 Subj:   STEs and Such

 Dear Mr. Mariano,

     I am writing in regards to the Atari STe Demo Contest that was
 announced by Atari Corp. at the beginning of this year.  This contest was
 supposed to end in April but I never read of any winners.  I was not an
 entrant but was very curious to see what kind of demoes came out of this
 contest :).  I even e-mailed Bill Rehbock on GEnie recently to see what
 was up, and he said something about the legal department having to go
 through the entries but that they would be posted RSN.  I asked Bob Brodie
 at WAACE and he said the winning entries would also be posted soon.  Well,
 still no announcement and/or winning entries on GEnie or here <yeah,
 right>, so I thought I would ask if you know anything about this contest.
 I know it's Comdex week and all, but this contest supposedly ended months
 ago?!?  I guess those buttons you gave out at WAACE are still timely <g>
 (I was probably the only under-25 year old at the 'Atari Press' seminar
 but was too shy to stand up).  Sheesh, I've got too many I's in my senten-
 ces :).

     I would also like to direct your attention to a post in the Midi RT on
 GEnie; it is in CAT 2, TOPIC 18, MSG 160.  They have a small Atari 'area'
 in there; I know that your online mag has a column with helpful message
 posts and I wanted to make sure this doesn't get by your editors while
 they're sleeping <grin>.  It is about a patch for the Revolver switcher
 program from Intersect Software that will allow it to run on the STEs(TOS
 1.6).  A little background: I had read a message on the Intersect board
 from someone who said that they had their Revolver fixed to run with their
 STe!  It was done by a dealer in St. Louis; the sysop of the Intersect
 board(Jeff Rigby) said he couldn't fix the program so I guess you could
 forget support from them.  Meanwhile, a rather talkative:) user in the
 Midi area had recently upgraded to an STe and found that his Revolver
 didn't work anymore.  This was one of his _most_ important programs and he
 was _very_ upset that he couldn't do his switching anymore.  I left the
 info from the message on the Intersect board on the Midi RT and now a few
 weeks later he's back up and running with his Revolver.  MultiGem just
 doesn't cut it with Midi like Revolver does according to him.  Apparently
 the only fix needed was to change where Revolver looked for the ROMs (FC
 to $E).  I don't own Revolver (just Interlink and masterLink) so can't
 vouch for it personally but I don't believe this fix is widely known
 about.  Anyway, this message is getting too long so I'll end it here.

                                     Thank you for your support.

                                             Dave Shorr

 32070 25-OCT 02:06 Must Haves & Classics
      RE: Atari Advertising (Re: Msg 31993)

     Bob, PLEASE stop your antagonistic attitude about STReport.  It's an-
 noying, distracting, and worst of all, it splits up the users.  From what
 I've seen of him, Ralph's managed to keep his integrity and journalistic
 responsibility in mind at all times.  Atari would do well to follow his
 example.  If Atari doesn't want negative press, perhaps they should do
 "The Right Thing, The Right Way", as Guy Kawasaki would put it.

     All I know for certain is that, given the choice between two differing
 opinions, I just watch where the paychecks come from, and that tells me
 quite a bit.  It tells me that perhaps these "corrections" aren't correc-
 tions, they're hushing up.  And I recall, over and over, The Editorial
 That Killed Atari Explorer.  AE was and is your house publication, and you
 do have the right to say what goes into it.  But you do NOT own STR, or
 even Z*Net (despite their heavy bias, they too manage to speak the truth
 once in a while).  STR also has NOT gone down in popularity, nor, I think,
 in quality.  It's still an excellent publication, and its readership has,
 if anything, grown over the past few years.  As long as Atari Corp.
 opposes STR, people will read it to find out what Atari is NOT telling us.

     To be honest, you are the one damaging your reputation here, by acting
 this way, and this is not appropriate behavior for anyone in a public
 relations job.  While all of us are subject to temper-induced flames,
 anyone in an official position needs to keep better self-control.

 Thanks for your attention.  Oh, and the "not going to dignify that" bit IS
 uncalled for.  Children do that.  Adults don't.

                                         "No more REAL SOON NOW"


 > A FEW Thoughts STR FOCUS              Isn't hindsight great?

                        PONDERING LAST WEEK'S ISSUE

 by Ralph F. Mariano

     In STReport 741, one will find six upbeat, positive show reports
 covering most every aspect of the recent, highly successful, WAACE Show.
 The reports indicated the users loved the show, absolutely supported the
 developers with excellent sales and were apparently disappointed with the
 level of support and participation provided by Atari.  The reports were
 not edited or influenced by this or any STReport editor, they were exactly
 as perceived by the users who wrote the reports.  They were, in effect,
 "Saying it like it is."   STReport's correspondents merely reported their
 observations and they did so with a refreshingly high level of candid, ac-
 curacy.  There has been some requests for STReport to give its sources for
 the comments.

     In this one case, an exception will be made since the  sources are, in
 reality, the very authors whose reports are contained in STR741 in their
 entirety.  The editorial by Mr. Dana Jacobson was quite accurate, it
 should be pointed out, he sat in on an informal meeting with a number of
 the folks who planned and staged the show.  At this meeting, Mr. Jacobson
 heard every comment first hand and related them to our readers with true
 candor and accuracy.

     On a more human level, the realization of the pressure and problems
 recently experienced by those folks trying to offer support on behalf of
 Atari is acknowledged.  However, in a strictly business sense, the East
 Coast Show draws as much, if not more, attention to Atari computers than
 any major Atari related Show.  Notably, when show attendees are able to
 clearly notice Atari "missing" even though their reps are in attendance,
 then, that observation must be brought out.  This is exactly what the
 show reports did along with the Jacobson Editorial.  This effort was taken
 to give these serious, nagging problems exposure in hopes of their being
 resolved.  After all, according to certain WAACE show officials, this is
 not the first year that produced similar problems.  All that's ever been
 expected is equal, fair support and participation for all shows meeting
 the necessary criteria.

     One can be sure, if it were within anyone's power to back up a few
 months and make some changes.. it would, more than likely, happen.
 Whomever made the decisions at Atari, all year long, concerning the levels
 of support and co-operation with WAACE apparently gave little or no con-
 sideration to those users (a) working diligently at making WAACE the suc-
 cess it was and (b) the users traveling great distances to "celebrate
 Atari" at a large, well known and respected Atari Festival.  Many of whom,
 by the way, also stayed four days and spent very long dollars.  No doubt
 those responsible must answer for Atari's perceived lack of support and
 participation even if only to themselves.  At best, the very least that
 could have been done was bring the "grand prize" to the show but that too,
 was obvious by its absence.  Atari is still a young dynamic company with
 plenty of superb, enthusiastic plans for the future.  It is really impos-
 sible, no... it boggles the mind to think the actions described herein may
 have had the full and complete blessings of the Tramiels.  It is highly

     STR741 provided a window for users to heard.  The entire staff stands
 completely behind the show reports, editorials and comments in STR741.
 The users provided outstanding show reports that were very complimentary
 of all aspects of the show deserving compliments.  I applaud these users
 and at the same time, offer my heartfelt thanks for the fine effort they
 put forth.  They ALL did quite well.  As for the report of a TT as a Grand
 Prize in Glendale, that was an error, and most likely it became confused
 with the Chicago Show's announced grand prize of a TT030.


  STReport's Staff              The regulars and this week's contributors!

                            Publisher - Editor
                             Ralph F. Mariano

          -----------         --------------           ------------
          Robert Retelle      Charles Hill             R. ALBRITTON

  STReport Staff Editors:
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          Lucien Oppler       Brad Martin              Judith Hamner
          John Szczepanik     Dan Stidham              Joseph Mirando

  Contributing Correspondents:
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          Brian Converse      Oliver Steinmeier        Tim Holt
          Andrew Learner      Norman Boucher           Ben Hamilton
          Neil Bradley        Eric Jerue               Ron Deal
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      * "Rumors - Tidbits - Predictions - Observations - Hot Tips" *

 - Jacksonville, FL.         OLDER STs MAY BE WEAK AT PARALLEL PORT

     In what has been termed "isolated incidents", two users in Jacksonvil-
 le, Florida, Glenn Drake and Ron Deal, have both discovered that the
 Parallel Ports of their machines a 1040ST and a Mega4 ST provide
 insufficient signal strength to drive high end printers.  Dot matrix prin-
 ters run fine on both machines.  The machines were tested with the OAS
 LaserPro Silver Express recently offered at greatly reduced prices.  Deal
 said he contacted Atari and was told the pull up (impedance matching)
 resistors in the printers were not the right value for Atari computers.
 Upon hearing this both Deal and Drake went to another ST'ers home and at-
 tempted to run the printer there.  Lo and behold... it worked just fine.
 Subsequently, the printer was tried on the 1040 STe and the results were
 the same it ran just fine.  In support of this situation, STReport found
 this short file on GEnie from another loyal user who found that he too was
 experiencing serious problems:

 Number: 21317  Name: LASERJET.HLP
 Address: BBRADLEY                Date: 911021
 Approximate # of bytes: 768
 Number of Accesses: 11  Library: 27

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