ST Report: 8-May-92 #819

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 05/11/92-07:46:26 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 8-May-92 #819
Date: Mon May 11 19:46:26 1992

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     A  patch  for  Word  Perfect  users and an update for MultiDesk Deluxe
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  --HP Intros New Paintjet XL300 Inkjet Color Printer

 HP (Hewlett-Packard) has released a new plain-paper color printer for
 the business office. The HP Paintjet XL300 with HP's color implemen-
 tation of PCL 5C printer language carries a list price of $3,495.

 The printer produces 300 dots-per-inch (dpi) resolution on a variety of
 media types and sizes and features automatic input/output switching for
 simultaneous connection to PC, Macintosh, and networked environments.
 Options include Adobe Postscript Level 2 upgrade kit and HP Jet-direct
 cards. It also supports automatic language switching between PCL 5C and
 Postscript. Postscript users can purchase the postscript version (listed
 at $4,995) or a user-installable Postscript upgrade.

 The printer enables business, as well as creative and technical profes-
 sionals to bring color printing capabilities in-house for presentation
 of graphics, spreadsheets, color proofing, desktop publishing, computer-
 aided design, and project scheduling.

 As the HP Paintjet XL300 printers are the first color printers com-
 patible with the HP Laserjet III family of printers, they provide a
 transition to color printing for business users who currently use the

  -- Toshiba Introduces Lowest Power Consumption 4-meg DRAMS

 Toshiba America has announced a series of 4-meg DRAMs that offer a
 smaller size and fast 70 ns operation combined with the benefits of the
 lowest power consumption in the industry so far.

 The new DRAMs are important because they cut power consumption down to
 100mA which is 30-40% less than competing DRAMs, according to Toshiba.
 Only 0.6 microns in size, compared to other x16 4-meg DRAMs, these chips
 require 4 volts (V) of internal voltage. Toshiba says reducing the power
 needed for DRAMs from 5V for 0.7 micron DRAMs to the 4V for 0.6 micron
 DRAMs makes it safer to include other 0.6 micron components that could
 otherwise be destroyed at voltages approaching 5.5V.

 Toshiba also said demand is increasing for 4 MB DRAMs to facilitate data
 processing speed because of the faster, high-performance microprocessors
 becoming available.

 The new TC514260 series consists of 12 devices organized 256K x 16 bits
 and available in 70 and 80 ns versions. The devices are available in
 three types of packages: 40-pin 400 milimeter (mil) single outline J-
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 Toshiba says it is shipping samples and expects mass production will start
 in July, at an estimated rate of 300,000 units a month.

  -- IBM, Apple and Motorola Work Together on New Family of RISC Chips

 IBM, Apple and Motorola are setting up a 80,000 square foot facility in
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 its existing RISC System 6000 line of client servers.  While Motorola
 will manufacture and market the technology worldwide, making the new
 microprocessor family widely available to other systems manufacturers.

  -- TI Introduces "Most Advance RISC Processor"

 "SuperSPARC", called "the industry's most advanced RISC microporcessor
 for the next generation of SPARC workstations" has been announced by TI
 (Texas Instruments).

 The SuperSPARC consists of 3.1 million transistors on a single chip and,
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 multiprocessing allows system vendors to expand from one to many micro-
 processors in the same system to increase performance. At an operating
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  -- Japanese Chip Market Share Expected to Decline

 According to newly released market survey from Dataquest, even with
 semiconductor growth predicted to go up 17% in North America, the
 Japanese are still expected to lose market share in 1992.  The market
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 The decline, if it happens, will be the first since 1985 and will amount
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 Accoring to a spokesperson for Iomega, the Bernoulli new drives support
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 > The Flip Side STR Feature       "... a different viewpoint.."

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 There's been some interesting and informative threads on Genie recently.
 I've included two this week and will have more next week.


 From Cat 2, Topic 25, Msgs 78-85 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

 Question by Chris Kagy...

   Does anyone know of any software that will allow a Mac to write and
   read disks in the ST format?  My dad is stranded out in Ohio using an
   ST with little or no support...

 Answer from Robert Johnstone...

   ...The best solution would to be to work from the other end. Have your
   dad purchase a Spectre GCR. He would then be able to write and read
   Mac disks.

   If you need to get ST information onto your Mac, he needs to create
   the ST files and then Transvert them with the Transverter program also
   supplied in the Spectre GCR package to the Mac disk and then do any
   necessary manipulations or send the disk for you to modify.

   This would almost certainly mean that your dad have a hard disk and
   dedicate a partition or two to the Spectre (Mac type) format. I have a
   170 megabyte hard disk that houses my Mac files. The first 50 megs is
   two Atari ST (format type) partitions. The next partition is 100
   megabytes (HFS format) for Macintosh use. The last partition is just
   under 4 megabytes and in (MFS format) is used in the Transverting
   process. Both the Spectre (Macintosh emulation) and the Atari ST via
   the Transverter program can access this partition.

 Answer from Ron Grant (GXRSYS)...

   Chris, the preceding information is true; your father can indeed read
   & write Mac format disks with Spectre GCR.

   However, straight out of the box, your father's ST can read MS-DOS
   format disks. If you have a Superdrive-equipped Macintosh, you can
   simply use Apple File Exchange on your end, and the ST will read the
   resulting disks.

   For the reverse, try formatting an MS-DOS disk on the Mac Superdrive,
   allowing the ST to write to it, then returning it to the Mac.

   Whoops! Left out one thing; the Atari drives are 720K drives - don't
   send him a high-density disk! :-)

 Answer from Steve Johnson...

   If you have the SuperDrive on your Mac, the Atari computers fully
   support IBM-formatted disks (not 1.44MB HD floppies, though, except
   for the newer and higher-end machines).

 Answer from Dave Flory (sysop)...

   I saw a program in the store the other day, which purports to read Mac
   HFS disks on an Atari. Myself I use Dos Mounter on the Mac and use
   Atari disks.

 Answer from Vince Cross...

   A Superdrive equipped Mac CAN read IBM-DOS formatted disks using Apple
   File Exchange, but.........

   Even using the DC Format to write the IBM-DOS boot sector on an ST
   formatted disk, Apple File Exchange will not recognize it. It seems
   that Apple File Exchange depends on the disk label appearing as a
   visible file (which a disk formatted on IBM will have when you put it
   in your ST). It may depend on some other subtle things as well.

   However, all is not lost. On the Mac end, run Apple File Exchange and
   insert an unformatted disk. You will be given a choice of formats, one
   of which is IBM-DOS. Select this and you will have a disk that can be
   read by both Mac and ST (you still have to use Apple File Exchange on
   the Mac end to move files). I hope this helps.


 Some updated information on the GEMULATOR - Cat. 19, Topic 15, Msgs 90-
 110 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

 From Darek (BRASOFT) about free demos...

   Any user group in B.C., Washington, Oregon, or California that's in-
   terested in a hands on demo of Gemulator can call me at 206-885-5893
   to arrange a time and date. As was the policy with Quick ST there will
   be a discount for user group members purchasing Gemulator.

 Questions from Joe Zorzin...

   I just saw the advertisement in ST Informer for the Gemulator which
   said that the price will be under $200. That's what I like to hear!
   That's getting into a range I can afford. But I still need to see it
   in operation first. Dealers are in short supply in western Mass.
   Perhaps the author can prepare a video. I would consider paying for
   that to see examples of major ST software.

 Answer from Darek...

   Joe, many major ST software titles were demoed running on Gemulator at
   the Toronto show. You can even ask other developers since many of them
   tried their software on it and you can also read through existing and
   upcoming Toronto show reports that will confirm my claims that all the
   major software titles are compatible. Are there any titles you had in

 From Darek...

   First of all, I have set the final pricing so these figures will stick
   ...and Gemulator is right on schedule for a release at the Glendale
   show as promised.

   Here are the prices. When you buy Gemulator you will get a PC board
   that plugs into your PC (for TOS ROMs) and a disk containing the
   Gemulator software. Both items are included in the price and cannot be
   purchased separately since the software will not work without the
   board. The board and software will list for $399 US. The introductory
   offer, if you order Gemulator before August 31, 1992, is that you get
   $200 off, i.e. $199 US for the board and software.

   With TOS ROMs (which you can buy from any dealer) you're looking at
   under $300 for the board, software, and TOS ROMs. After August 31,
   1992, you'll be looking at about $500.

   The introductory offer will be available at the Glendale show (even
   though it is past August 31) but only a limited number of packages
   will be brought down. Once that sells out, you'll be able to place
   orders at the full price.

   To place an advance order, you must be on our mailing list and in a
   few days you will receive further information. Our April newsletter is
   just getting stuffed and stamped and will go out Monday morning.

   As for the features, that has already been discussed here and
   elsewhere so I'll just review them quickly. You can read earlier
   messages in this topic for more details or write for a newsletter.
   Features include: support for any version of TOS (2 or 6 chip sets),
   low rez, medium rez, and monochrome modes, support for all ST disk
   formats, blitter emulation, and compatibility with all of the major ST
   software titles not including MIDI software and some copy protected

   Gemulator runs on a 386 or 486 with MS-DOS, Windows is optional. You
   need at least 4 meg of RAM and a VGA monitor. A mouse is optional.

   Once again, to get on the mailing list and receive your Gemulator
   order form, either:
      - send email to BRASOFT
      - phone 206-885-5893 and leave a message or FAX
      - send snail mail to Branch Always Software
                       14150 NE 20th St., Suite 302
                       Bellevue, WA  98007

   Be sure to include your full mailing address. When you place an
   advance order your name will be put on a list so it's first come first
   serve. If you plan on attending the Glendale show, don't assume we'll
   have enough in stock. At last year's Glendale show we sold out of over
   100 copies of Quick ST 3.0 in one day.

   Place your orders early. Gemulator will not be distributed through us
   directly. In order to get enough of the Gemulator boards manufactured
   and disks and manuals printed, we must have a good idea of how many
   people will be placing orders. You billed by our distributor when your
   order is ready to be shipped, SO DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY NOW. This is
   not a Quick ST upgrade. <grin>

 Comments from Todd at Cherry Fonts...

   Darek brought his 486 laptop and Gemulator over to my house a couple
   nights back and let me try anything I wanted with it. I ran (and
   actually really utilized) the following software with NO crashes or
   bugginess noticed at all:

      Avant Vector (Codehead's Autotracing program)
      Genus (The Calamus font editor I use to creat Cherry Fonts)
      Calamus 1.09N
      Cardfile (Gribnif's desk-acc phone/address database)
      Proflight (HiSoft's flight Simulator) * It ran fine in both low and
                high resolutions!
      STeno (Gribnif's desk-acc text editor)
      Searcher (my own Aladdin datafile string-search desk-acc/prg
                written in GFA Basic.)

   Then I ran out of time. Bummer, I had lots more to try.

   The only 'problem' I found was when I ran a demo version of MegaType's
   Font Designer. Darek quickly found Gemulator's problem (with his
   debugger) and fixed it on the spot. The Font Designer demo now runs
   like a charm.

   The speed wasn't overly amazing; it ran slower than a stock 8 mhz ST
   on his 486 for calculation intensive software (Avant Vector), and
   video/mouse interaction was a bit sluggish which Darek explained as an
   artifact of using a cheap 8-bit VGA card (which he had installed in
   his laptop.) He assured me that speeding these items up to their
   maximum before the product is released was priority-one for him now.

 More from Darek...

   I want to clarify something Todd mentioned. For number crunching
   intensive programs (say, spreadsheets), Gemulator's speed will be
   governed mainly by the speed of your CPU. The faster the 386 or 486,
   the faster Gemulator runs. But, for graphics intensive stuff, other
   matters come into play, as my testing is showing. The speed of your
   VGA card is important. A VGA card with an 8-bit wide bus will run up
   to twice as slow as a VGA card with a 16-bit bus. The laptop that I
   demoed in Toronto and last weekend in Vancouver has an 8-bit VGA card,
   thus the slow screen redraws that Todd mentioned.

 Question from Mark Mills...

   Will gemulator run Spectre 3.0?

 Answer from Darek...

   Mark, yes, the Gemulator board has two extra ROM sockets for plugging
   in a set of Mac ROMs, and yes, Spectre 3.0 does boot up. However,
   there is still some work that needs to be done to Gemulator to make it
   fully Mac compatible. I don't plan on having that ready for the first
   release of Gemulator in September. ST compatibility is the goal for

 Again, more from Darek...

   By the way folks, I am putting together a Gemulator Demo video (for
   VHS format). The demo is the next best thing to seeing the demo that
   was held in Toronto and will be held in Glendale and Indianapolis. The
   demo shows Gemulator running TOS 1.0, 1.4, and 2.0, programs running
   in low rez, medium rez, and monochrome, multitasking under Windows,
   etc. It should be ready in a few weeks. I'm charging $5 for the video,
   which is the cost of the tape and postage, and the $5 will deducted
   from your purchase price of Gemulator. A lot of people said earlier
   that they would be in favor of a demo video rather than drive hundreds
   of miles to an Atari show, so this will be a good way for a lot of you
   to see Gemulator as early as 2 or 3 weeks from now.

   So, send a $5 check to Branch Always Software, 14150 NE 20th Street,
   Suite 302 Bellevue, WA 98007

   U.S. ADDRESSES ONLY PLEASE. Demos have already been given in Toronto
   and Vancouver, and I really don't want to deal with the Canadian
   postal system or Canadian currency. :-)


 Until next week....


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                           DOWNLOAD FILE(S)V 1.3


 by Fred H. Koch [F.KOCH]

                               V 1.3 changes

     This update  fixes a  problem with  the script not recognizing GEnie's
 not having a requested file available.  Minor change in the prompt.

                               V 1.2 changes

     This update adds the capability to capture only  the file description.
 It also improves the entering of an alternate path for the file

                               V 1.1 changes

     This is  an update  of my  previous script.   It has been corrected to
 work with the new GEnie library structure.  A path may now  be entered for
 the file  description if  desired, this  path will be used in stead of the
 default path if one was entered in the script. The download error  file is
 now automatically deleted each time the script is run.

     If you  read the  instructions for  the previous  version you need not
 read the information below.

                            GENERAL DESCRIPTION

     This is an ST  Aladdin script  which will  download one  or more files
 using  ST   Aladdin.     Single  file  download  allows  saving  the  file
 description, multiple file download uses  Zmodem  batch.    The  script is
 set-up for the ST and Aladdin Round Table libraries.  Any library page may
 be entered for script use.   Additional RT  libraries may  be added.   Any
 library page  entered while  running the  script must have option 6 as the
 library download option.   This should  now be  true for  all libraries on

     After the  script is  run, it  will ask  for the  file name or number,
 either may be entered and they may be  mixed for  multiple file downloads.
 The script  will abort  if a  file is  not found  in the selected library.
 Pressing ESC will abort the script at any time.  If the  script is aborted
 for a file not found error during multiple downloading, the file which was
 not found will be listed in the DLERROR.TXT file.  This file will be found
 in the  same folder  as the Aladdin program, unless an error path is added
 to the script.

     If the Logon is not successful, the script will ask if you  would like
 to try  again.   If you respond with Y, the script will immediately try to
 logon to GEnie again.  This was added for those who occasionally  run into
 busy phone  lines and  need to dial multiple times.  It prevents having to
 reenter the script information.  If new info is desired, rerun the script.

                        GETTING THE SCRIPT RUNNING

     To get the script running, you will  need  to  paste  it  into  the ST
 Aladdin script  file.  Aladdin is limited to scripts numbered 3-9.  If you
 already have 9 scripts you will need to  delete one  to get  the script to

     To paste  the script  into the  script file,  choose Edit User Scripts
 from the file menu.  The script file will be loaded with the cursor at the
 end of  the file.   If  there are  less than 9 scripts you can just choose
 Paste File from the edit menu and select DOWNLD13.SPT.   The script number
 will need  to be  changed to the last number not used, ie. if there were 6
 scripts before pasting the download script, change the script number to 7.
 If there  are already  9 scripts  one will  need to be deleted and the new
 script pasted in its place.

     Once the new script is pasted and the script number  changed, click on
 the window close box, or press ESC to save the new script file.

                      The script is now ready to use.

                           SCRIPT MODIFICATIONS

     The script  has several  comments within the script text which provide
 instructions on how to modify the script to meet your own needs.

     A download path for  the  file  description,  error  message  file and
 Zmodem download  can be  specified.  Just provide the desired path for the
 CAPTURE and/or ZMODEM commands and delete the ; in front  of the commands.
 Be sure  to delete the original CAPTURE command when inserting the new one
 with the path.  Be sure the path you specify  actually exists,  the script
 will not create folders.

     Additional RT  libraries can  be added  by inserting the required page
 number in the unused places in the script.  One  empty space  is provided,
 if additional places are needed, just duplicate the empty space.  For easy
 reference, place the letters which will specify the added libraries in the
 opening comments  by adding a NOTE command similar to those already in the

     The script is heavily commented to allow any other changes  I have not
 thought of.  Feel free to experiment, that is how new scripts are written.

                         Any problems let me know.

 SCRIPT 7 Download File(s) v 1.3
 ECHO OFF                               Don't display commands
 CLEAR                                  Clear the screen
 NOTE "                   Download File(s) Script V 1.3"
 NOTE "                         by Fred H. Koch"
 NOTE "                             [F.KOCH]"
 NOTE "This Script will download one or more files by entering the file"
 NOTE "name or number.  Multiple files must be separated by commas."
 NOTE "The script will abort if a file is not found."
 NOTE "Just the file description may be captured for single files by"
 NOTE "selecting description only."
 NOTE "Enter ST for the ST library, AL for the Aladdin library.  Enter"
 NOTE "the page number for any other library to be used.  ESC to exit."
 ;add additional library letter lists here

 GETSTRING 1                            Library to use
 IF SUCCESS                             ESC not pressed
   IF STRING 1 IS ""                    Blank string entered
      NOTE "  Blank line entered try again."
      GOTO ENTER_LIBRARY                Try again.
 ELSE                                   ESC pressed
   CLEAR                                Clear the screen
   NOTE "Script aborted."
   GOTO EXIT                            Exit script
 IF STRING 1 IS "AL"                    ST Aladdin Library selected
   SETSTRING 1 "1001;6"                 Download Aladdin Library file
 IF STRING 1 IS "al"                    ST Aladdin Library selected
   SETSTRING 1 "1001;6"                 Download Aladdin Library file
 IF STRING 1 IS "ST"                    ST RT Library selected
   SETSTRING 1 "476;6"                  Download ST Library file
 IF STRING 1 IS "st"                    ST RT Library selected
   SETSTRING 1 "476;6"                  Download ST Library file

 ;the next if statements are for adding a new library
 IF STRING 1 IS "XX"                    use this for first library added
   SETSTRING 1 "PAGE;6"                 enter the page number of the RT
 IF STRING 1 IS "xx"                    use lower case letters here
   SETSTRING 1 "PAGE;6"                 enter the same page number

 ;Additional RTs can be added by repeating the IF statements above with the
 ;appropriate identifying letters.

 ;This is based on all RTs having option 6 as download
 SETSTRING 1 "%1;6"                     Set Library download option
 NOTE "Enter the file name(s) or number(s) to download. 75 characters max."
 NOTE "Multiple files must be separated by commas."
 NOTE "No check for invalid file names/numbers.  ESC to exit."
 GETSTRING 2                            File number(s) to download
 IF SUCCESS                             ESC not pressed
   IF STRING 2 IS ""                    Blank string entered
      NOTE "  Blank line entered try again."
      GOTO ENTER_FILES                  Try again.
 ELSE                                   ESC pressed
   CLEAR                                Clear the screen
   NOTE "Script aborted."
   GOTO EXIT                            Exit script
 IF STRING 2 HAS ","                    multiple file download
    GOTO MULTIPLE                       skip to multiple file routine
 ENDIF                                  continue with single file download
 NOTE "Enter path and file name for description.  RETURN with no name to"
 NOTE "not save the file description. (No check for illegal file names)."
 NOTE "Duplicate file names will be appended. ESC to exit"
 GETSTRING 3                            Description file name
 IF SUCCESS                             ESC not pressed
    IF STRING 3 IS ""                   No description wanted
       GOTO SKIPDESC                    Skip asking for description only
    NOTE "Do you want only the description? (Y/N)"
    GETSTRING 5                         Description or not
    IF STRING 5 HAS "Y"                 Y entered
       SETSTRING 5 "Y"                  Make sure only Y present
    IF STRING 5 HAS "y"                 y entered
       SETSTRING 5 "Y"                  Make sure only Y present
    LOG ONTO "%1"                       Logon to Library
    IF SUCCESS                          Logon successful
       SENDLINE "%2"                    Send file number to download
       IF STRING 3 IS ""                Blank string entered
          GOTO DOWNLOAD                 Skip saving file description
       ;if a standard path is desired use the lines below instead of
       ;the CAPTURE "%3" line.
       ;IF STRING 3 HAS ":"             Full path entered
       ;   CAPTURE "%3"                 Use full path
       ;ELSE                            File name only entered
       CAPTURE "%3"                     Open description file capture
       WAITFORPROMPT                    Ready for download
       IF CURRENTLINEHAS "Again"        File not found
          SENDLINE "N"                  don't try again
          LOG OFF                       Log off GEnie
          NOTE "************************************************"
          NOTE "     File %2 not in this Library."
          NOTE "************************************************"
          GOTO EXIT                     Quit script
          IF STRING 5 IS "Y"            only description wanted
             ENDCAPTURE                 Close description capture file, if
             SENDLINE ""                Return only
             SENDLINE ""                No more files
          ELSE                          File wanted
             SENDLINE "D"               Tell GEnie ready to download
             ENDCAPTURE                 Close description file capture, if
             WAITFOR "skip?"            type download prompt
             SENDLINE "4"               download using Zmodem
             ;if a download path is desired other than the location of the
             ;program, then place the path in the next line and delete the
             ;ZMODEM DOWNLOAD E:\GENIE\DOWNLOAD\   path for downloaded
             WAITFORPROMPT              download another file prompt
             SENDLINE "n"               don't download any more files
          WAITFORPROMPT                 Ready to log off
    ELSE                                Logon failed (busy)
       NOTE "Log on failed.  Enter Y to try again, anything else to exit."
       NOTE "ESC will abort script at any time."
       GETSTRING 4                      Try again?
       IF STRING 4 IS "Y"               Try again!
          GOTO SINGLE
       IF STRING 4 IS "y"               Try again!
          GOTO SINGLE
 ELSE                                   ESC pressed
    CLEAR                               Clear the screen
    NOTE "Script aborted."
    GOTO EXIT                           Exit script
 ENDIF                                  File downloaded
 GOTO LOG_OFF                           Script done log off

 ;Multiple file download

 LOG ONTO "%1"                          Log on to RT Library
 IF SUCCESS                             Log on made
    ;if a standard path is desired use the line below instead of
    ;  CAPTURE "DLERROR.TXT".  Be sure to provide the same path for the
    ;  ERASEFILE command below.
    CAPTURE "DLERROR.TXT"               File not found text file
    SENDLINE "%2"                       Send file numbers to download
    WAITFORPROMPT                       Ready for download type
    IF CURRENTLINEHAS "Again"           File not found
       SENDLINE "N"                     don't try again
       LOG OFF                          Log off GEnie
       NOTE "**********************************************************"
       NOTE " One or more files in the list below not in this Library."
       NOTE " %2"
       NOTE " Browse DLERROR.TXT to see the first file not found."
       NOTE "**********************************************************"
       GOTO EXIT                        Quit script
    ELSE                                Files found
       SENDLINE "Z"                     zmodem
       ;if a download path is desired other than the location of the
       ;program, then place the path in the next line and delete the ;
       ;ZMODEM DOWNLOAD E:\GENIE\DOWNLOAD\  download path
       WAITFORPROMPT                    Download complete
       SENDLINE "n"                     No more files to download
       WAITFORPROMPT                    Ready to logoff
 ELSE                                   Log on failed (busy)
    NOTE "Log on failed.  Enter Y to try again, anything else to exit."
    NOTE "ESC will abort script at any time."
    GETSTRING 4                         Try again?
    IF STRING 4 IS "Y"                  Try again!
    IF STRING 4 IS "y"                  Try again!
 LOG OFF                                Logoff GEnie
    ;if the DLERROR.TXT path was changed above, provide the same path here
    ERASEFILE "DLERROR.TXT"             Erase error file, no error
 :EXIT                                  Exit script
 BEEP                                   Sound bell



                         BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '92

 Press Release - May 8, 1992


 The Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts (BRACE) and Computer STudio
 invite you to participate in the third annual Blue Ridge AtariFest on
 Saturday, July 18, 1992.  The show will take place in the Courtyard Shop
 area of Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville, North Carolina (Home of
 Computer STudio).

 Showtimes are 10am - 6pm, and plans are being finalized for a dinner party
 following the show.  Complete details will be forthcoming.

 Developers who have already indicated their participation includes:

  Atari Corporation (Mike Groh) ..................

  ABC Solutions (Peter Zalesak) .................. Publisher ST2, First
                                                   Word, First Graph,
                                                   tbxCAD, Kuma's

  CodeHead Software (John Eidsvoog) .............. MutliDesk Deluxe,
                                                   Hotwire, G+Plus,
                                                   LookIt/PopIt, etc.
  Goldleaf Publishing (John Fox) .................

  Software Development Systems (Scott Sanders) ... NewDesk Icon Editor

  ST Report/ABCO Computer Consultants (Ralph Mariano)

  Step Ahead Software (Nevin Shalit) ............. Tracker ST

  WorldComm (Ralph Roberts) ...................... Author

                      and of course, Computer STudio.

 Several other Atari user groups in the southeast region will also
 be actively participating in the show.

 For additional information, please contact:

      Sheldon Winick                     Cliff Allen, Show Coord.
      GEnie:  S.WINICK                   GEnie:  C.ALLEN17
      Computer STudio                    Internet:  CALLEN@UNCA.EDU
      Westgate Shopping Center           phone:  (704) 258-3758
      40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D
      Asheville, NC  28806
      (704) 251-0201

 The Blue Ridge AtariFest topic on GEnie (Atari Roundtable, Category 11,
 Topic 7).


 > FLICKER FREE STR InfoFile         Flicker Free Video for the Amiga

 For Immediate Release

                          FLICKER FREE VIDEO(TM)
                            PREFERENCES PROGRAM

 ICD, Incorporated, a leading designer and manufacturer of enhancements for
 Amiga computers, has begun shipping Flicker Free Video Preferences, a
 program allowing customization of the Amiga's video display.

 Low vertical scan rates (especially the 50 Hz of PAL machines) can produce
 a 'strobing' display that leads to discomfort and eye strain.  Flicker
 Free Video Preferences takes advantage of 8372A ('Fatter') and newer Agnus
 chips to allow raising this scan rate for a steadier display.  You can
 also lower the scan rate to provide a larger display!  The vertical scan
 rate is adjustable from 49 Hz up to 100.2Hz, though the actually
 frequencies usable may be limited by display hardware and monitor

 Flicker Free Video Preferences offers these features:

   o  Adjustable vertical scan rate (see note 1) from 49 Hz to 100.2
      Hz to provide a more solid display.

   o  Can be used with or without a display enhancer on any Amiga
      computer, though features may be limited by the capabilities of
      some display enhancers and monitors.  While Flicker Free Video
      Preferences was designed to be used with ICD's Flicker Free Video
      display enhancer, the program does not require it.  The Amiga
      3000 and A2320 display enhancer support all of Flicker Free
      Video Preferences' features.

   o  Adjustable Workbench overscan (see note 2) for maximum use of
      display area.

   o  Adjustable number of Workbench colors, from two to sixteen with
      Workbench 2.

   o  Compatible with Workbench 1.2 and above, though some features
      require Workbench 2.

 Other features including turning Workbench interlace on and off, centering
 the screen, saving and loading settings.

 The Flicker Free Video Preferences program is available to registered
 owners of ICD's Flicker Free Video display enhancer for $15 directly from
 ICD.  Others may buy the program from their local dealer or directly from
 ICD for $29.95.

 For further information, contact ICD Customer Service at
 (815) 968-2228 in the United States or at (0 61 04) 64 03 in Germany.

 Flicker Free Video is a trademark of ICD, Incorporated.  Amiga is a
 registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga.  flickerFixer is a registered
 trademark of Microway.

 Note 1: Requires 8372A or later Agnus.  Frequency with stock Amiga
         and 1084 monitor limited to about 65Hz.  Frequency not
         adjustable with Microway flickerFixer.

 Note 2: Microway flickerFixer limits overscan area.


 > MOUSESTICK STR FOCUS                "..... an analog joystick ..."


 by Clemens Chin

     My continuing quest for more desk space has led to my purchase a
 Gravis MouseStick.  This is an analog joystick designed to replace the
 mouse (it can also work as a joystick if so desired).  I remember first
 seeing an ad for the MouseStick over 3 years ago in STart.  But it was
 fairly expensive and as much as I wanted one, there were always other
 things that had a higher priority.  About two weeks ago, someone was
 selling a used one and I bought it.

     The Mousestick consists of two parts, the MouseStick itself and a
 "Gravis MouseStick Processing Unit" (a.k.a. GMPU) which features a LCD
 display used for programming the MouseStick and to show the status of the
 MouseStick.  To get started, the MouseStick plugs into the GMPU and the
 GMPU is plugged into the mouse port.  Very straight forward, very easy.

     The MouseStick is also compatible with the Amiga.  To toggle between
 Atari and Amiga mode, simply hold down both buttons while turning on the
 system.  The LCD display will tell you which mode you are in.  Then the
 LCD display will ask that you center the stick and press a button.  Now
 you are set to go.

     Depending on which resolution you are in, you must set the MouseStick
 to the correct setting so that it can auto center correctly.  When set
 correctly, your pointer should always be in the center of the screen
 making using the MouseStick more natural and easier.  The MouseStick feels
 very good in its pistol grip form and button response is excellent.

     Setting the MouseStick on ST/STes is not difficult.  Through a
 combination of stick movements and button presses you can set it
 relatively easily.  It also allows you to save three set ups so going from
 one resolution to another would be simplified.  The difficulty comes when
 you try using it with non-standard resolutions (standard being ST Low, ST
 Med and ST High) such as the TT resolutions.  Then extra steps must be
 taken to define the resolutions (I have yet to do this).  But I imagine
 once I have done this and saved the settings it should work well.

     Another problem I encountered was that with the MouseStick connected
 upon boot up, my TT's keyboard would be rendered useless. I found that
 everything would work fine if the MouseStick were connected after turning
 on the computer.  I don't know if this problem occurs on ST/Mega/STe/MSTe.

     If it works without killing your keyboard, it is a very nice product.
 Initially, setting it up may be a pain, but once set up correctly, you may
 never have to deal with resetting it again (unless you decide to use it
 with a new resolution, then resetting may be required).  This is a high
 quality product, it feels extremely sold and well made.  If you do not
 experience the keyboard killing problem and are going to be using it in ST
 resolutions, I recommend it highly!  Even patient users of non-standard
 resolutions can find this a very useful product.

     Well, that's all for this week...  Now, to try and find a fix to that
 keyboard killing bug...


 > ENTRAPMENT? STR FOCUS                        A SYSOP'S RIGHTS

                         The Defense of Entrapment
             As it Applies to Bulletin Board System Operators

 By Randy B. Singer, Esq.

     For  now,  it  is  unclear  how  the  law  applies  to  protect speech
 communicated through electronic  bulletin  boards.    There  are hundreds,
 maybe  thousands,  of  enthusiast-run  bulletin  boards across the country
 provided for the free  use of  the public  to exchange  ideas and publicly
 distributable software.  The system operators of these bulletin boards are
 providing a wonderful public service, out of the goodness of their hearts,
 usually  for  no  monetary  gain  (in fact, often at a considerable loss).
 These sysops cannot afford to fall into a  gray area  of the  law and find
 themselves having  to defend  an expensive  criminal suit  or having to do
 without their computer equipment  because it  has been  confiscated by the
 police as evidence.

     Running a  public bulletin  board can expose a system operator (sysop)
 to all sorts of  legal problems  that have  yet to  be adequately defined.
 For  instance:   What  happens   if  one  user  posts  slanderous/libelous
 information about another user?  Is the sysop liable?  Is a bulletin board
 more like  a newspaper  in this  regard or is it more like a meeting hall?
 What happens if a  user  uploads  something  clearly  illegal,  like child
 pornography, which  other users  download before the sysop has a chance to
 review the material?  Is the sysop liable?  What  is the  liability of the
 sysop if  he runs  a bulletin board in his/her back room and he/she almost
 never monitors the activity on it?   Is  the sysop  required to constantly
 monitor the goings-on on their board to prevent illegal activity?

     It  is  therefore  understandable  that  sysops  have tried to protect
 themselves legally the best that  they  have  known  how.   Unfortunately,
 there has  been a  lot of  misinformation spread about what the law is and
 how it pertains to the community  of bulletin  board users  and operators.
 Hopefully  this  text  file  will  clear  up  one of the most common legal
 misconceptions that is going around.

     I have often seen posts that  evidence a  complete misunderstanding of
 what constitutes  the defense  of entrapment.  As an attorney I would like
 to explain this law and its  application,  especially  as  it  pertains to
 electronic bulletin board operators.

     Entrapment is  a complete  defense to  a crime  that a person has been
 charged with.  It varies in how it  is interpreted  in each  state, and on
 the federal level, but generally it is as I have defined it here.

     Entrapment only exists when the crime involved is the creative product
 of the police. (That is, the idea to commit this crime came  from a police
 officer, or an agent of the police.  The alleged criminal never would have
 thought of committing this crime if it hadn't been suggested to him by the
 police, or  if the  means to  commit the crime had not been offered to the
 alleged criminal  by  the  police.)  AND  the  accused  was  not otherwise
 predisposed to  commit the  crime involved. (That is, the accused probably
 wouldn't have committed this or any other similar crime if  the police had
 never  been  involved.)    BOTH  elements  must  exist  for the defense of
 entrapment to apply.

     For instance:  When John DeLorean, owner of  the (then  about to fail)
 DeLorean Motor  Company, was  arrested and  tried for  selling cocaine, he
 was found not guilty by reason of the  defense of  entrapment because, the
 jury determined,  the police  took advantage  of the fact that his failing
 company made him a desperate individual.  The police sent in an undercover
 officer to  offer him  a bag of cocaine to sell to raise money to save his
 company.  The entire  idea  for  the  crime  came  from  the  police; they
 provided the  instrumentality (the coke); and John DeLorean probably would
 never in his life have sold drugs to anybody if the police hadn't shown up
 to offer him the drugs to sell at the exact right time.

     The reason  for the  law is obvious:  we don't want the police setting
 up  desperate  people  to  get  busted  just  because   those  people  are
 unfortunate enough  to find  themselves in desperate situations.  In fact,
 we don't want the cops to set up  any law  abiding citizens,  even if they
 are  not  desperate.    Tempting  people who would not ordinarily commit a
 crime is not what we want police officers to do.

     Now that you have the definition of entrapment, let's talk  about what
 entrapment is  NOT.   I've read  a lot  of posts from people on boards who
 think that  entrapment exists  when a  police officer  goes undercover and
 does not  reveal his true identity when asked.  This is NOT covered by the
 defense of entrapment per se.  The defense of entrapment  does NOT require
 a  police  officer  to  reveal  himself  when  asked.  Going undercover is
 something that the police do all  the  time,  and  there  is  nothing that
 prohibits them from doing so.

     If  you  are  predisposed  to  commit  a  crime (e.g., you are already
 engaged in illegal activity before an  undercover police  officer comes on
 the scene),  and an  undercover police  officer simply gathers evidence to
 convict you, the defense of entrapment does not apply.

     So, for instance, if an undercover police officer logs onto a bulletin
 board and  lies and  says that  he/she is not a police officer when asked,
 and he/she  finds illegal  material or  goings-on on  this bulletin board,
 then whatever  he/she collects and produces against the system operator as
 evidence towards a criminal  conviction is  not precluded  from being used
 against the  sysop in court. At least it is not excluded by the defense of
 entrapment, because in this  instance the  defense of  entrapment does not
 apply.   The police  officer is allowed to act undercover, and the illegal
 acts were not the creative product of the police.

     Also remember that the  defense of  entrapment is  a COMPLETE defense.
 So it  does not act to exclude evidence, but rather it acts towards one of
 three things: having a  grand  jury  find  that  there  is  not sufficient
 evidence  that  a  conviction  could  be obtained to proceed to a criminal
 trial against the sysop; having the  case  dismissed  before  trial;  or a
 finding of 'not guilty' after a criminal trial.

     The defense of entrapment also doesn't necessarily apply if the police
 officer simply asks the  system operator  to do  something illegal  and he
 does it.   In  this case  the district attorney would argue that the sysop
 was predisposed to commit the illegal act, especially  if the  illegal act
 was already  going on  in one form or another on the board.  For instance,
 if the police officer asks the  sysop to  download to  him some commercial
 software, the  defense of  entrapment will  not apply  if there is already
 commercial software available in the files section of the bulletin board.

     What would probably be required for the defense of entrapment to apply
 would  be  for  the  police  officer  to have enticed or misled the system
 operator into doing the illegal act, and it  would have  had to  have been
 an illegal  act that  wasn't already going on on this bulletin board. This
 MAY allow the use of the defense of  entrapment.   I say  "may" because it
 depends on  the facts in each individual situation to see how closely they
 meet the requirements for  the defense  of entrapment  to apply.   You may
 surmise  from  my  reticence  to  commit  to  saying  that  the defense of
 entrapment definitely WOULD apply that the defense of entrapment is  not a
 defense that I recommend that you rely on.

     I've seen  some bulletin  boards say something to this effect in their
 logon  screen:    "Access  restricted.    Police  officers  must  identify
 themselves, and  are forbidden from gaining entry to this bulletin board."
 This type of message not only does not protect a  bulletin board  from the
 police  (assuming  that  there  is  something that might be interpreted as
 illegal going on on this board), but it actually alerts any police officer
 who may  casually log  on to  this board  to immediately suspect the worst
 about this board and its system operator.  There is nothing that I know of
 that would keep an agent of the police from lying about his/her status and
 logging on as a new user and gathering evidence to use against  the sysop.
 In fact, I'm not sure, but I would not be surprised to find in the current
 legal climate that such a logon message is enough evidence to get a search
 warrant to  seize the  computer equipment  of the  system operator of this
 bulletin board to search for evidence of illegal activity!

     At some future date I hope to write a file that will detail how sysops
 can  protect  themselves  from  legal  liability.  (That  is,  by avoiding
 participating in arguably illegal activity, and by avoiding  liability for
 the uncontrollable  illegal acts of others.  I have no interest in telling
 sysops how to engage in illegal acts and not get caught.)  But for  now, I
 hope that this file will give sysops a better understanding of the law and
 how one aspect of it applies to them.

     The information provided in  this document  is not  to be   considered
 legal advice  that you can rely upon.  This information is provided solely
 for the purpose of making you aware of the issues  and should  be utilized
 solely as  a starting  point to  decide which  issues you must research to
 determine your particular legal status, exposure, and requirements, and to
 help  you  to  intelligently  consult  with  an  attorney.  No warrantees,
 express or  implied,  are  provided  in  connection  with  the information
 provided  in  this  document.    This  document is provided as is, and the
 reader uses the information provided here at their own risk.

     (Sorry for the necessity of covering  my behind!   Just  remember, you
     get what  you pay  for, so  I cannot guarantee anything I have written
     here. If you want  legal advice  that you  can take  to the  bank, you
     should hire  an attorney.   Besides, just like everyone these days, we
     need the work!)

 About the Author:
     Randy B. Singer is an attorney in the San Francisco bay area.  He does
 business law, personal injury, computer law, and Macintosh consulting.  He
 also gives seminars at  the Apple  offices in  downtown San  Francisco for
 attorneys and  others who  are interested  in learning about the Macintosh
 computer.  He can be reached at 788-21st Avenue, San  Francisco, CA 94121;
 (415) 668-5445.

 Copyright (C)  1992 Randy  B. Singer.  All rights reserved.  This document
 may be freely distributed as long  as it  is not  for monetary  gain or as
 part of  any package  for sale.  This work may not be modified in any way,
 condensed, quoted, abstracted or incorporated into any other work, without
 the author's express written permission.


 > FontKit Plus 3.5 STR InfoFile   modify/create your own fonts for GDOS

                             FONTKIT PLUS 3.5

 DragonWare  Software  Inc.  is  proud  to announce the introduction in the
 U.S.A. of the FontKit Plus 3.5  Now there is an easy  way to  import Fonts
 into  the  GDOS  format  from  the  Macintosh,  IBM, Amiga and other ST/TT
 formats.  FontKit Plus 3.5 includes DragonWare's own G_MAN 3.0  program to
 install the fonts that are imported by FontKit.

 FontKit is  GDOSFSM compatible  and will  run on  all TOS based computers,
 including TTand ST.   FontKit Plus  includes a  font editing  program that
 will allow you to modify/create your own fonts for GDOS!

 FontKit Plus  3.5 will  sell for  $69.95 U.S. and comes with a two hundred
 and eighty page manual and 4 diskettes.


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

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe

 by Judith Hamner  72257,271

     The program posted last week has created quite a stir on
 the forum message board. A talking Portfolio has been the topic of several
 message threads. A new line for development is being explored.  RELEAS.DOC
 is contains a press release from Atari on the subject.

     David Stewart has improved on the original PSND1.ZIP
 contains  two phrases. MAKSND.ZIP will create a standalone, compressed
 sound file  which is executable. It includes a sample file.

     Don Messerli has submitted a last minute contest entry. PGCPZL.ZIP is
 a new twist on the old sliding tile puzzle. You can use any PGC graphic
 image to scramble. There are additional features including save game and
 variable number of tiles.


 > TIPS FILE LISTING STR InfoFile            SL Users helping SL Users

  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23952  Name: 250KEYS.LZH
  Address: A.VALENT                Date: 920503
  Approximate # of bytes: 54144
  Number of Accesses: 19  Library: 30
  You must have Calamus SL to use this file. This TIPS file is the
  property of ISD Marketing - All Rights Reserved (c) 1992.
  This file contains a 250 macro CKT file with a CDK Template. Installation
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23016  Name: 32LPCM.CRI
  Address: A.VALENT                Date: 920304
  Approximate # of bytes: 1024
  Number of Accesses: 122  Library: 30
  Change filename to CALAMUS.CRI and place in Calamus SL's MODULE
  folder. Gives you a 32 lpcm 5x5 Raster Generator module setting that
  looks smooth printed at 300dpi. Can also be placed in the COLOR
  module without renaming and be used as an alternate.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23016  Name: 32LPCM.CRI
  Address: A.VALENT                Date: 920304
  Approximate # of bytes: 1024
  Number of Accesses: 122  Library: 30
  Change filename to CALAMUS.CRI and place in Calamus SL's MODULE
  folder. Gives you a 32 lpcm 5x5 Raster Generator module setting that
  looks smooth printed at 300dpi. Can also be placed in the COLOR
  module without renaming and be used as an alternate.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23489  Name: 50GRAYS.LZH
  Address: S.SAMUELS                Date: 920331
  Approximate # of bytes: 27392
  Number of Accesses: 53  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains 2 CDK's and a CFT (color table) along with some
  excellent information on color differences among different output
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23350  Name: BASESTYLE.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920321
  Approximate # of bytes: 512
  Number of Accesses: 24  Library: 30
  This little file can be used as a very basic style list with Calamus
  SL. It uses CG Times and CG Triumvirate and is properly set up for
  font sizes using only the R0 G0 B0 color. This is a good file to use
  for creating text styles because there are no style names, fonts or
  other attitributes to cause a conflict as you start creating. You can
  also SAVE SYSTEM SETUP so this becomes your default.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23737  Name: BUILT_IN.LZH
  Address: A.VALENT                Date: 920416
  Approximate # of bytes: 33408
  Number of Accesses: 20  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file is the exclusive
  property of ISD Marketing and may not be reprinted, reproduced, or
  redistributed without the express written permission of ISD Marketing.
  This file illustrates the use of the Built In Macro Keys in the Text
  module along with instructions for modifications and corrections of some
  key bindings.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 22995  Name: CHAP5_11.LZH (LH5)LZH
  Address: ISD                Date: 920303
  Approximate # of bytes: 19840
  Number of Accesses: 98  Library: 30
  This file contains a Calamus SL document covering the new
  Systems Module now available in Calamus SL, for those of you
  that received the module before the documentation had been
  implemented. All questions are being handled in Category 16 as
  usual. This file is specifically for those of you with SL that
  did not receive the file.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23260  Name: DBL_3.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920316
  Approximate # of bytes: 14720
  Number of Accesses: 32  Library: 30
  You MUST have SL to use this file.
  This CDK is a level 3 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum. It will
  tell you how to convert a 1.09 CDK with double pages into SL format.
  This CDK does not have illustrations. If you want pictures, download
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23207  Name: DBL_4.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920314
  Approximate # of bytes: 30848
  Number of Accesses: 61  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This is a CDK file showing how to convert 1.09N double page CDK's to
  SL format. This is a level 4 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum
  and contains illustrations.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23171  Name: DBL_PAGE.TXT
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920313
  Approximate # of bytes: 1920
  Number of Accesses: 61  Library: 30
  This text file can be read on-line or captured. It explains a
  workaround for converting double-page 1.09N files into SL format.
  This is a Level 2 Project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum sponsored by
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23950  Name: DEFAULTS.LZH
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920503
  Approximate # of bytes: 123392
  Number of Accesses: 33  Library: 30
  You must have Calamus SL to use this file. This TIPS file is the
  property of ISD Marketing - All Rights Reserved (c) 1992.
  Contents : DEFAULTS.SET (corrected system defaults), DEFAULTS.CDK (16
  page tutorial on setting defaults), 250_KEYS.CDK (unique keyboard
  template), MACROS1.CKT (enhanced keyboard macro set), PKSWRITE.MAC
  (anglicized PKS Write Macro set), PLUS assorted COLOR, LAYOUT and
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23381  Name: DYN_LINK.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920323
  Approximate # of bytes: 63872
  Number of Accesses: 58  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This CDK contains information about the dynamic linking feature in
  Calamus SL. The pictorial tour of 5 frame types and many frame
  functions illustrate the possible ways to use dynamic linking in
  Calamus SL.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23281  Name: FILLPATT.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920317
  Approximate # of bytes: 60416
  Number of Accesses: 50  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains a CFT color list with all 36 Calamus fill
  patterns. There are also 2 CDK's in this ARC. One explains color
  lists and has a tutorial for creating them. The second CDK has a
  unique way of displaying SL's fill patterns. If you only want the CFT
  file then download PATTERNS.ARC.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23580  Name: FONT100.LZH (LH5)LZH
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920404
  Approximate # of bytes: 19072
  Number of Accesses: 63  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains a solution to the FONTx100 problem as reported in
  the BB. The 4 page CDK explains the problem and how to easily remedy
  the situation.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23776  Name: GRAY_DPY.LZH
  Address: J.SIMS5                Date: 920419
  Approximate # of bytes: 35328
  Number of Accesses: 40  Library: 30
  Here's a few files to help you see what YOUR printer will do with the
  vast array of SL Raster Area settings. Very helpful for trying out
  various Raster Generator settings to see how they'll print.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23277  Name: K_100.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920316
  Approximate # of bytes: 1408
  Number of Accesses: 53  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains K_LONG.CFT, a color list with 100 settings for the
  K Color Table. This file has no DOC. Please download K_LONG.ARC if
  you require a CDK to explain this file. You may also download
  K_SHORT.ARC which has the same information as well as a sample page
  to print out.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23276  Name: K_LONG.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920316
  Approximate # of bytes: 33792
  Number of Accesses: 49  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains two files - K_LONG.CFT is a color list with 100
  settings ready to use. K_LONG.CDK is the USER to USER file that
  explains the CFT.  If you have already downloaded K_SHORT.ARC, do NOT
  download this contains the same information. There is
  another file called K_100.ARC which has the K_LONG.CFT without the
  CDK file.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23267  Name: K_SHORT.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920316
  Approximate # of bytes: 37248
  Number of Accesses: 46  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains a Calamus SL color list (K_SHORT.CFT) and a CDK to
  explain its use. The color list gives 17 K color settings for use in
  lines, raster areas and text effects. This list may also be merged
  with other CFT color lists in Calamus SL.
  USER to USER TIPS Forum is supported by ISD. More information is
  available in message 1, CAT 16, TOPic 7 or by downloading SL_TIPS.TXT.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23266  Name: K_SHORT.TXT
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920316
  Approximate # of bytes: 1664
  Number of Accesses: 45  Library: 30
  This file is an ASCII version of the information in K_SHORT.ARC. It
  describes the use of K color settings in SL.
  The ARC file contains the color table file, a sample page, and
  illustrated instructions for loading and saving color lists.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23491  Name: MACROS1.LZH
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920331
  Approximate # of bytes: 3072
  Number of Accesses: 82  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains a new CALAMUS.CKT macro file and a short text file
  and table of key bindings. Several new key bindings have been added to
  the default set shipped with SL.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23376  Name: MASTERPG.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920322
  Approximate # of bytes: 50304
  Number of Accesses: 70  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This CDK contains a tutorial on creating master pages with guidelines
  and using master pages in documents. There are also 17 CSS files that
  are ready to apply to any CDK. These files provide rows/columns
  layouts that automatically adapt to any page dimension or orientation.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23389  Name: NEW_LIST.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920324
  Approximate # of bytes: 11904
  Number of Accesses: 46  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This CDK contains information about starting a new text style list
  from scratch. This is useful for trying to load some public domain
  and converted fonts. Included is the file START.CSL which is a blank
  text style list that can be used to replace your current list.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23264  Name: PANTONE1.ARC
  Address: D.SIMMER1                Date: 920316
  Approximate # of bytes: 32128
  Number of Accesses: 52  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains two SL color palettes matching the Pantone Color
  System. Two more will be released shortly. This is a Level 4 USER to
  USER project but contains no graphics (at this time).
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23265  Name: PANTONE1.TXT
  Address: D.SIMMER1                Date: 920316
  Approximate # of bytes: 7296
  Number of Accesses: 52  Library: 30
  Description of the color palettes contained in PANTONE1.ARC and how
  the user can load and apply them in Calamus SL. PANTONE1.ARC contains
  the same information in CDK form as well as 2 of 4 color palettes.
  This TXT is part of a Level 4 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23282  Name: PATTERNS.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920317
  Approximate # of bytes: 512
  Number of Accesses: 74  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains a color list with 36 fill patterns for use in
  Calamus SL. If you require instructions and samples, then download
  the file FILLPATT.ARC.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23259  Name: PG_NO_3.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920316
  Approximate # of bytes: 12032
  Number of Accesses: 39  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This is a CDK file showing a workaround to do page numbering in SL.
  This is a level 3 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum and contains
  no illustrations.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23208  Name: PG_NO_4.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920314
  Approximate # of bytes: 31488
  Number of Accesses: 69  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This is a CDK file showing a workaround to do page numbering in SL.
  This is a level 4 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum and contains
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23170  Name: PG_NUMBR.TXT
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920313
  Approximate # of bytes: 1280
  Number of Accesses: 73  Library: 30
  This text file can be read on-line or captured. It explains how to
  activate automatic page number in Calamus SL. This is a sample file
  of a Level 2 project in the USER to USER SL TIPS Forum which is
  sponsored by ISD.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23172  Name: RULERS_1.TXT
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920313
  Approximate # of bytes: 1408
  Number of Accesses: 84  Library: 30
  This text file can be read online or captured. It explains the basic
  methods for adjusting margins and indents in the text rulers of
  Calamus SL. This file is a level one project in the USER to USER TIPS
  Forum project sponsored by ISD.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23209  Name: RULERS_3.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920314
  Approximate # of bytes: 14080
  Number of Accesses: 66  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This is a CDK file showing how to adjust margins and indents in the
  text rulers in SL.  This is a level 3 project in the USER to USER TIPS
  Forum and contains no illustrations.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23210  Name: RULERS_4.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920314
  Approximate # of bytes: 28544
  Number of Accesses: 78  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This is a CDK file showing how to adjust margins and indents in the
  text rulers in SL.  This is a level 4 project in the USER to USER TIPS
  Forum and contains illustrations.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23780  Name: SCALAWAY.LZH
  Address: S.SAMUELS                Date: 920419
  Approximate # of bytes: 8320
  Number of Accesses: 43  Library: 30
  SCALAWAY.ACC/ for use with the Calamus SL User to User tips sheet,
  "Tiling Frames tips part 2".  A freeware desk accesory for artists,
  desktop publishers, photographers, designers, etc. that will
  calculate the percent of change and a new size for any rectangular
  shape.  Runs on the ST, STe and TT.  Runs as a stand alone accesory or
  inside of Multidesk Deluxe as a resident ACC or MDX.  Written by Gregg
  Rodgers of GENUS and Border Bundles fame and thought up by yours
  truly.  Does away with and replaces those old proportion wheels some
  of you may be used to!  Please see the enclosed READ_ME.NOW file.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23379  Name: SLCOLUMN.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920322
  Approximate # of bytes: 3200
  Number of Accesses: 64  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains 3 master page (*.CSS) files that can be applied to
  any document to create 1, 2 and 3 column layouts. More information is
  found in CAT 16, Topic 7, Message 15 for creating/using Master Pages.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23206  Name: SL_MAP.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920314
  Approximate # of bytes: 81152
  Number of Accesses: 98  Library: 30
  You MUST have SL to load/print this file.
  This CDK is a chart of the command groups in SL along with function
  listings and chapter manual references. It will be necessary to
  use "Tiling" to print this poster size graphic.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23215  Name: SL_MKEYS.LZH
  Address: A.VALENT                Date: 920314
  Approximate # of bytes: 15616
  Number of Accesses: 93  Library: 30
  Print out and mount Calamus SL keyboard template showing keyboard
  os. Enjoy!
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23316  Name: SL_MKEYS.TXT
  Address: A.VALENT                Date: 920319
  Approximate # of bytes: 2560
  Number of Accesses: 37  Library: 30
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23284  Name: SL_TIPS.TXT
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920317
  Approximate # of bytes: 4096
  Number of Accesses: 61  Library: 30
  This file is a copy of Message 1, CAT 16, TOPic 7. It explains the
  USER to USER program and how ISD will award points for discounts on
  their products to users who write tips to help others.
  The file gives a full explanation of the program, style guides, point
  awared structure and upload information.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23736  Name: SPECIALS.LZH
  Address: A.VALENT                Date: 920416
  Approximate # of bytes: 22272
  Number of Accesses: 19  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file is the exclusive
  property of ISD Marketing and may not be reprinted, reproduced, or
  redistributed without the express written permission of ISD Marketing.
  This file demonstrates four methods for entering special characters
  from the upper half of the ASCII table.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23221  Name: TEMPLATE.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920314
  Approximate # of bytes: 29568
  Number of Accesses: 57  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This archive contains 4 files - TEMPLATE.CDK, README.TXT, TIPS.CSL
  and TIPS.CSS.
  A 6 page README file in CDK format which will load the two required
  fonts (TIMES and TRIUMVIRATE), style sheet and master page. You just
  import your text, tag text blocks and insert graphics.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23548  Name: TILING1.LZH
  Address: S.SAMUELS                Date: 920403
  Approximate # of bytes: 60288
  Number of Accesses: 31  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This file contains a CDK tutorial on Tiling, one of the new Calamus
  features available in SL. This is the first of three parts and is
  well-illustrated for ease of use. This file demonstrates the basics
  of Tiling.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23510  Name: TIPLIST1.LZH
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920402
  Approximate # of bytes: 4096
  Number of Accesses: 39  Library: 30
  This file contains a full detailed listing of USER to USER files in
  Library 30 up to April 1, 1992.
  USER to USER TIPS Forum is supported by ISD.
  Atari-ST RoundTable
  Number: 23378  Name: UNDRLINE.ARC
  Address: L.ROCHA1                Date: 920322
  Approximate # of bytes: 65024
  Number of Accesses: 64  Library: 30
  You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file.
  This CDK contains a tutorial on creating underline text styles as
  well as a sample page that can be used to edit the list of text
  styles. There are 31 underline text styles in a CSL file that are
  ready to apply to any CDK. These styles demonstrate underlining,
  strike through, color, and overhang features of Calamus SL.
  USER to USER TIPS Forum is supported by ISD. USER TIPS sheets are
  evaluated and award points for discounts on ISD products. For more
  information please read SL_TIPS.TXT or Message 1 in Category 16, Topic
  7. Please use ARC602ST, file # 13310, to extract.




 by Ian Lepore

     We have a text file in listings here on Bix, MULTISY.TXT, that
 describes hooking up an older NEC Multisync 2D type monitor to an ST.  The
 newer multisync monitors (NEC 3D/4D/5D and equivelents) are becoming more
 popular, and they have a different type of connector than the older 2D
 models, so this is an updated description of how to build a cable for
 these newer monitors.  This description will also be posted in listings as

     This document describes my experiences with a 1040STFM.  If there's a
 difference for a MegaST, I'm not aware of it (someone please let me know).


     - A cable with an ST-type 13-pin DIN connector at one end, and a bunch
       of bare wires at the other.  Practical Solutions makes just such a
       cable, it retails for about $20 hereabouts.

     - A 'High Density 15-pin Female D-Sub' connector.  Also known as a
       High Density DB15.  Radio Shack 276-1419 or equiv.  $5 or less.

     - A metal hood for the DB15, unless you're going to make a switchbox
       and mount the connector in it. Radio Shack 276-1508 or equiv. $2.

     - A pair of needlenose pliers and a little screwdriver.

     - A big cup of coffee.  (The jitters will add an exciting element of
       challenge when you try to work with them little crimp connectors on
       the DB15).

     Now, some pictures of what the connectors look like.  Both of these
 are pictured from the front, that is, you're looking at them from the side
 opposite of where the wires go in:

        Atari Male DIN13                     | MultiSync Female DB15
    1-> *   *   *   * <-4                    |           *     <-6
                                             |   1-> *       * <-11
    5-> *   *   *   * <-8                    |           *
                                             |       *       *
   11-> *   *   *   * <-12                   |           *
                                             |       *       *
              *       <-13                   |           *
                                             |       *       *
                                             |           *     <-10
                                             |   5-> *       * <-15
   1  - Audio out                   YLW/WHT  |  1 - Red in
   2  - Composite video             CLEAR    |  2 - Green in
   3  - General Purpose Output               |  3 - Blue in
   4  - Monochrome monitor detect   YELLOW   |  4 - N/A
   5  - Audio in                             |  5 - N/A
   6  - Green output                GREEN    |  6 - Red ground/return
   7  - Red output                  RED      |  7 - Green ground/return
   8  - 12 volt pullup              BLACK    |  8 - Blue ground/return
   9  - Horizontal Sync             BROWN    |  9 - N/A
   10 - Blue output                 BLUE     | 10 - Ground
   11 - Monochrome output           ORANGE   | 11 - N/A
   12 - Vertical Sync               WHITE    | 12 - N/A
   13 - Ground                      COPPER   | 13 - Horizontal sync
                                             | 14 - Vertical sync
                                             | 15 - N/A
   RGB signals 1v pp 75 ohm impedance        | Pins marked N/A should not
   Audio is 1v pp 1k ohm impedance           | be attached to anything when
   H/Vsync are TTL, neg, 3.3k ohm            | building the cable.
   The colors are for my Practical Solutions |
   cable, yours may differ!                  |

     Okay, now for the connections.  At this point you have to make a
 decision: are you building a cable for a monochrome monitor, one for a
 color monitor, or a switch box that handles both?  Building a switchbox is
 a more complex project (I haven't tried it); I'll expound on that later.
 Otherwise a cable is going to work for color or monochrome, but not both.

  To make the cables, connect the pins as follows:

        COLOR         MONOCHROME
     DB15    ST       DB15    ST
     ----    --       ----    --
       1      7         1     11
       2      6         2     11
       3     10         3     11
       6     13         6     13
       7     13         7     13
       8     13         8     13
      10     13        10     13
      13      9        13      9
      14     12        14     12

     You'll notice that some wires from the ST aren't used.  Just trim them
 neatly so that no wires stick out past the insulation to cause shorts.
 Also note that in the monochrome configuration, ST pin 4 is tied to ST
 pin 13 (ground).  This is what informs the ST that a monochrome monitor is
 attached.  The other difference in the monochrome cable is that the single
 monochrome output line attaches to all 3 RGB input lines on the monitor.

     You may also have noticed that MultiSync monitors don't have builtin
 speakers.  You can handle this (if you care) by attaching a standard RCA
 audio plug to ST pin 1, and having it come out the side of the cable near
 the DB15 plug.  Then you can plug your ST sound into any audio amplifier.
 (I recommend that you ransack your little brother's or sister's room or
 dig around in your closet, and look for one of those old $89 stereos that
 everyone had as a kid.  You know, the one that has an 8-track player and a
 turntable that eats records.  You can generally strip one of those down to
 a nice compact audio amp that mounts in a little (say 8x6") box.  Connect
 up an old half-dead car speaker, and you have an outboard sound system
 that performs at least as well as the builtin speaker on an ST monitor).

                             CONSTRUCTION TIPS

     Okay, so you've read through the instructions a couple times, you've
 finished that big cup of coffee, and the caffeine buzz is in full swing.
 It's time to assemble the DB15 connector.  If you've gotten the
 (overpriced) Radio Shack part, or a similar crimp-style connector, you're
 going to find the assembly to be tedious.  Take your time, because you
 have to get it right the first time on each pin.

     Strip the wire very carefully to expose exactly the right amount to
 fit in the crimp slot.  If you stripped too much, trim it; you don't want
 bare wire extending past the end of the crimp connector when it's inserted
 into the plug housing.  Conversely, you don't want any of the insulation
 to get caught in the crimp, because then the connector will be too fat to
 insert into the plug housing all the way.  After you have the bare wire
 trimmed to the right length, twist it a little bit to keep it from
 fraying, lay it in the crimp trough, and with a needlenose, carefully
 crimp down first one side, then the other, on the little crimp flaps.
 After getting the crimp into a basically rounded shape, go back over the
 flaps and crimp them down a bit more.  But be carefull, you don't want to
 mush them flat or they won't fit into the plug housing.  When you think
 you have it right, and the crimp is nice and round, but snug, tug on the
 wires a bit.  If they come lose, or even wiggle a bit, fix it now.  Once
 you have the connector inserted in the plug housing, it will never come
 out again.  If you get it inserted, and then a wire pulls out leaving the
 connector behind, you lose.  Go back to Radio Shack, slap down another $5,
 and you're ready to try again.  (Given my famous lack of manual dexterity,
 I'm proud to say that I only ruined one connector before I got it right.)

     If you are good with a soldering iron, it can be helpful to put a VERY
 SMALL amount of solder on the crimp connector after the wire is crimped
 in.  Use a small cool iron, and very fine solder (eg, .035 diameter).  If
 you put too much solder on the connector, it won't fit into the plug.  If
 you try to force it in, it'll bend.  If you use too much heat, the
 insulation will retreat up the wire, and after you get all the connectors
 inserted, they'll make a neat little spark show.  (They don't call them
 high density connectors for nothing!)

     On the DB15 connector, four of the wires attach to the ground wires on
 the ST cable.  Since the ground connections are all in a row on the DB15,
 you can avoid a rat's nest of ground wires by making a set of pin-to-pin
 loops on the DB15.  In the middle row (pins 6-11) of the DB15, make
 connections as follows:

   6->  **   **   **   **   **   ** <-11
         |   ||   ||        ||
         |   ||   ||        ||
                             | <- to pin 13 of ST cable.

     Be sure to use fairly fine wire to make these loops, you won't have
 room to lay two fat wires next to each other in the crimp trough of the
 connector.  (Bell wire is too heavy, for example).  If you're making a
 monochrome cable, you can use this same technique for the RGB connections
 (DB15 pins 1-2-3).  When making these loops, assemble all the connections
 first, then insert all four connectors at once.

     If you're paranoid, like I am, you can strengthen the wires after
 you've got the DB15 all assembled.  Mix up a little batch of 5-minute
 epoxy (don't use the 24-hour kind), and let it set for about 90-120
 seconds after you've mixed it, so it's begining to get stiff.  Using a
 toothpick, goop the epoxy all around the wires where they go into the back
 of the DB15, but don't let the epoxy get down into the holes.  After
 you've got the epoxy smeared all around the bases of the wires where they
 enter the plug housing, suspend the plug upside down (so the glue can't
 run into the holes) for 10 minutes or so until it hardens.  This step can
 be especially handy if, despite your best efforts, some bare wire (other
 than the ground wire, which is always bare) ends up showing after all the
 connectors are inserted.  Epoxy makes a fine insulator, and this will
 ensure that wiggling the cable in the future won't cause shorts.  Once all
 the connections are made, use a metal connector hood, and ensure that the
 ground (ST pin 13) is connected to it, for shielding.

                         HOW ABOUT THAT SWITCHBOX?

     All of the above I have tested and I know it works.  The following is
 untested, and I'm not even sure the appropriate parts are available.  The
 idea here is that you have a little switchbox with a cable going to your
 ST, a cable going to your monitor, and a switch that lets you choose color
 or monochrome operation.  The switch is the only tricky part, you need a
 four-pole double-throw switch.  I'm thinking a rotary 'ganged' switch
 would do the trick, if such are still available.  The connections would be
 as follows:

    DB15         SWITCH          ST

                     o---------   7
      1  ---------o---
                     o---------  11

                     o---------   6
      2  ---------o---
                     o---------  11

                     o---------  10
      3  ---------o---
                     o---------  11

                +---------------- 4
                |    o---------  N/A
                     o---------  13

  6,7,8,10 --------------------- 13      (These are straight-thru, not
  13       ---------------------  9       thru the switch).
  14       --------------------- 12

     With this setup, use a small *metal* hobbyist box (available at Radio
 Shack), and mount the DB15 and the ST cable thru the back of the box, and
 the switch in front.  Connect the ground (ST pin 13) to the box for
 shielding purposes.  Also, remember that when you switch monitor types,
 your ST will reboot itself!


     Well, that's it.  It took about 2 hours to make a cable (counting the
 first failed attempt with the nasty crimp connectors).  Someone with more
 manual dexterity than I have should be able to do it in half that.  While
 I have successfully followed these procedures myself, I cannot, of course,
 take any responsibility for problems that may occur with your system, or
 damages that may result from your using these procedures, including
 problems caused by inaccuracies that may be found in this document.  I
 always hate saying things like that, but gotta CYA, you know?  I can't
 afford to buy the world new monitors because of typo.

                                             Ian Lepore, 04/14/91

   *                     O K A Y   T O   P O R T                        *
   *                                                                    *
   * This information originated on BIX, the BYTE Information Exchange. *
   * It may be copied to other systems as long as the entire document,  *
   *              including this notice, remains intact.                *

 > VIDEO CARDS STR InfoFile                   Video Cards Galore!

                                VIDEO CARDS

 compiled by Daniel Hollis

     I compiled this list mainly to shut up all those nay-sayers and Atari
 bashers who say that there aren't any decent graphics cards for the Atari.
 In several cases these cards way outdo the BEST available graphics cards
 for ANY IBM/Mac....

 There are at least 7 cards already selling, a couple of them have been out
 for several YEARS!  There are other cards which I only have a little
 information on, aside from the fact that they do exist.  If anyone can
 e-mail me any of the missing info, I'd appreciate it.

 AutoSwitch OVERSCAN by Rio Datel (USA)
     Resolutions:Atari Monitors:    Multisync Monitors:
              704x480 on SM124      768x480 on Mono
              752x240 on SC1224     816x240 on Color
     Contact:Rio Datel
          3430 E. Tropicana Ave #65
          Las Vegas, NV 89121, U.S.A.
          1-800-782-9110, (702) 454-7700

 C32 board by Matrix Datensystem (Germany)
     Models:All Atari ST/STe/TT
     Options:Three versions:256k,512k and 1mb.
          True color, super mono, other options.

 C75Z board by Matrix Datensystem (Germany)
     Models:All Atari ST/STe/TT
     Options:As with the C32, many different options available.
          Genlocking, digitizing, CAD, everything from the
          hobbyist to professional)

 Chromax by Gadgets by Small (USA)
     Contact:Gadgets by Small
          40 W. Littleton Blvd #210-211
          Littleton, CO 80120
          Tel: (303) 791-6098
          Fax: (303) 791-0253

 Crazy Dots by TKR (Germany)
     Resolutions:1280x800x256 from 16.7 million color palette
              1664x1200x16, 1664x1200x2
     Monitor:VGA, Multisync, others via 15-pin VGA connector
     Models:Crazy Dots Megabus for Mega 2/Mega 4
            Crazy Dots VME for Mega STe, TT
     Options:ECL adaptor, Genlock, True color display
     Comments:Virtual resolutions with hardware scrolling. Uses Tseng
           ET-4000 chip. 1mb RAM, blitter support, math co-processor
           support, includes socket for math co-processor. Includes
           a bus "pass-through" connector. Includes special "Video
           Application Slot" for future expansion.
     Price: Crazy Dots Megabus $949
            Crazy Dots VME      $999
     Contact: Gribnif Software
           P.O. Box 350, Hadley, MA 01035
           Tel: (413) 584-7887
           Fax: (413) 584-2565

 CyberCube Sunrise by tms GmbH (Germany)
     Resolutions:256x200 to 1280x1024 freely programmable.
              Max. hor: 4096, max vert: 1280
              Virtual desk up to 4096x4096
              Sample resolutions:
              1280x1024x256  @ 65Hz
               800x600x256   @ 150Hz
              1024x768x256   @ 100Hz
               640x480x16.7M @ 65Hz
               800x600x16.7M @ 62Hz
              1024x512x16.7M @ 58Hz
     Comments:All resolutions with 8bit Alpha channel for VIDIMIX 16
           videoeffects. TrueColor gammacorrection also at 16,7M
           colors, 2 20MB/sec. LAN ports for networking or
           videophones, Genlock ready and realtime video. Up to 4
           cards simultaneously with extended VME-bus.
     Price: DM 4198,- (US$ 2,500,-)
     Contact: tms GmbH
          Dr. Gesslerstr. 16
          W-8400 Regensburg
          Phone: + 49 941-95163
          Fax  : + 49 941-991236

 CyberCube Serenade by tms GmbH (Germany)
     Resolutions:Same as CyberCube Sunrise
              Sample resolutions:
              1280x818x256   @ 65Hz
              1024x768x256   @ 80Hz
               640x400x16.7M @ 80Hz
     Comments:All res. with 8bit Alpha channel, TrueColor gammacorrection
           also at 16.7M colors, integrated VIDIMIX Genlock module,
           Composite PAL Video In/Out ports. COM, Video I/O, RGB
           analog ports        Alpha channel when used with video. Max 4
           simultaneously with extended VME-bus (MultiScreening).
     Price: DM 1898,- (US$ 1,150,-)
     Contact: tms GmbH
          Dr. Gesslerstr. 16
          W-8400 Regensburg
          Phone: + 49 941-95163
          Fax  : + 49 941-991236

 ISAAC board by Dover Research Company (USA)
     Resolutions:1024x768x16 from palette of 4096
               800x600 mode for cheaper monitors (need other chipset)
               "Duochrome" monochrome mode for compatibility
     Models:ISAAC for Mega ST bus
            AlberTT for Mega STe/TT VME bus
     Comments:Makes hi-res look like ST Low Res, just with a huge window.
           Spectre GCR works with this board
     Contact:Dover Research Co., (612) 492-3913

 The Imagine by Wittich Computer GmbH (Germany)
     Resolutions:1024x768x256 colors
     Models:All Atari ST/STe/TT

 JRI Genlock by JRI (USA)

 Lexicor 24 bit color card by Lexicor (USA)
     Contact:Lexicor Software
          58 Redwood Road
          Fairfax, CA 94930
          Tel: (415) 453-0271


 OmniChrome board by Omnimon Peripherals (USA)

     Resolutions: Up to 1024x1024
               SM124, SM125        SM125 *ONLY*
               ----------------------- -----------------------
               1024x800 interlaced     800x600 non-interlaced
               1024x960 interlaced     1024x600 non-interlaced
               1024x496 non-interlaced
               800x480  non-interlaced
               736x480  non-interlaced
               640x480  non-interlaced

     Models:Atari ST, Mega ST
     Options:Some modes require optional  7.50 crystal
     Contact:Titan Designs, Jonic House, Speedwell Road,
          Hay Mills, Birmingham, B25 8EU
          Phone:+21 706 6085

 ST-Super-VGA (also called Resolution Super VGA)
     Resolutions:320x200 to 1600x1200
            16 colors w/o driver, 256 out of 256,000 with driver

     Monitor:Standard VGA
     Models:Mega ST available now, 520/1040ST/STe available soon
     Comments:Uses Tseng chipset with 1mb RAM, Color VDI driver gives
           256 colors and graphics speedup. *NOT* spectre compatible!
           Color VDI Driver:$59.95
     Contact:Rio Datel
          3430 E. Tropicana Ave #65
          Las Vegas, NV 89121, U.S.A.
          1-800-782-9110, (702) 454-7700


 > ACLU STR FOCUS               A true system of checks and balances

                     ACLU & THE KING TRIAL'S AFTERMATH

 by R. F. Mariano

     In the past week, I've noticed some severe comments about the ACLU.
 All becuase they were doing a parallel investigation of the Rodney King
 trial and the LA Riots.  One must remember the main responsibility of the
 American Civil Liberties Union is to make sure you have the right to speak
 your mind and even criticize them.  While at the same time, they ensure
 that the true story is made available to the public.  In Florida we have
 the "Sunshine" laws.. the rest of the nation and the FED should cary on
 their business under the "Sunshine Laws" too.  It would certianly cut down
 on the "good ole boy backroom deals."

     Just a month and a half ago... here in Jacksonville, we had a scenario
 in the local Court system...  A judge was rather abusive will everyone who
 appeared before him.  The ACLU had a representative sitting in as a
 spectator for just over three months.  The final whacko move by this Judge
 was to send a young man to jail for not having a valid driver's license.
 The ACLU proved the young man was NOT driving the car....  by showing the
 Chief Judge the summons that was given to the young man by the issuing
 Officer. It clearly stated the young man was in the passenger seat and was
 only cited for not wearing his seat belt.   Needless to say, the Judge is
 now busy doing administrative work and no longer sits on the bench.

     The American Civil Liberties Union has been called many things but I
 see them as a sort of "Greenpeace" in relation to the US Judicial System.
 At times their goals seem to take the high road and other times they are
 somewhat dubious to some...  But make no mistake, when the ACLU is
 mentioned pertaining to injustices in a particular court or court system,
 people stop and listen.  As long as that is the case, we as the "little
 people" will always have some protections against tyranny and stiff,
 suffocating insider politics that can and do permeate local court systems.

     The American Civil Liberties Union is, as they should be, making a
 thorough investigation of its own into the LA/Simi Valley change of venue
 matter.  This action will ensure that all others who are actively
 investigating these matters will do their very best.  We are assured of
 not seeing any more of the local, "Good old Boy" non-sense as recently
 seen.  Gates must go, but he, most certainly, was not capable of all the
 intricate manuevers by himself. The investigatons must, above all else,
 uncover those who really "pulled all the strings".  Until this is
 accomplished... there may very well be further civil unrest.  Justice may
 be blind...  but the rest of the Nation is not!



 > STReport's Editorial Page           "Saying it like it is."

  From the Editor's Desk

     This past week held some unsettling news for most of us.  The one
 point I found rather strange was the decision in the Atari vs Nintendo
 case.  This decision holds many of the ideals this Country has held dear
 and true for many years since the passing of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
 Why was the decision against Atari, a USA Corporation?  For the past
 twelve years, the US Administration has had an attitude of "HANDS OFF" for
 big business.  This the going to become the latest American Tragedy.  Off
 Shore interests (read Japan) have been absorbing the productive plasma of
 US business and labor for the last twelve years at breakneck speed with
 the Reagan and Bush Administration's blessings.

     The TIDE IS TURNING... just this past week, a "little birdie" on the
 HILL in DC mentioned that certain 'taboos' have been seriously re-thought
 and as a result, we shall be seeing some rather energetic anti-trust
 activities.  It seems the Bush Administration has done some rather
 intensive research and found the American public is not pleased with the
 offshore absorption of our business resources.  Watch for a Roosevelt type
 "New Deal" proposal emanating from this administration.

     With that in mind, I beg that Atari continue its vigorous pursuit of
 Nintendo.  do not allow yourselves to be vanquished by one unfavorable
 decision.  The TIDE is turning the undertow will be decidedly in your
 favor during the coming months.  Hang tough Atari, you can win it all.

             Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine


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 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - Lancashire, U.K.         Third Coast Technologies -> RECEIVERSHIP

     Third Coast Technologies (TCT) based  in  Wigan,  Lancashire  (UK) has
 gone into  receivership, the  company made a name for itself several years
 ago by being one of the  first in  the UK  to sell  ICD based  hard drives
 cheaper than  anyone else  at that  time, and by aiming itself squarely at
 the ST/AMIGA  market.

     Success however brought problems,  a  growing  number  of complainants
 started  to  appear  claiming  bad service and problems obtaining refunds.
 Stories of people trying for MONTHS  to get  defective goods  exchanged or
 money  refunded  circulated  with  alarming  regularity,  the  most common
 complaints were, being given the  runaround  on  the  telephone (including
 being cut  off) and  the usual  quotes of "Its in the post" and "Suppliers
 have let us down".

     Since its early successes TCT's main market of Hard drives  has become
 highly competitive  and that  together with  the combination  of a growing
 reputation for bad after sales service  seems  to  have  finally  sunk the
 company.  No details were available on the scale of the companies debts or
 how many creditors are involved.


                          ATTACHED or DETACHED?
                             A SHORT SURVEY

   As published  in STReport 818, we would like your feedback about the
   attached/detached  keyboard  issue  in  future  computer  purchases.


   1 - Would you prefer a single case (1040 style) unit or a Mega ST/TT
       style unit with detached keyboard?  (pick one or the other only)

   2 - If price were a consideration, how much more would you spend for
       a detached keyboard:

                            A- $50.00 or less
                            B- $100.00 (approx)
                            C- $150.00 (or if price is no object)

   3 - Would you prefer (or be satisfied) with a connector that allowed
       you to plug in a detached keyboard such as that used on the Mega
       or TT style computers (the keyboard being an extra cost item)?

           We'd prefer your response in the following format:
             1 - detached keyboard   (or attached keyboard)
             2 - B   (or A or C)
             3 - Yes   (or no)

      Your response  is greatly  appreciated and will be compiled along
   with the input received  from  private  BBSs  and  the  major online

      Usergroups are  urged to participate; Please, take a vote at your
   next meeting, and send the results to:  STReport Online Magazine via
   the most convenient means at your disposal.

               Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine

 - Lyon, France               NEW ATARI MACHINE RUMORED TO HAVE "MUSCLE"

     Listed herein are the specifications  found  carried  on  some  of the
     European Networks:

 * PCB/UseNet Gateway from Sparkware #1
 This was posted by a person who works for a French Computer Magazine.

     Article #38632  (38676 is last): From: (Vincent
     Habchi) Newsgroups: Subject:  Falcon specs, February
     2,1992  from  Atari.  Date:  Sat  Apr 18 12:47:52 1992. Article #38662
     (38678  is   last):  From:  (Vincent  Habchi)
     Newsgroups:  Subject: Falcon (Re-post) Date: Fri May
     1 04:56:47 1992

  CPU: 68030 @ 16-33 MHz.
  RAM: 1, 4 or 14 mb configurations operating in page mode.
  ROM: 512 Kb internal, 128 Kb cartridge port.
  Ram: Cards  512k - 5 mb
  DSP: 56001 @ 32 MHz, 32 Kwords (96 Kb) of 0 wait state private RAM.
  DSP: connector to allow for modem/fax/voice mail/direct to disk,
       JPEG/MPEG codecs.  External Box w/software-9600bps, (100.00 approx)
  FPU: Optional (68882)

  Internal direct processor slot for 386SX emulation, or other processors.

  Super VGA : 640x480 256 colors.
  True color 16 bits mode : 320x200 or 640x480, 65536 colors
  Accepts external video sync. (Gen Lock & Multi-Media)
  15-bit overlay mode for video tiling and special effects.
  Programmable overscan
  262144 possible colors
  Hardware assisted  horizontal fine scrolling and BLITTER graphics

  Independant 10 channel 16-bit digital audio DMA record and playback
  channels with up to 50 MHz sampling rate.
  Stereo 16 bit DMA audio output through a Bitstream 1-bit DAC, 80  times
  Stereo 8 bit DMA audio input.
  RASCAL and SDMA audio signal coprocessors.

  SCSI 2 port with internal DMA
  High speed LocalTalk compatible LAN port.
  Connector for RVB ST or modulator.
  2 RS 232C serial port.
  Bi-directionnal CENTRONICS port
  Cartridge port.
  MIDI in and out.
  Stereo microphone input.
  Stereo audio output.
  Two joysticks ports.
  Two 15-pin enhanced digital/analog controller connectors.
  Integrated Keyboard
  1.44 Mb floppy disk.
  Internal 40-80mb (IDE) hard drive.

                  Anticipated retail cost 700.00 - 900.00

 - San Francisco, CA                 JURY REJECTS ATARI'S ANTITRUST CLAIM

  CTSY San Francisco Chronicle

 by Don Clark

     Atari Corp.  has failed  to convince  a San  Francisco jury that giant
 Nintendo broke the law in taking over the U.S. video-game market.

     The jury rejected the key charges  in Atari's  anti-trust suit against
 Nintendo, which  dominates a  market that Sunnyvale based Atari pioneered.
 The partial verdict found  that the  Japanese Company  had monopoly power,
 but  Nintendo  had  not  intended  to  use  exclusive  software  licensing
 agreements to attain that market position.

     Jurors deadlocked on two  issues --  whether those  agreements were an
 unreasonable  restraint  of  trade,  and  whether  Nintendo had an illegal
 monopoly.  U.S. District  Judge Fern  Smith granted  Atari's motion  for a
 mistrial, and Atari vowed to seek another trial on those two issues.

     But  Nintendo  attorneys  believe  they  can  get the remaining issues
 dismissed, because the jury found that Atari was not harmed  by Nintendo's

     "There are  no grounds  for a  new trial," said John Kirby, Nintendo's
 attorney.  "We think its over."

     Atari officials said they were  shocked  by  the  verdict.    "This is
 outrageous," said Sam Tramiel, the company's president.

     Nintendo, based  in Japan,  controls 75%  of the $6 billion video game
 market.  Atari filed  suit in  1989, alleging  that Nintendo  used illegal
 tactics against competitors.

     The  licensing  agreements  were  the  key issue in the 10-week trial.
 Nintendo required any company that wanted  to  make  a  game  foe Nintendo
 Entertainment System  to pledge not to make a version of that game for any
 other company's machine for two years.   Nintendo  dropped those exclusive
 agreements in 1990 after they had been in effect for more than four years.

     "Those  agreements  kept  hit  games  away  from  Atari," said William
 Jaeger, Atari's attorney.

     Atari estimated that Nintendo's tactics cost it $160 million over five
 years and  cost consumers  hundreds of  millions of  dollars, by straining
 competition that would have held video-game prices down.

     Nintendo maintained that tight control over  the software  used on its
 game machines  were perfectly  legal, and  a key ingredient in its success
 that gave game quality high.

     Atari led the market until the early 1980's when the  video-game craze
 crashed  amid  large  inventories  of unsold machines and game cartridges.
 Nintendo argued that Atari's inability to make a comeback in  the business
 was caused by its own poor business decisions.

     In  a  separate  development,  Nintendo's U.S. unit, based in Redmond,
 Wash., yesterday said it was cutting the price of its Super NES  system by
 $30 to  $149.95.  The move follows a similar price cut by Sega of America,
 whose Genesis system is  Nintendo's closest  competitor in  the market for
 so-called 16-bit video-game systems.


                      STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON"

 > A "Quotable Quote"               "The Nature of Mankind"

                     TO BE SILENT AS TO HIS WORKS..."

                                           .....Thomas Aquinas


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              Call for ABCO's * HIGHLY COMPETITIVE PRICING! *
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           If you don't see what you want listed here, call us.
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           Listed above are a sampling of the systems available.
      Prices also reflect various cabinet/power supply configurations
    (over sixty configurations are available, flexibility is unlimited)

           LARGER units are available - (Custom Configurations)

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

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

                Atari SLM 804, SLM 804PCV Laser Toner Kits
                            Memorex 2108, 5287
         Oasys Laserpro 5287, 5308, Express 830, Express Series II
                       Silver Express, Gold Express
                      ** $41.95 shipping Included **

                      Atari SLM 605 Laser Toner Kits
        AT&T 593, CAF Laser, DSI Laser, DTP Systems, Epson EPL-6000
         Facit P6060, Fontx Syslaser, Harris3M 2006, M-Tally MT905
       Microtek Turbo PS, OAS Laserpro Executive, Packard Bell 9500
                     TEC LB 1305, Toshiba PageLaser 6
                      ** $41.95 shipping included **
                          (TWO Toner Carts Incl.)

                        Panasonic Laser Toner Kits
           Panasonic KX -P 400 series, Panafax UF-750 Facsimile
                      ** $41.95 shipping included **

                    -- ALL TONER KITS  * IN STOCK * --

                       * Toner Starter Kits-$62.95 *
                    * Replacement (804) Drums-$186.95 *

               ABCO is  PROUD to announce the acquisition of
               the exclusive U.S.A. distribution  rights for
               ** Bitblit Software's ///Turbo Board BBS. **
               This  fine  Atari  ST BBS system software and
               user support is available through ABCO to all
               Turbo customers in the USA.  Call for current

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

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

                   WE PAY SHIPPING & INSURANCE!  >UPS!<
                                (Cont. USA)

                     DEALERS and DISTRIBUTORS WANTED!
                         please, call for details

                     VISA - MASTERCARD - NO SURCHARGE!
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                        ORDER YOUR NEW UNIT TODAY!

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