ST Report: 17-Jul-92 #829

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 07/17/92-11:47:35 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 17-Jul-92 #829
Date: Fri Jul 17 23:47:35 1992

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 > From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"

     The editorial is rather short  this  week  because  I  am  pressed for
 time.   I'll be at the Blue Ridge Atari Fest this weekend.  I hope to meet
 you'all there.  Let me take a moment though, to thank all of you  who have
 sent Gifts  of Time  to STReport's account on GEnie {ST-REPORT}.  Its with
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    Issue #29

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  -- Apple and Microsoft Join Forces

 Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have formed a new alliance that
 they say will strengthen their ties in the name of technology. Microsoft
 has agreed to develop software for Apple's next-generation Macintosh,
 due on the market in a few years, a machine to be powered by "PowerPC"
 chips Apple is jointly developed with IBM.  Reports also say that Apple
 and Microsoft also will link a Microsoft software technology to the

 The two companies also will work together to incorporate Apple's
 QuickDraw GX in future versions of Microsoft programs for the Mac. The
 programs will have more powerful printing features, including new
 imaging and typographic-quality text.

 The new deal calls for customers with both Microsoft Windows-equipped
 computers and Macintoshes to be able to access a broad range of
 databases supported by the Apple technology. A database is a program
 that stores pieces of information, such as customer accounts.

 Both Apple and Microsoft said the agreement has no impact on the
 copyright lawsuit. Apple brought a $5.5 billion suit against Microsoft
 and Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1988, accusing them of producing software
 that infringed on copyrights for the way information is presented and
 controlled on the Mac. Last May, a federal judge dismissed a portion of
 the case, ruling that nearly all of Apple's display symbols were not
 protected under copyright laws.

  -- Compaq Struggles To Meet Demand For New Prolinea

 Compaq Computer Corporation says it is struggling to keep up with the
 demand for its new line of low-priced personal computers.  The Prolinea
 is a low-end desktop family with a starting price of $899 without a
 monitor. Prolinea systems are available with hard drives from 40 MB to
 120 MB, and comes with DOS 5.0 installed. Compaq said it can build
 Prolinea units at the rate of one about every 60 seconds.  Compaq
 expects to eliminate the backlog by August.

  -- Apple to Bundle Microlytics Encyclopedia with Macs

 Apple Computer announced today it will start bundling Microlytics Inc.'s
 electronic Random House Encyclopedia with Macintoshes. The special offer
 is good only on computers shipped for the higher education market.

  -- Seagate and Quantum to Share Patents

 Hard disk makers Seagate Technology and Quantum Corp., have agreed to
 share their patents. The companies have agreed to license their tech-
 nology to each other so they can compete on "commercial values" instead
 of their patent portfolios.

 Regarding the pact, Seagate President/CEO Alan F. Shugart says, "The
 disk drive industry today runs the risk of becoming mired in costly,
 unproductive patent litigation if this trend toward hostile patent
 claims continues."

 Quantum CEO William J. Miller adds, "This agreement by two of the
 leaders in our industry begins to provide the basis for freedom of
 design that we have not previously experienced."

  -- Lotus Earnings Rise 62%

 Lotus Development Corp. has reported a 62% increase in second quarter
 earnings. The Cambridge, Mass., software developer said it earned $14.9
 million, or 34 cents a share, in the three-month period ended June 27,
 compared to earnings of $9.2 million, or 21 cents a share, in the second
 quarter of 1991.

  -- Time Magazine Computer Analyst Arrested for Alleged Faud

 A computer analyst, Thomas Ferguson, 44, who worked at Time magazine's
 Tampa, Fla., customer service headquarters has been arrested after
 allegations he sold thousands of subscribers' credit card numbers for $1
 apiece.  Ferguson has been with the magazine for 18 months, faces four
 counts of trafficking in credit cards, authorities said.

 Police found computer disks containing the credit card numbers of about
 80,000 subscribers at Ferguson's Clearwater, Fla., home. Authorities
 said they met Ferguson four times to buy about 3,000 credit card numbers
 since being tipped off to the scheme in June.

 Time executives say that all credit card customers should examine their
 credit card bills closely. If unauthorized purchases show up, they
 should call the financial institution that issued the card.


  > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

  On CompuServe
  compiled by Joe Mirando

 From the Atari Productivity forum.

     Well folks, we all know someone who has done it.  People leaving the
 ST platform for the MS-DOS world, while not something that any of us want
 to hear, is a fact of life for whatever reason.  But those who make the
 switch often forsake any data that they've built up on their previous
 machine and either start back at the beginning or attempt to re-enter the
 information manually.

 John S Saia 'fesses up:

     "I admit it....I 've jumped a 486/33 machine...but, I need
     a bit of help in transferring files (on floppies) from wordwriterST
     and from Pha$ar to my IBM compatible....can someone help me
     out....otherwise I'm doomed to retyping stuff for what seems like the
     rest of my life.  Thanks!"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Advantage magazine offers advise:

     "Word Writer is easy just save the files to ascii and then format a
     720K floppy on your 486 and then copy the ST ascii files to it.  The
     Pha$ar I don't know if it has an ascii export ... if you don't have
     too much data you can retype everything. (GRIN)"

 Of course, if you don't want to type in all of that information, or dread
 the thought of learning new programs that do what the old ones did, Darek
 Mihocka of Branch Always Software, offers another possibility:

     "John, you may be interested in the Gemulator Atari ST emulator. It
     will allow you to keep running Phasar and Word Writer ST on your PC
     without reformatting any disks or other drastic measures."

                                                       - Darek

 Sysop Bob Retelle adds a bit of personal experience:

     "John, as long as the programs you're using on the PC are compatible
     with the ST files you already have, you should have no problem moving
     them to the PC on floppies..  The ST and PC use virtually identical
     floppy disk formats, so as Albert mentioned, just format the disks on
     your PC and copy your ST files onto them directly from the ST.  I move
     stuff back and forth between my ST and PCs all the time..!"


 Richard Gunter joins in with more information:


     "You've already heard from folks concerning your word processor
     documents. Nearly every word processor I've ever seen or heard of has
     either a save-to-ASCII or a print-to-disk function.  The former will
     strip the document of all format controls and special effects embedded
     in it, saving only the text itself.  Usually each line will end with a
     CR/LF sequence, and paragraphs with two (the double return).

     The print-to-disk function will usually do the line and page
     formatting, including white space (margins on all four sides), but
     you'll lose all the special effects (bold, italics, underline, etc.).

     Also, some word processors have provisions to import or convert other
     formats into their own.  In this case, special effects are not lost,
     although some manual editing may be needed to get everything to print
     exactly the way you want it.  Unfortunately, it's unlikely that any
     IBM word processor will recognize an ST-only format, so you're
     probably stuck with save-to-ASCII as the least of evils.

     As to Pha$ar, I'm afraid you're out of luck.  There is no export
     feature in that program (I have 4.0, which I think is the last to be
     produced). The only solution I can think of is a utility that will
     intercept an attempt to print and redirect the output to a disk file.
     At least that way, you'd be able to list transactions and perhaps
     massage the file to the point that you can import to another program.
     As always, the CodeHeads have a solution: the print spooler on their
     Utilities disk allows you to direct the output to a file.

     Remaining possibility is to get some enterprising and quick-working ST
     programmer to build a converter program that can reformat the Pha$ar
     register file into an ASCII layout.  The original file has a lot of
     binary data in it, and I don't believe the authors ever published any
     information on the format, so it would take a little detective work.
     It's sad, but Pha$ar's data file is in a closed form."

                                                  Richard G.

 Have you ever known that a certain operation can be done on your computer
 but had no idea of how to do it?  I have found that it's usually the
 simple things that "everybody else" seems to take for granted that elude

 Ed Martin asks:

     "Does anyone know a way to call upon the Print Screen item in the
     Desktop Options menu while running an application? Or failing, that do
     you know of any good PD screen dump accessories? I often surprise
     myself and produce a pleasing piece of graphics I would like to
     preserve for posterity, but I can't print the screen.  Thanks in
     advance for any help provided."

                                                       ... Ed

 Sysop Bob Retelle answers:

     "Ed, to do what it sounds like you want to do, try pressing the ALT
     and HELP keys together to produce a screen dump to your printer...
     Depending on your printer type, you might have to use the Printer
     Setup menu of the Control Panel ACCessory to set the line width
     properly.. the ST defaults to a wider line than most Epson compatible
     printers.  I use a little AUTO folder program that sets the width
     automatically every time I boot up the computer so I don't have to
     remember to do it before I want to print something..."

 With humor, Ed replies:

     "Ah! Light dawns! It's good to have ALTernate sources of HELP such as
     yourself on tap. Thanks."

    ... Ed

 Or, even worse, have you ever done the screen dump only to find that it
 just doesn't look right?  That the black and white picture that looks like
 art on the screen is just a collection of dots with no esthetic value when
 put on paper?  Sysop Ron Luks adds:

     "There's an excellent screen snapshot utility that installs as an
     accessory and saves the screen as a Degas format file. You could then
     print out the degas file with another utility. I think the filename is or something like that."


 Meanwhile, back at the Atari Vendors Forum, Beth Jane Freeman tells
 Charles F. Johnson of CodeHead Software:

     "I've been trying out Warp 9 some more.  I think it doesn't work with
     a program called GER2EN19.PRG.  Once the program loads, the computer
     crashes. I've also noticed that you get multiple cursors and cursors
     that freeze on one part of the screen in Flash, but it is most
     prevalent when I'm talking to an IBM computer.  It doesn't seem to be
     happening here.  The program is greased lightning.  It speeds up most
     everything I've got and it doesn't do funny things to the control
     panel (earlier version, not the CPX one), as Quick ST used to.  It
     also doesn't adversely affect Degas Elite."


 Charles replies:

     "Yes, I'm aware of the problem with GER2ENG (the German - to - English
     translator).  That program breaks a _ton_ of programming rules, and
     that's why it's incompatible with Warp 9.  You can use the WARP9.DAT
     file to automatically disable Warp 9 when you run that program.
     Hmm...I've never seen the multiple cursor problem in Flash, but then I
     never call IBM boards.  (Are you using ANSI mode?)  I'll have a look
     at it.  Thanks for the compliments on Warp 9!"

 Ms. Freeman adds:

     "I guess that's one quick and dirty program.  I've got the Warp
     Control Panel on my hard drive, and I select it when I boot my
     computer. I've been using your desk manager program, but I"ve been
     looking at the competition. Seems your competitors programs are even
     bigger than yours.  I'm just going to have to get more RAM for my ST,
     and while they have it open, I'll have your TEC board installed, too.
     I think it will save labour costs that way."


 If you use Calamus or another program that uses vector graphics fonts, you
 may have noticed that they take up a lot of disk space.  Wouldn't it be
 nice if there was a way of making them smaller and still being able to use
 them? Keith Bulmer had hoped that it was possible when he posted:

     "Hi, can anyone help, i have been asked by a friend who uses Calamus
     1.09N if it is possible to compress .CFN files and still use them,
     possibly with one of the many executable file packers like DCSquish
     etc. With over 8 meg of Fonts he is beginning to run out of HD

                                             Many Thanks Keith.

 Unfortunately, it was not to be, as Nathan Potechin of ISD marketing

     "Sorry Keith. The answer is NO. If you squish them, they will no
     longer be recognizable by Calamus. I might add that when you compress
     a Calamus CFN, you will be lucky to get 2% compression as these vector
     graphics are very tight to begin with. Hope this helps."

                                                  Nathan @ ISD

 Keith comes up with the same, unfortunate (but effective) solution that
 computer users have been employing for years:

     "Thanks Nathan, it looks they will have to increase HD size or just
     clear some of the old junk from it...."
                                        Thanks for the help anyway.


 Well, that's about all we have the space for this week folks. Check out
 PEOPLE...ARE TALKING every week for info on all of those questions you
 always hoped someone else would ask.


 > CT FEST! STR SHOW NEWS           Connecticut AtariFest Update


               The Time: August 15 and 16,  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
        The Place: Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport
            Windsor Locks, CT (Just north of Hartford on I-91)
      The Event: The Northeast's Biggest Lynx Tournament This Summer!

 (July 16, 1992)

     Connecticut AtariFest  '92 is  excited   to announce  its First Annual
 Lynx Tournament.  The Tournament features  the latest  ComLynx-able games,
 your  favorite  classics  and  yet-to-be  released  titles.  Games will be
 played among all contestants with Lynxes connected via  ComLynx.

      Loads  of  prizes  will  be  given  away  during  both  days  of  the
 Tournament.   Novices shouldn't  feel intimidated;  prizes will be awarded
 for both  skillful play and dumb luck.

      Atari will also set up individual Lynxes enabling players to playtest
 new games in a noncompetitive  setting.    Lynxes,  games  and accessories
 will be  available for  purchase.  Area retailers are invited to sponsor a
 "Champion" who will receive a free one-day pass to the show.

     Participating retailers will share in the  resulting  publicity.  Lynx
 players  are  invited  to  get  their  local  dealer  to  name  them store
 "Champion" for the show.   Dealers  should contact  organizers below about
 their designated entry.

     In addition  to Lynx  contests, Connecticut AtariFest '92 will feature
 exhibits of the latest in computer  hardware  and  software  by  Atari and
 third-party developers,  state of  the industry reports, seminars designed
 to help you get  the most  out of  your gear  and imaginative applications
 created by  folks just  like you.   Admission to the show is $5.00 for one
 day; $8.00 for both days.

     Lynxes and games will be supplied by Atari.  Contestants are asked not
 to  bring  their  own  equipment.    It will not be allowed on the exhibit

 For more  information  about  the  Lynx  Tournament  or  other Connecticut
 AtariFest '92 programs, contact:

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                             The Atari S.I.G.
                              Six Years Old
                              STILL GROWING

 Mark D. Leair
 Cleveland Free-net Atari S.I.G.

         The C.A.I.N. Users Group is pleased to announce the opening of an
 improved "look and feel" for its Atari Special Interest Group (SIG) housed
 on Case Western Reserve University's Cleveland Free-Net online computer

         The SIG, like its mother Free-Net, both started in 1986.  Both
 exist today with the same objective from 1986:
 Provide FREE community computing and information exchange.

         On July 20, 1992 C.A.I.N. plans to unveil its latest version of
 the S.I.G. to the public.  Join now, and be a part of history!

                             New Acquisitions

         o Online SIG Menu Outline:
           This text file will hold a map of the new SIG, showing
            graphically how to maneuver within the SIGs menus.

         o Improved Atari NEWS:
           The Atari NEWS now takes the user to a sub-menu which indexes
           the Atari NEWS into the following categories:  All news,
           weekly news (Atari SIG Newswire), monthly news (The Atari SIG's
           newsletter), Atari Show Announcements, and The Rumor Mill
           featuring an Annonymous Message Board.

         o Improved Support Areas:
           The Atari S.I.G. is pleased to continue to provide support to
           all domestic Atari products.  In addition to its continued
           support, many of the support areas have added the following

                        =+= A message bulletin board for users to
                             discuss their products.

                        =+= A description and history of the Atari Product.

                        =+= List of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ List).

                        =+= Product-Specific Programming Forums, moderated
                            by a resident professional programmer.

                        =+= Tips, tricks, summaries, reviews on products
                            for each platform.

                        =+= Published articles, re-printed with permission.

                        =+= A file area providing information for obtaining
                            files from the large Atari Archives at the
                            University of Michigan.

                        =+= Latest online magazine for that particular

                        =+= A directory of users of the desired platform.

           A support board has been set up for the following platforms:
           8 bit computers, 16/32-bit computers, Portfolio, and the Lynx.

           In addition to the above list, the 16/32-bit support area
           features a Midi Application Forum, and the Lynx area features a
           text file known as "The Best and Worst Games of 1991," a High
           Score board, and its own voting booth.

         o Voting Booth

           Another new feature is the SIG's voting booth.  On a regular
           basis the SIG will be taking polls on serious and not-so-serious
           items on developments at Atari Corp, Atari products, or on SIG
           related items.  In addition to our polls, users will have the
           option to submit and suggest their own topics to vote on.

         o Atari Library

           This menu has been established to house a variety of reference
           material and "history" of Atari and the SIG.  First off, there's
           a menu-selection called the "Information Base".  In this menu
           a user can find information like Atari Corp's world-wide
           addresses, user group information, Bulletin Board phone numbers,
           Atari Computer Dealers, Manufacturers' addresses, Important
           Compuserve user addresses, and much more.

           Next, there's a "Miscellaneous Information" section which
           features documentation, tutorials, "How-to" projects, and game

           The library also contains a "time capsule" of old posts, news
           items, and questions and answers posted on the SIG.
           Furthermore, there's an online magazine area grouped by title,
           The Atari SIG newsletter, an Atari SIG Log of SIG events, and
           an area called the "Newsroom" where the newsletter will be

         o Real-Time Conferencing Available

           The Atari SIG has sponsored real-time conferences using
           Free-net's local chat (IRC) system.  We're always interested in
           providing a forum for guest speakers or developers to discuss
           their products online.  Interested parties should contact the
           SIG at the address below:

                     How To Access the Cleveland Free-Net



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               if you want to complete an application to get your own
               personalized user id.  Simply follow the directions for
               obtaining an account.

               After completing the preliminary application one may visit
               the SIG by typing "Go Atari" at the "Your Command ==>"

                             Contacting the Atari SIG

               The Atari SIG is interested hearing from all Atarians.
               Please contact the SIG through one of the following lines
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 > User Observations! STR FOCUS!      Drew Reid Kerr "Open letter"

                         AN OPEN LETTER TO DARLAH

 Downloaded from Delphi

 GE Mail on 920711 at 01:14


 I'm going to keep this line of communication in e-mail initially ....

 I never read the ST Report posts on any on-line services. Nor do I have
 any or have I had any affiliation with Ralph Mariano. There are a number
 of things that I certainly don't agree with him on and I'm not crazy about
 the way he presents certain topics.

 I just downloaded the STR and I am truly appalled to find that STR has
 lost its flag because "it does not support GEnie enough"(??). I have not
 seen the actual letter telling Ralph that the flag was pulled, so pardon
 me if I don't have the exact quote right.

 Unless Ralph broke a criminal law, slandered GEnie, or took a personal
 potshot at you, I can't for the life of me see the reasoning behind this

 Obviously, financially, this can't be the reason -- I don't know how many
 downloads there are a year, but I know that Z*NET and STR always seemed to
 be neck and neck in the download department.

 I have never found ST Report to be biased against any one on-line
 service. He seems to report about all of them equally.

 I know people here in GEnie constantly bring up his "agenda" constantly,
 but frankly, it seems only a small handful of people know his "agenda."
 I've been a regular here for over a year and he's certainly opinionated
 but I don't see any harmful "agenda" unless there's something I don't know
 about (blowing up Sunnyvale?).

 Yes, Ralph certainly has a mouth and it seems to make waves, but I
 completely disagree with removing his free access to GEnie. People here
 are completely free to read this newsletter, which provides an
 alternative news service to Atari's own Explorer Online and GEnie Lamp,
 and interpret it any way they may. There's a lot of work put into that
 newsletter, whether it's rough stuff or not, including transcripts of
 conferences, product reviews and community news. If that isn't of value to
 GEnie's Atari community, I don't know what is.

 OK, there's a lot of rocking the boat from Ralph and his club. You may not
 be depriving him of his freedom of speech, but you are putting him on
 unequal footing with other newsletters by charging him for any access to
 GEnie. It seems you are making him "pay for speaking his mind." Whether
 you agree or not, he has his right to say what he wants, but the service
 is unquestionably there.

 I don't know what the politics is behind this action but it seems pretty
 suspicious to me. I don't belong to any organization and I don't walk with
 any newsletter editors. But I don't walk around the Atari world with
 blinders either. It appears someone is trying to put the squeeze on Ralph
 for saying things they don't like. No, I don't know if this is true, but
 this whole thing reeks of sneaky manipulation.

 I do not plan on joining the topic discussing this act yet. But I want to
 make it clear I do not support this tact. It is clearly a charge against
 Ralph's freedom of speech to publish his newsletter. It is unfair and

 I plan on downloading STR only on Delphi in the future, where my download
 charge won't go into the pockets of GEnie and Atari. I plan on making this
 recommendation to others as well. I will also give Ralph a donation of the
 Gift of Time -- not because I think he's a wonderful human being -- but
 because GEnie and Atari have violated his basic rights.

 This letter will be uploaded to the GEnie BBS and other on-line services
 by the end of the week.

 Drew Reid Kerr

 Editor Note:
     Drew Reid Kerr is not affiliated with STReport International Online
 Magazine in any manner.  Now that that's been said, I must point out there
 are a few misinterpretations of the actual situation in Mr. Kerr's

     First, I'd like to point out the difference between GEnie and the ST
 RT.  While GEnie is the service, the ST RT is where the problem has
 arisen, not with GEnie in any way shape or form.  Additionally, it becomes
 completely understandable why the powers that be at GEnie have abided by
 Darlah's wishes even when the original agreement indicated the internal
 account was not under Darlah's jurisdiction.  There are contracts with
 GEnie to be upheld.  Darlah is a contract holder thus, the resulting
 decision.  While I may find the decision uncomfortable, I can understand
 the reason for GEnie not interfering with the operation of Darlah's RT.
 Also, it should be pointed out the cost of the Internal account and the
 free flag were being charged to Darlah's RT.

     As for an "Agenda" this is a convenient term used by our strongest
 "supporters".  Its a catch-all for everything they disagree with.  Its
 their right to do so and although it may not be to our benefit, we will
 support their right to disagree with us to the bitter end.

     "Rocking the Boat" is one of time's proven methods to effect change.
 Its usually implemented as a last resort.  Many times the more subtle
 attempts often go un-noticed.  Thus, the perception of "rocking the Boat".
 Truth is, its a known fact the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

     The only premise in Mr. Kerr's missive I must disagree with is the
 redirection of downloading.  This is disagreeable with STReport as its
 directed toward GEnie proper and that is wrong.  We strongly urge our
 readers on each service to download the files we supply when and where
 they wish. STReport is NOT leaving GEnie, we need your support there as




 By: Albert Silverman

 From the Mac RT on Genie


     This is  the second  article in  a series  on "piracy"--with a reverse
 twist.  This series currently includes the following articles:

  (1)  Great Software Licensing Hoax   (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY1)
  (2)  Software Copyright/License Quiz (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY2)
  (3)  Great School Copyright Robbery  (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY3)
  (4)  San Diego County--Truth Squad   (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY4)
  (5)  ADAPSO and SPA--Trade Pirates   (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY5)
  (6)  Aldus--Snaring a Pirate Chief!  (LEGAL RIGHTS PIRACY6)


     You cannot reject the computer software industry's attempted piracy of
 YOUR legal  rights in the handling of your computer software, while at the
 same time avoiding committing piracy yourself,  unless you  understand the
 basic applicable  laws. Please  note that the following quiz goes somewhat
 beyond these basic legal principles; hence the knowledge which is requ-
 ired to answer many of these questions does not fit the "basic" descri-

     Answer "YES"  or "NO,"  based upon  your understanding  of these laws.
 Although several  of these  questions have not been specifically addressed
 in the courts, the answers (which are given following the list of ques-
 tions) reflect a highly probable decision  if the  question were  to reach
 the courts.  Answer as many of the questions that you can (or that you can
 even understand!) before looking up the answers. Good luck!

 ___ (01) Do you violate the copyright law by making a backup copy of a
 copy-protected program, even though the software publisher furnishes a
 second (pseudo-backup) copy labeled "archival" or "backup"?

 ___ (02) Do you violate the copyright law by having (as opposed to using
 simultaneously) more than a single backup copy of one program on hand?

 ___ (03) Do you violate the copyright law by using a backup copy which
 you have made instead of using the purchased copy, even though the pur-
 chased copy has not been damaged?

 ___ (04) Do you violate the copyright law by paying someone else to make
 a backup copy FOR you, rather than making it yourself?

 ___ (05) You have purchased a single copy of a copy-protected program. In
 order to make a backup copy, it is necessary to alter the scheme of copy-
 protection. However, this alteration cannot be detected while using the
 program; apart from the "invisible" altered copy-protection, the backup
 copy is identical with the original copy from which it was prepared. Do
 you violate the copyright law by transferring this backup copy along with
 the original copy?

 ___ (06) You are licensing the use of a computer program and the license
 agreement forbids you from adapting and/or modifying the program in any
 manner. Can you be successfully prosecuted for violating the license ag-
 reement if you choose to disregard this prohibition?

 ___ (07) A school loads a copy of a computer program which it owns onto a
 network for distribution to ten computers for use by ten students in its
 computer classroom. Is the school guilty of violating the copyright law?

 ___ (08) You are licensing the use of a program and the license agreement
 forbids you from using the software on more than one CPU (central pro-
 cessing unit) at a time. Can you be successfully prosecuted for violating
 the license agreement if you disregard this restriction?

 ___ (09) You are licensing the use of a program and the license agreement
 forbids you from lending it. Can you be successfully prosecuted for vio-
 lating the license agreement if you lend this program to a friend, with-
 out charge?

 ___ (10) Do you violate the copyright law by lending to a friend, without
 charge, the original copy of a computer program to which you own the

 ___ (11) Do you violate the copyright law by copying a single purchased
 program to hard disks on several computers within a business establish-

 ___ (12) If you purchase the title to a computer program and the package
 contains two otherwise-identical disks, one of which is labeled
 "archival" or "backup," do you violate the copyright law by using both
 disks at the same time on separate computers?

 ___ (13) You are licensing the use of a copy-protected computer program.
 Two copies of the program are supplied by the publisher, one of which is
 labeled "archival." The license agreement forbids the simultaneous use of
 both copies on separate computers. Can you be successfully prosecuted for
 violating the agreement if you fail to heed this prohibition?

 ___ (14) If you purchase the title to a computer program and the package
 contains two otherwise identical disks, one of which is labeled
 "archival" (or "backup"), do you violate the copyright law by selling the
 archival (or backup) disk while retaining ownership of the other disk?

 ___ (15) Do you violate the copyright law by possessing a copy of a
 computer program when you do not rightfully possess the original from
 which the copy was prepared?

 ___ (16) You are licensing the use of a program and the license agreement
 forbids you from making more than two backup copies of the software. Can
 you be successfully prosecuted for violation of the license agreement if
 you make three backup copies?

 ___ (17) You are licensing the use of a program and the license agreement
 forbids you from making more than two backup copies of the software. Are
 you guilty of copyright infringement if you make three backup copies?

 ___ (18) You are licensing the use of a program and the license agreement
 forbids you from creating a derivative work based upon the program. Can
 you be successfully prosecuted for violation of the license agreement if
 you disregard this prohibition?

 ___ (19) You are licensing the use of a program and the license agreement
 forbids you from creating a derivative work based upon the program. Do
 you violate the copyright law if you disregard this prohibition?

 ___ (20) You agree with a software publisher, in writing, that you will
 place a copyright notice on the disk label of a backup copy which you
 make of the program. Do you violate ANY law (i.e., either breach the
 agreement or infringe the copyright) by failing to do so?

 ___ (21) You purchase a computer program and find, after you open the
 package, that there is a plain, sealed envelope containing the program
 disk. There is also, printed on a separate sheet among the various papers
 enclosed with the program, a license agreement containing a clause that
 prohibits you from selling it. The document of agreement states that the
 software publisher is retaining the title to the software. Can you be
 successfully prosecuted for violating the license agreement if you sell
 the program?

 ___ (22) You are licensing the use of a computer program and are provided
 with a 5 1/4" disk and a 3 1/2" disk, both of which contain the same
 program. The license agreement states that you cannot use these two disks
 simultaneously on different computers. Can you be successfully prosecuted
 for violating the license agreement if you fail to obey this restriction?

 ___ (23) You purchase a computer program which is recorded on both a 5-
 1/4" disk and a 3-1/2" disk that are contained in a plain, sealed
 envelope inside the software package. You are not able to use the 3-1/2"
 disk and therefore give it to a friend. Impatient to use the program, you
 do not open the instruction manual before you load the program from the
 5-1/4" disk into your computer. Later, during the use of this program,
 you decide to look up in the manual some point about the operation of the
 program. Upon opening the manual, you find a license agreement inside,
 which prohibits you from using both disks simultaneously on separate
 computers. Have you violated ANY law by giving away the 3-1/2" disk?

 ___ (24) You purchase the title to an upgrade of a computer program but
 are not required to exchange the earlier version for the upgraded ver-
 sion. Do you violate ANY law if you sell the earlier version, for which
 you no longer have any use?

 ___ (25) You work for a newspaper and are preparing to write an article
 about a particular computer program. Your friend, who is licensing the
 use of a copy of this program, makes a copy and gives it to you for your
 use in preparing this article. The license agreement restricts the use of
 the program to one CPU at a time. Is either of you guilty of violating
 ANY law?

 ___ (26) You are licensing the use of a program and the license agreement
 prohibits you from disassembling the program source code. Do you violate
 ANY law if you fail to heed this prohibition?

 ___ (27) You are licensing the use of a computer program and the license
 agreement prohibits you from exporting the software to a country to which
 the United States bans such exports. Can you be successfully prosecuted
 for violation of the agreement if you export the software?

 ___ (28) Do you violate the copyright law by renting a computer program
 to which you own the title?

 ___ (29) You have received a free copy of a copyrighted program over an
 electronic bulletin board. The operator of the bulletin board has been
 given permission by the copyright owner to distribute the program in this
 manner. You are also warned in an accompanying notice that you are not
 permitted to sell this copy. Do you violate ANY law by selling the
 program against the wishes of the copyright owner?

 ___ (30) Do you violate the copyright law by making a backup copy of an
 unprotected (i.e., not copy-protected) program and lending it to a
 friend, without charge, while retaining but not using the original copy
 as long as your friend is in possession of the borrowed backup copy?

 ___ (31) You are licensing the use of a computer program and the license
 agreement contains a clause which states that you must destroy a backup
 copy that you have made if you sell the program. Do you violate ANY law
 if you sell the program and transfer, along with the original copy, an
 exact copy which you made for backup purposes?



 The "Section" numbers referred to in these answers refer to the applic-
 able portions of the copyright laws.

 (01)  NO:
 Your right to make backup copies of a program under Section 117 is not
 affected by the presence of copy-protection nor by the number of copies
 of the program which you own.

 (02)  NO:
 Paragraph (2) of Section 117 contains the phrase: "all archival copies
 are destroyed." The closing paragraph of Section 117 contains the phrase:
 "the copy from which such copies were prepared." The CONTU report that
 provides the intent of this statute also contains the phrase: "and to
 prepare archival copies of it." Since you are permitted to make more than
 one backup copy, it follows that you may have more than one copy on hand
 at one time.

 (03)  NO:
 The intent of Section 117 of the copyright law is to protect the pur-
 chased copy of the program from damage by mechanical or electrical
 failure. This is most easily accomplished by the day-to- day use of a
 backup copy in place of the purchased copy.

 (04)  NO:
 The opening sentence of Section 117 contains the phrase: "to make or
 authorize the making of."

 (05)  NO:
 Since a program that is "altered" by modifying or removing the scheme of
 copy-protection cannot be distinguished in its operation from the ori-
 ginal program from which it was prepared, it contains all of the infor-
 mation about the content of the copyrighted material. Hence it may be
 transferred along with the original copy; in accordance with the transfer
 provision of Section 117, it is an "exact" copy of the program.

 (06)  NO:
 The adaptation and/or modification of a copyrighted work belongs within
 the exclusive province of the federal copyright law and cannot be rest-
 ricted within an agreement.

 (07)  YES:
 Since the simultaneous use of unauthorized copies in an educational
 setting negatively impacts the market for the program, it violates the
 doctrine of "fair use."

 (08)  NO:
 In order to use a single program on several computers simultaneously, you
 must make copies (either permanent or temporary, via a network) of that
 program. Since the making and/or use of copies is regulated under the
 copyright law, such conduct cannot be restricted within a license

 (09)  YES:
 Section 109(d) permits the one who owns the title to a program to control
 its transfer by means of an agreement.

 (10)  NO:
 Section 109(a) permits the one who owns the title to a computer program
 to transfer it without the permission of the copyright owner. Section
 109(b)(1)(A) does not prohibit the one who owns the title from lending
 the program without charge; rather, it forbids the lending of software
 for the purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage.

 (11)  YES:
 A hard disk copy is equivalent to a backup copy which is used as a
 working copy in place of the original copy. Thus using a single program
 simultaneously from several hard disks is equivalent to the simultaneous
 use of backup copies. This is forbidden by the doctrine of "fair use" in
 Section 107, due to the negative impact upon the market for the program.

 (12)  NO:
 Since you rightfully own two copies of the program, you do not violate
 the copyright law by using these copies as you see fit, despite the
 labeling by the software publisher of one of the copies as "archival" or

 (13)  YES:
 Since you do not own the title to the program, you must obey any restri-
 ctions imposed by the title owner upon the use of publisher- furnished
 copies of the program.

 (14)  NO:
 Section 109(a) permits the title owner to transfer either disk, without
 regard to its labeling.

 (15)  NO:
 Mere possession of an "orphaned" copy does not violate the copyright law,
 since its intended use may qualify for a "fair use" exception. If there
 is no "fair use" exception, the purchased original from which the copy
 was prepared may have been destroyed, in which case the use of the
 orphaned copy does not violate the copyright law.

 (16)  NO:
 Since the making of backup copies is regulated under the copyright law,
 this conduct cannot be restricted within a license agreement. Since
 Section 117 does not limit the number of backup copies which can be made,
 you are not guilty of copyright infringement if you make more than a
 single backup copy.

 (17)  NO:
 Section 117 places no limit upon the number of backup copies which can be

 (18)  NO:
 The creation of a derivative work is regulated under the copyright law
 and cannot be restricted within a license agreement.

 (19)  YES:
 Under Section 106, the copyright owner has the exclusive right to create
 a derivative work.

 (20)  NO:
 Since matters involving the copyright notice are regulated under the
 copyright law, your failure to heed a copyright notice requirement
 imposed by the software publisher cannot be prosecuted as a violation of
 the agreement. Since you may make backup copies, free from any
 requirement to add anything to whatever copyright notice might exist on
 the original copy, you do not violate the copyright law by failing to
 supplement the copyright notice that exists on the original copy.

 (21)  NO:
 Since you were able to access the program disk without being aware of the
 existence of a license agreement, the execution of the agreement is
 defective. Therefore you have purchased the title to the program, even
 though the so-called "license agreement" states that the software pub-
 lisher is retaining the title. Thus you are free to sell the program
 without his permission, in accordance with the provisions of Section

 (22)  YES:
 Since you do not own the software, you are bound to obey and use
 restrictions which are imposed upon you by the one who owns the title.

 (23)  NO:
 You own the title to the software since you were able to gain access to
 the program without being aware of the existence of both a license
 agreement and the fact that the software publisher is retaining the
 title. Any so-called "license agreement" which appears only in the
 instruction manual and is not referenced before you can gain access to
 the program disk is not a valid document of agreement. Hence you are free
 to transfer either one or both of the disks without permission from the
 copyright owner.

 (24)  NO:
 Since you are not licensing the use of the program, Section 109(a)
 permits you to sell EITHER version of the program without the permission
 of the copyright owner.

 (25)  NO:
 Since the making and/or use of copies is regulated under the copyright
 law, this conduct cannot be restricted within a license agreement. You
 are not guilty of violating the copyright law, since the copyright law
 permits the use of an unauthorized copy for journalistic use under the
 doctrine of "fair use."

 (26)  NO:
 Disassembly of a program may be required as one step in creating a
 derivative work, which is conduct that is regulated under the copyright
 law. Hence disassembly cannot be prohibited within a license agreement.
 Yet the mere act of disassembling a computer program does not, in itself,
 constitute the creation of a derivative work. Hence you may do so without
 violating the copyright law.

 (27)  NO:
 The export of software is regulated under federal law. Hence it cannot be
 prohibited within a license agreement.

 (28)  YES:
 Section 109(b)(1)(A) prohibits the rental of software, whether or not you
 own the title to it.

 (29)  NO:
 You have acquired the title to the software, by virtue of the method
 which you have obtained it. Section 109(a) permits the one who owns the
 title to a computer program to sell it without the permission of the
 copyright owner.

 (30)  YES:
 Section 117 requires that any backup copy that is transferred must
 accompany the original copy from which it was prepared.

 (31)  NO:
 The transfer of backup copies is regulated under the copyright law and
 cannot be restricted within an agreement. You are not guilty of copyright
 infringement, since Section 117 permits any exact copies to be
 transferred along with the original from which they were prepared.

     Read all about it in "THE COPYRIGHT GAME, ETC.--A Strategic  Guide for
 the Computer  Software User," by Albert Silverman. ISBN 0-9527435-1-8. 330
 pages in nominal 8-1/2"x11" format, softbound with an attractive cover.

     What is the purpose of this book? Replacing the legal Mumbo-Jumbo with
 plain  English,  it  provides  an  all-inclusive,  detailed, and impartial
 explanation of the computer  software  copyright  laws,  using  past court
 cases for  clarification of  obscure language in the written letter of the
 law. Since there is NO  commercially-generated  distortion,  it  is likely
 that  you  will  find  some  surprises;  i.e.,  which  run contrary to the
 industry's self-serving "interpretation" of  the law.  Thoroughly debunked
 is the  industry's attempt  to pirate  your legal  rights by  the use of a
 phoney "licensing  strategy."  Included  is  a  detailed  and entertaining
 analysis of  several leading  Software License Agreements. In summary, you
 are provided with sufficient and  accurate  information  (i.e.,  the legal
 FACTS)  to  permit  you  to  handle  your  computer software in the manner
 intended by  the  U.S.  Congress,  while  safely  ignoring  those industry
 perversions of  the law  which seek to gain for it an unfair advantage--at
 YOUR expense.

     Exposed in great detail is the outrageous software  industry piracy of
 the  legal   rights  of   unsophisticated  software   users  (directed  by
 unconcerned  educational  administrators)  within  the  California  public
 schools.  For  the  first  time  ever,  this  well-hidden  scheme has been
 unearthed  (with  supporting  and  incriminating  documentation   from  my
 extensive research  into the  inner educational sanctum) and is being made
 public. Although this ongoing  effort  is  particularly  well-organized in
 California, the  premier "computer  state," it blankets the entire nation,
 leaving no educational level uncovered.

     The disastrous result of this exceptionally  cozy relationship between
 the computer  software industry and the California Department of Education
 is explained. If you  are at  all concerned  about the  way in  which this
 illicit  educational-commercial  "partnership"  affects  the  integrity of
 computer education in your public schools and drains  away your  tax money
 to  line  the  software  industry's pockets with unwarranted profits, this
 book is essential reading.

     What will NOT be  found in  this book?  Since its  sole purpose  is to
 ensure that  you understand  precisely what  conduct is  required for your
 (simultaneous) compliance with federal  copyright law  and state licensing
 law, there  are no  sermons about  your "moral"  or "ethical" obligations.
 That is, it is  only  your  hard  and  fast  LEGAL  obligations  which are
 addressed. The  industry's "moral suasion" is most often an attempt to get
 the software user to obey the  law;  i.e.,  it  is  a  substitute  for the
 economically-unfeasible  prosecution  of  small-  scale  violations of the
 copyright law. On the other hand, there may also be a piratical attempt to
 make an end-run around the law. That is, when there is NO ground for legal
 action against the software user, the  industry may  seek to  gain its own
 way, either  by shaming  the user  with claims of immoral and/or unethical
 conduct or by the use of a phoney (and ususally  coercive) "license." This
 book sorts it all out for you.


     The  price  of  $19.92  (check  or  money  order)  includes  $4.50 for
 handling, shipping by UPS,  and  sales  tax  if  shipped  to  a California
 address.  A  street  address  is  required  for  shipping  purposes.  Off-
 the-shelf delivery from:

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     Any questions?  If you  want information  about the  subject matter of
 this article,  or if  you want  more information  about my book, send me a
 message by GE Mail. My GEnie  mail address  is A.SILVERMAN4.   Or  you may
 write  to  me  at  the  above address, enclosing a stamped, self-addressed
 envelope if you would like a reply.


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

                       To sign up for GEnie service:

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

                 Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

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


 > LOOKIN' AROUND STR Feature             Checkin' GEnie Out

                             ALL AROUND GENIE

 Compiled by Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.
 Senior Editor of ST Report

 A few posts that I found interesting in my travels around Genie.  Most
 are related to computers and/or the ST, some are not.


 From the Atari ST RoundTable -

 Category 18,  Topic 2
 Message 17        Wed Jul 15, 1992
 A.FASOLDT [Al Fasoldt]       at 00:31 EDT

 Long message alert!


 Here's a copy of a letter I wrote to a friend of mine on GEnie after he
 said he wanted to abandon the ST after many years of ownership.

 I am sorry to hear about your decision to abandon the ST. I am tempted
 to try to dissuade you, but instead I'd like to tell you about my own
 disillusionment over the ST and Atari in general and what became of it.

 About a year ago, I'd finally reached the bottom of my willingness to
 wait for Atari. I was sick of reading about and hearing about all the
 new and wonderful things that were going on in the other camps -- the PC
 and Mac. By the end of 1991, I'd made up my mind. I was switching to my
 PC, and leaving my ST for the occasional fun program and game, or maybe
 for running a BBS.

 So I got smart. Instead of moving to Windows, which I already knew would
 not satisfy an ST user, I bought GeoWorks.

 Now GeoWorks is amazing. There's no doubt about it. It can make any PC
 run rings around Windows. It multitasks with any PC, even the oldest and
 slowest model. If there were any single graphical interface that makes a
 PC behave like a computer should behave, it would have to be GeoWorks.

 As you know, for a decade or more I have used Ataris professionally. I
 did all my writing on them -- first, an 800XL, then a 130XE, then a 576K
 130XE, then a 520ST, then a 1040ST, then a 4-meg 1040ST, and now a 4-
 meg, 16-mHz 1040ST. I used them for many other purposes, too. I did that
 because I like them; I like the way they respond. I guess they would be
 the sports cars of the PC world. I like sports cars.

 I got deep into GeoWorks. I wrote a long documentation for GeoWrite, the
 wonderful GeoWorks word processor -- you know, the same sort of thing I
 did for Flash, a "Secrets of ..." text. I love GeoWorks and all its many
 modules. It's wonderful.

 But within a few months I found myself writing again on my ST. I found
 myself organizing my next book on my ST. I found myself learning new ST
 programs, enjoying them, looking for others, hoping to find some of the
 software I would have liked to have had on the PC.

 I'd like to say, "Then a funny thing happened on my way out the door
 when I tried to abandon Atari..." But it was more than funny; it was
 eerie. I like the ST too much; I *love* the ST too much. It's not just a
 syrupy crush. The kind of love that I have is based on some cold, hard
 realities. Those are the things I really want to tell you about. I know
 I am not going to change your mind. Only you can change it; nobody will
 ever do it for you.

 The ST is not like a PC. It is a little like a Mac and a little like an
 Amiga. Let's start at the beginning.

 PCs use 80x86 series CPU chips, either from Intel, their inventor, or
 from chip makers who have cloned the CPUs. All 80x86 chips must follow
 the same internal architecture of the first chip in the series, the
 8088. The 8086 came shortly afterward, and was a big improvement, but
 the architecture requirements were the same. Instead of creating a new
 chip that didn't have the failings of the 8088, Intel decided to keep it
 compatible with the 8088. And that's been the story for every Intel PC
 chip since.

 So what?

 Well, for starters, those chips, even the 80486, address memory in a
 strange sort of way. They grab only 64K at a time. This is called a
 memory segment. If you have ever looked at the length of ".com" files --
 the standard PC executable program, comparable to an ST ".tos" file --
 you may have noticed something odd: None of them are more than 64K in
 length. They can never be longer than that. Not now, not in the future.
 That's because no PC, no matter how new or old, can address more than
 64K of memory at once; it just can't, no matter what else has been done
 to make it fast or sleek.

 You are surely noting that this is just *1/10th* of the memory limit
 that you are accustomed to hearing about in the PC world -- the 640K
 limit. Yes, a PC can only address 64K at a time; the 640K limit is the
 standard maximum for *all* the memory that can be addressed when the
 segments are pulled to and from RAM one at a time. This standard has
 been bent and massaged and altered by very clever programming, so that
 most modern DOS systems can now allow the CPU to address something like
 700K or even more -- but only after a painful process or trial and
 error, to see what memory can be redistributed. It's something like the
 trial and error of rearranging your AUTO folder so that conflicts don't
 cause some programs to crash, only its a lot harder, and much less

 How, then, can a PC work with a program larger than 64K? It uses ".exe"
 files, which can be 600K or more in length. An ".exe" program tells the
 PC to load it 64K at a time. A nice workaround, yes. But it is a salient
 reminder that the processor can only see 64K segments, and that means
 that when memory is addressed, nothing can make that chunk of memory any
 larger. And this means that an 8 mHz PC, which has the same processor
 speed as a standard ST, is nowhere near as fast in actual memory access
 and execution. A 16-mHz ST is comparable to a 33-mHz PC; a 40-mHz SST
 (from Gadgets by Small) cannot be matched by any PC, even a 66-mHz
 clock-doubled Hewlett-Packard. The laws of physics tell us so, as do the
 benchmarks, because of the way the ST's Motorola chip works. It has a
 flat memory model, which is fancy talk for the way it addresses memory
 linearly. The ST can grab 4 megs at a time; the Falcon can grab 14 to 16
 megs at a time.

 You have heard about PCs with oodles of extra memory, no doubt. Mine has
 2.5 megs of extra memory. Many have 4 megs or 8 megs or even more. PCs
 must have an 80286 or higher CPU to address that extra memory, unless
 they use a bank- switching technique pioneered by Apple in the Apple II
 and used by Atari very effectively in the 130XE. (That's how my 130XE is
 able to make use of 576K of total memory.) This bank-switching on a PC
 is good for only one basic use -- a ramdisk -- unless you use DesqView,
 which shuffles programs into and out of those banks of memory, 16K at a
 time. (Yes, not even 64K at a time; because of an even greater
 limitation in the architecture than I have described so far, bank
 switching on a PC, even an 80486 running with 32 megs of extra memory,
 can only work 16K at a time -- the same amount of switched memory, by
 the way, that the 130XE pulls in and out when it switches banks.)

 Windows cannot make use of that bank-switched memory, which is why
 Windows will not run adequately on an older PC. Windows must use what is
 called extended memory, which takes advantage of a property of the 80286
 and higher CPUs enabling them to switch into a different operating mode
 so that they can reach up past the old limit of 640K (even this limit is
 not as simple as I have made it out so far, since the actual limit is 1
 meg, but IBM put system ROM chips into the area above 640K, so without a
 lot of trickery a PC can't get past 640K; the real point is that there
 is no way for it to get past 1 meg at all without switching into that
 other mode).

 That mode switching also takes processor time, and is yet another reason
 why a PC is not as fast as an ST in the way it works. But what really
 matters is the fact that the CPU cannot switch modes and still address
 that 640K of memory properly; it must switch into one mode and then
 switch back, many thousands of times a second ... unless, of course, the
 PC user forgoes the use of that extra memory for programs and uses it
 for a disk cache or ramdisk, which is basically what most of them do.
 Most PC programs are 640K-compatible programs that never have anything
 to do with extra memory, and it will always be that way. It cannot be
 any other way.

 This, in turn, means that software that runs on PCs cannot work as
 smoothly as software that runs on any of the Motorola-chip machines (the
 ST, the TT, the Falcon, the Mac and the Amiga). It can't. Period. This
 is not theory. It just plain can't.

 What about the Mac? Macs are getting cheaper, and that's good. But let's
 talk about how Macs work. First, Mac files have two parts -- a data fork
 and a resource fork. A Mac file isn't just in one place; it's in two.
 The Mac itself does its own housecleaning, so that when you drag a file
 to the trashcan, the Mac knows enough to delete both parts.

 But that odd way of splitting up files (something Apple regrets, since
 it was completely unnecessary, and will not be repeated in any future
 Apple operating systems) gets in the way of normal operations; it makes
 many of the typical things the Mac does much slower, and it guarantees
 that life with a Mac will be dictated by the Mac and not by what you
 want to do with it. The Mac is not easy to use; it is, for someone who
 know how delightful an ST can be, exceptionally cumbersome.

 But that's just the start. The Mac's operating system is not just on ROM
 chips as TOS is. It's in ROM and on a system disk. That system disk must
 be present at all times. (It's in the hard drive for HD-equipped Macs,
 but must be on a system floppy otherwise.) This is precisely the way PCs
 work. Except for some laptops and for Tandy's low-end PCs, all PCs have
 the OS on disk and in ROM.  (DOS-in-ROM should have caught on when Atari
 showed how to do it, and how much of an advantage it was, but internal
 documents from Microsoft showed that it saw the ST as a serious
 competitor for Intel-based PCs, and it was not about to "copy" the ST's
 way of doing things.)

 Let's back up to point one. Since Mac files live in two places, and
 since the Mac (point two) has its OS on disk and in ROM, the Mac
 accesses its HD or its floppies constantly, just to do its normal work.
 The ST can run for months without accessing anything but memory -- the
 way computers should operate.

 Macs also have very small screens, unless you pay a lot of money and buy
 one of the modular Macs.

 The Amiga isn't a finished computer, and cannot be compared with the ST.
 It's a nice hack, but not a serious computer except for graphics.

 So, what would you find as an ST user if you turned to a PC? A lot of
 software to choose from, and a very dull life. And a lot of
 configuration problems. And clunky daily use.

 And the Mac? Expense or slowness; you have a choice.

 Lee, this is a pivotal time for Atari. The Mega STe is perhaps one of
 the finest personal computers around, and it costs $600 to $700. Memory
 can be dropped in because it uses SIMMs; it can handle two modems at
 once (even three, if you aren't doing anything truly fancy with the
 third); it has stereo digital sound output; it offers 16- gray-scale
 monochrome (which the Mac can't do except for the high-priced models)
 and a 4,096-color palette (which the cheaper Macs can't come within
 4,094 colors of matching); it even has a wonderful detached keyboard and
 a VME slot for any sort of add-on. And of course it now has a 1.44-meg

 The Falcon is an unknown, but an exciting one. In its favor will also be
 an inexpensive price, along with amazing graphics.

 This is also a pivotal time for Atari software. NeoDesk and TOS 2.06
 both bring much of the Mac's desktop design to the ST (drag-and-drop
 from the desktop, a full range of installed applications, and more), and
 they make the ST more powerful than a Mac because they add full macro
 abilities (press an Fkey to run a program in NeoDesk, or to do that and
 more with TOS 2.06) that the Mac cannot have without add-ons.

 Word-processing and desktop-publishing software on the ST is finally at
 the same plane as on the Mac, and much better than on the PC. Databases
 and spreadsheets are as good in most ways, better in others. And of
 course MIDI on the ST, TT (and, soon, Falcon) has no peer.

 Even support is better in some vital ways on the ST. Sure, Atari eats
 swampwater, but so does Apple, and so do all the others. Just monitor
 the other areas of GEnie and you'll see. ST users give each other more
 support than the users of any other computer; GEnie has made it clear
 that its busiest support area has been the ST roundtable for many years.
 (Bob Brodie got more than 1,000 E-mail letters *alone* from GEnie when
 he said he was reconsidering where to spend his on-line time.)

 Is this a good time to leave the ST platform? Lee, in my opinion this is
 the best time to *stay* with the ST. I am sure I cannot change your
 mind, but I hope I've given you a good reason to think things over.


 Postscript: My friend left the ST world anyway. But perhaps he will come


 From the Aladin ST RoundTable -

 Category 6,  Topic 1
 Message 218       Sat Jun 13, 1992
 NTACTONE [Ron Hunter]        at 13:08 EDT

 Well, maybe a little, at least to be cautious where mechanical things
 are concerned.

 There are two kinds of cacheing, read cacheing, which is completely
 safe, as the data is ONLY read, and any writes go directly to the disk,
 and write cacheing, where the data is written to the cache (ram), and
 not written to the drive until that sector hasn't been updated for a
 while, or that ram space is needed for another sector.

 There is quite a speed advantage to both, read and write cacheing, but
 the delay between writing the sector to ram and physically writing it to
 disk can cause problems if something unexpected, like power loss
 (happens a lot here), or a program lockup, or too fast pressing of the
 reset button, causes the rewritten data not to be written to the disk.
 If that data happens to be a directory, or FAT sector, data loss can

 I prefer not to take that chance, and use ONLY a read cache. The cache I
 use DOES have what is called 'write optimization', which means that if a
 write doesn't actually CHANGE a sector, the writing to disk is bypassed,
 and this is obviously quite safe.


 From the Jerry Pournelle RoundTable.  A discussion about Carpal Tunnel
 and other computer related health problems.  Messages 1 - 40

 E.WHITAKER1 - Does using a rolled-up towel at the base of the keyboard

 B.NASH - I thought for all the world that I had ruined my wrists a
 couple of months ago, after a 48-hour stint at the keyboard to finish
 something over Memorial Day. About Wednesday or Thursday of that week, I
 couldn't sleep for the pain, and unable to muster the grip to turn a
 doorknob. The best wrist rest I found was a relatively flat one, made by
 Logitech, for about $12.00. I would've paid many times that (at the
 time), for one  that was heated.

 DENNYA - ...I'm on the lookout for some kind of wristpad.  I haven't had
 much trouble with hand pain since I started forcing myself to take
 breaks every few pages.

 JERRYP [Chaos Master] - Rolled up towels probably help. Adjusting
 posture helps more. But really, it's just typing. Mousing hurts me more
 than typing which is one reason I have been reluctant to change to a
 Windows word processor.

 Most outfits will give you a 'wrist protector' as part of a promotion,
 if you like them. My arrangement is such that I don't use wrist rests
 and don't like them much, but Niven does.

 But really, it's just typing, and I have been doing that for a living
 for about 30 years now.

 J.WELLS1 - By the way:   There is a significant debate going on in the
 medical/legal community that carpal tunnel syndrome is the creation of
 worker comp attorneys who are working on the behalf of their "injured"
 employee plaintiffs.

 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome resulting from typing or signing checks or so on
 may be a myth.
 B.NASH - J.Wells, scoff if you will, but I am a former amateur boxer,
 lift weights, played baseball for 18 years, and can muster a grip well
 in excess of 200 pounds, but after programming for 12 years, and
 spending a 3-day weekend glued to a keyboard, cannot even turn a
 doorknob? Myth? Hardly!

 GARY.UTTER - I personally have suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome
 since the 60's. At the time my doctor told me it was from doing a lot of
 heavy physical work with my hands, specifically, farming and auto mec-
 hanics. I have had lots of time to learn to deal with it, and at this
 point, for the most part, it has become so unconscious that I can't
 really describe what I do to avoid problems. I DO have problems,
 regardless, and 3 Indocin capsules over a 24 hour period are usually
 sufficient to take care of it.

 Half the people I work with seem to be wearing braces and Ace bandages
 these days. Myself, I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that
 we have had three people (so far) retire with permanent disability (at
 full pay) in the past two years on a claim of carpal tunnel (with
 supporting medical documentation).

 D.JONES117 - Jerry, maybe you don't have a problem because you learned
 to type the correct way in school. I know that when I took typing the
 instructor was always telling me to keep my wrist straight and not let
 my elbows drag down my wrists. At home I rest my wrists on the desk, and
 the keyboard is less that an inch about the desk surface.

 T.HOLSINGER - JerryP, the difference is that you work for yourself
 rather than other people <g>.

 After punning that your financial motivation supposition is correct,
 here is my response as an attorney who does Workers Compensation

 The key is being able to set your own pace, take breaks when you feel
 like it, get up from the keyboard, fiddle with the relative positions of
 the keyboard, monitor and chair to find the most comfortable positions,
 etc. You as a self- employed person whose time is extremely valuable can
 take as much time, and spend as much money, as you want doing that
 because avoidance of long-term downtime is vital.

 Secretaries and especially data entry clerks do not have those options.
 The cost of mitigation measures for any one individual is a significant
 fraction of the cost you would pay for equivalent measures (yours are
 much better, BTW), while the productivity loss from injury to any one
 low-paid relatively fungible worker is far lower than it would be for

 This means that employers do not have the financial incentive you do to
 take adequate protective measures. Then throw in the institutional
 problems of managers letting low-level staff "waste" their time in non-
 productive activity such as carefully adjusting ergonomic factors at
 their workstations in a manner unique to each worker.

 Also, Jerry, carpal tunnel syndrome is not limited to typing. It
 concerns most any repetitive activity involving the wrist. The local
 food-processing industry (Foster Farms, Con-Agra, etc.) is plagued with

 DAEDWARDS [Don Edwards] - Medically, carpal tunnel syndrome is a very
 real thing. A bit of anatomy here:

 The carpals are the wrist bones. (The metacarpals are the hand bones;
 there are equivalent sets, tarsals and metatarsals, at the end of your
 legs. Both finger and toe bones are phalanges.) There are seven of them
 in each wrist, arranged vaguely like this:

      hand thumb
      : :: /

 However, if you were to remove the hand and look at the end, you would
 see that the bones are arranged something like this:

     / \

 (Well, the typeface exaggerates it a bit.)

 A sheath of ligament covers the open side, causing the arch to hold its
 shape. The area with the bones on three sides and the (non-stretchy)
 ligament on the other is the carpal tunnel.

 In that tunnel run the tendons for whole-hand tilting and control of the
 index and middle finger; a couple blood vessels; and the major nerves
 for the hand (other than the thumb and little finger).

 If the tendon in the tunnel develops tendinitis, it swells. Problem is:
 there is very little room for it to swell. But it swells anyway. Carpal
 tunnel syndrome officially occurs when the swelling is bad enough to
 constrict and damage the nerves. A roughly equally bad problem can occur
 if the swelling constricts the blood vessels.

 Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is very real, very painful. Believe it.

 Now some comments on, why now?

 Typewriters enforce a certain amount of variety. A person who types fast
 enough to have any risk of developing CTS thereby, simply cannot type
 nonstop for hours at a time on a typewriter: he'll have to put in new
 paper several times.

 Even with PCs, though, there is a lot of variety in how people approach
 the thing. I know a number of people who figure that if they can reach
 the keyboard and see the screen, it is good enough; others pay attention
 to their body. I used to be that way myself. Some people work for hours
 straight; others automatically take breaks every few minutes with their
 hands away from the keyboard. (Either a recognizable break, or doing
 some other work, or "think time"; the wrists can't tell the difference.)
 Paying attention to your body, and responding to what it tells you, is
 sufficient to prevent 99% of CTS cases. The problem is that "responding
 to what it tells you" may involve new furniture, a new keyboard,... in
 other words, money the boss may not be willing to spend (money the boss
 may not HAVE).

 Let's put it in money terms.

 A wrist rest, a good one, costs about $15. A foot rest, about $25? A
 table too low can be raised by putting cheap, short pieces of wood under
 the legs; or a platform can be put on top of the table, which is a bit
 more expensive but probably safer. The extreme case, a new ergonomic
 keyboard - the one my employer is looking at lists for $690.

 On the other side: a day off work, on sick leave or disability pay,
 probably costs about 200% of straight pay, minimum. (That's loss of your
 work, plus the pay you collect. Depending on what you do and how good
 you are at it, the loss could be far higher.) I have missed 3 days due
 to tendinitis in my wrists; a lady I work with has missed a total of
 over 7 months due to CTS.

 The test they do on your nerves, to determine if you have CTS, costs
 about $700. Plus you will have at least one medical appointment before
 the test, and at least one medical appointment after the test. I have
 had this test once; the lady I mentioned has had it four times. (It is a
 PAINFUL test involving running electricity through the nerves in your
 arm and hand. If you are lucky and get a really good doctor to do the
 test, the pain comes in about 5-millisecond bursts; if the doctor is not
 so good, the bursts are about a second each. I had a good doctor, and I
 told him he could quit because I'd confess to anything. The lady
 mentioned above is my source for the longer figure. Even with a good
 doctor, before he is half done you will be willing to confess to
 anything if he will just quit.)

 Prescription pain killers will also be covered by industrial insurance.
 They aren't exactly inexpensive.

 So, clearly, the industrial insurance fund is money ahead to take
 serious preventive measures early on. This is where the employees of
 self-insured companies may have an advantage: either way, it all comes
 out of the employer's pocket.

 What are some preventive measures?

 People who spend hours in a row at the keyboard, like I do, should not
 bother fixing only one problem unless that's all they CAN fix. Whole
 books have been written on the subject of work-area design. I'll try to
 give a quick rundown - but it won't be short.

 Start with the chair. It should be set high enough that your feet can
 sit comfortably flat on the floor directly beneath your knees or
 slightly forward. Sit far enough forward that the front of the chair
 doesn't quite touch the back of your lower legs, and adjust the back so
 that your back is straight and you are leaning backward very slightly.
 If your chair won't accommodate this, look for a different chair. (Those
 weird-looking "chairs" that consist of a couple of tilted pads are very
 good for sore backs but hell on sore knees. I know this from personal

 Put the keyboard on the table or desk in front of you. Scoot yourself up
 so that you can reach it comfortably with your arms and hands in an "L"
 shape - right angle at the elbow, wrists straight or VERY slightly bent
 upward, upper arms vertical. If the table is too low: adjust it upward;
 put a platform under the keyboard; put something under the table legs;
 get a new table. Or if it is too high: adjust it downward; get a new
 table; raise your chair and get a footrest.

 Take another look at your arms, with your fingers on the home row. There
 is a good chance that your hands are in front of your neck; if so, your
 wrists are bent to the side at a horrible angle. Time to look for a
 replacement keyboard. A WIDER replacement keyboard. The ideal is that
 your hands should be in front of your shoulders, but that probably
 cannot be done with a standard keyboard. (Some ergonomic keyboards allow
 for separation of the keyboard halves; don't buy without reading further
 because I have more about keyboards later.)

 Stop by a medical supply place or a pharmacy, or a friend who wears
 wrist braces while using the keyboard. Check the splints in the wrist
 braces; see how your wrist is bent while wearing them. That is the MOST
 you want your wrist bent. Now go back to your keyboard and sit down; put
 your fingers on the home row and drop your arms until the wrist or palm
 is resting on the surface beneath. Is your wrist bent more than the
 splint indicated? If so, get a wrist rest. Whatever supports the wrist
 comfortably at an acceptable angle will do; soft wood might be ok or you
 may want a bit of padding.

 Now here's where a mouse is really useful. Move away from the keyboard
 and lay one hand on the table as if you were using an imaginary
 keyboard. Do the same with the other hand EXCEPT put the edge of the
 mouse under the base of your thumb, so that your hand is at an angle to
 the table. Sit like that until you can definitely say which hand is more
 comfortable. Bet it's the one with the mouse under it. You want a
 keyboard that will let you tilt your hands at least a bit like that. If
 you can't find one that gets serious about it, a passable substitute is
 to raise the right side of the keyboard by maybe a quarter inch. (I
 suspect that left-handers would do better to raise the left side.)

 Now let's get the screen at the right height. I assume you work directly
 on the screen (as opposed to copying from a paper source). The front of
 the screen should be vertical, and some part of it should be at eye
 level. Experts say the top of the screen; I prefer a point about 1/4 of
 the screen height lower. (If you have bifocals, this won't work. Put the
 screen at a height where you can see it and tilted so that it is at a
 right angle to your line of sight. Or maybe get a set of single-
 prescription glasses for terminal work.)

 Now look at the overall lighting level. You don't want a whole lot of
 light for looking at the screen; turn down the lights. But you do want a
 fair amount of light for looking at other things, so get a little desk
 lamp. One good place to put it is directly on top of your monitor,
 shining down so that it forms a "curtain of light" directly in front of
 the screen WITHOUT shining either into your eyes or onto the screen.
 Once the light is adjusted, you may want to adjust the brightness of the

 And finally, check for glare on the screen. Glare can variously be fixed
 by closing curtains, moving the computer, minor changes in screen angle,
 light shades, anti-glare screens... but it can make portions of a screen
 impossible to read.

 [Note:  This thread continued next week.]


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  MidiMax           1.3      1.0                   $49.95  $10.00
  MIDI Spy          1.0      1.0                   $79.95
  Warp 9            3.61     3.61                  $44.95  $20.00 + $3 S/H


                    Professional                      $175.00
                    Gold                               250.00
                    Gold Extension                     100.00
                    URW Font Disks (64 choices)         34.95

                               GRAPHIC TOOLS

                    Avant Vector (with EPS)           $545.00
                    Avant Plot                        $895.00
                    Genus Font Editor                 $175.00
                    MegaPaint Professional 4.0        $175.00
                    Cherry Font Packs                  $42.95


                    TOS Extension Card                $139.00
                    TOS Ext. Card - CPU or BUS Bridge $155.00
                    TOS Chip Set                       $60.00


 Check, Money Order, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express are accepted.
 Basic shipping charges are $3.00 to addresses in the US, $4.00 to Canada,
 and $6.00 to Europe.  Some packages, such as Avant Vector and MegaPaint
 require higher shipping charges.  Please call for exact rates.

                              UPGRADE POLICY

 MaxiFile updates are $15.00, which includes a 67-page manual addendum.
 MultiDesk updates (to MultiDesk Deluxe) are $20.00 plus $3 shipping,
 which includes a new manual in a three-ring binder.  Warp 9 upgrades are
 $20.00.  Send in your original Quick ST disk or a Turbo ST disk (any
 version).  Updates to previous versions of MegaPaint are $100.00.  All
 other updates are $10.00 each plus $5.00 extra if a new manual is
 required.  If you are updating HotWire and have the old red and black
 manual, you'll need a new manual.  To order any update, send us your
 original disk plus the appropriate payment.  Order are usually filled the
 same day they are received.


 > ISD NEWS STR InfoFile      ISD announces SL upgrade & Name Change


 July 9, 1992
 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 from Nathan Potechin

                                THE FUTURE

     Since 1986, ISD Marketing, Inc. has played a  vital role  in the Atari
 community.  It has been my pride and pleasure to be President of ISD since
 January 1987.

     In order  to place  a stronger  emphasis on  what has  become the main
 activity of  ISD -  the Calamus  SL product line - we have restructured to
 better address the needs of our many Calamus customers.

     Our strong and continuing commitment to the entire Atari community has
 resulted in the formation of DMC Publishing, Inc.

                "It gives me great pleasure to announce the
                    formation of DMC Publishing, Inc.."

     As  president,  it  will  be  my  mandate to continue to establish the
 Calamus alternative  in  the  desktop  publishing  arena  throughout North
 America.   We will continue our role as publisher, providing the very best
 product support  of which  we are  capable.   We will  also act  as an OEM
 Reseller and  Value Added  Reseller (VAR) both for ourselves and to assist
 others to do the same.

     If you had the opportunity to  walk into  our offices  today, you'd be
 faced with  everything from a 1040 ST to a Mega ST4 (running on a 68030 at
 40 MHz) to a fully-loaded TT, with 36 meg RAM, (using the GE Soft RAM
 expansion board), the Cybercube  24 bit-color  card, a  760 meg Micropolis
 SCSI hard  drive, a  17" hi-res  MAG Monitor,  both an  HP Deskjet500C and
 Spectrastar thermal transfer color printer for  color proofing,  an SLM605
 for black  and white  proofing, an  Ultre Setter  Imagesetter (from 400 to
 3000 dpi on typesetter film or paper) and an Eskofot Film Developer.


     We  are  also  proud  to  announce  that  we  are  the  North American
 representative for  Focoltone Ltd.,  a U.K.  firm which  has developed and
 released a complete Color Matching System  that has  already become famous
 for the precision of its end result.

     Focoltone modules  are available  on both  the Mac and IBM and are, in
 fact, supplied with such products as  Quark Xpress,  Adobe Illustrator and
 Ventura Publishing.

     We  are  proud  to  announce  that  the Focoltone color tables are now
 available as a module for Calamus SL at no additional charge!

     The Focoltone  Color  System  provides  the  first  and  most advanced
 process color  tint system  for the  design and print industry since 1929.
 It's a  quick  and  simple  system  that  brings  together  the specifier,
 repro-house  and  printer  into  a  partnership  that ensures the prepress
 proof and finished printed work will match.

     The Focoltone Color System includes a 763 color Swatch Book,  a set of
 16 Color  Charts with process color specifications, a Color Specifier Chip
 Book  with   5  swatches   of  each   color  perforated   for  error  free
 communication, or a set of 16 Color Charts on newsprint.  A compete kit is

     If you want more information on  the complete  Focoltone Color System,
 please ask.  Complete product literature is available.

                                Calamus SL

     We are really pleased with the response to Calamus SL so far. In fact,
 the number of people that took advantage of the original upgrade offer far
 exceeded our initial expectations. Thank you!

     As anticipated,  the new  modular design,  has become  the center of a
 powerful and ever-expanding universe of DTP tools.

     Many of the features  previously inactive  are now  up and  running as
 they should.  As of July 1992, we have an update for Calamus SL.

 Note: while there will be NO CHARGE for the update from SL to SL, there is
       a fee of $10.00 applied to cover shipping and insurance.

     As a Calamus SL owner, you will be  able to  purchase modules  to suit
 your specific  needs.  Development continues on many additional modules, 3
 more of which are now available: Dataformer, Brush, and Mount.

                      "What You Need Is What You Get"

     DMC brings "WYNIWYG" to desktop publishing.  The modular concept means
 that you  purchase exactly  what you  need today,  with the knowledge that
 additional modules are available when you  require them.   Your  choice is
 now easier  and more  economical, since you will be purchasing specialized
 modules, rather than entire packages.

     We believe that you will  enjoy  working  with  Calamus  SL,  not only
 because of  its new power, but because of its similarity to Calamus 1.09N.
 The skills you have  already  developed  are  applicable  in  SL  and your
 productivity will increase.

 The basic Calamus SL upgrade package contains:

                        *  A 600 page manual.
                        *  three program disks

                           and twelve standard modules:

                        *  Clipboard Module
                        *  Page Module
                        *  Frame Module
                        *  Text Module
                        *  Text Style Module
                        *  Line Module
                        *  Raster Area Module
                        *  Document Converter
                        *  System Parameters Module
                        *  PKSWrite Module
                        *  Raster Generator Module
                        *  Focoltone Module

 Calamus SL  contains dozens of new features and powerful enhancements from
 Calamus 1.09 as follows:

                        * Above all else, the ability to accept modules,
                          internal or third party.
                        *  The  ability  to  process  and  preprocess large
                          passages of text with speed and precision.
                        *  Extended  raster  control  with freely definable
                          raster angles and widths.  Intensity and contrast
                          can now be corrected, while an integral histogram
                          allows you to optimize  an image  for your output
                        *   The    PKS-Write   Module   provides   standard
                          wordprocessing functions plus the ability to edit
                          layout information.
                        * The  addition of  Cache and Virtual Memory speeds
                          up and extends memory-dependent functions.
                        * Create hundreds of macros, each assigned to a
                          definable key binding which can be saved and
                          automatically installed in each work session.
                        * Open up to seven documents at a time. Cut & paste
                          to our new scrolling clipboard.
                        * Create and assign master pages (style sheets).
                        * Create and save text style lists.
                        * Expand, compress and skew text.
                        * Rotate and mirror frames.
                        * Control frame placement and size to (7) seven
                          decimal places.
                        * Print parts of pages (tiling).
                        * Define  more than  16 million  colors and save in
                          color lists.
                        * Set units of  measurement  for  pages,  fonts and
                        *   Choose   from   three   frame   display  modes:
                          Transparent, Opaque and Inverted.
                        * Align frames to other frames.
                        * Define vertical alignment settings.
                        * Currently, more than  a dozen  modules and scores
                          of drivers are available for use with Calamus SL.
                          We  will   publicize  the   availability  of  new
                          modules, drivers  and upgrades through our normal
                          Customer Support  channels,  as  well  as through
                          periodic mailings to our registered users.
                        *  The  upgrade  charge  to  our  Registered  1.09N
                          customers remains at  US $200.00  or $229.00 CDN.
                          This includes the new manual, program and modules
                          as indicated above.
                               MORE MODULES

     We now have six additional modules available for  separate purchase as
 part  of  our  decision  to  offer  you "WYNIWYG": Speed Line (Autotracer)
 Module, Color Separation Module, Vector Graphic  Editor Module, Dataformer
 Raster and Vector Modules, Brush Module and the Mount Module.

                           SPEED LINE AUTOTRACER

     Speed  Line  brings  monochrome  Autotracing  to  Calamus,  converting
 illustrations to  vector  graphics.    It  automatically  creates vectors,
 utilizing Bezier  curves, lines  and areas.  The simplified user interface
 offers several optimizing functions  to enable  you to  define line, angle
 and pixel  correction together  with conversion  options for Bezier curves
 and line art.  The Speed Line Autotracer  converts a  raster graphic  to a
 vector graphic  within seconds.   This  can then be modified by any of the
 existing Calamus  drawings  tools,  particularly  those  contained  in the
 Vector Graphic  module or  Outline Art.   Your cost is US $50.00 or $60.00

                             COLOR SEPARATION

     Our color separation module allows you  to define  separation filters,
 including  the  definition  of  undercolor removal UCR and adornment (spot
 color).  This module allows the use of CYMK, CMY  and IHS  models, as well
 as the  capability to support new models such as FOCOLTONE, now available.
 You will require this module to generate 4 color separations. Your cost is
 US $50.00,  $60.00 CDN.

                           VECTOR GRAPHIC MODULE

     Our  Vector   Graphic  Module  allows  the  creation  and  editing  of
 monochrome or color vector  graphics, editing  of polylines  for irregular
 text flow  and much  much more.   I  have enclosed a few snap shots of the
 many features.  This is the perfect internal  tool for  editing autotraced
 graphics.   You can join sub-paths, distort and freely rotate all elements
 or even apply different colors to  every vector  graphic part.   Your cost
 for this module is US $100.00 or $120.00 CDN.


     The  long-awaited  DATAFORMER  module  comes in two parts - DATAFORMER
 RASTER and DATAFORMER VECTOR.  As the name implies, each part works on the
 respective type  of frames.  The essential use of Dataformer is to convert
 Calamus graphic frames or pages to other file formats for export.

     DATAFORMER RASTER will export to Degas (PI?), Doodle  (PIC), NeoChrome
 (NEO), STAD  (PAC), GEM  Image (IMG), Enhanced Simplex (ESM), Block (BLK),
 PC Paintbrush (PCX),  IFFILBM  (IFF),  TIFF  (TIF),  Targa  (TGA), Calamus
 (CRG), and GIF87a (GIF).

     DATAFORMER VECTOR  will export  to Calamus  (CVG), GEM Metafile (GEM),
 Autocad (DXF), HPGL Plotfile (PLT),  Encapsulated  PostScript  (EPS)  and
 PostScript (PS).

     DATAFORMER has  an array  of options  that are specific to each export
 file type.  In all formats the output can be frame or full page size.  The
 graphic can  be exported  according to  the original  size or according to
 user defined size including A5, A4, A3, B5.

     In  some  file  formats,  there  are  choices  of  saving  with Color,
 Grayscale or  Monochrome; in  others you can specify ALL or STANDARD (VDI)
 colors and FILLED or OUTLINED fill patterns.

     There are also options to save 1-, 4- and 8-  bit grayscale  or 8- and
 24- bit color.

     For PostScript  files, the  options include  FILLED or EMPTY fills and
 you may choose to save an image with the file. For EPS  you may  choose to
 attach  a  TIFF  with  the  converted  file.    Your cost is US $100.00 or
 $120.00 CDN.


     MOUNT is a newcomer to the array of  Calamus SL  modules. MOUNT allows
 the user to print more than one page on each sheet of printed paper. Paper
 sizes must be two or four times the size of  the working  page format. For
 example, if  you are  working on half size pages (5.5 x 8.5) you could use
 MOUNT to print two pages on each piece of letter size paper.  You can also
 print multiple copies.

     The MOUNT  module is  "smart".   It can  collate and  mount your pages
 automatically.  For example, a 12  page booklet  (half size  pages) can be
 printed  in  camera  ready  order:  1/12,  2/11, 3/10, 4/9, 5/8, 6/7, thus
 eliminating the need to paste up your work.  You can also  choose to print
 consecutive pages  or multiple pages on the printed page.  The costs is US
 $50.00 or $60.00 CDN.


     The BRUSH Module is a raster graphics editor that looks and works like
 any of  the basic external modules.  It has two command groups - the first
 allows you to  select  from  a  palette  of  20  brush  sizes  and shapes,
 including one  that is  variable.   The second  command group accesses the
 same color table that is available in the other modules.   This  means you
 can now color your raster graphics!

     To use  BRUSH, you  must have  a raster  graphics frame selected.  The
 frame must  contain data  from one  of the  Calamus import  formats - IMG,
 STAD, NEO, PI?, PC?, RAW, CRG, CRD. Your cost is US $30.00 or $35.00 CDN.

     If you  have not  already done so, place your upgrade order to Calamus
 SL today; and order any additional modules that you may  require.   If you
 already own  Calamus SL,  thank you.   The three new modules now available
 are only the beginning.  Hundreds of modules remain in development at this

 Note: All prices are subject to change without notice.

                                     PRICES      US        CDN

     Upgrade to Calamus SL from 1.09N          200.00     229.00
     Upgrade to Calamus SL from 1.09x          230.00     260.00
     Update to Calamus SL 07/92 from SL 02/92    0.00       0.00
     USER to USER TIPS on 4 diskettes           20.00      24.00
     Vector Graphic Module                     100.00     120.00
     Speed Line Autotrace Module                50.00      60.00
     Color Separation Module                    50.00      60.00
     Brush Module                               30.00      35.00
     Mount Module                               50.00      60.00
     Dataformer Raster & Vector Module         100.00     120.00
     The Guide to Calamus Desktop Publishing    30.00      35.00
     Outline Art PROMOTION                     100.00     120.00
     The Calamus Font Editor PROMOTION          50.00      60.00
     Focoltone Color Swatch Book                79.00      95.00
     Focoltone Set of 16 Color Charts          169.00     200.00
     Focoltone Color Specifier Chip Book       200.00     240.00
     Fast Technology's 40 mhz TURBO 030       1495.00    1695.00
     Vector Graphic Clip Art Library CLEARANCE  30.00      35.00
     MasterPlan                      CLEARANCE  20.00      24.00
     VIP Professional                CLEARANCE  30.00      35.00
     STAccounts                      CLEARANCE  20.00      24.00
     ACCounts 2.0                    CLEARANCE  50.00      60.00

 Note: There  will be a charge of $10.00 for shipping and insurance on all

                              DMC Publishing,
                          2800 John St., Suite 10
                             Markham, Ontario.
                                  L3R 0E2

                             TEL 416-479-1880
                             FAX 416-479-1822


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"


 (16-Jul-92)    A  commissioner   with  the   U.S.  Federal  Communications
 Commission  (FCC)  recently  stated  that  the  FCC  may again examine the
 possibility of  imposing "modem  fees" for  information service companies.
 Observers  have  said  the  fees  could  drive  up telephone line costs to
 information services companies by as much as 300  percent, some  or all of
 which online service members would likely bear.

 CompuServe again  needs your  help in  fighting any proposed cost increase
 so that online services can grow and remain  affordable. The ramifications
 of the  FCC's possible  action is  explained online (GO FCC). This area is
 free of connect charges.

 CompuServe asks that you send a letter to the FCC  in opposition  to modem
 fees and  also to  write to  certain U.S.Senators to encourage legislation
 that would require the  FCC  to  allow  CompuServe  and  other information
 services  companies  to  use  new  and more efficient technologies without
 being subjected to higher telephone line access charges. Also, please copy
 Congressman  Edward   Markey  of  Massachusetts,  Chairman  of  the  House
 Telecommunications  Subcommittee.  In  1987,  a  similar   letter  writing
 campaign by  online services users helped prevent increased access charges
 from being implemented.

 The GO FCC area lists the names and address of FCC commissioners  and U.S.
 Senators to whom you should write. Or, CompuServe will soon make available
 an FCCgram you can  send  electronically  for  29  cents  to  the  FCC and
 Senators.  (Composing  online  is  free.)  A  sample  message is provided.
 CompuServe is subsidizing this low 29-cent rate.   GO TELECOM to read more
 about   this   issue   in   the   Regulatory   Affairs   section   of  the
 Telecommunications  Forum.    Your   support  of   affordable  information
 services is deeply appreciated.

 - Sunnyvale, CA                       REVOLVING DOOR GOING STRONG!

     According to  our sources,  Larry Segal and Dana Plotkin are no longer
 part of the LYNX division in Lombard IL.   The  Lynx, a  highly successful
 handheld game  machine is  one of Atari's best selling products.  Also its
 reported the operation of  the  Lynx  division  will  be  brought  back to
 Sunnyvale  and   placed  under   the  capable   guidance  of  B.  Stollar.
 Additionally, the twenty two some odd  programers  for  the  Lynx  who are
 based in Lomard, were informed their job were secure.

 - Sunnyvale, CA                          MR. SMITH GOES TO ATARI!

     At the same time as the Lynx story was breaking for us, another of our
 sources informed us of Ron Smith's coming on board at Atari.   Smith whose
 marketing and  management skills  expertise are very desirable at Atari is
 reported to have a one year  contract (non-interference).   Lotsa  luck to
 you Mr. Smith!

 - San Francisco, CA                   ATARI & EPYX FACE OFF

     Sketchy rumors  are filtering  in there  may be another lawsuit in the
 works... for approx six million dollars.  The rumors abound  that Atari is
 suing the principals at Epyx.


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

                            STReport's MailBag

 from CIS

 #: 66751 S17/Community Square
     09-Jul-92  01:01:05
 Sb: #66643-Calif. IOUs
 Fm: Greg Wageman 74016,352
 To: John Townsend @ Atari 70007,1135


 I think  my sense-of-humor  gland was seriously depleted when I wrote that
 message to you.  It was late, the check was in the mail... what more can I

 I was trying to make a couple of points, but in a fairly lighthearted way.
 Like for example, your company (Atari Corp.) can only continue  to pay you
 while they have revenue, and revenue comes from sales mostly.  Support for
 your users is good, particularly if those users are generating more sales,
 but if  they're not,  the company  should be  looking toward other ways to
 spend its money to generate more sales and therefore more revenue...

 I'm sorry to be giving a basic lesson  in economics  to those  of you here
 who know  all this  too well,  but it  seems to  me that,  to quote Sidney
 Greenstreet in the "Maltese Falcon",  "in  the  heat  of  action,  men are
 likely to forget where their best interests lie."

 I can  only speak for myself, in the end.  I just sent in my check and got
 my developer docs.  I am planning to get a TT very soon.  I am  not on any
 network, currently, except CIS.  In the past I have been on BIX, GEnie and
 Usenet.  I could still have access to these if I chose, but I have settled
 on CIS...   If Atari Corp. "officially" abandons CIS, I might just have to
 "officially" abandon Atari.  Quid pro quo.


 #: 66762 S17/Community Square
     09-Jul-92  08:19:28
 Sb: #66758-Ancestors
 Fm: Atari Advantage magazine 70007,3615
 To: STReport - Ralph 70007,4454


 I just got your ABCO catalog the other day ...  its done  very nicely.   I
 like the  support services  information you  had like  GEnie, CIS, and the
 print magazines too.  About 2 years ago I bought  my Syquest  (44meg) from
 you and it is still running perfectly.
 -- Albert Dayes @ Atari Advantage magazine

 #: 66920 S1/Forum Business
     12-Jul-92  15:30:20
 Sb: #65359-Online support survey
 Fm: Ron Berinstein 76645,1766
 To: SYSOP*Ron Luks 76703,254

 Ron,  it   is  my  opinion  that  Atari  be  represented  by  a  qualified
 spokesperson on every forem that has demonstrated their  desire to promote
 the Atari platform and assist users of that platform.

 "C"  hence would be my vote.

 A forem like Compuserve that serves the world as well as the U.S. must be
 recognized, supported, sustained, and promoted!

 Ron Berinstein

 From GEnie

 Item    5558192                 92/07/12        17:10

 From:   Requested Name be withheld

 To:     ST-REPORT                       R.F. Mariano

 Sub: BTW


 I've re-activated my CIS account. Starting with the next issue
 of ST Report (once I get my new password), I will be DL'ing it from
 there, not here. It's not much, but it will be my blow for Freedom of
 the Press.

 From the FNET

 Conf : STReport Online
 Msg# : 20946/20959  Lines: Extended  Read: 2
 Sent : Jul 09, 1992  at 6:01 PM
 Recv : Jul 09, 1992
 To   : Gerry Mon @Fnet 504
 From : Steve Taylor
 Subj : Re: Wars

 In a message of <07 Jul 92  08:49:00>, Gerry Mon @Fnet 504 (100:2/0)

  >> Previously Spider-man wrote:
  >> As the Director of Communications for Atari Corp. don't you think that

  >> B owes it to Atari and to Atari's users to be unbiased and even-handed

  >> in treatment of various software developers.  It's not as though
  >> Atari
  >> I never understood this "unbiased" argument.  I feel that this is
  >> impossible.  We are all human and we all have biases.  All businesses
  >> form partnerships with other businesses.
  >> Finally, this is America.  I would like to think that Bob Brodie is
  >> entitled to having personal preferences in certain third party
  >> software.

 Well sure,  Bob Brodie  is entitled to his *personal* preferences but when
 he uses Atari Corp. to bolster his biases it does  not leave  them a great
 deal  of  credibility.  Not  everybody  can  get free TTs, laser printers,
 Falcons etc. but it  seems  like  a  bit  more  than  chance  is involved.
 Finally, this  is the  UK and it affects us here as well when this sort of
 bias has a negative  effect on  the Atari  community of  which we  are all

 Ridiculous favouritism is no way to run a successful company...

 ATB, Steve.

  * Origin: Steve Taylor's Point on <<<InterNet>>> (100:100/0.11)

 Conf : STReport Online
 Msg# : 21001/21011  Lines: Extended  Read: 1
 Sent : Jul 12, 1992  at 12:38 PM
 To   : Gerry Mon
 From : Frank Sereno at Fnet Node 557, Software Syndicate elk grove,I
 Subj : WARS

 GM>I don't understand your argument.  Are you saying that there would be
 GM>no controversy if Atari decided to buy a bunch of FoReM packages and
 GM>bundled it with every ST sold?

 GM>I'm sure that the FoReM guys would rather have Atari do this than
 GM>just using their software for their BBS.
 Hmm, maybe this will be Brodie's next move in the war against ///Turbo.
 Hey, I am sure that other DTP companies are very unhappy about the fact
 that Atari pushes Calamus and Pagestream but they don't have anyone
 participating in Fnet.

 GM>What Bob had said was that the Lombard guys felt "it was a pain in
 GM>the butt to get support for Turbo" and that they were surprised at
 GM>how much better support came from the FoReM people.

 GM>Given the fact that it was an unregistered shareware version of Turbo
 GM>now explains why the Lombard guys might have gotten poor support.

 To tell you my opinion, I don't think the people in Lombard ever tried
 to contact Bob or John Miller.  I played around with ///Turbo v1.0 and
 sent John several Fnet-mail letters and he answered all of them.  I
 never did register the package because my modem has carrier detect
 problem and ///Turbo kept thinking someone had called the bbs, but John
 was very helpful.

 GM>The important thing is that I feel Bob Brodie was telling the truth
 GM>but that he used very poor judgement.  So he's human.  Everybody
 GM>makes mistakes.  I say, let it past.

 Everybody makes mistakes but why is he still playing games locking out
 nodes, etc.?  I have met Mr. Brodie a couple of times, I have seen him
 conduct his business at shows and on the nets and I am less than
 impressed.  He comes across as a pompous and self-serving man.  Shoot, I
 remember all the controversy in the anti-piracy conference about the
 Atari student discount program.  At the Chicago Atarifest, a college
 student asked him about discounts and Bob brushed him off by telling him
 to see Don Bahr of CompuSeller West.  Problem was that Don had NEVER
 been informed of any student discount program.  I had to get the
 information for Don via the Anti-piracy conference as Mr. Brodie
 insulted that user as he (the user) complained in that conference.  Of
 course, Bob could have taken that all to e-mail, but he felt it more
 important to insult that user as illiterate on a national echo.

 Something is definitely wrong with Atari when they can't communicate
 with respected and nationally recognized dealers about various programs
 such as student discounts.  I don't know if that is part of Mr. Brodie's
 job or not, but it should be SOMEBODY's!  I see that professionalism is
 very lacking at Atari.
  * SLMR 2.0 * It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine
 From GEnie's ST RT
 Category 15,  Topic 6
 Message 95        Sat Jul 11, 1992
 J.D.BARNES [J.D.]            at 08:13 EDT

 While Daralh may not be free to discuss flags and the like, the rest of us
 are certainly free to speculate.

 Free flags serve  a  valuable  purpose  by  allowing  the  managers  of an
 information  service  to  allow  dedicated  workers  in  the community the
 freedom to explore a service, to stimulate discussion,  and to  provide an
 opportunity  to  synthesize  the  available  data into other, perhaps more
 useful forms. They also contain the seeds of their own corruption.

 It is easy for the holder of a  free  flag  to  abuse  it  by  engaging in
 diatribes against others on the service. I have seen a number of instances
 of this from quarters other than ST-REPORT.  Those who have to pay to post
 their views tend to be more considered in their postings.

 The managers  of the  service also  find themselves  at risk when they are
 tempted to yank a free flag  becasue the  holder takes  positions that are
 unpopular  or  "politically  incorrect".    As  proprietors  of commercial
 enterprises  the  managers  of  the  service  are  free,  indeed  they are
 obligated, to  protect themselves  and their superiors from damage arising
 out of  indiscriminate slanders.   This  is a  fine and  dangerous line to
 walk.   The legal  system has  made it difficult for a public personage to
 sustain charges of malicious intent arising out of  the spoken  or written
 word. It is however, possible to demonstrate that allegations are patently
 untrue and that such allegations were known to be false and were made with
 intent to do damage.

 Over the  years I  have observed  that ST  Reports' revelations have often
 caused a great deal  of pain,  but that  for all  the shouting,  there was
 almost never  any proof  that the substance was false.  Free speech brings
 with it a certain amount of pain.

 If, in the final analysis, Ralph's free flag is yanked, I am sure that his
 supporters will find the wherewithal to carry on the cause of independent
 thought, careful research, and penetrating analysis.  If some  elements in
 the  online  community  find  that  their best interests are not served by
 supporting this activity from its own resources, so be it.

 The Atari community seems to be undergoing a sort of information implosion
 these days. The absorption of Z-Net into AE Online, the failure of several
 glossy ST magazines, and the fissioning of ST Informer are merely the most
 obvious examples.

 If anything those independent  voices  that  remain  deserve  more support
 rather than  less. The  independent forums  generate fresher ideas than do
 the controlled ones. There is a great deal of value in analyses  of events
 seen through glasses that lack a rosy tint.

 From what Ralph has said we can expect to keep on seeing ST Report here on
 GEnie. One  suspects that  the absence  of a free flag may give them a new
 esprit d corps and enhance their independence.


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