ST Report: 30-Oct-92 #843

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 11/02/92-10:45:42 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 30-Oct-92 #843
Date: Mon Nov  2 22:45:42 1992

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     Oscar Steele and Darek Mihocka will be in Conference in the Atari Arts
 Forum (GO  ATARIARTS) on Thursday, November 5th, at 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
 They will be discussing the GEMULATOR,  the  floptical  drive,  and  a new
 version of Stealth.
     Be  sure  to  download  file  TOSPAT.LZH  from  LIBRARY 6 of the Atari
 Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO).  This archive contains a text file, from
 John Townsend,  listing the various TOS revisions and the patches that are
 appropriate  for  each.  In  addition,  the  patch  files  themselves  are
 included.  Contains:   FOLDRxxx,  CACHExxx,  POOLFIX3,  POOLFIX4,  STEFIX,

 (Note: POOLFIX4 and SERIALFX are not from Atari, but may correct behaviour
 the Atari patches do not.)


     TEXTPRO fans  rejoice.   A beta  of the  long awaited Version 5 is now
 available for testing.  Please see  messages #20900  & 20901  in the Atari
 8-Bit Forum (GO ATARI8) for more information!


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 (both named  LYNX) of  the Atari  8-Bit Forum  are devoted  to this gaming


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

     This past  week, I  had the  opportunity to demo the recent upgrade of
 Calamus SL for a number of users.  For material, I used the recent contest
 winners from the second annual ISD/DMC Creativity Contest.  Even I noticed
 a marked inprovement in the overall performance of  the Calamus  SL.  From
 loading the  files, the file converter, to printing and quality of output.
 Mind you now, there was nothing  wrong with  the way  the original Calamus
 behaved.   This upgrade however, is faster yet and the grey scaling in its
 output is  superb.   In the  coming weeks  look for  more detailed reports
 about both  Calamus SL  and Invision.   Invision, its amazing.  But that's
 another story due to appear in the immediate future.

     EEEEEEK!  Halloween is  right around  the corner!!   The  Goblins, the
 Witches and  the Ghouls  will be out in full force.  Oh yeah, please don't
 forget Beetlejuice.  I think of joy and fun all those youngsters out there
 trick or  treating one night a year have.  Could you imagine if they could
 have as much fun on almost any night of the year?   You know,  they could.
 Think back about the time when you brought your first Atari computer home.
 Are you able to recall your feelings then?  I am and I remember  the fun I
 had with  my four  sons and  those old, Scott Adams Text Adventures.  Now,
 with the advent of the Falcon, perhaps this will all come to pass all over
 again for many new families.  Man, it boggles the mind to think about that
 "old feeling" and then... when the ST came home for the first time, it was
 an ecstacy of pride mixed with the expectancy of the wonders to be seen on
 this new more powerful Atari computer.  Ah yes.. the wonder of it all.
     The ST didn't let us down at all.  And  now we  are at  that threshold
 again.   Time will  tell the "tale of the tape".  But I'd sure like to see
 those kids that'll be at my front door tomorrow night, all eagerly looking
 forward to  using a  new Falcon.  All its going to take is....  ah, you've
 heard all that before.  I'll just hope the good hopes.  :-)
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                      STR'S "BELIEVE IT?  OR.. WHAT?"

                "There is no comparison!  The Atari Falcon
                   is far superior to the PC platform."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92

          "As I said before, all marketing announcements will be made at
          Duesseldorf.  I will not comment on future models of the Falcon.

                    WHICH WILL BE SHIPPING NEXT WEEK."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92


    Issue #44
    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.
  -- IBM to Sell More Chips
 IBM, International Business Machines, the world's largest chip maker, 
 says that it must boost its sales of computer chips to outside customers 
 substantially in the next few years or it may have to trim its chip man-
 ufacturing capacity, the company's top chip executive said.  Currently, 
 IBM uses the majority of the chips it produces in its own products.

  -- HP Offers New Laser Printer
 Hewlett-Packard Co., who analysts estimate has a 53% share of the laser 
 printer market in America, has unveiled its latest black-and-white laser 
 printer, the HP LaserJet 4.  The HP LaserJet 4 will sell for $2,199, 
 which is $196 less than the HP LaserJet III, said to be the nation's 
 best-seller in the field.  HP says the new printers are faster and offer 
 better print quality than the printers they are replacing.

  -- HP, AT&T Develop 100 Megabits/Second Network Technology
 Hewlett- Packard and AT&T's Microelectronics division have announced the 
 development of 100 megabits per second (Mbits/s) transmission technology 
 over voice grade, unshielded twisted pair (UPT) cabling. Both companies 
 claim this is a first in the industry.
 The company claims that moving to the higher speed will be relatively 
 painless since most low speed network users already have UTP cabling, 
 which is required for 100 Mbit networking, in place.

  -- Apple to Sell More PCs than IBM this Year
 According to industry analyst Kimball Brown, Apple Computer is gaining 
 on IBM and will probably sell more personal computers than the IBM, the 
 industry's largest company, this year.  Brown said that Apple shipped 
 more pc's in the second quarter of this year than IBM did and widened 
 the gap in the third quarter.
 Brown says that the reason for Apple's gain is twofold.  One because 
 Apple finally announced products based on Motorola's top-of-the-line 
 68040 processor.  Second because IBM was late launching its new low-end 
 product line.
 Brown's projections refer only to personal computers. IBM's unit ship-
 ments of all computers, including mainframes, minicomputers, and work-
 stations, still exceed Apple's.

  -- Next-Generation Memory Developed by NTT
 NTT, the Japanese electronics and telecom company, has developed a next-
 generation computer memory known as the hologram system. According to 
 the company, the hologram memory can store as much as 1,000 times the 
 volume of data that current technology optical systems can take.
 NTT's hologram memory uses special optical fibers which are 0.5 mm in 
 diameter and 4mm in length, bound into the shape of a disk. Data is 
 stored vertically in each optical fiber, with each fiber being capable 
 of storing 60 to 100 units of data.
 According to NTT, the fiber is designed for the maximum possible data 
 storage. Made of strontium-barium-niobium and cerium, combined into a 
 crystal format, the fibers can store data almost indefinitely.
 As well as traditional computer data, the hologram disk can store visual 
 and audio data. This could result in the appearance of ultra-small video 
 disks, possibly 1cm in diameter, but with a storage/recording capacity 
 far in excess of current videodisks.

  -- Microchip Prices Soar
 Some microprocessor and memory prices have soared after the US Depart-
 ment of Commerce's preliminary determination that Korean microchip 
 makers were dumping (selling below cost) chips on the US market.  There 
 is talk of imposing tariff's on these companies after the first of the 
 While no actual tariffs has yet been imposed, the Department of Commerce 
 has ordered Korean companies to post bonds based on the preliminary es-
 timates of illegal dumping discounts.  These bonds will be preliminary 
 tariffs, a tariff which could be refunded depending on what the Depart-
 ment of Commerce's final determination turns out to be.  Goldstar would 
 have a bond of 52.41%; Hyundai, 5.99%, Samsung, 87.40%; and an average 
 of 61.88% for all other Korean manufacturers.
 While there are no confirmed reports yet of the Korean manufacturers 
 raising prices, some US companies are reporting that end user microchip 
 prices are already soaring and suppliers are not guaranteeing prices for 
 more than a day or two at a time.  Some reports say that prices are 60% 
 higher than just last week.
 This leads to speculation that some US chip makers are taking advantage 
 of the international chip turmoil by raising the cost of domestically 
 made chips.

  -- First 66 MHz 486 Computer For Under $2,000
 Lightning Computer has announced shipment of a computer billed as the 
 first 66 MHz 486 PC to be priced at under $2,000.
 Available by mail order for $1,995, the new Lightning Omnicache 486DX 
 comes standard with a 170 MB hard drive, 4 MB of RAM (expandable to 32 
 MB), 64K of cache (expandable to 256K), an SVGA monitor, a Windows 
 accelerator, and a 1.2 or 1.44 MB floppy drive, among other features. 
 For additional fees, the system can be customized with options ranging 
 from drives and monitors to accelerators and memory boards.
 Other standard features consist of an eight-slot ISA bus motherboard 
 with AMI BIOS, a full-sized chassis with six drive bays and a 250-watt 
 UL power supply, a heat sink for cooling, an 101-key enhanced keyboard, 
 and a combination card with IDE, FDD, two serial ports, one parallel 
 port, and one game port.

  -- SPA Membership Hits 1,000
 The Software Publishers Association (SPA) announced this week that the 
 association's roster has topped 1,000 members.  The SPA, which acts as 
 the industry representative to the federal government and works to stop 
 software piracy, was begun in 1984 with only 25 member companies.

  -- Electronic CEO's Want Bush For President
 According to the second poll of CEO's for electronic companies that was 
 conducted by the American Electronics Association, most favor George 
 Bush's re-election - but the majority expect Bill Clinton to be the 
 actual winner.


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                           PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

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 compiled by Joe Mirando

 From The Atari Productivity Forum

     We've all seen it happen:  a good and loyal Atari computer user
 decides to leave the Atari platform.  Now I'm not saying that this is in
 any way unique to the Atari world.  It happens everyday on every platform. 
 But enough of that.  The problem at hand is how to transfer all of the
 precious data and text files that we've collected through the years to the
 new machine.  William Hungate writes:

      "I used an Atari ST with Wordwriter for my word processing chores
      until about a year ago when I switched to a Mac LC and Writenow.
      Question--how do I, can I, transfer my considerable library of
      Atari/Wordwriter files to the Mac?  Any help much appreciated."

 Well, among the other hundreds of wonderful qualities that we Atarians
 possess is the ability, and at times, the need to jump right in and help
 one another.  Hal Dougherty jumps in and tells William:

     "I have an ST and a Mac Classic.  It's not very hard to transfer files
     between the systems.  On the Atari side, just print the file to disk.
     That way you will have a pure ASCII file.  Then run the Apple file
     exchange program on the Mac.  Format a low density disk in MS-DOS
     format.  Put the disk in your ST and copy the text files you want
     to use on your Mac.  (This only works if you have a ds dd drive)
     Use the file exchange program to move the files to the Mac hard drive.
     Now back to the Mac.  Some programs will let you load text files and
     some have to find the right file type and creator.  I use Mac Tools   
     from Central Point software to change the file type and creator.  Or  
     you can use RESEDIT.  I've killed more things with resedit.  Good     

 ST Informer's Brian Gockley tells William"

     "There is a program called MACSEE that is available form Compuseller  
     West that will allow you to read MAC floppies and copy to and from
     them or a Syquest. You must have a 1.44 meg floppy drive, to read the
     MAC floppies. It really works well!   On the other hand, you could
     purchase a utility called DOS mounter (or some other) for your MAC,
     which allows you to read and write to any IBM format disk (which the
     ST will create for you). This might be the best way for you."

 Don't you just hate it when you upgrade to a new operating system and find
 out that the program you love the most won't work with the new OS?  I
 mean, the program that runs our entire office I can live without but don't
 take away my favorite game!  While we in the Atari world are luckier than
 most in this regard, there are bound to be some incompatibilities with any
 upgraded OS. Rafael Hermoso asks:

     "Does anyone know if CyberPaint's incompatibility with the STes is due
     to the graphics on those machines or the TOS? I'm trying to decide
     between buying a Mega STe or a Mega 4 ST with TOS 2.06 and wanted to
     know which was more compatible with the programs I own now."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Rafael:

     "Missionware is working on an update to make CyberPaint work on all
     the Atari machines ST thru the FALCON.  I don't know the date of
     release though."

 One of the things that I've always liked about my ST is that you don't get
 cryptic error codes when you have a problem... the computer tells you
 exactly what the problem is...  right?  Well, not always.  John Amsler

     "What's TOS error #35?  (I cleaned out my AUTO folder and ACC slots
     down to nothing, yet the program PRIMES still won't run under TOS 2.06
     on a MegaSTe; it bombs and gives me that error window.)"

 That busy guy from Atari Explorer, Albert Dayes, replies to John:

     "TOS 35 = no handles left.  I wonder if the file bombs.txt is on-line
     here. It gives a list of all the TOS errors and what they mean and it
     gives the meaning of the bombs (eg 2 bombs = bus error).
     I'll see if the file exists if not I'll just upload my copy."

 Well, nothing cryptic about that, is there?  There are no handles left.
 Does the computer use these handles to lift bugs out of the system?  John
 Amsler asks:

     "No handles left."  What are "handles?"  The program I'm trying to run
     calculates prime numbers between within a user-selected range.  It ran
     fine on a 1040ST/TOS 1.04."

 Once again coming to the rescue, Albert Dayes tells John (and the rest of

 "A handle is a device driver more or less.  Also I have found from past
 experience that a corrupt file also causes TOS 35 errors.  You might try
 getting a new copy of the program and see if it still has problems.  I
 don't like the definition of handle I gave in the first sentence.  I
 should look it up to be sure on the definition."

 Sysop Bob Retelle asks Albert:

     "Are you sure it's TOS error 35, or a GEMDOS error that is the "No
     handles" error..?
     I'm at work now, so I don't have any of my reference materials handy,
     but I seem to remember researching this error once before and finding
     that while there IS an "error 35" with that description, it's actually 
     a different error..
     My experience with "TOS Error #35" has always been a corrupted file
     like you mentioned, or trying to RUN a file that's been archived (ie,
     downloading an Arc'ed file with a .PRG extension and trying to execute
     (You'd be surprised how often that happened during the early days of
     learning to use ARC..!)"

 Albert checks his source and tells Bob:

     "I'm pretty sure it is a TOS error #35 (GEM error).  According to the
     Concise Atari ST, 68000 Programmer's Reference Guide it is.  I think  
     the bombs.txt file just lists it as a GEM error.  Maybe its a GEMDOS  
     error similar in the way one would think of PC-DOS or MS-DOS.

     My experience is the same as yours with regards to getting TOS #35
     errors and discovering it is a corrupted file."

 Brian Gockley of ST Informer Magazine adds:

     "I looked it up in the ST manual, and found 35 was an "undefined
     error". Big help there! I get 35 when the program can't find it's
     support files."

 Albert Dayes tells Brian:

     "With it undefined I guess we have the honor of giving a definition.
     (grin) We could have a contest called name that TOS #35 error."

 Brian gets into a jocular mood and replies to Albert:

     "Remember that program that replaced the cherry bombs with little
     Leonard heads?  We could call it Leonard's Folly!"

 On the subject of archive programs, Richard Gunter tells us:

     "I've been working with the STZIP 2.0 program (available in Lib 4
     in the file ZIP2_0.TOS).  So far, I'm quite pleased with it, and have
     been giving it a bit of a workout with files from the IBM OS2 forums
     stuff we need at work.

     Has anyone been having trouble with this program?  If so, I'd like
     to know about it; I'm working on an article and would like to alert my
     readers to its "gotchas".

     Please be as specific as you can in describing your problems.  System
     configuration you're using, whether there's any indication of
     interference with other programs such as DAs and AUTO programs, what
     was the nature of the difficulty, and what workarounds (if any) you
     know about.

     In my own testing, I experienced one failure in adding comments but
     haven't been able to reproduce it.  Also, the utility that makes a
     self-extracting file out of a ZIP file only works with the "deflate"  
     algorithm.  I'm using a Mega 2 ST with 4MB, TOS 1.4, a Supra 120 HD. 
     Normal software configuration includes the TOS 1.4 patch files,
     CodeHead ramdisk, Hotwire, Pinhead, UIS III, Fujidesk, Cal 6.2, and
     the Control Panel.

     Please let me know about your problems with STZIP 2.0 as soon as
     possible so I can investigate (try to reproduce) and include your
     experience in the article."

 Herbert Mueller answers:

     "If you select files from either one of the two listboxes on the left
     and right of the screen, you can deselect them all by clicking on the
     word 'Select' below each box. Works fine most of the time.

     However, if the box is empty, e.g shows the contents of an empty
     directory, and you click on the word, it would bomb you out.

     I use a Mega ST4 with TOS 2.06 with various accessories. I must say
     that ST-ZIP is a great program and I use it quite often with no       
     serious problems."

 From the Atari Arts Forum

 Have you ever stopped to think about what a great computer the ST is for
 businesses?  Just think about it:  It is easy to use and it is relatively
 inexpensive.  The two things that bosses like the most!  So why aren't
 more of these industrial wizzards using STs?  The answer can be summed up
 in one word:   SOFTWARE.  Oh, sure, there is software out there.  But
 bosses don't seem to like going searching for software.  There are those,
 however, that look for the best, not just the most popular.  Sven Bauer

     "I have friend who owns a restaurant, and is looking for a computer
     and some easy-to-use business software.  I suggested Atari of course,
     but I'm not aware of any good business software...Can anyone help me

 Albert Dayes asks Sven:

     "What kind of software?  Spreadsheet, database or specific to running
     a restaurant?"

 John Damiano tells Sven:

     "I know that there is a point of sale program available but I can't
     remember the vendor right off hand.  It was supposed to be very
     complete.  Maybe Beckemyer Development."

 Brian Gockley jumps into the conversation and says:

     "Nice & Soft has a very good point of sale / Inventory program, and
     there are two actual Restaurant Touch screen systems out there. Nice &
     SoftIgor Tertysznyj Nice & Software 1295 Britannia Rd. Campbelville,
     ON L0P1B0 Work phone: 1-416-332-0075 CRICIT"

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Do you remember how bummed out we were when we found out that Atari was
 coming out with TOS 2.06 but you couldn't use it unless you had an STe or
 higher machine?  I do.  That's why I was so psyched when I heard about the
 TOS EXTENSION CARD (TEC) from CodeHead Technologies.  Evidently I'm not
 the only one.  Beth Jane Freeman posts:

     "Hi Charles & Company,
     Just got my Codehead TEC.  I've opened the box and glanced at the
     instruction book.  Another job well done, guys!!!  Installation will
     have to wait until I get back from the World Fantasy Convention.  A
     friend of mine who used to work for an Authorized Atari Repair service
     will install it for me.

     I just know I'll be pleased with it.  Warp 9 was fine program.
     BTW, how do you run the upgrades from version 3.61?  It doesn't like
     the upgrade programs posted here.  None of them say to start with
     vers. 3.61 (what I've got).  Even so it's a real boon, esp.

 CodeHead Extraordinaire, Charles F. Johnson replies to Jane:

     "Check the Warp 9 press release in the library here, announcing
     version 3.70.  There are a few major new features in version 3.70
     (primarily an extensible screensaver, similar to After Dark (tm) for
     the Mac or PC).  It isn't a free upgrade; the post-3.70 patches are
     for people who've already received the upgrade from us.

     Enjoy the new TEC, and thanks for the compliments on our manual!"

     Well friends, that's about it for this week.  I keep meaning to
 mention that we'd like to hear from you with feedback about this column or
 STReport in general.  If you've got something to say, drop us a line. 
 Comments about this column can be sent via E-Mail on CompuServe to me at
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                            People Are Talking


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 > INSTALLATION OF HD DRIVE STR InfoFile         Souping up the MSTE


 by Kevin J. Conway

     Some time ago, I owned a 130XE and though that its 90K disks were more
 enough to hold everything that would ever want.  Now that I have an ST, no
 floppy disk seems to be big enough to hold all of the stuff that I might
 want to stuff on it.

     The new Mega STe has Tos 2.06, the Ajax chip and a 1.44 Mb disk drive. 
 Some of the older machines, such as what I bought, have Tos 2.05, no Ajax
 chip and a 720K disk drive.  The avail- ability of these three components
 is fairly good, but, despite rumour, and conjecture, it is only necessary
 to exchange the Ajax chip for the Western Digital floppy controller, and
 install a high density drive.

     Any standard 3.5 inch, 1/3 height high density floppy drive should
 work in your system.  I purchased a Panasonic device and am quite pleased
 with it.

     Be aware that the Epson drive <Epson SMD-380> that Atari uses in the
 Mega has a custom faceplate.  This faceplate will only fit on a Epson
 drive.  To my understanding, the high density Epson drive is an Epson
 SMD-340.  If you choose to use a drive other than Epson, you will either
 have to remove the faceplate from the drive, or cut the casing on your
 Mega to fit the drive's faceplate.

     The disk ejector button in the drive that I purchased does not fit
 through the hole that is provided for Atari's mechanism, so I have to poke
 a screwdriver through the hole to push the button.  Since I have over six
 months left on my warranty, I am reluctant to deface the machine as of
 yet.  In strict legal terms, I voided the warranty when I removed the top
 cover and put the new drive in, but in my mind it is far easier for the
 dealer to return a machine will still looks to be stock should I have
 major problems in the future.

     To get the high density drive working in your Mega STe, you will need
 to do the following:

     1.   Replace the Western Digital floppy controller chip with an Ajax
          chip.  This chip is located under the hard drive cover.  Your
          dealer can identify and replace this quite quickly.

     2.   Find the small set of dip switches in the hard drive bay.  Flip
          switch seven to on.  It should be the only one that is on.  This
          will enable high density formatting.

     3.   Remove the top cover from your Mega and remove the floppy drive.

          The floppy drive is connected to the main system by a data cable
          and a power cable.  It is, in turn, attached to the top cover by
          a mounting assembly.  Don't try to move the top cover too far
          without disconnecting these first.

          Also, there is a small led attached to the top cover that serves
          as the power on light.  You should disconnect this also.

     4.   Check to see that the new drive is set as D0 (drive zero).  Also
          make sure that the RDY jumper is removed.

     5.   Mount the high density drive in the place of the Atari mechanism. 
          Note; the data cable has a thin red line on one side.  This is
          connected to pin 1 on the 34-pin connector.  The drive should
          indicate either where pin 1 or pin 2 should be connected.  Make
          sure that the side of the data cable that has the thin red line
          is attached on the same side as pin 1 or pin 2 of the drive.

          Reconnect the power cable to the drive.  This cable only goes in
          _one_ way.  Make sure you don't force it in, as it should clip
          into place quite naturally.  If it is reversed, you will fry the
          drive when you power up your Mega.  Quite costly and quite smelly

     6.   Put the top cover back into place and test the machine.  You
          should now be able to format High Density disks in High Density.

          When you format from the desktop, you will see that you have the
          option of single sided, double sided and high density.  Again,
          this option only appears if you flip dip switch 7.

          If when you test the drive, nothing happens, the data cable may
          be in the wrong way.  This does not harm the drive.  Just flip it
          over and it should work fine.  If not, you have a problem.

          It's probably not a good idea to put the screws for the top cover
          back in until you have the drive working properly.  It saves
          aggravation on having to put them in and take them out over and
          over again.

 Having done all of the above and successfully tested the drive, you should
 be able to read and write High Density disks on your STe and exchange disk
 with IBM systems.

     I have heard some people complain that have had problems reading
 STe-formatted high density disks on an IBM.  There is a program in the
 public domain called FDCPATCH will load the High Density floppy cookie
 into the cookie jar.  Apparently Tos 2.05 does not update the cookie jar
 properly, resulting in problems when reading on IBM systems.

     With the FDCPATCH program loaded, I have been able to write to High
 Density disks and load them successfully on IBM systems.  I also have been
 able to save from the IBM and load on the STe without problems.

     Having a High Density disk allows me greater disk storage for hard
 drive backups as well as allowing me to exchange data more efficiently
 with other systems.  My STe is a business workhorse; having the High
 density floppy makes this workhorse all the more valuable.

     Now, having pulled the Epson mechanism out of the STe, you will have a
 spare drive that can be used a 'B' mechanism.  It is quite simple to hook
 this up.  To do this, you will need the following supplies and tools:

     1 - 34 pin drive connector
     1 - Six-foot Atari ST disk drive cable
     1 - Four pin drive power connector (small)
     1 - Four pin female power supply power connector (large)
     1 - Ohmmeter
     1 - Soldering iron and solder

     You will need to do the following:

     1.   Cut the drive cable in half.

     2.   Expose the wires from the cable and strip the ends.

     3.   Solder the exposed ends of the wires to the 34-pin connector as
          per the instructions below.

     4.   Remove the plate covering the VME bus on the back of the STe. 
          This is also the Serial 2 port.  Disconnect the data cable for
          the Serial Port 2.

     5.   Pull the spare <hard drive> power supply cable through the back
          of the STe.  This will be used to power your floppy.

     6.   Solder the large female power and the small drive connector
          together.  Make sure that you have the right connections as a
          mistake will blow your drive.  Using cables from an old power
          supply or buying new cables will allow you to solder the wires
          together by colour this will save costly mistakes.

     7.   Plug it all in and test it.  You may find that your solder
          connections are loose, break or just not good enough and may need
          to do them over again.

 Following these instructions should give you a working 'B' drive from your
 spare Epson mechanism.

     The pin out of the atari plug is below.

        10  11
       8     9
       6 12 13 7
        2   3

     The following connections need to be made:

 Atari Plug                             34-pin Connector

 1                                      30
 2                                      32
 3                                      3
 4                                      8
 5                                      10
 6                                      Not Connected
 8                                      16
 9                                      18
 10                                     20
 11                                     22
 12                                     24
 13                                     26
 14                                     28

     A more complete description of the steps to creating a 'B' drive can
 be found in the 'teacdriv' archive on Canada Remote Systems.

     This documentation is provided for information only.  I will make no
 guarantees as to the suitably or applicability of this information to your
 system.  Following these instructions _will_ void your warranty.

                              Copyright, 1992
                              Kevin J. Conway
                     Bibliomaniac Library Consultancy

     This file may be reprinted in full provided the copyright statement


 > GEMULATOR!! STR Review   "..quite an achievement, ..released too early"

                     RUN ST Software on your IBM CLONE
                             FACT or FICTION?

 by Don Liscombe

  A first hand report on the new product for your PC - Gemulator . A 
  hardware/software combination that allows you to run Atari ST software. 
  My evaluation is being performed on a 486-50DX EISA machine, with an
  ATI Wonder XL video card using a Microsoft bus mouse.

  General information:

  Gemulator consists of 2 parts, one being an 8 bit card which holds the 
  TOS roms and is sold by PMC, and the 68000 emulator software comes with 
  the package (Revision 1.0 - Unregistered). Darek Mihocka, of Branch 
  Always Software, sells the Gemulator software as shareware for $59.95,
  which will entitle you to printed documentation, and the next software 
  update. Software updates beyond this point, are $15. The software loads
  in and allows you to select items, such as INSTALL (a specific TOS       
  version), BOTH(floppies), SWAP(A: and B: drives), FULLSCREEN or WINDOW   
  mouse control, COLOR or MONO, QUICK (screen redraws for some             
  applications), SPEED (test), REGISTER (information), and QUIT to DOS     
  mode. Included in the software, is a machine language monitor program    
  which is accessible from the  Gemulator main menu. Depressing the F11    
  key, will bring you back to the Gemulator menu, while the F12 key will   
  reboot your "ST".


   The TOS ROM board is easily installed, in any ISA/EISA slot which works
  with an 8 bit card. The circuit board is of a quality design, and all
  chips on the board are socketed. The board as shipped, comes with Atari
  TOS 2.06, and sockets exist for up to a total of 4 versions of TOS. 
  (A total of 8 sockets are on the board for ROMS, 2 of them used by 
  TOS 2.06) Written documentation is rather limited, and should you wish 
  to add additional TOS ROMS to the circuit board, the picture they give 
  displaying the position of the 6 chip rom set, is barely legible. They 
  would have been far better off with a hand drawing, than a poor scan of 
  a photo.

  Look & Feel:

  The display quality is excellent, both from DOS mode, and from a Window. 
  One problem Darek makes note of, is when you double click, quite often, 
  the system does not appear to recognize it. Adjusting the double click 
  speed with the control panel will remedy this problem, but you will have
  to set up a boot disk so that it is adjusted each time you boot up.

  GEM screen redraws are slow, and need the assist of a screen accelerator 
  such as Warp 9 or Turbo ST. Running Gemulator in a Window, makes the 
  screen display crawl (no one said running a graphics display in a 
  Window would be fast) using Windows 3.1, but it seemed to run a bit      
  faster in an OS/2 Dos Window (sorry Microsoft).

  Requirements :

   For this 2 mb ST emulator, you will need at least 5 megabytes of RAM, 
   which will require you to make use of your PC hard drive, to emulate
   RAM using a virtual device driver supplied. With 8 Megs of RAM,         
   Gemulator does not require the virtual ram. The software will work with 
   either 3.5" or 5.25" floppy drives, and disk I/O speed seems about      
   normal. A 486 33Mhz is reccommended for overall ST 100% speed.

  Positive Comments :

   Gemulator emulates the ST quite well. Although Darek has some touchups 
   to put on some routines, he has done an excellent job so far, in getting
   this emulator up and running ST software. I works well with OS/2, as 
   long as you remember to adjust your DOS settings to give Gemulator the 
   5.25 megs of XMS memory it wants to load into. As PCs get faster and 
   faster, Gemulator will be able to run your ST software faster as well.

  Negative Comments :

   My opinion, is that this product, although quite an achievement, was
   released too early. When your advertisements indicate that "Gemulator
   makes your favorite Atari ST software 100% PC compatible", "Share PC's 
   disk drives, hard drives and printers", "Reads all ST disks", "Runs 
   Pagestream,Calamus,...Flash,...GFA Basic,...LDW Power,etc ", and the 
   released version fails to live up to the expectations, there are going 
   to be a lot of disappointed people. Listed are some of the problems I 
   have encountered so far.

    WINDOWS mode 
    When you are running Gemulator in a window, the Atari mouse pointer
    (which becomes active when you move the Windows mouse pointer inside 
    the DOS window), drifts away from the windows mouse pointer. This 
    becomes annoying, having 2 different pointing devices on the screen, 
    both moving as you move the mouse, apart from each other. The good news
    is, that you can use the Atari mouse alternate keys to align the 2 
    pointers back together(ALT-arrow keys). The bad news, is for my system,
    they were not long drifting apart. This problem occurs on running in an

    OS/2 DOS window as well.

    Darek does not have the hard drive portion of the Gemulator software 
    completed yet. What he allows you in version 1.0, is the read
    only, the first 32 megabytes of your C partition. This will be remedied
    sometime before the end of 1992, when he introduces a driver which will
    allow you to read and write to all IBM hard drives, and read from CDROM
    drives. Using the HDX boot program, I managed to get the drive C icon 
    on the screen, but most of the time I accessed drive C to read, I was 
    stopped promptly, by an Alert box "Your output device is not receiving 
    data    [cancel]  [retry] ". This problem was remedied by switching to 
    the Supra boot program. Many of the programs listed as being supported,
    require a hd for proper installation to the best of my knowledge 
    (eg. Pagestream, Calamus, LDW power, Word Perfect).


    Although Flash is listed as a program you can run on your PC in both
    pamphlets handed out at product shows, and PMC advertisements, there is
    no support for the RS232 port at all, nor is there a mention of support
    being added in future revisions. Perhaps this was an oversight, perhaps


    GFA version 2.0 seems to run ok with Gemulator, but versions 3.05, 3.5
    and 3.6 have problems. The program will load in, and the screen will
    clear and freeze up. I have found through several tests, that using
    the Gemulator WINDOW mode mouse, and by clicking on the left mouse
    button after the screen goes blank, the editor screen will come up.
    This forces you to run GFA from a window, but due to the mouse pointer
    problems, and the slowness that the windowed screen offers, this
    is not very usable. This would appear to be a minor timing problem,
    that should be easily remedied.

    Gemulator does not read most copy protected disks. Considering the 
    two computers use completed different floppy controllers, it is 
    doubtful that protected disk support will be added. It was interesting 
    to see Gemulator load in Dungeon Master to the introduction, but then 
    the mouse got very confused, and it would not recognize my disk as 
    the original disk after checking for copy protection. Flight Simulator 
    loaded up, and the screen displays looked fine, but the mouse up/down 
    was inverted, and the keys for the throttle would not respond at all. 
    It would appear there are still a fair number of problems to resolve 
    on the keyboard/mouse routines, before Gemulator will handle the 
    larger portion of games(that it can get by the copy protection on).
    Some games which would load in, and use VBIs to have smooth scrolling,
    seemed to flicker excessively. This was also evident on the load in 
    sequence of Gunship by Microprose.


    Although Gemulator supports read and write access to the IBM high 
    density 5.25" and 3.5" drives, you can only format your floppies 
    in 360K & 720K from the Atari format disk screen. TOS 2.06 has support 
    for high and low density floppies, so perhaps this will be added in the

    WHAT IS NOT EMULATED (above the hard drive & RS232 restrictions)

    Sound, Midi, joysticks & the blitter chip are not emulated. According 
    to the text file on the disk, over the next year, support will be added
    for the audio, midi, and the joystick. Also, Darek was working 
    on the blitter emulation to speed things up at the Toronto Atari 
    Computer Exhibition(spring 1992), but I see no mention of it in any of 
    the information I have.

  Suggestions for Gemulator :

    Hopefully, as Darek adds in these new features, he will have them as 
    selectable items on his software menu, so that if you wish to run 
    business applications, you do not need to enable the sound/midi/
    joysticks/rs232,etc, thus getting as much speed out of your
    application as possible or at least, minimize memory requirements. 
    A save configuration would be useful from the Gemulator main menu, and 
    would load in as a default. 

    Attain more beta testers with various system configurations, so that 
    software revisions do not get out with an extensive number of bugs.

    Send out software updates A.S.A.P., before too much negative press
    dampens out sales.

    Add in support for high density 3.5" floppy formatting from TOS 2.06.

  Summary :

    Gemulator has been shipping since mid-September 92, and yet, in my
    opinion, several of the advertised features, have yet to be implemented
    or be debugged. The next software release, will speed the program up 
    for use with the 486 and allow you to emulate a 4 meg ST. Although the 
    hardware requirements for 100% ST speed are high, it is a programming 
    marvel, and whether or not this product is for you, you will have to 
    be the judge. I bought Gemulator in the hopes of using it for 
    programming cross development adding in both RS232 and hard drive 
    support. From what I have learned about the current product, I'll have 
    to wait for support in the form of new software updates over the next 
    6-12 months.

  Article by 
  Don Liscombe 
  SysOp of The Brewery BBS   - AtariNet 51:5/0 - Fnet node 66
  416-683-3089 HST Dual 14.4 - Supporting the Atari ST & IBM PC 

  Gemulator is available from            
  Purple Mountain Computers,Inc.
  15600 NE 8th St.
  Suite A3-412
  Bellevue, WA
  voice 206-747-1519

  Gemulator information can be obtained either from PMC, or

  Branch Always Software(Darek Mihocka)
  14150 NE 20th St.
  Suite 302
  Bellevue, WA
  voice/recording 206-885-5893

  OS/2 is copyrighted/trademarked by IBM Corp.
  Windows is copyrighted/trademarked by Microsoft Corp.

  This article may be reprinted/duplicated in any format, as long as the 
  entire document is unchanged, and displayed in its entirety, including 
  this notice


 > STUMPF SPEAKS UP! STR Spotlight       Alwin Stumpf speaks up....

 Below we present a Fidonet post from Alwin Stumpf

 Msg #91 / 1-93  Time: 25 Oct 92  20:00:00
 From: Alwin Stumpf @ ST
 To  : All
 Subj: ATARI's Zukunft
  * Originally from Area 'Atari.Soft'
  * Originally to
  * Forwarded by Thorsten Bella on 2:245/8.35, 27 Oct 92  00:30:02

 From: Alwin Stumpf @ ST
 To  : All
 Subj: ATARI's future

 Dear ATARI users,

 I am sure you are aware that I am no longer working at ATARI Corp. 
 Different personal and inner company reasons made me do this, not so easy
 a step.

     I understand the current German ATARI market is categorized as one of
 the strongest markets anywhere, and I am sure that makes it hard to
 understand why I left.  I appreciate your feelings deeply.  My decision to
 leave ATARI was strengthened as a result of it being decided to stop
 FALCON production because people noticed that the planned customers
 weren't ready to invest between 2300 and 3500 German Marks ($1300 and
 $2000).  These persons would most likely buy a MS DOS compatible computer
 or even a Macintosh instead of putting a low end machine with very limited
 uses in their house.  At this time however, a few FALCONS are being
 delivered to a few select, handpicked German dealers, these belong to the
 first production run and are without, as announced, MultiTOS.  Instead,
 they are being delivered with the single tasking TOS 4.0x.  The number of
 machines are limited and will be the only ones available for the time
 being.  You most likely will not understand this unusual strategy, but why
 should we produce thousands upon thousands of FALCONS that can't be sold?

     The FSM-GDOS and MultiTOS production had to be stopped in the last
 minute because 1) a renegotiation with Mr. Eric Smith (copywrite) and 2)
 differences between ATARI and Bitstream.  Naturally ATARI knows that
 MultiTOS, for the entire semiprofessional area, shouldn't be
 underestimated and that the MT project will be taken up again.

     The SUTRA project is still under high pressure development and should
 come out around the first of April 1993.

     The entire ATARI product line is still going to be 'fully supported'
 as much as possible, although the 68030 class of computers will have to be
 held back until it is believed they have a fairly good chance in the
 market.  At this time, the need for powerful machines seems to be
 satisfied by the TT and ATARI is having it hard enough as it is.  I hope I
 was able to give you a small picture into ATARI's future and I beg of you
 not to doubt in ATARI's credibility.   Think positive!

                                        I wish you all much luck

                                        With friendly grusses

                                             Alwin Stumpf
                              (former General Manager, ATARI Germany)


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  26301 PETRA.LZH    E.KRIMEN     Lets ST users use Paula MOD players.
  26300 PAULA20B.LZH E.KRIMEN     Paula 2.0b Noisetracker player.
  26299 LIGHTCYC.LZH E.KRIMEN     Tron Lightcycles game.
  26298 GEM_LOAD.LZH E.KRIMEN     Shows CPU load in a GEM window
  26295 PARLOR12.ARC D.A.BRUMLEVE Insect-matching game for ages 3-8
  26286 AEO_VIEW.LZH E.GOODMAN1   Finally, an Atari Explorer Viewer!
  26285 ASC2WW1.ARC  J.SIEBEN     ASCII to Word Writer Conversion Kit
           Darlah's Treat of the Month - EDGEDEMO.LZH

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


 > 600x600 DPI! STR InfoFile         HP LaserJet 4 and 4M printers


       Improved Network-Printing Capabilities and Automatic Language and
        Interface Switching Make Printers Attractive to All Businesses

     Hewlett-Packard Company today introduced the HP LaserJet 4 and 4M
 printers -- RISC-based, 600(dpi) laser printers for Intel-based personal
 computer (PC), Macintosh and network-computing systems -- at prices lower
 than many 300-dpi printers.

     The HP LaserJet 4 printer with enhanced HP PCL 5 printer language
 replaces the HP LaserJet III printer, the market's top-selling printer.

     The HP LaserJet 4M printer offers integrated Adobe PostScript Level 2
 software, 6 Mbytes of memory and automatic language and interface
 switching for use in Macintosh and mixed computing environments.

 Standard features of the HP LaserJet 4 and 4M printers provide users with
 the following:

  - Superior print quality at processing speeds up to six times faster than
     the HP LaserJet III printer.  The printers' true 600-dpi printing
     capability is enhanced by microfine toner and HP's Resolution
     Enhancement technology.  HP-designed RISC-based formatters enable the
     printers' 8-ppm engines to process 600-dpi print jobs as fast as
     comparable 300-dpi printers even when printing most complex,
     mixed-text and graphics pages.

  - Easy connection to mixed computing environments.  The HP LaserJet 4M
     printer automatically switches between parallel, serial and LocalTalk
     so PCs and Macintoshes can be attached directly to the printer.  The
     HP LaserJet 4 printer automatically switches between parallel,
     serial and optional HP JetDirect interfaces that support a variety of
     network operating systems.  PostScript also is available to upgrade
     the HP LaserJet 4 printer for use in mixed environments.  Both
     printers automatically switch between enhanced HP PCL 5 and

  - Increased paper handling that is four times the 200-sheet capacity of
     the HP LaserJet III printer.  The printers come standard with two
     paper trays that hold 350 sheets.  Options include a third tray that
     holds 500 sheets for a total capacity of 850 sheets and a power
     envelope feeder that holds 75 envelopes.

     To ensure the best print quality possible, the HP LaserJet 4 and 4M
 printers use a new 600-dpi designed engine rather than an upgraded version
 of a current 300-dpi engine.  Print quality is further improved with HP's
 Resolution Enhancement technology, which smooths the edges of
 laser-printed text and graphics.

     The printers also use microfine toner particles that are 20 to 30
 percent smaller than particles used in typical laser-printer toner form
 other companies.  Microfine toner sharpens edges of text, improves
 photographic quality of images and results in less toner scatter.

     The printers have 45 scalable typefaces -- the most typefaces offered
 in any HP LaserJet printer -- including 35 Intellifont typefaces and 10
 standard TrueType typefaces contained in Microsoft Windows 3.1.  The
 printers transparently process Intellifont or TrueType typefaces when both
 formats are used on the same page.

     The standard typefaces for the HP LaserJet 4 and 4M printers support a
 wide variety of word processing, presentation, spreadsheet and other
 typical office applications.  (See Typeface List in this section.)

     Integrating TrueType and Intellifont in the printer provides Windows
 3.1 users with automatic WYSIWYG on the computer screen and improves
 printer performance and type flexibility.

     The HP LaserJet 4M printer also includes the standard 35 PostScript
 typefaces.  Optional PostScript Level 2 software from Adobe is available
 for the HP LaserJet 4 printer at $499 (U.S. list).  The PostScript option
 is a user-installable SIMM that plugs into the printer's formatter to make
 upgrading simple, inexpensive and fast.

     Delays that are common with many printers as they process complex
 graphic documents are eliminated with the Intel 80960 KA-20 MHz RISC
 processor used in the HP LaserJet 4 and 4M printers.  The following
 features also speed performance:

  - Enhanced HP PCL 5 printer language that has been optimized for the
    faster graphics performance

  - Integrated PostScript Level 2 that offers four times the speed of the  
    HP PostScript cartridge when used with an HP LaserJet III printer

  - Speedier parallel port that transfers data up to 156 Kbytes/sec., about
    10 times faster than a standard parallel port

  - Faster printer drivers that are more efficient in handling print

     The HP LaserJet 4 comes standard with 2 Mbytes of memory and can be
 upgraded to 32 Mbytes.  Most 600-dpi text and graphic documents can be
 printed with the standard 2-Mbyte memory because of the compression
 capabilities of enhanced HP PCL 5.

     The HP LaserJet 4M printer comes standard with 6 Mbytes and can be
 upgraded to 22 Mbytes.  Users can add industry-standard SIMM memory in
 increments of 1 Mbyte, $109; 2 Mbytes, $199; 4 Mbytes, $299; and 8 Mbytes,
 $569 (all U.S. list prices).

     Bi-Tronics parallel and serial ports and a modular I/O (MIO) slot are
 standard with the HP LaserJet 4 printer.  The Bi-Tronics parallel port
 provides bidirectional communications capabilities so the printer can send
 printer-status messages to users' computer screens when it needs
 servicing, additional paper or toner.  MS-DOS users also can change
 printer settings from their PC using HP Explorer, a free software utility
 included with the printer.  (See Section III for more information on HP
 Explorer software).

     The printer's MIO slot lets users add optional HP JetDirect cards that
 support Novell NetWare, IBM LAN Server and Microsoft LAN Manager running
 on Ethernet or Token Ring as well as HP-UX, Sun OS and Santa Cruz
 Operation (SCO) Unix running on Ethernet.  The cards range in price from
 $695 to $895 U.S. list.  HP JetDirect AppleTalk cards using LocalTalk or
 EtherTalk connections are available for $230 and $695, respectively.

     Because the cards are integrated into the printers' design, no
 extraneous cables, boxes or power supplies are required.

     The HP LaserJet 4M printer comes standard with parallel and serial
 ports and a factory-installed HP JetDirect LocalTalk card.

     A multipurpose tray that holds 100 sheets or 10 envelopes and a
 250-sheet letter-size tray come standard for a total capacity of 350
 sheets.  The face-down output tray holds 250 sheets.

     An optional assembly can be attached under the printers to expand the
 paper capacity by 500 sheets for a total of 850 sheets.  The assembly and
 one 500-sheet tray that holds letter-, legal-, A4-, or executive-size
 paper are available for $349 (U.S. list).  A power envelope feeder that
 holds 75 envelopes in a variety of U.S. and European sizes also is
 available for $349 (U.S. list).

     The HP laserJet 4 printer includes several other improvements over the
 LaserJet III printer, including:

  - free drivers for Windows 3.0/3.1, WordPerfect 5.1 and Lotus 2.X, 3.X.
    All HP LaserJet III drivers are compatible for immediate support of the
    HP LaserJet 4 printer.  Macintosh and Windows drivers are included with
    the HP LaserJet 4 printer PostScript upgrade kit and HP LaserJet 4M

  - free printer-matching screen fonts for Windows 3.0 and 3.1 are
     available upon request.

  - a vacuum fluorescent front-panel display that is easier to read in all
    types of lighting conditions.

  - a smaller footprint -- 16.3 in. width by 15.8 in. depth by 11.7 in.
    height.  The printer weighs 35 pounds, 15 pounds less than the HP
    LaserJet III printer.

  - a selection of user manuals and key caps that include language versions
    in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Finnish, Swedish,
    Norwegian, Dutch and Portuguese.  The font panel will display messages
    in all 11 languages.

     The HP LaserJet 4 and 4M printers and all accessories are expected to
 be available today from HP-authorized dealers and distributors worldwide.

     For more information on the HP LaserJet 4 and 4M printers, contact
 your HP dealer.  Technical data sheets for the printers are available via
 Fax from HP FIRST (Fax Information Retrieval Support Technology).  Dial
 (800) 333- 1917 from a touch-tone phone in the U.S. or Canada and select
 "1" for HP FIRST.  If you are calling from outside the U.S. or Canada,
 dial (208) 344-4809 from your Fax machine and select section 1.  The HP
 FIRST document ID number for the HP LaserJet 4 printer data sheet is 1320,
 the HP LaserJet 4M printer data sheet is document ID 1321.

     The HP LaserJet 4 and 4M printers have 45 scalable typefaces including
 35 Intellifont and 10 TrueType typefaces contained in Microsoft Windows
 3.1. Line printer 16.67 pitch, a bitmapped font, is also included.

   Intellifont Scalable Typefaces       TrueType Scalable Typefaces

   Albertus Extra Bold                  Arial
   Albertus Medium                      Arial Bold
   Antique Olive                        Arial Bold Italic
   Antique Olive Bold                   Arial Italic
   Antique Olive Italic                 Times New Roman
   CG Omega                             Times New Roman Bold
   CG Omega Bold                        Times New Roman Bold Italic
   CG Omega Bold Italic                 Times New Roman Italic
   CG Omega Italic                      Symbol
   CG Times                             Wingdings
   CG Times Bold
   CG Times Bold Italic
   CG Times Italic
   Clarendon Condensed
  *Courier Bold
  *Courier Bold Italic
  *Courier Italic
   Garamond Antiqua
   Garamond Halbfett
   Garamond Kursiv
   Garamond Kursiv Halbfett
  *Letter Gothic
  *Letter Gothic Bold
  *Letter Gothic Italic
   Univers Medium
   Univers Bold
   Univers Bold Italic
   Univers Medium Italic
   Univers Medium Condensed
   Univers Bold Condensed
   Univers Bold Condensed Italic
   Univers Medium Condensed Italic

   * Fixed pitch scalable typefaces.  All other typefaces are proportional.

                             U.S. List Prices

 Part        Product                                              Price

 C2001A      HP LaserJet 4 printer (includes: 2MB RAM,            $2199.00
             Bi-Tronics (bi-directional parallel) and
             RS-232/RS-422 serial interfaces, one toner
             cartridge, one 100-sheet/10 envelope multi-
             purpose tray, one 250-sheet paper tray, power
             cord, driver and documentation).

 C2021A      HP LaserJet 4M printer (includes: 6MB RAM,            2999.00
             LocalTalk, Bi-Tronics (bi-directional parallel)
             and RS-232/RS-422 serial interfaces, Integrated
             PostScript Level 2 Software from Adobe, one
             toner cartridge, one 100-sheet/10 envelope multi-
             purpose tray, one 250-sheet paper tray, power
             cord, driver and documentation).

 92298A      HP LaserJet toner cartridge with microfine toner;      150.00
             approx. 6,000 pages at 5% coverage.

 C2063A      1 MB Memory SIMM                                       109.00

 C2064A      2 MB Memory SIMM                                       199.00

 C2065A      4 MB Memory SIMM                                       299.00

 C2066A      8 MB Memory SIMM                                       569.00

 C2080A      Adobe PostScript Level 2 Language SIMM                 499.00

 C2082A      Power Envelope Feeder for Com-10, Monarch, DL,         349.00
             C5 and B5 sizes

 C2083A      Letter, executive and A4 multi-size 500-sheet          349.00
             paper tray and paper tray assembly

 C2083B      Legal, letter, executive and A4 multi-size             349.00
             500-sheet paper tray and paper tray assembly

 C2084A      500-sheet multi-size replacement paper tray            129.00
             (letter, executive, A4). Requires optional
             tray assembly C2083A or C2083B

 C2084B      500-sheet multi-size replacement paper tray            129.00
             (legal, letter, executive, A4). Requires
             optional tray assembly C2083A or C2083B

 C2085A      250-sheet multi-size replacement paper tray             99.00
             (legal, letter, executive, A4)

 C2085B      250-sheet replacement paper tray (letter)               99.00

 C2085C      250-sheet replacement paper tray (A4)                   99.00

             HP JetDirect Cards

 J2337A      Novell NetWare-Ethernet /802.3 LAN,                    695.00
             Thin LAN (BNC) and 10Base-T (RJ-45) ports

 J2338A      Microsoft LAN Manager, 3Com 3+ Open LAN                695.00
             Manager - 802.3 LAN, Thin LAN (BNC) and
             10Base-T (RJ-45) ports

 J2339A      EtherTalk, Thin LAN (BNC) and 10Base-T                 695.00
             (RJ-45) ports

 J2340A      HP-UX, SunOS, and SCO UNIX-Ethernet Lan,               895.00
             Thin LAN (BNC) and 10Base-T (RJ-45) ports
             (HP-UX and SunOS UNIX operating systems
             require a digital-audio tape or cartridge
             at a price of $100.00)

 J2341A      LocalTalk                                              230.00

 C2059C      Novell Netware - Token Ring                            895.00

 C2059D      IBM LAN Server, Microsoft LAN Manager, 3Com            895.00
             3+Open LAN Manager - Token Ring

                     HP ADVANCES THE STANDARD FOR

    New HP LaserJet 4 and 4M Printers Come Standard With 600-dpi
 Resolution, Resolution Enhancement Technology and Microfine Toner

     Print resolution, which is expressed in dots-per-inch (dpi), is a
 criteria often used when comparing laser printers.  However, laser-printer
 manufacturers have developed different ways to achieve higher resolution
 output, such as technologies that vary dot size and placement, variation
 in toner particle size, software algorithms to manipulate dot placement
 and improvements to the capabilities of the printer engine. 

 300-dpi Resolution
     The advent of the HP LaserJet printer with 300-dpi capability changed
 the appearance of office documents and set the standard for business

     Users readily accepted this new standard because their documents
 looked better and were produced faster with laser printers than with
 dot-matrix of daisy wheel printers.

     Printers with true 300-dpi resolution produce dots on a 300 x 300-dpi
 grid, meaning 300 dots of toner can be placed vertically and horizontally
 per inch.  This translates into 90,000 points of data per square inch,
 making individual characters sharper and clearer than lower resolution
 impact printers.

 Enhanced Output
     Over the years, manufacturers developed add-on or add-in boards that
 offered even higher resolutions -- 600-, 800-, 1,000- or 1,200-dpi -- for
 additional costs.  These boards plugged into a PC or laser printer to
 provide higher quality output.

     Previously, application software was needed to support higher
 resolutions when using printer add-in boards.  However, new laser printers
 with engines designed specifically for 600-dpi output are compatible with
 all office applications regardless of whether the applications support
 600-dpi.  This compatibility is possible as the resolution is engine
 dependent and can translate 300-dpi commands into 600-dpi output.

     Other technologies also were developed, such as HP's Resolution
 Enhancement technology (RET) and microfine toner to enhance the appearance
 of 300-dpi output at no additional cost to the user.  RET varies the size
 and placement of the dots produced by the printer, creating smoother
 curves and edges on individual characters.  Microfine toner uses smaller
 toner particles which produce finer dots that further sharpen the edges of
 text, improve the photographic quality of images and reduce the amount of
 toner particle "scatter" that appears on a page but doesn't produce
 characters.  Microfine toner particles are 20 percent to 50 percent
 smaller than particles used in typical laser printers.

 600-dpi Standard
     True 600-dpi means that a printer's engine is designed to produce 600
 dots per inch.  The pixel grid for 600-dpi output is four times finer than
 that used for 300-dpi and the engine uses finer toner particles to take
 advantage of more precise dot placement.  Better control of smaller dots
 translates into better 600-dpi output.

     Some printers use "addressable resolution" of 600-dpi, which improves
 the appearance of 300-dpi by placing 300-dpi dots on a 600-dpi grid. 
 Software algorithms use a dot depletion scheme to create the appearance of
 600-dpi by strategically depleting dots that create the stair-step effect
 on  curves known as jaggies.  By eliminating these dots, curves are
 smoother and points are sharper than 300-dpi output, but not as fine as
 true 600-dpi.

     While true 600-dpi improves print quality, it also creates four times
 the amount of data -- 360,000 points for each one inch square -- compared
 to 300-dpi.  In order to maintain the performance users have come to
 expect with their printers, it's imperative that 600-dpi printers process
 data at a much faster rate.

     In the past, users had the choice of purchasing higher quality
 printers, but at significant cost increase.  This cost positioned higher
 resolution printers for use with certain applications versus use in the
 general office printer market.

     The HP LaserJet 4 and 4M printers come standard with true 600-dpi
 resolution, RET and microfine toner all of which produce better text and
 images than any currently available 600-dpi printers.  The printer also
 offers data compression allowing it to print most 600-dpi jobs with the 2-
 Mbytes of memory that comes standard with the printer.  By including 600-
 dpi resolution as standard on the printer, HP may again revolutionize
 office printing.

     HP Explorer is a software utility for the HP LaserJet 4 printer that
 provides printer installation and configuration instructions, access to
 traditional printer front control panel settings and detailed information
 on topics such as printer features, printer tasks and typefaces as well as
 a limited troubleshooting for common printing errors.

 HP Explorer software consists of three main sections:

   - Remote Control Panel.  Allows the user's PC to act as a remote printer
     front control panel for the new HP LaserJet 4 printer.  Users can view
     and change many printer settings, such as page orientation and
     typeface, from PCs connected directly to the HP LaserJet 4 printer.

     This ability is possible through the bi-directional communication
     capabilities of the HP LaserJet 4 printer.

   - Setup Program.  Automatically configures the HP LaserJet 4 printer to
     the users' PC.  It offers to modify the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS
     files for the user.  It provides step-by-step instructions on how to
     load the software directly on to the users' hard disk drive.

   - Travel Guide.  An on-line HyperText database designed to explain the
     features of the HP LaserJet 4 printer and how to use them.  It gives
     instructions on how to accomplish common printing tasks and provides
     answers to frequently asked questions regarding HP LaserJet printers
     for limited troubleshooting.  Information can be obtained by selecting
     highlighted text or by using the next topic in the HyperText database.

     HP Explorer software is shipped with each HP LaserJet 4 printer on a
 5.25" disk.  Additional information and the HP Explorer software can be
 downloaded from the HP Peripherals forum on CompuServe.  GO HPPER to
 access the HP Peripherals forum and download L4EXP.ANN from the LaserJet


     Hewlett-Packard Company today announced four new HP JetDirect
 network-peripheral interface cards that connect HP printers directly to
 10Base-T and thin Ethernet networks.  The new HP JetDirect cards support
 the HP LaserJet 4 printer announced today, the HP LaserJet IIISi printer,
 the HP PaintJet XL300 printer and the HP DesignJet 600 plotter.

     With an HP JetDirect card installed, HP printers can be connected
 directly to a network where the printer is most accessible to users.  This
 location flexibility eliminates the need for a direct connection between
 the printer and a file server, which often is in a location inconvenient
 for users.

     No additional cables, software, PCs or external boxes are required to
 connect the printer to the network.

 Improved Performance on a Local Area Network (LAN)
     By using an HP JetDirect card instead of slower parallel or serial
 ports, the printer can accept data at a faster speed and provide maximum
 output performance.  Actual output performance depends on the speed and
 configuration of the network printing/plotting environment.

     HP JetDirect cards decrease the load that normally is placed on a
 server during network printing or plotting by as much as 20 percent. 
 Unlike a parallel interface that transmits one byte of data at a time, the
 HP JetDirect card transfers data in large blocks across the network.  The
 result is that the server requires less processing time.

     With faster data transfer across the network, the HP JetDirect cards
 allow HP printers to output complex documents with text and graphics at or
 near printer engine speed.

 Better Network Management and Diagnostics
     HP JetDirect cards provide printer diagnostic information to network
 administration utilities, such as Novell's COMCHECK.  Printer-status
 information is accessible at the user's workstation.  SNMP network-
 management compatibility is provided with the HP JetDirect card for
 computers based on a UNIX operating system.

     The HP JetDirect cards collect network-configuration information,
 network statistics and error messages that can be referenced on the
 printer's self-test page.

     The new HP JetDirect cards for Ethernet networks are equipped with a
 SIMM socket to allow for easy addition of enhancements to the network
 environment.  PC managers and LAN administrators can install a new SIMM
 easily onto the HP JetDirect card for future upgrades.

     The cards are designed for Ethernet networks running Novell NetWare,
 Microsoft LAN Manager, 3Com 3+Open LAN Manager, Apple EtherTalk, and UNIX
 operating systems, including HP-UX, SunOS and Santa Cruz Operation UNIX.

     Integrated 10Base-T and thin Ethernet ports provide easy connection to
 the most widely used Ethernet networking media: twisted-pair cable and
 thin coaxial cable.  HP JetDirect cards plug directly into the modular I/O
 slot located at the rear of the printer.

 U.S. List Prices and Availability
 The new cards are expected to be available beginning Nov. 2, 1992, from
 HP-authorized dealers.

  HP JetDirect card (J2337A) for Novell NetWare/Ethernet          $695.00

  HP JetDirect card (J2338A) for LAN Manager/Ethernet              695.00

  HP JetDirect card (J2339A) for AppleTalk (EtherTalk)             695.00

  HP JetDirect card (J2340A) for UNIX/Ethernet                     895.00*

  *(The HP-UX and SunOS operating systems require a
   digital-audio tape or cartridge at a price of $100.00
   U.S. list.)

                                 # # #

 RISC stands for reduced-instruction-set computing.

 SIMM stands for single-in-line-memory.

 WYSIWYG stands for what-you-see-is-what-you-get.

 Adobe and PostScript are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Inc.
 in the U.S. and other countries.

 MS-DOS is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

 HP-UX is based on and is compatible with USL's UNIX operating system. It
 also complies with X/Open's XPG3, POSIX 1003.1, FIPS 151-1 and SVID2
 interface specifications.

 UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories Inc. in the
 U.S.A. and other countries.

 X/Open is a trademark of X/Open Company Limited in the UK and other

 Lotus is a U.S. registered trademark of Lotus Development Corp.

 Microsoft is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

 These new printers are being noticed.

 from CIS,
 #: 29260 S17/ISD Marketing
     28-Oct-92  17:39:06
 Sb: #29221- 600 DPI
 Fm: Nathan-DMC Publishing 76004,2246
 To: Tony Barker 75300,2630

     Good timing on your request Tony.  In fact, just yesterday one of the
 Programmers took home all the HP developer documentation specific to the
 HP III and HP IV to write brand new drivers for both of those excellent
 printers.  And before you ask, I have no idea when it will be ready :-)
 but I do have an HPIII eagerly waiting the opportunity to test the results
 of his efforts.  By the way, the standard Calamus HPII driver works on the
 HPIII and automatically takes advantage of the higher resolution
 available.  I have not yet even seen the HP IV.

 Thank you for asking. Nathan @ DMC Publishing


 > ORA Conference STR Feature    Bob Luneski of Oregon Research Associates'

 (C) 1992 by Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the Atari Roundtables.  May be
 reprinted only with this notice intact.  The Atari Roundtables on GEnie
 are *official* information services of Atari Corporation.  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)
 Wait for the U#= prompt.  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

                    Wednesday Night Real Time Conference
                              October 22, 1992
                           Host - Brian H. Harvey

        Guest Speaker - Bob Luneski of Oregon Research Associates'

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Hi everyone. I just lost my upload file. So we
 will play it by ear. I wish to welcome everyone to Bob Lunesk of ORA
 RTC. Welcome Bob, do you have a few words? 

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> It is a time of great change and excitement at Oregon
 Research.  In the span of 8 weeks we have gone from representing one
 product: Diamond Back II to respresenting  nearly fifteen.  We are
 very proud to add Diamond Edge, Ultimate Virus Killer, and the entire
 line of high quality software from HiSoft to our portfolio and remain
 absolutely dedicated to providing the highest quality software and
 user support for the Atari ST line of computers.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> I will start it off with the first question. How
 have the sales been on Diamond Edge? (Anyone can /rai to ask a

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> The reaction to Diamond Edge in the market has been
 outstanding.  It has far exceeded our original sales projections and
 we are extremely pleased.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Great Bob. Is it close to DB II?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Not nearly, Diamond Back II is a mature product that
 has been in the market for over four years.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> OK Lyre.

 <LYRE> Bob:  At one time their was a virus program created by a Mr. 
 Woodward with a similiar name to Ultimate Virus Killer.  Is this the
 same program?  Or something Ora Tech has created themselves?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH]> Ultimate Virus Killer is a product that we are
 distributing in North America for Douglas Communications in the UK. 
 It has been the dominant Virus detection and destruction package there
 for several years.

 <[Dave] D.SHORR> Bob, do you have upgrade info yet for owners of
 Devpac ST and Lattice C?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> We have nearly completed the final pricing
 negotiations with HiSoft and should have upgrade information within a

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> OK, your turn for a question Lou.

 <L.ROCHA1> Thanks Brian. Hi Bob. Bob, I am sure you tired of hearing
 how great Diamond Edge is..Thanks.

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> After two years of working on it, I'm never tired :-)

 <L.ROCHA1> Bob, it is by far the most important utility program I own
 but I am most impressed by the work on the manual. There is
 information there that is essential reading for an HD owner and I wish
 Atari would consider packaging your software with their harware. 

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Thanks Lou, we worked very hard to produce a superior

 <[Anna @ AtaAd] A.MASON4> Bob, How often should I run Diamond Edge to
 optimize/defragment my HD? 

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Anna, That depends on your usage.  

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Do you have another question Anna?

 <[Anna @ AtaAd] A.MASON4> Hmmmm...yes. Probably would only need to run
 it once or twice a month then?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Partitions that have a great deal of file
 modification activity will fragment more quickly than others. I
 personnally do optimizations weekly on my C drive and Daily on my work
 drives.  However, software development fragments disks very quickly.

 <[Anna @ AtaAd] A.MASON4> Okay....thanks for the info on a super

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> OK, your turn for a question Alan 

 <[Alan] A.HASKELL> Hello Bob, I bought UVK at Glendale, When will the
 labels be sent?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> The UVKs sold at Glendale without labels should have
 already been sent V5.5 disks with new labels. I'll verify yours was

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Bob, with DB II How about floppy support? 

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Well of course Floppies are one of the primary backup
 media that DBII supports.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Sorry, I wasn't clear I want to b/u my floppies to
 HD not vice versa.  

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> That's has been requested by a number of people and
 is in the project plan to allow backing up from floppy to HD.  You can
 do it indirectly by "restoring" that floppy since DBII restore
 functions work on any GEM disk.

 <[Dave] D.SHORR> Bob, what is Knife ST?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Knife ST is a very powerful disk sector editor.  It
 is the only one that we are aware of that supports sector editing of
 BGM sectors with the level of power it provides.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Bob, how would you compare DE with the competion?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Well, we feel that Diamond Edge provides a superset
 of everything currently available in other packages and provides
 functionlity that none else does, such as undelete and hard disk

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Price-wise, the BEST! You can talk now Lyre.

 <LYRE> Bob:  In regards to viruses, are their any for the ST/STe/TT
 that affect hard drives?  If their are, will UVK destroy the virus? 
 Or does UVK operate only on floppies?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> We have tried to provide the product in a carefully
 designed user interface that allows both power users and novices to
 access all of the functions equally. UVK recognizes many viruses that
 can effect the hard drive. These are listed in the back of the manual.
 The most dangerous of those are the link viruses. 

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> These attach themselves to the end of files and can
 enter your system through means other than floppies.  UVK can
 recognize and kill these on both floppies and hard drives.

 <LYRE>Thanks Bob.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Anna

 <[Anna @ AtaAd] A.MASON4> Bob, now that DE has been released, can you
 tell us about any other projects you may have 'in the works'....or are
 you taking a well-deserved breather...

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> We never take time to breathe :-) We are actively
 working on enhancements to Diamond Edge and on Diamodn Back III Plus a
 new program. 

 <[Anna @ AtaAd] A.MASON4> DB III!! Can you tell us something about it?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> I knew that would stir some interest :-)

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Any hints?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> We are converting Diamond Back to a windowed
 environment, adding SCSI tape backup support, Multi-TOS compatiblity
 for background backups, Overhauled visual graphical backup and restore
 path selection means, 4x improvement in restore speed+

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Lyre

 <LYRE> Bob:  On the comment of DBIII and "windowed environment"
 you mean that it will no longer be dialog based? 

 [Bob] ORA.TECH> To provide a Multi-TOS frienly environment we need
 to go to a windowed system that limits the use of modal dialog

 <LYRE> Thanks.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> What type of enhancements to DE, Bob? 

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> We will be expaning Diamond Mirror to include the
 capability of performing a full disk medic pass on bootup for all
 configured drives.  We will be expaning the undeletion capabilities to
 include real time trash monitoring, we will be adding the capability
 of clicking on a portion of the disk map and having that come up in a
 disk sector editor. plus much more.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> So, I can undelete in any program or just DE?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> You can undelete any program now :-)

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Thanks Bob, Lyre again. (Anyone else just /rai).

 <LYRE> Bob:  concerning DE undelete, will it operate on non-standard
 Atari drives?  I've got a Supra and they mark a file with a different
 character then Atari uses. This has caused me not to be able to use
 some undelete programs.

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> I've never encountered that. The Supra I have uses
 DOS standard E5

 <LYRE> Hmmmm, I'm not sure.  I've tried a few undelete programs, but
 they wouldn't work. On a sector editor I see a character that roughly
 looks like an "O" with swish kinda thing on top. Is that the character
 you're talking about?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Yes, E5 is displayed as a "sigma" those math geeks
 among us (like me) know what that is. 

 <LYRE> :) So DE will work on my Supra then, correct?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Absolutely. 

 <LYRE> Thanks

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Bob, please give us a tidbit about THE new

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> What is it?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> THE new product we have under development is well,
 kind of a secret. I am opposed to discussing things like that
 publically too long before it is a reality. I will say that it is not
 a disk application, but a personnal/busines finance and accounting

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> I see your point. Can't blame someone from being
 interested. [grin]

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> No prob :-))

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> I guess I will not upgrade my current finance

 <L.ROCHA1> Bob, did you already discuss sysquest to syquest backups in
 DB? Is it currently possible with DBII.

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Not with a single mechanism.  There are a number of
 reasons from a hardware use/abuse standpoint that I am opposed to
 unnecessary Syquest platter swaps. However, enough of our client base
 has requested it that it will be added.

 <L.ROCHA1> Hmm, I see what you mean. How much abuse would be expected
 if a person had 10 megs of RAM?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Every time that you insert or remove a platter, the
 disk shutter opens and is exposed to particulate contamination.  They
 are real hard disk and dust inside the cartridge WILL kill it.  If you
 look inside your syquest after many months  of operation, you will see
 a significant dust buildup. I vacume mine out about once every couple
 of months.  Compressed with 10 meg of ram you could do 15 meg at a

 <L.ROCHA1> But you would still not recommend it, right?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> That's right.  However, because enough of our client
 base has requested it, and because we are dedicated to provideing the
 features that our users need, we will be adding the capability. 

 <[Beta-Bob] B.O.B.> In addition to being your faithful Beta Tester, I
 also Use PCTools at work. It has a neat feature where in between disk
 swaps it keeps chugging away at files. I guess writing then
 temporarily to the HD & then spools them off to the next inserted
 Floppy. Any chance of something like this in DB?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> With the introduction of Multi-TOS that behavor can
 become a reality.  Part of the problem with standard TOS is that
 during a disk swap you are sitting in a "modal AES dialog box". That
 means that no other processing can take place untill the user
 completes the requested action.  With Multi-TOS concurrnet processes
 will become a reality.

 <[Beta-Bob] B.O.B.> thanks.

  <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Then you must have a falcon to be working on
 Multi-TOS compatibility, right? 

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Actually, I do not have my Falcon yet (very soon
 now).  But have been working with Multi-TOS for several months on my

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> What are your comments re: Multi-Tos? Is it great
 or OK? 

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Well, I'm somewhat limited by nondisclosure of what I
 can say.  However, I will say that I am impressed with it and that it
 brings an important capability to the future of the ST: True
 preemptive multi-tasking and concurrent processing. It opens up
 significant product opportunities for background backups and other
 concurrent processing needs.  I'm a happy camper with it :-)

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Thanks Bob, Dave?

 <[Dave] D.SHORR> Question for the Atari Disk Doctor:):  is an upgrade
 to TOS 2.06 required for high density floppy support?  I'm using 1.06.

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Yes, To use the Atari AJAX high density disk
 controller and high density disk you need TOS 2.06.  Third party high
 density solutions are available that do not require TOS .206 

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Bob, is willing to continue a little longer, so if
 you have a question ask now by raising your hand /rai. I have a
 question; what is the turn around time for mailing out DE? I trashed a
 partition at the beginning of this conference.

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> Well, yesterday it was one day.  But we ran out of
 the first press run and are getting the second in on Monday. After
 that it will return to 1-2 days processing time.

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> thanks Bob.

 B.HARVEY7> Dave, your turn. 

 <[Dave] D.SHORR> Bob, will there be any demos of the HiSoft programs

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> We are working with HiSoft to discuss which products
 can have demos prepared.  It is difficult to create a meaningful demo
 of a compiler, but demos of Harlekin 2 are possible.  A wonderful all
 in one ACC personal time manager/To do list organizer

 <[Dave] D.SHORR> Thanks Bob, my DE order went out on Monday<argghhh!
 :)>.  Thanx again for coming tonite!

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Bob, do you have much info on Harlekin? Is it a
 memory hog or is it quite small? I know it does a lot.

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> You can configure it to consume whatever memory you
 want to allocate to it.  It comes configured out of the box to use
 125K.  ST Informer is running a three part review of it, it has that
 much to cover. 

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> Wow!

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> We're drawing to a close for the formal portion
 of the Oregon Research Assocites' RTC.  Before I put the room into
 Frenzy Mode, do you have any closing words, Bob?

 <[Bob] ORA.TECH> I would like to thank everyone attending tonight and
 all of the people who have supported us over the years.  The final
 pricing and product availability for HiSoft products will be announced
 by the end of next week.  We will post a press release in the Library
 as well as in Cat2 Topic 42.  We hope to be moving to larger support
 area soon.  It'll be kind of sad leaving old CAT2 Top42 but progess
 and user support take priority. Many thanks,

 <[sysop] B.HARVEY7> I can't wait to see the pricing! I wish to thank
 you Bob, for making it here tonight. I also wish to thank all the
 attendees for their questions and patience.


        Oregon Research Associates' Technologies products include:

                                 Lattice C
                                 Devpack 3
                              HiSoft Basic 2
                             HighSpeed Pascal
                               FTL Modula-2
                                 HiSoft C
                                 Knife ST
                              Harlekin 1 & 2
                                True Paint

    Wednesday, October 28 is the Purple Mountain Computers Inc RTC. A good
 time to talk with Darek Mihocka about GEMULATOR; Don Crano about STEALTH
 PMC; and Oscar Steele about Floptical drives and PMC 's other products. 
 ATTENTION: All RTC attendees for that night will receive a DISCOUNT on


 > STRAIGHT FAX 1.06 STR InfoFile     Now supports the Atari Falcon030


                        STraight FAX! Version 1.06

     This version is a maintenance upgrade from Version 1.05 which was
 released at the WAACE AtariFest '92 on October 10, 1992. Version 1.06 adds
 enhancements to support the Atari Falcon 030 and the new AES 3.30
 (Application Environment Services) contained in the Atari Falcon 030's TOS
 4.0x and Atari's Multi-TOS. STraight FAX! is a send/receive FAX
 communication program for Atari TOS based computers. STraight FAX! works
 with industry standard Class 2 send/receive FAX modems and Sierra based
 SendFAX Modems. The STraight FAX! allows sending of FAX documents composed
 of standard monochrome Image files, monochrome DEGAS/DEGAS Elite
 compressed files, ASCII Text files (full GEM character set supported), GEM
 Metafiles (requires GDOS) and our own FAX file format. In addition, the
 STraight FAX! includes "Print to Disk" printer drivers for the following
 applications: Calamus 1.09x, Calamus S/SL, PageStream 1.8x, PageStream
 2.x, FSM/Font GDOS based applications such as Word Flair II and Original
 GDOS based applications such as Calligrapher. These drivers are used from
 with in the application to print pages of a document to our FAX file

     The STraight FAX! can also automatically generate a Cover Page that is
 sent at the start of each FAX document. The STraight FAX! also supports
 scanning devices such as Hand Scanners (via ScanLite from Dr. Bob) and
 Full Page Scanners (using our Canon IX-12/IX-12F scanner driver). Scanned
 images may be saved as FAX files for sending in a FAX document. In
 addition, when a hand scanner is used in conjunction with a scanning tray,
 the left side and right side scans may be automatically merged into a full
 page without any manual adjustment! FAX documents composed of the above
 file types may be created up to 255 pages in length. A FAX document may be
 broadcast to up to 100 destination FAX machines at a time, immediately or
 scheduled at a later time when rates are less. Received FAX documents may
 be viewed on screen at various scaled views, converted to Image format or
 printed using GDOS and the appropriate driver for the printer being used.
 The STraight FAX! supports full logging of all FAX transfers and utilizes
 an enhanced GEM user interface, with popup menus and keyboard selection of

 The STraight FAX! is available from Joppa Software Development for a
 suggested list price of $89.95. 

                         Version 1.06 Enhancements

   - The menu title in above the desk accessory menu has been changed to
     "STFAX" from "Desk". This allows a user to know that the STraight FAX!
     is the active application when running under Multi-TOS.
     The "About" menu entry has been changed to "About ST FAX!...".

   - The "Cycle Windows" command (Alt-N) will cycle the active View Windows
     by bringing the bottom window to the top. On cpus with AES versions
     3.30 and higher (Multi-TOS and the Falcon 030), the windows can be
     made to cycle in the reverse direction (i.e. send the top window to
     the bottom) by holding either Shift Key when selecting this command.

   - A new command "Select All" (Control-A) appears in the Edit Menu. This
     command will cause the Clip Area to be sized to the full size of the
     graphic in the top View Window.

   - A few of the dialog box objects have been colorized to take advantage
     of color monitors.

   - The STraight FAX!  has now been modified to work with the Atari Falcon
     030 computer running under TOS 4.0x.
     In addition, buttons will be drawn using the new 3D button capability
     present in AES versions 3.30 and higher (i.e. Multi-TOS and the Falcon
     030). The 3D buttons will not change to the selected mode (i.e.
     depressed) unless the left mouse is pressed while over the button.

   - The Send and Receive Logs will now show the status of transfers that
     have experienced unrecoverable errors (such as disk read/write errors
     and modem communication errors) and user aborts.

   - During the immediate (non-scheduled) FAX Send operation, the Send FAX
     Status will display the date/time that the next transfer attempt will
     occur during re-send attempts.

   - A few minor bugs have also been eliminated.

                         Version 1.05 Enhancements
   - If either Shift Key is held down when selecting the Save command in
     the Prefs menu, the File Selector will appear allowing the system
     preferences to be saved to a user selected preferences file.
     The user selected preferences file may be later passed as a parameter
     to the STraight FAX! (via the new GEM Desktop drag and drop method). 

   - In the Page Preferences dialog, a new option exists for the Failed
     Pages Popup Menu. 'Re-Send Failed Pages w/Cover Page' will cause a
     new Cover Page to be sent before the remaining pages of a FAX transfer
     made to complete a previously partially completed transfer, if a Cover
     Page has been specified for the FAX document.

   - In the Page Preferences dialog, a new popup menu exists: Page Height.
     The Page Height Popup Menu specifies the height of a FAX page that
     is transferred (i.e. Letter, Legal, A4 or B5). The Page Height is
     used during ASCII Text to FAX conversions to determine the number of
     text lines per page, for GEM Meta File to FAX conversions, for 
     Image and DEGAS to FAX conversions and for the Full Page Scan maximum
     page height.
     The heights will be displayed in Inches or Centimeters as per the
     Units parameter in the General Preferences dialog.

   - In the Receive FAX Prefs, a new option exists for the Auto Receive
     Popup Menu. 'Selectively Enabled' allows the user to specify the time
     interval that the Auto Receive mode is active. When this mode is
     specified, the start (from) and end (to) times may be entered by
     clicking on the Up and Down Arrow Buttons in the Receive Time field.
     The 'Always Enabled' option is the same as the 'Enabled' option from
     earlier versions of the software.

   - In the Print Preferences dialog, a new popup menu exists: Page Size.
     The Page Size Popup Menu allows selection of the size of the paper
     used in the printer of the selected Printer Device. The choices are
     Default, Letter, Legal, A4 and B5. The Default choice will utilize
     the Default Page Size (that is displayed at the bottom of the dialog
     box) that is currently configured into the selected GDOS printer
     Note: some GDOS printer drivers may ignore the Page Size and use 
     an internal page size that is not configurable.

   - When selecting files via the File Selector, a File Type Warning 
     alert box will be displayed if the extension of the selected file is
     not the proper extension for the type of file being selected.
     This alert box will present three button choices:

     Select    - Re-Display the File Selector to select another file.
     OK        - Use the File Selected as is.
     Cancel    - Cancel the File Selection.

     The user may change the default button choice by holding down the
     Alternate Key while making the selection. The default button choice
     will be saved with the system preferences.

   - The user may abort from an ASCII Text to FAX Conversion by holding    
     down the Undo Key.

   - In the Receive Log, a new command is in the Receive Log Popup Menu    
     that appears when an entry in the log is double-clicked on. This      
     command, Rename, allows the name of the FAX files that are received to 
     be renamed to a user specified name. When this command is selected,   
     the File Selector will appear allowing the user to specify a new name
     that the received FAX files for the log entry should be renamed to.

   - The maximum number of View Windows that may be opened has been
     increased from 4 to 7.

   - The Send Log and Receive Log limits of 500 entries has been removed.
     The Log sizes are now only limited by available memory.  The Loading, 
     Saving and Re-Ordering times have also been reduced.

   - The user may now print the entire Send/Receive Log or only the        
     selected entries in the Log. When there are selected entries, the     
     alert box that is displayed when the Print button is selected will    
     allow three button choices:
     All    - Print the Entire Log.
     Select - Print only the Selected entries in the Log.
     Cancel - Cancel the printing of the Log.

   - The STraight FAX! now incorporates more detailed error message alerts.

   - The STraight FAX! will now recognize all serial ports on the Atari 
     TT/030 and Atari Falcon 030 computers.

   - The FAX/Print Image problem with GDOS disturbing the status message
     dialog has been corrected.

   - The STraight FAX! now supports improved Wild Card support for 
     selecting multiple FAX Files at a time from the Send Multiple Files
     dialog box. Multiple FAX files may be specified at a time from the
     File Selector by manually entering a file extension of ".J??".
     All FAX files starting with the extension of ".J01" through ".J99"
     that exist will be loaded (up to the 33 file limit).
     Multiple FAX files may also be specified from the File Selector that
     is presented when the (Print) FAX command is selected in the File

   - The Company Name field in the FAX Phone List will now allow ordering
     of proper names as follows:

     A name entered as:
     will appear in the Send FAX Status and Cover Page as:
     First_Name Last_Name
     This will allow sorting the Phone List by a Last Name.

                         Full Page Scanner Support

 Joppa Software Development currently has available a scanner driver
 program for use with the STraight FAX! to allow direct scanning from a
 Navarone/ Canon Full Page Flat Bed (IX-12F) or Sheet Feed (IX-12) Scanner.
 Drivers for other full page scanners are being considered for development. 
 The Navarone/Canon IX-12 Series Scanner Driver has a suggested list price
 of $19.95 (US) and is available for a limited time for only $14.95
 (US)direct from Joppa Software Development.

                                FONT GDOS

 Atari Corporation's FONT GDOS is available direct from Joppa Software
 Development to registered STraight FAX! owners. The three disk FONT GDOS
 package comes complete with an Installation program, the FONT GDOS
 program, three Desk Accessory/Control Panel Module utilities for
 customizing the FONT GDOS setup, bit mapped screen and printer fonts in
 various point sizes for Swiss and Dutch styles, printer drivers for
 several popular printers and printed documentation for installation and
 use. The FONT GDOS package may be ordered direct from Joppa Software
 Development for $10.00 (US).

                              Upgrade Policy

 Registered STraight FAX! owners may upgrade to Version 1.06 by sending
 their master disk and $2.00 (US) to Joppa Software Development. Registered
 users outside the continental US should contact Joppa Software Development
 at the above contact points for upgrade handling fees. Registered users
 may also purchase the latest revision of the STraight FAX! users manual by
 sending the Cover Page from the current users manual to Joppa Software
 Development along with $5.00 (US). Purchase of a new manual is optional,
 as all enhancements are covered in the README.TXT file that is included on
 the Master Disk. Registered users should also contact JSD at the above
 On-line addresses to inquire about free updates via E-Mail. All prices are
 US funds, no checks drawn on foreign back accounts will be accepted. All
 other products are Copyright by their respective companies.

                       STraight FAX! (TM) Version 1.06
                    (c) 1992 Joppa Software Development
                               P.O. Box 214
                         Dallastown, PA 17313-0214
                     Tech Support Line  (717) 428-3231
                     FAX Line           (717) 428-0424
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                          Compuserve: 73047,2565


 > MAROONED??!! STR Spotlight               A MACAROON OR BIG BLUE??

     If you feel marooned working on the Atari platform you will find the
 following editorial interesting to read.  You will probably also find it
 depressing.  If the Macintosh world is shrinking, where DOES that leave us
 in the Atari world??

     The following editorial appeared in the October/92 issue of;
     Personal Engineering & Instrumentation News. Phone:(603) 427-1427


                          "MACINTOSH STAGNATION"

 by Paul G Schreier, Editor
     "Covering a trade show is one of the more hectic parts of working as a
 magazine editor.  Generally, even before the show starts your dance card
 is pretty well full of apointments--you bounce from booth to booth or to
 private suites listening to pitches on the latest products or upcoming
 plans.  If you're lucky, a few hours remain free for simply roaming the
 show floor, looking for a few gems, oftem from small firms who don't have
 the expertise for plugging into the press or who decided at the very last
 minute to bring along a new product."

     "In contrast, the recent MacWorld show in Boston was a breeze to
 cover.  And while some other recent shows have been slow from a
 personal-engineering, standpoint this one was almost boring. Beyond
 products with a more-general appeal, such as graphing/plotting software
 and equation editors, there was little new for me to look at. True, the
 Consortium for Laboratory and Industrial Applications on the Macintosh
 held several meetings that were reasonably well attended, but it seemed to
 me that those people represent a hard core of Mac fanatics rather than a
 cross section of the technical user population as a whole."

     "While preparing for the show, I called several companies that have
 traditionally exhibited, but many of them have decided not to particapate
 anymore.  Some saw lots of people pass through their booths, most of whom
 were curiosity seekers more than anything else. Those exhibitors gathered
 too few hard sales leads to make exhibiting worth the time and expense. "

     "From my office I can verify reduced interest in the Mac by the
 number of press releases for new Mac-based products, which has dropped
 off dramatically.  I can't think of the last time somebody introduced a
 new data-acq board for the NuBus, or the last time a CAE vendor came out
 with design-automation software for that platform.  It's even hard to
 think of any blockbuster Mac product for technical users that came out in
 the last year or so.  Instead, I'm watching firms that were dedicated to
 the Mac port their products to the PC, while some broad- based firms take
 successful Mac products over to Windows, and yet others have simply
 abandoned Mac product lines (and regret having made the effort at all)."

     "There's no doubt that the Mac market for technical products is
 stagnating.  I'm not positive why.  Some suppliers, especially those in
 design automation, complain bitterly about the lack of marketing support
 Apple provides.  But I think the answer lies closer to simple economics:
 the base of users with DOS/Windows systems exceeds those with Macs by an
 incredible margin, and the gap is widening.  Macs still are no bargain,
 and unless you really need one (they continue to excel in
 graphics-intensive applications--we produce this entire magazine on the
 Mac), you're hard pressed to justify it.  Maybe multimedia will bring new
 life into the Mac, but I'm not overenthused about that area, either."

     "The Mac's market penetration also ties into Apple's greed, which
 seems to have backfired.  That company kept margins high at the expense of
 a broadened user base.  It didn't face factors, such as clones, that would
 drive it to keep prices more competitive.  Until now, perhaps. Apple's
 just come out with a new "low-cost" line, apparently in response to the
 growing popularity of Windows.  But I suspect it's too little, too late."

     "This situation saddens me.  I like to see more options available for
 our readers not fewer.  And I will admit that I enjoy working on my Mac
 more that I do my DOS/Windows machine--but I'm working as an editor
 primarily with a word processor and page-layout software, not as a systems
 designer or reseacher.  Meanwhile, if you're looking to invest
 considerable money in a Mac-based system for technical applications, I'd
 suggest you reexamine that decision.  Look hard at the hardware and
 software support out there for your task, and be forewarned: don't expect
 a whole lot more in the near future."


     A lot of us in the Atari world have felt the same general frustration
 as expressed in this editorial.  Computer technology comes and goes with
 increasing frequency..i.e., is updated with increasing frequency.  Because
 IBM's and compatibles (which unfortunately included MS-DOS) got such a
 jump on everybody else in the PC market- place it has been an uphill
 struggle for every other computer company aspiring to capture the hearts
 and pocketbooks of consumers...After all how many computers is/was the
 average person going to buy when purchasing a home computer?  And what
 would be compatible with what they use at work?

     We all know that the longer we own a computer and spend our hard
 earned money for software to run on it, the harder it is to decide to
 abandon that in favor of another platform.  We become software driven so
 to speak.  We will buy a faster more powerful version of our computer but
 we will cling to our software until it is painfully obvious that it has
 been passed by.(8 bit users are a good example of how tenacious this
 tendancy is)

     Atari and Apple (according to the editorial) have seemingly been
 oblivous to this very fact:(as pointed out) the user base is what
 determines whether software development will cover a broad range of
 applications and how well it will be supported or updated.  There are a
 few ST developers that have hung in there but most have had to "port to
 PC" to make a living.  The result is that updates then become written
 first for the PC market and secondarily for the ST. (There are a few
 exceptions to this too, but not many.)  A sad note is that there were
 quite a few very talented developers who were forced by financial
 necessity to abandon the ST market.  I'm sure that some felt bitter at
 the lack of Atari's efforts to increase that user base in this country. 
 And even if their new pride and joy, the Falcon, becomes a viable platform
 for writing or porting to, these developers may never return because of
 that bitterness.  What a loss to the Atari community.

     There were always gaps in software for the ST.  There never was
 much in the way of engineering software such as schematic capture, pc
 board layout, mechanical engineering simulation/analysis, high powered
 engineering math packages, etc. (DynaCadd is a bright exception, but note
 that it is now available for the PC and, maybe I'm wrong, but I think
 practical considerations force that version to now get prime development
 time while ST/TT versions follow.  If I am wrong I will stand corrected
 ahead of time.)  CAD-3D had it's shining moment being a trend setter but
 in the end its author helped in the development of 3D Studio for Autodesk.
 Again, no doubt to help put bread on the table.  You would think that that
 would bring some notoriety to Atari computers but it obviously hasn't.

     Even some of the more mainstream software such as word processing,
 spreadsheets and databases had just caught up to some degree before they
 too were abandoned and passed again by the fast moving world of
 PC/Windows software.  Thank goodness that there does seem to be hopeful
 champions out there who are willing to pick them up and continue their
 development.  Desktop Publishing is the one area where ST software has
 been competitive with the other platforms.  When Calamus hit the scene it
 even set some precedents for other software to emulate.

     Will the Falcon 030 swoop into the market at just the right time? (As
 noted in the above editorial Apple is also coming out with a mulitmedia
 computer.)  Or will many people have the reaction that Mr. Schreier has to
 multimedia: that he isn't "overenthused" about it?

     I think the best case scenario would be that the Falcon DOES catch on
 enough to develop a real user base.  And then Atari tries to build more
 bridges to the DOS/Windows world than they did with the ST. Applications
 with DOS/Windows file format compatability would be a very important
 consideration for a clone user when deciding whether or not to consider a
 Falcon. (There is some file format compatability in ST applications but
 not enough and not always up to date with the latest in the DOS/Windows

     In spite of what I said above about Atari being oblivous to the fact
 of user base being the foundation upon which all else is raised, I would
 qualify it by the following: If any of us who has felt Atari has not done
 nearly enough to promote the platform we all love were suddenly put in
 charge of the company what exactly would we do to change the equation? 
 The harsh reality is, as Mr. Schreier points out, the base of users with
 DOS/Windows systems exceeds by a very large margin all other platforms. 
 It is ubiquitous.  As with all large consumer movements it has a life of
 its own.  I seriously doubt that the Falcon 030, no matter how well done
 it is, will make much of a dent in that DOS/Windows world. (a truly
 practical and cost effective IBM emulation add-on would increase the odds,
 but when the odds are almost astronomical to begin with what does that
 mean?)  I do not believe this is nay-saying; just realistic.  I think an
 apt comparison is the battle a few years ago over video recording format--
 VHS or Beta...which would it be.  Even with all of Sony's money they
 could not stop VHS from becoming the popular format.  Now, almost
 everyone who owns a VCR uses the VHS format.  How easy do you think it
 would be to get people to buy a VCR with another format with all of the
 current "software" being overwhelmingly based on the VHS format?

     Where are we, then? (How many times have you seen that question posed
 in magazines!)  Well, I have felt a lot of resentment in the past because
 my choice of computer was ridiculed without just cause by narrow-minded
 clone and (yes,some)Mac users.  They wouldn't take the name Atari
 seriously.  But in fairness I was probably the only person they knew who
 had an Atari ST.  And even if they had expressed an interest in going to
 see one (which of course they didn't) they would have been hard pressed to
 find a convenient dealer location to see one.  The loss of dealers is a
 whole other story.

     Now, though, I have settled in with the facts as they are.  If I
 had had the extra time the past few years I would have done all I could to
 try to "fill in the gaps" in ST software.  I truly love the ST and if I
 had more programming expertise I would try to write engineering software
 just for the love of the computer so that more users who need to "bring
 work home" from their jobs need not have a clone.

     The positives to the Atari market (yes, I do see positives) are:
 there is much more of a "family" feeling....A smaller user base
 naturally has more of a community about it....Even if the Falcon takes
 off beyond our expectations (and I think we all hope it succeeds) I would
 hate to see the Atari market get "too" big....Software support is
 generally less formal and more personal.  Software improvements due to one
 or two individuals suggestions are more likely to be listened to and acted
 upon....I don't have everyone at my office wanting to know if they can get
 a copy of the latest software that I buy. (Piracy in the clone world is
 matter-of-fact, second nature; especially if it appears on one of the
 computers at work.  After all, every worker will honestly "need" that at
 home to continue his/her work there.)  I use Orcad schematic capture and
 pc board layout software at work, as well as Microsoft Word and Pagemaker
 for Windows. But I have resisted getting a clone for use at home.  On the
 contrary, I was able to use my ST to write a utility in GFA Basic to use
 with Orcad.  And since I did purchase the DOS version of GFA to "try", as
 per GFA's offer last Christmas, I ported it over to my PC at work. (It's
 the only thing I've done so far which makes it one expensive, little

     This is more than I expected to write but a chord was struck in me by
 the editorial above.  I hope other Atari users can take solace from
 reading it as I did.  I guess it's true that misery loves company.  I
 sincerely hope that the Falcon 030 will do well for Atari.  I also hope
 that the Mac world survives because, like Mr. Schreier, I think it is
 better to have MORE alternatives not fewer.  Maybe there is a window
 (pardon the pun) of opportunity here for Atari.  I may likely be
 interested in buying one, as per my argument above about being software
 driven.  I will hang on to using my ST and its software just as long as I
 possibly can...I like using it and will continue to do so as long as the
 software I have meets my needs.  Who knows?  Maybe I or SOMEONE will still
 be able to do something about that software gap.  A well written
 application for the ST should port over to the Falcon without much

                              Best wishes to all you Atarians out there!

                                             greg matthijetz

     Permission to reprint this editorial was granted by Mr. Schreier on
 the conditions that it be reprinted in its entirety and that I include the
 circulation phone number for "Personal Engineering and Instrumentation
 News" in case anyone is interested in inquiring about subscribing.
 (Courtesy professional subscriptions are available to those who qualify.)


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - San Francisco, CA                        PLAGIARISM RUNS RAMPANT!

     Two very well known editor/publishers, one hard copy and one
 electronic, are quite upset after it was discivered this past week that
 their material was being used in another Atari hard copy publication
 without permission.  One item in particular, a report about a recent Atari
 Show, had mis-spellings in it and those very same mis-spelled words
 appeared verbatim in the offending editor's publication.  While the
 identities of all concerned are being withheld to facilitate an amicable
 settlement of this matter, further coverage will be afforded the situation
 if the offended parties so desire.


 Hi everyone...  Just wanted to post a quick notice regarding upgrades from
 2.0to 2.01...  I'm going to be out of town on business for two weeks
 beginning next Monday, October 26.  I'll be returning on November 6. 
 Although regular orders will continue to be shipped while I'm gone, I
 won't be able to do any upgrades until I return.  Therefore, if you send
 in your disk for upgrade and it doesn't get returned promptly, please
 don't panic!  We'll get them turned around as soon as we get back. If you
 could spread the word around a bit about this, I'd appreciate it.

 BTW, although I'll be out of town during this period, I will be traveling
 with my trusty old Stacy and will continue to communicate with all of you
 via GEnie.  I may not be able to get on daily, but I'll do the best I can. 
 Thanks for your understanding.  As you know, Missionware Software prides
 itself on customer support and we regret not being able to handle all of
 your needs during this period.

 - Detroit, MI.                                     CFJ'S SCHEDULE

 Hi folks.  This note is to let you know that I'll be offline until
 November 17th, because I'll be on tour playing guitar with the jazz-fusion
 group Hiroshima.  Just in case anyone's interested in coming to the show,
 here's a schedule:

   10/29 - Joliet, Illinois; Rialto Square Theater
   10/30 - Detroit; Fox Theater
   10/31 - Chicago; China CLub
   11/1  - Cleveland; Front Row Theater
   11/3  - Buffalo; (no theater listed yet)
   11/4  - New York City; Paramount Theater
   11/5  - Boston; Berklee Performing Arts Center
   11/6  - Richmond, VA; Byrd Theater
   11/7  - Washington, DC; Warner Theater
   11/11 - Atlanta, GA; Center Stage Theater
   11/12 - Atlanta, GA; Center Stage Theater
           (NOTE: the Atlanta dates may be on the 8th/9th instead...)
   11/13 - Orlando, FL; Bob Carr PAC
   11/14 - Ft Lauderdale, FL; Broward Center for Performing Arts
   11/15 - Tampa, FL; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

     If you need immediate assistance during this time, please call the
 CodeHead Technologies office at 213-386-5735, between 9am and 1pm PST. 
 See you when I return! 
                                             - Charles @ CodeHead Tech


     Old 'super snoop is at it again...  seems Atari may very well be
 involved in negotiations with Kodak Corp. relative to CD Rom technology as
 it relates to Photography etc..

 - Lake Tahoe, NV                      ATARI _IS_ ALIVE & WELL!

     Contrary to the "populist" beliefs, Atari Corp. is really quite strong
 financially speaking.  Everybody seems to have forgotten the "Tramiel
 Trust".  Jack Tramiel a very wealthy businessman before he purchased
 Atari, never really invested the bulk of the family fortune into Atari. 
 Time/Warner financed the entire deal at the time of purchase.  Therefore,
 it would stand to reason that a substantial infusion of capital will occur
 when it is deemed necessary by Jack Tramiel.  "Atari will have marketshare
 in 1993" it has been heard said in 'certain circles'.

 - Ontario, Canada                 AUTHOR OF MULTI-TOS TO JOIN ATARI

     Eric R. Smith, has made it known that he will join Atari on or about
 the second of November 1993.  Smith noted he was making the final
 preparations to make the move to the USA, (Visa, etc..).  "Its not a
 temporary thing being done to get Multi-Tos done, I'll be working on a
 wide variety of software projects including Multi-Tos."  Smith said.

 - Los Angeles, CA                  C-LAB is NO MORE.....

     Reported by D.R. Kerr, C-Lab, developers and manufacturers of the most
 successful Atari MIDI sequencing programs, Creator and Notator, is no
 more.  According to the newsletter from Steinberg/Jones, makers of the
 competing Cubase, C-Lab folded within the last few weeks due to "bickering
 about finances."  Gerhard Lengling, who ran C-Lab, is apparently looking
 to start another venture.  There is no word whether it will involve the
 Atari platform.  Hopefully, something good will arise out of the ashes of
 this devastating loss to the music and Atari worlds.

     Notator 3.1 was recently hailed in Keyboard magazine as the best MIDI
 sequencing program available on any platform.  They were also frequent
 advertisers in the magazine as well and appeared at numerous Atari shows
 across the country.  C-Lab products were recently supported by Ensoniq
 here in the United States.  Presently, there are two active developers of
 Atari MIDI programs remaining -- Steinberg/Jones and what was Hybrid Arts,
 Inc., Barefoot Software.  Dr. T stopped developing for the Atari within
 the past year.

     What does this mean?  Besides the obvious loss of support and
 excellent products to musicians, it is quite a blow to Atari.  Atari's
 only real foothold in the U.S. is through its MIDI abilities.  With the
 best Atari developer for MIDI gone under, that's one less assortment of
 software to support the Atari platform.

 - Sunnyvale CA                REVAMP OF AEO RUMORED TO BE IN THE WORKS

     Rumored personel changes, being heard of for the last three weeks,
 were brought to the attention of Ron Kovacs, Atari Explorer Online editor. 
 When efforts were made to verify the rumors with AEO's editor, the replies
 from Kovacs were inconclusive as he would neither confirm nor deny the
 various "rumored" changes being made.  Subsequent calls to Atari also
 provided no solid information relative to the rumored changes as we were
 told; "as of yet, no solid decisions have been made."


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