ST Report: 29-Jan-93 #905

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 01/30/93-10:32:32 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 29-Jan-93 #905
Date: Sat Jan 30 22:32:32 1993

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                WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (January 29)


 Download file FATCAC.LZH from  LIBRARY 4  of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO)  for a hard disk cache and FAT speed-up for TOS 1.0 and 1.2.
 Faster, more compatible, more memory efficient than FATSPEED.  Gives up to
 1000% speed increase when copying files  between partitions.  Includes GEM
 installation program  and no technical  knowledge require (please read the
 docs though).


 Download file AMIGAH.LZH from  LIBRARY  4  of  the  Atari  Arts  Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for  superb Amiga  graphics that  were converted.   A viewer is
 included in the archive.


 Download file HSC140.LZH from  LIBRARY 3  of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO) for a complete C compiler system for the Atari ST.  Includes
 GemFast v1.8 GEM programming  library.    The  compiler  is  based  on the
 Sozobon   compiler,   but   contains  many  modifications,  bugfixes,  and
 extensions. The compiler features an automatic installation process.  Just
 unpack  the  archive  and  run  INSTALL.PRG  to  install and configure the


 Download file C3NEWS.TXT from LIBRARY 16  of the  Atari Vendors  Forum (GO
 ATARIVEN) for  the official  announcement of the release of Calligrapher 3
 -- the next generation of the  Ultimate Writing  Machine.   Read this text
 file for  details about  the new  version of this powerful word processor.
 Information on upgrading from earlier versions is included.


 You asked for it and SYSOP*BJ Gleason has finally released it...

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   P     BBBB  A   A SSSS  III  CCC     55555 .  000

 The major change is that the serial I/O is now interrupt driven.
 Download the following files from LIBRARY 8 of  the Atari  Portfolio Forum

 PBASIC.EXE -  PBASIC 5.0 Interpreter ONLY, BASIC for Portfolio.
 PBASIC.ZIP -  PBASIC 5.0 Complete Package, BASIC for Portfolio.

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

     The last  weekend in  January, 1993 and still, we wait for the Falcon.
 Sure they're still shipping in Europe  in very  limited quantities.   Some
 say its  to make  room for  the two  piece Falcons  due in  March some say
 that's a fantasy.  Frankly, the bottom line is the old expression;  "To be
 or Not  to Be...  that is  the Question"..  And the question is the Falcon
 ever gonna make it and when will it be shipping in quantities?   One can't
 help but  wonder what the story really is.  We were stonewalled on the FCC
 numbers  and  now  the  overheating  questions  along  with  the questions
 pertaining to the SLM series of Laser Printers continues to go unanswered.
 Why?  Who knows!  

     One can only assume its because they have  no solid  answers to offer.
 The power  supply in  the Falcon  is it to be the same power supply we all
 saw last year at its debuts or, is it to  be something  different and less
 powerful?    The  SLM  compatibility  question goes unofficially answered.
 Why?  Probably because its a common fact that the Falcon is not compatible
 and even  if there  are third party manufacturers and developers out there
 willing to devise a solution, they cannot be expected to tool up and begin
 production  before  the  Falcon  is  a  reality.  So there you have it the
 question of the chicken or the egg.  Sadly the  ones left  in the  cold so
 far are  those who  took the big step to further support and back Atari by
 investing in an SLM type Laser Printer.  At this  time, they  have no real
 indication that  if they  invest in  a Falcon they'll be able to use their
 SLM 804 or 605 with the new Atari Falcon030.  That's sad.
     February is a short month and then MARCH...  we shall  see if  its the
 deluge of  Falcons hinted  at or if its going to be another replay of past
 years with the old, trickle of  product and  eventual lack  of real market
 share once again.  At this time the dealers have either the 1040STe or the
 TT030 to offer to users.  Since the production TT030 is only class A, that
 does not  leave much  of a choice to the home user or the few dealers left
 for that matter.   We can  only offer  a moment  of sincere  gratitude for
 those dealers who are continuing to support the Atari platform.

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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

     "My new office, which has a better view than my old one, is so far
     quite satisfactory. And Richard Miller is in my old office.  The
     Forbes article was a mish-mash and misconstrued article full of half
     truths.  We are anxiously awaiting the release of the Atari Falcon to
     bring us back to the forefront.  The article has given us some laughs,
     but otherwise has not affected us."

                                                  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

     "I've just returned from Asia, where I saw the first Atari Falcon
     production coming off the lines.  Let's hope this new offering will
     make it in North America.  I know that the specs are great."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92

     "We have not yet even given the machine to the FCC.  And we are only
     applying for Class B approval.  According to our "experts", it should
     pass Class B."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92

            "......  We are not working for Wall Street but to
        make money for our shareholders and only think long term."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 11/92

              FYI.... The Shareholder's equity is fine.... NOT!

                    The Stock is hovering around $1.12 

                    CHRISTMAS '92 has COME and GONE...
                          FALCONS    ....anyone?

                 By the Way.... Does the Falcon work well
            any... of the SLM Laser Printers??  NOPE!  NOT YET!



                  Computer Products Update - CPU Report
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                 Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #05
                             By: John Deegan

    APPLE REASSIGNS HYPERCARD - Apple Computer Inc. and subsidiary Claris 
 Corp. say they will move product development of future versions of 
 HyperCard into Apple's Developer Tools organization in the Apple 
 Developer Group.
    APPLE'S ORIGINAL BACKER DIES - Elmer Baum, the engineer whose $5,000 
 loan in the mid-1970s helped launch Apple Computer Inc., has died at 75 
 of kidney failure. Baum lent money to Apple founders Stephen Wozniak and 
 Steven Jobs for the Apple I computer board.
    The Apple II came out in 1977 and the company took off. Soon after 
 that Baum, who had worked previously at ITT Corp. and SRI International, 
 joined Apple.
    WINDOWS TO BECOME TRUE O/S - Microsoft is expected to brief key dev-
 elopers next month on its plans to combine the MS-DOS operating system 
 with Windows into one 32-bit product.
    Code named Chicago, the program is reportedly scheduled to ship with-
 in the next 24 months, and will bypass the limitations of DOS as we know 
 it now and make Windows a true operating system. At present Windows is a 
 graphical user interface between the user and the underlying operating 
    COURT DENIES SEGA RE-HEARING - Sega of America, has been denied a re-
 quest for a re-hearing of its copyright infringement suit against 
 Accolade Inc.
    The original suit alleged copyright and trademarks infringement, as a 
 result of Accolade studying the Sega Genesis game system and several 
 Sega game cartridges to learn how to make Accolade games compatible with 
 the system.
    APPLICATIONS, OS SOFTWARE MARKET UP 30% - Dataquest researchers say 
 findings show the worldwide application and operating system market grew 
 30% in 1992 and surpassed the $7 billion mark in factory revenue for the 
 first time. Much of the credit was given to Windows-based applications, 
 which increased from $848 million in 1991 to nearly $2.9 billion in 
 1992, a 238% growth rate.
    Preliminary figures showing the breakdown of worldwide application 
 and OS market share:
    -:- DOS, Down to $3,756,700,000.
    -:- Windows Applications, Increased to $2,873,500,000.
        (The statement notes this includes only Windows applications. 
        Revenues from the operating environments Windows 3.0 and Windows 
        3.1 are included in the DOS revenue estimates.)
    -:- Apple Macintosh, Up to $932,200,000.
    -:- OS/2, Increased to $72,100,000.
    The top five vendors in 1992 controlled nearly 74% of the revenue, up 
 from 60% in 1991. The preliminary figures for factory revenue estimates 
 in application software sales:
    -:- Microsoft Corp. Increased to $3,378,900,000.
    -:- Lotus Development Corp. Increased to $894,700,000.
    -:- WordPerfect Corp. Up to $643,700,000.
    -:- Borland International, Increased to $493,900,000.
    -:- Symantec, Up to $206,800,000.
 its 5-year contract with Supercomputer Systems Inc. of Eau Claire, Wis. 
 SSI has been working on development of the world's most powerful main-
 frame computer with financial support from IBM.
    Steve C. Chen, founder of SSI and a former Cray Research Corp. emp-
 loyee, had said earlier that SSI planned to begin manufacturing of the 
 SS-1 this year with full scale production due to start in 1994.
    "DOUBLE-SPEED" CD-ROM DRIVE SHORTAGES - Because of a surge in demand 
 for the "double-speed" CD-ROM drives, prices are not dropping as rapidly 
 as had first been anticipated, and some value-added resellers are 
 reporting shortages.
    While single-speed CD-ROM drives still maintain their low prices and 
 availablity, with the advent of multimedia presentations which demand 
 high-speed data transfer to produce seamless video, the need for ever 
 faster CD-ROM drives have become very important.
    Among the products announced at the recent COMDEX were a number of 
 double-speed CD-ROM drives which provide data transfer at greater than 
 300 kilobytes per second, about double the speed of most earlier drives.
    LOTUS POSTS 152% NET INCOME INCREASE - Lotus Development Corp. has 
 posted a 152% increase in fourth quarter net income. For the complete 
 fiscal year net income rose 87%. Lotus' revenue for 1992 increased 9%
 to  $900.1 million from $828.9 in 1991.
    AT&T REPORTS RECORD EARNINGS - AT&T Co. reported record earnings of 
 $1 billion during the fourth quarter, a 36.5% increase over the same 
 period a year ago when $635 million was earned.
    IBM CUTS DIVIDEND - Last week, IBM, the world's largest computer com-
 pany, posted its first quarterly operating loss in history. This week it 
 cut its quarterly dividend to $.54 a share, down from $1.21.
    IBM CHAIRMAN QUITS - John F Akers, IBM's chairman and chief executive 
 officer, has requested the board of directors to search for his replace-
 ment.  Akers will remain as chairman and CEO during the search, which is 
 expected to take about 90 days.
    COMPAQ'S EARNINGS AND SALES JUMP - Compaq Computer Corp. announced 
 fourth quarter earnings that increased 34% to $89 million (or $1.10 a 
 share), compared with $67 million (or $.77 a share) for the same period 
 a year ago. Annual sales reached a record $4.1 billion, up 25% over 1991 
 sales of $3.3 billion.


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                             PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
  On CompuServe
  compiled by Joe Mirando

     Ah, the brisk air of winter and all the visions it brings with it:
 Children playing in the snow, their parents fretting over the weather and
 road conditions, and new computer users asking questions about how to get
 the most out of their Christmas techno-gifts.

     This week's column is jam-packed with questions from users (both new
 users and experienced ones) and answers, tips, and useful information.
 let's take a peek.

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 Mike Marston posts:

     "I'm trying to use either an Atari Color monitor (SC 1224) or Atari
     Monochrome Monitor on a IBM PC.  Does anybody know if this is
     possible.  If so what video modes/resolution can I use them with and
     what modifications need to be made.  It seems like the color one
     should at least support CGA but i've been told that the scan rates
     aren't compatible with IBM modes.

     Second question has to do with using the SLM804 laser printer with
     IBM-PC's (mainly from Windows) I don't think anybody makes a board to
     allow a PC to print to the SLM804 but is there any software that can
     be used to print postscript or HP-PCL files from the Atari.  If that
     existed then I could use the Atari (Mega 2 or 1040st) as a print
     server for the PC.  ( once I got a network of some sort between them)
     can anybody Help??"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Mike:

     "I don't know if anyone has ever connected the an Atari monitor to a
     PC successfully but I highly doubt it.  Also the scan rates I think
     most are referring to are VGA (multi-sync) which come down to 30 (most
     do) and the Atari needs 15hz for low res)."

 Brian Gockley of ST Informer addresses Mike's second question:

     "CompoScript and UltraScript are two commercial Postscript
     interpreters for the Atari, there is also a Ghostscript PD prg out
     there.  Just copy the files to a floppy (sneakerNET)."

 Lee Zion asks a question that has been asked by more than a few in the

     "When will Atari reach orphan status?  CIS Mall support for the Atari
     line of computers is finished.  I normally check the Mall about once a
     month to see what is available.  Yesterday's quick check turned up
     only three vendors who claimed to have any Atari applications at all.

  -- CompuStore - CIS's own outlet for CIS programs and manuals. Nothing
     Atari specific!

  -- Computer Express - Although carried as an Atari vendor, I turned up
     nothing for Atari computers in a browse of merchandise offered.

  -- Sierra International - NO Atari programs.  Want to buy a T-Shirt or
     hint book for a game you can't buy there?

  -- SOF and SDI are long gone.  While I must admit that I did not
     contribute much ($$$) to their efforts, I hoped that collectively we
     could have made it worthwhile for one of them to continue to offer
     Atari products on-line along with products for more popular computers.

     Now Ron is considering consolidating the five Atari Forums into a
     smaller number.  While part of that is the expanded topic capability
     of the new CIS forum software, it could also be viewed as a lack of
     subscribers to justify the extended number of forums.  We are all
     driving further to get to our "local" Atari dealer.  I'm lucky
     compared to some.  He is only an hour away.   We eagerly wait for
     Bill's latest update to "Vendor.dat" so we have a source of

     My wife is making serious hints that I buy a "useful" computer to add
     to my Atari 400, 800, 130, 1040 collection.  She has even offered to
     pay for it!  She wants something with software comparable to what we
     use at work (in different offices) on a <yuck> PC."

 Jim Ness tells Lee:

     "Don't forget that, if your wife really needs a PC, there is the
     GEMulator product, which allows you to run ST software on it.  While
     we haven't heard much about it lately, I know that Darek has just
     passed out another beta copy to testers.  Wish I was one of them.  But
     then I'd have to explain to the wife why I wanted a $300 PC card +
     software to do what the Mega ST already does..."

 For those of us who wish to stay with the Atari brand (and those of us who
 are lucky enough to have spouses that stay clear of computers all
 together), the question of replacement desktops often comes up.  Let's
 face it: all though the GEM/TOS desktop is light-years ahead of DOS, there
 are ways that it could be even better.  Mark Saunders asks:

     "Can anyone advise me on the best replacement desktop for my STE?. I
     am considering Neodesk 3 or maybe Harlekin 2!. I have also thought
     about upgrading to TOS 2.06,has anyone done this and did they fit the
     upgrade themselves,was it easy?. Is it worth the extra dosh,especially
     for a switchable one because of the incompatibility problems for some
     of the games software,of which I have quite a few. Any advice or help
     greatly appreciated..."

 Tim Rule tells Mark:

     "I have reviewed Neodesk in depth and used it myself for about 2
     years.  I wholeheartedly recommend it if you have a hard disk (having
     more than 512K RAM is helpful too).  Without a hard disk Neodesk
     doesn't work so well.  The other replacement desktops are cheaper but
     not nearly as good as Neodesk 3 (Ataris though has the advantage of
     being in ROM)."

 On the lighter side (or not, depending on how you feel about such things),
 Haj Baxter tells us:

     "And in the "Hollywood-just-can't-keep-up-" Dept., A guy in Calif. was
     sentenced to 15 days ( for something ).  He talked his friend into
     doing the time for him instead.  No one suspected anything until he
     came to visit his friend in jail.  When thy searched him they found a
     gun, some Cocaine and his I.D.  Now he faces up to 100 years.  Smart
     guy .. But never fear, now you can Fax GOD.  Himself.  Someone in
     Jerusalem is now accepting faxes that they will go and stick into the
     Wailing Wall.  From your chips to his ears.   

     Who _are_ these guys?"

 Hmmm... wasn't that the plot to one of the Star Trek movies?  Yeah, Spock
 gets drunk and installs a faxmodem in the ships computer and faxes God a
 dirty joke about Doctor McCoy.  Well, as I remember it, it was something
 equally as useless.  Anyway, Sysop Brad Hall thanks Haj for the "inside
 track" on getting the Big Guy's ear:

     "I'll keep that in mind about faxing God.  I've heard He/She is hard
     to reach by phone, so that may be the ticket. <g>"

 The question of what it takes to become a registered Atari Developer is
 often asked by curious people.  Less often do they ask about what that
 status gets them.  Greg Wageman tells us a bit about what it entails:

     "I'm registered as an Atari developer, at the "hobbyist" level (which
     mostly means that I don't get phone support).  The official Atari
     documentation is extensive, and there are times when it is nice to be
     able to go to the "horse's mouth", so to speak.  However, when a
     question arises I always consult 1) the Atari docs, 2) the Mark
     Williams "Lexicon", 3) The Lattice C docs, and if I'm desperate, the
     Abacus books.  The Abacus books are usually wrong, but occasionally
     offer a tip that the others omit.  Mark Williams is getting dated now,
     so Lattice is going to bypass it soon.  The Atari docs don't always
     provide as much detail about things as 2) and 3) do (usually with
     source code examples), but 2) and 3) were obviously written from the
     Atari docs with elaboration and experience thrown in.  The Abacus
     books also suffer from a poor translation from the German.
     Fortunately, they are out-of-print.  Unfortunately, they are still on
     many dealers' shelves. :-)"

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 John Amsler continues his quest to find which programs are compatible with
 the Mega STe.  He posts:

     "Flight Simulator II, Chessmaster 2000, and Harrier Strike Mission DO
     run on a MegaSTe/TOS 2.06 set up; High Roller does NOT.

     I did some further testing; the following public domain/shareware 
     do NOT run:

 Azarian       Fast Poker    Naval              ST Blackjack
 Bomber        Football      Nova               Stoneage Deluxe
 Brick Yard    Joust         Plutos             Tunnel Vision
 Car 0.47      Minos         Mr. Potato Head    ZXYM

 and these DO:

     Asteroids         Floyd the Droid  Night Crawlers  ST Tac Toe
     Atom Smasher      Funjack          Oddson21        Star Trek
     Battleship        Gnu Chess        Oh-Craps        Star Wars
     Bnoid             Hanoi            Other Place     States
     Box the Dragon    Hill Climb       Panic           Stocks & Bonds 3.0
     Breakout          Intuit           Permute         Strathello
     Canfield          Invaders         Puzzle          Sweeper
     Celest            Joute            Race Car        Tank
     Cinko             Karma            Rayoids         Target
     Clue_So 1.51      Keno             Reaction        Tennis
     Craps             Kidsmath         Reversi         Trifide
     Daleks 1.0        Lexicon          Ripcord         Trucker
     Darts             Lifewind         Risk            Twixt
     Demolition Man    Lunar Lander     Score Four      Wall Street
     Dragon Maze 1.02  Megaroids        Sharks          Wheel of Fortune
     Draw Poker 2.5    Mini Golf        Slot Machine    Windowball
     Elim              Missile Command  Snafux          Yahtzee
     Flashcard         Monopoly         ST Nim          Xevious
     Flight            Motor 

 Bob Ledbetter posts:

     "TNX for ALL the info!  You said, " Flight Simulator II, Chessmaster
     2000, and Harrier Strike Mission  DO run on a MegaSTe/TOS 2.06 set up;
     High Roller does NOT."  Will Flight Sim II run on a MegaSTe/TOS
     _2.05_? If so, how?"

 John replies:

     "I _think_ it'll run under TOS 2.05; there actually isn't a
     show-stopping chasm of difference between 2.05 and 2.06 like there was
     between 1.0 and 1.4.  Unfortunately, the games seem to all run at 8
     MHz even if I have the machine set to 16 MHz.  Darn!"

 Clive Moore posts:

     "Being completely new to downloading pictures from bulletin boards,
     please could someone tell me what software I need and what king of
     files to use with it in order to display pictures on a 1 meg Atari

 Dazzz Smith, an old hand at these things, tells Clive:

     "Gemview 1.1m is a great picture viewer/converter, as is that old
     favourite Picview from John Brochu, if you want a full list of picture
     formats and compatible viewers, give me an e-mail, If you want the lot
     just to cover all the angles I can send you a few disks with the
     appropriate software on.

     P.s. Photochrome is the newest one, you may see a lot of files with
     the .PCS extender going around BBS's at the moment."

 Sysop Ron Luks fills Clive in on the rest of what he will probably need:

     "To download the picture files, you need a telecom software package
     that supports downloading protocols.  Just about every telecom program
     does.  CIS supports Xmodem, Ymodem and CompuServe's own B-protocol
     (the fastest and most reliable).

     Since the files will probably be compressed or 'archived' you will
     need the decompression utility to Un-arc or UN-lzh the files into
     viewable form.  These utilities are available in LIB 4 of AtariPro. 
     (See ARCLZH.PRG for a single file containing all the utilities and a
     user-friendly front end).

     Finally, you will need a picture viewer that supports the various
     formats of pictures.  Browse thru lib 14 of this forum and download
     the one(s) that look useful to you."

 In the "It works....  almost" department, Dick Barber posts:

     "Little news on that old work horse TEMPUS II:

     It does work with the Falcon (as reported over in ATARIPRO), but not
     by any means in all resolutions.

     Yesterday I learned during a call to the tech support line for TEMPUS
     that it works, but only in ST high resolution.  Apparently all of the
     features of the program work.

     We were trying to discover the answer to something else and just
     discovered this.  He was as surprised at our discovery as I was.

     In little ways, the world advances."

 Alex Kiernan tells Dick:

     "Tempus does indeed work on Falcon, due to its 24 bit address bus; we
     (HiSoft that is!) have the code and hope that we have found someone
     lunatic enough to convert the highly compressed German assembler
     source back to English. This would fix the 24 bit problem (2.11 is 32
     bit clean), meaning you could use it with virtual memory on Falcon,
     plus the video stuff is a lot cleaner (or rather it at least works in
     more modes). I know no-ones asked me to dig the source off my HD yet,
     so I don't know the details of anyone starting it but the possibility
     is there."

 David Hagood asks:

     "You mean you are getting ready to make Tempus work on my TT? I was
     quite miffed when Tempus crashed: it was the best programmer's editor
     for the ST line."

 Alex tells David:

     "I say I hope, I don't know what the state of the deal is, so it could
     all fall through; For what it's worth the German version works fine,
     the problem is converting it back to English."

 And now one of the things I've been waiting for:  An article in a major
 (read non-Atari specific) computer magazine.  John Amsler posts:

     "Hey, you guys (and gals)!!

     The February issue of Byte has an article about the Falcon030!

     The page-58 article is written by Tom R. Halfhill in the "NEWS:  
     First Impressions" section and is entitled "Atari's Falcon030 Leads 
     the Pack."

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Anderson Meyer tells us:

     "I am looking for an ATARI emulator for my Macintosh Powerbook.  I
     need something that is fast, and can run various types of ATARI
     software quickly and well.

     Any idea as to whether such a thing exists, and if so, where can I
     find it...?"

 Sysop Ron Luks tells Anderson:

     "At the present time, no Atari Emulator for the MAc exists. there's a
     PC emulator and the same outfit is planning an emulator for the mac,
     but its not available yet."

 Anderson then asks:

 "How about an ATARI emulator for a PC computer...?"

 To this, Ron answers:

     "There is an Atari Emulator that runs on a PC.  Its called the
     GEMULATOR by Darek Mihocka and I have one over here.  It runs on a 386
     or 486, but you really need a 486 25Mhz to have it run ST programs at
     the same speed as an Atari ST.

    Look for reviews (including mine) in the upcoming issue of Atari
     Explorer.  You can also contact Darek online in the AtariPro forum
     for additional details."

 I have often heard the old phrase "Be careful of what you ask for... you
 may get it" but it was not until recently that I have seen it in practice
 in the computer world.  Brian Gockley of ST Informer/MacDonald Associates

     "I would like to start a thread as research for an article in ST
     Informer. I am interested in getting your ideas as to what programs
     are needed for the ST/TT/Falcon line of computers. There are many
     great programs out there, but there are definitely some holes in the
     list. I am not looking for existing programs, just ideas; however if
     there is an obscure program that handles the task, then I'd love to
     hear about it.

     The main programs that I get requests for are as follows:

      o Better database (similar to FoxPro)
      o A good scheduler/datebook
      o A video editing program
      o A full 24 bit paint program that is rez-independent both in it's
        operation and its file loading capabilities, properly windowed and
        functional on ST through Falcons."

 Eric Hall tells Brian:

     "Yeah just a couple off the top!  REXX!  We've got it on MVS, VM, the
     PC, and even the Amiga, but hows 'bout a version for the ST.  Best
     little interpretive and compilable language around, no brackets
     required (curly or otherwise!).  Then throw in a port of XEDIT off the
     VM and you've then got the most powerful and flexible text editor in
     existence.  Then while you're at it toss in a truly full blown ANSI
     implementation of an SQL database with full dialog screen
     customization and completely flexible report formatter and, and, and
     that's just for openers. :-)"

 Boris Molodyi adds:

     "Real photo-retouching software (like Photoshop, Color Studio etc.) at
     _real_ price, not for 2000 bucks.

     Vector drawing program, with color support, like Freehand or
     Illustrator, at comparable prices.

     _Real_ word processor. Like MS Word for Mac 5, Write Now etc. 

     Money management, electronic file transfer etc.

     Etc. Etc. Etc. (In no particular order)."

     Well folks, I ran out of space real fast this week, so I'm going to
 have to say goodbye to all of you until next week.  And so I don't get
 hate mail from the Sysops on the Atari Portfolio Forum, I'd just like to
 mention that Compuserve's Portfolio Forum is Atari's official support
 sight (translation= If you want the best info and hottest files for your
 Portfolio, then just sign up on CompuServe and then type "APORTFOLIO" at
 any "!" prompt).  How was that, guys? ;-)

     See ya next week (same time, same station) when we'll all sit in and
 listen to what they are saying when...

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 > PERUSIN' GENIE STR Feature          For a chuckle or two.....

                               AROUND GENIE

 Compiled by Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.
 Here's a couple of humorous posts that I found in the Jerry Pournelle 
 Roundtable.  I enjoyed them, I hope you do too.
 From Nick Miron - cute taglines....
     Stupidity is NOT a handicap. Go park your car elsewhere!
     Junk-- stuff we throw away. Stuff--junk we keep.
     This tagline is SHAREWARE! To register, send me $10
     To err is Human. To blame someone else is politics.
     I'm fat. You're ugly. I can diet.
     Floggings will continue until morale improves!
     From the Department of Redundancy Dept.
 From B.BINDEL...
 These were originally used in mathematical proofs, but they can be 
 applied to programming problems as well

     I claim that -
        I can't prove it, but I know no one will challenge me
     It is clear that -
        It is clear as mud
     It is intuitively obvious -
        See "It is clear that"
     It is easily seen -
        If you have several days free time ...
     The proof is left as an exercise for the student - 
        Good luck. If you figure it out, let me know so I can use it next 
     This can easily be extended -
        I don't think anyone has ever really done this, but if you have 
        several weeks free time ...
     The proof of this is beyond the scope of this course -
        Trust me (But, I think I read somewhere that a proof exists.) 
     Without loss of generality -
        Using numbers is the only way I can understand this.
     It follows that -
        If you have several years and want to do the world a favor.
     And, by induction -
        Beats me. Looks like it should be okay.
     Implies -
        There are an awful lot of complicated steps here, which you 
        needn't concern yourself about


 > Atari Explorer Info STR InfoFile


              A T A R I   E X P L O R E R   M A G A Z I N E

  Volume 7, Issue 6       C O N T E N T S       November/December 1992
     <> Atari Falcon030 - U.S. debut

     <> Migraph PS-400 Wand - A full range hand scanner with optional
        document feeder and the latest version of Touch-Up.

     <> G-Man v3.0 - GDOS setup and management has never been easier.

     <> The Link - Now ICD lets you connect SCSI devices to any ST.

     <> Gemulator v1.00 - Emulator runs ST software on an IBM PC.

     <> GenEdit v2.0 - Barefoot's powerful MIDI Editor/Librarian.

     <> Tune-Up your Hard Drive - a feature by feature comparison of
        the two best choices for keeping your data safe.
        -- Hard Disk Sentry v1.3
        -- Diamond Edge

     <> The Lynx Line - Clayton Walnum reviews Pinball Jam and Shadow
        of the Beast plus Electrocop hints and more!

     <> The Portfoilo Files - Answers to the most common Portfoilo

     <> Three Books for Coders - From GFA Assembly to the AES, these
        books cover it.

     <> The Atari Clipboard - How to best use the Clipboard in your

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 > OPTICAL CPU STR Feature            Fast as the speed of light?


                               SCIENCE NEWS

                                 23 Jan 93

                       uggling at the SPEED OF LIGHT

     Researchers  have now demonstrated what they describe as  the 
 first  general-purpose optical computer.   This maze  of  lasers, 
 switches, and optical fibers occupies a space about the size of a 
 desk, stores programs, processes data, and calculates using light 
 instead   of  electricity.    Information  inside  the   computer 
 circulates continually in the form of light pulses--except during 
 the brief periods when light pulses are converted into electrical 
 pulses to activate optical switches.

     "Previous work in optical computing had not incorporated  the 
 stored  program,  although there have been  optical  processors," 
 says  Harry  F.  Jordan of the Optoelectronic  Computing  Systems 
 Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder,  who along  with 
 Vincent  P.  Heuring  heads  the  development  team  there.   The 
 researchers  can  program  their  optical  computer  to  multiply 
 numbers and perform other simple operations.

     "Our   computer  has  [roughly]  the  power  of   a   mid-60s 
 minicomputer," Jordan notes.  "It's got a very small  memory,  so 
 only  simple  programs  can fit into the  machine--but  they  are 
 stored and interpreted optically.   It demonstrates the principle 
 that  all of the components of a general-purpose machine  can  be 
 done in optics."

     The optical computer's most striking feature is that no  data 
 are  ever stored--even temporarily--in particular locations in  a 
 memory  chip,  as  they  would  be  in  an  electronic  computer.  
 Instead,  information circulates as light pulses through  optical 
 fiber loops.   "For the first time,  we have a computer in  which 
 the program and data are always on the fly in the form of  light, 
 eliminating  the  need  for static  storage,"  Jordan  says.   He 
 compares  this  mode  of operation to  a  square  dance, in which 
 everyone  is moving and partners must wait until they're next  to 
 each other to do the required figure.

     With  its  instructions  and  data  encoded  as  hundreds  of 
 thousands of light pulses,  the computer has nearly 5  kilometers 
 of  optical  fiber serving as its main memory.   It also  has  66 
 optical switches.   During processing, infrared laser beams route 
 light pulses from memory through the switches.

                       [Reprinted without permission
                 under the "reasonable use" interpretation
               of the 1976 Copyright Act. - John J. Amsler]


 > CONNECT IS OUT! STR InfoFile  "CONNECT is a new bi-monthly magazine.."

                         CONNECT Table of Contents
                             May/June '93 Issue

 CONNECT is a new bi-monthly magazine focusing on telecommunications from a
 user's  perspective.  Coverage  includes   the  major   commercial  online
 services, Internet/Usenet  and bulletin  board systems. The first issue of
 CONNECT (May/June '93 cover date) will be available in mid-March.

 Here is a list of the  feature articles  and columns  that appear  in this
 premiere issue:


 Telecomputing and the U.S. Constitution by Mark Leccese
      This article explores the current STEVE JACKSON GAMES v. THE UNITED
      STATES court case and its potential impact on BBS users and sysops
      across the country.

 History of FIDOnet by Kathleen Creighton
      An interview with Tom Jennings, creator of FIDOnet, who discusses
      how FIDOnet came into being, where it is now, and where it's going
      in the future.

 The Weather Underground by Ilana Stern
      How you can get current weather data and maps online, with a detailed
      look at the University of Michigan's Weather Underground.

 Intro to Packet Radio by Andy Funk
      This introduction to Packet Radio shows how you can get involved in
      one of the fastest growing hobbies in line
      and modem not necessary!

 Getting Online with a High Speed Modem by Dan Romanchik
      Some valuable tips for anyone moving up from 2400 bps or slower to
      a new high speed modem.

 Children and Telecommunications by Phil Shapiro
      Children can learn a lot and gain new friends online. This article
      gives tips on getting children involved in telecommunications.


 Connecting with CompuServe
      Columnist Jim Ness gives us the "Grand Tour" of CompuServe, touching
      on everything from 9600 baud access to recent changes in the message
      base software.

 Eye on America Online
      Columnist Julia Wilkinson gives an overview of America Online, one of
      the "newest" national online services with a slick graphical user

 GEnie's Treasures
      Veteran GEnie "treasure hunter" Jim Mallory is your guide to the
      many hidden (and not-so-hidden) treasures waiting for you on GEnie.

 Telecomputing the Delphi Way
      Columnist Dick Evans shows us what Delphi has to offer, including the
      recently added Internet FTP and Telnet capabilities.

 The Internet Gateway
      What is the Internet and what does it have to offer? Columnist Miles
      Kehoe gives us an overview of Internet, along with a few e-mail tips.

 Clear To Send (CTS)
      A review of COMMO, the popular multi-tasking terminal package from
      shareware programmer Fred Drucker. Columnist Victor Volkman tells us
      why the software has created such a COMMOtion in the IBM telecom

 Dial M for Macintosh
      Ross Scott Rubin, CONNECT's Macintosh columnist, takes a look at
      MacIntercomm, the new multi-tasking terminal package from Mercury

 Staying Connected for about a Pound
      Palmtops can be an excellent way to stay connected when you're on the
      go. Columnist Marty Mankins shows you how to take advantage of this
      fast-growing market.

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 by R. F. Mariano

     Its amazing  ....Does lightning strike twice in the same place?  Maybe
 it does.  Just this past year, we  went through  a very  similar situation
 with the  release of  a modified version of FSMGDOS and UK magazine files.
 The very same situation was generated by the same type thinking.  Sure, we
 where told  the FGDOS was released in the FNET and on certain private BBSs
 but the bottom line was really a statement of exclusivity.  This was wrong
 and it  was recognized as a mistake and quickly corrected.  Must it happen
 all over again?

     Making the release of Multi-Tos exclusive  to  one  pay  service  is a
 mistake.    Regardless  of  which  pay  service it may be.  What about the
 hundreds, perhaps thousands  of  loyal  Atari  users  on  the  _other_ pay
 services 'round  the world?   Perhaps  those users  don't count  or, so it
 would seem.  This type of thinking is totally flawed and smacks of a total
 lack of understanding of solid public relations and survival of a company.
 Atarians around the globe _deserve_ to have the opportunity to gain access
 to Multi-Tos  (they've waited long enough) from whichever pay service they
 subscribe to.  To do less than this  spells out  an alienation  of a large
 segment of  loyal Atarians.   Atari  might very well not recover from such
 wonders in public relations being perpetrated.
     Another of  the  thoughts  surrounding  this  mess  hovering  over the
 release of  Multi-Tos is  the public mention of whether its to be provided
 to the services for  download  with  no  charges  except  for  the connect
 charges to  actually download  the file(s)  for Multi-Tos.  Mention should
 never have been made referencing a cost factor at all.   The  decision had
 not been  made one  way or  the other.   By  mentioning aye or nay wish or
 thought, even as a personal  preference,  only  placed  undue  pressure on
 those in  the decision making position to do so and do so faster than they
 liked to.  This could cause  an adverse  effect upon  whether the userbase
 enjoys  a  favorable  decision.    One can only wonder what the underlying
 causes of these never ending PR blunders are.  We  do know  this, they are
 not in the "best interests" of Atari or its future.
     In our opinion, Multi-Tos should be made unilaterally available on all
 the pay services and only for  the connect  time charges  as a  gesture of
 good faith  and appreciation  to the loyal users who have "hung tough" all
 these months.  After all, it only the right thing to do.
     Ninety nine and nine tenths of  the  Atari  users  in  the  world want
 nothing more  than to  see this  company survive  and prosper.  But at the
 same time, most agree, perhaps its time the  Tramiels and  their entourage
 moved on  or, at least allowed the true professionals to get the job done.
 They have shown little or  nothing  in  the  last  five  years  that would
 indicate a  strong desire  on their  part to bring this company to greater
 heights than ever before seen.  Its been a constant  procession of bungled
 release  dates,  cancelled  projects,  huge  losses,  excuses,  vendettas,
 hirings and firings.  Will they ever learn?  Its doubtful, take  a look at
 the last  fives years  comparing each year month by month.  They're almost
 identical in happenstance except the models, features, updates  and prices
 change.  The mode of operation does not and has not.

     When the  smoke finally  clears, the most important facet for Atari is
 to come away from these  events  and  those  in  the  future  with  a much
 stronger image  in the  public eye.   A progressive image which portrays a
 real savvy of the future and how it can expertly be manipulated in Atari's
 best  interests.    Atari's  future  is  ever so dependent upon the PR and
 Marketing efforts of the company.  Nobody but  nobody can  do these things
 for Atari, they must do it for themselves.  They do not have the luxury of
 an abundance of time to accomplish these things.


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 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - Frankfurt, Germany                 ALWIN STUMPH NOW AT COMMODORE

     The  German  weekly  newsletter  PC-Woche  reports  that  the  boss of
 Commodore Germany, Helmut Jost,  has left  the company  and will  become a
 member of  the board of directors of ESCOM Computer AG, one of the biggest
 German clone makers.  ESCOM has some 150 stores all  over Germany,  two of
 them in  Karlsruhe.  According to PC-Woche former Atari-Germany boss Alwin
 Stumpf is going to be the new boss of Commodore Germany.  Those of you who
 have been  following the  discussions about  Mr. Stumpf's leaving Atari at
 the end of last year will certainly remember  that Mr.  Stumpf used  to be
 boss of Atari Germany from 1984 when he followed Jack Tramiel to Atari.

     According to my sources Atari Germany has laid off about 5 of the
 about 7 people who were working in the distribution dept. of Atari Germany
 effective January 1, 1993.


 Further verification
 From....Newsgroups: comp.sys.amiga.misc
 Subject: Re: CBM Germany
 Message-ID: <
 From: (Dr Peter Kittel Germany)
 Date: 21 Jan 93 09:07:36 GMT
 Reply-To: (Dr Peter Kittel Germany)
 References: <
 Organization: Commodore Germany
 Lines: 57

 -A friend of mine keeps having problems with the german branch of CBM.
 -So do I. So does our local dealer...

 Sorry for any inconvenience.

 -A friend of mine got an A3000 (one of the last) last week from the local
 -dealer. The dealer had this machine in stock for about 2 to 4 weeks.
 -But the machine was definitly one of the oldest A3000 ever built -- it
 -had no roms (at least no kickstart roms :), and booted 2.01 from harddisk
 -As some applications do not run on 2.01 properly, and the < 2.04 KS/WB
 -is known to be as stable as a bag of plutonium, I asked the dealer
 -about an upgrade to at least 2.04. He said that an update from CBM
 -will not be available as far as they know.

     Little he knows. He can get so-called "master-disks" with exactly this
 upgrade for old A3000's free from the Braunschweig Service branch.   There
 may be  problems in  the moment,  as they move to a new building (a *much*
 bigger one :-), though.

 -Another friend of mine ordered an  A3000. The  dealer asked  CBM Germany,
 -and they  said, they've got 12 machines still in stock, and confirmed the

     In such cases, they should talk to their "Vertriebsleitung".   I'm not
 in that department.

 -Another known problem are the hotline numbers. One has to dial more than
 -twenty times to reach someone.

     We had there two lines busy all day, but still much more people try to
 reach C= directly.  I always wonder why. When I have problems with my car,
 I also  don't call the manufacturer, but some service facility.  And don't
 tell me  anything about  their competence!   Ok,  hotline: The Brauschweig
 enduser hotline  is going to be closed.  How this will be solved in future
 is yet  to be  decided by  our new  management (Helmut  Jost leaves, Alwin
 Stumpf  comes  again  after  8  years  at  At***), perhaps someone here in
 Frankfurt will have to take over, let's see.

 -Q2: Could anybody from CBM anywhere tell CBM germany about these
 -registered user groups?

 Sorry, what group(s) do you mean?  You  see, I'm  not involved  with this,
 perhaps someone other here in Frankfurt knows more.

 -Q3: Is Dr. P. Kittel unable to receive private mail? I tried his adress
 -to get answers to these questions, and never got a reply, but the
 -mail didn't bounce, either.

     Hmm,  until  now  my  old-style  bang  path  address in my .sig always
 worked.  No, I did never get  email  from  you.  Every  mail  I  get, gets
 answered.  And I get much mail (so don't overuse this, PLEASE!)

 Best  regards,  Dr.  Peter  Kittel    //  E-Mail  to  \\  Only my personal
 Commodore           Frankfurt,            Germany                      \X/
 Wer's nicht kann, soll's bleiben klopfen oder Steine lassen!


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

                            STReport's MailBag

                    Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

 From GEnie's ST RT
 some good info about hard drive mechanisms

 Category 4,  Topic 1
 Message 25        Sat Jan 23, 1993
 T.DODGE                      at 02:50 EST
 two more cents.

 RLL drive encoding is at 26 sectors per track.

 IDE drives are 16 bit, although there are a few 8 bit like the Seagate

 SCSI II standard allows for 56 devices.  As for the data transfer rate I
 am not sure that it is defined in the standard but to the limitations of
 the electronics.  I know that a 16 bit Ultrastor SCSI controller can do a
 burst cycle at 33Mb/sec and a sustained 20Mb/sec, while many other
 controllers hover around the 5-10Mb/sec range.  Drives are plentiful at
 the 10Mb/sec range and are going up.

 The SCSI III interface allows for something neat, more than one computer
 attached to one drive and a cable length in meters(I forgot how many, but
 it is a considerable distance if you remember the 18" atari drive cable.)

 There are a number of IDE low level formatting utilities currently
 available.  And while IDE drives usually only allow for a MASTER/SLAVE
 (computer people are REALLY lonely) configuration, the makers of the
 Summit 305 IDE tape drive attaches as the 3rd device, and it is a very
 fast pc tape backup for around $300.

 As for what drive to go with???  Stick to SCSI, by far the better choice
 for the power user.  The drive can always be used on another machine if
 you ever decide that you need to move on/up, while IDE is limited outside
 of the pc arena.

 that's all

 Tom Dodge


 About Shareware FEEs and their validity...

 Category 18,  Topic 19
 Message 110       Fri Jan 22, 1993
 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead]       at 13:52 EST

 I guess the real "problem" is defining just what the "problem" is. My
 definition of the "problem" we've been talking about is "something that
 doesn't work for anyone".  The Atari shareware market has this problem
 (see note below).  On the PC platform, as I mentioned before, there are
 many shareware authors who are far more successful than CodeHead
 Technologies.  So obviously, shareware is working for many on the PC.

 I would expect that there would be plenty of shareware authors for the PC
 (or any other platform) for whom the concept is "not working".  But the
 same could be said of numerous retail software developers across all
 platforms.  There's no way that any method of distribution is going to be
 successful for every single developer that tries it.  I'm just trying to
 say that if it works for a substantial number, then it's not a "problem".

 NOTE:  Some of you may be thinking that I'm contradicting myself, since
 I've mentioned several times that shareware has given me exactly what I
 expected.  This would imply that it has "worked" for me.  This all depends
 on one's definition of "work".  I would define it as "making money", since
 that's what most people want.  While it has given me what I "expected", it
 hasn't given me what I "wanted".  I would love to make a lot of money in
 the shareware business -- I'm just realistic enough not to expect it in
 the Atari shareware market.


 P.S.  It almost looks like I've painted myself into a corner.  <grin>


 Category 18,  Topic 19
 Message 111       Fri Jan 22, 1993
 D.A.BRUMLEVE [kidprgs]       at 16:41 EST
 I dunno about that, John -- there's a lot of room in that corner.  In
 fact, I believe you are suggesting that at least one reason shareware is
 not profitable in the Atari market is that there aren't enough Atarians.
 That's also been cited many times (by myself and others) as a reason
 _commercial_ products may not sell by the thousands.  Of course there are
 no  statistics, but would you take a wager that piracy in the commercial
 market takes approximately the same percentage of "sales" as non- payment
 does in the shareware market?  Hmmm...There's a theory.

 I think it's fairly well-established that the PC market is huge, even 
 when you discount all the legions who steal/borrow all of their software.
 Yep, you are still left with a huge market of individuals who are willing
 to pay for commercial and shareware offerings.  If the same percentage of
 non-payers exists among Atarians -- already a comparatively tiny market --
 the size of the buying public is minute indeed.


 Category 18,  Topic 19
 Message 112       Fri Jan 22, 1993
 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead]       at 17:35 EST

 Yes, you are correct in your assumption.  I did not make it clear, but I
 am indeed suggesting that the overwhelming reason shareware is not
 profitable in the Atari market is that there is such a small number of
 Atarians left.  Of course, the main ones who have control over this number
 are those at Atari.  A commitment on their part to try to sell computers
 would go a long way towards solving a lot of problems for us all.  (Oops,
 gee I hope that didn't sound negative.)



 Category 18,  Topic 19
 Message 113       Fri Jan 22, 1993
 D.A.BRUMLEVE [kidprgs]       at 19:44 EST
  I just finished my annual accounting marathon.  Your phraseology looks
  absolutely upbeat to me.


 Category 18,  Topic 19
 Message 114       Fri Jan 22, 1993
 J.ALLEN27 [FAST TECH]        at 20:35 EST
 Time to wake up: SIZE OF MARKET, installed units:

    PC.....50,000,000 units in NA.
    Mac.....6,000,000 units in NA.
    Amiga...2,000,000 units in NA
    Atari.....100,000 units in NA.

 So if'n a typical shareware author on the PC makes $20K or $30K in fees,
 then the typical Mac author should make $3K or so, and the typical Amiga
 author should make $1K, and the typical Atari author should make...FIFTY

 Like I said, all shareware is...REALISTICALLY an "offering" just
 as casually passed out as the music from a sidewalk musician with a hat
 held out, and no one "sampling" the product is obligated to do anything
 but pay what he/she chooses to pay, if the product gave them pleasure or
 was useful to them, and they chose to make a payment...or drop a five'r in
 the hat.

 Shown in the light of the basic market size relationships, if an Atari SW
 shareware author collects more than $50 in fees for a program, he/she is
 doing average or better. I know that really stinks, but it is simply being

 If you have written some software, and wish to gain recompense for your
 efforts, and the % response that shareware receives isn't good enough,
 then publish and market the SW as a commercial product, OR don't publish
 it at all, OR publish it shareware and be realistic about what to expect
 in response.

 I just don't see where the problem is?


 About the State of Atari.....

 Category 18,  Topic 2
 Message 1         Sat Jan 23, 1993
 M.HERZIG [BeebleBrox]        at 21:02 EST
 Here are some VERY personal thoughts about the _STATE OF ATARI_ and
 computers and all.

 Last night at my user's club meeting there was an attendance of six people
 (no exception). I read about the (bad) _STATE OF ATARI_ in STReport (and
 not so numerous other magazines) all the time. I got three ATARIS at home,
 with two of them I experience some sort of trouble (hardware/software - I
 don't know) - but I don't know of a place that could check what's wrong
 with them, without driving out of state. All of that makes me think.

 Again, this is personal. My experiences are biased. I am not a
 knowledgeable business type. And I certainly don't have the latest

 I first got in touch with computers in 1983, when I got a job in a small
 computer store somewhere in West Germany (small town). The C64 was just
 starting to sell (at around 1000 marks a piece - just the console). At
 that time typing commands into the keyboards to load programs and such was
 common (right?). Everybody would have to know at least some computerese to
 be able to do anything useful. Even people playing games exclusively, knew
 stuff. In fact they knew more than anybody else. During the year I worked
 in that store there developed some sort of 'underground'. New games and
 other software would come out, employing the newest software protection
 schemes only to be cracked by some hacker a week later. It was more like a
 sport and a challenge. Could you imagine that all that 'illegal' activity
 sold many computers? (at that time software copyright laws were still
 being worked out over there). And would you believe me that eventually
 many of those that started out with a C64 and some illegal copies went out
 to BUY software? To crack some of those copy protection schemes is a
 challenge, those people are great programmers (...did I hear virus?). If
 you have heard about some smaller German software companies (no names,
 please) you know where many of these excellent programmers and hackers
 ended up. The point here: The lines between programmers ('producers')
 and consumers ('users') were blurred. The role of a computer was not yet
 clearly defined. (A little side story: Just recently a person from my
 user's group asked me if I sold any of the software that I wrote. No, I
 program as a hobby, it's very creative, it's fun. He wouldn't understand.
 Either you're a producer or a user! How about produser?)

 Into that exploding home computer market came the ATARI ST. Just at the
 right time. There was also the AMIGA. And the SINCLAIR QL, a little later
 the ACORN Archimedes. Damn, those were (at least) four VERY distinct
 computer platforms to choose from. Of course there were early Macs (very

 Needless to say, that at the time when each of these machines came out
 there was very little software available. Every early ATARI ST buyer will
 probably remember the never released GEM Write. All you got in Germany was
 ST Logo. A little later ST Basic. Looking at old magazines shows that a
 year later the avalanche of software had started. About half of the
 available software were programming languages and utilities (over there,
 at least).

 I don't even know exactly when ATARI started selling stock. However, it
 seems up to that moment, its only stockholders were those who bought their
 hardware. Going with their claim of their main goal being to 'make money
 for their stockholders' ST users were in good shape, then. Thinking about
 those early years, I can't get rid of seeing in ATARI a small, fast David
 running against the giant but slow Goliath.

 Who's to blame? With me not being an economist, the following is probably
 pointless, but... Doesn't the economy seem like a 'chaotic' system. It
 seems to have a life on its own and not care much about what WE want or
 need. Anyone who claims to be able to control that complex system can't be
 telling the truth (there are always some random factors in it, that are
 NOT considered).

 The people who make AMIGAs seem to be in trouble, too. The british company
 Sinclair...they are out of business since a while. I haven't heard about
 ACORN. All these Davids have disappeared, although many of their products
 were (and are) far superior to what the Goliaths have to offer. ATARI
 never came out with their Transputer (oh, did I want one of these). And
 frankly, the Goliaths seem to suffer, too. Only they have more fat on
 their bones.  Honestly, though: The computing power of the stuff I have at
 home probably surpasses that which has been used in NASA's Apollo program.
 Yet, all I do with it is write dumb letters and play stupid games (ok,ok).
 I have to admit it's more convenient now, than ever before. But think:
 Where is it supposed to go? Yeah, we will dictate our letters not to far
 from now. Yes, we'll have Virtual Reality games and productivity

 But are we being creative with it? There are the Producers on one side and
 the Users on the other. The line is clearly defined! Nothing is blurred
 anymore.  There is not much room for imagination. It somehow reminds of
 the comparison between reading Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and then seeing
 the movie. The movie killed the book.

 Obviously, ATARI thought about a new type of hardware, before they came
 out with the FALCON. I won't buy one for once - it's too much of the same,
 and the additions are too much of what I don't need. But there are many
 other people who'll get one (if they ever can). One difference to the time
 when the first ST rolled out: That was compatible _ONLY_ to itself. Is it
 possible that they tried to create their own standard and are now going
 down with it? Why are people so hesitant to work with anything else than
 Lotus or Word Perfect? If this goes on we'll have only two (rather
 standardized platforms left).

 They (or somebody else) need to come up with something _NEW_! And not to
 make money for stockholders but to further advance civilization. (ATARI
 should have hired Star Trek's Gene Roddenberry to throw ideas at them.) Of
 course the mass market is not ready for that. It's at a standstill. With
 all that computer power it looks as if people suck applications for
 digital sound, billions of colors and so on out of their fingers. We are
 at a point that reminds me of the MIDI environment: In addition to home
 recording, MIDI enabled a lot of _UNTALENTED_ people (sorry) to record
 mediocre albums and CDs. Flooding the market, drowning. No way to stand
 out, but to have a bunch of $$$ to be put into advertising. Do we need a
 Co-op? A group of people, making suggestions, developing the stuff in

 I am running out of ideas and time, but I feel this needs to be looked
 upon with a much bigger perspective.


 Category 18,  Topic 2
 Message 2         Sun Jan 24, 1993
 S.DANUSER [Soul Manager]     at 04:11 EST
 M.HERZIG - You raise many interesting points.  With the mass acceptance of
 computers, the "average user" has changed dramatically. When the first big
 home computer wave hit the States in '82-'83, consumers were bamboozled
 into thinking they _needed_ a computer to succeed in the modern world,
 but, as you pointed out, with the technology level of the time, users
 needed to be hackers to do anything productive with and Atari 800 or
 Commodore 64 (other than using it as a game console or door stop, that
 is).  Neither the hardware nor the software had reached a level that made
 the computer a tool that was usable by the average consumer.

 When the Mac, ST, and Amiga hit the market, things started to change. We
 began to see software use an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that made
 complex tasks seem easy.  With the advent of Windows (really, the program
 that not only saved the clone market, but catapulted it into the
 stratosphere), software is getting closer to the point where the user
 needs to know very little about the hardware to make it useful.  And this
 fact has changed the type of person that uses computers.

 The systems that people shelled out thousands for ten years ago are, for
 the most part, gathering dust somewhere, because people didn't want to
 learn enough of the technical aspects of the machine to make it useful to
 them.  Those that still use those old computers are mostly hackers, who
 know how to squeeze the blood from techno-turnips, or those who used the
 computer for one or two tasks for which the hardware is still suited (my
 dad, for instance, still uses the old 130XE I sold him to write letters
 and maintain his recipes).

 The average user today probably only knows the basics of their computer
 system.  They know it runs Windows, Word, and Lotus, and how much RAM they
 have, but they have know idea who makes their motherboard or what brand of
 BIOS they're using or what the horizontal scan frequency of their monitor
 is.  But regardless, these $1000 clones are getting a _lot_ more use out
 of them than most Atari 800's ever did.

 Few write their own programs; it's just easier to buy a commercial package
 or (if you're more technically inclined) look for a shareware program.  I
 used to write lots of little programs for my 800, but I've written
 scarcely a line of code for my ST.  The need (or maybe it's the ambition)
 just isn't there.

 Anyone else have some opinions on this?  I'm tired.

                                      Soul Manager


 Category 18,  Topic 2
 Message 3         Sun Jan 24, 1993
 T.EVANS21 [<Ted E.>]         at 08:37 EST
 Soul Manager & Beeblebrox:

 So, what's the point?  Atari is about to join the Sinclairs and the
 Acorns, and all the others who could not compete.. I hate to say it but we
 are all are using and supporting a dinosaur..

 Don't get me wrong, I love my Atari and will keep until I'm forced to move
 on, which so many of us are doing lately..

 Market strategies from Atari?? Are you kidding?? They have never had any.
 PERIOD!!  Look at the Falcon debacle now, if you want to see history
 repeating it's self, over & over.. S.O.S. Nothing changes from these

 I had a college graduation party for my twin sons, here in my home, and
 over 100 kids attended.. Not one had ever heard, or saw an Atari computer
 until they saw mine sitting here... That's good old Atari marketing at
 it's finest, fellas...

 I will always wonder what if?? What if Jack T. had not bought Atari in
 '84!! What if Ted Turner had bought it instead, or anyone else for that
 matter...... See what I mean??

 As far as the state of computers in general.. There have been many major
 advances in hardware, but the software has made quantum leaps. Remember
 some of those early applications??   Ugghhh!!  I believe that software
 sells computers..

 Later guys,

  <-:}Ted{:->  Sunday, January 24, 1993 - 8:15:36 am


 From CIS .... more about NAMM'93

 #: 36465 S5/Music/MIDI
     22-Jan-93  19:25:59
 Sb: NAMM tidbits
 Fm: Sysop*Brad Hill 75720,540
 To: All

      After a week of reading hundreds of reports from NAMM posted in the
 MIDI Forum (GO MIDIFORUM), I thought I'd summarize a few of the more
 interesting items, for the benefit of those who haven't been wading
 through the reports.  Interesting to me, that is; these are just the
 products which caught my eye enough for me to make note of them.

      The MIDI Forum did a great job of reporting from the NAMM floor.  I
 almost felt like I was there, but didn't have to deal with sore feet. Many
 thanks to everyone there for keeping us up to the minute.


      MIDIScan (Musitek) -- Forging ahead with optical character
 recognition for musical notation, this system scans a sheet of music,
 converts the data to Musical Notation Optical Translation, which can then
 be converted to a MIDI file and played through a sequencer.  The MNOT is
 displayed on a split screen along with the scanned image, with editing
 tools provided for corrections.

      Omega II (Dr. T's) -- Deep sequencing for the Falcon, ST, STe.

      SmpteTrack Platinum (Barefoot) -- Stefan Daystrom's high-end
 sequencing environment, supported very strongly right here.

       Vintage Keys (E-Mu) -- New keyboard, sample playback, featuring
 classic analog and early digital timbres.  BTW, E-Mu has been bought by
 Creative Technology (they make the Soundblaster).

      dataSYNC Plus (JL Cooper) -- generates MIDI Time Code from the "sync
 out" of the Alesis ADAT.  This is a great ADAT peripheral which plugs into
 the 9-pin port on the back of the ADAT.  It _also_ converts ADAT transport
 functions into MIDI Machine Control messages.

      QY-20 (Yamaha) -- Successor to the popular and
 ever-so-fun-yet-frustrating QY-10, the traveling musician's friend.  The
 user interface is enhanced with a surprising 128 x 64 LCD (surprising
 since the whole unit is no larger than before).  600 preset patterns!

      PlusOne (Korg) -- A ROM upgrade for the M-1.  New samples:  World
 percussion, flute, violin, distortion guitar, organs, EPs.  4 megs worth.
 I'm not sure what the differences are between this product and the
 T-series ROM upgrade which has been offered for quite some time.

      Toolbox (Third Coast Labs) -- A one-space rack swiss army knife
 containing widely-spaced power outlets, surge suppression, metronome,
 tuner, and many other useful things.

      -- Brad

 From Delphi's Atari areas....

  Use the Atari as long as it does the job..........

 47335 23-JAN 19:59 General Information
      From: BURNISH      To: ATARIO (NR)

  You say that any standard ST has features, speed, and available
  programs comparable to AutoCad, 1-2-3, and Professional File on a
  286-12 with math co-processor and VGA monitor.  You say "so what's
  the problem with making a living with the ST?".  Let's see:

  1.  I mentioned previously that if Atari offered a decent CAD
  monitor for use with a stock ST then I might reconsider my opinion
  on professional CAD use on the ST.  For my needs, 640 x 200 color
  and 640 x 400 monochrome are not suitable.  I need to be able to
  simultaneously view and evaluate the geometric relationships of
  work pieces, workholding fixtures, cutting tools, raw material versus
  finished part profiles, machine spindles, and, perhaps, dimensioning
  information.  I need to be able to legibly view various combinations
  of these features superimposed on top of each other.  The only
  satisfactory method I have found is to have them each drawn with a
  different color, which can be turned on or off as desired.  On a
  complex drawing, monochrome results in an undecipherable mess.  The
  Atari color monitor does not have adequate resolution for my kind of
  work (I might need, for example, to see if one arc is tangent to
  another - a gap of one thousandth of an inch would be unacceptable.
  This is not easy at 640 x 200!).  I'm not asking for the world - as
  I said previously, 640 x 400 with eight colors will get me by very
  nicely.  Do you know of something suitable that I don't?

     As for CAD software for the ST, I can't claim to have tried them
  all, but I did try several in the early years. First Cadd was
  strictly for beginners, as was Athena.  Drafix, as I mentioned
  before, had plenty of power for most things, but no ability to
  export drawings in a format compatible with the software that I am
  required to use at work.  Even the $50,000 Cim Link CAD/CAM software
  I use professionally on a Unix workstation will import DXF (AutoCad)
  files.  The people who designed this software realized that DXF
  import/export capability was desired by their customers.  There are
  excellent,powerful, user-friendly CAD packages in the DOS world,
  with DXF capability, that cost under $150.  As I said, I did
  download and try the DynaCadd demo.  I printed out the very thorough
  on-line documentation file and gave the software a good workout.
  The program is very powerful, but on a 14" screen (my SM-147) the
  icons and other controls take too much screen space away from the
  drawing.  DynaCadd will export DXF files, but compatibility is a
  relative thing - I have seen some really strange things in the past
  when trying to import DXF files created by various CAD packages.  I
  don't have $600 to risk.  Additionally, I was not impressed with the
  speed (try complex crosshatching, for instance).  My "local" dealer
  (Sheldon Winick, Computer Studio, Asheville, NC, 2 hour drive) is
  also a professional architect.  He uses DynaCadd successfully, but
  on a TT with 19" monitor.  He apparently can get by in architecture
  with monochrome.  He told me not to use anything slower than 16mhz
  if I wanted to run DynaCadd.  Since that would still leave me with
  the monitor problem, I think I'll pass.

 2. Spreadsheet programs for the ST are also worth a few comments.
  When I bought my ST in January 1986, VIP Professional was a
  highly-touted product which claimed 1-2-3 compatibility and "blazing
  speed".  I spent a hundred and fifty bucks to find out that it
  was incredibly slow and a memory hog.  Loading VIP left my 512k
  machine with only 80k available for a spreadsheet!  Scrolling and
  recalculation were painful to watch.  It was so bad that I bought
  PC-Ditto and ran it with 1-2-3.  This combination (remember, we're
  talking SOFTWARE emulation) was as fast as VIP Professional on the
  ST!  VIP was so bad that an issue of Atari Explorer reported that a
  stock IBM PC with 256k and 1-2-3 was twice as fast and handled a 15%
  larger spreadsheet than a 1040 ST running VIP.  Later on, a GEM
  version of VIP showed up, and I paid for the upgrade.  It was
  slightly faster, but the number of cells displayed was reduced by
  the GEM interface and, check this, it left me 12k free for a
  spreadsheet!  It wouldn't even load the home budget template
  furnished on the disk.  LDW Power might be capable and fast - I'm
  not really interested in spending yet another hundred bucks to find
  out when I KNOW that 1-2-3 works (and if you spend an afternoon with
  it, the interface proves to be very easy to use, in my opinion).

 3. As for databases, again, I am not truly current with what is out
  for the ST.  I do know that I spent seventy precious dollars on
  H & D Base back in 1986.  Best documentation around, but my God, a
  stark command-line interface and yet another programming language to
  learn (but not fully compatible with Dbase II - some of the syntax
  had to be changed to accommodate the Forth language used to create
  the program).  Bombs would appear at the slightest provocation, and
  by the time a more stable version appeared, Mirage, along with
  authors Holmes and Duckworth, had folded.  I bought Base Two, but it
  had no boolean search capabilities, making it useless for any
  serious work. DBMan requires extensive programming and, according to
  Ian Chadwick (whose opinion I respect enormously), is an unpolished,
  slow, and cranky product.  I probably should have tried Data Manager
  ST or Superbase, but who has the money after all the other empty
  promises?  I hate to have to say it, but PFS Professional File has
  all the power I need, is easy to learn and use, and Version 1 worked
  as-advertised right out of the box - I haven't found a bug in seven
  years of use.

  I'm perfectly happy using my ST at home, and I don't really plan to
  replace it with a 486.  I don't think much of the capabilities of
  the GEM desktop, but products like MaxiFile and Hotwire give me
  excellent control over my hard drive, and are at least as good as
  anything I have seen on other platforms.  I like Stalker, though I
  understand that it doesn't work well for everyone.  My favorite word
  processor is Regent Word II (does everything I need to do, costs
  $15.00 from E. Arthur Brown).  I have bought over three thousand
  dollars worth of ST software through the years, and I intend to get
  a lot more use out of it.  Given that I am not in business for
  myself, however, I would be very reluctant to try to make a living
  with it.  I would be wasting my time (again, in my field) trying to
  create engineering data that wasn't compatible with the DOS world.

  I enjoy these discussions - keep them coming.



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