Z*Net: 30-Jan-93 #9305

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 02/04/93-11:14:40 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 30-Jan-93 #9305
Date: Thu Feb  4 11:14:40 1993

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 Z*NET: ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE    Copyright (c)1993, Syndicate Publishing
    Volume 8, Number 5    Issue #489    January 30, 1993    File:93-05
 ** Publisher/Editor..........................................Ron Kovacs
 ** Writer............................................Michael R. Burkley
 ** Contributing Editor........................................Ed Krimen
 ** AtariNet Coordinator\Telecommunications...................Bill Scull
 ** Contributing Editor...................................Dr. Paul Keith
 ** Z*Net News International Gateway - New Zealand............Jon Clarke
 ** Z*Net News Service\AtariUser Magazine-Publisher\Editor.....John Nagy
 GEnie..............Z-NET  CompuServe....75300,1642  Delphi.........ZNET
 Internet...status.gen.nz  America Online..ZNET1991  AtariNet..51:1/13.0

        |#| The Editors Desk............................Ron Kovacs
        |#| Z*Net Newswire........................................
        |#| NAMM and Atari, 1993.........................John Nagy
        |#| MIDI Users Column.......................Steve McDonald
        |#| CompuServe Atari Forums.....................Ron Kovacs
        |#| Perusing GEnie..............................Ron Kovacs
        |#| Z*Net Computer Calender.....................Ron Kovacs
        |#| Falcon Compatibility Results......Cottonwood Computers
        |#| Connect Contents..........................Announcement
        |#| The Unabashed Atariophile...........Micahel R. Burkley
 ######  By Ron Kovacs
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 I want to thank everyone who has responded to the request we made a
 couple of weeks ago for assistance.  I am currently working on all the
 responses and will be calling all of you this week.  I appreciate your
 Ed Krimen, (The Perusing GEnie Column Guy), now works with Atari 
 Explorer Online Magazine and will participating in Z*Net on a bi-weekly 
 basis.  I will attempt standing in for him during his off weeks.
 In the Perusing column that I put together, I found a shock reading that
 ST Report Online Magazine was banned from the GEnie ST RT.  Those 
 messages have been included.
 Now a short editorial....
 For many years ST Report has been embroiled in a number of 
 controversies.  When I originally started the publication, I had never
 thought it would have turned into the "National Enquirer" of the Atari
 I resigned from the staff and gave the publication to Ralph Mariano in 
 1987, not thinking it would have lasted this long.  It has, and that 
 alone is an accomplishment.  However, the style and coverage is not 
 something I am personally pleased about, but that is the choice of it's
 Now GEnie's ST RT has taken a position regarding ST Report.  It has 
 banned all future issues from it's libraries and will close the ST 
 Report bulletin board catagory on Monday.
 Some will say that this is the reward to ST Report for it's continuing
 assault on Atari and Atari's employees.  Other will say that it violates
 free speech, while others will say it was a personal problem.  No matter
 how you label it, the final word on this stands with GEnie.
 GEnie is a newstand.  Simply put, the online magazines are offered for
 download by all of the online services.  Each service can support or 
 deny space for downloading for whatever reason they choose.  It appears 
 in this matter that the GEnie ST RT management feel that ST Report's
 benefits are out weighted by the problems that it and it's publisher 
 bring to it's userbase.  However, knowing the situation behind 
 the scenes, especially in past dealings with the editor of ST Report, 
 the matter exploded and the results are apparent.
 The attitude of Mariano, (see the response he posted), attempts to
 paint a different picture, one along the lines that the GEnie RT is the
 cause of the problem, and not on behalf of ST Report.  His claims state
 that GEnie or more specifically, Darlah, want to control the substance
 of ST Report.
 Z*Net has been publishing long enough in the community to know that 
 editing attempts by outsiders has never been successful.  There have 
 been problems in the past in regards to content, but they have always 
 been cleared up.  In the case of ST Report, especially when there has 
 been a problem with content, retractions and corrections never seem to 
 appear in any ST Report publication.  They do appear from time to time
 in messages on GEnie, but not in the medium in which it was released.
 Although I am not pleased by the actions of the GEnie ST RT in banning
 ST Report, I understand it and know that it was a difficult matter to 
 decide.  I am surprised that it took so long to happen.  That alone 
 shows the patience that has endured over the years.  Which brings us 
 back to what GEnie decides.  It is the GEnie management that controls
 the content of what appears on their service.

 They can also pull the plug on Z*Net if they so decide.  That is their
 choice.  The Z*Net relationship over the years has been satisfactory 
 with GEnie.  As suggested in email just received from a reader, we will
 not boycott GEnie in support of ST Report.  The management of ST Report
 should seek to resolve this and the rest of the controversies that
 surround it.  I am sure the regular readers of ST Report will continue
 to be updated on this, however, please keep an open mind.
 Thanks for reading!!!
 ######  Atari and Industry Update
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 Shortly before reaching its second anniversary of uninterrupted monthly
 publishing, John Nagy's AtariUser Magazine will be skipping two issues.
 Nagy has told Z*Net that the January and February 1993 issues will be
 rolled into the March issue in an effort to get back on a reasonable
 production schedule.  Subscribers will not lose out, as renewal dates
 will be back up appropriately.  AtariUser has a new staff, and is
 rebuilding its databases after taking over the magazine from Quill
 Publishing in late 1992.  The December 1992 edition was not available
 until late in December, and it became clear that AtariUser would have to
 produce three issues in only 45 days in order to get back on schedule.
 This would be impossible under good circumstances, but Nagy reports that
 too many advertisers are running late in payments and are generally low
 on funds for more ads.  When an accident while moving his residence
 broke Nagy's foot, flattening him for most of January without access to
 his (packed) computers, any hope of catching up via any means other than
 combined issues vanished.  "I really tried to avoid this, as 'combined
 issues' and schedule problems have plagued Atari magazines for years.
 It never happened to us before," said AtariUser Publisher and Los
 Angeles Attorney John Nagy.  The "March" AtariUser is expected to be
 released in early February, putting less than 60 days between it and the
 last release.
 Apple is expected to introduce five new personal computers next month.
 Apple is expected to break with its usual practice of pricing its
 computers at a premium to comparable IBM-compatible models.  The new
 machines are expected to be offered at lower prices than the
 competition.  The Macintosh Color Classic is expected to cost between
 $1,300 and $1,400, while the PowerBook 165c notebook computer is
 expected to cost about $4,200.  The Centris machines are expected to use
 Motorola Corp.'s 68040 microprocessor, with the two models costing
 $2,000 and $3,000.  The new Quadra 800 is expected to be used for
 networking and graphics and carry a price tag of $3,600.
 IBM cut its quarterly dividend by more than half this week and Chairman
 John F. Akers surprised directors by recommending they begin looking for
 someone to replace him.  Akers announced that directors had accepted his
 recommendation to begin the process of selecting a new chief executive
 officer.  Akers will remain as chairman and CEO during the selection
 process, which IBM expects to take approximately 90 days.  Akers, who
 reaches retirement age next year, has come under fire for allegedly
 being too slow to sense and react to the changing market.  Critics also
 said he lacked the resolve to undertake the kind of massive streamlining
 necessary to avert the company's massive losses.
 The New York Times announced a new service last week that offers, via
 fax delivery, articles that previously appeared in The Times about
 computers, desktop publishing and related subjects.  The service is
 being offered to consumers through advertisements in the paper.  The
 Times's article service enables customers to order copies of stories
 from past issues by telephone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The
 articles, selected from the Personal Computers and Peripherals columns
 that appear on Tuesdays in the ScienceTimes section of The Times, and
 from The Executive Computer column in Sunday's Business Day section, are
 available by fax or mail for $3.95 per article.  Announcements in those
 sections will list articles that can be ordered.  Customers have the
 options to 1) receive articles by first-class mail, and 2) charge the
 service to their telephone bill or Visa/MasterCard accounts.  Callers
 may dial 1-800-551-0159 if they wish to pay by credit card, or would
 like articles by mail; or 1-900-737-4446 if they wish immediate delivery
 by fax, with charges appearing on their telephone bills.  The Times
 plans to offer an expanded selection of articles and topics by fax or
 mail later in 1993.
 ######  NAMM AND ATARI, 1993
 ######  Eyewitness Story by John Nagy for Z*Net News
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 NAMM.  It's the COMDEX of Music.  Spreading out through hall after hall
 of the Anaheim, California, convention center, the National Association
 of Music Merchants held its 23rd annual International Music Market,
 "Celebrating the Global Marketplace" January 15-18, 1993.  Among
 football fields full of everything from guitar picks to recording
 studios, only ONE computer company attended.  Yes, Atari.
 Atari is clearly no orphan in this marketplace.  Musicians know and use
 Atari.  In the substantial music software area of the NAMM show, Atari
 equipment was seen in demonstrations roughly as often as IBM or MAC's,
 with as many as thirty Atari computers in use OUTSIDE Atari's own booth.
 Atari's name and logo were seen in many booths as the vendors boasted of
 their supported platforms.  Amiga's name was also seen, but I didn't
 notice even one in use.
 This year, Atari opted for a suite bordering the hall that featured
 electronic instruments and computer software.  The 40' by 80' room was
 draped in black and a miniature performance stage graced the far end,
 complete with lighting overheads, a full mix board, several Atari
 computers, and a simply huge (over 39") VGA monitor.
 Ringing the room were 15 workstations, manned by third-party developers,
 Atari personnel, and volunteers organized through the L.A. user group
 "HACKS", coordinated by John King Tarpinian and managed by Tara Jacobs.
 Represented were:
 D2D Systems, showing their direct-to-disk professional audio recording
 systems on the new Falcon.
 ChroMagic, a music education software manufacturer.
 CodeHead Software, showing MIDI and productivity software.
 Barefoot Software, formerly Hybrid Arts, with the Edittrack and
 SMPTEtrack series of products.
 Goldleaf, with more graphics and publishing applications.
 COMPO had their line of new MIDI and writing software.
 Thinkware, offering a variety of music software including Take Note 2.0,
 a music-reading training system.
 Dr. T's Software with a wide lineup of pro MIDI solutions.
 MGI, a newcomer, with MIDI file players and a device that allows use of
 the computer on stage without a monitor.  LEDs display status of various
 Digital FX, the hardware branch of what was Hybrid Arts, showed the
 latest in the developing line of digital direct to disk recording
 OKTAL, a MIDI software house, showed the remarkably complete and complex
 MULTITUDE series.
 Steinberg-Jones was represented by Chester Thompson (drummer for
 GENESIS), showing sequencers and advanced MIDI software.
 HOTZ Technology had Jimmy Hotz selling his versatile synth controller
 Five stage presentations were held, and features SRO performances from
 Jon Anderson (vocalist for the YES supergroup) as well as Chester
 Thompson.  But there were far more "names" in the Atari booth as
 spectators.  The first to arrive was pop-electronic musician Thomas
 Dolby ("She Blinded Me with Science"), who entered before opening
 because he had heard some much about the FALCON and wanted to see it
 first.  Others came in all weekend, and included Ronnie Foster, Teddy
 Riley, band members from Bon Jovi, Pointer Sisters, Jacksons, Natalie
 Cole, MAZE, Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, D'Cuccoo, Arsenio Hall Show
 band, and lots more.
 Outside of the Atari area and in the main flow of foot traffic, Motorola
 had a booth that was promoting the use of their DSP systems in new music
 devices.  On their front table was a single computer.  An Atari
 Falcon030.  No MAC.  No PC.  But according to the woman running the
 Motorola booth, the Falcon was a BIG HIT, with most musicians knowing
 about it and wanting one ASAP.
 Other fallout of the NAMM show: Atari's Director of their Music
 Division, James Grunke, was selected to be one of the five directors for
 the MMA, the Midi Manufacturers Association.  This professional
 organization is a powerful standard-setting group, and the word after
 the announcement of Grunke was that IBM Corp was quite surprized and
 perturbed to have been passed over.
 Other Atari staff on hand included Gary Tramiel, who was in charge of
 taking orders for equipment from the dealers in attendance.  He was so
 busy that he was doing team presentations to as many as three dealers at
 once.  Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of dollars were committed
 during the show, mostly for Falcon computers.  Bill Rehbock attended for
 the first days, and Mel Stevens managed the operation.  Mike Fulton took
 pictures for Atari Explorer magazine.
 Overall, the NAMM show was a hit for Atari.  It was a marked contrast to
 COMDEX in that here, nearly everyone knew and respected Atari as an
 important part of their market.  As always, the single spectre of
 "production" was all that hung as a cloud over the otherwise powerful
 and triumphant showing of the Falcon.  Nary a word of when a "tower" or
 other shape two-piece Falcon might be released, but Gary said "We've
 always said that other configurations would come to production as the
 product line matures,  we just aren't saying when."  This crowd was
 happy with the Falcon as it is--assuming they can get one, and SOON.
 ######  Reprint from AtariUser Magazine, November 1992
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 Making MIDI More
 Smart MIDI
 I suspect that if you're like most people I know, an honest appraisal of
 your bank account will reveal that trickle-down economics has trickled
 all your money down to some place other than your savings.  This isn't
 a comfortable notion for most of us who chose to pursue the world of
 MIDI rather than a more sensible instrument such as the Euphonium.
 Hence, Smart MIDI
 Smart MIDI is a simple concept, and it stems from the painful
 understanding that it's easy to blow a lot of money in the MIDI field--
 often for no really justifiable or sensible reason.  While some stores
 will let the customer pilot the sale, you'll find other music store
 salesmen hitting hard, fast and often, trying to extract as much from
 you as possible.
 Smart MIDI is simple to implement, though it does require (like most
 simple concepts) a certain amount of work on your part.  The work
 involved is hidden in the requirement that you ask three basic
 questions, and give them all your attention, being honest all the way.
 The first of those questions can save you a bundle of money.  The second
 and third, unfortunately, can actually cause you to invest more
 initially.  But the idea is that the initial investment will reap later
 rewards.  It's like playing the stock market--the risks are calculated,
 not random.  They're the chances you take when getting into MIDI.
 The first question to ask yourself--and it requires brutal honesty,
 which is where the work issue comes into it--is What do you Need Right
 Now?  Many people wind up with $1500 software packages because of
 unbridled enthusiasm, brute force salesmanship, and seductive ads.
 Sure, you might be able to play back Pictures At An Exhibition while
 flashing the Brill Building lights in the morse code for James Joyce's
 Ulysses.  But if you're looking to have a good time playing downloaded
 MIDI files and jamming with a canned jazz trio on the standards from the
 Cocktail Lounge From Hell, then you're $1300 and tax too high on the
 Be honest with yourself.  If you really only want to fool around with a
 limited set-up, don't rush out to buy all the Steinberg-Jones goodies on
 the shelf.  They're wonderful products, but you could probably get by
 with Band-In-A-Box for the Cocktail Lounge From Hell stuff (or perhaps
 Steinberg-Jones' Tango) while Barefoot Software's Edittrack Gold (or the
 upcoming Platinum) will take care of the MIDI files.
 And, yes, there's a possibility that you'll discover the opposite to be
 true, as well, which is where the second question comes up for
 examination--What do you need right now for your professional goals?
 While experience indicates that most people spend too much, many people
 try to get by with too little.  If you're involved in MIDI for
 professional reasons, you have to avoid being cheap if at all possible.
 Even though amazing results can be had with a minimal investment, MIDI
 shortfall will more than likely bite you at the worst time.  Maximum
 memory and as much hard drive capacity as you can afford should be
 primary considerations, as well as the best software for the job.  The
 major considerations involve the type of software you need for your
 work; do you need to have notation handy?  Many people don't need that
 aspect, making Cubeat a better choice than Cubase.  Do you need sample
 editing?  What about access to full-tilt SMPTE synchronization for video
 and film work?  MIDI Machine Control?
 The best way to start is to sit down and make a checklist and then prune
 mercilessly, but carefully, doing a lot of active research all the way.
 Read the literature, obtain the demos (a modem comes in handy for this,
 as most of the major packages have demos or slideshows on bulletin
 boards and information services.)  Ask a lot of questions.  10 PM on a
 Sunday night in a hot session is no time to find you really should have
 bought that Universal Editor/Librarian or that you should have spent
 another $100 for something that generate a printed part to make the
 trumpet player's life easier.
 The third question is still a matter of work, but it may be a little
 easier--What is the potential for growth in your career and your
 This isn't a way to obtain the freedom to be excessive in your spending,
 but once you've pruned down to what you really need now, consider what
 you might need in a year or two.  You may not need synchronization right
 now, but you might add a sync box in twelve months, or see a need six
 months away for SMPTE, making SMPTEtrack a better choice than Edittrack.
 Think about your goals before you make any final decisions.  The
 requirements for being the best jingle writer in town are vastly
 different from those for a sound effects genius, and you have to think
 in terms of where you're going.
 This may seem a bit confusing on the surface, but it's innately
 practical.  Once again, buy the wrong tools for the job and you shoot
 yourself in the wallet.  You'll hurt yourself financially, because
 you'll still have to buy the right tools.  You may hurt your career,
 losing gigs or projects.  You'll certainly do yourself some damage in
 terms of self respect--feeling like an idiot is no great pleasure.
 Don't get hung up on the Fellow Artist Syndrome.  One twinge of sympathy
 for the salesman and you're finished, stuck with a terrifyingly huge
 purchase while he's made a great commission on your error of judgment.
 Don't blame him--he's just supplying you with what you "really want."
 In the GEnie MIDI RoundTable, this effect is called "the MIDI sinkhole."
 If you've planned for growth, it's easier to bear the inevitable costs
 of expansion when the time comes.  Spend the money for a bigger hard
 drive now, instead of swapping that packed 50Mb drive for a 220Mb drive
 in a year.  Go for the maximum memory when you buy the computer, not six
 months down the line when you have to take the machine in for the
 upgrade, wasting time and effort.  If it's likely that you'll need it,
 buy a universal editor/librarian instead of a couple of cheaper
 dedicated editor/librarians.  Always plan with an eye to the future.
 The universe isn't static, neither are you.
 Smart MIDI.  It's not just a good idea--it ought to be the law. 
 --  Steve McDonald
 BIO:  Steve McDonald has been occasionally known to implement "Dumb
 MIDI" and doesn't recommend it.  He lives, writes, and records in his 
 Burbank, California home with too many computers and not enough cats.
 Reach him, if you dare, by FAX at (818) 563-1615, or address SM on
 ######  Compiled by Ron Kovacs
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 Every year we try to take a tour of the Atari related pay services.  
 This week we start with CompuServe.
 The CompuServe Atari Forums are the oldest of the many available.  All 
 of the areas are managed by Ron Luks, who recently celebrated 10 years 
 on CompuServe.
 What I have done is capture the areas and condensed them.  To focus on 
 each individual area now would be a task too large for this edition, 
 however, we will expand on them in future columns.

 1 What's New in the Atari Forums  +
 2 Atari File Finder  +
 3 Atari 8-Bit Forum  +
 4 Atari ST Productivity Forum  +
 5 Atari ST Arts Forum  +
 6 Atari Vendors Forum  +
 7 Atari Portfolio Forum  +
 1 NEW in Atari Forums (01/15/93)
 2 About the Atari Forums
 3 Weekly Conference Schedule
 4 SYSOP Names and User ID Numbers
 5 Atari Forum Help & Information
 Download file MGIF40.LZH from LIBRARY 14 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for version 4.0 of the MONOCHROME viewer for GIF files.
 Includes several general improvements and faster display.
 Download file SORRY3.LZH from LIBRARY 2 of the Atari Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for the computer version of the board game Sorry!
 Download file BSTAT4.LZH from LIBRARY 5 of the Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO) for version 2.44 of B/STAT.  B/STAT is a shareware
 statistical analysis and business graphics program.  It requires a
 minimum of 1 meg of memory and a double sided drive.  B/STAT can use
 GDOS if installed but does not require it.
 Atari Explorer Magazine has uploaded file ON_SCH.ARC to LIBRARY 5 of the
 Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO).  This program is a monochrome
 employee scheduling program.
 ICD has just made available their latest Host Adapter software.  Look
 for the file NEWHST.LZH in Library 7, ICD, Inc.  This file inlcudes
 ICDBOOT 6.0.7, ICDFMT 6.06, HDUTIL 5.03 and other utilities.
 Now available!  A demo of the eagerly awaited MAZE OF AGDAGON, the first
 multiplayer, multi computer, 3-D maze game for the 8-bit.  From the
 creative minds of Chuck Steinman and Jeff Potter, you won't want to miss
 this one!  File AGDEMO.ARC in LIB 10 [Games]
 Lynxsters unite!  Message section 16 and LIB 16 (both named LYNX) are
 what you're looking for.  Issue #2 of The Atari Gaming Gazette is now
 available for download!  Pick up the latest Lynx news, views, and hot
 tips from the ultimate Lynx source.  Available in both ARC and LZH
 format: AGG_02.ARC & AGG_02.LZH in LIB 16.
 Is Crime taking a Bite out of YOU, in the form of a certain Count??  If
 so, check out Tom McComb's hints for DRACULA THE UNDEAD.  File
 DRACUL.TXT in LIB 16.  Don't forget your notebook...
 SYSOP*BJ Gleason has merged a wealth of new files to our forum
 libraries.  Read the message base for descriptions or use the command
 BRO LIB:ALL to see these latest offerings.  Some are priceless!!!!
 All Atari Forums contain the following features:
 * LIBRARIES (Files)
 * ANNOUNCEMENTS from sysop
 * MEMBER directory
 * OPTIONS for this forum

 An international Forum specializing in graphics/entertainment-related
 software and information relating to the Atari 16-Bit (ST) series of
 computers.  Includes games, game data files, GIF/RLE/FCP picture files,
 Music/MIDI, Degas/Spectrum/Cyber graphics, CAD/animations, and related 
 viewers and utilities.  Type GO ATARIARTS at access this area.
 An international Forum specializing in productivity-related software and
 information relating to the Atari 16-Bit (ST) series of computers.
 Includes telecommunications, programming, utilities, applications,
 desktop accessories, printers/font support, etc.  Type GO ATARIPRO to
 access this area.
 The Atari Productivity Forum has a private area for communication among
 registered Atari Developers who are approved by Atari Corp. for access.
 To gain access to this section, send a CompuServe Mail (GO MAIL) message
 to Atari Corporation at User ID number 70007,1072.
 An international Forum specializing in the support of commercial
 hardware and software by participating vendors.  By using the multiple
 Message Sections, Conferencing Rooms, and Libraries offered in the Forum
 environment, many of the top Atari software and hardware developers have
 set-up individual online "hot lines" to provide their customers with the
 best possible support.  Type GO ATARIVEN to access this area.
 An international Forum specializing in the Atari 8-Bit line of personal
 computers.  Includes telecommunications, utilities, sound and graphics,
 productivity software, computer games, and programming.  Atari Video
 Game systems, including the portable Lynx unit, are also supported in
 this Forum.  Type GO ATARI8 to access this area.
 An international Forum specializing in providing information and
 technical support for the Atari Portfolio palmtop computer system.  You
 will find information in this forum for interfacing your Portfolio
 efficiently to your desktop systems as well as help in using your
 Portfolio for 'on the road' applications and productivity.  Type GO
 APORTFOLIO to access this area.
 The CompuServe Portfolio Forum has a private area for communication
 among registered Atari Portfolio Developers who are approved by Atari
 Corp. for access.  To gain access to this section, send a CompuServe
 Mail (GO MAIL) message to Atari Corporation at User ID number
 File Finder is an online comprehensive keyword searchable database of
 file descriptions from the Atari ST related forums.  It was designed to
 provide quick and easy reference to some of the best programs and files
 available from the Atari Productivity Forum,  Atari ST Arts Forum, and
 Atari Vendors Forum.  You can search by topic, file submission date,
 forum name, file type, file extension, file name or submittor's userid.
 File descriptions, forum and library location are displayed for the
 matched files.  Type GO ATARIFF to access this area.
 An area containing help an information relating to the Atari support
 services on the CompuServe Information System.  Type GO ATA-1 to access
 this area.
 Weekly Conference Schedule:
 Community Gab Conference
 Find out what's new in the Atari world and talk with other Forum
 members.  Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern time in the Atari Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS).  This conference is hosted by Forum members Bill and Pattie
 Portfolio Conference
 Share tips on using the Portfolio and get your questions answered.
 Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern time in the Atari Portfolio Forum (GO
 APORTFOLIO).  This conference is hosted by SYSOP*John Knight.
 Programmers/Technical Conference
 Fridays at 10:00 PM Eastern time in the Atari Productivity Forum (GO
 ATARIPRO).  This conference is hosted by SYSOP*David Ramsden.
 Atari 8-Bit Conference
 Sundays at 9:00 PM Eastern time in the Atari 8-Bit Forum (GO ATARI8).
 This conference is hosted by the 8-bit sysops.

 SYSOP Names and User ID Numbers
 The overall Forum Manager/SYSOP and contract holder for all of the Atari
 Forums on CompuServe is:
 SYSOP*Ron Luks           76703,254
 Assisting Ron in the maintenance of the Atari Forums are:
 SYSOP*Mike Schoenbach    76703,4363
 SYSOP*Dan Rhea           76703,4364
 SYSOP*Bill Aycock        76703,4061
 SYSOP*Keith Joins        76702,375
 SYSOP*Bob Retelle        76702,1466
 SYSOP*David Ramsden      76703,4224
 SYSOP*John Davis         76711,127
 SYSOP*Don LeBow          76704,41
 SYSOP*Bob Puff           76702,1076

 1 About File Finder
 2 Instructions For Searching
 3 How to Locate Keywords
 4 Access File Finder
 5 Your Comments About File Finder
 Atari File Finder
 File Finder is an online comprehensive keyword searchable database of
 file descriptions from Atari related forums.  It was designed to provide
 quick and easy reference to some of the best programs and files
 available in the following forums:
 Atari Productivity Forum
 Atari ST Arts Forum
 Atari Vendors Forum

 Browsing through files has never been easier or more time efficient.
 File Finder provides you with seven common search criteria for quickly
 finding the location of a wanted file or files.  You can search by
 topic, file submission date, forum name, file type, file extension, file
 name or submittor's userid.  File descriptions, forum and library
 location are displayed for the matched files giving instant information
 on where to find a most wanted file.
 Instructions For Searching
 The File Finder database consists of files from various CompuServe Forum
 Libraries.  This database allows you to search for files under the
 various criteria, which are listed below.  The area also gives you the
 date the file was uploaded, the Forum where you can download the file,
 the library where the file resides, and a description of the file.
 You can locate your file of interest by using the search procedure that
 is available from the menu and based on one or more of the following
 You are prompted for the keywords you would like the software to search
 by.  This would be useful when you would like to find a file relating to
 a certain topic, but you are unsure of the filename.  If you would like
 help in locating keywords, choose choice 3 from the preceding menu.
 This search criteria selection will allow you to search the database for
 files submitted during a specific time period.  You will be prompted for
 the upper and lower limits of the range.
 If you know that a file was submitted to a forum during a certain period
 of time, you might use this method to locate the file.
 Searching by Forum Name will allow you to select the forum you want to
 search from.  You will be given a menu of available Forums.  If you know
 the forum where a file resides, you can search that particular forum
 under any of the other search criteria that are listed.
 You will be prompted for the type of file you would like to search by.
 Your choices are:
 This option will allow you to search a file by its extension, such as
 If you know the exact filename, this option will allow you to search for
 the file by name.
 This criteria will allow you to search for the files in the database
 that were uploaded by a particular User ID#.
 Should your search criteria come up with nothing, you will be prompted
 for your "Next Action", which could be:
 1.  Begin New Search
 2.  Restore Previous Selection Set
 After a search has been completed, if the number of files found is
 larger than 19, you will be prompted to take an additional action.  Your
 options would be:
 1.  Display Selections
 2.  Narrow the Search
 3.  Begin a new search
 Option 1 will allow you to look at the files that have met the criteria
 that you specified in your search.  When you choose to display the
 selections, you will be presented with a menu.  Once you select a file
 from the menu, you will see the forum name, the library number of the
 file and the filename.
 By selecting option 2, you will be able to continue to do a search using
 the selection set that was created by your initial search.
 Option 3, will allow you to start all over and begin a new search
 through the database.
 If your search criteria comes up with less than 19 files, the filenames
 will be displayed to you and you can select the file that you would like
 to review.
 How to Locate Keywords

 Since the keyword list for the entire database is rather extensive, you
 may search for particular keywords by entering the entire word, the
 first few letters of a word, or if you wish, typing one letter will
 retrieve all the keywords beginning with that letter.  The number
 following each keyword denotes the number of files that can be found by
 searching on that word.
 Enter Beginning Letters of Keyword: ZN
 ZNET                   (57)
 Access File Finder
 Files are current as of: 18-Jan-93

 1 Keyword
 2 Submission Date
 3 Forum Name
 4 File Type
 5 File Extension
 6 File Name
 7 File Submitter (By User ID)
 Enter choice !1
 Enter Search Term: ZNET
 Search results: 57 file(s) found
 1 Display Menu of Files
 2 Narrow the Selection
 3 Begin a New Search
 Last page, enter choice !1
  1 Great Skull Animation by the CyberPunk!
  2 Atari girls captured by ZNET ONLINE
  3 Pictures from Cebit from Z*NET
  4 Atari CD-Player captured by Z*NET ONLINE
  5 Atari TT pictures from ZNET ONLINE
  6 Non-Playable demo of F16 Pursuit
  7 SKATE Tribe game
  8 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #14
  9 Atari Explorer Online -- Issue #1
 10 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #4
 11 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #5
 12 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #7
 13 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #8
 14 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #9
 15 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #10
 16 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #11
 17 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #12
 18 Atari Explorer Online Magazine - Issue #15
 19 Atari Explorer On-Line #16 & #17.
 20 Atari Explorer Online Magazine Announced!
 49 Z*Net Atari Online Magazine - Issue #93-02
 51 Z*Net PC Online Magazine Index to Issue #33
 54 Z-NET PC #25 TABLE OF CONTENTS  2/9/92
 55 AtariUser Magazine Cover Captured, Spectrum Pic
 56 Press Release - Z*Net and Atari Explorer Online
 57 Install a 32K buffer in Panasonic KXP1124 (Z*Net)

 In future columns we will look at other Atari Forums and other pay

 ######  Compiled by Ron Kovacs
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 Category 24,  Topic 7
 Message 1         Fri Jan 29, 1993
 DARLAH [RT~SYSOP]            at 16:58 EST
 After many attempts by all parties involved it has become clear that the
 relationship between STReport and the Atari RoundTables on GEnie will
 not improve enough to warrant our continued support.  Therefore,
 effective immediately, we will no longer accept issues of STReport.
 Effective Monday, February 1, 1993, we will be closing Category 24.  On
 behalf of the Atari Roundtables on GEnie I sincerely apologize for any
 inconvenience this might cause our valued customers.
 Sincerely Darlah J. Potechin Atari Roundtables
 Category 24,  Topic 5
 Message 65        Fri Jan 29, 1993
 D.JACOBSON2 [Dana]           at 22:31 EST
 I find the message in Topic 7 to be quite insulting.  Not only is it
 insulting to the staff of STReport, but to the GEnie users who look for
 STReport on GEnie.  I can surmise why this issue has come up due to the
 ABCO ad containing PC items (I never even noticed it until someone made
 a reference to it).  I don't buy this reasoning whatsoever.  If it were
 so, why have there been _numerous_ articles, reviews, downloads, and
 messages in the Atari RT pertaining to the GEMulator?  Certainly, this
 piece of hardware and related articles, etc. are directly related to
 specific use for PC-based machines.  In today's current computer market,
 many users use more than one platform.  To have a small inclusion that
 ABCO also sells PC hardware is nothing new.  I view this entire fiasco
 as another excuse to censor Ralph Mariano, STReport, and ABCO - nothing
 more.  It's truly a sad state of affairs to see such actions being taken
 and explained away as an ST RT policy when it is clearly a personal
 problem.  I wish that I could say that I am surprised, but I have been
 seeing this happen more often than not, and knew some trumped-up excuse
 would eventually be used.  How many times has this happened in the past
 year or so?  Unbelieveable, to say the least.  I hope the folks in the
 ST RT are feeling proud of themselves.   Sigh.
             Dana @ STReport International Online Magazine
 Category 24,  Topic 5
 Message 66        Sat Jan 30, 1993
 J.CLARKE6 [Jon Clarke]       at 06:07 EST

 It has been long stated that STReport and Abco are not related by STR so
 why do you not only use them in one sentence but also stand up for ABCO
 do you have a undeclared interest in ABCO as well?
 Enquiring minds ... etc

 Jon Clarke @ Home using his ST for once rather than a AS400
 Category 24,  Topic 5
 Message 67        Sat Jan 30, 1993
 ST.REPORT [Ralph]            at 08:14 EST
 Here we go again folks...  STReport refuses to drop to its knees and
 allow Darlah and her minions to "edit" the contents of STReport, we
 refuse  to not  tell it  like it is and what happens.  "SHUT THEM DOWN!"
 Thats what happens.  How very original.  <smirk>
 We too, regret and  apologize  to  see  such  behavior  from the
 leadership of  this RT  but then.. it is not new.  We have seen this
 sort of happenstance to  one degree  or another  over the  last five
 years.    The  permitted  lynch  mobs,  the  permitted  baiting, the
 permitted badgering and the ultimate open  censoring and ostracizing of
 all  who would dare to criticize or simply publicly disagree with
 "Queen" Darlah and the members of her "court".
 This is a regrettable time in the era  of Atari, the company is failing
 miserably,  dealers and  developers are  dropping like flies and what do
 we  see??    More  belligerency  than  one  can possibly imagine.    The
 purpose is to shut STReport  up.   To put a stop to STReport's incisive
 reporting of the truthful happenings and the way they really  are
 happening.   Not the way the minions would have you believe.  The recent
 FCC thing relative to  the Falcon  and the fact of  the  TT  being class
 B  but  never  produced  in  the  class B configuration.  To name a few
 recent truths that made them uneasy.
 We see this week's table of contents is deleted... well  in this week's
 issue  is  the  truth  about  what  is _really_ happening in Europe..
 I guess they don't want the  truth in  the "Darlah"  ST RT any longer.
 Darlah; you've  obviously made  your decision  to hack and slash away
 again... be advised that every message posted in STR's  cat has and is
 captured.   Even those  you tried to slickly delete over the years.  It
 proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that you never intended to abide  by
 your  own words of last summer.  It shall make for very interesting
 reading.  And now, your  actions speak  much louder than any of STR's
 words.  The die is cast.
 By the  way, don't go telling the users this silliness about not co-
 operating.  That's all  smoke and  mirrors!   Tell them  the real story.
 about  our not allowing you to edit STReport in any manner.  About the
 constant flow  of squawking  in email  about one  thing or another  from
 week  after  week  in  a very obviously "constructed"  scenario.  The
 truth is I have the long distance phone bills to show where I've tried
 time and again to work things out.  Its _you_ who's on a mission.  Even
 in this latest effort you  can't find  the right way to tell GEnie's
 users and our readers the truth.  It was you who refused to co-operate
 and  who  ignored  our  repeated  attempts at attaining  a  meeting  of
 the  minds.    This  action  is  only  in retaliation of our latest
 complaint to management about your "behind the  scenes"  shenanigans.
 Too  bad... for now, it'll all see the light of day.
 Oh well, instead of trying to tighten up  the loose  ends Darlah seems
 to  see her way clear to further frag the Atari userbase, thus creating
 more of the "us and them" situation.  Pretty  cool.   So be  it.
 STReport will  be available  to our readers wherever they are.  This
 latest  attempt  at   blatant censorship  does  nothing  but strengthen
 our resolve to continue with greater vigor.
 Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine
 Category 24,  Topic 5
 Message 68        Sat Jan 30, 1993
 DARLAH [RT~SYSOP]            at 08:47 EST

 Your message simply proves the unfortunate reality of my message in
 Category 24, Topic 7, Message 1.

 Sincerely, >>Darlah J Potechin Atari Roundtables


 ###### Schedule of Shows, Events and Online Conferences
 ###### ----------------------------------------------------------------
 ### February 2-4, 1993
 ComNet '93 in Washington, DC.
 ###  February 6, 1993
 The Great Connecticut Trading Fair, an Atari swap meet for Atari
 computer users and owners, premiers in Stamford this year.  Sponsored by
 ACT Atari Group, an organization consisting of seven Atari user groups
 from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, this one-day event will be
 held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Benedict's Social Hall, Sound View
 Avenue, Stamford.  Some commercial exhibitors have tentatively signed
 up (Gribnif, Joppa, BaggettaWare, Derric Electronics and Danbury
 Electronic Music), but center stage is reserved for Northeastern Atari
 user groups and individual traders.  Bargain hunters will find plenty of
 ST and 8-bit hardware, software, peripherals and accessories, new and
 used.  Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12.  Traders
 can rent a table for as little as $10.  Contact Brian Gockley, 18
 Elmwood Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605 [Phone (203) 332-1721; E-Mail
 B.GOCKLEY (GEnie) or 75300,2514 (Compuserve)]; or Doug Finch, 46 Park
 Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870 [Phone (203) 637-1034; E-Mail D.FINCH7
 (GEnie) or 76337,1067 (Compuserve)].

 ### February 18-19, 1993
 IEEE Computer Faire at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville,
 Alabama.  Attendees include: WordPerfect, MicroSoft, IBM, HP, Silicon
 Graphics and many others.  At the 1992 show, admission was free to the
 20,000 that attended.
 ### March 1993
 CeBIT, the world's largest computer show with 5,000 exhibitors in 20
 halls, is held annually in Hannover, Germany.  Atari traditionally
 struts its newest wares there, usually before it's seen in the USA or
 anywhere else.  In '93, the Atari 040 machines should be premiering, and
 this is the likely venue.  Third party developers also use this show to
 introduce new hardware and software, so expect a wave of news from CeBIT
 every year.  Atari Corp and the IAAD coordinate cross-oceanic contacts
 to promote worldwide marketing of Atari products, and this show is an
 annual touchstone of that effort.  Contact Bill Rehbock at Atari Corp
 for information at 408-745-2000.
 ### March 13-14, 1993
 The Sacramento Atari Computer Exposition is to be sponsored by the
 Sacramento Atari ST Users Group (SST) at the Towe Ford Museum in
 Sacramento, California.  This show replaces the earlier scheduled, then
 cancelled Northern California Atari Fest for the Bay Area, to have been
 held in December 1992.  A major two day effort, the SAC show is being
 held in the special events area of the Towe Ford Museum, home of the
 worlds most complete antique Ford automobile collection.  As an added
 bonus, admission to the museum is free when you attend the Expo.  The
 museum is located at the intersection of Interstates 5 and 80, just 15
 minutes from the Sacramento Metropolitan Airport.  Contact Nick Langdon
 (Vendor Coordinator) C/O SST, P.O. Box 214892, Sacramento, CA 95821-
 0892, phone 916-723-6425, GEnie: M.WARNER8, ST-Keep BBS (SST) 916-729-
 ###  March 15-16, 1993
 Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the New York Hilton Hotel in New
 York City.  Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing,
 software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry's
 leading manufacturers.  In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile
 Systems Solutions Conference series.  Featuring over 80 leading industry
 experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to
 build or improve your world of mobile computing.
 ### March 16-19, 1993
 Image World - Washington DC at the Sheraton Washington.
 ### March 20, 1993
 Philadelphia, PA area group PACS is holding their 16th annual Computer
 Festival from 9 AM til 4 PM.  It will be a multi-computer show with
 Atari showings by the PACS Atari SIG's, NEAT, CDACC, and JACS clubs.
 The Fest is to be at the Drexel University Main Building, 32nd and
 Chestnut Streets in Pennsylvania.  Contact for Atari display: Alice P.
 Christie, 207 Pontiac Street, Lester, PA 19029, 215-521-2569, or 215-
 951-1255 for general info.
 ### March 21-24, 1993
 Interop Spring '93 in Washington DC.
 ### March 30 - April 1, 1993
 Intermedia 93 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose CA.
 ### May 3-5, 1993
 Digital Video New York/MultiMedia Exposition at the New York Sheraton 
 in New York City.
 ###  May 4-5, 1993
 The 3rd Annual Networks and Communications Show returns to the Hartford
 Civic Center.  Companies such as Intel, Microsoft, DEC, DCA, IBM, and
 MICOM will be exhibiting.  For more information, contact:  Marc Sherer
 at Daniels Productions, 203-561-3250; fax: 203-561-2473.
 ###  May 11-13, 1993
 SunWorld '93 exposition and conference, held in San Francisco at the
 Moscone Center.  The second annual event is the largest trade show in
 North America dedicated to the Sun, SPARC and Solaris industry.
 SunWorld '93 will feature a full day of in-depth tutorials, which are
 being developed in association with Sun Educational Services, to be 
 followed by three days of conference sessions and an exposition.  The
 three-day exposition will feature more than 175 leading vendors in the
 industry including Adobe Systems, AT&T, Computer Associates, Hewlett-
 Packard, Informix Software, Insoft, SAS Institute, Solbourne, SPARC
 International, Sun Microsystems, SunPro, SunSoft and WordPerfect.  For
 more information about attending SunWorld '93 call Lynn Fullerton at
 (800) 225-4698 or to receive information about exhibiting contact David
 Ferrante at (800) 545-EXPO.
 ###  June 22-23, 1993
 Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim,
 California.  Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing,
 software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry's
 leading manufacturers.  In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile
 Systems Solutions Conference series.  Featuring over 80 leading industry
 experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to
 build or improve your world of mobile computing.
 ### July 17-18, 1993 (NEW LISTING)
 The Kansas City AtariFest '93.  The location for the show is Stadium
 Inn, 7901 E 40 Hwy.  Ticket prices at the door will be 5.00 dollars each
 day.  Advance tickets will be 4.00 dollars each, for advance tickets,
 please send 4.00 dollars per ticket to: Kansas City AtariFest, P.O. Box
 1653, Lee Summit, MO 64063 or if you belong to a user group please mail
 a request for a user group information pack.  To make room reservations
 please call 1-800-325-7901, we are also working with a local travel
 agent to get special airfares for the show.  You may call 1-800-874-7691
 to take advantage of the special fares.  For more information please
 leave Email as follows; GEnie, B.welsch, J.krzysztow, for CompuServe,
 Leave for Jeff Krzysztow at 74027,707, or you can call (816)224-9021, or
 mail to the address listed above.
 ### August 3-6, 1993
 MacWorld Expo at the Boston World Trade Center, Bayside Exposition
 Center and sponsored by MacWorld Magazine.  This event is titled Boston
 ### September 18-19, 1993
 The Glendale Show returns with the Southern California Atari Computer
 Faire, V.7.0, in suburban Los Angeles, California.  This has been the
 year's largest domestic Atari event, year after year.  Contact John King
 Tarpinian at the user group HACKS at 818-246-7286 for information.
 ### September 20-22, 1993
 The third MacWorld Expo, titled Canada '93 at the Metro Toronto
 Convention Centre, sponsored by MacWorld Magazine.
 ### September 21-23, 1993
 Unix Expo '93 in New York City, New York.
 ###  October 7-8, 1993
 Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the Chicago Mart/Expo Center in
 Chicago, Illinois.  Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing,
 software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry's
 leading manufacturers.  In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile
 Systems Solutions Conference series.  Featuring over 80 leading industry
 experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to
 build or improve your world of mobile computing.
 ### October 27-29, 1993
 CDROM Exposition at the World Trade Center, Boston MA.
 ### October 27-29, 1993
 EDA&T Asia '93.  The Electronic Design and Test Conference Exhibition
 at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taiwan.  Exhibit space
 is still available.  For more information contact: Betsy Donahue,
 Chicago, fax: 708-475-2794.
 ###  November 7-10, 1993
 GeoCon/93, an international conference and showcase for software
 products developed outside the U.S. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel,
 Cambridge, Mass.  The conference program will include three days of
 workshops on topics of interest to overseas developers entering the
 U.S. market.  Workshop presenters will discuss such issues as how to
 negotiate distribution and licensing contracts, setting up a business in
 the U.S., manufacturing and fulfillment, technical support, packaging,
 research sources, and how to market through direct, retail, and catalog
 channels.  For additional information, contact Tom Stitt, associate
 publisher, Soft letter, 17 Main St., Watertown, Mass. 02272-9154;
 telephone 617-924-3944; fax 617-924-7288, or Colleen O'Shea, director,
 Soft letter Europe, 2 um Bierg, 7641 Chirstnach, Luxembourg, telephone
 35.2.87119; fax 35.2.87048.
 ### November 15-19, 1993
 COMDEX Fall '93. Las Vegas Nevada.
 If you have an event you would like to include on the Z*Net Calender,
 please send email via GEnie to Z-NET, CompuServe 75300,1642, or via
 FNET to node 593 or AtariNet node 51:1/13.0.  Show listings are also
 published in AtariUser Magazine.
 ######  Compiled by Cottonwood Computers
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
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   ******    **    ******   (916) 357-3803 FAX   ******    **    ******
 ******      **      ******                    ******      **      ******
 COTTONWOOD COMPUTERS would like to introduce themselves to you.  We have
 been an fully authorized Atari computer business center for over 6 years
 now.  We are a complete sales and service center for the entire Atari
 line of computers and game systems.  We service all of Northern
 California, Southern Oregon and Western Nevada.  Cottonwood Computers is
 an approved Aegis Dealer and a member of the IADA.
 Our numerous satisfied customers have encouraged us to let others know
 of our quality service and support for the Atari computer user.  They
 feel that there are many Atari users across these United States that
 would appreciate the same dedicated and friendly support that they have
 We recognize that many of you may be lucky enough to have an excellent
 Atari dealer down the block from you, but we also know that probably the
 majority of you do not.  We want to invite you to contact us by phone,
 modem, FAX or letter and let us know how we can service you.  Whether it
 is for hardware, software, peripherals, books, foreign magazines,
 repair, replacement parts, modification of your hardware or trivia
 information on Atari computers, we want to serve you.
 We run a 24hr support BBS for our customers where you can leave messages
 and questions about products and service.  There are also some downloads
 available as well as online games, editorials and a neverending story.
 We are planning to change our BBS soon to support online ordering from
 our store inventory.  Feel free to give it a call at 916-243-5189.
 We realize the value of local user groups.  If you are involved in one,
 have a club representative call us to see about how your club can obtain
 a special discount rate on purchases through our store.
 We hope you will contact us and allow us to put you on our mailing list
 so that you can benefit from the numerous discounts we often give our 
 customers.  We will anxiously await your contacting us. LONG LIVE ATARI!
 The following is a listing of programs tested by COTTONWOOD COMPUTERS on
 a FALCON 030.  We were not able to run each program through all of its
 paces, but this list should prove to be a short reference guide as to
 the possible compatibilities of the Falcon computer which ATARI is soon
 to release here in the states.  Attempts were made to test several
 resolutions and setups before we classified a program as non-compatible.
 We hope that software programmers will address any problems that we
 encountered and will inform us as to changes they make in software to
 insure compatibility.
 COTTONWOOD COMPUTERS hopes to continue testing software on FALCONs.  We
 are also interested in hearing your questions about this great new
 product from ATARI.  Be looking for our review of the FALCON 030 soon to
 be posted on GENIE.
 Testing January 1993
 PROGRAM                        RESPONSE                    CATEGORY
 ----------------------------   --------------------------- --------
 BEST BUSINESS MANAGER          RUNS                        ACCOUNTING
 PERSONAL MONEY MANAGER         RUNS                        ACCOUNTING
 PHASAR 4.0                     RUNS                        ACCOUNTING
 ST ACCOUNTS                    RUNS                        ACCOUNTING
 TAX ADVANTAGE                  RUNS                        ACCOUNTING
 BSTAT                          RUNS                        APPLICATION
 COMPUTE YOUR ROOTS             RUNS                        APPLICATION
 MEGACHECK                      RUNS                        APPLICATION
 ANIMATE 4                      RUNS                        ART
 CANVAS                         RUNS                        ART
 CYBERPAINT 2.0                 BOMBS                       ART
 DEGAS ELITE                    RUNS                        ART
 FLAIRPAINT                     WON'T LOAD                  ART
 NEOCHROME 1.0                  RUNS                        ART
 PAINTWORKS                     RUNS                        ART
 QUANTUM PAINT                  CRASHES                     ART
 TINYVIEW                       RUNS                        ART
 DRAFIX                         RUNS                        CAD
 GFA DRAFT                      RUNS                        CAD
 PC BOARD DESIGNER              RUNS                        CAD
 BASE TWO                       RUNS                        DATABASE
 DATAMANAGER ST                 RUNS                        DATABASE
 GENERATION GAP                 WON'T LOAD                  DATABASE
 INFORMER II                    RUNS                        DATABASE
 ABZOO                          LOADS, THEN CRASHES         EDUCATIONAL
 BENTLEY BEAR SERIES            RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 CARDIAC ARREST                 2 BOMBS                     EDUCATIONAL
 GENESIS                        RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 GEOGRAPHY TUTOR                RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 LINKWORD SPANISH               RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 MAGICAL MATH                   CRASHES                     EDUCATIONAL
 MAPS & LEGENDS                 RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 MIXED UP MOTHER GOOSE          RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 PLANETARIUM                    RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 TYPING TUTORS                  RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 WORDQUEST                      RUNS                        EDUCATIONAL
 RC AEROCHOPPER                 RUNS                        FLIGHT SIMUL
 ALL ABOARD                     RUNS                        GAME
 BATTLETECH                     NOT ABLE TO LOAD            GAME
 CONQUEROR                      2 BOMBS                     GAME
 CYBERDROME                     CRASHES                     GAME
 DUNGEON MASTER                 RUNS                        GAME
 MIDIMAZE II                    2 BOMBS                     GAME
 SKATE TRIBE                    RUNS                        GAME
 THE BLACK CAULDRON             RUNS                        GAME
 WINNIE THE POOH                RUNS                        GAME
 CONNECTIONS                    RUNS, BUT BOMBS             MULTIMEDIA
 DR. TIRICC                     LOADS, BUT BOMBS            MUSIC
 MIDI PLAY                      LOADS AT FIRST, 2 BOMBS     MUSIC
 MUSIC STUDIO 88                RUNS                        MUSIC
 CERTIFICATE MAKER              RUNS                        PRINTING APL
 LABEL MASTER ELITE             RUNS                        PRINTING APL
 PRINTMASTER                    RUNS                        PRINTING APL
 STICKER 3E                     RUNS                        PRINTING APL
 GFA BASIC 2.0                  RUNS                        PROGRAMMING
 HISOFT BASIC                   RUNS                        PROGRAMMING
 PERSON PASCAL                  RUNS                        PROGRAMMING
 ANALYZE                        RUNS                        SPREADSHEET
 EZ CALC                        RUNS                        SPREADSHEET
 LDW POWER                      RUNS                        SPREADSHEET
 OPUS 2.31                      RUNS                        SPREADSHEET
 SWIFTCALC                      RUNS                        SPREADSHEET
 VIP                            LOCKS UP AFTER LOADING      SPREADSHEET
 ALADDIN 1.5                    RUNS                        TELECOM
 FLASH                          RUNS                        TELECOM
 FREEZE DRIED TERMINAL          RUNS                        TELECOM
 INTERLINK                      RUNS                        TELECOM
 STALKER                        RUNS                        TELECOM
 VANTERM                        RUNS                        TELECOM
 ARCSHELL 3.1                   RUNS                        UTILITY
 DIAMOND BACK                   RUNS                        UTILITY
 DIAMOND EDGE                   RUNS                        UTILITY
 GRAMSLAM GRAMMER CHECKER       RUNS                        UTILITY
 KNIFE ST                       RUNS                        UTILITY
 MULTIDESK                      RUNS                        UTILITY
 PC DITTO III                   "NO A US ROM VERSION"       UTILITY
 PROCOPY 1.7                    RUNS                        UTILITY
 SPECTRE 128                    CRASHES                     UTILITY
 ST VIRUS KILLER                RUNS                        UTILITY
 TINYSTUFF                      RUNS                        UTILITY
 UIS III                        BOMBS UPON LOADING          UTILITY
 ULTIMATE VIRUS KILLER          RUNS                        UTILITY
 CALIGRAPHER                    RUNS                        WORD PROC
 FIRST WORD 1.03                RUNS                        WORD PROC
 FIRSTWORD PLUS                 RUNS                        WORD PROC
 MICROSOFT WRITE                RUNS                        WORD PROC
 ST WRITER                      RUNS                        WORD PROC
 TEMPUS 2.0                     RUNS                        WORD PROC
 WORD WRITER ST                 RUNS                        WORD PROC
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 ######  Announcement
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 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
 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 telecommunications...phone 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.
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  gives tips on getting children involved in telecommunications.
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  hidden (and not-so-hidden) treasures waiting for you on GEnie.
 Telecomputing the Delphi Way
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 The Internet Gateway
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  Kehoe gives us an overview of Internet, along with a few e-mail tips.

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 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
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  go.  Columnist Marty Mankins shows you how to take advantage of this
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 ######  By Michael R. Burkley
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
 Have you ever been super rushed?  Well that's what I am right this
 minute.  Yesterday I was in the process of adding a new hard drive to my
 system (courtesy of the friendly help and advice of Carter Graphics,
 Flickertale Software, and Toad Computers).  I found out that I didn't
 have all the parts I needed.  Normally that wouldn't have been too bad,
 but I had already dismantled my first drive to change the termination
 resistors and SCSI ID number.  "Well, no big problem," I thought.  "I'll
 just put everything back together the way it was."  Unfortunately, I
 didn't.  The drive wouldn't work.  Oh, it would spin and make it's usual
 noises, but it didn't DO anything, nothing!  OH NO!  After waiting all
 afternoon, evening, night, and morning, I was able to make some frantic
 calls to ICD (thanks Howard!) and found out that I had switched the
 drive ID number from 1 to 0 and that I had the software set to ignore
 drive 0!  Simple fix (after the fact!).
 That set me a bit behind for this article.  Having to go to the hospital
 to visit someone just admitted, and then finding out that I was
 scheduled to deliver a welcoming address to the annual Niagara Council
 of Churches gathering (why didn't they TELL me until 15 minutes before
 the meeting!) didn't help either.  So, before I run even further behind
 here's some of the software I downloaded this week...
 DSP11 is DSP v. 1.1 by Keith Lord (dated Jan. 20, 1993).  This is a
 ----- Digital Signal Processing program which allows you to create High
 pass, Low pass, Bandpass and Notch digital filters, and use them to
 process your favorite digitized sound samples.  The author wrote the
 program to try to get rid of that annoying "warp drive rumble" that
 seems to be in the background of all Star Trek TNG audio samples.  You
 can modify your sound samples any way you wish.  Although DSP was
 written to process audio samples, it's really a general purpose digital
 filter program, so you can use it on any digital information.  GEM based
 (and I like his moose mascot!).  Now includes a built-in sample playback
 feature, a graphic filter display, and a beep to let you know when it's
 done.  This program has been improved over the original version.  Color
 or mono.  Docs included.  ST/STe/(and hopefully)TT compatible.
 GAMEOVER is a 12000 Hz sound sample from "Aliens."  Play this and you'll
 -------- hear "Game over, man!"
 GAZZETE is the January issue of the South Bay Atari Computer Enthusiasts
 ------- newsletter in PageStream format.  Some interesting articles and
 information about local dealers.  One good thing is that you can read it
 even if you don't have PageStream (if you are willing to hunt through
 the file and deal with some strange formatting that PageStream uses to
 make its output so nice.
 GEMSND_1 is the complete transcript of the GEMSound topic from Nov. 2,
 -------- 1992 to January 22, 1993.  Taken from the Atari RoundTables on
 GEnie.  If you want to follow this discussion about this fantastic
 program that allows you to attach all all sorts of sounds to events on
 your STe or TT you can do so by tuning in to Category 2 Topic 16 on
 GEnie.  This file will give you a good start.
 GRAV2 is GRAV 2, an Excellent game by Martin Brownlow (dated July 27,
 ----- 1992.  Joystick or keyboard controlled.  Grav is a 'rotate and
 thrust' game, similar in concept to  Thrust and Oids.  Choose between
 four different worlds to "save" with multiple levels within each world.
 Allocate your resources among various weapon systems. Color only.
 Excellent graphics and sound.  Joystick and keyboard controlled.  I
 really like this one.  Docs (along with a "mission briefing" online).

 JEK_STLK is the Jekyll Shell for STalker, v.1.2 by Tim Seufert (dated
 -------- Dec.1992/Jan. 1993).  Jekyll Shell for STalker is a BackTALK
 script program for STalker version 3.00 or above.  It allows you to run
 Jekyll, the bidirectional file transfer protocol written by Vincent
 Partington (in other words Jekyll allows you to both upload and download
 at the same time, and this shell helps you to do it within STalker).
 Docs included.
 JETEMU is a program dated Jan. 24, 1993 that will let you view a DeskJet
 ------ printer file (created by a program capable of printing to disk
 with a DeskJet driver) and display the results on screen.  Only graphic
 commands are displayed on screen.  Mono only.  Docs included.
 LBJRB175 is LABELJRB v. 1.75 (dated 1990).  This program is perhaps the
 -------- only disk labeling program you will need.  This is definately a
 must have.  You can select which types of files will be printed, on
 which printer (which you can configure), which size labels, which disk
 drive, whether you will print on a page or a label...on and on.  Created
 by the Pittsburgh Atari Computer Enthusiasts group.  I have had version
 1.0 of this program for years, and loved it.  Now v.1.75 is even better.
 Mel Brook's Fans Unite!  If you remember a few weeks ago someone
 --------------- uploaded a series of .SMP sound samples from GEM_SOUND
 that were taken from "Blazing Saddles."  This past week he did it again.
 He has uploaded thirteen .SMP samples from the movie "Young
 MiNT is Mint is Not TOS (or more likely now since MiNT is the precursor
 ---- to Atari's MultiTOS, Mint is NOW TOS).  I've always been interested
 in MiNT with its ability to run two or more programs on your ST at any
 one time (only one as a GEM program though).  I've never done anything
 about it though because of all the trouble setting up all the files.  I
 just knew that if I tried anything I would really mess up my system
 (erase everything and all!).  Well, people do use MiNT (and love it),
 and someone set up a MiNT compatible system and then remembered people
 like me.  I spent lots of time this past week (7.5 Megs of downloading
 at 2400 baud!) to get the MiNT distribution Kit and updates that make
 MiNT installation simple and easy (or supposedly so--I don't know since
 I spent so much time downloading it I haven't had a chance to test it
 out!).  This will work with a double-sided drive and 1 meg or RAM,
 though a hard drive and more RAM is certainly recommended!
 MOD files anyone?  Originally for the Amiga, but now also on your ST(e)
 --------- .MOD files have excellent sound qualities.  Many people who
 begin to listen to them always want a few more.  Well, this week a
 number of .MOD files were uploaded.  DIGITAL, BURRITOB, ELGPASA, and
 ICEBABY were a few of them (how do you describe a sound?  Just download
 them and listen to them!).

 MORE v.1.4 by Moshe Braner (dated 1987!) is a simple to use .TTP utility
 ---------- that allows you to print a text file to the screen, printer,
 or into another file.  It provides convenient screen-by-screen viewing
 (including review of text that has scrolled off screen), and various
 hardcopy printout options.  More.ttp also attempts to show word-
 processing (e.g. 1st Word) files in a usable form.  Docs included.  STe
 PGEM_CAL is Calligrapher 3 document containing the whole of Tim Oren's
 -------- "Professional GEM" C Language tutorials as originally published
 by Antic.  Designed for the Professional ST Developer, this series can
 be useful for anyone learning "C."  If you don't have Calligrapher 3
 (yet) you can view this using the Calligrapher 3 demo I described last
 week.  This file is being destributed by permission from Antic.
 PIANODEM is the demo of Pianistics v.1.10 by chro_MAGIC Software
 -------- Innovations. Pianistics is a tool designed to help piano
 players learn chords and  scales in all keys.  Pianistics will also give
 insight into the concepts of scale improvisation and chord substitution.
 In addition, Pianistics has a practice feature designed to assist the
 player in developing technical mastery of scales, chords, and playing
 technique.  Pianistics will help take the mystery out of improvisation.
 This demo version will run in color or mono.  It is limited, but not in
 any way that will hinder you from finding out that this is one great
 piano learning tool.  Ordering info included.
 ROLL_EM is Roll 'Em, an Extend-O-Save Module for Warp 9 by John
 ------- Eidsvoog.  It works in all resolutions on all monitors.  The
 original idea for Roll 'Em was to create a module which would do
 something interesting without requiring the reserving of extra memory
 for a screen buffer.  It works by saving two scan lines of screen data
 and then copying each of the rest of the screen lines one line up or
 down to scroll the screen by one pixel.  Docs included.

 SACKER40 by Joel Shafer is Shafer's Audio Compresson (S.A.C.) v.4.0
 -------- (dated Jan 21, 1993).  Audio samples don't lend themselves to
 traditional types of compression because the data does not exhitit much
 simularity.  SAC provides you with a simple "lossy" compression method
 that saves you a lot of storage space for your sound files.  Some sound
 resolution is lost in the compressed file though not to a significant
 amount (the amount depends on your choice).  Using this program result
 in a file about 50% the size of the original  (and then compress it with
 LZH for even more savings).  An uncompression utility and docs are also
 included.  If you find SACKER40 you will probably be able to find
 several sound files that have been compressed using it as well.

 STACYBLK is the Stacy Screen Blanker, an Extend-O-Save Module for Warp 9
 -------- by John Eidvoog.  When used on a Stacy, the module will simply
 turn off the screen display completely -- it's turned off by the
 hardware and will go dark.  It will just stay off until it kicks back
 out.  This will save your batteries if you're running from them.  It
 will also help extend the life of your screen display.

 SUPERPCS is a series of three .PCS pictures that can be displayed by
 -------- PhotoChrome by Doug Little.  They are one of an astronaut
 during a spacewalk with a MMU, another of a modernistic Chrome Faucet,
 and the last of a 3D PacMan.  I really am amazed at PhotoChrome
 pictures!  They are great on an STe and/or ST.

 VIEW132 by Conny Pettersson is a program for the ST/STe/TT that will
 ------- allow you to show pictures in various formats in all ST
 resolutions on a TT and Low on the ST/STe.  It can also use the current
 VDI-resolution and might even work together with screen enhancements
 such as overscan or screen doublers.  Mouse or keyboard controlled. The
 formats supported so far are:
 TGA         Truevision Targa. 16, 24 and 32-bit true color pictures.
 RAW         Output format from the QRT raytracer. 24-bit true color.
 IMG         Output format from the Vivid raytracer on the PC, not to
             be confused with the GEM-Image-Format. 24-bit true color.
 IFF HAM     IFF Hold And Modify from Commodore Amiga. Max 4096 colors.
 IFF ILBM    IFF Interleaved bitmap. Max 256 colors.
 GIF87a      Graphics Intechange Format by CompuServe. Max 256 colors.
 SPC, SPU    Spectrum 512 pictures compressed and uncompressed.
 PI?, PC?    Degas and Degas Elite pictures, compressed and uncompressed.
 NEO         Neochrome low resolution.
 ART         Art Director low resolution.
 DOO         Doodle high resolution.
 IMG         GEM-Image format, 1 bitplane.
 Wow!  What a low of formats!  Docs included.

 ZOOM and ZOOM2 are not the names of some Dr. Seuss characters, but two
 ---- files, one by Devin Balkcom and the other by Vince Valenti that
 provides you with some GFA code (.LST) that allows you to stretch a PUT
 segment.  ZOOM is the original and ZOOM2 is the new and enhanced
 version.  I have NO idea what this code does!

 That's it for now!  I have to fire up the ol' modem and send this off
 before it's too late.

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