ST Report: 4-Mar-93 #910

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/06/93-05:30:59 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 4-Mar-93 #910
Date: Sat Mar  6 17:30:59 1993

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                 WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (March 5)


 Hourly connect-time rates are now lower for Standard  Pricing Plan members
 when using  extended services.  The new  charges are  $6/hour for 300 bps,
 $8/hour for 1200/2400 bps and $16/hour  for 9600  bps access.  The monthly
 membership  fee,  which  includes  unlimited  connect-time in more than 30
 basic services, has increased $1 to  $8.95  (this  pricing  change  is not
 applicable in all countries).

 FundWatch Online  by Money  magazine, a powerful mutual fund screening and
 reporting service, is now part  of  basic  services,  which  also includes
 CompuServe  Mail,  The  Electronic  Mall, news, weather and sports, member
 support services, reference and travel services.

 Rates for Alternative Pricing Plan members  will remain  at $6.30/hour for
 300 bps,  $12.80/hour for 1200 and 2400 bps, and $22.80/hour for 9600 bps.
 Also, the  Membership  Support  Fee  under  the  Alternative  Pricing Plan
 increases 50 cents to $2.50.

 Members currently  under the  Standard Pricing  Plan will automatically be
 billed at the new rates starting 28-Feb. For  more information  on the new
 rates or to join the Standard Pricing Plan, GO CHOICES.


 Members  can   now  access  via  European  CompuServe  nodes  and  pay  no
 communication surcharges during non-prime  time  (19:00-8:00  local time).
 The  resulting  $2.20/hour  savings  is  in  addition to the reductions in
 connect-time charges available for all  members  on  the  Standard Pricing
 Plan.  For European access numbers, GO PHONES.


 CompuServe has  enhanced its  forum software  to allow  an increase in the
 size of messages. The maximum message size was formerly 96  lines or 2,000
 characters. With  this change,  the size  increases to a maximum of 10,000
 characters. Also, the message board capacity has been increased.


 Download file WP_MAN.ARC from LIBRARY 17  of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO)  for a  condensed WordPerfect  manual.   The 600 page manual
 condensed into 92 pages which takes you step  by step  (Keyboard OR Mouse)
 through most  every text  operation.   Included are Maps to help you place
 text at precisely where you want.


 Download file CENTPD.LZH from  LIBRARY  2  of  the  Atari  Arts  Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for  an excellent shareware version of Centipede from Scotland.
 This game is FULL of bugs  (Spiders,  Flies  and  of  course, Centipedes!)
 Great sound, great graphics, great fun!  COLOR ONLY.


 Download file  SERFX2.LZH from  LIBRARY 2  of the Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO) for Serial Fix 2 - RTS/CTS flow control with any  TOS.  This
 patch for  properly handling  RTS/CTS flow control in the ST's serial port
 works on all TOS versions  from  1.00  to  4.01.    It  also  includes the
 TOS14FIX.PRG  code  for  TOS  1.04  and  1.06  users.    Use  with Atari's
 eXtensible Control Panel (XCONTROL).


 Download file SAVER1.LZH from  LIBRARY 4  of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO) for a package of 6 shareware screensaver modules for Warp 9,
 by John Dillenburg. Modules included  are  Freckles,  Pyro  Deluxe, Random
 Lines, Roaming Shapes, Random Shapes, and Fractal Symmetries.


 Download file  NEWPRT.LZH from  LIBRARY 11  of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO
 ATARIVEN) for the New HP LaserJet 4, HP DeskJet 550c, HP DeskJet 500c, and
 PostScript printer drivers for Pagestream 2.


 Operate your  Portfolio by  using the  keyboard and screen of your desktop
 PC?  Check out the file BIG.ZIP from master programmers BJ Gleason and Don
 Messerli,  now  available  in  LIBRARY  2 of the Atari Portfolio Forum (GO

                          HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AN



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

     Here it  is another  week closer  to the  release of  the fabled Atari
 Falcon030  and  what  do  we  find??    Atari  people  getting  antsy  and
 challenging those who ask where is the machine?   Why  is it  shipping and
 selling in  Europe?   The users  ask.   What these people don't realize is
 there were only 180 approx shipped in Europe.  This is no sizable quantity
 but it is shipping and that's a positive.  Rumor has it that there will be
 "new" money coming into the picture  very  shortly.    This  inflow should
 "lubricate" the channels and facilitate a strong flow of Falcons.
     We are  now told  the Falcon  will ship by the third week of March and
 that too, is great news.  But why  are there  certain dealers  saying look
 for  the  Falcon  in  early  April.   Do they know something special?  Who
     The true consolation is that we've waited so long for  the Falcon now,
 what's a few more weeks or a month?.  A drop in the bucket compared to the
 time we have waited already.  The only  thing that  hurts is  when looking
 back at  those early online conferences, Sam made it a point to tell us he
 was making it a point to change their ways and get this  machine to market
 on time.   What is it that clobbers Atari with each and every release of a
 new product?  Whatever it is, Lord knows it has to go.   Oh  well, here we
 sit waiting for the Falcon to soar.... or. is that sore?
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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
                  ------------------------   ----------
                 Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #10
                             By: John Deegan
    VERBATIM OFFERS NEW "P-ROM" DISKS - A new 3.5-inch partial-ROM (P- 
 ROM) disk has been introduced by Verbatim Corp., which calls this the 
 first image and data storage optical product "to combine both magneto-
 optic and read-only functionality."

    John Stevens, manager of Verbatim's optical storage products market-
 ing, said, "The ROM portion of the media may be embossed permanently 
 with data, such as a software application, and the rewritable portion of 
 the disk is left available for user files."

 The disks provide a total combined ROM and rewritable capacity of 128MB.
 cent government raids in California uncovered large amounts of counter-
 feit MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 operating systems, officials with publis-
 her Microsoft Corp. said today.
    Microsoft said raids in San Jose and Concord yielded counterfeit 
 items produced under the trade names OEM's Spring Circle and BTI.
    Microsoft did not place a dollar value on the seized items in the 
 raids which the company said were staged by local and federal authori-
 ties on Jan. 20, Jan. 21 and Feb. 3 in San Jose and on Feb. 18 in 
    SURVEY HAS HOME COMPUTER ON RISE - A new consumer survey finds home 
 computerists last year spent more time at their PCs and worked with a 
 broader spectrum of applications than they did a year earlier.

    Also, more than 42% of the 2,500 PC owners surveyed for Packard Bell 
 by California Research Tabulations Inc. said their primary use for the 
 computer is personal (such as letter writing) or pleasure (game 
 playing). Another 37% said their PCs are used primarily for business, 
 while 21% said their PC is used by household members for school work.

    In a statement from Chatsworth, Calif., Fred Kern, vice president of 
 product marketing at Packard Bell, said, "We're seeing more diversity in 
 how computers are being utilized in the home. Users are spending more 
 time at their PCs and are increasing their use of many popular types of 
    Other findings:

    -:- Almost half the respondents said they spent more than 10 hours 
 per week at the computer, compared with 30% in 1991. Nearly one in 10 
 said they use their computers more than 30 hours per week.

    -:- More than 80% classified themselves as having at least some 
 computer knowledge and half said they are relatively knowledgeable or 
 "power users."
    -:- Word processing increased as the application used "most of the 
 time" by 14 points to 57.2%. Desktop publishing products usage rose 6.7% 
 to 11.2%, while spreadsheets saw a moderate increase as the primary 
 application to 21.1% from 18%.

    -:- Personal/business finance software and entertainment software 
 were designated as applications people use most of the time by 28.5% and 
 27.4%, respectively.

    -:- Database software, at 16.2%, and telecommunications software at 
 15.7%, showed up for the first time in the survey.

    -:- Citing the single factor that most influenced their purchase 
 decision, about a third of the respondents chose "features" as most 
 important, another third mentioned "price," while one-tenth cited 

    -:- When asked to named several factors that greatly influenced their 
 purchase decision, four out of five answered "features" and "price," 
 seven out of 10 placed weight on "reliability" and three out of five on 
 "warranty." Meanwhile, "recommendation of friend" held less weight than 
 the other factors with one out of five taking this into consideration.

    Finally, many respondents either added accessories to their systems 
 or will do so in the next 12 months. Heading the list were additional 
 RAM, a laser printer, a math coprocessor, a CD-ROM drive, a larger hard 
 disk drive and a modem.


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
                             PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
  On CompuServe
  compiled by Joe Mirando

     Hey there friends.  I hope this past week has treated you and your
 favorite computer well.  I've noticed of late that this column has grown
 longer and longer in the past few weeks, so I'm going to try to a
 manageable size.  In keeping with this philosophy, let's get right to the
 good stuff.

 From The Atari Productivity Forum

 Aren't computers wonderful (especially Atari computers)?  There is almost
 nothing they can't do.  But why does it always seem that one of the few
 things they can't do is the thing you most want to do?  Aidan Heritage
 tells us:

     "I am trying to transfer files from my good old commodore 64 to my
     Atari Ste.  The C64 uses 5.25" disks, the Atari of course doesn't - at
     least, mine doesn't.  So, it's a null modem cable I suppose.  But the
     C64 is non standard as far as a serial port is concerned.  So, how do
     I do it - and when (if!) I get the cable, how do I get the C64 to send
     the files and the STE to read them?   Speaking as a complete klutz you

 One of the most helpful, knowledgeable people around (and a pretty good
 Sysop to boot), Bob Retelle tells Aidan:

     "I don't have my C64 any longer, so I don't have the technical details
     on how to make up a null-modem cable for it..  if there's a Commodore
     dealer near you, they might be able to help you, or possibly someone
     on the Commodore Forums here on CompuServe could come up with the pin
     numbers to make a C64 to standard RS-232 null modem cable.

     Once you have the cable plugged between the C64 and the ST, you'll
     need to run a telecommunications program on each of them, which allow
     XMODEM or better protocol transfers.

     Essentially you'll be uploading the files from the C64 (just like you
     were sending them to a bulletin board), and downloading them on the ST
     (just like downloading from a BBS).

     Using XMODEM, or another download protocol like YMODEM BATCH will
     insure that the files are transferred between the computers without
     any errors.

     A "batch" protocol like YMODEM BATCH would be even better, because it
     lets you specify a whole group of files to send, without having to
     send each one individually.

     Another solution, although not as inexpensive, would be to use the C64
     to upload the files to your PERsonal file space here on CompuServe,
     then logging in with the ST to download them.

     Let us know if you have any problems getting this to work, and we'll
     try to help..!"

 Rob Nicholson jumps in and offers some info:

     "Well, here's the pinouts of the serial port on the C64 but I don't
     think it's going to help much :-(

         5   1   Pin 1   SRQ in          FLAG of CIA 1
           6     Pin 2   Ground
         4   2   Pin 3   ATN in          Pin 9 of user port
           3     Pin 3   ATN out         PA3 of CIA 2
                 Pin 4   CLK in          PA6 of CIA 2
                 Pin 4   CLK out         PA7 of CIA 2
                 Pin 5   Data in         PA7 of CIA 2
                 Pin 5   Data out        PA5 of CIA 2
                 Pin 6   Reset           Connected to C64 reset

     The reason I say I don't think it'll help much is the serial port in
     the C64 is totally non-RS232. It's a modification of the IEEE-488
     standard. Unlike RS232, the C64 uses full handshaking - there is no
     concept of baud rate (apart from an effective throughput).

     If memory serves me right, nobody succeeded in connecting a serial
     RS232 type interface to the C64 *without* the addition of extra

     When interfacing to the C64, we used the user port which can be
     connected directly to the PC's parallel port. This only worked in
     output mode but when managed to throw together a real fudge that
     allowed data to be transferred back from the C64 a bit at a time. I
     can't quite remember this was because of the C64 or because most PC's
     don't have bidirectional parallel ports - the later I think.

     Once you do get an RS232 interface running, XMODEM is probably you're
     best bet. Goodness knows where you'll get that from though!"

 Usually I'd leave these next few posts for the Vendors area.  But they
 seem to fit here better.  John Amsler posts:

 "...MultiDesk Deluxe, GPlus+, and Warp 9 have made my MegaSTe an even
 better computer than it inherently was ... and MegaPaint II Professional
 is a joy to use!"

 John Zangrando joins the chorus of CodeHead devotees and adds:

     "Just to add my two cents worth, I agree with John.  My girlfriend
      just bought a $3,000 Mac Notebook and I am VERY happy with my MEGASTE
      w/Warp 9, Multidesk Deluxe, and Midimax.  Nobody gives support and
      upgrades like the CodeHeads.  They know how to get something out of
      this Great Hardware and O.S. that we have."

 Now that's what _I_ would _LOVE_ to have.  Huh? No, not a Mac Notebook.  A
 girlfriend that could afford a Mac Notebook!  ;^)   John Amsler adds a few
 more names to the list:

     "Yup!  The Codeheads, Gribnif, Migraph, Double Click in the "old
     days," the guy who created Flash II, and a new company (Oregon
     Research) all give OUTSTANDING support.  In fact, I personally have
     yet to run into ANY Atari dealer who's given me anything less than
     outstanding support (although, over the years, I've read articles
     about some who have really  ripped customers off, e.g., PC-Ditto).

     We Atarians are d_mn lucky to have such a family of dealers and
     developers--small in quantity but consistently sky-high in quality!!

     (I've owned ST computers since 1986, so I've dealt with a LOT of
     dealers over the years; the ones I mentioned above are just a
     representative sample -- there are others just as good!)"

 Meanwhile, Robert Birmingham tells us about his latest feat:


 I just uploaded the latest version of Direct-Drive (1.1), a shareware
 application which helps you manage the files on your floppy disks and
 hard drive partitions.  If you're not familiar with the program, here's a
 quick overview of what it can do.

 Direct-Drive lets you read in information about every file, from every
 folder, from any floppy disk or hard drive partition recognized by TOS.
 It's nearly automatic too, all you have to do is click a mouse button!
 (There is virtually no limit to the number of disks you can read in, you
 can have information for more than 32000 files in memory at once!)

 Once you've had it read in the information from your disks, Direct-Drive
 can now perform many operations with your file database.

 Here are some examples:


 You can sort the information in the database in a variety of different
 ways.  Including; by the name of the file, by the file extender, by the
 time and date the file was created, and by the size of the file.  And one
 of the nicest things about Direct-Drive is that it can sort an entire
 disk directory and still keep it's "tree structure" intact.  In other
 words, all the files and folders in the ROOT directory will be sorted,
 and all the files that are in their own folders will be sorted as well!


 You can search forwards or backwards through the database for a specific
 file, or you can search for a group of files using the "?" and "*"
 wildcard characters.  Also, since you can attach a line of text up to 40
 characters in length to every item in the database, Direct-Drive lets you
 search for words in these comment fields using wildcard characters!


 You can send the entire list of files in the database to the printer, or
 you can also 'print' it to an ASCII file on disk.  You can control how
 the listing is formatted by setting top and left margins, and the number
 of lines you want printed on each page.  You can even give the program a
 heading line that it will print at the beginning of each page!

 Direct-Drive lets you enter all the information it needs to communicate
 with your printer, as a result it can work with almost any type of printer
 available!  Three printer configuration files are included with the
 program, these are for the Panasonic 1080, the NEC 2200, and the Panasonic
 1124 printers.

 Disk Labels...

 You can print a label for any disk that has been read into the database.
 This includes HD partitions, but I don't recommend putting labels on a
 hard disk!  A disk label can have up to 45 filenames and will also tell
 you important information about the disk like; the amount of free space
 remaining, how many files and folders it contains, a 40 character comment
 field, and several more useful items!

 DOS functions...

 Direct-Drive lets you delete files from disks, view files, format single
 and double sided disks with 9 or 10 sectors per track, and create or
 rename a disk volume label.  All so you don't have to return to the
 desktop, or rely on another program to do that for you.  And believe it or
 not, there's more...a lot more!

 Direct-Drive is intended to be _the_ complete disk organizer and disk
 labeler.  We have made every effort to make it just that!  You may have
 seen some of the features I described above in various other programs,
 but probably not all in one place.  Or, with a complete GEM interface.
 Direct-Drive is without a doubt a commercial quality program that rivals
 or exceeds the capabilities of similar programs that you can _buy_ for
 the Macintosh and the IBM PC.  We hope you find the program as useful as
 we do!  Enjoy it, and we'll be happy to provide support here and answer
 any questions you have!
 I just wanted to add that if you have already registered Direct-Drive by
 sending in your shareware payment, you don't need to spend the time to
 download the new version.  I'll be sending all registered users copies of
 the program via U.S. Mail early next week.

 Also, my Miami address is no longer valid, so if you're planning to send
 me any mail (say...for example a check for registering a program? :-)
 please send it to the address below.  Also note that checks should no
 longer be made to CetaWare since I no longer have a bank account for
 cashing them. Instead make them out to "Robert M. Birmingham".

 My new address is:

                           Robert M. Birmingham
                                P.O. Box 16
                        Clarendon Hills, IL 60514"

 Dazzz Smith asks Robert:

     "Can you register your software on CIS, then those of us overseas can
     register on-line rather then sending cheques etc to the states, its so
     much easier, and so much more likely to get a payment. :-)

 I forget what the keyword is, but i'm sure someone will remember."

 Jim Ness, another helpful type, adds:

     "That's a good point, Dazzz.  Few of our members are taking advantage
     of the ability to have CIS act as their broker, for shareware.

     It's GO SWREG, by the way.

     The author agrees to give CIS 15% of the proceeds, and CIS takes the
     money out of the account of the customer, and mails a check to the
     author.  It is a very nice way to do it, especially for overseas

     By the way, I haven't seen it mentioned here, but I understand your
     CIS rates went down even more than ours, in the new rate schedule?"

 Aidan Heritage adds:

     "I second that emotion - I have some great shareware programs from the
     states, but the hassles involved in getting dollar cheques have to be
     seen to be believed.  Any means of relatively painless registering
     must be viewed as a positive step, and one destined to get me to
     register more than I have currently done!"

     I'd like to take a line or so here to remind you that Shareware is
     cool!  You get to try out the program before you buy it.  If the
     Shareware programmers don't feel appreciated, they'll either stop
     programming or go <gasp> commercial.  Send in those payments folks. 
     Okay, okay, public service announcement over.

 Matt Laur asks for help with an old hard drive:

     "I have a 20MB Supra HD that's been sitting on a shelf for about 2
     years. I just recently fired up the ol' 1040ST, and the hard disk is
     quite unhappy. I have used the Supra Utilities to attempt a re-format,
     and I'm getting a "too many bad sectors" message. I'm guessing that it
     needs a low-level re- format, but it's hard to say.

     Does anyone know where I can get a low-level format utility that will
     work on these older drives?  Any thoughts would be appreciated."

 Another one of those veritable wells of knowledge, Albert Dayes of Atari
 Explorer Magazine, tells Matt:

     "It depends what type of drive you have.  I assume that the 20 meg
     supra is a miniscribe model?  You might also download the latest
     version of Supra's hard disk utilities and/or format utilities.  You
     can find it in the Atari Vendors forum (GO ATARIVEN) under Supra's
     section in the library."

 Matt replies:

     "I certainly will check out the newer format app from Supra.  Hope it
     does the trick.  Indeed, I believe that it is a Miniscribe drive.  I'm
     hoping that the newer format program can fix what ails it.  Would hate
     to have to buy another drive for the occasion."

 From 20 meg hard drives, we jump over to the latest thing to hit the ST
 world; the "floptical".  A floptical disk is the same size as a regular
 ST-type disk, but it holds up to 21 meg.  That's right!  21 megabytes!
 They can also format regular 720K (double density) and 1.44 meg (high
 density) disks.  Last year at the Connecticut ACT Atari computer show, I
 asked Bob Brodie why the Falcon would not have an external floppy port.
 His reply was that, with flopticals becoming so common, they figured that
 they would be the 'external of choice' for most users.  I have to agree
 with that.  Who wouldn't want a 21 meg floppy drive?  (okay, you Amiga
 users can put your hands down)  I then wondered in passing if you would be
 able to access the floptical as either drive "A" or "B".  David Hagood

     "You cannot set up a floptical as drive A or B: drives A and B are
     controlled by the 1772 or Ajax chip, while a floptical is a SCSI
     device. You just might be able to fudge the standard disk vectors and
     make a floptical look like it's drive B, but that would only work for
     programs that go through GEMDOS, and any program that goes through
     GEMDOS would happily work on a drive other than A and B. Any copy
     protected stuff bypasses the system entirely and goes directly to the
     1772, and when it gets a big "What you talkin' about, there ain't no
     drive B" from the 1772 the software is going to figure it's a pirate
     copy and die a horrible death."

 From The Atari ST Arts Forum

 Kim Gardner tells us:

     "Hello out there.  I've down-loaded some Graphic/.spc files.
     Is there a program that will allow me to convert these to GIF or BMPs?
     I don't know what this forum is about.  Atari?  Is that a special
     operating system as opposed to IBM/DOS which I run."

 Hey, a DOS user!  Who lets these people in here?  Well, no matter.  Once
 Kim sees how happy we all are with our operating system and with GEM,
 there'll be one more of us.  In the meantime, Mike Mortilla of ZNET Online
 Magazine tells Kim:

     "I can't answer you question about the picture files, but the forum is
     like the Mac or IBM forums (ie- one big, happy users group). We're the
     kids who kept our old toys while the rest of the class went out and
     bought Beamers and 'Stangs!

     All kidding aside, most of us use Atari computers (yes, they are still
     in business. In my own case, I'm a composer and use it for music
     production (film, theatre and modern dance, etc). But don't abandon
     your quest for an answer to you question just yet. There are also
     those in this forum who use other platforms and might have an answer
     for you. I just don't do *any* graphic work, so can't help.

     I think there is a GIF forum or something like that. You could ask
     CompuServe to 'Find Pictures' at any command prompt and probably find
     the right area."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Kim:

     "Unfortunately I don't know of any PC utilities to convert the
     .SPC  files you downloaded into either .GIF or .BMP (or actually,
     anything else) format...

     Those files are produced by a graphics program called Spectrum 512,
     which runs on the Atari line of computers.  Atari computers are based
     around the 68000 family of CPU chips, like the Macintosh and NeXT

     There ARE utilities which can convert .SPC files into .GIF, but only
     if you're running on an Atari computer.

     (If you're really in the dark about Atari, it's the company that
     originally started the "Video Game" revolution both with its coin-op
     video arcade games, and it's highly successful 2600 VCS home videogame
     console.  They still make some video games, but this forum supports
     the computers the company is making now...)"

 Have you seen PhotoChrome yet?  Well, if you remember how impressed you
 were the first time you saw Spectrum512, you'll love PhotoChrome.  Check
 it out when you get the chance.  Dom Alvear posts:

     "I am having a weirdo problem with PhotoChrome myself.  I have two
     Mega ST4's. One has a 2-chip TOS 1.04 set and the other has a 6-chip
     TOS 1.04 set.  The problem I am facing is that PhotoChrome thinks the
     machines are different!  How?  On the 2-chip machine it gives me six
     conversion options, while on the 6-chip machine it gives me four
     options, deleting the PCS-STe and the PCS 32K modes.  Now I would
     think that since I don't have an "e" machine anyway, that it would
     nuke those two options on both machines.  The big reason this is a
     problem to me is that the 6-chip machine also has the JRI 4K color
     board installed, but I can't get access to the 4096 colors since
     PhotoChrome won't let me.  Is it possible that the program is doing
     some weird computer determination by using the number of TOS chips??? 
     Please let me know."

 Greg Wageman asks Dom:

     "Are the dates in the two chipsets different?

     The official Atari recommendation is to check the second word of the
     OS header, which is pointed to by _sysbase at 0x4f2.  This has the
     familiar values 0x0100 for the original ROMs, 0x0104 for Rainbow TOS,
     etc.  According to Atari, the date can vary from country to country
     while the version number does not.  (It would be interesting to know
     if it varies by chipset too.)"

 Another very helpful guy, Sysop Jeff Kovach, tells Dom:

     "I tried Photochrome on a friend's ST with the 6 chip TOS 1.04, and
     encountered the same results as you.  Strange...  Photochrome must be
     trying to determine what TOS you have, but is not doing it properly. I
     have to ask, what happens when you try to use the STe options on the
     non-STe machine?"

 Dom adds this info:

     "On my non-STe Mega ST4 with the 2-chip TOS 1.04 set, PhotoChrome
     converts the pictures and "does stuff", but I am sure I am not getting
     the full palette since I don't have the right hardware.  I will try
     popping my JRI color board in the 2-chip Mega since this has been
     bugging me.  AFAIK, the "dates" in both TOS chipsets are the same
     since they are both TOS 1.04 sets?  I just sold my 6-chip set (not the
     same one Greg <grin>) so I can't find out anymore.  I will be buying a
     2-chip set soon and will see if that changes anything."

 From The Atari Vendors Forum

 One of the nice things about using a DOS machine is that you soon
 appreciate the ST and GEM.  But let's face it:  DOS is here to stay for a
 while.  Using a DOS machine is pretty much a necessity for people in
 business.  Luckily, you can transfer text files and such back and forth
 between ST and DOS easily.  Andy Luke asks about it:

     "I have some files on my atari I want to transfer to my PC, they are
     ASCII. The disks that these are on cannot be read by my PC.  I could
     copy all the files to a new disk, however this would take too long. 
     Is there a basic comms program I could DL to transfer the files via
     the COM port?"

 Sysop Ron Luks tells Andy:

     "Format a blank floppy disk ON THE PC (not the Atari ST) (as 720k or
     even 360k if your Atari drive is single sided) and then copy the files
     from your old Atari floppy to this newly formatted floppy. (This
     should only take a moment). Then the PC will be able to read the files
     off the disk."

 That's right folks, it's that easy.  But nothing is ever perfect.  Andy
 tells Ron:

     "I was trying to avoid floppies as there are *several* files.

     Oh well, looks like a job for a ramdisk!"

 David Hagood tells ICD about a possible bug in one of their new programs:

     "There seems to be a bug in the SCSI.PRG program supplied with ICD PRO
     V6.0.8: The last command byte of a 10 byte command is always sent as a
     0, even when the unit is told otherwise. I found this out when I was
     trying to tell my CD-ROM to play an audio CD (the final byte is
     important when selecting track number). The ROM is SCSI 9, unit 0. I
     am running TOS 3.06/MiNT 0.95."

 Knowing ICD, I'll bet they put a new, improved, bug-fixing,
 speed-increasing, awe-inspiring version in short order.

 In the Soft-Logik area, Dick (Grosvenor) Barber asks:

     "Have the reported bugs in the new drivers been worked out?  Any

 Mark at Soft-Logik tells Dick:

     "We are working on the drivers now, several are being tested. I'll
     post them as soon as they are ready.

     (BTW: After talking with you for literally years, you never mentioned
     you went by the nickname Dick. Well anyway, it's good talking to you

 From the Atari Portfolio Forum

 Ronald Grias tells us:

     "I have acquired a serial interface for my Port and would like to use
     it with my modem  to connect to Compuserve and to call into my office
     network.  Where can I get communication software for the Port? can I
     somehow use PC Anywhere with it?  Where do I go from here?"

 Sysop Ron Luks tells Ronald:

     "We have two telecomm programs for the Portfolio in our Telecomm
     library here.  Try Xterm2 and ACOM (docs included)."

 BJ Gleason adds:

     "...Due to hardware differences, PC Anywhere will not work on the

 Roland Chia posts:

     "I just got my Portfolio parallel interface yesterday from a guy, and
     the manual is missing.

     I've been trying to transfer files to my portfolio, but all I get is
     the "waiting for connection" for my PC and portfolio.  I'm using the program -- my pc is set to transmit, and the portfolio is set
     to receive."

 Peter Bennett tells Roland:

     "I believe one of the computers needs to be set as the 'server'
     (rather than 'receive'). I usually set the Portfolio to 'server' and
     handle the transfer from the PC end. It'll also be worth downloading
     'FTMenu' which is in the libraries here as ftm11.exe (I think!). Load
     it on your PC in the same directory as and it gives you a
     friendly front end for transferring files."

 Sysop BJ Gleason adds:

     "Set the Portfolio to SERVER instead of receive, and then you can
     control the whole thing from the PC..."

 Well, folks, so much for keeping this column shorter.  I hope you found
 something of use.

 Tune in again next week, same time, same channel, kick those shoes off,
 put your feet up, and listen to what they are saying when...

                            PEOPLE ARE TALKING



                        A VME CARD IN YOUR FUTURE?

 The following few paragraphs appeared on Compuserve in the Atari message
 area written by Bob Retelle.  Bob long known for his truthful answers to
 questions about computing sheds some reliable light on the "thousands of
 VME cards" available for the MSTE and TT.

 #: 37775 S17/Community Square
     05-Mar-93  01:42:06
 Sb: #37771-VME boards
 Fm: SYSOP*Bob Retelle 76702,1466
 To: Michael Smith 76004,526

 Oh.. VME is an Electronics Industry standard bus definition.

 It's used extensively in electronics instrumentation and control
 technology, military, and scientific applications.

 Where I work, we're installing high-speed communications nodes based
 around Motorola 68030 CPU boards on VME cards, with multiplexing and
 demultiplexing processors on other VME cards, all mounted in industry
 standard card cages.

 There are three standardized sizes the boards come in.. the smallest is
 the 3U form factor, about 3" high and 6" deep.  The second is the 6U
 board, about 6" x 6", and there's also a 9U size, about 9" high.

 The 6U board is the most widely used, because of the larger board area and
 it's ability to use the expanded bus specification.

 The 3U board Atari adapted, because the Atari implementation of the "VME
 standard" is non-standard) is used mostly in military applications because
 it can be more rugged, and in control applications where less circuitry is

 Unfortunately though, while we've been told there are "literally thousands
 of VME boards available" (which IS strictly true), there are virtually
 NONE that an Atari owner would want to use.

 Most of them are communications processors, or instrumentation controllers
 (want to control a robotics assembly plant with your ST..?), or other very
 specialized applications.

 There ARE a very few boards that have been specially designed for the
 ST/TT in the VME 3U form factor, but they're not from the pool of
 "literally thousands of VME boards available"... they're custom designs
 that are very expensive, and yes, as you asked, they're mostly video
 boards.   The Atari implementation of the VME bus eliminates most of the
 useful applications because it does not allow the VME board to take
 control of the system. Anything you put in your Atari "AVME" slot must be
 passive, like a graphics card or serial port.

 Actually, as far as I'm concerned, it was more a marketing device than
 anything useful for the Atari owner.




                           THE CT ATARIFEST '93!

                 JUNE 12 & 13, AT THE WINDSOR COURT HOTEL
                    WINDSOR, CT. (JUST ABOVE HARTFORD)

     Free Parking!
          Low Room Rates!
               More Vendors!
                    More Floor Space!

     Yep, that  ACT Atari Group is running another major NorthEast computer
 event.  Last year's successful  CT  Fest  had  over  700  attendees, which
 merited a  larger location,  so we've  moved a mile away (exit 42 on I-91)
 into bigger and better  quarters.   We're just  as convenient  to reach as
 ever,  and  only  two  hours  from  Boston  or New York! The new hotel has
 excellent room rates ($35.00 per room),  free and  plentiful parking, easy
 access from Interstate 91, I-95, I-90, I-84, I-80, an in house Sports Bar,
 a bigger ballroom and is located  just 1  mile from  Bradley International
 Airport (free shuttle service for hotel guests).

     We expect that an even greater number of vendors this year, surpassing
 the excellent turnout of  the  past  shows.    We  already  have tentative
 commitments from  A&D Software,  Gribnif Software, Barefoot Software, Toad
 Computers, Computer Studio,  Baggetaware,  Derric  Electronics, E.Hartford
 Computer   Repair,   MegaType   Software,  Wizztronics  and  GFA  Software
 Technology.  Last year we had  FOURTEEN user  groups, this  year we should
 have even more (We also expect an exciting 8 Bit contingent)!

     We'll  have  our  annual  New  England Lynx Competition, with multiple
 Comlynxed competitions underway at  all times.   Last  year's winners took
 home prizes  ranging from  games to  accessories to complete Lynx Systems!
 Bring your best player and join the fun.

     We'll have the Portfolio Corner,  staffed  with  industry  pundits and
 filled with  every imaginable  palmtop peripheral!  Last year we had a few
 Portfolios disassembled at the  booth, a  real insight  into surface mount

     For those  of you  with an  eye towards  seminars, we'll  have them in
 abundance, last year's question  and answer  session with  Bob Brodie drew
 standing only crowds! In addition, we had John Eidsvoog's walk through the
 Codehead graphic tools, Jeff  Naideau  of  Barefoot  Software  showing off
 EdiTrack Platinum,  Dave Troy  of (Guess[ribbet]) Computers and many, many

     And to top things  off, come  out and  see the  Falcon 030  in all its
 glory.  By then we expect to see some rad new programs out and some really
 excitement!  All in all, we hope to have the best Northeast  show yet, and
 we look  forward to  your participation.  Make your plans now for the most
 exciting Atari Weekend this spring!

     For further information, call  Brian Gockley  at 203-332-1721  or Doug
 Finch at 203-637-1034.  We can also be found on GEnie in Category 11 or on
 Compuserve in the Atari arenas.   E-mail can  be directed  to B.GOCKLEY or
 D.FINCH7 on GEnie or to 75300,2514 or 76337,1067 on CIS.


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 > BBS ETHICS STR InfoFile        A good rule of thumb for all....

                        Ethics For BBS Users
                          (Source Unknown)
    The following are a few points of general BBS etiquette. If you 
    wish to maintain your welcome on  whatever system you happen to
    call, it would be to your advantage to observe these few rules.

    1. Don't habitually hang up on a system. Every SysOp  is  aware
       that accidental disconnections happen once in a while but we
       do tend to get annoyed with people  who hang up every single
       time they call because they are either too lazy to terminate
       properly  or they  labor under the  mistaken assumption that
       the  10  seconds they save online is  going to significantly
       alter their phone bill. "Call Waiting"  is not an acceptable
       excuse  for long.  If you have it and intend to use the line
       to call BBS systems, you should either have it  disconnected
       or find some other way to circumvent it. In some areas a *70
       before dialing, will disable call waiting for that call!

    2. Don't do dumb things like leave yourself a message that says
       "Just  testing to see  if this  thing  works".  Where do you
       think all those other messages came from if it didn't  work?
       Also, don't leave whiney messages that say "Please leave  me
       a message".  If ever there  was a person to ignore, it's the
       one who begs someone to leave him a message.  If you want to
       get messages,  start  by reading  the ones  that are already
       online and getting involved in the conversations that exist.

    3. Don't use the local equivalent of a chat command unless  you
       really  have some clear  cut notion of  what you want to say
       and  why.  Almost any  SysOp is  more than  happy to  answer
       questions or offer help concerning his system. Unfortunately,
       because about  85% of the  people who  call want to chat and
       about  99% of  those people  have absolutely nothing to  say
       besides "How old are you?" or  something equally irrelevant,
       fewer SysOps even bother answering their pagers every day.

    4. When you are offered a place to leave comments when exiting
       a system,  don't try  to use  this area  to ask  the  SysOp
       questions.  It is  very rude to the other callers to expect
       the  SysOp to carry  on a half  visible  conversation  with
       someone.  If you have  a question  or statement to make and
       expect the SysOp to respond to it, it should always be made
       in the section where  all the other messages are kept. This
       allows the SysOp to help many people with the same  problem
       with the least amount of effort on his part.

    5. Before you log on with your favorite  pseudonym,  make sure
       that handles  are allowed.  Most SysOps  don't  want people
       using handles on the system.  There is not  enough room for
       them, they get silly games of one-upmanship started,  it is
       much nicer to  deal with a  person on a personal basis, and
       last but not least, everyone should be willing to take full
       responsibility  for  his  actions  or comments  instead  of
       slinging mud from behind a phoney name.

    6. Take the time to log on properly. There is no such place as
       RIV, HB,ANA or any of a thousand other abbreviations people
       use  instead of  their proper  city.  You  may  think  that
       everyone knows what RIV is supposed to mean,  but every BBS
       has people calling from all around the country and I assure
       you that someone from Podunk Iowa has no  idea  what you're
       talking about.

    7. Don't go out of your way to  make  rude  observations  like
       "Gee, this system is slow".  Every  BBS  is a  trade off of
       features.  You can  generally  assume  that  if  someone is
       running a particular  brand of software,  that he is either
       happy  with  it or  he'll decide  to find another system he
       likes  better.  It  does  nobody  any  good when  you  make
       comments  about  something  that you perceive to be a  flaw
       when  it's  running the  way the SysOp wants.  Constructive
       criticism is somewhat more welcome.   If you have an alter-
       native method that seems to make good sense  then run it up
       the flagpole.

    8. When  leaving messages, stop and ask yourself whether it is
       necessary to  make it private.  Unless there might  be some
       particular reason that  everyone shouldn't know what you're
       saying,  don't make it  private.  We don't call them PUBLIC
       bulletin boards for nothing, folks. It's very irritating to
       other callers when there  are blank  spots in the  messages
       that  they can't  read and  it  stifles interaction between

    9. If your favorite  BBS has a  time  limit, observe it. If it
       doesn't, set a limit  for yourself and abide by it instead.
       Don't tie up  a system  until it finally  kicks you off and
       then call back with another name. This same rule applies to
       downloading or playing games. Only one person at a time can
       be logged on to a BBS and it isn't fair to everyone else if
       you overstay your welcome. Remember, a  BBS is best when it
       can be left wide open.  If you try  and cheat the rules you
       just  hurt everybody by  forcing the  SysOp to  adopt  more
       stringent policies.  I can't count the number of BBS's that
       are now  locked  tighter than a drum  because of people who
       cheat and abuse.

   10. Don't  call a BBS  just to  look at  the list of  other BBS
       numbers.  Most especially don't call a system as a new user
       and run right to the other numbers list. There is  probably
       very little that's more annoying to any SysOp than to  have
       his  board completely  passed over  by you on  your  way to
       another board.

       FRONT OF YOUR FACE.  When a BBS displays your name and asks
       "Is this you?", don't  say yes  when you can see  perfectly
       well  that  it  is  mispelled.  Also,  don't  start  asking
       questions about simple operation of a system until you have
       thoroughly read all of the  instructions that are available
       to  you. I  assure you  that it isn't  any fun  to answer a
       question  for  the  thousandth  time  when  the  answer  is
       prominently displayed in a system bulletin or instructions.
       Use some  common sense when  you  ask your  questions.  The
       person who said "There's no such thing as a stupid question"
       obviously never operated a BBS.

   12. If by  some chance  you should encounter an error while you
       are online (Heaven forbid!), ALWAYS take  the time to leave
       the SysOp a message describing the circumstance. Don't just
       say "There was an error". That is not helpful in the least.
       Chances are that he knows there was an error. What he needs
       to know is what you were  doing when the  error occurred so
       that he can  have some chance of finding and correcting it.
       If the error happened after you input  something,  tell him
       what it  was. Remember  that a  BBS  can't  improve  unless
       you're willing to help.

   13. Don't be personally abusive. It doesn't matter whether  you
       like a SysOp or think he's a jerk. The fact remains that he
       has a  large  investment  in making his  computer available,
       usually out of the goodness of his heart. If you don't like
       a SysOp or  his system, just  remember  that you can change
       the channel any time  you want.  Calling a  SysOp  names or
       making uninformed comments  about  his lifestyle only shows
       you for the child you really are.

   14. Keep  firmly  in  mind that  you are a guest on any BBS you
       happen  to call. Don't  think of logging  on as one of your
       basic  human  rights.  Every person  that  has  ever  put a
       computer  system  online for  the use of  other people  has
       spent a lot of time and money to  do  so.  While he doesn't
       expect non stop pats on the back,  it seems reasonable that
       he should  at least be  able to expect  fair treatment from
       his callers. This includes following any of the  rules  for
       system use he has laid out without grumping about it. Every
       SysOp has his own idea of how he wants his system to be run.
       It is really none of your  business why he wants  to run it
       the way he does. Your business is  to either abide  by what
       he says, or call some other BBS where you feel that you can
       obey the rules.


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      1137 DPANEW13.ZIP             "Digital" newsletter - DOS/EGA/VGA
      1136 DPANEW13.DOC             "Digital Publishing News" - March,93
      1133 OPR1.EXE                 ONLINE POETRY REVIEW VOL 1 NO. 1
      1132 DPATOOL2.GIF             DPA Toolkit Full package Proof
      1128 V6I7.ASC                 The Teleputing Hotline (Vol. 6, #7)
      1115 BBR0293.ZIP              Feb, 1993, The Bell Business Report
      1109 SEE.EXE                  "SEE" File Utilities
      1108 GARLIC-MAGIC.ZIP         "Garlic Magic" - by George Knoblauch
      1107 EFORUM11.ZIP             Electronic Publishers Forum - #11
      1106 ANSIMOUS                 ANSI Editor for Macs (SEA)
      1105 V6I6.ASC                 The Teleputing Hotline (Vol. 6, #6)
      1104 REXXCOM-DPA.ZIP          REXXCOM - ASCII Publishing System
      1100 CANE0293.ZIP             CANE calendars of events in N.E.
      1099 DPANEW12.ZIP             REXXCOM version of "News" for 2/93
      1097 EP-WIN.EXE               DEMO W/Graphics E.Publishing Windows
      1096 ORPH141C.ZIP             Orpheus v.1.41 - Disk 3 of 3
      1095 ORPH141B.ZIP             Orpheus v.1.41 - Disk 2 of 3
      1094 ORPH141A.ZIP             Orpheus v.1.41 - From Hyperion

  PACIFIC EDGE ON GEnie!   The Pacific Edge Magazine has joined the
  """"""""""""""""""""""   GEnieLamp RoundTable.  Watch for new issues
  in the library and reader support in the bulletin board.

  FILE OF THE WEEK   The Teleputing Hotline Newsletter is this week's
  """"""""""""""""   selection.  Catch up on what's happening in the
  telecommunications world, quickly and easily with The Teleputing
  Hotline!  This page, option #7.

  DIGITAL PUBLISHING NEWS   The March issue of  Digital Publishing
  """""""""""""""""""""""   Association is now available on the menu
  (Option #5) on page 515 as well as in the library.

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




                Cybercube Research Ltd., Canada
                         introduces the

           ._____.  __     __ .______.  .______. ._.
          / .___. \ \ \   / / | .___. \ | .____! | |
          | |   !_!  \ \_/ /  | !___! | | !__.   | |
          | |   ._.   \   /   | .__. ./ | .__!   | |
          | !___! |    | |    | |  \ \  | !____. | !____.
          \._____./    !_!    !_!   \_\ !______! !______!

    ._____. ._.  ._. .__   ._. .______.  ._.  ._____. .______.
   / .____! | |  | | |  \  | | | .___. \ | | / .____! | .____!
   | !___.  | |  | | | . \ | | | !___! | | | | !___.  | !__.
   \.___. \ | |  | | | |\ \| | | .__. ./ | | \.___. \ | .__!
   .____! | | !__! | | | \ ! | | |  \ \  | ! .____! | | !____.
   !_____./ \.____./ !_!  \__| !_!   \_\ !_! !_____./ !______!

  .__    __.   _.    ._.            _. .____.   .____.   .____.
  |  \  /  |  / |   / /            / | !___. \ / .__. \ / .__. \
  | . \/ . | /_ |  / /__.  .____. /_ |  .__! | | !__! | | |  | |
  | |\  /| |  | | / .__. \ !____!  | | / .__./ | .__. | | |  | |
  | | \/ | |  | | | !__! |         | | | !___. | !__! | | !__! |
  !_!    !_!  !_! \______/         !_! !_____! \.____./ \.____./

      The True Color High Resolution VME Bus Graphics Card
               for the Atari TT030 and Mega STE

 The  CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280  incorporates a versatile  and  fully
 programmable  Color  Video Controller with 2 MB  of  fast  32-bit
 video  RAM to form a high speed graphics  system.

 By employing the latest technologies,  custom designed components
 and more than 70 video clock frequencies up to 120 MHz, the CyReL
 SUNRISE  M16-1280  cards achieve a new level of  performance  and

 It  offers  a  wide  range  of  operating  modes  from   economic
 Monochrome displays to dazzling True Color imaging  capabilities.
 The  CyReL  SUNRISE M16-1280 can be operated  with  any  industry
 standard analog monitor,  ranging from small 12" analog greyscale
 to  17" VGA monitors and even to high end multi-sync monitors  up
 to 37".

 The built-in expansion connectors  provide further  opportunities
 for  enhancements  and  a  represent  a  flexible  way for future

 Multi-media  applications  can  take advantage  of  the  new  and
 exciting CyReL VidiMix8 Desktop Video expansion module. It allows
 every SUNRISE card to record live video clips,  instantly  resize
 and  capture True Color video images in real-time.  The  VidiMix8
 encode computer generated pictures,  animations and images in  12
 different  international TV standards while providing a  host  of
 special effects.

 The  CyReL  SUNRISE M16-1280 comes complete with its  own  custom
 True  Color  capable  VDI drivers,  offering  compatibility  with
 almost  all  GEM  applications  available.  A  number  of  system
 accessories  increase  the comfort and ease  of  configuring  the
 various features of the cards.

 The cards are being distributed by DMC Publishing Inc. and have a
 SRP of US $1,499. Visit our new GEnie Support area  (Category 16,
 Topic 12).


                            DMC Publishing Inc.

                        2800 John Street, Suite 10
                       Markham, ON, L3R 0E2, Canada

                            Tel. (416) 479 1880
                            Fax  (416) 479 1882


                        Cybercube Research Limited

                          126 Grenadier Crescent
                      Thornhill, ON, L4J 7V7, Canada

                            Tel. (416) 882 0294
                            Fax  (416) 886 3261

                      Cybercube Research Ltd., Canada
                              introduces the

                  ._____.  __     __ .______.  .______. ._.
                 / .___. \ \ \   / / | .___. \ | .____! | |
                 | |   !_!  \ \_/ /  | !___! | | !__.   | |
                 | |   ._.   \   /   | .__. ./ | .__!   | |
                 | !___! |    | |    | |  \ \  | !____. | !____.
                 \._____./    !_!    !_!   \_\ !______! !______!

              ._____. .______. .______.  ._.      __      ._.
             / .____! | .____! | .___. \ | |     /  \     | |
             | !___.  | !__.   | !___! | | |    / /\ \    | |
             \.___. \ | .__!   | .__. ./ | |   / /__\ \   | |
             .____! | | !____. | |  \ \  | |  / ______ \  | !____.
             !_____./ !______! !_!   \_\ !_! /_/      \_\ !______!

                .__    __.  .____.  ._.  ._.  ._____. .______.
                |  \  /  | / .__. \ | |  | | / .____! | .____!
                | . \/ . | | |  | | | |  | | | !___.  | !__.
                | |\  /| | | |  | | | |  | | \.___. \ | .__!
                | | \/ | | | !__! | | !__! | .____! | | !____.
                !_!    !_! \.____./ \.____./ !_____./ !______!

 .__    __.      __      .__   ._.      __       .______. .______. .______.
 |  \  /  |     /  \     |  \  | |     /  \     / ._____! | .____! | .___.\
 | . \/ . |    / /\ \    | . \ | |    / /\ \    | |  .__. | !__.   | !___!|
 | |\  /| |   / /__\ \   | |\ \| |   / /__\ \   | |  !_ | | .__!   | .__../
 | | \/ | |  / ______ \  | | \ ! |  / ______ \  | !___! | | !____. | |  \ \
 !_!    !_! /_/      \_\ !_!  \__| /_/      \_\ \.___/!_! !______! !_!  \_\

             The current release supports these device types:

                    Microsoft(R) MS-Mouse (serial type)
                 MSC(R) Mouse Systems Corporation PC-Mouse
                   SummaSketch(R)  PLUS GRAPHICS TABLETS
                         and compatible products


             ATARI(R) ST(TM), STe(TM), MEGA(TM), MEGA STE(TM),
                       TT030(TM) and Falcon 030(TM)

                Current Release: 1.02c          Date:  2/93

 This  press release  contains  information on the CyReL Serial  Mouse
 Utility  and device driver that enhance the performance of any  ATARI

 A utility program supports the operation of the computer by providing
 system management capabilities. It extends the scope of the features
 provided by the built-in operating system, making the working
 environment more responsive and comfortable to use. A device driver is
 software that controls and communicates directly with system hardware,
 hardware expansion modules and other peripherals.

 The CyReL Serial Mouse Manager software offers these features:

      = Customizes and enhances the GEM operating system.

      = Allows the use of industry standard high resolution serial mice
        compatible with the MS-Mouse or PC-Mouse format.

      = Uses any of the built-in serial ports.

      = Automatic serial port configuration depending on the selected
        input device.

      = Supports 'dual mouse' operation. The original mouse and
        serial mouse can both be used at any time.

      = Provides advanced mouse speed control features including
        ballistic response, dynamic speed regulation and mouse
        resolution compensation.

      = Enables the use of any graphics tablet compatible with the
        Summagraphics MM series.

      = Improves the performance of the operating system and
        interaction accuracy with GEM application programs.

      = Easy configuration of all system input devices for optimum

      = Supports the CyReL M16-1280 True Color High Resolution
        Graphic Cards.

      = 3 Utilities in one: mouse accelerator, screen saver and
        serial mouse driver.

      = User friendly GEM based configuration utility.

      = No soldering, no hardware add-ons, no patch cables,
        no system modifications required.

 The  CyReL Serial Mouse Manager files are being distributed
 as  a commercial product.  A free demonstration package is available
 through  many BBSs and information services/networks such as GEnie.

 Order Code     Description          Quantity   Canada    U.S./Foreign

 ACSM12         CyReL Serial Mouse
                Manager & Driver       1-     Cdn $15.00   US $13.00
                Release 1.02

 ACPM36         CyReL Palette Master   1-     Cdn $20.00   US $17.00
                Release 3.6e

 Quantity       U.S. / Canada        Foreign
                US $ / Cdn $          US $
   1             $1.00               $2.50
   2-5           $2.50               $5.00
   5-10          $5.50              $10.00
  10-over*      $10.00              $20.00


 All orders must be prepaid.
 Check/Money Order in Canadian or U.S. funds only.


                        Cybercube Research Limited
                          126 Grenadier Crescent
                      Thornhill, ON, L4J 7V7, Canada

                    Cybercube Research Ltd., Canada
                            introduces the

              ._____.  __     __ .______.  .______. ._.
             / .___. \ \ \   / / | .___. \ | .____! | |
             | |   !_!  \ \_/ /  | !___! | | !__.   | |
             | |   ._.   \   /   | .__. ./ | .__!   | |
             | !___! |    | |    | |  \ \  | !____. | !____.
             \._____./    !_!    !_!   \_\ !______! !______!

 .______.     __      ._.      .______. ._________. ._________. .______.
 | .___. \   /  \     | |      | .____! !___. .___! !___. .___! | .____!
 | !___! |  / /\ \    | |      | !__.       | |         | |     | !__.
 | .____./ / /__\ \   | |      | .__!       | |         | |     | .__!
 | |      / ______ \  | !____. | !____.     | |         | |     | !____.
 !_!     /_/      \_\ !______! !______!     !_!         !_!     !______!

     .__    __.      __       ._____. ._________. .______. .______.
     |  \  /  |     /  \     / .____! !___. .___! | .____! | .___. \
     | . \/ . |    / /\ \    | !___.      | |     | !__.   | !___! |
     | |\  /| |   / /__\ \   \.___. \     | |     | .__!   | .__. ./
     | | \/ | |  / ______ \  .____! |     | |     | !____. | |  \ \
     !_!    !_! /_/      \_\ !_____./     !_!     !______! !_!   \_\

                    The Ultimate Color Handling Utility
         Works in any mode ranging from Monochrome to True Color
    Features Smooth Shading, Cut & Paste  Color  Clips,  Swap, Copy,
    Rainbow,  Save & Load,  Color & Greyscale Conversion, Palette or
    Profile Operation with multiple Undo Functions, Gamma Correction
                         and Color Level Adjust

        Runs on all Atari computer systems with 512 KB and more.
              Minimum screen resolution required: 320x200.

    Copyright (c) 1993 by Cybercube Research Limited, Toronto Canada

 The PALMASTR.ACC or PALMASTR.PRG is an interactive color handling
 utility originally designed to  facilitate all color controlling
 functions of the CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 High Resolution True Color
 Graphics Cards for the Mega STE and TT030.

 The newly released version now runs on ANY Atari machine and allows
 the operation in all of these modes: monochrome, 4 colors, 16 colors,
 256 colors, Falcon High Color Modes and even in the dazzling True
 Color Modes of the CyReL M16-1280 Graphics Cards.

 The program provides  on-line help functions to familiarize the user
 with all menu functions and features available.

 Although the utility was designed for high resolution displays, this
 version now also runs on small screens like 320x200. A special screen
 layout is used whenever the resolution drops below a certain
 threshold. Some features are not available in modes with less than 16

 The CyReL Palette Master makes extensive use of icons and sub-menus to
 present all the options. The installation of the PALMASTR.PRG as an
 replaces and surpasses all existing color handling utilities.

 The  CyReL Palette Master files are being distributed as  a commercial
 product. It comes complete with installation instructions, help file,
 tutorial and more than 30 predefined color palettes to customize any
 desktop.  A free demonstration package is available through  many BBSs
 and information services/networks such as GEnie.

 Order Code     Description          Quantity   Canada    U.S./Foreign

 ACSM12         CyReL Serial Mouse
                Manager & Driver       1-     Cdn $15.00   US $13.00
                Release 1.02

 ACPM36         CyReL Palette Master   1-     Cdn $20.00   US $17.00
                Release 3.6e

 Quantity       U.S. / Canada        Foreign
                US $ / Cdn $          US $
   1             $1.00               $2.50
   2-5           $2.50               $5.00
   5-10          $5.50              $10.00
  10-over*      $10.00              $20.00


 All orders must be prepaid.
 Check/Money Order in Canadian or U.S. funds only.

 If you would like to know more about our products, please contact us
 as shown below and we will be glad to be of service.

 Mail/Orders:      Cybercube Research Limited
                   126 Grenadier Crescent
                   Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 7V7

 Telephone:        (416) 882 0294
 Fax:              (416) 886 3261
 BBS:              (416) 882 5895
 GEnie:            CYBERCUBE

     All product names and brand names appearing in this document are
     registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

    Copyright (c) 1993 Cybercube(TM) Research Limited, Toronto, Canada



                       THE 16 BIT SHOW FROM WEMBLEY
                              A PERSONAL VIEW

 By Peter Sharpe
       Arriving at Wembley on a freezing cold friday morning I parked my 
  trusty motorbike outside the conference centre and made my way round to
  exhibition hall 1, the home of this years 16 Bit Show.
       After visiting the show last year, I commented on this network
 about just how poor computer shows had become, how they had been overrun
 by games, and the poor support shown for the Atari. So I was shocked to
 find that there was a queue of people going half way round the building
       As a matter of fact there were two queues, one for pre-paid ticket
  holders, and another for those without. The show was filled to
 capacity, the man on the door said. A maximum of 2000 people are allowed
 in at any one time, and until more people came out, no more could go in,
 with the pre-paid ticket holders getting priority.
       I was faced with a dilemma. I could either join the queue, with
 the prospect of waiting a couple of hours to get in, or I could go back
 home and come back later in the afternoon. Yup, you guessed it, I joined
 the queue. I don't know what it is about us British, but we seem to love
 queuing. The prospect of standing outside in the freezing cold for an
 hour or so doesn't seem to bother us. If anyone had set up a hot dog
 stand down there that morning they would have made a killing. At least
 it isn't raining, said one particularly cheerful individual as we stood
 around waiting. Quiet, said someone else, don't tempt fate.
       I could continue on this vain for a few more pages, but to cut a
 long story short(ish) I got chatting to the people around me and after
 about an hour we were in. After all that queuing I was expecting
 something fairly spectacular. What a disappointment. The show didn't
 even fill the first hall. There was a time when it filled 3 halls, with
 500+ exhibitors. This time there were less than 100. Determined to get
 value for my 6 ukp entry ticket, I ignored the opportunity to waste
 another pound on a show guide, and went for a wander round.
       The first stand you see on entering the show is HiSoft, always a
 stand worth a look at, as they are usually at the sharp end of Atari
 technology. Naturally they had a Falcon, in fact they had two, one
 running a very short demo from CD-ROM, and another running TruePaint,
 busy loading in various still images, mostly from Star Trek-The Next
 Generation. And very nice they were too. Very pretty. Boring, but
 pretty, none the less. And that sums up the whole show really. Very
 nice, but nothing of particular interest. 

       Further round I was surprised to see yet another group of Falcons 
 (I am sure some clever sort will tell me what the collective word for
 Falcons is). One was running a very boring slideshow routine, a second
 was connected though a genlock to a video camera, overlaying a still
 image onto the video signal, while a third was running Windows 3.1,
 though not very well. So although the Falcon was in attendance, there
 was no sign of any serious software for it, or at least none that worked
 well enough to demonstrate. 

       Watching all this Falconry from a discreet distance was System 
  Solutions, or whatever they are calling themselves. Aha I thought, they
 will have some TOS 1.4 ROMS for me. Nope, not a dicky bird. They had
 2.06 though, as did lots of people. I don't want 2.06 I said, I have
 NeoDesk and 2.5Meg of memory to play with. I only want 1.4 for its hard
 disk routines and its file move commands. Nothing doing till March they
 said, something about Atari not allowing it to be distributed yet.
 Typical Atari again, no wonder they are in trouble.
       Okay, I'd seen the Falcon, I'd totally failed to get hold of TOS
 1.4, time to see what else there was around. I was glad to see Analogic
 were there, showing the new 8Meg expansion for the Mega ST/STe/TT. They
 said they didn't have TOS 1.4 with them, but they might have it back at
 the shop. A visit to Kingston on monday. A good little company, who will
 bend over backwards to help you out if you just ask them nicely.
       Another company who helped me out was Deal Direct. I went there in
  search of a monitor stand (8ukp), a printer stand (2.99) and a disk box
  (2.50). Unfortunately I somehow managed to forget to pick up the
 monitor stand, and it wasn't until I got home that I realized my
 mistake. I gave them a ring. "Never mind", they said, come back tomorrow
 and pick it up. I'm impatient, so I went back that evening and got it,
 but the fact that they trusted me, even though I had no receipt said
 that this was a company worth dealing with in the future, so if you need
 any computer stationary, disks, boxes, stands etc then you could do
 worse than give them a ring. I'll put the details at the bottom.
       I don't know if you've noticed, but modems seem to be all the rage
 at the moment. You only need to open a computer magazine to find 14k4
 modems for 300 quid. They all seem to be jumping on the bandwagon. There
 were at least 4 different makes of a speed modem on offer, none BT 
  approved (naughty). Maybe they will have some cheap fax software. Fat 
  chance. All that was on offer was Tele Office, a snip at 60ukp mono
 only. Since I didn't have 60 quid or a mono monitor I passed. I can't
 believe there isn't some bright spark out there who has written a PD fax
 program. I only want it to fax the odd letter or two, so 60 quid is a
 bit much really. 

       Well, what else was there. Virtual Reality of course. Two people
 with funny hats trying to shoot each other in a virtual room. Talk about
 looking silly. They were like Thunderbird puppets without the strings.
 Still got a bit of work to do there me thinks.
       16/32 PDL were there as well. They had FzT 2.12. When I asked when
 they would be getting 2.20 they said it would be a while yet. Ha Ha.
       So that was it apart from lots of stands selling Amiga (pah)
 parts, the usual collection of games stands, the NASA pens, and an odd
 little stand who's name escapes me but was selling various bits and bobs
 for the Atari. Memory, plugs and sockets, even whole motherboards. He
 didn't have any TOS 1.4 ROMs though. What he did have was a confidential
 draft copy of the technical spec for the Falcon. Interesting reading.
 Very interesting. More interesting even than '20 things you didn't know
 about Steve Davis'. It was manned by an oriental gentleman who's name
 also escapes me, but his stand was on the far right of the hall, and if
 anyone knows which stand I mean, would they let me know, as I wouldn't
 mind getting a catalogue. 

       Another stand worth a look was R J Simulations (I think that was
 their name), they had a very nice simulation of a remote control
 helicopter, with a proper 'radio' control unit to fly it with. I first
 saw this stand at the Model Engineers show at Olympia in January. The
 graphics are simple but functional, and the simulation is VERY good. It
 really flies like a real model ( I don't own one, but I was watching
 someone who did, and he said so). And of course it doesn't matter if you
 crash, you just reset it and start again. It can be adjusted for
 different models and different weather. You view it from a fixed
 viewpoint on the ground, just like you would if it was real. If you fly
 it directly towards you, you can crash it into yourself. A nice touch of
 realism. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to take up model

       I was getting bored by now, fed up with seeing stand after stand
 of Amiga games and hardware, so I was pleased when I came across Air
 Warrior. This is flight combat over the phone. You download a program,
 then dial into a central computer and try to shoot down other players,
 who are also connected. I know some of you lot already play. They gave
 me a card, which you send off and they give you 3 hours free play time.
 Hasta la vista baby !! 

  Thanks again to Deal Direct mail order for being so helpful when I was
 so careless, I said I'd give you a plug.
                             Future Computing
                              62C London Road
                             Leicester LE2 0PF
                       Tel: Leicester (0533) 718191


 > OXYD STR Review                         Oxyd is unique.......

                A Challenge in Creativity and Coordination

 by Dana P. Jacobson

      Oxyd, a new game from Dongleware Software, reminds me quite a bit of
 Atari's "Chip's Challenge" on the Lynx, a little like Psygnosis'
 "Lemmings", and PacMan (being chased) - all wrapped into one.  It's truly
 one of those games that you will consider addictive.

      Oxyd is unique in that it is available as a downloadable demo.  The
 game is fully functional.  The game consists of 200 levels (100 for
 single-player and 100 for dual-player modes).  The "demo" portion of the
 game allows you to play the first 10 levels with just your talents being
 the only restriction.  Complete a level and move on to the next, _until_
 you get to the eleventh level.  From here, the commercial part of the
 program takes effect.  You cannot complete Level 11 (or beyond) without
 the Oxyd Book.  More on this later, let's talk about the game itself!

      Boot the game and you've entered the world of Oxyd.  It consists of
 100 different landscapes.  As the player, you assume the role of a black
 marble, roaming through the various mazes or challenging scenery while
 encountering various magic tokens and other objects of unknown qualities. 
 In each landscape, it is your goal to locate the Oxyds which,
 mysteriously, have "closed" and shut off the Oxyd world's oxygen.  You
 must touch each Oxyd with the black marble, "opening" them up and
 revealing different colors or patterns.  To be successful, you must touch
 two of the same pattern or color so that they will remain open and provide
 oxygen.  The tricky part is that while these Oxyds are closed, they all
 appear exactly the same until touched.  When an unmatched Oxyd is touched,
 it will open and blink until you either touch another and making a
 matching pair, or touch another of a different color or pattern.  If you
 don't find a pair, you must remember which colors are where so that once
 you find the match, you can return and get its mate!  Once all of the Oxyd
 pairs are opened, you've completed that level, and ready for the next.

      Sound easy?  It isn't, usually.  While the premise of the game is
 quite simple, there are barriers to overcome.  Many of the surfaces found
 on the landscapes vary and you need to move accordingly.  Some have
 different texture, are curved, or break apart as you roll over them! 
 There are "swamps", water, ice, deep chasms, passageways, and unmovable
 blocks.  There are various objects along the way which may be "picked up"
 by rolling over them.  Most can be used in a manner to allow you to make
 progress in your quest.  For example, that unmovable block you've
 encountered may be "blown up" with that stick of dynamite you found
 earlier in the landscape.  Just make sure that you're not sitting next to
 it, as the explosion is powerful enough to leave a crater!  Or, that chasm
 you've encountered is quite deep.  How do you get across?  Hmmm, perhaps
 you can float across using that umbrella you found under that last movable
 tile?  Yep, that would work!  In addition to those I've mentioned, there
 are numerous other tokens and objects that will be encountered.  Each one
 has its own unique, and unknown affect.  On occasion, you will have to
 combine the affects of one object with another to gain the necessary final
 goal.  Curiosity and guts is the name of this gameplay; you must take
 chances and try different things to progress.  Once you learn the
 characteristics of certain objects, you can use that knowledge in the

      As I mentioned earlier, the manual becomes absolutely necessary after
 reaching the 11th level.  Starting at Level 11, you will encounter (the
 first of many throughout the rest of the game) a magic token.  This token
 is in the shape of an unmovable tile, usually blocking your path toward
 the completion of a specific needed task or movement.  Written on the top
 of each of these tokens are "magic formulas" which can help remove these
 roadblocks.  Actually, these really aren't formulas, but references to a
 specific page, column and line within the manual. Locating the page and
 correct column & line will give you a 3- character code.  If you've
 located this code correctly, typing it in will result in that once
 unmovable block blowing up and allowing you to pass.  So, you can see how
 it is necessary to get the manual; there are 100+ pages of just codes!! 
 To add to this type of copy protection, the codes are protected even more
 by being printed, in printer's terms, in non-repro blue.  This means that
 it's extremely difficult to xerox these pages, if not impossible.  You may
 get a few codes, but definitely not all. Without them all, they are

      Along the way, you come across some unusual landscapes, called
 meditation landscapes.  In each of these, instead of moving your marble in
 search for the Oxyds, you must move several (usually four) green balls
 into various shallow pits.  It sounds easy, but the problem is that ALL of
 the balls are controlled by a single movement of the mouse!    Move one
 left, and they all go left. Unfortunately, to make things even more
 complicated, all of the balls don't start at the same position.  And then
 (what else could you possibly do to make it more difficult?), the
 landscapes are designed so you may be surrounded by a chasm or other
 obstacle! Remember those toys when you were young that had those small
 silver balls within a plastic case?  You had to shake the case in order to
 move the balls so that each one ended up in a hole or slot?  This is very
 similar.  You can get one ball in the pit and while moving another you
 knock the first one out!!  All of the balls must end up in a pit, and not
 moving, before you've completed these landscapes.  And you thought finding
 all of the Oxyds was hard!

       Oxyd has a number of variations which can enhance the game play (as
 if it need it!).  You can play against the clock.  Beat the "best" time
 and you can enter your own initials in the list. You can also play with a
 friend, using two computers.  This can be accomplished with a null modem,
 connecting with MIDI cables, modem to modem, or by network.

      Oxyd is available for the Atari ST/TT/Falcon computer, as well as for
 the Mac, IBM, Amiga, and NeXT.  On the Atari line, Oxyd is available
 separately for color, monochrome, and TT/Falcon systems.

      If you don't want to download the program (usually 500 - 800K), you
 can order the disk directly from Dongleware, by phone. The disk, and
 manual, are available worldwide.  Even bookstores carry it (American
 version: ISBN 3-928278-12-6).  It's also available in England, France, and

                           Dongleware Publishing
                               Cambridge, MA
                              (617) 497-1130
                      Toll free orders: 800-228-OXYD

                               Great Britain
                              CACHET UK, Inc.
                                PO Box 170
                            Sittingbourne, Kent
                                 ME10 3NG
                        Telephone/Fax - 0795-435594

                         Application Systems Paris
                            Rue Germain Dardan
                             F-92120 Montrouge
                         Telephone (1)
                            Fax  (1)

                          Dongleware Verlags GmbH
                               Postfach 1163
                           D-W6903 Neckargemuend
                        Telephone/Fax  06223 / 8740

 Questions and/or help:

 OXYD SOS Telephone: (617)497-1130 Thursdays 5-8 pm, or contact Thomas
 Tempelmann on Compuserve at (72377,351).  There may be Oxyd reps on
 Delphi and GEnie in the near future.

      Oxyd is one game that I highly recommend.  It provides hours on end
 of enjoyment, mixed in with the inevitable temporary frustration which
 makes for a challenging game.  See you all at the end when the world of
 Oxyd is restored; I'm currently on Level 31!

                                             Until next time....


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 > TAX WIZARD II STR InfoFile     Program is ready for '92 Taxes

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     For the third year in a row, A&D  Software, a  subsidiary of MacDonald
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 helpful preparation  information.    No complicated overlays are necessary
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     Tax Wizard II is a stand  alone GEM  oriented tax  preparation program
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 self employed  and have capital gains, home offices expenses or run a sole
 proprietor business.  More than 25 forms are supported with  the 1992 year

     The program  is much  improved over  the 1991 tax year version, and is
 easy to use.  Both ST and TT compatible (no support for  ST Low  or TT Low
 rez), once  you backup  the program,  you can  use the backup disk for the
 program and saving of your data.  The  Tax Wizard  II developers recommend
 that you  work from  a back  up, and  indicate that you can use either the
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 included from information provided by the user in the file start up dialog
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 final printout without intervention by the user.  As a  preparation guide,
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 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - San Francisco, CA                    ST MICROWORLD WINS ARBITRATION
     Reports are filtering in that ST MicroWorld, owned by Bill Yerger, has
 won a decision in arbitration sessions.  Yerger brought suit against Atari
 for wrongfully  revoking his dealership.  Pending appeal, the decision has
 reportedly awarded ST Microworld $200,000.00.

 - Hannover, Germany                 ATARI DTP CENTERS DROP IN NUMBERS

     According to our sources, the DTP  centers in  Germany that  are Atari
 related used to be as high as 585, now the latest count is they're down to
 between 50-60 DTP service centers.  The reason is alleged  to be  the lack
 of advertising,  support and  a total  lack of public awareness.  Analysts
 seem to favor that under the current conditions, there is  little hope for

 - Chicago, IL                               LYNX ALL BUT ASLEEP

     "The fabled  Atari Lynx  game machine,  really a  very good one, never
 really achieved the marketshare  it had  the potential  for.   Many of the
 larger  outlets  have  stopped  carrying  the  Lynx.   The Lynx is all but
 asleep.  Its sad to see happening.. it had everything going for it."  This
 was a portion of a letter sent to our reporter by a developer for the Lynx
 who wanted to remain unsigned.  In his letter the dev said the Lynx was of
 a superior  design to  anything on  the market when it was released but it
 too, was never given the real  push  it  needed  to  take  off.    He also
 expressed his  lack of  confidence in  the new person appointed to head up
 developer relations and Atari for the Lynx.

     As snoop rumor reports  go, this  one is  quite interesting,  it seems
 there was  a meeting  in a  courtroom corridor  this past week involving a
 very special courier carrying a few certified bank  checks that apparently
 nipped certain proceedings (about to begin) in the bud. 

 - Los Angeles, CA                          SIG HARTMAN SPEAKS UP

     Recently, STReport  had the  wonderful opportunity  to talk to Mr. Sig
 Hartman.  Hartman, best known as Mr. Atari  in years  gone by,  took a few
 moments to  reflect on  the times.   We  asked Mr. Hartman a few questions
 about the past and of course  the future.   Rather  than go  for the usual
 question and answer array, we'll present this in an informal, conversation
 type presentation.  Sig was asked what he thought about the new Falcon and
 its chances  in the  US marketplace.   He began by telling us about how he
 met and spoke to Jack for the first  time in  almost two  years at Comdex.
 Sig thought  the Falcon was a great idea but at the same time he expressed
 concerns over  the  lack  of  substantial  US  Developer  support  for the
 machine.    He  added  that  the  machine would seemingly have to fend for
 itself until it established itself then the big developers may respond.
     When asked why he hadn't spoken to Jack  in so  long, especially since
 everyone knew  they were  such good friends, he responded it was because I
 had left Atari with some very  hard to  get over  feelings because  of the
 tough time  I had  with one  of his sons.  When asked which of the sons it
 was, his answer came as no surprise.   Sig replied  Leonard.   Back to the
 Falcon, Sig continued to comment about the Falcon and the fact that it was
 an impressive machine.  In fact, he made it a point to  wish Jack  and the
 company all  the luck in the world with its USA release.  When asked about
 his involvement with Goldleaf, and the "credit card incident" he  said the
 bank had  cleared the  problem up  for him  and he has heard no more about
 the matter.
     Sig began to illustrate what he's doing "these days"... he  went on to
 report he  is now  heavily involved  in Multi-Media and CD Rom production.
 Additionally, he pointed out that is a "booming  business" and  he expects
 to sell  "jillions!"   It was good to talk to Sig, we reminisced about the
 "good old days" talked about the current state of the Atari market  and of
 course, we  parted with the promise of more of the same.  Sig made our day
 letting us know he understood what STReport was all about in trying to say
 it like  it really  was and  not how certain folks would've liked it to be
     To take moment or two, one  can't help  but wonder  what heights Atari
 may have  attained had  Sig Hartman  stayed on with them..  Of course, his
 dynamic personality kept the peace in  the  Atari  community  and  it also
 provided  a  cohesive  element  we  haven't  seen since his departure.  If
 anything, Jack ought to seriously consider bringing Sig back in.  It would
 be  a  darn  sight  better  than  the rank amateurs managing the company's
 public relations and sales now.  There isn't a soul out there who will not
 agree that  Sig certainly  has his  act together  and could  easily be the
 catalytic ingredient in driving Atari into holding a major marketshare and
 a strong corporate recovery.


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

                            STReport's MailBag

                    Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

     Presented below  is the latest tirade from Jerry Cross.  It appears he
 has taken off the "kid gloves" and outrightly  called myself  and STReport
 liars.   That's good..  as there is nothing as good as a direct accusation
 to prove definitely wrong and put an end to his non-sense and double talk.
 Please overlook his use of expletives.... <sigh>

 An Open letter to the editor of ST-Reports. I am requesting that this
 message be published but hold little hope it will be.

 Permission is granted to reprint as long as entire message is left intact.


 Mr. Mariano,

 I have requested several times that we discuss this matter in the Genie
 message bases in hopes that we could somehow resolve this nonsense.
 Instead, time after time you refuse to reply to my messages, and you now
 resort to replying to my concerns in the pages of STR. Unfortunately this
 is a one-way dialog since I have no way to reply to your comments in a
 public forum. You constantly refuse to publish any of my messages, and
 therefore your readers only know your side of the story.

 Your recent commentary in Issue 9.09 of STR has finally forced me to come
 forward as forcefully as possible. You have now resorted to defaming me
 in public, and I no longer will allow this.

 In short, Mr. Mariano, I am now publicly calling you a liar. It's time to
 sh** or get off the pot.

 For the benefit of those who don't read your newsletter, let me reprint
 your comments and I'll give my side of the story.

 From Issue #9.09


     "To our readers;

     "Mr. Cross decided to resurrect an old and very tired matter about the
     FCC and Atari with his outrageous claims that STReport didn't have the
     facts,  was  blowing  smoke,  etc..   STReport's contention is its Mr.
     Cross who's very busy "blowing  smoke"  in  an  attempt  to  cloud the
     entire matter  for some  unknown reasons.  One can  only wonder who or
     what is "prompting" him.  The information  STReport obtained  from the
     FCC is  obtainable by anyone caring to take the time and initiative to
     seek it out. Anyone doing so  will soon  discover STReport  did indeed
     present the whole truth."


 Nothing was resurrected. I have been attempting to get the facts about
 this story out since November, when Ralph first made public statements on
 the F-Net that the Falcon was not FCC certified. Even though Mr. Mariano
 had a statement from Mr. Bob Brodie that the story in Z-Net was not
 accurate, Mr. Mariano continued to spread this story without any serious
 attempt to investigate it. I'll explain about this later.

 Mr. Mariano implies that I am being put up to this by some unknown source.
 This is not true. I am a serious Atari supporter who is tired of
 constantly trying to stop the spread of rumors published in STR. This
 rumor was spread for one purpose only. To discredit Mr. Bob Brodie and
 make him look bad by implying that he was lying about the statis of the
 Falcon's certification. No one encourage me to speak up about this, and
 I'm insulted that Mr. Mariano constantly implies this every time I have
 the nerve to speak up and challenge something he reports on.

 And yes, the information reported on is readily available to anyone who
 cares to seek it out. It only takes a phone call. I strongly encourage
 anyone who doubts the accuracy of what I'm reporting to verify it
 yourself. Mr. Mariano made the mistake of believing that most of his
 readers believes what he says with unquestionable loyalty. I am not one
 of them. Therefore, he must now be asked to explain his sloppy reporting.

 Mr. Mariano then went on to question why I objected to having my messages
 printed in STR. As explained, I have no problem with that. The trouble is
 I have sent him dozens of messages over the past two months, and he has
 constantly refused to publish them. Most of the messages posted on Genie
 were simply ignored altogether. The message that he has reprinted in Issue
 #9.09 and #9.07 were actually messages sent to another person. It's
 curious how he can find the time to answer other people's mail and not
 have time to answer my messages to him.

 To continue...


     "Mr. Cross  continues to  accuse and bleat nonsense about the accuracy
     of our presentation relative to the FCC and the events surrounding the
     certification  of  Atari  computers  and in particular, the Falcon030.
     Rest  assured,  STReport  would  not  dare  to  misquote  the  Federal
     Communications Commission.   Extreme  care was  exercised in composing
     the reports and we guarantee accuracy in their presentation."


 As I have stated to Mr. Mariano in the past, I do not question his facts,
 only his interpretation. I have made every attempt to try and show him he
 was wrong. I have supplied him with a number of sources I have called at
 the FCC. I was willing to give Ralph the benefit of the doubt. It was
 possible his source gave him inaccurate information. It was possible that
 a misunderstanding had occured. Either way, all I wanted was to clear
 this matter up and make everyone happy.

 After all, the information was public knowledge. There was simply no
 reason for him to withhold his sources at the FCC. But instead this is
 the reply I get...


     "In the meantime, we welcome anyone's input in  this matter.  In fact,
     we would  be pleased to assist anyone caring to verify the information
     by providing the telephone  numbers in  Washington D.C.  and in Laurel
     MD. where  the individuals  are located.   Mr.  Cross, in  the ever so
     usual litany,  is demanding  we reveal  our "sources"  within the FCC.
     How very  original.   Simply put, STReport will not, as always, comply
     with such requests.  Our sources are just that.... OURS!"


 Gosh, you can just about SMELL the smoke, can't you? On one hand he's
 willing to assist anyone wanting to verify the information, but then he
 turns around and says it's STR's practice NEVER to honor such requests.

 This message was followed by this....


     "STReport's source(s)  at the  Commission are  STReport's business not
     yours or  anybody else's  for that matter.  As you good and well know,
     STReport will only release a source ID if that source approves of such
     action.   But then,  why should  those sources be revealed? To make it
     easier for others to obtain info?  STReport's  sources at  the FCC are
     not at  all in  question _except in your mind_.  You can stand on your
     interpretation all  you wish.   However,  facts are  facts and history
     bears that  out to  the tee in this matter.  As for you giving me your
     sources at the FCC,  all you  gave me  was, incredibly,  a FIRST NAME!
     Again, you  try to  color the  truth with your interpretations of what
     you think you 'heard'. Stick  to  the  facts.  They  will,  as always,


 Now then, let me explain the last part of his statement. When this story
 first began to unfold, Mr. Marian was insisting that Atari supply him with
 the FCC Certification number. This was important so that Ralph could
 continue to spread around his lies concerning the certification. It goes
 like this.....

 Ralph's sole source of information at the FCC was the FCC BBS. This is a
 publicly accessable service supplied by the FCC so the public could access
 certification records. In order to access this information it was
 necessary to have the certification number. Now, that in itself is quite
 funny. Stay with me with this....You need a certification number to prove
 there is a certification number.

 Now what would happen I gave Ralph the FCC number. He would call the FCC
 BBS, of course, and search for a file on the Falcon. As he later found
 out, the FCC BBS is not quite up to date. The information is not input by
 the FCC labs but is gathered by the public information office. It takes
 time for this information to flow down to it, so the information had not
 yet been posted.

 Now the next step would be Ralph not finding the files. That's all the
 proof he needed to verify his claim it was not verified.

 Anyway, Ralph wanted the number. So I did what should have been quite
 simple for Mr. Mariano to do, I called the FCC myself. After about three
 hours of being bounced around I finally was put in touch with someone
 named Dave at the FCC's Technical Specifications department. Dave agreed
 to search for the certification number for me, which he supplied after
 about 10 minutes of searching.

 Now, nice guy that I am, I tried to pass this information on to Ralph. I
 made it as simple as I could. I informed Mr. Mariano that he could get his
 much sought after proof of certification by simply calling the number I
 supplied and asking for Dave. Unfortunately, I underestimated Mr.
 Mariano's ability to do simple investigative work. After all, there could
 be more then one Dave there, right? So he didn't call the number. Instead,
 he continued to spread the false rumor that the Falcon was not certified,
 and continued to do so until a number of messages on Genie finally forced
 him to follow through and get the proof. Incredible as it may sound, he
 still refused to call up Dave. Instead, he finds someone at the FCC labs
 to search for it. His original report, as printed in a January issue of
 STR, claimed that they couldn't even FIND a file on the Falcon. They later
 managed to stumble across the information and it was published a week

 But here is the problem. The last thing Mr. Mariano wanted to prove was
 that the Falcon was actually certified in November. HE COULDN'T! He was
 reporting for over a month at it wasn't certified. To now say it was
 actually certified all along would require that he appolize to Mr. Brodie
 for calling him a liar, and to appolize to the readers of ST-Reports, the
 users, and myself, for spreading false rumors. He even tried to cover up
 his mess by blaiming Atari for not giving the number out, and even the
 publisher of Z-Net for starting this mess in the first place!

 We now come to the good is another excert......


     "Jerry, we've known each other for quite some time and I must say your
     insistence upon this tack of my not having  the real  facts concerning
     the FCC  is ludicrous!   The  information was dictated to STReport and
     presented verbatim in STReport 902.    No  embellishments, nothing but
     the facts  just the  way we got them from the Engineer in Charge.  You
     proved nothing, absolutely nothing except that of an  attempt to build
     a facade  of smoke  and mirrors.   The Falcon was class B certified on
     January 8th.  Since the previous  certification with  its requirements
     were appealed  by Atari,  that certification was rendered invalid. You
     failed to understand that point of information."


 Note the phrase "The Engineer in Charge". Also referred to in past
 messages to me as "The Head Engineer".

 I sent Ralph a messages about this question. Unfortunately, it ended up in
 the pile of other unpublished messages he received from me.

 In it, I requested the source for his information. You have already read
 the reply I got. So I was forced to once again get on the phone and verify
 Mr. Mariano's story.

 Let me clarify this again. The "facts" that I am trying to find is what
 happened to the November certification.

 Here is Mr. Mariano's interpretation of the "facts".


     "Atari indeed had certification in late November 1992 for a very, very
     short time. Counted in days.  Once the appeal over the special monitor
     cable was made, the certification was  gone.    Gone  at  the  time we
     brought the  matter to  the attention  of our readers.  Gone until the
     Falcon030's re-certification on January 8th 1993.   In  fact there was
     no certification  at all  during Comdex  Fall'92 it  was only _applied
     for_.  You cannot possibly have  any idea  of when  STReport or myself
     first  contacted  the  FCC.    Yet,  you  try  to give the readers the
     illusion  you do.  The fact is this allegation is pure fantasy on your
     part.   Another of  your many  statements made  with no basis in fact.
     You see, STReport was  in contact  with the  FCC from  the time period
     right after  Comdex Fall'92 when the first indications began surfacing
     about the  Falcon030 having  NO FCC  Class B  certification.  STReport
     stayed in  close contact  with the  FCC relative  to this matter until
     such time as we posted the most recent  certification (01/08/93).   As
     for  sources,  we  simply  ignored  your  repeated  feeble attempts at
     confusing the matter by demanding we (as usual) reveal our  sources of
     information at  the Commission  and elsewhere.  In a nutshell; In late
     November, the Falcon030 was NO LONGER CERTIFIED!   THEREFORE; NO CLASS
     B CERTIFICATION!!   Atari  did not  gain Class B certification for the
     Falcon030 until January 8th 1993!  And now, that certification  may be
     in  question  also.    How  many  times  must  this  'minor'  fact  be
     illustrated to you before it _finally_ sinks in?????"


 In a nutshell, this statement is full of lies.

 Mr. Mariano was never in contact with the FCC. If he was, then he
 certainly would have had the certification number. His constant request
 for it is proof that he had not contacted the FCC on this matter.

 I contacted the FCC labs once again in hopes of finding this mysterious
 "head engineer". Nobody had a clue who to transfer me to. I was shuffled
 around to 5 differant engineers in hopes of verifying Mr. Mariano's story.
 One engineer, named Art Busch, confirmed that what I was saying all along
 was true and reputed what Ralph said.

 I sent this information to Ralph last week in hopes that he would try to
 verify his "facts". You saw the result of this request in this weeks issue
 of ST-Reports. Note that he makes no referance at all to Mr. Busch.

 Needless to say, I have had enough of this liplashing character
 assassination by Mr. Mariano.

 On Monday morning, March 1, I once again called the FCC labs. I requested
 to talk to the head of the labs (yup, it was that easy) and I was
 connected with Mr. Charlie Cobb, the Branch Chief for the FCC Labs. This
 is the closest thing to a "head engineer" at the FCC, since Mr. Cobb is in
 charge of the entire FCC lab. Since he ran the labs I would get the
 correct "facts".

 Mr. Cobb informed me that he has never talked to Mr. Mariano, Lloyd
 Pulley, or any individual representing ST-Reports, nor has he answered any
 questions concerning the Atari Falcon or any other Atari product.

 Mr. Cobb pulled the files on the Atari Falcon. He informed me that the
 original certification was "modified" by the FCC for Atari. A big
 difference!  As long as the computer in question was unchanged, the appeal
 was a simple matter of proceedure. The original certification was never
 canceled, as Mr. Mariano claims. It remained in effect throughout November
 and December, and once the appeal process was finished the original
 certification was then ammended to show the changes.

 On the other hand, if Atari had modified the original computer and then
 attempted to "recertify" it, then the original certification would have
 been canceled. Since the computer would no longer exist, no certification
 would be needed.

 This is not a special situation with electronic devices. It is a comman
 practice and it happens all the time.

 Therefore, Mr. Mariano's source is either grossly uninformed about the
 policies at the FCC, or Mr. Mariano concocted the whole story to cover his
 past lies. You decide.

 At this time I would also like to expose another of Mr. Mariano's upcoming
 false rumors.

 Mr. Mariano reported a while ago that Atari was being investigated by the
 FCC for submitting a "queen", or a specially handled computer, for FCC
 certification. The implication is that by doing this, they could ensure
 that their computer passed all of the tests.

 In an effort to enforce this rumor, Mr. Mariano published the following:


 From STR Issue 9.07 February 12

     "- Washington, DC            FCC DILIGENT OVER "QUEENS"

     In a recent discussion  with  its  field  engineers,  the commission's
     brass made  mention of  the fact  they were  highly concerned over the
     practice of submitting special versions  of  hardware  or  of hardware
     receiving certification  while the  actual units offered for sale were
     not exactly the same as those submitted for  certification.   Its been
     decided that  "in the  field" acquisition and re-inspection of certain
     devices, computers and many type 15 devices will be placed  under high
     priority.    A  number  of  incidents  in the last 18 months involving
     "Queens"  and  other  'substitution'  abuses  have  made  this  action


 You will note that Ralph has been careful not to get Atari's name in this
 story, but this is exactly the thing that Ralph implied Atari was doing in
 a past message posted on one of the services.

 Now, while submitting a "queen" for testing is not illegal, it is frowned
 upon by the FCC. In order to police this practice, they do random tests of
 various products. This is not an indication that the company did anything
 wrong! It is a normal procedure performed by the FCC all of the time.

 It should also be noted that since the Falcon was not even in production
 at the time the computer was submitted it would be pretty hard to send
 them a "production line" unit.

 After explaining this to me, I informed Mr. Cobb that Mr. Mariano had
 reported that the FCC was looking into re-testing the Falcon because they
 suspected a "queen" had been submitted.

 Mr. Cobb looked into this matter for me. What a surprise! Not one thing
 was mentioned in the Atari file about it. Mr. Cobb then contacted a field
 investigator to see if they knew anything about Ralph's claims, and they
 stated they were not investigating Atari at all!

 What we have here is yet another example of Mr. Mariano creating a false
 rumor, then hiding behind his sources.

 Finally, while it's against Mr. Mariano's policy to list his sources, I am
 not afraid to do so. If anyone wishes to verify any of these comments
 please do so. I request that you post your findings on a public message
 source for all to see, since I'm sure Mr. Mariano will not believe a word
 I have said here. Matter of fact, I can expect yet another tounge lashing
 in his next issue.

 Mr. Charlie Cobbs can be reached at 301-725-1585, extension #204. Mr. Art
 Busch can be reached at the 301-257-3217. There are four other engineers
 who will be happy to field your questions. I'm sorry that I didn't write
 their names down but you can reach them on extensions 211, 214, 229 and

 Mr. Mariano can supply you with Daves phone number since I have since lost
 it, and the messages have been deleted off the bbs.

 Other helpfull sources are the FCC Technical Standards Division, and the
 FCC's Public Information service. You don't need the number, the FCC Lab
 can transfer you. Be sure to refer to the following certification number :
 EBAF030FT. This number was later changed on the new certification
 certificate to include the letters "ST" at the end, so whoever you talk to
 be sure to mention it if they can't find the file.


 Mr. Mariano. You have taken me to task. I have done your work for you. How
 many more reliable sources must I present in order for you to stop your
 lies! I must now insist that you either present evidence that what you
 have been saying is true. If you can not do this, I demand that you issue
 an appology to Mr. Brodie, the readers of ST-Reports, and to myself for
 your recent defamatory comments against me. I believe that I have done
 everything possible to help you report this story accurately, and you have
 done nothing but call me names, threaten to have my bbs expelled from your
 Crossnet conferences, and assult my character publicly in the pages of

 It's now up to you Mr. Mariano, get off the pot!

 IN REPLY.......

     After reading your reply, I am so embarrassed for you.  For ultimately
 you have proven nothing except that you take some kind  of warped pleasure
 in taking STReport to task.  As a result of your latest effort, I took the
 time and trouble to re-contact my  sources of  information at  the FCC and
 while I  spoke to  them I  asked permission to reveal them in STReport for
 verification purposes.  The following is exactly what transpired.
     On Wednesday  morning (03/03/93)  of this  week, I  once again, called
 Arlan K. Van Dorn, Deputy Chief, Field Operations at the FCC in Washington
 D.C. because  of your  outrageous accusations  placed in  public this past
 week.  The results of the conversation are presented herein along with the
 results of other conversations with another  representative of  the FCC in
 Laurel, MD. 
     During my  conversation with  Mr. Van Dorn, I read your missive to him
 in its entirety.  Needless to  say  he  was  not  amused  at  all  at your
 accusations and  claims.   I also read the entire report detailed by us in
 STR902.  Mr. Van  Dorn first  concluded that  our entire  presentation was
 factually  accurate.    He  then  researched  the FCC listings for an "Art
 Busch" at 301-257-3217, firstly the area code was  incorrect and  has been
 for some  time, secondly  there is a Donovan family listed for that number
 and that's who answers.   (not  even  remotely  associated  with  the FCC)
 Lastly,  there  is  _no_  Art  Busch  listed at all with the FCC either in
 Washington D.C.  or Laurel  Md.   We then  discussed the  matter of queens
 again.   I then  read the piece about queens we placed in STR Confidential
 and he stated it was factually correct.  Mr. Van Dorn then  referred me to
 Mr. Charlie Cobbs at 301-725-1585 X204.  
     As our conversation progressed, Mr. Van Dorn stated quite clearly that
 as far as he was concerned  everything we  have ever  presented concerning
 the FCC had always been meticulously accurate and above reproach.  He also
 stated that in his experience he has seen such things  occur in  the past,
 they are  usually done by those trying to protect something or other.  Its
 quite common, he added.  As  for myself,  I was  rather surprised  to find
 that STReport  was outrightly accused of "lying" when in fact, we reported
 the entire scenario exactly as it happened.  I then  thanked Mr.  Van Dorn
 for his time, assistance and information.
     I then  called Laurel  Md. to speak to Mr. Cobbs.  His line was on the
 voice mail system, I left a  message.   Mr. Cobbs  returned my  call later
 that afternoon.   After  the usual  greetings... I  asked Mr.  Cobbs if he
 could possibly recall our  telephone conversation  that took  place on the
 afternoon  of  January  8th.    (the  actual  day  Atari  received Class B
 certification for  the Falcon030)   To  which he  replied; "I  speak to an
 average of  one hundred  people a day here its difficult at best to recall
 one or  two conversations."   However,  when I  reminded Mr.  Cobbs of the
 "patch call"  from Mr.  Van Dorn,  he immediately  remembered the specific
 conversation.  I thanked him and asked if  it would  be ok  to read Cross'
 reply to  our article as Cross was accusing us of "lying".  He said please

     After I read the article to him he  agreed that  our representation of
 what occurred  (which Cross included above in various excerpts) and how it
 went down was indeed  very accurate.   I  then went  on to  ask him  if he
 recalled his  conversation with  me relative to "QUEENS" and he said "yes,
 he did."  Additionally, Mr. Van Dorn and  myself had  discussed submission
 of queens  to the  commission and I had, in my conversation of January 8th
 with Mr. Cobbs, brought the subject up.  Mr Cobbs  and Mr.  Van Dorn again
 agreed that  my information  relative to  "Queens" and the presentation of
 same was accurate.   I  might  add  that  nowhere,  was  any  company name
 mentioned.   I do know that machines offered for sale to the public in the
 USA are purchased by the FCC for retesting and comparison  to the machines
 originally submitted  for certification.   I know no "Dave" as you say and
 have no inclination to  start any  rumors.   The facts  were presented and
 only the  facts.   Sometimes they are quite hard to handle and people tend
     In closing,  its  again  a  sad  day  when  hysterical  accusation and
 innuendo permeates  a particularly  touchy topic  as it tends to cloud the
 issues severely.  The bottom line  is,  perhaps  there  was  some  type of
 miscommunication  or  misunderstanding  on  Mr.  Cross' part.  As STReport
 stands  pat  on  everything  we  presented   relative  to   the  FCC,  the
 certification  of  both  the  Falcon030  and  the  TT030  and  finally the
 presentation of the information about the  submission of  "QUEENS" for FCC

        As editor  of STReport  I must apologize for appearing to drag this
 matter out as the topic re: who, how, why, about the certification  of the
 Falcon030 is  rather menial,  the questions raised by Jerry Cross relative
 to journalistic integrity are not and as such, it became  necessary to re-
 contact the  FCC and  verify everything we presented that was pertinent to
 the situation.  As a result, STReport has been shown  to be  accurate.  We
 now consider the matter closed.

 Sources of Verification:

    Arlan K. Van Dorn, Deputy Chief, Field Operations    1-202-632-7200
    Julius Knapp, Acting Chief, FCC Testing Labs,        1-301-725-1585
    Charlie Cobbs, Branch Chief, FCC Testing Labs,       1-301-725-1585


                      STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON"

 > A "Quotable Quote"           "...REALLY??  AWWW GEE!!...."

 Among _other_ things Bob Brodie has informed us of in his celebrated
 online conferences he clearly stated on Friday, January 8th, 1993 about
 the pending release of MultiTos; 

     "In speaking to the TOS group, they feel confident that they
     will have a shippable version of MultiTOS next week."

 To continue, about the time of release and shipping of the Falcon030 we
 are also told during the same January 8th conference; 

     "Sam indicated to me that he was meeting with a representative from
     another factory to bring on board another manufacturer to produce
     Falcons for us.  We expect this to delay significant shipments of
     Falcons until March."

 It would appear that one can conclude that by saying "until March" its
 easier to deduce it means "until March commences as opposed to "sometime
 in March".  Ah... what the hey, March is March... <sigh>

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